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Five years to the month after Pretext version I was 
launched Arnor are pleased to present version 5, on enormous leap 
forward in both ease of use and performance. 

Protext 5.0 introduces a completely integrated system of pull dawn menus 
and dialogue boxes. The menus ore among the many operations that may now 
be carried out with either the mouse or the keyboard. Pretext really dues give 
you the best of hath worlds. 

Protext S.Q handles printer fonts flexibly and accurntefy. You can moke full use 
of any number of proportional printer (oats, mix them freely witlwi any line, 
centre them in headers, use automatically formatted footnotes. And Pretext 
correctly formats your text as you type it, no matter bow many (out changes 
you use, showing you line and page breaks exactly ns they will he printed. 

Pretext 5.0 is still the fastest ward processor around. Even though we have 
made all these major improvements we have token great care to ensure thal 
text editing is as fast os ever. The menus work smoothly and quickly even 
with high resolution displays. Hut of course, you can use Pretext's efficient set 
of commands and keys just as before and 5.0 remains compatible with all 
earlier versions from 1.0 onwards. 

Pretext 5.0 is a worthy successor to version 4, which was described os "the 
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Format, ST User}. 

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199? ond the opening up of Eastern Europe. Pretext may be *$ed in at least 
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different font sues on the some line; proportional Formatting whilst editing; side 
margin, headers ond footers independent of mo in text font. Jobs, decimal tabs and 
centre labs. Extensive range of printer drivers supplied. 

'( Multiple f ile editing - up to 36 files may be open; spill screen editing. 

,Y Graphics mode support on K allows use in virtually any text or graphics mode 
including 1 32 column or 75 line VGA modes; user defined characters ond on-screen 
bold, italics and underlining now on all versions; use of 1 3 different accents on any 
character. 

> Ennguoge support includes Albanian, Basque, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, 
Esperanto, Estonian, Flemish, Finnish, French, Gentian, Hungarian, Irish, Italian. Latin, 
fithuaninn, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Setbotrootion, Slovak, Spanish, 
Slovene. Swedish, Welsh. (Note: some printers da not support all languages). 

'( Index ond contents generation. Indexer lakes marked words or phrases; contents 
entries automatically taken from titles wropped in control cades; many options for style 
of contents output, 

-Y Spelling checker features completely new 110,000+ word Collins dictionary with very 
fast phonetic lookup. Anagrams and find word pattern. Foreign language dictionaries 
(German, Swedish available now, others la follow). 

'f Many other enhancements including multi- line footnotes and endnotes; automatic 
timed save; add column or row of Figures; indent lobs; find ward at cursor; 10 column 
mode support; sentence operations; inter- paragraph spate; much improved expression 
evaluator; self incrementing variables; Ramon numerals; newspaper-style column 
printing; file sorting utility with special options for names and addresses; revised mamrel 
plus new tutorial guide. 

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Amiga - 
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WHAT’S 

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TOP computer publications. In both 
Greece and Italy have named the 
Amigo 500 as their choice for 
Home Computer or me Year in the 
European Computer Leisure 
Awards 1991. They have also 
chosen Amiga Vision os 
Multimedia Package of the Year. 

Now In their second year, the 
awards are being run In conjunc- 
tion with the European Computer 
Trade Show to be held at London's 
Business Design Centre from April 
14 to 16, 

This year, Amiga Computing Is 
one of the official UK sponsors of 
the awards and we have now 
made our nominations in the 
Amiga categories. Nominated for 
Best Art Package is Disney 
Software's Animation Studio; Best 
Music Package. Gojlt's Sequencer 
One, Best Home Education 
Package, Fun School 3; Best Home 
Productivity Package, Pretext 6 


STAFF Sergeant Waugh, or 5B 
Battery. 12 AD Regiment. Royal 
Artillery. Is a happy man. 

He's written ta us from the Cuff 
where, among other things of 
course, he's apparently man- 
aged to continue a relationship 
with his trusty Amiga. 

In a letter dated March 12, 
written m Kuwait, he expresses his 
thanks to Page One Public 
Domain who recently sent some 
clip art disks to him m the Gulf of 
his request, "after reading the 
review in your mag". 

Sounds like Amiga Computing 
has been getting through to the 
GiJf, tool 

All This, and a successful con- 


from Arnof; and Most Innovative 
Peripheral. Newtek's Video Toaster. 

Our nominations will Join those 
from top magazines in nine 
European counifies to go forward 
for the final Judging at the 
European Computer Trade Show 
with a guttering presentation night 
at London's top night spot The 
Hippodrome on April 14. 

Budget trio 
launched 

THRfE titles are to receive the bud- 
get treatment on Digital Inte- 
gration's Action Sixteen label. 
Previously issued at full pries. 
Shermon M4. Kult and North & 
South win each sell fat £7.99. 

Sherman M4 is Lorlcfel's tank 
simulation featuring Wold War II 
battles, authentic tanks and 
weaponry and Kult Is Infogrames 


elusion to the war tot the Allies 

SSgt Waugh (we havon"i dis- 
covered his first name yet - we'd 
like him to get in touch with more 
Information about the Amiga s 
precise role in the GulD odds: 
'The disks are very good and 
great value for money, and I 
would recommend them to any- 
one Who requires cip art." 

Take a bow. Public Domain. 


Icon-driven adventure which chal- 
lenges players to solve puzzles In 
The Five Ordeah- 

Also a former Infogrames hit, 
North St. South Is set in the 
American Civil War featuring 
battles on a variety of different 
levels and scenarios. Action 
Sixteen are on 0276 66-3959. 

Perfectly satisfied 

WHILE 1990 sow the recession start 
to bite for many companies, 
WordPerfect report that their total 
UK sales last year were 73 per cent 
up On T989. 

The WordPerfect Corporation 
achieved safes of $452 million far 
1990 - an Increase of 61 per cent 
on I9S9. Since 1979 r sales have 
now passed the one billion dollar 
mark. 

’Alio ’Alio - French 
buy Palace 

PALACE Software has gone conti- 
nental, Paris-based Leisure 
Holding , which Owns French 
games publisher Titus, has bough* 


ihe entire entertainment software 
division of the Palace film and 
video organisation for an undis- 
closed sum, 

Na Immediate changes are 
planned at Palace Software, 
which publishes titles such as 
Dragon's Breath and international 
3D Tennis. 

There are no plans for G merger 
with Titus, best known In Britain for 
games like Crazy Cars. 

Palace Group managing direc- 
tor Chris Craib says the software 
division needed more specific 
direetton than could be given by 
Palace, which ts concentrating on 
the expansion of the movie and 
TV production areas. 

CDTV set to break 
the sound barrier 

AMIGA Computing has hod con- 
firmation from Commodore UK 
that their long awaited multi* 
media system, CDTV. will be offi- 
cially launched at the end of 
April. 

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WHAT’S 



industry speculation. It would now 
appear that Commodore are 
ready to bring their fledging multi- 
media product to tire imarket 

The price point has been a 
matter of Intense speculation aver 
the lost six months, All CBM r s tight- 
lipped public relations company 
were prepared to concede was 
that the unit would weigh in wtth a 
sub- £600 tag, Other Industry 
sources have hinted at £399 as a 
probable price. 

Commodore spokesman 
Andrew Ball also confirmed that a 
CDTV externa! drive for the A500 
will be available soon. The unit, 
referred to internally at CBM os the 
A69LL is expected to be avgMable 
at the end of May. 

The most recent demonstration 
of the CDTV's capability was on 
the BBC's Tomorrow's World 
science programme last month. 

A new sound encoding tech- 
nique developed by Roland, 
called RSS (Roland Sound Stage) 
was used during the mix-down of 
the Xenon II “Megablasr sound- 
track, performed by Bomb the 
Bass. 

Both Roland and Commodore 
claim that RS5 gives the impression 
of aural three dimensionality. RSS 
places Individual tracks of sound 
around the kstenet making sounds 
appear wider. 

The major strength of the system 
is that It does not require any addi- 
tional hardware to be purchased. 
Two standard Hi-Fi speakers are 
sufficient, 

Making movies 
Amiga style 

TURNING on Amiga into the ulti- 
mate movie making machine is 
the aim of Kattash Ambwani. presi 
dent of Toronto-based software 
developers Gold Disk, with the old 
of their multimedia sequencer 
MedlaShow. 

Aimed specifically at Amiga 5QQ 
owners bsnrfr on creating presenta- 
tions and desktop video produc- 
tions. MedlaShow allows them to 
combine animations, graphics. 


music and sound effects. It also 
runs on 1000, 2000 or 3000 
machines and needs at least 1 Mb 
of ram . 

"The easy-to-use timeline Inter- 
face and Our patented multitask- 
ing engine makes creating tong 
running presentations and movies 
a reality for every level of Amiga 
user/ said Ambwani. 

Needing no additional hard- 
ware. MedloShow supports files 
from most paint, 3-D rendering, 
animation and music programs 
and sound digitisers. It is Work- 
bench 2.0 compatibte. 

As Amigo Computing went to 
press UK distributors H6 Marketing 
(0753 686000) sold delivery was 
Imminent but the price had not 
been fixed. Gold Disk have 
■announced a launch price of 
SI 29.95. 

Lamont lament 

THOSE of you who managed to 
wrench yourselves away from 
Important things- like working and 
playing on your Amiga to listen to 
the Budget news on March 19 will 
know that the dreaded VAT has 
been increased from 15 to 1 7.5 per 
cent from April 1. As you! appreci- 
ate. this Is entirely due to circum- 
stances beyond our control. 

Unfortunately. It was too late for 
either advertisers or ourselves to 
take account of the change in this 
Issue of Am^cr Computing. 

Gallery takes 
a break 

THOSE looking for striking artistic 
creations from The Amiga will 
undoubtedly notice rhat our 
Gallery feature is missing from this 
esue of Amiga Computing, 

The good news for AC* art 
appreciation society is that Gallery 
is taking a one-month break only. It 
will return in the June Issue m all Its 
cofourftjl, bit-mopped glory. 

A tablet for 
the mice 

GRAPHICS input specialists TDS- 
Numonics {0254 676921) have 
launched a new low-budget addi- 
tion to their GfaphicMastar series 
of digitiser tablets aimed at Amiga 
users. 

Claimed to be for better than a 
mouse. !1 offers lQOOppi resolution, 
absolute accuracy to 0,025 cm 
and an output rate Of 160 pps 
making it ideal for DTP, CAD/CAM , 
3-D modelling and paint software. 


GraphlcMaster costs £1 B5 for a 12 11 
x 12" active Surface and £290 for 
12" x 18". 

It has a choice of four button 
puck or pen stylus with two swtfch- 
es for £75 but comes with Amiga 
softwar e driver and cabling free. 

Operational features include 
user definable origin, metric/ 
Imperial units, non-volatile memo- 
ry. tablet surface menu for set-up 
and automatic pen tilt correction. 


CURRENTLY doing his olt to bright- 
en up the often serious Image of 
computing Is Adolfo Giannlni,. 
managing director of Goniriver 
(Europe). 

'Serious computing does not 
mean that computing has to be 
boring" . he damns. 

’At Contriver we hove recenlly 
redesigned our packaging in o 
way which emphasises the fun 
aspect of computing, using a 
mouse of the furry four-togged 
kind pushing a computer mouse 
round a desk, 

"We are also carrying this 
Image of fun computing through 
to our advertisements", 

And Amiga people who fancy 
walking round with PtUg In. Switch 
On and Boot Up emblazoned on 
their chests can taka advantage 
of another new move from 
Contriver (0273 602622) 

The company are offering a 
free Tee shirt printed with this logo 
to customers who buy their Five In 
One or Multi DPI mce 

Incidentally. Contrivers' Five In 
One Mouse missed the deadline 
to take Its place wilh the rest in 
the rodent roundup in the March 
Issue, bur nevertheless It's well 
worth a look. 

The Contriver Is a cute crea- 
ture that stands up well against 
the apposition for both styling 
and smoothness, the excellent 
ergonomic design making it a 
pleasure to use for long periods. If 
you've ever had to hover aver 


Wrfh very low power consumption, 
it is run through the RS232 inter- 
face. 

Beastly good news 

WHEN the people of Portsmouth 
go for q dip in the TowiVs new 
Pyramid Leisure Pool they con now 
enjoy live and recorded broad- 
casts, advertisements and public 
announcements on a huge video 




the buttons of some other 
rodents you'll know what □ pain 
trying to avoid accidental clicks 
con be. 

The resolution is easily on a par 
with the best of the rest. The gen- 
eral feel Is impressive with the 
only real moan concerning Ihe 
rather bulky multiple connection 
which might be useful If you're 
mad enough to Own on ST, but it 
you don't, It Just gets In the way. 


Adolfo plays for laughs 


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it wall affectionately known as The 
Beast, The little beauty which con- 
trols the beast behind the scenes Is 
on Amiga 500 running umeLlte 
software from Future Software 
Systems (0628 243 1 8). 

The Picbloc wall was installed by 
Electrosonlc and is controlled 
either by direct input from the 
Amiga 1 g keyboard or by an opera- 
tor generated schedule. 

Through UmeLlte staff can 
decide the time, the frequency 
and length and even the dale 
when messages or announce- 
ments will appear, then leave 
things to the Amiga fitted with a 
hard disk drive. 

Beating up the 
opposition 

CLAIMING to have produced the 
ultimate compilation. Virgin 
Games (071- 727 @070) say their 
new ottering Fists of Fury includes 
the cream of the beat-’em-ups. 
For £24,99, customers get Ninja 
Warriors, Double Dragon II - The 
Revenge, Shinobi and Dynamite 
Dux. 

X’dusive new 
games weekly 

INTERACTIVE Publishing, the people 
behind some of Britain’s biggest 
computer magazines including 
Amiga Computing . are on the 
verge of launching □ new weekly 
Ittte designed to cater exclusively 
for games enthusiasts. 

Gomes-X Is set to be the biggest 
ever computer entertainment 
publication launch in the UK. Over 
a quarter of a mlllon copies of the 
preview issue are being distribut- 
ed. The news-stand launch is 
backed up with a massive promo- 
tional campaign which Includes 
extensive TV advertising and wide 
distribution of the preview issue. 

The publishers claim Games-X is 
a new concept in computer mag- 
azines, combining ‘lifestyles' fea- 
tures with the mast in-depth 
games coverage available. 

Take a look of the preview issue 


COMMODORE are making 
Inroads into the growing market 
of Eastern Europe, and playing a 
leading role in this drive Is 
American Gregory Koler. the 
product marketing manager of 
Commodore Electronics. 

His efforts are recognised as 
one of the the main reasons for 
the company's sales increase gf 
25 per cent last year. 

Outlihlng his successful brand 
of marketing expertise dlreclly 
related to good customer ser- 
vice, Koler gave an insight Into 
Eastern Europe at the Computer 
Arena conference held In 
Marbelia 

The going is not always easy, 
with lock of cash hampering the 
developing Eastern bSoc and 
leading to such bizarre sugges- 
tions as bartering tractors for 
computers, but Koler J s experi- 
ence is winning through. 

He’s a high flier, or so part of his 
career would suggest, since he 

bundled with Amiga Computing 
and make up your own mind. The 
first Games-X proper lifts the streets 
on 26 Aprtf 199b 

Screen Gems gets 
1 meg boost 

COMMODORE UK are heading off 
the recession by adding yet more 
value to their top selling Amigo 
"Screen Gems" bundle. 

For the first time, the company Is 
selling the A 500 with one 
megabyte of memory whilst retain- 
ing the otttactrv© £399 price point, 
The extra half meg is supplied In 



Gregory Kotor - high flier 


spent 10 years leading the mar- 
keting and cabin services pro- 
grammes Tot Qcnfas Airways in 
Australia. 

Based at the Swiss headquar- 
ters of Commodore International, 
he Is now responsible for interna- 
tional marketing programs In all 

the form of Commodore's A5Q1 
trap-door ram expansion which 
normally retails at £99 

The offer commenced on May 
W and runs untf the end of June. 
When asked about the prospect 
of a 1 meg Amiga becoming the 
standard entry level machine. 
Commodore spokesman Andrew 
Ball was reserved, pointing out that 
the unexpanded A5QG would still 
be on sale through the life of the 
promotion. 

The Screen Gems package 
comprises an A50D, modulator. 
Shadow of the Beast II, Days of 
Thunder. Nlgrhtbreed. Back to the 
Future II and Deluxe Point II 


the countries not covered by 
marketing subsidiaries - Finland. 
Turkey. Greece, Malta, Eastern 
Europe. Middle East, The Gulf. 
Africa. Pakistan and India, 

"We work closely wtth our mar- 
keting partners to ensure that not 
only is the most up-to-date prod- 
uct always available, but that 
there Is an Infrashubture of ancil- 
lary services such os servicing, 
education and software sup- 
port \ he said. 

*The continued success of 
Commodore In Sts worldwide 
locations is due to the close rela- 
tionship of both companies 
ensuring that market needs ore 
understood and met by bath our- 
selves Gl>d our distributors". 



Waving a 
24-pin lure 

IN a move aimed at luring nine pin 
printer users onto 24 pin machines, 
Citizen (0895 72621) have cut the 
price cf their entry level 124D 24 
pin printer by 1 1 per cent. An 80 
column model Offering speeds of 
120 cps In draft and 40 cps in letter 
quality. It now costs £?49, 

Mice and Scanners 

FANDAAL Marketing (0234 855666) 
are now offering Amiga owners a 
new mouse and handheld scan- 
ner. 

The DAATAscon Pro Is a 
Mitsubishi scanner running on 
DAATAscon software offering 
105mm scanning width, 10CI, 200, 
300 and 400 dpi resolution and 
choice of either black and white 
or three dither patterns represent- 
ing 64 grey scales. 

Other features include contrast 
cental,, red-time scanning display, 
zoom and pixel perfect editing, 
crop, resize, rotate, flip and Invert 
images and full printer support, 

A Clipboard facility allows 
selectable cut, copy and paste 
and the scanner also supports the 
IFF file format. Price. £1 89.99. 

The DAATAmouse can be used 
With both me Amiga and Atari ST, 
being converted belween the two 



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*. machines by a slider switch 
beneath the mouse. Offering 280 
dpi, It features two mJcroswItched 
buttons with a claimed lifetime of 
one milon cycles end an anti-stat- 
ic lightweight boll which can be 
removed for cleaning. Price. 
£39.99. 

High quality from 
portable printer 

TH£ new MT73D/735 portable print- 
er from MannesmanmTally uses 
thermal technology to print what 
is claimed to be high quality text 



Mann#fiTWn To*y - portable printing 


end graphics at a resolution of 300 
*300 dpi. 

It host MB RAM as standard and 
features H-P LaserJet and DeskJet, 
IBM Preprints# X24 and Epson L Q 
950 emulations. Fonts are Corpora. 
Maths. Swfes and Timor. 

Prtnclng may vary, but os an 
example, Action Computer 
Supplies of Wembley are retallng It 
at £684. 

Pricey Prestel 

BRITISH teiscom has dramatically 
restructured charges for Its view- 
data information service. Prestel. 

The first increase In tariffs since 
1968 Is a significant one. In a letter 
to oil Prestel subscribers BT point 
out that inflation has risen 20 per 
cent since the last Prestel price 
increase. 

Res identic I off-peak time 
charges cue being increased some 
10 times higher than Inflation with 
a 200 pet cent Increase tram l p a 
minute to 3p a minute. BT claim 
i his Increase Is to bring charges 
more in Sne with costs. 

The standing charge for Prestel 
also increases, to £2C o quarter. 


The revamped pricing Is sign If F 
cantty better news for members of 
the Micronet closed user group. 
The quarterly charge increases to 
£30 a quarter but off-peak time 
charges are scrapped. 

In effect BT have provided two 
different pricing packages far iheir 
viewdata service. 

Subscribers can opt to pay £20 
a quarter and £1 .60 an hour in off 
peak time charges for access to 
Prestel only, Alternatively a 
Micronet subscription at £30 a 
quarter win provide greater access 
to the system, with the added 
benefit of no off-peak charges. 

Kevin Smith. Micronet marketing 
manager commented "Qur more 
canny users will notice how 
favourably the casts compare 
against rival services, once usage 
goes past one hour a month* 

The message Is simple. If you are 
a Prestel subscriber who currently 
pays more than £10 a month In 
time charges, upgrade to 
Mlcronot and avoid being caught 
by a rather expensive British 
Telecom April fool's Jake. 

Share a printer 

A NEW device from Micro Control 
Systems (0602 391201) allows four 
computets to share the some print- 
er, The Simple -4- Switch is available 
In both serial and parallel versions 
and con be used either outomatl- 
callv or manually. 

Based on the MCS Simplex- 
Switch, It enters automatic mode 
when first turned on, When data 
comes from a computer tt locks on 
and passes It to the prlnte*. 

If other users try to print while 
the device is busy their data Is 
frozen until the printer becomes 
available. 

Slmple-4-S witch works with all 
kinds of printers and plotters. Price, 
£129, 

Billiards AD 3,000 

PLAVING normal billiards can be 
hard enough but Imagine the 
complexity of futuristic billiards or 
an elghtssldeci table, Amiga own- 
ers won't have to use theft imagi- 
nation. tor leng thanks to French 
games house Infogrames C07 1-738 
6199) 

Due scon Is Billiards 3D. a simula- 
tion which Includes American 
pool. French pool and Fantasy 
Billiards on an octagonal table. 

If that Isn't enough, there are 
lwo different sets of rules far each 
game and they dll Come in either 
2D or 3D. For one Of two players. 


Billiards 3D re-creates the a I mo- 
sphere of a billiard hall in which 
one player can vie with any of five 
computer opponents wiling to bet 
thousands of dollar^ on one game. 

Games can be saved and 
resumed and the mouse-con- 
trolled program allows a ful range 
of weil simulated trick shots. Written 
for Jnfogrames by Spirit Bonanza, 
Billiards 3D will be available for 
Amiga 500, 1000 and 2000 and will 
cost £24.99 


programme, the game has been 
simplified for television and Is 
voice- activated by young viewers 
who ring In. Frist p layers off the TV 
version were presenters Andy 
Crane and Steve Johnson and the 
series will last for nine weeks. 

When Magic Pockets Is 
launched by Renegade <071-481 
92)4) It will feature music from Ihe 
walking eyelashes herself - Betty 
Boo 


Mighty Mo joins 
Motormouth 

RENEGADE have now taken to 
the small screen, Magic Pockets, 
the Bitmap Brothers' offering due 
ta be launched this summer, 
is being used for the phone-in 
game section of popular Saturday 
morning TV programme Motor- 
mouth. 

With The Bitmap Kid, quickly 
rechristened Mighty Mo for the 


One more round 

ACCOLADE {071-736 1376) have 
released thefr latest Jack Nlcklaus 
accessory disc, Called Great 
Courses of the US Open ft Includes 
the challenges of Pebble Beach. 
Oakmont Country Club and 
Bafluwol Golf Club. 

Compatible with bath Jock 
Nlcklaus' Greatest 13 Holes of 
Major Championship Golf and 
Jack Nlcklaus' Unlimited Golf and 
Course Design, Price £1 1 ,99. 


Masterly touch in chess programming 


WHEN you have ranked as an 
International Master in the com- 
petitive world of chess and you 
also have an interest In comput- 
ing, an obvious outlet is to write 
chess programs. 

Chris Whittington has both 
these attributes and has put 
them to good use through his 
company CP Software and Its 
publishing subsidiary Oxford 
Softworiks <099382 3463). 

With 20 chess programs under 
his belt, Chris achieved his great- 
est success to date when his lat- 
est offering recently took the title 
World Personal Computer Blitz 
Chess Champion. 

Running on an enhanced 
Amiga, the program Chess 
Champion 217&X claimed Its 
Impressive victory at the World 
M lerocom pu ter Chess 

Championship held In Lyon, 
France. 

Running alongside the World 
Championships for human chess 
players featuring top Russian 
stars, the computer programs 
played off against each other, 
the only human Involvement 
being to transmit each move 
between the different machines. 

Blitz chess is played In the 
usual way except that all the 
moves have to be completed in 
10 minutes, so allowing many 
games to be played In a short 
space of time. 

"Blitz chess is particularly chal- 


lenging as moves have to be 
mode very quickly indeed" , said 
Chris. "Accuracy of calculation, 
chess knowledge and speed are 
all of prime importance and this 
resun rs a great measure of the 
program's performance " 

in his years of competitive 
chess Chris reached a level only 
surpassed by the International 
Grcnd Master grading, but gave 
up competitions 20 years ago. 

“If you wont to be really good 
ot chess you have to play it an 
the time.' he sold. "1 stopped 
ploying because It was faking up 
too much time when I hod other 
things to do". 

He started CP Software eight 
years ago and has progressively 
enhanced his programs. 

*1 used to be able to beat 
them, but It doesn't work like that 
any longer.' he said. "The com- 
puter thinks further ahead. 
Through the program. It conies 
out relatively slmpFe ©valuations 
many hundreds of thousands of 
times and quite complex con- 
cepts emerge. 1 

Chess Champion 2175 for the 
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■ 1 doesn’t take long, when 
U using o PsrOn Organiser, to 
I realise just how quickly the 
DataPocks can flS up. leaving one 
desperate for more storage spoce, 
in !he early days pleas for help 
brought ihe Psion Comms-Link 
package fa conned the pocket 
maestro to a PC, bul Phere has pre- 
viously been no eosy way out for 
the Amiga owner. 

Look no further for the answer. 
You will tlnd a program on this mon- 
!h s Amiga Computing coverdisk 
colled Psion Link which will enable 
you to transfer files to and from ihe 
Amiga and Organiser with ease 
Unfortunately, the Psion Comrns- 
Llnk is still required to provide ihe 
hardware connection and the 
Psion communications software as 
well as the conversion of Psion's 
non-standard serial oufput to stan- 
dard RS232 signals 

This shouldn't be too much of a 
problem, because if you're serious 
about connecting your Organiser 
to i fie outside world, the Cqmms- 
Unk is an essential buy In any case. 


Parlez-vous Amiga? 

Why use o Special program? you 
might fhink that with a Comms-Link 
pack it would be easy to transfer 
files to the Amiga with the help of a 
standard com ms program, but 
you'd be wrong. 

The high occurrence of spurious 
characters you get os a result of a 
straight transfer makes this exercise 
barely worthwhile, so a program to 
iron out the bugs soon becomes 
more than welcome 

If such □ program is to be worth 
the effort pul into coding it, howev- 
er. If must da more than just arJow 
foe tile transfer and conversion. For 
this reason, PsIonLink will perform 
several extra functions. 

tl will, for Instance, directly read 
and edit files, and oytomatFcally 
convert a Psion Data File into what 
is known as an ASCII-delimited file 
on the Amiga. These are perfect 
for direct importation Into 
Sgper&aso or any other Amiga 
database 

The major problem with PtfonUr* 
was the inclusion of protocols, most 
notably Psion's own protocol for 
which there Is. no □ variable docu- 
mentation i decided to pursue this 
and to Include the same three pro- 
tocols used in the Comma- Link's 
own software - none, X-Modem, 
and Psion. The ‘none" pit is easy - 



Dave Westwood finds his Amiga can 
speek in tongues to a Psion Organiser, 
and with a straight face, too 

Tower of 
Babel 


whor comes through the serial port 
is what you gef in your Tile. X 
Modem and PsIonLink, however, 
are a bit trickier. 

The X- Modem protocol works Py 
splitting the file to be sent into a 
series of 328 byte blocks. It numbers 
these consecutively and transmits 
them along with a checksum (a 
special number derived from 
adding all the bytes 
together], which 
Ihe 


receiving machine uses to check 
whether the data has arrived 
inloct. If it has been corrupted, Ihe 
transmitting machine is Informed 
and fresh attempts are made to 
successfully transmit the data until 
it anivesin an uncorrupted state. 

The Psion protocol was the fool 
toughie. As mentioned, ihere Is no 
published data on its structure, 
ancf Psion were Initially reluc- 
font to furnish the relevanl 
details . This is a most Impor- 
tant aspect of 
the pro 


gram, however., and I persevered 
until thoy were kind enough to give 
me what I needed. After all. with a 
third party already producing the 
equivalent ST program, there's no 
reason why the same facility 
shouldn't be available gn the 
Amiga. 

The Psion protocol allows for sev 
eral extremely useful extra features. 
You can, for example, transfer 
accidentally deleted files from the 
Organiser's DaioPacks lo a now 
host, and con transfer password 
protected Notepads without first 
having to de-protect Them. 

More usefully, it allows the trans- 
fer of OPL object code to and from 
the Amiga, so thor Organiser pro- 
grams con be developed In the 
much larger and friendlier environ- 
ment of th© Amiga. 

For programmers looking to 
develop software for ihe Organiser, 
the advantages offered by not 
having to ruin one's eyesight and 
patience squinting at the drmmu 
five Psion screen cannot be under- 
estimated. The chance to use a 
decent Amiga text editor when 
coding is aiso o great boon. 

For those not Interested in pro- 
gramming. She link allows for fhe 
saving of invaluable data to floppy 
disk fot future use, and relieves the 
burden on over-populated 
DafaPocks. 


Shareware 


Unfortunately, I speni so much time 
trying to scrounge ihe protocol 
detaits out of Psion and sweated so 
long and herd when actually pro- 
gramming PsionLink. the pro 
gram on your May 
coverdisk is a 
demo version only. 
The full version. 
Including Psion pro- 
tocol and my own rite 
editor. Is available if 
you get In touch at the 
address included in the 
drsk readme .comms file. 
On a final note, I am 
currently working on q 
developer program which 
should moke it possible for 
users lo write, test, debug, 
and compile OPL programs on 
the Amiga, then bundle them 
as a complete Data Pack fhat 
will auto-boat itself into the 
Organiser's fop level menu. 

Look out for more about this in 
future issues of Amiga Cofrtputing. 


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P ossibly the greatest contri- 
bution to Western civilise 
tlon to come from across 
the Atlantic - that's one way of 
describing the cartoon Industry, 
especially If you r re a QBK (Great 
Big Kid) like most of the Amiga 
Computing staff 

Ani matron is now beginning to 
hit the micro market with a 
vengeance, so It Is fortunate for 
those of us with a love at moving 
pictures that the Amiga is eminent- 
ly well qualified as a machine on 
which to produce home-grown 
cartoons 

The Amy's abilities in this 
deportment seem at lost to 
be on the verge of profes- 
sional recognition, with a 
variety of commercial 
on I motion studios 
either exploring the 
possibilities offered 
by the Amiga, or 
already using It in 
the production 
chori. 

Or these, 
the name 
Cosgrove 
Hall Productions 
stands head and shoulders 
above the rest 

Cosgirove Hall hove been mak- 
ing cartoons since 1976, when 
Mark Hal! and Brian Cosgrove set 
up shop with six staff In a convert- 
ed warehouse, Since then, anima- 
tions such 05 Wind fn The WMows 
and The &FG have helped them 
win four SAHA awards and on 
EWMV. and the company has 
grown to 1 30 people, filling out a 
plush custom studro building just 
south of Manchester 

Meanwhile. Cosgrove Hall's 
bread and butter productions, 
Dongermouse and Count Duckuia 


have been delighting children and 
GBKs far the best part at o 
decode. Against a background of 
almost total U.5. domination, 
Cosgrove Hail and □ handful of 
other studios have produced car- 
toons of a distinctly British flavour, 
offering □ refreshing riposte to the 
sort of one-way nonsatta 
which has seen “Masts 
Mega- Blasters' clones 
dominate out tellies. 

Cost-efficient 

Enough of the banner waving, 
what about the Amiga? 
Cosgrove Hall are one 
OF the first 
British stu- 
dios to look 
seriously at 
the use of 
computers not 
only for the 
control of com - 
eras but far the 
production of 
graphics end the 
development of 
characters q% 
well. 

In their search for 
a cost-efflclenl system 
offering quality animation 
at a decent price they olighied, 
not surprisingly, on the Amiga, and 
It was this decision which sent us 
scurrying up the M6 to See haw 
they were using our favourite 
machine. 

We spoke to Phil Atack, the man 
with the job of assessing the 
Amigo s potential, and asked him 
whet he thought 'W ere looking 
into using the Amigo for line test- 
ing/ he told m, hurriedly pushing 
F29 RetoHator under a pile of 
papers, “but we're having difficulty 


with the image resolution / Line to life, Normally, a line test would 
testing is the animator's jargon for Involve a series of drawings done 
rough sketch., and Is the first step In manually then filmed one at a time 
the process of bringing characters until the animators had a sample 

Tune in 
to 'toons 


Amiga 

Computing's 
big kiddies, 

Stevie Kennedy and 
Paul Austin, take a 
look at animated 
Agnuses. 


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pencil-sketched cartoon on video. 
This Is a time-consuming proce- 
dure, and difficult to experiment 
with. 


Lining them up 

Using an Amigo, however. line 
testers such as Phil can produce a 
full line test without recourse to 
video, changing os many aspects 
at It os- they please before passing 
it on to the animators for I he paint 
rob. 

At this Stage the Amigo falls 
short of requirements, p We find that 
computer graphics can't achieve 
the resolution we get with ink and 
acetate', said Phil, This isn't a slight 
on the Amiga, however, os no 
othef micro fits the bill either. 

At the moment. Phil Is using an 
Amiga 2000 with hard drive and 
arvtb memory, along w#h Chroma- 
Colour software and a digitiser 
linked tg o high quality stUl frame 
video camera, The set-up isn't 
cheap, and would burn a large 
hole in £30,000, but it is far mare 


attractively priced than anything 
previously 
available to 
the profes- 
siona I 
Armed with 
this array of 
desirable 
equipment. 
Phil was hard 
at work on 
Cosgrove 
Hairs newest 
cartoon, 
Victor and 
Hugo, when 
we arrived. 

"It's something i 
knocked up the other day to test 
the software p bit/ he said The 


sequence showed Hugo smoothly 
animated ror a fragment of 
speech, and amply demonstrated 
the advantage of the pencil over 
the mouse.. "Using a mouse is a bit 


of a nightmare/ we were told, 
'especially if you have to do 
dozens of cells." 

Drawing on-screen, however, 
needn't be carried out with with a 


cheese-chaser, and Phil admitted 
to never having tried a graphics 
labiet for sketching. The addition of 
a tablet could quite easily dispense 
altogether with the video camera 
at the line Jesting stage, leaving 
the line tester to sketch straight 
onto the Amiga. 

Disney does it 

We asked Phil for his opinions on 
the newly released Wall Disney 
Animation Studio (FAS) and his eyes 
lit up. The general reaction was 
that although not up to the jab of 
creating professional cartoons, TAS 
Is a much cheaper tool, Ideal for 
the animator experimenting at 
home or foe training Pegnners. 'We 
need the four level animation and 
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Disney package looks great Tor 
developing an idea or for the ama- 
teur who wonts to produce hfcs or 
her own stuff.' 

Cor, chief! 

We were more than a lithe reluc- 
tant to terminate our day out at 
Cosgrove HoH r and refused to 
leave without an armful or sou- 
venirs and a posed photo wtth Igor 
and Duokula himself. After a!L the 
Amigo Is at heart a fun machine, 
and to see It put to good use by 
the company which has brought 
so much enjoyment through Its car- 
tooni was o most welcome treat. 

If our Amy is capable of service 
at the professional level and with 
such an Illustrious crew of anima- 
tors. then there's surely some hope 
for those of us at the mere amateur 
level who 11 be diving with glee into 
The AninrKton Studio. 

Paper to pixel 

In the world of computer anima- 
tion there are two distinct routes 
employed to create the moving 
pictures we all know and love. Your 
approach to the subject is usually 
determined by youf background; 
whether it lies either In the hand 
draw approach of the llustratar or 
the digital trickery of the artistic 
techno-junkie. 

The average Amiga enthusiast 
will no doubt be more at home 
with the conventional Amiga envi- 
ronment of the point package, 
with imagery being provided from 
the somewhat less than subtle 
touch at the various processing 
tools employed, not least of which 
Is the rather dinky Amiga mouse. 

The second approach Is a more 
traditional one combining the 
hard-earned skills of the conven- 
tional Illustrator along with the pro- 


Early attempts 


Watt Disney Isn't the first company lo attempt a ded- 
icated low-end Amiga animation package - it's just 
the latest and most successful. There have been sev- 
eral previous offerings, including Antic Software's 
Zoetrope package, 

this suffered originally from being low-res NTSC 
only, and utilising Its own picture format, but was a 
hint of what we might expect from the Amiga. 

Since we reviewed Zoetrope In the April IQ&9 
issue, there has been a dearth of animation pack- 
ages with the notable exception of DPoint |E|. 

Programs such as Anlmagic and Fontaviaon have 
tried lo raise an eyebrow, but none have been suffi- 
ciently feature- packed to become a mainstream 
iwal for the aH-conquering DPalnt in. 

What has been missing from nearly all previous 
animation programs has been an approach which 



Count Puckula comes gradually S® I H« 

cessing power of the computer, tf s 
this approach which Chroma- 
Colour's Softoons Is designed to 
exploit, combining the two talents 
with the aid or video digitising 
The biggest complaint from free 
hand artists when confronted with 
computerisation Is the prospect of 
using a mouse. This is □ deflate non 

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starter with mast animators. As a 
result an alternative method is 
required and it's here that the digi- 
tiser carries Into its own, importing 
hand drawn cels direct from the 



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follows along similar lines to that taken by the profes- 
sional animator Zoetrope was slutted with special 
effects, such os fades, wipes and shatters, which you 
could apply to your graphics, but none of These 
were of any particular use. 

Clever though they may be, such effects are real- 
ly only useful if your animation e designed for a pro- 
fessional presentation rather than a cartoon. 
Zoetrope was too crude for the former and unsuit- 
able far the Eattef 

Zoetropo was ondi remains an excellent program 
in a technical sense, especially when you remember 
Its age. However, it Is also the best example of go 
early Amiga package which, white being dreamily 
put together, was dismally deficient In Us apprecia- 
tion of Just which market If wos supposed to be 
aimed at. 


paper fo the line-tester for editing, 
composition and of course play- 
back. 

It's fair to soy Softoons is the 
answer to an animator's needs 
rather than that of the Amiga 
enthusiast hoping to dabble In a 
touch of the Dfeneys. As a result of 
me specialised approached and 
the consequent limit for potential 
sales the Softoons system is not for 
the financially faint hearted with a 
starting price of £630 for the soft- 
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If you were to go the whole hog 
and invest In the complete system 
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under £3 r DQ0. As I said, It's not 
aimed at the amateur. 

The system comes in two distinct 
formats, either an A5Q0 version 
which is designed to suit the needs 
of an animator working from home, 
or the more advanced and expen- 
sive Amiga 2000-bosed system 
designed specifically for studio use. 

The principle difference between 
the two systems is the number of 
available levels of animation. The 
A500 version only manages one 
level similar to that of IAS, whereas 
the studio version is capable of up 
to f olx level combinations. 

This basically means that ail the 
elements of the animation pro- 
duced on the A5Q0 system must be 
drawn and shot onto a single cel, 
the studio alternative being capa- 
ble of combining Tour individual 
drawings onto the same exposure 
sheet to form the finished cel, Each 
element joins with the rest but still 
retains Its Individuality for editing 
pupo&es. 

To be realistic, the price OF the 


Chroma-CoKHjf h 
more flexible in uM r rf 
more difficult 



Amiga Computing 2 1 





Animation 






stucfio version complete wtlh all the 
hardware is strictly for the pros, As □ 
result I'll be concentrating on the 
slightly more affordable A5CC ver- 
sion which might still be within the 
reach of the affluent enthusiast. 


The do's and don'ts 

Perhaps a more accurate heading 
might read whaf you Can do, and 
what you can? With the Softoons 
system you can import block and 
white line tests, compile sequences 
and adfush improve., and generally 
test out your creations prior to 
spending heaps of cash on the 
phenomenally expensive process 
of creating Tull cotgu animations 

Softoons In effect is an anlma- 
tlon utility rather than a stand- 
alone package like TAS. 

The Idea is to speed up the pro- 
cess for a pro. As a result there 's no 
paint package available, no inter- 
nal editing and no colours. 
Soft-cons talents are devoted pure- 
ly to digitising and running hand 
drawn Images, and this as you 
might expect it does well, but cer- 
tointy not cheaply, 


Flip through 

The standard set-up will support up 
to 200 individual drawings within 
the machine. Considering the 
frame rate on certain animations 
this is not exactly Impressive, but 
with the addition of some extra 
memory things would become a lit- 
tle more acceptable. 

The number of drawings 
shouldn't be confused with the 
number of frames used. If r s quite 
common for an animation to use 
the some drawing on several 
frames depending on the effects 
required. 

Once you've cap- 
tured a drawing 
with the digitiser n 
can be played 
instantly or cycled 
with the other 
frames in the 
sequence This 
can be done at any 
rale between t and 
99 frames per sec- 
ond. 

The frame rate 
can be 
adjust- 


commercial marker, but if you're a 
real enthusiast who needs to digi- 
tise his handy work It's the only 
dedlcafed equipment around. 

Cheap alternative 

ff like me your bottom lip will stil be 
trembling at the prospect of 
spending all your hard earned 
cash on Softoons. dry your eyes. 
There is an alternative method to 
gel your freehand skills into the 
Amiga, and as a result your cnlms - 
look out for our review of graphics 
tablets soon 

Waft Disney 
Animation Studio 

We tried and we tried and we 
tried, but we found nothing that 
comes dose to The Animation 
Studio in the home animation mar- 
ket, Chroma-Colour Is an expensive 
alternative for the professional mar- 
ket, but for cartoon-loving Joseph 
Public harbouring a secret desire to 
bring Tom & Jerry to life on the 
Amiga. There's no real choice. 

Disney, as you might expect, has 
written TAS entirely from the vlew- 
polnJ of an animator. From start ta 
finish, emphasis is placed solely on 
producing cartoons, such that 
although not of professional stan- 
dards. IAS engenders a profession- 
al feel which carries beginner 


The DPaint contribution 


Dan Silva's DPaint program, especially in its third 
incarnation, has been an© of the prime movers In the 
world of Amiga animation for several years, and 
there are many who owe It o debt of gratitude. 

DPaint III established the now accepted AMIM for- 
mat and spread The gospel at Amiga movies to the 
wider audience through myriad PD demos and, in a 
very Important way, Poosled the success of the 
Amiga os a whole. 

its animated brushes were a revolution in Amigo 
graphics techniques which are only now being 
incorporated Into 
other packages such 
as Spectracoiar. 
Animations thus creat- 
ed could be saved In IFF 
or ANIM format and played 
back using Electronic Arts' 
Play routine. 

Since then, the prolifera- 
tion of stand alone PD 
AMIM player programs 
hos allowed amateur ani- 
mators to 
pass thslr pro- 


grams around freely, and although sound isn't 
catered far. programs, such os Movie will put anlms 
through their paces at a very respectable frame 
rate. 

The major drawback when animating with DPaint 
Is lhal It was designed primarily as a paint program 
Animation *s possible, but If Is obviously an added 
extra rother lhan the program's raison d'etre. For this 
reason, DPaint loses out bodty when compared to 
The Animation Studio, but that's not surprising. 

For those who want a paint package first, and a 
dabble in animation as o bit of fun on the side, 
DPaint b still □ very attractive buy. and should contin- 
ue to provide animations for the ever expanding 
public domain derno libraries, 


The ori(jirKII lint 
□nimalion 
Showing Ihe 
onton* He lm Affect. 
In use. ttl* ability 
ta see hi* tost 
fhree cel? I? an 
invaluable aid 
la even duff 
animators like us 


ed as the animation runs a helpful 
feature when composing a 
sequence. When you're happy 
with your creations they can be 
saved to disk or copied direct to 
video 

IT you're slightly nervous aboui 


Tfrft Anal animation, 
complete with 
background, ihows 
how the wh<N* «n 
be greater than the 
tuffl Of the parts 

using the system don't worry. Those 
thoughtful folks at Chroma -Colour 
will tend a helping hand at □ daily 
training rate of only £250 per day. 
it's obvious from the frightening 
price list that both Chroma -Cotour 
systems are aimed firmly at the 


CWinlning the frisk ef 
before importing hie 
background Is G 
simple matter of 
Click ing on the 
COtoUtS to be 
masked oil. Here, 
the dog's body 
colours along wilh 
Ihe black ol II? 
Outline have been 
Included 






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500 or C64, who better to turn to than 
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Animation 





The Dema-fteel is o good 
example of the overqN 
quaffly Of Ihs Disney 
pncKhJd, this tKttfltofTt 
Donald Deck dnNnoHoni 
w« pul rogelhef by Waff 
DiifWy drfisis specially fgr 
Th* Animation Studio 
and a as good an 
□dvedisemenf 04 you 
can pet tor it* pat+ntfcal 


tures designed to make animating 
as easy as possible, 


Knows his onions 

There Is a variable zoom option, 
and a group of cel manipulation 
devices for copying cel 5 to and 
from a buffer,, cuffing ifiem out or 
Inserting them anywhere In the 
sequence. 

By for the most specific options, 
however, and those which set 
Pencil Test apart, ore the three at 
the bottom of the toolbox gadget 
bar 

The two arrow gadgets ore used 
to flip back and forth through the 
sequence of cefe at the dick of a 
mouse button. They are useful 
when the user wants to travel 
through o relatively small number 
of cels, but they really come into 
their own when they make It possi- 
ble to see the 'onion skm' effect at 
Its best, 

'Onion skin' is a term and an 
effect dating from the earnest days 
of animation when cels were 
drawn on a series of semi-transpar- 
ent layers of paper, 

By 'looking through' these layers, 
the anffnator could discern the dim 
outlines of the previous three eds 
or so, end thus achieve Q much 
better appreciation of how the 
movement was developing, 

The Animation Studio sim- 
ulates this effect so 


Real Things 


Representing one of the few commercial attempts to spread the anima- 
tion word, RGB Studios' Real Things series IS aimed at providing the 
beginner with the tools he or she needs fa begin producing original 
work. 

The series consists off three packages, Birds, Horses, and Humans, oil of 
wtwch contain a diskfut of DPaint arums 
and a manual, The latter sets out to dis- 
pense advice on ail aspects of anim 
brushes, including their creafton, devel- 
opment, and editing, and goes an to 
give hints on backgrounds and so forth. 

Each disk contains a large number at 
good quality animation sequences 
which the beginner can use In anima- 
tions or os a guide to the techniques of, 
for example, making a horse run wtthout 
making it look Nke a table having a fit 


None of this Is pafficulorty radical 
or new; the DPgint manual pro- 
vides a simitar guide to using amm 
brushes, and the anh ^ 
motions themselves 

are relative- 
ly simple. 

What is unique about the Real Things series Is that It is the 
only sustained attempt To attract beginners To Amiga ani- 
mation we've seen since DPoInfs remarkable potential 
was first realised. 

if you're desperate to the point of Financial profligacy. 
Rear Things at £20 a throw is one way to butfd up an instant 
animation library. If, on the other hand, you don’t fet set- 
ling Fire to tenners among your hobbies, try the public 
domain when looking far animated inspiration, Real Things 
is good bul not that good, 


along with it rather than leaving 
them stranded. 

The main dsk contains two pro- 
grams, Pencil Test and Ink # Paint, 
The first of these is the line tester 
and it is here that any animation 
begins its life. 

The user progresses from rough 
sketch to finished line-art anima- 
tion, then loads the whole thing 
into Ink & Paint for the application 
of colour. The overwhelming 


And I bet you thought walking was easy* 


impression during oil this is TAS's 
extreme ease of use. 

Let's face It - how many of us 
can draw? Not US. Disney, howev- 
er, doesn't simply leave the begin- 
ner to get on with it. 

To take os much of the pain as 
passible out of cartoon production, 
there is a library of sample anima- 
tions on the program disk and a 
second disk packed to the gunnels 
with clips from actual Disney ani- 
mations, 

The library animations can be 
used in the user's own productions 
and loaded Into ink & Paint for 
colouring. The Morgue disk 
contain Big the Disney clips, howev- 


er, Is protected by copyright and 
the animations cannot be tam- 
pered with. 

If you want to create Britain's 
answer to Mickey Mouse you're 
going to have to put in a certain 
amount of work! 

The Pencil Test part of the pack- 
age will be Tomiior to anyone who 
has used DPaint, os if sports very 
similar menus and oil the usual 
drawing gadgets. 

Circles, boxes ond elipses. fined 
or unfilled,, are all Ihere, as are 
the more advanced brush and 
airbrush facilities. This isn't Just 
an ordinary drawing program, 
however, ond fr has several tea 




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Animation 







that the beginner con ftp forward 
without losing sight of the preced- 
ing three cels, all of which are visi- 
ble as progressively fainter grey 
outlines. The effect Is simple but 
invaluable, and alone Is facility 
enough to place The Animation 
Studio high on my shopping list. 

The bottom left hand gadget is 
a simple player which Nips through 
the existing sequence cel by cel in 
a loop to make testing the anima- 
tion as easy as possible. 

It simply doubles up Tor ah 
option available via a pull-down 
menu, but its Inclusion on the tool- 
box bar Is an Indication of the 
thought which hos been put into 
this packages design. 

Decent exposure 

The last gadget, on the bottom 
right hand corner, takes the user to 
what the pros call the 'exposure 
sheet'. 

This section of the program simu- 
lates the real life exposure sheet 
you will find at the heart of all car- 
toon productions. 

It Is used to keep track of tim- 
ings, frame rates and events such 
as music, speech, and Special 
effects. The exposure sheet Is not 
an optional extra - if you're serious 
about putting decent cartoons 
together you must use this tech- 
nique. 

Disney 's exposure sheet is one of 
the trickier pom of the program. To 
use It proparly, the user has to mas- 
ter a dozen or so commands and 
their syntax These allow .5MUS 
(Sonix) format music scores to be 
ployed, paused, faded out, and 
generally mucked about with. 

Unfortunately, flexibility sS limited 
by the Insistence on Soni* generat- 
ed music scores, but this Is partly 
offset by the acceptance of any 
IFF sample as o special effect 


Product Information 

Walt Disney's Animation Studio is 

a product of the Walt Disney 
Company 
Available: Mow 
Supplier: Entertainment 

international (0268) 
541126 
Price: £99.95 

Saftoont Personal Une-Tester and 
Chromo-Colour Animation Une^ 

Tester are products ot the 
Chroma-Colour company. 
Available: Mow 
Supplier: Chitif rho-Cokxj 

Animation Supplies & 
Equipment Ltd (OBI) 
675 8422 

Price : From £630 for soft- 

ware alone to £4.000 
for software. A2QQ0. 
camera . fights, and 
rostrum equipment 

(l$FX>. Musical: scores and samples, 
once decided upon, can be 
tweaked In a number of ways. The 
syntax of the ISFX command allows 
the user to choose sample play- 
back speeds, which channel il wiH 
play through, whether or not It will 


be In stereo, and the number of 
frnes it wil loop. 

The ISCORE command can be 
used to fade a tune out and set Its 
tempo, and peripheral commands 
such as ITEMPO, 1VOLUME, and 
INOTE offer occasional control of 
any sounds or scores presently 
being played. Altogether, the 
exposure shoot Is an indespensabla 
part of the animation process, and 
The Animation Studio would have 
been incomplete without It. 

Ink blots 

Once rhe pencil animation b com- 
plete and the user Is satisfied that 
the exposure sheet is arranged cor- 
rectly. the data is stored an dsk for 
later importation to the second 
part of the mo In program. Ink Sc 
Point, for the fin al touches. 

This Is the weakest chink in 
Disney's armour, because it’s not 
really a paint progiam of ail. There 
are up to 32 colours available, 
more With dithering, but the onty 
painting facilities available are a 
couple of fill and line-drawing 
options for touching up any "leaks' 
which threaten to let a colour spill 
out of Its allotted area. 

The idea is that the animation Is 



Penfold comes to fife on pdpei Hi tTifc *orly ortftf * chofncler sheer 


already complete and merely 
requires colouring. but If would 
have been nice to hove hod o few 
more options even at this late 
stage. 

That grumble aside, the Ink & 
Point program does everything 
required of it with irtle fuss. Its best 
reafure is the abtfity to use a 'friskef 
so that backgrounds can be slot- 
ted in behind the animation with- 
out overwriting any of your hard 
sweat and tears. 

Frlskets work by specifying which 


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frisket option, click on the colours 
you've used in your animation, 
then import your IFF background 
behind the relevant cek- 

You con load different back- 
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no reason for bland backdrops. 
The major problem with the back- 
grounds is that Miey con only be 
static - there's no multi-level ani- 
mation such OS that found on the 
more expansive Chroma-Colour 
configurations. 

This reinforces the dp pQ rent 
Disney ethos that demands oil ani- 
mation details be finalised before 
Ink ft Paint Is used, but there's no 
great difficulty in this 

If the user plans ahead using a 
storyboard and organises the ani- 
mation before starting, the finished 
product will be bettor thought out 
and more efficiently reached. 
Disney's emphasis on ihelf own 
methods and the insistence on a 
structured approach are in the last 
analysis a help rather than a hin- 
drance to the beginner. 

Conclusion 

Amiga animation is an the up and 
up - there's no doubt about that. 
With the wide availability of DPaint 
animations, and the appearance 
at a new low-end dedicated pack- 
age In the shape of Walt Disney's 
Animation Studio, the home mar- 
kef caJd be said to be buoyant. 

In the professional sector, too, 
the Amiga is establishing Itself as on 
excellent machine far llne-testers 
and animators alike. 

The Chroma-Colour software, 
though expensive, has proved Its 
ability to meet ihe demands af an 
expanding user base, and should 
continue to bring the Amiga much 
deserved credit in this new sector 

With success apparent in both 
areas, the Amiga can only contlrv 
ue to improve Its standing as the 
only home micro which Is bath 
grecit fun and a truly serious buy. 


4 All Cosgrove Hof I characters, 
including Count Duckula ond Der>£#r- 
mouse. Ore COpyrlgtll 1991 Coigrov* 
Hall Production*. 

w+ would uks lo iofce this opportu- 
nity Id thank Phil Atack, Willard T 
KM chen Chns Philips, Carmel Wilson 
and all at Cosgrove Hal I lor Iheii help 

4 A I characters Included l-n The 
Antnrxjllon Studio are copyright 1991 
the Wall Disney Company 


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Y fears ago a couple of 
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you to gather much speed in the 
communications race For that sort 
of money most comms freaks 
would have been delighted to pick 
up an acoustic coupler type 
modem with very low speeds and 
even lower reliability, 

These days though your money 
goes a lot further both in terms of 
modem speed and features. 

Which modem you need 
depends very much on whal you 
want to achieve. The occasional 
call to cr local BBS service won't 
wa rrani a super speedy modem 
On the other hand the cost sav- 
ing offered by high data transfer 
rates will be welcome if you at e a 
frequent caller to the US. 

Euro Link 

The EuroUnk modem is a perfect 
Illustration of how comms hard- 
ware has become more afford- 
able of late. Your hard earned £264 
delivers a unit which allows conrv 
municoflon at a respectable 2400 
baud 

Like each of the modems 
featured in this overview it is entire- 
ly software controlled, this means 
that rather than pressing buttons 
on the front panel fo configure the 
ur^t.. all tweaking is done over the 
keyboard via a software com- 
mand set 

The EuroLink is fully Hoyes com- 
potlbte. this Is a teal boon for any- 
one wanting to dabble in comms 
wit haul learning the detailed ins 
and outs of modem control before 
going online. 

Popular public domain pack- 
ages for the Amiga Including 
NComm. JRCamm and Supertax* 
come pre-configured for u$e with 
Hayes, compatible decks. 

Plug in and go is the order of the 
day. The modem also includes 


Going online is getting cheaper. Eddie 
McKendrick gets up to speed with a 
range of modems for all pockets 

Modem 

operan 


some useful help screens for those 
no t content to go with a standard 
package 

In an effort to provide an all 
round package, Euro Link have 
bundled o free subscription to 
CompuServe into the price. This is 
a truly massive information system 
of American origin. Qn It you will 
find messages news and over 
30,000 public domain programs. 

Having said all that, 
CompuServe is not the most user 
friendly of places and although 
your membership ts free, the usage 
charges soon mount up. 
CompuServe is far too extensive to 
do justice to in rhe article and we 
will be covering the service in Its 
own right at a later date. 

As well as getting cheapen 
modems have got smaller and sim- 


pler to use over the years. At 
glance the EuroUnk is nothing more 
than a slimline piastre brick with six 
light? an the front and no switches 
to play with. At second glance It is 
much the some. Gone ore the 
days of twiddling dials, setting DIP 
switches and pressing buttons to 
get online 

The function of each light on the 
EuroUnk is clearly indicated by 
diagonal labels on The front panel. 
This commonsense approach to 
labelling is most unusual, the bulk 
of modem manufacturers usually 
insist on using confusing two letter 
abbreviations rather than plain 
English. 

The EuroUnk has indicators for 
power, connecting, responding. 




EuroUnk Modem 

Price; 

£263.35 

Manufacturer: 

EuroUnk 

Telephone: 

0625 078880 

Fat: 

Very good vaSue 
Hayes Compatible 

Against 

No power switch 

verdict: 

The Eurolink is on ideal modem for anyone wanting to 
dabble with comma without having to re-mortgage 
th&r Amiga. 


transmitting, receiving and auto 
answer mode Rear panel pon s are 
provided for power, lelephone and 
serial connections. 

The only notable omission is that 
of o power switch. Removing the 
power lead Is the only way to* give 



EuroUrcfc 


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your £uf©LJnk a good night s sleep 
otter mqny hctJd hours of cgnvms- 

ing over the wires. 

Hi-Tec EC2400 

If irie EuroLifik modem con be con- 
sidered ideal few the beginner, the 
Hi-fec EC2400 deluxe is welt suited 
to people wanting to upgrade 
from aged manual modems. 

Like the EuroLink, It is a 2400 
baud Hayes compatible unit. The 
Hl-Tec normally weighs in at £399 
but It s cunentiy on offer to Amigo 
Computing readers at £299. 

What you get tor your extra out- 
lay is □ slightly more robust cose, 
more lights and the MNP error cor- 
rection ana dd)a compression sys- 
tems. 

let 5 tackle each of these areas 
In turn. The chassis is a very robust 


Hi-Tec EC2400 Deluxe 


Ssw (£29? on special offer) 
Manufacturer HI-Tbc Modems Ltd 


Telephone: 

For 

Against: 

VfeKlict: 


0733 897333 

MNP protocote 

Front mounted power switch 

Unattractive styling 

The H 1-Tec EC 24D0 deluxe should be q serious con- 
tend** for your often Nan it you are looking to upgrade 
from on existing slower modem. The provision of MNP is 
a real bonus, biff only if the services you want to use 
support rt. 


plastic design which is only ler 
down by a flimsy front panel and 
two inexcusably tacky go-foster 
stripes down the side. The unit 
Sports a positively psychedelic col- 
lection of 11 lights giving Informa- 
tion on everything from the current 
connection status to active speed 
Cosmetics aside, the most 
important additional feature of the 
EC 2400 is ihe provision of the two 
MNP systems. MNP is o three letter 
acronym for Microcom Networking 
Protocol. The HI- Tec comes with 
two different types of MNP, 

MNP Level A is an error correc- 
tor! protocol designed to ensure 
sofe transport of data even If 
phonelines are bad. MNP Level 5 
an the other hand is a doia com- 
pression protocol. This is used to 
speed up data transmission from 
point to point. 

With MNP 5 It is possible to 
achieve a data transfer rate 
Increase of almost 100 per cent, 
meaning fhat the EC 2400 has a 
maximum throughput of 4800 
baud. MNP is only of any relevance 
to you If the services you cali sup- 
port it. Prestel for example does not 
although most other commercial 
services da. 

One major plus, where the EC 
wins hands down over the othsF 
modems on test. Is the provision of 
a power switch on the front panel 
it is reassuring to have a means 
of hard reset within easy reach, 
ideal for situations where the 
modem is semi enclosed and the 
back panel Is tricky to get fo. The 
Hl-Tec doesn't crash, but some- 
times a power-off is the easiest way 
to reset a Irne otter a failed con- 
nection. 

The EC 2400 does not look as 
mass-produced as the other decks 
reviewed within these pages, The 
user guide in particular, although 
extremely informative, iacks the 


level of presentarron offered by the 
other three contenders. Don’t get 
me wrong, Ihe EC 2400 is a positive 
Volkswagen build-quality wise. Hl- 
T ec’s design boys just need to 
apply a little more m the way of 
cosmetic surgery before It will look 
os sexy as the others in its class. 

Hayes 9600 +Quad 

Just as Hoover have made o name 
far themselves In vocuum cleaners, 
Hayes hove been at the leoding 
edge with modems since the 
emergence of the technology. 

With that sort of introduction, you 
would be justified In thinking that 
the Hayes Smartmodern 9600+ 
Quad might be something special. 
Depending on what you want to 
do with comms, you couid be right 
As the name suggests ihe Hayes 
is a 9600 baud modem. WeH it is, as 
long as you are talking to another 
compatible 9600 baud modem 
Otherwise the +Quod tagged 1 on 
to the end of ihe nome is of more 
significance to you. 

Quad relgtes to the ability to 
transmit and receive data using 
four universally recognised CCIT 
modulation standards. Vou will be 
(ess lhan surprised to know that the 
highest speed available with these 


is 2400 baud (V 22 bis), The others 
ore 300 (V 21). 1200 (V 22) and 
127S (V 23) respectively. 

Hayes are a key player in the 
corporate comms sector, in prac- 
tice. finding another 9600 baud 
modem at the end of □ resrdentlal- 
ly run bulletin beard could prove to 
be a little on the tricky side. 

This means that to ail Intent and 
purpose you have to assume that 
the bulk of your coils will achieve 
2400 baud connections. With the 
provision of MNP the data through- 
put is Increased to a respectable 
4800 baud. 

The story doesn’t stop there. By 
use of special protocols it is 
possible to achieve a nippy data 
transfer rote of 19,200 baud. This 
relies on another Hoyes modem 
being at the other end of the link. 

All or these additional features 
Invariably mean increased com- 
plexity m configuration, The Hayes 
goes some way to resqMng poten- 
tial setup heartache by incorporoi- 
Ing intelligent feature negotiation 
software, 

Theoretically the Smartmodern 
will automatically establish the 
highesf speed of connection possi- 
b(e, The practice Is not entirely silky 
smooth, but configuration Is signifi- 
cantly easier rhan It would be with- 
out the artificial Intelligence, 

The most string attribute of the 
Hoyes Js its construction. In com- 
plete contrast to the other plastic 
units, it Jives in a smart robust metal 
box. The usual compliment of sta- 
tus lights is provided, as Is a power 
switch on the back panel. There Is 
no question that if build quality ts 
Important to you. this is your ideal 
modern. 

In line with Its distinctly corporate 
price tog of £1,149, the Hayes 9600 
provides a wide range of facilities 
geared to the more serious comms 
buff. The most notable of these is 



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There Isn't q great deal to sell It to 
home hackers though 

The other large market for high 
end modems Is bulletin board 
sysops. Hayes are now promoting 
their entire range to this Influential 
bunch by offering a more than 
generous 50 per cent discount. 

To quality for this saving , the bul- 
letin board concerned must carry 
□ promotional message for Hayes 
modems, ihe sysop scheme should 
go some way to getting more units 


online. Any sysops interested should 
conlact the company at the num- 
ber below. 

Miracom Courier 

We wrap up our look at modems 
with the Miracom Courier HST DS 
This deck combines mast of the 
features found in the Hayes with 
one very important additional fea- 
ture, HST - on acronym for High 
Speed Technology. Using the 


Miracom Courier HST 


X25 PAD. The letters PAD stand for 
Packet Assembler/ Disassembler 

Using PAD it is possible to have 
virtual father than physical con- 
nections. This means that with a 
single modem you can be lirtoed to 
mote than one online service. 

in simple terms a PAD link works 
by taking the information from 
each virtual connection estab- 
llshed Cthe packets) and assem- 
bling them into a single data 
stream for transmission. This stream 
is disassembled at each end of the 
link. 

PAD has very specific applica- 
tions and most residential users 
hove difficulty finding o justification 
far connecting to one online son 
vice never mind several simul- 
raneousty. 

Hayes modems are not cheap. I 
don't think It Is 1 00 per cent fair to 
say that all you are paying for is the 
name, nor is it fair to- say you gel 
who! you poy for In terms of fea- 
tures genuinely usetU to the home 
user. 

The V-Series Smarfmodem 9600 
+Quod has a very specific appeal 
to corporate communicators. 


Price: £1,148.05 

Manufacturer: Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. 

Telephone- OS I 848 1S5B 

For: 9600 baud 

PAD 

Excellent build quality 


£1,144.25 

Miracom Technology Ltd 
0473 233BB8 

HS! protocol 
Dual Standard 
User friendly 

No telephone through-port 

If you Intend to take comms seriously and money is no 
object, this Is the modem for you BBS Sysops should 
leap ot the chance to pick up one of these units at 
50% discount, ft will be a very long time befc* e a bet- 
ter price/perfarmance package comes along 

Miracom if is possible to achieve a 
data transfer rate of 14.4k. There 
□re qifte □ few HSTs doing sterling 
service ot the tent end of numer- 
ous bulletin boards up and down 
the country. 

HST Is a proprietory protocol 
designed by Miracom s American 
parent company US Robotics 
Each of the other modems we 
have looked at use the elderly 
CCITT V standards for data transfer. 

Talking of the V standards brings 
me to the other acronym In the 
Mifocom's wordy tine. DS Inttcates 
that the Courier ts a dual standard 
modem. 

This represents a best of both 
worlds scenario where the HST p*o- 


Agoinst: Expensive 

Requires some configuration 

Vbrcflct: Ihe Hayes 9600 +Quad Is an excellent modem for seri- 

ous comms users. 1 would be inclined to say that It 
was overtoil for domestic users and the Miracom HST 
DS modem reviewed next is a more reaisfic propor- 
tion for Sysops If PAD and reliability are important to 
you ihen Hayes is ihe natural choice. 


Prtcsi 

Manufacturer: 

Telephone: 

For: 

Against: 

Verdict: 


Hayes 9600 +Quad 


toed is supported side by side with 
the widely accepted slower V stqn 
dards. 

If first impressions lost, I hove 
beer sold on the Courier. Despite 
the unit's Immense sophistication, 
getting online wos just a simple 
matter at plugging in a couple of 
cobles and clicking on my 
JRComm Icon. 

Miracom must be commended 
for The user friendliness of the entire 
Courier package. The manual is 
dear, concise and easy fo follow. 
The built-in help screens and com- 
mand summaries are convenient 
to access. The level of user support 
even extends as far as printing a 
complete command summary on 
the base of the A4 sized unit. There 
Is no excuse For not having the 
information you need close to 
hand If you are the proud owner of 
□ Courier. 

On the face of It the Miracom 
does everything Thai the Hayes 
does and more for around the 
same price. The only feature the 
Hayes can boast over the Miracom 
Is PAD. The won't be □ great loss far 
most users. 

This Is an Ideai modem for 
bulletin board sysops. The automat - 
ic support of both widely used 
communications standards CV and 
HST) means thoi the Courier is 
happy to answer the phone and 
folk to a wider range of modems 
than any other in its class. 

Miracom offer a Sysop price 
scheme similar to the Hayes one. 
making these excellent modems 
available at virtually give-away 
prices to established bulletin boards. 

The only niggling curiosity is that 
Miracom have not seen fit to pro- 
vide o telephone socket on the 
back of the Courier This means 
that if you wish to share a line for 
voice and data the purchase of a 
socket doubler Is a pi e-iequisi&e. 


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Stunning 

improvements push 
Teijo Kinnunen's 
mega-popular MED 
to the musical 
high ground, 
Sample this... 

If a delude of dls ts anything to go 
by, MED v2. 13 must have been One 
of th© most popular coverdisk pro- 
grams or all lime. 

Musical creations from readers 
of oil ages have been flooding 
through our letter box since last 
December's covet disk hit the 
newstands. and at such o rate that 
we’ve been hard pressed to give 
them all a bearing. 

With such a reaction ro MED. we 
didn't really hove much choice 
when the latest version appealed - 
we had to bring it to you as quickly 
as possible. 

Indeed this is (he first magazine 
coverctek to include MED 3.00, and 
It's oil thanks to author teijo 
Kinnunen and Roy from the 
Amlganuts United PD library, 

If you're unfamiliar wrth MED in 
its previous version*, you might be 
confused at first by its rather daunt- 
ing front end. The disk, however, 
contams lull documentation cover 
mg the program 's main features In 
detail, and g pit Of perseverance 
should help you through the rough 
patches. 

Version 3 brings mree major new 
features to the program 
• Synthsounds is o facility for creat- 


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• SampleED allows- you to edit an 
already existing sample. 

9 SompleUst is a new way far MED 
to organise samples. 

Sample List 

This feature is a boon for people 
with huge sample libraries The 
Sample List Is a text 
file In which you sef 
out the drives one 
directories in whlch^ 
samples are to be 
found and lists the sam J 
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MED all you hove to do Is die k on 
the SMPUSI gadget to go to a 
screen with the directories and 
samples immediately available for 
selection. 

There's no more messing about 
in MED r s tiny file window for one 
sample in a list of hundreds! 

Synthsoufid 

this feature allows you to design 
and create waveforms for use 
within your awn tunes,. then save 
them to disk. The waveforms can 
us© the whole rive octave range 
and can be made up of 64 Individ- 
ual sections, each wrth tts own type 
of wave. 

To access this function go into 
the IN5TR panel and dick on Ihe 
SYNTH gadget 

you should now be faced with a 
screen mostly taken up by two 
panels on which the synthsounds 
are created. 

Between the two are can- 
irols for adding and 


mixing waveforms together, ond 
below you will see controls to 
select wavetype and drawing 
methods, along with more 
editing controls. 

The pre-set wavetypes are 
handy for standard sounds 
and os a starting point for 
the editing process. 

Users can choose 
from sine, 
saw, and 
triangle 
wavetypes, then 

go Into the panels and edit them 
by hand using the freehand or line 
drawing tools. 

Cut, paste, copy, and other 
editing features are also available, 
along with the more advanced 
TRANSFORM, which will smooth 
ana wavetype into another. 

With practice, 

Sythsounds should allow you 
to add your own sounds to a 
song. The main advantage 
of sythsounds, however Is 
that the sounds themselves 


34 Amiga Computing 






IMED v3.00 AMIGA 


How to use The Disk 


First of all you must make o back- 
up copy of the eoverdlsk, To do 
this, boot-up with your copy of 
Workbench, then double click an 
the Workbench disk. Icon, foil- 
lowed by Ihe Shell or CU Icon, 
Now type; 

HSKW FI01 If It; U DFO; 

or, It you have an extra disk drive, 
put a blank, formatted disk in 
DPI: and type: 

K mm F10H I'FO; u DM: 

Follow the on-screen prompts 
until the copying procedure has 
ended. ihen put your original disk 
away in a safe place. Now switch 
off the machine and watt for 30 
seconds before re-bootlng with 
the copy, Walt until the 
CoverDiskl? lean appears, dou- 
ble Click on it and away you go, 
That's all you need do to make 
a straight copy of The entire dtek. 
However, you may also warn to 
to copy ihdfvidual programs from 


your copy of the coverd<sk to a 
separate disk, In this case ensure 
that you fully understand which 
related files need to go with It. 

For example, all at the docu- 
ment fibs on the disk require that 
the text editor PPmore is In the 
current disks C: directory. There- 
fore, If you copy the docs to a 
new disk you will also have to 
copy PPmare to the new C direc- 
tory before you can read them, 

Some of the smaller docs win 
not have been crunched, so tor 
ihese you need only change the 
tool types on the Icon's Info 
screen to reflect whichever text 
editor you do have on the new 
disk. 

As a general rule, yau should 
carefully read the documentor* 
tion for any program yau copy 
from disk to disk.. 

This can save a great deal or 
messing about and can help you 
Ovoid all these Infuriating a nor 
messages! 




□re very small In memory 
terms compared to their sam- 
pled cousins. 

Sample Editor 

With the Inclusion of this feature 
MED has became something 
more than Just One of the better 
Soundfracker clones The sample 

hits V3": a e~i?rL 3 - » 


editor transforms MED into a pro- 
gram rivalling commercial prod- 
ucts like the 

Audlomcster/engineer 
packages - and all for a 
couple of quid. 

MED can now control 
sampling from within 
itself using the sample 


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The Graphics Ripper 


Autfw: Edradf 


Last month's coverdtek brought 
you Hunter for ripping samples 
cut of memory. Now wo offer The 
Graphics Ripper to do the same 
K>b an your favourite plccies. 
demos, or games backdrops. 

Although not as easy to use as 
Hunter, TGI? is not too dFfficult to 
get to grips with. It works an a 
similar basis as Hunter In that It 
relbss on the Amiga not to wipe 
memory after a warm restart. 

Although same commercial 
games will do this fo prevent 
hocking and precisely the sort of 
graphics grabbing TQR Is 
designed tor., most leave enough 
around In memory to rip out, 

You're not doing anything Ille- 
gal if you rip graphics from PD 
demos, and if you grab screens 
front commercial games simply 
to look at and mess about with 
on your own, there"* na hafm 
done. Just don't try to make 
money out of It! 

To begin ripping, boot up with 
your favourite demo or game 
and wait till you' re sure the best 
graphics are In memory, then re- 
boot. It would be best to transfer 
TGR to a bare bootable disk - 
you can make one of these with 
Auto-Script - for this putpose as 
you ensure that memory Is dss- 
surbed as ittle as possible by the 
re-boat. 

Once TGR Is up and running., 
you wilt find a selection of search 
controls relating to memory posi- 
tion. bitpfane manipulation, and 
colour control 

The Ins and outs of these can 


be found in the comprehensive 
on-disk documentation, but tor 
fast results, just click on the FIND 
button at the bottom of the 
screen and move the mouse to 
scroll through graphics memory- 

if all ts well yau should at least 
be able to spot some Workbench 
graphics. Including Icons and 
scroll bar*. You should come 
across the graphics you're Inter- 
ested in If you persevere - 
remember that the PL 1 to PL6 
controls relate to the six btfplanes 
and ore expressed in hexgdecF 
maL 

For owners of 51 2K Amigos , this 
means the area of concern is up 
to memory location $80000. For 
owners of machines with 1Mb 
chip RAM. such as A20ODs and 
converted A5QQs. this Is location 
S10DOGQ. Don't bother to search 
beyond these locations - graph- 
ics memory won't be found In 
the areas not directly accessed 
by the custom chips, 

When you find the graphics 
you want TGR wifi save them to 
disk as IFF flies - but beware of 
screen freezes, if the mouse 
seems fa freeze while saving, the 
program has run into a problem 
such as □ wnte-pfotected or full 
disk. 

Ta release the mouse pointer 
press the Sett Amiga key and 0 at 
the same time. This e one of the 
program's quirks, but one you'll 
have to live with It if you want to 
rip graphics without resorting to 
the expense of a commercial 
cartridge gadget. 


Amlfji Computing 3 5 







©Cite* and the two important 
functions MONITOR and DIGI- 
TIZE. 

With a sampler up and run- 
ning MONITOR will display fh@ r 
real-time signal In the editors! 
main panel. To begin sampling, 
click on DIGITIZE then on the left 
mouse button. The sample 
buffer will now start to fill up. 


To stop sampling, click on me fight 
mouse button or if you like just wait 
until the 131 D 17 byte sample 
buffer is full. 

Once the sample Is In 
memory if will be displayed 
on the sample editor screen 
ready to be messed about 
with, and MED now offers 
several editing options for 
that very purpose Vau can zoom 


and out, change the volume, add 
echo, define loops, and alter sam- 
ple rates. 

in addition the sample can be 
moved up and down on octave at 
a click, or transposed tc another 
rote, and thrown In and out of 
buffers with ease. When satisfied 
with your now mangled sample It 
can be saved in either RAW or IFF 

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Amiga-Tanx 

Aufftogr: Gary jfcberti 


We guarantee this game will hook 
you faster than Jack Charlton with 
a trawl net! Amlga-fanx Is a two 
player tank shoat-lt-out which we 
Just couldn't stop playing, its 
excellent sound and graphics pro- 
vide Instant appeal, while the 
deceptively simple gameplay la 
sure to keep you ploying for hours. 

The game Is. so colourful It takes 
up about 400k of chip RAM, &o if 
you own a standard A50G be sure 
to run It with as few windows open 
as possible. 

If you have problems, and the 
game runs out of memory, the 
best solution is to Interrupt your 
startup- sequence using CTRL-D 
and then type: 

£$ gaH(-oMh?-ic<nth e turn?- 
Uns <riturn> 


problem with this approach is that 
once you quit out you will have to 
LOADWE5 or type EXECUT1 S:START’ 
UP-SEQUENGE to access the rest 
of the disk in the usual way. 

When loading has stopped you 
will see on options screen from 
which you control the game's 
complexity and thus Its difficulty 
level. The options open to you 
control wind, gravity, landscape 
type., and shot effectors. 

The relevance to your shat of 
wind and gravity are obvious - I 
defy you to hit the target with 
bath an random! - and different 
landscape types such os moun- 
tains make It easier to hide from 
Incoming shells. 


The truly difficult options, how- 
ever are the shot affectors - push- 
ers, pullers, end blowers. 

Pushers and pullers are trampo- 
line-type objects sporting bounc- 
ing arrow* and they litter the 
landscape when the option is 
turned an. 

Depending on the direction of 
the arrow, they will either pull the 
shot down towards them or push it 
higher in the air, making ranging 
on a tank which has one of these 
ciose by a bit of a nightmare 
They can cause Infuriating last 
minute deflections which will turn 
a certain hit into a clear miss 
Blowers are almost os difficult to 
cope with. They look like =irtle 


windmills and cause lateral 
deflections by applying a puff of 
wind to any shot which strays too 
close. 

When all the effectors ore 
selected achieving a hit on target 
can be extremely difficult, and 
when random wind and gravity 
are selected things become even 
more uncertain. 

As Amiga -To nx is- a two-ploy er 
game - there's no one-player 
option - It soon develops into a 
highly entertaining battleships style 
shoot-out, with bath players des- 
perately attempting to hit the 
other first. 

Parallax scrolling, sampled 
sound, and 50 frames-per-second 
action combine In this excellent 
coverdisk submission to deliver a 
gome you won't be abte to leave 
alone. Enjoy I 



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AMIGA 


QSVX format for Safer 
use Everything In 
this section smacks 
of Audiamaster on 
which It was apparently modelled. 
Indeed, M ED is now so good that 
you need never leave the pro- 
gram, You can sample In MED. edil 
fhe samples, and finally compose 
your masterpiece. 


Conclusion 

MED 3.00 te the best music program 
available In PD for the Amiga - it's 
as simple os that The new features 
are excellent, and substantially 
add to the program's appeal. 

Unfortunately constraints of 
space meant we could not bring 
you all the MED 3-00 hies. We had 
to leave out the programmer s 
notes, demos, and most of the 
samples on the new disk, so fcf you 
want these and the all Important 
source code gel in touch with Ray 
at Amlganuts United PD on [0703 

Don’t forget that although the 
author. Teijo Kinnunen, has 
refrained from making MED share- 
ware or going commerce, he is still 
not averse to receiving the odd 
fiver In the post. You’ll find his 
address in the documentation on 
the dtek. 


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Landscape 

Author: Steve Goddard 


The SynlTiSounds section ks ideal lor trfrollfig memory cgnckous icyrtdi of your own 


If you J re a gardener as well as an 
Amiga user you will find this highly 
original utility very usetel. Even If 
you don't have q garden, and 
the mere thought of using q rake 
brings you out in cold sweats, you 
can't fqH to appreciate the rare 
nature of this particular program. 

Landscape is a garden gener- 
ator which allows a prospective 
shovol-wielder to pddn the layout 
of his or her corner of beautiful 
Britain before cutting a single sod 

This Is one of the mast navel 
uses we’ve seen an Amiga put to 
far same time, and it's a neat 
and Interesting utility for even 
non-gardeners. 

The program foods to a block 
screen with Just a menu bar at 
ihe top, By accessing the first 


From plan view \d pLeLtdo ID 
Simulated garden, Landscape 
makes designing toiy 


menu and selecting NEW. the 
second menu's garden building 
options become available. 

From here you simply point 
and click with Ihe mouse until the 
garden boundary, lawn, path, 
and areas of earth are set out. 
then go on to odd plants. 

The list of plants ovallabte Isn't 
huge and merely offers general 
types, but as the program aims to 
give Just a guide to how the gar- 
den wlfl appear this isn't realty q 
drawback. 

It Is important at this stage to 
bear In mind the garden's dimen- 
sions as chosen at the start of the 
procedure, if you try putting a 
medium sized fir in a small garden 
there won’t be much room left 
for a washing line missis? 

When the design process is fin- 
ished the garden Is drown from 
whatever viewpoint you select. 
This can fake quite some time, os 
everything Is mathematically cal- 
culated to look as close to real 
life os possible. 

However, ff you’re prepared to 
go away and have a quick 
cuppa, the results on screen 
when you get back can be 
extremely pleasing. The drawing 
algorithms hove obviously been 
carefully worked out. 

The finished garden can now 
be saved to disk as an IFF Ale and 
touched up in DPaint if you like. 
There are only two amissions 
which damage the program 
water and stone. We would have 
liked to have seen a pond /cas- 
cade design feature and a way 
of Incorporating walls Into the 
garden, but these are the only 
major moans^ 

Try Landscape and see it you 
could be the next Capability 
Brown! 


001/025 12/11 


38 


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Author : Oqyg Westwood 


When we first p-roimlsed to bring 
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and Psion Organisers could talk 
! to one another we didn't expect 
too many people to wove flogs 
□nd cheer louciy, 

So it was with some surprise 
that we read the steady stream 
of letters from Amiga users des- 
perate to download flies from 
th&r pocket pol. 

A couple of months lotef than 
planned, we can at lost bring 
you Dave's article and software 
on the process so many of 
you apparently put 
second only 
to con- 
tinued 
respira- 
tion on 
your day- 
to-day list 
of priorities. 

Mow the 
Comms^LInk 
program allows 
you to sel the 
preferences for 


any file transfer through the 
Psion prefs fie which you'll find in 
the PsignUrtk drawer. 

This contains default settings 
for stop bits, data length, baud 
rate and so on and must be pre- 
sent in the same directory as 
Camms_Llnk or It won't work , 
Another restriction Is that the 
directory In which Camms^Link 
resides MUST be colled L Monr‘. In 
other words, yog must assign It as 
a logical device name, 

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coverdisk, we J ve Included 
an ASSIGN statement In 
the startup -segue nee which 
soys; 

ASSIGN Psion: 
mrUnLITlfS/PSlMLUKf 

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PPTVpe 

Airfhor: Nfco Francois 


The isn't exactly a new program, 
and anyone with a recent 
release of Nice’s excellent 
Powerpacker utility will already 
have PPType. However, for the 
majority of readers we suspect 
that PPType, being a realtlveiy 
new addition to the PP range, will 
be invaluable. 

It rs □ compact and easy to 
use printing program with which 
you can print out any ASCII text 
file. Including those already 
Crunched with Po warp acker. 

The main prompt for Its inclu- 
sion on this month's disk is the 
Ineredbie length of MED r s docu- 
mentation, the reading of which 
from a monitor or TV screen 
would surely lead to major eye 
damage! 

PPType uses Workbench pref- 
erences settings when printing, 
and requires the presence of 
either the parallel, device or seri- 
al, device handlers In the DEVS: 
directories. 

You won't be able to use It 
directly from the coverdtsk as 
ihere was no roam for these files. 
However, this sboiJd present little 


problem - Just copy the PPType 
drawer to your Workbench disk 
□nd use ft from there. 

The program can accept your 
Own tap setting, and will print 
headers containing the file name 
□and page number. As we said. It 
looks m Workbench prefe for print- 
er type and page length and 
width, so you have more or less 
total control aver the way the rile 
prints out. 

This control is carried out either 
through GLJ parameters or by set- 
ting the tool types of the Icon an 
the file to be printed. 

Tool types such a& 
HEADER=QN, which enables 
printing of NI0 headers, allow 
users to create a standard Docs 
Icon with PPType tool types 
already set. 

Once this has been done, 
you need only copy and re- 
name this Icon, attaching it to 
whatever doc file is required far 
printing 

The most flexible way of using 
PPType 15 still through CU or Shell. 
You'll find Nice's documentation 
brief but concise and useful. 



Tune of the Month 


Er - there Isn't one. Unfortunately, 
the inclusion of MED v3 on this 
month's has meant there has been 
no space for memory-guzzling tunes 
and samples 

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PART 3 


Stevie Kennedy 
finds he has 
batches in his 
belfry 




I ' f you'Ve followed this series 
up to now you should be rea- 
sonably comfortable with 
AmigoDOS as an operating system, 
bul may not have realised its true 
potential. 

To do this, you ‘ll have to begin 
to think of it os a crude program- 
ming language, and when you use 
scrlpl or batch Tiles this is exactly 
what It becomes. 

The startup-sequence, which we 
dissected last month. Is the first 


0 ■ cancels all effects 
3 = itoHdsed text 
7 = inverted text 
31 = text colour \ (white) 

33 = text colour 3 (orange) 

41 e background colour 1 (white) 

43 = background colour 3 {orange) 


script file mast users encounter and 
If you mastered the knack of play- 
ing around with and editing it by 
fallowing last month's column, you 
should find little difficulty here. 

Startup-sequences are typically 
simple scripts executed one com- 
mand at a time from start to finish, 
so they usually don't contain any 
of the more advanced options 
open to script file writers. 

Well now lake o more in depth 
look at the sort of trickery one coo 


4 = underline turned on 
30 ■ text colour 0 (blue) 

32 = text colour 2 (black) 

40 = background colour 0 (blue) 
42 = background colour 2 (black) 


Indulge in when using script files 
and examine some of the more 
complex tasks they can perform, 

Pointer power 

The script rile we'll use as an exam- 
ple. Auto-Script, is listed here and Is 
present on your coverdisk com- 
plete with Its own icon. If you dick 
once on this icon and use the 
Workbench INFO option, you will 
see that Its default tool type Is set 
to ICQMX 

This is me routine which, tf coiled 
as □ default tool type, opens a CU 
wrndow and runs the script file, thus 
turning it into a crude program 
executable from Workbench. 

tf you choose to write o script Tile 
of your own. It should be simple 
enough to copy and rename the 
fc:on for use with your new script. 

The AmigoDOS commands high- 
lighted mis month are the IF ... ELSE 
... ENDIF group. ASK, LAB. and SKIP. 
By examining Auto-Script and fiol- 
lowing what it does, you should be 
able to use these commands in 
your own script files with Itrne has- 
sle. 

The IF . ENDIF command is one 
of the most Important commands 
you might use In a script file, it is the 


most cowman way of testing fot 
conditions, variables, and program 
parameters, and as such e one of 
me essential bunding blocks of any 
script. It has the syntax; 

IF [Condition! 

Clcttwil) 

ELSE 

HctitnJ} 

mu 

This construction will be familiar 
to BASIC programmers, but may 
confuse beginner When encoun- 
tered in a script file, the IF com- 
mand looks to see if the condition 
IS satisfied If SO. the Action 1 series 
of commands Is carried out, then 
execution skips to ENDIF. 

If the condition Is NOT satisfied, 
the ELSE command forces execu- 
tion Of the ACtiOn2 sequence 
Instead. The ELSE part Is optional, 
but its use renders the whole a lot 
more flexible With no ELSE state- 
ment, the execution of the script 
file would simply jump to the first 
command offer ENDIF 

The first line of the script con- 
cerns variables and/or command 
parameters. The .key varl line sirrv 
pty tells the Amiga that there is one 
program parameter called varl 
which will be passed to It. Normally. 
If this isn’t done in the EXECUTE 


Amiga Computing 43 


For example, if you type ECHO ' , e[lrn i e[3m , e[4m*e[32mAmiga 
Com putm g'eiQrrf you will ge* 'Amiga Compufing r In bold, under- 
lined, black italics, and text will be switched back to normal. 



Fancy text effects 

Vou J ll notice from using Auto-Script that it uses text effects other than 
the standard type and colour. These special effects are accessible 
through commands within ECHO statements in the farm 'efnm where 
n is one of the following numbers: 

1 - bold text 






i. 




BEGINNERS 

Iguide 



PART 3 


What does it do? 

Auto-Script will give you the option to format a disk In dM : then will cre- 
ate an auto-booting system d*sk in that drive complete with and 
KDVIH running from the startup-sequence. It will only wo rk If you have an 
external drive as ITs not worthwhile, given the limitations Imposed by Q 
single drive system, to write a script to do the same Job for dfO; 

You must run Auto-Script from a system disk containing an the files 
expected to be copied across. Specifically, you must ensure that 
Simpte&tart is In your S: directory, and KDV1II and SIZE m your C: directory. 


command using the form EXECUTE 
<scriptname> < parameters the 
command In question assumes a 
null entry. 

Auto-Script doesn't utilise true 
variables - we'll cover those next 
month - but It does require certain 
values to be passed to it In answer 
to ASK commands. This command 
has the syntax 

ASK "string*" 

It halts operation of a script file, 
prints the siring, and polls the key* 
board until a key is pressed. IT ASK 
detects the Y key. It returns o WARM 
- retumcode value 5 - and carries 
on. Any other key results in a zero 
returncode and the resumption of 
the script file. 

Please note that though It 
makes no difference to the opera- 
tion of Auto-Script when you EXE- 
CUTE It from CLI, when you try to 
run a script from Workbench using 
tCONX you must have the .key line 
ai the start of the script or it goes 
bananas when It reaches the first 
A5K command. 

fry removing the line and run- 
ning the script from its icon to see 
what I mean. With the line In place. 
Auto-Script will halt obediently at 
the ASK command and await a 
keyboard entry, 

Used this way in conjunction 
with the IF ... ENDlF sequence and 


the conditions WARN and NOT 
warn, the ASK command can 
carry cut simple question and 
answer operations and redirect 


program operation accordingly . 

Auto-Scripts main sequence 
contains an ASK command lead- 
ing into an IF ... ElSE ... ENDlF 


Conditions for the IF ... ENDlF command 

Condition 

Description 

EXISTS <filenome> 

Satisfied if the file exists 

FAIL 

Satisfied if the returned error code is >20 

ERROR 

Satisfied if the returned error code is > 10 

WARN 

Satisfied if the returned enor code Is >5 

NOT 

Satisfied if condition not satisfied (Think 
about it) 

«> EQ <y> 

Satisfied If x - y 

Plus the fdowlng 
above: 

operators available only under Workbench 1.3 and 

VAL 

Forces testing of condition os a number 
rafher than q string 

oo GT <y> 

Satisfied If x is greater man y 

«> GE <y> 

Satisfied If x is greater than or equal to y 

<*> LT <y> 

Satisfied if X is less than y 

<x> LE <y> 

Satisfied If x is Jess than or equal to y 


Listing of Auto-Script 


. k«y wirt 

PATH SYS^miH AH 
FAILAT 21 
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AJK. H 4 et5liDfl )'flu wish t & cent t 

am m 

[ f im 

Echo - M 

ASl 1 ii jf dj vant t& fornr & disk 
in Hfti r 

if mu 

ECHO M * 

FOR NAT mn DPI: A A If fa-GflUb Lb 

mi? 

E.CH-0 * H 

ECHO - *t[iWHiHQii miHng 

hDfjtihti sy$t*P di ilf *iC0i M ECHO N - 

ECHO 11 ■ 

ELSE 

ECHO 11 M52I0.K. 3 vt Byb'MDi" 

ECHO u * 

SEIF m 

mu 

cd dm 
LAfi 

ECHO 11 cr siting dirctleri ei* 

mtm c 
ii mu a 

IAK.EDJ1 devs 


mtm L 
mim libs 
mim sy&ui 

t* df 1 "de 
IAKEPJI printer! 

NAKED! A kerMp! 

LAB I&PYti L bs 
ECHO - H 

ECHO " Copying files nrm 
pL«se wait" 

CD C: 

COPY ill II. Info H dfl: 

CO-PT biun TO time 
C&PY tUPT TO- dike 
COPY td TO dfl :c 
CD PI dir Tfl dfl re 
CDPT ends L i TO dfl eg 
cm fflriil TO dike 
COPT disfcCDft TD dfl:* 

COPY ECHO TO dflic 
COPY tsBCuti TD df1:t 
COPY kam TO dM;c 
Cm Atfviii TO dlf T s c 
cm Lpidvb TO dflse 
CDtr iD-unt TO tfflst 
COPT proipt TO dike 
COPT rijitfwt Tp dff:t 
COPT iftpHtck TO dfl si 


COPT SIZE TO dflse 
COPY run TO dflse 

CD t: COPf rsi-hindLer TQ dfl si 
COPY diiL-tfllldatOf" TD dfl:L 
CPPI ShilL-S** TO dflil 
CDPT H n-Hi n d L fp TO df1:L 

CD Lilt: CDPT ic&n.Librirf TO dfl; Libs 
COPT inf n. Llbnry TO dfl: Libs 

5 : CDP r shtLL-startufi TD dfki 
COPY SiapLeCUrt TO dflss 
PE WE dM:t^,pLnUrt 
dHss/startup-sequine* 

CD itn: COPT lounfList TO dfl :4m 
COPY ijrstei-egn(i|urjtkfl TO dfkdfvs 
COPT pr s/g^neric TO 
dfkdm/prfnUrs 

CDPT tegwpiffb TO dfkdm. , <e?i*ps 
Cb ITksyiten 
CDPF ell TD dfksystBi 
COPT SBElap TD >df1;iT»tH 
INSTALL drive dfl: 

ECHO M - 

ECHO lif eC35.*tEli VDlLAl MlZrini 
bcGtibLE trsfei diilf i ftOi H 
ECHO ■ M 
LAD end 


44 Amiga Computing 



sequence which itself contains a 
nested ASK command with Its own 
IF WARN... ENDlF test, 

Nesting, ror those unfamiliar with 
the term. Is ihe practice of using 
loops within (oops or routines within 
routines, and Is orten essential if 
more complex tasks are to be car- 
tied out. 

This can make it more difficult to 
follow □ program's operation when 
you have to match an IF fa the 
correct ENDlF, but ir you want to 
use AmigaDOS script files you’ll Just 
have to live with if, 

Initial confusion would be an 
understandable reaction far the 
first timers faced with such com- 
mands and techniques They are, 
after all, more akin to program- 
ming than to the basic use of an 
operating system. 

However, if you carefully trace 
the operation of Auto-Script as the 
questions are asked and 
answered, and reflow the way the 
script branches in response, you 
should quickly become familiar 
with their possible uses. 

The box-ouf contains a list of the 
conditions, you can test using me IF 
command. 

The LAB and SKIP commands 
are used in a GOTO type way. In 
Auto-Script the lost line Is LAB end. 
and If you answer no to the ques- 
tion "Do you want to continue?^ 
the script will print a quit message 
then cany out the line SKIP end. 

The effect Is just to skip all the 
lines up to the one containing the 
label end, denoted by the LAB 
command. 

If you are using Workbench 1,3 
or later, you can also SKIP back- 
wards using the optional BACK 
command. This gives scripters the 
opportunity to write much more 
flexible script files by allowing for 
simple loops. 

It would be relatively easy to 
alter Auto-Script so that it asked 
you how many system disks you 
wished to create, then loop round 
until this number had been created 
before quitting out. Primitive, per- 
haps, but effective enough. 


Next month 

We'll go an to look at variables, 
Including environment variables, 
and how to use "hem in script 
riles to realise the full potential of 
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AhN I HATE spiders, IT- like me., you tortured yourself by sitting through 
the recent Steven Speriberg blockbuster movie Arachmephobto then 
youl probably not be too happy to hear that Disney Software have 
managed to pick up the rights to convert It to the Amiga. 

As head of the McCSntock infestation Management Company your 
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before they manage to sink their little fangs into every towns^person 
■within a 5-mlle radius. 

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you've got until the beginning of May to get prepared Personally. I'm 
staying we* away. 


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FIS STRIKE EAGLE II - Microprose 




MicfoProse have some good news 
for all you armchair Top Guns - 
they re hard at work on an Amiga 
version of their classic PC combat 
flight simulator, F15 Strike Eagle II, 
According to MlcroProse, the 
Amiga version features great 
enhancements over the original 
PC version which was launched 
way back In 1999. As o result, 
MicroPros reckon they've come 
up with a combat simulator thor 


looks all set to give Mirrorsoffs 
Falcon a damned good run for its 
money. 

Programmed by the team 
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they've upgraded the 3D system 
used within that game to make F15 
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It's out in May for a very reason- 
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CRUISE FOR A CORPSE - US Gold 

From the successful team that brought you Future Wars and Operation 
Stealth comes Cruise For a Corpse, a murder investigation set onboard a 
yacht during the roaring 2Gs. 

You’ve been Invited onboard a luxury 3 -masted yacht belonging to 
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begin when old Niktos kicks the bucket It s now up to you to put on yourr 
sty Poirot moustache and go in search of the killer 

fn true Agatha Christie style, you can piece together clues by Interview 
mg anyone you encounter. You can have conversations with characters 
and even overhear dialogue between other characters. 

Cruise for a Corpse wtil be available soon at a software stockist near 
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Tomahawk 

Some nasty international terrorist 
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Not wanting them to make a fast 
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What ensues is nothing short of 
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Based around the arcade classic. 
Shadow Dancer sets you m She rate 
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violence. 

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lOices of evil, he's brought along his 
canine friend who also happens to 
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G em'X Is o puzzle game 
that will take minutes to 
learn, but literally months 

to master 

In true terns style, first impressions 
□re not good - but once you've 
pot the hang of It. you'll be 
hooked for months. 

The screen Is split into two halves 
- both contain an equal number 
of perns, but same are of a differ- 
ent colour. The idea rs to change 
the Colours of the stones on the (eft 
so that they match the stones on 
the right, 

Changing the colours of gems is 
simple enough - just touch one 
and if changes - but it's important 
to note the order in which the 
gems change. 

They change colour In a fixed 
crder - Red is a virgin stone, but It 
can then drop down to green, 
blue, pink and finally gold. If you 
click on q gcrid gem. It disappears 
altogether, causing any stones 
above it to drop down to fill in the 
space reft by ihe stone's absence 
Sounds, simple so far. but things 
aren't quite that easy. For starters, 
when you click on a stone. It actu- 
ally skips one colour Cif it was red, it 
would skip green to become 
blue). Also, any stones that are 
directly above, below or to the 
side of the stone will be changed 
by one colour (red becomes 
green etc). Sapphire so good? 

Things are complicated still fur- 
ther by the fact that you've only 
got a certain amount of time to 
Hgure out each screen Most con 
be solved with little more than a 
couple of strategically placed 
mouse clicks, but same require lots 




yp el 


Graphics 


of thought Once 
you've complet- 
ed a level. It's 
onto the next - 
and there are 26 
of ihem in total! 

Gem'X has a very cute 
Japanew-llke presentation, which 
extends to bath its graphics, 
music and even its sound 
effects. Your compan- 
ion throughout the 
game Is a sweet 
little Japanese girt 
with an even 
sweeter voice. 

When you make a 
right move she will con- 
gratulate you with □ 
cheery comment, but ir 
you mess things up she J s 
been known to weep! 

Gem r X may seem rather 
dull at first, but some great 
graphics and sound raise It 
above the usual run of the mill 
puzzle game. It's highly 
playable, looks great and even 
sounds great - whoi more could 
you possibly want? 

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If you thought puzzle games 
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to find.. 


Gamepiay 

Puzzle games should be sim- 
ple to get into, but difficult 
enough to keep you inter- 
ested. Gem'X balances this 
equation perfectly. 


Sound 


A s re at tune and some 
equally great sampled sound 
effects come together to 
make Gem'X an audio extrav- 
aganza. 


Publisher: Digital Distribution Price: £24.99 


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Amiga Computing 51 















A rnlriy simple level It lit. No!e It® bk>ckef In on Ihe left - fire job Is to step his buddies failing ol the edge 



li eyefyttilfig goes wrong, men ptets itie 'NUKE' button 






M other Nature has came 
up with some pretty 
strange ways of keep- 
ing population levels stable, 
but none are so strongs as that of 
the Lemming, a small vote- like 
rodent which Inhabits sub-ora ric 
regions of Scandinavia and North 
America. 

When the population level of 
Lemmings become too great, 
these cute little critters make the 
ultimate sacrifice for thesr race - 
they throw themselves off the 
nearest csffl 

Taking a tip or two from nature. 
Psygnasls have adopt- 
ed the obscure life 
story of the 
Lemming and 
turned It Into a 
multi-screen 
sp I c 
which 
sees 
you frying 
to halt the mass 
genocide of a 
race of dungacee- 


IP you leef like being o bif 04 □ sodisf, you can even lead the Lemmings lo Itieir dealh! 


clad., green-haired creatures Vour 
brief Is simple - using your trusty 
mouse, you must guide the 
Lemmings to safety with a minimal 
number of totalities on route. 

Each level starts with □ trapdoor 


creaking open and a cry of Let's 
Go! ' The Lemmings then pour forth 
to their evenfrual doom. Our 
heroes file along 
the ground until 
they encounter 
□n obstacle On 
which case 
they turn around 
and walk back in the 
opposite direction) or die hgm- 
bly. 

Every Lemming sfarts 
Its life as a walker but 
- with yaur divine 
Intervention - they can 
be- assigned vdTious skills which will 


allow them to collectively con- 
struct a safe passage 10 the east of 
each level. 

By selecting one of the skills tram 
a strip of icons which run along 
the base or the screen and 
then clicking on a 
Lemming, you can 
endow It with the 
skills of a climber, a floater, 
a digger, a blocker 
and even a suicidal 
bomber. 

Each level 
requires you to 
save a minimum 
number of lemmings 






52 Amiga Computing 








Cumber - m ii>* name suggests, \he 
Climber kcon endows q lamming wiffi 
the skills of a climbei he can now 
climb over jusl abou! any obslacle 


BOMBER -This suicidal 
Lemming is no coward - he 
con be useful tor blowing away 
sections of Ift# scenery 


BUILDER - mis constructive 
teltow will build bridges 
over any hales which 
slard in his way 


BASH E R - The basher is a 
destructive fellow. His role 
in Kf* fi lo bosh a tunnel 
through on obtidCli. 


PAWS - A programmer's 
joke. this. PWJ4#4 ttl* 
game (Ppws. PcKJ»- 
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FLOATER - A f loafer Lemming is 
equipped with on umbrella 
Which allow j him lo fall horn a 
green height without being hurt 


BLOCKER - a blocker 
wilt halt the How of 
lemmings in o 
particular direction 


MINER - Same DIGGER - Once again, NUKE - Oh frol Double Click on 

oi Hi* basher, Ihe Digger it very similar this ieom end every Lemming 

but digs *o the Basher, but he digs explodes tgfclng most or lh* 

diagonally straight dowh scenery wHh them! 




Graphics 

Small but detailed, 
lemmings' graphics are very 
cute and definitely up to the 
usual Ptygnasis standards, In 
particular, animation is tap 
notch. 


Sound 

The decidedly silly tunes 
that accompany each level 
are brilliantly matched to the 
overall humour of the game- 
sound effects are also great, 
especially the sampled 
speech. 


Gam ep lay 




usuQdy Involves o large number of 
Lemming deaths, but It can be 
great fun. 

lemmings Is absolutely brill ignt 
Psygnosls have managed to 
produce a game that is not 
only totally original., but also fea- 
tures the kind of addictive game* 
ploy that will keep you coming 
bock for more time and time 
□gain. 

If you only ever Intend buying 
one gome for your Amiga,, then It's 
got to be Lemmings. Put simply, 
Lemmings is an absolure Amigo 
classic. 

Jason Hoiborn 


totally anginal and totally 
addictive, you're unlikely to 
tire Of Lemmings for a very 
tong lime. iAch screen has 
Its own password which cam 
be entered to allow you to 
skip the levels you've 
already completed. 


oefore you can proceed to the 
next. If you fall y ou'll have to try 
agon. 

If, on the other 
hand, you find 
that things aren't 
going too well - 
large numbers of 
Lemmings are trapped, for 
example - then you can 
end it qli by ’nuking' 
every Lemming 
that is left olive. 

The poor little rel- 
ic ws jtop what they are 
doing, hold their heads In pain and 
then with a last desperate cry of 


'Oh Mol' , they explode In a shower 

Ql afraid 

The majority of the time 
you'll be trying 
to save the 
Lemmings an 
your own, but 
Psygnosls hove 
built In a 2 player option 
which adds an exclt' 
Ing new twist to the 
game. 

This time, the 
object is to save 
more Lemmings than your oppo- 
nent, by guiding them away from 
your opponent's exit point. This 


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LHtl* hot changed since the 
original BomhjacK was 
re leafed ill those years ago. 
The graphics are still tiny 
and the background's rather 
duJl r but they ttklf work well. 


Sound 

Apart from a fairly decent 
theme tune, Mighty Bomb- 
jack possesses little in the 
way of sound effects- There 
are the occasional spot 
effects, bui even these are 
far from awe-inspiring. 


Gameplay 

There's nothing like a 
damned good platform game 
now and then, and Mighty 
Boiribjack fits the bill nicely 
thank you. Just like its pre- 
decessor, It's very addictive - 
once you pick up your joy- 
stick, you won't want to pul 
it down again. 


ock in the days when the 
Arriba was a mere twin- 
kle In Commodore's eye. 
Elite released a conversion of a 
fairly run of the mill arcade game 
called Bombfack. 

No one expected It to do partic- 
ularly well, but we were all proved 
wrong when It positively soared up 
through the charts, earning Elite a 
few few pounds in the 
cess. 

Wen, the good news is 
that Elite hove 

i 

wheeled or Bombjack j 
out of the deep freeze, 
set him on thaw and ' 

I he result Is Mighty 
Bombjack, a multi-screen 
platform affair that is as fresh 
ever Ok, It does nothing to pro- 
mote originality, but who cores 
anyway! 

The plot goes something like the. 
Qr>ce won a time Cl iove an origi- 
nal intro) there was o goodly king 
colled Pamera who was a just soft 
of fellow He had managed to 
maintain peace within he kingdom 
for many years, so ir was inevitable 
lhat someone would eventually try 
and muck fr all up That someone 
was Beelzebut o wicked demon if 
ever there was one. 

Beelzebut decided that it was 


Most pam#s start taarly easily, bul Mlphly BomblacK drop* you right in at Hi* -deep 
Grtd. Take it Irom ffl* - Jfll lake you 0 fair old lime |usl to 9*t oil ttin screen. 

to conquer old Seelzebut. 
Unfartunotely, things didn't go too 
well. Indeed., only one brother sur- 
vived the confrontation - Jack. 
Licking his wounds., he vowed to 
return to defeat Beelzebut. 
Eventually he does - but he'll need 
your guidance to do It. 

Vbu must guide Jack through 16 
levels of plaffatm action, ootecting 
bombs and bonuses as you go, 
whilst avoiding the baddies that 
hove been senr oul to get you. 

Ok, we've seen Jt all before, but 
Mighty Bombjack still manages to 
deliver the same addictive qualities 
fhal made the original such a hit, 

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decided fa 
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downfall 

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plans, the brothers Mighty set forth 


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the more you will become deter- 
mined to beat It. 

The controls ore great and. 
apart from a deathly dull menu 
screen, Pop Up is an addictive little 
number. Definitely one for your 
software collection. 

David Johnson 


Where s rti« bloomin' exit? Coiled Ihe key and tt win oppea< 


W hat a load of BALLS! 

No. ! r m not referring 
to the game itself, but 
its hero - yet another flippin’ ball! I 
ask you, why are game program- 
mers so preoccupied with boils'? 
Nope, don't answer that , , . 

Pop Up is a fun little cross 
between Bambjack and Audio- 
genic^ Helter Skelter And, tike 
those great games, it's guaran- 
teed to literally BOWL you overt 
In this wildly addictive arcade 
puzzler, you must guide a Htflo 
bouncing ball through screen after 
screen of arcade action. 

Vou'H be taken through five time 
zones, starting at the very begin- 
ning of time Itself and then on 
through to the present day and 
the future. 

Each screen consists of a num- 
ber of platforms which you must 
bounce around, collecting arti- 
facts as you go. 

These Increase your score, but 
the object you're really after e the 
exit key - once collected, an exit 
will appear which wlfl allow you to 
progress to the next screen As 


progress to the next scteen. As 
ever, there are obstacles to dodge 
and traps to avoid, but our little 
rubber fliend Is not without help. 
No slreee, far tools are dotted 
around the screen which will 


help him overcame his little prob- 
lems. 

These Include water drops 
which douse burning platforms, 
Keys which allow passage through 
certain walls and hammers that do 
the same Job as the keys, but in a 
slightly more direct way (who 
needs a skeleton key when you’ve 
got a 251b sledgehammer^ 

Sounds easy doesn’t it? But, 
take it from me, things get harder.,, 
much harder Later In the game 
you’ll encounter bouncy platforms, 
sticky platforms, angled platforms - 
in fact, just about any type of plat- 
form you can think at, all of which 
are designed exclusively to hinder 
your progress. 

The more you play this gome. 


Guaranteed to bowl you over ! 


POPUP 


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Graphics 

Clean, well defined and 
colourful, but not loo adven- 
turous. Nevertheless, Pop 
Up'i graphics work well. 


Sound 

doing. Being. Being. What 
else do you expect from a 
bouncy ball game? Apart 
from a few appropriate spot 
effects, there's very little 
worth mentioning - there 
Isn't even a tune!! 


Gameplay 

Great. The controls are easy 
to master and work well. The 
puniei arc enough to make 
you bawl but you are sure to 
have a ball. 


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DUCK TALES 


Publisher: Disney Software Price: £24.99 


Graphics 

You'd be right lo expect 
something pretty special 
from Disney, and this latest 
release certainly isn't going 
to disappoint- AM the graph- 
ics are big and well define d r 
making them almost indistin- 
guishable from their big 
screen counterparts. Anima- 
tion Is a little bit on the 
slow side. 









T hey say money doesn't 
buy happiness, but per- 
haps someone should tell 
that to Scrooge McDuck and his 
cousin, Flint he art e^orngald, 
They're the Stars of a quacking 
(sorry) new game from those mas- 
ters of animation, Dtsney. 

To old Scrooge and hrs equally 
tight cousin Flinthearf, money is 
everything. Put simply, they're the 
kind of characters who would sell 
their grandmothers if they thought 
an easy profit could be made. 

And to prove how financially 
asfute they really are, a challenge 
has been set - whoever collects 



Relaxing rhe McDuck way 



McDuck 
the outs 


chap on the inside 

With the aid of his nephews 
Huey. Dewey and Louie, old 
McDuck must grab his Indiana 
Jones hat and whip and go in 
search of treasure. He 1 It find himself 
last in a network of caves, swinging 
from: vines In the Amaion jungle 
and cllmb&ng mountains In search 
of treasure. 

Each of these little 
excursions tgkes the 
farm of a separate sub 
game which has to be 
completed If McDuck Is to 
add to his already 
bulging coffers. 

Unfortunately, 
these are continuous- 
ly repeated through- 
out the game, so the 
attraction soon pales. Things are 
made even worse by the number 
of dbk accesses that ate necessary 
to ploy the game - you can often 




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the most money In under 30 days 
wins the coveted title of ’Duck Of 
The Year 1 in that illustrious publica- 
tion, Dime Magazine 

So the scene is set. Duck against 
Duck in a battle where everything 
goes (for the right price, that 
Is). You ploy the port of old 


- a bad 
wuiilde. but 


more time waiting for a section to 
bad than actually playing if I 

Although Duck Tales is undoubt- 
edly aimed at a fairly young audi 
ence. It has the makings of □ great 
gome. Unfortunately, it's Just far too 
repetitive to be worth mote than o 
passing glance. It's a shame that 
Ihe programmers didn't spend as 
much time on the gameplay as 
they did on the graphicsl ir they 
had, then Duck Tales would have 
been q stunning piece of software. 

Dill Richards 



Sound 

Sonit pretty decent tunes 
accompany play, but what 
really makes the game shine 
are the numerous speech 
samples and effects that 
really give it that furs Disney 
feel. 


Gameplay 


Duck Tales reminds me of 
some of the very early 
Clncmawarc fames - they 
had great graphics, superb 
sound, but gameplay was 
practically nonexistent, 
Unfortunately, Duck Tales 
shares this problem. Sure, It 
looks good, but the game- 
play is simply too repetitive 
lo make It the kind of game 
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S tand by all you would be 
Captain Kirks , there's 
Klingons on the starboard 
bow. Do no! Irel, II Isn't another Star 
Trek game - which is good 
because I dunno think I could 
take any more captain/ 

No. This Is Sior Control - tto con- 
tinuing struggle against go® and 
evil in □ futuristic battle where oil is 
at stoke and only you with your 
army of various space vehicles 
con save the known universe from 
o cruel, evil empire, Wait a minute 
. . . haven't I heard that story 
somewhere before? 

Never mind. Strap your plasma 
bolt shooter to your waist, put your 
genuine Imitation leather hover 
boats on and tilt your space hel- 
mets ’cos this Is gonna be one hel- 
luva duel. 

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Although the graphite art Nothing worth writing home Great, The control! are well 

generally mill, they xip about, but If* functional laid out and easy to master, 

■round the icrten without a enough. However, each ship The gamcplay I* far from 

judder in tight. On the hat It* own victory tune, original, but who c ires when 

whole, presentation is good. I which is quite a nice touch. I if-* to addictive? 


from those old reliable Accolade 
boys and it's good . . . very good 
It'S also big so it's for one meg 
Amlgas only i nn afraid. 

Wz set in the distant future wllh 
two regions of seven space ships 
locked in deadly cambol. The 
Alliance - fighters lor truth, Justice 
and liberty far all - and the evil 
Hierarchy, the scourge of the unb 
verse Boo „ . „ Hiss , * + 

Gomeplay-wise, Star Control 
reminds me of an old arcade 
game I used (a play in my wild 
and reckless youth, called Space 
Battle. In lhaf game, Iwo space 
ships fiew around the screen blast- 
ing each other and avoiding a 
plane! slap bang Ifc l he centre, 
bounds pretty simple I know, but 
Accolade's offering goes a lol fur- 
ther than this archaic game - 
there's a certain amount of strate- 
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The game offers o few dilfereni 
scenarios just to stop if getting bor- 
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fighters dhe rod blobs!) to 
intercept player 2. 


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At Iasi. Ihe two- ships meet in a 
bkrody dottle which will seo only one 
survivor, Player 2 scores a dk*cr fill, 
but ihe batte's not over yet 


Cannons a blQlliV, player 1 returns fire 


ships has a special move or hick 
up its sleeve. 

Once you think I hoi you'll be 
more than just loser fodder for 
some slime dribbling alien, then it s 
lime to move on to Meeie. This 
oplian culs out all l hot technical 
strategy stuff (that comes later) 
end puls you head to head wilh 


your opposing fleel as you Ifghl to 
the death across a space field. 

Oh, and be careful not to crash 
Into the planets which have a 
gravitational pull - Ihls could leave 
you a sitting duck. 

If Ihe taclical side of your nature 
Is lusting far more, you can move 
on to the full game options. There 


are nine different scenarios in aFl, 
and even an option to create your 
own,, but they all work around the 
same principle. 

A moving star mop with you at 
Ihe bottom and your opponent at 
Ihe lop is laid out and each of the 
armies' ships move from plane! Ic 
planet, colanlsfng and fortifying 


mem as they go. Movemenl Is lim- 
ited to the planets immediately 
surrounding the one you are on 
and not all pionets lead where you 
think. Its a bil like trying to read a 
British Rail timelable at first, but 
you'll soon gel the hang of itl 
Once you've sussed out all the 
different options, you'll find Star 
Control la be a source of many 
hours of computer entertainment. 
ITs obvious that a lot of though! 
has gone Into Star Control, making 
this a game wajfh checking out. 

Craig Keevney 


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Itie graphics art small enough in 'Areas*' made bui lull wolf lilt you try out Toe fie' mode... 


4/i ei/ery/tey s/ory of lovesick blobs... 


THE POWER 


Publisher: Digital Distribution Price: £24, 


png 

Graphics 

Deliberately smalL but quite 
colourful. The fame could 
have benefited from a bit of 
animation here and there!, 
just to make it visually more 
inle res ting. 


Sound 

If you're into popular music, 
then you'll love The Power's 
theme tune which Is a very 
well done adaptation of 
Snap s chart storming single, 
'The Power. Unfortunate ly, 
sound effects aren 1 ! quite up 
to the same standard. 


Gameplay 

The Power's simplicity is per- 
haps its downfall ■ there's 
just not enough variety in 
there to keep you interest- 
ed, Personally^ l r d rather 
watch paint dry. 






...And net* H is in oil Hs glory - facile mode. Now where did l put my glasses- 


H ove you got the power? 
If you didn't take up the 
Government's 
PowerGen shore orrer then you 
con ill hove some power if you 
buy Digital Distribution & latest 
offering. 

Originally written by Demon- 
ware In Germany. Ihe Power Is a 
puzzle game with □ difference - 
put simply, you'll be puzzled why 
you ever bough? it I Only kidding, Ft 
isn't TH AT bad. 

Vou control Max, a lovesick, bur 
smiling blob with a few wisps of 
hair and some feet poking out of 
his bottom 

The aim of rue game seems sim- 


ple enough - you must guide Max 
through fifty teveis of puzzling 
arcade action until he Is finally 
reunited with the love of his life. 


Mini (who, 
like Max, 
is also a 
b k*b). 

Each 
level is 
complet- 
ed by col- 
lecting lave 
hearts that are 
scattered around 
the ploy area, Once 
you've collected them 
□IL a quick peck on Mini's Y 
cheek will send you on to the 
next leveL 

Unfortunately, the floors of each 
level are rather slippery; so once 
Max starts to move, he can only 
stop by colliding with another 
object (a bit like my car. realty). 

To make things a little easier 
however, many of fhe levels fea- 
ture "helping stones' ihat can be 
strategically positioned to help 


Max collect all the hearts. These 
helping stones come In three 
flavours - Red, Green and Blue. 
Problem Is though, you have to be 
cafeful when moving two togeth- 
er, because certain combinations 
will cause the stones to be 
destroyed 

□nee you've completed all 50 
screens, there's a built-in level edi- 
tor which will let you produce you 
own screens These can be saved 
out onto standard AmlgaDOS for- 
mat disks, so there's no reason why 
you shouldn't be able 
to Swap screens 
with your Mends. 

The Power Is 
quite a fun little 
game, but it 
doesn't quite have 
that certain some- 
thing mat would make 
it special. As It is, you'd 
probably have more fun 
watching PowerGen shares 
crash. 

Jason Holbwn 


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Scalai pr«»nFallon manager its o \Of la use 

O ver The last few months 
we hove looked at a 
couple of video titling 
systems designed to allow DTV 
buffs to overlay professional titles 
and captions onto their epic pro 
ductians 

It would be easy to plgsorvhqle 
Scala Into the same basket as 
packages like Broadcast Titter and 
The Big Alternative Scroller. both 
reviewed in our January 91 issue. 

Scab will function quite happily 
as a tiling program but the degree 
at sophistication offered makes it 
clear that this package Is destined 
for much more, 

Scold Isn’t just an inexpensive 
character generator - If one of 
those is what you ate after see our 
look of Home Titler an Page 69 of 
this issue. 

Scoio hc*s the rather grand remit 
of oemg □ presentation system. 
Before diving Into the mechanics of 
the package rt makes sense to look 
at practical applications for It. 

You are more likely to see the 
output of Scala 4n a board room or 
shoppjng centre than an edit suite. 
Presentation systems merge graph- 
ics with text to produce pleasant 
looking information displays. These 
Wstems convey anything from flight 
□iwo&s at airports to the latest profit 
and loss statistics for a multi-nation- 
al company 

Visual impact 

The Scab pockage allows presen- 
tations to be formed from three 
components; backgrounds, text 
and symbols. These elements 
come together to form, "pages' of 
Information. 

Complete display sequences 
are built up by using Scab‘s beau- 
tifully simple presentation manager 
to wipe between these pages. 


What the presentation manager 
front end actually does is create a 
script fife containing events written 
<n Scala s proprietory display lan- 
guage, snapplly titled 'Visual". In 
Visual, everything is broken down 
into ’ events'. An event can for 
instance be o picture, an anima- 
tion or on IFF background, 

Within each event it Is possible 
to apply text, objects, colours and 
interactive “buttons". Events are 
totally independent of each other. 
It is possible to jump fa a defined 
event directly from any point in □ 
Visual script, This flerabitrfy is neces- 
sary to make Interactive applica- 
tions practical. 

Installing the system is □ doddle, 
although ft should be pointed out 
that the more modestly endowed 
Amsgas could run into trouble. In 
order to use the package to Its full 
potential a hard disk is required. 

The manual cites this as recom- 
mended rather than essential but 
bearing In mind the entire pack- 
age comes on no fewer than nine 
floppies St should be taken as a 
very strong recommenckatlQn. 

Scale extensively utilises the 
Amiga s High -Res graphics made, 
so stacks of memory Is also 
prerequisite. Two megabytes of 
ram Is enough to keep Scala 
happy, although It wouldn’t com- 
plain if more was thrown at it 

Scale's backgrounds are high 
resolution IFF fifes. The package is 
supplied with a varied collection of 
excellent quality Images. 

Everything fiom artistic abstracts 
to cloud and seascapes are pro- 
vided on five disks cram packed 
with art-library material . 

If even after browsing through 
the supplied images you can't find 
something that fits your application 
It Is possible to generate you* own 
backgrounds, The standard range 


Supplied with Scala can also be 
tweaked, dropping In bar charts 
and graphs where required for 
example. 

Scala uses standard Amiga 
fonts, although those supplied are 
significantly better than the by now 
Immortal Topaz. Seventeen font 


families are bundled with the sys- 
tem. A wide range of authentic 
adaptations of popular display 
faces are provided including 
Futuro r Gill, Garamond and 
Helvetica. 

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takes priority over backgrounds, an 
animated page will only com- 
mence after all text has been 
wiped onto It. 

After o page has been com- 
ptetely displayed. Scala is ready to 
move on to the next' In the 
sequence. There is a wide variety 
of options available for page 
changes. Transitions can either be 
Immediate or after a delay defined 
In seconds. They con be straight- 
forward cuts or one of a range of 
wipes. 

By and large Scala handies 
page changes with a stunning 
degree of proficiency- Even In on 
Amigo strapped for memory, the 
system links complex animation 
sequences together with ease The 


your style It Is Just a simple if tedious 
matter of digging out a PD font 
editor, or dare I suggest even 
Commodores' FED Armed with 
such a tool anyone has the poten- 
tial to be a fully fledged Scalo font 
foundry. 

As well as fonts, the package Is 
geared up to handle "Plctograms", 
These are graphic symbols rather 
than characters Standard sym- 
bols supplied with the orf-llbrary 
Include arrows, disabled logos, to*- 
let ondi utility symbols. This gives 
some due to the typical applica- 
tions of the package. 

I couid not argue if you insisted 
that a pictogram of □ gents toilet 
symbol is not a great deal at use 
far the overage wedding video. It 
is however useful in public places 
like shopping and leisure centres. 
The next time you are directed to a 
convenience by □ monitor. If could 
well be Scala at the heart of the 
machine 

Again, If you can't find a pic- 
togram that takes your fancy it Is a 
straightforward job to create your 
own. providing you have the time 
and a decent art package. 

External input 

Scalo has no built in provision for 
creating plctograms or back- 
grounds. Instead it relies on Import- 
ing IFF formal Tiles. 

Backgrounds can be any stan- 
dard IFF screen and plctograms 
usually start their life off os Deluxe 
Point brushes. As well as static 
backgrounds. Scala will also cope 
happily with DPaint nil animations 

A requirement for Deluxe Point III 
popped up time and rime again 
during o cursory test dnve at the 
package It would be fair to soy 
that in order to take full advantage 
of Scala. DPaint is □ virtual necessl- 

tv. 

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at your presentations that can be 
Imported into 
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live resources you 
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It is possible to Input text using any 
word processor capable of saving 
In the generic ASCII format. 

When Scala imports text It will 
flow it onto os many pages as the 
current font size dictates. The word 
wrap and margin options ensure 
that Imported text is handled sensi- 
bly rather than Just Splatted ad-hoc 
onto the screen. 

Pulling it together 

When constructing a presentation 
with Scalo, the system associates 
specific text and backgrounds with 
each page of the script. 

Text can either be simply super- 
imposed over the background or 
wiped on using a wide range of 
predefined effects. These include 
fades mixes moves and wipes 

The wipes work on a line by line 
basis rather than on the entire 
page of text. This 
approach offers o gteat 
deal of flexibility but be 
warned, if a complex 
wipe Is chosen for 
each line., even the 
fastest transition 
speed will produce 
o snail-paced pre- 
sentation. 

As previously 
discussed, back- 
grounds can 
either be IFF files 
or AIMIM format 
animations. As text always 


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more memory you have, the foster 
page changes will be executed. 

So far I have described how 
Scala copes with presenting infor- 
mation os a tolling dema Another 
Interesting aspect of the system is 
it's ability to construct totally inter- 
active presentations. 


On the button 

Instead of producing a simple 
script file containing details of 
delays and page transitions hi a set 
sequence, it Is possible to allow 
multiple-choice selections within □ 
Scalo page. This Is achieved by 
defining "buttons 1 ' on the screen 
When the system detects a mouse 
click over o button It will proceed 
to display the event which has 
been associated with it, 

The Interactive aspects of Scalo 
make It Ideal for point of sole appli- 
cations where customers afs 
searching for a specific product 
within o range. Other obvious uses 
Include education and training 
packages. Potential applications 
for Scala are endless, yet qt the 
same time they are quite specific. 

If you have something to soy 
and presentation Is important. 
Scalo is what you have been wait- 
ing for. 

Titling videos Of granny on the 
beach would be a waste of this 
superb program, and your money. 
Scala costs a not Insubstantial £249 
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HT is the best budget titler to date. 
Paul Austin puts the facts in the frame 


If s possible to mb < all of the avail- 
able fonts on separate lines, 
changing the colour combination 
as well as the depth off shadow 
and direction for each line of text 
on the screen. 

Page setting 

The actual appearance of q page 
Is sometimes far more Important 
than what It says- Impact In many 
cases is What's requred rather than 
into, fonts are the staring point bat 
page setting can add the finishing 
touch. 

HT is well supported in the page 
setting department. Background 
margins can be set for both verti- 
cal and horizontal scfoIIS. with the 
vertical scroll position Itself also 
being adjustable. 

When this Is combined with 
definable letter ond 
line spacing the 
appearance of an ln(“ 
tlally boring page can 
be transformed into a 
stylish, attention-grabbing 
masterpiece . . . well., 
almost. 

The final aid to page 
styling comes from a left, 
right, or central justification 
feature which instantly shifts 


the fe*t to the required screen 
position - a simple but useful fea> 
ture to vary the format of your cre- 
ations. 

If you want to make an Impact, 
colour is one of the best ways to do 
it. HT has four available colours. This 
no doubt seems limited but It's not 
quite that simple. Like same of its 
competitors HT has a RGB colour 
miring system which con create a 
colour range from 4CX?A available 
tones. 

This process can be applied to 
each of the four available screen 
colours allowing some very subtle 
combinations. 

if you combine the range of 
colour with the potential a 
Genlock could add to your videos. 
HT starts to look like possibly the 
best specialist buy of the year 

Movement 

It's am well and good having pretty 
fonts and stylish pages but If It 
doesn't scroll quickly and smoothly 
it's useless. Some tillers suffer fiom 
rather dodgy scrolling which seri- 
ously detracts from potentially 
excellent systems. 

HT has no such problems, having 
a variety of scrolling abilities on a 
par with products many times the 


price. HT has two standard scrolls, 
either vertical or horizontal plus □ 
snap page feature which instantly 
swaps entire pages of text rather 
than scrolling them. 

The scrolls have a slide control 
option which gives a good range 
of speed which is happy scrolling 
even the largest fonts at reason- 
able speed. 

Another nice touch Is the addi- 
tion of o variable scroll pause 
option. This again is simple but 
effective and adds a little more 
style to any scrol routine. 

The pause between normal 
scrolls can also be altered, and of 
course if you want to use the titler 
as a presentation system your text 
could be looped continuously. 

And finally 

HFs only real fault Is Ihe software's 
inability to Import ASCII text, an 
option which would be useful for 
certain applications. In every other 
department It's great and you 
can't fail to have notice my enthu- 
siasm. in general It's great value 
and a joy to use. Highly recom- 
mended! 

Home liter 
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Excellent 

mode easy 


Simple controls and funky fonh, Hie paritel combindtlon. 


be rich to get titled! 


V IDEO titling is big business 
at the moment 
with a new titling 
package appearing almost 
weekly. 

The format far these releases 
generally falls into one of two 
camps, either the full b&own affai 
that does it all - flips, fades and 
wipes included, and all in near 
broadcast quality - or the bargain 
basement versions aimed directly 
at Mr Average with a video cam- 
era and an urge to add some style 
to Danen and Karen's big day, 

As the name suggests. Home 
Titler falls into the second bracket, 
but only just. HT, as it will now be 
known, is quite simply the best bud- 
get titling system I've seen to date, 
boasting all of the essentials plus 
some added extras that put the 
Icing on the cake. 

The software has two main 
strengths; firstly It's Incredibly easy 
to use, ond to prove it the manual 
is only four pages long - yes. that's 
right, four pages - and to be hon- 
est you won't need any of them; 
the second striking feature is HFs 
smooooooth scrolling at any speed 
and with any font, either vertically 
of horizontally. 


Framing the features 

The range and diversity of standard 
Amiga fonts Is huge and taking 
advantage of them Is a real bonus, 
something which HT is more Than 
happy to do. Many of its competi- 
tors are limited io a set of Internal 
library fonts which soon becomes a 
restriction If you're a regular user. 

Up to eight separate fonts can 
be used on each sequence, but 
each font must be an a separate 
line. They can't be mixed, which Is 
one of the few faults within the sys- 
tem. 

Each line of text appears to be 
treated almost as a separate 
screen. Because of this 
approach 






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S o yoi/ve got on Amga SCO 
and you want to use it for 

word processing? That's 

hardly a revolutionary concept In 
electronic applications, e It? 

It's not q $ if you're into 3D ray 
tracing or some other memoTy- 
hungry application. Nothing sim- 
pler. right? 

Er - wrong, I’m afraid, if you are 
the proud owner of on unexpend- 
ed Amiga 500. or even if you have 
a fufll meg of RAM, you've proba- 
bly noticed the scarcity of decent 
packages tor the wordsmith look- 
ing ro knock out purple prose In the 
less then £1 CO price bracket, 

The only widely available 
options are Protest and Kindwords, 


4 A welcome 
addition to the 
low end of the 
wo rdprocessor 
market ^ 


and both are found wanting when 
faced with beginners on a budget. 

Pretext is more expensive than 
you might find comfortable, and 
Isn't the ideal easy-learnor pro- 
gram. 

Kind words, on the other hand, is 
abysmally slow and only just about 
works on a machine with less than 
the full megabyte. Indeed, the only 
way to use the latter and remain 
sane is to fit your Amrga with 2Mb 
RAM and an 030 cord! 

For quite o while, then, there has 
existed o potentially lucrative gap 
in the Wofdproces&ing market 
which only Arnor, by releasing 
Protext 5 and creating itie condi- 
tions tor price cuts on Pro-text 4 3, 
has come close to exploiting. 

Companies in the U.S, however, 
appear to have grown wise to this 
and QuickWnte Is the first quality 
low-end wordprocessang package 
to hit our shores as a result 

Pedigree, chum! 

The program has an obvious 
parentage , coming os it does from 
the same New Horizons stable as 
the worthy ProWrite package, and 
if you've ever used Excellence, 
which we reviewed a couple of 


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months ago, an even more appar- 
ent rote model 

The program Is an attempt to fit 
a fully specified wordprocesar 
complete with spell - chec ker n ot 
only info 5T2K but onto □ single 
floppy as well. The happy child of 
such a wedding of compactness 
ond usability . if it worked, would be 
a program with immense appeal 
1 q the ASQQ owner, So does it work? 

Oh loading, QulckWme has me 
Immediate visual appeal of the 
American wordprocessors already 
mentioned, and certainly looks 
more professional than the rather 
chunky Kind Words. The screen 
opens as a hi-res window which 
can bo pushed to the background 


to run along wrth Workbench and 
documents open into their own re- 
sizable windows 

In this way multiple document 
editing is possible, but os the pro- 
gram is designed for systems with 
limited memory this otherwise desit- 
able function has a limited use in 
QulckWrite. 

If you're one of those people 
who is drawn to rhe 1st of 'Features" 
normally found on the back of the 
packaging, you'll initially be 
impressed by QuickVytifre. However, 
there's not □ great deal there that 
you can't find in most other WP's, 

Quick Write is up to the usual 
spec, but ft doesn't break any new 
ground. What rt does break Is the 


The spell checker is adequate, but often shows Us limited vocabulary 

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price/performance barrier repre- 
sented by better bul more expen 
sive programs such as Pretext 5* 
and the Inferior but generally 
cheaper KlndWords. 

Spell it out 

The spelling checker Is the pack- 
age's most impressive feature. Not 
only Is It actually an the same disk 
as the main program, but it con- 
tains a usable 50,000 wards and 
con be added to os the user's 
requirements dictate. 

KlndWords scores over 
Quick Write by recognising 90,000 
words, but to use rt on lengthy doc- 
uments you need more than 512K. 
and to describe It as sluggish would 
be an understatement. 

the QuickWnte dictionary,, while 
smaller is considerably foster, and 
con be speeded up even more If 
loaded Into RAM, Using it thus will 
lake up a full 12QK. so there may 
not be enough space If your docu- 
ment Is lengthy or your Amiga Is 
unexpended. 

The disk, however, contains a 
RAMStarl program which will open 
the GAM disk it it hasn’t appealed 
during start-up. and transferring ihe 
dictionary to It Is o Simple matter of 
dragging Its Icon to the RAM disk 
window. 

The spell-checker searches 
through the text from start to finish 
rather than utilising the more Intellh 
gent approach taken by Pretexts 
Colllns/Proxlmity Ungulbase This 
scons and then sorb the whole text 
Into alpha be Meal order before 
checking It through, and can be 
very smooth In operation. 

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merhod is less complex, but seems 
to be slower in checking, and cer- 
tainly takes longer when changing 
or looking up a word 

Another minor point fcs that the 


relatively smaH size of the main dic- 
tionary means its suggestions, for 
misspelt words fall far short of 
Thesaurus standards, in fact, it will 
often fail to find an alternative for 
words you could be forgiven rot 
thinking are fairly common. 

On the whole, though, it Is fast 
and simple enough to do the job. 
In time, the user dictionary would 
no doubt fill up to the pomt where 
the main dictionary's shortfalllngs 
would he mostly offset, and only 
those with large vocabularies or 


more up-market packages, but 
with the addition of the AREXX 
multi -task communications lan- 
guage, Quick write can define ten 
macros. 

This addition should not be 
understated - macros ore more 
thon Just d gimmick and can cut 
out a great deal of tedious typing, 

For instance. Macro 1 might be 
defined ta reformat on entire para- 
graph. indent it, and fully justify It at 
the stroke of a key. Many users will 
find similarly routine operations 
which can be rendered fess painful 
in this way, lending Quick Write a 
much more professional touch 

Unfortunately, it Is only the more 
ambitious user who will take 
ad vantage of the macros, as their 
use requires a bit of thought. In 
contrast with some low-end pro- 
grams, where defining a macro is 
simply a case of starting the 
‘recorder’ and carrying out the 
sequence qf keystrokes you desire 
to be defined, Quick Write uses its 
own macro language' . 

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specialised needs will find 11 very 
limiting lo start with. 

For those not In the know, macro 
Is the term for a keypress (such as a 
function key) or combination of 
keypresses which has been pre- 
defined lo stand for a sequence of 
other commands and actions. 

The facility to use macros has 
hitherto been available only to 


but Is much more difficult to use 
and, even though well document- 
ed by the manual. Is likely to scare 
oft more than a few beginners. 

No Wordproces5or can be 
judged solely by Its on-screen abill 
ties. They are, after all, intended to 
produce hand copy at the end of 
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or, Unlike KindWords, which can 
rapidly run short of memory, and 
frequently crashes If a problem 
occurs during printing, QuIckWrlte 
copes well with large printing tasks. 

The moll merge facility is con- 
trolled by only four simple rules to 
define haw a merge list should 
look. 

if allows the user to choose 
which records (such as Individual 
addresses) ore merged, so that tet- 
ters may be sent to one portion of 
o long list, rather than the whole lot 
os demanded by Kind Words’ s mail 
merge. 

Files with a smile 

File handling is earned oul by way 
of o Moc-ish file requestor, which 
most Amigo users will find painfully 
slow. 

To jump from one drive ta the 
next when searching for a file, one 
has to dick on a "drives" gadget to 
go through them one at a time. 

On a hard drive- based Mac, 
with Its uncluttered desk lop. this is 
fine, but on an Amiga sporting only 
floppies It can cause unnecessary 
rises in blood pressure. I would 
have welcomed an ARP file 
requestor ar even o standard 
AmigoDOS one. which shows you 
haw bad QuIckWrlte ’s can get. 

The saving grace In this depart- 
meni Is the option to save directly 
In Professional Page as well as stan- 
dard GUckWrite and ASCII format 

For users of Qold Disk's DTP 
package, the ability to import text 
files with no extraneous control 
codes or annoying carriage returns 
is a positive boon, and will greatly 
enhance QuickWrlte's appeal lo 
Thai particular market . 

Conclusion 

On the whole, QuickWriie is a wel- 
come addition to the cheaper end 
of the Ward processor market At 
first glance. It Is more expensive 
than KlndWords and is missing a 
thesaurus and the ability to Import 
graphics files. 

On further investigation, however, 
one con quickly discern a powerful, 
tightly coded, and memory-con- 
scious package which should be 
Ideal for those with limited memory 
or workng with only one drive 

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T he Amigo has long been 
the ugly sister in the eyes of 
serous DTP people, the 
Mac being their choice. Recently, 
however, the credibility gap 
between the two machines has 
been closed considerably by Pro 
Page, Page Stream. Page Setter 
and now APPta 

The Amiga boasts o whole 
range of under exploited publish- 
ing assets such os Its Incredible 
value for money and the amazing- 
ly efficient file formats. Not to mei> 


tlon seme of the best graphic abili- 
ties In the business, regardless of 
price. 

The reason for the Amiga's lack 
of publishing success falls firmly at 
the feet of image processing, qt 
perhaps more accurately Image 
conversion. And this is where ADPto 
comes Into Its own, 

If yoi_i J v# ever tried to convert 
Amiga graphics to the Moc you'll 
be familiar with the problems 
Involved. Bui now mere Is an alter- 
native - to produce the entire pub- 


lication on the Amiga. This has 
already been done with the Amigo 
Times, ond Is still employed by for- 
mer AC editor Jeff Walker to turn 
out the monochrome Amiga mag 
JAM. 

Cost effective 

With the addition of ADPro to the 
Amiga's DTP stable, the field of 
semi-professional and indeed pro- 
fessional publishing is wide open far 
the Infinitely more cost effective 


and flexible Amigo. OK It sounds 
good, but what exactly can It do? 
in short, ADPro is a collection of 
image processing tools which join 
forces to create and manipulate 
high quality Images. The various 
elements ore combined under a 
very smooth and stylish front end 
which makes complex image con- 
versions as simple as clicking on an 
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Perhaps the most common use 
for ADPro's assets will be its format 
conversion facilities. In order to 
swap an Image from one format to 
the another ADPro uses external 
programs to load and save 
Images 

As o result ADPro can be 
extended to read or write new or 
alternative formats by simply 
adding additional modules. 

if you ore an artistic soul ADPro 
rendering abilities might bo more 
to your taste. The program can 
load up any Image data and then 
render the results in any Amiga 
video format. 

ASDG's rendering techniques 
have already made many a fan In 
the animation world and if you are 
after high qualify quickly It's a god- 
send. 

While we're on the subject of 
rendering and ray tracing. ADPro's 
abilities also stretch fa rendering 
and enhancing images created 
with ray tracing software. 

Why render Images with ADPro 
rather than the software on which 
It was created? Quite simply, 
ADPro will render 24 bit planes bet- 
ter and faster than ihe parent pro- 
grams themselves? 

Perhaps the hottest property In 
Amiga graphics has to be the 
Imminent release of 24-bit colour. 
The Amlgan art world Is waiting 
with sweaty palms for the release 
of the Harlequin frame buffer from 




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The Amigo Centre Scotland and Its 
rivol, the MosSerboard Vfil from G2 
Systems. 

Both these products seem 
destined for success, and as a 
result the need for external soft- 
ware support whether It be render- 
ing or conversion win soon become 
big business. ADPro has no prob- 
lems handling 24 bft planes or the 
power It will unleash onto the print- 
ed poge, not to mention the world 
ofDTV. 

If you've ever had dealings with 
commercial publishing you'll be 
familiar with the need for colour 
separations, which as the name 
suggests is the process by which 
the various colour elements of an 
image are divided ready for a 
CO four print run. 

ADPro can be used as the 
source of such separations In both 
12 or 24 bit planes, The subsequent 
print quality of Images processed In 
this way are excellent and easily 
on a par wtih the Mac equivalent. 

If your print requirements aie 
slightly more unusual the software 
can still cater for your needs. Say 
you needed to render Images for 
heat transfer on to materials such 
as cotton, ADPro can provide a 
suitable stencil. 

If your dress sense Is slightly mote 
extravagant you could use the 
package's separation skills to pro- 
duce films for three or four colour 
silk screening, 

TAD or ADPro 

The Art Department, or TAD as it's 
more commonly known, is the pre- 
decessor to ADPro and is still readily 
available from most suppliers. Both 
products are targeted at roughly 
the same area of the market, with 
each varying in abilfies and price. 

TAD Is described os ASDG's entry 
level processing system, while 


ADPro Is considered to be the pro- 
fessionals’ or power alternative, If 
your needs and finances are fairly 
■mlted It might wen be worth look- 
ing at TAD which retails at around 
£70 as opposed to £199,95 for 
ADPro. 

Perhaps one of the most impres- 
sive new features has to be run- 
time loadable Saver modules, This 
slightly mind-boggling mouthful 
basically means that ADPro can be 
used for generalised format con- 
version. 

This new ability also allows you to 
use It as □ general purpose front 
end for all manner of input and 
output, as well os a display tool for 
the output of scanners, frame 
buffers ana so on, 

Many of the Image processing 
functions built Into TAD have been 
re -worked, and are now run-time 
loadable. These modules are 
known as operators, and due to 
the run-time design ASDG con 
release additional operators as the 
need appears. This should hopeful- 
ly negate the need for future 
expensive upgrades. 

Another asset which TAD did not 
offer Is true colour composition. This 
allows you to actually edit 24 bit 
plane images even if you don't 
have a 24 bit display board or 


paint program, 

ARexx is very wen supported by 
ADPro, so If you're into botch, bulk, 
or network applications your 
dreams may well be answered by 
ADPro's skills in automated image 
processing. 

Last but not least in the list of 
added attractions is the option to 
choose between standard Armlgo 
palette or the enhanced palette 
mode which yields higher quality 
images if you want to display your 
wares on IBM compatible VGA 
and SuperVGA displays as well as 
the Commodore Hi-Res Graphics 
Adopter, 

ADPio is, In effect, an umbrella 
under which several elements 
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skills. The external components of 
the system fall under three main 
headings Loaders, Severs and 
Operators. 

Loaders 

Loader Is a generic term for pro- 
grams which read and Interpret 
source image data from a wide 
variety of file for mots accessed 
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Savers 

Severs as the name suggests, do 
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destination for image data. They're 
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mat you require. 

Like Loaders. Savers also have 
their hidden talents, tor example if 
You're working with a frame buffer 


you could write a Saver which 
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Image data direct to the frame 
buffer. As a result the transferred 
data could be displayed direct 
from the buffer Itself. 

Operators 

Lastly we have Ope rotors , the 
workhorses of the system which are 
used for oil kinds of general pro- 
cessing functions. Flexibility Is their 
real strength, as they con input 
and output both raw and ren- 
dered image data as well as 
manipulate data within the pro- 
gram. 

ADPro Is firmly In the software for 
the specialist brocket, os the name 
and price tag Suggests, but If you 
have problems with pictures this 
package will almost certainly solve 
them It's a must for all would be 
press borons. 

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As you may have guessed, 
there is a price to be paid for all 
the power of ADPto - rts memo- 
ry requirements are frightening. 

A good example Is the Image 
printed with this article On 
screen It measures 640 by 64Q 
pixels and is 24 bits deep. In 
order ro load this Image from 
disk you would need at least 
four megabytes of contiguous 
fast memory. 

The image wars composed 
within ADPro Itself, Rye separate 
images were used to create the 
finished product, The stars are a 
1 bit-plane Image made in 
Deluxe Paint. 

The earth is a 24 bit scan with 
the landscape being a 24 bit 
image created with Vlsfr a. Ben 
Franklin is another 24 bit Image 
scanned with o Sharp JX-300 
The company nqme is made up 
of a three btf-ptan® Deluxe Paint 
creation using Kara Fonts. 

Almost everv formal conver- 
sion is possible. GIF, IFF, PCX, 
Sculpt. Postscript, the list goes 
an and on, As well as the excel- 
lent Internal features, g great 
Job has been done on the from 
end and as a result the software 
Is a dream to use. even for g 
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H ere we cne again, yet 
another cotectton o f the 
best In the business. At 
lost the Amiganuts,’ domination 
has been eroded slightly by some 
excellent submissions from their 
competition, As a result you won't 
hove to suffer my monthly moan 
about o lack of disks, so fist's see 
what we've got. 

Trace on the cheap 

Anyone wanting to try their hand 
at ray tracing will soon find It often 
tequlres itie loss of an aim, a leg, 
and a few other financial body bits 
before you And out if you're really 
into rendering. 

So If your finances are slightly 
red faced DKBTrace could be an 
excellent alternative to spending 
heaps of cash on a commercial 
product. 

This complete ray tracer sup- 
ports arbitrary quadric surfaces, 
which when translated means 
spheres, ellipsoids, cones, cylinders, 
planes and so on. Vdrlous shading 
models are also available, plus 
reflection, refraction, marble, 
wood, and imany other familiar ray 
tracing favourites. 

It also has special case code to 
handle spheres., planes, triangles, 
and smooth triangles, If you use 
these special primitives, fhe render- 
ing times can be reduced Quite a 
bit when compared with general 
quadrics. 

Vteflton 2.0 Includes thm source 
code written In C. The whole thing 
has being bundled together on to 
one disk by the author, David K. 
Buck. 

If you're the lucky owner of □ 


6BQ20 or 68030 system with o 66681 
or 68882 math co-processor, you ‘II 
find a completely separqite version 
of the software on the disk 
designed pust tor you and your mus- 
cular machine. 

As well as the program itself a 
whole range of utilities added to 
the package perform various 
weird and wonderful tricks of the 
trace. 

Dump to IFF will convert the row 
24 bit data from the ray tracer files 


Into Hl-res HAM Images. The colour 
palette used far the first Image can 
then be used with the others. 

This is particularly useful for ani- 
mations as the entire series of 
frames can be forced to use the 
same colour palette. 

Dump2r&56 can convert the raw 
24 bit output tiles of the ray tracer 
Into three separate dump files for 
red, green and blue. This might 
seem rather paintless to most peo- 
ple. but if you're into serious DTP 


the ability to separate colour Is 
really useful. 

Sculpt2DKB, the next of fhe 
extras, will convert a Sculpt* 
Animate 3D scene file Into 
DKBTrace format. Ai the moment 
smoothed triangles ore not sup- 
ported and the only Information 
directly converted concerns fhe 
polygons, colours and textures, 

Light sources r viewpoints, other 
aspects are Ignored but once the 
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always add these as requited from 
DKB. 

If you're already familiar with 
DKB In Its eater forms a document 
included describes the conver- 
sions required to use data files 
from 1.2 with the new Improved 
2 . 0 . 

As you can see from the screen 
shots, excellent results ore possible- 
They're not perhaps the quality or 
some commercial creations, but 
considering the price difference 
this Is a very impressive package 
indeed. 

A beginner would be well 
advised ro give the Instructions a 
good read, as ray tracing is not 
the simplest of subjects and takes 
o little time to master. 

in order to squash all the good- 
ies on to one disk most of me ele- 
ments have been archived and as 
o result need to be un-arc hived 
on to a separate disk. I'd recom- 
mend at least 1 meg or more if 
you're really Interested In serious 
production, 

MVK V2.0 

Is your machine sneezing, shiver- 
ing, and chewing up disks like 
Sfrepsils? If so it's sure to be suffer- 
ing form the curse of modern 
computing, viral Infection. 

Fortunately for every idiot with a 
sick sense of humour there seems 
to be a knight In shinning armour 
watting to leap to our defence 
and combat me bacterial beasf- 
ies, 

Stefan Ossowskl Is a fine exam- 
ple of a later day Lancelot, with 
his computing equivalent of a 
condom. Master virus Killer V2.D. 

MVK is capable of spotting up 
to 105 viruses, an impressive figure 
and considerably mare than 
many of its counterparts. If will 


detect both the file and boot 
biock varieties and happily put 
them to rue sword, whether they 
be on a floppy or hard drive. 

The software does have one 
drawback, or advantage de- 
pending on your point of view. It 
will not run as a background task 
like Kill Do Virus or Zerovlrus Its 
competitors. Both of these sit an 
the menu bar and automatically 
check memory and disks as they 
are Inserted. 

The advantage of background 
checking is that nothing should slip 
through the net, as both KDVI1I 
and Zerovlrus can be run from the 
startup-sequence and remain 
active constantly. 

The disadvantages arise if you 


According to the docs Wonder- 
Sound Is an addictive harmonic 
Instrument design tool which 
allows you to create new sounds 
by manipulating envelopes. har- 
manic strengths and phase 
angles. These can then be save 
for use with other music utilities. 

I wasn't convinced with claims 
of instant addiction Trial and error 
with a large helping of patient 
experimentation would bo o 
more accurate description. 

The main revision to earlier 
releases Is that all processed 
sound Is passed through a low- 
pass filter, which lessens the high 
pitch distortion or aliasing which 
plagued Wondersound In the 
past 

The sounds created are rather 
basic and reminiscent of those 
produced with processing soft- 
ware on the Commodore 64. But 
If you're a patient soul with an 
urge to create new sounds 
WonderSound could be for you. 


regularly use disks with custom 
boot blocks or software which 
otters vectors. If you do, you'll soon 
become thoroughly sick of can- 
celling the alert warnings which 
are activated every time you 
Insert a non-standard disk, even 
though you know it to be harm- 
less. 

in their defence both KDVIH and 
Zerovirus both can be taught to 
recognise new boot blocks, so It e 
possible to subdue iheir enthusi- 
asm when checking regularly used 
disks which you know to be safe. 

Writ* MVK it's best to check any 
incoming desks and then immedi- 
ately write protect them That way 
you can be sure they're safe, and 
once protected they won't 


requre any further attention. If you 
need to leave disks writable a 
background virus killer might be a 
better choice . 

Master Virus Killer is available 
from: MBS r 132 Gunville Rd. 
Newport. I.W.. PO30 5LH or from 
the good old Amlganuts united of 
169 Dale Valley rd, Holy brook. 
Southhampton, SOI 6QX. 

Posh pointers 

Any programme* with o passion 
for pointers could take a look of 
Fred Fish 446 and its collection of 
normal and sleeping mouse point 
ers which you can combine with 
yo-ur own creations. As well as 
pointers there's a whole range of 
e*tra goodies available. so check 
it out. 

Both disks, along with rest of the 
lotesf Fish disks, ore available from 
Saftvllle PD services on 0705 
266509, or you could write to 
Softville at: Unit 5. Stfotfield Park. 
Electro Avenue. Waterloovllle 
Hants PG7 7XN. 

PD playtime 

The award for best disk for this 
month has to go to number 903 in 
the Amlganuts United collection 
rt's a compilation of four eKcelenf 
games bundled on to one disk. 

Compilations ore something or 
a rarity In recent Amlganuts release 
es with much of their latest 
licenceware firmly of the one cSsk, 



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one some format, However, 903 
comes os a re fresh In Q chon go 
□nd is excefeni value for money. 
JEOPARD: First of the fob four 
Involves a favourite subject with 
many o game designer - world 
domination, the action takes 
place on a large mop of the world 
spread across the screen in glori- 
ously flickering H*- res. 

Jeopard is the name, and donrv 
inatlon's the game, with two to 
eight players taking part. Each 
battles against the next to con- 
quer each others territories and 
finally rule the world, The outcome 
is deter mined by a combination of 
clever planning and an element 
of luck provided by the roll of the 
dice. 

This is very similar to the well 
established board game Risk, 
which has long been available Jn 
the High Street, and more recently 
as a commercial release on the 
Amiga, amongst ethers. 

Gomeplay Is in generally very 
Impressive, The only real problem 
lies with the screen forma?. IT you 
don't ownf a flicker fixture the Infa- 
mous Hl-res flicker can be a real 
strain on the eyes. 

MIGA MIND: this is the Amiga ver- 
sion of another smash hit, 
Mastermind. It is a popular subject 
in the PD and as a result several 
versions are available. This Is per- 
haps not the prettiest one, never- 
theless it ploys perfectly and Is 
useful as a Workbench toy. 

Mlgo Mind is basically o logic 
game In which you pit your wits 
against the computer and tts hid- 
den code. 

You must attempt to decipher 



5okoSyty, a simple buT splendidly addictive logic qhaP*r*flG. 


the code before your limited 
opportunities run out and your 
Amiga once again reminds you 
who’s the boss. 

PIPELINE: If you're more of an 
arcade Ton* the graphics and 
game p4ay of Pipefine will be more 
to your taste, being not too dlsslmi- 
lor to Pipo Mania. Even so the 
undercurrent of logic still flows 
through to Pipeline, and If you are 
addicted to Tttrfe and Wettrls you'll 
certainty love Pipeline. 

The Idea Is to create a rout® by 
which the oil can flaw from A to B, 
On the left of the screen ore five 
pieces of a pipeline. You can con- 
trol the cursor position with a Joy- 
stick, and as you press the fir® 



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A sJigtiltly Ittckwfng version qJ ft* romlSar bMd {jam# nsk 

button the piece on the bottom of 
the pi® gf five Is praced In the cur- 
rent cursor-position. The four 
remaining pieces fall one position 
and a new (random) piece will 
appear at the fop. 

After a whlie block gold starts to 
flow, so you've got to get the pipe 
in place pretty quickly even on 
the early levels. Bonus points are 
awarded for complex connec- 
tions which all add paints towards 
the ultimate goal or entering the 


high score table in which you can 
be immortalised forever, as your 
name is written to disk. 

SOKOSKY: This Is perhaps my 
favourite offering on the disk. 
Sokasky Is an ingenious puzzle 
game which involves a logical 
challenge combined with very 
attractive graphics 

The Idea Is to move numerous 
rubies around the playrng area 
until they cover predetermined 
points on the board This may 


This is one of the utils, and as the 
name suggests will turn any two 
colour Fow-res IFF preture 4nto 
ANSI text which con then be dfcS‘ 
played on any ANSI compatible 
terminal. 

This could be very handy for 


demos or perhaps disk introduc 
tons. ASDG’S TAD or Art Dept Pro 
are perfect for Converting virtual- 
ly any picture into a low-res one 
bltpiane two color image which 
can then be fed to IFF2ANSI for 
conversion. 



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Fractals are by far the rnasf 
beautiful creations ever to 
emerge from the Amiga, and If 
you "re interestad in a combina- 
tion of pure logic and stunning 
graphics It s an Intriguing subject . 

if you want to know more 
there's a fractal-mad American 
just waiting ta lend a helping 
hand. Mr Cade Roux is a fractal 
Fanatic and as a result of his 
obsession he has been and still Is 
compiling o muHI-dUt senes deal- 
ing with all aspects of fractals 
and their creation. 

The disks contain the finest 
examples of fractal images com- 
plied from Cade's huge collec- 
tion. There's also practical help 
from various utilities thrown In 
together with advice and reviews 
of products used in the fractal 
field 

The Amiga fractal exchange is 
the tttle of Code's obsession. The 
disks are produced in magazine 
formal, three disks being bundled 
for each Issue. 

The first two Issues are avails 
able now and the third should be 
available soon. If you're interest- 
ed In anything to do with fractals 
I'd say Cade's disks are a must. 
The collection Is available from 
Amiganuts United at the usual 
address. 


Finally fractals 



sound simple but believe me it P s 
not. Voull soon find ft 's easy to end 
up In a very tricky position. 

Amiga C Club 

IF you're an old C dog or just a 
land lover thinking of taking me 
plunge, o hewing hand could be 
just what you need when the C 
turns rough, And th© Amiga C Oub 
can come to the aid of those lost 
overboard. 

A non© profit making organisa- 
tion devoted to helping and pro- 
moting the language worldwide, 
ACC has only been in existence for 
about a year but nevertheless 
boasts members in ^5 countries. 

Once you're p registered mem- 
ber it win try to help solve any prob- 
lems you have concerning C. As 
well os practteal help, software is 
also available to speed your devel- 
opment, 

The main learning tool of the 
club is the Amiga C Manual which 
is widely available in the public 
domain. It consists of four disks full 
of hints, tips and routlnes- 

There are chapters concerning 
almost every aspect of the lan- 
guage. and all the examples are 


If you are In the market for more 
straightforward arcade action 
Seventeen &«! has ihe answer with 
one of the latest additions to the 
Games Galore scries. 

Volume 5. like the rest in the 
series. Is bulging writi software In 
this case nine separate programs 
□re squeezed on to the disk, some 
old favourites like Pac^man and 
Monopoly as well os an excellent 
Star Trek trivia qurz. A must for any 
Trekle who knows his Tribbles. 

As usual there's on excellent 
selection an offer and if you're 
lucky Volume 6 should be avail- 
able by the time you read this arti- 
cle- so li might be worth inquiring 
with Seventeen Bit when you 
order. 


0 in.'-'' I 1 1 • '■ V 


The next generation 

If you're a modern day Irekie you'll probably be more 
familiar with Captain Pickard than Captain Kirk. If so 
1 here's a new IrMo release Tor fans ol She next genera- 
tion. * k 

An initial two-desk sel Js, ihe-slorUng point for a 
planned series which can be found" on Fish Disks 4Q4 
and 405. They contain' over .SOD questions based on; the 
first series with more than 50 audio/ video clues. * / 

ThRMMii oorSialn ihe garne njpOule and, pah I of 
- tl\s Trivff *0qtabase . You must hdve both disks -os '405 
ebnfcpis Ik© rad ol the Trivia Database and the required ^ 
1 pfcfffer p*oqram_Tdt the quiz. Disks available trcfnil ■ 
"oner others" * * * * » - 


already compiled, so you can start 
expertmenftng immediately. 

The manual Is kept up to dale 
by the members themselves, with 
tha constant addition of new ele- 
ments and revisions at the old. 

Registered owners automatically 
receive new versions at cost, plus 
access tc video and sound sam- 
pling by simply sending in cfcks and 
tapes which are then processed 


and returned free of charge 

If you are senoudy Into C it might 
be money very we* spent. The reg- 
istration fee Is £20 which should be 
included with your details to: 

Amiga C Chi) (ACC) 

Anders Gjertn 
Tutevagen 22 
181 41 Lkfngo 
Sweden 


Well that's II for this month. As 
usual, if Ihera s anything you want 
to see, moon or rave about, drop 
me o line: 

Poe/ Austin 
Amiga Computing 
Europa House 
A dtington Park 
MoccfaMd 
Cheshire SKW4NP 




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■ 103.5“ Disks 

‘ Dpamt 11 

J DIAMOND MeOA 10 GAMES' 


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Cato, Soccer + Joystick 




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WITH 



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only £475.00 


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new RacK new 


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INCORPORATING 


' 512K PAM 
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' 4095 ColWJfS 
' Mouse 
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' Three Manuals- 
1 Operating System 
r Buil! in Speech 
Synflh^sis 


* 10 GAMES * 

Golden Axe, Hard Drivin'. Phobia. 
North A Soulh, Silk Worm, 
Shockwave. Continental Circus, 
Turrican, Ninja Warriors 
+ JOYSTICK 

ONLY £285.00 

WITH 

8833 MK II Colour Monitor 
ONLY £ 449.00 


PacK 


EDUCATION PACK 

FROM DIAMOND 


* AMIGA 500 * Dust Cover 

* 51 2k RAM board * Funschool 

* Mouse mat 


ONLY £299.00 


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ONLY £13.00 


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COMPUTERS FOR BUSINESS 

At DIAMOND COMPUTER SYSTEMS we can provide you with expert advice on all your business 
requirements. We always have a large range of computers and software in stock. In addition 
to our desktop range of both Amigas and PC compatibles, we also carry a wide choice of 

laptops and personal organisers. 


9 

PIN 

QUALITY 


PacK 


Word 
Processor 
& DTP 


AMIGA 500 


* 51 2K RAM board 

4 Philips 8833 Mk II Monitor 

* STAR LC20G 

* Connecting Lead 

PLUS HOME OFFICE 

The ultimate word 
proc&ssor/DTP pack 

* Integrated Word 
Processor 

* DTP 

4 Spreadsheet 
4 Database 

£649.00 


24 

PIN 

QUALITY 

COLOUR 


PacK 


AMIGA 500 


THE 
ULTIMATE 
PACK 


PLUS HOME OFFICE 

The ultimate word 
processor/DTP pack 
‘ Integrated Word 
processor 

* DTP 

* Spreadsheet 

* Database 

PLUS 

24 pin SWIFT 24 colour printer 
Including colour kit 
PLUS 

51 2K RAM Board 
Philips 8832 Mk If Monitor 

£699.00 


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PacK 

A590 

20Mb Hard Disk 

with 2Mb RAM 


* 20 FREE 3 1/2" disks 

* 80 Disk Capacity, 
Lockable Disk Box 

ONLY £289.00 

A 590 20Mb Hard Disk 
0Mb RAM £229.00 
512K RAM £249.00 
1Mb RAM £265.00 
2Mb RAM £279.00 




For Details of Mr. Diamond's Incredible A2000 Part Exchange Deals, See Page 3 Of This Advertisment 


LEISURE SOFTWARE SPECIALS APPLICATION SOFTWARE 


Golden Axe £4.34 

Hard Drivin £4.34 

Phobia £4.34 

North and South £4.34 

Silkworm £4.34 

Shockwave £4.34 

Co ntinental C i reus £4.34 

Turrican £4.34 

X Out £4.34 

Ninja Warriors £4.34 

Table Tennis £4.34 

C hess P lay er 21 50 £4.34 

Datastorm £4.34 

Dungeon Quest £4.34 

£- Motion £4.34 

Grand Monster Slam £4.34 
Kid Gloves £4.34 

Rick Dangerous £4.34 

RVF Honda £4.34 

Shufflepuck Cato £4.34 

Soccer £4.34 

Menace £4.34 

Blood Money £4.34 


HOME OFFICE KtT ONLY £59.00 

For a very limited perion. Mr Diamond 
is virtually giving away the Home Office 
Kit. This package comprises a suite ot 
six programs selected for their ffawFess 
performance and ease of operation. 
Everything you need to anatyse your 
cashflow to producing a professional 
reports. 


Word Processor 

Spreadsheet 

Database 

Paint 

Desk Top 

Publishing 


KindWords2.0 
Maxi Plan Plus 
InfoFile 
Artist's Choice 


PageSetter 

PLUS 

35 Gale Fonts and the Postscript utility 
LaserSdhpt 

GENLOCKS 

Rendale 3802 £129.00 

G2 £549.00 


THE GREAT 

DIAMOND PART EXCHANGE DEAL 

TRADE IN VOUR OLD AMIGA 500 FOR ONE 
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You get the base unit plus the 1500 software 
pack comprising Deluxe Paint ill {the video 
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Their Finest Hour, Sim City, 
Populous, Battle Chess 
FREE collection from your home or office! 

PRICE ONLY £434.00 
With a monitor £633.00 


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A 1500 1Mb RAM. 

3.5" floppy disk drive, 

base machine £525.00 

with 2x 3.5" floppy disks 

and software pack £559. 00 

all above + Monitor £735.00 

with XT Bfidgehoard £035.00 

INCREDIBLE PX OFFER 
visit Mr. Diamond and discover what 
your A500 is worth in part exchange 

XT Bndgeboard 

5.25" floppy drive £129.00 

AT Bridgeboard with either 

3.5* or 5.25' floppy drive £499.00 


The NEW Commodore AMIGA 
AMIGA 3000' 1 6 40 1 6Mhj, 40Mb hard disk 
P.O.A, 

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P.O.A. 

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P.O.A. 

AMIGA 3000 4Mb RAM expansion 

£299.00 

This machine is a veritable wartsiatiDn. which wKh 

WoAbench - Tlie nm commodore Mulb-tasfcjng 
Operating System - ll can run (he normal video rfioriitof flr a 
multisync monitor wtfvoLH having to til a flicker t'mr. h can 
even run undar UNIX. Hiis Is IJha machine 10 set (he sLandard 
ion pfCfflS^KjnaJ use in (he 1990'S- 


If you have reached the limits ot the A500 
then take advantage ot the Diamond Part 
Exchange Upgrade 0 pi ion. Swap your II 
A500 tor an A200 for ONLY £299.00 

Mr, DIAMOND AMIGA 2000 PACK 
A2000 Rev. B 48Mb Auto boot mg Hand Disk, 
28ms average access ONLY £709.00 
With Colour Stereo Monitor ONLY £959.00 

A2000 base machine P.O.A. 

Ex-demo A2000 £399.00 

PC XT & AT Compatibility for AMIGA 

XT Bridgeboard 

5.26' floppy drive £1 29.00 

AT Bridgeboard with either 

3.5‘ or 5 .25" floppy drive £499 . 00 


IVS TRUMPCARO for AMIGA 1500 & 2000 

The I VS Trumpcard Is the top selling SCSI hard drive controller. Representing the 
latest in technology directly from the USA. it will lit in either the Al 500 or A20QO- it is 
the only controller which will support IBM, Amiga and Apple MAC partitions on one 
hard disk. This allows you to run software for the Ihree main hardware platforms in one 
machine. No more compatibility problems, onfy one computer can do this. 


HARD DHIVE UNITS 


Memory Upgrades for your Amiga 
1500 & 2000 with the SUPRA 3Mb 
RAM board 

Add £69.00 for board 

2Mb populated £59.00 
4Mb populated £117.00 
6Mb populated £175,00 
3Mb populated £223.00 


High Res 

1024 x 760. 0.28 dot pitch 

Multisync Monitor 
£295.00 


AMIGA 

3.5' external 
Drive 

£45.00 



To get those flicker free high res 
modes, use the FLICKER FIXER 
video card, ONLY £259.00 


ST157N-1 
ST1 77N-1 
ST109SN 

48Mb 28ms 
60Mb 20ms 
83Mb 20ms 

£199,00 

£239.00 

£285.00 

ST296N 

5T112SN 

84Mb 28ms 
111Mb 15ms 

£239,00 

£449,00 

ST11262N 

ST1201N 

ST1239N 

143Mb 15ms 
177Mb 15ms 
21 1Mb 15ms 

£499.00 

£599.00 

£629.00 

SYQUEST 44Mb 2flms removeable 

cartridge drive. £539.00 

IVS Trumpcard for above add £99.00 

Installs ion and formatting 

£25.00 


Speed Up 

your 1500, 2000, 3000 with a 
Co-processor Board 
Phone for details 





PHILIPS 

3333 Mkll colour monitor 

only £199 




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WE ONLY SELL NEW CHIPS 

A590 Memory chips 
0.5Mb £15.00 
1.0Mb £30.00 
2.0Mb £59.00 

A590 2Mb Populated £279.00 

8UP BOARD & CHIPS 
Bare Board <0Mb) £69.00 

add cds( eP RAM lo you# sp?cilica1ion 

2Mb +£59.00 
4Mb +£117.00 
6Mb +£175.00 
8Mb +£233.00 

DISKS 

FOR A LIMITED PERIOD WE ARE 
SELLING HIGH QUALITY 3.5 _ SONY 
BULK DISKS AT ONLY £0.30 EACH 


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ALL PHILIPS U K. MONITORS 
HAVE 1 YEAR ON SITE 
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PHILIPS S333(U.K.) 

Colour Monitor with stereo sound 
Only £199,00 

DIAMOND Multisync Monitor 
Only £295.00 

COMMODORE 1084/s 
Only £1 B9.00 

COMMODORE 1004/SD Monitor 
Only £199.00 

NEC Colour Monitor 

(for BBC, C64, Amstrad PPC a IBM PC) 
Only £13100 


multimedia 

WITH 

Amiga vision 

This is the program for showing 
your pictures, running your 
animations, playing your music and 
digitised Pound alt together. It will 
also control videodiscs, videotape 
machines as well as playing MIDI 
equipment. This is the uHintale 
presentation package. 

Introductory Offer ONLY £93.00 



PRINTERS & RIBBONS 

STAR LC2Q0 CQLOUF 

t £163.00 

CITIZEN 1240 

El 62.00 

QKlDATA LASER 400 

£599.00 

PHILIPS MNS 1432 

£99.00 

CITIZEN SWIFT 24 

P.O, A. 

WITH CQlOUfl 

P.O.A. 

PANASONIC KXP.-i 1 24 

EP.Q.A. 

OKIMATE 20 

£130.00 

STAR LC MONO 

£119.00 

STAR KLC.'24/1 0 

EP.O.A, 

RIBBONS 

QUANTITY EACH 


2 6 12 

OKI 20 COLOUR 

£7,00 £6.50 £6.20 

OKI 20 Black 

£6.60 £6.20 £6.00 

PANASONIC KXP/1124 £7,50 £7.00 £6,50 

KXPl0ftyi/&3 

£3.95 £3.80 £3.60 

JUKI 6100 

£1.75 £1.60 £1.50 

M.TALLY mtbo 

£3.50 £2.70 £2.50 

STAR lcio 

£3,95 £3.70 £3.50 

STAR LCiD COLOUR 

£6,50 £6.00 £5.50 

STAR Lca+'iu 

£6.50 £5.90 £5.50 

EPSON LXSM 

£2.50 £2,10 £1.90 

AMSTRAD PWP4OO0 

E3.B5 £3.70 £3.40 



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VIDEO SECTION 

FRAMEGRAB 


Deluxe Paint III 

£50.00 

DigiView Gold 4.0 

£75.00 

Digipaint III 

£50.00 

Rombo Vidi 

£69.00 

Photon Paint II 

£20,00 

Markam 

£375.00 

Spritz 

£3.00 

Naksha Scanner 

£85.00 

Icon Pa ini 

£3.00 

Disney Animation 


Comic Setter 

£20.00 

Studio 

£70.00 




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Scotland 

TEL (13 1 554 3557 

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Manchester 
TEL 061 257 3999 
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When Ordering 
Please Quote 


AUDIO MUSIC AUDIO 

All the latest and best audio 
and music packages from 
Mr. Diamond at the 
keenest prices 

MusicX 

full version £59.00 
Perfect Sound £39.00 
Audio Engineer £149.00 


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Simply telephone through your order, giving your Access 
or Visa van! Number or send it cheque or postal order to 
your Local Dealer. 

All prices exclude VAT unless otherwise stated. 

Next Day Courier Service Delivery £10.00 
Please allow 5 working days for cheque clearance. 
Banters drafts clear on the same day 

All 4tC turned -ll tint u( jjmup In preifi, bul jfmy ctungL* frilhimi nnike 

THE 

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* Its the eqtrtmety p vent that you are a6k to 

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through Ptiamoml f then toe uhH match that price; and 
on Commodore & 'Philips, products uftll not only 
match the prtce of our competitors! tot toiU even you 
£5.00 as iodic 

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406 Ashly Road 
POOLE - Dorset 
TEL 0202 716226 
FAX 

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227 Filton Avenue 
Bristol 

TEL 0272 693545 
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1045 High Road 
Chad well Heath - 
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TEL 081 597 885! 

FAX 081 590 8959 



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17 BIT SOFTWARE ARE ONE OF THE FOREMOST SUPPLIERS OF PUBLIC DOMAIN SOFTWARE '. LISTED 
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also a classic funny sample 
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5 DISKS FOR 
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These disks can be used on 
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with Sonix to produce some 
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they feature scores and 
instruments. 

5 DISKS FOR ONLY 
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THAT'S LESS THAN £1 PER 
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GAMES PACK 2 


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Some of the finest PD games 


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excellent disks, featuring 

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Yes it’s here, the pack that all 
you trek kies have been 
waiting for, 2 full 2 disk Siar 
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5 DISKS FOR ONLY 
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THAT'S LESS THAN £1 PER 
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17-BIT TOP TEN P.D. 

861 Light Cycles (1 Meg) 

855 Neighbours Slideshow 
852 Ghost busters Anim (Brill) 
Madonna (Nude) 

5. 842,843,844 Amazing tunes 2, 
Three stunning music disks 
837 Games Galore Vol 5 
832 Horizon Sleeping Bag 
828,829 Vanilla Ice Demo 
821 Iraq Demo (Fun Disk) 


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10. 820 Rudbrain 2 (Awesome) 


As well as the above packs we also stock Fish disks up to 430 . Amicus 
Amigan, and T-bag disks. Packs are still available from previous adverts 

which include 

QS3 + CD POPULAR STARTER PACK ONLY £4.99 
CLASSICAL MUSIC PACK ONLY £3.99 
ADULT PACK 1 ONLY £7.99 
ASTRONOMY PACK + CD ONLY £4.99 

Single disks are only £1.50. and the legendary 17-Bit Update is still only 
£1 and now features a 16 page complimentary magazine packed with news 
and reviews of all the latest P.D, and Software + special offers only 
available to members. A five issue subscription is only £4.99, 

O rder yours today. 

We accept alt major credit cards (SWITCH, ACCESS, VISA) 
Telephone lines arc open 9.00am while 8,00pm Mon to Thurs, and 9.00am 
while 5.00pm Fri and Sat, Make cheques and postal orders payable to 17-BIT 


STOP PRESS 

Zydec Micro- 
switched mouse 
available, 
at only £ 14.95 

This is a precision 
instrument and is a direct 
replacement for your 
Commodore mouse. 

You would have to be 
foolish not to take advantage 
of this offer, comes complete 
with 17-Bit latest disk 
magazine as well. 

L. — - — — -i. h m a. ci. m m. mm n m m m m«rm m m i 


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A complete drawing board in one simple unit. 

With a rolling ruler you can draw; 

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* Any other angles From 1 11 to 359" 

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'‘\ Available in two sizes 22cm (Sin) and 30cm (12in) this great offer gets 
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3 ;• It's innovative design gives the new rolling ruler the ability to draw 
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A Dabhand Guide 


h 4 comprehensive guide to the Commodore 
Amiga’s disc Operating System (Version 1.2 and 
1-31. It provides a unique perspective on this 
powerfal system in a way wNch will be welcomed 
by (be beginner and the expercf user alike. 

Rarher than simply reiterating the Amiga 
manual, this book takes a genuinely diffeient 
approach no understanding and using the Amiga 
and contains a wealth of practical hands-on 
advice and hints and tips. 

The many features of this book Include 

• Full coverage of Amiga DOS 13 functions 

• Filing with and without workbereh 

• The Amiga's hierarchical filing system 

• Pathnames and Devke names 

• The Amiga’s multitasking capabilities 

• The AmlgaDOS screen edltw 

• AmigaDOS commands 

• &atch processing 

• Amiga Emoc code descriptions 

• How to create new sysrems discs 

• Use of the RAM discs 

• Using AmlgaDOS withC 


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WHY LET YOUR FINANCES BE A WORRY ? 

Personal Finance Manager 

femme amiqa w 

Personal Finance Manager provides an easy way of looking alter your bank 
aceounh building society account credit card* and so on. Its WORKBENCH 
Interface allows tnnsaclions to be entered or altered ae easily as lining out a form 

Full mouse conlrol of PFM“s window environment means a reafly user friendly program. 
PFM for true Amiga appears and runs esadly lhe same as our lop salftng PFM program 
lor the Atari ST 

Automatic Slanding Orders means that nsgular payments are never forgotten, whilst ths 
graphic display will h&p you manage your account more effactvely. 

PeraoniJ Finance Manager will e*&n atlempl to match your statements by ausomalicaliy 
identifying iransadiom that haven'l yei been cleared. 

• Ffw number of entnes js limited only by lbs size of the memory 

• Full Workbench interface 

• Account entries ate automatically placed in date order 

• Selectable date formats 

i Automatic standing orders 

• Auto balancing against statement 

• Grsphfc analysis including: Balance pint Budget comparison. Spend pie churls 

• Windows are moveable and re-steeabte 

• Graphics are self-seating to til windows — — 

• All windows can be displayed at the same time HRP PH ICE 

• Account prim oprfon fOC QC 

• Full MM tasking - allows multiple account access ** * 1 * ^ 

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More top-class products at unbelievable knock-down prices 

How about trying one of these great new joysticks 
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awesome fire power at your fingertips - both 
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“ Long been a favourite with many gamers... tough, sturdy 
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RRP: £16.50 

Our price: 

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I fflP: £17,50 

Our price: 

£14.95 



Gasteiner Mouse 

And when you’ve finished playing games, you won’t do better 
than this mouse, It’s a real winner! Replace that sluggish Amiga 
rodent with this elegant, high resolution Gasteiner product. 

rrp: £26.95 Our Price: £ 19.95 




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Passing an exam 
applying for a job .. . 
whatever you wanf to do 
in IHe you need to able to SPELL! 


There's mounting alarm about the appalling standards of spelling 
among Britain's schoolchildren, MPs, teachers, parents and 
employers are all stressing the vita! importance of being able to 
spell correctly. 

Yet most homes have what could be the ideal means of teaching 
spelling - the computer, 

Instead of zapping aliens it could be turned into the best weapon 
of all to deal a body blow to bad spelling. With the help of a 
brilliant new software package that not only makes practising 
spr ing painless but also loads of fun as well. 


FIVE ways to improve your spelling 


In Q Flasb: Read the word os it flashes on the screen, then type it in, 
For practice runs, the ward is left on the screen os rt is typed. 

Rocket: Hidden words have to be discovered in this hi-tech version of 
the old favourite Hangman if they are guessed comedy the rodref will 
bfas t-off. Foil and ofl that's feh is a faod of scrap 

Lunar Buggy: Type fast for fan. Ihe arm is Jo key in the word os ifs 
pulled across the screen by the boggy, it has to be completed before the 
fetters drop down a crater. 

All Mixed Up: Jumbled letters hove to be sorted out to find the 
scrambled word. To help beginners - ond anyone else who is stuck - 
dues con be obtained at the press of a key. 

Conveyor Belt Words pass by an the 
screen and have to be remembered, Then 
they must be typed in - spelt correctly. 

This is a challenging test of both spelling 
and memory. 

All the programs have several 
options lor extra flexibility - like 
a timer with on/off option to 
add that extra challenge. 



SPELL! is unique. It lets the user learn at his or her own pace 
They car lake as long as they like - or lake on the computer in s 
high-speed challenge! 

And this one package is ideal for everyone - with ihe lowest agt 
group suitable for under-5s, while the more advanced words wif 



• 5 DIFFERENT TESTS 

• OVER 5,000 WORDS 
O FORAGES S TO IS 


stretch even the most able students. 

It indudss five different teste, each making use of man 
than 5,000 words - so much variety that you'll never 


5PE1L 1 only costs £ 8.95 . It is now 
available an disc and tape for six of the 
most popular home computers and can 
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Expansion 


H ome computer technol- 
ogy has advanced In 
leaps and bounds since 
good old Uncle Clive Sinclair 
unleashed his ZX6D onto the UK 
computer scene back in 1979 
In the space of little more than 
twelve years, home computers 
have developed to such an extent 
that the computers we haw today 
bear only a passing resemblance 
to me computers of yesteryear. 

Just thinking about ft brings the 
memories flooding back. Back 
then, 16k was thought fo be a 
heck of a lot of memory - Indeed, I 
can remember a time when peo- 
ple used to doubt If you actually 
needed that much memory on 
a home computer I Then of 
course there was. colour - IT 
your computer could display 
more than the standard 
green on black, then It was 
looked upon as a p jetty 
advanced piece of kit* As 
for sound, the odd digital 
bleep was about as 
sophisticated as things 
got. 

Thankfully, those 
days are long gone. 

Now we're playing 
with a computer that 
has thousands of 
colours and the 
kind of sound 
capabilities 
Shat would have 
put a synthesiser to shame 
Just a few years back Even on the 
base machine. Jt offers almost ten 
times the amount of RAM available 
on the most famous 3-blt of them 
all. the evergreen Commodore 
CM. 

Despite ad this extra power, the 
Amiga es Still held back In Its basic 
incarnation, Fact is. a angle floppy 
disk and 512k of memory just isn't 
enough unless you're happy to 
play the odd gome (you'll even 
find that some games won't work 
under this very basic sped. 

Radical changes 

Th© key to getting the most from 
your Amigo Is to expand K - that Is. 
to odd extra bits and pieces that 
will increase your machined capo- 
biliues. you're probably already 
aware of such things as RAM 
expansions, external floppy drives 
and hard drives, but there's so 
much more to expansion than 
these fairly limited pieces of equip- 


ment There's a vast range of more 
obscure devices that you can plug 
Into your Amiga io push its power 
further than you'd previously ever 
thought possible * how does net 
working grab you? 

Then of course there's such 
things qs touch sensitive screens. 
24- bit graphics cards, light pens, 
tope streamers, video processors 
and a whale host of other won- 
drous devices. Never has a single 
computer off ered such a wide vari- 
ety of expansion possibilities! 

You 'If be surprised what a differ- 
ence a little bit of expansion 
hardware con 
make to 
youi system. 
Even If you 
add just a half 
meg RAM 
expansion and a 
second floppy, 
you'll find your 
Amiga to be a 
much faster and 
smoother computer 
to work with. 

When you start 
adding things like hard 
drives and processor 
accelerators, the defer- 
ence Is astounding! Even 
a fairly meagre amount of 
expansion will totatty trans- 
form your Amigo - Just ask 
anyone who has already 
token the plunge! 

In this and next month's 
Issue of Amiga Computing we are 
provic&ng you with what we think is 
the mast comprehensive guide to 
expanding your Amigo ever writ- 
ten. This isn't a buyer's guide, so 
don't expect to find details of 
every hard drive and every RAM 
expansion avaiable for the Amiga. 

Instead, we'll be highlighting the 
kind of options available fa you 
<and perhaps wel point you In the 
right direction when If comes to 
making the right buying decision) 
it's then up to you to find the 
appropriate equipment - a quick 
scan through the ads within Amiga 
Computing win usually be all that Is 
needed. 

Flexible friend 

Choosing what hardware to buy is 
entirely up to you. but there ore a 
couple of extra bits and pieces that 
q basic Amiga 500 te crying out for, 
so these ate a good place to start. 

If you play alof of games, then an 



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external floppy disk drive should be 
your first purchase - quite a few 
more recent games come on two, 
sometimes even three diskettes, sc 
you can save yourself a lot of the 
hassles. associated with constant 
diskswopping with on outlay of Irffle 
mare than £50. 

\f you use your Amiga seriously, 
then on extra drive will prove to be 
an absolute must, especially If 
you're a CU hacker. AmlgaDOS is 
totally transformed by the addition 
of qn extra drive - Indeed, it J s 
almost friendly! (OK, perhaps I 
shouldn’t go quite that for), 

Once you've strapped on an 
external drive, your next purchase 
should undoubtedly be a ram 
expansion. 

Most A50G users go for a half 
meg upgrade, bui rs worth gong 
for a larger board rust far the extra 
room It creates - you may rhink a 
megabyte sounds like a lot of 
memory, but you'd be surprised 
how quickly the Amiga will use It 


up I A half meg ram card can be 
picked up for as little as £35 these 
days, so there's no excuse for not 
taking the plunge. 

The vast majority af games don’t 
Feally need the extra ram, but 
more and more developers are 
producing games that do take 
advantage of expansion memory. 

This usually takes the form af a 
few extra sampled effects, better 
music and perhaps even a few 
extra game options. Some games 
actually require at least a 
megabyte to run {Dungeon Master, 
for example), and It seems certain 
that many more win be released in 
The future. 

Screen scene 

Once you've got these two basic 
add-ons, your Amiga w!H be a far 
more useable system, but that's no 
reason to stop there. A worthwhile 
upgrade for anyone who uses their 
Amigo for anything other than 
games is a 
colour monitor. 
Commodore's 
own 1034 pro- 
vides a pretty 
docent display, 
but it is rather 
expensive for 
what it has To 
offer. The Amiga 
boasts both ana- 
log and digital 
RGB output, so 
there's a very 
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just about any CO* out monitor can 
ba wired up {aWtiough It's best to 
get -a qualified electrician to do 
the neccessary wortO. 

Mousey matters 

The Amiga Is very heavily mouse- 
bosed. but that doesn't mean that 
you have to stick with the mouse 
supplied wtth your computer. There 
are □ fair number ot alternatives 
available that will da exactly the 
same job without the 
problems assocl 
ated with 
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rodent (clogging 
toners etc}. 

indeed, some are 
actually a much bet- 
ter bet than a mouse 
because they have been 
specifically designed with a 
particular application 
mind. 

One such application that 
has earned more than Us fair 
share of attention is that of Amiga 
graphics. As a result, Amiga artists 
are positively spoilt for choice 
when it comes to choosing an 
alternative input device, iy far the 
most popular is the touch tablet, 
which is basically a flat, 
pressure sensi- 
tive pad. 

Most touch 
tablets also come 
complete with some kind 
of pen or stylus, which is used to 
‘draw’ ante the pad. What's so 
great about these tablets Is that 
you can ptqce a piece of paper 
on tap of the pad and literally 
trace artwork directly Into your 
Amiga. 

Another alternative ls the Fight 
pen. which is a device which 
allows you to draw by pressing the 
pen directly against your monitor 
screen. 

This has the advantage of being 
closer to the conventional pen and 
paper than any other device, but 
they tend to be rather low resolu- 
tion. Whilst they’re great fat the 
kids, they'll far tram ideal If you're 
after high precision equipment. 

Another disadvantage of the 
mouse is the amount of free space 
that it requires on your desktop. A 
belter bet is perhaps the trackball, 
which is basically and upside-down 
mouse. Like the mouse, the tracker- 
bail uses □ roWerball but. unlike the 
mouse,- you move the ban directly 


with your fingers. Apart from the 
obvious benefits for gaming 
(Marble Madness Is great with a 
trac kef bail!}, these are ideal far 
mU 5 ic*ang use their Amigos live. 

Moving still further away from 
the mouse is the Touch Screen, o 
device which Is still very much In its 
infancy on the Amigo. You've 
probably seen them used an 'point 
of sales systems - Instead of hav- 
ing to click on gadgets with the 
mouse, you simply press your finger 
against the screen to select trig 
gadget your require. 

these are perhaps 
rather too specialist at the 
moment, but they'll 
prove to be on all- 
important weapon In 
the Amiga’s multi- 
media arsenal, 
Finally, a 
company ri the 
States nave just 
released a bar 
code reading system For 
the Amiga which allows you to 
assign different AmlgaDOS com- 
mands ro barcodes. 

You con create yaui own bar- 
codes using the bundled software 
and then dump them out onto 
paper. It's far from being 
an alternative 
to the 
mouse, 
but just think 
what a pose it would 
be to operate your Amiga in 
this fashion I 

Sound advice 

If you’re Interested in all things 
musical, then there's a heollhy 
selection of associated gadgets 
and widgets rhof will fuel your inter- 
est. First among these Is the sound 
sampler which will allow you to 
' digitise' a sound from Just about 
any audio source (CO players, 
walkmans etc) and then edit It on 
you* Amiga. 

At the moment, all Amiga sound 
samplers are 9-brt devices, but sev- 
eral companies have announced 
their Intention to produce studio* 
quality 1 6-blt samplers which will 
moke the Amiga a viable qFfema- 
tlve to dedicated samplers such as 
those produced by industry heavy- 
weights Akal and Roland. 

Samplers can be dk>t of fun. but 
they afeo have o serious use. If you 
enjoy Tinkering with, music pack- 
ages such as SoLnd Tracker, Deluxe 



Visual delights 

Whether you're into DTP, animation or just art tor art's sake, a video 
digitiser is a worth while investment, A video digitiser Is a great way of 
obtaining quality artwork without having to mess around with D Paint. 
Even far the more talented user? amongst you. a video digitiser will 
allow you to get the artwork you need- In □ fraction of the time it 
would take rf you tried knocking it up yourself. 

Amiga video digitisers basically come in two flavours - realtime 
colour and not &o realtime colour (sorry) With o realtime colour digi- 
tiser.. you can grab colour images directly from o composite video 
source. These are undoubtedly the Ideal choice, but you, can 
expect fa pay through the nose for such a device. 

A more affordable solution is a digitiser like Combo's ViDI Amiga 
Although it will grab images in realtime, they are mono only. If you 
wish to grab in cotou from a pre-recorded video source, you'll need 
to Invest In a RGB splitter, a clever little device that spirts a composite 
video signal into Its red. green and blue components. Unfortunately, 
the source tape has to be paused during digitising, which can cause 
problems if your pause facility produces anything short of a rock 
steady cfepiay. 

for grabbing in colour from a live' video source, cheaper digitis- 
ers use a system of red, green and blue coloured perspex fitters that 
must be held Inf rent of your video camera. D&gIView made this 
rather quirky method of digitising famous, but H can be a real pain in 
the butt unless you've gat a top quality mono video camera and 
goad lighting. 

Scanners are also a great way at obtaining artwork, Until quite 
recently, they tended to be mono oniy. but it's now possible fo pick 
up q full colour scanner for just £600 (the Sharp JX-100). this very 
clever device is used extensively on Amigo Computing to grab 
many at the images within these pages, so therms no greater rec- 
ommendation than that! 


faster unit. To make things really 
burn, most processor accelerators 
also provide space for a maths co- 
processor. a dedicated number- 
crunching chip that can outrun 
even the fastest processor. 

Mast processor accelerators are 
based around etther the Motorola 
6B020 or the ’030 processors with 
either the 6BB81 or 66BB2 maths co- 
processors, although some cheap- 
er processor accelerators use a 
rosier version of the standard 6BQ00 
(AdSpeed far example}. 

Installing a processor accelera- 
tor is only half the equation, how- 
ever. If you want to make the most 
or your new acquisition then it's 
worthwhile fitting your Amiga with 
high speed 32-bft ram. 

32-bit ram chips allow both the 
"Q2Q and '030 processors to run at 
full speed (both as true 32-bit pro- 
cessors}. Once again, you'll find 
that the vast majority of '030 and 
"030 cards provide space for at 
least 2 Mbytes of 32-bit RAM. 


NEXT MONTH: Modems, gen 
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Music or even Muslc-)C you can use 
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If you're lucky enough to own a 
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MIDI Interface. MO interfaces are 
very cheap I Hite devices, but they 
can totally transform yauf music 
setup. With the fight software, a 
MIDI interface will allow you to 
directly control a network at MIDI- 
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Speed freak 

The Amiga is far from being a 
slouch where raw processing 
speed Is concerned, but there are 
still times when things slow down to 
an almost unbearable rate 

You'll notice this especially rf you 
use your Amiga for heavily proces- 
sor intensive applications such as 
CAD, DTP and ray tracing, but most 
applications would also benefit 
From on extra spurt of speed 

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Memory loss 

i recently purchased an A5Q2 512Kb RAM 
expansion board at the 16-brt show in 
January It has a battery backed up clock 
and a .switch, but I cannot get nr to work. The 
extra memory seems noi to want tg be used. 
Can you heip? 

M Arthur, Leighton Buzzard 

Try booting with the switch in both positions, 
and if you si IN don't get the extra memory, 
give the board a good shove, 

H's often the cose that a new Amiga's trap- 
door Interface con be extremely stiff, and 
many people are nervous of applying too 
much brute force to their expansion boards. 
Make sure the board is pushed in os much as 
possible. 

It the Amiga persists in thinking it's a holt 
meg machine, return the board to the retailer 
or manufacturer for replacement. 

Tony revisited 

Vour response to Tony Williams, a Confused 
Upgraded in the March inter active Rescue 
column, stated that an Amiga 2000 hard disk 
always requires a small AmigaDQS partition to 
mount the Fast Fite SystemCFS). 

This is just not the case i suggest you run 
Fixdisk 1 .2 as supplied on your own coverdisk 
on g A2CG 1-40 and you will see the following 
info displayed 

M\ handler ; itSLdcmt [FF£] 

The confusion perhaps arises from the fact 
that Commodore’s original A9QQQ hard drive 
controller didn't auto-boot, requiring a floppy 
tg start the boat and then mount it. 

the Improved A2CTO/A. however. WILL 
auto-boot under Kickstart 1 .3. 

As both the A209G and A2Q9Q/A were avail- 
able before the Introduction of FFS, they 
required the Amiga tg boot into □ standard 
AmigaDQS file system partition before mounts 
ing q FFS partition. 

In response to the FFS. third party manufac- 
turers began to Introduce SCSI controllers 
which would auto-boot and auto-mount 
directly into a FFS partition 

These controllers did not require a standard 
AmigaDQS partition to be mounted first, and 
allowed aW disk space io be formatted under 
FFS. 

The A2091 does not require any mount! 1st 
entry or any details in the expansion drawer, 
as under Kickstorl 1.3 an Automount Hag >s 
stored On the first two cylinders of the hard 
disk. 

Gordon MacKinnon. Belfast 

ff'S a Fair cop! Yes, Our reply lo Tony's letter 
wasn't whof it should've been. You know how 
il is - Friday afternoon, dog s just died, gas bill 
pending, five oc six black coffees too many 
Sigh. 

AS for FixDisk. It has the annoying habit of 
identifying dll hard drives with the (FFS) label. I 
have a hard drive which Is entirety formatted 
In the standard AmigaDQS filing system, and 


FixDisk insists on colling it a FFS device. Bit of a 
bug there, methinks. 

Oh. and by the way - the problem wHh Ihe 
recoverable RAM drive and RAD: on machines 
with a Fatter Agnus and 1Mb of RAM is cured 
when you use the 1 Mb RAM patch option. 

Change Ihe SETPATCH In your startup- 
sequence to SETPATCFhr and RRD; should work 
as well OS before I'm Just off to Cleon the WC 
with this toothbrush the Ed just gave me.. 

Not an A590 fan? 

I would like to know of any hardware project 
which I could use to disable my A59D hard 
drive so that gny long sessions of gome paying 
the drive isn't octrve Naturally it would be 
handy If Ihe extra RAM was sflfl accessible. 

With the dnve connected the Amiga wen t 
power up if the drive transformer is switched 
off, so the only option is to unplug the drive- 
from the computer, thus adding wear and tear 
to the edge connector. 

The drive con be stopped from auto-boot- 
ing by use of the rear DIP switch, but i would 
like to have total silence. 

T N Wells, Ipswich 

On* way of silencing your A590 is 10 run it with 
the cover off, thus allowing you lo disconnect 
the fan while keeping the drive cool. 

With the cover off, you could also com- 
pletely disable the drive by disconnecting the 
ribbon cable between it and the mother- 
board. 

This might sound dangerous, but we've had 

II recommended os an option by someone 
whose A590 has seldom been used fully 


cosed, As you say elsewhere in Itie letter that 
your warranty has expired, you wouldn't be 
risking financial ruin by giving H a try 

You might like to try putting a plastic guard 
over the top of the open drive, leaving 
enough airway to cool it while stopping hands 
straying into it, 

I had a quick look at garden -style wir# 
mesh with thick plastic coating, which bends 
easily info o strong fireguard'. 

WHh this firmly glued to the A590, or hooked 
under Ihe base, your drive Is il anything safer 
than In its original piastre case - except lor Ihe 
dreaded coffee menace, of course. 

Another method of stopping an auto -boot 
while retaining ail the extra RAM is to buy a 
switchabie Kickstart 1.2/ 1,3 from Amiga Direct 
on 0fll~&91 6704. 

With Ihis you could start up in Kick start from 
which your drive won't aula- boot, and still 
have access to the extra 2Mb. You can 
always MOUNT the drive afterwards If you 
wanl tt or re-boot with Ihe Kickstart switched 
to 1.3 

A3000 inquiries 

Plrase give me some answers on me A3000 as 
extracting technical help tram Commodore 
seems to be all but impossible. Here goes.,, 

* Is It true that the Fast File System can be 
used an floppies under Workbench 2.0? 

* What do all the parameters for the CPU 
command da? 

* Kickstart 2.0 Is currently loaded inio Fast 
RAM, occupyingO.SMb, but will apparently be 
available on ROM at a iater date. With hicks 
like fast 32-bit RAM and ROM shadowing. 


Amiga Computing 101 


Loan Ranger y Desperate Dan 


would the TOM upgrade he faster or more effi- 
cient? 

* If Fast RAM Is expended to 4Mb, can the 
existing 1Mb shipped with the machine de 
moved across to Chip RAM? 

# What's the difference between DIP and ZIP 
chips, and what is Static Column Memory? 

*■ Con bfidgeboofds such as the A206B 
designed for the 62000 be fitted to the A3Q0Q? 

•Robin Harley, Shareham -by-Sea 

In answer to your questions ... 

• Yes. the Fast File System WILL work with flop- 
pies under Workbench 2.0, Ybm, yum. 

# The CPU command has parameters to con- 
trol the management of Ihe 63030’ s on-board 
data and memory caches, the enabling of 
burst mode, the copying of ROM based 
Kickstaits Into Fast RAM, end a check on the 
Floating Point Unit used. 

To list them all here would lake up too much 
space, so all I can do is recommend Mastering 
AmlgaDOS 2, by Bruce Smith and Mark Smlddy, 
which contains the besi guide to Workbench 
2.0 I've seen so far. The publisher, Bruce Smith 
Books, can be reached ot £0727/ 41243. 

• The best performance is gamed by copying 
Kick star! Into 32-bit memory, so you might as 
well stick to hard drtve-bosed Kick start, which 
also has the advantage ol being easier to 
upgrade. 

m Yes, you can move mat 1Mb over. 
m ZIP stands for ZlgZag inline Packet. DIP 
si ends far Dual inline Packet. Dip chips are the 
traditional style RAM chips with pins on either 
side- ZIP chips have all their pins on one edge 
□nd stand up vertically, thus saving space on 
the motherboard. 

tl you closely examine our plccies of the 
CSA Mego Midget Racer in last month's cover 
story you'll see lhal Ihe Mega Memory board 
on the right contains a row of ZIP chips looking 
rather like a row of dominoes (except they 
don't hove white spots and a row of dominoes 
couldn't store 2Mb RAM*. 

• As to the hridgeboards, theoretically yes, 
although the 5.25" drive would have to be 
mounted externally or replaced with an inter- 
nal 3.5" drive 

The A30QG has two AT -compatible bus slots 
and should be OK with a bridgeboard. though 
we havenT hied It ourselves. 

Drive glutton 

I have an A500 with A590 and extra 2Mb. A 
few months o^o l bought a Fujitsu 66Mb hard 
drive from Atthamero Systems and have had it 
installed In my A590 casing. It's a nice fast drive 
and has given ms no problems. 

However, my old A59D mechanism <s now 
not in use is It possible to connect this mtemal- 
ly/exiernaty to my A5G0? I am a glutton for disk 
space. 

Peter Colls, Walsall 

Glutton’s not the word! You mean you've filled 
up the 56Mb already? 

Seriously, though, you don't have too many 
options open. As far as I know, there are no 
Ihlfd party A590 cases available, so you might 


I bought my Amiga in mid December and 
have been delighted with tt. Unfortunately. I 
have been operating with a portable television 
until recently I was loaned a monitor. This is 
where my dilemma started. 

The monitor is o Commodore Ranger 15. seri- 
al number 716470. part number 5500-15. It has 
two Inputs, a V pin D-type connector labelled 
RGB llL, and □ 15-pm labelled RGB Analog. 

I wish to use the analog input, but have 
been unable to find anyone who can supply 
me with q ready made lead or give me the 
wiring details for one. I'm desperately in need 
□f some help. 

Daniel Bums, Thundersley 

The monitor In question Is a 15" mylhsync 
designed for use with a flicker fixer or A2320 
display enhancer card, and as such is not nor- 
mally connected to a standard Amiga video 
connector. 

A232Q cards cost aboul £257 these days and 
can be hod at this price from several ot our 
advertisers. Try Calco Software on 031-546 
7256. You should Find little trouble in finding a 

have to beg Commodore for one. The power 
supply is part number 312639 02 (25DV/74W), 
and you'd hove to use o similarly rated unit if 
you didn't buy Ihe CBM offering. With a power 
supply you might try rigging up a cosing of 
your own, but 1 wouldn't recommend It, 

The best third-party option is perhaps the 
A15GD unit With the A59D mounting kit and 
DUC board you can re -box your A50G and 
then mount your A590 infernally. 

If you think Ihe extra storage would be worth 
the prohibitive expense contact A 1500 Ltd on 
□71-637 2231 

Transplanting graphics 

I would like to put the Amiga's brilliant graphics 
on an Archimedes (A what? - Ed) to utilise 
laser and InkJet printers at school. 

I have been toi-d by my fT teacher that gl! I 
neod do is change a disk to PC format and out- 
put the IFF f Bes to that. The Archimedes, using □ 
PC emulator, will then be able to display them. 

However, according to the PC Format docs 
on the Extras 1 .2 disk, I need a 5.25" floppy 
drive which I do not have. Is there a 3.5" disk 
PC formatter available anywhere? 

Andrew Skerry, Salisbury 

tf you don't have o Commodore A 1020 5.25" 
floppy, you can us# a PDPC program such os 
Messy Dos. or go for something like CrossDos. 
which is a commercial product. 

Either will write fa the Amiga's own 3 5" 
drives as if they were PC drives, and will format 
3J" disks to PC format, which should b# use- 
able with an Archimedes running its own PC 
disk reading software. 

CrossDos- is available from several of our 
advertisers, including ARK on 0933 79496, and 
MeisyDos is available from all decent 
PDlibraries Just make sure your IT teacher has 


suitable off-the-shelf lead for tints Connection. 

LI you Insist on using the Ranger without a 
flicker flxet - and this i$ a waste of a multisync 
monitor - youTL hav# to make on# of your awn. 

Fortunately the Ranger 15“, unlike its 21" big 
brother, will sync all Ihe way down to the 
1 5.6k Hi video output frequency obtained from 
Ihe Amiga 23-pin video connector. Some 
multi-sync monitors will only output ol frequen- 
cies above 3QKHz. 

You'll find the pin-ouls For the Ranger's 15-pin 
socket on page IS of the monitor's manual, 
and the pln-outs for the Amiga video socket on 
page A-6 of the user's manual. 

As far as we con see th# pin connections 
from Amiga to monitor are 3 to 1,4 to 3, 5 to 5, 

1 1 to 13 AMD 14, 12 to 15- Then 16 Up to and 
including 20 should be Joined and go la 2. 4, 6, 
and 7 on the Ranger. 

Before you attempt this, ask yourself whether 
fTi worth wasting a multisync monitor on a non- 
interlaced standard Amiga oulpul 

If there's any hope of keeping the thing on a 
long term basis, nun out immediately and buy a 
flicker fixer! 

a utility which allows the Archimedes to read 
and convert Amiga IFF hies to a format if can 
display. 

Breakdown 

I am using an A5G0 with extra 512Kb memory 
and a Pace Unnet Intel II igont Modem. I am 
using Access software with the baud rate set 
at 300, parity at 0, dala length 0 bits, stop bits 
1 , and all other settings I have left at default 
(although I have experimented with different 
setting*). 

i am trying to access various bulletin boards 
whose numbers ! have obloined from your 
mag over the months. About 60% of the time i 
get NO CARRIER, but the other 40% I manage 
to get a connection. However, all I seem to get 
on screen Is garbage and seemingly randomly 
generated characters. 

It would be a great help if you could Itsf the 
settings I wlil need an Access. 

Ken WOOfflndln, Leeds. 

You ore using 3-N-l defaults - the most com- 
man - so sounds to m# as If you r# trying to 
access at th# wrong speed. If you connect to 
a BB at 1200 baud, and it tries to talk to you at 
2400 baud, you'll gel what appears to be a 
mixture of Greek ond Cyrfllc characters on (he 
screen. 

Try a bulletin board which supports the most 
settings, then ploy around wllh your baud rate 
until you get a clean connection. You might 
also keep on eye on our comms column - 
Eddie will be taking a close look at the first few 
difficult steps into comms. 


Our thanks to Jolyon Ralph. Alan Emerv. and 
Commodore Technicc* Sjopcvt ter their help with 
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MACHINE CODE 109 

It’s time for another trip down the chip shop 
with Margaret Stanger, This month assembler 
takes a leaf out of C's book. 


Does this man never sleep? Master of the 
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Jason Holborn peers through the 
viewfinder to find the kind of software 
you need to get started in DTV 





SIGNAL PROCESSING The AVP- 
MK3 boosts comprehensive RGB 
colour correction facilities which 
allow you to adjust the red, 
green and blue content or the 
incoming video signal simultane- 
ously. 

You can also adjust the bright’ 


also fully iup ports overecanrur 
which Is Jill-important for video 

■work 

ACTing up again! 

I* you rhought VE-1 Video 
Enhancer from ACT Electronics' 
{0637 03 ill 9) was something pret- 
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more), then you're in for a pieosar - 
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feature packed audio /video 
effects processor which offens unri- 
valled video processing power for 
Just £350 

Catchiiy named the AVP-MK3. 
ihe unit was ocfuatly designed with 
Camcorder owners in mind. 
However, as ACT like to point out, 
it'll prove to be just as useful to 
Amiga video enthusiasts. Here s 
■what it has to offer; 


COMP ATI eiLITY Whether you're 
using two home VHS recorders or 
the latest HI0 decks, the AVP-MK3 is 
built with rhe Mure In mrnd. It is fully 
compatible with VH3, VHSC, Bmrr 
BETA, U-MATIC, S-VHS, ^VHSC and 
HiS. 

If you're using S-VHS, S-VK5C gr 
HIS, the AVP-MK3 allows you to 
take full advantage of the high 
definition settings, then edit on to a 
standard VCR. therefore allowing 
for ihe highest possible results from 
your video setup. As a result, 
there's no need to suffer loss of pic- 
ture quality Just because your desti- 
nation deck isn't of the same 
format as your source. 

A buttMn Composite + Y/C 1o 
RGB Converter allows you to 
obtain the maximum performance 
from high resolution video formats 
without having to fork out for a 5- 
campatlble TV set simply by chan- 
neling the output into any 
RGB-compatible TV set. According 
to ACT, most modern TV sets now 
offer this feature. 






spending a few pounds more on q 
unit which will almost certainly pro- 
duce higher quality results. Worth 
checking out is Ihe Rendale 0002 
which offers near broadcast quality 
for around £260. 


THE SOFTWARE Once again, the 
software you choose depends 
entirely upon your particular needs. 
If you Just want to add titles to your 
home videos of granny at the 
beach, ail you: need Is a titling 
package, 

A good one Is the Big 
Alternative Scroller, which Is avail- 
able from Alternative Imoge on 
0533 4 j 1C041 , For just £50 you get 20 
high resolution fonts which can be 
smoothly scrolled about the 
screen, it's not in the same league 
as the likes of Broadcast Titter 2. but 
then It is considerably cheaper! 

If I had to choose Just two pack- 
ages for my desktop video work 
they would undoubtedly have to 
be EA's Deluxe Paint 3 and Duma's 
TV Text Professional. 

TV Text allows you to produce 
stunning titles from standard Amiga 
bitmapped fonts, while DPalnt Is 
great for producing logos and 
other artwork. 

Not Only that, but |ft& powerful 
animation faculties allow you to 
produce all manner of flash effects 
including spinning logos ond the 
like OPoint 


I 1 've had quite a few readers 
contact me after reading the 
cover feature on Desktop 
Video In the January issue of 
Amiga Computing 

Although the article discussed 
most of the options for getting into 
desktop video, quite a few of you 
still seemed unsure about the kind 
of software ond hardware to go 
for. 

To help you sort rt all out, here's 
o quick run down of what I consid- 
er to be the minimum require- 
ments. 


WE GEN LOCK With so many now 
available choosing a genlock Is 
probably the most difficult buying 
decision you're likely to encounter, 

Which you pick depends enifrely 
upon the video formats you hove 
at you* disposal. If you have noth- 
ing more than o couple of stan- 
dard vhs decks there's little point 
in paying out for a S*VHS compati- 
ble genlock unless you Intend 
upgrading your decks at a future 
date 

Slmllorfy, if you have access to 
higher resolution video devices, o 
standard composite genlock will 
not take advantage of ihe higher 
picture qualify these decks deliver. 

The cheapest genlock available 
is MlnIGen from ASAP, but i 
wouldn't really recommend It to 
anyone unless they are completely 
poverty stricken. If you can afford 
It. it's well worth 


ness, contrast and colour satura- 
tion tg rhe levels that you require. 
To help you achieve the optimum 
settings, the AVP has a video level 
Indicator which changes colour 
when rhese settings are achieved. 

Obviously you' re not restricted 
tc these settings, but they provide 
0 useful method of achieving the 
best possible results with o minimal 
amount of knob-twiddling. 

Extra controls Include Lumi- 
nance and Chrominance inversion 
Switches which produce a sort of 
photographic negative image 
effect. Alternatively, these settings 
could be used to allow real photo- 
graphic negatives to be recorded 
to video tape In their true colours. 

Just like their VE- 1 enhancer, the 
AVP features sync pulse restoration 
hardware which helps to reduce 
The loss of quality associated with 
video signals. 

WIPES AMD FADES The AVP-MK3 
employs ACT's own custom IWEC 
technology which allows you to 
continuously vary the edge effect 
on any chosen wipe pattern, giv- 
ing infinite control over the range 
of effects available 

ACT have built In 30 base wipe 
patterns which are controlled from 
the front panel using the unit’s 
select switches. You can access 
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tical or diagonal wipes and even 
modify the supplied wipes using 
me AVP' s IWEC controls. 

AUDIO MIXING The audio section 
of the AVP-MK3 offers □ compre- 
hensive range of controls which 
allow you to work on the audio 
side or your video productions. Its 
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of a microphone level control and 
two line level controls for mixing 
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your existing video sound track. 

Both bass ond treble can be 
altered, and an extra headphone 
socket cMaws you to monitor your 
audio mix during the editing pro- 
cess. 

A visual display of the sound out- 
put levels ore provided via twin LED 
VU meters, and a master audio 
fader allows you io adjust the vol- 
ume of the mixed audio signal. 


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With a little effort, Assembler programmers 
can benefit from useful files used by the 
C Brigade - Margaret Stanger tells you how 


T he story so far: 

Lucky C programmers use 
the Amiga Include' files 
to interpret the system do+a struc- 
tures. It may not be generally 
known thar these goodies are also 
ova liable to Assem bler program- 
mers offer only o very little extra 
hassle. 

Mow read on 


and the option T was used durtig 
the assembly, 

as .1 -fAtuibUr_HeAder$r den? 
btint dua. d Ec drift Library 
H libf a^i^a r lib M 


Up and running 

The easiest way fa open a screen te 
to use the Intuition Library routine 
OpenScreen, with a pointer lo a 
Me wScreen structure (shall) which 
contains some ot the values and 
pointers for the screen. 


iovf.l intuiliftnlMtijjG 
j if _L¥flU prrS c run tub ) «ayi i . t 

dOpCustoistrfen 
be-Q abort 


I used the same Hew Window 
structure for each of the three wln- 
dows.and changed the details 
slightly once I had the address of 
each Windowstructure. 


Lta Th#NptHndPV,aU iotc.1 

dO,na_Scrtfn(aD) 

jtr ^L'i'CDprnii’indOilaA) itnA 

dOjfhinrindeu 

beq ifaert 


The system flogs are set for most 
of the system gadgets, and Intu- 
ition takes care of their activities. 

The \DC MP CLOSEW1NDOW flag 
Is deactivated on the second 
Imaginatively named window,, the 
title is changed and the window is 
slowty moved down. 

The third window Is opened, 
modified and moved in a similar 


Window on the 
world 


a;$!gn INCLUDE: 

Lati Sc e JJ *(L5:A uti b L *r_H ride r t 




In theory 


Before a Window is opened o 
parameter block - or struc- 
ture - named Hew 
Window Is created for 
It and stashed 
away In mem- 
ory* 

The 
variables 
In a struc- 
ture are 
always in a 
standard order, the offset of the 
Block Pen (say) from the bass 
Window address Is always the 
same: 

STRUCTURED) HtwNindOirJ 

M&HD ny_Lt i t E 

WARD flu Tflpldg? 

m\> flbjldth 

VC-RD flvjEight 

BYTE nyjFUfLPtR 

irtE ni,0tfl(fcPefl 

ULCHS ny_l b:PPFUgs 
L&RG r !¥_?lics 
*PTR iiwJiritGlllflftt 
APIR n^Chfiillirii 
APTB 

APT R fl*_Ser*an 
APT R najHlHip 
vm nirjinkidti 
WORD rmJlinHciflfct 

VO R D nu NjiUidil 
VORD nirJiiHElflt 
km nyjyp 
LABEL nu SUE 


There Is a disc tile available 
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flags used. 

This file. Intuition /intuition. L can 
be included in the source code by 
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the code. There is o small fse called 
exec/types. I that Is Included first to 
interpret the structures In the other 
include files. It tells us that a BYTE 
Increases the offset by one byte, 
and a WQflD by two bytes and so 


INCLUDE "e iic/npM.r 
INCLUDE ri fntuitiQR/ifltLMliftn.r 


That would have been too easy. 


In practice 

Unfortunately my assembler used 


Screen or HewScreen structures as I 
was not referring to any of the 
structure members I did need the 
data itself* with the correct values 
to open the screen. 

Thatey Screen* 

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I needed the data for the 
NewWsndow. and the data struc- 
tures for window and NeWWIndow. 
For the computer to interpret these 
I had to explain the flogs to It 


added to the poitv 


The structure member 
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I hate capital letters 
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on an A5QQ dd not have enough- 
workspace for the necessary 
Include/lntuitlon fits, so I picked out 
the Structures and Hags I needed 
and added them to the source 
cade. 

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the computer could moke sense of 
the reference fa MP_5IGBIT In the 
Window’s UserPort 

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CUST ONSCREEN #p SD30F 


Any structures or flags could be 
defined In the source code or in 
header flies as long as space per- 
mits. There is room for creaftvltvl 
The Include files directory was 


way. These windows can ail be 
dragged, steed and mode active. 
The program only exits when the 
first window Is closed with Its close 
gadget. 

The program uses a few of the 
routines from the intuition library, 
but many more ore available. 

in the CODECUNSC cfirectary of 
the March Amigo Comuting sup- 
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This month Jason Holborn puts 
Oigigram's flagship sequencer, 
Studio 24, through its paces 


I n the space of little more than 
a year and a half the Amiga 
sequencer marker has virtually 
exploded, wtth no fewer than 15 
different systems now generally 
avgllable 

Looking at products like Musie-X 
and Master Tracks, it seems almost 
inconceivable that the Amiga was 
once considered as something of 
a musical dodo. 

Joining the ranks of such fine 
products as Music-X is Studio 24. a 
MIDI sequencing system from 
French music software publishing 
company Digigram. 

They have been In the PI i for a 
number of years now, but their 
wares have been previously 
unavailable to we UK musos. But 
now. in the spirit of 1992 and all 
that jazz, UK distribution has been 
picked up by GFA Data Media, a 
company probatory belter known 
to Amiga users far Its superb 
programming system GFA BASIC 
As reported previously In AC. 
GFA have taken, on the distribution 
of a number of Digigram music 
products- These include Track 24e 
and Studio 24 - both of which are 
sequencers - Big Band and a pow- 
erful music scoring package calted 
PraScore. 

Big Band and ProScore were 
unavailable at the time of going to 
press, but you con expect □ full 
review very soon. 

As the name suggests, Siudro 24 
Is a 24 track sequencer. It arrives In 
a vocumn-moulded plastic case 
With a Single program disk, manual 
and a selection of quick reference 
cards. 

These unique cards alow you to 



Editing Is particularly nice , QHfiough sotnewhaf ■nfl*jiibfc I 


look up many of the program's 
major features without the hassle of 
flicking through g manual, which Is 
certainty a good idea. 

Key disk protection 

Unlike most sequencers these days. 
Studio 24 is copy protected. In true 
Dr.T fashion, this takes the form at a 
key disk system which requires the 
original program disk fa be inserted 
every rime (he program Is loaded, 
even If you Install it an a hard disk! I 
think such a system Is a real palm 
but there you have It, 

Once loaded, youl be greeted 
by the first of Studio 24$ two 
screens. It contains the now familiar 
rape transport controls that run as 
a strip of gadgets along the bot- 
tom of the screen . 

these are pretty bog standard - 
Play. Record, Fast Forward, Rewind 
and so on, but surprisingly there Is 
no Pause button , which Is a strange 
omission, 

Above are the track controls 


ihrr s-rrer® completely from 
side of it|e screen to the other, 
taco tra k has Its own set of three 
gadgets which are used to eifri^r 
mute s-.4o - which effectively 
mutes ai other frocks - or selec it 
sorrccci jng, 

You ■\ on pick any one of the iir • 
22 tracks for normal recording, but 
tracks 2 end 24 have their own 
special functions. Studio 24 culls 
track 23 its Chard Track whlchj as 
the suggests, is set aide 

specified ty for chords, 

When you record chords on to 
ihis track | Studio 24 will recogn :;e 
and display them complete with 
’tie if correct name - C Sharp Ma or 
or whatever. If you're not too hot 
with cho ■dj, the chord track also 
allows you to enter them with a sin- 
gle mouse, elck. 

Track 24 Is a Melody Track which 
can contain only monophonic 
sequences-. I con p t see any real 
point In having It when any one of 
the first 22 ccutel da the job equaly 
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are pretty standard, but one fea- 
ture that fs worth mentioning Is 
sequence editing. 5tudjo 24 lb#s a 
scare-based editor which displays 
your sequences m the traditional 
form of minims, crotchets and qua- 
vers. 

You can octet existing sequences 
by moving back and forth through 
the sequence usng the cursor keys. 
You can add notes, delete them, 
change the pitch and duration or 
a selected note and even tie 
notes. 


Ai you con «e, Sfudto 2 * hen a wy GlM-Mke look 


Sounds great so far, but for one 


major problem - Studio 24 will only 
allow you to edit a monophonic 
line of notes, not chords. If your 
sequence contains chords, the 
extra notes that make them up are 
split Into their own Individual sub- 
tracks, or voices as Studio 24 calls 
them Far from perfect. I'm sure 
yOu p l agree 

Song editing is even worse. Most 
sequencers now use some form of 
graphical arrangement system, but 
you'll find no such luxuries within 
Studio 24. No dree. instead It uses a 
rather naff nan-graphical system 
which Is not only difficult to use, bur 
also rather Inflexible. As a result, 
you may well wont to stick to the 
conventional linear method of 
song composition. 

Notably missing from Studio 24 is 
support far internal Amiga samples. 
As we ail know., the Amiga can 
produce some pretty stonking 
sounds itself, so it J s not exactly 
unreasonable to expect your 
sequencer to support them. As it is, 
you're restricted In your music mak- 
ing to those sounds that can be 
produced py your MIDI setup. 

Sound investment? 

Studio 24 definitely shows promise, 
but It unfortunately fails to deliver 
the kind of sequencing power and 
ease of use you'd expect from a 
product at this price. 

It's gat a few nice features - 
editing and Its unique chord track 
Spring to mind - but in the end It 
cannot hope to compete against 
such industry hard hitters as Music-X 
and Master Tracks Pro. 

If Digigram sold Studio 24 at 
something like £50 I could see it 
doing well. Unfortunately, there are 
just too many other sequencing 
systems around that are both 
cheaper and for more powerful. As 
it Is, Studio 24 is overpriced and 
underpowered. 


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Hanging on to his sanity by a 
thread, ourcomms guru Fast Eddie 
hears echoes down the line 


S peak to anyone who has 
tried comma and not taken 
to It. and they will tell you II 
is expensive, time consuming and 
boring, 

They are right about the 
expense, but there Is a certain 
addictive attraction to the comms 
habit. 

Most people's first encounter 
with communications tends to be 
withdrawing money from the local 
cash dispenser f q\jbs& we nave all 
stood In the rain, waiting for the 
bank's head office computer to 
finish calculating the IQ of 1 ,C00 PE 
teachers, before gleefully advising 
us- that we can't have any money 
because or a 'Technical Fault* 

Do not despair! Vou could well 
find that directly connecting your 
Amiga to the telephone network is 
a much more efficient way to 
empty your bank account 

Message bases 

So what is an offer? By and large, 
the most common services around 
the world are bulletin boards. These 
are computers set up specifically 
for other computers to call and 
exchange Infbr motion. 

Common topics to be found 
online are confirm, programming, 
scl-fL television, motoring, religion 
and 'adult material'. I can't elabo- 
rate on the latter, otherwise AC 
would be on the top shelf next to 
Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, but 
you can use your imagination. 

The information online is gener- 
ally split Into two categories - mes- 
sage bases and file areas. 

A message base Is. in Simple 
terms, a series of comments input 
by users Of the board related to a 
particular topic. For example a 
base called Red Dwarf would be 
the Ideal place to muse over how 
much you preferred holly when she 
was a man. or how badly treated 
poor old Kryten is. 

Depending on how advanced 
the BBs software is, message bases 
can be anything from a simple 
series of sequential messages to a 
complex web of sub-threads which 
can be read or skipped at will. 

It is possible to browse message 


bases by following menu options 
on screen. Input or messages is usu- 
al V via a simple text editor buitr into 
the board, 

There are two different type* of 
message bases on larger boards; 
local ones and the net variety. The 
trendy term for a message base e 
echo, so if yog read someone talk- 
ing about an Amiga echo they 
mean a message area, not some 
acoustic phenomenon or o local 
newspaper serving the elderly 
inhabitants of quaint seaside town 
Amiga^on-Seornaas. 

Lacal messages are exclusive to 
the board you ore logged on to, 
whereas net echoes go all over the 
world. So if you proclaim your love 
for Lister In a net echo, the comms 
global village win be asking "What 
the heck is Red Dwarf V In no 
time. 

Net echoes are transmitted 


sages, Better equipped boards 
often chef ‘the ability to comtStess 
unread messages into a single 
fcr you j q download before 

air-gaif ’ 

Using special offline reader 
wore, it is possible to decompre 
read and reply to messages. Aher 
keying in replies, tho offline reoctef 
software Compresses them Into a 
packet for uploading fhe next time 
you logon. i_ 

When the board receives the 
packet x rom you If unarchives alJ 
your prepared messages and posts 
them to ‘he relevant people and 
echoes. T hte type of message reed- 
ing is known as blinking, rt moke® a 
great dept of sense, saving you 
phone time and allowing other 
callers to gef an to the board. 

File Ar-xjs om libraries of com- 
parer programs stared on fhe BBs 
for its caller® to download and lun I 




motto with BBs is most certainly 
"give and take". 

It s oil very well to phone a few 
bulletin boards, read the messages 
end download any files you fancy, 
but sooner or later you will be 
expected to contribute. Not finan- 
cially. but with a little time and 
effort. 

Message bases aren't really 
much goad without messages, so it 
is up fo the board's callers to fill 
them up. Similarly, File areas are 
pretty pointless If they are devoid 
of files. For this reason most boards 
insist that you upload a file for 
every few you download. 

After sampling a few boards. It is 
more than likely that you wll con- 
sider starting one yourself. I have to 
be honest and admit that I am by 
ond large unimpressed with the 
standard of most non-commercial 
BBS funning In the UK. 

The file areas tend to consist of a 
selection of dog-eared PD and 
shareware programs, while the 
message bases are more often 
than not just a total waste of time. 


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worldwide via an elaborate series 
of telephone cafe. Each night while 
the world sleeps, automatic “ net- 
ware J Is busy collecting and for- 
warding messages to each board 
in the network. Indeed seme of the 
Inter net handshaking Is positively 
masonic at times. 

Netmaif is an exciting concept, 
allowing communication with peo- 
ple all aver the world for the cost of 
a local col. fr ! s not In real time, but 
Is still much faster than writing, 
referred to as snail mail by those 
with a passion for Jargon. 

An Interesting point to remem- 
ber ta that you don't always have 
to be logged on fa □ board in 
order to read and reply to mes- 


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Again, fhese programs can be 
about anything and everything. 

Files are downloaded using pro- 
tocols. These ate universal transfer 
standards designed to allow reli- 
able exchange of data between 
two points. 

A wide choice of protocols are 
available. By far the most common 
these days are Xmodem and 
Zrnodem. The newer Ihe protocol, 
the faster your data transfer will be. 

The main thing to remember 
about protocols is that they have 
to march at each end of the Ink. It 
is no good attempting ta initiate a 
file transfer it your comms software, 
or the board, doesn't support the 
protocol you are trying to use. The 


Smaller boards 

There ore exceptions, of course. A 
good large scale setup is london- 
based 01 For Amiga. Tony Miller Is 
the dedicated sysop of this excel- 
lent muHHine service. That evasive 
beast the Amiga 3000 Is at the care 
running Dialog BBS software. 

You can have a taste by calling 
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Smaller, single line boards 
shouldn't be overlooked either, as 
they form fhe backbone of the BBS 
community around the world. If 
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run, friendly board then gilve Steve 
Brazil's Speed 80S a ring on 0734 
475649 O/N/l) Steve is running 
Speed on a PC with Wildcatl BBS 
software. 

With the possible exception of 
Dialog, which I have not hod a 
chance to use from ihe sysop side, 
most Amiga BBS host software Is 
dreadful That may seem o sweep- 
ing generalisation, hut I have yet ta 
see any package which offers the 
level Of sophistication and ease of 
use presented by Wildcat! 


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NTSC machines 'cos they work 
faster. That is simplifying things a 
little, but the principle is sound, 

If you are lucky enough to own 
a Flicker Fixer or an A3QQQ the 
Amiga could de-interlace the 
screens and pass them to the mon- 
itor in one go 

Unfortunately you need a very 
expensive multisync monitor to 
cope with those sorts of speeds, so 
you can se® that interfacing is a brt 
of a compromise between resolu- 
tion and quality (and migraines). 

OK. to see what difference there 
Is tg our display when competed to 
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T he the CDTV version of Fun 
School 3 (Under Ss only) Is 
now complete and should 
be available by the time you read 
this. 

I wrote it In AMOS, so If any of 
you are lucky enough to pick up 
one of the little beastles you can 
see just how versatile this language 
really is. 

After all. If people ore using It to 
wrfte multi-media applications now 
what will they be doing in another 
six months'* 

While on the subject of educa- 
tional software, Gary Symons, who 
wrote the AMOS assembler, is cur- 
rently working on □ secret project 
tor Mandarin. 

I don't know exactly what If win 
turn out like, but the ST version Is 
pretty good and could re-define 
the standards for learning tools on 
all micros. 

I would have laved to being you 
a preview of the compiler this 
month, unfortunately Francois 
Lionet is adding some extra fea- 
tures so you will have to wait until 
next time. 

I hove been speaking to 
Frangofes and ne says that when 
programs are compiled th®y will 
retain all of the miJIi-tasking capa- 
bilities of AMOS. Sounds great, 
huh? 

Lastly on the news front, TOME 
(the TOtql Map EdrtqO is now com- 
plete. The final package will be 
available from midHVlarch. and the 


manual has been written by me, so 
ft must be goodi 

Seriously though, it is an exceF 
lent product and deserves the sup- 
port of all programmers, not just 
AMDS ones. You can find out more 
about TOME by writing to the 
A MOB club (the address came 
with AMOS). 

Now on with the programming 
In the last issue we looked at flip- 
ping BQBs. I hope you all saw and 
understood what I was going on 
about cos I'm gonna start off this 
column with examples of flipping 
SPRITES. 

First we must load □ SPRITE bank 
from the AMOS extras disk. SO stick 
H in the drive and press escape to 
go to direct mode. 

Load: 

" m 5 J IT B! U 3 p f [ U J0O n PiC E ( sn [ Pi . IB 

OK. now let s clear the screen 
and do some SPRITES. Flash off : 

Curs Off : Clr 0 G«it Sprite Pilatti 

Sprit* 1,200,1)0,1 

There are two ways to flip this 
image. The first is quite compftcat- 
ed and involves using BOBs, so I 
think we win skip that for ihe time 
being. 

The second method is to flip the 
Image inside the bank using the 
Paste Bob command. 

To da this we must use the 
Hrev/Vrev In the same way as we 


saw ias r month, only we will Po- 
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Simple, Isn't it? And now we 
have a reversed image which we 
can move around if we wanted to, 
and there Is no need to touch the 
Paste Bob command ever again 
(well not unless you wanted to flip 
It once again) 

Anyway, that's the SPRITES over 
and done with. 

Now how about taking a look 
at the very latest version of AMOS 
1 .23 specially Interlaced mode. 

Fgr those of you who don't know 
too many technical details about 
ihe Amiga interlacing e a methoa 
of doubling the amount of Infonr.a 
lion which can be displayed verti- 
CCrity on the screen. 

There is a limit to the amount of 
Information which can be shown 
on a normal monitor because they 
are octuafy too slow! 

So to double the amount of stuff 
that can be shown the Amiga 
takes a single screen and passes 
me information to the monitor In 
two sweeps, each encompassing 
every other line. 

Bo for the first sweep lines L 3, 5, 
7, ?, 10. 11, 13 etc. are shown, fol- 
ia wed by lines 2, 4. 6, i, 10. 12. This 
Is the reason you get a flicker when 
In Interlaced mode - incidentally 
the flicker ts almost non-existent on 


Right, now that we hove a nor- 
mal sized default screen let's conv 
pare it to an interlaced one: 

Scretn optn 0,320, 200, lft, UcedUiHrr* 
CvWUT]NG l! 

You wil see that I hove changed 
the last parameter to 
Laced+Lowres. which tells AMOS 
that we want a lowres Interfaced 
screen. You will also notice that tho 
same number of vertical lines as 
the first screen are being displayed 
in half the space. Also check the 
flicker. 

Now one problem with this 
mode is that when you set up a sin- 
gle- Interlaced screen all other 
screens which you may be display- 
ing are automatically 'switched' 
Into interlaced mode These are 
not true Interlaced screens - they 
just flicker for the hell of It! 

You can display same excellent 
qualify pictures In this mode, so do 
make use of rt. But don't even think 
about doing a game in interlaced. 
It's just too slow. 

Something which you might like 
to dwell an Is that perhaps In the 
future Francois Lionet will include o 
facility to use some of the new 
screen modes thought l|j by com- 
parues such as Newtek, the people 
who moke the fdbo digrtisors. 

• Anyway that's It for this time. 
Next month it's the Com pffer - i 
promise! 


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Beam up with Margaret 
Stanger and take a 
viewport into C 


L ost month Cade Clinic con- 
tained software to produce 
Intuition windows and 
screens, but it \$ possible to create 
□ display Lsing some routines from 
the graphics library known as 
graphics primitives. 

This system gives you more 
freedom, more control, and a 
little more hossie.lt 
would be passible 
to w rile wbple 
book* or- i',«- sub- 
ject of how the dis- H 
play system works, 
so I have tried to summarise it 
as best I can. You will find all 
the bits l missed out in the ROM 
Kernal Manual- Libraries and 
Devices. 

The Amiga coprocessor - or 
copper - produces rfs video dis- 
plays on TV screens or monl- 
tors using roster display 

■ techniques 'he pic 

" - j r -i* consists ct a 
s^nes o' b ^oniui 

9 lines stacked on tor - 

of each other. 

Changes can be made 
to the display when the 
beam is going from left to right as it 
is fumed off on the flyback. When 
the beam reaches the bottom 
right hand corner of the screen ft 
tries back to the top left hand cor- 
net. 

In □ multitasking environment 
each program can have direct 
control over the copper and ther- 
fore over the whole display or 
View. 

the View can be divided Into 
one or more viewports, each of 
which Is the equivalent of on 
Intuition screen. Each viewport has 
its awn display resolutions, colours 
and special features. Unlike 
intuition screens they can all be diS 1 
ployed at once. 

Because of hardware limitations, 
segments of differing deploy 
modes are confined to horizontal 
stripes that extend across the com- 
plete width of the screen. Each 
viewport completes a horizontal 
segment, and they are separated 
from each other by at least one 
blank line. 

Images are created by drawing 
Into a computer memory area so 



that the system can retrieve rhe 
data for the display .The system 
software allows you to define linear 
memory as rectangular regions, 
copied bltpianes 

it is necessary to tell the system 
the dimensions and loca- 
tion of these bltp lanes- 
This Is □ pain but there Is 
the advan- 
tage of keep- 
ing several 
displays In 
memory at the 
same time. 

The colour of each pixel 
Is rotated to the value of 
one or more data bits In 
memory. To create multicoloured 
Images, the system must be told 
how many bit are required per 
pixel. 

In my first VlewporKbiue), I have 
used eight colours and three bit- 
planes. and the system retrieves 
gne data bft from each bltplane. 

For each pixel data bits In the 
same horizontal and vertical posi- 
tion are combined by the system 
to create a binary value which 
determines the display color for 
that pixel. 

The system uses a structure 
called a bitmap which con- 
tains the height, width and 
depth of the bltpianes and 
where they ore In 
memory. 

The display Is 
created from a set 
of instructions in 
the view structure, 


wh*ch 15 -lifiolised using the co- 
rr u'iJ In “View, and linked tg jjhe 

* VA viT-w: art. 

Each icwport Is inltaSlsed Ji'h 
default vc Les. and Its own 
elersare added later: 

zuch Viewport needs n 
ftosinfo fructure con- 
' : : : pointer to the 

t\ " rn ■" : j." vJth the bit- 
p:anc "cormatlon. If 
i "iv vewijort has dual ploy- 


fields the 
a pointer 
which hg j 
bitmap. 


RaslhTo contains 
la the netf RasJnfa 
a pointer to the seoor i 


viewport 


position c 




area. The Rastnfo sti 


lire has Ihe offsets for the retath 


the display to rhe ■ 



Height 

Width 

Next 

Modes: 


how many video lines 

■320 pixels in low res, 640 In high res. 

pointer to the next Viewport 


DUALPF for two separately controlled ployfields 

PFBA the second playflefcJ takes, precedence 

HIRES more precise horizontally (£40 ptoefe) 

PACT Interfaced display mode HAM hold and 

moeffy colours 
SPRITES hardware sprites 

VP-H/DE obscures the viewport 

CdofMap has a pointer to the colour fable of up to 32 colours. Three 
bltpianes would use colour registers 0-7, five bitplanes reg- 
isters 0-31. Dual ployfields of three bltpianes each would 
use registers O? for the ins\ playfleld and SMS for the sec- 
ond. 

Rasl nfo pointer to the Raslnfo structure 


The picture in memory con I be 
r ■ in the screen image 
emoting j bitmap larger than 


ple^e Oifture, In this example ti ■■ 
brplanes are the some size as ft e 
viewports and the offsets are zero 
Left to Itself the system will lise 
default colours. There Is a con-; 
mand GetColorMap which Will 
allocate space for a colour map 
Ond return □ pointer to it. 

The eolourmap has a pointer to 
the cctaJmap's cclourtcbie, ard 
the dosi red colours can be copied 
■ -to this data structure. 

Each bitmap Is intfallaod 
using In If Bit Map with, ftie 
required 
width, heigh r 
and depth as 
inputs. The com- 
mand Alloc - 
Raster Is used to 


allocate each bitplano and the 
returned pointers are linked to the 
bitmap. 

Now that oil the data structures 
are complete the command 
MakeVPort asks the system to 
make a set of display instruc- 
m Hons - Of copper list - 
from the structures In 
the Viewport. This has to 
be done for eoch 
Viewport. 

The command MngCop 
merges these copper lists into a 
single instruction list. LoodVIew 
turns on direct memory access 
(DMA) and the display will be 
shown on the screen. Any Nicker 
can be reduced by waiting for the 
beam to reach the top of the 
frame, 

Each area can hove its own set 
of drawing instructions, or RostPort 
structure. InttRastPort put® in default 
values and when the RastPart has 
been linked to Its bitmap it is possi- 
ble to use the Graphics Library 
drawing commands. 

The listed program first saves the 
address of the old view using ih# 
gb-ActlV|ew offset from the graph- 
icsbase. The view is vitalised and 
three viewports produced. 

The first viewport Is 48 lines high 
with eight blue colours and three 
bltpianes. The second Is 100 lines 
high with dual red and grey play- 
fields. The third viewport is 48 lines 
high with 32 green colours and 5 
bltpianes. 

The drawing routines have been 
used to produce a series of rectan- 
gles on the screen. In the second 
viewport the grey playfleld Is domi- 
nant except for transparent areas 
of colour zero. 

There is a short delay before the 
first eight colours Of eoch viewport 
are cycled, and another delay 
before the program releases the 
allocated memory, replaces the 
old View, and exits. 

The support disc includes the 
source and object code for this 
program and a list of documented 
routines from the graphics library. 


• NEXT MONTH: Scroll routines 
made routine. 


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two. 

You don’t need a licence to set up o PD 
library 1 , lust a lot of time and energy to do It 
properly. 

We fold our games reviewers that they 
could hove Hieir joysticks back ft they started 
putting scores on again - seems to do (he trick. 

Free for all 

1 think that free software should be free. 
Everyone talks about wonderful PD software 
saying that it's free, but everywhere you look 
someone is selling it for around £3 a dfck. 

I think this is very wrong. To change this, 
myself and a few Triencfc have decided to fun 
a public domain club which will supply PD for 
nothing 
J Duncan, Kent 

It"* a very nice Idea, something for nothing. 
However, you will have significant expenses to 
consider. Where, for example are you going to 
find money for disks and postage? 

PD software should be free, that doesn’t 
mean that the media and handling Is. £3 p disk 
Is a lad on the pricey side though, so shop 
around. 

Better still, cai a bulletin board and the only 
cosl Involved could be a local phone call. If 
you are serious about being a PD supplier, 
maybe you should consider starting a board. 

Limited edition 

I was torn between upgrading my Amigo 500 
Into an A 1500 expansion box with a hard disk 
or exchanging my Amiga 500 for a 
Commodore Amiga 1 500. 

After talking at some length to a 
Commodore represenrativs, I was told that the 
A1 500 was a brand new machine, idealy suit- 
ed for gomes and business use. 

Qn arriving home and unpacking the sys- 



Write to Ezra Surf, Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, 


tern, I find on the bock an A2000 label. It 
would appear that all Commodore have done 
is rebodge on Amiga 2000 and put in o sec- 
ond disk drive. 

They have colled it almost the same os an 
expansion unit developed by a third party to 
ensure confusion. Have they dohe this 
because they could not think of casing an 
AB00 In such a professional way? 

I hove since returned my Amiga 1500/20PQ, 
and purchased an A 1 500 limited expansion 
system, with which I am very happy. 

Lorraine Ferrer. Middlesex 

You are correct In assarting that the Amiga 
15DQ is a rebadged dual floppy 2000. 
Commodore have never really claimed other- 
wise. 

The 1500 package Is Ideally suited for 
games and business use. Ai £999 including 
colour monitor, If is the bargain of the decade 
so far. 

The third party A 1500 allows you 1c separate 
the Amiga keyboard and main processor box, 
bui you don’t have the advantage of several 
expansion slots and an up rated power supply 
unit. 

Most people are actually pleased to find 
that they have bough! a 2000 in disguise You 
though obviously feel you have been canned 
by Commodore. 

The A150G was a logical name for CBM to 
choose for the package, It Is after all In- 
between the 500 raid the 2000, and the A1OQ0 


has been and gone, A 1500 sounds more like a 
Commodore name to me than a third party 
one. 

I hope you and your A150Q limited expan- 
sion have many happy hours together - tt, too, 
is a worthwhile product In its own right. 

Arresting reading 

Tve Just been Info the shop which sails your 
magazine As I was glancing through It I decid- 
ed I wanted it. I searched through my pockets 
and realised I didn’t hove enough money to 
buy It, so I state It. 

When I got home I put the disk Into my paid 
for computer and ga speed Tremendous! 
Incredible! 

The mag and disk -are excellent value for 
money. The trouble b my family won’t let me 
on the computer. Now I'm wondering where I 
can get £2.95 far the next Issue. 

I shall have to stop the kids’ spending 
money for my next issue. Keep up the good 
work. And for obvious reasons please don’t 
print my real name. 

Bill Sykes, Bradford. 

I assume you realise that it the barcode on the 
front cover Isn't scanned by youc newsagent, a 
rentier curious virus 1$ let loose on your system? 

It systematically causes you to form an 
addiction to the mogadne which Is so powerful 
that you can t help but Subscribe. 

Seriously though, Amigo Computing is not 


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public domain! If you did steal us, please 
don't try II again. 

It Is only a matter of Hme before you get 
caught and then It will be more than finding 
£2.95 you will hove to worry about. 

Play the game 

I read with anger the letter by Chris Webb In 
Issue 29 of Am^go Computing concerning his 
views on the software industry, 

Although everyone Is entitled to their own 
opinion, I think Mr Webb was totally unfair In 
his assessment that 99.9 per cent of Amiga 
games are trash. 

True, there is and always will be some rub- 
bish on the market, but he has obviously not 
experienced the delights of the classics like 
Dungeon Master. Gettysburg and Power 

Monger. 

If he has played 99.9 per cent of all games 
on the market he is either very lich of a soft- 
ware pirate, Thererore, l can only assume he is 
commenting on games he hos never seen 
before, let alone ployed, and thus has no 
decff idea of what he is talking about. 

Stuart Hardy, Sheffield 

You don't have to play a game to get an Idea 
at whether you will like ft or not. 

Some people simply detest games. For 
these demenied creatures, even the mast 
technically stunning release will fall ta raise 
the slightest Hngle of emotion In their trigger 
Finger. 

Of Course nol all Amiga games are trash. If 
■hey were people wouldn't be able to ten me 
Amiga apart from that ST ttihgy. 

Excellent review 

i enjoyed your review of the wonderful 
Excellence! wordprocessing program In the 
March issue. Your praise of it wce well earned, 
but one port of the review was misleading. 

You criticise the lack of on overtype faculty, 
which you soy Is missing from the program. In 
fact this is not the case as by simply highlight- 
ing me text that you wish to overtype and 
then entering the new text, the program 
replaces the old with the new. 

It must be Just about the best wordproces- 
sor available on the Amiga and readers 
shouldn't be pm off by the price, there are 
some very good mall order deals available. 
The only trouble that I hove with It Is that I 
spend time exploring its capabilities that I 
should be using for witting 

D M Fiekthouse, Liverpool 

The process of highlighting a text block with 
the mouse and then replacing It by typing In 
new text isn’t strictly speaking an overtype 
mode, For example, anyone who uses a 
word-processor for long periods of time and 
who requires speed above oil else, the use of 
the mouse ts a no-no 

When using Pratext, tor Instance. I configure 
ft to Overwrite mode instead of insert, Thai 
way If I moke a mistake In typing; which I 
often do and which I usually notice as If* 


Snail mail mouse 

I am writing to you to tell my woeful story 
about a Naksha mouse. 

St all began when I ordered the little 
chap ham a mall order company called 
Mierosmort. This was. In about November. 
1990. 

By January this year I had not received 
the product, nor any message from the 
comparer so I wrote to them expressing my 
annoyance, and asking them what had 
happened, 

I tried to contact them by telephone, but 
all I got was their ansaphone. Finally, I wrote 
them another letter. The resiit? Nothing. 

Whar can l do apart tram rume with the 
poor quality of the mouse that I got wtth my 
Amiga 500 which I bought a year ago, 
Yours feeling peeved, to put It mildly- 

lain Chambers. Peterborough. 

Your* Is just one of many mall order gripes 1 
receive in the postbag every month. 

Although we do our best to ensure that 
each of our advertiser* is honeif. legal and 
decent, we cannot really check out the ser- 
vice offered on on Individual basis. 

1 gave Mierosmort a quick ring to see 
what the problem was with your order. They 
laid me that your rodent started scurrying its 
way to Peterborough the day before you 
cofted. 

Your original order from November Iasi 
year apparently got a little lost in the pre- 
Chdslmas stampede, for which they are 
sorry. 

You have every right to be a btt peeved, 
but hopefully similar things won't happen 
again. Hope you think fhe mouse was worth 
the wait, 


clone, I can type straight over the top o# It with- 
out having to delete or resort to the mouse. 

I’m glad you liked the review, and we did, 
as you soy, conclude that Excellence 2.0 Is 
one of the best on fhe market. As for the prtce^ 
we quote the ERF as it would be unfair to a 
product to quote the cheapest price we could 
find. Hope you continue to enjoy exploring you 
wordprocessof $ power tend buying our mog - 
Ed), 


Fair shares all round 

I know you regularly print such statements, but 
l J d like to make a point about shareware. 

Always pay far any shareware you end up 
keeping and using. If you don't, the people 
who write it will have to find some Other way to 
make a flying and won't be able to update 
their programs, or create new ores. 

You may save a bit In the short term, but 
you'll lose In the end and end up paying for 
software you may never use because there 
are no good shareware alternatives available, 
The UK has a poor reputation far this. Come 


on feiow Brits, let's show the Yanks that were 
just as honest as they are. 

Finally. I know that you manage to pack as 
much quality Into your slimmer mag as your 
biggest rival but my latest copy has pages 67 
through 101 missing. Can you help? 

Bill Dawson, Southampton. 

I can't agree more on whol you ate saying 
about shareware. 

Yes we do print letter* like yours regularly, 
but it is always worth reminding people to put 
their money where their mouse I*. 

I am sure most people Infend to cough up 
for the software, but never quite gel around to 
It. There is no excuse lor not going to the bank 
and sorting out a money order tomorrow, so 
do if people! 

As for the mystery of the missing pages. I 
wonder ff Bfl Sykes uses the same newsagent 
os you? 

Stealing an entire magazine 1* utterly 
pedestrian compared to the style and nerve 
required to make off with just the pages of 
interesl 

Consider the missing pages in the post. | 
might even send a complete magazine. 

Trajan Trauma? 

1 recently purchased a copy of Arrifga 
Computing issue 34. On the CoverDisk was a 
program, caned 'Kill Da Virus'. I installed this 
program on ail my bootable disks, 

Since doing this I have had nothing but 
trouble with □ vims called ‘Smiley Cancer" 
which turns the mouse pointer Into a face and 
has corrupted much of my public domain. 

It seems to me that the only place this virus 
could have come from Is your CoverDisk as I 
have had no trouble at this kind before. I 
would like to know if you hove received any 
other complaint* of this nature. 

I will not be buying your magazine again 
until this matter is sorted out. If I do not hear 
from you I win have to write to another maga- 
zine. 

Ian Simllan, Sheffield 

The Amiga Computing CoverDisk was not the 
source of (tie virus you are afflicted with. 

Our erstwhile disk editor, Stevie Kennedy 
assures me that the AC disks are so clean you 
could eat your dinner Off them. 

We ore not o virus carrier. Any allegation 
that our magazine distributes these anti-social 
beastles will, quite rightly, be taken very seri- 
ously by our reoders. 

II is Important to be sure of your facts before 
initiating such grave rumours. 



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