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THE WORLD S FASTEST GROWING AMIGA MAGAZI 



September 1991 


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Amiga publishing 
Amiga television 
Amiga audio 
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Actual Digitised 
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Vidi- 3B is an electronic filter which takes a colour video sig- 
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each to be digitised. 

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WHO'S WHO 


MANAGING EDITOR 

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PRTGRVGEN 

Create your own 
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DateDiary will help 
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CONTENTS 


REGULARS 


What's new 

The Christmas 'battle of the bundle 5 " Is ^ 

well under way „♦ *„++.,*„* ... ... . ... ... . f 

Gallery 

Another selection of the best in Amiga 

art presented for your perusal li+M l iri rM irn nii I r Jf 

Beginner's guide: Languages 

Wbat programming language is right aa 

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ACAS 

Cot a problem with your Amiga? Never *1 *1 g | 
fear, our technical team can lend a hand ....... I 

Public Domain 

Some of the very belt utilities around are |)4 

available for the cost of a blank disk 13 I 

ESP 

Ezra gets to grips with joysticks, COTV 1 >1 3 

and mall order companies I *§3 

Rock Lobster 

Nick, Slmes and the rest of the AC team A 

hit Hammersmith * . I *§0 



The section of Amiga Computing that takas 
having fun seriously* 

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FEATURES 


Real 3D free 

The best graphics Coverdisk giveaway ever 
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Deluxe Paint V (the movie) 

Getting to grips with DPaint made easy. ^ ^ 

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Broadcasting News 

The Amiga is making an impact in the TV 7 ^ 

industry - we go "behind the screens * 3 / A 

Amiga amplified 

Enhance your Amiga audio by pumping up the 
volume with some woofers and tweeters / 

Business roundup 

Amiga business software is hard to find but n 3 
there Is some to be had, as we found out 1 I 1 1 || 1 

The publishing game 

The Press can be free and easy with the Amiga a a 
if you know what you want 6 t how to get It . . 00 

Sexisim & sadism 

Harmless titiHaticm or horrific exploitation? m a j 
We look at a subject that won t go away-. I V*¥ 

ARexx explained 

ARexjt is popping up all over the place h Amiga rt, p 
software. We look at what It does, and why / J 

Make the most of Amiga Coiripuffng exclusive 
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BALANCING WITH YOUR BANK ACCOUNT IS NO LONGER A 
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When you get your bank account statement or a balance from 
an autobank machine you can confirm rt with PFM quickly and 
easily. Simply select PFM’s unique "Auto Balance" option and 
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Bundles 
go head 
to head 


By JOHN BUTTERS 


WHILE Commodore are launching "the 
best [Amiga] bundle ever assembled", 
Atari have been forced to raise the price 
of their lower specification ST to within 
£70 erf the Amiga, This makes Cartoon 
Claries the obvious choice for people 
wanting 1 6 bit computes. 

Cartoon Classics is based on an 
A500 and includes a ram expansion to 
give it one megabyte of memory, a TV 
modulator to enable the computer to 
be used with a television, three top 
games and the art package Deluxe 
Faint III. 

It's a triumph far Commodore, with 
inclusion of what promises to be the 
next hit game, Bart Versus The Space 
Mutants. This yet to be released Ocean 
program has been specially converted 
to run on one megabyte Amigas, with 
the version going on general sale 
requiring half a megabyte. 

Still on the theme of animation, 
Cartoon Classics also has a one 
megabyte copy of Captain Pfcanet and 
the Planeteers, as well as the award- 
winning Psyg noils hit Lemmings, itself 
making the bundle attractive for 
first time buyers. An enthusiastic 


Commodore MD, Stephen Frankin, 
commented; "Cartoon Classics is the 
best bundle we have ever assembled, 
the Amiga SOO continues to go from 
strength to strength, confirming its 
position as the foremost 16-bit com- 
puter on the market". 

The pack has been released two 
months earlier than the manufacturer 
had intended because of economic 
conditions in the UK. Commodore 
hopes to sell 50,000 units during the 
summer and no less than 150,000 
between September and December. 

Hot on the heels of Commodore's 
announcement came Atari's move, rais- 
ing the price of their entry-level 5T pack 
by £30 to £329.99. This closes the price 
gap between the ST and Amiga 
machines to only £70. 

Discovery Xtra was released only a 
month ago r based on the half 
megabyte 52Q5TE computer, but the 
firm says a strong dollar has forced the 
increase. Inside the Atari bundle there 
are four ageing games and three other 
programs including an art package and 
Basic programming language. 

The price rise comes only weeks after 


WHAT’S 

new 


What you get from... 



Atari 

Wscovery Xtra Price: £329.99 
fnctode s: 



Commodore 

CartoonClassics P*ice:£399.99 
fnctadra 

1Mb A500, TV modulator 
Deluxe Paint ill 
Comes: 

Bart Versus The Space Mutants, 
Captain Planet, Lemmings 



Half megabyte 52Q5TI, 
NeoChrarne, FirSE Basic, ST Tour 
Como; 



Indiana |ones, Dragon's Breath, 
Anarchy, Super Cycle 


concerned Alan president Sam Tramtel 
warned Commodore that he will "blow 
them away" in a new war between the 
Atari ST and the Amiga, which has 
become the number one home 
computer. In an interview at Chicago 
he said that his firm was poised to 


go ""head-to-head" with Commodore in 
the games market. He said that 
the Amiga and the ST were basically 
equal machines and that further devel- 
opment with the ST range will ensure 
his computer's success in the market 
place. 



New policy greeted with mixed feelings 


SMALL Amiga dealers are furious at 
charges to Commodore's returns pol- 
icy for dead on arrival (DO A) equip- 
ment which they argue is making them 
pay for Commodore's mistakes. 

Before July 1, 1991 dealers returned 
DGA machines to their distributor 
within 30 days and new units were 
received the next day. Commodore 
bosses in the States claim the system 
was open to abuse, with equipment 
more than six months old being 
relumed as new and resulting in a very 
high service bill. 

The new policy cuts out the distribu- 
tor, with dealers sending all faulty 
equipment directly to the firm's 
National Repair Centre. Machines 


proved to be DOA will be replaced 
within 1 4 days and those more than 30 
days old will be repaired. 

Larger dealers are set to benefit from 
the changes. To compensate for the 
extra costs dealers are expected to 
incur, Commodore have increased their 
dealer margins by half a per cent. 

In a statement to dealers, 
Commodore's national sales manager, 
KeOy Sum ner said that the extra margin 
gives an additional £325 for every 100 
machines bought. 

Sumner adds that if a failure rate of 
eight per cent is assumed, with the cost 
of return at £7.50 each, dealers can 
expect to lift their profits by £265 for 
every 100 machines sold. One of the 


country's largest Amiga dealers, Silica 
Systems, are quite enthusiastic about 
the changes. "It simplifies life consider- 
ably and the improved margins are also 
an advantage," said Silica Systems 
spokesman Andy Leaning. 


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September 1991 Amiga Computing 




Classroom 
typing easier 


WHAT’S 

new 

Clip art 

brightens Amiga 

WRITER 5 looking to liven up their 
desktop publishing and wordprocess- 
ing wort, with pictures can use a new 
range of clip art images covering vac- 
ious subjects. 

Alt are supplied in Ml page-size, 
bitmapped graphics in the standard 
.IFF file format, enabling them to be 
loaded into a wide range of applica- 
tions. Each disk contains about 40 
images and: costs £1 9.95. 

The 1 3 picture library categories 
are: transportation, birds and ani- 
mals, trees and plants, business 
graphics, food and beverages, peo- 
ple, occupations, caricatures, special 
occasions, signs and symbols, sports 
and recreation, education, frames 
and borders. 

Kuma Computers (0734 844 33 5) 
are adding music, medical and 
extended birds and animals disks to 
their collection later this year. An 
illustrated 60-page catalogue and a 
sample disk cost £3.50. 

And from Texas, INOVAtronics 
(010 1 214 340 4991) have 
announced dip art tor the Amiga, 
intended lar use with multimedia 
presentation systems. 

More than 500 frequently used 
images including videodisk, music, 
sounds, trashcan, mouse, printer, 
anim, pic, clock, document, lloppy 
disk and mathematical symbols make 
up the $59.95 package. 


TEACHERS are among Amiga users who 
are being targeted for an add-on key- 
board which makes the micro more 
accessible to teachers, children and 
disabled people. 

Designed to be used alongside the 
Amiga's Qwerty keyboard, the Concept 
2000 is made up of either 128 or 256 
user definable keys and is housed In a 
plastic case. 

The user configures the keys on the 
membrane to be precisely what they 
want it to be. 

A button or the Concept keyboard 
could, for example, be a picture, a 
word of any language, a whole sen- 
tence or control codes and this is 
described on the keyboard overlay. 

Concept keyboards are already a 


familiar sight with BBC Micro users but 
The Concept Keyboard Company's Paul 
Goddard says he designed an Amiga 
version because the product is specific 
to education and Commodore are 
actively involved in pursuing a share of 
the education market. 

Compatible with all Amigas, it is 
available from HB Marketing (0753 
686000) for £246 40. To enable the 
keyboard to be used with software, an 
interfacing program called Think 
Overlay Designer is also needed- The 
interfacing software costs £56.75 and 
can be obtained from Think (021-384 
4168). 

For more information call The 
Concept Keyboard Company on 0962 
643322. 


ADPro gets 
better image 

AN UPGRADE to the ASDC image 
manipulation program Art Department 
Professional, or ADPro as it is also 
known, has just been launched in New 
York. 

Version 1,0.3 includes drivers for 
Impulse Firecracker 24 display board, 
PP &S FrameGrabber video digitiser, 
new file formats and new image pro- 
cessing functions. 

Drivers for recently announced hard- 
ware have also been added to the 
range. They are now available for the 
Epson E5-3QQC flatbed scanner, Kodak 
SV6510 dye sublimation printer and 
also the Polaroid Cl- 3000 digital film 
recorder. 

Dates of UK releases and prices were 
unavailable from distributor Silica 
Systems (081-309 11 11) at the lime of 
going to press but in its homeland 
ADPro sells for $240 and the drivers can 
be picked up for about $200 each. 



Hard drivin' Amiga 


HIGH flying Amiga users are being 
offered a new line of SCSI hard disks. 
Available for the A500, A1 500 and 
A200G, the Dataflyer range is avail- 
able with either 56 or 1 30 megabytes 
of storage capacity. 

Dataflyer 500 is an external ver- 
sion for the A5Q0 and is only 25 mil- 
limetres high, while owners of the 
A2000 have cheaper plug-in hard 
cards called Dataflyer 2000 Both 
have fast start-up with an access lime 
of 56 milliseconds and are auto-park- 
ing. 

The range also includes upgrades 
for the Commodore A590 disk, to 
increase its storage capacity Irom 20 
to 56 or 130 megabytes, The 
Dataflyer 500 costs £369.99 and 
£599.99, Dataflyer 2000s are 
£324.99 and £499.99 while A590 
upgrades start at £249,99. 

Prices include SCSI interfaces, 
which can be obtained separately for 
£1 29.99 far the A5Q0 and £79.99 for 
the A2000. 

Available from Trilogic (0274 
691115). 

■ 

Althdugh Computing have? scones 
of canUtcls in the Amiga world, we also 
need you. If you have same hot news 
pick up the phone and ring John 
Butters on the new&d«k on 06 25 
87&BS8, Ml information supped will be 
led in tN strictest of confidence. 


Amiga proves world record jfeOpIfj 


NO AMOUNT of shorthand training could prepare a journal- 
ist for an interview with quick-talking Steve Woodmore of 
Orpington, Kent, 

The 31 -year-old holds the world record for being the 
fastest talker, which he says would not have been possible 
without his two Amigas. 

For many months Steve tried to prove fie could talk faster 
than the existing record of 585 words per minute held by an 
American, Problems arose when he tried to convince people 
that he was really talking sense at high speed. 

At first, Steve made a trip to London's Capital Radio and 
told the Station's John Erving that he could break the record. 
He was shuffled into the studio and broke the record in front 
of the Oj, 

The tape was played over the air that evening but Steve 
was shocked as he heard himself being portrayed as a "nut 
case" and the station not acknowledging the record. 

He tried to slow the tape of his speech down to half 
speed but found the pitch was lost completely. Unable to 
afford the £1,500 per hour hire charge for a pitch converter, 


his A500 - which until then only been used for running 
games - came to the rescue. Firing up a Datel sound sam- 
pler, a tape of Steve reading a passage from the book Polriot 
Gomes was taken a word at a time, slowed down and run 
through the sampler to increase the pitch. Once broken 
down, he could prove to Guiness Sock of Records editor 
Donald McFariane that his claim of 637.48 words per minute 
was genuine. 

Since becoming the official record holder, Steve has been 
involved in many publicity stunts. An appropriate job was on 
behalf of Commodore at the recent Chicago CE5 where he 
demonstrated the Guiness Disk of Records CD, in which 
Woodmore pfays a major role. 

Radio listeners in the Newcastle area can hear Steve in 
commercials on Metro Radio and he is expected to appear at 
several computer Shows for Commodore, mainly promoting 
theCDTV. 

But the Amiga is the real heroine Steve says: "Without 
the Amiga home computer it would have been financially 
impossible for me to prove I had broken the world record . 









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Summer show 
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By John Butters 


WHETHER you wanted to see the Utest 
Amiga bits and pieces, pick up bargains 
or simply quiz people m the know, the 
recent 4th International Bit 
Computer Show at Hammersmith was 
worth a visit. 

More than 110 firms packed into 
this year's only major summer event for 
the serious side of Amiga computing, 
and several companies unveiled new 
products. 

New to the country and Amiga, 
Protar were showing their A5D0 HD 
hard disk and Visto A 14 CM colour 
monitor. The ASOO HD has been 
designed to blend in with the com- 
puter and is available with storage 
space of between 20 and 200 
megabytes. Prices start at £205 for the 
20 meg version. 

Visto A 1 4 CM has a 1 4 in screen giv- 
ing a resolution of 600 by 285 pixels 
and stereo sound. Supplied with cables 
to connect it to the computer, it is set 
to compete with the welh established 
Philips CM8833. 

If the A2 DOG'S too slow for you then 
one of the newest accelerator boards, 
Fusion- Forty, will do more than help 
speed things up. The fastest accelerator 
available for the computer it comes 


from Germany's Advanced Computer 
Design and es distributed here by 
Power Computing, 

It can be expanded to give 32 
megabytes of memory and comes pop- 
ulated with four megabytes. With a 
performance of 1 0 to 25 MIPS it is up 
to 1 0 times faster than the A30GG, and 
if users have any software Incompatibil- 
ity problems, a switch will disable it 
and power up the computer's own 
processor. 

Both companies were showing the 
board at the show and if you were car- 
rying £1 ,999 you could walk away with 
one from Power, who also had their 
PCB80B drive on sale. The £65 external 
drive has many features including anti- 
virus hardware which can prevent write 
access to the boot block. 

The Bedford shire-based firm had 
probably the most powerful Amiga 
ever assembled on display. The fully- 
expanded nine megabyte A20QQ was 
fitted with a Fusion-Forty accelerator 
card itself populated with 32 
megabytes of memory and a 128 
megabyte read/write optical drive. 

Hidden away in a corner of the 
Gastelner stand was another German 
hardware firm trying to enter the 


booming British market with the help 
of the London -based distributor. BSC 
are responsible for 45, 52 and 105 
megabyte ASOO hard disks, a hard disk 
controller and memory expansion for 
mid to top-end Amigas. 

At Surface, the recently-released 
modems from Supra Corporation with 
2,400 baud rates, and MNP error cor- 
rection level two and five were on sale. 
SupraModems are available as either 
external models or internal for users of 
A2GOO and A 3000 computers. 

Also available was the Supra Drive 
5GGXF, a hard disk with up to eight 
megabytes of fast ram. Elements of the 
device can be switched off at the flick 
of a switch, so you can enable or dis- 
able auto-booting, change the drive's 
SCSI device number, and disable the 
ram or hard disk. 

Version 1.2 of desktop publishing 
package Saxon Publisher includes sev- 
eral additional features, again available 
from Surface, Text, printing and utilities 
have all been improved to make Saxon 
Publisher the ideal choice for DTP on 
one megabyte Amigas. 

For most people the show was the 
first opportunity to see HiSofl's 
Tornado flight simulator Proflight. 
Although based on a fighter plane, the 
simulation manages to break away 
from the popular shoot‘ J em-up bias to 


WHAT’S 



give realistic flying although energy jets 
can still be fired at. 

Pandaal Marketing have just formed 
a mail order division named City Beat. 
They were selling the parent company's 
new Daatascan Professional 400 dots 
per inch scanner, external floppy drives 
and mice. 

Keyboard overlays for most types of 
Amiga came from Silverbird 
Computing. 

The blank overlays fit over and 
around the keyboard to enable com- 
mands and keyboard shortcuts to be 
written on to the overlay and seen 
quickly when using software. 

The 5th International 16 Bit 
Computer Show will be held by 
Westminster Exhibitions {081-549 
3444) at the Novotel Hotel, 
Hammersmith on 7 to 9 February 1 992, 



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Sing along 
with CDTV 

COMMODORE'S COTV has achieved 
what could be a strategic marketing vic- 
tory. The firm have announced there 
will be a line-up of 39 karaoke releases 
for the machine, each with 1 8 tracks. 

CDTV can be hooked up to a hi-fi 
and microphone and words fromthe 
songs appear onscreen. The titles are to 
be released by Arbiter, and will sell for 
just under £40. Two more disks will be 
launched at Christmas. 


DUE FOR release shortly by JCL Business 
Systems (0892 75791) is an upgrade to 
their video digitisers, ColourPic and 
SuperPic. AniMate adds colour anima- 
tion and includes a ram expansion card 
with time marker logic, manual and 
software. 

It provides a method of producing 
colour quarter screen animated images 
on the Amiga, where images come 
from a video camera or VCR. The soft- 
ware includes sequence recording as 


well as single step recording so that 
animations can be captured from real 
life or models. 

Short sequences may be recorded 
directly into ram and longer sequences 
built by joining short sequences using 
the lime marker system built into the 
hardware, providing that the VCR has 
an audio channel suitable for dubbing 
on the time code. Sequences may be 
previewed in the digitiser ram before 
converting individual fields into .IFF files 


and then into ANIM file format for 
replay. 

The AniMate hardware also expands 
the digitiser's memory to 51 2K, used 
for interlace, overscan and other digitis- 
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Existing users of the two digitisers 
can upgrade for £150, which includes 
installation by JCL. 

Prices for ColourPic and SuperPic 
with AniMate already fitted are £549 
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WHAT’S 

new 

Chip firm under 
investigation 

A LEADING chip manulaclurer is under 

investigation by the United States 

federal Trade Commission lor allegedly 
favouring large buyers in the supply of 
chips, 

firms have complained that they are 
unable to obtain small orders of impor- 
tant Intel chips and as a result are 
unable to get their products completed 
and into stores quickly enough, 

The row centres on the 80386 chip 
used in IBM compatibles but Intel also 
produce 80266 chips which are used in 
certain PC emulators. 


EA buys Canadian firm 

GAMES giant Electronic Arts have just 
bought Canadian software developer 
Distinctive Software, the Firm responsi- 
ble for hits such as Test Drive II and 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The 
Simpsons. 

More than 40 titles have been 
released by Distinctive and their 7? staff 
will continue their work in Canada. 
Meanwhile, Electronic Arts have also 
struck a deal to become the European 
distributors of Californian software 
house Three Sixty. 

• Electronic Arts' telephone number 
has changed to 0753 S49442 as a 
result of British Telecom adjustments to 
Slough numbers. 



NEC gets 
into action 


£515, includes a free colour kit which 


LONDON-based computer supplier, 
Action Computer Supplies [0800 333 
333), have just added the entire line of 
NEC 24-pin printers to their ever 
increasing range of products. 

The cheapest model, the Pinwriter 
P70, is a 1 32-column machine printing 
at 300 characters per second in draft 
mode and 100 characters per second in 
one of its letter quality fonts. The price. 


normally sells for £78, 

The company's latest model, the 
PinwnLer P90 is capable ol handling six- 
part stationery. With an 80k buffer and 
a draft mode print speed of 400 charac- 
ters per second, it features Epson 
LQ850, LQ1050 and NEC 24-pir emu- 
lations. With 10 resident fonts the 
Pinwriter costs £689, 


Amiga taking 
best route 

DRIVERS wifi soon be able to rely on their 
Amigas to direct them to destinations 
throughout the countiy with the help of 
route planning package GBRoute Plus. 

As an improved version of GBRoute, 
the most important change is the inclu- 
sion of 8 roads and some large C mads 
to its database. This means that the 
number of roads included has mote than 
doubled in see from 3,000 to 6,500 and 
an extra 11,500 places have been 
added. 

Changes to the program's operation 
will make it more user friendly than the 
existing program. User will be able to 
take their vehicles via five places and 
avoid three blackspots, including one 
iroad. 

Three routes suggested by the 
database for any journey are the fastest, 
shortest and the cheapest, and the 
arrival time at your destination will be 
calculated depending on your speed and 
departure time. 

Software to enable users to add extra 
places to their database is to be offered 
separately. GBRoute Plus Edit allows any 
details to be added so, for example, a 
company with offices dotted over the 
countiy could add them to the map and 
plan routes between them. 

Requiring one megabyte of memory, 
GBRoute Plus will have a retail price of 
£79.95 and should be available by thej 
end of August 

Contact Complex on 0706 224531 . 


PD firms get facelift 


A CROUP of public domain libraries 
have joined forces to ensure they oper- 
ate on a sound business footing and 
boost the image of the industry by 
working swiftly, after the recent failure 
of many small firms and libraries, 

The primary role ol United Public 
Domain Suppliers is to set a common 
price for PD disks in order to prevent 
the fierce price wan that are frequently 


the cause of businesses failing and 
Amiga users being left without prod- 
ucts and money. 

They intend to respond to orders 
within a reasonable period of time, A 
spokesman explained: "We have all 
found that the customer demands a 
quick and efficient service. 

"Only a professional full-time library 
can dispatch all orders out the same 


day. An order does not have to wail 
until someone comes home from 
school or Other full time employment". 

UPD5 is made up of Blitterchips, 
NBS, Start and Valley Public Domain 
Libraries, but any library operating for a 
year or more is invited to join the 
group. The only proviso is that they 
must be VAT registered and abide by 
the UPDS rules. 


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Commodore goes on show 

DETAILS of a Commodore- specific computer show have just been announced. 
The event will run from November 15 to 17 at London's Earls Court II, which 
will be open to trade and press visitors on the previous day. 

World of Commodore has already attracted support horn major players in 
the Amiga scene including Ocean, Electronic Arts and Psygnosis. It will have a 
Christmas shopping mall, seminars and a special area devoted to the CDTV, 
The show will be organised by Commodore and (TP Exhibitions. 

Before then Commodore intend to have a large presence at the European 
Computer Entertainment Show in September. The main attraction from the 
company promises to be the consumer launch of the A690 CD-Rom which 

will enable A5G0 owners to use CDTV software. 

Although its price remains unfixed, industry experts predict it will cost 
£299. But the fimn's existing range of products will also be promoted at the 

'We will be showing that Commodore have the widest and most flexible 
offering to leisure computing, from the C64 at under £1 00 through the Amiga 
range to the PC', said spokesman Andrew Ball- 

Billed as the number one event for computer entertainment, many games 
houses are expected to have new software ready to be shown at Eads Court II 
from September 6 to 8. For more show details see Diary Dates on page 15. 





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sponsorship of the club until 1 994 . 

Under the six-figure contract, Fujitsu become the club's major sponsor. CUFCs 
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recognised as the main sponsor. Everything to do with Cambridge United will bear 
the Fujitsu name". 


Software nicker nicked 


A 5-OFTWARf pirate found guilty of ille- 
gally copying 1,300 titles, at Mansfield 
Magistrates Court recently, became the 
first leisure software pirate to be impris- 
oned by the Federation Against 
Software Theft (FAST), 

Trading as A & J Software, Andrew 
| ayes, 34, of Annersley Wood ho use, 
Nottingham was found guilty of five 
offences under the Copyright Designs 
and 'Patents Act of 1 9S8 and was given 
a three-month fail sentence. 

The case followed an investigation 
begun by FAST, the software industry 
watchdog, and the prosecution was 
made by Nottinghamshire Trading 


Quadlingual Euromouse 

PROMOTIONAL material for the latest 
Contriver Europe (0280 822803) 
replacement mouse shows that firms 
are having difficulty finding original 
marketing material to convince people 
to buy their new rodents. 

Contriver say^ "What really makes 
this mouse unique is the fact that it is 
the first mouse whkh has been truly 
developed for the European market. 
This is evidenced by the packaging 
which has been produced in four lan- 
guages"' . 

like many recent releases the 2 in I 
mouse can be used by either an 
Amiga or ST and has a resolution of 
220 dots per inch, ft is packaged with 
a mouse pocket and a discount 
voucher for a Mindscape Software 
title. Price, £1 9.99. 


Standards Authority. Soon after the pil- 
ing Jayes made an appeal which went 
to Nottingham Crown Court where the 
judge dismissed the- case. 

FAST'S chief executive, Bob Hay said: 
"■The case is a good indication of the 
excellent co-operation between FAST 
and trading standards officers in many 
authorities across the UK. 

"I am sure the decision in this case 
will serve as a strong deterrent in the 
future", he concluded. 

Last year £2 million of software was 
seized by FAST and 12 successful prose- 
cutions led to fines and suspended sen- 
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Arnor packs 
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IMPROVEMENTS have been made to 
Amor's Amiga wordprocessor, Protect. 
The main attraction m version 5.5 is the 
inclusion of a 43,000-word Collins the- 
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automatic hyphenation, widow and 
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and mailmerging directly from the 
company's Pro data database which 
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Prodata 1 .2\ enhancements are 
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THE world's cheapest and newest 9-pin 
printer has just been introduced to 
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More play for Amiga 

AMIGA games players have had their 
wide choice of joysticks expanded fur- 
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models to the QukMhot range. Both 
have the now standard micros witch 
control. 

Maverick 1 M features include a four- 
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Python 1 M is a microswitch version 
of the earlier Python 1 joystick. It is 
described as having an ergonomic 
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addition to an auto-fire switch. Price 
£10.99. Contact Bcmdwel! Europe 
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WHAT’S 



DIARY 

DATES 

6 to 8 September 1991 
Computer fnferfornmenf Show 

Organiser EMAP 
(&71-4Q4 4844} 

Venue; Earls Court 2 

If youTe interested in games, a trip 

along to Earls Court II is a must. 

15 to 17 November 1991 

tVortd of Commodore 

Organiser: HP Exhibitions 

Venue; ftrri s Court 2 

The 15th Commodore event, which 

already has huge industry backing, 

5 to & December 1991 
Computer Shopper Show 

Organiser. Blenheim 
(08J-86S 4466} 

Venue: Wembley Exhibition Halts 
An opportunity to buy some bar- 
gains before Christmas, It's 
expected to be much larger than 
last year's show. 

7 to 9 February 1992 

5th international 16-bit Computer 
5how 

Organiser: Westminster Exhibitions 
(081*5491444) 

Venue : Novatef, Hammersmith 
The first post- Christ mas Amiga 
show. Expect plenty of bargains. 


OVERSEAS 

20 to 22 September 1991 
Amiga World Benelux 
Organiser: Interlxpo and Media 
Holland 

(010 31 040 $28)91} 

Venae: Fair Building, findhoven 
Much Id be seen, including the 
CDTV and a 3D laser show staged 
with the help ol an Amiga, 

• If you are organising a show rele- 
vant to the Amiga and it is net 
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Report by Denny Atkin 


T he summer is often a slow time 
for new software in the United 
Slates - Amiga users are more 
interested in lounging by the pool or 
playing volleyball at this time of year. 

However, with the hot and humid 
summer we've been having, the stream 
of new products being released is more 
than welcome. Sitting in front ot your 
Amiga begins to look awfully 
attractive when it's ! 
degrees outside, with 75 
per cent humidity. 

Long summer 
evenings in the US 
can always be 
spent stargazing, 
unless the typi- 
cally summer 
severe thunder 
storms are passing 
through. But now we 
can examine the skies 
even on cloudy, rainy nights, 
thanks to Virtual Reality Laboratories 
[2341 Ganador Court, San Luis Obispo, 
CA 93401). 

Their new release,. Distant Suns 4.0, 
is the most amazing planetarium pro- 


gram I've seen for any computer. Earlier 
versions of the program, which were 
known as Galileo and Distant Suns 3.0, 
respectively, were amazing in their own 
right, but this update has more features 
than most productivity programs! 

New features in this 599-95 program 
include an ARexx interface, multiple 
screen resolution support - including 
overscan - and the ability to view 
stars from a point up to 
400 astronomical units 
from our sun. 

Also new is ani- 
mation capability. 
For instance, you 
can create an ani- 
mation showing 
the path of 
Halley s Comet as it 
passed through our 
solar system retenlly, 
You'll need two floppy 
drives and 1Mb of memory, 
Interestingly enough, tour versions of 
the program are available: AmigaDOS 
1.3, 1.3 with math co-processor. 2.0, 
and 2.0 with co-processor. 

VRL have also introduced a number 


of accessory disks for the program. 
Perhaps the most impressive are the 
Space Visions disks, a collection of IFF 
images of the moon. Mars, spacecraft 
flights, and deep-sky objects. 

This fascinating 25-disk set has abso- 
lutely spectacular images that can be 
viewed with standard IFF viewers, or 
from within Distant Suns itself, 

They're available in theme sets 
(Voyager, Apollo, etc) for 17 to 120, or 
1100 for the entire 25 disk, 246-image 
collection. 

Light summer reading 

For those Amiga nuts who do actually 
spend some of their summer time 
lounging by the pool, there's a new 
book that will make interesting poolside 
reading. Addison-Wesley (Reading, 
Massachusetts 01867. Tel: 617-944- 
3700) have published the first in the 
AmigaDOS 2,0 Technical Reference 
Series, The Amigo l/ser interface Style 
Guide {S 21.95). 

This book is an invaluable reference 
for both the casual and professional 
Amiga programmer, it explains the 
issues programmers need to under- 
stand when creating user Interfaces for 
their Amiga software. Commodore 
have finally decided to encourage some 
standards, so you won't have to deal 
with a completely new interface with 
every program you purchase. 

Topics covered include the proper 
way to handle windows, requesters, 
menus, shell commands, and ARexx 
interfaces within programs you write. 
Technically-minded users who don't 
actually write code, but wonder why 
things work the way they do with 
Amiga programs, will still find lots of 


Workbench 2.1 — already! 


Since Commodore have finally shipped the Lowell card, 
what's coming up on their release schedule? Would you 
believe Workbench 2.17 

No, that's not a typo. I realize that Workbench 2-0 hasn't 
even shipped yet. Apparently the final version of Kickstart 2,0 
(Kickstarl 2.04, version 37.175) went to the rom burners 
about two months ago, The word is that 2-0 is finished, and is 
only waiting on the marketing department to get around to 
packaging it and shipping it. 

Now, it seems the Commodore software engineers are 
busy working on Workbench 2.1 already! It seems that 2.1, 


which will be a disk-only update, will add in all the little extras 
mat Commodore didn't have time to slip into the final 2.04 
rom release. 

Among the features that might be included in the 2.1 
release are the internationalization support - for those of you 
dying to see your Workbench menus in German - and scal- 
able Compugraphic outline fonts, although these might make 
it into the 2.04 release at the last minute. 

Well, those are the hot new Amiga products released in the 
USA this month. I'll be back with more news next month, 
after l get the sand out of my Amiga from the beach trip. 


Digitized beach 


bikinis 

Amigans who go so far as to leave 
their machines behind and go on a 
summer beach trip can digitize their 
bikini pictures using ASDG's new soft- 
ware lor the Epson 300C scanner, The 
software, available separately or as 
part of a scanner bundle from Prime 
Option, Inc. (2341 West 205th Street, 
Torrance, CA 90501. Tel: 213 618- 
0274), revolutionizes high quality, low 
cost (as far as 24-bil scanning goes, 
anyway) colour scanning on the 
Amiga. 

For a retail price of only J1 995, you 
gel an 8-5 x 11 in bed, 300dpi resolu- 
tion, flatbed scanner that supports 
167 million colours, along with full 
software support. Images can be 



saved in Amiga IFF or IFF 24 formats. 

Two versions d( the scanning soft- 
ware are included. One is a loader for 
AlDG's Art Department Professional 
that lets you scan directly into that 
program. You can then process the 
image and save it in any format sup- 
ported by ADPro, 

The second program, for folks with 
less memory, more demanding scan- 
ning applications, or who don't own 
ADPro, uses is virtual memory tech- 
nique to scan large images directly to 
disk. 

5o you've now scanned a great pic- 
ture of you and your dog, Agnes, surf- 
ing in the Atlantic. At 300dpi, the 
detail in the picture is fantastic, but it's 
also 1 024 x 1 024 pixels, forcing you 
to scroll around the screen to get the 
whole picture. 

Well, now you can view your surf- 
ing puppy in all her glory using 
Commodore's A241Q hi-res graphics 
card, which was finally officially 
released in the US on |une 24. The 
long-awaited card for the Amiga 2000 
and 3000 was developed in conjunc- 
tion with the University of Lowell in 
Massachusetts. Il provides 8-bit plane 
output (256 colours) from a palette of 
16 million colours- 

Supporting resolution! up to 1024 
x 1024 pixels, the A2410 has one 
megabyte of dedicated video memory 
and a TI34Q10 graphics processor lor 
speedy graphics updates. Designed 
primarily for the A3000UX UN IK sys- 
tem, the card supports K Windows 
and Open Look applications, Its not 
supported by Workbench applications 
yet, but third party programs such as 
Art Department Professional are 
expected to support it soon. 







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W ith the home video 
explosion of recent 
years the portable video cam- 
era has become a near essen- 
tial for everything from 
family weddings to the 
edited highlights of Unde 
Albert's hernia operation. 

The second of the two sub- 
jects gives a graphic example 
of a common video enthusi- 
ast's problem, namely a des- 
perate lack of material. After 
ail when you've seen one her- 
nia op you've seen them all. 

As usual, the Amiga has the 
answer - to both the prob- 
lem of idle, not to mention 
expensive, hardware and the 
tricky question of how to 
import imagery Into your 
machine. 

It's true that scanners can't 
be touched for quality but if 
you've ever tried to get an 
instant close-up of Auntie 
Doreen's rear proportions 
with a scanner, you'll know 
all about the limitations of 
the average flatbed machine. 
Basically, if it's not flat it 
won't work, it's that simple. 

The spontaneity and flexi- 
bility of digitising is its real 
strength. 

All that's required is a key- 
press and it's captured, and 
with real-time digitisers snap- 
ping away at 50 frames a sec- 
ond, animation is merely a 
matter of memory. 



SuperPic 

As usual well start at the top, with the 
state of the art in Amiga digitising. If 
pure picture quality is what youTe after, 
|CL's due! of digitisers are very hard to 
beat both for cost and performance. 

SuperPic is the more costly and pow- 
erful 1 of the two, offering ad of the abili- 
ties of its counterpart ColorPic plus the 
added attraction of a built-in genlock. 
The genlock itself is a simple exponent 
of the art when it comes to overlaying 
Amiga imagery on to video, but mever^ 
theless it does the job and can stall be 
used separately if you want to explore 
other applications apart from digitising. 

Unlike many af its lesser rivals, both 
SuperPic and ColorPic are real-time 
digitisers and as a result can snap the 
incoming imagery from either the cam- 
era or VCR at the same rate at which it 
is produced. To achieve this,, every 50th 
of a second a new image is imported 
into its frame buffer, overwriting the 
last. As soon as the appropriate image 
appears it can be frozen in the buffer 
and imported into the machine. 

This ability to freeze means that pre- 
recorded footage can be imported very 
easily because there's no need to invest 
in expensive floating head video equip- 
ment - which is essential with other 
systems in order to freeze the image 
completely prior to importation. If r for 



Hold stIU and a scanline is |ust possible, but 
the tdi inde aydush gto-i the away 



example, you tried to grab moving 
imagery on a system without a frozen 
frame buffer, the pause between the 
importation of the RGB elements would 
invariably cfluse blurring. 

because this freezing process occurs 
externally the Amiga is left free to mon- 
itor the action for more potential 
imports. At the moment up to four 
images can be stored within the buffer 
and then imported into the Amiga. 

This potential for multiple storage is 
soon to be exploited to the full with the 
release of (Cl's new Animate upgrade, 
which is almost ready for release and 



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will be covered in glorious colour in a 
forthcoming issue of the mag. 

The Animate hardware and software 
is essentially a memory and editing 
expansion which will make the [CL 
range the only full colour real-time ani- 
mation package on the market. 
Animation is nothing new to digitising, 
as Rombg's complete colour solution 
and Datel's new Video Digitiser II are 
well blessed in the art but are neverthe- 
less still tied strictly to monochromE. 

Although SuperPic is primarily dedi- 
cated to colour, it's still quite at home 
with monochrome and will import 
either colour or black and white in a 
variety of formats. Hi -res, lo-res 16 
colour, right up to to the dizzy heights 
of Ham+, all with optional Interface 
which does invoke the necessity for a 
static image. 

The flexibility and ease of interaction 
gives the ]G_ option its real strength. 
For example, to import an image you 
simply select the resolution and hit Z to 
Freeze, and if youTe happy then hit I to 
import. 

The grab Is made instantly, with the 
only exception being the scanline 
Interlace option which gives the high- 
est possible quality but does require a 
totally static subject. 

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The Rombo option 


Rombo's complete colour solution is a 
combination of two modules which com- 
bine their efforts to produce both 
monochrome animations and full colour, 
still-frame ham images. 

The First of the two modules is the 
original digitiser itself which will snapshot 
images instantly from an incoming 
source, whether that be VCR or camera. 
It does this by sampling each frame in 
succession until all of the available mem* 
ory is eaten up, Once it is full it cycles 
back to the first frame and rewrites over 
the original. 

Up to 16 frames can be stored on a 
one meg machine and once a sequence 
is recorded it can be either animated as a 
whole or alternatively individual frames 
can be selected, edited and saved as 
required. 

The constant loop does make captur- 
ing just the right moment much easier 
but it must be said that the image quality 


isn't quite as high as some ol its oppo- 
nents. However, the animation option 
goes a long way towards making up for 
the occasional gramy picture, 

There's quite a good range of options 
and tools specifically foe animation which 
help to edit your creations, as well as for 
recording and appending new ones. A 
particularly pleasant touch b the window 
option which allows new frames to be 
imported into defined boxes within the 
screen, and because each frame is made 
up of a 16 grey scale image, there's no 
clash of palettes when extra frames 
added, even in Interlace. 

The system isn't entirely colourless as 
it's possible to edit each of the 1 6 shades 
of colour that make up the image. This is 
done with a series of preset tinted 
palettes, or alternatively you can edit 
each shade manually to produce a really 
nauseating display. 

After you've ruined a few frames you 


can animate the lot r sending epilepsy 
sufferers running for cover while hum 
dreds of punters fresh from the 
Hacienda nightclub start screaming 
"AccckL.T and begin bopping around 
the room. 

Anyway, that's enough about 
monochrome, it's time to add a little 
colour, and to do it Rombo have pro- 
duced Vidi RGB which comes as a very 
welcome replacement for their original 
and totally silly colour wheel 

In the bad old days composing a 
colour Ham with Rombo hardware 
meant three exposures, each of which 
required a separate colour filter to be 
held in front of the tens. 

In effect, nothing has changed as the 
three exposures are still required but 
now theyTe done by the hardware over 
a period of approximately a second. 

This may seem quite fast but as 
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become very fuzzy indeed. 

Because of the prolonged exposure, 
Vidi RGB is quite limited in its grabbing 
abilities. Basically,. If the image isn't 
completely rock solid the image will be 
blurred. 

To achieve reasonable quality you 
need either an expensive floating head 
VCR or a tripod-mounted camera pro- 
viding a live video source, 

for obvious reasons the subject must 
be static and willing to slay that way lor 
a while, but once imported the results 
cart be impressive. 

like its predecessor, Vidi RGB is 
blessed with various options and con- 
trols, from individual importation, dis- 
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blue, right through to full colour ham 
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Given a steady, high quality rostrum 
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results can be impressive, but rf conve- 
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This is due in part to its static require- 
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Video Digitizer 2 (VP2) is an attempt 
by Dale! to provide a video peripheral 
which will digitize in real-time from a 
moving video source and. is capable of 
producing digitized animations from 
same. For less than £90 they have done 
their best to cram into a small plastic 
box the sort of video facilities many 
Amiga owners usually only dream of, 
and in the main they have succeeded. 

VD2, of course, is by no means 
pitched at the high-end market where 
units like JCL Supetfic reside. Instead, it 
Has been built to sacrifice colour and 
picture quality for economy and ease of 
use. To this extent, there have been 
trade-offs which mean that 
VDZ's pictures are of a 
lower quality. 

When compared to 
equipment such as 
Vtdl-Amiga -and 
Digi-View, how- 
ever, both of which 
are in a higher price 
bracket, the Date I 
unit begins to shine. 

VD2 has no colour 
Option, but when its 1 6 
grey scale monochrome 
images are compared to those 
rrom the more expensive units, there is 
virtually nothing to choose between 
them. 

VD2 has been designed as a piece of 


equipment any Amiga user could plug 
in and use from scratch. Connecting it 
to your Amiga is a simple matter of slot- 
ting it into the expansion bus on the 
left- hand side of an A5QQ, or the video 
slot In the A2000. Contrast and bright- 
ness knobs on the back of the unit form 
its only hardware controls, the rest 
being accomplished with the VD2 soft- 
ware. 

The software is hugely friendly and ! 
found it easy to digitise an entire series 
of decent images without resorting to 
the manual. The main control panel has 
a bank of icons on the right-hand side 
of the screen and a 256 by 256 
pixel digitising area. 

With an external 
video source con- 
nected to the 
video in phono 
L socket on the 
rear of the 
; unit, all the 
f user need do 
r to bring the 
r video source 
'onscreen is click 
r or the video camera 
Hcon at the top of the 
panel to begin continuous 
monitoring. VD2 will update the display 
at the rate set by the slider at the bob 
tom of the panel, but in reality it is only 
capable of digitising and refreshing the 




D atel's excellent Imagery and control panel In action 


screen display at two or three frames 
per second. 

If you want to construct an anima- 
tion from your favourite movie, there- 
fore, you'll either need to do several 
passes over the piece of film you need, 
then stitch the frames together in the 
frame editor, or use an expensive VCR 
with a single frame or perfect pause 
feature. 

The frame editor is VD2's most use- 
ful feature. It is here that the user has 
the option to advance through his or 
her digitized sequence one frame at a 
time r cutting, pasting and copying 
frames as required, inserting them into 
a sequence, and generally constructing 
the video animation. 

There are options to copy to and 
from buffers r loop an animation, take 
snapshots of single frames, and record 


or cut from a definable 
range of frames. There 
is even a time-lapse 
option so that with a 
machine with more 
memory you can take 
lime-lapse frames over 
a period of 24 hours, 
thus giving one the 
option to watch a 
flower bloom or record 
the amount of traffic at 
a road junction at dif- 
ferent times of the day. 

Those wishing to 
squeeze the biggest 
animation possible on a disk, can 
squeeze a sequence into a quarter 
frame for re-display on floppy-based 
half meg systems. 

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Conclusion 

If you want to dabble in video or want 
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is an excellent choice. It is affordable 
and packed with enough options to 
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Taking the tablets 


Computer art has long been an 
acquired taste, not to mention talent, 
thanks to the restrictions of the 
mouse. As a result the average free- 
hand artist would rather bum his 
brushes than wrestle with a rodent. 

To combat the Inadequacies of our 
furless friend an alternative Is desper- 
ately required - enter the graphics 
tablet, this marvellous device is uso 
ally a customised import from the cor- 
porate world of Apple Macs and the 
ever present PC Fortunately, most 
PCs are happy with a standard RS232, 
and as a result conversion to the 
Amiga is a reasonably simple matter. 

However, before any tablet can be 
adopted by the Amiga a suitable 
driver must be written to convert the 
output from the tablet into a readable 
format for the Amiga. Once the driver 
is installed, either the puck, which 
strongly resembles a rodent with a 
cross hair, or the more familiar stylus 
can take the place of the rodent with 
all manner of Amiga software. 

Both tablets featured are the latest 
players in the field of Amiga art, 
which until now has made graphics 
tablets mainly the preserve of profes- 
sional artists and CAD enthusiasts, 
thanks primarily to the high price 
attached to early Amiga versions. 

Aficionados of Amiga art may recol- 
led the existence of a third tablet, 
namely the Podscat, which admittedly 
is an older model but which still 
would have been included in the 
round-up if HB Marketing had sup 
plied orie 

They didn't bother for reasons best 
known to themselves so we'll have to 
struggle on with the new stuff. It's a 
cruel world.,. 

Before you can exercise your artis- 
tic flare there's usually a short trip to 
Preferences where the various bits 
and baud rates are set so the tablet 
can communicate with your serial 
port. If you're not a commi fan, fid- 
dling with such things may seem a lit- 
tle painful but in fact It's simplicity 
itself and once set it can be saved for 
posterity and never need be fiddled 
with again. 


Is your artwork ailing? Could a tablet 
be the cure? We investigate imagery 
created the old fashioned way 



the aid of the tablet and then print It 
out. 

At first I must admit I found the feel 
of both the Numonics and the 
Genilizer rather strange in comparison 
to the feedback from a pen or pencil, 
As you might imagine, plastic on plas- 
tic can't replace the friction and inter- 
action of a pen but this isn't to say 
there isn't any sensation, but it's cer- 
tainly different and a good deal less 
subtle than the average HB pencil 


Genitizer 


The Cenitteer is the latest offering from 
Dale! and Is bound to till a gaping hole 
in the artistic market, being both easy 
to use, of very high quality, and more 
importantly, cheap-. 

The tablet itself is a straight conver- 
sion from a popular PC range which 
has long dominated the market on that 
particular machine. Patel, not being a 
company to miss an obvious oppQftu* 
nity r wrote their own software and 
unleashed the latest and cheapest 
tablet on the market- 


What's in the box 

After the postman's knock you'll be the 
proud owner of a brand new 9 x 6 in 
tablet. a template depicting the D paint 
screen plus all the relevant connections 
and, of course, the essential power sup- 
ply and stylus. The puck option isn't 
available at present but will he stocked 
given sufficient demand. 

The design of the unit has been very 
well thought out, being ideal lor laptop 


operation and includes little extras such 
as stylus holders and a useful flap which 
allows any paper-based art or design 
can be slipped under the plastic and 
traced with ease. 

Once connected to the serial and 
power it r s- d simple matte? of c lie king 
on an icon to install the driver and 
you're off. 

Although Dpaint is the only tem- 
plate available you'll find the tablet 
works with all man- 
ner ot software and 
to be honest, once 
you're comfortable 
with the rather 
strange sensation of 
using a pen without 
watching it, the 
template soon 
becomes redundant. 

Oi course If you 
were particularly 
keen you could 
always make your 
own templates with DamT* genltlxtr: cost 


Once l tame to terms with ihe sen- 
sation drawing was easy, and like the 
mouse, a double button system means 
that using software is very reminiscent 
of the mouse because identical clicking 
combinations are used. Because the 
buttons are in parallel rather than side 
by side, certain dual button operations 
can be a little tricky at first but they are 
still a good deal less complex than the 
Numonics' single button format. 

Perhaps almost as important as the 
feel of the tablet is its accuracy. The 
Datel boasts an accuracy to the neatest 
hundredth of an inch and a resolution 
of up to 1,000 lines, so there shouldn't 
me any problems in that department- 

Speed is another prime necessity 
and again the Oatel tablet does well, 
generally managing to keep pace with 
even the fastest strokes of the stylus. 
The only problem I found was the odd 
glitch when swapping between for- 
mats. Bench testing a tablet isn't the 
easiest thing to quantify which is why 
we went for the plain and simple sig- 
nature test. Each of the contestants 
signed their name at normal speed so 
they should give a reasonable idea o! 
the accuracy and speed of both tablets. 


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GraphicMaster 


OK, if bigger Is indeed better, then 
the Numonics offering - namely 
GraphicMaster - is In very good 
shape to take the prize of top tablet, 
However, my short and incredibly 
Scottish counterpart Stevie Kennedy 
insists that 'that's a load of cobblers" 
and anyone who says different had 
belter have some sewing lessons! 

Mot for the first time I must concur 


with our Celtic hero as the Numonics 
is indeed bigger but not, I must 
admit, noticeably better than the 
diminutive Datel. 

Having said that there are some 
who will no doubt appreciate the 
extra space the GraphicMaster has to 
offer. 

A full 12ln square working area is 
available, and to be fair it does make 


subtle adjustments a little easier. 

The only minor drawback lo the 
wide open spaces is the rather dis- 
proportionate movement to image 
ratio which creates onscreen imagery 
actually smaller than the movement 
of pen or puck would imply but 
again, this is purely a matter of taste 
and practice. Setting up the Graphics 
master initially follows the same pro- 


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* cedure of installing drivers and 
ad |usting preferences but after the 
Amiga part of the equation is com- 
plete, it's over to the tablet add its 
very own Firmware configuration 
system. 

The word Firmware refers to the 
built In com ms software which tan 
be preprogrammed, stored, and 
recalled from eproms as required, 

Up to four individual tablet config- 
urations can he held within the 
tablet and recalled via the overlay. 

Programming the tablet Is a sim- 
ple matter of punching in a variety 
of options offered via a control 
template. By simply following the 
overlay and the rather murky 
Amiga orientated Instructions you'll 
have the tablet up and running. 

Although the configuration of 
the tablet is limited on the Amiga, 
the varied Configuration option 
does lend itself to multi format use. 
|f, for example, you have the appro- 
priate driver, the tablet could be 
easily programmed to work with a 
number of machines of various 
design. 

Each machine could have its own 
predefined firmware configuration 
which could be easily accessed on 
boot-up, so If you're either wealthy, 
or work in a multi-format environ- 
ment there's no reason why you 
couldn't leap from one machine to 
the next and take your favourite art 
workalong with you. 


Adjustment and 
accuracy 

The multi-format option has to be a 
selling point and such flexibility 
doesn't come as a surprise after a 
brief glance at the manual, it's bla- 
tantly PC and the Amiga is obvi- 
ously no more than an afterthought 
- Its section of the manual consists 
of a series of photocopied pages 
slipped In among the countless ref- 
erences to Macs and the 
omnipresent PC. After ail the 

24 firmware is finished, the final bit of 


tinkering is to calibrate the tablet. 

This Is a simple matter of clicking 
on the outer edges of the active 
area to give both the tablet and the 
Amiga an idea of what they're deal- 
ing with, 

This process has to be done 
directly after driver installation, 
achieved thanks to a fine tuning 
utility which gives access to alterna 
tive tablet eon ilgura lions and vari- 
ous fine tuning options. 

After calibration is complete you 
finally get to explore the possibili- 
ties offered by the tablet' s accuracy 
of one hundredth of an Inch, which 
matches the Date! Tablet offering 
punch for punch. 

A little touchy 

The feel of the Numonlcs is a littl 
clumsy and it takes a fair amount o 
practice to master the single butto 
stylus. A combination of butto 
clicks and stylus pointer depres- 
sions are used to access the various 
mouse button combinations. 

Another rather annoying point is 
the tablet's habit of lagging the 
onscreen image behind the stylus 
or puck. 

On occasion I found myself paus- 
ing while the screen was updated, 
not an ideal situation when you're 
in full flow, 

To be fair to the tablet, a 
spokesman for Numonics did sug- 
gest that these faults might have 
more to do with the age and condi- 
tion of their review model, rather 
than a design flaw within the tablet 
Itself, 

Unlike Datel s Genitiier, the 
GraphlcMaster doesn't use tem- 
plates or a transparent flap to trace 
but rather sticks strictly to the 
screen when interacting with the 
user. To be honest, with the possi- 
ble exception of tracing, it's not 
really a problem 
Dcldbutof; IDS- Numonto 
(02 H) MW 
Price: D$S 0 2 “ by 121 
& £290 (12* by IS") 


The problem with hand scanners is 
that after almost a decade of exis- 
tence, they have, on the Amiga at 
least, achieved something of the sta- 
tus of an industry standard from 
which the various models deviate In 
only minor ways, That's not to say 
they're all the same. It just means they 
succeed to a relatively similar extent 
in doing what they set out to do. 

The only major differences at first 
apparent are in the software used to 
control and display the data gathered 
when the scanning head makes its 
pass over the subject. This Is crucial to 
the appearance of the final image and 


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Is therefore the main focus of this 
Amiga Computing round-up. 

From the punter's point of view, all 
three scanners have identical hard- 
ware. Regardless of any electronic dif 
ferences on the inside, the three units 
all sport the following controls: a 
selector for 100, 200, 300, and 400 dpi 
scans; a wheel control tor light dark 
setting; and a switch offering three 
dot sizes and a setting for text scans. 

All scanners have a thumb-operated 
scanning button, necessitating their 
use with the right hand, unless you're 
left handed and have an unusually 
dexterous little finger. 



Geniscan GS-4500 


The Da tel Scanner, despite having 
easily the most unfriendly software, 
H capable of producing some of the 
nicest images. 

HandyScan has been around for 
quite a while, and in its latest incar- 
nation it still looks a bit dated. 

Upon loading, the user can 
choose to open up in either Interlace 
or Workbench resolutions,, but once 
the choice is made the display 
reverts to a black screen with a sin- 
gle menu strip, across the top. 

If the beginner expects icons and 
gadgets, this program could easily 
baffle and confuse. In addition,, the 
size of the scanning area is set not tn 
inches, but in pixels and pages. 
Although this makes cropping easier 
to pudge r it makes relating the screen 
page to the target photograph a lot 
more difficult. 

A buffer approach is used so that 
images can be stored away in mem- 
ory while a new image is being 
scanned. 

While not as user-friendly as 
PandaaTs clipboard feature, it has 
the advantage of being able to swap 


images quickly to and from the 
buffer, thus enabling the user to 
experiment with the scanned image 
while a copy resides safely in the 
buffer. 

Probably the DatePs, best feature 
is its ability to open up in Interface 
mode. 

The scans achieved while in 
Interlace are considerably better 
than those taken in standard 
medium resolution and are Ideal for 
DTP work, most of which is also 
done in interlace. 

Distributor: Datel Ikctmrn 
(0732) 744707 
Software: HandyScan 3 
Prke; £129,99 




Pandaal 

Scanner 

The Pandaal scanner is the latest Amiga 
hand scanner, and has the most user- 
friendly software. The Daatascan pro- 
gram opens to a very intuition-based 
interface which goes into overkill when 
offering the user a variety of menu and 
icon Options, With a gadget strip on the 
extreme right a settings panel, and an 
extensive selection of pull-downs, most 
settings and controls are doubled up on r 
and some are duplicated three times. 

The new user will find three ways to 
begin a scan. You can dick or one of the 
scanner icons, select one of the three 
options bom the scanner menu, or press 
n to F3. 

The most useful feature of [he soft- 
ware is the ease with which you can 
scroll around the image just scanned. As 
these are often far greater than screen 
siz^ the familiar drag bars on the image 
window are a real blessing. 

The Clipboard option allows the user 
to Cut or copy parts of the image to a 
smaller window which can be resized 
and moved around at will - as can the 
main image window - then pasted back 
into the main window. This is much 
more useful than the buffer approach 


taken by some other scanning software. 
My main gripe with the Pandaal is 
that its scans are often very dark. The 
contrast and brightness of an image can 
be retouched in a paint package, but if s 
stiU annoying. 

Dafrfiwjtar: Pandaal Marketing Ltd (0234) 
$55666 

Software: Daatascan Professional 
Price: £179,99 


Golden Image 
Scanner 

Touch-Up is probably the most flexible 
and powerful scanning software of the 
three reviewed, but it Falls between the 
Pandaal and the Date! for user-friendli- 
ness. The appearance of images scanned 
using the Golden Image scanner closely 
resemble that of the Datel images, 


although the scanner itself looks almost 
identical to the Pandaal. Once the 
images are rn memory, however, Touch- 
Up works very well. 

There are the usual cut and paste 
options to rearrange images onscreen. 
Anything cut is 
saved as a dip 
and is easier to 
manipulate 
than the buffer 
approach taken 
by Datel. In 
addition, once 
a clip has been defined by dragging the 
clip box around it, some quite sophisti- 
cated operations can be done such as 
Slant and Cleanup - to eliminate isolated 
pixels. The main image itself can be sub- 
jected to a barrage of paint effects, 
including pattern fills and airbrushing, 
and there are again a few surprisingly 
advanced features available, such as 
splines and Bezier curves, lassos and 
complex btushes. 

As a monochrome paint package, 
Touch-Up would be a pretty decent 
stand-alone package, so as a scanning 
retoucher it Is about as complex as you 
can get. In fact, just about the only criti- 
cisms I can level at it are that it is slow 
and, for simple scanning, a bit over- 
complex, 

When moving around a large scanned 
area, the user will have to wait for the 
screen to update, and some of the pro- 
gram's more involved operations will test 
your patience. If you can stand the wait, 
however - and the 1 70 page manual - 
Touch-Up is a worthy piece of software. 

DMnhutor: Cofden fmoge 
(081) 51$ 7373 
Software; Touch-Up 
Price: £149.99 



Sharp JX-100 

As men boned ea riser in the column, if quality is what 
you're after scanners provide the ultimate answer to 
ihe problem of importing still imagery. Perhaps the 
best exponent of the art is the Sharp's JX range. 

Our particular favourite is the junior member of 
the |X range, namely the |X 100 which has long 
been an essential in the Amiga Computing office. 
Perhaps d testament to its ability is its frequent use 
n the mag r all without a single complaint from even 
our most discerning DTP readers. 

It's true there is a definite difference between a 
Kan and what's known as "repro" bul most people 
would need to look twke at smaller images to notice 
the difference, and in comparison with all bul the 
most expensive Mac based flatbed;, the JX 100 is a 
reasonable compromise while the JX 300 is indistin- 
guishable. 

To be honest JX 1GQ scans can be spotted with a 
fcitita effort, but with colour imagery reaching IB-bit 
-landard and a maximum resolution of 200dpi, it's 
mazing to find a unit with a Jr foot print 1 ' of 65 X 
4 in producing print quality images for only £695, 
nduding software and VAT. 

Drttribulan Sittca Syttcm (Ml } 309 If 11 
Price; £695 


Big brother: S 

If money is no object, or perhaps an A4-size 'Toot 
print" is essential, the JX 300 might well be more 
to your taste, boasting not only an increased scan 
size but also an impressive 300dpi and the ulti- 
mate quality of 24-bit colour, 

Power of this magnitude rivals the majority of 
hardware in the world - of cither the Mac or PC - 
and would happily meet the required standard of 
most publications. 

Unfortunately there's a price to be paid fo r such 
muscle and because the scanner is primarily aimed 
at the serious Mac market, its price tag reflects the 
inflated cost associated with that particular 
machine. 

Both scanners come with cusfcom-huilr software 
that's very reminiscent of ADpro, ASDG’s image 
processing classic. 

The combination of the excellent hardware and 
the stylish, flexible and user friendly software make 
the Sharp range the only option lor serious DTP 
fans who need to capture still images with style. 

Anyone armed with either of the Sharp 
machines plus ADpro and some quality DTP soft- 


JX-300 



ware would be well on their way to becoming the 
next Wapping Uar r after alt, you never can fell, 
chureh circular one week, the newsstand the next, 
who knows,.. 

Distributor Sr ko Systems (081) 309 1111 
Price: £3608 (inc software and interlace) 


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F or tfi DSC of you who haven't yet 
seen it, the animation on this 
month's coverdisk is of the 
AmAjo Computing logo Hying around a 
ball. Have a look, words don't do it jus- 
tke. Before we begin this tutorial, make 
sure you're sitting comfortably - you 
could get hooked! 

As with most 3D modelling and ani- 
mation programs there are three steps 
to follow to produce your animation. 
The first is to model the objects 
required and light them; the second is 
to animate and, if possible, preview the 
animation to check it; and the third is 
to render up each frame of the anima- 
tion. 

To begin, load the Real 30 demo 
program and you will see the editor 
screen with the familiar tri-view display 
which shows three views of the 3D uni- 
verse. In Real 3D's case there is the 
front view in the top left quarter of the 
screen, the side view in the top right 
quarter, and at the bottom left you 
have the top view. 

In the remaining quarter of the edi- 
tor screen are the selection window and 
a set of gadgets which give access to 
Real 3D's object creation and manipula- 
tion tools. Finally, in the menu bar you 
will see a set of co-ordinates which 
show the Current position of the pointer 
in 3D space. 

Make it tip 

So the first thing to do is to create the 
bumpy ball. Select either Sphere from 
the Primitives sub-menu which is on the 
Creation menu - referred to as 
Creation/Primitives/Sphere from here 
on - or click on the Create Sphere gad- 
get, which is the one second from the 
left in the second now. You should see 
the words Creating Sphere in the menu 
bar. 

Move the mouse pointer to co-ondr- 
nate position 0 0 0 in any of the three 
views and click the left mouse button to 
fix the centre of the sphere. You will 
then find that moving the mouse 
enables you to reduce or enlarge the 
sphere. 

Move the mouse pointer so that the 
radius figure in the menu bar reads 50, 
and then click the left mouse button to 
finish creating the sphere. At this point 
you should see a circle in each of the 
three viewing areas. 

By the way, if at any point you want 
to cancel an operation while using Real 
3D, you can do so by clicking the fight 
mouse button. 

The Sphere you have fust created is 
now listed in the selection window as 
spherel . You could keep this name, but 
it can get quite confusing when you are 
creating a complex scene and you have 
lots of them. 

The best practice is to give all your 
objects relevant names. To rename this 
sphere, first select it by clicking on its 
name in the selection window and then 
select Hterarchy/Modrfy/ Rename from 




the menus. You can then enter a new 
name - we used BumpBall. 

When you create an object it is ini- 
tially made from the default material. 
We want our BumpBall to be bumpy. 
Creating a bumpy material is very easy 
using Real 3D J s extensive mapping 
facilities. 

Select Projects/Material/Create from 


the menus, and you will be presented 
with the myriad of options in the mate- 
rial creation requester. The first step is 
to name your material by replacing the 
word: matO at the top of the requester, 
ours »s called Bumpy. Then change the 
Specularity value to 40 and the 
Specularity Brightness to 15 to give 
nice tight highlights on the ball. Now 


we need to give it the bumpy texture, 
which is achieved by loading a bump 
map. Click on the Picture button and a 
file requester will appear with which 
you can select an IFF graphic for the 
bump map. The IFF file we require for 
our Bumpy material is called Irregular, 
so dick on it and then on OK. 

If you want to have a quick look at 
the bump map, click on the Show but- 
ton. What you wifi see is a small speck- 
led red area. The intensity of the red in ^ 
a bump map tells Real 3D how high to 
make the bump at any particular point 
on the material. 

Wrapping bumps 

In order to wrap the bump map around 
the ball you must select the Ball map- 
ping type by clicking on the box where 
it says NO PAINTING until it reads 
BALL The Ball mapping projection will 
map the bump map around the 
sphere’s entire surface. 

Next, we must tell Real 3D that we 
are using a bump map. To do this click 
on the MAPTYPE button which brings 
up a new set of options. You will see 
that the COLOR button is on, This 
shows that at present we are set up for 
colour mapping. 

Colour mapping just takes the 
selected IFF graphic and wraps it on to 
the surface. We don’t want to use colour 
mapping so click it off, and dick BUMP 
on instead. Also, to get just the right 
effect change the Bump Height to 1 5. 

So, we now have our Bumpy mate- 
rial which needs to fee put on the 




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BumpBall. Select the BumpBall object 
from the list in the selection window - 
it shouldn't be hard to find because It's 
the only object which is in the list at 
the moment!. Then you select 
Hierarchy/Modify/Material from the 
menus. This brings up a requester 
which shows the materials currently 
available; Default and Bumpy. Pick 
Bumpy by clicking on it. 

The final thing that we need to do is 
give the BumpBall a colour. In the 
example animation we made it white. 
To do this, dick on BumpBall in the 
selection window and then get 
Hierarchy /Modify/ Color from the 
menus. Once you have done this Beal 
30 asks you to select a colour from the 
Colors menu - we used white- 

The logo 

The BumpBall is new complete, so let's 
create the Amigo Computing logo. In 
fact, the Amrga Computing logo was 
created in a rather ingenious way. If 
was done by taking an IFF picture of 
the logo and clip mapping it on to a 
second hollow sphere just slightly larger 
than the BumpBall. 

Clip mapping removes any areas of 
the selected object not painted by the 
graphic, so we end up with just the 
areas of the sphere with the Amiga 
Computing logo on them. First, create 
another sphere centre 0 0 0 and radius 
68 - don't forget to rename it, we 
called it Global. 

Then create a new material. We 
called ours logoClipMap. Set the 
LogoClipMap material for the follow- 
ing: Brilliancy 5, Transparency 100, 
Speed of Light 100, Turbidity 0 r 
Specularity S0 r Specularity Brightness 
20. Also, select PARALLEL mapping and 
NO 0-CQLOR. Click on PICTURE and 
bad the AmigaComputingJogo file, 
then go to the MA-PTYPE options and 
select COLOR and CLIP. 

Now we have our finished material 
let's put it on Global. Select Global 
from the selection window and go to 
Hierarchy/Modify/Material- From the 
materials list pick LogoClipMap, and 
there you have it - or do you? 

In this case there is one more step 
required to complete mapping the 
material - a parallel mapped material 
also requires painting. Parallel mapping 
will map The selected graphic once on 
to the object selected but painting is 
required to tell Real 30 exactly where 
to put the graphic on the object. 

In this case we want to put the logo 
horizontally across the middle of 
Global. To do this, first select Global in 
the selection window and then get 
Hierarchy /Modify/ Painting. When you 
use Painting you are drawing a line on 
the object to show where the top edge 
of the graphic is to appear. 

To start the line click the left mouse 
hutton once in co-ordinate position -42 
14 0 And to finish it click at co-ordinate 
position 42 14 0. Our scene is pretty 



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much finished now, all that remains is 
to light it, animate it and get the com- 
puter to render it. 

Let's light it first. We are going to 
put in two lights to make the scene 
look interesting. The first light is a white 
light right in front of the scene, the sec- 
ond is red and straight above. Zoom 
out a little first to give some space to 
put the lights in. You can do this by 
pressing the minus sign key twice. 

To create the first light click in the 
top view - that's the bottom lelt quar- 
ter of the screen - then go to 
Creation/Lamp. Click at co-ordinate 
position -7 -27 360 to place the light 
just slightly off-centre in front of the 
scene. Then create another lamp and 
place it at position 0 500 0, which is 
directly above. 

We want to make the second light 
red, so select Hierarchy/ Modify /Color 
and then pick red from the Colors 
menu. Did you forget to give the lights 
relevant names? Do it now. Ours are 
WhiteLight and RedUghL 

The ball rolling 

Now it's time to animate. Real 3D has 
two ways of animating objects. You can 
either give an object an orbit or a rota- 
tion. When you give an object an orbit, 
you draw a path and tell Real 3D how 
many frames it takes to follow the path. 
A rotation is similar you tell Real 3D at 
how big an angle to rotate and in how 
many frames. By combining these two 
you can produce any movement 

In this animation well use a rotation 
to fly the log around the ball. To do 
this, click on Global in the selection 
window. Then select Project/ 
Animation/ Rotation. Real 3D then asks 
for the centre of the rotation - click on 
co-ordinate position 0 0 0 in the fop 
view and a requester will appear. 

In this requester enter a rotation of 
360 degrees from frame 0 to frame 59. 
To finish the rotation dick on OK and 
that's it - bow much more simple could 
it be? 

To preview the animation we must 
move from the editor screen to the 
wireframe screen. Select Modes/ 
Wireframe from the menus, and you 


will be presented with the wireframe 
screen which has a wireframe represen- 
tation of the scene and a control panel. 

One of the things you can do very 
easily with the wireframe screen is set 
the viewing position. In the control 
panel you will find a slider labelled 
Distance. If you move it to the left the 
view will zoom in, if you move it to the 
right it zooms out. 

For our animation we settled oti a 
distance of 400. Set the slider to 400 
and dick on the record button to set 
this position. To preview the animation 
click on the Play button and you should 
see the outer sphere rotating around 
the central sphere. To stop the preview 
click on the Play button again. 

Almost finished 

If you don't fancy setting ail this up or 
you can't quite get it fight, you'll be 
pleased to know that the finished scene 
file is on the coverdisk. To load it go to 
Project/Animation/Load and select 
Tutor from the file requester. Real 3D 
will then load the completed animation 
fife. 

The final stage of the process is to 
render the frames. That is, to get Real 
3D to ray trace the scene and get a 
wonderfully realistic picture. This pro- 
cess is initiated using the solid screen. 
To get to the solid screen, either click 
on the solid button in the wireframe 
screen oc go to the Modes/ Solid menu 


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option in the editor screen. In this 
demo version of the program you will 
find that all the save options are dis- 
abled, so unfortunately you won't be 
able to save your pictures or the scene. 
Don't forget that you can still see the 
completely rendered animation, as it is 
on the coverdisk. 

As an example let's render the first 
frame of the animation. When you 
enter you will see Real 3D's complete 
rendering controls. Select the options 
that we used to render the animation, 
and under Mode, select Normal. The 
Normal mode is Real 3>D's complete ray 
tracing option. 

Although it takes longest to render, 
the results are usually the best as Real 
3D uses all the lighting and texture 
information in the scene to produce 
shadows and reflections. In some cases 
Normal isn't the best mode to use, but 
you will find that yourself if you experi- 
ment. 

Single option 

Under Options select Single and 
Autolight. The Single option allows you 
to render a single frame in the anima- 
tion sequence, and the Autolight 
option is equivalent to setting auto- 
exposure on a camera. The Autolight 
option stops you getting bum out, as 
Real 3D automatically adjusts the inten- 
sity <jl the lights. 

On the right-hand side of the screen 
make sure that the Frame is set to 0. 
because we want to render the first 
frame in the sequence. 

Also make sure that Baselight is set 
to Red 0, Green 0 and Blue 0. Click on 
Background and then set Red 0, Green 
6 and Blue 13. This gives us a nice blue 
background. Finally, check that the 
width is set to 320 and the height to 
256. 

With all this set up you can now dick 
on Render to set Real 3D on its way, 
This frame should only take about half 
an hour to render! 

There we have it - that's how easy 
Real 3D is to use. We have not covered 
everything, but the key to success with 
this program is to experiment. Let your 
imagination run free... 




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^ Warp your grey matter with Damian 

— Shelley's superb strategy game 
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I f chess, Star Wars, and Othello in 
the same game sounds like an 
explosive mixture, you J re dead 
right, Our game- of-th e-month com- 
bines them all in a strategy game guar- 
anteed to keep you tied to your mouse 
and gritting your teeth for a very long 
time. 

PowerWars is playe-d on a surface 
similar to the standard chess board in 
that it is divided into squares and 
moves are made aver it in horizontal 
and vertical jumps. The pieces them- 
selves are spaceships ranging from 
fighters to the Powersource, which acts 
as the King. The similarity^ however, 
ends there, There's a lot more to this 
game than meets the eye! 

Each square has a coloured border 
which affects its usefulness to either 
side. IT you are player one, the white 
and yellow squares add bonuses to 
your ships' attack and defence ratings, 
while the red and black squares aid 
player two, The orange squares are 
neutral. 

It follows that one of the most 
important aspects of gameplay is to 


manoeuvre into a tactically superior 
position, as even a weak ship will be 
able to withstand attacks from strong 
enemy ships if on a +2 square. 

The board doesn't have to stay as 
originally generated. Each player has 
Repair Ships which, when moved onto 
a square, change its colour one step in 
favour of the player concerned. For 
example, if player one's repair ship 
moved onto a neutral orange square it 
would change to yellow, thus offering 
his ships a +1 bonus. 

Cat and mouse 

With the clever use of Repair Ships and 
some astute tactical play, PowerWars 
can rapidly develop into a game of cat 
and mouse as one player attempts to 
lure another into- a position from which 
to attack - with the odds stacked in 
their favour When this happens, you 
know you're hookedl 

The ships came in six flavours, each 
with its own unique strengths and 
weaknesses. When you pass the cursor 
over a ship, Its type and ratings flash 


into a space above the board in the top 
right-hand corner of the screen, giving 
the player the chance to check their 
chances before engaging in combat. 

The three ratings, in order, are force, 
shield, and movement, each of which is 
pretty self-explanatory. In combat, 
which is initiated by moving one of 
your ships into an enemy -occupied 


square, the aggressor's attack rating is 
measured against the defender's shield, 
then any bonuses gained from the 
colour of the square are taken into 
account. 

A comparison of the two is made, 
and if one is better than the other, the 
ship with the lower ratings is destroyed. 
If the result is a draw, either both ships 
are destroyed, or both are left where 
they started. 

Sacrifice to win 

You might think that a player one 
Powersource on a white square would 
be invincible, as it has the best possible 
bonuses, but them is a cunning trick 
which will dislodge an entrenched 
enemy. 

If you attack another ship and lose, 
the defending ship moves onto the 
square from which the attack was 
mounted. This means that If player two 
has a Fighter in a black square, he or 
she can attack an enemy Powersource, 
deliberately sacrifice the fightEr, and 
draw the enemy piece onto the black 
square - at which point it becomes vul- 
nerable to an attack from, say, an Elite 
Fighter. 

Promotion 

In a similar manner to the promotion of 
pawns in chess, a player can promote 
his or her ships by reaching the other 
side of the board. Fighters will thus 


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In an attempt to make the coverdisk 
as friendly as possible, we have, over 
the past sis months or so, been mak- 
ing a few changes. You may have 
noticed, far instance, that all pro- 
grams now come with full documen- 
tation on disk so that you needn't 
have the magazine handy before you 
can use them. 

In an attempt to makE the disk 
slightly more visually appealing we 
have redesigned the icons Lo make 
them bigger, brighter, and more 
instantly recognisable, and have stuck 
to the Workbench interface because 
we consider it the one most familiar 
to the average user. 

As an experiment we toyed with 
the idea of commissioning a custom 
menu-driven front end tor the 
coverdisk, or of using one ol the 
many PD menu systems available, but 
we constantly returned to the 
Workbench environment because it is 
the simplest and most universally 


recognised user interface on the 
Amiga. 

When we put the Workstation disk 
together however, we decided to use 
the aged but reliable MyMenu pro- 
gram to provide extra pull-down 
menus, giving direct access to the 
disk's many programs without the 
need la open a targe number of win- 
dows. The success of the system has 
now led to its adoptnon on the 


coverdisk. We hope our coverdisk 
users will be happy with the new sys- 
tem and appreciate out decision to 
setlFe for something which extends 
the already Familiar Workbench 
menus rather than impose a tacky, 
flashy custom menu system with 
which few of our readers are familiar 
and which may not be as easy to use. 

Please write with your views on the 
matter. It is, after all, your disk 


How MyMenu works 


To use the additional menus simply click in the main screen area to make sure 
it is activated Chen hold dawn the right mouse button as you would when 
accessing any normal Workbench menu. The extra menus - namely Games, 
Utilities, and Docs - should now be visible and you should be able to select 
the program of your choice by highlighting it and releasing the mouse but- 
ton. 

If at any time the menus do not appear, dick in the CU window left open 
at the base of the screen and type: 


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Author: Dean Cracknel! 

Kim is or>o of those tile boai^-games that look deceptively simple when you first 
load them in and rapidly become bafflingly difficult to win, 

!t r s played on a board IS by 15 squares in size, upon which the computer 
places a number of tiles. The simple object of the game is to remove all the tiles 
in a set number of moves - and this, needless to say, Is not as easy as it looks, 
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Now you see it.. 

To remove a set of tiles, click on the tile in the middle of a set of nine. Any that 
are present in the set are removed, and blank squares are filled with tiles. 

To complete a game in anything like the correct number of moves, it is neces- 
sary to think a few moves ahead, sometimes adding tiles in order to later remove 
them and their neighbours. 

Came options indude a cheat function which will either suggest a move or fin- 
ish the entire game for you, and there are si* difficulty levels to choose from. 
Most players should find a level at which they can progress if they fiddle around 
enough. 


to the right of the board, and clicking 
on the square he r d like to assume that 
value. Ships are chosen by scrolling 
through the list at the top right-hand 
corner of the screen and then on the 
square you want them to start in. 

Please note how easy it is to set up a 
confrontation between two hopelessly 
mismatched forces. The Setup option is 


not provided for the sake of the 
cheaters among us, but for the player 
to choose the specific mi* of forces he 
or she feels will best accomplish the 
tactical aims Of the game. 

To this end, refer to the points values 
of the ships and agree on a total points 
limit for each player's fleet. Once both 
players have chosen their ships, the 


become Elite Fighters., and Guards will 
become Repair Ships. 

The latter is especially useful if your 
lightly defended Repair Ships have been 
wiped out. It's very difficult to win a 
game of Tower Wars if you have no 
Repair Ships, so a clever player will 
guard the originals and seek to pro- 
mote new ones as soon as possible. 


Power Wars can be played using the 
default setup which appears whenever 
the game is loaded, but you can config- 
ure the game to your heart's content 
using the Setup option. Click on the 
Setup icon to the right of the playing 
surface, or press the key to start. 

Setup basically consists of the player 
selecting a colour from those available 


How to use The Disk 


First of all you must make a back-up- copy 
of the eovurdisfc. Tq do this, boot up with 
youf copy ^ Workbench, then double click 
on the Workbench disk icon, followed by 
the Shelf or CL3 icon. Now type. 


programs from your copy of the covefdM 
to a separate disk. In this case ensure that 
you fully understand which related tiles, 
need to go with iL 

for example, all of the document files 
on the disk require that the teal editor 
PPmore is in the current disk's C: directory, 
Therefore, if you copy the docs to a new 
disk you will aiso have to copy PPmore to 
the new C: directory before you can read 
them, 

Some of the smaller docs win no I have 
been crunched, s q for these you need only 
change the tool types on the icon's info 
screen to reflect whichever test editor you 
do have on (he new disk. 

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

This can save a great deal of messing 
about and can help you avoid all those 
infuriating error messages! 




DlSKiCOPV FROM DFO: TO DFD: 


or, if you have an extra disk drive, pul a 
blank, formatted disk in DF1 ■ and type: 


DI5KCOPYFROM DFO: TO DF1 


Follow the onscreen prompts until the 
copying procedure has ended, then put 
yw original disk away in a safe place. Now 
switch off the machine and wait lor 30 sec- 
onds before re-booting with the copy. Wart 
until (he CoverDlskt 7 icon appear:, 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 


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when selecting the colour of the 
squares on the board. No colour should 
take up more than about a quarter of 
the total board area or things will 


become imbalanced. Hyperspace 
squares should also be used sparingly as 
you don't want your ships leaping ran- 
domly around the board at every move! 

Following is a list of the different 


attack and defence bonuses gained by 
moving on the various coloured 
squares. 

White +2 Flayer! 

Yellow +1 Player 1 

Orange NEUTRAL 

Red +1 Player2 

Black +2 Player Z 

The ships 

Below left is a table listing the different 
types of ships available in the game and 
their ratings for attack defence and 
movement. There is also a points value 
attached to each ship which may be 
used when calculating the outcome of 
a fight or when you want to use the 
Setup option to customise the way the 
game starts. 

Using the points values, two player* 
can start with A set number of points 
available to their forces, then choose 
the mix of ships he or she feels most 
comfortable with. If you play 
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DateDiary 

Author Edmund Dumbill 


DateDiary ii one of the utilities they should have included in 
Workbench but didn't. It is designed to keep track Df your 
appointments and warn you when one comes up. The utility 
is split into two parts. 

DiaryCheck 

DiaryCheck is the routine which checks for your appoint* 
ments. When it is run, it checks your system dock for today's 
date - if you don't have a battery backed -up clockyoull have 
to set the clock before running the program. The program 
then compares this with a set of appointments held an disk 
in a special file. 

Called appointments.dd, the file must be located in a 
device called QQ\, so it is essential that you use an ASSIGN 


urgent, you will be greeted with a guru-like red and black 
alert, guaranteed to make you sit up and lake notice, 

DateDiary 

The main program is where the user adds appointments, 
edits existing dates, or kills those no longer needed. 
Inputting an appointment is very easy and should pose no 
problem tor the average user. 

Simply enter the type of appointment, for example, an 
editorial meeting, its location (the pub), then set the lime 
(lunch) using the slide controllers for day, month, and year, 
and hit OK to save the appointment to disk. You can make 
an appointment for any dale up to New Year's Eve 2020, so 
there's no excuse for not planning ahead! 



statement to set this up as the directory in which the 
appointments file is held, There's no need to do this with the 
cDverdisk, which has a line in its startup sequence to do just 
that, but if you intend to transfer DateDiary and DiaryCheck 
to your system disk you will have to bear it in mind. 

DiaryCheck, if run from your startup sequence, will alert 
you to any appointments when you boot up at the start of 
the day, and will do so in different ways depending on the 
urgency of the appointment. If an appointment is very 


Explaining priorities 

Below you will find a guide to the sort of alerts you c an 
expect if an appointment is- pending. It is clear from the 
table, for instance, that a priority nine appointment - the 
most urgent - will generate an alert as swn as the current 
date enter* the same month as the appointment, and it will 
continue to alert the user as long as its priority is set this 
high. K you get sick of seeing the alert every time you boot 
up, you can always downgrade the priority number to 4 or 
below. 

Remember that DateDiary can only track up to 16 
appointments in memory at any one time, so it you're a busy 
person you'll have to go easy on the long-term appoint- 


ments. 

Warning period Request priority AJert priority 

On -day of appointment 0 3 

On week of appointment 1 ^ 

During fortnight of appointment 2 7 

Within 3 weeks of appointment 3 
During month of appointment 4 9 


If the volume of letters we receive Iron 
reader having a fight to the death with 
their printer is anything to go by 
Jurgen's program will Find a warrnK 
appreciative audience. The only prob- 
lem is that the same audience migM 
quickly become as baffled by the pro- 
gram as they were by the origins 
printer problem. 

Printer Driver Generator (FrtOrvCen ) 
is designed to allow the average user to 
create his or her own printer driver 
from scratch or to modify one of the 
existing drivers. As covetdisk utilities go, 
therefore, the program is not one of the 
simplest you'll ever come across. As it is 
designed to do a job you'd otherwise 
have to resort to machine code to com’ 
plete, this shouldn't be too much of a 
problem. 

Fine control 

PrtDrvGen treats every printer driver as 
an Ascii file containing a series of data 
elements which make up the printer 
driver's profile. 

To create your own printer driver. 


Printing? 
No problem! 

We guarantee that from this 
month onwards, every doc file 
on the coverdisk will output to 
the printer directly from the 
coverdiik as long as you boot 
from the disk itself. 

Using MuchMore.PP as dis- 
tributed on the July disk, you 
can now press the following key 
combination to activate the 
printer: 

|H ] FT «■ ALT + fl 

Please note that the preferences 
set cm the coverdi.sk will be for a 
printer in the parallel port using 
the generic printer driver. 

If you have a printer in the 
serial port nr would like to use a 
custom driver you will either 
have to copy your own system 
configuration file into the disk's 
DEVS: directory, or alter the 
preferences directly using the 
profs program on your 
Workbench disk. There Isn't 
enough space on the disk to 
Include the preferences pro- 
gram, but as ill? a standard fea- 
ture on every copy of 
Workbench and Supplied with 
every Amiga sold, it should pre- 
sent no problem. 








PrtDrvGen 

Author fargen Thomsen 


dkk in the test window and type in the 
name of the driver you'd like to modify,, 
then dick on the button to start the 
decoding procedure. For our purposes, 
type in the name "“generic" 1 as this 
driver k present in the coverdisk's 
DEVSiprinters/dirretory, 

Once decoding is complete, the dis- 
play will change to a strip containing 


the number of the data fidd currently 
being accessed along with a description 
of what this field does for the driver 
concerned, 

As an example, well assume that 
instead af the standard paper size, 
you’d like to print on a page 1 1 ,5in 
long and 9 , Sin wide, To modify the 
driver you will have to click on the 



Protect 

Author: Nicholas Dyson 



This program is only of interest to hard drive owners because it is [uit a shortcut 
For those wanting to make use of Workbench 1 .3*5 Lock command for FFS parti- 
tions. Rather than open up a CLI, type in the Lock command complete with 
parameters, and ail the rest of the gubbins, Protect allows you to click on a parti- 
tion's name to Lock it and protect its files from accidental deletion. 

As long as it H s nun from Workbench by clicking on its icon. Protect can cater 
for strange and unusual partition names through the use of its tool types. Using 
the Workbench info facility, pull up an info screen on the icon, and if your DH1: 
is called FRED:, simply add the tool type 1=FRED. 

Once a drive or partitkin is protected, the program's gadget strip will change 
so that it reads "Uprated Fred:" and you can then reverse the protection at a 
click. Hardly a revolutionary concept in hard drive tools but one which will 
hopefully encourage hard drive users to make use of a Workbench command 
that could eventually save them a great deal of anguish and woe. 


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NEXT button until field 2$ Is showing,, 
so click in the box holding the number, 
type in and press Return. 

Field 2fl h the one holding the width 
for your custom paper setting, and as 
you want to set it for t.5in, and the 
value is expressed in hundredths of an 
inch, it should be set to 

Click on NEXT once more to bring 
up the custom paper length setting, 
and type in 1 1 SO to set 11. Sin print 


alter with this program is almost end- 
less. 

By using PrtDrvGen you should; have 
almost total control over the sort of 
printer driver you use, and as long as 
your wordprocessor is set up correctly 
and yaur printer manual contains 
enough details about the printer's char- 
acter sets, printing characteristics and 
so on, you should have few, if any, 
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If you have 
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R egular readers of the ultimate 
Amiga magazine may already 
be familiar with the work of 
E W Swann of Stamford, as his previous 
release, namely the Amiga Tutorial 
Video, has already had a mention in the 
February issue. 

This iniliat offering provided a guide 
to Workbench and to those general 
mysteries of the machine whkh every 
beginner encounters and must master 
before exploring the machine. 

No doubt thanks to the success of 
this previous ralease, good old E W has 
followed it up with 2.45 minutes' worth 
of Deluxe Paint III. 

This latest release follows roughly the 
same format as the first. The various 
elements are divided into numerous 
sub sections, each of which is detailed 
on the back of the cassette box with a 
brief description and a reference num- 
ber for tape position. 

The video opens with a fairly impres- 
sive Dpaint animation which displays 
many of the program's greatest talents. 
After the intro the seemingly compul- 
sory disembodied voice explains that 
this particular sequence will be well 
within your grasp by the end of the 
video. To prove it, the final lesson 
explains how to create your own cus- 
tomised version complete with a spin- 
ning globe and stylish text which rises 
effortlessly above its own shimmering 
watery reflection. 

What's on offer 

At first I was a little sceptical about the 
video's chances of taking a complete 
beginner to such artistic heights in a 
single lesson but I must admit to being 
wrong. All the necessary tuition is there, 
if perhaps rather briefly on occasion. 
Nevertheless, with an odd rewind even 
the most complex areas of the program 
come across quite wdL 

Section one and two, as you might 
expect, deal largely with the available 
tools and their controls. This Includes a 
detailed tour of some of the more curi- 
ous requesters whkh appear thanks to 
the right mouse button. 

As well as the essentials there's a 
brief guide on how to get the best from 
some of the more specialised tools such 
as symmetry, g ridding and spacing. 

Sections three and four deal with 
text and font selection for both the nor- 
mal and coloured varieties. In addition, 
there's an excellent section which 
explains the intricacies of stencils and 
the superimposing of patterns. 

Five and six are where the serious 


lessons really start - with a detailed 
description of perspective. This is per- 
haps the favourite stumbling block for 
many Dpaint fans, but thanks to the 
tutorial and the first of three practical 
demonstrations all becomes dear, again 
with the odd rewind. 

Section six is devoted solely to ani- 
mation and describes all the necessary 
skills from the simplest colour cycling 
nghfe through to the complexities of the 
move requester. This section is perhaps 
the most useful and impressive part of 
the video and does an excellent job of 
explaining in simple terms what can be 
by far the most confusing part of the 
program. 

Again, practical; examples are 
employed to illustrate the tricky bits 
and after a few minutes you'll be hap- 
pily painting away with anim brushes 
while skipping automatically through 
the pages. As mentioned earlier the 


final lesson describes how to create the 
intro animation but there's also the 
added bonus of a guide to animated 
bgo design. 

OK, everyone's got a manual, or at 
least should have, so why bother with a 
video? The simple answer is, that 10 
minutes of hands-on experience, even if 
the hands don't happen to be yours, 
can usually relay a lot more than the 
sometimes arduous task of ploughing 
through a manual. Anyway, considering 
that most of us are couch potatoes in 
the making, the prospect of being 
spoon fed rather than having to do the 
hard work ourselves is quite appealing. 

Piracy problems 

An obvious point is raised by the previ- 
ous paragraph and that's the question 
of piracy. Dpaint 111 is only one of many 
highly technical programs devised for 
the Amiga and as a result videos such 
as this could soon spring up for count- 
less high price, high power applica- 
tions. 

If that's to be the case, are the 
authors of such material effectively con- 
doning piracy? Up to 90 per cent of 
power applications rely on their com- 
plexity and associated manuals for their 
only real copy protection. Will the video 


boom mean a drastic decrease in rev- 
enue for the developers and a subse- 
quent decline for the Amiga as a serious 
machine? We shall see.,, 

The package is a commercial offering 
aimed squarely at the artistic side of 
Amiga market and yet the quality of the 
video Itself leaves a Sot to be desired. 
Although the content is very difficult to 
fault, the flickering picture combined 
with the slightly amateur voicp-over, 
complete with rustling paper and 
assorted squeaks and bumps, does take 
the edge off the presentation. 

And finally 

Apart from the dubious quality it's hard 
to find any real fault, and as far as con- 
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are a few points which are a little tost in 
the rush but nevertheless, all the essen- 
tials are there and even an old dog like 
me learned a few new tricks. 

Deluxe Paint III Tutor 
is available from 
Audition Computer Services 
9a St Peters Street 
Stamford, Lines PE92PQ 
Td 0780 55888 (Shop hours) 

Tel 0700 720531 (After hours) 
Price £18,99 


4 / was a little sceptical about the 
chances of taking a complete beginner 
to such artistic heights but I must 
admit to being wrong ^ 


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£59939 


Trunipcard Kit 
Meta 4 -2MB 
Mrta 4 -4MB 


£193,99 

£149.99 

£349,99 


Amiga Floppy Drives 

Internal floppy drive requires no case modification 
external 84 track slimline drive with cable & switch 



ICD AdRAM 
A500 


ICD AdRAM for the A .100 offers memory expansion 
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.Ad RAM 54!) w.th 1 MB 1244 . 99 

AdRAM 540 with AM B £48 4.94 

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LOTUS TURBO CHALLENGE II - Gremlin 

Following the phenomenal success of their Lotus Turbo Esprit Challenge game, the 
lads at Gremlin have announced the development of a follow-up In the shape of 
Lotus Turbo Challenge II , 

As you can probably guess from the name change, you're no longer restricted to 
the mighty Esprit Turbo. You can now also drive Lotus' award-winning concept car 
the Elan. This rather squat little beast may look strange, but it can sure pack a punch, 
its Japanese-designed turbo engine allows It to zip along at a breathtaking rate. 

If you have an Amiga-owning friend who also has the game, your two Amigas can 
be connected together via a null modem cable to allow head-to-head racing without 
having to squeeze yourselves around a single machine. 

Expect to see it later this year. 


When the Geeks took over the 
Big-Q they didn't just capture the 
greatest space station built by 
man, they happened upon the 
secret of time travel, 

Within a matter of months a 
devious plan was devised to 
wreak havoc on mankind. 

The evil Geeks sought to infil- 
trate five time zones through the 
history of the world - choosing 
those in which disruption was 
most likely to bring mankind to its 
knees. 

You are the last hope of the 
human race r a genetically engi- 
neered super-human armed to 
the teeth with an awesome array 
of weaponry. 

You must travel through each 
time zone, kicking the Geeks 
butts whenever they appear. 

Your mission was scheduled to 
start in late July, look out for 
Electronic Arts’ latest and greatest 
slash-'em-up. 


CHAMPIONSHIP 
ATHLETICS 
- Hawk 

Anyone remember the track and field- 
tike games that were 50 popular on the 
S-bits 1 You remember the ones - joy- 
stick manufacturers loved them because 
they reduced the life expectancy of the 
average joystick to a matter of days 
because of the amount of frantic wag- 
gling that was requited to play them. 

Well, Hawk think that Amiga owner* 
too will want to get in on the act with 
their latest release. Championship 
Athletics, 

With 16 events to choose from, 
ranging from sprinting, hurdles and 
relay, to BOO, 150Q and the gruelling 
5000 metres distance running. 
Championship Athletics looks set to 
cause the death of many joysticks. Look 
out for \L 

ELVIRA 



Accolade 


Elvira is in trouble again. Outing a visit to 
Black Widow Studios, Elvira is captured 
by the evil 60-foot tall, three- headed 
demon Cerberus and locked away in one 
of the Studio's three sefcs.You must jour- 
ney through the each of the sets - an old 
Victorian house, a maze of catacombs 
housing an enormous spider's web, and 
a very large, fog enshrouded graveyard - 


LEMMINGS, THE ARCADE GAME 
- Psygnosis/Data-East 

Soon you'll be able to play Pay gnosis' massive hit Lemmings in your down- 
town video arcade thanks to a deal signed between the Liverpool-based com- 
pany and leading arcade producer Data- East. 

Data-East are hard at work on the coin -op as we speak and they hope to 
have it eating large numbers of 1 0-pence coins early next year. Proving just 
how good the original was. Data -East claim the game will be almost identical 
to the home computer versions, the only difference being that control wilf be 
via a Marble Madness-like trackerbatl. 

Staying with Lemmings, Dave Jones and the crew at DMA Design are still 
slaving away at both Lemmings 2 and the promised Lemmings level editor, 
No release dates as yel but Dave has his sights set on a Christmas launch. 



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FINAL FIGHT - US Cold 

Fans of the arcade snryth Final Fight will be pleased lo learn that the Amiga con* 
version is looking very nice thank you. All the fast-paced action ot the arcade 
original has been maintained, making Final Fight the game to watch over the 
next couple of weeks. Look out for a review very soon. 



FALCON CD-TV - MlrrorSoft 

MirrorSoffs Falcon is indisputably the most famous Flight simulation program 
ever created few a home computer. The good news is that it's now available 
for Commodore's latest baby, the CDTV, so you can fly into combat from the 
comfort of your own IMng room. 

MlrrorSoft claim that the technical capabilities of the CDTV mean that it 
has been possible to enhance the CD-based Falcon beyond recognition. CDTV 
Falcon is now possibly the most realistic flight sim available this side oF a 
British Airways Novoview $P-K 5QQHT simulator - but that little baby will cost 
you a cool £60 million! 


45 


September 1991 Amiga Computing 






O K r hands up all those who 
have played Sim City and 
thought, yeah very nice 
but I want something a bit more hi- 
tech. Well now, courtesy of 
Mlndscape, you have something 
totally new, and different enough to 
warrant you buying it even If you 
own Sim City. 

Moonbase, predictably. Is set in 
the harsh environment of the moon. 
Nasa have decided that the Earth is 
too crowded to Support itself any 
more. The human race needs to 
branch out If it is to survive and the 
moon is the ideal place to do it. 

It's not very far away - in space 
terms It's on our doorstep - and with 
a little wort it could be a nice place 
to live, even a good place to go on 




MOON BA 


Distributor: Mindscape Price: £35.99 


holiday. Bur before ail this, some seri- 
ous wort needs to be done to make 
it hospitable. 

First up you will need to do the 
property development bit and pur up 
some buildings. Bear in mind that 
humans need minor things like air, 
food,, water, heat and power to sur- 
vive up there. All these must be pro- 
vided as they haven't yet made an 
extension power cable long enough 
lt> reach from Earth to the moon. 

All this Isn't cheap and it's your job 
as station commander to balance the 
budget, and even try to turn a tidy 
profit before Nasa decide to cut your 
subsidy. You have 10 ywtn in which 
to turn the moon from a hunk of rock 
into a self-sufficient business. 

Once you have started to suss 


water instead of buying it from 
Earth 

In order to make all your buildings 
and projects work you need, of 
course, enough people to crew them. 
These crew members need room to 
sleep so you have to build, power 
and keep warm enough crew mod- 
ules for them to live in. After alii, on 
the moon who wants to share living 
space with one of those nuclear reac- 
tor workers who glow In the dark 
and keep you awake? 

Just in case all this wasn't enough 
to give you endless sleepless nights 
there are ^wal different kind! of 


Moonbase. crew, power and thermal 
control. Most of the structures in the 
base will need these, and if it is not 
working properly then this is where it 
is going wrong. 

If the Nasa subsidy proves to be a 
little too tight - very likely - you will 
have to use your bonce to play the 
export game. You can build factories 
to produce LLQX or HEi, providing 
the market is ready to provide the 
right price of course. You can also 
send out expeditions to search loca- 
tions on the Moon s surface for min 
erals or water. If you find any then 
you can save money by using this 


disaster that 

can happen. 

These can cause 
crew fatalities and slow^^^( 
work down to a near Standstill^ 
neither ol which are very desirable 



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things out up there you tan begin to 
encourage people to go on holiday 
there. If your factories make any 
excess of goods you can always sell 
them back to Earth to make some 
money to he4p balance the books. 

There are three basic things to 
keep in mind when playing 


occurrences. 

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There It a very haunting 
title 1 tunc to Introduce 
the game. There Is no In- 
game music but there are 
loads of sound effects 
throughout the game. 
There It even some excel- 
lent speech In there. All 
this addi to the amazing 
atmosphere created by m 
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Gameplay 


What can I say? More 
playable than Sim City. 
This Is one of the most 
addictive games I have 
ever played. There Is just 
so much to It, Depth of 
gumeplay Is second to 
none. One of the best 
releases of the year along 
with iye of the Beholder. 
A classic. 


Graphics 


Obviously on a game like 
this you wouldn't expect 
the graphics to be of 
arcade standard). But 
that's not to say the 
graphics on Moonbase 
are naff. In fact, all the 
buildings on the surface 
are very detailed and the 
little animations work 


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disaster. The 
crew will get an 
eight -minute warning to 
mw sever Mow. if you'd had 
the sense to build a telescope then 
any losses due to solar flares would 
be minimised. 

The lunar landers that keep the 
moon supplied have also been known 
to crash if there aren’t enough land 
ing pads for them. And everyone 
knows that relying on nuclear fusion 
plants for your energy is dangerous. 
II you have to use them, make sure 
you put them in the craters around 
the Moon * surface for extra safety. 

The control method in Moonbase 
is very easy, just use the mouse to 
point, dick and use the menus and 
vrleclors, Anyone who has played 
Sim City will get into this method 
straight away as it Is practical fy Iden- 
tical to the one used in that classic 
game. 

For me, Moonbase kicks Sim City 
and all its extra disks into touch once 
sod for all. It has been a long time 
coming (just like Life and Death) but 
iv definitely worth the wait, 

A lot of thought has obviously 
gone into Moonbase to make it so 


Why dim i ytm i^rrut/nui a tittle* Alter alt yau have an entire planet's surface on which ro capilatise 


The manual is a very entertaining 
read {I read it in bed). 

The first section is a little story 
that gives you loads of dues about 
how to play the game successfully 
and will even provide some essential 
advice. The rest of it is a comprehen- 
sive guide to all aspects of the con- 
trols and what everything does. 
However after this you are on your 
own to try and make it work out on 
the Moon's surface. 

I cannot urge you strongly enough 
to buy this game. It s ace. 

Trevor Ahlott 


damn playable. Hard drive owners 
wilt be glad to hear that it Is fully 
installable so this will lessen the wait 
for the game to load - not that it 
takes very long anyway. 

There are so many different ele 
menls to running a successful moon 
colony that there isn't enough space 
to go into them all. Let’s just say that 
Sim City experts will do alright up to 
a point but there is a lot more to it 
than that. 

The manual was a pleasant 
change. There is no way that you car 
just make a quick start to the game. 


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U S Marines, are a lough 
bunch. In the service of 
America's interests for nearly 
200 years they have been lucking butt 
all over the globe, from Asia to the 
Caribbean to the Gulf. All Ibis scrap- 
ping has earned the "Leathernecks* a 
reputation for grim efficiency and a 
fighting spirit second to none, it has 
also inspired a rather good strategy 
game from SSC. 

Taking its tide from an important 
battle in the AmericamMexican War, 
The Halls Of Montezuma recreates 
seven episodes from the Corpus past. 
Starting with that conflict, it encom- 
passes campaigns in WWf r WWIL Korea 
and Vietnam, 

You have the option of playing 
either the Marine commander, or, if 
you don't feel like fighting for mom, 
dad and apple pie, their adversary, A 
small booklet included with the game 
gives a potted history of each, and 
there is a useful colour poster with sim- 
ple maps of the battlefield. 

In chronological order then, the first 
scenario is the assault on Mexico City. 
You Lake on the role of either the fancK 
fully named Major General Winfield 
Scott - the Marine's leader, or the even 
more fanciful Santa Anna - the Mexican 
head honcho. 

Santa may have been his real name, 
but he certainly wasn't the sort to dress 
up in a silly white beard and give out 
presents to kids in department stores. 
No, this guy planned to give the 
Americans a good hiding when they 
came knocking at the city gates. 

Entering rather late into the First 
World War, the Marines Still played 
their part in it. Never was this more the 
case than at Bel lea u Woods, another 
scenario, where they lost a large per- 
centage of their strength due to some 
cunningly placed spandaus. 

Even with these heavy losses they 
pressed forward, taking the woods, sav- 


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The graphics are, like 
most other wargames, 
functional rather than 
pretty and of a good 
standard. Colour Is well 
used and depicts the 
scenery and features 
dearly. 


Gameplay 

Absorbing and fairly easy 
to get Ini*, the game 
would suit those new to 
warranting. The scenarios 
are Interesting enough to 
hold attention, and are 
made better by the 
option of tweaking the 
variables like troop num- 
bers and morale. 

On the whole, one of 
the better wargames Oil 
The market today. 





I don’t want no teenage dream, I just want my M 14.,. 

HALLS OF 


you don't like the smell of napalm in 
the morning, you can always lake 
charge of those pinko subversives and 
give the Yankees a taste of their own 
overseas diplomacy, heaven forbid! 

So that's the military history lesson 
out of the way, what about the game- 
play? Well, it's a fairly traditional 
hexagon-based wargame, controlled, by 
the mouse. Icons depicting various 
movement options etc, can be selected 
and orders sent. 

Unit status is called up by clicking on 
the unit, and this will give important 
information as to its combat-readmes*. 
Use of this system is pretty straightfor- 
ward and smooth and can be pkked up 
reasonably quickly by non-strategists. If 
you are not sure as to what you should 
be doing, the objective display will 
help. 

As well as the historically accurate 
scenarios, there is the opportunity to 
change some of the parameters a# the 
engagements. This allows you to play 
out "what if..?* scenarios, and adds to 
the game's appeal. Some ideas are 
given In the manual. For instance: what 
if the NVA at Hue had three Shredded 
Wheat for breakfast? 

There is also an "enhanced" setting 
to give either side a bit of an advantage 
over the other. This is particularly useful 
for novices like me! Great stuff. 

Ady Daw 


Distributor: SSC Price: £25 


Ing Paris from the squareheads and halt- 
ing the German's last desperate fling for 
victory. Gasp!! I guess this made up for 
them being a few years late! 

Perhaps the most memorable of all 
the Marine's actions were in the next 
World War - the storming gf I wo )ima 
and Okinawa. Here They faced their 
most vicious opponents yet, fanatical 
Japanese dug in so deeply they could 
only be dislodged with constant bom- 


bardment from Danni Minague records 
- sorry, high-explosive and flame- 
throwers [the Marines may have been 
tough, but they weren't barbaric!). Can 
you take Turkey Knob - a Japanese 
stronghold - before Bernard Matthews 
turns It into a stud farm? 

The last three scenarios deal with 
Pusan and Inchon in Korea and Hue in 
Vietnam, commie -bashing exercises 
beloved of the Americans. Of course, if 

Info Xanra npw at the 
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Sound too, doesn't really 
play a large part In the 
proceeding*, being a col 
lection of short bang f n r 
crash samples. The patri- 
otic flag -waving music on 
the loading screen 
though, would bring a 
lump to the throat of any 
Cod -fearing American. 


Mrxfcu now on d the Yanks go Taco 
crazy . AEtocfti^g Eft* Toco moybe? Of 
muylM }u st the Mexico Oty bottle 


thorite pomtt (hr 
town red os the 
Marine Carp late a 
-battering, bitf in 
the 0*si AradJftoii 
of American 
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font flrify JVitW in a violent world, good oM Jack spJtJs the beans on the ma l awesome mission 



Take off oo my first mission! 



A dose toil vr'.i ( 1 1 a Soviet M124,-, 


I It's been a tong time coming by! the mouse up and down. The second 

finally a really sensational heFi- part of the equation is the cyclic which 

copter simulation has arrived - acts just like the joystick on a normal 

well almost* it should be released about sim. This particular bit of mouse 

now. Fn the past, many a programmer manoeuvring doesn't require any but- 

has tried to master what is perhaps the tons, just a steady hand and some gen- 

trickiest form of flight, usually with tie adjustment, 

mixed results. The final part is the anti-torque rotor 

In the case of Thunderhawk, Core controls which on a real chopper are at 
Design have produced what many a your feet but in the sim are adjusted by 

flight sim fanatic has been waiting for holding down the RM&, while the 

a playable, and more importantly a mouse is pushed either left or nght to 

be ! i e va bl e, chopper simulation. spin the machine on its axis. 

Probably the best comparison to So, when all of the above are com- 
Thunderhawk is the Electronic Arts das- pined a take off would mean holding 

sic Intercepter which never claimed to down the right button and pushing it 

be the ultimate in realism but is one of forward to get some vertical lift. Next, a 

the most enthralling action sims on the second click and a drag to the right 
market. would spin the machine a full 360 

The comparison between Thunder- degrees so you could spot any possible 

hawk and Intercepter is mainly inspired bandits. Lastly, a gentle push forward 


AH-73M 


by their similar approach to gameplay. dips the nose and youTe on your way 
As a result Thunderhawk isn't for the to the next objective, 
aeronautical purists, but if you want Once on the move you can level off. 
action, excitement and a real feeling of double click to flick through the 

being in the cockpit, it's breathtaking, weapons and select your targets, all 

The key to the program's success is without a single keypress, If you hap- 

its excellent mouse driven controls. In pen to be a keyboard person the option 

the past, control of the chopper has to fly without your furless friend will be 

been the element which let down some incorporated into the finished version, 
otherwise excellent programs. In OK, I know it sounds complicated 
Thunderhawk the three essential ele- but it really rsn J t that bad, and when 

ments which make up the control of the subtle controls are combined with 

any whirly bird are condensed, along perhaps the smoothest graphics on any 

with other commands, to a series of sim, the effect is excellent, 
simple tlickand-drag combinations, 5o what's it all about? Well, to say 

For example, the first element of the Gulf War influence is strong would 

chopper control is the collective, which be a bit of an understatement. The 

basically refers to the angle of attack Apache's part in that conflict has not 

adopted by the rotors; the steeper the gone unnoticed, although your ship is 

blade angle, the greater the lift. supposed to be the next generation 

Within the sim it's controlled by machine, 
clicking the right button and dragging The game revolves around six cam- 



Thf target moves Into view 






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paigns each of which Eafces place in sep- 
arate theatres of operation., such as the 
Middle East, Asia, Russia and so on, The 
campaigns consist of a series of mis- 
sions and your success in. each of these 
is important. Once a campaign is 
secured you receive your orders and ifi 
off to the next war- torn pari of the 
planet to deal out a bit more death and 
destruction. 

The various missions and campaigns 
combine to make up a total of about 
GO different scenarios. As you progress 
the tactical element grows, and to com- 
plete a campaign a little brain-power 
vvill need to be added to the awesome 
fire-power of your ship. 

Each mission has a predefined set of 
objectives which can be tackled in any 
order, but If you're to proceed all mis- 
sion objectives must be met. The usual 
la miliar flight sim elements are used 
^uch as head up display, electronic 
counter measures, multi-display radar, 
and just about every aeronautical 
acronym you can think of, most of 
which require the odd click on the key- 


board to activate or adjust- Unlike 
Intercepted Thunderhawk is awash with 
little extras which add fca the involve- 
ment and atmosphere, for example, 
you have your very own Stormin' 
Norman who, for reasons of security, is 
known as lack. 

At Lhe beginning of each mission 
good old jack gives you the low down 
on the next objective as well as a rea- 
sonable helping of some rather dated 
cold war rhetoric, such as: 'Those dirty 
pinko Russkis are at it again Sub. You've 
gotta get up there and kick their ass". 

After old Stormin', it's off to the 
briefing room where you get the com- 
plete picture of the next mission. This is 
my favourite silly bit, complete with a 
Star War* style attack briefing which is 
piped up on the main screen and occa- 
sionally punctuated with essential bits 
of info from the boss. 

Once all the necessary mission selec- 
tions are complete there's an armament 
scene where you can experiment with 


your own flair for ordnance, After a 
couple more scene setting animation 
sequences you finally take to the skies. 

As soon as you become one with 
your machine and its radically different 
controls it's time to find the enemy. 
Unlike most si ms Thunderhawk doesn't 
insist on the usual 10 minute flight 
before you see your first opponent. 

Things usually happen pretty fast. 
With flax and tracer flying up from the 
ground and enemy gunships closing in 
for the kill, you have to duck the radar, 
avoid the bullets and still destroy your 
objective - whether that be a convoy, 
an airbase, a radar installation or any 
one of the many possible targets in the 
campaign. 

Stephanie Ross 


Sound 

Considering the huge 
amount Of detail Ihtt'l 
gone Into the game I was 
more than ready to see ri- 
fle e a little sound for the 
sake of smoothness, but 
was pleasantly surprised. 
The sound It on a par 
with any other sim on 
the market, and In cer- 
tain areas It simply blows 
them away. 


Gameplay 

At the risk of sounding 
repetitive I have to say 
excellent again. If yen 
want action with a chal- 
lenge It can't he beaten, 
but having said that r the 
game-like Style probably 
won't win ton many 
friends among the real- 
ism or rubbish' lobby of 
Might sim enthusiasts. 


Graphics 

As you can tee from the 
screenshots, the graphics 
are very Impressive hut 
the quality of the various 
objects is totally over- 
shadowed by the amaz- 
ingly smooth movement. 
It quite simply puts some 
Other slms to shame. 


Some irir iit qxuutrd expSulti £H jadflF, lOfflta ond fluaup chopper} fry in min I’d lake Oiit 





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Gameplay 

Atomino li Initially very 
addictive. There are a 
couple of different type* 
of level to add a felt of 
variety, but a few more 
would have made It much 
better. Very easy to get 
Into and devilishly diffi- 
cult to put down. Worth 
looking *t x hut try before 
you buy. 


Sound 

The In-game music li 
quite dramatic and adds 
to the atmosphere. The 
effects are great as welt - 
for once, a puzzle game's 
sound adds to the fun of 
playing It. 


Graphics 

Puzilt games aren't 
renowned for brilliant 
graphics, and Atomino Is 
no exception to this rule. 
The title screen Is, nice 
with a picture of old 
Einstein doing tiH stuff. 
lnsld« r the molecules are 
small hut detailed, 
generally not too bad. 


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ATOMINO 


Distributor: Psygnosis Price : £25.99 


W hen Einstein split the atom 
I wonder whether he 
thought that in a few 
years people would get the chance to 
put them back together again? Atoms 
seem to he the subject of a new genie 
in the computer field. With Atomix 
from Thalicn appearing last year, 
maybe this is the genre of the future? 

Atomino is basically a puzzle game. 
All you have to do is \om a number of 
molecules together so that there are 
loose links between them. Sound sim- 
ple? Well, like all the best puzzle games, 
it's simple tn theory but infuriatingly 
addictive in execution, 

The game grid in Atomino is limited 
in size so the amount of space you can 
work in gets smaller the more 
molecules you use. AtF the molecules 
have a different number of links and 
they will only vanish when they have 
been bonded with no outstanding links. 
When they vanish you will have more 
space in which to operate. 

The game is timed so you don't have 
long to play around with the molecules 
trying to get them to fit, On some of 
the higher levels obstacles appear that 
look decorative but serve only to fur- 
ther reduce the amount of play area 
you have left. 

The molecules come in four forms. 


The stopper his only one link, so is use- 
ful for ending paths. The two-way is 
useful for creating and connecting cor- 
ners. The three-way can be useful for 
diverting straight lines but the four-way 
is the really awkward piece - it only 
ever seems to turn up when you don't 
need it. 

Atomino is one of those games that 
doesn't really look brilliant. As you can 


probably see from the screenshots, the 
magic of Atomino ts in its addictiveness. 
Gut you will be surprised at just how 
challenging it really is. 

The only real problem with it is that 1 
don't think it warrants the full price tag, 
especially not £25.99. If you're heavity 
into this sort of game then It's a good 
buy but otherwise give it a miss. 

Damian Canras 














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S imple puzzle games have a cer- 
tain beauty in that while they 
ate often easy to grasp, they 
can be so difficult to master. This is all 
very well of eou™, but their simplicity 
also makes it incredibly hard to say any 
more than a few words when reviewing 
- a cause for more reviewers' hair loss 
than cheap dye, 

Tangram is one such game, 
designed by those masters of fiendish 
puzzles, the inscrutable Chinese. 
Apparently it is a national pastime of 
our Oriental friends, who have been 
playing it for over 4,000 years now - 
quite a recommendation! 

The idea is to place seven grey geo- 
metric tiles on to a brown figure in the 
middle of the screen, covering it totally, 
Some of the figures depict animals, 
some buildings, people and other 
shapes that defy description - contor- 
tionists, maybe? 

Your playing pieces are displayed on 
the right of the playing area, being 
picked up and moved using the mouse. 
Pressing the nght mouse button turns 
the pieces a la Tetris, and a press of the 
left button places the piece on the 
board, hopefully in the right place. You 


can choose from two difficulty levels 
from the pre-game menu, either Novice 
or Expert. Choosing Novice mode gives 
you more time because the timer ticks 
away every two seconds and the levels 
are presented with a progressive 
difficulty. 

Expert mode gives only one second 
every count and presents levels in no 
set order. A two player option is 
included on the menu which allows you 
to compete with a friend - or just show 
off when you get good at the game. In 
this mode each player plays separately, 
one after the other. 

Playing the game is a cinch. The 
control method is very smooth and the 
first few figures are easy enough to get 


things begin to get difficult. 

]ust as you think you've cracked it, 
the pieces run out. You really start to 
wonder how on earth those shapes are 
going to fit. They will fit, of course, but 
not until you've done a lot of swearing 
and head scratching. 

Points are awarded for completing 
puzzles in the time given. Any time left 
over is converted into bonus points, 
and these are marked separately on the 
right of the screen. 

If you can't complete a puzzle in the 
allotted time, the bonus points you 
have earned so far act as extra seconds 
and these will start to count down, to 
zero. Once these expire, all is not lost as 


Gameplay 

Ooiei pliability, *«Y 
get Into and play. The 100 
level 1 ! s-huuld rHi-llIt Irt A 
lot of lost sleep, but some 
may find the game a little 
too simplistic. 


Sound 

Pteuda-Oriental sound- 
track get* on the nerves. 
No spot fX to speak of. 
Puzzle games really do 
need some kind of decent 
tunes and ffX to prove 
really playable- Put on 
some Pyulehl Sakamoto 
Instead tfo t a real far-last 
experience. 


Graphics 

Graphics art very <f*ar 
and suit tha feel of the 
game. Colours are used 
well, a *«rt of Oriental 
pastel that wouldn't be 
out of place In Don 
Jahmon i *Hh pyl lm * 
wardrobe. Nice little 
backdrop of Chinese 
dragon on the play area.. 

there is the option of buying ‘'contin- 
ues'' from your standard points - get 
the idea? 

To prevent mental breakdown 
occurring from too much non-stop 
cerebral gymnastics, there is a very wel* 
come pause facility. This allows a short 
break to ease weary brain cells, have a 
cup of coffee or just get on with the 
rest of your life. The game can be 
rather addictive. 

Cheats beware however, as the play- 
ing area is obscured during this time, so 
puzzles can't be worked out without 
the timer ticking away. Bah! 

If difficult puzzle games are your 
bag, you can't go wrong with this one. 
There are 200 levels supplied, so it is 
likely to take some beating - not to 
mention a lot of your lime, 

I've been playing it for quite a while 
now and still can't get past level 16, 
Mind you, 1 was never any good at 
knocking those shaped pegs through 
the holes as a kid, so maybe that 
accounts for something, 

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I any computer games are 
I about saving people, but 
most of them have you 
slaughtering armies single-handed to 
save the woman or whoever; Weil, 
things have changed a little now. 

Mind scape give you the chance to 
play doctors and nurses from the com- 
fort of your own operating theatre... er, 

I mean the comfort of your own home. 
No more mowing down hundreds of 
men with a machine gun - now it is up 
to you to cure people of various ail- 
ments from kidney stones to full-blown 
arthritis. 

You are a trainee doctor 
who is learning the profes- 
sion in the newly opened 
Toolworks General 
Hospital. (Now you can 
tell it is only a game - 
whoever heard of a 
hospital open- 


ing lately?) The authorities have 
decided that the best way for you to 
learn is by hands-on experience. Yep, 
if s In at the deep end for you. 

On entering the hospital the first 
thing you have to do is sign in so the 
hospital knows who exactly is doing all 
the damage to its reputation. From 
here on in, the innocent patients are at 
your mercy as you attempt to show just 
how good a doctor you are. 

The receptionist tells you where your 
next patient is so that you don't keep 
them hanging around too 
long - after 


Jiffy gtid you iook Hi, you 
should see a doctor Oh 
wafi, J am a doctor. 
Wed, What's wrong wJtfr 
you then? What do you 
mean heart attack? Get 
out you Httw waster 


r*p, I tan say without 
a doubt that you are 
nor wry wefi. 
Unfortunately there « 
a wailing list and or 
you are on J T owner 
you go to the bottom 


□ Observe 

□ Medicate 
□Operate 






Patient is a 59 year old female 
The patient uas admitted 
complaimag of pain and 
discomfort in the mid-abdominal 
region. 


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5st the scent, get tfir patient ready and watch me perform 
miracles, t wilt turn this near-healthy person into a corpse. Volta! 


Nsm this is the fon part. Tme [g team thase operating procedures try heart because you 
can t stop to took at a hook when the patient's ji/ti are exposed to tire -world. 



alt same of them don't have too tang 
to hang around. On tiering patients' 
rooms you see them lying in bed look- 
ing all sorry for themselves. 

The first thing you have to da is look 
at the clipboard at the bottom of the 
bed to see what the patient is com- 
plaining of. From the clipboard you can 
order any test to be done, refer the 
patient to a specialist or you can decide 
to operate yourself. 

Before you complete your diagnosis, 
however, you must physically examine 
your patient. This entails prodding 
them in the 


stomach to see whether it hurts or not. 
Correct diagnosis is essential if you 
want to further your career. After all, 
giving someone open heart surgery for 
indigestion is not exactly what you 
would call good doctoring is it? 

If your diagnosis leads to surgery you 
had better prepare yourtelf for some Of 
the most complex gameplay you are 
ever likely to see. You see r surgery is not 
just a case of opening your patient up 
with a quick slash of a scalpel, ripping 
out the problem and then a quick stitch 
to finish up. 

First up you have to select the 
right surgical team. Some team 
members won't wort well with 
certain others, so you have to 
get the balancing act just 
right Then you have to 
prepare yourself, 
although this involves 
nothing more than mak- 
ing sure you are wear- 
ing gloves. 

The fun Starts 


as you prep the patient The first time 
you operate I can guarantee that the 
patient will be dead in under a minute. 
There is so much to do to ensure 
longevity that you just won't think 
about some of what you have to do. 
Remember you have to anaesthetise 
your patient, sterilise the work area, 
inject certain drugs, the list just goes on 
and on. 

The scene is just as gruesome and 
bloody as the real thing. In one of my 
ops there was so much blood all over 
the place that I couldn't see what I was 
supposed to be cutting and this lead to 
the inevitable result - death for the 
patient. In fact, until you get the hang 
of all the aspects of the game you will 
probably end up killing a lot of people. 
Fortunately, the game doesn't end 
when you kill someone, you just get a 
reprimand from the head surgeon. 

For those who prefer to learn as they 
play there is a classroom you will be 
called to after each treatment to learn 
where you went wrong and what to do 
in the future. Other doctors will page 
you from time to time to offer advice 
and information on the patients and 
their conditions but it is down to you to 
decide what to do and when. 

Life and Death has been a long time 
coming - it has been on the cards for 
over a year now. Already a sequel, sub- 
titled The Brain, has been released on 
the PC which promotes you to the role 
of a brain surgeon. Sounds gross! 

Anyway Life and Death is a very nice- 
looking game. Cross but nice. To sum 
up, it may be a little repetitive if you 
keep getting your diagnoses wrong, 
but that should act as an incentive to 
do better. 

Ben Mean 


Gameplay 

The surgery part of life 
and Death comes into Its 
own At far AS gameplay 
goes- There Is id much to 
do It must be like the real 
thing. For added realism 1 
suppose you would have 
to play the game for 72 
hours at a time Just like 
the real Junior doctors do. 
Plain diagnosis can get a 
little boring after a while 
but the blood and guts of 
surgery makes up for It, 


Sound 

There isn't much In the 
game soundwise. You 
hear the doors opening 
and doling as you enter 
rooms. One very nice 
touch is the moans and 
groans of patients as you 
prod them to see where 
It hurts- Apart from this 
there Is very little, but 
then who needs It In a 
game like this? 


Graphics 

The graphics Just can't be 
faulted. Very dear and 
detailed around the hos- 
pital, and as for the 
surgery* well let's fust 
say it can be very blood- 
thirsty and IWIndicape 
certainty haven't pulled 
back from letting you see 
everything. If ever a 
game had near-perfect 
graphics, this Is it. 




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D p you ever dream of living 
like our Slone Age ancestors 
did, free from the hassles of 
modem life - no Darting Buds of Way,, 
and Even better, no Neighbours? Well 
now you can trade the hassle of the 
motorway for the menace of the prehis- 
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You play the caveman Prehistorik 
and your main object is to gather 
enough food to take you to the nest 
level in this horizontally scrolling plat- 
form game. Armed with the lethal com- 
bination of a club and a bit of 
intelligence,, the idea is to whack ani- 
mals on the head, walk on them and 
then add them to your karcter. 

This quest for food takes you 
through the caverns of an unknown 
continent, Antarctica, and a tropical 
rainforest As usual, at the end of each 
level there is a guardian to be removed. 

However, of course it's not as simple 
as this, Touching the animals means 
the loss of precious energy and the 
more lethal of them can throw things 
at you or even breathe fireballs, 

Another way that energy is lost is by 
walking into obstacles, and lives are lost 


Some Stone Age villains 

QabbaCiubi Indescribably stupid and begs to be hU r but he could ambush you 
by surprise, Two knocks are needed to put him out of action, 

Bahr drtd 0o bon Not as friendly as they sound - they're man-eating bean. Two 
strikes and they're bear steak. 

Pyrv-tQx; An ancestor of one of the Pacman villains, this mean mother can spit 
Fire from that gob oF his, so avoid him if you can. If you can't, then one hit on the 
head should see him out of IL 

Prranfe: One of the mvindbles. Her teeth are sharp enough to bite through steel, 
so be on your guard. 

Tmtosmaux The giant green turtle and what's more she's lost her home and is 
hungry, so either keep away or whack her five times if you want turtle soup for 
dinner, 

Arakam: The defender of the caves. Any touch is fatal. Don't get trapped in her 
web. 

Bad Bat The other cave-dweller in the game. One crack with the club is all that's 
needed. 

Chimp-agogo: This cheeky monkey lives In the trees where he lobs coconuts at 
you but you can teach him a lesson with the dub. 


by falling into holes or water. If the 
tevel is not completed in time, then you 
lose a life. 

The other place to get food is in the 
caves or under ponds. Here the food is 
well defended but help is at hand 


because the caves contain things that 
are useful to you. There are clocks lhat 
add to your time, shields, axes to knock 
out the baddies quickly, bombs, crosses 
that add an extra life,, and a spring to 
make you jump higher. These little 



devices can be picked up by cracking 
your meditating guru friend on the head 
and taking what's left behind. He comes 
and goes at will so catch him if you can. 

Unusual touches are the trampolines 
that help you to jump higher, and best 
of all, the balloons which let you con- 
trol the main character as he floats 
through the air. 

This is one of the best games pro- 
duced by Titus. It has simple, no non- 
sense gameplay and brilliant, 
melt-your- heart graphics. Even the bad- 
dies look cute - occasionally you might 
Find yourself sympathising with them 
when they "buy It"! 

George Choy 








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Gameplay 

Although the animats 
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they -come out at unex~ 
pecfed places which 
means you'll have your 
hands full. The Invlncifell 
Ity of some animals makes 
the gam# more challeng- 
ing than It looks. 




Sound 


P re h i st o ri k ' i music if 
excellent and the sound 
effects art quirky and 
funny. 


Graphics 

The graphics arc simple 
but effective. AMI the 
characters, both hero 
and baddies, look cute 
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A fter years of war, their 
defenses crumbling no 
longer able to utilise the 
complex weaponry at their disposal, 
the people of the Union treated 
Cyberton. And boy, did they live to 
regret it! 

The first Cybertons were man's 
saviour, defending the Ur ion against 
the attacks of the evil Alliance, then 
advancing to pulverise them, Peace, 
love r and free total phone calls quickly 
spread over the whole globe. Delighted 
children the world over played with 
Cyberton models and watched 
Cybercon cartoons* There were even 
plans for "My Little Cybercon" com- 
plete with realistic bipod. 

After all that, you'd think they would 
have quit while they were ahead but, 
fortunately for US Gold, they decided it 
would be a "neat idea" to create their 
ultimate nightmare; a computer which 
could not only think for itself, but 
which was entirely self-sufficient and 
equipped with enough weapons to 
control a Cef Lie-Rangers match. 

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Ho-huml 

In his formative years, Cybie was a 
well-behaved lad, and his patrolling 
warbots became a comforting sight to 
a populace wearied by incessant wars 
and repeats of old Wogan 
shows. In time, though, he 
began to grow up and 
started to cut off all con- 
tact with humans as he 
learned to fend for him- 
self. Hardly anyone 
could remember where 
his control centres were 
located, and even 
fewer were bothered. 

Of course, the same 
lethargic populace became 
rapidly more bothered 


about Cybie when his silos started spit- 
ting out nukes. As their cities began to 
vapourise around them, humans finally 
saw the logic in the 
old proverb: "He 
who builds dirty 
great computer 
and gives it nukes 
is playing with fire, 
and will need a lot 
more than a stitch in 
time to save his 
hide"* 

Cybercon III 
revolves around 
humanity's desperate 
last attempt to avoid. 


Distributor: US Gold Price: £2199 

annihilation. As Cybie'i public relations 
droids scour the countryside for people 
to educate In the ways of the next 
world, the ever-generaus Union equips 
you, its most gullible - er - experienced 
warrior, with a suit of power armour in 
which you must battle your way 
through the vast complex that is 
Cybercon III. 

All you have to do is avoid or neu- 
tralise the robots, fixed guns, traps, and 
very deep chasms af the most 
formidable defensive complex in his- 
tory, reach its core, and destroy Cybie's 
brain stem. No sweat. 

The complex is made up of a variety 
of sectors, each of which as defended in 
different ways and demands a different 
approach from the aggressor. To pro- 
ceed, you have to find various Sonic 
Key codes to open doorc, extend walk- 
ways over gaping crevasses, and the 
usual "find your way through the 3D 
labyrinth" sort of stuff. 

Your power suit, which should really 
be equipped with tactical nuclear 
weapons, sports a Plasma weapon 
which blips out little purple balls of 
wtial looks like chewing gum. The stuff 
destroys most Walker and Floater droids 
with ease, but you'll have to use tactics 
against some of the more dangerous 
obstacles* 

The suit also contains some quite 
complex controls for autorepair facili- 
ties, and comes complete with such 
optional extras as sensors, a video cam- 
era, shield, and power- assisted jump- 
ing. Would Sir care to take her tor a 
spin? 

If you're a fan of the Castle Master 
series, or games such as Interphase and 
Infestation, you'll enjoy Cybercon III* It 
not, you'll probably hate it. Movement 
is slow, the action is hardly frenetic, 


and for sheer challenge, the puzzles 
don't compare with the stubborn 
refusal of the controls to do what you 
want them to at critical moments. 

Perseverance, I suspect, would bring 
its rewards, as the game is undoubtedly 
very large and complex. Fans of the 
type will find a great deal to keep them 
going. The rest of us, however, will 
wisely give it a miss* 

Sandra Foley 

Gameplay 

Neither fast enough for 
the Action freak*, nor 
involved enough for the 
high brows, Cybercon Ill s 
gameplay is a little like 
ploying noughts and 
crosses on a very big neon 
board. 


Sound 

As usual In a game whose 
raison d'etre Is Its graph- 
ics end gameplay, the 
sound Is abysmal. There's 
a tort of background 
hum accompanied by 
spot effects when doors 
open and shots arc Fired, 
but that's about it. 


Graphics 

Slightly better than typi- 
cal for 2D labyrinth 
games, with smoothly 
animated doors, well 
constructed robots, and 
the odd spot of interior 
decorating. 



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Ft 5 STRIKE 

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able to deploy counter measures. |ust 
what you do depends on whether the 
missile is radar homing or heat seeking. 
Enemy airfields also react to your 
presence, sending up fighter aircraft ta 
bring you down to earth with a burnp. 

When you are attacking targets, be 
they primary, secondary or 
inconvenient enemy reaction forces, 
you must select the most effective 
weaponry and tactics to take them out 
quickly and effectively. Your plane is 
equipped with a varied arsenal and 
each weapon is most effective in a 
particular role - it's up to you to decide 
when to use whtch one. 

If your plane is still in one piece after 
all this you can return to a friendly air 
base - preferably 
the one from 
which you 
started - to 


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Sidewinder fodder - they react 
intelligently to everything you do, so 
you will need to be fast and accurate to 
take them down before they do the 
same to you. 

After signing in on the roster you 
choose your operating theatre. Then 
it J s lime for the mission briefing where 
you are given your primary targets 
(those you hit first) and your secondary 
targets (those you hit if you feel like It), 
Then you clamber aboard your fighter 
and get airborne. 

As soon as you are up you use a 
combination of your radar and the 
waypoint selector to fly as quickly as 
possible to your neat target. Of course, 
the enemy are not going to just 
sit there and take it. If you are 
up too high the SAM sites 
will fire deadly 
air missiles at you, 
although if you 
spot them in 
time you 
will be 


G ame sequels rarely suffer from 
the same problem as film 
sequels. With films, the 
follow-up is never anywhere near as 
good as the first - with the odd 
exception - but games sequels are 
nearly always an improvement on the 
original. 

Luckily, El 5 Strike Eagle II is not one 
of the exceptions. I can safely say that it 
is a huge improvement over the 
excellent F15 Strike Eagle that was 
released absolutely yonks ago. 

About a year ago Microprose 
launched the sequel on to the PC but 
Amiga owners have had to wait until 
now for their version. In that year the 
programmers decided to make the 
Amiga version even better than that on 
the PC. "Not hard to do! 1 ' I hear you 
cry, but the PC version plays a mean 
game. 

The FI 5, for those of you who have 
had your head buried in the sand for 
the last year, played a critical role 
alongside British Tornadoes in the Gulf 
conflict. In fact, the way that Saddam's 
forces were militarily disabled and 
unable to respond to allied attacks was 
primarily put down to the FI 5- 

But, tastefully. Microprose have 
chosen not to have an Iraq scenario in 
the game. True, they do feature the 
Persian Gulf but the Gulf has always 
been at flashpoint so it adds 
atmosphere to the game, 

Fl S ll utilises all the roles that this 
aircraft can play, be it air-to-air attack 
or air-to-ground. The plane is 
awesomely powerful in both roles. Just 
how welt it flies, however, is entirely up 
to you. ■ 

There are six arenas in which you 


can fly. These are the Persian Gulf 
(naturally), Vietnam, Central Europe, 
the Middle East, North Cape and North 
Africa. 

Microprose boast of a total playing 
area of half a million square miles, and 
after playing the game I wouldn't argue 
with them. Each of these arenas 
contains hundreds of missions which 
differ every time you play them so your 
chosen tactics in each are vital to 
success. 

There are four skill levels allowing 
beginners to pick up the basics really 
quickly or flying aces to have regular 
dogfights with the best. And for those 
who can fly the things easily enough 
but seem to crash every time they even 
think about attempting a landing there 
is an easy autopilot option that will do 
all the hard woti for you, leaving you 
Free to concentrate on the action. 

As with most flight rims these days 
you can view the action from 
viewpoints both inside and outside the 
aircraft. Used properly this can lead to 
amazing sequences where you can view 
enemy planes coming into range and 
see your missiles homing in and 
blowing them to bits. 

Military hardware buffs will freak out 
at the authenticity of this sim - all the 
weapons perform exactly as they 
should, although unfortunately there 
are no Cruise missiles to watch turn 
comen. 

Everything is so precise and accurate 
you can hardly believe it r s just a game. 
Even the enemy planes and ground 
attack crews don't just sit around like 


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commanding officer. A brave 
performance and enough points 
gathered for wasting bad guys and 
completing missions will see you being 
awarded a medal for your efforts. 

But one medal doesn't took very 


medals come promotions, although the 
enemy will consider shooting down a 
major much more worthwhile than 
shooting down a rookie private, if you 
get my meaning. 

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or something to take your mind off it. 

On the whole FIS II is without doubt 
one of the best Night sims around at 
the moment. As you would expect from 
Maempmse the packaging is excellent. 

The manual is one of those things 
that you could Lake to bed for a read. 


Techy buffs will love rt. The action is 
very fast and covers alf the theatres of 
combat that are relevant at the 
moment. Without any doubt, fIS 
Strike Eagle II is an essential purchase 
for the serious game player. 

Lewis Creed 



Gameplay 

Second to none. Six 
different theatres of 
operations with hundreds 
pf missions In each. 

This will keep even the 
most hardened fan going. 
Microprose have un- 
leashed a classic on the 
gartie-p laying public. 


Sound 

Ai yq ii would expect, 
there isn't much In the 
way Of music hut In a 
game like this you really 
don’t need It. After all, 
how many pilots listen to 
music while flying 
combat missions? 

The effects are pretty 
neat and add to the 
atmosphere pf this 
masterpiece, 


Graphics 

The ID H very fast In FI & 
II and works well. The 
non-game screens are 
very cqtpurful and well 
detailed, graphics as 
good as this make the 
game a pleasure to play. 
Combat sequences are 
very well done and 
atmospheric. 

All In alL probably the 
best graphics in any 
flight ilm. 



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B ATTER UP! The pitcher eyed 
me with a determined loot 
that said "Your head comes 
off in three seconds', the fieiders 
banged their gloved fists in anticipa- 
tion, and the 25,000-strong crowd 
roared like a pack of beer-swilling ani- 
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Holding the bat with trepidation « 
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minute — this isn t rounders, is it, , the 
ball whizzed past me in a blur of 
Doppler distortion. The catcher 
grinned, spat, and delivered that 
immortal line -Steeeeeerrrnikd You re 
outfl therer 

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summer days playing rounders in the 
sun can forget it, however. Our colonial 
cousins have added overarm bowling at 
speeds your average Ferrari would be 
proud of, and stretched the bat and the 
diamond to more "manly' proportions. 
YOU can think of Baseball as rounders 
with Rottweilers. 

RBI Baseball 2 is Domatk's latest col- 
laboration with arcade coin-op kings. 
Tengen, and betrays its origins in every 
byte of coding. It's bright, colourful, 
<md animated, and the controls are 
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essary. So what about the gameplay? 

(f you're a fan American baseball 
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struggle between two sides of players 
with batting and pitching averages 
arrived at, apparently, after some weird 
calculation carried out by a Cray com- 
puter. 

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pf 3 y the best players, who to use as 


openers, and when to substitute tired 
pitchers or switch frcmn, say, a right- 
handed to a left-handed player, when 
you get into it, the gameplay at this 
level is absorbing and addictive. 

in the World Series competition, 
which turns seemingly fit and active 
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nity to play a long and extremely 
testing series of games against 
such lamous teams as the 
New York 
Yankees and 
the Boston 
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it is very difficult 
to win a World Series game 
against Major League opppo*- 
tion, the option adds a great 
deal of long term appeal to 


the game. In a single match, skill levels 
car be varied from Little League, 
through Minor League, to the numb- 
ingly difficult Major League, so there's 
enough variation to give beginners a 
chance and maintain the challenge tor 

experienced players. 

If you're not a baseball fan (trivia tip; 
the word 'fan" was originally 
applied to baseball 'fanatics' and 
shortened to the word we all take 
for granted 
today) RBI 
Baseball 2 
will initially 
seem just a little 
shallow. 

The play actions for 
pitching are limited to 
slow, fast, and curve balls, and 
baiting is a choice of a 


full swing or a bunt, nothing more, 
However, once the statistical gobbled?- 
gook that is the Stateside sports' Ian's 
staple diet starts to make sense, the 
qame opens up and takes a real hold. 

After a couple of Little League 
games with the same side, I felt confi- 
dent enough of my team's strengths to 
try a game in the Minor League, but 
the experiment proved to be a little 
premature. 

Some people might think 1 Wis a 
thrashing, but just you wait and see. 
My lads'll show 'em next year. Now, 
where did l put that video of The 
Manageress? 

Sandra Foley 


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Domark s latest sports sim hits a home run 

RBI BASEBALL 2 


Gameplay | 

Initially a bft limited for 
ttl >tB<ie fans, the sports 
sl«n element toon takes 
over end reward* per** 
v trance with »n engrost- 
tng tactical action game. 


Sound 

Digitized shouts and 
thwacks, along with 
music to match tha score- 
board animations *ra all 
vtry good, bill the crowd 
noise when * home run Is 
scored I* horrendous. 


Graphics 

Colourful and well * nl ~ 
mated, RBI makes an 
Instant impact. Spot ani- 
mations for scores, outs, 
■ nd fouls add to the 

atmosphere and the 

itatlt screens are nicely 
drawn. 


quifr rfaunf-lng 


tmi triare of titty! and *'i gpodulghlltmim 


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We need you? 

If you think you're the kind of person who can run rings around Interceptor; 
trade blows with the Predator and even give Amie Schwarzenegger a damned 
good biffing, then we want to hear from you, We'rie after lips, cheats and 
tricks for just about any Amiga game. 

Don't forget though, the newer the game the belter - we r ne particularly 
interested in cheats and tips for any games reviewed within this issue. 

Send your lips to: Jfi£ W SHOP, Amiga Computing, £ uropo House, Adhngton | 
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DRAGON'S LAIR 2 

If Don Bluth's animated classic is leaving you stumped, then type '"GET MQfiOOROC DIRK 1 ' on (he title screen. You will 
nqw be abie to run through the entire sequence of screens without having to complete them first.. 


TOTAL 

RECALL 

Amie may be a pretty tough character, 
but even he would probably admit that 
a little bit of help wouldn't go amiss 
occasionally when things get light. 

To turn on the cheat mode enter 
"LISTEN TO THE WHALES" (with no 
spaces). Now, in the (ohnny Cab sec- 
tion, enter "JIMMY HENDRIX" (with no 
spaces again) and you'll have infinite 
energy - something that even Arnie 
doesn't have. 


HARD 
DRIVIN' 2 

You may drive a Ferrari 
Testarossa, hot you have to 
admit that it handles about as 
well as a shopping trolley in 
Domains conversion of the Atari 
coln-op Hard DrMn' 2. 

To keep your no claims bonus, 
take the car up to top speed and 
then take It out of gear and into 
neutral You will now be able to 
cruise ground the track without 
sliding off the road or having to 
worry about colliding with 
objects. 


PP HAMMER 

Oops! Those of you who tried to use the PP Hammer level codes published in 
last month's Issue will no doubt have discovered already that they don't actu- 
ally (as such) work as they should, in fact r they don't work at all. 

The reason for this colossal boo-boo fs simple: PP Hammer generates unique 
level codes for every name entered, therefore unless you enter the correct 
name, you'll get a different set of codes to the ones published. 

To get our codes to work, enter your name as "HAMMER". You'll then be 
able to access any one of Hammer's 62 levels. Rest assured that the person 
responsible has had his knees stapled together. 


CHAOS 

STRIKES BACK 

Give the Evil Wizard a damned good 
thrashing with this cheat from Lisa 
Humphries of Semimgton In Wiltshire. 

Find a Dragon and cast a "MO 20 
GGft SAR" spell. Next, press Escape 
twice to pause the game. Now r while 
keeping the left ALT key down, enter 
"LORD LIBRAS ULUS SMITHES THEE 
DOWN". 

Ur pause the game, kill the Dragon 
and it will leave a Fire Staff, With this 
little beauty by your side, your parly 
will be totally invincible. 


DYTER-07 

To make the going slightly easier, type 
"GIBB" as soon as the title screen 
appears. Now, during the game press 
for extra weapons, "S" Lo top up 
your shield and W L" to skip levels. 


TOYOTA CELICA CT RALLY 

Even with a 2 litre, 1 6 valve turbo-charged engine under the bonnet, getting to 
the end of each stage of Gremlin's official Toyota Rally simulation is a tough task. 
To cut out all the hard work, press Control and "C" together and you 11 be trans- 
ported straight to the end of the race. You've got to be- bone idle to use this one? 


MONTY 

PYTHON 

Do you want a cheat for Virgin's 
Monty Python? Know what I mean? 
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Know 
what I mean? 

When you get to the high score 
table, enter your name as J, SEM- 
PRINT. You wrll now be able to skip 
to any level - up to the one you previ- 
ously got to - using the cursor keys. 


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The IVS Tfumpcard is the top setting SCSI hard drive 
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you lo run software for the three main hardware platforms 
on one machine. Only one computer can do this, 


PHILIPS MONITOR 

£633 Mkll colour monitor 
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only £234.00 


MEMORY UPGRADES 

for your A 1500 Or A2000 with Ihe 
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Bare Board £81.00 
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4Mb populated £149.00 
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Pro Page 2-0 

zrmMS 

Pro Video Post 

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Propage Templates £34,95 

Propage Clip Art 

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£279.00 

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£179,00 

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£69.33 

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£34.95 

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£88,13 

Pixmale 

£35.00 

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£49.00 

Distant Suns 

£36.00 

Pen Pal 

£81.00 

Cress DOS 

£25.00 

Devpac Amiga 

£45.00 

Hisoft BASIC 

£55.00 

Lattice C V5.G 

£149.00 

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£250.09 

Hisoft Pro Flight 

£34.00 

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£81,00 

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£35.00 

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£100.00 

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tl 00.00 

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£2*50 

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£129.95 

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£34,95 

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GVP Series 2 RAM Card comes with 2Mb 
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2Mb £200.00 4Mb £275-00 0Mb £345.00 

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ICD Adspeed £175.00 

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KCS PC Power board 

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PRIMERS & RIBBONS 


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A i a machine offering high 
quality graphics, ease of 
ge blocking and a range of 
video peripherals and software, it 
wasn't tong before the Amiga began to 
make its mark in television. Unlit 
recently, however, it has been only a 
smalMime player, 

Although excellent in the contest of 
home and business computing, the 
Amiga's 16-bit graphics are simply not 
good enough for extensive use in a pro- 
fessional broadcasting environment. 

But the Amiga is already probably 
the most popular choice of machine for 
video professionals In the US, where 24- 
bit add-ons are available in greater 
numbers than in this country, and 
where it has the advantage of out- 
putting an NTSC-compatible video sig- 
nal. In Britain, however, producers of 
high-end TV broadcasts have hitherto 
used the Amy in only a minor support- 
tog role. 

Programmes such as Corcftphrose 


and the popular I TV Chart Show have 
been using the Amiga's standard out- 
put for graphics effects for several 
years. These shows, however, have rep- 
resented only a scattered use Df the 
Amiga for simple spot effects and the 
odd animation. 

With the advent o! 24- bit technol- 
ogy for the Amiga, the machine's role 
as a low-end budget TV graphics 
machine is set to change. Broadcasters 
are beginning to realise just how flexi- 
ble and powerful a tool the Amiga can 
be when armed with 24-bit graphics, 
and it was in pursuit of the Amiga's 


broadcasting breakthrough that I 
packed my bags and headed north to 
the fair city of Glasgow. 

Clyde visions 

The city which brought you Taggart, 
Tutti Frutti, and - in days gone by - 25 
per cent of the world's merchant ship- 
ping, is now turning its not inconsider- 
able energies to the next century. In 
the best traditions of the silicon glerT, 
computers are playing, a major role in 
the city's rejuvenation. 

I found the Amiga doing its bit in the 


Stevie Kennedy 
looks at how 24-bit 
Amigas are being 
used for 24-carat 
quality TV 

service of Leslie Mitchell and Associates. 
The company, which specialises mainly 
in corporate and marketing videos, 
have recently completed recording the 
fifth series of Catchword for the BBC. As 
a quiz show involving word and letter 
puzzles, Catchword was an ideal candi- 
date for the Amiga treatment, 

■"We used to use a BBC-B for our 
graphics effects", Leslie Mitchell told 
me, "so they were necessarily quite 
basic- I think our existing fans will be 
surprised at the quality of our new-look 
graphics". 

The show, which goes out on BBC2 r s 
4 pm slot, attracts a regular audience of 
between two and four million viewers 
and has built up a dedicated following 
over the past few years. 

"We find out audience is full of 
scrabble and crossword fans", said 








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the same dictionary as 
that used by the offi- 
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The word puzzles are 
quite varied and dif- 
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more quiz-oriented than some other 
game shows". 

How exactly is the Amiga used in the 
production of the show? 

J, We used the machine for just about 
everything, from the titles to the graph- 
ics and sound effects". 

And these were all generated on the 
Amiga? 

"Not all. The ray traced graphics 
were done by Peter Wilson in Real ID 
and the titles generated using 
Broadcast Titler 2, but the sound was 
created elswhene then imported foe the 
Amiga to produce during the show*. 

So the Amiga was being used in real 
time? 

"Yes, we actually had an Amiga 
operator sitting in the gallery taking his 
cue from the director. When we 
wanted an effect or animation, the 
operator received the cue and the 
Amiga flashed the graphics to the mom 
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‘Q see. Everything went straight to 
video in the studio before a real audi- 
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Leslie assured us that the work done 
with the Amiga would not have been 
possible with any other system. 

"We didn't just need the broadcast 
quality graphics", he said. "We also 
needed to be able to randomly gener- 
ate letters, run animations, and play 
sound effects all at the same lime. It 
was the Amiga's multi-tasking capabil- 
ity that helped most in that respect". 

And from where did the Amiga get 
its 24-bil broadcast-quality graphics? 
You guessed it - our old friend the 
Harlequin card from Amiga Centre 
Scotland. 

Leslie Mitchell originally started using 
the Amiga because it offered the corpo 
rate video producer a good budget level 
graphics tool. With the addition of a 24- 
bit graphics card such as Harlequin, 
however, the machine is capable of 
graphics indistinguishable from those 
which are output by industry standard 
machines such as Paintbox. 


any 


What the Butler saw 


My next stop in Glasgow was just up 
the road at Scope Picture Productions 
where Amiga artisan |ohn Butler toils 
daily as a Paintbox operator. I found 
John hidden away in a darkened cubicle 
full of extremely expensive video equip- 
ment and an Amiga with its top off. 

"Have to keep it cool, you know", he 
said. A cursory glance told me that this 
particular Amiga would be more prone 
to heat build up than most. 

Packed into its quivering shell was 
8Mb of ram, a 2 5MHz GVP 3001 card, 
and a Harlequin, all working overtime 
on John's Amiga projects. These pro- 
jects turned out to be some of the most 
impressive and original ray-traced ani- 


mations I'd seen in quite a while. 
Commercially, the first application of 
John's work is an advertisement for an 
0898 chat line, featuring a dancing 
telephone and two sets of chattering 
false teeth. In terms of Its graphics, It 
has to be one of the best advertise- 
ments ! J ve ever clapped eyes on for the 
sort of quality one can wrest from the 
bowels of an Amiga. 

Why use the Amiga? 

"The hardware is as good as it can 
be because it meets broadcast spec and 
It's 24-bit*. 

You mean with the Harlequin? 

"Yeah, and Imagine is pretty fast, so 
as a system the Amiga's unmatched at ^ 


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► the price. For professional video users 
it's got to be the choice' 1 . 

So you see yourself using it more in 
the future for your professional wort? 

■'Yes, but the software could still 
improve a lot. The Amiga is fine and 
Harlequin works well, but the software 
available still leaves a lot to be desired. 
There's no 24-bit paint package avail- 
able yet for the Amiga, except TV Paint 
which is in French, and the ray tracers 
could be'Ji lot better". 

I thought you favoured Imagine? 

1 do 1 mean. Real 3D is pretty use- 
less for any complex work you can't 
build up out of primitives- Try making a 
company logo using just a lot of 
spheres and cubes! Imagine is much 
better because it allows you virtually to 
draw the shape as you go along, but it 
still has a long way to go. It's fast and a 
lot more flexible for my needs, but it s 
still missing a few essential features, like 
complex spline bending". 

Spline what? 

"It's where you can build a complex 
object out of lots of smaller ones, then 
bend the whole thing as one object, 
when you can do that, animation 
becomes a lot easier." 

Splines, 1 later discovered, are a sort 
□f flexible mathematical curve to which 
you tan fit a line, thus bending it in 
exactly the way you require. In the case 
of JD objects, the manipulation of a 
spline allows you to distort entire 
objects. 

John's dancing telephone, for exam- 
ple, is a complex object which stretches 
and squashes at it cavorts around on 
stage. To achieve this effect, he was 
forced to manipulate each and every 
component of the telephone. Needless 
to say, if the phone could have been 
distorted as a single complex object it 
would have greatly accelerated the ani- 
mation work. 

To be fair, this is a criticism you 
could level at all Amiga ray tracers apart 
from, say, the latest package. 
Animation Journeyman. As we've not 
had a look at this package, we tan only 
suspend judgement for now, but the 
point is one the software producers 
ought to note. If ray tracing packages 
are going to be used mostly by profes- 
sionals, they should cater more to the 
needs of a professional environment, 


and the one requirement they all moan 
about is speed of operation. 

“Another thing", |ohn continued, 
■'you have to be able to output your 
24-bit images to tape or they're no 
good to anyone". 

And that's not possible with the 
Amiga? 

"It's possible, but the only program 
I've seen which does it is Sympatica, 
and I found it a little over complicated 
and slow to transfer my stuff to tape. 
Luckily, I can do everything here 
through the existing system by transfer- 
ring my Amiga images to the 
Paintbox". 

What does he think of the Amiga's 
speed of rendering? 

*1 wish I had the 50MHz card, but 
the 25MHz is fine, l lend to restrict 
myself to images that'll render in not 
much more than twenty-five minutes 
per frame, Any longer than that and it s 
not worth it when you're trying to work 
on something". 

And the verdict? 

It appears that an increasing number of 
professional users are recognising in the 
Amiga a 24-bit graphics machine which 
produces broadcast quality images for a 
fraction of the cost of the market-lead- 
ing systems. 

In the hardware department the 
machine can hardly be faulted once fit- 
ted with a 24-bit board such as 
Harlequin or the VD20D1 , and a proces- 
sor accelerator to reduce rendering 
times, On the software front, develop- 
ers still have some way to catch up. 

It is i very encouraging sign that 
professional broadcasters such as 
Leslie Mitchell and the BBC, and 
video professionals like |ohn Butler 
are using the Amiga side- by- side with 
extremely expensive high-end equip- 
ment, It is all the more heartening to 
note that the machine is not only 
holding its own, but showing up 
some weaknesses in the professional 
gear. 

At any rate, the entire video industry 
is now aware that the Amiga has a 
great deal of potential in this field.lt Is, 
as American magazine Vltkograpty pro- 
claimed in its April 1991 special report 
on the Amiga, "the video natural' 1 . 




Harnessed power 


One obvious natural advantage John enjoys over the average Amiga user is the 
Quantel Paintbox squatting ominously in the corner of the room. 

There is, however, one huge area in which Paintbox is deficient - it is purely a 
2D paint system and cannot generate 3D images or produce the sort of ^'trac- 
ings we have come to accept as commonplace on the Amiga, john, therefore, 
uses his Amiga and Impulse Software's Imagine ray tracing package to produce 

all pf his renderings.. ,. 

The Amiga 24-bit images, which he displays in their Amiga stage using the 
Harlequin card are then transferred as RGB files to the Paintbox tor the addition 
of titles, backgrounds and perhaps the odd bit of retouching. The results are 


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Boosting the Amiga's graphics output 
to a resolution of 910 by 576 from a 
palette of 16,7 million colours, 24 bit 
add-on boards will form the next 
graphics explosion on the Amiga. All 
new graphics peripherals aim to pro- 
duce this standard, from the Ham-E 
board's halfway house, to the 
delectable - and as yet NTSC-only - 
Video Toaster, 

The first commercially available 24- 
bit board in Britain, Harlequin, is rather 
expensive in terms o( most Amiga 
peripherals. When you do a few quick 
sums, however, it rapidly becomes clear 
how cost-effective a Harlequin- 
equipped A20QO can be. 

The 8Mb ram A2QD0 used in 
Catchword's filming was running a 
Harlequin card and GVP 3001 accelera- 
tor card, pulling images in from an 
80Mb hard drive. 

So although the setup is an expen- 
sive one from the average Amiga 
owner's point of view, it is positively 
bargain basement from the corporate 
angle. For a few wads short of £5000, 


the video producer can set up a system 
capable of simultaneous 24-bit image 
generation, animation, and titling 
(character generation). 

Ail these functions are already cov- 
ered by Paintbox and the like, hut no 
single system can do them all. The 
Amiga needs only a good 24-bit paint- 
ing program to become the ideal 
answer to the video producer’s budget 
dream. 

The Choice in hardware is beginning 
to broaden. C2 now distributes the 
Austrian 24-bit VD2001 board, a more 
or less direct competitor for Harlequin. 
The VD2001, though not designed for 
the very high resolution images you can 
get from a Harlequin, is cheaper and 
faster as it renders to a lower screen res- 
olution. 

The advent of the pseudo-24-bit 
boards like HAM-E and the DCTV card 
now offers the hobbyist the chance to 
sample the delights of this revolution in 
Amiga graphics without forking out 
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Friends, Amigans, countrymen, lend 
me your ears! Explore the alternative 
sound of the Amiga with musical 
maestro Paul Austin 


I f you're an A50D owner waiting to 
throw away the modulator, or per- 
haps the keeper of an ageing 
1004, a monitor upgrade may well be 
the easiest way ta upgrade not only the 
sound but also the image. 

The 1084-s is the stereo alternative 
to its familiar monophonic predecessor 
It's a rather strange quirk of fate that 
the ultimate stereo machine was 
launched with a mono monitor but 
thanks predominately to the 1084-s 
and the Philips C MSS 3 3-11, stereo is 
now the rule rather than exception for 
most Amiga users. 

The choice between this particular 
duet will probably be a matter of aes- 
thetics rather than acoustics as both 
monitor are very similar in the audio 
department. 

The only minor point concerns the 
design of the CMS833-II which has its 
speakers placed at a slightly negative 
angle, and as a result the sound tends 


to travel backwards. To compensate 
you have to crank up the volume a little 
more with the CM8333-II than the 
1GB4-S to achieve the same effect. This 
won't be a problem for either you or 
the monitor but anyone sitting along- 
side or behind you will probably wish 
they weren't. 

Hi-Fi format 

If the monitor isn’t enough and mini 
speakers just don't make the necessary 
noise, the Hi-Fi could be the only 
option left. The first obstacle is to con- 


vince your friends and family that they 
actually want the theme tune to 
Lemmings blasting out at 30 watts per 
channel 

OK, if we assume you've talked them 
into it, the next step is to find a spare 
input on the back of your ampler. For 
most people this shouldn't be a. prob- 
lem as there's usually a spare Aux, 
tuner, or Tape input ready and waiting. 

If a If your inputs are spoken for you 
could invest in a switch box which will 
share a single input between various 
sources. Those friendly folks at Tandy 
will be happy to supply you with a suit- 


able switch box but if you're particu- 
larly short on cash you could resort to 
using the ink; inputs on your tape deck. 
This particular option, although 
cheaper, still requires two female 
phono-to-1/4in fack connecters. 

Armed with the above and a mason- 
a b I e length of twin male-to-mile 
phono cable you're ready to Sneak the 
sound through the tape deck and out 
of the speakers. 

First, plug one end of your phono 
cable into the audro out sockets on the 
Amiga Next, connect the jack plug 
converters to the phono cable and plug 
into the mic input sockets on your tape 
deck. To hear the output from the 
Amiga place a blank or unwanted tape 
into the deck and hit Pause and Record, 
but make sure the mic input level is set 
to zero. 

Now set the amplifier volume to 
approximately a third and slowly 
increase tfiE volume on the mic inputs. 



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At this point the sound should tome 
flooding through the speakers. 

You may need to adjust between the 
two to get the best mi* and avoid dis- 
tortion but be careful and always 
remember to set the mic inputs to zero 
initially, the reason being that the out- 
put from the Amiga is quite high and 
could damage the tape deck or speak- 
ers if it's let loose at full volume from 
the offset 


Anyone sitting 
alongside or * 
behind you will 
probably wish they 
weren't • 



ZY-FI 


The ZY-FS amp and speaker fs the lat- 
est name to be heard in the world of 
amplification. It's essentially a simple 
system which consists of two units, 
one of which contains the built-in 
amplifier, volume control and off /on 
switch, and the other which holds the 
second set of twin speakers. 

It has no frills and added extras - 
just good quality sound at a very rea- 
sonable price. The speakers can be 
powered by either mains or battery 
but, as with all the systems, a mains 
adapter is supplied as standard. 

The single volume control means 
there's none of the fiddling around 
associated with some of the other sys- 
tems, but as a result you are stuck with 
a straight 50/50 split between the 
speakers. 

The sound quality is easily on a par 
with SoundBlaster although it doesn't 
match up for power, and if you like 
the notse level to be hovering around 
the unbearable, the ZY-Fi option 
might be a touch underpowered. Even 


so, I doubt most people will ever reach 
maximum. 

i must admit that the ZY-FI doesn't 
seem to be the most sturdy system on 
the market - it ranks alongside 
Soundblaster in that particular depart- 
ment - but after several knocks my 
particular set of speakers seem per- 
fectly healthy, so F suppose appear- 
ances can be deceptive. 

ZV-FI 



Watts per channel: 5 
Available from: 

Evesham Micros on -D3&6 765500 


The Roland option 

If money is no object and you simply must have the best set of mini speakers in the 
business, Roland's MA-12C micro monitors are hard to beat for both expense and 
performance. 

These chunky little units weigh in at an impressive 5.51b each, which is quite a feat 
considering they only stand 9in high. This rather disproportionate size-to-weight 
ratio is due to the incorporation of both speaker and amplifier within the same sty Fish 
unit. 


Because of the individual design the only real moan concerns the need for sepa- 
rate adjustment of each speaker, whether that be simple volume adjustment or the 
optional bass and treble controls. It's perhaps a small price to pay for the quality but 
having to fiddle with each speaker individually can be a pain 
On the plus side, a pair of these little beauties would be more than happy han- 
dling all manner of inputs - whether they're generated from a computer, Hi-Fi, or 
instrument - and to emphasis the flexibility, three separate inputs are provided at the 
rear of eath unit Because of these extra inputs there's no need to be constantly 


Roland MA-12C 

Sound qualit 



Price £1 1-6 each 
Watts per channel: 1 2 
Available from-. 
Roland on 0252 61 61 B I 


Swapping connections, but perhaps more 
importantly, all three inputs can be active 
at once, so you could have the Hi-Fi, a 
game and a Karaoke machine all blasting 
away at once if it takes your fancy. 

A headphone socket is the only feature 
mining, and to be honest it is a hit of a 
problem if you're the sort of person who 
likes the odd late night session on the 
machine. 

If it's sound quality you're after these 
are the ones to beat, but there are « few 
niggling points which no doubt restrict 
them in the main to serious Amiga -based 
musicians Or wealthy enthusiasts. 


Soundblaster 

The Soundblaster system consists of a pair of three-way speakers and a 
central box which houses the volume controls speaker connections and 
the inputs for the headphones which, unlike all the other units in the sys- 
tem, are supplied. 

The speakers themselves come direct from the rear window of a car but 
look quite attractive - as long as you don't look too close iy at the refer- 
ences to motoring which are still scrawled on them. 

The sound quality isn't bad, with only the occasional hiccup due to the 
over-enthusiastic amp which sometimes distorts the signal at high vol- 
umes, Having said that, It's unlikely you'll want to go to the limits of the 
system. It may not be Hi-Fi quality but it's certainly loud. 

Like the Roland MA-1.2C, volume is adjusted separately for each 
speaker. This is inconvenient but is nothing compared to the CO n trots 
themselves which rotate in the opposite direction to the norm. For exam 
pie, if they're turned to the right the volume goes down and vice versa. 
Very strange. 

As for the headphones, it was pleasant to see some extras thrown In 
with the system. The headphones themselves are rather cheap and cheer- 
ful but work reasonably well. 

Unfortunately, the badly designed control unit let the system down 
once again. Let's say you decide to 
keep the noise down by using the 
headphones - you would first have 
to remove the speaker connections, 
otherwise the sound would blare 
out of both the speakers and the 
headphones simultaneously. 

An automatic speaker cut-out 
isn't a tricky problem for the aver- 
age sparky, so why include one? 

Although the system looks reason- 
able and indeed has great potential 
given some redesign, It could be 
much better and at the moment 
It's being let down by a few silly 
design flaws. 


A realistic 

Tandy have long been one of the 
giants of High Street electricals and as 
a result are strong favourites in the 
area ot computer amplification. Their 
most popular package to date is a 
combination of the Minimus 3.5 range 
of speakers and their fried and tested 
5 A- 150- integrated amplifier. 

N Either element is new to the mar- 
ket but they have become the ideal 
solution to many an Amiga's amplifica- 
tion problems. The amp has a wealth 
of features which include headphones, 
tone and balance controls and up Co 
three inputs, plus an optional mono to 
stereo switch and a separate speaker 
in/out button. 

The rear of the unit boasts a com- 
plete range of input and output 
options that include lines for a tape, 
phono and tuner. My only criticism is 
of the horrendous 1970s styling which 
does its best to min what is an excel- 
lent little amp r 

The speakers, fortunately, are much 
more modern and pack a very consid- 
erable punch considering they're only 
the width of a standard Amiga floppy. 
The sound produced by the union is 
only equalled by Roland's MA-T2C but 
as with most of Tandy's specialised 


alternative 

hardware there's a fairly stiff price tag 
attached. 

Multiple input is a great strength 
and can really expand the flexibility oF 
the system, for example, when the 
last alien has bitten the big one a sim- 
ple flick of a switch and you're over to 
some easy listening w-hife you gel 
down to the serious stuff. 

The Tandy system isn r t the cheap- 
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if you want a little more than just extra 
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vided you don't mind people laughing 
at the completely tasteless styling. 

Realistic SAT50 & 
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From a fast growing, 
recession-proof small business 
f to the growing complexity 

of home finances, 
Pat Winstanley 




has an accounts 
package 
to suit 



P erhaps the first need of an 
expanding small business is an 
effective accounting system. 
While bound ledgers are line for 
straightforward cash transactions, a 
double entry system becomes essential 
when credit sales and purchases are 
involved. Keeping track of debtors and 
creditors, and tying sales and purchase 
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short time. 

Any business which relies on repeat 
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type which produce plain text suitable 
for letters and invoices, to word pub- 
lishers which are a cross between WP 
and DTP, or the desktop publishing 
I DTP) giants which can be used to pro- 
duce artwork for advertising leaflets or 
farcy letterheads. 

When it comes to soliciting funds 
the bank manager will need to see evi- 
dence of both past performance and 
future expectations, This is where a 
spreadsheet comes in handy. Using one 
makes creating budgets - cash flow 
forecasts - a far simpler matter since 
any "what if" queries, such as different 
price points, can be tested automati- 
cally.. 

Spreadsheets can do far more than 
this - in fact the more expensive ones 
can be programmed to transform 
themselves into accounting packages, 
databases, invoice generators and so 
^n. Jf you have some idea of program- 
ming principles a good quality spread- 
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program you need. 

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me difficulty is matching your needs 
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j single accounts book, 

The point of using the Amiga for 
business is to- make things easier and 


faster. An easy trap to fafl into is that of 
spending so much time, effort and 
money on computerising that the ser- 
vice or product offered toy the business 
becomes secondary. Thai way lies 
financial ruin. Business software fa A* 


into several price categories ranging 
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starting out. 

Cashbook Controller 

This is a full double entry accounting 
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bear of business, is handled automati- 
cally and an audit trail helps to find out 
where postings have gone awry, 
Overall, the program performs as 
specified but there are several gripes 

about quality. For the non -accountant, 

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► setting up the system will be very much 
a matter of groping in the dark. No 
sample files are included on the disk so 
the new user has nothing to follow in 
setting up the system and tailoring it to 
suit. Due to the error trapping and self- 
balancing of the system, data entry can 
be frustrating at times but on the 
whole the program does what it is sup- 
posed to do - if not efficiently (hen at 
least competently. 

System 3 

For the bustness which holds a large 
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keep tabs on levels and ordering, 
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Controller program. 

All three sections can be integrated 
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taken away. 

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Final Accounts 

Integrating with Cashbook Controller, 
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DGCalc 

If you are looking For a spreadsheet this 
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have distinctly masochistic tendencies. 
Although I have used many spread- 
sheets over the years and expect a fairly 
steep learning curve when tackling a 
new package, this one had me grinding 
my teeth in frustration. 

Setting up a simple screenshot for 
this article took well over an hour due 
to poor instructions, clumsy screen lay- 
out and controls which had me hop- 
ping backwards and forwards between 


the mouse and keyboard in utter 
despair of finding a smooth operating 
method. 

For the price you would be far better 
off exploring what's around in the pub- 
lic domain. 

Mailshot Plus 

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ing labels. Although address labels are 
implied in the title it can be used for 
anything from labelling your video col- 
lection, to producing individual pre- 
scription labels in a pharmacy. 

New to this version of the program is 
the ability to integrate with other pro- 
grams via Ascii files, a column/tabu- 
lated summary and four e*tra memo 
lines per label which can be searched 
and sorted, 

The program appears to work well 
but once again there is an appalling 
interface which ignores the benefit of 
mouse control and makes for great irri- 
tation to anyone who is used to 
mouse/menu operation systems. 

Again, the price is far too high when 
similar programs are available for a 
tenth of the cost in the public domain, 

Personal Tax Planner 

I first came across this package on the 
ST a few years ago and there is no 
material difference on the Amiga. It is 
intended to allow you to work out tax 
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tion, and in its way it works well, There 
Is also an element of “what if?" so that 
testing various election possibilities can 
help you plan ahead to - legally - min- 
imise your ta* liability, 

The program works by asking a list 
of questions in a similar manner to 
those on your ta* return. 

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> wnaL liability is covered including pro- 
vision for splitting married couples and 
transfer of reliefs, 

A ma^r drawback of the program is 
that unless you have a pretty good idea 
of tax legislation you probably won t 
derive much benefit since a tax hand- 
book will also be required - every year. 
Those who would benefit are accoun- 
tants for rapid client computations and 
non -account ants with a modicum of 
tax knowledge and of tax affairs 
beyond simple PAYE. 

A small snag is that the resulting 
printout is not acceptable to the Inland 
Revenue in place of your tax return 
that you itill have to fill In by hand. 


~Z- Day By Day 

Many of Digits 's dedicated packages, 

OO such as Etype, have novelty value 

rather than practical applications. One 
which has both is Day By Day which is 

rn a diary/forward-planner. 

The program allows forthcoming 
engagements to be entered into a 
database. As the relevant dates 
approach, or pass, noliceboards are 
presented on booting which show all 


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overdue or urgent appointments. 

Various categories of message can be 
defined such as domestic, business or 
leisure, and messages are grouped 
together under the relevant category. 

it's nice to see software which is 
practical, flexible - and above all from 
Digits, easy to use. 

E Type 

What can one say about a program 
which turns your wonderful Amiga into 
a typewriter? 1 The rationale is supposed 
to be that sometimes you don't want 
the hassle of setting up a wordproces- 
sor simply to produce a quick memo. 
What is apparently required is the abil- 
ity to have keyboard strokes sent 
directly to the printer - but why? 

The only halfway rational excuse put 
forward is that of filling in application 
forms which can be a little tricky for 
positioning type. But a wordprocessor 
can be set to print line by line, or even 
character by character, simply by work- 
ing in small chunks of text. 

Unfortunately Etype takes just as 
much time to set up as a standard WP 
and is far less flexible. Better to go for a 
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It's not just small businesses which ben- 
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complex with mortgages, credit cards, 
personal loans and Overdrafts. 

Home Accounts allows alt types of 
transactions to be recorded, reconciled 
and compared with budgeted figures. 
The system covers cash and bank 
accounts, HP and credit cards and even 
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The system is simple to use and 
offers a good range of reporting 
options. Regular transactions such as 
standing orders may be entered and 
will automatically be updated by the 
system, saving the bother of re-entering 
them every month. 

This is one of Digila's better pack- 
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where keeping track of money is con- 
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SUMMARY 

Aimed at beginners, the Digits pro- 
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bigger brothers. The reasoning behind 
this is that beginners don't need dis- 
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package. 

Most of the programs are menu 
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The programs were originally 
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Although Digits'* manuals have 
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now talk about the programs more 
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Pro-entered data on disk is essential 
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even seen this type of program before. 
It is SO much easier to see how a pro- 
gram operates by fiddling around with 
sample figures that this omission tends 
to negate the intended user-friendliness 
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I n the beginning is the word - well, 
not quite. Before finger Is put to 
word processor, the desktop pub- 
lisher should consider a few issues, 

First it is important to have an idea 
of what you want to produce, is it to be 
a catalogue, newsletter or pamphlet? 
The next consideration is why it is to be 
produced. Is it to increase sales, simply 
to convey information or just for the 
hell of it? 

And finally is it appropriate for OTP? 
That's heresy, surely, to suggest that 
DTP is not the only way, that there 
might be life left in the messy old-style 
jobbing typesetter yet? 

Vet it can be the better choice at 
times. There are certain applications for 
which DTP Is unsuitable, either because 
the cost of hardware and software is 
prohibitive to the user who needs it only 
occasionally - for instance, if you want 
to mask pictures through text it's better 
left to a conventional reprographics 
house - or because DTP software can't 
cope with unusual requirements such as 
foreign-language setting, unusual page 
shapes, and so on. 

For all that, in the run of the mill 
there's little that DTP can't cope with 
today. We're talking true DTP, desktop 
publishing, as apposed to the so-called 
"DTP" systems found at newspapers 
and large typesetters, which run into 
tens of thousands of pounds. 

And despite Appfe Macintosh/IBM 
PC propaganda to the contrary, we're 
talking Amiga. 


Chapter 5: Jennie begins to 
wonder.,. 

■Mother. nni«d Jenhl*. "do 
you think they're ut ns the 
teapot a 

Jitfln ttfO muc li? . ^ 

Her .ft at he r looted rath*r 
C-nnf Lined- "Who is Ray 

nonon, *h* aslttl 

"and why is ipvc-r yan* tracifl 
him T r J Finnic groanteci- 

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an old ruddy -diiddy, R*y 
nekton, ill 1 '* th* process 
computer lm a^Ei, 
Don’t ynu know aFipthlns * 

1-ef lectin Ik and refraction? 

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^vvSth inch rubbish it 
retorted Hrnr mother but 1 
Ihlngf Nn dau^htEr D l nln» ; 
.nan called Ray Tracing. J 
that nice S«WIH ehap wt%o 

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Tr*c!na 

whereby 

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buktt the 


package which can cope with text in 
your wordprocessor's own native for- 
mat- For instance, WordPerfect is sup- 
ported by both Professional Page and 
PageStream, and ProWrite by the latter. 

If the compatibility is true, typo- 
graphic formatting applied in the word- 
processor will be carried over on to the 
OTP page. We haven't had a chance to 
test every possible combination of DTP 
software and wordprocessor, so take 
along a text disk to the shop if possible 
and have a go, 

Why not save a little cash and write 
straight on to the DTP page? There is 
only one advantage to this, which is 
that you can see haw dose you are to 
filling the page. There is the possible 
saving too, but the vast majority ol seri- 
ous Amiga users will have a wordpro- 
cessor already. 

The disadvantages, however, are 
legion. For a start, word processors are 
designed to do just that, and their 
interface has writing rather than page 
design in mind, so you might as well 
use the appropriate tool for the job. 

Moreover, screen update in a word- 
processor is generally a lot quicker than 
in a DTP package, particularly if the lat- 
ter is making a laborious attempt at 
WYSIWYG (What You See on the screen 


First the words 

OK, so just after the beginning is the 
word, and the DTP process really 
begins in the wordprocessor. The 
choice of wordprocessor, and the way 
you use it, can make the difference 
between a swift, easy DTP session and a 
nightmare of pointing and clicking. 

Is it compatible with the DTP soft- 
ware? All DTP packages cart import text 
in, the Ascii (American Standard Code 
for Information Interchange) format, 
but as quite a few schoolboys now 
know. Ascii text is just that: pure text, 
without type styles, indents, and so on. 

If possible, it' 5 better to find a DTP 


Is What You Get on the page). There's 
little more irritating than having the 
natural flow of words ... interrupted ... 
while ... the ... processor ... tries ... to ... 
render ... fonts. 

There's also a security advantage. If 
text is typed straight into the DTP page 
and that file gets corrupted - or the 
text is accidentally deleted - all is lost. 
Use a wordprocessor, and at least 
there's a backup, for in most kinds of 
publishing it's the writing, not the page 
layout, which takes the most time. 

Ail this assumes that the text is origi- 
nated on an Amiga. If it's coming from 
people with other models of compute* 
you may need special software, such as 
IBM PC emulation, to read their files. In 
these cases you will normally end up 
with Ascii, although some wordproces- 
sors use the same native file formats 
across different platforms, 

If the text is typed, it's worth consid- 
ering optical character recognition 
(OCR), An OCR system consists of a 
flatbed or handheld scanner and soft- 
ware. The scanner reads the typed text 
as an image, and the software tries to 
find letterforms in the image and turn 
them into a text file. 

Early OCR systems had to be 
■'taught" the characteristics of each 


picture is 
worth a thousand 
words although 
illustrators would 
hotly dispute that 
their salaries 
reflect this ^ 


Pen Pi! 1 . 3 UK 


iilh'a™ 


typeface by being fed with a sample of 
Its full character set but more modern 
software is intelligent OCR, which 
"knows" general principles about letter- 
forms. For instance, a straight vertical 
line with two closed arcs on the right is 
probably a capital B. 

OCR has not really taken off on the 
Amiga, and is a wasteful investment 
unless you're dealing with seriously 
large quantities of text. However, it is 
provided as a service by many DTP 
bureaux. But it's still best to have your 
writers work on an Amiga: not only can 


No other Amiga 
match it for DU 
column mode, t 


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they set some type specifications at 
writing time if the word processor is 
compatible with the DTP software but 
you avoid the single biggest cost of 
conventional typesetting, which is pay* 
ng .some poof keyboard jockey to enter 
the text. 

Then the pictures 

They keep on telling us a picture is 
worth a thousand words, although 
most illustrators would hotly dispute 
that their salary cheques reflect this. 
Some publications - those which are 
purely informational, such as price lists 
or telephone directories - can get away 
without pictures, but most will benefit 
a few illustrations, whether they 
^p to explain the copy or are merely 
v^ere to break up otherwise 
monotonous pages of text. 

The bad news is that bringing illusr 
(rations into a DTP system is always 
-arder than bringing In words. Given 
that you need pictures, there are three 
Options: scan 'em in, draw your own on 
the Amiga, or use dip art, In a few spe- 
Oadised types of publication, a frame- 
; f abber can also be used to grab video 
w Television images, 

Desktop scanning is an increasingly 


popular option, and has decreased 
steadily in price over the past three 
years, with the cheapest handheld 
scanners coming in at around £15Q* 
£200 - depending on whether you go 
for the manufacturer's recommended 
retail price or a cut-rate box- shifter, 
whether you can get the VAT back 
through an accounting dodge, and 
so on. 

Further up the scale come flatbed 
scanners, with which the artwork, to be 
scanned is placed on a glass screen, a 
little like a photocopier. A decent 
monochrome flatbed scanner should 
set you back around £1,000, with 
colour scanners costing more still. 

The advantage of the flatbed scan- 
ner is that it is quicker and more reli- 
able than messing around with a 
wobbly handheld, and will often offer 
better resolution than the 300-400dpi 
found on most handhelds. On the 
down side, flatbed* are limited by their 
nature to scanning material below a 
particular size, usually about A4. 

Colour flatbed scanners can cost 
between £1 ,00O-£2 p ODO and the earth, 
and remember that they cannot handle 
transparencies. Special transparency 
scanners are the province of profes- 
sional reprographics, and indeed with 






any kind of colour scanning it can he 
best to go to a bureau: colour is night- 
marishfy complex to get fight, a subject 
that makes page layout seem like 
child's play. 

Most DTP bureaux are oriented to 
the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, but a 
few are sympathetic to Amiga users. 

There's a lot of fuss made about 
scanner resolution, but before buying 
one of these input devices consider 
your output device. There is little point 
in scanning an image at 1,200dpi if it's 
going to be output on a 9*pin dot 
matrix printer - you're throwing away 
money and time, and creating huge 
image files In which most of the detail 
will be wasted. 

Keep it simple 

Creating pictures in an Amiga art pack- 
age is a far simpler, and cheaper, alter- 
native. One advantage here is that 
computer-created 
images, particularly P — 
when they're vector 
rather than bitmap- 
based, will make the 
best use of your 
printer, / 

There is none of I 

i 

the compromise j 
found in trying to ' 


Barnaby Page gives 
a few expert 
pointers on what 
you need to set up 
your own desktop 
publishing empire 


recreate a continuous-tone scanned 
photograph in thousands of discrete 
dots. All output devices, even the top- 
end imagesetters used by colour maga- 
zines, are ultimately dot-based, it's just 
a question of how close together the 
dots are, creating the illusion or contin- 
uous tone, Amiga Computing's DTP 
Almanac column looked at this in a 
recent issue. 

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] > QTP package will be able to import a 
wide range of image formats, including 
( — EPS (Encapsulated PostScript, IFF 

a (Image File Format), IMG, ProDraw and 

““ so on, but with cheaper DTP software 

you will occasionally find that certain 
attributes of the picture - graduated 
lints, for instance - are lost in the 
import process, 

The disadvantages of the computer- 
generated route are twofold. First, you 
have to know how to use the aft pack- 
ages, which is rarely as easy as it 
sounds, or know a man who does. 
There's a danger that you'll end up 
spending a disproportionate amount of 
time trying to create a small diagram 
for page 19 rather than writing and 
designing the publication. 

The other problem is that computer- 
generated art airways looks, well, sort of 
computer-generated. Curves that are 
too perfect, flesh tones that would be 
rejected by any butcher, tent around 
circles: these things are the giveaways. 

If your publication is shout the 
Amiga, pictures that are obviously com- 
puter-generated may be a good thing, 
but they're unlikely to go down so well 
in a newsletter for aficionados of 
medieval churches. 

Clip art - ready-made pictures on 
disk - solves the first problem and can 
often help with the second. Most dip 
art was created on the Amiga, although 
you do get a few scanned images, but 
it's often done by the veiy best artists, 
who know how to get realistic results 
out of the software when they want to. 

Most clip art is public domain and 
distributed by mail order, which means 
you don't pay much for it and can copy 
it from someone else's collection if you 
like. It's best to go for a clip art collec- 
tion dedicated to a particular subject - 
maps, anatomy, computing, whatever 
- as it's here that you're most likely to 
find the picture that's just right. 

Many of the more general packages 




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party invitations and the like - where 
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know? - and are frequently American- 
oriented, so you'll find plenty of Stars 
and Stripes but precious few Union 
lacks in them, 


And on to the page 

You have the words, you have the pic- 
tures; page design is where they come 
together and a publication is brought 
to life. It's also here, of course, that the 
DTP package finally gets taken out of 
the box. 

For very simple jobs you might also 
consider PageSetter or even a high-end 
wordprocessor. The better ones can set 
type in multiple-columns, place rules, 
offer a wide range of text sizes and so 
on. 

And if you're seriously into proving 
that the Amiga is the equal of the Apple 
Macintosh and IBM PC, it may be 
worth talking to Advent Desktop 
Publishing about 382. This is a heavy- 
weight publishing package with excel- 
lent typographic and colour features, 
which has already proved itself on the 



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IBM PC and Unix platforms before mov- 
ing to the Amiga this year. It will, of 
course, require a heavyweight Amiga 
for proper use. 

But there are two main contenders 
in Amiga DTP; Professional Page (often 
called ProPage), available from Gold 
Disk, and Page Stream from Soft-Logik. 

DTP is, sadly, as Involved in the 
"spec wars" as any other area of soft- 
ware. For instance, there's an unhealthy 
interest on the part of software houses, 
and reviewers, in rotated type, but how 


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Not only does this make importing 
illustrations easier, it also means that if 
in the future you want to create some 
text effect which the DTP software can- 
not manage, you can still produce it in 
an art package and bring it in. 

A single DTP package which offers 
everything from wordprocessing to 
drawing to graphing is all very appeal- 
ing, but it usually means that you're 
paying for features you don't want, and 
quite possibly wasting memory on 
them into the bargain; far better to 
establish a modular system, with each 
package doing what it’s best at- 

However, basic drawing tools within 
the DTP package are always handy, as 
well as 'simple cut/copy/ paste wordpm- 
cessing facilities for headlines and last 
minute changes. 


Choosing type 


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through anything other than 90 or 360 
degrees? 

How often do you really want to 
view a page onscreen at 1 500 per cent 
magnification? How often do you want 
to use text that's 1 83,000 points - 
that's 64 metres! - high? Yet those last 
two claims come from Soft-Logik in 
their marketing of Page Stream. 

What you do want is a sensible set of 
features - not Loo many or the software 
takes too long to leam - and ease of 
use, which tan only be determined by a 
test drive. The features to took for 
depend on the requirements of your 
publication and those which you can 
imagine wanting to do in the future. 

DTP packages share many common 
features, such as multi-column text set- 
ting, variable text size, boxed text, text 
running around shapes, and so on. It is 
on the more obscure features that the 
choice must be made, and pre-eminent 
among these, I would argue, is support 


For most users, DTP is essentially about 
type. Extremes of type size are pretty 
useless - anything below about Spt is 
illegible, and above about 500pt is too 
big for the average page. But flexibility 
of size within those limits is important 
and the ideal package should be able to 
change type size in increments of at 
least 0.25pt. 

Page Stream does it in 0.01 pt incre- 
ments, Professional Page in rather limit- 
ing 1 pt increments. The same is true of 
leading, or interline spacing: adjust- 
ments of 0.25pt Dr dipt are barely 
noticeable, yet over a long publication 
they can make the difference between 
fitting the copy and having to cut. 

Beware, however, the temptation to 
chop and change within the publica- 
tion, The average reader, shown an 8pt 
text sample and then an B.5pt text 
sample, will say they're the same size, 
but put them next to each other and 
he or she may well notice the discrep- 
ancy. 

All DTP packages include a few basic 
typefaces sd you don't have to buy 
extras from day one, but a wide choice 
of fonts is a strong plus point. While 
designers will always advise you to use 
only a couple of faces in each publica- 
tion, that doesn't mean you want the 
same ones in every document. And as 
you do more DTP work you'll start to 
have strong preferences even between 
two fonts which appear identical at first 
' glance: Helvetica and News Gothic, for 
instance. 

PageStream scores heavily here with 
its support for Adobe PostScript fonts, 
both Type 1 and Type 3, PostScript is a 
device-independent standard for fonts, 
and indeed for illustrations, in its EPS 
incarnation, which means that a 
PostScript font - say, 24pt Palatino - 
will print identically on any PostScript- 
compatible printer, whatever its manu- 
facturer. 

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fonts are based on vectors rather than 




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i pages are a boon. But there 11 * a lot 
1 qf mystification surrounding the 
i' former term, Really, a template is 
i just a page design which you saw 
I for reuse with new text, and any 
J fool can create templates by saving 
, the page design under a different 

i name before flowing in the text, 

' Master pages are much more useful. 

I (n effect, they are multiple templates 
i within a single document. For 
instance, in a 16-page newsletter you 
I might have master pages for the front 
i cover, complete with publication 
name, for the beginning of each edito- 
| rial section, with the section heading, 
and for standard left-hand and right- 
hand pages, with the page numbers, 
date and so on on the appropriate 
sides. 

The appropriate master page can 
then be applied to each page in the 
publication before you start the design 
of a particular issue, this saves time and 
keeps grids, headings and such con- 
stant 


> bitmaps, they can be scaled to any pro- 
portion without loss of quaitty. The dif- 
ference hetween Type 1 and Type 1 
fonts is noticeable only on higher-reso- 
lution printers: Type 1 fonts employ a 
technique called "hinting' 1 , In which 
the letterforms change slightly as the 
font changes in size. However, this 
actually creates an illusion of identical 
letterforms, The purpose of hinting is to 
compensate for differences in our per- 
ception of different sizes. 

There are thousands of PostScript 
typefaces available, including foreign 
language sets, mathematical symbols 
and so on. While many of them are still 
available only on Apple Macintosh and 
IBM PC disks, we can expect to see 
more PostScript on the Amiga over the 
next year or two as the machine 
becomes accepted as a professional 
platform. 

An investment in PostScript is an 
investment in the future - and they're 
not paying me to say that! 

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Process or spot? 

The spec wars also rage on the battle- 
field of colour. Again, il r 5 worth asking 
how much you really need, and the 
choice boils down to process colour 
versus spot colour. 

Process colour is used in magazines 
such as Amigo Computing to create an 
almost infinite range of shades, This is 
done by mixing the printer's four bask 
colours - cyan (blueish), magenta (red- 
dish), yellow and black, usually referred 
to as CMYK or YMCK. The K actually 
stands for "key", not "black" - not 
many people know that, or are inter- 
ested, 

Process colours are specified as per- 
centages of each of the CMYK compo- 
nents, For instance, you might want to 
create a purple effect with 70 per cent 
cyan and 30 per cent magenta, 
expressed in print shorthand as 70C 
80M, 

Process colour is also essential for 
scanned colour photographs. However, 
you will need extra software to ''sepa- 
rate" the photographs - that is, to anal- 
yse the C, M, Y and K content of each 
- . minute area - and a good deal of 
I expertise in colour-correction, as 
desktop separation is rarely perfect- 
I So process colour puts the entire 
I spectrum at your fingertips but the 
1 problem is that few colour computer 
I printers know how to print it, and if s 
| generally only used if you're outputting 
1 separations for press printing 
, Additional problem* arise with 
i screen display, The Amiga screen cre- 
1 ates colours out of red, green and blue 
I (RGB), like a television set, and can only 
[ make an approximate translation of the 

1 CMYK process colour, 

A far simpler alternative, particularly 
I With dot-matrix printers, is spot colour. 
Here you just tell the DTP software that 
a certain area of the page is to be 


printing the publication larger than its 
final size, and then reducing it (effective 
resolution - printed resolution/reduc- 
tion proportion). 

But it is possible to indulge in overkill 
at the output stage. Text and line art 
will look almost as good on a 100dpi 
laser printer as on 1200dpi bromide, 
and if the toner on both machines is 
fresh a photocopied! laser print looks 
almost as good as an original - it's a lot 
quicker too. 

Many DTP users overlook paper and 
binding, The choice ol paper is largely 
an aesthetic one - do you want to look 
glossy, or down-to-earth? - but paper 
absorbency is also an issue, as very 
absorbent paper may allow ink to 
spread slightly and spoil the definition 
of fine line*. On the other hand, on 
some glossy, non-absorbent materials 
the ink will smear in your hands. 

For the majority of users binding will 
be down to that low-tech device the j 
stapler. Remember to build some lee- 
way into your page margins in case the 
staples are positioned a bit out, and 
that in very long publications the sta- 
ples will move their effective position 
on the page as you get toward the cen- 
tre of the book. Try folding a few hun- 
dred pieces of paper inside each other. 

If you can afford it, ring binders or 
document holders from stationery 
shops are more elegant and reliable. 
And so binding, the last stage in the 
process, lakes you right back to page 
design. 

The path to successful DTP is not a 
difficult one, but eveiy stage affects I 
every other, and you have to consider 
the end before you even start. It's a bit 
like the song: the writer connects to the 
wordpTocessor, and the word processor 
connects to the DTP software, and the 
DTP software connects to the typeface, 
and the typeface connects to the 
printer, and the printer connects to the 
binding, and the binding connects to 
the reader.,- who, after all, is the object 
of the exercise. 


Times 
Helvetica 
Optima 
Stone Sans 
Palatino 
Futura 

Avant Garde 
Bookman 

You M-rfJ dewr vp for certofo 

printed in colour A, the headline over 
there in colour B, and so on. The com- 
puter then tells the printer which rib- 
bon to use. Neither computer nor 
printer know* or cares what the colour 
actually is. 

Both Professional Page and 
Fageitream offer CMYK process colour 
and RGB colour,. Professional Page also 
supports Pan tones, which are special 
inks used by printers to create effect* 
unavailable through CMYK, such as 
metallic gold, This is a great example of 
paying for a feature which you are 
highly unlikely to use. 

Finally, check that your chosen DTP 
package, and your Amiga's memory, 
can cope with the number of pages 
your publication requires - it's frustrat- 
ing to have to break it down into 
smaller jabs. 

On to output 

The page is only as good as its printing, 
and all your carefully-honed effects will 
come to naught if they're churned out 
on a rusty 9-pin dot matrix printer. So 
go for the best resolution you can 
afford, and seriously consider using one 
qf the few Amiga DTP bureaux. 

They will produce printer's film if 
you're going to end up with conven- 
tional press printing, or bromide, which 
is a positive photographic image on 
paper, at about 1 200dpi for photo- 
copying, 

Remember also that you can 
increase the effective resolution by 

tFer^s^itmapsT they can be “seated to aj I 
5 $ of quality. The difference between Type 1 
itieeable only on higher-resolution printers: 
iploy a technique called "hinting", in whicr 
ange slightly as the font changes in size, i 
Bates an illusion of identical letterforms, 
iting is to compensate for differences in 01 

Fferent sizes. „ * A 

There are thousands of PostScript type 
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It's rapidly 
becoming the 
Amiga buzzword 
for 1991. 

Paul Overaa 
unravels some of the 
mysteries of ARexx 

M any new Amiga programs 
are hitting the streets with 
an ARexx tag, or a note to 
■he effect that because they support the 
language, they can communicate with 
other Aftexx-compatibfe programs, It's 
not too difficult to deduce Lh^t ARexx 
must have some connection with inter- 
program communications but in fact, 

• bese sort of remarks sell it short 
because it has far more potential than 
■his. It is, believe it or not, a computer 
anguage i n its own right 
ARexx has a lot going for it so, before 
talking about the current communica- 
‘ ns interest, it's worth spending same 
t me looking at the language itself- if 
Nothing else, this will help to put some 
of Che language's more unusual features 
nto perspective. 

ARexx Is an interpreted language 
rich supports a wide range of high 
■^ef operations. It includes sopMsti- 
ured tracing and debugging facilities 
ind contains many other features of 
nterest 

On the surface one might be for- 
I ven for regarding an ARexx program 
ii sseing similar to Basic. Certainly the 
r inge of high-levef operations that are 
available do bear same comparison with 
but a more detailed examination 


of the language reveals unique charac- 
teristics which clearly show that ARexx 
has other goals in mind. 

The use of ARexx falls into three rea- 
sonably distinct categories and these 
provide a convenient way to discuss the 
language, Firstly, because it provides 
easy links straight into Amiga DOS, it is 
both possible and profitable to use it as 
a command language. 

ARexx programs can be used to 
replace the type of facilities whkh might 
otherwise be implemented using the 
macro type executable script fifes which 
Amiga DOS itself provides. ARexx is, 
however, capable of considerably mom 
versatility in this area and yei r because it 
is small, it is an easy language to feamu 

You create ARexx programs usmg ED 
or any srmilar text editor. This short 
example below asks the user for a pro- 


gram name and a device name, con- 
catenates the answers to build a particu- 
lar command string, and then transmits 
that string to the underlying Amiga DOS 
for additional processing; 

f* it &iipL« J.R«ik pragfii *t 
ray 1 P l c a se trrttr prg^rgi nine 1 
pull ti*ie 

ny ‘rfnith device dp /pu wish ta lurch* 
puLL device 

n lit* ‘RMtF Indie 1 dtme 1 1 nane 
ad Jr es 5 cpaiand nut 

If the user had entered J 'testprogram JT 
and "DFI;" the final command trans- 
mitted to AmigaDOS would have been 
this; 

IAi:Hhd4i If Is test prog rii 

All the usual types of statements for flow 
control ksopSp if-then-else r case selection 
etc included and it also supports all 


ARexx is the Amiga version of rhe 
REXX programming language 
which was First described by a chap 
called M F towlishaw in a book 
called The REXX Programming 
Language; A Practical Approach w 
Programming published by 
Prentice Hall in 19G5. 

The Amiga implementation, 
which appeared around 198?, is by 
William 5 Hawes - the author of 
such programs as ConMan and 
VYShell - and there is no doubt at all 
that he's done an excellent job. 

With Commodore effectively 
endorsing ARexx by bundling it 
with Workbench 2 on the A3DOO, it 
looks- as though the language is set 
to further enhance the possibilities 
of a machine that even now is only 
just beginning to show its true 
potential. 


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common string con catena Lion, arith- 
metic, logical and operand comparison 
operations. As well as supporting simple 
variables there are some interesting vari- 
ations on indexed array storage. 

ARexx is essentially "typeless* - vari- 
ables do not have to be declared as 
such because operands are regarded as 
strings whkh are validated by virtue of 
the context in which they are used. 

Its many sophisticated features will 
satisfy a second class of user - those 
who need, or would like to experiment 
with, a language capable of enhancing 
an already powerful multi-tasking oper- 
ating system, il can provide a pro- 
grammable interface, a potential 
prototyping tool, and a powerful set of 
high-level functions which can be used 
to create fully-fledged, independent, 
ARexx-hased applications programs. 

Highly specialized 

The language supports the creation of 
procedures functions with their own 
symbol tables - in other words^ their 
own focal variables - but at the same 
time it allows selected areas of the call- 
ing routine's symbol table to be 
exposed. Thus it allows selected vari- 
ables from thE calling routine to 
become accessible to the function being 
called. 

ARexx functions may be part of an 
ARexx program, part of a shared library, 
or even a separate program. It includes 
mechanisms which allow string expres- 
sions to be parsed, and by using a tem- 
plate control it is possible to extract 
selected sub-strings and assign them to 
chosen variables. Ft supports recursion 
and even offers "on the fly" expression 
analysis via an interpret instruction 
enabling an ARexx program to evaluate 
ARexx expressions dynamically. 

Despite the fact that it is well suited 

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for such purposes, the current interest in 
the language is not the result erf its use- 
fulness as a replacement command lan- 
guage, It stems from the fact that it 
provides built-in mechanisms to support 
inter-program communications - that is, 
it allows one program to exchange 
information with another. It is this third 
area of potential use which is causing 
the current excitement within the 
Amiga wodd. 

Believe it or not a whole syntactic 
class is reserved for ARexx program 
statements which have no meaning to 
ARexm itself- When it Finds such a state- 
ment it classes it as a command and 
assumes it is intended for another appli- 
cation. Such commands are transmitted 
via a special command interface to an 
external application that has previously 
announced its ability to receive such 
commands. 

The application will Interpret the 
command, perform the required opera- 
tion, and then transmit a message back 
bp the original program which enables it 
to determine whether cm- not the func- 
tion was performed successfully. On the 
Amiga, all of this is achieved with the 
Help of the underlying multi-tasking 
Exec message passing system. 

The global communications and 
resource manager which ARexx uses is 
called the resident process and this 
must be active before any ARejcx pro- 
gram or communications facilities can 
be used. Those of you lucky enough to 
have the A 3000 with Workbench 2 will 
doubtless have already seen the 
rexjtmast command in the startup 
script. Among other things, this pro- 
gram sets up the REXX message port 
through which programs can communi- 
cate. 

Most programs which support ARex* 
communications will look for the tell- 
tale presence of a public REXX port and, 
if it's not found, they'll usually start up 
the resident process themselves. Of 
cotine you don't need an A3000 to fun 
ARexx but until WorkBenth 2 becomes 
generally available on the A500/A2000 
machines and the like, nan-A30DQ users 
wiki definitely need to buy ARex* as a 
separate package. 

This is not a bad idea anyway, even 


for A3GOO users, because at present they 
still only get the ARexx core material: 
the rexxmast program, run time 
libraries, and a cut-down version of the 
original documentation. By buying 
ARcxk separately you'll get the works! 
full ARexx documentation, all of the 
supporting header files, run time and 
I ink- time libraries, utilities, and lots of 
example programs. 

Communications 

How does all of this communications 
stuff work in practice? Here's an exam- 
ple which should make things dear. 
Bars k Pipes Professional includes an 
ARexx accessory program which 
receives commands addressed to 
"Ears&Pipes ARess*. 

A range of commands have been 
Implemented. LOCATE SMPTE 
hour.minute. second. frame, for instance, 
will set the sequencer to a specific 
SMPTE position. LOCATE CLOCK midi- 
clock w*ll do a similar 'location'’ thing 
with a time point specified in Midi time 
docks. 

Don't get confused here. The com- 
mands I've just mentioned are NOT part 
of the ARexx language - the program- 
mers of the Bars & Pipes package itself, 
Blue Ribbon Sound works in this case, 
designed this part of the interface, ie 
they worked out the format of the com- 
mands which Bars k Pipes was going to 
recognize and did the necessary pro- 
gramming. 

All you, the user, have to do is make 
sure that the commands which you 
send to Bars k Pipes fit the syntax 
which Blue Ribbon Sound works have 
chosen to implement! The clever thing 
about all this is that these Bars k Pipes 
messages can be sent by almost any 
program which supports ARexx, includ- 
ing the Afiexx interpreter. 

Let's suppose you've gat another 
ARexx-compatible program running, say 
Superbase Professional, and you want it 
to control the Bars & Pipes prog ram - 
Superbase's DML language has an 
extended ARexx CAL command which 
looks like this: CALL part EXECUTE 
string-expression. 

Again these syntax extensions are 
nothing to do with the language itself- 


■ 

In this case they are Superbase's part of 
the program - program interface and 
you need to follow the syntax for these 
commands in just the same way that 
you'd follow the syntax for any other 
DML command. 

If, for instance, you wanted a 
Superbase DML program to transmit a 
SMPTE position command to Bars & 
Pipes so that the sequencer relocated to 
position 0 hours, 1 minute, 23 seconds, 
1 2th frame you would write the DML 
instruction as CALL "Bars&Pipes ARexx* 
EXECUTE "LOCATE SMPTE 0.1.23.12" 
To start Bars k Pipes from Superbase 
you might use the instruction CALL 
"Bars&Pkpes ARexx" EXECUTE "START", 

Using ARexx with two large pro- 
grams like Superbase Professional and 
Bars & Pipes Professional is rather wish- 
ful thinking for most people - unless 
you've got more megabytes than you 
know what to do with - but of course 
the general principles are roughly the 
same for all ARexx-compatible pro- 
grams. What should be obvious From 


the above discussion is this; the average 
user, as far as the communications side 
is concerned, is mainly involved with 
learning about the applications program 
ARexx syntax, not about the ARexx lan- 
guage itself. 

This raises another point worth 
remembering: the command formats, 
and the flexibility of any particular patk^ 
age - in terms of what it can and can- 
not do ARexx- wise - is primarily due \o 
how the applications program ends ol 
the ARexx links have been programmed. 

At the end of the day r successful 
inter-program ARexx links are as much 
to do with the applications programs a* 
they are to do with ARexx itself. 

What it does, however, Ls provide the 
standardized framework which allows 
individual programs to weave their own 
particular communications magic. 

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The implications of having a standardised programmable interface available 
for the Amiga are far-reaching. In theory at least It means that all software 
products which support the ARexx Interface are able to talk to each other and 
exchange Information. 

The dose adherence to the original Rexx language will hopefully mean the 
Interface will not be restricted to Amiga products but could conceivably open 
other doors for the Amiga user - mainframe links and jo on. The potential 
usefulness of the ARexx interface depends to a targe extent, of course, on 
whether software houses adopt the ARexx option but the current signs are 
encouraging. 

AmlgaTex (Radical Eye Software), TxEd-Plus (Microsmiths), Cygnui Ed, 
CA.P.E.6BK (Inovatroniei) MlcroFiche Flier Plus and, of course, WShell 
(William 5 Hawes) were some of the first packages to support ARexx. Precision 
Software were alio quick off the mark in providing ARexx facilities with the 
release of Superbase Professional S. 

The Superbase facilities are included as part of the database management 
language DML and, as we've seen, they provide ARexx communications from 
within DML applications programs. There are plenty of other examples includ- 
ing the Lattice/SAS LSE editor. 

The Bars 6 Pipes Professional sequencer package mentioned earlier is a 
very recent ARexx compatible arrival and, there Is also a growing collection of 
public domain ARexx software beginning to appear. More and more software 
houses are promising ARexx support and Commodore seem to be actively 
encouraging this trend, 

Now. when companies like Lattice /S AS start giving their vote of confidence 
to ARexx, others tend to be only too happy to follow suit. The end result of 
this interest is that the ARexx snowball li definitely rolling and it's unlikely to 
stop! The package is supplied on a single disk together with a well produced 
manual. The content of the manual is excellent but, although it contains a 
suitably gentle introduction to the language, I should mention that later chap- 
ters deal in detail with the type of material that is really only of interest to the 
more advanced user. 

Don't forget that if you are into C or dBK Assembler programming then 
you'll be able to do something that is beyond the average user - write your 
own ARexx controller interfaces, 

If you are in that league and want to take that kind of serious look at the 
ARexx language then, whether you've graduated to an AlOOO or not, you'll 
really appreciate the thoroughness of the documentation. The package has 
the capabilities, the presentation and the feel of products costing substantially 
more. Ail the indications are that ARexx will become accepted in just the same 
way as say the IFF standard has been, My advke, especially if you have a serf, 
ous Interest in the Amiga, is to go out, buy ARexx and use it - you're unlikely 
to be disappointed! 


Other goodies 

In addition to launching programs and controlling the communications facilities 
the resident process acts as a general resources and housekeeping manager. One 
example of a resource that the resident process controls ls the Global Tracing 
Console. 

ARexx allows a separate trace console to be opened which deals only with the 
tracing/debugging information - thus preventing the problem of tracing I/O 
being interleaved with normal program I/O 

If all this were not enough, the package includes developers' Information for 
the design and implementation of ARexx interfaces and Includes both details of 
the support functions present in the system libraries and of the necessary Include 
flies, all of which are available on disk as part of the standard ARexx package. 



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Paul Overaa explains some programming 
snags - peculiar to various languages - that 
Amiga users can get hung up on 


L earning how to program the Amiga 
involves far more than just learning a 
suitable language. But you have to start 
somewhere and, having said that, a few words 
about the three main languages available to 
the Amiga user are still in order. 


The Basic language 


To a large extent Basic has always 
been considered a beginners' lan- 
guage - which isn't loo surprising 
because that is exactly what it was 
designed to be. Basic, which was 
developed by Professors John 
Kemeny and Thomas Kurtz at 
Dartmouth college in 1963, actually 
stands for Beginners All-purpose 
Symbolic instruction Code, 

Now Basic may have started out 
as a very rudimentary language but 
over the years it has grown enor- 
mously and now almost all versions 
of the language, and that includes 
those available for the Amiga, are 
quite good. It is best thought of as a 
general high-level language that is 
particularly suitable for beginners. 

So, Basic has come of age. There 
are several reasons for this. Firstly, 
the dominance of Microsoft during 
the 8-bit CP/M days of the previous 
decade led to a sort of Microsoft- 
‘ avou red be facto standard being 
accepted. 

This eliminated the earlier situa- 
tion where almost all available 
implementations of the language 
were different. 

Recently written Basic interpreters 
!end at least to keep the main core 
of the language in line with other 
offerings. 

Following those early Microsoft 
days there has been a trend for pro- 
riding decent, structured constructs: 
1F-THEN-EL5E, FOR and WHILE 
loops, ON -GO SUB etc. 

This, coupled with recent 
mprovements such as argumenL 
classing and the use of local vari- 
ables in subprograms and so on, has 
'neant that many earlier criticisms of 
the language are no longer valid. 


Unfotunately, there are still many 
areas where Basic can be criticised 
although the one most publicised - 
that because it is an interpreted lan- 
guage it is slow-running - is actually 
unfair. Interpreted Bask is slow 
because the high-level Instructions, 
□ r statements which make up a 
Basic program, have to be translated 
line by line before they are executed. 

Criticism 

Today you can get Basic compilers - 
programs which will do that transla- 
tion process in advance, thereby 
producing programs which do not 
suffer from a runtime translation 
overhead. 

This makes it possible to get the 
best of both worlds: the program- 
mer can use the interpreter based 
version to obtain a rapid 
code/ run /edit /re -run cycle time dur- 
ing development, and when the 
program is complete, the compiler 
can be used lo produce the final 
version. 

The real criticisms of the lan- 
guage stem not so much from faults 
In the things that Basic does offer, 
but from the fact that there are 
advanced features found in other 
languages that are not found in 
Basic. 

It lacks easy modular/library rou- 
tine facilities and is unable, in gen- 
eral, to support things tike recursion, 
complex variables, and multiple 
indirection. 

Basic remains one of the best lan- 
guages to learn first. Having said 
that, there will, if you are seriously 
interested in programming, comE a 
time when you will wish to move on 
to richer pastures. 



The C language 


Vou only have to pick up an offi- 
cial Amiga reference manual to 
see how important C is to the 
Amiga programmer. 

This is because large amounts of 
the Amiga's operating system soft- 
ware was written using t and this 
dependence has spilled over to 
the technical documentation. 

Why was C chosen? The under- 
lying reason is simple, C Is an 
absolutely brilliant language. 

It is small and so is relatively 
easy to learn. It is a compiled lan- 
guage which produces fast run- 
ning code and is well suited to 
modular - stage-by-stage - devel- 
opment because It supports the 
separate compilation of individual 
modules. 

C offers facilities for using com 
plex variables called structures, 
which provide a powerful way of 
grouping and accessing sets of 
related items as a single unit. 

It also supports recursion and 
has absolutely incredible multi- 
level indirection pointer facilities. 

Programs written in C can be 
very portable, whkh means that 


they are easily moved from one 
machine/ope rating -system to 
another. That said, just because 
you write a program using C as 
the language it does not mean 
necessarily that the program will 
be portable. 

To write portable C code you 
need to take a lot of care to min- 
imise the use of and Isolate the 
areas of a program which may be 
machine, /OS dependent. 

C, on the Amiga at least, Is 
unfortunately quite an expensive 
language but having said that the 
two major C compilers for the 
Amiga really do offer excellent 
value for money. 

Lattfce/SAS ii a superb package 
and Manx's Aztec C Is another 
offering that is generally very well 
thought of. 

With both of these commercial 
offerings you get far more than 
Just a compiler, you get a com- 
plete programming environment 
which includes a compiler, editor, 
assembler, debugger, large 
libraries of prewritten routines, 


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Recently a public domain C com- 
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Public domain C compilers are few 
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The compiler was written by 
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for putting a "complete C envi- 
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To create NorthC, disk offerings 
from many other people have 
been used. There Is the A68k 
assembler from Charlie Gibbs 
which Is based on Brian R 
Anderson's 68000 cross-assembler 
(published in Dr Dobb s |oumaf, 
April through June 1986). 

A68k produces ArnigaDQS-for- 
mat object modules and Includes 
many enhancements such as 
macros and INCLUDE file support 

Blink Is a public domain linker 
which was originally written as a 
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Alink. However, Blink if so good 
that Lattke/SAS themselves now ' 
supply St with their compiler pack- 
age. 

The programming team respon- 
sible for it are The Software 
Distillery and those members who 
have been significantly Involved 
with Blink Include Dave Baker, Ed 
Burnette, Stan Chow, Jay 
Denebelm, Gordon Keener, Jack 
Ro use, John T oebes and Doug 
Walker. 

Because the NorthC disk is a 
public domain offering it is likely 
that its contents, in terms of 
examples and additional notes 
etc, may vary from source to 
source. 

The main tools, namely the 
compiler assembler and linker 
will always be there. So will the 
libraries and include flies. 

One thing that you probably 
won t get on the disk ii a text edi- 
tor. This is because the Amiga Si 
supplied with two perfectly ade- 
quate editors. 

Ed, which you can find in the C 
directory of the WorkBench disk, 
and Memacs which you can find 
on the 1.3 Extras disk are per- 
fectly adequate for the tasks likely 
to be demanded of them. 


68000 Assembly language 


Everybody seems to think that 
assembly languages are difficult 
to learn. This simply Is not true - 
the Instruction sets of most pro- 
cessors, even powerful ones like 
the 68000 used in the Amiga, are 
quite limited and there is nothing 
inherently complex about the 
operations Involved, 

Each instruction carries out 
some elementary task, perhaps 
adding two values together or 
copying the contents of one mem- 
ory location to another. 

The problems arise when you 
try to work out how to combine 
thousands of these elementary 
instructions into a program which 
does a particular job. If is a task 
which is prone to error and, by Its 
very nature, tends to be time-con- 
suming. 

Assembly language program- 
ming needs attention to detail 
and the programmer must have 
the ability to break down a pro- 
gramming problem Into more eas- 
ily managed sections so that any 
difficult coding problems can be 
solved on a piece-by-piece basis. 

So what are the benefits? Firstly 
you'll be able to make your pro- 
grams run at the ultimate speed. 
Secondly, you will get a gut feel- 


ing for what computing is all 
about at the nuts and bolts level. 
That is something which will help 
you to understand much more 
about high-level languages and 
the problems which they have had 
to address 

Assembly language program- 
ming on the Amiga adds another 
dimension - the complexity of the 
operating system itself. 

Before you can comfortably 
write Assembler code to do a par- 
ticular job It's necessary to know 
enough about the operating sys- 
tem and its library code system 
call arrangements to work out 
what your Assembler code should 
be doing. 

learning about these Amiga 
facilities alone Is a massive chal- 
lenge simply because there is so 
much to understand. There is no 
easy road, you just have to sit 
down and work hard at It 

Don't get disheartened, we 
have all found the Amiga a long 
hard slog but take It from me, it 
does get easier after a while. 

If you persevere and manage to 
get through the first couple of 
years without giving up, the 
chances are that you will be home 
and dry ! 



Last words 

A serious programmer coming into the Amiga fold has three fun- 
damental problems: 

• Understanding a suitable language. This really means becom- 
ing competent at C. Even if you were wishing to work with 
Assembler, or a language like ModuIaZ, you would still need 
some undertandtng of C in order to understand the Amiga's ref- 
erence manuals. 

• Coming to terms with the Amiga's facilities and its technical 
documentation. A frightening task for newcomers and those 
coming from the relatively simple 8-bit computer world. Old 
hands who have Unix experience will be far less troubled by 
either the technical issues or the mass of documentation. 

• Working out how to break programming problems down into 
easily manageable pieces. Again, programmers who have 
acquired proficiency on other complex machines or business-ori- 
entated programming environments will be far better placed 
than the Amiga owner whose only experience has been a 
Commodore C64 or similar computer. 

What's the solution? Well, C as a language is not difficult to learn, 
so any problems in this area disappear relatively quickly. Any dif- 
ficult Amiga-orientated system topics that wilt eventually need to 
be understood can really be tackled on a ’'need to know" basis, 
Just make a point of learning first about those aspects that seem 
to be essential to whatever project you intend to get Involved 
with - leave other areas until later. 

Given a C compiler and the right Amiga documentation most 
competent programmers quickly come to terms with the Amiga. 
Newcomers do not! 

One of the major stumbling blocks for many would-be pro- 
grammers is that they have never been taught how to translate 
their ideas Into forms which can be coded physically. These latter 
problems take us into the world of program design and there are 
superb techniques - tike the Warnier diagram - which help a lot. 
That, however, is a story for another time! 



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102 



Stevie Kennedy finds 
an educational toy 
to tempt you back 
to the science labs 


T he exploding hydrogen bal- 
loon, the sputtering potas- 
sium-in-water trick, and even 
the water-propelled rocket are old hat 
these days in Britain's school science 
classes. Computers and laser disk play- 
ers are the big attractions with children 
in the J 90s, so what better way than 
with a beckoning robot arm to tempt 
the little honors back into the physics 
lab? 

The national curriculum places a 
great emphasis on the need to teach 
technology and the control of technol- 
ogy, an attitude most clearly demon- 
strated by the early LOGO-con trolled 
turtles. This is easily extrapolated into 
the information technology content of 
other courses, and A- level subjects such 
as computer studies, so the uses for a 
device such as the Alfred arm are about 
as varied as the teacher's needs. 

Armed and dangerous 

In essence, Alfred is a baby brother of 
the industrial Mars and R2QQ0 robots, 
but he isn't just a toy. The arm is con- 
trolled via only six servo motors, but 
the user has a surprising amount of 
control over movement, 

In control terms, each of the servos 
moves through a variety of arcs, from 
60 to 250 degrees, but they all divide 
this into 256 steps of equal size. This 
means that the gripper, for instance, 
(more often thought of as Alfred s 
"mouth*) is controllable through an arc 
of 60 degrees with a resulting range of 
0,23 degrees per step, but that the 
waist servo, running through 100 
degrees, can only be positioned to the 
nearest 1.7 degrees. 

The result of such a wide range of 


step-by-step way until Alfred Is 
programmed to carry out manoeu- 
vres resembling a bionic ballet. The 
process Control software includes a sim- 
ple "Pick up and Drop" sequence, hut 
any schoolchild should be able to pro- 
duce better results very quickly. 

The main headache with control is 
the way Alfred's gripper works. It is 
controlled by two servos for left and 
right rotation o! the “wrist" and one for 
closing the gripper. Unlike in some of 
the more complex industrial robots, 
there are no extra servos lor a two-way 
grab or hinged "finger", but despite 
this the gripper actually grips quite 
welt. 

The problem is with positioning the 
head for gripping to take place. The 
two servos can be moved in steps as 
small as 0.96 degrees, but synchronis- 
ing them is a real pain until mastered. 
Plenty of practice is needed in this part 
of Alfred's operation. 

Alfred add-ons 

With the addition of a range of sensors 
on offer by Think Ltd, Alfred can be put 
to more practical uses, though mast 
industrial tasks will be beyond him due 
to his light frame and flimsy grabber. 

In a laboratory environment or very 
light industrial workshop, however, the 
addition of the Rotary Table and 
Conveyor Belt transforms Alfred into a 
very useful and economical solution to 
a range of repetitive tasks. 

His two “Octopus" ports give him 
access to these and a wide range of 
external hardware which can be 
directly controlled through the software 
using sliders in exactly the same way as 
his servos. Additional equipment - at 


additional cost - includes sensors for 
proximity, humidity, sound, tempera- 
ture, and a wide range of others, so 
with a bit of investment Alfred can 
become a versatile piece of equipment 

Conclusion 

If you're a science teacher or industrial 
training officer, the advantages of a sys- 
tem such as Alfred are obvious, He is 
fun to use, easy to operate, and with 
the additional hardware is a great deal 
more than a toy. 

Of limited practical use due to his 
light burld and comparatively imprecise 
controls, Alfred could still render valu- 
able service in a lab or workshop, and is 
a guaranteed hit with school kids. He 
might be a bit of a strain on shrinking 
school budgets, but I'd write him glow- 
ing references for any prospective edu- 
cational user. 


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si li Vi ties is that 
Alfred Is of limited use in 
an industrial environment or one 
which calls for precise positioning. The 
gripper, although controlled by 
dynamic servo leedback, will only lift 
HO grams at a time. The feedback 
means that Alfred can lift an egg with- 
out crushing it, hut don't expect it to 
shift a very heavy egg. 

With a rohot as simple as Alfred, you 
would be forgiven for expecting the 
controlling software to be a bit on the 
primitive side, The Process Control soft- 
ware, however, is not only easy to use, 
but also offers complete control over 
the position of the atm within the limits 
of the servos. 

So that the user can get to grips with 
Alfred immediately, all six servos are 
controllable by clicking with the mouse 
on a set of sliders, and for fine tuning 
there are arrows which enable the user 
to position the slider at exactly the right 
part of their axis. With these, you can 
play around with Alfred to your heart's 
content, but its only once you begin to 
program movements that you realise 
his true potential. 


Bionic ballet 

Alfred's programming controls are sim- 
ple enough for anyone to grasp. All you 
have to do is dick on the sign in 
the bottom right-hand corner of the 
screen to insert a new line of co-ordi- 
nates, then position the arm using the 
sliders as before. When you're satisfied, 
click to insert a new line. 

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G uaranteed to raise groans 
and start afguments m the 
average household, or rag- 
ing fist fights at student meetings, sex- 
ism is one of those thorny topics that 
few seem eager to tackle. 

Unlike piracy, which has been 
thrashed to death in the computer 
press, sexism and other difficult sub- 
jects such as violence and racism, have 
been virtually ignored- Cynics could 
point to the fact that the software 
industry never lost money through 
sexist software, and offer this as an 
explanation of journalistic reticence. 

It's probably fairer - though just as 
cynical - to blame the lack of coverage 
on the controversial nature of the sub- 
ject. Most computer megs are, after 
all r consumer publications and gener- 
ally attack less controversial issues such 
as value-for-money and ease-of-use. 
The biggest problem when tackling 
issues such as this is the rapidity with 
which the argument can be confused. 

In order to keep things as dear as 
possible, therefore, the main points on 
both sides of the argument are 
roughed out below. 

Our first two articles on this topic, 
in the February and March issues, were 
aimed at provoking a response from 
those whose views will most affect the 
way the software companies react; the 
readers themselves. The following is a 
selection of what they had to say. 

Sauce for the goose... 

/ read wfth jViHfHt Stevie Kennedy ' s 
commits on sexism in software. and 
the opinions put forward by F A Mon in 
the june issue letters page and t would 
tike to pul forward my own opinion on 
advertising, I recently bad the great mis- 
fortune to he watching television in the 
morning and a show allegedly entertain- 
ing the people of flrifafri w/ff? on 
American mole strip outfit called The 
Chippendales. In fh/s show, the female 
audience seemed to go Into a frenzied 


state as five men dropped their trousers 
and danced in a seductive manner. Now 
all this is aimed at women because they 
are the majority TV audience during 
daytime television. 

In computing, boys and men are the 
majority audience, so It strikes me Jhat it 
wouJdf be norma/ for men to use women 
to sell products. After all, This Morning 


uses men to seif advertising space just as 
the Milk Marketing board uses the 
sweaty body of a man to sell more milk. 

Mkk Heyes, Nelson, Lancashire 

There are three points to make In reply 
to Mkk *1 fetter ; 

*• 5ejr/sftf is sexism no matter of which 
gender it Is aimed. 

9 Mosl male sexist stereotyping is in a 
form with which, arguably: most 
men are actually comfortable. TMs 
h less true of female stereotypes. 

• The claim that It woufd be normal 
for men to use womeit Eo Jeff prod- 
ucts" s ays It all , Why should we den- 
igrate any section of society just to 
boost sales? 

Puerile PD 

I am writing with regard to the debate 
on sexism in computing. J J aspect that 
the main point at issue is no f simply sex- 
ism jn computing , but sexism in the 
computing press, /e is a fact that sexism 
exists in almost every walk of life , and as 
a society it h up to us how we treat It 
Constant criticism and attacks from 
several side s erre beginning 1 to see the 
demise of the fop shelf full of dirty mags 
in newsagents, tf these attacks had not 
taken place r then simply going to the 


newsagent could tom into a very embar- 
rassing experience for women or parents 
with children. 

This shows that there can be value in 
keeping issues such as this out in the 
open r ond l feel that sexism in the com- 
puter industry can thus be stopped in its 
infancy. Sexism rs an almost 100 per 
cent male preserve and it is becoming 
quite common for Amiga magazines to 
feature programs showing scantHy-dad 
women ■, never men. 

I for one don't wont to hove to 
explain to my difldrwi why there are pic- 
tures of half-naked females in a maga- 
zine they are reading for games 
information. The only thing l as a reader 
can do about this is rrof bay the maga- 
zine in question ft is up ro the publish - 
ers to slop this kind of stuff appearing. 

Further , t feet you must control the 
confenE of your advertisements. These 
reached an oil-time bw in issue 37 with 
one particular FD library's advertise - i 
men!. Under a column headed "Over I 
1$*, there appeared disks titled f among ; 
other things ' M Sick Vi Sexy" and " Homy 
Dog Anims* r 

To me and, I s aspect, the vast major - , 
ity of your readers, this rs offensive. 

Could you take it to your wife and/or 
children and say: This Is on example of 
Ihe industry I work in M ? Finally, thank 


FOR: It isn't as bad as all that! 

9 The amount of sexist malarial in computer software and the computer 
press in general is negligible when compared to TV and videos, 

• There is as much emphasis on semi-naked male figures in games such as 
barbarian as there is on females Women, therefore, aren't treated unfairly. 

• The sort of "pornography" we find in software is all fairly harmless stuff, 
such as "naughty" strip poker games, and is hardly offensive when com- 
pared to the excesses found in other media. 

AGAINST: Nip it in the bud! 

• The computer industry unlike, say, the car industry, is heavily orientated 
towards children. Any sexist attitudes are therefore both more harmful and 
more stereotype reinforcing 

• Sexism of any nature Is inherently a bad thing and should be resisted, 
especially in an industry in which it has only recently become a problem 

• Unlike videos and magazines which are passive media, children are 
invited to take part in computer entertainment, especially in games soft- 
ware, It can thus be argued that computer software is particularly prone to 
passing on its prejudices 


you for bringing this debate into the 
open and onto your letters page. Keep it 
going , and decency witf prevail, 

James Stephens, Warrington, Cheshire 

# White w* shouldn't be complacent 
about PD pornography, I can t say i 
share either your conviction that lop 
shelf mags are on their lust kgs or 
fjfiot naked females are becoming 
commonplace fn the computer press, 


• The advertisement to which you refer 
JNcrs already been oiteredr its 
appearance Iw the form ft took wos 
an oversight on the part of our pro- 
duction peopk and we apologise for 
any offence fl may how caused. 

1 Sadly, you may not be OS M Joe 
Public" as you think. One PD library 
to Id us that about per cent of 
disks sold were from the adult col- 
lection and that most orders for 
Other disks also contain an order far 
one or mare dubious disks , They 
haven't received a complaint from 
"foe Public* about the contend of a 
disk in almost two years of trading. 

Outrageous 

From the high level of outrage which 
was necessary to prompt the Calcutt 
committee's report on newspaper self- 
regulation, and the years OF protests 
from people who thought the tabloids 
were offensive and sexist, it would 
hardly be a prediction worthy of Old 
Moore if I were to say the computer 
publishing industry - software and 
magazines - is unlikely to respond 
quickly to the faint stirrings of public 
concern we see in the sexism debate. 

Other signs, however, are more 
encouraging. The vast majority of soft- 
ware houses are responsible bodies, 
and few have blatantly flaunted nor- 
mal standards of taste. 

As any software publisher would tell 
you, it's not in their interests to offend 
the buying public, so where a real 
threat of offence is perceived , the 
industry already regulates itself quite 
well. 

The real danger lies in the increas- 
ing number of obscene PD demos and 
the marginal software publishers out 
to comer the pervo market in a new 
medium. 

If these people refuse to clean up 
their act, it's only a matter of time 
before the Obscene Publications Act is 
wielded, mace-like, on our industry, 
and that will be a sad day for everyone 
connected with microcomputers. 


The law 

Section 1 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 states that a 
publication is obscene if It is considered "likely to corrupt or 
deprave*, and it is up to the court to decide which publications 
fail foul of the distinction. 

We spoke to Detective SuperEnlend-ent Names of New 
Scotland Yard's Obscene Publications Squad who confirmed 
that the polled are "concerned about the growth En the amount 
of pornography on computer disks... especially as it's so cheap 
and available to children". The squad, be told us, had so far not 
made any seizures in this newest area, but that they "will be 
taking action soon". 

Linder the provisions of the 1959 Act's sections two and 
three, the police have extensive powers of search and seizure, 
but as Mr Names said "the problem is that juries often have dif- 
ferent ideas on what is obscene", The PD demos causing most 
concern will, we are confident, leave tittle room for doubt. 


Obscene publications 


To most people, public domain software 
is a cheap alternative l o commercial 
software which is as much as JO times 
more expensive. Thousands of com- 
puter users have for years been enjoying 
the benefits of utilities such as SID and 
Power packer, and games like Missile 
Command or Tripppin, 

All these programs have appeared on 
ogr coverdisks at one time or another. 
There is a sector of the public domain 
which will never contribute to magazine 
cover disks, however, and that is the 
growing area of pornographic disks 
available through almost any PD library 
you care to name. 

Thin end of the wedge 

In. the early days of PD, it wasn't surpris- 
ing to rote the appearance of disks lull 
of nuds photographs either scanned 
from men's magazines or digitised using 
the growing number of Amiga video 
peripherals. The technology available 
made it easy to transfer photographic 
images to computer disks, and it would 
have been unrealistic to expect the 
voyeurs, mt to lake advantage of the 
new medium. 

Such "slideshow" disks, although 
offensive and tasteless, are mostly of a 
similar nature to the sort of magazines 
one could find on 
the top shelf of any 
local newsagent 
and, as such, are 
not illegal. 

Of more con- 
cern is the effort- 
less availability of 
such material. This 
can be differenti- 
ated from the tradi- 
tional pom scene in 
three ways: 

* By sending a 
postal order and a 
letter declaring 
themselves to be 
over 18, a child of 
ary age can pur- 
chase such a disk 
If om an ordinary PD library. 

■ The PD libraries selling the disks adver- 
tise in magazines aimed specifically at 
young audiences. Children do not have 
to purchase men's magazines to Find 
out where the disks can be obtained. 

* Every computer-owning child has the 
equipment to display and duplicate a 
PD dtsk full of pornographic material in 
less than three minutes. Unlike videos 
and magazines, there's no need to pass 
it around - a group of friends can each 
have his or her awn copy. 

These factors mean that ary Excur- 
sion into PD by the sort of pom mer- 
chants who did so much to sully the 


fledgling video industry's image would 
be potentially much more damaging in 
our own industry. An analogous situa- 
tion would be where the lea no was 
published containing page three models 
and page seven fellas. 

Over the past year or so the PD porn 
situation has gone from bad to down- 
right revolting. With the appearance of 
more and more obscene material, still 
images havE begun to give way to an 
increasing number of animations, most 
of which leave little room for the rmagr- 
nation and absolutely none for decency. 

While some of these continue to 
boast little more pornographic content 
than the average 1 8 certificate movie - 
which is bad enough when made avail- 
able to 1 3-year-olds - a large number of 
them can only be described as hard 
core. And there are many which would 
make even the most broad-minded 
adult blanch. 

Animations taken Irom adult videos 
and triple-X- rated films are digitised in 
what is technically a high quality com- 
puter 'Video* lasting anything up to 30 
seconds. The results, oFten involving ani- 
mals and violence in the most blatantly 
sexual context, are gratuitously 
obscene. 

An adult disk might typically contain 
three such animations taken from similar 
sources, any of which 
could be played back 
an a standard or one 
meg Amiga 500 - the 
sort of machine 
owned by hundreds 
of thousands of chil- 
dren and teenagers. 
One animation sent 
to us was called 
"Lassie Cum Burned 
and we found it 
impossible for reasons 
of taste to include 
screen grabs. The title 
should give you some 
idea of the content. 

Such animations 
are on offer right now 
to users of all ages. 
The majority of our readers who have 
purchased disks from a PD library will 
have received a catalogue containing, 
among other things, an adult list or an 
advertisement stating that one exists. By 
the law of averages, many of these peo- 
ple will be under the age of 1 8. 

If r as some public domain libraries 
would have us believe, almost 60 per 
cent of the disks they sell are from thE 
adult list, the odds are that obscene ani- 
mations can be found In thousands of 
under-aged computer users's disk 
boxes, Perhaps in your son or daugh- 
ter's collection of seemingly innocuous 
PD demos? 


4 The odds are 
that obscene 
animations can 
he found in 
thousands of 
under-aged 
computer users 1 
disk boxes ^ 


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We're here to help! 

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Packed out 

I recently tried the eoverdisk from your May issue 
only to find problems with PPType. 

I keep getting a requestor which tells me ''You 
need Powerpacker.library V33+", and the program 
stops working. What is this library and how can I 
find it? 

P ft Houghton, Stockport 

From your letter, it's obvious you have copied 
PPType from the toverdisk to another disk, and 
failed to include the accompanying file, power- 
p acker .library, from the coverdisk'i UBS direc- 
tory. 

Many programs use custom library routines, 
and if copied to a disk which does not contain 
the library, they will not work. 

likewise, tf you boot off a standard 
Workbench disk, then attempt to use the 
eoverdlsk from an external drive, you will have 
the same problem, 

Basically, AmlgaDOS looks in the LIBS direc- 
tory of the dfjfc from whfch the machine wos 
hooted 1 to find system files such as libraries and 
device handlers. 

Use the Copy command to copy the power- 
packer.library from the eoverdlsk to the disk 
from which you normally work, and PPType 
should work fine. 

Memory meter 

I am 64 yean, old and enjoy strategy games, sport 
games, and chess which I play on my 1Mb A5&0. 1 
know very little about computers, so the other day 
I decided to experiment. 

I took a Workbench disk, clicked on everything, 
copied, moved, deleted, and generally had a great 
time with it. 

When l finished I went back to playing my 
games with no problem. 

Three days ago, however, when ! tried to load 
one of my 1Mb games, the Amiga said "Not 
enough memory”. I tried another 1Mb game and it 
said "Not enough chip memory". 

I have played both games a number of times 
with no trouble, so I have obviously done some- 
thing wrong while playing about. 

i was led to believe that I couldn't do any dam- 
age to the computer itself by experimenting, only 
to the disk. 

The fault cannot be with the expansion board, 


as the memory meter at the top of the screen reads 
well over 800,000 bytes. 

The memory still seems lo be there, but could 
the problem be from my messing about with 
FastMemFirst or Merge Mem? I thought everything 
reverted to default settings when the computer 
was turned off. 

Brute Wilson, South West Denton 

The problem won't be with FastMemFirst, nor 
does It appear to be in your hardware. The 
600,000+ bytes you describe is the usual amount 
of memory left once Workbench has loaded on 
a 1Mb machine, so the ram expansion seems to 
be working fine. 

If you are attempting to run a 1Mb game 


ofter you have already booted from Workbench, 
and not from the game disk Itself, the Amiga 
will have less memory to play around with. 

Try turning off the machine, then re booting 
from the game disk. 

Make sure you don't have any peripherals 
such as printers or extra drives attached, as 
these also take up a small amount of memory 
for caches and so on, 

If you do all this, the game should have the 
maximum amount of memory in which to run, 
and should do so with no problem. 

Copy beginner 

I am a recent purchaser of an A5D0, and a convert 
to your magazine. Both land my sort find particu- 
lar enjoyment in the coverdisk, but we wish to 
extract individual programs from the disk and put 
them on new blank disks, and I'm afraid we don't 
have the knowledge to do this, 

I know that in your magazine you say I should 
ensure "PPmore is in the current disk's C: direc- 
tory", but as a complete beginner I'm unsure 
exactly what you mean and how to go about it. 

Would it be possible to supply a step-by-step 
guide to copying individual programs from your 
disks to a blank disk? 

Name and address supplied 

The process of copying from one disk to 
another can be confusing, especially if you're a 
beginner and only have one disk drive. How 
many times have you had the "Please replace 
volume such-and-such in OFO:"' requester? 

The best way, If you don’t have a copy of SID, 
which Is on our Workstation disk, is to copy 
everything you need into RAM:, then change 


On a musical note... 

I've had my Amiga for four months and I'm pleased with the results apart from in one aspect, My 
friend has had his Amiga for approximately three years and has a small studio dedicated to musk 
linked with the Amiga- 

His setup consists of a Korg Ml, two Yamaha EMT 10 sound modules, and an effects generator all 
linked to an Amiga running Music-X. Both he and I have the same problem - we need sequencer soft- 
ware with a traditional notator either in the package or in a compatible program. We have tried 
DMCS, but this is slow and inconvenient to use. 

At school we use an Atari ST with Cubase, C-lab, and Pro-24. I use these programs a lot and from 
what I've seen, the ST is superior for music software. I love the Amiga and would like nothing better 
than to see more capable software for this brilliant machine, 

Chrte Cooper, Rawtenstail 

The only package I can think of is the KCS Or T's music software, which more often than not is sup- 
plied with Copyist software as a bundle. You can use this to compose a piece, then save it out and 
port it straight into Dr T's for sequencing and tweaking. Check our ads for suppliers. 


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disks and copy it all to the new disk. The series 
of commands to do so for PFmore would look 
like the following: 

CD U 

CDPT COP* TO m: 
mi £d to m t 
cdpt mm to Rill’ 
cd m \ 

Now eject the coverdisfc, Insert the blank disk 
and type: 

COPT PPHDHE TQ OFO: 

The file will copy across with ease. If you now 
want to go back to using the coverdssk, replace 
It in DFO: and type 

Cl DFD: 

PIUTE tan : ■ T 

The Jast command will free up your precious 
memory. 

To copy a large number of individual files, 
just copy them all to HAM: as In the second 
step, then to the blank disk In one go. The com- 
mand to do this is 

(DPT II T& HQ: 

when in the RAM: directory. 

Bags of kit! 

I have a 1Mb Amiga 500 which I use on a |VC TV, 
and a Mannesman Tally printer. I want to know, 
however, if it's possible for me to use some of the 
equipment my father has Tying around. 

There's a Howtek Pixelmaster printer and 
Scanmaster scanner, a Barco CDCT model 635 IB 
monitor, an Eve rex 386 PC, and a free-standing 
thing" with a sticker on It that reads 
“Zero/Electronic Solutions Info Processing Equipment 
Series 7DM systems enclosure' 1 . We don't know what 
the series 7DM thing is. Any ideas? 

I assume the Pixelmaster printer will work with my 
Amiga as there is a printer driver For \t on the Extras 
disk, but is there any way I could use the flat-bed 
scanner with DPaint III? 

What kind of conector would i need to connect 
my Amiga to the CDCT monitor? Would that bo a 
waste of time? 

I ean r t see much use for the Everex system. Can 
you? 

Roy Sharp, Liverpool 

Your main problem seems to be the ownership 
of a surfeit of high- spec equipment. If only we 
had such problems! 

First the good news. The printer will work 
fine with the Amiga as long as you select the 
correct printer driver from the Extras disk. The 
monitor, too, will work, but not as easily. 

The model 635 IB can sync from ISKHz to 
33KHz, so it will accept both the standard 
Amiga video signal (15.5KHz) and that output 
by flicker fixers (31 KHz), To take advantage of 
what Is an excellent monitor, you will need an 
Amiga to-BNC connector as the monitor accepts 
analogue RGB. 

If you wish to make use of the best Amiga 
display mode, and feel up to forking out for a 
Mkroway flicker fixer, recently price-cut to 
£125, you can enjoy a rock steady interlaced dis- 
play without the need to pay extra for a VGA or 
MultiSync monitor The bad news is that there's 


no way, short of buying an A20GQ and PC 
bfldgeboard, to use the scanner In question 
with an Amiga. Teckex (Q62B 777800), the UK 
distributor for Howtek, produce interface kits to 
connect the Scanmaster to PCs and Macs, but 
not Am [gas. 

This means you'd have to use an A2G0Q, 
which has two PC-compatible slots. The first 
would hold a PC bridgeboard, and the second 
the scanner controller card. 

Your best bet would be to hook the scanner 
up to the 3S6PC, then port the images into the 
Amiga using CrossDOS or Dos-2- Dos, finally 
converting them into Amiga IFF format using 
AS DC' s Art Department Professional software. 

We don't know what the System 7DM 
'"thing" h either, hut it sounds like a tower cas- 
ing or systems box fqr a PC- 

Flnally, If you don't know what to do with the 
Everex 386, then you're wasting a powerful 
computer and 1 would advise you send it to me 
in the post immediately! 

Cobol capers 

\ write with reference to Neil Man sell r s letter on a 
possible Amiga Cobol compiler in the July issue. 

I Ido had the same problem of trying to find an 
Amiga Cobol compiler, and with no luck. 

The only solution l could think of was to buy the 
Transformer PC emulator and u^e a PC Cobol com- 


Our reply to July's letter from Mr Tavinor, 
who wanted to use his Amiga from a battery 
supply on board his boat, prompted a few 
helpful hints from Amiga owners with a simi- 
lar problem. 

PART 1; In reply to Mr Tavinor' s letter in the 
|uly issue, CPC component suppliers have a 
transistorised inverter which gives 240V AC 
160W From a car battery. This would be ade- 
quate to run an Amiga in a boat or caravan 
environment 

Price is £36 and the catalogue number is 
HK1501. CPC are a trade-only company, but a 
friendly TV repair shop should be able to order 
it by phoning CPC on (0772) 555034. 

David Tilley, Preston 

PART 2: Strictly speaking, it is incorrect to say 
the Amiga runs on AC power. The Amiga's 
power supply requires AC input, but it converts 
this to DC output. It would seem wasteful to 
connect an inverter to a 1 2V battery in order to 


piley, of which there are many. This does the 
job, albeit slowly, of Compiling Cobol source code. 
Using an Amiga wprdprgcessor %q produce 
Ascii source code, I transferred the files to PC disk 
using the PD program CrossDOS and compiled 
from there. Alternatively, you could use a PC word- 
processor or text editor running under 
Transformer. 

I don't know how the Transformer will cope 
with large programs to compile, as I have only 
Hied it with small ones as yet. 

Good luck with the exam, Neill Finally, thanks 
to Amiga Computing for the extra 60 square cen- 
timetres and for being the best. 

lee Booth, Bolton 

There you go, Nell. So far I still haven't beard of 
an Amiga Cobol compiler, so it looks as if you'll 
have to try the sort of solution Lee offers. The 
Transformer should be perfectly adequate for 
the job of Ascii text Cobol compiling, as It 
doesn't require too many machine-specific oper- 
ations. 

If you're going to settle for a PC emulator, 
however, you might want to consider the 
ATOnce from Silica (081 300 1111) 0 r the KCS 
Power Board from Bitcoo (09 1 490 191 9), Both 
boards are more powerful than the Transformer 
program, which is difficult to come by these 
days, and both would allow you to compile your 
programs a great deal faster. 


convert 12V DC to 240V AC, then connect a 
power supply to convert 24QV AC to +M 2V 
DC! The Amiga power supply outputs three 
voltages: +12V, -I ZV, and +5V. Battery power is 
the smoothest DC available, so the minimum 
requirements would seem to be: 

1. Two 12V car batteries 

2 . mA7912UC -12V voltage regulator 

3. mA78H12KC +12V voltage regulator 

4. mA7BH05KC +5 V voltage regulator 

These could be set up as shown in Figure 1. 
Noise decoupling capacitors are not strictfy 
necessary for a battery supply. 

L | Maxwell, Birmingham 

Thanks for the tips, folks! With any luck, the 
Amiga owner afloat or caravan-bound can 
now continue to use the machine anywhere. 
Remember, though, that we still recommend 
anyone with doubts to forget it! Safety is 
always the first consideration, and the life 
expectancy of your Amiga the second, 


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WORKSTATION SUPPORT 


A s an ever-growing pile of let- 
ters proves, many Work- 
station users are itching to 
scratch some files Irom their disks. In 
some cases this is merely a matter of 
deleting the odd doc file, hut For others 
drastic surgery is called for, and if that's 
the case, a guiding hand might be use- 
ful while you're wielding the knife. 

The most common question is how 
to remove the optional startup screen. 


This is a simple process but before you 
start hitting Delete make sure your 
backup is safely slashed away. 


Skipping the start 

You only need rename a single file in 
the Workstation's S: directory to do the 
job. To begin, open SID, then click on 
the DF(k, and double dick on the S 
directory. 

Now select the script file you want 
to use as your startup sequence, The 
file you choose depends on your 
machine, so this part of the process is 
entirely up to you. if you have a half 
meg A500, click on the file called 
startup. 51 2k_a5tHS, then on RENAME, 
and call it startup- sequence 

If you're using an expanded A500, 
go through the above steps but this 
time rename the file called 
ilartup_1 Mb_a500. If you have an 
A1SOO, an A2000, or perhaps an A50G 
adapted to use 1Mb of chip ram, 
rename the file startup_lMb_chipram, 
making sure that In both cases the new 
file is called startup- sequence. 

Don't be afraid to overwrite the 
existing startup sequence, as it is now 
redundant. 

Sacrificing the style 

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loading screen. To be honest, after the 
novelty has worn off it's a prime candi- 
date for the axe if you want to save a 
little loading time. 

If you merely want to avoid the 
screen the simplest method Is to select 
your startup sequence from the 5: 
directory and click on Edit. When the 
script pops up type ; before the line 
PPshow cfront**** This skips the 
loading screen on startup, and if you 
have already altered the the optional 
load to suit your machine the entire 
disk will load automatically without 
interruption or the need for a keypress. 


If you like the idea of a loading screen 
but want to use your own artwork sim- 
ply copy the new image into the C; 
directory of the Workstation but make 
sure the new file is called front****. 

This will overwrite the original and as 
long as you haven't disabled the display 
line in the startup, your creation will 
appear every time you boot. 

The new file will probably be larger 
than the onginal loading screen so you 
may need to delete some of the docu- 
ment files from the Workstation. As 
long as you don't distribute the disk 


Duplication dilemma 

To all the confused Amiga owners who have been trying m vain to duplicate the 
Workstation with the pull-down menu an apology is in order. Due to my heavy 
use of the CU and $10 the poor pull-downs were almost lorgotten when design- 
ing the disk. As a result the tool types of the Workstation disk were left blank 
when in fact they should have read SYS:system/diskcopy 

To change them, dick once on the disk icon then highlight and release on info 
from the first pull-down, Now type the aforementioned line into the default tool 
types window. Click on Save and the disk will copy perfectly, 


without the files it's perfectly legal to 
remove them. 

The final image option is to delete 
the front‘**‘.pp file from the C direc- 
tory and also remove the PPshow 
erfront**** line from the startup 
sequence. This will free yet more valu- 
able disk space and, of course, speed 
up loading. 

Your favourite extras 

Everyone has his or her own favourite 
Utilities and there's no reason why you 
can't add them to the Workstation. If 
you move or delete both the loading 
image and all the documents it should 
free around 1 1 0k of disk space. This will 
be more than enough space for several 
utils and adding them to the 
Workstation couldn't be easier. 

Simply copy them into the mymenu- 
2 directory but make sure they have an 
accompanying info file. Next, go back 
to the root directory of the disk and 
double click on the 5: directory, high- 
light mymenu.conf and dick on Edil- 


When the script file appears simply 
move the cursor to the bottom of the 
list and type; 

■tnii Setup "Fftifll** “ I tyufcnu- 
JfFUMiit 

Filename is obviously replaced with the 
particular utility in question. The new 
line or lines should roughly match 
those already in the list so it shouldn't 
be too tricky. If you have any problems 
accessing a new utility try replacing WB 
sys with CU sys;. 

Now if you save the file and reboot 
the disk a few new faces will appear 
ready and waiting In the Setup pull- 
down menu. 

If you're a newcomer to this column 
you might be a little puzzled as to 
what this mystical Workstation disk is 
all about. If that's the case rfs worth 
checking out Page 1 38 for details 
about what you're missing and how 
you can get in on the act. 



PUBLIC ASSEMBLY 114 

In a special joint Code Clinic/Machine Code insight 
Margaret Stanger finds oof what's on offer for 
coders on the public domain scene 


jason Holborn takes another look at the world of 
Amiga desktop video. Genlocks, TBCs, PAL and 
NTSC - it's all here 

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MACHINE CODE ...119 

All our machine code gurus are invited to join 
Margaret Stanger as she assembles a series of blobs 
on her hitplanes * 

MUSIC : 121 

Jason Hotborn reflects on the future fc of 
Microillusions' Music-X and provides a list of new 
protocols for the package 

COMMUNICATIONS .......J23 

Eddie McKendrick gets to grips with JR-Comm, the 
most comprehensive corftms jjackage available for' 
the Amiga -*or is it ? m 


Our AMOS man with the most, Peter Hickman, 
demonstrates how easy it is to define a Starfiqjd per- 
fect for that smash hit you are writing * - 

CODE CLINIC ;i2/ 

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It's clear for anyone to see MargareUStanger says it 
wfth words. This month our qiTeen of 'C' ge^*exotic 


What is the bleeding point of separation or the lead- 
ing ride of fonts? Barnaby Page puts on a brave face 
and a spot of colour, to explain 










Amiga Computing September 1991 




MACHINE CODE/CODE CLINIC 



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T he Amiga C Club (ACC) are a non-profit- 
making organisation whose primary goal 
is to help C programmers all over the 
world, and to this end they have produced the 
disk-based Amiga Manual. ACC are only one year 
old, but they already have more than 100 regis- 
tered members (torn 35 different countries. 

When unpacked, the C manual and examples 
nearly fill up four standard Amiga floppies. The is 
version 2 . 0, an update to version 1 ,0 on Feh disk 
337. Because of its size, it is distributed on two 


Margaret Stanger 
checks out the PD 
programming options 

enage is gi^n to alb the examples and functions 
used in the manual and one particularly welcome 
chapter explains the mysteries of the Guru 
Meditation codes. 


had a Wank disk ready, and the answer was y ' 
The next question was whether drive dfl : was free. 

When I answered in the affirmative, the disk 
was formatted, and part one of the manual 
unpacked on to the newly formatted disk. 

To unpack part two of the manual on to a. sec- 
ond blank disk I only needed to replace AC Ml .Mi 
and unpackdiskl with ACM2.1zh and unpackdrsk2 
and use the command: 

Execute unpit(din2. 



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library disks, parts one and two on disk 456 and 
parts three and four on disk 457. 

In the beginning 

At the beginning of part one there is an excellent 
introduction explaining how to use C on the 
Amiga, and how to compile and link programs. 
These instructions are aimed at the Lattice C V5.10 
compiler, but the example programs will compile 
perfectly with older versions, as well as with other 
C compilers. 

Each chapter has several fully documented 
examples with source and executable code. Most 
of the examples use an output window to report 
any events occurring in the current program, 

Part one has four chapters which cover Intuition 
screens, all types of windows, high level graphics, 
Intuitext and all gadgets. Part two covers most of 
the remaining Intuition topics, and there is an 
example of an alert, several requesters, menus and 
submenus, and all IDCMP events. 

The Hints and Tips chapter explains how to 
make a program work on both PAL and NT5C 
screens, and be available either from the CL1 win- 
dow or from Workbench. 

Part four covers the remaining graphic topics 
such as sprites, vspntes and low level graphics. The 
Dos has examples of all aspects of file handling 
and the tools chapter has source code for a pro- 
gram to print out sprite data. Miscellaneous is the 
heading of the chapter which contains the remain- 
ing Intuition topics like preferences, memory allo- 
cation, and double dicks with the mouse buttons. 

Three short programs are included that describe . 
how to read directly from the joystick, mouse and 
keyboard ports. There is a utility to help you 
include sound in your programs, as well as a file 
requester and colour requester. 

At the end of the manual there are several use- 
ful appendices with details of C data types and 
operators and Ascii and Rawkey code lists. Full cuv- 


Unpacking the disks 

To do this I needed to hpve four disks available for 
formatting, and a second disk drive. I do not know 
whether it would be impossible to unarchive these 
disks using only one disk drive, or just very difficult. 

I suspect the former, 

I am sure that a second disk dme Is vital when 
compiling and linking C code, as the libraries, 
compiler, include files and linker lake up a lot of 
disk space, not to mention the necessary Dos files, 

I set up a stripped down Workbench disk as a 
CU disk, as Stevie Kennedy has described in his CU 
series. The system directory contained only format, 
and the devices that were not to be used were 
cleared from the DEVS directory. 

I kept only nun, binddrivers, ed, mount, delete, 
list, break, enddi, lab, diskeopy, copy, cd, execute 
and loadwb in the C directory. I put the CU disk in 
drive 0, fish disk 456 in drive 1 , and booted up, 

So far -so good 

I copied the rvet«saiy Dos files to the CLI disk c 
directory: 

enpj tiflzcfiifc to d 1 0 : t 
(ppy dflsc/ff tP dfihe 

copy df1::fin4if to- d f D i c 
tapir dfl:cfmon. (& df D : c 

The batch un packer file and the unarchived part 
one manual file were copied to the root directory 
of the CU disk. Luckily they fitted ini 

cflpy dtl : ciihiui L M C m • L z h to dfO; 
c DE'f dfl^tfeinuik/unpaddislt to d^O : 

I took Fish disk 456 gut of drive 1 to leave the 
drive free for the new disk, 

I typed in: 

Eiicuti unpaekdf sIlI 

pressed Return and wasted- I was then asked if I 



Grophfei ton be easy with C 


Farts three and four were unpacked from Fish disk 
457 in a similar way. 

Using the manual 

Each disk contains several chapters, each with 
excellent documentation, and examples with 
source and executable code. The documentation 
and source code can be read using the type com- 
mand or any text editor. 

The executable programs can all be run from 
either Workbench or the CU. Follow the instruc- 
tions in DfY/DIY.doc (part four) if you want to print 
the manual. 

I found the manual accurate, easy to under- 
stand,. and very user friendly. 


The Sozohon C disk 

Ibis is. disk 314 of the freely distributable Amiga 
software library. There were two main directories, 
A6Bk and ZC. 

A68k is a 68000 assembler originally written in 
Modula-2 in 1985 and cor verted to C by Charlie 
Gibb in 1987, It has been converted to accept 
metacomeo-tompatible assembler source code 
and to generate Amiga objects and it includes 
source. 

This is version 2.61 , an update to the version on 
disk 1 86. The author is Brian Anderson - the C 
translation and Amiga work were done by Charlie 
Gibb. 

ZC is a foil K&R C compiler based on a port of 
the Atari ST version of the Sozobon-C compiler, it 
includes the C compiler main pass written by 
Johann ftuegg with fixes and enhancements by joe 
Montgomery and Jeff Lydiatt, a cc front end writ- 
ten by Fred Fish with enhancements by Jeff Lydiatt 
and Ralph Babel, an optimizer written by Tony 
Andrews, an assembler written by Brian Anderson 
and Charfie Gibb, a linker written by the Software 
Distillery, generic include files, and a C runtime 
library written by Dale Schumacher and ported by 
Jeff Lydiatt. This is version 1 .01 , an update to disks 
171 and 193. 

When unarchived, the header files in include 
contain all the standard c header files like "stdio.h" 
that go with the ZC.lib library. If however, you 
want to take advantage of the superb graphics in 
the Amiga, you will also require the include files 
supplied by Commodore that describe the layout 
of important data structures in the Amiga's operat- 



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4 personalised request et frwn (fr* C manual 


ing system which are normally supplied with the 
commercial compilers. 

If you already have Lattice C or Aztec C on the 
Amiga, you may be a hie to use the include Files 
from those compilers. If not, the include files are 
available from Commodore for a nominal $20 Fee. 

Write tor Commodore Business Machines, 
Software Department, 1200 Wilson Drive, West 
Chester, PA 19380. Ask for the "AmigaDos 1.3 
Native Developer Upgrade". 

The kit contains al I the Assembler and C include 
files, the libraries, autodocs, readme files, a link, 
and the library offsets 


The assembler 

There are two unpacked text files in the directory, 
as well as the assembler itself in archived form, The 
first, a6Sk.doc is a text file which includes the 
restrictions, extensions, macro support and techni- 
cal information together with details of how to use 
the assembler, 

Readme.fnf had details on unarchiving the files, 
but I did the unpacking slightly differently. I for- 
matted a new disk, and created a directory A68k 
for it. Using in drive 0 the GJ disk made earlier for 
the C manual unarchiving, I deleted the unar- 
chived manual flies from the CLI disk. With the 
Sozobon C disk in drive 1 type: 


tapf dfl^i&BIcMft.izh t a- dffh 


With the new disk in drive dfl : 


td tff1:g6St 

dfQ;cflhirc 'i ■* -■ x dflhifiJLtih 


and the Files were unpacked into the a6Bk direc- 
tory of the new disk. In addition to the assembler, 
a6Gk„ the documentation, a68k.doc, there were all 
the C source files for the Assembler object code, 
and the makefile used to compile and link It. 


Sozobon C 


Them were several unpacked text files in the ZC 
directory of the disk, as well as the archive com- 
piler (zc.lzh) and its archived source code 
(zcsrc.lzh). Read me. 1 st gave a synopsis of the files, 


and getting_start.ed had details of how to set up 
the development environment. Readme gave the 
implementation notes, and readme. fnf had 
instructions on unarchiving the files. 

,1 formatted a new disk, and created a directory 
ZC for It. I put the CLf disk in dfO: and deleted any 
files with the extension .Izh from it. With the 
Sozobon C disk in drive dfl : 


tc p y dfliicfic.Lih to df 0: 


With the new disk in drive dfl : 

ttf dflut dfOreJlhirc -i -i -i x dfD^c.Lih 


and the files were unpacked into the ZC directory 
of the new disk. In addition to the text files there 
were several directories. 

The header fifes in the include directory contain 
all the standard C header files like "sidio.h" that 
go with the ZC. Irb library. 

The libs directory Includes a freely redis- 
tributable version erf Amiga Jib called Ami. lib, and a 
fairly comprehensive freely redistributable support 
library ZOb for commonly called C functions Ike 
printfQ, scanfQ, strepyf). 


The C directory 


The C directory contained several utilities : ZC, a 
Kernighan and Richie compatible C compiler 
which generates motorola-compatible Assembler 
source files suitable For Charlie Gibbs 1 A6Sk assem- 
bler; a68k assembler v2.Gl; Blink v6.7, a freely 
redistributable linker; CC, a front end for the com- 
piler that makes it simpler to compile, assemble 
and link programs; make is like the Unix utility 
make; and the docs directoiy contained the docu- 
mentation for all these. 

For the source code I formatted yet another 
new disk, and created a directory ZGSRC for it. I 
put the CU disk into dfO: and deleted any Files with 
the extension .Izh from it. 

Wrth the Sozobon C disk in drive dfl ; 


copy dllucJzfirc.iil to dfO: 


With the new disk in drive dfl ; 
cd dfhicjrc df (fccJLhtFE -x -a -■ n dfOnrsrr. lih 


to unpack the source code for the compiler. This 
directory was found to contain source code, object 
cade, and headers for all the utilities in the C sub- 
directory of the ZC directory. There was object 
code and a makefile for the AmLIib, and very use- 
ful source code for the JGLIB. 

I used a CLI disk with a lib directory, and pul 
the contents of the 



tatow our C and Auembty idumrU *wr y month 


ZC/C directory 
into its C directory. 
As always, I added 
a copy of my 
favourite text edi- 
tor Qedit. I created 



a wort disk with an include directoiy, pul the con- 
tents of ZC/lfc into the CLI lib directory and the 
contents of the ZCfindude directory into the 
workdisk include directory. I added some of the 
Commodore include Files to this directory, 

I added the following sequence to the startup- 
sequence in die 5 directory of the CU disk! 


nkedir r*irtib assign K: dfO: 
-=opy d J C:Uhm.Lib tn ra*:Lit 
CDpp d " C : l. ■ib.'bcgir.o to m-lib 
am frGrt ib.7ii.Lib to mrtib 
migi IHCLUbe: vcrkdUci 
include usi'jn LEB: 

Itclib pith dffliiyitea 
path z c : c add 
stick Z DOG D 
cd cMI: 


Workdisk is the disk in drive 1 . You may have 
another name for it. If you do not have extended 
memory, omit the three copy statements. 

I put the CLI disk in drive 0, the workdisk (with 
a piece of C source code called scroll. c) in drive l r 
and boated up. I used the command cc sc nolle. 
The computer thought for a while and displayed 
ZC: Amiga version 1.01 Copyright^) 1988 by 
Sozobon Limi ted, thought Foe a bit longer and dis- 
played the prompt when it had finished. 

An Assembler source code version, scroll j, had 
been put in the ram drive. I used the command: 


H&Bic Mi^crotLl 


the computer gave me a running commentary 
and Finished with 88000 Assembler - version 2.61 
{January 11 - 1990) Copyright 1985 by Brian R. 
Anderson Amiga conversion copyright 1989 by 
Charlie Gibbs PASS 1 LINE 479 PASS 2 LINE 479 
Heap usage W2047.66 Total Hunk sizes: 51 8 code, 
88 data, 50 BSS and the object code scroll. o was 
waiting in the ram drive. 

I used a file called scroll. Ink to link with: 


FRAN LlBrfatgliLQ# NlrstrflUrfl 
Td scroll LIB UB;«,Ub LEBuiUii 


The command was BLINK with scroll. Ink the com- 
puter displayed Blink version 6.7 15 October 1986 
Copyright(c) 1986 The Software Distillery All rights 
reserved 235 Trilllngham Lane, Caiy NC 2751 1 
BBS:{91 9)^471-6436 Blink complete - Maximum 
code size 5804 <100001 6AQ bytes. 


Verdict 


I was very impressed with Sozobon C and the 
assembler. I find rt useful to generate an assembly 
source code version of some of my C code, and I 
find debugging Assembler greatly aided now I 
have the STDIQ library routines available. 

I sent a copy of Sozobon C to Kevin Stevens 
(former sysop oF the Amiga User Group bulletin 
board}. 

He said that Sozobon C was quite impressive for 
a piece of public domain software, and although it 
is not quite as efficient as Lattice, the code gener- 
ated does work and it is certainly a good place for 
beginners to starL 







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Jason Holborn waxes lyrical on the 
current state of Amiga desktop video 


T he Amiga has been overlaying titles on to 
live video for years- now, but only recently 
has it achieved the kind of mass market 
success - as a truly professional video tool - that 
it deserves. The reason lor this sudden growth is 
simple: MewTek's Video Toaster. 

Since the Video Toaster was launched on to 
the US video market a few months ago, the 
Amiga video scene has flourished and grown at a 
phenomenal rate. Up until quite recently, dedi- 
cated video hardware designed for the Amiga 
was very thin on the ground, with Amiga video 
engineers having to look eFsewhere for "off the 
shelf solutions designed more specifically for 
professional video production houses. And, as we 
all know, professional inveritably means expen- 
sive. 

Already the Video Toaster has encouraged 
many third parly developers to produce video 
devices that tie into the Amiga's electronics. A 
case in point is the Time Base Corrector (TBC). 

As anyone who has seen or used the Video 
Toaster will tell you, ids not really of great use 
unless you invest in a time base corrector, a 
device that synchronises video sources at sync- 
pulse level. TBCs were previously very expensive 
beasts - on average, you could expect a bill for a 
couple of thousand pounds for even a bottom-af- 
the-range TEC. 

Obvious gap 

But now r spotting an obvious gap in the market, 
quite a few companies Stateside have started sell* 
ing what they call "personal" TBCs. In particular, 
Digital Processing Systems of Ontario in Canada 
have launched their PPS Personal TEC which 
comes as a plug-in card for the Amiga 2000 
upwards. 

For around J900 (£450), the DPS TBC offers 
broadcast quality time base correction. And With 
both Composite and Y/C (WHS and Hi-S) com- 
patibility on offer,, the DPS TBC is an absolute 
must for all Toaster users, 

So what's this got to do with we PAL users? 
After all the Video Toaster still isn't available in 
PAL format, so many of the supporting products 
aren't either. 

Well, NewTek have already confirmed that 
plans are afoot to produce a PAL Video Toaster, 
so it sterns almost inevitable that much of the 


equipment developed for the American Video 
Toaster will eventually make it to these shores in 
PAL guise. 

Many American companies are finally catching 
on to the Amiga's popularity among European 
video engineers. These days, the vast majority of 
video related products are released in PAL format 
and NTSC version almost simultaneously. 

And, with costs decreasing faster than my 
bank account, this is all good news for Amiga 
video enthusiasts. Much of the technology will be 
restricted to professional users to start with, but 
you can bet that home users will eventually be 
able to get in on the act. 

There has been much speculation as to 
whether NewTek will ever manage to ship a PAL 
Video Toaster, but it seems preposterous that the 
company will ignore what is undoubtedly a huge 
market, despite the difficulties that they will 
inevitably encounter. And with the amount of 
interest that has been generated by the NTSC 
video toaster r a PAL unit is virtually guaranteed 
success. 

If we do finally see a PAL Video Toaster, don't 
expect it for a fair old time yet. The current Video 
Toaster is tied in very closely to the peculiarities 
of the NTSC video system, so converting it to 
work under PAL will be a monumental task for 
even NewTek' s hardware engineers. 

The popularity of the Video Toaster hasn't jjust 
encouraged the back room boys to get in on the 
act Already several major video equipment man- 
ufacturers have started to take a serious interest 
in the Amiga because of its recent successes. 
Most nofcahly, JVC have been taking particular 
interest and have already revealed that they 
intend being a major league player within the 
Amiga video market. Once JVC is in, it ls almost 
certain that other big names such as Philips, Sony 
and Panasonic will follow suit. 

Multimedia and desktop video are so closely 
related that the increased interest in this new age 
application is doing nothing but good for the 
Amiga video scene. The genlock is the most obvi- 
ous item of hardware that has made the transi- 
tion with ease, but multimedia producers have 


been crying out for more sophisticated video 
gear and Amiga desktop video equipment manu- 
facturers are more than eager to satisfy demand. 

It seems that America is definitely the place to 
be at the moment for video. Thankfully our 
cousins across the pond aren't leaving us r so we 
can look forward to some quite splendid new 
products including video mixers and chromakey 
systems. And, as always, you can bet that HI 
bring you details aboul them all as soon I hear 
them. 

Genlocks for all 

If you're after some fairly low cost but high 
power desktop video equipment, then a com- 
pany worth talking to are Third Coast 
Technologies (0257 472444). Third Coast have 
been distributing a variety of Amiga gadgets for 
yean, but they've now turned their attention to 
Amiga desktop video in a big way. As well as an 
impressive range of genlocks, the company is 
offering PAL encoders and video splitters ideal for 
digitising. 

Among their range of genlocks is the excellent 
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german company Electronic Design. It offers a 
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variable fading of the Amiga- gene rated signal 
into the video picture, dissolving between Amiga 
graphics and the video source, an integrated RGB 
splitter and a PAL Encoder (nice). The genlock is 
available in both Y/C and Composite formats. 

Other genlocks on offer are the GST range of 
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Television SA. They tend to be rather expensive 
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object, they compare very well on features. Their 
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If you own a video digitiser that requires three 
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you having to fiddle around with controls. 

Another product which will be of particular 
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output from either the Amiga or a Genlock to 
video tape, the PAL Encoder greatly enhances the 
picture quality of the recorded signal. For the 
£130 asking price, you really can't afford to be 
without this device if you’re serious about your 
home video productions. 

Over the coming months I hope to review 
many of the video products on offer from Third 
Coast, but in the meantime phone Third Coast 
for more r on the number above. 





Jk 


The vide* TocsUf - 
PAL verfUui expected, 
jbmf It be 
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MACHINE CODE 

Masquerades 


L ast month's machine code program 
copied a blob on Id a plain black back- 
ground. It was always copied to the same 
little rectangle on the screen. By altering just 
one parameter in the command used it tan 
become much more versatile and the result more 
professional 

Just to recap 

The BIlBitMap command copies a rectangle from 
one bitmap to another. It is necessary to specify: 

Ttie MfeirtH of (he source bamsp 
Ttw * offset of the source rectangle 
The p offset of the source rectangle 
The addttu of the destination bitmap 
The 1 dfnt of the destination 
The y offset of the destination 
The horizontal size in puds 
The vertical slie in pixels 
The minitenn orbgk function 
The rnask or combination u-f planes to be 
transferred 

The buffer used lo hold iifomation i f soi«i 
and destination overlap 

The minterm 

The minterm variable can be found by using logic 
equations on a source A and destination B: 

Rintim ¥GU fUfll s- output - I B 

There is only output where there is a source bit 
and destination bit 

flintm I* G (flt) 1- output = h a 

Only put a bit from source where there is no bit in 
the destination, 

ninten *321 i* output = a i 

Put a bit from destination where there is no source 
bit. This results in a source-shaped hole in the des- 
tination bitmap, which can be very useful, 
nine.cn $10 116) output = A B 

Put a bit only where there is no bit in either source 
dr destination, This gives rise to a few usefuf com- 
binations. 

HiiUtn M 2 [$|G + HQ) o-ut put = A I * A B 

Put a bit from source where there is a bit in the 
destination, and where there is no bit in the desti- 
nation. This is the vanilla copy that was used last 
month. The source is copied and the destination 
contents ignored. 

flinle-n tQJG = tJJO +1141) j- output = A B + l I 

The inverse of the source is copied straight to the 
destination. The original contents of the destina- 
tion Field are ignored. 

Iffltin JQtiD - (IZ3 * HG1 output = A B * 4 i 

Put source where there is no destination, destina- 
tion where there is no source. Useful for putting an 
-mage on a background after first putting on the 
image mask wUh a minterm of 5020. 

If an image has only one bit-plane, the mask will 
be identical to the image, ie a plain imagE in 


Margaret Stanger brings 
blobs out from behind 
the mask of ignorance 

colour 1 . If there are two bitplanes,, the mask will 
have a bit wherever there is a bit in either {or 
both) of the image bitplanes. This corresponds to 
a plain image in colour 3. 

These masks could be calculated during the 
program run, but this would take time. ! find it 
easier to use DPaintll to obtain the masks in colour 
3 (7 for 3 bitplanes, 15 for 4 bitplanes). The difr 
gram shows the SitMap, BMPix, which contains 
some blobs, and their respective masks, it is possi- 
ble to overmask slightly to obtain a black line 
around the resulting blob, but I have not done this 
in the demo program. 

To put the mask and picture on the screen, hav- 
ing calculated which blob (and corresponding 
mask) to use, and where on the screen to put 
them: 


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The routine to put the picture on the screen is sim- 
ilar except that there is no y mask offset to add, 
and the mintemn is S6G. The original destination 
contents are lost. 

if the blob is to be moved around and you 
would prefer the background to remain intact, the 
rectangle under the blob should be saved first: 

irn bar sground to atore 
Put iH&k on aerten 
Put blob on screen 

When the blob is to be moved, the background 
can be replaced: 

Put bitkgrcuitf on screen in old position 
Savi bactgmrd jrgi neu pssilio-n to Sturt 
Put liifc on *trc*n in neif position 
Put blah on screen in n bit position 

In the program I have used some of the spare 
space on 6MPix to store the background rectan- 
gle. For multiple images, each would need its own 
space. 

Buffer state 

Ending up with four images to copy instead of one 
involves more activity for the blitter. I usually 
define a duplicate screen, or buffer, and display 
one screen while updating the other. 

add. L il -count 
;che(i Hr M cr euifl eyile 
■gvi -,1 count, dO 



ind.L IMO 

tiq ariuinbuffer 

; -P date the picturt in the 


Jir storitflscGM 

;iopr hiskgraund in start to aid space 
jir feme tost on 

; -c □ p> riN spacr background to store 
tout:, l .ipO&,Old5C*nE!ipo& 

;updfte old screen portions 
touc.l rpotyOldsctntrpgi 
leu GiHs cental 

jir 13 5 bn 

ii OPT OfipFOpriitE list tfl sCrsEn 
lea BHstEnE,a1 

jir pi tern 

; [ o p r a|ipropri ita picture to screen 
Lea vI Export r a5 

jresstE Iki display, with sc r pan bitmap 
iH^p.L Irist Encode) 

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J sr rente 

;updatethc picture In the bufltr 
Jir stontobuflir 

; f -jp t backgroirnd in bulfar to aid space 
}ar buffer teuton 


; copy rvei spice background to atcre 
fie 


love. I ipoi,aldbu1 fer.ipos 
; update old bufftr pax it km 
aoiri.l rpo^oldbulferrpos 
Its Bkbuffer^sl 

jir ■ iskan 

J copy appropriate i&sk tc buffer 
Lea Mbsjfftfjil 

iir picon 

;['jpy appropriate pktulP to- but It? 

Lea viewport ja5“ 

move. I lrthuffer,dD 
; r#»ake tie display with buffer bitiip 
ioue.L dMpJiilnfotiS} 

Jir rente 

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Each screen needs its own background rectangle 
storage area, as the data - and the old position! - 
will be slightly different in each case. 

For extra speed, if the background and the 
blobs are of three bitplanes or less, much of this 
hassle could be avoided by keeping the blobs and 
background on separate playfields. You would still 
probably need to use double buffering for the 
blobs playfidd, but the masking and background 
storage could be avoided. 


The demo program 

The program on the support disks blanks out the 
colours, sets up BitMaps for the screen (BMscene), 
the buffer (BM buffer) and the pictures (BMPbc). 
The pictures - and masks - file piecy is read in, the 
colours set, and a striped background drawn in the 
screen and the buffer. 

A blob appears which responds to joystick 
movements until one of the fire buttons is pressed. 
If the movement is downwards, the blob will have 
a source picture from, the lop row - 'left-hand side 
- and the corresponding mask, 

To give the illusion of movement the feet posi- 
tions change slightly each time, The left, right and 
up direction blobs work in a similar way. 

A fully documented assembler source is 
included. The joystick and file reader module 
source appeared on the support disk of the August 
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Whether you tinkle with Trax or mess around with 
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1 5 it or isn't it? That's the question on every- 
one's lips at the moment. We are r of course,, 
referring to Microillusions' Music-X 
sequencer system which was supposedly put on 
ice by programmer Dave Joiner in favour of his 
work on the CDTV. Much confusion surrounds 
Music-X at the moment - seemingly nobody 
knows whether the product is or dead. 

Officially Micro I Hus ions UK are insisting that 
Music-X 2.0 is still very much a reality, but even 
they admit that the unofficial line Is far from 
clear. Mitrolllusions had promised to start ship- 
ping Music-X 2-0 last February, but that deadline 
has come and gone with virtualFy no explanations 
being offered by Microlllusions Stateside. 

Even their UK operation admit that they've 
heard virtually nothing about the new release. 
Indeed, they don’t even know what new features 
are to be added.. 

Whether all this is just a classic case of crossed 
lines remains to be seen but it seems there may 
yet be a ray of hope for Music-X owners. It would 
be a great shame for Microlllusksns to drop what 
has become one of the most important music- 
related products yet produced for the Amiga. 

In tts current guise r Music-X is hardly serious 
competition for such industry hard hitters as 
Steinberg's Cubase on the ST and Passport's 
Performer system on the Mac. But if Music-X 2.0 
does deliver the features we have been promised 
- Realtime score editor, drum pattern editor, 
arrange page, etc - we can look forward to a 
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The first protocol 

Still on the subject of Music-X, you'll be pleased 
to learn that Mkralllusions are putting the finish- 
ing touches to a range of protocols for the Music- 
X librarian page. !hey J ve been an awfully long 
time coming but Microlllusions have finally hon- 
oured their obligation with protocols that cover 
no fewer than 1 3 different manufacturers. 

Looking through the list yuull probably notice 
that there are still a few blatantly obvious omis- 
skm s. For starters r the range of Yamaha synths is 
far from comprehensive. 

With Yamaha's new SY series of synths 


accounting for the vast majority of synth sales, 
there's not a single protocol for the 5Y77 r the 55 
or even the 22. As for the Korg protocols, ifs nice 
to see support for the Ml - the keyboard that I 
usel - but what about Korg's latest synths like the 
T3 and the WaveStation? 

Oh well, I guess technology advances at such 
a frightening rate these days that it would be 
almost impossible to cover every new synth 
released. 

Anyway, below youll find a rundown of the 
new protocols. You can find out more about both 
Music-X 2-0 and these protocols by phoning 
Microillusions on (HSG 496197, 

Sound audition 

Following hot on the heels of its new 12 and 16- 
bit sampling cards for the Amiga 2000, SunRize 
Industries (phone UK Distributor HB Marketing 
on 0753 686000) have announced the impend- 
ing release of a major new product for those of us 
still tinkering with the aged 8-bit sampler. 

Audition 4 is a powerful new 8-bit sample edi- 
tor that - as SunRize themselves claim - ^contin- 
ues where Audio Master ill left off". Like Lhe 
original AudbMastec Audition 4 doesn't come 
with its own sampler. Instead, it has been spe- 
cially designed to work with just about any sam- 
pler under the sun, including SunRize's own - 
and highly recommended - Perfect Sound 3. 

Due within the next couple of weeks, Audition 
4 sells for the same price as AudioMaster III. The 
difference, though, Is that not only is the pro- 
gram smaller (just 100k!) and far more efficient, 
but if boasts features previously unheard of in an 


Amiga sampling package. How's this for starters? 
DISK RECORD I'm not quite sure how the 
Amiga's poor old floppies will tope, but Sun fee 
claim that Audition 4 allows you to sample direct 
to floppy and also, presumably, to hard disk. This 
way r even if you're still living in the dark ages 
with nothing more than a 512k A500 r you Can 
record samples of up to 800k on to floppy and 
multi-megabytes using a hard drive. 

SAVE EXECUTABLE Have you ever wanted to 
hear a sample but couldn't be bothered to load 
your sample editor? Well, with Audition 4 you 
can save samples as executable programs. Once 
saved, all you have to do is 41 run" the sample and 
it will be played. 

Obviously this then renders the sample incom- 
patible with the IFF BSVX standard, but Audition 
4 still fully supports both RAW and 85VX file for- 
mats. 

REALTIME EFFECTS M-M Mix your own chart 
hit with Audition's built-in digital effects. These 
include echoes, high pasi filtering, low pass filter- 
ing, band pass filtering, slop band filtering, mix, 
Fade, flange, VU meter and oscilloscope. 
POWERFUL EDITING Of course, the usual cut, 
copying and pasting features are supported, but 
Audition 4 adds keep, invert, filter, echo, mix, 
fade, treble adjust, bass adjust, smooth, DC 
removal, resample and tune. All this is backed up 
by an incredibly fast scroll and zoom facility. 


NEXT MONTH... Hopefully next month 111 be 
bringing you a comprehensive review of 
Blue Ribbon Bakery's new Bars & Pipes 
Professional. With just about every sequenc- 
ing tool you could ever wish for, Bars & 
Pipes looks good, very good, 

Qh, and of course HI be bringing you 
even more gossip from the Amiga music 
scene. Can you stand the wait? 


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Everyone has their favourite comms package. 
Eddie McKendrick fights JR Comm's corner 


I t h incredibly difficult to find a decent 
commercial comms package for the Amiga. 
There are probably two reasons for 
this, firstly, the comms community is perceived 
as a small market, and secondly, some of the PD 
and shareware offerings prove very difficult to 
better. 

Take, for example, JR Comm, Now on release 
1 .02, this package offers features at least on a par 
with even the most expensive of commercial 
packages. 

Most people I speak to claim that ]R is too 
complex to use. What they actually mean is that 
they haven't sat down and configured it property 
A took at its massive selection of pull-down 
menus wilt confirm to anyone that JR Comm has 
a lot to offer. Setting it up properly is more a 
case of common sense than comms black magic. 

Firs! steps 

Before getting down to JR Comming, the first 
thing to do is set the modem parameters. Once 
that is dealt with, JR Comm can at least be used 
as a dumb terminal with nothing more than agile 
digits and your modem's command set. 

However, to get the best out of I ft Comm, 
some time really should be Spent on customising 
it for each of the services you call regularly. There 
are the obvious serial settings to worry about Irke 
data/stop bits, parity and the like. 

Beyond that, |R Comm can be customised 
more than most comms packages. Take some 
time out to look at the "Genera!" setup parame- 
ters. Very sophisticated features like a split review 


buffer, auto captures, macros and call logging are 
at your disposal, should you choose to configure 
them. 

It is a true chameleon of a package. Whatever 
system you are calling, jft Comm can pretend to 
be the correct type of terminal. Standard emula- 
tions include TTY (dumb terminal),. Amiga, IBM, 
VTl GO and the scarce and slow but graphically 
interesting Skypix. The only major omission from 
the range of emulations is Viewdata. Prestel is the 
only significant service which employs this 
chunky teletext style format, so it's no great toss. 

Capture the moment 

One of the most valuable and underused features 
of any good comms package is the ability to cap- 
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capture may not be as sophisticated as offline 
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from the host either, so you can be sure it is 
going to work. * 

Ascii send is even less frequently used but is 
potentially one of the most valuable features JR 
Comm offers. Using this facility it is possible to 
send a prepared Ascii file down the line, character 
by character. If you can't see any immediate 
advantage to this feature, you don't send many 
long E-mail messages and you certainly don’t 
play mulb-user games. With Ascii send, getting to 
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Micronet monthly 

Ant Purvfc Is first with the news 


Micronet is on entity that most agree resembles 
a large computer magazine - even so, that 
description doesn't come cfaje to describing the 
service My. 

for the sake of argument, start with how a 
magazine coven news. A quick glance through 
the first few pages of Amiga Computing 
reveals the news, and plenty of ft, but it doesn't 
take much to work out. that what you're reading 
was not written (he day before you bought the 
magazine. 

if Commodore cut the price of the Amiga to 
£199 tomorrow, you wouldn't know until the 
next issue of Amiga Computing was published. 



Tfwi.fr where Micronet comes in, 

Micronet 's news service , and indeed the 
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reportage can he written - office hours 

or at weekends, in some cases - which cun be 
electronically * published " online wfthrn the 



some hour. 


The quick fix 

Micronet is ideal for a a quick fix* of news. Paper 
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D o you fancy creating a simple scrolly 
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hit mega-game? Starfidds have been 
around on computers for a few years now - I 
remember seeing a starfield demo on my old 
8-bit Atari! - and programmers have come up 
with some really freaky ways of shifting those 
stars, 

Tor the purpose of showing you the basics, 
though. Ml keep it simple and boring, 
The starfield we are going to do is a sin- 
gle colour single plane - 
no fancy parallax - scroller 
from right to left. 

Before we do any programming,, 
let's think about how to do it First 
we need a set number of stars, 
each with a pair of co-ordinates 
so that the program knows 
where to stick 'em. 

OK, then let's start by declaring a numeric 
array containing 50. This gives us 25 stars with 1 
array element for the X co-ordinate and 1 army 
element for the V co-ord. 

Dih EOQMStSB} 

The next step is to calculate the co-ordinates for 
each star and store them in the array accordingly. 
First,, we should make sure that Amos has a ran- 
dom ^seecT to start producing reasonably ran- 
dom numbers. There is a good reason for Ihisf 
You see, a computer cannot really produce 
true random numbers, it always bases the calcu- 
lations it makes on a given "seed". If this seed Is 
the same, the computer will always return the 
same random number. 

For a practical example of this try creating an 
autoboot Ramos disk which loads a program that 
just does a ? RND(5). You will find that the same 
number is always produced. 

So, we will give Amos a random seed depend- 
ing on the current state of the Timer variable. 
This is a special variable which starts off at zero 
when Amos first loads and Is then incremented 
50 times per second. 

^aruSpaiiE Niir*ifld(]l 3) 

Sony if l sounded a 
little bit confusing back 
there, but when trying to 
understand Amos and the Amiga 
It does help to look at the cause 
rather than jumping straight in 
with a cure. The following sec- 
tion of code will store some 
random positions for the stars: 

For L&P-l To AMOUNT Step 2 
C&DIIS(iaP)*Hnd(3?D) 

Hut UJP 

Our next job is to open a screen on which to stick 
those funky stars. To keep things nice and simple 
we will just use two colour an the screen. Later l 


Star trekkin' da dum dee dum... Peter Hickman takes 
you on another trip deep into the Amos zone 




will show you an example of a scrolling starfield 
that uses four colours to give a better effect. 

Screen Open 1,32D,iOD,Z,layr«s 
Null Oil 
CU 0 

PlLlTKt SMFFF 
frouble fruiter 
All tob be It 0 

Now for the tricky bit. We must start off by set- 
ting up a repeat/until loop: 

i|i 

SdUSirun Width 
Repent 

Clearing the screen is the next job. You will have 
noticed that when the screen is opened an 
AUTOBACK 0 command is executed which tells 
Amos not to switch the logical (hidden) screen 
with the physical screen automatically when 
something is written to it: 

[Is 0 

With me so far? Surprise, surprise, we nqw gel 
round to actually drawing the stars on the screen: 

For LDM Tg iG step 2 

Pint C3CHM IL5P) ,t 0-JRDi IL)P*1 1 ,1 

A little complicated bit now - moving the stars. 
All we need to do to move them from right to left 
is to change the X co-ordinate. In ihis case we 
will deduct 5 from the current co-ordinate. The 
ADD command lets us wrap the stars around the 
screen. Ain't Amos nice? 

Fide COCRKf LCPI.’S.C it SCR-*. 

Finally, we end alt of the loops that were set up 
earlier in the program and swap the logical (hid- 
den) screen to the front: 

Knt LOP 
Screen Snip 
Sail VLl 
Until False 


Well, that's a nice program but hardly impres- 
sive is it? What we really need is to have some 
shaded stars moving in a sort of layered - or par- 
allax - effect. We could use the Amiga's unique 
Dual Playfield screen mode, but there is a 
nicer way of doing it. 

Unfortunately 1 don't really 
have enough room to explain how 
this one works but I am sure that with 
the information you have learnt from the 
first program you should be able to work 
it out. 

pit tooipstm 

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MtlllT-SD 

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If L 0 P> 2 S and LON* II Then M 
[f L 0 P >39 Then t *15 
fist COORtSilOP), C 0 QRDS 1 LOPtl ),t 
ICDM£lLOP)=t&OMS(:UIPM LOPMM 
IF CM MS (LOP) <4 Then t»DIJS(tDP)=SCR -1 
Nut LOP 

Screen Smp : Blit lb l 
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Stop press! 

News time. Due to a few tan-minute delays, 
Amos 3D is sir// not in the shops - at the time of 
writing. I have been assured 
that the delay is due to minor 
Improvement rather than bug fixes, 
that's o refief! 

The Amos Compiler should have been in 
your shops for a couple of weeks now. i 
have not hod a chance to test the very 
final version kilty, but I reckon it must be 
worth buying fust far the Injection of 
speed that it will give most programs. 

Try it an the start ields for a nice taster! 
fortunately, due to the totally legal way the fat- 
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written, they will now want on any hose Amigo 
machine including the CDJV. 

On another note, Aaron Fathergill, proprietor 
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version of his Tame map editing extension fo 
work with the compiler as well as an exciting 
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This little marvel lets you cur out fonts from 
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in fac[ f I making extensive use 
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CODE CLINIC 


Links 



L et's face it, alphabets can be boring. Once 
in a while it is nice to Sock at a different 
set of letters. I am not suggesting Greek, 
Cyrillic or even Kanji - just Roman characters with 
a slightly different look, This can all be arranged. 
Using the Amiga library routines and stoned data, 
letters of all shapes and sizes are available. 

There is an Amiga library routine to write text, 
at the graphics cursor position: 


TmEr lit part, (mi t ring, nuiber); 


where rastport is the pointer to the RastPort used 
for drawing, textstring is a pointer to the start of 
the phrase to be written, and number is the num- 
ber of letters in the phrase. 

If text is being written in a window, rt is fairly 
easy to find the RastPort address When using fow 
level graphics it is necessary to initialise a RastPort 
using InitRastPort, and attach the bitmap- The 
text string is stored in Ascii format. 32 for a space, 
4E for 0, 65 foe A, etc. all the way up to 1 27. 

In memory there is a font that contains a dot 
pattern for all these characters, and information 
about their height and width. With proportional 
fonts, this information can become very complex. 

The Teat routine would look at the first charac- 
ter in the string (say 65), and copy the corre- 
sponding dot pattern (A) on to the screen. The 
graphics cursor horizontal position would give 
the horizontal start to the letter, this cursor posi- 
tion would have increased afterwards by the 
width of the letter, ready for the next one. 

The vertical cursor position is always to be the 
baseline for the letter. This baseline corresponds 
to a line on a piece of lined writing paper. The 
text is level, with all the letter bases on the line 
and only the descenders - like the tail on lower 
case "q" - below it. 


rp s ndw-^iPfirt; 

Z**is tParE addrm ri Hindoo 
S«t*Pcni>p, 1 Jj 
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cursor to baseLini */ 1 
Tm(rp,"tnt string",!! J; 

/*n rite t h -5 11 charisten 'tent stclnf 1 */ 


The dot patterns can be displayed normally, or 
with the double dots (bold), the baseline drawn 
(underline), the letters slanting (italic) or any 
combination of these styles. Each style has its 
own llag. It is possible to use the Include files, 
rather than remembering all the numbers. The 
commands 


SitSflftStylidmPDrf^ityUfiijs^fiBblBJ 
can be used; 


/*iit text style tg held*/ 
vtrid bold (I 
{ 

SitSflftatrLidp^FSFJDLI^SS); 

> 


The font that has been called up is the default 
font, topaz 8 , which is stored in rum, Topaz is the 
name of the basic shape ot the letters, and their 




Let Margaret Stanger put some style into your type 


height is 8 pixels above the baseline. Another 
font stored is topaz 9 - there is a just noticeable 
difference, the letters are slightly bigger. 

To get a pointer to the topaz 9 font, we fill in 
an "application form" with the text attributes of 
the desired font. The QpenFont command 
returns a pointer to a font with the right name 
and the nearest size, if it is available. The 
SetFont(RastPortJontPtr) command sets the 
RastPort font pointer to the chosen font. 


t^nO 

f 

T M Ut t r . t B_St JP L K FS_lflN H At ; 

/“■reiit (he itjrLt to ntruL*/ 

T«it jit tr.ti.F Lift- FNJMFtHT; 
i*m hut*/ 

TeatAttr «t i.lH e- n lap a z . f ant " ; 

/*f Ofit niti eU 
TMtAttr.tiJSfif ■ 9 ; 

/'fant height 4 / 

FDntPtr - fstfutt TrstF&nl *) 
Op*nfont(STntA(tr}; 

/‘find font printer*/ 
it ( F*nt Ptf--W 
< 

prints ["lorry squirt, no topai fpflt u >; 
returnU); 

> 

S Et f out ( rp, Font P Er > ; 

/ ‘ ib t the f pmt */ 
returnEOl; 

> 


Something more exotic 


In addition to the rom fonts there are several oth- 
ers stored in the fonts directory on the 
Workbench disk. Each has a header with the font 
name and sizes available, and a subdirectory with 
the dot pattern details for each size. 

For the garnet font: 


fartsr'garnE' _f Dot is tie htadtf 
fantsf&imit/S is (he dctiili cl (he gamer f ont # 
site 9 

fpnts^BrPE^tfl is the iJeUILI of tti* g»rfiE( font P 
size 1 £ 


To obtain a pointer to one of these fonts, the 
command Open Disk FontfTextAttr) is used in a 
similar way to the command Open Font for a font 
stored in rom- 


garflitO 

t 

T(Hti( t tr h ti stjrle-fi PIDfiBAL; 
TeiUtlr,UjUgs=fPFJISEFOiT; 
1*4 lilt font*/ 
TmiLttr.Uj5iic=1A P 
T«xCJIttr r T i_H iae = " g a rne t , f □ n t 11 
F&n(Ptr-[ 5 ti , uct Tsitfent *} 
OpetiOi s h F d nt CII*x t At E r > ; 

/'find font puinter*/ 




The font can be set, and the style changed as far 
a rom font. The OpenDiskFont command is in 
the DiskFont Library, which is usually an the LIBS: 
directory of the system disk. This library has to be 
opened before either of its commands 
(OpenDiskFont and Avail Fonts) can be used. 

There are several things that can go wrong 
when dealing with disk-based commands or 


data. First, the DiskFort Library may he m the 
wrong place at runtime, making obtaining its 
pointer impossible. 

The fonts directory should be in place when 
the disk is booted up, and at runtime. It is possi- 
ble to check whether the fonts directory is in 
place during the program am. The routine sys- 
dtscQ returns a value of 0 if the fonts directory is 
in place and a value of 1 otherwise. 


struct Lack VgcHgcIc; 
roolLsicIc-Utruct Lock *> 
L0cfc( n d1D:fontL%U[ESSjEAD) i 
if (r&d(ldd== 0 ) riturnd); 
Hr.Lfltti rcetLacl); 
rttumtH); 

} 


The directory may be present and Correct, and 
the chosen font AWQG in which case a graceful 
exit is needed. I also found when writing the text 
demo on the support disk that all the usual syn- 
tax errors, misspellings and other bugs are avail- 
able to the creative programmer. 

There are many fonts available. Some are 
named after jewels and stored on the Workbench 
disk, some are named more prosaically and 
stoned on the Extras disk. Many are on PD disks. 
There is certainly no need to construct your Own 
font, r pixel by pixel. 

Unfortunately the text routines can be a little 
slow, so when speed rs Important it is better to 
put the chosen letters on a DPaint screen, read 
them in as a BitMap, and use BltBitMap to put 
them an the screen. 


The program 

The program on the support disk demonstrates 
text fonts and styles. The program exits with a 
message if the diskfont libra 7 fails to open, this 
usually happens if the file dfO;lzbs/dlskfort library 
is absent. The program exits with a message if 
the directory dfOifonts is missing, 

A window is opened and a menu offers three 
mutually exclusive text styles; a text string is redis- 
played each time the style or font is changed. 
Three of the gadgets are for a topaz 9 ROM font 
(boring), a sapphire 14 Disk font (gothic script), 
and a garnet 1 6 Diskfanfe (a bit weird). 

If the font, is not available, a message will he 
on the calling screen and the text will not 
change. The executable code and source for the 
main program and for the gadgets should all be 
in the code clinic directory. 

The diskfont library should be in the LIBS; 
directory, and the garnet and sapphire fonts in 
the FONTS: directory, ff space is available on the 
support disk. If the support disk is too full of 
other goodies you can utilise the Workbench 
copies of these files. 


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PDM 5 MFI’ElecincCLI IV 1 
PDM 6 Winkers song(2 disks) 

PDM 9 Rida on time 6 Batdarce 
P DM 19 Bad- M Jackson 
PDM 20 Bel Dance 
POM 27 DM OB Megamusie III 
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PDM 04 Marion ra-Hanky panky 
PDM 95 Miami Vica-Crockets Theme 
PDM 07 RIP Eruption 
PDM BB Slab Music 
PDM 01 10Q Most Remembered C64 tunes 
PDM 95 Hi-Fi Demo 
PDM 104 BassX#5 Power Remi* 

PDM 105 BassXie Sydney Youngbiooc 
PDM 106 Be tty Boo 
PDM lOODepeche Made 
PDM nO DMOBMusiol 
PDM 1 1 1 DMOB Musk II 
PDM 112 DMQD Music IV<2 disks) 

PDM 11 7 Flash Gordan (2 disks] 

PDM 1 18 HacktriCk load same ney‘ 

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DTP 


Clearing up a few points 


I n (he interests of mutual understanding, 
meaningful exchange of ideas, European 
harmony and all that, Amiga Computing pre- 
sents a cut-out-and-lose guide to the real defini- 
tions of some DTP terms, 


BLEED 

Official definition: A picture that bleeds is ore 
that goes right out to the edge of the paper, and 
the bleed area of a page is the entire page after 
trimming. 

Real definition: A bleeding picture is so called 
because it's always cut off in the wrong place. 


DASH 

Official definition: There are two kinds of dash 
in common printing use, the em dash and en 
dash. An em dash is the width of the letter m at 
the same point size, an en dash is half that. 
Dashes - which are used to separate parti of a 
sentence like this - are quite distinct from 
hyphens, which create a joined-up word like this. 
Avoid the typist's device of using two hyphens — 
to create a dash as this is unnecessary in DTP, 
where proper dashes are available. 

Real definition: Ems and ens are also called 
"muttons" and "nuts", which says a lot about 
typesetters, really. 


FACE 

Official definition: There is endless pedantry 
over the respective definitions of "typeface" and 
"font". When people get tired of the argument 
they generally agree that a typeface is a particular 
design as in "Stanley Morison designed the 
typeface Times Roman" - which can appear in 
many different sires, weights and so on, 

Real definition: If only we could change our own 
faces that easily. 


FAMILY 

Official definition: A type family is a group of 
faces (so far, so anthropomorphic . ) based on 
the same design but rendered differently - lor 
instance, the members of the family Times 
include italic, bold, bold italic, small capitals, and 
so on. 

Real definition: If only we could change our own 
families that easily. 


FONT 

Official definition: A font rs a particular weight 
of a particular face, such as 72pt Times Bold. 

Real definition: You say "font", I say "fount", 
let's call the whole thing off, 


LEADING 

Official definition: As every 
sehoolperson knows, Lhe 1 
term heading" derives from 1 
the old days of hot metal type- 
setting, when smooth lead 1 
would be inserted between lines 
la make a blank space. This, has 1 
ted to some contusion between the 


What does mutton have to do with dashes? 
Barnaby Page explains a few of the truths 
hidden deep in DTP parlance 


old school and the new, In the hot-metal era, 
text set 12/1 Apt would be referred to as J, 12pt 
with a 2pt lead", because only 2pts of blank lead 
had to be used. However, most DTP packages 
use the term to mean the total distance between 
baselines, so 1 2/1 Apt text has a 1 Apt lead. 

Real definition: Lead's poisonous. Loo, 


POINT 

Official definition: A point is both a measure of 
distance on a page and of type size. It's about 
0,014 inches or 0.35 millimetres. Twelve points 
make a pica. 

However, just in case we thought it was easy, 
a 72pt letter is not 72 points high, or wide, or 
anything else. Capital letters in most faces have 
an actual height between 60% and 75% of their 
alleged point size. 

Real definition: The French Didol point is a dif- 
ferent size again, it gets worse,.. 


POSTERISE 

Official definition: This is more or less what 
Andy Warhol did to Marilyn, though the origin ol 
Lbe term is unclear. Rasterisation occurs when an 
image containing shades - whether of grey or 
colour - has the number of different shades 
reduced, 

The most common, and trendy, example is 
that of a two-level grey polarisation, in which 
anything under 50 per cent grey becomes white 
and anything over becomes black. (This is a great 
way of jawing up an indifferent picture). 

You can have posterisation to four, eight, 16 
or any number of levels, but the more levels there 
are, the less noticeable the result will be. 

Real definition: Moderation in all things. 


RULE 

Official definition: Rules, or ruling lines, are used 
to make the design of a page explicit by separat- 
ing columns, keeping different articles apart, and 
sc on. They are also used around pictures and 
tinted boxes to emphasise the shape and to slop 
colours from appearing to run into 
the white page. The 
width, or 




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weight, of a rule is measured in points: a 3pt rule 
is 3pt deep. Rules are normally single unbroken 
lines, but they can be dashed or used in combi- 
nation - thick and thin rules together are called 
Oxford rules. 

Traditionally, rules were purely functional, but 
in the last coupie of decades designers have 
started to use them as key elements in the dis- 
tinctive look of a publication. 

Real definition: There to be broken. 


SEPARATION 

Also tailed ''process colour" 

Official definition: In printing it would be unfea- 
sible to have different inks for every colour that 
appears on a page, especially in colour pho- 
tographs. Instead, neatly all colours are made up 
from a combination of cyan (blue), magenta 
(red), yellow and black, abbreviated to CMYK, 
Before you ask, the K stands for "key*, for reasons 
tost in the mists of time. 

In separation, software analyses the content of 
each colour on the page, and outputs four pieces 
of printer's film, one for each of CMYK. The 
magenta film, for instance, will be heavily shaded 
in areas of the page which use a lot of magenta. 

Although colour-separation capabilities are still 
rare in DTP, they've become more common in 
the past couple of yean. 

Real definition; What can very often happen 
between DTI 1 designers and their spouses/signifi- 
cant others 


SPOT COLOUR 

Official definition: A spot colour is a single 
colour used in addition to black in a publication. 
It can be used in different shades, from very light 
(about 10 per cent) to solid (100 per cent), but 
the colour itself can't change. It's a lot cheaper to 
print than process colour and on colour com- 
puter printers is usually the only option, 

Real definition: Usually red. 


VIGNETTE 

Official definition: Vignetting is a difficult, but 
achievable, technique in which the edges of a 
photographic image or tinted area are "faded 
into" the background of the page, rather than 
stopping abruptly. It can't be done in page 
design software, but requires an image-process- 
ing package. 

Real definition: I'd prefer salad cream. 


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September 1 99 1 Amiga Computing 



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OPD367/ Addams Family Demo 
OPD396/ Vision Megademo 2 


DEMOS 

OPDQ05/ Puggs In Space 
0PDQQ9/ Predators Megademo (2) 
OPDOIO/ Deathstar Megademo (2) 

OP DOT 1 / Triology Megademo (2) 
OPDfl 1 2/ Alcatraz Megademo 4 (3) 
OPDOI 3/ Kelrens Megademo 8 (2) 
OPDG23/ Vangelis Demo (*) 

OPD028/ Newtec Demo Reel 3 (2) (*) 
OPD048/ Avenger Megademo 
0PDO57/ Starline Demo 
GPD059/ Vision Megademo 4 
OPD070/ RAF Megademo (2) 
OPD07B/ Budbrain Megademo (2) 
OPOOflO/ RSI Megademo (2) 

OPD082/ Rebels Megademo 2 
OPD095i f Kylie Demo (2) 

0PD1 02/ Cryptobumers Megademo 2 
OPOI 05/ Madness Demo 
OPD11B/ Crionies Megademo 
OPD119/ Turtlemania Demo 
OPD1 20/ Fraxion Horror 
0PD1 27/ RobocopDemo 
OPOI 30/ ITVDemo 
OPD 1 31 / Cl apping World Demo 
OPD132/ Rebels Megademo 6 
OPOI 347 Dexion Megademo 
OPD1 39/ Cool Cougar Demo 
OPD143/ Treacle Megademo (3) 
OPD145/ Flash No-Grain No-Pain (2) 
OPOI 47/ Flash Hit The Road (2) 

OPD1 57/ Com puter Worlds Demos 
OPD158/ Sam Fax Big Sobs 
OPD1 72/ ESA Demo Collection 6 
OPD173/ Megadeath Demo 
0 P0 1 83/ Kefrens Megademo 7 
OPD200/ Safe Sex Demo 
OPD21 3/ Warriors Demo Comp 4 
OPD217/ Turtle Power Demo 
OPD218/ Cave Party Demos 
OPD263/ Crionics Total Destruction 
OPD264/ Budbrain Megademo 2 
OPD268/ Fillet The Fish Demo 
OPD269/ Horizon Megademo 
OPD270/ Scoopex Chromium Demo 
GPD279/ Hatrick Rave Demo {*) 
OPD31 9/ Sadham Hussein Demo 
OPD353/ Total Recall Demo 


OPD425/ Amos Demo 
OPD441/ Simpson Demo By Decay 
QPD493/ Fashionatting Demo 

GAME DISKS 

OPG015/ Star Trek Game 1 (2}(*) 
OPGOI 7/ Blizzard (Good Game) 
GPGQ25/ Frantic Freddie 
OPC026/ Computer Conflict 
OPG044/ Space Invaders 
OPG1 00/ Yahzee Dice Game 
OPG10?/ EatmineCame 
OPG1QS/ Emerald Mine 3 
OPCIB7/ Pseudo-Cop 
OPG207/ Drip Came (Brill) n 
OPG21 0/ Eatmine 3 
OPG22Q/ Star Trek Game 3 (2) 
OPC229/ Bronx 2 
OPG245/ FlashbierCame 
OPC271 / Mayhem Cavern Came 
OPG274/ Marble Slide Came 
OPG371/ learn And Play 1 
OPG372/ Learn And Play 2 
OPG373/ Talking Colouring Book 
OPG411/ Return To Earth 
0PG444/ Missile Command Etc 
OPG451/ Games Galore 5 (Pac-Man) 
OPC4S3/ Arcade Games Disk 
OPC492/ Lam P.D. Game 

ANIMATION DISKS 

OPA034/ The Run (Pol ice Chase) {*) 
QPA179/ Raiders Of The Lost Ark (*) 
OPA198/ Walker Demo 1 {*) 
OPA199/ Walker Demo 2 (') 
OPA272/ Batman The Movie 
OPA387/ Luko Teenager (*) 
0PA4S0/ Fleet Maneuvers 
OPA454./ Had Animation Disk 
OPA4B1 / Cokeman & Smurf Demos 
OPA489/ Wtestlemania Demo (2) 

SLIDESHOW DISKS 

OPS004/ Nasa Pictures 
OPS007/ Sun Slideshow 
OPS 159/ Madonna Slideshow 


OPS204/ Demons Slideshow 3 
OPS21 6/ Robocop 2 Slideshow 
QPS222/ Kim Wilde Slideshow 
OPS236/ Sam Fox Slideshow 
OPS 357/ F lintstone Slideshow 
OPS 392/ Debbie Gi bson Slideshow 
OPS 3 93/ Michael Jackson Slideshow 
OPS49Q/ Silents Slideshow Disk 

MUSIC DISKS 

OPMQ24/ Digital Concert 2 
OPM036/ t)-Mob Music 4 (2) 

. OPM03B/ Digital Concert 3 
0PM039/ Digital Concert 4 
OPM043/ Electric Youth D. Gibson 
OPM046/ Michael Jackson Bad 
QPM053/ Crusaders Bacteria 
OPM1 10/ Amiga Charts 5 
OPM 112/ Madonna Spanky 
DPMI 77/ Digital Concert 5 
DPMI 90/ D-Mob Music Disk 3 
OPM191/ Betty Boo 
OPM21 1/ Pink Floyd The Wall 
OPM234/ Mean Break Machine 2 
OPM235/ New Order Musk Pack 2 
OPM 24 3/ GlkJeascOpe4 
OPM 252/ 808 State Remixes 
OPM256/ Glideascope 4 The Making 
OPM257/ Glideascope 2 
OPM267/ Groove In The Heart 
OPM 2 73/ Banging Raves [*) 
OPM275/ Amazing Tunes 2 (3) 
OPM276/ Madonna Vogue (4) 
OPM277/ Vision House 
OPM2B2/ Dragnet 1 2 r Remix 
OPM 296/ RAF Megamix 1 
OPM 300/ Add £i Coma Demos 
OPM315/ 1 00 Of CM B64 Music 
OPM3I6/ Disco Fever 
OPM 35 5/ Sonix Jukebox 14 
OPM356/ Erasure Demo 
OPM369/ |ungie Command 2 
OPM375/ RAF Megamix 2 (2) 
OPM376/ Dynamite Beats 4 
OPM 3 77/ Crusaders Does Genesis (*) 
QPM378/ Alcatraz Music 3 
OPM 383/ Sunwind by Accession 
OPM467/ Wizzcat Pentti Music Disk 


UTILITY DISKS 

OPU099/ Soundtracker/Noisetracker (4) 
OPU 1 01 / Games Music Creator 
OPUf 15/ Demolisher Disk 209 Utils 
OPU 1 1 6/ Ijedit Word Processor 
OPU 154/ Virus KV4 .00 
OPU1 55/ Virus Killer Disk 2 
OPU 1 62/ Bootbench V2.0 
OPU16B/ Flexibase Database 
OPU 169/ Jazzbench 
OPU 247/ Master Virus Killer 
OPU25B/ Ultimate Utilities 
OPU259/ Dope Intro Whter 
OPU 304/ [TS Music Utility Disk 
OPU 307/ Mad Monks 101 Utils 
OPU 343/ Ripped To Shreads 
OPU 374/ Sid-CLI Utility 
OPU394/ Space Writer (Demo Maker) 
OPU435/ Protracker Util 
OPU468/ Crusaders Utility Disk 6 
OPU478/ Archivers Utility Disk 
OPU486/ Label Designer 
OPU334/ Orbital P,D. Utility Disk 1 
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OPU433/ Orbital P-D. Utility Disk 2 
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L001 Colouring Book (®) 

LQ02 to: Angles Maths (*) 

LQ04 Thingamijig (*) Game 

LOOS |ungle Bungle (*) Game 

LO06 Pukado (*) Game 

L007 4 Way Lynx (*) Game 

LOOfi Work And Play (*) 

L0O9 Amos Assembler 

L010 The Word Factory (*) 

LOU Go-Getter C) Game 

L01 2 Hypnotic Land (*) Game 

L013 Jig mani a (*) Game 

L014 Play It Safe (') 

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L016 Reversi 2 (') Game 

L017 Dogfight (*) Game 

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T he scene has taken a rather 
tumultuous dive in the last tew 
months, one from which I 
hope it will recover soon. Most of the 
software around at the moment is not 
really of much value to the user of a tah 
ented machine like the Amiga. The 
libraries are overflowing with demos 
and animations which, while rather 
pretty and involving clever program- 
ming techniques, are generally useless. 

Some libraries, I believe, are more 
Interested in making a fast buck than in 
gaining a great reputation for supplying 
quality material. They shall remain 
nameless as I would rather not be sued 
for libel, but I shall leave it to you to 
come to your own conclusions. 

w So what have you dug up for us 
this month?" I hear you cry. Well, be 
prepared for some curious and interest- 
ing programs and games. Even among 
all the rubbish there are, if you're pre- 
pared to search diligently, rewards to 
be had for your time, effort and money. 



Strictly what? 

Strictly PD have come up with some 
great utilities and entertaining games 
software this month. On disk #E2 1 0 
you'll find Blue Moon, a patience- style 
card game. 

You have to arcange the four suits of 
a full card deck in ascending order from 
ace up to and including the king. This is 
not as easy as it first appears. It is nearly 
impossible to finish the game in one 
deal and you may find that you need 
seven or eight deals to complete it 

Also on this disk are Cobra, Shorties 
and Air War. Cobra is a tile game like 
those where you must arrange the 
number in ascending order This time 
it r s a picture of four Cobras. There are 
some restrictions on moving the tiles 




Pete Bullo 
digs deep f 
buried PD 
treasures 


around and it isn’t easy. Definitely one 
to keep your attention, 

Shorties is a MasterMind done. 
Remember the MasterMind of the early 
'80s? If you don't, then the object is to 
guess the colour of the four pegs your 


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opponent has chosen. Vou are given 
hints as to whether you have chosen 
the right colour or whether it is sitting 
in the right place. 

Air War is a flight simulator. There is 
a subtle difference between it and most 
flight srms, though. I believe it is an 
American program which you play 
against other players while connected 
by modem to a network, fro not too 
sure about this because the documen- 
tation isn't dear, but there are options 


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to change the settings of your modem 
and DTE - although they Weren't avail- 
able while l was playing tne ganie. 

Maybe it's just an option you'ie 
allowed to have, like flight Simulator II, 
so you can play with friends, il just isn't 
dear from Ehe doc amenta Lion 

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► Rotters actually do? Well they design 
objects In three dimensional space and 
produce animations of their objects. 

You can be a Rotter if you want, just 
get hold of Strictly PD disk #U228 and 
you can Rot to your heart's content 
using the ROT program. It allows you 
to design an object like you would in a 
ray tracing package, and animate it in 
three dimensions. 

You have three windows and various 
views of the three dimensional plane, 
and you position a dot at various places 
within each window to build up your 
object. 

The windows have a different view 
of the abject, from front side and top. 
Each point of your object has three co- 
ordinates x, y and z. Its quite confusing 
at first but you'll get the hang of it if 
you persevere. 

Once you have built your object you 
can animate if by loading in one of the 
pre-programmed animation files and 
watch it tumble, rpll and rotate. It's an 
Interesting one that I believe has been 
around for some time. To contact 
Strictly PD you'll have to write to 1 1 
York Place, Brandon Hill, Bristol, BSf 
5UY. 

Gaines Galore 

The first Games Galore offering, jumpy, 
is infuriatingly addictive- To score 
points you have to collect the bones 
that are scattered around the various 
levels. There are some nasties to con- 
tend with and because it's so damned 
hard you're supplied with nine lives. I 
don't think lumpy is a cat though, 
more a smiling face that bounces 
around the screen. 

It's quite hard at first but once you 
get the hang of it you're in For some fun. 
There is a level editor which adds to the 
enjoyment, the graphics are pleasant 
end the music is not too bad. Some 
tunes get on your nerves after a while 
but the bomging of Jumpy doesn't, 

GRobcts is an intriguing game, and 


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if you program in C or similar lan- 
guages you might find it quite appeal- 
ing, The idea is to write the operating 
system for a robot. You are supplied 
with various routines for combat and 
movement and must construct a pro- 


4 C-Rohots is an 
intriguing game, 
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gram to knock out or kill your oppo- 
nent's robots. 

If you don't have any programming 
skills, then this game is probably not 
your cup of tea, but the programmers 
among you will find this an unusual 
way to pass an evening. So invite the 
programming team round, get the 
Project Leader involved and have a 
good night's programming at your 
Amiga's expense. 

Other games on this disk include yet 
another Breakout done called SB, and 
Five-in-a-row which is a variation on 
noughts and crosses - the exception 
being that instead of making three in a 
row you have to make five. Workbench 
graphics and no sound with this one 
Tm afraid. 

Probably the best game on this disk 
is Air Traffic Control. I played it for 
hours. The graphics of ATC are defi- 
nitely nothing to boast about - the pro- 
gram was probably written in Basic - 
but what a game! 

The object, is to take on a position as 
the air traffic controller for an airport. 
You control between 20 and 100 flights 
- and 20 is hard enough, let alone 1 00. 

Despite its very, very basic graphics, 
and limited use of the Amiga's speech 
synthesizer, it's one of the mast addic- 
tive games I've played, ever! Just think 
what it's like for a real air traffic con- 
troller coping with more than 100 
every day! Definitely not a job for the 
faint-hearted. Order the disk just to get 
your hands on ATC 

Tetris revisited 

Chances are that you've seen or already 
have Tetris but if you've never seen it, 
it's definitely worth buying. Tetris is one 
of the success stories of recent times. 
First written for the PC two or three 
years ago it has blossomed and is avail- 
able on many formats, funnily enough, 



when I tried to purchase a copy of 
Tetris for my Amiga it was not available 
so I bought the Nintendo CameBoy 
version just for this game. I have been 
scouring the PD disks for a version for 
some time and now I've found a veiy 
good implementation. 

Twintrls, as it Is called, is a two to 
ten -player version of Tetris. The object 
is to fit blocks of differing shapes and 
sizes together to make horizontal lines. 

A friend of mine wrote a version of this 
in Modula-2 at college to run on Sun 
Microsystems workstations but when 
the faculty found out everyone was 
playing it, it was removed from the sys- 
tem. Shame! 

The graphics are rather colourful, 
movement is smooth, and a nice tune 
accompanies the action. Tetris must be 
one of the all-time great computer 
games and if you've never seen it, it's 
about time you did. Twintris is on Virus 
Free PD's disk #1631. 

Beware kids at work 

The Govern men l has taken steps to 
make the youth of today computer lit- 
erate. If you want to follow the 
Government's initiative, and young 
Gerald is allowed to play with Daddy's 
machine, then you might start by get- 
ting hold of the Talking Colouring 
Book. 

This is basically a program for 
younger children to assist them in their 
verbal and artistic pursuits. Most chil- 
dren like to colour pictures and with 
this you might be able to teach them to 
talk as well, if they don't already. 
Although, on reflection, I wouldn't rec- 
ommend it - they may end up with an 
intonation like the Amiga. Horrific 
thought. 

The Talking Book makes use of the 
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Fishing for disks 


While I was searching m-ough trie 
heaps of PD I came across an interest- 
ing program that wouldn't be out of 
place in a disk bo* libelled 
"Curiosities*. Drawmap can construct 
a map of the world relatively quicklv 

It is similar in style to the Globe pro- 
gram which was submitted to this 
magazine aeons ago But this one is 
much more involved, allowing you to 
specify a point around which the map 
is drawn - anywhere from the 
Greenwich meridian to Antarctica. It 
operates in Interlace but the colours 
have been chosen specifically to ehmu 
nate most of the flicker, and it works 
quite welL 

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draw, and you can zoom in and out of 
the picture. Options to enter text ahd 
draw lines are available, allowing you 
to place your own points on the map 
with headings, and a shadow effect is 
also supplied. 

DrawMap is available on Fred Fish 
disk #405 along with a terminal emu- 
lator and card game thrown m for 
good measure. The program was 
released on earlier disks but has been 
much improved. 

Making waves 

There is plenty of Midi utility software 
around in- the public domain and on 
Fish Disk #401 there's morel If you 
have more than just a passing interest 
in computer music, and you own a 
Kawai XI syntb, you might be inter- 
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I don't profess to know a great deal 
about Midi but if you're looking for a 
patch editor and librarian this disk is 
the one to geL Also included is yet 
another version of Tran light cycles, 
and Wavemaker, with which you can 
make complicated waveforms then 
play the resulting sound output on 


your keyboard. It's a bit (Ike 
WonderSound which was reviewed a 
couple of months back. 

On Fish disk #402 this month are 
two rather technical programs for 
those either studying chemistry to 
degree level or who have an interest in 
astronomy. 

Universities equipped with graphics 
facilities have for a long lime been 
using their mainframes to model the 
structures of molecules. If you under- 
stand atomic structure you might be 
pleased la know you can now do the 
same on your humble Amiga. Not only 
can you play terrific games H you Cfln 
model molecules as well. Incredible! 

With MolecUd you can edit a file 
that contains the positions of the 
molecules in space - which you obtain 
from X-ray photography - and then 
the Amiga displays your molecule in 
640 x 512 resolution and full colour. 
You can translate and rotate the 
molecule in three dimensional space 
just as you would with a powerful 
graphics woiksltatifon, but only in wife 
frame mode. 

The program takes about 10 to 30 
seconds to display your molecule, 
depending on the number of atoms in 


it. You'll need it least one megabyte of 
memoiy for this one, 

Starry eyed 

Ephemer is also on this disk and allows 
you to determine exactly where in the 
sky the planets and sun will be at vari- 
ous dates and times, This is useful if 
you want to observe Venus in the 
night sky, for example, So if you like 
astronomy and can't be bothered to 
make the lengthy calculations yourself, 
this is a must. 

Fish disk #484 contains a small pro- 
gram which enables you to display 
your own IFF format picture file 
instead of the hand holding the blue 
disk when you turn your machine on 
or reset it. lt J s quite simple to do, tak- 
ing only one command line, and you 
can specify the colours you want fad- 
ing in and out. 

And finally there is Sp right, a sprite 
editor. You can design and attach 
sprites so you have more than the 
usual three colours plus background. 
The data can be saved to a file. In 
addition there is an IFF file viewer 
which is reputed to be one of the 
fastest available. 


Amiga Nuts United's Copper Writer. 
The Copper chip is a piece of the 
Amiga's hardware that allows you to 
write values into the machine's hard- 
ware registers at certain raster times. 
This may mean, for example, changing 
the background colour to red at the top 
and blue at the bottom. Well, with 
Copper Writer it's made a lot simpler 
with a nice user interface and keyed 
commands. 

If you want to use your backdrop 
creation in your own programs you'll 
have to wait a while because the author 
hasn't got round to allowing users of 
Copper Writer to do this yet. But you 
can 5 ave the file and soon there should 
be another program to allow you to 
"do it yourself*. 

Block It 

Block It on Virus Free PP's disk #1 51 1 is 
a good game but I still don't fully 
understand it. I think the idea is to 
remove blocks Of the same pattern as 
the one the creature holds in the game. 
Well, it's more of a spud than a crea- 
ture. 

You fire your block and it eradicates 
similar blocks leaving others 
untouched. A doc file here would have 
been nice but because it Isn't run from 
Workbench they didn't supply one, 
That really infuriates me. You get a 
game but no docs. A real pain in the 
butt. 


Budget tracing 

If you read last month's article about 
ray tracing and Senlac Software's pro- 
gram 3D Master, you might be inter- 
ested to know that the commercial 
release C- Light has just been released 
into the public domain. It was originally 
on sale at around the £60 or £70 mark 
but the author has decided to place it 
in the public domain. 

C Light is quite a sophisticated pack- 
age and contains a scene editor T scene 
generator and an animation program, 
so you can create your own ray traced 
animations easily, and best of all, 
cheaply. I have to say that although the 
quality of the renderings is not up to 
the same standard as 3D Master, it J s 
still well worth a look. 

If you're seriously interested in ray 
tracing you could do no better than to 
check this out. C-Lighi is available on 
Seventeen Bit Software disk #1111 and 
you can give them a ring on 0924 
366982 for more details. 

Icon magic 

If you want to design your own icons 
but don't have the icon editor that was 
on the coverdisk some months ago, 
then you might like to get hold of icon 
Magic on disk #U61 3 from NBS. You 
can do all the usual DPaint-like opera- 
tions such as flip, mirror and magnify, 
and you edit the icon within a window ► 







Amiga Computing Sepiembei 1991 



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> on the su etn. if you have some artistic 
flair, yet kon Magic from MBS. Their 
address is 1 32 Gunvtlle Road, Newport 
(-W, PC 30 HH„ Sorry, but I don't have 
a phone number for them. 

Schizoid 

There have been many programs 
around for a while now which enable 
you to use M5dos disks with your 
Amiga. Dos-2 Dos is probably the bet- 
ter known of any and is a useful pro- 
gram. Messy Dos has now arrived which 
is similar to Dos-2-Dos except that the 
functional aspect of it is rather limited. 

Messy Um aikiws yuu to read MSdos 
[oiinaued diskettes and you can trans- 
it PC tiles to Amiga format and vice- 
versa. MeisyDos allows you to use the 
same Amiga disk commands as you 
would fur normal Amiga Dos diskettes. 
Commands like “dirVfet" and so on. 
There are no facilities for formatting 
MSdos disks with your Amiga though. 

To read an MSdos disk. Messy Dos 
uses its own device tile. The MSdos 
device is used by calling the device 
MSrl and mounted as standard. There 
is a muunilist entry gfi the disk for the 
drive and yuu use it by fust typing 
Mount Mill.. 

The guud thing about MessyPos is 
that you can use MSdos diskettes in the 
idirie drive you use tor Amiga diskettes, 
su you don't need an additional disk 
drive. If you issue a dn command and 


the disk in the drive is not AmigaDcs 
format, the Messydos device takes over 
and assumes it is an MSdos formatted 
disk. 

You could make use of Messydos 
when using a modem, and could trans- 
fer PC files to PC bulletin boards, 
although why you would want to I 
don't know. If you use an Amiga you'd 
stick to Amiga BBS's surety? But if you 
had access to a PC you could download 
PC files from the bulletin board and 
then transfer them to your PC format. 

Super SID 

SID tidi b«n around a while now and 
ii probably one of the most useful utili- 
ties around. It has taken an a new 
dimension and comes supplied with 
MlessyDdi format so now it allows you 
to transfer your Amiga format files to 
MSdos and back. 

If you didn't get SID on the 
coverdisk, why not? It allows you to 
copy files, set the protection bits, arc 
files, unarc files, listen to sound samples 
and gives you complete control over 
your Amiga's file system. 

With MessySid one drive is MSdos 
format and the other is Amiga format I 
don't know whether it's possible to use 
one dr ive as both devices but it is possi- 
ble with MessyDos to use one drive 
only. 

When Messy Sid is booted it installs 
an MSdos device on your disk drives 


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Take care 

My Amiga recently suffered from virus infection and it was lucky I 
had a virus detector to hand They are invaluable in detecting and 
eliminating strains of virus that some people never realise are pre- 
sent. 

It's a shame that some people decide to write virus programs. It's 
an idiotic pastime and I wish there was some legislation introduced 
to prosecute the authors of such works. Viruses inevitably do more 
harm than good: some are harmless, others aren't, nevertheless It's 
better to be without one, The worst types of virus are those that 
corrupt your software or data files. 

I feel vulnerable now that my system has been infiltrated by a 
virus and l have learned the lesson that no disk is safe from such a 
menace. I shall endeavour to keep my software virus free and intend 
to scrutinise all the software that passes through my hands. 

I would suggest that any software you come across in future is 
vetted with the same caution I shall adopt from now on, 


The good thing 
about Messy Dos is 
that you can use 
MSdos diskettes in 
the same drive you 
use for your Amiga 
Diskettes ^ 

automatlcaly. If you have two drives, 
DF 1 should become the MSdos device, 
it's easier (hat way. Let's say you have 
an Amiga format disk in drive 0 and an 
MSdos formal disk in drive 1- If you've 
just spent half an hour on a local PC 
BBS and you canT be bothered lo swap 
your modem around with your PC, you 
just download the PC file, run 
MessySid, pop in an MSdos formatted 
disk and copy the file over. Simple! 

Utilities 

Orbital PD have a collection of disks 
with some great utilities you should not 
be without. At the moment I believe 
they have four utility disks crammed 
with stuff ranging from virus checkers 
to bootbteck writers. And even better, 
they are executed from a menu selec- 
tion program so there's no need to 
mess about with the CLL which can be 
a very daunting and horrific experience 
for the novice. Orbital PD are at 5, 
Green Lane, South Chailey, East Sussex. 
You can phone them on 027 3 401 236. 

Do you have a modem? If you do, or 
are thinking of venturing into the world 
■of comms, you're going to need some 
utilities. Most bulletin boards have pub- 
lic domain software on them but you 


may find that the files are archived or 
warped. 

New Wave Software have compiled 
a disk of modem utilities and it contains 
probably most, if not all of what you're 
going to need to make the most out ol 
your communications. 

Files included are terminal emula- 
tors, archivers, unarchivers, and virtu- 
ally everything you need. New Wave 
are on 061 839 5378 and the disk is 
called Util 3. 

And finally 

You may find if you make Enquiries that 
some of the software mentioned in this 
column can be rather expensive. There 
are numerous titles for PD software, like 
shareware, diskware and licensewate. 

If you read the article a couple of 
months back on the PD scene you'll 
understand. Not every PD release is 
cheap and you should bear this in mind 
when you intend purchasing any soft- 
ware that is mentioned. Prices can 
range from as low as 40 pence to as 
much as £10 in some cases, so be pre- 
pared. 

Well, that wraps it up for this month. 
Join me next month for another look at 
the world of PD. 

Adios ... 


Famous last words 

Should you purchase- any of 
the above programs or 
indeed any public domain 
software, spare a though! 
for the author who has 
spent lime and effort to 
make your computing tape 
rience an enjoyable one 
Listen to your conscience 
and send in the cash - after 
all it's a small price to pay 
lo keep PO alive 



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voucherl) an RF cable, j ** f ci pMkiSi « 
"'Caddy'' (nothing to dd w z-of) Mtf * 
disk 

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machine but the way in wh*cn CsnKim dapafcti it 
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deserves. How much that amounts to will depend 
on how well the machine does, I suspect that the 
advent of the A69G CDTV external drive for the 
Amiga family will promote a rapid growth in CDTV 
Software. 

As for when the keyboard and ram packs will be 
ready. I'm afraid CDTV peripherals are a (Ways In 
the pipeline" when I speak to Commodore. When 
they will actually surface Es anyone" s guess. 

Finally, CD+G CDs can be obtained from your 
local record store. They won't have a separate sec- 
tion for them, instead some "normal" music CDs 
are actually in the CD-i-G format (Fleetwood Mac 
springs to mind). 


Write away! 

Got something to say through thf pages of dmrgtr 
Computing 1 

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Joystick joker 

On redding the July 1991 edition of your magazine I 
noticed a "joystick review" this so-called review is a 
pile of s^t to say the least. It had numerable errors 
and was totally inaccurate, for example you rate the 
cruiser at 75 "Pardon" 75, that's right! 

Furthermore you rate the Cheetah 125+ at 70- My 
God, it is not even micro switched and the handle 
tends to snap. Sure, I hear you say r but what about 
ergonomics? Fine, I feel completely easier using the 
cruiser or any other joystick come to that. 

The Competition Pro. got an incredible 100, 'cos of 
me extra rapid and slow motion buttons, but can you 
tell me how the reviewers play games, because all the 
people I know, including myseff say that those afore- 
mentioned buttons get in the way? 

And did you tell anyone that the shaft is like trying 
to shift a 5 tonne boulder for the first three years? NO! 
Forgot that bit didn't you! 

Get the ratings right in future. As far as the best joy- 
stick goes i would rite the number one stick as the 
lipstick. Second would be the Competition Pro fol- 
lowed by the Cruiser. 

fuJian Foster, Newport 

Dear oh dear. You really didn't like our joysticks 
buyer's guide did you? All I can say i$ that Steve, 


Jatnn and Doug know a good stick when they wag- 
gle it. 

You obviously have your own very strong opin- 
ions on joystkks x so 1 can't understand why you 
bothered to seek our advice In the first place. 

PD predators? 

Having recently discovered the delights of PD software 
I am curious to know whether sales in the commercial’ 
software world have been affected. With the quality 
and quantity of PD ever increasing I would think that 
commercial houses would and should feel: threatened 
by the onset of high quality software. 

Commercial houses are, of course, using the PD 
scene to publish demos of future releases, a move 
which has to be commended. Perhaps if all commer- 
cial software was available to be sampled like this, 
fewer people would experience that ripped-off feeling 
after paying £25 for a game/utility that falls below 
expectations. 

I certainly hope that commercial houses take a long 
look at the effect PD is having. Not only does it play a 
part in combating piracy but also in my view it could 
lead to the demise of some software companies. 

On a lighter note I would just like to agree with the 
comments of Chris Cannon (£5P Issue 38 July 91) 
regarding mail order. I have just relumed from Irving * 


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September 199 \ Amiga Computing 




Amiga Computing September 1 991 


No more abuse 

first I'll not bore you with the niceties of the standard creep letter format But I will say, as everyone does, that Amigo 
Comping is undoubtedly the best magazine for the Amiga around. Keep up the good work lads, oh and lasses. 

Right, now the mindless drivel has been disposed of, 1 can get down to the nitty-gritty. It all started one day when I 
was using my Amiga and contemplating the universe. I then asked my sell the mindboggling questions like; is Ezra your 
real name’ Why are trains always tale? And what the heck is "Guru Meditation"? 

Please, please. please (and one for good luck, PLEASE) could you delve into the depths of your brain and tell us sim- 
pletons, who are only mere beginners to the Amiga, what it is? I know it is something to do with software crashing. 
And how if possible can I reduce, or even stop, its numerous and unwelcome appearances? 

Neal Allen- Burt. Cheshire 


A Guru Meditation If the Amiga's way of telling you, the only way It knows how, that it just can't take any more 
abusd 

The huge number displayed within the Guru's red boa is a debug diagnostic, allowing programmers to work 
out where things are going wrong, and sometime! even whyl 

The Guru usually comes to visit when you are ruining public domain demos - which aren't renowned for 
being O/S legal. Alternatively, pushing the Amiga's multitasking powers a bit too far can lead to a nervous 
breakdown under the vanilla bonnet, 

If i knew how to stop Guru's happening on the Amiga i would be the richest person i know. 


> in Germany far two years and the three companies 
that I dealt with during that time gave me the very 
best service I could have asked for. They were Evesham 
Micros, Gordon Harwood Computers and Crazy |oe's 
PD library. Thanks for a really informative magazine. 

Steve Marshall, Wallingford, Oxon 

1 have to agree that the quality of some public 
domain software is very high, as a look at this 
month's PD column will prove, 1 don't think that 
commercial houses feel too threatened to be hon- 
est, After all, there is a lot of programming talent 
out there and the public domain is an excellent way 
for programmers to develop their skills before 
being snapped up for commercial projects. 

Catalogue con 

i am a regular reader af Amigo Computing (Honest) and 

I think it is the best of the bunch when reviewing soft- 
ware and hardware (that bit is honest too). I have had 
my Amiga A50D for over two and a half years and use 
it for everything, from desktop publishing (Pagesetter 

II - it's basic but Protext is well out of my price range) 
to entertainment (Lemmings still wastes hours and 
hours). 

But I am not writing to tell you about me. A mail 
order firm is selling an MSdos computer which does 
more that it's meant to. A photograph in a catalogue 
selling a Commodore PC, shows a PC 20 HD running 
the Preferences program from Workbench via 
Kickstart. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but the 
PC 20 HD never had (and I don't think ever will have) 
the ability to emulate the set of Amiga computers, 
which are the only ones to run Kickstart as an operat- 
ing system. 

That is not all either, most of the home shopping 
adverts for computers that I have looked at seem to 
have something wrong with the description or the 
photograph that they are selling the computer on. Are 
these types of companies being slapdash on purpose 
or are the people that produce these catalogues igno- 
rant to facts? I personally, go for the latter and it 
makes me very mad indeed, as facts conveyed in an 
inaccurate manner always do. 

While we are on the subject of inaccuracies, I hope 
you lot are going to apologise to Empire Software for 
telling readers that Megatraveller I costs £00.00, when 
in fact it costs £29 99 (oh dear, what a silly mistake). 

Andrew Finlayson, Blackpool 

The only thing that the PC2GHD and the Amiga 
144 have in common Is the manufacturer Commodore, 


My guess Is that after getting the setup perfect for 
a photograph of an Amiga $00, your catalogue 
company decided to simply switch the machines 
over and leave a«i Amiga display, running for the 
duration of their photo shoot. 

Mail order catalogues are often inaccurate with 
their specification 5. It is more critical, and notice- 
able with computer hardware though, I remember 
one firm was promising an A50Q with 512 meg of 
memory! 

As for our Megatraveller gaffe, the silly mistakes 
are always the ones that get through! 

Hardy annual 

While visiting my local software shops the other day, I 
noticed that they were all selling many of the newest 
games at knock down process! 

While a single Sheffield shop normally may be 
iound having a sale of some kind, it's extremely 
unusual indeed to see them all in this state at the same 
time. I enquired at the counter. The shop assistant 
claimed that these cheap prices were due to the cur- 
rent recession, a sales slump and the fact that the 
majority of big releases are rushed out at Christmas, 

Is Sheffield merely an isolated case or is it the same 
nationwide? These stores must be feeling the unem- 
ployment sting very badly - already, one local store 
has had to start filling its shelves with various paints, 
board-games and metal miniatures just to draw in 
more customers! 

Even worse, the software companies themselves 
must be in a bad way at the moment. If the shops, in 
desperation, are reducing their prices, in turn the com- 
panies will sell more games but at the same time mak- 
ing very little profit, Already, Hewson is one casualty 
that has gone under and 1 wonder who will be next 

Add to this the continual threat of piracy and we 
have problems, although this may be taking the issue 
just a little too tar... 

Any suggestions you may have on this matter will 
be gratefully accepted. Do you think I am blowing it 
out of all proportion or just being realistic? 

Stuart N Hardy, Sheffield 

We really must meet sometime Stuart, After all, I 
spend most of my day replying to your multi- 
coloured letters. 

You don't have to be too perceptive to see that 
things are getting a bit competitive in the software 
business. The recession is certainly a major factor, 
but there are others. Take, for example, the sudden 
rush of budget software releases. These are all 


games, around a year or less old, being marketed at 
price points well below a tenner. 

It's not really a panic measure by software 
houses, more of a natural evolution. Take the cur 
rent state of the 8-bit market as an indicator. These 
formats are totally flooded with very cheap soft 
ware, but It is still a thriving business. 

16-bit machines are now established enough to 
support mass market budget titles, as Kixx, The HU 
Squad and the like are only too happy to prove. 


Lost for words 

I have an A50D with a 51 2 K ram extension and an 
external floppy drive. I do a fair amount of wordpro- 
cessing and also keep simple accounts I'm beginning 
to feel that my requirements are outstripping the cun 
rent setup. 

Specifically, I use ICT's Texteraft Plu* for wordpro- 
cessing. It does pretty much everything t could want, 
hut I wonder why it is so seldom mentioned in your 
magazine. You can't buy it anywhere. What am I miss- 
ing in a wordprocessor? 

Jf | decided to upgrade to another wordprocessor, 
would I need to type in all my files again? 

Loading and saving hies is very slow. Is a hard disk 
the answer and what's involved in installing Dne7 

Peter Downs, France 

You have answered your own question Peter. We 
don't mention Texcraft because it isn't widely avail- 
able, A copy hasn't darkened A/rugu Computing's 
door in my living memory. 

If you are quite happy, I see no real need for you 
to change to any other software. Should the urge 
overtake you, there will be no problem sucking ail 
your Text craft documents into whichever new pack- 
age you plump for, providing Textcraft has a 
generic Ascii save option. 

A hard disk will speed up your file operations 
beyond recognition. They are easy to install, just a 
simple matter of removing the expansion slot cover 
on the left-hand side of your ASOO and pushing the 
hard disk in. 


Animated antics 

My daughter and I have happily been using Andrew's 
Animation Studio, included on the toverdisk in toe july 
issue of Amiga Computing. All goes well until we try to 
save our masterpieces! However, we try and we get a 
disk error. 

I do find your magazine one of the best on the mar- 
ket for our needs. We are using the Amiga very much 
as an educational aid rather than a games machine. 
Please could you tell me what has been included on 
the co vendi sks for the last few months so I can order 
some, if suitable? 

Graham Carter, Warks 

Hmmrn,... J'm not entirely sure why you are having 
problems with the animation studio. By the time 
you read this, tech wiz and disk editor supreme, 
Stevie Kennedy, should have been in touch to help 
iron the problem out. 

As for back Issue co verdi sks, the best thing to do 
Is contact Europress Direct. Take a look at the 
Reader Offers form near the back of this Issue. 


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Nick and Simon's excellent 
adventure 


As you can imagine, there are lots of 
"behind the scenes" people at Amigo 
Computing Accounts, administration, 
advertising and all that sort of stuff. 

Even the "behind die scenes" peo- 
ple have their own set of "behind the 
scenes" st?FF to rely on, Take, for 
example, the shy retiring personas of 
Nick Moran and Simon Williams. 

Hard working, committed and 
dedicated, Nick and Simon are two of 
the key played at Europress. They both helped out at the 
1 6 Bit Fai' I'ke the rest of the Amiga Comparing team. 

It was an eventful weekend for Nick. Within five minutes of arriving in London he 
h*H succeed in getting the Amigo Computing batmobile impounded, 

As you can imagine, a three day show isn’t all work and no play. Arhied with 
nothing more than a pair of McDonalds shades, Nick and $imes set out to pamt the 

town red, or at least a subtle shade of pink. 

In 4ft short hours, Amiga Computing's answer to Hale and Pace had made lots of 
"rrew and interesting" Friends. These included a bag lady and some gents who would 
like to have got to know Nick better than time permitted. 

The highlight or the weekend for Nick and Simon wasn't the numerous trips out, 
the bright lights of London, the fine food and drink. It was, apparently, a screening 
Of the movie Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure on Sky. 


PD winners - almost 

Many thanks to everyone who 
entered our massive PD competition a 
month or (two ago. The entire 1 7-Bit 
disk library will be winging its way to 
a lucky winner very soon. 

Watch new month's Rock Lobster 
for the final result, Our decision has 
been delayed because of the sheer 
number of entries our elves are hav- 
ing to sift through. 


Fast format 


Caught in the act! 

it’s caught in the act time again. For OTA 40 we have gone back to using ran- 
dom members of Europress staff who happen to wander into the Amigo 
Computing enclosure. 

The usual spectacular prize is waiting for anyone who can come up with a 
caption for this utterly silly photo. r^m 
The silly photo is of a pretty silly f 
person, lonathan "Bitfa" Maddock is 
one of the tribe of Euro press gofers. I 
Serving the top floor of Europa House, jl 
these dedicated people have made an I jjjfc* 
art form out of never being in the I 
right place at any time. ' 

The right place for Biff a can't really 
be printed here, but he does tend to 
spend a fair amount of time avoiding 
the coffee machine, 

Send your entries to: Biff a. Rock Lobster, Amigo Computing, Europa House, 
Adlington Park, Macclesfield, SKI 0 4NP. 




Amiga (Computing) people 


Here it is, the picture that had Amiga Computing "almost pulled off the shelves . 

In' this slice of digitiser history you see Paul Austin, Stevie Kennedy and Eddie 
McKendrick. This limited edition print - only 109,000 printed - will grace any bed- 
room floor beautifully. 

We just can't empty our cupboards fast enough here at AC so it s time lor another 
Rock Lobster mini competition. What we want you to do is guess the age ol each 
member of the team, then add the whole lot up and arrive at a total age. The nearest 
will be very smug indeed and will probably receive a breathtaking prize. 

Send your entries to Mid Life Crisis, Rock Lobster, Amiga Computing, Europa 
House, Adlington, Macclesfield, 5K10 4NP. 


We hope you enjoyed our exclusive pre- 
view of Deluxe Paint IV last month. We 
were the first UK magazine to get a 
review from someone who had used 
the product "hands-on" for more than 
half a day. 

Another Amiga magazine is running 
its Deluxe Paint exclusive this month. It 


just goes to show that some exclusives 
are more exclusive than others, 

16 Bit Computer Fair - the awards 

during the three day event at the Novotel, 
Hammersmith. These aren't real awards, so don't lake 
them too seriously... 


it is with great pleasure that Amiga Computing announce 
the winners in their first annual 16-Blt show awards. 

Our panel of judges carefully selected the winners 


Pi 

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Happiest stand personnel: 

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3 

Amor Ltd 

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Best dressed exhibitor: 

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jeff Mmler, Liamasolt 

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Most popular exhibitor: 

1 

NirJr Moran, turopress 

Most Irritating exhibit: 

146 

■ Monster Sound Cartridge 


Most interesting exhibit: 

female staff. Soft Stuff 

Most popular bar: 

U Pub, Novotel Hammersmith 
Most popular stand: 
te Put), Novotel Hammersmith 
Best hiding place: 

Le Pub, Novotel Hammersmith 


Most expensive bar: 

Le Pub, Novotel Hammersmith 
Most Innovative new product: 
Totting cigarette machine, Novotel 
Hammersmith 
Most tacky accessory: 

McDonalds ifrodes, McDonalds, 
Hammersmith 


Next month's 
Amiga Computing 

Well that wraps up another issue 
of Britain's fastest growing Amiga 
magazine, 

Next month 1 * AC hits the 

streets on Thursday, Sih 
September 1991. Catch it while 
you can. 



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