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Part one of a major 
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Comms i Music • DTV • Amos • DTP 




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Hi Soft Devpac 3 

assembl y langu age development system on the Amiga ... for no ■ 

The Editor 


Anew multi-window editor with 
bookmarks, mouse block-marking, 
macros, complete window tlexibility 
(including multi-views on one file), 
extensive user con figuration and full 
integration with the other Devpac 
programs. 1 he editor makes use of 
Workbench 2 or 1 -'3 automatically. 

The Assembler 

Improved and extended, the Devpac 3 
assembler js now at least 40% faster than, 
its predecessor (without pre-assembly), 
supports tiie full ftSOxCl range of proces- 
sors including the maths coprocessors 
and has a tremendous number of 
switchable optimisations. With the 
ability to pre-assemble files for inclusion, 
it can now claim to he the fastest 
assembler on the Amiga. 


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Devpac 3 gives complete control 
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The Debugger 

Devpac 3 is provided with a versatile 
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Again, there is support for all the new 
processors and the floating point chips. 
Devpac 3 eoififiS complete with itl! i?rc necessary 
include files, a linker, many examples and a dear, 
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Classic Amiga 
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A NEW Amiga with the development 
name Amiga Classic is set to bridge the 
gap between the A200G and A3QOO later 
this year, says a source dose to 
Commodore US. 

Officials at the firm refuse to admit its 
planned release, although Arnica 
Computing can reveal many of the Classic's 
specifications. 

Based on a 68020 processor, it will 
come with two megabytes of memory, 16- 
bit sound and the latest operating system. 
An internal hard drive will be fitted as 
standard. 

A monitor will be supplied and it looks 
"similar but slightly smaller" than the top^ 
end A3000. Price is expected to be fixed 
below £2 r DGQ and it could hit Britain In 


By John Butters 


the second half of the year. Spokesman for 
Commodore UK, Andrew Ball, said: "fm 
not going to comment on any new com- 
puters in the Amiga range. So much 
changes so quickly - the future is vapour- 
ware/ 

However, hints of a new machine in 
this area of the range have been given 
recently by lop personnel from the manu- 
facturer's Maidenhead office- 

industry experts say the Classic will be 
part of a new generation of Amigas. A new 
high-end computer called the A 4000 is 
expected to run from a 68040 and he the 
first of these machines. 



A300 for as fiffle as £250? 


PRICE is the only disagreement being 
voiced over our exclusive news story in 
January about the new bahy Amiga, the 
A300. 

A likely price for the console- bearing 
■Amiga seems to be £299, although figures 
as low as £250 are being talked about 
within the industry. No software is 
expected to be bundled with the machine. 

While Commodore remain quiet on 
confirming the machine, developers writ- 
KJtysumntr- quirt 4>nA3Q0 mg to the online service OX hit out at 



Amiga Computing for reporting the com- 
puter before it was announced by the 
giant. 

The closest the firm have come to open- 
ing up on their plans for the A300 came 
when their sales director Kelly Sumner told 
our sister publication, the trade newspaper 
Computer Trade Weekly: JI We will be 
expanding our range of Amigas". 

He said there would be two new prod- 
ucts but added that neither will be avail- 
able in the first half of the year. 


Imagine joins Mercury 

A COPY of Impulse Software's my tracing program Imagine version 2 is now being supplied free with 
Progressive Peri phu rah and Software’s Mercury accelerator. 

Mercury is a 68040 board running at 33\|f!z on A30f)Qs. Up lo 32 megabytes of memory can he added and 
unpopulated it costs S2 r 599 r 95, The Denver-based company CHE be contacted on (111) I 303 S25 4 3 44. 


Compatible 
laptop ready 

FREQUENT travellers are to he offered the 
first Amiga-compatible laptop computer in 
the next few weeks, which is being adver- 
tised in the American computer press. 

Developed by Kansas-based Newer 
lech no logy ((11(1 l 316 685 4904}, the Model 
10 is tilted with two megabytes of memory, 
Workbench 1.3 or 2.0, Amiga 1 JOS ROMs, a 
floppy drive, standard 86-pin expansion bus 
and a liquid crystal display. 

Add >mis are In include an external 40 
meg hard drive, internal 20 meg hard disk 
and memory upgrades tip to 8 meg. 

Depending oil its configuration the Model 
10 weighs in between three and six pounds 
and measures 1 1.7in x H.3in x 21n, 

Newer Technology were unavailable for 
comment on the length of operation avail- 
able from the battery or UK availability. 

Supplier of the machine, IVriwaM (Old I 
215 683 5661 1 hope to sell it for less than 
US$2,000. 


Amiga Computing March 1992 


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New OS goes 
miff-range 

UPDATES to the Amiga family have 
continued this month with the At 500 
and A 2 00(1 now running from the 
improved operating system. 

Workbench 2.04 and Kickstsrt 2 
are included with both computers. 
Unlike the A5Q0, neither have been 
retadged as a Plus unit are now sell- 
ing from dealers nationwide. 

Meanwhile, owners of older 
Amiga* will soon he able to upgrade 
l heir computers to the nW specifica- 
tion. Qtinmodore's Andrew Itall say* 
Ml* will filler through to the market 
"at any time". 

Price* are to be less than £BQ hut 
people requiring the Super Denise 
chip will meet higher charges 


Firms fine 
up for 
1 6 -bit show 

AS show organiser Westminster 
Exhibition* pul the finishing touches 
in their 5th International 16-hit 
Computer Show, details of new 
Amiga products expected to be 
shown have become avaiiable- 

Fnthusiasts interested in upgrading 
their machine should look out tor tin 
|Q1 R-500 Tower System w hich is due 
to be demonstrated for the first time 
bv Checkmate Digital 

Holding the A500 motherboard, it 
is supplied with a separate keyboard, 
internal tan, power supply and key 
lock for security. 

Checkmate also plan to launch ail 
enhanced graphics card capable of 
displaying more than lb million 
colours on the computer at a resol U 
tion of 768 x 58b, as well as the ahil 
ity to overlay standard Amiga 
graphics* 

of intend u> Amiga owners 
will be Precision Software - Oxxi, I he 
company will show thiiir Superhase 
database as wtll a% products from 
their American parent, Owi. 

Other firms lining up to support 
the Amiga family are Pqwem 
C omputing. Surface tK. H t S o f I ^ 
GFA Data Media aiul a variety of 
education and leisure software 
houses* 

As we went to press more than W> 
firms w ere set to attend and I he 
organiser 1 ' forecast attendance to top 
35,000. 


Amiga eontinuos as host sbIIb t 

_ ... k r-.Tii'O marlin Ih; 


LAST year the Amiga was once again Britain's best selling 
home computer. More than 250,000 machines were sold. 

In the last six months of the year 198,000 Amiga* were 
passed to dealers, representing an increase of 39.4 per cent 
over the same period last year. 

But Commodore bosses predict that sales are going to 
climb even higher this year, despite tough economic condi- 
tions and games consoles continuing to take a latg Er share 
of the market. 

The f inn's sale* director Kelly Sumner forecasts that a fig- 
ure of 300,000 will he topped. 

"In a recession-hit Britain, the Amiga 500 ha* achieved 
phenomenal Christmas sales and will reach an installed 
base of one million soon," predicted Commodore boss 


Stephen Franklin. "The Amiga has proved once again that 
the smart money is spent on computers rather than the lim- 
ited scope of games consoles." 

Meanwhile, CllTV player sales were less than the firm 
had anticipated earlier In the year. Commodore say that it 
has an installed user-base in the UK of between 15,000 and 
17,000- 

But Franklin is confident of a massive Improvement till? 
year. "The CD-ROM drive for the Amiga is going to be very, 
very important and I think that this product will make the 
market for CDW really come alive," he said. 

"In a very short period of time any developer or pub- 
lisher will be looking at a user base of 100,000 in the UK 
alone." 



A first from System Solutions 

A I OW-COST, high quality A4 flatbed scanner is the first Amiga product due 
from System Solutions (0753 832212), a firm which is well respected in the Atari 

ST community, „„ _ . . 

Colourscan 3000 has a resolution ranging from three to 300 dots per inch 
selectable in steps of 3dpi - and can handle line art, halftones and colour pho- 

t0 Twhite lamp ensures colour and tone graduation is even and natural, with 
colour accuracy being maintained with automatic white calibration and an optic 

test before every scan. ., _ 

Bundled with Colourscan 3000 is an interface to connect it to the Amiga 

Cost: £1,495. 


Free guide 
tor buyers 

SOFTWARE and hardware buyers can 
now select product* with the help of 
a 64-page colour catalogue just pub- 
lished by Silica Systems. 

Listing every product in the firm's 
Amiga line, it gives a brief descrip- 
tion of each and Includes some 
screenshots and illustration. For a 
free copy of the guide call Silica on 
081-309 fill 


ICO prices cut ; 

IN A "recession beating" move, i 
peripheral manufacturer iCD i 
Incorporated (010 1 815 968 2228j 1 
have announced lower prices on 1 
nearly ail of its Amiga products. 

"We must be true to our motto," 
said Thomas Harkei, president of ICD 
Incorporated. "ICD offers the best 
product, at the best price with the 
best support. Two out of three is not 
good enough for us. We intend to be 
market leaders," 

Quick to respond to moves on the 
other side of the Atlantic, ICD s LK 
distributor Power Computing {0234 
843388) immediately dropped their 
prices. Examples of the new prices are 
Flicker Free Video becomes £199, 
Novia 2Qi drops to £199 and Novia 
401 £325. 


Software Hurt's 
out al Hiis world 

LATER this year Europress 
Software (0625 859333), publisher 
of the best-selling Fun School edu- 
cation software, are to release a 
new label. 

For children aged 11 to 14 
years old, ADI is set for an April 
launch and will centre around an 
extra terrestrial character of the 
same name. 

Titles will include maths, 
English, French and science, 

Professional 

printing 

AN AMIGA-specific printing 
bureau has been formed for users 
needing to output files to film or 
paper. 

The company, equipped with 
A 3000s and an Image Setter, is able 
to print nearly all types of Amiga 
file within a day of receipt, Prices 
start at £4 for an A4-page. 

B } Print and Graphics are at 19 
Winsu Avenue, Paignton TQ3 1QQ- 
They can be telephoned on 0803 
666003. 


Speed for 
cheap hard 

drives 

lit lIDlNti un their DataHyer 
line of low cost VI. SI con- 
trollers, Expansion Systems 
have introduced a new tor IDE 
and A t types of hard disk. 

The con I rollers share features 
found ill the company's 
Data Flyer S( SI line but have 
data transfer rate* faster than 
anv Si SI drive and the ability 
to use lower cost IDE drives. 

ln addition to speed, 
Data Flyer IDF, has easy format- 
ting software, mouse button 
game switch, S^quest aulo- 
diskchailge an<JL Amaxll-tom- 
patabiliiy. 

t, on l rollers are available tor 
A5l*>, A 1 000, A 1 500 and A20tK>s 
and each accepts an optional 
plug-on Data Flyer HAM card to 
add up to eight megabytes ol 
memory to the system. 

Data Flyer IDE cost* £99,95 
for A 2000s and £199,95 for 
other Amiga* from Hard l.ache 
Saks (071-704 16141. Price for 
unpopulated SlataFiyer RAM is 

£149.95, 


in 


Amiga Computing March 1992 




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spell it: This enjoyable introduction to spelling 
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count *ern: Using a variety of different pictures 
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New Horizons 
turn to CD 


NEW Horizons Software (01 0 1512 328 
6650) have signed a licensing agreement 
with The Station for the Texas-based 
dealer to manufacture and sell a CD- 
ROM package. 

Programs Included on a single CD- 
ROM are New Horizon's Pro Write 3,2, 
Flow 3.0 r Design Works and ProRmts I, 
Ln addition to a * large quantity' M of pub- 
lic domain software, 

"We see this all-in-one personal 
workstation, using Commodore's 
CDTV, as a unique idea with tremen- 
dous potential," said New Horizon's 
boss James Bay less. 

"The combination of a stereo CD and 
CD+G player with a complete computer 
system including wordprocessing and 
drawing programs installed and pre- 
con figured on CD-ROM Is perfect for 
both students and first rime buyers/' he 
explained. 

The Station will sell the software in a 
package called Odyssey. The bundle 
Includes a CDTV„ I0B4S monitor, 
prlntci, external floppy drive, modem, 
mouse and keyboard. It sells for 51,995. 


Workbench 
books published 

ANYBODY having problems with the 
Amiga's Workbench could benefit from 
reading two new books published by 
Kuma Computers (0714 844335). 

Written by Mark Smiddy, both have 
tutorials covering major Workbench 
functions supported by practical tips 
and examples. 

Printers and printing - a frequent 
problem area - is given extensive cover- 
age which includes tables of printers 
and compatible drivers. 

The Little Red Workbench 1.3 book 
is for WB1.3 users and the Little Blue 
Workbench 2 book is for people using 
v2. Each costs £14 95- 


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Birmingham schools sound out Amigos 


ANOTHER goal has fust been scored in attempts to gel the 
Amiga taken seriously in education as Birmingham schools 
evaluate 105 ASOOs. 

Birmingham's Education Authority - the UK’s largest 
Metropolitan Authority - have taken the computers to meet 
National Curriculum requirements in art and design and 
music at 80 of the city's secondary schools. 

As part of the scheme, a music centre has been set up in 
the Joseph Chamberlain College, funded by the local educa- 
tion authority and the Technical Vocational Education 
Initiative Extension. 

It will act as a test and development site for music soft- 
ware, curriculum materials development and fur training 
staff In an area in which the Amiga has not yet built a 


strong reputation. The centre will provide case study evi- 
dence to help Commodore develop the .Amiga range to sup- 
port music applications for the National Curriculum. 
Roland have supplied keyboards, sound modules and speak 
ers. 

Mike KendelL IT project manager for Birmingham LEA r 
said: "The centre will be used as the focus for development 
work. 

"It will look at what the computers can do and what the 
curriculum requires - making a match where possible and 
highlighting areas where a match Is not possible." 

Commodore introduced the evaluation scheme during 
last autumn and the firm says it has been such a success 
that some schools have decided to buy their own Amigas. 


From basics to 
theory of 
transistors 

AIMED at electronics students more 
than 10 years old Is a new package 
centred on a designer board that con- 
nects to the Amiga. 

l ekno Amiga takes users from 
absolute basics through to transistor 
theory. Working with rhe compo- 
nents supplied and the project circuit 
board r the Basic Book of Electronics 
explains a series of experiments, 
gradually progressing through the 
subject. 

it is supplied with a basic electron- 
ics book, an Amiga projects hand- 
book, and a project software manual 
for people who want to create 
their own software to control experi- 
ments. 

Also provided with Tekno Amiga 
are five digital inputs, two analogue 
Inputs and eight digital outputs, 
.Software enables all the inputs to be 
monitored., and controlled outputs 
on timed or triggered events to be 
generated. 

Designed by Swedish firm Catus 
AB, it Is available in the UK for 
£84.95 from HB Marketing (0753 
686000). 


CCS opens to public 

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Evesham rate 
into first 

TEAM Evesham Micros were awarded 
a new Rover 216CTI 16- valve twin 
cam racing car recently after domi- 
nating last year's Dunlop Rover GTi 
Championship. 

Winning driver Dave Loudoun 
claimed his prize after a season in 
which he had five wins, three pole 
positions and one fastest lap. 

Managing director of Evesham 
Micros, Richard Austin, had his best 
result, finishing 12th, The team are 
now preparing for this year's season 
which starts in March. 



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Amigas join Novell NetWare 


THE FIRST software to enable Amiga* 
lobe integrated into Novel] NetWare 
networks has just been announced 
byOxxi fCUO I 310 427 1227). 

Amiga Client Software means 
Amigas can foin DOS-based PCs as 
well as Macintosh and Unix 
machines in hie and resource shar- 
ing 

Using available Ethernet or Arcnet 
adaptors, Amiga* can be added to 
networks and Novell NetWare utifci- 
' ■ tjm be performed through icons 
of directly from the Command Line 


Interface. The standard Novell 
NetWare password and II? scheme 
means that Amiga users are governed 
by assigned access rights to directo- 
ries and files on the network. Files 
tan be protected from alteration, 
theft or access by unauthorised peo- 
ple. 

Several Amiga-specific utilities are 
also contained in ACS. AmigaBack 
helps server-based information to be 
hacked up or restored without leav- 
ing the Amiga. 

Net Message is for people wishing 


to broadcast messages to other net- 
work users on local and intercon- 
nected Novell networks. Previous 
messages can also be displayed. 

For anyone using an Apple 
Macintosh on the network, 
ResToData takes the resource fork of 
any Mac file and converts it into a 
new PC or Amiga file. 

It requires an appropriate Ethernet 
or Arcnet LAN adaptor with cabling 
and a PC-compatible flleserver using 
Novell NetWare version 2. ISC, Z.2 
or 3. lx or higher, 



Lojif 3's first mamt li crl mtrf 
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Mouse games 

GAMES players are being targeted 
for a new replacement mouse 
from a firm which has previously 
only manufactured joysticks. 
Logic 3 (081-900 0024) boss 
Ashvtn Patel says his £17.99 
Speed Mouse eaten perfectly for 
the increasing number of games 
which are better suited to mice 
than joysticks. 


The Graphic 
Station arrives 

FOLLOWING the success of The 
Workstation, Amiga Computing has 
developed the Graphic Station to give 
total and simple control over the 
Amiga's graphics, 

Graphics and text can be trans- 
ferred to other file formats and com- 
puters including PC-compatible* and 
Atari STs and a directory manager 
makes simple work of file and direc- 
tory operations. 

Using, Huge, icons can be created 
to stylise the user interface or ani- 
mated characters generated for incor- 
porating into games. 

Prints mdio helps to print text, 
screen grabs and images created in 
any paint program with instant fine 
tuning. Using Font Master, typefaces 
can be designed and shadows of 
definable depth added later using 
ShadowMaJter. 

Price: £4.50 from Europress Direct 
(051-357 1275). 


Dyslexia sufferers 
get Amiga help 

A PATH I H has developed Amiga software which could help Britain's half 
a million children suffering from dyslexia, using teaching methods he 
developed to help his sort get around his own difficulties, 

Max Lipina n of Maidenhead -based Sally Systems became interested in 
dyslexia when his son began having problems at school. He hired a pri 
vale tutor tor ihree hours a day and watched teaching methods used. 

*A lot of the exercises involved seeing something with ihe eye and 
then doing something mechanical willi Ihe hand so lb at connections 
were forced to In- made, said Lipmaic 

14 1 saw that a hit of these exercises could he played with a machine, 
that would free up the leather's resources lo do things Ilia I required a 
more personal approach. 

Max had sold his computer firm and in 1987 he started investigating 
the possibility of developing dyslexia software in Ills spare lime. 

Price was the main reason lor the Amiga being chosen as the lies! plat- 
form for the software, as be was looking U> develop a total SOhilioll that 
con Id he bought with hinds raised by a f^i rent /teachers association Or by 
a parent. 

Spelling and reading skills are addressed in the first module of Travels 
in lime and the next release will he extended to cover sequencing prob- 
lems. future software will introduce special exercises on how to use a 
dictionary and look at various aspects ol grammar 

Each child has I heir own 3,5in disk which enables them to access Ihe 
system hv entering their name and personal sellings, which tailors the 
system to the child s capability. A log monitors the child's progress. 

Sally Systems will market a complete package including the software. 
A50Q, 20 megabyte bard disk drive and other general propose software. 
Schools already owning Amigas can buy the software separately. 


Savings for Midi 

MUSICIANS using Amigas tan now buy a package described as a "price breaking 
Midi solution" from Techno-Plus (0604 768711). 

TechnnPlus's Midi Pack includes an interface with leads and The entry-level 
sequencing program Music X Junior. Features Include Midi an port, two Midi 
out ports, Midi out/thru ports and serial pass-thru feature. The £39.95 price tag 
represents a saving of more than £70. 


Musk show date confirmed 

THE Third Midi Music Show is set to take place at the Hammersmith 
Novatel, London, from April 24 to 26, Already most major players have 
confirmed their presence with organiser Westminster Exhibitions (081-549 
3444). 


DIARY DATES 

14 to 16 February 1392 

Sfft international 1 6-bit Computer, Show 
Organiser Westminster Exhibitions . 
(081*5493444) 

Venn?: Wetribte y Exhibition Halls 
The first post- Christmas show for ST 
owners, and a new venue for this grow- 
ing event, 

7 to 10 April 1992 
Which Computer? 5 ft cm 1 
Orgmtitr; Reed 
(081-9489800) 

National Exhibition Centre , 

One of the country's top shows, but 
heavily biased towards the PC. 

12 to 14 April 1992 
European Computer Trade Show 
Organiser; Blenheim Online 
{031*868 4466 J 

Venue; Business Design Centre , London 
A trade-only show where many of the 
year's releases can be previewed. 

28 to 31 May 1992 

Spring Computer Shopper Show 
Organiser; Blenheim PEL 
(081-742 2828) 

Venue: Olympia? London 

Promises to attract many Amiga 

exhibitors. 

10 to 12 July 1992 

6th International 16-bit Computer Show 

(08 1-549 3444) 

Venue: Wembley Exhibition Halls 
The second show of the year, for an 
event that's getting more and more sup- 
port from the industry. 

OVERSEAS 

3 to 5 April 1992 
Arnica Berlin 

Organiser: AMI Shows Europe 
(0W49 8092 24086) 

Venue: AMK Berlin 

The first German Amiga show of the 
year. Two giant halls will be packed with 
the latest products. 

28 to 31 May 1992 

Consumer Electronics Shew 
Organiser : ElG/CEG 
Venue: Chicago 

The show opens for the first time for the 
public on May 30, 1992. 

8 to 11 October 1992 

Amiga Kola 

Organiser : AMI Shews Europe 
(010 49 809224036) 

Venue: Kohi hiesse 

A chance to catch up on the year's devel- 
opments In the active Amiga world. 

# if your riampuny j's a show relevant to 

the Amrjp and fr'jr rjor ffsTfrl, let us fcrraw so we 
can include the Wom^ation ir r the diary, 


Amiga Computing March ) 992 


15 







USA N ews 


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SOON after the Amiga 1000 was 
launched in the United States, it was 
announced that WordPerfect 
Corporation would be porting their 
fop-selling wordprocessor to our 
favourite computer. 

Thls was a very good thing for the 
Amiga's reputation, as we now had two 
^major" software companies claiming 
support for the platform - Borland, 
with Turbo Pascal and WordPerfect. 

Except tor the full page Turbo Pascal 
ad in the first issue of Andga World, we 
never heard from Borland again. But 
WordPerfect Corp delivered on their 
promise by early 1987, and Amiga 
users now had a professional -level 
wordprocessor. 

De-bugging 

The first version was somewhat 
buggy, slow, and almost followed 
Amiga user-interface conventions - but 
not quite. 

Still, for those of us who had been 
struggling to create acceptable docu- 
ments for out university classes with 
TextCraft and Scribble!!, even a quirky, 
slightly unstable WordPerfect was a 
welcome sight, 

Over the years, WordPerfect Corp, 
slowly worked the bugs out of their 
program, resulting in a stable but utili- 
tarian application. 

In the meantime, the company 


IF YOU use your Amiga for more than gameplay, you 
probably spend more than a little time using the 
AmlgaShell CLL The Shell has continually 
improved since the Amiga DOS 1.0 days, adding 
aliases, search paths and comm and -line editing. 
However, there's always room for improvement - a 
fad not missed by AKexx-creator Bill Hawes. 

His WShell product added a number of features to 
the standard AmlgaShell, many of which Commodore 
has added to Amiga DOS Release 2.04, the version 
shipping on the 500 Plus. 

More flexible 

Just as the AmigaShell got better, though, Hawes' 
Wishful Thinking Development Corp announced 
WShell 2-0, once again making WShell live up to its 
claim of being "the most advanced command shell 
available for the .Amiga" Among its WShell adds more 
flexible command-line editing, configurable menus 


Report by Denny Atkin 


started, and halted, a port of their 
PlanPerfect spreadsheet. Beta testers for 
this program say that the 
grapbing/drawing, package included 
with this package was the best they'd 
seen on any computer. 


Unix port? 


The most recent version nf Amiga 
WordPerfect, V4.1.12, addressed almost 
all the program's problems. This was 
the first version with true Amiga-style 
requesters. 

Most of the quirks were gone, and 
the program was now Workbench 2.0 
compatible. With this release it 
seemed that development of the word- 
processor was back on track. 
Unfortunately, it will probably be the 
last. 

Just a couple of months ago, a 



WordPerfect vice-president stated in a 
chat conference on the GEnie online 
network that the company was In the 
first stages of porting the Unix version 
of WordPerfect 5.0 to the Amiga. 

Some US magazine writers were 
signed on as beta-testers. Then, at the 
recent Oakland, California AmiExpo, 
one nf the speech sessions was slated to 
be "WordPerfect 5 0 on the Amiga'- 1 
hosted by WordPerfect Corporation. 

However, the WordPerfect Corp rep- 
resentative wasn't there, and a 
Commodore executive did a question 
and answer session instead, 
WordPerfect fans became understand- 
ably worried. In early November the 
axe dropped. 

First, beta testers posted notices on 
the online networks that they had 
been notified that development of a 
new version had bEen can- 
celled. 

According to the letter 
received by the testers, the rea- 


Tht Standard 
WordPerfect mntri, 
and the f Uerinwr 
inriudfd with 


Shell Collection 


for your Shell window,, command abbreviations, bet- 
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improved piping. With Filename completion, you can 
type part of a filename, hit a key, and WShell will 
complete it. 

One of the handiest features as the 
console history - WShell adds a scroll 
bar to your CLI windows so you can 
look back at text that has scrolled off 
the screen. You can configure your 
window title bar or Shell prompt to 
display available fast and chip mem- 
ory, the path, the current time, the 
amount of time it took to execute the 
Last command, and more. WShell 


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sons that development was cancelled 
were the Lack of adequate development 
tools on the Amiga for a project the size 
of WordPerfect, and that an Amiga 
3000 would be needEd to take full 
advantage of the program. 

A few days later, WordPerfect Corp 
posted an official release on the online 
networks, saying that development had 
been halted but saying that the sales 
performance of the product was at fault 
- sales weren't supporting develop- 
ment. 

In the US, where Pretext is 
unknown, this leaves MSS's Excellence! 
as the only wordprocessor with features 
like footnotes and indexing. Amiga 
users on the online networks are in an 
uproar, hoping to get WordPerfect 
Carp to change their minds. 

Write away 

Indications are that the program was 
very dose to the beta testing stage, and 
mainly just needs to be debugged 
before release. It's possible that the 
company could be convinced that it 
could recoup Us costs on the program if 
[t would finish it. 

If you want to see WordPerfect 5.0 
on the Amiga, you should send a letter 
to the company telling them that if 
they develop the version, you J d be 
interested In buying it. Letters should 
be sent to WordPerfect Corp, Amiga 
Products, 1555 R Technology Way, 
Orem, Utah, 84057 USA. 


even registers the Shell window as an App Window, so 
if you drag a Workbench Leon into the window, the 
filename will appear at the prompt . 

WShell works under Amiga DOS 1.3 but some fea- 
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ARexx users, and anyone who uses the Shell often 
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Graphics 

W ith DPaim and a certain 
amount of imagination, its 
possible to create stunning 
and original images on your Amiga. They 
might not be of such high quality as those 
I can produce with my Harlequin, TYpaint, 
and Real3D Turbo, but the techniques 
used are almost identical. If you don't 
believe me, keep an eye on ACs Gallery 
section. If you want to know mote about 
the exact configuration of hardware 


takes a long time. 

The nest step was to organise the 
palette. I need to have all the colours 111 
be using, and any gradient fills (called 
^density fills" by TVPaint) ready before I 
can begin lilfing large colour blocks. 

This is achieved quickly and simply with 
one of TVPainf s most powerful features - 
the density requester. Clicking once (right 
mouse button) on the small square 
marked J, D N on the TWaint main menu 
reveals the density requester, which allows 


me to pre-set the colour gradients I want 
to use and fill with semi-transparent colour 
areas which can even be multicoloured 
ranges. 

For example, on the Amiga screen in 
the landscape picture there is an evening 
skyline. The orange to deep blue gradient 
was defined as a colour cycling density fill, 
and drawn in one operation onto a black 
background, having pre-set the palette 
with the correct colours first. The 
brightness of the density fill was set to 
reduce in intensity from the centre of 
the sunset to the edge of the screen. 

Again, on the Amiga's screen 
image, there is a cliff face. This was 
initially a Line drawing, and then a 
two tone (dark and 
light brown) solid. 
Gradient fills were 
added later to 
increase the range 
of the surfaces, and 
to provide a sense 
of depth. The bot- 
tom right-hand cor- 
ner was then 
darkened slightly to 
accentuate the cliff- 
top with another 
density fill. 

Returning to the main image, I needed 
to set up the background. The sunburst is 
yet another density fill, this time drawn 
with the aid of the solid polygon function. 
To access this I hit line-draw twice. With 
the colour range set to go from bright 
orange to deep purple and Density Fill 
switched on, I activated the Grid and out- 
lined the sunburst shape. 

One dick on the right-hand mouse but- 
ton and - a few seconds later - there it is. 
The background that this produced was a 


main functions. By using the right mouse 
button to slide a spline curve about, it is 
easy to modify the brightness of either the 
red, green, or blue - or any combination 
of the three - components of the image, 

By using the left mouse button, posteri- 
sa&ion can be achieved, again via the RGB 
components of the colours onscreen. 
Finally, I settled or increasing the red a lit- 
tle in addition to brightening up the 
whole background, to add a bit of 
warmth. 

Having roughly sorted out essentials 
like composition and backgrounds, it is 
time to divide the image into planes - 
each area of the composition can be 
worked on separately as a brush, allowing 
repositioning of details later on. 

I find this method saves hours of careful 
cutting out and art working (trying to 
make die brush bok less like a brush and 
more like part of the composition). It sim- 
ply means that the background areas are 
already there under the brushes, and if I 
need to move anything, l don't suddenly 
find a nasty gap in the image, 

l tend to work from background for- 
wards, so the next element to look at is 
the midground. In the Amiga screen 
image - the landscape - this Is a hillside 
and some trees. Strangely enough, the 
hillside is a density fill, this time covered 
with dozens of smaH trees. I drew a tree in 
Magnify mode, which allowed precise 
control over anti-aliasing and highlights, 


and cut it out. Working from the top ot 
the hillside to the bottom [to make sure 
the trees nearest are positioned over those 
already placed) t covered the hillside. 

The foreground tree, rocks and grass 
are all created with essentially the same 
technique. There are a number of ways in 
which the various functions can write to 



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and software used to pro- 
duce these images, read the 
pand on the opposite page. 

To begin with, 1 drew a 
simple sketch, outlining 
the main areas of colour, 
and the overall composi- 
tion. This isn't by any 
means a final layout, but it 
serves very well to get the 
project started. This can be 
done either on paper or as a mone 
line drawing onscreen. E tend to 
keep the lines as thin as possi- 
ble and a similar colour 
to the background, sim- I 
ply to reduce the edg- 
ing on the filled areas - | 
bold sketches need lots 
of retouching, which 








the Harlequin's screen. These are Colour, 
which uses the currently selected palette 
colour; Smooth, a softening function; Blur, 
a coarser version of smooth; Smear, that 
produces an effect uncannily like mixing 
paint; Shade, for increasing and decreas- 
ing brightness without changing the 


appears in the menu when enabled by 
selecting a drawing mode that can use it. 
Colourist changes the colour but not the 
brightness, and Dithering is extermely use- 
ful for creating textures. 

The tree, rocks and grass are initially 

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colour. 

Continuing the list, Trans is a "rub- 
through" effect, allowing a spare screen 
image to be revealed on the work screen, 
via airbrush or cutout. This option only 


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GraphicsfZl 


The equipment used 

In order to make use of very large 24-bit brushes and multiple spare screens, the A3CKJ0 
that I use has been expanded to 1 6Mb of RAM, enough to run TVFaint and Real 30 
Turbo concurrently. 

The frame buffer Tm using at the moment is an Amiga Centre 5colfand (AC5) 
Harlequin H4GQG 32-bit card fitted internally. This is organised into a a number of "over- 
lays". These can be visualised as a number of image layers laid upon each other to form 
the final image. How these hardware options are used is up to the user - and the soft- 
ware being used. 

Apart from some clever hardware tricks, this comes down to two output overlays. 
The 24-bit display itself is capable of displaying 16.7 million colours at once, which is 
nonsense as there are only 525,000 Or so pixels on the screen at any one time - up to a 
resolution of 91 0 x 576. However, each pixel ctiuJd be any one of 1 67 million cotourt). 

Semi-transparent images 

The second overlay is an B-biC "alpha channel" which 15 output as a separate signal 
and can be used with a device called a "Linear Keyer". The 8-bit alpha channel overlay 
can then be used to select from 256 levels of transparency when combining an external 
image With the Harlequin's output signal (for each pixel of the display). 

I know this sounds complicated, but in effect it means that the Amiga can create so- 
called "soft-edged" masks and semi- transparent images for gentocking over video. 

TVPaint fully supports the alpha channel, and can even use it as a 'soft' stencil - in 
other words, images can be passed from the work screen to the spare screen via the 
alpha channel, allowing variable transparency stencilling within thE package. This is one 
way to create the semi-transparent effect illustrated on the cover image. 

TVPaint has two major weaknesses, It can - as yet - only use the Amiga bitmapped 
fonts for text, and the text editing facilities are very poor. The latest version does sup- 
port Afiexx however, so a text editor could be implemented by anyone with knowledge 
of the ARexx language. This means that although the frame buffer can operate at PAL 
resolution (768 x 576 - the same as a TV) there is not enough Information In the Amiga 
fonts to produce smoothly curved edges on lettering. This is because lettering tends to 
have a lot of curves, which means that the result appears little better than DPaint on the 
Amiga's standard display. 

Edge corruption 

Vector fonts are not stored as image data like "bitmap" fonts - Bitmap simply means 
a map of bits where each bit is a pixel. The lines and curves are stored mathematically, 
so that the font can be resized to any sizt, whilst retaining the perfect curvature of the 
lettering. This means that TVPaint's prodigious anti-aliasing power can be used to full 
effect, producing broadcast quality text displays on the Harlequin. I hope Tecsoft com- 
plete the update soon... 

The other problem with TVPaint is with resizing. It has no perspectivi manipulation, 
and simple planar resizing (x and y axes only) can cause noticeable edge corruption (I 
rarely use this function), for example, if 1 draw an anti-aliased solid circle, it looks lovely. 
The edges are smooth, and not in the least jagged. Then 1 cut the circle out, halve its 
size, and lumps appear all around the circumference. 

Cut-outs containing few edges - textures and the like - seem to work well. This is a 
problem excusable in DPaint as it is limited to the available palette colours when resiz- 
ing, but on a 24-bit display it should be possible to interpolate (recompute) the brush to 
provide a reasonable result. DPaint IV, with HAM graphics and perspective manipula- 
tion, does a better job with only colours. 

Beautifully smooth 

This isn't quite as problematic as it may sound. With 16Mb of RAM, as I said earlier,. I 
can run TVPaint and Real 3D concurrently fit may be worth pointing out at this stage 
that Real 3D version 1.4 supports 24-bit texture maps and can render directly to the 
Harlequin, though the bug-fix Chat allows this function to work properly hasn't arrived 
yet,..). 

This means that images can be created in TVPaint, imported to Real 3D as texture 
maps then mapped onto any object's surfaces, moved around in wireframe perspective, 
and re-rendered. Rendering this sort of image usually takes 10 or 15 minutes, so I pop 
out for a coffee, and return to a beautifully smooth, jag free image that can easily be re- 
loaded as a brush by TVPaint. 

Though a little slower than it could be r perspective manipulation with Real 3D is 
immensely flexible - objects, surfaces and their texture maps can be manipulated in lim- 
itless ways unavailable in planar paint packages - In fact, this method produces results 
comparable to many broadcast computer graphics systems, though in an environment 
costing a fraction of the price. 


Antfgci Computing March ) 992 


21 



ICS 


Graphics 


drawn as polygons of flat colour. Then, in 
a similar colour, | mark where I want the 
the highlights and lowlights that will give 
the rock its form. Finally I use the airbrush 
in Shade mode to alter the levels of bright- 
ness of the flat colour, and dither it to cre- 
ate a rough texture. 

The Airbrush facility can use any of the 
painting options. Operating in - almost - 
real time, it is certainly fast enough to be 
thoroughly useful, It is one of the most 
dramatic features of the package I fre- 
quently use it to impress people when 
demonstrating the Harlequin, 

it can be operated by most of the 
drawing options like circles and lines, 
There is also a useful spline drawing fea- 
ture for those occasions when a freehand 
airbrush just isn't fast enough to create 
smooth curves. 

You may notice that the small Amiga- 
creatures in the foreground have the land- 
scape image as their displays, I achieved 
this effect by simply saving the image so 
far as a 24-blt texture map tor Real 3D to 
render on to the Amiga screens, The ear- 
lier versions of the image show the flower 
as magenta, but red looked a lot better 
and the final flower with its bee is an 
example of the Colorize function being 
used to change the colour of an area of 
the screen without disturbing its bright- 



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ness, thus retaining 
the lighting as it was 
originally rendered. 

The sadly deficient 
text can be improved 
greatly by the addition of a few 
airbrushed highlights to the letters 
(after masking the surrounding area with 
a stencil - it is in this manner that televi- 
sion graphics designers make text took 
metallic.) Type in some mono text and 
mask around it, then simply airbrush a few 
dark diagonals. 

The jagged edges become less obvious, 
and the text looks metallic. The spline 
drawing function could also be used to 
trace airbrushed lines onto the text, and 
by following the outlines ai the lettering 
down one side of each character, it is rela- 
tively easy to make the text look shiny. 

Display power 

Many of TVPainfs functions are simitar 
to DPaint, and this helps when getting 
started with the package, though the 
increased display power offered by the 
Harlequin makes the effect of some of the 
functions actually quite different to their 
DPaint counterparts - this was quite con- 
fusing at first. 

For example, getting used to the way in 
which anti-aliasing Is implemented was 
slightly confusing as some of the functions 
didn't seem to use it on vl A, 
though vl .5 is much more 
complete, and everything pro- 
duces clean, smooth edges 
when anti-aliasing is switched 
on. 

The next step is to decide 
which objects can be art- 
worked and which objects 
would look better if solid 
modelled. The rocks arc a case 
in point, and could have been 


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created 35 models, 
though I felt that the 
lighting would 
have taken too 
long had I 
modelled 
them in Real 
3D. I began 
modelling with the small Amiga s (with 
legs) that inhabit my landscape. 

Real 30 allows me to create primitive 
objects like cubes and spheres in a single 
operation, without worrying about how 
many polygons the surface needs. It uses a 
similar technique to the vector fonts - by 
storing the centre point and a radius, 
every sphere created the way will always 
have a smoothly curved surface,, no matter 
haw you manipulate It. 

in addition to this, Real 3D allows 
Objects to be combined using a full set of 
logical operations - And r whore the two 
objects' volume of intersection becomes 
the resultant object; And Not, where the 
second object cuts the intersection from 
the first object, Eor H where the two objects 
are combined, and the intersection is 
removed; and finally; Divide, where the 
first object is divided in two along the 
plane of intersection. 

These operations - called "Boolean* or 
logical operations - can also exchange 
surface textures with the With Paint 
extension (And Not With Paint, etc). So r 
Amigas with legs - thankfully I've got a 
digitised picture of an Amiga 3000 r and 
the simplest way to make an Amiga is to 
create a couple of cubes that are about 
the right shape and orientation, and cut 
up my digitised image into some texture 
maps. 

These can be incorporated into cus- 
tom materials in Rea! 3D, applied to the 
cubes, and positioned on their front sur- 
faces. A brief look at the wireframe 


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allowed me to orientate the Amiga model 
to make it fit in the image. Now its time 
for Ihe lighting. 

Lighting solid models is possibly more 
complex than real photographic lighting. 
This is primarily due to the fact that 
lamps can only be placed in the tri-view 
mode, This consists of three windows - 
(hence tri-view) - displaying a plan and 
two elevations of the 3D model scene. 

Visualising the possible effects of a lamp 
in this two-dimensional mode is very diffi- 



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cult, and when the object must be 
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Several test renders are usually required, 
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extremely useful tor this. 


Composition 


Once satisfied, ! rendered the image in 
IFF-24 mode directly to the hard disk. 
After this, images can be loaded as. pic- 
tures or brushes - depending on their 
size more than anything else - and 
retouched prior to incorporation in com- 
positions. I always save the retouched 
brushes separately to aid repositioning 
later, should I wish to change the overall 
compositional layout. 

Having built some of the objects for 
the landscape image, filled some areas of 
block colour, and artworked a lew details, 
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image so far, by positioning all the vari- 
ous brushes over the background gradi- 
ent fills. It still looks very rough at this 
stage - some of the brushes have dis- 
tinctly jagged edges, and the horizon 
doesn't look nearly soft enough, but I can 
knock it back by air brushing with the 
Smooth option when things are a little 
more complete. The landscape needed 


something in the foreground. Things 
looked a little plain, so I figured that a 
flower with a bee - of sorts - sitting on it 
might appear neatly in the bottom left- 
hand corner. 

Real 3D version 1.4 has some other 
very useful functions that 1.3 lacked, in 
the form of a new menu entitled 
Freeform.. This menu includes a complete 
suite of point editing functions, and any- 
one familiar with the Sculpt Animate 4D 
editor will wekome the new facility. 

This function creates objects called 
“meshes’ 1 ' 1 that are defined - usually - by 
two curves made from 
groups of straight 
lines subdivided by 
vertices. These are the 
fundamental element 
of solid modelling on 
computer systems. 

By creating a rect- 
angular mesh with 20 
vertices on each side, 
and using the point 
editing functions Bend 
and Smoothers to 
deform the rectangle 
selectively, I built a 
petal for my flower. 

Simply copying and 
rotating the petal 
mesh produced eight 


petals, which when accompanied by a 
flattened sphere for a centre made a 
usable flower. Mow for the bee... 

The bee was a problem. It has wings, 
and wings are transparent. Transparency 
is a “heavy" function in Real 3D in the 
sense that It uses lots of processor time. 
Real 3D is a ray-tracer, whkh means that 
it renders its images by calculating the 
paths of simulated photons in order to 
generate the picture. 

Light fantastic 

This is not so much of a problem as it 
was - eveiy new computer is faster than 
the last, and the A30QQ is no exception 
- but to allow for transparency means 
that the software has to calculate for 
some photons to be reflected and the 
rest to pass through the glass, with 
diminished intensity. This takes some 
hefty maths, so the rendering of trans- 
parent surfaces takes a very long time 
indeed. 

To give you an idea, it took the 
A3OD0 running Real 3D Turbo four and 
a half hours to render the flower with 
the bee (and its wings) at a resolution 
of 3S4 x 2GS pixels. To be fair, the level 
of anti-aliasing was also set at maxi- 
mum to ensure the cleanest result pos- 
sible (no jags), which also takes plenty 
of calculation (256 x 2$fi times over- 
sampling).. 

The bee itself was built with a Tools 
menu function called Lathe 2, which 
allows a central axis to be defined, and 
then curved primitives to be added 
along its length, forming a single com- 


pound object- This was bent so that the 
characteristic bee shape was more obvi- 
ous. 

Next I added a couple of spheres for 
eyes, circular tubes for legs (another 
Tools function) and antennae. The 
wings were constructed from a couple 
of irregular polygons. 

In Real 3D, an object's surface is 
defined by its Material. Materials can be 
custom built, and control the texture 
mapping, reflectivity, transparency, and 
bumpiness of an object, or group of 
objects. It was in this manner that 1 cre- 
ated the striped abdomen on the bee. 

By first running DPasnt, using it to 
make a brown and yellow striped 
square (which I saved as an IFF brush 
into the texture map directory of Real 
3D) and then quitting Dpaint to return 
to -Real 3D, I created a material called 
Stripes that used the texture map. I 
then selected the fear abdomen object 
and used Modify Material on it. Modify 
Painting subsequently allowed me to 
portion the stripes accurately. 

All that remained was to position the 
lighting so that it fitted more or less 
with the rest of the image. Three light 
sources were used - a large bright lamp 
to provide highlights and shadows, an 
overhead Lamp to brighten the whole 
scene, and an in -fill Lamp from the 
viewpoint to prevent the flower and bee 
becoming a silhouette. 

The one remaining task was to piece 
the brushes together and Smooth their 
edges in TVPaint h compos- 
ing the final images. 




Does the Amiga have a graphic future? 


Overall, the Amiga is on the verge of being a 
feasible option for low-cost professional graph- 
ics. The Harlequin badly needs a frame grabber, 
and most of ihe options available today simply 
don’t do it jurtkc. 1 recently tested the Rombo 
digitiser, and the Progressive Peripherals Frame 
Grabber. They're great products, but they simply 
aren'l up lo the display quality ol the ACS 
Harlequin. 

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undergo an explosion In Ihe same order of mag- 
nitude as the home video market seems to have 
done soon, perhaps even the A5W) (or its suc- 
cessor) will nchi eve that magic display resolution 
- broadcast quality. Things like HAM-E come 


close, and the cost of entry level 24-bit systems 
Is falling all the time. 

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see home graphics systems ready to plug into 
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broad cast resolution ironically at about the 

same lime as the professionals begin to take 
High Definition TV seriously. 

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Amiga's development, with CDTV, DCTV, 24-bit, 
and the silicon itself r from which all microchips 
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I ailing music is merely a dream 
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or wail into a mike that doubles as a hair- 
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How such fantasies can become more 
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release from the makers of Bars and Pipes 
professional, Blue Ribbon Soundworks have 
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musical wannabee sadly lack* and yet des- 
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first and foremost comes talent. 
Obviously,, no software in the world can 
actually affect your abilities, or lack of 
them, but it can magnify what little you 
have while automating the rest of the pro- 
duction to suit your style. 

A dose second to a tack of talent is the 
need for some partners in crime - drunv 
mers, guitarists, keyboard players and so 
on. Here again the software supplies the 
goods in the form of five individual mu^ 
dans who play their particular instruments 
in the style of your choice while following 
predefined chord progressions, adding 
support to your solo efforts. 

Lastly comes technique. If you can 
barely play chopsticks but desperately 
need some jazz, a suitable style is ready 
and waiting. Simply select the one you 
want and your backing band strike up a 
tune to suit. All you need do is load a suit- 
able chord progression or add your own, 
then play a few solo notes to add a 
designer melody... 

I'm sure many of you are thinking 
exactly the same as I did - "Well whoopie, 
how original, someone's managed to 
transform an Amiga into a Bonletnpi . lo 
be honest, although it does sound a little 
like that, there's a lot more to Super Jam 
than simple aufo^ccompamment, as you 
shall see - 

Identical 

If you read the tors and Pipes Pro article 
in the February issue you'll recognise the 
Super |am interface instantly, as it's virtu- 
ally identical in its basic layout. As you 
might expect both packages work per- 
fectly together, given sufficient memory. 

If you're short on space er perhaps 
B&Ppm, don't worry - Super Jam is happy 
to work with anyone and wilt save its cre- 
ations as a standard Midi file ready for 
importation into any compatible package. 
On loading the package you're greeted 
with perhaps the two most important win- 
dows in the system. The less conspicuous 
of the two is the ■'Quick Strip" which cov- 
ers the menu bar and works in a similar 
manner, allowing access to all of Super 
Jam's windows and options. 

Second, but perhaps more important, is 
the keyboard window. This is where you 
spend most of your time, trying out new 
chord combinations or practising solos. It's 
here more than anywhere that inspiration 
is bom or perhaps cloned. Along the top of 



Paul Austin jams with the 
Amiga's latest band-in-a-box 



the window are a series of LfDs which dis- 
play exactly who is playing what, so you 
can keep track of your backing band. 
Beneath the LEDs lurk the windows com- 
mand buttons. These allow you to add 
and remove styles and chords as well as 
define whether you play solo or orches- 
trate the band's performance , 

You can also set the key and tempo, 
organise the band, record a section of 
music, add a fill, play a selected style or 
insert specialised or designer chords to the 
keys of your choice. 

Organising the band is perhaps your 
primary concern before any performance, 
After clicking on the band icon a window 
appears complete with a list of the six 
members, what they're playing, whether it 
is internal or Midi, channel selection, patch 
number plus the octave and volume set- 
tings, 

Clicking on a specific member's icon 
followed by a speaker will produce Jam's 


own sample editor which displays the sam- 
ple assigned to that particular musician If 
no sample has been assigned you can load 
the Turbo Sample of your choice or convert 
an existing IFF, As you can see from the 
screenshot, the editor is very comprehen- 
sive and easily or a par with any standalone 
editing software on the machine. In short, it 


you have a sample, the editor will almost 
certainly create the sound you want thanks 
to a whole range of effects and processing 
options. It's impossible to go into further 
detail due to the usual lack of space, but 
rest assured that sample editing isn't a 
problem. 

Selection of instruments and output 
methods is completely mouse driven with 
samples and patches playing on demand 
to make selection as simple as possible, 
Sliders and arrows move through patch 
lists, adjust volumes, select channels - in 
fact you can complete an entire piece with- 
out touching the keys, whether they be on 
the Amiga or an external synth. 

Once your musicians are suitably 
equipped, the next task is to select a Style 
in which they'll play. Up to four separate 
styles can he stored on the right side of the 
keyboard and selected as required, even 
during a performance. Now the band 
knows what to play, but what about you? 

Tone deaf 

fortunately the tone deal are catered 
for. If you examine the keys you'll see a 
selection of letter on various notes which 
means that, in this signature, those are the 
appropriate keys to play, being member 
notes of that particular key. They will pro 
duce either major, minor, diminished, aug- 
mented or seventh chords. 

This may sound contusing hut it means 
that if you select these notes when con- 
structing chord progressions or solo runs 
you'll never go out of key - it's that simple. 
If you want, you can instruct the software 
to create the most suitable chord for any 
key on the keyboard. But l< you're new to 
the business, it's wise to take some advice 
from the software. 

It all you could do was play a selection 
of the same chords over and over again 
your creations would soon become just a 
tad predictable. So to add a little spke to 
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USIC 


in wonderland 


The internal choice 

~r. Super Jam's Midi features, there's a whole section of the software devoted ta 
v € Arrays internal sound. Obviously with the normal limit of four sounds at any one 
tST * ^up^r Jam's six band members would normally be in rather a tight spot. 

To avoid muting the odd member, the authors of Super Jam have created 
TurboSound technology which manages to produce between six and eight simultaneous 
sounds on a one meg machine, expanding into tfi e low 20s given the assistance an 
accelerator board. 

.V Th rts new multt-tirnbf aP option the Amiga can - in theoiy - keep pace with the 
• k alternative, Unfortunately this isn't quite the case^ because the number of sounds 
tn vary depending on the strain applied to the system, and the conversion from a nor- 
~ r, a\ Iff to a TurboSample does appear to degrade the sound. 

The final nail in the coffin is that the software's output is strictly mono. And when I say 
r that's exactly what I mean, The actual sound only appears on one channels OK* 
piling the same track through each speaker wouldn't enhance the performance much, 
but it certainly would make listening a much more comfortable experience. 

In general I must admit to being less than impressed with Super Jam's internal fea- 
'Lhs, but if you're thinking of using the internal sounds as a stop gap, they're OK Once 
■ n I’ve mastered the program and saved up the necessary cash, moving on to Midi is 
Wrongly recofflmended. 


derful chords are available on the nght of 
the keyboard. If the chord you J re after isn't 
n the present list you can create it from 
scratch or modify an existing one via the 
. lord window, adding it to the selection. 

At this stage all the essentials are in place 

the hand have their instn indents and they 
know the style and the chords you want. 
! -T here where the section icon comes into 
rts own. Like ail musicians, Super (am builds 
its songs from verses, choruses, middle 
eights and so on. 

Requesters 

Selecting the section icon invokes two 
requester! - one to name the new section 
and another to specify the number of bars. 
Once set, the section window appeals com- 
plete with a coloured strip for each musi- 
cian. These strips run the entire length of 
the section and can be either active or pas- 
sive, determining whether the musician 
pFays or not. 

You can either play chords live or enter 
them via the mouse. Personally I found the 
mouse much easier. Clicking above the 
track immediately opens a miniature key- 
board from which you select the root note. 
Once selected, a scrolling chord list 
appears, prompting you to make your 
selection. 

Now you simply sit back and relax while 
the band plays an ever-changing perfor- 
mance, leaving you free to wait for inspire 
tion or poin in as the soloist. When you'ie 
happy with the arrangement, clicking on 
the camera icon selects the snapshot option 
which captures the music each time the 
section plays. Once you switch the snap- 


shot off, that particuldf rendition is cap- 
lured for posterity. A lock bar runs beneath 
each bar in the section with which you can 
isolate the bars you really like and fe- record 
on others until you achieve the perfect per- 
formance. 

If you're generally happy but want to 
make a few minor alterations, clicking on 
the relevant icon will produce a graphic edi- 
tor complete with the particular score per- 
formed by that band member. 

Functions available include erasing, mov- 
ing, stretching, volume adjustment - in fact 
all the editing features you'd associate with 
a standard graphic editor with the excep- 
tion of blanket editing {as all editing hap- 
pens on a single note 
basis), For the power | 
of cut a nd paste you 'll j 
have to invest in a I 
dedicated sequencer I 
such as B&Ppro or I 
KCS. 

The only real fault I I 
found with the song 1 
construction section I 
was a tendency for I 
the odd glitch as the I 

software finished one 1 

1 

section and moved on I 
to the next. It's here I 
where owning a I 
decent sequencer I 
could make all the dif- 1 
ference., offering a I 
method of fine-tunmg I 
your creations, 

If you don't want I 
to waste time writing | 



Editing the 
peifonjrofKf of 


The ffttkm mndVr.v whf nr [i’pf iyopM ISe 
cewnptijfr ctmprks his or her creation s, ,, 

sections, a whole host of classic chord pro- 
gressions come with the software along 
with a selection of examples, not to mem 
tion the hefty list of styles. Because of the 
extensive support you can either experi- 
ment and attempt to create original work 
on the foundations offered by the software 
or sell out completely and rely entirely on 
the built-in examples - the choke is yours. 

To sum up. Super Jam has its ups and 
downs, with the internal sound handling 
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AMIGA SOFTWARE 


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needs ter ekjbfcusiness/lijrery records eto £229,95 

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RINTERS 

All printers in our range include- a standard Centroriicsf Paraflei Port 
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MQS Coin Drop is a fully fea- 
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~ere's a great deal more skill and judge- 
ment to this game than you might think. 

On loading, you are given a number of 
forces. Up to four players can gamble at 
: ice, and you can give each player an ini- 
:.a' stake of up to £T0, so if you like, the 
r.rme can be set to fairly huge propor- 
1 ons. Once all choices are made, the 
3ame is ready to play. 

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yuil trail which comes into its own when 
■ou score highly on the play reels. IT you're 
-Klcy enough to get “trail held", and light 
-P all the letters in the word AMOSCOIN- 


Jackpot. 


DfiOP, you can try your luck at one of the 
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makes its strongest impact on your addic- 
tion centres. 

The first two challenges involve the 
number red in the familiar High-Low gam- 
ble where players can elect to gamble for 
money Or more nudges. If you manage to 
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fefk 

To start a game, click on either the £1 
or 1 0p slots to insert your "money*, If 
you'ne sensible, you'N have chosen to start 
with a tenner in the bank, but starting 
with only £1 can add to the tension as you 
can quickly run down to only a couple of 
pfays left in which to win something. 

Cheating 

For cheats, there's 4 wimp mode you 
can call up by pressing C. A scrolling 
screen showing all figures on each reel is 
displayed, which helps immensely when 
you've got five nudges and don't know 
howto use them, 

Pressing H will dis- 
play all scoring com- 
binations and the 
money earned on 
them. U scrolls the 
number reel down a 
position, and D or P 
pause the game - it 
goes into flashing 
lights demo mode, 


just like the real thing. Apart from these 
keys, you'll only ever use the mouse to 
control all other functions. Amos Coin 
Drop is fun, addictive, and easy to play for 
hours on end. Have fun! 

• Amos Coin Drop is a shareware pro- 
gram. This means that if you like it you 
should send a donation to the author at 
the following address; 

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8 Cyprus Terrace 

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37 




Ami Base Professional H is the best shareware 
database available for the Amiga. Period. 

Previously a copyrighted program distributed 
only by Amiganuts, v2 has recently been released, 
as shareware to widen the user base so that they 
will upgrade to the more powerful AmiBase 
Professional 111, which Amiganuts will flog you for 
£10. As it stands, however, the version on this 


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month's disk is easily capable of meeting the 
needs of most home users and enthusiasts. 

AmiBase opens on a blue background with all 
the important options listed at the top of the 
screen. 

For instance,, to create a new database, just 
type N, answer a few questions on the number 
of fields you want, type in their names, decide 
whether to password the database, and you can 
start entering data. If you intend to use AmiBase 
for simple address book-style records, you need 
go no lurther than this into the program's com- 
plex features. 

For those with more demanding uses, 
AmiBase can be surprisingly willing to comply. 

| Records can be filtered to create sub-databases, 
IFF pictures can be attached to records, there is a 
very fast and flexible search function (more so 
than Prodata's!) and data in any one field can be 
added or subtracted across the whole database 
so that, for example, a total of all stock values 
can be reached. 

Demonstration 

As an example of what AmiBase can do, 
there's a database on the CoverDisk ready to use. 
Type L to summon the file requester, dick on the 
“videos" file and then on OK, AmiBase will dis- 
play the database's file specifications and inform 
you of how fast It's being loaded in. Once load- 
ing is complete, the first record pops onto your 
screen. 

To move around the database, use the arrow 
I cursor keys. If you have a specific record in mind, 
the ) key will enable you to jump to it in a flash. 
AmiBase loads your database straight into men* 
ory, and can therefore dash round a large 
database with a speed many commercial pro- 
grams would envy. 

To test this, go to the last record, number 47, 
by pressing J or the up-arrow key. Now look tor a 
unique string of characters, such as "winning" , 
and go back to record 1. By pressing Z you call 
jp the search menu with its four options. These 

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are all different ways of searching (or something, 
but for now use option J, In- Search. 

This option searches the field you specify for a 
string of characters you specify, and does so 
through the whole database. A much more pow- 
erful and flexible way of searching through the 
database is available through the multiple search 
options. When these are chosen, you will be 
asked which fields you'd like to search 
through and which string you'd like to be fer- 
reted out of each field. 

As long as you don't attempt to trawl 
through five or more fields, the multiple 
search is almost as fast as the simple search 
and makes the manipulation of your data a 
great deal easier. What if you want to amend 
; data within a single record? There's no key 
listed for the Amend function, but before you 
give up AmiBase as a bad thing, press the 
; Help key. 

Weakness 

This puts you in .Amend mode, which is where 
AmiBase Shows its only annoying weakness. To 
change the data in a field, use the jump function 
to find the correct record, highlight the field with 
the arrow keys, then press Return or Enter. 
Notice something silly? Yes, the entire contents 
of the field are wiped out. 

The means that if you've only a slight spelling 
mistake to rectify, or another minor adjustment 
in a field, you have to type the whole thing in 
from scratch. 

This aside, there's precious little to complain 
about. AmiBase has a lot more than the standard 
database facilities. There are two menus of extra 
features to choose from, offering the paranoid 
among us several handy data security features, 
printing options, and 9 few program manage- 
ment extras. 

Program management features include auto- 
load and auto-save. The latter is just a timed save 
option to guard against losing loads of data due 
to power surges and so on, but the auto-load 
feature is extremely useful. 

By choosing a database and its directory path, 
the user can instruct AmiBase to load that 
database every time the program is run, thus sav- 
ing users with a day-to-day database require- 
ment the hassle of loading the same database 
time after time. 


Shareware notice 

AmiBase Pro II is a shareware program 
This means if you like il and intend U> 
use it, you should send a shareware dona 
lion of £5 to the author .it the following 
addresi; 

Keith A Ctanl P5 iowrci 1 Dm r 
TMmril READWt fiCi 5QY 

See the doc files on the disk for details on 
how h> purchase ihe commercial version, 
ArniHiK Pro HI. 


AmiBase Professional II 

Author: Keith A Grant 


;l Amiga Computing Morcb 1992 


C overDisk 






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CoverDisk 


ShadowMaker 

Author: Stephen Lebans 

ShadowMaker is a public domain version 
of a commercial program, but it has been 
released in a very usable form. lt J s function 
is to add shadows to the font of your 
choice, making easier the previously very 
tedious process of adding them in DPaint. 

The font is saved separately in its shad- 
owed form, so it is available instantly for 
your pictures, video titling software, or 




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presentation package. The only restriction 
placed* on this PD version is that it will not 
accept fonts larger than 39 point. You may 
load fonts up to 99 point and play about 
with them, but you won't be able to save 
them as a shadowed font rl they are sized 
40 or over. 

To try out this neat piece of software, 
load up the mFast font from the 
CoverDisk. This is a 20-point font used by 
Ami Base Pro- II and could do with an extra 
dimension, First of all, try switching 
between cast, drop 
and rounded, the 
three types of shadow 
on offer. The effects 
generated by these are 
variable enough to 
give a real choice over 
the final appearance of 
your shadowed font 
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Wt are always on the lookout for new, quality 
Amiga programs for the Cov'erOisk. If you think 
you have written something good enough Jprc#i- 
ers to share and enjoy, please send it in and we 1 ! 
have a look. 

The Arnett Computing CoverOitk is used by 
thousands ot Amiga owners every month in places 
all over the world trom New Zealaiv! to the USA, 
so H your jybrrcssion finds its way onto the diifc, 
you could be famous 

Please make tore you list All WorithwidH and 
other files necessary fur the program to work Fe& 
tree to de^n your own icons lor progs which run 
from Workbench, huE please don't make than too 
big. 

If you ensure your program is as compatible as 
possible with a wide range of Armgas, it will also 
stand a better chance publicatwi- We are espe- 

Name 


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wish the Aim, although d they work only with 
the raw machine they'll have to be cpiite sma*. 

We are prepared to pay our current rates br 
origins work whkh haitft been distributed m any 
oth^ way and whkh Kas not been put m the pub- 
lic domain, 

If you wish yosir program u> be released as 
shareware Or Irteware we will tre hippy to publish 
ft but would, of course, be happier it we'd been 
given it M 

Your submission MUST be accompanied by the 
submissions form, a copy of it, or a signed declara- 
tion to the same effect. Please supply y*ur full 
name, address and phone number. 

Unfortunately we cannot undetteke to- imm 
disks sent to us as the volume of submissions 
mak-ei this an impractical escrow. 

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type boxes, there's a seiecteon off gadgets 
enabling user canted over the light source, 
You can control the angle from which the 
light shines and the displacement of the 
letter itself in the X and Y pfanes r which 
makes possible a wide variety of shadow 
effects. 

Preview 

To the right of these gadgets, you can 
see a preview of how your font will appear 
with its shadow. Note that although the 
default letter is S, you can type any letter 
you like into the small box in the comer of 
this section and see how that will look. 
This is important for letters like 0 and B, 
where a dodgy shadow can make the let- 
ter look solid rather than full of holes. 

Apart from the obvious gadgets 
onscreen, the only other control is the 


Shareware 

slip-up 

If you bought our |anuary issue and 
were impressed by the Excellent C 
Designer program on that' month's 
disk, you may not be aware of its 
shareware status. Tve suffEned under 
the caW-nine*tails to atone for the 
fact that, by an oversight, we didn't 
print our customary shareware mes- 
sage. 

All you C designers out there 
should send your £5 shareware dona- 
tion to; 

Nkhoim Dyson, 

U 6 Croigfea Drive, 
EDINBURGH 

mown 

OK, now you know and there's no 
excuse for holding onto the rivers. 


anti-aliase toggle available via the pull- 
down menus. When this is selected, the 
font will be saved in an anti-aliased format, 
which could make it appear smoother in 
certain titling packages. Apart From that, 
there's not a lot else to say. ShadowMaker 
works well, a nd can take away a lot of the 
hassle involved in adding 
shadows to fonts. 


AddTools 

Author Steve Tlbbett 
Workbench 2 only 

Sieve Tlbbett is one of those names you see cropping up in PD and shareware all wet 
the place. He's been responsible in the past for ViiusX and Screen*, and, now it's 
AddTools. 

The program is a simple little beast but if you don't have Workbench 2, you'll never 
know how useful it can be. It adds user-defined menu commands to the Workbench 2 
Tools menu, and is therefore incompatible with older Amigas equipped with Workbench 
1,3 or 1.2. 

To run the program, you must have an Ascii file called Toolslist in the S; directory qf 
your boot disk. 

To help you out, we've included a Toolslist on this month's disk, so A50G Plus and 
A30GO owners can run the tool and check it out. The toolslist includes entries to run 
Amos Coin Drop, AmiBsse Pm K, ShadowMaker. and SupepDupei. 

For each menu entry, there are three lines descnbing the menu item's title, the com- 
mand to be issued when the item is selected, and the directory in which the command 
is located. For instance, the entry to run ShadowMaker looks like this; 

ShadtreHikir 
5 ha doufeakfr 

m:UtiUti«/SWoi!ilir / 

In other words, there's a menu item called ShadowMaker, when ifs selected, AddTools 
issues the command "Shadow Maker", and it looks for the file In 
SYSiUtilities/ShadowMaker, 11 . Dead easy. 


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Software Ej 


T here's a nice long word appearing 
more and more these days - mter- 
operabilify. Basically, St means that 
data from one system can be used in 
another 

The rndustiy standard CAD data fatmat 
s AutoDesk's Drawing Exchange formit 
DXF) which i$ used by its AutoCAD and 
AuEuSketdi systems, It takes the form of a 
’ext file r with sizes and dimensions listed 
after obvious commands such as Line and 
Ted, 

Now this would be jimdandy if Autodesk 
didn't keep revising the standard. At the 
l«t issue but one of AutoCAD (release 10) 
■j>e DXF standard was revised, and the rest 
of the world had to scrabble about to 
Change. What's more, there are 2D and ID 
versions of DXF, so things get more and 
more complex. 

Armed with a PC disk filled with 
AutoCAD drawings and CrossDOS, I set 
about testing the DXF capabilities of the 
programs, 

Both X-CAD programs use the same 
modules to read and write DXF files, so if s 
no surprise that they performed identically. 
A few errors cropped up - drawings were 
nearly always off-centre (fixable with one 
Move command) and text was always 
slightly too wide. DXF isn't meant to be a 
perfect transfer medium, and it onfy takes a 
couple of minutes to fix. The convenience 
of drawing exchange is more valuable than 
these minor niggles, 

DynaCADD accepted any of the DXF 
riles, although they did take a very long 
bme to toad. The wait was justified, as all 
the drawings were imported as close to per- 
fect as I could make out. I did have minor 




problems exporting DXF from the program, 
but I suspect Ft, was a couple of the routines 
I was running in the background interact- 
ing to make trouble for themselves. 

lt J s a tribute to all three programs that 
they read each other's DXF files, and 
AutoCAD liked output from any of the pro- 
grams. It's at times like this that data 
exchange is as joyous as spring itself. 

DynaCADD also supports its own DEF 
Exchange format This is designed to over- 
come the difficulties of translating 
DynaCADD parts between the PC, the ST 
and the Amiga. As I don't run DynaCADD 
on those other machines, I couldn't test it. 
What did catch my eye was a little ghosted- 


Stewart C Russell concludes AC's round-up of 
Amiga CAD packages, and reaches his verdict... 


drawing. The translation isn't perfect, but it 
guarantees that at least something can be 
imported into- Plans from any CAD pack- 
age. 

Anyone remember Aegis Draw? This 
ancient and thoroughly obsolete package 
has wormed its way into Amiga history 
mainly because Gold Disk's Professional 
Page software will read its. data files as 
structured drawings. Plans will Import an 
Aegis Draw file as a single part, as Draw 
wasn't too clever about data handling. 
Aegis Draw output is kept as simple as pos- 
sible so that ProPage won't complain. 

User support 

You've been through the manual, 
you're running late with the schedule, and 
the thing won't do what you want it to. 
Time to pick up the phone, and do some 
serious asking , 

As befits an expensive program, 
DynaCADD is well supported, Telephone 
support is from Expressworki, the UK dis- 
tributor, but you can also Email the authors 
direct via CompuServe. I had to use both 
options, and was very satisfied with results. 


out button in the Exchange requester, with 
the mysterious "“IFF -CAD" marked on it. 
This standard doesn't exist yet, and I'm 
intrigued to know when it will be intro- 
duced. 

The observant reader will have noticed 
that I have not mentioned Plans, The truth 
iSy it doesn't support DXF in any shape or 
form (yet). What it tan do is take a file 
meant for a Hewlett-Packard plotter and 
reconstruct it intg. something resembling a 


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provided by vershms of 
the existing X-CAD JO 
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When you buy DynaCADD you can 
inform Expressworks of your main area of 
work (be it architectural, pipework, circuitry, 
whatever) and you will be sent disks full of 
BSI-approved symbols for importing into 
your drawings. This is a neat service, as wel l- 
formed symbols can speed up the drawing 
process many times. 

AVT's support comes from the heart of 
sunny Middlesex. There's a fair chance that 
you'll talk to the author of the program so 
your problem should be explained away 
quickly. I've been very happy with all my 
dealings with A VT from way back In the 
days when X-CAD Designer was very new. 

Plans support may be a problem. Not 
that Gary Hale doesn't care about his pro* 
gram - I've had near fanatical testimonials 
over Usenet about It from various users - it's 
just that the eight hour time difference 
between here and Oregon is very awkward 
for phoning. Letters are handled as quitWy 
as possible - can it three weeks, for the US 
Mail service isn't noted for its expedition. At 
times like this, the arguments far electronic 
mail are extremely strong. 

In every review of anything remotely 
complex, there are things which really 
should be mentioned, but it's just a smidge 
difficult to categorise them. So here's a veri- 
table rummage sale of features, presented 
without thought for personal safety. 

Layers are handy things for keeping dif- 
ferent aspects of the drawing apart. The 
tedious - but surprisingly apt - description 
of layers is a stack of clear sheets, oo which 
details can be drawn.. To stop the border 
interfering with the central detail, you'd 
draw them on different layers, in different 
colours. 

Accountant 

All the packages support layers to an 
admirable extent Plans has a mere 250 sep- 
arate layers, each of which can be accessed 
by name or number. A|l the rest of (he sys- 
tems have 256 - if you use even half of 
them you're doing some serious drawing, 
so none of the packages will hold you back, 

A work of CAD art can be shot down in 
flames by the inquisitive cost accountant, 
who merely asks how much the object in 
question would cost to build. Now if the 
package supported object attributes, you'd 
be able to reply to the nearest penny. 

X-CAD 3000 alone supports attributes. 
They allow you to assign non-graphic a I 
information such as price and supplier to 
objects. At the end of the day, you can get 
a list of all the attributes used, so if every 
part is COSted it's easy to total them up. 

Rich folk wifi appreciate maths co-proces- 
sor support, for all high-end machines come 
with one. X-CAD 1000 and DynaCADD 
come with versions far expanded machines 
- in Plans, a separate version is required, 
and X-CAD 2000 doesn't know about them 
at al Plans car also support any number of 
drawings open at the one time, and parts 
can be cut and pasted between them. Vou 

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Software 


Special 

features chart 

It wuuid be pointless to list every 
single feature of the packages - the 
list would be pages long and full of 
common entries. Instead, some spe 
dal features which might influence 
your purchase are given here 




can't have multiple drawings onscreen, but 
that would incur terrible redraw times, so 
the loss is minimal. 

If that wasn't enough, Plans also supports 
full hierarchy in its drawings. A part can con- 
tain any number of sub-parts, each of which 
can have sub-parts, and so on - it's a little 
like a disk directory. The advantage of this 
system is that it allows large and complex 
entities to be built up from sub-entities, and 
then manipulated as required. 

This may sound a little like defining a part 
(or block, or symbol) Which all the systems 
support. You can emulate the effects of 
Plans' "directory trees" in all the other pack* , 
ages, but it takes a conscious effort. And I 
thinking, and the avoidance thereof, is what 
computers are all about. 

The verdict 

If you require a CAD system far commer- 
ce or very serious hobbyist work, it has to 
be X-CAD 3000. None of the other systems 
come dose in terms of features, price, and 
above all, speed. 

It's interesting to note that if you shop 
around you will be able to buy X-CAD 3000 
and the imagine rendering system for 
slightly over £400. This setup can produce 
3D drawings, and then visualise them in 
4,096 colours, or 1 6.7 million colours an a 
24-bit system. Tiy doing the same on a PC 
system - and the software is fully ten times 
the price. You could probably fit in a fully 
specified A 3000 in the PC setup price as 
well. 

If you mostly work h 2D, but a little 3D 
would be nice to have, then X-CAD 2000 is 
the one to go for. It is unbelievably fast, 
inexpensive, yet can still import and export 
industry-standard 3D drawings. 

Plans is rather difficult to place. It's the 
only program with a real Amiga feel to it. Its 
inexpensive (as CAD packages go) yet it has 
features (such as part hierarchy) which are 
rarely seen outside top-line systems. If hav- 
ing the fastest CAD package on the block 
doesn't bother you. Plans is a solid, honest 
2D program which won't let you down. 

It you have a very fast .Amiga and a big 
budget, or an existing installation using the 
program, DynaCADD is an option. It s very 
well specified and the user support cannot 
be faulted, but. even with all its features it 
just doesn't seem to fit the Amiga terribly 
well, i would want a more flowing user 
interface and much quicker 
redrawing for my money. 


Verson tested 
Type 

System Requirements 
f Price 

Plans 

2.0 

2D 

1 Mb RAM, 1 FD 
US SI 50 

X-CAD 2000 
1.1 

2D/3D 

1 Mb RAM, l FD 
£129 

1 Command input _ 

Command line 

Ho 

. 

5 

Icon m&nus 

No 

Text-based 

Expiession calculator 

No 

No 

Crosshairs 

Yes 

No 

Tablet support 

m 

No _ 

journal file 

No 

No 


X-CAD 3000 

1.0 

2D/3D 

1.5Mb RAM, 2 FD 
£399 


Text-based 


DynaCADD 

2.00.01 

2D/3D 

2Mb RAM, HD 
£763,75 (£6S0+VAT) 


Yes, but no echo 


Graphical 


No 

No 


Cheny, 5umma 


Yes 


Yes 



Max layers 
Object attributes 
Co-processor support 
Bitmap import 
Screen mode 
Multiple drawings 


Products, publishe rs fr distributors 


X-CAD 2000 £12^ 

X-CAD 3000 £399 

Publisher - Applied Vector Technology Ltd 
Tel: 081-569 3338 
1 Fax. 081-573 371 3 
UK Distributor Power Computing 
tei: 0234 843388 
Fax: 0234 840234 


DynaCADD £763,75 (E650+VAT) 
Publisher ■ Ditek international 
(Toronto, Canada) 

Tel 010 1 416 479 1991 
i Fax: 010 1 416 479 1882 
UK, Distributor - Expressworks ltd 
Tel. 0252 726255 
Fax: 0252 727125 


Pla ns U5 5 1 50 (approximately £90) 
Publisher k sole distributor- 
Cary Hale Development 
94340 Horton Road 
1 Blachly, Oregon 
OR 9741 2 
USA 

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' suGertools". f«ie 
management and 
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with 0 $Mp Ram 
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With 2Mp Ram 
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£49,95 


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£69.95 

£64.95 



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£549.00 

£599.00 

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The amazing Sound blaster 
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£31.45 

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£37.95 

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£71.95 

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£169-95 

1000 DSDD 135 tp 

£309.95 

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£13.75 

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£12.95 

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£14.95 

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Liras 


£11.95 

£13,95 

£13,95 

£13.95 


Alan dust cover 
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£0-95 

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£5,95 

£5.95 

£5,95 

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£12.95 

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(ages 5-10) 

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£12.95 

£12,95 

£17,95 

£22,95 


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Amiga 4 player adacner 
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cable 


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£12.95 


£5.95 


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£1-56 
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Huge goes professional 

tegular reacted of Amiga Computing will remember a shareware program called Huge 
which featured on our March 1 991 CoverDisL It was a graphics program designed 
for software developers and offered a variety of features, including the option to cre- 
ate bobs, sprites, or IFF brushes. 

UGA Software, a company with deep roots in the European shareware market, are 
now marketing the Professional verskin of this package, and although it wil set you 
back £17.95, Huge v2.0 is a tool I'd recommend for any programmer who wishes to 
use graphics in a future project. 

Huge Professional will enable the coder to draw sprites, bobs, brushes, or images 
then save them in either C or assembler source code, create and save icons of fairly 
huge proportions, and design colour palettes for use in other programs. The pack- 
aged whole approach is practical and straightforward, so most programmers should 
feel at home with it, and it is a lot fester to use than, say, creating graphics in DPaint, 
then converting them to assembler with a separate utility. 

Drawing options include zoom, mirror, rotate, and the usual cut and paste, but 


r 


T he all-new Power Scanner and its 
attendant software is available for 
less than £100. Bad news for the 
opposition, but to be honest the cut-throat 
price tag is the least of their worries. 

Now before you dive on your machine 
ready to set pinkies aflame on your trusty 
wqrdprocessor. 111 explain why a relatively 
raw product is appearing among the 
updates. 

It's true that the Power Scanner is a new 
product, but this tag only really applies to 
the software. Lite almost all other makes, 
the scanner itself is simply a re-badged unit 
that can be found under myriad titles on 
everything from PCs, STs and Amigas the 
world over. 

This is what qualifies it for the update 
pages. But it's the software that makes it 
special and quite literally sets it apart from 
its opponents in the hand scanning com- 
munity, In this particular case the scanner 
happens to be a Manstek but that's about as 
important as the colour. The only real ton- 


Our monthly saga continues with 
more social climbing software and 
state-of-the-art silicon battling for 
your hard-earned cash... 


sideration is its ability to operate op to 400 
dpi. Combined with the excellent software, 
this package is capable of stunning results. 

At this point anyone who's recently pur- 
chased a competing model might be well 
advised to turn to the next page - if % almost 
certain you won't enjoy what you're about to 
read. 

Software sorts the men from the boys In 
the scanning world, with the Power Scanner 
taking on almost Schwarzenegger-like pro^ 
portions thanks to one basic ability. 

Unlike the opposition, the Power Scanner 
employs true 64 greyscales rather than the 
more common shadow greyscale, which is 
employed by the competition to produce the 
illusion of 64 greyscales. This alone sets the 
Power Scanner apart and makes its imagery 
stand head and shoulders above the rest 

As you can see from the examples the 
output is impressive and comes pretty cfcose 
to that of our office pet the JX100 from 
Sharp. Obviously the jX is m infinitely more 
flexible unit, but if Power's promise of a 
colour Power Scanner 
appears the JX could 
soon face some serious 
competition. On top of 
the excellent scan qual- 
ity, the Power Scanner 
also boosts the usual 
array of editing, sizing, 
orientation and manipu- 
lation options such as 
clipboards for cut and 
paste operations and a 


basic paint package to add the odd .^-jv £‘ ^^7 
touch of artistic brilliance. 

Either dips or whole scans 
can be scaled up or down by 
50 per cent in one or both 
axis, with orientation adjusted / 
in 90 per cent turns in the L_ 
direction of your choice. 

Memory management Is kept in hand 
with the option to transform the raw data 
of the original scan Into that of the more 
manageable "grey made 1 ' which occupies 
just a quarter of the memory needed for 
its raw counterpart. 

The image manipulation and the soft- 
ware options are no better or worse than 
many of the available alternatives. But for 
p-ure image quality it can't be bea t. Better 


quality at a cheaper 
price - a rare thing indeed, making the 
Power Scanner the only real choice if 
you're interested in high quality 
monoimagery. 

For more details contact Power 
Computing on 0234 843J88 or fax 
them on 0234 840234. 


tfygt hoftsthmi 
has been largely 
impfCirtd 
(chuckle) 


there's not really anything special about this part of the program. Its- main thrust, as 
l J ve said, is to offer a cheap, useful graphics program for coders which will produce 
code they can instantly use in their own projects, and in this respect Huge 
Professional is a good buy. 

Phone Europress Direct chi 051 -357 2S58 for further details. 


Amtgu Computing March 1 992 


51 







Software 


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Whistles and bells for BT2 


lt r s a fair while since the stylish Broadcast 
Tiller 2 arrived on the DTV scene. Since 
then tfie program hailed as a milestone in 
video titling has gone relatively quiet. 

Even so, it remains the premier titling 
package on the machine, the only real 
competition coming from Scala and to a 
lesser extent Show Maker, with The lig 
Alternative Scroller and Home Tltier poach- 
ing a few punters in the cheap and cheerful 
department. 

Fortunately the authors of BT2 have seen 
the error of their ways and have finally 
decided to support the package by releas- 
ing two new extensions which should 
secure BT2's place at the top of the titling 
ladder. 

The first of the new releases takes the 
form of a complete set of ten al-new fonts 
that come in a selection of six BT2 sizes. As 
you'd expect from a package in BT2's price 
range, the new additions are impressive 
and boast a full 256 Ascii character set that 
includes international accents and special 
symbols. All anti-aliased, of course. 

As well at BT2 friendly fonts the authors 
have kindly added a 1 1 5 scanline standard 
example font for each of the new styles. As 
a result, if you're planning to mix Dpaint 


animation or Seals style 
presentation with the 
titling features of BT2, 
inconsistencies should be 
easily avoided. 

Although a complete 
set of original and stylish 
fonts are a welcome addi- 
tion, perhaps the most 
important of the two pack- 
ages has to be the BT2 
Font Enhancer, which 
opens Up BT2 Eo the vari- 
ety of standard Amiga 
fonts. 

With its help, you can 
now transform any stan- 
dard Amiga font into a J 
BT2-a>mpatible complete | 
with BT's four levels of 
impressive anti-aliasing. 


The |G_ digitizing combination of ColorPic and 
Super Pic have been around for a quite a while. 
Up until recently they were among the Amiga's 
premier digitising systems. Unfortunately the 
24-hit explosion has destroyed their hitherto 
comfortable position. 

Products such as GVPs IV24 and DCTV have 
blown a lot of the opposition away with image 
quality that Ham-based systems simply can t 
compete with. In the case of the IV 24, the 
option to instantly capture 24 hit images makes 
it very at I rat live, even with its relatively high 
price rag. 

DCTV can't compete with the instantaneous 
results of SuperPic, but for it ill images its 24 bit 
circuitry certainly makes it ti very serious cori 
tender for I host 1 working with static subject s. 

In shis climate, |CL needed a new nkhe to 
explore and they may haver found it with the 
release ol an upgrade that niters a feature that 
only one 24-bit board can compete with- and 
only then i K you^re witling to invest tens of Thou 
sand! of pounds to riu it.,* 

Animation could be JCL’z saviour thanks to an 
optional RAM -expansion that will allow either 
the ColorPic or Super Pic to be transformed into 
an animation tool. 

Aside Irom the hardware, the system gets an 
added bonus in the new Cabarel animate soft 
ware As well as handling single frame effects 
and general image processing, there's now lull 
support for (CL’s new animating features. The 


only real restriction, as with almost all multi 
grabbing systems, is that of the maximum 
number of frames which can be captured al 
any one lime, which cm average is 1 1 in quarter 
screen mode. 

11 you want to capture live action., a delay 
can be defined to exp, and the duration ol ihe 
process. Literally any number of frames can be 
defined as the delay period. Obviously this 
tends to produce a stop frame vtlect but when 
used in moderation it s a useful option. 

An audible tone can be addend to the source 
tape to provide a manual trigger point which 
assists the recording process, especially il 
you're planning to append several small sec- 
tions into one long Linim. 

To append an inis the HoldOff lunction is 
employed to join the various sections. 
Alternatively, you could edit and append the 
various parts in Dpainl4, The choice is yours as 
the system works with standard anim files. 

A lull selection ol play options are available 
Lind some pleasant additions have been thrown 
in for good measure. In slion, ihe new anlma 
tion option is impressive, but whether it s 
enough to keep the wolves of the 24 bit world 
from JCL's door is another question. 

Ihe upgrade will set you back £15fl and for 
lhal you gel the ability to capture I wo frames 
in lull screen mode, 11 in quarter screen. 28 in 
16th screen and 52 in the microscopic postage 
stamp mode. 


These new typefaces can 
be accurately scaled down to the size of 
your choice. But perhaps its most impressive 
feature is its ability to produce a whole fam- 
ily of Font sizes from a single standard 
Amiga font. 

The resizing process doesn't seem to 
cause any loss of detail, and kerning is auto 


maticalfy adjusted when necessary. The abik 
ily to transform any font into a BT2-friendly 
typeface should mean much smoother 
interaction between GT2 and other systems. 

Once you've created a new typeface or 
selected a font from the expansion pack the 
next job is to load it up. You could employ 


Packing in the power - now with ARexx 





Possibly the most famous and most widely-used shareware 
utility for the Amiga, Nfco Francois's PowerPacker finally went 
commercial over a year ago with the release of version 3.0. 
Version 4.0, offering full ARexx sup- 
port, is now available, and at 
£14,95 Is still no more than you'd 
have shelled out for the original 
shareware program (as long as 
you'd paid your shareware fee, of 
course). 

The program hasn't been greatly 
changed, but it is more efficient, 
carrying on PowerPackerVs tradi- 
tion of becoming faster and better 
at crunching with each release. For 
example, to crunch a 370k pro- 
gram file, PowerPacker 3.0 took 
171 seconds and saved 39 per 
cent, or 143,308 bytes. 

PowerPacker 4.0 did it in the slightly faster time oMG3 sec- 
onds and saved 150,264 bytes, beating the older version by 
two per Cent. 


rng about, but try telling that to a disk compiler! The above 
example gives PowerPacker 4.0 a 7k space-saving lead, which 
can easily be the difference between success and failure when 

trying to pack a disk to the 


i H;tit fitter 

l&z.jh =Uu 

!5^r 


lififfl liras 

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gunnels. 

In addition, ARexx is fully 
implemented in the new 
release. Users can script and 
assign up to ten ARexx 
macros, or choose to run an 
external ARexx script. Those of 
you who still don't appreciate 
the importance of ARexx 
should take a look at Alex 
Gian's new Almanac column 
in this magazine* 

The thought of using a 
macro to automatically crunch 
and save all programs In a 


You might think the differences here are hardly worth talk- 


specific directory is almost too much for a poor disk compiler 
to bear... 

PowerPacker 4.0 is being distributed by Europress Direct, 
who can be contacted on 051-357 2858, its price is £14.95, 


the old-fashioned and time consuming 
method of selecting each font in the appropri- 
ate size individually, buL as you might expect 
this can be a tedious process. 

Fortunately there is a alternative. Lurking in 
the GT2 directory you should find an Ascii file 
entitled BTfont.load, With the assistance of a 
text editor or Ascii-compatibte wordprocessor, 
its simplicity itself to list the contents of the 
script fite and add your favourite fonts to The 
default loading list. 

Now every time you boot up, BT2 will 
come complete with your choice of fonts 
already loaded, A small point out a handy hint 
which avoids the rather irritating and time 
consuming font loading ritual. 

If you're interested in the new upgrades, 
each package will set you back £105 plus VAT, 
Not exactly cheap, but they both produce 
impressive results and to be fair they are aimed 
at the pro/semi-pro user who needs quality 
output. 

If you like what you see and fancy investing 
in the original package, bear in mind that BT2 
is very much a standalone package and 
doesn't interact with other packages at all well. 

This is primarily due to its inability to multi- 
task - something which can cause problems if 
you're mixing live and hoping to employ other 
packages in the production. However, if it's 
pure titling, stunning effects and ultra smooth 
scrolling you're after, it's the best in the busi- 
ness. 

For more details contact The Amiga Centre 
Scotland on 031-557 424 2, 


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■ commodore Dynamic Total Vision 

I Complete with Hutdiinffoni Encyclopedia- Lem- 

I rtlnji and Wei tome CD disk. CDTVi* a powerful 
I media for Dotn enrena nment and education. Oha- 
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I CDTV ft also i high quality audio CD player. We also 
block a large range of CDT7 software all at discount 
lpriceS 

now only £449.99 

UK Spec. 


New CD Rom for the Amiga A500 
now available /// 

The adder thal every one has been wailing to. This high qua! <ty CD 
ROM turns your mm irit0 8 

only £279.99 


The Star LC20 

I Repbanj the famous LCIO, the LC20 » faster 
at I BOcpV draft and 45 cps NLQ. Its also qui- 
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1 operation replacing the old LCIO membrane 
| panel. Other spec Is similar to Lt 10. 

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Star printer 

RuffiKE 

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ami asms witfi a Tull 1 year warranty. 


New CDTV 
keyboard 

Effectin'*!* iranifanfll your corvinw an Aml(a 
fOirau get **pn IT»rt ouT ^CDTlf. Wcttl tfw 
aid of a s4art<frrd 3.1" disc dw *e CDTVwiH E *ke fflM! 

□I tNs normal Amiga Wftwtf tFrarn ^rd 

witemlnmni Qpjy £49,09 

Star LC200 

■ prlncir^ 

now only £199.99 

Star LC24-200 

Mo«C »d cnW. HI CP drsft and *T q s LQ. 1 0 rodent 
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only £229.99 mono 
or £289.99 colour 


New CDTV 
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complete with 2 lojfstiek 
pnns. thll it a rwtf * or 

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only £74.99 


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Take Che hesdathfi out o f au/rg a computer this Ch'iSirr.__ , 
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great value too! 

Comprises: 

* Top quality mieroswitched 
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* Mouse Mat 

* Dust Cover 
1 0 Blank Disks 

Plus 3 Extra games.'! 


, Star XB24-1 0 
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-Rye r ran? oripniiacie™. 

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BQ cpt NLQ. 27fc buffer t* IH?b - * iU P^ r ronb 
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H ptn quality it die price of many 9 pins. 1 80 cpl 
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Auto sheetfeeder£5^^9 


I Wrth 5. 1 Ik of RAM rfanferd from Fwrf 
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MP2. FX. LQ. GQ campa^iW*. I 50 Jfticnah*^ 
[Hhr, 12 mnnthi gm-siie mnn«fHincE md 


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The Citizen Swift 9 
Colour 

Unbeatable value cotaur primer. 4 resident fonts. 
|« C ps draft and 48 «pt in NLQ. Highly recom- 
mended. Tftis printer it also available In a wide 
Carriage <1 36 coJumun) version" 


The New 
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A repl acement far the famous 1 24D, the 2H ftow 
comes wnh the option id upgrade to a high 
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you don't want to spend > fortune, the new 7 14 is 
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Sw.fi 24. the 224 is basically a cut down version 


192 cpi draft and 64 epi letter quake/ with J bui,t 
in fonts. 

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Commodore 
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Th» p*HuCt eorplvmenl 10 fnt* An«P syiwm. ^ <•" 
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Goldstar remote control TV/mon.tor supenor 

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DEiigned ed be used m ton|uncuDn with die I 
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I The VXL is an advanced £BQ3Q accelerator fur 
I the Amiga 500/ 1 SOQflOOG with space for an 
I optional co- processor (CP) 

VXL30 25Mhz EC. ...... .....only £239.99 

VXL 20 40Mhz EC only £369.99 

6868 1 co-pro for above....onty £ 1 34.99 

The VXL 30 ISMhi EC + FPU differs from (he 
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Aegis So nix ...£39.99 

Art Department Pr*. taJJ £99,99 

Amos Creator £37 99 

Amos C om pi3er.,..rrr„„.rrr.,„.-r^ 1 %- 99 

Amos ID _.„„ r ^2T.99 

Audio Enginetr..., J .. UJ .L t , J ... J ..Li I 49.99 
Audio Master version 4 .09,99 
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Dekaxp Paint 3 -.now only £19,99 
Deluxe Paint 4... now only £57.99 

Digj Vieiw Gold 4- ......£89 99 

ExeeMenceword publisher V2... .....XB999 

Flexidump printer utility £31.99 

GB Route Planner, 

Gold Pit* £99.99 

Pxgei^tter 2 DTP ... .^45.99 

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J Mb by 8 or 9 SIMM 

boards as used m GVP uid Cortex I 
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New Roclite 
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The new juper slim Rralite has 
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| are totally misleading) 

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Cumana 3.5” 
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New AT Once emulator turns 
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only £189.99 


10 £4.99 £6.99 

25 £1 1.99 £13.99 

50 £21.99 £25.99 

100 £39.99 £44.99 

200 £72.99 £84.99 

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Disk Label S....500 now only £6.99 

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I The fdxJmaie Amiga A5Q0 txpaniiqti.Taie your A500 up I 
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S ince its initial release, the ATonce 
emulator from Vortex has been one 
of only three serious contenders in 
the PC emulation market, the other two 
be*rog the excellent KC$ Rowerboard and the 
expensive Commodore A20G0-on|y 
Bndgeboand. Initially, the unit was sold as an 
S-MHz &0268 emulator, but the new Plus 
■ ersion is clocked at 16MHz and offers 
owners a much better chance of njn- 
powerful PC software. 

In comparison to the original, the new 
unit has several important improvements 
Apart from the obvious doubling rn speed. 
Th * board now sports 512k of fast RAM 
.s^ch is available in PC mode but which, on 
m> A500 Plus at least, didn't seem to work in 
*miga mode, and there is a slot for an 
optional AOC287 match coprocessor. 

The an-board fast RAM ensures that 
ATonte works on any Amiga, even half meg 
- odefs, as the PC emulator always has at 
: east that much memory to play around 
with, In addition, ATonce can make use of 
-*p to 6Mb of extra RAM, if available, in the 
f orm of Amiga RAM boards. This means 
Amiga owners can make use of more mem- 
ory than the average AT will hold on its 
motherboard, but as 2Mb is enough to run 
Windows 3 with a fair degree of comfort, an 
-Id machine with a 1.5 Mb trapdoor board 
-H an A500 Plus with 1 Mb card* should be 
enough for most needs. 


Coprocessor 

Maths co-processors have been fairly 
common in PC circles for years and many 
programs are coded to take advantage of 
them, so the inclusion of them in ATonce's 
design is a major plus for the unit. The 
1 2MHz 30C287 won't turn your ATonce into 
a dragster, but it will give it a bit more zip in 
the right places. 

The third performance boost for ATonce 
comes in the hard drive department. The 
unit will now support up to 24 partitions, 
and offers two ways of setting these up. In 
time-honoured fashion, you can opt to 
reserve an entire AmigaDQS partition for the 
use of MS DOS programs, but this means for- 
matting your hard drive from scratch and 
will only appeal to users who are buying a 
nard drive specifically for PC work. 

The second option b to create a file on a 
standard AmigaPOS hard drive and treat it 
as an MSDOS partition. As an MSD05 boot 
partition must be at feast 8Mb in size, this 


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ATonce Plus offers six PC video display modes. EC A 
and VGA are available in mono, and CCA in sixteen 
colours, and there's also Hercules (MDA), Olivetti, 
and Toshiba 3100. They all work quite well, though 
screen updates can sometimes be a bit slow. 

In particular, VGA and EGA take a bit of time, 
hnth slower than CCA, the mode I favoured for its 
combination of colours and speed. Four colour EGA 
text mode is quite quick and works well with word- 
processors, but for very fast screen refreshes, you 
won't find better than Hercules, if chunky mono 
screens are your thing. 


can take up a fair whack of your average 
40Mb hard drive, but it's an alternative to 
reformatting and partitioning a whole drive. 

The disadvantage with the sEcond 
method ra that it is fairly slow. Access times 
are lengthy and transfer rates suffer. It is also 
a bit finicky, and my particular ATonce has 
failed on more than one occasion to recog- 
nise its hard drive partition. With a complete 
partition to itself, ATonce is much happier, 
and booting M5DOS straight from hard 
drive on your Amiga becomes about as plea* 
surable as using M5DG5 gets. 

Users can speed up access to hard drive 
partitions constructed using the second 
method by following Vortex's recommenda- 
tions and setting aside 200 buffers with the 
ADDBUFFER5 command for the partition on 
which the PC file is kept. This helps quite a 
bit, but the Sacrifice of 1 00k is simply not 
feasible on a 1 Mb Amiga if you hope to run 
any power PC software. 

Users looking to take advantage of 
ATonce's excellent multitasking properties 
wiH need a lot more memory than required 
for basic operation. The PC system is run as 
just another Amiga task, and users can flip 
between Workbench and M5DG5 as easily 
as between one Amiga program and 
another. 

Whereas a half meg machine would have 
been sufficient to run PC programs using the 
on-board fast RAM, you will now need at 
least 1 Mb of normal Amiga memory, and 
probably about 2Mb for any kind of practi- 
cal application. For those with smaller 
amounts of memory, there is an option to 
halt the Amiga's boot-up 
when ATonce is activated, 
thus saving memory, but 
ATonce realty comes into iu 
own only when running on 
the 2Mb and over 
machines. 

In terms of hardware, 
ATonce scores highly. It is 
itself a very well constructed 
card of high quality surface- 
mounted design, and apart 
from its CMOS chips being 
vulnerable to static when 
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without a hardware failure 

Norton Si ratings are a tediously common 
speed indicatqf dragged out of the cup- 
board by every PC manufacturer on earth. 
ATonce pays homage to this standard by 
claiming a rating of 16 or more, The origi- 
nal unit was capable of a respectable six 
and a bit, but I've not so far been able to 
confirm the higher SI 1 6 rating. 

According to Bench, Speed 200, and 
SysyFnfb, ATonce Plus's measurable speed 
varies between 9 and 14 over a long test, 
and can peak at something like 19 in good 
conditions. At no time did the straight S 
tests manage to settle down long enough 
for a good measurement, so our figures are 
only provisional, 


Want to make your 
Amiga pretend it's an 
IBM? Stevie Kennedy 
looks at the latest 
emulator, ATonce Plus 


users should consider before judging Its 
value-for-mcmey, but until we can test the 
new AT2BG from GVP and the updated 
KGS board with new software, ATonce 
Plus is the best PC emulator 
around. 


Amazing speed 

Over a series of eight bench tests, including 
Standards like the Do Nothing Loop, string 
tests and so on, ATonce Plus came out at 
just over twice as fast as an BMHz 802A6 
AT and ten times quicker than an XT run- 
ning at 4,77MHz. In other words, it runs 
every bit is fast as you'd expect any 16MHz 
AT to run, which is no mean feat for an 
emulator. 

ATonce is a fine product if you're in 
need of PC Emulation. It runs quite 
quickly, has good hard drive support, and 
multitask* without problems. There's no 
MSDOS supplied with the board, which 


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This is a common predicament for 
new Amiga owners, but before you 
turn to expensive professional soft- 
ware as a means of using your 
Amiga's power, stop and think how 
much enjoyment you can have from 
the machine with little or no expen- 
diture. 

The Amiga is the perfect enthusi- 
ast's machine, and might have been 
designed specifically for the hobby- 
ist. As a complex 16-bit machine 
with custom hardware and a superb 
operating system in the shape of 
Workbench, it offers unending 
opportunities to fiddle, experiment, 
and perform constructive tasks. So 
how do you get started? 

This series will concentrate on 
helping beginners understand some 
basic concepts about the Amiga, and 
will progress from just learning how 
to use Workbench, to carrying out 
basic AmigaDOS operations, 
through to creating scripts, auto- 
booting disks, and other more 
advanced topics. From the outset, 
we'll be referring to Workbench 2.04 
as supplied with the AS00 Plus as 
this is the machine most new owners 
will have purchased. Where 
Workbench 1.3 differs, we'll try to 
point it out, so don't worry if you 
have an older Amiga. 

A few distinctions are now in 
order. We've mentioned both 
Workbench and AmigaDOS, but to 
most users Che two will be inter- 
changeable. The Amiga's operating 
system (05) is actually called 
Intuition, and it is from this that win- 
dows, menus, screens and multitask- 
ing come. AmigaDOS is just the set 


of commands we use to communi- 
cate with the Amiga (commands such 
as COPY, FORMAT, and so on), and 
we issue them from the Shell by typ- 
ing them in, 

Workbench is the Graphic User 
Interface (GUI), or front end for the 
OS. Workbench uses Intuition to pre- 
sent the user with easy-to-use menus 
and icons, and in itself is not the 
operating system, though it's easier 
to treat it as such. Think of it as the 
dashboard in a car. The dashboard is 
connected to the speedo cables, 
steering columns, and electrical 
wiring which together constitute the 
car's "operating system''. 

OK, let's boot up the system disk. 
Don't know what a system disk is? It's 
just the floppy you boot your operat- 
ing system from, so it can be a 
Workbench disk, a coverdisk, or a 
word processor disk. Anything which 
will load up even the most basic 
Workbench, in fact. 

Backup first 

If you haven't already made a copy 
of your original Workbench disk, we'll 
do so now. Switch on the Amiga and 
insert your Workbench disk. When it 
has booted, find a disk you can erase 
or use a fresh blank one, then remove 
Workbench and replace it with the 
new disk. 

To format (or initialise - they mean 
the same thing) a floppy using an 
A50Q Plus, click once on the disk icon 
then hold down the right mouse but- 
ton and go to the icon menu. Now 
highlight the "Format Disk" option 
and release the mouse button to 
bring up the format requester. Click 
on OK and the disk will be formatted 
cylinder by cylinder, 

You should now have a formatted 
blank disk called "Empty". To cariy 
out a diskeopy, again using 
Workbench 2.04 on the A500 Plus, 
replace the original Workbench disk, 
click once on its icon, then highlight 
the Icons menu again and select 


This month's jargon 

System disk; Any disk used to boot your Arnrgj with a Workbench. 

Double dick: The practice of clicking twice rapidly on an icon to activate 
it. 

Workbench: The graphical "from end" of the Amiga's opera bng system. 
Intuition: The heart of the Amiga's operaling system which makes possible 
windows, menus, and multitasking. 

AmigaDOS.: The name given to the collection of commands you type into 
Shell. 

Backup: a safe copy of an original disk. 

Process window: A window opened by a program such as SheJl to com- 
municate with the user. 

Toggle: A way of turning on and oft a menu option by selecting it and 
marking it with a lick. 



Stevie Kennedy 
begins a nuts and 
bolts guided tour 
of the Amiga 


Copy, Follow the onscreen prompts 
and swap disks as the Amiga directs 
until the operation Is completed. 

Using an older A500 and 
Workbench 1.3, you'll have to open 
Shell to format a disk and carry out a 
diskeopy. Do this by double clicking 
on your Workbench disk icon, then 
double clicking the Shell icon. A 
"Shell process window" will open 
into which you must type a couple of 
simple commands. It's called a pro- 
cess window because the Amiga, 
being a multitasking machine, treats 
all programs as processes, and can 
run several at once - the Shell you've 
just opened is just another process. 

To format the disk you'll use as a 
copy of Workbench, type: 


F 0 BHAT DRIVE DFO: NAME EMPTT 


You'll be asked to insert the disk to 
be formatted and press Return, at 
which point the Amiga will format 
the disk cylinder by cylinder. 

To copy your Workbench disk to 
the new disk, make sure it is back in 
the drive again and type: 


DISKCDPr FIOH DFO: 10 DFO: 


Again, you'll be asked to swap disks 
at the relevant times and if you fol- 
low the instructions on when to do 
this, the diskeopy will be completed 
without fuss. 

There are menu commands equiv- 
alent to Workbench 2's Format Disk 
and Copy, and these can be used 
instead of the Shell commands, but 
on some Workbench 1 3 machines, 
the Initialise option will simply tell 
you to open 


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for breath. We've booted up, format- 
ted a fresh disk, and made a backup 
copy of Workbench, which is more 
than a great many games players 
ever do. Now put the original away 
in a safe place and reboot with the 
copy. 

The first thing you should do when 
you start using Workbench is to play 
around - try all the different menus 
and click on anything you fancy. 
Don't just haphazardly mess about, 
though- Keep a close eye on the resuit 
of every click and menu selection, and 
you can learn a lot about the 
Workbench environment, 

For example, the first option on the 
Workbench menu - for Workbench 
2,04 owners at least - is Backdrop. By 
selecting this option, you ''toggle" it. 
Any menu option which has a tick 
beside it when selected is a toggled 
option, and stays active until selected 
again, at which point the tick disap- 
pears, 

When Backdrop is toggled on - the 
tick is present - your Workbench 
screen appears in a window of its 
own, which you can resize and shove 
around in the usual way. If you find 
this too much of a clutter, select 
Backdrop to turn it off and get rid of 
the window border around your 
Workbench screen. 

The second menu option is even 
better. Execute Command, when 
selected, will summon a "dialogue 
box" into which you can type any 
AmigaDOS command and have it 
executed, This saves opening a Shell 
just to type one command and can be 
very useful once you get used to 
using it. 

By the way, a dialogue box Is the 
name given to any requester which 
asks you to answer a question - such 
as ''Sure you want to quit Y/N?" - or 
give the Amiga any typed informa- 
tion. in this case, you just type the 
command and click on OK to issue it 
to the Amiga. A process window will 
open for any screen output the com- 
mand results in and the Amiga will 
inform you if the command was of 


the wrong type or if it couldn't be 
found. 

For now, type the command: 

DIR STS: 

and dick on OK, As we'll find out later 
in the series, DIR is the command to 
list everything in the current D1 Rectory 
or the one you specify when you issue 
the command, In this case, we've 
requested a list of the contents of a 
directory called SYS:, which is the 
name AmigaDOS gives to the main 
system disk directory (hence the 
"SYS"). 

You should see a process window 
open and a list of the directories and 
files contained by your Workbench 
disk will build up, When it has fin- 
ished, click on the dose gadget in the 
window's top left-hand comer. 

The Window menu's first option is 
also its first new one. New Drawer 
does away with the old Workbench 
empty drawer icon, which you had to 
duplicate and rename if you created a 
new directoiy. With New Drawer, the 
Workbench 2.04 user just types in the 



DcfcTmg Ifie wrong file con br rfritHfrouj 

name of his or her directory and it is 
created complete with a drawer icon 
in the currently active window, 

"Currently active" means the win- 
dow you most recently clicked in. 
The window border will be in the 
standard background colour if inac- 
tive, or filled with blue if currently 
active, so it's easy to sort out which is 
which. 

The rest of the window menu 
options should be fairly obvious if 
you experiment with them. Select 
Contents will highlight every Icon in 
the current window as if you'd just 
clicked once on them, Clean Up will 
neatly reorganise the highlighted 
icons into a tight pattern, and 
Snapshot will enable the Amiga to 
remember where the window was 
and its shape (when the Window 
option is chosen) or where all the 
icons are as well (with the All option). 

The last two options on this menu 
are particularly flexible. Normally, an 
Amiga floppy disk has a lot more files 
on it than are represented by icons. 
As a rule, only drawers, executable 
files (programs which run when 
clicked on) and data files (such as 
text files) have icons attached. To 
show the normally invisible files in a 
window, select the Show/All Files 


This month's commands 

FORMAT DRIVE DFO: NAME EMPTY 

I his will erase and initialise (formal) the disk in your internal disk drive (called 
DFO: by the Amiga}, then give it the name "Empty" 

DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: 

This will copy the entire contents of the disk in your internal drive IQ another 
disk, svhich the Amiga tvill ask for once it has read in ail the data it can. By fol- 
lowing the machine's onscreen prompts, you can make a backup of all your 
Workbench disks. 

Both commands can be typed into a Shell process window or, if using an 
A500 Plus, can be issued using the Execute Command option from the 
Workbench menu. 




option and Workbench will create 
default icons for the previously hidden 
files. - 

Using the View By option, it is pos- 
sible to see usually invisible 
AmigaDOS files in another way, If 
you've got the Workbench disk's main 
disk window open as the current win- 
dow, select View By/Name and the 
window display will change dramati- 
cally. All your icons will disappear and 
the contents of the disk's main (or 
"root") directory will be listed alpha- 
betically. As long as 5 how/ All Files is 
still toggled on, this will be a com- 
plete list of all files and directories on 
DFO:, your Workbench disk. 

It won't show you what's in the 
directories themselves, but if you dou- 
ble click on the name of the directory, 
a new window will open showing the 
contents of the directory, and you 
should be able to double click on pro- 
grams and so on to execute them as 
usual. The advantages are that you 
can see all your AmigaDOS files and 
access them in a limited way without 
opening a Shell and resorting to 
AmigaDOS commands, and the dis- 
advantages are that the screen can 
become a little unfriendly looking and 
will update slower. 


Snapshot 


Once you're inside the directoiy of 
your choice, you'll probably want to 
take a closer look at an individual 


icon. The Icons menu has options 
enabling you to open programs from 
the icon, copy or rename the icon, 
get information on it, and snapshot its 
position onscreen, 

For now, click once on the icon of 
your choice then select Information. A 
dialogue box will appear with a vari- 
ety of information on the program or 
drawer to which the icon is attached, 
including its size in bytes, which pro- 
tection flags are set and unset, when 
the file was last altered, any default 
tooltypes it has, and what stack is 
reserved for it when run. 

Most of this information will be of 
little use to you until we've covered 
icons in greater depth, but you 
should try to familiarise yourself with 
the sort of information available 
through the information screen as it 
is ail of relevance. Often a problem 
will crop up which can be solved 
after a quick visit to the information 
screen to see if there's a tool type 
missing or a stack set incorrectly, and 
the canny user will always want to 
know as much about his or her files 
in all situations. 

Next month, we'll make a start on 
the structure of Workbench, and look 
at the preferences drawer, where 
customising Workbench to your own 


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The Mysterious Mirrorsoft Affair 


It's been all change at Mirrorsoft recently. 
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up wno s got a so-c<wea cnum witn a Sega 
MrqatTritfe And hands up who's sick of hearing about 
" ■‘fladden-'s ffamin American Football, Thought so. 
t-f rejoice Amiga pals and palettes, for the ever-Jovely 
i -ectnofiic Arts are bringing that serf same console smash to 
<ur humble Amiga. 

R Should retain all the NFL features that makes it com- 
pete gibberish to anyone who isn't in the know, which 
sf^uld be good news for fans of the original. It's got 
oefons galore with variable weather, enhanced graphics, 
Passed screens, 350 frames of sprite animation and differ- 
ent prich types. 

tj written by Gary Roberts, who you've probably never 
'tifC of. but he was reputedly thrown out of college for 
psgqmg up the computer network with one of his multi- 
3&D creations. So he's obviously a fairly rock and roll 
wxte guy. 

if you're impatient then check out our American Foot- 
c? i feature on page 1 1. For the actual game though, 
»*pu II have to wait until fater in February. It'll 



Why take two bottles in to the $ flower when 
you can wash and 90 with Gamer? 


Knights of the Sky 

The Hun on your tail and the wind in your trqusenl^Vj action 

KnIGHMMRE. { 

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That smug Tittle Hollywood brat gets a right slagging off. Hurrah' 

Oh No! More LEMMik^^^mi.... T 1 

Oh no indeed. The fuzzy fellas return 

Moonstone j; 

Hold on to your lunches. IVHndscape reveal the sickest game ever 

Mercenary . .21 

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W ar. What is it good for? 

Absolutely nothirtg. if the 
song's to be believed. 
But what a huge steaming fib that ■$ 
War may not be much fun at the time, 
but it does make a great excuse for 
some waizy computer games. 

Think back over the years, ail the 
games that wouldn't have existed if ail 
human beings ever wanted to do was 
pick flowers and skip about in fields. 
Shoot-' em-ups would go out of the 
window, as would strategy and role- 
playing games, and pretty much every 
other game in the world realty. 

All we'd be left with would be those 
really exciting language tutor programs 
Chat teach you how to say 'The gentle- 
men are waving therr handkerchiefs at 


the Bullfight" in stitted Spanish . Gulp. 
So war is a bit of alright actually. War ii 
great. At least from a games point of 
view. 

And let's face it Microprose have 
built their reputation on games about 
people being blown up But somehow. 
M\ this long distance fire-and-forget 
nonsense is getting a bit dull isn t it? AH 
this hi-tech japeiy, Where's the action? 
Where's the tension? The seat-ofyour- 
pants manoeuvring? The skm-of-your- 
teeth dogfighting? The hem-of-your- 
trousers nosedives? And so on. 

r don't know about you, but I think 
it would be a good idea if Microprose 
released a flight sim set in the First 
WorldWar. Just you, a rickety old 
plane and a crap machine gun against 



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what's happening in the war 


a beastly Hun in a nck- 
ety old plane with a 
crop machine gun. 

Back to basics and 
all that. Sort the men 
from the boys. Yes. 
that really would be 
the camel's doodahs. 

And what's this pok- 
ing out of this Jiffy 
bag? Lummox! It'S 
Knights of the Sky 
from Microprose. Am 1 
psychic or what? 

So. as you've probably guessed after 
that dismal introduction, Knights of the 
Sky is a WWI flight sim. Mot only that, 
but it's one of the most playable and 
appealing flight sims I've ever piayed. 
It's graphically excellent, it's got great 
sound effects, but most of all it’s fun. 
Fun with a capital F. And while were 
about it ifs got a capital U and M as 
well. Yes, it's FUN, In fact make that 
FUN with flashing neon bits and tinsel. 

Now as with all Micro prose flight 
sims, it's got enough options to keep 
everyone but the most miserable of 
anoraks happy. Suffice to say i couid 
quite easily just spend the rest of the 
review rewriting the manual and tefling 
you about each option in almost 
unbearable detail. But I won't. That's 
Che kind of off-the-wall guy I am. 

The game Is as historically accurate 
as you'd ever want it to be. The front 
Erie advances and retreats just as it did 
m the real war. both armies take fosses 


at the right times, famous battles take 
place around you. and most impor- 
tantly the quality of the aeroplanes 
improves at the same rate as it did in 
191*. 

You start off with a choice of only 
two planes, and they're boih terrible. 
But as the war progresses, new planes 
are developed and become available to 
you. At the same time, the enemy 
planes are becoming more and more 
deadly, so it's up to you to keep one 
step ahead. 

Also adding to the overall "feel" of 
being involved in a real war is the 
ongoing battle to be an Ace. Once 
you've scored five kills in the air you 
qualify as one of tiw elite pilots, and 
can keep track of your performance 
against the other aces. 

if you feel that one of the enemy 
aces is getbng a bit bug for his jackboots 
then you can challenge him ta 3 duel 








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f** toey can do the same to you so 
to : become too cocky, 

of this add* up to give you a real 
feeing of irsyofoernent. You can reafly 
tar to get quite badJy riled when one 
sf T»e Hun ace* keeps shooting down 
fruft scout planes, Quito badty filed 
rc&a. And you can't help birr cheer 
x- loud when you hear that one of 
fyjf lads has sent the Bosh packing, Jr 
' an get quite embarrassing actually, 

Bur before you can sample these 
you must jump In the seat and 
-fee to toe sfjes. 

First you choose your plane, paying 
r-cse attention to the weaponry and 
zttd of ygur chosen steed. Then you 
xc [p fly a mission. 

The mission will usually rnupfve one 
0* four general tasks. You might be 
asked to act as an escort to another 
or you might have to attack an 
“^my installation or convoy. You ' 
: - uld be asked to shoot down an 
baton, or it my just be a srm- 


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pie patrol mrssion. If you don't like the 
look of the mission., you can decline but 
this will affect your standing as a pilot 
and could lead to you getting mashed 
potato flicked in your eye in the officers' 
mess. Mot much fun at all. 

This is all merely a taster., though, for 
the actual flight scenes themselves, AH 
the details are there. Little French vil- 
lages with churches and houses, the 
constantly shifting front line with its 
trenches and flak guns, right down to 


the little truck convoys that trundre 
along the treHined roads just waiting 
to be blown to pieces, Gorgeous. 

There are 1 4 different viewpoints to 
give you a good overall look at what's 
going on around you. These aren't just 
there for the sake of it either, as you 
don't have any posh instrumentation to 
locate the enemy. You'll have to con- 
stantly keep your eyes peeled for 'ban- 
dits at 3 o'clock'. Ooh. J always wanted 
to say that. 


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And when the fiendish Hun come at 
you, and believe me they win, you 
don't just see them as tiny dots in the 
distance. They have a nasty habit of fly- 
ing right over your head and then 
swopping about you aJi over the place. 
As the pilot you get to see it all in glori- 
ous 3D, and you'll soon be swaying in 
your seat and ducking under the desk 
to keep away from them. 

it's very, veiy difficult to sum up 
Knights of the Sky in only two pages. 
It's even harder to put in to words just 
what it is about the game that's so 
appealing. Maybe it's the sheer joy of 
having a flrght sun where you actually 
get to fly and light intelligent enemies 
rather than just using autopilot and 
Jock-on weapons, It could well be the 
large dollops of storyline and historical 
developments (halve been squeezed in 
between missions. 

It’s probably just the fact that it's 
really good fun to chunder around the 
place and look at the sights. Add to this 
the best ever intro scene in the entire 
universe and you've got a winner. In a 
nutshell, Knights of the % is the most 
original, playable and lovable flight sim 
I've ever played. Most pleasant indeed. 

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N ow when this game came 
into our office, half of me 
was thinking "At last a 
game to give Dungeon Master a good 
kicking" and the other half was thinking 
'Wait a minute, isn't Knightmare that 
crap kids' programme on nvr 
Knightmare is that terrible show 
where they get four kids and blindfold 
one Of them by sticking a massive hel- 
met on top of his/her head (this nor- 
mally happens to the smallest who is 
always called Colin or Jeremy|. 

The other three kids get the chance 
to kin Colin by telling him to walk 
around a computer-generated world 
into traps and clutches of giants, 
witches, trolls etc, etc. The three kids 
aren't supposed to kill him, but most of 
them couldn't find their way out of 
Woolworths. never mind a dungeon 
plagued with goblins and giants. 

Yes, the normal team line-up on 
Knightmare includes Colin, our intrepid 
blind adventurer; David, the only kid 
who has any adventuring experience, 
and playing Hobbit on his Spectrum 
doesn't really count anyway; Susan, 
whose idea of a good time is listening to 
Jason Donovan records and who hasn't 
a clue which planet she is on, let alone 
succeeding at Knightmare; and Gary, 
who'd rather go and watch Crystal 
Palace instead of playing this game. He 
finds programmes like This Is Your Life 
interesting and fail of humorous anec- 
dotes. 

To make up the rest of the team 
there are the presenters and errr, welll, 
uumghrtt hmmmf, sorry, i'm trying to 
stop myself laughing. Hold oh a 
minute... Sight, I'm OK now. The main 
man is called Treguard who looks 
uncannily like a siim Brian Blessed. 

Treguard's little helper - who's not 
one bit of help at all - has the really 
depressing name of Pickle, Yes, Pickle 
really is in a bit of a pickle. He looks like 
Robin Hood but with wispy blonde hair, 


WIN yvrjurt look at Hit (law cf these ears! 

poiniy ears and painted on ffeckies- 

But to the gamel On loading, you 
are treated to a wonderful rendition of 
the Knightmare theme music Next you 
have to define your four team members 
by typing In their names and deciding 
their professions (Adventurer, Gladiator, 
Samurai, Wizard, Priest or Geniej and 
breeds |Man, Woman, Goblin, Ogre, 
Ghoul, Elf, Troll orlnsectolej. 

After you have 
Filled in all the gub- 
bins about your 
team, it's time to 
start playing. 

Knightmare can be 
controlled with the 
mouse on its own, 
or a combination of 
mouse and keyboard. I found that it 
was a lot faster and easier to move your 
character around using the keyboard. 

My First impression of Knightmare 
was that it doesn't half look like Cap- 
tive, Well, fact fans, it just so happens 
that Tony Gnowther, who did the excel- 
lent Captive, also - shock, horror - did 
Knightmare. 

You start the game in the forest out- 
side the dungeons. This terrible place 
hides killer bunny rabbits, mischievous 


elves and a big beastie which is inde- 
scribable. The control method for fight- 
ing these awful creatures isn't quite the 
easiest in the world, You have to dick 
your right mouse button on one of the 
hand icons and this will drop a scroll 
down from which you can choose 
whether to punch cur kick. You then click 
with the right button again fo activate 
the desired effect. In the middle of a bat- 
tle this IS a bit confus- 
ing, but you get used 
to it. 

Once you are rnside 
the dungeon things 
really get going, and 
to be honest it's as 
good as Dungeon 
Master. Treguard and 
Pickle give you friendly advice along the 
way, but tend to just state the obvious. 

Good weapons in Knightmare are 
few and fat between, For instance, I 
was wandering around the dungeon 
looking for a decent aggressive imple- 
ment when lo and behold J spotted 
what looked like a sword. Imagine my 
dismay when 1 picked it up and Pickie 
kindly informed me that it was actually a 
pen-knifel 

The game has four guests, so it will 


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keep you going for ages. I haven't man- 
ageef to complete the first quest yet - 
it’s been a long time since I've played 
Dungeon Master. 

Overall Knightmare is a really good 
game, it has astounding graphics which 
lend it a great atmosphere, The sound is 
adequate, with suitable swishes, grunts 
and thumps. Ihe level of difficulty is set 
quite hard, so beginners watch out - 
you will be frustrated (I was|. 

If you loved games like Captive, Dun- 
geon Master and their ilk, then no 
doubt you'll have already got your coat 
on to rush down the shops. Forget the 
title 'Knightmare* - think of the game 
more as a Dungeon Master for the 90s. 

Jonathan 





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N ow I can remember Satur- 
day mornings when 
wrestling was on TV from 
some dingy town hall. Ah yes, it bnngs 
back many happy memories. Featuring 
great wrestlers like Big Daddy, Giant 
Haystacks and Fit Finlay, it has long 
since passed away from our screens 
Now it's hack, rft bad, it's sweaty, 
it's most amusing and more important^ 
it's American. Yes r those entertainment 
fanatrcs from across the Atlantic have 
come up with the World Wresting Fed- 
eration - WWF for short. It's huge in 
the States and is speedily becoming as 
popular as the Turtles or the Simpsons 
here in good old Blighly. The only ways 
you can watch WWF is to own Sky tele- 
vision [where it's shown twice a week) 
or by buying one of the many WWF 
videos. 

The WWF is made up of many 
wrestfers, all with their own special 
moves and gimmida. For instance, The 
Undertaker disposes of h is victims with 
his Tombstone move and then puts his 


hapless opponent into a body bag. The 
Hitman takes care of the other wrestlers 
by applying his Sharpshooter hold, 
which basically means twisting the 
opponents' legs untif they break off. 

The star of the World Wrestling Fed- 
eratFom however, is Hulk Hogan, the 
original alFAmerican hero. The guy has 
blonde hair, huge muscles, rips his shirt 


off a tot, and has won the WWF cham- 
pionship three times, so getting the 
wondrous WWF belt. 

its one-quarter wresting and three- 
quarters bad acting, thus making it 
entertainment rather than sport Any- 
one who watches the WWF regularly 
would probably Jove to jump into the 
square circle and go a few rounds with 


the Hulksier or the Million Dollar Man, 
and now thanks to Ocean your dreams 
or nightmares can come true. . well 
almost. 

Before you start the game you have 
to choose your wrestler, f ll take the 
form of a WWF announcer for this part. 
The First wrestler from the United King- 
dom, weighing in at 276 pounds, 
Theee flririshhh But!! DoggggIF! (f can't 
keep this up for much longer]. Theeee, 
oh sod it, the other two are the Ulti- 
mate Warrior and Hulk Hogan. 

5o you've chosen your muscle bound 
wrestler - now For your opponents. You 
Face the wrestlers in the following order 

- Mr Perfect | who's less than perfect] , 
The Warlord. Million Dollar Man. The 
Mountie [He always gets his man, ho 
ho] and finally the oddest of them all. 
Sergeant Slaughter. 

One thing you'll notice about the 
WWF is that everyone is so fiippin' loud 

- the wrestlers shout their mouths off at 
just about everyone. As if by magic, the 
game also contains a Jot of yelling and 







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*c reaming. Before the start of each 
bout, your opponent will have the 
trance to say what he thinks of you 
and you, of course, can scream some- 
Tung back at him. This doesn't improve 
the gamepiay, but it gets you in the 
fight mood far a good scrap. 

So you've chosen your wrestler, 
you Ve yeirecf at your opponent, now 
tor ihe actual bout! Each wrestfer has a 
length indicator at the bottom of the 
screen, This strengthen eter deter- 
—n« how qurckly you can recover 
'tom berng knocked on to the canvas, 
or how quickly yqg can throw off 
'.orneone who's pinning him down, 
r&u/ strength is depleted 
when you are hit or 
kicked or when you 
are thrown to the 
floor. | 

Each wrestler 
can perform sev- 
eral moves. These 
are mainly punching 
or kicking manoeuvres, but 
each individual has his own special 
move. To execute yours you must first 
oe m a grapple with your opponent, 
Then you waggle the Joystick left and 
'ight to build up your grappJe strength, 
which is represented as a growing bar 
at the side of the screen. The first 
wrestfer to make their bar reach matt- 
mum height wins the grappfe. The win- 


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ner then executes his special 
move on the other wrestler. 

In true WWF style, the 
action doesn't just take place 
in the ring - you can battle 
outside it as well. Outside 
the ring you get the perfect 
opportunity to do some real 
damage to your opponent 
by banging him across the 
head with a steel chair 
which just happens to be 
lying nearby. 

Each bout lasts a maximum of five 
minutes. During this time the match 
can be won by pinning the 
opposing wrestler to the can- 
vas far a count of three- 
seconds If there isn't an 
| outright winner by the 
end of the five minutes, 
then the match is 
declared a draw and your 
challenge for the Wtestlema- 
nia belt is over. 

if any competitor is forced out of the 
ring, a 20 second clock is started. The 
clock is reset once both wrestlers are 
back in the ring but should any com- 
petitor remain out of the ring long 
enough for the clock to reach 20, the 
match is decrared void and again your 
challenge for the Wrestremania belt is 
over. This voiding or drawing of the 


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match can be very annoying, especially 
when you've got to the final wrestler 
and he decicfes (o stay out of the ring. 

WWF is yet another licence game 
from Ocean. The word that would sum 
up WWF perfectly is "average". The 
gamepiay is really dodgy - the way that 
you have to waggle the joystick to get 
one over on your opponent is very frus- 
trating and most of the time you get 
stuck in a imp of wagglrng the 
joystick losing,, getting off 
the canvas and imniKlt- 
ately going into 
another grapple. 

The sound m't too 
bad, but it certainly 
isn't as good as it could 
have been. There's a tune 
and a smattering of grunts and 
cheers, but for a Jot of the time there's 
no sound at all ft can sound a bit odd, 
suddenly having the crowd bum into 
spontaneous applause and then stop- 


ping dead. What there t$ is good, but f 
can't he^p feeling that more is needed. 

After doing this for a minute or so 
you are so knackered that you don't 
feel like playing the game. On the 
other hand, the graphics are really 
quite good - the wrestlers look like 
their real-life counterparts and little 
touches like toe video screen and the 
way toe ropes T»ing p after someone 
bounces off them really improve toe 
look of the game. 

Oh well. If you're a true WWF fan 
then you'll probably buy this game 
along with your Hulk Hogan fluffy slip- 
pers and Mr Perfect duvet and pil- 
lowcase, but the rest of us 
would be better off 
buying a decent 
beat- em-up or 
saving the 
money for a 
WWF video, if 
Ocean had maybe 
spent a little more 
time on the gamepiay, 
they would have had a classic on 
their hands. As it stands though, the 
message is: 'Don't believe the hype". 

Jonathan 




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summed up in one word - 'repetition' 
Oh. and give it a capital "R L . 

It's good for one 90 , hut it won't 
keep you at your computer for months 
and months arid mon.. |stop that right 
this minute - £d). Pius the game is [ 
meg onJy. Surely more memory means 
better sound and graphics? I want the 
whole film for that sort of memoryl 

It could have been one of the best 
film licences, but Home Alone has 
walked into the graveyard of doom and 
jumped inside a coffin beside Darkman, 
Ghostbusters 2 and other such Him 
licence flops. What a pity. Ha ha ha ha 
ha ha ha! Bye bye Macaulay. 

Jonathan 


ACCOLADE ■ £24.99 ■ 1 meg ■ Joystick ■ Out now 


W hen the McCal listers 
decided to go on vaca- 
tion, they forgot one 
very important thing... Kevin! 

yes I suppose it had to happen 
sooner or later. Macaulay Culkin, the 
million dollar star of Home Alone, has 
been shoved from large screen to com- 
puter screen and no doubt he'll be get- 
ting another huge juicy cheque through 
his letterbox for this little escapade. 

For any of you out there who have 
been living in a timewarp or haven't 
even heard of Home Alone or Macauly 
Coafbm or whatever the Irttle git is 
called, i'll give you a rough plot of the 
film. 

By mistake, Kevin {Sir McCaufy Cook- 
ing | has been left at home, while his 
parents and the rest of his family go on 
vacation to Pans. By strange coinci- 
dence, when the parents realise Kevin is 
at home, ail the flights back to the good 
of U S erf A are hilly booked and aU the 
telephone lines are down, What all this 
results in is Kevin running around thE 
house stuffing his greedy little face with 
all sorts of food and doing several other 
things that his parents wouldn't nor- 
mally allow. 

Now amid all thrs malarkey |or should 


that be Macaulay] there are two 
inept burglars, Harry and Marv, _ 
trying to rob Kevin's little home ? 

- sorry, mansion. Being like 
any other eight-year-ofd with 
absolutely no brains whatso- 
ever, Kevin sets traps around 
his home to prevent these 
naughty chappies coming in 
and stealing his 
micro machines, or 
something along 
those lines - you get 
the general idea 

The game is in 
two phases. The 
first starts at 8 
o'clock and Kevin is Home Alone. He 
knows that Harry and Marv wrll be arriv- 
ing at 9 o'clock. So using my wonderful 
Carol Vorderman mathematical skills, 
that (eaves just one hour for Kevin to 
set his traps, There are 26 objects for 
hrm to find and by using these objects 
he can set his traps. 

This phase doesn't take a lot of brain- 
power - it's just a matter of picking up 
objects and putting them down again. 
In fact it's so easy, even Jeremy Beadle 
could do it, You can't just place the 
objects anywhere you want, but there 


is a whacking great big yel- 
low cross telling you 
exactly where to put your 
devious traps. Somewhere 
in the house is Kevin's BB 
gun, which comes in very 
useful later on 
In phase two the bur- 
will enter the house and 
to try to catch 
Kevin. Kev must 
avoid Harry and 
Marv and at the 
same time lure 
them through 
the traps, You 
must be careful 
not to trip them yourself, though. The 
traps will inflict varying amounts of dam- 
age on the burglars, but Hany and Marv 
won't always spring them. The burglars 
are much more likely to nip traps if they 
are near Kevin and chasing him. 

Kevin can also inflict damage upon 
the useless duo by firing his BB gun, but 
you can only damage them once - after 
that all the other shots simply stop the 
burglars in their tracks, giving Kevin a 
chance to run away. 

Poor Kevin then just has to last out 
until his mom gets homE. 

Home Alone could have been a truly 
wonderful game, but. and this is a big 
but, It is too easy. 

After playing just a few tames the first 
phase becomes more of a chore than a 
fun-filled romp. The second is much 
more fury, but even this section gets bor- 
ing alter a while. Having said that, the 
graphics are very nice indeed, especially 
the digitised picture of Macawly 
Bum-fluff. 

There aren't too many sound effects, 
but what really puts the game down is 
the awful music which drones on and 
on and on and Arist... fyes we get the 
idea - Ed) The music can be turned off 
which came as a great relief to everyone 
in the office- Home Alone can be 


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God knows when, and if you've never 
played Lemmings then you've got two 
options. Either buy the original and mis 
as a data disk, or just buy these 1 00 lev- 
els as a standalone version. 

My only reservation is that the price 
is perhaps a bit much tor a data disk, 
but I guess Lemmings addicts wiil go to 
any expense for more of those green 
haired ja pesters. 

A worthwhile addrtion. 

OanieJ 


N ever has a game been so 
aptly tided. Barely has the 
world settled down and 
topped wibbling over the software phe- 
‘ m ^non that was Lemmings, than 
Ftygnosrs release a further TOO levels. 
V* traps, new layouts, new strategies. 
An : again, the world puts on a blue 
.wnpsuit and goes "WbbTe". 

A'elf, to get this out of the way, this is 
-tmmmgs 2. Not in arty way, shape 
:■ form. No no Nanette, It's merely 
-'other MJO levels for the original, 
“'’■tee's no new lemming stalls, no new 
ir^tes or anything like that, ft's only to 
*«p you Jtnee-deep in Lems until the 
Draper Lemmings 2 and the Lemmings 
. I'-truction Kit are ready. They just 
•m t let it lie, will they? 

Now I'm sorry about this next bit but 
here’s afways the faint chance that 
there j someone out there who doesn't 
enow what all this Lemmings palaver is 
1 bcut. So I'm gomg to have to explain it 
v again aren't I? 

OK, you have to make sure that a cer- 
■ 5 ” number of lemmings make it from 
one end of the level to the other with- 
:u- faIJing foul of traps, pits and their 
. wn crass stupidity You see, lemmings 
"ive slightly less intelligence than a 
small pile of mung beans. They're utter 
twonks. 

You, the gorgeous gamesplayer, can 
' dp them overcome this natural interlee- 
a*al bypass by endowing individual lems 
with special powers These powers 
i ow them to dig, climb, burld bridges, 
D'ock, float and explode. You will, how- 
ever, only have a set number of powers 


WML I ftlmoil made It., 

that you can bestow per Jevel. For 
instance, the way forward might seem 
obvious if you had some bridge 
builders, but the chances are you won't 
and you'll have to think your way 
around the problem. I know ail of this is 
almost written in computer folklore,, but 
some people seem to have spent the 
last few years hiding behrnd the sofa 
when it comes to games. 

So, these new revels. What are they 
Irke? Welf, they’re good. Fairly obvious 
that, but they really are good. Its a bit 
like finding out that they've just made a 
whole new series of The A Team. More 
of the same, but just what you were 
waiting for anyway. 

We were a bit stuck to begin with, 
as we were having trouble getting past 
the Tame levels fit's not 'Fun" any 
more, it's “Tame’), but then out of the 
blue came a letter from Robert Phelps in 


Stroud. Good of Bob had sent us all 100 
level codes. Staggering, or what? The 
fiamrn' thing hadn't been on sale five 
minutes and he'd done the totr A right 
smarty boots and no mrstakel So, thanks 
to Robert we were able to have a good 
look at any level we wanted. And 
they're all cracking. 

The Tame levels are, as you can 
guess, fairly tame. Yes, I had trouble 
with them but then I never was any 
goad at the original. These levels can be 
breezed through by yer average Lem- 
mings supremo, and so they're best for 
people who've bought the standalone 
version and don't know what they're 
doing yet. 

After that, things get harder and 
some of the levels are destined to go 
down in history as complete bar stew- 
ards of our trme. The Superlemming 
level, for instance, looks really easy but 
the timing needed is phenomenal. Scary 
stuff. And the others pose similar seem- 
ingly impossible tasks that kept us from 
the pub for many lunchtimes. Well, 
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to. 

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you can turn on your fellow play- 
ers, If another player has got 
something you want, then you 
limply attack them and if you win 
the ensuing battle then you can 
pilfer any item from 
thoir body. 

Once 


Wastelands, the Misty Moors, the 
Great Forest or the Wetlands. You 
move your little knight cursor 
where you want to go, at least as 
far as your limited time will allow, 
and then press Fire to enter the 
location. 

If you don 1 want to enter a 
location then you can use your 
turn to move further across the 
map, thus heading for an easier 
territory, perhaps Each territory 
contains si* lairs where you fight 
the monsters, and a more helpful 
location such as a city where j 
you can replenish energy, 
buy bigger weapons, 
gamble your precious I 
money away and 
other such niceties. 

The erux of the 
game, though, is | 

the lairs, Some- I 

where in each 
territory there 
is a key, Only ■ £ 

with all four I 
keys can you 
enter the valley 
of the Gods and E 
try to win a 1 
Moonstone from “jb 
the Guardian. So 
to find the keys 
you must fijht 
through air the lairs, 
in any order you want 
and see what goodies 
they hold. 

You might find gold, or 
some spells or even a spanking 
new sword. Or you might find 
bugger alL Of course, the other 
knights are doing exactly the 
same 10 youve got to keep an eye 


eh? All the wimps have gone off 
to read about Macaulay Smeg- 
head s slapstick antics, to we can 
get on with the gratuitous blood- 
letting, Heh heh heh. Evil cackle, 
crash of lightning, eerie organ 
music etc etc. 

Ahem, Well, the plot is the 
usual gubbins about ancient 
quests for magic stones and 
druids and monsters, All fairly 
predictable. Some druid blokes 
decided to use four knights to 
get the Moonstones from the val- 
ley of the Gods. You, and up to 
three other chums", can take 
control of a knight each and wan^ 
der around the four territories 
hacking the resident beasties into 
a slimey red mush. Hours of fam- 
ily fun? Let s see... 

Each knight starts the game tn 
their home village, where they 
can return for extra lives. Each 
village is situated in one of the 
four territories - the Northern 


on know the trouble with 
heat- em-ups? They re just 
not violent enough. Con- 
troversial, I know, but true. 
What s the point of beating the 
bii out of silly little sprites if they 
just fan down and go peep ? We 
want blood and guts! We want 
entrails and schlock horror 
go retests! Nurse, nurse, the oint- 
ment! And If all this sounds a bit 
too graphic for you. then f sug- 
gest you go and read the Home 
Alone review. Go on. I think its 
best if you leave. You'll only end 
up feeling sick. 

On the other hand, if you re 
the sort of person who can watch 
Hellraiser while eatrng beans on 
toast, the sort of person who can 
read Stephen King before going 
to bed. the sort of person who 
thinks that The Evil Dead is an 
important cinematic statement, 
then you ll love this game^ 

So, only the sturdy ones left 


a player has 

lost all his or her lives 

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then you can pillage the grave 
and lake everything. 

Oh. and watch out for the 
black knights - any knights not 
controhed by a human player fall 
under computer control and 
spend the whole game trying to 
kilt you. Youth of today. I dont 
know... 

On top of all this, you also 
have to contend with a massive 
dragon who flies around the map 
and attacks players at random, 
The chances of beating the 
dragon without tup of the range 
armour and a magic sword are 
alarmingly *hm. so it s best to 
avoid him until you re tooled up 
enough to beat him. 

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A good Wend of acton and 
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nvoJved far a beat- em-up then 
you'd he right. There is more 
than a littfe bit of strategy 
equired for this game. Not so 
much (hat you spend ages work- 
ng your way U p to a fight, but 
rnough so that the endless hack 
and slash doesn't become tire- 
some. A nice balance, If the truth 
be told, 

I hi sorry. I suppose we can t 
put this off any longer. We re 
going to have to discuss the 
graphics, So, with a glass of 
*ater and a handy bucket in case 
of spontaneous regurgitation let s 
take a close look at those erfm- 
sarKspattered sprites. 

And they really are quite 
startling. Blood squirts and 
gushes all over 


tempting to get killed just to see 
what disgusting animations the 
programmers have come up with. 
And there's plenty of variety, in 
both monsters and players * They 
range from a fairly tame decapita- 
tion, to an extremely over-the-top 
bursting at the seams and squirt- 
ing bodily fluids iky high. Ar j 
said, there is an option to turn all 
this off, but let s be honest, 
what s the point? Iff the gore 
that makes the game entertaining 
to watch. 

The sound effects are sguishy 
too. Each body-slicing blow is 
accompanied by what sounds like 
a large bag of yoghurt being drop 
kicked into a dustbin full of beach 
effluent. A sort of "Kerspluteh" 
noise. Plus various groans, grunts 
and roars from the massacred 
beasties. PLUS"' Some sampled 
chants and things for the spooky 
Stonehenge animation at the 
beginning. PIUS ?!!*!!! Some fiddly 
fiddly dee music. So the sounds 
not bad either. 

If you want a beat- em up that's 
meaty, bloody and slightly strate- 
gic, then Moonstone is phun with 
a capital f. It may not be terribly 
appealing in the long term 
because it is pretty easy to get all 
four keys and finish the game, 


the place, limbs and heads fly off 
in huge gouts of scarlet fluid, 
flesh is ripped open and flung all 
over the screen. It s just like 
Casualty, 

ft s So gruesome that Mind- 
scape have given the game a vol- 
untary 12 certificate. So all you 
responsible parents may want to 
Tippex over the screenshot i on 
this page, just In case your off- 
spring see them and grow up to 
be serial killers or something. 

The detail is excellent, and not 
just on the gore - which is 
optional for you wimps. The still 
screens and opening animation 

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again just to let off a bit of steam 
and purge yourself of all those 
primeval urges. A welcome addi- 
tion to the genre* 

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First Independent 
Rental from February 12 

Christine Lahti plays a bored teacher 
■vno becomes the hot topic of gossip 
.chen she falls for the school's Mexican 
janitor, played by Ruben Blades, After 
'etuming from a wild weekend in Mex- 
ico - manied to boot - their lives sud- 
denly become public knowledge with 
alleged hysterical consequences. Hysteri- 
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guide to 
entertainment 
with Gamer's 
very own critic - 
Antony Purvis 

funny. Anyway, it's a quite reenable 
light romance video with die odd laugh 
along the way. Released in time for 
vafenane's day, too. Sweet. 

Let Him 
Have It 

Flr« Independent 
Rental from February 26 

In 1 952 two boys on a warehouse roof 
were cornered by police. They were 
Chris Craig and Derek Bentley. Bentley 
had already been arrested, but Craig 
had not and pulred out a gun. A police- 
man ordered him to surrender the 
weapon, and Bentley shouted the 
fatally ambiguous words: 'Let him have 
itT to Craig, who fired. 

Craig and Bentley were both tried 
for murder and found guilty. Craig was 
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Other video releases in brief 


Thelma and Louise is another "women who change their Jives and having 
tasted life, liberty and happiness never look back" movie. Lovely. It stars 
Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon, is rated 15, fasti 124 minutes and 
should be in your local rentaf shop at this very moment. 

Fans of classic television will enjoy this month's new IK Home Video 
releases - The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sapphire and Steel, Space 
1944, Danger Han, and, my personal favourite, Randall and Hopklrlc 
(Deceased;, From £10.44 to £16,44, they're available from February 10. 

Ed Harris, Sean Penn, Gary Oldman and Robin Wright sear Jn State of 
Grace, released on February 12, a tough underworld action thriller - 
copious amounts of death and violence. 

Intimate Stranger hits your rental stores on February 1 9. This latest 
release sees pop star Debbie Harry taking on the role of a telephone lex- 
line host. One for the top shelf, methinks. 






Paul ReynoJdi |Jeft| and Derek Bentley Hand trial 
For the murder of P.C Mil es Jn Let Him Have It 


little doubt thdt the Crapg/(tentley use is 
one of [he greatest miscarriages of jus- 
tice in British legal history. The lobbying 
for a posthumous pardon for Bentley, 
sent to the gallows tor a crime he did 
not commit, continues to this day. This is 
their story. If you only rent one fifm this 
month, rent this one - it is a must-see. 
The truth will shock you. 

Communion 

Flrit Independent 

To buy at £10.99 

Christopher Walken plays Whitley 
SDrleber, a novelist whose recurring 
dreams of aliens prove to be real That's 
reat rn the here-and-now sense, appar- 
ently it really honestly did happen to a 
real live novelist who was really called 
Whitley Scrieber. 

And I don't befieve a minute oF it. 
Sorry! Maybe Whidey had eaten some 
otrt-of-date pork sausages or something. 


Communion is far-fetched, somewhat 
pretentious ancf dangerously low on 
entertainment. Even as scWf it doesn't 
rate in my book. 

Oh, and it is also on Sky Movies this 
month. So no need to n$k £1 0.99, eh? 






Sky's silver screen selection 


Back to the Future 3, the film with the longest trailer in cinema history |Back to the 
Future 2 - dh r how unkind oF me| blazes on to the screens of Movie Channel view- 
ers on the 1 si 16th and 25th, 

Communion, that film reviewed elsewhere on thrs page, can be seen on Sky 
Movies on the 21st and 24th, along wrth Days Of Thunder - Top Gun with wing 
cars. Catch it on the 1 5th or 23rd. 

DWt Tracy, Starring Warren Beatty, Madonna and AJ Patino, hits The -Movie Chan- 
nel on the 22nd. Only eight cotours are used to keep the comic book look, so ex- 
Spectrum owners will fed at home. Also don't miss Die Hard 2 f with Bruce Willis. 
Sky Movies on the 8th, 1 7th and 25th. Write it in your diary. 

Cry Baby starring Johnny Depp contains what the synopsis refers to as a "square 
chick'. OF square chicks f saw none, but I did see the svelte form of Rtcki Lake, 
which I consider worth my Movie Channel subscription alone. Guaranteed to have 


me glued to Sky Movies on both the 9th and P9th. Total Recall is repeated on the 
6th, Nth and 25th, and the comedy Twister screens on February 9th, sadly uncon- 
nected with the torn home game involving sticking your bodily parts in all manner oF 
odd positions (ideal lor whiling away long car journeys, I might add)., 

Wings of the Apache, staring Nicholas Cage, is another Him like Top Gun, hut 
with helicopters. Unmissable, and on Sky Movies on the 22nd. Vet more screenings 
far Fire - Trapped on the 37th Floor, on the 1 si 1 3th and 24th - Lord, when will it 
end? 

Back to the December rssue and the films Loose Cannons and Loverbpy. newly 
released on retail at the time. This month they're on The Movie Channel, so check 
them out rF comedy is your thing. Rutger Hauer stairs in Salute OF The Jugger on the 
[ si 1 4th and 24th on Sky Movies Plus, while over on the Movie Channel is a Star 
Trek 25th Anniversary special. 


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TOUCHDOWN! 


Supplier: Strike Force Design, 

28 Noble Street, Hendon, 
Sunderland SR2, Price: £14.95 
Type: Management 

So to the other two games in this noundup, and 
the management side of the sport. Touchdownl 
is a game that lets you become the head coach 
of any team in the NFL and fead (hem through a 
foil i 6 game campaign cumulating in the play- 
offs. 

A Touchdownl team follows a basic 3-4 fair- 
mat on defense, two wide receivers and a tight 
end on offense. The plus point is that each 
player is a real life player, and they are rated at 
their positions. There are also backups in case of 
injury. 

Each week the head coach can spy on the 
team to be played next, and work out potentially 
productive matchups with your players against 
theirs. Thankfully this is possible because the 
excellent instructions Nst which players do what 
on any given play. 

This and the graphics are two of Touch- 
down's advantages over management rival 
Headcoach 3. Also in your weekly schedule you 
can check the NFL tables, save or load a position 
and either try and bade players or go to training 
camp. The latter two features are an either/or 
option, if you go negotiating to trade a player 
you can't spend time in the training camp trying 
to improve a player. 

The trading aspect is fascinating, as well as 
unique - this is the only computer game any- 
where that lets you do it. All the players have a 
trading value so that even if you have a highly 
skilled right guard, he is only worth an average 
skilled running back 

At training camp you can single out one 
player per week for special coaching, but he isn't 
guaranteed to get any better,, and if you are 
unlucky he can either suffer a loss of confidence 
or an injury. Equally he can improve. 

it's these facets to (he game which let you do 
something meaningful between the game each 
week that make Touchdownl better than Head- 
Coach 3. 

When you do get to the weekly game there is 
a very nicety laid out screen offering admittedly 
not that many play calls. Defensively there are 
less, but those offensive plays are designed for 
the player to player matchups, making for a 
more tactical game What's really neat is that 
with each pfay you get a text description of the 
action plus three digitised pics showing what's 
gone on. Ally this with the mousecontroiled play 
selection and you have an easy to play, but intel- 
ligent and tactical game, and at a very decent 
pnee to boot. 




TV SPORTS FOOTBALL 


Suppfier: Mirror Image Price: E9.95 Type; Arcade 


Before John Madden (here was Ci nerruwdre's typically over-me-top TV Sports Football 
which can now be found on Mirron offs budget label, at a price whrets you cant really 
say tk> to. 

TV Sports is also art artade^tyle game, but has the edge on John Madden m that 
each of the players has certain stats which can be swapped around . So, you can have 
the Montan^Rke combo but at the expense of having a kicker with a wooden leg. 

The other great attraction is the glossy presentation with all kinds of extra graphics 
thrown in. Players wave to mom, coaches spit bands play at halftime, and so on. 

When you do get to playing the game the display is vertically soolling like M Foot- 
bail but from a Ngh angle. Lrke JM as welt r there aren't that many plays to caN upon, jh 
fact there are even less. Exit if a passing play tweaks down you can always scramble 
with the ball What makes the game more competitive is that as soon as your receivers 
have gone off screen you can only guess where they are. 

The action isn't .as crisp as M Football", nor as varied, but you do get more stats, ail 
Ihe teams to choose from, and a full NFL season to play through so it has more long 
term appear. Since it's onfy a tenner, why not get both? 


Gamer s top quarterback Duncan Evans huddles over his keyboard 
in search of the definitive American Football simulation 


physical pain then there's no better place to be than on 
the fine, but if you prefer to experience the thrilf* and 
spills of the sport at a safer distance then read on for the 
definitive guide to the best in American Football games. 


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I t s a welf Known fact, well Known to those who have 
tried it anyway, that American Football is a well 
orchestrated melee of utter precision and bone-snap- 
Ding violence. Now if you're the hind of guy that enjoys 


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Amiga Computing March J 992 



HEADCOACH v3 


Supplier: Midnight Oil, 18 Hazefmere Road, 
Stevenage SG2 8RX 
Price; El 9. 95 Type; Management 

I have to admit that I've played this game on every imaginable format, 
and the Amiga represents the best, but only because it has a reasonable 
use of colour. 

Headcoach 3 gives you control of the unlikely sounding Schoburg 
Franklins but lets you decide which division you are going to play in. 
Even rf you pick a troublesome division it is stril possible to win the Super- 
bowf in the very first season 

After two tedious pre-season games the season proper starts, with a 
text-only confrontation. Offensively there are plenty of calls Co choose 
from, many more than in Touchdown!, with a call for every situation. 
White these are great to be able to call upon there is a small drawback. 
You have two receivers and two running backs but you can't specify who 
gets the ball. So rf you have one star and one dog, there's no guarantee 
that the best man is going to carry the ball. 

Defensively the options are simply formation, whrch do let you play 
against the run or pass but aren't really designed to go for an all-out 
bile, Still, more variety than Touchdownf 
At the end gf each quarter you can change your personnel - who 
have a one to live star rating - and examine the excellent wearth of stats . 
At the end of the game there are nice features Jlke votes for the best play- 
ers and a full stats analysis, along with other scores and the tables. The 
trouble then is that between games you can only slobber over the stats - 
there's nothing constructive to do but pray the next game. 

tike Touchdownl, at the end of the season there's a college draft to 
improve your squad. With an uninteresting display and lack of inter-game 
options Headcoach 3 has been superseded by Touchdown! and repre- 
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JOHN MADDEN FOOTBALL 

Supplier: Electronic Arts Price: £7HA 
Type; Arcade 

John who? Devotees of the sport will be familiar wrth the fat and fairly 
unpleasant features of die former Raiders coacNurned-TV commenta- 
tor, but for anyone else simply mention that Sega Megadnve game 
and comprehension dawns, 

In truth, JM Football came out on the PC a couple of years ago, but 
it took a completely different, all-action version on the Megadrive to 
spark EA's interest in 
an Amiga version, it 
was worth the wait, 
mind you, as you 
get to personally 
lead one of about 
half the beams in the 
NFL in either a one- 
off game against the 
computer or a 
friend, or take part 
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ning Up to the 
iuperbowl. 

This is obviously touting itseff as the successor to Mirrors offs TV 
Sports Football, so it's a pity that you can't piay a season's worth of 
games and that the players are largely anonymous. Stifl. the teams are 
graded, and if you watch the pre-game notes you can tell whether 
your team has any chance on the ground or whether it's going to be 
bombs away. 

If you want an easy game then simply pick the 49‘ers who are very 
good at virtually everything. With the computer playing a rather slack 
game, especially defensively, the only real challenge is to pfay the 
Atlanta Falcons - this is the Falcons of last season not this - who have 
tumbles in the bacMteld and tortoises for receivers, 

When the game starts, the pitch pans out very impressfvefy and the 
action commences, Pfaying offense perfectly captures the feel and 


spirit of American Football, First up you select the type pf players you 
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Y ou know what I think oF the 
people who rive In the 
Gamma system? I'JI tell you, 
They're a bunch of ungrateful carnet 
spankers. Every Fast one of them. 
Thankless lizard baiters. Low down 
cheating giraffe wobblers, whatever 
one of those is. And do you know 
why? Because after saving the entire 
system from oblivion in Mercenary IF, 
they rewarded our hapless mere by 
bunging hrm in a time warp prison. 
Makes your blood boil doesn't it? Scum- 
bags. 

So, when they finally let you out 
guess what they ask you to do? Help 
them our again, that's what. The nerve 
of it all. It seems that a sinister Mr. P C 
Bil has risen to power and is on the 


verge of being elected Supreme Big 
Cheese of the entire cosmivene (and 
Denmarkf. If this happens he'll use his 
new found political muscle to get away 
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way or another. 

There are several ways to throw a 
spanner in the works, as there always 
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The game rather handily comes with a 
hint pack that contains several hints on 
the ways to win. The most obvious 
solution is to become a presidential 
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instead of Bil. 

This involves signing on as a candi- 
date. organising your campaign and 



then waiting for the people to choose. 
However, life in the publrc eye means 
that you must keep your nose dean and 
follow the election rules or you'll be dis- 
qualified. 

It's a pity that Bil doesn't have the 
same sense of fair play really. He'll con- 
stantly try to ruin your reputation, and 
even by to tempt you into a rife of rock 
and roll gambling on his casino planet. 
Bacchus. The fiend. 

This is the easiest route to success - 
others involve much more subtle plan- 
ning and strategy. How about sabotag- 
ing his mining operations, bankrupting 
his casino, locking him in a specially 
built prison or taking on his fleet Of 
combat craft and shooting your way to 
victory? There's also a secret solution 
that only the cleverest prayers will dis- 
cover, and it's this one that will shower 
you with the fruitiest dividends. And I've 
no idea what it is. 

As in Damocles | Mercenary II, Fact 
fans), you have complete freedom oF 
movement around the Gamma system 
and all its planets, moons and outside 



lawies. The big switcharoo here Is that 
while you were twiddling your thumbs 
in the clink they installed a mighty 
handy public transport system on most 
oFthe planets. 

These incorporate taxis, hire cars, 
buses. Intercity shuttle flights and 
planet to planet space cruises. Oh, and 
as in Damocles, there's a transporter 
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you have to do is find it . 

AJr of this means that finding key 
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transport doesn't bother stopping at 
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the time anyway. It also means that 
gang from one planet or one island to 
the nest is a doddle, whereas in Damo- 
cles it was an absolute bugger. So 
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pilots, receptionists, arid, er, tax men. 
Unfortunate^, you can't m to them, 
only listen to thefr words of wisdom. 
Obviously, some of these characters 
will unwittingly impart vital info, so 
keep your ears open and don 't go and 
make a cuppa during a taxi ride. Vou 


The bus of the future. 
Mo lag*# louts- Mo 
grumbling 
pensioners. No 
screaming kids. 

Boring InnltT 


might miss that -all important hint. If 
you're an independent sort, then you 
can splash out the cash for your own 
vehicle [Or nick onef and explore the 
world beyond the transport route. 
Indeed, this is the onty way to progress 
at some stages so don't rely on public 
tran sport all the time, because just like 
our beloved flR, it will usually zoom 
straight past the place you wanted to 
go. 

And so, with s whole galaxy to 
explore and nothing but a few vague 
ideas of what to do, you must once 
again battle to save the people of 
Gamma for their undying indifference. 
Talk about being taken for granted... 

Right from the start. Mercenary III 
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sented in the usual 3D, and it seems to 
be a little hit smoother than before as 
weti. Occasionally, [he colour schemes 
become a bit psychedelic, particularly 
on the non-stop party planet of Sac* 


chusl Thar aside, the game now fea- 
tures plenty of little graphical touches 
to draw you further into the atmo- 
sphere of it all. Taxts and buses hover 
along the roads, people's faces smile 
and frown as they speak and giant 
flashing hoardings scream advertising 
in your face. 

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up as well, as the bus and shuttle 
timetable demonstrates. There's even a 
strange building called Europress Publi- 
cations In there somewhere! A lot of 
thought has gone into creating a con- 
vincing and interesting world for you to 
nose around in, Inevitably, there are 
plenty of giant buildings with nothing 
in them, but if you're on [he right track 
you shouldn't come across too many. 

For such a huge game, there's some 
surprismgly good sound effects in there 
as well, They're mostly restricted to the 
fluctuating whine of vehicle engines, 
bur they really add a bit of gumption to 
the interspace journeys. And there's 
some hissing doors, just like Star Trek, 
and a resounding "clonk" when you 



walk into walls. Not enough to win 
one of those coveted Brrts awards for 
music - Phil Collins will probably get all 
of those again - but it does its jab end 
complements the took of the game. 

As far as gameplay goes though, it's 
a winner. Perhaps a bit too slow mow 
mg for hardbitten arcade fans, but for 
those who like to ponder over prob- 
lems rather than leaping in feet first, aif 
guns blazrng, it's the closest you're 
going to get to virtual reality on your 
Amiga And it's a damn sight more 
Interesting as well, A large, bulging 
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Will you just took at that! Thir- 
teen new entries, four games 
going up and thirteen going 
down. Ocean were top cookies 
this Christmas, achieving the 
top two games with WWF and 
Robocop. They've also domi- 
nated the budget market with 
their Hit Squad label, getting 
no less than seven titles in the 
top thirty, 

Other games worth a men- 
tion are Populous 2, the great 
god game by Electronic Arts, 
which is a new entry at num- 
ber three, and Birds of Prey, 
which flies in to number four - 
another from the Electronic 
Arts stable. 

Gremlin's excellent driving 
game Lotus Turbo Challenge 1 
drops from the number one 
spot down to number five, 
Alien Breed by Team 1 J fell a 
massive 22 places this month, 
which caused a few watery 
eyes in the Gamer office 
because it's one of our faves. 

Full price games took over 
the chart this month, claiming 
nine out of ten places in the 
top ten, but rest assured that 
those bothersome budgets will 
be back soon. 

Now to our predictions for 
next month. Daniel has gone 
for Electronics Arts' Populous 2 
to leapfrog a couple of places 
to the number one spot, while 
I've plumped for Robocop 3 to 
bash its way to the top. Both 
games got Gamer Golds in this 
very issue, so it'll be a toughie. 
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next month for another drama* 
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and toeotogy for one review. Let's ta*e 
a took at ifte steaming ml of noodles 
that is Populous II. 

Where to begin? That’s the question, 
isn’t ft? How can a mere mortal even 
begin to explarn the mind-boggling^ 
drvine entFty that was, and is, Popu- 
lous? It was, of course, the game than 
launched a million rmiiatws. Well one 
or two at least. And to be farr. they 
made the original Populous look a bit 
worn around the fringes and tassiy bits. 

So, not being ones to suffer such 
abuse lightly, Bullfrog have taken off 
the gfoves and prepared to kick some 
serious rump with Populous IL And 
believe me, there's some distressingly 
bruised rumps out there tonight. 

Populous 11 takes the basic idea of 
the first and builds on it 
to make it a much more 
involved and detailed 
game than its predeces- 
sor. The main criticism of 
the original is that al you 
seemed to do was Flatten 
land and occasionally 
make a mess of your 
opponent's settlements 
with the odd disaster. 
And with hindsight, it 
was true. The game 
might have introduced a 
whole new genie, but 
after a few hundred levels it got flamin' 
boring & wdL 

To combat this nrggte, Bullfrog have 
made eveiythuig in Poppie II much big- 
ger and better than ever before. There's 
more disasters, with more emphasis on 
destruction and all round nastiness. The 
little Poppie people are more varied, as 
are (he buildings, the scenery and, 
er, the crisp flavours. 

Tis not only the graphics 
k have been made firmer and more 
ust, for the sound has been beefed 


...a (flaming and peaceful mtffe lype fcene with a 
whopping great column of lire killing everyone 

Everybody wants to min the world... 


Trading in experience will build up yma skills 


A charming *nd pease# uf rurtlc type scene vtdL. 


ods. They're absolutely 
(i bonkers. aren't they? Just 
look a! the wombat. Com- 
plerely bonkers animal How are you 
supposed to take the whole theological 
argument seriously when the denies in 
question are obviously a few Harry Sec- 
Ombes Short of a Welsh male voice 
choir? 

And I know why the gods are aazy. 
Yes, I know the reason for all the 
world's problems, Famines, floods, vol- 
canoes, Top of (he Pops. earthquakes. I 


It I wp, crackle and pap out Mien « the Cadi 
unleash a terrible electrical storm 


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Iff an gang horribly wrong 


know why they all happen. It's because 
- and steady yourselves for a fairly cos- 
mic revelation - we are ail little Popu- 
lous people. Think about it. It afl starts 


to make perfect sense, doesn't it? We're 
all under the control oF some huge pan- 
dimensional bemg who's busily trying to 
finish some huge, parr-dimensional 
game of Populous. Our entire existences 
are just figments of a gigantic Inter-spa- 
tial Amiga. Weird or what? Weil, it made 
sense at the time, f suppose you have to 
get drunk first. 

Anyway, that's enough philosophy 


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fight up 35 well with plenty of crackling 
fires, howling wind! and screaming fit- 
tie Poppie people AJI doing wonder; 
for your ego and giving you an dan- 
gerous messiah complex. The power, 
the powej He he he he he he he. Die. 
little people, die. He he he he he he. 
Ahem. 

And as if by magic, the gameplay 
has been polished, spruced up and 
had all the nobbfy bits chipped off it. 
It's now been shifted to Ancient 
Greece, where all the gods were com- 
pletely off their trees, and each god 
has unique specialities and playing 
techniques. And to keep it from the 
repetition that flawed the first game, 
there's more to do now than ever 
before. 

The new disasters are really violent 
and much mote satisfying than the old 
ones. The earthquake, for instance, 
sends huge cracks thundering across 
the land, swallowing up all and 
Sundry. The whirtwrnd, er, whirls about 
and scoops up any bods in the way. 
dumping them miles from home, or, if 
you're realty lucky, in the sea. And if 
the whirlwind goes over the sea, it cre- 
ates loads of whirlpools which wander 
the oceans and destroy any land in 
their path. 

Fire disasters will burn any building 
or person they touch, and leave 
behind a charred wasteland that can't 
be built on unless you level it out 
again, Blimey. That's just a smali num- 
ber of the disasters at your fingertips, 
but they're almost all unfeasibly won- 
derful, 

It's not all warmongering and strife, 
though. There are icons to do nice 
things as well,, such as planting trees 
and flowers in your settlements to 


make life nicer for your people, or buiid- 
«ng roads for them. There's even an 
►con that creates little pools, and when 
a Poppre person falls into one they 
switch sides, from red to blue or vice 
versa. These can reek havoc in the 
Enemy's settlements, but then of course 
your new found worshippers can fall 
back into the pool and revert to the 
way they were. Careful planning is 
required to make best use of them. 
Strategy wise, for each world you 
conquer, you'll get some experience 


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points from Zeus (top Greek 
god biokef depending on just 
how skilfully you managed your 
godlike powers. These can then 
be used to build up your 
prowess in one of the six ele- 
ments. 

For instance, if you buifef up 
your prowess in the fine dement 
then you'll be much better at 
using fire disasters, and so on Each 
time you upgrade your powers, you'll 
be given a password that wifi restore 
them to your new level, when you 
restart the game. This password cou- 
pled with the password for each world 
mean; that you can start the game 
exactly how and where you left off A 
save game feature would have been a 
lot less hassle, but then Bullfrog 
always have moved in mys- 
terious ways. 

So the btg ques- 
tion is Is it a wor- 
thy sequel?", and 
the answer is 
'Ves*. in a big 
booming voice, it's 
ton; more playable 
than the original and. 
in my humble opinion, 
more playabie than all the pre- 


tenders to its throne. The new disasters 
are sexy beyond belief, and the t.OOQ 
levers mean (hat there's no chance of it 
being a ‘one weekend to finish' affair, 
in fact, I'd go as far as to say that this 
is, ooh, it's, blrmey, it's,,,ooh I've gone 
all light-headed Just thinking about it. 
Wifebfe. Rush out, buy it and see for 
yourselves, OK? i'm going to ire down 
in a dark room for a bit... 

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I hate months (ike this. You wait 
ages For something good to 
come along, and then you get 
about four or five brilirant games in 
one go. Makes us reviewers look like a 
right bunch of pillocks. I can tell you. 
It's all very good fun having loads of 
great games coming in at once, but it 
doesn't do our credibility any good. 

Just you wait, I bet next month 
there’ll be nothing. Mot one gDoef 
game. But this month we’re packed full 
of Gamer Golds. Typical, mm? Any- 
way, enough of this selfish journo 
whining and on to RobaCop 3. And to 
and behold, its brilliant. 

It’s based around the forthcoming 
Robocop 3 movie, whrch has yet to see 


the Jight of day either here or in the 
States. A brt of a first there then, the 
film licence coming before the film. Of 
course, this means that we’ll all know 
exactly what happens in the film 
before it even comes out, The price 
you pay for entertainment, eh? 

Another first is Ocean's pirate-beat- 
ing "dongle'. This plugs in to the sec- 
ond joystick port and the game won’t 
work without iL It does mean (hat two- 
player games are a bit tricky. but that 
isn't a problem as this is strictly a one- 
player affair. The only drawback r can 
foresee is that the dongle is fairly small. 
As you’ll have to unplug it when you 
want to play something else, there’s a 


very real danger of either breaking or 
losing the little' fella. So lets be careful, 
right kids? 

And the game is a bit different in 
other ways as well. Ocean have been 
teasing u$ with 3D screenshots 
for ages now, so we knew 
all along that RnboCop 3 
was going to mark a 
distinct change in 
direction for them. 

You see, Robo- 
Cop 3 takes the form 
a true interactive 
movie. Not like 
Ocean's ill-fated 
attempt at a Cine- 
m aware-type affair 
with Nightbreed, but a 
proper movie in which you take the role 
of the eponymous Robo and become 
embroiled in the usual mix of corrupt 
corporations and crazy street gangs. 

Thanks to a revolutionary new 3D 
system, the game feels arcadey but has 
enough depth to make it anything but 
run-of-the-mill. And for those impabent 
ones, you can either plump to play the 
whole interactive movie gubhlns, or 
play each of the arcade sections 
separately jwhich doubles as 
a handy practice optionj. 

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about just how buggered up Detntf 
and then a tale about how some cm 
has been committed and. her f"-*. 
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keks and start driving around Df r 
chasing some stolen van or other. A c>r ! 
Tike that part in the first film, acloa . 
Pretty soon though, you get a messacr 
flashing up on your visor to go ar c 
help out Officer Anne Lewis who's gor 
hprself in a right old mess. 

She's being held hostage in an r* c 
warehouse by the beastly Spiatte- 
punks. Gasp! So RoboCop drives up 
jumps out of his car and stomps insc- 1 
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japery. And so it goes on. 

Basically, it’s just a series of 3C 
arcade sections, all interlinked. It’s oc- 
as repetitive as it sounds though, cr 
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fast driving, tense and violent shore 
puts, very tricky jet pack dogfights to : - 
3D punch up between RoboCoc 
and Otomo, a Japanese 
RohoNinja. So, a fair bit 
of variety splodged 
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The real drawing 
point of RoboCop 3 is 
the fact that it’s the first 
firm tie-in where you actu- 
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sphere. That 5 the magic word here 
F.tpeciaNy during the “walk around and 
shoot the bad guys" bits. The caution 
required to just go around a comer, in 
case you're confronted by a gun wield- 
ing Spfacterpunk, is phenomenal. As a 
film tie-in, RoboCop 3 plops from a 
great height on everything else. 

The 3D is excellent, with just the 
right balance between detail and 
speed. The still screens are absolute^ 
amazing- though, with recognisable 
characters from Che movies and some 
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arcade sequence which is where the 
real control problems appear. 

When you're indoors you manoeu- 
vre Robo by using his gun sights. So 
pushing forward on the joystick moves 
the sights up and Robo starts to move 
forward. Any move to the reft or right 
makes Robo rotate on his axis untif the 
sight is centred again. This means that 
upon confrontation with an enemy 
gunman, precious seconds are spent 
trying to get Robo facing in the right 
direction. 

This has the unfortunate effect of 
meaning that you can lose quite a Jot 


of energy before you get a chance to 
shoot back, or you might even shoot a 
hostage by accident as you spin 
around. 

The slippery controls can be mas- 
tered with practice, but it does mean 
that the game isn't as immediately 
appealing as it might have been. This is 


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when you consider just how weif the 
game p lays as a whole. The cinematrc 
Feer has been captured weir and reeJIy 
makes the game stand out from £he 
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The Magic Pockets is relatively complex. We describe the limpficE 
tics here and leave the sophisticated stuff for you to work out 
yourselves. Suffice to say everything you do has a knock-on effect 
on the gamepfay! 

The first law relates to the "kill count" concept. Each nasty that 
is killed’ increases the kill count (a kill is when a nasty 
explodes Into sparks), This counter is used to affect the bonuses 
that are awarded for bursting a trapped nasty. The next bonus is 
indicated "behind' the lives hand and the power up hand- 

The second law concerns the "bursting of a trapped 1 nasty. The 
bonus sweets that are rewarded for doing this can be determined 
by the player. The rule is that the harder a trap is hit, the more 
bonus sweets will be delivered. For instance, falling from a great 
height wifi burst a trap into three or four sweets as opposed to 
one of two. 

The third taw defines the "gold stars effect. These are the 
player's way of gaining mega-power ups. A gold star wifi turn Into 
a "mega power up" When touched. The gold star's contents are 
directly affected by the number of silver stars previously col- 
lected. Gold Stars and silver stars are both mini-power ups. 

The fourth law concerns the mini power up bonuses. A mini- 
power up can be created at every 5,000 points. To do this simply 
trap a nasty, and burst the trap - the player scores 5,000 points 
and he is then credited with a power up". The "power up is col- 
lected the next time a nasty fs trapped and burst. Thus, if a bonus 
of 1 0,000 points is awarded, this will credit the player with two 

power ups, which will be collected as the next two nasties are 
hurst. 


THE CAVES [Section 2) 

Where do we start with section 2? it s huge! Over f 00 screens went into 
designing thfs section. Every type of power up and bonus can be found 
here if you're prepared to explore. Choose your direction and set off. 

Follow the arrow If you wJsh to find the bike and exit quickly (watch 
out for the Super Beckman, he's after your bike too/ - ignore the arrow 
and explore the cavern at your peril. There are also loads of secret rooms 
- try and find the sweet machine room, JefJy baby room, and the extra 
credit room. 


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Kilt the two nasties above you and trap all the gnats. Spin and burst - you 
should have a pile of lollipops to pick up. Ne*t r move right, but watch out 
lot the '’roaming'’ chimps - they hang to branches. There are two trees at the 
top of the went tree - they are easy to hill but will home in on you. Don’t run 
away, as this will mahe things worse! Stand there and blast them. 

Drop down now, and you will find a bud at the bottom. Water it with a 
raindrop from your cloud and it will grow, spreading branches across empty 
space. Get the idea? Now move right and water the neat one - this will take 
you up to the fop ledges. The neat section contains snakes, fast ones, slow 
anOJ, and tough ones. 

Now move left, pick up the cocktails, and throw sweets to the venus fly- 
traps - they re all eaters . Trap them to get bonus power ups. Jump off the 
branch, and try to take out as many nasties as you can when you fall. Open 
the tack-bag at the bottom, leave it there, move right and climb up the tree s 
branches, picking up the bonuses as you go. Jump off the ledge again, pick 
up the bag, take a quick took at the TV and water the two plants (this will 
give you higher platforms to stand on). 

Chins the plants and spread some tacks. Drop through the gap, and drop 
through it again to pick up the bonus sweets. There are more bonuses, but 
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Graphics 

Master 

EdLifa Disks 3s and 3b 

If you love using Delude Paint to produce 
your graphical masterpieces but want to 
see what else is on offer, then it's well 
worth having a look at EdLib's Graphics 
Master compilation. 

This is a two disk release that contains 
something old, something new, some- 
thing borrowed, tout nothing blue. There 
is such a wide selection of programs on 
this compilation that there is bound to be 
something of interest to you. 

The list includes 16 titles, all dealing 
with various aspects of graphics han- 
dling. They are Remap, Iconize, Clipit 
Planet, Surf, Showpnnt, Screens, TVText 
Demo, Pitchers, Mostral.3, 3D Master 
Demo, RofcS, Rippers, Image Tod Is, 
Imagelab and IFFMaster, 

I can't detail them ail for you - there's 
not enough room - but here are a tew 
that caught my attention. Remap is a 
neat little CLI utility that lets you convert 
a picture of one resolution to another. 
This is useful rf you have a HAM picture 
and you want to edit it using Deluxe 
Paint II or III, which can't handle this for- 
mat. All you do is use the program to 
convert it to high, medium or low resolu- 
tion, and then load it in. Planet is a clever 


PD and Shareware 


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program that will map any IFF 
picture you provide on to a 
sphere of any size, white also 
allowing you to decide the 
lighting direction and other 
factors. The finished image 
looks rather like a picture 
taken with a fish-eye lens. 

While Planet is all very 
ingenious stuff, there is 
another program included 1 on 
the disk, called Surf, 

which takes the principle one 

step further and can distort 
the IFF files In all manner of 
ways. Not to be 
viewed if you have a 
weak stomach, 

Mostra fvl.3) 
is a universal IFF 
viewer written by 
Sebastiano 

Vigna. fly universal I 
mean that it can view 
any picture file no 
matter what its 
format. Very 
handy - now 
you can throw 
all the other 
viewers in the 
bin and fust use 
Mostra. 

One word of 
caution - you 
must have the 
arp.library (v39) 
in your libs: direc- 
tory in order to run 
Mostra, l don't know 
why EdLib didn't bun- 
dle it with the package, 
Never mind - it's widely 
available in the public domain. 

I couldn't resist finding out 
what the Rippers did - it sounded 
pretty gruesome whatever it was. It turns 
out they are two programs that probe 
around the Amiga's memory looking for 
graphics and then ripping them out - 
or should that be off? I suppose the 
potential for piracy does make them 


Objects be rvtatwd end manipulated in any directian □Unp RalS 


pretty gruesome after all. The first, Chip 
Rip 1Mb, is another Fatter Agnus utility. It 
scans chip RAM to allow you to view its 
contents, or save whatever you find as an 
IFF file, You can even load up a demo or 
game, reset your machine, and then load 
up Chip Rap to view or save graphics. 

In a similar vein, The Graphics Ripper 
by Peter Edwards is another tool for sav- 
ing graphics games and demos. It works 
by letting the user search through the 
Amiga's chip RAM for images, and then 
position the individual bitplanes. It 


depends on the fact that the Amiga's 
memory is not completely erased after a 
reset, or on deallocation, so the program 
isn't guaranteed to work every time. 

RotS is a weird name for a weird pro- 
gram. You could say it was a graphics 
rendering program, but on the other 
hand it is also an animation program, 
and yet on the other hand (three hands? 
- Ed) ft could also be classed as a mathe- 
matical modelling program, Nevertheless 
it was deeply entertaining, adequately 
documented and kept me occupied for 
quite a while, 

3DMaster Demo is supposedly a fast 
and powerful three-dimensional object 
editing, modelling and ray-tracing pro- 
gram. This is one of those programs 
that seems to promise you the 
earth but gives you "feature not 
available in this shareware ver- 
sion" messages instead. 

Although the bnef documen- 
tation makes the program sound 
promising, it contains no instruc- 
tions on how to use it. It isn't 
accompanied by any demonstration 
pictures to load in, To add insult to 


If you're looking for a cheap way to get into graphics and 
animations, or if you're just on the look-out for 
economical entertainment, then Steve Williams 
may have something to interest you 





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injuiy the author, Martin F Staley, has dis- 
abled so many of the features in this 
demo version that it is next to useless, 

In the doc file there is a thinly veiled 
threat: "If too many people are unwilling 
to support shareware distribution, they 
may eventually find the program sold for 
much more from a software company. * 
Users are encouraged to send 130 in 
order to get a copy of the official version 
which supposedly worts and has relevant 
documentation. 

I think someone should tell Martin F 
Staley that this sort of sharp practice is 
not quite in the spirit of shareware Public 


domain libraries might do well to ask 
themselves if they should encourage peo- 
ple like this by distributing their stuff in 
the tint place. 

Luckily this was the only dud program 
from a couple of disks that had a lot of 
good stuff on them. If you want an 
instant collection of graphics programs 
then this compilation is the one for you. 

Fruit Fun 

Canbtms Leisure Solt ware Ditk 1001 

In my youth I used to like playing the 
fruit machines on the end of Margate 
pier. Na r I never went on holiday to 
Margate, I lived there, fn those days, one 



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turn on the one-armed bandit would cost 
you one old penny, and the routine was 
quite simple. You inserted the penny into 
the machine, pulled the handle, the cogs 
whirred, the reels went round and if 
three identical fruits came up on the win- 
ning line the machine coughed up some 
money. Nothing could be easier. Hours 
of mindless entertainment for the masses, 
Life was simpler way back then. 

But times have changed. The world is 
a different place these days. Margate pier 
no longer exists, I Jive in down -town 
Twickenham, and you need a degree to 
understand bow to operate a fruit 
machine. That's presuming you can 
afford to pay ten new pence a time - 


ouch, that's two shillings a go? 

The one-armed bandit has gradually 
mutated into a mad scientist's dream - 
flashing lights, music, skill challenges, 
multiple reels, auto-nudges and a bewil- 
dering array of extra features that, in my 
case, merely serve to confuse rather than 
amuse. 

What I wouldn't give to step back in 
time and play a good old-fashioned one- 
armed bandit. Well l J ve got the next best 
thing, Fruit Fun is a one-armed bandit 
simulation for those of us who like to see 
the pretty reels go round. OK, its got a 
few modem features like bolds, up and 

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Animator's Delight 

EdLib Disks 8a and 8b 


Stepping one dimension further than the world of graphics brings the Amiga 
user into the reaim of moving graphics or animations as they are more com- 
monly known. 

Anyone wishing to have a go at animation will be dazzled by the sheer num- 
ber and diversity of the animation programs available in the public domain. And 
It's easy to get con I used when trying I o pick out programs by name. It would be 
really handy if some soul who knows about animation could put together a col- 
lection of programs that are essential to getting started, And that's just what 
EdLib has done. 

Animator s Delight is the title of another two-disk compilation set from the 
EdLib library. As with EdLib i Graphics Master compilation, this is a collection of 
various subject-related programs ranging from the seemingly pointless to the 
mildly brilliant. As with the Graphics Master compilation, the point in favour of 
ibis set is that you get an instant collection in One hit All the programs you'll 
need, for the moment, on two disks. 

The list of programs includes Cryoutsl, Split Anim, Combine Amm, An im Build, 
Animlnfo, Hermit, Anim2IFF r MakeAnim, PPAnim, ShowAnimS), Moviel.l, 


Display, Anim, Animator's, LMV, Abridge and Qirectaction. In order to demon- 
strate the workings of some of the programs on these clicks, the guys at EdLib 
have put together a cute animation sequence which you can watch when you 
double click on a screen icon. 

As an added borun there is a documentation file included with the bundle 
which explains how this animation wm put together using the files included on 
the Animator's Delight set. The reason I say Ibis is a bonus is because the file 
details bow they struggled to achieve the result they wanted. If they had to 
struggle then it means that there is hope lor the rest of us mere animation mor- 
tals. 

Incidentally, If you find h a little odd trial someone should be using an anirna 
tion utility In preference to Deluxe Painl, it is probably because you are using IP 
or IV of the program. The first two versions of Deluxe Paint didn J | have 
animation facilities and consequently there is still a market lor animation pro- 
grams. 

If you are about to dip your toe into the world of animation then gelling hold 
of this package Irnm EdLib would be a good start. 



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down nudges and a gamble option, but 
not enough to get in the way of the 
actual gameplay. 

Fruit Fun gives you £2 to start off with 
and costs 1 Op a go. Just like the real 
thing, the program is highly addictive 
and always wins all your money in the 
end. The good news is that the money 
isn't real so you can keep playing ill 
evening, lose a fortune and still walk 
away no poorer 

Triple Yacht-Z 

Disk 20G7 Virus Free PD 

Entertainment can be a mindless activity 
or it can require a little concentration. 

Taxing the -old grey matter with card 
or board games is good fun but requires 
the presence of one or mare opponents, 
Fortunately computers can not only sim- 
ulate games onscreen but can also 
assume the role of the opposing 
playerfs). Triple Yacht-Z is one such pro- 
gram. 

As its name implies, Triple Yacht-Z is a 
computerised variation of the old board 
and dice game called Yahtzee made by 
the I S Lowe Company. If was most pop- 
ular in the 60s and early 70s. 

If you've never played Yahtzee, it's a 
hit like playing Poker but using five dice 
instead of a pack of cards. Roll the dice 
and look for winning combinations of 
numbers. 

You know the sort af thing - full 
house, runs r three of a kind, four at a 
kfnd and the like. If you rdi the dice and 
all five turn up with the same numbers 
it r s called a Yahtzee and you collect SO 
points. As you play the game you try to 
increase your score by rolling different 
winning combinations, 

I had never played Yahtzee before I 
came upon this disk, Although it p s a strat- 
egy game, it's not difficult to pick up the 
rules. It didn't take me long to learn how 


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to lose to the computer. Triple Yacht-Z 
differs from the original game in that all 
scores in the third column of your score- 
card are worth three times as much as 
the normal value and those in the second 
are worth double. If that seems too 
much of a travesty then the program has 
an option to play the normal game as 
well. 

The display screen contains four boxes 
- one for the scorecard, one for the high 
score tabie r another for the computer's 
11 thinking" and the final one to display 
the dice. 

The digitised sound of dice rolling 
accompanies the throw of the dice and if 
you managed to throw a Yahtzee you 
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thing to write home about, but then they 
don't need to be because this is primarily 
a game of strategy. The game can be set 
up for to four players, and the computer 
can play any number of hands. A match 
is a series of games, up to a maximum of 
51. 

After each game the net score for each 
game as well as the grand total of all the 
nets is displayed for each player, and the 
player in the lead is highlighted. Playing a 
match allows you to even out the luck 
part of the game. The game itself is very, 
very addictive, and i found myself mut- 
tering "just one more go and 111 beat it 
this time" all too often. When I looked up 
at the dock it was the wee small hours. 

You don't even have to know haw to 
score the game. After each turn the pro- 
gram highlights all the places 
where you could possibly put 
your roll. The numbers in the 
spaces are the number of points 
that would be received for 
choosing that position. To 
choose a space you click on it. 
What could be simpler? 

One last point. If you gel a 
chance, even if you don't want 
to play the game, read the docu- 
mentation because it's packed 
with humorous stuff. 

The author, Stephan lannce, is 
a strange but astute man - he 
classes the program as Flicker- 
fixer and Multisync Monitorware. 
In other words, if you enjoy 
the game a lot and would 
really like to thank him you 
could send him a flicker-fixer 
and a multisync 
monitor, 


Who ya 
gonna call? 

If you want to get hold of any 
of these disks then give 
the relevant 
company a shout 

EdLib Software 
Tel: 0272 723349 

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PDD 72 Red Sector DemO * 4. 

PDD 73 SAE DemO 4 23 

PDD 74 SAE Demo a 36 

PDD 75 Scoop** Demo 

POD 79 Scoop** megademo 

PDO 91 Trilogy Megademo * 1 

PDD |4 Voflex Megadsmo 

PDD 96 Magnetic Fields Demo 1 56 

PDO 97 Predators Megfrdemo {2 disks) 

PDD 1P7 Budbrain a 1 |2 disks) 

PDD 1 15 Mag netic FtSbds Demo * 40 
PDO 116 Magnetic FlMda Damp * 41 
PDD 136 Chubby Brown Demo 
PDD 131 Crionics Dome 
PDD 132 Giants Megademo <2 disks) 

PDD 134 Magnetic Fields Dsmo 1 45 

PDD 145 SAE Demo 6 31 

PDO 152 Flash ‘'No Brain No PMb" (2 disk*) 
PDD 153 Billy Connolly Demo (2 disks) 
POD 169 Hetrick "Rave Ml" 

PDO 177 Budbrtln II 

PDD 179 Crkmlts ^ToliS Beilruttion" 

POD 196 Flash Demo # 2 

PDO 2fl9 Rutger DemodlSk 

PDD 212 Spec* Pack #32 

POD 395 Anti-Lemming Demo (2 disks) 


PDA 12 Ag#tron Slir Trek Ablms 2 

PDA 13 Agalron Star Trek Anlms IT 

PDA 14 Puggs In Space 

PDA 18 Miller Lili Advert 

PDA 31 Nude Girls Anlm 

PDA 34 Basketball Anlm 

PDA 35 BFPO Slideshow <16+) 

PDA 36 BFPO Slideshow # 2 (1M 

POA 41 EHgivwwet Slideshow 

PDA 42 Dregons L#lr Oamo 

PDA 45 Mohdcycle & Sportscir <1 M*g} 

PDA 47 Holst km Plis Ad 

PDA 49 Meyleir W- 23 Ho . 3 (1 8+) 

PDA 50 Megi Clean Show VI .7 

PGA 54 NASA Graphics 

PDA 58 Newtek Demoreel 1 (2 * 1 meg) 

PDA S7 Newtek Qeffloreel 2 (2 x 1 meg} 

PDA 56 Paradise SHdfeahow 

PDA 91 Sabrine 

PDA 63 Space Animations [1 meg) 

PDA 65 Startnek Animations 
PDA W Walker Demo (1 mag) 

PDA 69 Walker Demo <2 meg. 2 disks) 
PDA 70 Walker Demo 2 (1 meg) 

PDA 73 Wsslcoasl Cracker # 4 (19+) 
PDA 74 SodeanS Bnrdekb * 1 (18+) 

PDA 75 Bodeans Bbrdello #4 (18+) 

PDA 76 Playboy (18+) 

PDA 77 Sam Fok (16*) 

PDA 76 Utopia # 1 (1$*) 

PDA 70 The Final EcStacy * 1 (16+) 
PDA B0 Walker Demo 2 (2 mag, 2 disk) 
PDA 61 Ray trace irt- DWB Render gill 
PDA 86 UlopiS # 4 (16+) 

PDA B9 Hodeani Bordeiio # 9 (19+) 
PDA 90 Bunsen Burner Jst Anlm 
PD A 92 O. Linders ScFit Show * 1 
PDA 93 □ ■ tand^a 5cl-fl Show 4 2 
PDA 1 19 Brucs LW ‘'Enter The Oregon 


PDM S MFi Electric CL! IV 
RDM 6 Wlnkera Song [2 disk*) 

PDM 9 Hide on Time A BetdancS 

PDM 19 Bfd - Michael Jackson 

PDM 26 Bat Dance 

PDM 27 D-MOB MegehiuMc 111 

PDM 26 Enemies music III 

PDM 30 Digital Cort«H M 

PDM 31 Dbgilll Concert m 

PDM 33 Kslloweefi ’■Fctowthe E^'" priaks) 

PDM 55 '1 think we r fi alone n<>w“ Tiffany 

PDM 36 ’‘Land hi confusion" Gsnaaia 

PDM 39 Miami Vice them* (4 disks) 

PDM 40 MFI YangeHs Demo 

PDM 65 Digital Conceit IV 

PDM 72 P&poyo meets lb* Beach Rbya 

PDM 60 Digital Concert VI 

PDM 0Z Freddie Kruger 

PGM 93 Kefrens JukebbK 

PDM 85 Miami Vl^ "Crocketts Theme" 

PDM 67 RIP Emplibh 

PGM 6B Slab music 

PDM 91 100 Mo*1 remembered C94 lunea 

PPM 95 HkFi Deihd 

PDM 104 BassK # 5 Power R*mli 

PDM 105 GasSS 1 6 Sid Youngblood 

PGM 106 Betty Bee 

PDM 109 Depechi Mode 

PDM liqOMOi Muaicl 

PPM 111 PMOB Music II 

PGM 117 FllSh Gordon (2, dfiSksl 

PDM 110 Halrick "Loadsamorwy" 

PPM 120 Uurel 5 Hardy (2 disks) 

PGM 131 Pel 3 bop Buys flemis * 1 
PDM 132 Pet Sh&p Boys Remi* # 2 


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PDA 111 Bruce Lee Slideshow 11 
PGA 112 Dragons UlrH Demo 


PACK 

PDA 114 Neighbours Slideshow 


There are * toUl Of 13 disk* In 

PDA 110 Terminator 


Ihe clip art ringe. All are in IFF 



format and are ideal for DTP. 

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compatibility wtlh th* new Workbench 2 
machines. We will t» pleaeSfl to advise on 

m* 

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s 1 


which, dinks wIB rtlFi. PLEA$E ASK USt 

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PDQ 5 Card 6 Board Camas 
PDG 19 Destimtlon MoOnbase 
PDG 21 Being The Game (2 disks) 

PDC 26 Treasure Search 
PDG 31 Maria 

PDC 32 Logsnd of Farghall (PD Version) 

PDG 33 Arcadia (Breftkocil alyit game) 

PDG 34 Dynamite Olck 

PDC 37 Supar QuU 

PDG 70 Gripl 

PDG 71 Llamalron 

PDG 72 Op. Lamming (GhA-ritywaPS -63) 


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26 DSHD 314” IN 25 
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MF-2DD 30* 1 MEG 
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1 BOX £14 00 

2* £13.00 

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MF-2HD3AS 2 MEG 

30 DSHD 3'.. 'j" 

1 BOX .. £21.00 

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MF-2DD Ids 1 MEG 

10 314" DSDD 

1 BOX £6.00 

2* £5-00 

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MF-2HD Id 1 2 MEG 

10 3'4'DSHD 

1 BOX £4.50 

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M-2D 4 B-TPI Id's 

10 DSDD 5 '.V 

1 BOX £4.25 

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10 DSHD 5%" 

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moif interesting for publication. Ezra's favourite letters now get rewarded with an exclusive Amiga 
Computing designer T-shirt. 

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Please don't enclose soes os Ezra just hasn't got enough paper to reply personally. He might oho 
have to shorten your letters, io don't be offended if you get the chop. 


An honest pirate? 

In response to your article. I feel compelled to write in 
defence of some of us so-called pirates. I pirate games. I 
have many, many disks lull of the so-called latest soft- 
ware, some of which hasn't even been released over here 
yet, ie Midwinter II, Utopia etc However I'd like to 
explain why I pirate software, 

Although I have lots of disks full of games, they usually 
get loaded up and played far a few hours and then they 
sit In the disk box until I e ther blan< them or copy some- 
thing else over them. I suppose you can call me an end 
user, I veiy rarely pass copies on to other people, and I 
very rarely use the pirated games more than a few times. 

Yes copying them in the fust place is stealing, but 
what ham are people like me doing in the industry? Not 
any i believe, f still buy software, but it has to be really 
good to warrant me spending 130 to Si 00 on it. Call me 
an honest pirate, I suppose. Many times I have gone out 
and bought the original when I had a copy already. I 


treat the world of software piracy kind of like shareware - 
mind you I'm honest Have you ever tried learning to 
play Powermonger without the instructions?! 

Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion, 
I haven't included my full name and address mainly 
because I don't want my computer confiscated by the 
cops. 

Rob X, Perth, Australia 

I won't call you an "honest pirate" because the simple 
fact Is you are a criminal. If you don't think you are 
doing any harm to the software Industry you're not 
just arrogant, you're stupid too, 

A bit of a bind 

I have been a reader of Amiga Computing since its first 
issue and have bought every issue since then. Every year I 
buy the blue binder and place the allotted 12 issues 
therein The original June SB issue had SB pages and no 



CoverCisk. The December "91 issue had a fnasnyE 212 
pages and a CovetDisk, reflecting the Success and evw- 
increasing value of what I consider an excellent maga- 
zine. However, this does pose a small practical problem 
with the Amfgo' Computing binder as it can now no longer 
hol'd 12 issues. Is thee any possibility of i solution to this 
before the June f 92 issue? (PS making the magazine £8 
pages again is NOT an option!) 

Stevt PhUHp$t Sttmioge, Herts 

Well, you will be pleased to know that our binders art 
now thicker and wider than ever before. It should be 
just about possible to cram twelve issues of 4C into 
our stylish new black binder. 

Drawing a blank 

Whilst I agree with most of the article Knaves & Thieves 
in the October issue, I do not agree that if software piracy 
was eliminated then prices for software would probably 
drop. 

The only result would be higher prices due to there 
being less of a threat from these pirates. 

The only reasonable answer to this problem is the one 
that was applied to the cassette tape industry, who were 
also faced with piracy. That is, a small levy on every blank 
tape sold - to be distributed amongst the record compa- 
nies. 

This solution could be easily applied to software use. 
One could argue that genuine users of disks suffer as well 
as copiers, but no outcry was heard from cassette tape 
users. 

I personally would not mind an extra five or ten pence 
on the price of a disk, if it kept the games software indus- 
try in a developing market. 

Geoff Bontli, Lana 

I’m not entirely convinced that you can draw a valid 
parallel between the musk industry and computing. A 
blank floppy can be used for storing data, PD or even 
your own programming efforts. 

A blank audio cassette, on the other hand. Is typi- 
cally used for copying either radio broadcasts, CDs or 
albums. It is true to say that some people record their 

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Absolute Beginners 

Wheel I bought my Amiga in December 198B r ft was still a very new and unknown 
machine, I read the limited reviews, made my choice and have never regretted it 

Now r three years later, the hobby has taken over an entire earner of my living room. 
I have abnut 60 magazines (mostly AQ r over 200 disks, including enverdisks, public 
domain, business software and of course games, I have added to the hardware ovef the 
years and am quite proud of my collection. 

The computer is used every day without exception [mostly by my 12-year-old son) 
and a large slice of time is allotted to the hobby. 

P now ask the question - can we afford to spend all this time "staring at a screen" as 
my daughter puls it? Are we putting our experience to beneficial use? Are we getting 
the best out of it r and what on earth did we do with all this spare time before the 
Amiga came along and dominated our lifestyles? 

How many of your other readers must be asking themselves the same question, hav- 
ing got themselves trapped by the ever-increasing wealth of available information, 
more elaborate software and sophisticated manuals and accessories? Do we have time 
to read them and apply them properly? 

There must k>e so many like me who have not had the time to fully appreciate and 
understand our machines, yet every article 1 have read which purports to be for "begin- 
ners* usually rambles off into technical jargon, CU, this file that file, until eventually ft h 
cast aside in despair along with all the other so-called tutorials. 

There is no doubt that the growing interest in Amiga and other computers is multi- 


plying at an alarming rate - viz the Earls Court show pjib 

which at Haiti could only be described as worse than a Wi I 
packed tube train in the Christmas rush hour. With so r t* 

many users new to the Amiga, there is a market for a begin- 1 * -TJ 

nets' feature in your magazine and it should tackle one project a * 

month using the same step-by-step guide as your excellent MED tutorials. 

For starters, i would like to be able to take a formatted disk, make it sett-booting, 
create a customised startup sequence, and copy the files from, my CoverDtsk and PD 
collection which 1 find most useful. This will enable me to format the old disks and cre- 
ate more space in my disk boxes I Will Amigo Computing take up the challenge to show 
US growing army of novices how to understand the basics instead of allowing us to be 
caught up in the rush of jargon and technology, just scratching the surface and won- 
dering what it's really all about? 

C Kostryke, Kent 


I don't really see what's alarming about more people catching the Amiga bug. It's 
good to see people making the most of the machine with hardware and software 
which is advancing month by month. 

I can understand your frustration with jargon. The problem is that beginners 
have to be Introduced to the Ins and outs of CLI, floppies and commands eventu- 
ally. 

If you picked up last month's issue you will have already had the benefit of our 
Absolute Beginners booklet Now, why not take a look at part one of our major 
new series especially for beginners, which starts in this Issue? 


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own first generation stuff on tq cassette, but I think 
you will find that experience fairly limited in compari- 
son to blank floppies which are Commonly used for 
original data. 

It! an interesting proposal though. I wonder what 
the European Software Publishers Association would 
make of it.,. 

Pay your dues 

I was ve*y interested in the news item about Saddam cm 
the December issue of 41/*. I tested their disk (as I da with 
all new disks) with Virus Checker, so kindly supplied hy 
you. 

The Saddam box eame up and then informed me it 
had deleted the disk-vabdalor file, 

I then copied the file from my Workbench disk and it 
now works fine. 

i wrote to AUt two days after purchasing their mag 
(about four weeks ago now) but so far have not had a 
reply. Since installing Virus Checker I have found one Byte 
Bandit and one Lamer which Virus* and ZeroVirus had 
missed. 

Although I do not get too paranoid about druses, ( am 
going to send some money to the author, as F think any- 
one who tries to make life eauer for us should be recog- 
nised. I don't buy a lot of commercial software as | am 
more of a tinkers than a player. 

Final words - always check new disks with an up-to- 
date virus checker and your Amiga days will always be 
fun. You have a great maga^ne although there are too 
many adverts for items that 1 don't think a lot of us can 
afford! 

Brian T raven, Leicester 

If everyone sent the author of Virus Checker a fraction 
of the cash they have saved by using It he would be a 
very rich man, 

I obviously can t comment as to why AUi haven't 
replied to you - perhaps your letter got caught up in 
the Christmas post. 

Feel the width 

As a subscriber of several years standing to the best com- 
puter magazine on the market, I would ask you to please 
pay a little attention to the size of your binders, 

I have copies since issue one and am finding 
it quite impossible to get twelve copies into a single 
binder - Are you trying to sell Lhe maximum number of 
binders? 

Whatever your objective, it is most frustrating to have 
to fight with the binder only Eo find that about ten issues 
is the maximum load. 

Incidentally I am now needing further binders, but I 
am putting off ordering them until I know what your 
response to this letter might be. 

V £vo, Lcwoihire 

If our binders get any bigger they will be too heavy to 
lift up and open! We reckon you can fu$t about get 12 
issues into the new binder, but if AC continues to 
grow at the current rate we will have to review the 
situation again pretty soon. 

A case of real ESP 

lust a quick nets to say thanks for putting Virus Checker 
5.24 on your CoverOisk. It sawed me a lot of hair pulling 
as I picked up Saddam on the CoverDisk of a rival magi - 
same month (ironic eh?) - Did you hav« ESP? FixSaddam 
worked eventually although l fouod the doc* a bit mis- 


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leading, but that's not your fault! Brill mag... buy it all 
the time.., blah.., blab... Do I wsn a genlock? 

C Stock, Macciesfiekl 

Nope, no genlock, but thanks for your comments. Of 
course we have ESP, that's why we put a virus checker 
on our disks every couple of months! 

Saved from Saddam 

Two items From a grateful reader. First, I use the Virus 
Checker from your November CoverDisk. As a routine ! 
boot up my Amiga 1500 with the disk on to which !• hav^ 
copied the Virus Checker, I run the Virus Checker, then 
put any new disks I have acquired into df 1 . 

I did this with the ACtf CoverDiik from the December 
1 991 magazine on the morning that the magazine was 
first on sate. The reaction from my Amiga 1 500 was to 
say that the disk rn df 1 was write-protected, I made 4 
writ-enabtedr re-inserted and immediately got the danger 
signal that a Saddam-type virus had been found on the 
disk validator, and this had been destroyed. 

! telephoned AUk and was told "They knew about it, 
but it had not been confirmed chat it was Saddam'\ I 
advised that I was sending the disk back to them for 
replacement virus-free, and was concerned that many 
Amiga Owners may not yet have any virus-chekiog disci- 
pline. 

This morning ! have received a replacement disk from 
AUf's duplicators, TIB. The first couple of lines of their let- 
ter read "Thank you for returning your CoverDisk. 
Enclosed please find a replacement copy.* The letter then 
takes 25 lines to tell me of a special olfer on J.jin 
diskettes. In the circumstances I find this a callous lack of 
concern for the problem and its possible consequences. 

I mad your article Saddam on the loose" in the 
January Issue with great interest. I had hoped to see some 
mention in the January 1992 issue of AUt which I 
expected to see on sale yesterday, I have not seen it on 
sale. I have s«en many copies of the December issue still 
on date. 

I am grateful indeed to your magazine for its Virus 
Checker and also for writing the news article to bring the 
problem to public notice. 

W H Harmon, Derbyshire 

It s great to hear that we managed to potentially save 
some data for you, and it just goes to show that you 
can never be too careful with any disk. 



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EF-564 D1SKEY V2.U A sector oriented disx 
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FF-568 CAIOMEBASE VI, 1; A program designed 
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FF-5?1 SYS1XFO VI53« A program which reports 
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FF-5T2 MULTIPLOT XLNc: An Into (live data 
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FP-574 new ZAP VJ.J* a Lturd generation tile, 
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PF 57? AMIGAtONTSC: Pascto graphics I ihmn 
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FF-576 term SI Vl,l: \ telecommunications 
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FF-577 TURBtKJ t ANTUM : A SO] bn twiddler 
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FF-57& SP1CE3 V3e2 A circuit analysis program. 
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FF-579 BiNTtmiNK; A uulicy to convert a raw- 
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IPU-m AHC ANGELS SHAPES: Fun tor the kids, 
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iFiHyll LC10 FONTS: Down toad more fonts to 
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LPlMHsl BESCUEi A 3D adventure in which you 
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tuvs dead nr alive. 1 meg 
PS-014 CLASSROOM MATHS; A selection O 
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PS 01S CRYSTAL CAVERNS; A follow up to space 
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FLETCHER FONT S DISKS 
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CtA 092 DESTINATION MOON BASE; A lunar 
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&A-115 SERENE: A two player shoot em up, 
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GA-126 CARD SHARP: A professionally presented 
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A truly original idea is a fare thing 
on the Amiga Every possible 
base appears to be covered with 
countless applications all offering their own 
special answers to every conceivable comput- 
ing question. 

Having sad that, FairBrother Inc in the Ui 
have apparently achieved the impossible by 
releasing a package that stands ailone in the 
market, offering the answer to a question 

that's hitherto been ignored. 

As you may have guessed, this mystery 
sblUs the mastering of a foreign language. If 
you happen to be in the market for some 
tuition, Audio Gallery could be the perfect 
solution, or at least part ai it. 

The software is designed to provide a 
complete library of everyday words in a 

whole range of languages. At present 

German, Spanish, lapanese and Chinese are 
on offer with Portuguese, Korean, French, 
Russian and Italian to follow shortly. 

The program starts by offering you a 
selection of 20 categories, covering all man- 
ner of potential environments and situations. 
Once you've selected your particular area of 
interest - via the mouse - the opening screen 
is replaced with a suitable graphic depicting 
an eveiyday scene related to your choice 
complete with the relevant numbered 
objects- 


Paul Austin bins 
his unfriendly 
phrase book and 
moves on to 
Audio Gallery, 
the Amiga's very 
own language 
tutor 


Phonetic 

To examine a particular (tern amply click 
on it! number. A phonetic English pronuncia- 
tion appears plus its equivalent in the chosen 
tongue. There's also the option to see the 
word in standard written English, but per- 
haps most important 1s the program's audio 
features. 

As each object is selected, a sample 
recorded by a native speaker plays to accom- 
pany the text. This alone will be enough to 
secure success. After all, as I'm sure you'll 
agree, pronunciation is by far the most 
important aspect of mastering any language 
If you want a second hearing the selected 

phase can be repeated as often as you fike, « 

if you-d prefer old style tuition the program 
can automatically cyde through its entire 
repertoire displaying the text and playing the 
samples in turn as it trundles through the 
available words.The word rate and delay 
between each can be defined to fit your par- 
ticular taste and talent and there's a separate 


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option to repeat any words you're having 
particular trouble with. To fine tune your 
newly acquired skills, another option lurks 
on the menu bar, namely Audio Galler/i 
very own version ol Trivial Pursuit 

This particular version of the coffee-table 
classic takes the toms of a simple multiple 
choice question that offers four potential 
answers to the question posed. 

The questions and answers section can 
use any combination of the three available 
display formats, for example, in Japanese 
you could be given the question written in 
the brush strokes and symbols of classical 
Japanese literature while the answers 
appear in Hepburn or phonetic English, lust 
about any combination of questfons and 
answers is possible and of course the sam- 
ples still play their part in the action. 

A fuel gauge displays a running total of 
your performance and at the end of the 
quiz your percentage appears to add the 
final insult to your already damaged pride. 

The third and final option is to consult 
the built-in dictionary for the definitive list 
of available words. Like all other screens, 
the dictionary provides the English, 
Hepburn (or phonetic), and of course the 
ethnic equivalent, With die 
picture and quiz sections it 
may seem that a dictionary 
is a rather pointless addi- 
tion, but I'm sure most 
users will find it particularly 
handy, primarily because 
it's the only area of the pro- 
gram that allows you to 

linger on a particular word. 

This is particularly useful '1 
you're trying to remember 
languages that appear as 
pictograms such as 
lapanese, Chinese, Korean 

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tion of pull-downs, almost entirely dedi- 
cated to navigating around the listed words 
via straightforward page and half page 
jumps, or alternatively you can move 
directly to the area of interest by selecting 
worts within a certain range, for example 
W through to Z. 

Although Audio Gallery does appear to 
be the perfect solution to the problem ol 
learning another language, there is one 
fundamental flaw that can't be explained 
away no matter how impressive the pro- 
gram's pronunciation and friendly point 
and dick interface. 

Grammar is its Achilles' heel, and the 
program's only real fault - if you don't 
mind the tess-than-impressive graphics. For 
example, such everyday conversations as, 
"your aardvark has eaten my banana, so 
you'll find your dinner in the dog, 
chummy-. 1 ' would become "Aardvark 
banana dinner dog food" or something 
equally as silly. 


Obviously Audio Gallery has some very 
strong points but real worid conversation 
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to be an invaluable aid. As a standalone 
tuition system there are a few problems. 

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the teaching children or perhaps conveying 
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address the grammar problem it could 
become the perfect learning tod for all ages. 

Unfortunately the program doesn l yet 
have a UK supplier, so if you're int erested I'm 
afraid you'll have to deal direct ■ ~ 

with the US supplier. L 


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Radio station 

My Amiga 500 is beginning to look a bit 
ugly with all t be bolt-on bits hanging off 
Ft, so I intend to build it into a new case 
of my own design, t should then have 
bags of room to put dll the goodies in r 
which leads to my question. 

J have an A590 hard disk with 2 Mb of 
memory and I believe I can attach 
another drive to this. What sort should I 
use and how do I go about connecting 
it? 

Secondly, E'm going to be using my 
Amiga for amateur radio purposes, so I'll 
need to have it switched on continuously, 
fs it OK to do this? Would it shorten the 
hard drive's life span or damage the PSU? 

Finally, I've seen Flight Simulator 4 
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excellent, far better than on a bog stan- 
dard A5Q0. Can the Amiga, with acceler- 
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Dove Walker, last Grim read 

For an answer to your first question, I 
refer you to last month's AC AS column 
and my reply to the first letter. 

There are a few things you'll have to 
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you re-case the Amiga and Intend to 
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Vou may be thinking of putting the 
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The A590 should be fine in continuous 
operation, as should the A500. 

Tour last question leads me to believe 


you dFdn r t read our reviews of the 
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This new type of accelerator board will 
enable the Amiga to Outperform even 
the £0A86-basetf PCs. 1 don't know 
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like a racing car game on an 040! 

Basic mistake 

I have recently upgraded from a 1 .2 
A500 to the new A500 Plus. Why have 
Commodore not really supported a Ian- 
guage on the AS 00 Plus? it no longer 
comes supplied with AmigaBASIC, even 
though the Plus will happily run 
Amiga BASIC 

Commodore have put ARexx in ROM 
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rexxc directory with nine ARexx pro- 


grams, and RexxMajf in the system direc- 
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where's the support? 

I feel very strongly about this and feel 
Commodore have let us down. 

Douglas Griffiths, Lincoln 

You're not the only one to have spot- 
ted the dearth of decent ARexx sup- 
port from Commodore. The A3000, 
which was the first machine supplied 
with both Workbench 2 and ARexx:, 
has a manual you could prop open a 
fire door with, containing a fairly infor- 
mative section on ARexx. The A5Q0 
Plus, however, has nothing. 

The idea, presumably. Is that you go 
out and buy an official Commodore 


ARexx manual, but more likely Is the 
fact that ARexx on the A 500 Plus is 
more of a consequence of Workbench 
2,W than Commodore's attitude to the 
machine as a serious tool. 

Don't despair I Now that ARexx Is 
finally becoming recognised for what It 
is, there'll be a great deal more sup- 
port from third -party publishers. Vou 
could do worse than check out the 
new ARexx beginners' column starting 
in this month's Almanac section! 

Very silly person 

I'm the kind of person who enjoys rip- 
ping my Amiga apart and adding bits to 
it- Recently I took the four RAM chips 
(0.5Mb) from my 1,5Mb expansion 
board and soldered them into the four 
spaces available on my Amiga's mother- 
board. I now have a few problems (Do 
tell! - Ed). 

First, when the 1.5Mb board's Gary 
adaptor is plugged in, the computer 
thinks it ha; 2Mb of chip RAM instead of 
1 Mb, and promptly tries to put data into 
non-existent memory, leading to crashes 
and Gurus. Would this be solved if I 
bought another 1Mb of RAM for the 
expansion board? 

Even when the Gary adaptor is 
unplugged and the Amiga configures to 
the right amount of memory it still 
crashes. Would this be caused by the fact 
that I didn't put any solder on the Top of 

> 


Dodgy chips 


I have a Kkksfcait 1 3 A5Q0 with a Power Computing PC502 
1,5Mb RAM board and a GW Impact Series II A5Q0HD+ hard 
drive. My problem b that I arm trying to install 4 x 1 Mb SFMM 
modules Lo the hard drive. I have the cgjrect jumper settings, 
but all I get on power up is a grey screen and flashing power 
light on the Amiga. 

The SIMMs are a nine chip Japanese make (M&85235-80). Is 
this the problem? Please lnetp, as I need some sleep. 

MlAldm 

You've probably put your finger on the problem already. 
The SIMM i you describe are certainly different from the 


eight chip Texas Instruments chips supplied with every GVP 
hard drive and expansion board In our office, so they may 
be falling to configure, which Is where the grey screen 
comes in. 

Try contacting a GVP supplier such as Silica Systems 
(081-109 1111), where you should be able to purchase the 
correct SIMM modules. 

The problem definitely doesn't he with the CVP/Power 
Computing expansion board combination, as I've tried my 
own GVP ASOOHD+ with 2Mb of RAM In conjunction with a 
Power Computing 1.5Mb card and they worked perfectly 
together. 


Amiga €ampvftng Marsh } 992 


127 




Technical Help 


the PCB and the chips aren't making a 
proper contact with it? Any help would 
be appreciated. 

Barry Akock, Iptwfch 

Step one: take a large wet flih and slap 
yourself several times about the face 
until you've come to your senses! Step 
two: reverse every step you've taken 
until the Amiga's motherboard Is 
restored to its original condition. 

There is absolutely no point in sol- 
dering chips to the empty Spaces on 
the revision 6 2 motherboards as you'll 
succeed only in rendering the trapdoor 
expansion slot useless for the purposes 
of memory expansion, Commodore's 
engineers faint at the mere mention of 
such a procedure, 

tf you have a 1.5Mb expansion 
board, and It's not the type offering 
I Mb of chip RAM on the soldering of a 
link from Cary to JP2, you'll either have 
to stick with 0.5Mb of chip RAM or buy 
a 1.5Mb board that does, such as the 
Power Computing board. 

More keyboards 

Locked keyboards on A500s must be 
fairly common, It January's A CAS is any- 
thing to go by, I too experienced the 
problem with the flashing caps lock a 
year ago, but luckily my machine was still 
inside its warranty period. 

The puzzling thing was that when 
FMG fully Inspected it they found no 
faults with it at all, and when it was 
returned, the trouble had gone com- 
pletely. This led me to believe that there 
was a temporary fault in a chip and 
somehow the power in the chip was not 
drained off. 

The second conclusion was that the 
keyboard wires were slightly loose, which 
is more probable. My advice would be to 
leave it untouched for a week in a dust- 
free environment before forking out £50 
for a repair. 

Y H Au, Stratford 

for those still Inside their warranty 
period, the best advice Is to send a sick 
Amiga to be repaired the minute any- 
thing goes wrong. If purchased from a 
local computer shop, you might even 
be able to swap It for a new Amiga, so 
don't leave Injured Amiga s in broom 
cupboards Just In case they get better 
again. 

On the other hand, it's true that 
there are far too many Amigas experi- 
encing the caps tock/frozen keyboard 
problem, and the keyboard connector 
might well be to blame It s a none too 
tight little connector, and could quite 
easily become loose in transit when 
the Amiga Is initially shipped. 

For those with Amigas outside the 
warranty period, the best course of 


action would be to open the machine 
and ensure that all connectors are In 
place before resorting to an expensive 
repair. You never know, it might save 
you money. 

Pin problem 

Can you help with any of the following 
problems? 

41 Where can I get HdW of the 1 00-way 
edge connectors as used for A2000 
peripherals? I've toed Radio Spares, CPC, 
Maplin, and Cirfcit without success. The 
best I can do is a 93-pin connector from 
Maplin. 

• Will the C5A Mega-Midget Racer 
accelerator work with an A50O Plus or are 
there some modifications necessary? The 
supplier of my accelerator went out of 
business recently so your help would be 
appreciated. 

• Is the A500 Plus's expansion bus pin- 
for-pin compatible with the old ASOO's? 

• Why has nobody ever written about 
Steve Karen's excellent PD shell ''sksh' 1 
on Fish disk 3Bl? It is required software 
for anybody who uses the Amiga for 
development and an absolute godsend 
for people from a Unix background, I've 
used it for a couple of years now and 
apart from a few minor problems, its 
power, consistency and flexibility knock 
CLI into a cocked hat. My only grouse is 
that I've been unable to contact Steve in 
the U$ to get an update and sort out 
some snags. 

Sab Balderion. Uckfietd 

I don't know of a supplier of TOO- way 
edge connectors, I'm afraid. The PC- 
styie 98 way boards are about as close 
as you'll get, and should be perfectly 
adequate except for the occasional 
need to take a soldering Iron out and 



botch job the last two connectors. 

The Midget Racer should be fine in 
an electronic sense. Where you may 
find problems Is with the capacitor we 
pinpointed In our A500 Plus article the 
other month. Component C307 Is 
4,5mm taller than before, and will pre- 
vent some boards from properly seat- 
ing themselves in the 6&Q00 socket. 
The Micro botics VXL-10 suffers from 
this problem, and I would Imagine the 
Midget Racer does too. 

Unless you feel up to replacing the 
capacitor with another physically 
smaller but electronically identical 
component, you'll have to try adding a 
chip socket between the hoard and the 
68000 socket to build it up over the 
top of C307. This will work as long as 
the edge of the board doesn't then 
clash with the keyboard. 

The expansion bus or the ASOO Pius 
is identical to the old A500, so any 
peripherals such as hard drives and 
RAM expansion boxes will continue to 
function on the new machine. 

As for nobody having mentioned 
Steve Koren's excellent program, you 
Just did. if you can't contact him at the 
address supplied in his own docu- 
ments, try PeopleUnk, BIX, or 
CompuServe. Many US and Canadian 
developers can be contacted on one of 
these popular BBSs. 

Omega Amiga? 

My probtem is a simple ore, I faope. I am 
currently attending an electrical install*- 


again... 


tion course and wish to write all m> 
on the Amiga. I am using ProWnte l ' 
and wish to have a font (Topaz s or 
which has all the Creek letters used > k 
ence, such as omega, rho, micro, ano ^ 
on. 

Where, please, can I find such a fort* 

I've tried the Fed font editor, but it ; « 
real pain designing all the letters incfoo 
ually. 

Siivio Abela, Mc/tc 

The font you need If Symbol, and it n 
available on many PD disks. Most 
libraries will have a selection of fonts 
disks, and if you check with them there 
will be one containing Symbol. Try 
Softvllle PD on (+44) 70S 266509. 

Wrong voltage 

I have an Amiga 1 000 and I would like to 
link my computer to my Yamaha portable 
keyboard, Recently, I purchased a Mid 
interface called the Midi Connector from 
The Disc Company- Their local marketing 
agent is HB Marketing in Slough. This 
Midi interface is intended for the A500, 
but l was hoping to be able to use it tor 
the A1 000. 

The problem I am having involves the 
serial port connection. The Midi connec- 
tor plugs in to the AlOOO's 25-pin serial 
socket and uses the following five pins: 

2 TXO Transmitted data < Midi OUT) 

3 ft XD Received data (Midi fW) 

7 GND Signal ground 

9 +12V+12V power 
7 0 -12V- 1 2V power 

The output from the A1000 end of the 
serial port is correct for pins two, three, 
and seven, but pins nine and ten aren't 
used. There is a +12V supply at pin 23, 
but the -12V supply is missing as far as l 
can see. 

Therefore, except tor the -1 2 V supply 
at pin ten, I should be able to make 
a connector fairly easily. The A1 000 serial 
port supplies +5V via pin 21 and -5V via 
pin 14. Can I connect pin 21 
to pin 9, and pin 14 to pin 10? In 
other words, use 5V instead of 1 2V. Will 
this work? 

) Con 

We didn't have room to print all of 
your letter, but 1 can tel! you that to 
resort to voltage boosters and invert- 
ers would make the whole project 
more expensive than buying an A1Q0- 
specific Midi interface. 

1 don't see why the suggested con- 
nections between pins 21-9 and 14-10 
shouldn't work - as long as your Midi 
Interface will operate on 5V, which is 
lomething you'll only know If you try. 
The AlOOO's serial port is annoyingly 
non-standard, unlike the A50O's RS232 
port, and bolting extra hardware to It 
In order to make It act like one is ask- 
ing for trouble. 


Canon 

I am hoping to obtain a printer soon, and as I will be using it for business correspon- 
dence, I have considered the Canon B|-l0e (I can't afford a laser printer). This, 
apparently, emulates the IBM X24 and Canon B|-1 30 e, 

The extras disk and manual say that the BJ-TOe is supported with "Control 
Capsule 48/XL". Does this mean I would have to obtain this whatever-it-is in order to 
use the printer, or is It included in the printer itself? 

Adrion Smith, Cowley 

The printer world has advanced somewhat since the extras disk was first put 
together. The Bj-lOe Is becoming one of the most popular of the not-qulte wal- 
let-annihilatlng printers and users now have a, couple of options open to them. 
There's a shareware printer driver available from any PD library which supports 
Fred Fish disks, and some programs now support the printer directly. 

I'd recommend you go for the shareware driver unless you are also consider 
ing a new wordprocessor, in which case you should buy Word worth 1.1 from 
Diglta. This excellent program has its own B|-10e printer driver and enables the 
selection of any of the printer s built-in fonts through the wordprocessor with- 
out having to mess about with printer codes. 


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HiSoft's world-beating Devpac assembler 
is now better than ever. Margaret 
Stanger took it through its paces 


I t seemed like Christmas all over 
again when Amigo Computing asked 
me to tiy out HiSoft Devpac v3.01 . 
This complete package for assembly lan- 
guage programmers contains an editor r 
assembler, monitor, linker and a book of 
dear instructions on how to use these 
goodies. 

Source code is created and tweaked 
with the editor, Devpac, and turned into 
machine code by the assembler, GenAm. 
The linker BLink connects your object files 
to each other, and to the outside world. 
The monitor, MonAm, can take a lot of 
the time-consuming guesswork out of 
debugging assembly language programs. 

For £69.95 you get a four disks in a 
plastic wallet, a user's manual, a 68000 
pocket reference guide, a sturdy card- 
board box, and thirty days of free techni- 
cal support. HiSoft have produced 
separate versions of Devpac for the 1.3 
and 2.0 Amiga operating systems 
enabling A 3000 or A5Q0P owners to take 
full advantage of the capabilities of their 
computers. 

What you get 

Each version has a cutdown, bootable 
Workbench disk, or program disk, and an 
include disk containing operating system 
include files and libraries. The 1.3 pro- 
gram disk contains the Devpac, GenAm 
and MonAm tools in the Devpac drawer. 
Icons which run the assembler and 
debugger from Workbench via IconX are 
also provided. 

The 1 .3 includes disk contains the ARP 
library documentation and standard 
Commodore startup code (for 
Workbench 1 .3 or 2,0). The tools direc- 
tory contains BLink, Fd2Lvo (to convert fd 
files into include files ) and SRSplit for 
EPROM programmers. 

The 2,0 program disk is similar to the 
1.3 program disk except that Blink 


appears in the Devpac drawer. The file 
selector from the standard -ask library is 
used rather than the arp. library. The 2.0 
includes disk has all Workbench 2 assem- 
bly include flies, FD files and linkable 


libraries. The editor Devpac is also the 
control module, and it allows you to 
develop programs interactively. Editing 
can take place in the same environment 
as running and debugging the program. 

The Intuition-based edi- 
tor allows you to access 
its features using win- 
dows, menus and mice 
or fast keyboard short- 
cuts. I appreciated the 
multiple file editing, 
with cutting and pasting 
between different 
source files. The file 
requester facility is very 
useful, as is the option 
to define and use 
Macros. 

GenAm is a 
6300 0/6 8 040/ 6 80 81 
assembler available from 
within the editor or as a 
standalone program. It 
can convert the current 
source code into either a 
file for immediate exe- 
cution or For linking 
with other files, Linkable 
code can be used with 
other similar modules or 


with output from a high level compiled 
language. 

Alternatively, Motorola S-records can 
be produced for downloading to an 
EPROM programmer. The Control item 
on the settings menu is used to set the 
type of object file required, the Options 
item allows you to choose the processor 
and some source checking options, and 
the optimisation requester allows you to 
choose the level of optimisation. 

Symbolic 

MomAm is a powerful symbolic 
debugger and disassembler which lets 
you examine programs and memory, 
execute programs and instruction at a 
time and trap program errors. The dis- 
play consists of a number of windows 
through which you can view the regis- 
ters, a disassembly of the program, the 
program's source code or a portion of 
memory. 

The current window has its title high- 
lighted - you can choose what you want 
to display in this window, or easily 
choose another window to be active. 
Executable programs can be loaded, 
breakpoints set or changed, addresses 
set, and a program can single step, trace 

> 


The file sd&ctor from the arp.lrbraiy was very help- 
ful, especially if you could not quite remember 
which source code Hies were on a particular disk. It 
is possible to read through the list of available files 
without leaving the Devpac environment 

If a programmer is desperate Tor disk space, and 
the aip. library falls victim, the requester is replaced 
by a simpler file requester. This default file requester 
gives you everything except the list of files available,, 
and has editing facilities. The multiple file editing 
facility is very useful, as rt allows a programmer to 
copy chunks of source code from one program to 
another with the cut and paste facility. 

The search/replace requester is excellent. It is 
particularly helpful with source code errors, The 
package returns from an unsuccessful assembly at 
the first incorrect line of source code. When this has 
been corrected, the search/replace facility can be 
used to skip to the next offending line (I had to 
deliberately put-a few errors in my code to test this). 

There was an Execute option in the program 
menu which I Found very useful. If I put Blink in the 
C: directory of the system disk, I could enter the 



linker instructions on this line for multi-module 
assembly. Not only was it unnecessary to leave the 
Devpac environment, but the linker command 
stayed In the buffer for the next ain. 

The assembler has more than one type of binary 
fife output - executable files, linkable files and 5- 
records. Executable files provide a reduced devel- 
opment time, and are ideal for programs where the 
source code is contained in one module. Linkable 
files are ideal for multi-module development, or for 
linking to high (eve! language modules. Motorola 
S-recofds produce absolute code directly. They are 
Intended for EPROMS and cannot run on the 
Amiga as they stand. 

It is possible to set the amount of source code 
error checking that the assembler is required to do, 
and warnings can be suppressed. Any errors found 
are well highlighted, and details are passed to the 
editor's Find Error facility. Code can be optimised 
as much or as little as required - programs that are 
not time critical can be left well alone, while those 
that need to run quickly can have all the stops 
pulled out 


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instruction, skip instruction or return to 
the program until the next breakpoint is 
reached. 

The 270-page u*er manual has a prei- 
ace with instructions on how to use the 
manual and a tutorial to give the user an 
overview of many of the features of the 
package. There are separate chapters for 
the editor, assembler, debugger, and 
linker, each with an introduction, full 
details and quick reference summaries. 

There is documentation on the other 
include tools, and a list of Amiga DO 5 
error codes and GenAm error messages. 
Other appendices include system calls, 
use of the CL1, and the floating point co- 
processor. 

HiSott include an assembly language 
pocket programming guide in tfien P atk " 
age. While it is an excellent idea to 
include this item, it only contains 68000 
and 6801 0 instructions. The print is very 
small and difficult to read - especially in 
artificial light in the early hours of the 
morning when many programmers are 

active. 


New features 

The package has had many new fea- 
tures added since the previous version 
was released. All icons, requesters and 
gadgets have a Workbench 2.0 look and 
feel, even under 1-1. A separate 2 0 ver- 
sion is supplied to take advantage of the 
new operating system, in addition to the 
1.1 version, 

The monitor and assembler fully sup 
port all the 68000 to 68040 and 6B132 
processors, the 68881/2 maths co-pro- 
cessor and the 68861 MMl>. The editor 
now has multi-file editing with book- 
marks, clipboard cut and paste, pop-up 
option menus and the fastest search and 
replace I have ever seen. 

Unllmited windows can now be 
Opened on the same source, and a macro 



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recording facility is now 
available. The range of 
assembly options has 
been extended and fur- 
ther optimisation facili- 
ties are provided. The 
assembler can generate 
and process pre-assem- 
bled include files, mak- L 
j n 9 assembly of 


programs with operating system include 
files much faster. 

The front panel window display ol the 
debugger is now more versatile, and new 
features have been added to allow for 
debugging multi-module programs. A 
new improved commercial version of 
Blink is supplied - It is faster with tnofe 
options, and fully supports the new fea- 
tures of the AmigaDOS file format. 

I found the package to be excellent 


There nalfy are mote option than you 


Monito 




11*1 

, ^, B nt tvoes of view through a window. The register window shows 
There are four different types ot ssew t y m counter, the status regis- 

” ,nd0 '“ “ !how tot 

file source code of the program under , nf j , he K tive window on which 
The current window has its tide high ig * ■ , he - urrent wm- 

any operate will take puts a breakpoint 

program through any boring bl ^‘ * * ^ ^ memwy window can be used to 

register contents at this point ar J d ' ip , y . ' „ d bv the next bit of code, it is then 

examine any a *« watch ° n 3,1 * 

possible to single step through the offend g ■ - 

“TE. * - a— -*» * 

fimE * ,ripp,n9 ,hK ' cro,s 

before the offending instructions ate earned out. 


value lor money. The editor is fast, effi- 
cient, very easy to use, and has all the 
features of an advanced editor. The 
assembler is veiy fast, and it is easy to set 
the options, optimisation and have con- 
trol over the type of output file. 

It is an advantage to be able to use 
the assembler and debugger without 
leaving the editor environment- The 
debugger is very versatile and easy to 
gje, and I could see at a glance whs 
was happening to my program. The 
270 -page oser TTianLja ^ good, -clear, 
unambiguous instructions — beginners 
are catered for as well as serious techies. 
Programmers get JO days of free techni- 
cal support when they register their 
copy, and there is an option to buy fur- 
ther technical support after the 30 davs 

has elapsed. 

There have been many enhancements 
to the editor, assembler and debugger. 
They are all faster and easier to use than 
the 2.14 and 2.15 versions, and the 
assembler and monitor now fully sup- 
port all the 68000 processor 
family instructions. 




Devpacl- £69 ,95 (or 04 95 if you 
trade in your Devpac 2 disks) 
Available from HiSoft, The Old 
School, Greenfield, BEDFORD 
MK4S SDE 
Tel: 0525 718181 


The user manual preface contains a I 
quick tutorial to demonstrate some I 
of the features of the package. One I 
0 f the source code files from the I 
examples has two deliberate errors I 
and demonstrates the error check 
ing facilities of the assembler and I 
' the debugger, and their interaction I 
with the editor. 

Once the source code is loaded I 
in some of the editing features can I 
be demonstrated. By selecting I 
Check from the program menu, the I 
assembler is invoked. The source 1 
code has two errors, one to be I 
detected by the assembler, and one I 
1 jo he detected by the debugger 

When an error is reported by the 1 
assembler, pressing any key returns I 
control to the editor, placing the I 
cursor on the offending line, and I 
displaying l he error message. When I 
the error is corrected, and ihe pro- 
gram assembled correctly, the I 
debugger can be used to monitor I 
the program's progress. 

If the program is allowed to run I 
in the debugger environment, an I 
address error will be reported, as I 
the program attempts to access an 1 
odd address with a move l instruc I 

The manual also has a useful I 
appendix giving full instructions on I 
converting source code from Other 1 
assemblers to run with Devpac. I 
ArgAsm only needs to have a sup. I 
plied macro file included. Some ol 
the Assempro directives are not 
supported directly, and the syntax 
for the macro parameters is slightly 
different - equivalent directives are 

■ given. 

directives and labels may 
need some alteration. Slight | 
changes are required to Metatomco 
source files, mainly the external ref- 
erences to the library routines. 

Generally, the user manual is I 
well laid out with creative use of 
white space and different type 
styles and fonts. Everything is 
described dearly, with good use uf 

illustrations, I 

The quick reference sections at 
the end of the main chapters were 
very helpful. I could see the avail- 
able options at a glance, and their , 
keyboard short-cut alternatives to 

| the menu items. i 

There is a useful appendix to 
give an overview of the 
68881. '68882 maths coprocessor's 
registers and formats, and a chap- 
ter with details of how to create an 
S record lor an EPROM, and split it 
if necessary. 





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A nimation is in vogue at the 
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or a glimpse at the average 
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look objects are hopping around their vir- 
tual worlds while com puter-gene rated 
manikins sell everything from Smarts to 
insurance. 

If, however, you J re more interested in 
creativity than broadcast clarity, 
Animation Station could be Ideal The 
program accepts IFF anim files and stan- 
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and interlace- Once imported, each 
frame is displayed in m optional story- 
board ready for editing. 

Any additional anim files can be 
imparted and made to Proceed. Append 
or Insert anywhere within the original 
anim, It's even possible to remove indih 
vidual frames, touch them up in a paint 
package and replace them in the desired 
spot. 

Basic features 

A5's basic features allow you to 
employ all of the above as well as dissect- 
ing and deleting single cells Of entire seo 
cions. Perhaps most important of all h the 
program's ability to combine amms 
When loaded you can add special 
effects, assign timing information and 
even sound effects. If your creation 
exceeds available RAM the program will 
happriy load the remainder as the amma- 
tion plays - no more tailoring your cre- 
ations to suit your system. What bliss... 

Coloor palettes can be redefined over 
the anim. As a result it's possible to cre- 
ate smooth colour changes over any 
number of frames or make blanket 
changes over original colours 

Perhaps the most important of the 
aforementioned features IS the ability to 
combine existing animations. The only 
restriction is that the various players must 
be in the same resolution and if different 
palettes are used there must be sufficient 
unused palette space on the parent to 
accommodate the colours of Us other 
half- Given suitable palette space, the 
number of combinations is limitless 
The Fx icon is where the real fun 
starts, as if* here where all the program** 
designer effects reside. The first o# the six 
gives you the option of flipping your cre- 
ation by its X or Y axis, or perhaps a com- 
bination of the two. Next Comes the 


A rtyfoh ttempit of foil what 
Animation JfaUon can htip 
anyone to athlete 




Tricks of 
the trade 

Second only to AJs ■* 

tome the impressive range ipeoo 
effects and timing talents The first Ends 
is the mirror option which reverses the 
entire anim or just selected smorrs 
This k particularly hanu-, rf you v 
creating a cycling anim. Now you need 
only render haif the tames, load them 
into AS, add the extra frames, copy the 
original half and mirror the new sec 
ikm. An imtont 50 per cent s mng on 
production time. 

Next comes the slightly less impres- 
sive greyscale option which automati- 
cally transforms selected frames onto - 
yes, you've guessed it - greyscale. 


If you're seriously 
into animation, 
Progressive 
Peripherals may 
have the program 
you've been waiting 
for Paul Austin 
takes a look 


option to scroll the animation on to the 
screen from above. Wow or either side, 
if yog apply the option twice It's possible 
to create diagonal wipes - very impres- 
sive. 

Thirdly comes the size control, varying 
from U to K The new rescaled anim can 
then be placed at any position within the 
screen. A perfect application is to com- 
bine this feature with the Merge Anim 
option. With a little patience it's easy to 
create multiple anims all apparently run- 
ning on the same screen at once. 

The mosaic effect is nett, allowing you 
to create focusing effects over a prede- 
fined number of frames. Simply select the 
amount of pixdisation in the first and 


acumen 


final frames and the software works out 
the tween frames producing a smooth 
transition. 

Blur control comes fifth and as the 
name suggests it sdf Leris the transition 
between frames. Unfortunately this one 
can only be applied to Ham images. 
Nevertheless, it's a useful addition that 
can produce impressive effects wrth a lit- 
tle experimentation. 

Offset 

The final option is to offset the anim, 
again via the X and Y co-ordinates, it's 
not a thing that you'll need very often, 
but it's there iff you want it. As with all of 
AS's features, there's nothing to Stop you 
combining effects or repeating the same 
trick twice. 

Apart from loading and compiling pre- 
prepared anims, AS allows you to create 
anims within anims, due to fts ability to 
grab brushes from any frame and apply 
them as key frame images within the 
anim. 

Once captured, the brush can then be 
pasted into a movement path over a 
selected frame. Again this is an auto- 
mated process assisted by AS' 5 brush 


movement requester. 

Simply place the brush in the starting 
frame at the desired point and assign it as 
a key frame. Move to the desired frame, 
pbce the brush and define it as key once 
more, Now sit back and let AS do the 
tween frames - it couldn't be simpler, 

I doubt you'll need reminding that 
Animation Station is an impressive prod- 
uct. Nevertheless it's likely that only the 
more serious Amiga animators will push 
the program to its limits. 

There are a few minor irritations such 
as the program's apparent dislike of WB2, 
which by all accounts is tp be rectified 
soon. It will work with the new WB 
format but it's not a totally happy mar- 


riage. 

Lastly, if you're interested in getting 
the best from the package, a tiafd drive 
and accelerator combination is strongly 
recommended, as some of processes can 
take on almost ray tracing 
proportions. 


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With the average anim flying by of around 25 frames a second, sov- 
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AS excels by allowing you to define to within }/60th of a second 
exactly haw tong each frame appears onscreen. 

So rl you have an anim which sagffs in a tide and pauses Oft the 
final frame, huge savings can be made by simply removing all but 
one of the static images and defining a separate onscreen time lor 
the final image. 

It's passible to define an individual time for each frame in the 


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sounds to any frame in the anim. These can either be background or 
foreground sounds. The difference is that foreground sounds play 
once as opposed to background sounds which loop const ant If. 

Each of the four available s amptes con be assigned to either the 
left or right channel with a predefined volume for each. 



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T he release of Workbench 2,0 sees the 
advent of ARex* as a language for every- 
one, At last - a utility language for a multi- 
tasking computer! Don't be put off by its strange 
name, its technical origins, or its relative uniqueness. 
The language is easy, powerful, and geared to the 
90s. 

The software companies an? giving it massive sup- 
port - they can see its very real advantages. All the 
applications running on a machine can communicate 
with each other! After all, that's the promise of a mul- 
titasking computer, and that's what Aflex* really is - a 
multitasking computer's "workhorse" language, It 
therefore has many special features, not widely seen 
before. 

In this series we will take a guided tour through the 
many capabilities of ARexx, and will gradually become 
acquainted with the basic features of the language, 
After only a short time you will be able to produce 
extremely useful and impressive programs, that will 
amaze you, and everyone else too! 

We will take advantage of the extreme conve- 
nience that ARexx can provide for us, including full 
access to screens, windows, requesters etc, and we 
will also study some of its more advanced capabilities. 
In the main part of each of these articles we will exam- 
ine the language itself and its support utilities, while in 
the boxed section we will get acquainted with the 
interprocess communication abilities. 

Good interpretation 

First of all feet us say that ARexx is an interpreted 
language just like Basic. That means its instructions are 
read and executed line-by-line. However, unlike other 
interpreted languages, you don't have to load up an 
interpreter and be limited to its environment every 
time you want to run a program - a torture form 
familiar to users of AmigaBASlO 

The ARexx interpreter - called the resident process 
- need only be launched once, using the RexxMasl 
command {the Workbench 2.0 startup-sequence does 
this automatically for you). It then sits in the back- 
ground taking up little space, and waiting to spring in 
to action. 

Another very powerful feature is that the language 
is implemented as an Amiga shared library. As a result 
you can launch as many ARexx programs [aka macros 
or scripts) as you like without loading up an inter- 
preter for each one! ARexx also has excellent tracing 
debugging facilities, useful both to 
the beginner and to the devel- 
oper. 

Tl 

ARexx, Firstly, it can be used 
replacement script language for 
Amiga DOS. Am igaDOS is notori- 
ously difficult and awkward in its 
constructions, and some jobs are 
best not attempted at all with it 
ARexx, on the other hand, is 
not only good with loops and IF 
statements, but more importantly, 
with text. Complex commands 
can easily be composed and sent 
off to the Shell using the built-in 
communication abilities. We 
include an example of this further 


on, Secondly, it can serve as a first das utility larv 
goage. With the many support libraries now becom- 
ing available, ARexx becomes infinitely extendible. 
Of course r these extensions are not really a part of 
the language, but they are very practical and easy to 
use. In fact, if speed is not a critical factor, you can 
create professional-looking applications, with mini- 
mum effort, and without a single line of C or assem- 
bler code! We will see some examples of this later in 
the series. 

But interprocess communication is the feature 
that Ultimately makes ARexx. The fact that programs 
running concurrently may freely interchange data 
opens the door to a whole new era of personal com- 
puting. Ultimately it will lead to a sort of modular 
approach where separate programs with ARexx 
interfaces will all work together, ccnardinated by sirm 
pie scripts. 

Imagine your modem updating your database 
automatically, while at the same time passing the 
information to some presentation program that give* 
you a visual picture of what ts going on. All processes 
switch themselves on and off automatically, and yw 
have full control of everything without even having 
to leave your wordprocessor. This is not the future - 
with ARexx it is easily possible right now, 

ARexx scripts are written using a text editor, just 
lake AmigaDOS scripts. They are usually saved with a 
special suffix, most often .rexx. To run a script, you 
use the rx command from the Shell: 

> n lyicrlpt.reii 

There are two points to note here. You can launch 
single line ARexx commands from the Shell if you 
precede the ARexx command with a quote, eg: 

> rx 1 sar 2+5 

You can create a directory called rexx, and assign the 
logical name rexx: to it, for storing your ARexx 
scripts. It will always get searched. Further, if a file 
called from rexx,: has a -rexx suffix, you do not need 
to specify it in other words the following two com- 
mand lines are equivalent 

> FI reis;i)nprog.r(si 

> r i typrcg 

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Welcome to the really exdting part, the data communication between 
programs running at the same lime, A Rex* makes me of the So-called 
"port'' struct ures provided by the Exec muf tkasking kernel of the Amiga. 

You do not really have to concern yourself with these, unless you plan 
lo design ARexx interfaces for your own programs. Simply put, ports are 
pieces of code in memory that can receive data ''messages" from pro- 
grams, without getting in the way too much. 

They are generalised structures, which are customised by the program 
mer. For instance, the Intuition Graphic environment uses special 
(IDG MR) ports to communicate mouse-dicks and so on. These ports are r 
Of course, different 10 ARexx ports. 

ARexx ports each have their own individual name. The only thing that 
the general user needs lo know is the name of an ARexx port. Messages 
(Commands) can then be sent directly to that port by specifying its name, 
or "host -address'", as it is also known. This is done using the ADDRESS 
instruction, as we will see. ARexx always has two such host addresses 
Internally available, one currently aclrve, and one "in reserve' 

Nermally P the default one is called REAX, and is ARexx s own host 
address. The '‘reserve" or 'previous' one is normally called COMMAND, 
and is the only special case in host addresses. It is not really an ARexx port 
at all, but a reference to the Shell -CL I that launched the script lending a 
command to the host address COMMAND is exactly the same as issuing it 
at the CLM 

There are three main ways to me the ADDRESS instruction. Issued as a 
clause on its own, it has the effect of toggling between the current" and 
previous' host addresses. Issued followed by a parameter the value of 
that parameter becomes the new current host address, and the one 


with the Dec command - you need only do this if 
memory is really tight, Now let's look a bit at the 
language, ARexx Is totally typdess. Unlike many 
other languages you do not have to initialise inte- 
ger floating points, arrays etc. This is because 
internally everything is handled as strings of charac- 
ters. ARexx is particularly good at this. 

Even numbers are handled as strings, and then 
converted internally for calculation processes. The 
floating point precision i$ abo under full user con- 
trot! On the other hand, high-speed maths is not 
ARexx'S Strong point 

Easy to use 

ARexx is a small language and its basics are 
quickly mastered. The building block units are 
called Tokens, and they combine to make Clauses, 
which are the minimum executable statements. 

There are five types of tokens - Comments, 
Operators, Symbols, Strings and Special Symbols. 

Comments begin with a f* and end with **/" - 
everything in-between is ignored by the interpreter. 
All ARexx scripts must start with a comment, ff your 
script doesn't work, check this. 

Operators are things like +, =, / etc, whkh per- 
forin operations. 

Symbols are mainly used for variables and num- 
ber*, eg abc, ProgOne, 456.789, HALF, i.3 A and 
month.date are afl symbols. Symbols can take on 
values that you give them. Dotted ^mbds can take 
on more than one value, and are used for repre- 
senting arrays. A symbol that is not given a value 
has itself as its value (in uppercase!), 

Strings are characters inside quotes. Quotes can 


Alex Cian begins his in-depth look at the 
language that finally made the big time 


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irf Interest fa AJfoxJC 

be either angle or double H hut must be consis- 
tent There are two special cases - strings followed 
by an x or a b, indicating a hex string or binary 
string respectively. 

Finally, Special Symbols are things like parenthe- 
ses, colons, semicolons etc, used to indicate func- 
tions, groupings and line ends. Clauses work much 
the same way as iines* in Bask. They are used for 
the usual sort of things like assigning values, evaluat- 
ing expressions and issuing instructions, 

There is a very important point to note here. In 
most languages. If the interpreter encounters a line 
that is meaningless, it returns a syntax error. In 
ARexx, however, a clause cannot be meaningless 


and anything that is not recognised as an instruction 
or assignment is automatically assumed to be a 
command, which ARexx will then send to an exter- 
nal program. 

This is discussed more in the boxed text, but first 
let's look at a trivial script that wiN illustrate some of 
what we have already diwuswd- 


i* Strings and SfibeU *t 

siy 3«i on i ^rti tings H PI ns* iritir ywr n«# s“ 

putt mm 

Ut.t = T ; let J - V /* ; iLlttis 2 cLrusei on 1 
Lint f t 

let. 2 = 'SI 'i l* WCII hist far a 

*V 

isnth * t* The eapty siring */ 

do i * 1 ts J t* K im *i 

ipnth * lonthMlct.l I* || it th« ]dlning-up 

ope r itor SL i V 

end 

i = 'Hippy Hu Tiar 1 

si y a mis aastl 1 IPBM 

The OUEput is: Happy New Year YOURIMAME - jan 1 
1992 

The above example should illustrate the extreme 
ease with which Strings are handled. But we are still 
only scratching the surface - we will return to this 
subject later, when we examine * parsing" (i.e. 
meaningful reading) of strings by ARexx. 


• Next month we If be boking of the many aspects of 
using ARexx function s. Ed free. 


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before it becomes 'previous . -eg; ADDRESS QED1 - the ARexx port ol 
the shareware editor "QED ' (called QEDT) becomes host address 

Finally, i ho instruction may aFso be issued followed by two parame- 
ters. In this case the first one is taken to be the host address, the second 
is understood to be the command itself. If the ADDRESS instruction Is 
used in this way, then the current and previous host addresses are not 
altered, eg: 


sort and ity V 

j*y 'Enter tit ni«f «f Eli fill ta tart" 
pul l filmisf 

uy ‘Entir tli nuibtr nf aLfttnU to dfitpLir" 

Ipuill n 

DttU'ilthd = “SO n "J|f 1 lMllt|]" to L [lip sort" 

Hi DRESS tmm DDSCotiind 

opifinio1/t:tBpta-rt l ,rt4d'> /* lit Hit hr Hiding *i 

I = mdtltftl) /* r i A d t|| HU Line hr tint *1 

tty "ELtitnl nukhtr * i "=" i 

*nd 

< last ( IdI) f* cot nECEssary^ hut pnrtict *i SL = UJ “Byp 


Ah PH ESS imm 'dir DOt i 1 


The above clause acts fust as if dir opt a had been typed in at the 
AmigaDOS CU prompt. 

The following example program use* the AmigaDOS command SORT 
to son a file, and then prints the first n elements you specify. It is a very 
simple script and there is no checking to see if n is Eoo large Nol all the 
functions used hi^e been fully explained in the text above, hut they 
should be fairly obvious. 


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Viable visual 


A s you J re no doubt weH aware the Amiga 
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5-UHS kit, complete with multiple wipes, fades and 
a £600 plus price tag. 

As a result, enthusiastic amateurs have been 
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flexibility department. 

The good news is that Power Computing has 
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Italian import, namely Microgen from Newtronk. 
Admittedly it can't match 5-VH5 spec or die com- 
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towards bridging the gap between the haves and 
the have-nots in the DTV world 
Using the genlock is simpiicjt-. rtsetf - you just 
plug in the supplied connections to the video 
source the Amiga and output VCR sockets. Like all 
budget genlocks, Microgen is strictly a composite 
system employing standard phonos to make the 
necessary connections to your play and record 
machines. 

One of the few disappointmenti ij the lack of 
security screws to retain the Amiga and monitor 
cables on the rear of the unit Admittedly this may 
sound a bit picky, but if you've ever had the mis- 
fortune of fiddling with the Amiga s RGB-to-moni- 
tor connection you'll know al about its less that 
ctK^perative nature. 

The unit itself comprises a plain black box about 
the size of the average hardback. As with all 
Newtronic products the layout is simple and 
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switches, a central power light and a solitary black 
knob to control fades. 

The first of the two flick switches alternates 
between the video and mix options, with the sec- 
ond defining whether the Amiga signal should be 
keyed or inverted 

The rear of the unit is slight!) more inspiring 
thanks to the inclusion of an RGB through port - 
an option which many budget genlocks sadly lack. 

Alongside the RGB output sit both the video in 
and out phono sockets, plus the 23-pin RGB input 


Paul Austin takes a closer look at Power's 
latest venture in videoland 




Should JtevJri save hfa arrows and Invert in a Mlcmgen? Cmme he ihnutd, enurtehe fhtuM.. 


which receives the Amiga's signal direct from the 
video port Another input awaits the power supply, 
but it isn't actually used as the genlock takes its 
power direct from the Video port. I can only assume 
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Aside from the technical merits of the unit, by far 
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Top quality 


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The output is excellent in all configurations and 
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If you're a sensible soul, it's a good idea to ■.hop around Take a look 
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Mlcrogen. 

As standard it can't compete with Microgen lor llexibtlity, but if 
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to produce the ihree bask modes, Its strength iv its expandability it 
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and external control box 

To be honest, if you've no plans of moving into S-VHS, the 
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The Unit has four basic 
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Margaret Stanger continues her series on getting the best sound from your Amiga 


The C source code 

The C source code can- be compiled,, and Ihe object code linked lo the assembler object code to 
produce a second program. The Audio device can be opened and the sound structures set up 
using the CreateFort and C reate StdlO routines from the Exec Support Library - available for C 
programmers. 

\ prefer to write the interrupt and other sound routines In assembler, but these routines can 
be easily linked to a C main program, I assembled the assembler source code without the 
underscore option, and took care to declare the routines to be used externally. 

The C source code can be compiled, and linked to the assembler source module using the 
command blink with soyrtd3link where iound3'llnfc is included on the support disk, along with 
both object module s r sound3,o and soundc3.o. The C program opens a window, and calls i nit- 
sou nd{) from the assembler module to open the Audio device and Initialise the sound struc- 
tures. 

The main polling Loop for the window continues until the user asks to quit, either by closing 
the window or pressing key 3. Each time key 1 is pressed, the program calls the bellQ routine 
from the assembler module; key 2 is pressed for the jr sploir sound in a similar wary. 

When the quit signal is received, the program calls the dearsound() routine from the assem- 
bler module before the window closes and the program ends. 


T his Programming column is the third in 
a mini series on sound.. The first part of 
the series showed how to produce a 
sound by writing to the Amiga custom chips 
directly with a pointer to the chosen sound sam- 
ples. 

The second part demonstrated how to vary 
the pitch of the sound and produce a few musi- 
cal notes. This month's page shows how to use 
th£ Amiga system software to control the start 
and finish of each note, leaving your program to 
do more important things. 

First, a quick recap. When the end of the 
sound data is reached, one sound cycle has been 
performedr and an interrupt will occur. The 
sound starts and ends smoothly only when the 
sound is at the beginning or end of a sound 
cycle, and the current sample is zero. 

The system software can detect the generated 
interrupt, and can be used to turn the sound 
channel off when the correct number of sound 
cycles has been completed. The system can 
inform us when this has happened, and when 
there is no more sound queueing up for the 
channel. 

The software routines for controlling the 
sound are not in any of the usual libraries, but in 
an Audio device which is a collection of software 
routines like a library. When a device is opened, 
there is an associated 10 parameter block. This 
structure contains all the structures a device may 
need to handle incoming and outgoing mes- 
sages. 

There is also a Message structure which 
includes a node for keeping its place in a linked 
list a message port for replies and the length of 
the message in bytes. The message port in turn 
has its node and flags, its own signal bit, its task 


and a pointer to the header of the task list. The 
10 request structure, and how it passes com- 
mands and data, was described in the Octobef 
issue of Amiga Computing. The 10 Audio parame- 
ter block is extended for audio requests: 


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An allocation port is set up to allocate the sound 
channels, and an allocation 10 structure far its 
commands. This port and parameter block are 
associated with the opening of the audio devke. 


A message port is opened for each sound channel 
- it usually serves as a collecting point for mes- 
sages to a task, but this time a software interrupt 
is generated each time a message is received. 

An interrupt structure is initialised and linked 
to a sound port, and the List header initialised. I 
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The interrupt is linked to the code to be executed 
when the sound in the channel is finished. In the 
code the message is received and the flag 
cleared. Interrupt code mud: preserve all the reg- 
isters, and reset them afterwards: 


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When all this has been set up, sound commands 
can be executed. The parameters are put in the 
lOAudio structure, the command is CMD_WftlTE, 
the flag is ADIGF.PERVOL, and BEG I NIG is used 
(rather than Send 10 or DolO) to start the sound 
going, The sound will finish after the chosen 
number of cycles has been completed. 


The final part of this mini series next month 
will demonstrate background noise and 
simple music. 


The assembler source code 

The assembler source code (sounds. a) is a standalone program. The program starts by open 
mg the DQ5 library, allocating chip memory for the sound samples and reading the data into 
memory from short sound sample files on disk. The program opens the Audio device and ini- 
tialises the sound structures. An interrupt structure is set up -a- — 

for each channel being used, together with code to be 
executed when the interrupt occurs. JF 

The program calls our old faithful joystick rou- w \ 

tine. When horizontal movement is detected the § \ 

program will sound a bell, and set a flag to say ft \ 

that the sound is being made. When the Inter- 
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gram know that the channel is dear for the \ 
next bell sound. If the bell is selected when the 
channel is busy, there will be no effect. 

A vertical movement of the joystick controls 
the other sound in a similar way. When the Fire but- 
ton is pressed the program closes the Audio 
devke, frees any memory,, closes the DOS library 
and exits. 













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JK her a relatively lean period during 
jE^L the summer the Amiga sequencing 
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power packages pouring in from the States. 

Not to be outdone, the old school has 
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Overture claims to be a fully-fledged profes- 
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Its primary mission is to transcribe the digi- 
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The main idea is that you can type written 
music directly into the program and then lis- 
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back in the voice of your choice. 

Alternatively you can play your own cre- 
ations live and Overture will transcribe your 
ivory-tickling into formal notation complete 
with bass and treble clefs, ties, rests triplets - 
in fact anything and everything that a classi- 
cally trained mu so will know and love. 

Like all Midi packages, Overture takes 
advantage of the full Id available Midi chan- 
nels, and as a result a joint bass and treble 
staff clef is given to each track. To create a full 
multi-tlmbral composition it's simply a matter 
of assigning the appropriate Midi channel to 
the relevant track and either typing or playing 
your music into it. 

On start-up, Overture defaults to the staff 
screen, which as the name suggests displays 
the twin bass and treble staves within each 
track. Importing the notation is all rodent con- 
trolled with a combination of mouse position- 


and transcribed into notation back in the staff 
screen. Muting, modulation, pitch bend and 
much more can be defined prior to your per- 
formance. In general, live recording 1$ equally 
as well executed as Overture's mouse driven 
alternative. A separate continuous controllers 


Inplq jninfr Dn th* elS of tfw plain and 
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window allows you to draw control changes via 
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bend, 

A fourth screen entitled the Midi Event Editor 
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Omni and Poly control. In other words, rfs pos- 
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Unfortunately there are a few unpleasant 
points. For example. Overture's file format isn't 
standard Midi and at present there's no conver- 
sion utility provided. As a result it J s left itself on 
something of a musical Island. Until it provides 
portable Midi information it won't be taken 
seriously in the professional market. 

Secondly, Overture doesn't have a print 
option. This is a huge omission as the majority 
of people interested in notation want it an 
paper sooner or later. Both these faults are 
being put right in Overture 2 which should hit 
the streets in the spring. Expect a full review 
when it does. 

Even as it stands Overture is an ideal begin- 
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the intricacies of sheet musk or perhaps 
employ it as a teaching tool for others. 

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COMMS 


Usenet uncoveled 



W here would you go to get program- 
ming questions answered by 
Commodore's technical staff? Where 
tan multimedia problems be solved by the 
Amiga Vision people? Where are the latest Fish 
Disks to be found? Where is the liveliest Amiga 
debate? 

I bet you're thinking that I’m about to plug a 
very expensive commercial service, You could not 
be further from the truth - this one can be free if 
you go to the right place. 

Cm talking about Usenet, the international 
news/mail network,, it used to be the exclusive 
preserve of the university community, but now it 
can be had in your own home. 

A warning - Usenet is big, Not merely does it 
span the globe, but a full- newsfeed from it cur- 
rently stands at over 20Mb per day Sure, that 
would get you over 1 ,000 different newsgroups 
ranging from cookery through Monty Python to 
current affairs. For a subset of the Amiga news, ifs 
still around 1 50 to 2QOk a day, so a fast modem is 
a good idea. 


Huge choice 


Usenet is split into several sections, two of 
which spring to mind immediaceh- - "rec" (recre- 
ation) and "comp" (computers) These sections 
are further subdivided, so a full newsgroup might 
be "irec.modelsTC* (for ail RC models) or 
w comp.sys,amiga r reviews*, which ij the online 
Amiga review column. 

Traditionally, Usenet has been the spiritual 
home of the Amiga. The original engineers were 
frequent Usenetters in the early days, and the tra- 
dition stays on - you'll still find important names 
on the net, 

Because of this, there is a large Amiga crowd 
on Usenet. There are sections for everyone - pro- 
grammers, audio people, hardware types, plain 
users, beginners, buyers and sellers, comms - all 
human life is there. There's even the Amiga 
Advocacy newsgroup, where the truly argumenta- 

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comms secret of the lot 

live carr explain just exactly why the Amiga does it 
better, if all that is not -enough, programs come 
across the net in the comp. binaries, a mig a and 
cornp.sources.amiga groups. Most of the stuff 
coming out of these groups is technically oriented, 
but the occasional game gets through now and 
again. 

The messages themselves vary greatly in useful- 
ness, from completely pointless to highly useful 
insights into the Amiga scene. Whatever the qual- 
ity, it seems that every contributor knerws about the 
right to free speech, and will exercise that right at 
every opportunity. 

This open attitude gives rise to the famous 
Usenet "flame wars", which take the form ot long 
(and often pointless) arguments between several 
parties. Although Usenet messages are withdrawn 
from circulation after eight days, these wars can go 
on for weeks on end. 

For example, a particularly long flame war about 
H5T modems has just died down. It seems to have 
been driven by one wildly anti- HIT contributor, 
who was giving the new vJ2bis modems a rather 
glossy image. It took no less than Jack Ratings n (of 
(R-Comm fame) to coot this flamer down, but only 
after th ree weeks of inane bickering. 

Flame wars are a minor distraction, though. You 
can make new friends throughout the world on 
Usenet, and keeping up with them is relatively 
inexpensive. International mail is changed at around 
7p per TOGO characters in this country, so a short 
note costs less than airmail, and can arrive in min- 


utes. OK, so where do I get news? If you happen 
to be at a college or university, there's a fair 
chance that the central computing service will 
carry a newsfeed. It's always best to ask before 
starting to read Usenet - it is, after all, not the 
most relevant of higher education subjects. As a 
way to spend a wet lunch hour, however, it's unri- 
valled. 

A few commercial services offer Usenet facilities. 
The Direct Connection offers full Usenet access for 
£10 a month. CiX (081490 *446 voice, 081 -39*0 
1 244 modem) also has Usenet access built in, but 
it's a curious read-only affair, It is possible to post 
messages from CiX, but it is rather complex and 
certainly won't be logical to a beginner. This 
month's screenshots were taken from the offline 
news-reader f use for OX. 

If you felt really adventurous, you could set up 
your own UUCP node using Matt Dillon's UUCP 
software, and receive a newsfeed from a local site 
This will not be cheap - the standard connection 
change in the UK is around £200 per year, and that 
doesn't include any usage charges. 

Free access 

There is, however, a free way of accessing Usenet 
open to anyone. A few of the larger bulletin 
boards offer selected parts of the Usenet feed as 
normal message areas. Nick Lello of Amiga 
Information (0444-441308, H5T 24 hours) runs 
such a service, and very well it works too. 

Public access Usenet puts a lot of strain on the 
BBS due id the high volume of messages . You may 
be expected to pay far Usenet access, but it won't 
be anything major - £1 0 to £20 a year. That's eas- 
ily made up by not buying that other Amiga mag- 
azine for a couple ot months. 

Usenet is definitely worth investigating. In fact, 
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enormously by thinking m spreads ^cead of 
left-hand and right-hand pages 

Spreads are two facing pages and every sin- 
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including the " gutter" H (Ji* foW -n me middle of 
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are bound together. 

But we have a problem, beta-irse none of the 
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the left-hand and right-hind page onscreen, 
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ability to view facing page* n all fine and 
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same height on both pages •? a f ddh and time 
consuming business when you have to keep flit- 
ting from one page to the other, waiting for 
each to render. 

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pages wide r and when it is finished break it into 
a left-hand and a right-hand page. The tech- 
nique is simple to exp lam let s sav we re pub- 
lishing an A4 size magazine So we create a 
spread that is two A4 pages wide which is 99.4 
picas, remembering that the gutter -s at 49,/ 
picas. Draw a bold black fine down the spread 
at that point if it helps, but remember to 
remove it after the spread is finished 

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ignoring the gutter, as if we a?e producing an 
A3 landscape single page. When the spread is 
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Odd Template (Shift-Y or Shift-2) and then 
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n 

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create the left-hand page we simply Alter the 
size of the first page to 49,7 picas wide {Ah-Q. 

Creating the right-hand page is a bit more 
complicated- We have to group together all the 
boxes on the page, pick up the group and shift 
it across to the left so that the right-hand part 


of the spread is now on the left-hand side of the 
page. 

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contents of the spread you then drag out a tem- 
porary ten by ten pica box whose top Is at 0 picas 
and whose right edge is at 99.4 picas, and then 
include that in the group (Shift-click on it), you 
can use this box as a guide to positioning every- 
thing correctly. 

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on th# "’guide* box. The left and top edge posi- 
tion co-ordinates of this 
box then appear in the 
title bar. Drag the group 
until x=39 7 and y-Q-Q 
(the box is ten picas wide 
so the right edge is on 
49.7). Then Alter this 
page to be 49.7 picas 
wide. Finished. 

You'll find that most of 
the boxes that were on 
the left-hand side of the 
spread have now fallen 
off the page on to the art 
board. You don't need 
them any longer and can 
delete them to save on 
memoiy and file size. 



A mote traditional and straighttafwafd faymiT, but that 
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rrxf over the Al^frE-bfoe sky pan of picture. J-W used o- 
darker hiue for the copy l«t fp cppfrerjf M fffr the sky colour, 
and a bold colour for tfir heading so that it doesn t get lost 
in the detod of the picture underneath. 



t/iJn g the three other illustrations f laid out thfr very ankle 
in a style reflecting the- message of Chf words. Remember nol 
fo run 1 mad paint sUes newt the gutter as same of it wilt 
get lost In the fo/rf. 


Design considerations 

Don't be frig h ten ed to express yourself when designing spreads. 
Anyone can produce a boring old layout with columns of text and 
neatly placed pictures, and while there's a lot to be said for '"boring" 
layouts, they say nothing about you. 

Have a think about what the spread is about. Doe* the article 
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typeface and bold, contrasting colour*. Is the article light-hearted, 
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The Illustrated Holy Bible works m exactly 
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• Take 2 is compatible wtth any Amiga. a j 

i Supports 2 P 4 P t p I A, 32 andl Ham colour modes- 

• Load and Save IFF images or D. Paint Amins. 

ft Uses traditional animators Dope sheet layout. v ' / 

t Up to 4 levels of animation and 4 channels of sound. * v 
ft Playback at 24 or 2 5 frames per second. (Real Time). _ -- 

• Further manipulate your image within any popular art package. 

• Add “Vidi-Amiga"' or The “Complete Colour Solution* 1 to digftise your 

drawings or images directly from within Take 2# This will allow you to 
draw with a pencil, it* easier than a mouse. 


a Traditional animation, 
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• Product presentations. 

* Home line tester. 

ft Cartoon Productions, both 
visual and sound. 


These images 
have been drawn 
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using 0. Paint J. 


APPLICATIONS 


T ftke 2 is a must for computer artists and 
enthusiasts of any age. it will cater for 
both amateur and professional 
application Sr So get the most out of your 
computer and open up your imagination 
to Take 1. 


CONTENTS 


ft Comprehensive and easy to follow manual. 

• Disks 

ft Sample sounds and animations. 

ft Animators Peg Bar (to hold your paper into position while drawing or digitising) 
Example line drawn animations for you to get started with* 


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