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This month's cover feature is ai about desktop video, the process 
of mixing your favourite video images with Amiga-generated 
displays to provide a stunning visual extravaganza. .What you 
need, where to go, what to do, it's all there stalling on page 1 7 


Deluxe Paint Color* 


WHO’S WHO 


MANAGING EDITOR: Derek Meakin 
STAFF WRITERS: Paul Austin. Stevie Kennedy 
PRODUCTION EDITOR: Peter Glover 
ART EDITOR: Terry Thiele 
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M whole jr ia part without written permission (that mean you 
snoaty). While every cart is takta. tbe ptflisfttrs cannot be held 
legally responsible for any errors ii articles, listiags or advertise- 
ments. 

Amiga Ccmpating is an isdepesdeot publication and Commodort 
Business Mach ires (U.K.) Lid is not responsible lor tny ol the opin- 
ions expressed. 

News trade distribution: Ccmag (0895-U4055) 


THE DISK 



The disk that leaves all others with their 
electro-magnetic heads bowed. Every month, we present some of 
the best free software around and this month’s no exception! 

To begin with, we’ve got some fantastic network software which 
enables you to connect two or more Amlgas and share programs 
and data between them. There’s an unreal automatic telephone 
dialler and, following our visit to graphics supremos Alternative 
Image, a truly outstanding animated demo of a revolving computer- 
generated head that will leave you breathless. All this and a catchy 
revamp of an old favourite Christmas singalong - tune in and dance! 


4 Amiga Computing 













REGULARS 


REVIEWS 


CONTENTS 


AMIGApeople 

All that's new and innovative from the world of 
Amiga computing 6 


Chamaleon 

Strange spelling sure, but there's nothing wrong with 
the ST emulation provided by this baby 61 


Public Domain 

Stewart C Russell looks at some corking software and 
gets it free, gratis and for nuthin’ 193 


Prodata 

The latest addition to Arnor's successful business 
range of software 80 


Dispatches Protext V5 

Where you tell us what you think about life, the The other to Arnor's business twins. Protext V5 is the 
Universe and everything 1 23 latest incarnation of the popular word processor 90 


Technical 
Help 

Computer cracking 

up? Printer all out of puff? ■ * - v - . «. * 

Check out our techinlcal help 1 39 


GAMES 


The latest and best I the world of electronic entertain- 
ment (and you don't need batteries). James Pond. 
Betrayal. Battle Command. Days of Thunder. Indie 500 
and much, much more 37 



ColourPic 


JCL's comprehensive video digitiser put through its 
silicon paces 106 

ATonce 

The powerful PC-AT emulator. Does it live up to its 
poower claims? Find out on page 115 





GALLERY 


And now. a visual treat in the shape of some of 
the best graphics we've ever seen in the long 
years of the Gallery. 

Strong colour, brilliant composition and an 
incredible eye for detail. Turn to page 102 now 




ALMANAC 


Something for 
everyone, every 
month in Almanac 


MACHINE CODE 

127 



CODE CLINIC 

129 




COMMUNICATIONS 



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A MIGA Computing has 
been named as one of 
the official UK sponsors 
for the prestigious European 
Computer Leisure Awards 1991 . 

It will be responsible for 
nominating UK entries in the 
Amiga categories and a senior 
member of staff will join 
representatives of other leading 
European computer titles for the 
final judging. 

Linked to the European 
Computer Trade Show, the Oscar- 
style awards will take place at 
London's popular nightspo* The 
Hippodrome on Sunday April 14, 
1991. 

Amiga Computing nominations 
will be for five non-games and 
technical excellence categories - 
Best Art Package, Best Music 
Package, Best Home Education 


Package, Best Home Productivity 
Package and Most Innovative 
Peripheral of the Year. 

Other publications taking part 
in judging are TILT (France), Amiga 
Magazine (Germany), Det Nye 
Computer (Denmark), MikroBitti 
(Finland). Compupress (Greece). 
Amiga Magazine (Italy), Mega 
Ocio (Spain), Dator Magazine 
(Sweden) and Amiga Nieuws 
(Holland). 

Also involved in special awards 
are Compute! in America and 
Log-In of Japan. In all, the 
publications involved have a 
combined worldwide readership 
of eight million. 

The European Computer Trade 
Show '91 takes over London's 
Business Design Centre from April 
14 to 16. Yet again, it is destined to 

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WHAT’S 

new 


TRUE FAMILY 
COMPUTER 

BILLED as "the first true family 
computer", the latest offering 
from Commodore is the Amiga 
1500 Personal Home Computer. 
Based on the A2000, it has two 
floppy drives instead of one 
floppy and one hard drive, but 
the loss of the hard drive is 
compensated for by an 
attractive bundling deal. 

For a price of £999.99, which is 
cheaper than an A2000, it 
includes wordprocesso,r data- 
base and spreadsheet package 
Platinum Works, paint and 
animation program Deluxe Paint 



The new Amiga 1500 


III, top games Populous and Sim 
City, flight simulator Their Finest 
Hour and cerebral offering Battle 
Chess. Two Amiga books are 
also included in the bundle. 




Commodore are aiming the new 
1Mb machine at the whole 
family, intending it for both 
games and business use in the 
home. They predict that more 
than a quarter of a million homes 
will have an Amiga 1500 in the 
next four years. 

"Commodore recognises the 
importance and growth of the 
family market and with the Amiga 
1500 has developed a machine 
that addresses the needs of all 
members of the family", said 
managing director of 
Commodore UK, Steve Franklin. 

"Commodore computers now 
touch people in all walks of life, 
from the home to school and 



Amiga Computing 7 








AMIGA 




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be a major launchpad for Amiga 
products. Big names already 
signed up include Ocean, 
Mirrorsoft, US Gold. Virgin 
Mastertronic, Electronic Arts, 
Impressions, Microprose. Psygnosis, 
CDS Software. Domark and Arc 
Software. 

MULTI-MEDIA 

COMPARISON 

WHEN the news of Commodore's 
CDTV first broke in America few 
people in the UK knew that two 
Amiga people from Britain were 
already playing an important role 
in its software development. 

From the very first developers 
meeting in Los Angeles through to 
private demonstrations at the 
giant CES shows in Las Vegas and 
Chicago. Lee Gibson and Kevin 
Stevens have been working 
closely with Commodore US for 1 2 
months. 

The success of CDTV will 
depend on the quality and 
quantity of available programs, 
but their development is a 
complex business. Lee and Kevin 


have come up with a practical 
solution and have now decided 
to talk about it. 

Their company is Digigraphic 
(0455 558855) and the result of 
their year's work is Living Book 
Publisher, an innovative answer to 
the needs of multi-media 
development. 

Itr differs from most multi-media 
development systems such as 
Amiga Vision because it is more 
than a compositional tool, being 
a complete production system 


from story boarding through to 
final product. It allows a fully 
interactive book to be developed 
from start to finish within a single 
environment. 

Lee started Digigraphic in 1986, 
to be joined by Kevin six months 
later. They already had a number 
of creative Amiga packages 
under their belts before CDTV 
emerged, including Prosound 
Designer. Pro Midi Plus and Video 
Magic. 

"We now feel the impetus for 


CDTV/CDI is irreversible, and due 
to our broad base development 
experience are directing 
Digigraphic towards that 
emerging market", said Lee. "We 
also feel the time is right to talk 
about our major development 
work in this area. 

"The problem with 
development of this kind is the 
lack of support from good 
software. The system we have put 
together is the first complete 
environment from s*art to finish. 

'In December 1989 we flew out 
to Los Angeles under invitation 
from Commodore US to the very 
first CDTV developers' meeting to 
talk to US developers ands 
publishers about our work in the 
areas of software motion video for 
CDTV. 

'Our programming department 
spent six months researching 
motion video before the CDTV 
was a twinkle in anyone's eye". 

Following the Los Angeles 
meeting, Lee, Kevin and their 
team produced a multi-media 
demonstration which was shown 
to a selected few at CES in Las 

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WHAT’S 

D6W 


through to the workplace. This 
ubiquity is a vital part of our long 
term strategy - to provide 
computers for life". 

In addition to the speed, 
colour, sound and graphics 
features needed for c games 
machine and Amiga Dos 
environment for business 
applications. 

The 1500 will also run industry- 
standard MS Dos applications by 
the addition of an AT or XT 
bridgeboard. It is expandable to 
9Mb. 

Based on a 16/32 bit Motorola 
68000 chip running at 7.14MHz, 
the 1 500 has eight expansion slots 



for both Amiga and PC options 
plus parallel, serial, video, audio 
and mouse interfaces as 
standard. 

CHECKMATE 

OWNERS of an A500 who want to 
treat themselves to Checkmate 
Digital's A 1500 conversion kit can 
take advantage of a special offer 
which reduces the cost of the kit 
from £230 to £199. 

Checkmate Digital's James 
Campbell described the offer as 
"a special Christmas treat". It runs 
out soon, so Amiga buffs wanting 
to expand their A500s will have to 


act quickly. 

For those who can't afford the 
complete kit, Checkmate Digital 
(071-923 0658) are also offering 
the separate keyboard element 
for £59. 

It allows the A500 keyboard to 
be lifted out of the machine and 
includes twisted cable and 
blanking plate which slots into the 
space where the keyboard used 
to be. 

"It immediately gives you a 
separate keyboard for your 
existing machine", said James. "In 
the future, if customers want to 
buy the full-blown system, they 
just send in their keyboard invoice 


and buy the rest at a 20 per cent 
discout. It's a useful two-stage 
way to buy the system". 

HIGH RATE 
SAMPLING 

TRILOGIC (0274 691115) has 
produced a new version of 
Audiomaster including Audio 
Engineer, which can sample at 
very high rates using up to 8Mb of 
memory. 

It also includes a CD player 
simulator which can play up to 70 
sequences of samples in any 
order. 

New software developed in 


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Vegas, then to Commodore's 
leading lights Gail Wellington, 
Nolan Bushnel and Irving Gould at 
CES Chicago in June. 

To coincide with the launch of 
LBP in March, Digigraphic have 
also produced the first application 
on the subject of technology. The 
working title is Everyman's 
Technology Living Book, but for 
sexist reasons, they are thinking of 
changing the name. Its launch is 
timed to show just what the LBP 
system can produce and there 
are seven more programs in the 
pipeline. 

This first Living Book covers 
many aspects of technology, 
including communications, 
entertainment, industry, 

medecine and the military. 

Features used in the Living 
Books include graphics, computer 
animation and full motion video 
of any size and display mode, 
contents and index pages, a 
comprehensive searching system 
and a narration facility to read 
out pages aloud. 

Then there's a magnifier for 
users with impaired vision. 


unlimited video animation and 
audio length, electronic 
bookmarks for easy movement 
between references and “hot 
words' which can be selected for 
cross reference. 

Digigraphic will licence the 
publishing system and will also 
continue with their own 
application development on it. 
Pricing has yet to be agreed. 

KONIX CRASHED 

AS Amiga Computing went to 
press, receivers Peat Marwick 
McLintock were just days from 
making an announcement on the 
future of failed joytick firm Konix. 
which fell into receivership at the 
beginning of October. 

A number of companies are 
believed to be interested in 
buying the company, one of 
which is Spectravideo which have 
been marketing Konix products 
for the past year. 

'There are five or six other 
people looking at it at the same 
time as ourselves', confirmed 
Spectravideo boss Ashwin Patel. 
"The company is up for bids and 


the price is in the hands of the 
receivers. There is nothing 
concrete on v/ho will get it and no 
figures have been mentioned, but 
we expect some further news very 
soon'. 

A spokesman for Peat Marwick 
McLintock said there had been a 
lot of interest in the company and 
that negotiations to sell off Konix 
were in an advanced stage. 

Konix went into receivership on 
October 2, reputedly owing in 
excess of £1 million. Partly to 
blame for its failure were heavy 
development costs on its new 
Multi System games console 
which never reached the market 

BIG KIDS 

OLDER Amiga kids may still go for 
the shoot-em-up fun of the more 
violent games but there is still a 
market for younger computer 
children who have not lost their 
interest in the traditional colouring 
book. 

That's the opinion of Trevor 
Scott from l-D (0207 71417) who is 
now selling a range of computer 
colouring books for the Amiga 


from Dallas-based Merit. 

Trevor has field-tested the Merit 
colouring packages with under 
elevens in this country and found 
them to be very popular - a fact 
backed up by sales of more than 
half a million in America. 

'There are few companies in 
the UK who have successfully 
addressed the under elevens 
market' . he said. 'These colour 
packages are something a little 
different. As well as being 
educational, they are extremely 
entertaining and most important 
of all, they are easy to use'. 

There will be seven packages in 
the series. Due to be launched 
the week after Amiga Computing 
went to press, the first is based on 
the current Turtles craze. It will be 
followed in January by three 
offerings from Sesame Street 
complete with Big Bird and other 
colourful characters. 

Running through to Spring, titles 
will be released at monthly 
intervals and will also include 
Dinosaurs Forever. At The Zoo and 
All Dogs Go To Heaven. 

Using the packages is a simple 

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Britain is provided free with the 
sampler for an inclusive price of 
£39.99. Audiomaster 3 costs 
£89.99. 

NEW HARD DRIVE 

AS an addition to its GVP range. 
Power Computing (0234 52207) 
has launched a new hard disc 
drive for the Amiga 500 which 
uses the new series two controller. 
With a completely fresh slimline 
style, it fits snugly beside the 
Amiga and offers an impressive 
turn of speed. • 

The new drive comes in 20Mb 
version fo £499, 50Mb version for 


£599 and 80Mb version for £849. 

Also new from Power is a two 
inch internal hard disc for the 
500. As Amiga Computing went 
to press, the price of the new 
hard disc hadnot been fixed 

CUT-PRICE 
PHOTON PAINT 

YOU'VE all heard of Star Wars, 
but what about Paint Wars? 
Over at The Software Business. 
Jeremy Cooke is ready to do 
battle with a New Year 
resolution to hit Electronic Arts' 
Deluxe Paint 3 head on by 
pitching the latest version of 


Photon Paint at the same price. 

While full details of Photon 
Paint 3 are not yet available from 
Microillusions in America, Jeremy 
confidently predicts: "It will be the 
most superior paint package on 
the market”. 

Extensively re-written by a 
Canadian development team, 
the main claim to fame of the 
new package is that it will work 
in both Amiga resolution and 
Ham. 

"It is the natural successor to 
Photon Paint 2", he said. 
"Originally it was intended to be 
in the UK by the middle of 
December but with design work 


still to be done on the packaging, 
we will probably have it on the 
market by the end of January or 
early February. 

"We intend to pitch it directly 
against Deluxe Paint at £79.95. 
We sold Photon Paint 2 at £89.95 - 
£10 higher than Deluxe Paint 
which we thought was the right 
decision since we had a superior 
product. This time, we'li hit Deluxe 
Paint head on'. 

Having recently released 
version 1.1 of Microillusions' Midi 
sequencing system Music-X, The 
Software Business (0480 496497) is 
already setting its sights on version 
2, but it could be a year away. 



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point and click exercise. Children 
select the colour they want from 
the screen pallette, move to the 
area they want to colour and 
click. A mix facility gives them 
more than 200 colour to choose 
from, there is a print-out facility 
and the programs are backed up 
with information leaflets. Price, 
£19.99. 

BUCKETS AND 
SPADES 

"THE problem with Cumana is that 
we never have time to sit with 
buckets and spades. No time for 
holidays", says the company's 
marketing manager Steve 
Dickenson. 

Well-known in the Amiga world. 
Steve joined data storage 
specialists Cumana in April 1989, 
and his workload reflects the 
success which Cumana has 
enjoyed since it was founded by 
managing director Don Bolton in 
1979. 

At a time when interest rates 
are biting and many employers 
are shedding jobs, the people at 
Cumana are actively seeking 


more staff to take advantage of 
the strong growth in exports to 
France, Italy, Germany and 
Scandinavia. From that record, 
their evaluations of the 
market and their views of 
the future are worth investigating. 

Along with moves into the PC 
world and investment in CD Rom 
drives, Cumana remains a 
staunch supporter of the Amiga, 
with new products coming thick 
and fast. 

All the company's new drives, 
including Winchesters and 
opticals, are adapted for use with 
Commodore machines, and 
looking into the future, Don sees 
the industry creating a new 
market for optical storage 
devices. 

"Cumana will drive part of this 
market with new fast read-write 
drives", he said, "but ordinary 
magnetic media will be here for 
some time yet". That's looking 
further into the future, but Steve 
has revealed some of Cumana's 
more immediate plans. 

Following the launch of the 
COM201 board featured in 
October's Amiga Computing, 
there are plans for a smaller 


version. The COMN 201 gave A500 
users an MFM ST506 hard disc 
interface as well as 512k memory 
expansion. Just half the length, its 
successor the COM202 will come 
in two versions. 

COM 202 version A will offer 
half a megabyte of ram alone 
and version B will give half a 
megabyte of ram and realtime 
clock. 

"What we have done is to 
make COM202 smaller", said 
Steve. "There is no controller 
interface, only ram and realtime 
clock. We hope to have it on the 
market by January. The price has 
not yet been fixed". 

Also in the future is COM203 for 
the Amiga 2000, a full-length card 
complete with SCSI controller. 
There will be four versions - an 
unpopulated one with SCSI and 
no ram, and three others offering 
2, 4 and 8Mb of ram. 

Along with more expansion 
boards for the Amiga range 
and CD rom drives for 
Commodore machines, this 
wealthof new product is evi- 
dence of Cumana's stated 
confidence in the future of the 
Amiga market. 


"A few years ago we had very 
much an Atari sales base, but 
now it is just the other way round 
in favour of the Amiga", said 
Steve. 

CDTV RENTAL 

COMMODORE have confirmed 
that a rental scheme for their 
CDTV (Commodore Dynamic 
Total Vision) is among a number of 
avenues being explored for 
when the new system hits the 
market. 

They are negotiating with High 
Street rental companies for an 
arrangement which -will allow 
customers to enjoy the 
educational and entertainment 
capabilities of the interactive 
system without have to shell out 
the £700 purchase price. 

CDTV is currently undergoing 
massive field trials with 2,000 
machines placed in homes, 
businesses and schools for three 
months. It will probably hit the 
market in April. If the rental system 
goes ahead, charges could 
be between £25 and £30 a 
month, according to trade 
sources.. 


WHAT’S 

{PJAmerican development 
recluse David Joiner is presently 
working on CDTV projects for 
Commodore so has had to shelve 
Music-X 2 for a while. One bit of 
information filtering across The 
Atlantic is that it will feature a 
front end notator. 

Due for a spring launch by The 
Software Business is a new fractal 
landscape generator which will 
go under the grand name of 
Genesis - The World Creator. 

Genesis is nearing completion 
in the States and is awaiting work 
on the manual. 

A useful tool for Amiga owners 
who want to create landscape 




graphics for their own programs, it 
enables them to plot pixel points 
on screen, produce valleys and 
mountains and combine them 
into a whole landscape. 

GREAT T-SHIRT 
RAID 

Retailer's Heaven would have 
been a fair description of the 
Commodore show, with the 
assembled spending money 
hand over sweaty fist, as the box- 
shifting community scrambled to 
relieve the punters of their hard- 
earned. 

But did we say Heaven? In the 




case of Dowling Computers, 
make that Heaven with a double 
helping of Paradise bolted on for 
good measure! The company's 
contribution to the Christmas spirit 
consisted of opening up Amiga 
Screen Gems bundles supplied by 
commodore removing the T-shirt 
which Commodore supplied as a 
little extra surprise for the already 
deliriously happy new owners. 

Because of the lack of detail 
concerning the contents of the 
Screen Gems bundle, it was a rel- 
atively simple operation for 
Dowling to remove the sticker 
and rip off the punters by selling 
the T-shirts contained therein at 




massively inflated prices - a 
reported price of £15 being asked 
for a T-shirt which should have 
been free. A time of giving? Bah. 
humbug! 

Mr Andrew Ball head of press 
and publications, and official 
spokesperson for Commodore 
said "Commodore does in no 
way support the action taken by 
Dowling Computers." Mr Ball went 
on to mention that although the 
action was not strictly illegal, it 
was however morally wrong, and 
if Commodore was in a position 
to take legal action, which unfor- 
tunately they weren't, they cer- 
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Christmas beano 


Review 


Venue for box shifting, or important 
Commodore showpiece? Paul Austin 
and Stevie Kennedy mingled with those 
quick to hand over their cash... 


C ommodore has already 
launched its big surprises 
for this year, and the third- 
party manufacturers didn't pro- 
mise to make too many hearts 
flutter. With this in mind, we 
scoured the show for new stuff and 
found it all rather more interesting 
than it had first appeared. 

At long last Commodore has 
seen fit to throw its weight, and 
indeed cash, into the Amiga music 
scene. To aid the company in this 
noble quest, it's joined forces with 
Roland, a long established 
member of the music industry. In 
order to promote this new venture, 
the partnership has signed up a 
new band of fresh-faced young 
popsters, called The Jazz Amiga to 
wave the corporate flag. 

The band's name is a bit of a 
coincidence and it's not entirely 
unconnected with their being 
sponsored by Commodore (they 
were formerly known as Juvenile 
Jazz). The change of name is, of 
course, entirely of their own 
volition, and nothing to do with 
Commodore forcing a financial 
arm up their back or anything like 
that. Honest. 

Unfortunately, there's no doubt 
that in the long run the band will - 
probably - regret the decision. 
Credibility is worth it's weight in 
gold disks as anyone in the music 
biz will tell you (just look at Bucks 
Fizz. They couldn't possibly have 
made all that gelt if they hadn't 
had street credibility by the 
bucketful, right kids?), and such 
obvious bottom kissing doesn't do 
a lot for your credibility. 

So much for the free A/R 
advice, what were these young 
musical funsters like? Well, the 


marketing manager of 
Commodore should not be the 
happiest man on the planet. 
During the press briefing hacks 
were informed that the ‘boys' 
would not be playing live due to a 
lack of ahem, space. After casting 
a critical eye over the rather 
amateur video provided as a 
replacement, we were not 
impressed. 

If the Amiga is to be sold as an 
equal, indeed a superior to the ST. 
which given the software it will be. 
The Jazz Amiga will do nothing for 
its cause, if the music they provide 
is to herald the Amiga's entry into 
the music industry. 

To be fair to the boys in the 
band, they are not entirely to 
blame for the rather sad state of 
affairs. Given a couple of years 
they will no doubt be a reasonable 
'act*. They have simply had a 
large carrot dangled in their faces 
a little too early in their careers. 

On a more positive note, the 
partnership between Commodore 
and Roland has got to be seen as 
a great move for the musical 
development of the Amiga. In 
order to promote this new initiative. 
Roland has produced a new 
package of instruments which 
includes the PC-200 MIDI control 
keyboard, CM-32L sound module, 


plus software and even matching 
speakers. A full review of the 
equipment and supporting 
software should be in next month's 
issue. 

The next big launch at the show 
was Commodore's new adver- 
tising campaign which features 
two glossy adverts. The first consists 
of an aboriginal tribesman who, 
for reasons best known to himself, 
throws his boomerang over a cliff 
and then proceeds to blindfold 



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himself prior to patiently awaiting 
its return. When it does, the noble 
tribesman casually catches his 
weapon a split second before it 
would have removed a large 
portion of his skull. If anyone out 
there can relate this scene to a 
computer you're a better man or 
woman, than me. 

The second ad is to be used 
exclusively in the cinema, and 
features another tribesman 
leaping off a 270 foot bamboo 
platform, in a desperate attempt, 
one can only assume, to escape 
the boomerang. The press release 
informs me that the campaign is 
an attempt to break free from the 
usual format of computer 
advertisement - it certainly does 
that. 

Anyway, Commodore has 
certainly made a bold move in the 
musical field, and we can only 
hope that, despite The Jazz Amiga 
and the ads, that it's a huge 
success. The more Amigas out 
there the better. 

Earth calling Commodore 

The actual Commodore presence 
at the show was a little thin on the 
ground, with a somewhat sparse 
selection of the company's wares 
on display. This consisted of a few 
Amigas, and the games console, 
which strongly resembles a large 
plastic Victory V with a cartridge 
stuck in to it. 

There was no sign of the 
mythical CDTV which, if rumours 
are to be believed, would have 
made the trip worth while in itself. 
The general atmosphere was 
somewhat similar to that of a car 
boot sale, which considering the 
time of the year, is somewhat 


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inevitable. It would be fair to say 
that the show was more for the 
box-shifters and bargain-hunting 
punters than for those interested in 
new product releases,. But there 
were enough goodies on show to 
excite the average compu-junkie's 
pleasure centres, and chief 
among these were one or two 
rather tempting pieces of 
hardware. Solid State Leisure's 
A5000 accelerator board made its 
much- heralded debut on a stand 
which was otherwise sparse in the 
extreme. 

Due to a last minute production 
hitch, it was found that the unit 
had problems with some hard 
drives, and the resulting delay 
meant that all A5000s coming off 
the production lines were being 
boxed and dispatched to 
clamouring customers before the 
solder had cooled. The only reason 
there was a unit on display at all 
was that it had been found to be 
faulty at the quality checking 
stage. The assembled finally given 
a glimpse of the fully finished 


product on the second day of the 
show. 

The amount of interest the stand 
attracted despite its appearance, 
is a testament to the mouth- 
watering performance offered by 
the A5000. Utilising a 68020 chip 
running at 16.67Mhz and 1Mb of 
32-bit RAM. the standard model 
costs £399, and if that sounds 
expensive, then consider that for 
the price you are upgrading your 
A500 or 2000 to something 
approaching an A3000. 


The company claims for 
example, that the accelerator will 
do four hours of ray-tracing in only 
45 minutes, and that's without 
adding the optional 32-bit 68881 
maths co-processor. With a 
standard 16Mhz 68881, it's 
claimed that this is reduced to 
only 14 minutes. As the top of the 
range model with 68882 co- 
processor and 4Mb of 32-bit RAM 
is an almost-affordable £1039, the 
A5000 threatens to become the 
most desirable add-on the Amiga 
has had anywhere near this price. 

If it lives up to its promise, the 
A5000 should revolutionise the 
way the A500/2000 is used in all 
maths-intensive areas such as 3D 
graphics, ray-tracing, DTP, and 
even the latest applications in 
virtual reality. Look out for a full 
review soon. 

Multi-tasking PC? 

Another interesting launch was the 
Vortex Amiga version of the 
ATOnce 286 PC emulator. 
Claiming to be a '286 on a 


board', the ATOnce was a rave 
success on the ST and looks set to 
enjoy the same success on the 
Amiga. Again, the price will make 
the man in the street cringe a bit, 
but for £199 (or £249 if you don't 
already have MS-DOS) you get a 
lot of computing power. 

The board sports an 8Mhz 
80286, which should out-run most 
other PC emulators and claims to 
be fully multi-tasking with the 
ability to use all available RAM as 
either expanded or extended 


memory. It also offers several 
display options and full use of all 
Amiga hard drives. It will also auto- 
reconfigure the mouse, parallel, 
and serial ports to their MS-DOS 
equivalents, allowing PC hardware 
to be plugged in. 

For the moment, these are 
claims we haven't been able to 
fully test ourselves, but the board 
seemed happy enough running 
Windows 3.0 and Microsoft Word 
on the Silica Systems stand. Rest 
assured that a full review is on its 
way as soon as we can get our 
grubby little hands on one. 

Nuts 'n' bolts 

On a less technical note, the final 
production version of the A1500 
made its first appearance. Up until 
now, the unit had been prototyped 
and then sold by Checkmate 
Digital. However, a dispute has 
arisen as to whether or not they 
had any right to sell the A 1500 in 
the first place and a new 
company, A1500 Ltd, is now selling 
it while injunctions fly back and 
forth between the two. 

For those who missed our review 
of the A 1500 a few months back, it 
is an add-on which turns your 
Amiga 500 into a sexy system box 
and separate keyboard, then 
enables you to slot in a hard drive. 
Further expansion options are 
available with the Dual User 
Configuration (DUC) board, 
making it possible to mount, for 
example, a flicker fixer, a hard 
drive, and a second floppy 
internally. The unit offers several 
improvements over the prototype, 
and full details of these can be 
found in this issue's update review. 

Desk top video (DTV) is, at the 
moment, one area in which the 
Amiga triumphs over all comers, 
and there were a few interesting 
bits and pieces around at the 
show. Marcam was showing off its 
newest genlock, the Super 8802. 
Based on the flagship 8802, it adds 
S-VHS compatibility and hardware 
controls for fades and wipes, and is 
set to compete with the G2 Video 
Centre. The Super 8802 will retail for 
about £550, end the good news for 
existing 8802 owners, is that they will 
be able to upgrade their systems 
for about £350, although Marcam 
stresses that these prices are still 
provisional. 

Spanish truckers' dispute delays 
ensured the hardware was not 


entirely ready, but Marcam assures 
us that the unit on show was 
complete in just about every 
respect except the knobbly bits, 
and was performing exactly as will 
the finished unit. The S-VHS quality 
certainly was impressive, and 
playing about with the slides gave 
gratifyingly wipey and fadey 
effects, but for the final word and 
a comparison with the G2, you'll 
have to watch this space. 

Silica Systems was showing 
Videocomp's Video Effects System 
Two (VES 2), offering Digi-View 
Gold, genlocking, video titling, 
and an RGB splitter in one 
integrated package. It looks like a 
worthwhile attempt to deal with all 
your DTV needs in one package, 
using existing and new products, 
but we didn't get a close enough 
look at it to judge how close it 
came. Look out for it in future 
issues. 

On the video software front, we 
saw two fantastic new packages. 
Amiga Centre Scotland was 
showing off its Broadcast Titter 2 
package from InnoVision 
Technology. 

It promises 320 colours per 
screen, 16 anti-aliased fonts 
without a jagged edge to be 
seen, multiple screen effects such 
as wipes, flips, and tumbles, text 
scrolling, random access to 600 
pages, a selection of 
backgrounds, and many other 
goodies with which to produce 
client-pulling presentations and 
video professionalism. 

The demo we witnessed was 
going through what looked like a 
CBS American Football pro- 
gramme, and appeared to be 
smooth enough to coat a frying 
pan. More on this next issue. 

All in all then, a worthwhile 
show, and a relative success 
despite Commodore's apparent 
attempts to dispense cold water 
from a great height. 

The Commodore stand was 
subdued and without new 
products, there were very few 
representatives around, and 
enough has already been said of 
The Jazz Amiga. On the other 
hand, the linking of Commodore's 
name to Roland was a smart 
move which can only boost the 
Amiga's standing with the music 
industry, and third party launches 
were of sufficient number and 
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S itting on your desk is one of 
the most important devel- 
opments in video technol- 
ogy since the arrival of the 
domestic video recorder. Since its 
release back in the mid '80s, this 
wondrous device has revolu- 
tionised video post-production, 
bringing the power of a £100,000+ 
video studio within the reach of 
the person in the street. That 
device is none other than the 
Amiga. 

Throughout the world the 
Amiga is recognised as the num- 
ber one choice for the discerning 
video engineer. You'll find 
Commodore's baby in some of 
the most advanced video studios 
around, happily rubbing shoulders 
with equipment costing tens of 
thousands of pounds. 

Indeed, chances are that much 
of what you see on TV and at the 
cinema has been produced with 
a little help from the Amiga. All 
pretty heavyweight stuff, but that's 
not to say that desktop video is 
only for the pros - no siree, you too 
can get in on the action wrth little 
more than a low-cost genlock and 


a bit of decent software. 

You've probably read endless 
articles about desktop video in 
other publications, but few seem 
to have addressed the subject 


from the point of view of the aver- 
age home user. After all. very few 
of us could afford such incredible 
devices as video mixers and time 
base correctors. The aim of this 


article then, is to discuss the possi- 
bility of DTV for the masses (and 
that means you! - Ed). 

What is it that makes the Amiga 
so special? Why aren't machines 
such as the PC and Macintosh 
stealing the limelight? After all. the 
Amiga's graphics capabilities are 
now no longer regarded as state 
of the art. Both the PC and 
Macintosh offer higher screen reso- 
lutions and larger colour palettes, 
so it would seem only natural that 
they're better qualified for the job. 

As always though, looks can be 
deceptive. Hidden away within 
the Amiga hardware is a little 
piece of circuitry that makes the 
Amiga a natural for video work. It 
doesn't matter how flash your 
video hardware is, without this little 
slither of silicon your computer will 
be something of a none starter. 

Without getting too technical, 
this bit of circuitry allows the Amiga 
to synchronise itself with an exter- 
nal video source - in the case of 
desktop video, a genlock. And as 
you'll learn later on. synchronising 
is the all-important factor, a case 
of sync or swim (!) Even today the 


A typical Amiga DTV setup 


Getting Into desktop video 
needn't be expensive. OK, if 
you're intending to use your 
Amiga for professional applica- 
tions then expect to write out 
some pretty hefty cheques, but 
otherwise you need little more 
equipment than that which you 
already own. 

The diagram on the right shows 
a typical home DTV setup - it's 
about as simple as things get, so 
don't expect to produce the kind 
of results that you see on the 
opening credits of Wogan. The 
heart of the system is obviously the 
Amiga, but the genlock is the 
device that does all the hard 
work. 

Note that you actually need 
two videos - one to play the 
source tape, and another to 
record the complete genlocked 
output. As an option, there's also 
an audio mixer in there. 

One of these will set you back 
as little as £40. so it's well worth 
investing in one just so it's there if 
you need it. The Amiga supplies 
the sound in this set-up. but it's 
also perfectly possible to connect 
up MIDI devices such as synthesis- 
ers and samplers to get truly pro- 
fessional sounding results. 

You may have also noticed that 


the Amiga monitor is connected 
to the output from the destination 
video. 

This is necessary if you wish to 
view the mixed video signal. Most 


monitors will take a composite sig- 
nal. so just connect the destina- 
tion composite output to the 
appropriate input on your monitor 
and you'll be in business, if you're 


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We've already mentioned three or 
four packages which are ideal for 
desktop video, but there are so 
many more that will also fit the bill. 
Here's a quick run down of the 
best. 

• Deluxe Paint 3. The acclaimed 
paint system from Electronic Arts is 
a must for every desktop video 
engineer. It can be used to pre- 
pare just about all your graphic 
material, both static and animat- 
ed. If you can afford only one 
package, then this is the one to 
buy. 

• Deluxe Video 3. The companion 
product to DPaint, DVideo 3 is a 


competition is only just starting to 
get its collective desktop video 
acts together - Atari has since built 
exactly the same external syncing 
options into the STE, so it should be 
only a matter of time before Atari 
owners can also get into desktop 
video. 

If the STE is to match the Amiga, 
however. Atari has got an uphill 
struggle on its hands. The Amiga 
has been around for nearly five 
years now, so Amiga developers 
have had time in which to perfect 
their skills. 

Of course genlocks are avail- 
able for other machines - the PC, 
Mac, Archimedes and ST all have 
them - but the Amiga still remains 
the best bet in terms of price and 
performance. Not only are Amiga 
genlocks better equipped, but 
they're also considerably cheaper. 
Only on the Amiga can you pick 
up a genlock for under £100! 

Another good reason why an 
Amiga is the videophile's choice is 
the flexibility of its screen display 
hardware. 

Interlacing may do terrible 
things to your eyesight, but it was 
deliberately built-in to make the 
Amiga video output more 
compatible v/ith video equipment. 

Then, of course, there's also 
built-in overscanning, so Amiga 
graphics fill the entire screen - 
something that even today most 
of the competition can't manage! 

The heart of any desktop video 
system is the genlock, which is a 
sophisticated device that can 
combine two or more incoming 
video signals into one. By treating 
a particular colour as transparent - 
usually colour 0, although more 
expensive genlocks will allow you 
to change this - the genlock 


powerful presentation system that 
can handle graphics, animations, 
music and sampled sounds. 

All operations are carried out 
from within a nice user-friendly 
environment, so constructing pro- 
fessional-looking presentations is 
an absolute doddle. 

• TV*Text Professional. Definitely 
the best video titling package cur- 
rently available. Will use both 
colour and mono Amiga fonts. 
Even mono fonts can be 'tarted 
up' using TV*Text's extensive font 


rendering tools. 

• Music-X Junior. Music-X Junior is 
ideal for adding MIDI and Amiga 
sound to your video productions. 
At current prices, you can pick it 
up for as little as £60! 

• Elan Performer. A simple to use 
yet powerful presentation pack- 
age that can handle both static 
and animated graphics. Perhaps 
not as powerful as DVideo 3, but 
still worth investigating. 

• AMOS. Yes, AMOS can indeed 
be used for desktop video. Now 


that it's been fixed to work with 
genlocks (you'll need versions 1.2 
upwards), AMOS is ideally suited to 
desktop video. Smooth scrolling, 
full IFF support, sampled sounds, 
interrupt-driven music, what more 
could you ask? 

• Frame grabber. A video digitiser 
is well worth investing in. If you 
can, go for a real-time video digi- 
tiser (Rombo's VIDI-Amiga is a 
good bet). Imaginative use of the 
video digitiser can produce some 
stunning effects. 

For off-line digitising, NewTek's 
Digi-View is also a good digitiser to 
own. 


replaces all occurrences of that 
colour with the secondary video 
source. The computer's signal is 
treated almost as a stencil which is 
laid on top of the secondary sig- 
nal. You'll find genlocks in use con- 
stantly on TV - for example, 
genlocks are used to overlay 
English subtitles on to foreign films 
and so on. 

The Amiga certainly isn't starved 
of its fair share of genlocks. 
Depending upon your particular 
requirements, you can pick one up 
for as little as £100 or as much as 
£1 ,000 plus. 

If you're serious about using your 
Amiga for desktop video, then it's 
probably worth shelling out a bit 
more cash for a genlock with a few 
more features. Later on we'll be 
taking an in-depth look at three 
genlocks from Neriki, all of which 
are ideal for serious desktop video. 

Source signals 

Once you've got your genlock all 
plugged in, you now need a 
source signal. This can come from 
just about any device that outputs 
a composite signal - anything 
from a domestic video camera to 
an expensive video-disk player, or 
even another Amiga will do, as 
long as the signal is composite. For 
most of us though, the source sig- 
nal will usually come from a video 
recorder. Most people now have 
at least one VCR to their name, so 
this medium is ideal. 

Many seem to think that you 
can store a desktop video presen- 
tation on a floppy disk. This just 
isn't true - the Amiga has nothing 
to do with the process of genlock- 
ing, it merely provides the video 
signal which is superimposed over 



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the secondary video signal. You 
can of course keep all your Amiga 
generated graphics on disk, but if 
you wish to 'store' the complete 
genlocked presentation, then the 
only way is to record it onto video 
tape. 

As you've probably already 
guessed, this is impossible with just 
a single video recorder. Ideally you 
need at least two VCRs, one to 
generate the source signal and 
the other to record the output 
from the genlock. VCRs can be 
rented very cheaply these days, so 
this shouldn't represent too much 
of a problem. 

But what can it do? 

So far we've discussed the 
mechanics of desktop video, but 
we haven't actually mentioned 
what all this hardware can actually 
do. 

The classic example is video 
titling, but there's so much more 
you can do. Even this seemingly 
limited application can be extend- 
ed beyond merely adding static 
text to your home videos of granny 
at the beach. 

Of course the Amiga is well 
catered for if you do just want to 
add titles to your home movies. 
Companies such as Zuma and 
Aegis (now Oxxi) have been selling 
video titling packages for years, so 
there's plenty to choose from. 

I use Zuma's TV'Text Professional, 
which allows you to use all sorts of 
rendering effects to standard 
mono Amiga fonts. It can create 
impressive effects such as glints, 
sheens and metallic-looking text 
automatically, which is ideal if your 
artistic talents leave something to 
be desired. In some ways, you 
don't really need a dedicated 


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video titling package, any pack- 
age which allows you to manipu- 
late fonts will do the job perfectly 
well - DPaint for example. 

After a while though, you'll soon 
realise that a title generating 
package just isn't enough. If you 
want your titles to appear at pre- 
cise moments, then you'll also 
need some form of presentation 
package. 

These can be set up to display 
IFF screens - and perhaps even 
animations - on cue. One of the 
best is Elan Performer which can 
handie both static raster files - pic- 
tures to you - and animations. 

Performer allows you to assign 
these to the Amiga keyboard, so 
all you do is hit the corresponding 
key when a particular graphic 
event is required. 

If you're a home movie maker, 
then an Amiga desktop video sys- 
tem could also be used for creat- 
ing special effects that would 
have been previously impossible. 
Because you can literally draw 
directly onto video, you could use 
a package such as DPaint to cre- 
ate any number of special effects. 

Enter the lasers 

This is precisely what many top film 
companies use DTV for - If they're 
making something like a Sci-Fi film, 
then they can use a machine 
such as the Amiga to generate 
such things as laser blasts etc. As 
with anything of this type, the only 
limitation to the kind of effects you 
can create is your own imagina- 
tion. 

As a general rule, try to create 
your presentations in the highest 
screen resolution possible, with full 
overscan and interlacing, if it's 
available. This may entail losing a 


The video option 


Video used to be an expensive 
medium with which to work, but 
with advances in technology 
achieved over the space of little 
more than a couple of years, you 
can build up a high quality system 
relatively cheaply. 

The current number one choice 
for most home enthusiasts will be 
trusty old VHS, which has estab- 
lished itself as the consumer stan- 
dard. VHS isn't exactly ideal for 
professional desktop video - 
believe it or not, Betamax was far 
superior - but better quality sys- 
tems such as Super-VHS and Hi-8 
are starting to become available. 

Super-VHS, or S-VHS as trendies 
call it, offers a much higher resolu- 


tion which will produce better 
quality results. Even if you use only 
a single S-VHS deck, the destina- 
tion tape will be closer in quality to 
the source. Super-VHS recorders 
are currently rather expensive, so 
it may be worth renting instead of 
buying. Genlocks are already 
starting to appear that take 
advantage of the Super-VHS for- 
mat so for those you can afford it, 
going for S-VHS is a good bet. 

Hi-8 also looks very promising 
indeed. This new system uses high 
bandwidth 8mm video tapes 
offering very high quality picture 


and stereo sound recordings. 
Coupled with the fact that the 
tapes are very compact, this too 
looks like a favourable alternative 
to the ageing VHS standard. 

Then of course there are video 
cameras and camcorders. Every 
week sees more and more of 
these pouring onto the market, so 
It's only a matter of time before it'll 
be possible to pick up a cam- 
corder for little more than a cou- 
ple of hundred pounds. If you can 
get a camcorder which offers 
built-in playback, then it's possible 
to use this in place of a source 


video recorder. This is perhaps a 
more favourable set-up. as it also 
allows you to grab your own video 
material. 

If you intend buying a second 
VHS video recorder, then a good 
bet is the new Amstrad Double 
Decker twin video system which 
costs approximately £400. This 
rather groovy bit of kit features not 
one, but two video recorders in 
one box. 

It's an ideal machine for home 
DTV enthusiasts. Not only can you 
play and record simultaneously 
with the same machine - on two 
separate tapes, of course - but it 
also offers tape to tape transfer of 
video material. 


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few colours, but the results often 
look considerably more profession- 
al. Because of the huge amounts 
of memory that such displays 
swallow. 512k users may want to 
Invest in a decent siz^d RAM 
expansion. If you can afford it, go 
for at least 2 Mb. 

Then, of course, there's sound, 
in the form of both music and 
effects. Most videos offer a sepa- 
rate ‘audio out' connector, so you 
can also mix in your own sounds to 
the existing sound track using an 
audio mixer such as the one pro- 
duced by Omega Projects, which 
is the one I use. 

This way you just feed the output 
from the audio mixer into the desti- 
nation video recorder and both 
sound and vision will be recorded 
back to a single video tape. 


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Genlocks enable you to combine computer-generated pictures 


The best package for this kind of 
thing is currently Deluxe Video 3. 
as it can handle both graphics 
and audio. Unfortunately current 
Amiga desktop video software 
tends to neglect the audio side of 
things a tad. so it's really a matter 
of experimenting with multi-tasking 
to get both audio and visual 
materials working together. 

Hopefully when ARexx takes off 
- which it should now it's an inte- 
gral part of Workbench 2.0 - we'll 
see presentation packages that 
can control software such as 
sequencers and samplers, but until 
then it's a case of working around 
limitations. 

The Microlllusions package 
Music-X (and Junior) is great for 
adding music and sound effects 
to desktop video presentations. 



...with those from a video to produce a stunningdisplay 


Because Music-X has a ‘real' clock 
which represents time in terms of 
hours, minutes and seconds, it's 
possible to build up a sort of cue 
sheet for sound effects simply by 
storing them as samples within 
Music-X and then using the Bar edi- 
tor to lay down play note events at 
the exact time that the samples 
are required. 

The same goes for music - just 
compose your tunes within Music-X 
and then use the program's 
unique ‘Play Sequence' event to 
start the score when it is required. 

If you're lucky enough to own a 
MIDI keyboard, you could even 
assign samples, and indeed entire 
scores, to your keyboard using 
Music-X's unique keymapping 
facility. This way you just strike a key 
whenever you want Music-X to 
play a sample or start a tune play- 
ing. 

Professional video engineers will 
probably laugh at such an unreli- 
able system of syncing sound and 
video, but it's about the best way 
possible when your budget is 
rather limited. In the professional 
world, video engineers use a syn- 
chronising system called SMPTE 
(Society of Motion Picture and 
Television Engineers) which is used 
to weld music and video together. 

Music-X does support SMPTE, but 
the hardware which uses it is very 
expensive. 

Desktop Video is an exciting 
application that would have been 
practically impossible before the 
arrival of machines such as the 
Amiga. 

Although it may seem rather 
limited in scope at first, experimen- 
tation with different video tech- 
niques can reap wondrous 


DPL Video Services of Wembley is 
a company who specialise in low 
cost but high power video solu- 
tions. If you're a video engineer 
who has £3,000 to spare, then 
DPL's complete video system 
could well be what you've been 
looking for. 

The heart of their system is an 
Amiga B2000 with 3Mb of RAM .of 
which 1Mb is chip RAM. and a 
40Mb A2091 auto-booting hard 
drive. 

Also thrown in is a Commodore 
1084 monitor which offers both 
RGB and composite inputs, mak- 
ing it ideal for viewing both Amiga 
and genlocked displays. 

Obviously you'll be wanting a 
genlock, so DPL supply the Neriki 
Desktop genlock (which you can 


Video solutions 



With a suitable art package all kinds of art package all kinds of effects are available 


read more about within the main 
body text). 

Software wise. DPL have select- 
ed what they feel to be the state 
of the art in Amiga DTV software 
including DPaint III (paint and ani- 
mation), TVText Professional 
(titling) + 3 Zuma Font packs, 
NewTek's Digi-View 4 digitiser and 
DigiPaint HAM paint system, Pro- 
Video Titler and a selection of 
public domain utilities. 

Obviously three grand is a lot of 
money to anyone (even the 
Editor!), but DPL believe that the 
combination of Neriki genlock 
and Amiga makes for the most 
cost effective video system avail- 
able. For professional users, things 
have never been so good. 

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Future tense 

The Amiga may have already 
established itself as the de-facto 
standard in video computing, but 
the software and hardware we 
have today is little more than a 
taster of the goodies that we'll 
have tomorrow. Indeed, the future 
has only just begun. 

In many ways desktop video is 
very closely associated with the 
latest buzz word application, multi- 
media. Indeed the genlock is an 
integral part of many multi-media 
systems. Because the two are so 
closely associated, the develop- 
ment of multi-media software is 
good news for desktop video users. 
Many multi-media packages are 


ideally suited to desktop video 
applications, so it's up to you to 
use them to their fullest. 

More immediate is the impend- 
ing release of several major DTV 
applications. First up is Gold Disk's 
long-awaited ShowMaker system. 


Neriki genlocks may be the best, 
but they're certainly not the 
cheapest. If you're after little 
more than a simple genlock that 
will overlay your graphics onto 
video, then there are much 
cheaper alternatives available. 
Here's a quick run down of a few 
for those of us with somewhat less 
demanding needs. 

ASAP's Mini-Gen is a simple, no 
frills affair that can be picked up 
for just over £100. It certainly isn't 
the best quality genlock you 
could find, but is worth investigat- 
ing if you're on the bread line. For 


which promises to be something 
very special indeed. ShowMaker is 
very much the DTV package 
Amiga users have been waiting 
for. It provides full support for 
ARexx, therefore allowing it to con- 
trol other applications. Not only 


the rest of us. it may well be worth 
shelling out a few pounds more 
for a better quality unit. 

Rendale produces a couple of 
genlocks in the shape of the 8802 
and the 8806. The 8802 is the 
cheapest of the two. It offers 
near broadcast quality, both 
background and foreground key- 
ing and can be picked up for 
around £290. 

It's big brother, the 8806. offers 
full broadcast quality output 
and selectable colour keying. 
Price for this one is a bank brak- 
ing £800. 


that, but with the addition of some 
extra hardware, it can directly 
control your video recorders, 
therefore providing perfect syn- 
chronising of your presentation. 
Expect a review as soon as it is 
released. 

Next up is Video Toaster from 
NewTek. the company responsible 
for the acclaimed Digi-View video 
digitiser. Many industry pundits 
believe that 'Toaster could well be 
the most revolutionary product yet 
devised for the Amiga. For £1 ,500 - 
it ain't cheap! - you get a seven- 
input broadcast quality genlock, a 
powerful digital effects system. 24- 
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In independent tests conducted 
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journal, Neriki genlocks came out 
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you'd be right to expect some- 
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Neriki genlocks come in two 
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At the bottom of the scale is the 
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Next up is the big brother to 
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The Y-C series have special con- 
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Both the Y-C and composite 
models allow background keying 
with full fade control. In plain 
English this basically means that 
you can control whether colour 0 
is to be made transparent or not. If 
it's turned off, then the second 
video source will not appear 
behind your Amiga generated 
graphics. One nice feature is the 
ability to fade in and out the 
Amiga graphics using a built-in dis- 
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signal to be replaced gradually by 


If our look at desktop video is too 
basic for your needs, then you 
may wish to invest in some profes- 
sional video kit. Here's a run 
down of the kind of hardware 
you'll need. 

If you want to be really posey, 
then a video mixing desk is a 
must. With it you can mix two of 
more composite signals into one, 
therefore, allowing you to create 
such effects as those seen on TV 
and at the movies. News pro- 
grams use them extensively to 
overlay a picture of the news 
reader on to video footage relat- 
ing to the news story. 

Desktop Video often requires 


you to transfer video material 
from one tape to another several 
times. As you'll probably already 
know, this inevitably leads to a 
degradation in picture quality. 
With a time base converter, pic- 
ture quality is kept constant by 
digitally sampling the incoming 
video signal in real-time. 

Although a TBC isn't really 
needed with a single video input, 
when you start your multiple 
inputs one is required to keep the 
signals in sync. Sounds like the 
perfect piece of kit. right? 
Problem is. TBCs aren't cheap. 
Expect to pay about £100 per 
day just to hire one! 


the computer image (or vice- 
versa) by slowly turning the dissolve 
knob either left or right. This is par- 
ticularly effective when using the 
genlock in conjunction with video 
titling software. 

At the other end of the Neriki 
spectrum is the Image Master gen- 
lock, which is also available in both 
composite and Super-VHS com- 
patible Y-C formats. This profession- 
al standard genlock offers all the 
benefits of the Desktop range, but 
features a full broadcast quality 
encoded output of 600 lines, thus 
making it ideal for high end video 
applications. 

Sounds like a very nice piece of 
kit. right? Problem is, they don't 
come cheap. Expect to pay 
around £1,150 for the basic com- 
posite Image Master. 

Both the Image Master and 
Desktop series genlocks come in 19 
inch 1 U rack-mountable format, so 
they'll slot in nicely with both pro- 
fessional music and video hard- 
ware. 

OK. most of us don't possess 
such gear, or even the racks to 
store them in, so you'll be pleased 
to know that they also sit under- 
neath your Amiga monitor quite 
nicely. If you've got either an 
A1000 or A2000. you can stack 
both genlock and monitor on top 
of the system unit. 

Neriki genlocks are distributed 
by DPL Video Services Wembley 
Park Business Centre North End 
Road, Wembley Middlesex, HA9 
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own power supply (U.K., U.S. or Euro). (2Mb FITTED). 


2. As above, but with the cover removed. 

3. A2000/A2500/B2000 8Mb Expansion (2, 4, 6 or 8Mb). 

Fully implemented autoconfigure. Uses 1M x 8 bit or 1M x 9 bit 
SIMM's. (2Mb FITTED). 


£249 


4. A500 72 Mb Expansion. The essential A500 upgrade. A high quality A501 
equivalent using low-power 1Mbit DRAM's. The unit has a "enable/disable" switch 
and is available with or without NiCad battery-backed clock/ 
calendar module. (CLOCK VERSION £41 ) 


All prices include VAT and postage & packaging. Prices may be subject to 
change without notice. All products carry a 1 2 month guarantee. 

Dealer enquiries are welcome. 


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PFM makes full use of Amiga’s Workbench interface, if you 
need to amend or update an entry or Standing order simply 
click on it. Your screen looks just like a bank statement! 


STANDING ORDERS & DIRECT DEBITS EATEN ALIVE 

PFM handles Credit and Debit - Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly and 
even complicated regular payments like 12 payments of £52.99 
followed by one of £12.50, PFM will check the date and 
automatically insert standing orders as they become due. 


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If you’re the type that likes to look ahead then PFM allows you 
to set budgets for both expenditure and income. Over 100 
budgets can be set over a year, a quarter or a month and then 
10 can be displayed either in figures or as a bar graph for a 
given period. Expenditure for these budgets can also be shown 
as a pie chart so you can tell at a glance where your money’s 
gone. PFM also allows you to display or print your budget 
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When you get your bank account statement or a balance from 
an autobank machine you can confirm it with PFM quickly and 
easily. Simply select PFM’s unique "Auto Balance" option and 
type in the balance as given by the bank and PFM will attempt 
to balance and highlight entries that have not yet been 
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Stuffed to overflowing with sumptuous software, we’re having 
trouble finding sticky tape strong enough to hold it on the cover! 


RadioDemon 

This tune was created with MED. 
the tracker we gave you on the 
last cover disk. Alex Van Starrex 
reckons that with its strong and 
consistent monotony and carefree 
abandonment of both interest and 
worthwhile value, the music on our 
cover disk invokes strong images to 
the listener, transporting him far 
away from the everyday world to 
a magical dreamland where 


memories of filing tax returns 
and reading telephone directories 
are constantly and vividly evoked. 

With stirring march rhythms 
reduced to a level of absurdity 
that even John Cage would be 
envious of. and enveloped in the 
almost gut-wrenching dissonances 
of the major and minor keys, our 
cover disk tunes manifest them- 
selves as possessing all the qualities 
that make Amiga computer music 
so familiar and yet so attainable by 


almost anyone who can lay their 
hands on a music program. 

He sincerely doubts whether 
Igor Stravinsky or Maurice Ravel 
could possibly have re-orchestrat- 
ed these works without losing any 
of the appeal that comes from 
their being pieces churned out by 
a glorified adding machine, thus 
bringing a level of ultimate truth 
through to all. and without the 
need for descriptive words or lyrics. 

I still can't work out whether 


that's a compliment or an insult. 
Alex is an Australian, so he 
was probably on a XXXX drip at 
the time. Nice one. Alex. More 
please. 

Are you a budding musician 
looking for fame and fortune? If 
so. perhaps the Amiga Computing 
cover disk can give you a little 
push up the ladder. You never 
know who might be listening to 
your music... 

If you insist on sending exe- 
cutable tunes, then try not to send 
the kind which freeze the mouse 
pointer or use the left mouse but- 
ton to quit - right button or both is 
better. If your tune needs a sepa- 
rate Play utility, please include 
that on the disk as well. 

Parnet 2.40 

Parnet is here by popular 
demand. To be honest I consid- 
ered it a little too specialised and 
a little too advanced for the cover 
disk, but there have been too 
many requests to ignore. 

Networking is a deeply won- 
derful experience. Imagine being 
able to have access not only to 
your own machine, but to your 
friend or colleague's machine on 
the desk opposite. Imagine being 
able to run software from his/her 
hard drive. Imagine being able to 
write him a message and save it in 



Amiga Computing 29 





Phonedir 

Phonedir is a short and simple 
telephone directory program 
with one important addition - it 
will actually dial the telephone 
number for you! 

This is because the program 
can produce standard DTMF 
dialling tones, allowing it to dial 
any telephone number as long 
as your telephone and local 
exchange supports tone dialling 
(System X), and many do nowa- 
days. 

If your telephone is of a mod- 
ern design, it will have a switch 
of some kind on it to allow you to 
toggle between pulse and tone 
dialling. 

If you don't know whether 
your local exchange is on 
System X or not. take your 
receiver off the hook and listen 
to the dial tone for a while. 


If you're on System X, after 
about 20 seconds you'll hear a 
series of high tones and a 
recorded message. 

To run the program from 
Workbench simply double-click 
on its icon. From CU. first use CD 
to change the current drawer to 
that which contains PhoneDir 
(CD015:PHONEDIR on the cover 
disk) then type ’run phonedir'. 
The reason for changing the cur- 
rent drawer is that if you save the 
phone directory which you have 
created with PhoneDir it is 
placed in the current drawer. 
When you first start PhoneDir it 
checks the current drawer to see 


if you have already created a 
phone directory file and if so. 
loads it into memory. 

There's nothing to stop you 
having several phone directories 
in-different drawers. PhoneDir will 
load the one in the drawer that 
you are currently CD'd to. 

When PhoneDir is up and run- 
ning. you will see two string gad- 
gets on the left (one labelled 
Name, the other Phone) and a 
cluster of buttons to the right. 

Now I'll go through the but- 
tons one by one explaining their 
functions. 

SAVE: Selecting this button will 
save the entries held in memory 
to a file named directory. data in 
the current drawer. 

ADD: This allows you to add a 
name and associated phone 
number to the phone directory. 
First click in the Name gadget 
and type in a name, then click in 


the Phone gadget and type in a 
phone number. Finally, click on 
the Add button to include the 
name and phone number in the 
directory. Entries are automati- 
cally sorted into alphabetical 
order. 

START: If you already have some 
names and phone numbers in 
the directory then selecting this 
button will display the first in the 
list. 

DEL: To delete an entry In the 
directory, move to the entry for 
deletion using the Start, End and 
arrow buttons, then select the 
Del button. 

ARROWS: Selecting the left arrow 


displays the previous entry, if 
there is one. Selecting the right 
arrow displays the next entry, if 
there is one. 

FIND. This button provides a limit- 
ed search function. Select the 
Name gadget and type in a 
string. Now click on the Find but- 
ton and the program will 
attempt to find an entry which 
begins with the string you typed. 
For this reason I would suggest 
that if you are storing peoples' 
names - John Smith for example 
- enter them in the form Smith 
John so that they are sorted 
alphabetically by surname and 
can thus be searched for by sur- 
name. 

END: If you have some entries in 
the directory, selecting this - but- 
ton will display the last one in the 
list. 

QUIT: Hitting this button quits the 
program. If you have an 


unsaved phone directory in 
memory don't forget to select 
the Save button first. Sorry, 
there's no reminder - 10 brownie 
points deducted from Richard 
Kalton's account. 

L & R: These two gadgets are 
mutually exclusive. They allow 
you to decide whether the DTMF 
dialling tones are sent to the Left 
or Right speaker. Obviously only 
useful if you have some sort of 
stereo sound output. When the 
program Is first run the sound out- 
put is directed towards the right- 
hand speaker. 

DIAL: If you click on this gadget, 
or hit the spacebar, the number 


currently shown in the Phone 
string gadget will be dialled. If 
you have stereo sound output, a 
stereo monitor, hi-fi or 
Soundblaster for example, then 
first decide which speaker the 
tones should come out of with 
the L & R buttons. 

Make sure the number you 
want to dial is displayed in the 
Phone gadget, then hold the 
microphone part of your tele- 
phone receiver (that's the bit 
you talk into) very close to the 
speaker from which the tones will 
be produced. Then click the Dial 
button or hit the spacebar. 

You should pick up the tele- 
phone receiver, place it next to 
your chosen speaker and hit the 
Dial button or spacebar as 
quickly as possible otherwise the 
dialling tone may disappear. If 
you delay too long - about 20 
seconds with my exchange - 
you'll get a recorded message 
from the telephone requesting 
you to replace the handset and 
try again. 

If you can still hear the dial 
tone from the telephone when 
the computer has finished 
dialling, try increasing the vol- 
ume of your monitor, hi-fi or 
whatever. If this doesn't help 
then it's probably because your 
phone line isn't on System X yet 
and doesn't support tone 
dialling. 

If you hear nothing but 
silence from the phone once the 
computer has finished dialling, 
try increasing the volume again 
or changing the position of the 
handset. If this doesn't help, try 
swapping speakers. 

You don't actually have to 
add a name and phone number 
to the directory in order to tone 
dial that phone number. A num- 
ber can be dialled simply by 
selecting the Phone gadget, 
typing the desired phone num- 
ber into it then hitting the Dial 
button or the spacebar. 

PHONEDIR was written in 
Lattice C V3.10 by Richard 
Kalton. The program is freely dis- 
tributable so long as no money 
changes hands in the process. 
PhoneDir and its source code 
may not be included for sale in 
any public domain, shareware 
or freeware disk library. 

It may be offered for down- 
load on Bulletin Boards provided 
it is made available as a free 
download. 


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By all means use this program to ring us, but please, please ask for John Smith 


30 Amiga Computing 








his messages directory on his hard 
drive. Imagine (imagine being 
able to squeeze even more 'imag- 
ines' into this short pieceis- Ed) 
being able to do all this, and 
more, from your own keyboard. 
That's what networking does for 
you. 

Parnet sets up a network using 
the parallel port. Don't let its 
apparent complexity put you off. 
You've got all the festive season to 
get it together. And whether you 
get Parnet working or not. you'll 
have lots and lots of fun and 
games trying! 

Computer Head 

Alternative Image is the company 
when it comes to generating the 
kind of graphics previously unseen 
outside a Dire Straits video is until 
now. 

Exclusively Amiga-based, 
Alternative Image create fantasti- 
cal animated displays guaranteed 
to knock your socks off. And just for 
your favourite magazine. 'Image 
agreed to construct a stunning 
animated sequence and mount it 
on our cover disk. 

The amazing result is Computer 
Head. Drool at those colours, thrill 
to the smooth animation and 
swoon to the effects of 'extrane- 
ous' light sources reflecting from 
the silicon bust. 

And when you've recovered, 
turn to an amusing and exclusive 
company profile and interview we 
did with them. 


And now a veritable feast 
for your visual senses 

Rummy 

Rummy started life as a noble and 
ancient Spanish card game 
called Conquien. It crossed the 
Atlantic with the early Spanish 
colonists to Mexico. From there it 
wandered into Texas, where it 
gave birth to a child. Rummy. 

Nearly a century ago it took 
Europe by storm, gaining for a 
while as popular a place as 
Contract Bridge occupies today, 
but it passed out of favour after a 
few years. The object of Rummy is 


to collect 'sets' of at least three of 
a kind, and 'sequences' of at least 
three cards in the same suit. The 
full rules and scoring system are 
explained in the file Rummy.DOC. 

In this excellent Amiga imple- 
mentation, you can play a game 
with either two or three players. 
Any or all of the players can be 
controlled either by the Amiga, by 
yourself, or by friends. If you've set 
up the Amiga to control all three 
players, don't forget to select 
Continuous Play from the Special 
menu else you'll have to click on 


Continue after each player's turn. 

The computer players have 10 
skill levels. The default level on run- 
ning Rummy is Level 4. The skill 
level for each player is selected 
from the Intelligence menu. 

At level 10 the computer plays 
a mean game, remembering 
cards that have passed out of 
play and making educated guess- 
es as to whether the card it wants 
is in someone else's hand or still in 
the pack. 

I'm keeping a long-term run- 
ning score of my points against the 
computer's, penny a point. At the 
moment I owe it £3.65. When it 
gets to £20 1 might buy it a game. 

An excellent program but a 
shame there's no load or save 
option. Rummy was written with 
Lattice C V5.05 by Simon Preene. 
This program is freely distributable 
so long as no money whatsoever 
changes hands in the process. 

Rummy, its source code and its 
documentation may not be 
included for sale in any public 
domain, shareware or freeware 
disk library. It may be offered for 
download on Bulletin Boards pro- 
vided it is made available com- 
plete with source code and 
documentation as a free down- 
load. 


Fancy yourself as a card shark, 
but bored with Poker and Black 
Jack? Rummy may be the 
answer to your prayers 


Runny by 


non Preene, Copyright Arnica. Conpui 




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Special compacting techniques enable up to 3 programs. to fit on one 
disk. Now saves directly to disk as Amiga Dos - reloads independently 
of the cartridge - even transfer to hard drive! Works with up to 2 Megs 
of Ram - even 1 Meg Chip Mem (Fatter Agnus). 

UNIQUE INFINITE LIFE/TRAINER MODE - NOW MORE POWERFUL 
Allows you to generate more and even infinite lives, fuel, ammo, etc. 
Perfect as a trainer mode to get you past that "impossible" level. Very 
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The full Sprite Editor allows you to view/modify the whole sprite set 
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Comprehensive virus detection and removal features to protect your 
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SAVE PICTURES AND MUSIC TO DISK 
Pictures and sound samples can be saved to disk. Files are saved 
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CADAVER 43, BATTLE COMMAND 45, 
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Amiga Computing 37 


Puzznic 

Supplier: Ocean 
Price: £24.95 



Transportation plays a major part in 
this Ocean puzzle game. As with all 
games of this type, there is a time 
factor involved. In Puzznic there's a 
count-down while you struggle to 
match up blocks of the same 
colour or pattern. When two or 
more likewise blocks rest adjacent, 
either vertically or horizontally, they 
all flash and disappear. The object 
of Puzznic is therefore to remove all 
the blocks from the screen by care- 
ful manoeuvring. 

The game does need real care, 
since you can only move your 
blocks sideways. To get them to go 
down just push them over an edge 


and gravity takes its course. With 
only two of each type of brick It is 
simplicity itself to sort out a screen. 
Where it starts to get tricky is when 
there are three blocks, and two are 
very near each other. Remove 
those two, whether by design or 
accident, and you're scuppered, 
with one block remaining. 

Puzznic doesn't boast great 
graphics or sound, but after a cou- 
ple of screens It becomes fiendishly 
clever, requiring more and more 
forethought before you continue 
playing. Thumbs up time as this is a 
refreshing alternative to Tetris, 
Welltris et al. 



Betrayal 

Supplier: Microprose 
Price: £24.95 


Give me a game where treach- 
ery is the altar on which friends 
are sacrificed, where nefarious 
deeds are not just the order of 
the day, but one of the Ten 
Commandments, and where 
tongues have more forks than a 
set of stainless steel cutlery from 
Sheffield, and I'll give you a knife 
in the back. 

Generosity is a strong charac- 
ter trait of mine. In games like 
Betrayal, I give away a lot of 
knives. 

This Rainbird offering has been 
touted as the next biggy after 
Midwinter, but alas lacks the cut- 
ting edge to take it there. The aim 
is to secure a majority of courtiers 
in both the court of the king and 


bishop, and then install your own 
puppet rulers, making you 
Mister/Ms Big. To this end, you 
travel around the poorly drawn 
land of the West Marches, cap- 
turing villages belonging to the 
other knights - four players, in any 
human/computer combination - 
flogging your own peasants and 
harvesting the land for cash, then 
eventually buying more seats in 
the two courts. Alternatively find 
blasphemous evidence against 
someone and blackmail them 
out. 

Betrayal is a reasonable game, 
but is hardly distinctive or impres- 
sive in any way, and those graph- 
ics look like they were designed 
on a C64. 



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Wolfpack 

Supplier: Microprose Price: £24.95 


Achtung, achtung, das 
Englanders vost dropping das 
depthun chargun, mein Kapitanl 
And 30 seconds later it was all 
over for poor Fritz as U-141 collect- 
ed a one way ticket to the bot- 
tom of the ocean. Unfortunately I 
happened to be the German 


captain that was going down, in 
the Mirrorsoft tale of aquatic ser- 
vice during World War II. 

As captain of a U-boat, you not 
only have to worry about what 
the Allies are doing over your 
head, and whether you can fulfill 
your mission objectives - there are 


loads including a design your own 
scenario kit - but also where you 
left the other submarines in your 
wolfpack. If you leave them to 
the vagaries of computer intelli- 
gence they can end up any- 
where, and usually it's on the sea 
bed, so you need to take control 


of each while arranging elabo- I 
rate traps and manoeuvres to fool I 
the Allied escort ships. 

One main screen is utilised in 
Wolfpack, which explains why the 
game has a fiddly nature - com- 
pounded by the slight unrespon- 
siveness of the mouse clicks - but 
if you can be bothered learning 
them, there are keyboard equiva- 
lents for all the controls. 

Graphics are pretty good until I 
you get close up to something, 
then the image simply becomes a 
jumble of bit mapped blocks. For 
all its faults this is still a fab game 
and will keep you happy until I 
Silent Service II surfaces on the 
Amiga. 


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Ordinary people doing ordinary things, so Russians don't have three heads and eat babies as we've been told 


WELLTRIS 

Infogrames Price: £24.99 


W elltris, or 'Tetris: the 
Sequel' if you prefer, is 
the long awaited follow 
up to the arcade classic Tetris, one 
of the most successful logic games 
ever. 

The action takes place in the 3D 
well on the left of the screen. The 
aim of the game is to guide the vari- 
ous shapes down the walls of the 
well, rotating them if necessary, so 
that they fit perfectly with the 
pieces already on the floor. You 
have to do this without leaving 
gaps, or pieces resting against the 
walls of the well. 

Allow a piece to come to rest on 
the wall of the well, and the entire 
wall section is blocked for the next 
three falling pieces. When all four 
walls are blocked it's time for the 
immortal words ‘Game Over'. 
Sounds simple? If you can think 


Publisher: 


and react fast enough it is, if you 
can't, however. It can be a very dif- 
ferent story. 

After sliding down the wall of the 
well, pieces continue to slide across 
the floor until they're either stopped 
by coming into contact with anoth- 
er piece or the opposite wall of the 
well. As a piece falls it can be 
moved around the walls of the well, 
providing they're not blocked, and 


when it reaches the desired point 
of entry to the well floor, pressing 
the space bar sends the piece fly- 
ing down to a perfect fit with its 
companions. 

The higher the piece on the wall 
when released, the more points 
scored. When a line is completed 
across the well floor either horizon- 
tally or vertically, it disappears, 
allowing room for more pieces to 
fall. 

The screen displays depict vari- 
ous aspects of Soviet society and 
as the difficulty levels change, so 
does the scenery. Anyone able to 
make it past Alexey should contact 
MENSA, and start donating to a 
sperm bank immediately (er, unless 
you're a girly- Ed). 

Like many essentially simple con- 
cepts, the closer you look the more 
complex things become. Any 
game which possesses these quali- 
ties is invariably a good one. No 
doubt Alexey Pajitnov will do for 
home computing what Professor 
Rubik did for coffee tables. 


Graphics 

Strange would not be an unfair 
description. The actual gameplay 
graphics are adequate, being more 
functional than decorative. As for the 
screen shots, they're pleasant 
enough and do add an extra goal to 
the game rather than just increasing 
your score. 


Sound 

Thin on the ground, mostly short sam- 
ples, with a jingle at the end of each 
level. The samples are played, for 
example, whenever a line is complet- 
ed just before it disappears. My per- 
sonal favourite is a nice metallic 
crunch as blocks slam together when 
a line is removed. There is music, 
again with a Russian flavour but 
unfortunately, it's dreadful (thankful- 
ly you can turn it off). 


Gameplay 

Basically simple and repetitive, which 
nevertheless requires considerable 
co-ordination of hand and eye, espe- 
cially when things start to speed up. 
The real game is played in your mind 
as you desperately try to calculate 
the possibilities while the piece 
makes its inevitable slide to the floor 
of the well. 

Be warned, you could become 
addicted, it's the sort of game you 
may tire of but will always come back 
to. If you’re a Tetris fan, the game's a 
must, and I’ve no doubt you will find 
it worth every penny, literally adding 
a new dimension to an already classic 
game. 

I lf you're new to Alexey's work but 
are looking for something different 
and challenging for your collection, 
this could well be the one. 




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D oes the thought of wan- 
dering alone through a 
deep, dark, dungeon fill 
you with the urge to wet your 
armour and shout for your Mum? 
You're not alone! Fortunately, the 
good old Bit Map Brothers have 
come up with the wimp's alterna- 
tive: Cadaver. 

Yes, I know it's a silly title, and no 
it isn't some form of rhyming slang. 

It is however, an excellent graphic 
adventure. Produced in the - now 
familiar - 3D isometric format (in the 
style of Treasure Trap) and for those 
people with very long memories, 
the Ultimate series on something 
called a Spectrum. 

Fortunately we've come a long 
way since the days when every- 
thing was in one colour and the 
sound was enough to make you 
turn the game off. Cadaver is a 
fine example of the state of the art. 

It s based upon the continuing 
adventures of Karadoc. Fancy call- 
ing a kid that. Some people, hon- 
estly! 

Anyway, your mission and 
indeed his, is to explore Castle 
Wulf, dealing with the objects, 
monsters and people you meet on 


your travels, as well as the numer- 
ous puzzles which need to be 
solved before you encounter the 
final task, namely, killing the evil 
necromancer Dianos. Familiar sce- 
nario for adventure freaks? 

What Cadaver lacks in originali- 
ty, it more than makes up for in real 
quality. The action takes place in 
the 3D dungeons, rooms and pas- 
sages of Castle Wulf and Karadoc 
is moved around this little world 
with a joystick (as indeed are all his 
functions). 

If you want to pick up an object, 
move Karadoc next to the 
required item. This activates a num- 
ber of icon options relevant to that 
particular object, you can then 
pick it up, use it, drink it, examine it 
and so on, depending on the icons 
activated. 

Certain items however, cannot 
be picked up and may only be 
pushed, dragged, or used in the 
room in which they were found. 
There are a large number of icons 
which become available depend- 
ing upon the item being used and 
the situation Karadoc is presently 
involved in. This can make interac- 
tion with both characters and 


objects quite complex and also 
makes for some interesting puzzles. 

Many items can be found on 
your travels and these fall into four 
broad categories, the first being 
food and drink. 

Food is usually found in chests 
and drink usually in barrels, but be 
careful, always examine what's in 
the barrel before you guzzle it 
down. 

The second category is best 
described as a collection of utili- 
ties, items which are needed to 
proceed in the quest, such as keys, 
ropes, weapons and so on. 

The third section consists of mag- 
ical items, and these can be 
weapons, healing potions, and 
various spells for more abstract 
uses such as learning what certain 
potions may be used for. 

The Main Screen is the window 
to Karadoc 's world, it displays your 
present position in the game, giv- 
ing all the details you need to 
know concerning Karadoc and 
the items he finds. 

There's a rucksack which, in the 
interests of safe keeping, stores all 
your goodies. They can be viewed 
as a whole, or scrolled individually. 


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Graphics 

Excellent, giving real texture to the 
game, and creating a wonderful 
atmosphere with subtle additions 
such as the flickering lamps, and 
mushrooms growing as Karadoc wan- 
ders by. 


Sound 

This takes the form of individual sam- 
ples - footsteps, screams and the 
like. All the sounds are extremely 
convincing, but, and this is probably 
the only ‘but’ in the game, there is no 
background music. 

OK, it’s not a big problem, and it 
probably would’ve been turned off if 
it was there anyway. However, it may 
have added significantly to the atmo- 
sphere of the game. 



Gameplay 

Again, excellent. Controlling Karadoc 
and the items he uses is quite 
straightforward, given a little prac- 
tice. One of my favourite aspects of 
the game’s design is the difficulty 
level, which is pitched just right • 
hard enough to be a challenge, but 
not impossible. Which in the long run 
will save you lots of money on Valium 
and smashed up computer equip- 
ment. The game, like a good book, 
seems to have real depth. 

What else can I say apart from ’buy 
it!’ If you're looking for a stocking 
filler for Crimbo, you would have to 
go a long way to beat this one. 

In the first room of the adventure 
you'll find a personal log book. 
Examining it provides details on 
your health, score, and the per- 
centage of completion of the pre- 
sent level. 

A map is activated by pressing 
FI and the result is a display of the 
rooms you've entered. Maps can 
be scrolled and zoomed at will. 

Up to 10 individual quests can 
be saved via a separate disk and 
loaded as required, however there 
is a price to be paid. 

The further you progress in the 
quest, the more money a subse- 
quent save will cost. There is some 
good news, at least loading is free! 



Solve the difficult puzzle and you can claim 
a wonderful prize (Crackerjack, right?) 



With such a corkingly perfect map, no more 
scribbling on bits of paper! 



It may be in your incredibly stuffed rucksack 
but what do you do with it? 


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A majestically- 
sweeping land- 
scape is the 
theatre in which 
you'll play out 
thrilling battles 


From foreground 
to horizon, tanks 
of every side are 
rumbling into 
play... 



Publisher: 

W hen Carrier Command 
was released a couple 
of years ago mouths 
dropped open in amazement. It 
was one of the few games that 
could honestly be described as 
awesome! 

It wasn't until weeks later that 
everyone realised it had bugs and 
playability flaws .^Realtime Software, 
the creators of that epic, haven't 
done anything since then, except 
work on Battle Command which, 
they hasten to point out, is not a 
sequel. It just has the word 
'Command' in it. 

Battle Command will appeal to 
lovers of Battlezone, and to north- 
erners who harbour resentment 
against southerners. Why? Because 
the plot has north facing south, 
deadlocked in an Ultra War. 

You. as a Northerner in your 
one-man tank full of sophisticated 
electronics, are dropped behind 
enemy lines and have 15 or so mis- 
sions to try to alter the course of the 
war. Or get blown up. which is the 
more likely. 

The missions on offer range from 
straight blasting exercises to 
destroying particular objectives. 
You're also racing to pick up a 
satellite from behind enemy lines, 
leaving time-bombs on runways, 
shelling inaccessible bases, and - 
possibly the most varied - defend- 
ing a bridge while your own forces 
pull back across It, then getting 
across yourself and blowing it up. 


You can tool up with a number of 
Infra-red and radar guided missiles, 
a time-bomb, anti-missile lasers, a 
mortar, wire guided missiles. IR 
decoys, chaff and anti-armour sys- 
tems. You don't get mines though, 
which is a serious oversight. You 
can't install everything because 
you only have four weapon pods, 
so armament needs to reflect mis- 
sion requirements. 

Once you get dropped off and 
are under way, you'll notice the 
screen has become 320 x 200 pixels 
- ie, sized to suit the American mar- 
ket. A scanner, your weapons pods. 


speed indicators and the main 3D 
display outside are your primary 
sources of information, as well as a 
damage display screen just like 
Carrier. Except you can't repair 
damage, and there is no way you 
can re-arm. capture armament, or 
organise a supply drop - something 
of a pity really. 

The 3D graphics are smooth and 
decidedly impressive when there 
are large numbers of tanks on the 
move at once. They travel at a fair 
lick too, and the action is always 
thick and fast. Geographical fea- 
tures are minimal, the odd tree and 


I Graphics 

Fast and smooth, but the scenery 
often looks like MacDonalds has paid 
a visit at times. It’s flat and empty, 
save for the odd shrub and low hill. 
The installations are nicely realised, 
and the tanks themselves all zip 
around impressively. 

Sound 

The music is a little flat, but the 
sound effects are crisp enough, 
without you sitting there gob 
smacked. It’s all rather rudimentary 
really. 

Gameplay 

The game isn’t going to win any 
Oscars for depth, as it consists of 
firing away at tanks and installations. 
However it is frantic fun, and the 
missions give the game considerable 
variety and increase its longevity no 
end. Simple, but satisfying. 

hill here and there. You cannot 
drive up the hills or hide on the 
down-slopes and ambush anyone, 
but you can disappear behind 
them to avoid being shot at. 

The missions make the most of 
what is, despite the interesting mis- 
siles and weapons, a simple game. 
If you were hoping to get a tank 
version of Carrier Command then 
you're in for a disappointment, 
since it comes across more as 
Battlezone with solid graphics and 
missions. 

It is a good game however, and 
completing the 15 or so missions will 
take you no little time. These are 
what lend variety, because one 
minute you're sneaking towards a 
hidden base, ready to fire mortar 
shells at it because you can't actu- 
ally see it. and then the next you 
are frantically trying to defend a 
bridge while your own troops strag- 
gle across. 

If you were hoping for a sequel 
to Carrier Command, you've done 
so in vain, but if what you were 
looking for was an all action, tank 
blasting, monster battle simulation, 
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I ndianapolis 500 is the latest 
game from Electronic Arts and 
focuses, strangely enough, on 
the legendary American speedway 
race. Now you may think that to 
base a game idea on 200 circuits 
of an oval track which might take 
three hours to complete is the 
mobile equivalent of a text-only 
adventure about coarse fishing, 
but you'd be (mostly) wrong. 
Although the idea itself is boring in 
the extreme to anyone but a total 
speed-freak. EA's implementation 
of the racing experience is rather 
more exciting. 

The scenario is simple. You are a 
driver with one of three teams, 
hoping to steer your car to victory. 
And apart from a few fine tuning 
options, whereby you can fiddle 
with things such as tyre pressures, 
wing angles, and the number of 
sandwiches you'll need for the trip, 
there appears to be nothing more 
to this game than driving as fast as 
you can without crashing until the 
bloke with the chequered flag tells 


trackside wall, while worrying about 
other drivers lapping you rather 
than slamming into your rear end. 
the game becomes something 
more than a high speed merry-go- 
round. What it becomes, in fact, is 
the most challenging and addictive 
racing game to appear for a long 
time. 

Speed is what makes this game 
work. Your cockpit is little more than 


few laps hopelessly oversteering 
until I grew used to it. After that, you 
soon realise that the ability to make 
small repeated changes to your 
cornering line is essential if you are 
to negotiate the long, sweeping 
bends without losing yards of paint 
to the boundary walls. 

Ten minutes of practice with a 
clear track should see you 
competent enough to tackle a ten 


Graphics 

Excellent. The cars look like real 
racing cars and they move like them 
too. Screen update is fast, if a little 
jerky, and there are nice touches like 
IndyCam and the bits which fly off 
when you crash. 



Sound 


Good enough for what it does. The 
engine noises are throaty and you 
can actually hear other cars getting 
louder as they catch you, with nice 
doppler effects when they zoom 
past. Crashes are a bit duff, but you 
can sometimes hear clanging noises 
as exhausts and things fly off. 




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especially when mixing it with a pack 
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sensitive and responsive controls. 


INDIANAPOLIS 500 

Publisher: Ocean Price: £24.99 


you to stop. Until you start driving 
that is ... 

At this stage the game's filled 
vector graphics really steal the 
show. From the moment you push 
forward on the joystick to 
accelerate out of the pit lane on 
practice day, the sheer speed of 
play is gob-smacking. When you're 
nose-to-tail at 225mph and trying to 
judge the gap between the car in 
front and the ever-present 


a foot or so from the track surface, 
so everything tends to blip past you 
at nauseating velocities, and this 
effect is aided by the very slightly 
jerky screen update. It's notoriously 
difficult to convey the feeling of 
speed but Indie manages the task 
very well. 

Steering can be controlled by 
joystick, keyboard, or mouse, and in 
all cases is very responsive. In fact, 
it's so responsive that I spent my first 


lap novices' race, with no yellow 
flags to slow things down and no 
car damage (this is a godsend) 
should you, heaven forbid, collide 
with another car or a stationary 
distraction, such as spectators. This 
is where IndyCam comes in. 

IndyCam is the obligatory action 
replay facility, and allows you to 
freeze the action at any time to 
review the last 10 seconds or so of 
the race from almost any angle 


and camera position. This is loads of 
fun and adds considerably to 
gameplay because it also enables 
you to replay your cornering efforts 
and judge how close you came to 
the optimum line (or alternatively, 
how much carnage you caused). 

Unfortunately, this is the only 
added extra the program offers, 
and it's in this department that I 
have the most gripes. Why is it that 
we can fly head-to-heads in F-l 6s 
but not in lowly automobiles? With 
a two player, split-screen option or 
even a team management 
section, this game would have 
been the dog's vitals of the genre. 

As it stands, it is a (slightly) flawed 
masterpiece which I can 
recommend to any fan of the 
sport, but if you're not particularly 
into race games or motor sport, 
then you'd be advised to try 
before you buy, as the otherwise 
limited scenario and gameplay 
probably won't grab your interest 
for very long. 


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R0B0C0P2 

Publisher: Ocean Price: £24.99 


W hether it was due to 
cross media marketing, 
or whether the video 
inspired thousands of would-be 
Murphys to rush into their local soft- 
ware supermarket, or indeed 
whether it was simply a very good 
game, there's no denying that 
Robocop (the game) has been an 
astounding success story for 
Ocean. Can the sequel possibly live 
up to that sort of performance? 
Read on and find out. 

Robocop is a man in a can with 
a mission. A mission to clean up the 
streets and stop the flow of designer 
drug nuke’ through the arteries of 
old Detroit. This takes place over a 
scant three levels, inside various 
nuke producing factories, and end- 
ing with a confrontation with the 
Robocop 2 model on the streets of 
Detroit. 

On the first level the object is to 
arrest a sidekick of the drug lord 
Cain, while collecting 10 packets of 
nuke for destruction. This accom- 
plished. you can go on to find the 
actual drugs laboratory and 
destroy it while going on to arrest 
Cain. 

In the final showdown, you fight 
your way through another of these 
warehouses to confront Cain again. 


Graphics 

Graphics arc razor sharp. Digitised 
screens abound as you start each 
level, try to remember your missus, 
and finally complete the game. The 
sprites for the characters are 
excellent, with Robocop gleaming 
away, and the totally impressive 
animation. 


now firmly chopped up and fitted 
inside the Robocop 2 casing, and 
hopefully blow him to bits. Alas you 
don't get to see Cain go on the 
murderous rampage that he did in 
the film, but that's memory limita- 
tions for you... 

Memory also plays a part in one 
of the two sub-games which 
appear between the levels. After a 
digitised picture of Murphy's wife, a 
simple board containing chips and 
obstructions appears. The object is 
apparently simple. Just move from 
one chip to another in whatever 
order you like, until you have cov- 
ered all of them. 

It would be simple if it wasn't 
for the fact that you 
cannot retrace your steps, and 
some chips are positioned so the 
there is only one way in. There's a 


Sound 

There are three slices of aural accom- 
paniment (er, sound I think • Ed) to 
the game, though none run while the 
game is being played. All are good 
enough to one degree or another. 
The sound effects do stand out 
though, mainly because they have 
been sampled, and the resounding 
bark of Robocop's gun is suitably 
crisp. 


time limit too. There are three of 
these circuits to complete, each of 
which restores a picture of Murphy's 
pre-mutilated face as he starts to 
remember his former life. Complete 
all three and you get a bonus con- 
tinue option when you've lost all 
three lives in the main game. 

The other sub game involves tar- 
geting your weapon on criminals 
who pop up In a firing range-like 
screen. The more hits you make, the 
easier the villains will be to kill in the 
next level. Conversely, make a mess 
here and the game suddenly gets 
hideously difficult. 

The main sprite for our man in a 
can is hugely impressive as he plods 
his 16-coloured way around the 
screen blasting hither and 
thither. Sampled sound effects for 
the weapon, which can be 

Gameplay 

Like the Scales of Justice, the game- 
play is finely balanced. Sure, it's 
i tough, sure, you keep getting 
i squashed or falling into vats, but it’s 
h fun. It's worth dusting yourself off, 
girding your all-metal codpiece and 
giving those evil drug dealers a taste 
of lead-jacketed justice. Robocop 2 
is just a wonderful orgy of non-stop 
: violence. 


upgraded to produce three-way 
fire and rapid fire, make for violent 
and exciting entertainment. 
Robocop has the usual range of 
moves, being able to fire at diago- 
nals as well as up and sideways, 
and he can squat to duck from fire, 
while still spraying it around himself. 

Energy can slowly crumple as 
Robo takes hits, but this can be 
replenished by walloping contain- 
ers which may disgorge extra ener- 
gy, a weapon power up, or some- 
thing fiendish like reversing direc- 
tion. 

A status line can be called up to 
give the situation on how many 
cans of nuke are still required to be 
collected, and how many hostages 
have been rescued. Rescue 
enough hostages and you get an 
extra life. 

There may only be three main 
levels, but what's packed into them 
is going to keep you occupied for 
some time. Boy is this game tough. 
There are hundreds of villains out to 
ventilate you, stomper platforms 
can squash you like o bug. and col- 
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can dump you in rather messy situ- 
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It is by far the best film conver- 
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D ig out your Safari hat 
when playing Pang, but if 
you're into bloodsports 
forget it. In keeping with the sweet 
nature of Pang the animals have 
been substituted with a series of 
bright, cheerful and cute bouncing 
balloons. 

The fun starts when you manage 
to strike the balloons with the futur- 
istic harpoon you're armed with, as 
on impact the spheres divide into 
smaller balloons. These bounce at 
varying speeds and cost you a life 
if you're unfortunate enough to be 
hit by one. 

Your mission is to wipe the 
bouncing bunnies off the face of 
the screen in order to progress in 
the game. There is a time limit 
though, which becomes tighter as 
you move through the levels, dis- 
played at the top right hand cor- 
ner of the screen. 

To make your task more interest- 
ing, the balloons are well travelled 
and you have to seek them out in 
17 locations from Japan to the 
island of Paques. There are 50 lev- 
els and although the scenery varies 
from the mountains of Mt. Fuji to 
skyscrapers in New York, it isn't par- 
ticularly striking. 

The platforms which contain the 
bouncing balls are rather like 
Arkanoid. Until such times as 
you've worked out which direction 
to attack, it seems a little out of 
place in this game. 

What does work well in the 
scenery is the generous use of 
colour as there are 32 background 
colours to cheer up the dullest of 
days. The destination map which 
you return to after the completion 
of each level is simply drawn, but 
elsewhere the graphics blend in 
well with the design of the game. 
The time, for example, is clearly 


displayed at the top of the screen, 
while the bottom section illustrates 
whether you have opted for a one 
or two player game, how many of 
your six lives you have left and your 
score. By having Easy, Normal or 
Difficult modes you can play at 
whatever speed suits you best, 
although you'll need reactions 
faster than the speed of light to 
progress by the aptly named 
Difficult route. 

Your weapon can be cashed in 
and upgraded depending on 
which icon you pick up. There are 


masses of them including guns, 
dynamite, fruit and vegetables. So 
many in fact, that you are best not 
to collect too many different ones 
as changing firing methods in the 
middle of a tight situation often 
causes a loss of life. And you have 
start the current screen again from 
the start. 

The laser attachment is good for 
zapping a multitude of large 
spheres provided you remember to 
keep to either side of the balloons 
and don't fire from too close a 
range if you don't want to get 


wasted. The icons not only 
enhcnce your arms capacity but 
give you other plus advantages 
like an hour glass which gives you 
extra time, and stop watches 
which freeze animation giving you 
the chance to give the bouncing 
blobs all you have. 

Balloons aren't the only hazard 
though. A wide variety of birds 
and crustaceans like owls and 
crabs flap and scuttle around the 
screen but are easy to deal with 
whatever their nature. 

The only problem with this 
game is that although it isn't very 
taxing skill wise, just calling for a lit- 
tle strategy and fast reactions, it is 
addictive in the same manner as 
Bubble Bobble or Rainbow Islands. 


Graphics 

Plenty of different locations with 
appropriate features but crudely 
drawn in places enhance the game. 
Still, cartoon like and enjoyable with 
nice animation of the bouncing balls, 
and neat vignettes of the characters 
between levels. 



Time is 
running out 


Sound 

Sound is basic in terms of effects, 
but there’s catchy background music 
continually playing, which as time 
starts to run out suddenly becomes 
more up beat. 


Gameplay 

Gameplay ensures Pang is horribly 
addictive. Easy to play skill-wise, it 
becomes increasingly more difficult 
as more and more balloons and 
obstacles appear. There are four skill 
levels to choose from which affect 
the speed of the balloons, but when 
there are 20 or so of the blighters 
closing in, even the slowest setting is 
fast enough. 


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POWERMONGER 

Publisher: Electronic Arts Price: £24.99 


F or a long time it was as if 
Powermonger was going to 
be Populous 2. After all, the 
game featured the same style of 
graphics, and was being pro- 
grammed by the same program- 
mers. As it transpires. Powermonger 
is anything but Populous 2, and any 
familiarity with the original Populous 
will count for little in this game. 

Miremer, your ex-kingdom has 
gone up in flames and molten ash, 
making you take your people to 
the seas in order to find a new 
home. Arriving at the top left cor- 
ner of a large map containing 195 
islands, your mission is to conquer 
each and every one, by trade, 
espionage, and naked steel in the 
vitals. 

The first few islands are quite 
easy to conquer (if two thirds of the 
population are under your sway, 
this counts as conquered), but get- 
ting down towards the bottom 
right hand corner of the map, the 
opposing armies get bigger and 
nastier, requiring food and 
resources need to be skillfullyman- 
aged. Conquer the final island in 
the bottom right corner of the map 
and overall victory is yours. 

The display is familiar territory for 
Populous players, a 3D filled vector 
centre display shows the rolling 
landscape, numerous surface fea- 
tures, towns and centres of popula- 
tion, wildlife (sheep!) and of 
course, armies. This can be 
zoomed into and out, but if you try 
to move the map while on max 
zoom, you can easily lose track of 
what it was you were looking at. It's 
best to keep at maximum distance 
until a fight breaks out, as all your 
men and Captains are displayed 
anyway, no matter what the scale. 

Initially you start with one 
Captain, who is in fact yourself. So 
if you get killed in battle then it 
doesn't matter how many others 
you have, its game over time, and 
a particularly gory end scene. 
Captains have three aggression 
levels (peaceful, neutral, aggres- 
sive) which affect how they trade, 
the numbers of men they will 
recruit in one session and quite 


how bloodthirsty they are when 
attacking a settlement. Although 
initially its great fun to send your 
men off on a mad killing spree, 
when you get to the harder islands 
you need to keep them to the min- 
imum force so that all those defeat- 
ed troops either end up forming a 
new army on your side, or are put 
to work harvesting the fields. 

Troops can be recruited from any 
of your established settlements, but 
leaving them empty simply invites 
an attack by a rival. The troops will 
faithfully follow your Captain, but 
only as long as morale is high, food 


is plentiful and the weather Is nice. 

Forcing an artack in winter (yup 
there are seasons along with snow 
and rain) can lead to mass deser- 
tions if food is scarce, so food man- 
agement as well as battle tactics 
need to be incorporated in to the 
successful powermonger's strategy. 

The detail in the graphics and 
the continuously evolving world is 
astonishing. Every person in the 
game has a name, profession, alle- 
giance and health rating, sheep 
wander the meadows, birds flock to 
and fro, and fishermen go out to 
sea. Added to this the sound 


effects are just brilliant. You can 
hear the livestock making 
theirown particular noises, the 
sound of wood sawing comes 
from forests where inventions are 
being made, and your Captain 
grunts 'Yeah', in tones designed to 
tell you how happy he is with your 
orders. 

Powermonger really is a step 
beyond Populous, but it isn't as 
immediate. You have to read the 
manual, and work out and experi- 
ment on courses of action. Initially, 
the game is intriguing but baffling 
however, bit by bit you get drawn 
into the intricate, evolving and 
utterly marvellous world of 
Powermonger. 



Graphics 


It isn't that the graphics look 
good , it’s that there is just so much 
detail. In fact the small map of the 
current land is a bit too small for you 
to really see where everything is, and 
only the clever sound effects lead 
you to attack a nearby settlement 
rather than half a dozen stunted 
trees. 


Sound 

Sound is fabulous and no mistake. 
Where the graphics become too con- 
gested it is the effects that save the 
day. A large variety of effects alert 
you the various events taking place 
in your neck of the woods, and even 
the tone of your Captain’s voice has 
. meaning. 


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Gameplay 

Powermonger is nowhere near as sim- 
ple as Populous, and the straightfor- 
ward, up and dice ’em approach may 
s work initially but is doomed to fail- 
ure later. If you like managing 
resources as well as fighting battles 
; then this is a treat because the detail 
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very long. For myself, and many other 
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victory. Do with me as you will." 

Barry's sneer became a grunt of 
disgust. “You unspeakable insect!" 
he boomed, raising his hand to 
strike the fatal blow, “You will die 
very slowly...* 

At that moment, however, a 
strange figure appeared in the 
entrance to his throne room. "Barry I 
You haven't washed those dishes 
yet, you naughty boy!" Barry 
groaned. “For God's sake, mum, 
I'm playing Supremacy!" 

For all you power-hungry train- 
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sci-fi empire building strategy game 
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It's in the sound and graphics 
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the case. 

You control things from what is 
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Hugely colourful and packed 
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suggesting that Supremacy is actu- 
ally sub-standard, it's just 
that it doesn't offer anything espe- 
cially new. 

Your expansionist aims must be 
rooted in a sound economy, and in 
order to achieve this elusive miracle 
you must balance a variety of fac- 
tors from tax levels to food produc- 
tion and population growth. To its 
credit. Supremacy keeps things 
tightly inter-connected, such that 
lower tax levels will increase morale, 
which will lead to higher levels of 
‘breeding', and therefore more 
people to draft into the armed 
forces. However, you soon find that 
those same lower tax levels have 
left you so skint you can't afford to 
equip your new soldiers properly. 

As everything happens In real 
time, and you can see the effects 
of each decision almost instanta- 
neously, the game is given a sense 
of urgency often missing from oth- 
ers of the type. 

You soon find yourself clicking 
away madly at the mouse In an 
effort to juggle all the variables 
which affect progress towards uni- 
versal omnipotence, and if your first 
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things start hitting the floor quite 
quickly. 

That, unfortunately, is that. The 
presentation initially generates 
enough of the 'Cooorrr!' element to 
keep interest levels high, but once 
this has worn off, content and 
gameplay fall just a little short of the 


expectations thus created. The 
Amiga's sound and graphics capa- 
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usual with strategy games, some of 
which set out to be as bland as 
possible, but its strategy element, 
on which it must stand or fall, is just 
not original enough to warrant the 
window dressing. 

All in all. Probe have taken an 
average game system and married 
it to better than average graphics 
to produce a game which, rather 
than standing head and shoulders 
above the competition, shows just 
a hairline and the odd eyebrow. 


Graphics 


Very nice, with great use of colour 
and fine animated effects. The graph- 
ics are the best feature of this game 
and would look good anywhere. 



Spot effects are good, and you're 
saved the normally painful use of 
continuously playing tunes. Limited 


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done before. The real time element is 
OK, though. 


Amiga Computing 53 






DAYS OF THUNDER 


I f I had the licence to produce 
a film tie-in game starring Tom 
Cruise and some attractive 
girl. I would make sure that there 
were plenty of digitised pics show- 
ing both leading lights. I would also 
incorporate some of the plot and 
ingredients that made the film so 
memorable. 

Faced with the problem of find- 
ing anything memorable in Days of 
Thunder. Mindscape has instead 
side-stepped the entire problem by 
simply producing a stock car rac- 
ing game with solid 3D graphics. 
No pictures of Tom Cruise with his 
manly jaw anywhere. Methinks this 
is a big lost opportunity here. 
Someone ought to tell the folks at 
Mindscape that if you proudly flag 
a game as being “the only official 
game of the film to give you all the 
excitement of the big screen', 
then you should deliver something 
more than a rather tepid and 
largely anonymous racing game. 

There are five race tracks includ- 
ing Daytona - fast banked curves 
around a central lake, Atlanta - 
deep south, blistering temperatures 
and slave plantations, Phoenix - a 
one mile oval where speeds of 
over 200 mph are reached, 
Talladega - cost $4 million to build 
and there are apparently 20 million 
people living nearby, and 
Charlotte - seats 118,000 people 
and is in 31 year old racing track. 
Those are what you have to race 
around to bring home the stock 
car Championship. 

On your first appearance at a 
track, you need to set a fast 
enough time to qualify, which is 
easier if there are more cars racing 
(but that makes the actual races 
themselves harder). Unfortunately, 
you are not told the time you need 
to achieve in order to qualify, but 
at the end of a lap that is too slow, 
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navigate the very strange angled 
bends, you should be ready for the 
parade lap. Don't bother driving 
around yourself because if you get 
out of race order position, you're 
instantly disqualified. This lets you 
see reasonably good pictures of a 


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stock car, but it means you have to 
qualify all over again in the next 
race. Leave the controls alone and 
the computer will drive you around. 
And after that, you're off. You have 
five gears, accelerator and brake 


Mindscape 

£ 24.95 

to worry about. Just getting round 
some of the corners takes some skill, 
never mind over-taking the opposi- 
tion. 

The graphics are solid 3D for the 
most part, and look like a pre-pro- 


duction version of EA's 
Indianapolis 500. What I didn't like 
was the representation of the 
crowd in the stands. This consisted 
of pixels of rapidly flashing differ- 
ent colours. Marvellous. 

Scrapes In the car are 
inevitable, so pulling into the pit- 
stop is often required during a 
race. As well as being repaired, 
you can also alter tyres to affect 
handling, change the steering 
response, and refuel. 

So it all continues around the 
course until the required and num- 
ber of laps have been completed. 
You are then either on your way to 
the Championship, or the dole 
office. 

An amusing aside is that you 
can race against a friend on 
another machine via a null 
modem cable. Mindscape 
describes this as a unique feature! 

Graphics 

The graphics are not that great to 
be honest. On High Detail, there sim- 
ply isn’t that much detail and the 
game is fairly pedestrian. On Low 
Detail there’s hardly any and the 
game moves at a reasonable lick. The 
3D stuff is average with only the pics 
of the cars being notable. Ho Tom 
Cruise either. 


Sound 

Whatever the title music is, I hope 
it isn’t supposed to have come from 
the film. It does sound vaguely famil- 
iar but that is probably because 
David Whittaker writes an awful lot of 
music. Sound effects otherwise are 
adequate. 

Gameplay 

Gameplay is sort of a cross 
between Stunt Car Racer and 
Indianapolis 500, but not as good as 
either. Sluggish until you turn down 
the detail, it then lacks atmosphere. 
A reasonable driving game, naturally 
fun when going head to head with a 
friend, but there are opportunities 
missed a-plenty in this film conver- 
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them on a mad feeding frenzy, 
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rescuing mermaids and orchids. 

Well the music is suitably aquat- 
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excellent graphics which really 
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this is an Amiga you're playing on. 
rather than the Sega-like graphics 
of games like Pang. Incredibly 
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As well as the nasty humans 
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Price: £24.95 


Released around the same time 
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Team Yankee is based on the 
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reading the book prior to playing, 
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explained before each battle. The 
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The story concerns the com- 
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Small screens appear for each 
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issue - C64 emulators, BBC emula- 
tors, Macintosh emulators, QL emu- 
lators and even a Spectrum 
emulator. Makes you wonder 
when someone will come up with 
a Cray emulator! 

The latest machine to receive 
emulation treatment is the Amiga's 
closest cousin, the Atari ST - you'd 
be surprised how closely they are 
related! 

Last month saw the release of 
the Medusa Card, a software and 
hardware combination that trans- 
formed the Amiga into an ST. This 
certainly worked, but there was 
one major problem with it: the 
price. 

Coming in at just under £200, it 
certainly wasn't cheap. You could 
easily pick up a real Atari for just a 
few pounds more. 

Hot on its heels is Chamaleon 
from German software publisher 
Maxon. Hoping to steal sales from 
Medusa, Maxon claims that 
Chamaleon will work just as well as 
the Macro Systems hardware- 
based emulator, yet it still manages 
to sell for £100 cheaper than its 
rival. 

Sounds pretty impressive so far. 
but the thing that makes 
Chamaleon so special isn't its 
price, although that too is impres- 
sive, but the fact that the whole 
process of emulating the Atari is 
handled entirely by software. 

The Chamaleon package con- 
sists of two disks and a rather short 
manual describing the process of 
setting up. For those of you who 


Jason Holborn puts the latest 
software-based ST emulator 
through its paces 


have never had the pleasure of 
using a real ST, there's even a tuto- 
rial section covering the basics of 
using the Atari desktop. 

So you've got no excuse to pop 
around and beg your friendly Atari 
owner for a crash course in all 
things ST. 

Setting up Chamaleon would 
be pretty straightforward If it 
wasn't for the fact that Maxon 
doesn't actually supply the neces- 
sary utilities to make this possible. 

The reason for this is simple - 
Chamaleon. just like the Medusa 
Card, needs the Atari TOS operat- 
ing system to work. 

Obviously Maxon couldn't just 
hand this out with the rest of the 
Chamaleon programs - after all, it 
is the property of the Atari 
Corporation - so you'll need to find 
a friendly ST user who is willing to let 
you rip TOS from their machine. 


Thankfully this isn't as painful as it 
sounds, and all that's needed is a 
small utility that will dump TOS to 
disk as a binary file. Problem is. 
Maxon doesn't even supply you 
with this utility, so expect problems. 

According to a source in 
Germany, Atari's lawyers are 
already looking very closely at 
both Chamaleon and Medusa, so 
Maxon are wise not to give Atari a 
chance to pounce on them. Such 
happenings aren't exactly news - 
Apple has been trying to put a 
stop to the use of its ROMs within 
emulators for years now. so Atari 
too has decided to try their luck. 

Whether it is successful in stop- 
ping software like Chamaleon is 
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test case for deciding the legality 
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Once you've found a program 
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used the GETTOS program that 
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TOS file must be copied to an ST 
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Virtually all versions of TOS 
should work fine, although I was 
unable to test this as my review 
copy refused point blank to work 
with English TOS files. Thanks to a 
friendly ST user In Germany though. 
I was eventually up and running. 

With luck, you shouldn't have to 
suffer the same frustration as 
Maxon assure me that fixed ver- 
sions should be available by the 
time you read this article - check 
this when ordering though. 


Getting started 

Turn on your Amiga, insert the pro- 
gram disk into the internal drive 
and Chamaleon will then boot. 
After a few seconds disk access it 
will then ask you to insert the Atari- 
format diskette containing the 
TOS.IMG file. 

If you do as it asks, Chamaleon 
will blank the screen and start to 
read the file into memory. If every- 
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All that now remains is to choose 
the resolution you wish to work in. 
The ST supports three screen resolu- 
tions - 320 x 200 with 16 colours, 
640 x 200 with 4 colours and 640 x 
400 with two colours - although 
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bench 2.0! 

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very sexy though! 

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ST neighbour, I came back to 
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ware to test on it. I was actually 
pleasantly surprised at how well 
Chamaleon coped. 

Most applications ran without 
problems, although some did 
'bomb out' or even guru the emu- 
lator completely. This is hardly sur- 
prising. After all, Chamaleon is 
completely software based. 


ST compatibility 

The list of what did actually work 
was still pretty impressive. I man- 
aged to test programs such as 
Becker CAD, GFA BASIC, Deluxe 
Paint ST. Protext 5 and even Pro-24, 
all of which appeared to work fine. 

The emulator seemed to run 
them slightly slower than a real ST, 
but the difference wasn't really 
that noticeable. Quite an achieve- 
ment when you realise that the 
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than an Atari - the Amiga custom 
chips make up for this. 

Chamaleon appears to run 
about the same speed as the 
Medusa Card, which Macro 
Systems claims to run about 90-95 
per cent of the speed of a reel ST. 

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unmodified, however. Supplied on 
the Atari-format disk that comes 
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patch programs that fix certain 
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the emulator. Patches are supplied 
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should only feed back-up copies 
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these patcher programs, otherwise 
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work on a real Atari! 

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of course some programs that 
don't work under Chamaleon. For 
starters Atari games won't work. 

Even if Chamaleon managed to 
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fall over as soon as it realised that 
there's no ST hardware to address. 
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the me?al' might just run, but the 
general rule is that games are a 
non-starter. 

This isn't exactly surprising. After 
all. no matter how advanced the 
Amiga hardware, the fact is that it 
isn't an Atari. If you went to run ST 
games, then you're probably bet- 
ter off buying a real Atari. Although 
any Amiga owner who does buy 
an Atari to play games on needs 
his head examining. 

In the early days of the Amiga, 
people cried out for an ST emula- 
tor because the Atari had all the 
decent software such as word 
processors, databases, MIDI 
sequencers - the list could go on. 

These days though, the reverse is 
true. Atari owners look on enviously 
at such packages as DPaint 3 - ST 
DPaint doesn't really compare to 
the Amiga version - Music-X, Digi- 
Paint 3 and Professional Page. 

So what is the point in emulating 
an ST? There are a few decent 
applications out there. Calamus 
and Cubase spring to mind, but 
not enough to warrant spending 
almost £100 on an emulator. 

In the end the fact remains that 
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to do - to provide a reliable and 
fast ST operating environment on 
the Amiga. It's highly compatible, 
fairly easy to set up once you've 
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O K, all you lucky folks 
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Computing's December 
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The main aim of this article is to 
take a complete musical beginner 
from first notes to a finished piece 
of music. To do this we'll be work- 
ing with Med213, which dedicated 
readers already have, don't you? 
We gave it away on the cover 
disk, but you don't have it, check 
out any good PD library. I'm - 
hopefully - going to take some of 
the mystery out of the process of 
creating music. 

Basically, putting together a 
tune is a simple process which, 
through technology and its 
inevitable jargon, has become 
somewhat a secondary consider- 
ation in comparison with 
equipment. As a result, most 
beginners are left with the idea 
that to create anything worth 
doing, you need a huge pile of 
MIDI equipment, and a First in 
Electronics, as well as music. This is 
not the case, as I hope you'll find. 

There's thousands of would-be 
talented musicians out there who 
have never played a note, simply 
because of a lack of opportunity, 
or perhaps because of the con- 
ventional skills required. Much to 
the disgust of many an old guard 
muso, these conventional skills are 
no longer required in certain 
areas, thanks to your Amiga, and 
the sequencing packages it can 
support (Med213 being a fine 
example). 

I hope to provide a guide to the 


production of a piece and cre- 
ative technique rather than a sec- 
ond manual for Med. With this in 
mind, I suggest you print it out if 
possible, as this will speed things up 
considerably, until you're familiar 
with the program. Use fan-fold 
paper as there is quite a lot of it to 
print, but don't let that worry you. If 
you don't have a printer you could 
always load the document file 
before Med213. You can then 
alternate between the program 
and the Instructions using the 
Amiga key and N or M. This will use 
up RAM but at first, though I doubt 
it will cause too many problems. 

After loading Med213, you may 
be struck by two features, the wor- 
rying complexity of the control 
panel, and how incredibly ugly the 


whole thing looks. The first thing to 
do is click on the Misc button and 
alter the preferences. After that 
things may look a bit more friendly 
and the preferences will be stored 
and reloaded with your master- 
piece. 

The next step is to load in some 
samples. This is done by loading 
the Song24 demo on last month's 
cover disk. Not only will you have 
its component samples in memory, 
but also a chance to pick up a few 
ideas, or perhaps what you should 
avoid from the demo. When you're 
ready, clear the song in the Misc 
section, making sure you leave the 
samples in. Now the fun really 
starts. 

The first thing to do is pick a sam- 
ple. let's say ‘Ahh Vox’, then play 


around until you find a little melody 
you like, the theme tune to Close 
Encounters say, which requires you 
to press w. e, q. z, b. If you can 
come up with something original it 
would be better, as this tutorial is 
not based around a particular 
tune. Once you're comfortable 
playing the piece, it’s time to start. 

Tempo 

One of the most important things 
to do before recording anything, is 
to set the tempo, so your first job 
must be to give yourself a stick 
count to give you a point of refer- 
ence when you start to play. I sug- 
gest you do this on a separate 
block, with, let's say. a clap sam- 
ple on one track to count you in. 

Select a new block, enter edit 
mode, and Play Song. The present 
block will scroll by. Wait until the 
stick count, the new block will 
appear, then play your tune. 

Now one or more things may 
have happened depending upon 
how diligently you constructed the 
tune. 

Either the piece when played 
back may be perfect, and the 
block may cycle perfectly without 
interruption - this is unlikely - or the 
piece was too long for the block, 
and the cycling of the block 
caused the end to overwrite the 
beginning of the piece. This can 
be rectified by clearing the chan- 
nel, lengthening the block in the 
Block section and re-recording the 
piece. 

A third possibility is that the 
block was too long for the piece, 
producing a long pause between 
plays. Simply delete the additional 
steps in the block until the the 
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Tempo hints 

When you first play back the tune 
you may find that it sounds differ- 
ent to what you actually played. 
Notes may have been moved 
slightly and the track in general 
may sound regimented and 
mechanical. This is a sure sign that 
the tempo is too slow. Because of 
this, your Amiga has been forced 
to place notes, which fell between 
two steps in the sequence, into 
the closest free step, causing the 
changes you can hear. 

The easiest way to combat this 
is to re-record, increasing the 
tempo until you hear exactly what 
you played. This will possibly 
require the lengthening of the 
block and the stick count, if you're 
using one. 

Sometimes, it can be a good 
idea to place the first note in step 
time on the first step of the block, 
rather than trying to play it live. 
Thus, when you come to play the 
tune you will hear the count and 
the first note, enabling you to fill in 
the rest live. This makes life a lot 
easier when you start copying 
blocks by keeping everything in 
the same time signature. 

When you first record a tune 
you may find that the gaps 
between the notes are relatively 
short, perhaps only two or three 
spaces on average. The tune may 
sound perfect, but it probably a 
good idea to double the gaps 
between the notes. I know it 
sounds a bit drastic, but you'll 
thank me in the end. 

If you're lucky, your tune will fit 
in a block under 128 steps. If so. 
you can use the Expand option in 
the transpose section to double 
the spaces between the notes. 
The problem with having the notes 
too close together, even when 
they're correct, is that when you 
progress with the piece you'll no 
doubt want to add fiddly bits 
(technical term). With other sam- 
ples. it's at this point you may dis- 
cover that there is simply not 
enough space in the sequence to 
put the new notes where you 
want them. 

When this happens there is 
nothing else to do but reach for 
the hankies, followed by the off 
switch, and start all over again. 
Increasing gaps will mean length- 
ening the block, altering the stick 
count and doubling the tempo, 
the end result sounding exactly as 
before. Ten minutes of work at this 
stage, can save hours of misery 
later. 

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it's necessary to record everything 
live on each channel. Often it's 
easier and quicker to enter the 
notes step by step rather than 
spend your valuable time record- 
ing and re-recording the same 
block over and over again. 

Song construction 

Most of the readers who've dab- 
bled in music may be thinking at 
this point, "why hasn't he done the 
drum track first? I always do that 
first" Well, I admit that having 
something to keep you in time is 
useful, so I suggest you use a click 
track. This is simply an extended 
stick count which runs through the 
piece. 

The trouble with producing the 
drum track first is that they can 
dictate the way the rest of the 
track is arranged. If the drums are 
one of the main features of the 
piece you're working on you may 
want them to dictate the pace, so 
by all means do them first, but if 
not they're better written around 
the tune. 

The reason for this is to keep 
things original rather than pre- 
dictable. This can happen if you're 
forced to work around the music 
rather than write the music around 
the drums. You could find yourself 
writing drum patterns you may 
never have thought to otherwise 
use . 

By now you'll probably have 
noticed my obsession with trying to 
keep the creative flow as free as 
possible and this really is essential. 
Original ideas are the life blood of 
good music, which is why restric- 
tive practices, and consequently 
habits, must be avoided. The end 
result of such practices is 
invariably boring, predictable and 
repetitive. 

To help combat falling into the 
trap of producing predictable 
arrangements. I have produced 
the three note major and minor 
chords. First save your piece, then 
clear the song, leaving the sam- 
ples. Now enter a note, say G on 
the first channel, and listen to it. 
Sounds fine? Now add the B and 
the D on channel two and three 
to form your first G major chord. 
Play the block and hear the differ- 
ence. Try messing around, perhaps 
stagger the notes on each chan- 
nel, experiment with a short tune, 
just single notes at first then build 
the notes into chords. Using chords 
can open many opportunities - 
have fun! 

For some strange reason the 
note B appears as H in Med213. I 
haven’t the faintest idea why this 


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should be so, but It's worth remem- 
bering. 

Creative use of volume 

You may find it a good idea 
before starting a piece to reset all 
the volumes to around 40, reduc- 
ing the general volume level by a 
third. The reason for this is that 
when you have written a piece, 
you’ll want to mix the levels of the 
various samples. If your levels are 
already on full, pushing things up in 
the mix can be a tricky business. 

One of the main complaints 
about a lot of computer generat- 
ed music is that they sound 'com- 
puter generated', mechanical 
and lifeless. This is not the fault of 
the machine, but rather that of the 
people who write the music. With 
a little effort it's possible to put real 
feeling into your creations. 

One of the best methods of 
doing this is by varying the volume 
on individual notes. This isn't quite 
as painful as it sounds. After finish- 
ing a block make any changes 
before copying, then when you 
do copy the changes will go with 
it. 

The best way to get an idea of 
how this should be done is to listen 
to real people playing their instru- 
ments. A bass player, for example, 
will play certain notes in his bass 
line louder than others. You should 
listen for this and try to do the 


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same. Change the volume of indi- 
vidual notes by using the com- 
mand option described in the 
program docs. Experiment with 
various commands such as slides, 
arpeggio's, portamento and so 
on. All these effects can add life 
to the piece, so try them out. 

On this month's cover disk, 
you'll find a new demo 'Crimbo 
Tune', written by yours trully, (but if 
anyone asks I'll deny all knowl- 
edge). You're more than welcome 
to mess around with it. Also feel 
free to make use of the samples 
I've added several extra samples, 
which are not part of the tune, to 
help you to build a sound library, 
feel free to use them. 

So, there's a basic introduction 
to starting out. Armed with the 
above, you should be ready to 
enter your first tunes. Experiment 
and see what comes up. Working 
with Med does have its limitations, 
but it's the ideas that count. A 
bad idea does not get any better 
no matter how much money is lav- 
ished on it. 

Next month I'll tell you about 
the construction of complete 
'arrangements'. 


Article and cover disk tune 
written and arranged by 
Paul Austin 


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RAM for A3000, all types ... Phone 

A2091 ♦ 40MB 11ms Quantum £495 
A2091 ♦ 105MB 11ms Quantum £845 
RAM for A2091, per MB ... £48 

Quantum ProDrlve 40MB Urns £349 
Quantum ProDrfve 100MB llms £695 
Quantum ProDrlve 170MB llms £995 


Amiga A500 vl.3 comploto ... £349 

KCS PC Power Board £299 

RAM for A590, per MB ... £48 

Supra Modem 300-2400 baud £ 1 59 
Supra 2400zl intornal modem £ 1 59 
A1084SD colour storoo monitor £259 
14" MultlSync monitor 1024x768 £475 
NEW! A2320 do-lntorlacof £ 1 1 5 

CBM 1270 ink}ot 192 dpi 160 cps £225 

£495 
£925 
£199 
£575 
£595 


HP DeskJet 500 inkjet, 300 dpi 
HP PaintJet colour Inkjet 180 dpi 
Rendate 8802 Genlock 
Rendale Pro Genlock 
SketchMaster 18x12 dwg. tablet, 

1000 Ipl. with stylus 4 4-button cursor 
FrameGrabber alt colour modes. £549 
ovorscan, up to 640x400 resolution 




Why not enjoy the free Teletext databases 
with the MIcroText Teletext adaptor... Fully 
programmable, with Fastext facility, instant 
access to last 16 pages, double page view, 
telesoftware loader, auto-start/background 
operation... Pages can spoken, printed as ASCII or graphics, saved as ASCII or IFF flies... 
And it turns your 1081/1084/8833 monitor into a digital TV! Available now lor only £1391 



| ■■■ Amstrad FX9600AT Fax + Printer + Copier 4- Scanner £115 off! | 


PRODUCTIVITY 



SuperBase Personal 
SuperBase Personal 2 
"" Professional v3 
SuperPlan 
C64 Emulator v2 
Doctor Ami 
Excellence 2 
Pagestream 2 
Professional Draw 2 
Professional Page vl.3 
CG Outline Fonts 
Gold Disk Type 
Professional Page Templates 
Pagesetter 2 
Pen Pal 


■ NEW I Lattice C v5. 10 £159.95 

■ A/C Fortran 179.93 

■ A/C Basic vl.3 109.95 

■ APL 68000 Level II v7.30 299.95 

■ Dos-2-Dos 34.95 

■ Workbench vl.3 Enhancer 12.95 

Handles data 4 graphics, with oasy VCR stylo controls 24.95 
Relational database power, without programming! 39.95 
"The Rolls-Royce ol Amiga databases" (NCE) 154.93 

Pro spreadsheet with business graphics, time planner 49.95 
Don’t throw your C64 software away! 49.95 

Guru stopper... disables bad disk blocks and FLAM! 39.95 
New improved version... Word Perfect with graphics! 129.95 
With major new features Incf. Agfa/Adobe fonts 139.95 

Now much faster, with auto-trace, curved text 4 more... 89.95 
Includes WP, Desktop, colour separations, CAD 139.95 

35 Agfa CG fonts for ProPago, F^oDraw 2, PagoSottor 2 89.95 
Choice of 4 sols of 3 Agfa CG fonts, per set ... 39.95 

£39.95 ■ Works Platinum Edition 99.93 

59.95 ■ System Programmer's Guide 24.95 

79.95 ■ Amiga Logo 39.95 




PAGESTREAM 2 PRODRAW 2 EXCELLENCE 2... In stock now! 


CREATIVITY 



Introcad Plus 
Broadcast Titter 2 
Pro Video Post 
Pro Video font sets 
TV-Text Professional 
TV-Show v2.02 
Video Effects 3D v1.2a 
3D Professional 
Turbo Sliver 
The Art Department 


■ AmlgaVIston V1.53G £99.95 

■ Dlglvlew Gold v4.0 99.95 

■ PageFlIpper ♦ F/X 39.95 

■ De Luxe Paint II 24.95 

■ Fantavlslon 24. bs 

■ Walt Disney Animation Studio 99.gs 

Powerful new version o! popular CAD program 79.95 

Real broadcast quality titling with 4-lovol anti-aliasing 179.95 
The ultimate in video presentation, titling 4 effects 209.95 
Choice of 5 sots ol 4 anti-aliased fonts, per set... 89.95 

Latest futl-foaturo video titlor, Includes Zuma fonts 89.93 
Video presentation, soocial effects 4 transitions 54. gs 

Smooth playback unlimited 3D offoct combinations 129.95 

£259.95 ■ RGB Splitter 69.95 

89.95 ■ ColourPIc Digitiser 475.oo 

59.95 ■ SuperPIc Genlock/Digitiser 595.oo 


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Widely acclaimed as the only computer 
graphics event worth visiting, Jason 
Titchberry found out what the future 
holds for pixel punchers 


T here is always one event 
that is well documented in 
any graphics aficionado's 
diary. Try to meet them on those 
days and you'll hear stories of sick 
aunts, sudden and violent flu 
attacks - unavoidable business 
elsewhere perhaps. Written in bold 
legend among the nether regions 
of their personal organisers how- 
ever. will be just three letters: GFX. 

This is the time when the graph- 
ics world unites in a desperate 
attempt to persuade everyone 
that it isn't all just about pretty pic- 
tures, which of course, it is. 

DTP, CAD (computer aided 
design) and graphic design are 
represented by names from sever- 


al continents. You're not likely to 
catch the likes of Agfa at a 16-bit 
show but you'll find them here 
along with names like Dowty, 
Hewlett Packard, Ashton Tate, 
Sony ond Hitachi. Pretty pictures 
are big business. 

As anyone in the know knows, 
the area where Amigas have had 
the biggest impact so far, at least 


professionally, is in graphics, partic- 
ularly desktop video. While the 
Amiga may still lag behind Apple's 
Mac and the PC in terms of busi- 
ness sales, the machine has 
become really popular with ani- 
mation houses which explains why 
IFFs keep appearing on Channel 4. 

This year brought not only the 
launch of two new Amigas, the 


A3000 and the A 1500, but also the 
promise of two even more power- 
ful machines, the Tower A3500 and 
the Unix-compatible A3000UX. This 
commitment to leading-edge 
hardware ensures a solid position 
for Commodore's Amiga. 

Harlequin 

One of the most exciting pieces of 
kit for anyone interested in profes- 
sional standard graphics was dis- 
played by Amiga Centre Scotland. 

The Harlequin is a 32-bit frame 
buffer on a Zorro II card ie. - it fits 
internally into a 1500/2000/3000 
but you can't use it with a vanilla 
A500. This allows you to display 


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broadcast-quality images at a 
maximum resolution of 910 x 576. 
But wait, there's more. The frame 
buffer handles up to an amazing 
16.777.216 colours. 

A few quick calculations will 
reveal that this is the number of 
colours available for a 24-bit 
image. So why does the ACS 
Harlequin use 32-bits? The extra 


eight bits make possible a whole 
range of other functions - as an 
alpha-channel to provide 256-level 
linear keying for anti-aliasing the 
signal or perhaps as control data 
for other video sources and gen- 
locking. 

The Harlequin comes with soft- 
ware enabling IFF files to be trans- 
ferred to the frame buffer including 


24-bit IFFs which you are likely to 
get from ray-tracers, scanners, digi- 
tisers and so on, and a library and 
device driver for programmers. The 
price? A mere £1 .395. 

Virtuality 

If you were tired of the real world 
you could always enter a virtual 


reality, courtesy of Virtuality 
Limited. A snip at £20,000 and 
apparently the cheapest of its 
kind, the Virtuality system consists 
of a base unit and a large headset 
containing two miniature colour 
ultra-high quality liquid crystal dis- 
plays. 

Two versions are available, a 
stand-alone unit where the user 


72 Amiga Computing 


O iOFTMACHINE 



Hardware 


A500 Screen Gems 

Back to the Future II 
Days of Thunder 
Shadow of the Beast II 
Nightbreed 
Deluxe Paint II 
£369.99 


A 500 Flight of Fantasy 

F29 Retaliator 
Rainbow Islands 
Escape from the Planet 
of the Robot Monsters 
Deluxe Paint II 
£369.99 


Amiga 500 First Steps 


A501 Ram Expansion 
Deluxe Paint II + Print II 
Pro Write + Info File 
Let's Spell at Home 
Amiga Logo + Talking Turtle 
Mouse Mat + 10 Blank Disks 
ProWrite V2.5 
Music Mouse 
BBC Emulator 
£539.99 


Commodore Amiga 1500 

Amiga 1 500 c/w 1 Mb Ram 
10B4S Colour Monitor 
Platinum WORKS! 
Deluxe Paint III 
Populous, Battlechess, 
Sim City, Their Finest Hour, 
A-Z of Computer Jargon, 
Getting the most 
from your Amiga with 
Populous + Promised Lands 
also Sim City +• Terrain Editor 
£1064.99 


Class of 90’s 

A501 Ram Expansion 
Midi Interlace 
Deluxe Paint II 
Publishers Choice 
Maxi Plan 500 
Superbase Personal 
Dr. T’s MRS 
Amiga Logo 
BBC Emulator 
Mouse Mat 
10 Blank Disks 
£539.99 


SOFTMACHINE P0WERPACK 

Tower of Babel 
Shufflepack Cafe 
Microprose Soccer 
Grand Monster Slam 
E-Motion, Kid Gloves 
RVF Honda. Powerplay 
Datastorm, Dungeon Quest 
ONLY £25* 


Amiga 3000 Series 

A3000 c//w 16Mhz 40Mb HD 
£2079.99 

A3 000 c/w 25MHz 40Mb HD 
£2494.99 

A3000 c/w 25MHz 50Mb HD 
£2744.99 
AMIGA 2000 
Complete with: 

A2091 Hard Disk Controller, 
capable of taking 2Mb Ram 
on board + 40Mb, 19m/s 
Quantum HD 
£1269.99 

SOFTMACHINE STARTER PACK 

Deluxe Mouse Mat 
Tailored Dust Cover 
Drive Head Cleaner 
10 TDK MF2DD Disks 
80 Cap Lockable Disc 
Storage Box 
ONLY £20* 

'When purchased with any 
Amiga 

computer... Offer limited to 1 
Starter/Power pack per 
Amiga purchased 


Peripherals 

1084S Colour Monitor £259.99 

A1011 Disk Drive £89.99 

A590 20Mb Hard Drive £279.99 

A501 Ram Exp/Clock £59.99 

1230 Dot Matrix £134.99 

1270 Inkjet £184.99 

1550 Colour Dot Matrix £209.99 

A520 Modulator £24.99 

A1352 Mouse £34.99 


Cumana 1 Mb 3.5* Drive £69.99 

Cumana 1Mb 5.25* Drive ...£104.99 

Microbotics M501/S £49.99 

AT Once/286 Emulator £184.99 

Digidroid £59.99 

Camera Stand w/lights £79.99 

Sound Trap 3 £29.99 

Perfectsound £47.99 

TL Mono Digitiser £24.99 

TL Stereo Digitiser £32.99 

Audio Engineer Plus £169.99 

Alter Audio £79.99 

Midi Interface II £29.99 

Midi Connector £29.99 

Midi Master Interface £29.99 

Phantom SMPTE/Midi £209.99 

Contriver Mouse £22.50 

Naksha Mouse £34.99 

Marconi Trackerball £49.99 

Contriver Trackball £32.50 

Mouse Mat £3.99 

Optical Mouse £34.99 

10 x Sony Bulk 3.5’ £5.99 

10 x Sony MFD2 DD £10.99 

10 x TDK MF2DD 3.5’ £11.99 

3.5' 40 Cap Lockable Box £5.99 

3.5* 80 Cap Lockable Box £7.99 

3.5* 150 Cap Posso Box £19.99 

Printer Cable £4.99 

3.5' Head Cleaner £3.99 


Mouse Mat with Amiga Logo .£5.99 


NEW 


Philips 8833 Mk I1 14" 
Stereo Colour Monitor with 
Earphone Socket and cable 

8833 Mk II 

..£244.99 

8833 Mk II Artist.. 

..£244.99 


| Video/Image Processing 

Hitachi Camera + Lens £219.99 

Digivlew 4 Special Offer 


While Stocks Last £84.99 

Vidi Amiga £97.50 

Vidi Chrome. £18.99 

P.P. Colour Frame Grabber .£519.99 

Colorpic £434.99 

A4 Flatbed Scanner £579.99 

Type 2 Handy Scanner £104.99 

Type 10 Handy Scanner £209.99 

Minigen £97.50 

Rendale 8802 Genlock £187.50 

Cherry A3 Tablet £479.99 

Podscat 12* x 12* Tablet £196.99 


Books 

40 Great Flight Sim Adv £13.95 

40 More Great Flight Sim Adv £14.95 

68000 Assembly Lang £17.95 

68000 Assembly Lang Prog £21.95 

68000 Hardware + Software £12.95 

68000 User Guide £8.95 

Advanced Amiga Basic £18.95 

'Adv Sys Prog Guide £32.45 

* 3D Graph Prog Basic £18.45 

Amiga Applications £16.95 

* Assembly Lang Prog £14.45 

Amiga Basic Inside & Out £18.95 

Amiga C for Adv. Prog £32.45 

Amiga C for Beginners £18.45 

Amiga DOS £14.95 

Amiga DOS Inside & Out £18.45 

Amiga DOS Quick Ref £8.95 

Amiga DOS Ref. Gde £14.95 

Amiga Desktop Video £18.45 

Amiga Desktop Video Gde £18.45 

* Disk Drives Inside & Out £27.95 

Amiga for Beginners £12.95 

’Gde Gra./Sound /Comm £17.45 

Graphics Inside + Out £32.45 

’ Hardware. Ref. Manual £21.95 

Amiga Mach. Lang. Guide £21.95 

Amiga Machine Lang £14.95 

•Microsoft Bas. Prog. Gde £18.45 

Printers Inside + Out £32.95 

’Prog. Handbook. Vol. 1 £24.95 

’Prog Handbook Vol 2 £23.95 

Programming the 68000 £23.95 

Amiga Prog Gde Compute £17.45 

Amiga Prog Gde Weber £20.45 

’ROM Kernel Ref Man Inc £28.95 

’ROM Kernel Ref Man Lib £29.95 

Amiga Sys Prog Guide £32.95 

Amiga Tricks and Tips £14.95 

Becoming an Amiga artist £18.45 

Beginners guide to Amiga £16.95 

Computes 1st Book of £16.95 

Computes 2nd Book of * £16.95 

Elementary Amiga Basic £14.95 

FI 9 Stealthfighter handbook £13.95 

Falcon Air Combat £14.95 

Flight Sim Odyssey £14.95 

Flying Start Sim £7.95 

Gunship Academy . £14.95 

Inside Amiga Graphics £16.95 

Inside the Amiga with C £24.50 

Jetfighter School £1 1 .95 

Jetfighter School II £14.95 

Kids and the Amiga £15.95 

Learning to Fly £14.95 

Mapping the Amiga £20.95 

Prog Guide to Amiga £23.95 

Sub Commander £12.95 

Take Off Flight Sim £15.45 


’ Indicates Amiga in Title 


Printers 


DOT MATRIX 

Epson LX400 £169.99 

Epson LQ400 £249.99 

Epson LX850 £244.99 

Epson LQ550 £334.99 

Seikosha SP-2000 £174.99 

Seikosha SL-92AI £284.99 

Citizen 120D + P £134.99 

Citizen 124D £219.99 

Citizen Swift 9 £199.99 

Citizen Swift 24 £294.99 

Swift Colour Kit £35 00 

Panasonic KXP1 1 80 £1 69.99 

Panasonic KXP1 124 £274.99 


Star LC-10 £169.99 

Star LC-10 Colour £214.99 

Star LC24-10 £249.99 

INK/BUBBLE JET 

Epson SQ850 £599.99 

Epson SQ2550 £829.99 

HP Deskjet 500 £499.99 

HP Paintjet £899.99 

Canon PJ1080A £584.99 

Canon BJ130E £549.99 

LASER 

Epson EPL7100 £929.99 

HP Laserjet IIP £899.99 

Canon LBP 4 £934.99 


| Lanquage/Compilers/Etc 


AMOS £35.95 

A-Rexx £32.50 

Argasm £42.50 

Aztec C Developer £199.95 

Aztec C Professional £112.95 

Benchmark Modula 2 £137.50 

Benchmark Libraries £72.50 

Devpac 2 £43.50 

GFA Basic v3.5 Compiler £22.95 

GFA Basic v3.5 Interpreter £39.95 

Hisott Basic £56.95 

Hisoft Extend £15.95 

K-Seka Assembler £34.95 

Lattice CV5 £174.95 

Lattice C++ £259.95 


Please ring for prices/availability on any hardware/software/peripherals not listed. 


Desktop Publishing 


G.D. Type Decorative £32.50 

G.D. Type Designer £32.50 

G.D. Type Publisher £32.50 

G.D. Type Video £32.50 

Gold Disk Office £104.95 

Pagesetter V2 £49.95 

Pagestream v2 £142.50 

Professional Page v2 RING 

Professional Page VI. 3 ...£159.95 

PP Outline fonts £104.95 

PP Structured Clip Art £35.95 

PP Templates £35.95 

Proclips £20.95 


Music 


Audiomaster III £57.50 

Bars and Pipes £184.95 

Deluxe Music £54.95 

DR. T's Copyist App £72.50 

DR. T’s Copyist DTP £184.95 

DrT'sKCS £229.95 

Dr T's MRS £47.50 

Dr T’s Tiger Cub £79.95 

Music Xvl.1 £89.95 

Music X Junior £62.50 

Pro 24 £265.95 

Quartet £35.95 

Sonix £49.95 


Communications 


BBS PC £97.50 

GP Term £57.50 

K-Comm 2 £34.95 

Ruby Comm £54.95 


Accounts 

Cashbook Combo £49.50 

Cashbook Controller £34.95 

Final Accounts £21.95 

Home Accounts £21.95 

Small Business Acc. Cash .£56.50 
Small Business Acc. Xtra... £79.95 
System 3 £34.95 


; Audio Digitising/Sampling 

A.M.A.S £79.99 


Futuresound £74.99 

Mastersound £34.99 


Omega Midi Mini Interface £19.99 


Modems 


Designer Modem £104.99 

Pro 4 Modem £389.99 

WS 4000 Modem £164.99 

Linnet Modem £144.99 

Linnet 1200 Modem £244.99 

Linnet 2400 Modem £164.99 


Utilities 

BAD £32.50 


B.B.C. Emulator £39.95 

Calligrapher £67.95 

Disk Master £39.95 

Dos2 Dos £29.95 

Cross Dos V4 £28.95 

GomfV.3 £27.95 

Power windows V2.5 £54.95 

Project D £29.95 

Quarterback £39.95 

Superback £41.95 

X-Copy + Hardware £24.95 

X-Copy Professional £36.95 


(Full price list on request) 


Word Processing 


Excellence 2 £132.50 

Kind Words 2 £35.95 

Pen Pal £104.95 

Protext v5 £102.50 


Scribble Platinum 

....£41.50 

Transwrite 

....£32.50 

Word Perfect 

..£176.95 

Databases 


Acquisition 1.3 

..£169.95 

K-Data 

....£34.95 

Prodata 

....£56.95 

Superbase Personal 

....£27.50 

Superbase Personal 2 .. 

....£69.95 

Superbase Professional. ..£169.95 

Spreadsheets 

Advantage 

....£79.95 


DGCalc £27.95 

K-Spread 2 £42.50 

Superplan £69.95 


Educational 

Designasaurus £32.50 

Distant Suns £52.95 

Fun School Under 6 £14.95 

Fun School 2 6-8 years £14.95 

Fun School 2 Over 8 £14.95 

Fun School 3 Under 8 yrs.. £17.95 

Fun School 3 5-7 years £17.95 

Fun School 3 Over 7 £17.95 

Mega Maths GCSE £20.95 

Micro English GCSE £20.95 

Micro French GCSE £20.95 

Micro Maths GCSE £20.95 

Play and Read £20.95 

Primary Maths £20.95 

Spell at Home £15.95 

Spell at The Shops £15.95 

Spell Book 4-6 years £1 5.95 

Spell Book 7+ £15.95 

Things to do with Numbers £1 5.95 
Things to do with Words ...£15.95 
World Atlas £44.95 


CAD/Graphics/Animation 


3D Professional £394.95 

Animagic £54.95 

Broadcast Titler £184.95 

Can do £101.95 

Comic Setter £39.95 

Comic Setter Clip Art £1 7.50 

Deluxe Paint III £59.95 

Deluxe Photolab £54.95 

Deluxe Print II £36.95 

Deluxe Video III £74.95 

Design 3D £62.95 

Digi Paint 3 £54.95 

Disney Animation Studio. ..£81. 50 

Fantavision £32.50 

Imagine RING 

IntroCAD Plus £81.50 

Movie Setter £39.95 

Page Flipper + F/X £69.95 

Page Render 3D £81.50 

Photon Paint 2 £29.95 

PIXmate £39.95 

Professional Draw V.2 £104.95 

Pro Video Post £215.95 

Spectracolour RING 

The Director £47.50 

The Director's Toolkit £27.50 

TV Show V2 £57.50 

TV Text Prof £104.95 

Video Generic Master £54.95 

Video Titler 3D RING 

Video Wipe Master £54.95 

X-CAD Designer £86.95 

Zoetrope £74.95 



Please make cheques/postal orders payable to SOFTMACHINE. All items subject to availability. 
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1 LEISURE SOFTWARE 

Billy the Kid 

| Chaos Strikes Bock 

£16 99 
....£ 16.99 

1 Chase HQ 2 

....£ 19.99 

Dragons Lair 2 

....£ 31.99 

I Elvira Mistress of the Dark 

£ 19.99 

(Golden Axe 

£16 99 

1 Goofy's Railway Express 

£16 99 

1 Hard Drivin 2 

£16 99 

I Life & Death 

£16 99 

1 Mickey's Runaway Zoo 

£16 99 

1 Ninja Turtles 

£16 99 

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MONITORS 

COMMODORE 1 084S Stereo 

incl Leads £249.99 

PHILIPS CM8833/II New Model High 

Resolution Stereo incl Leods £249.99 

Philips TV Tuner to convert either 
of above Monitors to High Quality 
| T.V. complete with Aerial.. £64.99 

1Mb -3.5" DISK DRIVES 

ICUMANA 

CAX354 Disk Drive £63.99 


GENLOCK RENDALE 8802 
Genlock £159.99 


EXTRA SPECIAL - AMIGA EXTERNAL 
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GUARANTEED ONLY. £57.99 


HARD DISK DRIVES 

AM'GA A590 20 Mb 

Plug In Drive £269.99 

RAM EXPANSIONS 

51 2K RAM Expansion, Clock and Switch 

(Total 1 Mb Memory Capacity) £32.99 

Very easy to fit and does nof invalidate 
warranty. Can be fitted and tested FREE of 
charge if purchased at same time as Com- 
puter. 


MIDI EQUIPMENT 

DATEL Midi Master nterface.. £29.99 

Midi Leods. Per Pair £5.98 

PRINTERS 

STAR LC 10 MONO £159.99 

STAR LC-200 COLOUR £209.99 

STAR LC24/200 MONO £259.99 

STAR LC24/200 COLOUR £299.99 

PANASONIC KXP1124 

24 Pin £249,99 

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CITIZEN 1 20D ♦ Serial or Parallel Interface 
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letter Quality Printer £235.99 

CITIZEN SWIFT 9 COLOUR High Spec.9 Pin 
with 4 Fonts and 240 x 240 dpi Colour 

Graphics £229.99 

CITIZEN SWIFT 9 MONO as above except 
Mono until Colour Kit Fitted £1 99.99 


CITIZEN SWIFT 24 COLOUR High Spec 24 
Pin for Perfect Qual ty Text and 360x360 

dpi Colour Graphics £319.99 

CITIZEN SWIFT 24 MONO as above except 

Mono until Colour Kit Fitted £289.99 

SWIFT 9/24 COLOUR KIT easily fitted 
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can actually walk around his unre- 
al world, and a sit-in unit, where 
users control a vehicle of their 
choice. 

The heart of the system is an 
Amiga 3000, although Virtuality 
aren't really keen on letting peo- 
ple know this - the fact wasn't 
mentioned when the system was 
previewed on BBC TV's Tomorrow's 
World. 

The Amiga handles all the sums 
and control electronics, while a 
custom graphics board drives the 
stereo-visual d splays. A big plus for 
the engineering fraternity is the 
ability to enter standard CAD 
designs and actually walk around 
them. The system is already being 
sold to deep-sea divers, nuclear 
physicists and anyone else with 
enough dosh. 

The assembled were treated to 
the most exciting computer dis- 
plays some of them had ever seen 
- when these babies hit the 
arcades, it's going to be a whole 
new ball-game. The only draw- 
back with the system (apart from 
the price) is the weight of the 
headset - hardly portable end a 
bit painful on the nose! 

Commodore 

Apart from demonstrating some 
interesting CAD software. 
Commodore had the A3500 on 
show again, still without its produc- 
tion casing of course. 

Also there were a few net- 
worked A3000s running Amiga 
vision to show its potential as a true 
multimedia authoring system. 

Hiding on the CBM stand, apart 
from Real Time Graphics, was 
Chromacolour, whose animation 
story-boarding set-up features in 
the very popular Rolf's Cartoon 
Club. A cut down home user sys- 
tem is still in development, presum- 
ably with the backing of Com- 
modore, but Managing Director 
Dave Prudence wants to be sure 
to get it right before the product 
hits the streets. 

Also making a discrete appear- 
ance was a prototype version of 
Professional Page 2.0, as men- 
tioned in last month's Almanac. 
The new version includes such fea- 
tures as object rotation, style tag- 
ging and Pantone colour 
matching. Perhaps its presence on 
the CBM stand means some sort of 
bundle deal is in the offing? 

Real Time Graphics 

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specialising in television and makes 



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extensive use of Amiga Video. 
Chances are you've clready seen 
some of their work without realising 
that it v/as generated by the same 
piece of hardware that you play 
Meenage Tutant Hero Burples on. 
Real Time productions include Star 
Test and ITV's Chart Show. Keep a 
sharp lookout for their name at the 
end of some Channel 4 pro- 
grammes. 


ArtBeat 

The people behind Simpatica 
were at the show. This is an anima- 
tion controller, facilitating the trans- 
fer of IFF animations to video tape 
at the correct speed. 

Anyone familiar with Dpaint 
knows that the frames-per-second 
count is a little optimistic at the 
best of times. This might not be so 
critical when showing demos and 
the like on your Amiga but is 
potentially, financially lethal in the 
realms of serious animation which 
is all about timing. 

Simpatica works in conjunction 
with a professional video deck to 
transfer your animations automati- 
cally to video at a smooth 25fps. It 
provides full timer code support 
and many other video tools, which 
you may or may not find useful. 

Lustechnik Gmbh. 

Amiga owners on the move were 
delighted when they visited the 
Graf-Card display. The German 
Graf-Card uses miniature transistors 
in each of the primary colours to 
provide a full colour. 25fps 5cm x 
7cm display. 

Although hardly state-of-the-art 
when compared with the current 
crop of LCD TVs, the Graf-Card is 
special because it can be fitted 
internally to an Amiga 500 with the 
display showing through a special- 
ly cut hole on the top. If you want 
a portable Amiga, this is definitely 
the way to go about it. 

The next generation? 

A short Star Trek film displayed on a 
projection TV drew the crowds at 
the Commodore stand. Not espe- 
cially noteworthy perhaps, except 
for the fact that it was generated 
entirely on an Amiga. 

Requiring 25 days to render, and 
taking over 60Mb of animation 
data, the film was proof that the 
Amiga could produce TV-quality 
special effects. All 15 minutes were 
a joy to behold, and put the origi- 
nal Star Trek series effects to 
shame. 


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One step ahead of the Data Protection 
Registrar, Stevie Kennedy keeps tabs 
on his nearest and dearest . . . with 
Amor’s 


P rodata is Arnor's cousin to 
the Protext word processor 
reviewed elsewhere in this 
issue, and as such, it shares certain 
of Protext's features. Luckily, it also 
avoids some of the disadvantages 
suffered by earlier versions of 
Protext. In other words, it is as fast 
as Protext, yet it remains reason- 
ably user-friendly (this is a short- 
coming which Protext 5.02 
manages to overcome). 

Databases in general can be 
dauntingly hostile beasts, snarling 
and scowling, and doing every- 
thing you tell them with great 
reluctance. But Prodata, while not 
exactly kissing your hand, tends at 
least to flip a quick salute and rush 
off to carry out your orders. 

Yes, yes, that's all very well, but 
what's the point of a database 
program when I can easily find 
any number I want just be flipping 
through my card index? 

If you're still asking questions like 
this, then you're missing out on the 
unique and powerful features 
offered by going ‘electronic'. 
Simple databases are of the ‘flat 
file' variety which means they 
can't do anything more than act 
as electronic card indices. Prodata 
and other more complex pro- 
grams, however, can do much 
more, and using them could vastly 
change the way you use data. 

It is very simple to set up a 
database using Prodata. Unlike 
some, it will allow you to create a 
standard layout just by typing in 
the names of the fields you wish to 
include, such as ‘company name' 
and ‘phone number'. Once 
you've done this you can start to 
feed data In until you have creat- 
ed a large database of simple 
records. 

Indexing on a basic level is car- 
ried out automatically, and you will 
be able to sort new files by refer- 
ence to the first field as soon as 
they have been input. This means 
that before you go any further, 
and within five minutes of picking 
up the instructions, you can entirely 
duplicate the functions of a card 
Index, and all of this without the 


slightest hint of jargonese. 

The manual, through several 
tutorial sections, then guides you in 
the process of further manipulating 
the database . It is now that you 
begin to slap yourself for ever stor- 
ing data in any other form. 

Step one... 

The first feature you'll find useful is 
the ability to define more than one 
index for the purpose of sorting 
and searching through your 
records. With an index defined, 
you can search for a specific field 
instead of having to look through 
all your records. The automatically 


Prodata 


generated standard index will sort 
the first data field in alphabetical 
order, and your database will be 
ordered accordingly. 

However, this can easily be 
changed to numerical, reverse 
numerical, date, or reverse date 
order, and the same on up to four 
extra indexes. 

Now you can search the 
database for say a salesman 
whose name you can partly 
remember and if this brings no joy, 
change index and search for the 
company name, invoice number 
or even phone number. 

This is all much faster than the 


Find option on the main database 
screen, which becomes quite slow 
once the number of records goes 
much above 20. 

So far so good. But things start 
to get really groovy when you 
make use of the filtering option. 
This allows you to filter the 
database so that it will select only 
those records which meet the 
filter's conditions. 

For example, you could specify 
that you only want the businesses 
whose specialist area is pizza mak- 
ing and delivery. The Prodata filter 
would look something like : 


pizza making and 
delivery in fl 1 

where fl 1 is the field containing 
information on specialist areas. A 
quick search would then gather 
together only the required records, 
making their perusal and sorting a 
much faster job. 

The expression evaluator which 
defines the variables and condi- 
tions used in the filtering can be up 
to 70 characters in length, resulting 
in some very selective filters 
indeed. 

Filters such as: 

find all pizza companies 
who make and deliver ten 
Inch with extra mushrooms 
for less than £10 

are not beyond the bounds of 
possibility. Once the filter has 
selected the desired records, you 
can treat them like a sub- 
database or switch back to the 
remainder of the records at will. 

In this way, the filter can act, for 
example, as a selective trashcan. 
Just gather together all the unde- 
sired records and delete them, the 
electronic equivalent of “round 
'em up, put 'em in a field, and 
bomb 'em!' 

Sorting, indexing and filtering 
your data is useful, but to receive 
the full benefits of a computerised 
database you must be able to 
print out the now readily available 
Information in a fashion as flexible 


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The standard layout 
can soon be 
altered.... 


...to the 
mailmerge layout 




as you can sort it, and this is where 
Prodata's idiot-proof layout system 
comes into its own. 

Using either the cursor keys, or 
by pointing and clicking with the 
mouse, you can arrange up to 99 
extra layouts using some or all of 
your data fields in any order you 
please. Page length, record 
length, and the number of records 
on each page can be set in a list 
of the layout's attributes, and a 
number of different variables, text, 
or page layout attributes can be 
given to ecch field chosen for the 
new layout. 

This means you can choose liter- 
ally any layout your heart desires to 
display the data (within limits - 
Prodata doesn't yet support 3D 
graphicsl). 

We defined a new layout called 
'mailmerge' and, with a couple of 
keystrokes, rearranged our entire 
database as a mailing list ready to 
be output as address labels. 

By including only the fields we 
needed and leaving out phone 
numbers and such like, we man- 
aged to put together a rather tidy 
little layout which would keep lines 
together even if one was missing, It 
would also tack the first and sur- 
names together in the correct 
order, rather than sending mail- 
shots out to Bloggs Joseph and 
Smith John. 

Any beginner would be able to 
do likewise in a very short time, as 
the manudl supplied with the 


package is designed with those 
people in mind. 

Having got this far, you're now 
using Prodata in a productive 
fashion, if not fully stretching its 
capabilities. If you want to take 
things further, you can expand the 
use of the expression evaluator so 
that your stock list keeps a running 
total of the VAT payable on the 
items you hold or, if you keep a list 
of employees, the total company 
payroll (both of which would be 
updated automatically as new 
entries are made). 

With this support for variables 
and their free use within any 
record. Prodata allows your 
database to carry out a range of 
functions that paper-bound sys- 
tems could never equal, and 
adds a potentially very powerful 
tool for evaluating your data. 

Bring out the big guns! 

This is by no means a spreadsheet 
or anything of the kind, but imag- 
ine that you are a club chairman, 
and you want to evaluate the 
effect on your club's finances of 
putting £5 on the membership fee. 

If you allow that you might lose 
x amount of members, it is a sim- 
ple task to have Prodata calcu- 
late your new income from 
subscriptions and display it in the 
epilogue at the end of the 
database. 

Add to this the supplementary 
features, such as the ability to 


define up to 128 macros, and give 
your database five separate levels 
of password protection with a dif- 
ferent password for each level, 
and you've got a surprisingly fully- 
featured package for less than a 
ton. 

OK, I've pumped this thing till its 
eyes are popping, and you might 
be thinking what's the down side? 
Well, the first thing you notice when 
you start building bigger databases 
is that the speed of searches 
becomes a little slow. 

Even with clearly defined index- 
es. you can sit looking at the 
screen for painful periods while 
Prodata crunches through the 
records looking for the ultimate 
pizza parlour. 

This is not a serious flaw however, 
as the deft application of filters will 
bring your search area down to 
more manageable proportions 
quite quickly. 

What is a little more unsettling is 
the program's inability to graphi- 
cally represent its data. It will hap- 
pily import and export text in ASCII 
format, and the layout definition 
process allows for simple boxes to 
be drawn around fields and so 
forth,. But the inclusion of even a lit- 
tle more 'whizz' on the graphics 
front would have made a lot of dif- 
ference. 

It seems we're destined to use 
databases which remain deeply 
rooted in their green-screen ances- 
tors, presenting wodges of text 


quickly and effectively but just a 
tiny bit boringly. 

The traditional businessman 
won't mind this in the least, but 
these days, your average comput- 
er user is demanding that informa- 
tion be presented in a way that 
takes full advantage of a 
machine's capabilities. Prodata 
falls an appreciable distance short 
of this, in the Amiga's case at 
least. 

The Arnor family is steadily gain- 
ing recognition as one of the best 
Amiga choices for the small busi- 
nessman or self-employed person, 
and Prodata is as good a choice 
in its field as Protext is in the word 
processing game. And with a few 
reservations concerning presenta- 
tion, I would recommend them 
without hesitation. 

If. as Arnor claims. Prodata is to 
be given the Protext 5 treatment 
and provided with to pull-down 
menus and the like, then so much 
to the good. But I can't help think- 
ing that if the competition starts to 
match Arnor's price-to-perfor- 
mance ratio with packages which 
are more pleasant to use and 
capable of presenting data in a 
way which someone other than 
the package user can appreci- 
ate. then Prodata might start to 
look a bit dated. 

Prodata 

Publisher: Arnor Ltd 
Telephone: 0733 68909 
Price: £79.95 


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I t's that time of year again. 
Retailers are cutting each 
others' prices (and throats) to 
grab the biggest slice of the 
market, salesmen are fighting 
feverishly to boost their bonuses, 
and advertisers are launching sav- 
age assaults on our ears. eyes, and 
financial libidos in an attempt to 
lure us into even more debt with 
our not-so-flexible-when-we-owe- 
them-money friends. Oh, and 
there's also the small matter of 
some bloke being born in a barn, 
but how they're going to market 
that I've no idea. Yes - it's 
Christmas! 

We at Amiga Computing realise 
what a strain all this Noel stuff can 
be on both body and soul, and so 
we've taken the revolutionary step 
of offering our readers a guide to 
Christmas shopping for the Amiga 
nut who has everything. Within 
these pages you will find indispen- 
sible advice on all the best and 
the most gloriously naff pressies 
you can buy for That Boring 
Relative Who Never Stops Talking 
About His/Her Hard Drive (ahem). 

£0 - £50 

The Cheapie Zone 

The first and most obvious pur- 
chase is a copy of Amiga 
Computing (£2.95 from a 
newsagent near you today!) 
which you can roll into a neat tube 
and wrap up to give the appear- 
ance of a bottle of Glenfiddich. 
This leaves £47.05 (or £32.68 in Irish 
money) to spend on graphics, 
music, and other applications and, 
if you stretch it, the odd add-on 
(and some of them are decidedly 
odd!). 

'How do I make fifty quid go so 
far?" I hear you scream. Easy, just 
pop it in a jiffy bag and post it to 
me from a distance of a hundred 
miles or so. Seriously, though, there 
are plenty of useful items you 
could buy in this price bracket. For 
example, music. 

Do you know anyone who's into 
music and has an Amiga? Did you 
know that any one of a number of 


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essential music-type thingies can 
be yours for fifty notes or less? 
Mastersound for instance, does a 
budget sampler you can pick up 
for £32.95, MIDI interfaces can be 
as little as £19.95, and Music X 
Junior. Aegis Sonix. and Dr T's MIDI 
Studio all come in (individually) 
under the pony barrier 

Add to this the number of 
SoundTracker clones, such as the 
excellent MED from last month's 
cover disk, and zillions of disks' 
worth of samples, tunes and 
effects disks to be had from PD 
libraries and it's clear that you'd 
have to be a few bars short of a 
symphony to miss out on afford- 
able Amiga music. 

Graphics Again, the pixel-power 
available in the sub-£50 area, 
leaves no excuse for those boring 
pressies you were about to buy. 
I've no sympathy for anyone who 
is evicted from the family fold after 
buying a home accounts pack- 
age for Dad at Christmas. 

There are, for example, margin- 
cutting maniacs who will sell you 
Pagesetter II for £49.95, and I'd 
advise a hasty response to the 
offer before they're certified. 

All the older paint packages, 
such as Dpaint II. Photon Paint, 
and Spritz Paint are lurking in cor- 
ners of the classifieds at prices 
you'd have considered shocking 
this time last year. None of these is 
outdated in the least - they've 
simply been superseded by newer 
versions and continue to be per- 
fectly viable pieces of software in 
their own right. 

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the Cheapie Zone for the last year 
or so. It's not so long ago that 
Commodore were charging £150 
for the official RAM expansion car- 
tridge, and with a straight face into 
the bargain. Now you can 
upgrade to a full megabyte of 
raunchy RAM complete with bat- 
tery backed-up clock for less than 
a third the price. 

External floppies are also sinking 
fast, as third-party peripherals 
manufacturers engage in outright 
commercial warfare over the 
pound in your pocket so that these 
days, you can expect to spend no 
more than £50 for your second 
drive. 

Either of these essential 
upgrades is guaranteed to trans- 
form your A500. and they are easi- 
ly the two best buys for any 
standard A500 owner. They also 
have the advantage of being the 
two most readily available pieces 
of extra kit in the High Street. 

Most dealers, and I don't 
include certain washing machine 
and Hi-Fi retailers masquerading as 
computer dealers, will stock these 
items all year round but if you want 
the best bargains, look in our ads. 

Stocking Fillers 

If you're thinking ’fine, but s/he has 
already got everything from a 
mouse holder to a laser printer', 
then don't despair. It is a fact of 
computerised life for example, that 
no-one buys decent disk boxes 
except the sort of people who 
arrange their toothbrushes in 
alphabetical order. 

Everyone else is too stingy to 
part with 10 or 20 quid for a lock- 
able disk box when a much 
cheaper storage space can be 
utilised, which is why all my disks 
are missing. It follows that a disk 
box will suffice if your budget 
and/or imagination completely 
desert you. 

It would be doubly welcome, of 
course, if full of blank disks. These 
elusive creatures hardly ever grace 
my desktop, and most people buy 
them ten at a time (some have 
been known to buy them singly, 
but they prefer not to admit it - 
they know who they are). 

If you want to splash out a bit 
more, go for a printer stand which 
will normally be less than £15. No- 
one actually owns one of these 
things and I have never seen one 
in the flesh. They are useful for ele- 
vating your printer above the work 



PD music 




Joysticks 



PD comms 



Virtually a necessity these days 


surface so that it is easier to lose 
things under it. A bit more cash will 
get you a replacement mouse or 
a tracker ball for between £20 
and £45 and, as the internals of 
most original mice gradually 
become large indeterminate balls 
of fuzz and strange water-proof 
hairs (!), a nice shiny new one is 
usually very welcome. 

£50 to £150: 

The Erogenous Zone 

How about a "fatter Agnus" for 
Christmas? No it's not some sort of 
new creation from Bernard 
Matthews, it's a splendid piece of 
silicon which can give your trusty 
old Amiga a whopping one meg 
of chip RAM, ideal for any RAM- 
hungry package such as ray trac- 
ing utilities. 

For anyone who doesn't yet 
know, chip RAM differs from fast 
RAM in that it is the only memory 
portion which the Amiga's custom 
chips can access directly, and this 
is limited to only half a meg with 
the older Agnus chips (skinny 
Agnus?). 

Do you want to capture the 
Christmas spirit forever? If so, Vidi- 
Amiga could be your answer to 
the Christmas shopping blues. 

"Sounds great, what is it?" I 
hear you cry. Weil, it's a reason- 
ably inexpensive video digitiser, 
retailing at around £80 to £90 
depending on the version you 
require. The end result of spending 
your cash will be a 16 shade mono 
screen grab of any domestic 
video image provided by any 
VCR with composite video output 
(that's the output v/ith 'CV5S' writ- 
ten under it at the back of the 
VCR). 

The grabs are all in IFF format 
and thus can be loaded into, for 
example. DPaint and completely 
ruined, er. I mean edited. If you 
are feeling particularly generous 
you couid also invest in the colour 
software upgrade (as mentioned 
in The Cheapie Zone), which uses 
red, green or blue filters (supplied) 
with a mono video camera, or 
takes still colour source if used with 
an RGB splitter. 

Continuing in the video screen 
grabbing direction, we have the 
next crimbo classic - or the 
Rombo RGB splitter. It will take a 
still colour video signal and 
extracts red, green and blue for 
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Review 



Too many add-ons and you’ll need a beefier power supply 


around £60. 

The AMAS sampler and midi 
interface is the biz here. If you're in 
the market for a super sexy sam- 
pler in your stocking, but you don't 
want to burn a huge hole in same. 
AMAS is great. OK, it's not exactly 
cheap at around £75 but it does 
give great results. 

With its many features and 
options it can produce excellent 
quality sounds which can be 
saved in a standard IFF format. 
Obviously these can then be 
reloaded and further manipulat- 
ed. or perhaps used with other 
music packages. 

Music X version 1.1 is one of the 
most powerful sequencing pack- 
ages available on the Amiga, and 
a must for anyone wishing to pro- 
duce professional standard music 
via their Amiga. 

At approximately £60 it may 
seem rather expensive when com- 
pared to PD music packages, but 
when some of the features are 
taken into account it is. to be hon- 
est, cheap. 

Upgrades 

If you are not already the proud 
owner of lots of MIDI equipment, 
however, it may be worth looking 
for something cheaper for the 
time being (again, all you 


Scrooges are directed to The 
Cheapie Zone). 

If you don't mind splashing out a 
bit. there are lots of goodies to be 
stuck onto your Amiga for £150 or 
less. You can, for example, elevate 
your beloved Amy to the dizzy 
heights of 1 .5 Meg for only £89.95 if 
you read our ads carefully enough, 
and an ADRAM board, populated 
to 1MB and capable of being 
gradually upgraded to a chillingly 
desirable 6MB can be had for 


£139. 

With one of these babies 
installed, you need never worry 
about memory requirements 
again. Storage-wise, you're still 
stuck with floppies, as no-one, 
despite my begging letters, can 
presently supply hard drives for less 
than about £300 (alright then 
£299). 

However, if you want the best in 
floppies, you could have dual 3.5 
inch drives with their own power 


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you're silly enough to want an 
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a bit more expensive than their 3.5 
inch cousins at £100 or there- 
abouts. 

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A late night had turned into 
an early morning, and 
the cold light of day 
shone through the smoke filled 
office window. "The copy's late" 
said the new temp as he dropped 
the mail onto Sam Spillane's desk. 
“Tell me something I don't know. " 

Sam grunted. A blank page and 
an overdue deadline were all he 
had to show for a night's work. 
There was nothing to look forward 
to but a whisky breakfast and 
another smoke. 

This man needed help, and as 
he thumbed through the mail it 
appeared: Protext V5. The story 
continues, the culmination of 
Protext's five year mission to save 
the written word. Could it save 
Sam. could it save you. (will we 
make it to a review? - Ed) we shall 
see... 

Those familiar with Protext in its 
many forms will no doubt find me 
wandering over old ground, but 
hang in there, because even the 
old hacks may be in for some 
surprises with this, the latest version. 

All versions are compatible, so 
experienced Protext users 
shouldn't be in for any unpleasant 
surprises. All the keyboard short- 
cuts are still here, making 
production as fast as ever and 
even with the new features, the 
program seems to run as smoothly 
as its predecessors (touch typists 
shouldn't find themselves blasting 
away on the keys leaving the 
processor struggling to keep up...). 

With this in mind, it may be 
worth while for owners of earlier 
versions to upgrade to Protext V5. 
All you would-be writers out there 
will no doubt want a run down of 
the features available on Protext - 
a daunting prospect. The best way 
to do this is to flick through the 
advertiser's index and find this 
month's Arnor advertisement. This 
should provide all the information 
required. 

It may seem something of a 
cheat, but it means I can devote 
more detail to the features, and 
the various advantages and 
indeed, disadvantages of Protext. 

One of the main drawbacks of 
the old Protext was the rather rigid 
operating system, which in certain 
circumstances required the use of 
the command line section of the 
program. 

All the beginners out there are 
probably thinking, 'God, he means 
CU". In the past, that may have 
been the case, but no more! 
Protext V5 has a full complement 
of pull-down windows and 



Paul Austin dons the hack’s traditional 
garb of trench coat and trilby to take a 
new look at an old friend... 


dialogue boxes which in version 5 
cover all the options available. My 
personal favourite is the help 
window which, in these days of 
software house paranoia 
concerning their products, is 
refreshingly detailed, and indeed 
useful. 

Most options can be activated 
by keyboard short cuts so there's 
no need for the hacks among you 
to reach for a rodent. 

The Amiga version of Protext still 
doesn't support graphics other 
than simple IBM boxes. To be fair, 
the program has never been 
aimed at the DTP market. Those of 
you wishing to dabble in that area 
may do well to look elsewhere, 
possibly ProWrite or Pen Pal. If 
however, you need pure power 
and speed. Protext is difficult to 


beat. Arnor's little gem is aimed 
directly at the professional user 
rather than someone who needs 
pretty pictures. 

If you're writing a lot of text 
regularly or perhaps require 
options such as mail-merging or 
multiple file handling, Protext is 
great. The new version provides 
block marking which is simply a 
matter of dragging the mouse 
from A to B. 

Auto-formatting 

When it comes to the handling of 
pure text, it's very difficult to think 
of a problem which Protext can't 
handle. In short, a small business 
would find it ideal, possibly used in 
conjunction with ProdaTa the 
Protext-compatible Database. 

Automatic page numbering, 



The new improved printer options take some of the pain out of printing 


multiple line headers and footers 
with odd and even printing are an 
author's dream, making the 
production of a book manuscript 
with a really professional look a 
simple 'task apart from writing it of 
course '. A new timed save feature 
auto-saves files, reducing the 
chances of any unforeseen 
disasters. 

With business in mind, it's worth 
mentioning Protext’s contribution 
to 1992 and the opening up of 
Eastern Europe. To accommodate 
this corking event, Arnor has 
incorporated 27 different lan- 
guages plus 10 different keyboard 
layouts and 13 separate accents 
can be allocated to any 
character. A German dictionary is 
already available, with others to 
follow. 

Improved printer options, multi- 
proportional fonts, mixing different 
font sizes on the same line, 
formatting while editing, side 
margins, centre tabs and a 
massive range of printer drivers - 
am I getting through to you? 
Protext is positively dripping with 
features. 

But wait, there's more-: Multiple 
file handling, up to 36 files open at 
one time, split screen editing and 
variable window sizes while editing 
documents. The split screen option 
makes exchanging blocks of text 
between files simple. 

Index and contents generation 
is a breeze. The indexer takes 
marked words or phrases and 
wraps them in printer control 
codes enabling them to be 
reproduced In various styles. 
There's also a new and 
considerably larger Collins 
dictionary (1 10,000 words*). 
Perhaps one of the greatest 
improvements however, comes in 
the form of a very fast phonetic 
look-up, which is very impressive. 
The previous version's pattern 
recognition was dreadful. In 
version V5 it's splendid. If, like 
myself, spelling is not your strong 
point, the spell checker is a god- 
send. 

There are many subtle additions 
which generally enhance the 
package including adding a row, 
or column of figures, find word at 
cursor, 40 column mode support, 
inter-paragraph spacing, news- 
paper style column printing and 
probably some others I've missed. 

Protext V5 is in fact three 
programs in one. Protext itself, 
Config, and Fsort. Both Config and 
Fsort can be loaded while in 
Protext and with Config, it's 



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possible to set all the parameters 
relevant to the program. Using 
Config, separate configurations 
can be saved and loaded, making 
it possible to load specific 
document styles direct from disk. 
No more setting tabs and margins, 
just load in the required con- 
figuration and it's all done for you. 

Fsort is a file sorting utility with 
special options for names and 
addresses. A revised manual and 
tutorial have been produced to 
accompany the new version and 
both make use of the program 
very straight forward. 

One drawback with Protext is 
that at least 1Mb is required to use 
it. An extra drive is also a good 
idea. With Protext retailing at 
approximately £150, it may seem a 
little expensive to a beginner, but 
it's worth remembering that it's 
unlikely you will ever need to 
upgrade. 

And in the red corner... 

Those looking for comparisons 
could take a peek at Word Perfect 
by Sentinel. The program's a firm 
favourite on the PC, and in the 
business community in general. It 
also runs in 51 2K and features a 
thesaurus. 

Excellence is the second alter- 
native in the serious user market, 
and is possibly Protext's biggest 
rival. It really is the ultimate system 
with full DTP support, fast spell 
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grammar checker. If you’re a 
professional journalist who needs 
all these features, this could be it, 
but the program isn't cheap. 

If you're a beginner or perhaps 
an occasional writer, it may be 
worth while looking at the cheaper 
end of the market. If, however, you 
need speed, power and lots of 
options when handling text. Protext 
is unbeatable and a firm favourite 
with many an old hack. 

Read the Arnor advertising, and 
you'll no doubt come across the 
usual extravagant quotes, such as: 
“I would rather drink a pint of ear 
wax than use another word 
processor" - Mr Fictitious. The truth 
is if you need a professional word 
processor to handle large amounts 
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Two completely new C compilers 
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two new versions of NorthC. All of 
these compilers have the poten- 
tial for producing good code at 
low cost. 

Let’s start with NorthC. Version 
1.0 did not impress me one bit. It 
was slow, lumpy, and unreliable. 
This must have been the symp- 
toms of ‘Version 1 .0 Syndrome’ (an 
affliction of first release software, 
which passes after VI. 01) 
because V1.1 is quite neat. 

But that’s history now, because 
VI. 2 is neater still. NorthC is essen- 
tially a port of Sozobon’s C for the 
Atari ST. Steve Hawtin and a few 
others have been busily fixing 
bugs and implementing new fea- 
tures. It now has good, fast con- 
sole I/O, and produces fast, If 
rather large, executables. 

Amiganuts now handles the dis- 
tribution, and Ray has put it on two 
disks, with none of the mammoth 
archiving to be found in the Fish 
collection. It’s also Charityware, 
Steve wants you to send £15 to a 
national spastics society. 

• For those of you who dig 
archives in a big way, Fish Disk 
351 has three of them. They con- 
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Distributable C’ compiler. This has 
very tenuous links with the ancient 
curiosity known as PDC, as it has 
some very advanced features 
indeed. 

Notable support is for most of 
the features of ANSI C. This variant 
of the language is touted as the 
ultimate portable compiler, and a 
solution to the old problem of 
compatibility between machines. 
It also supports precompiled 
header files, speeding up the soft- 
ware development cycle no end. 

The authors of PDC, Lionel 
Hummel and Paul Petersen, have 
done a lot of good work here, and 


w s 

ask for a paltry $10 appreciation. 
You'll still need the Commodore 
Amiga Include files (as you will 
with NorthC) but it’s an extremely 
neat system. 

• Right. I can now reveal the glad 
tidings. $40 (plus a bit more for 
overseas postage) will buy you 
the registration to Matthew Dillon’s 
latest and greatest venture. It's 
called DICE - Dillon’s Integrated C 
Environment. 

Matthew's a fully paid up 
developer, which allows him to 
include the Commodore Library 
and Include files with his new 
compiler system. That means if 
you register you get absolutely 
everything you need, software- 
wise, to write proper C programs 
on the Amiga. I knew you’d be 
impressed. 

The system is built for speed, as 
everything can be made resident 
if you have the memory. The edi- 
tor, DME, is fast, efficient, and 
what I use for everyday writing. 
DCC, the compiler front-end, con- 
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calls the DCpp preprocessor to 
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is done by DC1, the compiler, 
which does huge scale optimisa- 
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In its initial release form on Fish 
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way of ANSI features. Via the won- 
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030/881/862 are now supported, 
most bugs have been crushed, 
and that more ANSI features have 
been implemented. This will be 
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3rd Day grab 

3rd Day 
Graphics 
Ripper 

How many times have you seen 
some graphics and lusted after 
them? Fine, with Workbench run- 
ning and a few simple tools, you 
can have an IFF image within sec- 
onds. But what happens if the 
graphics were from a game, or 
something else that doesn't use 
AmigaDos? You'd be stuck - if 
Intuition doesn't know about a 
screen, then you can't save it. 

But consider this - there's at 
least half a megabyte of chip RAM 
on every Amiga, and the chances 



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are that it won't get cleared out 
every time the machine is reset. So, 
somewhere deep in the heart of 
the chipmem, lurk the graphics 
you desire. 

The 3rd Day Graphics Ripper 
(catchy name, huh?) allows you to 
wander through this memory, look- 
ing at interesting bits. There's noth- 
ing new about this, but 3rd Day is 
clever. It knows what to look for - if 
there's a valid Copper List, it will be 
interpreted as such. 

Every screen that appears on 
your Amiga has a Copper List. This 
is a program for the graphics co- 
processor which tells it exactly how 
to display a screen. So if you can 
find this 'program' you're most of 
the way to finding the whole 
screen. 

Usually, finding a possible 
Copper List results in a random 
mess of harmless pixels. Sometimes 
you get exactly the screen you're 
looking for. 3rd Day is extremely 
powerful, it found the screen of an 
ST Emulator I'd been playing with 
first time. 

The colours might be a bit off. 
but there's a helpful option to 
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D25P-C36P 3Metre Printer 1 1.96 

D25P-C36P 5Metre Printer 14.95 

D25P/D25P 25Wire 2Metre 12.88 

D25P/D25P 25V/ire 5Metre 21.85 


D25P/D25S-D25P/D25S 2M 25W. 23.92 
DIN5P-DIN5P MIDI Cable 4.83 


Gender Changer; D25P 7.82 

Gender Changer; D25S-. 7.82 

Null Modem Cable 10.81 

Plug 23 Pin D With Hood - 4 83 

Plug 25 Pm O With Hood 2.99 

RS232 Mini Tester 12.88 

RS232 Null Modem - 8.97 

RS232 Paten Box -...12.88 

Socxst 25 Pin O With Hood 2.99 


Socxet 23 Pin D With Hood 4.83 

Switch Box C36S 4 Way 39.79 

Switch Box 025S 2 Way 24.84 

Switch Box D25S 4 Way - 36.80 

COMMUNICATIONS 

A Talk 3 69.92 

K Comm 2 - 24.84 

Paragon BBS 1MB ...109.94 

COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN 

BoardMaster PCB Design 1MB 79.81 

Design 3D 1 MB 57.96 

Pro'essional Draw 2 1MB ..-..99.82 

X Cad Designer 1MB 79.81 

X Cad Professional 2MB .— 339.94 

X Cad 3D Professional 3MB 689.77 

DUST COVERS 

Amiga 1 084/1 084S/8833 Mons 8.97 

Amiga 500 Computer 7.82 

Citizen 120D Printer 9.89 

Epson LX80/86 Printer 9.89 

Panasonic KXP1124 9.89 

Star LC24/10 Printer 9.89 

Star LC10 Printer 9.89 

Custom Cover Medium Size 19.78 


DATABASE MANAGERS 

InfoFile 44.35 

Maiishot Plus - 37.95 

Micro Base... - 19.78 

Microfiche Filer 59.80 

Prodata ... 54 97 

Superbase Personal 34 96 

Superbase Professional 164.91 

Superbase Personal 2 59.80 

DESKTOP PUBLISHING 

Clip Art PD 14.95 

E Clips Structured Clips 69.92 

Gold Disk Type; Decorative 32.89 

Gold Disk Type; Video 32.89 

Gold Disk Type; Publisher 32.89 

Gold Disk Type; Designer 32.89 

Outline Forts 99.82 

Pagesetfer 2 49 91 

Pagestream2 139 84 

Professional Page 2 14936 

Structured Clip Art 36 80 


DUST COVERS 

Am-ga 1084/1 084 S/3833 Mons 8 97 

Amiga 500 - - 7.82 

Citizen 120D Printer - 989 

Custom Cover Medium Size 19.78 

Epson LX80/86 Printer 9.89 

Panasonic KXP1 124 .9 89 

Star LC24/10 Printer 9 89 

Star LC10 Printer- 9 89 

EDUCATION 

Distant Suns 49.91 

Fun Schoo 2 (Various) -...15 87 

Mega Maths A Level 23 92 

Micro Engbsh - 23 92 

Micro French 23 92 

Micro Maths -. 23 92 

My Pamt 19 78 

Primary Maths Course 23 92 

EDITORS 

CygnusEd Professional 2 59 80 

GRAPHICS (Also See Video) 

3D Professional 289 80 

Animagic Editor/Effects 59 80 


Animation Studio (PAL) 99 82 


Comic Setter Publisher 39 79 

Deluxe Print 2 Poster Gfx 39.79 

Deluxe Paint 3 57.96 

Deluxe Video 3 Edtr/Segncr . 74 98 

Digi Paint 3 (HAM Pamt) 52 90 

Fantavision Animation 34 96 

Impact Business Graphics 49 91 

Pixmate Image System 39.79 

Real 3D Ray Tracing 99 82 

Rea! 3D Professional 279.91 

Real 3D Turbo (68020*) 349.83 

Sculpt 3D XL Ray Tracing 99.82 

Scult Animate 4D 329.82 

Sculpt Animate 4D Junior 84 87 

The Director Editor/Seqncr 47 84 

Video Titter 84.87 


HARDWARE 

1 3 Kickstart ROM.—. 29.90 

45M3 A500 HO 4M9 Sckts OK . . 289 80 
A Max Mac Emulator No ROMs... 109 94 


Amiga 500 51 2K RAM 359.95 

Amiga 500 1MB RAM 399.97 

Amiga 500 Screen Gems 369 84 

Amiga 1500 1MB 2 Dnves 599 84 

Amiga 1500 Inc Monitor 1049 95 

Amiga 3000 16MHZ/40MB 1999 85 

Amstrad FAX 9600AT NEW 639 86 

A590 20M3 Hard Disk Drive 289 80 

A5 90 With 2MB RAM 379.96 

Citizen 124D 249.78 

Citizen Swift 9 - . 239.89 

Citizen Swift 24 329 82 

Sharp JX100 Scanner 619 85 

Star LC200 Colour 229.77 

Star LC24/200 Colour 299 92 

Star Laserprmter 8/2 1380.00 

Disk Drive 5.25* External 129 95 

Disk Drive 3.5* Int A2000 54 97 

Disk Dnve 3.5* External 64 86 

Fatter Agnus 64.86 

MAC 2 DOS Fie Transfer 79.81 

Naksha Mouse 34.96 

Podscat 12x12 Inch GfxTab 199.87 

Printercept Epson Emulator 34.96 

RAM A500 51 2K Clock/Switch 39.79 

RAM Chip 256K CMOS (A590) 6.90 


Z88 To Amiga Link . 34 96 


PACKAGES 


Appetizer (Gold Disk) 

29.90 

Gold Disc Otter 1MB 

-109 94 

Graphics Starter Kit 

. 54 97 

Home Office Kit 1MB 

99 82 

Publishers Choice 1MB 

68.77 

Starter Kit 

59 80 

The Works 

69 92 

The Works Platinum 1MB 

.99 82 

PROGRAMMING 


Amos Basic 

3680 

Benchmark Modula 2 

...136 85 

Dsvpac 2 Assembler 

.42.78 

GFA Basic Compiler 

24 84 

GFA Basic Interpreter 

.... 39 79 

Hisoft Basic Compiler. 

56 81 

Hisoft Extend 

1794 

Lattice C 5.1 Compiler 

...164 91 

Pascal Compiler (PD Disk) 

2 99 

RIBBONS & TONER 


CBM MPS 1230 (6) 

—23.46 

CBM MPS 1500 (6) 

2898 

CBM MPS 1500 Colour (3) 

35.88 

Citizen 120D (MPS1200) (6)... 

1932 

Citizen Swift 24 (6) 

... 31 74 

Epson LX80 (6) 

1656 

Epson RX/FX/MX 80 (6) 

1794 

HP LazerJel 2 Toner Carl 

7981 

Panasonic 1174 (6). 

26.22 

Star LC10 (6) 

23 46 

Star LC10 Colour (4) 

26 68 

Star LC24/10 (6) 

—2484 

SOUND 


A MAS. Stereo Sampler 

7498 

Deluxe Music Composer 

52 90 

MasterSound Mono Sampler .. 

34 96 

MIDI Master Interlace 

34 96 

MIDI Plug Interface 

19.78 

Music X 1.1 Sequencer 

...109.94 

Music X Junior Sequencer 

64 86 

Quartet Composer - 

44.85 

Sonix 2 Composer 

54 97 

Sound Trap 3 Mono Sampler .. 

29.90 

Tiger Cub Composer 1 M3 

59 80 


SPREADSHEETS 

Advantage 65000x65000 1MB ...74.98 


DGCaic 512x52 - 29.90 

Superplan 2048x1024 1 M3 59 80 

UTILITIES 

Amikit For Beginners 29 90 

ARexx Macro Interpreter 32.89 

Award Maker Plus 34.96 

B A.D. Disk Optimiser 32.89 

BBC Emulator 34.96 

Byte & Back HD Backup ...19.78 

Cross DOS File Transfer . 28.98 

Directory Utility/Enhancer 34.96 

Dodcr Ami Disk Analysis 39.79 

DOS 2 DOS Rle Transfer 29.90 

Mavis Beacon Typing 24 84 

Virus infection Protection 34.96 

Your Family Tree 2 1 MB 64 86 

X Copy 4 Cyclone .27.83 

X Copy Professional — 37.95 


VIDEO (Also See GRAPHICS) 

Digi View Gold 4 1MB 109.94 

Hitachi Camera 6 16mm Lens ....199.87 

Minigen Genlock —.99.82 

Vidi Amiga PAL 1MB 94.99 

WORDPROCESSORS 

Excellence 2 1MB 129.95 

Kindwords 2 1MB 34.96 

Micrctext - 19.78 

PenPalIMB - 99.82 

Protext 5 1MB 99.82 

Scribble Platinum 41.86 

Tranwrite Query 

WordPerfect - 169.97 


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94 Amiga Computing 



you can always restore them with 
a paint package. 

If you're unlucky. 3rd Day won't 
be able to build the screen auto- 
matically. Manual mode requires a 
little technical knowledge and a 
lot of patience. Bitplanes have to 
be found singly, and then stuck 
together in the right order - 
tedious! 

For a program that works out- 
side the constraints of Intuition 
(that means it's a hack). 3rd Day 
has good documentation. It takes 
the form of a scrolling demo with a 
SoundTracker tune. It may have 
the odd rude word in it. but it's fair- 
ly helpful and very original. Find it 
on UGA Utilities Disk 9. 

The Amiga 
Coders' Club 

There's a lot of people trying to 
learn how to program in assembly 
language out there. It's not difficult 
- after all. if a small inanimate bit of 
plastic can understand it. anyone 
who knows A from E on a key- 
board should be able to compre- 
hend it too. 

The difficult bit about assembly 
language is getting the right atti- 
tude. And there's no better way of 
doing this than just messing about 
with some source code, seeing 
what happens if you change 
something, and then wondering 
why it bombed out. Or pondering 
quite what the subroutine called 
by ‘JSR Format_HardDisk' does. 

Getting source code is quite dif- 
ficult. There's usually some on our 
coverdisks. but there's little to beat 
wandering about the entire source 
of a demo to see how it works. But 
where does this code come from? 

The Amiga Coders' Club (ACC) 
aims to provide that service. 
Several of its contributors are well 
known demo writers, who have 
supplied commented source code 
for the benefit of humankind. 

It's pretty much a club rule that 
all source code has to be 
DevPac2 compatible, which is a 
greatidea since it's about the 
friendliest development system you 
can get. Most of the code is demo 
orientated, but occasionally you'll 
find a bit that works with the oper- 
ating system intact. 

Utility routines like SoundTracker 
players are also available, but as 
these are specifically built for 
speed, they're not built to be 
understood. However. I see just 


CRobots 

I've been playing with far too 
many C compilers this month. 
Usually this has to be remedied by 
a few rounds of something simple 
and stupid like Amoeba Invaders, 
but this time I'm fighting C with C. 

CRobots is a game of fighting C 
programs. The game doesn't 
involve bashing two structs 
together to see which cracks first, 
but rather pitting robots against 
one another to see which one sur- 
vives the longest. 

How long your robot survives 
depends on how good a program 
you wrote to control it. 

Unlike most games, the strategy 
of CRobots is played out before 
the final contest, which involves 
dumping the robots in the playing 
grid and leaving them to it. 

First, write your C program. The 
compiler supports integer mathe- 
matics, and has only the most 
basic functions built in. 

As it's really an interpreter, it 
won't crash the machine if you 
run a faulty program. In that 
respect, CRobots may just teach 


one tiny problem with ACC. 
Anders Bjerin has been running the 
Amiga C Club (also ACC) for quite 
some time now. The two clubs will 
get confused, even though they're 
very different. 

ACC disks are produced period- 
ically, and distribution is now han- 
dled by Ray Burt-Frost of 
Amiganuts UK. Amiganuts disk 
ACC1 contains a selection of old 
ACC articles, and makes good 
browsing.- well worth a look. 
Anyway, it's $4E75 for now... 


you the basics of C. There are 
seven functions available to move 
your robot, fire its cannon, scan for 
enemies, check damage and 
locate itself 

For faster operation, robots can 
be precompiled, and saved as 
executable programs for the 
CRobots Virtual Interpreter, which 
runs at 0.000309 mips! These pro- 
grams won't run on your Amiga 
without CRobots. Pre-compilation 
makes for quick games, and stops 
opponents peeking at your code. 


Mathemusical 

AlgoRhythms 

Everyone knows that the Amiga is 
the best music tool in the business. 
Until now though, only a few peo- 
ple have actually used them to 
write music. So. say the smug 
types, exactly what are all those 
people with Music-X doing? 


CRobots will probably appeal 
most to programmers (especially 
those who think they can write the 
‘best' programs), computer game 
enthusiasts, people wishing to 
learn the C language, and those 
who are interested in compiler 
design and virtual computer inter- 
preters. 

The program is also lots of fun 
for those of you who just want to 
see two robots knock the living 
daylights out of one another. 
CRobots V2.3w is on Fish Disk 345. 


They're only using the computer to 
get a tune out of their heads and 
into the air. 

AlgoRhythms uses the Amiga to 
write music itself. Algorithmic com- 
position has been around for many 
years now, usually beyond the 
realm of popular appreciation. 
Professional music packages 
sometimes use composition algo- 
rithms to develop melodic frag- 
ments as an aid to improvisation. 

In AlgoRhythms. the computer 
chooses the pitches, durations, 
and dynamics played to a MIDI 
channel. The shape of the compo- 
sition is determined by the user - 
how the pitches, durations, and 
dynamics slowly change with time 
while the music plays. 

AlgoRhythms plays music in real 
time while it makes choices of 
pitches, durations, and dynamics, 
and can run virtually indefinitely. 
The music created is different to 
anything you've ever heard, yet 
often manages to be pleasant 
despite its curious form. 

The author of AlgoRhythms, 
Thomas E. Janzen, has been com- 
posing using algorithmic methods 
for many years. Originally, this 
meant transposing lists of numbers 
by hand from a batch-job printout, 
but with the wonders of MIDI the 



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process has been automated. 

The program Is presented as an 
introduction to algorithmic compo- 
sition, and includes excellent doc- 
umentation. You should have 
guessed by now that you 
need MIDI equipment to use 
AlgoRhythms. You can have up to 
16 channels outputting at once for 
mellow soundwash experiences, 
right down to a single channel for 
startling minimalism. Look on Fish 
Disk 356 for AlgoRhythms. It can be 
beautiful. 


LHArcA 


What happens when your disks 
start to get full of old files that sud- 
denly become important immedi- 
ately after they're deleted? Or 
what if you've got to keep some 
files together so that you can 
move them between machines, 
maybe over a phone line? You 
archive them, of course! 

LHArc by Paolo Zibetti is current- 
ly the archiver of choice for the 
Amiga community. Although it's 
slow to create an archive, com- 
pression is the best in the business, 
and de-archiving is fairly rapid. 
Some of the space savings are 
remarkable. PostScript bitmaps (for 
DTP) often shrink to one twentieth 
of their former size. Text files are 
usually reduced to two-fifths, exe- 
cutable files and IFF bitmaps fold 
neatly in half. 

Even IFF sound samples, notori- 
ously difficult to compress, are cut 
down by a quarter. 

These are general figures - 
sometimes you get better results, 
sometimes worse. The only thing 
wrong with LHArc is that it's purely 
command-line driven, and has lots 
of confusing options. What's need- 
ed, is a Naive User Interface for 
LHArc, something everyone can 
use. 

Stefan Boberg has given us 
LHArcA V0.99c on Fish Disk 331 . You 
can do everything with the mouse, 
except type in file names. Storage 
devices appear as little icons, and 
any file operations are controlled 
by the standard ARP file selector. 



LHArcA grab 


HyperHelp 

Don't you just love loose-leaf manuals? Flip to the 
back to find something in the index, flip to the sub- 
ject. find something you don't understand, flip to the 
glossary (near the back) then flip forward to the sub- 
ject again. And if your manuals are anything like 
mine, the little metal hoops in the binder never quite 
join, so turning pages at all is a major exercise in get- 
ting angry. 

The other thing about manuals is that when you 
need them, they've emigrated to Siberia. But as 
soon as you don't need them, they create a teeter- 
ing pile which looks almost strong enough to support 
another of their kind. Of course, you soon find out it 
wasn't when you try... 

Hyperhelp can help. It's a small program 
designed for the presentation of information in a 
straightforward manner that anyone can under- 
stand. You browse through the text, and key words 


are highlighted. Double click on the word, and it 
takes you to another window of information. Once 
you've found what you were looking for, you can 
close up the program, and it waits in memory for the 
next time you hit Alt-Help. 

Creation of hypertext documents to use with 
Hyperhelp is straightforward, as they can be created 
with a text editor no more complex than Ed. The only 
complexity is that you will have to work out the struc- 
ture of the documents yourself - Hyperhelp only nav- 
igates through linked files, it cannot create them. 

Hyperhelp an interesting program, and could be 
useful to some people. It's very conservative of 
memory, using only the bare minimum of resources - 
partly due to its development on a single drive half- 
megabyte A1000. 

Hyperhelp is hidden away in the Utilities drawer of 
TBAG Disk of the Month #38. Joe Porkka. the author, 
may develop it further if he gets enough of a finan- 
cial incentive. 


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You'd think that this friendly version 
would be slower than the real 
thing. Not so. The compression and 
extraction routines are written in 
carefully optimised assembly lan- 
guage, so LHArcA is not merely the 
most efficient, it's also one of the 
fastest archivers around. 

The final version will support 
ARexx, have on-line help, and cre- 
ate archives which will automati- 
cally extract files from themselves. 

Even though the original Amiga 
LHArc is free, Stefan would like the 
samll sum of $15 registration. This is 
not excessive by any means 
(under £10) for such a fast, easy to 
use product. 


PCopy 2.0 

PCopy 2.0 is a copying program 
that's just as fast as the well-known 
copier X-Copy, but unlike that pro- 
gram, is quite happily multitasking 
with anything else. It does require 
two drives (Diskcopy will work with 
one) but cranks out a perfect 
copy in just 68 seconds. If you want 
to make sure that the copy really is 
perfect, call it 100 seconds for full 
verification. 

If that's not fast enough, you 
can lock out most other tasks and 
save a few more seconds. For real 
speed fiends, you can set PCopy 


to autostart as soon as there are 
disks in the drives. 

A neat feature of PCopy is that it 
shows a history log of the current 
session. That means if you've a 
batch of disks to do for several 
people, you know exactly how 
much aimless hanging around you 
still have to do before you're done. 

PCopy 2.0 was written by Dirk 
Reisig. a name you may remember 
for the excellent Tracksalve we put 
on the coverdisk months ago. 
You'll find the program on TBAG 
Disks 40. Yes. two disks make up 
collection 40, to celebrate the 
interesting new format that the 
Tampa Bay Amiga Group uses. 


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102 Amiga Computing 





This month's Galery is entirely given over to the work of 
Senor Curro Astorza from the fair city of Barcelona. 
Normally, we prefer to give as many readers as possible 
the opportunity to display their talents, especially if they 
have not done so before, but when we saw these 
piccies we decided to make an exception. 

Curro tells usthat he uses a 9Mb Amiga 2000 with a 
GVP hard drive, designing his objets d'ar t in Sculpt 4D 
before rendering them in Turbosilver, and adding 
textures with DPaint III. This three-stage process, he says, 
is a bit like a computer triathlon event, and if that's the 
case Curro, then I reckon you're a real gold medal 
prospect. Feast your eyes on these... 



Amiga Computing 1 03 



Evesham Micros 


ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT AND DELIVERY 


3V 2 " external drives 



• Very quiet 

• Slimline design 

• Cooling Vents 

• Sleek, high quality metal casing 

• Suits any Amiga 

• Quality Citizen drive mechanism 

• On / Off switch on rear of drive 

• Full 880K Formatted capacity 

• Throughport connector 

• Long reach connection cable 


Amazing low price! 


including VAT 
and delivery 


5.25" External 40/80 Track Drive also available, only £99. 0C 



Philips CM8833 colour monitor inc. cable £249.00 

Vidi-Amiga video digitiser package £95.00 

Vidi-Chrome colour accessory for above £ 16.00 

Vidi-RGB splitter accessory unit for VIDI £59.95 

MiniGEN Genlock Adapter £95.00 

KCS Power Board PC emulator package £289.00 

Vortex AT-Once PC emulator package 

featuring fast 8MHz 80286 processor £179.00 

5V 4 " External Floppy Drive 40/80 track 


switchable (360/720K) with throughport ... £99.00 
TrueMouse superb quality replacement mouse. 


excellent value for money £17.95 

Naksha Mouse Package (also compatible 

with Atari ST and Amstrad PC) £28.95 

Kickstart 1.3 Upgrade pack £29.95 

Amiga Replacement Power Supply Unit 

(Genuine Commodore Amiga Type) £39.95 

Amiga A500 Dust Cover £ 4.95 


CBM A590 HARD DISK 


Good quality Commodore Hard Disk unit, including its own PSU 
and built-in cooling fan. Features sockets for up to 2Mb of 
on-board FASTFIAM expansion (see below). 80ms Access time, 
wtih up to 2.4Mb / sec transfer rate. Autoboots when used with 
Kickstart 1.3. We are now supporting specially upgraded 
versions of the A590 incorporating new NEC high capacity SCSI 
drives, featuring an excellent access time of only 25ms! 


A590 Hard Drive (20Mb) £279.00 

A590 Hard Drive (40Mb NEC disk) £399.00 

A590 Hard Drive (110Mb NEC disk) £599.00 


A590 RAM UPGRADES 


Upgrade kit comprising of D-RAM FASTRAM IC's. We will 
fit the upgrade free of charge when bought with an A590. 


A590 51 2K RAM Upgrade kit £31.95 

A590 1Mb RAM Upgrade kit £59.95 

A590 2Mb RAM Upgrade kit £99.95 




AMIGA A500 SOLDERLESS RAM UPGRADES 


ONLY £34.95 

including VAT & delivery 


51 2K RAM/CLOCK UNIT FEATURES : 

ft Direct replacement for the A501 expansion 
ft Convenient On / Off Memory Switch 
ft Auto-recharging battery backed real-time Clock 
ft Compact unit size : Ultra-neat design 
ft Only 4 low power consumption FASTRAMs 


1.5MB RAM BOARD 


51 2K RAM Expansion 
also available without 
clock for only 


RAM UPGRADE 


ft Fully populated board increases the total 
RAM in an Amiga 500 to 2MB ! 
ft Plugs into the trapdoor expansion (as with 
51 2K unit) and connects to GARY chip 
ft Includes Auto-recharging Battery Backed 
Real-Time Clock 
ft Socketed FASTRAM ICs for 

accommodating up to 1.5 MB RAM 

Unpopulated RAM Board with Clock £39.95 

RAM Board as above, with 51 2K FASTRAM Installed -. £59.95 
RAM Board as above, with 1 Mb FASTRAM installed £74.95 
RAM Board as above, fully populated, with 

1,5 Mb FASTRAM installed ...„. — £89.95 

N.B. : The expansion board Requires Kickstart 1.3 to operate - 
Kickstart 1.3 Upgrade available from us for £29.95 


GOLDEN IMAGE HANDY SCANNER 
WITH TOUCH-UP PACKAGE 


Top value package including a high quality 100-400 dpi scanner 
with dither options. Scanner includes viewing window with 
backlight, plus a start control button, for accurate scanning 
every time. Scans either line-art (mono) or one of three 
greyscale options, at 100/ 200/ 300 /400 dpi. The package 
includes the amazingly powerful, well featured TOUCH UP' 
graphics program which drives the scanner directly as one of 
its many facilities. Includes many image enhancement tools. 
Please note that this package is not Amiga 1000 compatible. 

ONLY £149.00 and delivery | 


PRINTERS 

Prices include VAT, delivery and cable 

EVESHAM MICROS SPECIAL OFFER - 
ALL STAR PRINTERS INCLUDE 12 
MONTHS ON-SITE MAINTENANCE ! 


Star LC10 top-selling 9-pin printer £159.00 

Star LC200 replaces LC10 colour, features bottom 

teed option and push /pull tractor, 180/45cps £209.00 

Star LC24-10 24 pin. excellent value £215.00 

Star LC24-200 improved version of LC24-10: 200/67cps 

bottom feed option and push /pull tractors £249.00 

Star LC24-200 Colour version of above LC24-200 £289.00 

Star FR-10 9pin 300/76cps 16 NLQ fonts £369.00 

Star FR-15 as FR-10. wide carriage £429.00 

Star XB24-10 24pin; 4 SLQ. 25 LQ fonts £429.00 

Star XB24-15 as XB24-10. wide carriage £569.00 

Star LC15 wide carriage vers, of LC10 £299.00 

Star LC24-15 wide carriage vers, of LC24-10 £369.00 

Star Laserprinter 8. 8ppm/300dpi £1329.00 

Star Laserprinter 8 Starscript upgrado lnc.2Mb FIAM .. £1599.00 
Olivetti DM100S 9 pin printer 200/30cps 

price Includes 1 year on-site warranty I £129.95 

Olivetti cut sheet feeder for DM1 OOS £79.95 

Olivetti PG-306 laser; 51 2K RAM. HP compatible £976.35 

Olivetti PG-306 as above, with PostScript fitted £1749.00 

Epson LX400 budget 10* £159.00 

Epson LQ550 10* 24pin £349.00 

Epson LQ400 24pin printer £229.00 

Panasonic KXP1180 mutti-feature 9 pin £179.00 

Panasonic KXP1 124 24pin printer £259.00 

Panasonic KXP1624 24pin wide cart, printer £399.00 

NEC P2+ 192/ 64c ps mutttlorrt 24 pin printer £239.00 

Hewlett Packard Deskjet 500 - Includes 3 years 

•Return to Hewlett-Packard’ Warranty £459.00 

Hewlett Packard LaserJet III superior 300dpi laser £1595.00 















REPLACEMENT 
A500 P.S.U. 


Genuine CBM 
Amiga A 500 type 
replacement 
power supply unit 
Good quality 
switch mode type. 
Super low price 1 


ONLY £39.95 





HEAR THAT 
STEREO! 

Your Amiga produces 
•x cel lent quality hi-fi 
stereo sound. Enjoy 
sound reproduction to 
the full with this twin 
speaker system I Uses 
a specially designed 
amplifier with volume 
control, to obtain the 
best sound. 


ONLY £34.95 


Including VAT 
and Delivery 


TRUEMOUSE 


WE GUARANTEE that this is the smoothest, 
most responsive and accurate replacement 

mouse you 
can buy for 
the Amiga. 
Excellent 
design, 
incredible 
low price I 

ONLY £17.951 



MIDI 

INTERFACE 


GET CONNECTED ! 

Our new fully compatible, high quality 
MIDI interface connects directly with the 
Amiga serial port and provides IN. OUT 
and THRU ports for good flexibility. 
Features LED Indicators on each port to 
assist ease of use and also for diagnostic 
purposes. Superb compact design. 


KRAFT TRACKBALL 


EFFICIENT MOUSE OPERATION - 
IMPROVED GAME PLAY ! 

Very high quality trackball, 
directly compatible to any 
Amiga. ST or CBM'64, plus 
many others. Operates from 
the mouse or joystick port, 
and features selectable drag 
control / autofire button for 
versatility and better action. 

Left or right hand use, with 
total one handed control. 

Top quality construction and 





ONLY £19.95 


opto-mechanical design, j 
delivering high speed and i 
accuracy every time. No j 
driver software required 1 1 

I0NLY £44.95 1 


ONLY £29.95 


STEREO SOUND 
SAMPLER 


S-S-SAMPLE THIS ! 

Offering full compatibility wtth almost any Amiga 
audio digitiser software, our Sound Sampler features 
excellent circuitry, yielding professional results. The 
main A/D converter gives a digitising resolution of up 
to 50 KHz. with a fast siew rate. Two phono sockets are 
provided for stereo line input, plus an option for 
microphone. Adjustable gain is achieved with built-in 
control knob. Complete with public domain disk 
containing sound sampling applications / utilities. 


AMIGA SOFTWARE 

WORDPROCESSING 


Protext Version 5 £1 19.95 

Kind Words Version 2 £39.95 


ACCOUNTING 


Digits Home Accounts £18.95 

Digits Cashbook Controller £39.95 

Digits Final Accounts £23.95 

Digits Cashbook Combo £55.95 

SBA Cash £62.95 

SBA Extra £89.95 

SBA Plus £179.00 


GRAPHICS 


Deluxe Paint 3 £59.95 

Deluxe Video 3 £59.95 


MUSIC 


Dr.T Tiger Cub £84.95 

Music-X £110.00 


PROGRAMMING 


AMOS Game Creator £37.50 

AMOS Sprites £11.95 

HiSoft Lattice 'C' £179.00 

GFA BASIC Version 3 £39.95 

GFA BASIC Compiler £34.95 

Hisoft Devpac 2 £44.95 


GAMES AND SIMULATIONS 


Battle Squadron £16.95 

Damocles £18.95 

Emlyn Hughes £18.95 

F-19 Stealth Fighter £22.50 

F-29 Retaliator £18.95 

Kick Off 2 £18.95 

Sideshow £14.95 

Treasure Trap £16.95 


MISCELLANEOUS 


Super-Plan Spreadsheet £74.95 

Superbase Personal Version 2 £69.00 

Digita DG-Calc £31.95 



AMIGA s Ei££ l 


All OUT A500 Goldrunner Jaws Wordprocessor ♦ Spr sheet 

p kanpc; Leatherneck Defcon 5 Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix 

. 9 Karate Kid II High Steel Better Dead than Alien 

include . Battle Squadron Night Walk Super Huey 


Amiga 500 51 2K SCREEN GEMS Pack includes ‘Night Breed’, The Beast 2‘, 

‘Back to the Future 2‘, 'Days of Thunder', 'Deluxe Paint 2’ and TV modulator £379.00 

Amiga 500 1MB Screen Gems Pack includes our 51 2K RAM upgrade with clock fitted £409.00 

Amiga 500 51 2K Screen Gems Pack With Drive includes our 3'/ 2 m External Drive £430.00 

Amiga 500 1MB Screen Gems Pack With Drive 

features our 51 2K RAM upgrade plus our 3V 2 " External Drive £465.00 

Amiga 500 1MB CLASS OF THE 90's Pack indudes A501 51 2K RAM Upgrade, 

TV Modulator, 8 software titles, 10 Disks, Mouse Mat, Video Tape and more £549.00 

Amiga 500 1MB CLASS OF THE 90's Pack With Drive includes our 37 2 - External Drive ... £600.00 

NEWI AMIGA 1500 STARTER PACK includes A 1500 computer (1Mb RAM, 2x3V 2 " drives, 8 
expansion slots), Hi-Res colour monitor; plus software induding: 'Deluxe Paint ill’, ‘Battle 
Chess', 'Populous', 'Sim City’ and 'The Works' (business software). All for only £999.00 




PHILIPS 15" FST TV/MONITOR 

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With its dedicated monitor input, this model 
combines the advantages of a high quality medium 
resolution monitor with the convenience of remote 
control teletext TV - at an excellent low price I 


✓ Fun infra-rod remote control 

✓ SCART Input/Output Connector 

✓ Audio /Composite Video inputs 

✓ FASTEXT Teletext 

✓ 60 TV tuner presets 
Headphone private fcsterxng jack 


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Review 


Cotouific 


At last, real-time colour video digitising 
at a reasonable price. Paul Austin 
investigates ColourPic... 


I n the not too dim and distant 
past, if you wanted to grab 
an image from a moving 
source such as a video camera, TV 
or VCR. it was a simple process as 
long as all you wanted was 
straightforward black and white. If, 
however, you required a colour 
image it was a different story. 
Black and white images could be 
easily captured by a so called 
'real-time' digitiser such as Digipic, 
but in order to generate a colour 
picture, three separate images 
where required, each filtered 
through a colour filter using an RGB 
colour wheel. 

Due to the need for three expo- 
sures of the same image, the sub- 
ject had to be kept perfectly still 
while each component of the 
colour image was digitised. 
Needless to say. the finished prod- 
uct was often ahem, less than per- 
fect - usually rather dull in fact. An 
alternative to the stone age colour 
filter approach was desperately 
needed and into the arena 
stepped ColourPic. 

You may think such add-ons for 
the Amiga are like furry dice and 
go-faster stripes on an X-reg Escort 
- an illusion of power. Given a little 
thought however, numerous appli- 
cations soon arise adding picture 
files to a database for example. It's 
also possible to reduce pictures 
generated with ColourPic to a 
quarter screen or less, making stor- 
age of large numbers of captured 
images possible even on with a 
floppy-based system. 

Pictures produced using 
ColourPic are saved as IFF files and 
can be used in many popular 
paint packages. The feature also 
allows access to DTP software, 
making it possible to import TV or 
video images direct onto the 
page. Picture composition and 
general educational programs 
can also be greatly enhanced 
using the equipment. And last but 
not least there's always pulling 
stupid faces, harassing people by 
grabbing them at inopportune 
moments and generally being a 
pain in the behind - hard to resist. 

Fine, but how does it work and 
what can it produce? Well you 
can import a captured image 
direct into the Amiga. This can be 
done in several formats including 
320 x 256 HAM. HAM+ and 32 
colour mode. If you're really rolling 
in cash, you could always go the 
whole hog and invest in JCL's RAM 
expansion, which will allow you to 
use interlace mode producing 
high quality images, but the sub- 


ject must be completely static as 
the image is digitised in stripe 
mode and imported directly 
into the Amiga. Interlace 
mode can take several minutes 
and the usual problems associated 
with interlace still persist (ie the 
famous flicker) which occurs if any 
movement takes place between 
the two fields of the interlace 
image. The finished product how- 
ever, is very impressive. 

Monochrome images can also 
be captured via ColourPic and this 
is achieved by adding together 
the three elements of the RGB 
data from the video signal, the 


result of which is then imported as 
a 16-level monochrome, grey- 
scale image. A particularly useful 
pull down menu in the ColourPic 
software allows access to various 
tools for manipulation of a 
monochrome image and with a lit- 
tle practise, some very interesting 
and professional results can be 
achieved. 

Lower resolution formats, such 
as HAM and HAM+ (which I found 
gave the best Instantaneous 
results) sample every one fiftieth of 
a second which is as fast as the 
signal is generated by the camera 
or VCR. At these kind of speeds. 


movement is captured with the 
minimum of blurring and this alone 
is a big plus for the system. 

ColourPic's hardware is, in 
effect, an instantaneous frame 
store (or image buffer if you pre- 
fer), which takes snapshots of the 
subject. The image is overwritten 
by the next until the appropriate 
Amiga key is pressed, and the 
image frozen. When a good result 
is achieved, the image can be 
imported into the Amiga and from 
then on, the choice is yours. 

When an image is imported, 
there is a reduction in picture qual- 
ity due to the screen format being 
used and the display restrictions 
imposed by the computer. Even 
so, images produced on the 
Amiga in HAM or HAM+ mode with 
4096 possible screen colours are 
still very impressive (although there 
are certain restrictions on the 
colours which can be displayed 
together). 

Getting it up and running 

If you can control your excitement 
long enough to read the instruc- 
tions, installing the equipment is a 
relatively simple process. I 
couldn't, and consequently spent 
an entire afternoon pressing the 
wrong buttons. 

Once the system is set up the 
real-time signal from the video 
input can be viewed on your mon- 
itor. With a 1084 monitor however, 
the live video signal will not work 




1 06 Amiga Computing 



properly due to synchronisation 
problems. It is possibly to use 
ColourPic with a 1084 monitor, 
you'll just have to view the live sig- 
nal via a separate monitor or TV. 

If, however, you do have a 
monitor which is compatible with 
the system, it's then possible to 
monitor the live signal and the 
frozen image stored in memory by 
simply alternating between the 
two via the CVBS button on your 
monitor. 

The chaps from JCL have been 
thoughtful enough to provide sep- 
arate connections at the rear of 
the unit which enable a separate 
monitoring signal of the live video 
image to be piped out to either a 
second monitor or TV. This can be 
very useful because when an 
image is frozen prior to being 
imported into the Amiga, the live 
signal is lost until the system is 
unfrozen. If you're trying to cap- 
ture movement you can miss 
some golden opportunities while 
watching a frozen screen. 

ColourPic is capable of excel- 
lent results, as you can see from 
the grabs on this page, but it's 
worth bearing in mind that as with 
most things, you only get out what 
you put in, and ColourPic in no 
exception. I personally found that 
good lighting was essential in 
order to produce a quality result. 

In most respects using ColourPic 
is exactly the same as any photo- 
graphic project and a certain 
amount of experience in the field 
is a definite advantage. If you're 
serious about importing the real 
world into your machine, you 
could consider taking stills in the 
conventional manner and then 
using a scanner to import your 
imagery into the Amiga. This 
method though longer, would still 
give better quality when capturing 
movement. 

Nevertheless, ColourPic is an 
impressive product and you pays 
your money and takes your 
choice. One of my main worries 
lay with the lack of any Genlock 
facilities but I needn't have wor- 
ried, because JCL has produced a 
big brother for ColourPic, namely, 
SuperPic which does exactly that 
(although it will set you back an 
extra £100 for the privilege). 

If you'd like any further informa- 
tion, give JCL a ring, they're a 
helpful bunch, and will be more 
than happy to sort out any ques- 
tions. 

JCL Business Systems LTD 
Tel: 0892 75791 


Review 



The fab four, a small sample from JCL's show reel. All of which were created via ColourPic with no extra image processing 



Two products of ColourPic's instant imagery, both grabbed using a standard VCR camera. 

A. Using Ham+ mode. B. Using interlace ham+ The first being grabbed instantly, the second, imported directly In stripe mode 



An example of 
what can be 
produced by a 
pro, photographer 
using the system. 




On the right we have the wee Scottish bloke Stevie Kennedy, on the right little old me. On the left a passing punter at the commodore show, h 
said he was a coach driver but I think that's a porky myself. 





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The public image of the alternative graphics company 


A fter the sort of train jour- 
ney horror movies are 
made of, I found myself 
at the door of Alternative Image. 
Leicester's answer to Saatchi and 
Saatchi. I discovered very quickly 
that first impressions can be some- 
what misleading, as the business is 
based in a back street terraced 
house. I assumed the outfit inside 
would be, well, slightly amateur. 

Once inside I realised that the 
house possessed the same dimen- 
sional double-tricks as the Tardis, 
and two minutes of conversation 
with Henri Bujko and Stuart Hicking 
convinced me that guys with that 
sort of cynical arrogance most cer- 
tainly know what they're taking 
about! 

The duo are two of the three- 
man partnership which constitutes 
Alternative Image. The company 
caters for various media require- 


Don't say "graphics manipulation", 
say "Alternative Image"! 

Paul Austin made the hellish journey 


to Leicester to find out why 



The head man at Alternative Image mini animation on this month s cover disk 


ments including DTP, audio visual 
displays, video production, pho- 
tography and last but not least, 
computer graphics the latter being 
the main reason for me boarding 
the train to Leicester. 

All the graphics they produce 
are created solely on the Amiga, 
using software that is available to 
everyone. When the results are 
viewed on their show reel, even an 
old cynic like me v/as suitably 
impressed. If you'd like to see your 
own creations on slides, as prints or 
even on video, the company can 
provide them at very reasonable 
rates. 

Aside from expert opinions on 
graphics, which I'll get to later. 
Alternative Image is in the process 
of branching out and releasing 
software which it has designed 
itself. The reason for this is that they 
simply could not find commercial 


Amiga Computing 1 09 







software to do what it required. 
Being rather clever chaps, the trio 
wrote their own and the end result 
of these endeavours will soon be 
available to everyone. 

Utility city 

The first of the range, ready just in 
time for Christmas, and is a caption 
scroller program which creates 
titles for use on video. All the text is 
produced in hi-res. with four defin- 
able colours, and each colour can 
be used on separate characters if 
required, using eight separate fonts 
each in two sizes. 

Text can be re-sized, even when 
the program is running, with just a 
single key stroke, and all alteration 
to text or font occurs instantly. 
Thanks to the use of a type ahead 
buffer even the biggest fonts 
appear immediately when you 
type them in. 

Scrolling can be either horizontal 
or vertical and can be speeded up 
or slowed down to the required 
speed again with a single stroke. 

Several keys control the entire 
package, which is very fast, profes- 
sional and easy to use. It retails at 
around £50, with a minimum lmb 
required. The only other package 
capable of doing this sort of thing 
is ProVideo Plus although it can be 
a little tricky to use. 

The next product Image is work- 
ing on is a title sequence designer 
which should be ready for release 
later this year. It's hoped this will 
bring the home user the sort of 
whacky tricks presently only avail- 
able to outfits like the BBC. 

The dynamic trio assured me 
that this wonderful thing will send 
words and letters flying and spin- 
ning around the screen at your 
command. The end result should 
be a very professional look to 
home produced video. 

The next release could be an 
autocue available around the 
same time. This is obviously a more 
specialised utility which will be be 
capable of reverse text for mirror- 
imaging onto glass. It will also be 
possible to import ASCII. 

Writers need only take an Amiga 
to the studio or wherever it's 
required, plug it in, load up the text 
from any word processor - provid- 
ing it's saved as an ASCII file - and 
the result will be an instant 
autocue, ideal for TV, video, con- 
ferences or even amateur dramat- 
ics. South Pacific may never be the 
same again. 

The fourth and final project 
planned for this year will be a new 
clip art disk. Not a new concept 




A pepper mill and shiney ball - they had to appear somewhere 



Showing their true colours, everyone wants to be a rock star 



Sam Spade in the twenty first century 



What the pro s use, but you can still do a lot with less 


perhaps, but designed to fill a hole 
in the market due to the fact that 
clip art now available leave a lot 
to be desired. 

The disk will have vector objects, 
backgrounds, and various groovy 
things that have been produced 
as a result of 'Image's work. 

As an addition to all the other 
irons already in the fire, the chaps 
are about to start a consultancy 
for people needing help and 
advice in the general graphics 
arena. The reason for this is the 
large amount of time spent 
answering the phone when the trio 
should be earning cash. 

At the time of my visit to the 
company, it didn't have any 
details of possible cost, but I'm sure 
the guys will furnish you with the 
facts if you give them a ring. 

Give 'em a call 

Are you having problems with dot 
angles and densities in DTP or a 
moire pattern where it shouldn't 
be? If so. 'Image could be the 
people to end your misery. 
Unfortunately, the graphics gurus 
would not tell me how such prob- 
lems are solved, but they may tell 
you for a small fee. 

They did mention, however, that 
if you're looking for a DTP pack- 
age, then in their opinion, you 
need look no further than ProPage 
- I'm assured it's the best desktop 
publisher available. 

If you're willing to wait a while 
ProPage 2.0 should be on the 
shelves soon, and judging by the 
excited way Henri v/as describing 
it, it's well worth the wait. 

According to him, no matter 
what anyone else says. Sculpt 4D is 
still the best ray tracing package 
due to its excellent object modeller 
and a very fast rendering time. He 
did admit, however, that the ani- 
mation can be a little dodgy, and 
the lack of texture mapping was a 
real problem. 

It's worth bearing in mind that 
these people have to work fast 
and may have to produce in a 
week what the rest of us take a 
year over. 

Real 4D was the next topic of 
conversation. Henri agreed that 
the program's texture mapping is 
brilliant, although he thought the 
rendering very slow compared to 
Sculpt 4D. 

In general he didn't think much 
of it, due mostly to the massive 
amounts of memory required to 
produce relatively simple anima- 
tion. He did feel, however, that the 
package would improve in time 


110 Amiga Computing 








Ear shattering offers 
Amiga Computing re 


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Using the latest microchip technology, the 
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The fifty watt speakers consist of a woofer, 
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Quartet is a stunning sequencing package that will allow 
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Making full use of the Amiga’s unique four channel 
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your own programs. 

What’s more, Quartet is MIDI compatible, so you can 
connect a suitable keyboard or synthesiser to enter notes 
directly. 

It’s the ideal sequencer package to complement 
the excellent Master Sound sampler 
-Amiga Computing , August 1990 


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-Amiga Computing, May 1990 


See order form on page 114 













once memory management prob- 
lems were solved. 

Turning to Turbo Silver, he felt 
that although excellent results 
could be produced, the main 
problem was the program's front- 
end which, in his opinion, was very 
badly designed and tricky to use. 

The next program to come 
under the critical microscope was 
4D Professional - criticised for the 
strange animation problems con- 
cerning textured objects which, in 
Henri's experience, caused the 
object to move but the texture to 
stay where it was, as if these 
objects were rotating inside a 
strange stationary skin. 

If you're interested only in ani- 
mation. Henri's top tip is Video- 
Scape. He admits the rendering is 
not up to the standard of some of 
other packages, and it doesn't 
really ray-trace, but the animation 
sequence I was shown produced 
with VideoScape was very impres- 
sive. Henri assured me that to pro- 
duce something similar on even 
Sculpt 4D. would have taken ten 
times as long. 

Another big advantage with 
VideoScape was its excellent 
memory management, allowing 
very long and complex animation He,e 5 the 9uy wh0 does ,he ,eal work ’ some of » hun9 ,05,e,u " y in ,he bock t" ound 




sequences to be created using tiny 
amounts of memory. This effect is 
achieved by creating the model, 
then performing the required cal- 
culations for movements via ASCII 
file co-ordinates. The model is then 
altered according to the co-ordi- 
nation data supplied by the ASCII 
file. 

This is a massive advantage as 
the resulting file is tiny in compari- 
son to some other packages avail- 
able. and editing is a very swift, 
simple process. Re-rendering the 
whole image is not required. 

In most other packages, each 
frame of movement is saved indi- 
vidually, which then has to be sep- 
arately rendered. This can take a 
very. very, long time and an exces- 
sively large amount of disk space - 
something which is at a premium 
as every Amiga owner knows. 

All animation in VideoScape is 
controlled via x, y and z co-ordi- 
nates, which require a certain 
amount of getting used to. But 
Henri thinks it s brilliant. 

For more information concern- 
ing the company and its products 
give them a ring 0533 440041 . 

Finally, many thanks to Henri and 
Stuart for all their help, coffee, and 
pizza... 



The Christmas card conversion, featuring the good and the bad, and the rest of the staff 


112 Amiga Computing 




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buying IBM or so the old 
saying goes. It's a sad 
fact that IBM has gained itself that 
sort of power. First time corporate 
computer buyers are duped into 
buying under-powered PCs just 
because everyone says that IBM 
compatibles are 'the safe option'. 
Even when someone tries to bring 
a breath of fresh air to the corpo- 
rate computer scene, the old 
guard trundle out and slam the 
machine just because it won't run 
IBM software. 

In the early days, the Amiga suf- 
fered terribly from this syndrome. 
Commodore unwisely pitched the 
machine directly at the business 
computer market, which brought it 
into direct competition with the 
established PC standard. Everyone 
loved the machine's graphics and 
sound capabilities, but few corpo- 
rate buyers bought one because it 
wasn't IBM compatible. 

Indeed, if it wasn't for a change 
in marketing direction, and brand 
loyalty from existing users, the 
Amiga could well have died long 
before the birth of the second 
generation machines, the A500 
and 2000. 

Emulation solution 

Commodore's answer to those 
concerned about the lack of IBM 
compatibility was a nifty little 
device that plugged into the side 
of the machine. SideCar, as it was 
called, was a clever box of tricks 
that effectively transformed the 
Amiga A 1000 into a PC-compati- 
ble computer without the need for 
major open heart surgery. 

For about £600 you got a snail- 
paced 4MHz XT emulator and a 
5.25 inch drive, all of which was 
housed within a case nearly half 
the size of the machine itself. 

This then was the Amiga's first 
ever emulator. It weighed a ton, 
cost a fortune and to top it all, was 
very slow. 

Thankfully things aren't as des- 
perate these days, but that's not 


Vortex’s long awaited ATonce AT 
emulator is finally here. Jason Holborn 
gets it on the test bench 



The main installation screen 


to say there's no more need for a 
good PC emulator. Far from it. The 
latest arrival is Vortex's ATonce, an 
emulator that certainly boasts an 
impressive specification. It is as the 
name suggests, a PC emulator 
which emulates an Intel 80286- 
based AT compatible computer. 

OK, nothing particularly special 
so far, but there's one thing that 
really makes ATonce stand out, its 
price. At just under £200, it is not 
only one of the cheapest PC emu- 
lators available, but it also just hap- 
pens to be one of the most 
powerful. 

Apart from Commodore's own 
AT bridgeboard which costs con- 
siderably more than either ATonce 
or KCS, it is one of the first PC emu- 
lators to take advantage of the 
powerful Intel 80286 processor, 
which is the 68020 of the PC world. 

Once you've handed over your 
£200. you'll be presented with a 
tiny box containing little more than 
two disks, an even tinier manual 
and the ATonce hardware. 

The first thing that will strike you 


about it is its size - if you thought 
Bitcon's KCS card was small, just 
wait until you see ATonce. It really is 
tiny. The card itself is so small that it 
could quite easily get lost under a 
floppy disk. But, as the old saying 
goes, the best things in life come in 
small packages, so you'd be 
wrong to judge ATonce on size 
alone. 

The hardware actually consists 
of two separate items, both of 
which must be installed internally 
inside an Amiga 500 or 2000 using 
a separate adaptor. The second 
item is a Gary Module - that's 
what the manual calls it anyway - 
which is basically a chip holder 
with a resistor bridging two of the 
contacts that sits between the 
Gary chip and its socket. 

According to Vortex, this extra 
piece of hardware is necessary to 
allow ATonce to run at its maxi- 
mum speed. 

The presence of this Gary 
Module is one reason why ATonce 
won't work with the A1000. The 
machine doesn't have a Gary 



chip. Gary, or MOS 5719 0189 42 to 
the techies among you, didn't 
actually join the rest of the Amiga 
custom chips until the release of 
the 500 and 2000 series machines. 
As a result, A 1000s are out in the 
cold. Oh well, such is the price of 
technological progress. 

Vortex is justifiably proud of the 
ATonce PCB. Using the latest SMT - 
Surface Mounted Technology to 
you - circuit design. Vortex has 
managed to keep the size of the 
ATonce hardware to a minimum. 
As a result the board draws very lit- 
tle power so your Amiga power 
supply isn't put under too much 
strain. 


Nuts and bolts 

Installing ATonce certainly isn't a 
job for the faint hearted. For 
starters, it certainly isn't a plug in 
and go affair like its main rival, the 
KCS card. No sir, instead you have 
to open up the A500 - thereby 
invalidating your warranty - 
remove the 68000 chip from its 
socket and replace it with the 
ATonce PCB. Surprisingly, it comes 
complete with its ov/n 68000 chip 
soldered on the underside, so your 
old 68000 can be stored away for 
possible future use - if you can find 
one. 

Vortex claim that this was neces- 
sary to maintain compatibility with 
all Amigas. Personally, I'm not con- 
vinced. What do you do if your 
Amiga is fitted with a 16MHz 68000 
or a even 68010? Well folks, there's 
a simple answer to that question 
you're stuck. 

About the only solution would 
be to try and find someone who 
produces a device that allows two 
68000s to be installed simultane- 
ously. I haven't actually seen such 
a device, but it shouldn't be too 
hard to knock one up yourself. 

Be careful when Installing the 
ATonce PCB. The card uses CMOS 
technology which is very sensitive 
to static electricity, so take precau- 
tions when handling it. If you don't 
I can virtually guarantee you that 


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you'll fry ATonce at once. Better 
still, get an experienced electrical 
engineer to do the job for you. 

Installing the Gary module is the 
second job, which is actually pret- 
ty straightforward. This time you 
have to remove the Gary chip and 
then install it onto the module. This 
is then plugged back into the slot 
previously occupied by Gary. 

Once this is done you can put 
everything back together and start 
thinking about running all that 
lovely PC software. 

Software express 

If everything goes well, you're now 
ready to get ATonce up and run- 
ning. Boot up the program disk, 
double-click on the ATonce icon 
and your new acquisition springs to 
life. 

After a brief memory check, the 
PC displays a few lines of system 
information and then sits back 
waiting for a boot disk. A quick 
search through the bundled disks 
soon reveals a major problem you 
don't actually have a boot disk. 
Vortex, in its infinite wisdom, don't 
actually bundle MSDOS with 
ATonce, so you're going to have to 
look elsewhere for this. 

If you already own a PC, then it 
isn't too much of a problem. After 
all, you can use the copy of DOS 
that came with that machine, as 
long as you don't use both 
machines at the same time, of 
course! 

However, if you don't have 
access to a copy of MSDOS, then 
you'll have to dig deep once 
again and fork out around £40 for 
a copy of the PC's operating sys- 
tem - the latest 4.01 version of MS- 
DOS will actually cost you £80. 

Thankfully. SDL can also supply 
this, so you may want to add this 
to your shopping list when you 
order ATonce. 

PC plus 

MS-DOS problems sorted out, your 
hybrid Amiga-based PC should 
now boot up to the familiar MS- 
DOS A> prompt. From here on, 
things are exactly the same as 
they are on a real PC. But hang on 
a moment, there's something 
strange here. Every time you put a 
disk in the drive the Amiga still per- 
forms the usual read check. Surely 
this isn't necessary under PC emu- 
lation? After all. real PCs don't do 
it! 

Well, in some ways you'd be 
right, the PC side doesn't need to 
access the disk each time a disk is 


116 Amiga Computing 


inserted, but AmigaDOS does. Put 
simply, ATonce is the first ever truly 
multi-tasking PC emulator for the 
500. 

OK. such things are old hat to 
A2000 owners, but AmigaDOS and 
MSDOS running concurrently on a 
500? Some thought it impossible, 
but here it is in glorious techni- 
colour, a fully multi-tasking PC envi- 
ronment for the 500. 

At last you can run both PC and 
Amiga applications concurrently - 
memory permitting of course! - 
something that is sure to make PC 
owners green with envy. Being 
able to run PC software on an 
Amiga was bad enough, but to 
run it as a task? 

It really is adding insult to injury. 
Multi-tasking support is the one 
feature that really makes ATonce 
shine. 

Also on the program disk is an 
additional installation program, 
which allows you to alter different 
aspects of ATonce's operation. For 


starters you can specify the screen 
emulation to be used. Four major 
screen modes, are supported: 
CGA. Hercules. Olliveti and Toshiba 
3100, with up to 16 colours. 

For most applications, it's best to 
use a mono screen mode 
because screen update tends to 
slow down considerably when 
using ATonce in 16 colour CGA 
mode. It's a shame there isn't sup- 
port for some of the more recent 
PC screen modes. EGA would be 
possible, but VGA would certainly 
need extra hardware to be emu- 
lated successfully. 

You can also assign Amiga 
drives to their MS-DOS equivalents. 
By default, ATonce treats DF0: as 
drive A, although this can be 
changed to DF1: through to DF3:if 
you feel the need. 

This can be particularly handy if 
you're lucky enough to own an 
external 5.25 inch drive. Although 
most PCs now come with 3.5 inch 
drives, there's still a large number 


of PC applications that are only 
available in the larger 5.25 inch for- 
mat. 

And it works 

Ultimately, the most important 
aspect of any emulator is how well 
it can emulate. The good news is 
that ATonce certainly seems highly 
compatible. I managed to run 
applications such as Ashton Tate's 
dBase III+, Lotus 1-2-3, Borland's 
Turbo C, Turbo Pascal and 
Microsoft QuickBASIC, all of which 
ran first time. Due to disk protec- 
tion, NextBase's acclaimed jour- 
ney planner AutoRoute didn't 
work, which is a great shame. 

I must admit that ATonce didn't 
seem to be quite as compatible as 
its rival, the KCS Card. Quite a few 
software titles which would run 
under KCS would just lock up 
under ATonce, leading me to con- 
clude that perhaps KCS is the 
more compatible of the two. 

Admittedly though, most of 
these were games, so I wouldn't 
be too worried about not being 
able to run them under ATonce - 
anyway. PC games are appalling! 

Worth it? 

It's been a long wait, but it was 
worth it. ATonce is quite simply 
stunning, but, and it's a big but, it 
certainly isn't the ideal choice for 
everyone. If the thought of wiring a 
plug sends shivers dov/n your spine, 
then ATonce most definitely isn't for 
you unless you can talk someone 
else into installing it. 

Then of course there's the prob- 
lem of having to purchase MS-DOS 
separately. Vortex probably had a 
very good reason for taking the 
decision not to bundle this all 
important part of any PC system, 
although I'll be damned if I can 
suss out the reasoning behind it. 

I also managed to find a few 
quirks that spoil its otherwise spot- 
less image. Because both 
AmigaDOS and MS-DOS share the 
same drives, ATonce managed to 
screw up quite a few PC disks. 

After losing one very major disk, I 
eventually decided that perhaps 
it's not a good idea to feed first 
generation disks to ATonce. 

Another problem I found was 
that it occasionally seemed to lock 
up the keyboard for no apparent 
reason. This can be a barrel of 
laughs if you're using it to run pro- 
fessional applications software. I 
lost quite a bit of Turbo C code at 
one point something I was not 
happy about. 






I originally thought this was a 
problem with my Amiga keyboard, 
but it continues to work on the 
Amiga even after the PC side has 
locked up. so it can't be a hard- 
ware fault. Mind you. I once had a 
Tandon PC that would do much 
the same thing if you managed to 
overflow the keyboard buffer. 
Maybe the ATonce is just emulat- 
ing the terrible PC too well? 

All things considered though. 
ATonce is an impressive product 
which only just loses out to the KCS 
card. From an emulation point of 
view the two are very well 
matched, but KCS pips ATonce to 
the post because it is comprehen- 
sive and easy to use. If Vortex was 
to obtain a distribution licence 
from Microsoft and start bundling 
MSDOS for no additional charge. 
I'm sure the scales would tip in its 
favour. It is for precisely this sort of 
situation that MSDOS was written 
for in the first place 

ATONCE vs KCS 

There are now two PC emulators 
on the market, both of which seem 
to offer a stable PC environment. 
But when it comes to the crunch, 
which one is best. ATonce or KCS? 

Well, from a technical point of 
view ATonce is the better product. 
It's 286-based. supports full multi- 
tasking. although you really need 
2Mb to make this feasible, end will 
run a high proportion of PC soft- 
ware. However, the fact is it 
doesn't appear to be that stable. 

Even with the presence of the 
286 processor, ATonce doesn't 
seem any faster. Screen updating 
is much slower than KCS. 

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THE COMPETITION 


PC emulators have been with us 
since time began, at least it cer- 
tainly seems that way, so there's a 
fair old selection to choose from if 
ATonce isn't your cup of tea. 

• Bridgeboard. A2000 users have 

a choice between both an XT 
and an AT emulator card that fits 
internally to the Amiga A2000 
upwards. Both come with a single 
5.25 inch drive which can also be 
fitted internally, making it quite a 
nice compact solution. Problem is 
though, they certainly aren't par- 
ticularly cheap. The basic XT emu- 
lator is nearly £400, while the AT 
versionr is nearer £800. 


• Transformer. If you're totally and 
utterly skint, then Commodore's 
feeble software-based Trans- 
former emulator is about the 
cheapest available. It runs at 
about 0.00001 MHz, making even 
the performance of a ZX81 look 
impressive. Unless forced by 
poverty, steer well clear of this 
dodo. 

• KCS Power PC Card. Bitcon's 
acclaimed KCS Power PC card is 
about the only emulator that can 
challenge ATonce. 

It runs at a very respectable 8 
MHz, reads and writes PC disks 
and it even doubles up as a half 


meg RAM expansion! It costs £100 
more than ATonce, but you also 
get MSDOS 4.01 , MSDOS Shell and 
GWBASIC software thrown in. 

• SideCar. For A 1000 users - don't 
knock it, the A 1000 is still a fine 
machine - Commodore's aged 
SideCar is about the only option 
available. 

If you search hard, you may be 
able to pick one up - at a car 
boot sale probably! - for about 
£ 200 . 

• A real PC! Time to face the 
facts. PCs can be picked up quite 
cheaply these days, so you 


fed the respected Norton Utilities 
Syslnfo program through both 
emulators. To my surprise, both 
came out with exactly the same 
performance rating - 2.8, for those 
of you who are interested. 

So what's the point in having this 
wizzo processor if it's no faster than 
a V30-based XT emulator? 

Another advantage of KCS is its 
completeness. For £300 you get a 
ready to plug in and go emulator 
that could be fitted and working in 
a matter of minutes. 

Included in the price are several 
items of software including MSDOS 
4.01 . MSDOS Shell and GWBASIC. In 
addition this emulator kit also dou- 
bles up as a 51 2K RAM expansion, 
making KCS even better value for 
money. 

Oh well, decision time. Which 
should you buy? Well, I must admit 
that I'm not totally convinced by 
ATonce. It may be £100 cheaper, 
but the KCS card offers so much 
more for the extra money. 

There are some acceptable 
excuses for opting for the ATonce 
though. Remember that the trap- 
door space, which is the only possi- 
ble home for many of the new 
memory expansion systems, is left 
free by the Vortex device. The pos- 
sibility of a true multi-tasking pur- 
pose for a PC emulator is another 
legitimate excuse. 

True power users will buy ATonce 
just for the pose value of a 286 
based PC emulator, but I think I'll 
stick with KCS. 


ATonce (Amiga 500. Amiga 2000 needs 
separate adaptor) 

£200 

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shouldn't ignore the option of 
buying a real PC compatible. 

Amstrad pioneered the cheap 
PC market, but even they have 
since been beaten in the who- 
can-produce-the-cheapest-PC 
stakes. If you look around you 
could pick up a PC for as little as 
£300! 

Obviously, a real PC is the best 
bet in terms of compatibility, but 
you must also consider that buy- 
ing an extra machine will take up 
a lot of extra desk space. 

Most importantly though, you'll 
also have to fork out for another 
monitor if you intend using both 
machines simultaneously. 


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Exam time 

I am a third year student at Napier Polytechnic 
studying printing (administration and produc- 
tion). As part of my course work I have to com- 
plete a project The Implications for Colour in 
Desktop Publishing using an Amiga I would be 
very grateful if you could give me any informa- 
tion on the following questions. 

1. Just how effective do you feel colour 
desktop publishing is compared to traditional 
typesetting methods? 

2. What are the advantages to the maga- 
zine designer using a colour desktop publishing 
system? 

3. What are the new design possibilities 
offered by colour desktop publishing systems? 

4. What does colour desktop publishing 
imply for the production of the magazine? 

5. What do you think the implications are for 
the magazine industry regarding advancing 
technology in desktop publishing? 

Any help with the above would be most 
appreciated. I look forward to hearing from 
you. 

Andrew Markin, Edinburgh. 

Jeez, you didn’t even attempt to disguise the 
exam questions did you? Lifted straight from 
the paper as I live and breath! 

Well, Andy, I’m not going to help you to 
cheat by answering your questions in full 
-here’s a potted version. 

Colour desktop publishing compares 
favourably with traditional methods in terms of 
quality. Old printing sweats will probably tell 



' Despatches — Write to Amiga Computing, Europa House, 


you that there’s nothing like the old way of 
doin’ fings, but to the untrained eye, there’s 
very little difference (particularly in magazine 
and newspaper publishing). 

As for speed and freedom of production, sili- 
con beats hot metal hands down. The supreme 
flexibility of a computer DTP system has to be 
experienced to be believed. 

And that is as far as I'm prepared to go. 
You’ll just have to spend a few nights in the 
library, reading the relevant studies and papers 
and formulate your own answers - have fun! 

We’ve got nice paper! 

It has been in my mind for some time to write 
and congratulate you and your staff on pro- 
ducing a continually improving magazine. It 
was only when I picked up the December issue 
today that I decided to do something cbout it. 

I don't intend to go on at length, merely to 
stress that having bought or subscribed to just 
about all the Amiga magazines available in this 
country and America over the years. I consider 
that you are worthy of the number one posi- 
tion. Both the new layout and quality of paper 
are impressive indeed! Long may you flourish. 

R C Medford, Cheshire. 

Thank you Mother... 

Upgrade path 

Has anyone stopped to consider how many 
Amigas there seem to be now (forgetting the 
excellent CDTV for a moment)? Apart from 


Commodore's own A500, A 1000, A2000, B2000, 
three A3000s and an A3000-UX, there are also 
three other boards and peripherals that claim 
to be Amigas. These are Checkmate's AT 500, 
GVP's A3000 and the new A5000 from SSL. That 
makes 1 1 configurations in total. With that kind 
of choice, how can the Amiga fail to succeed? 

The answer is that it can! The only machine 
that is supported is the A500, usually with .5Mb 
of RAM as well, which is a very primitive 
machine when compared with VGA PCs. Of 
course, machines like the A3000, A3001 and 
A5000 are vastly superior to the PC but the 
A3000 is vastly over-priced and the A3001 and 
A5000 will probably not be supported. 

In the case of the A5000, it is claimed that 
your Amiga will run six times faster. How many 
programs can you think of that need that kind 
of speed? Spreadsheets, databases, DTP, art 
and animation programs maybe. But what 
about games? Would you really want Xenon II 
or F-29 Retaliator to be six times faster? They'd 
be completely unplayable, as would most 
other games. 

Now I'm not saying that the faster machines 
can't have better games, look at 20MHz VGA 
PCs for instance. 256 colours on screen which 
really make the processor work for its money 
while still keeping a lively speed. 

The point that I'm really trying to get at in this 
letter is that there is no clear upgrade path for 
the Amiga after the A500. The B2000 is, after all, 
exactly the same in performance, while the 
A3000 is too expensive for all but the serious 
user. Cards like the A3001 and A5000 are all 
very well, but since they are third party, will 


Amiga Computing 123 





probably not be supported. After all, can you 
see Ocean bringing out a conversion of an 
arcade game that uses the boards allowing a 
game to be indistinguishable from the original 
in HAM mode? 

What Commodore needs to produce is a 
machine that replaces the B2000 but still offers 
a cheapish machine (£600 extra) upgrade for 
A500 owners. This machine needs to be 32-brt, 
with a 20MHz 68020 and the ability to put in 
maths co-processor later. It should have a 1Mb 
of super-fast RAM as standard, upgradable to 
4Mb and a separate keyboard and processor 
with lots of connectors. 

Sounds impossible? What I've just described 
is a combination of an A 1500 and an A5000 
costing about £730 together. Obviously, they 
don't cost that much to make so why can't 
Commodore put all that in a package for 
around £1 ,000 and call it the A2500? 

And while the company is about it, two more 
sound channels wouldn't go amiss. This new 
graphics mode could be introduced into a 
new baby Amiga as well (the fabled B500?), 
thus allowing full software compatibility. As it is. I 
can only see a machine like this being consid- 
ered as a games machine in the future and 
never as an entertaining and serious one like 
the PC. 

Jason Glover, Basingstoke, Hampshire. 

Surely the point is that anyone laying out 
megabucks for one of the top-end machines or 
upgrades does so because they have a press- 
ing need for a computer offering immense 
power? No one who simply wants to play 
games is going to bother to spend cash on a 
heap of power they don’t need, right? 

Software houses have to appeal to the low- 
est common denominator so that they don’t 
exclude anyone. 

What do the rest of you think? How many of 
you bought upgrades or powerful machines in 
the hope that software houses would convert 
their games to incorporate better resolutions, a 
larger memory quotient and so on? 

Any takers? 

I have just acquired my City and Guilds certifi- 
cate in applications programming, receiving 
two distinctions and two credits so if anyone is 
looking for a trainee computer programmer in 
or around London, would they please contact 
me? Thanks for the plug. (No problem. Good 
luck! - Ed). And now for some questions. 

1. The Pagesetter II demo is great and I am 
considering buying it. My deciding factor how- 
ever, will depend on the form of protection 
employed. Does it use a dongle? 

When I first had a Commodore 128, I had 
more dongles than sockets and if I lost one. my 
software became worthless. 

2. Is there an analogue joystick available 
that will serve as a direct replacement for the 
Amiga mouse? 

3. Do you think you could set a programming 
problem each month? The emphasis would be 
on technique rather than volumes of code. 

4. In your recent questionnaire you asked 


about how many other people read one copy 
of Amiga Computing. If someone else reads my 
copy of Amiga Computing, that's piracy isn't 
it? 

Mark Ford, 22 Farley Hill, Luton, Beds LU1 5HQ. 

Gold Disk has - sensibly - decided not to copy 
protect Pagesetter. The result is that you can 
make a backup without problems. An ana- 
logue joystick to replace the mouse? Not as far 
as we know. 

We could set programming problems, what 
do the rest of you think? If you want a program- 
ming problem write and tell us. 

The question about other readers was an 
attempt to determine how many people we 
reach, not how many more we could sell to. 
Not everyone can afford to buy a magazine, 
we understand that, and welcome those who 
must resort to reading someone else’s copy. 

Short sighted? 

I was just reading the November issue and 
thinking how much 1 like Amiga Computing, the 
news, reviews and of course the letters page. In 
fact. I have recommended your magazine to 
several new Amiga users (jolly decent of you! - 
Ed). This time I happened upon a very strange 
thing. One of your adverts is actually for Atari ST 
software! In the same advert, in brackets and 
very small print is written ‘Amiga and PC also 
available'. 

Not only does this rub salt into the wounds as 
a dedicated Amiga user, but as I recommend 
your magazine as the best Amiga-only maga- 
zine very often, it also doesn't do a lot for your 
credibility or mine come to that! 

The advert is on page 80 but your advertis- 
ers' index states that it is on page 68 - another 
boob? 

The question is. does anybody actually proof 
read your magazine? If so, when does s/he get 
his/her new glasses? If you require somebody to 
check the adverts etc., I willingly volunteer my 
service (perhaps in return for some blank 
cheques...). 

Graham D Morecroft, North Yorkshire. 

Ho hum, that old chestnut. Many advertisers 
cater to both the Amiga and ST markets and 
consequently, run one advert in both ST and 
Amiga mags. Unfortunately, the particular 
advertiser you're talking about has given more 
emphasis to the ST side of the biz. In fact, the 
company also offers a corking service for 
Amiga owners too. 

We’ve got a proof reader. Problem Is, the 
only glasses he’s familiar with are cylindrical 
and have foaming, creamy heads on them - oh 
well... 

Down with games! 

Congratulations! I'm glad to see someone 
exercising that grey matter between their ears 
(I won't use the term 'lug holes' as this is an up- 
market magazine...). What am I talking about? 
This is the first magazine that I've read that has 
not printed its questionnaire to be cut out and 


returned on the back page of the magazine. 

I'd say this is the top Amiga magazine out at 
the moment. It's not full of rubbish on games 
and you don't need a dictionary to read it. 

Talking about games. I think I'll have a dig at 
them. Picture this. You are built like a brick wall, 
someone you know has been kidnapped or the 
world has been taken over by the evil Lord 
Shoutalot (I was tempted to say ‘that git Harris', 
my form master, but I won't because I'm such a 
nice person). Anyway, you have to walk from A 
to B to complete the game, kicking and hitting 
everything that moves. Every now and again, 
some bloke about ten feet tall will come along 
and guess what? You have to hit him. 

That has just about summed up 99.9 per cent 
of all games. A demented peanut that's brain 
dead could complete this. ..(edited here to 
save the terminally bored... Ed) 

Chris Webb, Southampton. 

Yeah, yeah - if only you could spell as well as 
you can play games, right? Perhaps you ought 
to pay a little more attention to Mr Harris and 
stop worrying about Amiga owners who like to 
play the occasional game. 

Copyrights 

Could you please help me on a matter of the 
copyright of files which appear on your 
coverdisks? 

The query I have is with reference to the 
piece of music entitled Marilyn by Steve 
Cooper. Am I allowed to use this or other 
pieces of music in my own programs, as long as 
I make no financial gain from them? 

The author of the piece will get a credit in 
the program as will Amiga Computing. The pro- 
gram would then be released into the public 
domain. 

As I presume the disks on the front of your 
magazine are already public domain (I have 
seen them for sale in various public domain 
libraries for instance). I see no problem in using 
files from them in non-commercial programs, 
but could you please confirm this point? 

Matthew Norman, Warley, West Midlands. 

You can use the stuff on the disk without prob- 
lems. To remain within the definition of public 
domain, you shouldn’t alter any PD programs 
from our coverdlsk, and if you pass them on, 
you should include any associated documen- 
tation and so on. Music samples and so on can 
be used and abused. 



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MACHINE CODE.... 127 

The way to the heart of any hi-tech machine is via the lowest level - 
the machine code level. Jolyon Ralph presents his continuing 
adventures in all things 68000. 


CODE CLINIC 129 

This month, Paul Holmes delves deep into the Amiga's music 
making capabilities and how they relate to programming. SMUS, 
SHDR, TRAK and so on, hared for all to see. 


Silver silicon songster Jason Holborn discusses what's new and 
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DESKTOP PUBLISHING 135 

Throw away your scalpel, spray mount and set square, Nick Vietch 
wields the electronic pages using nothing more than a standard 
Amiga and some funky software. 


Games ideas, but no programming skill? Halfway through that 
arcade corker but don't know how to finish? Don't sweat it, all the 
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Soundtracker and gives you the best (and 
worst) from the world of assemblers . . . 


ssemblers Look out for: 

1. Integrated Environ- 
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only operate from the CLI. That 
means you'll have to execute sev- 
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edit a file, assemble it. link it and 
test it. In an Integrated environ- 
ment all this is looked after for you 
(although they should also allow 
you to use it via the CU if you real- 
ly have to). You run the editor and 
menu options allow you to assem- 
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without having to leave the editor. 
This saves an awful lot of time. 

2. Macros. Almost all assemblers 
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language to make writing your 
source code easier. Here is an 
example: 

REPT 250 

move. I (a0)+,(al)+ 

ENDR 

This would give the same results on 
assembly as 250 lines of MOVE.L 
(a0)+,(al)+. It's important to 
realise that this isn't a 68000 loop, 
but merely an instruction to the 
assembler to assemble the follow- 
ing line 250 times. 

3. Speed. OK. speed isn't that 
important, but if you've got 200K 
of source code, would you rather 
wait half an hour or 30 seconds for 
it to assemble? 

4. Compatibility. Most good 
assemblers are compatible with 
the original Metacomco 
Assembler at least to some extent. 
This is useful as most public 
domain source codes are in this 
format. HiSoft Devpac 2 £59.95 is 
one of the oldest assemblers 
around and there are versions for 
many computers. 

It's a comprehensive package, 
containing an assembler, integrat- 
ed editor, monitor and linker and 
contains everything you need to 
start programming in 68000, 
including a little 68000 reference 
book. 

Compatible with Metacomco, 
HiSoft is probably the most widely- 
used Amiga assembler around. 
Make sure you get the latest ver- 
sion (2.15). 


Argonaut ArgAsm is a god 
assembler and costs £59.95. 
Argonaut, the people who 
brought you Starglider and 
Starglider II, got fed up with using 
slow assemblers on their Amigas. 
so they set out to write the fastest 
assembler yet on the Amiga. It 
beats Devpac (the next fastest) for 
speed by about 6:1. It also 
includes an integrated editor, but 
no monitor. It's memory-hungry. 
Don't expect to use it without at 
least 2Mb of memory for all but 
the simplest programs. If you have 
a machine with plenty of memory 
and a hard disk, this is the assem- 
bler to go for. I use it for most of my 
work. 

Kuma K-Seka 68000 is another 
old assembler which unfortunately, 
it hasn't been updated for quite a 
while, and it shows. The editor 
makes AmigaDOS's Ed look pro- 
fessional. It's not compatible with 
Metacomco Assembler, and won't 
allow you to assemble a file with 
more than one section. Best 
advice is to avoid it. 

Oxxi AssemPro has the nicest 
looking user interface of the 
bunch, with separate windows for 
Editor, debugger, assembler and 
on-line reference, however the 
editor saves files out in a non-stan- 
dard format and is not compatible 
with Metacomco. It's not terribly 
fast either. 

A68K is a public domain which is 
the only freebie assembler in this 
line-up. It's a very basic affair, simi- 
lar in operation to the original 
Metacomco Assembler. If you 
want a cheap way into learning 
assembler, this is a good place to 
start, but it's difficult to use and will 
probably put you off coding for 
life. 

There are some places doing 
cheap copies of the original 
Devpac version 1 (you can usually 
pick it up for about £10). This is a 
much better product, although 
not as good as the latest version. 

Monitors 

When your code fails and you 
can't work out why, you have two 
choices. Either sit back with the 
source code and think through the 
whole process very carefully (the 




best way), or load up a monitor 
and go bug hunting (the quick 
way). 

HiSoft Monam 2, part of the 
Devpac 2 package. This is an 
excellent debugger. It's a symbolic 
debugger, if you assemble a pro- 
gram with the Debug Info option 
set to ON, It will add a symbol hunk 
to your file, which basically means 
when you load it into the debug- 
ger. instead of getting loads of 
instructions and strange hex val- 
ues, you get all your original labels 
displayed in the disassembly. This 
really makes debugging easy. 

The Amiga Mon, also called 
Rossi Mon after its author Timo 
Rossi, is a fully featured monitor 
from the public domain, allowing 
you to load files, single step, and 
disassemble, save blocks of mem- 
ory, load and save raw disk tracks, 
search memory and so on. In fact 
every time I load it there seems to 
be another feature I overlooked. 

This monitor doesn't support 
symbol hunks, however, but we are 
promised this for a future release. 
What other software do you 
need? If you want to compact 
your files (not a bad idea if you're 
short of disk space) you need 
PowerPacker and Titanics 
Cruncher. 

Picture conversion 

Need to convert IFF graphics or 
fonts into easy-to-use format files? 
Ask for IFF Converter and Font-2- 
Raw. All this and more should be 
available from your local public 
domain merchant. 

Soundtracker. You either love it. or 
you hate ft. This non-standard, non- 
approved, non-legal music pro- 
gram suffers from many faults, but 
it's ease of use has won out and 
mode it (and it's derivatives 
Noisetracker & Protracker) the 
most popular Amiga music .pack- 
age cround. 

Unfortunately, from a program- 
mer's point of view, there Is no offi- 
cial documentation of the file 
formats, so if you wanted to use a 
tune in your program, you would 
have to use one of the widely- 
spread and badly-written hacker's 
replay routines. 

Now, for the first time ever, I can 







reveal the Soundtracker File for- 
mat for everyone to use them- 
selves. All recent soundtrackers 
save out using the module format. 
This is a filename with a MOD. pre- 
fix, containing the song data and 
the instrument samples combined 
into one file. The older versions of 
Soundtracker only supported 15 
instruments: 

NAME BLOCK: Offset Size 

Description $0000 20 bytes ASCII 
Module title 

INSTRUMENT BLOCK: Offset Size 
Description $0014 15 x 30 bytes 
Instrument Data 

Instrument block, starting at offset 
$0014 contains 15 instruments, 
each 30 bytes long, the instru- 
ments have the following format: 

22 bytes ASCII 

Instrument name 1 word 

Sample length *IN WORDS* 1 
word 

Sample volume, 0 to 64 1 word 

Repeat start position *IN 
WORDS* 1 word 

Repeat length *IN WORDS*, 
1 =no repeat 

SONG BLOCK: Offset Size 

Description $01 D6 1 byte Number 
of patterns $01 D7 1 byte Set to 
120. Not used $01 D8 128 bytes 

Pattern play order list. 1 byte per 
pattern, max 200 $0258 

1024 bytes'number of patterns 

Each pattern is made up of 64 
rows. Each row consists of 4 long- 
words (1 for each channel) of the 
following format: 

* $00 1 word period value of 
note $02 1 word control word. 

The control word contains infor- 
mation on which Instrument is 
being played, along with special 
effects such as volume slide. 
Format for this word is: $xyzz, 
where x is the instrument number 
(0 to 15), y is the effect (Set 
Volume is $C) and Z is the value 
for this effect. 

SAMPLE BLOCK: This follows 
immediately after the song data, 
and contains the 8-bit sample 
dumps for the instruments 0 to 15 
in order. FALSE); 


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1 28 Amiga Computing 













To the dying echoes of Auld Lang Syne, 
here’s Holmes. This month he’s on about 
music and why the amiga’s so good at 
making it 


T he Amiga makes and 
stores its musical files in a 
format known as SMUS. 
Every file has at least two chunk 
types SHDR and TRAK. SHDR is very 
simple. Take a look at this 

53484452 00000004 3E807F02 
SHDR... 

In the format used by last month's 
IFF analyse program, it comes out 
as 

SHDR | ;size=4 
tempo 16000 
volume 127 
tracks 2 


134 

Set MIDI preset. 

135 

Set clef. Data=0 for tre 
ble, 1 for bass. 2 for alto, 
3 for tenor. 

136 

Change the tempo. 

137-143 

Unused. 

144-159 

Reserved for 'Instant 
Music' package. If you 
have this package, 
refer to its documenta 
tion. If not ignore these 
values. 

160-254 

Reserved. 

255 

End-mark. You won't 
find these in disk files, 
but some programs 
use them in RAM to 
mark the end of track. 

Events 0-11 denote C, C#, D, 


The tempo is 16000 128ths of a 
quarter note per minute! This is 125 
beats per minute in common par- 
lance. Volume is 0 - 127. ‘so this 
piece is to be played back at full 
volume. Finally, there are two 
tracks Current Amigas will play up 
to four at once, but the standard 
lets you have as many as you 
want, so when you get an A9000 
with 2 gigabytes and 20Gb floppy, 
you might be able to do a whole 
orchestra. Good programming 
note - make your programs ALLOW 
for future developments. 

Each track contains a sequence 
of 16-bit 'events'. An event can be 
a note, a rest, a time signature or 
one of a few other things, as we'll 
see later. 

Each event is coded by two 
bytes - the first 'sID' tells you the 
type of event, the second 'data' 
depends upon the event type. 


0-127 

A number in this range 
means a note. 0 is the 
lowest. 

128 

This codes for a rest, or 
pause. 

129 

Select an instrument. 

130 

Set time signature. 

131 

Set key signature. 

132 

Set (or alter) volume for 
this track. 

133 

Set MIDI channel. 


D*. E, F. F#, G, G#, A, A#, and B in 
the lowest octave, known 
(strangely) as -1 or ' '. 12-23 

denote C, C# B in octave 0, 

and so on up to 127, which is in 
octave 9. Most packages, such 
as Sonix, use octaves 2-7. If you 
want to know the frequencies, A1 
is a rumbling 55Hz. A4 is a lovely 
440Hz, and A7 a squeaky-clean 
3520Hz. 

The data part of a note, or rest, 
is split into 5 bit fields. Bit 7 is set if 
the note is chorded, ie, played 
simultaneously with the following 
note, clear if not. Bit 6 is set if the 
note is tied with the next one. If so 
the two notes should be played as 
one note of the combined length. 
Bits 5-4 code for n-tuplets: 00=nor- 
mal. 01=triplet, 10=quintuplet. 

I I =septuplet. An elementary 
music textbook will tell you what 
tuplets are if you're not sure. Bit 3 
is set if the note is dotted, ie 
half as long as it would otherwise 
be. Finally, bits 2-0 give the division: 

000 = whole note (semibreve) 

001 = half note (minim) 

010 = quarter note (crochet) 

011= eighth note (quaver) 

100 = sixteenth note (semi-quaver) 

I I I = a 128th note, too short to be 
used at all often. 

At this point, let's break for a little 



exercise. Run last month's 
IFFanalyse program on a music file 
from say Sonix, or Deluxe Music. 
Type ‘IFFanalyse FurEllse’ at the 
CLI. or ‘IFFanalyse > prt: FurEllse' if 
you want a hard copy. Also, get a 
hex listing of the file enter ‘type > 
prt: FurEllse opt h‘. See if you can 
identify the different durations of 
notes in the TRAK chunks. You will 
notice that tied notes chorded 
notes, and tuplets appear quite 
infrequently, if indeed at all. 

Time signatures have two bit fields 
in the data byte. Bits 7-3 give the 
'numerator-!', ie 00000-11111 
codes for a numerator of 1-32. Bits 
2-0 give the 'denominator', ie 000 
means whole notes. 001 for 
half notes, up to 111 for 128th 
notes. ; Confused? Here's an exam- 
ple: 


hex: 8212 

Well, hex 82 is decimal 132. so 
this is a time signature. Hex 12 is 
binary 00110010, so the first field is 
00010, and the second is 010. 
Therefore, the numerator is (00010 
+ 1) or 3; the denominator Is 010, 
whichSmeans quarter notes; we 
have three quarter notes to the 
bar. or 3/4 time. Anyone for the 
next waltz? 

Key signatures have a data byte 
from 0-14. 0-7 is a numbier of 
sharps, so assuming major scales, 
0=C, 1 =G. 2=D, 3=A, 4=E, 5=B, 
6=F#, and 7=0. Codes 8- 14s for 1- 
7 flats; so 8=F, 9=Bb, 10=Eb, lll=Ab, 
1 2=Db, : 1 3=Gb. and 14=Cb. 

I remember some of these by 
the mnemonics - for sharps 
'Charjlie goes down and cats 
breakfast', and flats ‘For breckfast 
'e 'adjdamn good cornflakes.' 

"rat's the hard bit over. Se' vol- 
ume has a data byte of 0-127, just 
like the volume code in SHDR. Use 
this to alter the volume of a track 
while it is playing. Codes 133 & 134 
are for MIDI use, outside thescope 


of this article. Code 136 
change the tempo of a 


s you 
part- 


way through. It's NOT like the 
tempo field in SHDR - it gives the 
tempo as quarter notes per 
minute because it only has eight 
bits available. If you use this code, 
be careful to change the tempo 
of all the tracks at the same time; 
if you don't you will get horribly 
out of step. 

Tunes will almost always contain 
'INST chunks as well. These give 
the names of instruments used 
in the tune, and the register 
numbers to be associated 
with them, so that instrument 
events in TRAK chunks can refer to 
them by name. Here's one: 

494E533 1 0000000E 00000000 

5069616E INS1 Plan 

6F2E3853 5658 
0.8SVX 

This means 'load in the instru- 
ment called Piano. 8SVX, and refer 
to it from now on as instrument 0' - 
remember from last month that an 
instrument will probably be an 
8SVX file. 

You could also find chunks like 
’NAME', 'AUTH' and 'ANNO' in a 
SMUS file These are just like the 
ones we saw in 8SVX files last 
month. 

Finally, you may find other types 
of chunk in the file; these are 
NON-STANDARD chunk types - see 
Code Clinics Oct & Nov 1990. They 
are quite legal, provided they 
conform to IFF-85 syntax. If your 
program finds any that it doesn't 
understand, it should ignore them. 
Alternatively, check the manual to 
see what they mean, and if noth- 
ing is revealed, contact the the 
people, who published the pack- 
age. and ask them for the specifi- 
cation of any chunks they seem to 
have invented. You may have to 
pester them, but that serves them 
right for not putting the informa- 
tion in the manual. 

Next month's Code Clinic is the 
last for the time being on IFF, it's all 
about ILBM picture files, and how 
to read and display them. 


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column for you. Jason Holborn conducts . . . 



A fter years of blinkered 
marketing, Commodore 
finally seem to be exploit- 
ing the Amiga's potential as a tool 
for the serious musician. But the 
question on everyone's lips is still 
“where's the official Amiga music 
bundle?" We've seen games bun- 
dles. graphics bundles, education- 
al bundles, but still no music 
bundle has arrived. 

Commodore US has been suc- 
cessfully pushing its music bundle 
(an Amiga 2000, 1084 monitor. 
Dr.T's KCS and two synth patch 
editors) for a fair old time now, but 
still Commodore UK seems unable 
to come up with a suitable pack- 
age. 

The marketing brains at 
Commodore UK had been secretly 
negotiating with both Microlllusions 
and Dr.T in an attempt to tie up a 
deal to bundle either Music-X or 
KCS Level 2 with the Amiga. 
Eventually Commodore managed 
to clinch a deal with Microlllusions. 
The company was contracted to 
supply Commodore with a larger 
number of copies of Music-X 
for inclusion within its planned 
bundle. 

Although the deal seemingly 
went through fine, Commodore 
eventually changed its mind and 
decided to dump its massive 
stocks of Music-X onto third party 
vendors at a vastly reduced price 
(which explains why Music-X can 
be bought so cheaply). 

At the Frankfurt Music Fair held 
earlier this year, Commodore 
Germany showed off its new 
Funlab bundle. The pack con- 
tained a Kawai MIDI keyboard, a 
five-track Steinberg sequencer 
(Pro-5 perhaps?) and an Amiga 
500. 

Since then, however, we've 
heard little of this bundle, but it 
would seem logical that if it was 
eventually released, it may well 
end up on this side of the English 
channel. 

In the meantime, Roland has 
already jumped on the bandwag- 
on with their £470 Desktop Music 
System. Although this doesn't 
include an Amiga, the pack does 
contain Dr.T's excellent Tiger Cub 
Sequencer, Copyist Apprentice 
and Roland's own CM-32L LA 
sound module. If you're after a 


one-stop music pack, but can't be 
bothered to wait for Commodore 
to come up with the goods, then 
Roland's pack may well be worth 
investigating. 

Next month I'll be taking a look 
at the Roland music pack, so stay 
tuned (no pun intended) for that 
one. Meanwhile, Roland is on 081 
568 4578. 

ON THE RIGHT TRACK 

Written by the infamous Fairlight 
team. Star Trekker is a new arrival 
that could well oust Sound Tracker 
from its throne. Unlike most of the 
competition, it uses the same 
proven user interface of Sound 
Tracker (even to the extent of 
using the same bass relief graph- 
ics), but adds a few tricks of its 
own. 

After just a few minutes of play- 
ing, you'll soon realise that Star 
Trekker is something pretty special - 
feature for feature, even the 
Software Business' TFMX (reviewed 
in the November issue) would be 
hard pushed to match it! 

For starters. Star Trekker doesn't 
just include all the usual Sound 
Tracker song creation tools, there's 
also a vast range of extra tools 
included as well. 

For those of you with audio digi- 
tisers, Star Trekker provides com- 
plete sample grabbing and editing 
options. There's also a preset editor 
built-in, so you don't have to mess 
around with ST-nn disks - just load in 
any sample and build up your own 
preset lists. 

Most importantly though. Star 
Trekker is fully MIDI compatible. 
Previously, about the only Sound 
Tracker-like program that support- 
ed MIDI was Andreas Tadix's 
Game Music Creator, but that had 
a disturbing habit of crashing with 
some (most) keyboards. 

Star Trekker supports both 
recording and even playing 
though MIDI, making it possible 
to create tunes that 
take full advantage of your MIDI- 
setup. 

The only negative aspect of this 
is that it still only supports four note 
polyphony - so even if you have 
something flash like an SY77 or an 
Ml you can still only play four 
notes at once. 


Gripes aside. Star Trekker Is most 
definitely the best Sound Tracker 
program available. For just £3, you 
can own a music composition sys- 
tem that simply blows away com- 
mercial offerings such as Quartet 
and TFMX. Buy it now! 

Star Trekker is available from 
Seventeen Bit Software on 0924 
366982. Also, look out for a round 
up of PD Music software in a future 
issue. 

MUSIC-X JUNIOR- £80 

The Software Business (0480 496497) 

After over a year of painful waiting, 
Microlllusions' Music-X Junior has 
arrived. You may have read 
reviews of Junior in other publica- 
tions, but be sure that we're 
reviewing the official release - and 
not just another pre-production 
back-hander. 

Music-X Junior looks and feels 
almost identical in operation to its 
big brother. There's the same 250 
tracks of real-time MIDI recording 
(albeit a few recording options 
such as punch in/punch out etc). 
Gone are the complicated syncing 
options such as SMPTE, but who 
needs 'em anyway? After all. the 
nearest most of us come to a 24- 
track tape machine is the trusty 
domestic hi-fi. 

Junior can still record a full six- 
teen MIDI channels of MIDI data 
simultaneously. These can then be 
extracted and placed Into their 

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Music is all about extremes. In 
our round up of sound samplers 
in the November issue of Amiga 
Computing, I was lucky enough 
to be able to review RAMScan's 
Audio Engineer, a very powerful 
sampler from Australia that 
would leave you with little 
change from £200. At the other 
end of the pricing spectrum. 
Harlequin Distribution have just 
released their Sound Express sys- 
tem that is perhaps a little easier 
on the pocket - £160 easier, to 
be precise. 

Samplers can be jolly tricky 
things to suss out, but Harlequin's 
unit is definitely designed with 


own private tracks (don't worry, 
there's plenty to go round!). If like 
me you use a music work-station 
such as the Korg Ml, then this is a 
great way of dumping perfor- 
mances straight from your 
keyboard sequencer into the 
Amiga. 

Editing power has always been 
a strong point of Music-X. and 
Junior shares much of this power. 
Music-X offered two sequence edi- 
tors (the stream-based Event Editor 
and the graphics-based 
Bar Editor), but Junior offers only 
one. Thankfully the best of the two 
- the Bar Editor - has been 
retained. Notes are represented as 
lines of different lengths (the longer 
the duration of the note, the 
longer the line). 

Also, events such as pitch bend 
and note velocity can also be dis- 
played in a graphic format. All 
sorts of events can be edited sim- 
ply by clicking on them with the 
mouse when the proper editing 
mode is selected. 

Entirely new sequences can be 
built up from scratch simply by 
drawing them in with the mouse. 
Alternatively, you can even record 
straight into the bar editor with a 
MIDI keyboard. 

Just to keep you on the edge of 
your seat, and maybe also to 
ensure that you continue to buy 
Amiga Computing, more details of 
this package will be printed next 
month. 

the beginner in mind. Everything 
is layed out in a clear and con- 
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Express an absolute doddle to 
use. There's the usual cut, copy 
and paste operations, plus a 
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as the old saying goes - you gets 
what you pays for. Personally, 
I'd rather go for Microdeal's 
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This month, Eddie Mckendrie provides a 
comprehensive tour of BT’s popular inter- 
active service Micronet... 



I magine c bulletin board that 
is only a local number away 
and has callers spread out as 
far a field as a small croft on the 
isle of Skye, and an even smaller 
bedsit in central London. 

Throw in a good measure of 
Teletext-style graphics and you've 
pretty much summed up British 
Telecom's Micronet. This is a coun- 
try wide Videotex service which 
aims to provide information and 
entertainment for the growing 
number of computer users who 
have access to a modem. 

During Micronet's early days, it 
was dominated by the propeller- 
head elite, but these days, it's a 
very different story. The price of 
modems drops daily. But listen 
hard and you can still hear the 
muffled rustling of anorak hoods 
coming from keyboards up and 
down the country. 

The Net - as the psueds call it - is 
basically, a huge collection of 
Teletext-style frames. At the last 
count, there were more than 
30,000 pages, containing informa- 
tion on various topics from home 
computing to satellite TV. 

The database is divided up into 
a series of mini-magazines which 
focus on a specific area of interest. 
By keying in a frame number 
(which can sometimes be enor- 
mous!) you’re presented with the 
relevant information. 

The service is extremely well 
structured and it's possible to 
glean the information you want 
without ever keying a frame num- 
ber directly. Instead, single or dou- 
ble digit selections can be made 
from intermediate menus which 


flow down different arteries and 
veins of the network. This is by and 
large, fine as long as you are not in 
a hurry! 

The built-in ‘keyword' facility 
provides a more friendly way to 
get to the most commonly 
accessed areas. For example, typ- 
ing ‘AMIGA# while on-line takes 
you directly to the Commodore 
area of the Net. 

But what about the quality of 
the information? There's no point 
in getting to your frame to find it is 
out of date or irrelevant. 
Fortunately, most Micronet areas 
are well run. a large number of 
topics are updated daily with oth- 
ers typically being updated twice 
a week. 

The information comes from a 
variety of sources. Micronet has a 
core editorial team which provides 
the main news and computer 
magazines, while external contrib- 
utors provide news and features 
on special interest topics like hi-fi, 
music and television. 

There's even a special open 
access section of the database 
called ‘Gallery' which allows 
members to provide editorial on 
any topic they fancy. OK, so what 
makes Micronet different from 
Ceefax or Oracle? That can be 
defined in a word - interactivity. 

Teletext now boasts an audi- 
ence of 7 million readers, but have 
you tried to chat to one of them 
without getting out of your comfy 
chair? Unlike Teletext, in order to 
use Videotex you must be physi- 
cally linked to a central computer 
system. This has obvious pros and 
cons. On the up-side your two way 


link means the system knows exact- 
ly who you are. Every Micronet 
member has a unique personal 
‘Mailbox' number, rather like a 
'phone number, which other mem- 
bers can use to get in touch indi- 
vidually. Most of the main Micronet 
areas also have letters pages 
which are frequently updated, 
allowing members to openly air 
opinions or waffle on about the lat- 
est burning issues. Now this is 
where it gets tricky. Comms is a 
funny old business, enthusiasts 
seem to hook their micros up to a 
board and then converse with 
other people who've done the 
same, about things of mutual inter- 
est. This usually results in lots of very 
boring conversations about baud 
rates and how much better the ST 
is over the Cray for MIDI sequenc- 
ing, letters praising the Amiga to 
the ST area on-line and so on. 

Most bulletin boards have a 
range of software which can be 
downloaded. Micronet is no 
exception, but the system it uses is 
unique. Telesoftware is regularly 
updated with public domain and 
shareware programs for most for- 
mats of machine, including the 
Amiga. Although this should not be 
confused with the Telesoftware ser- 
vice Ceefax operated, it does work 
on the same principle. 

Unlike most other boards, you 
cannot upload software to 
Micronet (although they do wel- 
come contributions by post). If 
meeting people for a chat is more 
your cup of tea. then it's probably 
worth taking a trip to Micronet's 
very own on-line hotel - Dialtalk. 
Sixty four people can link up and 
exchange news interactively. 

Dialtalk is different to the letters 
areas because it's a real-time envi- 
ronment. Other people using the 
service see what you're saying as 
you type it, just as you can see their 
input. I - 

If you've called a BBs and chat- 
ted to the Sysop you'll already 
have a feel for how the system 
works. Dialtalk is divided up into a 
series of rooms, laid out loosely like 
a typical hotel. Upon arrival, you'll 
be in the Dialtalk Foyer. This is 
where most of the regular users 
stand and chat. There's also a bar 
and some private rooms which 



Trash, one of Micronet's two multi-user games 


anyone can use should the need 
arise for more personal conversa- 
tion. 

Multi-user games form an essen- 
tial part of the Micronet package. 
These are best described as text 
adventure games played with, 
and against, other real people 
rather than just your Amiga. 
Currently, there are two such 
games on Micronet. Shades is a 
medieval fantasy adventure and 
Trash is a futuristic labyrinth of puz- 
zles. 

There will be much more on 
these and other non-Micronet 
multi-user user games next month. 
Joining Micronet also gives you 
access to Prestel. the massive 
300,000 frame database of which 
the Net is only a small part. 

The bulk of Prestel' s information 
is provided by newspapers, travel 
agents, educational institutes, 
banks, companies and of course. 
British Telecom. You probably 
won't use Prestel much, but when 
you do, it can be very handy for 
booking holidays, theatre tickets 
or sending flowers. The most useful 
part of the main Prestel service is 
Phonebase. a direct link to the 
national directory enquiries system 
- ideal if you want to avoid the 
hefty new charges for dialling 192 
from April. 

The most obvious drawback of 
using an interactive on-line service 
has to be the cost. In order to take 
advantage of Micronet you have 
year. There is also a time-based 
charge for use of the service of 1 p 
a minute off peak and 7p a 
minute during the day. 

The charge is waived between 
midnight and 8am (handy if you 
can't sleep because of the phone 
bill). Premium services like Dialtalk, 
Shades and Trash cost yet more 
with 2p a minute being the rate 
during off-peak hours Add to this 
the cost of your phone call and 
your bank manager might not be 
as keen on Micronet as you are. 

If you have a modem and 
viewdata comms software, call 
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modem to 7E1 (7 data bits, even 
parity. 1 stop bit), dial 0272 250000. 
Use the customer ID: 4444444444 
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How do you get stunning artwork 
into your DTP creations? 

Jason Titchberry explains... 


W hatever form of pub- 
lishing you are into 
you're bound to run 
across the artwork problem sooner 
or later. Problem? Well, it's like 
this... 

Suppose you were compiling 
copy for the latest edition of your 
rave hit ‘Guernsey Sweaters 
Monthly'. Someone's submitted an 
interesting pattern but the trouble 
is, they've put it on a sheet of A4 
paper. How on Earth do you 
include it in the mag? 

Actually, there are several ways. 
If you have a digitiser or a scanner 
then you can grab an image of 
the diagram. Of course, this means 
the relative expense of a camera 
or a scanner but there you go. 

The other options all involve you 
drawing it. either by copying it 
directly or using a graphics tablet 
to trace over the image. The 
Summa graphics tablet Is very 
good and not too expensive if you 
like tinkering with art packages. 

But the problem isn't over yet. 
You still have to get the image into 
the DTP package. Think yourself 
lucky that you own an Amiga and 
not a PC is all I can say. 

The Amiga IFF system is almost 
unique in that it is a standard 
which people actually adhere to. I 
can't think of any package on the 
Amiga capable of exporting 
graphics which doesn't use the 
standard IFF format for bit- 
mapped graphics. 

On other systems you'd have to 
contend with file types like TARGA, 
PICT. PCX, GIF. IMG, TIFF (two 
types), DEGAS and NEO. 

Handling all these image types 
on lesser DTP systems is an expen- 
sive business as many publishing 
houses have found out. It's not 
enough to ignore these files 
though - you may need to use 
them yourself. 

Without a scanner or digitiser 
there are only two sources of art- 
work for your publication - images 
drawn by yourself or those drawn 
by someone else. Clip art, as the 
latter is known, is very handy for 
spot illustrations to brighten up 
pages. 

There is a surprising variety of 


clip art and much of it is public 
domain, so it will only cost you the 
price of a disk and copying. 
Unfortunately, a lot of it has been 
produced with the Mac in mind so 
you'll find that you'll have to have 
to deal with all these alien file for- 
mats after all. 

Pagestream2 comes with a lot 
of import drivers allowing you to 
decode some of these stranger 
files although I have good reason 
to question some of its Pro Draw 
conversions. If you have 
Pagesetter or Pro Page, then you'll 
have to rely on a third-party solu- 
tion. 

At the moment, ASDG's The Art 
Department is a good option, pro- 
viding many different drivers for 
handling file types such as TIFF and 
GIF, but If you buy the professional 
version, you may have to pay 
extra for other file types. 

A package like TAD or Pixmate 
is a very useful addition to your 
DTP tool-chest, not only for chang- 
ing between file types but for sub- 
jecting your artwork to palette 
changes, colour compactions. 
Ham to 64 conversions and for 
subjecting them to weird filters 
and effects. 

It's quite easy to end up with a 
piece of artwork that bears little 
resemblance to the original. 

TAD will also handle 24-bit IFFs, 
which is more than Dpaint and the 
like can do, so it may be your only 
option for editing ray-traced 
images for example. Remember 
that these images require a lot of 
RAM - at least 1Mb before you 
consider running TAD and prefer- 
ably two or three before you can 
use it seriously. 

It is a good idea to tinker with 
your graphics before loading them 
into a DTP package. Invariably the 
screen refresh takes so long during 
page layout that it is worth your 
while cropping the image exactly 
as you want it first. 

With all this to consider it's small 
wonder that a lot of magazines 
have as many staff handling the 
artwork as they do handling the 
words. Still, it was your idea to 
become a one-man Wapping 
wasn't it? 



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Registers, keyboard scancodes and 
controlling a joystick, it’s all here 


H ave I got news for you.... 
AMOS has been 
reincarnated yet again, 
this time boasting the ability to run 
from any folder. Mandarin say that 
this is not the only change from 
version 1.2 but offers significant 
improvements for owners of hard 
drives who previously had to run 
AMOS from the root directory of a 
partition - messy!. 

The other major improvement of 
VI. 21 is the introduction of an 
improved music extension and 
SoundTracker converter. To get 
hold of the new update contact 
Sandra Sharkey at the Official 
AMOS PD Library on 0942 495261. If 
you've just updated to version 1.2. 
Sandra says she will update your 
disk with 1.21 if you return your PD 
updater disk together with 50p to 
cover P&P. Sandra would like to 
stress that this offer is only open to 
those people who obtained the 
original update from her, not 
those who got a rather cut down 
version on another magazine's 
coverdisk. 

Also everybody who buys AMOS 
should now get luwerly ring-bound 
manuals instead of the perfect 
bound ones that you and I got. This 
is due to general demand for a 
manual which can lay flat on your 
desk. Congrats to everybody at 
Mandarin Software, it's nice to find 
a company who listen to the end 
user. This issue should reach you just 
before the Computer Shopper 
Show, if you are going pop along 
to the Mandarin stand. All the 
gang should be there including 
Chris Payne. Richard Vanner, 
Aaron Fothergill, Sandra Sharkey 
and of course me. See ya there. 

Infinite wisdom? 

OK then, register time. In his infinite 
wisdom Francois Lionet decided to 
implement a series of data 
registers that AMAL can use in the 
same way as a normal variable is 
used in AMOS itself. He also 
created a special series of 
registers RA-RZ which can be used 
to communicate with the BASIC 
part of your program. These are 
known as 'external’ registers, and 
now you know what they are it’s 
time to use them. The first thing to 


do is to sort out the AMOS Data 
Disk which we have been using 
over the past few months, stick 
that in the drive and type the 
following into the editor. 

Flash Off : Curs Off : CIs 0 : Double 
Buffer : Get Sprite Palette: LOAD 
“AMOS_DATA:MAGIC_FOREST/MFSPRIT 
ES.ABK” 

OK, that sets up the initial screen, 
(remembering that AMOS 
automatically opens a default 
screen when any program Is run) 
and loads in the SPRITES. Now 
we’re going to define a simple 
AMAL string, remember to type this 
in exactly as it appears here ’cos 
otherwise you may get nasty errors 
cropping up. 

A$=”Begin: Let X=RA ; Let Y=RB ; 

Jump Begin 

Some of you will spot what I am 
doing in the string but I’ll explain 
anyway. First I have set up a label 
called 'Begin:’ which will serve as 
the beginning of the program. 
Next, I use the special register 'X’, 
this is a special register whose only 
purpose in life is to control the X 
position of an object or screen. I 
then make 'X’ equal to the value 
in the external register RA and 
then do exactly the same with the 
special register 'Y* (guess what 
that does!). After all that is finished, 
I jump back to the label we called 
'Begin:’ and do it all over again. 
Just add these few lines and 
we will be ready to run the 
program. 

Bob 1,50,50,1 Channel 1 To Bob 1 
Amal 1 ,A$ Amal On Direct 

OK, run the program. Oh gosh, 
where has the little geezer gone? 
Has our program worked? Well try 
typing this in direct mode 

Amreg(0)=50 : Amreg(l)=50 

As you will see our little guy has 
jumped to position 50,50 on the 
screen. You may now have 
realised the relationship between 
RA/RB and Amreg(0)/Amreg(l) - 
they are the same thing! As we put 




a new value into these registers 
the AMAL program we just wrote 
automatically passes the values in 
the X and Y coordinates of the 
BOB, amazing huh? 

Right then this is all very nice but 
not too impressive is it? How about 
using the special 'Y’ register to 
control the movement of a 
screen? 

Flash Off : Curs Off : CIs 0 : Paper 0 
Centre At(,8)+”AMIGA COMPUTING 
AND AMOS" Centre At(,10)+"THE 
PERFECT COMBINATION!" 

These couple of lines just display 
something for us to scroll around, 
the bit which does the real work is 
next, and once again please type 
it In exactly as it appears (AMAL 
does know the difference between 
upper/lower case characters) 

A$=" Begin: If RA=1 Jump Upscroll 
; If RA=2 Jump Downscroll ;’’ 
A$=A$+”Jump Begin:’’ 
A$=A$+’’Upscroll: Let Y=Y-RB ; Let 
RA=0 ; Jump Begin ;’’ 
A$=A$+’’Downscroll: Let Y=Y+RB ; Let 
RA=0 ; Jump Begin 

This little AMAL program looks at 
the number contained in 'RA’, if it 
is one then the program will jump 
to the label 'Upscroll'. After this the 
special register 'Y* is decremented 
by the amount stored in the 
external register 'RB’ and 'RA' is 
reset to 0. 

Now we need to control what 
values are passed into 'RA* and 
'RB’, Amreg(0) and Amreg(l) as 
the BASIC part of the program 
knows them!. 

Amreg(0)=5 Channel 1 To Screen 
Display 0 Amal 1,A$ Amal 
On Repeat TEMP$=lnkey $$CAN= 
Scancode: If Jup(l) Then Amreg(0)=l: 
If Jdown(l) Then Amreg(0)=2: if 
SCAN=>1 and $CAN<=9 then 
Amreg(l)=SCAN Until TEMP$=" “ 


variable TEMP$ and the scancode 
of the key Is passed Into the 
variable scan. Scancodes are 
numbers which don’t represent the 
actual character which is pressed, 
rather they represent the actual 
position on the keyboard. 

I'll go off on a bit of a tangent 
for a few words and give you a 
few more strange facts about 
keyboard scancodes. A few 
people have phoned and written 
to Mandarin about a strange extra 
key that seems to appear on their 
screen when using the keyboard 
define. This strange key is actually 
part of the return key on British and 
American Amigas, but in other 
countries - France for example - it 
is an extra key with its own 
scancode (43 for those with an 
interest) and because AMOS is 
designed to be easily configured 
for non-English keyboards I had to 
include this extra key in the 
keyboard definer! 

Getting back to the program, 
the numbers along the top of your 
keyboard one to nine, just happen 
to have the scancodes of one to 
nine so it is a simple task to put this 
value into Amreg(l) ('RB' in AMAL) 
in order to control the amount of 
lines the screen will scroll up when 
the joystick is used. 

Incldently. I know I could have 
used the AMAL facilities to read 
values from the joystick but what 
about reading information from 
the keyboard? Why not try to alter 
the program so that pressing the 
up/down cursor keys does the 
same as moving the joystick up 
and down? 

Anyway, try running the 
program. You will see a message 
printed in the middle of the screen 
telling you what is totally obvious, 
you can then push the Joystick up 
or down for a nice smooth scroll. 
Now try pushing the numbers one 
to nine and you will see the 
scroll slow down or speed up. Neat 


This part of the program assigns an 
AMAL channel to screen 0, and 
goes into a loop. Every time the 
loop goes round AMOS reads the 
keyboard to find out if a key has 
been pressed. If a key is detected 
the character is passed into the 


huh? 

Well, that's about it for this 
month. I've got to get back to 
programming the very latest red 
hot AMOS demo which should, 
fingers crossed be available by the 
time you read this. 


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Computer cracking up? 
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We're here to help! 

Write to Amiga Computing, 
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Macclesfield SK10 4NP 


Checked his Agnus... 

The other day I decided to have a go at 
writing my own boot block with July's edition of 
the Code Clinic. First I checked my Agnus and 
found it was a standard PAL version. I then 
followed the instructions, tried the 60Hz boot 
block and re-booted. The disk still booted even 
though I don't have the fatter Agnus. Why? 

Stuart Unsworth, Rochester 

The answer is simple. The 60Hz boot block 
doesn’t really mind If you don’t have a fatter 
Agnus. It will happily pass over the code on the 
new boot block, as it is now redundant, and 
carry on with a normal boot. Oh, and for all 
you out there with A3000s (gimme! gimme!), 
please don’t be alarmed if the Agnus check 
routine doesn’t work on your machine - it has 
a bug which Jolyon will be rectifying in a later 
version of the program. 

The colour of money? 

I recently bought a Commodore MPS1550C 
printer in Bradford, England. Unfortunately, the 
colour ribbon has now run out and I find it 
impossible to get one. People in England tell 
me the printer is out of date. Would you 
confirm this for me, as I cannot afford to lose 
£250 after only a couple of weeks' use. 

If the ribbons are not available I will have to 
bring the printer back over to Bradford. 

Nael Nangle, Raheny, Dublin. 

Your printer problems are over! The 
Commodore MPS1550C is indeed an elderly 
printer but is by no means out-dated. Silica 
Shop can supply a ribbon for £12.99 (carriage 
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Formatus Interruptus! 

I have a problem with my Workbench. When I 
want to format a disk I click on the icon and 
choose initialise from the disk menu. But when I 
do this the computer only formats one cylinder 
and then it's over. I would like to know what 
the problem is. Is it a hardware problem or is it 
a software problem? I am thinking of taking my 
computer to a repair shop. What should I do? 

Remco Andriese, Holland. 

Don’t, whatever you do, take the machine to a 
repair shop before trying the following 
relatively straightforward procedure. First, put 
the disk you want to format in the internal 
drive, then open a Shell by double-clicking on 
the Shell icon in the Workbench disk’s window 
(the Shell is simply a souped-up version of CLI). 



Now type in this AmigaDOS command line: 

FORMAT DRIVE DFO: NAME <any name will 
do> <RETURN> 

A window should now appear showing the 
cylinders being formatted and, at the end of 
the process, your disk will be initialised. You 
can rename the disk if you like from 
Workbench, but ignore the ’initialise’ option in 
the Disk Menu - it’s useless. 

Driven to distraction 

Recently, I have bought a GVP hard disk for 
my A500 (GVP Impact 45MB). The drive has an 
additional 2MB of RAM However, on 
connecting the drive to the expansion slot of 
the Amiga I notice that I now have the 
expanded memory but It doesn't seem to 
recognise the hard drive. 

The ASSIGN command provides me with all 
drives except DHO: and upon doing a DIR DHO: 
the Amiga requests me to 'insert volume DHO:'. 
Does this point towards a failure or am I doing 
something wrong? The drive was bought from 
Power Computing in the .K. 

Ron Pieterson, Bankok, Thailand 

DON’T PANIC! The drive is fine. The only 
problem is that you cannot just plug in devices 
such as hard drives and expect the Amiga to 
converse freely with them. What you have 
neglected to do, is make your Amiga aware of 
the drive’s presence with the MOUNT 
command. This command forces the Amiga to 
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description of the new device. 

If an entry for your hard drive is inserted in 


the Mountlist this will ensure that the drive is 
recognised when you next boot up. Refer to 
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details and consult the information supplied 
with the drive. If there is none, or it is 
insufficient, those friendly people at Power 
Computing will put you straight if you call 
technical support (on 0234 52207) between 
3pm and 5pm. 

In CAMRA? 

Realising I could no longer spend my spare 
time touring this area searching for real ale. 
Last year I splashed out on an Amiga 500 and 
all the peripherals I could afford before my 
lump sum disappeared. 

I've bought several books allegedly for 
beginners but to date have been unable to 
make much progress. Most of the letters in 
your column appear to come from readers 
who slung their L-p’ates away long ago, but at 
the risk of seeming completely devoid of my 
marbles could you give the answer to the 
following queries? 

When using Kindwords, unless I remember 
to use the gb setmap beforehand, I get the 
wrong apostrophe and if I do remember I 
cannot obtain all the symbols required for the 
A590 RAM test. Presumably there is a way to 
obtain either whichever setmap is used, but I 
cannot suss it out, and the set of 18 keys on 
the extreme right of the keyboard is also a 
mystery to me. 

Also, having connected the A590 after 
much frustration and cussing I do not fancy 
the job of separating it from the A500 when I 
eventually get around to acquiring some 
more RAM. Is there any way of doing this 


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without gaining access to the 501 already 
there? 

Finally, could you tell me what causes a 
'hard error' on a track surface and if there is 
any remedy. So far I have only found them on 
games when Disk-Doctoring a dodgy disk. 

B Easter, London 

First of all, were a little confused over your 
setmap problem. If you can’t obtain all the 
characters you want from a single setmap, you 
will have to use SetMap from the Workbench 
system drawer. You can copy this over to the 
Kindwords disk if you like, and can access it by 
pushing Kindwords into the background with the 
toggle device in the top right -hand corner. 

As usal is the standard Amiga keyboard 
setmap, were not surprised you can’t complete 
the A590 RAM test with the gb setmap. Oh, and 
the 18 keys you refer to are those which make 
up the numeric keypad! 

As to the A590 RAM upgrade, I’m afraid you’ll 
have to go through the hassle of disconnecting 
the beast before slipping in the chips, as it’s 
impossible to get to the chip sockets unless you 
do. 

The hard error on your floppy is just that - a 
physical blemish on the disk which acts not 
unlike a crinkle in an audio tape. You might 
record something new over the corrupted 
piece of tape, but it’s still going to sound lousy. 
The only thing you can do with disks like these is 
either throw them away or (if you’re 
stingy/desperate) use them as backups for 
non-essential programs or data until you can 
get some new disks. Keep your disks covered 
and away from dusty places, and try not to spill 
coffee on your floppy drive if you want to avoid 
hard errors. 

Virus? What virus? 

I have read in the last issue of Amiga 
Computing about a virus on the magazine 
cover disk. I have disks June to November 1990 
and would be pleased to know which are 
infected. As a newcomer to the Amiga 
(welcome aboard - Ed) I am worried and 
haven't used any of them yet. 

(name unreadable) Leatherhead. 

Take it easyl You got the wrong end of the stick. 
The letter concerning viruses on magazine disks 
had nothing at all to do with our cover disks - 
that story was about RAMPAGE, the defunct 
disk-based Amiga magazine whose publishers 
are now in liquidation. 

There ISN’T a virus on ANY Amiga Computing 
cover disk. We check them thoroughly before 
dispatching them and take pains to ensure that 
they are positively antiseptic. Now that I’ve put 
your mind at rest, you might like to recall that 
your November cover disk contains VirusX 4.01, 
the latest version of possibly the best virus killer 
available, along with full instructions for its use. 
This ought to keep you safe from the viral 
heeby-jeebies. 

Wot, no backup? 

I am sure many people read this excellent 
magazine every month, and I am equally sure 


that many more than you think are confused 
and baffled when they are faced with running 
some of the excellent utilities on the cover disk 
each month, or even PD disks from the CU. 

This brings me to my first cry for help. Could 
you please print a step-by-step guide to 
running a program that can only be loaded 
from the CU? 

The second request is again a step-by-step 
guide to salvaging a corrupt disk. I was in the 
process of saving a file to disk when some idiot 
blew the main circuit breakers and caused 
havoc on my data disk (you are quite right to 
be thinking ‘I bet he didn't have a back-up 
copy'). 

Anyway. I eventually found about the only 
thing that would help me was the COPY 
command. It did. and now the entire 
(remaining) contents have been saved onto a 
new disk under one heading, and all the 
previous directories are now sub-directories. 
Everything used to be stored in drawers, now 
there isn't one in sight. Can you please help 
me to regain proper order on my disk. 

Terry Evans, Cheltenha. 

It just goes to reinforce the old proverb, "Thou 
shalt make backups”, dunnit, huh? Don’t 
despair, though. We’ll be running a sort of 
"Guide to the CU”, appearing on a cover disk 
near you, soonl This should help with many of 
the basic problems often overlooked in over- 
techie books and letters pages. 

Your second problem is slightly trickier. If 
power was shut off half-way through a disk 
access, it is highly likely that your disk is very 
badly corrupted. A simple COPY of all the data 
on the disk is next to useless. What you need to 
do is use the AmigaDOS DISKDOCTOR 
command (from CU) or one of the many PD 
disk utilities, like DiskSalv. These will read as 
much as they can from the disk and erase 
what they cannot, then replace the old files 
with the newly checked and operational ones. 
The AmigaDOS command concerned is: 

DISKDOCTOR DRIVE DFO: 

(If you’re using the interna! drive) 

The utility will then prompt you through the 
operation, which doesn’t take too long, and 
report on any corrupted files or track errors It 
finds. If you COPY what’s left to another disk, 


you should be able to access the files as icon 
files (those with the ‘.info’ suffix) will also be 
DISKDOCTORed and then copied. 

If, as you say, there are still no icons to be 
seen, drawers or otherwise, it just means you 
may have to re-organise your files in new 
directories. This can be a lengthy proces but 
you may not have much choice in the matter. 
If you do have to re-structure your files, I would 
refer you to the PD programs SID and 
IconMaster, both of which are readily 
available from any PD library and both of 
which have appeared on our cover disk at 
one time or another. 

Idiot's guide? 

As a subscriber to Amiga Computing. I write to 
ask if you would be kind enough to post to me 
an idiot's guide in the form of a set of 
instructions on how to install the virus-killers on 
your November cover disk into a startup- 
sequence? The instructions in the Amiga 
manual are by no means adequate for 
someone with my lack of technical 
knowledge. 

Derek C Robinson, Barton-under-Needwood 

The Amiga manual is inadequate for anyone 
with any level of technical knowledge! It Is, 
how shall we say it, utter crap. The first step is 
to use a text editor to get the startup- 
sequence on screen. The ED or MEMACS 
utilities supplied with Workbench are sufficient, 
but there are plenty of superior PD editors such 
as JED. 

Using an editor you insert a line with ‘VirusX’ 
into the sequence somewhere before the 
command ‘loadwb’, then copy the VirusX 
program into your C: directory using the 
RENAME or COPY commands, or a PD utility 
such as SID. 

When you next boot from the disk, VirusX 
will run itself as the disk is loading and check 
all disks currently inserted in drives (including 
its own). It will then appear as a small window 
in the menu bar and will carry on 
automatically checking all new disks. 

To get the KV utility to work, you must also 
copy it into the C: directory, as it will not run 
from the Workbench. Once you copy it to C: 
just follow the directions in KV.DOC (see the 
VIRUSX401 drawer) to find out what syntax and 
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