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Always renowned for its artistic 
capabilities, this month sees the 
extension of the Amiga into two 
new and very different spheres. 

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COMPUTING 



PROFESSIONAL DRAW TWO If you want professional results vou 
need professional tools. Now that version two of Pro Draw lias 
been released, are the days of Mac supremacy numbered? 


VISTA 

No longer confined to 
research labs, an 
Amiga-generated 
virtual reality will 
enable you to explore 
the entire universe. 

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THE WRITE 
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Software houses promise titles 
for the CDTV, multimedia in 
education, CAD on the Amiga. 
Plus news from the 16 bit fair. 


Bond is back (again), Imageworks 
take off with Wings ana Gonzo 
visits the sticks of Manhattan. Do 
you do? Electrocoin does. 


In the second part of our special 
report on word processing we 
test the best packages available 


on the Amiga. 


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■ CONTENTS ■ 



Roving away-day reporter Green 
checks out the rumours of 
archaic Amigas and gets to play 
with the biggest train set ever. 


PORTFOLIO 


I / ARTISTS 
JL KJ l i SHOWCASE 

Transport yourself into the 
colourful world of Amiga graph- 
ics with the work of Steaven 
Heppener from West Yorkshire. 


SHORTIES 


VACCINE 
MINI MIDI 



CLOSE GADGET 



LAST 

BLIT 


Two low-priced pieces of hard- 
ware to make lire easier as Aj 
looks at a budget MIDI interface 
and the latest anti-virus device. 


Mutate and survive. A unique 
expose on a vile threat to Amiga 
owners sanity. For vour own 
safety, you must read this! 


PUBLIC DOMAIN 



DIY 

AMIGA 


Find out how Stewart C. Russell 
has rebuilt his Amiga from the 
bottom up. Total cost: Almost 
nothing. 



Where did it all go wrong? asks 
Nic Veitch. This month some of 
the pitfalls to avoid as you fight 
through the desktop jungle. 


REVIEW 



I FAST 

JL FAX 

Get the lowdown on a new way 
to communicate, as Jason 
Holborn uncovers the fax behind 
the latest in exciting peripherals. 



GreySlayer 

A complete arcade adventure 
game, with brilliant graphics, 
stunning sound effects and a 
huge playing area. And it all 
fits on one disk! 





Converter 

Swapping between graphic for- 
mats has never been easier. 
Converter handles all screen 
modes including Hold and 
Modify (HAM). 



PROGRAMMING 




CODE 

CLINIC 


If you want to program your 
Amiga but don’t know where to 
begin. Aj has been looking at the 
many alternatives available. 



TEM 

Polish up your samples with 
this comprehensive sound edit- 
ing suite. Incredibly it’s been 
written in Basic. 


The Code Clinic 

All the code from the jolly inter- 
esting programming section. 



MusicBox 

Travel back in time to the 70s 
when flares and platform soles 
were all the rage and the Disk 
Editor was hip and groovy. 



AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 5 























What the press say: 


WHAT YOU GET 


AMOS Basic, sprite designer, Magic Forest 
and Amosteroids arcade games, Castle AMOS 
graphical adventure, Number Leap educational 
game, 300-page manual with more than 80 
example programs on disc, sample tunes, 
AMOS Clbb Newsletter ...and more! 


What AMOS owners say: 


EXTRA DISC FREE! 


The view of magazines and Amiga owners alike is unanimous: AMOS - The 
Creator is an astonishing piece of software. Now, for the first time, you can 
exploit to the full the awesome power of your Amiga. Whatever you 
want to create, AMOS will turn your dreams into reality. 


It's better than we ever hoped for. It's such an easy system to get to grips with, but staggeringly 
open-ended, so that any Amiga owner can benefit from it. It's wonderful and vorth every penny. 

Get it - now!" Popular Computing kly, July 5-11 

"A must for Amiga users who would like to be able to develop their own games, ut can't face the 
thought of learning machine code." ACE ; August 

"An incredible product that should create more incredible products. It looks like the days of the 
machine-code programmer are numbered." Commodore User, August 

"Can AMOS be used to produce commercial-quality games? The answer seems undoubtedly 


'Yes’. No other language will let you do so much with so little effort. For producing programs that 
need to use ultra-fast graphics and animation, super-smooth scrolling and scintillating sound, 
there is only one choice... and it’s name is AMOS" Amiga Format, August 


Completely brilliant - far better than I ever imagined possible - I absolutely love it" 

Liam Murpby, Colne 

“Just bloody great... Simply no other software of this class available for the Amiga or PC" 

Simon Nicoll, Blandford 

“AMOS is perfect. The Amiga was made for AMOS" K Sumpter, Swindon 

“A very impressive package - without doubt the very best Basic available on the Amiga. Incredible 
graphics manipulation commands" Paul Feazey, Oxford 

“Brilliant! I’ve done more with AMOS in four days than with HiSoft Basic in six months!" 

JRArkley, WooUon 

“The best value for money package I have ever bought for the Amiga. I really feel that you want me to 
enjoy using the language.” Colin Mercer, Bolton 

“On par to be the best Basic language ever." S Hawkes, West Bromwich 

"Endless possibilities and uses. Congratulations!" Michael Fletcher, Mold 

“Excellent! Amazing! Brilliant! Superlative! etc etc... I love the commands and ease of use. I understand 
now why AMOS is called The Creator" DM Richmond, Blackpool 

“This is going to be the best selling package on the Amiga! It will allow my ideas to come to life" 


Now every copy of AMOS, 
whether you buy it direct or 
from a retailer, comes with 
an additional disc: AMOS 
Extras! It’s packed with 
useful programs: AMOS 
Sprites 600, AMAL 
(AMOS Animation 

Language) editor, menu 
editor, large text scroller, 

IFF brush to sprite 
converter, scrolling shoot- 
'em-up game and 

Soundtracker and Sonix 
converters. 


David Linacre, Chesterfield 

“AMOS is very fast, friendly and no doubt about it, the best program for the Amiga!!" 

David Harrigan, Derry 

“As a previous STOS user I can’t fault it. Brilliant! Frangois does it again!!!" Neil Burton, Tidworth 
“Excellent. The speed for a Basic is breathtaking" Delwyn Farr, Dukinfield 

“Simply awesome - the most impressive piece of coding I have ever seen!” M Rackley , Stone 
“An excellent job! AMOS is faster than I’d ever dreamed possible!" 

David Milton, Welwyn Garden City 


Do you already own AMOS? Send in your 
registration card to obtain your free copy! 


ALL THIS FOR JUST 
£ 49 . 99 ! 


“An absolutely fantastic package that uses the Amiga to its full potential" NK Bali, Stoke-on-Trent 
“Everything I want to do with the Amiga can be done quickly and easily with AMOS" 

Stuart Margerison, Blackburn 

“Fantastic. I knocked up something in a day which would have taken a month in assembler” 

Gary Symons, Bournemouth 


“It's the best piece of software I’ve bought for the Amiga. Worth twice the price." 

SA Sweet, Heme Bay 

"AMOS will do for Amiga programming what the invention of fire did for civilisation" 

Kevin Smith, Mardeti 


“Looks set to be the most used piece of software ever on my Amiga" 
“The best thing that could have happened to the Amiga” 


Martin Bruce, Croyden 
Derek Bere, Fradley 



Our guarantee : Buy direct from us, and if you're 
not delighted with your purchase, return it to us 
within 14 days fora complete refund. 

Please send me AMOS - The Creator n 
and my free AMOS Extras Disc 

□ I enclose a cheque payable to Mandarin 
Software for £49.99 

Postage & packaging free in the UK. Add 
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□ Please debit my Access/Visa/Connect 
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What AMOS owners are going to create: 


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An educational program for motorists... a graphical role-playing game... a Star Trek game... a 
Mandelbrot explorer... database-type programs... a platform beat-’em-up like Barbarian... scien- 
tific programs... a boxing simulation... a conversion of Star Chess... conversions of old Spectrum 
classics... video titling software... an evolution simulator... printed circuit board designer... a football 


game... a Speedball-type game... a flight simulator... small business accounts... a cricket man- 
agement game... a tactical wargame... producing plans of archaeo 
package... flashy scrolling demos - and this is just the beginning! 


Unleash your imagination - get AMOS now! 


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AMIGA SCENE 


Support grows for new CDTV 




ON the run-up to the UK 
launch of Commodore’s 
new CDTV planned for the 
autumn (see Amiga Scene, 
August), an increasing num- 
ber of companies are pledg- 
ing their support for what 
has been described as the 
start of the next computing 
generation. 

Hot on the heels of the 
American launch at the 
Consumer Electronics Show 
in Chicago, CD-rom produc- 
tion firm Next Technology 
(0223 420222) is busy work- 
ing on a number of software 
titles to accompany the UK 
launch, including the offi- 
cial Welcome disc which 
will go out with every sys- 
tem. 

Already well known for 
its CD-rom mastering ser- 
vice on the other machines, 
Next Technology has been 
called in by Commodore 
because of its proven track 
record in this field. 

“Next Technology was 
identified as a leading play- 
er in CD-rom technology 
some time ago in the 
Commodore CDTV devel- 
opment programme*’, said 
Commodore’s UK managing 
director Steve Franklin. 

“Their skills in software 
development and support 
for other software houses 
will be invaluable leading 
up to the launch of CDTV’’. 

Next Technology will 
support other independent 
software vendors who are 
developing applications for 
CDTV through its unique 
Pressed for Time CD-rom 
production service already 
available for Acorn’s 
Archimedes machines. 

Using recordable compact 
discs, this reduces the cost 
of developing prototype 
applications. 

“Commodore has stolen a 
march on the rest of the 
industry with CDTV and 
has a real opportunity to 
become market leader with 
a product of this type”, said 
Grab a m Brown-Martin, 
chairman of Next Tech- 
nology. 

“I am delighted that we 
are so closely involved in 


such an innovative product 
which has the ability to 
change the face of educa- 
tion, home entertainment 
and computer-based train- 
ing”. 

New players in the CDTV 
field are unwilling to 
divulge too much about the 
software they are develop- 
ing, but at Mindscape, Geoff 
Heath told Amiga 
Computing: “We have got 
four projects which we are 
working on at present and 
they will not all be games. It 
is hoped to have some prod- 
uct ready for September”. 

It was revealed that one of 
these will be a CDTV ver- 
sion of Mindscape’s World 
Atlas, a program emminent- 
ly suited to the multi-media 
format. 

Over at Arcana, Max 
Taylor said: “We are work- 


information 
out of Commodore. We 
hope to have the product 
ready for September, but we 
cannot be definite at pre- 
sent. 






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“What I can say is that it 
will be very impressive and 
we are certainly very excit- 
ed about the spec for CDTV 
we have seen so far”. 

Helped by its CD-rom 
authoring system, CRL is 
steaming ahead with three 


hyper-media games titles for 
CDTV. 

Michael Hodges told 
Amiga Computing that they 
will probably sell for around 
£30. They will be Laurel and 
Hardy, Herewith The Clues 
and the Druid game Cult of 
the Severed Head. 

Also among developers 
reported to be hitting the 
CDTV trail are Impressions, 
Virgin, Lucasfilm and 
Mirrorsoft. 

Awaiting more informa- 
tion on available software, 
High Street giant Dixons is 
remaining non-commital on 
whether or not it will stock 
the CDTV. With Commodore 
predicting that 40 titles will 
be available by the autumn, 
Comet has decided to stock 
the new machine. 


Commodore picks sales chief 


ing on something which is 
going to fully exploit the 
multi-media capacity. It will 
be based on one of our pre- 
vious games but we at not 
saying too much about it at 
present because of the com- 
petition. 

“We are hoping to have it 
ready for the launch of 
CDTV, but in common with 
some other developers, are 
having difficulty getting 


FOLLOWING the despatch 
of former retail sales direc- 
tor David Pleasance to 
head Commodore Elec- 
tronics in Switzerland (see 
Amiga Scene, August), 
CBM has appointed 29- 
year-old Kelly Sumner to 
the job of national sales 
manager for its retail divi- 
sion. 

Sumner has been with 
Commodore for 11 years 
and was previously nation- 
al accounts manager. His 


main responsibilities as 
head of the retail division 
will be “to consolidate 
Commodore’s leading 
position in consumer 
electronics and to 
increase its High Street 
distribution network”. 

High on his list of prior- 
ities will be to master- 
mind the introduction of 
products such as Com- 
modore’s new console and 
in particular the CDTV 
player. 


AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 7 







CDTV to the rescue 



DynaCADD 
for the Amiga 

AIMED at taking the tedious 
detailed work out of design, 
Ditek International’s 2D and 
true 3D computer aided 
design and drafting package 
DynaCADD is now available 
on the Amiga from Express- 
works (0252 726255). 

This general purpose CAD 
package has been produced 
for use in electrical, 
mechanical, architectural 
and civil applications. 

It revises, designs and 
details drawings in 2D and 
true 3D, features fast dis- 
play speeds and can read 
and write DXF file formats. 

With flexible automatic 
dimension features, all 
selections are made with the 
press of a single key for 
dimensioning in European 
or American standards. 

DynaCADD is compatible 
with most popular pen plot- 
ters, dot matrix, laser and 
Postscript printers and disk 
files. 

DynaCADD supports 
Amiga WBl.3, WB2.0, 
PAL/NTSC and will also be 
made available in French 
and German versions. 

With the emphasis on 
ease of use, DynaCADD per- 
forms all of the necessary 
text functions, attributes 
and manipulation, includ- 
ing the use of professional 
DTP fonts from AGFA 
Compugraphic. Price, £650. 


PUPILS at 120 schools in 
Derbyshire will soon be 
learning Japanese with the 
help of Commodore’s 
Amiga-based multi-media 
system, the CDTV. 

Derbyshire County 
Council’s unlikely decision 
to introduce Japanese into 
its educational system fol- 
lows the county’s success in 
attracting the giant Toyota 
Motor Corporation to build 
a £700 million assembly 
plant within its boundaries. 

The computerised educa- 
tional aid has been pio- 
neered by Derby-based 
Global Learning Systems in 
partnership with Commo- 
dore and the county coun- 
cil. It combinbes hi-fi 
sound, digitised video com- 
puter graphics and text on a 
single CD-rom and will be 
used on Commodore’s 
CDTV, expected to be 
launched in the UK in 
September. 

“This is an extremely 
exciting educational initia- 
tive and was conceived fol- 
io wing our coup in 
attracting Toyota to the 
county”, said leader of 
Derbyshire County Council, 
David Bookbinder. 

‘‘Our school curriculum is 
going to include the teach- 
ing of Japanese culture, his- 
tory and languages. By 
giving our children these 
options, Derbyshire will he 
providing the management 
and supervisory recruits for 
tomorrow’s Japanese facto- 


ries. “Once the Japanese 
venture is operating suc- 
cessfully, we will consider 
how the learning system 
can be integrated into other 
curriculum areas”. 

Chairman of GLS Stuart 
Webb claimed the new sys- 
tem is a world first for edu- 
cational technology. 
“Although the initial project 
is designed to teach 
Japanese in Derbyshire 
schools, our system is also 
appropriate for business as 
well as home use”, he 
added. 

“We intend to market this 
exciting learning concept to 
individiual education 
authorities, schools and col- 
leges in this country and 
further afield”. 

At Commodore, managing 
director Steve Franklin said: 
“CDTV will be able to revo- 
lutionise educational teach- 
ing for all types of students. 


What it provides is an 
interactive system at a very 
affordable price”. 

The GLS system links 
the presentation of both 
audio and visual informa- 
tion to the responses of 
students. 

It also allows teachers to 
design and tailor programs 
to the needs of particular 
groups or individual 
pupils. 

The software is able to 
maintain incentive records 
of personal progress and 
will be launched at the 
Nottingham studios of 
Central Television in 
September. 

Technology at the stu- 
dios is being used in devel- 
opment work and the 
system will undergo a trial 
period before being offered 
to 120 schools in the coun- 
ty on hardware sponsored 
by Commodore. 




AMIGA owners who hitch 
up to the new Miniamp 4 
stereo speaker system from 
Trilogic (0274 691115) can 
give the neighbours real 
cause for complaint. 

The Bradford-based firm 
claims to have doubled the 
power output of its previous 
model while maintaining 
the same power supply. 

By using a low distortion 
two chip bridge design. 
Trilogic boasts a hi-fi quali- 
ty 5 watts per channel out- 
put for the system which 
also includes new compact 
twin cone speakers which 
can be placed up to six feet 


apart. 

Miniamp 4 is 
easily connected 
via the Amiga’s 
stereo sound sockets and for 
those who prefer to use 
their existing hi-fi speakers, 

Trilogic has designed in 
standard two pin DIN loud 


speaker sockets in 
place of the jack 
socket connector 
in the original 

model. 

Including all leads, head- 
phone adaptor and power 
pack, the new Miniamp 4 
costs £43.99. 


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Music power for gamesters 


Worldwide 

database 


INTERNATIONAL barriers 
are being eroded all around 
the world and The Disc 
Company has taken full 
account of this with its lat- 
est offering, InfoFile - an 
Amiga database package 
which is available in 10 lan- 
guages. 

InfoFile boasts a fast pro- 
cessing speed for the 
manipulation of text, num- 
bers, graphics and sound 
with rapid search routines 
and the ability to sort data 
according to the user’s 
needs. 

Included in the package is 


8 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 







■ AM IGA SCENE ■ 


Mouse takes to the buses 


a disk filled with 10 ready- 
made templates so even 
beginners can start to create 
their own databases. These 
include an address file, 
chequebook, home video 
library, club membership 
manager, expense report 
and inventory manager. 

An interesting feature of 
InfoFile is its desktop pre- 
sentation function for creat- 
ing simple sound and 
graphics slide shows from a 
database. Also included is 
the spreadsheet-like ability 
to define calculations. 

Available in English, 
French, German, Dutch, 
Spanish, Italian, Danish, 
Swedish, Norewegian and 
Finnish, InfoFile costs 
£24.95. UK distributors are 
Centresoft, Leisuresoft.Gem, 
HB Marketing and Multi- 
Media. The Disc Company’s 
European office is at 9 Rue 
de Vanves, F-92100 
Boulogne Billancourt, 
France. Tel: 33 1 49 10 99 95. 

They've got 
video taped 

G2 SYSTEMS (0252737151) 
claims to have solved the 
problem of how to produce 
a professional quality video 
output when using an 
Amiga. 

A specialist in interfacing 
computers to video, G2 has 
launched VideoCenter, a 
combination of video mixer, 
genlocker and PAL encoder. 

The VideoCenter mixes 
incoming PAL video signals 
with the computer output 
either using sliding faders 
or under software control. It 
also provides a filtered RGB 
output and has YC inputs 
and outputs to take full 
advantage of the SVHS sys- 
tem. Price, £695. 

G2 has also brought out 
an instructional video tape 
aimed specifically at teach- 
ing Amiga owners the 
basics of recording comput- 
er graphics onto tape. 

Covering the A500, 
A 1 0 0 0 and A2000, it 
includes helpful coding, 
genlocking and keying rou- 
tines, outlines many prob- 
lems faced by beginners and 
is backed up by graphics. 

Launching the tape. G2 


partner Greg Hollidge said: 
“Professional computer 
graphics are now within the 
reach of everyone. The Video 
and the Amiga tape fills an 
important need by showing 
the way to even greater use 
and enjoyment of the best 
selling Amiga packages”. 

Video and the Amiga, 
produced for G2 by Picture 
Box Television, costs £10. 

Spreading 

further 

K-SPREAD 3 and K-Spread 
4 from Kuma Computers 
(0734 844335) are due to be 
launched in September. 

John Day of Kuma told 
Amiga Computing that the 
new versions boast double 
the functions of their prede- 
cessors. 

Among the improvements 
for the Windows-based pro- 
grams are a good set of 
macros of the Excel type 
which John promises will 
make them more readily 

available to “ordinary folk”. 

*/ 

The new spreadsheet 
packages will cost just 
under £100. 

Cut price 
graphics 

AS Amiga Computing went 
to press, Julian Swallow of 
HB Marketing received his 
first consignment of a new 
price-busting Amiga graph- 
ics tablet manufactured in 
the Far East. 

About to launch it to the 


READERS who entered the 
Amiga animation competition 
being run by Amiga Centre 
Scotland in conjunction with 
the Edinburgh Festival (see 
Amiga Scene, August) stand a 
chance of winning the new 
solid modelling and animation 
package Real 3D. 

Martin Lowe of ACS has 
opted to award Real 3D to the 
winners because of its excellent 
features which include surface 
mapping, multiple light 
sources, hierarchical object cre- 
ation and manipulation and 
camera fix and follow. 


CLAIMING a world first, 
Contriver (0280 822803) has 
launched a bus mouse 
which is compatible with 
five computers. 

Called the Contriver Five 
in One, it works with the 
Amiga, Atari ST, Schneider 
and Amstrad PCs and the 
Commodore PC/3i series. 

“Although it’s not unusu- 
al for serial mice to be 
compatible with many com- 
puters, a vast proportion of 
computer users prefer to use 


dealers, he said it will sell 
at between £150 and £170. 

Emulating the features of 
a SummaGraphics tablet, it 
is said to be a professional 
A4 product with more func- 
tions than the sketch-type 
units usually available at 
this price. 

“For its size and quality, 
it is the cheapest graphics 
tablet available for the 
Amiga”, said Julian. “We 


“True solid modelling, work- 
ing with real solids means you 
can do such things as perform 
boolean operations on two 
objects to make one new 
object”, he said. “IFF pictures 
or brushes can be mapped onto 
objects and with user definable 
brilliancy, an infinate number 
of surfaces can be created. 
Super fast ray tracing allows a 
typical scene with various sur- 
face to be rendered in around 
15 minutes”. 

Finalists will also have their 
work on show at the festival’s 
Animation Exhibition. 


a serial port for other 
peripherals and thus have a 
preference for bus mice”, 
said Contriver boss Adolpho 
Giannini. 

“Those with two or more 
computers from the five 
compatible machines will 
find this mouse a particular- 
ly tempting product”. 

The Contriver Five in One 
mouse features micro- 
switches for better response 
and sells at £29.99 including 
a mouse pad and pocket. 


have tried it out with a 
number of packages and it 
works very well”. 

Turn your 
printer green 

AMIGA users with green lean- 
ings are now being offered 
three new types of environ- 
mentally friendly paper from 
The Standard Check Book 
Company, the UK’s largest 
supplier of listing paper. 

Checklist, Multilist and 
Safelist all use 99 per cent 
of the tree with even the 
bark being used as fuel. 
Bleaching is by Hydrogen 
Peroxide instead of chlorine 
which can generate highly 
toxic dioxins. 

Checklist and Multilist 
cost £13.90 and Safelist 
which is for use with laser 
printers costs £16.15 per 
3000 sheet box. They are 
available from Action 
Computer Supplies (0800 
333 333). 


3D Festival prizes 



AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 9 


Greater London Computers 

presents the 

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Buy a new A3000 from us before September 30th and we’ll 

throw in a few extras, like these: 

A 15” Multisync colour Monitor, 

or 

A DTP Software Pack, including: 

Profesional Page 1.3, Profesional Draw 1.2, 

Outline Fonts, Pro Page Layouts and Structured Clip Art. 

or 

A Video Pack, including: 

A2300 Genlock, Deluxe Paint III, Deluxe Video III. 

or 

Any combination of items that you want that we think is 
reasonable, buy the machine 
and name your freebies. 

And by the way, all our 
A3000’s come with correctly 
fused plugs fitted, and 
starter kits of cleaning 
equipment, and if you ask 
really nicely then you might 
get one of our teddy bears 


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■ AM IGA SCENE ■ 



Shopper Show's 
a scene stealer 

ALREADY the largest event of 
its type in the world, The 
Computer Shopper Show is to 
move to a bigger venue and 
will be extended to four days 
this vear. 

When the doors open at the 
Wembley Conference Centre on 
December 6, visitors will also 
find a quartet of major new fea- 
ture areas within the show. 

Entertainment Shopper will 
be an Aladdin’s cave of com- 
puterised playthings: 

# Music Shopper will feature 
the latest in computer music- 
making with emphasis on MIDI 
for the Amiga. 

# Education Shopper will dis- 
play the wide range of educa- 
tion software now available. 

# Small Business Shopper will 
be a demonstration and sales 
area housing major companies 
offering business hardware and 
software at the keenest prices. 

“One of the benefits of mov- 
ing the event from Alexandra 
Palace to Wembley has been that 


Even more fun at school 


Genlock in the 
right spirit 


Cross compiler upgraded 


AMERICAN company Lattice 
has released a major upgrade 
to its MSdos to Amigados C 
cross compiler which is fully 
compatible with its current 
Amigados C development 
system. 

The new package includes 
the complete Amigados C 
development system and 
provides the optimizer com- 
piler. libraries and utilities 
for MSdos which make it 
possible to create Amiga pro- 
grams from an MSdos sys- 
tem. 

“With the MSdos to 


Amigados C cross compiler, 
developers can take advan- 
tage of networking, tape back- 
up systems and other 
hardware facilities of an 
MSdos system to produce 
programs which run on an 
Amiga”, said vice president 
of Lattice, Robert Hansen. 

“The cross development sys- 
tem also makes it much easier 
for programmers to share pro- 
gram source code modules 
with MSdos programs”. 

The new system is avail- 
able in the UK from HiSoft 
(0525 718181). Price, £718. 


we have virtually doubled the 
exhibition space available”, said 
Michael Meakin, head of organ- 
isers Blenheim Database 
Exhibitions. “This has allowed 
us to add these new dimensions. 

“It is all part of our continu- 
ing policy of ensuring that 
Shopper remains the leading 
end-user event on the comput- 
er calendar”. 

Last year’s inaugural event 
packed in more than 26,600 
visitors. This year’s show is 
expected to attract 50,000. 


Classy stick 

AMIGA users who fancy own- 
ing a Rolls Rovce but can’t 
afford the petrol can now con- 
sole themselves with what has 
been billed as the Rolls Rovce 
of joysticks. 

DLL (0983 864674) has 
signed a distribution deal to 
bring a new range of Advanced 
Gravis joysticks to the UK. The 
Amiga version will sell for 
£44.95. 


SPIRIT Technology of Salt 
Lake City, Utah reports that it 
has now gone into production 
with the new version of its 
Interlok genlock encoder for 
the Amiga. It claims the REV 3 
board will be the strongest 
mid-priced genlock in the 
Amiga market. 

Refinements include a 
unique circuit design which 
allows fast forward/reverse 
search and pause without caus- 
ing computer crash, a problem 
in Amiga genlocking systems 
which take control of computer 
timing to allow locking to 
incoming video. 

Another useful feature, par- 
ticularly for artists, is an 
internal selection system for 
matching Interlock to the 
slightly different RGB levels 
produced by the A1000, A500 
and A2000. 

This matching capability 
added to Spirit’s encoding 
makes it possible for Interlock to 
produce the same colour hues 
and intensities in encoded video 
as those displayed on the Amiga 
RGB colour monitor. Interlok 
REV 3 is aimed at small studio 
or high-end home users. 

Also new from Spirit is the 
Eat Trapper 4Mb internal mem- 
ory expansion board which 
offers A500 owners 4.5Mb total 
available ram memory inside 
their computers. 

It expands in 512K incre- 
ments from OK to 4Mb which, 
when added to the 512K on the 
Amiga motherboard brings the 
A500 up to 4.5Mb internal ram. 
Installation is via the plug-in 
expansion port in the bottom of 
the A500 normally used for the 
A501 card or clones thus leav- 
ing the 86-pin expansion con- 
nector free. 


Slightly longer than 
Commodore’s A501 board, Fat 
Trapper is populated with 
256Kx4 chips and allows users 
to add more memory chips and 
set address configurations 
without opening the computer. 

As Amiga Computing went 
to press, details of UK avail- 
ability and pricing were not 
finalised. For further informa- 
tion ring Spirit Technologv on 
0101 801 485 4233. 


DUE out at the end of August 
is Fun School 3, the successor 
to Fun School 2 which has 
sold more than 150,000 copies 
to become the most successful 
educational package ever. 

Fun School 3 sticks to the 
winning formula of teaching 
through fun, but features 
greatly enhanced graphics 
and a host of new games. 

Age groups have been 
changed to fit in with the 
National Curriculum and the 
three suites of programs cater 
for under-fives, five-sevens 
and over-sevens. 

Developed by educational- 
ists, the games are designed to 
teach children numeracy, 
word skills and comprehen- 
sion at their own pace at the 
same time as improving their 
computer literacy. 

For the under-fives there is 
a collection of six exciting 
games. Alphabet uses the 
colourful scenario of a fair- 
ground to teach letter recogni- 
tion and matching, Farm gives 
free rein to artistic skills with 
pigs and cows to be coloured, 
and Gallery is a recognition 
game in which children have 
to match pictures with words. 

There are also Matching, 


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use the Fun School Teddies 
for interactive learning. An 
equally exciting collection of 
games is provided for the 
older age groups. 

"Fun School 2 took the 
education market by storm, 
selling more than most com- 
mercial games”, said manag- 
ing director of Mandarin 
Software Chris Payne. 

"Our problem was how to 


top that. We are confident we 
have managed it with Fun 
School 3. We have built on the 
winning formula of Fun School 
2 and have worked much hard- 
er on the graphical concept. 
Our educationalists and 
teachers have also ensured that 
Fun School 3 is in line with the 
all-important National 
Curriculum”. 

The Amiga version of Fun 
School 3 costs £24.99. 


AMIGA COMF1 TING September 1990 11 



■ AM IGA SCENE ■ 





thorough review as soon as 
possible. 


Also at the show display- 
ing their wares was Solid 
State Leisure, a new compa- 
ny specialising in accelerat- 
ing the Amiga’s central 
processor. 

Its card was well demon- 
strated as it ripped through 
some Sculpt renderings, 
using a 16MHz 68020 with 
a speed of 2 to 3 Mips. 
Faster cards were available 
using 20MHz and 25MHz 
clock speeds. 

SSL told us they have 
even more exciting periph- 
erals on the way. In the run 
up for Christmas they hope 
to release a full expansion 
system for A500 owners and 
sub-£500 24 bit colour 
board. 


RealThings was proudly 
demonstrating the latest in 
its Live- action series, Birds. 
The package helps would- 
be artists to create life-like 
animations on their own 
Amigas. 

It aims to educate as 
much as entertain, and 
Robin Bilson told us he 
would like to see this as a 
turning point in computing 
as users turn towards sub- 
jects of a more “green” 
nature. 


It was hard to tell which 
got more attention at the 
Arnor stand: Version 4.9 of 
Protext “the last before v5, 
really” or the Amiga 3000 it 
was running on. 


The latest incarnation of 
Protext makes some conces- 
sions to Intuition, using 
more pull-down menus, hot 
keys and recpiestors. With 
split screen editing and 
(relief!) an improved 
spelling checker. Version 
five is due in August with a 
introductory £125 price tag. 


Rombo were showing off 
two upgrades for its VIDI 
digitiser. The first was a 
purely software upgrade to 
Vidichrome and doubles the 
resolution by using inter- 
laced HAM mode. As you 
can see from the example 
below, results are very 
impressive. 

Perhaps even more 
impressive was the colour 
splitter. This small box elec- 
tronically splits the video 
signal into the red, blue and 
green components, which 
means VIDI can now grab in 
colour without filters. 


Apparently the show was 
such a success that the next 
will be held in the slight lv 
more up-market (and hope- 
fully spacious) surround- 
ings of the Novotel, 
Hammersmith early next 
year. 


showing their much awaited 
KCS Power PC Board for the 
Amiga 500. The tiny circuit 
board could almost be mis- 
taken far a 512K ram expan- 
sion as it clips neatly into 
the Amiga’s “trapdoor” 
expansion port. That’s 
where the similarity ends, 
however, as this little won- 
der comes complete with 
MSdos 4.01, GW Basic/Shell 
and DOS-Help utilities to 
turn your Amiga into a PC 
that will work perfectly 
with a colour television. 

The standard of emulation 
is very high, with programs 
such as Wordstar, Lotusl23, 
Sage and a well-known car 
navigation package running 
with no problems whatsoev- 
er. It could even run the PC 
version of Protext. 

The Power Board makes 
good use of Amiga peripher- 
als, directly supporting 3.5 
and 5.25in floppy drives. 
When not in use as a PC 
emulator it acts as a 1 Mb 
memory expansion with bat- 
tery backed up clock. A soft- 
ware upgrade will allow 
hard drive users to benefit 
from the card too. 

Priced at £320, it is only 
being held back from imme- 
diately release by the lack of 
a readable manual. Having 
been translated from Dutch 
to double Dutch, the English 
version is still under prepa- 
ration and will be with us 
“in days”. Of course, Amiga 
Computing will be doing a 


ALTHOUGH quite a small 
show, the Summer 16 Bit 
Fair at the Royal 
Horticultural Halls in 
London provided plenty of 
interest for Amiga owners. 

Split between two halls, 
more than 100 exhibitors 
displayed their wares and 
made promises regarding 
future products. The num- 
ber of Amiga-related stalls 
easily outnumbered the ST 
stalwarts. 

Ram expansions were 
rapidly becoming more 
affordable, with prices hov- 
ering just over the £40 mark. 

If von were looking for 
slightly out of date software 
then you were spoilt for 
choice, with serious and 
games software alike going 
at bargain prices. 

For the first time in the 
UK, Bitcon Devices were 


Plug this into your Amiga 
and you have an XT PC 




A genuine Real Thing was on display at RGB studio’s stand 


Amiga rules at the 16 Bit Fair 


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pronto. Drop me a line at Ezra Surf’s 
Postbox (ESP), Amiga Computing, Europa 
^House, Adlington Park, Adlington, 
.Macclesfield SK10 4NP. 


I dabble with the most, perhaps 
you could help me spend my pen- 
nies in the most sensible direction. 

S. M. Doe, 
Colchester, 
Essex. 


as well. All letters answered and 
disks returned if address supplied. 
I will also send a copy when avail- 
able. 

Dion Chapman, 
P.O. Box 1198, 
Collingwood 3066, 
Victoria, Australia. 

G'dav. You should keep in mind 
the fact that Sound Tracker is a 
commercial product and therefore 
copyright, so if you are using any 
original code you should obtain 
permission before distributing it. 

Of course, if you are writing a 
program which just happens to be 
Sound Tracker-compatible, like 
MED for example, then that's a dif- 
ferent matter. 


Mac bashing 


I USE Apple Macintosh computer 
at work, together with Mac Draw 
software, for designing various 
types of forms and documents. 

I have purchased an Amiga 2000 
for home use and I would like to 
continue designing from home. 
Would you be able to advise me on 
a suitable program which has simi- 
lar facilities? 

I have tried a number of soft- 
ware retailers who advertise in 
your magazines for a similar pro- 
gram, and I have been told that 
none exists. I would be most grate- 
ful for your advise and assistance. 

M. J. McAulifTe, 
London. 

Continuing the saga of Amiga ver- 
sus Mac, and again you're in luck. 
Mac Draw is quite a simple draw- 
ing package, and you should be 
able to achieve similar results with 
a program such as Deluxe Paint. If 
you want to animate your forms 
you should get DPaintHI, else II 
will suffice. 

For designing forms and docu- 
ments you might be better off with 
a good DTP package such as 
PageSetterll l reviewed in the April 
issue). 


Keep on trackin’ 


I HAVE just started to program 
some updates for Sound Tracker 
V2.5 and would appreciate it if fel- 
low programmers would send 
source code. 

Any version will help to keep 
compatibility, something V2.5 does 
not. Any code on packers will help 


C again 


DO you think you could get a lit- 
tle review of some of the profes- 
sional and public domain C 
compilers in this magazine 
please? I am interested in learning 
C but don’t know where to start. 
Even though C is supposed to be 
THE language at the moment I 
haven’t seen an awful lot about it. 
Gareth White, Partridge Green, 
West Sussex 

By happy coincidence we had a 
look at a public domain C com- 


piler in last month's issue. Since 
then, a new contender for “best 
free C system ’' has emerged, 
called Sozobon Z C. Get a copy 
from your favourite PD library 
and check it out. Looks cool. 

Professional C systems are 
overshadowed by Lattice, who 
seem to produce the compiler 
that nine out of ten programmers 
prefer. It costs a lot of money, but 
you won ’ t need to buy another. 

If you are serious about getting 
started in C, you’ll need a good 
book. Try C - The Complete 
Reference by H. Schildt. Take a 
peek at the Code Clinic for more 
C info. 


AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 19 


Easy. Here are the answers: 

1: It will allow to upgrade your 
computer to support 1Mb of chip 
ram (instead of the usual 512k) 
and some new screen modes on a 
monitor. Chip ram is used by 
graphic and sound intensive pro- 
grams, so it gets used up quickly. 

2: Believe it or not, an accelerator 
board will speed up your Amiga. 
They work by replacing the 68000 
CPU with a faster 68020 or 68030 
CPU and perhaps a maths co-pro- 
cessor as well. When used with 
programs which have a lot of 
thinking to do, such as DTP or ray- 
tracing packages, the speed 
increase can be considerable. 

3: If you have the standard 512k 
“trapdoor’’ memor y upgrade, any 
extra memory supplied with a 
hard drive will work perfectly. You 
may have problems if you are 
using larger expansions, but by 
running a program such as 
MergeMem you might be OK. Ask 
the suppliers. 

4: A hard drive makes such an 
immediate improvement to the 
Amiga that I would recommend 
you get one first. If you get an 
A590, you will be able to put up to 
2Mb of ram inside it with no prob- 
lems. 


African power 


WHILE I enter yet another competi- 
tion which I have no chance of 
winning, I thought I might save 
myself 20p and a trip to the post- 

> 


Expansion snags 

LIKE many people using the Amiga 
500, I am now wanting to expand 
my system beyond the usual exter- 
nal drive and half meg upgrades. 
However the availability of infor- 
mation on upgrades seems to be 
sadly lacking. 

I use my Amiga mainly for text 
and graphic-oriented projects such 
as desktop publishing, painting, and 
animation and soon realised that 1 
Mb memory was not sufficient. 

So out came the back issues of 
your mag to evaluate the best direc- 
tion to spend my pennies, memory 
expansion, hard drives, fatter 
Agnus, accelerator boards all 
jumped out from your glossy pages, 
so a few phone calls ensued. 

Here the problems arise. Most of 
the suppliers I spoke to did not 
know what did what and why. 
They all were keen to sell me their 
products, but were unable to help 
with a few of my queries. 

1: What help is a fatter Agnus? 

2: What help is an accelerator 
board? 

3: If I go for a hard drive with extra 
ram, will this be compatible with 
the onboard ram upgrades? Or will 
I end up with memory pools all 
over? 

4: Is it more sensible to go for 
“loadsa ram" before a hard drive? 

Bearing in mind the applications 


> 

box and write you a letter to go in 
the same envelope as the compo. 

Firstly, a small point about 
Checkmate’s A1500. The disk drive 
is repositioned, and room made 
next to it for another. Does this 
have to be internal, external or 
doesn’t it matter? Drives made 
internal are cheaper than external 
ones, but are advertised as 2000 
only. 

Next, a word of advice about 
memory expansions would be 
appreciated. I want to get an 
expansion of about 1 to 2Mb. I 
have seen boards advertised for 1, 
1.5, 1.8, and 2Mb. My family how- 
ever aren’t too sure about spending 
so much at once and want to get a 
0.5Mb expansion and enlarge it 
later. I know this is impossible, but 
they want to know why, and I don’t 
know the answer. Also are there 
any boards you recommend? 

Going on from that, with all 
these expansions in the pipeline, I 
have been told by friends that my 
PSU (power supply unit) will suf- 
fer, and that I should but a new 
one. 

The only point is that I am emi- 


grating to South Africa within a 
year. Is it true that with different 
power voltage (or whatever) abroad 
I will need a different PSU for each 
country , and if so, where can I get 
it? 

On a different note, how easy 
will it be for me to get a subscrip- 
tion to vour magazine from S.A.? 
Your mag is much better than any- 
thing I can get here or there. If I do 
subscribe from there will I still get 
the disk? 

Simon Champion, 
Haselmere, Surrey. 

OK, already. You don’t want much, 
do you? For starters, an internal 
drive will fit inside the A1500 and 
you can pick them up real cheap 
these davs. 

Secondly, though I am loath to 
admit it, your family are right, it is 
sensible to upgrade in stages - you 
don’t want all that power going to 
your head. 

There are a couple of boards 
around that fit in the trapdoor and 
are expandable in half meg 
chunks. One that springs to mind 
is by Evesham Micros which will 
take up to 1.5 Mb, but anything 


over 512k is going to require some 
internal fiddling which will invali- 
date your warranty. 

Alternatively, why don’t you just 
get an A501 or similar expansion 
and expand your memory exter- 
nally at a later date? 

An upgraded PSU is always a 
good move - we covered one a cou- 
ple of months back that seemed to 
do the business. As for S.Africa, 
their power system works o ff a dif- 
ferent set of volts and Hertz so you 
won’t have much joy unless the 
local talent have come up with 
something. The bitterest pill is 
sweetened by the fact that it is pos- 
sible to get an airmail subscription 
to vour favourite mag. 


O no 1 for Amiga 

Firstly I would like to compliment 
you on such a splendid magazine 
which I look forward to receiving 
every month despite it being hard 
sometimes for my newsagent to 
obtain it. Yet this now seems to be 
solved. 

It is with interest to the Amiga 
market and your magazine I write 


this letter asking you to confirm 
whether a bulletin board called 01 
4 Amiga is in fact the Number One 
Amiga Computing Board. 

It was claimed users of this BBS 
can leave messages for the editorial 
team of your magazine and all mes- 
sages left will be answered by 
yourselves online with the best 
messages going into the magazine. 

This BBS in question also has in 
the past stated that it is 
Commodore UK’s link between 
Commodore and the end user, that 
being the person spending vast 
sums of money calling this BBS. 
These users could well be your 
readers. 

I find it hard to believe that 
Amiga Computing and Commodore 
could associate themselves with 
such a BBS. 

Could you please confirm 
whether these facts are true or is it 
a pie-eyed claim made by the 
sysop. 

Name and address supplied 

Let me tell you, although the guys 
at Amiga Computing like to get 
around a bit in the comms world 
there is no “official” BBS for this 


Nice pictures, shame about the rest 


I AM yet another one of the 
rapidly-growing crowd of Amiga 
users, and like many new users I 
have a multitude of opinions and 
un-answered questions spinning 
around in my head. 

After six months with my A500 1 
have finally got acquainted with 
the basics of such wonders as the 
CLI, no thanks to completely 
unhelpful manuals. 

I have found to my frustration 
that the “Introduction to the 
Amiga” book supplied with this 
wonderful computer is full of 
pretty pictures, but also contained 
all too many references to other 
books such as the AmigaDOS refer- 
ence manual. Many integral parts 
of intuition, such as project flags, 
seem to be very scantily covered, if 
at all. 

Commodore obviously assumes, 
in this case wrongly, that Amiga 
owners can easily afford a large 
pile of expensive reference books. 
The AmigaDOS 1.3 enhanced soft- 
ware manual appears to go to the 
other extreme and assumes that 
you are already acquainted with 
the original version of AmigaDOS. 

As for AmigaBASIC, basic is def- 

I 


initely the word. For the few 
programs I bothered writing on it 1 
got the distinct feeling that my old 
8 bit micro would have done better 
and perhaps even quicker job. 

For instance, it completely 
rejected a simple one line IF state- 
ment, forcing me to replace it with 
an identical WHILE statement, 
which did work! I am now consid- 
ering venturing into C program- 
ming or perhaps buying the 
imminent AMOS. 

Right, ‘nuff said on that matter. 
The Amiga is an excellent com- 
puter when it comes down to it. On 
to some questions: 

What is a macro? I have seen 
several references to them in your 
magazine but they remain a com- 
pete mystery to me. Similarly what 
is ARexx? 

Is there really any use to the 
AUX: and PIPE: devices? Do any 
applications use them? I cannot 
seem to find a description of the 
Clipboards device. Could you shed 
some light on what this is for too? I 
know that Notepad needs it. but 
that’s about all. 

What is new about the new fat- 
ter Agnus? Will it make any differ- 


ence with my existing software, for 
example DPaintHI, Digipaint3 and 
PageSetterll. 

I think that’s enough of an out- 
burst to be getting along with. I 
have written this on Notepad and 
then fed it through the thoroughly 
recommended PageSetterll, so you 
can see how desperate I am for a 
good text editor. 

Stephen Pascoe, 
Lexden, Essex. 

The term macro can refer to sev- 
eral things. In a word processor, a 
macro is a collection of text or a 
function that can be defined to be 
available from a single keypress. 
For example, you may define a 
macro to print out your entire 
address at the press of a single 
function key. 

A macro assembler allows entire 
subroutines of mnemonics to be 
inserted by a single name. 

A rex x is a programming lan- 
guage. Its primary use is to proride 
a “glue” to hold several multi-task- 
ing programs together. An Arexx 
program can take data from a text 
editor and pass it directly to a 
compiler or assembler. 


Both AUX: and PIPE : are poten- 
tially useful. Some folk swear by 
them, others ignore them. Rarely 
would you need to use them unless 
attempting some pretty techie stuff 
from the CLI. 

By using AUX: you can open a 
CLI controlled by an external ter- 
minal. For example, you could use 
an ST as a dumb terminal with its 
own CLI with access to the Amiga's 
hard drive. 

PIPE: can be used to allow' a 
process to pass information to 
another process. It acts as a tempo- 
rary file through which data can 
flow. 

The clipboard device is an idea 
taken from the Mac that Amiga 
users rarely make full use of. The 
idea is that data from a program 
can be clipped and stored in the 
clipboard. Once there, it can be 
pasted or copied back in at a later 
date. 

The feature that is often over- 
looked is that data can be clipped 
into completely different programs. 
Of course, whether its in the right 
format when you do depends on 
the program. 

Try the QED text editor. 


20 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 



DIY makes a stand 


DISK space, desk space, the more 
you have the faster you use it and 
the more you want. Expanding 
either can be costly. 

In my quest for more desk 
space I looked at the adds for 
monitor stands and was surprised 
to see the cheapest going was £15 
going up to £50. So I considered 
making one of my own and after a 
couple of tries came up with the 
illustrated design. 

The measurements given are 
recommended mininnuns, change 
them upwards if needed. Make 
sure the distance between legs is 


magazine. Anyone who tells you 
anything different is just plain 
king. If anyone can supply us with 
hard evidence of this sort of thing 
even better, I’ve got this lawyer just 
hanging around doing nothing. 

You are, of course, free to Email 
any member of staff anwvhere you 
like, but obviously no guarantees 
of replies can be given - it strains 
these guys’ nerves just to go 
through all their Email, never 
mind reply to every message. 

As to the other allegation you 
make, I’d like to see what the 
sysop of this board has to say. I'll 
make a promise that if he writes in 
a signed and dated letter I'll pub- 
lish it in full. 


Amo, amas, 
AMOS 


I recently upgraded from an Atari 
ST (shock horror) to an Amiga 500. 
It was the best move I have ever 
made. Anyway while owning an 
ST I used STOS as my main pro- 
gramming language and closely fol- 
lowed the articles in vour sister 
magazine with STOS programs on 
the cover disk. 

What I would like to know is, 
are you going to be running a series 


at least 19in, the legs are long 
enough to clear your machine and 
any devices you may want to put 
on it and the board will be deep 
enough for all four monitor feet. 

Get the wood from your local 
timber shop and get them to cut it 
to size if possible. Cut the rear cor- 
ners to shape at home, then sand 
all edges and corners smooth. 

Next rest the board on the legs 
to check it will be level and wob- 
ble free. Make sure you have made 
the cutout in the front right leg to 
increase clearance for DFO: and 
sand all the legs smooth and flat. 
Finally put strong wood glue on 


of articles on AMOS, including 
demos on your cover disk like they 
did for STOS? If so how soon? 

Mr N.D.Burton, 
Tidworth, Hants. 

Yes. Next month. Written by the guv 
who did a lot of the AMOS demos. 


Mutant Ninja 
DTP 


I must congratulate Nic Veitch for 
his article on How to Desktop 
Publish. As a graphic designer 
using Macintosh SE/30s and Ilci, I 
would have killed to have access to 
such a guide when I first started 
using the humble Mac Plus several 
years ago. 

Yet I take umbrage with Nic’s 
comments that from just reading a 
magazine, or looking at a poster and 
being exposed to advertising, you 
acquire all there is to know about 
graphic design. 

That’s a big claim, like saying 
because you can read sheet music 
you can play every type of musical 
instrument. If we are all so clever, 
maybe this article is unnecessary. 

In retrospect, the comments may 
have been used to cushion the 
casual user against the plethora of 


the ends of the legs and nail them 
in place. 

The finished stand takes my 
Sony Trinitron portable easily, 
saving a lot of space, and having 
it raised to eye level and directly 
behind the keyboard saves neck 
ache. 

Total build time one hour. The 
total cost £1.84 plus eight nails 
and some strong wood glue - 
maybe a little more if you cover it 
in sticky backed plastic. 

M. Marsden. 

London. 

Excellent idea! Let's have more 
cut-price projects for those (like 
me) of restricted incomes. 
Perhaps I could persuade the 
powers that be to do a special 
feature on some of the best. 



considerations involved with desk- 
top publishing, but I must admit 
that even having access to training 
and possessing the design back- 
ground, there is still a tendency to 
use everything the equipment 
offers in the way of typographical 
choice. 

Where do you draw the line and 
stop using typographical whims 
that are incomprehensible and irri- 
tate everyone, and not just purists? 
Judicious selection is very much 
based on experience and some 
appreciation of good or bad design. 

I am sure that if the quality of 
Nic’s article continues in the next 
two issues of Amiga Computing, 
(but without the inflammatory 
remarks), many desktop publishers 
will improve the visual quality of 
their productions dramatically. 

Nic states: “like background 
radiation, we’ve been exposed to 
design since birth”. Exposure to 
radiation which is out of control 
has also been known to have a 
mutating effect. 

Steve Hudson, 
Spring Bank West, 
Humberside 

Like, I’m really sorry you took 
umbrage, but I sure hope you give 



m LETTERS ■ 


HELP FILE 


Who ya going 
to call? 

I am a new Amiga owner, and 
am confused by what I have 
heard about viruses. What are 
they? What harm can they do? 
How can I tell if I have one, and 
how do I get rid of them? 

S. Birch, 
Bognor Regis. 

Viruses are programs which 
copy themselves from disk to 
disk. If you boot your Amiga with 
an infected disk, the virus pro- 
gram will load itself into memory. 

From then on it will try to copy 
itself on to any disk which is 
inserted. Viruses like to save 
themselves to the first few tracks 
on a floppy disk. This can 
destroy any piece of commercial 
software which uses these 
tracks for its own purpose. 

What’s more, some viruses 
will do something dramatic - like 
destroying your files - after they 
have been memory for a while. If 
you find your computer is not 
behaving itself very well and 
tends to crash a lot, you may 
have a virus. 

Here are some anti-virus 
guidelines: 

• Always switch your computer 
off completely for 30 seconds in 
between playing games. 
Because the virus lives in ram, it 
can be totally removed from 
memory by simply switching off. 
A warm reset (Ctrl and Amiga 
keys) does NOT achieve this. If 
you do have a virus on one of 
your disks, this will prevent it 
spreading. 

• Get hold of a copy of VirusX 
version 4. This program will do a 
thorough check of every disk 
you insert. It can be placed in 
your startup sequence so it is 
always present. 

VirusX is public domain and 
can be obtained from every PD 
Library for a few pounds. If it 
thinks there is a virus on a disk it 
will say so. But beware: As men- 
tioned before, sometimes com- 
mercial software uses the first 
two tracks of a disk. 

This means the virus detect- 
ing software may get confused, 
and ask permission to re-write 
the boot sector. Don’t let it! 



> 

it back. Meanwhile Nic says: 

Wash my cotton socks , I'm in 
the news! I appreciate what you're 
sa}ing. OK. so good design in the 
end comes down to what you know 
and how long you’ve known it, but 
in this case I wasn't talking about 
good design, just design. 

Surely you won’t contend that 
you need to graduate from art col- 
lege before you can lay out a page? 

The object of the series is to 
show people that anyone can do it. 
Tm not proposing that everyone is 
an expert straight away, but they’re 
not novices either. In an average 
day a normal person will read far 
more words than they will hear. 
This effects their whole perspective 
on printed media. 

I hope you enjoy the rest of the 
series. By the way, the analog\ r with 
background radiation was care- 
fully chosen... 


Kind reset 


HELP ! Please, you are mv last 
hope! I am completely baffled. I 
have an A500 and I have acquired a 
Fujitsu DX2200 printer for it. The 
problem is that if I try to print from 
Kindwords or Home Accounts I 
have to switch the printer off first, 
tell the software to print, and then 
switch the printer on. 

If I do not do this AmigaDOS 
will return “Printer trouble check 


FIRSTLY I would like to make one 
point I think many magazines have 
messed up in the past, and that is 
basically the speed of a modem 
that normal telephone lines can 
handle. 

Many people get the impression 
that 1200 is the norm and if you 
really want speed then 2400 is the 
one to go for. These are the people 
who when told of modems that 
operate at 9600 or 19200, say “Oh 
well... you’ll never get one of them 
running on BT lines”. 

My board, which operates at 
9600, is on the old analogue 
exchange and it still works fine 
and I know also that British 
Telecom themselves use 19.2s to 
transfer info from exchange to 
exchange. 

Obviously the expense is 
another key issue here. 2400 
modems ARE a lot cheaper but 


printer and cabling”. The weird 
thing is that I do not have to do 
this if I am printing from Basic. 

I have asked Commodore and 
they haven't a clue. Fujitsu say that 
it’s Epson FX80 compatible so I’m 
using the EpsonX driver (I’ve tried 
all the others on the disk anyway). 
Any ideas? 

Secondly, can you tell me why 
vour Workbench 1.3.2 upgrade re- 
defines my @ # “ keys. My “ has 
changed places with my @ and # 
and I've lost my apostrophe (the 
one below the “ on the keyboard) 
altogether! 

Lastly, I am thinking of buying a 
video digitising package, but I can’t 
afford to buy a video camera to go 
with it. Would it be possible to 
connect up my VCR to my Amiga, 
find the frame I want and simply 
press pause while the Amiga reads 
it? 

Secondly lastly, thanks for 
bringing the cover disk back and 
your magazine is brilliant. (My 
missus says that a little praise and 
grovelling should ensure that my 
letter gets printed. Excuse my 
sweaty palms). 

Richard Frith. 

Grovelville. 

Sounds like the printer needs a 
reset code ( esc®) which I believe 
Basic does automatically - in other 
words it is a software fault and you 
can only tr\ r to see if you can get 
your problem packages to send a 
reset before they print (or do it 


when you think it will take four 
times as long to transfer a file vour 
bill will become four times higher, 
so with the extra money you can 
buy a faster modem and not sit 
watching that file download! 

The prices range from around 
£100 for a 1200, £200 for a 2400 
£250 for a 2400 with error check- 
ing/compression and £850 for a 
9600 with error checking & data 
compression (can achieve speeds of 
14.4 in many cases). 

If you are considering setting up 
a bulletin board of your own, then 
there are various companies offer- 
ing sysop discounts - which means 
that you can get a 9600 for £450... 
all inclusive! 

What’s the difference between 
V32 & HST? 

There are two different types of 
9600 modems, the European stan- 
dard (V32) and the American one 


yourself). As for your keyboard 
problem. Well, how can I break this 
to you - you’ve got an American 
A500. The fault is easily rectified 
by remo\ing the line “ Setmap gb” 
from the startup sequence. 

You'll be lucky to have a VCR 
that can perfectly freeze a frame 
well enough for even a fast grabber 
to have a chance. What about a 
nice ex-security CCTV camera? 
They’re good enough for the job 
and only a shade over £100 if you 
look around. 


Paging Mr 
Cavedaschi 

A correspondent in the July issue, 
Ron Cavedaschi of Brighton, com- 
plained about the lack of assistance 
he received on DTP programs. 

Of course, he wanted to see 
what the programs could produce, 
as no one in their right minds is 
going to shell out nearly £100 for 
something which may not be 
wanted. 

As I can sympathise with Ron 
Cavedaschi, and have both 
Pagesetter and Pagesetterll, I have 
run off examples (on a Panasonic 
KXP1124) that come with both pro- 
grams and would ask you to for- 
ward them to him. 

I have used Pagesetter for about 
18 months and it is capable of very 
good results, seen when connected 
to a 9 pin printer. Your review of 


(HST), but before you think you 
must get the European one, hang 
on. 

There is an important thing to 
bear in mind - and that’s what you 
want to use the modem for. 

If you are a business user then 
you will find that V32 is the stan- 
dard. but if you are a simple Amiga 
user who wishes to call the local 
boards and get the latest utilities 
and demos then you need HST. As 
for the home market the HSTs are 
the standard - one of the reasons 
being that you can import them 
from the US very cheaply. 

There are dual standard 
modems (V32/HST) which are 
nearly the same price as buving 
both separately, but these mean 
you can connect to any board that 
you will ever possibly want to! 

Johnathan Morris, 
Cheshunt, Herts. 


Pagesetterll and the upgrade price 
of £39.95 persuaded me to change 
to that program and it has been 
money well spent. 

Pagesetterll only come with two 
Compugraphic fonts, so I was 
interested in the disk of 
Compugraphic fonts available for 
Professional Page and Pagesetterll. 
Now I am in a similar position to 
Mr. Cavedaschi as I would like to 
see what fonts are before parting 
with well over £100, but I was 
unable to get any help from the 
well-known company I 
approached. 

I understand there are 35 fonts 
on the disk/s but it would be nice 
to see a leaflet of what they look 
like. 

Your remarks about 9 pin 
printer output were not very re- 
assuring to the many hundreds of 9 
pin printer owners. If one reads 
reviews of such printers - the 
StarLClO for example - the 
reviewer usually comments on the 
excellent output of which the 
printer is capable. 

Of course, if are going to com- 
pare the output with a deskjet or 
laser printer then the output will 
look awful, but everyone have their 
standards and personal require- 
ments. Ron Cavedaschi states he 
only has limited funds, so he is 
unlikely to go out and buy a laser 
printer. Like most of us, he wants 
to be able to produce a decent copy 
with the minimum of outlay. 

Finally, my Panasonic printer’s 
default setting has been set to 12 cpi 
rather than 10 cpi. I did not realise 
it at first, but this was the reason for 
part of the right hand side of 
graphic dumps, printout from 
Pagesetterll from being cut off. 

Changing the setting to 10 cpi 
cured the problem, so full-width 
pages are now printed. Whether this 
would effect other printers I do not 
know, but the information may be 
useful to someone who has this 
problem and not realised the cause. 

J Farrar, 
Hayle, Cornwall. 

Umm...er...ves, well it’s like this - 
I’ve lost it. No, not my sanity, but Mr 
Cavedaschi’s address. Isn’t it just 
t\j deal that the one piece of paper I 
need is the one that gets eaten by the 
Technical Editor (at least that’s my 
theor\ r ). If you'd like to get in touch 
MrC , we’ll forward the goods. 

Re the CG fonts. Yeah, I dig. I 
think I know which distributor, or 
should I say marketing companv, 
you mean. I’ll see if we can’t sort 
something out , but they take up a 
lot of space y’know. 


Talking speed 


22 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 



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A MIGA owners fall into two 
distinct groups. There’s the 
brilliant, mathematically advanced 
superbrain who machine codes in his 
sleep and who thinks a heavenly body 
is a distant asteroid as yet 
undiscovered, especially by the 
distorted Hubble telescope... 

Then there’s the dissolute, artv type 
of genius who supports Liverpool, 
loves big bikes, mourns the passing of 
the ten bob note, and has been given 
an injection of pure and permanent 
joy by the graphic wonderment that 
our Amiga unlooses on an otherwise 
unsuspecting world. 

Erm... I’ll try that one again, if you 
don’t mind. 

Amiga owners fall into three 
distinct groups - the programmer, the 
artist and the games-player (without 
whom, there would be nobody writing 
such superb programs for the Amiga. 
Yawn.) 

Anyway, Gold Disk’s Pro Draw is a 
program which needs some thought 
and planning, and therefore not really 
for someone as stupid and inherently 
instinctive as I am. I do think that it is 
a very interesting and powerful 
program, however, in the right hands... 
Trying to do things literally “by the 



An imported bitmap overlaid with its 
structured equivalent, courtesy of Trace 


Structured art is to 
drawing programs 
what DTP is to word 
processors. Ian 
McDonough paints 
an exciting picture 
of professional 
quality output at a 
home user price 

book”, I restrained my twitching hand 
from impatiently thrusting the disks 
into my Amiga and tentatively began 
to read. 

“Requires a minimum of 1 megabyte 


All on the line 


O NE of the advanced features 
included in this version of 
Professional Draw is the ability to 
align text with a curve. Actually you 
can align any text with any curve. A 
requestor will give options as to 
whether the text should fit inside or 
outside the curve and the standoff 
between the two. 

This is far more advanced than 
most professional DTP packages 
running on any computer. If you think 
about it, you don’t have to attach the 
text to any curve, the actual curve can 
be deleted afterwards leaving just the 
text. This is useful for running around 
objects/artwork or just for being 
weird! 

Not only is the text fitted near on 
exactly where you want it, but can 
be re-scaled to fit the image exactly. 
This is an invaluable addition as it is 
hard to judge exactly how long the 


of memory” Hmmm... like many of us 
I began with half a meg and then 
upgraded to 1Mb with an extra disk 
drive. A minimum... ah well, let’s see 
how it goes. 




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text is going to have to be to fit 
around an irregular curve. 

Each individual character can be 
rotated to be tangential to the curve 
at its particular position or not. This 
means that the text can actually 
“flow” along the curve or just be 
repositioned in the vertical axis to 
correspond to the curve - excellent 
if you have a lot of text which must 
be clearly legible. 

The use of Compugraphic scaleable 
fonts means no jaggies on the text. 


24 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 








■ REVIEW ■ 


The introduction explains the 
difference between a structured 
graphics program such as Pro Draw 
and an ordinary one made up of 
bitmaps, such as Deluxe Paint. 

Bitmap graphics it likens to 
newspaper photographs, made up of 
thousands of tiny dots which appear 
as a continuous tone. Structured 
graphics organise the image into basic 
structures based on geometric 
elements such as lines, curves, 
ellipses and rectangles. They produce 
a description of the image rather than 
the image itself. 

Now all this information may seem 
rather boring. The end result, however 
is absolutely ex, brill, or mega, 
depending on which class of computer 



The shaded effect used on the text is quite 
easy to achieve. First the text is created 
and grouped together with an outline box. 
with the effect that the text now appears 
transparent. It is then a simple matter to 
put a set of blended boxes behind the text 


Gold Blend 


A S with most structured 

drawing programs such as 
sshhh... Adobe Illustrator, you can 
make a drawing or graphic active so 
that you can fiddle with it by pointing 
on it with an arrow Gold Disk have 
named the Null Pointer tool. 

Any changes from the familiar pull- 
down menus, or alterations using the 
tools, only affect the activated item. In 
the manual it suggests creating a 
vertical box, cloning it (yes it does 
remind you of an ideal theme song for 
“Boys from Brazil”: Send in the 
clones! an Irish joke.) and using the 
superb Fill Colour and Blend 
requesters to fill the first with blue and 
the second with cyan (that’s a sort of 
light bluey turquoisey sort of colour for 
those watching in black and white). 

You then select the number of steps 
you wish the blend to take: The 
manual suggests eight. After switching 
off the wireframe made (oops!) it 
works. Amazing: The box on the right 
slowly changes colour as it moves 



towards the box on the left (or is it the 
other way around?) 

The program will blend the images 
in the number of steps specified. This 
is similar to tweening in an animation 
package: At regular intervals between 
the two images a new image is placed, 
some fraction advanced in the process 
of transforming completely from one 
image to another. This effects not only 
colour but also shape - you can slowly 
transform a square into a circle if you 
really like. 


Trace - the final frontier 


user you belong to. All these structure- 
thingies, cure “The Jaggies”, which 
occur when you try to scale up a 
drawing. 

The manual has a really nifty index 
of chapters running down the right- 
hand side of each page, with the 
current section highlighted in black, 
just like a hard copy of a pull down 
menu. It's a bit like the difference 
between a digital clock and the more 
traditional face. The information 
contained in the traditional face 
contains a graphic representation of 
the time, portions of time elapsed and 
portions of time yet to pass. A digital 
face contains only the time. The Gold 
Disk index works in the same way. 

The next portion of the manual 
deals with a tutorial, but unfortunately 
the description of the tools and 
requestors only arrive later. This can 
be a little confusing at times: I was 
desperately searching for the Fill item 
for about 10 minutes. 

The Pen tool draws a straight line, 
except when you keep the button 
depressed, then it draws Bezier 

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B undled along with 

Professional Draw is a little 
program called “Trace”. Now just 
because it’s little doesn’t mean it isn’t 
incredibly useful. In fact it is a piece 
of coding genius and a godsend to 
anyone who has a lot of bitmap clip- 
art lying around. 

Trace is a program that will convert 
bitmaps into structured clip-files as 
used by Pro Draw. Why bother, you 
ask, when it is already possible to load 
the bitmaps themselves? 

Well, as I’m sure you’re aware, when 
you re-scale a bitmap you get those 
jaggies - nasty pixelisation caused by 
tlie resolution of the original. 
Structured art does not suffer from this 
as a structured drawing contains, if 
you like, instructions for how the 
picture is made up, rather than actual 
binary data for the image itself. 

Trace, as the program is 
imaginatively called, is not limited to 
line art. Fill and colour options are 
available to totally capture the image 
as near to the original as possible. 
Digitised pictures with lots of shades 
don’t tend to come out very well, but 



Included on the disks is a small utility 
called Trace. Its purpose is simply to 
translate bitmap images into structured 
clip-art - something it does ve/y well 

apart from that it works fine. 

There is, of course, a snag. You must 
specify the resolution the program is 
to wmrk to - how close to the original 
it should trace in other wmrds. The 
default setting is plus or minus 1.5 
pixels which works quite well for 
most things, but you may need to 
experiment in order to get the best 
results. 


AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 25 








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curves. To draw a curve, apparently, 
we must do two things: Drop the 
control points, and set the direction 
points that control the curve. Now 
that’s easy for you to say. 

It was probably at this point that I 
became forever grateful that I didn’t 
take tech drawing at school, in fact I 
don’t think that they had invented 
tech drawing in those days. Even the 
writers of the tutorial realised that 
help was urgently required and the 
cavalry came riding in with “the 
SineWave.tmplt”. 

Have you ever attempted one of 
those church fate type games where 
you have to thread a copper loop 
around a devilishly hair-pinned set of 
wire curves, either inebriated or even 



Eight colour mode will give you a basic 
idea of how your artwork will appear when 
printed. As you can see, Professional Draw 
is useful for designing everything from 
letterheads to album covers 

completely sober? Child's play 
compared with this! This was a 
genuine attempt to do as the manual 
commanded. 

It was of course a reflection on my 
lack of ability to think, plan and 
compute, rather than any genuine 


criticism of the program. But then, 
salvation! I found the Freehand Tool. 
Instead of all this brainscrunching 
segments and paths to juggle with, I 
could, in the words of the manual, 
draw the curve and Professional Draw 
would interpolate the control points 
and tangents that defined it. 

Now that’s much better, the 
computer is, once again, doing all the 
hard work for me and freeing me to be 
really creative, man. 

After a few interesting but difficult 
tutorials, the manual revealed a major 
problem in its own design. The next 
section contained really important 
information such as the anatomy of 
the screen, that all the little squiggles 
on the right are the tool palette, that 
the white box on the right is the page 
position gadget and what on earth all 


Into print 


O F COURSE, all this wonderful 
structured stuff is a bit 
academic if you can’t print it out. In 
fact, the nature of Pro Draw is such 
that you don’t actually know what 
you’ve got until you print it out - 
perhaps a preview mode wouldn’t go 
too far amiss. 

Rather like Gold Disks DTP 
packages, Pro Draw can produce high 
quality, high resolution output on a 
standard printer. That is to say, it will 
drive the printer to the limits of it’s 
resolution - something few other 
packages are capable of. This doesn’t 
mean you’re going to get 1000 dpi out 
of a 9-pin, but the results are quite 
staggering. 

The bestest bit is the postscript 





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printer, and that’s as far as you want to 
go, that’s fair enough - you won’t need 
postscript output. But there are at least 


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two incidences when you might have 
occasion to use one. 

Scenario one: You happen to have a 
typesetting machine lying around, a 
Linotype for example. Now you are in 
business. You can output straight on 
to film at maximum resolution. Pro 
Draw will even handle its own colour 
separations, producing films for three 
or four colour processing with 
undercolour removal and all of the 
sort of stuff that publishers get really 
excited about. 

Scenario two: You want something 
printed professionally but you don’t 
have a printer up to the job. Simply 
select the disk output option and all 
the data, including postscript 
information, will be spooled to your 
disk. Now you can send it off to any 
one of the Amiga bureaux springing 
up around the country. 


26 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 




■ REVIEW ■ 


those obscure, illegible little icons are 
really supposed to represent. 

This is an excellent section called 
Basic Concepts and to be of any use 
should have been thoughtfully placed 
at the beginning of the book. 

The most useful tool I noticed from 
the start were two rulers running 
along the top and left side of the page. 
They measure the page in whatever 
units are specified in the Layout Tools 
requester and adjust to whatever 
magnification is being used. 

Whenever editing or drawing is 
being carried out the rulers have a 
sliding line to indicate the position of 
the X and Y axes. The assistance 
afforded to aid accuracy made one 
wish that Pro Draw had been 
mandatory for the English team during 
the term of Italia 90. The rulers helped 


even me to construct intricate 
mathematical figures. 

The list of features contained on 
only two small disks is lengthy, and 
just goes to prove the myth that size 
isn’t everything. 

Features such as scaling, rotating, 
blending, cloning, distorting and 
wrapping text along a curve are just a 
few of the advanced tools normally to be 
found only on more expensive software. 

The ability to import bitmapped 
graphics from other programs such as 
Deluxe Paint is an exciting feature, 
and one that I attempted successfully 
on this occasion. These bitmaps can 
be traced by hand to create structured 
drawing versions, and thus a graphic 
free of jaggies. 

The flexibility of Professional Draw 
is evident in a number of ways. It can, 


for instance, be used not only with 
Professional Page, but with other page 
layout systems which support EPSF 
files (Encapsulated Postscript Format, 
stupid... er... sorry just addressing 
myself), even on different machines. 

Professional Draw is well worth the 
Ecus. Ecus me, that should be shekels. 
When compared with other structured 
drawing programs for different 
computers, costing a great deal more, 
this system offers equal, if not greater 
features and flexibility, and 
tremendous colour possibilities. 

It might take some time to get the 
hang of, and there are aspects of it that 
will forever remain a mystery to me, 
but I feel that the potential ready to be 
unleashed on these two innocent- 
looking disks is of ginormous 
proportions. 




Scanned output from a 
nine-pin dot matrix 
printer. This was the 
nastiest printer we 
could find (it uses the 
CBM printer-driver, so 
it must be bad) and yet 
the results are still 
pretty stunning - 
imagine what you 
could do with a nice 
laser printer or even 
better, a typesetting 
machine 


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If you can copy the file on to a PC 
disk you can get even more bureaux to 
help, since the postscript language is 
not machine specific. 

An update to the original Pro Draw 


is an option for HP plotter output. 
Again, you can spool this to disk if 
you don’t happen to have one of 
these devices, and pop it in the post 
to someone who does. 


REPORT CARD 


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Gold Disk 

£199.95 


FEATURES 



Packed full of features previously 
unavailable on the Amiga. This 
program is drawing level with Mac 
systems with its excellent facilities for 
handling text. 


DOCUMENTATION. 



Some interesting examples and 
tutorials, but perhaps they might have 
been better explained. All features are 
reasonably documented. 


SPEED 

Compugraphic fonts are never going to 
be incredibly fast, but there are major 
improvements on previous versions in 
other areas. Unfortunately this means 
you don't have time to nip off for a cup 
of tea while it does something. 



VALUE 



Better value if you can buy it in the 
States. Tax and distributors profits over 
here make it slightly less attractive but 
it’s still well worth it. Ironically you 
can probably get it cheaper by buying 
1.2 and taking advantage of the 
upgrade offer. 




OVERALL 82% 


Gold Disk still lead the way in 
professi onal, producti vi ty- bi ased 
software for the Amiga 



AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 27 












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a brave new world 


S tudents of optics will know 

what a virtual image is. It’s an 
image which is real and yet and yet at 
the same time unreal. You can see 
your virtual reflection in a mirror, but 
you can’t project it on to a screen. 

If you’ve been keeping your eyes 
open you will probably also have seen 
the calmour over virtual realities, one 
of those wonderful phrases to use at 
parties. Instead of images, virtual 
realities are entire worlds which only 
exist in the mind’s eye of a computer. 

The classic example is that of a 
relaxed Californian with a set of eye 
phones over his head, exploring a 
universe of geometric shapes and 
colours. The eye-phones create a 
three-dimensional image to confuse 
the brain into thinking it’s somewhere 
else entirely. The illusion can be 
enhanced with tactile feedback gloves 
to provide a sense of touch when 
grasping computer generated objects. 

However, this is not a completely 
honest definition of a virtual reality. 
Any artificially generated sensual 
stimuli i can be construed to be 
“virtual”. 

For example, imagine a computer 
console that can act as a view port on 
the world. You select any place, 
anywhere, then zoom in, stand on a 
plain before a mountain and look 
around you. You -choose your location, 
the time of day, the seasons - even the 
weather, to suit your mood. 

When you’ve grown tired with 
Earth, you visit Another planet in the 
solar system and explore where no 
one has been. You take a quick day- 
trip to the giant volcanoes on Mars 
and take a few snapshots, all from 
your imaginary terminal. 

And when the physical universe has 
unfolded its secrets for you, you 
explore the very fabric of mathmatics 


When is reality not reality? Who can say 
what’s real and what isn’t? John Kennedy 
explores a universe that only exists in his Amiga 




itself, wandering through the fractal 
valleys of Mr Mandelbrot. 

Of course, all this is impossible. 
Which is whv Vista is such an 
interesting program. Programs which 
attempt the impossible are sufficiently 
rare to make them interesting. 

Vista will render real landscapes for 
you in HAM mode, using information 


from real-world co-ordinates. The co- 
ordinates in question come from 
United States Geologic Survey Digital 
Elevation Mapping files. These files 
contain data sampled at 


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30 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 








■ REVIEW ■ 




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approximately 30 metre intervals 
which means a typical Vista file is 
made up from about 130,000 
polygons. 

This alone would be inpressive, as it 
allows an accurate representation to 
be made from geological data. It is 
even more impressive because of the 
artificial intelligence engine built in. 
The AI will decide where trees can 
grow and snow can fall. It will cause 
rivers to flow in realistic ways. * 

Your outlook on this world is 
controlled from a control panel on the 
left of the landscape plan view 
display. From here your location and 
the site you are looking at may be • 
controlled. The tree and snow 
parameters can also be adjusted to 
provide views at different times of the 
year. 

Non-romantics with their feet firmly 
on the ground and heads in the real 
world might ask questions like “Do I 
really need a program like Vista? What 
do I do with the pictures I create?” 

I feel sorry those people. Half the 
fun with a package like Vista comes 



On the 18th May 
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captured before 
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AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 31 




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from just playing around, tweaking 
landscapes until they are just right. 

The production of IFF screen files is 
almost secondary. 

If the IFF files are important to you, 
you can have more control over them 
by outputing the data in a format 
suitable for the Turbo Silver raytracer. 
All the illustrations generated for this 
article were render using Vista, which 
proved more than satisactory. In either 
case, you can produce a script file 
which will generate many different 
views of a landscape, ideal for 
animations. 

For those desparate for something 
useful to do with the package, Virtual 
Reality Labs have one or two 
suggestions. Geography teachers can 
use it to generate examples for their 
classes. Hikers can preview their 
journeys. Engineers can produce line- 
of-sight surveys. Games designers can 
use it to make realistic backdrops. 

Some of these uses assume that the 
DEM files exist for the area you wish 
to study, which may be a problem. 
Vista comes with files for four 
interesting places in the US, including 
Mt St. Helens before and after the big 
bang. Also provided is Mons Olympus 
- the giant volcano on Mars - and the 
Mandlebrot and Julia sets. If these are 
not enough to keep you busy, you can 
choose a randomly created fractal 
landscape to explore. 


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EASE OF USE... 



Very easy to use. Although using an 
external ray-tracing package solves the 
problem, some more control over 
effects such as lighting would have 
been welcome. 


SPEED 



Surprisingly fast. Even at the highest 
resolution, the rendering is not a "leave 
it overnight " affair. 


VALUE 



Depends on how you look at it. If you 
have a definite use in mind, you'll see 
it as money well spent. 


OVERALL 87% 


A package that is destined to find a 
space on the shelf of all those 
interested in Amiga graphics. 



The Amiga 

Computing 

teams 

holiday 

snaps... 



...and finally 
stop off on 
Mars: All 
done with a 
little help 
from a low- 
priced video 
digitiser 



32 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 










■ R E V I E W ■ 



Fractal 

Generates a completely 
random landscape 
using fractal geometry 
and some simple 
shaping rules 


p °ly 

An indication of the resolution of the 
rendered landscape. With size 8 
selected, 2048 polygons are 
generated. Using size 1 means 
131,072 polygons, a longer rendering 
time anci a higher quality image 


Render 

Starts the image generation 
process 


Promised as “coming soon” are expansion 
disks with data for underwater explorations, 
more extra-terrestrial sites and a few more 
earth-bound examples. As the files use US 
data, it’s unlikely that Macclesfield will ever 
be rendered. This will probably not be a 
great loss to mankind. 


Wide/Zoom 

Your imaginary camera has two 
lenses, to provide different views 
from the same location 


View 

Displays any hidden landscape 
previously rendered 


Target 

This is the spot that 
the imaginary 
observer is looking 
towards 


Lake 

Place a lake anywhere you like on the 
landscape. The computer allows the water to 
fill the landscape up to the correct level 


Snow 

The height above which snow 
appears' on the mountain sides 


Tree 

The “timber line”, above 
which no vegetation grows 


Haze 

To provide some atmospheric effects, 
the level of haze can be chosen to lie 
somewhere between a pea-souper 
and crystal clarity 


Blend 

Subtly merges the colours to 
add to the realism 

Colours 

The palette may be redesigned to 
completely alter how the landscapi 
appears. Changing the standard blues 
and greens can put you on another 
planet. 


XYZ 

The co-ordinate 
switches can be 
switched on 
and off to 
control 
movement in 
one, two or 
three axis of 
movement 


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Light 

The location of the sun in the sky 
and the subsequent changing of 
shadows can be controlled by 
chosing one of the four compass 
points 


Smooth 

Selecting this option causes the 
landscape to be rounded slightly, 
removing any rough edges. It may be 
repeated to round down any 
^unsightly jaggies 


River 

Running water on tap. The river will 
. flow downhill, forming lakes in 
hollows and waterfalls over cliffs 


Camera 

This is the location 
where the observer 
stands 


AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 33 








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Last year saw almost 
30,000 people converge on 
the first Computer Shopper 
Show. This year, the event - 
already the world s largest 
pre-Christmas computer 
shopping spree - will be 
even bigger. 

• V • • V V V 

The move to Wembley 
means nearly twice as 
much floor space, twice as 


many exhibitors, twice as many 
bargains, twice as many en- 
trances and an extra day - all 
designed to cater for record 
crowds. 

• •••••• 

After all the Computer Shopper 
Show exists entirely to help the 
buying public get what they want 
at the price they want to pay. Ask 
anyone who went to last year’s 
Show about the money they 


saved. Many visitors in our exit 
poll reported getting more than 
twice what they expected for 
their money (or paying half 
what they’d budgeted). That’s 
what we call value! 




Then there’s advice - lots of it - 
on what to buy. Whether you’re 
already a committed computer 
buff or a complete novice. 

Whether you’re in to PCs 
(including Amstrads and any 
IBM clone), Amiga, Atari ST, 
Acorn (Archimedes and BBC), 


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Wembley Conference Centre 
Wembley, London 

Thursday December 6th - Sunday December 9th 1990 

Opening Hours: 

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Commodore and Sinclairs - or 
any popular machine - you’ll 
find one-stop shopping at the 
Computer Shopper Show. 


Start saving money now! Buy 
an advance ticket and you’re 
already a pound or more in 
pocket. Or save even more 
with a family ticket - only £12 
for two adults and two children. 

Cut down on queuing time. Be 
first through the door to save 
even more money. Pre-order 
your entry tickets for FAST 
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Amiga Arcade 


Hercules goes 
Fem. Lib. 

APPARENTLY Hercules had this 
daughter, right. She got cursed by 
Hera and in order to lift this terri- 
ble blight must complete a very 
difficult platform game...er, I mean 
re-enact the historic 12 labours of 
her father. 

Well that’s Greek mythology 
according to Millennium, anyway. 

Yolanda (for it is she) must com- 
plete more than 50 levels of the 
fastest and most difficult platform 
game ever (well, probably). 

Features include a three level 



trainer for those who don’t feel 
quite up to herculean feats to begin 
with and an option which allows 
the tasks to he selected in a ran- 
dom order. 

When the original Hercules came 
out on the C64 it prompted propos- 
als of marriage from the press - 
how will the 1990 version fare? 

Yolanda is mucking out the sta- 
bles of your local store at the 
mythological price of £19.99. 

Do as I do 

ELECTROCOIN, having recovered 
from the release of Time Soldier is 
now planning a series of coin-op 
conversions, releases of which will 
only be a couple of weeks apart. 

The first of these will be Mr Do! 


No shoot to kill policy 


AN interesting approach to games 
is being adopted by New Deal. In 
one of its latest releases, Wildlife, 
the object is to shoot various 
endangered species, but with a 
camera not a gun. 

Collect the components of your 
camera and take a trip through the 
multi-parallax scrolling country- 
side admiring the flora and fauna. 
If you see a hunter, shoot him in 
the guts. 

Also due for release is Astate, 
an archaeological graphic adven- 
ture which has already received 
rave reviews in France. 



Run Run. a conversion of the old 
classic which achieved cult status 
around the world back when the 
staff of Amiga Computing used to 
hang around an arcade on Queen’s 
Parade (a long time ago, in other 
words). 

The plot, as was the style back 
in those good old days, is com- 
pletely ridiculous. Mr Do must col- 
lect fruit and dots while fending 
off the attacks of ravenous mon- 
sters with his trusty crystal ball. 

This continuing campaign to re- 
release old arcade classics is 
explained bv Electrocoin’s Luther 
De Gale as supplying the playabil- 
ity and fun of arcade classics but 
with improved graphics and fea- 
tures for those too young to 
remember them. 

Oh, and for the misty-eyed and 
nostalgic of you, the series will be 
selling at the almost old-style price 
of £14.99. 


Back to the 


IMAGEWORKS is about to take off 
in a new direction with strategy 
games. Wings is its latest release, 



set in the First World War. 

Although the game has an overall 
strategy bias there are many “simu- 
lator” tvpe sequences including a 
3D fighter sequence and a more con- 
ventional 2D homhing run. 

Keep your eyes from the circling 
sky by watching out for a review 
soon. 


Weaving a good yarn 


THE LATEST adventure from the 
creators of Zak McKraken and 
Indiana Jones is Loom. 

In the time of the Great Guilds, 
all co-existed peacefully and all 
was well. All that is except for 
the weavers. They got it into their 
heads that they deserved better 
and, unable to come to terms with 
reality, went off to an island to 
weave on their own. 

Eventually, the weavers gained 
great knowledge and mastery over 
the rest of the populace, but isola- 
tion had its price. Inbreeding had 



done nasty things to each succes- 
sive generation. Something had to 
be done. The one they call Lady 
Cvgna did it, and what she did 
begins your adventure. 

Not giving much away there, are 
they? Still, the package comes with 


a full 30 minutes of drama on 
tape and a book of patterns, an 
evening’s entertainment for all 
the family there, surely. 

U.S.Gold is responsible for 
spinning this tale, and it’s thread- 
ing it's way to the shops now. 


It’s got 
personality 

TITUS is launching a new strategy 
games system. No, sorry. Titus is 
launching a new strategy game 
concept, called Action Concept. 

The system will work around 
one system disk and several data 
disks, with more being released at 
later dates. Nothing completely 
novel there, you might think. 

But the difference is that the 
data disks will not just be new sce- 
narios to use with the original 
game, but new games in their own 
right, with different graphics and 



characters, each with their individ- 
ual personalities (apparently). 

The system disk just contains 
the programming for setting up, 
among other things, the 3D isomet- 
ric display which will be a feature 
of all the games. 

The system disk will be released 
with the first of these action disks, 
entitled Commando War. with the 
player in charge of a 12 man squad 
with the simple mission to capture 
as much territory as possible. 

Future releases will include jun- 
gle warfare, Vikings, Trafalgar, First 
World War, the Conquistadors and 
a prehistoric battle for survival. 




All the latest news on 
the games software scene 



* 

Moore to come 


CONTINUING the releases of offi- 
cial James Bond software, Domark 
will shortly unveil The Spy Who 
Loved Me. Yes, Bond is back, and 
getting younger every time. 

Following the plot of the origi- 
nal film, Bond must stop the evil 
Stromberg who plans to launch 
nuclear warheads at New York 
and Moscow for some reason more 
adequately explained in the film. 

This necessitates Basing closely 
with the rather comely Russian 
agent Anya Amasova as you 
indulge in over the top car chases 
(yes, this is the one with the Lotus 
in it) gun battles and wrestling 
bouts. 



Interestingly, the 007 game 
series has been getting increas- 
ingly better as the programmers 
delve deeper into the past. 


Whether this is a reflection on the 
films or on the programmers 
remains to be seen, but for the 
moment, nobody does it better. 




Jolly hockey sticks 


ACTIVISION has just released 
the first Mission Disk for the 
acclaimed Fighter Bomber game. 
This will provide a further lti 
missions, including attacking a 
well-defended submarine and 
halting the enemy advance on a 
beleaguered airport. 

When you’ve had enough you 
can always design your own 
missions! If you have the urgent 
desire to blow apart some air- 
field somewhere (we all have 
that feeling now and again) it is 
but the work of a moment to 
construct such a scenario. 

The Fighter Bomber 
Advanced Mission Disk is out 
now, get it before it gets you! 


THE man with the nose has been 
poking it in where it’s not wanted, 
noticeably around highly crucial 
street hockey games. Yes, after 
Wipeout, Gonzo games is planning 
another release so addictive it 
should be illegal. 

This time street hockey gets the 
big nose treatment. Start off in 
downtown Manhattan, dodging the 
traffic and garbage and beat the 
local teams in order to build up 
cred and get to your ultimate goal - 
Central Park. 

Switch control between your 
five players, keeping a constant eye 
on each via the small but perfectly 
formed remote viewing monitors. 
Features include animated block- 


ing, tackling, shooting, dribbling 
and ducking moves. 

But hockey isn’t all. In between 
matches you must pick your way 
through traffic in the busy streets. 
The street layout is an accurate 
(apparently) depiction of the Big 
Apple, so if you ever go on a visit, 
you won’t get lost. There’s value 
for you. 

To top it all you can serial link 
two machines (whatever their ilk) 
and beat the hell out of a friend, all 
approved by the British Street 


ASSOCIATION 


Hockey Association. 

Street hockey hits (and I do 
mean hits) your local dealer on 
August 31. 


TITUS has secured the rights to 
market Disney software in 
Europe. Disney software will be 
covering three main categories: 

Entertainment, with releases 
like Dick Tracy, linked to the 
film starring Warren Beatty and 
Madonna and Arachnophobia, a 
new Spielberg production 

Children’s software, with 
products featuring the age-old 
favourite Disney characters like 
Goofy, Donald Duck, Mickey 
Mouse etc. 

Creativity, starting with a 
very important release of the 
Disney Animation Studio, an 
animation package which seems 
to have some amazing features. 


AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 37 







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Attack of the 


O H DEAR. The evil Reptilons 
and their countless hordes of 
robot monsters are holding humans 
hostage. But this is not the limit of 
their tyrannical ambition. The cap- 
tives are being used as slave labour 
to further add to the mechanical 
army of the Reptilons. 

Soon these fiends will attack 
and destroy all life on Earth, and 
when they’ve finished with David 
Attenborough they’ll start on the 
rest of us. 

The citizens of Earth know full 
well they are being watched by 
eager, greedy eyes. To ensure their 
salvation they must destroy the 
synthetic Planet X, the base the 
Reptilons are using as a monster 
factory. 

Ha-ha, says mankind - that’s 
easy. We’ll send not 100 ships, not 
1,000 ships, but one ship. One hero 
alone will be enough to secure our 
future. 

The reasoning behind this is 
simple - critically flawed, but sim- 
ple. Earth was going through 
another of those nostalgia phases 
where all those naff sci-fi films 
became cult viewing again and 
everyone reckoned they were all 
‘Tabby” and “corker”. So they reck- 
oned a single lone hero w r ould do 
the job quite nicely. 

Play takes place in one of three 
areas. The canal maze is just that. 
The hero is in control of a craft 
which he must pilot along the 
canals before the time limit runs 
out. 

The tricky bit is that some 
canals are just dead ends. Learn the 
routes in each of these sections - 


they are always the same. 

The scrolling is nice - 45 degree 
Zaxxon style - but once you h*ve 
learnt the route there is nothing 
much to this bit. It looks like an 
afterthought. 

If the canal stage is completed 
within the time limit , which is 
quite tight, there is the option of 
choosing one of three ways to 


progress through the planet. There 
is no easy route, but different ones 
may suit different gamers, depend- 
ing on their style of play. 

And so on to the factory stage, 
which is w r here the action really 
starts. Swarms of synthetic swine 
compete in an orgy of mechanical 
mayhem to bounce on your bonce. 
In other words, they’re all out to 
get you. 

It’s not just the robots either. 
There are booby-traps everywhere. 
Electrified floors, revolving doors, 
movev iny-outy spikey things and 
small black round things which I 
haven’t quite identified yet. 

The robots themselves are fairly 
unpleasant. Some are content to 
just trundle about and take pot 
shots, others feel it their duty to 
make the affair very personal and 
encroach on the hero’s “space” - 
these dudes are serious. 

Some might actually be quite 
cute if they weren’t stuck on 
deadly intent. There is even one 
model which looks rather familiar 
in a forbidden planet sort of way. 
Will 60 gallons be sufficient sir? 

Collect jewels to enhance your 
firepower, food to increase your 
health and bombs just in case. 
Blow up boxes and machinery for 
bonus points. 

The 3D isometric levels are 
excellently detailed, but there is a 
distinct lack of scrolling - no bonus 
points awarded. Animation effects 
are not only excellent but 
extremely funny too. 

A lot of care has obviously gone 
in to the design and execution of 
the graphics as a whole - it all 
looks and “feels” right. The lovely 
machines, the excellent glass cases 
that cover some hostages - every- 
thing not only looks right, but 
looks right in the some way as all 
the mad scientists’ equipment did 
in the classics like Forbidden 
Planet and Plan 9 from outer space. 

The evil Reptilon stage is a dif- 
ferent receptacle of aquatic crea- 


tures. Big lumbering monsters 
attempt to crush the life out of our 
hapless hero - hope you remem- 
bered to collect all those bombs, 
that’s the one regret you’ll never 
uiget. 

On later levels a new monster 
will emerge from the ashes of the 
old and it’s time to do battle again. 

The game may appear easy to 
play at first, and the generous 
number of credits may aid progres- 
sion to the later stages, but if the 
underlying strategy is simply to get 
to the next level then there is a 
point at which the hero is under- 
equipped for the job - a methodical 
approach pays hugh dividends. 

As good a simulator we are ever 
likely to see to train would-be 


heroes for the possiblity of an alien 
invasion. It’s not just a game, it’s a 
safeguard for our very existence. 

Colin Turner 


Escape from the Planet of 
the Robot Monsters 
£24.99 
SSI 



Overall - 82 % 



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50ft titles 


Female (and male) liberation on the 
Planet of the Robot Monsters. Free the 
slaves from the shower cabinets before 
the hot water runs out (and save the 
universe while you're at it) 


FACTORy 
MAP OF 
PLANET X 


THEy ARE BEING FORCED TO CREATE 
AN EVIL ROBOT ARMy DESTINED 


TO DESTROY EARTH / 


YOUR MISSION 

TRANSPORT ALL 
HOSTAGES BALK TO 
YOUR SHIP 

DESTROY ALL ROBOTS 

RID PLANET X OF 
THE EVIL REPTILONS 

FIND AND RESCUE 
PROF 


SARAH BELLUM 



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G OAAAALLLL! The tradition 
cry of foreign football commen- 
tators, and players of Kick Off, the 
fastest and best football game ever. 

After experimenting with Extra 
Time, and playing around with 
Player Manager, Dino Dinner (sorry 
Dini), has perfected his art with Kick 
Off 2. Or has he? To be honest, no. 

Now before you rush for the poi- 
son quills listen up, and hear the 
tale of how a brilliant program has 
become more complex, more diffi- 
cult, more challenging, but not nec- 
essarily any better. 

Kick Off 2 represents the cumu- 
lation of the developments seen in 
those other programs I’ve already 


mentioned. Thanks to this, it plays 
more like Player Manager than 
Kick Off, but without the manage- 
ment bits, naturally. 

An interesting gimmick is the 
ability of three or four players to 
play against each other at the same 
time, with the aid of a joystick 
adapter. While creating frantic fun, 
the experience doesn’t really bear 
repeating as everyone plays in 
position, resulting in all fruitlessly 
chasing the ball. 

Casting that ability aside, the 
Kick Off 2 player can indulge in a 
simple one-off game, a one-off 
game between two of eight interna- 
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national knockout cup, or a special 
event (more of later). 

On an options menu the player 
can decide to set the time limit 
(three mins per half minimum), the 
pitch type (normal, wet, plastic 
and soggy, each with its own pitch 
graphics), skill level of each team, 
tactics for each team, extra time in 
the cup competition, after touch or 
not (yes if you want to score 
against the good computer teams), 
league skill level, game speed, and 
choice of referee. 

Quite a line up, and there are 



more options on other menus, 
including a nice one that allows 
you to change the strip design of a 
team, along with its colours. 

On the simple one-off games, 
you can load your own tactics from 
Player Manager, as well as vour 
own PM teams. While this means 
that your fave team can take on 
your mates using your own tactics, 
it unfortunately stops there. 

While I can understand the limi- 
tation of not allowing your Player 
Manager team to take part in the 
league, cup or special event, it 
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can’t be used. In fact, although you 
are offered a number of tactics 
from the options menu, you can 
only use the standard four in the 
league, cup and special events. 
Disappointing isn’t the word for it. 

Actually, on the pitch the Player 
Manager gameplay has been tight- 
ened up so that you are unlikely to 
hit the ball over from six yards. 

Unfortunately the goalkeepers 
are now far too good. There are just 
two ways of being fairly sure of 
scoring, but getting into position to 
do either is very difficult. This 
results in in goalkeeping errors 
deciding many games, and 0-0 


draws proliferating when playing 
the computer. 

Now this goes against the grain 
of what the original program was 
all about. The fact that that the 
player can’t dribble properly, made 
the speed of play and scoring of 
goals the greatest attributes of Kick 
Off. The speed of Kick Off 2 is less, 
no longer blindingly fast, merely 
quick, and goals are hard to come 
by. Sure, it's far more of a challenge 
and there is great variety, but I feel 
something has been lost. 

Meanwhile, the other changes 
on the pitch include variable 
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change formation whenever the 
ball goes out of play, and Brazilian 
style taking of free kicks in front of 
goal. There’s also an action replay 
to review any goals you do manage 
to score, and save them to disk to 
prove it later. 

The special event menu allows 
new competitions to be loaded 
from expansion disk, but gives you 
the World Cup to be going on with. 
All the right teams in all the right 
groups are on offer, and you can 
change them around if you wish. 

Having played all of these teams 
it strikes me that Dino doesn’t have 
much clue about the strength of 
international football squads. The 
Italians are far too weak, and the 
Rumanians and Austrians particu- 
larly are too strong. 

At least there is some balance 
and challenge for all skill levels in 
this competition. Getting 
Cameroon or the United Arab 
Emirates through the first round is 
an achievement, while players of 
Brazil should get at least to the 
quarter finals. 

Another bug with this section of 
the game is that it rarely allows 
you to alter formation from 4-2-4, 
which is incredibly annoying. 


So there you are, there’s a lot 
packed into Kick Off 2, and with 
the prospect of up to 25 expansion 
disks from Anco, you could be 
playing it for years. However, scor- 
ing is hard, far too hard for any but 
experts, and there are still some 
aspects of the gameplay that I’d 
like to see changed. Kick Off 3 
remains a possibility. 

Until then I say go out and buy 
your Kick Off 2, it is a very good 
game for all my minor niggles. 
Better than the original? I say no, 
but then I have completely mas- 
tered that, so Kick Off 2 provides a 
much-needed challenge and, of 
course, a chance for England to be 
world champions. 

Duncan Evans 


Kick Off 2 

£19.95 

Anco 


Sound 

Graphics 

Gameplay 

Value 


Overall - 81 % 



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Some of them standing, some are waiting in line... where will the first attack come ? 



Man the barricades! If the Zulus get inside the compound you’re finished 


T HERE is a lot to be said for 
being in the right (or wrong) 
place at the right (or wrong) time. 
It comes down to luck, which is a 
funny twisty turny thing. It can 
make you miss your bus, win at 
Spot the Ball or guarantee you a 
place in history as commanding 
officer of a hopelessly outnum- 
bered garrison in the Zulu Wars. 

The defence of Rorke’s Drift is 
so famous that Michael Caine 
was in a film about it. However a 
little bit of scene setting wouldn’t 
be amiss. 

During the Zulu Wars a bunch 
of guys got left behind to guard a 
supplies depot while another 
hunch of guys went on ahead to 
kill all the Zulus. Unfortunately 
the second bunch of guys got 
wiped out, which was, like, a 
major setback to their overall 
strategy. Now the remaining 
Zulus advanced on the supply 
depot (obviously because they 
had heard how good army bis- 
cuits were) and the first bunch of 
guys were in the custard. 

With only 136 men, some of 


them too ill to move never mind 
hold a gun or bayonet a fuzzie- 
wuzzie, the prospect of holding the 
camp against at least a couple of 
thousand warriors seemed more 
than a little remote. But they did, no 
doubt due to skill, strategy and 
heroism. But again, perhaps a little 
bit of luck was involved. 

In this simulation you take con- 
trol of the garrison just one hour 
before the first attack. The biscuit 
boxes and mealie bags have all been 
placed in position as they were on 
the day, all that remains for you to 
do is wait and place your men. 

There are a whole range of 
actions each man can perform - dif- 
ferent firing positions, moving at 
different rates, different attacks. All 
are chosen for each man from an 
animated menu - you don’t really 
need to look up the manual inces- 
santly to find out what’s going on. 

Each individual man has his own 
characteristics which will effect 
how accurately he can shoot and 
his chances in hand to hand with 
the native hordes. 

Each man must be given his orders 



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cast of thousands 



separately, although a repeat func- 
tion will allow you to move large 
groups easily. This individual 
attention makes it a bit more per- 
sonal, which is a good thing in my 
opinion - war is personal, at least 
to the ones who are face to face 
with long pointy things. 

It can take a long time to finish 
a game, so there is an accelerator 
option to speed the action a bit. 
Unfortunately you can’t see the 
battlefield in this mode, only the 
number of wounded and dead on 
both sides. 

It is wise not to over use this 
option as the first you will know 
of a new Zulu offensive is when 
the casualty figures start going up 
- at a time when you have 
already lost the advantage of 
your ranged weapons. 

It is a little difficult to develop 
elegant strategy in such a small 
space, but there is skill in reacting 
to situations at the right time and 
to make efficient use of your mea- 
gre forces. It is possible to win - 
you’re never going to kill all the 
Zulu ,but you can hold out for 


long enough to make them under- 
stand what a Pyrrhic victory is. 

Presentation of the game is very 
good and makes it easy to get into, 
yet at the same time it is a detailed 
strategic simulation which really 
brings home the feel and philosophy 
of table-top gaming. 

Now it’s your turn. Can you 
defend the garrison? Well, I doubt 
it, but perhaps you may have a bit 
of luck, too. As for me, if it wasn’t 
for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any 
luck at all. 

Lucinda Orr 


Rorke’s Drift 
£19.99 


Impressions 



Overall - 80 % 




50 



Wave upon wave of demented avengers hurl themselves at your meagre defences 



I'll meet you on the barricades 



Even the officers get in on the act 



Fighting ability, health and ammunition can be examined at any time 


AMIGA COMPUTING September 1 990 43 




■ GAMES ■ 


RESOLUTION 101 

Crime's the disease - you're the antibiotic 


Y OU’RE slime, punk. And 
you’ve got nothing to lose. 
Which is why in the near future 
criminals like you will have a sim- 
ple choice - rot in jail or do a spot 
of bounty hunting. 

The decision might seem cut 
and dried, more so when you dis- 
cover that if you succeed in your 
mission you’ll be granted your free- 
dom. The only drawback is that no 
one has yet succeeded. 

But everyone likes a challenge, and 
what’s more the food isn’t very 
nice, so you trade your warm, 
comfv although admittedly 
extremely overcrowded, cell for a 
Search/Destroy licence and ground 
skimmer with a light machine gun. 
Sounds fair to me. 

As in all the best plots, your 
mission is to clean up the city. 
How you are expected to single- 
handedly clean up an entire city 
without so much as a mop is never 
actually explained, and so instead 
you spend your time trying to bring 
other lawbreakers to justice. 

Four drug-running scoundrels 
have carved the area into quarters, 
and to gain your freedom you'll 
have to collect evidence and track 
them down. 

In the true tradition of computer 
gaming, collecting evidence is just 
another way of saying “shoot 
everything”. Each drug baron has a 
large gang of cronies intent on 
making your life miserable. 
Fortunately, for each one you 
(ahem) apprehend, you’ll earn 
some cash or some more evidence. 

The cash comes in useful for 
buying bigger and nastier weapons, 
louder in-skimmer stereos with 
Dolby “c” and lots of other fun 
ways of enhancing of your lowly 
ground skimmer. 

Of course, all this would be 
extremely so-so if the presentation 



wasn’t first class. And thankfullv it = 


The graphics are totally solid 
and are incredibly fast. As you 
whizz the mouse across the mat to 
change direction, the landscape 
hurtles by your nose. Add the cus- 
tomary copper graduation of 
colours as they fade into the dis- 
tance and the overall effect is a one 
of great - and yet controllable - 
speed. 

Your skimmer is fitted out with 
a CBTV link which has nothing to 
do with new multimedia devices 
from Commodore. Instead it shows 
you what your drug-running friend 
is thinking. 

If he’s grimacing and waving his 
fists about, he’s obviously thinking 
bad thoughts about you and/or has 
missed Neighbours. If he is smiling 
and waving he’s thinking what a 
nice chap you are for messing up 
so badly and making his life a 
whole lot simpler. 

I can say for certain that a tune 
plays throughout the game, for 
unlike other publications, we only 
review the finished product here at 
Amiga Computing. With such a 
constant repetitive little ditty ham- 
mering away, you might think it 


Stock up on goodies at the local "Odds V Ends " shop 


would quickly get on your nerves 
very quickly. 

I’m happy to say that even after 
long hours of research I still man- 
aged to forgo the usual disconnec- 
tion of the sound leads. I’m not 
sure about Green though, because 
he would moan softly and stare at 
the ceiling every time I started 
playing. 

Gameplav is the way it should 
be - challenging without being 
impossible. Extra levels get harder 
not only by supplying extra bad- 
dies to annihilate but also by sub- 
tle changes to the city. Large rivers 
for example. Glub, glub, glub. 

Resolution 101 works well. The 
graphics are fast, and all 12levels 


of play enjoyable. If it came to 
spending the rest of my life in jail 
or playing Resolution 101, 1 know 
which I’d prefer. 

John Kennedy 


Resolution 101 

£24.95 

Millenium 


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am a grand prix driver for Ferrari. 
I’ve even been known to combine 
my daytime job as an investigative 
journalist for The Guardian with 
racing by using a Z88 portable 
while tustling with my old mates 
Prost and Mansell at Monaco. 

Not easy with thick gloves on I 
can assure you, but thankfully my 
excellent co-ordination, allied to 
100 w.p.m typing, produces 
error-free copy every time. 
Obviously with a background such 
as this the chaps at Amiga 
Computing had little choice but to 
offer me the latest driving game to 
come out of Activision for review. 

This superb conversion of a Sega 
coin-op is the hottest speed sensa- 
tion on the circuit (myself not 
withstanding) so I was eager to test 
my mettle against it. 

Now, here’s a little competition 
for you. There were only two accu- 
rate or honest statements in those 
opening paragraphs - can you guess 
what they were ? No ? I’ll tell you 
then. Hot Rods is the latest driving 
game to come out of Activision, 
and it is a Sega conversion. 

Super Sprint players, or Badlands 


OT very many people know 

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1 \ this, but in my spare time I 



Inner city road racing is definitely a bad thing 


players if you want to be more up 
to date, will immediately recognise 
the 2D top down graphical style of 
the game, allied to four large cars, 
any of which can be human con- 
trolled. Yup, up to four can play if 
you have one of those Microdeal 
adaptors that nobody stocks so you 
have to go to a computer show to 
buy one. 

The objective is to race around 
the track (bit of a tricky concept 
there I know) and finish first or 
second to continue on to the next 
level. Running out of gas naturally 
precludes you from further compe- 
tition. If playing against three com- 
puter teams, the gas factor is the 
only one to really worry about, as 
finishing first or (more commonly) 
second is relatively easy. 

The difference between this 
game and the Super Sprints of old, 
and the Badlands that will be 
released next January, is that the 


screen scrolls in Hot Rods. Should 
you be at the back when the screen 
- which follows the race leader, of 
course - does another lurch for- 
wards then you lose valuable gas 
(which can be collected from cans 
around the course anyway) and are 
dumped into second place. 

Due to the proliferation of gas 
canisters, it is worth the sacrifice 
to get yourself promoted in the 
race order if you happen to be los- 
ing. With three or four human 
players you find people racing 
backwards just so that they can get 
repositioned in second place with 
the flag approaching. 

In between these races of total 
silliness there are extras which can 
be added on to the car to help it 
hold the road in certain weather 
conditions, and basically make it 
go faster and sustain more colli- 
sions. Unfortunately you can’t add 
weaponry to shoot people. 


The trouble with Hot Rods, 
besides the idiocy of the reposi- 
tioning business, the feeble 
squeeks from the speakers, and the 
depressingly bland graphics, is 
that it is just far too easy. After 17 
or so levels, on only my second go 
at that, they start to repeat them- 
selves as well. 

With three friends taking part it 
does become more competitive in a 
brutish and crude sort of way, but 
as a one player game Hot Rods can 
only be considered as a cure for 
insomnia. Even if you can’t drive a 
formula one racing car while using 
a Z88 I think you’ll find this far too 
easy. 

Duncan Evans 


Hot Rod 

£19.95 

Activision 



Overall - 65% 





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F IRSTLY. I must emphasise 
that Champions of Krvnn is 
not the sequel to Curse of the 
Azure Bonds, even though it 
utilises an enhanced engine from 
the Forgotten Realms series. Krynn 
is, in fact, the first in the 
Dragonlance series. 

The story starts after the War of 
the Lance has finished. The dragon 
armies are planning revenge for 
that defeat. Their aim is to quash 
the forces of good with the help of 
the Dark Queen thus making her, 
and evil, total rulers of Krvnn. 

Improvements and changes to 
the Forgotten Realms series are as 
follows. Firstly, the magic system 
has been changed. It is controlled 
by three moons, each representing 
a god (good, neutral and evil). 

You’ll need to choose carefully 
as each moon brings its own bene- 
fits due to the mage’s power vary- 
ing with the waxing and waning of 
the moons. That said, though, you 
are unable to choose an evil mage 
in Krynn. 

So along with the need to mem- 
orise and study spells, the chances 
of mages dominating the game are 
reduced - a good thing as the 
AD&D system is particularly sus- 
ceptible to this. The gods also 
influence clerics, who’ll need to 
choose a divinity to receive spe- 
cialised deity powers. 

Combat, although important, has 
been re-designed to a more bal- 
anced level. There are not as many 
random encounters, the numbers of 
monsters reach about 10 instead of 
the previous 30 to 40. In addition, 
the monster’s hit points are 
reduced so they are easier to kill. 

There are plenty of tough indi- 
viduals though - don’t think 
you’ve got off lightly. 

An interesting wrinkle in this 
modified system is that certain 
characters produce new game ele- 
ments. Kenders (a cheerful thief- 
type chappie) replace Halflings and 
Solamnic Knights replace Paladins. 

The former have the unique abil- 
ity to taunt an opponent, while the 
latter have the unique personality 
trait of giving away a portion of 
their valuables - noble fellows that 
they are (stupid, but noble). 

then there are the Draconians. 
Surely this bunch of critters are the 
programmer’s revenge, because 
when they are killed they either 
turn to stone (trapping your 


weapon), blow up (!) or turn into a 
pool of acid. 

Fans of the hooks will be glad to 
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ance. This morale killer emanates 
from mature dragons but is only 
really troublesome to low level 
characters. 

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allowed to play a particular sub- 
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fancy plate armour). 

Krynn is a vast improvement 
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Any knight about to embark on a quest would be well admed 
to get some useful assistance from a greater power 



O VER the years Sierra has 
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itself as a quality programming 
house, producing graphic adven- 
tures in its own unique style. 

Game content aside, users have 
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Sierra style - cinematic opening 
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Sierra’s latest offering, Conquest 
of Camelot, involves you taking on 
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Arthur in his quest for the equally 
legendary Holy Grail. 

The games designer, Christy 
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the. traditional Arthurian set. 

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end based adventure, providing a 
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hunting (it also means it’s not too 
easy for anyone who knows their 
Mallory). 

The game comes on a hefty six 
disks - the whole of the first disk 
being used for the usual Sierra- 
style scene setting. And so, with- 
out further ado 

As king of all you survey, life 
can never be problem free. In your 
case, the problems are close to 
home and start with the forbidden 
love between Gwenhyver your 
Queen and that famed knight of 
the round table, Launcelot. Your 
forgiving and tolerant nature has 
meant that you have turned a blind 
eye to their shenanegins, but their 
love has cast blight on vour soul 
and caused a curse to fall on vour 
kingdom. 

Fruit has withered on the vine, 
grain dies of disease and springs 
and wells turn foul. Your people 
are unable to farm, and are hungry 
- they cry out to you for a miracle. 

Meanwhile, a vision of the Holy 
Grail appears to you one day, and 
you send a trio of knights after it. 
They fail to return and, after a 
time, you set off yourself in search 
of both them and the Grail. 


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help you along the way. 

Many adventures look very 
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lines, but its the parser that really 
makes or breaks an adventure. The 
authors of Conquest of Camelot are 
to be praised for their efforts in this 
department. 

Consider the following. There I 
was, in Camelot castle, trying for a 
quick pray for spiritual guidance 
before starting the Quest. I saw a 
couple of bowls on the altar, and 



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decided to “Examine bowls”. I was 
very helpfully informed, though I 
got the distinct impression that 
someone, somewhere was having a 
joke on me, that “They are not 
bowls. They are altar candles”. 
Oops! 

Scoring operates a little differ- 
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- for Skill (max of 368), Wisdom 
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This system works quite well, 
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very tedious for those of us who 
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actions. 

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B ACK in the old days, before 
world leaders who are too 
wimpish to start a war (good on 
them), storm clouds regularly gath- 
ered over the peaceful plains of 
Europe. Wars were about as regular 
as the Olympics and about as 
casual. 

The 20th century changed all 
that. No more popping off to war 
for a few years and coming home 
rich and famous. No more letters to 
The Times complaining that the tea 
supply had dried up. At last 
mankind had discovered total war 
in all it’s gore. 

One man most fondly remem- 
bered for giving this country pow- 
dered eggs, gas masks, the Blitz, 
evacuated children, air raid shel- 
ters, one rasher of bacon a week 
and Messerschmitt shoulder was 
Hitler. Now you, too, can stand in 
the shoes of a man who more than 
anv other in history had a real 
chance of ruling the world. p 
Storm Across Europe covers the 
entire war period from the failed 
Munich accord to the sacking of 
Berlin bv allied troops. The game is 
divided into periods of three 
months during which you can 
manoeuvre your troops and merci- 
lessly attack weakly defended posi- 
tions causing great loss of life. 

Three players are represented by 
the game: Germany, the Allies and 
Russia (who presumably weren’t as 


allied as the rest of the Allies). This 
means that up to three people can 
play with the computer playing the 
role of any country left over with 
the exception of Germany, which 
must be played by a human - the 
strategy algorithms obviously 
aren’t up to being a despotic fas- 
cist. It takes a human to do that. 

Naval power is very well simu- 
lated. Actually it is only ade- 
quately handled, but that makes it 
superior to most other strategy 
games of this type. U-boat fleets 
will patrol the Atlantic putting 
paid to the Lend-Lease scheme and 
troop transports are absolutely vital 
in the Med. 

Every year the production tar- 


gets for each country must be 
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which can increase the effective- 
ness of all your units and develop 
new weapons. The penalty for this 
is resources - the more you spend 
on research the less you have left 
to re-enforce your army. What you 
do here is probably more impor- 
tant than your strategy in the field. 

Of course, resources include 
raw materials, your population 
and the number of factories, and 
these come from capturing terri- 
tory. The real strategy to this game 
is the effective management of the 
materials involved, rather than the 
fighting itself. 

The order-giving system is easy 



Strategic oveniew of the battlefield. Resources , 
population and armies can be examined in this urn 


enough to understand and use, but 
it is best to approach the order 
phase in a systematic way to be 
sure you don’t miss anything out. 

Detail is missing .on the actual 
units - only large armies and gar- 
risons are taken into account, but 
this must be considered against the 
scope of the game. On the whole 
there is not much scope for cun- 
ning Rommel/Monty type tactics, 
just management of large armies 
battering against each other. And 
the only time tactical skills are 
severely tested is during a water- 
borne invasion. 

The lack of unit tactics makes 
this not one for those who consider 
themselves the re-incarnation of 
General Patton, more a neo- 
Hitlerite interested in the manage- 
ment of a world domination 
machine. 

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along underneath the boardwalk, 
perpetually spiking you from 
below. Only the sword can be used 
to stab downwards and finish him, 
which involves much frantic 
weapon swapping, and usually 
death if a mid-air ninja appears 
while all this is going on. 

Death results in you being 
replaced at the beginning of the 
section you were traversing at the 
time, but the problem is that these 
sections are far too long, so you 
have to retreat too far. After strug- 
gling to the end of this level you 
meet one of the evil one’s 
guardians, who will promptly blow 
you off the screen. And this was 
only the first level. 

Truly skilled ninjas can expect 


I HAVE never understood the 
fascination that hackneyed plot 
writers have for all things animal 
like. This predeliction borders on 
the obsessive when the authors are 
Japanese, and becomes almost a 
fetish when the turgid prose acts as 
guideline for a leapy leapy, jumpy, 
jumpy ninja game. 

Ninja Spirit is the latest follower 
of this path, casting you as 
Tsukikage, the spirit of the great 
white wolf. Why, is what I want to 
know? Don’t they realise that 
wolves are horribly smelly, moult 
all over the place, have fetid breath 
and slobber continuously ? 

Is this a good role model for a 
ninja? Or anyone bar a Millwall 
supporter? No, I think not. Yet in 
Ninja Spirit you are the spirit of 
this wolf, intent on slicing and dic- 
ing the beasts in the bowels of the 
earth. And their masters, too. 

Very laudable I’m sure. Right, 
just a mo while put my brain in a 
jar for half an hour and play the 
game. 

This conversion of an Irem coin- 
op starts with you, Mr Ninja, 
strolling along the boardwalk (but 
nowhere near the sea), waving your 
shiny new sword around menac- 
ingly. Along come balding ninjas, 
leaping enthusiastically through 
the air, only to be skewered on 
your weapon. 

The screen scrolls along side- 
ways quite respectably, and a Far 
East tune throbs from the speakers. 
Your armament is not limited to 
the sword, with which you can 
strike a number of poses, but 
includes throwing stars, throwing 
axes, and a retractable grapple on a 
rope. 

Strangely enough the grapple is 
one of the more deadly weapons, if 
a little slow. It’s main advantage is 
in blocking spears and other 
incoming missiles, while stretching 
out to disembowel your opponent. 
After collecting the soul of a ninja 
(once you’ve gutted a particular 
one, that is) your weapons become 
far more effective, but unfortu- 
nately you also receive the atten- 
tions of yet more ninjas. These 
ones seem to squat in mid air, fad- 
ing in and out of view while 
attempting to stick you with a 
spear. 

These chaps wouldn’t be so 
much of a problem if it wasn’t for 
the earth burrower who wriggles 


to see bottomless marshes, fraying 
rope bridges, collapsing board- 
walks and sheer rockfaces (up 
which you must go). 

After I spent considerably more 
than half an hour trying to get that 
far, alas I couldn’t manage it, and 
neither could anyone else I asked. 
While the graphics and sound are 
all quite reasonable, they don’t 
impress to any degree, leaving the 


difficult gameplay to either chal- 
lenge or frustrate, depending on 
your competence. 

Although a reasonable coin-op 
conversion, Ninja Spirit is really 
just too difficult to be worth both- 
ering with. To be honest, the only 
spirit I had any interest in after- 
wards was not of the white wolf 
variety. 

Duncan Evans 


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Minter, nor “Attack of the Mutant 
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destruction. 

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lack of seriousness. Some might 
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right. They are indeed, as they say, 
fun. 

John “Douglas” Kennedy 



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Kickstart 1.4? 


R IDING around the perilous 
streets of the City of London on 
a Honda Hi 00s is one thing but roar- 
ing around a race track with a colour 
co-ordinated sidecar is another. 

That’s not to say that I wouldn’t 
like to try, but I’d like a little prac- 
tice on say a Kawasaki GPz 550 first. 

However, failing to raise three 
grand for such a machine, I’d 
rather spash out 25 quid for Combo 
Racer and play that. 

After all, Combo Racer does 
have the advantage of being some 
£2975 cheaper, you don’t get all 
hot and sweaty from wearing all 
the protective gear, your hair 
doesn’t feel lousy as the sweat cir- 
culates over your scalp, and the 
only real damage you can do to 
yourself is to contract joystick fin- 
ger or fall off your chair when you 
realise that this is a very good game 
(Bah! You big pansy). 

Combo Racer is the product of 
one of the best programming teams 
in the country, Imagitec Design. It’s 
playability largely depends on 
whether you like fast action racing 
game. Personally, I’ve had enough 
to last a lifetime, although I must 
admit I’d much rather play this 
than many others. 

My first impression of the game 
was one of disbelief. The title 
pages makes use of a truely awful 
digitised black and white picture of 
a motorcycle-sidecar combination. 

There are eight tracks to race 
around and you will need to qual- 
ify for a starting position on each of 
these. Once you have completed all 
eight, you progress to the next level 
where the going gets tougher. 

There are three levels and each 
must be completed before being 
promoted to the more difficult 
stages. 

Your vehicle, equipped with a 
side car, carries both you, the rider, 
and a pillion who’s job it is to keep 
the bike balanced around those 
tight corners. 

What makes Combo Racer so 
playable is the inclusion of team 
spirit. Two people can play at once. 
However, they don’t compete 
against each other but instead have 
ultimate control of the combina- 
tion. 

Joystick one has control of the 
machine while joystick 2 controls 
the pillion. Once both players have 
got the hang of the controls and 
know how to balance the machine, 


some pretty hair raising speeds can 
be maintained around those cor- 
ners. In single player mode the 
human controls only the machine, 
the pillion crawls about under 
automatic supervision. 

Although eight tracks are more 
than you find in many games, 
Combo Racer has the added advan- 
tage of a track editor. Accessible 
from the main menu screen, the 
track editor allows you to modify 
any of the existing tracks or begin 
from scratch and design vour own. 

Edited tracks can be saved to 


memory or permanently to disk. 
Those saved to memory can be 
practised and then edited again if 
required. 

There’s nothing more boring 
than racing around flat lanes, so 
the track editor allows you to cre- 
ate hills and valleys with fantastic 
effect. You can even dig out a tun- 
nel or two along the course. One 
thing however vou can’t do is 

O J 

make crossroads - a shame but not 
too disappointing. 

On technical merit, Combo 
Racer scores highly. It’s graphics 


are fast and colourful with a re- 
scaling routine that’s second to 
none. The undulating motion of 
the screen when ascending or 
descending hills is very good, 
however hills do not seem to affect 
the performance of your engine. 

The sound too is not harsh as in 
some racing games and the noise of 
other vehicles indicates that there’s 
someone up vour rear end. 

My one complaint is of other 
racers passing - the bikes simply 
fly, especially when you’ve 
crashed. Whoosh - a noise then a 
dot on the distance. Still this 
dosn’t spoil what is really an 
enjoyable game. 

Andrew Banner 


Combo Racer 
£24.95 

Gremlin Graphics 




Overall - 81 % 


Designing the track 
is easier than 
using Scalextric 



58 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 



Approaching 
Altrincham on the 
road from 
Wilmslow 









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I VJ 


Lid 


A funny thing happened on the way to Eris... 


I ’VE been late for appointments 
before, but four years is stretch- 
ing it a little. Still, this is roughly 
the time that has expired since the 
president of Eris sent out a call for 
help, before you crash landed on 
Targ. Four years after the events of 
Mercenary and the Second city, 
you are back on course to Eris, 
answering the plea for help from 
the doomed planet. 

Of course you probably Finished 
Mercenary a long time ago, and 
have had to spend the rest of the 
time waiting in hyperspace for 
Paul Woakes to finish Damocles, 
the solid 3D polygon successor to 
Mercenary. 

And now he has, but was it 
worth the wait, and is the game 
worth all those 90 per cent plus 
reviews that hordes of other maga- 
zines give to an unfinished game? 
Read on and see. 

Travelling to Eris reveals the 
same dull control panel used all 
those years ago, which is fine for 
continuity's sake, but scores nil 
points for style. Sadly, the very 
same squeeky sound effects have 
also been lovingly dusted off and 
represented for your dismay. 

Never mind, once you land on 
Eris things start to look up, and not 
just at the stars. Landing at the 
spaceport reveals a solitary struc- 
ture with a car outside. Your key is 
inside the building, along with 


directions to the president’s apart- 
ment block. 

A nice drive follows as you nav- 
igate down a road towards the 
apartments and your long-delayed 
appointment. You can, of course, 
simply not bother going but head 
off in any direction you like, 
admiring the flat and barren land- 
scape. 

Obviously there weren’t any 
overcrowding problems on Eris 
because even the cities consist of 
great empty tracts rather than cosy 
suburbia or densely-packed and 
decaying inner city. This rather 
detracts from the game, giving it a 
lifeless and empty feeling. Of 
course there aren’t any citizens 
around either because they’ve all 
been evacuated or fled. 

Why? You find that out when 
you converse with the president’s 
voice in her office. The comet 
Damocles is heading this wav, and 
in only three hours will impact the 
planet, utterly destroying it - well, 
what do you expect when you 
name a planet after the goddess of 
discord? 

A timer counting down adds to 
the tension, but the fact that the 
spaceship you are given by the 
president is capable of interplane- 
tary flight, making escape at any 
time, possible tends to reduce it 
considerably. What you are doing 
is rescuing an empty planet from 



It all looks a 
bit familiar - 
rather too 
familiar 


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Hurry up or 
you'll be late - 
as in the late 
Duncan Evans 


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destruction. The president offers 
you a bagfull of cash, and sends 
you off to a professor’s lab, as he 
was working on a solution before 
you arrived. 

Apparently he had found one, 
and then disappeared without 
trace. One fast flight over pancake 
land later, and you can investigate 
further, as clues are profferred, 
along with the method of destroy- 
ing the comet. You want bombs 
and explosives, and are set on a 
trail to follow. 

This trail will lead you through 
a mere 20 per cent of the game- 
world, so there is plenty more to 
explore. It isn’t pointless explo- 
ration either, as there are appar- 
ently numerous ways in which to 
rescue Eris if you should chance to 
find them or think of alternatives. 
Either way, finding the teleports 
that allow you to travel from 
planet to planet without time-con- 
suming spaceflight is essential. 

While the flight aspects of the 
game are undeniably very fast, 
they are so because of the simplis- 
tic nature of the planet. No other 
moving objects (save planets), flat 
and empty landscapes, and build- 
ings which appear half sized 
rather than growing from a small 
blur. 

Inside the various buildings it’s 
Freescape time, with exactly the 
same lumbering movement, and 
exactly the same blank painted 


walls. This is allied to a message 
and document reading interface 
which can only be described as 
tedious. 

So four years on, has it been 
worth the wait? Does Damocles 
deserve the rave notices it has 
attracted? Is it worth shelling out 
£24.95 for? 

Well, if you like Freescape-style 
games, with an unfolding plot, a 
chance to try out alternatives that 
are not signposted but may work, 
and some very fast flying thrown 
in just to keep things moving, then 
yes it is worth buying. 

I don’t think Damocles is worth 
the 90 per cent scores though, I’m 
not impressed with a product that 
has taken nigh on four years to 
complete, and with its barren and 
empty atmosphere, not interested 
enough to play it in my own spare 
time either. 

Duncan Evans 


Damocles 

£24.95 

Novagen 


Sound 

Graphics 

Garaeplay 

Value 


Overall - 73% 



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F ANCY a bit of pot-holing? A 
bit of old fashioned under- 
ground exploration of the hack 
and slay variety? Good, because 
that’s what we have here. 

GreySlayer is an arcade adven- 
ture. You take control of an 
armoured knight and must guide 
him through a maze of 78 under- 
ground caverns, most of them con- 
taining resident nasties. But things 
aren’t quite as simple as they 
seem. 

Somebody has built doors 
down there. Red ones and blue 
ones. And whoever built them 
didn’t forget to add the Chubbs, so 
to complete your quest you’re 
going to need some coloured keys. 

Release the prisoners and 
they’ll each leave you a gift. It 
could be a key, a weapon or some 
food. If it’s not a key, you’ll have 
to search elsewhere for the means 
to get past that door. 

Once the appropriately-coloured 
key is on-board you’ll be able to 
pass through the door to the next 
level bv getting as close as you can 
to the door and using the key. 



GrevSlaver 


Before helping the prisoners, of 
course, you’ll probably have to 
fight off a few baddies. When you 
start the adventure you are armed 
with only a sword. Press the fire 


button on your joystick to use it, 
but make sure you are facing your 
enemy and close enough for com- 
bat or he might just steam in and 
waste you! 



Later on you’ll be able to collect 
a couple of other weapons - a 
longbow for dealing with fast mov- 
ing enemies and an axe for throw- 
ing at heavily armoured beasts. 
Again, press fire to activate these 
weapons once they have been cho- 
sen from the menu. 

Ah yes, the menu. To call up 
the menu screen pull back on the 
joystick and press fire while still 
pulling back. On the menu screen 
you’ll see two rows of icons. Move 
the stick left or right to move the 
cursor, move the stick up or down 
to choose which of the two cursors 
to move. Pressing fire carries out 
the command. For example, if you 
wanted to look at your sword you 
would move the top cursor on to 
the sword, move the bottom cursor 
on to the Look command and then 
press fire. 

Tread with care underground 
because your field of vision is only 
a few yards in each direction. 
There are many nasties lurking 
just out of sight and lots of fatal 
slime wells and fire pits waiting 
for the nonchalant knight. 


MusicBox 


READ ME 
FIRST 

GREYSLAYER is a big game - it 
takes up the best part of a disk - 
so we put it on the cover disk in a 
compressed format called an 
archive. You can’t run the game 
from the cover disk. First you’ll 
need to prepare a blank disk and 
run a script file which creates a 
game disk for you. 

Booting from your standard 
Workbench, prepare a blank disk 
in the normal way. Make sure 
you name the blank disk 
GreySlayer and install it after it 
has formatted. 

Then boot from the cover disk 
and double click on the 
GimmeGREYSLAYER icon in the 
GREYSLAYER drawer. (If you 
don't want to boot from the cover 
disk, make sure you Assign C: to 


CD011:C before running Gimm- 
ups into consideration. If 

you have two or more drives you 
can put your blank GreySlayer 
disk into DFl:, DF2: or DF3:. If 
you have only the one drive but a 
ram expansion fitted, the script 
will attempt to keep disk swap- 
ping to a minimum by using your 
extra ram in the copying process. 

If you have one drive and no 
extra memory, then I’m afraid 
you’re in for a fair bit of disk 
swapping. Sigh. 

At the end of the process you’ll 
have a bootable game disk. Stick 
it in DFO: and boot it up to play. 
(If your GreySlayer disk won’t 
boot it is because you forgot to 
Install it) 


GREYSLAYER was written by 


Steven Macilwee and is 
Copyright © 1990 Amiga 
Computing. 



ANOTHER month, another tune. 
This one, MemoryDust, is my per- 
sonal favourite. Reminds a bit of 
the stuff they play in discos in 
those old sixties and seventies 
films. Very Starsky and Hutch. 

There was a massive response to 
the Name That Tune competition a 
couple of months back. Just about 
everyone agreed that the tune was 
the soundtrack from the classic 
DOC demo called Demons are 
Forever, and most people spotted 
that the MusicBox version played 
slightly slower than the original. 

I’d like to thank Chris Caines of 
Bristol for the one-thousand- mil- 
lion-squillion pound cheque he 
sent as a bribe. Unfortunately The 
Whistling Bank refused to cash it 
due to insufficient intelligence. 

Rick Lemon of East Grinstead 
tried to put the squeeze on me by 
suggesting that Pink Floyd is the 


greatest rock band the world has 
seen. Can’t argue with that. I 
almost let him win. 

Richard Wykes of Harrogate says 
that if I don’t let him win he’ll pack 
up his Amiga and buy an ST. I should 
see a doctor about that, Rich. They’ve 
got all sorts of cures these days. 

Ashley Howes of Norwich even 
drew me a picture of the demo, 
which we all had a good laugh at. 
(Don’t call us...) 

But the winner is Chris 
Freestone from Windsor. Chris 
wins for having the stupidest nick- 
name this year, The Atombender. 


MUSICBOX is freeware but 
remains Copyright ©1989-90 
Peter L. Dunlap. This program is 
distributed courtesv of CMOS 
BBS (0101-303-322-4078). 


AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 61 








C ONVERTER is a utility that 
allows you to transfer graph- 
ics between a number of different 
formats. If you are a programmer 
involved in graphical manipula- 
tion you should find this a very 
useful program. 

It will work with any type of 
IFF graphic. All screen modes 
including HAM mode are sup- 
ported. Two types of bitmaps can 
be loaded or saved, sequential or 
interleaved, and both can be saved 
with or without masks and/or 
colourmaps, before or after the 
main bitmap data. 

Ever found yourself needing the 


Converter 


colour values of a graphic so you 
can include it in vour own pro- 
gram? Normally the only wav of 
getting them is by looking at each 
colour in an art package and writ- 
ing them down. 

Converter will make your life 
easier by saving colourmaps sepa- 
rately. It’ll save the full 32 colour 
palette either as a binary dump or 



as assembler source code. A spe- 
cial feature, block cut-out, takes 
the current graphic and splits it 
into 16 x 16 blocks, each saved 
one after the other, making it easy 
to insert graphics into a game. 
Useful for maps and the like. 
Again, sequential and interleaved 
formats are supported. 

A graphic can be saved as a 
sprite file if you like, either as 
assembler source code or binary 
data in 4 or 16 colours. 

If you need to transfer graphics 
to or from the Atari ST, then 


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Converter is just the ticket because 
it can load and save in the Degas 
Elite .PIl low resolution graphics 
format. 

Detailed instructions of all 
Converter’s functions are on the 
disk - double click on 
Converter.DOC to read them. 


CONVERTER vl.00 is Copyright 
© 1990 Steve Chalmers, All 
Rights Reserved. 

It is shareware. If you start 
using it regularly, please send a 
fee of £10 to: Steve Chalmers, 10 
Overton Park, Dvce, Aberdeen, 
AB2 OFT. 

Send the fee along with your 
name, address and version num- 
ber of Converter that you are 
using. This will entitle you to 


updates as and when they appear, 
help with any problems and news 
of other programs that Steve has 
written. 

Of course, if you don’t use 
Converter, then don’t bother. 

Converter runs in PAL mode 
only. If you would like an NTSC 
version, get in touch with Steve at 
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TEM 


T EM is The Effects Machine, a 
sound sample utility which 
allows you to load or create sam- 
ples, edit them, perform special 
effects on them and save them. 

TEM will load standard IFF 
samples or the binary-type sam- 
ples used by Soundtracker, 
Noisetracker, MED and the like. 
There are four short samples on 
the disk in TEM/Sounds for you 
to play with. 

If you’re interested in how the 
program works, the source code 
is on the disk 
(Effects Machine. BAS. pp) 
crunched with PowerPacker. 
Double click its icons to view it. 
You can get a hardcopy of the 
listing by clicking PPMore’s 


Print gadget. If you want to cus- 
tomise or play with the listing 
you’ll have to decrunch it first. 
Use the Decrunch command 
from the CLI: 

decrunch 

cdOII :tem/effectsmachine.ba 
s.pp ramitem.bas 

Then copy the tem.bas file from 
ram to your regular source code 
disk. Decrunch is in the C: direc- 
tory of the cover disk. 

Remember, TEM is written in 
HiSoft Basic, not AmigaBASIC. If 
you try to run the listing with 
AmigaBASIC you’ll get a number 
of errors and, very probably, a 
guru. 


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METALLIC: The smaller the num- 
ber you enter, the harsher the 
sound. 

BACKWARDS: If you enter 2, half 
the sample will be reversed. 

FLIP: Flips the whole sample back- 
wards. 

MIX: Digitally mix two samples 
together. Before selecting the mix 
menu you are advised to change 
the current channel to the channel 
of the sample you want to be mixed 
into. 

On selecting mix enter: 1) The 
channel of the sample you want to 
mix, 2) The channel of the sample 
you want it to be mixed with, and 
3) The address in the sample to be 
mixed with where you want to mix 
the sample. 

EXPAND: Lets you stretch out the 
sample without altering the pitch. 
COMPRESS: Does the opposite of 
Expand. 

TREBLE WAAH: This makes the 
sample start out dull, then gradu- 
ally get brighter. A good value to 
use is about 10. 

FADE IN: This works in the area 
between the Play Start and Play 
End markers. 

FADE OUT: Does the opposite of 
Fade In. 

ECHO: Echo Rate states when you 
want the echo to start. If you enter 
2, the sample will echo half way 
through the sample, if you enter 8, 
the sample will echo an eighth of 
the way through the sample. Echo 
Decay states how quick you want 
the sample to get quieter. If you 

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General Menu 


PLAY START: Type in the 
address of where you want to 
play the sample from. 

PLAY END: Type in the address 
of where you want the sample to 
end. 

PLAY PITCH: Type in the pitch 
you want the sample to plav at. 
NEW CHANNEL: Select this 
item to change to a new channel. 

The Effects Machine has 20 
channels, meaning you can have 
a maximum of 20 samples in 
memory at once. When you start 
The Effects Machine you are 
automatically in channel one. 

You can use the cursor keys to 
change channels - the right cur- 
sor key increments the channel 
by one, the left cursor key decre- 
ments the channel by one. - 
SYNTHESIZE: This allows you to 


create your own sounds consisting 
of three basic waves - sine wave, 
square wave and ramp wave. 

For example, if you are work- 
ing with a music program such as 
Soundtracker or MED, here is how 
you would create an instrument 
that would be compatible: 

Make the sampling period 302, 
the volume 63, the note F#, the 
octave 0 and the length 10000. 
The volume value is set to 63 
because this sometimes helps to 
reduce overload errors when per- 
forming effects on the sample. 
REPEAT PLAY: Toggles between 
the sample playing continuously 
and the sample stopping when it 
has Finished. 

FILTER MODE SWITCH: Effects 
the band pass filter (see Special 2 
menu). 


GET VOLUMES: Gives you the 
average volume of the sample. 
MEMORY HACK: Allows you to 
pull samples from memory that 
aren’t stored in an Effects Machine 
channel. Use with extreme care 
because this allows you to alter 
what is stored in the Amiga’s 
memory. 

KEYBOARD: Lets the Amiga key- 
board (qwertyu, zxcvbnm) act like 
a two-octave musical keyboard. 
Caps Lock must be off for this fea- 
ture to work. 

OCTAVE: Change the octave of the 
keyboard. 

FILTER CORRECT: This deals 
with waah and various Filter func- 
tions of the Special 2 menu. All it 
does is place a zero at the start and 
end of the sample. It sometimes 
improves filtering. 




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enter 32 (out of 64) the sample will 
decay by half of its volume every 
echo, if you enter 48 the sample 
will decay by one quarter of its vol- 
ume every echo. 

ALTER VOLUME: If the sample is 
too loud, distortion will occur. If 
the sample is too quiet, aliasing 
distortion (hiss) becomes more 
audible. 

WAAH IN: This is virtually the 
same as Treble VVaah. The onlv dif- 
ference is that this function doesn’t 
make the sample get brighter, it 
muffles it gradually. So the sample 
is muffled at the start and not muf- 
fled at all at the end. If you want to 
do a Waah Out, you will have to 
flip the sample, do a Waah In and 
then flip the sample back again. 
INTERPOLATE: Allows you to 
change the period, pitch, frequency 
of the sample, thus altering its 
length. 

DISTORT: How to make a weird 
instrument: Select Synthesize and 
synthesize a ramp wave. Make the 
sampling period 302, the volume 
63, the note F# f the octave 0 and 
the length 10000. Select Treble 
Waah, using the value 10. Select 
Waah In, using the value 20. Flip 
the sample. Select Distort. Eh, 
voila, you have a weird instrument. 

To use this instrument with 
Soundtracker, select Save As Dump 
from the Projects menu, and save it 
on to a Soundtracker disk. 

Project 

Menu 

LOAD & CATALOGUE: Select this 
if you’re not sure where your file 
is. 

QUICK LOAD: If you don’t like the 
file requester, you can choose this 
option instead. You must type the 
exact path to your file, not forget- 
ting the filename itself, of course. 
LOAD AS DUMP: Soundtracker 
and its many clones use samples 
that are binary dumps, not IFF 
files. Choose this option if you 
know your file is in this format. 
RENAME FILE: You’ll be asked for 
the old and the new filename. 
DELETE FILE: For when you want 
to make a little extra room on your 
samples disk. 

SAVE AS IFF: Writes the file to 
disk as an IFF 8SVX sound file. 
SAVE AS DUMP: Writes the file to 
disk as a binary dump. 

QUIT: For when playtime’s over. 


Special 1 Menu 


SPECTRUM GRAPH: Displays 
the harmonic components of 
the sample. 

The volume of the compo- 
nent (harmonic content) is ver- 
tical, and the frequency of the 
component is horizontal. The 
graph helps you find the actual 
frequency of the sample, if you 
know its sampling period. 

Note that you must select 
Spectrum Analysis before 
selecting Spectrum Graph 
because this only displays 
what a previous analysis has 


stored in memory, it doesn’t 
actually do any calculation. 

INVERT SOUND: Turns the 
sample upside down. 

SPECTRUM ANALYSIS: 

Otherwise knows as Fourier 
Analysis, this calculates the 
data for the spectrum graph. 
Once done, you don’t need to 
do it again unless you want to 
see the spectrum of a different 
sample. 

HARMONIC FILTER: This is a 
graphic equalizer. 


Special 2 Menu 


SMOOTH WAVEFORM: Smooths 
the waveform, muffling it slightly. 
LOW-PASS FILTER: Removes high 
frequencies like hiss and whistles. 
HIGH-PASS FILTER: Removes 
low frequencies, like rumbles and 
bass. 

BASS BOOST: Allows you to alter 
the volume of the bass frequencies. 
CENTRALISE: Makes the sample 
central on the graph. 

BRIGHTEN SOUND: Adds a harsh 
whistle, which can sound good on 
some samples and awful on oth- 
ers. Mainly awful. 

TREBLE BOOST: Allows you to 
alter the volume of the treble fre- 
quencies. 

BAND PASS FILTER: Handy for 
removing clicks and pops, plus it 


sometimes decreases hiss. 

You have to state the range of 
frequencies you want to remove. If 
you are in detailed filter mode 
(Filter mode switch) you will be 
asked the filter depth. The larger 
the number you enter, the more 
the frequency is reduced. 

The band pass filter allows you 
to remove frequencies of a certain 
volume. You have to state the 
maximum volume of a frequency 
that can be removed. This is 
handy for removing hiss, as hiss is 
normally quiet, so you enter a 
small volume, and thus only the 
hiss is removed. 

TREMOLO: Adds a warbling 
effect. Typical values to enter are 
200 and then 64. 



Memory 

CHIP MEMORY: Allows samples to 
be loaded only into chip memory. 

To play a sound sample you must 
have it loaded into chip memory. 
FAST MEMORY: Allows samples to 
be loaded only into fast memory, in 
other words a memory expansion. 
Note that you can’t play the sam- 
ples that have been loaded into fast 
memory. 

FAST TO CHIP: Transfer a sample 
from fast memory to chip memory. 
CHIP TO FAST: Transfer a sample 
from chip memory to fast memorv. 
EDIT WAVEFORM: Allows you to 
edit a section of the current wave- 
form by using the mouse. You enter 
the address of where you want to 
edit and a window displays a sec- 
tion of the sample starting from the 
address you entered. You then 
press the left mouse button to draw 
on the sample. 

To exit from this function you 
have to press the Q key, making 
sure Caps Lock is off when you do 
it. 

CUT SAMPLE: Sets the current 
range - the section of sample 



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Menu 

between the Play Start and the 
Play End - to zero. 

DELETE SAMPLE: Removes the 
whole of the current sample from 
memory. 

COPY TO NEW CHANNEL: Copy 
the section of one sample and 
place it in a new channel. 

ADD CHANNEL TO CHANNEL: 
Sticks sections of two samples 
together and places the result in a 
new channel. 

CLEAR MEMORY: Removes all 
samples stored in the Effects 
Machine’s memory. Use with care. 


THE EFFECTS MACHINE is 
Copyright © 1990 Amiga 
Computing. It was written by 17- 
year-old Robert Slater from 
Stockport over a period of two 
years. 

Robert is a bit of a sound and 
music synthesis freak. In between 
studying for his A levels he has 
also written a 4 track sequencer 
similar to Soundtracker. (Which 
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PART 




In the second part 
of our word 
processing special 
we concentrate on 
the various packages 
available for your 
Amiga. Which is 
best for which 
application? Find out 
as the team puts the 
products through 
their paces 


T HE Amiga might appear an odd 
choice of computer on which to 
use a word processor . Renowned for 
exceptional graphics, stunning sound 
and amazing processing power, doing 
nothing more than typing letters to the 
milkman on it might seem akin to 
dispatch riding on a Honda 
Goldwing. As a result, programmers 
have two extremes to aim between: 

1 • Completely ignore all the Amiga’s 
bits and bobs and treat it as if it were a 
PC, or: 

2 • Go completely over the top in 
graphical user interfaces. 

This means you have a nice choice 
of style when it comes to Amiga 
word processors. If you can’t stand the 
cute and furry Amiga interface, you 
can plump for something like Protext 
which can bear more than a passing 
resemblance to a CLI window. 

If you want a maximum user-friendly 
extra-sweet drinking chocolate type 
program, then you can try something 
more like the PenPal’s of this world. 

With respect to documentation, it 
was a great relief to note that all 
manuals - even of the cheapest 
package - were of a very 


high standard. 

All programs 
also made the 
most of any 
extra hardware 
available, and could easily be installed 
on a hard drive. 

After using many, many products, I 
can safely say that word processors 
bring out the best in the Amiga. 


In the Pipeline 

FOR those prepared to wait, there are 
new versions of several packages 
“coming soon”. The new version 
(number five) of Protext promises to 
be well worth the wait. Probably the 
only feature it won’t support will be 
ARexx. ProWrite is just into 
incarnation version 3, so keep a look 
out for it too. 

Rumour has it that at long last an 
update to Word Perfect will be 
released. With Commodore trying to 
convince a sceptical business world 
that IBM isn’t the be-all and end-all of 
computing, this could be good news. 



AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 67 




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When John Kennedy telephoned and said, “You're a writer, write 300 
words on why you use a word processor instead of at* 
typewriter. I thought, huh, honey for old rope. I use a word** 
processor because hy typing is hopeless. My spelling none too^ 
not, ny thoughts .ve usually Muddled so I need to see what s^ 
in front of ne and then rearrange it into sone senblance of«' 
coherent English, and I can never find the right words to use** 
so a built in thesaurus is a godsend. 
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Actually My typing isn't too bad, for the two fingered^ 
variety (or five if My fingers feel like co-ordinating with nyt> 
brain). I can type quite quickly but tend to hit the wrong keyt* 
fron tiMe to tiMe so I often need to junp back and edit.** 

I only use a spelling checker if I have plenty of tilted 
and the work is for soueone reasonably important. For Amgaf 


Cohputing I don't bother. They check it anyway.^ 

Rearranging paragraphs and cut and pasting aren’t. that£ 
ihportant for shall jobs, but when you have to write 3008^ 
words on six tank ganes as I did recently then it's nice to be^ 
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Protext v4.2 


P ROTEXT has become a firm 
favourite in the Amiga 
Computing offices, more for historical 
reasons than any other. Originally 
written to run on the Z80 based 
Amstrad CPC micro, it has a solid 
following mostly consisting of 8 bit 
up-graders. 

The features loved by these people 
may be despised by others. Protext is 
totally text based and will not support 
graphics other than simple IBM style 
boxes. 

The display is brief and functional, 
with status lines at the top, and the 
text edited in a (sometimes) resizable 
window underneath. 

All functions are available from 
pull-down menus, but once you get 
to know the package, keypresses can 
totally take over. You only need 
to touch the mouse to click on the 
Protext icon in the Workbench. 

There are two main modes of 
operation, easily toggled between with 
a single press on the escape key. The 
first is the text entry and editing 
mode, where you spend your time 
entering your new novel. 

The second mode is a cut-down CLI, 


where you can change directories, 
look at the contents of a disk and 
perform features such as spell 
checking and text formatting. 

One of the few concessions to user- 
friendliness is a simple Wysiwyg 
option to display bold, italic and so 
on. Typically, it can be switched off 
and replaced with on-screen printer 
codes for the hard-line hackers. 

Printer drivers are custom and 
plentiful. Mail merging is useful, 
and made more so with the provision 
of a simple form of programming 
language. 

The spelling checker is worthwhile, 


but the pattern recognition is 
exasperatingly awful. The dictionary 
is English, but you’ll soon come across 
words it doesn’t know. 

Installation is eased with a special 
program to guide you through 
the various options and configurations. 
Protext will work with your 
set-up, no matter what it is. A special 
version for vanilla 512K ram A500s is 
provided for when memory gets a bit 
tight. 

Protext sits uncomfortably on top the 
Amiga’s Intuition operatingsystem. 
Incredibly powerful but tricky to get to 
grips with, you’ll either love it or hate it. 




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Hell. It all started sone tine ago, when Green popped his head 
through the office door. I say "through" and not around" because 
he is quite a violent chappie, and likes nothing nore that to 
scare the living daylights out of people. 

"Hey, you!" he growled, spitting snail pieces of wood and glass 
fron his nouth, "Hey, you! I have to write nearly all the ganes 
reviews again this nonth so I'll need a good word processor. Uhat 
have you got?" 


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offspring of a ProWrite/ProText 
alliance. Perhaps it should have been 
called WriteText. (Hey, what brilliant 
name!) 

Font control is limited to the 
standard italic , bold and underlined 


"Ah," says I, "Now there's a stroke of luck. He just happen to be 
doing a review on Hord Processors, so I'n sure ue'll have 
sonething that uill suit you. Sonething sinple should suffice..." 

"I suppose you think you're funny?" said Green, clenching his 
fist. 


affairs. 

There can be four documents open 
at any one time, each a fully sizable 



S CRIBBLE lies somewhere 
between the totally Wysiwyg 
multiple font graphics processors 
and the serious CLI lookalike 
systems. I can’t help thinking it’s the 


window. Scroll bars move you around 
the text, and the current word count 
can be popped on to the screen with a 
single keypress. 

If there is a gimmick with which 
Scribble hopes to stand out from the 
crowd with, it’s the inclusion of a 
thesaurus. No similarly priced word 
processor has this facility. Would you 
use it? Erm, I don’t know. I rarely do, 


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honoured and flattered that you considered me. 
However, I feel I must decline for several reason 


Firstly we live over one hundred miles apart. 
Secondly, I am not sure if you have any money, and 
Finally, your real name is Harry and you are mad. 

However, I do assure of my attention at all times, 
Vours faithfully. 


P EN PAL could only happen on 
the Amiga. At first glance it 
looks more like an art package than a 
word processor. 

As you might expect, graphic 
support is good. Picture files in IFF 
format can be inserted, resized and 
moved around. There are also a 
good selection of lines and boxes to 
draw with, ideal for borders and 
highlighted areas of text. 

When you think you have finished, 
a delightful preview option will draw 
a miniature version of the screen to let 



but they are people who would. 
Even with American spellings. Still, 
it’s nice to know it’s there, just in 
case you do need it. 

Scribble is the smaller brother of 
the Excellence! word processor. The 
missing features include font and 
text layout support, grammar 
checking, Postscript output - in 
other words the kind of stuff that 
you won’t need if you’re a home 
user typing out “I’m sorry Johnny 
wasn’t in school today” letters. 

As such, it represents good value 
for money. If the missing facilities 
are going to annoy you, perhaps you 
should save up. But remember - 
you’ll be paying around three times 
the price of Scribble for them. 


you see what is going on. 

Statistic freaks will love Pen Pal. 
Instead of a common or garden word 
count facility, you get a complete 
breakdown of your text: Average 
length of words, that sort of thing. It 
even has a readability index so you 
know if you’re pitching your prose a 
bit high. 

Fonts can be selected by name, or 
rather cunningly, by size as well. 

Something which may take a bit of 
getting used to is the way the pointer 
changes shape depending on what you 
are doing a the time. 

It’s not like an art package where the 
arrow changes to a little paint brush, 
it’s more a piece of on-line help. As 
you move the pointer over an icon, 
some text appears telling you what 
will happen. 

In use, Pen Pal seems a bit sluggish. 
Nothing severe, the letters just take a 
fraction of a second to appear after 
you hit the keys. You wouldn’t notice 
if you stare at the keyboard while you 
type, but those with more than just a 
little keyboard experience will get a 
dose of jet lag. 

Pen Pal is unique in that it comes 
with an integral database. This is quite 
a good idea when you think about it, 
because when you’re writing text you 
are probably making reference to 
pieces of information such as names 
and addresses so it makes sense to 
keep them in the same context. Keep 
this is mind when you compare the 
price of Pen Pal to other word 
processors. 


on-screen at once, simultaneously 
even. In different colours. Interlaced or 
not interlaced. 

It’s great for producing a fancy 
letterhead. Plus, if you are lucky 
enough to own a good quality printer - 
a laser or 24 pin - you will he able to 
output the fonts with extra smoothing. 
Not perfect, hut better than nothing. 

To speed things up when you aren’t 
using fancy fonts or pictures, you can 
choose to use the standard printer 
output. 

For an even fancier letterhead, you 
can incorporate all types of IFF 
graphic tiles directly into the text, 

HAM format included. Once in 
place they can be resized, shaded for 
black and white printers and have text 
flowed around them. 

Although the number of menus might 
seem minimal, they are jam- 
packed with features. Spell checking, 
date or time insertion, word counting: 
they are all here. 

ProWrite seems to he the ideal word 
processor for new Amiga owners. If 
writing letters on Notepad is too 
tedious, and the thought of having to 
learn how to use a whole new program 
fills you with fear, then this is the 
package for you. 

Its friendly, flexible, fast and what’s 
more it’s actually fun! 


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ProWrite v2.5.1 


W HEN ProWrite loads you might 
think “Uh, oh. ..this looks a bit 
like Notepad to me”. And you'd he right 
- it does look a hit like Notepad. 

The reason for this is that ProWrite 
has a wonderfully Amiga-ized front 
end. It is so refreshing to use a program 
which uses Intuition so completely. By 
doing so, you’ll probably never need to 
look at the manual. 

Like Notepad, you can play with 
fonts. In fact all the fonts can he 



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Transcript vl.O 


G OLD DISK, perhaps better 
known for its DTP titles Pro 
Page and Pagesetter II, released the 
first version of Transcript two years 
ago. It is still in the original Vl.O form. 

Two versions of Transcript - 
Transcript and Transedit - come on a 
single disk, along with the bundled 
spellcheck program. This may seem 
to be a Bad Thing - when you spend 
money on a professional program you 
like to see about twenty disks packed 
tight in the box, not one rattling 
around on its own - but it shows how 
compact and efficient the software is. 




Of course, being on a single disk 
also makes it ideal for unexpanded 
machines - if you’ve only got one disk 
you’re not going to be spending a great 


deal of time doing the disk-swapping 
dance. 

Although quite old Transcript boasts 
a lot of features which are yet to find 
their way into more recent releases. 
One of these is the automatic index 
generator. Simply mark words in the 
text and the program wdll compile a 
complete alphabetical, multiple- 
reference index for inclusion at the 
end of your printed document. 

Macros, multiple windows, block 
functions - Transcript is coming dowm 
with features, not flash gimmicks. 

One of the advanced interfaces is 
the printing menu. All options are set 
by gadgets and there is even a nice 


Cygnus Ed Profession V2 


C YGNUS ED Professional (known 
to its friends as CED) is 
something of the odd man out in this 
word processor round-up. It claims to 
be a text editor, but it is so full of 
features that leaving it out on these 
grounds would be a sin. 

CED is aimed squarely at the Amiga 
programmer, for it is an ideal system 
with which to enter source code. And 
yet it can do so many other things that 
you can happily use it for typing 
novels. The only drawback in this 


respect is the lack of a spell checker. 

However, the provision of ARexx 
support means that CED is only as 
limited as you want it to be. 
Theoretically, you will be able to link 
CED to a separate spell checking 
program. 

CED has clearly been designed for 
people who use their Amiga to enter 
text a lot . The “Hot Key’’ feature 
alone is worth its weight in floppies in 
my opinion. 

There you are, ideas flooding 



through your brain in a sudden surge 
of inspiration, and you have no time 
to muck around with clicking this 
and loading that. Just hit ALT, SHIFT 
and RETURN and CED pops into 
being. Completely brilliant. 

Another feature which may appear 
as nothing but a gimmick is autosave . 
After a pre-determined period the 
program will remind you that you 
haven’t saved vour text for a while and 
ask permission to do so. It can prevent 
untold misery. As can the resurrection 
program, which in the unlikely (ha! 
not with my code!) event of a Guru 
will worm its way through memory 
and try to rebuild your files. 

Add multiple files, plus multiple 
windows on the same file, user- 
definable just-about-everything and 
you have a complete text workstation, 
if such a thing exists. 

CED appeals to me a lot. It must be 
the ultimate text editing system. If 
you want a fast, efficient and 
powerful way to write code and still 
want to wrrite the occasional letter, 
then you need it. 



70 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 









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screen preview option which creates a 
giant scrolling bitmap of your text. 

The only real niggle is the spell- 


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checker. This has to be run separately, 
although it is supported by both 
Transcript and Transedit. There are 



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I F it’s pedigree in a word 

processor you’re after, then look 
no further than Sentinel’s Word 
Perfect. Although the program never 
really caught on amongst Amiga 
owners, it is in constant battle with 
WordStar as the number one word 
processor on PC compatibles. 

The Amiga version is a powerful 
multi-window affair that will 
happily edit several documents 
simultaneously. Unlike Protext, 
switching between them is simply a 
matter of activating the appropriate 
window and you’re away. Although 
the program supports most of the 
elements of Intuition, it still retains 
a very PC-like feel to it (the program 
doesn’t even have a file requester!). 

If you’re an ex-PC owner then you’ll 
no doubt rejoice at such a situation, 
otherwise it’s all too easy to get lost. 

Editing functions are pretty 
comprehensive - all the standard 
operations such a block 
manipulation, search and replace are 
there in abundance. 

However, one of the most 
surprising failings of the program is 
its inability to display justified text 
onscreen - although the document 
will be printed fully justified, the 
onscreen text remainsjagged 
(whatever happened to Wysiwyg?). 

On the plus side, Word Perfect 
boasts powerful macro and indexing 
facilities which can be a real 


timesaver when carry out laborious 
word processing tasks. 

Backing up a darned good text 
processor are both thesaurus and 
spell checking facilities. These can 
either be called from within the 
main program or (in the case of the 
spell checker) run as an independent 



task, therefore allowing you to spell 
check disk-based documents without 
having to wait for the main program 
to load. The spell checker and 
thesaurus share a common set of 
dictionaries. 

For such a well respected program, 
Amiga Word Perfect is something of 
a disappointment. It’s undoubtedly a 
powerful program which will easily 
handle even the most demanding of 
word processing tasks, but its PC-feel 
makes it a rather cumbersome 
program to work with. 

And what about the price? I just 
can’t help feeling that you’re paying 
for the Word Perfect name. 


around 90,000 words in the 
dictionary, but of course they’re 
all in American. Nevertheless it is fast 
and intelligent. 

Fast, smooth and powerful, not to 
mention easy to use, Transcript is still 
in the running as a professional class 
wordprocessor. 


Short and Sweet 


I F YOU are in the market for a 
similar package to CED but with an 
infinitely programmable interface, you 
should also consider ToolBox from 
Mirage Studio (0734 788965) reviewed 
in the June issue of Amiga Computing. 
The programmer is working towards 
including an ARexx interface, which 
will make all sorts of even more 
wonderful things possible. 

For those who already have a word 
processor but lack word power. 

Kuma have produced a stand-alone 
version of Longman’s pocket Roget’s 
Thesaurus. It will sit with its little 
window behind your application 
(hoy, don’t you just love multitasking) 
ready for you to click it to the front 
when you’re stuck for words. The 
dictionary consists of 150.000 words 
which may be browsed through under 
catagories such as “abstract 
relationships”, “spatial relationships” 
and “the material universe”. Words 
are accepted phonetically in case your 
spelling isn’t up to skratch - typing 
“nieeve” will correctly find “naive”. 

Half of the fun of this program 
comes from just wandering around 
the dictionary, picking up new words. 
In use. K-Roget is a fast and useful 
way to expand an existing word 
processor setup. 

Finally, for those with big plans but 
small budgets, take a look at the 
Extrasl.3 disk which came with your 
Amiga. Inside the drawer marked 
Tools is a program called MEmacs (for 
MicroEmacs, whatever that means). In 
case you were unaware, its a totally 
useable word processor. Of course, it 
might lack one or two special features 
but what the heck - it’s free! 



AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 71 




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Excellence! 


WORD 

PROCESSING 

SPECIAL 



W ORD processing for grown- 
ups, that’s what Excellence! 
feels like when you have it running. 

If you’re mountain climber, you get 
the right equipment. When you spend 
the clay repairing cars, you get the best 
tools. If you’re a professional writer, 
you want a solid, reliable, feature 
packed word processor. Price is simply 
not relevant when you’re going to be 
using a program all day, every day. 

Excellence! comes pretty close to 
being the ultimate system, never 


mind the ultimate on the Amiga. 
Proper font support, graphics and 
column layouts make it a worthwhile 
DTP tool. With the Postscript output 
option, we’re talking seriously high 
quality with a laser printer or printing 
bureau on the other end. 

For the writer, the fast spell checker 
is an essential item. The thesaurus is 
useful in case you get your synonyms 
and antonyms confused. 

The grammar checker? It’s like a 
slap in the face. Well, it is if you take 


it’s comments to heart. Any sloppy 
writing and it’s a “Hackneyed, cliche 
or trite” warning. Makes a change 
from “syntax error”, anyway. 

If you like the Amiga feel to the 
program (and let’s be honest here - not 
everyone does) you’ll be mightily 
impressed. If you don’t need as many 
features or don’t want to splash the 
cash but like the way it works, try 
Scribble. And if you don’t like 
Intuition, either buy a PC or try 
Protext or Word Perfect. 


The table below details the various features of all the word processors reviewed - with the 
notable exception of MicroEmacs which is included for comparison purposes only. The 
price listed for each package was found by looking around the various advertisers in the 
magazine - something you would be well advised to do if you are thinking of purchasing . 


Features 
Word Processor 

Price 

Min. 
set up 

Spell 

check 

Thesaurus 

Word 

count 

ARexx 

Mail 

merge 

Wysiwyg 

Graphics 

Amiga 

fonts 

Macros 

Multiple 

files 

Ease o( 
installation 

Manual 

Ease of 
use 

Speed 

Robust- 

ness 

Protext v4.2 

£74.99 

512k 

70.000 

English 

No 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Good 

Good 

Medium 

Medium 

Good 

ProWrite v2.5.1 

£102.50 

512k 

95.000 

English 

American 

No 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Medium 

Cygnus Ed Professional v2 

£85.95 

512k 

No 

No 

No 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

No 

No 

No 

Yes 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Word Perfect v4.1 

£164.00 

512k 

115.000 

English 

115.000 

English 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Medium 

Good 

Medium 

Medium 

Good 

Pen Pal vl.3.4 

£99 

1Mb 

American 

100.000 

No 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Medium 

Platinum Scribble! v3.02 

£41.50 

512k 

104.000 

American 

470.000 

American 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes-ish 

No 

No 

Yes 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Excellence! 

£159.95 

1Mb 

104.000 

American 

470.000 

American 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Good 

Transcript 

£32.50 

512k 

90.000 

American 

No 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Good 

Medium 

Good 

Good 

Medium 

MicroEmacs 

Free 

512k 

No 

No 

No 

No 

No 

No 

No 

No 

No 

No 

Good 

N7A 

Medium 

Medium 

Good 


Thanks must go to HB Marketing, 
Word Perfect Corporation, Kuma 
Computers, ASDG Incorporated and 
Mirage Studios for supplying us with 
the products reviewed. 




Reviewers: 

Nic Veitch - Transcript 
Jason Holborn - Word Perfect 
John Kennedy - All the rest 


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Nic Veitch investigates 
rumours that the A500 
is a museum piece 


Two actors relive the 
good old days in a rebuilt 
1890 train which forms 
part of the exhibition 








The two A2000 , s 
in their modest 
surroundings - the 
A 5 00 sits on the floor! 










M ention London 

Regional Transport 
to your average capital city 
dweller and it is unlikely their first 
response will be anything along the 
lines of what wonderful hi-tech state 
of the art frontier breaking technology 
is involved. But the times they are a 
changin’. 

LRT has woken up to Amiga 
technology and all the 16-bit advances it 
can bring, eliminating all that hand- 
driven stuff and creating true user 
friendly environments. Of course, all this 
is nothing to do with die transport 
system itself. No, all this wonderful 
interactive, cutting edge 68000-based 
equipment is to be found in the museum. 

The equipment forms part of one of 
the interactive displays in the new 
tube centenary exhibition just opened 
at LRT’s museum in Covent Garden. 

Two trains are simulated - firstly a 
reproduction of one of the first tube 
trains from a hundred years ago, then 
the new updated 1990 version. 

Controls for the earlier train are a 
little primitive, in keeping with the 
time. The throttle is nothing more 
than a large rheostat controlling the 
current to the engine, the brake lever 
is a valve controlling the pressure to 
the airbrakes. Or rather they’re not. 

A rod rotating thorough the rheostat 
operates a potentiometer, the brake 
valve contains a hidden microswitch. 
Both of these devices are read by a 
132000, which performs a few 
rudimentary calculations to determine 
just whereabouts the train is and 
updates the animation. One feature of 
the old trains which is thankfully not 
reproduced on the simulator is the 
tendency of the throttle to arc, sending 
showers of white hot sparks all over 
the cab. 


The other setup is a bit more 
cunning. The train of today has a large 
weighted arm control. By twisting the 
lever and pushing it forward the arm 
will release the brakes and an 
optomechanical coupler will respond 
to the arm being moved forward and 
drive the motors. 

This also fulfils the function of a 
“deadman’s switch” - pressure must 
be applied to keep the train moving 
forward, otherwise the arm will slide 
back and the brakes will come on. 

The arm itself was quite easy to 
read, simply taking the optical driver 
output and patching it into the 
parallel port of a 2000. The cab 


window display is then driven in the 
same way as before, but there is a 
another output. 

In the 1990 train drivers are aided 
by an illuminated odometer, which 
not only indicates their current speed 
but also has a row of lights showing 
the ‘‘correct speed”. By matching both 
sets of lights they know they are not 
going too fast (unlikely in my 
experience) or too slow. In the 


76 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 


■ FEATURES ■ 




Getting to grips 
with the 
simulator, this 
guy’s doing well . 

He has already 
assumed the 
posture and 
expression of an 
LRT driver. 
Perhaps the 
drivers of the 
future will be 
trained on 
equipment 
like this 


to pay a craftsman for six months’ 
work. And what happens at the end of 
the exhibition? Expensive models 
have to be stored somewhere - or 
worse still - broken up. A piece of hi- 
tech computer hardware can always 
be re-used in the next exhibition. 

The basic requirements for this 
project were that the computer 
involved be flexible, reasonably 
cheap, easy to interface and have 
excellent graphic capability - 
basically the design spec of the Amiga. 

An ST was originally considered but 
sense prevailed - as Rob Lansdown of 
the London Transport Museum says 
“it’s a different kind of animal entirely”. 

The museum are so pleased with the 
the project (it has already being 
wrecked a few times - the sign of 
success for a museum exhibit) that 
they are already thinking ahead to the 
next exhibition, which may have even 
more Amiga-based displays. 

Aeon Design is hoping to be in on 
that and perhaps catering to the needs 
of other museums as the century 
draws to a close. 

The moral of the story? Your Amiga 
is a serious piece of gear easily 
capable of handling more tasks than 
you can possibly imagine - don’t let it 
vegetate in the role of a games 
machine and above all don’t 
underestimate it. In the meantime, 
your past is part of its future. 


Oval station , the simulator even seems to 
have cleaned it up a hit. This is just one of 
the stations represented. The inset shows 
the computer generated speedometer 


element. While these types of display 
are likely to remain in exhibitions into 
the distant future, the interactive 
computer approach is bound to have a 
major role to play. 

Computerised displays are, 
basically, cheap and flexible. It is a lot 
easier to pay some highly intelligent 
chaps to write some software than it is 


simulator this extra display was 
driven by an A500, getting its data 
from the 2000 via the serial port. 

The animation frames for the cab 
display would have taken a theoretical 
8Mb of memory as conventional IFF 
anims, but the team working on the 
project, Aeon Design, put to work 
their obvious programming talent to 
squash it into one meg. 

The technique involved storing a 
number of repeatable backdrops and 
overlaying bobs (or Blitter-objects, the 
Amiga’s software sprites) which are 
updated for each frame. Cunning frame- 
swapping provides the feeling of motion. 
The result is a rather smooth display 
which could easily be straight from 
DPaint but in an eighth of the space. 


D igitised sound effects 

accompany the simulation. In 
order to faithfully reproduce the 
underground atmosphere the sounds 
were recorded by dangling a 
microphone out of the cab window. To 
get the realistic speech effect Brian 
Van De Peer shouted at his Amiga 
from across the room! 

Why do all this on the Amiga? The 
museum way of doing things usually 
runs along the lines of commissioning 
a model-maker to produce an exhibit, 
with twiddlv-knob devices in glass 
cases to provide the interactive 


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AMP3 - Graphics Pack 1 
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Filter Pics manipulate 
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MCAD excellent CAD 
package. IFF to pieces 
jigsaw program, ROT 3D 
drawing prog, VDraw 
VI. 19 brilliant painting 
program, Ray Tracer 
Generator. 

AMP21 - Graphics Pack 
2 - DBW Render a very 
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Mandelbrot Explorer. 
Excellent full features 
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ST2IFF convert Atari ST 
pictures to Amiga IFF 
format. HAM Editor 
drawing program. HAM 
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FFISH 295 - Mandel 
Mountains Vl.l. Mandel 
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FFISH 334 - FBM 
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Rat maze, Monopoly and 
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PDOM 215, PDOM 216 

- Star Trek 2 disk game. 
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PDOM 62 - The Public 
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Disk: Virus X V4.0, 
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utility and information on 
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PDOM 93 - ARP vl.3. 
The AmigaDOS 
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APDC 15 - Icon 
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the latest all features 
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a port of the Atari ST 
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■ PUBLIC DOMAIN ■ 


E VERYONE has run into a part of 
ARP (AmigaDos Resource 
Project) at one time or another, that I 
can guarantee. The near standard file 
requester was done by the ARP head 
man Charlie Heath. 

For most people, that’s as much of 
ARP as they’ll 
see. There’s more 
than just a file 
requester, though 
- there’s a 
complete 
replacement for 
Commodore’s 
commands, plus 
an improved 
Shell 

environment 
contained in the 
ARP Release 1.3 
Install program. 

And all of this 
lives on TBAG 
Disk #31. 

Why would 
anyone in their 
right mind want 
to replace 
Commodore’s 
commands ? They work, do they not ? 
Well, no and yes. They’re written in C, 
which makes them bigger and slower 
than ARP’s assembly language ones. 

The Commodore commands also 
don’t quite work as they should. ARP 
on the other hand, is very well 
behaved. ARP commands usually have 
more options and better Help facilities 
than the supplied command set. 


I F ALL this seems rather dull, you 
might appreciate the fact that 
installing ARP gives you much more 
room (over 60k) on your boot disk 
than before. This is partly due to the 
smaller size of the assembly code, and 
also due to ARP’s use of a shared 
library. 

This shared library, called 
arp. library, contains mostly 
housekeeping routines. It also 
contains the much-used file requestor, 
used by more programs than it would 
be wise to shake a stick at. OK, so it’s 
not 100 per cent big or clever to shake 
sticks at any kind of software, but at 
least it breaks the tedium. 

ARP’s shell, Ash, is more intelligent 
and more compact than Commodore’s 


Stewart C. Russell 
demonstrates howto 
rebuild your Amiga 
from scratch using 
the multitude of 
available public 
domain utilities 


offering. It has most of the script 
control commands - like If, Else, Endif 
and Execute - built in, so your scripts 
run far more quickly. 

Ash supports environment variables 
properly, unlike Commodore’s, which 
still uses an awful kludge to work 
properly. Additional commands have 
been added to the c: directory to give 
you parsed input of variables. Gone 
are the days of the simple yes/no 
question. 

If you’ve used proper Shells before, 
you’ll be wanting to use pipes, 
command substitution, and I/O 
redirection. Maybe “wanting” is too 
strong a term, but “able to find a use 
for” was just too long. 

Ash allows you to use all of these, 
but you need to get another piece of 
software to do the first two. ConMan 
vl.3 on Fish Disk #165 (Shareware, 
$10) is what you need, since it 
implements a proper pipe. 


O WHAT is a pipe, and what use 
is it ? All a pipe does is collect 
output from one program, and feed it 
as input to another. A simple example 
is “List I Type OPT N” (the I being 


the pipe) - this creates a numbered 
listing of the current directory. 

Command substitution isn’t as 
useful as a pipe, but it’s fun to be with 
anyway. It can be used to substitute 
the output from a command into the 
output from another command. 

Swallowed that ? Good. 
MSdos (a Dos which has 
the latter quality of its 
near-homophonic 
bleach) isn’t the 
only one which 
can have the 
date in the 
prompt - 
Prompt 
“ *$(Date)” 
gives you the 
same from 
Ash. That’s 
what a 
command 
substitute is. 
AmigaDos 
has always had 
output redirection dir 
>t:tmp and input 
redirection type >t:tmp but 
what if you wanted to append output 
to a file ? You’d have to redirect to 
another file, and then join two files 
together. 

Ash has append redirection (using 
») which, surprisingly, appends the 
output on to an existing file. If the file 
doesn’t exist, it gets created - no nasty 
late-night meetings with Mr. File-Not- 
Found! 

Apart from being a file requester, a 
set of commands, a Shell and a way of 
life, ARP is also a software 
development philosophy (woo!). ARP 
is a cooperative effort to provide 
enhanced commands and to provide a 
better user interface through the 
arp. library. 

The work is fully documented, and 
has been made available to 
Commodore for use in future releases 
of AmigaDos. 

Commodore now supports ARP (in 
the US, at least) and most of it is 
included in AmigaDos 2.0. Yes, that 
means there will be a standard FILE 
selector in 2.0 ... 

ARP may be used and distributed 
without charge. In the year or so that 
I’ve been using ARP 1.3, it has served 
me very well, with no bugs, crashes, 
or general weirdnesses. It’s perfect. 

> 




ShoWiz - not just another IFF reader... 


I CAN tell what you’re thinking - 
Russell’s gone and run out of 
interesting things to write about. Here 
he’s going on about IFF picture 
readers, possibly the most common 
type of PD program there is. 

OK, I admit that ShoWiz is rather 
good at reading IFF pictures - but then 
so is Deluxe Paint 3. But what other 
picture show program can show text 
files, play sampled sounds, use 
requesters or run other programs? 

ShoWiz can do all this (plus the 
customary and much more ) in only 
23k. It has a smaller relation, ShoWiz 
Junior, which is designed for more 
limited work, as Junior can’t handle 
scripts and only has 10 different ways 
of wiping the picture on to the screen. 
The full ShoWiz has more than 20 
different wipes. 

Both programs can be used to show 
a single picture or text file, or can be 
given a directory to slideshow through 
in alphabetical order. If your 
slideshow is a continuous loop, 
ShoWiz will usually manage to use a 
different wipe for each picture. 

It’s ability to run external tasks was 
originally coded to allow animations 
to be played from the script. Any 
program can be run from ShoWiz: I 
used it to automate the installation of 



A Large Plug 
for 

DAUE 

(Pi tg it's onlg an audio plug...) 


ShoWiz comes in handy for 
budding advertising executives 


a user-hostile software package. 

If this had been a commercial 
package it would have had the 
multimedia albatross hung round its 
neck. Multimedia is a cute way of 
saying that you get sound and 
graphics at the same time. 

Text is handled neatly, with 80 by 
25 drop-shadowed text. All text must 
be set up in a special template, which 
means you must prepare all your text 
page by page. 

ShoWiz is definitely one to consider 
if you have to create slideshows and 
presentations. Whatever the purpose, 
from education to advertising, ShoWiz 
will show your best side. 

ShoWiz v2.0 is on TBAG Disk 31, 
and has the very reasonable shareware 
fee of $10. 


L IFE’S hard for the average 

Workbench user. I mean, people 
who use the Shell can create script 
files to automate repetitive tasks. 
Workbench forces you to do everything 
by hand. 

Wouldn’t it be good if you could 
load your favourite program, and for it 
to automatically set itself up the way 
you like it ? Well, for this sort of thing, 
Scripit on Fish Disk 288 is your 
program. 

Intuition, the Amiga’s graphical user 
interface, makes Scripit’s task fairly 
simple. Every time you select a menu, 
click the mouse, or whatever, Intuition 
sends a message to the current program 
detailing what you’ve just done. 

What Scripit can do is send these 
messages direct to your program 
without all that tedious mucking about 
with the mouse. To make writing 
scripts more straightforward, Scripit 
has an auxiliary program to record 
your actions in a plain text file. It can 
also compile scripts to a more compact 
and faster file format. This can save a 
lot of space with long scripts, since 
compiled commands are only a few 
bytes long. 

Scripit is much more than just a 
mouse recorder. It’s a mouse organ too; 
a complete language in itself. It has 


Jazz up your Workbench 


W ORKBENCH can seem a 

little creaky at times. Well, 
OK, very creaky. The waiting 
involved when all the icons are being 
read from disk or when files are 
being copied is very tedious. 

Workbench annoyed David Navas 
so much that he wrote a 
replacement. Instead of just getting 
rid of the annoying delays, he 
produced what he thought 
Workbench should have looked like 
all along - a sort of concept front- 
end, as it were. 

Jazzbench isn’t actually complete 
in the version that’s available. It’s 
rather buggy too, and prone to 
crashing. It really needs a megabyte 
to run properly. So why do I mention 
it? 

Well, Jazzbench actually does a 
better job of supporting the Intuition 
graphics system than does 
Workbench. Jazzbench window 
contents scroll smoothly when a 


slider gadget is moved: Workbench 
only moves the icons once the gadget 
has stopped. Windows also have tiny 
icon gadgets on them, which allow 
windows to be kept on the screen 
without taking up useful space. 

Workbench’s unused device icons 
are implemented - if you have an icon 
for your printer, dragging a text file 
over it will print the file. 
Unfortunately, Jazzbench currently 
opens an icon for every device 
mounted (including CON: and RAW:), 
so you’ll find your screen littered 
with useless icons. 

If you’re working on files without 
icons, Jazzbench can display them 
c either by listing them, or by creating 
temporary icon files. It doesn’t mean, 
though, that CLI-only programs 
suddenly become Workbench aware. 

The annoying warning screen flash 


has been patched to play a sampled 
sound. The default is HAL’s “I’m sorry 
Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that’’ from 
2001. Also patched is the Workbench 
screen backdrop, to give a very 
simple pattern, and the window close 
routine, which looks a little Mac- 
esque. 

In common with Mac Finder’s DAs, 
and ST GEM’s ACCs, Jazzbench 
supports desktop accessory programs. 
These are generally small programs 
like a calculator which it’s handy to 
keep loaded for instant access. This is 
more useful under a non-multitasking 
front end (like Finder and Gem) but is 
handy to have anyway. 

Jazzbench promises more features 
in later releases, such as automatic 
display of IFF pictures. With a bit 
more work it could become a 
Workbench 2.0 clone for ordinary 


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The mechanical 
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Uorkbenoh release. 2438344 free meworg 


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Is it possible to draw graphics onto Workbench?? 

VES! ! Scr in t can do it! 


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RwigaLibDisk288 


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Graphics 
on the 
Workbench? 
’Ere, that's a 
hit clever 


string and integer variables and flow 
control (IF.. .THEN.. .ELSE, GOTO, 
GOSUB, WHILE). Control can be 
passed to new scripts with the 
SCRIPT command, and the 
SUBSCRIPT command acts like a 
GOSUB between files. 

You want graphics commands? You 
got them - circles, points, lines, 
ellipses, boxes, filled rectangles, text - 
the kitchen sink’s in there somewhere. 
There’s also a command which will 


draw directly onto Deluxe Paint’s 
screen. 

The syntax of the Scripit language is 
similar to ARexx, so it’s no surprise 
that Scripit has full ARexx support. So 
even programs which don’t support 
ARexx can now be controlled by it. 

For something as stunningly clever 
as Scripit you’d expect quite a hefty 
shareware fee. You’d expect wrongly 
then - Khalid Aldoseri has released 
the package as freeware. 


Amigas. That’s assuming that the 
promised development work is 
carried out. 

As it stands on Fish Disk 228 , 
Jazzbench is extremely difficult to 
install. If you thought MessyDos was 
difficult to install you don’t know 


you’re born, believe me. Quite a few 
PD libraries have a properly set up 
Jazzbench boot disk, which saves 
time, money, and swearing. Ask 
around - it’s generally the smaller 
libraries that extend this kind of 
service. 


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Trix 


/ F YOU frequent the 
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find a Qix machine hidden in a 
dark corner. Qix is a very old 
and simple game, which won a 
small but dedicated band of 
followers in the early 80’s. Trix 
is Qix, basically. 

All you have to do in Trix is 



to corral a randomly-moving 
line segment in less than 40 
per cent of the screen area. 

The player is a small and 
rather unexciting blob which 
travels along the edges of the 
screen. 

You create solid areas of 
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attendant Foos (or Sparx in the 
original) lose you a life if they 
touch you. What else did you 
expect? Free artichokes? 

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to the original - there’s a 
definite look-and-feel case in 
there somewhere. Most of the 
minimalist addictiveness has 
been retained. So has the 
annoying drone of the Qix, 
erm, Trix. 

Good, solid, reliable, non- 
violent, non-sexist simple fun. 
Not the sort of game I’d play all 
the time, but a couple of games 
every day should be enough 
for a year or so. 

Trix is on SACC Disk 23. The 
ultra-sparse documentation 
mentions nothing about money, 
so I guess it has to be 
freeware. 





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Snap, 
crackle 
and plop! 

C OMPUTERS are supposed to 
make paper obsolete. So why is 
it that every computer desk in the 
known universe has a wad of 
scribblings covering every spare inch 
of surface? 

The annoying things about said 
scribblings is that most of them have 
appeared on the screen have been 
noted down, and must be retyped 
later. Why can’t you just pick the text 
off the screen and let the computer 
retype it for you? 

That’s what the people at the Xerox 
Palo Alto Research Center (it’s in the 
States, hence the spelling) thought. 
They designed a system where text 
could be “clipped” from the screen 
and then retyped at the press of a 
mouse button. 

The Amiga does have a Clipboard, 
but precious few programs make good 
use of it. Mikael Karlsson’s Snap vl.4 
uses the Amiga Clipboard and the 
original ideas from Xerox to make a 
Wonderfully Useful Program. 

Dunno about you, but for me a 
Wonderfully Useful Program is one 
which has found a place in my 
Startup-Sequence the first time I see it. 
Not merely does Snap save all the 
hassle of writing things down, it can 
also clip graphics from any screen. 

The text clipping has a few 
limitations. It can only clip text that is 
fixed width (non-proportional) of less 
than 16 pixels height. Considering that 
all system text currently conforms 
with this, that’s not so bad. 

Text can be clipped from anywhere - 
window title bars, icon names, 
gadgets, wherever. As long as the text 
font is the same as the Intuition 
Screen font (which it usually is) you’ll 
be able to clip it. 

Snapping graphics is really neat. 

You can clip an area of any screen (be 
it HAM, half bright , interlaced, 2 to 
32 colours, overscan or whatever) and 
a window opens on the Workbench 
screen containing your clip. 

This window has a little icon in the 
title bar. Clicking on it produces a 


Bing, bong - Amiga calling 


W HEN your Amiga wishes to 
warn you about something, it 
flashes the screen rather than sounding 
the more usual beep. This is due to the 
slight possibility of another task using 
the audio device and not allowing the 
beep. Whatever the reason, if you 
happen to blink, you’ve missed your 
warning. 

Even worse, if a program decides to 
send out a rapid string of warning 
flashes, the screen goes wild. Even just 
thinking about it gives me a headache 
that will require a few hours’ kip to 
recover from. 

It is here that InstallBeep comes to the 
rescue. What it does is intercept the 
system’s screen flash and re-route it to a 
little IFF sound playing routine. 

As you can choose your own sound 
file, you can personalise the way your 
Amiga behaves. I have my own 


machine set to warble like a loon, 
which just happens to be Minnesota’s 
state bird, and a terrific non-sequitur 
into the bargain. 

InstallBeep plays the sound 
asynchronously, so your program 
won’t have to wait for the sound to 
finish. Better still, multiple beeps just 
fill up span* audio channels to give a 
stereo echo. 

InstallBeep is very small, but it has 
to install the sound driver and the 
sound file in chip ram. For that reason 
I wouldn’t recommend it to folks who 
spend all day drawing pictures in 
overscan interlace HAM. For the rest 
of us it gives us one of the neater 
features from David Navas’ JazzBench 
without the hassle. 

InstallBeep by Don Withey and Tim 
Friest is on Fish Disk 217, and is 
freeware. 


Snap by name , 
Snap by nature 



Configure Snap 
the ARexx way 


Save gadget, which allows you to save 
the graphics clip as an IFF file. 

Snap saves all the correct system 
information along with the clip, so 
that rather messy clip on the 
Workbench screen which was from a 
HAM screen regains its former beauty. 

There are three minor problems 
concerning Snap. The first is 
Commodore’s fault; some versions of 
the clipboard. device have a bug which 
causes a little memory to be lost every 
time it is used. Not fatal, but it can be 
annoying. 

The second problem concerns 
Snap’s Setup Tool. It requires ARexx, 
which most people don’t have. It’s 
possible to set up Snap by hand, but it 
requires much perusing of 
documentation and head scratching. 

The last problem is neither 


Commodore’s nor Mikael Karlsson’s. 
ScJhie programs will not accept input 
as quickly as Snap can provide it. 

Other programs strip out very rapid 
repeat keystrokes, as they could be 
caused by keyboard bounce. QED (PDs 
passim) is a major culprit where the 
latter is concerned. This means that 
you generally have to set the delay 
between sending characters to be quite 
large - around 20 milliseconds. That 
works out to be just under 50 
characters per second, which is still 
many times faster than I can type. 

Snap is wonderful, is on Fish Disk 
326, and is “Freely distributable 
copyrighted software with a shareware 
option”. That basically means that 
Mikael Karlsson wouldn’t mind some 
dosh, but isn’t going to get heavy 
about it. 


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Drop shadows 


DROP shadows are another 
attention-seeking device for use 
on artwork or text. They lends a 
kind of three-dimensional effect 
to the artwork, giving the page 
more apparent depth. 

They can also be used very 
effectively with text and other 
types of illustration. Pie charts 
are improved greatly by a drop 
shadow as it lends more 
substance to the quantities being 
compared. 

The one important thing to 
remember about drop shadows is 
not to overuse them (otherwise 
everything looks like it’s floating 
away) and try to get them equal. 
Most importantly the shadows lie 
in the same direction (unless you 
are trying for some weird effect) 
otherwise the page just looks 
wrong, often without the reader 
realising the cause. 






Photographs 

PHOTOGRAPHS are reality - well, 
more or less. As such, they bear close 
examination. You want to make sure 
above all else that they are communi- 
cating the reality of that you are 
putting forward in the text. It’s no 
good doing a report of a show claim- 
ing big business, overcrowding and 
crush victims alongside a snap 
showing only a few people milling 
around. 

Remember people’s faces are eye- 
catching, as is the way they are facing. 
Much can be made of the fact that 




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Continuing his 
investigation into this thing 
known as DTP, Nic Veitch 
confirms that the eyes have it 



they are facing away from or towards 
a particular block of text. 

Remember, if there is no text in the 
background it is generally considered 
quite all right to reverse the photo- 
graph so that objects are facing in the 
direction you want them to. 


This ploy requires care, as hair 
partings, double breasted jacket 
lapels, wristwatches can give the 
game away. And with cars some 
smartalec will always be quick to 
inform you that a particular model 
isn’t available in left-hand drive... 


IT was, I believe, Bismark who said 
that politics is the art of the possible. 
Well, that may be, but I believe that 
publishing is the art of the possible. 
There is more to that analogy than 
meets the eye, but it is to the eye we 
go first, as we discuss artwork. 

Very few, and here I shall add the 
qualifying adjective “successful” 
publications carry on without some 
vague interspertions of a more nobler 
form of art - an illustration, a photo, 
even a cartoon. 

The reason for this is quite simple. 
No matter how brilliant the text is, no 
matter how fervently you worship the 


great god Univers, people’s eyes can 
only have so much of a good thing. 

Ever wondered why you can read a 
newspaper right through and yet 
you’ve been reading “Zen and the Art 
of Motorcycle Maintenance” for three 
years? Now you know - eyes are 
fickle things. They just like everything 
nice, and don’t want to do any work. 
They are slackers. 

So, everyone has lazy eyes, what 
are we going to do about it? Well, it’s 
no good beating them, we have to 
coax them into work. Basically fill the 
page with stuff that they just can’t 
help themselves from looking at, the 


equivalent of a “Free Bird Seed” sign 
in a Roadrunner cartoon. 

TVack’em, trick’em and trap’em. 

Some things eyes just find 
irresistable, like more eyes for 
example - that’s why pictures of 
people are so good, that’s why racks 
full of magazines have a portrait on 
the cover. There are more and more 
ways of leading the eye, but just as 
important as sending it off in the right 
direction is having an oasis of art 
somewhere in the desert of text. 

Eyesavers don’t have to be just 
artwork, they can be text too - or 
rather text can be artwork too. This is 















■ FEATURE ■ 


Tints 


HEADINGS or important 
paragraphs of the text can be 
emphasised by running them 
against a light grey (or coloured if 
you’ve broken the mono barrier) 
background. This is known as a 
“tint” or a “screen”. 

This technique can equally well 
be applied to complete boxes of 
text. It is most effective when 
drawing attention to sidebars - 
small, self contained articles which 
are in some way related to the main 
topic of the body text. 

Don’t get too carried away - 
always check to make sure that 
there is enough contrast between 
the text and the background to 
make it clearly legible. Also check 
the typeface - serifed typefaces are 
easily lost if the background is a 
grainy mono colour. 



Bleeds 


A BLEED is where a piece of 
artwork, illustration or even just a 
block of colour extending to one of 
the physical boundaries of the page. 

A powerful effect is caused by 
some nice artwork “breaking out” of 
the apparent confines of the page 
margins. The artwork actually 
overwhelms the space and becomes 
the physical boundary itself. 

It is important to note if you are 
working at home that many printers 
will not allow you to print to the 
very edge of the page. The worst 
protagonists of this anti-DTP style 



behaviour are laser printers. The HP 
laserjet in particular requires that 
you leave a substantial amount of 
space around the edges, which 
makes it a bit difficult to do bleeds 
unless you photo-reproduce them 
on later. Watch out for this. 




Colour 

ADDING colour to your publication 
needn’t be expensive - don’t think 
you’re going to have to start outputting 
on four colour films. It can be easy as 
just printing on different paper. 

Various papers suitable for this 
purpose are available from most good 
stationery shops. They are a cheap 
way of brightening up a dull and 
monotonous black and white 
publication. 

Always remember to check that 
your ink colour will stand out against 
this background - it may be an 
interesting way to torture your 
enemies by slowly blinding them, but 
not very sound financially. 

You may not have to go completely 
colour to brighten up your pages. Just 
one extra colour, used for keylines, 
drop shadows or tints, can really make 
a difference. Blocks of colour can be 
used as a background for a page full of 
boxes. 

Remember that the text can go in a 
different colour, too. 



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Even the use of just one colour 
can have a dramatic effect. This 
page is totally made up from 
black, red and the shades that 
these give you 


achieved in a rather simple fashion 
by adding tints, reverses, stretching 
and/or compressing both horizontally 
and vertically, boxing out, using 
colour. Basically, the art of possibility. 

Photographs and illustrations 
cannot just be pasted on wherever a 
convenient break in the text evolves, 
but must be planned out. They 
contribute to not only the colour, style 
and “emotional tone” of the page, but 
also it's legibility. Remember that eyes 
can be directed away as well as 
towards... 

Artwork must follow the same rules 
of hierarchy as headlines when it 


comes to size - the more important, 
the bigger they go generally. There’s 
no point having a minor decorative 
piece of artwork bigger than some 
important photo or diagram, no 
matter how much prettier it is. 

The page is a battleground. You 
must make sure that the correct 
amount of authority goes to the 
correct part of the page, otherwise the 
reader is given the impression of 
conflict and confusion, not to mention 
the psychological distress it causes 
anyone who does know anything 
about DTP. 

Photographs are funny things. It is 


said that a picture is worth a 
thousand words. This may well be 
true, but in the case of photographs at 
least half of them are irrelevant and, 
like other irrelevancies in the text, 
must be stamped out ruthlessly. 

However, be careful when you are 
ruthlessly stamping. There comes a 
point when information as well as 
irrelevancy is being lost. How much 
information to lose is very much a 
personal matter, but just be gentle OK, 
the old iron foot in a velvet sock or 
whatever. 

Cropping a shot shouldn’t be as a 






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CATALOGUING all of the mistakes 
you are likely to make would take the 
Amigo Computing team of highly 
trained monkeys so long that they 
wouldn’t be able to make my coffee, 
so in this section I’ll just point out a 
few of the most common mistakes. 

If vou haven’t made any of these 
mistakes then I salute you. You are 
obviously a born practitioner of the 
art - or too stubborn to admit you are 
wrong. If you have. ..well, at least it’s 
one less mistake you’re going to make 
in the future 

• Underlining: Oh dear - you’ve 
gone and underlined a whole 
paragraph or something haven’t you. 
Excessive underlining is probably one 
of the nastiest things you can do to 
eyes. If the text follows for more than 
one line this problem is compounded. 

The eyes are torn between focussing 
on the actual words and the solid line 
beneath them. If this wasn’t bad 
enough, descenders from some letters 
will be lost in the line, making words 
hard to identify. Like most emphasis 
tools, use underlining sparingly. 


There is a tendency in reports and other 
such documents to underline entire 
paragraphs of text byway of emphasis This 
shou Id be discouraged as although the 
function of drawing attention to the text is 
fulfilled, at the same time it becomes 
gu ite unreadabl e . 

Compared that is, to normal text which 
has just a few keywords highlighted. The 
eyes are drawn automatically to the really 
important words because they are the only 
ones higlighted 


• Angles: Type set at an angle may be 
fine for thin strips across an article or 
“teasers” on the cover, but generally 
they should be kept as short as 
possible. 

Setting the text at an angle forces 


the reader to slow down to take it in. 
This is great for things like teasers, 
since the object is to draw attention to 
them and get the message through 
(which is achieved by the reader 
spending more time on it, and thus 
becoming more aware of each word). 

Over long passages it soon becomes 
to irritating to read and the slow 
progress only heightens boredom. 
That is why teasers should be brief 
and every word chosen with care. 

# Widows and orphans - solitary 
words at the foot of a column, or the 
top of one: It is not a crime to leave 
copy full of widows and orphans. ..but 
it should be. The thing about them is 
that they look so awful, but the 
remedy is so easy. Simply add or 
delete a few words in the rest of the 
text. 

In fact even breaking a paragraph 
will affect a cure - you don’t even 
have to tax your brain as to which 
words to delete or which words to 
add, just press Return at the 
appropriate point. 


# Unequal spacing: Oh you 
wicked, wicked person. The human eye 
is incredibly perceptive to variations 
in spacing. I knew a man once who 
could accurately adjust his spark plug 
to within fractions of a millimetre 
purely by eye - it’s not unusual either. 

The thing about this is, what with 
the human brain striving for order, 
symmetry and above all sense, it just 
perceives these little inaccuracies as 
sloppy work. 

Watch out particularly for distances 
between headers and body copy, space 
between headers and side borders, 
captions and artwork, artwork and 
copy, and of course, columns and 
top/bottom margins. 

It is also a dead giveaway if your 
gutters are not consistent. 

• Exaggerated space: When placing 
text, tabs and indents should be 
adjusted to remain in proportion to 
type size and column width. Nothing 
looks quite so unsightly as vast tracts 
of virgin paper wastefully 
squandered. 


> sure you crop any other persons out have botched it. Well, I can’t say I’m 

negative thing though. In effect you of the shot. surprised really. I mean - it stands to 

are not really losing anything at all. Similarly, if you are doing a feature reason. DTP is a bit like cooking - 

The primary purpose of the on the thankless wretched torment of with practice you can produce almost 

photograph is to convey information. being a well-renowned journalist you anything, but how quickly you 

If that function is better served then may want to come in tight on the progress and how high the standard 

you have only gained, not lost. What subject with his head in his hands - you eventually achieve is down to 

the public never saw, they won’t miss thoughtfully leaving out the natural talent. On the other hand, at 

and may be happier for it. information that his elbows are its basic level, almost everyone can do 

Obviously, cropping a shot can help supported by a table containing 30 it (otherwise they’d starve to death), 

it fit in better with the relevant copy. pints of Boddingtons and a few of his The one thing that you must always 

If you are running a feature on “the inebriated acquaintances. remember is communication. It’s not 

loneliness of the long-distance Now. no matter how brilliant I have enough for the information just to be 

runner” then you want to make quite been so far, some of you are bound to there, it has to be communicated - 



■ FEATURE ■ 


Silhouettes 


ONE way of emphasising the 
important information contained in a 
photograph is by silhouetting it. This 
means masking out all the irrelevant 
background detail so that only the 
primary subject is left. 

One of the effects, in addition to 
the normal advantages of cropping, 
is that the shape of the artwork is 
completely changed - you are no 
longer restricted to a square or 
rectangular shape. 

If, as in some cases, this is a 
disadvantage then the resulting 
silhouette can always be put in a 
box, with a background tint if 
necessary. 

Nothing that is except for... 

• Ransom notes: Oh dear. You are the 
worst, and most common, criminal. 
Why did you do it? Hmm...just 
couldn’t resist all those nice fonts, 
could you 

The biggest single mistake most 
people make is to use too many 
typestvles, weights and faces on a 
single page. The result tends to look 
like several species of alphabeti- 
spaghetti mixed into one - 


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and is about as appetising. 

Basically it results in an 
amateurish, disorganised appearance. 
You must restrain yourself. Try 
keeping one face in one style to do a 
particular job. They can even double 
up sometimes. Use the minimum 
number of faces and sizes to establish 
the hierarchy of the text and leave it 
at that. 

More of your best blunders next 
time 


If you are going to 
uSe So ma n y different, 
fOnt,S On a page ™ h y n 0 1, 
go the mhole hog and 
Dtp a ranSom note? 

Remember = Less is more 


that’s the difference between reading 
through a symphony and hearing it 
played. Remember that. 

News-sheets are in a bit of a 
different boat since very few editors 
actually consider that everyone is 
going to want to read right through 
the complete paper. Therefore a 
choice of what to read has to be 
made and it is part of the designer’s 
job to make that choice easier. 

Most common mistakes boil down 
to the use of flash gimmicks. 
Remember the age-old guideline, 


laid down by the first Thane of 
Amiga Computing, “less is more”. 
Don’t get carried away - art for arts 
sake is a waste of space. 

Remember, above all, people have 
to read it - try making it easier for 
them rather than harder. A 
confusion of different sizes and 
styles is only going to make people 
hate you. IVy and work out 
different styles and sizes for 
different purposes, then stick to 
them. Consistency doesn’t have to 
mean boredom. 


Glossary 

CROPPING: The technique by 
which irrelevant or unwanted 
material is removed from a 
photograph or illustration. This 
used to involve a ruler, a scalpel 
and a keen eye, but nowadays is 
handled by almost all DTP 
systems. 

GUTTER: the space between two 
adjacent columns or, more 
properly, the space between the 
copy and the bound edge of the 
page. 

ORPHAN: A single word or 
partial line of text that has 
wrapped around to come at the 
top of a column. An unsightly 
blemish on the face of your work 
- get rid of it. 

REVERSE: or WOB (White on 
Black). This is where the ink 
colour and background colour 
are, funnily enough, reversed. A 
useful effect, especially if the 
output is only black and white. 
SCREEN: another term for a tint. 
A tint which has 30 lines per inch 
(Ipi) is known as a 30 line screen. 
SIDEBAR: This is a term used to 
describe a small (compared to 
the main feature) item of text 
which is related to the main text 
through its subject matter. 
Sidebars are usually tinted or 
boxed-out in a magazine. 
TEASER: A small strip of concise 
text, placed in a prominent 
position (usually on the cover) 
with the primary objective of 
enticing the reader and instilling 
the desire to learn more. 

TINT: A shade or halftone which 
replaces a solid block of colour 
(for example in reverses or drop 
shadows). Particularly useful in 
mono work. Also see screen. 
WIDOW: Similar in unsightliness 
to an orphan, however this time it 
is a word or fraction of a line 
which appears isolated at the 
bottom of a column or paragraph. 
The amount of white space left 
draws attention to these 
blemishes. 

ZEN: A popular religion which 
actually has not very much to do 
with fixing a motorbike - and 
come to think of it, is of even less 
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F AX machines are wonderful 
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an almost exact duplicate of a 
document to someone who could well 
be thousands of miles away, get them 
to sign it (or whatever) and then fax it 
straight back to you - all within a 
matter of minutes. 

It’s enough to make you wonder 
why people ever bother using the great 
British postal service at all. 

If fax machines are so wonderful, 
you’re probably asking yourself why 
everyone doesn’t have one sat snuggly 
next to that other great communicating 
device, the telephone. 

The answer is simple - the price. 

Even the cheapest fax machine will set 
you back at least £500, but don’t 
expect it to feature all the latest bells 
and whistles. 

For that kind of money, you’re 
probably looking at a fax that will only 
handle single pages and send them to 
a single destination. 

These days, a fax machine with that 
kind of specification is practically 
prehistoric. Modern faxes can handle 
multi-page documents, process images 
with up to 16 grey scales and even 
transmit to multiple destinations at 
pre-programmed times, but that kind 
of power costs money. Expect to pay 
around the £1500-2000 mark for a fax 
with that kind of spec. 

Fax machines can also be incredibly 
complicated beasties - all those 
buttons to press is just too much for 
most mere mortals. Anyway, if you’re 
anything like me - I still haven’t 
worked out how to program my video 
recorder - you’ll break out in a cold 

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> 

sweat if there’s more than two buttons 
on the front panel. Why do such 
devices have to be so damned 
complicated? 


N OW, thanks to Microdeal, there 
is an alternative which offers 
the power of a top flight fax machine 
for a budget price. To save idiots like 
myself from having to press loads of 
buttons, it is even controlled by the 
most friendly computer available - 
your Amiga. 

Microdeal’s Fast Fax consists of a 
fairly small box - about the size of 
your average modem - which 
connects to the serial port of your 
Amiga. 

Externally it looks pretty dull - just 
a couple of non-BT phone sockets at 
the back and a row of LEDs adorning 
the front. 

As Fast Fax is hardware based, it is 
not possible for it to send printed 
documents in the same manner as a 
conventional machine. 

Instead, the Fast Fax software will 
allow you to send either standard 
Ascii text files - such as those 
produced by most word processors - 
Epson printer files, a fax that it has 
previously received and stored, and an 
ASCII file containing its own special 
“dot commands”. 

Although there is no direct support 
for sending IFF pictures as faxes - 
which is a strange omission - the 
program disk includes a wondrous 
little utility that will convert all your 
IFF art to a suitable format for 
transmission. 

Why Microdeal didn’t include 
direct support for IFF files within the 
main program, I’ll never know. 


D OT commands are the secret to 
the power of the Fast Fax 
system. When you’re sending a 
document such as an official letter to 
someone, you’ll no doubt want to 
include such things as letter heads 
and even your own signature. 

Fast Fax gets around the limitations 
of being computer-based with the help 
of its powerful dot commands. These 
are inserted at the start of an ASCII 
document and basically tell the Fast 
Fax to pull in and send either a cover 


Specific fax 


The heart of the Fast Fax hardware is 
a dedicated 68000 processor (just like 
the one inside your Amiga) with 32k 
of RAM and 64k of ROM. 

For those of you who know about 
such things, the Fast Fax hardware is 
compatible with a CCITT Group in fax 
and offers V29 (9600bps, 7200bps), 
V27 (4800bps, 2400bps) and V21 
(300bps) transfer rates. 


Surprisingly, although fax machines 
are really nothing more than glorified 
modems, Fast Fax can only be used as a 
fax - it surely wouldn’t have cost 
Microdeal too much to add the extra 
circuitry to allow fast fax to also be 
used as a modem. Such an addition 
would have made the product ever 
better value (are you listening, 
Microdeal?). 


page, letter head, signature or a text 
file. 

Signatures could easily be scanned 
in using a video digitiser and then 
converted using the included file 
conversion software mentioned above. 

Just like a real fax, Fast Fax also has 
the option to place both your name 
(and the name of your business) and 
your fax phone number at the top of 
every page. 

To receive a fax it is necessary to 
switch the software into sleep mode. 
Fast Fax will now happily receive any 
incoming traffic and then 
automatically save it to disk for 
viewing later. 

Once recalled, you can use the built 
in view facility to either save the fax 
as a separate IFF compatible file or 
print it out using any preference- 
supported printer. 

Not surprisingly, faxes cannot be 
saved in ASCII format - if you want to 
edit the text from a received fax 
within a word processor, you’ll have 
to either retype the lot from scratch or, 
for the adventurous among you, use 
some kind of OCR (Optical Character 
Recognition) software to read the fax 
once it has been saved in IFF format. 

To save you having to look up fax 
numbers every time you wish to send 
a fax, the Fast Fax software provides 
space for up to 1000 commonly used 
fax numbers to be defined within its 
built-in phone book. Sending a fax is 
now simply a matter of selecting 
where the fax is to be sent and you’re 
away. 

The software also includes powerful 
scheduling options. When used in 
combination with the phone book, it is 
possible to send a preset list of files to 
a particular location (or locations) at a 
pre-programmed time. Multiple files 
may be sent to a single location or a 
single file to multiple locations - such 
is the power of Fast Fax. 


Fast Fax certainly isn’t perfect, but 
for the price it just blows away 
dedicated fax machines. However, 
unless you feel you really need a fax, 
Fast Fax could easily become an 
unused luxury - how many people do 
you know who also have Fax 
machines?. 

For those who are considering 
buying a dedicated Fax machine, Fast 
Fax could well be what they’ve been 
looking for - it is well designed, 
powerful, and is certainly the easiest 
to use fax machine I’ve ever come 
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I F YOU remember, a couple of 
months ago I said the most 
common queries we received at 
Amiga Computing were requests for 
information on programming books. 

These questions have now been 
superceeded by a new one: “I want to 
start programming my Amiga, but I 
don’t know how to start. What 
language should I use?” 

With hardware as sophisticated as 
the Amiga’s, programming has come a 
long way from the good old 8-bit days. 
If you had a Spectrum, a CPC or a C64, 
chances are you knock up a game in a 
day or two. 

The advent of the Amiga has laid 
hare the fact that computer languages 
have lagged behind advances in 
computer hardware to an incredible 
degree. The average user may feel so 
isolated from the programming 
environment that they may never 
write a single line of code. 

This would be a great pity, because 


Low level 

MACHINE Code is the stuff of life 
itself. No serious arcade games 
programmer will touch anything else. 
You simply can’t write a program 
which is any faster than a good 
machine code program. 

Because you have complete freedom 


to do what you like, the computer 
becomes a very fragile system. Make 
one mistake and it’s time to meet the 
Guru. If you program without using 
the operating system you’ll be lucky to 
even to get this much information. 

With 16 bit processors the complex- 
ity of the instruction sets have grown 
so much that for some people, much 
of the fun has been lost. Why bother 
spending sleepless nights developing 
a fantastic subroutine to handle 
division, when the 68000 has a divide 

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The Motorola 68000 CPU internal register set 


On the level 


THERE are many, many languages 
available to the programmer, each 
with their own strengths and 
weaknesses. By definition, there is 
nothing you can do with one 
language that can’t be done by 
another. It’s just that with some 
languages, certain things are a lot 
easier than others. 

For example, you might swear by 
COBOL but I’d be very impressed if 
you could write the sequel to 
MiniBlast with it. 

Languages are traditionally split 
into “levels”. A low level language is 
fast and affords good access to 
hardware but is difficult to use. A 
high level language makes things 
easier for the programmer, but as a 
result runs more slowly and 
sometimes actively prevents access to 
the deeper recesses of the machine. 

More jargon for you: Interpreters 
and Compilers. If a language is 
interpreted then a run-time module 
looks at and executes each line in 
turn. AmigaBASIC is an interpreted 
language. Yes, interpreted languages 
are a bit on the slow side at times. 

Compiled languages get all the work 
done on them at the start, leaving a 
nice lump of code that will happily 
run on its own. C is a compiled 


language, and it runs quite fast. 

Programming with compiled 
languages involves a number of 
steps. First the code must be entered 
with a text editor. This is the bit 
where some brains are needed and a 
knowledge of the language used 
comes in useful. 

The next stages are sometimes 
incorporated by a clever “front end”, 
but they still take place. The text file 
is compiled into a mixture of 
assembler mnemonics and 
references to any libraries used. 

Then the code is assembled, and 
finally put through a “linker” to 
produce the object code - a 
complete, no-messing-about, ready- 
to-run file. 




Programming your 
Amiga: Is it too 
complicated to even 
consider? What’s the 
best way to start? 
John Kennedy checks 
out the language 
options, with only a 
slight bias towards 
his favourite 


with only a little effort, the Amiga can 
produce some amazing results. 
However, somehow a feeling has 
developed that to program the Amiga 
you have to be American, Canadian or 
just slightly eccentric. 

But let’s get down to business, and 


have a look at the various tools 
available to help you start to make use 
of your hardware. 

It is possible for you to start 
programming vour computer, and it 
might not even cost you a penny 
thanks to the public domain. 


AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 95 





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routine built in? 

For the newcomer, this works the 
other way. Programming the 68000 
family is not quite as difficult as you 
might think. For a start you have many 
more registers than you would have 
on an 8-bit system, and each register is 
a whoppingly huge 32 hits long. 


W HEN it comes to program- 
ming, the best place to start is 
with a trip down to the library to get a 
book called something like “68000 
Machine Code Programming in a Non- 
patronising Style”. There are quite a 
few about, so ask the librarian if you 
can’t find them. 

The next step is to get of the PD 
program A68K. . It’s a complete 
Assembler package, and totally free. 
Can’t say fairer than that. You’ll also 
need a linker, such as the equally PD 
blink, to produce a piece of executable 
code. 

With this package you can tinker 
about and have your very first DIY 
software failure. 

If you don’t have a nervous break- 
down after writing your first machine 
code program, then you can think 
about getting serious about coding. 
Now you’ll need to spend some 
money. 

You’ll need the books (see Amiga 
Computing July 1990 for information 
on the official manuals) and you’ll 
also need a nice, friendly program- 
ming environment such as Devpac. 

Pretty soon you’ll be able to talk 
directly to the hardware registers and 
control sprites and set up scrolling 
bitplanes. After a while, you may 
realise that this way of coding is great 
for shoot-’em-ups, but a bit archaic for 
something half-way complicated. In 
fact, you may discover that the 
existing operating system wasn’t so 
bad after all. Quite a few people spent 
quite a few man-hours developing the 
multitasking wimp system, so re- 
inventing the wheel yourself in an 
afternoon is a bit of a forlorn hope. 

Aj’s opinion: machine code on the 
Amiga is a lot easier than you might 
think. However, if you plan do 
anything other than a maga-fast blast- 
’em-up, you would do well to consider 
a language that does a bit more of the 
work for you. 


Medium level 


C is a strange language. Against all 
the odds it has become an industry 
standard. It’s peculiar because it was 
originally written to be a “high level 
assembler” for a specific model of 
mini-computer. 

At first glance it looks like a quick 
burst of line noise. On closer 
inspection it looks a little like 
Pascal, with some assembler 
mnemonics thrown in for good 
measure. After a really hard look, 
you know it’s going to be fun. 

There used to be good reasons for 
not mentioning C. Like “it’s too 
expensive” and “no one really uses 
it on the Amiga”. Both these excuses 
are now invalid, because some very 
useable C compilers are available in 
the public domain. At the very least, 
you’ll be able to write a program to 
say “Hello World”. 

There have been some snags with 
the libraries which the C programs 
need to talk to the outside world, 


namely Commodore say they’re theirs, 
and no one else can have them. 

Alternative PD libraries are now 
available and included in most PD 
compilers. (Note: There was a C 
programmer's joke in the last sentence. 
I apologise.) 

Commercial compilers come with 
the full set of libraries, and are 
generally much more fun to be with. 
You also get some whoppingly huge 
manuals which will make things a lot 
easier. 

Programming in C is a Good Thing. 
The code produced is very, very fast 
and making use of all the Amiga’s 
extra bits and bobs is a relatively 
simple task. 

C is definitely the best language for 
programming the Amiga, no questions 
asked. However, it is not a particularly 
easy language to learn. OK then, at 
times it’s a real pain in the neck. 

Aj’s opinion: It’s wonderful. A real 
challenge of a language. 


High level 


Basic 


EVERYONE has loaded AmigaBASIC, 
grimaced and decided that there must 
be a better way. It’s slow, buggv and 
exceptionally difficult to use. 

However, it does come free with every 
Amiga and had a reasonably good 
manual. 

With this in mind, several brave 
individuals have persevered, and the 
results are a testimony to their skill. 

For an example, take a look at Make 
Money on last month’s cover disk. Fast 
graphics, sampled sound, scrolling 
screen - it could have been written in 
machine code. 

Other versions of Basic are available: 
HiSoft and GFA to name two. HiSoft 
Basic is what AmigaBASIC should 
have been. It is compiled instead of 
being interpreted, which improves 
execution speed considerably. 

On a 1 meg system it can also 
produce “stand alone” code which 
doesn’t require Basic to be resident. An 
extension library is available to make 


displaying IFF screens and requestors 
a relatively easy matter. 

GFA Basic is Basic for hackers. Also 
compiled, it has good support for 
sprites and general messing around 
with Intuition. An example GFA Basic 
program is on the cover disk in the 
usual place. 

Aj’s opinion: Nearly everybody 
knows how to program in Basic 
because it’s not something you forget. 
It is a terribly un-structured language, 
showing its age in this age of “Oops” 
(Object orientated programming). A 
good way to knock-up simple pro- 
grams quickly, but not recommended 
as a way to make your Amiga push 
back boundaries without immense 
effort. 


Pascal & Modula 2 


BOTH these languages have more 
academic interest than Amiga appeal. I 
don’t want to run them down - I have 
used both many times - but I wouldn’t 


96 AMIGA COMPUTING September 1 990 







■ PROGRAMMING ■ 


consider using them on the Amiga for 
serious programming. 

There was a time when Modula 2 
seemed to be the in language on the 
Amiga. For a start, the original version 
on A68K was written using it. It was 
soon overshadowed by C, and most 
programmers defected. 

Pascal is a good second language to 
experiment with after Basic. It’s a nice 
user-friendly, relaxed kind of program- 
ming experience and is widely used in 
universities. 

Aj’s opinion: There are good 
versions of both in the public domain, 
but look as them more as way of 
learning new languages than learning 
to use the Amiga. Of course, if anyone 
would like to prove me wrong, I’d love 
see some Pascal and Modula 2 Amiga 
programs. 


Amos 


SOMETHING of a newcomer, AMOS is 
the language that would-be program- 
mers have been calling out for. It’s 
based on Basic, so practically everyone 
will feel immediately at home. 
Although it was written by the author 
of STOS, it has been so improved that 
any similarities are unintentional. 


It’s about here that the similarities 
with other Basics stop. AMOS has lots 
of commands. Lots and lots of com- 
mands. Commands for just about 
everything. 

Although it’s interpreted, AMOS can 
hardly be described as slow. It’s not 
quite as fast as other compiled Basics 
at number crunching, but then again, 
that’s not what it was designed to be. 

Mandarin don’t want AMOS just to 
be seen as a games creator package, 
however it is with DIY arcade games 
where it shines. It has wonderful 
graphics and animation support, 
through an interrupt driven sub-set of 
itself. It will even play Sound Tracker 
modules. 

Serious programmers, and here I 
mean folks who like knocking up CLI 
based utilities and 100 per cent 
Intuition-compatible code, won’t even 
bother to look at AMOS until the 
compiler comes out to produce stand- 
alone code. Even then, it will be a look 
that says “cheat - it took me three 
months to do that’’. 

Aj’s opinion: For the game players 
who have longed for an easy way to get 
inside the Amiga, AMOS is what they 
have been waiting for. If you haven’t 
the time to spend on learning C, this is 
the one for you. 


Even the 
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The results from 
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Programming in C 

THE C example comes from Carl 
Beech from Stoke-on-TVent, and will 
provide a useful addition to your 
library of subroutines. It’s also a 
pretty good example of one of the 
trickier parts of C - passing parame- 
ters in and out of routines. 

Pascal allows variables to the sent 
to functions in two ways - read only, 
or read and write. By using the read 
only approach, you can keep track of 
where changes are made and so keep 
the bug count down. Read and write 
access allows functions to perform a 
single task, such as reading a file, to 
be packaged up out of harm's way. 

C tackles this problem by allowing 
only read access. 

“But,” you may say, “Isn’t this a bit 
limited? Short sighted even?” 

“Ah,” I say, “But in C we have 
pointers.” 

“Oh no,” you say, “I hate pointers. 
They’re so tricky!” « 

And so the conversation goes on. 
What it means is that to get write 
access to a variable, you must pass 
the address of the variable into the 
function. The function can then do 
what it likes with this address, and 
one such option is assigning a new 
value to it. This is how the example 
listing gets the state of the joystick 
from the routine. 

The joystick reading routine itself 
is on the cover disk, the listing here 
is an example which uses the routine 
to print the direction on- screen. 



AMIGA COMPUTING September 1990 97 














■ PROGRAMMING ■ 


Programming in Hi Soft Basic 


MATHEMATICS - don’t ya just love it? 
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m 
partial to a quick mathematical 
investigation and so is Chris Hellen 
from Alresford in Colchester. Instead of 
calculating n to 30 decimal places, he 
has written a program that will obtain e 
to as many places as you require. 

The program was originally written 
in 1975, mid when running on a 
mainframe it took 23 minutes to 
calculate 200 digits. Using AmigaBASIC 
the same program takes 6.5 minutes. 

If you have studied maths to A 
level, you will have come across e as 
you explored logs and integration. You 
will therefore know that it is defined 
using a series, thus: 


1 + 1 / 1 ! + 1 / 2 ! + 1 / 3 ! + 1 / 5 ! + ... 


where ! stands for factorial (for 
example, 4! = 4 * 3 * 2 * 1). 


The supplied program will calculate 
the series to any number of places you 


like, dependant only on memory and 
the amount of time you have to spare. 
It works like this (takes a deep breath): 

The first term of the series is placed in 
both the first and second arrays. From 
then on the term in the second array is 
converted to the next term in the series 
and is added to the first array (which 
always holds the latest value of e). 

This first array is compared to the 
third array. If they are equal then 
processing stops and e is printed out. 

If they are not equal, then processing 
continues and the first array is copied 
to the third. 

Finally the next term is calculated in 
the second array. This technique is quite 
useful and can be easily adapted to 
generating other mathematical constants. 

The Basic source code is in the Code 
Clinic drawer on the cover disk, and 
has been re-written to be totally 
compatible with HiSoft Basic. As you 
might guess, using HiSoft Basic speeds 
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Halifax in West Yorkshire. He has two 
main loves - computers and art. 

He is therefore quite lucky because 
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art department. And we are quite 
lucky because he has sent some of his 
excellent work in to Portfolio. 

Steaven graduated from the 
Commodore 64 after seeing the quality 
of the graphics which could be 
produced on the Amiga. His 
current kit consists of a 1Mb 
A500 with an extra drive 


and a standard 1084 monitor. When it 
comes to software he uses the old 
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and DPaintm. Not a ray trace package 
in sight! 

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T raditionally the st has 

scored over the Amiga when it 
comes to music software. This was 
largely due to the ST’s built-in MIDI 
interface - a brilliant piece of foresight 
making the ST one the first micros 
ever to make use of this wonderful 
standard. 

Of course the Amiga was soon to 
answer back through a veritable 
plethora of third party interfaces. 
Thankfully the big C had laid down 
some ground rules for the interfaces, 
and so all MIDI software and hardware 


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seems to work together on the Amiga 
in perfect harmony. It works so well in 
fact that the new CDTV (the new 
combination Amiga-CD player 
multimedia engine) is the only Amiga 
to have an integral MIDI interface. 

For those not in the know, MIDI is 
the musical instrument digital 
interface, and physically takes the 
form of a set of five-pin DIN plugs. It 
allows you to connect your synthesiser 
- be it a keyboard, pretend saxophone 
or drum machine - to your computer 
and record the entire epic masterpiece. 

As you are recording the control 
signals that trigger the external 
musical instruments and not the 
sounds themselves, you have an 
incredible degree of flexibility over the 


Protect and survive 


editing. Even folks with minimal 
keyboard skills (like me) can produce 
compositions which sound at least 
slightly akin to how they were 
envisaged. 

If you plan on interfacing your 
Amiga to just one keyboard synth, 
then you need two MIDI ports: In and 
Out, to carry signals to and fro. If you 
wanted to connect further musical 
bits and pieces you would make use 
of your interface’s Thru port. 

The archetypal interface is a small 
ugly looking black box which 
connects via a short ribbon cable to 
the parallel port. It may require 
external power. It has one In, one 
Thru and several Outs. It also costs a 
few bob. 

To complement their Quartet 
sequencer and sample player, 
Microdeal have released a mini-MIDI 
interface. It is rather cunningly totally 
built in to the casing of the 25-way 
parallel printer plug, and has a pair of 


Y OU don’t need to be told what 
nasty things viruses are. The 
scourge of all Amiga users, they can 
be a real pain in the neck. No, worse 
than neck. I'll go further They are a 
pain in the backside. 

Only last week I received a visit 
from the deadly Lamer virus. A 
momentary aberration - 1 switched 
VirusX off for a reason that made 
good sense at the time - and the next 
thing I knew several text files had 
gone missing. Several important text 
files That I needed. Were gone. I was 
annoyed. 

For this reason a hardware device 
which plugged into the back of the 
computer and stopped the little 
beasties dead in their tracks was 
something I was immediately 
interested in. 

The way it works is quite simple: It 
prevents the bootblocks of the floppies 
from being written to, therefore 
stopping the virus from spreading. If 
something tries to write to that part of 
the disk, AmigaDOS gets that Write 
Protect feeling. Useful? You bet! 

Drawbacks? 'Fraid so. For a start, 
there are a small number of viruses 
which don’t live in the bootblocks, so 
you can never guarantee complete 
freedom from the blighters. 


The other problem concerns the 
design of the device itself. Because it 
stops eveiything from writing to the 
bootblocks, you may find problems 
when you want to legitimately write 
to that part of the disk. For instance, 
when you want to format a disk. 

For this reason there is a switch to 
toggle the device on and off, and an LED 
to tell you what state it’s in. So whenever 
you need access to these forbidden disk 
sectors, you just flick a switch. 

I see a danger here. Remember at the 
start I got rid of VirusX but forgot to 
run it again? What was to stop me 
switching off the hardware widget, 
doing the biz and then forgetting to 
switch it on again? 

Well nothing. Except the little red 
light. Hopefully it is more noticeable 
than a message in the screen title bar. 

The Vaccine unit is best seen as 
another line of defence. With it plugged 
in (switched on) and VirusX running 
from a startup-sequence, I can begin to 
feel confident that my computer isn’t 
going to tell me something wonderful is 
about to happen. 

John Kennedy 


The Vaccine virus protector costs 
£19.95 from European Peripheral 
Distribution, 0602 841640 



The Microdeal MIDI interface comes 
complete with a disk of public domain 
utility programs. This one is a 
comprehensive MIDI patchbav. 


two metre leads for MIDI In and Out. 

It conforms to the Commodore 
standard perfectly well, with full 
opto-isolating components to buffer 
all the equipment from nasty things 
such as floating earth loops. It will, of 
course, work with any Amiga MIDI 
package, not just Quartet. 

It’s small, compact, reasonably 
cheap and ideal for Amiga owners just 
bitten by the MIDI bug. 

John Kennedy 


I The Microdeal MIDI interface costs 
£29.95 and is available from 
Microdeal on 0726 68020 


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HiSoft Basic is easy to use 


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★ Use all the commands in your own programs 

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AMIGADOS: A Dabhand Guide 

Is a comprehensive guide to the Commodore amiga’s disc Operating 
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The many features of this book include: 

• Full coverage of Amiga DOS 1 .3 functions 

• Filing with and without the Workbench 

• The Amiga's hierarchical filing system 

• Pathnames and Device names 

• The Amiga's multitasking capabilities 

• The AmigaDOS screen edtor 

• AmigaDOS commands 

• Batch processing 

• Amiga Error code descriptions 

• How to create new systems discs 

• Use of the RAM discs 
9 Using AmigaDOS with C 
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DG Calc is one of the most powerful and easy to use 
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‘...merely the best 
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-Reveiwedin 
Amiga Computing, 
January 1989 


Protext is acknowledged by many as 
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- Amiga Computing . August 1990 


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L OST productivity is a 
serious business, 
especially in the computer 
world. The trouble with 
programmers is, well basically 
they are more flighty than artists, 
more unreliable than an 
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Mostly, they are easily 
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Virus Hex 


enemy of which I speak. Ha, I bet 
you think it’s ridiculous, and 
indeed it is - this is also part of 
the cunning defence mechanism: 
It is so ridiculous as to seem 
completely harmless. But be 
warned. 

At first you think you can 
handle it - “So I do a few jugs 
now and then, so what? I could 
give it up anv time I wanted - 
couldn’t I?” 

It starts slowly. First three 
balls, then four and five. You 
move on to clubs. You learn 
inverted cascades. You start 
mucking around with fire-clubs, 
diablos and devil-sticks. 

Before you know it you’re 
wobbling on top of a six-foot 




unicycle and it’s only then you 
realise that you need help and 
support. Where are all your 
friends? Well usually they are 
forming a large circle around 
you, laughing and pointing. 

And who gains from it? Satan 
himself, under the guise of one of 
his alter egos, purveyor of quality 
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unsuspecting. In a perfect world 
this business would be illegal, 
but in the spirit of Thatcherite 
free enterprise these peddlars of 
addictive implements go 
unpunished. 

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real virus at large, and even Steve 
Tibbet can’t save vou from this 


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Greater London Computers. .10, 101 

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Softmachine 60 

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West Midlands Amiga 113 

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