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Introducing Saxon Script Professional,’* the most powerful and sophisticated PostScript Interpreter 
available on the commercial market. It s like turning your dot matrix, ink-jet or laser printer into a 
full fledged PostScript printer, with the added flexibility of being able to edit and manipulate 
individual files’ Oil printers equipped with resolutions of 300 dpt or more, the output quality of 
SaxonScript Professional actually exceeds that of 300 dpi Adobe PostScript laser printers? 
Halftoned areas in particular, are consistently sharper, more detailed and feature better transitions 
between various levels of grey than comparable images produced by using PostScript. 

PostScript Output at 300 dpi SaxonScript Output at 300 dpi 


FEATURES 


* True virtual inrmciry fdE 

com pa i jollity with |r>w 
ttiCmury Amiga*. 0* under 
condition^ of heavy 
multitasking. 

* A pnwatfu! PostScript 
[ m trp rc t*i- Featuring iht 
impknicnraiiuii n] all of the 
ilandnnJ PostScript Ltpe rnton. 

* Support fox all Preferences 
primer?. 

* A standard stt uf fonts, 
malching iIilyae most com- 
monly found In pLNMScripi 
primers; Avanr f^irdr, 
ttiiukmun, Cfitary SrfaiHhl* 
book, Tinner, Helvetic*. 
PalalLno. Times, Zapf 
ilhmticwy nnd Zapf 
Dingbats. 

' Slipptirl l^r Hit PoiIi<CripI 
ikrbiiftMduhlr fevus ind tiding; 
t'onipugj'apiiic. Adobe 
Type | and Atfliihr Type 3 
funt* obtained from any 
number of different 
4 ji_i PusiScripi foni on 
dr( Amiga disk can 
be mam puli ted I.V 1 1 It a n 
Sax&tt&cript Professional. 

* ['li ri version O-f P Li st S cri pi 
fanes iniu Soxcni Pubihhfr. 

Afnifiu ttilmup. Of l)p? 

I foi-Imrls. 

■ A lull colour PostScript 
sltchi preview which i^ 

IVO# accurate 1 l> rhe 
lirYtil Jlivt-ns of Uic screen 
display. 

9 The ability Id convert 
PostScript files into a 
compiftsrftd PostScript 
format for faster output at 
service bureaus. 

* The ability m u?*r screen 
angles and densities for 

in u ire patterns be 1 ore 

priming. 

■ The ability to initiate 

in Ji vi dual BcjMiBiioes into u 
single I u|J -colour document 
foj Aizfunilc colour prank 
on colour printers. 

•Tlic Lispvemtm of PoxtSvrppt 
files min IFF. EPS, EPSF, or 
DR 2D lormats for editing 
and oiuripoEatronh in varfou* 
appILcaiinriY., 

* AL.kim.iiic v^nistnE of frJFKKI, 
or muxz. 

■ Implamcnlation of ail 
standard P^MScripi ofMtaiOf!4 

4 An open arch tie ci tire to 
allow customisation by 
program meT> 

- Delayed printing and print In 
disk options. 


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When pixel valuuN cannot be reproduced exactly, PostScript 
renders the affected pixels in the closest darker shade 
available at the given screen density Subtle details are 
inevitably lost m a result, PostScript half! ones at&o tend to 
ha^e a ^riiiny appearance because of Pi^i Script's inability so 
produce irrcgutarlv shaped halftone: cells 


Because Saxon Scripts algorithms intelligently switch 
between halftoning a nit dtihering. any pixel value Can be 
accurately reproduced, Ncnicc the grealer detail found in this 
image. SaxanSchpl M s images are itlso sharper and crisper lhan 
comparable PostScript imag.es because of the program’s 
unique ability to create im^ulsr halftone cells. 


PostScript 's approach to 
halftoning limits the 
maximum ntnnlter of pos- 
sible greys is> a func- 
tion of both resolution 
and screen frequency. 
At lower resoJutions, this 
gives rise to the creation 
of very visible bands of 
grey which degrade ihc 
overall quality of printed 
images. 


Our unique approach to 
halftoning does not limit 
the n umber of grey levels 
which can be printed. 
Consequently, no banding 
is visible in areas coro 
t mining. colour gradients. 
This permils smoother 
Era nations and enhances 
the overall quality of 
printed images, 


FONT CONVERSION UTILITIES 

SaxonScript Professional supports all PostScript 
downloadable fonts, including Compugraphic and 
Adobe Type 1 fonts. Custom utilities further allow 
you to convert PostScript fonts in Amiga Bitmap , 
Saxon Publisher or Adobe Type 1 formats for use in a 
variety of different applications! 

IMAGE CONVERSION UTILITIES 

Convert your PostScript files into IFF, EPS, or |YR21i 
formats for manipulation in various paint programs 
and desktop publishers! Or attach IFF headers to vour 
FPS files, effectively allowing you lo view EPS files 
on screen l 

PRINTING UTILITIES 

Preview linotronic files for potentially costly errors 
before sending your output to a service bureau. Print 
PostScript directly to the screen display to obtain 


accurate colour proofs on screen. Using the included 
moire testing program, you can also test screen 
angles and densities for visible artifacts before 
printing! After verification, SaxonScript \ proprietary 
compression algorithms can be used to comp revs your 
PostScript files into a more compact PostScript format 
for faster, i.e., much less ex pensive output. 

SaxonScript Professional is available at your 
nearest dealer for only £99.95 ine. VAT! A free 
copy of SaxonScript Professional is also included 
with every purchase of Saxon Publisher VI. 2. 


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WHAT’S 


Commodore 
takes 
Amiga 

New Amlgas are on their way. 
Commodore opens up to John Butters 




THE FIRST of the next generation of 
Amiga* using some of the most up-to- 
date technology available will ga on 
sale in less than a year, Amigo 
Cwpuf/ngcan delusively reveal. 

Commodore have admitted that 
they have two options under test at 
their secret Pennsylvania development 
plant and an insider says that at feast 
one of these will be marketed. They 
centre on two powerful chips which lift 
the computer's speed considerably, 
and there will also be improvements to 
the sound and colour. 

The first of the new Amigas will be 
an upgraded A3.0EJ0 but is is unclear 
whether it will be a replacement or 
another machine. The A3-0Oti's 6S03O 
processor will be exchanged for the 
falter 6804 G r making it up to five times 
faster than the existing model and 20 
times quicker than a standard A5O0. 

The new version of the top-end 
Amiga will be on sale by next August 
and possibly earlier. Owners of the cur- 
rent A jq-oo will be able to buy an 
upgrade chip which will plug into the 
separate Central Processing Unit (CPU) 
slot for enhanced processors. Other 
machines in the Amiga family could see 
the processor later, say Commodore,. 

The manufacturer has also devel- 
oped an Amiga based on the Reduced 
Instruction Set Chip (RISC). RISC is 
designed to have few instruction com- 
mand^ thus enabling it to pass 
through code quickly and increase the 
speed of the computer. The chip was 
designed by Acorn Computers and 
used in their Archimedes, which has 
become popular in education. 

Developers have been slow to 
accept RISC, although an independent 
expert told us that major players in the 
industry are moving to the chip, includ- 
ing Apple who are set to build a 
Macintosh running from it. 

If developed as a product, RISC will 
be used in all Amigas, says our source, 
and could be only a year away. But the 
firm is unwilling to discuss its exact 
specifications. "I can't actually make a 


comment on the RISC-based system at 
the moment, said a spokesperson. 

He added that the improved sound 
will probably be 1 tidbit, and a chip set 
due later this year will give a larger 
palette and 256 colours onscreen at 
once, effectively giving a VGA standard 


display. The RISC and 6S040 chips 
could lead to incompatibility problems, 
although RISC would give the biggest 
headache to developers. 

But Commodore have guaranteed 
compatibility with existing software, "H 
will run the Amiga operating system - 
our policy has always 
been to maintain 
and develop Amiga 
technology, said 
Commodore. 

One way around 
the RISC problem 
would be to include 
a 6300G processor 
inside the machine. 
Another would be to 
have "very sexy pro- 
gramming” across 
the bus that would 
allow the RISC pro- 
cessor to access the 
Zorro data bus. 


Cheap speed arrives 

A STAFFORDSHIRE distributor is set to 
release a cheap card in a new line of 
accelerator. s. 

The entry-level VXL-30 will fit into ait 
types of AmJgfd and could go on sale for 
leu 5 than £1 00. Based on the 68030 
enhanced chip sel f the MkroBotks 
accelerator witl run at 25MHz, 

it will not have extra memory but 
accepts an optional 32-bit ram board \ 
VXL RAM-12, populated with either two 
or eight megabytes of Fait Page Mode 
ram designed to enable the processor 
to operate in its high speed burst mode. 

A software switch will return control 
to the Amiga's 68000 chip, enabling all 
software to be compatible with the 
upgraded computer. Available from ZCi 
(0543 414B3 71 VXt-10 will probably 
cost £299.99. The price of the ram 
boards bos 5tiH to he fixed. 



Workbench upgrade by Xmas 


THE REDESIGNED Amiga operating sys- 
tem is being burned into rom and will 
be on sale by the end of the year say 
Commodore. An official announce- 
meM of the release is expected soon. 

Already supplied on disk to owners 
of A3 000s, Workbench 2 has a new 
appearance, and grey, black, biue and 
white have been substituted lor the 
anginal colours. 

Other features in version 2 are 
improved error handling that finds 
software failures before they manage 
serious damage and quicker floppy 
disk operations as a result of the new 
Fast File System. 

A Re**, CompuGraphic fonts and 
utility software come with Workbench 
2 and the Enhanced Chip Set will aEso 
be available and fitted by an approved 
service centre. Users not requiring 
either the Super Agnes or Super Denise 


chip will pay less for the upgrade, it is 
claimed. 

Despite the operating system being 
completely rewritten, incompatibility 
will not be a serious problem, although 
industiy experts say very oFd commer- 
cial programs aod some public domain 
software could cause trouble if they 
were not written to Commodore 
guidelines. 

It wilt primarily be targeted at 
A 2 000 owners and it is unknown 



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whether A50Q owners will see an 
upgrade. Stateside, Commodore are 
selling one megabyte A5G0s fitted with 
the latest operating system and the 
Enhanced Chip Set in a computer 
known as the A5Q0 Professional. If the 
A5(H3P were to become a UK product 
then an upgrade would be unlikely 

Commodore's Andrew Ball told 
Amiga Computing that upgrades will fil- 
ter through to the UK by lire end of 
the year but probably not lor the 
A5QQ, although Other staff at the firm's 
Maidenhead office said it would be 
“technically possible" to supply chips 
for that model, 

Roms will be supplied with a com- 
prehensive manual, and a price tag of 
between £75 and £100 seems likely. 
Disk-based copies are not expected to 
cost more than £25. Commodore WEre 
unwilling to confirm prices 










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from Silica 

TOP-SELLING Amiga presentation 
package Scala lias had its features 
expanded for video titling, multi- 
media and p res enta Eton produc- 
tion. 

New features found in version 
1,1 of Norway-based Digital 
Vision's program include ARexx 
support, real time anti-aliasing of 
text, brushes and colour fonts and 
continuous credit scolling transi- 
tion. 

Anim real-time buffering will 
bad the next animation as the pre- 
vious one is being run, and other 
features include colourfont support, 



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full support for outline fonts under 
Workbench 2.1 and automatic 
remapping of brushes and colour- 
fonts. 

There is also superimpose transi- 
tion, a function to show layout 
boxes, much faster loading and 
automatic popularity buffering 
which stores many pictures in 
memory for use with interactive 
applications. It has 17 high quality 
fonts, 59 backdrops, 52 screen 
wipes and 50 text line wipes. 

"Since its launch, Scala has 
become Silica's best selling Amiga 
presentation package - outselling 
every other presentation package 
for the Amiga," said Silica's Andy 
Leaning, 

"The new features give the pack- 
age an improved running speed 
and make presentations slicker and 
more professional." 

The package is compatible with 
all Amigas and costs £264.36. 
Users of the earlier version can 
upgrade far free by returning their 
original disks to Silica Systems 
COSt-309 1111) at 1 to 4 The 
Mews, Hatherlry Road, Siidcup, 
Kent DAI 4 4 DX. 


Dealers to give multimedia advice 


AMIGA buyers will be able to get more 
advice from dealers about the com- 
puter's multimedia talents, thanks to a 
new nationwide network of multime- 
dia centres being set up by 
Commodore. 

AN will be in place within three years 
and the manufacturer intends to open 
at beast one every three months . 

Dealers will- be invited to undergo 
Commodore training which will 
include courses in sound and graphics, 
presentat ion, design, gen locking and 
animation. Another part of the training 
will be with distance learning pack- 
ages. 

Said Commodore's national sales 
director Terry Cocke: "Commodore is 


the only supplier to operate in all mar- 
ket sectors of this fast growing market. 
Our figures project market growth of 
72 per cent per annum over the next 
four years. 

"Our aim is to marry our expertise 
with Amiga technology, which exists 
with certain dealers right now, with our 
own commercial marketing experience 
and the expertise of the individual com- 
ponents of the multimedia mix. 

"Multimedia is an added- value mar- 
ket that many dealers are keen to enter 
we have made that transition easier. 
We realise it is not about a single tech- 
nology but about applying solutions to 
needs and that's what the training 
achieves." 



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QfmQurKed fiber [ the firm will he "working with 
gfl key tfealen to get muiUtnedla infuJiDn i to 
the marketplace' 


Pilots get learning aid 

AMIGA owners will soon be flying high with two versions of a 
realistic flight simulator featuring three types of light aircraft 
just announced by Bristol-based R C Simulations (0272 
5.50900}. 

Under development by Digital Aviation, Light Aircraft 
Simulator will offer everything from basic training to aerobat- 
ics, Airfields throughout southern England will be represented 
in faithful detail. 

Flights in a single-propellered Cessna 150 or two models of 
the Chipmunk, a favourite Royal Air Force training plane, can 
be taken to 100 destinations within the UK. Software will be 
supplied with a comprehensive manual to rndude navigation 
maps. 

R C Simulations chaimnan Bob Sidwick says the programs 
will give an ideal environment for practising flight instrument 
appreciation and general navigation techniques including 
visual and radio navigation approach procedures. 

The simulator was designed to aid in the training of private 
pilots and should be on sale by the end of December. 

The visual only version will cost £49.95 and the instrument 
flying version £90. 


Typesetting system 
enters UK 

A PROFESSIONAL Amiga typesetting system has been offi- 
cially released in the UK by Industrial Might and Logic 
(0273 621393) and at the same time has received an 
update. 

AmigaTEX enables interprocess communication with 
other programs using ARexx and includes equations and 
tables, as well as a document size determined only by the 
size of the hard disk. New features found in version 3.1a 
include full PostScript and graphics support onscreen and 
to supported pnnters, and Amiga DOS 2 compatibility. 

PostScript fonts from various sources, including nearly 
all structured drawing packages, can bo scaled, slanted 
and stretched to any degree and graphics can be inte- 
grated into AmigaTEX documents and appear onscreen 
exactly as they will be printed. 

It Sells for £140, and a free demonstration disk is avail- 
able by writing to the firm at 5fi Cobden Road, Brighton 
m2 2T|. 


Disks for free people 



A CLEVELAND man who has formed an 
Amiga public domain library, which he 
says will encourage users to decide how 
they want it to serve them, is giving disks 
away free. 

Paul Failes, 23, started full time work 
on Neural Images PD (0429 26350S) 
after Owning an Amiga for more than a 
year and recently being made redundant 
from an accounts pob at Rolls Royce. 

Paul says he wanted to run a library 
but kept his Amiga as a hobby until he 
lost his job, when he had the time 
needed to start the business. As part of 
an opening promotional campaign 
Neural Images will supply any disk from a 
catalogue of 150 free until the end of 
September. 

By including a questionnaire with the 
catalogue he hopes to be able to carry 
out market research into what his cus- 
tomers want. All models of the Amiga ftwrj zoning for a flood at dhk 


will be catered for and as part of the 
library's policy of being user friendly, 
programs requinng more than half a 
megabyte of memory will be pub- 
lished in a different section of their 
catalogue. 

Orders will be dispatched the same 
day and before each disk is sent it will 
be checked to ensure rt works and is 
virus Free After September, each disk 
will cost 99 pence plus postage and 
packing. 

Although many small Amiga 
libraries have been forced to close in 
the last year, Paul thinks there is 
enough space for Neural Images to 
move in. "By offering a good service 
at low pnces there is room in the mar- 
ket for the library. It will be speedy 
but not al the expense ol quality and 
I want Ampga people to tell me what 
they want, 1 he said. 








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Dealers win returns battle 


' r - j sing Commodore bosses for axing their new 

cbm fa* returns policy within days of it taking effect. The 
tmjm wti taken when dealers threatened to cripple the 
M* :* Amiga j by dropping it in favour of rival machines. 

, 1, dead on arrival (DO A] products had to be 
rets* < : to Commodore's National Repair Centre at the 
de#** oense and they were told they would have to wait 
I :*■ to 1 4 days for replacement machines. 

f uncus retailers claimed that when the new policy was 
rcr cuced the Amiga failure rate leaped much higher than 
Tie normal eight per cent and it took longer than two weeks 
’ m nw computers to be received, 

Despite a half per cent increase in their margins under the 
:■ : . dealers claimed they were 

sung money and could not 
afford to continue stocking the 
firm's products. 

Talks between Commodore 
And dealer body NAStfl (The 
National Association of Specialist 
Computer Retailers) resulted in 
the policy being reversed and dis- 
tributors taking back the responsi- 
bility of handling DO A micros. 

"The returns policy will practi- 
cally revert back to the way it 
used to be - the only minor 
change is if a dealer finds short- 
ages in the box/ - said NASCft 
chairman Give Bishop. "Where it 
was the responsibility of the dis- 


tributor to replace those shortages it will now be 
Commodore's direct, 

"Commodore made a statement at a distributors' meeting 
prior to its announcement that if there was major adverse 
reaction from the trade they would be quick to react and back 
down, 

"On that basis that is cottbcC they\e done that and I cortf 
mend them, The mere fact that they overreacted in the first 
place is water under the bridge now. There will be a major 
sigh of relief across the UK, h 

Commodore say distributors must now be much more 
responsible and operate to DO A guidelines to avoid abuse of 
the system. A spokesman said that for bona fide dealers the 

policy remains the same ss it 
used to be. 

Meanwhile, an indepen- 
dent survey has found the 
Amiga to be the country's 
most stocked leisure com- 
puter, with the A500 available 
at more than eight out of 10 
outlets, 

In second and third place 
in the Computer Trade LVerf/y 
survey were Sega's Megadrive 
and MasterSystem., both sold 
by more than 70 per cent of 
dealers, In fourth place was 
the C64 at 70 per cent, and in 
fifth was the Atari ST, an sale 
at 65 per cent of outlets. 


Top 10 stocked machines 



Percentage 

Position 

Computer 

of dealers 

1 

A5G0 

B3 

1 

Sega Megadrive 

73 

3 

Sega Master System 

72 

4 

Commodore 64 

70 

5 

Atari 52QST 

65 

6/7 

Nintendo Gameboy/ 



Atari lynx 

53 

a 

Nintendo Entertainment 



System 

51 

9 

Atari 2600/2800 VCS 

36 

10 

Amstrad CPC/Plus 

29 


Source: Computer Trade Weekly 



RAF take off 
with ProFlight 

VISITORS to this year's Royal 
Tournament had the opportu- 
nity to take to the sky in one of 
the RAF r s most advanced front 
line tighter planes thanks to an 
A300Q and a leading flight simu- 
lation program, 

An organiser of the promo- 
tional show at Earls Court sta- 
tioned at an RAP Hentow 
suggested that HiSoft's 
ProFlight program could be 
demonstrated at this year' s two 
and a half week event. 

A special version was pro- 
grammed which enabled the 
pilots to follow missiles, and to 
add reality users sal Inside the 
cockpit of a real |aguar aircraft. 
Movement was controlled using 
the new H C Simulations Gravis 
Stick yoke. 

The display was projected on 
to a wall-sized screen outside 
and a navigator sitting nearby 
acted as co-pilot, taking instruc- 
tions through a headset for any- 
thing other than the Tornado's 
movement from the budding 
pilots. 

Prince William and Prince 
Harry were among the visitors 
taking a trip up to Mach 2. 


Diamond open in London 

ONE of the country's largest Amiga dealers are set to open the doors of their first 
central London showroom. 

Southampton-based Diamond Computers (0703 232777) are to have their 
Tottenham Court Road premises officially opened by a celebrity and have promised 
to devote an entire floor to the Amiga. 

Galled Amiga World it will have a range ol hardware and software products and 
will be backed up by a second floor of general computer peripherals such as printers 
and modems. 

Marketing manager (onathen Shirlow said his firm chose that specific London 
road because it is the Mecca of the computing world. He said it will offer quality 
products and a pleasant shopping environment without high prices. 

The London showroom will open six days a week between 9am and 6pm and can 
be telephoned on 071 -453 CH34- 


A Star 
is born 

A SUCCESSOR has been 
announced for Star Micronic*' 

(0494 471111} ageing LC-10 
dot matrix printer. The new 
entry level 9-pln model is tan 
geted at home and small busi- 
ness users. 

The LC-20 has a draft pnnt 
speed of 1B0 characters per 
second and has eight near-let- n* tfoqgeii br star « rhr ic-fo fur th* 

ter quality fonts including ital- 
ics. Other features include a 4K buffer, push tractor feed with short form tear off, 
paper parking and Epson and IBM emulation, 

A Star spokesperson described the printer as robust and said its looks are in keep- 
ing with current design trends. It has an RRP ot £233-83. 

A new range of colour printers has also been released by the giant for professional 
user*. The four machines in the Pro-to-Col series are mixed between 9 and 24-pm 
models and cost between £399 and £599. 



WHAT’S 

new 


Video to run 
on Amiga 

ANOTHER multimedia progtam head- 
ing for the Amiga is Super Video 
Amiga, a solderless plug-in board trial 
will enable live television or video to 
be watched through a monitor and 
grabbed for use in other applications. 

The display will be a digital 24-bit 
image and there will be controls for 
volume, balance, bass and treble. The 
image is shown within a window 
which can be made any si/e on the 
screen and allows a graphic or text 
overlay. 

Frames can be frozen and saved 
in common file formats for use in 
applications such as desktop publish- 
ing or sent by modem to another 
machine It will require at least 
two megabytes of memory and is 
hoped to be priced at less than 
£500. Contact SAI Technologies on 
OHt-566 6677 


Show off! 

EWP EXmTiONS ( 07J -404 4&<4) made 
the shock rteriaon to hck [he public out of 
this year's European Computer Enter- 
tainment Show less than a month before it 
istobenjn, from September J to S. 

IMAP's sates manager Ken Crosktnd toid 
Amiga Computing that the show has been 
relaunched os a trcrde-on/y show because 
the trade side of it was proving far stronger 
than the consumer side. 

Radio announcements on a London sta- 
tion and advertisements in the computer 
press wrfJ beg people not to go to Earls 
Court for the foot days. EMAP soys more 
companies ore fiflwpJanrmg to attend. 

Among the exhibitors are Commodore r 
who say they are now re-thinking their 
strategy for the show, 0 shonw that 
CES hasn *t happened because Jt has always 
he^rr a show to promote Our products but it 
wiH place 0 great deal more importance an 
the Commodore Show/ sard Commodore's 
Andrew Bail 


Printer winner 

THE WINNER of the Arriba Com- 
puting competition at the 4th 
International 16 bit Computer 
Show was Mr Ryder of Palmer's 
Green, London. A Panasonic KX- 
N124 p dot matrix printer is with 
him and working hard already. 





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Monitor takes off 

AS PART of a promotional campaign 
Philips (081-689 444-4) are bundling 
Microprose's flight shoot- 'em-up, M9 
Stealth Fighter, with their CM8833/H 
colour monitor. 

Buyers also Iwe the opportunity to 
enter i competition to win one of 33 
flights at the controls of a Boeing 717 
simulator. Three winners will have lunch 
at a top country manor hotel, with heli- 
copter transfers to and from the 
Britannia Airways simulator at Luton 
Airport. Competitions will be held dur- 
ing October, November and December, 

A Philips spokeswoman said F-1 9 was 
chosen after looking at quite a few soft- 
ware packages and finding that flight 
simulators were popular and broad- 
ranging, Microprose were the specialist 
in that market she said, 

The bundle costs £269 


Gasteiner 
goes cordless 

A CORDLESS memory upgrade and 
mouse are among a line up of new 
products set to be added to the 
Gasteiner Technologies (081 -365 
1151) range. 

The Atfadata memory expansion has 
a fitting for inside the computer and 
communicates "like remote control" 
with the extra memory which can be 
put nearby, In places such as a desk 
drawer, 

The price of the four megabytes of 
memory has still to be fixed and it is 
due on sale by October. 

Mega Mouse is an optical rodent 
with a resolution of 300 dots per inch. 
Supplied with a solid pad and mouse 
holder it has a two year guarantee. It 
boasts a tracking speed of 600 millime- 
tres a second, an ergonomic design 
and three microswitch buttons. No 
price has been set but it is to be avail- 
able soon. 

A new gimmicky pointing device is 
due for a Christmas release from the 
London-based distributor. 

Crystal Trackball will operate like a 
normal trackball but whenever one of 
its three buttons is pressed the unit illu- 
minates, its colour determined by 
which button is used. Gasteiner say it 
will probably sell for £39,95, 


Cologne gets world's best show? 

AN EVENT being flagged as the world's greatest Amiga show is to be held in 
Cologne, Germany at the beginning of November. 

The organisers promise that four halls of the Koln Messe will be packed with more 
than 200 exhibitors from across the world for the show. Amiga 91 's doors open on 
October 31 for trade and press visitors, and the following three days will be available 
for anyone interested in the Amiga. 

Each hall will have a special theme. Hall 5 will contain professional hardware and 
software. Hall 6 will be devoted to hardware, entErtainment will be featured in Hall 7 
and for those interested in public domain, music and mail order. Hall E is a must. 

There will be an exhibition of computer art, where visitors interested in graphics 
and art will be able to view the graphics capability of the computer and beginners' 
workshops and masterclasses. 

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A NEW virus called Saddam threatening to nuin thousands of Amiga disks is almost 
invisible to virus checkers. 

Writing itself to the disk-validator fife in the L: directory it is disguised by being the 
same byte size as the validator and will prevent commercial games and other soft- 
ware from running. 

infected disks are unable to auto^boot because code is forced into the first line of 
the start-up sequence and it is also suspected of causing read and write errors. Unlike 
most vifuses, Saddam enters the Amiga 1 s memory whenever an infected disk is put 
into the drive and does not wait lor it to be read. 

Amiga Compuhrig's technical expert, Stevie Kennedy, put the virus under the 
microscope, "We First spotted the virus alter looking through a batch of PD disks" 1 , 
he said. "KDVIli's 30 second vector checker started to go bananas, so we examined 
the section of memory it reported as suspicious. A wad of code was found with the 
word Saddam firmly embedded in if, 

"As far as we know, the virus will completely destroy the infected disk when acti- 
vated, though the circumstances under which it wisll pop into life remain unclear. 
The only way to detect Saddam is to have a virus killer which carries out continuous 
vector checks. 

w lf readers already have KDVIIL which we gave away on the March CoverOisk, 
they should be able to spot the virus before It spreads any further, but the best way 
to deal with it is with version 5.23 of John Veldthuis's Virus Checker^, 

The program recognises the virus in action and comes with a new program called 
FixSaddam, which rescues damaged data blocks from a disk infected with the virus. 

Data from destroyed disks will not be repaired but if you are using Virus Checker 
or KDVllI you should have enough advance warning of Saddam's presence to be able 
to disinfect the disk before it is irreparably damaged. 

Readers should be able to pick up a copy of Virus Checker from one of the better 
PD libraries but we may include it on a future CoverDisk. 


Silica links with GVP 


A DEAL has been struck between Silica 
Systems [OS 1 -309 1 1 1 1) and Great 
Valley Products to make Silica the offi- 
cial UK distributor of the American 
giant's Amiga peripherals. 

The world's largest third party sup- 
plier of Amiga hardware r GVP r s range 
includes hard disk drives, cards and 
accelerators and caters for owners of all 
Amigas. 

Among the products are a 52 
megabyte A5QG hard drive and ram 
upgrade selling for £599, and an 
A2G0Q hard card and ram upgrade 
with various Capacity hard disks and 
ram sizes with prices starting at £199 
for the interface. 

"This arrangement means we have 


access to the best Amiga hard disks, 
accelerators and cards - GVFs Amiga 
peripherals are unrivalled", said Silica 
spokesman Andy Leaning. 

"The joining of the two companies 
will give UK Amiga users access to 
unmatched products and support. You 
can now buy the very best products, 
safe in the knowledge that you are 
assured of the best in support and 
assistance*, 

leaning also hinted that under the 
deal Silica will be responsible for han- 
dling American firm Lake Forest Logic's 
products, who were recently taken over 
by GYP. Great Valley adopted Lake 
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With Commodore’s expiring new 1500 pack you 
get everything you ve ever wanted in a home 
computer - including the software. 

The Amiga 1500 is the ultimate PC for all the 
family, bringing the world of computers into your 
home. Ease of use is designed inn 7 all A m tea's 
award winning technology and to make it even 
simpler the 1500 comes with its own straight- 
forward guide , Get the Most out of your Amiga ’ . 

To kelp you do just that you also gel six software 
packages encompassing business, design , 
education and leisure. You can monitor your 
finances with the ‘Digita Home Accounts' 
software, or allow t your design skills free rein 
with the sophisticated Deluxe Taint Ilf' . And for 
business, there r The Works ! Platinum Edition’ 

- a fully integrated word processing, spreadsheet 
and database package. 

Tor an beatable entertainment , enter the realms 
of fantasy with the arcade sensation "Toki' . 
journey into a land of enchantment in Elf, or 
risk getting hooked on 1 Puzznic . 

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Evesham joins in BBC charity 

5* mp and *way fur 1Q,0M balloon; at the end 
* S en txtui Amiga dealer Evesham Micros (0386 

't M) Mnm them in a bid to raise £10 r 000 for this 
*- jr HC CNidren m Need charity event. 

B*J3«khi Marathon will offer customers the 
id win an A50G with a colour monitor and the 
****** m the receive an Atari Lynx hand held games 

each costing £1, will be launched from 
■** I1C Pebble Mill studio near Birmingham on 
*in ii i 22, with a name and address tag attached to 


>xe a reasonable period of time has elapsed, the conv 
p* fty will announce which balloon travelled furthest to 
become the winner. The firm are taking donations at any 
of rheir showrooms or by telephone. A few weeks after 
the s-aies started Evesham boss Richard Austin said they 
-ere likely to overtake their initial aims. 

Computing and other Europress Publications are 
supporting the Evesham Micros event. A free advertise- 
ment will promote the campaign In the November issue of 
iht magazine. 

Organiser, Richard Hicks F told Amigo Computing: '"We 
are confident of getting a good response and hope to add 
to the excitement and ftin In our region' 1 . 



Printers go two-tier 

PRINTER owners with both laser and dot matrix models will have space prob- 
lems cunid with a new development from Rexel. The Two-Tier Printer Stand 
holds the two types of printer at once and is available for £133 from Action 
Computer Supplies (0800 333 333) 


Ideal for computers 

THE ORGANISERS of next year's Ideal 
Home Exhibition arE to devote a sec- 
tion of the show to home computing. 
The Ideal Home Computing Show is a 
new feature of the event and will be 
held during the last weekend of the 
exhibition. 

A spokeswoman said: "With more 
and more people working from home, 
the home computer has become a 
necessity. 

The 1992 Ideal Home Computing 
Exhibition will be held at Earis Court 
from Apnl 2 ta S r and will be open until 
8pm daily. 

Public gets a show 

SOON after the EMAP announcement 
that this year's CE5 had become trade 
only, details of a new retail show 
became available. The Computer 
Market Show will be aimed at com- 
puter users shopping for computers, 
software and consumables at low 
prices. 

Show director Andrew Cooke said: 
"There is going to be a superb range of 
exhibitors showing the latest software 
and PCs. 

The venue for the three day show is 
Birmingham's Rex Centre (021-773 
9090), near Birmingham's New Street 
Station. It will be open from 10am until 
6pm on October 11 and 12 r and tOam 
until 5pm on October 1 3. 


CDTV move 

COTV OWNERS should soon find 
software using the machine's full 
potential following Commodore's 
appointment of multimedia pioneer 
Jim Mackonochie as general manager 
of COTV development in Europe. 

His main role will be to aid CDTV 
publishers and developers in 
European markets and will foster 
development in education, leisure 
and business applications. 

Mackonochie had been working 
for the Maidenhead-based computer 
giant as a multimedia consultant 
since early last year and was a key 
player on the CDTV project team. 

Stephen franklin, managing direc- 
tor of Commodore, said: "Jim 
Mackonochie if one of the UK r s lead- 
ing experts in multimedia and we are 
very glad to have him at 
Commodore". 

Jim Mackonochie: “I've long 
believed that CO technology was 
going to have a profound impact It is 
clear that with CDTV this is now a 
reality" 1 . 


AddXtra from 
number one dealer 

MlDLANDS-based dealer Centresoft 
(021-625 33S&) have been voted the 
number one software distributor in a 
recent survey by trade newspaper 
Computer Trade Weekly and have 
announced new Amiga peripherals. 

The AddXtra range will be made up 
of several new types of product. A disk 
drive anti-dick device designed to 
remove drive noise will sell for less than 
£ 10 . 

There will also be what the firm 
describes as a fun mouse which will 
switch between Amiga and Atari ST 
operation, a rom switcher to change 
Amiga 1,3 software to 1.2 and vice 
versa, and stereo headphones and an 
adaptor for plugging into the serial port. 

Also imminent is an Amiga joystick 
and mouse switcher containing three 
ports for operation of two joysticks and 
a mouse. Half megabyte ram upgrades 
are available with or without a clock 
and the games Champions of Xrytin or 
Kick Off 2- A 1.5 megabyte upgrade 
including clock is also available. 

Managing director Richard Steele: 
"Centre soft intend that the AddXtra 
range of products Will fast become the 
standard accessory for all different types 
of playing machine. 

"Our aim is that AddXtra will stand 
for quality, value for money and power 
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DATES 

7 September 1*91 
All formate Computer fait 
Organiser: Bruce fwrfss 
(022 S B6BW0) 

Venue: ^in^fiurail Hot( Westminster, 

14 September 1991 

Venue: National Motorcycle Museum, 

Sotm T 

22 September 1991 

Venue: GfyM C andtmggi, 

6 October 1991 

Venae: Brunei Centre, flrtitof Ok! Strum 
Bnsloi 

A touring- show with plenty of bargains 
and heaps of pu blic domain software. 

5 to B September 1991 
Computer f Show 

Organiser EUAP 
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Venae: End's Coon 2 
NOW A TRADE-ONLY EVENT. 

5 to 8 December 1991 
Computer Shopper Show 

Orgwnfscv: Blenheim Pel 
(08 1 -m 4466) 

Venue: Wembley Exhibition Halls 
An opportunity to buy some bargains 
before Christmas. It's expected to b? 
visited by rrwre than 50,000 peopte. 

7 to 9 February 1991 

5di JnteJTwtimd ftf-Wf Computer Show 

Oiittiw n Mnrmihster faftMibris 
(OS 1-549 3444) 

Venue Nowctfei Hotel, Hgmmfrcm# 

The fint post-Christmas Amiga show. 
Expect plenty of bargain*, 

OVERSEAS EVENTS 
20 to 22 September T991 
Amiga World feifltf* 

Qmnitt Jrtfejf xpo b Media HoHand 
(QU) 31 040 528191} 

^e-nue: Fair Building, Eindhoven, The 
Netherlands 

Much to be seen, including the CDTV 
and a 3D User show staged with the help 
of an Arnigo. 

1 to 3 November 1991 
Amigo 91 Koto 

Organiser, Am Shorn hi rope GmbH 
(01049 8092 24086) 

Venue: Fairground, Cologne, Germany 
The second major German show of the 
year is likely to attract more than 200 
exhibitor;. 

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relevant to the Amiga- and it's not listed, 
let us know so we can include the infor- 
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Commodore lay-offs 


It was the most upbeat time for the 
Amiga in recent memory; Commo- 
dore's Power Up program - which 
ottered discounts of more than SI ,000 
on the Amiga 3000 to anyone who 
could produce a manual cover and 
serial number from any Commodore 
machine, from the Pet to the A25Q0 - 
was a massive success. 

Power Up had Amiga 30-QOs back- 
ordered in the thousands. Mean- 
while, NewTek's Video Toaster was 
quickly making the Amiga 20-00 a 
de rigeur choice for video professionals 
and hobbyists - a professional 
market was finally taking the Amiga 
seriously. 

And more games were pouring out 
for the A50G than ever before. In gen- 
eral, most of the p-rofessionals in the 
Amiga market seemed quite happy. 

Until Black Wednesday, that is, At 
about midday on July 31, Commodore 
notified a number of employees in their 
research and development department 
that they were being laid off. At least sev- 
eral people directly involved with Amiga 
development were let go. 

Although actual numbers couldn't 


be confirmed at press-time, source s 
within Commodore said that about 1 2 
people involved with ft&D had gone. 

Perhaps the most significant lay-off 
was in Commodore's UNIX R&D group. 
The group had just finished the 2 0 
release of Amiga UNIX, and were set to 
begin working on version 2.1, which will 
be compliant with the new ABI standard. 

Now, only one person remains work- 
ing on UNIX 2.1, Two others were 
transferred to Amiga development, and 
the rest were made redundant. It seems 
as it they're giving op on UNIX without 
giving it a reasonable chance to 
become profitable. 

Online panic 

When word of the lay-offs leaked to the 
online telecommunications networks, 
you'd think Commodore had 
announced that they were discontinu- 
ing the Amiga. 

Users and developers alike Justifiably 
wondered about Commodore's com- 
mitment - and common sense - when 
the company cut back the already small 
Amiga development team, While the 


cutbacks are disturbing - most compa- 
nies Commodore's s tie have much 
larger RhD budgets and development 
groups - ft's not time to panic. 

There are still more people working 
on Amiga software and hardware devel- 
opment than there were in the Amiga's 
early years, and rumour has it that 
Andy Finkel may have gone to work 
with the CDTV development group. 

While 85 per cent of Commodore's 
sales are in Europe, it's disturbing to see 
these R kD cutbacks in the USA., since 
operating system and hardware devel- 
opment for all of Commodore's Amiga 
markets is done here. 

The company may be looking for 
quick ways to make the bottom line 
took better, but you'd think that by 
now Commodore would have figured 
out that the long term is extremely 
important in the computer industry. 

If they're still trying to sell the same 
old Amiga 500 and 2000 models a year 
or two from now, whfle everyone else is 
putting in R&D money to create belter, 
faster, more graphically exciting com- 
puters, the company will be in deep 
trouble. 


Profits up 

When Commodore released ihe^r fiscal 
year ? 951 earnings reports,, Irving Couid 
was quoted os saying In ihe coming fis- 
cal year, we will redouble our efforts to 
expand and enhance our line of products, 
pursue new market opportunities , and 
gain further operating efficiencies world - 
wide*. We con only hope that the third 
goal doesn't overwhelm the first 

Commodore recently reported that 
ffifiir earnings were up for the ffscer/ year 
ending fune with earnings of 

Jj7_4 ttu/fipn on an income of J 1,04 7.2 
million, in comparison, FVT 990 saw earn- 
ings of i f .5 million on soles of $887.3 
million .. 

former Commodore US chief executive 
officer lack Ratligon look home a 19,2 
million chunk of Efrose Fr'T 99 1 earnings, 
thanks to his settlement with Commodore 
for a breach-ohcontract suit when he wo 5 
tired o few years back . 


Visual 

impact 

There weren’l many new products 
introduced at the recent Anufxpo 
show in Orlando, Florida 

The most exciting new product on 
display at the show was GVP's new 
Impact Vision 24 graphics card At 
J2 P 199 retail, this is a card lor only 
the serious graphics aficionado. 
However, if you're in the market lor a 
24- bit graphics card., it's hard to 
imagine one with more options 
Both PAL and NT5C versions of 
the board are available. Impact 
Vision is the iirst card that plugs Into 
the in-line Zorro III and Video slots In 
the Amiga 3000: if you're installing it 
in an Amiga 2000, you must install it 
in a Zorro slot and run a cable over 
Id the video slot. 

The Imme buffer drsplay supports 
a 16-mi I Non colour display with lull 
video overscan (268 x 625 in PAL 
mode), and is software switrhable 
between PAL and NTSC- There's also 
a double-buffered 12-bh 4096-colour 
display mode suitable for animation. 

Impact Vision's neatest feature is 
its built-in de-interlacer. Used with a 
VGA monitor. Impact Vision de winter' 
laces not only its own display, but all 
standard Amiga modes as well At 
the moment, it's the only display 
enhancer tor the Amiga that sup- 
ports de-interlaced output. 

Other Impact Vision features 
include a real-time 24-bil RGB Iramc 
grabber that can freeze video or grab 
a single frame in l/30th of a second; 
Pklure-ln-Pkture, which allows you 
to view a live RGB video source in a 
window, surrounded by 24-bit 
graphics; both composite and RGG 
output in PAL and NTSC, and com- 
posite and RGB genlocking. 

It's bundled with Macro Paint- 
PVA. a 24-bit pamt program; 
Caligari-PVA, a special single -light* 
source version of the 3D rendering 
program; and Scaia- PVA foe video 
tiding. 

Depending on your video needs, 
the Impact Vision 24 board may be 
reason enough to stop waiting lor 
NewTek to release a PAl version of 
the Video Toaster, 

! no vat rooks introduced Directory 
Opus 3.0, a commercial version of 
lonathan Potter's shareware directory 
utility. 

DeluxePaini IV was shown publicly 
for the first time, and the crowd was 
suitably wowed. New Horizons 
showed off DesignWorfcs, their new 
structured drawing program, and 
Cryogenic Software introduced the 
new 2.0 version ol their 3D profes- 
sional modeilmg packages. 

More information will follow on 
these products as they’re released for 


More found in 2.4 

According to reports from developers who have received final disks arid roms for 
product testing, there's a little more in Workbench 2.04 than many had expected 
It seems that Commodore did get their outline font technology completed in 
time tor release. One of the disks that will be included m the 2.04 Enhancer pack' 
age will contain a special outline-capable diskfont library, three scalable 
Compugraphic fonts, and a utility called Fountain that will enable you to create 
bitmapped fonts from the outlines, and convert Gosd Disk's Compugraphic font 
disks for Professional Page so they can be used with AmigaDOS. 

The outline fonts can be scaled to any size and will still maintain a smooth, 

professional 
appearance, 
AmigaDOS 2.04 
will also scale 
standard bitmap 
fonts, but they 
appear chunky if 
they're enlarged 
too- much. 


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Though not a problem on the scale ot 
the professional duplicators running lull 
scale piracy operations, the activities ot 
•crackers' have come to worry soft- 
ware houses a great deal. Working in 

groups, aod sometimes liaising with 
others on bulletin boards in turope and 
overseas, crackers are Often experts in 
software protection routines and bow 
to break into, or "crack"' them. 

They compete with each other as to 
who can crack a game the fastesl, the 
current record belonging to whoever 
uploaded Psygnosis' Lemmings to a 
popular bulletin board before it was 
released to the public. 

This sort of competition, though 
very much of the "mine's bigger than 
yours" school, spells trouble for the 
game in question because it is only a 
matter of time before a version of it 
appears which has absolutely no pro- 
tection whatsoever. 

When this happens, all the man-years 
of coding and development time which 
went into the game is wasted, and the 
company in question starts to lose sales. 

We spoke to an anonymous member 
of the pirate community - he baulked a 
little at the term "thief", but then die 
truth hurts, doesn't it? This man is a 


Crack epidemic 

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sell-confessed "cracker" of over 200 

comnaertial games. 

We asked him how, if at all possible, 
he justified his activities, and his 
answers go some way towards explain- 
ing the mentality of the people who 
plague the leisure software industry. 

We'll call him Cutpurse, because he 
was a little shy when asked his real 
name, and, well, he sounded like he 
should be called Cutpurse: 


When did you "crack" your first game, 
and what made you attempt it? 

about M (Crffrune « not* W 

and right into machine code. J Mel to 
mess about with Pokes ««* stuff 10 hnd 
oul the cheats, so Iffbt into charts the 

gome code ® white. 

And was this on an Amiga? 

'Wo, I used to hove a 64, but J bougoi 
an Amiga SOQ three years ago. The early 

games were dead easy. 

How d'you mean, "dead easy - 
"They were hordfy protected at alf 
And have they become not so 'dead 
easy" over the last three years? 

"Ytob, some ore a reaf »“ to ***- 
bat f bar's wha[ mokes it so much fun." 

But did you realise you were break- 
ing the law? (At this point Cutpurse 


became a little animated and his replies 

have had to be edited.) 

-yeah but f any ever gave copes to 
my mates. We had a sari of compete 
t(? see who could crock a new game the 
fastest. V\/e never iold them * 

Did you circulate these copies 7 
•you mean, like, puss them around. 
Yeah Like / said, we juft cracked them, 
put our handles in them, and ***** 
to piss off Other (rocking ett"* who 
hadn't busted the game yet.” 

What do you think became of the 

cracked copies? 

•DimbO. J never play a game once 

teen (racked. " . 

What if you found out a professional 

piracy outfit was using a game, cracked 
by you, and selling hundreds °< them 

for profit? , . 

•fd say 'where's my carrtmrtsfar). 

Cutpurse toughed heartily at hrs bon mot, 
rfwn continued. "Seriously, though, 
jmow there's a few of my cracked games 
around on biotin boards and whai have 
you, but what other people do with them 
is [heir business. " 

What it we said you eo ultJ be prose- 
cuted as a thief? (Culpurse's reply con- 
sisted mostly of unprintable 
comments 


Knaves 

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thieves 


Amiga Computing explains why "pirates" 
is too good a word for them 


O nly if you follow the writings 
ot the German philosopher 
Leibnitz, who believed God 
had created "the best of all possible 
worlds", could you summon enough 
optimism to assume that the thieves of 
this world would allow a profitable 
opportunity to pass them by. Most of 
us see things through slightly less rose- 
tinted spectacles. 

In the early 60s, however,, and tor 
reasons best known to themselves the 
computer press decided to sJap the 
label of "piracy" on the type of theft 
peculiar to microcomputers - software 
theft. The label was a throw-back to the 
days of "pirate" radio stations, such as 
Radio Caroline, so called because they 


were based on ships out at sea, and m a 
short space of time it became accepted 
by all. 

IL is a complete misnomer. Software 
thieves aren't to be found climbing the 
rigging with swffrds in their teeth, or 
dashing their way through brave and 
romantic adventurer - thus thoroughly 
deserving their rich booty for having 
entertained us all so well in the movies. 
They are simply thieves. 

Have you ever, at school or in work, 
had a real brainwave and found it 


impossible not to share it with a friend 
or colleague, only to find out die next 
day they've presented it to your teacher 
or boss and passed it off as their own 
idea? Vou have? Then you too have 
been a victim of intellectual theft. 

Imagine for a moment that your liv- 
ing depends on such original ideas and 
you find yourself in the position of a 
software author. Imagine again that 
your mortgage repayments depend on 
the development and packaging of the 
fruits of that idea, and you can then pul 



yourself in Lhe position of almost every- 
one else in the leisure software industry. 

NoL a nice feeling, is it? I mean, if 
you taught someone with his or her 
hand in your wallet, would you call lhaL 
person a pirate, or would your exclama- 
tion be rather less romantic? 

Flip a coin 

If we may put on another hat, what 
about lhe punters: those whose expen- 
diture on leisure software constitutes 
the software companies' profits? From 
their point of view, the piracy issue is 
less clearly defined, 

Bombarded from ail sides by peer 
pressures, extremely well considered 



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towards the £55 m ark. In that time we 
are led to believe that piracy has, if any 
thing, dropped oti as the industry fights 
back through the Federation Against 
Software Theft (FAST) and the 
European Leisure Software Pub hi hers' 
association (ELSPA). Why the diserep- 


jng a successful game. The market 
economy argument however,, could be 
couched in another way. H the industry 
is responding to the push and pull of a 
supply and demand system, then the 
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and cunningly pitched advertising, the 
reviews and recommendations of 
dozens of computer magazines, and 
the soaring price of games software, 
many of our readers may be thinking to 
themselves "'what about us? rf 

Since the release of Kick Off 2 in 
1989, the consumer has watched the 
average price of a top game soar from 
£20 to £30 and nudge upwards 


Pay your way 


"We live," we were told by ELS P As 
Roger Ben net, "in a capitalist society, 
and a product has 10 pay for itself." In 
other words, the software companies 
have increased the prices of their prod- 
ucts to keep up with inflation and the 
rising costs of developing and market- 



swell of demand for cheaper games. 
Why shouldn't software houses reduce 
their prices, thereby reducing the 
demand for illegal software? 

If only life were so simple! There is 
no doubt an irrefutable aspect to this 
argument, but in the main it can be 
combated with another piece of simple 
capitalist deduction. 

No matter how cheap a piece of 
software becomes, it will always be pas- 
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Where does this leave the end user, 
who might spend up to £100 per 
month on leisure software? The Amiga 
owner with a wallet like a Taidts will be 
able to continue matching the software 
companies rising prices, but for the 
rest Ol us there comes a time when the 
temptations of illegal but more afford- 
able software can be loo much to resist 
At this point, in a perfect world, the 
Amiga owner will tighten his or her 
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tfl * copyright to that software. Not a partr- 
^'irly ambiguous position, when you get right 
down to it. 

loti can't make a copy for another member or the 
’jrnily, or one to loan to a friend, or to give away for 
nothing. You can't even make a backup copy for 
-our own use, despite the belief held by many peo- 
ple that to do so is OK. 

For a good few years now there have existed car- 
ndge based copying systems designed to break 
through fust about any disk-based copy protection 
arhd "backup" the protected software to another disk. 
Although not sold as aids to piracy they have, 
inevitably, been used for the wrong purposes by 
some owners. 

Fast's Bob Hay told us he's seen many cases of 
Jisks copied by people who would not have had the 
expertise to crack the protection routines had they 
not been making illegal use of backup cartridges, 
for this reason, and after rumblings in the indus- 
try, many computer magazines including Amiga 
Computing have dropped all advertisements for such 
devices. 

This is yet another example of how the actions of 
3 minority of thieves can affect a great many more 
people, from the manufacturer's lost sales,, through 
t^e magazine's lost advertising revenue, to the rnrjo- 
cent users of backup devices. It is a perfect illustration 
of how software theft hits all of us, not just the devel- 
opers. 


A myth exploded 


problem. Swapping and passing programs around is 
one thing, bui unless money changes hands we can 
find it difficult to bring action.' 

You mean the sort of swapping earned out by 
schoolboys? 

"Yes, but youngsters who swap illegal software are 
more of an educational awareness problem. We're 
not in the business of busting kids. ft J s not an answer 
to criminalise them,"' 

Who, then, are FAST J s main targets? 

"My target u the professional pirate who is In it for 
a profit - but FAST isn't just about prosecutions. Our 
three aims have always been to prosecute where nec- 
essary, but afso to faunch education 
and awareness initiatives, and to push 
for legal initiatives." 


Home Office was reluctant to act if it meant placing 
more of a burden on existing law enforcement 
resources. 

When the Home Office insisted the software 
industry make some attempt to sdfregulate, FAST 
was conceived as the body to fi If the gap, A year after 
its formation in 1984,, the Copyright [Computer 
Software) Amendment 19S5 received its royal assent 
and computer piracy officially became a crime. 

With legal backing, FAST went into action. 
Prosecutions were slow in coming in the Early days, 
as the judicial system adjusted its thinking to take 
computer crime on board, but the number of busts 
has risen considerably since then, 
and Bob told os he now 

not in th S0ES al ° m SilcceM * u * 


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business of 


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Legal steps 

FAST came into being initially 
through the impending amendment 
to the 1956 Copyright Act. While tj, y 
the software industry bad been d)l dflSWeV tfi 

pushing for the sealing of loopholes . , ^ 

in copyright law and the provision C/7 MlfldliSe t/lPm m 

of full protection for magnetic L ' * 


media-based original material, tile Hob flav, FAHT 


The FAST answer 

The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), in exis- 
tence since 1 9fl4, is the computer software industry's 
answer to the threat of piracy. We spoke to FAST's 
thief executive, Sob Hay, and asked him to sum- 
marise the state of play on today's software high 
seas. 

What, we asked, is the most alarming aspect 
about piracy today? 

"There's an international aspect to piracy in this 
country," Bob told us, "in that many so-called crack- 
ing crews are in contact with groups in Europe and 
the USA on a network of dozens or even hundreds of 
pirate bulletin boards. 1 ' 

And is this your biggest headache? 

Not fust that. Distribution is an extremely difficult 



flair Hay - wouid you buy a ittond 
Acrod copy of O Paint from rfm matt 


prosecution a month. Do 
FAST always gut their man? 

*We've only lost one case 
that went to court. 
However, many cases are 
settled out of court," 

FAST is in a position where 
it can negotiate on behatf of 
a member company to secure 
compensation from compa- 
nies or organisations in an 
out-of-court settlement. 

This ts often the most satis- 
factory way to deal with cases where there was no 
malice or profiteering intended, such as rn a large 
company who-se single wordprocessor package Finds 
its way on to dozens of machines, 

The recent much publicised case of The Yorkshire 
Evening Press, whose offices were raided on 12th |ufy 
thii year, shows how FAST will settle out of court 
when its members’’ interests can best be served in 
that way 

Alir-r a settlement Bob Hay described as "arnica* 
ble", the software companies whose copyright had 
been i nf ringed received suitable compensation, 

However, the First leisure software pirate sent to 
jail after a FAST prosecution, Andrew Jayes of 
Nottingham^ will have plenty oF time to reflect on the 
error of his ways during Ns three month stretch 
behind bars. 

The prosecution follows a year in which FAST 
siezed £2 million oF IFIegal software and made T2 suc- 
cessful prosecutions. 

The message to prospective pirates couFd hardly 
be written in clearer terms. 


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The budget debate 

When challenged, a great many computer user* will use the hkjh price of leisure 
software to pustHy their Jolly Roger software collection The argument goes that if 
software publishers want to wipe out piracy, they should remove the stimulus 
which leads most ordinary users to copy games. 

Bringing down the price of new games id £10 or less would, they claim, lead 
to many more people buying the original games. 

While this argument has at first a certain amount of persuasive force, it takes 
only a little more examination to show just how impla usable it is as an explana- 
tion for piracy. As Andrew Wright from Virgin Mastertronk told us, '"the only way 
you'll stop games from being pirated is to sell them for less than the price of a 
disk" 

If Virgin Mastertronic, one of the biggest budget software producers, falls prey 
to a high level of piracy,, the argument about piracy being related to high prices 
loses much of its credibility. "Gur re-released titles sutler most", Andrew 
explained, "especially relatively unprotected stuff like the Infocom games. I've 
often seen these for offer on bulletin boards". 

While it is accurate, then, to say that more people would buy a particular 
game if it was cheaper, it is clearly not the case that fewer people would pirate it. 
Professional pirates are in business to rip off the software industry. Lower official 
prices would simply mean the pirates making slightly less money from their oper- 



ations, 

There's no denying the fact that some software is more expensive than it 
should be r and that sometimes it seems the copy protection routines receive 
more development time than the game itsefl, but high prices are no justification 
for theft. 


Em ftm cheap - people slltt want cheaper 


> games. In the real worid r however, this 
is a difficult eKercise. 

What of the parent with an Amiga- 
crazy child who brings home an obvi- 
ously pirated game, or clamours for 
some of the dodgy looking but cheap 
software on offer at some market stalls? 
The only suggestion we can offer to 
people in this position Is to report the 
software thief either to ELS PA or to 
FAST. Cold comfort, perhaps, but the 
only comfort we can give. 

In the end, it is only through action 
on the part of the responsible Amiga- 
owning community that piracy will be 
tamed in our section of the market. 
Assuming that there will always be a 
demand for cheaper software, the only 
realistic way to break the vicious circle 
of spiralling pnees is to cut out the ille- 
gal supply side of the market equation. 

As more and more pirates are put 
out of business, the software industry 
will have to listen to the demands of its 
consumers and cut prices. Once com- 
panies khow they can compete again in 
a market virtually free of illegal and 
totally unfair competitors, they Will 
have no Excuse for continually hiking 
their prices - and that's when we r ll see 


The only way to 
stop people 
pirating a game 
is to sell it for less 
than the price 
of a disk ^ 

Andrew Wright, Virgin Mastenronic 

whether they really mean what they say 
about piracy. 

Is it a threat to free competition or a 
convenient excuse? The only people in 
a position to force the issue are you, 
□ur readers, so get on those phones 
and shop the thieves to FAST or EL5PA- 
If you don't, you've only yourselves and 
the pirates to blame. 


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Though FAST, after a series of spec- oit , cv w . 

titular ^cesses, have received more JL, &v " th * 


attention in recent months, it was 
ELSPA who first Jit the fire that was to 
hecome the blazing piracy debate 
Their advertisements in the computer 
press,^ inviting computer users to 
shop friends or coJfeagues involved 
IJ1 ^ftware theft and offering a 
reward of £ 1.000 for information 
leading to a conviction, brought new 
life to a tired old argument. 

Stirring up controversy, the adver- 
tisements were shamelessly provora- 
five, and did as much as anything 
else to bring piracy to the fore . Some 
readers found the ads a hit too mut h 
but onfy one, showing a teacher 
being shopped by his pupils, was 
withdrawn because it was thought to 
be too sweeping a brush with which 
1 *° tar the nation's teachers. 

EL 5 PA "aims at the top half of the 
[piracy] iceberg," as Roger fiennel, 
ELSPA's chief executive told us. So 
does ELSPa have no time for smart 
time pirates? 

■'We receive over 100 calls a ^ 
and they're all stored on answer- 
phone. We will respond to alt 
instances where the caller has hard 
evidence and leaves a name and 
address. This information is obviously i 
totally confidential." 

Htird evidence? 

Tes. We don't have the resources [ 
to follow up What could be a wrfd |« 
goose chase, if we're sent a piece of 
pirated software with a receipt from ti 
, l he shop or trader who sold it, we 
can ac[ immediately," 

We asked Roger if the ievel of ^ 


** year. 

ai There has heen a drop in pjrar 

^ there's no doubt our campaign 
had a substantial impel, This rime 
year a number one hit would be s 

0 In g to no more than 10 per cent 

(he user base instead of the 50 j 

a cent or so you might expect. Pioi 

1 wai tu fot much of the It 
sales, but the situation has improved 

So why have game prices f onti 
u<?d to soar? We asked him if the 
was any risk of the software mark 
becoming a sort of "cartel" w hei 
games houses set their prices at th 
level everyone eke w as settling or 
Surely this is as much a factor in th 
pricing of games as piracy? 

"j've Often criticised the softwan 
industry for being sheep-like " hi 
explained, "and following eacf 
other's lead, but |'d refute any cane 
view of the industry. It's a competi- 
* lve and if a game is duff it 

won't sell. Magazines have a respon- 
fbility to point oul the duff ones." 

Do you think there could be a 
general drop in prices with your and 
EAST'S successes? 

I see a drop in pnees as a proba- 
bility rather than a possibility, but the 
residual effects of last year's high lev- 
els of piracy are still being felt. It will 
Mke time for price cuts to filter 
through once games start selling to a 
larger proportion of the user base." 

Finally, what of the present situa- 
tron? 

There are definite signs of 
improvement, but piracy is sll |p 
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We bring you non-stop arcade madness 
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shareware shoot-'em-up! 


■ I with lazers 



which gradually swarm towards it, 
killing the beast on contact. 

The time-honoured objective there- 
fore, is to blast as many greenles as 
possible before your inevitable demise, 
rescuing all the llamas, sheep, goats, 
and camels on each screen to boost 
your paints total. To accomplish this 
you are armed with a laser-equipped 
llama, whose killing power can be aug- 
mented by the collection of power-ups. 

Gameplay 

There are several ways to play 
Llamatfon, any one of which can be 
chosen by pushing the joystick in a cer- 
tain direction while at the title screen. 
Pushing forward and back on the stick 
toggles between one and two-player 
mode, and pushing the stick left and 
right selects Solo, Player Plus Droid, or 
Team mode. 

This is where it gets complicated! In 
oJf playing modes, the llama fires con- 
tinuously, so there's no need to wear 
down your thumb or use auto-fire, in 
standard one and two- player modes. 


Imploder 

Author Albert I Brouwer 

Readers of Amigo Computing and users 
d the CoverDisk should by now be 
familiar with Nice Frances's file crunch- 
ing utility, PowerPacker, and the multi- 
coloured flashing screen or mouse 
pointer associated with its runtime 
decrunch routine. 

What most people may not be aware 
of is the large number of alternatives 
which exist in the cruncher market, not 
least of which is Imploder. The latest 
version, Turbo 3.1, is easily as fast as 
PowerPacker 3.0 Professional (now a 
commercial product), and in many 
cases will save more space than its bel- 
ter known rival. In addition, it is more 
amenable to the absolute Arruga begin* 
nor than PowerPacher, and assumes lit- 
tle or no knowledge of the machine. 

The one real drawback with 
Imploder is that it wjls crunch only exe- 
cutable tiles (ie, runnable programs), so 
if you want to crunch, say, a text file 
you will still have to use PowerPacker. 


to run the program, either dick on 
its tcan or select it using the Short-Cut 
menu system at the top of your disk's 
Workbench screen. The program's 
friendly user interface pops up and 
from hereon in it's plain sailing 

Let's Implode! 

To start Imploding, click on the large 
Start button Or select Start from the sin- 
gle pull-down menu. A file requester 
then asks you to select the program 
you want to crunch. For our purposes, 
dick on the C; directory, then double- 
click on the Sound program, 

Sound is an Bk program used to play 
back sound samples and is one of the 
few executable files on the disk we 
haven't yet crunched to death. Once 
you've selected the file, Imploder loads 
it into memory and carries out its initial 
scan of the program, 

The scan is the first step in an intellik 


L ong-time computer users, and 
especially those of us who grad- 
uated to the Amiga from the 
Commodore 64, will remember 
Uamasoft as possibly the world's freaki- 
est software house, following a deter- 
mined path- of sheep, llama, and then 
camel-fixation, Jeff and company pro- 
duced such classics as Revenge of the 
Mutant Camels and Sheep in Space, 
After a long silence in the 16- bit 
market, LI am a so Ft are back. Amiga 
owners jealous of their ST-owning bud- 
dies - who've been enjoying Ua matron 
or ST shareware for some months - 
can now partake of one of software's 
most fun fetishes. 


The game 

Uamatron is played or a plain black 
square in the centre 
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towards your target, thus endangering 
your life, there are a few tricks available 
to spray death and destruction wher- 
ever you like. 

Those of you with four arms or a 
couple of joysticks firmly anchored to 
the desk, can press fire on the second 
joystick to play the game in a wacky 


mode that simulates the way many 
arcade games play. Using this mode, 
joystick one controls the direction of 
movement, and joystick two directs the 
laser. 

in Player Plus Droid mode, your 
Hama is accompanied by a purple blob 
which runs around doing ail the violent 
stuff, leaving the player simply to avoid 
contact with the nasties- This mode is 


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ConvBrush 


Author: David Kinder 

A utility of use only to programmers, ConvBrush is a handy tool for converting 
any DPaint IFF brush to Assembler source code for use in your own programs. It is 
designed to work in a friendly, intuition-based fashion, but Workbench-hating CLt 
fanatics can launch it from there by typing 


If you don't use Assembler, you won't be using ConvBrush, and if you do use 
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recommended for begin- 
°*rs until you get the hang of the 
-vay the game plays as it represents the 
rest helping hand you’ 1 !! ever get in 
Uarnatnom 

Team mode is possibly the most fun, 
i% it enables a second player to join in 


ambitious player can afford to miss. 

The ubiquitous smart bomb is pre- 
sent in the shape of a large smirking 
tomato which drifts towards the llama 
and explodes on contact, killing ail 
green ies onscreen - though not the 
llama. On the first few levels it's best to 
avoid the smart bomb, because prema- 
ture destruction of a level can often 
mean you don't rescue all the sheep 


and so on. On later levels* you'll find 
yourself screaming out for a nice juicy 
tomato and tearing at it like a bat out 
of hell once it actually i 
appears. 

The next most 

useful power- 

ups are thosr S 

which affect the } 

way your laser fires, * 


with a camel. The two players share 
common bonuses, a common points 
total, and a common fate, so you'll find 
it easier to get a higher score, but will 
no doubt enjoy the potential for raging 
arguments when your chum gets 
fritzecf and loses both of you a life. 

The last, and ultimately the most 
important, technique is what |eff calls 
'locking". This is done by pressing the 
firing button and holding it down, and 
locks the direction of fire in whatever 
direction you were firing when the but- 
ton was first pressed. 

As you progress you will find this 
technique indispensable, as it is the 
only way of shooting at a greeme with- 
out also moving towards it. It is a diffi- 
cult tactic to master, but with a bit of 
practice you'll soon be locking in and 
out and switching between directions 
of fire very quickly. If not r you'll be 
dead... 


How to use The Disk 


First ol all, you must make a bacH-up copy 
of the coverdisk. To do this, boot up with 
your copy of Workbench, then double dick 
on the Workbench disk ken, Followed by 
the Shell or CO icon . Now type 


programs from your copy -of (he coverdiik 
to a separate disk, In this case insure that 
you Fully understand which related files, 
need to go with It. 

For example, all ol th# document files 
on the disk require that the text editor 
PPmeif e is in the- -current disk's C; directory, 
Therefore 1 , if you dopy the does to a new 
disk you will aha have |g copy FPmgre to 
the new C. directory before you can read 
them. 

Some of the smaller dou will not have 
been crunched, jo for these you need only 
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screen to reflect whichever text editor you 
do have on the 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 messagesl 


DGKCDPY FROM DKk TO DFC 


of, If you have- an extra disk drive, put a 
blank, formatted dhk in Dfl : and type; 


DGkCOPY FROM DPfc TO DF1 


Follow the onscreen prompts until the 
copying procedure has ended, then put 
your original disk away in a safe plate. Now 
switch off the machine and wait for JO sec* 
grids More rebooting with the copy. Wait 
until the CgwrDiskl 7 icon appears, double 
click on it and away you go. 

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


Power-ups 

Where -do I start? There are so many 
different bonuses to collect in this game 
that to list them all here would be use- 
less. Instead, I'll go through some gf 
the most useful power-ups which no 


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SoundStudio 

Author: CraJg Eaki 


Sound Studio ii an excellent utility far 
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If you're already a confirmed sam- 
pler, your best bet would be to mess 
about with die program and refer occa- 


sionally to the on-disk documentation 
when puzzled Alternatively, by clicking 
on the Information button in the lower 
right hand comer of the controi panel, 
you can bring up a quick reference 
guide to the various buttons and key 
presses Which control the program's 
functions. If you don’t already have a 
sampler, or if you're new to the game, 
111 run through a sample editincf^KSfon 
to give you the general idea. Once you 
grasp the basics, everything else is 
down to experimentation. 

Beginners guide 

You might be thinking: Why don't I just 
use the sampling software that came 
with my sampler? The answer is that 
SoundStudio is a smaller program than 
many commercial sampling programs, 
uses less memory than some, and is a 
lot simpler in operation than most, 
Now on with the show! 

First you must bad a sample from 
the two we've supplied on the disk. 
Click on the Load Sample button to 
bring up SoundStudio' 5 custom file 
requestor, then click on the up /down 
arrows on the right of the screen untit 
you see the Utilities directory. 

Click on this, then on the 


SoundStudio directory, which will the-d 
allow you to click on the sample of yc Mr 
choree, for now, select the samr * 
called Bogey and it will load automat 
cally r Please note that to use the Lo« 
Sample button, you must have a disk r 
your Internal driv#, 

You now have a snippet from r* 
film Casablanca in your Amiga's mem- 
ory. Far all you film buffs, it's from the 
bit when the immortal Bogart waters 
Peter Lorre being arrested without 
intervening, despite the latter's desper- 
ate appeals- When challenged on Etas 
he replies: "I stick my neck out to* 
nobody*. A classic moment from a cl^ 
sic movie. 

Safety first 

A good principle to follow when editing 
samples is to keep a copy of the origins 
safely tucked away somewhere, so- dwA 
on the 6 6 button in the lower righv 
hand corner to activate buffer number 
six. Now dick on Copy To Buffer. 

Just to prove the buffer contents m 
actually there, click on Clear Main, then 
on Paste Suffer. The screen will dear 
then the original sample will be 
refreshed from memoiy. Simple, eh? 

For most editing (unctions, the user 


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There is one to 
enable 
three-way 
firing, 
whose lifesav- 
ing properties can- 
not bt underestimated, 


and one which makes your shots 
bounce off the walls instead of simply 
disappearing into them. 

The latter is particularly deadly if you 
are forced to retreat into a corner, as by 
firing into it you can create a lethal 
crossfire of rebounding shots, especially 
if you also have three-way shots at the 


same time. 

All in all the most apt comment one 


can make about Llamatron is that Mr 
Winter makes exceedingly good shoot- 
'em-ups. 

Share and enjoy 

Last but not least, Llamatron is a shore- 
ware game. This means that if you like 
it and want to play it some more, and 
you're an honest person, you'll send £5 
to: LLAMA SOFT, 4 9 Mount Pleasant, 
Tadley, Hants RG 26 6BN 

in return, you'll receive another 
Liamasoft game, a brilliant poster of a 
gun-toting llama, and a Liamasoft 
newsletter. For five quid it has to be a 
bargain. 



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Shortcut 

Author: Mchod Bradley 


Shortcut is a neat little menu utility - 
only 1.5k!: - for adding user- defined 
menus in Workbench. If you've 
booted up the CoverDisk already, 
you'll have noticed that to illustrate 
its use we've used Shortcut this 
month instead of My Menu, 

To select a program or doc file 
from the disk, dick in the Shortcut 
window to activate it r hold down the 
right mouse button, and make your 
selection in the same way you'd 
choose from any Amiga menu. So 
how does it do it? 

If you look in the CoverDisk's 5: 
directory wherein the startup- 
sequence normally resides, you will 
find an Ascii text file called 
shortcut. setup. This is the file 
Shortcut looks for when it is run from 
a startup-sequence or the CLI, and 
contains all the information for the 
menu which will appear on your 
Workbench screen. 

A shortcut. setup file consists of a 
number of items separated from each 
other by hash marks (#), and a list of 
Amiga DOS commands to be carried 
out when the item is selected from 
the menu. The list is terminated with 
a hash mark and a carriage return 
and the next item is begun below it. 

As an example, if you wanted a 
shortcut menu item to run your 
Workbench preferences program with- 
out having to go into the preferences 
drawer and dick on the icon, you 


would run your text editor (ED will do) 
and include an item in your 
shortcut, setup looking something like: 

Prefer! nnsl 

Cl WtlREB EIICII1 . 3 : PIE FER ERCE G # 

RUH >H!L: <KEL= PIEFEREIEE.5I 

You must use the RUN >NIL: <NIL: 
construction so that the application 
multitasks properiy, but if you have 
BRUN or RUNG AC K in yOor C: direc- 
tory - BRUN is in this month's 
CoverDisk C: directory - these will do 
just as well. 

The major limitation with Shortcut 
is that its menu items can't be more 
than 1 1 characters long, but you can 
have as many as 24 items. Even users 
with utility-packed hard drives should 
be able to fit everything into 24 slats. 

In addition to the menu selection, 
each Shortcut item has an associated 
right- Amiga keypress combination. 
You can therefore launch your appli- 
cation by pressing down the right 
Amiga key and the correct letter, 
though if the Shortcut window isn't 
the currently active window youll still 
have to click on it with the mouse to 
activate it before using the keypress. 

As it doesn't use a device-handler, 
and is only 1,5k in size, Shortcut is 
very economical on memory, and 
because its items can have entire 
scripts attached to them it's as flexi- 
ble as your AmigaDOS knowledge 
will allow 




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mtp «jr id about with the sam- 
P* Qtefc v-n Play Range to hear the 
**■» si tampie contained within the 
i- ;ir t jrs, then reposition the 
Mil /ti . ou have isolated the latter 
ipi si ~€ sample (ronn the end of the 
’ .'■ 3-1 the way to the extreme 
-*x- * ■: -oge of the sample. 

■ f ;« now click &1 and Copy To 
kPr * ou can save this portion to 
i^t* dumber one, then Cut Range. 
*V^ >u click on Play AM after this 
purtticm , you will hear Bogey seem- 
-r-erse his first statement by say- 
0 stick my neck out ,r ! To restore 
rwjtofy,, place the left range bar 
al tatreme right of the window 
tw dick on Paste Buffer. 

*hat would Bogey have sounded 
Ifr* f was sitting in an oil drum 


iVoiv qdd a hit qf kM 

when he delivered his lines? 
Sound Studio can help you find out 
through the Echo function. 

Before applying the Echo, please 
note the two sliders in the left-hand 
portion of the screen. These control dif- 
ferent variables depending on the func- 
tion you are using. In the case of Echo, 
the top slider adjusts the number of 
echoes which are added, and the sec- 
ond controls the delay time. 

Pul! both sliders one tenth of the 
way across to the right to add a few 
echoes with very little delay. One of 
SoundStudio's weaknesses is that you 


cannot specify more exact parameters 
for operations such as Echo, but a few 
experiments should be enough to sort 
out the sound you're looking for. 

Once the sliders are positioned, press 
the space bar to return the range bars 
to the extreme left and right-hand sides 
of the window, then dick on Echo. 
When the "please wait" pointer disap- 
pears, dick on Play All to hear your 
echoing Bogey. 

You'll notice if you experiment that 
lots of added echos will fill up the 
memory taken by the sample until you 
won't be able to listen to the whole 


sample. A cure for this is to copy the 
sample to a buffer, then paste it back in 
at the end of the original. If you now 
isolate the second sample and dick on 
Clear Range you should have enough 
free space within your sample to add all 
sorts of effects. 

* Hardware overheads 

To utilise Sound Studio to the full, you 
will obviously need a sampler. The pro- 
gram will accept input from jurt about 
any standard Amiga sampler attached 
to the serial port. Once you r ve com 
nected a sampler with a sound source, 
click on the Sample button to begin. 

The screen will go blank and youll 
hear the sample as it is gobbled up, Exit 
sampling by clicking the left mouse 
button, 

This is probably the simplest opera- 
tion carried out with any sampling soft- 
ware - the goad bits start when you 
gel into editing? 

A final note to hard drive owners. If 
your samples directory is on a hard 
drive, the best thing to do is copy it 
into your ram disk before firing up 
Sound Studio. The rile requestor doesn't 
have a button for dhO;, but it does have 
one for the ram disk. 


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1 *rst of all, we owe a huge apology ta Andrew Dixon, of Helens in Merseyside. 
At author of last month's Tune-of-the-month, pH-1, you'd think we r d 
give him a mention in our disk pages, but through a disgraceful over- 
sight on my part, and a bit of last minute rushing, Andrew 
wasn't given the recognition he deserved. 

SORRY ANDREW! 

On to this month's tune, Toccata, by E Miller 
of Milton Keynes, if you've ever listened to Sky 
(the band not the TV station) youll have 
heard therr excellent reworking of 
this perennial Bach favourite. 

This month's tune is in turn a 
superb Amiga version of the Sky 
remix and makes for some very easy 
listening. 

Don't lake my word for if, though - run it through your hi-fi and sit back for 
an inspiring and musical treat! 



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Anton Zucharow shows how, with 
CanDo, you too can be a programmer 






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T here are thousands of Amiga 
users around the world who r ve 
yearned after the ability to pro- 
rim: their machine to do new and 
editing things, but who have given up 
n confusion only a few chapters into a 
-inual on C or Assembler program* 
mmg. If you are one of those people 
I krww I am!), then the answer to 
your prayers has come in the shape of 
NQVAironics's CanDo. 

CanDo is an object oriented pro- 
gramming utility, which means it ask* 
you to describe the desired end result, 
then does most of the coding bit for 
-o*i. The system works on the principle 
that a program waits For certain 
Events" to take place, then reacts 
accordingly, and the beauly of CanDo 
s that it makes choosing the events as 
«sy as clicking On a mouse button. 

Before you leap into the world of 
CanDo programming, you'll have to 
have completed the task of de-archiv- 
ig the immense amount of material 
squeezed on to the Test Drive disk from 
this month's front cover. Don't worry If 
you've never de-archived something 
before, as you're not going to do 
it now! The disk does every- 
thing for you - just make 
sure you have three 


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blank formatted disks to hand, boot up 
the Test Drive disk, and follow the 
onscreen instructions. 

Cards and Decks 

A CanDo application is called a deck, 
and each deck is made up oF a number 
of cards, To build up a deck {or appli- 
cation), therefore, the user adds cards 
one at a time until the deck is com- 
plete. 

The deck well construct in this tuto- 
rial will have one card, containing 
an animation, sound effects, but- 
tons to dick on, and a couple of 
simple scripts. Hy the time we fin- 
ish the tutorial, you should 
hopefully have gained in 
insight into CanDo- and 
what it can do, and will 
be ready to tackle the 
further examples in 


the manual which you should by now 
have de-archived on to disk 

Boot from the first of the de-archived 
disks, which should be the CanDo pro- 
gram disk, and wait until the main con- 
trol p^pel pops up at the bottom of the 
screen, This consists of three main 
parts. On the left is the Status panel 
with the Browse and Design buttons, 
then there's the Cards panel, and finally 
the Objects panel. 

The Card 

To start a card, click on the icon look- 
ing like a stack of cards in he middle of 
the Cards panel. This will bring up a 
requester with Cardii as the default 
opening card. Click on Edit to edit this 
card, and when the next requester 
comes up, dear out the text in the 
name field and type Chopper as the 
name of your first card. Now click OK 


and then Exit to return to the main 
panel. 

Now that we've renamed the card, 
we have to start putting something in 
It Click on the Windows button in the 
Objects panel (top now, fourth from the 
left} to bring up the Window editor. We 
don't want the window to have a title, 
so fust clear the word Unnamed out of 
the name field. 

Next, click on the Dimensions but- 
ton. This brings up a requester which 
allows you to set various attributes for 
the window and choose a picture to go 
in it, so click under Picture where it says 
Unnamed. Vou should now be looking 
at a file requester which has gone to 
the default drawer for pictures, the 
Images drawer on the CanDo disk, 
Dick on Helicopter. PIC then on OK 
twice to return to the Window editor. 

Click on the Objects button. This will 
present you with a selection of drag 
bars, dose buttons, and so on. Make 
sure these are all un-selected as we 
don't want any of them on our 
Chopper window. Click OK, then on 
Options, which will bring up a list of 
options for the way your window opens 
up. Click on the line saying; The win- 
dow has visible border", making it 
change to read: Window's borders are 
invisible. Now dick on OK until you're 
back at the main control panel. 

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we're going to play with the- helicopter 
animation, so don't worry if your screen 
doesn't look loo busy at the moment. 


The Buttons 

To add a button lo the window, click 
on Add, then an the Button icon (top 
_ mw f second from the left). When the 
requester comes up r dick on OK and 
Q 1 D 0 will ask you to place your but- 
ton onscreen, To do this you click with 
the left mouse button and drag until 
the button is where you want it and of 
the correct size. Dick and drag any old 
place for now, because well type in the 
button's coordinates in a minute. 

Once you've placed your button, the 
Editing a Button screen will appear. 
First of alJ r change the button name to 
Start instead of Button#!, then reset 
the Origin coordinates tD 50 hariz and 
50 vert. This will be a test button, so 
find the three Style options in the lower 
left hand corner and dick on Text, 

The font/text requester should now 
appear. Select Embossed from the 
range of text styles available, and make 
sure you have the word Start in the text 
field on the right. You can leave the 
default font and colour values as they 
are or mess about with them ff you like. 
The effects of any change will be visible 
in the window above the requester, so 
feel free to experiment 

Qnce you're happy, click on OK to 
return to the Editing a Button screen, 
where you should click on Outline, This 
will avail you of a variety of optional 
styles for your button, but for now just 
dick on Double, for a double bevelled 
outline, then on OK. 

The Script 

Now well take a look at what gives 
CanDo its real power - the Script editor 
and CanDo's built in scripting lan- 
guage. While still at the Editing a 
Button screen, look at the right-hand 
side of the screen where you'll find a 
number of buttons under the word 
scripts. Click on the Click button (this 
means your script will be executed as 
soon as the button is clicked on), and 
you will be whisked off to the scnpt edi- 
tor. 

On the right-hand side of the editor 
screen, there is a strip of icons you can 
scroll up or down, each of which repre- 
sents one of the typ-es of events you can 
script for. Click on the ammbrush 
abject (the red and white checked ball) 
to summon the BrushAnim Path Editor 
Took 

When this appears, dick on the but- 
ton labelled "banim", and when the file 
requester asks you to choose your 
Brush Anim, dick on Hdkopterl.banrm 
then on OK. 

Now you have to tell the script what 
path you r d like the animation to follow 
on screen r so click On Record. The Path 
editor will pop out of sight and your 


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cursor will appear with a rectangle 
around it- The rectangle represents the 
physical space taken up by the 
BrushAnim, and to record a path for it 
all you need do is click on the left 
mouse button where you want it to 
start, hold it down, and drag the mouse 
to where you'd like the BrushAnim to 
stop. Press ESC to exit the record func- 
tion. 

There should now be a visible path 
line on your screen showing the path 
your helicopter will take when the Start 
button is clicked. Now dick on three 
successive OKs to get you back to the 
main control panel, Note the complex 
script CanDo has written for you by 
interpreting your mouse movements as 
a series of commands. This is one of the 
most beginner-friendly features of 
CanDo. 

Once at the main panel, hold down 
the right mouse button and select Save 
As from the Decks menu. Normally, 
you'd save your CanDo deck at each 
significant stage, hut you'll not be able 
to do this with the Test Drive version as 
the Save function has been disabled. 
Buy the full program from Checkmate 
Digital if you want to save things! You 
won't regret it! 

To test your deck, click on the 
Browse button, then on the Start but- 
ton on your recently constructed card. 
The helicopter should appear and fol- 
low the path you traced out for it At 
this point, sit back and consider how 
long it would have taken you to pro- 
duce the same result using C or 
Assembler! 

Now to add some sounds. The first 
sound button will he a text button just 
like the others, Click on Add and then 


the button icon, then position the but- 
ton as before by clicking and dragging 
with the mouse to bring up the Editing 
a Button screen. Call the button Sound 
and change the origin coordinates to 
wherever you like it best - the button 
moves onscreen as you press Return so 
you can mess about until you're satis- 
fied. 

Now click on Text. At the text/font 
requester label it as Bomg!, use the 
Embossed Style once more and dick on 
OK. Now click on Click under scripts 
and prepare to add some sound. 

At the Script editor, which will 
appear when you dick on the Click but- 
ton, scroll down the list of icons on the 
right hand side of the screen, then dick 
on the single speaker. This is the icon 
for sound samples and will activate a 
requester called Play Sound. You should 
select Set The Filename from this, and 
choose the boing.snd file from the 
CanDo disk's Sounds drawer. 

If you click on OK twice, the Script 
editor should be displaying the com- 
plete sound command, demonstrating 
once again the usefulness of its auto- 
matic scripting facility. Click on OK 
again to exit the Script editor, then 
return to the main control panel. A 
quick browse now should reward you 
with a silly sound that sounds like a rab- 
bit in mid jump! 

Chopper sound 

As Boing sounds very little like a heli- 
copter, well now add an appropriate 
sound to the chopper animation. While 
at the main control panel, click on the 
BrushAnim objects icon in the object 
panel (top row, third from the right). 


which will activate the Brush a- -J 
Object editor, 

Dick under BrushAnim name w^mj 
it says Unnamed, and when the f +J 
requester comes up H chc . «| 
Helicopterl.banm and dick OK. Otdi 
next on the button which says oJ 
Every Frame. This tells the Object edi*3i 
to carry out the specified event c-J 
every frame of the animation, 

When the Script editor appear cktl 
on the Single Speaker icon, select Sfd 
The filename and choose copter.sndj 
Now click OK until back at fhJ 
BrushAnim Object editor. Now we wa-d 
to stop the whole animation, indutf^ 
sound, once it reaches the end ol 
flight path, 

Click on At Destination, and whe^j 
the Script editor appears, type in t^j 
following script: 

ictmBnjsynii 

' C tn Do : b r u e h ifriisS hi 1 1 Efipt #f l.hari' 
Audio On 
Audio Of! 
lull 

Now click on OK twice, then Exit \m 
return to the main panel. You should " 
now be able to click Browser wat:v 
your helicopter fly around the screerd 
complete with engine noise, then come 
to a halt with the sound off. 

For the moment, in the space aval* 
able for this tutorial, that's about all w* : 
can cover, but you'll find a wealth cfl 
extra helpful hints and tutorials on the 
manual disk - the third disk you de- ; 
s archived. 

There are numerous sample decks 
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B ack in the dim and distant 
past, two men made a propo- 
sition that changed the face ot 
modern music, In 1981, Dave Smith 
and Chet Wood lit the fuse for the Midi 
explosion by proposing an industry 
standard which would enable the 
sounds of any instrument to be 
accessed From another. 

Aflef some heated discussion and 
the invaluable input of the Japanese, 
Midi was finally born in 1982. Once the 
die was cast the standard became uni- 
versal and within 10 short years has 
successfully colonised almost every 
commercial studio on the planet. 

By 1981, the first Midi-compatible 
synthesizers appeared and the race was 
on within the software world to support 
the new musical revolution. The first 
attempts at sequencing were somewhat 
less than subtle but nevertheless offered 
the essentials, such as unlimited over- 
dubs and, of course, the ability to 
tweak, tidy or completely reorganise a 
track after it H s been recorded into the 
sequencer. 

These functions am at the very soul 
of sequencing and by definition lie 
completely beyond the limited talents 
of tape. Ot course, along with increased 
editorial control, digital recordings 
never degrade no matter how many 
changes and attempts are required to 
produce the finished masterpiece. 

In the Eyes of many an old muso this 
technological disease has destroyed the 
sacred art of putting a swirling line o! 
sound on to a plastic disk. But Midi has 
opened the floodgates for thousands of 

Midi has 
opened the 
floodgates 
for thousands 
of talented 
musicians 

talented musicians who would other- 
wise never have carved their name into 
vinyl due to either a lack of opportu- 
nity, practice or tuition on the instru- 
ments of their choice. 

This broadening of horizons has not 
only opened music up to the untrained, 
but for those musos who are willing to 
embrace the new technology the 
power of the computer has revolu- 
tionised the creative process. 

Now an entire orchestra warts at the 
fingertips of composers and finished 
scores pour from- printers at a single 
keystroke. Midi has the ability to experi- 
ment, eul paste and transpose in sec- 
onds, and without the massive expense 
of countless retakes and the extortion- 
ale amounts asked for studio time. 
Thanks to Midi, modern recordings 






DJI's the wny to 3* [ prrfccl tountj! 

are being produced for a fraction of the 
price of tape-based system and due to 
the "suck it and see" approach which 
Midi allows, professionals and amateurs 
alike are producing work they never 
imagined possible. And all is achieved 
from the comfort ot their own homes, 
visiting the studio is only necessary to 
add the finishing touches and lay down 
the final cut, 

Clearing the air 

Now, if you're a old Midi hand you'll be 
waiting for the usual acronym rundown 
with the inevitable meaning of Midi 
which, of course, stands for the 
Musically Informed can be Desperately 
Irritating, as opposed to the all Loo 
Often quoted alternative which Other 
mags would have you believe. 

This tendency for techno-speak 
rather than explanation is usually 
enough to put many off experimenting 
with Midi before they've programmed 
a note. In fact, Midi is by no 
means as complex as a lot 
of techno-junkies would 
have you believe, and to 
combat the acronym attack 
a brief explanation of some 
of the very basic principles is 
in order. 


Get in sequence 

The range of sequencing alterna- 
tives on the Amiga is increasing by 
the day, but at the moment the 
now world famous fvlusicX and 
Gadjits Sequencer One are the two to 
he beaten. 

Both packages handle all the essen- 
tials and a good deal more besides, 
with Music* being the more complex 
of the two and Sequencer the choice 
for those primarily interested in ease of 
use. Both packages are excellent but a 
lithe hands-on experience thanks to a 


friendly retailer would be a good idea 
before you make your decision. 

MusicX mtghl be the choice for the 
money conscious musos because there 
are a few good deals available if you 
fancy digging through the classifieds. 


Having sard that, there is some dout- 
about Micro Illusions' willingness bo 
support the product as far as upgrade 
are concerned. 

If you're looking towards studio 
work, either of the two packages woulc 
be Fdeal, and even if the studio you 
choose uses one while you've opted to' 
the other, exchanging files between the 
two is simple so there shouldn't b^ any 
real problems. And of course, there i 
nothing to stop you dragging your owt- 
system in with you if necessary. 

A note on keyboards 

Keyboard selection is tricky because 
two opinions of the same hardware can 
differ considerably depending on taste, 
but as far as Midi's concerned the onh 
real consideration is the available ports 
- which obviously must have IN, OUT 
and THRU. The THRU may not be avatl- 
able on ageing second-hand gear but i" 
can be invaluable if you're planning to 
expand your system later. 

A secondary but still huge considera- 
tion when investing in any keyboard iis 
the availability of patch editing soft- 
ware. In the first few weeks of owner- 
ship this may seem unimportant, but it 
becomes useful when you're looking for 


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The Amiga 
comes of age 

"“f step up from a standard 
i setup is to record direct to 
■ jrj ; ,4s little as two years ago 

T s type of system was strictly tor 
pros, but thanks to Sunrise 
rn.^m of California such power 
&h soon be in the hands of mere 
~>c rtals like you and me. 

Given d suitably well -Endowed 
hjr j drive, an entire song can be 
■■ i ms :-d (list like a normal sample 
It 3 .omplEte sections can be cut, 
waited, looped and combined as 
required. 

The benefits of direct lo digital 
■- cording are incredible,- not only 
r the powerful editing options but 
i so lor the range of sound that can 
be captured. Due Ld thE dynamic 
imitations of tape thEre will always 
be a Certain amount of fidelity lost, 
t ..: with a pure digital signal the 
<*tare dynamic range of (he sound 
captured and superb definition is 
*ddid to the sound, 

sounds without incurring the 
pense of a new synth. 
if you J re on a limited budget patch 
«Ming comes second only to sequenc- 
Pul simply, it allows you to import 
ihe rounds from your synth or module 
nto the computer for editing. This pro- 
cea is referred to as a fetch, and once 
fetched the formerly unobtainable 
-■-.jr d appears onscreen as a series ot 
rtitvefonns and variables which are very 
**sy to relate to, and which make com- 


plex changes as simple as dragging a 
point dh a wave or selecting an option 
from an icon. 

These miraculous little utilities allow 
you to redesign your sounds com- 
pletely, ail the way from simply altering 
the waveform right through to the type 
of reverb or the length of delay, in fact 
any parameter relating to the sound, If 
that's still not enough, individual 
sounds can be blended or totally new 
ones created from scratch. 

When your masterpiece is complete, 
either individual or entire banks of 
sounds can he saved to disk or dumped 
back into your synth in the locations of 
your choree. They will remain there 
until the next update, stored perma- 
nently just like the originals. 

A word of warning: always back up 
before you start to tinker, it can save a 
lot of tears later. 

Modular expansion 

On the surface, modular expansion 
seems the ideal answer La the ever- 
intruiing spiral of expenditure that 
musical addiction tends to inspire, with 
modules often saving hundreds as 
opposed to the keyboard alternatives. 
But it J s still much easier to sell a com- 
plete keyboard than a module, so if 
you’re the sort of person who has to 
keep up with the neighbours., complete 
keyboards may be a better bet, purely 
from a resale point of view. 

lYtuld-timbral means simply that sev- 
eral instruments can be played at any 
one time. Most modern units play up 
to eight separate synth voices simulta- 
neously in addition to a complete drum 




track arranged from a variety of drum 
sounds - and all [haE is packed into a 
tiny box best described as musical 
is, lt H s not all beer and skittles 
though, as there’s a limit to the number 
of individual notes or partials that can 
be played together. 

With most multi-ttmbra! units the 
available number of partial* is about M, 
which means that up to eight separate 
voices can be playing in concert as long 
as the total number of individual notes 
doesn't exceed 32. Did I say Midi 
wasn't confusing? 

This band-m-a-box effect is due to 
the power of Midi The huge mountains 
of hardware oncE associated with the 
average keyboard player have been 


The Amiga has 
long been 
waiting in 
the musical 


wings. Paul Austin 
explains how 
you and your 
machine can take 


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condensed into a single lightweight 
unit that produces the illusion of an 
entite band, thanks to a few blips of 
data from a sequencer, isn't technology 
wonderful 7 It is, unless you're an ex- 
session musician, of course. 

For the beginner, multi -Umbra I units 
such as Roland's CM-32L and the older 
MT-32 are ideal. ThE sound quality 
doesn’t match that of dedicated units 
such as Korg r s Ml and others, but 
they're still a great place to start. Even 
with their restrictions on quality they 
can still match the performance of 
those infinitely more expensive units 
which were producing classic hits only 
a couple of years back. 

OK, once you've chosen your 
sequencer, modules, keyboards or 
both, the next step is to connect it all 
up. With the Amiga this means stuffing 
a Midi box costing as little as £20 into 
the serial port, adding a few Midi cables 
and a Midi OUT horn the source to the 
Midi IN on the box and you're off. It, 
however, you're looking to build a sys- 
tEm that uses multiple sources, a Midi 
junction box is a good investment 

With most units offering Midi THRU 
it might seem a waste to invest in what 
is merely a signal splitter, hut daisy- 
chaining three or four units together via 
the THRU ports can cause problems. 

Each hme the Midi information is 
passed THRU a unit a little of the initial 
qualify is lost and as a result the signal 
can become dirty The obvious result is 
that some data may become corrupt 
when it’s passed on to the next unit in 
the line. 

Bccause a Midi cable is basically a 
serial link which passes data in succes- 
sion between units down the lme r tong 
cables mean increased transfer time. As 
a result, those at the end of a lengthy 
cable and THRU port connection may 
not receive their data fast and clean 


The range of 
sequencing 
alternatives on 
the Amiga is 
increasing by 
the day 

enough (o keep up, and information 
can become scrambled. 

A junction box simply gives a copy 
of the complete Midi signal direct from 
the sequencer to each iound source. 
There are no lengthy cables between 
the Amiga and the target and, of 
course, no THRU ports, to all your Midi 
information Is delivered squeaky dean 
and at optimum speed. 




The right track 

Now, assuming you have a hidi or 
amplifier you should now have yaut lat- 
est creation blaring from the speakers 
in all lb pure digital glory. 
Unfortunately for most of us, once the 
sequencing is complete it J s time to 
compromise our digital principles and 
add some analogue, whether that be 
vocals, guitars or, in fact, anything that 
requires a mic before it can be cap- 
tured. 

If you're a digital punst it's possible 
to bypass the problem by sampling and 
triggering the captured sound from the 
sequencer This is fine for the occa- 
sional "Yoo baby, get down momma", 
but if you're alter a complete acoustic 
guitar track you'll need an entire hard 
disk sampiing system to do it. 

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photographs there are plenty of multi- 
track studios on the market, but if 
yoiTre a Midi enthusiast make sure you 
go for a unit with built-in Midi sync, or 
at least one which can support an 
external sync unit. This is vital ii you're 
going lor really big productions as it 
allows you to sync your sequencer to 
music already present on the track. 

This musical miracle occurs thanks to 
a Midi Time Code or MTC which is 
recorded directly on to the tape. MTC 
is a descendant of SMPTE/EBU time 
code - this being the industry standard 
in the TV and the film business since 
Adam was a Lad. 

Once it s recorded on to a track, 
MTC can be read by the sequencer on 
playback or record. The sequencer can 
then adjust its Midi information accord- 
ingly , sending perfectly synchronised 
data to the various keyboards and mod- 
ules as required. 

The Mix-down 

After you've built your system and writ- 
ten a classic, the final task is to mix 
down your masterpiece and create the 
next number one Again, Midi can play 
a large part in the process, especially if 
you're working with a professional, 

Special thanks to A1 Music 
Manchester and Spirit Studios for 
their invaluable assistance and espe- 
cially to Max Lindsay-johnson of A! 
tor his essential technical support. 


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Midi-friendly mixing desk which can, in 
some cases, be preprogrammed to 
punch in, fade out and mute tracks 
automatically as the mix takes place. 

in the bad old days ''mix down' 1, 
meant all hands to the console as vari- 
ous tracks were added and subtracted 
from the overall sound- This process 
almost inevitably led to the odd disaster 
and a tendency for individuals to add a 
little too much of what they liked and 
perhaps a little less of what .they didn't. 

For most of us using home studio 


equipment the need for countless fin- 
gers on the faders isn't really a prob- 
lem, but there's still the question of 
where to store your masterpiece and 
bow to keep it at its best after the 
400th demo hai been dispatched to 
the ever-eager record companies. 

In the past this meant occasional 
remixing of masters or running a lew 
copies off at one time, all with the hiss 
that only analogue can add to the 
sound, fortunately, an answer has 


arrived tor the semi professional who 
wants to maintain sound quality. 

DAT, or Digital Audio Tape if you 
prefer, is the answer to many a muso's 
prayer, giving a crystal clear signal and 
no degradation no matter how many 
copies are made from the original. 

The DAT player in the article is a per- 
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Retailing at around £500, it r s ideal for 
the serious enthusiast- 


Midi music lessons 


As simple as sound recording and 
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and to beat the technology blues 
Manchester's School of Sound 
Recording, of Spirit, offer a whole 
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any musician's first tentative steps I 
little easier. 

Spirit offer three short five and 
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covers the basics of recording and 
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The second course is a direct follow- 
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The final part ol the tnlogy is the 
Sampling CM! Programming and Midi 
Workshops. This course runs over a 
weekend and covers the more 
advanced aspects of Midi, including 


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machines and a more in-depth look at 
sampling. 

Time code and synchronisation 
are explained in more detail and there 
is a look at Midi -control tod effects 
and recent advancements in the field, 
such as Midi mixers, programmable 
patch bays and pitch to Midi con- 
verters. 

The above vary in price from 
£172 50 to £230 OOinc. If a week's 
tuition isn't enough Spirit also hold a 
4 6- week course that can be taken 
either during the day or in the 
evening. As you might expect, this 
goes into great detail and b designed 
tor those looking for a career in engi- 
neering. 

Registration will set you back £50, 
with £30 to follow foe each week ot She 
course- All oF Spirit's courses provide a 
certificate and, hopefully, a step in the 
right direction For you and your music. 

Spirit also have a working studio 
and most courses allow the students a 
certai n amount of stud io time in which 
to produce either their own work or 
that of a band. 

If you're interested in signing up 
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Amiga Computing October 1991 


u 


jason Hoi born 
looks at the state 
of the art in Amiga 
sampling 
technology and 
offers a few tips on 
getting the most 


from it 



52 


Y ou don't need me Ed Eel I you 
what a great machine the 
Amiga is for playing around 
with musk. Whether you're composing 
your first chart hit in Music-K or just tin- 
kering around with Quartet, the 
Amiga's musical talents are more than 
obvious. 

Bui you don't need to he the next 
Jean Mkhel Jarre to play around wfth the 
sound capabilities of your Amiga. Using 
a nifty little gadget called a sound sam- 
pler you can literally grab sounds into 
your Amiga from your favourite records, 
□r even from real life, and play around 
with them to your heart's content, 

A sampler converts sounds from the 
real world - analogue sounds - into a 
format that the computer can under- 
stand. And as we all know, this can 
mean only one thing numbers, lots of 
them. These numbers can then be 
played back by the Amiga's powerful 
sound chip, Paula. 

GK r so far we have what amodftjs to 
a rather expensive tape recorder, 
the Amiga can do a lot more than 
Using a sample editing program, 
can manipulate the sound in any num- 
ber oi ways, ranging from simple opera-' 
tie ns such as cutting, copying and 
pasting sections of sample, to the real 
fun stuff like adding echoes and loop- 
ing. Don't worry if all this techno- talk 
confuses you, well be explaining the 
jargon later on. 

But why buy a sampler? The answer 
is simple - they're a lot of fun. There's 
something uniquely perverse about 
being able to sample someone's voice 


Sampler talk 


Are you lot ally flummoxed by sampling jargon? I'm not surprised if you are. With our guide to sampling jargon, how- 
ever, you too can bore people stiff with seriously technical words. 

KHz The sampling frequency is measured fn KiloHertz (KHz). This value denotes how many times per second 
the sampler analyses the incoming audio signal (x 1000), 

ADC Analogue to Digital Converter. This is the heart of the sampler. Its job is to convert an analogue audio sig- 
nal, such as from a hi-fi, microphone or CD player etc, into a series of numbers which the computer can 
understand. 

DAC Digital to Analogue Converter. As you can probably guess, this is the opposite of an ADC circuit. A DAC 
converts digital sample data held in the memory of your computer into an analogue signal which is passed 
through to the audio jacks built-in at the back of your Amiga. 

LOOPING Looping is a process whereby a short burst of sound li played continuously fcn give the illusion of a much 
larger sample. Loops can be used with anything from a simple tone to a drum pattern. 




and then play around with it. If you've 
ever wanted to put words into your best 
friend's mouth or play burping sounds 
on your Midi keyboard, a sampler is the 
th ing for you. 

Samplers aren't only good for mak- 
ing your Auntie Mavis sound like a 
space alien who's been on the helium, 
though. If you' re feeling a little musical, 
you can use your sampler to grab instru- 
ments from prerecorded music or from 
real life. 


Getting serious 

In this way you can build up a huge 
library of sampled instruments without 
ever having to pay the high cost of huy- 
ing the equipment yourself. With pro- 
fessional instruments costing many 
thousands of pounds these day\ sam- 
pling is a considerably better bet. 

I've annoyed quite a few people by 
sampling instruments for which the/ve 
had to pay hard cash. Despite the tact 
that I only own a single synthesiser (a 
Ml), my sample library consists of 
mds from a vast range of professional 
ucluding the D 50, the SY77 and 
the infamous f airtight. 

Once samples are laid down on to 
e, you can hardly fell the difference 
tween a sample and the real thing. 

hat follows i$ a roundup of the best 
samplers currently available 00 the 
Amiga. 

We've deliberately restricted it to 8- 
bit samplers, but both 12 and 1 6-bit 
units are also available. We r ll bring you 
more on these later. 



Value 


£39.95 * Mien 

MicroDeal were one of the first companies to produce a truly budgebpriced sampler 
m the shape of their excellent Master Sound. It's fairly basic, but Master Sound ter 
tainfy delivers the goods, if you're after a cheap, no Mk sampler that produces 
decent samples, MasterSaund is a good bet. 

The MasterSaund package consists of a spartan cream-coloured sampling car- 
tridge graced with just a single connector. There's no sound level controls, no printer 
passthm, no nothing - just a single jack connector which is used ta feed in the audi 
signal. As a result, MasterSound doesn't support itereo sampling, although this isn't 

really much of a lass. 

The bundled sampling software is 
pretty, but is lacking m real editing power. 
Most of the basic functions are there, but 
AudioMaster 3 it 
most certainly 
isn't. One nice 
feature is its built- 
in sample se- 
quencer which 
allows you to 
produce very 
simple tunes 

using your samples The overall sound quality of Master 
Sound is very good from within its own software, but it did 
tend to degrade when used with AudsoMaster 3. On the 
whole though, samples were dean and crisp. Master s^unu 



OVERALL 76% 






TechnoSound Turbo 

04.99 * New Dimensions * Tet; 0291 690933 

fc c compete with MicroDeal's Master Sound, New Dimensions' 
Sound $ j ml kilter of a sampler. Packed with powerful, and some gen- 
uinely fun, features it's a sampler to 
be reckoned with. Now that ifs been 
upgraded - hence the extra Turbo 
bit in the name - is there no slop- 
ping TechnoSound? 

The TechnoSound hardware 
looks very similar to Perfect 
Sound. Not only does if share 
the same colour - black - but it 
has the same two connectors 
living at its rear. 

Like Perfect Sound, it too 
can sample in full stereo. 
Unfortunately, the build 
quality of TechnoSound 
didn't seem too hot, but 
then I suppose you must 
expect some concessions 
when a sampler that is as 
capable as TechnoSound is sold at 
such a low price. 

The TechnoSound software is pretty impressive. II has all the usual 
tdtiing features you J d expect, but what makes it so good is its fun Features. 

lu budt-in special effects allow an incoming sound signal to be processed in real- 

• time - just like a professional effects unit 
really. These effects include the usual 
echo and reverb, but the fun starts when 
yqu play with Exterm inator and Legless. 

The sound quality of TechnoSound 
is surprisingly good, but it occasionally 
produced samples which were a bit 
"muffled. I wouldn't hold this against it 
though - if you did, you might just be 
missing out on a real bargain. On the 

OVERALL „. W ' H1 mA6% wh&le * if monfl y is a tittle tight you 

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Audio Engineer 

£199 • HB Marketing • Tel: 0753 686000 

If you're looking for the Polls Royce oF Amiga samplers, look no further than 
RamScan's Aud^o Engineer. It's a fairly pricey little number, but you'd be hard 
pushed to find an Amiga sampter that can touch -it. 

If you intend to use your Amiga sampler professionally (and many well known 
musicians do - Paula Abdul, for example) you J d be a fool to look elsewhere. 

What you gEt for your money is a 
pretty impressive sampler about the size 
of an average modem. It has a pnnter 
passthru connector buili-in so there’s no 
problems there, although you have to 
switch out thE sampler to use this fea- 
ture. 

Qn the front of the unit is a large 
array of bits and pieces which include 
two volume control knobs for the 
incoming stgnal and connector* for the 
sound signal. 

As you've probably already guessed, Audio Engineer fully supports stereo sam- 
pling. its twin DACs and quite sophisticated filtering and anti-aliasing circuitry 
allow for some exceptional samples I've Said it before, but V\ say it again - 
Audio Engineer produces same of the sharpest and cleanest samples I’Ve ever 
heard on the Amiga, rivalling some 1 2 and even 1 6-bit samplers 

The bundled sampling software is exceptional Despite the fact that it has 
Audio Engineer plastered all over it. it's realty AudioMaster 3, 

As any Amiga sampling aficionado wisi tefl you, there's no belter sampling 
program than AudioMaster 



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£59.99 * H8 Marketing ■ Tel: 0753 686000 

\f there's one company that knows a thing of two about Amiga samplers, it must 
5 u rely be SunRize Industries. They've been working on their Perfect Sound sys- 
tem for more years than I dare to mention, so you'd think that they'd have it 
hght by now. Unfortunately, Perfect Sound is still nothing more than above 
Jvefage, so you may well want to look elsewhere before taking the plunge. 

SunRize's sampler is a mysterious black bo* that - like most samplers - plugs 
into the parallel port of your Amiga. It too is rather spartan hardware-wise, with 
nothing more than a couple of connectors at its rear to break the monotony, 
the overall standard of construction is very high, 

Some of you may already have a copy of SunRize's earlier sampling software, 
since it is now freely available in the public domain. Version 3.0 of the Perfect 
Sound editor isn't that much different From previous releases, apart from the 
obvious cosmetic changes. It's a very nice program to look at, but I must admit 
that it seemed a little tatty in places. 

Unfortunately, some of its requesters 
are particularly poor. 

The quality of samples grabbed with 
Perfect Sound is pretty good, but a 
high-frequency audible hum was intro- 
duced to some samples. It's not that 
easy to spot, but anyone with a trained 
ear will point it out straight away. 

Despite this quibble though Perfect 
Sound is still a very good sampling 
system. 


Value 



OVERALL 78% 



Sample Studio 2 

£69:95 * Datel Electronics • Tel: 0782 744324 


Patel's offering to the more serious sampling fanatics is the Pro Sample Studio 2, 
a bulky but reasonably capable system that builds upon the strengths of Patel's 
original Sample Studio system. 

Unlike all the other samplers on test, 

Dalel's unit is the only sampler that 
doesn't connect to the Amiga's para HE! 
port. Instead, Datel have wired the 
thing up so that it runs off the expan- 
sion port on the left-hand side of the 
A50Q, 

As a result, it won't work on any 
machine other than the A5GQ, although 
an internal version which plugs into the 
co-processor slot oF the 2000 is also 
available. Patel have also thoughtfully 
included a passthru connector, so hard disk users are still able to use their drives 
on the 500. 

The bundled software is a respectable enough offering, but iris still not per- 
fect. Once again, it looks pretty, but editing power leaves much to be desired. 
Unfortunately, because the sampler runs through the 
Amiga's expansion bus, you 
can't use something like 
AudioMaster 3 instead, so 
you are stuck with Patel's 
offering. 

For Such an expensive sarm 
pier, the sound quality Of sam- 
ples certainly doesn't justify the 
price. Even when sampling from 
a digital source, the samples were 
tar from faithful. Admittedly, 
they're better than the Micro 
Sampler, but not much. 


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It s very tempting to blame the manufacturer 
when your sampler doesn't quite produce the per- 
fect sample, but they aren't always to blame. Like 
it or not, you could be doing something wrong. 
With our guide to better sampling, you too can 
produce samples of the crispest quality. 

SOUND SOURCES - You may think this is pretty 
obvious, but it's surprising how many people fall 
into this trap. The better the quality of your sound 
source^ the better your samples will be, if you're 
sampling music, a CD source is the best you can 
gel, hut a high quality tape player is a good sec- 
ond best, 

in the case of sampling real life sounds, a 
decent microphone is very, very important. Quite 
a tew sampler manufacturers include micro- 
phones, but they are always useless - throw them 
in the bin immediately? 

If you can afford it, pop down to your local hi- 


tech music equipment stockist and have a chat 
with the salesman. He'll be able to advise you on 
which microphone to buy. You may have to pay a 
fair bit for it, but you'll be amazed at the quality it 
will give you. 

SAMPLING RATES - Everyone knows that the 
higher the sample rate, the better the sound qua! 
tty, but there's more to it than this. Many sam- 
plers now offer sampling rales of up to 57 KHz, 
but virtually no music package* support such high 
rates - 29 KHz is about ai high as thing* get. 

If you do want to use samples within packages 
like Music-X, a good trick is to sample the sound 
at the highest rate and then use something like 
AudioM aster's Tune WaveForm function to knock 
the sampling rate down. 

This usually results in a much higher quality 
output than you would have obtained if you had 
sampled the sound at that rate in the first place. 


Don i forget also that some sounds don't need to 
be sampled at high rates. Drums are a prime 
example. 

Most drum sounds can be sampled pretty faith- 
fully at around 10 KHz, although High Hats will 
need higher rates to capture those higher fre- 
quencies. As always though, experimentation is 
the key. 

tfADJ - It's dll very well having a great sampler 
and a brilliant sound source, but you'll still get 
pathetic results, if you use a lousy lead to connect 
the two. Once again, a good professional sound 
lead is a must. 

Considering their price - around £5 for 3m - 
you'd be a fool not to Splash out. Not only 
that, but they usually come with pretty decent 
connectors, therefore ensuring that interference 
introduced to the audio signal is kept to a 
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£129,95 • HB Marketing * Tel: 0753 686000 

If you'd like a sampler that can give Audio Engineer a run for its money, then 
Aegis 1 Sound Master could be what you're looking tor. Not only does it include 
the award-winning AudioMaster 3 sample editing software, but it produces sam- 
ples that are definitely on a par with its main rival. Once again it isn't cheap, but 

you get what you pay for. 

Like most samplers, Sound 
[ Master connects to the paral- 
lel port of the Amiga, but 
Aegis have very kindly eon- 
■ riEcted a metre-long cable 
m to the sampling hardware 
8 which means that you can 
p| bnng the sampler around 
I next to your keyboard. 

This is a necessity, 
because the unit includes 
both a sliding level con- 
f*.t trol and even a built-in 
microphone - some- 
thing that even Audio 
Engineer doesn't have! 

As mentioned pre- 
viously, the software 
hundred is none 
Othir than Audio Master 3, which Is 
actually exactly the same program that 
comes with Audio Engineer. As a result, 
there's very little to separate the two 
samplers apart from the obvious price 
difference. 

The Audio Engineer hardware has a 
few more Features, such as a printer 
pass thru, and is generally of higher 
build quality, but the two units perform 
almost identically. 



Value 



OVERALL .95% 



AMAS 

£99 • MicroDeaf • 

Tel: 0726 68020 

MicnoDeal’s "professional' 1 sampler 
is quite unique in that it is the 
only Amiga sampler that also 
comes complete with a Midi 1 
interface, As a result, you can kill I 
two birds with one stone. A fl 
shrewd move from MicroDeal, I 
I'm sure you'll agree. 

Unfortunately,. AMAS really fl 
is starting to show its age. It's fl 
been available for a couple Df J 
years now, in which time it's 
sold very nicely thank you. But it has now 
been surpassed by much cheaper systems, 

The sound quality isn't bad, but it's hardly going to give Audio Engineer a run 
for its money. Don't get me wrong, AMAS can still produce some very accept- 


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able samples, 

What really lets it down is the sam- 
pling software. It's restncted to produc- 
ing samples no greater than 200k in 
size, arranged into a maximum of eight 
banks. Not only that, but the maximum 
sampling rate is only 2BKHz. 

Now you can see why AMAS has 
aged so much! But then again, if it's 
good enough for Paula Abdul - she uses 
one extensively - it should be good 
enough for anyone. 


Micro Sampler 

04.99 ■ Datel Electronics ■ Tel: 0782 744324 


OK, it's very cheap, but Datel's Micro 
Sampler is hardly going to win any prizes r rrm ff 
for sound quality. It's a very simple no-frills f 
mono sampler that is about the size of a 
king-size cigarette packet. If you're totally , 
and utterly skint, you may want to give it I 
a whirl, but personally I'd prefer To save . 
up a few more pennies for something 
like TechnoSound. 

The bundled software is exactly the 
same as the software which used to /..l 
accompany Patel's Pro Sample l r 
Studio, which has now ceased pro- , 
duction, While it looks very nice,, fl 
you'll soon come to realise that looks 
are about the only thing going for 
it, Editing is quirky and there are 
too many tools which can only be 
described as Completely useless, 

Most of the samplers tested are very 
closely matched where sound quality is 
concerned, but the sound quality of the 
Micro Sampler is awful, Even when used 
with AudioMaster 3 and Omega Projects' 

Sound Enhancer, samples came out muF- 
fled and vei} distorted. If you buy this, 
you only have yourself to blame! 



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Sound investment 


Vow've probably read previews of Omega 
Projects' 1 ‘Sound Enhancer In other publka- 
tiu-ns, bul we managed lu gel art exclusive 
peek at what could be one of the most 
important audio mlea&H lor a kmg (imp. Thp 
device, which claims La improve Lhe Amiga's 
sound quality using some sophisticated fil- 
ters, plugs m between the Amig# sound jacks 
and your hi-fi or monitor. 

The Sound Enhancer improves the Sound 
quality of just about any program, but is 
especially at home with samplers. Indeed, 
Omega originally deigned the thing to work 
with their own Sound Trap sampler, bul it 
works equally well with any other. The thy 
boK contains just two controllers - a propor- 
tional control knob which increases or 
decreases the unit's effect and a little switch 


which turns the box on or oft. The increase in 
Sound qua ity is absolutely astounding If you 
thought the Amiga's sound capabilities were 
pretty qood anyway, you're in for a real 
shack. Even with the worst samplers I was 
dble to grab stunning samples,. 

When used in conjunction with some- 
thing like Audio Engineer, my samples were 
ol professional qualify - ba$s becomes much 
punchier and high frequencies were 
enhanced beyond belief. 

For fhe £35 asking price, every Amiga 
owner should uwn the Sound Enhancer,, 
especially if they also own a sound: ampler. 
Once you've heard the Sound Enhancer For 
yourself, l can virtually guarantee thru you'll 
want (0 hoy one straight away I'll be Finl in 
the queue! 


Sound Trap 3 

09 95 {or £54,95 with AudiaMajter2) * Omega Projetfs * Tel: 0925 762&S5 

There's always one product that turns up Loo late to have its picture taken. As you 
can probably already guess, Sound Trap is the one. In a way, it's a great shame 
because it's the only budget sampler that not only offers a printer passthru con- 
nector, but is also fully compatible with all Amigas r including the AlOOO! 

Omega do bundle sampling software with Sound Trap, but it's pretty dire - 
even they admit that. So, being a smart lot h they've bundled it up with Aegis' 
AudioMaster 2 {not 3) sample editing software at a reduced price, When used 

with AudioMaster ,2, Sound Trap pro- 
duces decent samples. In fact, they're 
some of the best I've heard from a bud- 
get sampler. 

The only thing that really lets Sound 
Trap 3 down is its price. It may seem 
cheap at first, but you really do need to 
buy a copy of AudioMaster to get the 
most Fronvt. This knocks the price up 
quite a bit, pushing it way above both 
TechnoSound and MasterSound. 










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paths. 

The individual payers don't stop 
there as their component parts can also 
be assigned as joints. 5a, for example, a 


Paul Austin beams 
down to render a 
few opinions on 
Caligari, the latest 
package in the 
operating system 


Evaluation Mr Spock 

Caligari r s primary mission is to provide 
J perfect representation of your three 
dimensional designs, so for the amateur 
ft could mean the creation of a dream 
kitchen long before the first cabinet is 
cobbled together, or perhaps the 
design for that desperately needed 
extension. 

The system can work with a prede- 
fined grid engineering design and it's 
even possible to type blueprint informa- 
tion direct for the plan, instantly trans- 
lorming the confusion of two 
dimensions to the clarity of three, 

Once complete, the image controls 
allow you to zoom in and 


or material. 

Perhaps the most important aspect 
of the program's flexibility is its han- 
dling of the objects themselves.. Like 
many of the leading ray tracers, it 
employs heretical control. A good 
example of this would be the engines 
on Enterprise which were manipulated 
as one unit, stretching, sizing and ori- 
entating in unison, even though they're 
made up of several individual objects, 
all of which could still be isolated and 
edited separately as required. 

because of its a rustic as well as engi- 
neering talents Caligari is perfect for 
presentation work, and this especially 
applies to the Broadcast version which 
supports a very powerful animation 
module. This allows the var- 
ious elements within a 
scene fa be assigned as 



robot could have its arm and hand 
pivot in a friendly wave as a prospective 
client glides down the corridor of his or 
her virtual investment. 

This heretical approach to move- 
ment also extends to the consumer ver- 
sion which doesn't support animation 
but still benefits from the option when 
designing still frames- 

Analysis complete 

In many ways the Caligari interface is 
very similar to that of imagine but with 
one huge improvement - unlike 
Imagine, Cahgari doesn't require con- 
stant saves as you move between the 
various modules. 

The only disk activity occurs as the 
various modules are loaded. This does 
slow things up a little on a floppy 
system but if 
you're a 
hard drive 
the time taken 


Is barety noticeable. On the consumer 
version of the program flitting between 
modules is restricted to the Design and 
Scene modules but on the broadcast 
version you have the added bonus of 
the An I m option. 

For most of us movement will proba- 
bly be restricted to that offered by Ehe 
consumer version. As the names sug- 
gest the Design module is where most 
of the work takes place with occasional 
visits to the Scene option for lighting 
and occasional loads, saves and, of 
course, the vital final render. 

The animation on the broadcast ver- 
sion isn't the only difference between 
the two, as the consumer version also 
lacks the point editing abilities of its big 
brother, not to mention the ability to 
render di rect to a frame buffer 

Unfortunately, being without the 
aforementioned hardware, I can only 
quote the suppliers description of, 
'Shinning* in regard to the frame 


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pected considering the broadcast ver- 
sion retails at £1 ,500 as opposed to the 
£99 for the consumer variant. 

The lack of point editing on the con- 
sumer version will no doubt cause a few 
problems as the ability to slice, sweep 
and select individual points does add a 
whole new dimension to the editing of 
the various primitives. 

Having said that, the variety of stan- 
dard prims on both versions should 
mean the majority of objects can be 
constructed from individual pnms. This 
combined with the assistance of the 
Tools menu, which is present on both 
versions,, should make life a little easier 
if you're struggling with a particularly 
tricky bit of modelling. 

The various tools allow objects to be 
glued, un-glued, copied and, perhaps 
most importantly, extruded, Extrusion 
or, to put it more simply, the ability to 
hand draw your own objects in two 
dimensions and then sweep them into 
the third means that almost any shape 
is possible, the only real limit being 
your imagination. 

Once your object is complete place- 
ment is the nest obstacle but thanks to 
the best mouse driven interface ! J ve yet 
had the pleasure to use this is simplicity 
itself. When arranging an object you 
have the option to either manipulate 
the viewpoint or the object. 

Perfect position 

To achieve this the stacking menu sys- 
tem displays the various environmental 
movement controls which vary the 
effect of the mouse from working in 
relation to either the plane of the object 
or that of the world in which it J s 
placed Switching between the two 
allows you to position the view point to 
perfection. 

Once you're happy with your partic- 
ular view of the scene a single mouse 
dkk transfers the mouse movement 
into that of the object itself, Again, you 
have the option to move the object rel- 
ative to its own axis or that of the envi- 
ronment placing it either by eye or by 
the user defined gnd reference system. 

Now you and your object are in the 
perfect position the next task is to ori- 
entate the object itself. This again is 
done by the trusty rodent. One click on 
the rotation button and the selected 
shape spins in any or all of the three 
dimensions while remaining stationary 
on the predefined spot. 

As you can imagine, controlling a 
three dimensional spinning object with 
a strictly two dimensional mouse isn't 
always an easy task, so one of the axes 
is assigned to the right button while the 
remaining two are controlled by the 
left 

Even when con- 
trol; is split 


1 


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between 
the two but- 
tons things can still 
be a little confus- 
ing so the program 
has the invaluable ability to 
switch off any combination of 
axes as required. This also applies to 
the object movement and eye place- 
ment controls. 

So if you merely want to lower an 
object into a particular spot it's a simple 
matter of selecting the axis in question 
and lowering away r safe in the knowl- 
edge that the remaining two dimen- 
sions will remain completely static.. 

Sometimes - and especially when 
working to engineering standards - the 
default perspective view isn't always 
enough. As a result a separate view 
from each of the three elevations can 
be accessed. Ail these views can be 
individually positioned and zoomed in 
and out of as required. 

Object onscreen 

When the three orthographic views are 
combined with the perspective, place- 
ment of the subject tan be done to an 
accuracy of four decimal points and, of 
course, if your hand and eye co-ordina- 
tion isn't quite steady enough for such 
work you can always employ the defin- 
able Gridlock option to do it for you. 
h Assuming you and your masterpiece 
are in perfect position and you've had a 
trip to the scene module to adjust the 
lighting, it's time to render your cre- 
ation. When rendering an object or 




scene for the first time 
there is a pause of almost 
ray tracing proportions while the calcu- 
lations are made for light and the 
assarted objects, but eventually your 
masterpiece will appear and it's at this 
point that you have the added bonus of 
making the most of the Amiga's colour- 
ful talents. 

After the render is complete you 
have the option to either return to the 
wireframe, save the image or proceed 
on to the colour control menu which 
allows you to adjust the colour of indi- 
vidual elements within the image or 
entire groups. 

This section works in the same way 
to that of heretical options in the wire- 
frame which allows you to cycle 
through the individual parts within an 
object and select separate elements for 
editing. Once the colour editing is com- 
plete the scene can be re* rendered in a 
fraction of the original time and the 
product saved or printed as required. 

In general the manuals are excellent 
apart from the occasional passage such 
as the Point Editing section within the 
broadcast version which is completely 
dreadful. 

This particular section has to be 
either the product of someone who 



assumes you were part of the design 
team or perhaps more likely it's the 
ramblings of an author who didn't 
really know what he was waffling on 
about. An added bonus to the tuilior 
offered by the manuals is the 
Caligarl tutorial video 
which does a goad job of 
easing you and your ideas 
into the virtual world with a tew exam- 
ples of just what this extremely power- 
ful program is capable of. 

Captain's log 

Qn the down side my only real moans 
concern the lack of any boolean opera- 
tions which would allow objects to be 
used as toots on others, cutting and 
slicing as required. 

My only other concern is the lack ol 
interaction hetween Caligarl and other 
programs. At present Videoscape is the 
only program which can share its out- 
put with Caligari but I'm assured future 
revisions do plan to embrace other 
packages. 

As you can tell from my commen- 
tary, I'm impressed, and it you're look- 
ing for a way to combine the graphic 
talents of your Amiga with the power of 
an excellent CAD package, Caligari has 
to figure very high on the list of your 
potential purchases. 

I'm sure we'll all see a lot more of 
this particular product in everything 
from engineering design to TV anima- 
tion, I highly recommend it, 


Ca&giri is available from; 
Surface UK limited 
5 Rocfcwan Avenue 
Greenford. Middx UB6 OAA 
Tel 0®l-5*6«77 
Ftt 081-5*6 M 
Caligari Consumer 09 93 
Caligari Broadcast 0,500 
Broadcast verrion soon to be 
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Even though the interface is excel- 
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"■faster and some other interface-based 
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3D Master stands somewhere 
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teur as an interface and the new 
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r iving your furless friend. 

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‘heir direction. 

Fear not 

z or anyone with a pathological fear of 
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come news but believe me it isn't that 
and that's a quote direct from a 
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mats and resolutions does make up for 
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Overview is perhaps the perfect way 
to describe 3D's view of the world. Like 
Calagari, which you’ll find elsewhere in 
this issue of Amiga Computing, ID looks 
at its little portion of space from a 


definable point which is suspended 
above a matrix depicting the surface of 
your creation. 

Moving and examining your work is 
a simple matter of hitting the odd hot 
key to scroll rn all directions, zooming 
in and out as required. It's true the lack 
of an orthorgraphic or three way view 
does make accurate placement a little 
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cise in engineering it shouldn't cause 
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Ail the essential environmental con- 
trols are there, allowing everything 
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the intensity of light sources. 

Like Sculpt, there are various options 
for ground design ranging from the 


familiar chequered effect to the less 
common polka dot. Even a user defined 
floor space can be imported from your 
favourite paint package. 

The last reference to importation 
leads nicely on to 3D's mapping talents 
which although limited do something 
which Sculpt can J t manage, namely 
texture mapping any image on to ele- 
ments within your creation, 

The mapping works well, although 
it J s impossible to make any adjustments 
to the way the image is mapped. The 
second and perhaps most important 
point is that only one type of map can 
be applied within each image. 

The mapping process takes place 
thanks to a single image loaded in as a 
picture. Once loaded the program 
looks here far the texture which iE then 
applies to every object which has its 
map option set. 

Summary 

As mentioned earlier, 3D is perhaps the 
premier cheap ray tracer but it does 
take more work than the average point 
and click package. Having said that it's 
quite fun learning the art the old fash- 
ioned way, so try not to be put off by a 
bit oT typing. 

As you can see from the screen shots 
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due mostly to the lack of tools and the 
limited number of primitives- Both 
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landscape rather than the representa- 
tions of the real world which more 
complex products can produce. 

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the rendering engine and can only be 
cured by upgrading to products such as 
Imagine or, of course. Real 3D. 

The only other complaint is the 
speed of rendering, which is fine while 
at wonk on individual objects but suffers 
badly when rendering full screens, so 
be prepared to leave your Am&ga work- 
ing through the twilight hours while 
you dream up your next design. 

If you're looking for a solid first step 
on the ray tracing ladder 3D Master has 
to be a good place to start, providing 
all the essentials, with the odd extra 
thrown in for good measure. 

3D Master is available from 
Sen lac software. Unit 6 
Wert Hill Arcade 
George Street, Hastings 
East Sussex TN34 3 AN 
Td 0424 44549S 
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A ftef last month's amazing Real 3D give- 
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As If Real isn't inspiration enough, we re skill offer- 
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your latest masterpiece today. 

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The mystery/role- playing adventure, & Hh* J 

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fiction, based on the world famous role- ,, | ' ji 1 1 I fef%* 

playing game by Game Designers' Workshop. ■ J a i .J 

Space I B8^: Discover a recreated solar 

system as envisioned by the st ienlific theories of '■> /Al 

the 1<Hh Centurv and in the imaginations of such 
c I a ss i c w r i 1 ers a s J u les VV r n e , A. Conan D o v I e a nd 
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INTERPLANETARY EXPLORATION 

• Visit the canals of Mars and deal with warring Martians; extort? if \ll 

treacherous swamps on Venus; travel through the mysterious 

underground caverns of (He Moon . . , Even Earth is ripe for exploration jflH&'j j* Er) lit wu Wfcr/H 

and rife with intrigue . . . /gnM^j|||i 

• Planets and stars are accurately represented in Space. Actually 

navigate by I he constellations themselves! If. f, -f 

diplomacy A 

i Overcome corrupt German conspirators, a radical Martian yMj^P^fcA K Vll 

religious cull and the awesome intelligence of an advanced Hi , 

alien society that has escaped notice for thousands of years, U^'V 'VSt Wfif J 

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dose combat weapons 

Ranging from bolt-action rifles and single- 

barrel revolvers to swords and daggers. 

§ Create five characters, male or female, from among sis 
attributes and 24 skills, including Fisticuffs, Crime, Theatrics and Engineering. Control character 
development ih rough a wide variety of careers. 

HISTORICAL ADVENTURE 

I Over 1(K) locations to explore on Earth alone - all depicted with historical accuracy and fascinating details. 
Including London, New York, San Francisco, the Far Easl and the Valley of the Kings. 

TACTICS 

# Realistic combat sequences let you control each character individually, while still giving 
general orders to the others. 

VERSATILITY 
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the most popular science fiction gaming system and now tfo< 
critic's choice as the Number One Computer Game! 

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and playability - MegaT ravel ler Vs TIE ONE 

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RPG/ Adventure game of the year.'’ dose to being an accurate conversion a- 

CU A MID A MegaTraveiler 1, 

i A fantastic RPC with loads of puzzles. GEN V 

I. AMIGA FORMAT MegaTraveller 1 is THE Came of Today, 

\ | can't think of any role-playing AMIGA POWER 

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Welcome to a new concept in Amiga games coverage. 

Nebulus 2 -VO 

The little green blob with no arms is back to do what he 
does best.. Jump and down 

Monster Business 12 

Leroy grabs hold of hrs pump and goes after ghouiies, 
but don't tell the vicar! 

Championship Athletics 1 2 

There have been some brilliant sport sims for the 
Amiga recently, but this isn’t one of them. 

Armalyte 1 3 

Strike a light! No, Armalyte fho ho ho) the classic 
C64 shoot-em-up hits the Amiga - hard. 

Zone Warrior V6 

Time travelling chortles as the very fabric of 
the universe itself is threatened 

Manchester United Europe is 

Here we go... here we go... or do we? Is Manchester 
United Europe left on the substitutes bench? 

The Simpsons- 

Where are we? The pranet Cornbalf? Bart, 

Homer and Marge chill out on the Amiga 


Rodland 


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Cute to look at and great fun to play with. 
It's Michelle Pfieffer, No it s Rodland. 


last Ninja 3 


All the latest news font the 
games front, lovingly beaten out of 
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Yet more black pyjamaed ninjary in 
the most ambitious Ninja game yet. 

Mega-Lo-Mania -28 

Attack of the unnecessary hyphens from 
Imageworks. Watch out Powermonger! 


if you go down to the 100 today... a sneak 
preview of the new arrivals in a software 
house that calls itself ELECTRONIC 
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Greetings and sanitations- Welcome to the inaugural issue of Gj 
a completely new concept In games coverage, but then so was 
boy. This 32 page full-colour supplement aims to complement the 
erage of the latest hardware and serious software in the rest o* 
magazine by keeping you up to date with the essential games re 
es of the month, what to look out far and what to avoid like a pa 
□tarty promiscuous plague. 

We have devised an entirely new ratings system that will give 
an In depth score to back up the opinions in the tex t of our review 

The system covers four essential areas all marked out of Five G# 
Gongs. Vision! does the game put you in mind of the Cistine Ch^ 
or a Chicken liver? Audio: ^ve we talking about a Nigel Kennedy e*s 



OUTRUN IUROPA 


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US Gold are a busy lot- Not content 
with having produced two Outrun 
games, iheyre currently putang the fin- 
ishing touches to a third. As the name 
suggests, the action has swapped from 
the wide open roads oF the good old 
US of A to the bumpy and 
roads oF good old Europe. 

The scenery isn't the only thing that 
has changed, however The Ferrari has 
seen some action, so you've got some 
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Fans of Francis ford Coppola f 
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pleased to lea in that US Gold have 
snapped up the rights to pot the Cor- 
I i* ore family s antics on to the Amiga, 
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Dtlphone, the brain! behind US 
Gold ! great littie murder mystery 
title. Cruise For a Corpse, 
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Fun and Easy to use spring to mind or is it more Oh my, oh 
this really Is far too difficult"? And finally, Addiction: Would > 
rather be monitoring Open University fashion than playing (K 
game? 

To back up the marks out of five we then give an overall pence*- 
age, the established and accepted method of marking games, but 
have brought it up to dale by using the Gamer Gongs, 

Not only do we have reviews but we have Onwards, the month 
news and previews section brings you alt the bits of up to the minut. 
game info that you can bare you friends wfth at parties. On top of a 
this we have plans for two occasional features: The Source, giving ti* 
low-down on a software companies' upcoming releases; and Face 
Face, interviews with programmers, minor celebs, and anyone els- 
who fancied being interviewed when we need to fill pages. In short 
a complete mini-magazine for the AMC reader looking for definitive 
game coverage. 

To cap it ail we are giving away the Hakpaks, your definitive file 
fax tiled cheat, tip, and password guide to alt those games lyinc 
around your cupboard that you couldn t finish. 'Generous" does nor 
begin to capture the nature of the Gamer staff. 

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Plan Nine From Outer 
Space - Gremlin 

Gremlm have lost me plot, official) In a fit of unbridled socialism - there can be no 
other reason for throwing this sort of money away - Gremlin mve thrown cay. 
lion, and a fair thunk of rfwtt profits to the wind and bought the licence to the 

worst Him ever made. . k „ 

1'hey claim to have spent, ooh, minutes in negotiations and fought o 
competition from someone they just can't qurte remember in the rate to siyn up 
this* erm. title. 

The game follows the plot of me original film, in which an alien race, having 
failed m their attempts to invade eight times previously, hit on the ingenmJJ|ish| 
plan nine. 

This cunning plan involves reanimating the corpses of the recently deceased 
humans and guiding them by remote control to wander around the towns and 
cipes with their arms outstretched looking upset. 

Featuring over 50 digitized sequences from the film, and programmed by Pixel 
Productions, formerly with Cmemaware - they must be desperate - it will be 
released with the least .imount of fuss possible in early 1 992. 


Grand Prix - Microprose 

Billed as a Formula One simulation, Mitroprose s Grand 
Prix brings to the small screen 16 'accurately mapped 
1991 Grand Prix tracks and 26 cars from all the well 
known teams. 

Each car will be carrying the colours of its team, from 
Ligier to Maclaren and Williams, and all will start the sea- 
son by driving the way they drove in the 1 990 season - 
won't be seeing much of Mansell then, 

The game, programmed by Geoff Crammond of Revs 
and stunt Car flacer fame, features four difficulty levels, 
manual gear boxes, fwooohl), alf die fun of a pit stop 
and much, much more. I should hope so too. because 
when it gets released in November Microprose will be 
charging a wopptng £34.99. 


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Silent Service II - Microprose 

The original received more accolades than you could shake an 
Oscar at in 1 986. The sequel appeared on (he PC nearfy a year 
ago and now you folks out there in Amigaland can finally 
enjoy the thrill that is Silent Service II. Ahem. 

The new missions indude trying to sink a massive Japanese 
aircraft carrier in the harbour, and controlling a German U- 
boat in the South Pacific which is trying to sink Allied shipping. 

There will also be a campaign-style scenario which allows you 
to develop a career as a submarine commander 
the ships and submarines will be represented by digitized 
photos of the real thing taken from 24 angles. There should 
be no angle left unturned, 

It will be released: this month priced at £35.75. 

Devious Designs - Imageworks 

Df Devious it a wwld renowned abstract scientist (whait does he do, use 
parka dot chemicals?) but he has gone slightly mad. Well, he's gone very 
mad actually but who's counting? 

The problem is that Dr Devious is very inspired by the art from Picasso i 
Cubist period, and his mad genius has developed a machine than can turn 
the world into a Cubist representation of Itself. 

But first l» has to practise, and to do so he chooses well known mono 
ments and easily retogn liable objects from around the world and turns 
them Into Cubist abstracts. 

But one man can save the wortd: J I Maverick. Only he, under your 
trol can save the world from a fale worse than Rubik. 

you must restore the world's monuments and everyday objects to thefr 

This fast moving puizle game will he released in October at £25,94. 


Super Space Invaders - Domark] 

1979AD. The world would never be the same again. The western w« 
was Invaded by six foot tall machines with a pixellated gorilla on a 
side. Never again would you be a We to enjoy a decent pint witf»ut he* 
inq those Immortal sound effects: H Oum, dum- Dum, dum, Dum, Dun. 

Well Space Invaders Is bach. Super Space Invaders from Domaik ■ 
updated the classic that started it all, bringing In power ups, endowed 
mega-guard Ians and brand new attack formations that look set to brt^ 
the mother of all arcade machine* bang op to date In your living room 
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Simply play Neb ulus 2 far a few 
hours and marvel as you tear huge 
chunks of hair from yew scalp in Axis' 
tration. That's right. Nebulus 2 is a plat- 
form game, and quite a nippy little 
number it rs tua. 

We’ve all seen platform games 
before Ever since Chuckle Egg flickered 
on to the screens of the SBC we ve 
been inundated with them, Spacemen, 
miners, moles and hedgehogs have ali 
appeared an our screens, and all had 
one thing in common; an uncontrol- 
lable urge to jump do to any hqnionta! 
surface with a merry beep. Pogo also 
suffers from this affliction, which is just 
as well - after aR, it'd be a pretty boring 
game if he didn't 

As in the original NebuJus, Pogo 
must make his way to the top of the 
slowly rotating tower? and claim them 
back from (be evil Unde Scaiy name. 



Pick a toW*r - any tower 

huh? Once he has achieved this, he has 
to make his way back down again to 
repair all the damage inflicted by chat 
nasty of' Uhc. 

Then he hops into a waiting chop- 
per [settle down at the back] and flies 
off to the next tower, via the obligatory 
bonus level There are eight towers, but 
as you have to go up them, then 


down, it's really more like 16. Now I 
may be being picky, but If you had to 
rescue 16 rowers from a multitude of 
nefarious monsters, wouldn't you 
choose someone a little more, well, 
macho? Apparently noL The blokes in 
charge want Pogo, a small green blot? 
with no arms, Who are we to argue? It 
wouldn’t be Nebulus 2 otherwise would 


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way, to the game. 

For those who are familiar with 
flnt Nebulus, it’s similar to that, 
away and have a quick game 
exptain the concept to whoever ? left 
OK, imagine your standard plai 
game. Now cake the platforms and 
them round a rower. Add some tui 
from one side of Ihe tower to the 
and sprinkle liberally with nasties 
traps, ard that’s basically Nebulus 
can make a model using a tculet roll 
a Cornflakes packet if it makes it 
dearer, but get a responsible 
help. 

Now. the rest of you can stop 
Nebulus and come back. From here 
things are different. This time Pogo 
various power-ups to help him along 
Not really weapons as such, tl 
bonus items are picked up from 
along the way and bless Pogo with 


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essentials as a jet pack which rocke 
him round the tower killing ever 
in his way; magnets to lift him up to < 
tain platforms; the spookily named 
Seeing Eye which allows Fogo to have j 
peek at what ires in store; jumping bo 
which have Air Jordan-style soles to < 
that extra boost, and matter transport 
which can teleport Pogo from one 
to another. 

Also available are keys which, believe 
it or not open locked doors. These icotl 
add a much needed element of strategy 
to the game as they are hard to find and 
often essential to your progress. 

This, is what lifts PagoASofjo abew 
the morass or current platformers 
There’s always a way out of a fix. it jus 
depends cm careful selection and use o 
icons. 

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the ashes of Hews on Software by infer 
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arogress further through the game. 

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quate given the quality of the sound 
effects. The lifts dank and creak, the 
magnets hum and give off metallic 
clangs when they hit a platform and the 
jet pack roans m a sahsfyingly jet pack- 
like way. 

But where Nebulus 2 really scores 
well is in the game play stakes, ft s 
fiendishly difficult, but a password sys- 
tem means that you needn't go through 
all the levels every time you play. 

There's also an option to play only 
the 'up fc lowers, only “down" towers or 
all the towers, which gives you a chance 
to at least try other levels apart from 
level one. However, be warned, before 


you begin playing pop out and buy a 
nice, smart wig! 

Contact with monsters doesn't kill 
you, it just knocks you off your perch 
and sends you down a few platforms, 
just after you spent 15 minutes getting 
there. Aaaargh! But you soldier on P 
swearing blmd that this is definitely your 
last go. This rs the sort of game that 
you'll love and hate 

Not really a game for beginners, but 
veteran platform fans should lap it up. If 
you re looking For a new challenge, 
and don't really mind going prematurely 
bald. Nebuius 2 should fit the bill 
quite nicely. 

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MONSTER 

ECLIPSE ■ £251 


W hat with the recession, 
rising interest rates and 
the price of a pint edging 
ever nearer to two quid, die building 
trade has enough problems on its plate 
without those presented by new Ger- 
man company Eclipse in this game. 

Mr Bob is having problems with hr* 
construction sites - problems that make 
it almost impossible for his guys to do 

any work. 

It afl started when some forest crea- 


tures, known as Mad Meanies, discs 
ered they had a fetish for that be 1 
flesh that hangs out of the back of 
construction worker's ageing Levis. nJ 
started by gating from afar but [nj 
soon became more and more bold. 

Then they realised that they x&M 
had a tugger fetish for the building iccfl 
of the guys with Che bum cleavage m 
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probably a little dubious. 
There is no obvious tie-in with 
the athletics. apart from the season 
itself, nor is there a big name licence. 
On top of that, the Olympics aren't until 
next year. 

Sasacairy there is no obvious reason 
to release an athletics game which offers 
nothing new. If the game was stunning- 
ly playable that would have been no 
problem - sadfy there is nq? even that to 
recommend it. 

Joystick waggling makes up the bulk 
of the 1 Q types of events, except the 
ranger distance runs and the 
steeplechase. Jumping events and the 
javelin make use of what is called the 



Hammer! Hammer! Here roster the hammer 

Angle Sweep, positioned on one side of 
the info panel in the top left of the 
screen. 

This is triggered by hitting the fire 
button, the idea being that if it is hit far 
enough in advance., but not too far, it 
will sweep through the optimum angle 
of 45 degrees a t the moment the jump 
is triggered automatically Meanwhile 
you are Furiously waggling to get maxi- 
mum speed in order to make the great- 
est distance. 

The fact that the jump is triggered 


automatically takes away the one real* > 
tic aspect of the game, and anyone wt~ 
a strong wrist can waggle their way u 
success very quickly. 

The same applies to the throwing 
events but this time the fire button tk ! 
used to catch the athlete as he IS facing 
the right way, and the constantly mpv 
mg Angle Sweep is at the optimum cerv 
tral point. The energy level created b* 
the waggling fs shown at the right erf 
the info panel. This juggling of the three 
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workmen have no tools. You take 
central erf one Beastie Buster known as 
lets* y, the best guy for the job by all 
accounts. But then that is probably 
-3/e to do with him bdng the ortty guy 
fcr the job rather than any particular 
aptitude for his profession. He is 
^ployed to guard each building site at 
Tght and destroy any of the Mad Mea- 
he may come across pn his travels. 


He chooses a rather unusuai method 
m do this - he fills them with com- 


preised helium and watches them float 
up into the s*y, If he gets realty clever 
he can push them off the screen, remov- 
ing any other Meanies they may hit dur- 
ing their bnef flight to oblivion 

Wien the meames are inflated they 
drop ail the tools chat they have stolen. 
Leroy can collect these for a bonus 
when he returns them to Mr Bob, after 
he has finished each site. 

The levels are played against the 
dock, with you losing a life if all the 


Vleanies are not inflated when the sands 
of time run dry. If you feel chat this may 
be ar> impossible task then the game 
can be played by two in a jornt effort to 
reduce considerably the atmosphere's 
helium supply. 

This platform-based game features 
nearly SO levels of Meanie bashing but it 
is not enough tp stop you thinking that 
this game would probably have been 
more suFted to the ZX Spectrum some six 
or seven years ago. Even then the plia- 
bility is just not there What starts olT as 
vaguety diverting soon gets repetitive. 

\ was expecting samethmg far better 
from a company run by a programmer 
who had close involvement wich che 
project. -Must try harder. 

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i good idea but is too easily conquered: 
my third throw of the hammer netted 
nearly 30 metres. 

The running events under 400 
^etres come down to nothing more 
than your basic waggle: the stronger 
wrist and the higher the level of 
stamina, the better you will perform. 
Ml physical strength and stamina are 
what athletics are all about aren't they? 

Above 400 metres it tomes down 
10 tactics. The idea is to use the 
joystick to adjust the level of 
energy expenditure: the more 
energy you use the faster ygu 
will go but the quicker you 
wiH collapse, exhausted. The 
idea is to get a balance (hat 
wiM see you run out of ener- 
gy just as you cross the line in 
first place. Trial and error will soon 
sort this out. 

Finally, we come to the 
steeplechase, and again It is 
too easy. The com 
puter controls 
your running, 
dll you have 
to do is time 
che leap over 


the hurdles. This is triggered by the fire 
button- five minutes practice and you're 
laughing. It's no real chaltenge 

Not alt the events have to be entered 
- you may choose to focus on single 
events for the sake of practice - but 
those with a strong wrist will find that 
after half an hour all the events have 
been successfully mastered. Or you can 
take pan in die full cham- 
pionship and fight 
for the title. Either 
way you'll prob- 
ably regret it. 

You see, not 
only does the 
gameptay fall 
woefully short 
of adequacy, 
but the graphics 
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extreme, and the sound comes down to 
nothing mare than a few oohs and aahs 
at the end of the event - and even these 
have to be loaded individually from disk. 

My advice is that I would be Joathe to 
pay out £7.99 for this on a budget label, 
but paying fuir pnee is well out of the 
question. This has nothing more going 
for it than the novelty of being so poor. 

Jodi 


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part. If, like me, you re net very good you might as well rely on luck 


dw some might consider 
you Pucky, others may con- 
sider you the untuckfest 
person alive. At the moment, as your 
ship careers through deep space, you 
may well side with the former, you will 
soon change your mind 

Delta Space is a mysterious section of 
the Universe, Very little of it has been 
explored. Well, the buses were rather 
irregular so no-one ever quite got 
around to it, 

Those who dkl get to see the place, 
usually because they fell asleep on the 
way home from the put), reported a sys- 
tem o f five planets which were all part 
of the Aalan Empire,, based on the 
largest planet of the system 

Each of the planets is populated fry 
mterlrgent forms of life. None of them 
have heard of Stock, Artken and Water 
man. However, they being militarily 
weak, the fascist planet of Aala found 
no trouble whatsoever in marching in, 
crunchrng the daffodils and nuking ail 
the idds p sweets. 

It seems they also had a strange affin- 
ity far grabbing all the benches fry the 
poo/ before you could get down there 
in the morning. 

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somewhere etse r somewhere more dis- 
tant somewhere far more beautiful No, 
not Stansted Airport, but the Planet 
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uptake, though, the Planet Ea^rdh of S 
?3rd century is more than aware of 1 
imperialistic threats of the overbea 
Aalans. Long-range scanning 
fionnlly long-range, actually - has i 
detecting the military buildup outside i 
che Aalan system for the past few ) 

But the blue eyed boys and girts i 
the Planet earth were more than i 
for the challenge. They had assemble i 
massive force. 

The plan is to liberate and ally 
with the four smaller planets 
of the system, retying 
heavily on the activh 
ties of the resistance 
movements of the 
oppressed planets 
to discreetly place 
extra weapons 
pods afong the 
chosen attack path. 

Once the planers’ 
defences have been 
destroyed, bypassed, con- 
quered and quite unreservedly 
slapped on the wrist by the hum** 
force, the governor of the planet, usu^ 
fy exceptional large, muse be control 
ed and bfasted. 

This must be done for each of the 
four planets. Then they must be 
through again so that the remnants of 
the Aalan sympathising population can 
be wiped out. I think one o# the 
planets may well have been calted 
Dresden. 

Arr well and good, but soon 
after the attack was launched it ai 
went tragically wrong The crafty 
Aafan fleet sneaked up behind the 
human fleet, shouted boo and 
blasted them to kingdom come 
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after losing your third life to be able to 
start agani. This ruins the continuity and 
doerrt do much for your patience. 

This game is a conversion form the 
C64 original, ancf ifrey have managed to 
maintain die standards that made that 
version so pJayabie. If you miss buying 
ifiis you may well be laughed at by small 
driven. 

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of Juck 

You see, you sur- 
iJved, initially, 
by a blinding 
stroke of 
good fuck. 
Then as ypu 
slowly spin 
through deep 
space contemplat- 
ing exactly where 
they did put the toilet on 
your one-man fighter, it occurs 
to you that as the sole survivor you have 
no choice but to single-handedly take 
on the whole Aaian fleet. 

It soon becomes too late to find the 
■oilet as you readise you are the unfuckJ- 
-si man alive, hut you have to live with 
t as you warily fly into the greedy sights 
of the enemy fighters It is entirely up to 
you to save the world, you poor 
ichmuck. 

The more aware of you out there will 
rave twigged that this actually translates 
nto an eight-level shogt-'em-up that 
may well be hailed as ‘Bloody DrfTicult 
1991'. 

The game is very much in the style of 
-'■Type, even down to the weapon that 
■n creases its power the longer you 
depress the fire button. If you felt the 
fire button that Its mother has died the 
gun gets really powerful. 

The gameplay takes it a step further 
sy animating parts of the scenery to 
make some areas of the level more of a 
cuttle-soiving exercise than an index fin- 
ger exercise. These kind of decisions 


have to be made very quickly as the 
screen continually scrolls to (he left. The 
indecisive will soon be lost in a shower 
of sparks . 

The gameplay is extremely fast, deci- 
sions have to be made and reaction can- 
not afford to be slow, and Shis will make 
the game seem nearly impossible for the 
first few goes, But the few things you 
learn at each attempt can be used to 
gradually progress further into the game 

After a while each, session will take 
you a littie bit farther, This style of 
gameplay means the challenge is high 


but the interest and addictiveness 
are maintained as each game reveals a 
littre bit more to tease the player into 
another game. 

The graphics are of a very high quali- 
ty, the ship animates supeiWy. there are 
a wide variety of aliens, and the 
between level screens are up to Psycho- 
sis’ standards. 

Sound effects give a thumping sound- 
track but the effects are very good, if a lit- 
tle below the standard of the other ele- 
ments in Che game. My only reservation is 
that you have to watt wefl over a minute 




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S tand by for one of the best 
football games this season 
Krisalis Software, after scoring 
an own goal with the original Manch- 
ester United, have scored a stunner with 
the sequel, Manchester United Europe 
The game, as is obvious from the 
title. ties in with Manchester United's tri- 
umph in the European Cup Winners 
Cup. What would Krisalis have done rf 
United had been soundly thrashed by 
Barcelona in the finaf? Maybe "Tranmere 
Raver*. The Play-off Edition! To *ay the 
least, its a big improvement on the orig- 
inal, wrth better graphics, sound and 
playability. 

As Manchester United you can 


Manchester UnJted'i kaky 
detent# prepar for mother 
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Bryan Robson arts totally 
out of character 


controlling the outfielders for each 1 
and the other two controlling 
goalies. 

Other icons include those for 
at United's and your opponent s 
tics and watching the results ar ■; 1 
tures of the European compete 
laughing as Wrexham go our in th? I 
round. 

The in-game animations are :j 
impressive, such as the goarkeej 
punching out the ball and the- wa 
finger of the referee as your playe* 
booked or sent off, 

Amiga users with a l meg madu 
are treated to the graphical defigh : - 1 1 
substitute. Before coming on the fiafl i 


Here we go... Here we go... Here we go... or do we? 

MANCHESTER UNITE 

KRISALIS ■ £25.99 ■ 1/2meg ■ Joystick * Out now 


choose to play in either the European 
Cup, the Cup Winners Cup or the UEFA 
Cup, and if you are lucky enough or 
good enough to win one of these cups, 
you are entered in the World Club 
Championships 

The control method in the game has 
been altered and improved. You can 
now head, batched chip and volley Che 
ball, as well as using aFtertouch to curl 
and swerve it to perfection. All throw- ins, 
free kicks and comer kicks ane now con- 
trolled by a large yellow cursor which 


you position on the field, then simply 
press fire to throw or kick the hair. 

Jn between playing important cup 
matches you can choose to play friendly 
marches against great teams like Red 
Star Belgrade, Bayern Munich, Liverpool, 
Cert ic. and several others from Albania, 
Norway and other smaller countries. 

Krisalis have even managed to repro- 
duce the other teams' club badges but 
not the players' names, so you get Mark 
Hughes and Lee 5harpe playing against 
the likes of A Pratt [Honestlf and other 


such made up names. But can you 
name Dinamo Bucharest's first team 
squad? No, neither could Krisalis. 

On the main menu, which sports 
quite a funky tune, the other icons are 
found. These enable you to save the 
game and change the length of a 
match r or the manager's name. You can 
also alter the number of players from 
one up to four, although you can only 
have three or four players if you have 
the special four plays' adaptor, in a four 
player game you could have two people 


play he can be seen doing his wamv^ 
exercises, running up and down 1 
touchline, taking off his tracksuit 1 
exchanging positions with the piajl 
coming off, 

One of the best animations is 
when you finally get to put the ball - 
the back of the net and the deiignJ 
goalscorer runs down the pitch m 
slides on his knees, caking Che appiawfl 
and cheers from the team's adoring fan 
while the rest of the team do til 
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S o, here we arc, crouching 
behind a noveJiy waste bin 
fin the shape of a rather dilap- 
idated panda I in the Electronic Zoo 
We'd better have a peep at the new 
exhibits before the zookeeper catches 


Fi-rst. a quick ride on the krddies tram 
ride around “Unconvincing Plastic 
Drnosaur World". Aha* What have we 
here 7 There's defmitely something lurk- 


ing in the dark recesses of that smelly 
hut, It's probably something highly dan- 
gerous. 

According to the little perspex plaque 
h ringing Popsidedly from the chicken 
wire it's Carcfiaxx fshaatemuppus 
horizontally], more in the mould of 
Defender than the rest oF the current 
batch of shoot- em-ups that seem to 
favour fi-Type as a major influence 

Due for release in September, it looks 


like it's going to bk/w away every oth 
shoot- 'em -up around, purely on th 
strength of the playability. But being tr 
intrepid reporter I am, I venture into th 
lair gf the beasi. A quick leap over F 
fence and we're away, having a gc : 
the demo version. 

Ber-Mmeyf I should have read if 
warning sign. “This game n high 
addictive, do not pray WJthout at least 
couple of days to spare." I'd better ha. 
another look at that plaque. 

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out and getting injured and being trans- 
‘erred to some out of the way Italian 
football club, but punching both their 
arms into the air with delight, bringing 
&adt memo rues of the last World cup. 

Manchester United is a great football 
game with high-quality graphics and 
good sound. The only minor complaints 
are that sometimes your pfayers tend to 
slow down, and the computer difficulty 
level r$ set quite high, But apart from 
that it's really rather good. 

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daesn t beat Kick OFF. 

Although Manchester Unrted But ope 
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the gap between Kick Off and other 
footbal games, ii was always going to 
be the underdog. 

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well as it looks then it should be one of 
those exhibits that everyone crowds 
around af feeding time, 

Son of Zeus was discovered by Brian 
van der Peer and Mick Tinker of Aeon 
Design, cowering m a Danner Kebab. 
They took it home, nurtured it, sang 
warm tender songs about flowers and 
rabbits to it and helped it grow up big 
and strong just like an arcade adventure 
should be. Keep your eyes peeled for it 
when it escapes m the autumn, as it can 
be tempted into your home for a mere 
£25.99 - or a saucer of bread and milk,. 

Phew! How about a change of pace 
after atl those violent games about 
killing, death and general nastiness? 
Ves? Thankfully the next new exhibit rs a 
bit more sedate and tan be found 
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ished it will comprise live levels of gut 
busting action, and the programmers 
plan to slrp in a few IrttFe extras to make 
the gamep4ay that bit better. One thing 
they have in mind is to make rt possible 
to collide with the scenery at the bottom 
and the top, but not to make it fatal 

The ship wifi be able to take a few 
hits before eating vapour, and in certain 
sections some expert flying will be 
required to avoid bouncing your way 
down a very thin corridor 

Of course, this version is a mere cub 
of a game, but if it manages to retain its 
playability into maturity it could be well 
wrath your while liberating a copy from 
your local software emporium in 
September. 

Moving right along we discover 
another new addition, in a cage next to 


the monkeys with Dig red bottoms. Stop 
giggling at the monkey? and pay acton 
tion. This is much more interesting. 

What we have here is Son or Zeus 
(fioleplayerus Adventurism i], This rare 
Greek tost is rumoured to sport over 


Never, ever get tft th* way rf tte 
Cyclops Fermi ne rambling group 


Big, recognisable sprite! make Son of Zrili 4 treat for the eytl 


40 animated monsters from legend 
including FoJythcmus. The Cyclops, and 
a giant octopus, each of which features 
its own digitised sound effects to add to 
the atmosphere 

(Adopts Davrd Attenborough, 
hushed, out of breath tow | The Son of 
Zeus has only one purpose in ftfe - to 
retrieve the 12 parts of a shattered stone 
and free the gods who are imprisoned 
in Olympus. This is achieved by moving 
through a 3D world and interacting 
with the people of ihe various cities to 
obtain inlor mation and weapons. 

Weapons? Yes. weapons, for Son of 
Zeus is a dab hand with alt manner of 
implements including bow ancf arrows, 
swords and dubs. Visually it's a stunning 
wee beasty Just look at the detail and 
colour of its plumage If it moves half as 


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Grabble t*» grtbnrti c ante flip tales putting 
a brick through the King i greenhouse 


while he waits far his key to grow h- 
must keep the garden tuckpng over cm 
else the King Gnome gets all uppity arc 
pulls grumpy faces and has Grabble 
Burgers fqr red. 

Unfortunately for our Grab this is nc 
ordinary garden, Nay, 'tis The Magic 
Garden and sa magrc things happen 
with distressing regularity. I f the plants 
get thirsty they get up and wall? off, if 
the pond dries up the fish bounce away 
as fish do, and of course there s the 
comma n everyday gardening hazards 
such as underground monsters who 
steal all the food, and gangs erf Gnome 
skinheads who make a mess of the gar- 
den. just like they did to the one on 
Blue Peter. 

All is not gloom and doom though 
because Grabble i^ blessed with a shed 
full of tools, a mag*c coat to carry 


Flower power returns in Tht Garden 


Under Stones house Its name: The 
Magic Garden [Stranger us Gamerri 

The Magic Garden looks to be a brt of 
a new concept in games After wiping 
the melted choc ice off the plaque we 
reveal a little of this curious creature's 
history. 

A long time ago, at about the same 
time that ' Alio Alio' was still funny. 
Grabble the gnome was banished from 


his home for improvising the thrash 
metal remix of Careless Whisper' at a 
local karaoke night. 

As a penance for this heinous crime 
he was made to lend the King Gnome s 
garden. He's been there ever Since. The 
only way for him to return to his idyllic 
life is to grow the key to the garden 
gate on his key tree - quite an obvious 
solution really - but that takes trme and 


I f you come down to fundament 
tali, then the major developments 
of the human race, technological- 
ly and socially, can be put down to a 
handful of men and women who made 
the major breakthroughs, foNowed by a 
few more people who capitated on 
their predecessors' success. 

Take, for example, the loin-clothed 
chappie who invented the wheel, rmag- 
rne if he had died or been kidnapped 
the night before finally flashing his 
secretrve chiselling at the back of his 
cave. The wheel may never have been 
invented. 

It is possible that someone else may 
have come up with the idea but it rs 


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more likely that his mates would have 
been sitting around a campfire to this 
day wondering what that hrrllrant idea 
of Arthur's was, having no idea hut 
being utterly convinced it would come 
back to them if they didn't think about 
tt and talked about something else 
entirely. To thu day the rofler-skate may 
never have arrived. 

What about the guy who discoverd 


the power of steam in ancient Gr»: 
Now if he had mysteriously drSJ 
peared, not only would we nor hi 
been able to travel from Stockton to C 
lington m 1B25 but no one w 
have invented that nice little whisi 
thing that lets you know when the k 
boils 

Now, you may well be wonder- 
what the Sam Hill this has to do wit? 
computer game. Well, the horrendal 
scenarios that I described, the disappn 
ance of eminent figures in gur history 9 
the idea behind Zone Warrior. 

The Earth of the thrrbeth century ** 
been under threat for years from a r^u 
of aliens known affectionately as sm 
Geeks, So far they have managed a 
hold the Geeks off but now that ma> :# 
extremely difficult. The Geeks have cap- 
tured one of iwo prototype timd 
machines that the Earth's scientists haw 
been developing. 

The Geeks plan to travel to key porm 
in the development of mankrnd 
destroy the pioneers of (hat time zcmel 
like the chap who invented the whesvl 
and like the chap who discovers 
steam 

ifou have been chosen to travel *1 
the remaining time machine and destrey 
the Geeks before they manage to dis^H 
vent the wheel, and vety probabfy disiH 
vent your existence as an indirect sic*] 
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objects ?nd a dragonfly who helps him 
zip around in record time, Perhaps an 
AK-47 asssauft rifle and some napalm 
would have made it a little easier, but 
Tine -Magic Garden is sfnaiy n ambient 
So dragonflies tt fe 

The Magic Garden features some 
nifty graphics and gameplay nor dissimi- 
lar to that sooafled classic 8Tnt game of 
yesteryear, Pedro - except The Magic 
Garden is much better. For those who * 
want a different kind of challenge and 
are tired of the mental strain of blowing 
the pgap our of yet another alien inva- 
sion force, it could well be worth a look 
when it's unveiled in micf-OctobeJ for a 
trifling £25.99 

The final under-wraps project is 
tucked away behind the Is Ft Dead Or baddHf. It's nice to see that Under Pres- disable due to its 12 funky tunes which 

Just Steeping? giant tortoise enclosure sure doesn't take itself too seriously, and punish your speakers as you pl-*_y 

Even as we approach its cage we hear this is mirrored in its graphics. Our hero The captors of this beast are Ffdnich 
the subtle sounds of hardcore fun* beat- starts off as a rather groovy young fel- (alias Matt MtCubbin and Steve Wether 
mg Dn out eardrums. So much for the lew. complete with shell suit, baseball ill) and they hope to have vast numbers 

quiet games. Another look at one of cap and phenomena^ huge trainers. of them tamed and taught to jump 

those oh so helpful praques cells us that However, no matter how hip Troop through hoops by early autumn Catch 

we are about to enter the Under Pres- tracksuits are, they aren’t reknowned tor them on display m the shops then, for 
sure enclosure their bullet-proof properties SO its £25- W. 

Under Pressure (Scrqflerus Arcadera- advised to pick up some Chunky robot* So than s the upcoming attractions at 

mil is. as you may have guessed, a body armour along the way it s less the Electronic Zoo. One shoot, em-up. 

return to those noble moral codes of trendy and hard to dance in. but a tot one role-playing game, one arcadey 

computer gaming: kill everything that safer if you're thinking of taking on The scroller and, er. a game about 

moves, and then kill it some more until very mean and nasty baddie' and his Not a bad little bunch in anyone s book. 

It's had enough. entourage. Of they'd probaby be happier 

Why though? Why must we once Plenty of colour and big, bouncy m the wifd, but then we woufdn t get 

more commit genocide on the inevitable sprites distinguish this animal from oth- our sweaty hands on them would we? 

alien hordes? Surprise, surprise! Your ers of its ilk and put it hrmfy in the same Now alf I have to do is sneak out of here 

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history for Earth, hoping the outcome 
will be that by 2967 civilization has 
ceased to exist, or at feast to be civiJ. 
Hell, it stopped doing that in the 20th 
cenrmy! 

Enough of the politics - what the hell 
does this game do? Well, it's a platform 
game in which you contra! a character 
that has been described around the 
office as Turman on steroids, but I don't 
believe it's anywhere near that goad 1 
The main character's great and 'well 
'ard" but the gameptay is a bit short on 
action. 

The main body involves leaping from 
platform to platform, ducking and avoid- 
ing assorted immovable objects that 
hurt, like spikes Dr venus flytraps, and 
trying to shoot the Oeefcs that have oh- 
so-cunmngly disguised themsleves to 
match their surroundings, 

This brt is dead easy - the more diffi- 
cult bit is wandering around the maze- 
like levels and trying to find all the 
hostages, and the keys so that you can 
progress to the next level. 

it's fine while you are doing it but 
when you lose your third life at the end 
of one of the levels it becomes a real 
chare, not a challenge, to carry on and 
do the whole level again. 

If you can overcome this though, or 
play in short bursts, it can be ok, if you 
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Man Utd Europe and the 
re-release of TV Sports 
have come in like the 
bullet from nowhere into 
two ;pots. The shock or 
meteoric rise sent former 
one F I 5 II from Mkroprc • t 
meting with only one 
burning down to the v* 
number 13. Can the fataf 
arrested in time! 

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one place to number three 
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TV Sports Football 
Full Contact 
Fantasy World Dizzy 
Monkey Island 
PGA Tour Golf 
Eye of the Beholder 
Xenon 2 

Lombard RAC Rally 
North and South 
Pro Boxing 
Little Puff 
FI 5 Strike Eagle II 
Ninja Rabbits 
Rainbow Collection 
Treasure Island Dizzy 
Defender of the Crown 
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Code Masters 
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Wings of Fury 
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shuffling but there art no real 
apprises. 

Further down the chart Kick Off 
winning Tactics hangs in there at 
■-sober 40, Lemmings enjoys con- 
*mreif success, swelling the Fry}- 
*oiis coffers at number £0 
The worrying thing is that the 
top 40 features only 1 4 fail price 
Tames* This may look up however 
the market goes into overdrive 
for Christmas and all the decent 
full price titles start appearing 
Vom the woodwork. Let s hope so 
because the first sign of a market 
n trouble is the proliferation of 
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the trend and, just to make me look Ike I 
a pillock, have turned The Simpsons into j 
a cracking tittle game with enough char 
acter to make it stand on its own. 

The game has a truly incredible ani- 
mated opening, In it, Bart sees a UFO 
land in his garden through his X-Ray 
specs and sets off to stop the Space 
Mutants from taking over Springfield 
Throughout this clever opening scene 
rhe graphics are crisp and smoothly ani' 
mated and the sampled speech is as 
dear as a bell. 

Things don't go downhill from there 
either. The gameplay is fast and furious 
From the very start the player is present- 
ed with puzzles and aliens to solve and 
to avoid. 

The view is side-on although the 
comprehensive moves available allow a 
significant amount of interaction with 
the backgrounds. 

The game also scores well in that it 
gives the user a number of different 
ways to fulfill the main objective 
Bart must prevent the 
aliens from col- 

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painting or cover- 
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t had to happen. Move over Tur- 
tles, Bart's here. Ocean have 
convert 


| snapped up the licence to 
the Simpsons game that appeared first 
on the Nintendo Entertainment System 
(as opposed to the coin-op). 

Being the cyme I am, I presumed that 
Ocean would simply re-do RoboCop 
with different graphics. After all, that's 
dose to what they did with Batman, 
Total Recall, Navy Seals and pretly much 
every be-in since time began. 

But the cunning devils have broken 


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as hats, balloons, exit signs and nuclear 
power rods, all of which must be 
removed, hidden or collected 

The different ways to get these 
objects are never too obvious and some 
are fiendishly difficult, although he can 
make use of helpful stems such as spray 
paint, rockets and catapults which he 
can buy with the coins that have been 
collected along the way. 

Atso available to help are the rest of 
the Simpsons. They can oniy be sum- 
moned by collecting enough proof of 
the afieids' existence to convince them to 
join the fray. 

The action is non-stop and there are 
plenty of jokes along the way - for 
example, you can get Bart to ring Woe s 
Tavern and ask for Stu Piddidot or Al 
Coholic. The chalienge that the game 
presents is quite considerable. 

This is not a game that can be beaten 
easily. It should take even the most 
hardened joystick junky a fair while to 
get to the end of level one, never mind 
level fivel 

The graphics are beautifully drawn 
ancf the characters really do justice to 
the original cartoon, both in style and 
movement. The screen explodes with 
colour every inch of the way. looking for 
all the world like an episode of the 
'toon, 

Bart in parttcuiar is very wetl animat- 
ed. Fans wtli be pleased to hear thaL his 
Lego person looks are faithfully convert- 
ed to Amigawsion. 

Although the majority of baddies are 
simple bouncing space invaders, the 
programmers have remained faithful to 


Acclaim's original and have managed to 
squeeze m various characters from the 
cartoon including Nelson the burly, Mar- 
vin Monroe the mad doctor, Ms Botz die 
babysitter bandit and, as they say, many 
more. 

The sound isn't bad - the tune is 
catchy but nothing more than a basic 
rendition of the series theme tune. At 
least it's nOL that Bartman record! The 
sound effects aren't grouncf breaking, 
either, but in the thick of the action 
sound becomes secondary 

The game is certainly a joy to play 
and the programmers have generously 
given you three lives, although each life 
is capabre of takrng two hits. So that's 
really nearer six lives isn't it? Believe me, 
you'll need them. 

The game is cleverly written so as to 


Some of you out there may well be 
aware that the character that is tak- 
ing the world by storm, via BSkyB 
in Europe, started life with his fami- 
ly on The Tracy unman Show in 
America about four yean ago. 

Bart and hii f Amity were such a 
success that they eventually got 
therr own series. The rest of the 
marketing and T-shirt buying is Ns- 
, tory. 

The only problem now is that 
Tracy UMman is suing Fox TeFevh 
sion Tor $30 million - what she caffs 
"her share of the profits", J get the 
feeling that Fox Television won t 
pay up without a fight. This one 
could run and run. 


flan takes up the hlghwlre to dodge the aliens 


let you glimpse a new and tantalising 
section each time you play. The first time 
you play you probably won't do very 
much. The nest time around you get the 
hang of dodging the aliens and maybe 
even getting some of the objects from 
them. 

Carry on and you learn how to enter 
buildings to buy things. Then you reach 
the skateboard section and so it goes on. 

Just when you think you're about to 
eat your power pack in desperation 
[don't try this at hom) you suddenly fig- 
ure out how to get mat efusive object or 
dodge that pesky alien and off you go 
again for the umpteenth tune. This 
game courd weN cause many sleepless 
nights. 

This review is becoming a bit like an 
advert for Ocean so HI have to find 
something to moan about. Well, it is 
anrwying that the whole game e totally 
joystick controlled 

Apparently, if you push up and Ml 
you run fester, but more often than not 
you H just jump diagonally and land on 
an alien 

The inventory is also quite hard to 
control and often results in unwanted 
selection of objects when you really 
wanted to move Ban down on his skate- 
board. But that's about it as far as 
moans go. 

So it’s official. The Sampsons is brill. It 
could have been a real cock up - look at 
the Turtles game - but Ocean have 


managed to duplicate the camfenatjon 
of laughs and gamepfay that made 
Acclaim's original what it was. Who 
cares if J can't get off level one? I'm an 
underachiever and proud of it! 

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Detailed *nd sciopfu I sprites 
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■I his game a billed as 'So cute 
it'll make you pyke." Hardly 
one of die most enticing or 
attractive pieces of copywriting fve ever 
encountered, in fact. I thin* "Milwaukee, 
home of the serial killer' is a fat more 
inviting, erm, invitation. 

So what is this Rodiand platform 
game gubbms all about? Well, it all 
starts in the fairy village - don't they all? 

- 'where something is definitely op^The 
formerly chummy, pally, dag- 
foody inhabitants of the village 
have been possessed by an evil 
force that was only previously 
kept in check by the presence of : 
Mom. 

The sad thing is that our Mom 
has been kidnapped by the nasty 
chap who started butting this evil 1 
force around in the first place This, 
of course, means that none of the wee 
little furry things that ran around, shall 
we say, er, fouling, your garden can 
now resist this force. 

They soon become furry freaks that 
run around angrily messing in your gar- 
den as well as trying to kill you. And 
white all this is going on, poor Mom is 



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over the head in an extremely violent 
but insufferably cute manner. 

These creatures take many forms 
from long eared rabbits to poly- 
morphs that lay out a very long 
tongue in an effort to catch you, 
not to mention the boomerang 
throwing starfish, or the sharks r 
that try to elicit sympathy by cry- . I- 
ing before you give them the 
final blow of the three that ait J 
creatures must take. L 

This is slightly misleading, in 
fact because you don't hit them but 
use your rod to pick them 
up and swing them 
HH back and forth over 
i your head banging them 
& jKr ' ' | against the ground unti' 
they disappear. If you're 
lucky they will turn into a 
jl k bonus pick up - see details 
\ at top rig hr of this screen, 

The pick-ups can range 
from bonus points to Hying 
bombs and sticks of dynamite, all 
of which can be used to destroy 
the creatures for even more 
points. Strangely enough. Tam and 
Rit also have a remarkable talent for 
ladders from thin air. I 


Diced carrots time folks 


STORM 


locked up at the top of the Matoooft 
Tffwer r £dreamif*g and wailing tar help. 

Of course, anyone oalied Mom really 
ought to have som>e sprogs. She does: 
two as it happens, ^ 

Tam and Rit are 
understandably ^ ' 

miffed at therr Wlom K I 0. 
being kidnapped, V 

Thexe is only one v V /*4 
solution; they dash off to f~/ t 
the Eider to grab his 
Rambow shoes and arm | ~ 
themselves with the VP afc-i 
Rods of Sheesanomo, a 
gift from their magically inclined father. 
Now they are fully equipped to go 
around and w&p all the angry furries 


summoning 
Quite what relevance this magical 
ability would have in everyday fife 
I'm not sure, it's nearly as useful as a 
camel that can swim, but in a plat- 
form game the benefits are marvef- 


Pnor Tint buy* the farm, cops the Mg one, 
pushes up dalsJes, cream, shuffles off this 
mortal eoil, pass#! away, kkhs ihe bucket, 
pops out cashes In his chips, mm, dies 


At wiir, Tam and Pit can sum* I 
mon a ladder to give them access ■ 
to areas of a platform that may be J 
blocked by the possessed crea-B 
tures, Or, should the level allow I 
it, they can take a ride on some J 
of the balloons that float up ^B 
from the bottom of the 
screen from time to time. Jr 
The malicious among you 
will take great pleasure m 


Squirrels, 
mutated P£ 
bagt amf a few 
pansies try to 
cufivinee Tam 
and Iflt EJf their 
intently 


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Tlie crystal li one of the 
beri, pkK It up ancf Jt jpfwi 
out a shower of smaller 
ciyitali which destroy 
Jnything they touch 


Tills bomb sends a 
plume of white right 
In either direction, 
wiping out everything 
on your level 


The speed icon 
makes you Juit 
that little bit 
quicker 


Pick this up and it will 
send tour colourful bails 
whining around the 
ICfttfl killing anything 
they touch 


waste f | 

them 

because anything they 
destroy gives a bonus 


The muffler with a ribbon in 
its hair it a polymorph who 
wanders aimlessly, while Hit 
flu a rabbit trapped in the 
influence held of her rod 


"Riding the balloons to oblivion 
baby. I Just can t stop." Furry 
I Freak city hits the Amiga 

bursting your companion's balloon in 
a two-player game. 

Every level u Ml of pretty flowers 
that, wnen collected, give a 
small bonus, if you collect rap 
them afj before you kill ail the 
creatures you are zapped into 
a bonus game where every crea- 
tyre reft is turned into a radish 
that runs around in the usual 
aggressive manner, Every radish that 
gets bashed relinquishes a Tittle ball that 
cycles through the letters of the word 
EXTRA - colrect ail the Fetters and you 
will receive a massive bonus. 

This bonus is most useful In twoplay- 
er games where one player takes the 
role of Tam and the uther Rft. Between 
fighting for the bonuses and correcting 
as many Rowers as you can r teamwork 
goes out of the window as the pitched 
battle for points rages onscreen. 

One-player though is nearly as much 
fun as you dodge, chmb and ^mr 
your way around the lumbering pota- 
to sacks, pathetic sharks and the 
I radishes. Not on ! y do you have 
L day-tcnJay style creatures after every 
I live ievefs or so you face a realty big 
lanimar [hat can be a mutant taulf 
huge sperm whale (schoolboy 
L humour aiertlf.. or dangerously 
H ter 9 e crab, What fun « id 

Thu conversion of the Jaieto 
m cod nop is better man the ongj- 
Jj ml which suffered fr&m being 


The fftarigely dtlecTablc I 
Mom i jngifU her in Jail 

an average copy, gameplay- t 
wise, of Bubble Bobble. BuC 
this version adds to the JLA 
■_ gameplay and intro- JHH 
Ha duces some nice 
r/y 9 fa P^ lc tauctei- 

Kf These appear when r^r ‘ 
|T time is beginning to run 
V out on the level: just before where 
the creatures turn into blue meanies 
and chase around madly, they find a 
piece of food and eat it. It is this that 
turns them into the aforementioned 
Lennon/McCartney creations. 

For example, the rabbit 
will find a carrot, the fjSjP ] 
monkey a banana and so duT 
on It all adds to the fun r ^ 
and the rest of the graphics match the 


colourful, though admittedly sim- 
— " pie, screens from the coin-op. 

L Sound is unashamedly stereo- 
I phonic, collapse on one side of the 
L screen and the sound will come 
l tram the corresponding speaker. 

The playability is pretty good too. 
It’s not eoo easy to begin with but 
the 40 odd levels should ensure that you 
get your money's worth., especially if you 
get the chance to play it with a friend. 

The only down point is that the 
gameplay might be considered by some 
to be a tiny weeny bit repetitive, but 
with the humour, the speed and the 
mixture of different creatures you soon 
forget that all you are really doing is 
building ladders. 

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NINJA 


SYSTEM 


£25.99 ■ 1/2 meg ■ Joystick/Keyboard ■ Out now 


T he third instalment in this 
long-standing epic is about to 
be unleashed on the games 
buying public. Our hero is set to return 
to Tibet to face his arch enemy, the 
high pnest who turned evil and made 
life a tad difficult for die biendty neigh- 
bourhood ninja. 

Well, actually this is sort of the fourth 
instalment but only the third that Sys- 
tem 3 are happy to endorse. When 
they were with Activision they tld ^ st 
Ninja 1 , and very successful it was too. 
but half-way through last Ninja 2 they 
spirt from Activision, and signed the 
unfinished tide over to them for Activi- 
sion's in+iouse team to finish, 

The game was then released and 
was acclaimed by all and sundry - the 
world, hrs wife and some of his more 
astute relatives - as being a bit of a 
dog. Now, System 3 were understand- 
ably a bit miffed about this, especially 
as their logo was plastered all over the 
packaging in a rather obtrusive man- 
ner. 

So to redress the imbalance they got 
on with doing last Ninja Remix, or This 
Is How Last Ninja 2 Should Have Been 
And we've Got Our Names As Develop- 
ers To Think About, This version 
received the now standard rave reviews 
and everyone was happy 
Then having 


recovered in a typically bullish manner, 
System 3 set about work on the third 
and final instalment in the senes, imagi- 
natively entitled Last Ninja 3. 

Back to the itory- 

Like every good ninja, our hero has 
finally come to that ultimate battle. He 
has reached the pinnacle of his physical 
and spiritual condition, he is at one 
with himself and everything around 
him, peace flows like nectar through his 
body, nothing can disrupt his state of 

After meditating for what could have 
been an eternity but was more likely to 
have been during the ads in Corona* 
ton Street; he has become aware of the 
task that lies before him. The evil aura 
that emanates from the Tibetan 
monastery where his nemesis awaits 
has reached him. and he knows that he 
is the only man on the planet who can 
even begin to think about taking this 
guy on 

Do&s this make him the stupidest 
man on the planet? Entirely possible - it 
also make him one big chuffing hero 
for the world, but no one will ever 
know of his epic struggle. Well, apart 
from you 

The monastery is divided into five 
levels of consciousness where, follow- 
ing the impressive opening anima- 


2* 


The lip-diwwliwj judfl* loom uninpi«tBl 


boy sneaking over the wall, our hero 
must fight through hordes of soldiers 
and solve numerous puzzles before com- 
ing face to face with his arch Toe, a 
derm-god slightly smaller than the 
Sphinx. 

The five levels represent the four ele- 
ments of earth, wind, fire and water, 
the fifth being vend: a non-element that 
gives us the chance to see Ninja in 
space, sort of. 

Each level, while graduated accord - 
jin;,, iitir nf foes. oresents the 


player with different puzzles that mual 
be solved if the level is to be completed I 
These puz2les generally involve finding ■ j 
scroll that gives the key to the next level I 
and it may well be clearly visible but its 
never easily accessible. 

for example, the first level puts tW 
Stroll over a hole in a ledge. It s impaBH 
bie to get to. but above the hole on 
another ledge is a rock. 

The idea is to collect the items you 
need to make the rock fall - not too difii- 
cult, but a bit of deduction Is required to 











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suss out exactly what is required The 
lighting logrc has been improved as 
well; Last Ninja Remix suffered slightly 
because the right controls were very 
complex, especially if you wanted to 
make your character turn around. 

These new controfs are extremely 
straightforward: you just push your joy- 
stick the way you want to face in the 
time-honoured tradition. 

Thus, together with the bigger sprite. 


makes the fighting altogether more 
playabte. 

Fighting a bigger opponent gives 
you the chance to build up your Bushi- 
do Power This is represented by a efface 
on at the bortom the screen; when it rs 
completely green you are at your maw- 
mum, making it easier to fight. The 
problem is that rf you avoid tights or just 
blast away wrth the oW shunkens, your 
Bushido is going id gc<*v about a$ fast 


fnd«en! expesurt was rife in 10th century Trbet 


as a cactus You have to fight a Jot but 
you also need to become familiar with 
weapons so that if you come across a 
nunchuka-wielding nasty you can fight 
him with your nunchukas and increase 
your Bushido From the experience. 

But why worry? Well, the thing is, rf 
your Bushido is not high enough ft will 
be nearly impossible to defeat the end- 
□f-feveJ guardian, and all this puzzie solv- 
ing and scrolF finding would be in vain. 

The game keeps the same 3D isomet- 
ric viewpoint as in previous incarnations, 
and the sprite location has been 
improved so that the number of pirian 
or trees that the characters can walk, 
fight and pee behind has been 
increased, with no drop in quality. 

Another big improvement is in the 
sprite detection. Previously, when you 
felt the need to pick something up you 
had to be in a prxef-perfect position, but 
now as long as it can be seen as avail- 
able to pick up, merely bending down 
will be enough to grab ft. 

Graphically it looks pretty dick but it 
couldn't be called ground-breaking, 
apart from the apparent depth in the 
scenery. The gameplay is of a high stan- 
dard; the puzzles are not as easy as you 
might imagine, but are of the kind that 
seem blindingly obvious once they ve 
been solved 

Among thti 0 the fighting of droves 
and droves, of mamal arts 


experts who are more than willing to 
bend your knee backwards and call you 
Susan, 

Sound is nothing special and you 
may find that the tune will soon annoy 
anyone in the area who rsn'r playing, 
but some bone-crunching contact 
effects go some way to make tip for it. 

But this game rs more about game- 
pfay than mind-blowing graphics, and 
these are more than adequate. It has 
action and bfdirhteasmg by the bucket- 
load. Wefl worth a took, 

loafs 


WKmrting depth effects, but 
anrbwrli^rEHinds. 


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Amiga Computing October 1991 




TUc iwiefi of a 

omewhere at the top of the 

Universe is a large glass orb it 

_ used to be a six million watt 
light buib but it popped about 30 years 
ago and no one could find a ladder big 
enough to change it. 

inside this glass orb floats a planet - 
a watery globe with no more land than 
28 small islands. 

This planet is in the first stages oF 
humanoid evolution, and four god-fike 
deity types are looking to expand into a 
new market-place from where they can 
build a monopoly. 

They ail happen across this planet at 
exactly the same time and they decide 
to take contra! oF 1 00 men and fight for 
control oF each of the islands one by 
one. 

You can choose to play any one of 
the Four gods and this allows the game 
to bring in (bur difficulty levels, the low- 
est meaning you collect a few rocks 
and chuck them about until the other 
side dies, the highest meaning you 
hang around a bit, invent something 
slightly more advanced and chuck that 
about until the other side dies. 

this victory will see you becoming 
the mam man of the island, but you 
then have to go on and try to win the 
battles for the other two because only 
by winning all three can you become 
the head honcha of the Epoch. 

The Epoch is what divides flie evolu- 


tion of the planet into nine separate lev- 
els. So just how do you go about win- 
ning an island? 

Well, each Epoch gives you an allo- 
cation of 100 men, which you must 
divide in a wide and sagacious manner 
between the islands. Once the number 
of men has been allocated, you must 
place your first fort in one of the square 
shaped sectors of the island. 

The order in which you and your 
opponents plate your fort is deter- 
mined randomly Fortunately, while 
you fight For Every island, not every 
god does. The size of the island will 
determine how many of the three 
opponents fight you fdc it. 

Once you have plated your fort its 
time to get down to tne serious busi- 
ness of evolution In the first Epoch you 
start at the very basic caveman Tech 
Level circa 9000BC rtom there you 
have some serious decisions to make. 

Fiom the allocation of men to this 
particular island - usually just over 30 - 
you have little For them to do in 
900OBC except design weapons. The 
more advanced the weapon you set 
them to design the longer It will take 
before the design is ready but the mare 
likely you are to advance quickly to the 
next Tech Level. 

Once the weapon is designed you 
can find out how many your resources, 
will allow you to build in 90OQBC you 


head! on tilt right iW 
your opponent! 


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cart mine on tills, 
the third Tech Level 


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can build as many rocks to chuck 
around as you like, but as you progress 
men will have to be allocated to the 
mining oF various materials so that your 
designs can be built in sufficient quanti- 
ties to make a strong army. 

when you allocate men to the army 
you can make a choice oF how many 
bowmen, how many unarmed men, 
how many men with spears etc, but 
only iFyou have the resources. 

the army is really your most impor- 
tant asset. Witnout a strong army you 
cannot attack with any confidence or 
chance of success, and the game will 
soon be over. 

However, it may well be wise not to 
send your army out too early, because 
men in- the field can't breed 
and swell the population 
inside your Fort You could 
send out 25 men very earfy 
in the game but then you 
could wait around and 
send out 125. 

Once you have mobilised 
[he army, with whatever ratio 
oF weapons and men, you 
then decide which sector oF 
the island to move them 
into. They can only move 
into a sector adjacent to 
themselves or one adjacent 
to a friendly sector. 

If an enemy army is there 
they will attack it and the comput- 
er controlled battle continues 
until one of the armies 

retreats or gets wiped out if 


the army moves into an empty 
and is left to hang around long 
it will build a new fort, which can 
raise its own army, design its 
weapons and live independently of 
other fort or forts, 

On an island where you fight two 
more gods you can offer to ally 
one of them to destroy the others, 
means your army has less to worry 
about and can move about more free** 1 
as any sectors that belong to an alfy are 
classed as friendly sectors. 

Once the other two have had the* 
bottoms kicked you can concentrate on 
the remaining opponent, your previous 
ally, and focus your energies on the one 


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tfM tactical ponUons of you and your foes 

disappear - there is no degeneration o# 
construction. 

Ft is additive, highly engrossing, 
looks great and sounds fantastic. Not 
only that; it is so simple to play a crab 
could do it. Let’s face it, some god- 
games are an acquired taste but your 
dog won t even tali? to you rf you don’t 
buy this. 


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goal of wiping the floor with this guy 
fuJFibfe enough to ally with you. The 
lighting remains the most important part 
Inf the game at ail times, but as you 
through the Epochs and your 
Level grows in leaps and bounds. 


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other pressures come into the game- 
play. You have to look at the allocation 
of men to desrgning weapons, to min- 
ing resources, to building installations, 
to guarding the forts and the controJ of 
the army. Fortunately the very sim- 
ple to use 
point-and- 
click system 
makes all 
this jumping 
around and 
number jug- 
gling extremely 
easy and very quick. This swiftness is 
□ne of the strengths of the game. For 
example, should an enemy army invade 
whiFe the majority of your men are 
designing a new weapon, you need to 
be able to allocate them to the army 
very quickly, and you can. 

The ease of use, the growing com- 
ptaity as you get further into the game, 
and way you slowly realise how addict- 
ed you are make this a very strong 
game. 

The other strengths lie in the graph- 
ics and the sound 1 - especially the 


sound, When each action is completed,, 
or a warning message is necessary, then 
crystal clear speech spews forth from the 
monitor in a very styled manner that 
evokes the atmosphere of all those 
ancient Hammer Horror films. 

For example, when a design is com- 
prere rhe Chief Designer says, with a 
Charming speech defect: The design's 
weady', or 'Ergonomically tewiFfic". If 
you attack a sector and win, the 
Sergeant Major shouts: ’Wve captured 
the sector in a triumphant manner. The 
Home Guard, worried when under 
attack, yells: Tower Critical' 

On top of this remarkable studio 
g u 

I speech you 

get this 
I very mel- 
I row New 
1 Age style 
I sound- 
track that 
The Orb would be proud of, and it 
hefps burld on the atmosphere that adds 
a lot to the game 

Graphically it warts very well. Each 
Tech Level to its architecture amd cos- 
tumes for the chaps who run around 
fighting each other m this humorous 
parody of the diddy men (I think|. 

On-screen at any one time is just one 
sector floating on art astral background 
of stars and cosmic gases, complete with 
pretty trees and looking very glossy 
overall 

The only thing lacking graphically is 
the fact that buildings just appear and 


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Am tgi Computing Octote r 1 991 



Jason Holbom brings you a collection 
of whitehot hacks and cheats for your 
favourite Amiga games 



SHADOW DANCER ^ ^ 

^ndipf tty $***>”** 


You may think you're pretty hard in 
your F29 Retaliator. but it only 
takes a single SAM up the bottom 
to bring you crashing to the 
ground. 

T o make life in the air a little eas- 
ier, try this great cheat sent m by 
Amy Hutchinson - I don't know 
where she's from because she 
didn't include her address. 

The tip arms your plane (a the 
teeth with an absolutely disgusting 
amount of weaponry. To make it 
work, enter your name during 
enrolment as CIAIMN. 

When you press Return, it will 
change to OCEAN OK, which 
means that the cheat has been 
accepted. Now all you have to do 
is to start the game, get up into the 
air and start kickin' some butt! 


mo 

Ocean s conversion of the 
.trcacfe hit Tokr ij a pfeny 
tough challenge for «?won the 
m0JC experienced gamester, 
so this cheat from Andrew 
Hammond of Frame in Somer- 
set is sure to please. 

To get infinite Irires, start 
the game, then type KILLER 
An extra benefit rs that you 
<an now also skip revels by 
pressing FI to F8. Nice one 
Andyf 


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Code 

Level 

Cod* 

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0 

5 YVAUO* 

G 

NETWORK 

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FMTDWG 

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..YOKOHAMA 

0 

CHIEPE 

1 1 

EXACT 

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GEM’X 


Cor blimey missus. What have we here? Yep. the complete set of level code; 1 
Digital Distribution's brilliantly addictive puzzle game GemX. The man to rtj 
tor these codes is John Weston from London 


DAYS OF THUNDER AND LOTUS ESPRIT 


Talk about weird! Some cheats that pro- 
grammers code into therr games don't 
always have a positive effect - some- 
times they're in there for entertainment 
value alone, Take, for example, Grem- 
lin's Lotus Esprit Turbo game. 

If you enter player one's name as 
MONSTER and player two as SEVEN- 
TEEN, you'll be presented with a frantic 
little shoot-'enrHip. 

Amiga Computing reader David 


Collins from Salisbury has found | 
another bp that has a strange but -i 
mg effect on Mindscape's film in 
Days of Thunder. 

To access It pause the game < 
the qualifying race and enter CC 
WITH ME | with no spacesf. Tour 1 
car will then sprout wings and tatt i 
Just pull back on the joystick ans * 
can have a race with Concorde. 

Ooh er missus! 


CHUCK ROCK 

U nqa frung^! Poor old Chuck Sock 
may not be a prime candidate for 
Mentf, but he's a pretty tough char- 
acter To niake his fife sfightly easier, 
py these cheat codes sent in by Tom 
Atkrnson from Manchester. 

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O ver the next three months I'm 
going in be having a brief 
look at the more popular 
Bask, C and Assembler offenngs for the 
Amiga. As well as commercial products 111 
look at some of the PD offerings and try 
to offer advice about the advantages and 
disadvantages of particular languages. 

With Basic, for instance, it doesn't 
really matter whether the language is 
good or bad from an academic viewpoint. 
What matters is whether it will suit your 
purpose. If ytwj want to write super-fast 
graphics then you'll find Basic a poor 
choice, if you're new to programming 
and want to find some way of making a 
start then Basic becomes a very good 
choice. 

Don't think for a moment that a lan- 
guage must have access to Amiga graph- 
ics and sound to be any good - there are 
plenty of reasons why you might not 
need those Amiga-specific functions. |[ r 
say, you are involved with programs 
which must be moved from machine to 
machine then youll want to avoid as 
much machine-specifk stuff as possible. 

Another reason why integration into 
the Amiga's environment might not be 
that important is if you just want to learn 
about languages in general. Vou might be 
studying computing at school or college 
and want extra practice at home, in 
which case you will invariably be required 
to provide straightforward code, free from 
the complications that Intuition objects, 
such as gadgets and menus, provide. 

One thing I should mention is that 
most of the time you'll only find qualita- 
tive comments about speed m these arti- 
cles. I do not find benchmarks a useful 
measure of the strength of a language. 

Marginal speed differences are rarely 
important and the areas, such as graphics 
and intensive mathematical calculations 
where benchmark calculations can usually 
help, seem on the Amiga to be a less use- 
ful measure of interpreter and compiler 
performance because it is usually the 
Amiga's library routines which are doing 
the real work. 

All the interpreter or compiler has to 
do is push a few values into the 6Bk pro- 
cessor registers and then make a call to 
the appropriate library function. 

fhds, incidentally, is one of the reasons 
for some compilerfmterpreter speed 
benchmark comparisons showing little 
difference! 

Microsoft Amiga Basic 

Thfs as you will no doubt know is an inter- 
preted Basic, It comes in for a lot of stick 
and some of the complaints, mainly the 
general slowness of the editors window 
redrawing and requester-based syntax 
error delivery, are undoubtedly justified. 
Amiga Basic is, however, supplied free 
with the machine. Most Bask program* 
mers, once past the initial stages, do not 
go from line to line making syntax emors 
and one way around the editor problem is 
simply not to use it. 

I frequently write my Amiga Bask pro- 


In the first of his 
three part guide to 
programming 
languages, Paul 
Overaa looks at 
how Basic shapes 
up on the Amiga 


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gwms using Lattice's L5E editor and only 
read them into the Amiga Basic inter- 
preter when they are ready for final check- 
ing, 

Hisoft's Baste Compiler 

There are good reasons for choosing a 
compiler that wiN compile programs writ- 
ten in Mioosoft-styie Bask and the Hisoft 
offering is just such a compiler . It comes 
with Its own editor whkh has none of the 
slowness gf the original Microsoft offering 
and there & also an Extend package avail- 
able which provides some much needed 
support for gadgets, requesters, graphics* 
sound and IFF Fite programming. 

HisoFt's documentation is good and* as 
with all Hisoft packages,, some implemen- 
tation notes and appendices useful to the 
more advanced programmer are 
included. 

If you have an interest in program 
portability then the Hisoft compiler is 
dearly the one to go for. The reason for 
this is simply the continued prominence 
of Microsoft-style Bask in the micro 
world, 

As well as the obvious ports of things 
like Microsoft's 
QuickBASIC, the ST 
version of Hisoft 
etc, there are many 
other links. ! r ve 
even taken pro- 
grams written in 
BASIC BO which 
was supplied on 
an BOSS based 
machine called 
a Rair Black 
Box - bet 


you've never heard of that one - and they 
ran virtually unchanged . 

in general, porting all Microsoft-style 
Basics to the Hisoft compiler is a piece of 
cake and this, Ifom a long term view- 
point can be very important* 

Cursor V1.0 

One publk domain offering whet you 
might find interesting to look r <s the 
Cursor package which is available rrorr- 
Akore as disk UT 4147. Cursor is a three 
pass Basic compiler for program i written 
in Amiga Basic. 

While on the subfecl of PC, one o(f the 
best ways to learn Basic is to took j: the 
code other programmers wnte There* jre 
loads of Basic PD disks and th* 9072 
and UT416B disks, also available horn 
Akore, are particularly good 

GFA Basic 

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said about the M*rewfi onerwtd ottrr- 
ings, it it In* to wy that there n iti 4 
great many things winch can only bf 
achieved by uwig the Amga's Bboiy mu- 
lines. Tho, lot a great many &avc pfo- 


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grammen. 0 a significant Stumbling 
block. CFA Baiit, from 
DaUMedu UK, has 
undoubtedly scM a great 
many at these difficulties by 
pcovrdifig extensions 10 the 
language which make the 
programmers' job easier, In 
some cases these allow the 


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this Sri. ** an Mtng yoo u fi<to Basic programmer lo do things 
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fially in the graphics and sound depart- 
ments. The main CFA Bask package is 
interpreter-based with the GFA compiler 
being an add-or/upgrade. The interpreter 
documentation, whkh comes in AS ring- 
binder form, is very comprehensive and 
the compiler instructions are provided a& 
insert pages which are then added to the 
existing interpreter manual. 

Long standing problems, like convert- 
ing IFF files to Basic Objects - the same 
formal, incidentally, as used by 
Microsoft's Amiga Basic - are solved by 
utilities provided with GFA Bask. The only 
real disadvantage of GFA Bask is that the 
GFA extensions effectively render the code 
non-portable. 

When you look at the alternativeSj 
however, this is neither here nor there, tf 
you used Microsoft Bask and worked out 
bow to do the same things using library 
calls you'd rilF end up whh the same lack 
of portability! 

GFA Basic is brilliant and if you want to 
make the most of the Amiga environ- 
ment, and the prospect of moving into 
the work! of C and Assembler seems 
frightening, then this Data Media offering 
& the way to go. 

There are. however, a couple of other 
^•-r rs jii which are more directly targeted 
i- Bra prognnmn who want to write 
games, 


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Dave Windera looks at what the Amiga has 
to offer computing's disabled community 


dows and icons around the WorkBenth r 
making one handed operation easy, I 
know a number of people who manage 
to use this type of trackball quite effi- 
ciently using a mouth-stick,, which is 
exactly what it sounds like, 

Another afternative can be found in 
the form of the Concept Keyboard 
2000, Th is is basically a touch sensitive 
keypad with up to 256 user definable 
keys, Using Think Ltd Overlay Designer 
and Manager software, |ust about any 
application can be accommodated. 

The gridded surface of the keyboard 
can be customised using standard A4 
paper overlays. These are placed an the 
sudace ot the keyboard. The inform*- 
non on the overlay corresponds with 
the programmed keys beneath 
Using this principle rt wodd be a sim- 
ple matter for someone with, tor exam- 
ple, severe speech and motor disability 
who has been using a mouth-stick in 
conjunction with a word hoard (where 
fetters and commonly used words are 
mapped out on a board, and in order to 


Ithougb 1 may be seen as 
being severely disabled 
dril through most people's eyes, 
I would strongly argue that I have 
pdenty of ability. The truth of the matter 
i; that the majority d people with di$ 
abilities are bursting with ability - it Is 
iust that society does not provide the 
access to allow that ability to be used 
I have been Tetraptegic for the past 
two and a half years, the result of a rare 
virus. During this time I have had to 
look dl computing from a totally differ- 
ent perspective than the one I was used 
to. I will be looking it some of the ways 
that help lo make the Amiga accessible 
to disabled people. 


Qirfcaitffli four wfmkmx m W Xnupu wo rlrf 


Let's trike a look at some input devices 
lirst - after all, the computer is rather 
useless unless there b a way to actually 
operate it. The standard mouse is ol lit* 
tie use to most people with any severe 
motor disability, or those whose 
strength is poor. 

Taking my own case as an example, I 
have the full use of one arm but my 
body movement is weak Moving a 
mouse around the desktop gets pretty 
bring alter a surprisingly short time. 

The solution for me was a trackball, 
which is basically a mouse turned 
upside down, Instead of moving the 
mouse around a fnal, with a trackball 
you only move the ball using the 
thumb. The Marconi R 62 is a pretty 
good buy, as it is solidly built (mine has 
survived many drops onto l he Hoof) 
arid has a third button 

This can be used for dragging win- 


communkate the user spells out his com- 
ments by poinilng at the relevant letters) 
to be able to use a word-processor with- 
out a steep teaming curve. 

The possibilities are endless with the 
Concept 2000 A Braille overlay could be 
designed for blind users to enable them 
to input dau, fur example. A series of 
preprogrammed overlays is provided for 
use with the "Class of the 90V applica- 
tions. For details of price and availability 
ot the Concept 2000 contact HB 
Market inq Ltd Oh 0755 686000 and tor 
the Overlay Designer tontaci Think Lid 
on 021 184 4168 


thing you would want to avoid is too 
many keypresses. There are a number of 
solutions to this problem, and some 
even come freely with the Amiga. 

The simplest method is to use the 
Alias command from the CU, which 
allows you to replace commonly used 
strings with a shorter single com- i 
mand of your own 1 won't go into M 
any detail as I am sure that Stevie 
Kennedy has covered this in his 

< w i.Tinil “Brum hits l.Ljnle in * he flip 
O I" htkh Si upls are another flfl 
ei ample at uwig the Amiga’s B|||| 
OS lo run a complex senes oi HH 

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from a simple name Hflj 

There is also a PD program fllB 
that has been around since the H8| 

Amiga was In * I aval la hie or u-i ie.isi fljl 

it seems that way The program in 
question is called FuncKey, and it fl 
basically allows you to program the ^ 
Function keys on your keyboard 

ta ch key can contain a number of 
macros by being depressed m combi na- 
tion with other keys. The program is 
evei so easy to set up P as you can see 
from the screenshot, and if programmed 
wisely with the commands you use most 
often rl soon becomes indispensable 
The final program I will mention, and 


% H utihin i it In 
terrible {fall the 
(hlmnltiges of 
computer 
intlejwmience urn 
strep! ( m ay in the 
name ip hmm'ss' \ 


If you can imagine trying to use a com- 
puler when you have very restricted or 
uncontrollable movement, then one 


there are many like it, is 510 This is 


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Workstation disk, and is worth every 
penny. 

StD was the first Shareware program 
I registered and I would advise every- 
one to do the same so Timm Martin 
can continue to develop such useful 
programs 

510 saves all the typing that would 
otherwise be needed to ensure good 
disk/file management. All the usual 
commands such as copy, move and 
matedfir are here as well as many extra 
ones. AH you to do K point and click. 


There are also a number of w?ys that 
the Amiga can be used by people with 
visual impairment. As a result o( my ill- 
ness I am partially sighted, although my 
eyesight is a tar better than many peo- 
ple's. 

Two solutions automatically spring 
to mind when thinking about this prob- 
lem The lint is speech synthesis, which 
I will come back to in a while. The sec - 
□nd is that of text enlargement. There 
is a program built into the machine 
which has the ability to diipiav and 
print in large text. 

Of course, I am talking about 
Notepad It is free, and it works, but if 
is very limited if you are thinking a* try- 
ing to use it as your mam word proces- 
sor. However, many of the commercial 
word processors can display and punt 
large text 

Ones to took out for are the graphic 
based programs such as Pen Pal, 
_ Kindwords, Pro- Write and 
also the very recently 
released Wordworih Because 
I can only actually use one 
arm, \ hit upon a snag when 
it came to writing letters. It is pretty 
damn hard to type capital letters, using 
one hand to try and hold down the 
shift key and type the character you 


The answer was 


found in my 


word-processor 


of choke. 


ProtexE 5, 


which 



■How the tFvooafd to be configured in 
men a wav that the Ctrl, Alt and Shift 
kevs become vtjeky The upshot is that 
when you depress one of these sticky 
k*>s the next key pressed acts accord- 
ingfly, 

What about using the Caps Lock, l 
hear you ask, Well the sticky shift is one 
less keypress, so keeping the alt impor- 
tant movement to a minimum 

Another teni en&rger. which just so 
happens to enlarge graphics as well, 
comes in the form of a PD program 
called Qyicklera. There are a number 
of these "lens 4 * type programs about, 
but this is the one that I personally have 
found to be most useful. 

It acts in much the same way as 
those flit perspex magnifying sheets 
you can buy to read books etc. You can 
make the QuickLens window as large as 
you like (the lize gadget 4s there but Is 
invisible},, and as you move the pointer 
around your Workbench Of document, 
whatever is underneath becomes mag 


The screenshot on the opposite page 
shows icons on an interlaced Work&endi 
being magnified in the QuickLens win- 
dow by a factor of four 



The magnification level is seE by dick 


ing the mouse mstde the QuickLens win 


daw and can be normal Sim >2 or x4 


T <i Ifc.fiiv(j) AiWiihj £ 

I mentioned speech synthesis in passing 
earlier, and now it's time to lake a 
closer taok. The biggest single thing in 
favour of the Amiga as a serious 
machine for people with disabilities is 
the speech capability. 

The most unfortunate drawback, 
though, is that very lithe software has 
been written that takes full advantage 
of this. Surely there are not that many 
differences between writing screen 
reader software for an MSdos machine 
or an AmigaDOS machine? it is one 
area where I cannot understand, given 
the technology built into the machine, 
why it has nqt been fully exploited. 

Some programs do make use of the 
speech aspect, and the new word* 


processor Wordworih is notable in that 


it allows the screen to be read out loud! 


Perhaps it could be something for the 


prop rammers of word-pfocessors ir 


particular to srt down and think about, 
rtow about a program that would aHow 
words to be spoken as shey are typed, 
with a built in Ai dial could letm how 
quickly the typist inputs data and 
ad |usts its speech rate accordingly? 
How about a talking spellchecker, or 
even talking preferences? Surely it must 
be possible 7 

There are two PO programs that are 
worthy of a mention when looking at 
speech, The first is that golden oldie. 
SpeechTgy. Although many years old 
now, SpeechToy is still extremely useful 
to anyone thinking of incorporating a 
speech element into an application for 
people with visual impairment 

What it does, qurie simply, ts translate 
between ao input of English and an out* 
put of Phonetic language, 

The second PD program I will men- 
tion is called Speaktime, and that is what 
it does. When called the program uses 
speech synthesis to tell you the time in 
the “"it's almost five past ten" style. A 
useful replacement for the Workbench 
cMxk Jf your eyesight is poor 

l wonT pretend that this Is the last 
word on the Amiga as a tool for dis- 
abled people, because 1 am sure that 
things will continue to develop, i have 
not even touched on the lield of team- 
ing difficulties,, as this is an area I know 
very little about. 

It would seem apparent, given the 
volume of’ educational software being 
written and the emphasis from 
Commodore, that the Amiga will suc- 
ceed in this fiercely competitive sector 
□f the market, 

I hope that Commodore will lund 
the necessary research and develop- 
ment required to ensure that the Amiga 
lakes ili rightful place alongside the PC 
and the Macs, and to enable people 
with disabilities to gam the full advan- 
tages that the Amiga can offer 

It is not all roses though, i am not 
alone in be ng concerned with the 
problem of making Graphical User 


Interfaces hiRv accessible to the blind 


Wouldn't d be terrible if all The advan 


tag** of computer independence were 


swept awav in the name of progress? 


Further information 


further information on computers and 
disability can be found from the follow- 
ing: sources: 


The British Computer Society Disability 
Programme is a group that worts with 
the computer industry to show how 
everyone can benefit when access for 
the disabled is built into a design - 
voice activation for example. The 
Programme also acts as an information 
source on all subjects in the held of 
computers and disability. 

As well as a quarterly journal, 


Ability* conferences and meetings, 
there ts ato a telephone helpline ser- 
vice. 

The Disability Programme has an 
active area on the Poly Net Bulletin 
Boars which is on 071-580 1690 The 
echo b also earned to other DDONET 
Boards. 


Dave Winders, Membership Secretary, 
BCS Disability Programme, 1 Thomas 
Wail Close, Sutton, Surrey SMI ISP. Or 
by LMail as dwindera @ cix and on 
Prestel Mb* No 01 1 1 1 521 6 


ICPUG 


II you have access to CIX, the Group 
have i conference with an Amiga topic 
which t mo derate, .by the name of 
*d. programme", 

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W hat? Not another video 
digitiser! With so many 
now available, the video 
digitiser is rapidly becoming one of the 
most popular devices produced for the 
Amiga. And they certainly seem to be 
selling too - NewTek's Dig i View has 
become one of the most popular Amiga 
products ever, with units used through- 
out the world, 

Is there room for yet another digi- 
tiser? HE Marketing certainly seem to 
think so because they've just begun dis- 
tributing a brand new digitiser from 
German manufacturers VDT - don't ask 
me what it stands lor! Its specification 
sheet certainly makes for impressive 
reading, but does it make the grade? 
Well, there's only one way 10 find Out 


Hardware heaven 

Snapshot Pro is a real-time video digi- 
tiser that allows you to grab fuH colour 
and monochrome images directly from 
just, about any composite video signal 
including both a domestic video 
recorder and a colour camera, OK (1 
nothing special so far, but Snapshot 
offers some remarkable facilities which 
really make it worth checking out. 

The SnapShot hardware consists of 
two separate bow - the digitiser unit 
itself and an extra box called Snapshot 
RGB+, which is sold separately- That 
extra box is basically a glorified RGB 
Splitter* which is necezsary if you want 
to be able to grab in full colour from a 
composite signal, It is possible to get by 
with just the digitiser, but you'll end up 
with a digitising system that J s. really no 
more capable than something like 
Rombo r s Vidi Amiga, 

On the front of the digitiser are three 
proportional knobs which are used to 
control varying aspects of the incoming 
video signal. There are controls for 
brightness, contrast and an extra 
"Lace" control which enables you to 
lock the digitiser manually on to the 
video signal when grabbing interlaced 
images. 

To make adjusting this setting easier, 
a small LED flashes when the lace set- 


ting is incorrect. All you then do is turn 
the control knob until the LED stays on 

permanently. 

Tbe RGB Splitter also has its own 
colour knob which lets you adjust the 
colour saturation of the signal This too 
has its own syrsc LED, but the setting is 
handed automatically by the RGB 
Splitter. Vou won't usually encounter 
any sync problems using the RGB 
Splitter as long as the video signal 
being fed into the unit is of sufficient 
quality. 


Digital image 

After setting it all up, which takes no 
time at all, it's time to get down to 
some serious digitising. The software 


This feu ifd bt your rfririrjop i snwfrJ 

for this arrives on a single disk contain- 
ing no demo pictures at all r which is 
quite surprising. 

lt J s always nice to see exactly what a 
digitiser is capable of, especially when 
the majority of grabs you usually obtain 
from a new digitiser leave a lot to be 
desired. Thankfulfy though r it takes no 
time at all to grab good quality images 
yourseif. 

The Snapshot software is an impres- 
sive offering that almost fully automates 
the grabbing process. It's a very swish 
affair that makes use of the Amiga's 
powerful windowing facilities. 

And, thanks to the fact that the main 


control panel is displayed in its own 
custom screen, the whole thing remains 
readable and instantly accessible 
regardless of which screen mode you're 
working in users of HAM digitisers will 
know what I'm talking about! 

Snapshot fully supports grabbing in 
fust about every Amiga screen mode 
and resolution, including overscan, You 
also have full control over the number 
of colours that can be used. 

HAM images are obviously the most 
impressive, but Snapshot does a pretty 
good fob of grabbing in other modes 


too. DTP users will find the quality of 
Snapshot's high resolution grabs partic- 
ularly useful for direct inclusion within 
packages like ProPage. 


The grabbing hands 

Depending on the type and size of 
image being grabbed, the digitising 
process is swift. If you grab in 
monochrome, Snapshot works in real- 
time, so there's no reason to pause the 
video signal, although the same can't 
be said for colour grabbing. 

Because the unit doesn't include its 
own frame buffer - unlike the 
FrameCrabber 2S6 - the video signal 
must be paused, This isn't too much of 
a problem with newer videos, but own- 
ers -of older digitisers may find this a 
problem because of the amount of 
image stability required. 

if you can, it's worth getting your 
hands on a VCR that has a single frame 
advance facility. This is particularly 
handy because it allows you to find the 
most stable frame for digitising. Once 
again, most VCRs now offer this. 

After you've found your frame r click 
the mouse and the digitizing process is 
set in motion. Colour grabbing can take 
as long as 39 seconds r but the results 
are always more than worth the wait. 

The overall quality of digitised 
images is certainly very impressive. I've 


Providing the competition 


If you’re after a professional digitiser you’re absolutely spoilt 
lor choice Here's a roundup of Snapshot's closest rivals. 

Videon - Distributed in this country by Power Computing 
(0234 27300*0), this Jtalian-made dsgiliser is perhaps the 
nearest thing to Snapshot currently on the market. Its facili- 
ties are very similar, but unfortunately ft doesn't quite have 
the pixel punching power to pose any real threat to 
SnapShoL 

It too offers full colour digrtis#ng horn a composite video 
signal using its own built-in video FtAM and RGB splitter, 
Unlortunately, the quality of the smaqes produced aren't a 
patch on those obtainable using Snapshot* 

This is made even worse by some awful software and 
tacky digitising hardware - the knobs kept dropping off on 
the unit that l played with? Its only real saving grace is its 
price - coming in at a few pence under £250, it certainly 


w\rti hands down in the value ratings. Personally though, I'd 
rather spend the money on a decent DigiView setup! 

FrameGrabber 256 - 11 you're after a digitiser that ran do it 
all the Marram's (0604 790466) FrameGrabbet 256 is a 
good bet It too is rather pricey (575), but differs from 
SnapShot in that it's a true colour real-time digitiser. Thanks 
to its built-in frame buffer it can grab full colour images in 
4096 colours from a moving video source, so there's no 
need to hit Pause every- t imp you want to get a grab 

The quality of digitised images is certainly very impres- 
sive, but it doesn't quite match up to SnapS hoi when it 
comes to grabbing colour images from video tape. If you 
want to grab live" images using a video camera, it's a very 
good bet, otherwise, Snapshot is better. 

As always though, it's horses for courses, so I’ll leave you 
to come to your own con clusions. 





new digitiser 
from Germany 
that promises to 
deliver even more 
pixel grabbing 
power 




Barry Whitehouse 
takes a look at a 


been lucky enough to have played with 
just about every Amiga video digitiser 
available, but none of them have ever 
handled grabbing horn video tape par- 
ticularly well. 

SnapShot Pro is the exception. As 
long as you grab from first generation 
video tapes - no copies! - you'll be able 
to grab images which are sharp and 
totally colour correct. 


Colourful talk 

Like most quality digitise n r Snapshot 
tan save out images in a variety of dif- 
ferent formats including its own custom 


v* lu-mp y**r ftrp j tpioiffy 


24-twt fie format Obviously it has full 
support for IFF, but even this has been 
extended to cover Commodore's new 
24-bit IFF standard whch was devised 
to keep all those new 24-bil graphics 
boards unde* control. 

Because Snapshot handles its images 
internally m ful 24-brt coibur, it's possi- 
ble to output dig^tise-d images for dis- 
play on a 16 msihon colour graphics 
board like the Harlequin. 

After a bit of tinkering around with 
file formats, I managed to get a couple 
of images working witfi a fnend's HAM- 
E unit. Expecting great things, I must 
admit that I was a littfe disappointed- 

The difference in quality between 
the original HAM images and their 
HAM-E counterparts wasn't really that 
great in tact, the HAM versions were 
often a lot better. Even in HAM-E's 
powerful 24-bit mode, there was little 
or no improvement in quality whatso- 


Tm not quite sure why this is, but I 
suspect that it may be something 
to do with the quah 
tty of the com- 


ic, a 


polite video 
i signal like 

i it Of not, 
L 

k compos- 
\ ite is 
pretty niff 
these days, 
especially when you compare it to 
much higher resolution systems like 
Super VHS and Hi-B 
With Super- YH 5 rapidly becoming a 




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videophiles, I'm surprised that support 
for 5-VH$ hasn't been included. If it 
had, this would definitely have given 
Snapshot a boost. 

Conclusion 

So there we have it. Snapshot Pro in a 
nutshell. I must admit that Tve had a 
lot of fun playing with Snapshot grab- 
bing frames from all my favourite 
videos and then playing around with 
them in DigiPainl, There’s something 
uniquely satisfying about being able to 
paint a moustache and glasses on to 
George Bush without becoming the 
FBTi number one target WeH, all this 
and more h possible wrth a video dig i- 
ltarieSAip9nt 

ft's the kird ot diqitser that is ideally 
suited to the home user. Most of us 
don’t own mch luxuries as video cam- 
eras, so being able to grab quality, full 
colour grabs from video tape as a real 
boon It pays to have a video recorder 
with a good stable pause function, but 
even with a mediocre video I was able 
to get acceptable results. 

OK r so we all want a Snapshot, but 

I- U .n r rn * r- jnt it. .1 iki.A K.'F K I m Th T I f II 


Coming in at just under 580 complete. 
Snapshot certainly isn't cheap. With 
true real-time colour digitisers like 
Marram's FrameBuffer 256 being sold 
at pretty much the same price. 
Snapshot is going to be in for a real 
struggle if it is to be successful . 

It certainly deserves to do well, but ! 
can't help thinking that perhaps it has 
been priced rather unrealistically. If it 
offered real-time colour grabbing, HB 
would be on to a winner, but as it 
Stands I can't really see how it can jus- 
tify its current price. 

If money is no object to you and 
you're not really interested in real-time 
operation, Snapshot is worth checking 
out Its quality is absolutely breathtak- 
ing, making it one of the best video 
digitisers available. If it was slightly 
cheaper - say £400 complete - it would 
be snapped up. 

Snap-Shot! Pro 
£352.50 for digitiser unit, 
£176-25 for RGB Splitter and £53.75 
for Remote Unit, 

HB Marketing, Unit 3, Poyle M, 
Newlands Drive, Colnbrook, Slough 
n?cn ARtfinn 


Animation 

Among Snapshot's more interesting features are Us powerful animation 
facilities. Although rot particularly new for a video digitiser - both Rambus 
Vidi-Amiga and Marcam's FrameG rubber 256 offer an animation option - 
Snapshot's animation facilities are second to none. 

|n monochrome mode, you can grab animations in reaMime from the real 
world, but animating colour frames is somewhat more complicated- 
Snapshot allows you to create animations using a sort of stop frame- 
animation technique where each frame can be set up and grabbed manually. 
Once you have ail the frames in memory, you can play them back with full 
control over the range and playback speed. 

One feature that I particularly liked was Snapshot's ability to digitise 
frames at a given time Interval. Simply by telling It how long It must wait 
between frames, you can create a sort of time-lapsed animation. For exam- 
ple, If you set up a video camera and pointed it at something like a pot 
plant, you could create a time-lapsed animation of the plant blooming and 
finally wilting. 

Motion detect is also a very powerful facility. When selected, Snapshot 
continually grabs frames, analyzing each in turn. If the grabbed frame Is 
identical to the previous one, it is discarded. However, if there Is a differ- 
ence, it is stored in memory and the motion detect facility is set in motion 
for the next frame. Obviously, Snapshot accounts for signal noise, so only 
relatively major differences are registered. 


Digitising by remote 

Pressing buttons on your video So advance frames, pause and so on is all very 
nice, but Snapshot can take the drudgery away almost completely Using a 
sophisticated remote control unit which plugs into the back of the Snapshot 
hardware. Snapshot can control your video's functions directly. 

When creating colour animations, this allows Snapshot to get around the 
problems of slow scan digitising by aromatically controlling frame advance. 
Once again, a fairly capable video recorder is needed if you are to get the most 
from this facility. 

Before you can get the remote control to work with your video, you must pro- 
gram it. This is achieved by pointing your video's remote control at Snapshot's, 
remote control. 

It then picks up the signal from your video remote and stares it in memoiy. 
Once it knows how your video recorder controller works, it emulates these sig- 
nals. Clever really. 


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ver since computer and video games became 
popular people have wanted to try out their 
favourite sports. The very first would have 
been Tennis, or as it was known then Pong, that stupid 
game with two bats either side of the screen and a square 
ball bouncing between them. 

Well thank god games have 
come a long way since then. 

Now just about every sport you 
care to mention has been trans- 
ferred onto computers, plus a 
few that you won't 
seen on TV. LES ELUSj 
guides you through the 
hits and misses of/ 
the world of the. 

Sports game. 



H J T SQUAD • £7,99 » OVERALL 84% 


[he Hit Squad, Ocean's ^° Ughl 0ul 





TVSportiflait^ii % H^rfern 


. * V f 5fJorts ^Mall 
s in the TV 

Sports ra n g e and m 
definicefy not be fhf 

5* t0 a PP edf on the 
™" wft bbej. Again 
« has some of the best 

f rapftics v™ are nicely 
^ see on the Amiga 
?** ^.izing detaif 
^nimatron aN round 

y ° u 9« ‘o Pfan a« the 
^Pects of , h e game 
-ncJ^fng aJ- yoor ^. 

9 ** m,i tuitions, and 


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ACCOLADE • £24 . 99 • OVERALL 70% 



Globetrotters {fat chance). 

^sarjr^ - -&rrr 7- ** 

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Can ' r kn&ck *h* 

* V W* stuff off its 

Pedafstoof of being 
the faesE around 

Unfoft Unatp reaJfy 
but that's life 
, F3it Break h as 

0n V 'W-on-three 

action for a start 
Pereas tv Spon ,' 
B«lretbaJ[ has the 
fuil five-on^five 







Golf 


Go.fh* »* been a sport 

_i lc _ _ h^p absolute V fainwn sense , J 

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Although ■ -- possibly the classic golf game. 

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WO xl P rr^fuD tfw iSi of tournament Play as you «m- 
Tt * se * hying to make it to the top- The 

p** The only bugbear is that 

gaITW fc » hWM ^ b . th of /ou 9re approach, 
^eo twopi*y^«^^' _ rMn grld y^jch takes a while. 

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Racing 



Probably the second most popular type of sports game after football, there 
have been some brilliant wing games around over 
the last few months. The 
undoubted King ot the track is 
Lotus Turbo Esprit Challenge 
by Gremlin. 

The speed at which the track 




moves by is breathtaking. The game proved so addiclr-e when it tint came out 
that it caused many sleepless nights as people tried to complete that 
t Off r circuit finishing in a high enough posi- 


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tiun to qualify foe the next 
The two player game 
adds some real tension to 
the atmosphere as you both 
hack around the circuit at 
breakneck speeds. Another 
race game from Gremlin is 
Super Cars 2, different from 
Lotus Turbo Esprit Challenge 
hut very nearly as good The 
track is viewed from above and 
the cars are equipped with 
weapons to make overtaking 
that little bit more hazardous.. 

Again, in two-player mode It 
gets very addictive with around 20 
courses split over three skill levels. 

Both of these games received rave reviews from everyone when they were 
released and both are still excellent buys, 

Incidentally, the original Supercars is 
now available on Gremlin's 
budget label at £7. £9. 

Also from Gremlin comes 
Toyota Cette* Rally and Team 

Suzuki (a motorbike _ 

racing game) These | H (j I atl3p 0 ^ ^ 50U 

come just behind the c arTS . £25,99 - OVERALL 75% 

others, but not far. CLt — 

US Gold's entry to 
the racing game 
genre is Super 
Monaco GP - yet 
another impressive 
arcade conversion, The 



Mor* of d wfiuWiort i*" 15 P 1 "* "* Jn9 

£!*b *°o * m CD T 


speed is surprisingly 
fa si, with good graph- 
iCS and sound all 
round. Pity it^s onFy a 
one player game, but 
then so was the coin op 
so it doesn't lose any 

marks for that. Although it has been around for several months it is still 
excellent value for money even though it does 
prove slightly easy to finish 
Indianapolis 500 Irom 
Electronic Arts is more of a 
racing sim than a pure racing 
r game. The graphics are in 3D 
but are still very detailed and 
nice to look at. The game is dif- 
ficult to play and probably 
won't appeal to the general rac- 
ing fan. It is definitely one of the 
toughest games of this genre^ if 
not THE toughest. 


«„,.? Uper Cars II 

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Hockey 



>■« «*- - 

sport lhal seemi to bo — 
the up and coming 
thing Just lately. It even 
features in a drinks- com- 
mercial tor Tango. 

Unfortunately Street 

Hockey isn't able to live 
op to thai kind oi repute- 
Uon tt is extremely diffi- 
cult to play thanks to a 
ndicdoui control method- 
yhe graphics ate slow 
and the response time is 
awful. After you have hit 4 
wall about lour bmti vrbite 

««""* i, 2JJJ2 ^ 

direction you ge^ mcrf 

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plays you have managed to put ^ ^ ^ ^ t0 disk . But on 

the whok wait and see an y 


GONZO GAMES • £24.99 ■ OVERALL 56% 


he latest dnd, according to Dtwnarfc j, 

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' om * ba 5e bau ga me . RBI 2 Baseball 

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decontrol over the fidd- 

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OM " >U9ta *- “w- 
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Th « “ >«M » ery 
good attention to detail 
in the in 

the judges give therr deo- 
Spqjis at the pfate 



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TENNIS 


thf :n v * a.- 1 : ■ »■ -r1 T i menu -mg at Lhe moment is Pro Tennis Tour 2 
from Ubnoh Tni? is destined (o be aft absolute smash hrt (pun intended), espe- 
cially with the likes of Agassi and Ed berg whetting everybody's appetites with 
their exhibitions at Wimbledon and around the world. 

Pro Tenms Tour 2 is a hell of a game - it has the lot. Exc^tent graphics, 
atmospheric sound and some ammauon that is so good 
you won't believe you are watching a 
computer. Look out for this on the 
shelves of your favourite games haunt, 
and if you see It buy It. 


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SPORTS GAMES ROUND-UP 0c “*' r,,!N 






Afnl^i Cwnputlng October 1991 SPORTS GAMES ROUND-UP 


Volleyball 

« supposed to be s[Hr h *™, 


Now that Summer is supposed to 1 “ 

upon US you can probably go d 0wn J PPeafed back in 1 989 | t 

l** «* M ,1, lT«nZ OnU ^ ** ° f Lme *** «* 

dad men and women p/avi™ Be , c L ° " ^ 0lJ 9 et ■»■<! to the control 
v °%ball to loud rock mj< whfch heavy us of all 

fitit if you can't stand getting sand dir f CIions - » b a realty 

^een your toes or in your »J, ' 

‘ * There mtK h salisfactitm to be had 


Snooker/Billiards/Pool 


•”£*" y«r 

wiches then by it on your Amiga 

The only game j courd think of in 

?'* at l^y « Beach Volley by 

th n k that ' S not a bad 
brng because it's a cracking game 

^ thereat much that could come 

neant except maybe a TV Sports ver- 

jf 4 ever appears. 


teach Volley is certamfy no you™. 

Y 9 uno PP° s ed in the Volleyball genre. 


" sett ^ bail and then jumping 

^P^nd spiking it deep into the oppt? 

dnd "* rf of your 

opponents, V ou get to play a |j o Ver 

^ world against some the best ball 
Payers. Beat ihem to prove that you 
really are the best of the best. 

A gem of 3 9 3m *. <fven if it stands 

iflhnrtraJ in iL li ■■ 


Beach Volley 

^CEAN • Q4.99 . OVERAU 76% 


Ever complained of there being too 
much Snooker on TV? Well now you 
can put even more on the old box. In 
the near future Virgin have 147 
Snooker lined up for resale. 

I’ve had a sneak preview of it and it 
looks pretty hoi, l can tell your 1 

Billiards If Simulator from 
In fog rames is a collection of new bil- 
liards games. One is French Billiards 
for the more strategy-minded among 
you. There is also American Pool bN- 
liards for the sportsmen, plus the 
addition of a bIHiards/pool game 


The graphics are ade- 
quate - after all there isn't 


much you can do with a few balls and 
a piece of wood. The control is a little 
awkward and unless you are specifi- 
cally looking for a billiards game rd 
go for one of the others, mentioned in 
this section. 

3D Pool is an excellent pool game. 
The 3D works really well and the 
game is a lot of fun to play. It has 
recently been added to the Mirror 
Image label and at £9.99 is the ben 
game of this ilk around - until Virgin 
release their snooker game, that is. 
The pkk of the bunch. 


3D Pool 

mlRROR IMAGE * E9 99 4 

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OVERALL 8'"^ 

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(fo wf £,□_? 



Billiards II Simulator 

INFOG RAMES * £2S.99 - OVERALL 69% 


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™ - • OVEUtL 8!% 



124 


Football 

Well, I've saved the best until last. The football cate- 
gory is probably the one that most people will be 
interested in. And it certainly seems to attract the soft* 
ware houses. 

Of course you couldn't mention football without 
mentioning the Immortal Kick Off 2 from Anco. This 
game has been around longer than most people 
would care to remember in one form or another and 
is considered by many to be the best of the bunch 
The Iwa-player mode leads 
to some competition - ' Dialed 

that gets pretty hot. It flfluUl ” 1 I 

is vety challenging due DMt ^ 

to a tricky control 


method but it is worth persevering with it just so 
that you can join the r in' crowd of pretend Kick Off 
2 champs. 

In a slightly different vein Is Subbuteo - yes, they 
have even simulated the finger flicking lun of table 
top soccer. Unfortunately this is a pretty stuped idea 
for a game and the gamesplaying public showed this 
by avoiding it in their droves, Bad control, naff graph- 
ics and oh SO slow gameplay lead up to a certain miss. 

There are couple of football management games 
that may be worth a look. Firstly, Multi Player Soccer 
Manager from D£H games is still a cracker, although 
the actual managerial sect-ion does look a little bit sim- 
itar to the Cricket game [or should that be vke versa). 

It is still in the computer game charts months after 
its release. The strategy gets pretty intense as there ts 
always loads going on. II you really want to know 
what the real mangers go through in their careers 
then lake a bok at this. 

Secondly, European Superieague takes a slightly 
different element. Everybody knows that the 
European Superieague doesn't actually exist (yet). 
Again there is lots going on all the time to keep you 
busy. There are some great 
graphics used throughout, 
especially in the match 
sequences. 

One problem it does 
suffer from # however, is the 
amount of time spent accessing the disk. 


Subbuteo 

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*sue and can offer a source of information to Mr 
Smith of Manchester who was having trouble with his 
Seagate drive and C Ltd controller board. 

C Ltd went out of business over a year ago, but a 
company called Mkro-Dyn (2011 5 Washington, 
Wichita, KS 67211, USA tel. 316-265^661) has 
obtained al! rights to previous C Ltd products and is 
actively supporting them. 

I believe the ST-225N has 615 cylinders and four 
heads, and is a 20Mb MFM format drive with an 
access time of 68ms. Write precompression usually 
starts at tyl 300 on those units. 

The card sounds like an early C Ltd unit, and whai 
little I know of them is that they are non-auto^booting 1 
and usually fired up with a C Ltd boot disk called 
SC 5 1_ DOS. The utilities for formatting the units are 
usually on the 5GSLPQ5 disks, but if you don't have 
the C Ltd manual, you'll need a technician who is 
adept ar SCSI interfaces and drives. Nope this informs 
lion helps some. 

Michael Lesperance, McChord AFB, Wa, USA 

Thai explains why our efforts to contact C Ltd were 
in vain! Thanks lor the tip, Michael. If Mr Smith is 
reading, we hope it solves some of his problems. 

Tower Amiga 

After reflecting that my A5Q0 reminds me a little of an 
Acorn Electron (Treason! - Ed), and that it'd look a lot 
better in a mini lower sporting all three disk drives 
accessible from the front of Ehe machine, I set about 
converting it into a lower 
Amiga 

Floppy drives can be 
removed quite easily from 
their mounts and screwed 
into PC-styie mounting 
rails, and it is a simple job 
lo remove the PSU from its 
case to fit it internally on 
the new chassis. 

The motherboard, once 
removed from the original 
case, is screwed into the 
new case using plastic 
Spacers., and connections 
are made to the outside 
world using nice 25-way 
ribbony things. There r s 
plenty of room left inside 
the new beast for hard 
drives and things as well 

Oh no! What about the 
keyboard? Out of its A500 
case it looks horriblE. The 
motherboard connection 
can be made to the DIN 
socket on the front of the 
new case and, with a nice 
curly wire and DIN plug 
from Tandy, a lead can be 
constructed for the key- 
board So where can I find 
a case for the darn key- 
board? 

Now, I might play a tot 
of games and things, but 
an Amiga without its key- 
board is about as useful as a 
working ST. My best buddy 
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Congratulations on winning the 
Metamorph-of-the Month competition! 
Turning your A5QQ into a mini tower is a 
dream shared by many an Amiga owner as, 
regardless of the cost-effectiveness of such 
a solution, they love the image boost. 

The only add-on keyboard I know of is 
the Checkmate Digital unit. For £59.95, you 
can experience the joys of a rattling, badfy 
fitting, bouncy mounting whose only posi 
live features are that it is the ONLY one 
available and that empty it serves well as a 
coffee tray. 

If you've gone to the trouble of assem- 
bling the tower r however, the CDL unit is 
the only serious option, Call them on (071) 
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Short circuit 

! read with interest the letter from Andy 
Hamilton in the August issue, since I fixed an 
identical sounding problem on my A500 last 
month 

One month alter the warranty had expired 
(naturalty), the internal drive started grving 
spurious readiwnte errors at regular intervals. 
Hiving checked for viruses, head alignment 
(by formatting a fresh drsJc then trying to read 
it back), and using a head cleaner, all to no 
avail, I decided to have a took myself rather 
than spend a fortune having it repaired. 

After much poking around inside tooking for 
loose chips and dry pints - the most common 
causes oF these kind of hardware faults - I 


fmatty noticed that where the RF shielding had been 
toucNng the cables connecting the drive to the moth- 
erboard the insulation on the cables had been par- 
baMy worn away. 

Not enough was gone for the wires to short to each 
other, but enough damage had been done to let them 
ihort to the shielding. I was able to fix the problem by 
bending the metal plate hack so that it was well dear 
of she wires though even if the cables had been more 
bad-*- damaged it would still have been much cheaper 
L replace mem than to have the machine repaired. 

Smce the design of the A500 means the shielding 
wnl jsually he rubbing against the drive cables, I sus- 
peel that this is a common fault on these machines. I 
would suggest readers whose machines are out of war- 
ranty carry out some preventative medicine by bend- 
ing back the metal plate belore the symptoms occur, 
since rf drive leads start shorting out they could cause 
serious damage 

Dave Kirby, Swindon 

Inexperienced AS QO owners could also cause a 
great deal of damage if they started poking around 
in their machines with a screwdriver! The tip is 
appreciated but remember If your machine is 
under warranty or you're at all doubtful about 
opening up the Amiga, DON'T DO HI 

Bitmap bother 

i m having problems with my hard drive. Every time I 
boot up it takes three to four minutes of messing 
about before it validates itself, and won't finish loading 
programs until it's stopped messing around, 

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get an "Error - is not validated" menage and the File 
isn't saved until validation is complete. If I turn off the 
computer before validation ss finished, I get the same 
message immediately on booting up again. 

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Radio mentals 


Duncan Webster's letter on the subject of sending 
data from one modem to another using a walkie- 
talkie prompted several replies, some of which were 
more constructive than others. Here's a selection for 
anyone thinking of putting an Amiga on air. 

I should cocoa! 

I tried exactly the same thing as Mr Webster. With a 
hot chocolate tin (Woof! - Ed)- No - don't turn the 
page or put down the mag yet. Simply by using it as 
an aerial booster, all I did was wrap some stiff copper 
wire on the outside and used the rest as a down lead 
to the walkie-talkie. 

Making the down lead is very easy. When you have 
finished wrapping the copper wire - about 3 feet will 
do - use another Foot of wire as a down lead by 
wrapping It with insulating tape. Be careful, however, 
to use some form of multimeter as you can Only use 
so much unlicensed radiowave space. You could find 
yourself on the amateur band and get nicked for not 
having a licence. 

Anyway, connect the down lead with a crocodile 
clip to the aerial and hope for the best. I'd say a 300 
to 1200 baud modem would suit better over the air 
as faster modem speeds often scramble up the data. I 
had a very interesting talk with a friend this way! You 
could try Ma pirns for information on their Heath kit 
equipment for gathering clear signals. 

Simon tanning, Marlow, Bucks 

You II have a more than interesting conversation 
with Mr Policeman If you're not careful! By all 
means, experiment with your Amlgas and get the 
best from them, but try not to land In court while 
you're at it. 

If In doubt, check the CB and amateur radio 
regulations before rigging up your Amiga In this 
fashion. 


Iceland but. they don't seem to know much about 
computers. They mostly just want to sell agricultural 
machinery. I'm enclosing printouts of my startup- 
sequence. Could it have anything to do with the WAIT 
command? 

|on Arnarson, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland 

The problem lies not in your startup- sequence but 
in the root block of your hard drive. This Is where 
the "Bitmap" resides,, a file you can think of as a 
digital map of the location of every file on your 
disk, 

Ff, for example* two or more flies are trying to 
occupy the same space on a hard drive, the bitmap 
will freak out and fall to validate. This Is the most 
common cause of unvalidated hard disks and, 
although very annoying, is quite easy to fix. 

The best program I've used far validation prob- 
lems Is FixDisk 1.2. This was given away on our 
March coverdisk and Es also available from most PD 
libraries. 

To fix your validation problems using FixDisk, 
click on the ''Directory 1 ' button, then on DHO*. The 
program will run through the contents of your hard 
drive and alert you to any problem files. It will then 
give you the option of deleting the offending file or 
the one it is clashing with. 

DQ NOT delete the file offered to you. Instead* 
delete the ''other" file with which the first one is 


Illegal speagal 

It is quite possible, technically, to link a modern to a 
radio transmitter in order to send data to a remote 
station {millions of kilobytes travel that way every 
day! - E 6} is it makes no difference whether the link 
is a phone line or a radio wave. Where Mr Webster 
is falling down is probably in the equipment he is 
using. 

The fact that he describes his radio set as a 
"'walkie-talkie" Nads me to believe that he is using a 
CB hand-held transceiver and if this is the case he has 
several problems. The first of these is that thers is 
probably no provision for an external input, thus pre- 
venting a direct connection between the modem and 
the handset. 

The next problem is one of low power. Very few 
walkie-talkies are capable of the full legal limit of 4 
watts. Add to this the problem of interference on CB 
frequencies and the chances of a clean exchange of 
data between the two stations are very doubtful 
sndeedi, even if Only Over a distance of a mite. 

One final point against using this method of data 
transfer is, and I quote from the official CB Radio 
licence terms and conditions: "The licensee may use a 
CB station for sending and receiving only messages in 
plain speech 11 . 

In other words, the transmitting of computer data 
is illegal on these frequencies and may bring the DTI 
knocking on the door, in which case sending the data 
down a phone line could well work out cheaper 
after all 

Cyril Mokes, Nottingham 

Hmm - your letter puts a bit of a dampener on the 
issue, but the legal situation can't be contested. 
We're not going to encourage readers to break CB 
regulations, but I'm not sure that Mr Webster was 
using a CB radio, so... 


trying to compete for disk space. Don't ask me why, 
but FixDisk crashes if you decide to delete the first 
file offered to you. 

Once you've got rid of the culprit, re-boot and 
check your drive again. 8e warned that you may 
have to do this several times if your bitmap is 
severely scrambled. 

Printer problems with QED 

I would appreciate some help regarding the SID on the 
workstation disk. I'm using QED for editing script files 
to use with a menu program, 

I've copied QED to a new disk and made it auto 
booting as explained in the July issue of your maga- 
zine. My problem is how to get it to print? I keep 
getting a message J, cannotopen printer device' 1 . 

My Workbench and Workstation have been cor- 
rectly set up so why aren't I getting any results? 

Mike Hemming Redditch Worcestershire 

Well as any regulars will know printer problems are 
the most common cause of sleepless nights in the 
computing community. Fortunately in your particu- 
lar case the answer appears to be a simple one* 
Your problem is probably the lack of a dm direc- 
tory on you new disk, within which you should cre- 
ate a printer directory into which should be placed a 
copy of your printer driver from either the 


Workstation or Workbench. Because your new disk 
autoboots, the Amiga regards it as the system dish 
and will look only there for any external devices or 
driven that QED might require. 

As a result It wifi ignore any other disks, even 
if they are set up perfectly for printing. You 
shouldn't have any problems creating and copying 
the various directories and files thanks to good 
old 51D 

Have fun... 

Hard choices 

I have a 1.3 A5QQ with A501 memory expansion and 
external floppy, and recently bought Pa geSelter II 
which is an excellent low cast DTP package. However, 

I seem to be continually running out of memory, and 
especially chip memory when using PageSetter. I 
realise there are a few options open to me r but would 
like help in choosing the most sensible. 

1 . Is it easy to fit a Fatter Agnus and if I fit it myself will 
l invalidate my warranty? If so, will Ft be invalidated 
fitted by an official dealer? 

2. Will fitting the ICO AdftAM board invalidate the war- 
ranty? 

3. is it better to buy a hard drive and memory expan- 
sion, or hard drive wflh memory expansion on-board, 
such as the Evesham Micros 40Mb NEC with 2Mb fit- 
ted? The latter is the cheaper and therefore more 
attractive option. 

4. Would I need an upgraded power supply? 

Brian Nlsbet, Glasgow 

You seem to have a fairly well-balanced approach 
to the upgrading question., so there's not much I 
can tell you except make your mind up and take the 
plunge- However, there are a few points to make 
on your questions. 

!. Check to make sure your ASDO doesn't already 
have a Fatter Agnus. There are PD programs such 
as AgnusCheek and Syslnfo which will do this for 
you. If you have an old Agnus* you'd be advised to 
consult your dealer. 

Commodore don't have an Agnus upgrade 
option at the moment, but a qualified official 
dealer should he able to fit one with ease. Check 
before you take this option to make sure it doesn't 
affect your Commodore extended warranty. There 
should be some way of ensuring the warranty Is still 
valid If you have the modification carried out by an 
official dealer. 

2. Yes, the ICD board connects to the Gary chip, so 
you have to open the A500 to fit It properly, thus 
Invalidating the warranty. If you're going to 
attempt DTP work, you'll have to upgrade your 
chip memory somehow, and the ICD board's Gary 
connection allows the use of 1Mb chip ram if you 
have a Fatter Agnus, but losing your extended wan 
ranty could be a high price to pay for the extra half 
meg. 

3. It's horses for courses as far as your hard drive 
choices are concerned. The advantage of drives 
which come with slots for extra memory is that 
they keep the number of bits and pieces sticking 
into or out of your machine to a mini mum. 

On the other hand, if the drive blows up on you 
It takes your extra ram with it. The Evesham Micros 
A590-ba&ed NEC drive is a solid and reliable, if not 
blisteringly fast, option, 

4. You won't need an upgraded power supply if 
you go for a hard drive with extra memory on 
board, as these all come with their own power sup- 
plies. Ifi on the other hand, you buy one of the 
larger memory upgrade boards, you'd be advised 
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just 5 removal man and to 
prove it l' I! be looking at 
what lurks among the thirty command 
buttons that ate all too often over- 
looked. 

Before we start please spare a 
thought for the long 'Suffering author, 
namely Timm Martin, who richly 
deserves any contributions you may feel 
the urge to send. If anyone deserves a 
contribution he does. You'll find hh 
address on the last page of the 
Workstation manual. 


PRINT, EDIT 
and XEDIT 

The Print option is rather seif explana- 
tory and providing you've installed the 
correct printer driver there shouldn't be 
any problems. 

Installing a driver is a simple process 
- just select the driver of your choice 
and use SID to delve into the devs and 
copy the driver Into the printer direc- 
tory. 

Next on the list we have Edit which 
as you're probably aware enlists the 
help of Q£D by first loading it and then 
automatically listing the script file ready 
for editing. Ideal for the ever-changing 
startup-sequence. 

The final part of the initial trilogy is 
XedSL This, like Edit r enlists the help of 
another hidden utility, namely 
NewZap. With the aid of this particular 
utility you'll be able to edit all manner 
of file sectors and codes all from the 
comfort of your own home. 

NewZap is mainly aimed at the more 
expert Amiga fan so be careful if you J re 
just dabbling - it could end in tears. 
The utility's primary use is to examine 
Ascii and binary within a file whilst 
searching for those elusive key 
sequences, digits and characters that 
are guaranteed to make your hacking 
life a little easier. 


VIEW, READ 
arid XREAD 

View, as you might be aware, allows 
you to examine any standard Amiga 
image without the hassle of loading an 
entire paint package to do it. If you 
have a favourite viewer among the hun- 
dreds lurking within the PD it's a simple 
matter to replace the new for the old 
and, of count, adjust the relevant line 
in SID's config file. 

The Read option wilt allow you to 
examine any Ascii file, which in most 
cases will mean documents and rtpdme 
files which you'll find liberally spattered 
around on almost every disk. If you're 
reading a big file or one which you 
want to print, a better option might be 
be to use PPmore which youll find lurk- 
ing on the pull downs sn the main 
Workstation screen. 

Xread, like Xedit, is of more use to 
130 the expert than the beginner and grves 


Paul Austin puts his foot down and 
explains how to speed up good old SID 



accelerate SID 


you the option to read the Hex from 
any file in a similar way to Xedit, but 
with Area d you J re limited to observa- 
tion only. 

HEAR, MAKEOIR 
I COMMENT 

The Hear option is another automati- 
cally triggered utility which will 
autoload ary IFF sound sample and 
play it at the correct pitch no matter 
what the sample rate. 

If you're not sure as to the identity of 
a file remember that all can be revealed 
thanks to the Desk option which can be 
accessed with a dick of the right mouse 
button at the bottom of 5fD J s custom 
screen. 

Makedir is next and one of the 
essentials as far as SID's concerned. 
Things literally couldn't be simpler, just 
select the disk of your choice and hit 
the button, add the new directory 
name and youll have an instant empty 
directory ready anct waiting. 

The Comment option is another 
essential if your memory is anything like 
mine. After all, it's very easy to forget 
crucial information on a particular file 
and this is where Comment comes into 


its own by allowing you to add those 
few words that can reveal all about a 
particular file. 

Again, to read comments simply 
click on the Note option after following 
the same procedure as Desk. 

RUN, EXECUTE 
OTHER 

Run, as you might expect, does exactly 
that and can be very handy. If, for 
example, you wish to use a program 
from a disk which you didn't boot 
from, simply load the directory, select 
the file and hit the button. 

Execute is very similar to run but of 
course operates on executable files. If 
you have a problem deciding whether a 
file is either runnable or executable use 
the Desk once again to give you an idea 
of what you're dealing With, 

Other is the last of this particular trio 

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 it's 
worth checking out Page 1 38 lor 
details about what you're missing 
and how you can get in on the act. 


and by far the most interesting. It 
allows you to define a command of 
your own to this particular button. 

To make use of it first copy the utility 
of your choice to let’s say the C; direc- 
tory on the Workstation. Then edit 
SID's config file giving the Other com- 
mand the correct path and file name. 

COPY, MOVE 
and DUP 

I doubt there's any need to explain 
Copy as it’s sure to be the most well 
worn button on the screen but Move is 
often forgotten in the rush. 

Move should be almost as heavily 
used as copy as it is perhaps the 
most efficient of all the duplication rou- 
tines. 

Dup allows you to automatically 
rename and duplicate a tile onto the 
same disk. Although this isn't a regular 
occurrence it can still save a hell of a lot 
of renaming:, copying and deleting 
when compared to the manual 
method. 

Next month I'll explain the rest of 
the commands and have a closer look 
at customising SID's config file. Until 
next month, bye for now.,. 



expansion 






ince Spectrum owner i first 
went mad over D'KtronitJ add^ 
on keyboards to supplement 
their ^dead ffeih" rubber keyboards, 
home computer users have sought to 
upgrade their machines with bolt-ons 
and screw-om, Everyone, from the 
humblest ZXfil owner with a wobbly 
ram expansion to the PC owner thirst- 
ing for the kudos only a tower <asing 
can bring, has dreamed of transforming 
their frog into Prince Charming with 
the kiss of the magic screwdn^gf. 

Amiga 500 owners wifr'a little slow 
to catch the body-building bug, but 
their desire for everything from 
memory to & separate 
plete with curly cable can now 
lated into reality thanks to three B 
upgrade paths. All you need to do >■. 
leave about 300 sovs under your 
for the Lin box fairy,,, 

But why? A sensible, leveT-fs* Sm! 
A50O owner confronted by the need to 
upgrade would quickly conclude that a 
hard drive, & meg of ram, a 
accelerator, and a fikfccr fixer can aN be 
fitted to his or her machine wsth 
no external protruberances, so tunning 
have the peripherals manufacture 
become. 

Because the sensible, lev d- headed 
ASOO owner Is an entirely 




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disti 




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beast, and since cramming more and 
more silicon inside an already over- 
heated, underpowered case is a road 
leading eventually to Curuiand, more 
and more Amigans are reaching the 
conclusion that there's more to upgrad- 
ing than adding a few spoolers and 
f l£hy hubcaps The A50O ts not, aFter 


looks 


mind thV needs of the 
ader, the ^ most preying 
which to ]™^jy offePlii 

of features it adds to. 


rs 

ere are three reap tic Upgrade 

opbonsro^HJ^HK ambitions can- 
not be contained within the ASOO's 
flimsy plastic case. The first to appear 
was A1500 Limited's unit, which HI 
refer to as the A1 500 shell to avoid con- 
Fusion, (hen Commodore launched a 
very competitively priced At 500 bun- 
dle, and now there's the Bodega Bay 
unit from the States 

They' all seek to satisfy the upgradef 
in different ways, so well attempt to 
highlight thfir respective strengths and 
weaknesses in the hope of making your 
choice a little clearer, 



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At first glance, the AT 500 shell is the 
cheapest of the three units. It is also, 
however, the most basic in terms of 
features and expansion opportunities. 

If purchased on its own, the A1 500 
shell expansion is fust that - a shell. For 
your money you get an At 000-style 
system box and a separate keyboard of 
sturdy metai construction, some ribbon 
connectors, and a curiy cable for the 
keyboard. There is also a fairly useful 
manual to guide you through fitting 
your A500 in its new home, but it is at 
this point that the A1500 shell starts to 
show its roots in the enthusiast market. 

To 9et an ASOO into the A15G0 shell 
you have to open the machine, thus 
invalidating your warranty, take the 
motherboard and keyboard out sepa- 
rately, screw them into the system box 
and keyboard housing, then re-mount 
your internal drive or a saddle mount- 


PuJfififf mwekt with a shew 


The A 1500 Shell 

Manufacturer- A I SCO Lid 081.907 U16 
Supphrr A 1500 Ltd • Price £235 



ing wh<h 4 he! rtsrf to adjust After a 
tot of messing about wth n&bon con- 
nectors and a great deal of fiddling 
with the dw, youT be the proud new 
owner of a machint which b cosmeti- 
cally rather appealing, but which in 
electronic teems rs <Jentx* to the ASOO 
you started with 

Major surgery 

To be fair to the AT 500 sN4. A h an 
enthusiast 1 } option, and its de-agr lends 
itself more to *n open mded upg 
approach. As mth it kl wm lor tfrow 
with a definite arm. such m shotting 4 m 
a 19fn music rid with the j d 1 
mounting kit 

The truth is a affile hard to swaiow 
however, as th t unit still requw the 
addition of a DUC daughter b Mfd 
with one half length sloe before hjther 
hardware can be bohed 
Of the overrider bo« wifri to 
two full-length slots which 4 
time of writing is still not 
available 

As a straightforward re- 
boa, A 1 500 shell rs a solid 
and sturdy unit on which 
even the heaviest monitor 
can be pbnked without ririL 
The system box cs reasonably 
sleek, if a little rough around 
the edges, and the finished 
effect is of a business-like 


desktop computer. The keyboard is 
possibly the A 1500 shells weakest fea- 
ture. As a simple metal box into which 
the original A5O-0 keyboard construe 
tion is fitted without further ceremony, 
it falls far short of the sort of profes- 
sional quality keyboards we are accus- 
tomed to using or home computers 
these days. It is certainly a pale shadow 
of the separate keyboard on a 
Commodore A20QO 01 A 1500. 

If you're a big* fan of soldering irons, 
and need an Amiga casing which will 
allow you to take a very individual 
upgrade path, the A1500 shell is a 
good enthusiast s option. 

lf F on the other hand, you are an 
ASOO owner requiring an upgrade box 
which will enable you instantly to 
peripherals you would not have 
b#en able to me with the ongtnar 
fl *tn nt or if you would rather crq» a 
tteiy road with youf eyes dosed than 
90 near a screwdrruer or soklenng iron, 
ttm product a not for you. 

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Bodega Bay 

Manufacturer: California Access 
(0101)408 378 0340 
Supplier ZCL Holdings Ltd. Phone 
Daw Cheetham on 0543 4T481 7 
Price: £239 Or £349 with Malibu 
hard drive controller card 

Whatever the Bodega Gay expansion 
unit is, it is not beautiful. It is, in fact, a 
hulking great brute of a thing which jits 
on top of your ASOO like a troll on a 
rock and frowns over the keyboard at 
you. Not so much an add-on as a 
squatxsn. 

in most Other respects, the CA-500 ii 
an unusually elegant common -sense 
(o ;he problem of upgrading 
"V Amiga Quite literally, the California 
Ac cevs people have worked out what 
42 00 'eatures were left out of the 
4500 put most of them in a big box, 
and bolted it on to the side of the 500. 


Edge it in 

Users who view their warranty a* sacro- 
will be pleased to note that the 
CA-500 doesn't invalidate it. There's no 
need to open the Amiga to fit the unit 
because it simply slots into the edge 
connector on the feft-hand side of the 
machine. 

This doesn't mean you'll never have 
to wield a screwdriver, but it does 
mean you'll never have to take it to the 
Amiga. As the CA-500 is complete with 
all expansion slots and forms a separate 
boft-on unit, you 'If only ever have to 


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► expose the CA-500 to plain view. The 
basic unit, once added to the AS 00, 
comes very close to transforming your 
Amy into an AZOOO. It contains four 
full-size Zorro II 1 00 pin slots, three of 
which Are IBM- compatible and there- 
fore capable of accepting a bridge- 
board, and all of which have removable 
slots to the rear of the unit allowing for 
daisy-chained hard dnves, 

Handy features 

In addition, the CA-500 has an integral 
200 watt P5U to power all that extra 
hardware and its own coaling fan to 
Stave off the onset of meltdown once 
you've packed an BMb ram card, a 
210Mb hard drive, and an accelerator 
card into it. These are not just handy lit- 
tle features. 

II you're serious about expanding 
your Amiga, you will certainly need a 
meatier power supply because the orig- 
inal A5Q0 unit becomes uncomfortable 
with anything more than an extra hatf 
meg and a second floppy. And if you 
put peripherals in a confined space 
without a cooling fan you'll soon be 



paying regular 
visits to the 
Guru. 

Another 
neat design 
point is the 
inclusion oi an 
AC output 
socket, com- 
plete with 
1 1 0V-240V 
switch, into 

which your 

monitor can ta*|mr »**■**■■* 
be plugged. 

You'll have to fit a thre^pin kettle-style 
connector to the monitor instead of a 
standard Bntish plug, but the ability to 
switch your system off and on with a 
single flick is a bonus which makes it 
worthwhile, 

Drive bays 

The bask CA-500 has two front- loading 
drive bays into which the user can fit 
5 25 In floppies oi r with an optional fclt r 
standard 3,5m drives, There is also a 
separate mounting area tor 15in hard 

****■•*■■**■****•* 


drives, so you 
needn't use 
up a drive 
bay far your 
hard drive, 
The hard 
drive bay is a 
blessing as 
far as CA-500 
is concerned. ^ 
The four 

expansion 
slots are 
spaced no 
farther apart 
than in the A2QQ0, and as they are 
arranged horizontally, slotting cards in 
and out of them is a good deal trickier. 

A lull height hard drive takes up 
most of the space available, so the abil- 
ity to mount the hard drive separately 
of the controller card without robbing 
the user of a floppy drive bay is a boon 
when space is at a premium. 

The onE notable omission is the 
video port, essential if you want to fit a 
flicker fixer or any number of other 
video peripherals. Although it's true 
that the A1500 shell is also lacking in 

t»««t*t***** l( *** 


this area, you pay the extra cash for a 
CA-500 because it promises much 
greater instant expandability, and to 
leave out the video port at a time when 
it is becoming more and more impor- 
tant Dn the Amiga is a major oversight- 
The CA-500 is, overall, a well built 
and well balanced upgrade system. It 
may be larger than your average dou- 
ble bed, and almost offensively styled, 
but it is still the best option for expan- 
sion opportunities. 

I personally wouldn't pay the £100 
asking price, but there are no doubt 
many aspiring A500 owners who will 
think the four slots, the fan, and the 
PSU worth the outlay. 


Features 



Value-fo r-mon 
Overall 



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Commodore A1500 

Manufacturer: Commodore Business Machines (UK) • Supplier: (Among others) Silica Systems (081) 


ce: £699 or £999 with 10845 monitor 


32 


The Commodore At 500 is a cheat - it's 
actually an A200D with an extra floppy 
dr we and a different sticker on the sys- 
tem box, As a marketing ploy, bundling 
the machine with a monitor and a 
selection of software and cutting its 
price to below that of the 2000 means 
that AS 00 owners have an "official" 
upgrade path which is even more 
accessible than the trade-in deal 
Commodore were offering last year. 

To take this path, you'd have to sell 
your AS 00 and make up the difference, 
but as a 1Mb A50Q with software can 
usually be sold for £300 second-hand, 
the cost of an A1500 in cash terms 
drops to a level close to what you'd pay 
for one of the two units we've already 
discussed. As some retailers are offering 
the AT 500 without monitor for £700, 
you'd be paying £1 00 more - assuming 
your A500 went for £100 - for this 
option than for the Bodega Bay CA- 
500, and £170 more than for the 
A 1500 shell- 

What's in the box? 

The excellent software bundle is aimed 
at the home family user, and includes 
The Worksl Platinum Edition, which is a 

wo rdproc es sor- spt ea d sheet- d a tabase 

package, and PPaint III to emphasise 
the productivity side of the Amiga. For 
games players, there is Sim City (with 
terrain editor), Populous (with Promised 
Lands), Their finest Hour, and Battle 
Chess, so it's a games pack designed to 
appeal to older users - mum and dad - 
as well as the kids. 

It's a poorly disguised A2000, the 


mainstay of the serious Amiga market 
for years, and offers by far the best 
expansion opportunities of all the 
upgrades on test. There are two full and 
three halt-size 


A 1 500's most ergonomic feature. 
Unlike the A1500 shell, which has a 
dodgy re-housing for the A500 key- 
board, or the CA-500, which retains the 
original key- 


. a 1 1 * '* f.„l * .1 

t ) ,/Tfif 



Slots, a copro- 
cessor slot, a 
video slot, and 
two IBM-com- 
patible slots. 

There's room 
for one 5-2 Sin 
and two 3, Sin 
floppies, 
though the 

3. Sin bays are 

both full on 

the Official IVw Aaro Con^naiioTt 

A1SOO, and 

the machine has a built-in 170 watt 
PSU and efficient cooling fan. 

The A1 500 won't be winning any 
beauty contests, its case is a throwback 
to when PCs were PCs and to make It in 
a man's world you had to make your 
statement with sheer bulk. The most 
vociferous visual statement you'll hear 
from an A150Q is "I'm a great big fat 
ugly box!" 

The keyboard is probably the 



board com- 
pletely, the 
Commodore 
A1500 has a 
sleek, sepa- 
rate key- 
board. The 
action of the 
keys is better 
than on the 
A5Q0, if a lit- 
tle chunky for 
some peo- 
ple's tastes, 
and the cable is long enough to enable 
you to use it on your lap 


should always check for potential 
incompatibility before shelling out for 
an upgrade 

On the brighter side, the A1500 will 
accept any and all A2000 peripherals 
and cards. As the standard for serious 
Amiga use until the A3000 lakes over - 
if it ever does! - there are a huge num- 
ber of peripherals available on the 
Al 500/2000 which A500 users can only 
dream ot using. For example, 1 doubt 
very much if, when the Video Toaster 
finally makes its PAl debut, there will 
be an A5 00 version. 



Peripherals 

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to use 
many A5O0 peripherals with the Al 500. 
Instead of the male edge connector on 
the A500 it has female slots on the 
inside. All peripherals which would nor- 
mally fit in external ports, such as disk 
dnves and printers, should work with 
the Al 500, but some peripherals have a 
problem due to the changed layout of 
the ports. 

ftombo's Vidi-Amiga for the A500 is 
one which won't fit without the aid of 
an extended ribbon cable because the 
parallel port on the Al 500 is next to 
the video port and the Vidi-Amiga box 
dashes with your monitor cable. 
Problems such as this are rare, but users 


I 

Conclusion 

1 The r 

hree options are dear 

1 enough, If you are a member of 

the so 

Idering iron brigade and 

prefer 

a completely open-ended 

Amiga 

re-box, you should go for i 

thf Al 

500 shell. The majority of 

ordina 

ry Amiga users, though, 

would 

be advised to stay well 

clear □ 

f it and settle either for a 

CA-500 

or go the whole hog and 

1 nog the A5DO in favour of an 1 

A 1500. 


The 

final decision wllf come i 

down l 

0 cost and the individual 

needs 

of the upgrade but if 

asked f 

° plump for one opt km. 

I d go 

For jelling my A5DQ and 

buying 

the A1500. !l cojis a bit i 

more, but the machine is immea- 1 

1 surably 

tetter than any number 1 

of re-boxed A500i and is solid 1 

enough 

to last for years - even if 1 

1 El h still 

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H enrietta's Book of Spells, 
from ScellandeTs range of 
educational packs, covers 
the ? to 14 age group. I found il to be 
a reafly enjoyable way for young b^iins 
to be tested. 

The story on which the program is 
based is just as intriguing as playing the 
games. Henrietta and Henry have been 
happily married for a whole two weeks. 
However Henry's inquisitive nature led 
him to Spellakrt, where Morgana the 
Morbid lives. 

Henry was unfortunately turned into 
a fat Irog! You have to help Henrietta 
restore him to bis former good-looking 
self by completing the five brain- teas- 
ing games. 

At the end of each game you are 
given a letter. Once you have com- 
pleted all five games you have to make 
a word using the letters you have col- 
lected, You must complete the games 
as quickly as you can there is a high 
score table on which you tan have your 
name displayed if you are one of the 
fastest. 

After typing in your name you are 
asked what size of words you want to 
try, This means how many letters you 
would like your words to consist of. You 
can choose between five and ran* fet- 
ters. 

Your spell book is now open, display- 
ing the five games which are Flash, 
Complete,. Crack-iC Hang-up and 
Jumbles, You choose which game you 
would like to play first. There jt 
levels it which each game ti r ^ ere 
played - easy, medium and hard 


Options 


Sound Determines whether the various sound effects used through- 
out the program are on Of off. 

Difficulty Sets gener.r oi question difficulty. 

Clue penalty Determines the- in seconds) to be added each lime 

the student asks for a due. 

Sections Chooses the questions that the program is to ask, 

Record results Switches on or off the comprehensive results monitoring 
facility, to record students 1 progress. 

Size of word lit You can access two lists, either small (up to 50 words for 
each word size) or large (up to 500 words for each word 
size). This option determines which will be used. 


About the games 

FLASH: In this one a word i flashed on 
the screen. You have a few seconds to 
identify or memorise It before t disap- 
pears. You then have to type word. 

If you get it correct, Henry the frog 
will move one place doser to HermetU 
who is standing opposite him ir you 
answer incorrectly the skeleton w II 
move one place closer to Morgana who 
is also standing opposite him 

A little warning - one of the skele- 
ton r s moves is equal to about four of 
yours. If you missed what the word 
flashed was, or need to see how to spell 
it correctly, press FI for help 
COMPLETE: The namt of m game 
explains this one. You simply have to 
complete the word that is on the 


screen If you answer correctly then 
Henrietta, who is on a skateboard, 
moves one place closer to Henry. If you 
answer incorrectly it's one move to the 
skeleton. If you are stuck and need 
nelp s press FI and you will be given 
one of the missing letters that are in the 
word. 

CRACK- IT; For this sometimes difficult 
game you have to track the code to 
find out what the word is. There is a 
clue box which gives you what letters 
should be changed, for example, this is 
what may be in the clue box: q=p b=a 
o=n e=d and b=a, The word m the clue 
box is "panda". So after looking at the 


Educational games 
for children 
reviewed by a 
spellbound Sarah 
Williams, aged 13 


Casting clever 


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tfwjc who don't Hrtwri qucfclv «*» 

due box I have worked out that the let- 
ter I should type in is the letter that 
comes before the code letter in the 
alphabet. Sounds complicated, but it's 
OK once you've tried ft. 

Again, if you answer correctly, it's a 
move to you. If you answer incorrectly 
the skeleton moves. 

HANG UP: Well we've all played hang- 
man before and that's all there is to this 
game. But as well as getting the word 
before the man is drawn, you have to 
beat Morgana to the lop ol the ladders. 
JUMBLE: In this game you have to 
unjumble the letters and make a word. 
If you are right you get to move, but if 
you are wrong that dreaded skeleton 
and Morgana: will move. 


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VScan verdict 

l thought I would write in to put 
the matter straight regarding | 

Gower's letter in the August 
issue. Mr Gower complains of not 
having heard from Arthur Hagen, after 
sending in his registration "fee" for VScan 4.98c. 

Firstly, the registration fee was in fact, and still is, a 
donation to a childrens' hospital. None of the money 
ever went into Mr Hagen's pockets. 

Secondly, and mast importantly, Arthur Hagen 
includes the following explanation for hii lack af 
response in the latest version of VScan which is 5.06. 

"As my health has tailed me. I've spent most of the 
time since last summer in hospital. This means that I've 
been unable to answer all letters sent to me regarding 
VScan. I apologise for this, and trust you to forgive me. 

“As I have been unable to answer ail letters request- 
ing registered versions of VScan, I've decided to drop 
the registered version entirely. This means that all 
functions are now accessible from any copy of VScan, 
so no registered copy is now needed. I still trust every- 
one who uses this program to send S10 or more, 
which will be forwarded to a hospital for rheumatic 
children here in Norway. 

"Please note that my address has changed. The cor- 
rect address is now: Arthur Hagen, Skorkeberg A He 
1 3F, N-1440 DROflAK, Norway" 

Dave Wind era, CIX 

Pleased to put the record straight Dave. I hop# that 
everyone who is using VScan sends off their chari- 
tyware donation to Arthur. 

Ripping yarns 

I am writing this letter because of some of the contents 
of your CoverDisk for |une 1991. I am referring to 
those "Superb Samples' 1 in the Samples directory, or 
more precisely, the “Funky Drummer" sample. 

That Sample is actually the drum intro to the sang 
"I Am Stretched On Vour Grave" from Sinead 
O'Connor's album "I Do Not Want What I Haven't 
Got". 

Everyone can have their own opinion about using 
samples from other peoples work in songs (I hate it), 
but let's keep that debate where it belongs (the 
court77). The thing of concern here is that your maga- 
zine is distributing copyrighted material in the public 
domain. 1 realize there are a tot of users out there long- 
ing for good samples to use in their music, but I think 


you should make certain that the samples on the disk 
are really public domain, Otherwise, t really like the 
CoverOisk and your magazine, so keep up the good 
work, but keep the public domain public domain. 

Ove Gustavs son, Sweden. 

We couldn't get hold of Sinead to find out her 
views on the matter - she was probably washing 
her hair. 

The debate about sampling does roll on and on, 
as you rightly point out in your letter. One point I 
would make though Is that Amiga Computing 
CoverDisks are not public domain, 

PD pleasure 

l would like fo take this opportunity to tell everyone 
what a good service Richard Bunman runs. For those 
who didn't read |uly's issue, Richard has set up his own 
PD company, and will copy software on to your disks 


for a mere 40 pence I (postage included). Two days 
after I had sent a blank disk to him his catalogue disk 
arrived. On it was a list of the 200 or so disks in his 
library, a classified section for advertisements, a con- 
tacts section, three great demas, one amazing game 
and one of the best virus utilities available I 

Secondly I would like to ask if anyone can help me 
to make a backup of my favourite game (Turrican) 
using Action Replay Amiga Midi. I can save the initial 
load-up using the 5A command, but I'm not sure how 
to save the memory loaded up between levels, As I like 
to save my high scores this game is prone to disaster, 
and besides I would like to know more about the way 
the Action Replay Cartridge works. 

P Bltli, London. 

Glad to hear that you are getting good service from 
a small operator, true to the spirit of public 
domain. 

We can't really help out with your Action Replay 
problem. It might be worth remembering that even 
making backups is against the law according to the 
copyright act. Take a look at the piracy feature in 
this Issue. 

Heart of the machine 

What happened to Jofyan Ralph's Assembly Language 
bit7 I know you've got Margaret Stanger to do this as 
well as the Code Clinic but when I do assembly lan- 
guage coding I do more than open a window. 

I'm not complaining about what she does but it's a 
bit low tech for people like me who have programmed 
in 68000 for two years and have gone beyond the 
restrictions of the Amiga Operating System. 

What's wrong with a separate section for advanced 
programmers who can swap ideas and things like that? 

Another idea also could be "Best Program Award". 
This could be judged over a three month period or a 
year and the best program used on the CoverOisk gets 
a gold star, big tick and a box of jelly babies for the 
programmer! 

This may bring more programs of a higher stan- 


Customer complaint 

J wonder if you would let me use your letter column to find out if other Amiga owners have experienced from 
Commodore the same tardy standard of customer care that I have. 

My first Amiga developed a fault within one month of purchase and was replaced without question by the 
retailer - first class service, no complaints. However, I had already registered the purchase with Commodore and 
in due course the registration card for the first computer arrived. Since May, repeated letters to seek confirma- 
tion that the warraniy has been transferred to the second computer have not been answered. 

In February of this year | joined the "Commodore Registered Users Club" and paid my dues of £1 7,95, To 
date I have not received any communication from this "club" run by Commodore Again, since May all my let- 
ten to Commodore concerning this club have gone unanswered. 

Are there any Amiga owners out there who are club members and receive their copy of "Command" 
newsletter regularly? Or are there lots of people like me who believe Commodore have an appalling customer 
care service and have ripped them off over the users club? 

ft A Young, Bedfordshire. 

It might not seem like It; but Commodore are actually trying harder these days, I think you will find that 
their Amiga warranty service and user dub are authorised by Commodore but not actually directly oper- 
ated by them. 7 

If you continue to have problems the best thing to do Is go back to your dealer and ask him to contact 
Commodore on your behalf. I hope it all gets sorted out soon. 



dand, only needing a little more effort in some areas to 
produce the best. 

At last nearing the end, I must say I enjoyed reading 
about DMA in issue 18, and hopefully you have plans 
to talk to other gaming people. 

Duncan Chambers, Tyne and Wear 

If you have been metal bashing for two years I am 
sure that our Machine Code column probably Is a 
bit tame -for you. The thing Isy Almanac Is Intended 
for beginners. 

We have been looking Into a productivity soft- 
ware award for a little while now - ever since we 
went to wider pages. Keep watching the magazine 
for some developments In that area. 

I'm glad you enjoyed our DMA Design feature. 
There will definitely be more of the same to come - 
Inside Amigo Comer, which launched this month. 

Sound sensation 

I am a regular subscriber to Amiga Computing through 
my Focal paper shop in Swindon, so as to your card in 
the back of Amiga Computing August '1991 , if I sub- 
scribe I could take my pick of either Sound Sensation 
or two free games. 

Therefore as I am subscribing to your magazine for 
years to come,, what chance have I got to get the 
exclusive personal sound system? 

Colin lackson, Swindon. 

To get your personal sound system all you have to 
do Is switch from newsagent order to direct mail- 
order subscription. As an additional benefit you 
will actually receive the magazine a few days before 
It goes Into the shops. 

Thanks for the memory 

I would like to talk about things in general in '-The 
World Of The Amiga" 1 . Many things are happening 
that people swiftly pass off but never really under- 
stand! For instance, what is Workbench 2 going to be 
like; why all the fuss about ram and memory? 

First off I would like to qualify the amazing stories 
about internal memory, chip and fast ram and Fatter 
Agnus. 

Inside the Amiga are three custom chips to aid it in 
animation/ram handling, graphics and sprite contra^ 
and iound/periptwrals control. These chips are called 
Agnus, Denise and Paula respectively. These three 
chips make up the PAD that puts the Amiga above the 
ST and the like. 

The Amiga A5DG is now the standard Amiga so we'll 


Ezra online 

Ezra Surf can be contacted on a whole host of 
bulletin boards and conferencing systems. If you 
have anything to say, get it oil your cfwsf online? 

Amiga Computing now also has its own 
Fidonet echo which b being earned by BBS sys* 
terns up and down the country Any Fdo sysops 
interested in booking ip shouM contact 01 for 
Amiga to receive this echo 

Additionally ourma; man wrtT: the most, E/n 
Surf, hangs out on the folkwwng uracrs 


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use that as an example: inside the ASOC a 0 5 
megabytes of chip ram. This is the only tnd v ntenv 
oiy that the FAD can use so it is very prec • , 

The PAD can block out the CPU from wig ch t 
ram which can drastically reduce the performm * & 
the Amiga, so to combat this any eiparwrr r *- a 
used as fast ram which only the CPU can us* TVs 
results in a faster computer overall, hi an ideal sre-t^r 
there should be two times more last ran -- r - - 
ram. 

But if you have a 0.5 megabyte inters or*- *rr 
then that isn't fast ram. Commodore aluwtd tta ,_ 
be accessed by the PAD but at a much s Tte : or 
this reason it is called slow ram. It isn't cNj> ix J 
the PAD stores some vital informatjon there 

The reason that the PAD can qnlv use - r- n 

easity explained- In an Amiga there is fast or are 

side and chip ram on the Other; in the nrwki* them a 
the Agnus chip to keep everything settled The *AD 
only has access to the chip ram side wh4e the CM 
straddles them both. To expand the * tup 

ram you must expand the Agnus chip. 

But why do you need more chip ra^ " i\ n{ r * 
you to multitask more than one program 
graphics fasten hut the mast important rf*sor - 
advent of Workbench 2. 

The new Workbench is double the & ifw 
1 .3. it uses a full 51 2k. It is stored in read r- % m e mo r y 
or rom. One law of computing states that j computer 
functions best with twice as much ram at ram Wm 
Workbench 1.1 this was alright, but to ljh WvftSxnt fc 
2.0 then you're going to have to buy a'' 


Sealed off 


I have tome to a stage with my Amiga 500 that I now 
need extra memory. As I am interested in making 
music, r have a growing range of samples and it really 
sets me back when I cannot load some af them into 
memory. 

Anyway, to the point. I recently saw an advert for 
ram expansions la fit in the expansion slot on the 
bottom of the Amiga (1 .5 meg in my case), and I was 
about to send off for it. But first t phoned up 
Commodore and asked them if it would invalidate 
my warranty. 

They said yes, if you break the seals on the bottom 
of the computer. But the expansion slot on Che bot- 
tom of the Amiga doesn't have a ny seals - or are they 
hidden? The company who supplied the ram expan- 
sion said it doesn't invalidate the warranty, so do 


many other companies Either Commodore or 1 
company are wrong or have l got cc 
where along the line? Please help ^ 

Could you also tell me which 
best with the Amiga, for around £KkT I 
to invest in a top of the range synih yet *s i pus wm 
to experiment, 


You will not invalidate your warranty by fitting a 
ram expansion In the trapdoor iiot r There are no 
warranty seals, ftwfllbte or otherwise. 

According to our musk maestro, Paul Austin, 
the best option fe your price range to look at Is 
the Roland CM 32L Midi module and a cheap key- 
board like, for example, the Roland FC200. 


expansion. To provide the punter with more chip ram, 
all new Amiga's come with a fatter Agnus as standard. 
The manuals don't mention this, but it's there. 

Most internal ram expansions now have a chip tarn 
capability that allows the memory to be used as chip 
ram if you have a Fatter Agnus. You do have to solder 
three wires to the Amiga but it is very simple. 

The Amiga A500 comes with 1Mb standard now r 
and a Fatter Agnus. Soon someone is going to solder 
those thre^little wires in the Commodore production 
plant and some lucky people will have more chip pm. 
Just one point: there are three Agnus chip versions. 
Fat Agnus - Old Amiga* come with 
this, 0.5 Mb chip ram 
Fatter Agnus - New Amiga A5GQs 
have this, 1Mb chip ram 
Fattest Agnus - I don't know anyone 
with this but it does exist, 2 Mb chip 
ramlll 

So Commodore has just sent the new Workbench 
be f nalized in a rom chip and rumours roam wild. 
But has anyone considered how much ram rtis going 
Id take up? 

ft v kbeneh 1.3 knocks off 11 Ok out of ram just by 
1 Q v you tan expect about a third increase in 
- for starters That is until you start adding the 
Won* extras such as scalable fonts and hi- res screens 
i. standard. 1 can see it taking up much mare than 
■ • ft e could be talking up to 300k before programs 
SLvt running! 

At -t * , r will know if Commodore have done a 
? “"ow? Well if all those small programs disap- 

pear ----- PD libraries because they've been made 
^kndam then we know it's good. But if loads more 
: appear ! Roll on Workbench 2.1, or even 3,0? 
O* n stop moaning. I lave the Amiga to death 
md Msme more, and I'm saving up my pennies For 
andiyes, I have got a ram expansion I 

Mark Reynolds, Shropshire. 


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Af*** 1 ad you have got that lot off your chest. 

- orve be in doubt about your views on Amiga 


R fhoukfrit be too long before Workbench 2.1 is 
a rtic l e for the Amiga masses. You are right in 
vpyw^g thic Commodore have finally got a version 
‘ 1 pckitart that they are masking into rom. 


Postal pursuits 

Ehe pm few months in your postbag I have seen 
wwri about ordering goods by telephone. 

’ ‘ do a bit of comparing, I ordered items From dif- 
kW c ompames. (I would have done this anyway as 
t • ■mazing the differences in price you get if you 
through a whole Amigo Computing!} 

'"■ r best delivery time was by MJC Supplies of 
letch worth I ordered the goods by phone and 
wet vti on Monday morning at about 10am and 
recewj the goods the next day in the post! I ordered 
tan thrm again and the same happened! 

I - : ■ o . n 7 that the average delivery time is about 
ta* to hv* working days. 

you it doesn't always run smoothly. I placed a 
- order with another firm on $th July as their 
states " Same day despatch", 
i decided to nng them this evening (15th |uty) ^nd 
they adv.-red me that my goods were still in the 
despa tc r - depot css some of their staff were on holiday. 
During the conversation S mentioned the phrase 
'Same day despatch 1 ' flashed on the top half of their 
advert but was told that this only applied to orders 
sent by courier. I looked all over the ad but saw no 
mention of this! Anyway this hiccup won't put me oft 
ordering by phone and card as the mail order compa- > 


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n ^ flies offer the best service, the best range of goods and 
the best prices. 

I have atso decided to dive into the PD market after 
l±J looking through the articles and ads in the magazines 
and have been impressed by some of the software that 
I've received and the prices - well what value! 

I've decided now to stick with 17-Bit Software as 
they give you a customer number (unique I think) and 
that when I tried to order from a library that describes 
itself ^s "The fastest friendliest and most reliable 
library around " 1 1 received the lovely reply, "Huh, we're 
not taking any orders now!" 

I would also like to say that I have bought several 
Amiga mags but none are half as good as the content 
of Am /30 Computing and the CoverDisk, or have pro- 
duced such a good idea as the Workstation disk, Keep 
up the excellent work! 

Marie Steete, Dorset. 

Credit where it Is due on the mall order front. Sorry 
to hear that one of the companies you trusted with 
hard earned cash didn't live up to your expecta- 
tions. 

Any readers who have problems; with mail order 
firms who advertise in Amiga Comput/tf# should 
write to our very own Roger Cook - Michelle 
Allcroft. The address is on page four of this issue. 

PD libraries do tend to vary enormously In qual- 
ity and service. And 17-Bit are not unique with 
membership numbers, but they were certainly one 
of the first to do it. 

The HakPak 

I enjoy your magazine. I read it when my Dad has fin- 
ished with it. I am writing to ask you if you could pub- 
lish some cheats for New Zealand Story (if any). Also it 
would be convenient if you publish cheats and maps 
for Shadow Dancer. I would be very grateful if you 
could. 

Jonathon Whltefl eld, Milton Keynes. 

Look out for lots of cheats to come in our brand 
new Gamer mini magazine and the Gamer HakPak 
series which started in this very issue of Amiga 
Computing. 

CoverDisk cribbing 

l run an Amiga user group which has a public domain 
library for its members. We charge £T .00 inc. Pk? per 
disk. We are always being asked for copies of your old 
CoverDisks. Looking in your latest issue (Aug 91) you 
only have back issue disks from February $1.1 have all 
your CoverDisks (as I always buy Amigo Computing) 
from August 8 $. 

I would like to formally request permission to pro- 
vide your CoverDisks as public domain to our mem- 


Write away! 

Cot something to say through the pages of 
Amiga Computing ? 

Ezra Surf is our mailman, dedicated 10 sil- 
ting in a corner reading your letters and 
selecting the most interesting for publication, 
Ezra's favourite letters now get rewarded 
with exclusive Amrrjfj Computing desiqrrer 1 
shirts. 

Drop him a line at. Ezra Surf's Postbag, 
Amiga Computing, Europo House, Adlington 
Park, Macclesfield SKIQ 4NP. 


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Back issue blues 


I am writing to you, hoping that you will be able to 
help me in the matter of obtaining some issues of 
your magazine. 

After buying the September issue "off the shelf* H I 
decided to place a regular order with my local 
newsagent. When the October issue arrived, how- 
ever,. there was no disk on the cover - the cover had 
been ripped where the disk had been removed. This 
was pointed out to the newsagent, who apologised 
and said he would contact the warehouse and 
despatch the disk as soon as possible. 

A few days later, I was told that the warehouse 
required the magazine to be returned and a new 
copy and CoverDisk would be sent out. By this time. 
I'd been billed for the issue i had, so was a little reluc- 
tant to send it back, but 1 did none the less - after all, 
I was going to get it back... 

I'm still waiting! 

Now I have been told that the current issue (|une 
'91) has gone missing. I was then told that as the 
new issues are coming out, I would not be able to get 


hold of the current one and if I saw it, buy it there 
and then! 

This set me thinking that if they can’t get me an 
issue one month old, what hope have I got of receiv- 
ing my Issue from last October? 

I hope you will be able to advise me on this mat- 
ter, ! kr]pw ! can get recent issues from your mail 
order service, but the list provided only goes back a 
lew months. Are the previous copies still available? 

Ian, Tyne & Wear. 

Back issues seem to be a real problem Tin afraid 
The sad fact Is we under estimated the popularity 
of the magazine in our windswept youthful days 
and now our back issue cupboards are fairly bare. 

Europress Direct a Iways offer back issues for the 
six months preceding the current issue. If you are 
looking for anything older you are on your own. 

Early copies of Amiga Computing are known to 
be changing hands for toe-curling sums of money 
In the Amiga land underground community. 


bers. Hie disks format/layout will not be changed in 
any way. The issues are to be from August 89 to 
January $1, 

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You ramble uncontrollably and I hack and slash let- 
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software for good video titling package. Just use 
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Margaret Stanger dodges an infinite number of 
monkeys to explore the world of random number 
generation. 

MUSIC 153 

In a quest for cut price music programs, Jason 
Holborn gets some cheap thrills from Public Domain 
MIDI offerings, 

COMMUNICATIONS*. *155 ‘ 

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Accept no Imitations! Eddie McKendrick gives you 
the lowdown on how to contact the real Amiga 
Computing via modem. 

AMOS 5 Z.; 

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MULTIMEDIA 


CDTV inside and 


146 


I f you've been reading about CDTV recently, 
you will know that Commodore are going to 
great paini to convince people that it isn't a 
computer. You may also know that inside the 
black box is something not too dissimilar from the 
Amiga 500 with a compact disc drive bolted on. 

So, with screwdriver in hand, 1 dismantled my 
CDTV to find out exactty what's inside it, and l 
discovered a few interesting things. 

The first odd thing about the CDTV is that the 
circuit board is right at the top of the case, with 
the drives, expansion slots and power supply tak- 
ing up most of the space below iL 

Despite the small size of the unit there is still a 
considerable amount of free space inside the box 
- certainly enough to mount an internal hard 
disk, far example. 


Custom interface 


the general build quality of the machine is good, 
there ts a nice, large power supply which can quite 
easily power lots of internal and external peripher- 
als, and a r little fan to keep everything cooL 

The Panasonic CD-ROM mechanism lives 
underneath the circuit board and is not, as many 
people assumed, a SCSI CD-ROM, but has a cus- 
tom direct interface which was, presumably, 
much cheaper for Commodore to incorporate. It 
has a capacity of about 540 Mb (that's the same 
as 700 floppy dtsbl) 

In standard mode it can transfer at l S3Kh/sec r 
which is about average for a CD-ROM drive. The 
much talked -about burst mode which allows 
2Mb/sec data transfer is really not relevant, as a 
burst transfer only lasts a small fraction of a sec- 
ond, and so the overall data transfer rate is still 
no higher. Under made 2 transfers of 1?DKb/set: 
are possible, but to use this the AmigaDQS file 
system must be abandoned and the data read 
directly from disc. 

Also under the board Is what looks like a 


miniature 1.5 in disk drive. On 
closer examination it reveals itself 
to be a drive for smart ram-cards, 
like those found on some portable 
computers, and on many Midi 
instruments. 


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Socket to 'em ! 


The cards will come in 8Kb, 64 Kb, 
256Kb and 5V2Kb sizes, and are 
to be used for saving data from 
the CDTV, It appears as a stan- 
dard Amiga device and can be 
written to just as if it was a floppy 
disk. It doesn't in itself give the 
CDTV any more usable Ram. 

The circuit board is not, as was 
widely rumoured, identical to the 
Amiga 500. It is a totally new 
design, and is a lot more com- 
plex. 

The Amiga 500 has only eight 


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large ICs, the CDTV board has 14 large chips. 
Several of the small chips are surface mounted. 

Surface mount technology is relatively new. It 
allows even greater densities of components to 
be placed on a board, but makes repair at the 
best difficult, if not impossible. 

All the major chips are socketed, which makes 
replacement easy, and there are some old friends, 
and some new arrivals among the chips on the 
board. 

The largest chap on the board is the 6&000. It's 
a straight, SMhz chip, which is a little disappoint- 
ing. Many people were expecting at least a 


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yet offers a great performance benefit. In the end 
Commodore probably decided to stick with the 
standard 6BOOO to make Amiga to CDTV conver- 
sion a relatively easy and hassle-free process. Easy 
conversions means more software, more software 
means more CDTV sales for Commodore, which 
will benefit all of us in the long run. 

The Amiga's custom chips are there too; fatter 
.Agnus, Paula, Denise and Gary. The Denise is the 
original old Denise chip, the new EC5 Denise chip 
doesn't offer many advantages when displayed 
on a television - which most CDTVs are destined 
to be connected. 

The odd and even CIA chips 
are there, and these control the 
disk drive, mouse port, parallel 
and serial ports. Strangely there 
is only one mou^e/joystick port 
connected to the back of the 
machine. If you want to play 
two-player games then you will 
either need one person using a 
wired joystick and the other 
using the remote control, or 
you will have to wait for 
Commodore's infra-red joystick 
controller, which will control 
two standard joysticks. 

Our old favourite, the 
Kicks tart 1 .3 rom is on the 
board too. It is a plain, unadul- 
terated fie the bugs haven't 
been fixed) Kick start 1 .3 rom. 
Commodore have told develop- 
ers that the CDTV will never 


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present 'titles" . 

There ire two extra sockets for the CD Vk 
custom roms. These contain the Hashv graphic 
sequences and all the code needed to dnv« 
the CD. 

At the moment there is a small dai>q*T-r- 
board plugged into these sockets which 
two flash roms (or EEPRQMS - ELectr jlfy 
Erasable Programmable Read Om. 
Memory). In fact, rom is a bad word 
to describe these, as they are tufty 
reprogrammable under software The 
idea behind this is that rl any ma#c* 
problems are found with the CDTV 
operating system, il can be upQ 
in existing machines just by n*w^ * 
floppy disk in an attached d s* '-■* * 

production machines will have Chr* 
replaced by standard rom dmp^ 
existing code has been declared 

There are three new Custom 

for good measure These i i IM, 

the ram card drive, the front panel *-»* n-* 

red receiver. 

The CDTV has IMb oi ch* 
standard, there appears to be v 
the machine's memory to tw 
This, from Commodore * port erf 
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lot easier for "title’ dfrwtiopen A CDTV dn* a 
called a title. Commodore don't non 
using the word software as tbr* Xr * 

CDTV thought of as 


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There is a spare, uniideVo 
the mother-board wh** 
the processor bus, m the s*-* ** 

bus connector on the k$®Q does tfw -- 

not documented anywhere. r 
this is where the under^lMlqpHBi M M ai w 
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Commodore's prophet*^ CPAi 
displays 1/4 screen images r 
ond, a little short of the Kd sow 
frames a second needed r« Ftrt 
Sony, who produce Ihe r-** i Un- 
announced that theif nwc ^ vie (iti ^ 
support next year. 

The problem with Fuf Motxpr > o*-. , « ^ 
the CD-ROM unit. CD-ROM is ml my list ac 
transferring data tt's faster than ftopp* 
but not a lot. A typical hard Or** will 

transfer somewhere be' wen SOCfe arid >»: 
of data per second from the dm* M» — noiy . 
For a CD-ROM the transfer 'i'e i around 
1 SOKWsec. Now, a furf-iaw c unp i med HIM 
image will take up about 50Kb r so rf you warded 
full-screen video from a CD-ROM *xxw wcud grey 
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mages down from SOKb to about 6Kb. 
Impasse? With a standard CDTV, yes, but with 
some complex and very powerful custom proces- 
sors video images can be compressed down this 
4 jj and decompressed back in real-time tor dis- 
play w<th very little loss in picture quality. 


External input 

Turning our attention briefly away from the 
n sides of the machine and to the back of the 
case we Find an assortment of ports which are 
familiar to most Amiga users. 

Standard parallel, serial, monitor, audio and 
disk drive ports are connected. The disk drive 
port is slightly different in that it is wired up so 
that the first external drive is dFO:, the second 
dll and the third df2:_ The CDTV can only sup- 
port three floppy drives, rather than the four that 
me Amiga can support, as there is no internal 
floppy drive and the 23 way connector only has 
enough lines to operate three drives. 

Next to these ports are two small mini-din 
connectors for keyboard and mouse. It was very 
disappointing to find that Commodore did not 
put standard joy stick/mouse/keyboard connec- 
ts on the CDTV, particularly as apart from the 
snape of the connectors they are totally standard. 
N vou have a CDTV and you want a keyboard 
connected to il, all you; have to do is get an 
Amiga 2000 {or 3000) keyboard and wire up a 
DIN to mini-din converter cable using the follow- 
ing pim; 


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good use of these. Wth built-in Midi, a 540Mb 
drive and a shape and size that is ideal for work 
on-stage it would not be surprising to see the 
CDTV making quite an impact in the music scene 
over the next couple of years. 

To the right of the Midi ports are the two 
expansion slots. The slots are not very big, the 
connectors look similar to the type of edge con- 
nectors used in Commodore 64 ca rtndge games, 
SO there won't be a lot of room for complex cir- 
cuiting on them. The Video slot comes occupied 
with the modulator, The PAl modulator has RF in 
and out (You can plug the CDTV in between your 
video and your TV without having to re-tune 
everything) and a composite video output. The 
NTSC modulator also has super VHS output, but 
we don't get that yet over here. 

There is an optional lean connector board 
which gives a kart plug instead of the modula- 
tor. I'd recommend not getting this, but buying a 
cheap Amlga-Scart lead instead and using the 
CDTVs 23 way connector. This leaves the CDTV 
modulator intact so you can use il on a non- Start 
TV without having to switch boards over. 

Digital Creations in the States, the manu- 
facturers of the highly popular - but NTSC only 
at the moment DCTV 24-bit graphics add-on for 
the Amiga have built an internal version of 
the DCTV (called DCTV CDTV!) which will fit 
into the video slot. This will then give the CDTV 
full 24-bit quality graphics, which will 
help to narrow the technical gap between 
CDTV and the rival but much more expensive 
CD-I system 

The other expansion slot, currently empty, is 
for future CDTV add-ons including a lOtiMb 
Internal hard drivel Don't expect this one for a 
while though, the current cost of 2.5in 100Mb 
hard drives fs as much as the CDTV itself! No 
doubt there wifi soon be a vast anay of weird and 
wonderful third party devices to fit into the 
CDTV. Now, can you imagine a home use version 
of the Video Toaster for the CDTV, 


Underneath these standard ports is the power 
c omeclof, a standard,kettle lead power conned 
tor jncl for the first time in an Amiga -based 
machine. M»di™in and out connectors. Already 
there are cities like Music Maker which can make 


The future for the CDTV is going to be an 
exciting one. Stay tuned.... 











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I t's a'comniQn misconception that you need 
a tiding package to produce titles for your 
videos. Sure, irts nice to have a package tha( 
will scroll text around the screen at every con- 
ceivable angle, but the fact is that many profes- 
sional video engineers get on quite ntoeiy with a 
package that is arguably better suited to artists 
That package is none other than Electronic 
Arts' Deluxe Paint 3. 

Deluxe Paint is a very capable video titling 
package. It may not have the range of foots that 
Broadcast Title r has to offer, tout even then it 
doesn't take much to build up a fairly decent col- 
lection - a quick trip to your local PD library is 
usually all that is needed. 

So why is DPaint such a favourite among video 
producers? The reason is simple enough - despite 
all the bells and whistles that programs like 
Broadcast Tiller may offer, no other package can 
match DPaint for its shear flexibility. 

l J m lucky enough to own a fair old selection of 
video applications including such industry hard 
hitters as Cold Disk's brand new ShowMaker sys* 
tem, Broadcast Titler 2 and even that old faithful, 
the Big Alternative Scroller. 

You may think that these programs could 
more than handle the job of video titling, but l 
still find mysetf using DPaint more than any other 
package, 

I recently visited a video post production com- 
pany in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The company's 
studio was decked out to the gills with a full 
range of professional video equipment ranging 
from Sony U-Matic decks and video mixers to 
Chromakey and time base correctors. 

Sitting in the comer of this power-packed Stu- 
dio was the workhorse of the whole system - an 
Amiga 2000, Mating the two together was a C2 
Systems' broadcast quality genlock. 

Like most video production companies these 



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What's the best video titling package on the Amiga? 
]ason Holborn reckons it's Deluxe Paint! 


days, they too relied almost exdusivefy on DPaint 
lor the vast majority of therf work, on the Arrugi. 
A video titling package was also on hard but it 1 .! 
rarely managed to make the putney from hard 
disk to Amiga memory. This certainly didn't seem 
to be a financial decision - the firm s two Sierra 
Cosworlh company cars (one of whkh I took lor 
a spin afterwards!) was more than enough ?o 
convince me that they were doing very nicely 
[hanky ou. 

Using DPaint for video titling may create a bit 
of extra work., but the results are usually better. 
Obviously DPaint can't handle scrolling too well 
(although there are ways around this), but there's 
no better package available for knocking up 
screens for inclusion within your video produc- 
tions. 

As long as you have a decent collection of 
fonts, you can produce static screens that cannot 
be matched in terms of quality. And now, with 
the release of Deluxe Paint 4, you can even create 
titles mixed with HAM images. 

I'm currently experimenting with Black Belt's 
24-bit graphics extender HAM-E, mixing its out- 
put with high resolution vfdeo titles using Deluxe 
Paint, The results I've managed to obtain so far 
are certainly impressive (well, I like them!). 


Animation 



Being able to mix 24-bit images and high resolu- 
tion colour fonts with a video source is simply 
wonderful. I know one thing for sure - my video 
productions have never looked better. 

DPalnt's animation facilities are also a real 
boon to a video enthusiast like myself (especially 
now that it has a true Lightbox facility). With 
DPaint, anyone can produce titles and graphics 
that tumblE and turn through 3D space within a 
matter of minutes. A few years, back, such tech- 
nology would have had the BBC green with envy! 

The real power of DPaint lies in its painting 
tools, however. Using DPainl's Smooth tool, it's 
possible to simulate anti-aliasing like that to 
a m* be found within Broadcast Titler 2, there- 
I fore giving your titles the illusion of being 
I of a much higher resolution. 

This works particularly 1 well on 
monochrome titles (white on black espe- 
cially), but it's also possible to get colour 
fonts smoothed out 

Usjng this technique can be thdcy, how- 
ever. A good bet is to draw a rectange the 
same sue as the title to be anti-aliased and 
then pick it up as a brush. Now, with 
smoothing turned on and the freehand 
draw tool selected, place the brush over 
the tftte and click once on the left mouse 
button. DPaint will then anti-alias the 
entire block of text underneath the rectan- 




gle. If the results still aren't as smooth as you'd 
like, just repeat the process until you're happy. 

As you probably already know, a good tip to 
make your titles as readable as possible once they 
arr la*d down onto video tape is to add a border 
around each character. Black is always the 
to* xjriie, but it s worth noting the predominant 
colour of your video source before deciding 
which colour to use for the border. 

You'll no* Kir this technique being used exten- 
sively 5 on television, so next time you're watching 
the news, keep your eyes open for video titling 
tricks, like this. 


Add a border 


You can add a bo-der to your titl&s very simply 
using DPamt's powerful 'Outline' function. To use 
it, you must first type in the text to be used, then 
pick it up as a brush, select the bonder colour to 
be used and then select 'Outline' from the pull 
down menus (alternatively, just press 'o' on your 

keyboard). 

DPaint will then add a single pixel border 
around the outline of the brush. If this proves to 
be too thin (which fs all too common if you're 
using DPaint in high resolution), then just keep 
repeating this process until the border reaches 
the desired thickness. 

You can also create simple strobe effects using 
the Outline tool simply by changing the colour to 
be used everytime you add a border ta the same 
brush. Died carefully, this can create a quite 
pleasing effect, but it's also very easy to create 
some quite garish effects. Be bold and colourful, 
but don't go over board! 

Thanks to DPaint's powerful brush handling, 
such effects as extruded titles are fin credibly easy to 
produce. All you have to do is to ptck up the text 
to be extruded click on Lhe DPaint line tool, posi- 
tion the brush onscreen bv pressing the left mouse 
burton (and keeping it pressed) and then dragging 
out the brosh to create the extrusion effect. 

Obviously the extruded section of the text will 
be the same cotou* as the face of the text (which 
can mjke I unreadable), but you can get 
around chis either by adding a border to the title 
as described above) or by setting the current 
background colour within ihe DPaint icon strip to 
j fUttnt colour and then dragging the brush 
out again &ut this time using the right mouse 
button. 

Deluxe Pain! may not seem to be the best tool 
for creating video titles, but if you work at it, 
some quite astounding results car be achieved, 

Indeed, it's possible to produce screens that 
I u s t wouldn't be possible within a dedicated 
tilling package. You obviously need to have a 
fairly good working knowledge of DPaint, but 
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T he throw of a dice, the spin of a whet- 
or even the selection of a raffle ticket a! 
help to give life some of its excrement 
Using a pseudo random number generator on 
the Amiga shows that some numbers are more 
random than others! 

In some computer languages it o possible to 
enter a range, say, 1 to 10 r call up a tornmand, 
and the computer comes up with a random 
number in the range - just like magic : looked 
hopefully in the Amiga libraries for a random 
number generator, and ended up adapting a rou- 
tine from a book, 

The program on the support disk has random 
number and timer routines m source module 
time.a r and the main program m source module 
digit. a. Bath of these are fully commented 

Most computers use a pseudo random num- 
ber generator, which gives a tents of random 
numbers, starting from an rnrtial number o t seed 
Each time, the number is modified by a brt of 
arithmetic so that it will be different r-eit time n 
is used, 

My routine doubles the number each time, 
and EORs it with a fairly arbitrary constant - it 
could have been more creative To give a number 
in the correct range, the number is divided by 
the range and the remainder gives the magic 
number 


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once for a digit between 0 and 9 r ( range 10, off- 
set 0) and once lor a colour between 8 and 10 
(range \ offset 8): 

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The digits are stored with the other pictures on a 
DPaint screen, solid digits in colour 15. Each digit 
can be used as its own mask (minlerm 520), and 
then used again (m interm 1 60) in the selected 
colour: 


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Strict tempo 


We have all seen games where the hero has been 
slowed duwn when there is a lot of other activity 
on the screen. It is possible to ensure that each 
game cycle takes exactly the same time, whethe- 
the hero is on his own or surrounded by enemy 
missiles. 

We can set an exact time interval in microsec- 
onds, and only continue with the next game 
cycle when the chosen interval has elapsed 

The software routines for reading and witling 
the time are not in any of the libraries, but in 
tamer device. The name device suggests hr : 
ware, but it is only a collection of software r 
tines like a library. 

When a device is opened, there is an assoc 
aled parameter block. This structure contains « 
the structures a device may need to hand ■ 
incoming and outgoing messages - the ' - 
tores are nested like Russian dolls. 

The message structure includes a node whit* 
keeps the messages placed in a linked 5 si a - * 
sage port for replies, and the tenqth ^ the - - 
sage in bytes. The message port in turn has 
its own node, flags, its own signal btl ts task 
and a pointer to the header of the tan kst 

For reading and writing the time messages 
are not required, and most of the vaiuei and 
pointers are null. The 10 request structure 


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bl< ck initialised for the commands and the data: 


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and the micro seconds at a suitable negative 
value at the ^art of the game cycle: 


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when tne micro seconds count down to iero 
bef oft the next game eyefe starts: 


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When the program is over, the tuner device is 
cto^ and the memory released: 


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the random number generator? If the 
mrhil number n not "seeded" the sequence of 
^jnh-eri will be (he yme every time the pro- 
gram <s run By reading the time - at the BEGIN- 
NINC of the run, before setting the timer - a 
reasonably unique number of micro seconds can 
be used to seed the random number. 


COMING SOON . How to display a score 
board and read from the keyboard 







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Midi micro 



Jason Holborn takes a look at what the PD libraries 
have to offer the MIDI musician on a budget 


B y Its very nature, MIDI has atvi i ■ tw 
a rather expensive hobb;. to get 
involved in. With MIDI interface cart- 
ing £25 and even fairly basic synthes sen : 
upwards of £500, you've got to ^ 3 .-: 1 '* "*» 
friendly bank manager to even get started >• * 
you've bought all that kit, you sbl kw la H 
some decent software. 

Thankfully, though, getting together t -#■ *- 
collection of MIDI software n«d^ 1 : »" * 

and' a leg. Thanks to the '-i * 1 ; .t . 

domain, there's a wealth of MO rt fiUfc rt M 
there just waiting to be useo Here s t u* 
of a few PD MIDI utilities but I n ip*** OmM 
with your local PD suppker for mere. 

MIDI LIBRARY (Fish *227 «* 

as something of a mean coder **»■ •** v* :• 
library could well be whit rtv •* i**- ootr*; 
fqr. Writing MIDI applicat :* ".r- *nr * *■-' 
be a frustrating task, but toe kA£> ten 

much of the work may. ,r>. i *w* 

trate on your application. 

The library contains ■"□oar* «rt '•-** 
need to write MIDI appkcjcxna *wmj 

to get your hands dirt, win *1 «*■ *> r 'r 

gritty. Whether you're coa -^ n lASaC C, 
Modula-2 or even assemb*w, estmtayon 
be directly accessed « i~- *<^9» *«r 

Programmers should < -xr 
ROLAND 5220 (Fish *225 -n ’ 1 ^ > 

rathEr naff little sampe' •* ’ 1 3'*’ ***‘‘‘ 

S22D (great name. eh r } *k« *■ w m me 

transmit sample dumps to and •* 
and the 5220 via a MiDt rtrrtate Drt -msm 


evi for m editor, though - it's really nothing 
trun a Hxarian, 

i L USD D1 10 (Fish #225) - Sound cards for 
super little LA synth are jolly expensive (I 
- know I used to own onel), so this pro- 
as a real godsend, Put simply, this 
proo - am will allow you to transmit and receive 
r-r * aita -'cirn the Roland and store the result* 
mg Bn - standard Amiga disks (which are cor- 
. cheaper than ROM cards!). 
irtOl TOOLS (Fish #159) - Someone may find 
# , : > tec non of tools useful It's basically a ed- 
uction ■:* Miscellaneous MIDI utilities to carry out 
. * casks is creating MIDI echo (which is handy 
r you don't own an effects unit), storing System 
ti: usrve data (SysEx data) and there's even a 
■**t mJe on-screen keyboard which allows you 
leprty notes on your MIDI keyboard by clicking 
-v- the mouse on the onscreen keys. 

DXSYNTH [Rih #82) - Yet another patch li brer- 
in but this time ift for the Yamaha DX range of 
lyniFii (OX7 r 21 r 100 etc), |ust like the Roland 
: 1 1 . program, DX- Synth allows you to store 
patch data on inexpensive Amiga disks. 

PAUL (Fish *82) - I couldn't quite get this to 
wort loo well, so buy it at your peril. It claims to 
be a- universal MIDI parameter controller, but I 
:t '*i n I v couldn't get it to work beyond a few 
: # a 'anefions. tf you're prepared to persevere 
ough ‘jqu may well find it to be a real gem of a 
program 

SAMPLEWRENCH (Fish #307) - Owners of 12 
*nd 16-brt samplers will flip at this goodie. It's 
not quite a fully working program;, but instead it's 



Upgraded 


It's only been 
major upgrade to hn 
Amiga Nub United * tf* 

As you can SM bom Ste n 
2 is score editing a** 1 * s 
have lo type in a* l 
using those funnv kt 
Joking aside, this 
alone should make 
ifig tunes oh the 
much easier for 
among you not f 
Bar and MIDI stream 

I'll be bringing .ou * v 
review of OclaMed verw- 2 
in the next issue of 
Computing (hopefully 1 ), iO 
stay tuned for that on* x 
pun intended) 
give Ray at Amiga N.t! t 
Lo find out more 


ojs already Teijo Kinnunen has come up with a 
Like its earler cousin, you can buy it from 

rttn 

mpigi i the mafor new addition to GtLaMed version 
traditionalist musos, No longer do you 
d ntjnberi - you can now enter performance data 
and Bach seemed to get on with so well. 




r 

a demo of a commercial product from the US- 
based company Dissidents. I had a play wrth the 
full program a few months back and was thor- 
oughly impressed, so this demo is definitely 
worth getting hold oi 

Sample Wrench is designed to allow owners of 
MIDI samplers that support the MIDI sample 
dump standard to edit and store 12 and 16-bit 
samples on the Amiga. |usl like Audio-Master III, 
Sample Wrench displays your samples in graphi- 
cal format allowing you to cut, paste and copy to 
your heart's content. 

One veiy nice feature of the Sample Wrench 
program Is that it allows you to preview your 
samples using the Amiga's internal sound hard- 
ware, therefore avoiding the time it takes to 
dump back to the sampler As we all know, MSD! 
can be terribly slow at times, so this feature is a 



Sampfr WmKh: th6fou§hty imprtstiv* «fenw 


real time saver. Obviously the sound quality 
doesn't quite match that of a Synelavier, but it's a 
nice feature none the less. 

It offers powerful Fast Fourier Transformation, 
digital equalization, crossfade looping (just like 
the Emu EMAX!) and a lot more besides. If you 
own a pro sampler, then beg, borrow or steal a 
copy of this program now. 

CZ EDITOR (Fish #323) - Here's a real demon- 
stration of the quality and value for money of PD 
software. Patch editors cost around £100, but 
this one can be yours for the prke of a disk. 

As the name suggests, the CZ Editor is a com- 
plete patch editor for the Casio CZ range of syn- 
thesisers including the CZ-1 01 , CZ 1000, 2000 
and 3000. Like all good patch editors, CZ Editor 
can display your CZ synth patches in graphical 
form, allowing you to alter parameters by point- 
ing and clicking on gadgets and dragging out 
points on an AD5R (Attack, Delay, Sustain, 
Release) graph, If you've got a CZ synth, then 
you'd be a fool lo miss out on this one. 

K1 EDITOR (Fish #332) - Casio owners aren't 
the only ones who are in for a treat within the PD 
libraries. If you're the proud owner of a Kawaii K1 
(or Ki m) synth, then Fish disk #332 should be at 
the top of your shopping list. 

Once again, the K1 editor offers everything 
youll probably ever need to allow you to create 
the kind of killer synth patches that would have 
Jean Michel |arre green with envy. The package 
consists of two programs - one for multi voices 
and another for single voices. A separate voice 
filer program allows you to maintain a number of 
synth banks without ever having to took at your 
Kawaii's eye-straining LCD strip. Check it out 





There's an 
electronic 
Aladdin’s 
Cave of 
shareware 
and PD 
programs 
. . . just 
waiting to 
be explored! 

What the EuroLink modem offers 


Due to the tremendously high demand, the 
price of the acclaimed EuroLink modem 
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It is the easy-to-use key to the ever-widening 
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Online access... 



I f you are a regular reader of Amiga 
Computing you will no doubt be aware that 
we can be contacted on a whole range of 
e&S and conferencing systems. 

We are probably one of the most accessible 
magazines around, partly because we do value 
reader feedback and partly because we like to 
practise what we preach in the comms commu- 
nity. 

We get an encouraging amount of feedback 
online from comms equipped readers. The bulk of 
response originates from the Amigo Computing 
Fidonet echo, which is available virtually country- 
wide at local call rate. We are also present on a 
number of public and private systems which are 
listed later in this article. 

Beware of imitations 

Recently it has come to our attention that some 
"enterprising individuals* are passing themselves 
off as us, using the account name Amigo 
Computing. It has been said that imitation is the 
sincerest form of flattery but in this instance it is 
nothing more than cruel deception, 

because of the numerous hoax accounts that 
are in existence, it is with regret that Amiga 
Computing will be sticking to a core of only si* key 
services, rather than calling smaller boards ad-hoc 
as we would prefer. 

It's not all bad news though - the services we 
are on make us accessible to the entire country 
and most of Europe and the USA at only local call 
rate. 


The rundown 

From now on Amiga Cjrnpu(nl(j can be contacted 
ONLY on the following online services: 

01 For Amiga: (BBS) [8/N/1 J Scrolling - 24 hours 
The home board for Amiga Computing, Our 
Fidonet echo originates from 01 for Amiga. Get to 
it by selecting message area 4. 

Only messages on the echo which originate 
from this board are really Iron the Amigo 
Computing team . 



0 P - hat^fiQtnrd' Jfa- Amiga CompEjUng 

Mfcronet; (subscription service) 

Everyone can access Mkronet at local call rate 
It is a popular viewdata comms service featuring 
pages of information, software to download and a 
selection of multi-user games. Amigo Computing 
can be contacted on account number 999900.263 


Eddie McKendrick runs through the various ways 
you can make an online impression with AC... 


Micronet monthly 

Anf ftjfvn fflto ~ 


One of the most famous areas on Mcionp* a ene 
'Caller/, Not a collection of hne art, as ~-r 
think, but a series of "exhibits" provided t* « - 
nary MicronettSf i 

Anyone can have a space of the* own r cnt 
gallery - naturally you have to be le^ai, > * enf 
and honest or yotill incur the wrath of K%a ianff 
and your exhibit will be deleted Having : r • 
exhibits of my own this way, you can :ji? mg 
word for it! 

The users who can control thermefvra c an 
the running of a gaHery exhibrt to be wry ■?-* ar > 
ing - For little more than C2 r you U" 11 * ■>*- 2t 
pages of your own within the Caller, 
on them what you want. 

What do people put in their exhibrts 7 4-- a 
anything you can think of. Long-run n-g ethifrca 
in the gallery have been J |oy stick', a neat m r jr* 
of games news and tips for all machines. 

Another favourite is the 'Astra PmvieW <j**r 



1 ilhikil kirn. - 

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*> **tj*"Q«** 

NkrOMf CflWf 17 - potfflEtaijf jmr 
Uitjp wwFrfow to P 8, OOO p&zpte 


- <• j ‘ important detaih about Satellite 
* . j * f >nih to month basis. Once rivalled by 
• • r che gallery for BSfl views rs, but 
** * Jt competition, it's one of the most 
:* rihkats with 'welters. 

Declared interest 

M w 3 " • ^ore diverse, there are exhibits 

tto&A i r --z M cars, witchcraft, train spot- 

: 'k B a plethora of galleries centred 

^ ' • w ' - play-by-electron ic-mail KPC 

?0***lun*r. 

* : ^^hibitors lose interest very 

f^acUv. i ' '-*■*. are numerous exhibits that 
jpdited for months - an even 
J ^ m wip iy If nothing else, it 

"■*0 exhibits easier to spoil 

T^f'i doubt that the facility to put up 
*' '- r 1 ^ mfr u Mkronet for anyone else to 
w* j ** - tm wT're talking about 18,000 
** * * ^ - r * Jp at the price. 

Cffjnfc Cainy is THE starting block for 
~ . nnccsm ookrig Jor lame and recognition. 

*eam bee ir-e known through their gai- 
***** -ideed some exhibitors went on to 
mr.rtor*! fQt. M^ronel Such was the quality of 
caJd 'do. 

k ^ ' ■ -*- d to it, you’d be hard put 

*"■- *- area any online system quite so 
*wn**e* G*ry* 


CiX; (subscription service) 

CiX is one of the biggest private contefernrij 
systems in the world. It features compreherw* 
messaging and a wide range ol speoafrsi t ar#er 
ences. You can get in touch with us by r&m 
mg amigacomputing or writing a nvsugt n fit 
Ezra conference. 


to r so you might have to wait a 

Mrte# 1^ 

-^^iriptipn service) 

Tfct inilfs bggesi communications service. 
zrm wmmA way for our USA readers to 
P* • Amgo Covipttfng can be contacted 
tioD JTOQJ.4734 


The Direct Connection. (subscifpt»n icnw) 
A newish rival for CiX ieatunng Uv^ Wo 
a fairly restricted, but interesting tmqt dt 
ences. You can pin us down on TDC t?y 
account number: uadi 1 32. 

Telecom Cold: (subscription 

service) 

The dir- hard of business 
communications Amtgu Com- 
puting can be contacted on 
Cold account number 
74 MIK9M. Be warned - we 
don't make a habit of logging 
onto Cold any more than we 



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Peter H ckman compiles a squishy treat for Compilers 


G reetings fellow AMO! ' - " “ . fC 
copy of the Compiler yrt - Ga ■: or : f 
I know a way to mate t r.— 
Unfortunately it is pretty compc* v- I wrtli 13 
explain how it worts (I'm not e"t r - r 1 *ww 
myseff!) r I'M just stkk to giving you j Drift** 
of the prog ram's function. 

Qk, | have made some pretty *■ nin -c 
there - just haw can I make the C ~ 5»* 

ter? Wei, I have combined Francm 4 rtTi arip 
nal BOB/SPRITt squasher with the co^pmHI 
utility built into the Compile * — 85* -n* rift 
mate Gary Symons - Hi Cay 1 aid IM • 
program which allows you ■ Mar fit 

banks down by 90% of the* cnpMft ur mtm^t 
00 average it works out to i> *m 

Now for the bad new J 1 ■ *a *r ^pri 

ing this but don't own 4_ - AM 
not?) I am afraid you wfl not Ik ftiftlRtftftriijfi 
programs floating around r -b -*pr 
they use commands wh«* *r* ^ 

Compiler extension. Sorry about ftftL $m mm 
month I will start to te*c* you M *mm n ««0 
Pacman in AMOS to tun* r 

There are two program ■-** "-ri If* tiib 
squishes your sprites ft &P **-*• 

you do is type it in, run l * *ri cJriri ** #* 
5JWTVS0B file that you -ant m "ina i**» 
huh? The program .v > ,*: rift MVMlib 
memory a nd teU you mmjm u: 

the bank, 

It will then ask you -jnt 


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Right, the next step is to type in the second 
program. Actually it is a single procedure. All you 
do to unsquish your sprite bank is type the name 
of the procedure followed by four parameters (if 
you are unsure about procedures and parameters 
check your AMOS manual) which are the name of 
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the SPRITE/BOB bank. 


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• another hit game. This time it is a 
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3>g POT ' 1 vou must guide your cute Ifttfce guy 
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The unsquishing procedure will then go away 
and load up your squished bank, unpack them and 
then clear ail of the cluttered memory! Oops, I 
almost forgot - there is in error checking proce- 
dure called FIN_REACHED which needs to he 
typed sn along with the UNFtK_BQB[] procedure. 

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game, or maybe even reduce the number of 
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Consolafci 


T here are various ways of handling input 
and output characters with Intuition. To 
gain control of the situation 1 opened a 
console port to help me write the start of a 
noddy text editor. 

3 wanted to use RAWKEY events, to give me 
more information about the keypress - ft's always 
nice to know when a function key or cursor key 
has been pressed. 

Setting up a console device seemed to be the 
obvious solution. This device would take care of 
the input and output, and allow the the running 
program to wait for the result or do its own 
thing. 

The device is opened using the OpenDeviceO 
function, passing a pointer to the device name 
and one to the I/O structure. Unlike other 
devices, the console device must be used in con- 
nection with a window. 

A screen and window must be opened Firct, 
and the pointer to this window structure is 
passed when the console device is opened. 
Normally there would be two I/O structures - 
one for reading, and one tor writing. 


In and out the windows 


I alio wanted more control of the output than 
the console device would give me. I found that 
proportional fonts were not handled very well, 
and I wanted the option of a fancy cursor, 
unusual scroll or even occasional graphics. 

I still wanted the keycodes for any letters con- 
verted for me without the hassle of a lookup 
table. This would handle any translation from for- 
eign keyboards, as long as the correct keymap 
was in place. 1 set up a dummy console port for 
reading only, to enable me to use the 
RawKeyConvertC) command; 


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The message handler was fairly simple. 
MOUSEBUTTON and RAWKEY events I tiki 
reply to the message straight away r a f 
FtAWKEY event as I would need the informal 
later; 


Instant conversion 

The key handler uses the RawKeyCcmvn 
mand to read the key code, and put fc^E equiva- 
lent Ascii code or escape sequence into a 
buffer. If a key code is less than 64 the A i 
equivalent is returned. 

Same af the other keys generate escape 
sequences of up to four characters, t*ie 
below shows some of them. 

The function takes data from an Inpuif vent « 
described in the include header fifes. I t r * j mi 
one of these structures in my header f fe and >* 
its Class to RAWKEY: 


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verted sequence and har.^if it *: 

Letters could be displayed, 
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amount Of creativity. 

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the text in the default km i 
input into an array Stfqple fdlflj A afcnetd hut 
some keys have not been handled The arra* onh 
has IQ linn of 4# characters, all onscreen at 
once, so there * no scrofing 
This is onfy tire beginnings of a text editor. 
The key hander ts as foAows: 


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- sofe mn&y* program has a source file, 
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w n dfrw and hands keyboard input until Escape 
or a mouse button is pressed. Letters are dis* 
p aved the Mou t changes with the function 
ke>s, dnd ^mple editmg is allowed. 


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DTP 

The 


T here is a world beyond the screen and 
the layout grid and the toolbox and the 
Clashes,, you know, and for the DTP user 
one of the most important people in this wider 
world is the printer. 

We're talking here not about the kind 
pnnter with pins or cartridges, but the kind with 
eyes, ears, and - most importantly - a wallet 
Consider three factors before having a DTP 
publication printed. (I refuse to say J pnnred yp 
it's as bad as ‘wrrtten up 1 and ‘booted up 
just the verb would do.) 

First, does it need professional print ng* 
Second, can you afford it? And third, if ; N e 
answer to the previous two questions is yes', 
what can you do to make the printer s We eas>er T 
Professional printing is not, as some printers 
would naturally prefer you to be t . e a nme qua 
non of a professional-looking document it , re 
only running text, and rfs noi at e:m:> small a bit 
photocopies of 300dpi laser output wifi convince 
just about everyone except the typography 
bores, and nothing ever pleases them anyway 
Make sure the laser printer and photocopy have 
fresh toner, keep your head straight about what 
should be on the back of what an i aw ay . ou go 
Pi's also worth bearing m mind here that the 
best printing cannot save a poor or gmal If 
you're outputting 3D illustrations on a nine- pm 
dot-matrix printer, which l can r be- eve any 
reader of Amiga Cwhput ng would le so crazy- as 
to do, the results are going to be dfcasuws any- 
way and there's no point n spending monq on 
them. 

That raises question two The good news here 
is that printing is not rceccuarfly as expensive as 
commonly believed, and f you re expecting to 
make money from lit publication by sales, sub- 


New version of 
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The latest release of the AmigaTex typeset- 
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Eire. 

Version 1,1a of the fwe-year-oid system 
adds full PostScript support - including both 
Type 1 and Type 3 fools - and Compatibility 
with AmigaDOS 2.0, say distributors 
Industrial Might and Logic (I MU of Brighton 

The new AmigaTeX is a fully-fledged 
implementation of the TeX 3.1 standard, par- 
ticularly suitable for scientific and technical 
Amiga users with its equation and Lith* fea- 
tures* 

It costs £140, which IML claims is cheaper 
than ordering direct from the US. Contact 
Paul Ockenden at IML on (0273) 621393, or 
write - don't phone “to I ML, 5ft Cobden 
Road, Brighton BN 2 2T| for a Iree working 
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Barnaby Page concentrates on getting publications 
from your screen to the printing press... 


mmyot 

printm to fhotue from 


in printing even now it's usually a he) will be 
unlikely to show any generosity in return, 

Be as precise as possible when asking for a 
quote. You'll need to state the page size; the 
number of pages in the publication; how many 
copies you want printed; and whether you use 
colour, and if so how many colours and pn how 


scriptions or advertising, the investment in a 
good-looking result can repay itself. 

You just have to find the right printer [on a 
9^page A5 book with a print run in the 1 ,000- 
2,000 area, I've recently been quoted a pleasing 
75 p per book - but I'm not saying who by!) P 

First of all, don't have any truck with the mail- 
order people who do postcards, business cards 
and the like. They're mostly competent, but 
they're not particularly cheap, you have no con- 
trol Over what happens on the other side of the 
COuntjy r and far large publications the postage 
costs stack up. 

Stay local 

Try to avoid the high-street quick- print chains 
They're fine for stationery,, but are not used to 
out-of-the-ordinary jabs. 

Far better is to try a small local printer, the 
kind with one press, three or four staff and a 
pleasantly dishevelled atmosphere. As in any 
business, there are some cowboys, but there are 
also plenty of these printers who take a real inter- 
est and pride in their work. More cynically, 
they’re also desperate for work in the recession, 
and will often take on a job at cost just to have 
their staff and presses doing something. 

It is quite acceptable to ask several punters for 
a quote on Ihe same job F and to haggle after- 
wards. However, attitude should count for as 
much as the quoted cost: a pleasant printer will 
quite likely throw in some small extra work for 
free, such as stripping in your last-minute text 
corrections, whereas he who quotes low could 
add on a hefty fee for thkj. 

And fpt the same reason, don't try to bargain 
the printer down to the last penny, or he (sadly, 


many pages. 

Then there's the kind ot paper you want; 
whether you want a separately-printed cover, or 
whether the cover will be the same as the rest (a 
'self-caver' publication); how you want it stapled 
or bound; and what you wifi give the printer (an 
Amiga disk - inadvisablel - laserprint, bromide 
paper or film, with or without pictures). 

Be decisive 

If in doubt, ask the printer what he needs to 
know. Don't get fobbed off with jargon - you 
have a right to be told what Tight-reading posi- 
tives in imposed order' are, and how much they 
affect the quote. 

That’s sort of answered the third question, as 
well. To help the printer, always give him as 
much information as possible, and expect him to 
he have the same way toward you. Remember 
that his job is to put ink on paper, and he may 
not understand what you're trying to achieve cre- 
atively, so it's best that he not be left to make any 
decisions other than Lhe purely technical gnes. 

Finally, a caution. You will encounter some 
printers who distrust DTP (whether rt J s a distrust 
born of envy we'll 1 leave the psychiatrists to 
decide). 

Don't go near them - they might be wonder- 
ful craftsmen, but you can bet that if anything 
goes wrong with the job it's your DTP system 
that will be blamed. And that's a real cheek when 
we all know that the Amiga is perfect... isn't it? 


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T o start off this month let's take 
a look at some games. 

Scum Haters: from Amiga nuts 
has been written using the 5hoot-'Em- 
Up Construction Kit. Just saying that 
should let you know what J s in store for 


you. 

The basic scenario is that the streets 
of your city are being overrun with the 
kind of scum that would make even the 
Kray twins think twice about entering a 
life of crime, they are that 'ard. 

Guess who has taken it upon himself 
to dear the streets? Yep, you guessed it 
- you. just like the mug you are r you 
have volunteered for this dirt clearing 
mission. 

You drive your car up a vertically 
scrolling road blasting other cars who 
are busy firing back at you.. There are 
some not so innocent pedestrians walk- 
ing the streets lobbing bottles at you. 
Just run these over to get rid of them - 
simple. 

This may all sound a lot of fun but 
Scum Haters suffers from the same 
problems evident in many games writ- 
ten with the 5EUCK - a distinct lack of 
speed. Stil l r it's fun for a little while. 

China Challenge - Scope 109: This 
game by now should need absolutely 
no introduction. Ho chance of extreme 
amounts of violence and blasting here, 
just a nice quiet strategy thmk-'em-up 
to keep you busy for a while. 


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tmett . « Mu«d v< ttw CcweOsfc * couple ol months ago. 

, AmgoidL No, it isn’X some kind ol 
| rrew haemorrhoid prob- 
’f£| 1VT lem, it is in fact a replica 

of the cult Asteroids 
game, 

This one features a 
unique double ship fea- 
ture that really does dis- 
tinguish from the rest. 

♦ • 3 it. 

Cave Runner is the 
L|tJJ : / / Boulder dash done, not 

quite the same graphi- 

U I : I rally but a lot of fun 


Shanghai of rts best. CWm 
Challenge tram Stttpt 


If it's cheap - or preferably tree - Les Ellis is your man. He'll take 
you through what's hot and w -at s not on the Amiga PD scene 


You have to pair up stones with certain 
symbols -and numbers on them to 
remove them from the pile. The object 
is to remove them ill before you run 
out of possible moves to make. 

The game is very relaxing and the 
graphics are fairty detailed. This is a 
decent Shanghai game and it should 
grace your PD ejection soon. 

Black jack Tutor & Solitaire - 
Scope 131 : For anyone who would love 
to play Black Jack in the evenings, or 


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the sounds used in this really are some- 
thing else. 

Turn, the volume right up, close your 
eyes and imagine you are in an arcade 
somewhere. I kid you not, they really 
are that good 

The basics are, well, basic. You fly a 
ship up a vertically scrolling screen 
blowing the heli out of anything that 


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haven't got a due how to play, Scope 
131 is the disk for you. It has a ven, 
good tutor that will take you Iron a 
complete novice Eo an accomplished 
Black Jack player in a short while 
The solitaire game is an excellent. 







4 Jf you need to do 
it on your Amiga 
there is probably 
something 
somewhere on the 


PD market 


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another for quite a while, but these ver- 
sions had one minor problem, the/ 
didn't exactly work very well. 

You ran rest assured that this version 
works perfectly. It’s an essential addi- 
tion to anybody's hard drive. 


Zap that virus 

„ Virus killers are widespread nowadays. 
It seems that it is not safe to use an 
Amiga without having some lorm of 
virus killer handy just in case. 

Although there are a few golden 
rules to follow to avoid infection, every- 



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moves, And if it doesn't move, well 
blow the the hell out of it anyway just 
to make sure. 

Bug Bash: This is one of the latest 
offerings from Anuganuts. The name is 
Similar to a budget game that was 
released a while back but I haven't seen 
it so I don't know whether it is the 
same or not, 

Great graphics 

The graphics are very bright and 
colourful - I get the feeling that kids 
will love this one. You control a bug as 
he flies through fields blasting other 
bugs with his bug blasting spray, tike I 
said, good graphics and a very profes- 
sional looking piece of software. 

Cross Words: if blasting aliens isn't 
exactly your idea of fun then a gentle 
crossword may be more your cup of 
tea. If this is the case then you could do 
a tot worse than try out the two-disk 
offering from those crazy Amiganuts. 

These disks contain some devilishly 
tricky crosswords that are extremely 
easy to use, but not so easy to com- 
plete. Amiganuts also say that they will 
be offering more disks each month to 
keep the collection fresh. 

The puzzles are very well presented 
onscreen and are certainly a thought 
provoking way of wasting a few hours. 


Cute graphs, neat gameploy. A proftuJonri tootin? game all mono u Bug train 


Utilities 


Now for some nifty little utilities that 
may be just what you are looking for. 
Remember the general rule, no matter 
how small or trivial something may 
seem, if you need to do it on your 
Amiga there is probably something 
somewhere on the public domain mar- 
ket that will do it for you. 


MessyDos 

First up is the long awaited working 
version of MessyDos. Sounds silly? Well, 
basically it's exactly identical to SID - in 


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The ntfliCfif WITH An flCfwm - 
zap that virus oner and kofl 

one will have lo face up to one sooner 
or later. The latest from Amiganuts is 
MVK 2.2. A match for almost any virus 
that may try to invade your disks, it is 
very easy to use (which is goad news 
foi any novice umfs) and very effective. 

For anyone using a hard driwe r espe- 
cially the A59Q, VirusX 4.1 is an abso- 
lute must. VirusX 4 kept crashing the 
system whenever you tried to run it as a 
background task on the A59G but ver- 
sion 4.1 has that particular quirt fined. 


fact it is SID. The main difference in this 
version is that MessyDos will read PC 
disks- 

So tl you handle a lot of PC disks in 
your Amiga work and you don't like 
using CrossDos or any utilities Hike that 
then MessyDos is for you. One very 
useful feature I found is that by clicking 
on the Shrink command you can have 
SID installed on your workbench screen 
so that just by clicking on its bar at the 
top of the screen you can call it up any- 
time, - the true wonders of multi 
tasking. 

I say that MessyDos is long awaited, 
but this is not strictly true - alter all it 
has been around in one form or 


Scope 


Softville have just started a collection of 
disks that they hope will eventually rival 
the Fred Fishs and TBAGs of this world. 

Called simply Scope, each month 
they have up to date utilities and some 
cute games to mess around with Let's 
take a look through a couple of these 
new disks to see what they are all 
about. 

Scope 121 for example has a stock 
market management program that will 
handle all sorts of stocks and shares and 
perform analysis on them. It has toads 
of features and may well be of use to 
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something life that 

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loan. Scope 1 31 also has the obligatory 
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mounted and how much room is avail- 
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they do come in, useful. There are some 
other utilities on Scope 131 but there 
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Scope 149 has a far more interesting 
utility on it, Beat this - an Atari ST emu- 
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Amiga owner would want one of these 
is beyond me. Obviously you can't 


expect something like this to run any 
ST games although it does have a brave 
attempt 

I did manage to get an ST spread- 
sheet program to run on it so it will run 


some things. It is also rumoured to run 
the Atari PC software emulator, 
although I didn't have 4 copy of this 
lying around so I couldn't test it out. 

Even if you can't get anything to run 
on it, it's still lun getting the ST boot- 
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probably confuse your friends who may 
have Amigas. 

Scope 149 also has a useful font 
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someone may want it. 

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the Scope collection but there are a 
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On disk 1 04 there are loads of utili- 
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* Fbdcons is a utility that wil I allow you 
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Pro Dialer is an Amiga phonebook 
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loads of numbers lei your mouse do the 
walking. 

PCopy is a disk copier that can 
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may be able to save the disks them- 
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it as well - a laugh and a groan. 1 think 
these were just put on to fill up the disk 
as they are of no use whatsoever. 

The Address book utility allows you 
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print out labels^ so you can jazz up 
those normally boring envelopes when 
you write to your friends. There is also 
some music from European demos r 
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There's plenty of room to save 
games out cm the same disk that 
it comes on, although ) would 
suggest copying the game off 
onto a spare disk 
I'd recommend this game to 
anyone who feels they could 
handle a hard night's share deal- 
ing after a long day at the office. 


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with it is that it runs about eight times 
slower than the Spectrum (is that possi- 
ble?), also the sound commands didn't 
seem to work and the use of colour had 
some adverse effects. 

Still it does take you back to the 
old days of computing. I just can't 
figure out why anyone would want to 
do this on the Amiga, and what on 
Earth made someone actually write the 
damned program. It takes all sorts I 
suppose. 


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Virtual Worlds 

First up on the demo front this month 
is Virtual Worlds. It starts off with the 
very nice, but very boring, rotating 3D 
shapes. Come on guys, haw about 




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something different? We've seen it all 
before. 

Mind you H after the boring bit there 
is a nice routine in 3D with a rotating 
plane flying around leaving the credits 
trailing behind it. Then it's on to a rou- 
tine with one of the biggest 3D flying 
objects yet seen in any demo f simple 
yet devastalingly effective. 

Following this there's a quick blast 
from the Virtual Worlds band. Again in 
3D, the Poi Poi (I think that is what they 
are called) float around before settling 
down to play. 

Then comes jhe second part of the 
demo, and the part that sets it aside 
from the rest. The year is 201 9 and you 
are a special agent who has just 
relumed from a failed mission on Mars. 
Your superiors are not very pleased with 
you and are sending you away on a 
simple mission that even you couldn't 
get wrong. 

This is not a game, but a 3D visual 
experience. Look in awe as your craft 
leave* its hangar on its home planet 
and lifts off into the sky. It moves 
through space with a fleet of support 
craft before coming to the target planet 
where it navigates an asteroid belt- 

It then enters the planet's atmo- 
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mg over some wonderful static fantasy 1 
screens - great stuff . 

Then the Silents take on Psygnosis I 
at their own game, parallax scrolling a 1 
la Shadow of the Beast with the ke | 
shapes floating in the background 
along to some wonderfully atmospheric 
music. 

More weird ID rotating stuff follows 
- not exactly original but it is quite 
good. The demo ends up with some 
absolutely huge shapes rotating all over 
the place, with the mouse controlling 
the speed. The shapes include some 
familiar ones, like a Nintendo Game 
Boy for example. 

System Violation; Introduced by 
some nice soothing music and rotating 
titles comes the new demo from anar- 
chy. The action (if you can call it that) 
kicks off with some lovely routines with 
swirling dots and balls, all very nice to 
look at but it all boils dawn to, whets 
the point? 

This is one of those demos that is 


into the water. The shuttle moves 
around looking at the various species 
that are living there. All this is shown in 
glorious 3D and, like the Phenomena 
demo before it, shows exactly what the 
Amiga can do - a visual treat well 
worth looking at. 

The Simpsons by Decay: Alright, 1 
know this isn't exactly new but it is 50 
cool that it is well worth a mention in 
case you missed it first time round. It 
starts off with a pretty amazing advert 
for Coke. Then it launches into a great 
sample of The Bartman, that famous 
song that topped the charts not so bng 
ago. 


where they magnify something that is 
normally invisible to the naked eye 
about 30Q times to make it look like 
some terrifying monster-type thingy. 

Well now there is a disk crammed 
full of the damned things. As it that 
wasn't enough there is also a section 
that has pictures that have been freeze 
framed, like a bullet going through a 
banana and things like that 

In fact bullets passing through 
objects feature quite heavily in this part 
of the demo. Go for this - it looks 
strange but fun. 

After seeing a bed bug at 300 times 
its normal size you may think twice 
about ever going to bed again. 


spoiled by one thing - they seem to be 
obsessed with mentioning everybody 
on the entire planet somewhere on the 
disk, all very nice but very boring. 

One of the stars of Lemmings nar- 
rowly misses being crushed by an 
avalanche of 3D spheres somewhere on 
the disk among all the credits and 
acknowledgments. 

Invisible World demo: This wins the 
award for the daftest slideshow ever. 
You must have seen those pictures 


Great shape 

There are some brilliant scene* from the 
Simpsons series, if you are even 
remotely sane then you simply must go 
for this demo. 

Ice Demo by Silentsj After some 
neat credit screens there are the Obla- 
tory rotating 3D shapes but this time, 


)lfle across. It ^ lh * moil 
sties' classic Sgt s 

, a mpltd onto it along with 


, one of the ingest team* 
,pwch*deWc demo ever Based 
. Club Bam! album, it has some 
ol the fob tout. 

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□ get all the flower power 
t a bit nostalgic with this o 
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reird stuff. Being loo young 
m me - dive me A good 


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Atlantis 135 

Audition 15-6 

Battleaxe PD 160 

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Bitccon 122 

Calco 134 

California PD ..160 

Checkmate Digital 6 & 7 

City Beat .39 

Club Amiga 142 

Commodore..... 15 

Computed! 141 

Computerwise 174 

Connect ....107 

Datagem 107 

Detta Pi... 136 

Diamond 40-45 

Digicom 27 

Digitz.. 133 

DJW Micros ,.133 

DTBS 134 

Edlib ..175 

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ESP 141 

Eu relink 1 54 

Evesham.... ..-. 50, 51 

Gasteiner .,..36 

GJS 133 

Goldstar 165 

Gordon Harwood 57,114-117 

Handisoft 176 

Homebased Business... .141 

Inpholink 175 

Intraset 101 

JCL 24 

Killersound .135 

Kosmos 144 

LCL 1 35 

Manor Court.. 150 

MD Office.. 49 

Media Direct 176, 158, 28-31 
Media Direct.. 174 


Media Value 174 

Megabytes 1 74 

Megaphone r r e i - - 1-4*4 4 - p 8-4 a a tJ a ....54 

Microdeaal 12 

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MJC Supplies,.... 174 

Neural Images 133 

New Dimensions,. ......142 

Original Media 62, 175 

Pazaz.. 174 

PDOM PD 171 

Postal PD..„ 99 

Power Computing 16 

Protar ,19 

Proton ...,.,..143 

Richards 122 

Riverdene 136 

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Sen lac .168 

Sidmouth Software 134 

Silica Shop. 61, 129 

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Virgo , 142 

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Waterfront Design 122 

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CITA winners 

Space is short this month, arid we 
haven’t got room to reprint all the 
old OTA photos. So il you have vout 
back issues handy it will all nuik% 
sen 5 e, if not... you’re kinda stuck 

The winner of CITA 38 was Fiona 
Garndge from Oxford with "The 
other Lemmings will bE along any 
minute" 

GTA 39 was snapped up by 
Martin Grimes from Newcastle who 
identified Gazin and came up with 
the interesting caption of "How 
much will ya gimme to lilt this up? ,r . 

Prizes will be in Ihe post any 
month now Watch out for the next 
Rock Lobster where we reveal the 
winner Of CITA 40 


of cm i massive "Win & PD library 
tompiHUion Irom way back m |une. 

1 In lit jwlully m<e 17 -Bd people 
will in touch soon to arrange deliv- 
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Next month Amigo #, 

Computing and none other than The ITV Chart Show are offering an exclusive 
opportunity for you to do just that! If you fancy designing graphics that will be 
admired by over two and a halt million viewers every week* the November issue 
of AC is an absolute must 

Take a peek at The Chart Show over the next few weeks to get a feel for how 
the graphics look and then get ready to totally redesign them, 

There will be full details in next months Amigo Computing so reserve yourself a 




Also in next 
month's Amiga 
Computing... 


November h going to be our 
biggest and belt ever issue of 
AC r but wtiafs it all about? 

In a word - videographics. 
What are they? How do you 
design them and what is the 
best way to end up with 3 fin- 
ished tape? We have loads of 
beginners' guides, hardware 
reviews and software 
roundups, not to mention a 
few tricks of the trade. 

Also in November, far 
those with expansion in 
mind, a comprehensive look 
at hard disks, monitors arid printers. 
Add to all this a look at viruses and some of the sexiest hardware 
around and you have an issue of Amrgo Computing that your newsagent won't be 
able to get enough of. Reserve your copy now! 


Have you won an Amiga 
Computing competition and not 
received your prize yet? 

During our office move - all 
of a painful 100 yards - we 
managed to "file" some corre- 
spondence so carelully that it 
hasn't turned up since So, if 
you are still waiting, pul the 
lawyers on hold and get on Lhe 
phone or write in. 


Real 3D rename 

If you are having problems with our mega- 
generous Real-3D giveaway from last 
month, then read on, 

Because of a teeny hiccup during 
the compilation of the disk, it has 
ended up on our cover with the 
wrong name. 

Any readers following the Real 
3D tutorial in the magazine will 
have been prompted to insert a disk 
called REAL. You don't have a disk 
called REAL yet, but it's easy to get one, 
Simply rename the disk we supplied and all 
will be well with the world. 


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