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June 1991 


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Flv* years to the month irfier Protext version 1 was 
launched Arnor are pleased to present version 5, on enormous leap 
forward in both ease of use end performance. 

Pretext 5*0 introduces a completely integrated system of pull down menus 
and dialogue boxes. The menus ore among the many operations that may now 
be tarried out with either the mouse or the keyboard. Pretext really does give 
you the best of both worlds. 

Pretext 5.0 handles printer foots flexibly and accurately. You can make full use 
of any number of proportional printer fonts, mix them freely within any tine, 
centre them in headers, use automatically formatted footnotes. And Pretext 
correctly formats your text as you type it, no matter how many font changes 
you use, showing you line and page breaks exactly as they will be printed. 

Pretext 5.0 is still the faslesl word processor around. Even though we have 
made all these major improvements we have token great core to ensure that 
text editing is ns fcsl as ever. The menus work smoothly and quickly even 
with high resolution displays. But of course, you can use Pretext's efficient set 
of commands and keys just as before and 5.0 remains compatible with oil 
earlier versions from 1 .0 onwards. 

Pretext 5,0 is a worthy successor to version 4, which was described as "the 
best word processor al any price", "the besl lext processor on the Amiga" 
and "the most powerful ward processor on the Atari SF (AUI, SI/ Amiga 
Formal, ST User). 

Pretext 5.0 heralds a new era of multi lingual European software, in time far 
1992 and the opening up of Eastern Europe, Pretext may be used in at least 

27 different languages and has 10 m 

different notional keyboard layouts 
built in (plus the capability to define * 


The Features 




j New fast £ easy ta use poll down 
menu system witti dialogue boxes and 
alerts; fib selector; moose dragging to set^ 
blocks. Menus complement existing 
commands and keyboard shortcuts, do 
nol replace them. Menus may be used 
with mouse or keyboard. Amiga version 
fallows Intuition guidelines. 

> Enhanced prinllng capabilities supports multiple proportional fonts; mixing of 
different font sizes on the same tine; proportional formatting whilst editing; side 
margin, headers and Footers independent of main text font. labs, decimal tabs and 
centre tabs. Extensive range of printer drivers supplied. 

Jr Multiple file editing - up lo 36 files may be open; spirt screen editiing- 

,V Graphics mode support on PC allows use in virtually any text or graphics mode 
including 1 32 column or 75 line VGA modes; user defined characters and on-screen 
bald, holies and underlining now on all versions; use of 13 different accents an my 
di trader. 

/, Language support Includes Albanian, Bosque, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, 
Esperanto, Estonian, Flemish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latin, 
Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Serhacroation, Slovak, Spanish, 
Slovene, Swedish, Welsh. (Note: some printers do nal support oil languages]. 

Jr Index and contents generation. Indexer lakes marked words or phrases; contents 
entries automatically taken from titles wrapped in control codes; many options far style 
of contents output. 

Jr Spelling checker features completely new 1 1 8,000+ word Collins dictionary with very 
fast phonetic lookup. Anagrams and find word pattern. Foreign language dictionaries 
{German, Swedish available now, others ta fallow). 

JV Many other enhancements including mufti-line footnotes and endnotes: automcitk 
timed save; odd column or raw of figures; indent tabs; find word at cursor; 40 column 
made support; sentence operations; inter- paragraph space; much improved expression 
evaluator; self incrementing variables; Raman numerals; rvewspaper-styli column 
■ printing; fie sorting utility with special options far names and addresses; revised manual 
plus new tutorial guide. 

Jr And don't forget Pretext stiff includes background printing; box manipulation; 
macro recording; exec files; headers and footers; find and replace; mail merging; 
undelete; file conversion utility; configuration program; auto reformatting; on screen 
help; lime and date; typewriter made; line drawing: disc utilities. 


PrQlexl 5,0 rosy be purchased bom any good computer shop or directly from Arnor. Upgrades from earlier versions 
are only available from Arnor and the original discs should he returned with your order, 


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Protaxl 5.0 requires at least 64QK of memory on all machines 
Protect 4.2 requires of least 51 ?K of memory on oil machines 
Prodata requires 1 HB of memory on ihe Amiga 


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Treasure Island: 

Pit your wits against some cun 
ning problems in this superb demo of 
Hat Rack Adventure Generator 

Musical madness!: We've gone bonkers! Not only have we 
packed TWO great tunes Into this month's Tune-of-the -Month, 
weVe also included some of the best samples you'll hear on any disk 

JMenu: Now you too can produce professional menus from a 
script file, JMenu does It all with ease and simplicity 

RmageED and PaSteGadgets: Use this excellent combi- 
nation of utilities for complete control over your system gadgets. 
Ideal for programmer! and those with the urge to customise 

Encrypt: Protect sensitive files from prying eyes with this handy 
utility. Make sure you're the only one who tan get to that electronic 
filofaxt 

ColourKwik: Capture the coolest colours for your Workbench 
and save them to disk with ColourKwik. I 
more messing about trying to match that per-i 
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What's new 

If It's happening. Ft's here. Six pages packed 
with the latest news. Including location reports .. 


Back to the future 

After Amiga Computing 1 3rd bi rthday party q 

Eddie McKendrFck gen nostalgic ,30 


Public Domain 

Our regular guide to the best In free software. 
Paul Austin sorts out the best from the rest 


Beginner's guide: CLI 

Confused by the Amiga s Command Line? q — 

Let Stevie Kennedy lead the way... S3 


Write like a pro 

Stevie Kennedy takes a look at the latest 
version of the Pro write word processor...... 

The hard stuff 

Our Technical Editor gets knee-deep in the 
latest Amiga hardware offerings., 


Gallery 

Proudly presenting a two page showcase 
of the very best Amiga art........ 


Going for Gould 

Chairman of Commodore, Irving Could has 
quite a bit to say. Eton Maple listens in 


The magic of MED 

Paul Austin takes a look at the built-in sample 
editor sported by our old friend MED 3 .. 


143 


Rock Lobster 

In the true tradition of "...and finally" the 
Amiga Computing team wind down *.* 


146 


Intensive care 

What do you do if your Amiga's heart stops 
beating? Consult our silicon surgeon...,.,.,.,.. 


Expand and deliver 

Jason Nolborn continues his quest to 
expand your Amiga to bursting point „ 


The Saxon angle 

Richard Williams test drives the latest 
Amiga Desktop Publishing sensation ...... 


107 


112 


117 


ESP 

Ezra Surfs Postbox is crammed full of Amiga 
related correspondence from far & wide 


The section of Amigo Computing that takes having 
fun seriously! Previews, charts and tips not to mention 
reviews of BRAT, BARDS TALE III, A10 TANK KILLER. 
EVE OF THE BEHOLDER, WARLOCK, PGA TOUR GOLF 
and SUPERCARS II. Get your Joystick m ^ 

ready for action! 


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always at hand with tech help 


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giving away a spectacular competition 
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Amiga Computing 5 











Amiga Screen 



- BLISTERING PACE 

- PIXEL PERFECT PASSING 

- SUPERB TACTICAL 
GAMEPLAY 


A NEW DEN 
SOCCER 9U 


KICK OFF 2 greatly enhances the gameplay of KICK OFF, winner of the THE GAME OF THE YEAR in the 
UK., and similar awards right across Europe. A host of new features have been added to the ones that 
enthralled players the world over. 


Full siae multi-directional strofling pitch with the players, 
markings etc. In correct proportion, 

1 to 4 players option. [Amiga and ST only) 

2 players TEAM option against the computer or 2 other players. 
Hundreds of players each with a unique combination of 
attributes (stamina, pace, etc,) and skills (passing, shooting, 
tackling, etc.) 

Instinctive Kick Offjoystick controls to dribble, pass, shoot, 
head or chip the ball and do sliding tackles. 

Set piece FREE KICKS including dummies and the ability to dip 
the ball or bend the ball round a defensive wall. 

9 types of comer kicks with fuD control of shot power. Long 
and short throw ins. 

Team selection from a squad of 16 with substitution and a 

choice of tactics. 


ST ACTION - The best game ever to grace the ST, Highest accolade 
lean give. 

AMIGA USER INI - The best computer game ever 97% 

THE ONE - Ultimate soccer simulation 96% 

THE ACE - Brilliant. Buy, Buy, Buy. 930. 

■ AMIGA FORMAT | Best rooty game lo have appeared on any machine 94% 
ST FORMAT - What a game! Gem to play. Magic 90% 

C & VG - Championship winning material. 95% 

GAMES MACHINE - Probably the best sports game ever 92% 
COMMODORE USER - No other footle game can touch it 90% 

AMIGA ACTION - Surpasses all other football games . 93% 

POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY - Nothing short of brilliant. 

NEW COMPUTER EXPRESS ■ Computer football event of 
the year. 


AMIGA & ST £19.99 EXP, AMIGA £24.99 
IBM (AT & XT Turbo, EGA & VGA) £24.99 
CBM 64 - SPECTRUM - AMSTRAD £9.99, £14.99 


* League and cup competitions with Extra Time, Injury Time 
and sudden death penalty shoot outs. 

* Facility to view, edit and save the Action Replays and create 
a Golden Shots di$c.(ExcL IBM & CBM 64) 

* Facility to load Flayer Manager teams and tactics for a single or league game. 

* Red and yellow cards. 1 6 di flferent referees, inj ury time and a host of features to create an atm osphere for a game whic h is 
real fun to play. 

An International class player lakes charge of a third division dub as Player Manager. His brief is simple 

-Bring Back The Glory Days. 

His success depends on his playing skills on the pitch and managerial skills in devising winning tacticSj 
aquiring the right players from the transfer market and building a team worthy of the highest honours. 

* Unique facility to design and implement your own tactics. 

* Over 1000 individual players, each with a unique combination of attributes and skills. 

* A lively transfer market. Haggle for the best deal. 

* 4 division league and a cup tournament with sudden death penalty shoot out. 

The Player Manager brings the every day realities of a manager's life f his talents as a manager and a 
player, ms tnumphs andnis failures into a sharp FOCUS . 

ST, ACTION - A stroke of pure genius. H . • T .i : 

THE ONE - An exceptional football management simulation, Astounding depth. Most involved, rewarding and playable. 

THE ACE ■ Successfully blends challenging soccer management with frantic end to end arcade action. 920 
NEW COMPUTER EXPRESS - The sheer depth is incredible. A definitive management game. 

COMMODORE USER * At Iasi a management game that requires 
true management skills a winner. 94% 

ST FORMAT - BrftOaH 93% 

AMIGA FORMAT EnthrilNj&id’ addfcttv* 93% 

ZZAF - Best football management game ever written. 92% 


AMIGA -ST £19,99 



* W 







DIENSION IN 
iSIULATIONSl 

Raises the skills required and gameplay of KICK OFF 2 to 
new heights. 

Two extra kits, ;*» Br . ' 

Look at any player stats, (attributes and skill) before selecting squad. 

Totally new comer kicks with full control of the power, height and trajectory of 
the bain. 

Enhanced throw ins and penalty shots. 

Provision to flick the ball in the air and do a blinding header or a spectacular 
overhead kick. 


THE FINAL WHISTLE 
Amiga - ST £12.99 (ReL Nov,} 



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New two players team mode. Player 1 in position or nearest to the baD and 
player 2 in position or keeper, 
linesmen and referee on the pitch. 

A new player attribute FLAIR. A player with £ high level of flair will try a sob 
attempt at the goal. 

4 new pitches - Wembley - Icy - Muddy - Non-League 


And Lot's More 

WINNING TACTICS (£6.99 - Rei. Nov ) - A collection of tactics for 
use in Plaver Manager 6r K02 with full explanations, 

RETURN TO EUROPE (£9.99 - ReL Dec.) - Three European cup 
competitions. UEFA cup - European Cup - Cup Winners Cup. 

GIANTS OF EUROPE (ter 1991) Best teams of Europe on one 
disc. 



STRATEGY-REALITY... 



JoMfc Heralded the American computer 
role-playing game of the year! 

Based on 

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* A system. 

^ i ■'1 The most sophisticated 
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’ five military classes, 

^ m more than seventy 

«MP ^ ^VW jA talents and 

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Marines, Merchants and Scouts. 

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“Megatravellei 1 is one of the best 
science-fiction role-playing 
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Team Yankee is the definitive action simulation of modern tank warfare. 
Team Yankee.... fbe critics' choice" 

Team Yankee is designed to test, your leadership and tactical skills to the 
quick. 

AMIGA FORMAT 

Team Yankee presents a game, 
in a sims clothing, which when 
dealing with tanks has to be the 
perfect approach! 


STRATEGY PLUS 

This is a game and a half! 
The use of four screens in 
one is simply brilliant - at 
times if s almost like 
playing on four 
computers at once! A. 
I quickly found A ’ 

myself hooked on a /" • 
genre of gam© 
which previously 
held no interest, 


ACE 

The blend of thought and 
Teflexes required to play Team 
Yankee Is exactly right! 

ST FORMAT 

Hunting the Red Bear has never 
been so much funl 
You won't be able to tear yourself 
away from Team Yankee! 


AMIGA ACTION 

The tanks have been superbly 
animated, with great attention to detail! 
This has to be a must for everyone! 


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WHAT’S 

CDTV 

- the wait 
is over! 



Commodore finally stop crying wolf 
and unveil a CD player that thinks it's 
an Amiga, as Eddie McKendrick reports 


MONTHS of speculation about 
Commodore's fledgling multi- 
media product CDTV are finally 
over. On Tuesday April 30 
Commodore officially Intro- 
duced their Dynamic Total 
Vision to the world. 

Due to go on sale later this 
year with a price tag of around 
£700, CDTV is similar in appear- 
ance to a standard compact disc 
player, but it is capable of a vari- 
ety of interactive leisure and 
educational applications. 

With the CDTV, users wifi be 
able to simultaneously call up 
video images, text, graphics and 
stereo audio through a simple 
Infra-red remote control unit. 

The greatest potential for 
CDTV lies in the educational 


field where programs are being 
developed which exploit the 
machine's multimedia capability. 

A Commodore spokesman 
explained: "You can call up a 
picture of the African hush con- 
taining a number of wild ani- 
mals. 

"Using the control unit you 
can then select one of the ani- 
mals and up on screen comes a 
detailed picture with descriptive 
text and the sound of the partic- 
ular animal or a commentary," 

A pilot scheme underway 
with Derbyshire County Council 
is using CDTV to teach Japanese 
to local schoolchildren. 

As well as hearing the spoken 
language, children are able to 
see pictures depicting Japanese 



culture. As no keyboard is neces- 
sary, CDTV can be operated by 
people with no previous key- 
board experience. 

CDTV exploits the technology 


of CD-ROM (compact disc read 
only memory) using discs with a 
storage capacity equivalent to 
around 720 floppy disks our 
about 250,000 pages of text. 


Delivering the goods 


Independent research commissioned by Amiga Computing has revealed 
that major High street outlets do not expect to have large stocks of 
Commodore's CDTV home entertainment system until October. 

Despite the official launch our survey showed that CDTV is likely to be a 
slow starter with one retail chain expecting only small stocks by mid-May 
and others still in the dark about availability. 

Information for the buying public is woefully inadequate. Under the 
guise of a customer keenly interested in buying CDTV, our researchers con- 
tacted approved stockists Dixons, |ohn Lewis 
and Comet. Sales staff in one major Dixons 
outlet thought CDTV was "a sort of televi- 
sion" while staff at another branch asked: "Is 
it some kind of games console?" Neither had 
any knowledge of availability. 

A third Dixons store said they had no idea 
when they would get CDTV but they would 
try and order it while the manager of a fourth 


^CDTV may be here as 
far as Commodore is 
concerned, but no-one has 
told the High Street 9 


outlet said: "We've got it in our price list but because of pre-production 
delap I don't think we will have it in stock until October." 

A spokesman at Dixons' head office said: "We have no information on 
when this will be available but we hope it will be within the next month. 
We are Just waiting for Commodore, hut the price has been fixed at 
£59?. 99." Our researchers drew a complete blank at the John lewis store 
in London's Oxford Street, Even when given a description of the new 
machine, a senior member of staff said they had no knowledge of it. 

"It's not on our list for this half-year. Maybe 
we will have it next half," was the reply. 

Over at Comet, staff in two retail outlets 
referred us to head office where a spokesman 
sard: "We will have CDTV in some of our selected 
outlets by mid-May but we certainly do not 
expect to have it generally available until 
October. 

it will cost £599 99." 


Amiga Computing 9 



WHAT’S Amiga's in education go down a bundle 


new 


Smooth operator 

ANTIA is a font enhancement utility 
which performs an anti-aliasing pro- 
cess on normal Amiga fonts. 

From one original font size, it can 
produce up to nine scaled down ver- 
sions, anti-aliased using four brightness 
levels, 

AntiA runs on all Amigas, It can 
handle type sizes up to 300 points,, 
although a 512k machine will be limit- 
ed to sizes of around 200 points, A 
68020/30 is useful in speeding up the 
processing of very targe point sizes, but 
not essential AntiA is available now at 
a RRP of £40, Contact ZEN Computer 
Services on 061 7931931 

24 bits on the side 

AMIGA screen files can now be con- 
verted into 24 bit colour slides or 
film of full cinema quality thanks to a 
new development from Amiga 
Centre Scotland (031 557 4242), 

Cine Link is a module for use with 
the company's Image Link package, 
now re-christened Rastar Link. It 
drives a number of digital film 
recorders, allowing Amiga files to be 
transmitted to them via the SCSI 
port. 

They are then converted into 
2,000 or 4,000 tine resolution pic- 
tures. One Link can also be teamed 
with a cine camera to produce cine 
film animations in up to 4,000 line 
resolution and full 24 bit colour. As 
Amiga Computing went to press, the 
price of Cine Link was not definite 
but should be in the region of £230. 
Raster Link costs £155. This provides 


COMMODORE has escalated its assault on the education 
market by offering education authorities and schools the 
chance to buy an Amiga 500 and one of 14 software 
packages lor £299 plus VAT - a saving of £1 00, 

The offer has been made in response to education 
minister Kenneth Clarke's request for computer manufac- 
turers to be competitive in their education pricing. 

It includes a 500 with 1Mb of ram and a choice of 
Amiga Logo with Talking Turtle, DPaint II, DPrint II, 
Dpaint III, BBC Emulator, 

Fanta Vision, Maxi Plan 500, 

Superbase Personal, ProWrite 
2.5, Music Mouse, Dr. T's 
Musk Recording Studio, 

InfoFile, Photon Paint or 
Spritz. 

To ensure that those tak- 
ing advantage of the offer 
are bona fide education 
users. Commodore are deal- 
ing with all orders them- 



selves - passing them on to accredited dealers in the 
appropriate area. "We are policing this offer very closely 
to make sure that the right people are buying the com- 
puters, w said Commodore's national sales manager for 
education, Peter Talbot. "5o far we have had tremendous 
response from the government right down to the schools 
themselves. We have a growing market share in educa- 
tion and there hasn't been an offer as keen as this one 
before", Commodore spokesman Andrew Ball added that 
in the first month alone, 
sales on the offer had 
totalled £250,000. Schools 
wanting to buy the package 
must provide either their 
DES number or an official 
purchase order and the offer 
doses on May 31 . 

Further details can be 
obtained from Commodore's 
education sales desk on 
0628 779677. 


"We have a 
growing market 
share in 
education and 
there hasn't 
been an offer as 
keen as this one 
before" 

Peter Tatbot 


all the software necessary for the 
conversion but the real shock to the 
wallet comes with the purchase of 
digital film recorders which can run 
into thousands of pounds. 

Under the Spell 

5PELLE, the computerised aid to 
spelling that is now selling In 
record numbers to Amiga users, 
has found a new far - Minister of 
Education Tim Eggar. 

He has written to Nicholas 
Winterton MP, another admirer of 
the program: "The Government 
welcomes such initiatives as a way 
of raising standards in our schools." 

And he added: "The Secretary of 
State is concerned at the perceived 
decline in the standard of spelling 
among young people and i$ keen 
that everyone in the world of edu- 
cation should take serious steps to 
improve those standards. Good 
spelling is essential in all branches 
of knowledge", 


The Lowe 
down 
on ACS 



Spurious price cuts 

FOLLOWING reports of price cuts 
for top-end Amigas in the USA, 

Commodore UK spokesman 
Andrew Bali has discounted 
suggestions that the same 
could happen on this side 
of the Atlantic. 

He told Amiga Comput- 
ing : "These are just spuri- 
ous rumours." 

The American price cuts 
take in both Amiga 2000 
and 3000 ranges and vary 
from 10 to 26 per cent. 



MANAGING director Martin 
Lowe reports that Amiga 
Centre Scotland have 
embarked on a substantial 
change of direction. They are 
now concentrating on 
developing low-cost advanc- 
ed technology for business, 
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ware and software, where 
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"Too few people and corporations in the UK are aware of the power 
and price advantages of using the Amiga system. A fully-implemented 
version of AT&T Unix System V, release 4, is now available on the Amiga, 
internationally, many broadcast and video professionals have already dis- 
covered the Amiga," 1 

validity of his decision was underlined by the successful appear- 
ance of AMS's 32-bit graphics board at top European computer 
show CEBIT where it attracted interest and orders from 40 coun- 
tries, 

"Commodore displayed four of our boards on their trade 
stand/' said Lowe, Japanese company Sharp also showed the 
Hariequin/Amiga combination displaying images captured with 
their top of the range scanners. 

"Software developers in Europe and America are already pro- 
ducing programs to take advantage of our technology." 

Features in previous issues of Amiga Computing, the Harlequin 
board substantially reduces the cost of generating broadcast quali- 
ty, full colour images with an Amiga, 


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Games galore, but 
serious VR was the 
real draw 

It was a case of games 
nearly all the way at 
the European Computer 
Trade Show, but Richard 
Williams managed to find the 
more serious side, too 


Hi-Tec sign up Bugs Bunny and Co. 

HI-TEC Software used the ECTS platform to announce a prestigious sign- 
ing with a major cartoon company. 

The company has signed contracts with giants Warner Bros, throwing 
open the flood gates for a host of popular cartoon stars to appear on 
computer software. 

The characters made world-famous by Warner 8ros over the years 
include Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Thudd, Sylvester and Tweetie. 

Hi-Tec has already achieved success with characters from its other 
major licensee, Hanna flarbera. 



WITH a name like the European 
Computer Trade Show, you would 
have thought the number of differ- 
ent kinds of software and hardware 
on show at Islington's Business 
Design Centre would have been 
legion. 

You would have been wrong. 

The order of the day - or rather 
the order gf the three days from April 
14 to 16 inclusive - was games, 
games and more games. 

True, there was the odd bit of 
hardware - though mostly joysticks, 
to aid the playing of games, and 
mice, which in many cases serve the 
same purpose — and several purvey- 
ors of educational and music soft- 
ware were in evidence. 

But in the main, games reigned 
supreme. 

How strange to have to report, 
then, that the stand which had the 
most visitors queueing up was NOT 
organised by a games outfit. 

It was a virtual reality demonstra- 
tion from Divison, a company based 
in Chipping Sod bury, near Bristol, 
and which is involved in the more 
serious side of VR. 

Although consistently well popu- 
lated, even the Psygnosis hospitality 
suite, with those inevitable, loveable 
little Lemmings everywhere, could 
not raise the same amount of visitor 
interest. 

Division's main claim is that it has 
made VII a practical proposition. It 
has done this by creating the hard- 
ware and software that has moved 


this leading-edge area of technology 
away from being an expensive labo- 
ratory plaything to a product that 
can be quickly integrated into any 
application which generates real 
time images. 

I must confess I didn't actually get 
to don the eye-set for a demo, the 
queues being Loo long. But 1 did 
manage a woFd with one of 
Division's directors. Sieve Ghee, who 
told me the company was pushing 
itself at the research market. The idea 
is that Division provide the hardware 
and software with which the cus- 
tomer can write their own pieces of 
VR using a high-level language like 


C. Most other companies involved in 
Vft are working on specific games. 

One of Division's customers is the 
Advanced Robotics Research 
Laboratory in Salford, Manchester. 
The ARRL is putting together an 
advanced robotic control system, in 
which a robot is linked electronically 
to a human, and the robot "learns" 
all the actions performed by the per- 
son, The human hears and sees 
exactly the same things as the robot. 

Steve Ghee says it is very, very 
hard to build an intelligent machine. 
But by using VR to put a human into 
■ the loop, you can teach a robot how 
to do certain things very quickly. 


WHAT’S 

new 


New software 
promised for 
Phazer 

TRO|AN, manufacturers of light- 
phasers for use with the Amiga 
and other computers, and who 
also make lightpens for use with 
the Amiga and Amstrad PCW, with 
Atari ST/STE and PC versions com- 
ing soon, used the show as plat- 
form for die announcement that it 
has established its own software 
house. 

The idea is "to ensure a contin- 
uing supply or quality software" to 
support its products. 

Trojan promised new titles for 
all formats of Phazers would he 
released at regular intervals during 
1991 and beyond. Imminent 
releases are The Enforcer, Aliex and 
Fire Star, 

Trojan lightphasers and light- 
pens each carry a rrp of £39.99, 

Anyone thinking of contacting 
Steve or his colleagues at Division for 
a quote on a bespoke system had 
better consult their bank manager 
first. The kind of system being used 
in Salford costs more than £50, 000, 
the eye-set and the electronic glove 
being the most expensive parts. 

But there's hope. A system 
Division will be releasing in August 
will cost £10, 000, and Steve says 
costs will continue to tumble until VR 
becomes de rigueur for all self- 
respecting home computer fanatics - 
and not just the game players I 
What are the chances of Division- 
style VR on the Amiga? "You can 
actually attach our box to the Amiga, 
and use the Amiga joystick to control 
things," said Steve, 

Show launch lor 
scanner and rodent 

A NEW scanning package for the 
Amiga, and a new mouse which can 
be used with the Amiga or Atari STs r 
were launched at the show by 
Pandaal Marketing Ltd (02J4 
S 55666), 

The DAATAscan Pro complete 
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WHAT’S 

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105mm canning width, 
resolution from 100 to 
400 dpi, choke of black 
and white or three dither 


patterns representing 64 grey scales, 
contrast control, real time scanning 
display, zoom and pixel perfect edit- 
ing, clipboard feature, ability to crop, 
rotate, flip and invert images and full 
printer support. 

The DAATAscan supports the IFF 
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tons of the 
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most surfaces and can be removed 
for cleaning. It's available now at an 
RRP of £54.95. 

AMOS gets turbo 
charged 

THE AMOS Compiler - the turbo 
booster for the 40, 000-selling AMOS 
write-your-own -games program - 
was the big news from Europress 
Software, the new name for 
Database Software as of May 1 , 

Europress said the Compiler 
would be on sale from May, and 
would more than double the speed 
of AMOS programs, Some com- 
mands are seven times faster once 
compiled. Europress were also plug- 
ging AMOS 5D, which allows Amiga 
owners to create 3D objects and 
manipulate them in real-time, ideal 
lor creating games like Starglider and 
Inter-phase. And the next phase 
of the Fun School education^ 
al series for children, Fun^ 

School 4, is well undec^ 
way and should I 
launched in the 
autumn, ft 



Fun School 
Development team: 

Chris Payne (right), 

Vonner (left), and Peter Lee 
(top right) 


will be sold alongside Fun Schools 2 
and 3, and will offer six further pro- 
grams across three age groups, all in 
line with National Curriculum guide- 
lines. The Fun School series accounts 
for a staggering 79,6 per cent of all 
educational software sold by com- 
puter retailers according to indepen- 
dent market research commissioned 
by Europress Software. Managing 
director Chris Payne said more than ' 
a quarter of a million Fun Schools 
had been sold and dealers were con- 
vinced the range would continue to 
sell for years to come. 

Contriving to cover 
Europe 

CONTRIVER Europe Limited chose 
the occasion of the ECTS to 
announce that it is poised to launch 
its European distribution network, 

The firm's products, which are 
made in Taiwan, include a wide 
range of mice, joysticks, disk boxes, 
mouse pads, printer stands and 
other accessories, Managing 
director Adolfo Ciannini 
said Contriver's inten* 
don was to continue 
its competitive 
pricing policy 
while maintaining 
the highest possible 
standards -The company 
was busy evaluating potential 
distributors for the contriver 
range throughout the whole of 
Europe. 


Amiga Computing goes Euro 

Amjgo Computing, launched by Database Publications in 1988 and which last year 
moved to Interactive Publishing, is now to come under the banner of Europress 
Publications limited. This is a result of the restructuring of all companies within 
the Europress Group. 

The magazine has been managed by Interactive Publishing, for the last four- 
teen months, Interactive was formed as the result of a historic deal between 
Goilner Publishing and Database Publications, Now all magazines published by 
the group will be united under one name, Chairman Derek Meakin, who founded 
the group 21 years ago, said: "With the creation of new subsidiaries in recent 
years, all with different names, there was a growing danger of the parent group 
losing its identity. From now on all companies forming part of the group will 
appear under the Europress banner". Richard Williams has been appointed pub- 
lisher, with responsibility for both Amiga Computing and Atari 5T User, The 
Computing editorial line-up comprises Eddie McKendrick (Features Editor) with 
Stevie Kennedy (Technical Editor) and Paul Austin (Deputy Features Editor). The 
art department is headed up by Mike Bailey (Art Editor), 

Behind the scenes, key Amigo Computing personnel are |ane Conway (Sales 
and Marketing Manager), Tracy Carroll (Advertisment Manager), Simon Lees 
(Advertisment Sales), |ohn Burns (Circulation Director) and David Wren 
(Circulation Manager), Richard Williams said: "With a new company structure 
and more staff we are in an ideal position to make Amigo Computing even better 
value in terms of editorial content and free disk programs. It will also boost our 
already great advertising power." Europress Publications also produce PC Today , 
The Micro User and Let's Compute i Other companies within the Europress Group 
include Europress Interactive ( Amiga Action, ST Action, Comes X), Europress 
Software (Formerly Database Software Sc Mandarin Software) and Europress 
Trade- Publications (publishers of Computer Trade Weekly). 

Michael Meakin becomes Managing Director of the group's holding company. 
Europress Ltd, with Tim Roberts promoted to group financial controller. 



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Lemmings 
walk it in 
leisure awards 

AN alternative name for the 
European Computer Leisure 
Awards, awarded and presented 
during the ECTS show, might well 
be the Psygnosts awards, juding by 
the number of honours picked up 
by the games manufacturer already 
on a high with the runaway (no 
pun Intended) success of 
Lemmings, 

Psy gnosis picked up the prizes 
for Computer Game of the Year 
(Lemmings), Most Origin at Game 
(Lemmings), Best Graphics 
(Shadow of the Beast If), Best 
Sound (Shadow of the Beast II), 
and also took the Software 
Publisher of the Year prize. 

Anyone who is wondering 
whether Lemmings deserves its 
success should have seen how visi- 
tors who had not seen It before 
were immediately captivated on 
visiting the Psygnosts hospitality 
suite and getting some hands-on 
experience of trying to lead the lit- 
tle lemms out of peril, 

The "biggie 1 ' award from the 
point of view of Amigaphiies was 
obviously the one for Home 
Computer of the Year, won by 
Commodore for what else but the 
Amiga! 

Commodore also won the 
Multimedia Package of the Year 
tin.. for Amiga Vision, 

Other awards were: 

Best Animation - Dragon's Lair II 
(by Ready Soft Inc); Best Action 
Came - Tunica n (Rainbow Arts); 
Best Adventure/Role Playing Game 

- The Secret of Monkey Island 
(LucasFilm); Best Mind Game - 
Klax (Dorn ark); Best Packaging - 
Ultima VI (Origin); Best Simulation 

- F-19 Stealth Fighter 
(Microprose); Console Game of the 
Year - Tetris (Nintendo). 

In the Non-games/Technical 
Excellence Categories, besides the 
two Commodore successes, awards 
were; 

Best Art Package Deluxe Paint 
II! (Electronic Arts); Best Music 
Package - Bars and Pipes (Blue 
Ribbon Sound works); Best Home 
Eduction Package - Fun School 3 
(Europress Software); Best Home 
Productivity Package, Microsoft 
Works (Microsoft); Most Innovative 
Peripheral - Video Toaster 
(Newtek); Multimedia Package of 
the Year - Amiga Vision 
(Commodore). 

Amiga Computing was one of the 
official sponsors of the awards. 


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Although 
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most of its space 
to PCs, it was.... 




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from 
it-CeBIT-sy event 
for the Amiga 


Donald Maple mit der news und der 
views from CeBIT '91 in Hanover 


Here we go again! in case you don't know it, the springtime CeBIT 
show held in Hanover, West Germany, is the largest computer exhibition 
in the world. More than 4,500 exhibitors from 41 countries, spread over 
some 20 halls covering nearly 300,000 square metres, showed their wares to a 
crowd of around 600,000 visitors. The exhibition grounds are so big that, in addition 
to its own train station, CeBIT provides a free bus service for visitors and a free taxi service 
for journos. Impressed? (Yeah - sounds almost as good as Birmingham's NEC! - Ed). 

Commodore is very popular in Germany so it s no surprise to learn that it has always been well repre- 
sented here. r 


WHAT’S 



PRESS HERE? 

COINCIDING with the 20th anniver- 
sary of Commodore Germany - the 
parent company will celebrate 30 ye an 
In two years time - Commodore's 
international annual press briefing was 
a very professional affair, 

‘this press conference presentation 
was created using the Amiga 3000 so 
you can see what this product can dp 
in real We,' said Helmut |osf, the new 
boss of Commodore Germany, 

Be was joined by Irving Could, the 
chairman of the board and chief exec- 
utive officer erf Commodore in the U.S, 
But before we get to meaty stuff, a 
few figures. Commodore continues to 
show healthy growth and, compared 
to last year, the most recent six 
months' sales rncreased by 23 per cent 
and net profits jumped NINEfold to 
H4 million. But the best financial news 
is that with more than SO per cent Che 
Amiga continues to dominate. 

Europe still accounts for 85 per cent 
of total sales and Germany is again the 
single largest world market. 

Because of this Commodore is 
building a new factory In 
Braunschweig, Germany - all 
Commodore machines sold in Europe 
are already manufactured there. 

The C64 t$ still selling well in spite 
of it being declared dead five years 
ago. In Germany alone C6A sales 
jumped from 108,000 to 180,000 
mainly due to last Germany, 

And the icing on the cake ii that 
after reaching the 1,000,000 mark in 
the spring of last year Commodore 
sold its 2,000,000th Amiga In 
November. 


Show highlights 

OK FOLKS, you waited long enough. 
The big news, of course, is the 
European premiere of CDTV which, 
contrary to popular misconception, 
actually stands for "Commodore 
Dynamic Total Vision". 

CDTV is basically a 1 Mb keyboard- 
less Amiga with a CD-ROM drive and 
remote control. 

Known internally within 
Commodore as 'the baby' it will 
start shipping to selected markets in 
the U.S, and Europe this spring. 
CDTV was to be available in 
Germany in May at DM 150-0 (just 
over £500). 

CDTV is not TV format specific 


and can be used with both PAi and 
NTSC, 

A "smart card' is used 
for storage so when^ 
the machine is 
turned off the 
settings are 
retained, 

CDTV can also * 
play "regular" 
audio CDs. 

"From the *- 
moment you 
turn it on and 
insert a CDTV disk 
you are involved immedi- 
ately in the content of the appli- 
cation, not in operating the 
machine," said Irving Gould, 



He continued: "Some of the 
world's leading software and refer- 
ence companies including 
Guinness, Lucasfilm, 
€ Cl Disney and the big 
Cmi* European soft- 
AfMit ware houses are 
working on 
CDTV titles' 
The reference 
turn*, titles include 
among others 
World Vista Atlas, 
the fulfy illustrated 
Groliier encyclopedia 
and the King fames Bible. 
CDTV Is also ideal for high quality 
arcade games and entertainment 
titles. Because CDTV delivers music. 


video, text, graphics animation and 
interactivity its application is virtually 
unlimited. 

A few examples are multimedia 
courseware, libraries, point of sales 
presentations, product demonstra- 
tions and staff training. 

While CDTV is "multimedia for 
the masses", Amiga 3000 is high end 
multimedia, However, the latter has 
also got some new clothes. 

Namely, Commo-dore is branch- 
ing out into Unix with the 'Amiga 
3000 Tower" envisaged as a Unix 
server and the 'Amiga 3000 UX" 
which runs the latest AT&T Unix 
System 5 Release 4. 

The Tower Amiga has five 32-bit 
and three 16-bit slots. >- 


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new 



The mother- 
board also his i 
200-pin CPU slot. In 
contrast to the Amiga 3000, 
the Tourer has the four Zorro III slots 
on the motherboard and not on a 
separate card. The video system has 
Its own slot called VDE - Video 
Display Enhancer. A SCSI port is also 
included on the motherboard, 

The heart of the machine is a 25- 
Mhi 68030 assisted by a 68882 
floating point coprocessor, 3Mb of 
RAM comes as standard of which 
2Mb is fast RAM 

Using 4 Mbit chips this can be 



brought up to 18Mb, The machine is 
supplied with either a 100Mb or 
200Mb hard disk with access time of 
19ms. 

The graphic resolutions range 
from 320x256 to 1280x512 and are 
backward compatible with all four 
previous Amiga modes, 

A "flicker fixer* chip comes as stan- 
dard, On the software side the Tower 
is delivered with 'Amiga -Vis ion" 
authoring system and the Unix version 
can communicate with other 
machines via an Ethernet card. 

For DOS masochists among you 
Commo dore also introduced its 
fourth generation of machines which 
to date this year include nine new PCs 
such as slim-line, notebooks, desktop 
and towers featuring 286, 386 and 
486 processors. 

Hands on... 

Now that we're all charged up let's 
lay our grubby little hands on some 
real hardware. The Commodore 
booth was composed of three 
stands: a tiny home computing 
stand, an Amiga stand and i PC 
stand. 

The professional focus was clearly 


reflected in how the total area was 
divided. 

The PC area was twice as large as 
the other two combined! In spite of 
this division being the same as last 
year it nevertheless seems contradic- 
tory to Commodore's statements 
that the Amiga is the main platform 
and that it outsells the PCs by a large 
margin. In contrast to last year's 
"wall of multimedia video" the 
Amiga stand this year was dominat- 


ed by a "wall of CDTV" - a room size 
multi-screen display running CDTV 
demos. Oh yeah, the stand also con- 
tained a car. A what? No, really! A 
regular size car whose controls were 
connected to an Amiga and used in 
a competition. 

The competi tors then "drove" the 
car and watched the monitor on the 
wall in front through the windshield. 
QK, it may not be virtual reality 
exactly but it comes close... 


Let's party with Third Party! 



"Delta-Base", distributed by Delta 
Konzept at 01 049-21 59-81 00 7 
(that's Germany you're calling so, 
don't make that call too fong nowl), 
is a multidimensional data base 
written by Chris M. Myench. The 
program is very sophisticated and 
after setting the initial parameters 
doesn't require the user to set the 
field definitions. 

In addition to supporting multi- 
ple users, Delta-Base has one or 
more Supervisors who are responsi- 
ble for setting the parameters and 
structures and manage user access. 
Delta-Base runs on both the Amiga 
and the PC and: is looking for a dis- 
tributor in the UK so call Germany 
on 01 049- 71 1-3454 285 if you wish 
to become one. 

Videocomp, responsible for the 
aforementioned "wall" of video iast 
year, are welt known here for 
endowing Amigas with Transputers 
and interfacing them with high-end 
professional video hardware, 

This year saw the introduction of 
DVE-10, an aU-in-one device com- 
bining digital effects, a video pro- 
cessor, audio and video mixers, a 
fast digitiser and a Genlock inter- 
face, 

Merkens EDV introduced "VD 
2001 a 24 -bit real time digitizer 
and frame buffer. Originally devel- 
oped in Austria the device sports a 


plethora of features such as A Hex* 
support, works with a number of 
picture formats, overscan, mask 
editing, brush handling, picture 
blow-up and reduction. 

The price in Germany Is DM 
3998 (about £1,500). Merkens Is at 
01 049-6196-3026 while the UK dis- 
tributor Is G2, 

"MXiM -Chart" from MXM is a 
stock exchange analysis program. In 
addition to fast processing of data 
and creation of various graphs the 
program can also directly grab data 
from Videotext (the German equiva- 
lent of Teletext). The program ver- 
sion 1 .00 lists for DM 349 (about 
125 pounds). For more info call 
01 049-51 1 -446376 (that's Germany 
again). 

"Funlab" - a joint effort by 
Commodore, Kawai and Steinberg - 
is a complete MIDI system incorpo- 
rating both hardware and software. 
Introduced here East year, Kawai 
supplies the 61-key synthesizer 
which Is actually an F5-680 with a 
few additional interfacing features. 

The 1 3-note polyphonic synth 
comes with 100 presets (five soft- 
ware modifiable), an on-board 
sequencer and a built-in rhythm 
machine with 100 different pat- 
terns. 

Steinberg custom wrote the soft- 
ware which is Funlab specific and 


will only work with this synthesizer. 
The main feature of the package ts 
"one finger ad lib", where the user 
selects the rhythm, presses one key 
and the synth does the rest. 

The rhythm selection determines 
the notes in the automatically creat- 
ed tune but these notes can also be 
defined by the user, 

Funlab also sports a disk based 
"juke-box", New this year are more 
"juke- box" disks, each with up to 
10 songs and including written 
notation. 

Maxon demonstrated their 
"Maxon-CAD" program with a spe- 
cial Turbo-version for the Amiga 
3000. The prices are DM 249 
(about 90 pounds) and SM 449 
(about 1 60 pounds) respectively. 
Both versions support the CRT 
graphic tablet and work in resolu- 


tions from 640x256 to 1024x1008. 

Maxon will answer your call at 
01049-6196-481811 (Germany), 

FEET Computer (yup, that's 
what they're called!) offer a com- 
plete digitizing solution for all 
Amiga models. ARI5TOTAB, devel- 
oped by AR1STO, is the digitizer 
while FEET Computer wrote the 
driver which controls the mouse 
and does scaling and rotation as 
well. 

Use your hands and call FEET at 
01 049-40- 742 70B 1 (Germany). 

Etnar Kretzler demonstrated 
three products' Video-imaging for 
architectural landscape simulations 
in CAD images, 3D-5imuiation for 
creation of realistic models and 
Video-Presentation. 

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary 
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The dirt on the domain 

The world of Public Domain has been gradually gaining a reputation not 
too dissimilar to that of a used car salesmen. 

Yes, I know Nl receive hundreds of irate letters from furious used car 
salesmen threatening litigation for being compared with a business which 
is as notoriously dodgy as PD, but nevertheless it must be said. 

The problems with the Public Domain usually arrive with the fly by 
night elements that set up overnight and go bust almost as quickly, leav- 
ing punters in the dark and invariably out of pocket 
The only real way to avoid the Arthur Dally element is to check out 
their ads in respectable magazines and make sure they're well put togeth- 
er. tf possible check a few back issues to see rf they regularly appear in the 
advertisers' index. 



Another dassfc ckrmo 


► 

software, A good example of the 
speed and scale of development is 
provided by one of Britain's bigger 
libraries, Wakefield based 1 7-Bit soft- 
ware. 

Back in February 1 98B they boast- 
ed a library of -40 disks, Now they 
are approaching the 1,500 disk 
mark. Things haven't stabilised yet, 
the library is still growing at an 
impressive rate. 

Looking at 1 7-Bit now, it is diffi- 
cult to retain perspective and keep 
sight of the original PD ideals. 

The organisation occupies its own 
offices with five staff looking after the 
needs of over 19,000 members. 
There is no disputing that Public 
Domain has developed from more 


than a back bedroom pursuit. More 
and more people, perhaps dissatis- 
fied with existing PD sources, are 
opting to set up their own PD 
libraries. Some do it for fun, others 
aim to make their fortune from sell- 
ing other people's voluntary efforts, 

Martyn Brown has been in PD for 
over three years. Known to his 
friends as 'Spadge 1 , he is one of the 
most influential players on the PD 
circuit. He Is reflective on the UK 
Public Domain scene, hankering 
back to the early days when the flop- 
pies were few but the quality was 
high. 

"Our most popular sellers in the 
early days were utility disks, Sonix 
tunes and the Walker demos/ he 
relates, painting illustratively at a 17- 
bit PD catalogue on the table. So 


what sells now? Martyn reveals with- 
out hesitation: "It is all sampled stuff 
now, graphics and sound/ 

No productivity software? 

Martyn breaks the silence pensive- 
ly: "No, not really, it is one of the 
weak spots with Amiga PD. We do 
some utility packs but there is hardly 
anything in the way of decent seri- 
ous software." 

What we now have is a Public 
Domain software base awash with 
demos , innumerable disk utilities 
and workbench hacks, but few useful 
programs. This is quite a contrast to 
the PD scene of a few years ago. 

Free PD? 

PD libraries charge anything from 
50p to £5 for disks. As previously dis- > 


PD the legal language 

For the average newcomer the almost endless variety of legal variations 
beneath the umbrella of the Public domain can make the basically liberal 
philosophy of the business seem very confused. 

To help dear the waters here's a brief guide as to what it all means. 

PD/Freeware 

With this format you're not obliged to send anything to anyone, the 
whole thing is totally free. The only restriction is that the software is not 
sold commercially and if it's distributed to anyone the cost of the disks is 
not meant to exceed the amount required for duplication, packaging and 
postage. 

Shareware 



War and PD 

As you've no doubt noticed there seems to be something 
range war in progress with various factions cutting prices like 
throats and rustling software faster than a cowboy with an insa- 
tiable desire to poke other people's critters. 

This cut throat mood is not solely the fault of the small opera- ■ 
tors but in fact quite the reverse. The targe libraries use their /jo* 
formidable market position to corner various new releases with 
Licence ware agreements which vary in detail but invariably result in ^ 
lire software being tied temporarily or permanently to the library 
question. 

As a result, what's left For the rest becomes very hot prop- 
erty and of course that's when the blood starts to flow. Cult ^ ro Bart slmpH3fl can 

In the PP 




This is by far the most popular format. The idea is to allow you to sample 
the software and if you then use it on a regular basis you're legally bound 
to pay a nominal amount to the author. 

This will usually have the added effect of making you a registered user, 
which generally means technical support and access to the latest 
upgrades. 

Licenceware 

In most cases this distinction only really applies to PD libraries by restrict- 
ing distribution to the library with the particular software franchise in 
question. 

As far as we the punters are concerned the software itself is usually 
Shareware with an occasional exception and should be treated 
accordingly, 

Beerware 

This is a splendidly silly alternative which calls for the donation of 
a six pack of beer to the alcoholic author. Of course if the beer 
monster in question lives in Lapland it could be a lot cheaper 
to send a cheque and a bottle opener 

Charityware 

This is a rare but highly commendable variation on the 
theme. As you've no doubt guessed if you become addicted 
to the program in question you're required to send a donation 
to the charity of either your or the author's choice. 

if your conscience can stand this particular poke in 
the eye and you still don't donate you've got to be 
classed as a very sad character, 


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Paying 

There is an easy alternative to the 
tangled web of licence agree- 
ments: simply cough up the cash 
and make the donation like 
you're supposed to. 

This isn't quite as surreal as it 
seems, There are some definite 
advantages to becoming a regis- 
tered user. Perhaps the biggest 
bonus is access to updates as 
soon as they're available, rot to 
mention the technical support the 
author will be more than happy 
to supply to his new found friend. 

Another twist in the tale 
employed by many a wlley author 
is to only Supply partial versions 
of their software for release within 
the PD. 

Only when you do the decent 
thing and cough up the cash will 
you receive the full-blown all 
singing, all dancing version of the 
software complete with extra 
disks or occasionally even various 
hardware add-ons which will 
allow full use of the software in 
question. 

An alternative method of 
encouragement relies on the 
need for a manual which the 
author will happily trade for the 
appropriate cash incentive. Both 
these methods are becoming 
increasingly popular. 

The only downside for the par- 
tially complete approach is the 
potential for free advertising that 
has already been spotted by a 
good few commercial companies. 

Occasionally it can be really 
useful to get some hands-on 
experience of expensive commer- 
cial packages before you hand 
over your hard earned cash, but 
more often than not the PD alter- 
natives are just advertisements for 
the next ninja mutant hJast-'em- 
U P 


cussed, the actual software 
is free, so where does the 
money go? Again, Martyn Brown 
can offer an insight: jr We charge 
£1.50 for our disks and all we really 
do is cover our costs/' 

Some of the cost can be directly 
accounted for: 35 p on postage and 
packing, SOp on duplication and 5p 
on literature, These factors combined 
account for 50% of the cost. 

That may look as if it leaves 70p 
profit on each disk but there is quite 
a lot to read between the lines. 

From that remaining 70p, the 
library has to pay for lighting, heat- 
ing, telephones, five staff and a 
whole range of other day-to-day 
costs, 

Add to that the production of the 
"Update" 1 disk magazine which is 
sold for only £1 an issue and the cost 
of advertising in magazines. 

With these factors combined you 
won't get much change from 
£40,000 each year. The bottom line 
Is, in order to cover costs 1 7-Bit have 
to sell 85,71 5 disks annually. 

To assist in the duplication pro- 
cess, 1 7-Bit have a professional dupli- 
cator capable of chucking out 
copied, verified disks at the rate of 
1 2B an hour, 

So if you have a bedroom big 
enough and you really do enjoy lick- 
ing stamps there is nothing to stop 
you setting up a library. Don't under- 
estimate the sheer volume of effort 
required though. 

Direct Connection 

it is possible to get your hands on PD 
software without paying a library for 
iL Hundreds of Bulletin Boards exist 
up and down the country providing 
literally thousands of PD programs 
for a wide variety of machines. Up 
until s year or so ago, the Amiga was 
the poor relation online, but we are 
catching up fast. Most BB r s don"t 


Have you paid your licence 

The Licenceware arrangement is something of a mixed blessing. It actually 
contravenes the spirit of PD in the eyes of most aficionados by restricting 
the socialist ideals of the PO concept. 

The trouble with such high ideals is that they are seldom lived up to 
and as a result the poor forgotten fouls who created the software rareiy 
receive the reward they so richly deserve. 

The rewards should come in the form of Shareware donations from the 
hoards of punters who regularly make use of the authors' hard work. 
Unfortunately this very seldom happens and as a result licenceware releas- 
es are destined to dominate PD in the not to distant future. 

The various forms of PD agreement are explained elsewhere in the arti- 
cle but nevertheless it's worth remembering that the vast majority of 
releases are Shareware which leaves you legally bound to contribute to 
the coffers of the author if and when you become a regular user of the 
software. 

in the eyes of many an author the licenceware approach is an ideal 
answer to the problem of non payment. When a product is licenced to a 
particular library the author immediately receives a payment for his 
labours. 

At this point the software doesn't usually become copyright material in 
the normal sense, but it does mean it can't be legally distributed by 
another library. Nevertheless it can usually still be given away, something 
which the average PD library is far from keen on, 

Even though the authors do receive some cash from the library which 
will be distributing their latest releases, it r s by no means enough to retire 
on. As a result there's no reason why a Shareware contribution couldn't 
be made to encourage the authors on to their next minor masterpiece. 

There is a variation on this theme which makes the licenceware con- 
tract valid for a limited period, This is perhaps the best of both worlds, 
allowing the author to see some return, the library to make some profit 
which of course they donate to charity, and lastly for the spirit of PD 
which can fully embrace the software after the licence period expires. 

The old guard may well be completely died in the wool as far as PD 
principals are concerned but with the new mood In the market these high 
ideals are no longer enough to maintain the standard of software which 
the average complacent punter has come to expect. 


charge for downloading software, 
but they usually expect something 
uploaded in return. 

This principal works well, ensur- 
ing that there is always a fresh 
supply ol software available to down- 
load. 

It is important to bear in mind 
that depending on where the bul- 


letin board is r how fast your modem 
can go and how big the program 
you are downloading Is, it could well 
be cheaper to buy the software from 
a library. 

If you are determined to spread 
PD to the masses, it might be worth 
taking the plunge and setting up 
your own Bulletin Board- This isn't as > 


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DIM Filhetttle F®h 
□037 Fractal Flight (1Mb) 

DQ& Fiaxion Horror 
01 70 Girts at Sport Wuslraied 

0210 Good Morning Vielnam 
0169 Itome and Away 

D224 Horror Demos jOver IS only) 
DIM Hypnosis Demo Compilation 
D1 72 indy 500 Game Demo 
0229 INKS and Cascade Derm? 
0200 Iran vs USA 
D197 It Came From Ihq Desert 
D202 Jamie's Mega- mix t 
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0154 J^rr? Revolutions 
0046 Jasper Carroll 
01 92 Jesus Loves Acsd (Superb) 
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0075 Puggs in Space 

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D130 Sam fox 

D1 77 Space Bubbles 

0163 Space Chase (1 Mb} 

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D2S3 Subway tapping World 
□174 Technabrt Came Demo (Hew) 
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M061 aos Stale Ftanwas 
Ml?6AriHfflig Tunes <3 Disks} 
MlOSAwttw Day in Paradise 
Ml 30 Bach Busier 
WllGBack-2-Base 
IW92 Belly Bod 
Ml 37 Crusaders Project Beat 
Mi 35 Deabie Gibson (2 Disks) 

Ml 41 Dirty Dancing 
MIDI Fees The Rhythm 
Ml 39 Flesh far Fantasy 
MM 2 Games Music Creator 
MMSGenesis 

M096 Groove is iriTtw HEsart 
MltaHtfliweef! (2 Disks) 

M093 Iron Maiden 
MIOBJamcracker 
M13B Jester Brothers international 
Ml 00 London Beat 
MD97 Madonna; Vogue (4 Disk Set! 
EkhIIbii) 

MQIflMiaml Vice R^nux 

M05i Mictiael Jackson: Bad 

Ml 20 Original ftps 1 (Bill ol PD Music! 

Ml 21 Original Rips 2 

Ml 22 Original Flips 3 

MD95Pet Shop Boys 2 

M1D7M SJiop Boys: Suburbia 

Ml25Powerpack. Passionate Album 1 

M129DueenLHitalVDela Soul 

Ml 31 Simpsons: Bartman (3 Disks} 

MK45anix House 1 

Ml 09 Synth Music 

Ml 02 Sydney YounglUfwd (Bass X) 

Ml 24 The Power Rani* 

M03l The Wall ■ Pink Floyd 


MD32Walk this Way 

Ml 23 What Time is it love? (1 Mb} 

Ml 33 Zee's Hip-Hop Disk 

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G102 Adventure Disk 

&DM Alt New Star Tiek Game (2 Disksi 

&D73 Autobahn 3DQ0 

GD3.& Breakout 

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G006 Collosus 

GOCS Estmine 

0063 Electric Train Set 

G069 Escape From Jflvl 

&051 Frantic Freddie 

G037 Holy Grail 

Gas? Jeopard (1 Mb) 

GQ7B Umn-ST Ports (Stioot-Em Up} 
G066 Leam and Play 1 
G067 Leam and Play 2 

0075 LettnK 

GD59 Marathon Mmo 

G0&7 Marble-Slide 

GQ74 Master Dt me Town 

GD72 Maslertnindrtlam^&amo 

GG55 Mayflem 

G071 Meiaqallaclic Llamas 

G065 Quizmaster 

G07D S.E.J.C.K, Game 

GD£0 Soakepit 

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GQ75 The Lest Occrest 
G05B The Turn 
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Important p#rt of the PQ Kene 

► cheap as it might sound either 
though, 

Firstfy you will need a fairly meaty 
Amiga, a fast modem and masses of 
storage space. Next you will have to 
get a phone line and pay the quar- 
terly rental. 

You will not be able to hold an 
impressive range of software for 
download on a single floppy Amiga 
500. You really need a hard disk to 
do a board justice, even then it could 
be a struggle. 

As of January this year, the Fred 
Fish library consisted of 530 
megabytes of data spread over 
46, WD separate files. 

ff you really do have more money 
and enthusiasm than sense, you 
would do well to consider a CD ROM 
drive. The Fish collection is available 
□n a single CD for 569,95. 

The politics 

The Public Domain sector seems to 
have changed quite dramatically 
over the years. Something which 
owes its success to a group of enthu- 
siasts working together to promote a 
machine has turned into a much 
more commercial beast, 

As the collection of available soft- 
ware grows, it is obvious that the 
number of distribution outlets and 
methods will increase. At the end of 
the day it is down to Public Domain 
users to keep the industry in check. 
Any library which starts solely for 
profit does not deserve to survive, 
nor will it with the fierce competition 


All change 


A quick, glance at any author's income, or to be more accurate the 
lack of it, is enough to make anyone understand the disillusionment 
whkh drives the talented to the tempting allure of I icenceware and 
possibly on to do the unthinkable. 

Yes there's an even darker side to the business which Is begin- 
ning to appear due to the apathy of the punters. This is the recent 
move by the authors of software such as the massively popular 
PowefPacker series to release their latest versions in the commercial 
sector in a final desperate attempt to make floppies meet. 

This is almost an inevitable move which is brought about solely 
through a lack of support within the PD, As I mentioned earlier the 
complacency regarding quality releases hever fails to amaze me. 

Powerfacker is a fine example. When Ft was in the PD most peo- 
ple never considered posting a Shareware donation but neverthe- 
less these same souls were more than happy to cough up the £7.99 
to buy iUommercialJy. Perceivable value Is a strange beast... 


in today's scene. Martyn Brown 
wryly recalls the early days: "We 
would put a Jot of effort into compil- 
ing disks only to find another library 
copying them and selling them for 
£1 cheaper." 

The whole point of Public Domain 


is that it can be freely distributed so 
things all come back to enthusiasm 
and effort. Martyn is not bitter about 
the re-distribution of software From 
1 7-flit's library. 

He acknowledges that the prac- 
tice can't really be described as pira-> 


The Sfrdutllvt face of Publk Domain 


Fred Fish 


If you look at almost any PD column, sooner or later 
the name Fred Fish is bound to make an appearance, 
The Fred Fish or "Fish disk" collection is the biggest 
and best in the business. 

Good old Fred has been banging out the goods 
since 1985 and as a result it's become the definitive 
collection which covers literally everything to do with 
PD on the Amiga. 

Fred's latest wares are a very hoi item in the PD 
world and the best bits soon find themselves in almost 
every library in the business. If a library boasts a com- 
plete and current collection of Fred's disks it's usually 


safe to say that you're dealing with a professional out- 
fit. 

At the last count Fred's collection came in at around 
the 460 mark so that's the sort of figure you should be 
tacking for. The collection was initially compiled from 
sources mostly within the states but as it's grown it's 
attracted contributors world wide. 

The only real problem with Fred's immense collec- 
tion is its size and variety, so if you're after specific 
items a copy of Aquarium Is essential. This is the 
database which gives a guide to the entire collection 
and should take you stra ight to what's required. 


dI latent and hand wort 
often (rtmbine to produce uideji. 
ff entertaining demo 1 ) 

Back room 

With the business being 99 per 
cent mall order, the temptation to 
set up a couple of drives in a back 
bedroom and dodge the Inquisi- 
tive eye of the tax man is almost 
too much to bear for many an 
acne ridden entrepreneur. 

This often ends in some very 
dodgy operators and virus ridden 
results that can cause misery to 
millions of defenceless files. 
Because of the small scale and lim- 
ited access to new material most 
of the software on offer is usually 
far from new and often less than 
complete. 

A common marketing ploy is to 
be extremely selective when con- 
structing the disks. For example s 
couple of useful utils or the odd 
game may be added and then 
heavily featured in the ads but the 
rest of the disk is invariably com- 
plete rubbish, merely added to 
make up the numbers. 


Amiga Computing 27 




Cover 

Feature 



More of that ever popular PD punult, r*y-tr«n) art 


► cy because there is no copyright on 
the software to start with. 

If you are looking to buy PD soft- 
ware, the message is to shop around. 
A casual flick through this issue of 
Amiga Computing will reveal a myriad 
suppliers eager to provide you with 
their wares. 

See a specialist 

Libraries tend to specialise these 1 days 
in order to cultivate a particular area 
of the market. As Marty n acknowl- 
edged, 1 7-Bit is perhaps not the best 
place to find productivity software, 
but if it is utilities and entertainment 
software you are after, the choice is 
endless, 

Most libraries produce catalogue 
disks, or hard-copy lists. It makes 
sense to scan these carefully before 
committing to buying a lot of disks 
for only a few bits and bobs of soft- 
ware. 

Often you can find the same pro- 
grams you require, packaged up on 
fewer disks within a different library. 

The range and depth of software 
available is evident within the pages 
of Amiga Computing each and every 
month. 

Our Public Domain column aims 
to provide the latest gen on pro- 
grams that are unique, of special 
merit or just plain indispensable. 

To make the most of your Amiga, 
you really should make the most of 
Public Domain. 

The new movement 

If it's quality rather than quantity 
you're after take a look at some of 
the long established libraries which 
produce compilation collections of 
the best software in any specific area. 


These are combined to form the 
definitive PD collections in each par- 
ticular field, They can vary from 
games, utilities, home management, 
clip art and so on. 

If you've not yet delved into the 
domain this is an excellent entry 


point for your first investments. On 
paper it can sometimes appear a 
rather expensive .alternative to single 
disks priced at 99p, but it's worth 
remembering that there's very little 
wasted space and of course you're 
sure that the contents will be rele-, 
vant to your requirements. 

The plastic press 

Another aspect of the domain not 
yet mentioned is the ever expanding 
market for disk-based magazines. If 
you're not familiar with the medium 
a brief explanation is in order. 

These disks are usually monthly 
offerings which are either released 
through the individual libraries in a 
similar format to the licenceware 
arrangement applied to PD software 
or are written and released by the 
larger libraries themselves. 

There are then either bought sep- 
arately or sent to registered sub- 
scribers in a newsletter format. 

If It's literary quality and news 


Private 

collections 

Atang with the PD monsters which 
are distributed to ad Such os fred's 
there are q number of collections 
which o re exclusively distributed 
by individual libraries. 

An example of tflft would be the 
Tbag collection released through 
the Amiigoflufs United. It's a 
monthly offering that takes the 
pick of the PD from the stof« and 
combines it onto a single, extreme- 
ly styiish disk. It's worth enquiring 
with larger libraries about similar 
deaf s they may hove struck with 
other fijfertfom. 

you're after it's probably best to go 
for the independent releases. Aside 
from the quality of the contributors 
there's the added advantage which 
the international input lends to the 
magazine. 

As a consequence of their Email 
upbringing they tend to provide the 
latest stories, software, news and 
reviews from literally all around the 
world, 

Of course one of the main selling 
points of most plastic mags is the 
weird and wonderful collection of 
software bundled with every issue, It 
lends to be something of a mixed 
bag but in general the quality is high 
and of course bang up to date. 

if you check out the Public 
Domain section in this issue you'll 
find a guide to the alternatives which 
should point you in the right direc- 
tion towards the best in the plastic 
press. 

Helping hands 

Another commendable talent of the 
PD is its ability to throw a lifeline to 
those poor souls who are stranded, 
lost and alone with their consuming 
passion for some sort of bizarre 
Amiga application 

If you're one of these poor unfor- 
tunates try contacting one of the 
larger libraries and they should be 
able to put you in touch with various 
clubs that deal with everything from 
fractals to C programming. 

Most of these clubs release 
monthly newsletters full of hints, tips 
and reviews which cover everything 
to do with their particular passion, so 
even the keenest enthusiast should 
be kept happy For hours, months or 
even years. 



Digitised pictures a nr very popular... 


Why do they do it? 

Even if you prefer a poke in the eye to the average scrolly demo you can't 
fail to be impressed with the incredibly clever coding which goes in to pro- 
ducing these amazing combinations of graphics and sound. 

Km far from a fan of the average scroll routine but I must admit the 
quality of the coding never fails to impress. 

The obvious question is, why aren't these guys and gais making a for- 
tune writing the next software smash? 

Well, quite simply that's exactly what they intend to do and a jaw drop- 
ping demo is just the thing to attract the attention of the software houses. 
Many a scrolly demo expert has moved on to coding classics for the com- 
mercial sector. 

It's not only coders who benefit from the demo scene. If you're looking 
to break into the serious side of Amiga music, joining a coding team may 
weil be a route to fame and, if you get noticed, perhaps even a bit of for- 
tune. 


28 Amiga Computing 




GRAPHICS 

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'Rollerpede isn't a blindingly original 
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original to budget compilations, 
What's new about this implemen- 
tation is that it's free and at least as 
much fun as the game that hooked 
so many of us in the arcades back in 
the early eighties (sound of nostalgic 
music in background), 

Ah - those were the 
days! When sprites were 
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blasting meant just that 
- no softie multi-colour 
games in the old days! 

Defender and 
Ga/oxierni were two 
of the most popular 
games around, 
offering raw non- 
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none of the frills 
associated with 
today's games 
(any more nos- 
talgia and 
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Ed) but 
arguably the 
most addic- 
tive was Centipede, on 
which our own floJfefpede is based. 

The object of the game is to blast 
as many aliens as possible before 
your own inevitable demise, racking 
up as many points at possi- _ 
ble in the process. To aid you 
in this you have a generous 
five lives at the start of the 
game, and it soon becomes 
obvious why you need so many, 

The game starts with a better 



Arcade action to keep 
your joystick jiggling 
with Matthew 
Donkin's superb 
shoot-em-up. Kill 
those creepies! 


than average 
Sound tracker 
tune, and 

offers two 

screens of basic 
information on 
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you can expect to 
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is smooth and fast, and 
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the job without assaulting the 
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is entirely judder-free, 

Speed is a prime concern in the 
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screen begins to fill up with mush- 
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will snake down at great speed, and 
can squish the hapless 
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Super samples 



Directory Tune-oZ-lhe-Month 


A little while back, we received a disktui of samples 
which had our jaws dropping even as we listened to 
them. Twenty Cuts, Breaks and Scratches' from Paul 
Hill (of De-Bugging the Wack, Northampton) was a disk 
containing some of the best Amiga samples any of us 
had ever heard, and we couldn't resist using them. 

Unfortunately, it would be unfair to devote an entire 
coverdisk to samples, as our non-musical readers would 
hasten to tell you, so we've done the next best thing 
and decided to supply as many of our favourites as 
space on the disk permits. 

This month, you'll find a 'samples' sub-directory in 
the Tune-ofthe-Month directory and in it you'll find six 
superb samples. Four of these are special effects which 


you could use in a tune it you really wanted tOj but 
which are mainly just good fun, or of use to those using 
Walt Disney's Animation Studio and who'd like to add 
SFX to their cartoons. 

The other two samples, however, are from Paul Hill's 
disk and are guaranteed to grab your attention, 

Funky Drummer and Boyee are lengthy samples 
which you can use as a basis for a house or hip-hop 
tune. If you doubt the ease with which you can make 
music on your Amiga, load these into last month's 
coverdisk sensation, M£D vB.OO, and play them using 
the 'U' key (this is the pitch at which they seem most 
happy). You should qukkiy spot the potential for using 
such high quality sounds in your own compositions. 


shot or two. The first few levels 
aren't loo taxing as long as you can 
shoot fast enough, but when the 
aliens begin to manifest themselves 
in forms other than the standard 
Rollerpede, things can rapidly 
get hairy, There are four 
special alien types: UFOs, 
Walkers, Seekers, and 
Spiders. 

Nefarious nasties 

UFO's are easy enough to avoid, 
They simply fly along the top of the 
screen dropping strings of bombs 
which, although not very dangerous 
on their own, can detract consider- 
ably from your life expectancy when 
you're trying to dodge attacks from 
three other directions, Shooting 
them as soon as they appear is, 
the best way to deal with 
them, and will earn 
you 1500 points. 

Seekers are a bit 
more of a pain. They 


32 Amiga Computing 



1 




Tune of the Month 

A uthor: Aigan Jchunocbar 


0K r we said we'd bring you 
something special to make up for 
the lack of a Tune of the Month 
lajt month, so we did. In your 
Tune-of-the- 
Month drawer 
you'll find not 
one, but two, 
excellent 
tunes and a 

directory full of top quality sam- 
ples into the bargain! 

Rocket and Confused 
caught our attention 
because they are different 
and because they utilise 
MED's sequencing capabilities 
without falling prey to its inher- 
weaknesses. In other words, 
they may have been written with 
the aid of a sequencer, but they 
don't sound Tike sequences. 

It is all too easy, when using a 
tool like MED, to fall into bad 


habits and to produce music that 
Is repetitious and bland. With so 
many easy exits provided for in 
MED, the overwhelming tempta- 
tion is to give tn 
and follow along 
the beaten track 
(no pun intend- 
ed), and just cut 
or paste the same 
block of music, with a few varia- 
tions, until it's long enough to 
pass off as a song. 

The user can't be completely 
to blame, because all sequencers 
encourage to a certain extent the 
sort of repetitious techniques 
which are responsible for this 
type of computer music. 
However, when you hear songs 
like the two we've chosen this 
month, you have to admit that 
there can be little excuse For lazy 
composing. 


HI lUfif’-Gf- 1 ’ha "Meath 


Confused 


Rocket 


L3S 


appear at the bottom of the screen 
and look something like SCUD mis- 
sile launchers. The difference 
between these and real SCUDS, 
however, soon becomes apparent 
when they home in on you with 
something approaching accuracy. 

Shoot the missiles to preserve 
M i your peace of mind and 
JML boost your score by 1000 
m points, 

L Walkers are extremely 
F annoying because they 
■ can't be killed. They crawl 


slowly along the bottom of the 
screen, firing From time to time, and 
force you to hop over them. As this 
can often mean colliding with a pass- 
ing rollerpede, Walkers are about the 
most annoying aliens of all. Avoid 
them until they walk oh the edge of 
the screen. 

Spiders at first 
seem dangerous, 
but they soon 
become a welcome 
sight. This is because although they 
bounce around and can kill at a 





How to use The Disk 


First of all, you must make a back-up 
copy of the e overdisk. To do this, boot- 
up with your copy oF Workbench, then 
double click on the Workbench disk 
icon, followed by the Shell or CU icon. 
Now type- 

DISKCGPY FROM DfO: TO DFO; 

f 

or, if you have an- extra disk drive, put a 
blank, formatted disk in DFl: and type: 

DISKCOPV FROM DFO: TO DF1 ; 

Follow the on-screen prompts until the 
copying procedure has ended, then 
put your original disk aw* y In a safe 
place. Now switch off the machine and 
wait For 10 seconds before: re-booting 
with the copy. Wait until the 
CoverDiskl 7 icon appears, double dkk 
on it and away you go. 

That's all you need do to make a 
straight copy of the entire disk. 
However, you may also want to to 


copy individual programs from your 
copy of the coverdisk to a separate 
disk. In this case ensure that you fully 
understand which related files need to 
go with It. 

For example, all of the document 
files on the disk require that the text 
editor PFmore is in Bhe current disk's C; 
directory. Therefore, if you copy the 
docs to a new disk you writ also have to 
copy PPmore to the new C: directory 
before you can read them. 

Some of the smaller docs will not 
have been crunched, so lor these you 
need only change the tool types on the 
icon's info screen to reflect whichever 
text editor you do have m the new 
disk. 

As a general rule, you should care- 
fully read the documentation for any 
program you copy from disk to disk. 

This can save a great deaf of mess- 
ing about and can help you avoid ali 
those infuriating error messages? 


Amiga Computing 33 









touch, they are the player's passport 
to power-ups.. Shoot a spider and 
one of four types of power-up 
appears ready to be collected, and 
let me assure you that success is 


impossible in this game without i 
healthy supply of them. 

The most useful power-up, as with 
all arcade games, is the one which 
grants extra firepower. Rollerpede's 
version takes the simple expedient of 


These unmissable utilities can all be 
found in the UTILITIES directory, You 
can't miss it - its the big set of tools 
in the disk's main window. 


ImageED and 
PasteGadgels 

Author Ofof Leimonn 
These two utilities wort best in com- 
bination, and give the user freedom 
to mess about in any way he or she 
chooses with the Amiga's 'system 
gadgets'. 

System gadgets are the gadgets 
you click on to re-size a window, 
push it to the background, pull it to 
the foreground, or close it. You're 
normally stuck with the bland stan- 
dard gadgets, but with ImageEd, the 
user can load up the existing system 
gadgets, alter them at will, and save 
them as either raw binary or C source 
code. 

Using PasteCadgets, the cus- 
tomised gadgets can then be loaded 
In as part of” a disk's startup- 
sequence, lending your favourite 
disks an air of customised quality, 

ImageEd's limitations are that it 
cannot utilise IFF images, so that all 
systemgadgets must be defined with 
Its restricted single pixel drawing 
mode, and its failure to use a file 
requestor These bugs {if you can call 
them that) aren't really all that dam- 
aging, however, as ImageEd and 
PasteCadgets remain easy and fun to 
use. Fuller documentation for both 
can be found on the coverdisk. 


sensitive files resisted to ail but those 
who know the pass-code, thus ren- 
dering them infinitely safer, 

To protect a file using Encrypt, 
simply type the following: 


Ensryflt rodkt cudeZ 


The Encrypt routine will then jumble | 
the file according to the two codes 
and overwrite the original file. To 
decypher the file, just use the same 
passwords and the file will be | 
restored to its original form. 

The big drawback with Encrypt is j 
that it is not a 'runtime' encoder. 
Powerfacker is a good example of a [ 
runtime program because it com- 
presses a file, then attaches a header 
to it which sets out how it will de- 
compress. To use an Encrypted file, 
however, the user would have to go 
through the CLI prior to every file 
access. 

This means that Encrypt could be 
too time-consuming for the casual 
user who happens to be security-con- 
scious, and makes it of mom use to 
those with a real need for privacy an 
his or her system. 


Encrypt 

Author: Steve Meredith 
Have you ever stored files of a sensi- 
tive nature on your Amiga and 
wished there was some way of pro- 
tecting them from prying eyes? You 
may have stored financial informa- 
tion in an address book program or 
database, or may simply wish there 
was some way to protect your love 
letters from discovery. Privacy can be 
precious! 

Have you tried the AmigaDQS 
command PROTECT <fiiename> R 
SUB? This would remove the READ 
bit from the filename's flag set so 
that the file's contents could not be 
examined until the flag was reset. 
Mol a bad defence against Amiga- 
illiterate snoopers, but hardly of use 
against the prowler with a knowl- 
edge of AmigaDOS. 

By using Encrypt, you can make 


JMenu 

Author: fim Coffins 

jMenu is a PD program designed to 
allow any average Amiga owner with 
no knowledge of C or Assembler to 
generate professional looking menus 
from his or her own script files. 

it requires the burning of a few 
brain ceils to use, but the results are 
worth the effort. To see it in action, 
click in the CL window at the bot- 
tom of your screen to activate It, 
then type 


CD SfSilltHIttn/JfteflU <IETURH> 
ExscwU Exiiplef <BETU*I> 


You may get error 20: out of memory \ 
when using an unexpanded Amiga 
500. If so, reboot your coverdisk, 
interrupt the startup by pressing 
CTRl-D as soon as boot-up begins, 
then type in the lines as above. 

JMenu works as a command with- 
in a script file. When it is executed, it 
calls its own special script file defin- 
ing what choices the menu will offer 
and what actions the Amiga should 
take in response. 

Once the user makes a choice by 
clicking on the mouse, the response 
Is carried out and control is passed 

Iml fils Thit 


iKo 




Treasure Island 

Author: Tony Heap 


Treasure Island is a 
text-only adventure in 
I the classic mould. 

| Where it differs from 
many others, however, 
is that you could write 
it yourselfl 

It was generated 
using Heyley Soft- 
ware's HatRack I! 
adventure generation 
system, a piece of soft- 
ware designed to make adventure 
game writing as easy as possible, 
Anyone who has ever used The Quffi 
or Professional Adventure Writer from 
Gilsoft will be familiar with this sort 
of utility, and might even have 
regretted the lack of such a pro- 
gram on the Amiga. 

You might be asking yourself 
who on earth still plays text adven- 
tures these days, but I remember 
reading a debate on the issue in 
that excellent, if short-lived, com- 
puter mag Miicra Adventurer back in 
1964 or thereabouts, and even then 
the pundits were concluding that 
the genre's days were numbered. 

As far as major commercial 
releases go, that's more or less true 
today, but there are still a huge 
number of adventure fans out there, 
and if the number of lovingly-craft- 
ed FO text adventures is anything 
to go by, they enjoy writing and 
playing them as much as ever. The 
text adventure is nowhere near as 
dead as they were predicting seven 
years ago. 

just in case you're completely 
new to computer games, and 
wouldn't know a Zork if it sat up 
and bit you in the nether regions, 
here's a quick guide to get you 
started. 

You move around your text- 
defined world either by entering 
the directions as keyboard torn- 
; mands or by clicking on 
the graphical compass 
which the HatRack system 
uses for all games. A 


Enough to bring a nostalgic sigh Irom 
older gamers - a text -only adventure 

tion with the computer is carried 
out entirely through the parser. 

A parser is a word recognition 
routine which converts what you 
type into commands the computer 
can act on, and the HatRack sys- 
tem's parser is as flexible as the best 
of them. 

It relies on the usual Verb- Noun 
double act ("GET SWORD",, for 
example) but can also cope with 
adverbs, adjectives, and pronouns 
("GET THE BIG SWORD AND HEAVI- 
LY THRASH THE SUMY EDITOR 
WITH IT", for instance). The begin- 
ner should thus be able to get his or 
her wishes across to the computer 
with relatively little fuss. 

Treasure Wand is a demo adven- 
ture, and is therefore quite small 
with only sixteen locations. It is a 
complete game in itself, however, 
and contains a tricky problem 
whose solution you'll have to pon- 
der for a while. If nothing else it 
should give latter day gamers a 
taste of what they missed when 
Infoccm 
closed its 
doors 


34 Amiga Computing 



ithtiut a 

, as with 
e which 
irpEde's- 
tteinLof 


doubling the prayer's rate of fire, 
which can have a dramatic effect on 
your greeme-totalling ability. It 
should be gobbled up as soon as it 
appears on screen as all power-ups 
disappear after a few seconds if not 


collected. 

The second most useful Is the 
'extra man' power-up. These appear 
less frequently than most but are a 
quick and easy route to survivability. 
The problem with very desirable 


hut those y JJJ 
thus ren- y ^ 


Encrypt, 



UH> 

in jumble 
w codes 
I file. To 
the same 
will be 

frcrypt is 
encoder, 
nple of a 
it tom- 
i header 
. will de- 
rted file, 
ve to go 
very file 



could be 
e casual 
irity-cor- 
e use to 
waey on 



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gned to 
ner with 
Tibler to 
| menus 


rf a few 
suks are 
i action, 
ihe hot* 
ivate it, 


m 


memory 
I Amiga 
«rdist r 
tessing 
begins, 

id with- 
luted, it 
E defirv 
util offer 
should 



idite by 
espouse 
passed 
k. This 



would enable you, for instance, to 
call a menu from your startup- 
sequence to offer a variety of startup 
options, such as a NoFastMem start- 
up, or a stripped-down Workbench, 

More usefully, the program gives 
average owners the ability to define 
menus which hold simple cfick-and- 
go 'macro' style operations of their 
choke. The possible uses are restrict- 
ed only by your imagination and 
requirements. 

The documentation supplied with 
JMenu is rather brief, so you might 
find a few words on its technical 
aspects of some help. Syntax is of the 
form 


Jlinu cttrfptiiiH> <uiMiblenaie> 

where scriptname is the file contain- 
ing information on the menu itself, 
and variablename is the variable 
whkh will hold the user's response. 

The scriptname fife is made up of 
three main types of information. 
Every menu is made up of TITLE 
lines, which the user can use as be or 
she likes, MENU fines which hold the 
choices which will actually be dis- 
played, and EXEC lines which hold 
the AmigaDOS actions to be carried 
out as a result of the user's choice. 

To define a menu, you must create 
a script file listing your MENU chok- 
es, then the corresponding EXEC 
responses in the same order. 

As long as you put a space 
between the keywords (MENU and 
EXEC) and the text, |Menu will read 
these and execute them accordingly. 
See the example below as an Illustra- 
tion, 

TITLE. TUj Is in tiiapli s*r<u 
TITLE Just to Let ruu set (ton 
TITLE Jlinu mkt 


HENU Print i silly arssjge 
NEIIi Print an even sillier lesiije 
IEIU Print in absurd its sags 

FHC Echo "| Like ?tt" 

EKE E Echo "l Like tin Irefiiierfis'’ 

EKEI fcfco h | like the Sit liero" 

The menu defined above would be 
tailed by a line in a script file some- 
thing like this: 

JINmi sUlytKiapla w»M 

and would display the menu shown 
In the )Menu screen shot, 

One last thing to remember about 
JMenu is that it treats the EXEC 
Amiga DOS command as an environ- 



A silly e*empic menu - but yog <*m be 
serious tfyauiikvf 


ment variable, and will attempt to 
write to the ENV: device, which is 
where all environment variables are 
stored. 

Normally, ENV; is set up either as a 
real directory on your disk or, more 
commonly, is assigned in the startup- 
sequence as being the RAM: disk. 

This has already been done in 
CoverDisk 20's startup-sequence, but 
if you move the program to a new 
disk, you will- have to put the line 

ASSIGN £H¥; RM|; 

in its startup-sequence or type It into 
CLI before using }Menu. 

Finally, feel free to experiment 
with JMenu. There are quite a few 
example scripts and menus In the 
JMenu directory, not all of which will 
work from your coverdisk because 
they require AmigaDOS commands 
not In the disk's O directory, but all 
of which will work ff you transfer 
JMenu to a Workbench disk. 


ColourKwik 

Author: Adam Lock 

ColourKwik is one of those time-sav- 
ing utilities which is only really appre- 
ciated by those who have tried the 
alternatives. It makes it easy for the 
user to alter and save to disk any sin- 
gle set of Workbench colour prefer- 
ences, and can save a great deal of 
messing about. 

For example, if you're one of 
those people (Dennis Morden not 
included) who have booted up a PD 
disk or a coverdisk, and enjoyed the 
Workbench colours it used enough to 
try to emulate them, you'll already 
know how hellish a task ft can be to 
fiddle with the colour settings In 
preferences. 

Now all you r\eed do is run the 
ColourKwik program and then save 
your palette to disk. The obvious 
advantages are that you can ship 
colour palletes from disk to disk with- 
out the pointer and other prefer- 
ences Information contained in the 
system -prefemces file, and that by 
using ColourKwik you can easily alter 
the colours on a disk which doesn't 
contain the Preferences program. 



power-ups such as this is that you 
often get yourself killed In the over- 
eager rush to collect them! 

The other two are not as exciting, 
but Shield can come In very handy 
and Boost will earn you a welcome 
few extra points. Don't bust a gut to 
reach these amidst a swarm of roller- 
pedes, but pick them up if you can. 

We're sure you'll like Rollerpede, 
even if you have seen Its like before. 
It'S fast, fun, and addictive. Enjoy! 


Think you can do better? 
Want to be famous? 


We ore always an the lookout Tor new 
quality Amiga proems for the ooverdl* 
rf you think you have written something 
good enough for others to shore and 
enjoy,, please send It in and we J l have a 
look. 

The Amfgo Computing coverdisk is u»d 
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J ~ une 1988; A new magazine 
launches to cater for the 
growing Amiga community. 
And 4, OH pages later you have 
arrived at this feature. 

The pages in between have seen 
Amiga Computing cover virtually 
every aspect of the Amiga, 

We have carried everything from 
getting started with the Amiga, 
through to making the 
most of the machine 
with numerous soft- 
ware tutorials and 
hardware projects. 

Then editor, 

Simon Rockman 
summed up 
Amiga Com 
puting J s pio 
neering spirit 
with our 
opening 
editorial In 
issue one; 

" Welcome 
to Amiga Computing. A 
magazine produced by a staff 
which lives and breathes the Amiga - 
from days of careful planning with 
Super base to long nights playing 
Arkanoid. If you enjoy your Amiga 
as much as we enjoy ours then this is 
the magazine for you." 

A flick through our 36 back issues 
reveals a community of computer 
enthusiasts growing month by 
month with their machine, 

Over die last three years we have 
witnessed the Amiga develop from 
an enthusiast's machine into a truly 
affordable mass market home com- 
puter 

Amigo Computing has gone 
through exactly the same evolution, 
widening our scope as the computer 
we serve continues to expand and 
develop its diverge range of features 
and capabilities. 

A nostalgic focus on our first issue 
reveals an uncanny number of paral- 
lels between June 1988 and the pre- 
sent day. Take for example our lead 
news story in issue one: ''Amiga 
catches up with ST." 

In that piece, we published the 
results of an ad-hoc survey of 100 
computer dealers. We were pleased 
to report that in the Midlands and 
South-East the Amiga was outselling 
its arch rival, the Atari ST r two to 
one. 

One of the dealers surveyed, Steve 
Kingston from Bath Computer 
Shack, offered an interesting insight 
into the then Amiga market "The ST 
buyer I regard as an XR3 type aged 


from 25 to 35. But, strangely 
enough, the Amiga purchaser seems 
younger, with the exception of those 
people from, the vertical markets 
such as video production." 

Steve was certainly right to pin* 
point video production as an area 
where the Amiga would later estab- 
lish a foothold to be envied by other 
computer manufacturers. 

This can be credited more to the 
enthusiasm of third party peripheral 
manufacturers than any vision 
an the part of 
Commodore. 

The parallel be- 
tween our first and 
current issues contin- 
ues with the Bards Tale 
adventure series from 
Electronic Arts providing 
a link. 

Back in '88 we took a 
look at the original In our 
first leisure software feature. 
Now, three years and several 
thousand pages later, we are 
looking at the latest in the series, 
Bards Tale III, with equal commit- 
ment and enthusiasm. 

Phil South introduced the Cll to - 
eager beginners in issue one. Again a 
parallel can be drawn. Stevie 
Kennedy's ' Beginners Guide to the 
CIT series continues in this issue, 
introducing a new batch of begin- 
ners to the mysteries of the Amiga's 
command tine. 

Forgetting the past for a moment, 
here and now in 1991 the Amiga is 
probably the most exciting hardware 
platform to write about. We could 
not hope for a more diverge range of 
users, all trying to sway the maga- 
zine in different directions, 

Amiga Computing receives letters 
daily from readers: some praise, 
some criticise, but all care passion- 
ately about their machines. That fact 
was only too dearly borne out when 
I dared to comment on the relative 
merits of the beloved Amiga 1000 in 
a previous article. 

The quantity and quality of argu- 
ments from dedicated 1 000 owners 
defending their machine was truly 
breathtaking, * 

The running theme through 
every issue of Am/go Computing 
over the last three years has been 
progression. Virtually every expan- 
sion avenue from bard disks to local 
area networking and modems has 
been explored. 

Qur features have focussed on 
Amigas in the classroom, on the race 
track and even in the tunnels of the 


Back 

to the 
future 


What does a birthday, a magazine and 
a potato have in common? 

Eddie McKendrick blows the dust off 
our back issues to find out 


London Underground, 

August 1989 saw the launch of 
Britain's first Amiga dedicated 
CoverDisk, Since then, our cover 
mounted media has provided 
megabyte upon megabyte of enter- 
tainment and utility software. 

The first disk featured two 
playable game demos. Since then we 
have responded to readers views and 
shied away from making our disk an 
advertising platform for software 
houses. 

Instead our Cover- 
Disk has 





become an integral part of the publi- 
cation, providing support programs 
for articles and stand alone software 
that really make the most of your 
Amiga. 

Other magazines have since 
jumped on the coverdisk bandwag- 
on, but none can claim to be as 
diverse or truly useful as those affixed 
to the front of Amiga Computing. 

Over the months our disk has 
been the source of numerous exclu- 
sives including the excellent 
StD directory utility, MED the 
music editor and even an 
official Commodore 
Workbench upgrade. The 
CoverDisk has proven its 
worth with our readers 
time and time again. 

As an experiment 
we withdrew the disk 
in February 1990 and 
reduced the price of 
Amiga Computing by 
£1,00. Reader response was over- 


38 Amiga Computing 


r 




Birthday 






vfAMJGA 


whelming - it was m 
dear that our calculated" 
ment had gone more than slightly 
wrong, 

In order to cool our switchboard 
down and stop our postbag over- 
flowing the disk was hastily returned, 
It hasn 't looked back since. 

Around the Amiga 
world in 36 issues... 

It would be impossible to summarise 
all the major events Amiga 
Computing covered in its first three 
years. Instead here is a fook at the 
more quirky side of the 
machine. 


JUNE 1988 

A magazine with the 
internal working tide 
of "Your Potato' 1 hits 
the news-stands. By 
the time it gets into 
the sweaty hands of 


mi 

the pub- 
lic, it assumes the 
more formal title of Amiga 
Computing, The launch issue features 
a look at what Ires in store for the 
Amiga, 

JULY 1988 

We herald the arrival of the F/A IB 
Interceptor flight simulation, With a 
score of 9*6% Simon Rockman confi- 
dently described it as "The greatest 
Amiga game ever, You will believe a 
computer can make you fly." 

AUGUST 1988 

Palace software announce that 
they are doing a 
special version of 
their "Barbarian 
ll jr packaging fol- 
lowing complaints 
from Boots about 
the scanty attire of 
Maria Whittaker. 


SEPTEMBER 
1988 

Hewson Software 
enters the Amiga soft- 
ware market with the 
title Netherworld, Last 
month the company 
was put into voluntary 
receivership. 

OCTOBER 
1988 

The USA Department of 
Defense suffered a break-in. An 
Amiga with a 6B030 being 
used to simulate enemy attacks 
was stolen. Obviously it didn't pre- 
dict that the enemy would come ir 
through the bathroom win- 
dow, 

NOVEMBER 
1988 

A Commodore 
spokesman said 
that Workbench 
1 .3 was "realised 
but not yet 
shipping. 1 " 

DECEMBER 
1988 

While other computer com- 
panies are suffering a DRAM 
famine, Commodore are claiming 
to control 40% of the world 
memory market, "We are still 
building PCs and Amigas at a time 
when several other manufactures are 
struggling to keep their plants turn- 
ing over," a bullish Commodore 
spokesman commented. 

JANUARY 1989 

We take a look at the official 
Commodore BBC emulator, A prod- 
uct designed to help the Amiga 
break into the classroom. The emula- 
tor won't run games or any program 
which breaks Acorn rules. Slow at 
machine code, but magnificent for 
running educational software. 

FEBRUARY 1989 

A new strain of Amiga virus is discov- 
ered. The IRQ virus is different 
because it corrupts programs rather 
than disks. Also Commodore US 
"strongly disagrees" with a tax bill of 
S74.1m from the IRS. 


MARCH 1989 

The Amiga is fast approaching a 
worldwide user base of 1 million. 
Commodore announce plans to 
ensure that an ongoing supply 


of new hardware and software is 
developed to service this vast array 
of new users. 


APRIL 1989 

Commodore announce the A590 
external hard drive and put it up for 
public inspection at the Which? 
Computer Show. 


MAY 1989 

The John Menzies store chain starts 
to back the Amiga by announcing it 
wfIJ be carried in 1 4 of their outlets, 
At the time of announcing a de- 
emphasis of Atari's machine, 
Menzies' merchandising manager 


Bob Shinglton confides: "The volume 
of Atari ST sales certainly did not 
come up to our expectations". 


JUNE 19a? 

In the aftermath gf the Lockerbie air 
disaster, an Amiga 2000 is teamed 
with video to reconstruct the site of 
the crash so police can work out 
what happened immediately pnor to 
the accident. 


JULY 1989 

WordPerfect corporation in Utah USA 
announce that they have closed their 
Amiga development sec- 
tion. It Is clear 


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JUNE 1990 

The Amiga 3000 drew closer with a 
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Computer Show.. ''The Tipster" horse 
racing form speculator program fell 
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National, The only horse tipped by 
the software came in fourth. 


JULY 1990 

Amiga Computing provides the first 
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Amiga 3000 but we are still waiting 
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Blit relates the woeful tale of Green,, 
our then Reviews Editor who was run 
over by a car during an assignment 
in Dublin. 


AUGUST 1990 

Commodore officially announces 
CDTV at the CE5 show in Chicago. 
Staying on the theme of innovation, 
Mandarin software release the eager- 
ly awaited AMOS games creator. 


SEPTEMBER 1990 

120 schools in Derbyshire would be 
teaching their pupils Japanese using 
Commodore's CDTV technology. The 
unlikely move is a result of Toyota's 
decision to build a £7O0m car assem- 
bly plant within the county- 


OCTOBER 1990 

Silica Systems announce the arrival 
of the ATonce PC emulator for the 
Amiga. Thousands of Amiga owners 
are terrorised by the Lamer II virus 
distributed on the now defunct 
rAMpage disk magazine. Ocean soft- 
ware admitted that the copy protec- 
tion on F-29 Retaliator caused some 
copies to crash due to problems with 
the tolerance of some disk drive 
units. 


NOVEMBER 1990 

Surprise surprise.., Commodore 
announce delays to the launch 
of CDTV. The company is now 
citing a mid-February launch 
as probable. 


DECEMBER 1990 

Amiga Computing veterans 
get a shock as the first 
"new look" issue hits the 
street. The cover features 
a hideously mutated 
creature - even after 
extensive make-up you 
can't fail to be 
appalled by the sight 
of Stephen White. 


Whlfh fide 
the make-up on.? 


that despite previous promises, they 
will not be producing any further 
versions of WordPerfect for the 
Amiga. 


AUGUST 1989 

The Amiga 3000 is on 
the way at last, So is 
Kickstart 1.4* but 
not for a while. Also 
in September, 
Commodore 
warn people to 
be wary of grey 
imports and 
WH Smith 
triples the 
number of 
Tfi bit 
games it will stock. 


SEPTEMBER 1989 

A Swinton licensee took swift action 
when FAST, the Federation Against 
Software Theft, stepped in to tell him 
an illegal software copying den was 
being run in the back room of his 
pub. "It was so blatant" said a 
spokesman for FAST, 


OCTOBER 1989 

Commodore issues a statement con- 
firming that Amiga 1000 owners 
have not been abandoned. In the 
same statement Commodore also 
announces that the ECS will not 
work with the 1 000. 


NOVEMBER 1989 

Nick "Green" Vietch joins the 
Amiga Computing team. 
One of his first assign- 
ments is to meet Elvira, 
the result of which 
forms our caption 
competition in this 
month's Rock Lobster. 


DECEMBER 1989 

Marketing manager Jeff Earl leaves 
Commodore "to persue his own 
interests". The company famous for 
having more doors marked "exit" 
than "welcome" does not yet ask 
new recruits to sign the visitors book. 


JANUARY 1990 

With 45 shopping days before 
Christmas, Commodore rather meek- 
ly announces It has sold out of 
Amiga 500s. The reason for such 
huge success is the simultaneous 
launch of Ocean's "Batman" game 
and the Commodore Amiga 500 
bundle bearing the same name. 


JANUARY 1991 

The Amiga 1 500 hits the streets and 
our reporters hit the floor when they 
encounter a retailer selling "free" 
Commodore T-shirts off his stand at 
the Commodore Christmas Show, 


FEBRUARY 1991 

We report on the worldwide frenzy 
caused by the football simulation 
Kick Off 2. The software was report- 
ed to have drawn a crowd of 1 5,000 
players at a league event in Italy and 
caused a police crowd control unit to 
intervene during a German event, 


FEBRUARY 1990 

First hints of a Imb Amiga 500 come 
to light as Commodore start to ship 
the machine with space for the extra 
512k on the motherboard. Also jn 
Feburary, Amiga Computing stops the 
CoverDisk and reduces the price of 
the magazine by £1 , 


MARCH 
1990 

CDTV was reported 
to have been shown 
to "favoured" devel- 
opers in California. Also 
Commodore celebrated 
its 2Q0 r 0QQth Amiga 500 
sale in the UK 


APRIL 1990 

Commodore were reported 
to be "furious" at leaks con- 
firming that the Civil Aviation 
Authority would be using Amiga 
2000s to train pilots. Their fury cen- 
tred around a headline in "Computer 
Weekly*, a trade magazine for data 
processing managers, "Flight Con- 
trollers to train on games kit" was 
not appreciated by the company. - 


MAY 1990 

We previewed perhaps the most suc- 
cessful utility program for the Amiga 
ever - AM05*the creator. In the 
same issue we announced that 
Amr^d Computing would be pub- 
lished on paper that was "kinder to 
the environment." You can sleep 
safe in the knowledge that Amiga 
Computing is printed on paper which 
uses a chemithermo-mechanical pro- 
cess which Is greener than older 
methods. 


MARCH 1991 

Commodore announce that they 
sold an amazing HtyOOQ A5Q0s in 
the UK over the pre-Christmas period 
of October-December, In the same 
issue we start to ask questions about 
software censorship. The letters of 
response are still coming in. 


APRIL 1991 

It's that CDTV thing again... 
Commodore's press guru Andrew 
Ball is still talking about a spring 
launch for the multi-media system. 
In the same issue we report on an 
interactive skateboard launched by 
Cheetah. Aeroskate connects to the 
games system or computer then the 
player jumps aboard using balance 
and Jeans left or right to avoid being 
zapped during the game . 


MAY 1991 

Amiga Computing receives a letter 
from the Gulf congratulating Page 
One Public Domain on shipping their 
wares to the war zone so quickly, 
CDTV is getting closer with a demon- 
stration of Its capabilities on the 
BBC's Tomorrows World science pro- 
gramme, Commodore announce that 
the Screen Gems package will be 
shipped with lmb memory as stan- 
dard for a limited period. 


Amiga Computing 41 


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ATOMINO - Psygnosis 

Vou don l need to he an Einstein to have fun with atoms, at least 
that's what Psygnosis would have us believe with their latest release. 
The basic idea is to construct molecules by piecing together atoms. 
Each atom that you place has a certain number of electrons that 
orbit around It, all of which must he linked before you successful 
build up a completed molecule. Expect it really soon for the usual 
Psygnosis price. 


STORMBALL - Millennium 

If you thought rugby was a tough game, fust wait until you get a load of the 
kind of antics that the players get up to in Millennium's latest release, 
Stormball. Billed as J the sport of the future', Stormball looks like-a cross 
between Speedbail and 3D soccer that sees up to two pfayers simultaneously 
battling, it out in a split-screen 3D game. Rules seem to be an afterthought too 
- put simply, anything goes so you'd better put on your pads unless you want 
to end up eating hospital food. 


LEMMINGS 2 - Psygnosis 

Lemmings fanatics will be over the moon to team that DMA pro- 
grammer Dave Jones has already started work on a follow up r It 
still has a very long way to go before we get the chance to saw 
even more of those little green-haired fellows from certain death, 
but Dave is optimistic that the game should be ready for some 
* time later this year 

According to Dave, the gameplay format is very similar to the 
original, but there's a greater amount of interaction with the 
background. Lemmings can now pick up objects, move them 
about and even use them to heip complete each screen, There 
are also many more tasks that can be assigned to lemmings. 



PRO TENNIS TOUR 2 -00/ Soft 



Zee french know o thing or two they've produced a follo w up in the 
about producing tennis gomes shape of the incredibly imagina- 
which they more than adequately tiveiy named Pro Tennis Tour 2 
displayed when they launched the The new game features faded up 
original Pro Tennis Tour. graphics and a greater range of 

Ok, we'd seen tennis games shots. 
before, but never hod a tennis for tennis fans everywhere , this 
game been JO playable. Now looks like being a must. 


WRECKERS - Audiogenic 

There's nothing more annoying than being woken from a good nap, but 
things are even worse if you just happen to be in suspended animation. In 
Audiogenic's latest release, you've been woken from your deep sleep by the 
ship's computer that informs you that same highly dangerous alien slime is 

heading your way. 

It's up to you to jour- 
ney around the ship, 
preparing for the slime's 
arrival. 

Eventually, all this 
changes to a light far 
survival as she dime 
invades your ship Ooh! 
Alien eat youi heart out. 

BIRDS OF PREY - Electronic Arts 

It's been over three and a half years coming, but Jez San's latest block- 
buster has finally arrived. Combining some of the most realistic depth-cued 
3D obfects with fast and furious gameplay, Birds of Prey promises to be 
something very special indeed. 

You tan take up a large number of different aircraft, including the A10 
Thunderbolt, the FI 6 Fighting Falcon, FI 4 Tomcat, Harrier, Soviet MIG-29 
Fulcrum and even the good old British Tornado, if jez and the rest of the 
gang manage to find enough time between yet another pizza, then you 
can expect a full review very soon. 



44 Amiga Computing 












Steer naughty boy Nathan through dreamland 


out on the Moon, base 


Picking up the ftkbf 

Of 4ynainlr« can 
makes things easier 
gin later levels 


You'd better be careful that Nathan 
doesn't drop off that round-about 

H ave you noticed that 
despite hpw utterly 
wretched a child may be, 
the parents still think that they're a 
little angel? Whether they're running 
around the supermarket pelting each 
other with rice crispies or throwing 
stones at passing cars, the parents 
always turn around and try to justify 
the child's actions by claiming that 
their child is too young to know oth- 
erwise. 

Of course we all know that this is 
far from the truth, fact is, kids are 
pretty smart characters. Take young 
Nathan, for example. During the day 
he f s a pretty lovable sort of fellow, 
but as the sun sets, Nathan changes 
into something guile terrible - he 
becomes a brat. As his bodily self 
rests., Nathan's mind goes into over- 
drive, taking him to a land where 
he's a really cool character, complete 
with leather jacket and shades. 

Even in his dreams poor Nathan 
wanders around in a daze, unable to 
look after himself. Scattered around 
dreamland are many hazards that 
will cause Nathan to wake if he runs 
into them. Being a rather young 
chap, he needs as much sleep as he 
can get, so it's up to you to ensure 


Meft'l l&oWri^ at you pu«W 


Graphics 

What can I say? Brat s 
graphics are top notch. 
Add to that a great (and 
rather humorous) Intro 
icquence, and you have a 
graphically superb game. 


Sound 

fust lilt* the graphics. 
Brat's sound effects are 
also very cutesy, especial- 
ly the samples of 
Nathan's speech. The 
tune It great too, al- 
though It tends to get 
rather annoying after a 
while. 


Gameplay 

Brat plays very similar to 
that other great Amiga 
game. Lemmings. It may 
not guile be up to the 
same standards as 
Lemmings where origi- 
nality and lasting Inter- 
est Is concerned, but Brat 
still manages to be a 
great little game. 
Definitely one for every- 
one's software collection. 


BRAT 


that Nathan's journey around dream- 
land remains wake-free. 

Unfortunately, you can't directly 
control our little brat hero. Instead, 
you must use the mouse to 
lay down guiding 
arrows that 
will point 
Nathan in the 
right direction. 

These must be laid 
directly in his path, 

As soon as he walks 
over an. arrow, he 
changes direction 


depending upon which way the 
arrow points. 

Along the way he can also pick up 
objects with which to make the 
going a little simpler, These include 
dynamite and even stop signs 
which can be used to halt traffic 
Brat is a lot of fun. 
Although initially frustrating, 
you'll soon find it to be a 
source of many hours of enter- 
tainment. Once again, it seems 
ImageWorks have delivered 
the goods. 

Jason Holborn 


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C omputer RPC fans ■could 
scarcely have failed to 
encounter one of the three 
Bard's Tale games. They are just a 
couple of the many Dungeons and 
Dragons type of role-playing games 
that have appeared over the fast few 
years and each new release seems 
more like the grandaddy of RPC than 
ever 

Bard's Tale III is another of the 
"create a party and go and mash the 
monsters* 1 RPCs, and while rt's not 
the best in my opinion, it does have 
a fair amount going for it. 

The quest is simple. The Mad Cod 
Tarjan is throwing his insane and 
somewhat humungous bulk around 
and not surprisingly the inhabitants 
of the various towns that he laid 


Sound 

There's no real sound t* 
ipeak of, though you do 
get a little at times, and 
what there ts sounds ade- 
quate. 

It s a series of windows with informa- 
tion on the party and its surround- 
ings. To view a character you merely 
press a key and the stats are called 
up, Unfortunately this also calls up a 
picture of the character as well which 
takes some ti me. 

According to the manual you can 
skip this by holding down SHIFT and 
pressing the number but this didn't 
seem to work, A shame, because it 


Gameplay 

Bard's Tale (II li addictive, 
merely because I like the 
game type enough to per- 
severe, and there l s a 
hefty challenge In there 
for UPG fans. A pity about 
those niggles though. 

makes swapping of booty and check- 
ing of condition very tiresome. 

Should the parly meet a monster, 
a picture of it is displayed in the top 
left window. 

The name of the monster is told 
and you are given various options. 
You can attempt to run away, hide, 
or advance. If you have bowmen and 




waste to and populated with evil are 
a little narked. 

Ideally you're aiming to kick 
Tarjan's immortal butt out of the 
land but a good place to start is the 
local town of Skara Brae. 

Players of either of the other 
Bard's Tale games will be able to 
directly port their existing character 
party into the latest sequel, so you 
can make best use of the items of 
power that you fought so bravely for 
last time. New players should not let 
this put them off though because 
GTlH may be played by beginners to 
RFGs. 

The screen display never changes. 


The party 1 !, first 
encounter a serpent. 
With teeth like that, It 
should be a wolf! 


The pvty a Inside » 
***£■* Ifni, 
who mints to las# rue? 


ESC t* ertt 


"Not again*" you moan 
as you Face 
1 Serpent C1B' 5. 

Mill you* gallant band 
ehouse to: 

Fight bravely 
Run away 


This building may loo k 
derelict, hwl It contains 
enough equipment to 
make your team a 
lormidiable farce 




PT S dL 


PTC 


The spoils of ih* encounter. 

That knowledge comes In 
handy for advancing levels, 
while the geld will buy 
equipment and feed 


Graphics 

Presentation ll nice but 
not flawless. I particular 
ly noticed a flicker that 
runs down the list of 
character names about 
once a minute. This was 
offpirttlng and looks 
Amateurish - surely the 
programmers could have 
debugged It? Graphics 
are especially neat And 
full of character. 


spellcasters in the party they can fire 
from within range but the monsters 
have the same options as you so 
eventually you'll get up close. 

A commentary on what every- 
thing is doing and how much vari- 
ous people are hurt appears in the 
top right window. 

Spelts are cast by clicking with the 
mouse on the spell name and then 
pressing a key for the target. I did 
find the game somewhat confusing 
to control as the designers couldn't 
decide whether to plump for the 
keyboard or mouse as a form of con- 
trol and have come to a compro- 
mise. This means switching between 
mouse and keyboard quite a lot and 
I found it awkward. 

Rolling characters was also tricky. 
You have to select sex and race of 
the character and then a series of 
stats is chosen randomly and dis- 
played. If these are acceptable 
(which they often aren't) you then 
press a key for class. If they are not 
you have to press escape and go 
through the whole process again. A 
system similar to other RPCs would 
be better, with a single keypress re- 
rolling statistics. 

John Dig Ian 


The ultimate quest continues. . . 


BARD’S TALE III 


Publisher Electronic Arts Price £24.99 



■Getting into the temple 
■requires a little arcane 
knowledge, obtained 
from the manual 


Dawn In the dungeons, 
and the parly ftai had a 
bit at trouble with n 
lew monsteri . IoqIu 
like a stifft party 




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Here’s the map of the battle below 
you. There’s not a greet deal of 
detail because your radar nations 
have already been knocked out! 


of an aircraft. Sure, it goes without 
saying that the Thunderbolt can dish 
out some pretty mean fire-power,, 
but what makes this machine one 
mean motha' is that it can. take just 
as much as it can give. 

Most combat aircraft are pretty 
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Retaliated Put simply If you want to 
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Star of the Gulf War and West 
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Dynamics latest release. It's a com- 
bat flight simulator which puts you 
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was once described by a US Airborne 
Ranger as 'the only true friend of the 
modern US fnfantryman'. 

So, if you feel man (or woman) 
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Your co-pltat politely i nf orms you that 
you've taken 4 direct hit, Time to bill out 
pertiapi? Mot In thli baby! - the AID cm 
take i SAM up the bottom without a fllndil 


Graphics 

Screen updAtu la iitiffic' 
t o ry, but thing* can tlow 
down to an annoying 
crawl when the action 
really starts- Compared 
to games like P29 
Retallator or Activision's 
Bomber, A10 runs at a 
snail pace. Digitised 
option screens add a 
great deal of atmosphere 
to the game. 


Sound 

A fairly naff title tune 
starts the ball rolling, 
but things Improve con- 
siderably with In the 
game itself, Sound 
effects arc particularly 
good, but It's a shame 
you don't get to hear 
them more often. 


Gameplay 

Whether you're a hard 
ened strategist or a trig- 
ger-happy grunt, AID can 
be as simple or complex 
as you want. It lacks 
many of the more com- 
plex flight controls you'd 
expect from a flight sim- 
ulation, but It more than 
makes up for these with 
Its nall-ibftlng realism. 


the game, but for the musdeheads 
among you, there's an option which 
allows you to fly straight into the thick 
d battle, blasting away with your 30 
mm cannons and Maverik 'fire and 
forget' missiles. 

There are 
seven differ- 
ent missions 
which you can 
undertake, ranging 
from tank busting to 
taking out bridges to 
stop the enemy advance. 

A10 realty comes into its 
own in campaign mode, 
play exactly the same seven mis 
sions that you would normally, but 
ail must be played in succession, 
lust like in real life however, you 
can J t screw up one mission and 
then expect to carry on as 
nonmal when you move 
onto the next. Your suc- 
cess within 
pre- 


With mhfHci locked on. you fly low over *n enemy aFrt*ase. Prew (tie (Ire button and 
mavericks scream forward, ripping huge chunk* out of that airfield 


TQU 


vious missions will have a marked 
effect on the ease of your next. If you 
screw up totally, you may even cause 
the war below you to be lost, forcing 
surrender to enemy forces. 

As you'd expect, gameplay is exe- 
cuted in good old solid 3D, but it's 
far from perfect. Most of the time 
things run smoothly enough, but 
the game can slow down to a 
veritable crawl when the 
action hots up. Un- 
fortunately it's times like 
this when you 


most need to be able to get out of 
trouble quickly. Your A10 may be 
abte to take a fair bit of punishment, 
but it's not indestructible! 

A10 Tank Buster is a great game 
which is let down only by the speed 
of its graphics. The attention to 
detail leaves other combat flight sim- 
ulators grounded, whilst the atmo- 
sphere it generates is second to 
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game. As it is, it can 
often leave you 
frustrated, 

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detail and some very nice 
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shock! 


Sound 

Sound effects are a little 
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creating atmosphere tn 
the game. 


Gameplay 

If you've played Dungeon 
Master, then you'll have 
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Eye of the beholder. Once 
you're In, you'll find It 
practically impossible to 
return to the real world. 
Totally captivating and 
totally addictive. Eye of 
the Beholder is £30 well 
spent. 



find werewolves, crazed opera 
ghosts, giant alligators and even 
mutant ninja turtles living happily 
below our feet, feeding on the occa- 
sional human that is stupid enough 
to venture below ground- 

in. this game, you control a band 
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of Waterdeep to investi- 
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weaknesses. Negotiating the 
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mutant turtles?) that 
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quest. 

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bears more than a 
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to a game that should be 
more than familiar to 


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Master. 

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I f your idea of a relying 
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est release is for you. It's based in the 
days of swords and sorcery, dragons 
and fair maidens, a time when men 
were men and woman were most 
certainly woman (if a tad butch J. 

In true armchair general style, 
Warlords is a strategic wangame that 
can be played by up to eight human 
players, all of whom must outdo the 
others to gain eventual control of the 
lands of llluria. 

Vou can, of course, play it on your 
lonesome, with the computer taking 
control of the remaining armies, hut 
playing with yourself is no where 


near as much fun as taking o 
group of friends. 

Take it from me, to get 
the most enjoyment 
from Warlords, it real- iji 
ly is worth inviting a 
few like minded 
friends to par- rfej 

take in a little ^ \ VJPj 
feudal conquest. pBO 

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Pick your army. Up to eight h umii n 
players can play against each other 
wftti the computer tallrig control of 
miy Armlet that remain. 


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At the start of the game, your bright sets 
forth to conquer the cities of llluria. 


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Deep and totally absorb- 
ing, the atmosphere that 
Warlords generates Is 
totally electrifying. It’s 
fun to play on Its own, 
but the game is enhanced 
significantly when played 
by two or more human 
opponents. 


as (heir armies are slaughtered at 
your hands-, 

To win the game you must gain 
control of the cities of JJluria. Sounds 
sinn pie enough, but there are fifl of 
them in all, most of which are heavi- 
ly defended. At the start of the game 
there are many which are under neu- 
tral control. 

These tend to be easy pickings, so 
it's worth grabbing as many as possi* 
hie to build up your influence at an 
early stage. It's not necessary to con- 


trol all BQ cities - if you have control 
of more than 40 and your nearest 
opponent is still at least 15 cities 
behind you, all seven remaining 
armies can choose to surrender and 
accept the inevitable. 

Each time you overrun a city, its 
resources fall at your disposal. Each is 
capable of producing an Income 
which is automatically used to keep 
your armies at their peak of perfor. 
mance. If you start to lose these 
sources of income (enemy forces 


capture some of your cities, for 
example), then this can have an 
effect on the fighting ability of your 
armies. Money isn't the only thing 
that a city can produce. If nurtured, 
some can also produce armies which 
can be sent into battle to achieve 
further conquest. All this costs 
money though, so it's just as impor- 
lant to keep your eyes on your 
finances as it is to maintain a decent 
plan of campaign. 

If your finances become dire, you 
will be doomed to failure - without 
sufficient funds, you'll be unable to 
keep your armies supplied, 
which will eventually make 
them too weak to defend \ 
themselves against attack. 

In true fantasy style, you 
can enlist the services of 
wizards and dragons, both 
of which will add a bit of 
extra kick to your army's 
fighting potential. You can 
also send your knights off on 
quests to search out magical swords 
which can be used to- tip the scales 
of success in your favour. 

These prove to be particularly 
important as your opposing forces 


become more powerful, Anyway, if 
you don't use magical weapons, you 
can guarantee that your opponents 
will! 

I'm not the greatest fan of 
wargarnes, but I must admit that 
Warlords had me completely 
engrossed. Most of the time my fee- 
ble attempts at military strategy 
ended in my entire forces being 
wiped out, but there's something 
very satisfying about it all when you 
do eventually succeed. Unless you've 
got a really deep-rooted 
hatred of wargames, 
Warlords is veiy 
definitely worth 
checking out. It will 
not appeal to every- 
one, but if you per- 
severe with it 
you'll find it to 
be a real cracker 
of a game 

jason Hofborn 


Graphics 

Like mast wargames, 
graphics are strictly fune 
tlonal, Thaft said, they are 
generally well defined 
and surprisingly colour- 
ful. 


Pretty naff really. The 
title tune Is uninspiring 
and there are very few 
sounds effects apart from 
the occasional sampled 
roar and the sound of 
clashing swords. Then 
again, what do you 
expect from a wargame? 
As It is, what effects are 
present fit the game 
nicely. 


Gameplay 


Capturing the city irt the bottom right- 
hand corner has allowed you hj build ships 
with which to invade the island 


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G olf Is one of the world's 
biggest participation 
sports, and wouldn't you 
know it from the recent spate of 
games for hookers and slicersl 
PGA Tour Golf, fresh from its con- 
quests on the PC tour, has now sur- 
faced on the Amiga, and looks like a 
champion in the making. 

What sets this game apart from 
others In the field, apart from being 
an Electronic Arts product, is the 
quality of the golf action itself. 

Too many games have concen- 
trated on gimmicks at the expense of 
eprrrepfay, but EA have managed to 
come closer than any other to simu- 
lating actual golf. 

In play, this translates as a much 
more refined representation of the 
swing and the flight of the ball. I 
would have liked a few more shot 
options such as those in last year's 
Greg Norman game, but simplicity 
of approach pays off in the end. 

The traditional swing bar is used 
to hit the ball, but in this case, the 
penalty for inaccurate timing is real- 
istic. Even slight mistakes can result 
in a vicious hook or slice, which gives 
the game an element of club-throw- 
ing frustration just like the real thing. 

What made me very angry, more 
so even than when my second and 
third shots both went in the water at 
the seventeenth, was the total lack of 
even a token female option. The 
game is based around the US PGA 
Tour, and allows the player to com- 
pete against 60 of the world's top 
male professionals, but women 
golfers such as I can only be appalled 
that there is no women's tour option, 
There are thousands of female 
golfers and computer users In this 
country, and they must be getting 


pretty cheesed-off by the constant 
stream of games which force you to 
tee off from the mens' tees and play 
a round from the point of view of a 
blond-haired hulk. Software produc- 
ers please take note! 

OK, ranting aside, the rest of the 
game 1$ excellent. Once the ball is 
actually struck, it soars off into the 
distance and it is at this point the 
game boosts the atmosphere with a 
very useful gimmick. The 'camera 
angle' switches to a point ahead of 


the ball looking back down the fair- 
way and your ball screams into view 
to land with a thunk, a thud, or a 
splash. 

This simple Erick gives the player a 
far better look at the shot than if it 
just disappeared into the distance, 
and does mom than any other gim- 
mick I've seen to convey the atmo- 
sphere of God's own sport 

The pseudo-3D putting surface, 
which you can rotate to examine the 
borrow, is useful if not very pretty. 


Graphics 

Plain for the most part, 
but the twitching camera 
engle is a real winner. 


Sound 

Almost non-existent 
except for one of the 
worst loading tunes I've 
ever heard . 


Gamepfay 

More of the usual, but 
with a little hit extra. 
Difficulty level has been 
pitched | ust right, and 
the tour element Is good 
for long term appeal. 

but I've yet to discover how you shut 
it off, and it can be annoying when it 
pops up for a pitch from just of the 
green. That said, putting is as diffi- 
cult as it deserves to be, and on 
those tricky American greens too! 

All In all, it's still a golf game, but 
EA's PGA Tour Golf would be a first 
choice on my list of sports sims. 

Sandra Foley 




OOPS! A nasty slice can be the result of a mutinied shot 


Take a swing with EA today! 


PGA TOUR GOLF 



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A miga games players 
who've been around for a 
year or so will no doubt 
remember the original Supercars. It 
was far from unique as an overhead 
view car racing game but it did have 
a few features that lifted it out of the 
ordinary, 

Well, fans of the genre tan jump 
for joy now because Supercars 1 is 
here. And the most exciting thing 
about the sequel is that it caters for 
two players at once, something that 
the original didn't manage. On load- 
ing you are asked to select either 


easy, medium or hard level then it's 
foot to the floor time. 

The circuits start easy with plenty 
of straight sections and nothing 
especially testing. The game is 
viewed from above and the style of 
the original is maintained as much as 
possible. You (and a friend if applica- 
ble) are represented by a coloured 
car. The computer cars (and there 
are a lot of them on most levels) are 
all white. 

To call Supercars 2 a race game 
would do it injustice because much 
of the game revolves around com- 


bat, After each race you enter the 
shop (assuming you were placed in 
the top five cars) and the winnings 
from the race can be squandered on 
repairs for the car and extra armour 
and weapons to increase your 
chances of winning the next 

In each race there are only two 
weapon types available to you, and 
they need to be chosen with care. 
The standard types are front and rear 
shooting missiles which are activated 
by pushing the joystick forwards or 
back respectively. In the shop either 
of these missiles can be exchanged 
for homing missiles (deadly and very 
accurate), spinning missiles that cir- 
cle the car far ‘a couple of seconds, 
and land mines. 

Other add ons include armour 
(reduces damage to the car from 
deflections), a larger engine size and 
a battering ram which causes dam- 
age to the other cars when you col- 
lide with them head on. This may 
come in very handy when you're in a 
tight bunch. As you need to fight for 
positions, every dirty tfick in the 
book will be useful. Don't feel at all 
guilty because the computer drivers 


Graphics 

The graphics are not 
much of an Improvement 
over the original but 
then they were good 
enough to begin with. 


Sound 

Sound Is limited to explo- 
sions and r«vi in game 
and a tune In the shop 
lection. 


Gameplay 

Addiction Is simply not 
the word, though with 
only ten tracks per level 
I'd doubt that you'll be 
at the keyboard forever. 
Well worth laying out a 
pony for. 


wiH pull no punches, rest assured! 

Later levels feature everything you 
ever wanted from a Super-Deluxe 
Scalextric set. jumps, lumps, 
crossovers, chicanes and opening 
and shutting gates as well as a 
choice of routes on certain levels 
makes for some really tough races. 

Playing with another Human play- 
er means you are vying for the top 
spot with one extra contender 
about, which makes things a bit 
tougher. Picking on each other will 
only mean dropping out of the top 
five though so avoid it at all 
costs. Supe rears 2 is a very worth- 
while game, 

John Dlglan 



Scalextric on screen 


SUPERCARS 2 



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We need you! 

So you think you're pretty mean with a joystick eh? Then why not prove it 
by sending in any cheats or tricks that you may have found for your 
favourite games, We're particularly interested in tips for brand new games 
such as those reviewed in this issue, so get writing. Who knows, you might 
even win something! 

Send your tips to: THE TiP SHOP, Computing, Europa Home, M 

AdSington Park, Adfington, Mocde s field SKJO 4NP. Come on, stop reading and m 
get writing i 


We all like to think that we're pretty 
mean joystick wagglers, but even the 
best need a little help occasionally. 
Take a trip to The Game Zone Tip Shop 
with Jason Holborn 


JAMES POND 

The name's Pond, lames Pond. 
Licence to kill, 007. If you find my 
antics a little too much to manage, 
then type MR2 when the mission 
starts. A sweet little angel will appear 
and you'll now be completely inde- 
structible. Even 'M' couldn't come 
up with a better cheat than this! 

E-SWAT 

Life's tough on the streets, so this 
handy little cheat will come as a wel- 
come help. Pause the game and type 
JUSTIFIED ANCIENTS OF MU MU. 
The screen will then flash and you 
will have 99 credits. Something tells 
me the programmer Is into the KLFj 


TURRICAN 

Fancy 99 lives? If so, then get your- 
self onto the hiscore table and enter 
ytigr name as BLUESMQBH, If you 
then start another game, you'll have 
all those luverley lives, making it easy 
to reach the high socres again! 


TURBO ESPRIT 

If you can't quite handle the perfor- 
mance of Lotus' sleek turbo street 
racer, then you can activate this little 
cheat mode which allows you to 
qualify for races without having to 
be in the top ten. In two player 


mode, enter player one's name as 
FIELDS OF FIRE and player two's 
name as IN A BIG COUNTRY. Aren't 
they U2 songs? (Nope, Big Country 
songs ■ Ed) 

R0B0C0P 2 

Robocop's prime directives probably 
wouldn't agree with cheating, but 
who cares anyway? Type in SEftlAL- 
INTEftFACE (with no spates) on the 
title screen to access the cheat 
mode. You can now restore your 
energy by pressing F9 and skip for- 
ward to the next level by pressing 
FTG. Your move punkJ 

AWESOME 

It may be jolly pretty, but there's no 
doubting that it's pretty tricky too. If 
you need a little help, then press the 
plus symbol on your numeric keypad 
and press the fire button on your 
joystick. If you then start the game, 
pressing FI will turn off your ene- 
mies, F6 will replenish your Fuel sup- 
ply and 1 through to 1 0 (press the 0 
key for 10) will allow you to access 
different weapons. Go for III 


HORROR ZOMBIES 

If the creepy crawlies are getting to you, then 
type in BOGEYMAN for infinite lives. 

To skip levels, type CFtEATMQDE during play 
and then press 'FI O'. You will then be taken 
straight to the next level, 




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is the big brother of the 
QuickWrite wordprocessor 
we reviewed fast month, and is now 
widely available in its latest version 
11 release, 

One of the US's older wordproces- 
ior families, Pro Write has never really 
taught on in this country, but with 
its £129 price tag there's no reason 
why it shouldn't be competing with 
the likes of Protect 5. 

In common with packages such as 
fweltence! 2 . 0 , ProWrite is intuition- 
based and designed for moose users. 
There's no need, therefore, to use 
the keyboard for commands and 
much of your editing work, but a 
comprehensive array of keyboard 
shortcuts is available to diehard 
rodent' halers and those to whom 
speed is essential, 

Hype-wrap 

For the beginner in wordprocess- 
ing, ProWrite should be a dream. It is 
| easy to use, friendly in operation and 
I appears to be almost bug-free. 1 
| found I needed to consult the manu- 
al only once during the creation of a 
document which Included multiple 
columns, imported graphics, a varf- 
I flty of fonts and styles, and headers 
and footers. 

I was eventually forced to open 
the manual by the packaging's claim 


that it was possible to 'wrap text 
around pictures'. This to me means 
the same as auto-flow, the facility 
whereby text is automatically fitted 
around any graphic, no matter how 
irregular its shape, and would 
amount to a major plus for a pro- 
gram in Pro Write's price bracket. 

Despite a very dose inspection of 
the otherwise helpful manual, how- 
ever, | couldn't discover how this was 
achieved, and can only conclude 
either that the claim is misleading or 
the manual is incomplete. 

The only way to avoid text print- 
ing on top of a graphic is to set the 
margin marker by dragging it to the 
edge of the picture, and this is hardly " 
a text wrapping facility. 

Apart from this gripe, ProWrite 
does everything that's claimed for it, 
and has many useful features which 
make up for the hassle of finding out 
about the non-existent text- wrap- 


ping. Some of these, such as clicking 
on the bar at the bottom of the 
screen to move to any page, have 
apparently been borrowed from 
Microsoft Word, and most of the 
others are new to packages in this 
price range, 

Quark Xpress it 'aint 

New Horizons guite rightly avoided 
the use of the term 'OTP' when they 
set out the blurb for ProWrite. 
However, programs with fewer OTP- 
like features have lost no time before 
waving this particular flag, and 
ProWrite would cope reasonbly well 
with small DTP tasks such as club 
newsletters. 

Support for multiple columns and 
imported graphics allows the user to 
put together rather interesting-look- 
ing documents, although if you want 
to import text into a document 
whose layout you have just set, you 
have to open it as another docu- 
ment, then cut and paste it In from 
there, It's the program approach to 
colour printers, however, which gives 
it an edge in the page production 
stakes. 

True WYSIWYG 

Instead of trying to cope with full- 
colour graphics on screen, which at 
first glance would have been a big 
selling point, ProWrite concentrates 
on the use of the same eight colours 
which the average colour dot matrix 
printer, such as the LC1 0, uses when 
it tries to reproduce a screen image. 

In this way, ProWrite offers true 
WYSIWYG, because when you import 
a graphic for use in your document 
It is converted into a dithered image 
made up of the eight colours, and 
should be a very accurate representa- 
tion of what you will see on paper. 

The spell checker suffers from the 
same problems as the one used on 
Quick Write in that a whole docu- 
ment is checked from start to finish, 
one word at a time, and there is no 


option to first sort the words into 
alphabetical order, The process is 
therefore a good deal slower than 
that used by Protext. 

As if to make up for the substan- 
dard spell checker, ProWrite offers an 
excellent Thesaurus which claims to 
include over 100,000 cross-refer- 
ences and works at great speed. 

The word list could perhaps be a 
little longer (it failed to recognise 
'computer' or 'software'), but when 
used on standard English words, it 
was a joy. When given the word 
'communicate', for example, it 
replied with a list of 99 associated 
verbs! 

More macros 

For advanced users, and those lucky 
enough to be using Workbench 2.0, 
ProWrite makes good use of the 
Afiexx multi-tasking language. If you 
already have this and are familiar 
with its use (Workbench 2,0 incorpo- 
rates it), then ProWrite offers an 
extensive list of macro commands 
which should enable very sophisti- 
cated operations to be tied down to 
a couple of keystrokes. 

The beginner will find this option 
rather inaccessible, so it would have 
been thoughtful of New Hortons to 
include the simpler 'recording mode' 
macros for the benefit of mortals, in 
an office environment, however, any 
number of machines could be con- 
figured to run ARexx with a pre- 
defined set of the most useful 
macros as requested by the users. 

Conclusion 

ProWrite is a word processor which 
deserves to succeed, and should pro- 
vide some much-needed competi- 
tion for Protext S. 


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Hardware 


T he Amiga has always been a 
machine to which users 
have added extra bits, and 
flifar as quality peripheral are con- 
cerned, they have been fortunate in 
the available choice. Since the Amiga 
began to lake off in a big way back 
in 1988, third party manufacturers 
have been lining up to launch every- 
thing from hard drives to digitizers, 
and US company IX, D has often 
been at the head of the queue. 

The company will be familiar to 
most A2000 owners., who have been 
enjoying the company's add-ons for 
that machine for some time. A5t)0 
users, however, have had to content 
themselves with ICD's 6Mb trap- 
door- mounted Ad RAM board. 

Sales of this unit have suffered in 
the price war because, although of a 
high quality, it is a tot more expen- 
sive than the popular T.SMb boards, 
ItD now looks set to make a push 

Stevie Kennedy 
checks out the lat- 
est kit from state- 
side peripherals 
wizards, ICD, and 
discovers techie 
heaven 


into the A500 market with its three 
most recent launches - AdSpeed, 
AdIDE, and Flicker Free Video - all of 
which are aimed at the serious and 
hobbyist user, and all of which are 
attempts to solve a particular prob- 
lem. The approach is unimaginative 
but purposeful and promises to 
bring success, if only on technical 
merit. 


Storage 

Not as much of a problem as ft 
might have been two years ago, the 
A500's storage needs have been met 
by progressively bigger and cheaper 
hard drives as the market hes 
expanded. The drives we J ve seen, 
such as the A59G and the CVP units 
have been getting faster, but most 


have remained eyesores sticking out 
the side of the Amiga and eating up 
valuable desk space. 

Owners of A2Q00s or A T 500s 
have a much neater time of it 
because their larger machines can 
support hard drives internally on 
card slots, but the A500 has not had 
this option until recently. 

The advance of miniaturisation 
brought about by the boom in the 
portable computer market has now 
e it possible to fit hitherto large 
unts of storage into a very small 
e, and one result Is the AdJDE 
face and 20Mb hard drive. 

>e ICD unit is neat, small, and 
edlbly cute, but for the life of 
I can't figure out who would 
nt one. It fits quite easily into 
i Amiga's case. It will autoboot 
ith reasonable access time and 
an kick up a bit of dust when 
rressed, but the whofe ensemble 
smacks of a very desirable tech- 
nical answer to a problem no 
Amiga 500 owner has yet 
asked. 

The ICD engineers have 
managed to bring a 20Mb 
hard drive with a respectable 
25ms access time to A500 
owners, in a space that is 
about one tenth the volume 
of the AS90 - the drive will 
literally fit in a cigarette 
packet ■ but the ICD mar- 
keting people appear to 
have identified a market of very 
small proportions, 

For those in need of an Amiga 
500 hard drive setup that is more 
portable than other combinations, 
and those whose desk space is 
extremely scarce, the AdIDE and 
hand drive is a timely offering. At a 
retail of £387, however, AdIDE is 
considerably more expensive than 
the A590 which, while being a little 
slower and a tot uglier, is still a solid 
alternative, and one which offers 
RAM expansion possibilities. 

Speed 

Speedi The word is on everyone's 
lips these days, as if life itself depend- 
ed on adding MIPS to your micro. It 
has almost become perceived wis- 
dom that the standard Amiga - the 
one the shop assistant told you was 
extremely powerful - is past it as far 
as advanced applications go. 

First of all, it has to be said that 
the 'perceived wisdom' is amant non- 
sense. The Amiga's 68GQQ processor 



Fast and 
fulsome 

flickers 


Amiga Computing 67 


Hardware 


is a perfectly good piece of silicon for 
the tasks to which the home user 
puts it, Where it's speed limitations 
show up are in areas for which the 
Amiga was never designed, and in 
which it has always looked a bit 
pedestrian. 

AdSpeed, at £1 73 (including new 
rate of VAT), is the cheapest accelera- 
tor so far released, but is also the one 


with the lowest specification. It con* 
sists of a 68GC0 processor exactly like 
the Amiga's processor except it is 
rated at 14. 3 3MHz, twice the dock 
speed of the original and an on- 
board 'memory cache' which speeds 
up routine processor tasks. 

The chip's clock speed is nothing 
new. Faster-than-normal 68000-5 
have been available for a while, but 


they have been impractical for gen- 
eral use because speed is a more 
complex matter than bare rate of 
knots. 

The Amiga system Is designed to 
run with a processor at 7.16MHz r 
and if another speed is used without 
technical fixes, timings will be out of 
order, memory accesses will be out 
of sync, and all communications 


between the fast CPU and the slower 
custom chips will be put at risk. 

Switching in style 

To rule out as many compatibility 
problems as possible, AdSpeed has a 
'fallback' mode, controllable through 
both hardware and software. A 
jumper setting on the board itself 


Dodgy Displays 


The Amiga has one particularly 
annoying drawback that is con- 
stantly being thrown in the faces of 
its users when in hot dispute with 
Mac and ST aficionados. Quite sim- 
ply,, the standard non-interlaced 
Workbench screen modes are insuf- 
ficient for high-end professional 
uses such as CAD and DTP. 

The Amiga user can partly deflect 
such criticism by reminding his or 
her Mac-loving chum that with 
interlace, the Amiga can double the 
number of horizontal lines in its dis- 
play, and achieve a very hi-res dls- 
play. 

Unfortunately, if the user has no 
flicker fixer, those irritating 
Macophiles usually have the last 
laugh when they realise how 
abysmally painful it can be to oper- 
ate an Amiga in flickering interlace. 
This is where the flicker fixer comes 
in. 

(CD's is one of the few flicker fix- 
ers available, and the first which will 
fit inside an A500, To fit it, you must 
remove the Denise display chip, 
mount it on the flicker fixer board, 
then plug the board itself into the 
vacant slot in much the same way 
as the AdSpeed plugs into the 
68000 socket. 

It means that fitting Flicker Free 
Video will invalidate your warranty, 
but this is a far more inviting option 
than permanent eye damage, the 
inevitable result of using Interlace 
for any length of time. On the plus 
side the board gives a rock-steady 
display, and once fitted should be 
transparent to the user. 

Cathode cardiac! 

It is at this point the user discovers 
the overheads invloved in Flicker 
Free Video or any other flicker fixer, 
and the shock can be quite chilling. 
A decent multisync monitor, with- 
out which the card is useless, can 
cost up to £600, and there's no way 
of getting round the necessity of 


buying one. 

Even if you manage to find one 
of the discounted models in our ads 
(and there are some to be found), 
the total cost of Flicker Free Video 
and monitor could quite easily top 
the half thousand mark. Power 


Computing are offering a bundled 
package of card plus NEC monitor 
for £510, but even with this dis- 
count the user will still have to blow 
a large hole in his or her bank bal- 
ance. 

The semi-professional or corpo- 


rate user should find the price tag a 
little more comfortable, but even 
then it raises the price of a DTP- 
ca pable Amiga system to levels at 
which it would struggle to compete 
against the tow-end Macs and 
3&6sx PCs 



Flicker Free video gtvei a rock steady display, arid 
once fatted should be transparent to the UK' 


Why does it flicker? 

A standard Amiga screen mode is output to a monitor 
or TV whose horizontal scan frequency (i.e the num- 
ber of times the scanning beam traverses the screen in 
one second) is 15.75K.Hz, and 50Hz vertically. This 
gives the standard 256 pixels high PAL screen. 

When this no longer suffices, the screen must be 
Interfaced' so that one full screen of scan lines is pro- 
duced every cycle, and another is shown half a scan 
line further down on the next scan. This produces a 
high frequency flicker because the two are never on 


the screen at the same time. 

Flicker fixers work by taking the two signals and 
combining them into one steady display. As this is 
impossible at the original scan frequency, flicker fixers 
must produce their output a twice the frequency, or 
3l-5Khz. 

Unfortunately, the standard Amiga monitor will not 
'sync up' to this frequency, so an expensive high-quali- 
ty multlscan monitor must be purchased to make use 
of the flicker fixer. 


68 Amiga Computing 


Hardware 



determines which mode of operation 
{7MHi or 14MHz) the board will 
boot up in, and a small program 
which you can run in the back- 
ground from your startup- sequence 
allows the user to switch between 
the two without having to re-boot. 

This is more useful than many 
boards, whose fallback modes incur 
& re-boot as the CPU used is 
Switched from (for example) a 6B030 
to the 68000. As AdSpeed uses the 
same processor for both speed 
modes, it is easier to switch speeds, 
and as even at the faster speed it 
uses exactly the same instruction set 
as a standard 66000, software 
incompatibility is almost non-exis- 
tent. If you find any problem soft- 
ware let us know! 

The 32k on-board memory cache 
is what gives AdSpeed its bite. The 
technique of mounting a small 
amount of high speed RAM on the 
processor chip, and dedicating it to 
the most time-efficient tasks has 
been used in 68020 and 68030 chips 
before now, but this is the first time 
it has been used on a cheaper 
replacement 68000. 

Basically, 32k of RAM is set aside 
as a data/instruction cache to hold 
common code loops and machine 
code instructions so that they can be 
accessed by programs in the shortest 
possible time. At 14.33MHz, 
AdSpeed can just dump things into 
the cache memory instead of having 
to wait for memory accesses or other 
chips to catch up, and can then get 
tun with something else, 

DIY go-faster 

for the new Amiga owner with a 
morbid fear of technical activities 
(let's not be shy - that's a high per- 
centage of us!), AdSpeed is unfortu- 
nately one of those products which 
invalidates the machine's warranty. 
To fit it, the case must be opened 
and the original 68000 chip levered 
out of its socket, an idea which some 
of you might not be too keen on, 
but ore which you'll have to live 
with if you want to upgrade your 
Amiga, 

Installation is otherwise a simple 
matter, and the card behaves very 
wd| once it's in situ. As a na»fuss no- 
frills accelerator, AdSpeed works very 
■smoothly and we've so far failed to 
find a single piece of software which 
doesn't like the 1 4MHz mode. 

If it was selling for £50 less than 
its present retail price, AdSpeed 


would be an unmissable buy for the 
speed-hungry hobbyist. As is stands, 
however, it falls short of Blue Chip 
status on value-for-money terms, but 
only [usl 

Hard Error! 

Unfortunately, there are two hard 
drive set-ups which don't entirely 
work with AdSpeed. 

When you use a GVP drive that 
has extra memory on-board, it 
makes DMA (Direct Memory Access) 
tails to its own memory without 
telling AdSpeed, thus rendering the 
cache contents out of date, The 
problem only occurs when you use 
both the drive and the extra RAM, 
and GVP has promised to rectify the 
problem with a ROM upgrade. 

Users of Xetec hard drives will also 
encounter problems because the 


A quart into a pint 

You can now fit a wide range of 
peripherals into the ASOO's casing, 
but there is only so much room in 
there, and a large proportion of 
the peripherals are competing for 
the same living space. 

The 68000 slot is currently the 
place to be in a 500, with acceler- 
ator cards vying with hard drive 
interfaces for the prime spot of 
real estate. The various bits of 
hardware, however, do not have 
to compete directly to cause a 
clash. 

We found, for example, that 


auto-boot sequence on these drives 
does not work properly when used 
with an accelerated processor. Again, 
this problem will eventually disap- 
pear when Xetex upgrade their soft- 
ware, and the user can always 
auto-boot in 7MHz mode before 
switching to 14MHz. 

Overall, compatibility with hard- 
ware and software is as good as 
could be expected, though users of 
either of the above systems might 
want to think twice about processor 
accelerators. 

Conclusion 

I CD has attacked two very real 
problems in the shape of speed and 
display enhancement, and one 
rather ethereal concern with A5C0 
internal hard drive storage. Their 
solutions are of a quality and level of 


pot 

neither of the large accelerator 
boards examined in our April issue 
would fit into an AS 00 which con- 
tained an ICD AdRAM board 
because the board connected over 
the Gary chip got in the way. Such 
restrictions on space serve only to 
highlight the fact that cramming 
peripherals into a 500 is mainly a 
crisis measure for those who 
would like to upgrade to a 1500 
or 2000 but can't afford to get 
the cash together, or those who 
love expensive and very clever 
toys. 


technical competence to raise them 
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companies, and all work very well in 
their own right. 

As consumer products, which is 
how they must be fudged, the 
AdSpeed is the most desirable, with 
the flicker fixer coming second by a 
few lengths and the internal hard 
drive struggling along at the back. I 
suspect the First two will succeed, 
especially AdSpeed, but I would be 
Surprised if too many punters were 
to be found in the act of lumping 
summersaults over the hard drive. 

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Q: The Amiga chips were designed in 
the mid 80s, What does the 
future hold ? 

IG: There are constant changes. As a 
matter of fact there is a new 
chip set for the Amiga we've 
been working on now, I guess, 
for almost two years that should 
be ready this fall. 

Q: And what Will fhcrt provide? A bet- 
ter platform for the graphics? 

IG: More icing on the cake. More 
colours, more chip RAM and 
that sort of thing Vou haive to 
stay with the state of the art. 

Q: So that's the direction you're rak- 
ing. You're trying fo position the 
Amiga for when multimedia really 
takes off? 

IG; Amiga covers the full range. 
Well give the consumer multi- 
media in the CDTV and the pro- 
fessionals or the offices - most 
offices and schools and every- 
body else - are going more and 
more towards interactive, true 
multimedia platform. 

<1: flow is rt setting in the business 
area at the moment? Have you 
made many sales? 

!G; Very much so! lt J s penetrated 
the market (which) so far is 
rather small, but you take North 
America where we're not a 
major factor like we are in 
Germany. But if you take certain 
small markets,.. NASA uses 
Amiga, The Berkley Linear 
Accelerator, advertising agen- 
cies, TV studios, graphic artists... 
they're all using Amigas, 

Q: And the video toaster... 

IGt The video toaster enhances that 
once again. 

Q: So rt'j going for the leading edge 
market? 

IG: People who, instead of paying 
£100,000 to do something, can 
pay S5000 or S6Q00 and get the 
same performance. 

A: Whkh they thought mjj impossf- 
bie to do, 

IG: exactly! 

Do you foresee licencing the tech- 
nology? Wifi there be Amiga 
clones? 

IG: I don't think we are interested in 
licencing the technology for 
computers. We might be inter- 
ested in licencing the CDTV plat- 
form. 

Q: But not the Amiga itself? Third 
party or something? 

IG; i don't think so. I never like to 
use the word never... 

Q; Presumably that's because you 
want to keep the Amiga in-house. 


You wont to he able to 
develop ft the 
way you 
want to devel- 
op it. But, 
wouldn't it be 
nice to have 
somebody else 
support the same 
platform? Make it a 
more " serious " 
machine? 

IG: Yes, but it all depends 

who your partner is! It is becom- 
ing a serious machine. 
Computers are only sold for 


what they'll do for 
you. Otherwise 
they're just a door 
stop. And that 
means the appli- 
cations and the 
software- 5 t 
you have to 
marry the two 
together. To 
do a certain type 
of software you have to have a 
platform of that power and the 
capability. That's what makes 
CDTV what it is because there is 
no other platform, no other 


technology outside of the Amiga 
that you can do this with at a 
consumer price. 

Q Off the shelf \ a nd you don't need 
extra hardware.., 

ICS And that, box - we're not telling 
anybody, but it's a full computer 
in there. There are many periph- 
erals that will be coming for that 
machine that will astound you. 

Q: How do you see the CO TV devel- 
oping? What's its next stage? 

IG: (Shrugs his shoulders implying 
"anywhere") Well, first of all the 
next stage will be full motion 
video. 


Going for 
Gould 


What does Commodore 
have up its sleeve for 
the future? How will 
it meet the chal- 
lenge of Europe in 
1992? What hopes 
does it have 
pinned on the 
new CDTV? 

Donald Maple 
went straight to the 
top and asked Irving 
Gould, Chairman of 
Commodore International 









Interview 


Q; When would you anticipate that? opinion,,. Bui, you can't fight 

1C: Let me make this statement. City Hall... Most businesses 

They're still trying to decide on throughout the world today 

the standard. have accepted MS-dos 

Whenever they Goufo on the CDTV with al1 its 

set the stan- " dreariness 

dards we'll be and every- 

^ m If I am mono thlf ' 9 

Q: Are you going to J " u ,u 'tg You can't 

use an chips or about CDTV nc n fhan9e ,hat ‘ 

are you going to ^ 1 V Mb M | r m the first 

ZT turner item it 

IG: No, they're «/*'// jJ had been on 

talking the L tu€ the ball the 

ParPs And"; educational tool lldn 'he 0 ,; 

soon as JPEG fL rj f( } would have 

Is resolved I *wlil S CU&Y U€€H been the PET 

can tell you ■ _ standard. We 

that we will kTlVCtlWU ® were the first.,, 

either be the s We goofed.., 

first or one of Q: Losf year, after 

the first, hearing how important Europe is 

Q: U s not even on paper yet, rs it? for Commodore, t asked facettous- 

IG: It's getting close. But close (y: When are you moving to 

doesn't count. Only in horse- Europe! I'm asking il seriously 

shoes and hand grenades... now. Don't you think it would be 

(Laughter) wfre to have some sort of R&D 

Q: tVhaf kind of market do you see base here in Europe as well as in 

for CDTV? Who wifibuy that? the States to reflect the actual 

1C: The consumer] number of users that you hove 

Q: Average consumer? Domestic? here? 

1C: Wouldn't It be fun, instead of IG: Well, we have always had some 
having perky motion, to have full R&D development in 

motion. If you get the proper Braunschweig (Germany) and 

compression techniques you can we will continue to do it. 

do actual movies. Q: Even though I five in Europe i'm 

Q: Would that be at an occessfbte actually a Canadian... 

1C: So am I! 

Q: Are you really? 

1C: Of course! Canadian passport, 

Q Oh! A Cannucki 
IG: "Dui"! 

Q: In terms of f 992 il would be very 


pace' 

IG: It has to bel Otherwise you're 
not gonna get the volumes, And 
you know we're in an industry.., 
unfortunately prices never go 
up, they only go down. So you 
wanna talk CDTV today and look 
two years out, you're not gonna 
see it as high as it is today. 
That's the nature of our busi- 
ness. 

Q: About networking. You an- 
nounced a special division tost 
year... 

IG: You need specialists. That's a 
highly specialised area. It's been 
implemented to a much greater 
degree today. We do have a net- 
working specialist division that 
we've set up in Denmark that 
handles our REsD. 

Q: A dour IBM. When Commodore 
decided to make K compatibles 
it realty bugged me... 

IG: Whether we like it or not, or 
whether it's the best or worst 
machine in the world, you can 
decide yourself, I have my own 


advantageous to have same son 
of official fi&D project here... 

IG: We do! We've constantly had a 
group of engineers in 
Braunschweig married with Our 
American (engineers) and we 
give them certain tasks. We 
intend to keep that, 

Q: Espedofly in terms of 1992. You 
must be aware of that? 

1C: We are! That's why we're build- 
ing the new facility. 

Q: That's certainly good news since 
then you 'll be considered a local 
company? 

1C; Commodore has always in 
Germany been considered a 
local company. 

Q: AH Amigos sold in Europe are 
actually made in Braunschweig , A 
tot of people don't know that i 


Goutd w 
meh t: 


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adored 


corntnit- 


(L Yon 

beat tbe tead 1 "^ 
edge and 
that's where 
lodore is 
back 


Comm 


aonftd 
It's not beiwg a 

V«r 8 

; a leader “ 


We haven't used everything said by Gould in 
the interview, because we wanted to eoncen- ' 

(rate on what we believe our readers will find the most interesting 
parts. However, we simply couldn't resist using the following 
Gould quotations: 

"...CDTV is television that you control, not television that controls 
you..." 

"...all you need to use CDTV is its hand-held remote control". 

"The Amiga for the first time allows (multimedia) at a reasonable 
price and that's the exciting part, CD-ROM prior to this time was 
primarily a data base." 

"It's always been my goal to develop a product that fs powerful 
and exciting but accessible to people like me who find it difficult 
to use a computer. CDTV is the answer." 


1C: When you use the word "make" 
you have to use it loosely. 

Q: VWrot sort of company do you see 
Commodore befog in five years 
time? 

1C: At my age? I don't know! 
(Hilarious laughter all around) 
You tell me I I think we are on to 
a great thing. Even the CDTV, 1 
always said that if I gamble I 
always like to have one card 
bent (more laughter). What I 
mean by that is I like a bit of an 
edge. 

If for any reason - and I don't 
think I am - but if I am wrong 
about CDTV as a consumer item 
it is still the greatest educational 
tool that's ever been invented. 
That I'm sure of, It is the great- 
est governmental toof and cor- 
porate tool. Someone asked 
what you can do with a repair 
manual. You can have the pic- 
tures. It's a real "hqrw to". 

It is also the greatest "point of 
sale" piece of equipment ever 
invented. Experiments have 
been going on right now in 
Toronto, with Canadian Tyre. 

They couldn't wait for the 

CDTV so they've been using 
the Amiga knowing that 
CDTV is coming. But you 
put a touch screen on this 
and you do anything you 
want. 

Q: That's amazing consider- 

ing the type of people who 
go to a store like 
Canadian Tyre. They ore 
nof technically minded 1 
at all. 

IG:They have it in the 
sporting goods 
department It'll 
demonstrate the 
equipment, it will show it... It's a 
salesman! ft's got the sounds, it's j 
got the pictures... 

A major US corporation that's 
also in the retail - they brought 
their chairman over to look at it. 
They wanted very badly to sell 
at the retail level but they want- 
ed it internally for what it could 
do for them. So, you're just see- 
ing the beginning of something 
here. 

And we're gonna have com- 
petitors. We're not in this world 
all by ourselves, 

But you have to be at the 
leading edge and that's where 
Commodore is gonna gel back. 
It's not being a follower it's 
being a leader! 


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Workstation 


SID's hidden 

talents 


T he heart and soul of the 
Workstation has to be SlD 
and the host of utilities it 
allows you to access. Hie SID within 
the Workstation is a much more 
powerful beast than the standard 
empty shell supplied by PD libraries. 

Our completely configured ver- 
sion not Only handles disk manage- 
ment but goes on to do much, 
much, more. 

This is done by instructing SID to 
access all manner of external utilities 
which in turn perform miraculous 
tasks that the original Workbench 
disk can only dream about. 

Perhaps one of the most common 
requirements for most users is not 
the transferring of files from disk to 
disk, but rather to simply examine 
what's on them, This is sometimes 
not as easy as It sounds, but with the 
aid of SID you can examine the con- 
sents of a disk and either edit, read, 
run, view, or hear the contents as 
required, 

Often the file names on a disk 
give absolutely no indication as to 
what they may be. To find out what 
you're dealing with click the left 
mouse button with the pointer at the 
very bottom of the screen. This 
opens up a whole range of previous- 
ly hidden options which make prob- 
ing the hidden depths of your disks 
simple. 

As you can see there's a complete 


The Workstation is an easy-to-use 
replacement for Workbench, In the 
first of several support articles, 
Paul Austin explains how to start 
making use of an invaluable friend 



time, so check the internal dock is 
correct before saving files which may 
depend on the TIME option for 
recognition. Use the TIME icon in 
SID's control panel to check. 

After Time and Date comes BUS, 
At first glance this option appears to 
be a dull collection of jumbled let- 
ters, In fact it's one of the most 
useful 
aspects of 
SID's hid- 
den tal- 
ents, By 
using the 
BITS option 
you can set the flags for 
any file or directory you wish. 

In simple terms this means you can 
decide whether a file is readable, 
writable, hidden, protected and so 
on. 

To alter the flag parameters of a 
file simply highlight it and click on 
the protect icon in the control panel. 


set of options for each device. Size is 
the first option and the one most 
often used, being the formalin 
which SID initially appears, Siae for 
obvious reasons is the most conve- 
nient display when transferring files 
from disk to disk. 

Next in the line comes the Date 
option which details when the 


file was added to the disk. 


Combining the Date and Time 
options can be great for keeping 
track of old and new versions of the 
same files on various disks. It's worth 
remembering that some commercial 
software can have very strange 
effects on the Amiga's perception of 


Menus just waiting 


AS well as the hidden extras at the bottom of the screen 
there's a whole selection of pull downs just waiting for 
the right dick on your furless friend. Move the pointer 
to the top of the screen and click on the RMB. This 
highlights a selection of pull downs. Most of the options 
are obvious, giving various alternatives for SID's infor- 
mation display, 

Along with the various format alternatives there's the 
system menu which gives access to other utilities and 
areas within the Workstation, CLI, preferences and so 
on. Perhaps the most useful option in the various menus 


for the right mouse 

is FIT. This calculates if the Tiles highlighted will actually 
fit into the available space on the destination disk - 
great for reducing wasted time and Valium dependency. 

Well f'm afraid that's about all that space will allow 
for this month, but SID will be further explored in future 
support columns so watch this space. When you've fin- 
ished delving into the innermost secrets of your disks 
dick on the SHRINK icon on the top right and SID will 
do exactly that. When you're ready click on expand and 
he'll leap back to life, Wonderfull 
Until next month., bye for now,,. 


This brings up a requester displaying 
the flag options used with that file, 
For example, by altering the flags 
you could hide a file or directory 
from prying eyes, or perhaps protect 
it from accidental deletion. There's a 
whole range of options which can be 
applied to files and the BITS option 
gives a full description of each file 
and directory's current state. 

The NOTE option is another aid to 
organising your files. It allows you to 
read comments which have been 
appended to either a file or directory, 
This is handy if you use files with 
only numerical differences - Pic.l, 
Pic.2 for example. When you first 
add files using this format it's easy to 
remember which is which, but come 
back a day later and you won't have 
a due. At this point the only option 
is to view file by file until you find 
the one you're after, yawn... 

This is where SID's COMMENT 
and NOTE facilities come into their 
own. Whenever you need to add a 
few essential words dick on the file 
followed by SID's COMMENT icon 
and type away. 

This has no effect on the file, or 
on the way in which it's treated by 
other programs, but it does make it 
instantly recognisable when viewed 
using the note option, 

Last in the list comes the DESC 
option. This is perhaps the most use- 
ful of all the available display for- 
mats. It gives a description of each 
file in the current directory list - 
whether it's an IFF graphic. Binary 
file, executable file, an ASCII file and 
soon. 

This is great for searching through 
faceless disks for the samples and 
pictures you know are in there some- 
where, Of course I'm not trying to 
suggest you good people would 
poke around pinching other peoples 
juicy bits. Of course you wouldn't, 

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Our cheap and cheerful PD person Paul Austin 
points his finger at the plastic press 


The Independents from CT5 

Through a mixture of fate, confusion and sheer bad luck the PD column 
and George Thompson Services, one this country's biggest and best 
libraries, have been passing by each other without even as much as a 
nod in the recent past. 

Fortunately this month the mn of bad luck has come to an end and 
as a result I'll be featuring some of the excellent offerings from one of 
the longest established libraries in the business. 

One of the strongest aspects of their business is the exclusive rights to 
release two of the best plastic mags in the business, both of which are 
independent offerings from the opposite sides of the world. 


J ournalism is a term that has to 
be applied loosely on occa- 
sion. 

This slight dig only really applies 
to the newsletter side of the business 
- generally monthly subscriber sup- 
port disks compiled in-house by any- 
one who r s interested. As a result the 
usual journalistic standards don't 
tend to apply. 

Now if someone will hold my 
horse i'll step down and explain 
these blatantly snotty statements. 

The lack of adhesion to journalistic 
standards doesn't mean that these 
particular mags are necessary badly 
written or unpleasant to read, but it 
does mean they tend to be littered 
with various references to bodily 
parts and functions. You might not 
be too keen on the kids clapping 
eyes on some of them. 

17 bits Update 

A fine example of the Viz approach 
to literature is the regular offering 
from Seventeen Bit, one of the coun- 
tries largest PD libraries. 

Their Updote disk mag is more of 
a newsletter than a true magazine 
and tends to throw a few demos, 
hints, tips and gossip about the 
world of Public domain, plus a 
healthy amount on the worid of the 
authors and their latest acquisitions, 
whether It's Cortina, a Lada or a por- 
tion of chips. 

it must be said that it isn't the 
most informative offering around but 
it will certainly raise a smile. For 
example in the hints and tips section 
you'll find such classics as a tip about 
chips, not as you might expect a 
guide to upgrades but rather the 
solution to the pressing problem of 
portion control with the vegetable 
variety, 

Newsflash 

In defence of Seventeen Bit they do 
have an alternative 
publication under the 
banner of Newsflash. 

This is a very different 
bag of chips aimed at 
a much more serious 
side of the Amiga 
market. It has a far 
more professional 
approach and tends 
to deal more in utili- 
ties than scrolfy 
demos- The editorial 
reflects the general 


theme of user rather than watcher, 
so if yoq're that way inclined give It a 
look. Both mags are available from 
Seventeen Bit on 0924 3669B2. 

Jumpdisk 

Jumpdisk is the old man of the flop- 
py press, being the first publication 
to cast off the chains of paper and 
printer and swap to the delights of 
the disk. 

The 58th issue is due to hit the 
streets at any moment, easily making 
it the grand old man on the Amiga, 
The disk is an American publication 
which boasts the biggest distribution 
in the states. 

With such an enviable pedigree, 
not to mention circulation, it's obvi- 
ous that the product isn't going to 
be duff and of course it isn't. It has a 
nice selection of utilities and editorial 


and the occasional special additions 
with the odd silly bit thrown in for 
good measure. 

As well as the mag itself there's a 
supplemental disk full of material 
offered with each issue. Each copy 
comes in it's own little bag with a 
simple instruction sheet detailing 
what's on the disk plus the almost 
obligatory advanced advertising. It's 
generally an excellent product that's 
well worth a closer look. 

Megadisc 

This is the second mag in the GT5 
stable and in my humble opinion 
quite simply the best plastic mag in 
the business. The software is excel- 
lent and the editorial is easily on a 
par. The disk like many things in the 
British media is an Antipodean 
import that's more of a blockbuster 


as opposed to soap opera we re all 
too fa miliar with. 

The Australian influence on the 
Amiga world has been rather limited 
to date but rf this is a typical exam- 
ple of what J s on offer there could be 
some serious pommie bashing in the 
near future. 

The real strength of the disk lies 
within its structure which leans much 
more in the direction of a true maga- 
zine than many of its rivals. Most 
disk mags find it very difficult to walk 
the fine line between being a maga- 
zine and becoming yet another PD 
compilation disk. Megadisc does 
exactly that by striking just the right 
mix between the two. 

A particularly pleasant feature is a 
section devoted entirely to hardware 
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The editorial section is full of inter- 



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out a little expensive. 

Most of the larger libraries cany 
an ever growing supply of AMOS, 
The very best material tends to be 
licenceware available through PCS 
international) on 0942 521 577 or 
alternatively from Amiganuts United 
on 0703 785680 

Classy compilations 

While I'm still holding the shovel I 
might as well heap a little more 
praise on the already overburdened 
GTS, 

As well as the series of mags sup- 
plied GTS also sent an excellent col- 
lection of compilation packs varying 
from utilities to games. 

Besides the quality of the compila- 
tions perhaps the most pleasing 
aspect of the packages is the packag- 


ing. Most experienced PD fans are 
no doubt wondering; 'What packag- 
ing does he mean - the envelope?" 

I know it's hard to beiieve, but this 
stuff actually arrives nicely packaged 
in a plastic bag with a smart little 
card which documents the entire 
contents of the disks. 

My pet hate with PD is the infuri- 
ating habit which almost all the 
libraries have of supplying their 
wares with absolutely no way of 
identifying one disk from the next, 


esting reviews and information on all 
manner of popular Amiga applica- 
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and you're sure to be the same. 

for further details on both mags 
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little people 

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have a go, please lei me tty, you soid t 
could* syndrome. This is a common 
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Even the toughest parental tyrant 
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the family. 

As a result an alternative collection 
is required and that's exactly what 
the Chaps at A Bit on The Side have 
come up with. 

The Junior PD Club 

If you're looking for material and you 
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The title may give slightly the 
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but not necessary aimed at them. 

The dub guarantees the material 
to be clean rather than condescend- 
ing, A fine example of this is a classic 
sample disk containing immortals 
like Popeye meers /he Beach boys. 

To be honest the collection isn't 
that original as far as contents are 
concerned, with most of the material 


Hakr The Clock £ 




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The real advantage comes with 
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put their latest release. 

No bare breasts, no sexy stereo- 
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every new member gets a badge and 
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An alternative for the PD parent 
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library. The AMOS- library doesn't 
claim to be squeaky clean but any- 
one who's used any AMQ5 material 
will be familiar with its very smooth 
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it ideal for children. 

This particular talent has already 
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There is a 
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program on a disk, so 
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Incredible! Eight tracks for MED 


The amazing Teijo Kinnunen does the impossible yet 
again and comes up with the next great step for the 
monster he's created. 

OctaMED has arrived and somehow he's managed 
to make it fully compatible with its predecessors. The 
new version will happily take on either eight or four 
track characteristics on demand. 

The new version Isn’t PD but considering the great 
things Teijo has done for the domain in the past it's 
only fair to give the guy a well deserved plug for his 
first commercial offering. It's available for the patheti- 
cally small sum of £10 within Europe and £15 world- 
wide and this includes post and packaging. 

The new version has all of the abilities of our recent 
coverdlsk giveaway plus the extra four tracks and a 
new and improved bug free Med player. As I men- 
tioned earlier Med has become a real monster and as a 
result the new version has a hard time squeezing into 
the straight Jacket of 512k. 


As a result Teijo has added a low res option to 
which It will be automatically defaulted when it's run 
on a half meg rpaehine, 

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latest releases, but as a result of making PD 
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One of these issues is the plight of the 
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These catalogues are rarely over a pound 
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programs thrown in to wet your appetite. 
It's always worth searching through a few 
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Stevie Kennedy finds out CLI can 
be environment-friendly 


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ECHO “Ho driit spiclflui" 

SKIP (nil 
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r .srnpl c- 2 


A s last month's focus on 
script files demonstrated, 
Amiga DOS is a surprising- 
ly flexible tool when used as a crude 
programming language. The Auto- 
Script file on May's coverdlsk was an 
attempt to show users a little of the 
system's potential to cut out a lot of 
routine drudgery, but it was left 
intentionally deficient in its use of 
variables. 

This month's column should give 
users a basic appreciation of how to 
use variables in their own AmigaDOS 
scripts, and wiH show how even a 
simple application such as Auto- 
Script can in this way be given a new 
lease of life. 

With AmigaDOS, we can separate 


variables into two groups - parame- 
ters and environment variables. A 
parameter is a value which is passed 
to a script file by the user when he or 
she EXtCUTts it, and is nowhere 
near as flexible as a true variable, 

Environment variables, on the 
other hand, are a bit more complex, 
much more flexible, and will be 
introduced in the second half of this 
tutorial, 

Let's look again at Auto-Script, It is 
a script file which formats a disk in 
your extra drive, creates the essential 
directories, then copies the relevant 
system files across to make a system 
disk which will auto-boot. 

For the sake of simplicity, the 
script assumes that the second drive 


is called dfl : which is the case for the 
vast majority of A500 and A 1500 
users. There are many A200G own- 
ers, however, whose external drives 
are labelled df2: because on these 
machines only internally mounted 
extra drives can be called dfl:, Such 
users would have found Auto- Script 
useless in its original form. 

Parameter Paradise 

With the use of a simple parameter, 
this sort of problem could be avoid- 
ed with ease. Take a look at 
Example!, a script which carries out 
a directory listing of dfl:. As it 
stands, it is a pointless script because 
it does nothing you couldn't do 
quicker and easier from CLI. Now 
take a look at ExampleZ, 

Although this is still less than use- 
ful, it shows how a script can be 


changed quickly and easily to accept 
parameters. To run Examp lei, you 
would type 

EXECUTE EXAHPLE1 <HETUHN> 

but to run Example!, this would 
become 

EXECUTE mmtt <drivt> <KETURN> 

where <drive> is the parameter 
looked for by the script. The script 
knows it should expect to be passed 
a parameter because the first line 
defines a "key". 

The key should always be the first 
line in a script and should always 
start with a period (or dot) and the 
word 'key' followed by the parame- 
ters. If there is more than one param- 
eter, a comma is used to separate 
them. 

Example! knows, therefore, that it 


ECHO ‘T( going tp It realty boring" 

ECHO "and just do i directory listing 
ECHO “Try tl contain r&ur miteaent* 

ECHO " H 
im "Heady?* 

DU IFDi 

Skdmpk 1 



Amiga Computing 85 







BEGINNERS n 

Is 1 

PART 3 


must expect one parameter, and it 
will attempt to carry out a directory 
listing in accordance with the string 
ft receives. If you type EXECUTE 
EXAMPLES DFO: the script will accept 
the string 'dfQ; r as parameter and 
act accordi ngly. 

If you don't pass a parameter, the 
IF test wifi detect that varl is the 
empty string "" and print 'No drive 
specified then 5KJP to the end. 

you will have noticed that 
AmigaDOS places variables in angled 
brackets when they are being oper- 
ated upon. 

This is necessary simply to distin- 
guish them as variables and has no 
other technical significance. Try not 
to confuse them with the angled 
brackets we put around the word 
RETURN and others in examples of 
CLI commands. 

Value of variables 

If we turn our attention back to 
Auto- Script, it should be easy to see 
where improvements can be made, 
Instead of all those lines which 
refer specifically to dfh, such as 
COPY U ? to DF1 :c, we ought to have 
lines which refer to the parameter 
<warl > r 

These lines would look something 
like COPY #7 to <varl>c. When 
A20G0 users with external second 
drives want to use the script, they 
would then type 

EXECUTE AUTO-SCRIPT DF2; 

end Auto-Script would know which 
drive was to be used as the target 
drive. 

As long as you are using 
Workbench 1.3 or higher (and if you 
aren't I'd advise you to upgrade 
immediately) you can also test vari- 
ables and parameters using the VAL 
condition to the IF test. In Example!, 


.k*r varl 

IF Ui <vir\> ED D 
m DFO: 

SKIP end 
EMIF 


uik in; 

St IP end 
£NHf 

IF VAL <¥ir1* El l 
DIR DF2: 

SKIP «nd 
EHBIF 

E the ‘None s 


the IF tests <var1> to see if it is a 
blank string, but it would be just as 
easy to test its numerical value. 

Let's say we wanted to be lazy 
when running the script, and instead 
of typing df T : we wanted to type just 
the number 1 , The result would be 
something like Examples, and you 
would type 

EXECUTE MJT(-5ttIPT 2 
to carry out a DIR of df2:. 

Defaults 

Although, as we have seen, the 
default value of a parameter Is an 
empty string iF nothing is passed to it 
by the EXECUTE command, it is also 
possible to set a default value from 
within a script. This is achieved by a 
line of the syntax 

- D*E f <vurul>Li> "default string" 

and sets the default for that variable 
or parameter for all succeeding oper- 
ations. In Example2, for instance, we 
could define the default for varl as 
"No drive specified" and fix things so 
that this is printed when no parame- 
ters are specified. 

Alternatively, you can use a dollar 
sign (J) each time you use a variable 


ixamplc 3 

in order to specify the default value it 
should take at different points in a 
script. The line 

ECHO *<var 1 i ] Like viri ibLes>" 

tells AmigaDOS that you would like 
the string "I like variables" printed if 
the script has not been passed a 
value for varl. All text inside the 
angle brackets to the right of the 
dollar sign is treated as the default. 

Options 

As a final note on parameters, you 
should be aware that they can be 
either optional or compulsory 
depending on your needs. To make a 
parameter essential, you must add 
7a' to it in the key line at the begin- 
ning of the script, so it would read 
.key varl /a. 

If a value is not passed to a com- 
pulsory parameter, the script will 
grind to a halt with an error message. 
This feature would be of most use if, 
for example, it would cause a prob- 
lem when the parameter was given a 
nil! value, FORMAT DRIVE DF<var1>: 
would cause a bit of concern to most 
people if it took a default value of 
zero and formatted their system disk! 

Optional parameters, to which 
AmigaDOS defaults, are defined by 
the adition of 7k' on the key fine, and 
can be passed values in the normal 
way. 

SETEIW and GETENV 

Environment variables are the true 
AmigaDOS system variables, and 
since the release of Workbench 1.3, 
Amiga users have had an increasing 
amount of control over them. 

The two commands I'm going to 
look at in this brief overview of envi- 
ronment variables are SETENV and 
GETENV. 

SETENV is used to create a vari- 


Variables: Three Golden Rules 

1 Remember the key' at the start of every script file which Is 
to have parameters passed to it. It must begin with .key' and 
contain as many entries as there are parameters. 

2 Remember a variable can be optional (e r g varl/fc) or com- 
pulsory (e.g varl /a). You may need to make a variable com- 
pulsory so that drastic things don't happen when the default 
value is taken. 

3 Always include the line ASSIGN ENV: RAM; in your startup, 
sequence if you intend using environment variables. 


rani 


able and/or alter its definition. If 
takes the syntax 

iETEHY <irarFahtt> <str1n(> 

where the string defines the variable. 

GETENV is used to retrieve the 
variable's value or string and uses the 
syntax 

GEIEIU < varl able* 

It will print the variable's contents to 
whichever device the user specifies 
with a redirection {>) character, 
although it defaults to the current 
CLI window. If, therefore, you want- 
ed to keep a running tally of an 
important variable in a program, you 
couFd quite easily use the fine 

GETENV >P AT: 4virflbL«> 

at various points in the listing to redi- 
rect output to the printer. 

When you define an environment 
variable, AmigaDOS looks for a logi- 
cal device called ENV: which is usual- 
ly set up in your Workbench's 
startup-sequence using the ASSIGN 
statement 

ASSIGN EMM: IAN: 

to store all information concerning 
the variable in the RAM disk, Always 
either make sure you have this line in 
your startup or type it in before 
messing about with variables. 

Environment variables are the big 
brothers of the ASSIGN statements 
and bring a new flexibility to 
AmigaDOS, 

ITs all very well being able to 
ASSIGN logical device names as long 
and complex pathnames, but when 
you can use environment variables 
for absolutely any string of text, your 
script files are in danger of becoming 
true programs. 

We don't have enough space to 
go further into environment variables 
In this column, but if there's enough 
interest in the subject, we'll cover 
them in more depth at a later date. 
For the moment, we've received 
many more letters requesting infor- 
mation on more down to earth areas 
of AmigaDOS, so we'll be looking at 
them first. 


Next Month 

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WE Co i PRICES 
DOWN TO SIZE 1 


Take a look! 


HOME COMPUTERS' 


AMIGA A 500 MICRQSNIP5 PACK 

(bought separably £469) f359.U0 

SPECTRUM PLUS 2 'JAMES BOND PACK 

(usually f!59J *149 00 

SPECTRUM PLUS 3 ACTION PACK 

(usually f 199 95} £129 00 

ATARI 520 STEM DISCOVERY PACKinc 1 0 disks £299.95 
ATARI 520 STE TURBO PACK me 

20 disks,... *. - * £399.95 

CBM 64 PACK (usually f 179 95} £149 00 

SAM CDUPt (was £249} f 1 99 95 


BUSINESS COMPUTERS 


AMSTRAO PCI 51 2 plus Software Pack. DO. Mono 

(was £499} - £399.90 

AMSTftAD PCI 512 plus Software Pact DD r Calcur 

(was £599) M 69 00 

COMMODORE PC10 STARTER PACK 
| usually £499) , £399-00 


MONITORS 


COMM 00 ORE 1DB4 Slereo Mad Res Colour 

(was £299} £239-M 

PHILIPS 6833 MKII Med. Ras. Colour 

(was £299) £249.00 

ATARI SMI 24 Hi Res Mono (was £149} £119 00 


I INTERFACES & KCCESSORIES I DISK DRIVES & RIBBONS \ 


MULTI PRINT for SPEC 43k. 4Bk+. 

120k. +2 £39.95 

CBM G4 CENTRONICS INTERFACE 0*95 £29-95 
AMIGA/ST/PC/CENTRONICS LEAD £8.95 

AMSTFAD +2a/+3 CENTRONICS 

LEftD tlMfT£B.95 

SPECTRUM COLOUR PRINTER DRIVER £24.95 

10D0 1 ACROSS LABELS. ,£fi£5£6.95 


\THJSTCOVERS A SFARES] 


AMIGA DUSTCOVER £*95 £*-95 

ATARI ST DUSTCOVER £4.95 

SPEC +2/ +3 DUSTCOVER ... ...£ft*5 £4-95 

CBM 64 DUSTCOVER £6*5 £4.95 

£X MEMBRANE --£P'« £7.95 

SPEC + MEMBRANE - ..... £9.95 

* + + AU COVERS STOCKED (CALL t/S} *** 


\ MONITOR KCCESSORIES] 


AMIGA- SC ART LEAD, £10.96 

AMIGA PHIUPS 0633 Mk2 LEAD - £10 95 

ATARI ST SCART IFA0 £10 95 

ATARI ST 2 PHONO (Composite Videol £10.95 

SPEC+2a/ -+-3-SCART LEAD .. £8.95 

CBM-SCAPT LEAD ...... £ 

14 ANTI GLARE SCREEN FILTER £1*95 £17 95 
THINGI COPYHOLDER. . £2.89 

ATARI ST MULTISYNC MONITOR CABLE £24,95 
ATARI ST-CQL + MONO MONITOR CABLE £24.95 
TV/ COMPUTER SWITCHING UNIT £4.99 


AMIGA Q-TEC3 1 /," EXTERNAL DRIVE 
(wosfBSSSl.. £25.00 

ATARI 0 TEC 3'/i" EXTERNAL DRIVE 
Iwas £89 95) f75.00 

cbm 1541 MKII DRIVE inc & GAMES (worth 
£Z00] £139 00 

AMS GDI- 1 3" DRIVE and INTERFACE 

[nut 15S) £99,00 

AMS FDI T SECOND DRIVE (CPC6128 and +3} 
(was £99.95} . 

SAM COUPE DRIVE £79.95 

STAR LC1 D MONO RIBBON 2 1 or £7.90 

STAR LClO COLOUR RIBBON .Drigmal 1 fur £8.95 
PANASONIC KXP 1081 RIBBON . 2 for £7.90 
CITIZEN 1200 RIBBON .. 2 lor £7.90 

* + * ALL RiBROfiS STOCKED - CALL US*** 


GRAPHIC DEVICES 
\ND A CCESSORIES 


AMIGA. ST. AMS PCI 51 2 D-TEC MOUSE 
(was £25 95} £21,95 

DATEL 48k/ +2a GENIUS MOUSE inc 

ART STUDIO - £49.95 

OATEL -1-3 GENIUS MOUSE me ARTIST II ...£49.95 
DATEL 1 28k/ +2 GENIUS MOUSE .nc 
ADVANCED ART STUDIO £49.95 


J O Y S T I C K S\ 


AUL TOP MAKES STOCKED 


STAR LC TO Mono (was £199] 79.00 

PANASONIC KXP 1081 (MRP £199) £179.00 

STAR LC 24/200 (MRP £349) £299.00 

PANASONIC KXP 1 1 24 |MRP £399] £269.00 

STAR LC2DD Colour Primer (MRP £299} £249-00 
CITIZEN 12DD+ 1MRP £169) £149 00 


PAPER] 


BOX 2 BOO SHTS SOg&m PAPER iwood-frael £1 5.95 

BOX 2000 SHTS 70gsm PAPER 117.95 

BROTHER KR& THERMAL PAPER £7-95 

TIMEX/ ALPHACOM THERMAL ROLLS 5 lor £1 1 .95 
ZX SILVER ROLLS —.5 fur £14.96 


modems, sound 

A N D MIDI 


PRISM VTX5BOD MODEM (SPEC 4fl/+) £39.95 

COMMODORE S4 MODEM - £39.95 


$'/{ DSDD BULK DISKS 20 for £1 5.00 

5£' DSDD BULK DISKS 50 in 

lockable bait ...f 24.95 

TDK 3'/i DSDD DISKS 10 fw £11 96 

TDK 5 l /r DSDD DISKS If] for £7.50 

T/2'h" (slate which) DRIVE HEAD 

CLEANER *4.99 

AMSOFT 3" CF2 DISKS., ID tor £19.96 


RECORDERS] 
A ND A CCESSORIES] 


DATACQFDER inc +3 nr 40k LEAD 
CBM LOAD 1T0ATACQRQEH 

CBM 1630 OATACQHOER 

CBM/SPEC/AMS HEAD ALIGNMENT 

(stale which} - 

+ 3 CASSETTE LEAD 


ALL CURRENT AND MANY OLD FAVOURITES 
STOCKED AT AFFORDABLE PRICES 

FREE PRICE UST SIND A4 STAMPED SAE 21 p. 

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I t's fair to say MED isn't the 
friendliest looking utility on the 
market. However, it's nowhere 
near as complex as it first looks, and 
in Fact it's more of a musical dream 
than a technological nightmare. 

The massive range of abilities have 
always put ft on a par with anything 
m the commercial sector but the lat- 
est additions to its repotorre make 
MED by far the best all round music 
utility in the business, regardless of 
price, 

99.99999 per cent of you already 
have a copy of MED III thanks to its 
inclusion on the Amiga Computing 
May coverdisk, If you were abducted 
by aliens or were hiking in the 


put from a headphone socket and 
then adjust the volume control on 
the amp until the signal is just below 
the distortion or clipping point. With 
MED you can monitor the input sig- 
nal and adjust it until the waveform 
fits perfectly before you sample the 
sound. 

All Amiga samplers are 8 bit units, 
and as a result even the best are far 
from perfect, so don't worry about 
Hi-Fi quality but rather originality. 

Most samples tend to be ripped 
off from CDs, tapes and so on. 

Again this isn't the most original 
method but it's a lot better than 
using sounds which have been kick- 
ing around the Amiga scene for 



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Himalayas 
you might 
have missed it 
Indeed you did, you 
could always order a 
copy of the December issue 
of Amiga Computing, when it 
featured on our cover disk. (See 
order form on Page 124). 

This was follwed in our January 
and February issues with a series 
describing how to get the best from 
MED. So check your back issues for 
hints and tips for the soundtracker 
section of the program which is still 
the same. 

This month 111 be concentrating 
on how to get the best from the all- 
new sample editor. 

Exciting 

The editor is by far the most exerting 
addition and it not only gives you 
the ability to manipulate samples 
you already have but you can also 
sample your own sounds. Using first 
generation samples is by far the best 
approach. Avoiding repetition in the 
music and the sounds is the key to a 
classic. 

It's not essential that you go mad 
and spend a fortune on a sampler, 
just go for something cheap and 
cheerful. The key to using cheaper 
samplers is to really apply some 
power to the input signal. 

The best way is to take your out* 



Paul Austin takes a closer look 
at the latest addition to 
Teijo Kinnunen's 
| incredible music 

sample ut,ityMED! 

ed-editor 


months. A useful asset of the MED 
editor is its ability to add and delete 
space within a sample. 

High levels of hiss between 
sounds often ruin an otherwise excel- 
lent sample Minimising this hiss is 
what makes samplers like the Audio 
Engineer so impressive, not to men- 
tion expensive. 

Even so with a little patience it's 
possible to make even the cheapest 
sampler sound a good deal more 
expensive. First copy your sample to 
the copybufferor preferably a floppy. 
This is always a good idea if you're 
about to do any form of editing. 

Next, mark out a range between 
two sounds within the sample, but 
make sure you leave some space 
between the range and the sounds 
on either side of it. This space will 
become important later. 

Now click on the CLR gadget A 
blank space should appear to replace 
the hissing silence of the original. 
Repeat this process right through the 
sample. 

OK, now play the sample. It's 


probably better than the original but 
the hiss has now been replaced by 
annoying dicks when each new sec- 
tion of the sample plays. The next 
job is to smooth the transition 
between the total silence gf the new 
sections and the sounds themselves, 

Volume change 

To do this we'll use a gradual volume 
change to fade the background 
noise up and down before and after 
each sound. Click in the first window 
after the VOL CHANCE gadget and 
type 1, press return and type 99. 
Now click on the ZOOM IN gadget 
and scroll up to the beginning of the 
first sound using the cursor keys. 

This is where the noise left at the 
beginning and end of the separate 
sounds come in useful. First mark a 
range that indudes this section, with 
at least the same amount prior to Ft. 

Now dick on the CHANGE VOL 
gadget. You should see the differ- 
ence between the original and the 
blank Insert decrease. If you repeat- 


edly click on CHANCE VOL the dif- 
ference between the two will 
become increasingly subtle. 

Repeat this process at the begin- 
ning of each sound in the sample. 
When you've done them all simply 
reverse the numbers in the CHANGE 
VOL windows and follow exactly the 
same procedure at the end of each 
sound. 

Now compare the original and 
the processed version and the results 
should speak for themselves. 

Teijo Kinnunen, the author of 
MED, obviously took a tong hard 
Took at Audio Master when designing 
the sample editor. As a result it's very 
similar in many respects, boasting 
most of its features for a fraction of 
the price. 

To be fair the sampies produced 
with MED aren't as good as Audio 
Master and it is trickier to use, but 
considering the editor is only part of 
the MED package it's quite simply 
amazing. If you do become addicted 
please send some cash to Teijo - he 
deserves it,. 


Amiga Computing 95 




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■Micros! 


PRICES INCLUDE DELIVERY 
AND VAT @ 17.5% 


Express Courier Delivery £5,00 Extra 


BUY WITH CONFIDENCE From ora or the Ions sal 
Established companies in Iherr field, with a 
reputation for good service and prices. We have 
invested heavily In a computer system to enable 
our Telesales stall to provide up-to-me-niinuie 
slock informal ion. coupled with highly efliaenl 
order processing. Our roily equipped workshop 
enables us lo cany oul airnosl my repair pn our 
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HOW TO ORDER. 


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Lines open Monday - Saturday. 
9.00am - 5-30 pm 


Send Cheque . Postal Order or 
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Evesham, Worcs 
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Government. Education & PLC orders welcome 


Seme day despatch whenever possible 
Express Courier delivery £5 00 extra 
Please note that 5 working days must be allowed 
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Monday to Friday, £.30 - 5.30 


12 MONTHS WARRANTY 
ON ALL PRODUCTS 


Ait details ccuTsct at ivne of press 
At! goads subject to BvattabHuy, E. 5 O.E. 


Please note: Prices thaT include On-Site Maintenance 
(Qn-SItfl Warranty) are UK Mainland Only. 


3'/i" EXTERNAL FLOPPY DRIVES 


AMAZING LOW PRICE 

£54.95 

including VAT 8 deliver 1 , 


• Very quiet 

• Slimline design v, 

• Suits arty Amiga 

• Gaoling Vents 

• Sleek, high quality metal casing 

• Quality Citizen Drive Mechanism 

• On / Off switch on rear of drive 
9 Full 8B0K Formatted Capacity 

• Long reach connection cable 


I AMIGA A500 SOLDERLESS RAM UPGRADES 


512K 


RAM/CLOCK 

UPGRADE 


51 2K 
RAM/CLOCK 
EXPANSION 
FEATURES 


„> Direct replacement for the A5Q1 expmnsipn 
*> Convenient On; Off Memory Switch 
> Auto- recharging battery backed Real-Time Clock 
Ji Compact Unit Size : Ultra- neat design 
S Only 4 low power corsumplion FAST RAMS 


1 ,5MB RAM BOARD 


> Fully populated board Increases total HAM in A500 to 2MB I 
j Plugs into the trapdoor expansion, and c ounce is lo GARY chip 
r > Includes Auto- recharging battery -bached Real-Time Clock 
.V Socketed FA5TRAM Its lor accommodating up lo 1.5MB RAM 


Unpopulated RAM board with clock £ 39,95 

RAM Board as above, with 51 2K FASTRAM installed E 59.95 
RAM Board as above, with 1MB FASTRAM installed ..... E 74,95 
RAM Board as above, with 1.5Mb FASTRAM installed .. E 69.95 


N B The esqjarisnjn board requires Kicfcsiart 1 .3 to operate - Kckalart 1.3 
upgrade, available from us tar £29 95 


Good quality Commodore Hard Disk unit, including ils £w n PSU and built'* cookng fan 
Features sockete lor up 10 2Mb of ffi'twerd FASTRAM expansion teas belD*i Mont, 
Access linw. wilh up to 2 ^Mti.'sec Iransfar rate . Au (aborts whan used wrtti Kickslarr 1 3 

commodore A50O Herd Drive [ 20Mb Herd Disk > £ 279.00 


51 2 K RAM Expansion ! 
also available withoul | 
dock for only 

£27.95 


AMIGA 1500/2000 
UPGRADES 


*590 RAM Upgrades are tilted free 
ol charge wht?n twugnt with an A590 


51 2K Upqrade .C31-8S 
1MB Upgrade . E 5i 95 
2Mb Upgrade E 99-95 


We currently support specially upgraded versions of (he A59Q 
incorporating MFC high capacity , fully autoparkmg SCSI dnves 
(25ms access time) SCSI interfaced herd drives Offer a 
Substantial performance Increase over convantiervol units. 

We are also offering (he NEC mechanisms separately, either cased tor 
these who wish Id 'chain on’ an additional hard disk to Ihert A590. or on 
their own lor internally replacing their existing A590 20Mb mechanism 


HARP DR!VEi_RAM L 
UPGRADE BOARD Kil? 

Kite comprise of lull size barb disk contrail 
cards incorporating unpopulated SlMMSl 
RAM ^pension sOCkrt* lOr fflCCPmh-iOdrtl 
up lo 8Mb RAM; PLUS high spoetJ. tasj 
access NEC SCSI herd disks. 


40MB HARD DRIVE 
* INTERFACE / RAM CARD ... £ 3994 
1D0MD HARD DRIVE 
A INTERFACE ! RAM CARD .... £ 5911 
PLEASE NOTE These are unp&pulaled RAY son 


■ Add £ 1 10. DOper 2Mb af RAM required 


A5S0 upgraded with fast 4QMp NEC SCSI Disk £ 479. DO 

A59C upgraded with fast KJOMb NEC SCSI Disk £ 669.00 ' 

A 500 with 40Mb NEC SCSI Disk. 

PtUSZMft RAM FASTRAM fitted ... £ 559-00 

NEC 40Mb SCSI Drive cased with P-&U 

to directly add-on tp ttie Commoecife A590 £ 349.00 

NEC Onve cased with F5U as above, tDOMb uarsion £ 549.00 

NEC 40Mb SCSI Drive mechanism or its own £ ?49 00 

NEC IQOMb SCSI Drive mechanism or its own £ 449 00 


BMB r am expansion 

CAR P WITH 2MB PITTfcC 

Ottering ma*>myrn flexibility an RAM I 
upgrade, this card is Supplied with 2*41 
lactory-irsta lied , upgrHdea&ta in slope Hi 
4Mb, 6Mb and 6Mb - quickly end eas^ i 
uslrg iMbif D-RAM chips. 

ONLY £149.95 












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LOOK WHAT ELSE YOU GET 
WHEN YOU BUY AN AMIGA 
FEATURE PACK FROM 


AMIGA 500 SCREEN GEMS PACK 


NEW! ZY-FI 

amplified stereo speakers 


AMIGA 500 
COMPUTER 
BASE PACK 


NEW! VIRUS PROTECTOR 


NEW! Olivetti DM1 24C 

Outstanding 24 Pin COLOUR Printer 


REPLACEMENT A500 PSU 


TRUEMOUSE 


AMIGA 


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Top-selling package includes Amiga 500 now 
Includes 1 Mb RAM, plus 1Mb Drive and TV 
modulator, also 'Night Breed', 'The Beast 2\ 'Back 
lo (he Future £'. 'Days of Thunder'. 'Deluxe Paint ill' 

A 500 IMS SCREEN GEMS PACKAGE £ S6&.99 

A500 Screen Gems Package 

PLUS Evesham Micros 37/' External Drive „ E 419.99 


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{ PLUS ! A wordprocesscr and spieadslheel 


Treasura Trap 
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WITH THIS PAIR 
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PflC* I i u & A 500 O0*vut * r tfu 5 *501 St2K RAM 

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CLASS OF THE 90 s Package 

Clftsa of the 9<T$ Pack plus 2'h" Drive 


Includes. A.150Q LumpulaH 1 Mp HAM, 3 * 3V?" Drives. 0 
expansion sluler. Cgmmoden Hi-finaoM.Qn Cr.duur 
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Vour Amiga produces line quality hi-fi slereo sound. 
Enjoy quality stereo sound reproduction to the full 
m this spectaliy designed, great ns* (win speaker 
shelvin' Features reflex ported speaker design wilh 3 
Separate drivers in each unit, and incorporates a 
b-jilt-in amplifier with adjustable volume controt Runs 
torn PSU (supplied) or from batteries (not included) 


BANISH VIRUS PROBLEMS! 

Our compncl V|ru* PrOtedar fits to the Port of iho 

Jasl dUk driva in your Arnica system,. protecting all Internal 
end external drives from boot block vifu&et. incorporates a 

switch to enable or 

disable the proteclion Ohll V C Q QC, 
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PROFESSIONAL QUALITY 
24-PIN COLOUR 
PRINTING NOW 
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What should you do 
if your Amiga's heart 
stops beating? 
PaulTWhiteley 
takes his bedside 
manner to a sick 
machine 


T HE Amiga is a well specified 
idiosyncratic machine. 
Commodore bought it from 
a team of designers who wanted to 
set a standard instead of following 
an existing one. The Amiga shares its 
68000 series main processor with the 
Apple Macintosh, Atari ST, the 
Sinclair QL and One per Desk 
machines, 

The main processor chip is where 
similarities end, At this point you 
enter a different plane The hardware 
on the Amiga allows 4096 colours, 


stereo sound,, sampling, MIDI, and a 
whole host of features brought by 
the foresight of a dedicated chip set 
and open architecture. 

The 1 000 was the first Amiga, but 
the majority of machines in the UK 
are SQOs. Together wfth a sprinkling 
of 2000s, a few 1500s and 3000s 
and not forgetting some interesting 
hybrids tike the Checkmate 1 500 and 
the Bodega Bay. 

With such a highly specified and 
complicated machine you could be 
forgiven for thinking that there's 


nothing user friendly inside. Take 
care however and you could learn a 
lot about the Amiga ...and maybe 
even save yourself some money. 

Guaranteed to annoy 

Like all computers and electronic 
products, your Amiga comes with a 
stern warning. "Open me up and 
kiss your warranty bye bye.* 

If all yog want to do is play 
games, (which is no bad thing to do) 
then leaving your Amiga intact prob- 
ably won't be any great loss. 

But if you want to repair or trou- 
bleshoot inside the machine, you'll 
have to forget the warranty or wait 
until it's run out. 

If the machine is in warranty and 
it's ceased to proceed, It's probably 
the responsibility of Commodore or, 
more likely, your friendly computer 
dealer to make it work again. If you 
are completely silly and are devoid of 
a functioning brain cell you'll still rip 
your Amiga open anyway. However if 
you have problems with a relatively 
new machine, get it fixed by the 
people responsible! 

Preventive medicine 

No matter what you do to protect 
your Amiga from the rigours of 
human foibles there will come the 
day when a clumsy labrador chews 
the cables or it meets some other 
catastrophe that results in loss of 
function either partial or total. 
Although the Amiga Is a tough 
cookie, it will only take so much. And 
while we are talking about repairs 
and problems surely it makes more 
sense to treat your computer with 
care and respect. 

Do not spill anything near it, or 
on it. Remember when you attach a 
peripheral of any kind to the 
machine, secure all fastenings. If you 
don't you could be gazing at an 
invoice. 

Those little thumbscrew things 
on the printer cable are not only for 
decoration. They secure the cabie to 
the socket, thus making it more diffi- 
cult for a snagged cable to damage 
the socket 

The same rule applies for every 
cable of connecter. Peripherals which 
attach to the multiway connector on 
the side can be a danger so if possi- 
ble secure them in such a way that 
they cannot move in relation to the 
work: surface. 

A simple tip is to place a sheet of 


Amiga Computing 99 


Feature 



Toolbox 

If you want to do your 

own repairs and fault finding you'll need these tools. 

Pliers 

Solder pump or tfesoldering braid 

Screwdrivers 

Muitkore table 

l/C inserter-extractor tool 

Wire cultert/snippers 

Multimeter 

Bottle of Tequila t 

Soldering iron 

Salt 

Wider 

Lemon 

Assortment of pieces of Wire, sockets etc Anadirt 

Rolls of insulating tape 

Alka Seltzer 

If you think that repairs are as important as your Amiga and want the ulti- 

mate posing tool for a technical anorak, you could spend £400 on an oscil- 
loscope confident that no one else would know how to use It either, 


wood or simitar laid flat on the work 
surface. Mark out the position that 
your machine covers including ait 
cables and peripherals and attach 
batons to the sheet. This swill prevent 
the machine and its peripherals mov- 
ing around in relation to each other 

Another way of avoiding costly 
repair bills is to make sure that a(J 
cables are secured in such a way that 
they cannot be snagged, 

Make mine a short 

One of the commonest problems 
with the Amiga or for that matter 
any home computer is live or dead 
short circuits caused by strain on 
cables. 

A dead short is the Jeast harmful 
but sometimes the most difficult to 
track. This is caused when a cable, 
wire or track on a printed circuit 
board is broken by a sharp tug or 
strain. 

Nonrally, the net result is a mal- 
functioning computer that can be 
repaired by re-soldering or tracking. 
The live short is more dangerous. 
This is caused in the same way but 
instead gf a line, wire or cable break- 
ing, two or more touch together. 
Because the circuit remains live, this 
can damage other components. 

The knock on effect of a live short 
is that several components may be 
unserviceable. In a bad case a live 
short can cause sparking and burn- 
ing. If this happens, insulate yourseff, 
and remove the plug from the wall. 

By depriving your machine of its 
power you have assured that the 
damage cannot continue to get 
worse. 

If your problem is within a moni- 
tor and you intend to open it up and 
attempt diagnosis or repair, remem- 


ber that a monitor can carry a lot of 
'stored' power and even when not 
plugged in can give you a shock big 
enough to stop your heart. If in 
doubt, leave well alone and call a 
professional. 

Bits and pieces 

If your job requires replacement of a 
component or an integrated circuit 
(chip), a few simple rules will make 
the job pass without problem. Work 
with plenty of light so that you can 
see what you're doing. 

Always keep plenty of open con- 
tamers around for screws and other 
bitties to avoid them ending up on 
the floor. Get any documentation or 
other paperwork into a place where 
you can 

easily refer to it. 

Prepare and label the components 
ready for replacement. This may 
sound a little silly but if you've two 
identical processors on the table how 
do you know which is faulty by look- 
ing? 

Do the job one step at a lime, 
take notes and label everything that 
you have saying what it is and where 
it came from. If it's possible to fit it in 


more than one way as in the case of 
an 1C, describe its position. An 1C 
won't work if it's in backwards. 

Gone to war 

Work with the premise that you may 
be dragged away for a few months. 

When you get back you should be 
able to refer to your notes and con- 
tinue as if you hadn't left. 

If there are any bits left when 
you've finished (and there will be) 
find out where they're from and 
replace them. Manufacturers worry 
too much about money for any of 
those spare screws not to have a use. 
They do matter and should be 
replaced. 

And finally... 

Being able to work on your machine 
can be a useful skill and one to 
develop. Know your limitations and 
only take on jobs that you can either 
finish or ask a friend to supervise you 
through. If you open up your Amiga 
while there's still warranty, ft will be 
invalidated. If you start a job and it 
gets too much, bring in a profession- 
al. Setter to look a right prat than 
wreck a good computer . 


Safety 

first 

Although your Amiga uses few 
voltages don't work with the 
power on, A five short that you 
don't know about could kill you. A 
read through the coroners reports 
of any town will confirm that lots 
of dead people knew better. 

Get a professional 

There's no substitute for knowl- 
edge. Although you may think 
that you can tackle the occasional 
job on your machine, it's good to 
know that there are services avail- 
able that can do the work quickly 
and efficiently. 

FMG 

These are the people Commodore 
trust with servicing all Amiga's sold 
in the UK. If your machine goes 
"pop" during the warranty period 
It wifi end up at their workshop. It 
is worth remembering that their 
expertise is available at a reason- 
able cost after your warranty 
expires. Commodore trust them, 
so you can too. 

Simpson Electronics: 

Supplier of parts and components 
for the Amiga. The firm will under- 
take most jobs and offer help and 
advice if you're going to attempt it 
yourself. 

Lad broke: 

Initially an 5T specialist, Ladbroke 
was quick to notice the potential 
of the Amiga and has technical 
staff able to undertake all kinds of 
Amiga repairs service and 
upgrades, 

Tandy: 

Chain store specialising in tools 
and components. Annoyingly they 
don't seem to stock the unusual 
230 Amiga connectors but they 
generally have everything else that 
you need. 

Map fin: 

Catalogue company specialising in 
electronics. Catalogue on sale in 
WH Smith for £2. Worth getting 
for interesting projects. 


N Dt f o u 

if you're determined to try a few repairs or 
upgrades, don't take on a job that's beyond you. 
Most importantly, start with simple tasks that can 
be checked before you blow up your Amiga. 

Leads are an- ideal initial repair job. Vou can fabri- 
cate or repair a monitor lead and test it without 
plugging It in. The important thing with a lead Is to 
check continuity and be sure that there are no live 
shorts, This can be done (but it's a fiddle) with a 
battery and flashlight bulb, a couple of wires and a 
pair of probes made from a steel needle and a mini 
crocodile clip. 

Each line on the lead can be checked and cross 
checked to be sure of the signal integrity. Another 
useful way to learn your way around the inside of 


u j Af j c u 1 1 

your machine is to lit an Internal peripheral such as 
the Power Computing internal A5Q0 hard drive, a 
large internal RAM expansion or the Vortex AT 
Once board. 

The AT Once is a good example as it comes with 
Instructions that offer a step by step guide through 
the fitting of the boards illustrated with pho- 
tographs. 

The process involves opening the machine, 
removing keyboard and cover and removing the 
central processor and the gate array (GARY) from 
the board. There isn't any soldering so it's a job that 
requires manual dexterity and a little thought but 
no potentially destructive processes. In the mean- 
time happy hunting. 


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With UK sales racing past the 25,000 mark since ils launch 
in June AMOS - The Creator has to be the biggest-sailing 
non-game package ever lor the Amiga. 

Every clay new programs flood inio Mandarin^ office: 
Games, educational programs, musical jukeboxes, 
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With AMOS it is simplicity Jlsell to display pictures in 
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But AMOS also has a more serious side toe Amiga 
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AMOS is so successful that the independent AMOS 


Club already has more than 1.000 members {contact: The 
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W hen the time comes to 
add extra beef to your 
Amiga, there are some 
fairly obvious areas that deserve 
attention. Most people soon realise 
that an extra half meg of memory 
and an external floppy drive would 
be nice. The next stage is normally 
to add a better mouse or a monitor. 

So what next? In this concluding 
part of " Expand and Deliver" we set 
our sights a little further afield and 
investigate networking modems,, 
genlocks, emulators and ail those 
other bits of kit that people seem to 
buy, and then find a use for... 


several machines. Several companies 
now produce network systems, 
although it's worth checking out all 
the options available before splash- 
ing out. As the old ruie stipulates, 
don't buy the first that you see - you 
may live to regret it! 

Working along the same lines as a 
modern, you can also set up your 
Amiga to send and receive facsimile 
(fax) messages. Currently two such 
systems exist - Mkhtran's Fa Ufa x 
and Applied Engineering's Data link 
system. Michtron's product is per- 
haps the better of the two, but it'll 
set you back £600 (a real fax can be 
picked up for just £4001). 


Expand 
and deliver 

Jason Holbom uses his peripheral 


Data sharing 


Do you feel lonely when you use 
your Amiga? If so, then a modem 
could be the answer to your dreams. 
Made famous by such scare-monger- 
Ing movies as 'War Games', the 
modem will let you communicate 
with other computer users by linking 
your machine to the standard tele- 
phone network. 

Using a modem costs money, so 
it's worth investing in the fastest 
modem you can afford, although 
you must also be aware that many 
on-line systems cannot cope with 
certain speeds Some on-line systems 
support 4800 baud modems, but the 
vast majority won't support anything 
faster than a 2400 baud modem. 

The price of modems has dropped 
considerably in the last two years or 
so, so getting on-line is not quite as 
expensive as you might believe. 
Typically, a fairly well endowed 2400 
baud modem can be picked up for 
around £1 SO. 

Closer to home, it's also possible 
to connect together several Amigas 
in a network, therefore allowing 
them to share programs and periph- 
erals (hard drives, printers etc). In a 
professional environment, network- 
ing can cut the cost of upgrading 
several Amigas by a considerable 
amount - Instead of having to buy 
such things as hard drives for each 
machine, you can buy one 
large drive (which usu- 
ally works 
cheaper) and 
share 
between 


Video visuals 

Video graphics are an all-important 
aspect of Commodore's marketing 
strategy, so it comes as no surprise 
that the video hardware market has 
been flooded with innovative prod- 
ucts ranging from gen- 
locks and flicker 
fixer cards, to 24- 
bit frame buffers 
which offer near 
broadcast quality dis- 
plays. 

Genlocking is one 
application that really sets 
the Amiga apart from its 
closest rival For little more 
than a £1 GO, you can overlay 
computer graphics onto a com- 
posite video source to create 
titles and special effects for your 
home movies. I won't go into too 
much depth about the kind of fea- 
tures you should be looking for - 
you'll find these within my Desktop 
Video column elsewhere within this 


issue. 

Moving into the realms of profes- 
sional video graphics, the last Six 
months have seen an explosion in 
the number of 24-bit graphics cards 
available for the Amiga. Most are a 
bit on the pricey side (£1500+), but 
several companies in the States have 
started to market budget 24-bit 
cards that costs little more than 
a couple 
of hun- 
d r e d 
pounds. 
Most 
promising of 
all these is the 
HAM-E 24-bit 
RGB card from 
Black Belt Systems. 
Their card runs on all 
Amigas and sells for just 


$300. 
It offers full 
compatibility with a 
range of 24-bit file formats 
including 24-bit IFF, Targa, GIF, 
Dynamic Hides and SHAM formats, 
plus a load more besides. It comes 
complete with 24-bit paint and ren- 
dering software, making It an excit- 
ing proposition for anyone interested 
in Amiga graphics. Expect a full 
review soon. 

Interlacing may be a real pain on 
the eyes, but it's just the ticket for 
video work, Flowever, if you've tired 
put the old interlace hop, then you 
can rid your machine of it forever by 
fitting any one of a number of flicker 
fixer cards. These ingenious devices 
convert the Amiga display to a rock 
steady picture that would put a VGA 
PC to shame. Unfortunately, you also 
need to buy an expensive multisync 
montor, so they're very much 
restricted to the more affluent Amiga 
users amongst you. 

On the horizon is the most excit- 
ing video peripheral yet. Currently 
only available in MTSC format, 
NewTek are hard at work on a PAL 
version of their ground-breaking 
VideoToaster effects system. It com- 


Hard driviiT 

Floppy drives are all well and good, 
but they have a number of distinct 
disadvantages. For starters, they are 
soooo slooow - even relatively small 
files seem to take an eternity to load, 
Secondly, even the Amiga's fairly well 
hung drives just can't handle enough 
data. They're ok If you're using your 
Amiga for nothing more than a bit of 
word processing, but you'll soon 
start to feel held back once you start 
messing around with 24- bit graphic 
and PostScript fllet 

□f course what you really need h 
a mass storage device, the most 
common of which is the hard drive, 
if you've never used a hard drive- 
based Amiga, then you simply won't 
even be able to comprehend what a 
difference such a device makes to 
the Amiga. Suddenly everything 
becomes so much smoother and so 
much faster. No more do you have 
to mess around with disk swapping - 
everything Is there on a single high 
speed storage device. 

Hard drives come in a range of 
different sizes, starring at about 20 


bines a 
broadcast quali- 
genlock and effects 
system, with 24- bit graphics 
capabilities. Don't expect it for a fair 
old time yet, though. 


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Feature 


Mbytes and moving up to multi- 
gigabyte in size. Most cheap Amiga 
hard drives offer 20 Mbytes of star- 
age, but it's worth spending a little 
more tor a higher capacity drive - 
preferably at least 40 Mbytes. You 
may think that 20 Mbytes sounds 
like an awful iot of storage, but you'll 
be surprised how quickly it'll get 
filled. 

With the imminent launch of 
Commodore's CDTV system, another 
storage device worth considering [s 
that of CD-ROM. You can't directly 
write to a CD-ROM disc (you'll need 
a £3000+ WORM drive for that!), but 
they have one very major advantage 
over hard drives - their sheer size. A 
single CD-ROM disc can store over 
600 Mbytes of data, which pi over 30 
times that which Commodore's 
A590 can handle. 

Commodore have announced 
that they will be producing an exter- 
nal CD-ROM drive for existing 
Amiga* later this year, but US-based 
Xetec have beaten them to it T 
Xetec's drive is fully CD-TV compati- 
ble, so you'll still be able to take 
advantage of CD-TV software once it 
fs made available. 

To keep you going, Ketee actually 
include a free 'Fish k More' CD- 
ROM disc which contains the entire 
Fred Fish collection of PD disks - all 
360 of them ! 

If you're using a hard drive, things 
can go wrong - read writes errors 
are a regular occurance, but by far 
the worst fear of hard drive users is 
the dreaded head crash which usual- 
ly results in you losing everything on 
your drive. 

What you need is a backup 
device, If you're using a high capaci- 
ty drive, then a good bet is a tape 
streamer, a sort of glorified tape 
recorder which backs up an entire 


Undercover Amigas 


Question: When is an Amiga not an Amiga? 
Answer: when ft's a Mac, a PC, a Unix system, a BBC 
micro, or even an ST.... 

With little more than an inexpensive piece of 
hardware and some clever software, you cart trans- 
form your Amiga into a done of just about any 
major computer you can think of. There are emula- 
tors for all the major 8- bit micros - the BBC, the 
C64, the QL (yes, the QL Is an 8-blt!) and even the 
Spectrum 48k! 

For the poseurs amongst you, it's even 
possible to transform your Amiga 
into a fully functional done of 
an Apple Macintosh, 
therefore allow- 
ing your 
Amiga 


to take advnateg of the vast range of quality pro- 
ductivity software (well, DTP software, actually) 
available for Apple's baby. 

Things really 'start to hot up when it comes to 
emulating a PC compatible - there are now no 
fewer than four different hardware 
PC emulators available! For the 
A500, the best is undoubtedly 
Bitcon's &CS Power PC Card, 
although SDL's ATonce is still 
worth a look just because 
of its multitasking capa- 
bilities. 

For those of 
you with megabucks 
to spare, then 
Commodore's 
new Unix card 
for the A 3000 
is well worth 
checking out. It's a 
complete Unix system on a 
card that's based around the lat- 
est release of AT&T's multitasking, mul- 
tiuser operating system, You may not have 
heard a great deal about it on the home computer 
scene, but Unix fs big business in the corporate 
market. 


hard drive onto dedicated tapes that 
look not unlike those of the audio 
variety. 

Once again, Xetec also produce a 
tape streamer which they sell for 
about 1500, These come In two sizes 
- 60 Mbytes and 150 Mbytes - and 
are bundled with all the neccessary 
software to get you started. 

If you can't quite afford a hard 
drive, then a high density floppy 
drive may just be the thing your 
looking far. Applied Engineering pro- 
duce a 3 .5 In high density drive 
which can pack a whopping 1,52 
Mbytes of data onto a single high 
density floppy. This can be bought 
for about £130. 


Modes rule OK! 

The Amiga 500 is a pretty 
versatile machine as. far 
as expansion possibilities 
go, hut it's still not 
expandable as its big brothers, 
the A200D and A3000. 
However, spotting a gap in 
market, several manufacturers 
have come up with 'expansion me 
ules' which allow the Amiga 500 
use hardware devices designed 
exclusively for the high end-Amigas. 


The first to arrive was the A1500 
from London-based Checkmate 
Digital. For £230, Checkmate's 
expansion console is a solid replace- 
ment casing For the A500 that makes 
the machine look more like its big 
brother, the A2Q0O. The keyboard is 
brought out of the A500 casing to 
live in its own external steel casing 
whkh is attached to the main system 
unit via a curly cable. It provides 
space for two drives internally, plus 
an extra kit is available to allow A5QG 
owners to move the A590 hard drive 
inside the A15D0. 

Checkmate are still hard at work 
on an extra 'OverRider' module 
which promises to add A2GQ0 
expansion slot-compatibili- 
ty to the 


A1500. This has been in the pipeline 
for over a year now, but Checkmate 
recently revealed that the kit is finally 
reaching completion. 

More promising still is the Bodega 
Bay modular expansion console from 
US- based hardware manufacturer, 
California Access, Unlike the 
Checkmate unit, the Bodega Bay 
offers full 2000-card compatibilty as 
standard, split between four A2OO0 
100-pin slots (for RAM expansions, 
hard drives etc) plus three overlap- 
ping XT/AT-cempatible slots. The 
Bodega bay can handle the 
acclaimed Bridgeboard PC emulator, 
plus there's an option to have art 
A2Q0Q video slot fitted (for such 
things as genlocks etc). 


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Looking for a professional DTP 
package? Saxon Publisher comes 
bounding in with boxfuls of delight, 
but it's not for the faint-hearted, as 
Richard Williams found out 


The 

Saxon 


F rames and boxes with little 
handles you can grab hold 
of with your mouse pointer 
are well-known to users of desktop 
publishing systems. 

With their bounding boxes, the 
developers of Saxon Publisher, 
Canadian company Saxon Industries, 
claim to haive gone one better, 

Sefore revealing the delights of 
the Saxon boxes, and describing 
some of the package's other features, 
one or two of which might lead the 
easily frustrated to use a few choice 
Anglo Saxon phrases, I offer for the 
uninitiated a few words of explana- 
tion regarding boxes and frames in 
desktop publishing. 

They are the containers for the 
material - text and graphics - that 
goes into a myriad of publications 
from professionally produced maga- 
zines like this one (I have to say this 
to please the editor) with full colour 
separations Output to a very high 
resolution phototypesetter, to the 
humble parish magazine printed on 
a mono &-pin dot matrix machine. 

With frames and boxes, you con- 
trol the How, position, shape and 
angle of text and graphics, and usu- 
ally quite a lot more besides, 
depending on the power of the 
package you are using. 

One excellent feature of the 


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Saxon's bounding box is that, unlike 
some packages, there is no distinc- 
tion between text and graphics 
boxes. The law according to Saxon 
could be stated as ”a box is a box is 
a box". 

This makes for less option select- 
ing and also allows you to mix text 
and graphics in the same box with- 
out hassle. 

The real magic 

Although it may seem like a restric- 
tion at first, there are sound reasons 
for all printable elements being 
attached to bounding boxes - yes, 
that's right, without them there's 
absolutely nothing you can place on 
the pages of your earth-shattering 



publication or document, 

You see, the real magic of a pack- 
age like this is that the boxes can be 
manipulated in many ways to alter 
the representation of the items they 
contain. 

It really is very easy to rotate, 
scale, skew, flip, expand or compress 


objects in just a few seconds. The 
Saxon box definition requester - one 
of the several dialog boxes asking 
you to specify parameters - shows 
you a representation of your box 
which changes angle as you select 
different rotation angles, a neat little 
trick which shows you fairly precisely 


Tagging along... 


One of the most important functions provided by any 
OTP program is the formatting of text blocks. In most 
documents, textual components will be the primary focus, 
the graphics elements serving os o secondary highlight. 

For maximum effect , text blocks must be well laid out 
with proper spacing, sizing and highlights to differentiate 
titles , headings ond body text. 

And , of course, once you've created one or several 
sfyfes., you don't want to have go through the same pro- 
cedures again every time you create a document. 

A type style, fairly easily created through the medium 


of Saxon's requesters - boxes whjcft pop up asking you to 
sefect or write in options - is o complete definition gf 
parameters for rendering a paragraph, containing all the 
Information about font , jype size, texture and spacing. 
Once a type style bcrr been defined, you give it a name 
and it appears in a list on Saxon's sidebar 

The great advantage is that paragraphs can be for- 
matted and reformatted s imply by highlighting them and 
clicking on an available tag style. All style tags can he 
saved and retrieved for inter use m any document 
in other words, you never have to create a style twice. 


112 Amiga Computing 



Creating a template 

Saxon's template feature allows pages of any complexity to be saved for Inter 
retrieval. The pages you save in this way eon include bit mapped graphics, 
structured drawings and even text files, 

Koa assign such page designs Jo function keys by invoking the Page menu 
l and moving the pointer to "Assign F-Key". A small requester appears, asking 
! you to enter a filename of up to 1 0 characters for the page being assigned. 

After assigning a template called , for Instance, AMIGACOMPU fa functor] 
key FI the sub-menu item will then read "Assign F-Key - FLAM1GACQMPU". ' 
Pages saved in this way ore actually stored in a directory within the Saxon 
Publisher program, if you're running the program from □ floppy disk , you 
should be aware of the limited storage space available for assigned objects. 

Assigned pages can be recoiled whether or not a document already exists in 
the program environment. Simply hold down the shift key and press the rele- 
vant function key white in cursor mode. 

Again, it's a case of once you've designed something, you don't have to go 
through the mofrom again, its what time-saving i, and therefore cost-efficient,. 
DTP is oil about 


what you're going to get. Having 
this large measure of control over 
boxes helps the typesetting process 
from both the user's and the com- 
puter's perspective. 

Incidentally,, not all boxes need to 
be rectangles. You can create free- 
hand boxes with any number of cor- 
ners. 

Hardware demands 

Before we go any further, some 
words of caution for the unexpanded 
and the slightly expanded, You either 
won't be able to run the program at 
all, or at least you'll find it very diffi- 
cult. 

Saxon is a powerful program, not 
intended for the fickle or faint-heart- 
ed, and that applies to the hardware, 
too. You really need a minimum of 
two 3.5in drives, although the man- 


ual says you can "theoretically'' make 
use of the program with a single 
drive, but 'at great inconvenience". 

Unless your system has a hard 
disk, at least two floppy drives are 
needed to make working copies of 
the program. For those producing 
large and/or complex volumes, a 
hard disk is highly recommended. 

Oh, and you'll need at least 1 
megabyte of memory. 

Although Saxon works properly 
with any standard Amiga display, a 
high persistence monitor is recom- 
mended to reduce the flicker caused 
by the highest resolution mode, 
which is what Saxon runs in. 
Unfortunately, long persistence phos- 
phor monitors come very expensive 
compared with standard NTSC 
colour monitors. 

The alternative is to use a flicker- 
fixing device. An inexpensive 
polarised screen can improve the sta- 
bility of the display dramatically. 

The review copy of Saxon version 


1,1 that I used provided direct sup- 
port only to PostScript compatible 
printers and phototypesetters. 
However, l J m assured the released 
version will provide dot matrix sup- 
port as well. 

Weil, if that lot hasn't put you oft, 
you must either have the bee's knees 
in hardware or be prepared to spend 
a good deal of money, and also want 
to produce quality documents or 
publications, AL any rate, this will be 
the assumption for the rest of this 
review. 

The best way to learn about 
Saxon's excellent facilities, and its 
few niggling bits, is to work through 
the Basic Tutorial in the manual and, 
if you survive that, the Advanced 
Tutorial which follows it, 

Enter the first niggling bit - there 
are NO illustrations at all in either 
tutorial to show you what you 
should be achieving as you draw and 
manipulate your boxes, import your 
text and graphics and create your 
type styles and templates. The 
author seems to assume that you've 
read and remembered all the other 
parts of the manual. 

1 did eventually realise, however, 
that the the results to which the 
tutorials should lead you are includ- 
ed on disk, and you could, of course, 
print this out before you begin. 
Unfortunately, the bounding boxes, 
the sidebar containing your tools, 
filenames of imported text and 
graphics etc, are NOT on the fin- 
ished job, so there's still no easy 
answer. 

Take a tip from one who's suffered 
- make sure you read the 
Fundamental Concepts and 
Operating Parameters sections of- the 
manual before going through the 


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tutorials. The 20 minutes this will 
take will pay handsome dividends. 

If you still have the occasional 
problem identifying what's on 
screen, look it up in the Specific 
Reference, Sidebar or Menu Strip 
sections. 

The four modes 

Apart from their lack of illustrations, 
the tutorials adequately demonstrate 
the features of Saxon. There are four 
modes of operation. 

All manipulations to text and 
boxes are performed in Cursor 
Mode, when the pointer, or arrow, is 
the active tool. In this mode, all 
screen display parameters, including 
colour, are in force and it does seem 
to take an age on occasion for the 
screen to redraw itself after a 
change. 

in Paragraph Mode, you perform 
ail operations relating to type styles, 
as well as formatting of paragraph 
styles. Drawings created within 
Saxon Publisher itself, bounding hox 
outlines and onscreen colours don't 
appear in this mode, since they are 
not required for text formatting, 
Things happen a lot faster as a con- 
sequence. 

Text Mode allows you to manual- 
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boxes. You could write the publica- 
tion you are working on In this way, 
though the idea with Saxon, as with 
all DTP packages, is that you import 
pre-prepared text and graphics, with 
only the odd headline, standfirst and 
caption to be written in directly. You 
also have the full range of facilities 
for editing and formatting text. 
Again,, the display is a simple one in 
this mode, to keep things moving 
quickly. 

Finally, Drawing Mode allows the 
creation and manipulation of struc- 
tured drawings within your docu- 
ments, A good range of tools 
includes line, bezier curve, connect- 
ed line, rectangle, ellipse, polygon, 
and smooth line (similar to connect- 
ed line but the angles where lines 
meet are converted to smooth 
curves). Rectangle, ellipse and poly- 
gon have filled versions as well for 
those who want to put textures into 
their drawings. 

Drawing mode only affects draw- 
ings generated within the program. 
Externally generated drawings can 
oniy be manipulated while in cursor 
mode. 

When Saxon first loads, the main 
area of interest onscreen is a panel 


Amiga Computing 113 



Add some texture 

QbpecU In Saxon Pubtisher can be textured in a variety of ways. Every 
page, box, style tag and internally generated structured drawing has a 
user-definable texture associated with it. 

Options include bitmapped backgrounds, outlining thickness, transpar- 
ent and solid colours. 

As far as text is concerned, outlines, backgrounds and drop shadows 
can have any solid colour hue associated with them. 

In the texture requesters associated with any particular document ele- 
ment, users can specify colour as a combination of red, green and blue. 
The Colour Display Window provides a graphic illustration of the selected 
colour, 

Alternatively, you can use the facilities for selecting colours as Printer's 
Ink, giving a more accurate representation of printed output, or CMYK val- 
ues, This latter allows you to to specify exact ink density (as a percentage) 
of each colour separation (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) which comes 
off the output device. 

Texture and coEour are dose partners when It comes to creating breath- 
taking effects in your documents. Experiment and enjoy is the name of the 
game. 

A goodly range of ready-made pre-set textures is provided with Saxon 
Publisher, The range includes effects such as gradients, stonebricks and 
drop shadows. 



down the left side of screen, called 
the Sidebar. 

This contains gadgets for selecting 
the four modes as outlined above, 
text style gadgets (plain, bold, italic 
and underline), and the screen posi- 
ton gadget showing the portion of 
the document currently displayed on 
screen (magnifications of 30 per cent 
to 300 per cent are available). 

The sidebar also contains the tag 
list. In paragraph mode, this contains 
the names of any text or graphics 
files which were generated externally 
and imported into your document or 
publication. 

One of the delightful features of 
Saxon is that you can import files at 
any stage, right at the start of docu- 
ment creation, if you like, without 
having so much as placed a bound- 
ing box on a page. 

What happens is that the name of 
the file - the tag - sits in the list In 
the sidebar until you've created a 
box or several boxes for it. Then, 
simply clkk on the tag and the text 
or graphic appears in whichever box 
Is selected. If it's text which needs to 
be run into several boxes, clicking on 
the next box to select it, then click- 
ing once more on the tag will flow 
the text cm from the precise point at 
which it ended in the previous box. 

As you continue to run In text in 
this way, it flows over of around any 
graphic elements according to the 
parameters you have given in the rel- 
evant requester to the boxes con- 
taining them. 

In paragraph mode, the tag list 
displays a list of style tags. The 
"New* gadget at the bottom of the 
tag list enables you to create a new 
style tag, which initially will be the 
same as whichever tag was high- 
lighted when you clicked on "New", 


Make the required changes and give 
the style a new name in the relevant 
requesters. 

In drawing mode, the only entry 
in the tag list Is the word 
"Retexture". When this is selected, 
the texture requester appears, allow- 
ing you to define the outline thick- 
ness and colours as well as the 
background textures for all struc- 


Ttw texture requester. The 
rariyc- And itylei of textures 
and the control you hare over 
them arc excellent feature* of 
the Saxon package 

tured drawings attached to the 
active bounding box. 

Style transfer gadgets are also 
provided, allowing you to impose 
the style tag of the currently high- 
lighted paragraph onto an entire sec- 
tion of text appearing either before 
or after it, either within the active 
box only, or for all boxes in whichev- 
er direction is selected- 

The remainder of the sidebar con- 
sists of bounding bo* definition gad- 
gets (rectangular or freehand are the 
two options); depth arrangement 
gadgets allowing you to change the 
current layering arrangement of 
overlapping boxes by moving the 
active box to front or back; and the 
self-explanatory delete box, delete 
contents, box moving and graphic 
filling gadgets. 

The menu strip, which runs across 
the top of the opening display, is 
invoked in the usual Amiga fashion 
with a dick of the right mouse but- 
ton, and gives full control over docu- 
ment, importation of external files, 
pagination, bounding boxes, type 
styles, editing facilities like cut, copy, 
paste, search and replace, and pref- 


Packed with features 

As you would expect of a DTP package aimed at professionals, Saxon 
Publisher is packed with features 

Apart from those mentioned In the main part of this review f the notable 


ones include: 

• Page sizes up to 20 X 20 inches 
are supported. 

• Page backgrounds rendered in 
any user-defined solid colour or 
one of 21 bitmapped textures 
(still more textures can be 
ordered from Saxon Industries). 

• Easily created column guides to 
assist with layout. 

• Screen angles and densities 
defined to four decimal places. 

• Ability to variably scale the final 
output scale of any document. 


• Routines to double or quadruple 
output resolution of bitmaps 
without sacrificing sharpness or 
detail. 

• Text sizes from 3 to a staggering 
2QC0 points, 

• Support for downloadable fonts, 

• Facilities to directly import and 
print 24-bit images without need 
for conversion utilities, 

• Support for Encapsulated 
PostScript (EPS) and PorVestor 
files. 


erences such as page view and ruler 
(inches, metric or pica/point rulers 
are available). 

And in conclusion... 

The two tutorials in the manual will 
quickly get you up to speed with 
Saxon Publisher. After completing 
the second one, I guarantee you will 
be ready, nay positively itching, to 
produce something of your own. 

I don't altogether like Saxon's 
more complex requesters. There's 
not much depth to the little boxes 
you need to click (you should have 
remembered to bring your specs - 
Ed) and the type style requester in 
particular looks very cluttered. 

However, now that we're so close 
to the end, I have to confess to more 
than a passing acquaintance with the 
likes of Quark XPress, Aldus 
Pagemaker, Ventura Publisher and 
even the package specially written 
for the OS/2 on the PC, Describe. 
Some of those packages have been 
out quite a few years now, and have 
had a chance to metamorphose into 
something nearer perfection. 

My initial impression of Saxon is 
that it is good - very, very good, in 
fact, for those who can afford it and 
its rather hefty hardware require- 
ments. 

It's bound to improve with subse- 
quent versions. With a few more 
things like some more fonts and the 
odd cosmetic improvement, Saxon 
Publisher will make the grade as a 
first rate, professional DTP package. 

I'm certain, however, that it will 
see far more business than home 
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I'm in position of a revision 6 A500 with 
0,5Mb expansion. Some time ago 1 modified the 
motherboard so I could have 1 Mb of Chip RAM. 

The problem now is that the MS-DOS emula- 
tor Transformer doesn't work, and when I pull 
down DPaint Ill's anim menu, it is ghosted out so 
that none of the options are available. 

Could it be because there's no fast mem any 
more or is if because of a hardware fault? 

If I buy another internal expansion board with 
1.5Mb or more, can t then use my Transformer 
and animate in DPaint 111 and still have 1Mb of, 
chipmem? I would really appreciate it if 
could give me the answers to my quest^Js 
Keep the good work going I think you're 
is the best there is, 

J Hoogendoorn, Berkel-Enschot, Holland 

As you guessed, the problem lies in your 
machine no longer having access to fastmem, 
at least in the case of the DPaint anim menu, 
I’m not so sure of the Transformer problem, 
but It is more than likely to be the same, 

You can rule out hardware faults - If your 
DIY conversion had any detrimental effects on 
the motherboard, especially the dedicated 
chips, the results would be a lot more obvious 
than they are at the moment. 

Anyone with expanded memory can use 
NOFASTMEM to turn off their fastram and 
then try DPaint Ill's anim menu. It won't work 
on a machine with no fastram, so you can rest 
assured that your Amiga isn't damaged, 

The addition of a bigger memory board 
should allow you to use the full 1Mb of chip- 
mem along with some extra fastram as long 
as you don't reverse the motherboard conver- 
sion . Your problem wifi then disappear. 

Try before you buy 

I am considering a hard drive for my.A5-00 r possi- 
bly the GVP. However I have a few uncertainties 
as regards hard drives, and I would be grateful if 
you could clear them up for me. 

• How prone is a hard drive to magnetic forces? 
Mine would be sitting near my mini-speakers and 
television. 

• Are there often any procedures to carry out 
during power on/off? (i.e head parking etc) 

• What may usually cause a corruption of the 
disk? 

Brett Buckley, Huddersfield 

The GVP series 2 drives are fast and efficient, 
if a bit pricey, and you'll find a review of them 
in our February issue. As for your concerns: 

• Hard drives are quite safe from normal elec- 
tro-magnetic fields of the kind generated by 
TVs and such like. I have a GVP sitting three 
inches from a monitor and ten inches from my 
A50C power supply at this very moment. 
There r s no harm in taking precautions against 
EMP, but don't get paranoid. 

• You won't have to park your drive heads 
during normal use. The only time this is neces- 
sary Is when you move them from one loca- 
tion to another, risking heavy jolts or 
vibrations. Many hard drives these days, 


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case. 

• Corruption can be caused by many things, 
and although hard drives aren't as prone to 
physical corruption as floppy drives, they still 
go wrong occasionally. 

Dust and coffee can affect you mechanism, 
but the most common problems come about 
through mangled files and disk validation 
errors. FIxDisk 1.2 from the March coverdisk 
will sort out most of these. 

Suffering Seagate 

Due to a fair amount of gross stupidity on my 
behalf I find myself without any software to get 
my hard drive going, I know that I should have 
made several back-ups and all that, but we all 
make mistakes. 

Why didn't I just write to the manufacturer? 
Ves, you've guessed it, I've tost the address. The 
drive is a Seagate ST-22 5 N and the interface is 
manufactured by a company called C Ltd, model 
SCSI-500 Serial No. 85 1 L 595 Rev 1 .2, 

I can't find the manufacturer's address or any 
trace of them, Does anyone out there know their 
address or even know of any software that can 
get my drive going? 

S M Smith, Manchester 

Where did you buy that interface? I can't find 
the company either, but Seagate are easily 
contacted - phone (0628) 890366, 

You should also contact the shop which 
originally supplied you with the SCSI interface 
- there should have been some hard drive 
tools with it. To get the drive up and running, 


you'll have to carry out a low level format. 
Seagate's tech Support bods tell me they usu- 
ally try memory addresses C80C and CCOQ to 
activate the routines for this operation. 

The process involves using an assembly 
debug program to find then address the cor- 
rect memory location, so If you re not into 
machine code things could get sticky. 

If you're lucky, the drive might already have 
been prepped and treated to a low level for 
mat. If this Is the case, just turn to pages S-3 
and A-2 of the Workbench 1,3 enhancer soft- 
ware manual for the scanty Information sup- 
plied with your machine. 

If you can construct a mountlist entry and 
FORMAT the drive, It should be easy enough 
to MOUNT It and carry on from there, If this 
isn't sufficient, please send more information 
on your set-up, and the name of the supplier 
In particular, and I'll try to get you a more 
exact answer. 

Picture-popper 

A friend and myself have just started to do a ref- 
erence program using the Workbench set-up. 

The program is self-booting, but what we'd like 
to do is load a picture then have it disappear 
before Workbench toads up. 

We have designed a loading screen and called 
it Munson, but we would be grateful if you could 
tell us the commands to get the screen to work 
during our startup-sequence. 

B Johnson, Rhyl 

There are several IFF viewer programs avail- 
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► is probably Vilbm, which will display any IFF 
format. Including HAM, and will even display 
text, One of the most compact is PPShow, 
which will display files crunched with 
PowerPacker. 

The forthcoming Workstation disk will 
Include PPShow and an example of what it 
does in the startup-sequence, but if you want 
just a viewing program, most PD libraries will 
be happy to supply one. 

They all work in a relatively simple way. For 
example, to use Vilbm in your startup- 
sequence, simply include the line 

b'lLBP <PkturiHi«t? 

and the picture will be displayed until a key is 
pressed, then startup will continue. 

Memory Game 

I was interested to read your article on CL I in the 
March issue of Amiga Computing, I have an A5C0 
with a full megabyte and I shall probably buy an 
extra drive. 

At the moment I am interested in making bet- 
ter use of the RAM extension. 

Games such as Monty Python seem to make 
extensive use of disk access, which is quite time- 
consuming, If you could explain how to run 
games In RAM disk rather than the floppy drive 
you would save me a lot of time. 

Peter Tingle, Kingston upon Thames 

I'm afraid 1 haven't much good news. The RAM 
disk is fine for a lot of uses, but you can't copy 
commercial games info it. 

Apart from being illegal, it Is usually Impos- 
sible, as their copy protection does not usually 
allow for simple AmigaDOS operations, I 
mean, if you could copy a game into the RAM 
disk, you could copy it onto another floppy, 
and that would be piracy 

It should be easy enough to copy PD games 
Into your RAM disk, but as many of these load 1 
completely into memory, you won't save much 
time by doing this. 

Kind words for KindWords? 

I've bought KindWords which I am now using, 
but not to the full extent. I cannot access any of 
the available fonts because I don't know how lo- 
go about setting the correct printer driver in the 
Preferences, 

It's supfposed to read EpsonX.PRN, By the way, 

I use an ASOO with an extra drive and 0.5Mb 
extra RAM. 

Zbigniew Pawlowkz, Hereford 

When you load up the KindWords program 
disk, you should find the Preferences Icon in its 
window, Double click on this to open the 
Preferences window, then dick on the Printer 
icon. 

This will bring up a screen with all your 
printing options. For the purposes of setting 
your printer driver, simply select Parallel or 
Serial, then click on the two arrows In the top 
right quarter of the screen until the EpsonX 
printer driver is highlighted in the central bar. 


I am a relative newcomer to the world of Amiga 
Computing, having bought a Class of the 
NineLies pack about two years ago, and have 
been using my A500 mostly for domestic pur- 
poses. 

About a year ago, I bought a M It robotics 
MS 01 RAM upgrade and an extra drive. I have 
recently been trying to use the Amiga Tor adding 
titles and graphics to our video films via a 
Rendale 8802 genlock and DPaint III, 

However, I have run into memory problems - 
it seems that my 1 Mb is not up to the job. 

To add to the problem, I recently purchased 
the Broadcast Tiller 2 program, which I found 
requires a minimum of 1 ,5Mb to run. 

Please could you help a green newcomer 
with some advice on upgrading RAM, especially 
as more and more of It appears to be needed to 
run the increasingly complex Amiga applications. 

I have considered buying a hard drive, but 
understand that this would mean 1 couldn't run 
my existing programs, and would require an 
upgraded power supply. I would appreciate any 
help given in simple terms. 

J R Russell, Uxbridge 

As you teem to have the money to spend on 
reasonably expensive kit {the Rendale 8802 
and 8T2), I would advise you to go for one of 
the larger and more expensive A500 RAM 
upgrades. The ICD AdRam board fits in the 

Now dick on OK, then on SAVE when the next 
screen appears, and your preferences will be 
set to the correct printer - always assuming 
that your printer Is working in standard Epson 
mode. 

If it Is a Star LC1Q, Panasonic KX1081, or 
one of the other popular 9 ■ or 24-pin models, 
It will almost certainly be Epson compatible 
and should be perfectly happy with the 
EpsonX driver. 

Xasperated music lover 

I am a keen music enthusiast who tries desperate- 
ly hard to write music using my ASOO (with vl .2 
ROM), MusicV 1.1, and MIDI synth. To add to my 
problems, I have found that strange things hap- 
pen when playing back samples through MusicX 
and PD player programs. 

The samples seem to play at' the correct pitch 
most of the time, but every now and then MuskX 
plays a sample at what seems to be a random 
pitch. 

As you can guess this makes them virtually 
unusable for producing music. I'm not sure 
whether this is a hardware or a software problem, 
although I can't recall having the same problem 
with Sonix. 

Richard Hobson, London 

The samples are playing at a funny pitch 
because they were sampled at a different rate. 

II you use a disk of PD samples, the chances of 
all of them playing at the same pitch are slim. 

What you need to do is change the sample 
play rate and therefore the pitch, and the tech- 


Amiga's trapdoor and can be expanded to 
6Mb. As such It fs an attractive add-on, espe- 
cially as it enables the full 1Mb of chip RAM 
with a simple solder connection fully 
explained In the helpful manual. Contact 
Power Computing on (023-4) 273000 for more 
details. 

Alternatively, there's the Cortex system 
from Memory Expansion Systems on (05d) 
236 0480. This is a large box which fits into 
the expansion bus on the left hand side of the 
ASOO and can be expanded to 8Mb. 

It Is a quality product, and has a though 
port' so that other devices, such as the hard 
drive you're thinking of buying, can still be 
attached to the Amiga. 

As for hard drives, If you are going to put 
the Amiga to serious use, a hard drive Is 
essential. It doesn't matter so much how big 
or fast it is - any hard drive Is infinitely better 
than a floppy-based system. 

Your power supply will be put under an 
increased strain by the memory upgrade, so 
you may Indeed have to purchase a beefier 
unit from one of our advertisers. 

Before doing so, however, give your new 
system a try. I use an A5O0 with a 6Mb 
Ad RAM board Installed. The power supply is 
an original Commodore unit, and works well 
enough, though I do on occasion suffer more 
gurus and crashes than my fair share, 

nique required is transposition. Your problem 
has already been solved for free! MED V3.0Q, as 
found on last month's cover disk, includes a 
sample editor which is capable of transposing 
any sample. 

Simply load in the sample, change the peri- 
od rate, then save it out and the sample has 
been transposed. The Sample Editor document 
on the disk gives full details and provides a 
table of values to set for whichever note you'd 
like the sample to play at. 

If you don't have MED v3,Q0 you can get It 
from Amigamris PD on 0703 785680, or you 
can buy a commercial product like Aegis's 
Audio Engineer. 

TV trouble 

I have recently upgraded from a Commodore 64 
to an Amiga 500. With my C64 I used a Ferguson 
TX television which has a seven pin din RGB 
input, l was wondering it I could use this capabili- 
ty with my Amiga as It would greatly enhance the 
picture and sound quality. 

Martin Tomlinson, Wokingham 

It should be easy enough to connect your 
Amiga to such a TV - all you need is the cor- 
rect lead. Whether the RBG input is TTL or lin- 
ear, and I wish you'd specified which it was, 
your local dealer will have a lead to connect 
the Amiga's 23 pin video port to an RGB din 
socket. 

Quality will not be as high as with a full 
SCAflT connection, but it will be a lot better 
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’insigW \ MUSIC 126 

I In the first of our Almanac Insight series, 
Paul Austin presents an in-depth look at a new 
music package - Sequencer One 

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Amiga Computing 125 

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Serious sequencing made 
simple - Paul Austin rips 
the plastic off the latest 
music package. 



I t's been a long time coming but 
a credible alternative to MusfcX 
and the rest has finally arrived. 
Sequencer One is the latest 
release from Gadjits Music Software, 
the company gradually beginning to 
dominate the field of Amiga music 
processing. They've done it by keep- 
ing a dose eye on what's happening 
with some of the big names In the 
business. 

Last year, Roland, the instrument 
people, spotted the gaping hole in 
the Amiga market and as a result 
combined with Commodore to push 
their CM and D series synths and 
modules into the arms of waiting 
Amigans. 

To support the move, Gadjits have 
followed up Roland's lead with patch 
editing software to support the 
needs of the new muses. As a result 
of the collaboration between Gadjits 
and 1 Roland CM and D-series users 
will find Sequencer One particularly 
well suited to their set up. 

This isn't to say it wouldn't suit 
any arrangement of equipment, and 
for those new to the idiosyncrasies of 
Midi and sequencing in general it 
could be an ideal introduction to 
the art. Gadgets have taken a refresh- 
ing look at the needs of the average 
Midi musician and developed the 
product with their requirements tak- 
ing priority. 

As a result Sequencer One is not 
an all singing and dancing mega 
music utility. It is however a dedicat- 
ed sequencer which does exactly 
that and with the minimum of fuss. 
MusicX, the market leader, tries to 
be everything to everybody and as a 
result tends to fall a little short in cer- 
tain areas such as the Library and 
Protocol pages, both of which are 
great in principal but difficult in 
practice. 

The Gadjits alternative doesn't 
support either of these functions, but 


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Sequencer! 


version two of the planned 
■Sequencer trilogy will support both 
fetching and dumping. The 
prospects of imminent upgrades will 
no doubt make Sequencer On? seem 
slightly less appealing, but don't 
despair - the chaps at Gadjits have 
seen the potential problems and 
promise upgrades to registered users 
at very reasonable rates. 


What's on offer 

The software consists of three 
screens, each giving you an Individu- 
al view of your creation. The track list 
is the first of the three and has a 
maximum of 32 tracks available for 
either playback or storage. 

As you no doubt know Midi supports 
a maximum of 16 channels of simul- 


taneous playback, Nevertheless the 
remaining tracks are very handy for 
storing alternative tracks and those 
slightly dodgy bits you're not quite 
ready to throw away, 

Switching between individual 
tracks is simply a matter of clicking 
the mute Icon on or off. Selecting 
channels for recording is just as sim- 
ple - just dick on the track and the 
red record icon appears. 

From then on the channel's select- 
ed, Pick a voice and hit the record 
button and you're off. This makes life 
easy for the beginner and blisteringly 
fast for the expert. If you're a reason- 
able pianist you can create a multi 
timbral sequence in minutes and all 
recorded at 192 PPQN, 

Recording can be done in both 
standard and overdub Formats and 


with optional auto rewind. Any mis- 
takes are easily rectified with the 
undo last edit Feature, which is great 
if, like me, you need ten attempts at 
even the simplest sequence. Each 
track can be separately marked for 
easy editing and drum machine style 
loops can be applied, saving a lot of 
time and tricky editing. 

Perhaps my favourite aspect of 
the Track iist is its potential on 
mixdqwn. When you've created 
the next Aggadoo Euro pop 
hokee cokee classic it still 
needs to be mixed and 
the Track List is 
excellent for adding 
the important finish- 
ing touches to the sound. 

Once a track is highlighted with 
the record icon the volume of an 
individual track can be altered with 
the data volume control on your 
synth. Combine this with the ability 
to mute any or all of the tracks and 



JufL i few of the options, available 
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126 Amiga Computing 






All the Mo you need te know an any Individual nol* 



you have an instant digital mixing 
desk - marvellous! 

The second screen is the Step 
Editor and as the name suggests this 
is where you can take advantage of 
the power that a decent sequencer 
can provide,, removing notes you 
don't want and adding the realiy 
elevef run that you could 1 never man- 
age live. It's this editing ability that 
makes the Keep Music Live lobby 
physically sick, but it also makes cre- 
ating music accessible to almost any- 
one. 

The editing screen takes the now 
familiar piano roll format. The zoom 
feature varies between full or quarter 
bar magnification which I found 
slightly limiting on occasion. For 
example, when editing drum pat- 
terns it's sometimes a little tricky to 
alter individual notes at the first 
attempt. 

The Info option is particularly 
pleasant and allows you to click on 
any note and receive ail the informa- 
tion concerning its pitch, duration 
and so on. These various elements 
can then be altered by simply typing 
in a new number for each character- 
istic. 

The delete icon has an obvious 
function and aliows the individual 
deletion of notes. If you want to 
remove larger sections of a track 
you'll probably need to use the block 
option which lets you manipulate 


large sections of the track far in 
excess of the scope of the screen. 

The block option is best activated 
by entering the start and end posi- 
tions into the appropriate window. 
This can then be deleted, copied, cut 
or pasted as required. 

Blocks can also be set on screen 
by simply clicking and dragging with 
the trusty rodent. Most operations 
involve the rodent with the occasion- 
al bit of typing as you add various 
start and stop positions. 

It's also possible to use step entry 
via the KeyB icon, this brings up a 
miniature keyboard which displays 

4 If you want 
quality results 
quickly and 
simply you could 
do a lot worse ^ 

various notes as they're depressed. 
The characteristics for these notes 
can be altered as required. 

This is a particularly useful option 
if you're not an ivory tickler by trade 
as it gives you the option to work at 
your own pate. Thfc oniy problem 
with this method is its tendency to 
lead to rather mechanical end 
results. 

In general editing is reasonably 
simple with the block options being 
a particularly pleasant element. 
When this is combined with the 
overdub function and the tape deck 
controls, editing becomes a little 
more of a pleasure and a little less of 


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If you 'm Offering from thl 
mnn romp Lint there may be a curt 
cirid the bar Editor could be iL If we 
described the Step Editor as musica 
micro surgerwhe Bar editor would 
best be desc rlbed as good old fash 
n ncd ■'-■filiation. 

This v en is a dream For the 
commercially orientated types whe 
want to cut and paste their way tt 
the charts, b subtleties here just a 
touch of musical hack and slash a; 
you move great chucks of your tunt 
around to term verse, chorus, middle 
eight and so on, Sorry, I'm showing 
■ my age the'<j, I meant to say chorus, 


chorus, choi 


Rang I 


To be hones' I 


overview ol 
showing you 
where. Agafr 
ter of clickii 
and pasting, 
from here as 
three screen! 
tape recordei [ 
As well a 
controls 


s and chorus. 


the Bar Editor is a i 


ful screen for anyone, giving a great 


I- as tf 
there': 
/..ting 


the entire piece and 
exactly what's going on 
editing is a simple mat- 
dragging, deleting 
tu can always record 
you can from any of the 
with the ever present 
controls. 

the record and play 
's a whole range of 
options waiting on the menu bar Ir 

Familiar, ■ 

All kinds of requesters and off/on 
options are available, some of which 
you can no doubt see from the com 
plicated screen shot 

It's these pull downs which give 
the software the necessary complexi- 
ty to compete with the likes of 
MusicX. It's possible to access and 
after all kinds of sequence Informs 
tion varying from Midi import and 
export control, to block functions 
and the option to work with either (0 
& 1) Midi Formats. This gives a high 
level of compatibility with many 
other Midi packages. 

The Hit Kit 

For a limited period, Gadjits Hit Kit 
software is being bundled with every 
Sequencer One sold, ft usually retails 
at £25 a time but for now it's free. 
The Hit kit is basically a collection of 
various sequences divided up into 
numerous styles with a number of 


options for each, For example, you 
could load a drum pattern from the 
Jazz section followed by a separate 
bass line, middle, lead and so on. 
These are all available in single bars 
but can be pasted in any number 
and combination. 

As a result you can build com- 
pletely new ir less than original songs 
by mixing the various component 
parts. I've got to admit it's great fun 
sticking all the bits together, but to 
be honest the end results are a bit 
predictable, not to mention slightly 
silly. 

Having said that though the num- 
ber and quality of the drum patterns 
make the Hit Kit a godsend for even 
the most serious nrnusos. The patterns 
alone make the Hit Kit well worth 
having and the various riffs in the 
many and varied styles can only help 
beginners learn a few tricks of the 
tracte, 

As I mentioned earlier Sequencer 
One is ideal for the beginner and lo- 
cate r for that market the Amiga's 
Internal voices have been well sup- 
ported within the software. Even a 
separate sample palette has been 
added to make life a little easier. 

Final thoughts 

If you're new to Midi but not neces- 
sarily music, Sequencer One could 
well be Ideal, featuring a good com- 
bination of ability and ease of use. To 
support such a sweeping statement I 
can only quote my own experience 
which consisted of creating a com- 
plete piece in a day without a glance 
at the short and sweet manual. 

This alone should be praise 
enough for any software dealing 
with an area as complex as Midi. I 
doubt I could have done the same 
with MusicX and if I'd dropped the 
manual while trying I would proba- 
bly have been in plaster for a month. 
Sequencer One does not have 
some of the subtleties and skills of 
MusfcX but if you want quality 
results quickly and simply you could 
do a lot worse than investing in 
Gadjits latest gadget. 

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Manchester 
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If you're budget is a little tight, 
then Jason Holborn has got 
some good news for you 



T he Amiga may well be the 
machine to own for alF things 
desktop video, but there's no 
doubting that polling together even 
a half decent DTV setup can bo an 
expensive affair. 

Even at the most base level, you'll 
need at least two video devices - one 
to provide the source video signal 
and another to record it - plus a 
genlock. 

The video sources aren't too 
much of a problem. After ail, you can 
hire such things for little more than a 
few pounds a month these days, so 
this is hardly going to break the 
bank. 

The most expensive thing you'll 
probably have to Invest in Is the 
device that makes it all possible 
(excluding the Amiga, of course!) - 
the Genlock. These can set you back 
anything up to £2,000, but a fairly 
decent genlock can be picked up for 
around £250. 

For the really skint amongst you, 
Applied Engineering's 'MiniGen' is 
about the only real option. There's 
no doubting that it's cheap, but its 
features are nothing worth writing 
home about. Picture quality is poor 
and there are no options for such 
things as fading and dissolving 
between video sources. 

There's very good news, though. 
Silica Systems have announced that 
they intend to take on distribution of 
a meaty little genlock from the Slates 
called RocGen. 

This little unit boasts many of the 
more sophisticated features that 
you'd expect from a genlock costing 
£500+, but all this power can be 
yours for just £1 1 7! 

for your money, you get a 
Genlock that will allow you to over- 
lay Amiga graphics onto any com- 
posite video source and then record 
the resulting mixed signal to video 
tape. 

You can feed it a source video sig- 
nal from just about any video device 
that can output a composite signal, 
including video cameras, VCRs, cam- 
corders and laser disk players. 

It can be powered either by the 
Amiga itself or via an external power 
supply for those of you who already 
have a large number of add-ons con- 
netted to your A50G. 

Unlike most genlocks, the RocGen 


features AutoVideo passthru which 
allows the signal from the Amiga or 
external video source to pass 
through the RocGen to the monitor 
or VCR even if either the Amiga or 
external video source is powered 
down, 

Rut what really lifts the RocGen 
above 'budget' genlocks such as 
MiniGen is its powerful fading and 
overlaying effects. Using a tuning 
knob on the front of the genlock 
hardware, you can adjust the degree 
of both the fade and overlay, 

Fade mode allows you to adjust 
the screen so that it fades from solely 
a computer graphic display to solely 
a video image. In overlay mode, the 
video image is pernamently 
displayed, but you can 'fade in' (and 
out) the Amiga graphics. 

These effects alone will allow you 
to produce much more professional- 
looking presentations. 

This feature alone makes the 
RocGen one hell of a bargain. Very 
few genlocks below the £500 mark 
offer fade and overlay controls, espe- 
cially through a hardware control 
knob. 

The RocGen is available now from 
Silica Systems on 081 309 1111, 
Expect a full review next month, 

Genlock for pros 

At the other end of the pricing spec- 
trum comes Magni Systems' new 
Model 4005 PAL genlock for the 


Amiga that will set you back a cool 
£2000. Fully compatible with the 
Amiga A3&00, it boasts lull broad- 
cast quality encoding. 

It also offers comprehensive fade s, 
wipes, chroma keys and overlays,, all 
| gf which at e controlled via a separate 
troL 

expect from a genlock ai 
price, the 4005 offers full 
fbility via Y/C connec- 
tors and itjis fully compatible with all 
Amiga screen modes. For more, con- 
tact Magni or 0101 800 624 6465 

Tools for video 



Eschalon Developments have just 
announced the release of their new 
Video ToofJ system, which they claim 
offers 'everything you need for video 

production'. 

For your £300 (it ain't cheap!), 
you get a tool for creating subtitles 
and credits, a tefepromter, an ii 
presenter (a slideshow to you and 
me), a video pattern generator, 
colour bar and sale-area genera* 
tors, text scroller, nine DPain 
3 compatible colour font^ 
and even a complete mul 
media presentation 
railed Ascension. 

Ascension is an 
Amiga Vision-like 
gram that employs 
both icon-driv- 
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the kind of thing you've been look- 
ing for, then contact Eschalon on 
0101 604 520 1543. 

Fonts galore 

If you need so-me new colour fonts, 
then there are plenty of new releases 
on the horizon. By far the most com- 
mon source of these fonts is America, 
where such companies as Zuma and 
Kara have been producing both 
mono and colour fonts for several 
years now. 

A new company on the scene is 
Miami-based CV Designs, They've 
just launched a new three-disk set of 
colour fonts in a number of different 
point sizes upto S5 point. 

They're completely compatible 
with packages such as TV*Text Pro, 
DPaint 3 and Calligrapher, mak- 
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wish to produce stunning text- 
based displays without having 
to put in too much effort. 
Each disk costs approx 
£15. CV are on 0101 617 
m 9224 . 

Closer to home 
the news that 
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(they of the 
A 1500 expansion 
console for 
the A500) 
have taken 
on distribution of the Olo range of 
colour fonts from Swedish company 
Aitovinjett, 

As soon as they are made avail- 
able, you can expect a hill review in 
this column. Stay tuned until then, 
but in the meantime, you can find 
out more by contacting Checkmate 
on 071 923 0658. 


Next month 

As well as the review of Silica's 
new RocGen genlock, i'll be 
bringing you a comprehensive 
look at what the PD libraries have 
to offer the Amiga desktop video 
enthusiast, including video tillers, 
presentation systems and 
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Margaret Stanger goes 
primitive to create a graphics 
display using Assembler 


L ast month's Code Clinic dis- 
cussed the video display in 
great detai, so I will skip 
some of the preamble and concen- 
trate on creating a Graphics 
Primitives display using Assembler, 

Graphic description 

The colour of each pixel is related to 
the value of one or more data bits in 
memory. To create multicoloured 
images, the system must be told 
how many bits are required per 
pixel. 

In my first Viewport (blue), I have 
used 8 colours and 3 bitplanes, and 
the system retrieves one data bit 
from each bitplane. 

For each pixel data bits in the 
same horizontal and vertical position 
are combined by the system to cre- 
ate a binary value. 

This determines the display color 
for that pixel, The system uses a 
bitmap structure which contains the 
height, width, depth and location of 
the bitplanes. 

My view 

The display is created from a set of 
instructions in the view structure., 
This structure is initialised using the 
command InitView, and linked to the 
first viewport. 

Each viewport is initalrsed with 
default values, and its own para - 
meters are added later: - 


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tains a pointer to the next Raslnfo, 
which has a pointer to the second 
bitmap. 

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larger than the screen image, by cre- 
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access (DMA) and the display will be 
shown on the screen. Any flicker tan 
be reduced by waiting for the beam 
to reach the top of the frame. 


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three viewports. 

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with 8 blue colours and three bit- 
planes. The second viewport is 100 
lines high with dual red and grey 
playfields. The third viewport Is 48 
lines high with 32 green colours and 
S bitplanes. 

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applying fora job . . . 
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There's mounting alarm about the appalling standards of spelling 
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FIVE ways to improve your spelling 


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For practice runs, the word is left on the screen as if is typed. 

Rocket: Hidden words have to be discovered in fhis hi-tech version of 
the old favourite Hangman, if they are guessed correctly the rocket wit! 
blast-off. Fail and alt that's left is a load of scrap. 

lunar Baggy: Type fast for fan. The aim is to key in the wand as it's 
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gossip from the Amiga music scene. 
Miss this at your peril 


F am of Demonware's 
acclaimed game music cre- 
ation system TFMX will be 
pleased to learn that a major 
upgrade will be with us really soon. 

Demonware have listened! to 
many of the criticisms which were 
levelled at the original release, 
updating and adding features to 
TFMX 2, 

The new program boasts many 
new features including comprehen- 
sive editing tools and full support for 
Midi, making TFMX 2 one of the 
most powerful sound chip composi- 
tion systems yet produced for the 
Amiga. 

Probably the most major new fea- 
ture is the inclusion of support for 
Midi communications. TFMX can 
now be operated via Midi-compati- 
ble devices such as synthesisers, 
mother keyboards etc. 

Obviously the most immediate 
use is for the input of performance 
data by playing it directly on your 
Midi keyboard, but TFMX also fea- 
tures powerful Midi synchronisation 
options. These allow TFMX to tran- 
form the Amiga into a dedicated 4- 
channei Midi sound module. 

Editing was particularly poor with- 
in TFMX 1, especially if you were 
used to the more traditional method 
of music composition. Thankfully, 
Demon ware have taken notice of this 
obvious omission with the inclusion 
of an all-new Pattern Editor which 


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in a graphical form, much like those 
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sequencers. 

Sampled instruments may sound 
realistic, but they have one major 
failing - they eat memory, lots of it. mem up l amm 
For those of you with extravagant sample editing tools, 
tastes but not enough memory to 
satisfy them, TFMX now has a com- 
prehensive synthesis module which 
allows you to create anaiog-like 
synth sounds that fill only a few 
bytes of your precious memory. 

Vou can create realistic (and very 
trendy) acid- like squelchy bass 
sounds and sweeping analog tones, 

TFMX is now a complete one-stop 
music creation system, Not only can 
you arrange scores, but you can now 
create your instruments without hav- 


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Med goes pro 

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■'• •••• rrlrase of Teijo Kinnune , 
declaimed PD music editor, Meu. 
After putting the finishing touch® to 
Med version 3 (it's on the 
coverdisk!), Teijo is now beavering 
away on a new release which is |not 
only more professional than previous 
ones, but has one major feature dial 
leaves most of the competition 
standing - ft is B-channel. 

OctaMed is fully compatible with 
previous releases, but Teijo has 
pushed the Amiga's sound hardware 
to its very limits to allow a maximum 
of eight different sounds to be 
played simultaneously. Although not 
an original idea (Oktalyser has been 
doing it for months now), OctaMed 
sacrifices nothing In the sound quali- 
ty department. 

Editing has also been tidied up 
substantially, OctaMed wilt include a 
powerful MusicX-iike bar editor 
which employs a sort of 'semi-stave' 
approach to allow you to view your 
musical creation in a more familiar 
format than the usual vertical row of 
numbers. 

Teijo had intended to sell 
OctaMed as a commercial product 
for about £50 to £75, but in a fit of 
generosity this price has been 


Music-X 2 bites the dust 


Yes, the unimaginable has hap- 
pened - Mkrolliusions have kilted 
off what Is undoubtedly the most 
important Amiga music product In 
existence. 

There's no doubting that with- 
out Dave joiner's acclaimed Midi 
sequencing system, the Amiga 
would never have achieved the 
Success within the music industry 



H4U Muik-X bitten the (Jolt 


that it Is now enjoying. According 
to a source dose to Music-X pro- 
grammer Dave, he has ceased 
development of Music-X in favour 
of products for Commodore's 
forthcoming CD-based Amiga, the 
CDTV. Despite considerable inter- 
est from users, It seems that 
Music-X version 2 may now never 
see the light of day. 

The new refease promised to 
add many of the features that 
MusicX users have been crying out 
for - full score editing, drum edit- 
ing, plus a whole Jot more, Unless 
a third parly developer decides to 
fill the gap left by David's decision, 
It looks as if MusicX users will be 
left high and dry. 


slashed to just £10, Teijo hopes that 
by selling OctaMed at such a low 
price, many more Amiga users wifi 
be able to afford what will undoubt- 
edly be a major Amiga music release. 
For more info, contact AmigaNuts 
United on 0703 765680, 

More Music-X 

The news isn't all bad for MusicX 
owners, however. Microillusions have 
revealed that a number of new add- 
on modules will soon be released. 
Although they are far from being 
major, they further extend the edit- 
ing power of Music-X. Here's what is 
On offer 

DEFLAM - Nobody can record a 
complex keyboard part into Music-X 
without a few mistakes creeping In. 
Quantization can correct all the tim- 
ing errors, but what about all those 
little extra notes that seem to appear 
whilst your hands zip around the 
keyboard? You need Deflam. DeFlam 
will automatically remove any notes 
shorter than a specified length. 
SCATTER - Sequenced music has 
always been critisised for being too 
'rigid' and perhaps even too 'per- 
fect', but you can now inject feel 
[timing errors!) into your music to 
make it sound more human. Scatter 
achieves this by adjusting the param- 
eters of a selection of randomly cho- 
sen notes. 

PRINTEVENT - You don't need a 
brain the size of a planet to guess 
what this does! Put simply, 
PrintEvent er, ... prints events, ft 
allows you to get a hard copy of the 
sequence data displayed within the 
Music-X Event Editor. 


Books for 
musicians 

Prolific author RA Penfold has 
released a new book that may 
be of Interest to Amiga musi- 
cians. Published by PC 
Publishing, the new book is 
called Advanced Midi Users 
Guide, the follow up to 
Penfold's previous Midi book, 
the Practical Midi Handbook. PC 
Publishing can he contacted on 
0732 770893. 


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Is getting online getting to your 
finances? Eddie McKendrick helps 
calm your bank manager down 


I t cannot be denied that what- 
ever else Com ms may be, it is 
not one of the cheapest hob- 
bies known to man. 

Countless people catch the 
comms bug, only to spend more 
cash than they can afford Huge bills 
mean huge hassle, taking the fun out 
of getting online. 

There are two factors to consider 
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tance and time. Using the right soft' 
ware it is possible to get more out of 
comms while putting less time and 
money in, 

Down the local 

With the advent of digital telephone 
networks it is as easy to get a good 
connection to the USA as it is to call 
a board three doors down the road. 

Internationa! calls are not cheap, 
even at cheap rate. The bulk of 
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and messages go global via the vari- 
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If you are going to calf a foreign 
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it before' spending toads of money 
downloading or reading something 
you could probably have sourced tn 
the good old UK. 

It is possible to become even 
more canny, if less adventurous, and 
try to restrict long bbs calls to those 
within your dialling code area, 
lust as messages and files find 
their way into the UK from abroad, 
they will find their way to a local 


board given a little time. Some peo- 
ple would argue that the whole 
point of comms is to get your key- 
board out and about and explore the 
world with the aid of your trusty 
modem. Its all very noble, but a file 
is a file is a file, no matter where it is 
downloaded from. 

Clock Watching 

With comms perhaps more than any 
other hobby, time truly is money. 
The less time your modern is hooked 
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phone bill will be. 

You can stop the online timer get- 
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cleverest comms packages and utili- 
ties you can lay your hands on. 

If you regularly download files it 
makes sense to use the fastest trans- 
fer protocol you can. Most decent 
boards support Xmodem, as do most 
respected comms packages for the 
Amiga. 

If waxing lyrical at length is more 
your cup of tea, it is possible to use 
offline mail readers to download, 
read and reply to messages at your 
own pace. It 4 s amazing how much 
more intelligible people become 
when they have time to think before 
they type in messages. 

The time, the place 

Another obvious tip which tends to 
be lost on most comms buffs is to 
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Peter Hickman with a flipping good idea 
for getting hundreds of objects onscreen 
without incurring speed penalties 


P hew... What a month! The 
AMOS Compiler has. finally 
arrived, and it's pretty nifty. 
On my B2000 it compiles the 
average program {about 60k of 
source code) in eight seconds! A full 
review will appear soon. 

Also in the final stages of comple- 
tion. is the long-awaited AMOS 3D, 
which should be available within 
days of reading this (well, maybe a 
couple of weeks). 

The 50 system comes complete 
with an editor which allows you to 
create just about any type of object 
you could want simply by glueing 
different shapes together. 

Smooth moves 

The AMOS Public Domain Library 
now has over 190 disks in its cata- 
logue. Give Sandra Sharkey a bell on 
0942 495 261 for more info about 
prices and availability. 

The last piece of news is that 
Mandarin have changed AMOS for 
the German and American versions. 
Instead of being released with the 
Castle AMOS adventure game’s the 
package will now contain a simple 
card file program called Dataflex 
(which by the way was written by 
mef), 

AMOS handles animation very 
well, and the theory behind creating 
and moving smooth cartoon-like 
objects in AMAL is very simple [we 
covered this in an earlier AMOS col- 
umn). 

Of course there are limits to the 
power of AMAL and you really can- 
not have more than about 16 large 
objects animating without things 
slowing down. 

Have you ever wondered how to 
get hundreds of objects on a screen 
without incurring the speed penalties 
that you might expect from any of 
the usual animation methods? 

The answer is simple - page flip- 
ping. This is a technique where you 
draw objects on different screens 
and then jump between each screen 
to create the illusion of movement or 
animation. It's a bit like drawing little 
matchstick men in the corner of a 
book, each one in a different posi- 
tion, and then flicking through the 
pages to create your own little 
movie. 

On the cover disk you will find a 




sprite file called MEN.A&K, load this 
into AMOS from direct mode and 
then go back to the editor. 

First we hide the mouse, and set 
up two variables. 5PNUM is the 
number of the BOB we will draw 
onto the screen and MXSCREEN is 
the number of screens (+1) we will 
use to do our page flipping. 

Cion Editor 
Clost Uorkben-zh 
Hide On 
MIEREEN-A 
SPHUIM 

Next we must open up all of the 
screens that we will use in the demo. 
Half meg owners should just about 
have enough memory to open seven 
screens if they don’t have an external 
drtve (if you do switch it off!). 

For [=0 To RJCIEEI 
Screen Dpeo l,32fl,2C0,l6,Lnirts 
Flash Off 
Curs Off 

a? p 

Autobatk 0 

Set Sprite Pilntu 

Screen Hide I 

Hi *t I 

Now comes the interesting bit - we 
first draw a man, flip the screen, 
draw another man (In a slightly dif- 
ferent position),, flip the screen etc. 
We change the BOB we will use by 
incrementing the variable SPNUM. 

When the Amiga bleeps just press 
a key and you will see the next piece 
of animation drawn.. 

Far T=0 To RK5DSEEN 
Screen Hide SCI 
Add SCR,1 /3 Id MXSCREEN 
Screen Shan SCI 
Screen To Front SCR 
Screen SCR 

s J3te Bob lZMD,SFNun 
Add SPRUNG, 1 Td 7 
Sell 

Hi it k ty 
Next T 

Now we should have seven screens 


in memory, each with the picture of 
a running man In a slightly differed 
position, We must animate these 
screens by flipping constantly 
through the screens. In the loop 
below ( have chosen to wait for five 
VBLs (1 explained VBLs in an earlier 
article!) before we swap to the next 



screen, If you want to speed up the 
animation Just change the WAIT 5 
line to WAIT 3 (or an even lower 
number for ultra speed!). 

For L0P=1 To 5QD 
Streefl lHidi SCR 
Add SCR, 1,0 to NX 5 CHEER 
Screen Show SCR : Screen SCR 
Wait 5 
Next LDP 

When writing a program which 
calls another AMOS program (a bit 
like the Fun School 3 menu does) 
you sometimes need to dose all of 
the screens currently opened. 

Unfortunately you do not always 
know what screens have been 
opened by a previous program, so to 
close every screen just use the foh 
lowing lines of code 

HhUe Scree-no-l 
Scrftn Cl use Scrim 
If end 

If no screens are opened then the 
function SCREEN will always return 
the value -1, otherwise it will return 
the number of the currently chosen 
screen. Simple huh? 

Ok, that example was interesting 
but let's face it, one man running 
about and taking up seven screens in 


memory is hardly impressive is it? So 
how about a few more, 32 more in 
fact? 

The next program follows the for- 
mat of the previous one except that 
in the middle you will notice that it 
draws a lot more men on each 
screen! 

Hide On 
IH$«EEN=S 
S PNUN=1 

1 Ppm screens 

i 

For 1=D T« PIIKHEEH 

Screen Open 1,320, 200, T 6 ^ Loh r e-s 
flash dff 
Curs Off 
tls 0 

Aulobail D 
Eft Sprite Pilittt 
Screen Hide 1 
l<it 

1 Generate screens 

For T=D To HIJCREEK 
Screen Hide SCR 
Add SCI, 1,0 To HK5CREEN 
Screen Shcu SCR 
Screen To Front StR 
Screen SCR 

For L0P1=O Tn Up Step 70 
For L0P=fl To 25P Step 25 
fast e iob LDP, L0P1 I $PNL. , R 
Neit LDP 
Kelt L0P1 
Sell 

Wait Key 

m EPVUH/ljl To 7 
Next T 

1 fig gusps 

i 

For LDP=1 To SOD 
Screen Hide SDR 
Add SCIjM To RlSCREEH 
Screen Shun SDR : Screen SCR 
Hilt 5 
Rest L0P 

' Close screens 

Hhile ScrmH>-t 
Screen Close Screen 
Hendl 


Nifty Or what? We've run out of 
room for this issue but on the cover 
disk you will find a few more exam- 
ples, including movement combined 
with page flipping (and my head!!), 
Have a play around with the rou- 
tines and see what you can achieve, 
it's great fun. 

Oh and by the way, the graphics 
for that geezer we have been expert 
menting on were drawn by a whizz 
of a graphics artist named Stuart 
Cambridge. Thanks Stool 


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Margaret Stanger 
uses her Intuition and 

goes for a scroll... 


M y previous article des- 
cribed how to create a 
screen display using rou- 
tines from the graphics library. A 
view and several viewports were 
defined, and some simple drawing 
done in each one, 

Each Intuition screen also Has a 
viewport. Once the viewport adtfress 
is known the primitive graphic rou- 
tines can be used on a screen and its 
windows. 

Each viewport has a Raslnfo struc- 
ture containing a pointer to the 
bitmap with the bitplane infor- 
mation. If the viewport 
Has dual playfields, the 
first Raslnfo contains a 
pointer to the next 
Raslnfo, which has a 
pointer to the second bitmap. 

The picture in memory can 
be larger than the screen 
image, by creating a bitmap larger 
than the viewport area. The Raslnfo 
structure has the offsets for the rela- 
tive position of the display to the 
complete picture, 

It is possible to link an Intuition 
custom screen to a custom bitmap 
when opening the screen. In this 
example the bitplanes (640 x 400) 
are larger than the viewport (320 x 
200), and the offsets are zero to start 
with. 

If the jc and y offsets are changed, 
the viewport ( or the window) dis- 
plays a different part of the bitplane, 
A very smooth scroll can be pro- 
duced by increasing or decreasing 
these offsets up to four pixels at a 
time, and updating the display 
instructions 

If the offset is i, and the Rasrlnfo 
structure rired : 

icraLLxU) 

Long i; 
i 

Hrtd->ti&ffse!=l; 

^update the j Raslnfo dlitt 1 / 
feiJteDUpLayO; 

^Ihtui turn updates the display*/ 

) 

scrollyflJ 

lont i; 

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rtr*d->RjrOff«t*i; 

/‘update in* y Raslnlo offset*/ 
ReiiktftiipliyO; 

/intuition updates tl* display*/ 

J 


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ACTIVATE | SIIPIIIJKIIIUj 
d,U, 

CUSTQRSCREEN, 


Both the screen and the window 
are linked to the bitmap (ESMred) 


changed the display needs to be 
updated using the commands 
MakeVFort, MrgCop and LoadView. 
The command MakeVPorl asks the 
system to make a set of display 
instructions (or copper list) from i 
the structures in the viewport. 

The command MrgCop merges j 
these copper lists into a ; 

single instruction list. 

Load View turns on 

tiirea rieirory access 

(DMA) and the display j 

will be shown on the ^ ! 

screen. Any flicker can be reduced 

by waiting for the beam to reach ; 

the top of the frame. 

When using windows and 
screens, the Intuition library has a 
very convenient RemakeOisplay that 
updates the display in just one com- 
mand. 

The program produces the display 
by opening a 5URER_B1TMAP win- 
do won a screen with its CUSTOM - 
SCREEN and CUSTQMBITMAP flags 
set.lt could have been written as in 
last month's CODE CLINIC using 
graphics primitives only, without the 
intuition Screen. 


PS& I Fl JItifij-* tax ts 


w-ich is srger than the screen. 

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The drawing routines have been 
used :u produce a senes of red ve 
cal and fjorizontal stripes on .he 

sceen 

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5 «t*Pev.r!dfistpflrt,iSl); 

C»c t f i 1 1 ( ridrn tsc r ( ,Q, Z f* i ,(39 , 1M[*1 


and down with a short delay in 
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icrstlO 

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ftfEf=d;R1flO;f+4j acrclUtf); 
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Da La jf 100); 

fsr(IOjHtlljltt) MrflUrtf); 
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fort 1-1 screllrti); 

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DeliyHOQ}; 

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} 

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most publications, use a similar tech- 
nique by having figures stepping out 
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or violent action. 

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formal approach before breaking the 
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design since ft is normally placed on 
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all and basically unchanging shape. 
Variety is provided within the 
columns by using type in different 
sizes, styles and more than one type- 


Our guest columnist John 
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Micro net. This article is part of a 
series on DTP which can be 
accessed by keying "AMIGA# 
online. 


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I am writing m reply to the letter headed 
•Commodore Speccy' in the letter pages of issue 
35 of Amiga Comuting. 

The Spectrum Emulator is available from our 
PD Library at a cost of £1 for the disk plus £1 P&P. 

The emulator has a range of features including 
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digitiser, which means that your old Spectrum 
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inquiring about the emulator. 

Steve Sheldon, Sysop Manager, Runway A5O0, 
Crawley Down, Sussex. 

How's this for starters? 

Judging by some of the recent letters and com- 
ments, a few of your readers want to know how 
to start in assembly language programming. 

I've wasted quite a few quid on over-technical, 
a ssume-you-know-the- basics type books, and 
have finally found a good, entry level 68k pro- 
gramming book - 68000, 68010, 68020 Primer, 
by Kelly-Boot le and Fowler, published by Sams, 
ISBN 0472-22405-4 (£20). 

Although not specifically for the Amiga, it h an 
excellent book for beginners. 

Keep up the good work on a truly excellent 
magazine and, no, l don't have an interest in the 
book company! 

Michael Ferrier, Louth, Lines, 

I want to be transformed 

Do any of your readers know of anyone who still 
sells 'The Transformer' PC emulator? I know it is 
stow and is text-based, but most of my PC pro- 
grams are text-based anyway. Can you help? 

L F |ones, Fordtngb ridge, Hants, 

Is there anybody out there who can advise? 
tall us or write to us, and we ll be happy Ig 
pass on any glad tidings. 

The creative urge 

I would like to buy AMOS The Creator. However, 
my brothers tell me it is almost impossible to 
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cate the size of the manual, 

Personally I reckon I could cope with the 300 
page manual, the only problem being the time I 
would have to spend going through it. 

Are they right in saying it is extremely hard to 
get to grips with, or are they just being sexist? Do 
you know of any demos ol AMOS F can gel hold 
of to try it out before i buy it? 

Kate Hall, Wisbech, Cambs. 

Buy it and prove them wrong, Kate There is 
some work involved, as with all applications 
which fall into the more serious category, but 
if you're keen enough to succeed, you'll win 



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through. Demos of AMOS? Contact Sandra 
Sharkey at the AMOS Public Domain Library, 
25 Park Road, Wigan, WN6 7AA, Tel (0942) 
495261. 

Grovelling pays off 

Congratulations on the best Amiga magazine by 
far; the others are only worth a casual flick 
through in the local newsagents, Amiga 
Computing is the only one worth buying, 

I have only had my Amiga 500 for a short 
while but I am already very interested in DTP 
applications. I am contemplating buying 
Pagesetter II, but would like to know more about 
it before I spend my hard-earned money. 

In the March issue I noticed a about in the 
'International Rescue' section about an article 
reviewing this program' In April 1990. 
Unfortunately I also noticed an item in the same 
issue saying back issues are not available, 

Surely someone at Amiga Computing must 
have a pile of back issues in their personal stock 
because I can't believe such important contribu- 
tions to Amiga literature would be thrown away, 
certainly not by such intelligent people! (is that 
enough grovelling?). 

Please, please, PLEASE could someone send me 
a photocopy of this article? I know it will be an 
objective and thorough review, and I promise I 
will buy every issue In future. 

Simon Snewin, Stoke-on-Trent 

Back issue availability is unfortunately restrict- 
ed to the last six issues at any one time, and It 


would be an administrative nightmare for us 
to start a general photocopying service. 
However, Simon, because you've grovelled so 
well, and so long as you keep your side of the 
bargain, you will be receiving a copy of our 
objective appraisal of Pagesetter II in the post 
any day now! 

Incidentally, those back issues for the past 
six months should be ordered from Database 
Direct, FREEPOST, Ellesmere Pori, South Wirral, 
LG5 3E&, Back issues Include the cover disk and 
the cost is 0.10. Postage is, of course, free If 
youTe in the UK. See our Reader Offers near 
the back of this issue for full details. 

The best solution is to place a regular order 
or become a subscriber, then there's no chance 
of missing anything! 

Sexism takes a bashing 

• Stewe Kennedy's article catting for an end to sex- 
/frit in computing in the February fs sue of Amiga 
Computing cbvibuify siruclt a chord with the writer 
of the following letter. : 

last to HU you in on the background F. A. Mori 
has written to another Amiga magazine. Amigo 
User intnernotional port of Maxweii Specialist 
Magazines (with which we hove no connection) 
complaining about an article plugging on apparent- 
ly overtly sexist computerised jigsaw puzzle. 

In that letter, she soys she is K appalled that you 
evidently fell it worthwhile to celebrate this waste of 
time and intelligence on the part of the (doublets 
male) programmer, and with a picture, too, * and 
adds: "ft realty is about time that some thought was 


Amiga Computing 1 43 



given to the raison d'etre of computing, WouJti 
YOU (ike your son/brother/folher to buy this jig- 
saw? Do you think it likely that your daughter/ w- 
ter/mather would boy it? Would you Me youf 
daughter/sister/mother to hove been the model tor 
this jigsaw?" 

Her letter to us h as faNows: 

I enclose a copy of a letter I have sent to Amiga 
User internatiol, following your back page article 
in the February 1991 issue d Amiga Computing. 

This letter expressed my views on sexist soft- 
ware and also on wider issues. Sexism pervades 
the entire computer industry and the possible 
purchase of sexist software is the END of the line, 
rather than the beginning. 

Who sold you your machine? Who have you 
spoken to on the phone about your machine? 
Who writes the majority of both letters and arti- 
cles In the magazines you read? Who opened up 
your 'box', if anyone ever has? Who are the peo- 
ple YOU consider to be most computer literate? 

As you say Stevie, until this Issue is addressed 
by public debate these very serious problems will 
proliferate and girls and women will have less 
and less influence on the very fabric of the soci- 
ety of which they are a legally equal part 

I regret that neither of my letters are on 
Amiga readable floppies but I am in fact a PC 
user! (Doesn't stop mo having views, though!). 

All the best. 

F A Marl. Kingsbury, London 

• Oo you have a view on sexism in comput- 
ing? If so, why not help to keep the debate 
going by dropping me a line? 

Top of the zaps? 

While browsing through the magazines on the 
shelves of my local newsagent. L had an idea 
which, if adopted, could change people's views 
on computer games. 

My idea Is the creation of a television pro- 
gramme, much like Top of the Pops, but to do 
with computer software. 

The programme could include features such 
as: 

• Top Ten Games - a list of lop games for all for- 
mats 

• Interviews - conversations with top program- 
mers and graphic artists etc. 

• Previews - in depth view of games currently 
being developed. 

• News - information like game prices and 
release dates 

1 believe such a programme would be warmly 
received by the punters. However, perhaps the 
computer magazines - yourselves included - 
may see this type of television series as a threat 
to your livelihood as gamesplayers would not 
have to pay to receive up-to-the-minute comput- 
er game news. 

What are your views? 

5 N Hardy, Sheffield 

I love your idea of a computer games TV pro 
gramme. It would probably be best suited to 
Channel 4, which bravely caters for many dif- 
ferent Interests and groups. It might be an 
even better Idea if it covered not only games. 


Chaos and Megadeath... 

I bought my Amiga SOD second-hand about 
three months ago, and for a while everything 
worked perfectly, 1 received many games with 
the computer which were all copied. When I 
loaded up one of the disks, a message 
appeared on the screen reading: “Chaos and 

Megadeth present another cool spread 

does this bootblock offend you?? If so then call 
me (find my number and its usage will be 
stopped). 

Examining the bootblock more carefully 
with Killcta virus 111 I found the phone number 
but when I dial it I get the unobtainable tone. 

Examining some of my other disks, I found 
that one was infected with the AIDs virus and 
another with the North star virus. I tried con- 
tacting the person from whom I had bought 
my Amiga but he has moved away. 

Now, for the same reason, I can't save any- 
thing, or copy or initialise any disks, and thus 
can't move the viruses. 

Sometimes, after the computer has been on 
about 20 minutes, it crashes and a gum medi- 
tation message appears on the screen. 

Please hdp, 

Gregor McCarthy, Dundee. 

You are suffering because of the stupidity of 
your machine's previous owner, I'm afraid. 
Using "cracked" software has its price-. 

So what can yo do now? A good start 
would be to consign all your pirated games 
to the formatting pile, if any of your com- 
merclai software has been damaged run it 
through "Killdavirus". It may salvage the 
software- It may not. Try to keep these 
infected disks away from your computer and 
it should be fine. 

but some of the other interesting applications, 
too. 

Would we see such a programme as a threat 
to our livelihood? I seriously doubt whether a 
show lasting half an hour or so could ever rival 
the range of coverage we give in Amiga 
Computing. We estimate that to cover all 
aspects of the Amiga like we do would require 
a programme lasting the best part of a day! 
And then, what about the formats covered by 
other magaiines? 

School for computer fliers 

l caught Amiga- itis last November when I had 
Sublogic's Flight Simulator 2 demonstrated to me 
at a friend's home. 

A few day's later, my friend helped me spend 
, around £600 on an A5G0 and accessories so that I 
could also experience the mysteries of this com- 
puter and satisfy my craving for flight simulation 
programs. 

I am fortunate that, some years ago, I held a 
licence to fly small fan -driven aircraft and also 
gliders. So it was not too difficult for me to get 
these programs airborne and back down on the 
ground in one piece. 

Some of the less flight-experienced people 
who also own Amiga* and have flight sim pro- 
grams seem to get disheartened quite quickly 


after a few crashes. So my question is to pro- 
grammers: Why has there not been an instruc- 
tion program written to teach budding computer 
pilots to fly? 

I feel sure it could be done, with instruction 
prompts flashing on the screen, talking 1 the 
trainee around the circuit and then letting one 
'go solo’ when sufficient experience has been 
gained. 

Has^here ever been a glider, sailplane pro- 
gram produced for the Amiga? if not, why not? 

The challenge of one's solo Cs' then progressing 
to bronze, silver, gold and the diamonds would 
make an interesting program. 

As with F$2, if scenery disks could be added, 
one could soar over the Alp* in wave in an 
attempt to reach record altitudes. The potential 
challenge is almost endless. 

Malcolm lay, Chingford, London 

Sounds like you could become a real high flier 
in the software world, Malcolm. Alt you need to 
do Is learn how to p-rograml Failing that, why 
not present your ideas to some of the software 
companies? Be very businesslike and make sure 
you don't end up parting with an outline for a 
sim program for little or no reward. 

As for gllder/iallplane programs for the 
Amiga, we don't know of any existing ones. 
Does anyone else? 

No show for the Scots? 

Can anyone tell me when there will be a com- 
puter exhibition that will be open to the general 
public In Scotland? 

In Glasgow recently there has been a trade 
only computer exhibition. I am sure the comput- 
er hardware and software companies would find 
it to their advantage to have an exhibition that is 
suitable to everyone, similar to those held in 
Wembley in December or Hammersmith in 
January. 

Why is it that all these public exhibitions are 
only in the London area? Come on, computer 
companies - there are other areas for you to 
show your merchandise. This also applies to the 
computer press, 

' I am sure the readers of Amiga Computing 
and other computer magazines will agree with 

me on the above. 

Robert Dalgleish, East Kilbride 

Yes, Robert, I'm sure they do! Especially the 
many thousands of Scottish ones. The show 
you refer to, which took place In Glasgow at 
the end of February, must obviously be the 
Scottish Computer Show. Unfortunately, this is 
the only major Scottish show we've had any 
details of In recent times. Can anyone advise 
us of any others In the pipeline? We'd be glad 
to print details on our news pages, 



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used to announce winners of our 
new monthly competitions and 
offload all that trivial stuff that some- 
how doesn't fit into the rest of the 
magazine. 

We will also be offloading the 
contents of our magic cupboard to 
any readers who can be bothered 
entering downright pointless compe- 
titions 


Loopy on Lemmings 


20 Things you probably 
didn't want to know 
about Lemmings! 


Over the last three years we have 
had intermittent trivia sections going 
by various names. First there was 
"'Guru's Haunt" and then the Infa- 
mous "Last Blit'" 

With so many down-right quirky 
things happening out in Amiga land 
now is as good a time as any to 
introduce a down right silly page. 
Thus you are now reading Rock 
Lobster We don't aspire to the dizzy 
depths of other magazine trivia 
columns - Rock Lobster will be silly 
but not stupid This page will be 


Caught in 
the act 1 . 

In the best tradition of trivia, 
here is the first of many 
Rock Lobster Caption 
Competitions, 

The photo shows freelance 
genius Nik "Green" Veitch caught in the act 
with horror-star cum computer game celeb Elytra. 

The best caption wins a stunning prize. Any references to silicon valley will 
be laughed at, then disqualified. 

Entries to: Caught in the Act, Rock Lobster, Amiga Computing, Impo House, 
Adlington Park, Adlington, Macclesfield SKI 0 4NP. 

*###••••••••••••••••• 

Now you NTSC it, now you don’t! 

Apologies to our thousands of poor ol‘ American buddies who have been hav- 
ing problems getting our CoverDisk to co-operate. The reason is a smart little 
utility called ONLYPAL1 which is part of the disk's startup. Its sole purpose m ■ 
life is to reset the Amy if it chooses to boot up in NTSC mode rather than 
Britain's trusty PAL system. Being American, most USA Amigas take great 
offence to PAL and refuse to boot up in it. This means that our disk just keeps 
rebooting continuously, causing much burring and clicking and little else. 

We will be making alternative arrangements from next month onwards. 
For the moment, if you are a US reader boot with 7 our normal Workbench 
disk. Making the CoverDisk "NTSC friendly" is a simple matter of editing the 
Startup-sequence file in the S: directory and removing the reference to 
ONLVPAL1 . 

All you techno-junkies might be interested to know what the PAL and 
NTSC acronyms actually stand for. 

PAL represents Phase Alternate Line, the 625 line TV system used in the UK, 
Most narked American telly junkies will try to persuade you it means Picture 
Always Lousy 

NTSC is the American 525 line system. It’s described by most UK TV tech- 
nicians as Never Twice the Same Colour. The true origin of NTSC is the 
National Television Standards Committee. 


The Oxford Handy Dictionary 
defines a lemming as a small 
arctic rodent reputed in migration to 
rush headlong onto the sea and 
drown. 

The original idea for 
Lemmings was a 
Dpainl animation 
drawn by DMA pro 
grammer Mike Pailljy. 
i The song 5yn cron icily 2 by the 
Police has a line "Packed like 
Lemmings into shiny metal 
boxes." 

I Ideas to include tunes such as 
Mission impossible, A-Team, 

Scooby Dop, Addams Family etc. 
knocked on the head due to Sear of copyright 
problems. 

5 When ST Programmer Brian Watson first saw a lemming exploding he laughed 

so much he fell off his chairi | 

6 The first cover drawings for Lemmings proved to be tao alien and unfriendly || 
looking, so deigns were altered to the cute lurry creatures in the Wue jump | 
suits we have come to know and love, 

7 The next word in the dictionary after Lemmings is lemon". 

S The game will probably never be converted to the ZXfll . 

9 One level carefully designed by Dave (ones to be extremely hard, turned out | 
to be so easy it was considered stupid to include it in the game, 

10 Trying to sample high pitched squeaky messages that are easy to understand 
is very difficult. Everyone also felt stupid trying it! 

II The first person to complete (he game was a chap in the States who complet- 
ed all the levels in a 20 hour marathon stint 

12 Contrary to popular belief. Lemmings do not appear in the film "High Noon". 

1 3 No Lemming has ever become President of the United States ol America, yet 

14 There are over 3J0 animations of the tittle guys. hi 

15 The enamel Lemmings badges have become a much sought after commodity. 

16 There is a special level in each of the four sections of the game. These are all I 
from other Psygnosis games, and should be easily recognisable to most Amiga I 
owners. 

17 DMA Design are now working with Amiga 3000-s as their development | 
machines. These are truly excellent machines dudes. 

1 8 Wttch out for the Lemmings band demo coming soon to an Amiga near you . I 

19 Lemmings are not cannibals and do not smoke. The guys on the covet of the 
box are only pretending, 

20 Lemmings is undoubtedly the best game ever written for any computer any- 
where, probably. 

Win a Lemming! 

Do you crave your very own cutesy Lemming to float proudly next to 
your monitor? Would you like to win one of the touch sought after I 
Lemming's enamel badges? Do you have a space on your wardrobe for a || 
"Save the Lemmings" sticker? Act now and all your wildest dreams could I 
be real ised! 

The first 20 people to have their postcard or a waled down envelope [ 
float from the mirky depths of the magic sack will be getting some 
Lemmings in the post. 

Send your begging letters to: Lemmings!, Rock Lobster, Amiga 
Computing, Europe House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP 


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