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4 Amiga Computing 



CONTENTS 


REGULARS 


AMIGApeople 

All the news rhot's fit to print from the- world of Amigo 
computing j 

Public Domain 

Stewart C fiussell with another astonishing batch of 
freebies _ § | 

Dispatches 

Your thoughts on (he great issues of the day - votes 
for women, the Crimea, finding rellQPie servants,,,, 126- 


REVIEWS 


GB Route 


Plot a c Curse with the ultimate in friendly road maps. 
The AA 'ain't got nothin' like this 



Technical 
Help 

Anorak falling you? Let our 
team of in-house wibblers ■ 
sort out your technical problems. 
A song, a smile and a cheery quip 



Big Alternative Scroller 

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video titling monster „„„6* 

Amiga Centre 

Tick ya stethoscope off ma sensitive areas.. Dorkter 
Findlay. We trek north to meet AM C ,72 


GAMES 


Printers! Printers! 

Two of the best In 24-pln printing come under the 
microscope ,, , y; 


The latest and best in the world of electronic enter- 
tainment (and you don't need batteries), Ishdo; The 
way of the Stones, Tanks, tanks and more tanks, 
Mayhem and Intellectual mastery hand In hand 37 


Roland rat? 

Musical monsters Rorands best kit on the bench for a 
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ALMANAC 

Something for 
everyone, every 
month in Almanac 


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COMMUNICATION: 




Amiga Computing 5 














Five years ro the month niter Protect vettfon 1 was 
launched Arnar are pleased to present version 5, on enormous loop 
forward in both ease of use and pert ormunce. 

Pretext 5.0 introduces e completely integrated system of pull down men vs 
and dialogue boxes. The menus ore among the many operations that may now 
be tarried out with either the mouse or the keyboard. Pretext reofiy does give 
you the best of both worlds. 

Protext 5.0 handles printer fonts flexibly and ociuralefy You ran make full use 
of any number of proportional printer fonts, mix them freely within ony hne, 
tentre them ■ headers, use avtomutkaMy formatted footnotes. And Protexl 
(oriodly (mmols your text os you type it, no molier how many f ont shonges 
you use, showing you line and poge breaks exactly os they will he printed. 

Protext S.O is still the fastest word processor around. Even though we have 
made all these major improvements we have taken great core to ensure thnl 
text ediling is as fast as ever. The menus work smoothly and quickly even 
with high resolution displays. But of course, you con use Protext s efficient set 
of commands and keys just us before and 5.0 remains compatible with all 
earlier versions from 1 .0 onwards. 

Protext 5.0 is a worthy successor to version 4, which was described as "the 
best word processor at any price", "the best text processor on the Amiga" 
and "the most powerful word processor on the Atari ST" (AU1, ST/ Amiga 


The Features 



> New fast & easy to use pull duwn 
menu system with dialogue boxes and 
alerts; file selector; mouse dragging to Sf 
blocks. Menus complement existing 
commands and keyboard shortcuts, do 
not replace them, Menus may be used 
with mouse or keyboard. Amiga version 
fallows Intuition guidelines. 

.V Enhanced printing capabilities supports multiple proportional funis; mixing of 
different fanl sites an the some line; proportional formatting whilst editing; side 
margin, headers and foolers independent of moin lexl font. Tabs,, decimal tabs and 
centre tabs. Extensive range af printer drivers supplied. 

> Multiple file editing up tn 36 files may be open: spit sawn ediling. 

V Graphics mode support on PC allows use in virtually any text or graphics mode 
' including 132 column or 75 line VGA modes; user defined diameters and on-screen 
bold, italics and underlining now on all versions; use of 13 different ascents on any 



Format, ST User). 

Protext 5.0 heralds a new era of multi-lingual European software, in time for 
1992 and the opening up of Eastern Europe. Pretext may be used in ol least 
27 different languages and has 10 
different national keyboard layouts 
built in 


Prices 


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V Language support iniludes Albanian, Basque, Ciedi, Danish, Dutch, English, 
Esperanto Estonian, Flemish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Irish Italian, Latin, 
Lithuanian. Ka-rwegion, Palish, Portuguese, Rumanian, SerktToation, Slovak, Spanish, 
Slovene, Swedish, Webb, (Note: some printers do not support all languages). 

\ i nt )ex and contents generation. Indexer takes marked words or phrases; contents 
entries automatically taken from titles wrapped in control codes; many oplions far style 
of contents output. 

JV Spelling checker features completely new 1 1 0.0DD+ ward Collins dictionary with very 

' fast phonetic lookup. Anagrams and find word pattern. Foreign language dictionaries 
[German, Swedish avoilohle now, others la Follow). 

Jc Many other enhancements including multi line footnotes and endnotes; automatic 
timed save; add tolumn or raw of figures; indent tabs; Find word at cursor, 40 column 
mode support; sentence operations; inter- paragraph space; much improved expression 
evaluator ' self incrementing variables; Roma n nu merols; newspaper-style column 
printing; File sorting utility with special options for names rind addresses; revised manual 
plus new tutorial guide. 

> And don't forget Protext still includes background printing; box manipulation; 
macro recording; exec files; headers and Footers; find and replace; mail merging; 
undelete; file conversion utility; configuration program; outo reformatting; on screen 
help; lime and date; typewriter made; line drawing; disc utilities. 


PiMSOrnay bu purthastd (tom ony good ampule, shop a direellv from Amor. Upgrades from *rin versions 
ore only available Cram Arnor and Ibo originoL dfion should ie relumed wilh yoor order. 


Protexl 5-D 
Upgrade from v4 2 
from ember versions 
Protext 4.2 
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£75 

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£149.95 

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£60 

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£75 

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£99.95 

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due 1991 Q1 


Protest 5.0 requires at least 640K oi memory on all machines 
Protexl 4.2 requires at least 5I2K of memory on all machines 
Pradata requires I MB of memory on the Amigo 




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WHAT’S- ► 

new 



T EN yeors ago, Roger 
Hulley started Alternative 
Software from the front 
room of his mother's home. He 
has Just marked a further mile- 
stone In his business development 
by launching another label - 
Friendly Learning. 

Aimed at providing colourful 
and enjoyable programs for 
younger Amigo people based on 
popular television ond cartoon 
characters. Friendly Learning was 
launched from Alternative's West 
Yorkshire headquarters but 
Roger's family siHI have on active 
part in its development. 

This comes from his tour-year- 
old son Luke who Is well versed In 
computer programs and provides 
on ideal opportunity for Roger to 
field test his new packages. 
"Friendly Learning is a special 


label we have created for the 
education market with licences 
specially chosen to attract the 
under sevens’ , Roger told Amiga 
People . "With a four-year-old of 
my own. I felt there was a need 
for programs to target this 
younger age group ond I can also 
understand the needs of parents 
who may not have a lot of com- 
pute knowledge. 

“AH the programs are con- 
trolled by joystick so parents don't 
need to teach their children how 
to use the computer. Once the 
programs are loaded, they Ignore 
the computer ond just use the joy- 
stick". 

The first package features those 
lovable characters Sooty and 
Sweep ond Is colled Sooty and 
Sweep's Fun With Numbers. Next 
In line Is Thomas The Tank Engine's 


Fun Wrfh Words. Amiga versions of 
both cost £19,99. include s tot levels 
of learning and are supplied 
complete with flash cards, 

About to be launched are 
Postman Pat's Fun With Shapes 
and Sizes using the popular mail- 


man and his friends in Greendats 
which have already been fea- 
tured In a game from A/f emotive 
(0977 797777), 

Future characters to be 
brought to the computer screen 

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IMIGA 



STEP INTO FANTASY 

BILLED as "the ultimate tool for 
building a Virtual Reality" . 
Domark's latest offering on the 
incentive Software label is The 3D 
Construction Tootktt. due on sole 
in April. 

For users in both educational 
and leisure markets. The 3D 
Construction Toolkit Is claimed to 
be the first product to allow 
Amiga owners to create, design 
and plan a reol environment then 
walk Into that environment and 
interact with It as If they were 
really there, 

included with the utility wli be 
a specially written arcade adven- 



Better than Dreamland 

tyre created with the kit and 
featuring some of Its effects and 
animations. 

"Using the kit is rather IFke 
building Lego blocks for adults" . 
said a spokesman from Domark 
(0Q1-7B0 2222). -You can shrink 
yourself and enter your new cre- 
ations; interact with your sur- 


roundings,. animate objects then 
get them moving to create an 
even more real effect". 

Houses, streets and even small 
towns can be created In 3D. The 
package also has the scope to 
include rooms In buildings, under- 
ground scenes, vehicles and 
even space scenarios. Sound 
effects can be selected from the 
product's Internal library and 
there is also a choice of ready- 
made environments, 

Potential uses for the ufftty are 
the creation of 3D arcade 
games, adventures ond simula- 
tions: 3D modeWng ond visualisa- 
tion plus educational design. 




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will be Huxley Pig. Super Ted and 
Fireman Sam. 

Roger also plans to use some of 
the characters in new 16 -bit 
games. These will include Thomas 
The Tank Engine. Huxley Pig and 
the vampire duck. Count 
Duckuia. The AH emotive games 
will cost £7 ,99, 

KICK OFF CRAZY 

Which piece of software was 
capable of drawing a crowd so 
large at a recent event In 
Germany that the police were 
colled in order to control the fran- 
tic supporters? And which piece 
of software recently attracted 
15.000 players to a league event 
in Italy, and is also responsible lot 
similar bizarre events erupting In 
France. Spain and the UK? 

The answer: Kick Off 2, the 
game which swaps boots and 
balls for bits and bytes. The ulti- 
mate football Simulation goes 
from strength to strength. This 
now-fomtllar cult classic, which 
has taken Europe by storm, finally 
reached that Mecca of the 
English game, Wembley, 



Crowds throng fhe atetes in anticipation 


Thousands of players have 
been slugging it out during the lost 
few months In regional rounds of 
The Computer Football Challenge 
Cup, 

The play-orfs were held ai the 
Anca stand during the Tecent 
Shopper Show weekend, with the 
final being held on the Sunday. 

Although Kick Off 2 is available 
for Path the ST and Amiga, when 
things get serious there's only one 
machine. As a result, all the 
matches at the show were played 
an an Amiga. 


If that isn't enough, the show 
also boasts the appeoronce of 
French. German. Italian and 
Spanish champions, not to men- 
tion the new hero of the English 
game, Neate Type. 

The newly crowned king. Neale 
Type walked off with a smile and 
□ handsome £1 ,QOG cheque for his 
efforts. Steve McEwen, the 
unlucky runner up. was seen to 
be wiping away a tear with a 
wod of fivers amounting to a cool 
£500. Each of the Anal 16 received 
a medal, plus El DO to drown their 


sorrows 

The final went to a sudden 
death shod out. leaving the out’ 
came balanced on the first player 
to score. In the European compe- 
tition, Neale unfortunately came 
bottom of the table, with the 
favourite ond eventual winner 
Luca Coldiero heading bock, 
home with a cool quarter of a mil- 
lion In his hot little hand Citation lire 
of course...). 

TALKING TECH 

AT a meeting in Cologne, o group 
of hardware and software devel- 
opers have formed an organisa- 
tion which could have important 
repercussions for the Amiga 
development community. 

Called Grafexa. It s a multi- 
national body which has stepped 
In to produce a common stan- 
dard far devices offering more 
colour and higher resolution than 
the standard Amiga - an area 
which Commodore has foiled to 
cover. 

Grafexa will act as a forum for 
discussions on the new standard 
and will circulate newsletters 


WHAT'S 

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modeling and urban studies. 

As Am/go Computing went to 
press, no price had been fixed. 

NEW ON THE SHELVES 

AMIGA people with Christmas 
present cash burning a hole In 
their pockets have a good 
choice of new Amiga books to 
curl up with on those long winter 
nights, 

Former Amiga Computing witt- 
er Mark Smlddy has produced 
Master AmlgaDOS 2 which covers 
version 2.0 of the Amiga operat- 
ing system. In two volumes, if also 
deals with previous versions pro- 
viding hands-on Instructions and 


explanations on AmlgaDOS com- 
mands. 

AmlgaDOS 2 Is- available 
through Bruce Smith Bocks £0727 
41243) and Is described as '’The 
de-facto guide to all versions of 
AmlgaDOS". Volumes one and 
two cost £39,90. 

Also on the subject of 
AmigaDOS is a new offering from 
Abacus called AmigaDOS Inside 
& Out. An upgrade an the popu- 
lar title, it now Includes the 1.2, 1 .3 
and 2.0 operating systems. 

As its name suggests, Amigo 
Printers Inside & Out is a full guide 
to using printers, Rounding off the 
Abacus range Is Making Music 

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With The Amiga for all the Midi 
fans who want useful tips. 

Further details of the Abacus 
books can be obtained from 
AdamSoft on 0706 524304. 

FANCY FRACTALS 

VIRGIN Gomes (071-727 8070) 
have announced that they are to 
publish the next offering from 
Graftgold, the team responsible 
for hit titles such os Urldium, 
Simulcra and Super Off Road. 

Based on 3D fractal technolo- 
gy, it's an original role playing 
gome with the working title of 
Realms. 

"Following the successful rela- 


tionship we had with Grartgold an 
the superb Super Off Road coin 
op conversion, we wanted to 
work with them again on an origi- 
nal product", said director of 
Virgin Gomes Andrew Wright. 

"Realms has been In develop- 
ment for about six months and 
we ore very impressed with what 
we have seen". 

Realms should become avail- 
able in February but meanwhile, 
virgin has had to postpone the 
release of the eagerly awaited 
Judge Dredd. 

It should be due out any time 
now at £19.99 for the Amiga ver- 
sion. 




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including ideas and comments, 
"Commodate have not 
defined any standards for devices 
which haw more colours and res- 
olutions than the standard 
Amiga', said Martin Lowe of 
Amigo Centre Scotland - one of 
the leading bights of Grafexa. 

"Anyone producing hardware 
and witting software hits problems 
in extending the Amiga's capabili- 
ties, They are faced with up to a 
dozen boards, through this new 
organisation, we wfll help to eradi- 
cate this problem' , 

It is planned to publish the first 
draft of the new standard In time 
for the European Developers' 
Conference In Milan In February. 

THE MIDAS TOUCH 

TWO lucky people will soon be 
receiving gold plated Amigos as 
part of Commodore's celebration 
for reaching sales milestones. 

Amiga sales In the UK passed 
the holt million mark in November 
and worldwide sales passed the 
two million mark during the same 
month, 


When contacted by Amiga 
Computing, Commodore were still 
working on plans for a charity tie- 
up with the presentations. It was 
not clear whether the special 
Amigas will go to the puchosers of 
the 500.000th and two millionth 
machines with a donation to 
charity, or if they wild be auctioned 
off. 

While Commodore admitted 
that the Amigos probably won't 
have real gold leaf, they will 
come with special plagues, 

EURO ACTION 

FROM hh new base in the South of 
France, former technical director 
of Mlcronet. Mike Brown., has 
plans far on Amiga version of his 
Interactive multi-user game 
Astroid and abo reports that the 
Amiga Is gaining In popularity 
across the Channel, 

First seen ot the recent Micro 90 
exhibition In Paris, Astroid was 
launched by Third Millenium 
Systems, the company formed In 
1088 by Mike and Shades author 
Nell NeweBI to develop and mar- 
ket multi-user entertainment 
throughout Europe and North 


America. 

Ifs a fast-moving game of eco- 
nomic and mlltafy strategy set In 
the lawless mining communities of 
a remote and hostile asteroid belt. 

Distributed In France by Canal 
Quotre. Astroid Is currently only 
available to PC and Atari ST own- 
ers because of the predominance 
of the ST In that country. 

But that Is about to change os 
the Amiga overhauls the ST In 
Gallic homes. 

"In technical terms, there is no 
reason why Astroid cannot be 
transferred to the Amigo' . said 
Mike from his office close to Aix en 
Provence. "The only reason we 
have not written an Amigo version 
so far Is because there are a 
250,000 Atari STs in France and 
only twenty odd thousand 
Amigas. 

"I now get the impression that 
the Amiga is getting a better hold 
In France and over the next few 
months the pressure to bring out 
□n Amiga version of Astroid wilt be 
difficult to resist, 

"We would certainly like to 
bring It to the UK but that 
depends on the future of the 



TAIWAN TIDBITS 

TAIWANESE peripheral manufac- 
turers Golden Image now have a 
UK outlet, which Is providing new 
kit for Amiga owners at reason- 
able prices. It includes mice, disc 
drives, RAM cords and scanners. 

The Golden image hand held 
scanners offer 400 dpi and come 
with software ond power supplies 
for a price of £199. The range of 
RAM cards include the Golden 
Image RC5Q0 alternative for the 
A501 and the RC-20G0. 

'The RC-2000 is a full-size card 
which will rocket your memory 
from between its populated 2Mb 
and 8Mb and Is user expand- 

>>>>>>> 


able' . says Golden Image mar- 
keting manager Andrew Banner. 

Disc drives for the Amiga start 
at £59 while mice run from £3-9 
for the optical variety and £24 
for the mechanical . 

>>>>>>> 


"Golden Image Is a hugely suc- 
cessful range of computer sup- 
plies from Taiwan', odds Banner 
'Our policy is to sell quality goods 
at ultra low prices through a net- 
work of more than 400 dealers' . 

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telematic services there. Although 
it is only the Model T version, 
Astroid is the first Interactive mutt- 
user adventure game and points 
towards the future, It Is indicative 
of the way home entertainment 
will go. 

"England is an important mar- 
ket and l would like to see Astra*d 
being successful In the UK. We 
would be looking towards some 
kind of joint venture deal with 
someone already In the business 
or a large software house and 
have already made some over- 
tures. 

“Astroid is the most sophisticat- 
ed game of Its kind today and in 
Its underlying architecture we see 
a glimpse of the potentiql offered 
by developing network and termi- 
nal technologies for interactive 
entertainment ' 

INF0GRAMES PUSH 

FRENCH software house 
infogrames has increased its UK 
presence, Joining Henri Coron at 
the new London office are F*oscal 
Bfandln and Dominic Cor who is 
responsible for marketing ond 


The firm can be contacted on 
061-510 7373. 

CHEAPER MEMDRY 

CHEAPER chips are the offer norm 
Tetrabyte Electronics (0865 
794648), me new company 
rormed by international semicon- 
ductor buyer Peter Lloncourt ond 
computer marketing man Bruce 
Everts. 

Computer memory chips are 
Increasingly traded as a com- 
modtty but the price advantages 
filter down slawty to end users. 

Terabyte Intends to buy mem- 
ory at International commodity 
prices and sen It directly to users. 

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press relations, 

Christ eile Gesler from the 
French headquarters promises 
some Interesting products In 
months to come. Infogromes can 
now be contacted on 071-736 
6199. 

WHATEVER NEXT? 

AUTHOR of multi-user adventure 
game MUD, Richard Battle, has 
come up with an interesting snip- 
pet. When players enter the 
game, they are allowed to 
choose a persona, Including the 
sex. 

In the UK r 95 per cent of the 
p foyers are male but around half 
of the alter egos are female I 

We're sure this must mean 
something about the characters 
who play multi-user games but 
we ' re not quite sure what, 

UPGRADE FDR CHARITY 

FOLLOWING yet another block- 
busting Children In Need Appeal, 
owners of an old Amiga who 
want to upgrade to a new 
Commodore A30iTD now have 
their chance to help swell the 


charity's coffers. 

Computer dealer Trevor 
Monahan of Skegness-based MC$ 
(0754 610217 ) Is offering a trade-in 
deal with up to £1 ..000 off the 
price of an A3000 depending on 
the age and condition of the old 
machine. 

'The offer Is only for machines 
which are stkl working and are (n 
reasonable condition", he told 
Amrgo Computing, "We will give 
purchasers of new A30QC 
machines up to £1,000 off the 
price and will send the old 
machines to the BBC who will be 
able to self to raise cash or donate 
them to charities", 

OFF TO KENYA 

AMIGA owners Interested In mice 
could soon be looking at a much 
larger variety of animals through □ 
competition run by computer 
mouse company Naksha (0925 
56396). 

First prize in the competition Is a 
two-week balloon safari holiday 
for two in Kenya, Entrants must 
supply a caption for the picture, 
which appears on entry forms 
available from computer dealers 
or direct from Naksha. 


VIVE LE K0NIX 

THE Konlx range of Joysticks has 
been taken over by French distrib- 
utor Innelec, who beat off a num- 
ber of other bids with a price 
rumoured to be around £2 QQjQGQ, 

As reported in Amiga 
Computing fast month, Konlx fell 
Into receivership an October 2, 
reputedly owing in excess of £1 
million. Accountants Peat 
Marwick McLintack have been 
handling the receivership and sale 
of the Joystick range. 

The Konlx products will join 
Innelec 's range of Amstrad hard- 
ware. leisure and business soft- 
ware and other lines of Joysticks. A 
spokesman for Peat Marwick said 
innelec are already continuing 
manufacture of the four main 
product lines and will soon extend 
this to the full range wtth no loss of 
jobs at the Welsh factory, 

Distribution will be through the 
normal channels, but a question 
mark still hangs over the future of 
the Konlx Multi System console 
which is not Included In the 
Innelec deal. 

Head of Innelec, Denis 
Thebaud Is concentrating on 
keeping the firm running before 


taking a closer look at extending 
the distribution of Konlx products, 
Last year. Innelec claimed sales 
figures of £15milon. 

RANDY ANDY RAPPED 

ADVERTS for Ubtsoft's game Ranx 
are the latest target for Sandra 
Vogel, leading light of Oasis - The 
Organisation Against Sexism In 
Software, 

in the Oasis newsletter.. Sandra 
runs a picture of the offending 
advertisement and asks members 
to Join her m complaining not only 
to magazines running the advert 
but also to the Advertising 
Standards Authority. 

The advert shows a scantiily 
dressed woman In the clutches of 
an android whose hands have 
strayed where they shouldn't, 
Sandra reckons it goes "just that 
bit too far". 

Apparently. Capricorn Com- 
puters who supply public domain 
software and specialise rn adult 
games. Their disc of "rape 
games' has apparently offended 
many Oasis members. 

The group now has nearly 100 
members of which 76 per cent are 
female. 


IIMUl 

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BETTER BASIC 

GFA Data Media (0734 79494 1 } 


are poised to launch a major 
upgrade to the Amiga version of 
their programming language GFA 
Basic. It will follow the taunch of 
PC, Windows 3.0 and OS/2 1,2 
versions of the package and wHI 
Include many of the new com- 
mands Incorporated In them. 


'The PC versions Include a lot 
of new commands and far the 
sake of compatibility across the 
machines, we will be Incorporat- 
ing these In new Atari 5T and 
Amiga versions', sold Les Player 
of GFA. 'The timing depends on 
how many of the new commands 




are included but we expect 
Version 4.0 to be available in the 
first quarter of 1991'. 

GFA Basic Is an easy-to-learn 
but powerful programming lan- 
guage, which Includes ground 
500 commands with both inter- 
preter and compter. 

Improvements In Version 4,0 are 
expected to include a more pow- 
erful directory, file handling and 
system central commands. 

GFA has also been appointed 
as the UK’s exclusive distributor Tor 
the range of music software and 
hardware from French specialists 
Digigram, 

Amiga products now available 


through GFA include Frock 24 vl 
at £75 r Studio 24 v2 at £150 and 
Big Band vt at £159. 

ATONCE REVISITED 

The review of the ATonce PC 
emulator last month quoted 
perform-gnee figures of 2.6 on 
the Norton SI scale, which some 
of you might have found 
surprisingly slow, This is because 
our board was faultyl The real 
figure should hove been 64, 
Incidentally, users of the board 
can recleve version 1 . 1 of the 
installation software by returning 
their cSsks to Silica, who’ll replace 
them free of charge, 


DIGITAL RETRACTION 

Last month's show report 
included a passage on the 
Checknmorte Digital vs A 1500 Ltd 
argu-ment over Mick Roots's 
expansion unit. 

We used the word infunctfon In 
this piece, This was. In fact, 
incorrect as no legal proceedings, 
have token place, and 
Checkmate Digital's Steve Jones 
asked us to clarify things. 

Sorry Steve! 

He'd like to assure customers 
that Checkmate have been 
officially distributing the full 
production modarAlSOO and will 
continue fo do so. 




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That was the year 
that was... 


July 1989: 
Weather station 

After being available for same 
time on other micros, weather 
satellite pictures from Microtek 
finally became available for the 
Amiga. 

Using any unexpended Amigo, 
a simple Microtext Teletext adap- 
tor and an ordinary domestic tele- 
vision aerial. Amiga owners could 
of lost receive quality colour pic- 
tures on their machines, 

The Images, which originate 
from sources such 
MeteoSat, are transmitted 
on the popular public 
Information service 
CE E-FAX, could 
reconstituted on the 
Amiga using a bit of 
clever software. 

The pictures 
were updated 
regularly and 
appeared as 
on index on 
the Amiga's 
screen. If was then 
simple task using the 
machine's mouse, for recipients to 
pick end choose pictures. 

In 1989, the equipment cast 
£143.52, but for that, enthusiasts 
could produce weather forecasts 
nvalHng those of John Ketttey. 

June 1989: 

Amiga to the rescue 

The Lockerbie air disaster sent 
shock waves of revulsion around 
the world. Many tost their lives and 
one of the biggest Investigation 
teams was set up to sift the evh 
dence In an attempt to discover 
just who was responsible. And 
what was at the heart of that 
Investigation? Non other, than an 
Amiga 2000. 

Coupled with video film, the 
Amigo was used to reconstruct 
the last moments, of the doomed 
craft, 

Dumfries and Galloway police 
Instated the system after consulta- 


An irregular look at what 
happened when your Grandad 
was wielding his silicon! 



tion 

profession ol video" 
specialists Video One Professional 
Video. 

The system produced stills from 
thousands of hours of video 
recordings by using a digital frame 
store, The machine's fantastic 
graphics capabilities were then 
used to analyse and enhance the 
stills so that tiny details could be 
picked out, the results were print- 
ed on a Polaroid freeze frame flkn 
recorder. 

Sergeant Bob Owens of 
GaBoway polios, "The Amiga 2000 
system obviously gives us the 
potential for crime detection by 
using Its excellent graphics and 
ability to grab vrdeo Images so we 
can output them as photographs. 
We are currently looking at the 
lessons to be learned from 
Lockerbie, ' 


November 1989: 
Gargantuan graphics 

In the closing months of 
1989„ Amiga owners were 
promised the arrival of the 
famous Parsec graphics board 
from Elmteeh Research by the end 
of the year. 

The breath-tokingJy powerful 
board, already available for the 
Atari ST. was much sought after by 
graphics enthusiasts who had 
bought the Amiga for its superior 
Image generation but who 
required even more power in 
order to produce the kind of pic- 
tures they required. 

Elmteeh 1 s Marlin Lockhart told 
AC 'Parsec for the Amiga Is the 
next project we will be looking at 
Once we go Info full production 
for the $T and get rid of a lot of 
back orders, work will start on the 
Amiga and we are confident that 
it will be ready by the end of the 
year. We will be selling It for £918,' 
The Parsec promised a pro- 
grammable screen resolution 
ranging between 640 x 400 and 
1024x768 pixels, 

There was a choice of 16 
colours a line from a palette of 
4096 for the basic model and 256 
colours per line from a palette of 
16.777,216 on the upgraded 
board. 

And how was all this power 
generated? The Parsec had a 
Texas Instruments TMS 340010 32- 


bit processor running gt an amaz- 
ing 50MHz with □ processing 
speed of 6,25mlps. In effect, an 
entire self-supporting micro on a 
chip. 

Unfortunately, burl not entirety 
unexpectedly, the Parsec failed to 
appear. . . 

October 1969: 

Profit and profitability 

After several years In the Ptack for 
Commodore, the company went 
through the extremely unpleasanl 
process of reporting a loss for the 
period April to June T9fJ9. 

After initial Successes with 8-blt 
computers such os the C64, 
Commodore rapidly went down- 
hill, dosing its modern processing 
plant In Wales and generally tight- 
ening Its belt. 

The release of the Amiga, how- 
ever, tuned the company's prof- 
itability upside down and revived 
Commodore’s flagging fortunes 

But then. Just when Com- 
modore had deleted the word loss 
from It lexicon, the three month 
period to June T999 
showed profits 
down 
by $8.9 1 
miliign , 1 
and that ^ 
included 1 
tax rebate! 

It wasn't alii 
bad news, 1 
however., thel 
company earned 1 
a whacking $50. T } 
million far that year. ^ 

Irving Gould, Com-Y* 
mod ore's Chairman^ 1 
said that "the fourth quarter Josses 
were a result of the stronger US 
Dollar and a softening of 
demand," 

And now? Beginning with the 
Christmas- 'Batman' pack, success 
after enormous success has 
ensured that Commodore Is prob- 
ably the most buoyant manufac- 
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Review 

A1SOO 

A real add-on, or just go-faster stripes? 
Stevie Kennedy puts his silicon where 
the sun don’t shine 


Y ou'Ve seen it before. In 
fact, you've seen it before 
in this very magazine. The 
A 1500 Is the first major expansion 
kit to offer o completely new key- 
board housing and System box to 
our old friend the A500, and has 
attracted a lot of attention since it 
was first announced over six 
months ago. 

The new case promised A500 
owners the chance to upgrade 
beyond the bounds of 
Commodore's conspiracy to limit 
their machine, to use A2000 
expansion cords, to mount hard 
and floppy drives inside the casing, 
and to do oil this from the remote 
ness of a separate keyboard. 

The AT 500s you've seen 
reviewed before now have all 
been pre-production models mar- 
keted by Checkmate Digital. The 
‘new' At 500 Is being sold by A1 500 
Ltd, pending legal action over 
who has the right to sell the thing, 
The only point in the debate which 
concerns us is the claim that the 
unit now on sate is supposed to be 
the fUll production model and not 
a prototype, As such, you might 
expect all the bugs to hove been 
ironed out and to see a piece of 
kit which can be purchased and 
used by any overage punter, so 
we' ve examined this latest model 
with ol these points In mind, 

Installation 

Fot £200 you get the basic unit, 
known as Shell Expansion Kit 1 . This 
unit comprises the standard sepa- 
rate keyboard box and the system 
box. You simply take the Amiga to 
bits, fit the keyboard In the first box, 
and the silicon remainder in the 
second box, using nothing more 
than □ screwdriver and maybe on 
adjustable spanner. Nothing coUld 
be simpler, right? 

Wrong I One of the trickiest ports 
of assembling the original model 
was that the interna! drives had to 
be mounted on a botched-up sort 
of mount . necessitating the adding 
or taking away of 'washers in order 
to make tt the correct height to fit 
smoothly Into the case. 

The second major gripe was the 
dodgy nature of the key board 
which, in Its new case, was bal' 
amced on o bed of foam, turning 
typing Into a trip to the bouncy 
castle for your fingers. Has the new 
model fixed these faults? 

Aligning the drive (although now a 
little easier) is still, unfortunately, a 
major pain in the neck, and the 
exercise of fitting it serves mainly to 
highlight what Is a major design 


fault in the unit, The way the A 1500 
fits together makes correct align- 
ment of ail internal parts necessary 
before you fit the outer sleeve. In 
other words, It Is well nigh imposs* 
bie to make adjustments to the 
height or alignment of the drive, or 
the new box-mounted LEDs once 
you've slid on the cuter sleeve. 

This means a great deal of mess- 
ing about sHcfing the thing on and 
off until you're happy with what 
you've gat, then raking it off yet 


again la give the nuts their final 
tum to fasten everything dawn. It 
would surely have been a simple 
matter to change the design so 
that everything fitted Into a four- 
sided tray and dll tweaking and 
adjustments done before the Hd 
was bolted down. 

The keyboard however, Is cer- 
tainly a neater fit in Its new case, 
and doesn't bounce at all. it slots 
in quite nicety and provides a solid 
typing platform. However, the key- 


board shows up another of the 
unit's short-comings, Why splash 
£200 on a posey box when in the 
end you're still stuck with the 
ASOO'5 keyboard? I know that 
opinion on this is divided, but the 
2000 r s keyboard is in my opinion a 
much nicer proposition. 

In effect, the keyboard oddcn 
part of this unit is little more than a 
curfy cable and a bare metal shell 
which doesn't even have 
adjustable feet so that the angle 
of the keys can be set for typists. It 
looks very nice,. I have to admit, 
and provides immense pose value 
to the upwardly -mob He A50Q 
owner, but as a basic upgrade its 
specifications beke its price. 

Which brings me to another 
point. For £200 I'd have expected 
to be supplied with at least the kit 
to mount another Internal floppy 
(£10.95 extra), and at least one 
extra expansion slot (DUC board 
for this COSh £69). Whot I got, how- 
ever, wos a cosmetically very sexy 
box. practical application of In It's 
standard form. Is limited to placing 
the keyboard In my lap fbther than 
on the desktop. 

Personally. I'm a little doubtful 
as to how many people there are 
who actually like to type on their 
laps, let alone how many of those 
would pay £200 for the pleasure. 

Bad news? 

So is if bod news for the A1 500? For 
from it. Is a laudable attempt at 
meeting what is a very real desire 
on the part of many loyal A500 
owners to expand their machines 
without having to go to the 
expense of an A2Q00, and Is one 
of the best things to hit the A500 
for years. 

No doubt there are hundreds of 
Amiga musicians out there who 
are drooling at the prospect of 
being able to mount their Amigos 
in professional 19 Inch studio rocks, 
and this will be possible for an 
extra £50, 

I’ve also no doubt that many of 
you would kill for the chance to 
get oil that spaghetti, such as 
extra drives and your A59Q, not to 
mention flicker fixers (oh. joy!), 
inside one big creamy case, 

Far those people the A 1500 is a 
dream come true, even if rt is over- 
priced. For the test of us, an outlay 
of £200 should provide a bit more 
than just the extra potential - desir- 
able though It is offered by the 
A1500 

I would say there Just isn't 
enough in the box to justify the 
price'. 



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ning box of tricks. With it, 
you co n point pictures that 
would hove mode Van Gogh 
green with envy, lay out pages for 
a magazine . give the BBC a run 
for their money with your very own 
video productions and to top It all, 

It just happens to ploy the mean- 
est games this side of a video 
arcade. 

But what you may not have 
realised, is Thar the Amiga just 
happens to be a very capable 
musical tool, With the right soft- 
ware {and perhaps even o little 
extra hardware), you too could 
chum out music faster than Stock, 
Atfken and Waterman on a dead- 
line, Don't worry If your music 
tastes are a bit weird, the Amiga 
isn't one bit fussy whether you're 
Into Pepeche Mode. Deep Purple 
or even Debussy. 

But whot really makes using o 
compute* for music so wonderful. 
Is that you don't need to be a 
Beethoven to gel started- A few 
good Ideas and a bit of basic 
know-how is really all you need. 
And once you've acquired these, 
there's no reason why you too, 
couldn't produce music on par 
with the kind of material that Is so 
popular these days. 

Still not convinced? You may 
well be shocked to learn that few 
of the Pop artists we regard as 
'professional musicians' actually 
have any kind of formal musical 
education to speck of. What 
makes them able to produce 
chart hits is that they have a very 
good knowledge at the kind of 
music technology available to 
them {such as computers). 
Indeed, if it wasn't for computers, 
very few of them would be any- 
where near as successful as they 
are today! 

Obviously, if you want to storm 
the charts yourself, then you're 
going to need □ bit more equip- 
ment than just your Amiga. But 
even so. the Amiga is still a good 
place to start, unlike certain other 
musical computers I could name. 
if? perfectly possible to produce 
some very respectable tunes with- 
out having to lash out □ penny af 
your hard-earned cash on expen- 
sive musical Instruments such as 
synthesisers. 

What you need to get started. Is 
some form of music composing 
package. Luckily there are quite a 
few available commercially, so 
finding one that appeals to you 
should be no problem, However, 


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One of the best available Is 
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Sound Tracker. Molselracker uses 
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Because both use a conventional 
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Songs are created by picking 
up notes and placing them dawn 
onto the an -screen stave. 
Unfortunately, neither Is particular- 
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they're worth checking out. 

Fascinating area 

Another fascinating area of music 
on the Amiga is sampling. This is- a 
process in which real-life sounds 
are converted Into a digital farm 
which can be edited and 
replayed on your Amiga. 
Unfortunately, although the Amiga 
contains aN the circuitry necessary 
to replay samples, you'll need to 
Invest in a bit of extra hardware if 
you wish to grab your own. 

One of the best samplers avail- 
able Is Master Sound which sells for 
just under £40. The sampler itself Is 
a small rectangular box which 
plugs into fhe parallel port of your 
Amiga. 

To sample a sound, you feed an 
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personal stereo or CD player into 
the sampler, click on the appropri- 
ate Icon within the sampling soft- 
ware anO Master Sound digitises 
the Incoming signal. The resulting 
sample can be cut, pasted and 
copied to your heart’s content. 

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music, you’ll find a sampler very 


useful ror grabbing and preparing 
sampled instruments. 

Virtually all Amiga music pack- 
ages use sampled sounds for 
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the kind of sounds you can grab 
and use within your own music. 
Failing that, the PD libraries offer a 
vast range of sampled instruments 
Although the Amiga enables 
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ning music using the built-in sound 
chip, sooner or later you'll realise 
that even Paula's tour channels 
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ff you're as extravagant as I am 
when writing music, then you "FI 


wont all sorts of different sounds 
ploying simultaneously - an orches- 
tral stab here, string chords there, 
analogue bass, drums, a lead 
instrument - the list goes on, You 
need more sound channels. 

This is where MIDI comes In. "With 
nothing more than a £25 Interface, 
you can connect and control a 
vast range of MIDI devices rangng 
from samplers and synths, to drum 
machines and even other comput- 
ers - If you've got the right soft- 
ware, you could even connect 
another Amiga and use It as a 4- 
channei MFDl instrument! 

Before you can go any further, 


MIDI under the microscope 

MIDI Is really nothing more than a high speed communications protocol 
which Is used to allow musical instruments to talk to each other. 

In some ways, there's nothing musical about MIDI at all. MIDI treats 
your music as nothing more then a continuous stream of digital pulses 
which are about as musical as white noise to we humans. 

The pubes are grouped into MIDI packets (or messages) which can 
be decoded by devices that understand MIDkpeak The messages 
themselves hatd no sound data at afi, they simply tell a MIDI device to 
carry out a particular operation. 

In some ways. MIDI Is a bit of a slave driver to a MIDI Instrument. It 
continually shouts orders that the Instruments obey without question. If 
MIDI was translated Into English, it would probably sound something like 
this: ‘All Instruments an channel 1 play note F4. instruments on channel 
1 r stop playing F 4 and play D4. ChameJ 1 . you can stop play 04 now 
and start playing F4 agate ' and so on. 

As you can see from the example above, MIDI doesn't address instru- 
ment directly (although it can. but more on this later). Instead, MIDI 
uses a system of channels (16 of them, to be precise) In which each 
instrument is separated by 'tuning' it Into its awn individual channel. This 
way. each Instrument hears only those messages that are meant for it. 

Multiple MIDI channels became particularly important when more 
than one Instrument is connected to the same MIDI network: (a drum 
machine plus a Synth, for example). If both Instruments were on the 
some channel, they would try to ploy exactly the some thing, the key- 



board woutd try to play a rhythm part and the drum machine would try 
to play c melody part. 

With MiDI channels, you can organise Instruments so that the one you 
want is ployed when you need it. 


The Music -X Event Editor sJIawi you to edit the 
MIDI messages that moke up a piece qF music 


youl need a MIDI interface. These 
can be picked up for about £25. 
so buy the cheapest you can find. 
MIDI interfaces are aN basically the 
same, so It’s not realty worth going 
for a mere expensive one unless 
you've got some special reason 
for doing so. 

As long as the interface offers 
the three basic MIDI connectors - 
MO In, MIDI Out and MIDI Thru - 
you can t go far wrong . 

Next, you'll neecf some MIDI- 
compotibte software The first pro- 
gram you'll want Is a MIDI 
sequencer, For the uninitiated, a 
sequencer Is a program that acts 
as a sort of software-based multi- 
track tape recorder (this is what 
they were based upon), 

Unlike a real tape recorder, 
however, a MIDI sequencer 
doesn't actually record sound, 
Instead, a sequencer records MIDI 
messages - read the box the next 
page for more detail. 

What mokes a MIDI sequencer 
so special Is that ihey offer a num- 
ber of distinct advantages over a 
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Firstly, a MIDI sequencer can 
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slonol multi-tracks offer no more 
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Not only that, but as soon as 
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piece. 

Secondly, MIDI sequencers 
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there ore now something like 10 
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Music-X is very powerful, yet It 
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With so mony sequencers available, choosing the one that is right for 
you is an almost Impossible task. However, if you follow the guidelines 
listed below, then you won't go far wrong 

• RECORDING Moke sure that the sequencer you choose supports 
both step-time and real-time recording from MID). Step-time can be 
partlcutoity useful when building up rhythm parts, where as real-time is 
used for recording sequences ■five' . 

It's also useful to be able to record several MIDI chqnnels simultane- 
ously, so that you can import performances from other sequencers eas- 
ily. 

• TRACK control Most sequencers offer at least 12 tracks of record- 
ing, but you really need at least 24. Generally, the more tracks you 
have available to you, the more room you r ve got for experimenting 
with different bass lines and so on, 

Check to moke sure you can merge tracks, copy and move them 
□bout and extract different types of MIDI event from one track and 
store them In another, Vqu may not find It useful to start with, but you'll 
thank yourself for being so wise once you gel down to some serious 
sequencing. 

• EDITING No one can play perfeclly first time, so choose a sequencer 
that allows you to edit sequences both m a graphical form (either as a 
piano role bar display, or In □ more conventional score format) and os 
numeric MIDI data. Editing MIDI data In numeric format allows for 
greater precision, 

• SONG CREATION You could just record a song straight in. but it's 
much easier if your sequencer Includes tools to alow songs to be built 
up from sequences arranged as patterns Preferably, go for o song cre- 
ation system that Is graphics-based. 

• MIDI MANIPULATION It's always nice to have some kind of control 
over the MIDI data flowing through your set-up, Make sure that you can 
specify which channel a porticutar sequence is to be played on, fitter 
out different types of MIDI event (tor example, filtering out otter touch 
messages can save a lot of memory) and channelise Incoming MIDF 
data (send the incoming data for one channel straight out to another). 

• SOUND CHIP SUPPORT As we discussed earlier, the Amiga Is capable 
of producing some pretty decent sounds Itself, so It's weS worth making 
sure that your sequencer can handle internal sounds, 


your music with other non-MIDI 
musicians, then if will have to be 
output to paper in conventional 
score format. 

Unfortunately, very few Amiga 
sequencers con actually handle 
this (Pro-24, Trqck-24 and Tiger 
CiJd are about the only packages 
I've seen), so you will have to 
invest m a separate package. 

There are currently two scaring 
packages available for the 
Amiga. Camus J ProScore (which 
we still haven't seen) and Dr.T's 
Copyist range. 

To import your sequenced 
songs Into either, they must first be 
saved In MIDI File Format, which is 
a standard file format for MIDI 
datd, 

Most modern sequencers sup- 
port both Importing and exporting 
of performances in MIDI file for- 
mat. so this shouldn't prove to be 
too much of o problem. 

There are several different ver- 
sions of Dr.T's Copyist package 
available. For home users, there is 
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package that will output scores to 
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If you buy Poland’s latest music 
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Listen closely .. 

Obviously no amount of sexy soft- 
ware and hardware will actually 
write your music for you- Just like 
the computer Itself, sequencers 
and synthesisers ore merely tools 
which ore only as good as the per- 
son who uses them. If you think 
you're going to buy a synthesiser 
one week and hit number one In 
the charts the next, then you're in 
for bit of a shock. 

A good tip is to sit down and lis- 
ten closely to as much music as 
you can. If possible, concentrate 
on different aspects of the music. 
Thythm patterns, bass lines and so 
on. and try to copy them on your 
Amiga. 

Once you've got a pretty good 
understanding of how other peo- 
ple's music is structured, you can 
start experimenting with your own 
material. While analyzing other 
music Is o good Idea, don’t restrict 
yourself to one particular style. Try 
to listen to as many different styles 
os possible., paying as much atten- 
tion to each. 

Well there we have It, desktop 
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PD SCENE 

ff your budget is tight then the PD 
libraries ore a good place to look 
for music software. Most are 
Sound Tracker derivatives, but 
there's also a vast range of MO 
software just waiting to be picked 
up and used, Here's a quick run 
down of some of the best current- 
ly avertable. 

* N0I5ETHACKES: 2,1 (17bit #776). 
As for as Sound Tracker clones go, 
this Is the biz, It Includes dll the 
usual options, but also has a sorm- 
pler/somple editor built-in, plus a 
fairly simple support for MIDI. 
Definitely worth checking out. 


• MED 2,13. Another Sound 
Tracker clone with MIDI support. 
Those of you who bought the 
December Issue of Amigo 
Computing already have this, tt's 
on the cover disk! 

• CZED (Fish), A complete patch 
editor and librarian for the Casio 
Cl range of synths. A similar com- 
mercial offering would set you 
back £100, but this one's free! 

• MIDI Library (Fish) A complete 
programmer's library for writing 
MO applications in anything from 
assembler to AmigaBASlC, Also 
includes same handy MO utilities 
that demonstrate the power of 
the library. 


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SEQUENCERS: HOW THEY WORK 

Unlike a tape recorder which merely replays an audio ’image' of your 
music, a bit like a sampler, a sequencer actually recreates it by playing 
each individual note again through MIDI. 

The process is achieved using a very fast clock which times each 
incoming MIDI event. As a result, the computer then knows exactly 
when you pressed a particular key 

This dock reading is stored In memory along with the note Itself. To a 
computer, your musical masterpiece is, therefore, nothing more than a 
Pong list of notes along with Ihe exact time that each was played. 

To actually play the music back to you, the computer resets its clock 
and starts it running again. As soon as the clock reaches the same posi- 
tion that a particular event was recorded (all hough this can be 
changed via editing) the computer sends that event out ttvaugh the 
MIDI port reproducing your music perfectly. 


MIDI MATTERS 

The most obvious reason tor buying a MIDI device Is to Increase the 
number of sounds that con be played simultaneously, But there's 
another good reason - sound quality. Like It or not, the Amiga's hum- 
ble sound chip is pretty naff ^hen compared to the kind of sonic 
delights produced by top of the range kit such as the Korg T3, 
Yamaha SY77 and Akgi SHOO. 

MIDI devices come in all shapes and sizes, but the first MIDI device 
you should buy Is undoubtedly a MIDI-compatible keyboard. Even if 
you’re not a keyboard whizz, a MIDI keyboard w* give you far greater 
control when wilting your Own music. 

Keyboards aren’t os unfriendly as some people seem to think. Once 
you've learnt where all the notes are. It's Just □ matter of sitting down 
and exp alimenting to see which sound good together - that's how I 
learnt to ptayl 

A word of warning though. Don't just dive In and buy the first key- 
board you see, you could end 14) with a turkey, ft’s very important to 
moke sure that you get the best keyboard you can, 

I use a Korg Ml (approx £1500), but there are much cheaper key- 
boards available with simtar features. Here's what to look out for: 

# MULTI-TIM aRAL: Put simply, □ mrjti-tlmbral' keyboard can gener- 
ate several different sounds simultaneously on different MIDI channels, 
For example, a single mLiti-timbrat keyboard could use □ piano sound 
on MIDI channel 1 , a guitar sound on channel 2, bass on channel 3 
and so forth. 

• POLYPHONY: If you've bought o multl-timbral keyboard, then 
make sue that it can actually make decent use of this feature. Go for 
a keyboard which offers at least 16-note polyphony, If not more. 

• KEYBOARD: If you can. ga for a keyboard with full size keys. 
Quite a few cheaper MIDI keyboards use mini-keys, which are very 
hard to play. Starting off with a full size keyboard w*l make moving up 
to professional music gear so much easier. 

Quite a few keyboards are a»5G velocity sensitive - they respond to 
your touch - which is great for addling expression to your music. In 
practice, however, such a feature isn't particularly useful to most 
beginners, so don't worry It your keyboard doesn't have it although 
It's become a standard feature an most modern budget keyboards. 
Even less useful for beginners is Aftertouch, which serves only to eat 
large chunks of your sequencer's RAM 

# DRUMS: Quite a few multi-tlmbral keyboards also offer drum 
sounds. These are usually of very high quality (they’re 16-blt samples 
usually), so they're a better bet than using internal Amiga samples. 
Buying a keyboard with drum sounds Could even save you the 
expense of a drum machine. 



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MUSIC SOFTWARE 

So you've got the hardware, rww 
all you need ft some decent soft- 
ware. Here's o quick run down of 
my current musical faves. 

SOUND CHIP SEQUENCING 

• Quartet. Mot the most powerful 
program of Its type, but very easy 
to use. Notes are represented on 
a sort of stave-lik© grid. Also 
Includes a freely distributable 
player program. 

• TFMX. Powerful but very 
unfriendly package aimed at 
games programmers. Probably 
not the best bet tor beginner s. 

• Music-X Junior. Mot quite as 
tnandy at first, but very powerful, 
Not only that, but If you move on 
into MIDI, then Music-X Junior will 
continue to be ot use. 

• Aegis Son).*. Very simple score- 
based music program. Least pow- 
erful of oil the packages 
mentioned, but very easy to use, 

• Deluxe Music. Comprehensive 
sound-chip scoring package. Also 
Includes a little MIDI support. 
Starting to show Its age though. 

BUDGET MIDI SEQUENCING 

• Musle-X Junior. Mentioned 
above, but Junior Is also a 
damned good MIDI sequencer. 
Offers 250 tracks of reaFtlm© MIDI 
recording, full graphic editing, the 
works, 

• Iran, Cut down version ot the 


industry standard Master Tracks 
Pro. Trax is a fine program that 
offers virtuolty the same facilities as 
Music-X Junior. If not slightly more. 
Only let down by the fact that It 
does not support internal Amiga 
Samples. 

• Tiger Cub. 12-Track MiDi 
sequencer with full graphic 
sequence editing and scoring 
faculties. Includes full support for 
Amiga samples, but is rather 
expensive for what it offers. 

PROFESSIONAL SEQUENCING 

• Musie-X, As for as MIDI sequenc- 
ing goes, Music-X Is the biz! It's got 
virtually everything that a musician 
could ask tor. Highly recomm- 
ended, 

• Master Tracks Pro. An industry 
standard sequencer that failed to 


inspire on the Amiga, Gives Music- 
X a goad run for Its money and 
wins in some deportments. Can 
be rather slow and cumbersome 
at times, 

• Pro-24. Another Industry stan- 
dard. but a naff an© this time, Pro- 
24 is years old on other machines, 
so it Isn't really worth bothering 
with unless you use a recording 
studio which has Pro-24 running. 

• KC5 3.0. Dr.T's acclaimed 
sequencer. Very powerful, but 
very unfriendly - It doesn't even 
offer graphic editing of 
sequences. Definitely one for the 
pros only, 

SAMPLING 

• Master Sound. Very cheap, but 
very good. Produces some of the 
clearest samples I've ever heard 


from an Amigo! Definitely one to 
check out. 

• Audio Engineer. The best sam- 
pler for the Amiga, but very 
expensive, If money is no object, 
then this Is the one to go for, Also 
Includes the best sample editing 
software yet produced for the 
Amiga - AudtoMasfer HI. 

• Sound Trap III. Another cheap 
but very good sampler. Sound 
quality Is on par with Master 
Sound, but It's let down by poor 
software. 

VOICING 

•Sound Quest Editors. Dr.T Is about 
the only company that produces 
a comprehensive range ot editors 
for different synths. Those covered 
include the Ml, DX7, CZ series, 
SY?7 ©t dl. 


VOICING SOFTWARE 

Programming a synthesiser or sound module Is a difficult enough task at 
the best of times, but things qre made even worse by the fact that most 
offer little mare than a tiny LCD strip and a couple of buttons 'to work 
with, If you've ever tried programming a synth. then you'll know already 
how unfriendly they can be. With your Amiga, however, programmkig a 
synth becomes so much easier, Many companies produce programs 
called Patch Editors, which allow you to edit the sounds within o synthe- 
siser on your Amiga screen. And because the Amiga display is so much 
more flexible than cn LCD strip, a patch editor allows you to see your 
sound In a graphical farm, thereby making the process of editing far 
more understandable and productive. 

Obviously all synthesisers aren't the same, so It goes without saying 
that you need a patch editor designed specifically for your synthesiser, if 
you've got a falrfy popular synth, then finding a patch editor shouldn’t 
prove to be too much of a problem. 

Sound Quest (Dr.T) produces a vast range, which covers the majority 
of popular synths including the Cdsio CZ range, the Kawal K1 „ Korg Ml, 
Yamaha DX and SY synths. Roland D-serles and the Nke. These retail for 
about £100 each, 

Music-X also has q number of patch editors; included free of charge, 
so if you're after a professional sequencer and just happen to own one 


of fhe synths that If supports, Music-X should be the first program on your 
shopping 1st. 

The current release of Music-X has patch editors for the Yamaha 
TXfilZ, DX21/10Q and the Roland D50, Mlcrolltuslons promised lb extra 
editors far just £10. but none have yet arrived - Korg Ml . Roland D 10/1 10 
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Videocat 

Adndn Gate has written Videocat, 
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organise them to show any 
unwanted or free spaces which 
are available far recording, 

The information that the system 
records is at two levels. Tape Data 
relates to the type of tape used far 
the recording and Programme 
Data, which lists the programmes 
and their positions on the tape, 
When you run the program the 
screen displays an empty entry for 
□ tape and three empty spaces 
for the programmes on that tape. 
Theirs are also two sliders. The thin 
one on the left is for scanning 
through the tapes and the thick 
one on the right is for scanning 
through the programmes when 
there ore more than three on a 
tape. 

There are four menus to control 
the system, Ths Files menu pro- 
vides: 

LOAD: 

This clears all current entries (torn 
memory and loads the file named 
pt the bottom of the screen 
(defaults to 'CATALOGUE' 1 ). 

SAVE: 

Saves the current set of entries to 
the file named at the bottom at 
the screen. 

SELECT FILENAME: 

This activates the file requester, 
which tries to access the file 
named ot the bottom of the 
screen,. If you want to change the 
filename, use the requester but- 
tons and/or gadgets In the normal 
way to enter the relevant device 
or directory, and type the new 
name into the siring gadget. 

PR NT: 

This is a submenu with two options 
to print the current tope, or all the 
tapes, Once one of these options 
is activated a requester is dis- 
played for you to select the page 
size and output quality. You may 


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Remember that for Print to work 
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NLO. selecting this option will prob- 
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ABOUT: 

This will display a message about 
Vldeocat, 

Tapes menu 

The Tapes menu has the option to 
Add, Remove and Amend tapes, 
When o tape Is created a blank 
area entry Is Initialised In the pro- 
gramme list for the space on the 
tape, 

If you delete a tape, all the pro- 
grammes are deleted automati- 
cally and a user confirmation 
requester is displayed. For tape 
data entry a special dialogue 
box Is used, When a tape Is 
being amended It is not 
possible to change the tape num- 
ber. 

Programmes menu 

This menu has options ta Add, 
Remove and Amend the selected 


programme. Simply cljjk to select. 
A box b displayed to the right of 
the programme. 

The Add option does not require 
you to select a programme as it 
creates a new one. It displays a 
dialogue box tor you to enter the 
details and then Insert the pro- 
gramme Info the programme list, 
The previous entries covering that 
area of the tape ore removed or 


cut up to show the actual contents 
of the tape. You can delete them 
afterwards if necessary. 

Note that the Amend option 
does not let you alter the start and 
end positions of a programme. You 
cannot amend or delete pro- 
grammes marked as blank. When 
a programme Is deleted It is 
marked as blank and merged with 
any adjacent blank area. Any 
blank area shorter than five min- 
utes Is not displayed so as to 


reduce the need for using ths pro- 
gramme Information slider. 

Lists menu 

There are two list-creating options 
to simplify the data display. List 
Sank Areas enables you to select 
o rating - o personal score you 
give to programmes which reflects 
whether you want to keep them or 
record over them - and then 
extract all programmes and blank 
areas of or below this rating. 

They will be built up Into blocks 
where adjacent, and lengths ore 
calculated. The list is sorted into 
length order and displayed In a 
requester, You can scroll the list 
using a slider Or print to the select- 
ed printer. 

let Programme Names extracts 
all the programmes from the list of 
tapes and sods them into alpha- 
betic order It then displays ihem 


within a requester with a slider to 
move the Bst. Again,, there's a print 
option. 

Word to the wise... 

Videocat uses two disk-based 
fonts, Diomond/2Q and Ruby/12. 
These must be present In FONTS: 
along with diamond. font and 
ruby.font for the program to work 
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AZspell 1.02 

AZspell Is a qulek-and-easy spell 
checker for ASCII text files. It 
comes with a dictionary of cdmost 
12.000 words and facilities to store 
as many more as you like. 

To run AZspell you should first 
doubto-cfick on the AZasdgn Icon, 
This assigns the logical device 
AZspell: to the curTen^dlrectory, 
that Is the directory AZassIgn Is In 
when you double-click It. Nate 
That If the disk containing the dic- 
tionary is colled AZspell. and the 
dictionary is In the root directory 
of that disk, there Is no need to 
ryn AZasslgn first. After double- 


clicking on the AZspell Icon yau'fl 
be presented with a string gad- 
get In which you should type the 
name of the fife you want to spell 
check, YoiTII probably need to 
supply the full path to the file. For 
example. If you wanted to spell 
check the MatchPatch. DOC file 
on the cover disk, because it's 
the only ASCII file on It. you would 
enter: 

CDQ1 dimatchp^ch/matchpafch.doc:. 

After o very short wait the main 
AZspell window will appear. If 
you've followed the above 
example, the word ’MatchPatch' 
will be highlighted In white at bot- 


tom left, AZspell Is saying it 
doesn't know that word and Is 
asking you what you want to do 
about It, On the right-hand side is 
a list of suggestions for the correct 
spelling. 

At this point you can choose to 
add the word 'MatchPatch' to 
the dictionary. Ignore It. correct 
the spelling or correct the spelling 
and add the word to the dictio- 
nary. 

Click on the close gadget ot 
any time to dose down the speH 
checker, AZspell has a special 
mode ot operation which allows 
the automatic collection or addfi- 
tion to the dictionary ot mis- 


spelled and unfound words in a 
text fie. This mode is launched via 
the CLi FJl details ot this and all 
the other features of AZspell and 
Its associated programs are in the 
AZspell.DOC fife, 

If you want to move the pro- 
gram 1o another disk, simply drag 
the AZSPELL T 02 drawer lean Into 
the new disk's window 

AZspell VI ,02 was written by 
Danny Hartley, AZspell and 
AZmerge can be used and dis- 
tributed freely, but they are not 
public domain, AZdictlanory Is 
supplied ‘as :1s' for public domain, 
and may be modified and redis- 
tributed In a modified form. 


MatchPatch 

MatchPatch Is a 24 level platform 
game in which you have to 
destroy all the aliens on each 
level, or get to a bonus screen to 
progress to the next level, 

To prevent you from achieving 
this goal there are deadly aliens 
that kill an contact, plus a timer 
which will take one of your lives if it 
expires. There are five different 
aliens to overcome, all with indi- 
vidual characteristics. 

The stone men walk slowly 
around the platforms, moving from 
the top to the bottom of the 
screen. Icebergs on the other 
hand, can jump up to higher plat- 
forms suddenly, as can the fire 
balls, which move around very 
qLickly. 

Watch out for storm clouds - 
electricity - which can change 
direction Just when you think 
you're safe, and the light bulbs 
which bounce off the platforms at 
an angle. 

Which aliens will be on which 
screen and their order is shown at 
the top left of the display. This 
order Is important because It con- 
trols the types of bullet you can 
fire. An arrow under the order of 
the aliens at the top left of the dis- 
play indicates which type of alien 


your buflets will kill. 

If the arrow Is under the iceberg 
alien for example, this is the only 
type you can ki. Any other aliens 
you hit will be transformed Into the 
next alien in that level's order, but 
not to the type you can kill. 

To enable you to kill all the 
aliens there are holes In the bot- 
tom platforms. Over the holes are 
arrows that indicate which type of 
buHet you can coiecf if you Jump 
down the hole. 

Jump down the hole with the 
Rre button pressed and not only 
do you collect the indicated type 
of bullet but you also cydle the 
arrow over the hole to the next 
bullet in the level's order, After 
Jumping down the hole you'll 
appear of the top of the screen, 
so look before you leapl 

As you'd expect, the aliens can 
jump down the holes as well, After 
doing so, they'll be transformed 
Into the type of alien Indicated by 
the arrow. To hBlp or hinder, there 
are various bonuses to collect. 
Cakes get you an extra life 
and the glass boosts your fire 
range. Moving over the clock 
stops the clock and if you get the 
egg timer, you'll win extra time. 

The coin Is a score bonus, the 
bomb kills all the aliens on the 
screen, and the tap drowns all the 


fire balls. An on /off switch 
gives you mega bullets that keep 
going after killing an alien, But 
watch out for the herbs, they're 
deadly I 

If you collect the flower bonus 
you will go to a maze level where 
you must reach the exit at the bot- 
tom of the screen before the finer 
expires, Succeed and you get 
extra points. You then go 
to the next level of the main 
game. 

There are 16 maze levels and 
movement between them is con- 
trolled by a Joystick In port 2, left 
and right to run left and right, up 
to Jump up, fire to shoot bullets. At 
any time during the game the left 
mouse button wiB pause the game 
and the right mouse button will 
restart. To start the game after 
loading, press Are 

At the end of the game, If your 
score te high enough, you win be 
able to enter your name In the 
high score table. The whole pro- 
gram loads Into memory so the 
disk can be removed after load- 
ing. Don't worry about the disk 
drive light staying on. It's Just a bit 
of sloppy programming. 

Hints 

After dying, you'll be invulnerable 
until the timer restarts. On the title 


screen hold the joystick right then 
press the rlre button for a extra life 
every 10.000 points. Instead of the 
usual 20,000 points. Again on the 
title screen, hold the ioy stick left 
then press the fire button to start 
on Level 10. 

if the timer is getting low on a 
level and there are a lot of aliens 
left, use the bonuses If possible. 
The flower bonus ends the current 
level without loss of life even if you 
do not complete the maze. 

Try to set all the arrows The 
same. This fcmtts the types of alien 
an a level, making It easier to kill 
them. 

Find a safe platform area where 
you can shoot the aliens as they 
run by. The on/off switch bonus lets 
your bullet pass through on alien 
after it has been hit, allowing 
you to shoot more than one at 
□ time, 

On the maze levels, time 
Is limited, so start to run immedi- 
ately and work out your route 
on the move. Failing to do 
this will probably mean no extra 
points. 

MatchPatch was written in 
assembly language (Devpac 2) by 
Stephen Wlnstanley. It may be 
offered for download on bulletin 
boards provided If Is made avail- 
able atf o free download, 


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Grammar 1.5 

Vtfien we first come across this pro- 
gram wo assumed IF was a Joke. 
Programs to check English gram- 
mar are almosf os difficult to write 
as programs to correctly check 
context. It's something artificial 
intelligence boffins have been 
working on far a long time. 

So we were more than o llttte 
surprised fo run a text file through 



Grammar and be told we had spirt 
on infinite in line 12 at our text file 
(the second sentence of This arti- 
cle. we've left It there, see If you 
can spot it), 

Grammar checks fit- □ number 
of other common pitfalls. There's 

Turtle 

Turtle is a Uny but powerful logo- 
Ilke language, written by Alan 
Smith of Norwich, for generating 
furtle and fractal graphics. If uses 
an imaginary turtle whose posi- 
tion is the current drawing posi- 
tion, 

The position may be fiom 0,0 
(top left) to 640.5 T 2 (bottom 
right). The turtle also has a head- 
ing from 0 to 360, which Is the 
direction In which the turtle faces 
- north (straight up) Is a heading 
of zero, east Is 90. south is ISO. 
west is 270. 

The program takes an input 
string and produces a drawing 
depending on the characters In 
the string, Several parameters are 
needed by the program to do its 
drawing. 

These one specified In control 
statements, starting with a hash 
character: 

#setpen(N): Set foreground 
pen colour to N, 

#ds(N). Clear screen to colour 

N. 

#rnove<XY): Move the turtle to 
screen position CX.Y). 
*set_headfrig£N>; Set turtle head- 
ing to N degrees. 

#set_ongte(N); Set the angle 
through which the turtle turns 
when It turns left or right C-ve or 
+ve). 

#setjevel: Set the number of 
expansions which will be applied 
to the initial run string. 



ThrashZone 


an alleged rule that forbids the 
placing of the preposition at the 
end of a clause or sentence. For 
example, In the sentence 'She 
was easy to talk to', the word ’to" 
is the preposition. Grammar spots 
this and tells you about it. 

This kind af grammatical mis- 
take & usually solved by moving 
the preposition to on earlier place 
In the sentence In this particular 
example it is Impossible to do that, 
which Is why we say the preposi- 
tion rule Is a alleged one, (The 
point Is ihat the sentence is dread- 
ful anyway. Why not simply say: 
Talking to her was easy 7 The rule 
should not be thought of as being 
alleged, it's valid - Ed]. 

Double negatives are checked 
for, although we couldn't get 
Grammar to complain about the 
phrase: T don't know nothing 
about it'. If you're In the habit of 
starting sentences with the words 
"and' and 'but'. Grammar reports 
back on every occurrence. Some 



#setJength(N>: Set the dis- 
tance the furtle wil move forward 
for each F (forward) Instruction. 

#t ext ('STRING-)- Output the 
text enclosed In double quotes at 
ihe current cursor position. ' 
yrun(SmiNG): Start drawing, 
using STRING as the initial string. 
The string is not enclosed In 
quotes, For example; #run(F) wHI 
produce a straight tine, and 
*run(F+F4F) after a #set„ 
□ngle<120) wftl dtaw □ triangle. 

To get an Idea of what Turtle can 
do. double-click on the Demo 
Icon In the TURTLE drawer then stt 
back and watch, When the 
demo has finished, select Run File 
from the Files menu, type in ’tuto- 
rial' and hft Return, 
full details of the program and 
how to use it can be found in the 
Tutle.HfLP me. Either doubleclick 
on its icon or select Project/Help 


We've had all styles of music on 
the disk recently, but nothing 
approaching heavy rock. Now 
Keith Berry has sampled some 
great electric guitar sounds and 
put ThrashZone together. 

Keith originally sequenced It 

words are very badly over-used 
and almost always unnecessary fo 
the very meaning of a sentence. 
The best example is the word 
’very' In 99,9 per cent of cases 
you can remove very from a sen- 
tence without changing the 

from wtfhln Turtle Itself. 

Take particular notice of the 
Productions and String Expansion 
sections, these are the drivFng 
forces behind the language. 

§am 

#move(320,4ft5) 

#5®yt»adingC0) 

#wi_lenglft(ft 

t»U«v*lCTQ) 

tse l_angl«( 1 S» | ++ +£) [- — &)TS 
G*+H|-GJL H=-(3(+H|LT«!i L=|-FFF)[rFFF)F 
ffunftUff) 
fwattity 

This lifelike bit of greenery Is pro- 
duced by o single command: 
tfrun(SLFFF). Notice how the 
strings G. H, L ond T all end up 
being part of the string S. Mess 
around with the *set_heoding 
and #set^ angle arguments to get 
different effects. Here's another 
program 

#ds«> 

*mov*(200,4£5) 

nwtpfncT) 

HbxK'DRAGON Cll SfVD 

(290,256) 

fMOwedtagCZTB) 

#»t.angle(90) 

K$6t length (2} 

F» X- X*YT* y- FX Y 

#114(100 

frwdlOO) 

Reduce the #sef_level argument 
to get a closer look at how this 
dragon curve e constructed. 


with Soundtracker 2.4, but weve 
converted It to MED V2.T3 format 
(December 1990 cover disk) so 
you can easfly save out the sam- 
ples if you want to re-use them. 
Like all heavy rock mistc. tt sounds 
best at top volume with a btt of 
distortion - TL Top eat you heorts. 
outl 

meaning, Grammar will tell you 
about your use or fhe word 'that' 
if you supply the -t option on the 
command line; grammar -t <file- 
namex 

If you want to find out how 
Grammar works, study the source 
code. The program Is by no 
means Infallible, so you might be 
abie to Improve or expend It. The 
source has been crunched with 
PowerPacker, Grammar VI ,3 was 
written by Rudolph P. Somo ond 
the Amigo port Is by 1 C Sama 

LoveHearts 

LoveHeorts was written by Ph»Hp 
Barrett and places four heart- 
shaped, animated V Sprites on the 
workbench screen, especially for 
St Valentine's Day, 

The sprites drift around but 
always home In on the mouse 
pointer. They can't move off the 
edge of the workbench screen 
and will disappear If another 
screen is pulled up to completely 
cover it, After running the pro- 
gram, a bar with a close gadget 
appears, Clicking on this close 
gadget ends the program, mak- 
ing the hearts disappear. 

It's not advisable to run more 
than one copy of LoveHearts 
because to do so may cause q 
guru, Running It at the same time 
as any other program which uses 
VSprites may well give the same 
result, 

We certainty can’t predict 
what the gels system will do If it is 
assailed by requests for VSprltes 
from several soucesl 

LoveHearts will run In conjunc- 
tion with other workbench pro- 
grams but the hearts tend to 
pause during disk access ond 
menu selection This is unavoid- 
able If you wont the workbench 
to am at a reasonable speed. 


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With 

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of Ram - even 1 Meg Chip Mem (Fatter Agnus). 

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Allows you to generate more and even infinite lives t fuel, ammo, etc. 
Perfect as a trainer mode to get you past that "impossible" level. Very 
easy to use. 

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The full Sprite Editor allows you to viewjmodify the whole sprite set 
including any 'attached sprites. RANGE OF IMPROVED FEATURES. 
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Subbuteo.Jhe computer game 


Publisher: Electronic Zoo 
Price: £24.99 


T he game's strength is also 
it's weakness. It slavish! v 
replicates the original 
sticking grimly to the rules of FISA - 
Subbuteo's ruling body. 

Real aficionados will no doubt 
be totally happy with this atten- 
tion to detail But beginners may 
be in far a surprise concerning the 
degree of seriousness with which 
the game Is taken. 

The graphics ore generally very 
good, sporting a sweeping 360 
degree vtew of the pitch, not dis- 
similar to that used in most pool ar 


snooker simulations. Optional 
team colours are available, plus 
the ability to loom in and out of 
action as required. 

Game control takes the form of 
flicking your figure's base with a 
large digital digit that scrolls back 
and forth behind the player, 

Simply hit the fire button to 
select the flicking position and 


once more to select the strength. 
Your animated plastic counter- 
part should then make a perfect 
play. 

Even swerves and trick shots 
are possible with a little practice. 

The main complaint levelled by 
experts concerns the lack of 
speed with which the gome is 
ployed, Indeed, in comparison 


the real game it's painfully slow 
On the ether hand, you don't 
have to spend the entire day 
picking up the ball up from dining 
room floor. 

And of course you won't need 
to pack everything away before 
putting the dinner out. 

Basically, If you were a fan of 
the tabletop game you may well 
be interested in this computer ver- 
sion, if you hated the original the 
same will probably apply to its lat- 
est descendant. The choice Is 
youra. 



International 

Soccer 

Challenge 

Publisher: Microprose 
Price: £24.99 


A quick glance at the 
pictures on this page 
will no doubt make the 
exchange of your hard earned 
cash far the software displayed 
seem quite reasonable 
But wait, you Impetuous fools 
you I Put those wallets away until 
I've finished. A few things need 
explaining. 

As for graphics and general 
presentation goes. ISC Is great, 
The figures ore animated con- 
vincingly. although a little slow on 
occasions The option screens are 
full of alternatives for practice, 
league variations and even the 
Wold Cup. 

The problems only really 
appear when you start to play 
the game. As with most of the 
football simulations the gameplay 
is simply not in the same league 
as Kick Off. 

Even Ignoring the presence of 



the Anco classic In the market. 
ISC is Still father pedestrian, with 
runs from one end of the pitch to 
other the norm rather than a 
cause for excitement. 

Corners, throw-ins and set 
pieces are all there. Even the ref, 
wtth his attendant linesmen make 
an occasional appearance - 
which Incidentty makes a pleas- 
ant change from playing the 
game. The sound might Just make 


the fourth division, with only the 
bard minimum Of sounds popping 
up from the depths of dearest 
Paula, the singing dancing sound 
chip. There has been an attempt 



at some background music, but 
given the choice between that, 
ond four hours of Kyle l know 
which f'd go for. 

lot's face It. the game simply 
Isn't very good. If you are a real 
football fan, and Amigo maniac 
to boot, Ft may be worth your 
while, 

If, however, you are after real 
value for money if will probably 
be worth looking elsewhere. 



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Second floor - haberdashery - menswaar. and homicide , . , 



STRIDER 2 

Publisher: U.S. Gold Price: £24.99 


U — .S. Gold have done It 
again with another action- 
packed coin-op conver- 
sion. The follow up to smash hit 
Stride r. one of last year's biggest 
sensations., loolcs set to enjoy ever 
more success, Packed as It Is with 
enough shooting, killing, and mind- 
less destruction to keep the most 
hardened Joystick waggisr happy 
for many □ long hour. 

The scenario, for what It matters, 
Is simple, You've Just finished off the 
Reds from Strkder 1 and are looking 
forward to a well-earned rest when 
your services are urgently requested 
by the planet Magenta, 

Their leader has been captured 
by alien terrorists and the 
Magsntans are so desperate to get 
her back that they will agree to 
equip you with a mecsfy Gyro laser 
and send you out alone to face the 
hordes. Smacks of conspiracy, that. 

Armed with your trusty, well 
notched sword and the new gun, 
you stride tgeddlt?) boldly forth to 
fight your way through five levels of 
murder and mayhem, and let me 
assure you. this game is murderous, 

It takes about 30 seconds to 
realise just how homicidal things 
con get. and after that you spend 
the remainder of your time wag- 
ging away like mad In on attempt 
merely to survive. 'Rock hand' Is a fit- 
ting description for the difficulty 
level on this gome, especially If 
you're not a beat-'em-up ace, l for 
one am stIH nursing a sprained wrist. 
The terrorists come in many 


flavours. The least dangerous are 
those mast recognisably human, 
which just walk through you or pep- 
per you with lithe bullets, lowering 
your life level. 

The really dangerous ones are 
the cyborg types and the more sta- 
tionary obstacles, such os exploding 
flowers, robotic machine gun 
bunkers, force fields, and little R2-D2 
type things which pop up, shoot , 
then slink bock down agaln. 

The weirdest enemies are the 
crows that fly about dropping hover 
bombs. These float gently down 
until they get to eye level, then 
streak across the screen ot you 
causing a great deal of damage. 

Some of the crows seem pos- 


sessed of the kamikaze spirit,, crash- 
ing into you with predictable results, 
You soon start feeling a bit like an 
American aircraft carrier In the 
Pacific of \9M. 

When you finally reach the end 
of the first level you come face to 
face with the end-of-levet nasty, In 
this case, it's an armoured cyborg- 
cum -helicopter, and If you're to 
have ony hope of defecting Jt. 
you'd better have collected 
enough energy pods along the 
way. 

With enough of these under the 
belt you are automatically Trans- 
formed Into a hulking motorised 
robot, and your laser is given a few 
more watts of killing power. Without 



That'll leach 
him i The laser 
Is your only 
hope of 
killing things 
at ranges 
beyond arm's 
length. 


Graphics 

Animation it good and everyth I ng 
works, imoolhly, quickly Wd 
colourful I y- Pertiaps mol Eltlt of tha 
irt, but entirely adequate. 


Sound 

Surprisingly naff, tontldtrin; tN 
tort of game we're talking about. 

The usual grunts, bang*, ■w+iJiies, and 
the rnl, but nothing stunning. 


these, you might as well use a 
peashooter on the chopper far all 
the good your sword will be. 

He spits homing missiles at you. 
and generally gives you the impres- 
sion that your presence I* not 
appreciated. Must have been 
something I said or maybe some- 
thing my best friend should have 
told me. 

After a couple of attempts (who 
are you trying to kid? Ed), P Anally 
defeated the beast and proceed- 
ed to the second level, from this 
stage onwards the warrior's agility Is 
one of Ns best weapons. Climbing 
ropes and somersaulting over 
obstacles and holes In the floor Is 
essential If you are to progress fur- 
ther. 

It didn't do me much good, 
however, as I seemed to spend 
more time jumping Into trouble 
rhqn out o-f Jt. landing most of the 
time either In a force field or on top 
of a very annoyed robot. 

Fat these reasons, and by virtue 
of the fact that I'm about as natu- 
rally gifted for this type of game as 
Gordon the Gopher, I got no further 
than halfway through the second 
level. 

The game gave me a generous 
five lives, but these were quickly 
squandered as I stumbled around 
frantically leaping and shooting in 
every direction save the correct 


For non-stop, smoothly scrolling 
action. Stridor 2 Is hard to beat in 
every sense of the word, There ore 
already for too many beot-'em-ups 
on the market, but If you're thinking 
'not another one!' then think 
again. Stricter 2 is a cut above the 
overage and definite value for 
money. 


Gameplay 


Fait and frantic all rile way- Stiiitfy- 
wlft ft won't ilrtlch tha old grey 
MHft Oot In the action slakes U.S 


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Jack Nicklaus' Unln 
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Publisher: Accolade Price: £29.99 


A s a Scotsman, I greeted 
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deal of enthusiasm, after- 
all we did Invent the sport, you 
know. I am one of the millions Of 
goffers who enjoys a lave/hate rela- 
tionship with the game - I love it 
when I ptay well, and hate It when I 
play badly. 

Com© to think of it, I also hate 
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o bod day. 

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into a stream. 

ft perhaps a measure of how 
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becomes addictive that this stage 
was reached after about four holes. 
The idea Is the same as countless 
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tion of the hole from the player's 
viewpoint, with Information on total 
yardage and distance to the hole, 
offered a selection of clubs, and 
finally you Take your best shot. 

All the gait games on offer do 


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good enough to set It above the 
rest. 

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game is concerned, Jock Nicklaus' 
Golf offers nothing new. You aim 
your shots by moving a marker - 


across the top of the screen, adjust- 
ing for wind os represented by 
■a c compass-style wind direction 
and strengrth Indicator, then take 
the shot, whose force and timing is 
controlled by clicking on a stan- 
dard power bar at the left of The 
screen, 

Hardly advanced gameplay, 
especially as the closslc 
Leaderboard, hOW fOuf years Old. 
was controlled In much the same 
wary. You won't find any of the ’ball 


effects and swing factors that 
Greg Norman's Ultimate Gotf offers. 

it would hove been nice to be 
able to open ond close the club 
face as you con in the tatter, but os 
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tee-off positions. A regard for gen- 
der is all too often missing from 
sporting simulations. 

Other nice touches Include a 
club membership list, to and from 
which you can load or save play- 
ers. the ability to play 'skins' - 
mortchplay for money - and a hole- 
Jn-one club which, strangely 
enough, I've not yet joined. 

The options menu, available at 
ony time, offers □ switch to the 
overhead view, It replays your best 
shots - or your worst if you're a 
masochist - statistics for the round, 
end the chance to alter the course 
conditions. 

By messing about, you can set 
Up the round to suit your own tastes 
to a tee (groan! - Ed), ond the 
hands-on involvement this offers Is 
enough to moke the game enjoy- 
able and the whole thing more per- 
serialised. 

One lingering doubt about the 
gams ptay is that it can often seem 
a bit too easy, particularly for someh 
one with my lack of real gaffing skill . 
The timing of the shot Is relatively 
simplte. so gameplay bolisdown 



This Is Mulrheld Village, Ohio, the gome s main course 



First, of I lor o spot of driving practice 


44 Amiga Computing 





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Oh - 3 never practiced bunker shots. Back to the drawing board 



mainly to the strategic choice at 
clubs and the way In which you 
decide to pJay each hole, 

Should you thump a three 
wood, thus risking a wild slice, at 
lay up with □ measured Iron and 
hope for a good wedge shot? 
How much borrow should you 
allow for, given such-and-such a 
putting distance and the Indica- 
tions on the break meter? 

these are your main concerns, 
rather than decisions about the 
golf swing Itself. In the end It 
doesn't detract from the game- 
play, as the course supplied. 
Muirfreld Village Ohio, is difficult 
enough, ond the greens treacher- 
ous enough to keep you interest- 
ed, 

Jock Nlcklous' Golf, however, is 
not rust about hocking your around 
a course. If you know anything 
about the game, you'll know that 
since retiring from full-time golf o 
few years ago Jack Nlcklaus has 
become □ leading course design- 
er and constructor, his links pop- 
ping up all over the world. 

The unique feature of this pro- 
gram. therefore. Is Its course design 
element, and If Is an element 
which rakes up SO per cent of the 
150 page manual. IMP prizes for 
guessing which half Of the pack- 
age Jack was more interested in. 

Course design is really quite 
easy. You start with □ ptot of land, 
rough out a cause,, and then build 
each hole In turn, every step of 
which Is done with the mouse. Tee, 
fairway, rough, ond green come 
first, os simple drawings, then 


objects such as trees, buildings, 
bunkers and lakes ccn be added 
at will. 

There Is a point section which 
allows you to embellish the back- 
drops or change their colours to 
simulate other terrain types so that 
you could, far example, build □ 
course In the desert, adding 
carnets and pyramids for a touch 
of atmosphere. 

Everything you need to create a 
course Is Included with the design- 
er. so oil you have to supply is the 
magical ingredient, imagination. If 
you're a bit stuck to start with, Jack 
provides some useful tips, ond if 


you just can't think of any interest- 
ing Ideas, you can always edit 
existing courses. Including The 
Bear's Track, Jock's own creation 
which has been designed to show 
off as many tricks of the trade as 
possible, 

There is no need to be a Da 
Vinci to do this. The objects are 
already colourful and well drawn, 
so just putting them where you like 
will create for you o course that Is 
pleasing to the eye, if not the play- 
er. This last suggests a rather sadistic 
use foi the course designer. If both 
you and your friends are golf fanat- 
ics you can design the mast excru- 



ciating courses Imaginable ond 
challenge each other to play 
them, Or compile a collection of 
the IB most difficult holes you 
could dream up, and swap them, 
There's no limit to what you could 
do. 

Jock Nlcklaus' Golf is. □# In air, o 
pleasant piece of software to - 
use. The gome section is perhaps a 
bit too easy to play, but provides 
enough chess-like appeal to nur- 
ture some long term interest. 

The course designer Is user- 
friendly yet comprehensive, and 
adds enough to the package 
to place it very high on the 
over-crowded golt gome leader- 
board. 


I Graphics 

Yery nice. Colourful fend Interfiling, 
If 1 little chunky In parts. Screen 
update could be filter, though. 

Sound 

■ 

I III of ■ iwlih and plonk new end 
ihen, but ne more than you'd expect 
in i golf gifflt- Flty they left out the 
digitised curling. Mow THAT would 
been ruUftlc, 


Gameplay 


Old fa thinned, without being out- 
dated, it'a 3«lf'i Innate strategic 
element which eventually ihlnei 
through. Hot for arcade fan*. 


Amiga Computing 45 










B uck Rogers is the latest 
RPO based around the 
AD&D rules system and 
the first to be set in. a world of sci- 
ence fiction rather than quasi- 
medievol fantasy. 

If you're tired of haok-ond-stay 
and would like a bit of zop-ond- 
spray. It might be Just what you're 
looking for, so let s don those vac 
suits and fry same aliens, 

Fans of the AD&D game or those 
who have played any of the three 
5.SJ titles already available, will find 
little to surprise them here The 
basic rules are the same as always 
and the usual role-playing conven- 
tions apply to movement and 
combat. 

Players create a party of adven- 
turers of various races, assign them 
careers, equip them, then start out 


towards a stated objective. The 
characters learn by experience. If 
they manage to survive, experi- 
ence points are collected and 
spent on advancing the character 
to more powerful levels. AH very 
conventional and decidedly 
underwhelming. 

However, Buck Rogers does have 
a couple of new features which 
greatly Increase Its appeal. The first 
is the Inclusion of the enhanced 
AD&D rule set, around which the 
game is based, that allows for the 
use of a skill system. 

When a character Is created the 
player can choose how to allocate 
a certain number of skill points to 
any of his or her career skills and 
any general shills deemed useful. 

in this- way player characters can 
be personalised to a degree not 


hitherto possible with previous SSI 
games, an Improvement which 
allows a player to identify more 
closely with the alter ego, 

The second Improvement is in the 
way messages and events are han- 
dled, The process Is quicker and 
smoother than in the older games, 
and help® keep things rolling along 
nicely, 

Messages are also more Informa- 
tive and frequent, which helps pro- 
mote a richer atmosphere - often 
lacking in previous efforts. 

The scenario Itself is well thought 
out and quite diverse. R Is the year 
2456 and you are raw recruits in the 
New Earth Organisation (NEO), 
heeded by Buck himself. 

You must explore the solar system 
In an attempt to thwart the plans of 
the evil Russo-American Mercantile 


(RAM], who plan to sterilise the 
Eorth and re-populate it with their 
own noxious breed of genetically 
engineered warriors or gennies'. 

The only way you can do this is 
to seek out and destroy RAM's 
doomsday device, But this Is by nq 
means an easy task. 

To fulfil your mission you will have 
to travel to several planets and 
engage in hundreds of fire-fights. 
The game also demands that you 
co-operate with non-player char- 
acters, especially those of certain 
races, whose identities 1 won't 
divulge because same are in a 
much better position to help you 
than others, 

Interaction with such characters 
Is, therefore, more Important than 
before. Previously, the mast com- 
plex decision you hod to take con- 
cerning NPCs was whether to talk 
to them In the pub to gain access 
to any gossip they might have, or 
chop them In half fo gain access to 
tneir cash. All this helps to give the 
gome more depth. 

Buck Rogers XXVc Is not a new 
game os such - rather it is. an old 
one In new clothes, but the clothes 
are of a good fit and cut. 

The sci-fl scenario breaths new 
life Into what was becoming a 
rather stole series of gomes, and 
SSI's tweaking with the gameplay 
and the rule set gives It enough 
vitality for It to stand on Its own as 
probably the best the four. 

However, there Is room for a lot 
more Improvement If the ADStD- 
style games are to survive Into the 
TOs, but Buck Rogers Is at least a 
good start. 


■mhwhp 

Graphics 

Abdul the time aa vrm'*t «mt to 
expect from SSI'i ring* of ADAD 
games, Nothing n*w here. 


Sound 

Very little aa usual, except Iti* odd 
ipal effect when In (OONt. The tig- 
niturt tun* H absolutely frightening, 
■rid had me diving tor the volume 
knot) it toon ■> It began to bletp 
and burp its way out of my tpeakeri, 


Gameplay 

A tlgnifkant Improvement on previ- 
ous efforts. The tklll tytleni It y 
good, ahd the program as a whole k 
a much better attempt at comput- 

rrlud rolcHPlaying- 



Battle commences. Iemr.esa.fi easy meat! Vletoiy for now and time to divide the booty 


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Ishido - The Way 
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Well defined, colourful end nicely 
thought out. The o*4C gripe is th*l on 
tone tUntitli black Olfl easily be 
mistaken For brown, 


Publisher: Accolade Price: £24.99 


Sound 




T he Way of the Stones is an 
enigma that appealed 
through the mists of time 
some 30 years ago. Boards of 96 
squares, 12 across and eight down, 
were discovered by archaeologists 
In several parts ot the globe within 
a few years of each other. Places 
as far apart as northern England. 
Egypt, the Israeli desert, the 
Nepalese Highlands. Japan and 
Central America revealed similar 
boards from quite disparate peri- 
ods of time. 

During the ensuing years scholars 
managed to link the boards with o 


Two more points for 
a two-way match 


already in place, tout on the 
corners of The Beyond and two in 
the centre of The Within. The next 
piece to be played is shown at the 
top right coiner of the screen in on 
area caned The Touchstone , 

Before indicating the location of 
the next piece on the board, two 
factors have to be considered - its 
shape and colour. A stone can only 
be placed next to another provid- 
ed there Is a link with the shape 
and/or colour. This Is how points are 
amossed. 

Any stones placed in The Beyond 
do not score, their importance is 
strategical. Four types of stone 
match provide the points - single- 
sided match, two-sided match, 
three-sided match and a four-way. 
The points score double for each 
side of a match, beginning with 
one for a single-sided to eight for a 
four-way. 

The Pouch contains the 72 stones 
available tn each set. Once these 
have been used or there Is no possi- 
ble match the game ends and the 
winner Is the one with most paints. 
A! any point during the game you 
can click on The Pouch to discover 
how many stones remain, 

To prepare yourself for the com- 
ing chalenge there is a one player 
option available. It you feel confi- 
dent you can also ploy the com- 
puter. But be warned, It may took as 
If it's being careless placing o lot of 


philosophic cl school. However, it 
was not until an anonymous Taoist 
monk delivered an ancient scroll 
and set of 72 stones to the first per- 
son he met, that the mystery could 
eventually be unravelled. 

5o the story goes! Even without 
the history. Ishido is a remarkable 
game - the strategy of chess with 
the slmpfclty of luck). 

The 12 x 3 boord is divided into 
two areas. The Beyond Is simply the 
outside squares and are darker in 
colour than The Within - the centre 
5*3 squares. 

Ishido opens with six pieces 

An intellectual clash 
of iitans has begun 


The mystical Mag lea 
stone set and board 


The Shaman stonesei - pretty lani it? 


Baaing th< belli ringing *uL at the 
ttarl and the prtctae clunk Of th* 
itohtt If Ihey arc Laid onto the 
board, then It little else lo report- 


Gameplay 

Brilliantly untqvel for tho« who rind 
itralegy garnet int*1l«lualiy stimu- 
lating, thil i» a nun for th*lr collec- 
tion 



Dfi'Y stoneset design 

stones In The Beyond, but will 
inevitably come back ai you with a 
four-way - I know to my costi 

You may also use the game In 
two-player mode against anyone 
good enough to warrant your 
skilled attention. 

There are eight pre-deflned 
boards and stonesets to choose 
from, in days ot yore, Ishido players 
always canted their own stonesets. 
It they won a match then ft was 
theiT right to destroy their oppo- 
nent's set. An editor to design your 
own set will allow that personal 
touch to the game. 

The editor is extremely user- 
friendly, Stonesets are designed by 
selecting a basic shape and then 
creating your own Images and 
colours. Once you're happy with 
the design, you can then save to 
disk for use later, 

Ishido wM surely become one of 
those classic end timeless games. It 
will doubtless take anty a minute to 
feam but a lifetime wi be requred 
to master Its subtleties and the 
Idiosyncrasies ot your opponents, 


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Before long, w«'re 
In the clinches and 
I've already had 
one of my liehfs 
kicked out! 


Ai »rsr, my boxer still has off hJs lights on as we square 
up ready lo kick the Jiving daylights out or each other 


0OFJ A kick fn 
the chops can 
be very painfull 


Panza Kick Boxing 

Publisher: Futura Price: £24.99 


fi mash 'im fn the teeth r, 1 
screamed, *Klck 'Is head ml 
Go onf Kill '\mr After 10 min- 
utes of Panza Kick Boxing. I was 
shouting at my screen with murder- 
ous Intent and thrashing my joystick 
with all my might. 

Meanwhile, the neighbours were 
casting nervous glances at the 
walls and dialling 999. This game 
was getting under my skin in no 
uncertain fashion. 

Panza Kick Boxing Is the sort of 
thing your parents might have 
refused as a Christmas present, ft Is 
pure unadulterated violence and 
great fun to boot. 

The gamaploy is based on the 
French kick boxing sport, savate. as 
taught to the Foreign Legion, This 
was Itself derived from Indonesian 
martial arts, so It's no surprise that 
the action con become positively 
blood-curdling at times, 

The object Is to mangle and 
malm your way up the teg- snap- 
ping league table, crippling con- 
secutive boxers until you face the 
great Panza himself, who will 
promptly snap you fri two. 

To win will require you to develop 
your boxer to the point where he 
becomes almost superhuman, and 
to aid you in this endeavour some 
handy options are provided. 

Unlike most games where you 
have a choice of 16 moves - the 
eight Joystick movements with and 
without tire button pressed Kick 
Bowing offers a total of 56 kicks and 
punches, which you can tie into 


specific Joystick actions. 

In this way you con customise 
your boxer, giving him his own style 
of fighting, and changing It to suit 
his opponent. There are still only 16 
moves available during play, but at 
least you have a say In those you 
con use. 

You can inflict long sweeps, short 
jabs, or crunching kicks on your 
opponent, and oil of them ate 
apparently based on recognised 
moves from the sport Itself. 

Whether they are realistic or not 
is Immaterial as they alJ pander 
shamelessly to that good old 
human Instinct mindless violence. 

If you want fo cause maximum 
damage you'll have to put In some 
troirwig, and to this end a gymnasi- 
um section is Included, 

If you r re good enough 'here you 
can build up your reflexes, strength 
and stamina through skipping, 
weightlifting and kicking at targets 


before they disappear, This Is quite 
difficult and l felt that a session in 
the gym left me worse off than 
before I Went in! 

The fighting rhelf Is well animated 
and follows the general theme of 
such games. The bout takes place 
over at least three rounds, punctu- 
ated by a ridiculously tomba-filted 
static screen. 

The two boxers ore viewed from 
ring level and o referee on coll to 
shout 'break" or count you out as 
the occasion demands. This goes 
on until someone is knocked out or 
the bout ends and is decided on 
paints, 

During the fighting you can 
judge how close you are to igslng 
by a row of lights above the ring. 
These are progressively extinguished 
as your boxer comes closer and 
closer to doing a Tyson, until he 
finally flops to the canvas. You 
could say that you fight until you 



The triumphant boxer wins a trophy ond I gel the first aid kit 


gel your lights kicked out. 

I know that some people consid- 
er this kind of game reprehensible 
and unnecessary, but | have to 
confess that I enjoyed It o great 
deal, 

There's nothing more fun than 
venting your aggression in threshing 
the living daylights out of a bit- 
mapped opponent When the 
game is as well carried out os 
Panza Kick Boxing It certainly beets 
chess hands down In the Instant 
gratification stcke&l 

Graphics 

Extreme ly goad, with excellent ani- 
Irwtion of the boxers and (glnmhii, 
dct*l|*d til tic screen*. Couid'vr 
flOfle without the bimbo who troops 
on between round* with the round 
Indicator. 


Sound 

Not Inc bid. with reasonably Ucfcen- 
ln 3 grunt* and thwack* during the 
fighli. Ocettlonal touch* r liven It 
U P. iU£ l> « the reft standing counts 
and the bell to signal the start of a 
round. 


Gameplay 


No pretense* here, just simple phy»j. 
Ml appeal, with the iddlllpn of a 
training section- Response to Joy- 
stick movement i could be quicker, 
but other than that fn no cam- 
ptairtli. 


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A motley collection of crew to choose from 

ATFII 

Publisher: 

Digital Integration 

Price: 


T he 'thinking man's shoot- 
'em-up' te a peculiar beds!, 
attempting as it does to 
blend elements of two distinctly (Sf- 
ferent styles of game, arcade 
action and strategy. In some cases, 
such as Elite, the mix works 
extremely well. Does ATF monoge 
It? 

Just In case you still think this Is an 
outright arcade game. It opens 
with an options section designed to 
make you think about what you're 
going to do. 

Before getting oft the ground 
you must balance your on-board 
armament from a choice of can- 
non, sidewinders, and mavericks, 
and weigh up your destructive 
potential against fuel carried. You 
ore also given a tactical view of 
the battlefield over which you are 
about to die. er. fly, 

Once you've sorted out where 
you want to go and what gifts 
you'd like to drop on the locals, It’s 
time to get strapped in and fake 
off. From this point on, the action 
takes place over a pseuda-3D 
landscape from an Afterburner 
type of viewpoint, 

By utilising a ’database' of 
reported enemy vehicles and 
installations, you then fly around try- 
ing to tttt the balance of power In 
your favour by blowing up as many 
of them os possible, 

The head-up display aids you in 
the by helpfully pointing the way on 
the compass bar at the top, The 
three muffi-function displays con be 
used to pull up anything from a 
screen on the status of your remain- 
ing ammo to a tiny map at the 
local area. 

In this respect, there Is plenty in 
ATF to keep you busy and alert. The 
strategy element Is Just affective 
enough to drag you out of your 
homicidal stupor for long enough 
to find your next most important 
target, while the action element 
can sometimes deliver a decent 
boost to your adrenalin. 


Enemy jets are the most danger- 
ous obstacles to your mission, and 
came screomlng in from bath front 
and rear. The ortty way to spot them 
before they're pumping shells Into 
your fuselage Is to keep a weather 


£ 24.99 

eye on the local mop. 

Anti-aircraft missiles are another 
pain In the thrusters, but can be 
effectively neutralised by hitting the 
Jem Missile button as soon as you 
get the missile warning. 


Graphics 

d-uritc good until you begin to trun- 
dle down th* ruhw*y. After tbli thl 
game f»c*ei « bil lo« iHJWly Lo sup- 
port the action tide of things, even W 
Were ere some nicer touches such as 
the mini map. 


Sound 

Falls to impress from start to finish. 
Weapon effect* round reasonable, 
but the overall effect It dull end 
dreary. 


Gameplay 

I At times the gameplay is good 
I enough to draw you in and hold you 
I ror longish periods,, but Implement*- 
I tion of the ircadcfrlratcfy mis Is far 
| from perfect, and eventually rails 
I opart, 

Putting the payload where It 
counts is what the game Is all 
□bout and can be far from easy. 
Factories and airfields con zip past 
your wings before you r ve got time 
to change the active weapon from 
sidewinders to mavericks, forcing 
you Into a lengthy turn for another 
run. With jiets and A A missiles 
whizzing around: everywhere, this 
can often be a fatal exercise. 

Gome to think of It, this whole 
game seems, a bit of a fatal exer- 
cise. When you consider than Dl 
has brought us such classics as 
Fighter Pitot on the S-brt machines,, 
and Combat Pilot on 16-bit, the 
game Just doesn't cut the mustard. 

ATF alms for the arcade etement 
of games like Afterburner and the 
strategy element of Digital 
integration's best game, F-16 
Combat Pilot, but falls short of tooth. 

the afttempt Is simply not cohe- 
sive enough to hold the Interest 
after a gome or two, and the resul- 
tant mishmash fafls to excel In either 
area. 




Shades of Afterburner? The three displays are your main source of Into 


Back In the hanger to re -arm and refuel 


52 Amiga Computing 







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CHIP'S 

CHALLENGE 

US Gold Price: £19.99 


C hip's Challenge Is an 
anachronism In Its own 
time, This Is the type of puz- 
zle game being released n quanti- 
ty. If not quality, half a decode 
ago. But fear not, Imagination and 
programming skis have grown du- 
ing those five empty years and the 
muhl4gvel puzzle game is back with 
a bangl 

Chip's life was incomplete, He 
would wander aimlessly about me 
corridors of his school, his mind Ml 
of images of Ns heart's desire, 
Melinda. 

Some saw Chip as a dreamy 
character, while others perceived a 
greater depth of emotion, an inner 
turmoil of sadness and despair. 
Nobody knew of Chip's secret aspi- 
rations for Melinda, and as far as he 
was concerned, nobody would 
ever know. He could never Imagine 
that Melinda would even look at 
hin- 

One day. however, the love of 
his life actually approached him. 
After recovering from the shock. 
Chip's imagination switched into 
overdrive and little red hearts 
began to float before his eyes. 
Amid feelings of intense passion 
and thoughts, he could hear 
Melinda talking softly to him, 
explaining that she wanted Chip to 
join the Bit Busters, an exclusive 
computer club that she was 
involved wiih. 

Chip accepted the offer with 
some glee, but there was one final 
barrier. To become a club member, 
he had to complete a special chal- 
lenge set before him. This had been 
spilt Into a number of tasks but 
essentially., the aim was the same. 
Chip's challenge was to collect afl 
the microchips that had been dis- 
carded about various locations. 

At first. Chip thought that the 
task ahead wasn't really a prob- 
lem . In Tact, he found if relatively 
easy, It was only later that he 


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realised the complexity of the prob- 
lem, A lot of logic and puzzle solv- 
ing was required, and although he 
was by no means unintelligent. 
Chip discovered }u$t how much 
brainpower was needed for seem- 
ingly simple scenarios. 

There were many times when 
Chip wanted to return home and 
forget the challenge, but the 
thought of being with Melinda In 
the club, spurred him on, Did Chip 
eventually succeed? Well. It is your 
responsibility to ensure he does, 


Here endeih the lesson In fantasy 
history! 

Your job is to guide Chip through 
the many and varied levels 
obstructed by a vast array at obsta- 
cles and nasties. By collecting cer- 
tain objects you will be able to 
bypass water and fire barriers. To 
open the many doors throughout 
the game you will need the right 
coloured keys to unlock similar 
coloured doors. 

There are also small creatures 
and other moving objects that 


won't attack Chip, but should he 
walk Into their seemingly innocent 
path, they will have absolutely no 
compunction in disposing of this 
earnest little fellow. 

The controls ore simpiy up, right, 
left, and down, As Chip is- o rather 
shy and placid character he 
doesn't wield a battle axe or pos- 
sess a gun, dagger, or any other 
type of fiendish weapon you may 
care to think of. He must, -therefore, 
dodge any oncoming projectite or 
nasty for If he doesn't, he wril hove 
to begin the level again. 

Fortunately, each level has a 
code number so when starting a 
new game, you can begin again at 
the level to which access had pre- 
viously been gained. 

Chip's Challenge is a delightful 
and refreshing change in tbs chase 
for bigger, better and more compl- 
cated games. 

The graphics and sound may not 
be the best you're ever likely lo see 
on an Amiga, but the gameplay w1> 
hove you coming back for more, 
time after time 


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Logic 1$ not the only thing that will have to be used 


for anyone who hasn't been, forty- 
one enough to play (he Atari Lynn 
version the graphics will probably 
disappoint. 


Sound 

Few and far between, Merely bleeps 
and clicks 


Gameplay 

The game Is totally addictive in a 
simple kind of way ■ you have to 
keep coming back for more. Totally 
brilliant, and well worth buying, 


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M 1 icroprose has long been. 

one of the best In the 
simulation business, with 
a record that speaks for Itself, 
However, although titles such as 
Gunshlp, FI 5 Strike Eagle, and FI 9 
Stealth Fighter have established the 
company as a leader In airborne 
battle sims. It has never threatened 
to shine In any other area. Ml Tank 
Platoon should more than redress 
the imbalance. 

M 1 Is a massive game in the best 
traditions of the genre, with more 
depth and detail than you could 
shake a Sherman at. Simulation Is all 
about realism, and realism can only 
be conveyed by attention to rele- 
vant details and an eye for the 
essentials of what is to be simulated, 
it is In this area that M 1 sets out its 
stall. 

Unlike Team Yankee, which goes 
for instant playability, Ml demands 
a great deal of reading before you 
actually play, especially when 
things begin to expand beyond the 
basics. 

By this stage, any shoot-’ em-up 
fan who has inadvertently bought 
or borrowed M l win be giving up In 
disgust i^nd going bock la Xenon 2., 

I wouldn't be surprised If even your 
average Strategy fan baulks a bit 
at the game's sheer size, but 
the simulation addict will be leap- 
ing for joy. 

There's nothing like a really beefy 
game with wadges of realistic 
detdll dnd a manual like a phone 
book to excite the simulation freak. 
M 1 is lucky In that there are plenty 
of those in the Amiga world . 

You take the place of Platoon 
Commander In Charge Of four Ml 
Abrams main battle tanks and vari- 
ous other support vehicles, calling in 
air and artillery support, and co- 
ordinating mechanised Infantry, AA 
units and other tank platoons as the 
scenario demands. 

This rapidly becomes unbeliev- 
ably chaotic, with up to 1 6 friendly 
vehicles and any number of Soviet 
units rumbling around fifing at each 


other. After a few minutes Issuing 
frantic and often contradictory 
orders to my bewildered brothers- 
In-arms, I was forced to turn to the 
manual for help. 

The manual Is excellent. If you 
wont ta get Into the game quickly, 
the relevant sections con be 
rushed through and enough knowl- 
edge of the game controls can be 
garnered In about half an hour's 
study. 

In rne Amiga version, almost 
every command can. be Input 
either via the keyboard or by click- 
ing with the mouse on the 
appropriate instrument or switch. 
So you can often guess, where to 
click If you're not sure of the cor- 
rect command. This definitely 
makes ire a bit easier for the begin- 
ner, 

Play is controlled from the map- 
board and if you're smart about it 
you'll spend most of your time here. 
Ylou can ordeF your vehicles around 
and give them every order they 
might need rrom this section. If you 
allow them to fire at will, they will 
Tight the battle for you. 

One grumble I had with the 
mop board concerns the hugs 
number of available commands. I 
know that riexlbllrty is important to o 
game like ttirs. but It's very easy to 
get confused. 

This initial confusion doesn't lost 
long, however, -and you soon mas- 
ter the command system In 
enough depth to allow the simple 
deployment of your forces. As long 
as you avoid leaving your Tanks 
stupidly exposed to Soviet fire, such 
as sideways -on or outlined against 
the horizon at the top of a 
crest line, you should have little 
difficulty in eventually getting 
through small engagements 
against inferior opposition. This, 
however, Is the tip of □ rather large 
iceberg. 

One of the first nice surprises the 
program offers is the chance to 
create your own platoon of 
tankers, complete wtth name, rank. 


60 Amiga Computing 






Ml Tank Platoon 

Publisher: Microprose Price: £29.99 


promotions a warded. and skill 
level, After each successful battle 
you will have a certain number of 
awards or promotions to hand out 
to the survivors, thus increasing 
their skill levels and boosting the 
whole platoon's rating, 

The role-playing element is a 
very nice touch as it gives you 
the chance to become attached 
to a platoon. This discourages tac- 
tics that would lead to high casual- 
ties and encourages a deeper 
involvement In the gome as a 
whole, 

With your platoon of rookies In 
taw r you go on to choose static or 
moving gunnery practice, single 
engagements Q f various kinds, or a 
whole campaign for them to bat- 
tle through. 

Luckily you can vary the expert* 
ence level of Soviet troops from 
second-line to elite, giving you 
complete control of the difficulty 


Graphics 

3D vector graphic* ircn'l anything 
revolution* ry r and Ml’i graphic* are 
pretty basic In this context. They arc 
entirely adequate for the game, If a 
little llbw, and good enough to Sup- 
port the simulation. 


Sound 

Rudimentary and functional. Vou get 
the odd bleep from laser earning 
lights, and some decent boon) and 
bangs vrhen thing* gat dangerous, 
bm no more than the essentials, 


Gameplay 

Superb. Any simulation fan will go 
banana e for Mis depth and detail, 
and will simply swoon e*rr tfie depth 
and realism on Offer, Others would 
be well advised, however, that this is 
one game whose gameplay requires 
patience and persistence. 


ievel.The latter options or© recom- 
mended only tor the more experi- 
enced player, but the beginner 
won't find the easier ones a walk- 
over,. 

When you finally get down to 
playing the game in a real shoot* 
ing environment it soon becomes 
clear just how good Ml is. Take, for 
example, a scenario where you 
must assart a weH-defended posi- 
tion in which the Soviet troops, 
even if they cae only second-liners, 
are dug in and ready for trouble 

In o real life situation, American 
tactics would be to order up air 
and artillery support to soften the 
enemy's resistance, then attack 
from a positron designed to min- 
imise casualties. In addition, you 
would expect US troops to act In a 
highly Individual way, using fire- 
power to its greatest effect. 

Ml Tank Platoon allows you to 
closely simulate exactly this sort of 
situation, in the above scenario, 
you would have artillery support 
available in- the shape of mortars, 
howitzers, or MLRS rocket launchers, 
dir support from scout or Apache 
attack choppers, and ever 
Thunderbolt AID tank destroyers. 
These can be called up at any 
time and In the case of the artillery, 
can be directed onto or^y target 
on the mapboard. 

From the some screen you can 
organise Ranking attacks, smoke 
screens and a variety of complex 
tactical moves and formations, 
controlling not only your own pla* 
toon, tout any other attached unit 
or vehicle if this is where your pref- 
erences lie you need never leave 
this part of the simulation, putting 
yourself more in the role of overall 
company commander. 

Should you want fo see a little 
more action, and I suspect that 
means most of you, put yourself 
into any one of the four Mis under 
your command and in to any of 
the four crew positions. You have 
the choice of either watching as 
the crewman concerned gets on 


with his jiob. or of taking over the 
control yourself. 

Either way, the program ensures 
that the other crewmen carry or 
doing their Jobs, which makes the 
job of controlling oil 16 men Q lot 
easier, 

For Instance, from the driver's 
position you could change course 
gnd head In a new direction. The 
gunner, however, will track what- 
ever he feefc te the most dangerous 
target, and continue to fire ot It as 
long as he has had the 'fire ot will' 
Order. 

The entire package exudes an 
air of guolity, which bears witness 
to the Immense amount of thought 
Microprose has put into this gome 


From research and development, 
through the game mechanics, to 
the manual and general presenta- 
tion. both attention to detail and 
the .simulation of modern 
armoured warfare have received 
the closest scrutiny. 

After only a few hours playing 
the game, it becomes obvious thot 
even the most avid gomes player 
will find enough in Ml to keep him 
or her going for o lot longer than 
you usual simulation. 

In short! if you're looking for 
depth and realism and if you 
don't mind spending a good while 
learning how to play the game, 
then Ml Tank Platoon is the only 
choice. 



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I if you're a motorist, you'll know 
all too well now easy It Is to 
get lost on Her Majesty's high- 
ways. Only the other day. I Jour- 
neyed up from my home In 
Somerset to meet the Amiga 
Computing guys in darkest 
Macclesfield. 

The Journey seemed simple 
enough, through some windy 
west-country roads until I reached 
the motorway which would take 
me all the way to my intended 
destination. 

Of couse things are never that 
easy, After little more than an 
hour's driving, I was well end truly 
lost, The fact that I'm not particu- 
larly good at reading maps didn't 
help matters either, so the situation, 
seemed pretty desperate. 

ft wasn't until I d driven around 
In circles for a few hours that I 
eventually started ta make 
progress. Two hours later than 
expected, I arrived (to a well 
earned free lunch, I might odd!) at 
the home of AC 
Of course what I needed was 
GB Route, a brand spanking new 
journey planner program from a 
previously unknown company 
called Complex Computers. The 
arm of the program Is simple 
enough, to tell you the best way 
to get from one place to another 
In our great country, 

All you have to tell the software 
li where you are and where you 
want to go, and Gfl Route tefls 
you haw to get there in clear and 
concise route Instructions, 

First of its kind 

Although this is the first program of 
Its kind on the Amigo, excluding 
the PD program RoadRoufe. it cer- 
tainly isn't unique. PC owners have 
been happily Journeying from A to 
B for years now. thanks to the pro- 
gram that started it all. NextBase's 
AutoRoute. 

MexfBase even released 
AutoRoute for the Atari ST, but tor 
reasons unknown, the company 
never octuolly got around to 
developing an Amiga version 
tpmbabty because piracy was rife 
on the ST version - Ed,}. 

In a way, non-appearance was 
probably a good thing. At £1 50 a 
ihraw, AutoRoute certainly didn't 
come cheap. (And now you have 
the reason tor the piracy - Ed.) 
GB Route, on the other hand, is 
dirt cheap, just five pence short of 



Alter I eroding, ttlfc* ft wfWt ytsu'll see Just think, you Should never get lost ogaifll 

Hazy 

routes? 


the mqglc £401 For your money, 
you get a fparly Jow-budget pack- 
age containing a single program 
efisk and a spartan manual 

l J m a great believer in reading 
manuals before going too far into 
a package, so I sat down and had 
a quick glance through GB 
Route's manual - and what a 
complete pile of used printer 
paper It tuned out to be! 

Whoever wrote ft should be 
shot. My grandmother could hove 
written a better mdnuaF. You can 
therefore guess where it ended up 
- yep, filed away in the old circu- 
lar filing cabinet. 

Considering the vast amount of 
data which a program such as GB 
Route handles. It came os a great 
surprise that It actually runs on a 
standard 512K Amiga A 500 You 
may. however, encounter prob- 
lems if you try running the program 
from Workbench. It really needs at 
least 400K. sc things can get a bit 
tight on an unexpended machine, 

After loading, rt opens its own 
custom screen, so it's perfectly 
possible to run It in conjunction 
With Other programs Cl hate appli- 
cations that run on the Workbench 
screen), 

(f you hove a hard drive. 
Complex has thoughtfully provid- 
ed a suitably Workbench 2.(Hook- 
ing icon, so Installation involves 


If ridin 1 around in your automobile is 
the cause of many lost hours, GB Route 
is the way forward. Jason Hoi born 
plots a course... 


little more than copying across a 
couple of flies. 

In practice though, because 
<3B Route runs entirely from RAM - 
unHke AutoRoute which suffers ter- 
ribly from disk swapping, there's 
very little to be gained from such 
a move. Apart from Increased 
program loading speed, of 
course. 



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between From* and Macclesfield 


Twin screen 

The screen Itself is split Into two 
sections, a map window and a 
status window. The map window Is 
the most Interesting of the two 
because it displays o very flash 
graphical representation of the 
British Isles. 

When you first boot the pro- 
gram this window displays the 
entire map, but it changes to 
more specific areas once you start 
to use the program. 

The mop display actually oper- 
ates in two different modes - 
Route mode and Map mode. In 
Route mode, only those towns, 
cities and Junctions which ore part 


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of your chosen route are shown 
along with the route itself 

In Map mode, G0 Route 
attempts to stuff os much map 
ddta onto the screen simultane- 
ously, thereby allowing you to get 
a much better overview of tbs sur- , 

rounding area. 

The status window contains alt 
sorts of useful Information about 
the routes that GB Route recom- 
mends - total number of miles. 
Journey time and so an. 

Above this Is a vastly scaled 
dawn representation of the British 
Isles complete with a fed box 
Which highlights the area currently 
shown within the mop window. As 
you move around, zooming In and 
out, this little red box ts updated 
accordingly, 

Below both of these is a selec- 
tion of control gadgets that allow 
you to move around the on- 
screen map, There's the usual 
north, south, east and west, and 
you can zoom In and out to show 
greater detail. 

Because of the large amounts 
of data being manipulated. It can 
take a second Of two to actually 
get around to redrawing Ihe map. 
so it's dll too easy to find yourself 
wolfing for the program to catch 
up with your frantic mouse bash- 
ing. 

Obviously the first thing you'll 
want to do is to feed In some 
dummy data and see what GB 
Route comes up with. To do this, 
select ’New’ from the pull down 
menus and a nicely laid out 
requester appears. This contains 
several gadgets which require 
before you can go any further 

For most of the time,, the only 
tNng you need to tell GB Route is 
where you are and where you 
want to go. However, it also allows 
you to visit up to three different 



locations en route. 

Once you've keyed in the nec- 
essary data, a brisk click on the 
'GO' button will set it thinking. If 
you're used to using AutoRoute, 
then you’d expect to wait far a 
fair old time for something produc- 
tive to start happening, but GB 
Route is blindingly fast In compari- 
son. 

Most routes are found In under 
two seconds, while longer routes 
never take more than four. As an 
example Of the program's speed, I 
timed how long It would fake to 
calculate the route between John 
O'Groats and Land's End. The 
results were certainly impressive - 
an unbelievable j seconds! With a 
processor accelerator installed, 
this is even fasterl 

In reality though, it's not quite 
fair to slam AutoRoute for being so 
much slower. Fact Is, GB Route 
only knows about A-roods and 
motorways, while AutoRoute 
Includes virtually ail roads. 
Complex Computers claim that it 
Is already working on an upgrade 


GB ROUTE: THE FUTURE 

So whot's next'? Well, according to Complex, the company Is already 
hard at work on an upgrade which basically, wil be GB Route 2 (or GB 
Route professional,, as It will probably be called). The win Include many 
enhancements over the current release including full support for B- 
roads. There will also be a number of extra utilities which will alow you 
to select places simply by clicking on them with the mouse. 

Keying In dil that extra data Is sure to take time, so don't expect to 
see GB Route Professional for al least another six months. And If that 
wasn't bad enough, things get even worse for 512K Amigo owners. The 
new version will require 1Mb. so you'll need to Invest In a RAM expan- 
aon If you want to step up to what will undoubtedly be a much more 
powerful product. 


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II y«i fancy a illgfiT excur- 
jkpa, ttiefl you cun also jour- 
ney la up to three (Jiffenfiill 
location*, on ycwjr Iravels. 


|l your map reading is a lit- 
Me rusty, lh>*rfe Ihs DISPLAY 
option allows YOU la see 
fh* rwle in plain (7) 
tngfiih, 



ro bridge this gap, although this 
Isn't due for at least another si* 
months. Whether this will substan- 
tially slow the program down is 
unknown, but I'm sure GB Route 
win still come out faster! 

On the map 

Once the program has found you 
a suitable route, the map window 
e automatically redrawn to show It 
to you graphically, The route itself 
is highlighted, wtfh the surrounding 
roads shown In a much duller 
colour, 

One nice feature is the ability to 
dump this map to paper, although 
Complex does advise you to 
switch to inverse printing unless 
you've got a death wish against 
printer ribbons the whole thing will 
tome out as a huge black rectan- 
gle! 

If you need more detailed 
instructions then o separate 
Display option is available which 
lists the route In plain English. 
This can also be dumped to a 
printer, so you shouldn't have too 
much of a problem following Its 
advice. 

GB Route looks for two different 
types of route, the fastest gnd the 
shortest. The rosiest route is calcu- 
lated by assigning different speeds 
to different types of road. 

By default, this is set to an aver- 

I » age speed of 40mph for ’normal' 

roods {A-roads) and 70mph for 
motorways. 

These can, however, be 
changed to anything from tmph 
to <?9mph - you didn't expect to 
be able to enter speeds In excess 
of 1 OQmph did you? - so it's passi- 


ble to control whot type of roads 
the program uses. 

If you hate motorways, you can 
make sure that GB Route avoids 
these as much as possible by set- 
ting their average speed to some- 
thing like lQmph which, let's face 
if r isn't unusual these days. 

It then uses what it believes to 
be much faster A-roads. On the 
whole, the routes calculates eer- 


POINTS TO VIEW 

WITH oil that rood data to con- 
tend with, developing a product 
like GB Route is by no means an 
easy task. Surprisingly though. It 
was actually written single-hand- 
edly by workaholic programmer 
Steve Fletcher of Complex. 

Steve has been slaving away 
for the past nine months, often 
working solidly for up to IB hours 
without sleep, Even nov^. when 
most sensible programmers would 
be catching up on some well 
earned rest, Steve's already start- 
ed work on an upgrade. 

According to Complex, the 
most laborious part of developing 
GB Route was actuafly feeding In 
the mop data, which the compa- 
ny claim amounted to over 15.000 
individual points! 

Unlike NexTBase. who actually 
licensed the Ordanance Survey's 
digital map dota, Complex actu- 
ally had to key In each individual 
point. 

The main reason for this blatant 
masochism was to keep costs 
down, thereby allowing Complex 


to Inly seems to be pretty believ- 
able, I did, however, find 0 bug 
which Cm quite sure Complex Isn't 
aware of - If you enter Swansea as 
your starting location and Rhyl as 
your destination. It will come up 
with an Incorrect result. 

According to GB Route, the 
fastest route - which amounted to 
a total of 2BC miles of motorway - 
would take you 4 hours and 23 


to sell the product at such o low 
price. If it had used the Ordnance 
Survey data, then the price tag 
could well have risen substantially. 

Each paint was assigned its 
own co-ordinate an the map 
which was red In along with the 
place name, Using a sort of com- 
plex matrix arrangement, these 
points were linked to form roads. 

When GB Route draws o mop, 
it interprets the information held 
within its matrix to form a vector- 
based representation of the map 
data. 

This obviously means that the 
roads between points will always 
be straight, but the distances 
themselves are based on the real 
world. 

As a sideline, you may be Inter- 
ested in this little statistic. 
According to Complex, with the 
15,000 paints that are held with In 
the current release, the program 
is actually capable of generating 
three and three quarter million 
route variations! 

As the product Is upgraded 
with even more points, this figure- 
will increase considerably, 


minutes. But, and this is where 
things start to go wrong, the short- 
est route, through 172 miles of 
beautiful Welsh countryside, would 
only take you 4 hous and 1 1 min- 
utes. Explain that one? 

Despite this minor hiccough, 
which Complex Is already looking 
into, i like GB Route o lot. In foot. 
It's a shame Commodore still 
hasn't developed a portable 
Amigo. 

If such a device existed., this 
would be one of the first items of 
software that I'd install. This way, 
you could take GB Route with you 
anywhere! Oh well, until then I'll 
just have to be content with a 
printout. 

The bottom lino 

GB Route Is the program that 
every mobNe Amigo owner has 
been wailing for. 

|f you do quite a lof of travelling 
around the country, then this 
should be at the top of your Mew 
Year's shopping list, 

Not only will It get you to your 
chosen destination, but it could 
even save you money on expen- 
sive petrol costs. 

And with a price tag of just £40, 
you just can't go wrong Buy If 
now I (Here endath the advert. 
Seriously though, It i& good innrf? - 
£d.) 

GB ROUTE 
M9.9S 

Complex Computers *0706 
22453 1) 221 Bocup Road, 
Rdvlenslall, Roservdale, Lancashire 
BEJ4 7 PA 


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The Big Altern 

Paul Austin strolls through the scrolling 
screens of an alternative titler 


A re you the next Scorsese 
or Spielberg? Do you 
have designs on your 
very own Hollywood Hill? If you 
could only add that little touch of 
class to your home videos, might 
your ovations be destined for the 
silver screen? 

Perhaps not, but you could at 
least capture Tracy and Darren's 
big day with Just o little more 
panache. 

Dream no more, the answer to 
your players has arrived 1 The Big 
Alternative Scroller., a relatively 
cheap answer to □ rather dlfficuft 
problem brought to you at a nom- 
inal fee trom the boys and girls at 
Alternative Image. 

If you are the proud owner of a 
camcorder, ybu may well be look- 
ing for o change from to pieces of 
card with scribbled titles thrust 
before your lens when titling your 
masterpiece. The Big Alternative 
Scroller Is designed to fill that 
need. 

The program is the first of a 
series of products from the com- 
pany, all of which deal wffii vari- 
ous problems in the graphics and 
presentation field. 

Each of the series will retail at 
£50 a time. This price tag alone will 
no doubt help □ great deal to to 
establish them in the semi 
pro/home user market. 

The scroller is a perfect example 
of DlY at Its Pest, but don't take 
that as a atticism The package is 


well put together with some very 
neat features all written in code, 
which keep the program fast and 
smooth. 

It Is entirely the product of 
necessity as It was ori^nafly devel- 
oped by the comp any for their 
own in house use, 

There Is a great deal of competi- 
tion in the video titling market at 
the moment. Fortunately for 
Alternative Image, most of It costs 
well Into the three figure bracket 
and consequently the sc r oiler 
should be a very attractive propo- 
sition In certain circles. 

Haw it works 

Twenty fonts at various shapes and 
sizes are built into the software, 
varying from banner size down to 
standard print. Unfortunately, there 


is no resize option available, so I'm 
afraid you're stuck with what you 
get, which moy cause the occa- 
sional problem, 

The fonts are also not anti- 
aliased, a feature to be found on 
some of Its more expensive com- 
petitors. This results in a slightly 
blocked outline that can be 
noticed Oil ciose scrutiny of certain 
fonts. Even so. the graphic quality 
is still high and os all fonts are pro- 
duced in high-res the end results 
are still Impressive, 

All the fonts print Instantly so 
there's no problem when typing at 
speed, The program happily keeps 
up with even the fastest typist - not 
a boast yours truly can make. 

It's also possible to colour Indi- 
vidual letters, even in the same 
word, making available simple but 


effective screen designs. Each of 
the available fonts also incorpo- 
rates a drop shadow feature, an 
option no doubt added for the 
benefit of the genlock users 
among us. 

This provides variable length 
and direction of shadow, not to 
mention a separate colour from 
that of the letter It accompanies, 

Four colours are available for 
each title sequence produced. 
Each arrangement of colours may 
be saved along with the sequence 
If required 

Four colours may seem slightly 
limiting, but the colour design for 
each sequence con be very ver- 
satile. The colours can be Individu- 
ally passed through an RGB f titer 
system altering the shade or colour 
of each element os required- 

Text positioning is also a simple 
matter. This Is done by moving a 
bar via the arrow keys. Using this 
option It Is possible to set both bar 
height for a horizontal scroll and 
margins for vertical scroll. There's 
□bo an option for centring and off- 
setting the text to the left or right of 
the screen, 

You mav crt this point be asking 
yourselves what the other titters do 
that this won't. Quite simply It's a 
case of versatility 

The Scroller is very good at what 
It does, but it will onfy present text 
In two formats, either as a vertical 
or horizontal scroll. It will do both 
these m a variety of eight possible 
speeds, which may be switched 
between as the program Is run- 
ning, but that's It, No importing 
fonts or graphics, no whlzzo special 
effects, and no sequence pro- 
graming. As I sa»d , no frills. 

If multiple colours, fades, flips 
and strange scroll angles, to ngme 


She Increased sophistication of computers and 
especially their graphic displays during the 1980 ’s 
led to many Interesting advancements but none so 
revolutionary and diverse as the application of 
fractals. From humble beglnlngs this recent branch 
of mathematics has had a profound Impact on not 
only traditional science, but also areas not 
normally affected by modern mathematical 
research such as social science, ecology and art.To 
most people the most tangible application Is 
probably In the TV and film industry. Highly 
realistic Images can be produced which closely 
mimic the forms found In nature; mountains, 
clouds, landscapes and plants can all be created 
inside the computer using a program, rather than 
being diglflsea or hand drawn. The film Industry 
has been quick to capitalise on this and companies 
such as Lucasfllms specialise in the production of 
such Images bringing breathtaking scenes, such as 
the genesis sequence In Star Trek, to our screens. 


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take a look in the direction of 
something like Broadcast THier, this 
will do aN these things- and mote. It 
will, however, set you back over 
£200 for the privilege. 

Friend or foe 

Did you ever get the feefing that a 
piece of software actually hates 
you? Do you just khow that given 
the chance it would Jump from 
the screen, spit In your eye and 
proceed to tell the whole world 
that yours thick? 

Not so this product. Operating 
the program is a real joy. with all 
the various features leaping to 


attention as soon, as the required 
button is tickled. 

It may be worth considering the 
scrolfer for things other than 
straight forward video titling. It 
could be used equally well for pro- 
ducing auto cue sequences, shop 
window displays and various other 
public relations exercises. 

A particularly useful feature is 
the ability to import ASCII text 
direct into the software, This will no 
doubt attract a tot of authors who 
wish to Import ond dispray their 
craft instantly for any number of 
use?. 

Ft you're only an occasional 
user of presentation software, or 


perhaps find the pxice stHI a little 
too high. It could well be worth- 
while checking out some PD 
libraries. They should be able to 
supply a variety of demo creators 
that may well suffice. These will cer- 
tainly lack a little versatility, but 
they'll be cheap and will still dis- 
play your text. 

The main criticism or the pack- 
age lies not In Its lack of features, 
but rather with something that 
should be a present regardless of 
cost. This I? the scrolling of the text, 
probably the most important ele- 
ment of any titling package. 

At stew speeds the text Is smooth 
ond relatively flicker free. If, how- 
ever, you wish to display text at 
higher speeds the scroll is still just as 
smooth, but the flicker becomes 
quite severe, making ft difficult to 
read some of the smaller fonts. This 
Is the only real problem with the 
scrolfer, Unfortunately, it's quite a 
big one, 

Well that's whar you get for you 
po-hyf Basically a fast and com- 
pact utility without the frills found 
on same of if? mote expensive 
rivals. But you pay? for what you 
get, and keeping this In mind the 
fiig Alternative Scroller i? not a bad 


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below, So if if turns you on, have 
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into action 

Stevie Kennedy went to Auld Reekie in 
search of the hottest Amiga 
technophrase this side of Blitter and 
came back in a thoroughly buffered 
frame of mind... 


S ince 1t»e down of time, the 
Amiga has been 
renowned for its graphical 
capabilities. Many's Hie high street 
that ground to a halt while crowds 
of Spectrum owners stared open- 
mouthed and green-eyed at the 
early NewTek slide show demos, 
and more than a few Amigos were 
sold an the strength at those 
atone. 

En the vast sales area lodged 
firmly below the price range of the 
standard graphics workstations of 
the day, the Amiga was far several 
years the only machine to choose. 
With its 4096 colours and alFsinglng 
all-dancing dedicated chip set, it 
threatened to blow the opposition 
away. 

There remained Just one prob- 
lem in the early days - software 
imported from the States was 
often much more expensive than 
the machine Itself, and that's 
where Amiga Centre Scotland 
scrolls smoothly into view tone 
pixel at a time, mind-..). 

Situated In an altogether unim- 
poslng old building In a small alley- 
way in the ‘new' or TBth century 
quarter of Edinburgh, its position is 
given away only by a rather plain 
sign. The Centre has an air. para- 
doxically when you consider the 
business it's in, of aloof 'old wqrldi- 
ness\ 

This Impression is sustained os 
you enter by the slightly tatty door, 
and up the narrow stairs to the 
offices, whtoh are untidy, paper- 
sfrewn. and bulging at the seams. 

However, It takes only a few 
minutes of listening to the staff 
answer ‘phone queries, casting an 
eye over some of the very tasty, 
and very complex, applications 
software on offer, and drinking 
their fiendishly strong coffee, ta dis- 
pel the notion that ACS is anything 
other than an the ball. 

A place IHke this requires a cer- 
tain amount of extra-curricular 
octMiy on the part of the staff and 
in my short time at the Centre. It 


became obvious that dedication 
to the Job - and the Amiga was 
not in short supply . Vou could smeii 
□ faint but lingering odour of mid- 
night oil. So how did the Centre 
get off the ground? 

In the beginning. 

According to Martin Lowe., founder 
of the company, they were horri- 
fied at the prices being asked for 


Amiga software and, rather than 
sit around moaning about It, they 
decided to go into distribution tor 
themselves, The first package they 
handled was Ray Tracer (from 
whence came the famous Juggler 
demo) and It was by this happy 
chance that the Centre s interest 
in graphics began. 

ACS' s first big success however, 
was with Sculpt 3D - forerunner of 


Sculpt 4D - the package behind 
many of the most impressive ren- 
dered graphics seen an the 
Amiga, Sculpt' took off like no 
space shuttle ever has, quickly 
and impressively, and firmly estate 
Itehed ACS as one of the country's 
leading graphics software soles 
and support dealers. 

And note the word 'support' it 
can often mean, when you 
'phone for help, listening to some- 
one stammer through o portion Of 
the manual, and that simply 
Increases your confusion. ACS, 
however, offers an educoted ear 
to all calls for help. They don't 
cover zillions of applications, but as 
Martin said, "you have to be a bit 
exclusive to answer those sort of 
questions". 

So far so profitable. The Centre 
was making money - If nor exactly 
fortunes - ond was building a 
name for quality, but none of this Is 
exactly phllonthroplcal, nor 
beyond what many other retailers 
offer. It was the Centre's next 
move which elevated It above the 
masses when it launched its first 
annual Amiga animation competi- 
tion to coincide with the 1963 
Edinburgh Festival. 

From not much more than a 
dozen or so entrants In ‘36. the 
competition this year attracted 
over 40 top quality animations, 
some already edited to video 
tape, the best of which set new 
standards for the machine, and 
one of which helped prize-winner 
Jason Oee to land a Job with Walt 
Disney. 

Now several companies. Includ- 
ing Commodore, have approach- 
ed the Centre with a view to 
sponsodng the competition, and 
there are plans afoot ta split it Into 
various categories to give mere 
morals a chance of glory, thus 
widening Its appeal to the aver- 
age Amigo owner. 

With Increased backing, proper 
advertising, and the Centre's repu- 
tation behind it, the competition 


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con only Improve on Ifs Initial suc- 
cess to become on Important 
show-piece for Amigo graphics. 
You can be sure ACS is looking to 
ricrease long term profits from It os 
well, indeed animation on the 
Amiga is now becoming pig busi- 
ness, with severaf dedicated soft- 
ware packages already available 
or due for imminent release. 

Amiga Centre Scotland can Jus- 
tifiably take pride In Its contribution 
to this particular area Df excel- 
fence, 

Leading edge 

By now you shouldn't be surprised 
to learn that the Centre Is at the 
forefront of the 24-blt revolution, 
having developed its first own 
brand product hi the shape of the 
Harlequin 32-bit frame buffer. The 
card was announced last year, 
along with about a dozen other 
cords from various manufacturers 
(yet to be released), 

Harlequin Is now completed, 
saw© for Anal testing - they put it In 
ovens at 170 degreesl - and 
the witting of manuals, and should 
be available to the public Jn 
January. 

Frame buffers are strange 
beasts. Vou'd think that with the 
spectacular results they produce, 
the cards themselves would be a 
little more interesting to look at. but 
they're basically huge wodges of 
video RAM with a few clever tricky 
bits added on, and some don't 
even have many of those. 

Harlequin however, is quite well 
endowed with goodes. apart from 
being built like o piece of vital 
avionics, and comes with S bits 
over the adds os a start, 

The extra bits constitute the 
card's biggest selling point. This Is 
because there is a lot more to 
usable 24-blt graphics than Just the 
graphics signal on Its own, Think of 
It this way - o television studio 
beaming pictures to the world Is all 
very well, but without properly 
tuned TV sets to pick, up the signal, 
and without a standard by which 
those signals can be encoded In 
the first place, the studio Is wasting 
its time. 

With Harlequin you get the 
Opportunity to do all of this via an 
"alpha channel', allowing for, 
among other things, linear keying. 
This as opposed to digital keying, Is 
the process whereby Instead of 


just plonking the computef image 
on top of on external video source 
- digital keying - the computer 
graphic can be smoothed In over 
up to 256 levels of onthaSasrig, 

In this way, titles of broadcast 
quality con be added to any 
external video source, and the 
dreaded 'Joggles' avoided- This 
feature has to be exploited by the 
software, qf course, and at the 
moment there are no commercial 
packages which can take advan- 
tage of Harlequin's extra bits. 
There are plenty which support 24- 
blt graphics (Sculpt and the excel- 
lent Real 30 spring to mind), but as 
they were developed before 
Harlequin, they can't be blamed 


for not supporting more then the 
24-bit standard. 

Harlequin offers several other 
features, Including Its own on- 
board Sync Pulse Generator (SPG), 
For the purposes of geniocklng 
and the board's use in broadcast- 
ing, It Is essential that external 
equipment can synchronise Itself 
with the signals being output, and 
that Harlequin keeps itself in time, 

To do this, the Amiga's CPU 
already offers an external sync 
pulse, which explains the prolifera- 
tion of genlocks now available, but 
this, claims Martin Lowe, Is inade- 
quate for the professional user. 

Harlequin's SPG wll provide tim- 
ings down to □ few nanoseconds. 


and is well wffhln the specifications 
set down by PAL. Indeed, the out- 
put Is good enough that PAL 
encoding can be entrusted to a 
modified Commodore 520 TV 
modulator, although profession oh 
will no doubt expect to pay a bit 
more for broadcast quality encod- 
ing. 

On the standard Harlequin 2000 
board you'll find genlocking out- 
put signals, a standard cfgltol key- 
ing signal, software switching for 
Interlace mode ond a maximum 
resolution of 910 x 576 pixels, which 
should be good enough for most 
users. 

The long and the short of it Is 
that even In its basic configura- 
tion, Harlequin can receive ond 
output to external video sources, 
the highest quality Images avail- 
able on any Amiga, which means 
the highest quality Images avail- 
able In Its price bfocket, 

Up and running 

With Amiga software such as 
Sculpt-Anlmate, Reol 3D. and 
Turbo Silver retailing for a fraction 
of the oast of comparable soft- 
ware on other machines, and the 
amount of work going on already 
Fn the graphics field, 
the Amiga is obviously the perfect 
host for the board 

Harlequin will do some breath- 
taking things. The frog picture, for 
Instance, is overlaid with several 
standard Amigo graphics screens. 
Just to highlight the difference 
between these and 24- bit 
imagery, and the naturalist In the 
top right hand corner, although 
we obviously can't show if. Is run- 
ning In real time 32-blt animation 
(presumably In an attempt to 
keep warm), 

The board itself sports anything 
from 1 .5 to 4MB of VRAM, ft's the 
board's use of Video RAM which 
to a large extent determines 
its price. VRAM is foster and alto- 
gether superior to the 
for cheaper DRAM used in the 
board's prototype, and Is essential 
for advanced ond professional 
applications. 

There would be little point in 
using such a board if It was slow 
and frustrating to use because the 
manufacturers hod skimped on 
the quality of materials used. You'll 
need at least 3M B of this VRAM for 
double buffering, as each screen 


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takes up mare than one full 
megabyte. 

The usefulness of double buffet- 
ing to professional users can't be 
overstated. It you're seriously into 
animation. It s more than handy to 
have instant access to two con- 
secutive frames of a series. 

In this way you can ensure that 
one carries on smoothly from the 
other and, to allow this as easily as 
possible. Harlequin will stare them 
both and allow you to flip instantly 
between them using a software 
switch, 

Again., you need an extra 512K 
to accommodate the alpha 
channel, vital if you are to utilise 
Nnear keying, so that to get the 
most from Harlequin you hove to 
splash out a hefty £2064 far the 
4000 model. Did I forget to men- 
tion that a Mac or PC with 24-bit 
colour can set you back In excess 
of £7000? 

There are drawbacks of course, 
and the above price Is one of 
them, Harlequin Is aimed at the 
professional user, so we shouldn't 
expect home user prices. 

However, the board may find 
the competition o bit stiff when it 
comes up against some of the 
cheap boards available on the 
Mac, which retail for less than 
£1000. Admittedly, Harlequin is of 
a higher specification than such 


Unlikft lh« above. Hadociulr actually wcwfcs 

boards, and it Is the first of its kind 
on the Amiga, but smaller users, 
such as independent video pro- 
ducers. may baulk at the required 
outlay and settle for less. 

Again, ACS recommend the use 
of an accelerator board wtth 32-bit 
memory, as this speeds up consid- 
erably the process of transferring 
Images from Amigo to Harlequin 


and will vastly improve the perfor- 
mance of the software you 
use - particularly In the case of 
ray-tracing and rendering pack- 
ages. 

A large fast hard drive is also a 
necessity for efficiently storing and 
accessing the huge 24-bit picture 
files used by Harlequin, binging 
the total cost of on up-and-run- 


ning system perilously high. High, 
that Is, when compared tp the 
average Amiga owner's pocket 
and the kind of semi-pro video sys- 
tems presently being used on the 
machlne. 

p For the prospective professional , 

lumbered with the cost of tens of 
thousands of pounds worth of 
graphics workstations and broad- 
cast qualify imagery, the thought 
of an Amiga 3000 with a Harlequin 
board, genlock, and PAL encoder 
attached, will surety carry a great 
appeal. 

And tomorrow? 

It has long been a favourite fore- 
cast In the computer industry that 
hitherto unattainable applications 
will scan be freely available to the 
home user, and In the cose of top- 
quality grapNcs, Harlequin promis- 
es to bring that particuiqr goal a 
lot closer. 

'The next six months", say ACS, 
"wll see what will effectively be □ 
revolution In Amiga 24-blt graph- 
ics, in everything from paint pack- 
ages to frame buffers". 

If that's true, 1 have no doubt 
that Amiga Centre Scotland and 
the Harlequin board wll be In the 
vanguard of the assault and will 
have contributed a great deal 
before the 16 milon-cotoured flag 
dies over the 16-bit Bastille, 



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Digital Dreams 


M y first reaction to books 
or this kind is ’another 
cobbled together 
collection of short stories only 
loosely related to their purported 
subject matter and each other - in 
short, on exercise In deceased 
equine flagellation ' , Wot so with 
Digital Dreams. 

Initially, the book grabs your 
attention by proudly displaying 
Terry Pratchett, well-known author 
of the Disc World novels, on the 
front cover, but it continues to 
please through means for more 
substantial than mere banner 
waving. 

Digital Dreams Is a colection of 
new stories from authors both 
experienced and Inexperienced, 
and contains material from some 
never before published, 

In oddition, editor David Barrett 
takes pains to stress that all of the 
contributions were commissioned 
specially for the book and have 
appeared nowhere else, thereby 
shrugging off the ’anthology' 
stigma even though it claims to be 
‘the first oil -British anthology of 
computer stories' 

This reassured me that the book 



was a legitimate approach to 
computer-orientated fiction, 
however. I remained sceptical. 

The best scl-fl is always that 
which uses its medium and the 
strangeness of Us settings to test 
humanity's strengths and 
weaknesses to their limits, tt was in 
the hope that Digital Dreams might 
manage this, and at the same 
time address important moral 
concerns, that I continued my 
literary foray, 

l was pleased and disappointed 
In aimost equal measure. The 
collection sports a few real gems 
and several very good attempts, 
but I couldn’t help feeling that 
somewhere along the line an 
opportunity had been missed. 

As science fiction all of the 
stories work well, although some 
tend to dwell on rather mlned-out 
themes, but as specifically 
computer-based stories they fall 
short of Jhe target In places. 

Some of the contributions raise 
very important issues, such as the 
moral treatment of artificial 


intelligences, and the dangers af 
too dose on Interface between 
man In his ‘real 1 world and the 
computer in its world of virtual 
reality. For Instance, you may find 
yourself wondering how long It will 
be until you are legally constrained 



In the way you may treat your 
comuter, or whether It really is 
advisable to allow the further 
development of the human to 
computer Interface. When the 
collection prompts these- questions 
It Is working at Its best. 

There are also some very quote- 
worthy statements to be found on 
the computer in general, such as 
Michael Fearn's 'A computer Is Just 
a tool ... Like any other tool. It 
amplifies human effort, tf the 
knowledge is not there. It can only 
amplify ignorance'. 

However, these moments are 
not quite as frequent as I would 
have liked. Most of the time one Is 
treated to a good read, and 
Digital Dreams deserves to 
succeed on this baste alone. 

Sadly. I was disappointed to And 
fewer original and thought- 
provoking Ideas than I had 
anticipated, and I believe this Is 
enough to rob the collection of the 
uniqueness to which it asp««. 

Digital Breams 

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Do you fall Info the bracket of 



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I found the video excellent. 
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t>m of the Storm' Paul Franklin, OffcnA * m 




Virdtnan' Chris Hitt, Hemet Hempstead 



(unfitted} Quentin Wtfker, tpswich 



We hove a wide variety of styles and artwork for you 
this month and the quaJIty remains as high as ever. 
Remember we welcome all submissions, especially if 
you've never exhibited before, P.S: WKI the guy who 
sent In the disk containing 'Last Duty' (you know who 
you ore) please get in touch as I think I've lost the 
original (you're flredl - Ed). 


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Do you really know wheat's going 
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take up the most processor time? 
What fonts you have loaded*? 
How many libraries are hanging 
about unnecessarily? Whether 
anything Is lurking in the back- 
ground that ought not to be 
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The tools on the Amiga Extras 
disk are nothing mare than toys 
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the state of the system, You could 
have a totally obvious virus loiter- 
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and the Extras tools would carry 
on regardless. That's why you 
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There are two freely dis- 
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worthwhile. Xoper and ARTM. 
People tend to slick with one, and 
slog the other mercilessly. Xoper's 
been around for o very long time 
indeed, gaining new features on 


the way. but It's still very much a 
keyboard driven device. AR7M is 
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entirely by the mouse. 

There are plenty of ways to mess 
about with ARTM without crashing 
the system, ARTM, by the way. 
stands for Amigo Realtime Monitor 
{dunno what Xoper stands for...), 
Starting off both programs, you 
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with ARTM, fuse two mouse clicks 
and It's gone. Xoper requires "Kill 
TdskWa^ne' , to be typed to have 
the same effect. As you can Imag- 
ine, it's not a great plan to 
remove a task that's doing some- 
thing useful, like Workbench. 

Ever hod a program die. leaving 
its window grinning inanety at you? 
ARTM con list, change and close 
Just about anything win do w- 
shaped Xoper' s pretty much con- 
fined to closing windows. Again, 
it's not a wildly wonderful idea to 
close a window still being used by 
a program. Watch that LED fldshr 

The 'Residents' is a list of all the 
resident routines beavering^ away 
In the background. Some under- 


cover viruses can lurk here, so 
both programs list ail resident 
names and addresses. 

The most common way for a 
virus to spread Is by grabbing hold 
of part of the system which deals 
with warm resets. Useful programs 
- such as recoverable RAM disks - 
can also hold these system vec- 
tors. Unlike those dumb vector 
check programs which clear any- 
thing strangle. ARTM and Xoper will 
detail exactly what Is holding 
which vector. 

The rest of the functions are 
mostly useful to programmers, who 
want to make sure that their pro- 
gram runs as expected and 
cleans up nicely after Itself , ARTM's 
strong point Is that it can show 
every piece of allocated memory. 

Xoper can unlock redundant 
Dos Locks, These are the things 
which sometimes cause a disk 
Icon to linger on the Workbench 
screen after the disk has been 
removed. 

The authors of ARTM seem to be 
a little confused. The program has 
a message saying It's In the public 
domain, but fhen the authors ask 
for a shareware Tee if you use It. 
Weird! Public domain means free 


of charge, Xoper V2.2 by Werner 
Gunther Is on Fish Disk 318, while 
ARTM T.O by F J Martens ond 
Dletmar Jansen Is on Fish Disk 327 

ARTM Is much easier to use but 
requires a little mors work since If 
has been known to crash occa- 
sionally. xoper Is stable but not as 
cute as ARTM. Take your pick but 
remember, toper's tree. 

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PC suffers. 

Also, freeware programs tend to 
be written for a very specific rea- 
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People forget tilings. It's a fact of 
life, That's why there's such q 
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organisers and small electronic 
things that beep at The slightest 
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those things is that I forget where I 
put them, 

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Given a way of automatically 
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five weeks warning for the project 


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last minute - and maybe a week 
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warning period, and Badger's in 
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Unless you're In on advance 


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If you ask It, The verdan of Badger 
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Badger, Did tt complain, or what? 
Forgotten birthdays and anniver- 
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Badger, That's assuming you 
remember where your Amigo Is! 



Can you tell the «rr*r*nce between tti* Source and Oki'j aitdssembly? 


that the software Is often very 
powerful, ft also means that tt can 
lack a little in the user friendliness 
stakes, 

Dis. on Fish Disk 240, Is an excel- 
lent example of this. It's a symbolic 
disassembler of awesome power, 
That means it will scan through the 
code looking for branches and 
jumps, build up a reference table, 
and output code which looks the 
same as the code produced by 
an assembler. 

A program disassembled with 
Dis will usually reassemble back to 
its original form with very little work. 
Most commercial disassemblers 
claim they con do that, but I've 
only met one that does anything 
like Dis. 

The program Is able to disas- 
semble Just about anything. It 
takes object files, executables and 
even libraries, and produces 
labelled, indented code, support- 
ing 63020 and 03030 processors, 
and Motorola FPU and MMU chips. 

If you tell Dis that It's looking at 
a library, you'll get a few com- 
ments Jn the listing outlining the 
library’s structure. This Is a very 
ctever program, 

So what would you use Dis for? 
Well, the only freeware machine 
code monitor for the Amiga - 
Tlmo Rossi's Mon. now at version 
1 .29 - Isn't symbolic, so output can 
be a little hard to follow at times. 

If you're examining code that 
you didn't write, you need all the 
heip you can get. Dis was written 
by Chris Gray, who designed and 
wrote the language Draco. It was 


meant as an add-in for his compil- 
er system, but works perfectly well 
on tts own. Just the thing for a spot 
of software reverse-engineering, 
which may soon become an 
offence If European legislation 
goes through. 

Climb the family 
tree 

Some believe that there are only 
three questions In life. 'Where did I 
come from?', ‘Who Am 1 ?' and 
'Jeremy Beadle, why?*, The last 
one Js impossible to answer, but 
the first two are relatively simple 
and can be answered with an 
Ordinance Survey map and a 
fomily tree, 

Charting who your ancestors 
were is an interesting pastkne, and 
one which a surprising number of 
otherwise perfectly normal folk ore 
interested it, What better way to 
remember vital facts than Jet a 


computer do the tedious cata- 
loguing? There are two genealogy 
packages for the Amigo One Is 
very easy to use, but also Incredibly 
easy to get lost In and mess up 
your entire family, The other" Is a 
direct part of a PC database, and 
has all the friendliness of a main- 
frame operator after another 


night's batch jobs have snarled 
up. 

PeopleTree is pretty straightfor- 
ward- Alt It needs Is a name, the 
sex, parents and any children. Vou 
con add birth and death dates If 
you have them, but It's not essen- 
tial. 

The program has a look around, 
and fries to resolve as many family 
links as It can. Any links It can't 
make, it asks you about- This corv 
tlnues until Peopletree Is happy 
with all the links you've given if. 
You can save out The family data 
at any time, and then add notes 
about each person. 

Output Is limited to simple pedi- 
gree charts, but the tree can be 
browsed simply, Had this program 
been written in the last year, it 
would have had Hyper in its name 
somewhere 

That's aW there is to PeopteTree, 
It doesn't ever reference people 
by numbers tour then it won't 


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Prints Inform T ion about Marriages. 


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cope with huge families, fl children 
per mother is the maximum, 

PeopteTree is on JumpDisk June 
T9B9 issue. which is a well pro- 
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Services In this country. 

A-Gen@ Is totally different, 
everyone's d number in this pro- 
gram. On the minimum configura- 
tion of □ 1Mb twin-drive Amigo, it 
can handle 2600 people, it won't 
be very quick at this size of 
database, but at least It Is able to 
handle if. 

This is no simple program for 
genealogical dabblers. It's big 
and it's frightening. A-Gene is 
based oh Genealogy Oh Display 


tar the PC, which was designed far 
use by members of The Church of 
Latter Day Saints (Mormons), You 
actually get two versions, the 
Anglican and the Mormon, the lat- 
ter con cope with more data 

Family data has to be reason- 
ably well ordered tor the program 
to work. This was my first problem 
since my previous filing system was 
an old Samsonite stuffed almost to 
bursting with loose-leaf A4. It r d be 
wise to assign numbers to every- 
one at this point because parent? 
are Indexed by number and 
not by name. 

Assuming you've managed to 
wade through that, you're ready 
to tackle the Marriage section, This 


Is. pretty much a case of joining 
two people together by numbers. 
After that you can Input baptism - 
or ordinance - data, which can 
contain brief nates about the fami- 
ly. If there's one place where A- 
Gene shines, it's 3n the output. If 
you want your family grouped, 
treed or Just plain listed, there ate 
several options for each. 

A-Gene has the dubious acca- * 
iade of being so confusing that I 
was actually quite pleased when it 
suffered a critical stack error and 
crashed. PeopleTree Is very 
lightweight, but is easy to use and 
can cope with poor organisation. 
Unless you're serious about your 
family, PeopteTree is tor you. 

Phone phun! 

Can you remember the telephone 
number of everyone you know7 I 
can't, so I usually hove to resort to 
my Little Black Book of names. But 
□5 with all address books, my Little 
Black Book can lell when it's want- 
ed, and manages to hide such 
mat I can never find It. 

What I need Is a program to 
Marshal those numbers in SUCh d 
manner that \ can always find 
them. And I want the computer to 
dial the number too Automatic 
dialling^ Not os silly as It sounds. 
There’s a tiny program called 
Phone which generates the tone- 
dialling sequence through the 
monitor's speaker. 

So all you do is pick up the 
phone, type Phone followed by 
the number, put the phone to the 


Tricky 

Tricky's a heat little game which requires a deal of 
concentration., a large wad of logic, and the ability 
not to panic when things start getting frantic, Your 
jab Is to send a Balng ball through a maze, clearing 
up tiles as you go. Enough yawning. It's more com- 
plex - and more Interesting - than that, 

Once you've actually set that ball nailing, there's 
nothing you can do to control it, The ball bowls 
along a rock, clearing away flies as It rolls over them, 
and is deflected by a now tiles which hove been 
carefully set 143 by the player Care is required when 
moving the arrows, as there's only d limited number 
of adjustments allowed per game. 

There's more. The bdl will only clear up tiles of the 
same type as displayed on an indicator. If you hit a 
different tile, the ball stops, and you have to bowl 
again . It you get badly stuck you can play a Joker, 
which allows you to go for any flavour of tile you lire. 

The object Is to clear away all but three (or less) Of 
the tiles within a fairly tight time limit. Everything starts 
off simply, but very quickly gets very difficult. And 
there are 99 levels to wade through. Once you get 


the hang of what's going on. Tricky becomes serious- 
ly enjoyable, and capable of doing some industrial- 
strength whiling away of long winter evenings. If you 
do manage to get bored with Tricky, you can design 
new screens using the game editor. The possibilities 
for making Impossible screens are near enough end- 
less. 

Peter Hdndel has written quite a few games far 
the Amiga, all of them simple, but ai of them good. I 
think Tricky's tvs best, though. Try It, it's freeware, and 
on Fish Disk 367. 



mohltot speaker, hit Return, and 
the number's dialled, Phone’s not 
without problems though, it s only 
to be found on a few bulletin 
boards, and 1 doubt whether it's in 
any PD library. You have to 
remember the phone number, so 
the Little Black Book is still required. 
It only works on digital exchanges, 
as It's Impassible to generate the 
old diolling clicks without connect- 
ing a relay to your Amiga - and 
that breaks your BT licence agree- 
ment and probably your Amiga. 

You may actually have a digital 
telephone exchange without 
knowing It. I discovered mine 
by accidentally setting up an 
autodial modem to tone diai and 
it actually worked ST weren't 
sure about it either - maybe a 
digital exchange grew In 
overnight, A modem Is a good 
way of dialling numbers, They've 



Hyperdkiler may dial for you. but you 
still have Ip lafc fo ttie answering 
rriMtilnp 


got all the right circuitry, and unlike 
the utile Black Book they’re firmly 
RS-232'd to the bock of your com- 
puter. 

HyperDioler uses the modem to 
do the dialling, concentrating on 
being user-friendly. If doesn't need 
much in the way at Instructions, 
you simply toad It and go . 

You can Input the name, 
address and up to two telephone 
numbers for each person, Names 
can be sorted, deleted, and 
saved to a data file which is auto- 
matically loaded when Hyper- 
Dialer starts, it's q pity you can’t 
use the address data to print 
address labels, but Little Black 
Books can't do that either, 

Even though autodial modems 
usually support pulse dialling, 
HyperDialer only supports digital 
tone dial. It would be really easy to 
fix this - wander through It with 
Newlap, changing all occur- 
rences of ATDT to ATDP - but David 
Piummer. the author, Is American, 
where 99,9% of the phones are 
tone dial anyway. 

If you've got a Hayes compati- 
ble modem. HyperDialer may help 
to keep you sane, ft's an Fish Disk 
367 and has a shareware fee of 
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36 Amiga Computing 







Feature 


First Time Buyer! 


Clutching a bank roll that would choke a donkey, 
Eddie McKendrick ventures out into the High Street 
to dig up the best in Commodore silicon 


eing □ computer enthusl- 

as' was onco considered 

freakish, these da vs it's 
positively fashionable to be sport- 
ing the latest model of your cho- 
sen machine - a computer with 
plenty of power under rts silicon 
bonnet. 

Commodore has progressively 
developed the Amiga Into O com- 
plete range, with everything from 
a Popular to an Impressive GT| to 
be found on the hardware fore- 
court. 

But Just like cars, the engine 
remains me same for most at the 
machines. It's the gizmos and 
add-ons that gives each Amiga its 
unique position within the line-up. 

Another parallel between the 
computer and car industries is the 
abundance of hype and rumour 
surrounding the launch of new 
models and phasing out of old 
ones. 

There are more Amigos to 
choose from than ever before, if 
you haven't taken the plunge and 
Invested in Amiga technology yet, 
or if you are looking to upgrade, a 
whistle-stop tour of the Amiga 
family might help you make 
up your mind up. 

AMIGA 1000 

When the Amiga first come to 
these shores, there was only one to 
choose from. Not the Amiga 1 as 
you might Imagine, not even the 
Amiga 500, but Instead the Amiga 
1000 . 

A very impressive machine 
when It arrived in the UK four years 
ago. the 1000 bare a close resem- 
blance technically, to today's 500. 

It’s physical styling was, how- 
ever. completely different to what 
people have come to expect an 
Amiga to look like. Instead of the 
familiar vanilla that most Amigas 
sport. It woes white. 

The 1000 hod the infamous 
Amiga ’PAD' custom chip set 
CPauia, Agnus, Denise). Then, just 
as now, that's what put the Amiga 


ahead of the competition, 

But It's more than just the box 
which distances the 1000 (tom the 
current Amiga range. All modern 
Amigas have their kernel operating 
system on something called a 
"Kleksfart' ROM. This contains vari- 
ous libraries used by Amiga DOS 
and Workbench, 

It Is Kickstart which produces the 
picture of a hand holding a 
Workbench disk If you boot an 
Amiga without a system disk in the 
drive The 1000 did not have 
Kickstart and, therefore, to load 
software - even Workbench - a 
Kickstart floppy had to be inserted 
first. 

Even today, dealers are still 
advertising and selling Amiga 
1000s. The machine is no longer 
manufactured and you should not 
be fooled by its number, the 500 is 
a significantly more impressive 
beast. If you buy a 1000 you're at 
best Investing in a piece of com- 
puting history, It will run most 0/5 
legal software, but don't expect 
hardware add-ons to wdrk. 

Equally, you can rule out running 
any software which Indulges in 
excessive 'metal boshing', as most 
commercial software does for 
copy protection The 1 000 is very 


much the Vintage Classic' of the 
range. 

AMIGA 500 

Every car range has its base 
model, the ‘Popular'. This Is gener- 
ally the best compromise between 
price and performance, providing 
a high value package that Is 
attractive to most people. 

The Amiga A50Q tits the bill per- 
fectly. Chances are. os a reader of 
this magazine, you already have 
an A500 or are thinking about buy- 
ing one. 

When anyone says Amiga. AMO 
is generally what they mean. In 
one neat package Commodore 
has provided a motherboard 
sporting a 68000 processor bocked 
up by an array of custom chips, 

On the drawing board the 
Amiga was designed as a console 
rather than a fully fledged home 
micro - the ultimate games 
machine. 

Fortunately, and to the eternal 
debt of oil Amigophlles since, 
Commodore realised the potential 
of such powerful hardware and 
added a cfok drive, a high duality 
keyboard and a mouse. The A500 
Is probably the most expandable 
computer in Its class, 


You only have to look at the 
Atari ST - or even the STE - to see 
how much thought has gone into 
the Amiga Those awfully nice 
people at Commodore have 
mode sure that whatever you 
want to plug in, there's a slot foe It, 
Take, for example, the 
trap-door underneath the A50Q. 
This was designed for the addition 
of 512K of extra memory, No sol- 
dering required. Just open the door 
and slot the expansion module In. 

Since then, third party hardware 
manufacturers have produced a 
staggering number of devices that 
can moke use of thks easy expan- 
sion option. It's possible, for exam- 
ple, to ftt all the hardware required 
to convert your Amiga into a PC 
within that little trap door, 

Careful examination af the 
left-hand side of the A50Q will 
reveal yet another expansion port. 
This one ts for connecting a hard 
disk drive looking at an A500 from 
behind, every single bit of space is 
used by sockets offering huge 
expansion capability. 

Very few other machines pro- 
vide a mouse port, o joystick port, 
stereo audio connectors, a disk 
drive port, a serial port, a parallel 
port, an RGB monitor connector 
and even a mono video connec- 
tor. 

Proof again that the Amiga is 
probably the most flexible home 
computer available, 

Like all goad base models, the 
A500 comes in a range at Trims. 
Commodore has been quick to 
grasp the concept of bundled 
software, giving you 'something for 
nothing' when you blow your wad 
on that dream machine. 

The current bundle Is known as 
Screen Gems and provides all buy- 





Amiga Computing & 7 










Feature 



efs with the A 600 itself and a mod- 
ulator to convert the machine's 
RGB vtdeo output to UHF, allowing 
connection to a standard TV 
Instead of cm expensive monitor. 

The free games software 
includes Back to the Future II. Days; 
af Thunder. Shadow of the Beast li 
and Deluxe Paint If 

Previous bundles were Flight of 
Fantasy, featuring Ocean's smash 
hit F-29 Retotiofof, and the hugely 
successful Batman pack which 
featured fhe Coped Crusaders In 
o hit game, again rrom Ocean. 

AMIGA 2000 

The 2000 Is very much the station 
wagon of the Amiga range, ft 
boasts all the features of the 500 
with greatly enhanced expansion 
capability. Commodore designed 
the 2000 as □ corporate work sta- 
tion, with the dream that it would 
one day start to replace PCs on 
desks throughout the world. 

The PC connection has been 
pushed to such an extent that the 
2000 has space Internally for a PC 
format 5.25 inch floppy disk drive. 
Commodore also produced a 
bridge board for the machine that 
allows PC applications to be run 
on the 2000. 

The budge board proved tp be 
much slower than a genuine PC. 
making the 2000 package 
unattractive to companies unwill- 
ing to abandon any invest- 
ment they already have in PC 
hardware. 

Needless to say. big business 
buyers were as complacent as 
ever, wriggling out or ditching their 
aged IBM hardware in favour of 
the more advanced Amiga. 

It's true that with the advent of 
the >30386 and 80486 processors. 


WorkhwM or itie 
Amiga range, 2DO0‘s. 

- an. o*d favourite 

PCs have got faster, but they are 
Still fundamentally flawed, as one 
took at their memory architecture 
will prove to anyone. 

The 2000 has taken root in one 
surprising industry sector though, 
television graphics. The ITV chart 
show. Sky News and numerous 
independent producers all make 
extensive use of Amlgas In the day 
to day production of graphic 
sequences. 

This can be put down to a com- 
bination of the superb graphics 
facilities the machine supports and 
the built In Genlock port, enabling 
the Amiga output to be profes- 
sionally superimposed over pro- 
gramme video. 

7he 2000 has seven expansion 
slots. These ore spaces on the 
motherboard where additional 
daughter cords can be added - 
anything from extra hard disks to 
video or audio digitisers. There is 
also o co-processor slot, far 
adding an additional chip to share 
the load with the Amigo's built in 
63000 CPU. 

These days the 2000 is supplied 
with an internal 40Mb hard disk 
and 1Mb RAM. Positioning it firmly 
within the serious applications sec- 
tor. 

AMIGA 1500 

The latest fledgling from the Amiga 
stable can be described in one or 
two ways, Those who like It 
describe the 1500 as an Amiga 
2000 without a hard disk The 
remainder ore less flattering and 
prefer to think ef if as an Amiga 
500 in a b*gger box. 

The fact is, both factions are 
correct. The 1500 is the 'special 
edition' of the Amiga rdnge. It's 
been designed by Commodore to 


win aver the serious user who can't 
stretch to □ 2000, but could 
expand to one progressively. 

Care should be taken not to 
confuse the official Commodore 
Amiga 1500 with the upgrade kit 
offered by Checkmate DlgitaP 
Limited, 

The CDl kit is used to convert a 
standard A SCO into a separate pro- 
cessor and keyboard system. It 
looks very nice, but does not offer 
the expansion of a true 
Commodore Amiga T500. 

In fairness to CDl it has to be 
said that Commodore had not 
allocated the 1500 number when 
the upgrade kit was brought onto 
the market, 

The 1500 has the same mother- 
board as the 2000, with two floppy 
drives as standard. Instead of the 
2a00's single unit. The newly 
restyled Commodore 10843 colour 
stereo monitor Is also bundled 
along with productivity software. 

What you don't get for your 
money Is a hard disk, which can be 
a pricey option putting the 1500 
out of reach far a great many 
Lsers. 

AMIGA 3000 

Perhaps the most significant news 
of last year for the Amiga family 
was the addition of the Sports 
Turbo. The Amigo 3000 Is 
Commodore's second bite at the 
corporate cherry. Wed out of the 
price range of most Amiga enthusi- 
asts, this machine sports a super- 
fast 68030 processor and the very 
latest version of the Amiga 
enhanced chip set . 

Where if could be argued that 
the 2000 was aimed at the IBM 
market. It's fair to claim that the 
3000 series competes head on with 
high-end Apple Macintosh com- 
puters The 3DD0 comes In three 
flavours, one 16MH2 and twq 
25MHz machines. The loiter runs 



Commodore'! ■lomily 
eafnputer' , ttie A 1 -50C 


around 10 times faster than a stan- 
dard Amiga 500. 1500 or 2000. The 
3000 is pitched at the muifHmeefa 
market by Commodore. 

The fusing of the Amiga families 
credibility in graphics and sound 
with the increased speed of the 
3000 Is a very atfroctive proposi- 
tion. 

Physically, the 3000 looks very 
different to the rest of the Amiga 
range. It's a good deal narrower 
than the 1 500 or 2000 and Is white 
rather than vanilla. 

Vou could easily mistake the 
3000 for a dedicated power work- 
station or a member of the Appte 
Macintosh II series at first glance - 
maybe That's ihe Idea. 



Go latter Etripesl 
DesirOble dream 
machine - Ihe A300D 


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90 Amiga Computing 



Review 



Stevie Kennedy takes GVP’s new hard 
drive lor a stroll -and ends up 
sprinting round the block 


T he A 500 owner has neve* 
been spoiled for choice as 
tar os hand drives go. Since 
the launch of the Amiga, the 
options have been either an offi- 
cial A590 Of one of only three or 
four decent alternatives. The for- 
mer has the advantage of afforet- 
ability and reliability, while the 
latter are usually bigger and faster, 
but a lot more expensive. 

GVP's first drives would certainly 
knock a large hole in your bank 
account, but they were rugged 
and much taster than the 
Commodore drive end became a 
popular replacement system 
along with other drives such as the 
Vortex series, The punters, howev- 
er, were clamouring for more. 

As the applications software 
market has expanded, so has the 
need for more memory and 
larger storage devices, and the 
manufacturers have had to 
respond. 

Users of graphics intensive 
packages, those developing multi' 
medio applications, or using huge 
sound samples In recording sti> 
dies, all require more from their 
storage than the first generation 
add-ons could supply, 

GVP's reaction was to take their 
Successful first try and revamp, 
restyle and relaunch It as the 
Impact Series II. 

The first difference you notice 
on opening the box is a cosmetic 
delight. The original GVP drives 
were ugly, chunky beasts and 
looked more like a plastic loaf of 
bread sticking out the 
end of the Amiga, The Series II 
drives are radically more attrac- 
tive, and are styled in exactly the 
same way as the A 500 case, 
When attached they looked gor- 
geous, 

Enough of the admiring gazes, 
let's get down to business. Do they 
work? 

The answer is an emphatic 
'year, If you open the drive of Its 
heart you will find a high quality, 
near industry standard Quantum 
mechanism. On Its own this would 
be a quick and reliable unit, and 
In various guises has served per- 
fectly well for several years, 

GVP, however, has Improved 
the drive's speed and efficiency 
by developing its awn controlling 
software. 

The Faoast software is designed 
to overcome the sometimes 
appallingly slow data transfer 
rotes offered by AmlgaDQS. It 
comes on floppy disk and In the 
shape of ROMs fitted in to the 


drive itself. When you initially Install 
the unit the floppy based utilities 
are ample enough to tallow, so the 
drive can be propped formatted 
and ready to use Inside five min- 
utes. 

The only problem we found was 
the usual assumption that you 
don't have another hard drive 
attached, forcing you to stop the 
automatic: process and rename 
the new drive. 

This, however, was a minor has- 
sle. The software generally worked 
well, allowing multiple partitioning 
and, through the more complex 
manual propping procedure, full 


control over the way the drive was 
set up. With relatively few 
headaches, the beginner should 
be able to handle the process with 
ease. 

The only sticking point might be 
with the startup-sequence, which 
must be altered or added to If the 
drive is to auto-boot. The unadven- 
turous user can get round this by 
simply copying the GVP utilities disk 
over to the hard drive when 
prompted during propping This 
contains the required S: directory 
entries. 

When you begin to use the drive 
in earnest, the speed of operation 


can take you by surprise. The 
claimed data transfer rafe Is a 
peak of approximately TMb a sec- 
ond with a certified access time Of 
1 1ms, and it really does show 

The custom VLSJ controller and 
FaaastROMs chew their way 
through disk operations at a 
crunching rate of knots, load- 
ing Pretext V5 In about 4.5 sec- 
onds. and chucking Tiles to RAM 
and back In the twinkling of an 
eye. 

I found the speed most satisfying 
when accessing large directories 
of files, which I had lazily neglect- 
ed to tidy. The blisteringly quick 
access time comes into its own In a 
situ o lion like this, and messy flies 
ore blorted to the screen In Just a 
second or so - much faster than 
the older drives. 

The drive's other features are 
almost as impressive. Memory can 
be added on-boord In the shape 
of SIMM modules giving two, four 
or eight megabytes of auto-con- 
figuring RAM. Up to seven extra 
drives can be added via the Mini- 
Siot expansion port, 

This slot brings out all of the 
expansion bus' signals, so you 
could, with the appropriate com 
nectar, add any standard Amiga 
peripheral without having to plonk 
it into a clumsy ihrough-part. 

There Is also a game switch that 
will allow the extra RAM to be 
accessed by gomes without the 
dnve auto-bootlng, o built-in fan, 
and an independent power sup- 
ply, 

The latter is a bit flimsy when 
compared to the drive, and our 
original unit blew a couple Of fuses, 
but the replacement has given 
good service, and you can always 
stick in your awn as long as it 
meets the some power require- 
ments. 

The GVP drive is exceedingly 
expensive, retailing In Its most basic 
form at Just under £500. However, if 
yau want the fastest drive avail- 
able for the A5DQ, memory expan- 
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attractive cosing, the GVP Impact 
Series II drives are worth the high 
price fag. Thoroughly recommend- 
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Feature 



from the doctor of dance, 
Paul Austin 


H I fbfcs, IT's the MED man 
again with the final 
thrilling instalment detail- 
ing the music creation process- on 
your Amiga. If you have no idea 
what I'm talking about. I suggest 
you dig up the last two issues 
of the world's greatest com- 
puter mog {ahem, Amiga 
Compufirtg,..), 

Oh the November issue you'll 
find MED213, the great music utility 
gracing our cover disk. Dec- 
ember's glossy Interior features the 
first instalment of my guide to 
MED213, whflch points a complete 
musical beginner in the right direc- 
tion so that after following our 
course, you'll be well on the way 
towards producing an Amiga 
musical masterpiece. 

Last month's article was princi- 
pally devoted to basic production 
techniques, mainly concerning 
short sections of music contained 
in a Single block. 

This month's Instalment expands 
these humble beginnings to pro- 
duce a complete song, wtth vers- 
es. choruses, middle eights, solos 
and anything else you can think 
of. 

The mechanised approach 

There ore two types of song con- 
struction. the first being the ‘build 
as you go' method, which hap- 
pens to be by far the easiest way 
of producing -o song. But be 
warned, there are some disadvan- 
tages 

Arrange a melody within a sin- 
gle block, perhaps based around 
the main theme of the piece, gen- 
erally referred to as the hook line, 
It's usually played by the lead 
instrument. Bass, drums, keyboard 
- whatever grabs you the most. 
Once you're satisfied, build up the 
block to its maximum, adding all 
the other Instruments you feel fit 
the piece. 

When you think It's Impossible 
to justify adding any more, go to 
the block section and copy it over 
as mony times as required- Now 
go back to- the top of the 
sequence kst ond remove oil but 
one of the elements - It's up to 
you which ones. 

Next move to the second 
block ond go through the 
same procedure, adding an extra 
element or two as you move 
through the sequence list, until 
you reach the full arrangement, 


This method can be taken to Its 
logical conclusion by editing the 
new sequence parts. Re-arranging 
o bass line for example, prior to 
the sequence building up to full 
swing. 

Now go through the same pro- 
cess with the next section of the 
sang. If indeed there Is one. Once 
the elements of the piece are wrtt- 
ten. copied, and cut down as 
required, simply paste them 
together, 

With all the component parts 
being variations on the same 
theme, there shouldn't be -any 
problems keeping the piece in 
time. 

The creative approach 

That's basically the classic dance 
track formula, the main drawback 
being the inevitable ’sameness' of 
the end result. Fine, if that's what 
you want, but to produce 
something with a little more origi- 
nality a good deal more effort Is 


required. The second method te □ 
somewhat longer process, but the 
ends definitely justify the means. 
When using this method it's a 
good Idea to write the ploy 
sequence down before you start. 
This describes how many verses, 
choruses and so on you want, and 
once done, you can start to com- 
pose the masterpiece. 

The key to the creative 
approach Is to make sure the 
component parts flow smoothly 
from one to the next. 

In order to do this examine your 
play 1st. making note of which sec- 
tion joins the next. For example, 
your epic may go something 
like this, intro, two verses, two 
chorus and a middle eight, and 
so on - middle eight being a 
generic term for something 
used to link various sections 
together. 

The First thing to do is produce 
the intro, followed by the verse, 
then the chorus and so on, Initially, 


just produce one block for each 
section of the song. After complet- 
ing each part check It against 
the next and any other sections 
it will come Into contact 
within the course of the song 

And now the difficult part. You 
have to get the various elements 
to run together smoothly. To do 
this, always stout your song section 
on the first line of the block 
because this win moke life a lot 
easier and It's the key to keeping 
the whole thing In time. 

That done, all the elements 
should be flowing smooth ond 
sweet, Before going any further, 
save what you've done In cose 
disaster strikes. 

The next and equally vital task is 
to grab a pen ond paper and 
make a list of exactly the number 
and order of the various blocks, 
It's all too easy to get hopelessly 
lost In an ever growing sequence 
list. 

Now type in the numbers from 
your sequence list and listen to 
your creation, Hopefully all's well 
but It's probably a little dull, if 
that's the case, copy □ verse or 
chorus and write a solo In place of 
the normal melody line, 

I know this sounds 0 daunting 
prospect, but don't worry. It's a 
simple matter of messing around 
with short runs (a few notes 
from the relevant scale 
which counterpoint the rhythm) 
until you stumble o-n something 
mat ms. 

When you've got something, 
replace the old block with the 
new ond give It a listen. Even a 
slmpte solo con sound very Impres- 
hv© when heard In the context of 
the song. Remember, always 
make o note of where you're 
up to, 

Another method of enhancing 
the piece is to change key. Thanks 
to the power of MED's editor. It's 
as simple os selecting the required 
section and. with the old of the 
transpose option, altering the key 
as required, This may take a little 
practice in order to avoid a clash, 
but it's nevertheless o simple oper- 
ation. 

Well, that's Just about It- 
Hopefully,- using these articles, 
you've been Inspired to great 
things musically. 

We plan to expand the musical 
coverage within the magazine - 
so watch this space! 



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Virus lingering even 
after the flush...? 

f am hoping That you or one of your readers 
may be able to help me. After mining many 
disks trying to get rid of the BGS9 virus. I finally 
got rid of It with VlrusX 4.01 on the November 
cover disk. Thank you (don't mention it - Ed). I 
now have another problem that may be 
another virus not cured by Virus*, 

On booting up the write-protected 
Workbench from cold, everything is normal, 
but every subsequent disk Insert returns the 
'Error Validating Disk' and advises- using 
DIskDootor to repair the disk. This has no effect. 
VirusX Indicates a non-standard bootblack, but 
even when I repair it the disk will act the same 
If I boot it again. The disk acts normqly when 
Inserted with the write protect off. I also have 
on art package with the same symptoms, 

This may be totally unrelated to the above 
but sometimes after running a program for five 
to ten minutes the computer crashes with guru 
message 3.1B97Q, I hope you can assist me. I 
really e^joy your magazine. 

Joe Silke, Carlinglord, Co. Louth. 

Vup , sounds like you've go! a nasty (title virus 
there. In fad, it sounds like you may sHH have 
BG59 or another such file virus, As you may 
know, the difference between the annoying 
viruses and the really aggravating ones ii that 
the latter now cunningly attach themselves to 
a file on disk and can't be detected by the 
standard bod block virus killers. Luckily, the 
November cover disk also contains a copy of 
KV (KlHVInu) which will quickly despatch BGS9. 
Just follow the instructions In November's disk 
pages, copy KV Into your C; directory, and 
Check the suspect disks. That oughta fix 'em! 

All at C 

After acquiring NComm 1.9 on the July edi- 
tion's cover disk, I decided to go about writing 
my own terming! program, It won't be amaz- 
ing. but at least 111 have learned something 
about C, which 1 am planning to use. 

1 . 1 only have Lattice C V3.03, which t have 
found highly Inadequate to compile the 
Comm source on one of my Fred Fish disks, I 
can't afford the latest version and l r m definite- 
ly not going to pirate It (bravo I - Ed), so is there 
a PD alternative that won't have mo struggling 
to convert Lattice C Into PD C? 

2. 1 have seen Aztec C and Soiobon C, but i 
don't know which one fo go for, Are there any 
others? 

3, Which book would be useful as a beginr 
ner, but also useful when 1 am more experi- 
enced (and also mentions Comms bn C), 

4, On to BASIC. 1 hove acquired a library 


called 'xprzmodem .library' (it came with 
NComm) arid wish to use it in Amiga BASIC but 
the problem 1$ I need a .brnap file. I've tried 
looking at the library file wtth all manner of text 
editors, printing It out, and trying to make a ,fd 
me from If, but nothing seems ro work, Whoddo 
I do??? 

James Lanng. Wirksworth. 

Public Domain C compilers have become rel- 
atively numerous recently, but Ihey all do more 
or less the same job. A good bet is Fish disk 
340, NodhC, which Is based on Sozobon C and 
Includes several useful utilities, it also claims to 
be Lattice C compatible, and at £2 from most 
PD libraries, It's a cheap way to find out. 

As far ot books are concerned, I’m 
stumped. Try the Abacus range - they're gen- 
erally pretty good and cater well to beginners' 
tastes. Anyone out there who con suggest a 
book they've used themselves? 

If the library routine won't convert to a 
usable ,bmap once treated lo the ConvertFD 
program on the Extras disk, my advice Is to get 
another copy of NComm and try converting 
the xprzmodem. library on that. You may have 
a corrupted copy. 

Is there anybody out there? 

I am the proud owner of an Amigo B2000 and 
a Hewlett Packard Paint Jet printer. My main 
uses at the moment are DTP and graphics pro- 
duction for business. 1 ateo use □ CBM 1550C for 
labelling and moll merge. 

First question: Is there a device on the mar- 
ket to enable me to share both printers? At the 


moment I am having to disconnect one while 
using the other. 

Secondly, I would tike to break into commu- 
nications. Could you advise me on the hard- 
ware and software required to do this, to 
enable me to communicate wtth Amiga and 
PC users worldwide? 

fl D Park house, 4900 Warlord. Germany. 

On the first point, I'm not aware of any printer 
sharers around, but (here are plenty of monitor 
or foystick port sharers an the market, and you 
might be able to find one If you scan our ads 
enough. Trilogic are a goad bet for that sort of 
thing. Alternatively, you could quite easily 
knack up a simple two way switch or have 
someone else do It for very little cost. 

II you're prepared to spend a few bob, then 
comms is easy enough lo get into. So If you 
have a phone line with one of the new stan- 
dard Jack sockets, just buy a modem, a serial 
coble,, some PD comms software such as 
JRComm or NComm, and off you go. 

You will have to keep a good weather eye 
on your phone bill though, at many of Ihe bul- 
letin boards have no Pocket Switch SI ream 
arrangement, necessitating long distance 
phone colli, we wlfl be reviewing some 
modems in Ihe next Issue. 

Is a hermit crab a resident shall? 

While playing around with my Startup- 
Sequence I noticed mat in the Startup II file 
some commands, are made resident to speed 
up execution, But surety commands con only 
be made resident from the Shell, at least 


94 Amiga Computing 



according to the Enhancer Software manual. 
Indeed, when I tiled to moke commands resi- 
dent from Hie CU. none worked. Can I delete 
these tines from Startup scripts. 

L B Elliott, Eaton Socon, 

Ihe Startup -Sequence is a scrip! file, as you 
righHy point out, and as such ife contents will 
be executed as tong as the relevant com- 
mands ore in the disk's C: directory. However, 
when you open CL, you open a specific tool, 
and It will not allow you to use the RESIDENT 
command. Just make sure you leave the cor- 
rect files In the C: directory and you should be 
all right. 

Getting organised 

We've hgd a great response to Mr Neal's 
appeal far help In the December issue on the 
subject of making hrs Psion organiser talk to his 
Amiga. It IS possible and, courtesy of Dave 
Westwood, we will be carrying an article in 
next month's issue on this very subject. 

Print and be damned 

I read the letter from Raff Nordrecfe of Norway 
(December Issue) and I too have had the 
same problems with colour print-outs on an 
LC1Q colour printer. The saiutron is to select 
custom for the page length in preferences 
and then telf It how long the pages are (usual- 
ly 66 for tractor fed paper) Hey presto, the 
stripes disappear! Any stripes left now are usu- 
ally caused by inconsistencies in the ribbon. 
Apparently, selecting Custom afters the way 
the printer drivers handle line feeds when 
doing graphic dumps. 

And now a question. Da you know of a spe- 
cific driver for the Star LC24-10 or X 024- 10 (I 
own a XB24-10). because I have been haying 
problems with Pagesefter 2 In that It will not 
print beyond the 30th column of the printer 
even though the ppnt head moves aid the way 
across the page HB Marketing tell me this Is 
because of incompatibilities between the Star 
printers and the EpsonQ driver supplied on the 
Extras disk. 

David Sellwood. Warrington. 

Well, you seem to hove answered that one 
yourself. If the Star, which is supposed to be 
fully Epson compatible, doesn't prfnl 130 
columns, then choose custom page size In 
preferences, set right margin to 132, and 
make sure lo select colour In graphic 1. If that 
doesn’t work, there is something wrong with 
your printer. Gold Disk don't provide printer 
drivers, and rely on the Workbench drivers to 
do Ihe jab 

Oil no! Not again! 

Ptease find enclosed my cover disk for Amiga 
Computing's November Issue. I am unable to 
read DOC. files on Hie various VirusX related 
programs. When I click on them. It stops with 
UNABLE TO OPEN C: PPMORE 205. Please send 
a working replacement. 

Name withheld tor reasons of embarrassment. 

You wouldn't believe the number of people 


who return cover disks to us each month 
because they gel error 205. Let me explain in 
some detail. 

If error 205 paps up, it means that something 
Is not where ft should be. The program or Icon 
Is frying to use a tile or library that isn't avail- 
able. The most common source of this error Is 
the practice of dragging Icons from one disk to 
another without copying the relevant fifes to 
the new disk. 

When Ihe icon is clicked In Its new home, It 
looks for the files, doesn't tee Ihem, and spits 
out error 205 in disgust. The besl cure for this is 
SID, the PD program which replaces many oka 
CLJ'* functions with a much more user frlendly 
environment, if you've ever cursed CU whilst 
messing around with a disk's contents, then get 
on lo a PD library now and put SID on your 
bool disk. 

Fhe specific problem in this ease is that, 
although you hove probably copied dll Ihe 
files in Ihe VirusX directory over to the new 
disk, you haven't copied ihe PPMORE program 
over Into fhe new C: directory. PPMORE Is a de- 



cruncher designed lo view text files crunched 
using PowerPacker. It usually resides in the C: 
directory and if it Is not there, you get error 205. 
Simply copy it across to fhe new disk s C: 
directory and the problem is solved. 

NOTE; The C: directory does not have an 
Icon on workbench. It Is where all Ihe exe- 
cutable commands, such as ’dlr f r 'endcli' and 
others, reside and it is where Workbench wilt 
always look for them. 

Look out! Site's gonna blow! 

I hove experienced some not Inconsiderable 
problems with my recent purchase of a Fat 
Trapper 2,5 meg expansion board from Bytes 
and Pieces of Lytham. Without gomg Into great 
detail, suffice It to say that, skies installing the 
board, my A5O0 gut ued on a regular basis. 

The problem occurred not only with estab- 
lished commercial software- such as Pro Page 
and DPglnf. but also with PD software and, 
astonishingly, Workbenchl Further to this, I 
found that the standard Commodore power 
supply was unable to cope with the hardware 
and I have had to replace the PSLJ fuse each 
time I hove switched the machine onl 

Bytes and Pieces eventually acted hon- 
ourably and refunded my money, however. I 
would like to warn your readers against the pit- 
falls of expand iig the A500 beyond one meg. 

Is if true, as Bytes and Pieces claim, that 'the 


Amiga is not made to a very high specifica- 
tion and even Commodore (privately) consid- 
er it a throwaway unit*? 

Keith R Munn, Kirkintilloch. 

No, it J*nl. The problem is that many third party 
peripherals manufacturers ore toe busy mak- 
ing money lo spend more lime on research 
ond development. They continue to produce 
untls which consume more power than the 
Amiga's 'PSD can deliver, and seldom bolher 
to warn their customers of fhe dangers 
Involved. They could use high quality low- 
consumption DRAMs. but that would reduce 
prdffl margins, so they prefer to let fhe punters 
find out the hard way. Luckily, such manufac- 
turers are In the minority. 

If you do carry on, and upgrade your RAM 
or add a power-hungry hard drive, the only 
answer is to buy a PSU which delivers more 
current. You'll finds several of these in our ads. 

Keith comes a cable cropper 

After a favourable review of the Qklmate 20 
printer in your magazine, I purchased one 
from Mr Diamond in Poole for my Amiga 500. 

However. I discovered the plug4n module 
supplied was for a serial connection and not 
the parallel connection referred to In your 
review. 

I queried this with Mr Diamond of Poole and 
he said all ibis stock was of the serial connec- 
tion and this was satisfactory, but f would like 
to know If there is any disadvantage and If so 
how I can buy o parallel cartridge. 

I woiJd also like to ask If the purchase of gn 
additional 1/2 meg of Internal memory other 
than the official Commodore cartridge will 
invalidate my warranty. 

Keith Chambers, Poole. Dorset. 

As long as your Okknate hers □ parallel inter- 
face, you can use a standard cable which 
shouldn't cost mote lhan about S 10. The serial 
cable supplied Is sufficient, but printing will be 
speeded up if you use the parallel pad. 

The fitting of o third party RAM expansion 
inside the trapdoor will not cost you your war- 
ranty, but opening fhe case to fit one of the 
other types of internal board will. It’s your 
choice, but I'd advise against taking Ihe risk 
at least unlit your warranty runs out, as com- 
puter repairs can cost a small fortune. 



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■f f you re going to use your 
I Amiga tor anything else other 
® than playing games, you'll 
almost certainly need a pointer. For 
mony it will be one of the most 
expensive pieces of equipment 
attached to their Amiga and there 
are many types and models to 
choose from. 

Laser printers give superb resLils 
but unfortunately their prices put 
them out of reach for about 99 per 
cent ot home computer owners. 
For the vast majority of us, a dot 
matrix printer will suffice, especially 
a 24-pin model of which there are 
now many 

Back streets in the Far East are 
littered with factories that churn 
out these printers on practically a 
doily basis. Many have similar 
specif Icotlons and so these days, 
one of the main factors in decid- 
ing which model to spend your 
money on Is its price. 

Looking as if its come straight 
from Star's wind tunnel comes one 
of the most modem-looKIng print- 
ers around, and at an affordable 
price too. 

Bearing the name LC24-20Q. 
gbout as sensible as those of 
Boeing airliners, it can be bought 
os a colour model for little more 
than the price of the mono 
device. As you might guess from its 
secret code-name, the LC24-2C0 is 
a 24-pin mode 1 suitable for most 
day-to-day needs, begging letters 
to the bahk manager and so on, 

The case Is a cream colour, 
which blends in with the Amigo 
nicely, and is made from common 
hard plastic, Around its case, the 
on/ofT switch can be found at the 
foot of the front panel which Is 
easy to access providing the print- 
er is placed away from the clutter 
on your desk. 

On the roof of the printer is the 
usual control panel. Four well-sized 
buttons switch between the vari- 
ous functions, and they've been 
labelled Font. Pitch. Set/Eject Park, 
Paper Feed and On Line. All speak 
for themselves and ere easy to 
operate. 

The mains lead Is fixed to the 
unit, so you don't get the problem 
of a ‘kettle lead' falling out At the 
other end the plug is moulded 
onto the lead but the fuse can still 
be changed if necessary 

Mot oil's wel with the design, The 
Centronics printer port is found at 
the front, right-hand side of the 
machine it means that in most 
cases the printer lead runs at an 
awkward angle across the desk - 
why not keep lo the bock of the 
printer? The only advantage In its 







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present position seems to be the 
ease of access, but once the lead 
has been attached there would 
be very few times when you'd 
need to get at it. 

So what about the printing? It's 
quiet enough to be used In an 
office or the home without disturb- 
ing everyone around you. There 
are two draft fonts, one of which is 
high speed, and a variety of tetter 
quality faces including Times 
Roman, Sons Serif, Courier, Prestige 
and Script. In addition, all the fonts 
con be printed In italics and there 
are options for condensed, bold 
and double-sized print Changing 
between them is simple. 

Additional fonts can be added 
and the 7K printing buffer can be 
increased by plugging an optional 
cartridge Inside the printer. Each 
cartridge costs £26 and they are 
available for the following fonts: TW 


Light. Russian. Gothic, OCR. QCRB 
and Bar Code 3, 

The cartridge Interface has 
changed from that of earlier Star 
models, so unfortunately the older 
ones are incompatible although 
their price has been slashed- 
In high speed draft pica (10 
characters per Inch), you'll get a 
print speed of 222 characters per 
second Ceps), which drops down 
to just over 66c ps when one of the 
letter quality fonts Isused. In e&te, or 
12cpi, that figure rises to 66c ps 
Also expect to find 1 5cpl semi-con- 
densed text. 17cpi condensed 
pica, condensed elite at 2n~pi 
and proportionally-spaced , 

Paper is fed into the mov -ne 
through various routes and it is pos- 
sible to keep fanfold paper load- 
ed, while printing on other paper, 
such as single sheets being used 
for printing a letter, Single sheets 


are loaded with assistance from a 
paper guide which clips onto the 
back of the printer, 

Replacing the ribbon cartridge Is 
a very easy job and, unlike many 
other printers, you don't come 
from the operation looking as if 
you've been cleaning chimneys, In 
the unlikely event of having prob- 
lems with the printer, the A5 manu- 
al offers clear Instructions on how 
lo solve the difficulty. 

The LC24-20Q is □ bit oversized, 
but nevertheless room could 
always be found for this onel 

Colour too 

If simple black and white Isn’t 
good enough for your needs, tak- 
ing another £60 from your bank 
account will get you the same 
printer but In colour. 

For the last few years. Star 
Mlcronics has adapted its 
monochrome models to run In 
colour Until now almost every 
printer in the Star range could 
have been converted by the user 
fitting an adaptor and colour print- 
er ribbon to the block and white 
model. 

The LC24-200 introduces a 
change to the system. You now 
have to buy o separate printer. The 
cosing remains the same as its sim- 
ple sibling but a few deferences 
inside and a colour printer ribbon 
give you o choice of colours (red. 
blue, violet, yellow, orange and 
green) 

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Feature 


B efore picking o printer 
vc> uni have to choose 
between three types - dot 
matrix, laser or it *k jet. and largely 
lt J 5 the contents of your wallet that 
will determine which you go for, 
with losers and Ink jets costing 
upwards of £1 ,QOO, 

So most people are limited to 
the much more affordable dot 
matrix machines. But worry not. 
these days the difference In qudlity 
relative to price is. marginal, and 
far normal home or office use a 
dot matrix is the ideal choice. 

Mow another fine model has 
made its woy on to the Amiga 
marketplace In the shape of the 
Citizen T24D. 

It's one of the cheaper 24-pin 
models available, at o price only a 
little higher than you would expect 
to pay for a lower quality 9-pin 
printer. There are two letter quality 
fonts. Courier and Times Roman, as 
well as draft mode. The fonts con 
be swapped easily art the press of 
o single key at the top of the 
machine. 

The selected font is shown an an 
l£D display on the control panel, 
to be found on the right-hand side 
of the printer's casing. If you want 
to scan the aval lob le typefaces 
you can get a printout by pressing 
the font key as the printer Is 
switched on. 

Perhaps the second mast impor- 
tant factor after print quality which 
will determine your choice Is 
speed, and the I24D performs 
well. 

Normal printing is at 10 charac- 
ters per inch (cpi), with a print 
speed of 120 characters pgr sec- 
ond Ceps) in draft mode and 4Qcps 
in one of the le+ter-qualrfy fonts, 

By adjusting DIP switches you 
can achieve 12 or 17cpJ, or pro- 
portional printing where the printer 
adjusts the spacing to the charac- 
ter being printed. 

In the 12cpi configuration the 
machine goes flat out at 1 44cps in 
draft, while In one of the letter- 
quality fonts it offers 46cps. 

Sheet guides are becoming 
more common today’, ond the 
124D has scored here as well. The 
easy to use sheet guide clips on to 
the back of the printer, Paper can 
be dropped into It □ single sheet of 
a time, and is automatically 
aligned In the correct position. The 
guide has two positions - up for sin- 
gle sheets or down for continuous 
pinfeed paper. 

Swapping between pinfeed 
and normal paper ts a tedious task 
that has to be done quite regular- 



ly Fortunately, you can get round 
this - as the 124D has an option 
for loading and printing on a sbv 
gfe Sheet paper while the pinfeed 
Is stii loaded. 

All you have to do Is tet the 
printer know what's happening 
by pressing a key on the contrat 


panel, A lever Inside alters the print 
head so that It con handle up to to 
seven different thicknesses of 
paper. This is especially useful if 
you're using carbon paper for 
copies or documents. 

Although compared to some 
dot matrix printers, The 124D 


Print and 

dontbe 

damned! 

Every Amiga needs a printer. John 
Butters gets out his journo’s pad and 
investigates Citizen’s latest budget 
priced 24-pin baby 


frood locks lo match 
perfonTiorvc* 

doesn't make too much noise. It 
can be made quieter yet. 
Selecting Quiet tells the print head 
to make two passes instead of 
one, so although there's less noise 
It will take twice as long to com- 
plete the print out, 

Like the Amiga, printers have 
their own memory. When printing is 
started data Is transferred to the 
memory buffer and once this is full 
data will be kept with the Amiga 
until there is some free space 
rn the printer’s memory. 
Unfortunately, this keeps the 
Amiga occupied so you're unable 
to get on with other things, 

The Citizen 124D has an 3K 
memory buffer and so reasonably- 
sized documents should pass 
through the Amiga quite quickly. 
Memory is expandable to 32K and 
with that only very rarely should 
the Amrga be occupied with print- 
ing. 

Fitting replacement ribbons con 
often be a messy job, with your fin- 
gers looking dirtier than If you hod 
changed a car lyre. That's not the 
case here - the front Jiffs off easily 
and the ribbon cartridge clicks 
straight in and out, 

Although at a first glance the 
machine might seem a llttte bulky 
In Its cream-coloured case, it's a 
pretty standard size at 40.2cm by 
32cm and It weighs 5.5kg. The 
cteariy written ring-bound manual 
runs to 216 pages. 

The quality of printouts Is much 
better than that of mast printers in 
the same price bracket, although 
better results are available from 
the more expensive 24-pln models, 
But Citizen has certainly came up 
here with a good quality machine 
at an affordable price, 


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PoweiPacked! 


ver since l read an article 
in Sinclair User (way back 
in 19S1) entitled 'How to 
get a quart Into a pint pat," there 
Is- nothing that give* me more 
pleasure than seeing a really 
excellent compression routine. 

Anyone who has dabbled in 
comms or even PD software will 
have heard of such compression 
programs as Arc, IHarc and Zoo. 
These are all very welt as far as 
they go, but the problem is that 
the files have to be decom- 
pressed before you can use them 
-or do they? 

Run-time decompression Is an 
area attracting a lot of Interest 
these days - effective RTD ts the 
grail that wli deliver working real- 
time displays an CDl and 
Commodore's CDTV. 

The Idea en J t a new one. It has 
been around far some time and it 
Isn't limited to Just animation 
Executable code can be decom- 
pressed Immediately prior to exe- 
cution. Effectively this means that 
you can run a compressed pro- 
gram file. 

This technique has became 
known as 'crunching", and there 
ore more varieties of cruncher 
available for Hie Amiga than any 
other home computer. What's 


Are your drives feeling the squeeze? 

When it comes to the crunch 
Nic Veitch finds out there’s nothing 
to top PowerPacker. 



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tic ally cleaned up. That one Is 
UGA's RowerF'dcker. 

It has been used everywhere In 
the sentient universe - we've even 
had it on our coverdlsk! This pro- 
gram has a reputation for being 
the most stable and most efficient, 
if not the fastest cruicher around. 
Now It's gone commercial, 

Commercialism justified 

So, what major changes have 
been made to justify this move to 
the money sector? The most 
notable change Is the massive 
Increase in speed. The code has 
been totally restructured to take 
advantage of a memory cache of 
up to 200 K. The result is an 
increase In speed; at about 2.QQQ 
per cent I 

I remember In the old offices 
when Jeff used to be packing pro- 
grams for fhe disk on version 1 J of 
PowerPacker If was a great 
excuse tor him to pop off for a few 
fags, go down the chippy and 
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he'd be lucky to get In a few abu- 
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Crunching code for really com- 
pact disks Is no longer a play by 
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speed Increases wHI be limited to 
a factor of around five of six. 

The other major difference is the 
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mercial days PowerPacker would 
have trouble with complicated 
programs which contained spe- 
cial hunk types, Typically these 
were edacity the sort of programs 
that you needed to crunch In a 
desperate attempt to make a 
40Mb hard drive seem usable - 
like Dpalnt, Pagesetterll, and 
ProDraw. 

Now almost all programs can 
be crunched. The technique Is not 
to attempt to crunch the difficult 
hunks but to load them in after- 
wards as overlays. This restricts the 
level of compression, but still 
allows you to save a decent 37 
per cent on Dpaint. 

Crunching data 

IPs not only executable code thgt 
con be crunched but data files 
too. What's the point when you 
can’t use them as data files any^ 
more? Wei, you can. Text files that 
have been crunched Can be reod 
with PPMore, iLBfvis viewed with 
PPShow ond now anlm files can 
be displayed with PPAnlm. These 
three programs are supplied with 
PowerPacker. 

other data is still a bft useless - 
for example crunched Page- 
settedl files can't be loaded until 
they are decrunched. Software 
houses need to take up the chal- 
lenge and allow for decoding 
crunched data. 

To make It easier, the program- 
mer has moved all the cunning 
crunch code Into a library, Now 
there Is no excuse for your next 
bob editor not to load pocked 
files 

Some may frown at the prac- 
tice of crunching. OK for a demo 
floppy they might say , but why use 
It on your hard-disk? 

The answer Is simple, If 1 can get 
an extra ICMb worth of files on my 
Vortex ond the only price l have to 
pay. apart from the eight quid for 
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All previous versions of 
PowerPacker, up to and including 
version 2.3b, hove been share- 
ware. I would have thought that 
anyone who has been involved 
with the Amigo for more than a 
couple of months would under- 
stand exactly what shareware 
means, 

Shareware Is a method ot soft- 
ware distribution which allows the 
consumer to try ouMhe software 
extensively before paying for it, If 
you don’t use it fine - pass It on to 


friends or delete it. All the author Is 
asking Is that If you use the pro- 
gram regularly you rmake a contrl- 
butlon towards the effort ond 
expense he went through trying 
to produce It. 

If you do register you wil more 
Often than not get a nice note 
from the author plus updates to 
your software when they become 
available. That's more than you 
get from most commercial soft- 
ware houses. The paint Is that if 
you don't register the author 


either gives up or sells hfe stuff to 
commercial publishers and then 
the people who lose out are the 
pubtla 

The thing that mokes the 
Amiga so special - behind all the 
custom chips and multi-tasking - 
are the users, and the most impor- 
tant users, the ones that make 
things happen, ore the hobbyists 
and part-time coders. If by Inac- 
tion you force these public spirit- 
ed Amigans out of the picture the 
real loser is the Amiga community. 


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Review 


Our very own Paul Austin provides 
a professional touch to 
Amiga Desktop Video 


I f you or# ths lucky owner of a 
satellite dish which gives you 
access to American TV, or to 
be more precise American TV 
sports coverage., you will no doubt 
be familiar with Broadcast Titler 
and Its counterparts without even 
knowing it. 

As you sit happily chomping 
through popcorn and guzzling 
down a can of Bud. Broadcast 
Titter Is no doubt responsible foe the 
seemingly endless flaw of Tacts, fig- 
ures and not to mention, remorse- 
less advertising, flashed before 
your eyes, 

BT Is a very impressive video 
titling package,, which can pro- 
duce amazing sequences contain- 
ing both text and graphics. Even 
an absolute beginner can pro- 
duce broadcast quality results In a 
matter of hours.. 

The software has most of the 
features available from a dedicat- 
ed video character generator, it is 
possible to create up to 100 plus 
pages of varying text and graph- 
ics. All The pages, fonts, graphics 
and indeed the program itself are 
held In Fast RAM, which means 
quick retrieval and Instantaneous 
typing, even when using the 
largest rents available. 

Fonts 

There is, however, o pries to be 
paid for such power, and as you 
may have guessed, It's memory. 
The extensive use of Fast RAM 
requires on Amigo with at least 
1,5Mb of RAM - two megs are 
actually recommended. The more 
RAM, the longer the sequence 
lengths and the larger ihe range of 
fonts ond pictures available. 

Even with the maximum 9Mb 
that the Amiga can provide cer- 
tain sacrifices still have to be 
mode, namely multitasking, which 
Is not available while using BT. This is 
due to software design and task- 
ing requirements . 

The need Tor large memory will 
no doLiit cause some extra finan- 
cial worries for some would-be 


users, The lack of multitasking I 
found more of an inconvenience 
than a problem. However, faking 
Into account the expense of possh 
bly having to add extra RAM to 
your system, the results that can be 
obtained make it well worth the 
expenditure. 

With the restrictions imposed by 
the printed page. It is not going to 
be easy to convey the smooth 
ond stylish effects that the software 
can produce - by far the most 
impressive aspect of the package. 

Fades, crawls, flips, scrolls, rolls, 
stacks - the list goes on and on. All 


of ihese are special; effects which 
the program supports ond as a 
result can be combined in your 
titling sequences. If we oil had a 
CD TV I coUkt show you what they 
oil mean - but maybe next year, 
There are two really striking fea- 
tures concerning BT. The first is. the 
fact that you only receive one 
floppy disk for you £22fl,85 Includ- 
ing VAT - a brief pause to pick 
yourselves up from the floor. OK It's 
not cheap for one program 
disk plus a demo, but, as the well 
worn cliche goes, size Isn't every- 
thing. The second feature, and 


most definitely the more pleasant 
of the two, is the ease with which 
the program is controlled. 

User friendly may be o rather 
tired expression, but In this case tt 
certainly fits the bill. Simple key- 
board and mouse contfQb make 
very complex effects as simple os 
clicking on an Icon.. The entire pro- 
gram Is menu driven through a 
series of option screens. 

The designers have avoided the 
temptation to produce a product 
aimed at the technically minded, 
instead . they have developed the 
software to do the hard work and 
still managed to leave the pro- 
gram wtfh a great deal of flexibili- 
ty 

As mentioned earlier, Ihe system 
Is capable of multiple fonts, all of 
which are all antl-allased. which 
basically meons tharf the fonts pro- 
duced are very smooth and sharp. 


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This Is ©speclallv notlcable on 
curved edges due to the fact that 
they don't suffer from the stepped 
effect which han-its otiased fonts. 

It is also possible to Import IFF 
brushes direct from arty point 
package and Incorporate them 
into your sequences, Consequently 
some very interesting possibilities 
raise their artistic heads - company 
logos flying around in youf 
sequences perhaps? 

The size of each font con vary 
from banner size, which can be up 
to 100 seanllnes, to disclaimer fonts 
that come down to a minimum of 
15. If Is possible to access addition- 
al fonts by using the font converter 
Included in the package, 

Editing 

Commercially available fonts, 
Amiga fonts, colour fonts and 
multi-colour pattern fonts are 
all available In hl-res with sizes 
ranging from 15 to 200 scanlines 
high. If sounds too good to be 
true, but I ossur© you It's cril on the 
level. 

The Font Enhancer package is a 
Broadcast Titter odd-on, which 


makes it possible to Import anti- 
aliasing fonts into the system. It's 
also possible to resize any font 
without sacrificing quality The new 
resized font can be any size 
between 12 and 200 characters 
high, making it possible to 
produce a whole range of sizes of 
ony particular font, which can 
then be used In the same titte 
sequence. 

Colours 

The software enables the exten- 
sion of the usual 16 colours used In 
hl-res to 320 colours, This done by 
assigning a separate palette to 
each line used in a specific 
sequence, making use of what I 
can only assume Is some very 
clever programing. 

As a result Individual colours and 
borders can be assigned to each 
character, The separate lines can 
be assigned their own transition 
effects with selectable speed and 
delay controls relating to each 
event an that line. 

Many of the options usually 
found on a word processor are 
available with BT - cut and paste 


editing, adjustable margins includ- 
ing variable space and tuck, plus 
manual and automatic kerning - 
the relative space between the 
Individual letters as they appear on 
screen, 

Moving text around the screen is 
a simple process even after the text 
has been laid down, and does not 
seem to cause any IB effects when 
the resulting sequence Is run. The 
software will also accept ASCII 
fonts with International accents 
□nd special symbols. 

The omount of available fast 
ft AM Is the key to the system. With 
one meg of Fast RAM the maxi- 
mum number of fonts would be 16 
and 100 pages of titles. 

ft however, you ore the lucky 
owner of three megs of Fast RAM, 
50 resident fonts ore available with 
up to 600 pages of titling. This e no 
doubt mare than would be used 
for your average video title, but 
perfect for same very Impressive 
public Information on perhaps a 
stand or shop window. It's quite 
likely it will find Itself displayed 
entirely from the Amiga without 
ever reaching a VCR. 


The software will support 
Genlock, the combination of 
which I can only assume is truly 
amazing. While reviewing the soft- 
ware i was unable to try out this 
option, so it would toe a good idea 
to contact the Amiga Centre 
Scotland for further details relating 
to your set up . 

There Is olso an option for the 
Amigo's Super Nigh Res mode. Of 
course, to take advantage of 
this you will need a meg of chip 
RAM and a 'Super HJ-res Denise' 
chip. 

Conclusion 

OK, it's not cheap, but you pay Tor 
what you get, If you are serious 
about desktop video I would soy 
it's □ must, even with the £200 plus 
price tag. It Is by tor the most 
Impressive product I hove seen. 

if you are a professional in the 
TV or video field, start filling in the 
cheque. The only real drawback is 
the unavoidable American feel 
that creeps Into the sequences, 
no doubt due to the system's for- 
mative years on the other stde of 
what peueds call the pond- 



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Roland nek? 

DTMS is the latest Amiga acronym. But will the music 
train be pulling in at your station? Paul Austin reveals all 



A t last the serious Aide of 
the music business- meets 
the serious machine. Yes 
It's happening at last. After many 
ci long year being treated as a 
mere afterthought In the music 
business, the Amiga is beginning 
to take its rightful place at the 
forefront of synthesised music. 

In the past the tack of an inter- 
nal MIDI Interface has been the 
Amiga's Achilles heel and the 
couse of the Atari Si's domination 
of the market. This is something 
that could all too easily have 
been avoided if oniy a MIDI inter- 
face had been incorporated Into 
the Amiga. 

Now. thanks to the cheap and 


numerous MIDI add-bns and 
sequencing packages available, 
instrument suppliers- ore beginning 
to capitalise on the largely under 
developed Amigo market. 

On© of the first to see the oppor- 
tunity and stake their claim are 
Roland, one of the biggest instru- 
ment producers In the country. 

During the recent Commodore 
show a new partnership between 
Roland and Commodore was 
announced - ’ The dawning of a 
new day' with the promise of 
great things for the future of the 
Amiga. The new series of Roland 
hardware was highlighted as the 
flagship 'of the new era of co-oper- 
ation and will no doubt, be blaz- 


ing the trail for others to follow. 

The new range consists of all the 
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Also included in the Desk Top 
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tion to a home hi-fi or amplifier. The 
MIDI interface itself Is not included, 
but a suitable unit can be bought 
easily and cheaply from almost 
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Just perfoci tor the family album mum , dod and me k idsl 


documentation are quite well put 
together qnd as a result make the 
beginner's life a tot easier, Even 
wlih handy manuals, setting up a 
MIDI system of any kind can still be 
a nerve racking experience, so 
read them carefully 

The CM-32L generates Its 
Impressive sounds vto LA Synthesis. 
This Is the system used to create 
most of nhe sounds In the Roland 
D- series synthesisers and their 
modular counterpart the mt- 32, 
which took the music world by 
storm with Its sound quality and 
value for money. 

Tbe actual sound module of the 
CM end the MT are very similar 
and as a result con bath share the 
MT's application software. 

LA Synthesis refers to linear arith- 
metic synthesis, which Is the heart 
of the Roland technology respon- 
sible for many of Its recent suc- 
cesses. The system improves sound 


quality but also makes program- 
ming easier - now there's a rare 
thing. 

The system uses partials to cre- 
ate its sounds. These are the vari- 
ous elements that go to make up 
a sound, more commonly known 
os attack, delay and release, 

With on expanded PCM memo- 
ry capacity twice that of the MT- 
32, the CM-32 is capable of 
stunning sound effects, making ft 
I dec I far post production and 
Impressing friends. The unit Is 
capable of 32 part polyphony, 
which basically refers lo its ability 
to play 32 sounds simultaneously. 
A fact that would have left many 
a jaw dragging on the ground In 
the not so dtetani post, 

The module is also myitl -timbrel, 
meaning simply that it will pro- 
duce various voices or synthesiser- 
parts at the same time- A total of 
eight synthesizer parts and one 
rhythm, This makes it passible to 
replicate the sound of an entire 
band when the module is linked to 
the Amiga via sequencing soft- 


ware, it's worth remembering, 
however, thot 32 part polyphony 
doesn't strictly moon the unit will 
always play 32 separate voices. 
What it means is that it vM play 32 
parts, 

Confused? Don't be. Each 
voice or sound Is made up of par- 
tials. For example, an oc bustle 
piano may require as many as four 
paritals, a bass guitar only One. 

Finding out exactly how many 
voices can play at a particular 
moment, is simply matter of 
adding together the partial 
requirements of each voice. If the 
sum or the ports Is 32 partlols or less 
your creation will be produced in 
all Its giory. 

One of the essentials when try- 
ing to create music seriously, os 
any musician win testify, has gat to 
be reverb. Ves, you've guessed ft, 
the module also boasts a digital 
reverb, This really is o big plus for 


the unit as external reverb units 
can alone run to hundreds of 
pounds. 

Some 128 synthesiser fanes or 
voices are available as presets, 
plus 30 percussion sounds and 33 
effects, available for the rhythm 
part of your masterpiece, 


Percussion sounds arc generally 
excellent, with only □ slight drop In 
standards regarding the cymbal 
sounds, o notoriously difficult area 
to replicate via synthesis. 

The percussion section benefits 
immensely from the digital reverb 
built Into the unit. Choice may 
seem slightly limiting at only 30 
sounds in this department, but the 
selection is a good one and should 
keep even an experienced musi- 
cian happy for a while. 

As for the special effects, some 
may argue that the space they 
occupy could well be put to better 
use for more synth voices, i dis- 
agree, keeping in mind that the 
package is largely aimed at peo- 
ple making their first steps in MIDI 
music, they make for interesting 
variety, which w® no doubt find its 
way Into their owner's creations . 

Unassuming power 

Underneath an unassuming ewteri 
lurks a massive amount of power 
and versatility, Suddenly the rela- 
tively high initial cost starts to look 
more and more reasonable, If you 
happen to be a trendsetter the 
sight of all this gorgeous gear will 


be almost too much for your 
cheque book to bear. After oil, 
great art Is priceless - right? 

A new disk will soon be avail- 
able for the CM-32L containing 
numerous new drum patterns 
designed for use with the Tiger 
Cub software When finished it will 
be shipped off to Roland cus- 
tomers post haste, or maybe even 
sooner. 

As a first step the CM-32L Is 
excellent, providing O Wide range 
of voices all of which are usable 
rather than decorative. In the past 
there was a good chance that 
half the sounds Included in a syn- 
thesiser were so bizarre and 
obscure they were rendered use- 
less for any serious use. I'm glad to 
say times appear to be changing 
end In the CM's case they already 
have, 

The unit Is obvlcusty aimed at 
those of us who want an entire 
band In a box, and this It does 
very well considering the restric- 
tions imposed by the available 
number of voices. 

The excellent sound quality is 
particularly evident on strings and 
breathy voices, something ihe 
Roland D-5Q was and still is famous 
for, Roland's successes In the pro- 
fessional market are obviously 
starting to filter through to some of 
their less expensive products. 

It you are interested in the CM- 
3£L, but don't require the software, 
those nice people at Roland will 
let you mosey off with the module 
for a meagre £369. 

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elements of the Roland range and hopefully provide a few points on 
where best to spend your hard earned cosh, Meanwhile, here's a 
quick run down, 

The PC-200 Is Rolands brand new MIDI keyboard controller. As soon 
as you recover from the financial heart failure of buying the CM, I 
strongly recommended you give it a close look. Even if you don't pJay 
keyboard it will s tn save you a lot of valuable time, os well as bring a 
hole new dimension to you creative technique. 

The CM-32P Is an additional sound module designed to comple- 
ment the CM 32L. Both units can be &nked together to produce some 
amazing sounds. The unit win also join forces with the MT-32, This piece 
of hardware can produce 64 new sounds with up to 31 voices or por- 
tials available at any one time, plus on Option for an extra 64 sounds 
via a PCM cords. 

Last but not least we have the MA-T2 micro monitor. A self con- 
tained monitoring unit with a built «n amplifier sporting separate tone 
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DESKTOP VIDEO ...........Ill 

They said it was impossible, they said it cotildn 1 .be done, 
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world's first dedicated DTV column. Take it away Jason Holborn. 

MACHINE CODE ■■Jf? 

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68000 family of processors. 

CODE CLINIC ■■ l u" 115 , 

Code Clinic goes female this month in the shape of Margaret 
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goes on to lay the foundations of what will be a fine C series. 

|y|U§|Q 117 

Silver silicon songster" Jason' Holborn discusses whafs new and 
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is simply hard to resist. 

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I 'm sure I don't need to tell you 
what a wondrous machine 
the Amiga e tor desktop video 
- just flick book to our mega-fea- 
ture In last month's issue and you'll 
toe more than convinced 
Put simply, no other machine 
con offer anywhere near the kind 
of video power that the Amigo 
delivers for so little cash. With just a 
genlock, a couple of video 
recorders and the right software, 
you can produce fantastic video 
presentations on your Amiga. So 
amongst other things, you can 
really roll some fancy credits. 

How that the Amiga has virtually 
established itself as the de facto 
standard for desktop video, there’s 
never been a better time to get 
Involved. 

indeed. DTV has become such 
on Important aspect of computing 
on the Amiga that we've decided 
It deserves its Own space within the 
Almanac. 

Over the coming months., well 
be bringing you all the latest news 
from the Desktop Video scene. 


ptus a healthy splattering of prod- 
uct reviews. 

ALTERNATIVE TITLING 

Video specialist Alternative Image 
(0633 440041) Is branching out into 
software publishing with Its very first 
product, Big Alternative Scroller. 

Scroller, as we will coll It from 
here on. Is a powerful yet very 
easy to use video captioning pro- 
gram which looks oil set to take 
the Amiga desktop video market 
by storm. 

Scroller's main claim to tome is 
undoubtedly its ease of use. 
According to Henri Buiko at 
Alternative Image, Scroller was 
developed to be so simple to use 
that (In his own words) f \,.lt could 
be used within twenty minutes by 
the kind of person that wouldn't 
know the bock end of a computer 
from an elephant'. 

In many ways, Scroller shares 
more than □ passing resemblance 
tc a conventional text editor. 
Unlike previous programs, text can 
be typed directly onto the screen 



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Just some of the grabbing pack agei available 


and then set to any one of the 20 
fonts which are built Into the sys- 
tem. 

Alternative hce included Its own 
Tange of specialty designee) high- 
re&olutlon fonts developed apeci-i- 
cally with desktop video In mind, 
these range from scrlpt-llke fonts, 
to serifs and sans-serifs. 

Another aspect of Scroller of 
which Alternative Is duty proud Is Its 
speed. Because the fonts are resi- 
dent. there's no time consuming 
disk accessing ta worry about, just 
select the text yog wish to change, 
press a key on the keyboard gnd 
the te>ft changes almost instantly . 

You cen also right justify tbo text, 
centre it or leave it ragged. 
Unfor'unatety the current release 
doesn’t support standard Amigo 
fonts, although this is planned for □ 
future release. 

Scroller doesn't Just produce 
static screens, it can oho scroll titles 
both horizontally and vertically in 
up te nine efttarent speeds. One 
very nice feature Is the ability to 
control Scrolling Interactively, there- 
by making if ideal for anything tram 
conventional video titling to 
toloprompiing within TV studies 

Vou can also dynamically con- 
trol bath the position and margins, 
enabling you to create all manner 
of video tttfing effects, 

Big Alternative Scroller certainly 
Isn't Alternative's first and last prod- 
uct Already there's talc of a vastly 
enhanced version of the program 
that steals more than a few -tricks 
from an amazing bit of video kit 
called the Quantel Cypher, 

Details are yet to be finalised, 
but Alternative Is feeling pretty 
confidant that the program will be 
something very special Indeed. 

ELAN ENCORE 

Elan Enterprises have released ver- 
sion 2 of Its aedaimed desktop pre- 
senter Ion system, Elan Performer. 
Version 2. This boasts even greater 
support for different image and 
animation formats. 

Full A-Rexxte Is now available 
allowing It to be controlled by 
ether A-Rexx compatible applica- 
tions, enhanced animation editing 
and full NTSC and PAL compat- 
ibility. 

The program enables you to 
build up sophisticated presenta- 


tions consisting of both static and 
animated images. Using a unique 
keyboard triggering technique, 
any part of yCur presentation can 
be triggered at any time by assign- 
ing It to a key an the Amigo key- 
board. 

The UK distributors ore HB 
Marketing who can be contacted 
on 0753 666000. 

BOOKS FOR VIDEQPHILES 

Does DTV confuse you? If so. you 
need a good book. The Amiga is 
blessed with a vast range of tech- 
nical publications covering just 
□bout every canoewabte applica- 
tion, so there are plenty to choose 
from. Both of the books detailed 
below cost £1 6,95 and are avail- 
able from Adorn soft. 

Amiga Desktop Video Guide 
from prolific silicon publishers 
Abacus, claims to be the most 
comprehensive look at desktop 
video available anywhere 

The book provides an In-depih 
look at the basics of DTV paying 
particular interest to the equip- 
ment Involved and how to Inter- 
face It ta your Amiga, 

Topics covered include gen- 
locks, digitising and scanning, 
video recorders of all types and a 
took at the available software 
For those of you who already 
know a thing or two about DTV, 
the book is made somewhat more 
useful by a helpful chapter detail- 
ing a few useful techniques to help 
you get the most from your DTV 
setup. 

Amiga Desktop video. 
Computers book is, unfortunately, 
something of a let down. Contents 
wise. It starts very well, Subjects 
covered Include working with 
colour, combining audio and 
video, and creating animations 
and 3D graphics. But the book 
soon becomes too technical and 
too NTSC-orientated. 

In the cose of NTSC bias, the 
back devotes a large section to 
the structure of an NTSC video sig- 
nal, which isn't exactly a whole lot 
of use to us Europeans, who use 
the higher resolution PAL system. 

To be fair though, the sections 
which are actually geared 
Towards the practical side of DTV 
are very good, so you may still 
wont to give it o look. 


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This month Jolyon Ralph keeps it 
in the family with a discussion of 
the Motorola 68000 chip range 





H ave you got a faster pro- 
cessor in your machine? 
Are you thinking of get- 
ting one? 

There ore various options avail- 
able from 16Mhz 60000 chips up to 
5QMhz 68030 boards with maths 
co-processors and more 32-blt fast 
memory than you could happily 
shake a dead haddock at. 

Whether you hove an upgrade 
or not, you should be aware of 
what these chips can offer the 
assembler programmer like your- 
self. 

Apart from the 16Mhz 68000, 
which Is literally just a fast 68000, 
the other members of the 680x0 
series are the 68010. 68012. 69020, 
68030. 63040, All offer extra fea- 
tures for the assember program- 
mer that are worth knowing about 
even If you never Intend tc 
upgrade. 

The compatible GfiOIQ 

Let's start with the 6BCTQ, This Is the 
simplest , and pln-for-pin Is compat- 
ible with me 69000 - you can 
unplug the 68000, plug In a 68010 
and it will work, 

It is fully 68000 compatible, and 
a lot of the Instructions are faster to 
booh averaging about 15 to 25 
per cent faster than the 68000, 

The only incompatibility Is the 
MOVE 5R,<EA> instruction, Which Is 
prlvefegsd on the 68010. unlike the 
68000. I’ve never needed to use 
this instruction, and if you do it's 
well documented how to get 
round It (GetCC call From 
exec .library), 

The 68010 adds three new regis- 


ters. The V8R (Vector Base 
Register) allows you to change the 
base address of the processor 
exception table. Normally If you 
ask for a level 3 Interrupt, the pro- 
cessor will get the interrupt address 
from $ 0000006c in memory. 

The VBR on the 680 1 0 allows you 
to add an offset to this value so 
you can have several different 
vector tabtes in memory. If the VBR 
was set to $00200030 the proces- 
sor would get (he level 3 interrupt 
address from S0020006c, 

This can be quite dangerous 
unless you know what you are 
doing 

There are also two AFR 
(Alternative Function Registers! a 
3-bit 3FC (Source Function 
Register) and a 3-blt DFC 
(Destination Function Register). 
These are used to determine 
whether the processor Is accessing 
code memory or data memory - 
not really much use to Amiga 
assembler programmers and are 
best fert to techies wanting to run 
things like UNIX. 

68020 examined 

The 68020 chip has all that the 
68010 has . plus five additional reg- 
isters. 

The Super-visor Stock Pointer Is 
replaced by two new stock point- 
ers. There are the interrupt Stack 
Pointer, which ts the equivalent of 
the 5SP on the 69000/68010, and 
the Master Stack Pointer, used 
when the 60020 Master/ Interrupt 
flag is enabled. 

The most important of the new 
69020 registers are GACR (Cache 



I s Hit* a MOO, 6 BO 10 Of whcrt? 


act | 


Gontr 
(Cor 

used 
cessoi 
68020 
progr< 
late tl 
necei 
The 
theqi 


I Register) and A* 
Address Register). Tht y .ire 
i control the 256-bytt' f-r 
cache contained In I he 
chip. These registers j low 
immers to directly mtinipu- 
ie cache or to dls ab ! -- r " 
■'•wry, 

6BQ2D has a new date 
□d word, For exarr 

MLiLU #100,61:60 


r* i . multiplies the contents 
ard [ Hits the tow 32-btts of t 
an ur suit Into d0 and the I 
ii 'd dl. turning dl and c 
i : . idadM-brtregp&ter, 

More address mod 

■leifc are some new oddrr 

r r ". ins too: 

• Base displacement Cbd.An) 

• • -any address register. bd=o 

-bit memory address. This Is 
an extension of the d!6(An) 
oa|Hsslng mode on Itw68000. 
t it it can now access 32-blt 
c'fsets instead of the or :i 

|p|blt oflwfe* 

• Enhanced address re 
r direct with offset 

■ n dex; Remember the 
e one an the 680 
ruSG.D, where d9 Is !i-b> ' 
rt. An is an address rt 
l Is any address or data • 

. Well, the 68020 ver ;.iu' 
proved to: dtdtAn" (i i's - 
n ere dl6 Is now 
•«sgti and s Is a scaling 
I or 8) with which 
$ the XLZ for the equ 
register Itself 
ged. 

dress register Indlrec "■ 
i cfisplacement and 
s Is the 32-blt offset 


1 6blt 
factor 
muti- 
lation . 
left 


Index: 
Ion of 


s addressing mode a 
d, An, Xll's), everything 


ie except bd Is a 32- 
- . tu ever 'find a use far al "ies* 


weird 
optlcc I 


address modes, i ll gut r v 

mouse. 


■ -•© are a couple of var j*i- , r 


to the 
these 


above address mod ? bu- 


seem, to be trivial and 

nation une^ 

esicy 

690:l Instructions ore mp{: fur 


is the 


here are the highlights: 

Bee tfotitot> 

can now have a 32-blt signed 
offset, so there ts no longer a 
size restriction on BEQ, BNE, 
etc. Similarly with BRA and 
BSR. DBoc is still limited to 16- 
bit offsets, 

EXIBlDn 

will sign extend Dn.B to Dn„L 
directly. Previously you had to 
use EXT.W Dn.B followed by 
EXT! Dn.W, 

MUl/WV 

now supports 32-blt/64bfl vaF 
ues using the dn:dm register 
pair as a pseudO’64-bit regis- 
ter. 


□ whole new topic with the 
68020. A bitfield Is an anay of 
up to 32 consecutive bits 
either in o data register or, 
more usualy, In memory. 

This allows the manipulation of 
groups of bits In memory without 
having to load them Into registers. 
The new Instructions BFTST, 
BFCHG/CLP/SEL BFEXTS/BFEXTU, 
BF1NS and BfFFO are used, 

Limitations 

The 69030 doesn' t really have any 
now registers itself. It contains on 
internal Memory Management 
Unit, compatible with the 68851 
MMU, which Is on external MMLJ 
for the 68020 chip. This adds sever- 
al registers to the 68030, the TC, 
CRP, 5RP. m TT1 and PSR registers. 

Unfortunately, neither Argo- 
naut's ArgAsm nor Hlsoft's 
Devpac assemblers support any 
of the 69010 or above processor 
Instructions , so you wi have to use 
either another csssembler or enter 
the hex value of these extra 
Instructions straight into your 
code. 

If you want to look further Into 
this topic, look at the Motorola 
68000 family reference manual, 
and the exceii^Qt book 680x0 
Programming by Example, pub- 
lished by Howard W. Sams & 
Company, 


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114 Amiga Computing 







Wearing nothing but a knotted 
hanky, Margaret Stranger casts 
herself adrift in C 



T he Amiga provides a 
wealth of software support 
that enhances the capa- 
bilities of Its powerful hardware. This 
software support takes the form of 
Itorory routines, which are special 
Amigo resource files bound to /our 
program dynamically at run time, 
They range over several levels 
from primitive device manage- 
ment ar graphics drawing routines 
to intuition, which handles overtop- 
ping window displays and several 
Input and output devices. 

Future editions of CODE CUMIC 
will include some routines I found 
useful when writing the Amigo ver- 
sion of Fun School 2 - and many 
more I discovered afterwards 
when It was too late! 

Several libraries aue avaflable for 
use In your applications, each con- 
taining several routines. Associated 
wfth each library is a special' „fd file 
describing the parameters the rou- 
tine takes gnd the registers used 
in assembly language. The name 
of each routine is used by the 
compiler and links programs to 
work out Its offset from the library 
base. 

To access a routine you must first 
open the library In which it is con- 
tained. This will give you 
the base. As many os 
five libraries can be open at one 
time, 

Once it Js open, the routines can 
be called as ft they 
were your awn sub-programs, spar- 
ing you from reinventing the 
wheel. 


COMPARE AND CONTRAST 

ih C you can call the routine by 
name using the normal C lan- 
guage conventions, In Assembler 
when a library is opened the point- 
er Is stored by the program, ft a 
library routine Is declared as an 
external reference ()0?EF) r the link- 
er can caicutote its offset from this 
pointer. 

The compiler handles ail these 
details when witting in C, so there Is 


no need to state the routines you 
are going to use or to which library 
they belong. 

For assembly language the 
library base must be in register a6 - 
If it is in any other the routine 
could overwrite It. The name of 
the routine is declared as 
an external reference and used as 
If It were a straightforward offset 
from the library base. The linking 
program takes care of the rest. 

The exec library base is always 
in the same position, location 4, or 
the external reference, 
^AbsExecBase, can be used-. 


BACK TO THE PROGRAM 

Several libraries are Internal, for 
example Intuition, DOS, exec, 
graphics, and they may differ 
slightly with the operating system. 
Other libraries, for example disk- 
font are disk based and are 
expected to be In the libs directo- 
ry of the system disk. 

A complete list of the Sbfqry rou- 
tines can be found In the fd.flles 
directory, which Is usually on the C 
workdfek, 

The program uses a few of the 
routines from the DOS and exec 
libraries, but there are many more 
avalable. Included an the cover 
disk Is a let of library DOS and exec 
routines. For each one I have listed 
the Input. Input registers, output 
and a short description of the roo- 
tine r s effect 

The program is designed to give 
an Introduction to some of the rou- 
tines In the DOS and exec libraries. 
The C sauce code tile, named llb- 
sandflles.c, was compiled and 
finked using Lattice C version 5.0.2. 
The complete listing Is avertable on 
the disk, but I have Included a 
couple of extracts here. 

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When run. the program or.-nr, 
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dlskfortt libraries, and waits for a 
few seconds. If they fail to open 
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routine, which displays a "no 
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program attempts tc- alto- 
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cient memory is available the 
message "no memory" is displayed 
on oxit-, 

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not found in the current directory, 
tho program will exit at this daps | 
with tne message ‘no file' 

Anv text file can be usedErovi^^ 
ed ttulfilename Is Included cor- 
rectly n the source cade,. If all is 


well, the first 1024 characters of 
the file will be displayed on 
screen. 

The program then attempts to 
open the dlskfont library which \s 
disk based rather than Internal, ft 
should be present In the libs direc- 
tory of the boot disk, otherwise 
this library will not open and an 
appropriate message will be 
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V eiy few companies like to 
restrict themselves to Just 
one aspect OF comput- 
ing an the Amiga, but this is Just 
wtiat Omega Projects hat dene. 
The company's latest product is a 
4-channel audio mixer which was 
developed with sound sampler 
fanatics in mind. 

The device offers four audio 
inputs, which are combined rito a 
single output signal. Each channel 
offers Its own independent volume 
control knob. pfus an extra master 
volume control for the combined 
signal. 

The unit certainly seems to be 
good value for money. Mast 
cheap mixers introduce a large 
amount of background noise, but 
the Omega mixer seemed virtually 
stent. 

Although Omega see It as being 
of particular use with sound sam- 
plers. It's also Ideal for desktop 
video and multi-media applica- 
tions. 

The mixer Is available In two 
configurations. Far £35 you get the 
mixer complete with a dynamic 
microphone, but for an extra fiver, 
Omega will provide you with a 
much better quality Electret mic. 

Also available from Omega Is 
their acclaimed Sound Trap 3 
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For £29.95, you get a high quali- 
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- Including the Al OOQ! it has a bultt- 
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For the price, Sound Trap 3 Is 
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very well designed. 

If you're after a MO Interface, 
then Omega's MirthMlDl is a good 


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so there's no reason to buy them 
separately. 

Mini’ MIDI Is currently being sold 
For Just £20. which also Includes a 
copy of the PD music program 
Med 2,13. Omega Is on 0925 
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GFA GOES MUSICAL 

If you thought GFA Data Media 
was all about programming lan- 
guages and compilers, then think 
again, The company has just tied 
up a deal, which will effectively 
give it exclusive distribution rights 
to o range of very power ful MIDI 
software from Digigram. 

Although none of the products 
are particularly new. they were 
very difficult to obtain. Currently, 
the Nst of products Includes Track 
24, Studio 24 and Big Band, 

Most promising of all though Is 
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program which promises to be 
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Far more injformalion give GFA a 
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SOUND OFK0RG 

If you're a synth owner, then you'll 
already know how expensive 
sound library cards can be, Take 
Korg's brilliant keyboard worksta- 
tion. fine Ml. Sound cards for this 
beauty cost a staggering £00. 
What's more, these cards contain 
just a single bank of sounds, so 
building up a decenf sound Iforary 
can be an expensive affair. 

Help Is at hand, however. The 
Music Matrix (0692 714087) has just 
launched an aufobootlng Amiga 
disk which contains no fewer then 
5C0 new sounds for the korg MT. 



Dynamic Drum* - on* or many the program* discuawd to 
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Also Included is a utfflty to 
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naNfy W the sounds, r fully Intend to 
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As an added bonus. Music 
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Also worth a mention Is the Music 
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For Synth owner?, there 'tjusualiy 
a selection ot sounds for use with 
keyboard such os the Roland D- 
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L :ch issue of the Music Mcrri* 
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NEW MUSIC BOOK 

If this month's mega-feature on 
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your thirst for knowledge, then 

:>■ js's latest book release may 
be just what you've been looking 


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The first couple of chapters are 
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For those of you feeling adven- 
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After the theory, It's onto more 
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Topics covered Include the 
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Making Music On the Amiga Is 
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Eddie McKendrie provides a whole new 
dimension to adventure games with a 
delve into MUGS 



I n these hardware Indulgent 
days of blitters and DMA 
sound, entertainment soft- 
ware has leapt from one audiovi- 
sual sensation to another, each 
new production getting more 
sophisticated and exciting than Its 
forerunner. 

It is perhaps not surprising then 
that the humble text adventure 
game has been relegated to the 
'disks to format 1 ' pHe. 

Maybe because It's Just not fun 
any more To sit and watch a 
stream of ASCII pass by as you 
fumble your way through a dense 
forest without a torch - and where 
on earth can you find one? Often 


you will ptay an adventure game, 
and get to a certain paint., and 
Just stay there. 

The manuals do their best to 
make the plot sound exciting, and 
give as many hints as the author 
feels necessary, but all too often 
This Just Isn't enough. Within sec- 
onds your trusty Amy gets the 
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way Into the drive. 

This problem is reduced quite a 
bit If you can find someone else 
who is interested m the game you 
are playing, tt is often easier, and 
more enjoyable, to solve complex 
mental puzzles with like minded 
people. After an. they might have 
batteries for your torch! It Is on this 
principal that Multi-User Games 
breathe new life Into monotonous 
text adventures. 

A Muttl-User Game - or MUG to 
its friends - c. in basic terms, o text 


adventure game thdt dozens of 
people can play at once, 

Within a good text adventure, 
players sometimes encounter 
characters created by the game 's 
coder. These characters are 
designed to moke the game o lit- 
tle more enjoyable, or in some 
cases hazardous! 

MUGs also hove their fair share 
of distractions, but like you, they 
are real people. 

The basic scenario is exactly the 
same as a typical adventure 
gome, accumulate a certain 
number of points in order to finish 
the game. This generally Involves 
collecting lots of treasure and solv- 
ing puzzles. Increasing 
your score to the 
required level. 

Now you would think 
that with lots of other 
people playing the 
same game things 
would be much easier. 
After all, no matter 
what you need to find 
out. another player Is 
bound to have some 
ideas. 

To an extent this Is 
true, but don't count 
on getting all the help 
you would like. When 
lots of people do the 
same thing, be It rush- 
ing for a trarin or count- 
ing paper clips. It becomes 
competitive. 

The same thing applies to 
MUGs. Unlike normal adventures, 
completing a MUG is only the 
beginning! When the toll Is over, 
you can. continue to play, with 
extra status as the reward for com- 
pleting you crusade. 

Generally speaking players 
become immortal, with signifi- 
cantly enhanced powers In the 
game. Such status can be used to 
help new players, or To be a pain 
of awesome Intensely. 

It is oil part of the fur, although 
immortals who regularly abuse 
their advantage soon gain a repu- 
tatlon that even the most cold 
heart would hove trouble sleeping 
with. 

Friendly players will usually help 
newcomers get started. As you 
gain practical experience and are 


elevated ta higher levels Survival 
becomes the name of the gom& 
Everyone at a high level wonts to 
be the next irnmohall 

Points are gained via a number 
of means, Solving puzzles end qui- 
etly reflecting treasure Is one way , 
providing you are not lh a hurry. 

Unfortunately for you, the devi- 
ous people who created MUGs 
have taken advantage of the less 
benevolent face of human natue. 

It If often easier to gain paints by 
using less sociable tactics. 

There is nothing MUG creator 
extraordinaire Matthew Ward likes 
to see mors than □ good honest 
fight to the death between players 
In one of the games he has con- 
cocted. 

There Is one Important differ- 
ence between single user adven- 
tures and MUGs, Playing a normal 
adventure, you can save a position 
to disk and keep It safe In case you 
do anything silly. This allows fairly 
painless resumption should you be 
killed. This Is far from the truth on 
MU Gd Death by whatever means, 
fair or foul. Is terminal. When you 
lose points tt ts Just not possible to 
restore them. 

There b nothing more frustrating 
that working hard far two hours col- 
lecting treasure only to be killed by 
another player, as any dedicated 
MUGer will tell you. 

On any good MUG you win suffer 
your fair share of injustices at the 
hands of others. Most serious play- 
ers demonstrate little sympathy 
with your desire to beat them to 
the rep of the pile. 

Always be suspicious of anyone 
who efiks If they can look after your 
treasure for a while, or "borrow' 
your weapon! You will doubtless 
□ Iso witness many Interesting 
demonstrations of magic powers.,, 
competing players hove a habit of 
:mg by example. 

To question "What does Hobble 
do?" can often lead to ajltunnlng 
I- , ]; . i ty to move. Only as*; what 
‘Zap"] does If you are planning to 
go away for a wtifle. 

Another Important factor In 
MUGing Is rcleplay. The whole 
game would be pretty boring if you 
didn't make an effort by acting the 
par. After atl the whole scenario is 
in your Imagination. Each MUG 


has Its own theme and there are 
many to choose from, 

Europe's biggest MUG Is 
Shades, versions of which are run- 
ning In Britain and France. The 
Shades world Is a step back Into 
medieval times, when knights 
wore armour and computer 
games loaded from cassette. 

The landscape features a mag- 
nificent castle, many Intriguing 
woods and forests. □ splendid 
mansion and an enchanting old 
city, 

The mystique would totally 
evaporate If Its players didn't 
make an effort to blend In with 
their surroundings. Fred from 
Clapham and Michelle from 
Brtxton are not amazingly convinc- 
ing names for peers of the 
medieval realm. 

ft pays to research a character 
and built up a persona for playing. 
It all adds entertainment value 
and fun to what could otherwise 
become Just another boring 
adventure. 

MUGs can be much more than 
just text. Well organised ones 
have regular meets up and down 
the country, where players can 
meet each other In the flesh, 
exchanging views, Ideas and 
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enhanced by a decent art package. 
Jason Titchberry investigates 


I f there's one mistake more 
com man than any other in 
DTP it is the overuse of fonts. 
Most packages only come with 
two Of three and that's all you real- 
ly need - a good solid type for 
headlines and a nice easy to read 
body face. 

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head, crosshead, by-Sne, standflrst 


’special effects' department. In 
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boring deploy problem. 

Let's consider just one case.. 
Suppose you often hove a Small 
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well I don't know, something stun- 
ning. The trouble is when you use 
normal headline text, even if you 
reverse If out. It doesn't detach 



Trotirg told work* - bul mqy 


some louewng Up 


and so on should be derived using 
these. It's not difficult. Mind you, I 
see what you mean about things 
looking a bit ’samey' after a while. 
However, the answer Is not lo 
Incorporate more fonts, but to 
revamp the ones you already 
have. 

How are you supposed to do 
that? It's obvious -ProDraw I have 
always maintained that after 
Dpalnt and Plwmafe, the most use- 
ful package to aid you in all things 
desktop Is ProDraw. 

Because It Is a structured art 
package It follows the same antl- 
jaggies philosophy os your DTP pro* 
gram - it oulputs at the resolution 
of the printer, not the screen, 

Aside from the fact that It Is jolty 
useful for running up no end of 
tables, charts and illustrations. It 
has a considerable value In the 


Itself from the rest of the page and 
tell the reader that rt Is something 
special. 

oppose instead of just reversing 
It out you gave the text a graduat- 
ed tint as well. How? Well, this is 
quite easy in ProDraw, Select the 
text icon and type In your head* 
ing. 

Mow, before you do anything to 
the text you must turn it into o 
group of objects so that we can 
riddle with It, Having done that It is 
but the work of a moment to draw 
a took around It. r 

Check that flit is selected ‘off 
for tooth sets of objects. Now select 
all the objects together and 
choose 'Make compound object' 
from the 'Object' menu. AN the 
files are now Inextricably linked. 

To complete the reversing 
effect turn ’fill' on and tun off the 



wirefr(||ie graphics option. I /a now 
hove Averse text - so what these 
□ro cosier ways to do It! There are 
indeaM but In this case ft# text is 



net ,jrf while. It Istran 

‘Mr- means that you can place 
onv graphic behind it To Cteato □ 
i ■ • ' .ared pattern simply draw a 
filled black box running over trie 
top of the text., a filled white box 
over tjo bottom and use b*ei ■ 
i ben bring the text box back io 
the front and there you have it, the 
<-■ hie c + of you eyes ' desire. 

Trace 

If you jvdrrt to include another font, 
but It te only bitmapped anc not a 
sc aiatste one. there Is a way to do 
It, Mottling looks more terrible on a 
page, especia&y If It Is output on a 
decent printer then a bi*map font, 
Thb is even more noticeable when 
It is scaled up for use as a section 
heading or a masthead 1 , 

One thing that Is passible is to 
sort of convert your bitmap rout to 
a structured object, eliminating the 
nasty joggles. This can be achieved 
by a bit of trial and error with the 
trace program - supplied with 
ProDraw, 

i here Is. however, an element of 


chance ii this because you have 
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you get trace to faithfully convert 
a bitmap to the highest accuracy 
It will trace around the Jagged 
edges and make them. If any- 
thing, worse, Get too haphazard 
though, ond the text will look like 
so much plasticene. 

Mastheads 

Mastheads ore a very Important 
part of your pUsItcatlon - they are 
your corporate logo. It is not realy 
enough just to have larger than 
normal text with a few graphics 
thrown in, 

Using the same font, with the 
old of Piodrow you can edit Indi- 
vidual points of the text to make 
distinctive or merely emphasised, 
See the example here from 
the masthead of my awn pLfcllco* 
flan - the Curried Eel. Mote 
how the *C‘ has been enlarged 
and bent around the following let- 
ter. 

Next time 

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H ello AMOSers, did you 
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Amiga the excellent video digitiser 
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Gory Symons has written a nice 
little assembler in AMQ5 and Is Just 
putting the finishing touches to 
some test routines, which will allow 
AMOS owners to grab directly from 
this interfacel 

If you came along to the 
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ator of AMOS. You may also have 
seen a couple of new things for 
AMOS Including the new AMOS 
demo which is available from the 


official AMOS PD library run by 
Sandra Sharkey - give her a bell 
on 0942 495 261. Francois 

says hello to all Amiga Computing 
renders, and he's going to 
send me copies of the AMOS arti- 
cles and programs which he pub- 
lishes in some French Amiga 
magazines. 

Now, to round off our look at 
some of ihe more advanced fea- 
tures of AMAL. we're going to 
do a bit of work with dif- 
ferent aufobodk modes. 

To understand how this system 
works. It's necessary to grasp the 
principles behind double buffered 
screens. 

When you double buffer a 
screen for animation you are pro- 


Autoback 0: When you want to 
Ignore most of the automate 
updating methods used by AMOS 
this is the mode to use. When 
mode zero is Invoked, all graphics 
operations are performed only on 
the logical screen. This allows you 
to generate your own back- 
grounds automatically without 
having to use the slow mode 2, Try 
typing fri this program: 

Load 

"AMOS^PROGflAMS/BIG^AMOS. 

ABIC 

Flash Off : CIs 0 : Gel Sprite 
Palette Double Buffer Auloback 
2 

WaH Vbl 
Bob 1,50,50,1 
Wt#VW 
locate 0.10 
For LOP-1 To 6 
Print "PETER 1 *; 

MIDP 

When run, you'll notice that the 
text Is printed underneath the big 
A\ as you can see the printing Is 
quite slow. Change the AUTO 
BACK command to read AUTO- 
BACK 1 and run the program 
again. This time the text Is printed 
on top of the big l A\ Now 
change the AUTOBACK com- 


mand to AUTOBACK 0. this 
time Ihe text does not appear at 
oil! 

The reason for this Is because 
the operation has been carried 
out on the logical screen and has 
not been copied to the physical, 
to show the text, go to 
direct mode and type 
SCREEN SWAP. The WAIT VBL 
commands are Just there to 
make sure the BOB is drawn 
before any other command is 
executed, 

This is all very nice but It doesn't 
really explain why the BOBs 
always appear, even though the 
autoback mode Is set to zero. 

The autoback mode controls 
the graphics operations, to take 
control of the BOBs we must 
switch off the automatic AMOS 
BOB updates using the following 
command 

lob Update' Oft 

If you insert this Just before the 
DOUBLE BUFFER command then 
run the program, you'll see that 
nothing appears. E ven If we go to 
direct mode and type SCREEN 
SWAP, only the text appears. 

Where's the BOB gone? Well, 
because we switched off the 
update. AMOS will not actually 
draw the l A r until we tel It, 




during a copy of a screen, 
rornoir® invisible at al t 
you display a BOB or draw 

*n na i 
■his im 

then <fflomatteally flipped pitHh^ 
visible PHYSICAL screen, this 
method the user remains oblivious 
to the drawing process^whlch 
may lake a couple of vertical 
blanks. 

When a screen Is not double 
buffered, the drawing process is 
seen by the user as a very nasty 


setting for autobock whenever 
you open a screen. It allows any 
graphics operation (such as 
plot, box and so on, to be per- 
formed behind all BOBs. 

Unfortunately, It's very slow 
because of the way It works, It 
octualy performs all of the draw- 
ing operations both graphics and 
BOBs, twice, which for a game Is 
pretty impracticQll 

Autoback 1: This Is a compro- 
mise between modes two 
and zero. You can draw on both 


fllckerl 

The autoback system controls 
the method by which all graphics 
operations ore carried out and 
there are throe outobock modes. 

Autoback 2: This is the default 


the physical and logical screens 
but If any BOBs are In the way 
strange things wHI happen! This Is 
Ideal for hi-score panels In gomes 
such as Pukadu, (available from 
the AMOS PD Ubnary. 


Insert these lines at the end of 
the program 

Bob Draw 
Screen Swop 

When you run the program, you’ll 
see that the BOB Is once again 
drawn over the text! Of course 
the beauty of the autoback sys- 
tem is that yog can change 
which mode you are In at any 
time during your own programs, 
As a more dramatic demonstra- 
tion of outoback, type in the 
next program and run It, 


As you can see, this method Is 
pretty fast and can be used to 
achieve same rather good 
effects. 

Now try changing the auto- 
back mode to 2 then run It, As 
you can see. It's possible fa spot 
every star being drawn and Is 
recly unsifted to doing things like 
this. Anyway that's It for this 
month. Now with all the boring 
stuff over we can get an with 
writing our game over the next 
couple of Issues. Have fun and 
happy new year. 


Set up screen 
Load 

“AMGS_PROGRAMS 1 ' , 8IG_AMCi$.A0 

IT 

Screen Open G^.aocu.Hlw 
Rash Oft :Cuis Oft :Cfc0 
Colour I ,$457 : Colour 2 ^ 669 : 
CokM 3.$Mf : Hide On Double 
Buffer : Autoback 2 
' Generate dors in array 
AMOUNTS 
Dfcn COQfiD£(AMOLIWh 
Randomize Timer* PncIfM) 
5CR=5craen Width 
For LOP= 1 To AMOUNT Step 2 
COOBDSaOR-«ndCSa?) : 
COORDSODP+ 1 )=flnde20ty 


Next LOP 
1 Move stun 
Do C-t 
CIS Logic(0) 

For LOP=T To AMOUNT Step 2 
If L0P>I5 and LQf <29 Then 02 
If LOP>2ft Then 03 
Ftol 

COORDSaOP) ,COORDS(LOf + 1 ),C 
COORDSdOPj-COORDSaOP) 
(LOP/2M 

RCOORD500P)<OT?»n 
COORDS(LOP)=5CR-I 
Next LOP 

■do bobs here 

Screen Swop : Wall Vbl Loop 


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program that would let me upload Psion data 
Into my Amiga? 

The Psion has Its data port and getting a 
lead for it would be no problem as I'm an 
avionics technician by trade so 1 can make 
one to whichever port in th© Amiga Is appro- 
priate. 

As previously mentioned. I'm lazy, and while 
I could probably write the program myself. If 
there Js already one written It'd save me some 
evenings away from Red Storm Rising and 
could be worth a few beer chits (I believe in 
shareware). 

0 A kuddles Shreeve, Norwich, Norfolk. 

Consider yourself printed. Hairy biker, huh? 
Ever been to P 'ft' H Motorcycles In TOWN? 
Probably only If you k re Into British bikes. 
Anyway, where was I? Yeah, Psion organiser, 
right? There are two possible solutions. One is 
to throw away the Psion and gat a decent 
portable computer, such as an Amiga in o suit- 
case, the other is 1o read Ihis month s techni- 
cal help pages 

What Katie did... 

Hello. It's Katharine again, Once more you 
hove saved my life, the Universe and every- 
thing. not to mention my sanity. After reading 
your response In my November Issue at Amiga 
Computing I took your advice and bought 
Amor's Pretext V4.2 

I am obfiged to say It e the best program I 
have ever had the pleasure bf using on an 
Amiga. It is fast, straightforward and although It 
makes few concessions to user-friendliness, I 
would recommend It over cute and fury word 
processors every tsne, 

I am already saving my pennies towards the 
upgrade os it enables the definition of symbols 
and keyboard layouts. As a languages stu- 
dent, l should very much like to be able to 


type in Russian - 1 hate writing everything by 
hand nowl I know someone who uses 
Locoscripf on an Amslrod. but obviously that Is 
Incompatible with on Amiga, 

1 Intend to solve the lack of graphics support 
by purchasing the complete PogeSetter II. 
One company advertising in Amiga 
Computing Is selling this program at an afford- 
able £35, Kindwonds, on the other hand, will be 
having a deep and meaningful discussion with 
the dustbin. 

I should ll<e to add that I love the new-look 
magazine. tt r ks definitely a case of the best get- 
ting better. There have certainly been a lot of 
changes, especially to the postbox section 
which Js now the very sophisticated 
Despatches. 

Katie Spencer, Basingstoke, Hampshire 

STP dilemma 

I use BBC Masters, Bs and an A30QO and I own 
an Amigo. But I cannot Imagine, from the 
packages I have seen, using the Amiga for 
desktop publishing. It's .simply too slow! 

PogeSetter n is nice enough from the look of 
the excellent demo you supplied, but you only 
get two fonts and the rest cost £8.50 each! 
What's more, there's only one border (a pterin 
black line), text con only be horizontal, there's 
only on© type of shadow and on and on. 

It Is not really cheap when compared with 
Poster for the Archimedes which comes In at 
about £80 with IB fonts and loads of other fea- 


tures. if th© Amigo Is going to get serious then it 
needs turbo-charging for starters. Gold Disk 
need to take a look at the competition. 

Cftrb Mullins, Horfleld, Bristol. 

Provocative stuff end I'm fur* Jtwe'11 be lots of 
readers who don't agree with yog. Not having 
first-hand experience of the Archimedes (I cut 
my silicon leelh on a B with 3210. 1 don't wanl 
to argue the point but we'll happily prim letters 
from the opposing camp, 

Sound bet? 

This is Indeed an unusual request and only writ- 
ten because I am unable to get help locally. I 
do not own or use an Amiga computer, but It Is 
my Intention to buy one provided that I can 
obtain the answers to □ few questions. Like 
many of us, have been misled In the past end 
being realistic have accepted that one has to 
pay a price tor gaining experience. 

To get straight to the point, do you tNnk that 
some kind Amiga owner would record on tape 
samples of th© type of music one can produce 
with the Amiga sound chip, I am aware that 
the Atari Is very good dt music - via MIDI - but 
as in my present machine (Amstrad 612B) th© 
sound chip results are not what I'm looking tor. 

I have been told that sound reproduction 
on the Amiga is fantastic so I really need the 
chance to hear what it is capable of. If suc- 
cessful then you can count an another Amiga 
‘amigo'. If one of your subscribers could con- 


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126 Amiga Computing 






tact me I will gladly provide tapes and 
postage and all letters would, of course, be 
answered, 

Although as yet I am unable ta use the disks 
attached to your Journal. I enjoy reading ail 
tbs articles and comments. Also. I feel that as 
□ result of your presentation, | am more 
enlightened os to the capabilities of the 
Amiga, Thank you. 

ft N fisher, 32 Caplnger Close, 
Canterbury, Ken! CT2 7DJ 

Thousands of philanthropic readers will be 
recording the fantastic Christmas tune from 
the last issue on a tape and bunging it into the 
post for you. Watch and watt, 

Amiga 1 - Atari 0 

I have Just finished reading the new-look 
Amigo Computing and It's brilSant. I don't see 
why the cover logo was changed though, 
and why don't we get q glossy cover and 
thicker paper like Atari ST User'* 

Until a couple of months ago I owned an 
Atari 520STFM but after talking to my local 
computer shop about the Amiga. I traded Ft In 
for an Amiga SCO Screen Gems pack. 

I think Commodore provide much better 
manuals than Atari although thte Instructions 
don't seem to Include the 'Graphics Select T 
options When It talks about 'Preferences'. 
Another thing Is That, excluding Beast 2, the 
games are rubbish, and why Isn't a word pro- 
cessor Included? However. I recently bought 
Publishers" Choice, this I found easy to use 
with excellent printouts. 

Are there any plans at Interactive for a 
weekly mag or an Amiga quarterly like ST 
World? 

Trevor Booth, Etchlngham. East Sussex. 

Giad you like the mag, have tun with your 
Amigo, you mode the right choice, Quarterly? 
Our readers would never forgive us If we didn't 
give them their monthly silicon Injection, 

Beginners code class? 

I own Cdore I mention it?) an Atari STE and on 
Amiga 500 both with 1Mb of RAM memory 
ond for each machine 1 have HfcSoffs Dev Pa c 

2. I also have a number of books on machine 
code programming. 

Now to the point. I can't make head nor 
tall of it (machine code that Is). So L d like to 
ask you If you would run a series for the begin- 
ner In machine code. 

I want to mainly program demos ond 
games but my experience with programming 
has only been with BASIC and Pascal and 
they're not really good enough, t hope you 
will run a series. 

B Roberts, Perth. Western Australia, 

We already have a machine code column 
running in Ihe Almanac at the moment but it is 
very definitely pitched at the techies. On that 
basis, there would seam to be o pressing need 
for a beginner s slot which could, from first CL! 
and so on principles, move via high-level pro- 
gramming to machine code, hopefully in easy 


steps. 

So when will this new series appear? Don't 
know yet, I'm afraid, but rest assured we have 
the interests of beginners at heart and we“ll run 
something very soon. 

Cries for adventure 

Firstly I would like to congratulate you on your 
delightful magazine. 

Secondly, I hove had an Amiga tor nearly 
one year now ond am considering buying 
AMOS - the games creator. I am nearly 12 
years old, but \ hove a reasonable knowledge 
in computing, especially 6BOOO BASIC. Do you 
think it worthwhile tor someone of my age. or 
might r find it too complicated. 7 
Thirdly, do you think It necessary for me to 
buy a second disk drive or Is It Nkely I wiil be 
able to manage by saving CLI files, such as 
Path, to the RAM disk. 

Also, could you please start an adventure 
section as I love text adventures and think they 
ore a lot better Than wild shoot-em-ups. 

Paul Townend, Leeds. 

Buy AMDS II you're used 1o using Amiga 
BASIC, then AMOS is the next step up The pro- 
gramming ladder. It’s very powerful yei easy 
to learn, 

On the need for a second drive, then you 
really have to weigh up the expense with Ihe 
need. If you have the money ond don't need Ft 
lor anything else, buy one Otherwise make do 
With Ihe RAM disk, 

Adventures, huh? Maybe, if enough of you 
write in requesting a column ... 

Gribit's Gone 

I am a new Amiga owner and haven't really 
got the hang of using It os a computer as 
opposed to a games machine. 

The children obviously like playing games an 
Ft and after a few goes on Grtbrt they found 
out how to change screens then save them. 
However, after doing this a couple of times 
and then playing with other games, they 
returned to ©rlblt and found It wouldn't load. It 
gets as far as where the screen says "Loading 
Sprites'* and then there Is a loading error telling 
us that Ft ts not available. Have we unwittingly 
wiped the disk? 

Please ten me what to do to get my game 
back. 

Lyn Richardson, Charley. Lancashire. 

Whaf& probably happened Is that you've 
saved a screen to a unprotected game disk 
and corrupted it. If that's the case (and I'm 
pretty sure H Is,,,) It's ruined. Tty talking sweetly 
to the software house - you never know! 

I rake it all back! 

On the 14th October I wrote to you with 
regards to software protection using dongles 
ond the like. I mentioned, as on example, that 
my Dad lost the manual to OCP Art Studio . 
Since then my Dad has 'phoned Dote! and 
explained the situation. It is worth noting that 
Datei very promptly sent my Dad a replace- 
ment comptefety free. I sffl maintain that such 


software protection is unnecessary but it Is a 
good indication that Datei offer excellent cus- 
tomer support. 

Mark Ford, Luton. Beds 
All's welf that ends well.. 

Polish pirate problems 

We have about 10.000-15,000 Amigos h*e In 
Poland, mainly A500s although F have seen an 
A3QQQ, There are two local Amigo magazines 
but these only have a few pages. However, 
thanks to social and economic reforms in 
Poland we Can now buy Western computer 
magazines, yours included. 

Software In our country Fs 99.99% copied. 
This is the fautt of a lack of laws governing soft- 
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every new game dr serious program far obcut 
£1 ,50 ot any Saturday computer bazaar. I per- 
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son. 

Couth you please answer the following: 

1 . How does Protext 5,0 support Polish? i have 
a STAR LC 24-10 printer and I am not sure 
whether Protest will allow it ta print Polish 
fonts in text mode. 

2. Can an Evesham Micros 1.5Mb memory 
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hove to do some work? 

3. Are you going to review PageStream 2.0? 

4. Does MiMtex ATonce emulator support EGA 
or VGA cards ond ore you going to review 
Ft? 

Could you please print my name and 
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I have seen many Amigo magazines but ( 
only buy Amigo Computing because it rs 
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1. Protext 5.0 supports a multitude of lan- 
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narrowed to sfits In concentration, 
lips set in grimaces or mouthing 
curses as they battle It out with 
end-of 4evel nasties. 

This Is normally just the sign of a 
good game, but It may to cause 
concern when you consider that 
they are actively taking part jn 
software which becomes more 
violent and sexually stereotyped 
by the day, 

Way back in the beginning 
there was no such problem. Manic 
Miner for example, was a gender- 
less little blob, and your average 
shoot-em-up was confined to the 
destruction of nondescript sprites. 

The complaint that software 
was becoming Increasingly male- 
domtrated and violent would 
have fallen on deaf ears. Anyone 
can write a game If they like and 
you surely can't object to harmless 
fun blasting little green men, con 
you? 

The danger signs first started to 
appear when eorty games such as 
Donkey Kong made rescuing a 
bimbo the ultimate atm. These 
chunky sprites were hardly realls- 
tic. but they were obviously 
female, helpless and wearing next 
to nothing. The fledgling stereo- 
type was bom . 

Things didn't start to get out of 
hand however, until the graphical 
capabilities of 16-bit machines 
allowed game developers to put 
much more lifelike pictures on our 
screens. 

The rather pathetic 6-blt strip 
poker games on the new comput- 
ers become highly detailed and 
realistic, and a new area tar 
exploitation was opened In the 
form of digitised animations, 

Since about IPS? the software 
industry has seen, an explosion In 
extremely dubious software and In 
marketing gimmicks, which many 
people find both tasteless and 
offensive. 

Public Domain Sbraries ore brim* 
mlng over with obscene anima- 
tions, slide show programs and 


so-called gomes based on the sex 
act Itself. 

To complete a computer game 
at any kind you must involve your- 
self In H, For simple shoot-em-ups, 
this meons no more than the physi- 
cal effort Involved in thrashing the 
Joystick around. 

In the recent beat-emhups and 
martial arts games however. It 
moans identifying yourself with the 
targe and easily recognisable sprite 


which represents your ’character' 
In the gome. 

You could argue that films 
encourage the some empathy, 
but I've yet to see the film that 
breaks down half way If you 
haven't Identified wtth the hero. 

The ImpUcaflon Is that, if only at 
a subconscious level, the player 
absorbs a little of the gome's 
philosophy 

In certain computer gomes this 


philosophy states that it is immate- 
rial how you treat sensitive Issues 
as long os you make d profit and 
the punter has a good laugh. The 
reasons why ihls tactic is successful 
ore too many and too depressing 
to go Into here. 

However, it's not oil gloom, 
There has been an almost Imper- 
ceptible and very welcome reac- 
tion against this trend In the past 
year. 

Games like New Zealand Story 
and Rainbow Islands have shown 
software bosses and gamers alike 
that you can make lots of cash 
and have loads of fun from harm- 
less game concepts, ft Is a lesson 
they should leom well. 

For now, It seems we're stuck 
with pervo-soft until the punters 
start to think more about what 
they buy far their kids. 

Censorship in itself Is both use- 
less and immoral, especially in the 
case of computer software which 
can be distributed down any old 
telephone line. If we push the 
subject under a convenient 
legal rug. we'll Just create a 
new market for the porn 
merchants who already make 
megabucks from magazines and 
videos. 

Public debate is the only way to 
address this issue properly, and it 
was In the hope of stimulating 
such debate that this article was 
written, 

Please write to us with your own 
views on sexism and stereotyping 
In software and any reactions you 
have to the position started even If 
you think we re talking rubbish, 
Any debote is better thdn no 
debate. 



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