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AT the latest education 
packages tested'and graded 


Comms • Music • DTV • Amos • DTP 


Amiga 


COMPUTING 

Issue 47 • April 1992 • £2.99 


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Public Sector 

More of the latest and best public 
domain and shareware disks 


ESP 

Take a swipe at a sacred cow or stand op m aq 

for the underdog in Ezra Surfs Postbag- I V7 


ACAS 


Eipert help for all of your 
Amiga's trouble and strife 


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Gallery 


The electronic Louvre 
of the Amiga world. 


Rock Lobster 

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Whether you're a 
frustrated Spielberg or 
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John Butjer Jyas all the 
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starting on page 18 


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THE COVERDISK 


Play the classic or 
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QFInd 

A unique utility for 
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cluttered hard drives 

Guru 

Find out what those strange 
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DkkTafk 

Make your floppy 
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pages packed 
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SPECIALS 


Curriculum crackers 


Four of the latest educational 
packages examined and compared- 


28 


Updates 

The latest OTP and graphics 
packages given the once ever 


51 



Scala for all 

Paul Austin examines the latest 
In Video software, Scalp 500 

Protext on tape 

We review the latest 
tutorial video tape 


TurboPrint 

Take a look at a program to 

boost your printer's output— -..-,. 


46 


Power house 


We take a look inside one of the country's 
fastest moving Amiga dealers...~....*,..«„„ 


47 


Plus peripherals 

Are you wondering what extra 
bits you can buy for your A500?, 


59 


Beginners 1 guide 

Continuing our major new 
series for the absolute novice 


61 


Concluding CAD 

The third and final look at 
CAD with Stewart C tiussdi. 


117 



Amiga TV 

Paul Austin visited Original Graphics to ^ C 
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PEOPLE buying Amiga* are benefiting 
bom a price war which is showing no 
sign of ending. 

Most electrical chains say they will 
continue selling the Cartoon Classics 
bundle at Christmas prices - mainly 
£369. 

High Street giants have generally 
sold Amiga* at the manufacturers 
recommended retail price of £399, 
but in a recesston beating move price 
lags were cut in the run up to 
Christmas. 

Experts believe that small, inde- 
pendent dealers trying to compete 
with the chains are to thank for 


By John Butters 


cheaper Amigas, Al least one store 
advertises a policy of matching local 
pricing, arid to be competitive others 
are forced to follow. 

"Basically we're seeing a price 
war," - said a Rumbelows official. “If 
anything, prices will drop even fur- 
ther, perhaps to £330/ he predicted. 

Commodore spokesman Andrew 
Bail said: “We have an Rftl p of £399 
but that’s not mandatory. 

"At the end of the day the High 
Street Will sell at the price they want 



Prior wur If leading to thntprr AmEj 


to - it's relatively out of our hands. 
They're selling a lot of Amiga* and 
that makes us happy/ he added. 

But the firm's sales director Kelly 
Sumner recently predicted that High 
Street Cartoon Classics prices will 
return to £399. 

He said that people buying com- 
puters at this time of year are com- 


mitted buyers and are not swayed by 
the odd £20 or £30 discounting. 

Meanwhile, there has been specu- 
lation in trade newspaper CflfftpuJVr 
Trade Weekh 1 that once Commodore 
release their sub- £300 A300 they 
could repackage the ASOOP fo take 
the emphasis away from games as 
consoles steal the market. 


CD to grow with drive 


THE Imminent release of the Amiga CD-ROM drive, now 
called the AS 70, |s encouraging major software houses to 
back Commodore's CDTV technology by releasing dual! for- 
mat Amiga software, 

“We expect the introduction of the Amiga CD-ROM 
drive to create a user base of 1 00, 000 in a very short period, 
creating a market for CDTV that publishers cannot afford to 


68020 to be 
new standard? 

RUMOURS from the United States suggest that 
( ummodore plan tn standardise on the 68020 priv 
lessor chip for all mid-range Amigas during the next 
couple 4 if years 

because there will In- a new entry-level machine 
tire A 300 - it is unknown whether the A500P would 
Ik; included in such a move. 

However, the first machine to have the chip will 
be the AHOO ( lassie, uncovered for the first lime in 
Kumars l992 F s issue of \ iwlyn f u/npiiroi^. 


ignore/ said Commodore's Andrew Ball, 

"We already have backing from major software houses 
and we expect others to follow suit/ 

One such Firm is Psygnosis, publisher of last year's leisure 
hit Lemmings. Boss Jonathan EUiS explained that using the 
same technology to develop for both the Amiga and CDTV 
is a cost-effective method, of producing software for two for- 
mats. 

“We will be releasing some of our major titles on CDTV 
this year/ he added. 

Commodore are rumoured to be launching the drive in 
March and the company they aim to sell it for £299, 



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Maidenheod 
loses staff 

RECESSION has led to Commodore axing 
ten jobs at ihclr Maidenhead-based head- 
quarters, despite the computer glam 
expecting turnover to increase by 4(1 per 
cent this year to £100 million. 

Many departments have been affected 
by the redundancies, Including ware- 
housing, marketing, sale* and administra- 
tion. 

The company say the cost-cutting 
move Is simply good management as the 
length or the reces- 
sion exceeds Govern- 
ment predictions. 

Commodore have 
also lost their 
national business 
development man- 
ager rnr government 
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\N yxlTRNAl ini'indry expansion 

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Development (04H3 740664) hi give 
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nitii as liar.) drives. Avail ahle with 

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„,y they cost LI 60. L2.tS and C.l« 

icspcCtlvtfly. 


■ FRED joins ADPro 


ENHANCEMENTS Including the addi- 
Hon of a frame editor have been 
made to ASDG's iU10 I «» 27 J 6515) 

Art Department Professional. 

The new visually-oriented frame 
editor FRED, helps users arrange their 
pictures into lists called sequences, 
individual flames in a sequence are 
represented onscreen with tendered 
icons. 

Each frame in a sequence can « 
processed to provide an easy method 
bath processing- FRED also gives 
the ability to call special purpose 
drivers to enable ADPro to generate 


animation effects 
automatically- Added 
to improve the pack- 
age's use in video stu- 
dios, are roll and 
broadcast limit opera- 
tors. 

The roll operator 
speeds up the creation 
of video transitions 
such as pushes, slides and reveals. 

Eight new dithering methods have 
been added to the program^ 
Piefpdnter saver which prints pic- 
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front ASDC 

AN AMERICAN developer of advanced 
colour Image processing software an 
hard ware have released an Atcute- 
style game to bene American 

charities. 

HinglVar - rut rtld-faxt r«l 'I'" 11 * 

cm up - will In- distributed in a siml- 
hit way Hr shareware, Available 
through bullc'tiu l>, 'arris and P“hlU 
domain libraries, lire program was 
written by ASLXi employee In. 
Bajmn* 

Ihi opening credits give the 
addresses tor American Red t M*, 
American Cancer Society and 

Muscular dystrophy Association, to 

which they ask a voluntary donation 
of Jill he sent, 

t omnieilied ASlHi prcddedl Urn 
Kivulowil/r "Really, ibis should be 
called charityware Instead of share- 


Show to have 
Amiga area 

Wild \ enthusiasts ure to lie m*en 
tUdr own urea at I he Spring 
Computer Shopper Show where they 
W UI iK able til seek advice anti boy 
products. 

The organiser is claiming that tlu 
Mniga Shopping cure will offer otic 
( rf the greatest selections of Amiga 
products ever seen under one rm.f- 
- as the Amiga is now recognised as 
the number one home computer, we 
realised there was a need Id circle an 
■,rea of tins type/ says Nav Mann, the 
event director. 

la \hi organised by Hleohdiu m l 
(OS 1-742 2 A 2 H)g it will he held at 
Olympia. May 2B1o -U. 


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the logic 3 joystick range is I o be 
joined by three new desktop mod- 
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Gamma Ray, 

All conlain micros wit dies but 

Otherwise they are different, such 
as the Gamma Ray which has a dig 
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dixk. 

"There are now five joysticks m 
1 the Logic 3 range and we cover a 

* broad spectrum of tastes/ said 

* tompany boss Ashvin Patel. 

1 The Sting Ray and Manta ray 

* joysticks mean that wc cover the 
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the three new sticks mean that 
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Cheap printer upgraded 


5EIK0SH.A have replaced tlitir entry-level nine-pin dot 
matrix printer wilh an improved model which is tar- 
geted at home users, education and small business mar- 
kets. 

The SP190G Plus has serif and sans serif fonts built in 
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Epson and IBM Froprinter 1 1 -compatible, it is capable 
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"Nine pin sales still represent a large percentage of 
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The SPI90Q Plus is a key model in our entry-level 
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will have a substantial impact on the low-end printer 
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Professional 
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automatic 

DESKTOP publishing package 
Professional Page has been upgraded 
to give it new features and enhance- 
ments to make its use easier, deveb 
oper Gold Disk (010 1 416 602 4000) 
have announced. 

More than 30 automatic functions 
called Genies have been added and 
users can create page layouts and 
designs by selecting Create Page 
From Genie, 

Requesters enable layout type, 
page size, columns and margins to be 
selected, and features Including line 
drawing and placement, address 
printing and text importing are also 
available. Professional Page 3 then 
generates a complete page based on 
the user's wishes. 

Common opr rations such as enve- 
lope addressing, mail merge from a 
database and grid and table creation 
can be automated while drop and 
small cap® and sub- and super scripts 
can also be made automatic. 

•"Version 3 represents a major 
breakthrough in the evolution of 
desktop publishing/ enthuses Gold 
Disk boss KaUash AmbwanL 

"Most of the routine tasks associ- 
ated with page layout are now com- 
pletely automatic, freeing the 
designer to concentrate on the cre- 
ative aspects of his work. * 

Needing at least two megabytes of 
memory and a hard disk drive, the 
program costs 5295- In the UK call 
HB Marketing on 0751 686000, who 
did not have British pricing available 
at the time of Amftcf Computing going 
to press. 


Video card first from link 

TH1 : FIRST product to be produced under a new link between 
Californian Centaur Development and Australia-based Opal Technology 
is an Amiga 2-t bit video display and effects card, 

Internal or external versions of Opal Vision are available and both 
provide true 24-hit broadcast quality video capabilities for all Amigas. 

With 1,5 megabytes of display memory and an on-lxiard graphics pro- 
cessor, il can be expanded through additional hardware modules. 

These include a combination 256-level alpha channel genlock and 
frame grabber and a de-interlacer. Inputs and outputs are given In RGll 
and SVHS composite formats with real lime special effects such as while 
balance, contrast and gamma correction, stilarisatkui, negative -nut 
colon rl sid toil effects. 

Opal vision can he operated in multiple resolutions, auto-con figures to 
PAL or MS( and can make 24-bil double-buffered animations. 

Software bundled with Opal Vision consists ut (tpntPaint. a full-lea 
Wired, real time, 24-hit painting and image processing program, a variety 
of utility software and Hie llrsl 24-hit game. 

It will be available Imni the end of May for JW5. ( entaur Softwaa 
can be contatlwl on OKI I 3 III 542 2226, 


Dial-a-game from Deitronics 

GAMES players nationwide can now get hold of the latest releases within a day 
of placing their telephone order with a South London-based company. 

Customers have their name and address taken over the phone and only pay 
for thE software once it has arrived at the door. All 16-bit formats including the 
Amiga are supported and prices are claimed to be slightly below recommended 
retail. 

Deitronics can be called on 081-769 9568 and they have opened a shop at 215 
Amesbury Avenue, Streatham, London 5W16, 


Changing names 

MAROTIC manufacturers of Amiga scanners, have recently changed their name 
to Mustek. The company continues to operate from 494 Midsummer Boulevard, 
Central Milton Keynes MK9 2EA. 

Do you know something we don't? n 

Although Amiga Computing has scores of contacts in the Amiga world, I 
we need you. If you have some hot news ring John Butters on the news H 
desk now on 0625 N7&WH8 or fax to 0625 879966. All information Slip- I 
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DIARY DATES 

7 to 10 April 1992 
Which Computer? Show 
Reed 

(081-948 9800) 

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham 
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 
( 081 - 7422828 ) 

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 2328) 

Venue: Olympia , London 

An area called Amiga Shopping Centre 

will be devoted to the machine. 

10 to 12 July 1992 

6tft International 16-bil Computer Show 

(081-5493444) 

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

6 to 8 September 1992 

European Computer Trade Show Autumn 

Business Design Centre 

Royal Agricultural Hall, London 

A new trade-only event for the computer 

leisure industry. 

OVERSEAS 

U to 18 March 1992 
OBi! 

Organiser Deutsche Messe AG 
(01049 $11 890} 

Venue: Hannover Kfessegelaende, Germany 
Always a launching ground for new 
hardware, 

3 to 5 April 1992 
Amiga Berlin 

Organiser: AMI Sham Europe 
(010 49 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 Shaw 
Oi^tfflfeerr EIG/CEG 
Venue: Chicago 

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

# If your company Is organising a show 
relevant to the Amiga and it's not listed, 
let us know SO we can include the infor- 
mation in the diary. 


Amiga Ccrttpuf tag April 1 992 






Commodore 
price boost 

A MILD winter ha% resulted in 
Spring fever hitting a little cart) 
here in the States, and the results 
are really showing at 
Commodore's headi| uarters in 
West ( h ester, Pennsylvania. 

While other computer manufac- 
hirers are cutting prices and 
upgrading hardware in an effort to 
IichjsI stagnant sales during these 
recessionary limes, the Spring- 
fever-dizzy Coni mod ore US mar 
kcting p have decided to take 
Hie opposite approach. 

They've boosted the price of the | 
single-floppy Amiga 2000 to over 
*2000, more than double its holi- 
day pricing of 1999, And while 
Apple have announced that, come 
April, all Macs will have at hast a 
680(10 c|iip, Commodore US refuse 1 
to even bring the slightly 
enhanced Amiga 5(H) Plus to 
American shores. 

Meanwhile, the company con* 
tinues lo foil out i 'Hi V a city at a 
time, and it's said that far fewer 
than 10,000 (11 IV units have been 
sold across the United Mates. 
Unless Commodore seriously 
rethink their marketing strategy, 
the Amiga may lose what little 
foothold it has in the VS, 


Power hungry 


IF YOU have added Commodore's 
A2630 25MHz 68030 expander to 
your Amiga 1500 or 2000 and still 
feel you don't have enough power, 
DKB Software are ready to help. 

The company's new 2632 board 
plugs into the unused expansion slot 
on the A263Q and enables up to 112 
megabytes of 32-bit memory to be 
added 

The board comes with 4 Mb and 
tail accept industry-standard 32-bit 
SIMM modules for further expan- 
sion. The board retails for 5699 .95 
from DKB Software, 50241) W. 
Pontiac Tr., Wixorn, Ml 48393 USA; 
1313) 960-8750. 


Blatk Belt goes son 


|UST as Digital 
( nations were 
> e x |i ,i riding 

Ihelr market by 

' £ % shipping their 

first DC TV 

units to 

I ii rope , rival 

Jr \ " W Black Belt 

5 y % t e tit s 

announced llial they hud dheonitfiued production of 
their HAM F graphics enhancer. 

Black hell s Ben Williams didn't give a reason fur dlv 
mu tinning the unit, saying that explaining his reasons 
would violate a unit -disc hmi re Agreement he'd signed 
wills Commodore, 

Speculation is lhai Black Belt discontinued the It AM I 
which Williams 
said wu still a 
strong seller, in 
nnticipation of 
- ,• new graphics 

* developments 

from C ommodore 
which would 
obsolete the unit. 
With HAM I 

now a memory. Black Belt has devoted itself purely to 
software development, I he company's flagship software 
package, ImageMaMer, was recently upgraded to sup- 
port Terminator 2-style morphing. 

Unlike DcluxePaint I Vs morphing. fmag«Master f s 
works ill full 24-bit resolution, allowing truly impres- 
sive effects, such as smoothly changing a frog into a 
human fate over ,i series of animation frames. 

Morphing Is just the newest effect in the ImageMaster 
package, the 1199.95 package s ether capabilities 


Include Image staling, file format conversion, fPEti 
loading and saving, 24-bil touch up painting, and 
dozens ol special visual effeds. 



Black Belt recently released a new program that, once 
you have it. you'll wonder how you ever did without It. 
Notebook h fust Ihid - an onscreen notebook. Anything 
you would normally do with a desk-based notepad, you 
can do with Notebook and you won't lose important 
pages. 

The program supports multiple fonts and has a suite 
of structured drawing toots, so you can even doodle in 
the margins as you jot down your To Dl> list. 

The program's features Include a text highlighter, il-F 
graphics import the ability to print single Jiuges or a 
lull notebook, and the ability to iconise the program on I 
your Workbench. 

Hie onlv caveat is that it runs tn hi res Interlace, so 
you'll need a flicker- eliminator or a cool pair ol sun 
glasses to work with it comfortably. Bargain priced at 
$19,95, the program is available from Black Belt, 398 
Johnson Road, Glasgow, Montana, USA, lelephtmei 
(406 ) 367-5513, 


Better bridges 


FROM ( nmuttfun come two great packages fur Amiga 
users who need to run It programs, I lie Ambassador is 
a software enhancement package for t om rondure s 
Bridgetown! and Sidecar product 

I he program allows Amiga floppy drives to be used 
as MS DOS drives, and it lets voii access data no MS-DOS 
hard drive partitions f rom the Amiga side 

Ambassador also Includes a new driver that consider- 
ably speeds access to MS-DOS virtual partitions on 
Amiga hard drives. The program costs 179.95, plus 
SUM 15 overseas shipping and handling, 

VI so new is < rossl’X . a soft ware-based Ft Vi emu la 
lor iha) will he bundled with the coming UrossDOS 50 


Plus update, irnsslh features UGA or mono graphics 
capability; serial, parallel , and mouse port emulation; 
and the ability lo boot from an MS-DOS purl I bon mi an 
Amiga hard drive. 

I he updated C Toss DOS 5,0 adds support lor the read- 
ing |.4-i\ib MS-DOS disks using the new high density 
floppy drives Inaiitiodurv is now shipping tin Amiga 
tiHMls and lOOOTs in Hie VS. as well as improved sup- 
port utilities and a new Workbench 2.0-slyle interface. 

I rossDOS 5,0 Plus with CrossFC retails for 159.95 
plus 110.05 overseas shipping and handling from 
Con suit run. 11280 Parkview Plymouth, Ml 48170, USA; 
|U,1) 459-7271. 


14 


ilgo Computing Aprill992 








Some things are worf/i 

waiting for ... 

HiSoft Devpac 3 


Devpac Version 3 is here at last, The two earlier versions of hiSoft Devpac for the 
Amiga set a standard in 68000 assembly language programming which was hard Eo 
surpass, but we think that we've done it. This new package has had a complete face- 
lift, from I he editor through to the debugger; in fact so many features have been 
added and improved that we feel confident in the claim that Devpac 3 is the ultimate 
assembly language development system on the Amiga , , . fur jujw! 

The Editor 

A new multi- window editor with 
bookmarks, mouse block-marking, 
macros, complete window flexibility 
(including multi-views on one file), 
extensive user configMfi*'hon and full 
integration with the other Devpac 
programs, The editor makes use'of 
Workbench 2 or 13 automatically, 

The Assembler 

Improved and extended, the Devpac 3 
assembler Is now at least 40ft faster than 
its predecessor [without pre-assembly), 

.supports the full range of proces- 
sors including the maths co-processors 
and has a tremendous number of 
swiichable optimisations. With the 
ability to pre-assemble files for inclusion 
it can now claim to be the fastest 
assembler on the Amiga, 


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Devpac 3 grides complete control 
over the assembly process 

The Debugger 

Devpac 3 is provided with a versatile 
debugger/disassembler for bug hunting and 
ease of learning. You can have as many views 
on your program as you like, including its 
source code; then set breakpoints, single-step 
instructions etc. even at a source code levet- 
Again, there is support for all the new 
processors and the floating point chips, 
Derjwc 3 romrs complete with all the ne&ft&try 
include file. s, ji If nicer, many e.rflj-Mples tmd a clear, 
helpful Tjumuei. 


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error deteclion is fully Interactive 

HiSoft Devpac 3 (£6935) and High Spt’t'd 
Pascal (£3935) should be in your local 
computer shop soon. If you have difficulty 
heating a copy, you am order directly from 
HiSoft using Accessf Mastercard, Visa, UK 
debit card (Switch etc,) or a chequefpostai 
order. Mention this magazine when ordering 
h receive a free T-Shirt or mouse mat (offer 
subject to availability l. 


At last, a new Pascal compiler for your Amiga; Highspeed Pascal, Compiling at dose to 
20 000 lines per minute on a humble A500 and with a fully integrated environment 
(based on the new HiSoft multi-window editor). Highspeed Pascal is the answer to 
your programming prayerS- 

The compiler is very dose to the standard set by Turbo Pascal 5 on the PC and enables 
you to port programs directly from the PC or ST - even the BGI unit is provided for 
graphic compatibility. You can compile separate units., link with assembler or use the 
inline assembler provided and we also supply a special version of our 680x0 debugger 
which allows you to debug Pascal programs at a source code level. 

The full Pascal language is supported including such worthy additions as structured 
constants, flexible string handling and absolute variables, 

HighSpeed Pascal comes complete with 
all flie necessary files for wottin g with 
the Amiga's operating system, a host of 
txampirt and a professional, ring-hound 
manual. 


H\Soft Devpac 3 Anti Highspeed Pascal am 
just Moot the products that *«e? supply for 
year Amiga Other titles include: ProFiigtit. 
HiSoft BASIC. Extend. SAS/LalUce C S and 
HiSoft C fa mom contact mat- 
HiSoft. The Old School. Greenfield, Bedford 
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visits by the Amiga's detractors but if you 
are sensible, ie don't multitask with games 
or dodgy PD r then you are soon likely to 
forget what a guru looks like. 

Finally in this round up of the Amiga's 
attractions for videograpbers, all our hats 
must be doffed to the people who produce 
the myriad range of quality software and 
hardware for the Amiga range. Tiding, ani- 
mation and paint packages are available 
that can work with video at any level and 
cost. 

Third-party hardware is appearing which 
allows the Amiga to compete with the 
speed and capacity of dedicated video sys- 
tems. If you can't Hnd something to your 
requirements in this range, I can only think 
that you are not looking hard enough. 

Before I proceed to to the "what" sec- 
tion, I'll give a brief summary of the main 
television standards and video formats that 
you are likely to come across. 

The two main television standards are 
PAL and NTSC, NTSC is used In the 
American continent and PAL just about 
everywhere else, The difference hetween 
them, simplistkally, reduces to rate and res- 


the other even, flickering away 50 times a 
second. The fields subsequently combine 
to prodi^tflfames at the rate of 25 a sec- 
oi}& Ssy^hen you curse the migraine- 
inducing properties of some Amiga screen 
modes, remember they are one of the 
things that set it apart. 

Paula, Agws, Denise and Cary all work 
pretty hard together to provide you with a 
basic multimedia platform. They take the 
weight off the CPU allowing it to concen- 
trate on computing and organisational 
tasks. 

One of the machine's unheralded 
strengths is, without doubt, its operating 
system. Workbench 1,3 & 5.0s' multitask- 
ing capabilities are something I would be 
loathe to do without The ability to shuffle 
between different programs is essential 
when co-ordinating and refining anims, 
text and sound In the way that video pto- 
duction, at any level, requires. 

The occasional crash b well worth the 
cost if you're avoiding the waste of time, 
energy and enthusiasm that would arise 
from repeatedly quilling and restarting 
programs. Much and made of the guru's 


wlHi c*« rfs*r 


H puler designed to interface 
fl directly with television and video 
technology and it remains unique in thb 
respect. 

When you buy an Ai-OO, you immedi- 
ately have a basic videogmphic studio to 
play with and, with caw and planning, j 
impressive results can be achieved, its 
capacity for expansion will ensure . that you 
can develop and enhance your gnphir'sys- 
tem all the way up to broadcast standards. 

The Mac and PC producers have lately 
begun to appreciate the potential of desk- 
top video and their formidable resources 
will, no doubt, come to challenge the 
Amiga, especially at the high end of the 
market. 

However, at the middle to entry levels 
of this market, I am confident that the 
Amiga will reign supreme for some years to 
come, In thb article l intend to answer the 
questions - why, which, what and how? 

Firstly., why is the Amiga family so well 
suited to work in the video field? Secondly, 
which video standards and formats are 
available ta you? And thirdly, what is 
required to make the most of its capability 
at different levels? 

Strengths 

Finally, I'll offer a few tips on how to 
produce the most effective video work 
from your setup. These will hold true 
whether you're recording on a knackered 
VHS you bought down the boozer or slum- 
ming il in a plush digital editing suite. 

The Amiga's video strengths are due to 
five main factors. These are, in no particu- 
lar order, timing, output, custom chips* 
operating system, and last - but by no 
means least - the software and hardware 
available for it. These components com- 
bine to provide the power and iirteradwity 
so essential for work in video. 

Timing, as anyone from Nigel Benn to 
Paul Daniels will tell you, b all impdfet , 
The Amiga's original creators were wise 
enough to get its timing right from the 
word go. The overall timing df the 
machine b designed to complement the 
timing principles of the video and televi- 
sion standards you are using. 

This allows you to work in a broadcast 
environment as the Amiga can communi- 


cate its graphic information with great 
ease. No other personal computer inter- 
faces as simply and effectively without a 
great deal of expensive add-ons. 

Video technology b heavily dependent 
on sync pulse timing to co-ordinate the 
v^ious processes it employs. Without this 
reference it would be impossible to syn- 
chronise effects, inputs, sound and the 
other machines that are so vital to video 
production today. The fact, that the Amiga 
can come to terms with this through its 
own timing makes it a winner. 

Though the Amiga outputs RGBS to your 
monitor, and this is the basis of all televi- 
sual colour systems, no video deck will 
look twice at this. This is because it - 
will need encoding of some 

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of 

resolutions, colours and 
the interlace option . 

The latter is the most lmpor- ^ 
lani, as all video pictures are made 
up of two interlaced fields. These consist 
of two sets of lines, one odd numbered, 


18 


Amiga Computing April 1992 


1 






V/deoE 


■jtjQon, NHC uses t frame rate of 30 per 
recond whir PAL geo through 25 rn the 
same tent. 

PAL scores with 4 greater number of 
V«' r e Ngher resoiutian - a whopping 
376 to ft/TSCs measly 480 or 10 . Most 
roartm wi be Iteare of the difference from 
th* jppeftfftrKflpf American software 
wem - tho & those daptays always 
Step j rtM*J lour- Whs of the way down 


t BtUe odds 
‘are, they 
il when working 

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see nwt» far you money, f? 

dual standard is a rather unfortu- 
nate on# for the European user as 
Amencan (twd-psrty producer! have been 
cerwieubfy mwt active in exploiting the 
graph* potential of the Amiga than the 
Europeans, This would not be such a prob- 
fcm < 1 he conversion from an NTSC to PAL 
configuration was nut so demanding. 

The Video Toaster is the classic example 


of this - it squeezes so much out of its cus- 
tom chips that there just isn't enough 
headroom left to make it work to the 
higher PAL specifications. Fortunately,, 
most ol these manufacturers are well aware 
of the potential of the PAL market and are 
planning products with this capability in 
mind. 

Within these two television standards lie 
a myriad of recording formats so next up 
Fit run through the main ones you are 
likely to encounter. 

| Adopted 

Unless you were adopted and raised by 
a wolf-pack somewhere in an eastern 
European forest, you will have comt across 
the Video Home System. VHS became the 
standard for domestic players back in the 
early 80s and its faults and strengths are 
common knowledge. 

As far as the Amiga goes it is easily 
accessible and cheap to use but unfortu- 
nately it tends to took it. Editing b possible 
but unreliable r as crash cutting tends to 
make as much video noise as its name sug- 
gests,. and the transport controls are not 



Your Amiga is ideally suited to video 
graphics. Here John Butler guides you from 
tentative titling to vivavious video visuals! 



really up to taking advantage 
Of the editors available. 

However, as a low cost 
way of experimenting and 
learning, it is hard to beat, 

Remember, tbe same das and 
don't* you work out at this 
level will stand you in good 
stead all the way to SP level. 

5-VHS and HI-8 are the 
next step up and they repre- 
sent a considerable improvement in quality. 
Colours are criaper and cleaner due to the 
the tact that these are pseudo-component 
systems. Their disadvantages lie in the fact 
that they cannot be played back on normal 
domestic systems so transfer requires dub- 
bing and consequent loss of quality. 

Frame accurate recording and timecode 
are options on the higher range models as 
well as decent editing controlling facilities, 
but as yet, these are still fairly expensive. 

U-MAT1C or H 1-BAND decks are largely 
being superceded in the community and 
small commercial suites by 5-VH5 and Hl-B, 
Their only conceivable advantage is a 
slightly more robust three-quarter inch tape 
medium which might well be more suited 


tn the demands of multiple pass recording, 
but this is offset by the expense of the PAL 
encoders required for these machines to 
accept the Amiga's output. 

BETA CAM 5P (or its equivalent Mil) is 
now the base level professional 1 format. It is 
a true component system with a robust 
tape medium run on decks engineered to 
shuttle back and forth for editing day in, 
and day out. It has become the lingua 
franca of the video world and, due largely 
to its combination of convenience and 
quality, looks set to remain so for several 
years yet 

A device called a transcoder will be 
required to convert Amiga device RGB for 


The secrets of those stunning video productions 


Here are some handy hints 'ft' tips on how to make your 
videographic productions took smashin'. These will hold 
true hi just about any format or way of working. 

The key to any successful production wiii be planning 
around yqur resources. Work out what you want to 
achieve and the simplest Kray of doing it Something done 
simply and welt will always loo k better than a more ambi- 
tious but ill-executed work. 

Your Amiga can run material rn real time, so take advan- 
tage of Ibis by organising as much as possible within il. 
Remember that as soon as it leaves the computer, quality 
starts going too. Presentation and authoring packages such 
M Showmaker and Elan Performer can help arrange the 
disparate elements ol your production ready far a single 
clean recording pass to yield the best results. 

Palette - VYhen preparing graphics for video, always steer 
dear of "pure* colours - pure red, green, and blue, These 
are termed "illegal colours”, because they tend to smear or 
"Weed" on tape. Any subsequent transfers down genera- 


tions will anfy exacerbate these effects, In general, choose a 
more restrained palette and avoid highly contrasting 
colours - you'll end up with cleaner and more effective 
results. 

Text - Always go for large, Chunky fonts, In Locate and 
spindly fonts tend to (ticker and do not go easy on the eye. 
Take care with embellishments such as drop shadows, and 
check their appearance on tape - they can all too easily end 
up obscuring rather than enhancing your work. 

Interlace - A TV picture is made up of two interlacing 
fields, so for this reason always use an interlace setting 
when constructing graphics - it will alert you to flickering 
effects from pixel-thick lines and badly contrasting colours. 
Flicker fixers are a waste of time in this game, as they usu- 
ally interfere with genlocks anyway. If it looks bad on your 
monitor, ten to one it'll look worse on tape! 

Blacking up - In professional use, all tape is recorded with 


black and striped with timecode before us#. Even when 
you are using VHS it's a good idea to record a black 
screen to tape before use. This will have the effect of min- 
imising tape noise between recorded 1 sections. 

Dropout - To avoid those embarrassing white flecks that 
can Occur with any format, try to refrain from pausing, 
fast forward and rewinding in preview mode, as these are 
usuaBy the culprits. The lower end mediums are the most 
vulnerable. 

Framing - Try to remember that you are bound to the 
shape and dimensions of the format of television and 
work accordingly to extract maximum impact. Avoid 
fussy screens and take care to work in "safe" areas so that 
the beginning and end of your screens don J t end up 
somewhere down the side of the television set. 

Monitors, tape and sets all seem to have very different 
ideas about screen sizes so pfay it smart and check il on 
tape before you commit yourself. 



Amiga Computing April 1992 




Video 


What you'll need 

Basic setup 

One or two VHS decks 

£S0 upwards each 

Rocgen 300 genlock 

£120 

Deluxe Paint IV 

£60 

Big alternative sootier 

£40 

Mid-range setup 1 

Rocgen 

£200 

DCTV 

£300 

DPaint4 

m 

Imagine 3D 

£2 TO 

Broadcast Titter 2 

£160 

Panasonic ss90 S-VHS 

£S00 

Panasonic mixer 

£1000 

Plus extra RAM and a second floppy drive at the very least, 

High-end setup 1 

GVP accelerator 030,6Mb RAM, 

200Mb hard drive 

£3,000 

GVP frame buffer bundle 

£1,700 

Software as above. Other options: 

Real3D 

£300 

TWaint 

£900 

$P Edit deck 

£1 0,000 up 

TransCoder 

£500 


recording!. Anyone considering working 
wilh digital at one inch machines will not 
need me to ponder their pros and cons - 
suffice lo say that i# you have reached this 
stage using your Amiga, you must certainly 
know what you are doing. All these for- 
mats have their good points, but generally 
cost and quality go hand in hand. 

The standard Amiga bundle comes as a 
complete, albeit limited, video- 
graphic studio. In your box 
you will find your Amiga, a 
graphics package such as 
DPaint. and a handsome modulator. To 
begin experimenting, connect this little lot 
together and plug the output of the mod- 
ulator to your VH5 deck. Set up a colour 
cycle or anim loop in the paint software 
and attempt to record it. 

Discrepancy 

Replaying the results will enlighten you 
to the first lesson in Amiga video - what 
you see on your monitor is not what you 
get on tape. This discrepancy is due to the 
fact that the RF-encoded signal from the 
modulator is too weak and unstable lor the 
the deck to record it properly, hence the 
Bickering and dull, smeary colours. If this is 
as far as you wish to take your system, best 
forget about tape and play work straight 
from the computer. 

To create a simple video setup, I would 
recommend the purchase of a genlock, a 
titter and access to a second VTR. The gen- 
lock will not only provide a stronger signal, 




it will allow you to mix in 
source material from one 
machine with Amiga- 
generated graphics to 
record onto the second 
deck. 

Thus* you can spice 
up your old videos with 
your own smart tides and 
graphics. If you only wish 
to record Amiga graphics 
then you can use the sec- 
ond VTR to generate a 
stable signal for your out- 
put 

I recently saw a 
local cable station using a 
similar setup to generate 
a teletext service with a 
rotating logo in the cor- 
ner, and very effective it 
looked too, A genlock 
allows you to begin to 
explore the bask pro- 
cesses of image layering 
that are the foundation 
of television and video- 
graphics. 

More than any- 
thing else - resolutions, 
screen size etc - the 
number of colours you 
are able to put onscreen 
will determine how pro- 
fessional your productions look. 
Broadcasting uses 24-bit planes to provide 
up to 16 million colours, which is approxi- 
mately the maximum an eyeball can . distin- 
guish. 

The basic Amiga can pump out 4,096 
(in its own peculiar fashion) which is nice 
enough for a computer, but a little light for 
even semi-pro work- A good halfway house 
between what the Amiga offers and the 
f professional needs is 
‘ y provided by pseudo- 
‘ frame buffers such as 
HANt-E and DCTV, 
Getting serious 
involves bypassing Amiga output and get- 
ting a frame buffer, access to frame-accu- 
rate recording and the best 
genlotk/en coder combination you can 
affiord. in order to integrate this with other 
editing and production facilities you will 
probably have to start considering sync 
pulse generators and dmebase correctors, 
and Ifoeir place in your world, 

A year ago there weren't any frame 
buffers available for the Amiga but now the 
potential videographer can hardly move for 
them, I cannot recommend any particular 
one - you're best off looking around and 
picking the one that suits you best, 

Things lo watch out for are software 
support and extras such as frame grabbing 
capabilities, Frame-accurate recording is 
necessary at this level as none of these 
devices can pump out video in real lime 
yet (some vapour-ware promises this, but 
you can be sufc it won't be cheap and it 



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frame recording are likely lo leave 5-VHS 
tape as ragged as a tramp's underpants. 
This format is best suited to frame-accurate 
editing and, l suspect, the medium is too 
fragile to withstand 250 recording passes 
over a ten second stretch of tape. 

This level really requires Belacam 5P, and 
this is where you will begin to realise what a 
cost effective system the Amiga can help 
provide. 

Speed and memory make life sweeter at 
any leud, but from DCTV up you are going 
to have to seriously consider upgrading 
your system, 1500/2000/5000 models are 
easier to upgrade, so if you're thinking of 
purchasing an Amiga specifically for video- 
graphic use then go lor one of these, The 
A5QQ, however, is increasingly well served 
for peripherals so it's still a good buy for 
non-frame buffer work, 

A package like TV Paint will need 16Mb 


Jmmjrjie b/ut 
Mir of (be 
ftiperb 

aratiahte (O 
r*w Amiga 
ridtogrophtn 

of 32-bit RAM to cut and resize a 740 x 
576 picture, and this is die kind of thing 
you will be repeatedly asked to do with this 
kind of package. 

That's just about all I'm going to say 
about setups, as I'm loathe to recommend 
particular pieces - what suits me is unlikely 
to suit another Always remember that 
software and hardware are needed to 
make a system work so budget seriously 
for both when you are planning. 

The great thing about graphic hardware 
and software is that you can see what 
you're getting, so start finding out what 
combinations will suit you best, 

I hope you have benefited from this arti- 
cle and it leads at least some of you lo 
begin experimenting with the video capa- 
bilities of the Amiga, There has never been 
a personal computer like it, and I'm sure 
it's closer than any other to the 
ones we'll see in the future. 


E3 



Glossary 

PAL 

Phase Alternate Line system. The European broadcast standard. 

wise 

National Television Standards Committee. The American standard, 
sometimes cruelly interpreted as Never Twice Same Colour! 

Genlock 

A device for mixing video sources by synchronising them. Capable of 
masks* wipes and fades. 

Generation 

This refen to the number of times that a recorded section has been 
transferred between tapes, Thus something recorded straight from the 
computer is "first generation" but it may to be looped up by recording 
to another VTR so It will go down a generation. Up to digital level the 
generation game is one where everyone loses in terms of quality. 

TBC 

Time Base Corrector, This expensive HttJe box tries to cope with the 
differences that arise between the icy precision of digital sync and the 
wayward wgw and flutter of tape and transport engineering. 

Y/C 

Luminance (brightness) and chrominance (colour). These are the basic 
components of the signal in S-VHS systems. 

A-B roll editing 

Combining source material from two VTRs to produce a seamless 
single edit. 

Timet ode 

This is a synchronisation code recorded onto tape in professional 
systems - and is also known as 5M PTE- It provides a reference for 
frame-accurate sync whatever machine the tape is played back on. 


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tricks as possible. 

If Medium is selected, the tricks are gener- 
ated randomly each time. With Hard, Charlie 
performs a whole sequence of tricks twice, 
and then begins a third. The child is asked 
which trick completes the sequence, If the 
answer is correct, then every -other turn 
another trick b added to (he sequence, One 
or two adults - including me - Have had 
trouble with this one! 

All in all. The Shoe People is an ideal 
debut program from the First Class label. AH 
selecliDnlifcept when running Margot's 
Magic Coloring Book with the mouse, are 
made v«ywasily by hitting the biggest key 


Sarah Williams 
tries out the 
latest batch of 
educational 
releases 


cated by the child. 

Baby Bootee automatically points to the 
object he wants placing on a shelf. Pressing 
che spacebar makes 5gt Major's baton paint 
at each shelf in turn. When the correct sheir 
is indicated, the young student hits- the 
Return key. 

Margot's Magic Colouring Book is a 

very basic paint program operated by key- 
board or mouse, though I'm sure young 
children will Find it very exciting as they fill 
shapes in one of five ready-drawn pktur^ft 
with colours, or create their own drawirgs 
from scratch. Pictures can be saved to di& 
and printed. 

The Great Alphabet Robbery is one* tor 
PC Bootl That shifty sole<f) Sneaker is tryirjg 
to escape after stealing the letters of ttje^ 
alphabet. The aim of this exercise is For w 
child to recognise 
MB words and letters 

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tered In other 

-T lPl Shoe People 

k activities. 


Trampy visits his Friends features friendly 
vagrant Trampy, who has a remarkable 
number of friends in Shoe Town. The trou- 
ble is, he only gets to see them at the end of 
his eventful jpumey if the young student is 
good at matching objects and finding a-r 
spelling the correct words. 

It starts with the simple 
matching of objects 
encountered by Trampv 
as he tramps his way 
towards a meeting with J 
Sergeant Major, and Up 
progresses to lypng ir 
the names of objects 
with no help from the computer as Trampy 
heads for a chin-wag with the Marshall. 

Sgt. Major Sorts It Out stars. Baby 
Bootee, who has brought chaos to Sergeant 
Major's store by knocking everything off the 
shelves, Now he has to pul things back in 
the right places. 

There are two levels, Easy and Hard. With 
Easy, each shetf already has die first object 
on it. In Hard, the shelves have to be aflo- 


The Shoe 
People 

Gremlin Graphics - 
£25.99 

Recommended for ages 4 to 6 


Young children win love the graphics and 
trie sound effects, particularly the sound of 
the Shoe People dumping along, as well as 
the noises made when Charlie bangs his 
drum, spins plates on sticks and performs 
other wonders. 

And to add even more value, the package 
also includes a Shoe People book. The Shoe 
Town Gotel Rush, worth BSp, and a badge 
featuring one of the She* People. 

Chne special note for teachers - the pack- 
age is aimed at National Curriculum attain- 
ment targets one to three. 

Spellbound! 

Lander Software - £25.99 

Recommended for ages 7 to 1E+ 

Spellbound! is really as much about learning 
gameplay, particularly control of a joystick, as 
it is about spelling. 

However, that’s not such a bad combina- 
tion of attributes. Learning should be fun, 
shouldn't it? And Larder software have pro- 
vided a superbly entertaining way of learning 
with this, one. 

You may already know something about 
the character Henrietta from Lander's previ- 
ous programs. You probably don't know, 
however, that she has an American cousin 
called Hal who enjoys a quest just as much as 
his English relative. 

Morgana has entrusted her magic wand 
to barmy genius Professor Grime, who has 
concealed it under locks and keys - five of 
each, to be predse. 

The player's job is to- guide Hal, in a heli- 
copter, submarine and spacecraft, in his 
quest foe the five keys. To win a key, you 
must spdl a word, a tetter of which is made 


Those leathery - but very friendly - chil- 
dren's cartoon characters, The Shoe People, 
have brought some genuine fun to the 
younger children's National Curriculum in 
this excellent double disk package on 
Gremlin's brand new Rest class label. 

Many skills essentia! for early success at 
school are exercised. Including memory, 
recognition of shapes, colours and patterns, 
and knowledge of the alphabet, numbers 
and words. 

There are three activities on each disk, all 
aimed at the lour to six age group. Each 
has various levels of difficulty. Those or* Ptft 
One are Trampy visits his Friends, Sgt Major 
Sorts It Out, and 
Margot's Magic [ / 

Colouring Book, while ■ 

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Great Alphabet 

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Coes to the Park ■ 

Charge's Big Day. JUQ 


• Wellington Coes 

to the Park offers five choices for the basis 
of the game - blocks, more blocks, .single 
■dice, double dice and numbers. A dice or 
numbers appear on one side of a see-saw. 

If the child recognises the number on the 
dice, or adds numbers together correctly, 
the see-saw creaks into the perfectly bal- 
anced position and Wellington jumps up 
and down in a puddle, covering himself 
with mud. If the answers are incorrect, a 
cloud appears, and rinses Wellington dean. 

Charlie's Big Day has the clown per- 
forms easy, medium or hard tricks, accord- 
ing to the child's initial choice. 

When Easy is selected, the student is 
asked what trick Charlie did first. If this is 
answered correctly, Charlie performs the 
same trick again, followed by another one. 
Now the child is asked to recall the two 
bricks, and so on to as large a sequence of 


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available to you in a random order each 
time you toll one of Professor Crime's clev- 
eriy disguised robots, You toll them by bit- 
ting your Fire button, thus causing your 
ship or craft to fire on the enemy. 

You can set up almost infinite levels of 
difficulty by specifying the number of lives, 
the speed of the robots, the quantify of fuel 
and whether the waifs you encoun ter are 
"safe" - they don't harm you when you hit 
them - or "deadly". The more difficult you 
make things for yourself, the more your 
potential for earning points. 

There are five adventures tor HaL and a 
key i s wdr each time an adventure is suc- 
cessfully completed - that is, when the let- 
ters for a word have been picked Lp in the 
correct order and the ship or 
steered to the final exit point, vfaic-n you've 
won the five keys, you gain passession^H 
the all-powertof wand, thus preventing fur- 
ther misuse of it. 

This is a program that almost anyone wifi 
find enjoyable, It's not possible to say whkh 
age group it appeals to most, though the 
skills involved mean that child 
about seven may find it too difficult 

Lander Software themselves 
sum it up when they refer to it as “com- 
puter edutainment''. 


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Picture 

Book 

Triple R Education - 
£ 19.95 

Recommended for ages 2 to 5 

Younger children usually team lower case 
letters before capitals, For this reason, they 
can be easily confused by the capital tetters 
on computer keyboards. 

ft's good to see that with Picture Book, 
Triple R Education have provided plastic 
keyboard overlays featuring lower case let- 
ters. 

Not only that - while one of the overlays 
is for the usual Qwerty keyboard, the second 
one has the keys in "a" to V order reading 
from top left to bottom right of the letter 
keys, The program is very easify switched 
from Qwerfy to V to V mode by select- 
ing the option from the main menu, 

So much for keyboard considerations - 
what about the program itself? Picture 
Book, which comes on one disk, comprises 
four programs - Alphabet, Snap, Spell it 


and Count 'Em. They will provide many 
hours of learning and entertainment for the 
target audience, and all four programs car 
be loaded into memory at once, so quite 
,.,.|ny t ^ liPc * refl can be left playing alone with- 
out the confusion Of loading. 

Alphabet is wHGffionic version of the 
traditions' ABC book. When a letter key is 
pressed 4 drawing of an item which begins 
with that letter, and the full name Of the 
item, on the screen. The size of each 
colourful drawing can be altered using the 
< a^» keys. 

^A/5th the largest picture size, the name 
of the item is not displayed, giving the par- 
ent or teacher the chance to check whether 
_th 6j chHdv^an^i^he word before it's 

revealed. 

Some of the dr swings are animated. For 
instance, T is Titrated by a jack-in-the- 
box, the jack springing out each time it is 
retyped. Most, if not all, children wilf partic- 
ularly like this feature, 

Snap is exactly what you might expect, 
with the added feature that you can choose 
whether to match two pictures, a picture 
and an Initial letter, or a picture and a 
word. Up to three children can play at 
once, with a designated key for each ptayer 
to try to hit first when two corresponding 
items appear. The first to score three is the 
winner. 

Count 'Em is an excellent introduction 
to the world of numbers. It involves the 
young players pressing the number key 
which corresponds to the number of pic- 
tures displayed. There are three levels - 
numbers up to three, sw and nine - which 
can be cycled through by pressing the 
spacebar. 


apple 


use <r > to oiler size 


Spell It has two lev- 
els - Easy and Hard - 
and is an ideal intro- 
duction to words, On 
the easy level, the word 
is displayed onscreen 
together with the cor- 
responding picture, A 
smaller version of the 
same picture is 
repeated as many 
times as there are let- 
ters in the word across 
the bottom of the 
screen, each one being 
replaced by a correct 
letter as thechiJd types. 

As the child attempts to copy the word, 
any correct letters pressed wifi be put Into 
the appropriate place, Incorrect letters sim- 
ply have no effect 

On the hard level, children have to by to 
spell without the words being displayed for 
copying, though help Is given after a noisy 
“fepirafy 1 sound if the child gets the word 
wrong, 

The graphics are simple and colourful - 
just right for the target agu group. Some of 
the sound effects - for instance, the mar of 
the lion, the meaow of the cat and the 
sound of the appto being munched - are 
excellent 

Picture Hook is a friendly and encouraging 
welcome to computers for the very young. 
Triple R Education have got it just right. 

Look! Hear! 

Hokianga Software - £45 

Recommended fo r ag es 4 to 0 

Look! Hear! is a bright way for younger chil- 
dren to learn haw to read and pronounce 
words. The program uses colourful, ani- 
mated graphics and so is probably more 
interesting to children than 
using the less inspiring 
alternative, a textbook. 

Natural digitised speech 
is a good feature of the ' 
program, especially as it's 
well spoken and easily ; 


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understood. This is specifically used to teach 
and test “sight words" - the 240 core words 
children up to and including the eight-year- 
ofd level should be able to recognise and 
pronounce instantly, 

Look! Hear! is presented on four disks. 
The first contains the program and the 
alphabet. Ydu can choose whether the 
alphabet should be displayed in small or 
capital letters. When the letters appear 
onscreen tihe vocals call what the letter is. 

There is a test involving the posting of 
envelopes, A letter is oiled om and to show 
you recognise it you dick on the envelope 
you think contains the tetter. If you've cho- 
sen the correct one, it will automatically be 
posted into a letter box. 

The second and third disks consist of 
T2 fists (six on each disk) of tore words, 
with 20 words in each list. As with the 
alphabet, you can play the test Also, you 
are able to show all of the words in a list 
at one time. 

The program is fairly simple for children 
to use, and has obviously been written by 
people who know something about main- 
taining children's interest. The speech is 
exceptionally clear and used particularly 
well. Even so, you can turn it off if you 
wish. 

The different screens are all neatly and 
brightly presented. If there is a young child 
in your household, why not give |^j 
their brain cells a challenge? tL 


Where to get them 


Triple Hi alphabet 


Gremlin Graphics Software Limited 
Carver House 
2 4 Carver Street 
SHEFFIELD 
SI 4FS 

Tel: (0742) 75 3423 

Lander Software 
Scctlander limited 
74 Victoria Crescent Road 
GLASGOW 

G 12 9|N 

Tel: 041 W 1659 


Triple fi Education 
1 Percy Si reel 
SHEFFIELD 
53 HAU 

Tel: 0742 7S037Q 

Hiririiiiupi Software 
PO Etux 67 
fiawen-e, Hokianga 
New Zealand 

TEL; 0473 (IN NZ) (09) 40S7 76 1 
(UK Supplier Marram Ltd cm 081 "Ml 
6117, or 0604 7CKM66} 





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A s with the Workstation disk, 
where SID formed the backbone 
of all disk operations, the 
GraphieStation depends primarily for its 
supreme ease-of-use on another directory 
utility, in this case Chris Pettet's excellent 
TDM (The Directory Manager), With TDM, 
the user can happily forget CU and Shell 
when It comes to a whole host of file and 
disk management tasks. 

Let's start TDM by selecting it on the 
Shortcut System menu, If Shortcut isn't 
active you might have to dick once with 
the left mouse button on the small 
Shortcut window at die top of the screen. 
Now hold down the right mouse button to 
reveal the menus. System is the leftmost 
menu and TDM the first option on It, so 
highlight and select TDM. 

Arter a bit of detninching, TDM's 
friendly colourful display will pop up. This 
sort of screen should be familiar to anyone 
who's used a directory utility in the past, 
but on the assumption that many of you 
won't have,, I'm going to annoy you by 
going through it one feature at a time (he, 
he). 

The main working area is split into two 
large windows with a strip of gadgets down 
the middle, Below this, along the bottom of 
the screen, there's another strip containing 
more gadgets for those Eager mouse fin- 
gers. There are no drop down menus in 
TDM - everything is accomplished with the 
left mouse button and the odd visit to the 
keyboard. 

We use the word "gadget" because it 
sounds less ridiculous than "button 1 , which 
is really all a gadget is. Now let's start click- 
ing on some gadgets, The first one you 
should go for is DFQ;, which you'll find at 
the top of the central gadget strip, This and 



Hit Info rcfuTnx a Jar of vatuvbir fnfarmttHent 
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the four other deep blue gadgets are for 
loading directory listings into whichever of 
the two large windows is active. 

The active window when you first enter 
TDM will be the left-hand one, denoted by 
its sunken 3D look, but you can choose the 
right-hand window by clicking on it before 
selecting DFO:. Note that the message win- 
dow above the gadgets will change from 
"Ready and waiting" 1 to "Reading directory" 1 
just so you don't worry about what the pro- 
gram is doing, 

What you'll see In the left window will be 
a list of all the files and directories on the 
QraphicStation disk, with directories shown 
tint in bright yellow and files shown last in 
deep blue to avoid confusion, Now dick in 
the right window to activate it and then dick 
on RAM:. 

Now go back to the left-hand window 
and click on the Preferences program. You'll 
see a little green arrow appear to the left of 
the file which marks it as selected. Any file 
with an arrow beside it in this way will be 
operated upon by the gadget you choose, 
but for now we'll concentrate on one file 
and dick the Copy gadget. 

After a quick disk access. Preferences will 
be copied to the RAM disk, from where we 
can quite safely mock about with It, First 
we'll call it "MyFile* 1 - To do this, click on 
Preferences again (the one in the RAM disk) 
and then on Rename in the central gadget 
strip. After the shareware message has fin- 
ished you can type the new name into the 
dialogue box and dick on OKAY to confirm 
your choice. 

Comments 

Next we'll add a comment to the file. 
Comments are saved with the file and can 
be examined at a later date. They are useful 
if you've forgotten what a particular file is 
for, especially if you have a hard drive with 
files scattered all over the place. 

To add a comment dick on MyFile (as it 
should now be called), then on Comment. 
As you're reading this column, the answer to 
the question you should see in the dialogue 
box will be "Yes, and dashed good value it is 
tool". 

Clear the comment out by pressing Ctrl 
and type in “Jonathan Potter's superb 
PPnefs program', then dick on OKAY to save 
the comment. Next, as Preferences is a 
rather important pro- 
gram, you might like to 
ensure you can never 
accidentally delete it. 

Click on MyFile 
again, then on Protect. 
This brings up a gadget 
panel containing infor- 
mation on the file's 
“protection flags". 
These are called flags 
because they can be 
either ‘'set" (on) or 
"unset" (off), and tell 
the Amiga whether it is 
OK to delste a file, and 
whether it can be read 




RAPHICl 



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or written to. At the 
moment, the top four fiags 
are set, which means prefer- 
ences can be deleted, read, 
written to, and executed. 

To make it impossible to 
delete this file, simply click on 
the Delete gadget and the D 
will disappear from the list at 
the top of the panel. If you 
now dck on OKAY, the flags 
will be permanently altered 
and MyFile will be impervi- 
ous to careless mouse clicks, 

To lest this, try to delete MyFile. TDM 
will display its usual warning box, but 
when you click OKAY to go ahead with 
the deletion, the message window above 
the central gadget strip will tell you that 
the file is now protected from deletion, 
and MyFile will remain in the RAM disk. 
Neat, eh? 

One Iasi operation you can use to gar- 
ner more information about a file is the 
File Info gadget on the bottom gadget 
strip. This is beside the up/down scroll 
gadgets on the left-hand side, so click on 
MyFile, then on File Info - you'll see an 
info panel pop up. 

This should tell you the file's name 
including the directory it is occupying, any 
comment attached to the file, its size in 
bytes and blocks, which protection flags 
are set and unset, and when the file was 
created, Alt this information comes from 
the file “header", which is a sort gf ID tag 
found on all AmigaDQS fifles. 

Firally, and if you really want to stick 
your trotters in the information trough 
and have a good tong guzzle, you can 
click on the Sys Info gadget opposite File 
Info. This brings up a panel showing avail- 


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able memory, split into chip and fast RAM, 
the current system lime, and the number 
of devices and assigns your machine cur- 
rently recognises. 

For details of exactly what assigns and 
devices are active, click on one of tine gad- 
gets at the bottom of the panel. Assigns, 
far example, will tell you which default 
assign there are, such as UBS; and DEVS;, 
along with any you've since set up, and 
the Devices gadget will report on anything 
that's either automatically mounted (such 
as DFO:) and anything that's since been 
mounted, which makes it a good way of 
checking if MessyDos has been successfully 
(ticked into life. 

That's all lor this month, You should 
have enough to be getting on with TDM 
at the moment 


Next month we ll take a look at con- 
figuring TDM using the TDMConED 
program, and the various additional 
uses it can be put to, such as editing 
fifes, running programs, and so on. 


Amigo Computing April 1992 








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Can you clear a screen in Steve Smith's 
Dragon Tiles, or retain your composure 
with Niall Summerville's Tettrix? 
Test your skills with this 
month's classic gaming duo! 


CoverDisklZ 



Tettrix 


D ragon Tiles as a game type 
should be familiar to many. The 
object is to dick on the various 
tiles, match up two symbols, and dear 
them away. The trick is to make sure you 
dear them in the right order, because if 
you fail to think your way through this 
deceptively simple game, you're almost 
certain to be left staring in hopeless fury 
at a pile of tiles you can't get rid of. 

Steve Smith's version of the game is 
easily the most colourful and eye-catch- 
ing I've seer on the Amiga. The game 


however, completely loses any soothing 
qualities as soon as you start to play. 
You'll be faced with a set Of differently 
shaped tile mounds to choose from, and 
believe me they get harder as they go 
along. To start with, go for the one on 
the top left q! the screen, as even begin- 
ners should complete this one alter a cou- 
ple of tries. The screen display will change 
to a full size image of the tile mound, and 
the first thing you'll notice is how cleanly 
and tolourfully everything has been 
designed. Tactically, you should always 


How to use the Disk 


First of all, you must make a backup 
copy of the CoverDisk. To do this, boot 
up with your copy of Workbench, then 
double dick on the Workbench di-sk 
icon, followed by tfie Shell or CLI icon. 
Mow type: 

DI5KCQPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: 

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

DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DTI: 

Follow the onscreen prompts until the 
copying procedure has ended, then put 
your original disk away in a safe place. 
Now switch off the machine and wait 
for 30 seconds before rebooting with 
the copy,. Wait until the CoverDisk icon 
appears, double click on it and away 
you gD. 

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


individual programs from your copy 
of the CoverDisk to a separate disk. In 
this case ensure that you fully under- 
stand which related files need to go 
with it. For example, all of the docu- 
ment files on the disk require that the 
text editor PPmore is in the current 
disk's C: directory. Therefore, if you 
copy the docs to a new disk you will 
also have to copy PPmore to the new 
C: directory before you can read 
them.Sonie of the smaiJer docs will 
not have been crunched, so for these 
you need only change the tool types 
on the icon's info screen to reflect 
whichever text editor you do have on 
the new disk. 

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

This can save a great deal of mess- 
ing about and can help you avoid all 
those Infuriating error messages? 


strive to remove the topmost tiles in 
order to work your way to the bottom 
layer in an even manner. This means you 
have to resist the temptation to go lor an 
easy combination by using a tile on the 
outside edge of the pile which is on the 
lowest level. If you succumb to this temp- 
tation, you will soon find you've fun out 
of twin tiles. 

A tile cannot be removed if both its 
left and right edges are covered by 
neighbouring tiles, In situations where a 
tile is completely surrounded, you have 
to carefully work your way towards it one 
tile at a time, and it's here you'll be most 
pressurised to make reckless use of easily 
available lower tiles. Try not to! 


♦ Dragon THJ&s is a shareware 

S. S ° '1 y0V llke ^ and 

‘" tend i( and keep 't 

Cto: 6nda£i ^ 


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C over Disk 



you gel it into the correct portion to Pll a 
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pressing the Tight mouse button will 
loom il into position. 

Any completely filled line of blocks will 
disappear accompanied with a sampled 
■'oh yeah1 Ji . The object of the game is to 
keep the box as empty a possible. Once a 
tower of blocks reaches the extreme left 
of the screen the game is over and you re 


Calc vl.2 

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Like most spreadsheets, il suiters from the initial disadvantage of be.ng visually 
unimpressive. That's because a spreadsheet is a just Large blank area of columns and 
rows into which the user types his or her figures and calculations. Once the spread* 
sheet has been filled up, however, things become a bit more interesting, and users 

|T with a practical mind 

will soon find Calc an 
invaluable tool. 

The sample 
database on the 
CoverDisk has been 
designed to keep 
track of petrol con- 
sumption, and takes 
all the hassle out of ! 
the calculations you'd 
normally plough 
through in order to 
gauge how well your 
car is performing. 

Load it up by 

choosing Load Irom the Project menu. You'll have to type in the name of the hie 
you're looking for as the current version of Calc unfortunately doesn't support a file 
requester, so' type "examples/petrol. spd" into the data entry cell at the bottom of 
column A (lower left-hand quarter of Calc's screen}, then press Return, 

When the file loads you should see a screen containing rows and columns of data. 
Each individual item of data is a -all-, which is referred to by the name of the col- 
umn and the number of the row it is in. The top left-hand cell is therefore calledAl , 
Calculations, as Calc's name suggests, are at the heart of every spreadsheet Tor 
example, all the cells in columns E and C of our petrol spreadsheet are calculation 
cells which operate on the contents of certain other cells. Using the Cursor keys, go 
to cell E5 and its contents will be displayed in the top left-hand comer of the screen. 
They should read; 


which is a calculation of the mil^-per-gallon figure reached when you divide miles 
travelled (B5) by litres used (0\ then multiply it by the number of litres in a gallon 

^Spreadsheets «n be used to keep a trait of stock terns, current total value of 
Stock wages and salaries, bank accounts, almost anything involving the handling ol 
large amounts of numerical data, in fact. There's enough room in Cate s SI columns 
lot most users and the program could well 
be the last spreadsheet you'll ever need. 


■peed test is carried out to gauge the 
machine's MIPS (millions of instructions 
jer second) and MFLOPS (millions of 
bating point operations per second) 
ratings. These should be treated with 
caution, as the MIPS count at least 
seems to be a bit pessimistic. When l 
tried it on a 6&D4G-equipped B2000, it 
returned a M1P5 count of no more than 
seven, half as fast as the rating provided 
by my usual MIPS tester. 

This gripe aside, Syslnfo Is one of 
those indispensable utilities everyone 
should have lying around, if you've 
never poked around Inside an Amiga 
with a screwdrwer, now's your chance 
to do so with impunity, and you won't 
even need the screwdriver] 


Shareware 
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Syslnfo v2.53 

Author: Nic Wilson 

Syslnfo has for a long time been the 
best Amiga system information pro- 
gram, and v2-55, with many improve- 
ments over earlier incarnations, works 
with all Amigas, including the 500 Plus 
and AJOOO. 

The program's (unction is simple but 
invaluable. When run it checks your 
Amiga to see how much memory it has, 
what type il is, what soft of peripherals 
you have attached, the type of Agnus 
chip with which your machine is 
equipped, and so on. 

The main screen has information 


panels for system software (your 
Kickstart ROM, intuition libraries and so 
forth), drives available, memory, and 
internal hardware. If, tor instance, you 
wanted to know what sort ol Agnus 
Chip your machine was fitted with, 
you'd look in the internal hardware box 
where Agnus. Denise, and Display types 
are all listed . 

At the bottom of the screen there are 
buttons for memory, boards, drives, 
and speed. With the first three oi these 
you can call up much more detailed 
information oh the various devices, but 
the last one, speed, is of particular inter- 
est if you're thinking ol buying an accel- 
erator board or already own one. 

When this button is clicked on a 


Tettrix 

Author: Miall Summerville 


Hlalt-t Tettrb, gam* is a vrerslw of Tetris’- me of the most popular end addle 
live computer games of ail time. I've never been much of a Tetris Ian, but m the 
course of testing Tettrix for Inclusion on the CoverDisk, I've become hopelessly 
and shamefully enslaved by It. I challenge you not to link into the same boggle 
eyed freniy every time you play It! 

The first navel difference offered by Tettrix over the usual Tetm game fc that 
it throws blocks at you In a horizontal direction, which should confuse Tetris 
Fans used to the more traditional vertical game layout. Apart from that, the 
game plays in an identical manner to the original and Is every bit as obsession- 

^™To re orientate a block before plating It on the grid at the right of the 
screen, elkk the left mouse button. This will rotate the block and should help 


treated loanapfj' a,MP ' M1 jr™ . , , .. 

Unlike the original game, and most of the tired looking clones in the PO mar 
kel, Tettrix offers a bagful of extra features, including a random game and cos 
tom game option, In conjunction with a full level editor. , 

Random games will present the player with a Tettrix screen already dolled 
with small blocks, making the game a great deal more difficult to play, but Cus- 
tom names can be designed by the user to his or her tastes. 

The level editor offers features such as complete control over colour schemes 
and the number of lines to be completed before the level is over , As it is P a «ed 
with features and very well documented In NMTl Tettrlx.doc file, I II not go into 
ft In detail here, but if you want to play a Tettrix game that's really yours, check 
out the on-dlik documentation. 


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16 million colours 

GVH Impact Vision 

Rambrandl 

Harlequin IMH 

Harlequin 2MB 

Harlequin 2MB 

Harlequin 4MB 

TV Paint 24 bit paint program 

TV Record 

TV Display 


ICD Ad IDF 

Inexpensive alternative to a full SCSI 
interface 

AdIDE/40 is for the A 2000. Fits under 
CPU chip card and uses no slot. The 4t1 
pin cable included connects it to a 
standard 3-5" hard drive. €79 

AdlDE/40 Kit is for the A5(H), It allows 
you to replace art internal drive with a 
quantum low profile hard drive. 
Iticludcs cables, hardware and a 
shuffle to allow tin external drive to be 
DFO €99 

ArtlflP/44 is for mounting a 2 -5 ,r drive 
inside the A5IK3. Includes 44 pin cable 
and mounting brackets. £99 


A500 

Amiga 5OT+ €399 

Amiga 500+ , 2MR €445 

Amiga 500+ , 20MI1 Internal hard 
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Amiga 500+ , 52QMB G VP hard disk 

£7 SO 

A 1 500, A3IXJO also available £POA 

Monitors and printers also available 

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Chips 

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Powc r M ouse € 1 5 

Optical Mouse €29-95 

Replacement optical mouse mat £9-95 
A500 Dust Cover £9 

Maxell multi colour branded disks 
(10) £9 95 

Floppy disk £FOA 


Blitz Amiga 

Back up disks at Lightning speed 
Stops all external drives from clicking 
Contains anti-virus from being written 
into the bootbloeker £25 


Power Scanner 
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Power Scanner, 5 12K of RAM with 


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68030 compatible 

Videon v3 0 £199 

Video Lock Amiga Genlock £199 

V i dc on 3 ■ 0 A Video 1 oek £389 




PC Emulators 

KCS PC Power Board £235 

KCS A 2000 Power Board, includes 
MS-Dos 4-01, GW Basic. Shell, Dos- 
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Without Dos £179 

Adaptor for A1SOOA2CKXVA3[H» £-69 '95 


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DiskTalk 

Author. Nico Francois 

From the man whose PowerPacker pro- 
gram made it possible to cram over a 
megabyte onto an B80k floppy tomes a 
utility to play sound samples every time a 
disk is inserted and removed irom the 
drive. 

To run DiskTalk, either select it from 
the Shortcut menu or double dick on its 
icon. The program will run, load two 
samples into memory, and appear on 
your Workbench screen in its ortn little 
window to remind you that it's there. 

Now eject your CoverDisk and put it 
back in again. Hear the difference? With 
the appropriate sampleSj DiskTalk could 
be anything from brilliantly funny to 
downright rude. 

You can choose the sample to be 
played by going to CU and typing; 

mu BISKTHE [M3 I0JT1 

where [IN] and [OUT] are the full names 
and pathnames of the samples you'd like 



to play, You can also set the samples by 
a lie-ring the program's icon tool type S- 
This will have to be done from a 
Workbench disk, as there wasn't enough 
space on the CoverDisk to include 
nfo library in US LIES; directory. 

Try some of the extra samples in the 
DiskTalk directory. They might surprise 
you! 

Guru! 

Author; Richard Skeen 

Guru’ is an extremely handy utility which will attempt to explain what the computer 
means when it gives you a Guru alert and al! those incomprehensible numbers. 

To use Guru! just take a note of the left-hand eight digit number on your Guru 
alert, then go to the 0-1 and type; 

GURU 

You wilt be prompted to enter the number, and then Guru! will tdl you what it can 
about the cause of the alert. 

This information will be o! more use to programmers than anyone else, but it, tor 
example, you've just bought a new RAM expansion and you start getting Gurus, the 
program should be able to confirm for you whether the errors are being caused 
because of a memory problem. 

Remember - the more you can find out about what's going on inside your Amiga, 
the better your chances of figuring out if anything terminal is wrong with it. 


Tune of the 
Month 

This month's tune Is Breath of Air. 
by Neil Davis. The song is a mellow 
piano based arrangement with skill 
f ljI variations and a melody you tan 
sit back to. 

Shareware 

update 

We must be barking mad! On the 
February CoverDisk, we brought 
you The Directory Manager (TOM) 
and Dictator, two excellent share 
ware programs. What we neglected 
to do was print our customary 
shareware notices tor these pro 
grams (You're fired - Ed), 

If you use add like Dictator, you 
should send a £S shareware dona 


1 Think you can do better? 
Want to be famous? 


We art always an the lookout Tor new, quality 
Amiga programs for ttie CbVffDtfk IF you think 
you have wriltofl something good enough For oth- 
ers to share and enjoy, please- i*nd n In and weT 
have a look. 

The Ami'g? Computing CovwOisk is used by 
thousands ci Amiga owners every month in places 
aU over die world From New Zcalard to the USA, 
SO if your submessHxi finds its way onto She disk, 
you tauld be famous! 

please make tore you list AliL Workbench and 
other files nrasary tor she program to work. Fed 
Iree to design your qwri icons For progs which run 
from Workbench, hut please- don't make them too 
big. 

If you ensure your program, is as compatible as 
passible with a wide range al Amigss, it -will afro 
stand a better chaw* aP pubfeiltorv We are espe- 


cially Interested in programs designed 10 
with the AJDOO, although if they wcdf only with 
tire r»?w machine they'll have id be quite small. 

We art prepared to pay our current rate Id 
arkjmil wort whirii hasn't been distributed in any 
Other way and wtwh Furs not been put in the pub- 
lic domain, 

II you wish your program to be released as 
shareware or freeware w¥ will be hippy to puU-sh 
a, but would, Ol course, be happer H we'd been 
9**fl ft first! 

Your submission MUST be accamparveO by (he 
submissions team,, a ct^jy •ofl ■!, ot a signed dredrara- 
Itofi to the same sheet. Please Supply your full 
naene, addrfti and phone number. 

Unfortunately we cannot undertake to return 
disks sent to ui as ihe volume of submissions 
m*K the an imp*X*iaJ ettfose. 


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Daytime phone. Evening ptrafie... 

Submission Size.. 


Submission name:... 


Type 1 ot program: Game I Utility — Tune — Other,, 


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me materiel cm this disk is mine. I dtoiVL steal it irom wmr** else. It hasn't been put* 
lisJwd before and I haven't submitted it L-lsewhert because I wani to 

publish ft. I understand that by iufcinin*<4 my wo* '□ *m go CantpvJmp and *gnfcig ton 
d«-l a raita^ I nm qh'iug lull apyright control «s Europe FWtntiuni Ud. 

i und^tarto that IF my submit is bought by Am-w Camput.ng I 
rant npcJfcxble rate 1 know what copyright me™* and L will be responsible tor any puuF 
bit litigation, aming from breach ot it by Eu impress Publications Ltd as a result <A using my 
jubmiislon. 

Pbif your ji*t™ssrtwH 

WJTjr x copy of r«a hmm to 

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CoverOisk Submissions, Enopa House, 
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Steven will then keep you up to 
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his excellent games. 

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QFind 

Author Laity Phillips 

This program is for hard drive owners 
only P so if you don't have a hard drive, 
you won't be able to make use of it, 
QFind is designed to make searches 
through hard drives lor small well-hidden 
files much easier than listing the contents 
ol your hard drive or browsing around 
with 5ID or TDM. 

To use the program, you must first 
copy il to hard drive and set up a direc- 
tory you can ASSIGN as FindDB;. Next 
you run the companion program UPDAT- 
EDB, found in llw QFind directory. This 
lakes four or five minutes to scan the 
entire hard drive and build up a picture of 
what's on it, then it saves the directory 
picture in FindDB:, When Find is run, it 
will check the file and look for your 
selected program there. 

tt follows that you should run UPDAT- 
ED0 every so often so that it doesn't 
become hopelessly out of date, but you 
shouldn't have to do this more than a 
couple of times a week unless your hard 
drive is regularly having a great marry files 
written to it and deleted from itl E3 


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post, please return it to; 

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Nun- subscribe il you bought y*ur rnagailw Irom a shop and found that the CovtrOtsk was | 
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"agaffie can't tail to have heard of Scala - the 
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-Tncft d amateurs and professionals alike. 

Scata5O0 r s parent program quite literally 
Sro*e ground m Amigo-based pteterita- 
'jcr. m both DTV and as a interactive multime- 
d* system 

Nw the creators of this highly acclaimed 
uf have released a video titling variant 
i squarely at the cost-conscious end of 
the market Although at first glance both sys- 
tem appear almost identical there are some 
dfferenctt which make the possible applica- 
•.umvand flexibility of each very different. 

Before we delve into the pros and cons of 
toe system, it r s worth a closer look at the oper- 
ation of the program and its impressive array of 
matures in order to set the scene and introduce 
toe uninitiated to what exactly makes it tkjk. 

Like Its bigger brother, Scala500 has an 
etceflent interface. As a result, mastering the 
urogram is a breeze. After only a few hours of 
indent twiddling and tinkering, the manual 
becomes merely a colourful addition to the 
bookshelf, 

The production process starts with the ever- 
present slide sorter which allows you to add 
pages and define at which point each will 
appear in (he sequence, how long it will dis- 
til - Or whether you'd prefer its appearance 
to be controlled by the mouse. In addition you 
can define exactly which effect is employed to 
ntroduce each page in the sequence. 

More general options include editing frames 
rdvidually, viewing a senes of selected pages 
and, of course, the loading and saving of 
Scripts - the format in which a® your creations 
are stored 


Backdrop 


At the start of a new project the first task is 
to open a new page and apply toe backdrop of 
your choice. Once New is selected the pro- 
gram instantly defaults to its background Ole 
requester, prompting you to select an appro- 
priate image from the impressive selection. 
Alternatively you could even create your own 
backdrops in DPainL The program accepts 
either eight colour creations in hi-res or 16 in 
med-res, Ail you need do tell the package 
where to find them. 

Once the background is defined, the pro- 
gram instantly loads the Be and defaults to the 
composition screen which adds a menu bar 
ready for the addition and stylising of both text 
and brushes - which again come as part of the 
package. 

While on the subject of text, it's perhaps 
worth fishing around for a tew extra fonts as 
the program is only supplied with four as stan- 
dard. Excellent though they are, a regular user 
will soon find such a small selection very restric - 
tive Brushes, however, are a different story 



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altogether, with a huge selection of excel- 
lently drawn images coming with the pack- 
age. 

As with the backgrounds, brushes can be 
manufactured externally and added to the 
selection. Brush handling and styling is per- 
haps the most impressive aspect of the pro- 
gram. Both manufactured and supplied 
images can have all the styling additions usu- 
ally reserved solely for text 

As a result a brush car boast either 30 or 
drop shadow in a variety of user-definable 
directions - outlines, bold itaEc and under- 
line - with mixed results, plus pre-defined 
page position. 

All toe elements, text or brushes, «n be 
moved and placed in any position either 
over or underlaying other elements. All the 
onscreen components can have their partic- 
ular effects adjusted individually whether It 
be 3D or shadow length, outline width and 
in toe case of text, character spacing and so 
on. 

If we assume the new page is now chcdt- 
a-block with suitable text and assorted 
brushes, toe next job is to add toe whistles 
and bells which bring the image to life, just 
like toe application of effects, each line and 
brush can have its own introduction to page. 

Selecting any element followed by the 
movement icon reveals yet another 
requester lull of assorted introductions. 
Simply click, select and assign a suitable 
speed and an optional delay. 

Again the selection of intros is impressive, 
if perhaps a little shorter than that of the 
original Scala. Nevertheless, it's unlikely that 
you'll run out of inspiration for a very tong 
time. The intros take two basic formats, 
either movement versions whkh slide the 
element into the page from a pre-defined 
direction or toe second type whkh reveal toe 
object on the spot via a senes of wipes and 
fades. 

Once all the elements have toeir intros 
assigned, it’s time to return to toe compila- 
tion screen and examine your creation via 
the Show button which runs the particular 


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page in its entirety. If you're not happy with 
any aspects of the show it can be altered by 
repeating the intro assign process, or juggled 
around the screen with the Move option - 
wtikh offers a handy blanket selection option 
making toe grouping and movement of vari- 
ous, elements simplicity itself. 

Although ScakSOO is the usual Digital 
Creations classic, there are a few points which 
detract sfightiy from its claim to fre the ulti- 
mate video tilling system. Firstly, it doesn't 
support externally created animations - an 
option which its bigger brother does. 

This may seem a rather niggly point, but 
the inclusion of DPaint anims within Scala 
does make a significant contribution to the 
impact of its presentation- Its exclusion is. even 
more surprising considering Scala500's gen- 
locking potential, whkh if employed properly 
can leave jaws dangling in amazement. 

The second disappointment is the pro- 
gram's inability to employ wrap-around text, 
an effect employed on just about every TV 
programme ever created. No doubt because 
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pre-prepared text. 

The lack of wrap-around scrolling, text 
importation and the inclusion of cartoon- 
style brushes does give the package a rather 
light-hearted feel. In other words, if you 
want to knock out titles for a socially aware, 
deep and meaningful documentary, 
ScalaSW isn't toe ideal choice. 

All in all, I think the package speaks for 
itself. It is easy-to-use, high quality software 
that provides impressive results which are 
guaranteed to leave a smile on both your face 
and those of your audience, 

If you're interested, at least 2Mb of extra 
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T his month well concentrate on the virtual side of the machine's teatares with’ 
a look at a whole range o f enhancements far the ever-growing bend of ray 
tracers. To start things off we'll open with the long awaited arrival ot Space 
forts, created by RGB software and dlilributed by those artistic aficionados, Alternative 
Image. 

The ten fonts in the set come in a variety oi original styles and cover the entire char* 
acter set in both upper and lower case. As you cart see from the examples, some excel- 
lent results ate possible, but keep «n mind that all the Images are 24 -bit creations. If 
you r re wording with Ham yon won't achieve the same quality, but that certainly Isn't 
the fault of the fonts. 

The fonts themselves are strictly format specific. In other words, if you use more than 
one tracer you could face investing twice in the same font - unlikely perhaps, but worth 
remembering. The slightly faceted look on close up can be reduced with the assistance 
of ftaceTrace which Is covered more fully below. On the other hand, you can cheat by 
adding a bump map to the edge of the font as In the Alternative Image example. 

Asrde from the one Font/one formal restriction, the main limiting factor is sure to be 
Ihe price. Each font retails at a frightening £25, and with the complete collection run- 
ning to £250 it's sure to put them far beyond the means of the average punter, for the 
pros they may prove a good investment, simply due to their time saving potential. 

Fortunately for we mere financial mortals, there is an alternative. If time isn't your 
top priority you can do exactly whal RBG have done and employ their fiaceTface 20 to 



■ SoftwarefZi 

3D conversion program to transform a standard Amiga font into its three-dimensional 
counterpart. 

Creating an entire character set will lake a long time and it's this very commodity that 
pub the £25 price tag on each Space Font. Race! race will still set you back £99.95, hut 
armed with it you car create as many or as few characters as you require. And of course, 
RaceTrace isn’t lim ited to fonts - any 2D image car be transformed into a 3D object. 

In fact, with the assistance of RaceTrace your own fonts can actually be superior to the 
commercial alternative, as more 
time can be spent removing 
facets within an object - exam- 
ples of this can be clearly spotted 
in the dose up of the AC image. 

For more details contact 
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Space Pont 
Tools 

Continuing in the same three-dimensional 
vein, RGB software have released another 
program which may prove to have much- 
more mass market appeal. Space Font 
Tools is released in conjunction with its 
namesake to add more flexibility to the 
new font sets, 

Equipped with this £25 utility, the 
potential of any 3D font - or object come 
to that - gets an impressive boost. The 
program operates in two dimensions, a 
strange concept for a three-dimensional 
font editor, hut it simply means that 
you're allowed to edit both the x and y 


co-ordinates whilst the z or depth is left 
untouched. 

As a result, it's possible to add an italic 
efteti and either stretch or shrink the 
actual height and width of the font. Both 
effects can be applied simultaneously, and 
as you an see from the default and edited 
Amiga logo, the changes can be quite 


Taw! 

B r ~l~ | 

n»r tafcrfrcr. Space 

ftwrf Took In oN III ihnpthtk qlnry 


Up cJeht, 
ipoltSng lottli 
bccat net a pood 
detri easier 


Paul Austin rounds up 
this month's new 
selection of graphics 
and DTP software 


startling. Actually creat- 
ing the desired font 
style is simplicity itself. 

■Clicking on either of the 
two dimension selector 
toggles between the 
Italic and Stretch 
options precedes 
adding the desired effect via a mouse and 
slider combination. Alternatively, you can 
type in the changes directly from the key- 
board. 

To see what’s happening, a standard 
font is supplied above the slider to give 
you an idea of what your new font will 
look like. The letter in question is simply a 
generic representation to Illustrate the 
applied effects. 

To view any character within a font it 


An ftuprmifw ciample fri fait how IMiiVil 
diftererKt Space fcnf Taaii tan make to 
a itnndard foot 

first needs to be selected as the current 
letter and viewed via the show icon. The 
standard font is then immediately 
replaced by a wireframe representation ol 
the sdecled character. 

Obviously processing each character 
individually would be a tedious process, 


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so RC6 have kindly added a number of alter- 
natives. The first is the option to use the 
same changes applied to the individual 
across the entire character set automatically 
saving the new font to a predefined output 
path. 

If you don't need the entire set, a text 
requester has been added which will process 
only the component characters with the text 
- very handy if you're short on disk space. 

An added bonus of the package is that it 
isn't restricted to font editing. Because it 
works with objects rather than true fonts, the 
program couldn't care Jess if the object actu- 
ally represents a letter or not 

Afi a result, any object can be loaded into 
the editor and have its dimensions squashed, 
stretched and tilted as the fancy takes you. 
This might not be an everyday need, but it's 
a useful trick if you want to quickly re-model 
an eating object. 

As with Space Fonts, the accompanying 
editor comes in a wide variety of formats 
retailing at a very tempting £25 a time, for 
more details contact Alternative Image on 
0533 440041 or fax 0531 440650. 

PageStream 2.2 

PageStream has for a long time been 
ProPage's only serious challenger, and has 
evolved considerably since its initially disap- 
pointing start, The last year alone has seen 
two upgrades in the form of 2.0 
and 2.1, but with 2.2, 
PageStream seems at last to have 
come to its full maturity. 

The user interface has always 
been the most annoying aspect of 
working with PageStream, and if 
is no surprise that SoftLogik have 
given it a complete overhaul for 
this release. Gone are the old- 

fashioned looking requesters and 

the intensely irritating refusal 10 Xirtrujvg 
acknowledge double clicks, and 


in place of all this there is a smooth, 
attractive, and thoroughly Workbench 
2.04 look and leel. 

In common with the latest versions of 
Pro-Page, P52.2 has gone for the WB2.0 
look like a rat up a drainpipe, leading to 
the full implementation of radio but- 
tons, standardised file requesters, and a 
much more consistent and logical 
approach to requesters in general. The 
result is that for first time users PS2.2 b 
a lot easier to come to grips with than 
its predecessors 

The changes, however, are rot 
merely cosmetic. A host of annoying 
idiosyncredes, bugs, and omissions 
have been ironed Out or put to rights 
and several new features added- The 
most enjoyable and useful of these are 
die import options and the font conver- 
sion Utility supplied with the disks. 

The Ascii test import module has 
been improved for greater compatibility 
with Mac and PC-style Ascii text, there's 
a new Encapsulated Postscript (EPS) 
Importer with direct support for Adobe 
Photoshop files, giving the user full 
access to the masive range of Mac dip 
art floating around out there, and you 
can now preview TIFF files before 
importing them. 

In addition, the existing modules 
have been greatly improved so that 
there should be none of the problems 
earlier releases suffered when importing 



from ftyent Ed rhtWifHtptn cnn be created wJUt 


P® 


Amiga Computing April f 992 


TVpaint arrives on the IV-24 

After another call fo The Amiga Centre Scotland's Martin Lowe, it's been confirmed that 
an Amiga 24-bit paint package is on its way for the IV-24. The final touches are sbli 
being added but Martin already has a prototype of TVpaint vL6, often regarded as the 
machine's top [Mint package, for the board. 

It should be with me by the time you read this, so tune in next month for the first 
look at what the IV-24 has been waiting for. 


ProDraw clips, for example. With the 
improvements and new options and the 
font converter, PageStream is about the 
most flexible of the current crop of 
Amiga DTP packages in this respect. 

Font conversion is simplicity itself. 
MS-DOS PostScript fonts can be used 
directly if ported to the Amiga using a 
CrossDOS type utility, but those used on 
Macintoshes are in a slightly different 
format and have previously been 
unavailable to Amiga owners. As Macs 
have possibly the largest selection of 
fonts you're ever likely to find, the inclu- 
sion of a font converter to port Mac 
fonts across to the Amiga for use in 
PageStream cannot be over-praised. 

Converting 

To convert a font, simply save it to an 
AFE disk and get it onto the Amiga using 
CrossDOS, or port it directly with Mac- 
2-005. Once the font is in memory or 
on your hand drive, you run the printer 
fonts file through the converter, which 
takes just a couple of seconds, and the 
font is ready to use, Vqu'IE still have to 
buy the fonts of course, but you'll have 
a great many more to choose from- 

Users of high-end HPGL plotters will 
be pleased to see the introduction of an 
HPGL driver. This means that 
PageStream can be used to produce 
high quality signs, drawings, and preci- 


sion-plotted output in the form of draw- 
ings or complete sign templates when 
used with the correct plotter/sign cutler. 
This alone could give the package a 
whole new market. 

HatLinks support Is the test major 
inclusion. This new system aims to pro- 
vide an idiot-proof rival for AHexx in that 
any program with HotLinks support can 
"publish" its IFF or Ascii files and any 
other compatible program can "sub- 
scribe" to the file. When the file is 
updated, HotLinks automatically updates 
the file in every other program using a 
copy of it 

This means you can touch up your 
□TP graphics from another program or 
edit a PageStream Ascii file to the correct 
column length without having to do it in 
the DTP environment. When the graphic 
or file is updated, your PageStream page 
is automatically updated at the same 
time. Well be covering this exciting new 
development in later issues and lining up 
P52.2, ProPage 3.0, and Saxon Publisher 
1.2 an a DTP battle-of-the -giants, so 
keep your eyes peeled- 

PageStream 2.2 Is much more than 
just a skin job. It is a well-considered and 
solid improvement over 2.1. Registered 
users will be receiving their bee updates 
as we go to print. Users of other pack- 
ages are advised to give 
PageStream another look- 



Now for the bad news 

If you’re regular to the update pages you're probably well aware of the Imminent 
release of C2 J s Imagk paint package no the IV-24. Unfortunately for IV users the 
deal has fallen through. 

During a conversation with G2's Greg HollSdge, it soon became apparent that 
G2 don't feel it would be in their interest to support the board. 

After eliminating technical difficulties the obvious question was why they fell 
the need to pull out of the project. After putting this point to Greg it appears that 
it's purely a matter of speed. As anyone who either owns or has read our review 
of the IV-24 will know, speed isn't the system's strongest point - especially con- 
cerning the rather disappointing Macro paint package. 

Apparently the speed problems are caused because of the board’s approach lo 
image transfer Unlike other systems, the IV 24 doesn't suppty ils output direct to 
the monitor - first it passes through the onboard llicker fixer which contains a resr 
ideni library that converts the raw data from the board Into a suitable display for- 
mal. The actual image data is transferred in either four six-bit or eight four-bit 
blocks. 

A? a result, processing is significantly slower than other frame buffers, which is 
the primary reason fnr some of Macro Paint's idiosyncrasies when updating the 
screen. According to both Greg Hcllidge and The Amiga Centre Scot land's Martin 
Lowe, the update limitation is unavoidable due lo the architecture of the board. 
As a result, IV users will simply have to console themselves with l he rest ol the 
card's bdll-in abilities. 




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DISKETTE 


STORAGE BOXES 


Bam Bo* 

Stacks horizontally and 
vertically and can hold 
upto 90 3.5" diskettes 


Ail our flgrage bones 
come with, anti slaDc tid, 
(wo keys and dividers 
where applicable 



3.5" 100 qsipaciiy box 
3.5" 3D capacity ban 
50 capacity box 
3.5* JO capacity box 
5.35" 100 capacity box 
S.25’ 1 50 capacity box 


Offer 

Deduct El .00 irom above 
box price if purchasing a 
cuanitly ot diskettes 
(Min 25 disks) 


5.25" or 3.5* 

10 capacity traces 


5 

10 


Stackable Storage Boxes 

These boxes are ideal 
.for the person who 
requires ah alternative to 
the standard style box or 
who has a large number 
of disks lo store 


Posse Son 


fba Rosso 


ISO 3 5" diskettes or 
70 5.217 11 diskettes and 
can be stacked 
hoivonflally or vertically 

Please Stale 3.5" or 5-25" 
version when ordering 


Bulk Storage Ho* 

ideal for bulk storage of 
diskettes, eacn bo* can 
hold Lipto E50 3.5" 
diskettes 


JOYSTICKS 




Speetikvng Standard 
Speeding AuigRre 
Speedking Sega 
Megednue 
Navigator 

St*ng Rgy Standard 
Sting flay Aulofire 
Sting Ray Sega Megadnvs 
Manta Ray Standard 
Manta Ray Auloftre 
Manta Ray Sega 
Megadnve 
Zipfilick Standard 
Zipstick Autotira 


C9-95 

£10.95 


£10,95 
£13 95 
£14,95 
El 5.95 
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£12.35 
EH. 96 


».9S 

1,95 




CornpetitMKi Pro 5000 
Black 

Competition Ptd 5DO0 
Clear 

Companion Pro do Extra 
Competition Pro Extra 
Compeliiion Pro Star 
Etymon 1 Turbo in 
{OS137F} 

Pyihph 3 Saga Megadnve 
Apache 1 (Q5131) 
Fligntgrip 1 (Q5129E) 
Maverick 1 (OSl3BFf 
Chrimera 3 Sega 
Megadrive fQ$140) 
intruder 1 (OS 149) 
hHrgder 3 Sega Megadiiwe 

(OS 150) 

Aviator 1 (Q$t55) 

Aviate* 3 Saga Megadrive 
(03156) 


ACCESSORIES 


AH aur accessories are 
Of «he lugheSI quHfiiy 


General 

Mouse mat 
Mouse pocket 
3.5" disk drive deaner 
5 25" disk drive cleaner 



Atari due) cover 
Amiga dust cover 
Star LC10 dust cover 
Star LC24-10 dust cover 
Star LC2tlO ousl cover 
Star LC24'200 dust wver 
2 . piece pnnier Eland 
Titl 'n' turn monitor Stand 
Manftor plrynth 


EDUCATIONAL 


SOFTWARE 


Switches and Cables. 


Monitor Cables 

Amiga to CBM 10S4S 

monitor cable 

Amiga to Philips CM6B33 

caibte 

■ Amiga lo scad cable 
Amiga to HiiachuGranada 
7 pin dir 

A ruga to multisync 15 pm 
3 row plug 

Amiga to mJlisync 15 pm 
3 way socket 



DeiaiPrinteir Castes 
Parallel printer cable 
36 way lo 36 way 
centre™^ cable 
25 way D-type mate.'male 
cable 

25 way D-type 
malattemade cable 
25 way D^type Pemflem 
cable 


Data Switches 
2 way parallel data switch 

2 way senal data switch 

3 way parallel data switch 

4 way parallel data switch 


Miscellaneous 
Anihge 4 player adapter 
Atari 4 player adapter 
MousftipuysiK: 1 : switcher 
Mouse/joyshck extender 
cable 


PRINTER RIBBONS 


We stock a large 
range ol ribbons If ypu 
can't see your particular 
type listed then ptease 
phone us rot a Quote. 


Star 

IC1Q mono- 
LCio colour 
LC24-10- mono 
LC200 mono 
LC2O0 cctour 
LC24-2W mono 


1 

£2.95 

£3.95 

£4.95 

£5-50 

£10.95 

£4,95 


LC24-2D0 colour £11-95 


5 

£13,25 

£26.75 

£22,25 

£24,75 

£49.25 

£22.25 

£53.75 


CKIwn 120D 
Mona 

GiLiien Swift 24 
mono 

Citizon Swift 9 
mono 

Citizen Swift 24 
colour 

C*lizen Swift 9 
colour 


£3.29 
£3-29 
£3,29 
£11 95 
£1 1 .95 


£14,00 
El 4,50 
£14.90 
£53.75 
£53.75 


Advanced system 
programmers gu>de 
Amiga 3D graphics baac 
programming 
Amiga bast iraide 
and Cut 

Amiga C advanced 
programmers guide 
Amiga C lor beginners 
Amiga DOS inside and aut 
Amiga DOS puck 
reference 

Amiga desktop video 
guide 

Amiga disk drives inside 
and Qul 

Amiga for beginners 
Amiga machine language 
Amiga punters inside 
and cut 
Amiga System 
programmers guide 
Best Amiga tricks and bps 
Making rriuStC OU 
the Amiga 


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£18 


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£ia 

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Sega Game Gear 




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m Ptmo 
rvjlas Boxing 
Madden U S. Football 


Game Gear Software 

Columns 

Pengo 

Psychic Wgrtd 
Puller Golf 
Soper Monaco G P. 
Wonder Boy 
Woody Pop 
Dragon Crystal 
Donald Dock 
G Loc 
Golden Axe 
Mickey Mouse 
Ninja Garden 
Outrun 

Space Hamer 
Shinobi 
Baseball 
Frogger 

doe Momanna Fqabell 
Kinetic Connooion 
Talol 



iy Mouse- 

£31 .45 

AC mains adaptor 

TBA 


W Lair 


AV cable 

TBA 


ifcrbOy III} 

£27,95 

Car lighter adaptor 

TBA 


'■Siker 

£27.95 

Game Gear to Game Gear 


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£27.95 

cable 

TBA 

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Goi Tour 

£31 .45 

Game Gear TV lunor 

TBA 


Mty Star II 

£45.95 

R&chargatAd battery pack 

TBA 



£31.45 



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U it! 

£24.45 



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£27,95 




ow Dancer 

£27.95 




e Hedgehog 



T6A 

£27,95 

£34.95 

£27.85 

£27.96 

£27.95 

£27.95 

£27.95 

£31.45 

£39.45 

£27.85 

£27.95 

£24.45 

£31.45 

£2445 

TBA 

£31,45 


Atari Lynr 

Aton Lynx Consdla with 
mains adacnor and 

California Games £119-95 


£32,05 

£6.95 

£12,95 

£27.95 


Atari Lynx Console with 
mams adaptor 


Atari Lynx Console 


£94.95 

£74.96 


Atari Lyfli Software 


A P B 

£23,95 

Blocfcoui 

£23.95 

Blue Lightening 

£23.95 

CalHomia Games 

£23,95 

Chess Challenge 

£23.95 

Chips Challenge 

£23.95 

ElectrtJOOp 

£23.95 

Gales of Zendtxxm 

£23.95 

Gauntlet III 

£27.95 

KIel* 

£23.95 

MS Pecatien 

£23.95 

Nm|a Gaideri 

£23.95 

Pacland 

£23.95 

Paperboy 

£23.95 

Rampage 

£27,95 

Road Blasters 

£23.96 

Robe Squash 

£23.95 

Ftygar 

£23.95 

Shanghai 

£23.95 

Slime World 

£23.95 

Turbo Sub 

£23 95 

Warbirdi 

£23.95 

xlenophobe 

£23-95 

Zeyfw Mercenary 

£23.95 

Atari Ljfiu Accflssories 


Car Lighter Adaptor 

£9.95 

Sun Screen 

E6.S5 

Carry Pouch 

£9,95 

Kit Bag 

£14.95 

Mains Adapter 

£12.95 

■ll'a not possible to list 


all Console Software as 


we hold large stocks. 


Please ring for latest 


releases and prices. 



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MEDIA DIRECT COUPLER SUPPLIES LIMITED 
DEPARTMENT HQiS 
UNIT 3. RAILWAY ENTERPRISE CENTRE 
SHELTON NEW ROAD. STOKE ON TRENT 
STAFFORDSHIRE SU7SH 
FAX; Q7G? 311596 


Carnage charge g 
Please add £3 35 per order for postage 
and packing. 

£5 00 ior orders over £150.00 
Software and cartridges £.1 .25 per item 
Guaranteed TWO Day delivery 95 
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Media Direct are a well established 
company uviih a reputation for its 
quality and service. A point to 
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from us and pul Our regulation to 
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Peripherals 


Plus peripherals 


Stevie Kennedy checks out the first add-ons 
designed specially for Commodore's new A500 Plus 



D ogged by software compati- 
bility worries since birth, the 
A50Q Plus has had a trouble - 
Heme introduction to the UK scene. 
Hew. that the worst of the scare is over, 
fcowever., and- the Plus has replaced the 
aider MQOs as Commodore's entry level 
Vmga, many new owners will probably 
be looking to the future and wondering 
exactly what hardware will work with 
machine. 

Plus owners should be aware that 
-<ost old 512k RAM cards will wort per- 
fectly well with the new machi ne, so for 
tfVree who’d like a bit of extra memory 
arid have an old. expansion card avail- 
able. or fancy spending just £22 for a 
cheap hall meg card instead ol £50 for 
the .new 1Mb units, there's another 
Option. Workbench 2,04 occupies 
almost 500k in memory, so if you're 
going to use it for anything other than a 
t*t of tinkering, you'll certainly need at 
least theentra half meg. 

Trapdoor 

fitting any of the available cards is 
done in the time-honoured Fashion of 
Opening the trapdoor, slotting the card 
in, and dosing the trapdoor again. No 
screwdrivers, no soldering, and no war- 
ranty worries. The second rush of 
peripheral manufacturing took place 
when companies realised that the new 
fickstart ROM was responsible tor many 
of Lhe compatibility problems. The result 
was the latest version of a device which 


first appeared with the upgrade from 
Kickstart 1.2 to Kickstart 1.3. 

ROM switchers are simple devices. 
They constitute a small PC® with space 
for two Kkkstarl ROM chips, and a cou- 
ple of wires leading to a switch. The idea 
is that you Open the Amiga, prise out 
your Kickslart chip, replace it with the 
PC®, then plug your 2.04 chip and a 1.3- 
chip into the PC®. The switch can either 
dangle out of the machine, or can be fit- 
ted by drilling a hole in its plastic case. 


Once the Amiga is safely back together, 
yog need only flick the switch to revert 
to using Kickslart 1.3, and with luck 
many of yOur compatibility problems 
will be solved. This is not Pandora's 
box, of course, but the ROM switchers 
used by 1.2 owners who'd upgraded 10 

1.3 helped to ease the transition back 
in 1987, and as the devices are now 
selling like hot cakes, according to one 
supplier, there's no reason to believe 
they won't help as much now, The big 
drawback with switchers is that they 
require you to open your Amiga to fit 
them, thus invalidating your warranty, 
Many owners of the new A500 Plus 
will probably put up with a few bits Of 
incompatible software rather than risk 
this, but as the switchers can just as 
easily be used by owners of Kickslart 

1.3 Amigas, there'll probably be thou- 
sands of the things in use fairly shortly. 

Users of 1.3 Kickslart Amigas with an 
eye to fitting a switcher for Kickstart 

2.04 compatibility will initially face the 
problem of ROM availability. 

At present, the 2.04 ROMs are in 
short supply, but for A5GQ Plus owners 
there's no such difficulty. 1.3 Kickslart 
ROMs are easier to come by and should 
cost about £30. Please note that this is 
not included in the price of a ROM 


Product information 

1 Mb RAM cards are available from the following suppliers: 

Power Computing (PCSOI Plus) 

Evesham Micros 
first Choke (Phoenix) 

Ashcom [AXSOl Plus) 

Ferguson Smith 
Omega Projects 
Ladbroke (Phoenix) 

ZCL Ltd (Microboties M5Q2) 

ROM switchers are available from: 


Power Computing 

0234 843388 

£POA 

First Choke (Phoenix) 

0532 311932 

£24.99 

Ashcom 

0530 411485 

£19.95 

with Kkhlatl ROM 


£19.95 


0234843388 £PQA 

038* 765500 £44.99 

0532 311932 £49.99 

0530 411485 £4995 

041 319 3590 £56.99 

0925 763946 £5495 

0772 203166 £49.99 

0543 414817 £49.99 


switcher, On the whole, the third-party 
peripherals industry has been quick to 
spot the market tor A500 Plus peripher- 
als, and users of the new machine can 
expect to see redesigned or completely 
new peripherals appearing in ever- 
increasing numbers as the Plus gradu- 
ally becomes the standard in the 
market, 

Unlike peripherals designed to fit 
inside the Amiga, most external add-ons 
work perfectly with the A50Q Plus. |ust 
about anything which fits in the expan- 
sion bus on the Amiga's left-hand side, 
or in the ports at the machine's rear, 
will happily continue to function. 

All hard drives will work, as will all 
printers, and we've yet to try a digitiser 
or hand scanner which has had prob- 
lems, There may, of course, be a tew 
out there with software which is incom- 
patible with the Plus, but as solving 
such problems is a simple matter of 
releasing a new version of the software, 
any hitches which exist should already 
have been sorted oul by 
the manufacturers. 

Internal strife 

The hardware downside for A5QG Plus 
owners is that a great many Internally- 
fitting peripherals are incompatible 
with the machine. Some of these, such 
as the KC5 Powerboard PC emulator, 
are being redesigned, but most for the 
moment are useless on the new 
Amiga. 

The reasons for this are varied, but 
■can mainly be put down to an altered 
motherboard layout and the new chips 
such as Kickstart 2.04 ROM. Products 
which don't as yet work include all old- 
style 1.5Mb RAM cards, the I CD 
Ad Ram card, and some accelerator 
cards which physically don't fit 
because of different sized components. 

Plus owners should follow a simple 
rule of thumb and assume that all 
internal devices are incompatible 
unless the advertising or packaging 
explicitly states otherwise. If in doubt, 
you should always phone and check 
with the suppliers. Don't buy a penph- 
eral by mail order or from an unknowl* 
edgeable sales assistant if no such 
assurances are forthcoming. 




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A fter last months quick tour of 
Workbench and Its pull-down 
menus, ever the most timid 
beginner should by now be comfortable 
with his or her mouse and should feel up to 
a little exploring. If you happen to own a 
$00 Plus this has, fortunately, never been 


DEI STS: 


same way as the window you've just left. 
This is an ideal opport unity for A5QQ Plus 
owners to examine areas previously acces- 
sible only by using Shell. 

Try double clicking on the C directory, 
Owners of older Amigas will have to type: 


LIST C: 


Cast your mind hack to the Workbench 
2.04 Window menu, and the last option 
hidden away at the bottom. This is the 
"View By" feature, and we're going to use 
*t to have a peek inside the Workbench disk 
and see what's going on. If you have an 
older Amiga, double dick on the Shell icon 
and typer 


to get a directory listing of everything in 
the main disk (Of "root") directory. 

A5Q0 Plus owners should double click 
on the Workbench disk Icon, then select 
View By/Name. 

For the moment, you'll only see those 
files which originally had icons attached, 
such as the prets drawer. To see all those 
hidden drawers which don't normally 
appear in a window, select Show/All Files, 
At this point, Workbench 1.3 owners 
should type UST and press- Return, 

Now before you stare in bewilderment 
at all the extra data you've suddenly got 
onscreen, take a took at just one file. Each 
has a line of its own containing basic infor- 
mation about the file, none of which 
should be confusing at this point 

First there's the file's name, then there's 
its size in bytes or the word "Drawer" if the 
entry is for a directory. Neict the filers pro- 
tection flags - which well discus* later - 
are displayed, and the date and time the 
File was created or last altered. Simple, 
really. 

If you want to go further and look into a 
directory, double click on its name in the 
entry line and a new window will open 
with the directory's contents displayed the 


This month's jargon 


Boot block 

The bool block is where the Amiga looks first to decide 
whether or not a disk is of the cooed type. If the boot block 
says "Yes! I'm and AmigaDOIs disk", the startup-sequence is 
executed. 


Startup-sequence 

A text Hie in the S- directory containing ArmgaDOS commands 
such as SETPATGH which determine how ihe disk will boot up, 
No AmigaDGS disk will bool up without A Startup- sequence. 


for a similar effect What Workbench 1.3 
users will definitely miss is the ability to 
double-click on an executable file - such as 
C; commands - to call up the Execute 
Command requester. 

For example, double clicking on Run 
will bring up an Execute Command dia- 
logue box and prompt you tD finish off the 
command line by typing the name and 
path of the program you'd like to execute. 
This is by no means the easiest method of 
running a program, but it is a good exam- 
pie of the sort of flexibility offered by 
Workbench 2.04. 

Vqu could quite happily go on clicking 
on directories and looking at files from 
Workbench if you never intend to go fur- 
ther into your Amiga than the length of a 
mouse cable, but it's time to join all those 
Workbench 1.3 owners and roll up our 
sleeves with a visit to Shell. 

Change your display back to normal 
with the View Sy/lcon option, then double 
cldk on (he Shell icon, 

A window will open with the title 
"AmigaSheir and you will be faced with a 
"prompt", The prompt is usually a shod 
Hue containing the number of the shill 
process window - in this case it should be 
1 - and the directory you are presently 
working in, This should read "Workbench" 
and the version number (1,3 or 2.04). 
Finally, there will be a colon, an arrow, and 
a cursor. 

In case you're unfamiliar with the term, 
a cursor is the indicator used to show 
where you will start to enter text. They 
crop up in most programs which expect 
keyboard input. 

OK, time to start 
using Shell. This is 
where the real 
action lakes place, 
and most program- 
mers will never use 
Workbench at all, 
sticking to Shell for 
all their input and 
output, To catch up 
with Workbench 1.3 
owners, type the 
commands 


Shell-startup 

A file in the 5: directory containing commands which deter- 
mine how the Shell will open. 


Hit SiS: 


Datestamp 

The date and lime a file was created nr last altered. The dales- 
tamp is automatically appended to a file, so you need never 
bother yoursell with it, Patestamps can be examined using the 
LIST command. 



and you should see 
a display very much 
like the ore you 
saw when the 
Workbench window 
files were viewed by 
name. 

There's the file- 


name, sire in bytes or "Dirt if it's a direc- 
tory, protection flags, and lime/dale 
"stamps". The term “datestamp" is given 
to the information attached to each fife 
showing when it was first created or last 
altered, and can be found on every Amiga 
fie. 

It is automatically appended to every 
He, and you won't need to worry about it 
until you reach a fairfy advanced level with 
AmigaDOS. 

You've now used one of the most useful 
AmigaDQS commands you're ever likely to 
come across, The LiST command:, as we've 
fust witnessed, tells us a great deal more 
about the contents of a directory than DIR. 
which we started with last month, It's the 
only quick method for finding out how 
large a file is and what its protection flags 
are - without it life would be a lot more 
difficult 

You may not have 
been aWe to catch the 
entire list of your sys- 
tem disk the first time 
round if your Shell 
window was too small 
to hold it all. 

Workbench 2.04 users 
can drag the shelf 
window to full size En 
which case the fist will 
scroll back down to 
fill the screen, but 
Workbench 1.3 users 
will have to expand 
the window to its full 
size and type the 
command again. 

Do this and care- 
fully examine the list 
of directories. You will 
notice all those visible 
on the Workbench 
screen, such as Prefs 
and Utilities which 
have drawer icons, 
but there will be a 
number of directories 


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you'll never have seen before, These are the 
system directories, and they are the heart, of 
your Workbench disk. 

The five directories you should take most 
note of ate C, DEVS, L, UBS, and S. These 
are usualty written with a colon (O, DEVS:, 
and so on) because if they are on the disk 
you booted from, the Amiga automatically 
designates them as "logical devices". 

A logical device is treated a bit like a 
floppy drive in that you can go to it no mat- 
ter which directory you are in. For example, 
if yoo are in the UtiSbes/ToobA^iius. Killers 
directory, you wouldn't have to type; 

it Of D : S 

You'd jusi type; 

Ck 5 e 

as the Amiga knows that S: means the S 
directory on the system disk. The same goes 
for DEVS, L LIBS, and C. 

Why are the system directories so impor- 
tant? Well, without at least an S: directory, 
an AmigaDOS disk would never boot up, 
and without the others it would be able to 
do precious lithe once it had Let's go 
through them one at a time, using LIST and 
the directory name to call up a list of the 
files they contain. 

The C: directory contains most of the 
commands you use to control the Amiga. It 
is where DIR and LIST reside, and it is the 
first place the Amiga looks for a command 
when you type it in through the Shell. C: 
doesn't contain anything more mysterious 
than this, but by its nature it is probably the 
most important and heavily used directory 


on any AmigaDOS disk, 

The DEVS; directory serves several func- 
tions. The First time it is used in a boot up is 
when the Amiga looks in it for a small file 
called "system-configuration*. This is a small 
(232 bytes) file containing information on 
the palette, pointer shape, and other Infor- 
mation set in the preferences section. If you 
ever need to copy the preferences settings 
across from one disk to another, this is the 
life you'd transfer. 

Next, DEVS: usually contains two sub- 
directories caHed "Printers" and "Keymaps". 
The Printers directory contains any printer 
drivers which will be 
made available to pro- 
grams running under 
Workbench, and the 
Key maps directory 
contains special maps 
of the keyboard which 
can be used to enable 
character sets such as 
Norwegian. 

Finally, there are a 
number of files with 
the suffix “.device" 
These are important 
files which control 
access to the various 
Amiga "devices" such 
as the printer. device, 
For example, if 
printer.device was 
not present, no 
AmigaDOS program 
would be able to use 
your printer. 

Our next stop Is in 
the Ll directory. Here 
you will find "device 
handlers" which com- 
plement many of the 
devices already con- 


tained in DEVS;, plus a few specific system 
files. The most commonly found file in the 
L directory is the disk-validator. 

As its name suggests, this file will look at 
a disk when it is inserted in a drive and val- 
idate it for writing. You'll also find the port- 
handler, which handles traffic to and from 
the serial and parallel printer ports, and the 
RAM-handler, without which there would 
be no RAM disk. 

The UBSi directory is a bit of a monster. 
Central to the Amiga's multitasking nature 
is its ability to allow several progrants to 
use a system resource at the same time, 
Libraries are the most important players in 
this task sharing game, and the UBS; direc- 
tory contains all those not built in to the 
Kfckstart ROM. Info, library, lor instance, is 
the library routine which calls up the icon 
information panel or your Workbench 
screen. 

Last, and by no means least, the S; 
directory is where it all starts. When an 
AmigaDOS disk is booted up, the Amiga 
Will check the boot block to make sure you 
have inserted an Amiga disk, then look im 
DEVS: For your preferences settings (in (he 
system-conriguration file). 

It wifi then go to the S: directory in 
search of a file called " startup-sequence". 
This file is just a text Fie containing a list of 
AmigaDOS commands which are exe- 



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drfvefi), how 'much space there is left on them, and what 
read ‘wnte errors- they have, ri any. A nice easy way of checking 
your disks for data storage room. 

You can avoki a lot of clicking and waiting if you use the 
"leave Out" option on the icons window (Workbench 2.04 
only). Just dick on the icon, select Leave Out, and the icon will 
appear on your Workbench screen every time you boot up the 
disk. 

This mves a great deal of opening directories and is very 
useful it you have certain programs you run all the time. 

This month's commands 

Just one this month, but one of the most important. LIST will 
give you the contents of every file in a particular directory, 
including its size, protection flags, and datestamp. To see a list 
of all the files in a disk, you would use the ALL option, Try typ- 
ing: * 


HIT SYS: 1L. 


and sit back lor a couple of minutes, t bet you flfl 
much there was in it? 

ver knew how 


cuted ore after another until boot-up is 
complete, 

Similar to startup-sequence is a file called 
"Shell-startup"', which contains a list of 
commands to be executed whenever you 
open a new Shell window. If, for example, 
you wanted the Shell to open with RAM: as 
the current directory, you'd include the 
command: 

ci m: 

just before the end of the file. 

Depending on which programs you 
install on your disk, 5: wifi also contain spe- 
cific startup sequences, configuration files, 
and so on, but you needn't worry about 
these as most programs install their own 
special files autematicaity- 

5o much for the system drawers. You 
won't know how best to manipulate the 
contents of these directories at the moment, 
but I always feel more comfortable with a 
piece of machinery if I've got an idea what's 
going on inside it, and the Amiga is no 
exception. 

Tty to remember what these drawers are 
and retain a general idea of their contents, 
and you will be more able to cope when the 
Amiga next pops its dogs for some reason. 

For example, if you inserted a disk and it 
stopped half way through its boot up with 
the comment "Unknown command SET- 
PATCH", you'd know that the 5ETFATCH 
command wasn 't in the C: directory where 
it should be. 

It you tried to print a document and the 
Amiga said "can't open printer.devici", you 
could confidently copy printer-device from 
the DEVS directory of your Workbench disk 
to the disk you were working from , 

On the other hand, if all you got was a 
prompt and the disk seemed to make no 
effort at booting up, you'd immediately 
think to look in its S: directory to check if 
there was a startup-sequence. 

Sweeping 

This has been a fairly sweeping introduc- 
tion to AmigaDOS and the structure of a 
Workbench disk (or any other AmigaDOS 
disk which auto-boots)- However, you 
should by now have a reasonable apprecia- 
tion of the complexity of the subject we're 
diving into, and will be better armed to 
approach an Amiga which is running some- 
thing other than a game, 

As the series goes on, we'll build from 
this foundation to explain more fully the 
workings of the Amiga, but foe now play 
around with your copy of Workbench until 
you feel thoroughly comfortable with its 
structure and contents. 

Next month, well look at how to con- 
struct an auto-booting system disk from the 
ground up, If you need some extra guid- 
ance, I would recommend Bruce Smith and 
Mark Smiddy's Mastering AirwgoDOSr which 
comes in two volumes and can be bought 
Form Bruce Smith Books on 
0727 41243. 


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C c Commodore 


A New Age In Home 
Entertainment And Education 


"DTV finds its place alongside the Tv and HhFi 
in ffw home. ft is similar in appearance to ex- 
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■ernoie control, is just as simple to operate. Bui that's 
ust the beginning. CDTV transforms television from 
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occurred and a visual lift-off from 
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ire accompanied by audio 
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For young children learning to read can 
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lor example, they can use rhe remole 
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The World Vista Atlas provides delailed 
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Aliens scenario. ' S 

An* rather gaud it 
Is too. 

verted by the same * 

team who cruelly inflicted Beas 1 Busters on ui Ian 
year. Luckily, Space Gun pfayr a lot better than 
Beast Busters, at least it early demo versions are 
anything to go by. It s faster and smoother, and the 
whole thing looks a Jot more slick. 

There are plenty of gruesome exploding aliens, 
and some quite nifty extra weapons to boot. It all 
looks quite nice and it should be coming to earth 
within a month or two, at the usual E2S.99. 


Wolf in space? 


Ocean certainly arent going to be slacking after 
their highly successful Christmas run, with WWF r 
ffoboCop 1 and The Simpsons holding the top three 
places in the charts over the merry yule-tide period. 

They're already limbering up to spring Space Gun 
on you, the ever arior- 
— log software buying 
public. It's a conver- 

I sion of Talto s hit 
coin-op, and for those 
who ve been untartu- 
nale enough to have 
Tm^VS?® 1 mined it, it s best 


What's going to be in your disk 
drive soon? Read on... 


Fergie and Di in Hell's Angel street fight scandal? Sadly not 
it's merely a sensationalist headline to Jink into Palace Soft- 
ware's two forthcoming nuggets of glee. 

First of all let's deal with Hot Rubber. Ve^ yes, OK so it's a 
title that Just begs for hundreds of frorrs and rjooaers and 
other such childish gibbenngs. but I'd like to- think that we're 
above that sort of humour. 

So, Hot Rubber IJnaaaaaarr, oDooaoeer, blimey mlssusl), rs 
a motorbike racing game. We cant Eefl you what if plays like, 
even though Palace did try and influence us with a rather 
fruity publicity picture, but it looks a bit or alright, TTie game 
that is. Peivs. 

It'll feature a two-pJayer mode, 1 2 international circuits 
and alJ the usual gubbrns that you'd associate with a motor- 
bike raring game. Should be worth a too*. And subtly less 


prominent in the innuendo stakes is the rather more sensibly 
tided Hostile Breed. A shoot-'errHjp with a difference, or so 
Palace would have us believe. 

You hop into your eponymous lilbe spaceship and have to 
prevent aliens from infesting a space station. The difference ri 
that there are no naturally progressing levels, You've got free 
run of the station and it's up to you to get tD where the 
action is and make best use of the inbuilt defences and a 
team of robots. 

This little nougatty twist Df strategy should give Hostile 
Breed a little hit more lastabilrty than your average blaster, so 
well be looking forward to that then. 

Hot Rubber [Fnaaaaar, ooooooer, kyak kyak, wafoeeeyff 
will cost £25.99. Hostile Breed hasn't got a fixed price yet, 
but [hey both should be out sometime in March. 


The heat 
is on 

Cast your mrnds back. Way, way back. 
Do you remember an arcade machine 
called Super Sprint? More to the 
point, do you remember the home 
computer version by Activision? Crap, 
wasn't it? 

Mow came forward a bit, to only a 
wee whrJe ago. Do you remember an 
arcade machine called Ivan 'Iron Man" 
Stewart's Super Off-Road Racer 7 Let's 
face \i with a name like that you'd be 
hard pushed to forget iL And do you 
remem bEr the home computer ver- 
sion? That was a bit crap as well, 
wasn't it? 

Well, lets hope it's third time lutky 


for Storm, who've managed to get 
hold of Indy He 31 the sequel to Ivan 
Iron Man" Stewart's Super Off-Road 
Racer. J think you'll agree that Indy 
Heat ri a much snappier title than Ivan 
Iron Man' Stewart's Super Off- Road 
Racer 2. 

Like its two predecessors, Ft's a driv- 
ing game where you control a really 
tiny car which zips around, a track 
smashing into other can at the prod erf 
a joystick. Hopefully, it should be a Pot 
better than those that went before it, 
as well. Biffs playing the demo even as 
I write, and his verdict is that it's 
"alright". 

Indy Heat's three-piayer action, 
sponsored by some bloke called Danny 
Sullivan, comes out at the end of 
February and should cost a paltry 
El 9,99 


A game of 
two alves, 
Brian 


Mot only have Domark got the 
rather succulent Shacfpwtattds 
up their collective tleevei, but 
they ve also got a forty man- 
agement game ready for kick 
Off 

Yeh r I know forty manage- 
ment games are about as 
trendy at Abba, but this one 
looks like it could have every- 
thing a budding forty fanatic 
could ever need. 

The result of seven years 
hard slog by a hardy bunch of 
die hard foot/ fans, it should 
be the definitive forty strat- 
egy game. It should be ready 
for a March release, price T6A- 


Love and 
peace 
platform 
romp 

k Poor old Harlequin. His normally 
sweet and srckly existence has been 
dll c foundered up by some evil 
blafce. So he leaps from platform to 
platform and shoots the baddies 
with love hearts. Aaaaah. 

This time the platform action- 
corn es from Gremlin, whose 
VideoKid fared fairly well against 
the EMffster this month, and ive got 
an inkling that this might follow 
suit. 

Were told that it should be out 
by the time you read this, and 
should cost you iwwt more than 
E25 99 


Motorbikes and violence at Palace? 


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JLs: t!» la«e id be reviewed in dife ish. Jnfogrames sent us 
t* fra arcade game from their Disney licence deal. Hare 
t»ng Havoc is, befiew it or not. based on the exploits of 
« Mr Roger Rabbit, Mo Bob HosKins though 
Vw control the eponymous long-eared buffoon and 
guide him through several stages erf high quality car- 
xor action tg return Baby Herman to the house before 
Mommy gets home. 

The graphics and sound are truly incredible, absolutely 
Wowing the poop out of the Don Bluth stuff. Unforru- 
naeety. the price you pay for this rs that it will onty tun off a 
hard drive, preferably with more than two megabytes. A 
bt of a btaw for those of you who are still (loppy, but for 
S'* richer among you it should be one to show off to your 


Hare Raising Havoc costs a surprisingly low £25.99. full 


Crumbly moves into 
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The Godfather 

Can mighty Marlon survive the pixel at ion process? 

Mega Twins 

Night of the Cutesy Games Part 1 . j 

Another World 

A holiday on an alien world, for free? Get nwA 

Videokid 

Night of the Cutesy Games Part 2; The RevenSW 


diem. 
It an 
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Golden Eagle 


Those zany French get up to their tricks 


Abandoned Places 

The biggest and best dungeon gjrme yet 7 

Big Bun ,a 5 ^L!f. 

Life in the fast lane with yet another drive- em-up 

Shadowmnds 

A new perspective onrofe playing from Pom ark 

Pinball P re^^ „ 

An interesting experiment in sensory deprivation 

Realms m ^ ■ * P**i * •#** * i «•** * m 

Can Powermonger be toppJed from its strategy throne? 
Night of the Cutesy Games Part 3: This time it's war 

Crime City 

Panic on the streets of Trumpton 


Onword .. 

^ies, speculation and i 

The Source 


a crap competition 


Gamer investigates Gremj^p^Rorst ever fiim licence 

Taiking Shop 

The HMV-spansor^miart, and more drivel from Biff 


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Ddfather, a cinematic epic, 
is brought to your home 
computer screen by US 
Gold 7nd the letters "D“ and T. Only 
being a mere youngster of 17, I 
haven't actually seen any erf the Godfa- 
ther movies except a few bits Of the 
first one that was on TV a while ago, 

All I can remember were the gory 
bits like the horse's-head-m-the-bed 
scene and people being blown to 
pieces. All the rest was boring far me, 
as it involved Marfan Brando mumbling 
a fat 

However, what with the Gamer 
office being a certain Aladdin's Cave erf 
all things worth knowing. \ can tap in 
to our wondrous spring of knowledge 
and fill you in, as they say. The Godfa- 
ther films | for there are three] are 
about the rise to power of the Cor- 
leone famify through the Mafia 
between 1903 and 1979 - an epre 
sag? of love, honour, justice and death 
[Gosh how dramatic - Ed}. 

Godfather I begins in 1945 at the 
marriage of Vito's daughter. Vito is 
□on Codeone, the head of one of New 
York's ruling Mafia families, and hrs 
three sons ate also involved in the fam- 
ily "business', 

When Don Vito is critically wounded 
in a brutal assassination attempt folrow- 
ingi the death of his eldest son. Don 
Vrto-'s third sort Michael Corteone 
becomes more prominent rn prepara- 
tion for his future role as Don Vito's 


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successor, and the film ends in 1955 
with Mkhael as the new Godfather. 

Godfather 2 starts with Michael, the 
new Don Cofleone, moving the family 
business to Nevada. They have 
expanded into hotels and casinos, and 
the family Jrve in a huge mansion by 
Lake Tahoe. 

Rut afJ ij not well- Michael's marriage 
is farting and his disloyal brother Fredo 
is persuaded to become involved in a 
plot to assarssinate him. Mama Corteone 
dies at the famify home bringing the 
remaining family members closer 
together. 

The naughty traitor Fredo returns to 
the home, but he's a bit late. Michael 
cannot forgive his terribfe brother, goes 
a bitwibWe and kills him. 

In the third and firiat part Of the 
saga, which begins in New York in 
] 979, Michad is striving to legitimise all 
his busrness operations, becoming 
involved in real estate, banking and 
Wall Street. 

He is then honoured by the Catholic 
church with the order of St Sebastian... 
Hold on a second, I thought the Godfa- 
ther was about the Mafia who wander 
die streets killing, pilfering and gener- 
ally being a bit hard I What went 
wrong? Oh well. I suppose i'd better 
cany on. 

To complicate the plot slightly, you 
meet Vincent Manoinr, the illegitimate 
son Df Michael's brother Sonny, and 
urged by his sister Connie, Michael 
invites Vincent to observe the way the 
family business is conducted. Michael 


must determine whether the hot-hed 
Vincent is abre to adapt to the fegi 
mate worfd of business. The diierrii^ 
they both share is whether they ell 
succeed in leaving behind the wofenq 
of their past. 

The big question now is - how 3 
US Gold make a bull computer gard 
out of an epic saga of films that spd 
00 years? Oh come on. it's easy - yd 
make a five level scrolfy shoot-' em-up i 
terrifre interactive adventure/actn 
game might be a better idea, but thaj 
you go. You've got a shoot-'em-up ad 
yrxYre flippih wen going to like it. 

The first thing that hits you in m 
face like a big, slimy, seaweed-cover** 
fish is the graphics. Corrrr, well seqj 
breathtaking, fantastic and erm. thrij 
it 

The intro is very good indeed am 
contains spinning newspapers wid 
headlines about the Mafia. You an 
then treated to a wonderful paralla 
sc raffing view of New York - qufo 
mega. 

What about the game? Weil the bs 
way f can describe it is as a Robocq 
|lhe first one) clone with utterly brillian 
graphics. 

You play whichever character hap 
pens to be Don Corteone in each tim 
period, and your mission is fairly Sn? 
pie. All you have to do rs blow the cr^ 
out of anyone who seems dangerous 
which Fs just about everyone. The orrf 
people you can't hit are the passers^ 
like the woman pushing a pram an 
the policeman. If you do, you'll be dc 



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■ hothead 
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Owned by the torleone family and 
t*n PTs game over. 

The game has a sort of 3D view 
wih lamp-posts and other objects very 
dose up to screen, giving it depth. In 
theory this sounds excellent, but in 
practice it doesn't work at all. 

For Instance, you have Four people 
shooting at you, their bullets are 
merely white speckles, and then sud- 
demy you are hidden from view by a 
fcamp-post and consequently get shot 
to bits. 

You can get energy back from first- 
aid kits whrch lie dotted around the 
screen but they only give you a tiny, 
Any, tmy |and I mean tinyji bit. There 
are other icons too, but I haven't a due 
whit they are. This is all thanks to the 
law quality manual To be honest; the 
actual instructions it contains could 
have been written on the hack of a 


You wander the streets until you 
meet up with ^ rogue with a machine 
$jn. By the time you reach this point 
you've hardly any energy left and he 
just tends to blow you away. He soaks 
up bullets tike there's no tomorrow, but 
when you have shot him enough times 
N? 


review with a Star Test-type thing. 
Smarmy Computer: 'Choose some 
words to describe the Godfather." Me’ 
“Em, repetitious, jerky, crap and the 
graphics are really quite smart.’ 

Jonathan 


- how do 
iter game 
that span 
?asy - you 
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ire/action 
but there 
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<eft, 

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hovered 
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each crime 
fairly sim- 
w the crap 
Eangerous, 
■. The only 
passers-by, 
pram and 
u'H be dis- 


and reached the supposedly ace Opera- 
tion Wolf -type subgame, we found out 
that your energy level stays the same 
and thus immediatety died. To jay we 
were most miffed is the second biggest 
understatement of the century, 

On the sound front there is a suit- 
able tune at the beginning with ade- 
quate sound effects in the game. A nice 
touch is bodies that stay where they are 
in a pool of blood instead of disappear- 
ing in a puff of smoke, meaning that if 
you are quite good you can gather a 
nice collection. 

The scrolling rs dodgy to say the 
least, and suffers from jerky syndrome. 


almost constantly - even in the middle 
of playing! 

I suppose that if you're a die hard 
shoot- em-up freak then Godfather 
might interest you, but far me it's below 
average, apart from the graphics which 
are some of the best I've seen for a tong 
time. It’s one of those games which you 
see at a friend's housE and then laugh 
at them for buying It 

I was really disappointed because US. 
Gold make same truly cracking games 
[take Another World for instance^ 
Unfortunately, Godfather is about to 
take a dive into the swamp of nap 
and film licences. F think I'll end this 


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take you through land sea and air in a 
quest for some magic items to heat the | 
bad guys with. This means that the ton I 
tr-ols change slightly depending on | 
which terrain you're an. 

In the sea you are susceptible to cur- 1 
rents. In the air you have to keep proo 
drng up to keep airborne, and on the | 
ground well, things are as you'll 
expect. Its only a tittle thing but it helps ] 
to give Mega Twins that little hit extra. 

Once all three magic Ram 1 
are in your cute clutches, they unite 1 
to Become some mystical dragon [ 
thingy. Doesn't really seem to make I 
much difference, but it does mean 
that you've made it to the monsters I 
Jam .Spooky, or what? Things get a Jot I 
harder from here on, as the moo I 
sters rots everything they've got at T 
you and your twin. And that’s it. At least | 
as far as I can get. 

The graphics are standard for this I 
sort of game Too know the sort of 1 
thing - cute heroes, weird, wonderful f 
enemies and colourful cartoony back ' 
grounds. Hidden bonuses abound and I 
extra weapons are there for the taking I 
Seen it Before, and 1‘ve probabty seen it | 
done better as wed, But .Mega Twins u | 
inoffensive enough. 

Unoriginal, urttaxing and un-son^ I 
thing else, but still good enough to I 
spend any spare cash on. Worth a look ] 
if you've nothing better on, 

Daniel 


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Once under Ihc waves 
they let about hilling the 
loci! flfhtel 


Zoifcs, 3i Shaggy might lay 14 5t*oby Dos 


airly familiar territory this one. 
I'm afraid. Cute Platform Game 
Syndrome. Probably terminal. 
No known cure. Tragic. Esther Ramzan's 
setting up a terribly sincere Telethon to 
raise money for it as we speak. Difficult 
times, difficult times. 

It's the same old story. Long ago 
in a cdourful and fluffy land lived a 
wise and just king. The king spent his 
days walking through the forests and 
talking to rabbits and deer. And at 
night he'd listen to cheeky Paul 
McCartney records and ring up all hrs 
loyal subjects on the telephone and 
tefl them they were very special little 
people and he loved them all as individ- 
uals. 

He was. to be honest a right ponce. 
He also had two sons. Twins actually. 
And they were pretty 'Mega' too. Hence 
the name, I s’pose. 

Anyway, some big evil monster some 
where decided that it'd had enough of 
all this poncing about and listening to 
Paul McCanney records and set about 
ravaging and pillaging, reft, right and 
centre. All the usual palaver followed, all 
the bunny rabbits and deer got killed 
hornbly, the king and hrs subjects got 


The rwlm by to 

keep their 
diiUnEi 1 from tMr 
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mountain (MO 


Amie and Devito get cute 


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splattered everywhere and all the Paul 
McCartney records got smashed. So It 
wasn't all bad. 

But as if by some blinding stroke of 
luck, those oh-so-nemarkable twins Sur- 
vived the apocafypse, Quite how these 
two managed to dodge all that fire and 
brimstone is quite beyond me. but sur- 
vive they did and they 
grew up lo become 
fearsome warnors - 
whire retaining that 
all-important cuteness, 
of course. 

And so, wrth spiri- 
tual guidance from 
that now familiar over- 


endowed piatonm game goddess, they 
set off through various worlds to restore 
peace, justice and the original recording 
oF Mull of Kiniyre to the land. Thank 
God for that, eh? 

I don't think I'd be sticking my neck 
out too for by saying that Mega Twins 
owes quite a lot to games like Mario 
Brothers, Podland. New Zealand Story 
and thousands of other cutesy platform 
romps. It's not qurte what you’d call a 
wildly original concept, but Ver Twins 
manage to do all the old tricks with a 
fair dollop of style and addictiveness, 

The first three 
worlds, which can be 
played in any order. 






d air m a 
J>ear the 
t thecofi- 
idrng on 


Aberdeen 

Bath 

Birmingham 

Bournemouth 

Brighton 

Bristol 

Cambridge 

Cardiff 

Dover 

Edinburgh 

Exeter 

Glasgow 

Gloucester 

Guildford 

Hereford 

Hull 

Ipswich 
Leeds 
Leicester 
Lincoln 
Liverpool 
London N/3/E/W 
Luton 
Maidstone 
Manchester 
Middlesbrough 
Northampton 
Norwich 
Nottingham 
Oxford 
Perth 
Plymouth 
Preston 
Salisbury 
Sheffield 
Shrewsbury 
Southampton 
Stoke-on-Trent 
Taunton 
York 


J for this 
? sort of 

/ondEfful 

my back- 
iund and 
ic taking, 
■ly seen if 
i Twins is 


The Olympiad Committee 
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those not Applicable); Acom / PC 
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if either time slot is acceptable} 

Please find enclosed my cheque/Postal Order for the sum of 
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respect of the registration fee with the Olympiad Committee 
for the Computer Games Olympiad 1992. 

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The dangers of dodgy wiring explored in... 






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[ ever mess about with 
J nature, that's what I say. It 
f just isn’t safe to fiddle 
about with atoms and stuff like that. I 
mean, alf manner of horrendous things 
could fte created. Big Macs for 
instance Or it could be even worse. 

You might create a cross-dimen- 
sional ome/spate continuum loophole 
and find yourself being simultaneously 
hurled into an alien environment. Well, 
maybe that’s not quite as bad as a Big 
Mac, but iti not the urt of occurrence 
that you look forward to. Just ask 
Lester Chayfcin. 

Yeh, yeh OK so he's got a really crap 
name, but he does happen to be one 
of the bestest quantum physicists in the 
whtrie wide world. So nobody laughs 


at his name. At Jeast, not to his face. 
Anyway, one night our Les is working 
late in his Jab, fiddling with neutrons 
and things. The nature of his experi- 
ment is never revealed, bur ir seems tD 
revolve around making a craekly light- 
ning thing zoom around a tunnef over 
and over again. 

Quite what Les hopes tD prove wrth 
this I'm not sure, but \ bet it's dead 
clever, whatever it ri. 

As you can probably guess, things 
don’t go as planned tonight. Pretty 
obvious that. Wouldn't be much of a 
game if alt you had to do was watch a 
lightning thing zoom around a tunnel, 
have a cuppa and then sod oFf home 
to watch Prisoner CeU Block H. 

So, things go bonkers. A storm 


The cast that's out of this world 


Lei If the hapreir Ktoitift wtipdHed into another 
world by hii awn cxpcrrmc nl- A bl-produel fif 
GI.ino rnduitriei, he can t help but riit4 4 irtiJe 
when hr l*« 4 IpJNt levit but he f indi chJvEi too 
complex to handle. When comcnetf he «dVH« at 
i high frequency to warn xhFjjtt away. 




Lct'i alien CMtrMC tfown t have a name, jo 
I've rallied him Spud. He KlMW? the aliens 
defence* inside out so if you're to escape 
you'd need to keep hlf back covered In fire 
fights. Oh. and he tayi 'TNaMoomhah - 1 
love im. 


The alien hunter saves you from the manner, 
but then captures you far the slave mines. The 
aliens kite* hbw to make best use of the 
blasters, and they often use very advanced 
weaponry. Very dangerous, but you IP have to 
face them if yOir want IP MCape thhi world. 

And they're ugly. 




This big bentie lives on the plains where you 
find yourself at the Itart- If you ran keep out of 
his reach for Jong! enough, you'll be rescued by 
this chappie-. 


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cock! up the experiment and the Light- 
ning thing bursts out of the tunnef into 
the lab. zapping a large portion of it 
into nothingness. And guess which bit 
of the lab Les was sat in? Yup, he gets 
zapped as well. Zapped into, amazingly 
enough, Another World. 

Quite handy actually, 'cos rr he’d 
been zapped into a supermarket then 
ihe game would be called Tesco or Mor- 
risons, Not got quite the same ring has 
it? So "Another World" it is. 

After watching the aforementioned 
events in the opening animation, you 


now take control of Less destiny. HU 
finds himself still sat at his desk, but it] 
now sjnklng to the bottom of a deep 


and very spooky alien lake. Serum* 
> antf 


enough, you swim up to the top i 
start to explore your new habitat. 

The First thing you encounter in U 
barren desert world are some wormj 
things that look extremely like, ahem, 
number twos. But these are numbS 
twos with attitude., 'cos if you run into] 
them they’ll stab you with their pon 
sonous sting. So you’ve got to squasW 
them. 

Once you've got nd of them, you jog] 


atong a bit and are suddenly pounct 


on by this great big black monster. 




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Qn« trjtefcfy lightning Thing Inter «icf 
the lab, and Lei, have both been tapped 
into... Another WflrJd. Btinwy. 


Diiiitn itrikei and the 
lightning sends the 
experiment til UIJilh - 


wait money says that it's not fnendfy, 
so legging it is the answer. 

A bit of exciting chase-type action 
fetter, and you're rescued by some tall 
sooofcy alien blokes, And they promptly 
shoot you and send you to their slave 
males. To tell you any nwre than that 
would spoil the story for you. so I'll 
stop light there. 

Escape rs the aim cut the game, and 
Jo help you on your way you’ve got 
the eternal gratitude of one of the 
slaves who you rescue, and a stolen 
©■aster. And on the downside, you've 
got a whole race of alien hunters at 
you* heels and a multitude of tricky 
puzzles to get past. Stiff you've got to 


laugh, 

Another World comes from Delphme 
Software, who also brought us the 
exceptionally scrumptious Cruise for a 
Corpse, so you can guess what it looks 
like. Except you don't have to because 
we've generously supplied you With 
screenshots 

And yes. It does look goad doesn't 
It? Not much detail, granted, but the 
animation's a treat, irs to the game's 
credit that it's haref to terl where the 
intro stops and the game starts, it really 
is that impressive. 

However, unlike Deiphine's last offer- 
ing. this is a much more arcade-orien- 
tated game. Very, very similar to the 
much lauded P rince of Persia actually. 

But whereas Prince of Persia fea- 
tured level after tevef of essentially the 
same thing. Another Worfd has a plot 


to pfay the whale thing 
load It up. And although you only have 
one life, ff you lose ft you only go back 
to the start of the ament scene. 

This means that simple trial and 
error will get you a good way into the 
game, without ft being too easy 
Great presentation, complementary 
sound effects and captivating cinem-a- 
sfyle gameplay - what more is there to 
say? If you found Cruise for a Corpse 
too cerebral to get to grips with, then 
get your hands an this. A barnstormer. 

Daniel 


that develops as you get further in, and 
Joads more variety, There are afso 
shades of Space Ace, with its consecu- 
tive scenes to be solved, but luckily 
none of the associated playability prob- 
lems, 'COS Space Ace was really crap. 

There's no tune unfetftunatejy. but 
the FX are excellent, and coupled with 
the smooth animation create a very cin- 
ematic feel to me game. The faser blasts 
are especially good, as are the crunchy 
noises as things get disintegrated. My 
favourite, Chough, just has to be When 
the stave you rescue thanks you with a 
hearty "Mahtoambah', whatever that 
means. I suppose rt‘s the thought that 
counts though, 

It is fairly difficult, but thankfully 
there’s a sensible password system, 
Each separate scene in the game has a 
four letter password, so you don't have 


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B illy was just an ordinary 
everyday kid who loved 

to watch television, One 
day, his father brought home a 
brand new video recorder and 
some vide. Silly settled 1 down to 
watch one, but found it was fufl of 
naked women and well-known 
Conservative MFs. 

Billy quickly found another tape 
and this time instead of the sound 
of the videotape starting he heard 
a crated, evil laugh. He 
approached the screen slowly, lis- 
tening carefully. Suddenly It 
exploded Into a million tiny parti- 
cles. hut instead of being thrown 
back by the blast, Billy found him- 
self drawn in. 

He felt himself being 
sucked down endless c l ' " 
tubes, tiny particles of \ * 
light searing through his V * 
body. Then, as suddenly 
as it had started, it ' F 
stopped, and the acrid 
smoke began to cfear. 

Looking down. Billy 
realised that he was dressed as a 
magician. 

A mysterious voice boomed 
from above, 8 Illy, you are now 
trapped. You must find your way 
through the mazes and worlds I 
have created for you. 

There are five worlds to battle 
through, each with evil monsters 
and hazards to Impede you, 
Should you succeed, you will be 
free to return to your normal life, 
But should you fail.., 

How all this being sucked into 
your dad's video business might 
seem a bit far-fetched, but it's a 
damn good Idea for a five level 
shoot- em-up. 


As you might guess, you take 
on the role of Billy. Now I've led 
you to believe that Silly is a nor- 
mal. everyday kid. Welt I lied- To 
start with, he looks like a human 
lemming. But apart from this, he's 
a brave little dude - he dares to 
venture through five levels of 
danger and destruction, remem- 
ber! 

As well as dodging the debris. 
Bifly can dish it out with fils 
handy weapon which can be pow- 
ered up to be. er, very powerful 
indeed. Billy also starts off with 
three smart bombs which come in 
very useful against the awesome 
end-of-level baddies - in fact, 
they're pretty much essential. 

You start in Medieval 
■ World, and as you might 

- guess it Is set inside one 
of those rather ace 
^ ancient castles - with 

some rather deadly resi- 
^ dents. Knights, gargoyles 
and ghostly monks will 
try to stop Billy from 
ever leaving. Not only are your 
enemies against you, hut the cai- 
He will try and stop you by crush- 
ing you with a portcullis or by 
throwing some spears. 

After battling through these 
hazards you will reach the end-of- 
level baddie which in the case of 
Medieval World Is a huge owl. 
This powerful beast hoots at you, 
causing you to lose some of that 
precious energy. Using a mixture 
of smart bombs and sheer brav- 
ery. you destroy the evil owl and 
progress to the next level. 

It s time to shout "ride 'em. 
cowboy", because you re trans- 
ported to the Wild West, This level 


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nated by cowboys and two by 
Indians. Only armed with his 
"six-shooter", Billy takes on the 
might of dynamite-wielding John 
Wayne look-alikes and axe-possess- 
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Video Kid mixes old ideas with 
new. It f got all the old shoot- em- 
up favourites like power-ups and 
end-of-Jevel baddies, but gives you 
enough variation to keep you 
interested- The difficulty level is 
set just right so you progress each 
time you play it. The graphics, as 
you can see from the screenshots, 
are excellent. 

On the sound front, there Is a 
jolly tune at the beginning and 
plenty of FX throughout the game 
to keep the gamesplayer enter- 
tained aurally as well as visually. 
So, although Video Kid is no! 
going to set the software 
industry alight. Its 
nonetheless an extremely 
well written and playable 
game. Mainly because 
every level is graphically 
different from the last, it'll 
keep you playing for a long time 
to come, 

Jonathan 


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S omething's been bothering me 
now for. ooh. (bur or ftw sec- 
onds at Jeast. Why is it, I've 
wondering to myself, mat wherv 
m the baddies in arcade adventures 
noid of whatever powerful item ail 
tv goodies are after, they always split it 
No several pieces and hrde them? 

( Where's the (ague in that? It’d make 
•mgs a tot easier (or them if they just 
1 9 * the sought-after object and blew rt 
it, or melted % or blasted rt into space. 
That way the goodies would never 
sand a chance of winning. BnllianL eh? 

Except that way, all arcade adven- 
ires would be very, very, veiy dWtuft 
•■weed Unless you got to play the bad- 
ges that is. In fact, that's not a bad idea 
An arcade adventure where you 
get to play the forces of evil, rather than 
tv normal namby-pamby good gur^, 
t And could towel have released such 
* game in the guise of Garden Eagle? 
No 1 It's just another arcade adventure 
*ith four pieces of some statue to findl 
h*j you going for a bit though, didn't 
0 Arf art! 'Enter a universe dose to ours 


yet light years away begins the man- 
ual in a rather distressingly 
self-contradictory way. It 
then goes on to tdl the 

familiar tale of one 
man rising up to 
right wrongs and 
free the oppress- 
ed from the nasty 
alien blokes, sim- 
ply by collecting 
four pieces of the all- 
powerful and really 
rather shiny Golden 
Eagle statuette. 

Once all four pieces 
collected, the 
world wifi be a 
happy pfoce and all that was 
wrong will become right. 

What a handy little stat- 
uette that must be, eh? 

You take the role of this saviour, nat- 
urally. and must roam about the huge 
complex that makes up the city where 
this game lakes plate. You can log on 
to the city's computer termrnals and use 




them to help you in your quest. The 
mutants, who obviously Jive under 
the city, will use these terminals to 
contact you with 
instructions as to 
what you should 
do. Quite nice of 
them, J thought. 

And so you 
start to trundle 
around the vast 
and largely duii, 
city shooting guards 
and. well, that's all 
you actually seem to do. 
Lots of running from 

screen to screen, 

— firing your gun 
and getting captured seems 
to be the name of the game 
here, And when you are 
captured the guards, in 
their doubtlessly infinite 
wisdom, decide to dump you at the start 
of the corridor they caught you on or in 
a jail from which it's phenomenally easy 
to escape. Clever feHas or wtiat? 

The game blurt- promises animation 
better than Prince of Persia, and while 
that may very wed be true, it doesn't 
stop the game from being completely 
boring. The main character looks very 
convincing as he whips Dut fiis weapon 
ffnanrj and prepares to kick, bum, bur 
there's nothing more to do than leg it 
around and shoot the odd guard or 
two. After a while you'd gladly sacrifice 
ail Che swrsh .animation just to get some- 
thing interesting to do, 

Basically, it's a dried format and the 
supposedly amazing animation Isn't 
really quite as amazing as it's cracked up 


VISION 



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ttew'i little else to do. 



to be. Yeh sure, it's very pretty, but J per- 
sonally think that Another World is a lot 
better to took at and a damn sight more 
exciting to boat. 

The sound is average, and the game- 
pray is dull beyond belief. What this sort 
of game needs is a new twist in the 
gamepJay. not fancy graphics. Buy at 
your peril. 

Daniel 


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'OK jwi dirty My eteftf prepares a D«rth Bream spell 
| or Vindaloo Vengeance *f I prefer to call rtj 


A s you hay? probably sur- 
mised from the screen- 
shots, Abandoned Places is 
very Dungeon Mastery indeed. There, 
IVe said it, the obligatory comparison 
that always arises when this type of 
game Is released. Now I refuse to do it 
any morel 

So just how does Abandoned Places 
shape up to all the other contenders ? 
Welf.. it shapes up rather nicely 
indeedy, 

Apparently, the world of Kalynthia is 
in a bit of bower. The Prince of Evil, 
Branagh, has escaped from his 
enchanted imprisonment within a vol- 
cano and is intent on spreading evif 
throughout the land again. These 
Usurper types never learn, do they? 

However. Bronagh's return was 
foreseen at the time of hrs demise and 
the 12 heroes who were instrumental 
in messing up his plans of chaos were 
cast in stone to preserve their powers, 
ready to do baule with Bronagh once 
again. I don't know about you, but if \ 
had just spent tong, perilous yeans of 
my life clearing the world of evil, being 
cast In stone would not be high on my 
fist of rewards? 

As might be expected, you control 
four characters from a choke of the U 
heroes, but your party must consist of 
two Warriors, a Cleric and a Mage. 
Once chosen, you find yourself 
beneath the temple of Heaven's Light 



and your first task is to reach the sur 
fate, picking up weapons on your 
way. 

This part of the game is in the famil- 
iar 3D first-person perspective, as 
found in DM faaargghhf I've done it 
again! T must control this comparison 
urge. I krtowl 11 get a drink from the 
office coffee machine, put the cup in 
front of me, then every time I mafte a 
comparison, i'll force myself to drink it. 
Now that's what I call the ultimate 


deterrent!]. Mow, where was I? Oh yes, 
the 3D first-person perspective iglances 
nervously at alien substance trying to 
eat ics way art of a nearby cup]. 

This dispfay consists of the actual 
view of your surroundings, and four 
portraits - one of each character. 

These portraits show strength points, 
spell/artion points, the character's direc- 
tion of attack, what the character is 
holding, a speii selection window, 
movement icons, a message window 


and a detailed display of a selected 
character and his/her possessions. 

As you explore, you will come across ] 
all manner of monstrous manifesta- 
tions, and you will have to do battle 
with them sooner or later. This is where 
the spells come into their own. 

The two magic users. Cleric and I 
Mage, have a maximum of 2 T spells to I 
choose from. £ach character has a 
unique list of speils, making a total Df 
42 individual spells within the game. 

My favourite spell is Death Breath, or 
Vindatoo Vengeance, as ( like to call it. 

The two Warriors, having no spell 
casting abilities, must rely on weapons 
found or bought during the game to 
fend off the fiend's during their travel! 

Unlike Dungeon Mas Gulp! I 

nearly pipped up again there [glances 
at the worrying sight of a mutated- ; 
beyond-recognitiqn coffee cup|. What I 
meant to say was... once you reach the j 
surface, the perspective changes to an 
overhead view of the land with the 
party position displayed as a marker j 
con. 

The view is quite detaried, showing 
various cities, villages, snowcapped 
mountains, swamps, rivers, roads, 
deserts and vegetation, The different 
lypes of terrain also affect your speed of 


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do no! include Itte Choice at chopping hi s head off 


avel and the likelihood of being 
attacked, so keeping to a trail is safer 
and quicker, while wandering through 
Tv woods is downright dangerous. 

This is not your average static view, 
either. There is a lot of animation 


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tiw aminatKl map awl intro, 


onscreen, ranging from storm clouds 
to passing ships and flawing rivers. The 
actual map is larger than the 
screen and as you travel, the screen will 
scroll to reveal more of the land. 
Youl find a colour map in the game 
package which shows the whole of 
Kalynthia. 

You can also travel aver this land, in 
a number of ways - By foot, horse. Ship 
or arr Not all of the travel modes are 
available at the start, however, and as 
you travel the time of day changes from 


morning to afternoon and eventually to 
evening. At this point you may elect m 
make camp or continue on through the 
dark, bearing in mind that travelling 
through the night can be dead dodgy - 
the emphasis being on dead. 

There are lots Df places to visit in 
Kalynthia. There's Samdmarch, a city in 
the middle of the desert known as the 
Sands of Fire and the capital city, Kal 
Kalon. ruled by the wise ones 

Each town and city has varying facili- 
ties for the party ranging from Black- 



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WhflofJ" Two annihilate bm 


smiths, where you can purchase 
weapons and armour, to Apothecaries 
[try saying that with a mouthful of 
shortbread as I've just done. Oh 
crumbs!} where you can Buy magical 
potions to aid your journey through 
the dungeons. 

At Churches you can heal or resur- 
rect characters who are particularly 
wimpy. You may even be given a quest 
to complete by certain people within a 
town, which wrir take you to further 
underground areas full of foul crea- 
tures to tm. 

Jn faa it ail Boils down to 
the fact that Abandoned 
Places is a stonking game. 
The gamepfay is there, the 
atmosphere is there [espe- 
cially if you read the 
included tome. The 23rd 
Chronicles of Kalynthia}. 
There are also oodles of 
spells to cast, lots more than 
Dungeon Master had .. 
Gulp!,.. 

'No. please! You can't 
make me drink that stuff. 
Aaarghh, gernoff me, Glugl 
Glugl Gaspl Spluttcrl 
CoughFJI (oomaftos^body-hrt- 
tmg-the-floar saund as the 
diabolical dispenser claims 
yet another victim}. 

Darren 


April im 






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Idiots at the wheel... 




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t riving games are a< 
reviewer s nightmare. 

' They're never any different 
From the million or so other driving 
games, and there's never any plot to 
waffle on about for a couple of hundred 
words. 

So how do you fill a page when 
you're dealing with yet another Out Run 
wannabee? I suppose I could fill in with 
some relevant driving anecdotes, like 
the one about how r once drove my 
Mum's mini into a huge puddle and 
FifJed it with water. 

0 I could moan about how it took 
me nearly half an hour to chip my car 
out of a block of ice this morning. And 
rny fends were bloody freezing. 

On the other hand I could just 
taunch into a laapbox-styJe rant about 
how sick I am of playing unimaginative 
driving games every day Yeh, that 
sounds like fun, . 

1 don't know about you, but I need 
another driving game about as much as 
I need a llama to spit in my face first 
thing rn the morning. We've seen hun- 
dreds of them and to 

he honest, Lotus 2 
has really pushed 
this particular genre 
about as far as it can 
go, And still they 
come... 

This Jatest varia- 
tion- attempts to 
recreate the Fans to 
Dakkar rally in pixe- 
iated form. Wot that 
this actually changes 
the game in any 
way, it Just means 
that you race 
through the lafera 
with aif its inherent 
scenery changes. 5o f you set off on six 
levels of driving action, attempting to 
beat the other competitors. And that's 
all there is to it. 

As games like. Lemmings have 
proved, simple gamepfay needn't mean 
that a game's boring, hut when you’ve 
seen the game a million times before 


A SUM? 

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thing mane needed. The danger with 
this sort of game is that the player will 
/ust go into autopilot while playing. 

You don’t really pay attention tD the 
game, you just react to the road and 
dodge the obstacles without a flicker of 
response And that really isn't wfet a 
game should be like, light? 

It's not as if the game is technically 


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incompetent. The sprites shift at a fair 
□Id speed, but then so do most drwing 
games these days, The same applies to 
the graphics - they're OK but who 
cares? Very few games nowadays have 
really crap graphics. It’s one of those 
games that slip right past you. No 
'oomplf r no new twists, just another 
car zooming down another road. 

With nothing new to add to the glut 
of racing games on the market. Big fiun 


is destined to vanish without making tool 
many rrppfes in the software pond 
this had been released two years agofl 
we’d have loved It to death, but in these I 
modern technicolor times, it just doesn t f 
cut the proverbial mustard. Just another I 
driving game when all's said and done. 

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Plan 9 from Outer Space 


devise; a cunning ploy to scupper 
Plan 9. In an uncontrolled spurt of 
strategic mastery he decides to 
walk into the spaceship and beat 
everyone up- Wow. 

Needless to say, the aliens get 
wind of this awesome tactical 
manoeuvre and unleash every 
gizmo and gimmick that the spe- 
cial effects budget would allow at 
the gallant duo. Will the aliens 
succeed with Plan 97 Will Jeff save 
the world? WiFi anyone notice that 
the spaceships are just paper 
plates an hits of string? 

So, how do Gremhn plan to con- 
vert this masterpiece of modern 
cinema to floppy disk? Well, the 
game will take the form of a 
graphic adventure, not entirely 
dissimilar to that other great B 
movie tribute, It Came from the 
Desert. 

The usual point and dtek mouse 
interface will allow you to explore 
the environment of the movie and 
all the major characters will be 
incorporated into the plot. So 
that's that sorted Out, 

ifour guest at the start of the 
game is to locate six reels of the 
movie, splice them into a finished 
product and return them to the 
producer. However, your objective 
may well become waylaid as you 
uncover new rub-plots. 

Also, during play you IJ be able 
to visit cinemas to view the reels 
you've found. When this happens. 


P lan 9 from Outer Space is 
one of thou films that 
you won t forget in a 
hurry. It could be described as a 
potent mix of horror, science fic- 
tion and mind-blowing special 
effects. But thatd be a fib of vol- 
canic proportions. 

No, Plan 9 from Outer Space is 
one hell of a crap film. It r r cob- 
blers. It's drivel. It s a Cringefest to 
end all cringefests. It s widely 
recognised as the biggest turkey 
ever to crawl out of Hollywood 
and Gremlin are planning to bring 
ft to the home computer. Three 
Cheers for Gremlin, eh? 

Plan 9 from Outer Space was 
released in 1959 to critical 
acclaim. Except it wasn't. "Inept", 
"miserable", "awful ', and "the 
worst horror film ever made" are 
just some of the comments that 
heraTded this celluloid milestone. 

It was produced, written and 
directed by Edward D Wood, 
reputedly the worst director who 
ever lived". On top of this pedi- 
gree, Plan 9 boasted such drive-in 
luminaries as ex-wrestler Tor 
Johnson, Vampira [a dead ringer 
for Lily Munster], and Bela Lugosi, 
who should've known better. 

The story - such as It Is * starts 
with two aliens, Eros and Tanna, 
plotting to take over the Earth. 
1/nfortunately, the bumbling two- 
some aren't much cop at this tak- 
ing over the Earth" lark, having 
already failed in eight previous 
attempts. 

Thus they hit upon, yep. Plan 9, 
in which the bodies of the dead 


Plan 9 from Outer Space is the crappest film of aff 
time - official! And Gremlin haved actually paid to 
get the rights to it. Nutters 


ing saucers as a decoy for the 
army they set their plan into 
motion. 

However, there is a spanner In 
the works in the shape of one Jeff 
Ttwit. An airline pilot by trade, he 
also lives next to the graveyard 
from which the zombies are rising. 
For reasons best known to them- 
selves, the zombies have nicked 
off with Jeff's wife and are hold- 
ing her prisoner on board the 
spaceship. 

Not being the type of B-movie 
hero to take this sort of intrusion 
lightly, Jeff joins up with his 
buddy Colonel Edwards and 


are resurrected and made to walk 
around with their arms waving 
around. Obviously, this unprece 
dented horror will bring the 
planet to its knees in no time at 
all, and so using some wobbly fly- 


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trap, but the game sound! and 
looks like it might be something 
worth getting excited about. Cunt 
be any worse than the film, that's 
for sure. 

plan 9 from Outer Spare is cur 
rently planned for an April 
release, although the price hasn't 
yet been decided. Until then, 
you'll just have to hope that Chan- 
nel 4 does another series of B- 
movies late on Saturday night. 


the game to take in most of the 
world, Plenty of exploring Is guar- 
anteed. with loads of in-jjokes for 
keen film buffs to keep their eyes 
peered for. 

And Gremlin have promised 
that for those who finish the 
game there'll be a reward 
sequence designed to impress and 
amaze - Sounds interesting, eh? 

They kindly gave us a copy of 
the film, and by jingo it really is 


you II be rewarded |?| with actual 
footage from the movie in all its 
digitised glory. Gremlin actually 
plan to include several full min- 
utes of film footage in the final 
game. Heartless beasts. 

The whole thing sound's suit- 
ably impressive, ..containing over 
70 lush graphic locations with 
taxis and aeroplanes expanding 


If you’re one of those people... 

who enjoys spotting alt the cock ups in crap B-movies, then Plan 9 Is 
isolute heaven! Here are iust some of the more Infamous blunders in 


# Horror actor supreme, Bela Lugosi sadly died while making Plan 9. 
However, not wanting to remove the star s name from the credits, the 
director decided to bring bark the character as one of the undead. 
Lugosi s place was taken by Woods wifes chiropractor, who obviously 
had nothing better to do. 

Unfortunately, the stand in looked nothing like Lugosi and was a 
foot taller than him. So he spent the rest of the film with his cloak in 
front of his face Nobody noticed, Honest. 


* As part of what we can only assume was a post-modernist state- 
ment on the futility of existence, the same set il used for an aero- 
plane cockpit, the flying saucer, and a graveyard. Pius. most of the 
rooms seem to contain the same furniture. Uncanny.,. 


• Director Ed Woods made sure that even the smallest character was 
blessed with sharp and intellectual lines, befitting a movie of this tali 
bre. This following extract is spoken by a police officer when he dis 
covers his inspector $ dismembered corpse: 

One thing ! sure. Inspector Clay's dead. Murdered! and someone i 

responsible. 

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I don't know, you wait ages for a 
toJe-playing adventure game to 
turn up and then you go and get 
four in two months - jfs just not fair. 
Following quick on the heels of Knight- 
mare, Abandoned Places and Moon- 
stone |GK, it's more action than adven- 
ture. but who cares) is Shadowlands, 

I don't Italy know how to describe 
Shadowlands, but I'll have a go. It's a 
sort of, err. umm, isometric Dungeon 
Master with a mere shade of Akira 
thrown in for good measure. 

You are now probably wondering 
what the hell Akira, the cdt Japanese 
cartoon/ film epic,, has got to do with 
Shadowlands, Well hgJd on to your 
has, helmets or whatever you're wear- 
ing qr top of your head and all wall be 
revealed soon. 

Time for a story. J think. Are you sit- 
ting comfortably? The story follows an 
ancient regend. Drowned while fleeing 
enemy hordes who have invaded from 
the Shadowlands, you awake to find 
that your spirit is still very much alive 
and lusting for vengeance. 

New supernatural powers give you 
the ability to control the minds of oth- 
ers. You must guide them into the 
Shadowlands where they must search 
and find your natural remains and 
from shore take them to the altar to be 
reunited with your spirit in an ancient 
ceremony. 

Just like Dungeon Master and ail Its 
contenders, you start the game with 
four intrepid adventurers. Normally 
you have to choose your adventurers, 
but not in Shadowlands - here you 
have to make your own. Using an 
Identikit system rather like the one in 


Midwinter Z, you get to design your 
brave lads. 

If you remember, f mentioned Akira 
- well this rs where the Japanese influ- 
ence appears. All the graphics of your 
man's face, hair, mouth, etc are very 
oriental and you can get quite a goad 
likeness to the bloke who runs the 
chippy down the road. 

Right, you've made up your men 
and you've given them names, now it's 
time to play the game. You start off in 
an orchard with loads of apple trees, 
so you can do your best Darling Buds 
of May impressions, pretend to pick 
this year's crop of apples and say Ter- 
fick' a lot 

While you are wandering around 
you encounter pesky crows and also 
find some very important weapons. 
After a bit of appl^pidcmg and the odd 


game of hide and seek, you wifi events 
ally find the dungeon. Ndw the game 
really begins to fake shape. 

The first part of level one is merely a 
little taster and enables you to get used 
to the controls, so that you can move 
around quickly and efficiently, Move- 
ment is entirely controlled 
by your little mouse, fly 
now you should have 
seen our lime box with an 
explanation of the control 
system - if you haven't 
seen it read it right now, 

Its dead important. 

If you're a bit daft in 
the head and you haven't 
seeh the screenshot then 
you probably won't know- 
why rhe game is called 
Shadowlands Ft's railed 


Its a design 
your own 
Akin (irtui 
folks! 

Shadowlands because it uses a Pboc* 1 
scaping system. 

I suppose you II want to know what I 
a FTiotoscaping system is? It allows The | 
game to actually simulate light andl 
darkness. I know n sounds a bit compfc- 1 
rated, But 111 make it easy for you by | 
using a couple of examples. 

Example one - when you fight a| 
torch in Shadowlands, you actually] 
fight up the area around you and you I 
can see everything a lot more deafy 
Example two - when you open a door, 1 
the light from the torch actually floods 
through into the next room, just an I 
light does in the real world. 

I know the word ‘gimmick' comes 
screaming at you from out of the daft- 
ness, but it reariy does add atmo^hef? 
no the game and lends it a realistic feel 
The actual game is plagued by all man- 
ner of evil beasties Jlke skeletons, rats I 









You put your left leg in, your right leg out... 


Head - Selecting thrs icon will 
allow your man to eat. drink, 
and read tablets which are 
strategically plated around the 
dungeon. 


Right am - This icons allows 
youf brave warn or to use rtems 
like coins etc. and more impor-, 
tan% allows you to fight what’ 
ever fiendish characters might 
be lurking in the dungeon, 

Right Feg - This Icon allows 
you to move all your characters ( 
at once. 



Left arm - The fight 
arm allows you to pick 
items up and also Jets 
you do things like pull 
lews and so on. Also ir 
you click on both the 
arms, you will be able to 
throw items. 


Left leg - This icon 
allows you to move just 
the one character. 



pull mat lever 
and, cft, unm, 
well fn rmt 
telling you if* 
that obvioui 


I am the Oracle, a 
motor cycle 
courier, bid I 
hope to get a jab 
in toear 

government inn 


and even Jeremy Beadle jare you sure? 
- £dj. Some of the beasties are 
tender than others and some so-called 
"beastles" are actually scantily-clad 
women Also contained in the dun- 


geon are loads and loads of fiendish 
puzzles. Sometimes the dungeon wifi 
help you with them by leaving a plaque 
for you to read, other times it won't. 
These puzzles will give you sleepless 
nights and a severe case of braitHChe. 

For ail you would-be wizards, there 
are also spell's for you to pfay around 
with, but be careful - you wouldn't 
want to command a bunch of hogs 
around the dungeon! 

f have been reliably informed that 


(he dungeon bit lasts for 14 levels. Then 
you progress further to the pyramid 
and maze levels, so it definitely isn't one 
of those 1 completed it in ten minutes' 
jobs. 

Shadowfands is one of those games 
which will keep you entertained for 
hours on end. You know the type - you 
start playing in January and before you 
realise it, il'sApriF. 

Engrossed? I certainly was, I almost 
forgot about writing the review, And 


Arrows - These arrows 
allow you to scroll 
through your inventory 


Energy bar - This 
tells you how much 
energy you have left, 


(3©©I3 S©p 

WonderM graphics and the 
Photoicage system jets top- 
ttwKs for ortglmfhy 


AUDIO 


Suttrtie intro tunc, and the 
HMid effects art more 


PLAYABl UTV 

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Ptayabily h inly ontstmdlr^ 
leap; <jn Oungwn Master from 
a Isgh place indeed. 



even now while Tm writing this. Dar- 
ren. our resident adventuring expert is 
deeply engrossed m it - at the moment 
he's turning the air blue 

In fact, hold on for a minute. 

'Oil Get off that AnlgaT 
-Wheat?' 

'Come ‘ere you. take that!' 

■Youth!". 

Ho hoJ That! teach the bugger. 

Overall. Shadowtands is the game 
all adventurers have been looking far. 
It has great graphics which, coupled 
with the Photoscaping system, gives a 
unique atmosphere, almost a feeling of 
actually being there. 

On the sound front there are suit- 
able FX featuring grunts, screams, 
thuds, clanking, clanging and even a 
ding efing ding sound. And it's got a 
lovely intro tune. 

Playability? Do 1 even have to teJF 
you about this? (Yes you bloody well 
do - EdJ. OK, it's certainly one of the 
most playable games FVe ever 
attempted. It even beats Dungeon 
Master, mainly because it's a lot more 
interactive. 

The control system becomes second 
nature after just a few goes. You 
don't particularly have to read the 
manual, you can just boot it up 
and play it straight away - it's that 
playable. 

ft's time for a bit of a sum up, 
methrnks - 2 + 2 = 4, and Shadow- 
lands ■ bloody ace adventuring role- 
playing game. 

Jonathan 

April i M3 GAMERS 



Amiga Cempirling April 1992 


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JameR 

ELSPA Chart 


Ten new entries tills month, 
six climbers, T 2 gamei drop, 
one non-mover and even 
one re-entry. Oh no r 5 hock, 
horror it s a new number 
one. Fanfare, please! It's 
Formula One Grand Prix. 
Geoff Crammond s excellent 
driving sim has taken its 
time to get to the top, but 
now it s there it'll be very 
hard to knock off, 

In the battle between 
budgets and full price, its a 
dead heat at fifteen-all, but 
there are eight full price 
games in the top ten. A for- 
mer number one - Manch- 
ester United Europe - re- 
enters at number 26. 
Ocean s dominance of the 
chart continues with WWF 
dropping down a place, and 
Roborop J drops a couple of 
places, but those lads and 
lasses from Manchester are 
still holding their own. 

It s time to put those mys- 
tical hats on and look to the 
future. Here are our predic- 
tions for next month. Dan 
reckons Birds of Prey will fly 
up to the coveted number 
one spot, while new boy 
Darren has plumped for Pop- 
ulous 2. Because I am the 
top tipster I've chosen 
Another World - I suggest 
you run to the bookies 
immediately. Well, that s all 
we have time for this month 
- don t forget to tune in 
next month for more 
startling chart revelations. 
See ya p readers? 

Jonathan 


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P inball on the Amiga. Now 
there's a neglected area. I 
honestly can t remember, 
ewer seeing a pinball game on our 
fudge-coloured friend. There prob- 
ably were a couple, but Id bet my 
complete A Team Sticker album 
that they were crap. But now 2 1st 
Century Entertainment have cho- 
sen to stake their claim with Pin- 
ball Dreams, 

Of course, pinball brings back 
all those memories of misspent 
childhoods in smoky arcades, and 
dodgy old Who records- That 
deaf, dumb and blind kid, he sura 
plays a mean pinball! they war- 
bled, This sounded like an interest- 
ing little notion, so we set up a lit- 
tle experiment. 

We loaded up Pinball Dreams, 
and plonked Biffa in a chair. We 
then blindfolded him, gagged him 
and stuck SluTac in his ears. Go 
on Biff, play a mean pinball we 
ordered. He wobbied around for a 
bit, grunted and then fell off the 
chair. So, for the best results on 
frnbalJ Dreams, dont rely on crap 
rock operas by crumbly dinosaur 
rock bands. They rediars. 

With that little, test out of the 
way. and leaving Biff struggling 
a way in the corner, the more able- 
bodied among us got on with play- 
ing Pinball Dreams. And its a bit 
gogd if the truth be told. 

Indeed, Biff really doesn t know 
what he s 1 missing-. With his blind- 
fold he can t see the massive 
tables - almost three screens high 
- the full Screen display, the 
smooth scrolling and pixel-perfect 
collision detection. With Blu-Tac 
shoved firmly in each ear, he can t 
hear the many groovy tunes and 
sound effects and with his gag he 
can t complain about it either, I 
should have done this sooner. 

In Pinball Dreams, you get four 
tables to choose Trom, Admittedly, 
that s not really enough, but there 


it an eight-player option, so if you 
can get some mates round it 
£jj#ould last you a good while. 

The first is Ignition and as you 
can lee from the piccy. it's set rn 
space. You also get Steel Wheel |a 
Western railway game|, float Sox 
jset In the music biz] and Night- 
mare, which is based around, erm, 
a nightmare. Each table has its 
own tune and sound effects, as 
well as having a very distinctive 
design. 

Control i; extremely simple. 
Use the down cursor key to pull 
back and release the spring, and 
shoot the ball into play. The left 
and right Shift keys control the 
flippers, and if you want to cheat 
then Space will tilt the table. 
However, over-enthusiastic tilting 
will forfeit your turn. 

And that s it. Just keep the ball 
in play and try and smash the 
high scores, which are saved to 
the disk each time you play. The 


best thing aboul Pinball Dreams ii 
that, as well as being great to look 
at and listen to, It's brilliant to 
play. The way the bail moves is 
unnervingly- realistic, and while 
there a rent really that many fea- 
ture? on each table, it manages to 
keep the excitement going with- 
out appearing too cluttered or 
empty. 

And as for the addiction level, 
well, imagine having a pinball 
table but not having to pay to 
play it. ft's very, very hard to resist 
just having another quick bash. 

The morning we got it, we 
booted it up at about half nine 
iind It didn't gel turned off again 
until five o dock. It's now ten past 
nine the next morning and already 
Darren is well into his third game. 





Addictive? You could say that- 
There is one criticism, and that's 
that for nearly E26 you don't get 
enough variety. Once youve mas- 
tered all four tables, the appeal 
might not be as great. A table edi- 
tor would ve been a nice idea, or 
even the option for further tables 
on separate data disks. 

Even so, what you do get is a 
maddeningly addictive pinball sim- 
ulator with the added bonus of an 
eighE-playcr option. If pinball is 
your tfiang, then get hold of it 
immediately, 

OH, get off the Amiga, Darren. 
It s my turn now. Hang about, is 
fldf supposed to be that purple 
colour? Oops. 

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you could compare Realms to Power- 
monger. You know, moving Sttte arm res 
around the landscape causing all man- 
ner of mischief.. Bur Realms has more 
responsibilities far you to attend to. 

You must impose taxes to generate 
enough money to equip your armies 
with varying weapons and armour, so 
they can attack any enemy towns 
|thereby weakening your enemy or ene- 
miesf, You must buy grain to feed the 
populace, develop your towns to make 
them larger and more resistant to attack 
and generally ensure the survival of 
your people. In Tact, the number of 
duties to attend to are just right Some 
games go over the top, requiring you to 
control innumerable activities, which 
can completely spoil the game. Realms 


C onsider the sit- 

uation, Your father 
has been kilted and bis 
entire kingdom and ail its wealth are 
now in your hands. Seems pretty 
enticing, doesn't it? All that money 
and property. 

WeH there's just one teeny problem 
- the condition of the kingdom upon 
the old man's demise is somewhat less 
than perfect. In fact it's safe to say 
things have reached crisis level 
Famine is flourishing, poverty is rife 
and other realms ace vying for domi- 
nance of the land. And you have to 
sort it alt nub while ensuring that your 
realm comes out on top. Flipping 
inconsiderate of dad to get kilted Irke 
that, leaving all this mess to clear up, 
Anyway, someone has to do It so you 
might as well get on with it, 

The aim of Realms is to ensure mat 
your Kingdom reigns supreme among 
the others. To achieve this, you have 
to fonity your cities and recruit and 
train armies and cavalry, Oh, you also 
have to took after the weffane of the 
citizens of your newly-acquired land 
^bloody civvies, nothing but a nui- 
sance if you ask me. Can t they see 
you've enough on your plate as It is?J. 
So. it's off to the nearest clearing to 
appeal- for justice from the Gods, Now 
these Nordic Gods are pretty accom- 
modating. Just raise your fist to the 
skies, scream, and Bob's your unde - 
divine assistance to take away. So 


with emotions swelling in your soul 
and rage filling your mind, you cast 
your eyes to the heavens and demand 
justice. 

The clouds part the sky booms and 
the God's give you , a belt buckle! 
Well, it looks like a belt buckle - the 
kind you might find on a Ron Maiden 
groupie - but it Is, in fact the Symbol 
of the Serpent, giving the bearer pow- 
ers beyond belief. 

'Oooh. this will come in handyl" 
you say to yourself and prompcty set 
off to restore your Kingdom I suppose 


is graphically excellent and the ovri 
game system is pleasing to use. ia 
view your surroundings via the cm 
mpn isometric representation, an 
there is also an overhead map givin 
you (she entire land to survey, 

The animation of the armies i 
they trundle about the land cm tbs 
merry way to mayhem is quite nice tw 
At the start of the game you a r 

placed in a fairly simp 

default scenario, bt 
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Don your helm and rule the Realm. 


same manic mouse manipulation, I 
can tell you. Aba the required posi- 
tion of the mouse when selecting a 
unit is s little too precise for comfort, 
You need to have the pointer directly 
on the unit flagpole, far instance, for it 
to be sefeeted. 

Sound effects are good, with an 
accompanying theme constantly play- 
ing in the background. During battles 
you hear the clanging of swords 
which adds a touch Df atmosphere to 
the events. 

Overall then. Realms is a competent 
addition to the increasing God/War 
game domain and is worth taking a 
took at, 

Darren 


Mouse • Out now 


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case with me|, lets you scarperl The 
entire battfe sequence runs in real time, 
which leads me on to a couple of 
' gripes. With numerous units to control 
and the large number of controls at 
your disposal during a battle, it can 
become too hectic to deal with at times. 

Having to switch quickly between 
units to give differing orders requires 


(ion in which the unit attacks and also 
select whether to fire any missile 
weapons such as bows. These enable 
you to diminish the opposition before 
you close for hancf-tCHhand combat. 

Last but not least, you have the 
attack or reheat icon, which lets you 
start your attack, or. if things go dis- 
mally downhill [as was frequently the 


cJe sequences are my fave part. Your 
r-JiYidual units are displayed on a bat- 
3efield along with the enemy's units, 
and you can select the lype of for- 
mation you assume from wedge. 
I phalanx, fine, and square, each 
having its own merits. You can 
mk change the direc- 




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Sitcom heart-throb, Paul NichdLu Jn p fa l form game romperaitia! 


T his isn't really Kid' Gloves 2, 
yknow. Wot originally anyway. 
This fittfe platformer started life 
last year as a game called Little Beau. 
But it was such a crap name for a game 
that the company responsible sponta- 
neously combusted and left poor ord 
Beau wandering about in software 
bimbo 

Then MiNenium came atong, and res- 
cued the little bugger. They tarted him 
up r buffed up his helmet and redubbed 
him Kid Gloves 2 . Despite the tact that 
he hasn't got any gloves, 

Just one took at the graphics and you 
know exactly what you're in for, Millions 
of other games spring to mind - Mario. 
Rainbow islands, Mega Man, Ales Kidd, 
Mega Twins, New learand Story, the list 
goes an and on and on. Cutesy platform 
romps with all the usual trimmings. Kid- 
napped princesses, end-oMevel baddies, 
power-ups, hidden goodies - it's all 
hem. 

Where Kid Gloves 2 falls flat Is that as 
well as being derivative, it lacks the 
glossiness that makes, for instance, 
Mega Twins a good laugh. It looks and 
plays like an Bbit Nintendo reject. 

You can just imagine some spotty, 
gum chewing, MTV generation yankee 
nerd playing this, while listening to the 


new Paula Abdui album, 

Not the sort of ultra hi-tech 
home computer entertain- 
ment us smug, superior, 

Etiff upper lip Amiga owners 
are used to, 

There are some attempts 
to beef it up with the inclu- 
sion of little arcade sub- 
games and one-armed bao 
dto lurking in the scenery, 
and while this is a nice idea 
it doesn't really offer any- 
thing of use - especially 
since I've got a nasty Feeling 
that the fruit machines are a 
bit rigged. And the arcade 
machines are pretty crap as 
well 

The graphics are. as you 
can guess, cute. But cute in an old-fash- 
ioned way The sprites lack the cnsp. 
colourfof definition of their ovals and as 
such leave the game feeling a bit dated. 

Another rather odd graphical feature 
is the lack of any backgrounds. At least 
any backgrounds worth noticing Lots 
of white dots for snow is about all you'd 
get on the first level, and it qnfy gets a 
bit better as you go on. It all looks a Jxt 
sparse. 

Sound is actually quite nice. There's 


yer standard cute platform game boings 
and beeps, but there's also some pretty 
nifty speech when you pick items up. For 
instance, when you cafiect some wine, 
Kid emits an ecstatic 'yum yumT. rt's a 
nice little touch, and it does give the 
game a teeny bit of much needed Prarzl 
But Kid Gloves 2's biggest problem is that 
it brings nothing new to an already over- 
stocked genre. Mega Twins manages to 


justify its existence by being slickly pro- 
grammed and by having a great two- 
player mode, but the Kid fn£e Beau|i 
would probably have been happier if 
he'd been left to wander about in soft- 
ware limbo last year. 

Who knows, maybe he coukfve met 
up with Monty Mole and Miner Willy 
and formed an obsolete platform char- 
acters club. Bur they probably wouldn't 
have him. They're very strict about 
things like that. 

Daniel 


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Where to next? And riots 
to the point, how much 
will it coil? 


F you want a really good laugh, 
then get your hands on the short 
story that accompanies this little 
lire offering. It really is the most 

;h£d and unbearably bad piece of 
fiction I've ever read. 

Here are some examples: "Maybe one 
e*y rady fuck would shuffle the deck 
and i'd get a better hand.' and it gets 
as well, Check this out The girl 
vas about 5ft fiirt with tegs (hat looked 
enger than that,' BriNiantf And finally: 
’The words hit me like a hard right to 
the jaw from Mike Tyson .’ Absolute cob- 
blers, isn't it? 

The whole story fiasco is the usual 
time way of introducing the player to 
the plot of the game, although It could 
have been done a lot quicker, and with 
a lot less embarrassment in a few para- 
graphs, So. to save you the physical 
pain of rehashing tins epic tale, here's 
die cut-down version. 

Tour Dad's a private eye his mates 
been murdered. Dad's In the nick, 
you've got to prove his innocence. 
There, no need for anything more than 
that, 

The game is similar In style to one of 
those sport management efforts. You 
know, you see your desk and you can 
select different actions by clicking on the 
telephone, the computer, the diary etc 
The number of options isn't quite as 
great as you might expect; but there's 
plenty of scape for exploration in your 
first hour or so. 

The manual, despite the crap stay, 
promises great things from Crime City, 
but the game doesn't quite deliver, 
Apparently, m you'll become embroiled 
in the seedy underworld, dealing with 
hit men and informants and all manner 
of low Ilfe. 

And as the blurb tells us that charac- 
ters.' reactions to you win alter to sort the 
way you talk to them, I was looking for- 
ward to a pretty exciting interactive 
experience. The trouble rs that, well the 


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Top news lonhjM 
- some Moke is 
attired or 
murder, Exiting 
eh? 


manual Ned. As far as I can tell, the 
characters responses are as predictable 
as a BBC sitcom. I mean, I went to my 
girlfriend's house, and tofet her we were 
splitting up. She threw a right wobbler, 
as 1 expected. Then I said Id see her 
later, she kissed me on (he cheek and 
called me 'Cubbywubbykrns'or some- 
thing. Wot quite what the manual’ 
promised, 

If you keep asking the same ques- 
tion, you get the same response over 
and over. In short, the characters are 


about as responsive as the scenery. 
What a bunch of fibbers. 

Another way in which the game let 
me down was its distinct lack of any- 
thing even remotely seedy. Even though 
it's called Crime City, i he map makes it 


rook a lot like Trumpton. The seedy bar 
is more like a cosy cownpy pub and your 
main chEuaoter lives at home with his 
mum. Crime City? More like ffippin' Emd 
Baton's "Five Investigate a Beastly Mur- 
der ifyouaskmef 

I'm probably being a bit unfair here. 
Crime City's actually quite good fun. You 
can while away a few hours making 
“humorous' phone calls to the local 
bobbies, or making dates with your 
girlfriend that she never even shows 
up to. 

The trouble is that the action is repeti- 
tive, making the whole game feel about 
as involving as watching someone else’s 
holiday home video, A nice idea, but 
Cruise for a Corpse did it first and a mil- 
lion times better 

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Brlfa and Sean Griffiths of the Bitmap Brothers 
continue the official guide to the hardest 
sections of Magic Pockets 



The Lakes - section 3 

This section is tough. Go forward first and kill the crabs and the 
vultures. Drop through the gap and use the drill to turn ali the 
nasties into power ups! Now drop down again and pick them up. 
Keep dropping down to get to the bubble gum, Drift up to the 
very top again and move right - here there are some coins, a gold 
Star and a secret passage, 

Ensure that you get a mega power-up of some sort. This will 
give you the edge - you fl need it! Travel left and dear the nasttes 
by the top of the water, Now rot! down the stairs towards the 
bottom of the pit and move right to pick up your helmet, Go into 
the water, but move slowly - there are a lot of nasties in this 
small cavern. The secret rooms are full of 'em - sneaky eh? 


The Lakes - section 4 

This is a very big prt, You can travel down the left gap or the right gap - 
difference bar some bonus fruit to the 
right, 

The best technique here is to jump tiff 
redges and spin into nasties, The helmet ts 
\n a cafvem drrettiy under the TV, If you 
pick it up new you may have some trou- 
hre - you cannot spin with it. Take the 
right-hand pit, and follow the arrow to the 
exit. 

if, however, you feel adventurous, 
leave the helmet and drop left to find a pit 
with power-ups, fireballs and a bubble 
gum machine. This way you can clear 
toads of nasties and drift back up to the 
[ helmet - much more funl 






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The Mountains - 


The last room 


Section 6 


Thir section features a Jot of long {edges. Move 
right and left along the ledges and throw snow- 
balls forward, avoiding the dusters of nasties. 
Watch out for the Yetis that jump at you - they 
only take one hit. 

Climb over the building and jump on the aggres- 
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and push snow over ledges wherever possible. 
Dont miss the spiky helmet hidden behind a col- 
umn on the left by the waif. 

Use the helmet to the full and take out as many 
snowmen as possible. Don t drop off the edge and 
keep moving until the helmet runs out. At the bot- 
tom get the hopper and bounce over the ledges to 
get to the exit. Be careful not to jump up to the 
top again. 


Hun to get a hopper, or blast the snowmen to 
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The Mountains 


- Section 7 

The penultimate Jevef and the hard- 
est in the entire garnet if you're 
; Li per -powered you could do this 
level, otherwise yw are going to duet 

First of all, stand and fire until ai 
nasties are dead Now edge forward 
and keep firing. Some Yetis win fas 
from the top - kill them arm edge 
forward. Ensure you stop the bonus 
on milk, to get some extra rife. 

Again edge forward. A good tech- 
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with the coins and spin off the end. 
Always watch for nasties failing from 
above, Where the coin pries are 
beware of the eagles, Now the eat 
should be easy, 

Note - If you tan. transport »n this 
room, to wrap the game* 






The endgame world 



Transport to home 


Using you skills, create one sifver star and 
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you burst to dear the kill count and trap for 
a silver star. 

Then, kill the remaining ten nasfres. Make 
sure there are ten left - there are ten from 
the first hare!. Then trap to get a gcW star 
and transport. Don't hang around, because 
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Cnisadara "Bictorte rouato" 
Crock music disk 
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RAF metjamu il 
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Floating Bytw “S*o«l songs omf 
Alcalrai "Panic wleoo ot energy" 
Crusaders micro contort 
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Bodean* Berd*lto #2 
Badearts Bordello 03 
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BhUnuis Movies 


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Utopia 11 

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Star tracker 
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Instrument diska (0 disks) 
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£ 11.00 


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Star Trek {2 disks) 
Uamalton , Drip 


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PDU 10 Air Tunnel Simylalioo 

PDU 3t Flah *143 RIM Database 

PDU 32 i 144 Analytic Spreadsheet 

PDU 43 Flih * £01 Assembler A C eg 

PdU 45 Flah 1 210 Selenitic taleuiator 

PDU 46 Flah § 213 toon* {300 In 6 colour*) 

PDU 44 Fish 0 215 MandalYfoom V2.G 

PDU 51 Fl*h M 210 Astronomy program 

PDU 52 Flah 4 52 A-2 Tart Editor 

PDU 60 Fish 4 237 CUprinL 

PDU 70 Fish * 193 Kcyraap Editor 

PDU T2 SIP VI. EM The ultimate disk util, 

PDU SO Fenla A Surfaces 

PDU 01 Dtoksaliw VI .3 

PDU W Hem Radm utilities {S disks) 

PDU 1D1 Menu-Maker 

PDU 102 Label designer 

PDU 103 kwrij Makar 

PDU 1 04 lodh-Mania 

PDU 105 Craaaword Creator 

PDU Hi Various CLI utils 

PDU 1 49 Icon Fun 

PDU 191 Fudlak Disk repairer 

PDU 164 Gstnea music creator 

PDU 160 Vaoctne-B'Odslpr I Virus killer! 

PDU 160 Quick- Base Database 

PDU 105 AMC 22 (Ekcatlanl utils) 

FDU 1 66 Falcon BocIMock Creator 
PDU 194 Pman Vims Killer 
PDU 200 Virus Killer Prd V2J0 
PDU 207 Fteff*d sound ¥1.03 
PDU ST Frsti 4 345 MED V3 ,» 

PDU 262 MED Modules 

PDU 356 Talracopy 

PDU 363 Mestpr Vlrua Killer V2i 

PDU J16 Rad Sector demo maker 

PDU 354 Red Sector ultlMvs 1 

PDU 355 Vector Editor 

PDU 366 IBM Emulator 

PfKI 367 ST Emulator 

PDU 366 Spectrum Emulator 

PDU 389 Fish 4 376 CS4 Emulator 

PDU 370 Flexible* Dalabase 

PDU 371 NUKE VI ,3b (Saddam Killer} 


FDD 1 Anarchy Demo 

POD 4 Deathslar Mpgadento (2 disk) 

POD 7 Elvira Demo 

POD 14 RAF Megademo 

PDD 16 Hobocop Demo 

PDD 26 SAE Demos 25 

PDD 21 SAE Demo 1 32 

PDD 31 Anarchy "Ooh H's obsceneS" 

PDD 51 Holrlck * 1 "Araewlpe" 

PDD 52 Haitrlck * 2 "Smaadhlng day cut” 

FDD 55 Kefrans Megademo 4 6 {2 disk*] 

PDD 62 Northster Megademo 4 2 t 

FDD TO Rebel a Magademo 

POD 72 Red Sector Demo *4 

PDD 73 SAE Demo 4 23 

PDD 74 SAE Dame 4 36 

PDD 75 Scoopen Damp 

PDD 76 Scoopen megademo 

PDD 61 Trilogy Megadenie 4 1 

FDD 04 Vortex Magademo 

PDO 96 Magnetic Fietda Demo « M 

POO 07 Predators Magadtmg (2 disks) 

FDD 107 Budhratn 4 1 (2 disks) 

PDD 115 Magnetic Field* Demo M 40 
POD 116 Magnetic Fields Demo 4 41 
POD 130 Chubby Brown Demo 
PDD 131 Crlonlea Demo 
PDD 132 &lento Mogidema (2 disks) 

PDD 1 34 Magnetic Fields Demo f 45 
PDD 145 SAE Demo 4 31 
PDO 152 Flash "No Brain No Piin"{2 Aka) 
PDO 1 53 Bltly ConnoHy DWrtto (2 disks) 
FDD 160 Hetrick "Rave on" 

PDD 177 Budbrain II 

PDD ITBCrtonJea 'Tolsl DaalrvdSon" 

POD 186 Flash Demo. 4 2 

PDD 209 Rutger Demodisk 

PDD 21? Space Pack 4 32 

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from peopto to places etc. etc. 
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PDA 8 Knight Animation {1 Meg) 

PDA 12 Agelrgn Star Trek Anlms 2 

PDA 13 AgulTon Star Trek Anlms 17 

PDA 14 Puggs in Space 

FDA 16 Miller Uls Advent 

PDA 3i Nude Girt* Anlm 

PDA 34 Basketball Anlm 

PDA 35 BFPO Slideshow (16+) 

PDA 35 BFPO Slideshow 4 2 {16+} 

PDA 41 Dlglvlewer Slideshow 

FDA 42 Dragons Lair Demo 

PDA 44 Mgnoeycle A Sportscar |1 M*s) 

PD A 47 Holatien Pile Ad 

PDA 4* Mayfair Vo I, 23 NO- 3 {16+} 

PDA Sft Mega Ckeen Show V1.7 

PDA 64 NASA Graphics 

PDA 56 Newtek Damorvel t (2 t 1 meg) 

PDA ST Mewlak Demoreel 2 (2 k 1 meg) 

FDA S3 Paradise Slideshow 

PDA 51 Sabrina 

PDA 63 Space- Animation* (1 megl 
PDA 66 Sta*trak Animations 
PDA 66 Walker Demo [1 mag) 

PDA 66 Walker Demo (2 meg. 2 disks) 
PDA 76 Walker Demo 2 (1 integ} 

PDA 73 Wssicoaal Cracker 1 4 (1 9+) 
PDA 74 Budeang BordeMa a 1 (16+) 

PDA 75 Bodeans Bordello « 4 {16+} 

PDA 76 Playboy { 16+] 

PDA 77 Sam Fok (16+) 

FDA 76 Utopia 4 1 (18+) 

PDA 76 The Final Eoalacy « 1 (18+| 

PDA 86 Walker Demo 2 (2 m*g, 2 disk) 
PDA *1 Ray Into* an. DWB Render uhl 
PDA 86 Utopia * 4 (16+) 

PDA 69 Bodeana Bordello #3 (18+) 

PDA B0 Bunsen Burner Jet Anlm 
PDA 92 D. Under* Stldl Show * 1 
PDA 93 D. Unetof* Scl-h Show 4 2 
PDA 110 B-njce Lbs "Enter The Dragon" 
PDA 111 Bruce Lae Slideshow 11 
PDA 112 Dragons Lair 1 1 Demo 
PDA 114 Neighbours Slide show 
PDA 116 Terminator 


PDM 5 MFI Electric CLI IV 
POM 6 Winkers Song {2 disk*) 

PDM 9- Ride on Time 8 Beldame 

PDM 19 Bad - Michael Jackaon 

PDM 26 Hal Dance 

PDM 27 D-MOD Megamusic 111 

PDM 26 Enemies music III 

PDM 3d Digital Concert n 

PDM 3i Digital Concert III 

PDM 33 Halloween 'Tofcwthe Sgn" (3 Aka) 

PDM 35 "1 think we're alone now" Tltieny 

PDM 36 "Land ot«nto*ion" Genesis 

PDM 36 Miami Vice Iheme {4 disks) 

PDM 45 MFI Vangells Demo 

PDM 66 Digital Concert IV 

PDM 72 Popeye m«els Ihe Beach Boys 

PDM 36 Digital Concert VI 

PDM 92 Freddie Krugo* 

PDM 93 Kohwns Jukebai 

PDM 95 Miami Vico "Crocketts Thome" 

PDM 97 RIP Eruption 


PDM 

RDM 

PDM 

PDM 

PDM 

PDM 


91 1M Moil rtmembered OS4 tunes 
94 HI-FI Demo 
1 04 BassX J S Power FtemLi 
106 Bass)! 4 6 S«d Vounghtood 
186 Betty Boo 


PDM 

PDM 


110 DMOB Music I 

111 DMOB Music II 

117 Rash Gordon {2 disks) 

1 1 9 Hstrtck "Ldadaamoney - 

120 Laurel A Hardy (2 disks) 

131 Pel Shop Baya Hsruli * 1 

132 Pol Shop Boys H*mls * 2 


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machines. We will bo to advise on 

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PPG ? Star Trek 0 disks, 2 drives) 

PDG 5 Card A Board Games 
PM 14 Deslliurtirai Moonbase 
PDG 2i Doing The Game (2 disks) 

PDG 26 Treasure -Search 
PDG 31 Marla 

PDG 32 Legend! 0 i Fsrghall (PB Version) 
PDG 33 Arcadia (Breakout slyle game} 
PDG 34 Dynamite Dick 
PDG 37 Super Our 
PDG 78 Drip! 

PDG 71 Ltomalron 

PDG 72 Op. Lamming (Cherttyware- £3) 


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Mice and 
Blankers I U » 

George Thompson Services 

As tfie magician said to the actress, ‘now 
you you see it, now you don't*. Alas, 
when it comes to images on a monitor, 
that's not quite the case. 

Once you've powered upyour com- 
puter and switched on your monitor, the 
electron gun that sits at die back of the 
cathode ray tube constantly fires particles 
at IM phosphor dots on pie front of ihe 
screen, mailing diem glow. 

This Is a good thing because unless 
these particles make the phosphor dots 
glow, no image will appear on ygyr moni- 
tor. For the poor little phosphor dot, 
though,. jt's a bad thing, because every 
time it gets hft by an electron its fife 
expectancy is shortened, 

Now in the short term this isn't much 
of a problem, in fact it is the reason that 
phosphor dots exist - they 
like being hit by electrons. 

Problems arise when ohiy 
certain members of the 
phosphor dot community 
keep getting hit It means 
that they age far quicker 
than their neighbours. 

As is die case with most 


A discerning choice of disks covering 
everything from screen savers to 
language tutors. Steve Williams 
sorts the goodies from 
the garbage 


humans, 
the older they 
get, Ihe harder 
they find it to get 
excited. The effect is 
called screen burn. We 
see it as areas of die screen 
that have dark bands or 
shapes on them. 

If you cast your mind back 
about ten year? or so, you'll remem- 
ber that the earliest home consoles used 
to use the television to display video 
games. One of these was a game called 


i WHfW* at dkktng «i o 


Ping-pong. 

The screen was 
divided into two 
areas by a static, verti- 
cal white line. Each 
players score was shown in 
the top right and top left-hand 
comers of the screen. It was a 
simple enough game - each player 
had a paddle which controlled a mow- 

able bat and die idea was to bounce a 
ball back to your opponent without letting 
it slip past your bat. 

it was great fun and it literally kept die 
kids amused for hours at a time. But when 
die adults sat down to teatch television in 
the evening they found that iheir favourite 
TV programme suddenly had a dark fine 
running vertically down the centre of the 
picture, and two dark areas, one in the top 
left-hand corner of the screen and the 
other in the tap right. 

This was due to the dreaded screen bum 
and, as many poor parents found Dut, the 
effect is irreversible. 

The same thing happens with computer 
monitors if they are left with the same 
image burning itself into the phosphor 
screen for too long. It's the static elements 
of the display that do the damage. 

So what c m done to prevent wearing 

out yor Srreen? Well you could dun your 
monitor off eveiy time you got up tp make 
1 a cup of tea or went to answer the phono, 
But ail those additional power surges that 
occur when you switched the monitor back 
on again would shorten its life even mor* 

What would be useful would be a pro 
gr*,m running in the background that mon- 
itored the activity of the keyboard and the 
mouse. If ft found that the computer 
hadn't been touched for a white it could 
tell the electron gun to switch itself off fur a 
white, without turning the nest of the moni- 
tor off. 

And that Is why we have programs 
known as screen blankers lo do just that 
You instruct the program how long it is to 


wait after the last time the computer was 
touched before it blanks the screen, and it 
Carries the task out without fuss. Place it in 
your startup-sequence and you won't even 
be aware that it's there until your monitor 
needs it. 

There are many variations upon this 
original theme. One screen blanker and 
mouse utility, Mighty Mouse, waits for a 
preset time and then dims the screen by a 
user-defined, percentage, If after a tittle 
while longer there is still no user input then 
it continues to dim the screen in stages 
until eventually it is totally blacked out. 

Blizzard is another variant, and a per- 
sonal favourite of mine, This blanks the 
screen hut then displays huge, multi- 
coloured snowflakes gently falling down it. 
StarBlanker turns off the screen and 
replaces ft with the view of a starfleid 
scrolling slowly by. 

Although screen blankers are deeply 
useful programs to hav^ there's only so 
much fun to be had fronTthem and so pro- 
grammers started to combine them with 
other small utilities to avoid having to run 
too many individual files. 

-^Screen Hankers started to be combined 
with mouse pointer blankers and mouse 
pointer accelerators. The list just grew and 
grew and everyone had his or her 
favourite. 


| There are lots of the: 

se utilities float 


iruj around In l he Ireev 
ware scenes. They al 
combinations ol screen 
accelerator, window ma 
tion keys, macros, and 

vane and share - 
1 have various 
blanker, mouse 
nipulator, func- 
even clock sup- 


port, If you wanted to It 
to find out which suit 

•st each one uul 
&d your n 0 c d s 


best it would cost you a 

lot Of money to 


buy up all the disks. 

In order lo save you 

time and cash. 


Seppi Evans at Geor< 

ge Thompson 


Services has come up s 
tion of 20 mouse hand 

vith a compila 
lers and screen 


blankers. 



It comes on two disl 
all the familiar nami 

is and contains 
ei - DM Ouse. 


Mlghlymouse, Blizzai 

r d, Autopoint. 


Mouse accelerator, h 

JexlWindnwv 


Spllner, (Blanker, PBIa 

inker, F Mouse. 


Btankette, FcacBlank, M. 

actiMI, QMchiw. 


Mo use blanker. Zoom 

i. Mackie, the 


Workbench 2 0 P&lanker 

and Clock Df 


Amiga CenvjMrtfjtf 

April W. IDII 








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available- to store the fife in one whole 
chunk, so the drive saves a bit of the file 
here, another bit there and so on until 
the whole 1 00k has been Fatted on the 
disk. 

When it comes to loading that last file 
back into the computer, the drive 
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around the disk, picking them up as it 
goes. This is clever stuff, but unhappily it 
take; longer to load in a fragmented file 
than a file that exists a; one 
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If a disk has seen a - 
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will be exten- 
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a disk and rearranges their pfiysi- 
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data, 

Defragger; really come into^^ 
their own when used with 
hard drives. Floppy disks 
can be optimised a 
lot quicker by 
copying individ- 
ual flies on to a 
newly formatted, blank disk. 

Opt can optimise hard drives, RAM 
drives, or even floppy disks if you want 
it to. But - and there's always a but - 
although defragmenting is a desirable 
thing to do, it can also be slightly haz- 
ardous. Even if the program is 
supposed to be 100 per cent 
» foolproof, a sudden power 
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a cute little game that is a variation on 
Tetris. Vou have to match up colours to 
destroy the bugs on the screen. It uses 
1 6 colours and has some sound. Nothing 
to write home about but it's an added 
bonus. 

Opt is a drive opti miser, 
sometimes known 

as a defragger So ^ 
why is it necessary to ^H|| 
optimise in the first 
place? Well, wfven you use a disk for the 
first time after formatting, it is, in a man- 
ner of speaking, a blank piece of paper. If 
you save a 100k file to this new disk 
there is enough room to save the file in 
one complete chunk. 

As time goes on the disk gets lots of 
files written on to it and erased from it. 
Eventually it you tried 
to save another 1 00k 

JH. ' ; '• . 

JR 

SB 


TBAC Disk 
number 59 


Amiganuts 

The Tampa Bay Amiga Croup's Disk of 
the Month is something l regularly look 
forward to receiving. 

T&AG disks always contain an inter- 
esting mixture of programs and they 
nearly always have something that I Can 
find a good use for. Take disk number 
59 for example. There are five 'utilities, a 
demo, three cracking pic l ores, and a 
game. 

AvailMem is a small routine that 
watches memory usage and, unlike the 
Amiga Dos Avail command, continually 
updates its display as the memory use 
changes. 

Interferon, written by Gary Million!, is 


a time, but it also means that II some- 
thing does go wrong the amount of 
information lost is minimised. 

The display is a clear, no-nonsense 
panel that contains four buttons and 
five small report windows situated 
underneath a large window that pro- 
vides a schematic view of the disk lay- 
out. 

Also on the disk is PicBase, an IFF 
picture database program written by 
Mike Berro. It's a smashing idea - it 
allows you to catalogue and manipulate 
all the IFF pictures and brushes that you 
have on a disk in the same way that a 
conventional database manipulates 
data hies. 

The program displays a reduced 
replica - or icon - of each picture, with 
information, such as the path name, the 
creation date, file size, image size and 
depth, display mode, and comments 
about the file. 

Four icons are displayed at any one 
time, and they can be scrolled in real 


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time across the display area, Pictures can 
be automatically sorted by creation 
date, file size, filename, path name or 
something known as a Ticode. 

The files can be renamed, transferred, 
duplicated or erased from disk, either 
individually or in tagged batches. 
Dwbte clicking on an icon will expand 
it to full size. 

You don't even have to run the pro- 
gram if you want to get at some piece 
of information quickly A list of pictures 
cart be printed out, or saved to disk as 
an Ascii text file. 

There is a special multi-view facility 
which allows you to see up to 10B 
images at once - handy for hard drive 
users, In reality they are so small that 
unless you have a good idea of what the 
picture looks like full size, identifying 
them is difficult- 

images can be presented as a slide 
slow, moving automatically or manually 
forward and reverse. They can also be 
played back in reduced size mono form 
as an animation preview, at up to 30 
frames per second. 

There's even an example file that 
comes with the package, so you can 
play around with one that's already 
been set up before you create a new 
one of your own. 


The Europe-friendly Languages Tutor 


One of the things that doesn't make me proud to be British 
Is the inability of the average citizen to speak in any other 
language than English. 

Languages Tutor is a teaching aid program that helps you 
learn to recognise a moderate number of written words from 
the languages of tour European countries - Spanish, French, 

German and Italian, It works 
by putting an English word 
up on the screen and then, 
when you press the Return 
key, displaying the foreign 
equivalent of that word. 

There are a couple of 
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The program can substitute 
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commonly used words and 
the program pulls words out 
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betical order. 

There are no fancy graph- 
ics, animation sequences or 
special effects in this pro- 
gram - they're not needed. tm ngua^n iwbr-. to.™ §taphki *wt w ™ feamijis 


This is one occasion where the Amiga's fancy footwork is 
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Languages Tutor is not going to teach you how to speak 
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Where's my A501? 

I have two complaints to make. Firstly, when 1 bought my 
Amiga in July I got the Screen Gems pack, which I round 
In your magazine and others advertised as including the 
A501 512k RAM expansion. However, I never got one. 
The computer came from Dixons in Newport. The com- 
ments in your mag about the extra 512k were in the 
November issue In the news section, and the same thing 
was printed in another Amiga mag the next month. 

Secondly I would like to complain about the number 
of swear words printed. Please note I'm only nine years 
old! 

Apart trom all the moaning I actually do very much 
enjoy reading Amikja Computing, and it has helped me a 
lot as a beginner. Keep up the good work. 

Martin Mew, Newport, Isle of Wight 

i suppose you’ll find Ghti toW comtorl, but you werent 
ripped off, you simply bought the Screen Gems pack 
before Commodore started to bundte the ASG1 as a pre- 
Christmas safes booster. The pocks were originally sold 


W[t U standard 51 2k ASQOs, then 1Mb A500s, and finally 
the A500 Plus arrived in the CortoCfl tkmta bundle 
you seem to Fun* been unlucky in that you purchased 
your machine fust before the I Mb bundles stoned arriv- 
ing. its worth checking wrtti Dbmns to moire sure you 
weren't supposed to get on A501 with the pack, but ft not, 
then you can t blame them for setting you what they told 
yw they were sefrtog. As for the fruity tongutr^f, we 
administered several knuckle raps to persons who will 
remain nameless, which should spore the blushes of our 
younger readers. You must remember, though, that game 
reviews, for example, have to be written with a certain 
degree of (ahem) passfod, and that to tone l hem down 
complete fy would render them stortf ond uninteresting. 

Check out a few of tbe dedicated games magazines it 
you're looking for offensive language and sentiments ond 
you r ff realise just feaw refined our writers realty are! 

Any old disks? 

1 have owned an Amiga 5W for three years, and in that 
time I've added I Mb and an external disk drive. 
Unfortunately, due to a shortage of funds, I can't do 
much more with it at the moment. Ah, well, never mind. 

I was just wondering (here comes the sales pitch - Ed) 


if you or anyone el« could help me. l r ve been subscrib- 
ing to your wonderful magazine since it was first pub- 
lished and I have nearly all the CoverDiski except for 
August 1 989 and May to My 1 WO. Is there any way pos- 
Sible for me to get hold of copies of these CoverDiiks? 

i S MacPhenon, Sowfry 

Ordinarily we'd be unable to help, as we top bock issues 
far only six months of Europress Direct which are avail- 
able by Pilling in the order form towards the rear end of 
the fflagarfrw. However, as you'd rwlfw, we hove a broad 
new Ctassiffttfr cofumn for exactly the sort of request you 
and many other readers moke every month. 

To take advantage of this rip roaring new feature, just 
HI! in the Classifieds form and send U off to US Well try to 
fit your appeal into the next available space. 

Baron won’t budge 

I purchased the Red Garori World War I flight sim for my 
Amiga recently and I thought I'd raise a couple of points 
about it 

My system consists of a &2G0Q with dS030,i'688S2 
(33MHz), 3Mb Of 32-bit RAM, 3Mb other RAM, and a 
65Mb hard drive, Obviously not a standard system (I 
should cocoa! - Ed), On this system, Fled Baron runs very 
smoothly at even the highest detail level, and is more > 


Trouble with box shifters! 


How about running a readers' survey on shops and retail outlets to find out who s good 
and who J s bad, with categories lor speed of delivery, advice, 
pnce and so on? With this sort of survey, we might start to \ 
get a decent service from all shops. / 

The reason I ask lor this is, like many others, I'm getting , 
fed up with being, kept waiting on the phone at 50p every 
three minutes during peak hours trying to wring some sup- 
port out of companies. 

They say they will phone back but never do. We're told 
goods are dispatched first class, but they rarely are, and 
most mail orders take at least 10 days. 

Prices charged for postage are excresto. You can send a 
video tape inclusive of padded Jiffy bag and first class stamp 
lor about £1 , so why do the mail order shops charge upwards of £2? There s no excuse 

^'l^nt three faxes to three different branches ol Diamond Computers and not one 
branch replied. This wasn't the first time either. As far as Diamond's iMM .are 
concerned, I believe that Diamond are the ones who need to review their policy. After 
all, they can't offer technical support, They're no more than box-shifters of Hie lowest 

0d My recommended suppliers would be MBS Isle of Wight for PD Muff ditched first 



class, and Rubysoft in London for their excellent service. Pnnt this tf you dare, but let 
have a survey caned out so we can get decent service out of the 
shops. I guess this will cause a stir, but maybe it will keep your 
letters page buzzing for a few months. 

/ Aitkin, Miilton Keyrws 


e tetter 


A renders' survey of retailers and mall order companies is on 
interesting idea, but unless the response was fairly overwhelming 
It would be unfair to the comporto concerned to draw conclu- 
sions from it Having mid that, we do receive regular complaints 
from readers about certain orgonfsofjons which suggest some are 
r mo He Y markedly worje than others at supporting their customers 

My adWce to you and anyone efe* experiencing prab- 
terns with 0 retoiler h to contort t hem directly b, phone ol tint - rm afraid you'll hove 
to occepi lire phone Mfc - and make lure you get die name of the perto n m charge. T 
fends to strip the perron althe ononyn.lt)- of being jud a company vote da company 
slid tails to respond, you should contort your tocof Trading Stamfords Officer. A word 
from this official source can wort wonders on recalcitrant or incompetent hoe shifters. 

Where an advertisement guarantees nert day delivery or first chit postage, you have 
the right to «p« this service, and it Is the job of the no to moke sure companies lira 
up to their promises and trade in a fair manner. 


Amiga Computing April ? 992 




Letters 


Impressive than on a PC 3B6SX. This is where the prob- 
lem lies - on a standard A500, the frame rate is very stow 
I know that every magazine is going to review this game 
badly because at the speed on an ASOO, but 'l does state 
on the bo* that unaccelerated Amigas are not recom- 
mended, and that a hard drive is needed tor best resulty 
The main reason for this situation is that in the USA the 
Amiga is treated as a serious machine which is also good 
at games, whereas in this country the situation • « ^ 
opposite, in the States, the A500 is nowhere, wi h MOMs 
and accelerated 62000s the most popular models. I m not 
suggesting that you and other British mags should review 
games on the basis of their performance on heve 
machines as the ASOO is so popular here, but I feel they 

should get a mention. , . 

I have enjoyed a lot of software recently that would 
not be the same on an ASOO, either because ol the inter- 
minable disk-swapping involved or the slow spee , a 
faster systems are not mentioned in the press, I feel cer- 
tain companies will stop producing software for our 
machines. Please consider non-68000 users ,n the hiturri 
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You seem to have pointed out the problem weif enough, 
but not the source. Most of the very complex 
simulation gomes such flS eaftm 
ore now written out JBM-PC compoti- 
b!e machines, then ported across to 
the Amigo because the market for PC 
games in the US is now so much 
forger Man the Amigo market there. 

The standard PC machine, tbe 
imtu 7&6 at, f* faittr mn 0ft 
AS00 fond more e*ptnih*J), so 
some games suffer in the con- 
version . The resufr ii fhof a 
game wftf often ran slower 
frecouse ft been 
badly converted, rarter 
than because it fs tondamertlaff)' 
more suited to faster moch/nn. The games companies 
or, to blame tot much of this. Most of them w,H coa- 
vert a game and tweak it so Ihat it runs weN on a stan- 
dard machine, hut some don't seem to consider the - AM 
owners, of which [here art millions. Our Comer editor, 
Don Whitehead. agrees Ihat we should (and will) mention 
where a gome is occepfafrfe on a faster machine, ba t Wh* 
honest the gome is reviewed os a product tor the Amigo 
"amt m a market so domino, ed by M00 based 
ASOCs, ft h o bit off tor o company to sell a gflfflf unrarled 

lo the mocfintf. , , c . 

It Mfcroptose «rn manage to mtrfrc KnFfh 0 7 

smooth and tot with only one disk- swop on a standard 
ASOO, why should Red Boron receive on artificially higher 
mark than otherwise when ft Is so obvfonsfy dehcleat In 
these areas? We will mention when a game r s better on a 
foster machine, but don't count on Dan, ionothan and 
Darren upping the tc ore for a gome just because 
playable on an AJ000. 

Pedantry prevails 

I Write in reply to both I Small's letter and your response 
,0 him in February's ESP. Firstly I would like to say that Mr 
small was coirect in saying that a true mulutaskmg com- 
outer requires as many process^ & processes. 

However, true multitasking machines are towandfa 
between, and even larger machines like VA * 900 ® s 
employ task scheduling to give the impassion of muto- 
tasking. This means that to all intents and P“T>" 
Amiga ii as much a multitasking machine as a VAX WKL 
To you, Ezra, t would wy your ddinltwn of multitasking is 

And mo CoiHPUfiiig April 1 W2 


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incorrect The Amiga is not capable of doing more than 
one task at the same time. In the truest wnsetheAmlga 
uses task-swapping to give the appearance ol two tasks 
running at once. 

When all's said and done, I'm being pedantic with 
you, but only because you should know better. 

Andy Panel Cambridge 

Irt's settle (his once and for ad. Ur, Amiga Is a moffifosk- 
jpg computer, and that's lino/. The team multitasking was 
Z dreamed up in the mid-TOs and applied ta exactly 
the sort of processes the Amiga uses to "give the Imp res- 
Sion of trrre multitasking "os you would put It- 

Transputers and parallel processing machines weren 
oroond at dr, time, sa th, phrase has never meant what 
vOU woutd c all "frtw" jnuftftasMng- 

Ttts meant the definition of multitasking, in mreracom- 
puter terms at least, is the process of efficiently sharing 
and managing system resources so us to carry an more 
than one tusk at a time, without senousiy impairing the 
progress of any one task- The Amiga, with its shared 
libraries and modular approach to system resources, is or 
and away the test mfera In thfe respect. # 

It you'd seen the so coiled '-task- swapping on 
Windows i WM (tiflchtoes or ffie laughable ortempti 
made by System 7 Macintoshes (o multitask, you'd appre- 
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After years of development, M5-DOS ftai onty f ust 
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Profile 


Amiga Computing April 1992 


power 

nd 


the serious stuff with a few thoughts on 
the Amiga scene from the man who 
knows the business better than anyone. 

Tony mentioned in the question-and- 
answer session (see interview bo*) that the 
market was flooded with Cheap replicas of 
his and other developers' products. How 
come they were being undercut? After all 
if their competitors can do it r why can't 
they? After a quick lesson in what's best 
described as everyday Italian,. Tony calmed 
■down to explain that a number of factors 
make the difference, 

" First there's no development cost il 
you blatantly rip off others. Secondly, little 
or no product testing ever takes place. 
Thirdly, there's no tech support, But per- 
haps most worrying of all is that many 
manufacturers have taken to using recy- 
cled components! 4 ' - something which he 
and other big names would never do. 

Recycled 

The recycling point instantly raised 
another question. If indeed Other suppliers 
are dealing in second-hand kit, how could 
the average punter tell the good from the 
bad, and if they did r what should they do 
about it? 

'Well, first and foremost, rf you pay for 
a new product and il obviously isn't, send 
il back and demand a refund, and if you're 
not happy with the results get straight on 
to the trading standards. 

"Actually spotting the offending hard- 
ware isn't that simple but there are a few 
tell-tale points which give the game away. 
Often second-hand chips are scratched or 
show obvious signs of wear, such as faded 
or worn serial numbers and stamp mark- 
ings. 

■“Secondly, if the chips have been sur- 
face mounted or simply cut from their 
sockets, the legs will be extremely short in 
comparison to new components. 

"At the moment, this recycling is 
mainly restricted to RAM expansions and 
other mass production items, so spotting 
the chips Shouldn't be that tricky. If you 


The 


A fter a long drive into the deep 
south our intrepid reporter 
(yours truly) finally arrived at 
the door of Power Computing, the 
Bedford -based nerve centre of Tony 
laniri's European empire. 

With outlets in France, Italy, America 
and soon Germany, Bedford may seem an 
unlikely choice for a centre of operations. 


Nevertheless, it’s where Italian ex-patriot 
Toni and wife folia - the real boss - have 
made their home. Good news lor the 
locals, and even better news for our bal- 
ance of payments. 

After a varied and well travelled career 
in the motor industry, Tony finally settled 
in this green and pleasant land way back 
in 19S4 r braking into the computer indus- 
try almost accidentally. A friend back in 
the old country offered the chance to han- 
dle the UK distribution of a revolutionary 


rnullipty interface for the Sinclair QL, that 
prototype for the ill-fated G5. 

This chance encounter turned our engi- 
neer into an entrepreneur overnight, with 
over 20,000 units hitting the streets within 
the first year. From these humble begin- 
nings, a turnover of five million last year 
and a projected seven to eight million 
next year has made Power Computing 
one of the premier suppliers of Amiga 
hardware and software, with a registered 
user base of over 50,000 customers. 

After parking the car and sharpening a 
pencil I was guided to the man's inner 
sanctum- At the far end of an impressive 
polished conference fable sat the diminu- 
tive but impressively portly figure of "the 
boss". From the tip of his toes to the 
imported suit. Tony looks every inch the 
classic Hollywood Italian, a mixture of 


Danny Devito and Don CoJioni, a man 
who’d look equally at home with a 
shooter, as opposed to the phone which 
occasionally appeared welded to his hand. 

After a brief gesture to take a seal, 
Tony heads back to the telephonic fray 
with the poor unfortunate on the other 
end, a mar doing his best to stand up 
against a barrage of high-speed Italian 
occasional interspersed with snippets of 
English. 

After a few moments the battle is over 
and he turns his attention to yours truly, 
muttering perhaps his favourite phrase, 
"Bunch of crooks". 

Once recognised as friend rather than 
foe, a welcoming smile spreads across his 
face, immediately followed by a hand- 
shake and an order for two Espressos, 
After a few more pleasantries it is down to 


Hands on - how a product is created 


Chris Alle-n, the head of Power's in-house development team, is 
the man responsible for many of the company's hardware pro- 
jects. I asked him how Power went about creating a product, 
and what was the key to a successful release? 

The first job, and by far the most difficult, is picking the 
project Itself. The Amiga is the ideal 1 platform for gadgets and 
add-ons, but you must identify a wed and produce the right 
product to fill that particular gap in the market, 

"Simply revamping old ideas isn't enough to be successful - 
it must be an original Idea or at least a radical approach to an 
existing problem. 

"Once the project is selected, the next job Is to plan an 
approach to the paitfcufar problem. Once a solution appears 
it's lime to head lor my machine and its ever present CAD 
package, closely followed by the programming of the chips 
themselves. 

1 in the bad old days, sometimes hundreds of individual 
chips were needed (n priHiuti; a single product. Now I employ 
Pals and Gals or logic chips if you prefer, which make the 
design process much laster. 

J, A single! Gal can lake Che place of up to 20 standard chips 


but the real beauty comes when sve start de bugging a prod- 
ud. Because the chips are reprogrammable, finding and rectify- 
ing a fault doesn't mean that the whole thing need be 
re-buml. 

■'Now we just remove the offending bit of silicon and repro 
gram it- When all's well, , , . — , 

a PCB is finalised and I 

duceri Thanks to (he 
new design methods a 
six month product car 

now be turned around djP 

in as little as a month.' 1 

The use of pro ^ 

yramruable and. more 
to the point, readable 

chips does pose (he nagging problem of piracy, I put this to 
Chris and Ire soon put my mind a rest by adding that orKe the 
programming process was complete, a special security fuse 
wilhki the chips can be blown making it virtually impossible to 

read the contents. 







Profile 




Paul Austin takes a trip to little Italy and talks to Tony laniri, 
the man behind one of the biggest names in the business 


have any doubts, enquire with the Sup- 
plier immediately, And as I said, if you're 
still not satisfied send rt back, You paid for 
a new product and that’s what you should 
get, 

t had to mention that Power weren't 
adverse to the odd bit of product re-hadg- 
ing, just like everyone dse, in reply. Tony 
admitted that products such as the new 
scanner were indeed third-party bul in 



this case if was Power's awn software 
developed in-house, that males it special, 

I asked Tony what he thought 
Commodore could do to improve the 
Amiga's after-sales service. This brought 
on a flood of suggestions, the most inter- 
esting of which was the installation of 
dedicated Commodore points throughout 
the UK, a system which already exists in 
Europe but as yet has failed to appear over 
here. These regional satellites would han- 
die not only the sale but any necessary 
technical support for the machine. 

Then when problems arose, faulty kit 
could be taken directly to the local Corn- 
point and replaced Instantly as opposed to 
the often painfully slow process of dealing 
with FMG. 

Another point mentioned was 
Commodore's Insistence on faulty kit 
being accompanied by its supplied pack- 
aging, Why a punter or supplier can't 
send products in any suitable packaging 


The Italian inquisition 

Has the Amiga peaked, or Is there still room for expansion? 

No, no, not even close, the machine is going from strength to strength. With 
approaching 200,000 Amigas sold over the Christmas period, the market is just as 
strong as ever, a nd with little or no competition the sky's the fimit. 

What do you think is the key to successful business within the Amiga market? 

Above all' else, you must lead rather than follow in the wake of others. This is what 
Power do better than any other company in the business. We don't wait for things to 
happen, we make them happen! The Amiga is the perfect platform for gadgets and 
new applications. If you can isolate a need and cater for it, the possibilities are.end- 
less. 


Do you think there's any opposition for the Amiga 00 the horizon? 

At the moment none at all. The duty real opposition is the ST and to he honest that's 
a dying market, Having said that, the £TE is a good machine but vastly overpriced. 
The same applies to the TT. 

If Atari would consider matching Commodore's pricing policy they could make a 
dint in the market, but it's highly unlikely they will. Even so, we'll Continue to sup- 
port the ST, after all there's a lot of machines out there. 


Do you think the console explosion Is going to damage the machine? 

No chance, the console thing is just a passing phase strictly aimed at the kids. If any- 
one seriously considers consoles as opposition to the Amiga, they probably won’t be 
old enough to afford one, Dr use it rf they could. Considering the average console 
retails around £60, any Amiga owner who wants one is unlikely to have to sell their 
machine to get it. 


What, If anything, do you think makes Power stand out from the 
crowd? 

Unique products* original and novel ideas with full tech support for 
the whole range. Lots of other companies chum out product after 
product stmply copying the ideas of others without a care for the 
user, rf we cannot support a product we don’t cany it, ft's as simple as 
that. 

In the short term, simply flooding the market with cheap, unsupported 
products, will make profits, but ff you want to remain in business you must stay 
ahead of the game and provide a quality service regardless of cost. 

Equally as important as our marketing policy is Power's in-house development. 
Unlike many companies we develop a wide range of our own products rather than 
simply becoming the middle man for the big developers. True, we do carry third- 
party equipment, but a healthy percentage is ail ours. 



proved to be a sore point with uncle 
Tqny. 

The final complaint was Commodore's 
32-day replacement policy. At present if 
your machine develops a hiccup after the 
32nd day of ownership. Commodore's 
policy insists that the offending article be 
sent to FMG, again provoking the usual 
FMG delay, 

The Future 

Before I left for the long trek north, f 
asked Tony what Power has planned for 
the immediate future, This brought some 
interesting revelations, one of which could 
revolutionise the addition of a hard disk to 
a standard machine. Until more details 
appear it’s perhaps best to simply whet 
your appetite and leave it at that. 
Nevertheless keep a dose eye on Power if 
you’re in the market for hard drive! 

In the coming year Tony intends to 
concentrate solely on hardware, dropping 
all software whilst increasing the design 
and release of hardware especially within 
the music field, 

Music is the number one priority in ‘92 
and Power are busy planning a 
whole range musical add-ons which 
should start to appear within toe next few 
months. 

In general, the Amiga is still their 
premier market but there are plans to 
produce a range of Power 25/33 MHz 

PCs concentrating solely in the 4136 
market with S-VGA monitors, a mini- 
*V mum of four meg on board plus a 
‘ * selection of 40/60/1 00Mb hard 

' disks in both tower and desktop 
m ~ w formats, 

1^. ff I'd tike to thank Power 

*'i> Computing and espe- 
dally Tony laniri for the 
frank conversion, honest 
opinions and classic Italian hospitality. 

All that’s left is to wish both Tony and 
his company good lock for the coming 
year, though I doubt they'll 
need it 



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Software 



Hot on the heels of 
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Stewart C Russell 
presents another 
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J CADVtrtrr ptngnm CHnti 
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O ne of the most pratrwnenl pub- 
Ushers in the CAD software 
scene are Progressive 
Peripherals & Software of Denver, 
Colorado. Their prtxJuctrafTWMl just a little 
too late for our CAD supertest, run over the 
last two months, SO for the sake of com- 
pleteness, this article will took at 
Progressive's three packages. 

The packages were tested against the 
others reviewed in previous months - you 
can be assured that the best CAD package 
will come out in the end. 

Aptly named, InlnoCAD n not designed 
to be used for demanding applrcatiora, It is 
designed to be very easy to use, while stil 
being capable of producing superb qualify 
output, 

IntroCAD is extremely basic Hence 
IntroCAD Plus was created to address some 
of the limitations of the original program, 
whilst sacrificing only a very Rtlfe of ease of 
use. Among other things, it adds ARexx 
support, multiple fonts, and user defined: 
foots. 

Informative 

UltraDesign is not related to IntroCAD in 
any way. It dries to offer absolutely every- 
thing anyone could ever wish for in a 2D 
draughting system, It has a particutofty con- 
sistent user interface, making heavy use of 
gadgets and requesters, rather than dated 
(but quick) command lines. 

IntroCAD has a semi-shimmed handbook 
- it has all the good things of normal manu- 
als, but without the harmful excess. In 45 
small pages it manages to fit a small, infor- 
mal tutorial, a description of all the features 
in the program, and an index. lt J s written in 
a manageable, informative style - a definite 
plus point for a system which might be 
used by very inexperienced users. 

Additional documentation is supplied on 
the program disk. This isn't as much of a 
bind as it sounds, for only the tedhokal stuff 
about File formats and printer driver cre- 
ation is stuck there. Most users won't ever 
need this Information, as a reasonable 
range of drivers is supplied, 

introCAD Pius actually has a better man- 
ual tor beginners than IntroCAD, even 
though it is a more complex program! it 
describes how the mouse is used, menu 



items and disk installation For eveiy conceiv- 
able Amiga setup. 

Like IntroCAD, IntroCAD Plus only man- 
ages a very quick sketch lour of the pro- 
gram, rather than a proper "let's draw an 
object" tutorial. Maybe the author thinks 
the program is simple enough not to 
require a full tutorial - it doesn't support 
complex objects such as dimensions, 
spines or fillets, after all. 

UltraDesign is a 
big program, and 
has manuals to 
match. Three, to be 
precise - the main 
manual, which is 
just over three hun- 
dred pages; the 
tutorial manual 
(just over twice the 
sire of the whole 
IntroCAD manual), 
plus the UltraDesign fomup a wr 


1.1 update, which covers all the Features in 
detail. 

The tutorial is huge. Most of it describes 
the drawing of a modem case, but a small 
section at the end deals with building up a 
parts library. Although very deariy written, it 
suffers from bang very verbose - 1 lost inter 
est half way through. 

The main manual suffers from a ghastly 
index. Items are listed under headings, but 
none of these 
headings are cross- 
referenced. It's a 
case of finding the 
right synonym, 
and then the rest 
of the hunt 
becomes easy. 
Unfortunately, 
■Roget's doesn't 
contain any words 
to do with CAD. 
Even though the 



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infrrfncp ptmdtting comply* pammrtrk 

DperarJiHij in be automated 


three programs come from two different 
development teams,, they all use the same 
basic mouse convention, the "Left button - 
OK, Right button - Cancel" regime made 
popular by AutoCAD, It's fine on a machine 
where the right button hasn't got any other 
use, but on the Amiga you sometimes won- 
der whether a menu is going to appear or 
the current action will be cancelled. 

UltraDesign also implements crosshairs, 
possibly the most valuable alignment tool 
lor quick drawing there is. They do shim- 
mer a lot on an interlace screen, but the 
convenience outweighs the headaches, 

Toolbox menu 

IntroCAD does everything from simple 
Intuition menus to submenus. Nothing too 
complex here, but since the program runs 
on an interlaced high resolution 16-colour 
screen, there is a noticeable delay in render- 
ing the menus. 

IntroCAD Plus follows the same pattern 
as its smaller sibling, but has gained a very 
handy toolbox menu, which afllows the pen 
colour, hatch pattern and layer to be 
changed- This menu is small enough to 
keep on the screen all the lime. 

There are also icon menus down the left- 
hand side of the screen. Unlike DynaCADD, 
which changes fa menus as the command 
context changes, these icons depend on 
which drawing mode the program is in - 
one of fire, ellipse, text, dimension Dr 
hatch. 

Now the ffipside. I've said it many times, 
but screen update spe^d makes or breaks a 
program.. None of these programs are par- 
ticiiariy slow in absolute terms, but when 
compared to X-CAD, they grind. 

One of the IntroCAD example files was 
exported to X-CAD 20W (tost time's best- 
onrtest) and UltraDesign. IntroCAD redrew 
in 21 seconds, IntroCAD Plus in 21,. and 
UllfaDesign in a snore-inducing 44 seconds, 
X-tAD 2000 did it in just over nine sec- 
onds. 

The reason why Other CAD package! 
aren't as tost as X-CAD evades me. Ufa is 
too short to hang around for mere soft- 
ware! 

You're not going to believe this - 1 didn't 
- but neither flavour Df IntroCAD can 


Atnfgs Computing April J992 




oftware 



dimension objects- Correct me if I'm wide 
of the mark here, but isn't the whole idea 
behind CAD to produce nice drawings 
with sizes marked cm them? 

UltraDesign has pretty adequate 
dimension handling. It cannot handle tol- 
erances in a dimension, but this is not a 
major issue if the drawing is subject Id an 
overall tolerance. Still, it does mean that 
drawing components with critical fits is 
difficult. 

IntroCAD drives printers directly, with- 
out recourse (o Preferences. Instructions 
are given on how to create a printer 
parameter file if your printer isn't already 
supported - IntroCAD comes with a few 
drivers. Plus comes with a whole lot more. 
A similar technique is used to drive plotters 
- most normal devices are supported, with 
Instructions on how to drive othec devices. 

A separate pasteup program (called, 
not surprisingly, PasteUp) handles all the 
output from UltraDesign. Large drawings 
car be output from Preferences to dot 
matrix printers or multiple sheets, and 
taped together to make the final draw- 
ing, Scaling and rotation Of the drawing 
is done with the mouse, and the results 
can be previewed in very law resolution 
onscreen. 

PasteUp plotter support is not as good 
as IntroCAD. Roland, Houston or HP- 
compatible plotter drivers are supplied 
with the package. These cannot be 


The verdict 


mm 


All the programs have their strong 
points. IntroCAD is simple, IntroCAD Pius 
can do clever things with ARexx, and 
UltraDesign looks nice. 

Something is lacking from all trf them, 
though, I couldn't live without spline 
curves (missing from all three) or without 
dimensioning (IntroCADs). Sure, the 
addition of ARexx and other niceties add 
interest, but the absent features {and 
very absent speed) couldn't persuade me 
to recommend the programs, They are 
just ever 5 D slightly expensive, too. 

XhCAD still rules the roost. It may be 
slightly tricky to learn, belt it's faster and 
better than any of the Progressive offer- 
ings. 


altered, as they are executable liles. 

PasteJp does have the useful 
plus point of supporting PostScript 
output to laser printers, or 
Encapsulated PostScript Format 
(EPSF) for inclusion in DTP pack- 
ages. The PostScript output looks 
good - the EPSf output is not 
properly scaled unless the drawing 
reaches to the very edges of the 
page. 

IntroCAD Plus has very simple 
layer handling - 16 layers, all acces- 
sible from the menu or toolbox, 
with on/off controls. No user of 
IntroCAD would ever need more 
layers, and even users of more 
advanced systems seldom do. The 
basic IntroCAD doesn't support lay- 
ers at all. 


Outrageous 

At the other end of the scale, 
UltraDesign supports an outra- 
geous 65,535 separate named lay- 
ers. A fully expanded Amiga would 
probably have difficulty handling 
these layers if they were empty, so 
this is quite unnecessary, 

As regards part grouping, 
IntroCAD supports it by necessity, 

Every item in IntroCAD (and Plus) is 
built up from line segments, and 
more complex items (such as arcs 
and text) * re simply groups of 
lines. Objects can be grouped fur- 
ther, and stored or recalled as 
parts. 

Again, UltraDesign attempts to 
the best. Not only is grouping sup- 
ported, but groups are arranged in 
full hierarchy. Parts can be called in 
from libraries, and reports can be 
built up from part attribute lists. Pretty 
neat stuff - and all called up from 
requesters, too. X-CAD could learn 
something from this. 

IntroCAD comes with a couple of 
interesting utilities for making graphs. 
MuLtiplof makes 2D plots of multiple 
data sets, while 3-DPIot makes hidden- 
line contour maps of 3D data. Plots from 
these car be imported Into IntroCAD, or 
plotted directly tD an HP-compatible 
device. 


Special feati 

Lires chart 


UltraDesign 

IntroCAD Plus 

IntroCAD 

Version tested 

1 , 1(4S)-F 

3,0.7 

2.0 

Type 

2D 

2D 

2D 

System requirements 

1Mb RAM, 2 FD 

1Mb RAM, 2 FD 

tMb RAM, 2 FD 

Price 

£300 

£99.95 

£59.95 

Command Input 

Command line 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Icon menus 

Yes 

No 

No 

Expression calculator 

No 

No 

NO 

Crosshairs 

Yes 

No 

No 

Tablet support 

No 

No 

No 

journal file 

Yes, plus ARexx 

Yes, plus ARexx 

No 

rf^r i 

Multiple fonts 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

ForU editor 

No 

Yes 

No 

1 Dimensioning 

Default system 

Imperial 

None 

None 

Dimension alignment 

Automatic 

n/a 

n/a 

Tolerance input 

None 

n/a 

n/a 



Multiple view 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

3D surface 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

Rendering 

n/a 

n/ a 

n/a 

Ray tracer output 

n/a 

n/a 

n/a 

1 Import/ export 

DXF 

Yes 

No 

No 

Aegis Draw 

Yes 

Export only 

Export only 

HPCL import 

Yes 

No 

No 

1 Output 

Plotter 

Roland, Houston, HP 

Any 

Arty 

Printer 

Via Preferences 

Any 

Any 

Screendump 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

IFF 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Post5crlpt 

Yes, plus EPSF 

No 

No 

1 Miscellaneous 

Max layers 

65,535 

U 

None 

Qbjiecl attributes 

Yes 

No 

No 

Co-processor support 

Optional 

Supplied 

No 

Bitmap import 

No 

No 

No 

Online help 

No 

via ARsxx 

No 

Screen mode 

Hi-res only 

Medkes, hi-res 

Hi-res only 

Multiple drawings 

No 

No 

No 


Both of the above utilities are public 
domain, indeed, Multi plot has been 
considerably developed by Dr Alan 
Baxter of Harvard Medical School, and 
has become an extremely powerful and 
Intuitksnised graph tool. 

IntroCAD Plus also comes with a ver- 
sion. of Multiplot. This particular revision 
can use ARexx to draw graphs directly 
onto the IntroCAD Plus screen, saving 
the bother of importing a 
datafile into the program. 


Products, publishers anti distributors 

IntroCAD £59.95 

InlroCAD Plus £99.95 

UltraDesign £300 

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49.62 


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Directory Manager 35.72 

Disk Master 2 49.62 

Doctor Ami Memory A Dak Doc 40.89 

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Personal Fonts. Makar 49.82 

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99-04 

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30.85 

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42.77 

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Rainbow Islands; ocean 9.87 

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Revenge If: Jeff Minlar .. 5.17 

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Shadow Of The toast; Psygn 11.75 

Shutflepuck Cafe: Domain, .5.17 

Sim City 8 Terrain Editor .19,74 

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S18I GWer: Argonaut .9.87 

The Running Man: Grindalam ...13.10 

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Their Fines! Hour Flight Sim . .14.57 

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Vtoi Amiga 8 Vidichnwne S8.77 

VhJI RGB Colour Splitter ,.59,89 

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Arena Accounts: ASAP 09.77 


Comic Seher: Goto Disk....^ 
Deluxe Paint I; Elec. Arts ... 


..... ,,24,91 
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Deluxe Paint III: Eton. Ads 39.95 

Deluxe Productions NTSC: EA ., 29.51 

Deluxe Video 1 . 2 : Etec Ads 24,91 

Digi Pein( FHAM Newtek 14.57 

Olgi Paint 3 HAM: Newtek 38.95 

FanrtaviSion: Broderbund „, ,, 24.91 

Forma In Flight: Moo Magic 49,82 

HiSofl Devpac version 1 ,, 24.44 

Home Office Kit WP.'DTPrSP.'DB 59.69 

MIDISynwgyvl C Source ..,,,,.,.29 61 

Music X Junior Micro Ulus 5&-$9 

Page stream VI . 0 : Sohtoglc .. 69.56 

Penpal WordprocasEor ,49 62 

Personal AticountS PluS..,.,.^ F 9.74 

PhartOn Paint t 9.74 

tete: Prograasive ,,, 29.61 

Protesgionat Page 1 a DTP ,, 99.64 

Spritz Paint: Bfrsl 24.44 

Sludto Magic Sound Workshop 29 . 6 T 

T extefall WOrdprocessor 1 9,74 

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Video Sc ape 3 D: Aegis ...... 79,43 

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O f all the wordproceswr pack- 
ages available for the Amiga, 
Protect is probably Ehe one 
which would benefit most from a bit of 
extra beginner's help, Its complex com' 
mand interface and macro functions are 
well documented in the manual, but for 
the average compu-pfrobic user they 
often appear baffling and even hostile to 
the uninitiated. 

The tutorial video is a Premier Video 
production from Arnor themselves, so 
one would expect it to home in on the 
sort of problems most users encounter 
with the program's more esoteric func- 
tions. After all, Arnor have been around 
long enough to have amassed a mourn 
tain of feedback from their customers. 

Disappointed 

I was disappointed, therefore, to find 
the first third of the 9Q-mimite tape dedi- 
cated to basic functions, such as high* 
lighting blocks of text and moving them 
around, documents. These operations 
must, I suppose, confuse some users at 
first, but there are surely very few who 
give up at this stage, especially when you 
consider the generally high quality of the 
manual supplied with Protect 

As the video progresses, things 
improve considerably, and many of the 
program's more problematic features are 
covered in convincing fashion. Individual 
sections, which are preceded by a spin- 


Words and pictures 


Stevie Kennedy goes back to school 
with the Protext tutorial video 


ning tide with DPaint III written all 
over it, cover set- 
ting up templates, 
using columns, set- 
ting up standard 
sentences and mail- 
ing lists, generating 
labels, and using the 
incremental variables 
and calculation modes. 

My only gripe with 
the latter part of the tape 
Is that Us topics could 
have been covered in m 
more depth if a certain level ol user 
knowledge had been assumed to begin 
with. Ten full minutes are wasted on 
explaining printer effects such as under- 
line and bold, when the time would have 
been much belter spent examining the 
much more complex - and more useful - 
command mode and exec files. 

That said, the video is easy to watch, 
the tutor has a fairly engaging way about 


him (despite the odd bland remark), 
and ‘recording quality is reasonable. 
There's a bit of music at the begin- 
ning and little snippets play as each 
section is introduced, which helps 
to break up the lengthy hour arid 
a half session. 

The lessons progress in a logi- 
cal fashion from start to finish 
and the tutor never lapses into, 
technoblarb, so beginners 
should feel at home. 

On the other hand there is 
no real attempt to refer tD the Pretext 
manual, and the tutor doesn't encou rage 
the viewer to- switch off and practice a 
particular lesson. There's no overview of 
what the beginner should have learned 
from each section,either. 

In other words, there is little interac- 
tion between "pupil" and tutor, and 
unless you take the decision to switch off 
at various points yourself, the tutorial 
becomes one long sit-back-and-watch 



session. I don't want to end on a nega- 
tive note. 

The Protext tutorial video is a lot bet- 
tor than many I've seen, and would make 
a good Investment for anyone deter- 
mined to master the package's most diffi- 
cult aspects 

Complex 


It attacks complex features In a simple 
and easy-to-follow fashion and, apart 
from not giving enough time to the really 
tricky hits, has a well balanced approach 
to its subject. 

With a price tag of £24.95, however, I 
can't help thinking It will appeal more to 
the small business and training markets 
more than the dedicated home user, who 
will probably stick with what is a more 
than adequate manual in the first place. 
Perhaps volume 2 will be an 
Improvement? 


f-M 


The Pro-text tutorial video is a 
product of Premier Video 
Phoner 061 790 1662 
Price; £24.9S 

Available HOW 


J udging by the number of letters 
we receive from despairing readers 
which are really just tales ol woe 
involving a variety of dot matrixed and 
bubble-jetted fiends, you'd think the 
average printer's mission in life was to 
cause as much misery as possible. In par- 
ticular, the swarm of users who come to 
grief over graphic printing reaches holo- 
caust-like proportions some months. 


Inky fingers 

A program that'll improve your printer's 
output? Stevie Kennedy takes a look 


Frustrated 

TLIRBOprint Professional (TPP) is aimed 
at exactly these poor unfortunates and 
seeks to form a user friendly bridge 
between the frustrated human and the 
smugly recalcitrant heap of concentrated 
obstinacy more commonly referred to in 
rather more unrepeatable terms, which 
we'll call a printer for now. To an extent. 


it succeeds, but whether it is worth its 
£49,99 asking price is something I've a 
few doubts about, When run, the pro- 
gram sits in the background and is reset- 
proof (causing no end of alarm to Lhe 
army of virus-checkers guarding my sys- 
tem). The user can ignore it completely 
from then cm as it intercepts all normal 
Workbench printer requests and uses Its 



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own printer drivers and preferences set- 
tings rather than the usual sorry 
Workbench lot To configure TPP, there is 
an all-encompassing TURBOprint prefer- 
ences program which, as it opens on a 
Workbench screen and has standard gad- 
gets, should be familiar Id anyone who's 
used the prefs program supplied with 
their machine, TPP prefs is spit into four 
sections, covering printer driver selection 
and dithering modes, general prefs set- 
tings, colour control, and a snapshot 
screen saver facility. 

For some unknown reason, the prefs 
default to using Workbench prefs and 
printer driver settings, so you'll have to 
rtin the TPP prefs program to switch over 
to TPP tor your output. When you do, 
you'll have a generous supply of dither- 
ing options, driver selections for most 
popular printers, and comprehensive 
colour control. 

With a lot of tweaking and experi- 
menting, it Is possible to set TPP to 


achieve quite impressive results with 24- 
pin printers and 24-pin colour models, 
but the improvement in performance 
Isn't nearly as noticeable on a 9-pin . 

There are drivers for laser printers, the 
Canon BJ-1 50, and HP DeskJet as well as 
dot matrix printers, and they all seem to 
work well, though only non-PostScript 
laser printers will benefit from TPP as 
PostScript achieves far better output than 
ihe program could ever aspire to, 

Popular 

For users of 24-pin dot matrix printers 
and the increasingly popular Bj-1 30, TPP 
is probably a good buy as long as you are 
besotted with graphics or need better 
quality output than the Workbench 
drivers will supply. 

On Ihe whole, though, the only part 
of the package l will probably use for a 
while is the excellent screen saver, and 
for 9-pin users there's little point in 
shelling out for this program when you 
could sell your old printer and put the 
£50 towards a decent 24- J 

pin. Li— 3 


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jse half the resolution vertically and 
at these figures for the number of 
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Pauf Stevenson, Birmingham 


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MED medley 

The two features I like the most about 
your CoverDisk are Tune of the Month 
and Came of the Month, I enjoy the 
tunes so much I decided to create a Tone 
Of the Month “Hits Disk", but when I 
tried Co drag the icons across to my disk, 
the tunes no longer worked even though 
they appear to have copied properly. 
What have I done wrong? 

Would it be possible to save the Came 
of the Month to a new disit each month 
to save all that disk swapping when I play 
my favourite games? I'm new to this QJ 
lark, so please make the answer idiot- 
proof. 

Terry tdward, fltomjmwie 


out of puff? 

crackina up? 

‘re here to help! 

Write to ACAS, Amiga Computing, 
Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK104NP 
Save your sees please - we can 't reply personally 


Most of our tunes are written in MED 
and require the MedPlayer utility to be 
present in the disk's C: directory 
However, you don't have to mesj 
about with CU to create a compilation 
risk. 

What you must do Is copy a recent 
CoverDlsk, then boot from it, open the 
main disk window, and delete all the 
directories you can see, To do this, 
click once on the icon, then select 
Discard from the Workbench pull 
down menu (ASOfl Plus owners can use 
Delete on the icons menu). 

Once all the directories have gone 
you should have an auto-booling risk, 
complete with C: directory and 
MedPlayer, and about 600k free space, 
which is enough to hold four or live 
tunes of the month. 

The tunes should now work fine fust 
by double clicking on their icons. 
Pleasant listening. 

Beginner's book 

I am having trouble finding books that 
explain machine code at the level of the 
beginner. A lot Of books are either so 
crammed that I drown in technicalities, 
or so simplistic that the author's intuitive 
leap in logic leaves me slack jawed! 

The best book l have found isinf, even 
for ti&QOO processors, but for the ISM PCI 
The book I do have for the Amiga is the 


one from the Abacus 
series, yet to me it reads 
like It was written by a super- 
expert who forgets that the rest 
of us aren't as gifted. Can you recom- 
mend anything that would help? 

Vaughan Malkin, Dunedin, New Zealand 

From what you say. It sounds like you 
have Abacus's Amiga Machine Language, 
If that Is true, then you already have 
probably the most approachable 
machine code guide I've seen. 
Admittedly, though aimed at the begin- 
ner, the book does jump in with both 
feet in places, but the subject is so huge 
and complex there's no avoiding a bit of 
head scratching. 

You could try lake Commander's 
Amiga Assembly language: Programming, 
available from Computer Manuals on 
(+44) 21 706 60QQ. As phoning from 
New Zealand is rather pricey, the com- 
pany can be reached at SO lames Road, 
Tyseley, BIRMINGHAM Bll 28 A, The 
reference number for the above book is 
464,2, but I d advise you to stick with the 
Abacus book and keep hammering away 
at It, With machine code, this is usually 
the only way to leam the language. 


Workstation 

worry 

Please can you help? I've recently sold 
my ASQQ in favour of an A50O Plus, and 
have checked my software collection for 
possible incompatibility problems, To my 
horror, my games mostly worked OK, but 
my favourite utility disk. Workstation, did 
nod 

The computer started to read the 
startup-sequence and all appeared fine 
until just after the SETtLOCK OPT LOAD 
line, when a crash took place. ! loaded an 
old version of SID and set about the task 
of Finding out what was wrong. I discov- 


ered that the line OPENLOOK >NIL: was 
causing the problem, deleted it, and my 
Workstation disk now works fine. 

One last gripe: when I open SID on 
my ASDO Plus, it leaves a huge SID PRO- 
CESS WINDOW onscreen when I shrink 
SID down. Can I do anything about this 
or close ft down? 

A f Route, Colchester 

Don't worry about Workstation. When 
the original disk was compiled. 
Workbench 2.04 was a dream only 
A3000 owners could realise, and the 
disk was aimed at Workbench 1,3 ASOO 
owners. There will be a new version of 
Workstation, called Workstation 2, 
available shortly, which will be 100 per 
cent compatible with the A5Q0 Plus, 
and will include many new or 
revamped programs, including the 
long-awaited SID v2,Q0, 

SIP leaves a process window open 
On the ASOO Plus because Workbench 2 
now attaches a process window - in 
this case a sort of read-only Shell win- 
dow - to many programs which previ- 
ously opened without one. As you've 
noticed, this window can be shrunk to 
a fairly small box, but cannot be dis- 
pensed with until SID is closed down. 

You should look on SID's process 
window as a bonus, ai it will display 
any error messages generated by pro- > 


Recession digression 


Unfortunately, during the recent recession, 1 was farced to 
sell my beloved Amiga, but being a dedicated Amiga artist 
IVe kept up with the latest tech stuff by buying Amiga 
Computing. Anyway, while I still had my Amiga I found a 
way to get that extra colour out of Hires even though my 
memory wouldn't permit me to do to. 


Basically, it's this - If you have two colours, say red and 
blue, you dither them onscreen to give the perceived coloor 
of purple. 5o what? Well, I calculated this equation: 


0 - No. of colours on pallette 
1 .6 = constant 

= Actual no.qf perceived colours 


OK. fair enough you lose half the resolution vertically and 
horizontally, but look at these figures for the number of 
colours! HAM mode fn Interlace (640 x 512) gives you 
1 0,485, ?60 colours at 320 x 256, and a Harlequin card {910 
x 576) give* you 175,000 billion (approximately) at a resolu- 
tion of 455 x 2BB, 

Paul Stevenson, Birmingham 


Er,,, ah.,, yes. Bending too low over the turps perhaps? 


Amiga Computing April ? 992 


125 





Technical H 


e/p 


► grams you run using SID and can be 
very useful when trying to figure out 
what a program does when run from 
CU 

A3000 vs 486 

I've had an ASM for two years now, but 
have now come to the point where I 
want a big and powerful machine for my 
personal use and my father's business. I 
wilt later be studying computer systems 
engineering at university, so I need some- 
thing I can use for homework as well. My 
First thought was to buy an A3000, but I 
had a chat with rny lecturer at college 
and he thought me completely bonkers 
for having even considered it. 

Many people I have spoken to have 
said the Amiga is a nice personal com- 
puter but no good lot serious purposes, 
for which I'd need a PC. I know how bril- 
liant a machine the A3000 is, but suppose 
it's a waste of money? 

A 486DX 33 MHz PC with double the 
hard drive space and flMb of RAM will 
cost me jiust over £2,000, whereas an 
A3 000 will tost £3,000, Which machine is 
better overall, and will the Amiga last as 
long as the PC? 

Td5oj Fran^ouZ/ydeSylondorr 


There are two very important points to 
note in any argument over power and 
prke between the A3000 and the sup 
posedty 'taster but cheaper" PC*. 

The 486 machine you mention will 
probably be based on Industry 
Standard Architecture (ISA), which 
allows a 12 bit bus between processor 
and motherboard memory, but which 
will Offer only 16-bit expansion slots. 
The Amiga 3000's design is entirely 32- 
bit, which is why 24- and 32-blt frame 
buffers such as Harlequin wort so well 
with the machine. 

Having said that, the A3GOQ is too 
expensive, a result of Its being pro- 
duced by only ore manufacturer. In 
the PC world, where hundreds of PC 
manufacturers are fighting for a slice of 
the cake, prices have been dropping 
like trousers at a house of ill repute, 
and users can expect to pick up power 
ful equipment for silly prices. 

The danger is that many manufac- 
turers have been cutting corners to the 
extent that our sister magazine, PC 
Toddy, ran an editorial In their February 
issue on the subject of sub standard or 
unreliable machines. The same cannot 
be said for the A300C. 

WFth Commodore s machine you get 
a reliable and fait Quantum hard drive, 
Commodore's own monitor, and solid 
build quality- You alto get an operating 
system (Workbench 2.04) which the PC 
can't come close to. Seven years after 
the release of the Amiga 1000 and Its 
revolutionary operating system, 
Windows 3 and MS-DOS 5 0 still can- 


not offer the sort of multitasking 
which has served as the heart and soul 
of the Amiga since 1985, 

For standard, everyday business 
uses, the PC486 is probably a better 
buy than the A3000, hut if you're after 
true 32-bit quality and a modem com- 
puter with an operating system to 
match you still can't do better than the 
Amiga. It's your money. 

Tablet trouble 

I would like to buy a light pencil or draw- 
ing tablet as 1 find it very hairy drawing 
lines in freehand with the mouse. Datel 
Electronics make one, but I can't seem to 
locate any other makers of the devices . 
Could you please help me out? 

Martyr? Eater, Bristol 

First of all, don't bother with light 
pens. They're nowhere near as accu- 


rate as a mouse or graphics tablet. 
Secondly, buy the Genltlzer tablet 
from Datel and don't waste any more 
time looking for an alternative. We 
tested a few tablets last year, and the 
Datel unit was easily the best 

There are only a handful of tablets 
which have Amiga driver software in 
any case, and the Datel is easy to use, 
pretty accurate, and come* with a 
OFalnt template to make things even 
easier for users of that package. 

Rumblings in 
RAM 

Having had my wonderful Amiga for 
almost two years now using it almost 
exclusively for musk (thanks to- MED), 
and graphics (thanks to DPaint), I have 
just recently wandered into AmigaDOS 
1.3, and have encountered a few prob- 


Turning monitors into TV screons 

I've read in several publications that it is possible to connect a computer monitor to a 
video recorder instead of using a TV tuner, and in that way receive TV signals on the 
monitor. My A50Q is linked to a Philips CM&EB3 and is it is Sit up in my bedroom I 
would like to use the monitor as a second TV, 

I also have an old Akal V5-1 1 2EK VCR which has given up the ghost as tar as recording 
and playback are concerned, but which can still be used as a receiver, Would you advise 
me on which cables and connectors need to be made or bought, beanng in mind that 
my monitor will also be used as my Amiga's VDU? 

Dove Penny, London 

For about 18 months now, l r ve had exactly the same setup at home as you describe 
above, and apart from the jumble of cables resulting from it, I've never had any 
problems. Unfortunately, you didn't say which model of CM8833 you are using. 
Some are equipped with kart sockets, while the newer models have nine-pin RGB 
connectors. The only difference to your setup will be the sort of cable you'll need. 

With the Scart option, the only other piece of equipment you'll need is a monitor 
sharer, such as the TrEloglc box, to avoid having to change connectors every time 
you want to use the monitor as a TV (phone Trilogic on 0274 678062), 

The lead from VCR to Start box will have to have a Scart on one end to connect 
to the switch box, and at least audio and video outs of a standard phono type on 
the other end. I bought a lead like this from Lewis's video department, but they 
should be available from most decent video shops. 

Plug the video and audio outs to the relevant phono sockets on the back of the 
VCR, then plug the Scart con- 
nector to your Scart sharer 
box. The sharer box will have 
a connection to your Amiga's 
23-pin RGB socket, so plug 
this in and you have the 
Inputs all sussed out. 

Output from the box 
should be by way of a Start to 
Start cable to connect to the 
CM8833, or a Start to nine- 
pin RGB H you have the newer 
CM8833- Make sure the cable 
has audio leads separate to 
the Scart plug at one end or you'll have no sound on the monitor. 

As long as the video recorder Is turned on and its channel controls tuned In, you 
should be able to jump between your Amiga's display and a TV station by pressing 
the button on the sharer box. If you have a VCR whose channel selectors can be 
changed from a remote control unit, you will have effectively doubled up your 
CM8833 as a remote-controlled TV. 

As an added bonus, the CM8833 has a very sharp picture when used for TV pur- 
poses, and Is as good as many high quality portables. 



lems, When copying a File to HAM and 
then to another disk, the file sometimes 
seems rot to have copied. 11 I am copy- 
ing a directory all is fine, and the same 
goes for files that aren't in a directory. 
However, if I want to copy, say, PRShow 
from the C; directory to another disk, 1 
have to go through about ten annoying 
disk swaps instead of copying it to RAM 
first. 

My second problem is a little more 
straightforward. How do I change the 
default of an icon? I have tried doing this 
in Huge, but when I save the icon and 
reload it, it isn't there, just the writing 
underneath. I cant dick on nothingness! 

Lee Kirk fagan, Tandem 

Your problems with copying are proba- 
bly down to one of two things. Either 
you're sending the file to a location 
from which you cannot identify It, or 
you're trying to copy from RAM with- 
out the correct commands being avail 
able. 

The former would arise in the case 
of C: directory files because they have 
no icons and are Invisible unless you 
DIR every drawer on the disk or do a 
LIST DFQ: ALL. You may have success- 
fully copied the files to the wrong 
drawer, and then concluded that, 
because you can't find them, they 
haven't copied properly. To copy a file 
called MyFlle from C; to another disk 
called NEWDISR without its own C. 
directory, you would use the following 
sequence of commands: 

CD C; 

COPT FVHLE TQ M : 
m m TOftW: 
m NAKED Ek TO m-. 

c m cd to m 

ct> m-. 

at this point you’d eject your disk and 
Insert IMEWDI5K: 

lAKED'IR NEWISk:C 
COPV (IV FI IE TO HEYBtSKiC 

Now swap disks again and type CD 
SYS: to go back to your point of depar- 
ture. long-winded, perhaps, but 
unavoidable if you have a 1.3 machine 
and only a single drive. 

As for your problems with Huge, 
you seem to be failing to specify what 
area of graphic the Icon will comprise 
When saved. 

On the Huge editing screen, when 
Save has been selected and you've con- 
flrmed the name the Icon is to be 
saved under, you must then dick and 
drag with your mouse to outline the 
area which will comprise the icon. 

This Is because Huge doesn't know if 
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stuff to the bottom, or so on. As long 
as you outline your box as soon as you 
confirm your save filename, your icon 
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This month s winner 


H E received Ihe usual lorry .'“V- 

1 of Gallery Lhii month. ia first of 

*Sl thank all you eager Amiga artist? jMSSi 

in you* beloved artwork. Remember a 
Ke Paint IV goes to our winner every iiiur! 
tilt thli mortth ii Martin Hargreaves from \ 
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led fruit and Lake and are both excellent 

subject , Soccer Salute was drawn by Paul Michalak \ 

I very good it li too. The only disappointment is that lj 
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Ed). The picture is ol a very high standard and obviously a lot of time has been 
spent on it. Well done Mr Wiley. 

It was very lough to choose a winner, as it is almost every month, but the 
worthy recipient is Anthony Head. Anthony, who lives in Southampton, sunt in 
eight pictures, all of which are particularly good. 

Before I come to the winning picture I think some of Anthony s others are 

H iheie is entitled Thu Haywain and is from the j 
lit Able. It's taken over 100 hours to complete / 
an see it's absolutely amazing. / 

cture is called Skull and It wai created on / \ 

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A fter the usual gruelling train 
journey from "up north", ! 
found myself in the heart of 
“let's do lunch" country. Once an infa- 
mous tiotbed of vice and promiscuity, 
now the domain ot media moguls and 
spritzer-guzzling yuppies, Soho has 
hardly changed at all. 

After removing my cap and discarding 
the whippet it was time to face the men 
and women behind the images which 
daily invade every living room in the 
land. 

The Original Graphics Company were 
the reason for this particular excursion - 
an outfit who are spearheading the 
Amiga's in traduction into broadcast TV. 
Still the ugly sister in the eyes of many 
production companies, the Amiga has 
had to fight hard for its place in perhaps 
one of the most elitist markets in the 
world. 

Alter a!l r H you'd lust spent a few hun- 
dred thousands on dedicated hardware, 
the news that what you considered to be 
a games machine could achieve much 
the same for a fraction of the cost isn't 
likely to leave you beaming from ear to 
ear. 

To find out more on both the com- 


overcome if it wants to compete with the 
likes of broadcast 3-D systems rendering 
24-bit ID images in a matter of seconds, 
The output quality is already there,, but in 
a commercial environment speed is 
essential. 

Hopefully the latest generation of 24- 
bit boards will address the problem 
thanks to the new Texas graphics chip 
which is already available on Progressive's 
Rembrandt board and reports to render 
any 24-bit image within 25 seconds. 

Standard 

Another point raised by Richard was 
the need for a 24-bit standard to which 
all the boards could prescribe, Here again 
there is hope on the horizon in the form 
of Sage, an industry standard proposed 
by Progressive Peripherals and Digital 
Micronks at a recent meeting of 
American software developers. 

If this new format is taken up by the 


industry, the Amiga could soon become 
its premier video graphic workstation, 
thanks to Sage's ability to provide sup- 
port for the new generation of boards 
which carry the latest Texas chips. 

If the hype is to be believed, these 
chips boast half the processing power of 
The Original Cray super-computer on a 


solitary chip! Once an industry standard 
does emerge. Original Graphics plan to 
turn all their machines into 24-bit work- 
stations. Only lime will tell... 

At present the Amiga Is stilt only a rela- 
tively small part of Ongmal's repertoire, 
hut given the enhanced speed ancf profu- 
> 


The creation of 



pany and its ground-breaking approach 
to the business I spoke to Richard Burn, 
the man behind The Original Graphics 
Company. I asked him what triggered the 
Amiga's entrance Into the very top flight 
of art and design, 

He mentioned two primary reasons 
why an Amigan Invasion seems likely, 
first is the 24-bit explosion which has rev- 
olutionised the output of the machine, 
and secondly the economic climate which 
has cut deep into the budget of both TV 
companies and advertisers alike. 
Production cost ts now equally 54 impor- 
tant as quality and as the .Amiga can offer 
the best of both worlds, it's going to 
become the ideal vehicle for the commer- 
cial artist. 

A perfect illustration of the changing 
times are broadcast paint systems,, for- 
merly the essential tool of the commercial 
artist and costing anywhere between 
£70,000 and £80,000. Now a goad deal 
of their expensive output can be matched 
by an Amiga, an accelerator, and a 24-bft 
board combination costing only a fraction 
of the price of even a second-hand sys- 
tem. 

Unfortunately, there's a stumbling 
block which the machine will have to 


Paul Austin sneaks into Soho and discovers the Amiga 
at the heart of a revolution in broadcast television 



Amiga Computing April / 992 


135 




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sion of 24-bil cards under a single, unify- 
ing formal, the potential is limitless. 

After reminiscing on the rise and fall of 
various machines and the ewer-declining 
fortunes of Our country's economy, it was 
time to fook back at the recent successes 
which make The Original Graphics 
Company one of the names in the busi- 
ness. 

Perhaps the most famous example of 
their work is the award-winning 
Motormouth title sequence which 
recently clinched the Best Title Award at 
Computer Graphics 91. .Apparently, the 
characterisation of the objects is loosely 
based on the presenters them- 
selves - a connection 
which 1 find dif- 
ficult to 


make, with the possible exception of 
Andy Crane. 

Other notables include a mammoth 
eight-minute sequence depicting the 
evolution of the universe, screened over 
the Christmas period as part of an 
Equinox production entitled Unravelling 
the Universe. 

More regular work includes titling and 
animation on Mid-Week Sports Special 
for Thames, plus weekly news graphics 
for LWT as well as countless other smaller 
productions. 

All of the above add to the staple diet 
of advertising and design work For TVS, 
The Original Graphics 
Company 



Artists required... 


If you have the skills and want to break into the 
glamorous world of commercial TV, Original 
Graphics are always on 
the look out for new talent. 

If you've got what it lakes pul a selection of your best work onto 
video and send it firv 

Don't be put off if you're a humble DPamt user, as all the prospec- 
tive show reels I saw were compiled at least in part with the assistance 
of this paint package. Having said that, do scrutinise your work closely 
before you apply for the job. If you can r t match or perhaps even better 
existing commercial art you almost certainly won't make the grade. 

Send your entries to: The Original Graphics Co. r 3 Golden Square, 

London W1R3AF 



in fact, formerly the station's own inter- 
nal graphics department, but they threw 
caution lo the wind and went indepen- 
dent in March 199E). 

If there's Dne thing which brought the 
Amiga and Original Graphics 
together it was Catchpbrase, a pro- 
gramme which Original Graphics 
have been jointly involved in for 
the last three series, even 
before their split in the spring 
of 1 990, 

As with almost all game 
shows, Catcbphase is a irans- 
At tan tic import which has 
been customised for the UK 
market. Originally the show was 
produced in the States using an 

Imptttflw if Ml 
(TIWIPJ iwJmifog 


Animated Amigas - how it's done 


To find out how Original Graphics go about the creation 
of Catchphrase I spoke lo the mao at the heart of Ihe pro- 
duction process, Jonny Bradley. A commercial artist with 
perhaps more years in the business than he'd care to 
recall, he's row the animation co ordinator of 
Catchphrase, managing the production of the anims and 
the impressive array of Amigas which c reate ihem. 

Before we delve into the production cycle it s worth 
taking a closer look at the network of Amigas which do 
the hard work in both the TVS studio and The Original 
Graphics' bead office in 5oho. 

The actual production of lire anims takes place in Soho 
with its internal network of four Amiga ZOOOs, all running 
with accelerators and boasting internal hard disks plus a 
300Mb external for general use. 

jenny's task is to keep both the Amiga network and his 
team ol animators as productive as possible. Once the 
anims are complete, a 40Mb removable hard disk is 
employed to transport their creations to the studio and its 
collection ol eight unacceierated Amigas, all controlled by 
a single long-suffering operator who supplies the necet 
sary anims live and or demand for the show's production 
team. 

Besides the technical difficulties of managing one of the 
largest Amiga systems in the UK, there's the production 
and management of a frighteningly large number of 
anims which the show eats its way through during each 
series, T On average jonny and his team pro- 

duce between 700 and 1,400 per series, with each show 


disposing of between 60 and ffO All are to res 11 colour cre- 
ations running at five frames per second. It's perhaps not 
the best formal in which to display the Amiga's graphic, but 
It's the format the producers like, and one which has been 
successfully employed since the show's conception in the 
Slates, Also, H has die added bene Fit of being relatively con- 
servative on both storage, loading time and RAM. 

The next burning question was - who's responsible for 
the phrases themselves, and how are these seeds cultivated 
into a finished anim? 

The actual themes for the anims are provided Simon 
Ross, brother of Jonathan and the Inspiration behind many 
a UK game show. These Ideas are then worked up into 
potential anims during a meeting between Original 
Graphics and TVS When all parties are happy, the produc 
tion cycle can begin, with Jonny and his team putting 
mouse to mat on their mammoth task. 

Tn avoid repetition, jonny has written a SuperBase 4 util- 
ity database which keeps track of all the anims in their 
Immense library. Any anim in the collection can be located 
in seconds by simply typing in the anim title or even just 
part of Ft. Once located, the anim can be loaded internally 
or directed to a specific artist on the nelwnrk. 

I asked whether there are any plans to update I he anims 
within the show, jonny suggested that there may be the 
odd bit of morphing and trarulucency courtesy of DPaintA, 
bul this is a program which Jonny and hrt two-man produc- 
tion team didn't have an awful lot of praise for - pulling it 
very politely. 


ageing system, but Since the 
Amiga was suggested as a 
replacement for the American 
system and with the program 
now entering its eighth series, 
the marriage appears to be a 
happy one. So now you know 
who's Lo blame for the ever-present 
Mr Chips and that immortal line "It's 
gooood, but it's not right..."! 

Ardent 

The culmination of their three 
months of ardent animation is one solid 
week of shooting during which all the 
shows for the entire series are shot. By 
all accounts the process is an expertly 
planned logistical exercise,, with contes- 
tants being moved in and out every 
hour, perpetually ready to join once 
more in mental combat with the next 
opponent. 

IL remains for me to thank The 
Original Graphics Company for their co- 
operation, coffee and friendly conversa- 
tion. With the naturally expansive nature 
of the Amiga's architecture and the 
assistance of companies such as Original 
Graphics, the machine's future at the 
very top flight Of commercial 
video graphics is assured. f » 


Ooopps... 

I'm afraid it's time for an apology. In 
last month's Art Special, Gareth 
Morgan of The Original Graphics 
Company was credited tor the cre- 
ation of the company's a ward- win- 
ning MotorMoulh title sequence. 

In fad this is not the case. The 
creator is in fact Richard Squires, 
another employee of the company 
and the real man behind the master- 
piece. Although Gareth Morgan did 
play a part in its production it was In 
purely a supportive role. 

We must stress that it was a case 
of crossed communication and 
apologies once more to both 
Richard, Gareth and Original 
Graphics for any confusion it may 
have caused. 


136 


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Using 


C lever use of ARex* functions will turn your 
compiling chores into a breeze! The gen- 
eral uses of scripts/macros fall into two 
broad categories (macro and script are fairly inter- 
changeable words, although "macro"' usually 
refers to smaller function-like programs), First are 
those which are complete programs in themselves 
- anything from simple file management utilities 
all the way to com pies applications. Secondly, 
those that act as sub-programs, and may be called 
to perform a useful function Irom anywhere. 

Nat only is it possible to have functions in your 
AJtexx macros, but macros themselves can serve as 
functions, if you 50 wish I Any ARexx program can 
be called from any other as a sub-program. This 
may be either a function or a command, as we will 
see later 

Over time, you will build up a collection of use- 
ful scripts to deal with your routine work, many of 
which will be based around functions. The beauty 
of this is that they will be available from your famil- 
ial environment at any time. No need to load up 
an interpreter or to struggle with AmigaDQS. You 
can type them in from the CLi, or even launch 
them from an icon. With ARe^-compatible appli- 
cations, their power is at your fingertips without 
even leaving your application program! 

Your imagination is the only limit on how to use 
ARexx - a statistical function to do summations, 
calculator style? A customised front-end with 
requesters and menus? A text relarmattef for MS- 
DOS text files-? A complex file-management opera- 
tion? A simple graphic screen? You name it] 

In fact there are four baste levels of function in 
ARexx. When a function is called, the system 
searches for it in the following order: 

1 . Internal functions defined within the program 

2. Built-in functions 

3. Support libraries/lunction hosts 

4. External pnograms/macrw 

Within any macro the function names are all 
global. You therefore have to be careful that your 
functions are uniquely named. Otherwise the sys- 
tem will use the first definition it finds. For 
instance, if you have a Support library function 
called tan(), and you define an internal function 
with the same name, then the internal one will be 
used’ 

There are two ways to use functions in ARexx. 
One is to use the instruction CALL, Followed by the 
the name of the lundion and its parameters. The 
parameters may themselves be expressions that 
get evaluated. The value is then returned in a spe- 
cial global variable called RESULT. 

The function may also be used directly as part 
of an expression, eg a>tan(4S) or say reverse 
(''abracadabra"). This is fairly standard behaviour, 
as you would expect from any language. 

When writing functions of our own, whether 
these are external macros or internal functions, we 
will need to know haw to pass data to them and 
how the result is returned. Now let's examine each 
of the lour types of function mentioned above. 

Internally-denned functions are defined within a 
program by the use of a labd clause - k the name 


of the function followed by a colon, The values 
supplied to a function can be read using the ARC 
instruction or the ARGQ function (there is no limit 
to the number of parameters that can be supplied 
to an internal function), The function exits and 
returns a value to the main program via the Return 
instruction: 

,'*■ Ex list's t. list al * function [hypatf - 
citiuLste Eh* Lon* 

-s i dt al 1 right-anglt triangle ir« Till otur 
tig Lengths *( 
cal L hrpalf'MJ 
ilj- result 

hf-pijt: t* the fsnetkn libit *i 

j j- g si 2 /* reld in the piUittirt V 

ten - tq;rtfs1*ll«2 f ll)' }* aisali Mjrt is 
defined */ 
rtturn ten 

In the above example we used the ARC instruction 
to read values into our function. We could also 
have used the built-in Function ARC(), where the 
parameter given to ARG() returns the correspond- 
ing variable. ARGO can also be used without argu- 
rrtents, in which case It returns the number ol 
arguments to a function (in the above example, 
two), The above program could also be written 

i* tmtU 1 m .2 *t 
| hypot C 


nj h> 

(Ml 



J=irgt1> ; s2-argf 2) 
return si^rtCi 1**1 + l2 , sZJ 


The Exit instruction is used to mark the end of the 
main program. 

There is still one more aspect of internally- 
defined functions to be discussed. When a func- 
tion is normally defined, as described above, all 
the variables it uses are global - if their value is 
altered, it Is altered throughout the program. 

The instruction PROCEDURE will make all the 
variables in a function private to that function (it is 
also possible to have mixed private and global 
variables by using the keyword EXPOSE after the 
PROCEDURE instruction). This allows recursion to- 
be used in ARexx programs. We will not deal with 
this in detail at the moment, but the following 
example should serve to illustrate: 

i* tiiiptl 2 - pTccfdurti. *f 
lift 1 lit ; Vjr2 1 III 
iid = teitmlf 
s IT Kiri Xif2 rarJ 

iSitrq: P to r EtUR E EXPOSE vht2 

rarl = CU 1 1 ] 

var2 = 555 1 irfllll 
rtturn varl 

The output of this is 1 1 1 1665 1332. 

Built-in functions are part of the language itself, 
and include functions like ARGQ, ADDRESSQ- 
which returns the current host address, ADOUBQ- 
for adding support libraries, the formal conversion 
functions, the bit-manipulation functions, the 
ARexx system Functions and so on. 

ARexx can use special libraries of Functions to 
extend its capabilities. One of these, 
rexxsupporLlibrary, is provided as part of the pack- 
age. These libraries reside in libs:, but are not the 
same as standard Amiga shared libraries- Writing 
them is a job for system programmers, and out of 











ARexx 



the scope of the average user. However, there 
are many extremely useful and freely dis- 
tributable libraries already available, They include 
system functions, graphic functions, and stierv 
tific functions, One of these, rex xmathlib. library 
is included on this month's CoverCHiic, and will 
allow you to use advanced math functions from 
ARexx 

ARexx keeps, a list of Its special support libraries. 
A library can be added any lime either from the 
CLt, using the special rxlib command, or from 
within ARexx, using the ADDUBQ function Both 
of these take four arguments * the library name, 
the priority of the function (usually 0), the offset (- 
30), and thE version number. 

A typical entry would be. from the til: 

ritib miBithLib.TifciMri 3 -30 3 


Interacting with your computer can be made easy 
with ARexx functions. Alex Gian shows you how 

Competition for ARexx? 

A new US utility called HotUnks looks set to provide ARexx, with its first serious challenge as a tod for inter- 
process communications. The first package to be shipped with HotLinkj. support is the excellent PageStream 
2.1 t and if the utility is adopted by olJier manufacturers the prospects for Amiga inter-program wheeling 
aid dealing could be radically improved. 

Packages with miM* support simply "publish" Lheir text or graphics files and any other HotUnks com- 
patible program can "subscribe" to them. This means a DTP package could publish its text files for a word- 
processor to edit or its If F bitmaps for DPaint to touch up. When the other padtage has finished with the 
file, it simply "updates" the file and HotUnks will update all other versions of the file being used by HotUnks- 
equipped utilities. Look out for more information on this exciting new interprocess utility as we receive it, 



or from ARexx; 

it IDLIil rtiinlh Lib. Libra rp, 0 ,- 36 rQ} 

Function hosts are specialised programs that offer 
function facilities to ARexx when they are run, and 
behave similarly to support libraries. We will look 
at them in a future article. 

Finally, we wiN look at how to write complete 
ARexx programs that behave like functions. 
Remember that these external macros will be 
global, not only to the calling program, but to the 
whole ARexx system. 

if ARexx searches for a function, and it is not 
found among the internal, built-in or support 
library functions, it then proceeds tq search the 
current working directory, rexx:, and any specified 
directory paths for any program with the same 


name as the function. It wilf also recognise macros 
with the standard ARexx suffix .rexx, or other spe- 
cial name extensions of ARexx compatible pro- 
grams - see below. 

Parameters, are passed to macros with the ARC 
instruction or function as we have already seen. 
External functions are limited to accepting 15 
parameters. Their values are returned using the 
EXIT instruction. Look at the following example 
macro: 

f* EianpLp 3 - add up JDBt *iu*b«rs *t 

'tadUp aicra rrctlnd " arg[] ‘n.ibfi" 
eup = C- 

do 1 ■= 1 tfl i-jlJ 
sui ? i ,i + tr|tl> 

tnd 

rift i up 

Save this macro as ADDUP-REXX in your current 
directory or in rexx:. Von can now call It from any 


other ARexx program. Note that this macro will 
not only add up the numbers you supply (max 15) 
but will also print out the number of arguments. 
Try it: 

/* [tnlftj.. *! 
nr tddUpTl,Z,3,l,5> 

or (list type: 

rr 'say .mW I, Z, 3 ,1,3} it the ClI 

So long as ADDDP.REXX is present in a directory 
accessible to ARexx, it will be available to the sys- 
tem as a function! We trust that you will now be 
encouraged to experiment further on your own. 

♦ Next time we will examine parsing in detail, and 
also work with same programs that support a cus- 
tom macro language. 



Save this macro as add2b]n.n:xx, and run the following macro: 


Testing,, *f 
CP Hen I r rinks 
iddZbin 2 3 
it) rimlt 


or just type: 


n "Options result i ; JddZbin P 5 ; raj result ■ 


at the CLI (remember lo close the quote, since there is more than one 
clause). Try doing it without the OPTIONS instruction loo! 

You might wonder why we should bother with commands, when 
we have function i, or vice versa. There are a number of reasons, not 
leasl of which Is that commands are easier to implement on programs 
with ARexx interfaces. 


We have already said that macros can be run either as functions or as 
commands, and I he canny user will already have sensed this possibil 
ity. All that is needed to ron a macro as a command Is to send Jt to a 
valid ARexx port. 

Remember that anything which h unrecognised by ARpxx - includ 
ing external macro names - Is automatically assumed to he a com- 
mand. Most applications with an ARexx interface include a custom 
macro command language of their own. These commands allow 
ARexx to control the application program, Many of these commands 
can accept arguments, and also return results. 

In this, commands are much like functions: Reading of parameters 
is achieved with |h# usual parsing instructions - ARC ek although it 
is not as easy to give a variable number ol arguments. 

For ease of use. custom commands usually lake a fixed number of 
arguments, most often just one. Results are relumed via the EXIT 
instruction, as usual. However, the way that the result is returned 
Irom a command is different to that of a function. When a command 
EXFTs with a value, ARexx deals with it as a return code, not unlike 
the return codes Used by AmigaDOS. 

If we want to use the returned result, we can copy it to the global 
variable RESULT, with the in struct Ion OPTION RESULTS: 



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RGB soon 



Paul Austin takes a closer look at the hardware and 
software combination that could transform budget DTV 




OCTVs 24-bit potential may soon be exploited 
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set you back a frightening 1 
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The second point con- 
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Even so, if you feel the 

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Aside from the software's obvious painting fea- 
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ing you're not using an RGB source, of course, 

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After the initial excitement of twiddling with the 
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Cutting corners 



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Tuning up 


Margaret Stanger with the final part of her series on programming sound 


T his programming Almanac is the last 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. Last month's column shows how to use 
the Amiga system software to control the start 
and Finish of each note, leaving your program to 
do more important things. 

This month I'll use routines from the Audio 
device to run a very simple music driver, 

When the Audio device is opened, the associ- 
ated 10 parameter block contains all the struc- 
tures needed to handle incoming arid outgoing 
messages. There is a Message structure with a 
node for keeping its place in a linked list, a mes- 
sage port for replies, the length of the message in 
bytes, and an extension for audio data. 

Am allocation port IS set up to allocate the 
sound channels, and an allocation 10 structure 
for its commands, This port and parameter block, 
are associated with the opening of the audio 
device. 

A message port is opened for the sound chan- 
nel, to serve as a collecting point for messages to 
a task: 


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;arfd sound port to lilt pt ports 


To start a sound going, the parameters are putin 
the channel's IGAudio structure, the command is 
CMD, WRfTE, the flag is ADIQF PERVOL, and the 
BEGfNlO command is used. Once the sound is 
in progress the volume and period can be 
changed with the ADCMD_PERVQL command 
(ADOFJYNCYCLE and ADIGF_PEIWOLflags) r 
and the changes are made automatically al the 
end of the current sound cycle. 

This means that if the notes of A lune always 
use the same soond sample - same instrument 
and a range of an octave or less - it is possible to 
reproduce the tune very easily. 

I have used conventional Sonia type codes for 
the pitch and duration of the notes. The pitch 
code comes first, and increases by one for each 
semitone above low C. So C would be 0, C# or 


Ob would be 1 , C r would be 1 2, C H would be 24, 
All notes in the program have codes between 
24 and 36, except for rests which are code )2fl, 
To find the pitch and duration codes of the cur- 
rent note: 


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,:stsrt pf tune 
•die.: gotta, df 
;nffiEt fr« itifl 

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; find pitch csdt 
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The C source code 


To find the conect period for the note, and put it 
into a register, subtract 24 from the pitch code, 
and multiply the result by 2: 


Its ptrvji,i0 
me i v MMG, U^d5 


where perval contains the lookup table of period 
values For the octave. The sound can then be 
updated with the new period and volume values. 

The duration codes also follow Semi* conven- 
tions with 0 for a semibreve, 1 minim, 2 crotchet, 
3 quaver, 4 semiquaver etc. Since F am using a 
sinewave sample with a very short cycle, the note 
continues for a given time interval raEher than 
computing the necessary number of cycles. To 
calculate the correct time interval, and put it into 
memory: 


The C source code can be compiled, and 
linked to the assembler source module using 
the command blink with sou nd4 link where 
sound4link is included on the support disk, 
along with both object modules, sound4.o 
and squndc4,Q. 

The C program opens a window, and calls 
initsoundQ from the assembler module to 
open the Audio device and initialise the sound 
structures, and timerdeviceQ, to open a timer 
device, The Amiga starts playing an irritating 
little tune. 

The main polling bop for the window con- 
tinues until the usee asks to quit, either by clos- 
ing the window or pressing key 9 

Each lime a key £1 to 5) is pressed, the pro- 
gram changes the tune by catling the appro- 
priate assembler routine. Key fl will stop the 
sound, key 6 will turn it back on, and key 7 
will muffle it a little. When the quit signal is 
received, the program calls the dearsoundO 
and dosetimenQ routines from the assembler 
module before the window closes and the pro- 
gram ends. 


L*a cycIci.iO 

siU JZ,d2 

Id ye i L C(aD,d2 , L l^dc LlK 


where cycles is the start of the lookup table of 
interval values. The timer is set with this nega- 
tive value, and the next note can start when the 
timer value is zero and the interval has elapsed. 

This music driver is very limited, and can only 


be used for music with a limited note range, 
using a simple. waveform with a very short 
cycFe. Serious music requiring many octaves, 
channels and changes of (real I ) instruments 
would be written differently and take many 
hours of coding. 


• The next programming page wlii be rome 
thing completely different - reading and writ- 
ing data files tor £ programmers- 


The assembler source code 

K The assembler source code (sound4.a) is a standalone program. 

The program opens the Audio 

1 device, and the Timer device, sets up the associated structures, allocates chip memory for the 

sound sample, and copies the data In to this memory. 

A note is set going in channel 0, with the waveform sound 
sample data and length, no sound cycles, zero volume. 

£ 

and arbitrary period. The first note of the tune is 
played by changing the period of the note to give ft jr 
the correct pitch, and changing Hie volume of the § 
sound, The system lime is set to the duration of the / 

l 

note, f 


When the time interval elapses, system soft- < 
ware is used to change ibe period of the sound t \ 
for the pitch of the second note, and reset the ™ 1 
timer for the appropriate Interval, The tune con- 1 


f r\ 

linues with notes and silences (rero volume) and 
aulomalically starts again when it has finished. 

When the joystick Fire button is pressed the program 
closes the Audio and Timer devices, frees any memory and 
exits. 

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S ince the early days of electronic music 
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Profiles 

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Paul Austin looks at X-OR - a new breed 
of patch editing and librarian software 
from the creators of KCS 


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without the correct pro- 
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X-QR's flexibility cer- 
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rnusos but once a con- 
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with your system it's the 
software's editing abili- 
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Fortunately, 1 doubt 
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pl ,in„ Although p«h ^"S£2SSL 
editing is much the 

same no matter what the computer or instrument, 

X-OR does manage a few surprises. 

First is the program's patch Wending features, 
something new to the Amiga and sure to secure 
almost as many sales as the program's varied range 
of instruments. 

With the new hfending and mingling options, 
two individual sounds can be combined over a 
selected number of patch positions, each graduat- 
ing from the primary to the secondary sound, 

For example if you had two bass sounds, both 
with their merits but nevertheless still not quite fit- 
ting your needs, you could create an empty bank, 
copy the first patch to position 1 , and trie second 
to 128. 

If you then applied the blend option, 1 26 sepa- 
rate mixtures would be created, All you need do is 
pick the ones you want and save them to live synth 
or associated library on disk. If you wanted to retain 
a particular aspect of a sound, a mask function 
could be applied to guarantee its place in the new 
patch. 

The second option is to mingle the two sounds. 

This differs from blending because individual algo- 
rithms are randomly selected from each sound. The 
closer a particular patch Is to either source sound 
the more likely it is to be dominated by that 
not sound's particular 


to the mixture plus 
there's an option to 
apply the process to raw 
parameter data to pro- 
duce even harsher varia- 
tions. 

Once you're 
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GR's abilities as a librar- 
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During the setup XOR 
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and retrieve relevant 
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Another pleasant feature is X-OR's ability to filter 
its selection process, making patch retrieval even 
within huge libraries extremely swift. Sounds can 
be sorted like a conventional database using dates, 
times and names as search parameters or alterna- 
tively you could employ the more subtle approach 
of Keywords. 



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Once installed, you can listen to your latest 
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X-OR is an impressive product, but if you're 
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Programming the system is about as much fun as 
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For the professional who's looking to get the best 
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T he phrase "time is money" appeared long 
before anyone thought of computer com- 
munications, but it's extreme^ apt. The 
longer you are on the phone, the more it costs, 
and there's not much you can do about it except 
send less data. 

But most of the data we deal with contains 
repeated information, and computers can apply 
their brute lorce and ignorant grinding capabili- 
ties to strip this redundancy out- If 
we require the data to be readable 
again, the process can be reversed to 
rebuild the original structure. 

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compression program for the Amiga 
has been Lharc, which generates 
archive files with a .bh file extension. 

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appeared which allow large archives 
to be made quickly on an urtacceier- 
ated Amiga. Over a typical mix of 
files, Lharc might compress the data 
down by 55 to 60 per cent of its 
original size. 

The latest Lharc program is LHA 
from Stefan Baberg. To say it is fast 
would be a wild ■understatement - it 


With ever-increasing online costs, Stewart C Russell 
looks at archivers and de-archivers as a way of 
saving money. Plus an overview of the state of the 
Amiga comms scene 



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It easily a third faster than the best of the rest (LZ, 
from Xenomiga Technology) whkh claims to be 
written in highly optimised assembly language. 

IHA has two distinct advantages over Lharc, 
apart from the raw speed. Firstly, it supports a 
better compression technique which looks at the 
data through much larger "window", giving 65 to 
70 per cent compression on normal data. This 
LHA compression is compatible with the program 
of the same name on the PC. 

Secondly, LHA can create self-extracting 


archives. These don't need an external util- 
ity io extract them - just tun them, and 
they rebuild the original flies. These SFX 
archives are slightly bigger than normal archives - 
they need to contain the decompression code - 
and they provide yet another hiding place for 
viruses. They're useful to have though - LHA is dis- 
tributed in one (Iha.e100.run), as otherwise you'd 
need LHA to uncompress it! 

Another compression program is Phil Katz's ZIP, 


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fixr on BIT iiM 


Amiga comms - the story so far 


The Amiga comms scene is really moving 
quickly. A couple of years back very few people 
knew what a Fidonet Mail Point was - offline 
mail readers were rare, and Usenet was 
unknown outside universities. But now, all 
these thing* are widely used due to the incred- 
ible enthusiasm of Amiga comms people 
Amiga comms software is some of the best 
there Is. Sure, it doesn't have all those cryptic 
IBM protocols used in big business, but the 
Amiga isn't fo*r that - it's a computer with IU 
hair down. But what other machine can multi- 
task and exchange data between programs 
without spending a fortune on expensive com- 
mercial software? 

Look at all the best Amiga comms software 
NComm, |R Comm. TrapDoor. Point 
Manager to name but a few. It's all Shareware, 
and ail very inexpensive too. The most expen- 
sive of these is only £25 - the cost of one 
I game. The big two terminals (NComm & |ifi 


Comm) are certainly up for revision this year. | 
High on the agenda for both of them is ARexx 
support, allowing your comms program to 
control just about any other external pro 


Software For Fidonet h getting better too, 
TrapDoor 1 80 in conjunction with Point 
Manager i.OO makes setting up a point very 
simple. And even the mighty CIX 3s oboul to I 
get Us first easy-to-use, mouse-controlled OLR 
*olt ware. NICOLA The existing software 
(Amiga.Query) works well, but is not tremen- 
dously friendly nr straightforward, 

Modems are coming down in price, too. 
With the standardisation of modems across 
Europe, the old "ITT -approved"' price hike will 
fade away. Even now, new v22tm modems 
can be had for under £100 if you know where 
to look, and 2,400 baud is pretty much the 
minimum you need these days. The future Is 
certainly looking bright.,. 


which is extremely popular with PC owners. It 
tends to compress slightly better than Lharc, and 
nearfy as well as LHA - around 60 to 65 per cent 
would be typical, 

There has been a ZIP program for the Amiga 
(PKAZip) for a long time, but it suffers from a slow 
graphical control system and a few incompatibilities 
with PKZIP on the PC. A new set of ZIP programs 
(Zip and UnZip) have appeared, and they s£em to 
address most of the problems. 

Zip (yes, the upper case T is not a typing enor) 
has been designed such that it can be compiled 
and run on just about any machine. The portability 
penalty is a decided lack of speed, but at least it 
works, which is more than can be said for PKAZip. 

UnZip isn't so rapid either, but it will extract, list 
and test any ZIP archive around. It cannot deal with 
the very new PKZIP 2.0 (PC) archives, but then the 
only program which can is - you guessed it - PKZIP 
2.0, which is very unlikely to make an appearance 
on the Amiga. 

Zip and UnZip can be found in the archives 
Amyzip92,lzh and Unzip41Jzh on all good bulletin 
boards. And a few bad ones, too. 


• Stewart C Russell can be contacted on CiX 
as scrusi (that’s scnjss@cix.compullnk.co.uk), 
or Is available at FidoNet 2L2S9/24 (off Alba 
Maximus, Glasgow). 


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Speedy but sensitive 


AMAL can be used within AMOS to create 
impressive results. Peter Hickman looks at 
this powerful sub-language 



T hose of you who follow this page every 
month will know that ewer the past six 
issues we have looked at haw to write a 
bask game using simple (almost generic) program- 
ming techniques. Now it's time to really break free 
and attempt A task using something really meaty 
(or soya-beanie if you are vegetarian) - AMAL 
We have covered AMAL previously, but not to 
write a whale game. Over the next couple of issues 
I will be showing you how to get the most out of 
this sub-language and mare importantly how to 
use it in conjunction with the other (less powerful) 
parts of AMG5- 

You will notice that I have referred to AMAL as a 
sub-language. This is because it is a separate part of 
AMOS and is quite capable of existing by itself. In 
many respects AMAL is similar to assembly lan- 
guage, especially in its use of mnemonics to repre- 
sent the commands we use to create in AMAL 
program, and like assembly language, it must be 
well structured in order to keep track ol any tasks 
we may ask of It. 

To control AMAL we use a series of Channels - 
16 in all. These car be assigned to control a single 
AMAL mini-program which will run alongside your 
main AMOS program. Let's look at a way of using 
of AMAL. First we set up an AMAL channel using a 
command like this: 

EhilMtl 1 To Streen DiipLijf 0 

This would prepare your channel to accept an 
AMAL program. Now we will tell AMAL to feed the 
mouse co-ordinates into the external registers RA 
and RB, after which we will read and display them 
onscreen. 

One thing to remember about AMAL is that you 
must type it exactly otherwise errors can occur 
quite easily. This is due to the fact that AMAL is 
case sensitive - that is, it can tell the difference 
between upper and lower case letters: 

I/ 1 starts Ltl IMM ; 1st RH-TH ; lm SlBft ; “ 
Jlaa L Or V 

?rinl 

Print At£(/l3;Jtar«st11; , ‘ 

Until False 

AMAL registers are like ordinary variables in AMOS 
itself, and can be used to store numbers for calcula- 
tions or later use. There are two types of AMAL reg- 
ister, internal and external, The internal registers 


are labelled RO to R9 and are mainly 
used for temporary storage of values 
within an AMAL program. The 
external registers are labelled RA to 
RZ and are (or at least should be) 
used for communicating with the 
outside world. 

Reading these registers from your 
main AMOS program is simple - we 
just use the AMREG() command 
(see your AM05 manual for a fuller 
explanation of AM REG), 

Incidentally, you can store values in 
the AMAL registers from your main 
AMOS program once again using 
the AMREGQ command. 

Being a fully featured sub-lan- 
guage means that AMAL programs car be quite 
long, For this reason AMAL allows you to structure 
commands within strings, 1 know it sounds a little 
weird but you do get used to It- trust me! 

In the previous example we saw how to create a 
simple loop jumping from the end of the string back 
to the label "Start:". Labels used for structuring 
AMAL pf ograims are all single letters of the alphabet* 
■in upper case. Because AMAL ignores ail lower case 
letters you can pad out the label to create some- 
thing a little mare meaningful. 

The next example is made up of many smaller 
strings "glued" together to create a single long 
string. You don't realty want to know this but joining 
two or more strings together is, known as concatena- 
tion; 

Ehtanil ft To Screen lllptl? ft 
II: 1 Stirtr 

fiuje i " 

Let T-Tfl-1011 ; “ 

AtrtJ*" If IP- 160*64 Jmp Start ; - 
4 J--MV Let IrtN-lAG j - 

AMlfjiiip Start ; " 
tail 

tail Dn D 

This program will work in direct mode and will allow 


ARKfhroWr which mnrrJ i#Mlt tWOC, 

you to move the default screen around with the 
mouse. It's a little like the larger program which 
appeared last month. 

Notice the way I have put each command on a 
separate line, I have also padded out the short labels 
and commands with lower case letters so that 
should I come back to the program in a couple of 
months I will be able to work out what it does quite 
easily, 

AMAL also allows you to execute a simple form of 
FOR...NEXT loop, the main difference between the 
AMAL version and the actual AMOS version of the 
loop is that you cannot perform STEPs (if you are 
unsure what a STEP is, check your AMOS manual). 
The following example does the same job as the pre- 
vious program, but only for a limited amount of 
times: 

. 

CHinniL D To Screen Bisplay D 
AS=" Far Rftrt To 60 ; 1 
At=rt+ ri Stirt: " 

«!«+■ Pius* ; ■ 

JU=AI+ ’ Let MH'I&O i " 

rt=Alf It WHWhM J ubp Start ; rt 

• J- lit 1 Lti ; ‘ 

A5=At+"M*xt PQ ; 1 

nil Mi 

dial -In ft 



H,fa, in tufiiflf 
fact, wrtffru- 

fflmtft ramplrirjy 
id AMAL 


If you look at the Amosteroids game which came 
with AMOS you will see that most of the work is 
done by AMAL - it controls the starship and aster- 
oids. In fact the only things AMOS has to do is 
play die samples and update the score during 
the game. 

These AMAL programs need not be limited to 
controlling aliens in Xenon MXXIIX - how about 
using them to make bobs to follow your mouse? Of 
making constant calculations and leeding them into 
your main program using the AMAL registers? 

* N&t lime we wfl get down to the juicy task of con- 
structing a Pacman-type game using a hybrid o( AMAL 
and AMOS. 




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I have now had a chance to lest the CDTV 
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While on the subject of cards, I have a 
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It is a Commodore card made only for devel- 
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there will not be a demand for it. So if you 
think you want a Stsi port on your CDTV, 


CDTV could soon be adding a new 
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Xenon II on. sale. 

Luckily the copy of Xenon II I originally 
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The first of the audio tracks is mixed in the 
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Just before Christmas, 

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Multimedia Newsline 


Controller redesigned 

The CDTV infra red controller has been 
redesigned One of the main criticisms was 
that you have no obvious way of telling 
whether the controller is in joystick or mouse 
mode, and under joystick mode half of the 
keys do not function 

Now the new controller, being shipped 
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mouse joystick mode, and the keys work in 
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Commodore are taking notice ol customer 
feedback. 

Warner launch 

Warner New Media are launching a new 
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Graphics), if you haven't already come across 
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graphics encoded onto spare areas on the 


disc which are used on the CDTV (and other 
CD+G compatible machines) to display graph 
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This has already had considerable use with 
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background text and graphics explaining the 
history and mudcai significance of the works. 
It is certainly more interesting than some of 
die earlier CD+G discs, whkh just seemed la 
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Name change? 

Rumours abound that the Amiga A£9G may 
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The KCS Power PC Board adds 1Mb memory to your Amiga and a 
real time clock 

Think how much 1Mb memory plus a clock costs £ Pj 

Think how much MS-Dos/GW-Basic/Shell/Dos-Help costs £ 


Which leaves the cost of an AMIGA/PC just £_*_ 

For so little outlay the Power PC Board turns your Amiga into an up and 
running powerful PC f with no hidden costs. The cheapest PC in the world?! 

Run heavyweight professional PC software on your Amiga/PC 


EGA 

Will work from the full EGA colour palette 
Both EGA and VGA will work on 3 standard 
TV or monitor and In most cases without 
using interlace, 

PRICE 

Including MS-Dos 4,01/ 

DOS-Help and on-board memory. 

£219.95 inch VAT/Carr. 

Excluding MS-Dos, but including on-board 
memory. 

£189.95 incl. VAT/Carr, 

.Adaptor for 1500/2000/3000 - 
£74.95 incl, VAT/Carr. 

Available from your local computer shop (If they haven't got 
it — As* them why rot!). Or direct from Bilcon Devices 


Corr^paCrtiilrty is excellent but rajKinr^n^uwanipe ewery single availabt, lherefore if yctj* purchase depends- or a 

tumoular propane please ask us first or send in a copy of the program. (Wnh suitable S.AE. 4 (o be ntwradQ, Price suM^ci ia 
lI'Jti|l 6 niPiuul Mtiae. 


Microsoft flight simulator 4,0 


Some exttz Goodies: 

■ FLICKER FREE RXER in PC interlace mode. W«H work with 
ail Arotgas. Software emuLated. 

* PROCESSOR SPE£0 can be slewed down hem L (Xlft to 
as low as. 16ft. so If you hewe never reached the highest 
level in a game, now is your chanw. 

i KCS PC -MOUSE driver wlh wort with yqur Amiga mouse. 

* PAUSE can be activated aft any time during a game <x 
program, allowing you to cwrtinue at your Isiaiwe. 

Technical Specifications: 

* Excellent compart ibility 

* 7(HKb memory in MGA/CGA mode 

* G4QKb memory in EGA/VGA made 

* 2D0KP extra memory ie: MS-DOS FtAMOlSK (reset. proal) 
» 1/2 Mh extra FAST Ram plus 1/2 'Mb Rem Disk for 

normat Amiga use plus real time clack iit all ffiMfeS 

■ All future upgrades ase saJtware driven 

* Processor speed = ll MHi 
» Video — — r 

runs faster than mast AT/2B6 computers 

■ Disk drive - - 

* fttied in seconds and does not invalidate your guarantee 

* Once fitted foegeft It - Switch an computer, you have 
Amiga. Reset and load PC disk and In seconds you hare 
a PC. Reset and you have Amiga again, % 

* Hdp-Line and excellent Back-ftp service 


VGA 

Version 3.0 of our software 
comes with VGA colour and mono 
option. EGA/VGA will work on all 
standard Amigas irrespective of which 
chip set you have. 


Microsoft windows 


Wholly developed and produced In the Netherlands 


Some of out importers Wbfidwidc: 

HPD (Tali 03 349 84B6. Kaotic (Tel) 03 379 7090. Swm; Discffver inf, |Tef| 957 47 09 30. Sweden: Delikaftess-Dala (Tel) 31-300500. Canary: Customs Chip. (Td) 92B 271064. Denmark: 
Betaton (Tel) 31 31 02 73. Portugal: Soficlub (Tel) 01 352B452. Ireland: Computer Ciwthrbtm 745250- N. Zealand: Parse iTel) 054^2949. Ah trade enquiries welcome, UK and Overseas (PAL onlyi 








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* Take 2 is compatible with any Amiga. a ^ j 

# Supports 2, 4, B. I* T 12 and Ham colour modes. 

* Load and Save IFF images or D. Paint A^ims. '•k^^I0(k 

• Uses traditional animators Dope sheet layout. j 

9 Up to 4 levels of animation and 4 channels of sound. f 

• Playback at 24 or 25 frames per second. {Real Time). . 

« Further manipulate your image within any popular art package. 

* Add “Vidi- Amiga" or The "Complete Colour Solution" to digitise your 
drawings or images directly from within Take 1. This will allow you to 
draw with a pencil, its easier than a mouse. 


• Traditional animation. 

9 Storyboards 
9 Product presentations, 

9 Home line tester. 

9 Cartoon Productions, both 
visual and sound. 


MR ROMEO 


These Images 
have been drawn 
with a penciit 
digitised 
then coloured 
using D. Paint i. 


APPLICATIONS 


Take 2 is a must for computer artists and 
enthusiasts of any age. It will cater for 
both amateur and professional 
applications. So get the most out of your 
computer and open up your Imagination 
to Take 2* 


~ CONTENTS | 

9 Comprehensive and easy to follow manual. 

9 Disks 

9 Sample sounds and animations. 

9 Animators Peg Bar (to hold your paper into position while drawing or digitising). 
Example line drawn animations for you to get started with. 

FMQR NTSC VERSIONS AVAILABLE __| 

ROMBO PRODUCTIONS 

BAIRD ROAD LIVINGSTON SCOTLAND EHS4 7AZ 

© ( 0506) 466601 

FOR COMMODORE — AMIGA — (ALL MODELS)