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Issue 48 • May 1992 • £2.99 


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1 HE GIANT CeBit electronics show 
held in Hanover, Germany at the end 
Of March was the launch pad fur 
Commodore's latest Amiga, the A600. 

Basic details of the machine were 
exclusively revealed in the January 
issue of Amiga Computing, when it 
was known as the A30fi. 

The A600 is similar to the ASOOP. 
it is housed In a smaller e:asc without 
the numeric keyboard and looks 
more like (he C64 than any other 
Amiga. 

Enhancements include a built-in 
TV modulator and the ability to use 
memory cards of between 512k and 
four megabytes capacity. 

Memory cards offer advantages 
over traditional storage methods 
including speed and memory saving, 
and they are more secure against soft- 
ware piracy. However, they cost 
much more than floppy disks. 

The new Amiga can be bought 
with or without an interna! hard disk 
drive. Supplied with a hard drive, the 
machine is called the A600-HD. 
Storage capacity ranges from 20 to 
120Mb and standard A600 models 


John Butters reports 
from Hanover 


can have drives fitted as estras. 

Usrng surface mount technology, 
the computer does not have the 
A.SOOP'S side expansion port and the 
trapdoor underneath has been made 
non-standard. Owners will be unable 
to use many existing Amiga acces- 
sories. 

I.ike the A500J\ it uses the 16-bit 
Motorola 68000 processor and 8- hit 
stereo sound. It is sold with one 
megabyte of memory., an internal 
T.Slra Floppy disk drive and uses 
Workbench 2,04. 

Head of Commodore Germany, 
Helmut Josh said the A 600 could be 
described as the world's most power- 
ful colour portable computer. He said 
it plugs straight Into TV sets, which 
can be found in most homes and 
hotels. 

In Germany; prices are DM900 
(about £315) for the basic A600 and 
DM1,200 (about £421) with a 20Mb 


bard drive. The A50GF also costs 
DM900. 

There are no confirmed details of 
UK availability, although trade news- 


paper Computer Trade Weekly recently 
predicted it could go on sale in 
Britain sometime between Easter and 
June for 099. 


Gould tonfirms new maehines 



bvlng Ctiutti: New Jji Ik war 


ONLY days after the A 600 was unveiled in Germany, Commodore's pres- 
ident Irving Gould confirmed to Computing that new Amiga* are 

on the way. 

Asked about the A4DOO and another planned machine expected to 
he pitched between the A2000 and A 3000 he said: ' We plan to 
maintain our role as an innovator, with new product introductions in 
the future." 

Gould dismissed rumours that the giant intend to switch to faster 
chips for entry-level Amiga*, He likened running an A500 from a 68020 
or 68030 processor to people owning Terrains and driving them in a ten 
miles per hour speed jone. 

But he said: "As prices of Motorola chips come down - and in 
this industry prices never go up, they always come down - you will see 
new products coining from Commodore making use of these 
processors/ 


Swifter 

service 

CITIZEN'S Swift 9 printer has 
been given a massive vote of con- 
fidence with an order from the 
French postal service, La Poste, for 
machines to be used at 4,000 rural 
post offices. 

The dot matrix models will he 
specialty adapted for the role and 
wilt allow La Poste to print cus- 
tomer receipts, standard post 

office forms and accounting docu- 
ments with up-to the-rtiinule 
technology, 

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Police Amiga 
wins award 

\MHi.V -li-isi'tl mlem used In train 
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i ruwdt Lit limlhiill grounds b on Hie 
wonted list tor pnlite fortes across 
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vo live and a*st-c Net - live iippliculimi 
E»l training technokigy, 

Working vvilh the National 
[ mil pilling t nil re. the Scottish Police 
t iilk^e tlevduped Vistrain hill owing 
the IlilMmrougli divider where 95 
Ians died, 

“Providing damnum i simulittkms 
nl large m llIl* even Is such as crowd 
disturbances has always been a daunt- 
ing task lor trainers, said |ohn I an, 
manager cd training products child ser- 
vices at N< t . 

"tty developing pr ngraim using I lie 
\ 111 iga Vision n in Hi media julhoring 
language cm the taimnmdnre Amiga, 
we produced Lin innovative Mil utton 
at a IracUmi ol the price nf any other 
l 3 < platform." 

Commodore 
go East 

sun I SS ill 1 astern 1 un>pe has ltd to 
Omimodore deciding lo opeti new 
of flees in several countries. 

Speaking in (term any, company 
president Irvin** < >ould announced: 
"Recently we opened cutr tirst repre- 
sentative of Ike in Warsftw, Poland. 

- 1 his is the beginning of a series of 
intensive activities in l astern kurope. 
Other offices will he o(K'ned in the 
( mmiionwcalth of Independent 
Stales, Hungary uruK /eehoslnvakia. 

He added that the firm's L 1*4 and 
the professional computer application 
seel or is experiencing significant 
demand in that part ol the world. 


Video for Plus 

14)1 t OWING thi? success ol their 
video training programme for the 
A Si JO. New Image V'idWis have now 
released a version for the A 5 IWP. 

A liiree-hinir Ultnrial, It is supplied 
with an Viniga jargon dictionary and 
anti-virus disk tor £.24,99, lor more 
i id or nia i ion write to New Image 
Videos, 10 < .range Avenue. 
Scarborough YtH2 4AA, 


CDTV push at CeBit 


CDTV featured heavily in the Commodore corner at this 
year's CeBit exhibition, with a new system called Amigo 
CDTV being unveiled 

it includes a CDTV player, remote keyhoafd, floppy disk 
drive, mouse arni Amiga OS and manual, 

All the peripherals are housed In a black casing to blend 
in with the player and the bundle costs about DM2,500. A 
monitor can be bought for an additional DM550. 

Poor sales since ihu player's launch were defended by 
management. They said that Commodore had been pio- 
neers in the CL> market and that many people still didn't 
understand the technology. 

Helmut Jost said that during the initial sales period 
Lessons were learned and he was confident the machine 
would succeed. 

Irving Gould was sure that CDiV will not become a nun- 
standard system such as Bela video recorders. 

"Don't confuse the CD-ROM industry as a VI IS? Beta, 11 
you go back to Beta or VI 15 you have to remember that was 
a machine to do one thing, and that was to show movies on 
a tape," he said, 

"With CD-ROM technology, In my opinion, there will 
never be such a thing as a standard There is room for many 
manufacturers and I’m predicting that you Will see several 
different manufacturers whose machines will not be com- 
patible - they will be on the audio side, 

"But there is no need for a standard because the machine 
is only as good as the software. People will buy a particular 
machine or a particular brand of machine because of the 


software that is available that will do a job for them." 

He concluded: “A CDTV, or computer for that matter, is 
only a doorstop - all you can do is use it to keep the door 
open, without a good program. Our product only sells 
because of the software, whether we like it or not." 

for owners of A500/JN wanting to use CDTV software, 
the new CD-ROM drive was on display. Now called the 
A570, the company predict that 50, (MX! drives will be sold 
In Germany before the end of the year. 

Sales will be restricted by a production limit and interna- 
tional demand. There has still not been an announcement 
on a UK release date. 



Cvmfrlelt Amixp (Ml fc CDTV 


Third centre formed 

THE Amiga's multimedia role has been strengthened with a third specialist cen- 
tre being formed at a computer graphics and audio-visual equipment supplier. 

Reflex will be adding the A 2000 and A3000, along with the Personal Video 
Producer bundle, lo iheir range. 

"Reftex is a value added retailer. Multimedia is tailor-made for any VAR and 
the Amiga is a bespoke solution, " said Reflex boss John Weather head. 

“I'm happier selling the Amiga than I'd be selling against it, he said. 
Commodore's multimedia sales director Barry Thurston said: "By combining 
the .Amiga with Reflex's extensive range of computer graphics and AV equip- 
ment, sophisticated presentations on any scale or budget are made simple " 
Reflex are based in Reading, Berkshire and can be telephoned on 0714 

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A SH ON 3) television pro- 
grain me devoted lo voting com 
putcT and video games players Is 
Khirdidcd for I S V channels cm 
the run up hi < hmitnus 

Produced by Yorkshire 
television, the as yet unnamed 
p n ig ra m me wi 1 1 he prise n ted by 
\ndy Crane and aimed primar- 
ily at children aged between 12- 
and lb yearv cdd. 

t he 25-minute programme 
has been given a broadcast slot 
of 5.15pm on Thursdays Lind 
will cover M forma I m 

The existing Channel 4 games 
television show. Itamesmaster, 

I which started at the beginning 
ol January, is now achieving an 
audience of more than ill tree 
million. 


Storing more 

HIGH density floppy disk drives are 
soon to become available fur the 
A 3000, Commodore’s multi media 
division have confirmed. Up to 
1.44Mb of information can be stored 
on .suitable disks, 


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The NEC drive mechanism is able to 
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Blitz Copier huih-in (switch able) 





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Some grey 

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GREY-im ported copies of Digita Inter- 
national's Wordworth woidprocessor are 
the latest Amiga packages lobe sold in 
Britain by non-approved resellers at 
•very, very low prices''. 

The company have reacted to I he 
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to owners of the outdated software. 

Said lligita boss Jeremy RlhH: "As the 
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Wordworth, Digits recommend that cus- 
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'■To fully support the trade, all iuture 
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example "Export only, not for resale in 
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for information on where to find 
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Splitting transfer 

PEOPLE who transfer large files, such as 
pictures, from Amigas to other types of 
computer will benefit from a tool just 
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Version 2.1 .0 of package has a new 
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lo be split into manageable chunks and 
then put back together in their proper 
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Programs to run under Amiga DOS, 
MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows are 
supplied with ADPto. The utility will be 
sent free to registered users of AD Pro 2 
and owners of earlier versions can 
upgrade fora small charge. 

in the UK contact Silica Systems on 
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Raid raises demo trouble 

uutrhriftF faf imisiC Copyright 


DEMO disk's were confiscated during a raid on a publk 
domain library by trading standards officers recently, and 
Amiga libraries could soon be forced to remove similar pto- 
jjramshom their catalogues, 

it is alleged that many of the 39 Atari ST disks taken from 
South West Software Library breach copyright. Most kature 

movies or music from top groups. 

Two policemen and a federation Against Software fhch 
(FASTI investigator supervised three men from Dorset 
Trading Standards Department during the swoop on SWSi s 

Poole office. j . ... 

Shocked library proprietor Martyn [lryden claimed- 
"Rumours coming back to me suggest that this was a FAST 
raid - this is totally erroneous. They were simply there in an 

advisory role. „ ^ 

•if it’ ends up that we can't distribute demos we could tie 

forced to close." 


Phonographic [ndustryl watchdog for music copyright have 
been in touch with FAST. 

"There has already been a meeting to discuss music 
demos and any copyright implications," he said. Lewder 

could not comment on the SWSL case. 

The KTI are now looking at the whole demo situation 
Anti-piracy co-ordinator Tim Dabin told Amig* 1 CampiiUng: 
•We can't make any distinction between this and any other 
piracy medium. 

"The fact that it's on floppy disk is irrelevant - reproduc- 
ing copyrighted material without permission is an offence. 
We are now comparing PD disks with the original wor in 
urder to establish whether it's the same recording. 

"Under the Act either civil or criminal proceedings could 
be taken, although the best way to handle it would lie to 
educate people that they are committing an offence. 

Dorset Trading Standards Department were unavariable 


QuickWrite writing better 


NlliCil 


More CDTV at Dixons 

HIGH street giant Dixons have given CDTV a boost with a decision to sell the 

Pl cLmXeT>”hat Dixons Is increasing the number of outlets stocking the 
machine from 36 to 100 because of heightened consumer demand. 

L manufacturer claim that the Christmas advertising campaign lor CL>rt 
-increased dramatically' 1 awareness and demand for the product, 

Met.lt™ tamtam upon <"■< “TV, « M» tew*™ 

runnins fwm WoiMKHth 2.04. Commodore spokesman Andre* Ball denit 
rumour. 



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Workbench 
improves again 

the WORKBENCH operating system 
has been improved further, as v2.i>4 
upgrades finally become available for 
owners of older Amigas. 

Some developers already have 
WR2.1, a software upgrade with new 
features and Improvements. I hey 
include the ability to read, write and 
format PC disks. 

Requiring the Enhanced chip Set, 
it also has sound improvements and 
belter system coil fig oral rim. Hut it 
could be next year before WB2.1 is 
included with new machines. 

1 There will be no change this year 
on retail products," claimed 
Commodore's Andrew Ball. 

“The Amiga operating system, as 
we all know, is an evolving creature 
which we are always improving for 
our users, It's Impossible to say how 
long it will take to bug check and 
Clean up." 

Commodore have just started sell- 
ing upgrade kits to v2.04 through 
Silica Systems (081-309 till). 

Included in the packs are the 
Kickstart 2 ROM. manuals and 
Workbench 2, fonts and extras disks. 
Price: £79.95. Super Eat Agnus and 
Super Denise chips can be bought as 
extras. 


Better 

backgrounds 

FONTS, borders and backgrounds to 
use with Deluxe Paint are the special- 
ity of a new firm called MS Images. 

All disks cost between £2.50 and 
£4,50. For more information write 
with an sae to MS Images, 84 Averll 
Road, Leicester LE5 2 DR. 


News 



Star replaeement 

HOME computer users are among those being targeted for 
Star Micronic*' latest 24-pin black-and-white dot matrix 
printer, the LC2+-2Q. 

A replacement for the LC24-10, the new model has ten 
letter-quality fonts including italics, and prims at up to 
210 characters per second In high speed draft and 64cps in 
letter-quality mode. 

An LCD panel is intended to make the setup easier, and 
Auto Emulation Change can automatically sense and select 
either of the resident industry-standard emulations from 
the computer control codes sent. The LC24-10 also has a 
16k buffer which is expandable up to 48k and the capabil- 
ity for original plus two copies printing. 

Said Star's sales director Roger Bayley: 11 1 expect that the 
LC24-20 will gain rapid popularity, when out customers 
start talking about the new features normally found only 
on the expensive models available today," 

Recommended price is £304.. 33. 


Total control 

SWITCH SOFI (0325 482454) have announced 
the availability of an Input/Oulput Pori for 
controlling robots, electrical motors, sensors 
and mains appliances through an Amiga. 

It plugs into the computer's printer and 
joystick ports and gives eight outputs and 
up to 13 digital Inputs. The port can be 
programmed using most Amiga languages 
int hiding Basic, 


take driving seat 

is lo Ik- released for the Amiga by ( U\mi Printers 
*kv 

Manager the new driver is mh'ndcd to improve 
ve greater capabilities to users ot Amigos and any 

include improved print cpjahiy and removal of 
ithing. easier use, image scaling bv width and 
l! gamma correction in ensure screen images are 

knit 1 1 1 r h i k l 3 n ill Professional software package 
Ithough it will be offered free between April 

iiger offers end users a real breakthrough when 
i rid Citizen machines, especially when using the 
-nted C iti/en's Julie Hiiswdl 
sk call the freephone number IkKl'K) 44427b. 


Scrolling scripts 

SMOOTH Talker is a new re le prompting program fur produe- 
ing a full-screen prompting display which can be scrolled ver- 
tically using remote control at various speeds. 

Displayed on black or white backgrounds, text can be in 
any normal Amiga font at up to SO point. Individual lines of 
text can be highlighted at cue markers inserted. 

Users can import text from wrordprocessors in Ascii format, 
or text written using the software's built-in editing features. 
Scripts may be exported in Ascii, mvkJ in an internal format 
with font and mark-up Information, or printed. 

Supplied with the re mote control, Smooth Talker is avail- 
able for £141 from ZEN Computer Services 1.06 1 -79.1 1931). 



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Aquarian 
grab DKB 

AQUARIAN Public Domain 
(0703 685006) have been 
appointed the official UK dis- 
tributors for DKIUs range of 
products. 

Among them is a 2632 lujard 
which plugs into the unused 
expansion slot on Commodores 
A2630 68030 accelerator to 
enable up to 112 megabytes of 
32 -bit memory tu be added, 
Supplied with four megabyte* 
of memory, il costs £650. 


Citizen 

A PRINTER driver disk 
within the next few we 
Ciilfei Citizen Print 
printing results and gi 1 
of the firm's printers. 

BcnetHs are said to 
handing, image stHOij 
hciglil, and colour am 
exactly reproduced. 

I hised on l he liseei 
it w ill tost £ 14. 10, d 
and lime. 

111 Citizen Print Mam 
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colour option/ com me 
lo obtain l he free dr 



AImaI at hitrtii- uset-s is \Jur.t Idf^r, the Lf.24-i0 


Shaw far 
Frankfurt 

THE Amiga show calendar has been 
given a new event In Frankfurt, 
Germany, World of Commodore '92 
will support all Commodore 
machines and the manufacturer 
will exhibit. Organiser Fairs and 
Fun <010 49 8106 34238) are expect 
iug 200 firms and more than 
100,000 enthusiasts to attend. 


Dialling far 
Dyspell? 

AMIGA users wanting lo get hold of 
Sally Systems' dyslexia software* 
Dyspell, (see Newsline March 1992) 
should telephone Max Li pus an on 
0628 24626. Supplied on 1 5 disks, 
the package costs £411.25, 

Support for 
Olympic bid 

COMMODORE have joined forces 
with car manufacturer Mercedes 
Hen? and German airline Lufthansa 
lo promote the city of Berlin's bid 
to host the Olympic Games in the 
year 2000, t he venue for the games 
will be chosen in September next 
year 


Simulator 

stays 

ELECTRONICS giant Philips are to 
continue bundling flight simulation 
software with their stereo Colour 
monitor. 

Microprose's F 19 Stealth 
Fighter package will he included 
with the Philips CM8833/I1 until 
summer. 

And the manufacturer have 
warned buyers that grey Imported 
models do not have the free soft- 
ware and are sold with a European 
power lead. 

Boxes should he marked with 
BEAU B5415 safety standard 
approval stickers, they say. 
Recommend price: £229.99. 


Amiga Computing May J 992 


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News 


More memory 
lor Plus 

FRONTIER Software 10423 567140) are lire latest company 
to release memory expansion for the AS00P. 

XTRA-RAM A50O+ fits into the trapdoor underneath the 
computer to give the machine up to two megabytes of 

Unpopulated . the board costs £1S.99. With half a 
megabyte the price is £34.99 and for £49.99 a one 
megabyte version can be bought, 



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Soles grow worldwide 

MORE than three million ArtiLgas have new been sold worldwide and the sales 

in sales during the last three 
months of last year and predict that the four millionth Amiga will be sold by t e 
end of the year. 


Dial for playing power 

A SERIES of 15 telephone numbers have been set up for games players with 
healthy bank balances, aimed at giving news, tips and reviews. 

Called Games Power, lines are available for most po^Urho*™ computet, 
and consoles including the Amiga. An index of services can be dialled 

31 Sis are charged at normal premium rates of 36 pence a minute during 
ch^ap wk& and 48 pence at all other times* 


Night flying 
far A320 

A320 Airbus pilots are to be 
able to buy the first accessory 
disk fpr the flight simulation 
package within the next few 
weeks. 

Thalion have announced 
that it will give the ability for 
proper night time flying and 
I enable users to practice tech- 
niques such as airport approach 
and landings. The disk will cost 
£14.95. 

I 


UK grows for 
CompuServe 

COMPUSERVE, the giant com mu Ri- 
ca t ions service, now has more than 
1 i,00t) members in Britain, making 
the company the UK's leading sup- 
plier of online information. 

It has more than 1,500 databases 
which include news, electronic mail, 
educational and reference informa- 
tion, computer support, shopping 
and entertainment information. 

"Wc have enjoyed tremendous 
growth since entering the UK mar- 
ket," enthused CompuServe's Andrew 
Gray. 

"We took measures lo ensure the 
service was available al reasonable 
rates to users across the UK, and to 
develop, resources to provide 
CompuServe's excellent standards oi 
customer service." 

CompuServe can be called on 0272 

25 S 111 


Another plant 
for Germany 

ANOTHER Commodore production 
and logistics centre is to be built in 
Biaunsweig. Germany. Company 
president Irving Could said the plant 
should be opened by thu end oi this 


Memory power 


SEVERAL new Amiga memory 
expansion boards have been 
added to Power Computing’s 
growing range of products. 

Upgrades are available with 
between 5l2k and eight 
megabytes of extra memory in a 
variety of formats. 

Amiga users can buy a 16-chip 
5 1 2k upgrade with battery-backed 
dock for £24. while for memory- 
hungry users an eight megabyte 
expansion with fast RAM and a 
thru-port to connect to hard 
drives costs £299, 

For full details call Power 
Computing on 0234 843388. 



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Drive with Canen 

NF.RS of Canon laser and bubblejet printers including the popular BJ-lOe can 
; get hold of the latest Amiga drivers free from Canon. 
ireJcm users can download them from a special bulletin board by dialling 
-669 4586 or by sending a blank disk to Canon at Canon Mouse, Manor 
d, Wellington, 5M6 0A], 

j ■ I 

Do you know something we don't. 

Ithmrgh Amiga Computing has scores Of contacts in the Amiga world, 
e n^d you If vou have some hot news Hug John Butters on the news 
now on 0625 678B88 or fax to 0625 879966. All information supv 
lied will be treated in the strictest of confidence. 


DIARY DATES 

12 to 14 April 1992 

European Computer Trade Show 
Urgiiifiscr: Blenheim Online 
(081-742 2828) 

Venue: Business Design centre, 
London 

A trade-only show where many Of 
the year's releases can be pre- 
viewed. 

28 to 31 May 1992 
Spring Computer Shopper Show 
Organise*? Blenheim S’EL 
(081-742 2828) 

Vernier Olympic, London 
An area called Amiga Shopping 
Centre will be devoted to the 
machine, 

10 to 12 July 1992 
6tli /ratemflfionaf 16-Bit 
Computer Sfjow 
<081-549344$ 

Venue; Wembley Exhibition Htilis, 
London 

The second show of the year, for 
an event that’s getting more and 
more support from the industry. 

6 in 8 September 1992 

Fit roper) (1 Computer Trade Slmw 

Auburn 

fluiirtets Design Centre 
Hayed Agricultural Hath London 
A new trade- only event for the 
computer leisure industry 

OVERSEAS 

28 to 31 May 1992 
Consumer Electronics Show 
OFStwiber: EJO/CEG 
Venue; Chicago 

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

8 to 11 October 1992 
Amiga Koin 

Organiser: AM I Shows Europe 
( 01049809224086 ) 

Venue: Kotn Messc 

A chance to catch up on the year’s 
developments in the active Amiga 
world. 

26 to 29 November 1992 
World of Commodore '92 
Organiser: Fairs fr Fun 
(010 49 8106 34U94) 

Venue: Frankfurt Exhibition Hails 
The main Commodore show in 
Germany - 100,000 visitors 
expected. 

• |f your company Is organising a 
diow relevant to the Amiga and it's not 
listed, let us know so we can include 
the Information In the diary . 


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USA News 


T he Spring Ami Expo was held on February 14 to 16, on board the Queen 
Mary, which is now permanently berthed in Long Heath, California, 

The show exhibition hall was actually the stripped out engine room ol 
the grand old ship, which is now owned by Disney and serves as a hotel and 
tourist attraction. It was a great setting for an Amiga show, allowing Amigans to 
lake a break from the action by walking over to see Howard Hughes' giant 
Spruce Goose, the largest aeroplane ever built, instead of Just sitting in a hotel 
basement as is usual at such events. 

Un Fortunately, Southern California's first real rainstorm in years pul a damper 
on the show. While some regions did experience Hooding due to poor drainage, 
the weather wasn't actually that severe. 

still, it seems many California Amlgans either feared the wet roads or were 
afraid they would melt in the rain, so the show actually had its biggest atten- 
dance on the last day, when the sky cleared. 

This was a sort of "upgrade" AmlExpo. While there were very few new prod- 
ucts in evidence, it seemed almost every booth was selling a new version ot an 
older program. 


Innovations at 
Inovatronics 

Inovatronio wowed ths crowd with their 
HiQ A5GQ Tower, which they will be d'\y 
Lributing in the US for CheckMate. With 
three Zorrg It slots, a video slot, and an 
A2 000-style accelerator slot this tower 
looks like it will be very popular at 
USJ699.9S, especially considering thaL 
you can buy the HiQ and a new MOO for 
tess than a new Amiga 2000 sells for over 
here. 

The company also showed upgrades 
to their popular Directory Opus and 
CanDo products. Opus 3.41 fixe* a num- 
ber of bugs, adds support, for AmigaDOS 
2.0 functions such as Applcoos, custom 
fonts, and ECS screen resolutions. 

It also lets you view IFF images 
crunched with PowerPacker. CanDo 1.6 
features gameport support, so you can 


use it for creating games (although not 
fast action games); proportional sliders- in 
CanDiwealed windows; a better online 
help facility; and support for reading and 
writing binary files. 

Inovatronics products are available 
from CheckMate Digital in London. 

Rafting the 
PageStream 

SoftLogik were showing off their new 
Hot Links Edition add-on package for 
PageSlream. HotLinks allows programs to 
share data files if you update the data 
file using one program, the changes will 
occur in the other as well. 

HotLinks Edition includes the HotLinks 
system software that allows interprocess 
file sharing; PageLiner, a text editor 
designed specifically for use with 
PageStream; and BME, a bitmap editor 


New Virtual Realities 

Virtual Reality Laboratories lot were debuting their new update of VislaPro at 
the show, VislaPro 2.0 will now directly render to the DCTV, HAM-E. and 
Firecracker 24 graphics cards. You're no longer limited to rendering random 
landscapes and VRLI's DEM geography liles - you tan load an IFF picture and 
convert it into a landscape. 

Landscapes can now be cropped, and a new bounding bo* feature lets you 
render only visible portions of the landscape., which can reduce your rendering 
time considerably. Unless you have an accelerated Amiga, though, you should 
probably still plan to do your renderings 
overnight. 

Other new features, such as a wireframe 
preview mode, lei you get your picture sel 
up jusl right before committing yourself to 
a long rendering session. Your final picture 
can be enhanced with four different kinds 

of detailed trees and new shadow effects. #v % y 1 

Best of all. this much enhanced program 
now has a new, tower retail price of only 
U5S99 9S r a reduction of a third 

Why would you want a terrain render- 
ing program? Ask Arthur C Clarke - he s 
using VistaPro on his Amiga to create ren- 
derings for his new book on terraforming 

the Red Planet, entitled The SndWS Of ran can r<t 0 beoirlifui iwrlttf wwy 

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Amiga Computing May 1992 


What's 

New 

USA 



by Denny Atkin 


that will load standard and 24-bit IFF* 
and allow you tP crop and touch up a 
grey-scale representation of the picture, 
while maintaining all the 24-bit colour 
data. 

Softlogik announcEd that they've 
made the HotLinks specification available 
to other dEvelopers, so they'll be able to 
add HotLinks support to their applica- 
tions. SofLLogik reps said that they'd be 
turning their attention to finishing up Art 
Expression, their professional-quality 
structured-drawing program, as soon as 
they ship HotLinks Edition, 

Of interest to both PageStream and 
ProPage users was Computer Safari's 
booth, showing some absolutely fantastic 
PageStream and PostScript Type 1 fonts. 

If you're looking for out-oMh e-ordinary 
typefaces. Computer Safari is the com- 
pany to contact. 

Their Disk #26 contains four different 
Star Trek fonts, covering the original 
series titles, the movie tides, and the Next 
Generation typefaces. Disk #22 has hiero- 
glyphics and a Klingon font while Disk 
#24 has more conventional (but still 
fancy) typefaces like Wedding Text and 
Surf Side, Computer Safari can be reached 
at 355 W. Main St., Suite K, Woodland, 
CA 95695 USA; phone/fax number (91 6) 
66-6-1813. 

Gold Disk 
magic 

Cold Disk showed Professional Page 3.0 
to an enthusiastic crowd, but the product 
wasn't finished in time to ship at the 
show (It did finally ship in the US on 
March 9), The product has a magical 
new addition that makes it considerably 
more powerful - Genies. 

Actually a set of sophisticated ARexx 
macros, the Genies can automate the cre- 
ation of sophisticated page designs. The 
30 sample Genies add functions such as 
automatic envelope addressing, mail 
merge, and grid creation. If you're 
A Re xx-l iterate, you can use over 300 
Aftexjs commands to create your own 
Genies for custom page layouts or linking 
to other ARexx-sawy program. 

ProPage 3.0 adds Undo, a much- 
needed feature; five new Compugraphic 
outline fonts; a hot-link to the upcoming 
Professional Draw 3,0; support for con- 


verting PostScript Type 1 fonts into j 
Compugraphic outline format; and new 
import filters for ProWrite, excellence' I 
and QyickWrile. 

Demonstrated along with ProPage 3.0 
was Metadigm's. MetaScan. This software 
for the Epson ES-300C 24-bit flatbed 
scanner will scan directly into Profession* 
Page, ImageMaster and other ARe*> 
capable programs loo. 

It will also display directly onto various 
24-bit graphic adaptors as iL scans. Tha 
software was very speedy, and looks to 
set a new standard for Amiga scanning 
software. Meladigm can be reached a; 
(?14> 253-2828. 

CSA's speed 
demons 

C5A, the original manufacturer of Amiga 
accelerators, were showing a number 
new products, The Rocket Launcher s * 
1699 board that doubles the speed <f 
Commodore's 25MHz A2630 accelerator 
board by adding a 50MHz 68030 a r - 
68882 to the combination, 

The 38 Special is an upgraded vers--.- 
of CSA's popular Mega-Midget Race' 
This 38 MHz 68030 board for the Amg* 
500, 1500, and 2000 computers includes 
4 or 8Mb of 32-bit dynamic RAM and 
support for 512k to 2Mb of ultra "i i 
static RAM. It allows you to switch r,a; • 
to the 68000 tor compatibility pure - 
The board Starts at Si ,250, so it's only fd 
the dedica ted speed nut. 

If you absolutely must have the fas; t-, 
Amiga on the block - or in your civ ■ 
that matter - you'll love the C5A 40 
Magnum board, unveiled publicly a: th 
show. This pricey (13,995) board io r tb 
Amiga 1500 and 2000 contains a 2SM** 
63040, 1Mb of ultra-fast static RAM m 
4Mb of 32-bit dynamic RAM. The 40 
can be upgraded to 64Mb of dyrj-. 
RAM. 

ft also includes a parallel port, tw 
serial ports (one is R5422, so it'll succ*-. 
the AppleTalk network with extra m* 
ware), an expansion bus for RAM 
64Mb, and an ultra-fast SCSI centroiw 
Contact C5A, 7564 Trade Sl. r San De? 
CA 92121 USA; phone (619) 566- 39- 
fax (619) 566-0581; or, tor the 680 U 
based products only, Omega Produ ct 
England on 0925 763946. 






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P erhaps the biggest Amiga sufr | 
cess story has been the well 
documented 24-bii invasion. 
To be honest this is only the tip of the 
Iceberg and has occurred almost 
entirely because of the catalyst of 
acceleration which the ever growing 
band of 030 and 040 boards have 
brought with them. 

Without acceleration, the Amiga's 
domination in the virtual world and 
expertise as a multimedia workstation 
would never have happened. Now, 
thanks to plug-in acceleration, a stan- 
dard machine can be transformed from 
an impressive multitasking workhorse 
into a fire -breathing powerhouse run- 
ning between 20 and 10 times faster 
than in its standard form. 

Now, ray tracing and other proces- 
sor-hungry applications have been 
transformed from overnight endurance 
trials into artistic flights of fancy which 
appear In moments as opposed to 
hours - or even days. 

Obviously speed isn’t the only ele- 
ment in the multitasking equation, as 
extra RAM become equally important 
when you need to apply several pro 
grams simultaneously. Here again we 
plan to clear up a few myths surround 
log the merits of both 16- and 32-bit 
memory - hopefully guiding you to the 
perfect choice for your particular 
Amiga-based exploits. 


^Hardware 


The 24 -bit buyers' guide 


DCTV 

It you glance down the price list of avail- 
able graphics systems, DCTV stands out 
alongside AVideo as hr and away the 
cheapest option on offer. However, it's 
worth remembering that at present 
there's a small sacrifice to be made for the 
impressive cash saving - that of output. 

Unlike all the other systems, DCTV does 
not supply an RGB output. At the 


moment it offers a purely composite sig- 
nal - although there are strong rumours 
that an RGB option is soon to be added. 

RGB or composite, that is the question, 
but what is the difference? Well, in short it 
is clarity. With RGB you see the image in 
its purest lorm - basically all the colour 
data appears onscreen and, to use an 
acronym from the world of wordprocess- 
ing, if 5 a Wysiwyg (what you see is what 


you get) display. In the case of DCTV 
you're forced into the compromise of 
composite. As a result, the original RGB 
output is converted into a lower qualify 
composite display. Although this may 
sound dramatic, it's not as bad as it 
sounds. For example, if you want to pro- 
duce art or animation which in its final 
form is to appear on video, DCTV is ideal. 

Because VHS video works entirely with 













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In this month's 
mega monster 
feature, AC's 
Paul Austin and 
Stevie Kennedy 
provide the 
definitive guide 
to upgrading 
your Amiga 



Hardware d 


ir .medflce d composite image, a compos- 
ts f nput signal is ideal. The big bonus tor 
D TV tans is that with the system you 
* ways know exactly what your aft is 
gotnq to look like. As a result, any bleed- 
ng or excessive saturation can he spotted 
**.* I belore committing your creations to 
tape. 

This attribute of DCTV's output is, if 
jt ything, a bonus rather than a restriction, 
& the conversion from RGB to composite 
- ft’hich has to take place with any VHS 
«deo production - can throw up some 
wsy nasty results if the colours within the 
3CB signal exceed 191, or around 12 in 
the Amiga's colour palette. 

Added attractions 

Aside from the price, DCTV also boasts 
some impressive added attractions. At the 
forefront of these is the built-in Frame 
grabber which allows you to capture 
mages from video and import them 
directly into the paint package, The impor- 
tance of this option can't be stressed 
enough as it adds a huge amount of 
coEential to your art. 

The final bonus concerns the system's 
Option to save its creations as standard 24- 
mt files. As I mentioned earlier the com- 
posite display can't show RGB in all Its 
glory, but the system still gives you a good 
dea as to how ib RGB alternative would 
actually appear. 

Perhaps ttie easiest way to describe the 
difference between a DCTV and an RGB 


image is to equate it to the display quality 
between a monitor and a TV, The ideal 
application for DCTV is perhaps self 
explanatory. As an intro level videographic 
system, DCTV is almost impossible to beat. 

With perfect composite output, built-in 
frame grabbing and the option to stare its 
images in its own display Format occupy- 
ing only around 50k as opposed to the 
500k that the same RGB image would 
require, it's ideal, and perhaps the perfect 
vehicle for budget 24-bit animation, 

Having moaned about the lack of RGB, 
it's perhaps worth mentioning that even 
with the constraints of composite, DCTV 
still manages a palette of between four 
and eight million colour - impressive fig- 
ures, especially rf you need to keep a close 
eye on your finances. 


image quality 


Flexibility 



Software support 


Value for money 


Overall 


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AVideo preview 

This is the latest board on the market 
and comes in either 12- or 24-foil for- 
mat, retailing at an amazingly cheap 
£599 for the 24-foit variant and an 
equally impressive £249 for its 12- bit 
counterpart. We haven't tested the 
board fully, as the one sent for review 
was a demo, which was returned due 
to our policy of not reviewing anything 
but finished products. 

Nevertheless, we can still bring you 
the relevant bullet points in way of a 
warm up for the no holes barred, bare 
bones, two-page special in the next 
issue of AC 

As far as features go, the new board 
appears to be well blessed with a full 
24-bit display, 766 k 580 video spec res 
ohition, a double 12 bit 4,Q9fi buffer 


plus the option to overlay Amiga graph- 
ics and animation. As if that wasn't 
enough, it s also fully genlockable and 
claims to run on a standard 1Mb 
machine, although in reality an accelera- 
tor is a necessity rather than a luxury. 

Aside from its internal features, per- 
haps the biggest attraction has to be ihe 
inclusion of TVPainl 1.5, the software 
package that's widely regarded as the 
premier 24 bit paint program. 

As I mentioned earlier, the board has 
not yet had a thorough test so l don't 
want to speculate too much about its 
particular features. Neverthefess r if the 
bullets are an accuracy guide it appears 
that the AVideo option could be the per 
feet product lor Ihe general 24-bit user 
on a budget. 

Tune in to the (une issue for the next 
thrilling instalment of the AVideo story.,. 


of a monster 


GVP's IV24 

The IV24 made without doubt the 
biggest marketing splash last year. The 
board hit the streets in a bla?e of glory 
with a collection of bundled software 
which includes Caligari r Scala and 
Macro Paint. Qn top of the additional 
goodies come built-in extras such as pic- 
ture-in -picture ar PIP, on-board frame 
grabbing, in line flicker fixing and full 
broadcast spec display. 

Sounds great, doesn't it, but I'm afraid 
it's not quite as big a bargain as it first 
appears. The first let-down concerns the 
bundled software. Both Caligari and Sea la 
have been seriously restricted in relation 
to their original forms and in all honesty 
don't deserve the same titles as their stan- 
dalone ancestors. 

MacroPaint r on the other hand, is 

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indeed all that its forerunner ever ■was 
and perhaps even more. Unfortunately 
this still only makes it a very mediocre 
package in relation to other 24-blt paint 
programs. 

Having said that,, the problems 
re hited to MacroPaiot are Fikely to be the 
result of the hoard ,l s unusual method of 
updating its display rather than a fault 
within the software itself. Unlike other 
systems, the fV24 doesn't send its out- 
put direct to the screen; instead all data 
is tirsl sent to the flicker fixer in a series 
of separate blocks. On arrival the data is 
processed by a built ‘in library' into the 
necessary format fgr the screen. 

As you can imagine, this can be a 
lengthy process and causes a very 


noticeable delay during screen update. 
Apparently this limitation is unavoidable 
due to the architecture of the board - as 
a result, its appeal to freehand artists has 
to be badly affected. 

The final cause for concern is the 
application of some of the board's more 
esotrc features, such as pip and internal 
frame grabbing. Unfortunately, both of 
these features need an RGB input signal 
to operate - not an easy thing to obtain 
from a standard \/CR. 

As a result, anyone with a VCfi or cam- 
corder which doesn't support FO would 
needs an external RGB- to-torn posate con- 
verter. Originally this meant extra invest- 
ment on behalf of the user but recently 
all that has changed thanks to a new and 
aggressive marketing ploy on the part of 


both Silica Systems and GVP See this 
month's Updates column for further 
details. 

Although thE above may appear to be 
solid doom and gloom for the board, it J s 
by no means as redundant as it may 
sound. For multimedia applications, even 
with the restrictions on screen update, it 
still remains one of the most flexible 
boards in the business for general 12- 
and 24-bit applications, 

With the constant release of third- 
party Support software, it's future as a 
potential multimedia workstation may 
well become its saving grace. For more 
details on TVPaint and the IV24, again 
take a look at this month's Updates col- 
umn, 


Image quality 

•••••••• 

Flexibility 


Software support 

••••••coco 

Value for money 

••••••cooo 

Overall 


Harlequin 


Perhaps the biggest compliment that we 
could pay to the Harlequin is that it was the 
lirsl serious 24- bit board available on the 
machine and has remained the benchmark 
by which all subsequent 24-brt releases have 
been judged. 

ft wouldn't be unreasonable to say that 
the Harlequin, along with the soon to be 
released 32-bit Imagica board From G2„ is 
firmly aimed at the professional graphic artist 
who sees quality as his or her prime concern, 
rhe image quality and resolution of the 
board still remain unrivalled. This in itself is 
an impressive testament. 

When you combine image quality, unri- 
valled resolution, 32-hrt architecture and the 
optional Alpha channel which can be used 
to produce seamless transitions between 
video- and computer-generated images, plus 
additional special effects, the Harlequin is by 
any standards an impressive product. 

To add the finishing touches, the 
Harlequin benefits from the very latest vei- 



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the btil far 
imagt qimitty 


sron of TVPaint 
Unfortunately The 
Amiga Centre Scotland 
In conjunction with 
Tecsoft still insisL on retailing 
the aforesaid package at a 
frightening £800 plus VAT. 

This is especially infuriating considering 
the new AVideo board comes complete with 
TVPaint as part of a standard package and 
still manages to retail at under £600 for the 
complete system. 

Aside from the rather inflated price tag of 


Imagica VD2001 


In the world of Amiga- based 24-bit art the VD2001 is definitely the old soldier of 
Hie collection. This particular unit was the very first 24-bit board. Although old it 
still boasts very impressive software and additions such as a biiih-fn frame grabber. 
Although rather elderly, it remains a fast and impressive product. Having said that it 
does have one major disadvantage. 

The problem is simply that of resolution. Even at its best the board cannot supply 


a video spec signal. As a result, its useful- 
ness for video based art is exlremely lirm 
Jted. However, with an aggressive 
marketing campaign by G2 Systems the 
board could easily enjoy a new lease of 
life. 

As a video workstation, it r s been super- 
seded by more recent releases. As a bog 
standard 24-bit paint and ray I racing plat 
form, it's only bettered by the likes of 
Harlequin and TVPaint. Basically if you're 
not interested in video it could well be 
worth a closer look, especially if G2 
decide to reduce the price of the board 
and the associated Imagica paint pack- 
age. 


Image quality 


the board' i ai:oCiated 
software, ifs almas! impossible to find fault 
with the application and output of the sott- 
wafe/hatdware combination. NeverthelEss 
this deesn't mean the board is faultless. 

What it docs it does perfectly, but it's 
perhaps what it doesn't do that in the past 
has been be sts only flaw. Although as a dis- 
play platform it's unsurpassed, the lack of a 
built-in frame grabber severely affects its 
flexibility and effectiveness for general 24- 
bit applications. 

However, there could be light at the end 
of the tunnel in the form of a dedicated 
frame grabber which at this very moment is 
winging its way to the office, and claims to 
work perfectly with the board retailing for 
around £240. 

As a platform Foe ray traced and hanck 
drawn 24-bit images, it r s still easify the best. 
As a general purpose utility board its case 
could soon be improved by the retease of 


the new Frame grabber which will be 
tested to the Full in the next issue of 4Cs 
Updates column. 

For a graphic artist involved in the cre^ 
ation of high quality static images or single* 
frame recorded broadcast TV and video, it's 
ideal. IF the aforesaid artisan required more 
general abilities it might be worth waiUng for 
our review aF the new Imagica board - with 
built-in frame grabber - before making a 
final decision. 


Image qualify 


Flexibility 


Software support 


Value for money 


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Overall 


Flexibility 

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Software support 

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Value for money 

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Overall 

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Graphics jargon buster 

Composite 

JO and sync combined into a single signal 

RGB 

Separate signal for each component colour plus a sync signal 

Alpha Channel 

Available chi 32-bit boards allowing external software tp apply 
enhanced video effects such as graduated transitions between video 
and computer -generated images 

24-bil board 

Display card capable of showing images made up of over 167 million 
colours 

1 2-bil board 

Identical maximum Image capacity as 24-bil but with an extra eight 
bits available lor additional software-controlled image enhancement 


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Hardware 


[ Perhaps most important when upgrading any desktop style Amiga with a hard 
dish Is the card onto which il sits. Like the top ol the range A500 drives, the best 
hard cards come with the option of a lull complement of 8Mb additional mem 
cry p\m t% built-in SCSI interface. 

Boards such as the GVP Impact series 2 and the Nexus boast all of the above 
and take control of additional SCSI peripherals to the limit by Handling up to 
seven extra SCSI devices from a single card. 

If you re unlikely to go any further than a single drive and (fon t require extra 
RAM on board, perfect choices include the Dataflyer Irom, Hard Cache Ltd ami 
the IVS Trumpcard from Diamond. Even with these initially basic cards there s 
still an option to upgrade later with additional daughter boards and optional 
SCSI pass thru cables. 


Hard 

Possibly the biggest problem concerning 
upgrading isn't the initial cost of the spe- 
cific bits of additional kit, but the associ- 
ated odds and ends that are alpnosl 
essential for any serious application oF your 
n-ew toy. 

For example, ray tracing without an 
accelerator and a hard disk is akin to root 
channel work without anaesthetic. All three 
go hand in hand. The same applies to 
almost every power application. As a result, 
a good quality and in some cases a fast 
hard drive is essenrial- 

For A5Q0 owners the ideal choice has to 
be the A500MEK It's not the cheapest but 
it’s certainty the one of the fastest, most 
reliable and fiexiWe drives for the A5tt0. For 
applications such as animation. OTV, DTP 
and multimedia, the A3Q0HD+ is ideal. 
With an access time of 1 1 milliseconds and 
a transfer rate of around 1 Mb a second, its 
perfect. 

Other benefits include a built-in SCSI 
interface, an nn-board 64k cache, plus the 


drives 

option tor up to 8Mb ot extra RAM, 
Although you may think a single HD is all 
you'll ever need, believe me if things get 
serious it will take no lime at all to HI! a 
52Mb drive and eat up your existing RAM 
- especially if you're working «n any of the 
areas listed above. 

As a result, the option tor additions via a 
SCSI connection and extra RAM on board 
could well make the initial added invest- 
ment worth it. 

Compromise 

It you're not quite so dependent on 
speed, another drive entitled the Hobbyte 
A59Q could be the periect compromise 
between speed storage and expense. 
Altbougb it too boasts a SCSI interface, il r s 
limited to a maximum of 2Mb o< RAM 
expansion. On the good side it is, on aver- 
age, £1 00 cheaper than the CVP A500HD* 
and yet still offers a 52Mb Quantum. 

The word Quantum is quite literally syn- 
onymous with quality. If you have a choice 


of drives always go with a Quantum, even 
if there's a bit more expense involved. 

Other common formats include XT and 
Seagate. Although both do the job, they're 
slower and less reliable than the more tech- 
nically advance Quantum*, 

The option ol choice is usually limited to 
1 500 owneni and above. Nevertheless the 
rule is always to check the brand of any 
drive before parting with your hard-earned 
cash, as it's by far the most important ele- 
merit withfcn lhe unit 

If you've made the extra investment and 
plumbed tor a 1500 or above you'll have 


the added bongs of Zorro slots. With these 
little beauties, expanding your machine's 
horizons becomes infinitely easier than for 
those limited to theA500. 

Again, the hard card question is a case 
of horses for courses. It you're simply look- 
ing lor expanded storage, the Zorro-based 
hard disk can be infinitely more cost effec- 
tive than that of the A50Q. 

Cheap hard card and hard dnve combi- 
nations are many and varied. The only pro- 
viso is to think long and hard about your 
choice of hard drve, Quantum again being 
the perfect choice given sufficient funds. 


The optical 
option 

At the moment there's only one choice 
for anyone looking towards the next 
step in mass storage. Power Computing 
are the only company retailing an opti- 
cal drive In the UK, At first glance Lhe 
optical appears a ralher pricey option, 
but as someone once said, looks can be 
deceptive. 

With the internal version retailing at 
£999 plus another £199 for the con- 
troller card, this ISM convert is sure to 
put the financial fear of Cod into even 
the most stout-hearted among us. The 
same financial terror equally applies to 
the optional external version. 

Cost effective 

Having recovered from the shock of 
the initial expense, however, the optical 
is easily the most cost-effective system 
for the high-end user. If you're into ani- 
mation, 24-bit arL, serious DTP or in fact 
any area in which the Amiga requires an 
almost limitless amounts of storage, an 


optical is the perfect choice. The Initial 
cost is indeed grim but from then on an 
extra 128Mb is only £30 away. 

Each disk is formatted and initialised 
in exactly the same way as any oLher 


hard disk. Whenever you want to access 
another disk simply eject your the cur- 
rent one and lumbte around in the disk 
box for another 123Mb to slide in its 
place The only slight compromise con- 


cerns the seek or access time ot the 
drive. A fast hard drive will locate the 
necessary data as quickly as 1 1 millisec- 
onds, and Commodore's A590 will man- 
age 23ms. 

The optical, however, only manages 
60 milliseconds, This may sound a tad 
disappointing, but in the optical world 
this is about standard rather than a slow 
exception. To offset the slow access 
time, the drive has an exceptionally 
good transfer rate which peaks at an 
impressive 1.5Mb per second. On big 
files this more than makes up for the Ini- 
tial delay in locating the data. 

The only optical alternative is to go 
for an even bigger version ol the Power 
drive. In this case it's a CVP IBM variant 
650Mb optical with aimost identical 
access and transfer rate as its 128Mb 
counterpart. These are available from 
Silica Systems but it would require a 
one-off import from lhe States, and as a 
result could work out to be a very 
expensive option. 




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ti V'ms uf value for money and sheer 
toe, the user with an eye to speeding 
-C his erf her Amiga has, if you'll forgive 
cliche, never had if so good. The 
traction o! accelerator cards now on 
o^er ranges from the sub-£20Q ICD 
Speed card to the latest £2,000+ 
#804 Q -based Single Board Computers 
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serial ports. 

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*:ki-&ns cannot, unfortunately, profess to 
‘ M "never had it so good". If anything, 
ihe rob of recommending a single board 
1 now well-nigh impossible. So we 
won't. 

Reasoned 

This section is aimed at users with a 
specific purpose in mind and a budget 
within whkh to work. No definitive "this 
me best card of the lot" answer will be 
given. Instead, we'll concentrate on 
^ue-for-money and compatibility with 
the sort of aims one might have for such 
•sri expensive peripheral. 

Put simply, the aim of all prospective 
upgradets is raw speEd, but if you 
■sporoach the issue thinking only of per- 
rrntage points and hundredth* of a seo 
nd, you'll either end up spendmg too 
much or wilt settle for a card which 
doesn't meet your requirements. 

So what requirements are these? The 


worst thing that coukJ happen to you is to 
discover, after spending £1,500 on a won- 
der-widget, that it. crashes out every time 
you try to use the software package you 
bought it in order to enhance- The second 
wont thing is to realise that the package in 
question doesn't run much faster than 
before 

To avoid such disasters, users should 
first of all decide in which area their soft- 
ware is most heavily speed-dependant. If 
you are using a turbo ray tracing package, 
for instance, you'll need a fast maths co- 
processor (Floating Point Unit, or FPU) and 
enough memory to run at least your 
Workbench and ray tracer. Ray tracers live 
and breath mathematics, and the FPU 
speed is all-important to them. 

This means that a 680 TO card with 
25MHz CPU r 25 MHz FPU r and 4Mb of 32- 
hit RAM would suit your needs better than 
a 33MHz 6B030 with no FPU. The latter 
would be appear to be faster, but the 
23MHz FPU would outperform it in most 
number-crunching tasks. 

Again, with the price of 68030 cards 
falling rapidly this year, many users will opt 
far one of these rather than spend the 
extra hundreds for an 040. The 68040 
cards are undoubtedly several rungs higher 
on the speed ladder but prices, with the 
possible exception of the new Fusion Forty, 
tend to follow suiL Why spend hundreds 
extra on luxury when utility will suffice? 

A second price consideration now 
comes into play, however. The 68040 chip 


has an FPU built-in, hut the 68030 does 
noL When many manufacturers quote you 
a low price far their entry-level 68030 card, 
you should check whether the price 
includes an FPU. If it does not, you could 
end up spending a couple of hundred 
more to get the best performance from 
your nay tracer. 

Cheaper 

If your most pressing reed is to make 
ProPage or PageStream work fast enough 
to design your magazine on time, you 
might find that a combination of one of 
the cheaper 68030 cards and a multisync 
monitor wrth flicker fixer will work best. 

The money you'd save by going few the 
cheaper board would pay for the monitor 
and flicker fixer, and the corresponding 
screen refresh improvement is a great help 


when working fn such a screen-orientated 
Wysiwyg environment. Put another way, it 
U too easy to see an accelerator as an Indi- 
vidual unit. They may cost much more 
than any other peripheral you'll ever buy, 
but they are peripherals all the same and 
must coexist with your existing system 
and software 

Some users will find that their new 
super-fast card has almost negligible pen 
ceivable impact on the speed of their soft- 
ware. In particular, any piece of software 
which has never left you yawning while 
working on a 6 8000 system is not the 
ideal candidate lor an expensive speed 
boosti 

That said, If you're into ray tracing, 24- 
bit graphics, DTP or animation you'll have 
to make the choice at some stage, so let's 
take a stroll down the boardwalk. 

The GVP series 

Great Valley Products (GVP) were one of 
the early entrants in the Amiga accelerator 
scene and have built a deserved name for 
speed and reliability over the past tew 
years. 3 heir 25MHz 3001 card is still one of 
the most widely used of all boards,, despite 
being superseded by 3 3 MHz models and 
the new 68040 cards. 

The latest GVP accelerator range 
includes the Combo cards, a 50MHz 
68030 card, and the new G-Force 68040 
board. 

The 22MHz Combo card includes in its 
£599 retail price a 25 MHz 68882 FPU, 
1Mb of 32-bit RAM and an integral 3 2- bit 
SCSI' hard drive controller. The speed 
improvements offered by a 2 2 MHz system 
might not satisfy the semi-professional but 
for DTP and graphics enthusiasts it should 
be sufficient and provides an excellent just- 
about-affordable entry-level board, espe- 
cially as it negates the need to buy a hard 
drive interface. 

Remember, however, that the basic 
1 Mb FtAM included in the £599 price tag is 
not enough for most uses, and the card 
should be bought with extra memory. A 

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25 







CVP G-Force 


GVP *050 


CVP Combo range 


Speed 


Compatibility 


Value for money 

••••••••oo 

Overall 

KX) 


Speed 

•••+•*•000 

Compatibility 

, 


Value for money 

#*#••00000 

Overall 

i#ooo 


oards perform well in practice and 
fter the initial hassle of installation 
ley hardly ever come to the user's 

Mention, 

As tar as value is concerned, the 
toga Midget Racers are quite close to 
.olid State Leisure's A/B5000 cards, 
lendwiark tests indicate that there is 
it Lie to choose between CSA and SSL 
:ards with similar configurations, 
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Speed 

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Compatibility 

#•••••••• 

Value for money 

IHMMOOO 

Overall 

>•00 


if the CSA boards, with their compact 
surf ace- mounted design, didn t work 
out as moie reliable in long term. 

The latest CSA accelerator is one d 
the most fully-featured cards available 
at the moment. 


CSA Midget Racer 


Speed 






Compatibility 


000 


OOO 


Value for money 

M* 

Overall 


Magnum 40/4 

As this article Is being written, the 
llrsl Magnum 40/4 (' forty-four ) 
cards are on their way across the 
Atlantic, bringing with them a J3MHz 
68040, SCSI 2 hard drive interface, 
jiS4 22 serial port and parallel port, 
making them the first of a new breed 
of Single Board Computers (SBCs) to 
be released in this country. 

At an asking price of $3,995, the 
40/4 is not for the enthusiast, but the 
first two 33MHz boards were sold to 
the Pentagon and it can't be long 
before this sort of top-end technology 
starts to push the Amiga into areas in 
which it has never before been used. 


Hardware 


1Mb GVP-spectftc SIMM tor the card will 
cost £69, which as you'll notice is quite 
expensive. 

This is because CVP use fast (60 to 
40ns) "bursL mode" SIMMs designed 
specifically for their boards. The good news 
IS that the boards have a better perfor- 
mance as a result, and the bad news is that 
upgrading a CVP card can be a very 
expensive exercise. The 3 3 MHz Combo, 
with its basic 4Mb RAM and 33MHz 
63882, is, at 1999, probably a better all- 
round buy than its more pedestrian little 
brother, 

G-Force, which has a deceptive entry 
price of £1 ,799, is a 6B04O card running aL 
?8MHz. It works only with the A3Q00 
under Kickstart 2.04, but at the moment 
enjoys the advantage of being supplied 
with free 2.04 upgrade ROMs for owners 
of older A3000s. 

The card is certainly fast, and has the 
mark ol quality construction you'll find 
with every CVP card, but our preliminary 
tests showed it was a shade slower than 
the Mercury and Fusion Forty boards. To 


add to this, the basic specification G-Force 
comes With no RAM. is expandable only to 
BMb, and relies on GVPs high quality, but 

expensive, RAM upgrade Si MMs . 

Those fast SIMMs should stand the G 
Force in good stead for 24-bit animation 
and so on, but you'll have to wait until 
next month's 68040 Supertest to find out 
just how well the boards perform in practe 
cal application and over a longer period ol 
time. 


Computer 

Systems 

Associates 


CSA have been in the market with their 
Mega Midget Racer cards for some lime 
now, and they have a name for reliabil- 
ity. The design of the Racer is a standard 
"piggy-back'' layout which requires the 


Amiga to be opened, its 68000 levered 
out and stuck on the accelerator board 
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into the CPU socket on the mother- 
board. 

Mega Midgets are available in a vari- 
ety of configurations from low-price 
units with only a 68030 and no RAM or 
FPU, up to 50MHz CPU and FPU with 
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RCS Fusion 
Forty 

f you iJw our review of the original 
•■wn Forty card, you'll know just how 
***** a caning it received at our hands. 

for RC5, the new board is so 
•vth better than the First one we 
that I find it difficult to believe it 
« •* iJme product, 
tunning at 2&MHz and sporting brand 
##■ ROMs and software, the latest 
*Wfin Forty works only with Kickstart 
IQ4 and is very Fast Indeed. It is also 
***** stable by several orders of magni- 
•wte. and popped its clogs only once 
our LesL period - something all the 
t>oards did- 

*ctording to the AfBB3 benchmarks, 
nowadays by most manufacturers 
*' - testers, the Fusion Forty beat C- 
Hrce in some benchmarks, and the 
ttercury in others, which is pretty good 
* i card which had such an inauspi- 
ODus start last year. With its new price 
€* £1.395, Fusion has to be the best buy 
ter - speed -hungry A2000 owners, espe- 
G** as this price includes 4Mb RAM on 
le*rd 

The one annoying niggle remaining 
■* r Fusion Forty is its hatred of 16-bit 
test RAM, With a RAM expansion card 
*tted to your A2QOO r Fusion will refuse 
to k»ck up as it maps its own memory 


Hardware 




exactly where the aulo-configuring 16- 
bit KAM wants to go. The result is that 
you have Lo disable the RAM card's 
auto-confrgure mode (assuming the 
card has a jumper for this - not all oF 
them do), then use the software sup- 
plied with your card to add the memory 
after boot up. 

This is a fairly silly situation, but as 
Jong as you intend to stick in 040 mode, 
the 4Mb on a basic Fusion Forty should 


keep you going. On the other hand, 
you'll need 3Mb to fully utilise some 
software, such as TVFjint, and if you kick 
up in 68000 mode, you'll have only the 
standard 1Mb to play with unless your 
RAM card can be manually configured. 

Users and prospective buyers 
shouldn't despair, though, as RCS's 
software engineers are shipping new 
versions of the software to soJve the 
problem as we go to press. 


Speed 


Compatibility 

••••••••CO 

Value for money 

•#•##•##00 

Overall 

oo 


% improvement over A200 0 


1 0000 


A1BB3 Benchmark results 


5000 



Benchmarks 


In a straight 
race, Fusion 
and Mercury 
. are almost net i 
Beach belt and neck, with 
C-force half a 

J length behind 


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Hardware 


Solid State 
Leisure 

just about the only British company 
presently designing and building their own 
accelerators. Solid State Leisure offer a 
range of competitively priced 68020- and 
66.010 -based systems, The range starts 
with the AS0QQ-16, with a l6MHr 68020 
and 1 Mb RAM for less than £300, and 
goes all the way up to the B5000-4Q, 
including a 40MHz 030 and 4Mb RAM. 

The only board in the Tange to fit in an 
A2OQ0 Zorro slot is the B 5000-40, the test 
being designed as piggyback units, They 
all perform well, and in certain configura- 
tions are excellent value for money. Build 
quality wasn't as good as most Df the other 
boards we reviewed, but the 85000-25 on 
test performed reliably enough. 

The cards are as easy to fit as any other 
piggyback unit, which means not very, 
and fitting will invalidate you warranty in 
any case, for A5QO owners there is little 
choice until the card-in-a-bo* Colum 
Turbocard becomes available, so if they 
choose either an SSL or CSA unit they II 
just have to live with it. Console yourselves 
with the thought that fitting anything in 
an A3000 East slot is hell itself. 


SSL B5000-2S 



Compatibility 
Value for money 

•••••••300 

Overall 

(•000 


upgrade path is cheaper than GVP s. In 
terms of speed, Mercury performs well, even 
with its slower SIMMs, and just pipped G- 
Force on the AIBB3 benchmarks. 

For those completely batty on percentage 
points, the differences are laifty noticeable, 
but in practice when working on something 
like Page Stream you'd be stretched to say 
which card yourA30OO was using. 

We're reserving judgement until next 
month's 68040 test, by which time we'll 
have completed exhaustive tests using more 
practical applications, and had a chance to 
see how stable the boards are over an 
extended period ol time. 


pps Mercury card 


Speed 



Compatibility 

••••••••oo 

Value for money 

••••••••oo 

Overall 

••••••••oo 



Progressive 
Peripherals and 
Software 

Progressive Peripherals joined the speed 
race late in the day with Uneir A2QOO-based 
68040 card last year. The board was well 
built, stable, and fast enough to augur well 
for the company's late thrust in this sectof. 
PPS's latest release is the Mercury 68040 
card for the A3000, and if our initial tests 
are anything to go by, it looks every bit as 
good as the original board. 

Mercury, like G-Force and Fusion Forty, 
is a 28MHz card Unlike G-Force, however, 
the PPS board has room for a whopping 
32Mb of extra memory, and is supplied 
with 60ns SIMMs. 

These aren't as fast as the lightning-like 
40ns GVP SIMMs, but Mercury can accept 
a wider range of standard chips (including 
the 40ns type if you wish) and if you're not 
dependent on memory speed the RAM 


Accelerators jargon buster 

32-bit 

™. k .he UK of each m™»y byt«. A is bil memory byteii only half » «M> . * * 
32-bit byte and can hold less inlurmation. It follows that a system msk or t 
ing much larger numbers around tan send data bark and forward mOcMuK er 
You must make surt you have enough 32 -bit RAM with your accelerator card, as .1 
a waste ol time using a 68030 or (W with 16 bit memory 

80ns vs 40ns 

Eighty nanoseconds would be written as 0 000000080. In other words, ft's a ralter 
short blip In microchip circles, however, a nanosecond is an appreciable unit ol time, 
relative to a quick chat at the bus slop or a cigarette while wailing lor the train. 

An 80ns RAM chip takes twice as long to access as a 46ns ch.p, so all operation! 
involving throwing large amounts of data back and forward in RAM such as large 
scale 24 bit animations, benefit hugely from the faster chips. Look out for the speed 
ol yowr board's RAM chips when you have such Applications in mind. 

FPU (maths co-processor) 

The Floating Point Unit (FPU) Is an invaluable aid to all "number-crunching'' tasks. A 
number crunching task Is anything Involving the computer in millions of calcuia 

lions, such as ray tracing, statistical analysis, and so on, 

without the 68881, 68882 family of FPUs most accelerator cards would run a lo 
slower in practice, so another detail to watch out for when buying a card .s the FPU 
fitted. 68040 chips have the equivalent of a 68882 built in. 

MMU 

Memory Management Units are built in to every standard 68030 chip, but are 
hardly ever used by programs. They are designed to keep track of system memory 

and in particular any shadow ROM area being used by Kickstarl 

As the lea lure is so little used, there is now a 68EC030 chip without MMU and 
costing significantly less, and this is used on the new, cheaper CSA Midget Racer 
cards and the Mkrobotks VXL-30 range. 


Product Information 

24-bit cards 

Harlequin is a product of Amiga Centre 
Scotland 

Distributor: Amiga Centre Scotland 
Tel: 031 -55? 4242 

Unit tested: Harlequin 2000, 2Mb VRAM, Alpha 
Channel 
Price £1,100 

DCTV is a product of digital Creations Inc 
Distributor: Silica Systems 
Tel. 031-309 HIT 
Unit tested: Standard PAL DCTV 
Price: £499 

imagica VD2001 is a product of G2 Systems 
Distributor: G2 Systems 
Td: 0252 737151 
Unit tested: Professional model 
Price: £395 (standard model), £750 (profes- 
sional model) 

Impact Vision 24 is a product Of CVP Inc 
Distributor: Silica Systems 
Tel: 081-309 1111 
Unit tested; Standard IV24 bundle 
Price: £1 ,799, to include free RGB splitter 

AVideo 24 is a product of Archos Ltd 
Distributor: Checkmate Digital 
Tel: 071-9230658 
Unit tested; Standard AVideo 24;' 

TV Paint bundle 

Price: £599 (includes TVPaint 1.6} 

Accelerators 

Fusion Forty is a product of RC5 
Management Inc. 

Distributor: Hydra Systems 
Tel: 0203 471 111 

Unit tested: 2BMH? 6S040 with 4Mb RAM 
Price: £1,395 


Mercury is a product of Progressive Peripherals 
and Software, 464 Kalamath Street, Denver, 
Colorado 80204 
Tel: (0101) 303 825 4144 
Distributors: Marcsm (081-941 61 1 7), or Power 
Computing (0234 S43388) 

Unit tested; 28MHz 68040, 4 Mb RAM 
Price; US12749.95 

G-farce is a product of GVP Inc 
Distributor: Silica Systems 
Tel: 081-3901111 

Unit tested: 28MHz 68040 with 2Mb RAMs 
Price: £1,949 

Combo: 33MHz 68030, 33MHz 68882, 
4Mb RAM 
Price: £999 

Mega Midget Rater is a product of Computer 
Systems Associates 
Distributor: Omega Projects 
Tel: 0925 763946 

Unit tested: 25MHz 6BEC030, J3MHz 68882, 
2Mb RAM 
Price: £850 

B5Q00 is a product of Solid State Leisure ltd 
Distributor: Solid State Leisure 
Tel: 0933 650677 

Unit tested: 25MHz 68030, 33MHi 6B8S2, 
2Mb RAM 
Price: £499 


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Amiga Computing May 1992 




HOSfflCG 


LP 1 200 


Ricoh UK Lid is pad of the worldwide Ricoh Group of companies, originally established in 
Japan, in 1936. With a turnover of over $5 teWon and 37,000 plus employees, Ricoh has 
been producing computers and peripherals since 1971 They are renowned to the industry 
as pioneers in the field of Office yWoffidtox* tfrtrf have ivcvr many awards for 

outstanding industrial design. Ricoh have employed aP Ihetr expertise to produce a 'first' 
in later printers for the worldwide market. She LP12QQ with FLASH ROM. 

Fulty HP LaserJet III N compatible, the new LP120Q ia$er printer has 2Mb of RAM buift-in 
and requires no additional RAM to print a full A4 page of graphics, Its fast, efficient 
processor and engine , sogotiw with sfraj'gtof paper patfi design, a^ows printing at a full 6 
pages per minute. Unlike its competitors, this advanced laser engine 
enables the LF120G fo address e range of print resolutions up to 
400dpi. A printer dhver is scheduled for release tn fete April, 
fo enabte Ihe Ricoh LF 1200 to print at 400dpt from WMows 

unfike She competition, the LP1200 includes a powerful 
document description language as standard. This language. 

'LAYOUT', offers unique' opportunities to develop custom- 
made printing systems, in particular, forms and document 
templates can toe designed and stored electronically in Ihe 
LP12QQ'$ unique FLASH ROM., alleviating She need for J 
preprinted forms* - t ;J 

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FULLY HP LASERJET Ilf™ COMPATIBLE 


Silica Systems are pleased to introduce Itie 
revolutionary, new Riooh LP1200. It has all of the 
specifications that you would expect to see in today's 
most technically advanced laser printer, plus a unique 
additional feature which places it far ahead of the 
competition - FLASH ROM. This ‘Future Proof technology 
protects the investment you make when you buy a Ricoh 
LP 1 2QQ r as it enables you lo keep up to date wilh new laser 
firmware developments. FLASH ROM is an area 
of memory inside the LP1200 which 
holds Ihe printer's controller instruction 
firmware. If new firmware is developed, 
updated printer command languages etc, 
can be downloaded into this memory. 
Other manufacturers would require you to 
buy a new printer! Fonts, macros, 
addilionai emulations and graphics car 
also be stored in FLASH RQM, or on 
removable FLASH ROM 1C cards. The 
new Riooh LP1200 is Ihe only laser printer 
to offer this FLASH ROM facility, 

• 6 PACES PER MINUTE 
• PCL5 - SCALABLE FONTS 
• FINE IMAGING ALGORITHM 

Ricoh FIAL enhances resolution % varying toof.1 dot size 
and position , for high quafity text and graphics 

400dpi RESOLUTION 

Default resolution - 300dpi. Will address 200, 24Q and 400dpi. 

2Mb RAM 

UNIQUE FLASH ROM 

For controller software upgrade and storage 

1C CARD SLOT 

For programmable FLASH ROM cards 

EXPANSION BOARD SLOT 

For improved connectivity fp additional systems 

eg. GOAX/TWINAX, PC-LAN, FAX etc 

LAYOUT 

Document Description Language 

1 YEAR QN-SITE WARRANTY 


SPECIAL PRICE 
UNIVERSAL FEEDER ^ 

£799 £699 

ton-nu Ai qqp nr crcncrp 


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FFasTEST?- no-one believes alltbohypo aeyway 
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If Benchmarks don't impress t **' Dfl * * * 

■. . . M very to. I am mptessed! Mv 'W«M 
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i but only 9.5 hours with the Fusion-Forty and the Amiga 2000. 

. It just blew me away!" stevs Mnnzie* (utiaj Imagine) 

1st place Winner Amihpn 1990,1991 
| AmiyaWorld Animatien Video Contest 

1 'There is no faster Accelerator Board with the Video faster than 
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Brant Halmtk 

1 Writer for AV Video, AmigsWorld 

| former Light Wive 3D produet Manger, Newtek. 

I ’The speed is about 4 times higher wi ^, fln „ A300 ° 

, and twice os high as with the fastest GYP boards. 

1 Vosi Meskanon of Realioft KY, Fin lend 

on hit REAL3D end the Fusion-Forty. 

In short, if you want the mast powerful Amiga on the 
face of the Earth, the Fusion 40 will happily fa me bill. 

All I Magazine, October 1991 


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tor *our name! After you enter it, Easy 
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ron number for you. 

I must congratulate Francois Lionet 
(the program's creator) for producing 
xn? of the most painless installers in the 
vvorkl - it J s now as simple to install on a 
hard dnve as it is on a floppy disk- 

lust what do you get for youf money 
in software terms? Well, the installation 
process creates three disks - the fourth 
bl ;jnk disk is required to store the pro- 
grams which you will undoubtedly create 
while working your way through the 
hefty 40Q-page manual. 

The first disk is where Easy Amos and 
iti associated accessories are stored. If 
you are familiar with the older Amos you 


Easy Amos offers many of Amos's 
powerful features while 
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The accessories are useful utilities 
which allow you to simplify the boring 
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ming, leaving you to 
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large file. This makes replaying and 
manipulating them very simple, espe- 
cially with the demonstrations in the 
manual. 

Accessory numbet two is the Bob 
Editor. A Bob is an animated object that 
can move around the screen. They're 
used in games to create players, aliens, 
spaceships, in fact anything! This pro- 
gram is quite large but has to be seen to 
be believed - it includes everything an 
artist could want. 

Not only does it have most of the 
drawing tools found in many popular art 
packages (such as Deluxe Paint), the pro- 
gram also allows you to import Bobs by 
grabbing parts of standard Amiga 
screens. There is even a rudimentary ani- 
mation facility. The third accessary lets 
you take a standard Amiga screen, cre- 


ated with a program like Deluxe Paint, 
and compact it down to an incredibly 
small size. For all you technical bods out 
there you can have a picture which takes 
up 32k In memory reduced down to 6k 
or even less. 

Finally, the fourth accessory is mind- 
biowing. it is a fully functional disk utility 
in a similar mould to ClIMATE, $ID and 
many others. These, and other similar 
programs, allow you to look at all the Ties 
on your disks, as well as providing you 
with facilities to format disks, copy, print 
and examine files and so on. 

One of the nicest features of this pro- 
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ture or music file, or a sound sample, you 
can actually see or play it. 

All of these utilities can be launched 
with a single keypress from the program 


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find very handy. 

Disk number twu becomes the exam- 
ples disk. This is where all of the Easy 
Amos demo programs are stared, Among 
this varied selection are a nifty 
Breakout/ Arkanoid type game, a two- 
player cycle race (with parallax scrolling), 
a simple address file, a Kick Off clone 
(well, almost!} and finally a rather natty 
little scrolling text demo. 

Tutorial 

The final disk becomes the most essen- 
tial part of the Easy Amos package - the 
tutorial disk. This disk contains many 
things. Including a selection of programs 
demonstrating the programming princi- 
ples explored in the manual. 

The largest portion of the disk is taken 
up by a series ol example programs 
which slot together to form the complete 
football game which I mentioned earlier. 

The excellent manual together with 
these highly commented-upor examples 
take you from the program's conception 
through to completion. If you have not 
started to understand some of the princi- 
ples behind computer programming 
once you have studied this part, get wor- 
ried! 

A challenge game is also squeezed 
onto this disk. As Easy Amos is advertised 
as teaching the beginner to program, this 
game forms the core of the whole pack- 


age. It presents a selection of questions 
from each chapter in thE manual and 
Challenges you to answer them. 

Obviously if you have absorbed the 
knowledge contained in this book you 
Will be able successfully to work your way 
through this challenge. Results can be 
saved onto a floppy disk so there is no 
need to tackle every chapter in one sit- 
ting. 

The environment in which you create 
your programs has changed a little 
since the earlier incarnation of Amos. 
The screen and file selectors are now 
made up from eight colours, making 
things look a bit more interesting. As is 
the current vogue. Europress have gone 
for the Workbench 2_xx look, sort of 
metallic with tots of relief on the dia- 
logue boxes. 

Unfortunately everything is a bit, ertr 
what's the word, blue! Yes the whole 
screen is blue, not my favourite colour. 
You can change the sir* 4 "’ a 

click on the menu, um me uuni-m 
colour selections look as though they 
have been put together by a colour- 
blind designer. Yuk! 

So how about the manual? This, after 
all, was probably the most criticised 
point of the original Amos package, 
which contained an excellent reference 
manual but didn't give any help or 
advice to the beginner, 

Well you will be pleased to know that 
Mel Croucher, a funny man known for 
his love of strange, 
big-nosed charac- 
ters, has written a 
gigantic tutorial 
manual. In fact, to 
call it a manual is a 
bit of an insult - it 
is a book, aimed at 



Discount on Easy Amos 

If you are one of those people who found Amos a little difficult to come to 
terms with, you will be pleased to know that you can purchase Easy Amos at a 
substantial discount. 

Send back your Amos Programs disk, plus a cheque or postal order payable to 
Europress Software, to Easy Amos offer, Customer Services, Europress Software 
Ltd, Europa House, Arlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP 


the very beginner. It starts by assuming 
you know very little about your Amiga 
and advances from there. 

The are 20 chapters to this book, As 
you work your way through this special 
script you will notice that it doesn't just 
teach you about programming your 
Amiga, it also includes strange quotes 
from sources as diverse as Groucho 
Marx and the Bible, Each quote is rele- 
vant (in a rather offbeat way) to the 
section in which it is placed. This is cer- 
tainly a wilrome relief from the usual 
tedium of some so-called computer 
"tutorial* books. 

Towards the end of the manual, 
advanced topics such as the new Amos 
Tutor are covered. The Amos Tutor is a 
complete debugger lor your programs. 
It allows you to step through each sec- 
tion ot your mega-hih list variables - in 
fact do just about anything, and ill 
while the program is running In the 
background- 

Great depth 

Each chapter covers its own topic in 
great depths providing diagrams and 
sample listings aimed at easing you 
through the lesson at hand. 

There are a couple of down points 
though. The first is in the LOGIC chap- 
ter. Without going into my entire life 
story r 1 have learnt that structured pro- 
gramming is here to stay - an A-Level 
in Computer Science and many jobs 
have taught me this. 

The LOGIC chapter has a rather 
large section devoted to the antiquated 
"GOTO* command, much more than 
the "GOSUB" or the "PROCEDURE"' 


portions. I would hate to see an entire 
generation ol computer programmers 
grow up believing COTOs are a part of 
life - they aren't! Fortunately you can 
just ignore this page and explore the 
more sensible structuring commands. 

The chapter devoted to MATHS is 
rather small. I know you can gain a lot 
of information about computer maths 
from some nice text books but I would 
like to have seen more lengthy explana- 
tions and sample programs for the 
trigonometry bit. 


Humorous 


Those points aside, this really is the 
best programming book I have read for 
years. Not since the early 80s when old 
Sir Clive Sinclair produced that little 
ZX81 beastie has programming seemed 
so easy, At its best the manual is an 
amazing in-depth tutorial; at its worst it 
is a friendly and .humorous reference 
guide, which can't be a had thing at all! 

When you have become a program- 
mer capable of fantastic feats with Easy 
Amos, you can increase your knowledge 
and skill by upgrading to the package's 
big brother, Amos. Amos incorporates 
many advanced features not found in 
Easy Amos, such as a complete 3D 
graphics extension. The upgrade costs 
£1 9.99, against a retail price ol £-49-99. 

This is a unique and friendly product. 
Suffice to say that if you want to learn 
how to program, this is for you. By the 
time you have worked your way 
through the entire package you should 
be able to produce some great pro- 


grams. Co out and buy it 
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include Klondike, Golf and Pyramid, so 
you should find enough here to provide 
hours d entertainment. 

Unlike many card game programs, 
Martin's faithfully reproduces the picture 
cards, so your Kings, Queens and lacks 
appear as they should. This not only 
makes the program more attractive to 
look at, it also makes scanning a Klondike 
deck for possible moves a lot easier, as 
the picture cards can be spotted with 
ease. To select a card in any of the 
games, click once on it and it will start to 
flash. To move it, just click on the destina- 
tion. If the move is illegal*, the screen will 
flash and you'll have to try placing the 
card somewhere else. 


GFXConverter 

Author: Desmond King 

GFXConverter is a program for convert- 
ing to and from IFF and Raw graphic for- 
mats, with a few hidden extra features up 
its sleeve. Unlike many IFF -to- Raw con- 


verters, with their difficult to use CLI 
interfaces and simple conversion-only 
approach, GFXConverter will enable the 
user to save sprites, hobs, and copper 
lists .The program handles all Amiga 
screen modes, including EHB and HAM, 
can handle images up to 1,024 x 1,024, 
and, saves Bobs as source or binary code 
with masks thrown in to the bargain. All 
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lace! Programmers who insist on boring, 
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minority. For technical details and full 
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LastHope 

Author: Manuel Lemos 

We r ve had DiskSafv, TrackSalv, and 
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the past few yea rs. N o w co m es 

LastHope, the latest in file retrieval pro- 
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from oblivion. It only works with the 


standard filing system at the moment, so 
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users will have to stick to FixDisk until 
Manuel updates the program. To use 
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the disk from which you want to salvage 
files in the drive, then tell the program to 
start scanning. A picture of your disk's 
contents will build up, sector by sector, 
with damaged files shown in red, and 
when Lhe scan is over youll be asked 
which files, if any, you want to save out 
to another disk, 

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ware program, and should be supported 
as such. You'll find details on how to reg- 
ister as a shareware user in Manuel's on- 
disk documentation. 



ProgHelp is designed for all those pro- 


grammers out there who use a variety 
of text editors, debuggers and assem- 
blers from different, usually shareware, 
sources. It offers the chance to inte- 
grate the programming process under 
one front end program, making it eas- 
ier to skip from assembler to debugger 
and so on without all that CLI faffing 
about. 

Print Spooler 

Author: Daniel flarrans 

Print Spooler consists of an AmigaDOS 
device handler to replace the PFtT 
device a couple of simple CLI com- 
mands, and a mountlist entry. 

To set it up on your system disk, fol- 
low the instructions in the on-disk doc- 
umentation. Youll have to do a fair bit 
of copying and so on, but if you use 
SID, TDM (such as supplied on the 
CraphicStatipn), or another directory 
utility this shouldn’t be too painful,. 


Alienbounce 

Author: |aspn Shallcrass 



Bouncing aliens,, a seemingly 
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Superbase 

Special 


The AC guided tour 
to our amazing Superbase 
Personal giveaway... 


T hanks to AC and your discerning 
taste you're now the proud 
owner of Superfsase Professional, 
one of the Amiga's premier databases. Ifs 
i program that not only provides access 
to a fully functional relational database, 
but also gives you the option to include a 
limitless number of records and instantly 
display related graphics at the touch of a 
button. 

Continued 

Support 

m next month's AC well continue to sup- 
port Superbase with the first in a number 
o* support articles that will help the 
novice user master the basics of this 
excellent program. 

As well as AC's continuing support 
Qxx» r the owners of Superbase Personal 
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of the Superbase range as well as 
manuals and upgrades lor 
Superbase Personal itself. 

All, of course, aimed at any 
reader who wants to exploit this 
excellent program to the full. 

To get you off the made well 
start with a brief guide to the 
program and how to create your 
first designer database. If we 
assume you've booted the pro- 
gram you'll be greeted by the 
copyright notice and- a prompt in the 
menu bar informing you that the pro- 
gram is empty. As a result, the first job is 
to load a file from disk. 

To do this, simply click the right 
mouse button and move to the Project 
menu which you J ll find on the far left of 


the menu bar. Once active, the pull-down 
will appear with some items active and 
others ghosted - this is simply because 
the program requires data lo activate all 
its options. 

Select Open; File and a requester will 
appear showing all the available files on 
the disk. With the mouse select the 
address file and dick OK. 

Now the database actually contains 
some data we can start the tutorial 
proper. Perhaps the most striking aspect 
of the program has to be the tape deck 
controls which combine to make Personal 
and indeed the entire Superbase range 
one of the friendliest database formats 
available, 

Have a look at the box for a descrip- 
tion of each control. In some cases the 
effect is rather self explanatory, but with 
others you'll discover some of the pro- 
gram's more interesting hidden talents, 


To start you off this month well go 
through the creation of a simple database 
which when complete will form a basic 
phone book complete with name, 
address, number, comment and date 
fields. 

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database via the project menu. Once 
clear select New from the same menu 
and a prompt will appear asking you to 
name the new file, for pur example type 
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New Requester 

At this point a totally new requester 
appears into which we'll add all the rele- 
vant definitions for each field in the new 
file. First click on text - this again pro- 
duces a fresh requ Ester giving you the 
chance to define the number of charac- 


ters in the string. Reduce the figure to \ 5 
using the arrow icons and click on OK. 

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Firstname. Click on ADO and your first 
field will he defined. If at any point you 
make a mistake or perhaps wish to alter 
part of the definition, simply dkk on the 
field in question within the mam 
requester window and it will automati- 
cally be selected for editing. 

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to rempvE the old definition and follow 
the same procedure again by clicking on 
text defining the string length, but this 
time make it 20. Type the word 
Lastname into the field 
window, finaHy adding the 
new field to the list.. Neat 
comes the phone numbe* 
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itfccl add once more. -Now follow the 
Wro procedure as above using the word 
pofttrnerrt for the Field name^ while leav- 
f ; ihe required icon inactive. We sug- 
JRI J string of about 50 characters - 
dually enough for a fa* or alternate 
rheme number plus a few brief 
reminder 

The final field fields the date. This is a 
wrf ul addition as you can use It to keep 
tack of your calls by editing each record 
•is you use it to record when a conversa- 
tion occurred, or perhaps as a marker For 
subsequent calls. 

Again, dick on Clear to empty the last 
«t of definitions, but this time only acti- 
the date icon. This again produces 
£J own requester which allows you to 
define how the dates within each record 
*® appear onscreen. 

For your first adventure in information 
technology, simply select OK as the 
default setup, Finally type Date into the 
‘ dd window followed by Add to com- 
pete the definition. Now your definition 
s complete, check that all the fields are 


correct and then dick on OK to continue. 
At this point yet another requester 
appears prompting you to add the 
indexes you require. To do this simply 
click on the First name followed by OK 
then repeat the process with 
Second name. Finally, click on OK to com- 
plete the process. 

At this point you'll be returned to the 
Superbase Personal mam screen. To fill 
the new file select New from the record 
pull-down menu and the new template 
for the Namei& Numbers file will appear. 
All you need now is a few friends - not 
included - to add to your database, and 
you're in business. 

After you've added the new data to 
each record, select Save horn the record 
menu and all the relevant information will 
be captured for posterity in your own 
designer database. Feel free to expert 
ment but if you're going to attempt some 
serious tinkering make a backup of the 
original disk - it will be used as the basis 
for subsequent tutorials as it stands. 



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Tape deck controls 


First on the list is the Pause icon which will Freeze Ihe database ai it scrolls 
through your data thanks to Ihe fast forward and rewind Icons. 

Next comes the Stop icon which does exactly .is ihe name suggests and halls 
the program's high speed search functions. 

Third and ninth are the Move to Begirmlng/Move to End icons which 
instantly leap through the data list U> either the beginning or end of the data 
file- 

Fourth and eighth are again rather seif explanatory and simple stroll through 
the data file a| high speed until either the end of file is n iched or the pmise or 
stop icons are acttvciled. 

The fifth and seventh icons simply advance or retard through the database in 
increments of one. 

The Up arrow is slightly less obvious and is used to restore the display after 
certain program functions are complete. 

Occasionally I unctions terminate displaying associated rl.il.i, and as a result 
this icon is used to update the display with 1 he currently selected record 

The final three icons are potentially much more powerful lhan the rest. Th«* 
first activates the key record function which allows you in search die currently 
selected index tor a matching string or numerical sequence. 

Index riders to I he Held within a record which Superb, sse uses to list the 
records In a file. So for example, if the records wiihln .1 File were Indexed my 
lAStname, Ihe tiles would appear in descending order horn a to / Austin, 
Brown, Cartwright, and so on. 

Touch Button Filters 

To use the Record key function you must ensure lhal the database is first 
indexed on the correct field and Hien simply type In thr match you require Hie 
program will Ihon search (hit particular field in every record and if a match 
exists it will return displaying the complete record assoc la led with that particu- 
lar field. 

As you've probably guessed, field refers to the Individually elements within 
each record ■ Forename, Lastname, Address and so on. 

The next Icon hides perhaps the most powerful function ol aFI ihe tape deck 
Controls, £ Ik king here reveali Ihe Filter Requester which when mastered frin hi 
ter through an enlire database, select inq and displaying only the exact data you 
require. 

Assuming you still have Ihe Address file loaded, click cm the tiller knit .mil 
then * Ihk on Ihe word Country in tin 1 left window. Now click on the Like icon 
on Ihe right nl the requester, 

Type win Into the value box and hit return. Now click on the OR icon then ihe 
word Country once again. Resoled the value (sun and lype trance, Click on OK. 
the program will now automatically filter mil all records that suit your require 
menls, 

The Like command means Hut you don't require a perfect grammatical 
match, while the OR option gives you the change to expand your horizons to 
include ill many countries as you like. Isn't technology wonderful? The liri.il icon 
depute a camera 

11 you cfltk on this icon while editing a file containing graphics, fin- piuqr.nn 
will execute lhal particular record's external search path and at tempi to load 
and display the particular graphic assoc Fated with the record In question 

If you try In uve iNs opt km with the Address datable currently loaded thr 
program will re I urn the message 'no uxiern.il file lirld defined ' In other words 
the Address file doesn't contain graphics, 

As with (he Filler option, this particular function is going to be explained fulls 
in a later Issue. Ntwurtheleis, il you svant 10 see the I unci inn in action straight 
away simply go to the Project pull down window and select Ome. File 

Anniher requester will appear prompting you for a file name to save under 
Simply click on address to reselect the original name followed by OK. Now 
Super base is empty once more and ready to accept another file From disk. 

Now follow Ihe same loading procedure as before hut this time seleti thr 
Picture file horn the load tile requester Once loaded you can move around the 
database as before, but you* FI also have the added bonus of being able 10 s*-r 
the* file's associated pictures onscreen. 

Simply select ihe record you want so examine and click on the camera icon 
the image will be automatically loaded from disk. To spot the display protest, 
select Close from Ihe first pull down menu. 


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Alternative 
3D textures 


I n a break from tradition, the pro- 
lific Alternative Image are about to 
launch their second internal 
r * lease, The Alternative 3D Textures. 
Thii is a selection of IS- and 24-bit 
backgrounds created by Alternative's 
own Henri Bujko - originally for 
use within the company's commercial 
c*ptoits. 

The collection isn't solely second- 
hand, as several original textures have 
been added to sweeten the already 
tempting pot. Having said that, the 
majority are Ifl-bit creations - scanned 
n-house - and edited to produce high 
quality backdrops aimed primarily at 
^he ray tracing and 24- bit paint com- 
munity. 

Along with the 18-bit images came 
i selection of 24-bit creations which 
Alternative farmed out for scanning 
and subsequent inclusion in the collec- 
tion, Although the prospect of employ- 
ing IS - as opposed to 24-bit may 
cause concern among the purists, the 
contrast between the two is negligible 
- it only really becoming apparent 
when applied to extremely large 
images. 

As well as 18- and 24-bit colour 
■mages, the collection is also available 
as eight-colour Scala-style backdrops, 
colour greyscales for bump and alti- 
tude mapping within Real 3D and 
Imagine plus good, bid-fashioned Ham 
lor the financial mortals among use. As 
a result pros and amateurs alike have 
an equal opportunity to get in on the 
let 

The 1 8- and 24-bit options come in 
two volumes with approximately 14 
disks to each. The average file runs to 
about 75Qk - as a result it doesn't take 
a genius to work out that you'll be 
looking at, on average, an image a 


The Amiga software market is as buoyant 
as ever. Paul Austin brings you all the 
revisions and revamps - first! 


disk, Each of the two 24 'bit volumes 
tost £50 a time - which I must admit 
seems a little pricey, Nevertheless, the 
results speak for themselves, so it's per- 
haps a classic case of "you get what 
you pay lor" . 

Having had my tittle moan, it's 
worth stressing that the Alternative col- 
lection - even at £50 per volume - is 
still a fair price in comparison to other 
24-bil tenure collections, 

If you're a more traditional artist - in 
other words skint - there's perhaps a 
more attractive offer in the form of 
Alternative's Ham examples which are 
made up of between 30 and 40 texture 
files for a mere £30- 

The 18-bit, 24 -bit and Ham collec- 
tions all come with a selection of 
Henri's favourite Real 3D animation files 
to get you started, which among other 
things reveal a few tricks of Lhe trade. 
The most interesting addition is a file 
which sets up an environment contain- 
ing the notoriously tricky water effect. 

For more details contact Alternative 
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TVPaint and 
IV24 on test 

The heart-rending saga of the IV-24 and 
its associated (and somewhat problem- 
atic) paint package goes from strength to 
strength. As promised in last month's 
update spectacular I have indeed got my 
sticky little fingers on the board's latest 
release, TVPaint. The package itself is 
identical to the Harlequin variant apart 



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from the Big Edit option, which allows yew 
to scroll around and edit images above 
the board's available resolution, and the 
fact that there's no support for an Alp* a 
Channel - that particular option requires 
32-bit architecture. 

On boot up, the program appears to 
be identical to the original. The differences 
only appear when you start to apply the 
paint. The old IV problem of slow screen 
update will still annoy purists, but it's no- 
quite as bad as the appallingly slow Macro 
Paint 

Aside from (he slight speed enhance 
mentp the biggest beoellt is the actuj 
application of the paint Unlike Macro 
Paint, TVPaint applies the comet! atoaw to 
the canvas as the stokes are applied « 
result, it s sure to be infinitely more tftrjc 
tive to those interested in freehand «t- 

Having mentioned the plusses, 'fs time 
for the odd minus. Although the speed 
far from perfect, the worst flaw concert 
graduated areas. For example, when * 
sizeable airbrush is applied, it producn 
very noticeable cotour stepping as die 7* 
diEfit fades. This also applies to af 
ated fills. It's true the problem cm tm 
partially repaired with some ad - ‘ «* 

dithering, nevertheless it's far ? 

The cause of the problem i to 

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the programs 1 2 bit display. It is possible 
to view the image in true 24 bit but paint- 
ing is strictly restricted to 12 bit, not an 
ideal situation by any means, to sum up, 
it's fair to say that TVPaint, although still by 
far the most flexible and functionally well- 
blessed package in the business, is nothing 
short of a disappointment on the W. II the 
graduation problem could be addressed it 
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As a result, don't miss the |uly issue of 
AC as we'll be providing the definitive 
guide to DTP, structured drawing and the 
costs involved in turning your onscreen cre- 
ations into fully-fledged publications. Plus 
there'll be a thorough guide to the big 
three programs, which by then will be slog- 
ging it out lor the title of the top DTP pack- 
age. 

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fully independent PostScript interpreter. 


SaxonScript Professional. This standalone 
program comes as part of an overall pack- 
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It's true that other packages such 
PageStream can also employ such f« 
but only via a rather complex and con 
ing conversion process. 

The next totally original and interest 
option is Saxon's proprietary monitor c, 
bration utility, which corrects monih 
phosphors to ensure maximum onscree 
colour accuracy. With this addition, tha 
famous phrase "but it looked OK 
onscreen.,' could become an excuse of 
the past... 

Aside from the variety of whistles and 
bells which all three boast,, perhaps the 
most important addition to any package is 
its ability to utilise additional fonts. Here 
Saxon Publisher does particularly well, 
with access to all downloadable PostScript 
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appears to be light at the end of the 
tunnel. Added appeal is provided by 
the arrival of TVPaint. but this is only 
the tip of the iceberg, as GVP make a 
valianl attempt to claw back some 
appeal lor their ill-fated creation. 

Employing the board to its lull 
potential is a little mure involved 
than simply installing the software. 
First you must replace a ROM on the 
board Itself. I can hear your screams 
from here, but don't despair - the 
installation is simplicity itself 
Perhaps more importantly the afore 
said upgrade is completely free 

Silica, the UK distributor of the IV. 
are at this very moment posting new 
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new chip has a dual purpose to fix 
any Incompatibility problems with 
soltware such as rVPaint, and to 
speed up the board's notoriously 
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exposure it Deserves. 

Although the package is marketed as a 
presentation system, it has a lot mote 
potential than just that. Along with its pri- 
mary forte as a multimedia platform comes 
one of the most impressive PostScript paint 
packages yet seen on the machine 


mod- 
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select either a single 
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tively a group of images. Once 
selected, these can be saved out as 
individual EPS files and pasted with ease 

into any OTP package. 

This single module instantly transforms 
the Presentation Master into a perfect and 
extremely powerful PostScript paint pack- 
age ideal for avid DTV fans everywhere. Ar 
added bonus is that the new files will be m 
the Standard Adobe illustrator format, thus 
the images should appear onscreen in all 

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tkages yet seen on the machine. the images siwuin appeal — - 

As a result, extremely stylish and profes- their PostScript glory in any of the ma|0- 

sionally structured art can be knocked up DTP packages. 


Way back in the January Issue of AC we 
were the first magazine to explore Oxxi's 
excellent Presentation Master, a program 
which we believe has had nothing like the 


The first objective appears to have 
been met completely, but to be hon 
esl the increased update speed is at 
best negligible. 

The second bit of excellent news is 
that the new ROM isn't the only free 
bie on oiler, As regular readers will 
know, the IV24 requires a RGB signal 

to employ both picture-in picture 
(PIP) and its on-board frame grabbing 
options. As a result, 90 per cent of 
users without access to RGB video 
equipment require a splitter to con- 
vert a composite video signal back 
into RGB. Yes, you've guessed it, a 
splitter is also on the way to every 
registered user, again completely 
free.-r 

Further details are a bit sketchy but 
it appears that it's a lairly bog sbtn 
dard unit aimed at the general user 
Silica spokesperson Andy Leaning 
added that a broadcast quality unit 
will available later in the year at a very 


i-UH jr 

at impressive speeds and then used as an 
individual element within a presentation, or 
added to the program's text and graphical 
display formats to produce quite stunning 
results. 

The only problem in the pail was the 
program's inability t o r 
save out separate EPS 
files from the afore- 
mentioned PostScript 
paint module. The 
only way to extract 
PostScript lor applica- 
tion within OTP pack- 
ages was to export 
the entire page and 
then incorporate this 
into your journalistic 
rnasteTpiece. 

Now this irritating 


According to the program's author 
Gary Bonham, a whole series of modules 
are planned and will either be released a: 
commercial additions or free- — w 1 
bies through the PD. Watch 





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W hen It comes to program' 
ming your computer it is 
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uedde upon a language to use. Some Ian- 
; .rages are better suited to certain applica- 
tions than others and it can be a difficult 
task ascertaining which approach to 
adapt. 

The most popular language on the 
*miga is undoubtabfy C - not surprising, 
as most of the operating system was 
developed in BCM~ However, Hi Soft have 
usl released a Pascal compiler which is set 
to rival C for its low-level programming 
features and speed. 

Highspeed Pascal is a new version of an 
old language. Pascal was originally con- 
ceived around 1972 by Professor NiWaus 
Wirth of the Zurich ETH - his institute - 
ind has remained in use in academic cir- 
cles ever since ils inception. It is not only 
an academic language, however, as Turbo 
Pascal has proved on the IBM PC, 

Structured 

Pascal is widely taught structured and 
first contact with it is usually found when 
somebody takes on a course of higher 
education. Most computer science stu- 
dents will find that their course relies heav- 
ily on Pascal programming and it is the 
first structured language except for Basic 
which they come into contact with. 

Pascal is a strongly typed language, 
that is to say that the variable types and 
declarations cannot be mucked about 
with, For instance, in the C language there 
is no type checking which basically means 
vou can store any type, any place, any 
time. 

Nat that C programmers drink a IdI of 
Martini, but if you put an integer where a 
procedure or function expects a char vari- 
able to be the compiler won't know the 
difference. In Pascal you need to rely on 
types being of the correct, well, type! 

This is how Pascal encourages good 
programming skills - it is a tidy language, 
and enables a program from one source to 
be easily modified and maintained at a 
later date by a different programmer. 


Orating menus In Patcat 


Pascal programs are much more readable 
than, say, a C program will be, and as 
such more understandable In a quicker 
period of time than their C equivalents. 

Pascal has been in use for such a long 
time because of its ability to teach aod 
encourage structured programming. It is 
quite likely that it shall remain so until 
another language with better features 
comes along. 

Contender 

Such a contender for the programming 
crown could well foe MODULA-2 which is 
a relatively new language intended to 
supersede Pascal- But it has not been 
taken up by many people and could well 
be a misnomer. 

Anyway, back to Highspeed Pascal The 
first thing that strikes you about this prod- 
uct is the packaging - a disk wallet con- 
taining two versions, of the Workbench, 
1 3 and 2.Q, and the Pascal compiler disk. 
Accompanying these are the rather large 
ring-bound manuals, one being the user 
manual and the other a technical refer- 
ence manual. 

The IBM PC is the industry-standard 
personal computer and as such has a 


pzazz 


Pete Bullock looks at Highspeed Pascal, a 
powerful version of an old language 


number of compilers, 

Borland*' compilers 
are popular, such as 
Turbo Pascal and 
Turbo C, and 
Highspeed Pascal on 
the Amiga is intended 
to allow portability of 
programs between 
the machines. 

Highspeed Pascal 
contains many com- 
mands which emulate 
those in Turbo Pascal, 
particularly the graph- 
ics commands for set- 
ting palette colours and drawing lines. To 
test this out I took a mandelbrot set pro- 
gram written in Turbo Pascal and entered 
it into the Amiga. The program needed a 
few small alterations where the Turbo 
command was not available to Highspeed 
Pascal but this was minimal. 

The*first thing I noticed was the speed 
of the compiler - this is where the name 
Highspeed comes from! It's very fast, and 
compiled the program in under five sec- 
onds - well, after all the typing errors had 
been corrected. Indeed it's so fast that 


A cumpiting error is noiHIeti 

there's very little lime to see it compiling 
all your program - it only displays the cur- 
rent line at the time of compiling. If you* 
program is fairly short, say 20 or 30 lines 
you'll only ever see it compile one or two 
of them. 

After compilation, the mandelbrot set 
program ran and worked as expected, i h 
is a test of floating point maths and as 
such is quite a good estimate of how fast 

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Pascal with 




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Amiga 




7 * 1 Programming 


Manual dexterity - the documentation 


Some products are let down by inadequate documentation. 
This can be a major problem if you buy a product and intend to 
work with It seriously. With Highspeed Pascal, however, the 
documentation is of an excellent quality and is aimed at the 
beginner as well as the professional user. 

The manuals supplied with the package contain much infor- 
mation to get you started as soon as possible, whether you are 
an old hand or a beginner. There's a complete introduction to 
the language explaining Pascal's various statements and variable 
types and information on file handling. The chapters on the lan- 
guage are very informative and. help instil a better understand- 
ing of how programs are constructed. 

An introduction to the language takes up a large part of one 
manual and I suppose is intended to teach Pascal programming, 
albeit at a very rudimentary level. However it is complete and if 
you've programmed in other languages it should suffice as an 
introduction to the language. 

It you are a beginner then you should consider buying a text- 
book, as this will contain much information and examples to 
get you started, I have no reason to believe that examples con- 
tained within a textbook would not work in Highspeed Pascal - 
it contains, as far as I can see, all the standard types and state- 
ments of standard Pascal as well as other customised features. 

files on the Amiga can be a real pain, needing many vari- 
ables to get you working with them. But Highspeed Pascal takes 
the commands used in standard Pascal and adds a few of its 
□wn to enable the efficient programming and use of files. 

The reset and rewrite commands from standard Pascal are 
implemented along with a few other file commands. 
Compatibility with standard Pascal and Turbo Pascal is main- 
tained as much as possible. 

As in Turbo Pascal, the various constants and library routines 
are contained within a unit. You can inherit a unit into your pro- 
gram by the Uses command. You would, for instance, type the 


following to inherit the various library routines and constants: 


PFDgrap Tnt_FHt; 

jit 5 eieij Jiigadegf Intuition; 

type 

Ttst_Arrjy - PACrtfl HUM CK.10Q] OF £HH; 

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This would iohenL the exec and das library routines and also the 
intuition functions and constants which enable you to use 
screens and windows. As you can see* it is a fairly easy task and 
should present no problems to an avid Amiga programmer. 

There are chapters on some of the units functions and a 
complete list of error messages. The error messages are not 
explained enough for my liking and more thought could have 
been pul into the documentation. This could be particularly 
annoying for the beginner where a full explanation is required 
in order to get things moving. 

Also implemented is an inline assembler so you can write 
assembly language routines alongside Pascal routines, if you're 
interested. If you're considering working with the assembler, a 
complete list of instructions is provided and the assembler sup- 
ports all the various commands of the 6000b processor includ- 
ing the DC directive for declaring types and sizes. 

The user manual is of a good quality and contains informa- 
tion on the editor explaining the use of the various features like 
cut, copy and paste. There is also a section on the compiler • 
how to compile, building your own units and its various menu 
functions. 

Compiler preferences are covered too. The preferences con- 
tain things like range checking to ensure that array dimensions 
are not exceeded within your program. 


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the calculation are. The program took 100 
■rvjr.ons arid approximately five hours to 
complete the set whkh in a high-level lan- 
guage is relatively fast. A similar program 
written in Amiga Basic would probably have 
taken much longer. 

Highspeed Pascal also caters for those 
who already program pr intend to program 
their machine at the lowest level, as it takes 
advantage of all the custom library routines 
in the Amiga's ROMs. It is a relatively sim- 
ple task, as all the library routines are care 
tained in a datafile called a unit. This 
approach is used to ensure compatibility 
with IBM Turbo Pascal. 

A little difficulty was encountered when 
using these [unctions, but HiSoft do offer a 
technical support line, if you're having 
problems, I Strong^ recommend you get in 
touch with them. 

Each library has an associated unit and 
this provides support for all the C structures 
and constants which the Amiga expects 
when using the ROM routines. All the 
structures, constants and library routines 
named have remained the same except for 
those which conflict with the reserved 
words in the Pascal language. In this case 
HiSoft have added an underscore to the 
library name and have documented most 
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Test 

As a test I decided I would try to initialise 
a screen and window structure and use 
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Tutorial 


L ast month's support column took 
the form of an easy Introduction 
to The Directory Manager (TDM), 
which is central to many of the operations 
you'll be carrying out with your 
GraphicStation disk, To use the program 
iust to copy and delete files, however, 
would be to miss its great potential. 

you should by now have noticed the 
funny Me bar at the bottom of the central 
gadget strip. This is the external command 
gadget, and its deceptively modest appear- 
ance belies its true power, It is one of 
TDM's most useful features. 

When you first load TDM, the external 
command gadget will sport the word 
•Run 1 '. This is the command it is presently 
set to apply to the program of your choice. 
To run a program this way, dick on the 
program to highlight it, then dick on the 
command gadget. If you have chosen an 
executable fife - a program rather than a 
document Of icon - it wiU now run. 


Numeric keys 

So much for running programs, if 
you're thinking "so what if 1 want to use 
another command?-", try the numeric keys 
at the top of your keyboard. Keys one to 
zero toggle the command gadget through 
the ten commands you can set up tor your 
own use, though only live of them are in 
use when you boot up The GraphicStation. 

Using Brun to run a program in the 
background, MMPP to view normal and 
powerpacked text files, PPShow to exam- 
ine IFF files, and QED to edit text files, you 
can control, through TDM, a wide variety 
of tasks. |ust press the correct numeric key 
to select the command you need, then 
click on your file and on the command 
gadget and off you go. 

Try moving to the Si directory, then 
press numeric key five to display the QED 



rOJHConiD Is frinuffy and my to iue 



command, new did? o*ic& on startup- 
sequence and once on the command gad- 
get and the QED text editor will load up 
with your startup-sequence ready to edit. 

you should be able to carry out as many 
operations as you like without having to 
directly load QED or resort to CLI to use 
PPShow or MMPP, but what happens when 
you tire of the five options on offer? 

The left-hand side of the TDMConED 
screen is dominated by the ten external 
command bars, and changing them is very 
easy. To get rid of the "Cmd 6" string and 
replace it with, say, the EXECUTE com- 
mand, you |ust click in the box containing 
"Cmd 6", delete it, and type EXECUTE. 1! 
you save the prefs settings and reload TDM, 
external command six will now be Execute, 
and you can apply it to any script command 
you'd like to run. 

As you go on to customise your 
GraphicStation disk, deleting the odd pro- 
gram you never use and adding your own, 
TDM's ten external commands can be used 
to control such utilities as NewZap to edit 
hex Wes, or the AMOS compiler. 

The uses of this function are really only 
limited by your requirements. At the 
moment, the external commands function 
isn't as stable as it might be, but author 
Chris Pettet will be continuing to update 
TDM. Register as a shareware user and 
you'll receive all future upgrades. 

Settings 

Continuing with TDMConED, the nght- 
hand side of the screen, enables access to 
some other settings. There's the system 
time, which you can't change from here, 
the palette control slider^ and the location 
for TDM external files. To the left of these is 
a section tor archiving program*. 

You shouldn't change the external files 
path unless you've moved the TDM.cfg file, 
aod the archivers will be o! use only if you 
pul one on the disk, There wasn't enough 
room on the iam-packed GraphicStation for 
an archiver, but if you later copy one to 
your disk, you can set the extract, add, and 
list parameters according to the program's 
instructions, then use it from TDM by click- 
ing on the files you want to archive and 
pressing V. 

The palette sliders, on the other hand, are 
ideal il you find our tasteful, refined, easy- 
an-the-eye colour sdseme is not to your lik- 
ing. If you are a person of such (ahem) 
dubious taste, you can 
change all of TDM's colours 
except black and white, then 
save your prefs. so that the 
program boots in whatever 
colour scheme you find most 
agreeable. 

To aid you in choos- 
ing your colours, there's a list 



OlR 


TDM 


internals 


of the various text strings you'll find on your 
TDM screen below the set of sliders. Keep 
an eye on these as you change the default 
colours to ensure you don't end up with 
text that's too hard to read against the 
background colour. 

Once you've fiddled enough and saved 
out your TDM preferences, you might be 
annoyed at having to quit TDM and reload 
it so you can use the new settings. You 
don't, however, have to go through this 
hassle - all you need do is pcess the U key to 
update your prefs settings from within 
TDM. This forces TDM to read the current 
TDM.dtg file from the 5: directory and pick 
up the new settings. 

To finish this month, I can't leave you 
without mentioning the other two very use- 
ful key commands available direct from 
TDM. if you want to format a disk, for 
example, just press the F key. As king as the 
Formal command is in your SYS. System 
directory (which it is on I he 
GraphkStartion), a requester will pop up to 
ask which drive you want to format, then 
you'll be asked for a name. 

If you want to read a text file, and can t 
be bothered using the more powerful 
MMPP, TDM has a built-in text reader 


Stevie Kennedy 
concludes his tour 
of GraphicStation’s 
file manager 


erpacked, so the read function will be of lit- 
tle use at first, even though it's (aster and 
easier than using an external command- 
You should by now know enough about 
TDM to keep you going, so we won't be 
returning to it in the support articles 
Remember that it is a shareware program, 
so if you're going to rely heavily an TDM- 
contact Chris at the address given in the 
About message (press the A key) and send 
him some reward for his labours, 

Next month, we'll start to look in detail 
at the utilities on GraphicStat ion, begin 
ning with Paul Burkey's 1 

Picturesque paint program. 




Graph illation brings together Ihf 
best in graphics ulllilies. To order 
your copy, lorn to page 128 


file of your choice and press- 
ing the R key. 

Please note that no mat- 
ter what you do, you won't 
be able to read powerpacked 
files with this option, and will 
have to resort to MMPP 
Most of the documents on 
The GraphicStation are pow- 


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'OROBOOUR HEART OF CHINA BRIDES OF DRACULA VROOM ROGER RABBIT 

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Willy, Horny and all the gang 




As well as the rather delectable Heart of China reviewed in these very pages, 
Dvnamix have also got WiHy Beanteh watting in the wings. 

^ Those who keep an eye on the PC games market will probably have heard about 

mis troublesome tyke, bi* at long la« nes cowig to ^iga. 

u/illy's a n s/eraqe ntneyear-old. Ikvimg at home with Mom, Dad. little sister. otg 
Sister and a dog called Homy. However, life as a nineyear-aH offers J^^*®** 
for mischief an^ adventure, and that's just what you'll get when you J* 

m only will you have to cope with the usual pre-puixscent hassles, Ue parents 
and teachers, but you've also got the more unusual aspects of life to deal with. Like 

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your Grandad's ghost who 
pops up to help out, and 
the vampire babysitter From 
Hell. Jokes and puzzles galore, 
and some cartoon quality 
graphics 

it should be out soonish, 
for a measly £3 q 99. Full 
review, as always, nest month. 




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Hit and Myth 


Tanked Up 

Good news for sim fan*- «s Empire are all worked up and 
ready to let their long awaited sequel to Team Yankee roll 
out of the shed. 

Pacific Islands is the title, and it looks set in beat even 
Team Yankee into a cocked hat. The year is 1995, and some 
ilnister rogue RuiHics are threatening world peace by 
invading the Yama Yama Pacific atoll- Your platoon is elos 
est to the scene so it t up to you to stop them. 

It looks a lot more involved than its predeceisor, with a 
lot more attention to little detail! plus faster 3D. Look out 
for a full review next month. 


Gamer Big Day Out 

Yup chat s rightl Keep June 13 and 14 Free in your dories. We're offering 
you the chance to have a big day out, courtesy oF everyone* Favourite 

fighter pitots, MrcrOprose. , - 

' For the mere price oF a Stamp you could be enjoying the Air Tourna- 
ment International 199?. on Boscombe Down. Loads oF planes morning 
about being exciting, plus loads of other things to do. And whats more, 
it's an absolute doddle to enter. No questions or captions to make up 
just send your name and address to the Following address to be in with 3 
chance of winning one of five pairs of tickets. 

Yvette Weir, Microprose Software, 

Unit 1 , Hampton Road Industrial Estate, 
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Den t forget to mention Amiga Computing when you i wrife jf you 
want further information on the Show then call 089 1 1 22W [calls cost 
36p per minute cheap rate. 4 Bp per minute all other trmes|. And. hey, 

have a nice day /all 

M«y 1992 


N „ l-nc-d up for the review trefumm nett rare is System 3's h« new propffy. VT* 
already swept the board on the Hit formats and 8 garnering a bit of a rmlalion on 

bits. 

Reputedly System 3's best game 
since IK+, It's am everyday tale of 
traversing Hell to bring goodness and 
light to the world Apparently the 
graphics have been given a major 
overhaul since we last saw them, end 
the wnole thing moves a lot more sex- 
jly now. Could it be the bestest plat- 
form game ever? If the word on the 
grapevine is anything to go by, it could 
well be, 

If you're impatient, then it'll be 
nestling on the shelves of your local m 


In the air tonight... 

Microprose are continuing to prove therm elves a right old bunch of smart al«s 

with some even bigger ansfbetter jtrategy/simulators. 

BIT Flying fortress is linaa sip for Hire off fhil lumttret. ami mv0, ''“ ' OU "° 
juft flying a%80. Hot sooinsanaing a tan man CTW. te n cre w tw^ has h . 
own temperament and attitude*, 10 careful command fi needed to P V 

0fl I"ny°hmTyou cans^p into their shoes and do their job, so you could play 
the whl gTme a* the J gunner or take the harder route and doevery.hmg 
yourself, from flying to navigating to bombing Promotions come I 
Jou think your crew have earned them, and it all looks very ‘ mpr ^ £ at 7 

AT AC Is pencilled in for a September release and looks even igg 

„ ^ Advanced Tactical Air Command, and takes piace in a spooky and 
corrupt future where drug barons are running the world ■ Colombo 
You are put in charge of no fewer than 250 iccre agen _ . 

planes and two assault helicopters. Tracking the drug MfflM ng I 
striking when they least expect it is the only way to win. Sounds hke 
depth version of Armour Geddon. Can t be had. 

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Platforms, hearts and fashionable nightwear. What's going on? 

Bonanza Bros 

The Goss sisters make another comeback attempt ■ 

Vimm 

It's French’ And it's not bobbins! Spook! £ 

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Four stonkers for the price of one? 

Hare Raising Havoc 

Roger Rabbit in state of the art sbij^tic^ chortles 

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Heart of Cmna.....^^^Bi 

Graphic adventure with extra spicy soy sauce 

Brides of Drac^^^L, 

And you're cord iafcinmjfe the stag night 

flVIRA THE Jufe^AME 

Even more krfflffiers jokes than ever before 

DrNA-j|^kR^|r« 

Load pp oh bombs and kill your friends... 

John^^En's Footsau * 

At Jong lafl£*he uftimate Yankee footy sim touches down 


p i a pictorial treat. Our lovely ex-Gamer editor 
s Board man, doing a quite convincing imperion- 
n of pig, cuddly Pat from Eas tenders. Apparently, 
* been offered the job as Pat s stand in for air her 
-its and any saucy kissing scenes with Frank 
~tcher r played by balding hunk Mike Reid. JooJs ii 
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hereof a competition for all you Eadece? in the 
se. Who’s this fine specimen of prime man meat? 
none other than Andrew "Beefcake Southern, 
chum from PC Today, local meringue-eating 
rnipran- and star of Another World, 
just know that ail you luscious young lovelies 
there are swooning yourselves silly over him, so 
v s a chance io win a signed photo of the man 
'sell And just to bump up the stakes a bit higher, 
bung in a free copy of the new Roger Rabbit 
■? [which we must point out r will not run unless 
j install if on to a hard drive). 

To claim your piece of this hunky stud, and of 
rse the Roger Rabbit game plus some badges, 
lifts, posters and whatever else will fit in a Jiffy 
: simply write and tell ui 4 in no more than 100 
r ds h why you deserve this prim Grovel beg. Ire 
1 generally lick our shoes and we ll send the 
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3d luck Jiideecez. 


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Went to a party in the county jail, and, er, shot everyone 


On word 

The usual assortment of news, 

The Cheap Sea fit 

The first of our occasion aKardget bonanzas 

Talking Shop 2 

The top 30 gam ^jfl bnsored by HIUW and more drivel from Biff 

Cheat Mode 2 

Darren shdffiupu how to get the most from Knightmare 

Mill 1992 


lews and stupid giveaways 


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G remlin are ultimately Famous 
far brilliant driving games, so 
it is indeed very strange that 
a platform game gang by the (WfTIC gf 
Harlequm has appeared on the Amiga. 
Harlequin has been billed as probably 
the strangest game ever Hmmtn. we 
shall see. 

Does everyone fcnow wn^t 
harlequins are? They're the chaps who 
dress up in masks and funny chequered 
pyjamas. They look like a cross between 
Dick Turpin and, a court jester. Bugger 

knows what they do. 

Apparently. in a far-off forgotten cor- 
ner of die imagination IS a smart world 
called Chrmenca Ibis world contains all 
of our dreams and distant memories. 
For years and years it has thrived due to 
everyone's hopes, dreams and memo- 

nes. hJ * 

The sole inhabitant is a young boy 
with the name of Harlequin. Fancy 
being stuck with a name like Harlequin! 
A John or a Dave would have been far 
more acceptable. Anyway. Harlequin 
spent his early years exploring the 
bizarre world of Chimerica 

But all children grow older and 
Harley is no exception. Sure enough, 
the world of Chimerica began to lose its 
appeal - it was a case of 'been there, 
seen it. done it" for poor Old Harley. 

He had become accustomed to the 


bizarre and unexpected He had finally 
turned into an adult. Gone were the 
days spent playing with Lego. So a 
bored Harley decided to bugger off and 
get a new life. 

in his absence. Chimerica slowly fell 
into a state of disrepair and the land 
entered an age of cold reality jhow a 
land falls into an age of cold reality is 
beyorvj mef. So with the prospect of no 
salvation m sight, Chimerica s sadness 
deepened until one day US heart broke 
and everything was silent. 

The years rolled by and then out of 
the blue. Harley appeared [hoorah]. 
tffhriE he saw didn t tike ancL he 
knew it was ail his fault, so he set off 
with one all-consuming purpose - to 
mend Chimerica' s broken heart. 

You play the part of Harley and you 
must find the four broken parts of 
Chimerica's heart before finding the exit 
which has now become a heart itself 
There are many lands in Chimerica 
for you to explore. There is a definite 
puzzle element to the game - a lot of 
the time it involves pulling levers and 
such like. A lot of the puizles are quite 
puzzling - 1 suppose that's why they call 
them puzzles - but after a while you 
net to know how things work and the 
rest of them become a little easier to 
work out 

To help Harlequin out there are sev- 



eral objects dotted around that are 
essential in his quest. My favourite 
object is the Space Hopper which allows 
Hartey to reach higher platforms, and he 
can even crush his enemies who plague 
the tafid of Chimerica 

Hearts are Harley's only kind of fire- 
power, but thankfully there are two 
sorts -pink ones and red ones. The red 

hearts are the more powerful of the 
two, but they don't last long. 

Overall Harlequm is a damn line plat- 
form game - It's a perfect example of 
how far the genre has advanced. The 
graphics in are stunning to say the least 
and Ifs backed up with some top-notch 
animation, 

Harley pcances, skids (tut, tut), jumps 
and swings about the screen like a 
demented monkey. On the sound front 
jhere are a whole plethora of tunes for 
you to enjoy, but you have an important 
choice to make between the tunes and 
the sound effects, because unfortunately 
you can t hear both at the same time 
Harlequin has an easy control system. 
10 you won t be frustrated when the 
going gets tough. It's got to be said that 
this is a stohker and a half. I don t really 
think strange is the word to explain 
Harlequin - perhaps 'completely 
bonkers" is more appropriate 

Jonathan 


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Mobs camei face to Fact 
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Comedy plat#*inwjhing | ■ 
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T here's been a lot of thieving 
going on rn computer games 
recently, hasn't there? What 
with Hudson Hawk quipping and rob- 
bing ms way through Ocean's plat- 
formy romp and three bizarre animals 
nicking jewels in Electronic Zoo's Day- 
light Robbery. Now US Gold have 
joined in with the light-fingered duo. 
The Bonanza Bruvs What has the 
world come to, eh? Art these Sick, 
twisted, commie pinko software 
houses encouraging our children to 
steal and commune with Satan, and 
listen to loud rock music and not 
wear ties and smart shoes. « 

They're luring the youth of 
today to bathe in the fire and brim- 
stone of Hades- Corrupting the inno- 
cent wide-eyed teenagers with their 
promises of digital violence and pixe- 
i-i ted filiation. Still, it's a larf. innit? 
And Bonanza Bruvs is one heliuva larf. 
But before we get too deeply 


embroiled In the ups and downs of the 
garnepray. let's take time out to have a 
mug of steaming Bovril and check out 
the plot for this festival of thievery. 

The two brothers, Robo and Mobo. 
have just given up their life of crime. 
Very sensible of them. But of course, 
things don't stay that way for long. 

They are contacted by a 
spooky Mr Big-type 
bloke who asks 




them to do some jobs for him. OK, so 
it's exactly the same plot as Hudson 
Hawk, but this Mr Big actually wants 
our heroes to rob his own buildings. 

No, he's not trying to fiddle the 
insurance, but he wants the world's 
best burglars to test his security systems 



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Mrrt*C*u lend the duo hunting down Into the MVtfFH to steal lojdsagold 


for him. Cunning, eh? Thus, the orange 
twosome are ordered to retrieve a set 
number of objects from all of Mr Big's 
buildings. They must use all of their skill 
to avoid or stun the guards, dogs and 
security systems. 

Once atl the objects in a building are 
rubbed by either or both of the broth- 
ers, the exit opens and you can leg It to 
the roof to nab a lift from your 
Bonanza Blimp on to the next level. 

So, that's the basic idea of the 
game, but how well does it 
work? Very well actually. 
The graphics are small, 
because the screen is split 
in two for the two players, 
but there are plenty of nice littfe details 
to watch out for. They've even man- 
aged to keep the ray traced feel to the 
sprites from the arcade. 

The sound isn t quite as godd as it 
could have been, with a fairly crap 
tune and few FX. but what reafly 
counts is gameplay and Bonanza Broth- 
ers has got it where it matters. The rela- 
tively simple idea means that it's easy to 
get into and soon you'll be sneaking 
around like an expert tea leaf. 

With two players, the action really 
hots up as you race against your mate 
to collect more objects. 

An added dement of strategy comes 
in when you get knocked over by a 
guard As you sit on your bum, all the 
objects you pilfered are scattered about 
you and an unscrupulous partner can 
nip in and steal them for his or her 
own ends. 

So before you Start it's always best 
to check that your so-called 'mate' is 
really on your side, or you could be left 


Avoid thr 
i«archlrghti 
if you want 
to turn a 

whopping 

bonus 


to get out of the building alone and 
empty-handed whrle they twiddle the' 
thumbs on top of a massive pile of 
bonus points. So. do it to them befor? 
they do it to you I 

All in all. Bonanza Bruvs is a prett) 
groovy game The run-around-and-cul 
lect-things formula is fairty old ha* 
these days but the twopfayer option 
keeps it fast and furious. If you're look- 
ing for something a little bit out of the 
ordinary, give the Baivs a go. 

Daniel 




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limey, What a dodgy concept, 
eh? A game where you have 
to throw petrol bombs 
through the window of MacDonalds to 
win. Very ideologically unsound. Still, 
that's what you must have to do. or else 
wny would they call the game Diner 

Blaster? , 

What? Oh, it's Dyna Blaster. So no 

MacDonalds then? No petrol bombs? 
Thank goodness for that. Mind you, it 
jtill involves a rather unhealthy obses- 
sion with exploding deices. And Idling 
your friends. BuL hey. its all For enter- 
tainment. . _ 

The basic concept behind Dyna 
Blaster is a simple one you've got to run 
around a maze, blowing yout way 
through the walls and trying to kill the 
other players. Also out for your blood 
are some squishy alien things who stop 
you from just hiding in a corner until its 

all over. 

Along the way you can collect power- 
ups to g we you more bombs and bigger 
explosions, and even mystery bonuses 
that can either help or hinder you, 
depending on how lucky you are. Like 
said, simple but bloody good fun. 

Now if you're the sort of person who 
has no friends at all Dyna Blaster may 
not be quite as appealing. You see, for 
the best effect, you really need as many 


players as possible. The game comes 
with a special dongle that plugs into 
your serial port. As well as acting as 
copy protection, rt also allows an extra 
ewo joysticks to be plugged in 

Add another player on the keyboard 
and you've got simultaneous five player 
mayhem On your own though, you 
have to play the computer and it's just 
not the tame. Serves you tight For 
being unpopular. Ha ha ha ha. Ahem. 

Before getting into all the wanton 
violence and exploding people, you 
must define the terms of victory for 
instance, if you want a quick game 
then the first player to win a round is 
the overall champion If you want a 
mire prolonged contest then the first 
one to score five victories is the overall 
champ 

So, with that relatively easy choice 
out of the way it's into the game 
proper. And blimey, it's a corker. Dyna 
Blaster is just one of those games that 
grabs you by the trousers and forces 
you to play it over and over again, 
Friendships are shattered into pieces 
as previously civilised human beings 
wrench their joysticks into unnatural 
shapes and howl obscenities at each 
other. Some will choose to keep ihcmr 
selves to themselves and try and Stay 
alive that way, others will charge 




It may 


!** like X simple H™*** * * HU—****" 


Haute by Barrett- number, apparently 

around the screen dropping bombs 
everywhere and generally scaring the 
more timid players 

In short, it's an incredibly involving 
game. I'd even go as far as to say that 
this is the sort of game that you could 
suggest playing at a party and not get 
beaten up by your mates, 

"Hey everyone, let's play on my com- 
pUterT 

"Shut up you bonng get. Nobody plays 

on computers at parties." 

’But I've got Dyna Blaster! ' 

"Oh right. Me first.’ 

■Sod off. that's the best joystick!'’ 

"How come I always end up using the 
keyboard?' 

‘Aaaangh, you got me.' 

"Get the one in red. He's got the biggest 
explosions/ 

■Why isn't my joystick working? 

And so on, K really is a communal 
sort of game. Just don't play it with any- 
one who's bigger than you, or you II 
probably get beaten up quite a lot. 

The graphics are smooth and quite 
cartoony. with your little bomber men 
looking for all the world like Lego men 
in space helmets. The sound consists of 
a bouncy tune and - absolutely essential 
in this game - beefy explosions. 

In the end though, it's playability that 
counts, and Dyna Blaster has got so 
much playability it's got huge crates of 
the stuff filling up giant warehouses. If 


playability was loaves of bread, then 
Dyna Blaster would be Warburtons, 

Bribe them, beg them, sell them your 
family but somehow get your mates 
round with some joysticks and revel in 
the sheer gorgeousness that is Dyna 
Blaster. 

Daniel 


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The Ff suits scraen showing 
your opponents' results and 
yours, including the 
best Jap time 


ve never resily I Need driving 
games, but maybe that’s J^ec^use 
tihe onfy ones that J've had a go 
have been utter tripe with jerky 
ta and awful controls. However, 

: do you think has cranspiretf? Yes. i 
' honestly say chat I've seen the light. 
Vroom has to be the coolest bestest 
r-wheeled fun I have had m many a 
nnla. The most notable features 
me smooth and ultra-fast graphics 
r*J the realistic sounds. As you hurtle 
iround the six available circuits, the 
«fine sound changes pitch with each 
■ change and acceleration and, with 
practice, the sound of the engine wifi 
you when to change gear without 
hiving to loo*, at the rev counter, 

Even the engine rounds from the 
pter cars rise in pitch as you approach, 
ren fail as you leave them standing, 
•here are tunnels to whizz through on 
fOLi manic way to victory, which pro- 
£-ce a whooshing sound as you go 
trough them, and of course there is 
re mevFtabie cia-ngl as you mistime a 
turn or crash into some Sunday driver. 

it's not air about keeping on the track 
rough - for instance, you'll have to 
maintain your lynes should you be too 
ten on leaving the tarmac to say hello 
t: rapidy oncoming trackside ob/Kts. 

Each crash will diminish their perfor- 
mance and gripping ability, making 
flaw tight turns a nightmare. You also 
have to keep an eye on your fuel 


RID CHAMPIONS 




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level. To help you with aJf these prob- 
lems there's a friendly neighbourhood 
pit stop. Here you can refuel and 
replace worn tyres to improve your 
chances of attaining that number or*e 
position You must also be careful 
about putting too much strain on the 


engine. Too many revs or changing 
down co a lower gear too quickly and 
the engine will decrease m performance 
and will eventually blow up. 

The control system r$ pure deright. 
You can use either a mouse or joystick 
to weave your way around the track. 


Hear the wtad whistfe as you icr earn 
through the tunndi 


Four gallons at unleaded pPfdsc and 
make It snappy, I'm In kind - of a hurry] 


5 CS 5 rsr> 




On the grid, right at the bark due to a poof performance on my pa rt during the 
qualifying Jap 


and very smooth it is loo. You will even 
see the hands on the steering wheel 
and the front wheels of Che racer move 
jn relation to your turns. 

Changing gears is pretty sfick too. 
With a joystick plugged in. you drop 
down a gear by pulfing back and press- 
ing the Fire button. Alternatively, with a 
mouse the left and right buttons act as 
up and down gear changes. Pushing 
forwards on the mouse or joys tick 
increases acceleration 

If you find gear changes too tricky, 
you have the option of selecting auto- 
matic gear changes, bur this spoils the 
fun a little I think. There is a training 
mode for you to use for practicing and 
memorising each track, hut the ultimate 
test of your driving skill comes in the rac- 
ing mode, Here you may enter your 
name and you are then given a list of 
the other drivers in the Grand Prix. 

The mam race is preceded by a quali- 
fying session which will determine your 
starting position depending on how 
well you did. You can even save your 
progress by pressing the functor keys. 

Yes. I have to admit. I've been con- 
verted into a driving freak. I must rush 
out and apply for a Formula I driving 
licence straight away, ff you like the fast 
lane, then this rcrcey number is for you 

Darren 



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2 Pipe Mania and Populous. All of the check .out jhat maae 

games haw won some award or other so thy, shall we? 


Kick Off 2 


Kick Off was the fbotie game that set the stan- 
dard, so when Kick Off 2 was iet loose upon 
those adoring foolie fans it waj bound to oe 
an award winner It may not have astounding 
graphics, but the addiction and gameplay are 
stupendous. 

You can change your team's kit to suit your 
taste and you can play in the league or the 
cup. The ball control system is very intuitive 


and very good * once you master it, that is - 
and the ability to play set pieces from a foul, 
along with variable corner-kicking tactics, 
make it the football fave of all fans, 

yqu can also make substitutions during a 
match and there is a replay facility to view 
those scorching goals. 

Even the referees have their own personali- 
ties. If you enjoy a spot of spherical, 
leathery object manipulation, then ty ^ 
this is the biz. 




Space Ace 


This gam* won best anitnaliofl 
award back in 1990. The 
gamepiay consisted of control- 
ling Ace, the central character, 
by various manipulations of 
the joystick at critical 
moments. The animation was 
very impressive, not surprising 
considering Don flluth. eir-Dil 
ney animator, was responsible 
The sound was pretty cool 
too. with lots of digitised 
speech and effects. Some crit 
ics termed the game a joystick 
controlled demo but t enjoyed 
it. One friend of mine even 
videotaped each portion of the 
game so his nephew could 
watch it, just like a cartoon. 

it was also one of the most 
frustrating games I have ever 
played, and two of my joy 
sticks became airborne, sailing 
through the ether before 
encountering my bedroom 
wall, during a par- 
ticularly long and QA^’ 
frustrating playing 7 V 
session. 


Overall 

rating 

90 % 


Pipemania 

I never could get into this game, 
probably because it is one of those 
pulily types that make my head 
ache so much, You have to score as 
many points as possible by building 
a continuous pipeline from randomly 
offered pipe parts, ( L 

To confound matters, you have 
the floor to contend with which 
flows through the pipes shortly after 
you start. Once the flooi fills a pipe. j 
you cannot remove it and if it spills . — 
out of the end of your pipeline, the 
game ends, 

As I said, puiile games are not h . 
something I iunge for on the soft- 
ware shelf, but that isn't to say that r il 
this isn t any good. Im sure those |f_ | 
with a taste for the odd puiile will 
find this absorbing, but 
not me. Quick, someone 


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Populous 





Thil one 0, m, f»„e go"«- «*«"*"“* 

because it merged rather nicely with my megalornan.c nature 
There s nothing more relaxing than having a quiet Sunday afternoon 
to oneself while terrorising an entire populace, is there 

For those from other worlds who have not heard of this game Jt 
rreated a whole new genre which was named God games . There 
were quite a few imitators which appeared shortly afterwards dairm 
ing to be the ultimate God game, but Populous st.ll reined tupreme 

35 W^^oijeX!^ God is to encourage your P^t« 
multiply In so doing you gained more Marta, or power, o 
■ . to do divine deeds such as bringing havoc to the enemy 
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It owns their minds. 

It imprisons their bodies. 

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building is in chaos. AN employees 
ire either dead or zombies. The 
security system is blasting away at 
anything that moves. 

I ) /Gene ration, a malevolent 
•rganism that uses virtual reality to 


disguise itself, has taken over. And it 
is your task to destroy it. 

But first, you must find a way to 
stay alive. Then, as your 
understanding of this evil force 
increases, you can take the fight to 
the enemy. The tools you have are 
sparse. Little more than ingenuity 
and determination. 


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sut how does it play? I don't 
think we need be reminded of 
jst how trap game; with amaz- 
rig graph lei tend t o be, do we? 
Dragon s Lair? Space Ace? Nice to 
•ok at but about at playable as a 
cringles* guitar. 

Thankfully, Roger doesn't «tf- 
'it quite as badly as those aFcte- 
•"rttiOrtcd cock -ups, but even so 
it's not quite everything ft 
could ve been. 

The trouble Is that with so 
iny sounds and animations 
egging up the memory, there s 
little room for a proper 
5K2. It's great fun for the first 


few hours, but once you've got 
each scene sussed It becomes a 
bit of a chore having to go 
through the same routine every 
time you play, Just to get to a 
new level. 

The good point of the game, 
besides the 5 parity presentation, 
Js that It s ideal for kids, It s the 
same price as most other games, 
rather than masquerading under 
an inflated price tag to justify the 
graphics, and youngsters will be 
spellbound by it. 

It's also fairly easy to get in to, 
so they should be able to proceed 
without too much help. Of 


course, it does need a hard drive 
to run which will put It out of 
reach for a lot of people, but if 
you do have a hard drive with a 
spare 2 Mb on it then this could 
keep the sprogs happy for a good 
long while. 

For the rest of us (hough. It's a 
nice attempt, ft looks and sounds 
brilliant, it even plays quite well, 
but at the end of the day there’s 
very little substance to the game, 
it does promise bigger and better 
things from the Disney licence 
though. One to show off with, 
but not much else l'm afraid. 

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Borobodur - madeup name or wot? 


BOROBODUR 

THALAMUS ■ £25.99 ■ '/z meg * Joystick ■ Out now 


W here do they gee these 
siFly names for games 
from? Borobodur. It kind 
of rolls off your tongue right onto the 
floor, doesn't it? Anyhow, regardless of 
the silly name. Borobodur is very similar 
to Turriosn and has a certain Shadow of 
the Seast feel to it too. 

At the start of the game you run 
around, big gun in hand, shooting 
everything that moves, but you also 
have little puzzle elements where you 
have to activate levers and other 
objects 

For instance, there is a whed with a 
rope threaded through it that that is 
attached to a door below. You have to 
activate this wheel to open the door 
allowing you to pass through. There are 
also numerous levers to pull, and you 
have to work out what they all do 
With the many nasties intent on 
smashing your face in, there are also 
power-up type objects to collect that 
restore your energy and increase your 
weapon power. 

Tne objective is to solve the level 
whereby you get the message The exit 
is open' or something along those hnes. 
Vou must then make your way to this 
exit which takes you on to the next 
level. 

Level two rs, to all intents and pur- 
poses, a driving game. It has all the feel 
of games like Lotus Turbo, with undulat- 
ing tracks and twisting corrars. 

The graphics in this part of the game 
are quite fast and smooth, and you can 
even blast opponents with your cannon 
should they get in your way . 

You are apparently not in a car, but 
on what looks like a floating chair which 
hovers above the track. You must collect 


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pi ay, with mpcMKhanging 
kins as you progress 

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Ou-fle payable with its mi* of puz- 
zle inking and beating the era p 
■guc of meankn. 


W&LUld you mind taking a step back, pleai*? Your breath rtinki 


fuel and other objects dotted along the 
track as you drive along, to aid you later 
oh. There u also a boost function avail- 
able which, on pressing the spacebar, 
sends you hurtling around the track at 
breakneck speed. 

Later levels take pJace in some kind 
Of underground area where you must 
solve puzzles to progress further. There 
is an obscure piece of rock that you can 
move, but I couldn't figure out what to 
do with at all. Maybe that's because I'm 
crap at this sort of game. 

The sound is quite good with a con- 
stant background theme tune playing 
as you kick butt. 

The theme music changes in mood 
as you go from fevei to level which adds 
g certain amount of atmosphere. 

The graphics are nothing to write 
home about, but they are OK and the 
animation and scrolling are quite 
smooth too, The game comes on three 


disks and there's an optional intro. 
There is also a rather cool Terminator- 
type opening sequence, with the letters 
of the tide scrolling across the screen to 
a snazzy tune. 

I quite enjoyed playing Boroboduf, 
even though it's nothing new or innova- 
tive, so I think those of you who like Tur- 
rican should take a look at it. 

Darren 


OJPBH 

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y id have another go, but 
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Hug those corners and blast anyone who 


Ooaooati what a creepy place. I wortder 
what this movable r«k is for? 


Excuse me, could you tell me the way to 
off this level please? 


I wonder what this power-up wfcll do? I 
think I II pick It up Wwn bcal the crap oul 
Of that Wimpy looking robot down befow 


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Never being one* to thy away from a gratuitous Wonder Stuff toferenw, uamer , 
proud to proicnt the tint in an occasional series of budget round-ups. To M 
things fair w« stuck a selection of the latest re-releases in a bag and each took i < 
8 t random to peruse. Also, please note the rather dismal self-port ra.t* which 
come wav to express our reactions to each game. And try not to laugh. ^ 


Dan's selecti 


To be honest I was 
newer a big fan of this 
Gppo Wolf sequel 
when it first tame out. 

There always seemed 
to be too much going on, and the fact that you had to p 
where to fire didn't help matters. 

Thankfully, time has mellowed me a bit and I actually 
found myself getting quite Into this old chestnut, ft l still 
almost frighteningly difficult to progress any further than 
level three, but the thunderous sound effects and the pol- 
ished graphics go together to create a slick esercfse in 
designer violence. 

Perhaps too hard for Its own good, but at under a tenner 
it’s perfect for relieving those violent outbursts- 


Operation Thunderbolt 

THE HIT SQUAD ■ £7-99 


What is It about VTS trainee magicians, eh? 
They always cock up In a major league 


Mystical 

ACTION SIXTEEN ■ £9.99 


Toyota Celica ST Rally 


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Bubble Bobble 

THE HIT SQUAD • £7.99 


games for pocket mor 
believe you me, 8ubl 
bloody classic and a half. 

From this one game came every single cute platform game ever. 
Its excellent. Even though Its since been overshadowed by Us 
more famous sequel, nainbow Islands false due out on 
budget soon it s still one of the finest platform games in the uni- 
vers*. 

Best with two players, this Is a simple and effective game that 
no self respecting games player should be without. At this price 
it's the bargain of the century. Snap it up. Nuff said. 



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F-16 Combat Pilot 

ACTION SIXTEEN ■ £9.99 


This game won the best flight slm ***««*lk»* Dll A# 

*ward bach In IMO, but it li more of F-10 WOm 10«I rllWl 
* shoot- entup than an attempt at a A ciVTPFM ■ £9 99 

realistic representation of a fighter ACTION SIXT 
•inmft. The game features flee mis- 

;.oni. If you successfully complete each mission, you have anS 

rrategie campaign in which you have to destroy a major part of the enemy installations and 

aircraft in order to force him to surrender. 

The necessity to complete all five missions before you are 
flowed to attempt the campaign mission makes Combat Pilot 
quite addictive, unlike some other flight siml which are juit a y w yi 

.oriel of unconnected battles. The graphics are quite good and 1 1 f Q 

the speed at which they move is good too. 

Krtete is also the option of playing against a friend in a head to- 
nead confrontation, using a null modem cable, t cant remember 
«hy I didn't buy this when it first came out- its rather spiffing. 


Combo Racer 

GBH ■ £7.99 


i time to strap on the leather |oooer] and step 
ltd an odd-looking motorbike that requires 
nattier person on the back tor balance because 
I crap at going round corners. 

Now I'm not really keen or driving games, r „_.- Thc 

u, * have to admit I rather liked Combo Racer, the sidecar racing game from Mil. The 
ound effects are better than average - for instance, as you enter a tunnel the engine noise 
choes around as you pass through. The graphics are OK. Out 
he motion of the track could have been a little smoother, 
here is a two^ilayer option which involves a friend acting as 
he guy on the back making sure you don t flip as you Siam 
he bike round those tight corners. 

There are eight tracks fur you to race around and if that 
in t enough, there s a builHn track editor su you can design 
f(Hir evUifl, A decent tiuy- 


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GBH ■ £7 99 


i an attempt to restore the ecological balance 
iher wiping out the entire insect population, 

Kicntiits decided to create a race of robotic 
meets. Only they kind of buggered up tire 
DMA and now these insects have turned Into a 
■warm of psychopathic killers. Intent on destroying all life. 

Humanity's only hope is to create the bane of all swarms of psychopathic killers, Venus the 

trap - a robot designed to seek out and destroy the rogue Insects, 

The graphics in tfTF are slick with good animation and sound. 

'our objective is to hill everything that moves and you have lots of 
* capons to collect to help you on your merry way. These weapons 
■rrge from mortars to four-way shots. 

There are lots of bonuses to cotlcct such as extra time and 
Ihlelds, and you will need to use them wisely to overcome the ri\ 

- ofdes of different insects intent on destroying you. 

Yet another good value for money game from G8H. 


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Renegade 

THE HIT SQUAD ■ £7.99 


This game seemed to take longer than average 
to ioadH, and considering i d not seen it before, I 
presumed It was because the animation 
was going to be quite good, how wrong 
I was! I've seen better animation from a 

“Ski are not even well drawn They !«* not too dissMar to those ™ a 
The gamepiay Is; er, missing completely and I personally don I think it? worth C7.W, 

The plot centres around the fact that you are on you way to meet 
your girlfriend, but the route to her Is not exactly free of trouble. You 
step off the train and set off on your way only to find every thug and 
villain In the entire universe has decided to congregate on the very 
streets that lie between you and yow girl. 

There had to be one bad apple in the bunch, and they don t come 
much worse than this. You could find better games written in Basic, 
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Ultimate Golf 

GBH GOLD ■ £9.99 


"'■s golf game first teed off in 1989 - you’ll prob- 
remember that it was called Greg Norma n’t 

I Mffliile Golf way bach then. 

i was meant to be the most accurate golf um- 
* Jiion yet, a golf game to seriously challenge 

- . superlative Leaderboard. Features included practice, matchplay and strokepiay, and cou- 
: *d with the various ball effect variables such as weather and wind. It really was the golf 
: i Tie of that time. 

Unfortunately, Ultimate Golf hasn t matured with age - in 
Urt It looks quite sad when compared to modern day golf 
: ’ties such as Microprose Golf. Graphically Iff not bad, but 

I I not that playable, 

If you fancy a trip down Memory Lane and you're a bit 
tort of the old wonga, then Ultimate Golf might be worth a 
food look. 




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James Pond 

GBH ■ £7.99 


The world s greatest underwater agent is back, and this 
time he’ll cost you a mere £7.09, What a bargain! You 
are a little fishy, the underwater kingdom's answer to 
Roger Moore. 

You have twelve missions to complete. The first Is to 
free the lobsters using keys that are dotted around the playing area. The game has wonder- 
ful graphics, stunning animation and great sound, and more importantly the playability is 
fantastic. 

There aren t really enough words to describe how good 
James Pend actually is - wefl there ara r in just that I haven t 
gat enough space to write them ah down- One at the greatest 
games released in 1990 and It still hasn't lost any of its charac- 
ter two years later. 

It you've got flabocod jthe sequel to James Pond} and 
haven't got James Pond then I order you to go out and buy 
this immediately without arty delay, A great game. 



Voodoo Nightmare 

GBH ■ £7.99 


know if that you have to 


You tiike on the role of Boots Barker 
in his perilous attempt to escape the 
jungles of darkest Africa. 

The game is set in the ID isomet- 
ric mould. I have now read the 

instructions five times and I still can’t work out what to do. All 
find some magic pins that have pierced a voodoo doll. 

How you get these pins I haven t a clue - I ran around for ages, could nt find anything of 
interest and then turned the computer off. The only thing I did 
notice was that the jungle had some very dangerous animals 
living in it. 

The graphics aren't that bad. but the game itself is quite 
frustrating and involves a lot of aimless wandering around. 

Overall, Voodoo Nightmare should only be bought if you're suf- 
fering from tudgetitis and simply have to have every single 
budget game out. 


Sir Fred 

ACTION SIXTEEN ■ 


£9.99 


Graced with strength and bravery, our 
hero Sir Fred won the heart of a beautiful 
damsel (the lucky bugger). In doing so he 
brought on the wrath of the evil dwarf 
Ultimor who got really angry and out of 
spile turned Fred Into a vulnerable dwarf. In his quest to break the evil Curse, Sir Fred must 
go and find Ultimor to beat the crap out of him. 

The graphics in Sir Fred are quite amazing. There are wonderful backdrops, great anima- 
tion and it all left me quite speechless, f can’t teem to remem- 
ber this game when it first came out, so f was well impressed 
when I loaded it up for the first time. It has a enjoyable little 
intro and some of the enemies are really quite cute, especially 
the tiny gnome with a swinging mace. 

Sir Fred it an enjoyable little romp around and is well worth 
a look at. I liked ft, and so will you unless you don’t like 
gnomes. 


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How dare you 

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Under the 
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light now 


DYNAMIX ■ £34.99 ■ 1 meg > Mouse ■ Out now 


doing lots or great work for charidee, 
by fiendish and thoroughly txwwoithy 
warlord Lr Deng. Kate's dad and all- 
round beastly properly baron, one Mr 
Eugene Adolphous Lomax tit, gets a bit 
narked by this and so decides to force 
lucky’ Jake Masters to rescue her. 

Jake's our hero, a down-on-his-fuck 
fly boy, and he also owes Eugene 
loads of dosh. And just to make sure 
that Jake doesn't refuse this mission, 
Eugene blows up Jake's house boat. 
Fair enough, 

Thus, Jake finds himself scouring the 
streets and bars of Hong Kong for the 
fast remaining ninja master, Zhao Chi. 
Only Chi can guide Jake to Li Deng's 
fortress, and besides, it's always handy 
to have a ninja close to hand in a 


scrap And here we must jump into 
Jakes shoes and find the ninja, rescue 
the dame, kifl the bad guys and survive 
till the end credits. 

The action is controlled in true 
graphic ad ventu re-sty fe, by using the 
mouse pointer to explore your sur- 
roundings and select various actions. 
And the interface used in Heart of China 
is excellent Although at first glance it 
seems a bit daunting, and unfortunately 
the manual doesn't make it sound any 
easier, you soon get the hang of it. 

The good thing about this all-new 
control system is that it allows you to 
check out each location just by moving 
the pointer over anything that looks 
interesting, and so you can immediately 
get an idea of what options are open to 
you. This is because as the pointer 
moves over something of note, the 
pointer changes to show you what you 
can do with it. So over a person it 


becomes a speech icon, over a door it 
becomes an exit sign and so on. It 
means that you'll never be sitting 
around wondering which things you 
can interact with and which are 
scenery. Which is rather nice isn't it? 

And for all the complete thickies 
out there in Complete Thickidand the 
manual rather helpfully contains a 
step by step guide to the first few 
puzzles and tasks, including how to 
find Cht and convince him to join 
you. 

This should help evert the most 
clueless prayer get the hang of things 
and set off on their own, and of 
course, for the clever-ditks, you can 
just try it without any help And you 
deserve everything you get. Smarty 
boots. 

So, this Heart of China lark, what's 
it like, eh? Well, unless you're blind - 
in which case you'll probably have 


Well, theft j a 
novel way of 
sneaking EntC 
a Fortress 


Haw hat Chi managed 1o conceal a grappling hook in hit 
ninja pyjamas? fruit mo, you don't want to know,. 


I " is been a fong time since my buck 
was swashed, I tan tell you Yes 
indeed, missus In feet. I think it's 
safe to say that the last game that even 
made my swash feel remotely bucked 
up was Monkey Island. And that was 
ages and ages ago. 

So as you can imagine, my swash 
and buckle were both feeling a little bit 
down m the dumps, I tried to cheer 
them up Y'know, get them swashing 
and bucking again, I watched all the 
Indiana Jones films, 1 even watched 
loads of those stupid black-and-white 
cliff-hanger Republic senate, but to no 
avail. My swash was alt bucked out and 
my buck was swashless. 

So it was a great boost to my ailing 
adrenalin glands to receive Heart of 
China. .Vly swash and buckle perked 
right up. You see. Heart of China is set 
in the 1 930s. And it's atl about rescuing 
a damsel in distress from a ruthless war. 
lord. And it's got ninjas. And tanks, 
planes and trains. And ari the characters 
are digitised from real life actors. 

And for once, it's a game that's as 
good as it sounds. Swashbuckling and 
bucktes washing all over the place, I 
promise you 

It all starts when the ever-lovefy 
Nurse Kate Lomax is kidnapped while 


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double reading this anyway - you'll 
| already have noticed that there's a 
* hopping Gamer Gold plastered 
ftewhere around here. And that 
jht give you a clue as to what F 
; of this game. J Irke it in case you 
hadn't guessed. 

The graphics are stunning. Lush. 
CDtaurfui backgrounds are populated 
digitised actors, who have been 
touched to they blend m with the 
^ckgrounds - even if Jake still bears 
#1 uncanny resemblance to Kurt l?us- 
m 

This inspired blending of real people 
and hi-res backgrounds gives the 
game a wonderfully rich feet and adds 


no end to the alMmpodant atmosphere. 

To add to the sheer glossiness of it 
air, a lot of the scenes are animated 
with people working about and so on, 
which takes this from being your star*- 
dard 'clicking on a pretty picture" 
adventure to being an ‘interactive 
movie-type experience sort of thing ' A 
big thumbs up for the way the game 
tooks, then. 

Soundwise, you get plenty of orien- 
tal mood music, although sound effects 
are fairly thin on the ground. Ulti- 
mately, the music is just there to give 
your ears something to do, and it helps 
to cement the atmosphere arready cre- 
ated by the graphics. And Fet's face it, if 




you did have loads of Fx the game 
would probably just slow down to a 
crawl, and nobody wants that, now do 
we? 

In the end though, if s the variety 
that keeps you gJyed Iven once you've 
rescued Kate, that's only part of the 
game. You'll have to go on to adven- 
tures In Istanbul. Katmandu and even 
on the Orient Express before your quest 
is compJeted. 

At least if the manual's to be 
believed Flusi There are arcade 
sequences including a tank simuFation 
and a fist fight on top of a speeding 
train. Blimey. Thank God for the Save 
Game feature, eh? 

Now, put on your serious hats while 
we try and find something to moan 
about |Qurck head scratching session). 
OK, the biggest grumble I can come up 
with is that the whole caboodle tomes 
on a mammoth nine disks. Nine disks! 

You can play it from floppy, but be 
prepared to swap until you're brue in 
the wrist. Hard drive retaliation is best 
as it speeds things right up, but then 
not everybody has a hard drive do 
they? 

So, the price for such a huge game is 
that the box weighs a ton due to the 
piJes of disks inside And you II probably 
spend more time swapping disks than 
praying the game if you aren't blessed 
with a hard drive. 

All in all, Heart of China is one hel- 
luva game, it's big beyond the bound- 
aries of conventional bigness and it 



who would live in n house 
k*k this? (£f p it's Li Deng actually 
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looks and plays Jikc a rather wonderful 
dream, A definite ’must buy‘ few hard 
drive owners, and a worthwhile pur- 
chase for the more patient floppy drive 
users. Get out there and swash with 
your buckle until it drops off. 

Daniel 


Clear TisEnjments, reasonab^ 
screen updates 


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like the real Thing, br*g trips 
can b* tedious. 


Jake Merton! 
You dirty I ittle 
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ELSPA Chart 


Fourteen new entries this 
month, fiwe climbers, ten 
games fall and there is one 
mysterious non-mover. This is 
actually Formula One Grand 
Prirt and it remains in pole 
position, 

A big jhodt this month was 
Populous 2 falling an enor- 
mous 18 places from number 
six to number 24, The reason 
for this drastic drop is the 
plethora of new budget games 
released, I told you never to 
feed them after midnight, and 
look at them, all 33 of them. 
It s disgraceful' Come on you 
Amiga owners - get those 
well-earned readies spent on 
some decent games. 

This even caused my excel- 
lent tip for the top. Another 
World, to not even enter the 
top 30. I believe it's hanging 
around at the 40 mark, but it's 
still my tip for the number one 
spot- 

Good news for all you flight 
sim Tans - A320 Airbus has 
landed the number six spot 
and our stewardess-loving 
news editor John Butters 
firmly predicts that it'll be num 
ber one next month. Hmnt, we 
shall, 

According to several chart 
sources, Harlequin and Aban- 
doned Plates are doing well in 
the lower half of the top 1 QQ 
and are almost certain to be in 
the top 30 next month. 

That's all we have time for, 
but next month well be show- 
ing you how to make an egg 
rack out of a couple of yoghurt 
pots and a banana skin, and 
talking about what's going up 
and down in the world of 
Amiga games Bye, See ya 
readers! 

Jonathan 


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FI 6 Combat Pilot 
James Pond 
First Division Manager 
Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo 
A3 20 Airbus 

Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker 
Toyota Celica Hally 
Birds of Prey 




T 




Microprose 
Action 1 6 
GBH 

Code Masters 
Hitec Software 
ThaJion 
Virgin 
GBH 

Electronic Arts 



4 

Robocop 3 


Ocean 


2 

WWF Wrestlemama 

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Ocean 


5 

James Pond 2 - Robocod 


Millennium 

A 


N 

Italia 90 


Tronix 


19 

Wacky Races 


Hitec Software 


12 

New Zealand Story 

V 

Hit Squad 


NE 

Operation Thunderbolt 


Hit Squad 


N 

Paperboy 


Encore 


NE 

Giants of Europe 


Anco 


17 

International Ninja Rabbits 


Micro Vald^^ 


21 

World Cricket 


Zeppelin 


NE 

Ghouls and Ghosts 


Kixx 


NE 

Ultimate Golf 

1 

GBH Gold 


23 

Fantasy World Dizzy 


Code Masters 


6 

Populous 2 

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Electronic Arts 


NE 

Shadow of the Beast 


Sizzfers 


NE 

Rainbow Islands 


Hit Squad 


25 

Batman - The Movie 


Hit Squad 


NE 

Untouchables 

V 

Hit Squad 


24 

Dizzy Collection 


Code Masters 


NE 

Populous 


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back and forth and back and 
forth you go, until one of you 
runs out of energy. Wowee. 

Unimaginative sound and fairly 
lame graphic? are just the final 
nails in this game s coffin. Cute 
idea, but It s neither scary or 
funny. They might have got away 
with it if the game had consisted 
of more than just going through 
the same screens over and over 
again, but as ft H I don 1 think 
that this game s likely to rise from 
the dead too often. Ho bo ho r I'm 
a right joker me... 

Daniel 


cough, ST way back in And 

rather unfortunately for us, there's 
a quote from a certain sister maga- 
zine of ours, Atari ST User, on the 
box. A whopping 92 per cent it 
claims. Oh dear. 

Maybe it wai radically different 
on the ST, but if ft was anything 
at all like this then the reviewer 
was either blind, or very, very 
drunk. 

£o r Brides of Pracula, prepare 
yourself for a slagging off of 
Olympic magnitude, First up, the 
graphics are tiny and their move- 
ment is stilted, so trying to jump 
over a moving enemy Is pretty 
damn impossible. This doesn't 
help the gamepiay any, and than 
a pity cos it needs air the help it 
can get. 

The basic fdea is a tried and 
tested one, but rfs spoiled by the 
thoughtless way that each object, 
be it woman or weapon, must be 
taken back to your starting point 
before you can collect another. So 


the world s best vampire killer, 
He s probably the world s only 
bloody vampire killer, but never- 
theless, he s very good at it. Unfor- 
tunately, he's managed to scatter 
his vampire killing kit all across 
the village (pretty careless, I 
thought] and so he must find all 
his bits and pieces before he can 
nail Drat. 

So the race is on - Oratula try 
mg to capture all Che luscious 
young ladies in the village, and 
Transit' Van Heising trying to 
remember where he's left all his 
tools of the trade. Arcade adven- 
ture time, I guess. 

It s a two-player affair, where 
you each control one of the p ro- 
ta goni its. Now in principle this it 
a great idea, especially if you get 
to play Draaila, cos you get to 
chase buxom maidens and stuff. 
Even so, it's basically a run around 
and collect things game, And its 
not a very good one either. 

This game first appeared on the, 


I t cant be easy being a vam- 
pire. Bad breath, pasty com- 
plexion, and you keep biting 
suf tongue. And just think of 
aw hard rt must be to get a date, 
fave you ever tried chatting up a 
when your eyes keep glowing 
right red? It's impossible. You 
m't even get on Blind Date. 
Tiagine it,,. 

Gormless bimbette [reading 
jestions Off cue cardf: Number 
vo. if you invited me round for 
inch, what would we eat and 

why? 

Vampire: Er, well I d probably 
te you on the neck and suck all 
i£ blood out of your body, actu- 
fly* (Audience laugh until their 
snsils bleed, Cilia grins sEcken- 
igly, L wt commission yet another 
cries, mass suicides ensue]. 

It just won t work will it? So 
hat can a lonely vamp do on a 
veekend, eh? Well, pr Dractifa 
i' ms to have got the right idea- 
Rather than popping down to 
"ie youth club disco and trying to 
v angle a salt and vinegar 
voured snog behind the church 
ill, he's decided to make ail she 
iris in the village fancy him. 

And how does he do this? Does 
e tend off for one of those "Make 
ourself Dead Sexy, Honest 1 
-rays from dodgy magazines? Of 
:urse not! He stalks through the 
ight, chomps the babes on the 
eck and turns them into the 
ides of Pracula {dan dan dlddly 
^aaaaan). 

Naturally, the villagers are a bit 
irked by this spate of babe th iev- 
ry, and along comes Van Heising. 
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lection, You can also ask him for Infor- 
mation to help you solve the quest. The 
irade* can be visited as many times as 
you rike. 

Time to wrap up the ?eview r 
methmks. The first weU QK* the second 
thing you notice about Elvira is the 
graphics. They're amazing! One of the 
most impressive bits is the ice world - it 
actually snows. I know it doesn't sound 
good on paper, but you realty have to 
see it [o believe it. There is also a nice lit- 
tle intro featuring some digrtised pics of 
the lady herself. 

Soundwise, there is an average little 
tune and the sound effects are nothrng 
to write home to mother about. The 
game plays alright but sometimes you 
get beasties leaping out at you from 
nowhere and it can be a little frustrat- 
ing, it's quite difficult, but you get nine 
Nes to play around with. There is a puz- 
zle aspect to the game, but most of 
these can be worfced out easily. 

If you are into large-chewed, heavy 
metal -loving women then this game Is 
definitely for you. For the rest of us 
tesser mortals, you're better off finding 
something else. 


mgr quflHty Jraphitt *ith 
some greas afw^tion. 

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m g ahey. Elvira's back iand 
■Hff front. ooer| and this i me 
^g^g you get to control the 
welt-proportioned beauty around three 
levels of arcade fun. You may well 
remember Elvira's first computer game 
appearance a couple of years ago and 
yotf may alio remember it was an 
adventure role-playing game that 
played rather tike Dungeon Master. 

What did help the game to become 
immensely popular wai, errr. ummm, 
Elvira's large Chest (I'm not a man to 
beat around the bush). This important 
factor, which sold r he first game, is also 
back. 

For all the hearty full-blooded males 
out there It's good news, but for all you 
feminists it's decidedly bad news. You 
have to admit that if it wasn't for Elvira, 
the first game would've more than likely 
bombed. 

Sex sells games. Take Leisure Suit 
Lany for example - even way back in 
the depths of time when Barbarian first 
came out, Maria Whittaker's ample 
bosoms made the game a top seller. 

Anyway, enough of this tittle tattle 
chittle chatties on with the review Elvira 
was asleep in her home when an 
almighty storm blew up, rain lashed 
. down upon her house and lightning lit 
up the sky. The storm was enough to 


awaken even the dead and that rs 
exactly what it did. 

Elvira woke with a start and at the 
bottom of her bed was a ghostly figure 
dressed in a highly regal robe. To cut a 
long story short, this ghostly dude was 
appa rently the King of Transylvania and 
he said that Elvira could have his castle. 

There is only one snag - our busty 
buxom beauty has ro conquer two hos- 
tile environments, Arctic Earth and 
Underworld of Fire, and then conquer 
the castle itself. 

Elvira - The Arcade Game is. you've 
guessed it. a platform game. Elvira has 
to walk around collecting spells, runes 
and weapons to help her conquer the 
worlds. Also there are all manner of 
beasties dying to stop our heroine from 
completing her tasks. Despite having, 
erm, an ample chest, Elvira is really 
quite nrmble - she can jump from plat- 
form to platform with the greatest of 
eaise. 

Elvira can also use some Spells to 
good effect. Some give her energy 
back, while others allow her to walk 
over hot molten lava and other such 
improbable;. 

You encounter an ancient trader in 
each of the three worlds. The trader has 
the ability to trade a spell Chat you have 
collected for one that he has in Ns col- 


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The story is based upon ancien t 
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on (he battlefield of the Shadowlands, awakes 
to find that his spirit lives on and that he can 
control the minds and actions of his subjects. 
Seeking retribution, he chooses four loyal 
adventurers and guides them hack into the 
Shadowlands on a journey of discovery and 
vengeance, 

* The revolutionary new Photoscape TM 
lighting system casts atmospheric light and 
shadow over the gameworld. 

* Eight to the death using an array of 
weapons and spells against hordes of 
grotesque and intelligent adversaries. 

* A multitude of devious traps and 
perplexing pussies tax your skill, intelligence 
and dexterity. 

* User definable characters are controlled 
independently or in groups. 

* In-game hints are always available (for 
a price) if you need them. 

The friendly and intuitive mouse-driven 
control system gives access to the largest, 
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A merica, laird of fast fo 
drugs, deJlh vioien 
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Mouse. EPviJp Madonna, P u; 
Enemy, Bart Simpson and Jc 
Madden. The question that fie 
lo be asked is, who the bloc: 
John Madden? I don't know . 
the he FI he is and J don I re. 
care P but here it John Madd'i 
Football anyway. 

The object of the game h 
to score more points than 
your opponent [pretty 
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of the receivers. Alternatively the 
quarterback - the guy who bungs 
the ball and generally control? 
play - can hand the ball to one of 
the running backs, who will try to 
leg it as far as he can. 

Now this sounds all tun and 
games, but there is the small mat- 
ter of the defensive 
team. Their job h t * y 
to get the ball off y* ^ > 

you. Mow these 
guys jiren t softies mH 9 
and Will more than 
likely break your legs just to get 
the baN. They can intercept the 
ball or claim it if it is fumbled, 
but they can t steal it out of 
your arms. 

After you have scored a touch’ 
down and gained six points, there 
is an opportunity to kick a fieid- 
goal for an extra point. This 
entails booting the ball over the 
post, just like they do in rugby. 

There are of course loads more 
rules and regulations, hut J haven s 
got enough space to tell you them 
afl. If you buy John Maddens Foot 
ball have a look inside the manual 
all will be revealed and then you If 
be able to find out what Mick Luck* 
hurst was babbling on about. 

Now on to the game. It starts 
with a funky tune and a nice 
graphical introduction - it even 
features one of those American 
commentators who introduces you 
to the game. 

Once past the copy protection, 
it's time to select what type of 
game you want to play. You can 


ore by getting a touchdown or 
- kicking a field goal. To score a 
jchdown you have to get the 
into your oponent i endzone, 
really Is a bit complicated to 
3iain the rules, so I II be bask. 

At the start of !he game, some’ 
kicks off and the team receive 
ball. Then they run with the 
trying to get it in the end lone, 
ney are tackled then it is a first 
^n. The team has four downs to 
*n 10 yards - if they are success- 
■ then it is another lint down. So 
it progresses until you get into 
the endlong and score a 
touchdown. The offensive 
team can move up the field 
by throwing the 
* foot bail to one 


play a regular game with two of 
your favourite teams or you can 
start a playoff series where you 
choose your team and you play 
until you get knocked out or until 
you win the Superbowl. 

You can play on joystick or key* 
board, against the computer or a 
friend. There are other choices to 
be made, like whether you want 
to play indoors, or outdoors in 
the rain - you can even play in 
the snow. Once you Ye selected all 
your options, it s time to kick off.. 

During the game, you have to 
select plays. These determine 
whether you are to kick, throw or 
pass the ball, or whether you are 
to launch a full-scale attack on 
your opponents. They can be a lit- 
tle confusing at first, but the 
more you play the more you learn. 

Overall, John Madden 5 Foot- 
ball is the best American Football 
game on the Amiga. The graphics 
are brilliant and you can hardly 
tell the difference between the 
Amiga and Sega 
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While you arc playing there are 
some good sound effects like the 
Hup hup Hup before the ball is 
rn play and loads of bone-crunch- 
ing tackle noises. 

There are a couple of slight 
problems. The first one is that it s 
rather easy. Whether it s just 
because I m amazing at John Mad- 
dens and can beat ail the others 
in the office or because I've had 
loads of practice playing the 
Mega drive version, I don s know, 
but it Is sliil easy. The other prob- 
lem is that it slows down in parts 
and always seems 
as though the ■ ^ fc 

other team is \ 

much faster than -f f r 7 
you. Apart from 
that, once you ve 
mastered the control system it s 
great fun to play, especially when 
you score that all-important first 
touchdown. 

You just can t help jumping out 
of your seat and bopping to the 
touchdown tune. What I am dis- 
appointed about Is the distinct 
lack of beautiful cheer-leaders. 
Oh well, you can t have it alf 

If you are a fan of American 
Football fas I am) then this game 
will definitely be at the top of 
your shopping list. 

Don I forget - once you've 
bought the game, go round to 
your Megadrive-owning chums 
houses and say anything you can 
do, we can do just the same. 
That II get them riled, 

Jonathan 


ers are well ani- 
^ mated and all 
the teams seem 
to have their team colours. 

The Megadrive has three differ- 
ent Fire buttons compared to the 
Amiga s one r but the Amiga ver- 
sion still plays fairly well On the 
sound front, there is the sionking 
intro tune and there is even a 
mix of the original Megadrive 
music before you begin the game. 


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Pressure pad 


Door 


False wall 


Oracle 


Cupboard 


Getting started and 
staying alive in Knightmare 

For ail you peeps who are struggling to get started in tills DM done, 
here are some tips that J employ when playing the game. Being the 
thoroughly thoughtful person that I am, I've even included a partial 
map J did during the quest for the shield. 

If you haven't found the quest entrance yet (are you sure this is the 
game for you?) just find the stick and throw it at the tree who says 
I've lost my child. 


Hand to hand combat 

Set up your party appropriately. Tve seen some players with their Wizard at 
the front of the party while in combat, which is a sure way to send him to 
oblivion. Make sure your strongest members are at the front. 

When you encounter a monster, never, never stand still and fight it - lead it 
to a room where you can run around it whiJe hacking away. 

I jet up my computer so that J have one hand on the numeric keypad for 
movement and the other hand on the mouse, which is positioned over the 
weapons ready to strike. 

It takes a little practice to become acquainted with sidestepping and turning 
on the spot without having to glance at the keypad, but once you have mas- 
tered it, you can keep your eye on the screen at all times while moving 
around. 

Forget about the movement icons - they will slow you down in combat. 
Most of the monsters are very stow, so you can easily outmanoeuvre them to 
hit them from the side or from behind. If you are the cowardly type, though, 
you could always lead the monster back to a room which you can then lock 
him/her/ft in, but this doesn t exactly bump up your experience points. 


Teleport door 


Lever/Button 


Water 


Environmental damage 

Use your environment to your advantage. Lead monsters to doorways and 
then close the door on the suckers while hitting them. Also, some of the traps 
you encounter can become quite devastating weapons for you to use. 

Take the short hailway with a hole and a lever at either end. The oracle says 
don t pfay with fire, and when you pull the lever, a fireball is shot from the 
hole - perfect for luring monsters to and letting them follow you down the hall 
while you pull the (ever to unleash the fireball onto them. Be careful not to get 
hit yourself by pulling the lever once they are dead, though. 

If you look at the map near this hallway, you will see a section of the wall is 
marked as false. Later on, when you are on the other side, you will find a but- 
ton on a wall [see Figure If which, when pressed, will remove that section and 
provide you with a shortcut to the fireball hall. 

You will find this extremely useful later on because when you enter the 
sewer area, you will encounter quite a few monsters in groups of four, They 
can take a fair time to kill normally, so just entice them to follow you and 
show them your new-found fireball trick. 







Spells 

When it tomes to healing 
the wounded, you must 
have your cJeric below the 
character icon of the charac- 
ter you wish to cast the 
heal spell on. To be able to 
heal the cleric, you must 
have a bottle in the other 
hand of the cleric, then cast 
one of the healing spelts. 
The bottle will fill with the 
appropriate spell and the 
cleric can then drini< from 
It, 


Mapping 

The best way to map an area is to 
ignore any doors or switches you come 
across until you have been in every 
nooic and cranny of the area you are in. 
When you have mapped out the current 
area, go to the nearest door and start 
] mapping the newly uncovered area from 
I there. 

The worst thing to do is to jusr 
| blindly go around going through every 
I door you see. This only enlarges the 
I irea you have to map and wifi lead to 
you getting lost. 


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pressure pad n nd the shaded 
wail wFIJ stay open 


stepping on the pressure 
pad wiJI open and £lOM the 
door marked A 


When you stand eft thr* pad, 
the wall wiJI disappear 
reveling a larger room. 
There will be A group of 
monsters (Wr* that are hard 
la MlP, so lead them bach to 
the fireball hail to deal with 
them 


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shaded w-aJi wiH disappear 
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Guns, knives and all round nastiness in 

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omebody in (his game hasn't 
quite got the right idea. Your 
average law Breaker tends to 
steer clear of prisons an general. Crimi- 
nals arid prison cells. It's a bad combina- 
tion. 

But our Mr Big Saddle in this game 
has seen fit to break into a prison. Not 
out of prison like any normal, balanced 
public enemy, but into one. Alcatraz, 
strangely enough 

Lucky for him that Alcatraz was 
deserted or he would Ve looked a proper 
tharrie. So now he's running his drug 
cartel from within the fortified walls. 

Obviously, th« sort of disregard tor 
common sense can't go unquestioned. 
This being the case, some blokes m suits 
decide that some blokes m combat 
trousers should sneak into the prison 
and shoot the bad guy. Democracy, eh? 

The blokes in combat trousers, who 
are also lumbered with the rather crap 
names of Fist and Bird, are then 
dumped in a dinghy and given a hearty 
shove in the general direction of Alca- 
traz. 

And when they finally drift ashore on 
Alcatraz Island, they find themselves 
armed onfy with nine throwing knives 
each This is so they can infiltrate the 
prison without making Coo much noise. 
Unfortunately, as soon as any of the 
guards spot them, they let rip with guns, 
grenades and (tame throwers, thus Spoil- 
ing the surprise somewhat Ho hum. 

"Anyway, with all hen breaking loose, 
our two heroes must battle their way to 
various buifdmgs in the Alcatraz complex 
and either nick evidence or blow them 
up. These sections are played in 3D, 
rather than the horizontal scrolling of 
the rest of the game, presumably to add 
to the atmosphere. Alcatraz, it must be 
said, bears an almost uncanny resem- 
blance to Hostages. This isn't surprising 




me sergeant ahrayj 
insisted on showing 
his home videos.,. 


when you realise that Alcatraz is, to all 
intents and purposes. Hostages 2. 

While this is undoubtedly a bit of a 
plus, seeing as how Hostages was and 
still is a stonking little game, it also 
brings to light the bad points in Alca- 
traz. 

You see, Alcatraz looks a hell of a lot 
like all the different sections in 
Hostages, but played in a different 
order, You've got the left to right bit, 
the 3D walk-around-and-shoot-baddics 
bit. and the "too bloody hard for its 
own good' abseiling bit. 

But whereas in Hostages the left to 
right bit was a pain m the rear end, In 
ATcatraz it's excellent. You can pick up a 
variety of weapons from downed 
guards and use them yourself. This, 
coupled with the screams and gun- 
shots, makes this section quite a tasty 
Irttie shoot-'em-u p. 

tts only real let downs are that the 
two player sprites are identical and you 
can only change weapons when you're 
hiding in the background, so you end 
up having to dodge behind doors while 
being shot to pieces, which is a bit Of a 
chore in the middle of a fight. At the 



Fred wished hed booh'd into a better hotel.. 


May 1995 



The drug dulcfi turned Alwlfai inlfl An flN right discotheque 


end of each scrolly bit there's one of 
those "important" buildings where you 
switch to 3D. Ancf true to Sod's law, 
whereas this was the best bit of 
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Software 


F fom the simplest public domain 
Effort to the most sophisticated, 
semi-OTP high-end package, 
wordprocessws start with the assumption 
that you want type in documents, process 
them with the computer and then output 
them in an acceptable finished form. 

The features you will require to help 
you do this vary according to how you 
wish to use the package - writing letters 
and constructing a novel are two very dif- 
ferent tasks, and you should choose a pro- 
gram Which reliects what you require - 
and what you can afford, 

This article consists of reviews of all the 
main packages, followed by a comprehen- 
sive table detailing the various features 
and capabilities of the programs reviewed, 
it will give you an overview of a very 
crowded market, and help you to decide 
exactly which program matches your 
needs, at your budget level. 



Pen Pal 





word thesaurus courtesy of Collins, very 
good tile support for other WPs and 
applications (you can save or read 
ProText or WordPerfect files tor example: 
and up to 100 files can be open - if you 
have the memory - at once. 

Wordworth is a very strong, flexible 
and powerful graphical wordprocessor, it 
excels in a number ol areas, and is weak 
in none, making it a leading contender in 
the WP market, 


one meg to start with, but that's only 
good for about 1,000 words, especially if 
you use more than one typeface. Vou can 
have 120k of Chip RAM left, but there's 
little tree Fast RAM, and it runs out fairly 
quickly. To include graphics you'll need 
at least 1 ,5 to 2Mb of RAM. Workbench 
is closed automatically to save memory, 
but if you have some to spare there's an 
option to open it again. One annoying 


aspect of the program is the flickery 
screen and slow updating. 

Surprisingly there's a quick screen option 
which eliminates virtually all °i this, and 
the text scrolling speed remains quick, 
making editing a pleasure, 

Besides the excellent font and printer 
support, Wordworth has a couple of 
other strong points. There's a 110, W0 
word English dictionary and a 30,000 


Protext 


Version S.5 of Protext has gradually 
evobed from a PC, blank edit screen and 
command line text editor that was very 
fast, to today's all-new version, which is 
far more user friendly, yet retains the 
brute force text-crunching aspects. 

To say the old Pretext was not easy to 
use is an understatement. The latest ver- 


Wordworth 

If William Wordsworth was alive today, 
would he use an Amiga and a copy ol 
Wordworth to pen his particular brand of 
prose? NO, not if he had any sense, Or to 
quantify that, no, not unless he had a 
2Mb Amiga, a hard drive, and as an 
optional extra, an accelerator card. 

Wordworth is supplied on four disks 
and comes with a large and detailed 
manual. The program has to be installed 
to Hoppy or hard drive, so in the case of 
floppies, with the addition of a docu- 
ments disk, that' 5 five blank disks you 
need to start - unless you have a hard 
drive, which is recommended, 

There's a hard drive install program 
supplied that quickly sets the system up 
for use. Wordworth works in a similar 
manner to most Workbench 2-compliant 
applications, so the scroll bars on its win- 
dows have gadgets on the bottom rather 
than at the lop and bottom. 

The display can either be medium or 
high resolution, if you have a flicker fixer 
for the latter option, and presents a cen- 
tral writing area with pull-down menus 
along the top and the most commonly 
accessed items such as justification, line 
spacing, typeface and colour control as 
icons down the- side. 

This is Wysiwyg, which is useful consid- 
ering the different types of font that 
Wordworth can use. There are 
Workbench fonts, four enhanced 
Wordworth fonts, plus standard fonts, 
Colourfonts and Compugraphics outline 
fonts - if you have Workbench 1. That s a 
hell of a lot of different types. 

The impressive thing is you can mix 
and match them onscreen, however you 
choose. Add a picture import facility, 
where you can resile the image, and 
have text flow around either the whole 
block, or an object, and you have an 
almost OTP approach to wordprocessing 
There is a drawback to this wanton use 
of style, and that's memory. You need 



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Scribble 


Is there anyone in Amiga land who has never seen Scribble, 
with its flowery icon and - let's be honest - rather umnspmng 
interface? Scribble was one of the very first WPs for the Amiga, 
and even in its latest incarnation, that age shows, 

Still, you can open and edit tour files at once and it does 
contain enough minimum features to satisfy the infrequent 
prose merchant. No obvious dues as to what's going on dis- 
tract the eye around the bland Scribble editing screen - all 
functions have to be pulled down from the menus. 

So it's cheapish, but Scribble does boast spell checking, a 
word court, culicopy and paste for shuffling blocks of text 
around in an easy manner, and user-defined line spacing. 

Formatting text options are fairly rudimentary, mend you. 
It's either right, justified or nothing, and there are no headers 
or footers. It Isn't Wysiwyg, but there is a preview mode which 
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options included, so there's little chance of being surprised by 

the output. , . , 

Scribble isn't complex, but it does contain |usl enough o 
everything to make life easy for the casual letter writer, if 
that's all you need then why bother paying over a £100 lor 
features you'll never use? 


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Software 


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Macro Language Chang es 

You may now insert the current time or date into a 
document as text, which excellence! does not update. 
Insert the Time or Date marker into the document 
window and highlight it with the mouse, Now insert it 
into the Glossary and assign the glossary entry as a 
macro key. from now on, each time you press the key 
to insert trre glossary entry into the document 
excellence! inserts tne time or date as text This means 
tiie time or date is now fixed in the document and will 
not change. 

.The excellence! macro lanauaae has been extended. 

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sion, supplied on four disks and with one 
large manual and three small ones, has 
done much to soften its image, yet certain 
aspects still require a trip to the help file or 
manual. 

For a start, the editing window is re- 
sizeable and the program runs under 
Workbench. There are a host of features 
accessible from the pull-down menus, so 
many in fact that they almost reach the 
bottom of the screen. Colours are not, 
however, changeable, which means you 
are stuck with any combination of the 
standard four WB colour. 

When you first install Protext on either 
floppies or hand drive, a configuration pro- 
gram h run offering the choice to assign 
icons to files (generally a good idea), 
change the colours, and install' a printer 
from a large range of common models. At 
last a driver for the Citizen Swift 24 is 
included as well. The confiq program can 
be fun again on its own to change these 
defaults. 

Back on the editing front Protect is fast, 
and made quicker by the ability to jump 
Ihe cursor around the page and the docu- 
ment. A rather strange feature is the ability 
to automatically put line numbers in your 
text, presumably so that you can save Ascii 
as a listing tor use in a programming Ian 
guage. 

While editing is now much friendlier, 
and at last the word count and the option 
to select new printer drivers are on menus, 
there's still one noticeable omission. If you 
want a spell of double line spacing you 


Clear and pic uj/mj fun I With €XCetfetKCf 

need to access the command line and 
enter the correct code. This is less painful 
than before for the simple reason that 
everything that isn't on the menus has its 
command explained on the help menu. 

Still, even with improved disk access, 
you can only load and save Protext or Ascii 
files, unlike Wordworth, and there is no 
support for incorporating qraphks, except 
rudimentary lines. At least you don't get 
memory warnings half-way through an 
article though. 

Protext aEso supports a few typefaces 


(Prestige, Helvetica, Courier and Times) 
and a range of styles to choose from, 
including double height text, but other- 
wise it's paltry compared to Wordworth. 
Only the bask styles show up onscreen as 
well, since this is not Wysiwyg. 

Where Protect does outstrip 
Wordworth is in its comprehensive mail 
merge facilities and generally more 
advanced versions of the same features 
that both WPs share. ! was especially 
Impressed by the table of contents genera- 
tion, data tables and ability to calculate 




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Duncan Evans guides 
you through all the 
top packages 



expressions in the text. It was also nice to 
see widow control which stops the add 
word being left at the top ot a page or col- 
umn. Pretty sophisticated stuff. Even the 
word count can analyse the text, and you 
can count words in a marked block on 
their own. 

The main dictionary is markedly smaller 
than that supplied with Wordworth - only 
70,000 words compared to 110,000 - but 
its legal and medical supplement wins 
with 40,000 words to 26,000. There are 
also qukk dictionaries of 5,000 and 500 
words far when memory fs at a premium. 

Protext was a naked brute text 
cruncher. Mow it's almost fully clothed, 
but underneath the trappings there still 
beats a mean text word pm 1 . The presen- 
tation still looks crude in places - that's the 
PC heritage for you - so you can't really 
recommend it to people as their first WP. 
Neither is it suited foe any type of graphi- 
cal work. On the other hand, if you need a 
fast and efficient WP, mail merge or 
advanced processing features, then this 
latest version qf Protext is way aut in front. 

excellence! 

The first of the American powef user WPs 
got off to a flying start with a self assembly 
manual, no less than 57 pages of manual 
corrections (!) and a hard drive installation 
program that tries to copy the program to 
the wrong place. Then when running from 
HD it asks for the one of the original disks 
to be inserted. 

Oh well, once underway excellence! 
looks, if anything, like a cut-down 
Wordworth or a larted up KindWords. It 
opens its own screen, though Workbench 
is still accessible, and the editing screen has 
kons for the most commonly used com- 
mands (line spacing and so on) and ruler 
and paper markers should they be 
required. Everything else drops down from 
menus. A nice feature is that you can cus- 
tomise the colour scheme of your B^colour 
environment better than any of the other 
packages. 

Once I'd set it up to look nice, the sec- 
ond pleasant surprise was the WPs own 
fonts. Naturally I had access to all the other 
fonts from these packages, because they 
are all installed in your Fonts library, but 
excellence!'* own fonts were lovely. 
Ordinary 1 2-point text was nke and large, 
rounded, and a delight to read, as 
opposed to Woodworth's spidery lonts and 
the. infernal engine approach of Pretext. 
These fonts are PostScript, too, so 
inevitably you can print to a PostScript 
printer, or - and how handy this is - write 
a PostScript file to a disk. 

The vertical scrolling through the text 
wasn't very good, though. It's so bad, In 
fact, that I always went for the mouse and 
used the scroll bars instead. However, the 
screen is updated quicker than Wordworth, 
and there's less of a flickery effect 

The window resizing option is very 

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Software 


Special features chart 


matting options and database. 
Yes, here's why the damn thing 


Wordworth 

Pretext 5,5 

Scribble 

excellence! 

Pen Pal 

ProWrite 

gobbles so much memory - 
'.here's a database built in. 

Memory required 

1Mb 

1Mb 

512k 

1Mb 

1Mb 

1Mb 

Buying a wordprocessor just 

Hard drive install? 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Difficult 

because it has a database built 

Max open fifes 

100 

1 

4 

2 

4 

10 

in is rather dim, but when the 

Wysiwyg 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

WP is as good as Pen Pal it J s 

Ease of use 

Very good 

Good 

Very good 

Good 

Excellent 

Good 

certainly an attractive extra. 

Text scroll speed 

Quick 

; Fast 

Medium 

Slow 

Slow 

Slow 

Though the package may give a 

Plead Ascii? 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Flighty impression, it still packs 

Read Iff text? 

Yes 

No 

No 

Nd 

No 

No 

some powerful punches, such 

Read other WPs text? 

Pretext, Kindwords, 

No 

No- 

Protext 

No 

No 

as mail merge. 


WordPerfect, ProWrite 






This is a medium range 

justification 

All 

All 

Full only 

AFI 

Ail 

All 

woruprocessor, tnat s a oau 
-und At rshanhir^. and falls over 

Case Conversion 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

No 

No 

Yes 

itself to be hetpFuL If you ever 

Widow control 

No 

Yes 

No 

No 

No 

No 

needed a VVP to use in an edu- 

Page Preview 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

No 

cational environment, this pne 

Graphics 

Yes 

Lines 

. No 

Yes 

res 

Yes 

would be the winner by a mile. 

Flow around outlines 

Yes 

n/a 

n/a 

No 

Yk 

No 


Word Count 

Yes 

Yes 

_ Yes 

Yes 

Ye* 

Yes 

ProWrite 

Thesaurus; 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Ah 1 rln Iytuf a hnsc STuff^d full 

Headers & footnotes 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Hllj 1 UU IU Vt. U UUA JLU ' 1 Pll*! 

with disks, nine in this particular 

PostScript driver 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes 

NO 

No 

case. Before you scratch 

Printer drivers: 

400 

49 

System 

System 

System 

System 

ProWrite from your considera- 

Calculations 

No 

i Yes 

No 

Yes 

No 

| Ye s 

tions due to bloatedness, there 

Sorting 

No 

No 

No 

No 

No 

: Yes 

aren't supposed to that many - 

Data tables 

No 

Yes 

No 

No 

No 

No 

they've been shoved in For the 

Automated contents 

Nd 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

No 

No 

benefit of reviewers - as if hav- 

Columns 

User-defined 

User 

1 

1 to 4 

1 

1 

ing four separate copies of the 

Go to Page 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

program disk makes life any eas* 

Online help 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

ier. 

1+ h ? r n | , 1 , jr, L antJ In n | ^ I Ff 1 I 1 lp 

Free memory check 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

II rid 5 5* K50K ^nc3 lECi similar 








to Wordworth, as both fallow 

Undo Delete 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 


the new Workbench 2 conven- 
tions ot gun-metal blue colour 
schemes and gadgets on the 
scroll bars at the end of the bar, 
rather than both ends. 

Now you expect some dubi- 
ous boasts From soFtware houses 
aut for ProWrite to be badged as 
last verges on the ridiculous. You 
can type very quickly, but if you 
want to edit somewhere else in 
ttie text, which is after all why 
you use a WF rather than a type- 
writer it's slow. If there's a picture in 
your document then if stops while it 
works out what the image looks like, 
every time you scroll past iL 

The trouble with WPs these days is 
that a lot of them have similar features. 
*eah, we've got. macros., .IFF imports, 
word counts, complete justification, 
icons for functions, mail merge. Sure, 
ProWrite has all of these, except it 
doesn't do anything any better than any 
other wordpracessor, and half the time it 
ts a lot worse. 

In its favour, the text display is nice 
jnd clear, there are up to ten macros for 
your favourite command combinations. 
There is also a speech option. However, 
the advantages stop there, so now you 
can discard ProWrite from your consider- 
d lions, because it simply doesn't live up 
to its high performance hype. 


-Ascii 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

-IFF Text 

Yes 

No 

No 

Yes (see text) 

No 

No 

-PnaText, Kindwords 

No 

No 

No 

No 

No 

ProWrite, WordPerfect 


Spelling checker: 


- Language 

English 

English 

i English 

American 

English 

English 

- Vocabulary (wds) 

1 10/000 

7o,ooo 

7 

140,000 

105,000 

100,000 

- Supplements: 

26,000 words 

40,000 words 

None 

inci 

User 

User 


Summing up 

Is there one dear winner from this pile 
of processors? As ever, it largely 
depends on what you want from your 
WP. Pretext vS.S is the most advanced 
and powerful and jn its latest version, 
not too painfuf to get to grips with, 
Wardworth isn't far behind, but for 
those heavy duty jobs - especially if you 
need mail merge - Protext rivals top 
range PC and Mac product. As I said, 
Wordworth isn't far behind, has a much 
friendlier interface, and lets you incor- 
porate pictures. 

The undemanding letter writer seek- 
ing a cheap and cheerful package 
should either consider the old stager 
Scribble or the more expensive Pen Pal 
If you're intending to produce docu- 
ments that contain artwork, and you 


Suppliers 

Wordworth 

£1 29.99 

Dtgita International 

039S 270273 

Pretext v5,5 

£152.75 

Amor Ltd 

0733 68909 

Scribble 

£44,95 

HB Marketing 

0753 686000 

Excellence 

£99.95 

Silica Sysems 

081-309 1111 

Pen Pal 

£79.95 

Silica Systems 

081-309 1111 

ProWrite 

£89 

Silica Systems 

081-309 1111 


need to print PostScript files to disk, or 
if you want a writing environment 
which offers excellent fonts and don't 
mind adventure, then excellence! is 
worth a stab. 

For pure pleasure, the Pen Pal writing 
environment is the besL It's just so nice! 
It also has an integrated database 
should you require one. If you don't 


need advanced features, and yog do 
need to be shown the ropes, or simply 
want a moderate range WP, Pen Pal 
comes highly recommended. Bear in 
mind that to use Wordworth, Pen Pal 
and excellence? you need at lea-st 
1.5Mb of RAM - 1Mb simply doesn't 
stretch far enough when 
you use artwork. 


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Go into any school's information technol- 
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Ves, the little mechanical buggies that 
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screen. 

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guy named Gary 
Teachout - it's riot a made-up name, hon- 
est 

Gary has been enhancing LOGO on the 
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known as Power LOCO, an experimental 
programming language based on Lisp and 
LOGO. It is versatile, highly interactive, 
organises programs as collections of proce- 
dures, and includes lists as first-class data 
objects. With only a few exceptions, Power 


There is a wealth of inexpensive 
software out there, but where 
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Steve Williams sticks 
up a few signposts 
for you to 
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the Power COCO tunic fcrtflfrrfy n«nf 
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LOCO is highly compatible with 
traditional LOCO, 

The interface has been provided to 
make Power 
LOGO easy For the 
novice to use. It 
produces a custom 
eight-colour screen, 
already set up with 
a turtle, where the 
beginner can have 
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turtle graphic com- 
mands. It also 
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windows to he controlled from the menus, 
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ber of colours. 

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make its use easier for beginners,. There are 
also some examples and a demo, which 
will show how to use Power LOCO'S multi- 
ple facilities, including fonts, palette, win- 
dows and speech facilities. Up until I saw 


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there's no need to retrace your steps to 
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50G and specifically to 
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Since this is what the vast major- 
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little attention to earlier cm- later versions. 

The pleasing news is that now 
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EdLib plans to make it the subject of the 
next release of the AmigaGuide. 


Power LOCO in action I was 
one of those cynics who thought 
that LOGO wasn't particularly 
impressive- 

I have to admit that \ have 
changed my point of view now - Power 
LOGO is indeed a step up from the original 
implementation. 

me issued to me nM are 

LL comands er exectitebtes (if pu are hrorking Tron 11 
In (if rou are narking fran the tenwnoh). The 

■a nachine nust carry ml these instructions can 
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Amiga Guide 

EdLib Software 

The AmigaCuide is a splendid tutorial for 
new and intermediate users. Written using 
Gold Disk's Hypefflook, it provides pages 
and pages of colourfuliy presented, useful 
information on all the aspects of the Amiga 
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find invaluable. 

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transition, The pages are cross-indexed so 


1 IftilMS fun 
features 
nveh no re pi 
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aver all 
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Provides an interact tvs language 
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program mg, 

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input/snt put , 

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learn. 


Screamin' 

Miggy 

Them! 

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music editors (Trptracker vU B recom- 
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the Amiga as the ultimate home-based 
music creation device. Screamin 1 Miggy 


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In the current recession, most of us ant finding money tight. Anything that can I 
help you monitor the movement of yowr finances has got to be classed as useful, 
Amlganuts have dug up such a program. 

Ami-Check 2.0 Is a simple to use, Intuitive, chequebook program for the 
Amiga which only runs under Workbench 2.0x- It allows you to note Information 
about your cheques In a very straightforward manner, displaying a running bal- 
ance as you do so. 

The program also lets you dear and reconcile your chequebook, begin new 
registers with outstanding cheques only, print all cleared, outstanding or 
selected entries from your cheque-book to your primer, or save them to a disk 
file as a standard Asdi code for use in all wordprocessing or desktop publishing 
programs. 

Ami-Check has a unique feature called Flow-Tracker which summarises your 
cheque register for you by totals so you can see where your money is going 
without setting up accounts. 

There Is a calculator with memory functions built In that can transfer figures ! 
over to the Ami-Check register, ft's essentially a 11 position bask calculator. 
Functioning the same way almost alt other calculators. The program will run 
from the Workbench or from the CU, separating itself from the calling Shell, 
Extensive documentation and a quick reference guide is also Included. In all, 
Amt-Check 2.Q streamlines the day-to-day upkeep of your accounting In a 
friendly, simple to use, and Intuitive way. 


Ml contains more than ISO percussion 
sounds, mostly sampled direct from CD- 
Other disks are currently in production, 
packed with speech, instruments, chords 
and effects, and complete modules can be 
obtained from Them! for as little as £1 .2S 
- that's including the post and packaging. 

I wish Them! luck, The quality and 
quantity of the samples makes this first disk 
a valuable addition to my sequencing pro- 
grams. I hope. they put together the other 
disks pretty quickly - I'm looking forward 
to adding them to my personal collection. 


PDQ14 

George Thompson Services 

PDQ14 contains an interesting cocktail of 
programs that range from some slick 
games through to some deeply useful utili- 
ties., 

There's [Mender, a version o( the origi- 
nal arcade game; Textra r a neat little text 
editor; Degrades which tries to ''degrade* 

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your system so incompatible programs will 
work on your upgraded machine. You can 
also use it to boot off floppy drives other 
than DFD: or force your machine to PAL or 
MTSC 

ThriE highlight for me was the discovery 
of a program, called Multi Dos. This one 
really does rate a serious mention. 

For a long time now Amiga to PC file 
transfer has been dominated by a program 
known as MessyDos r as far as shareware is 
concerned at least. 

The utility proved so fashionable that 
the shareware version ceased development 
so that a bigger and better (and less 
buggy) commercial product could be put 
together and launched as competition to 
rival commercial packages CrossDos and 
Dos- 2 -Dos, 

Casual users found MessyDos quite ade- 
quate for their needs. More demanding 
users, however, had difficulties. Some had 
trouble reading MessyDos-formattod disks 
on their PCs, others discovered that 
MessyDos-for matted disks would unex- 
pectedly corrupt while transferring files on 


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Norwegian Kjell Didnksen to create 
MultiDos 1 .12. 

MuftiDos is easy to use and easy to 
install. Unlike MessyDos, MultiDos doesn't 
require you to add an entry to the 
i, DtVS;mountli5t w file, and thus doesn't 
need mounting by issuing a Mount com- 
mand. 

A new command is provided - 
PCMguntAII which when issued From a 
command line turns all your Amiga 3.5in 
drives into PC drives, named MDO;, MD1:, 
and so on, determined by how many 
Poppy drives you have fitted. After issuing 
the PCMountAH command, you can't redd 
Amiga disks in any of your floppy drives 
they are "stolen ,r by MultiDos for reading 
and writing PC disks only. 

You still have the DFx: devices, so PFQ: 
can be used instead of MDO:. An opposite 
command, PCKillAII, reverses the drives 
back into Amiga ones. Apart from being 
aMe to read and write PC disks, MultiDos 


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to format disks. 

The MultiDos PCFormat command is as 
simple to use as the Amiga DOS Formal 
command - in fact its syntax is almost 
exactly the same except for the addition ot 
a few more options. 

PCFormat knows how to format a PC 
disk by reading the “rCFormat-Spc* con- 
figuration file from the 5: directory. As sup- 
plied, this is set up to format standard SO 
track, 720k, J.Sin PC floppies, but if you 
are the adventurous sort there is nothing 
to stop you changing the values in the 
configuration file to create a format of your 
own invention, 

I need to be able to transfer Amiga files 
onto a PC disk and from there on to an 
Amstrad CPC612B 3-in disk using another 
file transfer program called MFU. if t used a 
3.5in disk that had been formatted in a 
pucker PC everything was fine MFU 
would clunk along quite happily and do 
the job. If I tried the same thing using a 
MessyDos-farmalted disk, MFU would not 
recognise it as a PC disk. 

My MFU file transfer program recog- 
nises Multi DoS-formatted 3 .Sin disks as 
true IBM PC-formatted disks. So it gave me 
great satisfaction after testing MultiDos 
and finding it 100 per cent dependable (so 
far), to drop my copy of MessyDos in the 
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The 60th Tampa Bay Amiga Group 1 ! Disk of the Month has arrived or my desk and as always ttiere's-an interesting mixture of pro- 
grams, three of which caught my eye. 

Shadowmaker is a specialised utility for those of you who are heavily into desktop video, if you produce video titles or any type 
of video text generation then Shadowmaker could be just what you are looking for. 

The program will save you having to use Deluxe Paint in order to create shadows for your letters. It can produce professional 
anti-aliased font generation across all the packages you useforyaur production work, 

its Canadian author, Stephen Ubans, originally wrote the program as a commercial venture. Shadowmaker is a slightly handi- 


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capped version of the original, in that the font s-ave mz is restricted to 39 
points and under and you can load any font up to 99 points for preview mode. 

Otherwise, all of Shadowmakefs functions are enabled, making this almost a 
complete and fully working program. 

It has four gadgets that are used to select the lype of shadow you want 
eight gadgets for selection of the direction and displacement of the light 
source and two gadgets to select the depth of the shadow. Having adjusted 
the shadows to your satisfaction, it's a simple dick on the Save button and the 
font is ready to load into your video production package. 

It doesn't stop there - Stephen Ubans is currently 
working on a new version for release into the public 
jf^ domain. This version will boast an impressive list of 

special effects including perspective, mirroring 
and rotation, the ability to load any font into 
your paint program for retouching and 
enhancing, professional video font sets, 
hand-crafted bitmaps lor video production, 
text animation, and the ability to alter the 
inter-character/kern spacing from within 
your favourite Paint program. 

The next program on T-BAG 60 
made me smile was OneKey, an input 
handler written by Commodore's Carolyn 

Scheppner for users who can only press one keyboard key at a time, OneKey gathers separately typed 
qualifier keys - Shift, Alt, Ctrl, L-Amiga, and R-Amiga - and applies them to the next non -qualifier key that is typed. This means that 
once OneKey is running. Shift followed by a lower case t will produce an upper case T. A very handy utility, 

The best fun on T-BAG 60 is probably Wordsearch Generator, a computerised, erm, wordsearch generator that can produce pui- 
zle grid sizes pf anything up to 1,000 by 1,000 characters, using up to SO words, Word orientation can be set In any of the eight 
primary directions and the puzzle can be rotated or flipped. Wordsearch Generator has a Spartan but functional user interface and 
can send the word list, key and puzzle to disk or printer. The Workbench 2.0 system default font is supported by the puzzle win- 
dows. 

ft works by generating a first placement and then moving through the puzzle successively until it finds a place where the word 
will fit, Once a place is found it goes on to the next word. If a fit cannot be made, the preceding word is moved to another place 
and if it can't find a place to fit Itself the program goes back to the word before it. 

So if you set it up with a really complex puzzle, the program seems to take forever, but eventually it does complete the puzzle. 
Because forever is a long time the author, Craig Lever, has thoughtfully added a requester to abort the function. 

Setting up the word search generator is simplicity itself- Type a list of words for encryption into the wordlist window - hitting 
Return pushes the cursor down to the next line ready to enter another word. The scroll bar at the side of the window lets you 
change the view of the word list, if you need to edit an entry, fust click where you want to change and use the delete or backspace. 

The Puzzle Window is where the last generated puzzle is displayed. If the puzzle is larger than the wrndow the scroll bars at the 
bottom and right side can be used to scroll about II you want to be really silly just for the hell of it, you can resize the puzzle win- 
dow so it fills the whole of the Workbench screen. 




Crazy Joe's 

What's the difference between a Citroen 
2CV and a Merc? Well, in terms of func- 
tionality, not a lot. Both will do 
the job ol getting you from A 
to B that they are primarily 
designed to do. The difference 
arises in their price tags and 
their performance. 

The same logic applies to 
word processors. At the top of 
the range you have WPs like 
Protext, Wordworth, ProWrite 
and excellence!. All are very 
fine, but they cost a lot. At the 
other end of the scale you have 
WPs that are in the public 
domain. While they might not 
have the finesse of some of the 
top of the range WPs they have 
the advantage of being able to 
do the same basic job without 
costing the earth. 

TextPlus is one such pro- 
gram, it boasts multiple win- 
dows, footnotes, serial letters, 
an Aftexx port with 120 commands, ANSI 
compatibility, the ability to lo-ad files 
crunched by PowerPacker, mapping of 
function keys, a menu for external appli- 
cations or macros, powerful block opera- 
tions and automatic saving in time 
intervals. 

The block operations Mark, Copy, 
Delete, and Delete Mark can be directly 
executed using the mouse. There's a 
backup-made Lo prevent files being over- 
written, multitasking, and the cursor can 
be positioned onscreen by clicking the 
mouse. 

That's a pretty damned impressive list 
of features considering the price, OK, so it 
doesn't have a spelling checker, but you 
can get one of those from the public 
domain as well and still have change left 
from a fiver. What more could you ask? 


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interesting for publication. Ezra's favourite letters notv get rewarded with an 
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Macclesfield SKI 0 4NP. ' 

Please don't enclose saes as Ezra 
. 7 * just hasn't got enough paper to 

reply personally, He might also have to 
shorten your letters, jo don't be offended If you get the chop. 


and we fry fa s tkk fa the latest releases* Sorry* Your last 
desperate plea for a copy of Little Computer People sounds 
like one of two thmgs, ff's either on admission of a total 
lack of taste in software (t mean, have you ever actually 
played the game?} or it's a tailor-made Amiga Computing 
Qassifkds ad Send on ad for our new Classifieds column 
and I'm sure one of on r coders will he overjoyed to sell you 
their copy. 

CDTV delights 

I'm writing to say how much I enjoy using my CDTV,, 
and think other readers should know how pleasurable 
the machine can be. 

For instance when you’re wording on DPaint IV, mak- 
ing. musk wiLh OctaMed, or producing a multimedia 
presentation - in fact anything other than playing a 
game - you can do some neat extra things. just slot a 
CD into the caddy, pul it in the CDTV and press play to 
listen to Public Enemy while working on your creation. 

Plus if you have MediaShow, you can have music 
playing straight from CD when recording to video 
instead of having to compose a tune in Sonix, which is a 
rubbish program in any case. Just thought you'd like to 


I've been meaning to write this letter for over a year, so 
(as they say in Lemmingsville) lev's go!". 

Ill start with the obligatory congratulations on the 
best Amiga magazine going I'm proud to say I own 
every copy and I've just renewed my subscription. 
There! That's the creepy bit over, on with the letter. 

First of all could you run an article on sprites in C, 
particularly Vsprites? Are there any good books on the 
subject? 

Secondly, why hasn't anyone reviewed Mech 
Force/ Battle Mech/ Mech Battle by Ralph Reed? I have 
two different versions of the PD game and, after sending 
my S25 {that was fun have you ever tried getting a 
five dollar note from NatWest?} a full copy loo. It's 
excellent, 

fm a bit concerned that Mech Force, which is the lull 
version, seems to be available as PD. Is it the full game 














Desperate plea 


with warrior and lactory programs? 

Finally, a desperate plea. Does anyone out there know 
where 3 can get a hold of Little Computer People? It was 
released on the Mastertronic label for £5 and I've been 
trying to find a copy for four years Or so. It's beginning 
to turn into an obsession! If anyone is willing to sell their 
copy. I'll happily buy it. 

Ian Hodgetts, Wigan 


If you keep an eye on oar Programming Almanac column, 
Margaret may he covering sprites at some frflie in the 
future, but I can't guarantee it, for booh on £ program- 
ming, you could contact Computer Manuals (021-706 
6000} who start a wide range of books, or try Bruce Smith 
Books (0727 4124 1) with an eye to purchasing their 
Mastering Amiga C 

As for your PD concerns, I realty haven't a due whether 
or not some unscrupulous PD libraries are distributing the 
full shareware version, You could always phone the PD com- 
pany concerned and ask them for details- Perhaps the Mech 
force they do isn't the full game, or maybe the author has 
released ft to them. 

We haven't had the program in our PD section recently 
because Mech force has been around for a long time now, 


Mr Angry versus Beginners 


know! 


Ian Harper , Northampton 


In response to C Kostryke's 
letter in issue 46 r I would 
like lo say that until reading 
it I didn't realise that the 
Prize Letter award is now 
being given to prize prats? 

If anyone who has owned 
an Amiga since 198ft and hasn't bothered to learn how 
to make a disk bootable and alter the startup-sequence 
can then go on to say he'd like our magazine to run a 
"how to do it" article on the subject for the umpteenth 
time, then it's high time he swapped his machine for a 
Nintendo. 

I have owned three Amigas since 19ft? and have 
been a reader/subscriber to Amfgcr Computing since day 
gne. I realise that more new Amiga owners are reading 
the mag, especially after the Christmas period, but it 
seems to me that every year, starting with the February 
issue, we are repeating another boring year of how lo 
do this, that, and a bit of the other. 

New users have to start somewhere, and I don't 
knock them or the excellent articles you produce for 
them, but to award a prize letter to someone who has 
never bothered to read a beginners' series because it's 
too technical well that's the pits. I have never had rea- 


son or inclination to voice my opinion through the let- 
ters pages of a magazine before, but Mr Kostryke's tetter 
really astounded me. 

GraJwm Woodcock, Barnsley 

Phew! That was a proper hit of spleen-venting and no mis- 
take. I take the point about the repetitive nofure of advice 
on AmigoDOS, but there's not a tot we can da about ft. 

it's the job of □ magazine like Amiga Computing fa 
cater tor all of it's renders, especially the new ones who 
may be feeling a bit lost and who could either give up the 
more serious side of the Amiga if we don't support them cw, 
even ivocs^ stop reading the mag altogether, 

tVe go bock over the some ground every year because, 
as you paint ou t, we gain o lot more readers every year. 
Our circulation increased by a massive 4 1% last year, mak- 
ing Amiga Computing officially Europe's fastest growing 
Amiga magazine. 

in order to support and retain these new readers, we are 
running a new beginners' series, and well continue to run 
j'f as tong as we receive letters by the sack-load from people 
like the much berated Mr Kostryke. 

As a cansotalkm y I've decided to award you this month's 
prize os your letter could have come from Mr Angry him- 
self Now coaid you write fa us with your full address? 


tf mm - not boasting to all our rton-CDTV owning readers, 
are you Ian? You seem to hove realised what an ideal tool 
CDTV is for video and multimedia projects , but only if you 
con afford the £449 price tag. 

Perhaps the Amiga external COTV-compatibie POM 
drive will be the introduction many of our readers have 
been waiting for to the wand of CDTV. 

Driven to piracy? 

I'm jealous of all you people in Great Britain! You can 
buy all the software you like over there, but for me in 
Holland this is almost impossible. 

A computer store over here offers a minimum of soft- 
ware titles, many of which are outdated, overpriced, and 
inferior. The only method of obtaining decent software 
is by using your connections, and this means getting 
hacked (don't you mean stolen? - Ezra) software which 
often doesn't work properly. The hackers import the 
titles from all over Europe, so you get the latest titles for 
tree as soon as they -arrive in the shops. 

Let me make one thing clear - l know that copying is 
stealing, but if the software houses wouid distribute their 
titles to more stores in overseas locations I would buy 

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them instead of doing something illegal! \ realise soft- 
ware can be bought through mail order, but I tried this 
once and all I got was lousy service and a badly-working 
program I could have copied from a Friend, 

Having said this in defence of hackers, I still like the 
stance taken by dmjga Compuff/tg and the position it 
Cakes against pirates and their accomplices. At least your 
magazine is available all over the Netherlands, 

jan de Vrfe s H Holland 

While I sympathise with your problems in finding decent 
software in Holland, t can't accept this as an argument in 
favour of theft, which is what "hacking* and "piracy* 
really are, I might as weii say that there ore very few 
Pontiac dealerships in my home town, so it's OK to 50 oaf 
and nick one from 0 visiting American tourist. 

Kou say you have tried mail order and received lousy ser- 
vice. Wfei’i 1 , / sympathise with that, too, hut you really 
should iry to order software from one of the larger rep- 
utable British or German mail order houses. 

it's no use reverting to piracy because you've had one 
had experience with a mail order cowboy firm, f so persevere 
and you should have no excuse far hacking, or whatever 
other name you like to give to software theft. 

Is PD quality software? 

I will be receiving an Amiga 500 for my birthday in April, 
so I decided to subscribe to Amiga Computing to see if I 
could learn anything about the machine before hand. 
One day while I was looking through Lhe magazine I 
came across a PD advertisement and I noticed that 
everything was very cheap. 

For example, there was fl business pack with wo^d* 
processor, spreadsheet, database and so on, a) I for* £6 - 
usually that would cost £600- 

What Td like Lo know is what public domain is and 
why it is so cheap? 

TomAc/vart/; Swindon 

Public domain (PD) software is usuaily written by an J 

enthusiast, who may or may not be a talented pro* jfl 

grammar, and then released as free software to 

anyone who cures to use it. PD libraries will 

charge you for the disk , the cost of duplication, 

and 0 nom-jnaf amount to cover running cojfs such as 

postage and packaging, that's why it T s so cheap, 

The problem with some PD software is that it can be 
poorly programmed and badly structured so that j't causes 
crashes when used with other software, On the other hand, 
you wSt find a few jewels among the dross, and them are 
several extremely well written and nearer of essionat qoa/rly 
programs around. 

Many of the better programs wffl be shareware , which 
means you're allowed lo fry /hem, but you are expected to 
send money ip the author if you like them and mean to use 
them. The business packdype of PD disk collections usually 
come on two or three disks and are u good introduction to 
the PD scene, so if you think its worth the risk, send your 
£6 and hope you like the disks. 

Repair? What repair? 

A warning 10 all readers who need computer repairs! 
Beware of adverts asking you to send your machine and a 
fixed amount of money to the company concerned. 

I sent a Commodore 64 (a what? - Ed) to a company 
called W,T.S, along with the required amount of money. 
This company seems to use a substitute Form of repair. If 
the fault should be r say, on the FCB (like a dry joint) and 


more difficult to- find, they return your mathrne unrepaired 
and say it's their choice to keep your money, 

This means you lose your cash. You should always take 
the machine lo a computer repair company where you 
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repair carried out- 

ft A Halfett Tintem 


If you feet youVe been unfairly treated by a company of any 
kind, you shoulcPcontact your Trading Standards Officer TTrJs 
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you should certainly take the matter further yourself. 




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The direct 
connection 

Stevie Kennedy previews HotLinks, Amiga's 
first true Dynamic Data Exchange system 



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in Pageliner, then 
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D ynamic Data Exchange (DDE) is 
fast becoming one of those tire- 
some acronyms in which the PC 
world seems Lu revel. In fact, since the 
recent surge in the Windows 3 user base 
you can hardly open a PG mag without trip- 
ping over reams of references to DDE and 
the programs scurrying to support it Now 
it's arrived on the Amiga in the shape of the 
more evocatively named Hottinks, 

So what is ODE? It es the ability to create 
a file in a program such as a word processor 
then, instead of saving it to disk, '"publish- 
ing" it as an "edition" to a disk area con- 
trailed by the exchange program. A second 
program, such as a DTP package, should 
then be able to "subscribe" to the edition, 
which effectively means loading it in off 
disk. 

Dynamic 

What makes this operation rather differ- 
ent from a simple shuttling system is the 
word "dynamic" resting snugly between 
the "data" and the "‘exchange' 1 Data 
passed around several subscribers by a DDE 
system is tracked all the time, and when 
changes are made to it in one program, the 
edition is updated in every other program 
presently subscribing to it. It sounds compli- 
cated;, but it's really very simple in practice. 

In the DTP sector in particular, DDE is an 
exciting development we can hope to see 
take off this year, though with manufactur- 
ers notoriously uncooperative in the Amiga 
market it is unlikely that they'll ail settle for a 
single system. For now, console yourself 


with the fact that competition will lead to 
more rapid development in this area. 

With DDE, you need never edit your text 
on a DTP page, as it is far quicker to Rip to 
the text editor, make a few changes, 
update the file, then flip back to the DTP 
package where the changes should have 
been executed. The same goes for a 
graphic you need to retouch, as long as the 
relevant DDE-compatible graphics program 
is available. 

HotLinks is the first DDE system for the 
Amiga, and as it is a product of SoftLogik, 
it's hardly surprising that the only program 
to support it at the moment is Page Stream 
2.2. The HotUnks Editions package will be 
sold as an introductory package containing 
the HotLinks library and editions manage- 
ment programs, the Hotl inked text editor 
PageUner, and the similarly equipped Bit 
Map Editor (BME), 

Installing HotLinks to hard drive is very 
easy, and takes onfy a couple of minutes, A 
directory is created on the hard drive of 
your choice, the HotLinks library its copied 
to your L directory r and the HotLinks man- 
agement programs are copied across to the 
HotLinks drawer. 

PageLiner and BME are not included in 
the installation, but neither requires com* 
plea installation and both can be dragged 
across to their new home on the 
Workbench screen. 

The first job with a newly-installed 
HotLinks is to double click on the HotLinks 
program icon to fire up the system, which 
will make the appropriate library resident. 
Right horn the start, the user will find that 
security is well taken cane of r 
and will have to enter his Of 
her name and password. 

To begin with, the 
*root w password r supplied 
with your copy of HotLinks, 
is needed so that you can 
add your own and other 
users' passwords - a task 
accomplished with the rather 
unfortunately named Hump. 

This program 
enables the adding of as 
many users and passwords 
as you like, any or all of 


The competition 

Gold Disk, makers ol Professional Page, aren’t sit 
Ling on their laurels as far as DDE is concerned 
They were the fir si to develop a very limited form 
of DDE with the direct link between FToPage and 
the article editor, and the release ol Pro Page i.O 
this month should see this greatly expanded upon. 

The article editor will be retained and will be 
augmented by a direct hot link to Professional 
Draw 3.0, due lor release larer in the year. There's 
no word yet on whether or not there will be a 
bitmap editor like BME, but I'd be surprised if 
SottLogik's lead wasn't followed in this case. 


which may be collected together as a 
group. These at first seem a little unimpor- 
tant, but if you use HotLinks ewer a net- 
wortced^ system or have a machine used by 
more than two or three people, the group 
becomes a useful second assurance of data 
security. 

Restricted 

When an edition is published, be it a 
test file or bitmap, the publisher can 
decide whether the edition is for personal 
use only, or whether its use is restricted to 
the publisher’s group. The file can be 
made available to everyone, of course, 
but unless a machine is being used by just 
one person, this could lead to problems 
when the office idiot decides to experi- 
ment with next month's contents page. 

There are spell checker and word 
search options, and even a thesaurus 
which belies the program's simple 
Workbench-style screen. 

BME, as its name suggests, is restricted 
to work on bitmapped graphics, and can 
edit IFF and GIF files. AH files were repre- 
sented in greyscale on the pre-release ver- 
sion we tried, but the program does have 
cut, paste, and a crop function which DTP 
users will find invaluable. Using BME, an 
IFF or GIF bitmap picture can be cropped 
and edited outside PageStream and the 
results seen Instantly on the page. 

The program has the ability to edit RGB 
and CMYK colour values, and basic draw- 
ing tools for retouching, but it isn't really 


intended as a colour graphics processing 
pnogra m, It is mom of a tool for use in con- 
junction with PageStream, and as such is 
extremely useful to anyone using bitmap 
graphics. 

According to SoftLogik, there should 
soon be a Hot:Links<apable graphics editor 
for the sort of structured drawings more 
commonly used in decent DTP produc- 
tions, and if the standard takes off we 
might even see established high-end pack* 
ages such as Ait Department Professional 
taking HotLinks on board. 

As it stands, HotLinks is a superb tool for 
PageStream 2.2 users, and I can't recom- 
mend it in terms too strong for those peo- 
ple, For the rest of the Amiga wodd, and 
the DTP area in particular, it is the first 
move in wtiat could be a whole new area 


of user friendly inter-program communica- 
tions. 


Depending on the level of support from 
other software houses, HotLinks could 
become a very important tool in applies - 
Cion areas such as CAD r databases, word- 


processing, and DTP. If support isn't 
forthcoming, it will at least be an essential 
add-on for all PageStream users. Rest 
assured we'll be keeping you 
informed. 


HotLinks is a product of SoftLogik 
Publishing Corporation 
Phone: (OKU) 3 It 894 8608 
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Keyboard fix 

I was Interested in the letter from ¥ H AJi 
of Stratford as I too had a similar problem 
with my keyboard. I'm happy to say IVe 
now fined it, and that the problem was a 
simple one. 

AH I did was open the Amiga, turn the 
keyboard over, and examine the under- 
side. There's a plastic strip protecting the 
solder joints, under which were a few 
joints bent -over and contacting with the 
solder tracks below. I bent these out until 
they were straight and my keyboard then 
worked flneE 

Is there any chance af a free subscript 
tion? 

Martin G'Daoneii, Courtly Donegal life 

No, but thanks for the tip. 

Amibase copy 

I am a newcomer to the Amiga and hav- 
ing bought your magazine I am trying to 
use CoverDlsk 29, most especially the 
Amibase Pro II program. I seem to be 
having difficulty copying this to a new 
disk of its own. 

I am using an A500 Plus, and I'm com- 
pletely baffled. I managed to copy Super 
Doper to another disk and that works 
fine. 

Something else puzzles me. in the 
Absolute Beginners article, you describe 
Workbench as 2.04. I have only had my 
machine for three months and mine Is 
Workbench 2,0. Is it out of date already? 

lira tows on, Loughborough 

Many CoverDisk programs require a bit 
of extra messing around when it 
comes to copying them to other disks, 
and Amibase Pro II Is no exception. 
Usually, there'll be a font that's 
needed, or a prefs file from the 5- 
di rectory, or something of that nature. 
With Amibase, however, things are a 
little more complicated. 

To save talcing three pages to 
explain it, and a lot of hassle on your 
side, probably the best solution to your 
problem is to make a copy of your 
CoverDisk and get rid of everything 
you don't need- 

lust boot with the copy, click on the 
directories you won't be needing, Such 
as Game of the Month and 
Programming, then select Delete from 
the Icons menu. This should clear 
enough spate for you to keep plenty of 
data on the ravaged CoverDisk. 

ARexx editor? 

After reading your article on ARexx, l 
decided to try it on my Amiga A 500 Plus, 
but as I have had my computer for only 
six weeks, I soon ran into problems. You 
mentioned that "ARexx scripts are writ- 
ten using a text editor". 

Could you please tell me if the text 


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where I can find it, or is it on a separate 
disk, in which case can you give me the 
name of the supplier? 

P M JfyfthT, Preston 

The term 'text editor" is given to any 
program which is capable of loading 
and saving text flies, editing {chang- 
ing) them, or enabling you to write 
them. Vour Workbench 1,04 disk has a 
text editor called "Ed" which isn't the 
best available, but which will serve for 
the purposes of typing in short ARexx 
scripts. 

You can use Ed by using the Execute 
Command option (or Shell) to Issue 
the command: 

to REXi.sraiP' 

rexx. script can be any name you like, 
as Ed won't kick up until it has a file 
name. If rexx. script doesn't exist, Ed 
will Create it as a blank file, and you 
can then type in your script. When you 
save it, use the Save As option from 
Ed's menu system and save the script 
in the "rexxc" directory on your 


Workbench 2.04 disk. 

There are friendlier and more pow 
erful text editors available - one of the 
best Is the shareware program QED. 
This is available through many PD 
libraries or on Amrgo Computing's 
GraphicStation disk. 

Helpful soul 

With reference to a letter by G Glynn of 
Reading in the January issue, l have an 
A2QQ0 with A2088 b ridge boa rd, and 
would be willing Ld help him out with 
the required installer software. 

Secondly, with reference to M I 
Alden's letter in the March issue, I also 
have a GVP Impact series II hard card 
with Lhe ability to add 8Mb of RAM. 
Recently II purchased 4M'b of Goldstar 
SIMMs, which contain nine chips per 
meg, and I had similar problems to Mr(s) 
Alden. 

I Solved the problem by putting a 
jumper in the position J15 (which was 
not mentioned in my instruction man- 
ual) on the hard card as well as setting 
the jumpers as specified m the manual to 
configure the RAM. Now, is there any 


way I can configure my Amiga memory 
to be used as memory on my A2-0S6 PC 
bridgeboard? 

Paul Hooper, Elgin 

Thanks for the answers on the GVP 
problem. I'd still recommend you buy 
the official GVP SIMMs, but for those 
with access to other types, a bit of 
experimenting with the Jumper set- 
tings can't do any harm. 

As for using extra memory with your 
bridgeboard, the only way of adding 
RAM to your A20BS would he to buy a 
PC RAM card and insert it in the PC 
slot available beside your A2Q88, Vou 
can't use normal Amiga memory. 

On a brighter note, PC RAM cards 
are quite cheap, so you should be able 
to upgrade your bridgeboard without 
breaking the bank. Try our sister maga- 
zine PC Today for third-party peripheral 
manufacturers' advertisements. 

Drive problems 

I currently own an Amiga ASOO with a 
Datel SI 2k expansion, Power 8806, and 
the usual stuff. I boughl the machine sec- 
ond-hand about four months ago, but 
am now finding that it's not all l imag- 
ined it to be. Games which used to work 
no longer da. I'm getting read/write 
errors on disks, and games keep crashing 
with a guru alert. 

It's not a virus as f left the machine 
unplugged overnight, removed all 
peripherals, booted up Blitz for the 880 B, 
and now it won't load, simpfy giving the 
"Insert in drive dfO:" requester* 

I'm considering three courses of 
action; 

1.. Kill myself. 

2. Kill the *&?>! who sold me this lemon. 

3. Replace the internal drive with a Power 
internal hard drive. 

Which of these would you recommend? 

Damian Barrow, Charley 

HmiTL., If I recommended the first. I’d 
have trouble sleeping at nights, the 
second would probably be illegal, and 
the third would cost lots of money. 
Not an easy choice. 

Seriously, though, your best bet is 
to replace the Internal drive with a 
new floppy from - to take a name 
completely unprompted and out of the 
blue - Power Computing, Before you 
do, however, try a couple of checks 
first. 

If your machine is second-hand, 
there's no warranty to worry about, so 
open it up and check to make sure that 
the keyboard connector and Internal 
drive ribbon connectors are both in 
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been damaged or worn down through 

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age. If these check out OK, you'd be 
best to go for the replacement drive or 
have the machine looked at by a rep- 
utable repair company. 

Not again! 

Normally, I buy Amiga Computing every 
month, but when I bought issue 42 last 
week, I realised it was going to be the 
last. 

The reason is that the CoverDisk was 
infected with the Saddam virus, which 
ruined a good half of my software collet 
lion before I found out. Now 1 can't even 
use my Amiga because I don't have 
enough money to go out and buy a 
decent virus killer. 

Maybe you should put a warning on 
the magazine telling people to check the 
disk for viruses if you can't be bothered 
to check it for yourselves. 

Dole Bates, Victoria , AujJmto 

The November 1991 issue did not have 
a virus on the CoverDisk, and that's 
final! 

fudging from the number of letters 
we've received concerning the issue, 
it p s dear that many readers find it diffi- 
cult to tell the difference between a 
virus and a virus killer. You say you can- 
not afford lo buy a vims killer, yet the 
issue 42 disk contained Virus Checker 
5.32, which at the time was the most 
advanced Saddam killer available. 

Every time we put a killer on the 
disk, we get people contacting us 
whove used the killer fqr the first time, 
realised they've got a virus, and 
assumed it was on our disk. Not true! 
You probably had it for ages and didn't 
realise until we saved the other half of 
your software collection by giving you 
Virus Checker. 

CD ROM latest 

I've heard that the release of the CD- 
ROM drive for the Amiga is imminent, 
and I wonder if you could answer some 
questions on iL 

1 . Does it really make the A5Q0 work pust 
like a CDTV, and do you need a spe- 
cial control pad like the CDTV has? 

2. Is it compatible with Kicbtart 1.27 

3. If not, will a compatible version be 
released, and will it cost more? 

4. Does it need an ECS chip set? 

5. Does it have a through-port into which 
I could plug my Action Replay Mk II 
cartridge? 

I've beer reading your mag since issue 
one, and ifs easily the best, so l J m 
expecting an answer! 

tan HeywDodf Holyhead 

As the A690/A570 (Commodore still 
haven't confirmed what it's going to 



be called) is not available for test as I 
write this, I can only give you the infor- 
mation we have, augmented by a quick 
telephonic visit to Commodore's engi- 
neers. 

The CD-ROM drive will, in effect, 
turn your A500 into a CDTV, because 
CDTV is just a 1Mb A500 with a CD 
drive in a black box. You won't need a 
special control pad, as the Amiga's 
mouse and keyboard will do the job 
just as well. 

Compatibility with Kickstart 1.2 
could be a problem. You can't auto- 
boot from anything under 1 .2, and the 
CD-ROM drive may need to auto-boot 
for certain software, such as commer- 
tiaJ games stuff. This isn't a definitive 
answer, but I wouldn't be surprised to 
find it will only function properly with 
1.3 and above. Check with your dealer 
before buying one. As for a Kkkstart 


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1,2-specific version making an appear- 
ance, forget It. Why not just buy a new 
ROM chip and Kickstart sharer? The 
Power Computing sharer can hold 
three ROMs, so you could switch from 
1.2 to 1.3, then 2.04 if you really 
wanted to. 

The CD-ROM drive should work with 
a half meg Agnus chip, but as its soft- 
ware will be so graphics intensive, 
you're best to upgrade to an 
ECS Agnus and 2Mb total memory 
by fitting one Of the memory cards 
which allow the 1Mb chip RAM 
conversion. 

So far as I can tell, there's no 
through-port on the CD-ROM drive as 
yet The latest pre-production models 
supplied to developers and 
photographed for press releases have 
no through-port, but that r s not to 
say Commodore won't include one at 
the l^st minute. Remember that 
the A590 hard drive didn't have 
one either. 

Look out for final details on the CD- 
ROM drive as we receive them, 

PC software 

For the last 1 9 months I have been doing 
a computer course with Pitmans, and I've 
been having trouble getting the software 
we use to work on my TMb Amiga 5 GO. 
What \ need to know is how to run these 
programs, and where I can get Informa- 
tion to help me use them on the A500, 


All the programs in the course are IBM- 
compatible and don't run on the Amiga, 
The main ones are WordStar 6 and 
Sage Accounting, both of which come on 
two 3. Sin disks. I have one or two others, 
but these are the main two for 
the course. 

Having retired as a welder due to back 
problems and claiming invalidity benefit, 

I don't have much money, so bear this in 
mind. 

S W Candy r Bletchky 

Normally, i d suggest a PC emulator as 
this piece of equipment would enable 
your A500 lo pretend it's an IBM. 
However, the hardware route will cost 
anything up to £200 and over, so the 
only option on terms of cost is to try a 
software emulator. 

There's a relatively new and quite 
good emulator tailed IBemulator, 
which is available in demo form from 
the better RD libraries, 

Once you've tried It out, you can opt 
to pay the shareware fee to the author, 
which shouldn't be more than about 
£30. Try Softville PD or NBS, both of 
which are fairly supportive PD libraries, 
and both of which should have this 
program on a Fred Fish disk. 

Vou may find that the speed of your 
IBM programs Is fairly awful, and 
there J IF be very limited support for 
graphics, but as long as your main uses 
are wordprocessing and spreadsheets, 
you won't need the whistles and bells. 


New hard drive needed 


l have a fairly old Amiga 500 {Kickstart 1.2), with half meg 
memory upgrade, external floppy, and Star LC10 colour printer. 
I use this mostly for games and a rapidly increasing amount of 
word processing and spreadsheet applications (Kindwords and 
Superplan) due to the acquisition of a new business. I would 
now like to upgrade my system, possibly adding a hard drive 
and a new wordproces^or. 

1 . Which hard drive would be best? I haven't got a fortune and 

want it to lake a lot of hard use with as much speed as 1 
can get 

2. In order to effectively use a hard drive, exactly what modifi- 

cations should I make to the A50Q7 
I understand that a solder track has to be drilled to 
enable me Ed upgrade to the latest specifications. I notice 
that Kick 1.3 ROMs are available, but what about the 
Workbench disks? What about upgrading to A50D Plus 

3. Which wordprocessor would you recommend? I need one 

with the ability to draw boxes around text to create 
forms for use in my business, as well as the usual 
mailmerge, spell checker, and thesaurus facilities. 

Hugh Edwards, Aachmcrmh, isie of Mull 

The best value hard drive for your purposes is probably the 
A590 variant supplied by Hobbyte {0727 56005), This has a 
52Mb Quantum mechanism and space for 2Mb fast RAM. If 
you need a faster drive or greater RAM expandability, go for 


the GVF Impact Series If from Silica (OBI 309 1111), but 
esc peel to pay a bit extra. 

You won t need to make any alterations to your mother- 
board lo run a hard drive, but if your want it to auto-boot, 
you'll have to buy a Kickstart 1.3 upgrade kit. These can be 
purchased from CPC Ltd (0772 555033), but possibly your 
best bet is to go for a RDM sharer. 

Power Com pu Ling’ s [0234 834468) ROM sharer can be 
purchased with 1.3 or 2.04 ROMs and if you buy the three^ 
way switch version, you can have your 1.2 ROM sitting 
alongside these two for total compatibility. 

Workbench disks can he bought from CPC, and the ECS 
chip set should be available soon from Commodore, though 
certain third party retailers are offering the Super 
Denise and Super Agnus chips already. See the small ads 
for these. 

The track drilling you refer to is probably that needed to 
upgrade to 1Mb chip RAM. Don't bother wFth this unless 
you're going to use graph ics intensive software, as you'd 
need lo buy a 1.5Mb RAM board and Fatter Agnus chip as 
well. 

If your wordprocessing needs will centre around busi- 
ness-orientated labels, invoices, and so on, then you should 
go for Protext 5.5. Pro text has a fairly easy to use line draw- 
ing mode, which is well covered in the tutorial video we 
reviewed last month. 

Arnor can be reached on 0733 68909 and will be happy 
lo supply both products. 


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T he explosion in Amiga 24- bit 
technology over the past year 
has, as we predicted in early 
1991, caused a revolution in the Amiga 
world. Anyone who says any different has 
been reading the wrong magazine since 
then, as even the most casual Amiga 
Computing reader will have noticed that 
the amount of coverage in this area has 
increased exponentially. 

For a machine which was once a good 
amateur video platform to suddenly start 
making appearances at the heart of the 
most sophisticated broadcast setups, and 
to produce award-winning animations 
and sequences for television in the space 
of less than 18 months, is what even the 
most reticent among us have Lo acknowl- 
edge as a revolution. 

The problem with revolutions is that 
more often than not they run out of 
steam because Lhe initial feverish enthusi- 
asm dies, leaving no more than a bare 
shell of rhetoric and idealism which can't 
sustain much for long. In the case of the 
ageing Amiga revolution - and let's face 
it, we're well past the "|une Days' 7 - 
there are now as many standards as there 
are 24-bit cards. 

We've seen the various 24-bit paint 
packages migrating from one card to 
another, which is a start, and software 
houses such as A5DG (Art Department 
Professional) attempting to support as 
many cards as possible within one pfece 
of software. Now there's a first move 
towards a proper standard. 

Standard interface 

Two respected US companies, Digital 
Micronics and Progressive Peripherals, 
got together at the Denver developers' 
conference last year with one aim in 
mind - to produce a standard software 
interface for the Texas Instruments 340x0 
family of graphics processors. We've seen 
little of these newish chips in the UK as 
yet, but you can rest assured that they 
will soon become as common a 
technophrase as 68030, 

The TM 514 020 chip is a dedicated 
high-performance graphics processor 
designed to make graphics operations as 
fast as possible. It runs at 40MHz and its 
32-bit architecture allows a stunning 40 
MFLGP5 (millions of floating point opera- 
tions per second). 

Digital Micronics 7 Resolver board was 
the first Amiga peripheral to utilise the 
TMS chips, in the shape of a 60MHz 
34010. The second is Progressive 
Peripherals and Software's Rembrandt 
board, unleashing the 34020/34082 
combination on us. So where's the soft- 
ware? Enter Sage, stage nght 

Sage (Standard Amiga Graphic 
Extension) has been jointly developed by 
DMI and FPS to provide a platform on 
which software houses can burld applica- 
tions for the 340x0 boards as easily and 
quickly as possible. It consists of a central 


Sage library plus a range of supporting 
libraries, and is based on Texas 
Instruments' own TlGA interface, which 
is widely used in the PC world. 

The core library consists of over 1 20 
functions which programmers can use in 
their Sage-compatible software to take 
some of the hard work out of a great 
many standard functions, such as 
init_cursor, set_cursor_xy, point, seed, 
and so on. 

All 120-add functions have been opti- 
mised to make them as fast as possible in 
use, with the result that Sage software, 
considering it will be running on 340x0s, 
should achieve blistering speeds. 


Direct access 


Many functions allow direct access to 
the built-in 340x0 hardware calls, 
enabling hardware clipping, animation, 
and a host of other advanced operations. 
The user can also develop his or her own 
libraries and executable functions utilis- 
ing the 34082 r s rendering engine so that 
as much of the time-intensive 3D process 
as possible rs taken care of by the hard- 
ware. 

Libraries written specifically for the 
Rembrandt board will include support 
for multiple monitor setups,, for those 


huge video displays you see at rock con- 
certs, parallel processing routines and 
alpha channel control of video effects. 

A new DMI Resolver board offering 
spaces for up to four 340x0s which, inci- 
dentally, will happily work in parallel, is 
claimed to be 1 5,000 times faster at ren- 
dering a 3D object than a standard 
Amiga, This sort of performance opens 
the way for real time 24-biL animation 
and the most impressive virtual reality 
systems you could ask for. And there's 
more. 

industries which require high level 3D 
modelling, such as the pharmaceutical, 
medical, and defence sectors to name 
but a few, form one market-place which 
the Amiga has hitherto failed to pene- 
trate and on which PP$ and DMI have 
their sights firmly set. 

With the sort of raw power available 
through Sage-type graphics boards, the 
Amiga becomes the ideal low-cost plat- 
form for some of the most advanced 


the fltrmiirran-df 
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applications in the world. With the 
cheapest pseudo-24-bit cards costing 
more than a good hard drive, most 
home users will be unaffected by the 24- 
bit revolution. However^ as more and 
more people buy DCTVs or AVideo 
cards, and as the high-end manufactur- 
ers get their acts in order, the Amiga 
could snatch an ever-increasing share of 
the TV and video professional market. 

Standards like Sage might not be the 
panacea the manufacturers would have 
us believe, buL they should help avert a 
situation where we can't see the graph- 
ics for the graphics cards. 


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What is Sage, and will it develop into the Amiga's 
high-end graphics standard? 


Why a new standard? 


The Amiga 1000 was released in 1985 and Its 4 096 colours 
were a show stopper. Since then, however, Commodore 
have allowed the official standard for Amiga graphics to 
languish at its now seven-year old level. 

A standard PC in 1985 might have been using IQ A or 
CGA to produce 16-cotour graphics. The standard PC in 
1992 is using 256 colours from a palette of 256,000 and the 
I ale st cards, costing not much more than £100. can offer 
32,000 colours onscreen without the sort of HAM -style 
fudging used by the Amiga. 

in effect, she Amiga is a 32 colour machine which can 
employ exlni hulfbrrle (EHB) or hold and modify (HAM) 
trickery to produce extra colours. For most software, how- 


ever, this sort of messing around slows things down loo 
much, and HAM is virtually useless lor anything other than 
static backdrops in any case. 

Third-party manufacturer? are now producing their own 
standards, albeit with Commodore s blessing, and 
Commodore seem set, at long last, on upgrading the Stan- 
dard Amiga's graphics later thss year The A400G should 
have al least 16 bit graphics, possibly 24 -bit. and there are 
rumours at targe about I he possibility of a Super VGA style 
graphics card for all Amigos. If this happens, it will be the 
biggest thing to hit the Amiga scene all year, and will 
advance the Amiga's cause much more effectively than any 
68040 card could ever hope to. Watch this space. 


Amiga Computing % 1992 


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128 


Aw 190 Computing May >992 









A s the Absolute Beginners series 
progresses, 111 be stopping now 
and then to take a quick look at 
the ground we've covered so far m case 
anyone is feeling a bit lost or has just 
joined our AmigaDOS tour bus. Uhls is as 
good a time as any to review what we've 
learned over the past two months. 

Our first instalment introduced the 
Workbench environment, double clicking 
□n iconSr opening drawers, and getting to 
know the menu options avail able. From 
this lesson, readers should have grasped 
the basics of creating new drawers, renam- 
ing them, dragging icons around the 
screen, and most of the usual "dick-and- 
point" Workbench operations. 

Part two of the series concentrated on 
the essential directories most Amiga DOS 
disks contain and, briefly, the way these 
are used by the Amiga when it boots a 
disk. We also looked at how to LIST the 
contents of an entire disk, how to find 
information on the size of files and how 
much space there is left an, a disk. 

Over the next few months well look at 
groups of AmigaDOS commands one after 
the other and examine how they work in 
relation to some practical project. Before 
we begin such, a detailed examination, 
however, we'll find out how to put 
together the most basic auto-booting disk. 

Starting with a fresh floppy, or one 
whose contents you can safely trash, our 
disk will have to be formatted and 
equipped with the directories and files 
AmigaDOS needs to load a minimal 
Workbench. The tint job, then, is to format 
the floppy., 

Most of what well do from now on will 


This month's 
jargon 

Script file 

An Ascii text file of any size which 
contains a series of AmigaDOS com 
mands. Script files can be thought 
of as primitive programs, but 
they’re best treated as an automatic 
way of entering a lot of commands 
at the Shell. 

Ascii 

This stands tor the American 
Standard Code for Information 
Interchange, and is the internation 
ally accepted standard for text files. 
Amigas, STs, Macs, and PCs all sup 
port Ascii text, and all word proces- 
sors and text editors can save files 
in Ascii format. 

Ascii text contains no formatting 
information such as bold text, 
underline and so on - it is just raw 
text in the form of code numbers 
which stand for the same letters on 
most keyboards, 


Tutorial 



happen in the Shell, so double dick on the 
Shell acan and wait for your input window 
to appear. Once it has, drag the window 
out to full screen size usirng either the drag 
gadget in the bottom right-hand corner 
(WB1.3) or the shrink/expand gadget in 
the top right (WB2.Q4), 

Now type the command; 

mm pfD: urn urns* 

and insert your fresh floppy when the 
Amiga asks for it. Try not to format your 
Workbench disk! Once the format is com- 
plete, eject My Disk and re-insert your 
Workbench disk ready to start the con- 
struction job. If you have an external drive, 
now is the time to put MyDisk in it to save 
you a tot of disk swaps later on, 

I'm afraid that single drive owners wifi 
be forced info quite a bit of faffing around 
with disk swaps. This is unavoidable when 
you copy file* from one disk to another an 
such a system, The only remedy is to pur- 
chase a second floppy drive. 

Generally, as tong as you LeII the Amiga 
the name of the disk you are trying to 
copy something to, it will ask for that disk 
by name and wait until you insert it If you 
study the commands well be using, you’ll 
notice that we always refer to "MyOisk: 11 
instead of just *DF1 : " or rf DF2:*, which 
should make life a bit easier foe single drive 
□sen. 

Automatic 

Don't forget that a disk's name con- 
tains both its identifier [MyDrsk] and its 
device symbol (the colon nr :"). When you 
name a floppy, you don 1 ! have to add the 
colon - Workbench automatically refers to 
''MyCMsk'" as "MyDisk^ when reading data 
from it or writing to it . 

Similarly, all system directories are 
treated in the same way. The DEVS direc- 
tory is called "DEVSi* by AmigaDOS, 
because it is one of those essential directo- 
ries on an AmigaDOS disk, If any of this 
still causes you to wake up at night in a 
cold sweat, take another look at last 
month's column where we covered the 
subject Df such "logical devices" in mare 
depth, 

For now, double drive owners can 
ignore many of the references 11 make to 
disk swaps, as the rest of the column will 
be angled at those stuck with only one 
flexible friend. With MyDisk in your second 
drive. Workbench will always have 
"MyDisk; 17 available and will never a^k for 
It. 

To make a start, now that Workbench is 
safely back In the internal drive, we'll copy 
the commands we are going to use to the 
RAM disk. The reason for this is that it will 
cut down an disk swaps and hassle, so 
type the following commands one at a 
time: 

Cs 

tCPr COPY TD RAH: 
m* XIKEMR TC lAH; 
tCP? INSTALL TG IM: 



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the ground up 


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make the RAM disk our cur- 
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MAKEDIR, and INSTALL will 
be available direct from 
RAM:, which will have the 
secondary effect of speeding 
things up, as they won't 
have to be read in off your 
Workbench disk every time 
they're used. 

For a bask disk, you'll 
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Amiga DOS commands are kep^ "DEVS", 
which contains your system-preferences file, 
and "S", which holds the startup-sequence. 

You should be familiar with these files if 
vail followed fast month's column, but to 
recap, the system-configuration file con- 
tains preferences settings such as your 
screen colours, and the startup-sequence is 
a file erf commands executed one at a time 
‘vfien the Amiga boots up. 

Whoa! What's all this about startup this 
and system that? If you're feeling confused,, 
ihink of the startup-sequence as just a series 
of commands you would type in at the 
5 hell, because that's all it realty is. It is a text 
file you could edit or create in a wordpro- 
cessor or text editor. 

Files of this kind are called "batch files" 
m the typically romantic PC world, because 

| | the commands in the hie are dealt with as a 
natch. In Amiga circles, they're usually 
referred to as "script files", ft doesn't matter 
-* what you call them as long as you don't 
confuse yourself. 

Back to the construction site] Create the 
iystem directories l mentioned earlier by 
nserting MyDisk in the internal drive and 
typing: 

iAK.EDU! HTDlSfrt 

mim 

mtm MTbisiC:s 

Iff you cast your mind back to last month's 
column, you'll remember that the lirst thing 
the Amiga does when you put a new floppy 
m the drive is check the boot block. Our 
^rmatted disk wilf have a boot block full of 
garbage, but it will need a proper 
.Amiga DOS boot block. 

The command to create such a boot 
ulock is INSTALL To use ft, type: 

INSTALL DRJIU DID: 


boot block will be installed in a second or 
two. 

Right, we've got a formatted disk with 
the correct boot block and three empty 
system directories. Our next job Is to fill 
those directories with just enough files lor 
the disk to boot.. Replace your Workbench 
disk in DFOr and type CD SY5; to make It 
your current directory. Now type: 

COPT DlV$;5HIEI-t«lflttiMTIDII IQ RAN: 

COPY TO till: 

Workbench 1.3 owners will also have to 
type; 

CQ?T C'-WCll Tfl RAH: 

as, unlike WB2.Q4 users, they don't have 
the ENDCLI command built in to their 
machine's Kickstart ROM. 

Notice that we don't have a startup- 


sequence yet? This is easily accomplished 
with the command: 

ID RAI:itirtup-iequtn« 

The Workbench text editor will attempt to 
find a file in the RAM disk called "startup^ 
sequence", and when it doesn't Find one, 
will create it as a blank file and open it for 
you to add some text. 

Well only need Two hnes for this file. 
They are: 

mm 

INK Li 

Type these in at the top of the ED screen, 
then save the fife to RAM. To do this on an 
old Amiga, press the Esc key, then X r then 
Return. On WB2.04 Amigas you can select 
Save from ED's Project menu. 

As we forced ED la open a blank file 
called RAM: startup-sequence in the first 
place, the new two-line text file will be 
saved automatically with the correct name. 

You have just created your first custom 
startup-sequence, but before you start 
congratulating yourself, you'll have to 
copy it to where it's needed, which is the 
MyDisk:s directory. Type CP RAM: to go 
back to the RAM disk, then type: 

C4JPT STS TEH- C4H F ICITR AT 1 Ml T& ITHSfclETS 
[DPT LOANS TO HUiSlCrt 
GOT ENDEl] to XTHSKit 
COPT StttTlIMElllEltCI IQ HTQ1SK:S 

After all this, you should have the bare 
bones of an auta-booting disk. To test 
just reboot with it and you'll see how 
quickly it boots up. 

This is because the startup-sequence, 
which on some disks can be of mammoth 
proportions, is veiy short. Well be filling 
up the disk and the startup-sequence 
throughout the series, so don't lose 
MyDisk if you want to make the most of 
future columns. 

Let's take a took at what we've just put 


MyDisk is still in the internal drive, the 


This month's commands 

ENDCLI This is a simple little command whith is used to dose a Shell or CD win- 
dow. WB2.CH users don’t need it as they have dose gadgets on their Shell windows, 
and ENDCL3 is built in to Kickstart m the first place. 

INSTALL ■ A command for writing an Amiga DOS boot block to the disk of your 




on MyDisk, The ENDCLI command is a 
simple device for closing 5heil or CLI win- 
dows, and is built into Kickstart 2.04. Only 
those of you with Kickstart 1 .3 should have 
the command in MyDisk's C: directory. 

LOADWB is the aptly-named command 
to load Workbench. If this sounds strange, 
considering it is such a small command - 
1 k or so - remember that what you see on 
your screen is largely thanks to the built-in 
libraries and system resources to be found 
in your Kickstart chip. 

The menus at the top of the Workbench 
screen, for example, are generated from 
hardware when the LOADWB command 
tells Kickstart to do so. LOADWB is just a 
trigger for the Kickstart ROM to load sys- 
tem resources into memory. 

Activated 


What happens when your newly con- 
structed startup-sequence executes is that 
the basic Workbench resources are acti- 
vated, then the Shell window in which 
startup-sequence was executed is closed 
down so you can see the Workbench 
screen that's just been activated. 

If you wanted to keep the Shell window- 
open once Workbench is loaded up, you'd 
simply remove the ENDCLI command from 
your startup-sequence. Alternatively, you 
can put a semicolon in front of it, which 
tells AmigaDGS to ignore everything else 
on that line. This is a handy way of quickly 
altering your AmigaDGS scripts, as you can 
restore the startup-sequence to its anginal 
form by just removing the semicolon. 

I’ve waffled on just about as much as I 
dare on the subject of auto-booting disks. 
It will all seem a bit complicated at first 
but then so did setting up your VCR to 
record Dallas. Try it a couple of times, and 
you soon get the hang of it. 

Next month we'll take the first steps 


towards filling MyDisk with our favourite 
commands and utilities, and in the pro- 
cess examine the Workbench devices and 
libraries from closer range. 


Handy tips 

Use the semicolon, Luke! 

When you alter a startup-sequence lo 
take out a line, just put a semicolon at 
the start of the line. When an Amiga 
sees a semicolon, it skips to the next 
line, SO you can keep the Old command 
and reactivate it at any time by deleting 
the semicolon. 

Your own script file 

If you're feeling adventurous, you can 
assemble all the commands we used to 
create MyDisk in a single script file, 
which you can then, EXECUTE to auto- 
matically produce a blank, auto-booting 
disk any time you need one. We'll be 
looking at the EXECUTE command later 
in the series. 


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ARcxx 1 38 

Strings are incredibly important 
fit ARexX. Alex Gian gives a 
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I n the last two articles we saw an outline of the 
elements of ARexx, and how to use functions 
and macros to make programming easier and. 
more ''modular"'. Now we will look at the 
strongest feature of ARexx, iti handling of strings. 

A string is simply any sequence 0 ! characters 
(bytes). Whereas many languages handle different 
data types - integers, floating poinL numbers, 
characters and so on - in different ways, ARexx has 
only one kind of internal structure to store data - 
the simple string. Now, treating all data as strings 
does slow down computation a little bit, but it has 
the advantage of making data handling very easy! 

Every single data un^ whether you mean it to 
be a number, a word, a ^otence, a 4-byte 
machine address or the contents of a whole file, is 
stored by ARexx as a string. The operations that 
can be done on ARexx strings are very bask, and 
easily understood. 

Much like their more worldly counterparts, 
strings can be strung together to form longer ones 
(concatenated}, cut up into smaller bits, or have 
themselves (or a pari of themselves) measured. 

Operations that perform arithmetic or specific 
system jobs on data must first convert them to a 
suitable format. However strings are very well 
suited to doing any kind of text operation, and 
here ARexx really comes into its own. 

The instructions and functions provided by 
ARexx will let you perform just about any opera- 
tion you care to name on a string except, perhaps, 
tie it in knots. These operations make string pro- 
cessing extremely easy, whether you are prepanng 
command strings for AmigaDOS, reformatting a 
data file, or preparing text data for display. 

The only thing you have ta bear in mind is that 
ARexx strings are limited to a maximum length of 
65,536 bytes. Longer strings must be stored in 
more than one variable. 

Here we will deal with two extremely useful 
aspects of ARexx string handling - built-in Func- 
tions and parsing. They are easy enough for 
beginners to grasp their elements in a very short 
time. 

Function operations on strings are numerous 
functions that act directly on strings. They mea- 
sure them, compare them, search them for ele- 
ments, transpose them, reverse them, and join 
them up, 

Length(strirg), Compare(str1 ,str2), Delstr(str,ek- 
mentno [, length])., I ndex(str, pattern [,framposir 
lion]), La stpos( pa tte rn, str[,f rom p 0 s i tion] and 
Trim(string) are some of them.Qj denote optional 
args). 

Basic programmers wilt also recognise 
Left(str x len) and Right(s,l), which return the left 
and rightmost elements of a string. Experiment 
with them and use your imagination. 

In addition there are functions that treat a string 
as a sentence, and perform opera lion on the indi- 
vidual words, rather than the character. Examples 
are Subword(sfcr,pos,len), Word(stf,nth) and 
Word!ength(str,nth) etc. 

Here we will use the function Words[str), which 
returns the number of words in a string^ to write a 
very simple word -count macro. It is not a very 
sophisticated program, eg it does not check that 


Alex Gian hots up 
the pace with a look 
at ARexx's handling 
of strings 

the file is indeed a document, and Is limited Lo files 
under 64k, but considering that the core program 
is just over one line long, who's complaining? 

You could enhance this program and perhaps 
add a file-requester like the one described below, 
to make it really useful: 


t* iurdcflunt-jeii 

arg path jf 1 thi fU« to 

cpeftii]rf 1 Lc/pithf 1 read 1 ) f* flfltr Hi? for 

String - rtldthliyf f Lt,dJ 535 ) . . i* read in nr 
[Ml chi?5 V 

lit ■iht.'E ara " norilitstf liiji ‘ yards tn thn 
docmtnt' 


That's all there is to it. 

Parsing is the ptocess by which data - in this 
ease, strings - is read meaninglully and placed in 
some sensible order. In ARexx there are various 
sources for a parsed stnng, and also a number of 
different ways of parsing. 

The most general form of reading a string 
meaningfully Into variables is the PARSE instruc- 
tion. It is very flexible and powerful, and we will 
look at it in some detail. It is used as follows: 


PARSE tarfeMeiptali 

This is a lot simpler than it may appear. First, the 
instruction needs a keyword that specifies where 
the inpuL string is coming from.. Without this key- 
word it is invalid. The acceptable input source key- 
words are PULL, EXTERNAL, ARC, VAR, VALUE, 
SOURCE, NUMERIC and VERSION. 

PULL indicates that the input string is read from 
the console. EXTERNAL has practically the same 
meaning. By the way, you can specify a console 
prompt when a string is PULLed by using the 
OPTIONS instruction with the keyword PROMPT - 
remember we used OPTIONS RESULTS last time id 
pass the value returned by a command to the vari- 
able RESULT. Try this: 

n "options prs apt ‘Tts, o aistEr? * ; parie 

pull a p 

ARG means the string is the argument supplied 
to the command or function. VAR followed by a 
variable's name indicates that the input is the 
string of the variable itself ie if a - "hi" then; 

FIR S E UAi a t 

makes b - "hi** 

VALUE is used to indicate that the parsing siring 
involves an evaluation. WITH is used to separate 
the expression being parsed from the template, lor 
instance: 

parse valve i vim b 






ts a trivial Example that has the same effect as the 
example in VAR above. VALUE can be used to 
great effect when the parsed string itself contains 
information as to how it should be paned - we 
will not look at it in loo much detail now. 

finally, SOURCE, NUMERIC and VERSION are 
used to parse specific information about the sys- 
tem. 

PARSE SOURCE comORfun resORnot pieces info 
on whether the program was called as a Function 
or as a command in the first variably and whether 
it returns a value or not in the second. 

PARSE NUMERIC digits fuzz form yields infor- 
mation on the numeric status settings, and PARSE 
VERSION ARexx version cpu mpu video frequency 
gives information on the current version and the 
system. 

The instruction may also take the optional key- 
word UPPER. This converts the input string to 
uppercase. If used it must be the first keyword 
specified. In fact, the PULI and ARC instructions, 
which we have already seen in previous articles, 
are just shorthand lor PARSE UPPER ARC and 
PARSE UPPER PULL. 

The last part of this instruction, the Jr target- 
template*, will specify what is to happen to the 
input string. U may be as simple as a single vari- 
able into which the whole input string gets 
copied, or quite a complex structure with many 
variables, each receiving some specified part of the 
stung. 

There are three ways to parse a string.. They 
have jargon names, but don't let this put you off. 
We will illustrate them here with examples that 
should make their use very cleaj. When Parang by 


ARexx 




You can easily get the devke name if you pattern 
match the V, and you could then do an iterative 
loop to pattern match every "T f until you got the 
name of every subdirectory and of the file. 

This method is acceptable, but it you only want 
the name erf the file you are doing a lot of extra 
work for nothing. Since the purpose oF Aftexx is to 
make things easy, there is a quicker way. Use the 
LastposQ function to get the position of the last 
in the string and then read the value from that 
position onward. Here's what it looks tike: 


The above examples are with absolute numeric 
values, but we could also have relative values - the 
notation tor this is a -*- or - prefix: 


Pji-M Vt* 2 a *5 Is +! c -2 /* i U “bnj" b 
if c ii "‘i 1 fc L ■ nop M f / 


An = prefix indicates absolute position, and can be 
used in evaluated positions. 

Here is a useful illustration of a combination of 
the above methods. Suppose you \ 
called path which contains a string 
AmigaDQS file specification, such as: 


Let's look at an example of using a program with an ARexx interface. The 
program is CkxkD| H a freeiy distributable utility whose main fob Is to 
accelerate the mouse, provide a dock and manage screens, windows and 
so on. 

However it also has a number of interesting features, including the 
provision of two file requesters, a "Yes/No" requester and a key mapping 
function, all controllable from ARexx, 

We have found the key m ap function extremely useful, as we maintain 
two separate keymaps, one with utility material, address strings and so 
on, and one with a customised keyboard to save typing when we are pro- 
gramming. 

Using the custom command LGADKEY5 we can switch at will. Of 
course we could have created proper Amiga keymaps, like those used in 
the startup-sequence by SefcMap. That would have been theoretically 
faster, but like this we can change the keymap at any instant, simply by 
editing the CtockDj keymap file, and reloading fL 

OockD] iis a quite a large program, and takes up a bit more memory 
than it should H hut Its excellent features make it worthwhile. In any case It 
will be very useful even if only from an experimental point of view. Read 
its documentation for full details of what it can do, and have fun experi- 
menting. 

Finally, we will look at a little macro that adds the CED requester sup- 
plied by ClockDf to our wondcount program above; 


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OK, in what language can you do Ehe above operation quicker? If you do 
not want to have to set up an ADDRESS, and send all the commands 
every time you want to use the file requester, you can even write a func- 
tion - mryCEDQ - which could accept as arguments any value you wanted 
to change, such as the tide, current dir and so on. 

It will do this automatically, and store It in your REXX; directory. You 
could then call the file requester from any ARexx program, simply by 
calling, eg: 


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token isation, the string is parsed into the supplied 
tokens. 

Lei us assume that the argument to a macro is 
the string rf Hello there, every body": 

e i^g i t* a U non “HeLLd- thert, 
rv e rybody " *f 

Pgrse arg = b f* a is hrllu' , b fs 'thff P 
«-very bemy " V 

f’arn irg j p s I is n h*Ue , J b is "tlift/ 1 4 
is “mr^ody 1 

Ary blanks in the source string are lost when we 
parse by tokenisation. 

Parsing by pattern matching is when specific 
characters that are known Lo occur in the source 
string are used to separate the elements. For 
instance in our previous example; 

^rjt *rg i V b "bV c f* a h "‘Mils ti*rt% t 
ia ■ r mry l % c *if *f 

Parsing toy position is probably the easiest of all 
to understand in theory, although the notation 
may be a bit tricky at first. Basically all you are 
doing is specifying the string positions to use. Here 
are some examples. Assume str = "abedefghi- 
jklmnop*; 

Pgr M vgr it f 1 a 4 a 7 c d Z 1 a Is ta ibt‘ h 
is k ct i - ' c : s -ghi ikLin" d is "sp" V 

Here the numbers act as absolute position markers 
between which the numbers are read. Another 
example: 


1 Ustpesr/'^path! 

Ptrst mbLu t pi ll with dev H : e siibijirs =iarL 
fHcnm 

I* non dtM it "dfa", s-uibdirs is 
"&uhdirUsu...6ddirJ/ i and *1 
/* filinaii it 'DurfUt" *f 


Next time, we will look at the control structures 
and also use ARexx to create some graphics 


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I t's about time we held Gut the olive branch 
to the newcomer* and presented the defini- 
tive guide to the art of Amiga- based desktop 
video. 

far regulars this may sound like a case of 
teaching old dogs old tricks. Nevertheless, the 
old guard could still be in for the odd surprise as 
we run down the essentials and desirables which 
the would-be videophile needs, or should be 
looking to aspire to in the future. 

The good news for the average beginner with 
no more than a basic Amiga and the associated 
free software is that they already have the neces- 
sary kit to produce impressive video graphics. 

To get your fool in the door, all you require is 
a modulator, P Paint, a video and a suitable 
length of phono cable - assuming your video 
supports phono - with which to connect the 
Amiga, modulator combination and the afore* 
mentioned VCR. 

The Amiga is the machine for video applica- 
tions, used by amateur* and broadcast-quality 
professionals the world over. The only difference 
between you and them is the amount of cash 
spent on enhancing the output of the machine, 
whether that be through expensive hardware or 
additional software. 

Premier machine 

A glimpse al any video magazine instantly 
confirms the Amiga's status as the premier DTV 
machine. Pages of related hardware and soft- 
ware fill both advertising and editorial alike in a 
desperate attempt to cajole the punters onto the 
one true path. A case of the blind leading the 
blind if ever there was one... 

After you've stretched both your Amiga,. 
DPamt, and modulator combination to their log- 
ical extreme, the next job is to start on the 
sometimes rocky road of the upgrade path. This 
is where the beginner can soon become lost in a 
wilderness of marketing claims and counter 
claims, unfathomable techno- jargon and the 


Paul Austin's hints and tips, dos and don'ts and 
essential info - a dab hand guide to DTV... 



confusing array of available formats, which make 
video one of the most baffling areas ot interest in 
the repertoire of the Amiga. 

The most sensible step isn't to jump headlong 
into the world of S-VH5, Hi-B r U-Matic, Hi-Band 
and the like, the reason being that you're likely to 
find yourself marooned. Admittedly you can still 
copy your creations onto standard VHS but that 
defeats the object just a tad, as you're certain to 
lose a la t of what you've paid for in the process. 

The key to success is to build up your system 
and software collection first. By the time you've 
mastered both you’ll be in a position to really 
exploit the increased clarity that the more ex pen- 
sive formats can offer. 

The first purchase for the majority is likely to 
be a titter, For the budget buyer either Home 
Tiller from HfJ Marketing or The Big Alternative 
Scroller From Alternative Image are perfect, with 
TBAS perhaps tipping the balance in the quality 
stakes. 

If you're a bit better oh you could try $cala5QQ 
- an impressive if slightly lighthearted titling sys- 


It's second nature to the Amiga 


Art obvious quest-ion is "what, if anything', makes the Amiga 
so much better than the opposition" 7 I'm afraid there isn't a 
short answer as there are a whole range of factors which 
make the machine ideal For the |ob. 

Having said that, the feature which stands head and shoul- 
der* above the rest is the machine's capacity to output an 
interlace signal via the machine's own custom video chip. 
This alone sets it apart from the rest, as the PCs and Macs of 
this world need all manner of hardware enhancement to 
achieve what to the Amiga comes as second nature, 

To clear the air a little, a quick paragraph on Interlace is in 
order. Interlace equals video and TV - it's literally that simple. 
Both systems rely on the interlace effect which doubles the 
resolution of the screen by alternating between two fields 25 
times a second. 

If you're unlucky enough to freeze a video al an inoppor- 
tune moment,, this Effect becomes all to apparent as the two 
elements ol the frozen image alternate, usually with migraine- 


inducing consequences. The second leature that sets the 
machine apart is its capacity to provide its own sync pulse. 
Generated internally, this is then output as part of the video 
signal. 

Because of this priceless asset there r s no initial need For an 
external sync pulse generator, which again is a prerequisite 
for DTV on other machines and an expensive addition in the 
form of dedicated hardware. 

The final internal advantages concerns the machine's 
socialist architecture and its ability to multitask ■ Lwo more 
options which the opposition can’t match and at best strug- 
gle to emulate. 

The social is L architecture enables the machine lo co-ordi- 
nate a myriad of tasks with incredible speed to produce stun- 
ning results, Multitasking allows the user Lo employ all 
manner of art, animation, music, and titling packages simulta- 
neously, as opposed to the constant quitting and reloading 
that plague other machines. 


Memory question 

Once armed with the basics and a suitable 
lit le-r r it's tempting to delve straight into the 
bank account and invest in high-end soft- 
ware applications. Although very tempting, 

I strongly suggest you Consider investing in 
some extra RAM first. 

Almost all the available DTV packages 
rely heavily on extra RAM - even D Paint suf- 
fers badly as an animation tool without a bit 
more room to move. Without sufficient 
space you not only won't be able to apply 
bigger programs properly but if you do 
make an attempt. It's likely you II need to 
employ crash editing to complete your pro 
duclion - not recommended. 

The only potential investment that rivals 
the essential extra RAM is a genlock. With 
this particular beastie your work will really 
Start to shine but to find out more I'm 
afraid you'll have to wait until next month 
for the next thrilling instalment of this two- 
part special. 


tern. It's Ideal for home use, but perhaps a little 
flippant for serious documentary style produc- 
tions. Hawing said that it boasts a bucketful of 
special effects and is worth a closer look if you 
want more than just a bog standard scrolling 
message. 

If you fall into the very well off bracket there's 
a choice ol two packages, either Scala or 
Broadcast filler 2. Scala is a more advanced ver- 
son ol its little brother Scala 500. To be honest 
Scala isn't a true tiller, it's a multimedia presenta- 
tion system which does a good job erf doubling 
as a tiller. 

Broadcast Titler 2 r how- 
ever, has no such preten- 
tions. It concentrates 
solely on titling and 
employs its own fonts 
and optional effects to 
add a considerable 
amount of style to any 
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Upgrades includes extra 
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Amiga foots to flT2's anti- 
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only real fault is its inabil- 
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PROGRAMMING 



Margaret Stanger looks at handling Ascii text for C programmers 


T his programming page is mainly for C 
programmers, who have been a little 
neglected lately. The support disk com 
tains a program to read data from an Ascii input 
file, process it, and produce an Ascii output file 
with the data tastefully arranged for printing or 
display. 

The input data is a file with a number of 
records. Each record has at least three Sines of 
data - a name, possibly a phone number and 
several lines ol address. The lines vary in length, 
and are separated from each other by a comma r 
but any chosen delimiter will do. There is a new- 
line character at the end of each record, and 
there can be any number of records in the file- 
An example of a record In the input file is: 


:aai«n,^&, r USA 


A large array space is made available for the data 
from each record. The array starts at the address 
buffer, and allows for up to 30 lines of up to 30 
characters. The name goes into the first line, the 
phone number into the second, and so on. 

The record in the input example would be 
stored in the array as- 


Itaiitn I Hi»e 

\M I 

|J3A 1 A dd r b 5 e, 1 

I I «t 


record would appear on the output file as: 


|pig* t 

List if addresser 


Ion Jan ZD 13:25:43 

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A<3dr«5 

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USX 


f here is a way to pass command line parame- 
ters or arguments to a program when it begins 
executing. When mgin() is called to begin exe- 
cuting, it is called with two arguments. The first 
[atgc] is the number of command line arguments 
the program was invoked with, the second (argv) 
is a pointer to an array of character strings that 
contain the arguments - one per string, 

By convention, argv(0] is a pointer to the pro- 
gram name, for a program with no other argu- 
ments after the program name on the command 
line, arge would be 1. The program 00 the sup- 
port disk has two arguments, so arge should be 3 
if the command line has been entered correctly. 
Argv[0] is a pointer to the program name, 
arge[l] a pointer to the input file name, and 
argv[2] a pointer to the output file name. 

The time, date and page number are written 
to the output file, to reduce contusion between 
versions and pages once the file has been 
printed, There are several time and date routines 
available from the C library I used time(} to put 


the system time into a long integer. This infor- 
mation ss m the Form of elapsed seconds since 
the start of which is not particularly user 
friendly. 

The routine ctimeQ will translate the long 
integer containing these elapsed seconds into 
something, a little more acceptable. 

I have assumed that each line has a maxi- 
mum of 30 characters, and: that there are a 
maximum of 30 lines for each record. Most lines 
will be less than this, and most records will have 
fewer lines, 

I have assumed that each line will be sepa- 
rated from the next one with a comma, and 
that there will be a newline character at the end 
of each record. I have given the output file an 
arbitrary line length of 75 characters, and page 
length of 20 lines. 

AH these constants (MAXCOL5, MAXlEN, 
DEL1M etc) are defined at the beginning of the 
program so that they can be changed easily 
when required without disturbing any of the 
real code. 

Those of us without real database facilities 
could use this software as a basis to produce 
Christmas card lists, address labels for 
envelopes, junk mail, chain letters and so on. 
The more serious among us could input a file 
full of numbers tor mathematical processing, 
and print out the result of the calculations. 


Coming :oon: The long awaited IFF file read- 
ing routine for assembler programmers. 


This program assumes Chat all the records obey 
the rules, and do not have too many lines or too 
many characters in a line. Some care has to be 
taken lo make sure that the program is stable if 
the data is faulty. 

Unpredictable 

An extra long record must not be allowed to 
read in forever, as it would start overwriting 
code and data when it got to the end of the 
array - the result would be unpredictable. The 
extra code in the readfileO routine is to trap 
rogue da La "With an extra long line, or with too 
many lines. 

The output routine send* data to the output 
file several bytes at a time. A print buffer the 
same size as a line of print is set up and filled 
with spaces. A character string to be output to 
this buffer can be placed exactly in the print 
position, and data can be lined up with the cor- 
responding heading. 

Data strings, literals and punctuation can be 
placed In this way and the whole line sent to the 
output file when it has been completed. Newline 
and form feed characters are sent straight to the 
file when required. Page, data and time informa- 
tion are also sent to the output file. The example 


Using the program 

The program on the support disk should bo run from shell or from the CLI. To run it type: 


fUtprog file! file! 


not forgetting to pul in pathnames where necessary. 

Filel is the name of the Input file to be red d, and fi!e2 is the name of the output file to be 
created. If there are the wrong number of arguments, a suitable message will be displayed, 
and the program will exit. 

There is a demonstration input file, imaginatively named Infile'', on the support disk. When 
run, the program opens the DOS library, the input file and the output file. If the library or files 
fail to open r the program exits via a cleanup routine which displays an appropriate message. 

The header, consisting of a title, page number, date and time, is written to the output file, 
followed by two blank lines. The sub header, with column headings and one blank line is writ- 
ten to the output file. 

The program reads the first input file record with its name, phone number, and an indefi- 
nite number of address lines. These items are separated by commas on the Input file. The pro- 
gram knows it has finished reading a record when it reaches a newline character. 

The name, phone number if any, and address lines are written to the output file in the 
appropriate column for display. If the maximum page length is exceeded, a form feed charao 
ter, heading and subheading are written to the output file. 

Please note that any previous File? with the same name as the output file will be overwritten. 

Processing the data from the input file continues until all the data has been read The pro- , 
gram finishes with the cleanup routine displaying the message "ok 


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A new 



A s the long- awaited CD-ROM drive 
Finally makes its way into produo 
Lion, the first CD+Midi products are 
about to hit the Amiga, The first retease has 
already arrived in the office - Rhapsody in 
Blue, the classic Gershwin creation. 
Unfortunately, although the disk is here, the 
CD-ROM drive isn't! 

Nevertheless I'm assured by Commodore 
that this CD and indeed the entire range of 
CD releases are equally at home on the new 
drive as they are with CDTV itself. 

The new format is a, curious combination of 
digitally recorded music, Midi information 
and onscreen support graphics. With the new 
drive as with CDTV, all three arE available to 
enhance the performance. 

For the mu 505 among us it r & the music that 
matters, and more precisely the available Midi 
output. In the case of Rhapsody in Blue the 
disk contains four separate compositions of 
the original piece, each offering a slightly dif- 
ferent combination of digitally recorded audio 
and suitable Midi accompaniment. 


CD+Midi - a ground-breaking innovation or another 
gimmick in the making? Paul Austin looks at the first 
Midi application to make the journey from CDTV 


right channel contains the complete piece, 
including the solo melody, while the left con- 
tains only the accompaniment. The missing solo 
melody is then provided in a Midi format. 

If you're listening to the audio charm 
separately, tuning the balance from left 
to right simulates the addition of a 
Midi instrument playing the miss- 
ing solo melody. 

Midi channel one contains 
the composite melody 
while channel 11 con- 


Gmfrkrin j Rhapsody 
in Blue - the fl nt 
reflate on CR+Mtdt 


Piano arrangement 

The first track offers the original four-part 
Midi recorded piano arrangement plus a sepa- 
rate Midi channel that contains a composite 
of the solo melody with a few other solo lines 
designed to complement the existing pre- 
recorded elements. 

The second variant employs the same Midi 
data as the first but produces a different over- 
all sound by assigning new voices. The Midi 
output is also vastly different to the first, as 
the entire piece is output as Midi information. 

The Midi output is supplied in the General 
Midi format which several synths such as the 
Roland Sound Canvas already support.. This 
particular track takes far more advantage of its 
potential Midi output by changing channels 
during the sequence. 

In the third track, the audio element is 
once again an orchestrated variation. The 


The big bonus 


Perhaps the biggest attraction for most of us isn't simply sitting 
back and watching as our Midi instrument* join in with the pre 
recorded elements. If that were the case, even the works of the 
masters would soon become as dull as the proverbial dish water. 

The big bonus is surely the ability to record! the Midi data as it 
emerges from the CD. All that's required is a suitable sequencer 
with the option to record more than one track at a time and 
you're off. 

Once captured, the Rhapsody in Blue remix is onfy a matter of 
moments away. Any aspect of the performance can be isolated in 
the usual way., cut, pasted and generally bastardised in a manner 
that the dance community are all too familiar with, Perhaps 
CD+Midi isn't such a great idea after all... 

Having said that, the possible benefits as a teaching medium 
are immense and if put to proper use even the dance junkies of 
this world might learn a few tricks of the trade and consequently 
move on to greater things in the future. 


tains an enhanced 
piano sol 
designed 
specifically 
for the Roland 
Diskflavier, This 
particular track is 
offset by about half a 
second in order to com- 
pensate for IhE delay on the 
Diskiavter, 

This allow! the Disklavier to keep 
in perfect sync with the rest of the 
track. If you don't happen to be the 
proud owner ot a Diskl avier r its specific M1> 
data is automatically muted when you r re 
employing other synths or modules. 

On the final track, audio plays the entire 
four track piano arrangement in the right-hand 
channel white the accompaniment appears only 
in the left. This variation also contains the entire 
performance in Midi. If you employ several Midi 
channels, the complete piece can then be 
played solely via Midi. 

Channel one contains the enhanced solo 
piano while channels two, 
three and four play the 
accompanying piano 
parts. Roland's Disklavier 
make* another appear- 
ance - a duplicate of the 
data in channels one to 
four is copied and delayed 
on channels 1 1 through 
to 14, again to enable the 
Disklavier to sync to the 
existing tracks. As before, 
if the Disklavier isn't pre- 
sent its associated tracks 
are muted. 

Each track has its own 
intro during which a very 
American voice details the 
ins and outs ol the forth- 
coming track, making a 
total of eight tracks in all. 


As far as the pre-recorded 
tracks are concerned, I must 
admit to being a little disap- 
pointed. Although I can't fault the 
accuracy and adhesion to the original 
manuscript, the actual feel of the piece does 
leave a lot to be desired. 

Admittedly a Midi replica of a human per- 
formance will never match up as far as 
warmth and feel are Concerned. Nevertheless, 
! am sure that with the recent advancements 
in the art of aftertouch emulation a lot more 
could have been made of what is widely con- 
sidered to be one of the great works of the 
twentieth century. 


New releases? 


Well, strange as fl may seem r this bit of the 
article is largely up to you... After a transat- 
lantic call to an everso-friendly spokesper- 
son for Warner New Media, it transpires 
that future releases in the CD+Midi range 
are largely down to its punter appeal. 

If this first release is received well, 
Warner will commit themselves to more 
releases - if not, this first release may 
indeed be the East. 





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I dsI people get their first taste of 
com ms when two friends link their 
computers with a serial cable to play 
games such as Populous against each other 
When it comes down to it, all the fancy 
modems, bulletin boards and assorted jargon of 
the com ms world do no more than thi s - they 
just cost more. 

The principle of comms is swapping informa- 
tion between computers without having to 
physically take a disk out of one machine and 
put it in another, By wiring the machines directly 
or remotely, otherwise incompatible computers 
can exchange data easily and quickly. 

For instance, passing text files from your 
Amiga to a friend's Mac is d bind if doing it on 
disk. However, link the two machines either 
directly by cable or remotely by modem and files 
can be squirted backwards and forwards in a jiffy 
rather than a Jiffy bag. 

The first thing you need is some sort of com- 
munications software which will enable the 
machines to talk to each other and understand 
what's being said. In games such as Populous 
this software is built in to the program already 
and specifically set up for that game. 

For more flexibility you need a separate pro* 
gram such as Ncomm. This allows all sorts of 
adjustments to enable you to match your com- 
puter exactly with the one at the other end of 
the line. 


Bewildered 


Everyone is bewildered when they start with 
all the jargon such as baud, bits, parity and so 
on, but there's no need to understand what the 
terms mean in order to set the correct values. 

All you need in order to dial up a bulletin 
board is the phone number. When you connect 
you will be given any extra information you 
need to optimise your own settings. 

Modems too are often talked about in terms 
of mystique. What with jargon such as V22bis, 
H5T, MNP correction and so on bandied about, 
it J s easy to lose sight of the fact that a modem is 
simply a box which connects your Amiga to the 
telephone line, 

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on a modem. If all you are 
likely to do is patter around 
on your local bulletin board 
for an hour a week then 
speed is relatively unimpor- 
tant. 

it only really comes into 
play when you start down- 
loading and uploading games 
and other programs. Even 
then you need to work out 
whether the capital cost of a 
high-speed modem is likely to 
be recouped over a reason- 
able period by correspond- 
ingly lower phone bills. 

Right then, you've bought 
a cheap second-hand modem for under a hun- 
dred quid, found some comms software to go 
with iL and connected everything up to the tele- 
phonE line. WheTe do you go Irom here? 

A good introduction to comms is your local 
bulletin board system (BBS). These are usually run 
from somebody's home with some sort of per- 
sonal computer, a hard drive to storE information, 
and special software to allow the system to run as 
a host. The pe-rspn running things is the system 
operator (sysop) and his or her word is law while 
you are a guest on the system. 

Etiquette is all important here as most boards 
are run at the sysop's expense. Pf you start abus- 
ing that generosity you are likely to find yourself 
hatred from the system altogether. 

So what's the etiquette? Basically it involves 
putting as much into the system as you take out 
of it, obeying any local rules for logging oil and 
generally not making a nuisance of yourself to 
either the sysop or other board users. 

Most boards have a good selection of PD and 
shareware available for download but it's poor 
practice to simply copy everything off the board 
and put nothing back, 

If you don't have any new files to send up to 
the board you can contribute by becoming active 
in the message areas which are like giant letters 
pages. These are either local to a particular board, 
or part of a large network covering the whole 
country where sysops of different boards pass 
their daily messages on to the next board in the 
chain, and receive a similar batch From another 
board. 

For instance, this morning I read a message on 
my local board - Aspects in Manchester - which 
had been routed to me from Scotland, At this 
moment there is a reply from me waiting to head 
back where it will probably be read tomorrow. 

Although it usually costs nothing except tele- 
phone time to log on to a BBS, you will often be 
granted extra privileges if you donate a small 
amount to the sysop. It's a good idea to do this 


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than It looJts Most hoard i also give a Hit of number* 
for other total BflSs 


anyway since he has to pay his phone bill too! 

For about £5 to £10* you are likely to have an 
extended time limit on the board, more down- 
load facilities and the glow of knowing you are 
an active part of the community. It's rather like 
the conCEpt ol shareware - try it tor free, then If 
you like and continue to use it, make a contribu- 
tion to the originator. 

While bulletin boards are run on an amateur 
enthusiast basis albsit in a very professional 
manner - there are also more businesslike 
boards available all over the world. These con- 
ferencing systems unfortunately cost money. In 
addition to telephone charges you also have to 
pay a charge to the system for the amount of 
time you spend on line. 


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However, many facilities are available which 
are simply uneconomic for smaller boards. For 
instance, when I've Finished this column, it and 
the illustrations will be sent via a private mail 
system direct to AC . 

Because of the privacy, business users can be 
sure of confidentiality - something lacking on 
BBSs. Messages can be sent all over the world, 
although this incurs an additional small charge. 

Within the system itself are many conference 
areas covering every thing from model rockets 
to Cray simulators on the Amiga (I kid you 
not!). Amiga Computing has an Ezra conference 
and competitor magazines also have their own 
areas. 

These are open conferences - anyone can 
join - but -many conferences are closed. To join 
a closed conference you must contact the mod- 
erator (like a sysop) and ask to be allowed in. 

But beware! Comms can be an addictive hobby, 
and very Expensive if you don't take care. 

Antffff Computing 


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AMOS 


Progressive Paduan 


Peter Hickman shows 
how our Pacman game 
can be rewritten in 
AMAL 


W elcome to another in-depth look 
into the world of AMOS program- 
ming. According to my hard disk 
this is article number 20, SO it's a bit of an anniver- 
sary for me. 

If you can cast your mind back a couple of 
months, we were playing around with simple Bob 
movements using AMOS. Our goal was to create a 
small Pacman game, which we did. Now we will 
look at a different method oF creating such a 
game, using the AMOS sub-language AMAL 
We took a look at the major AMAL Functions in 
the last issue so I won't be going into too much 
tine detail concerning the basic functions. Instead 
we will concentrate on the structure of an AMAL 
program. 

The first thing to do as load in the Bobs for the 
game and set up our default screen stuff. If you are 
unsure how to get these Bobs loaded in - trust me 
when I say it's not quite as straighrfojward as it 
sounds - look at the hnx on this page which con- 
tains strict instructions on how to make maximum 
use of your Amigo Computing CoverOisk, 

L<?g<l " GJkNEJP KITES .«r 

S : "pet Open C , !Z0,ZC3, 1 &, .Omtis 

Cur* (Ht 

Flm Off 

tls 0 

Get tprite Piltm 
Double 3tMif 
Gut aba ct D 

Now comes the time to define our AMAL string. 
As you can see, I have buill the program up into 
the string AS. AMAL ignores spaces so I have taken 
advantage of this to produce a clear piece of code 
which is easy to look at and - hopefully - to 
understand. 

This first line sets up a label "Start;" and after a 
brief pause stores the current joystick value in the 
register R0: 

hl- M Start: Piust ; let RQ-Jt ; 1 

By using comparisons we can then jump to rou- 
tines depending on the current joystick action. As I 
have said before, the numbers returned by the joy- 
stick are 1 =up r 2^down, 4=lefl 5=right and In turn 
9=up plus right (8+1=9), 6=down plus left (2+4-6) 
and so on, 

IUM* W If mi imp Right ; H 

M=JL*t" If .jip Left ; H 

I5=J,5+* If mi imp Up ; H 
15=11+" If HD12 .jid Dam ; " 

Al-llf" Juip Start ; 11 

The next four routines perform the actual 
movement of the Bob for more details of how 


the Move command works see your AMOS manual 


AS-AJ+'litn t ; 

H=JS + ' Run IDA 2 

Ii-I.I + l Juip. Start 

1 

I 5 M .1 + ^ Rave - 10 , 0,2 

l|iJLS + ‘ Junp Hart 

J5=15 + 8 lfp; ■ 

tun a, -10,1 
JS$-Jit+ Juap Start 
J$=J.5 + '3 difiL ; 

*5=1.5+' Hn a r 1D,Z 

15=1$+' Juip Start 


Far LOP-1 Ta 15 
Bcb L4P # tnd(l50^Rndi10H> # 1 
UaimL LCF Ta Bab LDP 
liat LQP r ii5 
next LOP 1 

r 

Wait Vbl 
lul 0>i 

I 

2ir«t 


OK, so you don't want to structure your AMAL pro- 
grams, you could shorten them by just using the 
UPPERCASE characters. |u$t look at the following 
AMAL string. If you value your sanity, don't try to 
type it in! 


fci="$:P;LiD=Jl ;■ 
'J ROtGJH; ' 
AS=AS*"IRQt4JL p - a 
AJiR J*' 1 1 ROC 1 J U ; " 
GiMJ* H iR0UJO; ’ 

AS=A*+"R: i" 


«=«* H H'in,0 A;‘ 
AUM^S;" 
G!=*5+ , U:; U 
Ai=AS*'P|],-10,Z;' 

-D: ; n 

«=«* ’113,1 0,2/ 


Having fun? I hope so! The frnal pah of this exciting 
instalment gives us an AMAL-contmUed player and 
baddie: 


Laid M GWEJPR]rE5.m rt 
Screen Ope n C,32D,2D3,lfl,iLMr(s 
Curs Gf i 
Flasi DU 
Cls 0 

Get Sprite Palttte 
Double Buffer 
l«,TflbiCl D 
9oh 1,150,10^,1 
Sob 1,20,23,2 


The string AJ is exactly the same as in the First pro- 
gram except that the horizontal and vertical posi- 
tions of the player are fed into the extErnali 
registers RA and RB. 

These are then read inside the baddie control 
program stored in BJ to make that the evil beastic 
tracks us down! 


<5= r Start ; Fault ; Lit RO-Jl ; 8 

15=^5 + ’ 

LSI RG-S ; Lit R9=T ; 1 

IM5+ 1 

If mi Juip 9 i alt ; " 

ts=ti+ r 

[f m\ Juip lift i " 

A5=li5f 

[1 =?fl|1 juip Up ; ' 

A!;tS+ 

[f IQI? juip lonn ■ n 

*5 = U + 

JuiD 

Starr : H 

W = A5t ta |fylt: 

.. r. 

* 


Pa vt 

10,0,2 ; " 


Juip 

Starr ; H 

Jtl=Ut "Left : 

i n 

r 

ts=*,s+" 

FuVt 

-iWf* ; n 

15 = 15 + ' 

Juip 

start ; H 

Al*M+“Up : 


B fl 


non 

0,-10,! ; " 

t5 = M+ h 

JUNp 

start ; ri 

l5=M + "lflufl: 

+ f* 

«=Hf 

Rnvt 

0,10,2 ' i n 


Juip 

Start ; " 


B5=Bl+"itirt: : n 

35=95+ [f im Jjpp fight ; 

05=31+“ !f i<M jjpp Left ; 

35 = 35+" EF ^R9 Juip Up ; 

35=35 + " Ef f<Rfi Jjtp i 

3S=at+- Juip Start 

9S^i+ H *?qht: ; H 

3IOS+- nun 10,0,2 ; 11 

BSmt H Juip Start ; M 

35=9t+”L(ft: 

35=3$+" nun -IDA? j H 

3S=3S+" Juip Start 

aS^St-Up: | 1 

35=81+“ nun 0,-10,! ; 11 

3$ = 3i-+" Juip Start 

B(-af+ H »»nn: ; H 

95 = 35+” Navt 0,10,2 

35=31+" Juip Start ; ’ 




Lhanr.eE 1 To Bob 1 
Ual 1 ,Ai 

Chanret 2 To Bob ? 

L»al 2,81 
dial On I 
Halt Uhl 
Gial Gn 2 

i 

Et peat 
In; SCORE 
Until Dot CelH) 

Gani 

Print "T5U .IRE DEM!!!! TOUR SCORE I5“;SC0RE 
Update 


That brings us to the end of a very practical col- 
umn - hopefully in the next issue l should have 
some exciting news about the future ol AMOS. 



Save your typing fingers? 

All of the stuff that I list on this page can also be found on the Cover Disk. To load the programs, 
first load your copy of AMOS, insert the Cover Disk and move your mouse up to the first item at 
the lop left of the menu. 

Click with the right button and the word "RUN" should be replaced by ' LOAD L Now click with 
the left button and a file selector will appear. This is where it gets a bit tricky. Once all of the files 
have appeared inside the file selector box,, press the right mouse key and lhal list will be replaced 
with anotherl This new list is made up from the current devices recognised by your Amiga, includ- 
ing the CoverDisk 

Alt you have to do now is click on the name of the CoverDlsk - CoverCHsk31 - and wait for the 
files to be listed. Nearly there! The final step is to dick on the directory '‘AMOS", wait for the list 
of files to appear and then click on the SetDir box. 

Phew, what an explanation! To cap It ail. if you own Easy AMOS it s all different but that s 
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Fancy a change? 


Y ou get two Compugfaphic fonts in 
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Probably the most sinking instant change 
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Highlight the text you want to fill with a 
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Shades of grey 

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printers for shades of grey, 
though laser resolution is a bit 
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outline to the text - a thin 
solid black line around the 
edges of the characters. 

Again, this is just a few 
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Outline style from the Type 
menu. That style gets 
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selected previously. Select the 
Null Pointer to see the new 
look. 


Getting white-on-black 


I gel so many letters asking how to get white letters on a black 
backgroundj or a ''wob lp as it is known in the trade. 

lt H s actually quite simple once you r ve been let In on the 
secret. First drag out a fairly large rectangle using the Draw 
Rectangle tool In the lower half ol the tool box, then select Fill 
Pattern from the Draw menu. 

The requester that appears looks and acts exactly the same as 
the requester we use to fill text. To gel a solid black box, click 
on the black fill pattern, which is top left in the group of 16 pat- 
terns below the grey levels strip. Click OK to confirm your 
thoice- 

The rectangle should turn black. If it doesn't it means you are 
in wireframe mode - select Wireframe Graphics from the 
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box on top of the black ret I angle, using the Text Box tool in the 
top half of the tool box. Select the Text tool, dick in the text 
box and select a large point size and the Bold style. Now type a 
few letters. 

Drag the cursor over the text Id highlight it, select Pattern 
from the Type menu, dick on the solid white colour in the grey 
levels strip, and dick OK. Hit the Null Pointer gadget to see your 
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Ail you have to do now is adjust the black box to fit neatly 
around the white text. 


If the text still looks a bit 
wishy-washy, one further tfick we can use is lo 
add a shadow behind it Vet again, all we need 
to do Is highlight the text and select the 
Shadow style from the Type menu. It gels 
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The quality is not bad, but suffers from the imi- 
tations of the Amiga Hold and Modify mode. A tiny 
quarter screen moving picture surrounded with a 
large black border, although it is the best current 
technology can offer, doesn't really work that well. 
It's like watching a video on a tiny Casio LCD televi- 
sion. 

Despite this, the product is fun, and it r s quite 
cheap too, listed at E24.95, or around £16. The 
technology may not improve to the point where 
you can get Full Motion Video from a CD in the 
near future, but I expect more titles will start using 
CDXL quarter-5 creEn video in more interesting 
ways. 


tfHT I he Jukebox in 
Musk Maker 
thtvn Id i the tracks 


just confuse the public. 

Developers have already started taking delivery 
of A690 drives for the A500, and with A690 labels 
and manuals these could become collectors' 
items in years to comet 

The A570 is now in production and will ship at 
the beginning of April. Commodore are waiting 
until they have several tens of thousands in 
European distribution centres before they launch, 
as they do not want to repeat pasL mistakes 
where they have launched a product that was 
then not available for weeks. 

One ol the best selling CDTV titles so far has 
been Music Maker, so it is high time that I 
reviewed it, especially as some of the graphics 
code in it was written by me! Despite doing the 
initial work for this way back in November 1 990, 
when there were only six CDTVs in the country 
and all of them NT5C models, I have only 
recently got a copy of this disc 

Music Maker is a sort of karaokewvith -instru- 
ments affair. Rather than singing along to the 
worst songs in the world, you can play along to 
them with your choice of instruments using your 
infra red controller. 


Illuminated 

It is not nearly as complicated as it seems. The 
keypad is set up so it is easy to jump from one 
note to the next, and the keys are illuminated 
onscreen so you can see what you should be 
playing. 

There are 16 music tracks on the disk, all of 
them superb rerecordings of classic tracks like Let 
It Be, Money for Nothing, Crockett's Theme and 
Yesterday. These tracks are played as CD-Audio 
from the disk in exactly the same way that a stan- 
dard audio CD is played. 

Written by Jim Hawkins - the programmer 
responsible for the Opus-1 Music Language (or 
the Amiga among other 
products - it boasts 


the best Amiga-generated tound I have ever heard. 
Using all four Amiga channels to play one instru- 
ment in stereo with proper reverb and decay, it 
makes the CDTV sound as good as a professional 
keyboard. 

Once you get bored of playing Money for 
Nothing on the violin for the fiftieth time, you can 
settle down with some friends (if you have any left 
at this point) and play the musk quiz. While it 
seems very simple, almost to the point of being 
tacky, it is quite fun, and certainly adds to the disc. 


Warning 


A word of warning - don't buy it yet if you are 
getting the A57G CD-ROM, as the keypad on the 
ASOti and on the CDTV remote are the opposite 
way around (the I is on the top of the CDTV 
remote control numeric pad). A version that has 
an alternate keypad layout for A500 users 
is currently being written and will be 
in the shops very soon. 

The first CDTV title contain- 
ing CDXL quarter-screen 
video has just been 
released - The Heroic 
Age of 5pace flight: 
NASA - the 25th 
Year, by Troika 
Multimedia, inc, 
CDXL [which 
stands for the 
incredibly uninter- 





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