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Welcome to the Future. 


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By |ohn Butters 

A600 heads for Britain 


THE smallest and newest computer in the 
Amiga family - the A6DQ - will hit Britain 
during May at a £399 price point. 
Commodore have just confirmed. 

The A600-HD fitted with an internal 
2GMh hard disk drive will sell for £499 
and the company have no imminent 


plans for models with higher capacities. 

Shown for the first time In the UK at 
the recent European Computer Trade 
Show in London, the A6QQ will be bun- 
dled with art package Deluxe Paint III 
and an as yet unnamed game. 

Kl will have a 12- month on-site war- 
ranty, which is an unusual benelit for 


leisure home computer owners, and h 
believed to have been made possible 
because of the move to more reliable sur- 
# face mount technology. 

Commodore boss Steve Franklin: "Ever 
since Its launch in 1 965, the Amiga has 
been subject to a program of constant 
improvement and 
evolution, designed to 
keep it safely in its 
position as market 
leader/ 

He added: "This lat- 
est range is a giant 
leap forward, giving 
the user state-of-the- 
art computing power 
at an affordable 
price. 1 ' 

Advertising cam- 
paigns have already 
be drawn up for the 
computer press and 
television, Insiders say 
they centre on the fact that the baby 
machine can be carried easily. 

There is, meanwhile r mounting industry 
speculation that the A5Q0 will be 
dropped within the year and that an 
Amiga running from a 68 020 processor 
will enter above the A6CKX The firm nei- 
ther deny nor confirm the rumour. 



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A570 shewn end gains support 

THE A3 70 CD-ROM drive for the A500 and A5O0P was shown for the first time in the 
UK recently, as three software giants pledged their support for the system. 

Acclaim r Do mark and Gremlin are the latest firms to say they wilt be releasing 
Amiga titles on both floppy disk and CD by the end of the year. 

"Christmas 1992 will see the first true market for CD- ROM -based games develop," 
said Acclaim's European vice president Rod Cousens. 

"Acclaim will be perfectly placed to make full use of the many advantages offered 
by the new format/ 

Gremlin are looking at using the increased storage capacity that CD offers to 
improve their Amiga games. 

Said boss Ian Stewart: JI As Amiga games become more and more complex, con- 
ventional floppy disks are becoming a less suita blE storage medium/ 

He continued "The compact disc is the formas of the future and Gremlin intend 
to be a leading player in this market from the very start/ 

As we went to press. Commodore were still unable to confirm an on-sale date or 
price for thE drive, although industry sources have speculated iL wifi cost £269. 


Commodore in crisps link 

THE A6Q0 is to feature rn a new nationwide promotion being run between 
Commodore, Ocean Software and Smiths Crisps. 

Special Quakers packs will feaLure a decoder giving people the chance to win the 
new computer or copies of Pushover, Ocean's game starring Quavers' character 
Colin Curly. 

"Smiths' agency, BDP, came to Commodore after their research revealed that the 
Amiga is the most desirable product of its type/ said Commodore's Dawn Levack. 

"This is the first time home computers have featured in this type of promotion 
and we're sure it will get the new Amiga off to a flying start/ 

Quavers' Sally Hollo well offered: "This is the first ever promotion of this type in 
the snacks sector am.'] we are delighted to be involved with Commodore and Ocean. 

"The promotion n directly targeted at kids' number one leisure activity and we're 
convinced that lb* will secure a significant demand for Quavers during the 
summer/ 


Price plunge for A500P 

PRICES for the A5G0P Cartoon Class cs pdtk have plunged further in the last lew weeks, 
despite Commodore claims that chains would return Lhe bundle to £199 alter Christmas. 

At feast one High Street giant ?s now selling the pack for less than £350. With the cur- 
rent price war among e ectncai retailers, others are likely to follow. 

And one insider has told Amigo Computing to expect more cub as shops attempt Lo 
clear stock as the arrival date of the A6G0 nears. 

Meanwhile, a rival manufacturer claimed retailers have been forced to drop prices 
because they are holding surplus Amiga* after a slack winter. 


CD TV grows Amiga bits 

THREE new CDTV peripherals 
to enable the player to oper- 
ate like any other Amiga were 
launched in London recently. 

They included a 96-key 
Qwerty keyboard, a mouse 
and a 3.5in floppy disk drive. 

Each is housed In a black 
case, enabling them to blend 
in with the player. 

They were released in 
Germany eariier this year in a 
bundle called Amiga CDTV, but in Britain, where the standalone player is now sold as 
Amiga CDTV r Commodore will not be finding a new marketing name. 

"Thousands of homes are already enjoying the benefits offered by the standalone 
Amiga CDTV/ claimed Commodore boss Steve f ranklin. "These add-ons can only 
serve to make the system even more interactive and productive. 

"With the launch of other CD-ROM -based systems, including [Philips! CD-I, creat- 
ing an even greater public awareness for thrs new form of home entertainment, 
Amiga CDTV can only continue to grow in stature." 

Prices were unavailable. 



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Amiga Computing June 1992 








News 


Upgradable laser released 

DESKTOP publishers are being targeted for an upgradable HP Laserjet llUcompalible laser 
printer, just released by Silica Systems (081-109 1111). 

Selling for £699, the Ricoh LPlZOO has a resolution of up to 400 dots per inch, 2Mb 
of memory and a print speed of si* pages per minute. 

A unique Flash ROM upgrade feature allows owners lo keep up to date with laser 
developments such as printer command languages. 

Silica spokesman Andy Leaning said: "The Ricoh LP120G is the ideal printer for Amiga 
users. With 2Mb of RAM as standard and up to 400 dots per inch, it is perfect for DTP 
work. 

He continued: "“Other laser printers with less memory cannot handle such work with- 
out expensive extra memory. Silica recommend the LR1 200 For any Atari ST user." 

Frontier products saved 

MARPt 1 Developments have grabbed all rights to Frontier Software's Amiga 

products including the Xtra-RAVI AiGO-r memory expansion board. 


The move follows the recent collapse of Arden Electronics, who traded as 
Frontier Software. Based in North Yorkshire, Marpet can he telephoned on D4 23 



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Europress sponsor show 

EURGPRE55 Publications, publishers of Amigo Computing, have joined forces with show 
organiser Westminster Exhibitions to sponsor the next International Computer Show, 
Incorporating the popular 16 Bit Computer Show, the event is to be focused entirely 
around the home computer market. More than 180 exhibitors are due and many intend 
Co show latest Amiga products. 

Said Europress J s Jane Conway: *The show is respected for giving enthusiasts the 
opportunity to see new Amiga software and hardware and buy it at discounted prices. 

EReaders will be able to meet our editorial start and we will be extending discounts tor 
many products on sale throughout the show/ she added. 

are delighted to be working alongside Europress," said Westminster boss Tim 
Collins. "We like the editorial style of its magazines and feel they give total coverage of, 
and totally reflect, our target market/ 

It will be held at Wembley Exhibition Halls, London on [uly 10 to 12. 





Commodore 
power up 

OWNERS of AISGOs and AZQOOs 
will soon be able to upgrade to 
(he powerful AIOQO at special 
exchange prices. 

Prices and confirmed details of 
the Power Up scheme remain to 
be announced by Commodore. 


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G-Force powers up 


AMERICAN peripheral giant Great Valley 
Products' have redesigned their Combo 
range ol A2000 accelerators to give 
improved performance. 

The oid 22MHz board has been 
replaced with the G-Force 030 running 
at 25 MHz and featuring a built-in SCSI 
controller and maths co-processor. 

One megabyte of memory is supplied 
- expandable to 13Mb - and it costs 
£599. 

Taking the place of Combo 33 is a 
40MHz version. Also Fitted with a maths 
co-processor, it has ^lyib of memory 
which can he increased to 16Mb. Price: 
£999, 

And at the top of the range is a 


SOM Hi board, running from a standard 
68030 processor. Sold with 4Mb of RAM 
and accepting a maximum of 16Mb r it 
costs £1,399. 

The 25MHz and 40MHz versions use 
economical 6BGEC3G processors and the 
50MHz board runs from a standard 
6603G chip. All three can be bought 
with an optional hard drive mounting 
kit. 

GVP president Gerard Bucas com- 
mented: "There is no reason to look 
beyond G- Force 030 For performance or 
price, no matter what your accelerator 
needs.' 1 

The UK distributor is Silica .Systems on 
081-309 1111. 


Music tools 
cleared 

TOOLS Without a Home is a scheme 
just started by Amiga music specialist 
The Blue Gibbon SoundWorks lor 
users of the company's Bars k Pipes 
range of software. 

Run as a "clearing house" lor tools 
and accessories developed by and for 
users of the program, these collec- 
tions are then sold directly from the 
firm for a small charge. 

^Over the past few months we've 
been amazed at just how many users 
are creating their own enhancements 
to Bars k Pipes and Bars & Pipes 
Professional/ said Blue Ribbon's 
Allison Plant, 

"We hope that the Tools Without a 
Home program will inspire even 
mare. Those users who don't create 
their own tools and accessories will 
surely benefit from those who do/ 

For more information call UK dis- 
tributor Zone Distribution on 071- 
738 5444. 


Mindscape 

move 

AIL departments at Mindscape 
International fife now operating 
from Priority House, Charles 
Avenue, Burgess Hill,, West Sussex 
RH15 9PQ. The telephone number 
is 0444 246333. 


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Fun School software. 

Maths, English and French are taught 
in 12 separate packages, where a "love- 
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ADI uses facial expressions to interact 
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To help keep the pupil's attention he 
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"AD! has so much personality that, 
during testing, young students happily 
spent long sessions working on the exer- 
cises/ claimed Europress Software boss 
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Each disk costs £25.99, Europress can 
be telephoned on 0625 B59333. 


Extras for SuperJAM 

THREE extra disks are to be released for The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks' SupetJAM inter- 
active composition program 

They are the Pop/ Rock, Classical and Cutting Edge disks and each contains a collec- 
tion of new musical styles, demos and sample chord progressions. 

The UK supplier. Zone Distribution (071 -738 5444J, were unable to supply prices as 
we went to press. 


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iTevpai Version 3 ts heme at List. The two earlier versions of I riSofl Pevpac for Hu 1 
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surpass, but we think that we've done it. This new package has had a complete face- 
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THE National Society for Ihe Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCQ are to 
benefit from National Play a Came Day, held recently to raise awarenesi of l he 
advantages of computer garner 


Oealed and organised jointly by the European leisure Software Publishers 
Association (EISPA) and show organiser Blenheim Online, it will he come a 
yearly fund raising event. 

Money will be raised for the charity through retail and sales promotions and 
many major companies including Commodore have thrown their support 
behind the event. 

Blenheim's |ohn Murrey commented^ "This is a marvellous opportunity to 
no I only help spread the understanding and enjoyment of video and computer 
game products, but also benefit an excellent charity. 


Stunning sound 
from Sunltize 


SUNRIZt Industries are now selling their 
AD 101 2 digital audio card with Studio 
16 editing software, enabling several 
hour* of sound to be recorded directly to 
hard disk. 

I he ADI 01 2 has a built-in 5MPTE 
time code reader to allow synchronisa- 
tion of digital sound to videotape and it 
can record, edit and play back four tracks 
direct to a hard disk. 

It plays sound with 12 bits of resolu- 
tion at sampling rates of up to 100,00-0 
samples every second. 

Two eighth order linear phase anti- 


aliasing filters are provided - one for 
input and output. 

A sound accelerator chip allows the 
* card to perform digital effects - such as 
flanging, Chorusing and echoes fn real 
time. 

Studio 16‘s features include cut, copy 
and paste and mix, as well as more 
advanced functions such as an SMPTE 
cue list. 

For use with the A15CK), A20CKJ or 
A 3 OOu. t cnsM LM595, California-based 
SunRiie can be telephoned on 010 1 408 
374 4962, 


Oxxi on 
the move 

OXXI UK, formerly Precision 
Software, have moved office* The 
new address. Is 171 Bath Road, 
SlougtV Berkshire 511 4AA. 


Transport 
on disk 

SIX Amiga clip art disk* featuring trans- 
part are Lo be released in |une by 
Piskotech (05912 242). 

Titles in the Movieclip range include 
Road Traffic 1, Air Traffic r Rail Riders, 
Horse Traffic and Water Traffic, Each casts 
f 1 0 and a demo can be bought for £1 . 


do you 

KNOW 
SOMETHING 
WE DON'T? 

Although Amiga Computing has scores 
of con ta els In the Amiga world, we 
need you. If you have some hot news, 
ring John Butters on the news tiesk 
now on 0625 S76B3B or fax to 0625 
879966. All information supplied will 
be treated in the strictest of confi- 
dence. 


Better beats 

BEAT Studio is the latest stereo sound 
sampler, just released by City Seat (0234 
857777). 

Sampling and editing software with 
more than 100 functions is packaged 
with a stereo sampling cartridge which 
connects to the computer's parallel port. 

The cartridge accepts sound from 
sources including CD players, personal 
stereos, radios and cassette recorders. 

Among Beat Studio's features are real 
time sampling in mono, stereo and si mu 
lated stereo modes and sampling at over 
36kH? in stereo and more than 57kHz in 
mono. It has a variety of editing and real- 
time Options, loop play, a song sequencer 
linking up to nine samples to create 
songs and a Midi sequencer enabling a 
Midi keyboard to be programmed. Price; 
£39.95. 


More go 
to CeBit 

ATTENDANCE at this year's CeBit 
show grew to 640,000 an increase 
of more than 10 per cent over last 
year and the orqanisers have 
announced that next year 1 * Hanover 
event will run from March 24 to 30. 


Megadrive 
comes to 
Amiga 

AMIGA joystick wagglErs will soon be 
able to play Sega Megadrive games on 
their computet using Amiga Drive, a 
new emulator from Advanced 
Emulation. 

But price rules the move out as a rea- 
sonable option The proposed cast of 
the software and cartridge-to-disk adap- 
tor at £119 takes Amiga Drive just £10 
short of the recommended price for the 
actual Sega machine supplied with a top 
game. 

Though detail i of the product arrived 
on April l r it is not believed to be an 
April Fools joke, the press was not given 
a telephone number tor the manufac- 
turer. 


Music 

program 

fixed 

MINOR improvements and bug fixes 
have been made to The Blue Ribbon 
Sound work's Bars and Pipes Professional 
Midi program. 

Version l.Oe also lets Pro Studio Kit 
and Creativity Kit to be used to their full 
potential. 

Users can upgrade by sending details 
of their serial number and USJ9.5Q to 
the firm at 1293 Briardale ME, Atlanta, 
Georgia 30306, USA or by telephoning 
0101 404 377 1514. 


Improved 
animation 
for CD TV 

A HIGH performance animation and 
video format used in CDTV players is 
now available for developers using 
ASDG r 5 Art Department Professional 
ADPro r s new CDXL input and output 
modules allow high speed access to any 
frame an an animation or video sequence 
and enable information Lo be associated 
with each frame. 

CDXL allows playback of quarter to 
third screen video sequences at 1 2 to 1 5 
frames per second, with 4,096 colours 
on-screen and sound. 

Wisconsin-based ASDC can be tele- 
phoned on 010 1 608 273 6585- 

Keeping it 
clean 

IT is the policy of Amjgo Compiling 
not to accept advertisements offering 
software containing pornography or 
scenes of excessive violence. 


DIARY 

DATES 


28 to 31 May 1992 

Spring Computer Shopper Shaw 
Organiser: Blenheim PEL 

(os j -742 2828 } I 

Verm: Olympia, London 

An area called Amiga Shopping 

Centre will be devoted to the 

machine. 

10 to 1 2 | uly 1992 

6th international Computer .Show 
Organiser: Westminster Exhibitions 
(Q8h549J444) 

Venae: Wembley Exhibition Hods. 
London 

The second show of the year, for an 
event that's getting more and more 
support Irom the industry and spon- 
sorship horn Amiga Computing. 

6 to 8 September 1992 

European Computer Trade Show 
Autumn 

Organiser: ®enhe\m PEL 
(08 h 742 2828) 

Venue: fiusfness Design Centre 
A new trade-only event for the com- 
puter leisure industry. 

5 to B November 1992 

World of Commodore * 92 
(0225 <42244} 

Venae: Earls Court 2, Tendon 
A Commodore -specific exhibition, 
with plenty for Amiga users. 


OVERSEAS 


28 to 31 May 1992 

Consumer Electronics 5how 
Orgonder: EfC/C£C 
1/enuej Chicago 

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

i to 11 October 1992 

Computer Shopper Show 
Qrgomser AMI Shows Europe 
(Oi 0 49 2234 2202 1} 

Venue: Koln Messe 
A chance to catch up on the year's 
developments in the active Amiga 
world. 

Used to be known as Amiga Kofn. 

26 to 29 November 1992 

World of Commodore *. 92 

Organiser.- Fain & Fun 

(01049 8 J 06 34094} 

tenue; Frankfurt Exhibition Halls 

The main Commodore show in 

Germany. 100,000 visitors expected. 

■ If your company is organising a 
show relevant to the Amiga and it J s 
not listed, let u^ know so we can 
include the information in the diary. 


Amiga Computing June 1992 








lESUSA N ews 


I t's a big month for Amiga ns who use their machines for more than shoot- 
'em ups. Soft Logit have released the Hotlinks Edition add-on for 
PageStream, -Cold Disk have finally shipped Professional Page vlO, and New 
Horizons have yet another ProWrite update. 

Gamers shouldn't despair, either. Although it seems that more and more enter 
tainment software is coming from the UK nowadays, a few superb entertainment 
packages of US origin have been released as well. 

Most notable is the long awaited Black Crypt, Electronic Arts' labyrlnthian 
game that includes 20 interconnected dungeons and hundreds of horrid, cunning 
beasts, all rendered in beautiful 64-colour halfbnte graphics. 

While Black Crypt is technical^ impressive, some hard core gamers have 
reported finishing it in as little as a few days. If this happens to you, check out 
New World Computing's Might and Magic HI; Isles of Terra for the Amiga. 

Over 4Mb of compressed graphics and sounds a great 3D perspective, and 
both dungeon and outside locales will make the 1O0- hours of challenging play 
contained in this game exciting and fun. 

A third dungeon game of American origin MindCt ali s The Keys to Mai anion, 
is worth skipping, unless you really want to relive the experience of playing dun 
qeon games on a circa I^S3 Apple II 


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Tanks for the 
upgrade 

If you've ever flown one d 1 Dynamic's 
High! simulators in the past, youll proba- 
bly have been impressed by the sim's 
detail and accuracy, but fell lei down by 
the poor frame rale especially if you've 
got a stock Amiga 500 wish a ?,l4MHz 
6SQOG chip. 

Well, with the help of ace Amiga pro- 
grammers fthett Anderson and Randy 
Thompson, Oynamix have gone back to 
the drawing board and created A- 10 Tank 
Killer 1.5. 

The 1-Space graphics system has been 
rewritten from the ground up, providing a 
good frame rate cm a stock 6BQ0Q 
machine, and silky-smooth screen updat- 
ing on faster machines. 


shaded polygons, hi AM screens between 
missions and over 20 missions, including a 
number of actual Operation Desert Storm 
flights. 

Upgrades are available for owners of 
the original A-10 contact Sierra for 
details. If you've been wanting a sim with 
Dynamix accuracy and Micro-Prose screen- 
update speed, look no further. 

ProWrite gets 
even better 

New Horizons have announced yet 
another update of ProWrite, v3.2.3. The 
actual program has changed little - mainly 
bug fixes and faster printing speed (up to 
four times quicker on high resolution 
printers). 

The bonus comes on an extra disk 


New options include eight user- 
selectable graphics modes while flying, 
including extra-hadbrtte, light-source 

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If you use a PC at work and want to 
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Convert will translate RTF (Rich Text 
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scale campaign. In the Quick Came, you 
must out-breed and outgalher the red 
ants, kill their queen, and eat their young. 
|ust the thing for an hour’s diversion. 

In the Full Game, you've got an entire 
yard to Conquer pa Lch by- patch, and ther 


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A matter of 
Sim Antics 

I he latest in Maxis* Sim Series, SimAnt 
puts you in charge of a black ant colony an 
an all-out war against a rival red ant 
colony for food and territory . 

Besides enemy ants, other dangers 
Include vicious spiders, voracious art lions, 
torrential rain, crushing human feet, and a 
giant lawn mower. Based on rear ant 
behaviour, this game is actually educa- 
tional as well as fun. 

Like any good war game, SimAnt 
includes both individual battles and full- 


it J s into the house to take it over as well - 
(this is one game that actually includes the 
kitchen sink!). An experimental mode 1 
turns the computer that cast you hun- 1 
dretfc of pounds into a giant ant farm. 

Cute yet disgusting digitised sound! H 
abound, and the graphics are superb. ! 
Sim Ant is notable for including two ver- 1 
sions - a lores, 320 x 200 mode game for 
owners of 1Mb Amigas, and a hi-res, 640 , 
x 400 version for Amiga ns with at least 
1Mb of Chip memory and 2Mb total (alt * 
Chip or mixed Fast and Chip). 

With a flicker fixer, the hi-res version I 
looks like a game taken from a £5,000 
Macintosh. 


Professional Page v3.0 is fontastic! \ 


Professional Page vl-0 is now shipping, and it's chock full ot new features. Its new A^Rexx 
support and Page Genie ARexx macros add awesome flexibility to this desktop publishing 
mainstay. Creating complicated page formats and adding special effects to your docu- 
ments is now a snap. 

Links to An Department Professional Professional Calc, and Professional Draw vl.O 
make data exchange much easier, and a new tiling feature lets you output larger pages by 
printing multiple sheets and taping them Logether. 

But the neatest feature is the new FontManager program. This utility converts Adobe 
Type 1 PostScript fonts in Compographic IntelEifont format for use Professional Page. While 
this is handy in itself, it's a great 

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bonus for users of AniigaDOS 2.04. 

These In tell if or Is can be run 
through the Fountain utility and 
used as scalable outline fonts with 
the operating system. 

With hundreds of public domain 
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ost of you will probably own 
nil some version or other ol 
| V m DPaint, one ol the most versa- 
tile and simple to use graphics packages 
available for the Amiga. 

Having said that r how many of you will 
have had occasion to put any or all of 
DPaint's numerous features to use, either 
during an animation, or as static Amiga 
art? 

Initially we planned to release a com- 
plementary animation on the CoverDisk to 
help explain the finer points ol the anima- 
tion process, Unfortunately the arrival of 
SID 2 means that the release of the anim 
has had to be delayed. 

As a result, to get the full benefit From 
the tutorial you'll have to wait for next 
month's issue of AC To run the anim, 
you'll need a 1 Mb machine and a copy of 
DPaint 3 or upwards. 

When I set out to create the animation 
I was faced with a dilemma. The brief was 
to create a DPaint animation using as 
many different techniques as possible, 
employing P Paint as the centre pin. 

Perception 

First off r everyone's perception of ani- 
mation is different A superb piece of char- 
acter animation could be done on DPaint, 
but For the purpose of a tutorial if would 
be pointless, since character animators 
have a whole host of tricks at their dis- 
posal that can't be found in any animation 
package, however comprehensive it may 
appear. 

Designers of animated graphics and 
title sequences will insist that what they 
do involves animation, tor example tum- 
bling logos, Character animators would 
disagree by explaining they are merely 
moving things around, and so the general 
confusion goes on - well, that's my 
excuse... 

At the outset, one thing becomes clear 
after tinkering with DPaint you can cre- 
ate a lot oF fancy effects in terms of a 
Hook\ regardless of whether you are 
enhancing existing DPaint animations by 
employing additional digitising with sys- 
tems surh as DlgFVlew, or perhaps trying 
to emulate the look of video game graph- 
ics. 

In the case of the demo animation, the 
intent has been to approach the look of 
something sticker than you'd expect to 
see from DPaint. Ihe software allows you 
to do all sorts of crazy things that you'd 
expect to see in high-end systems such as 
Quarters PainlBox plus there's the 
added bonus of animation. 

Believe me, f tried very hard to avoid 
the cliche of an animated logo when it 
came to arriving at an idea. However, aher 
a lot of brainsLorming and the fart that I 
only had a week left to do the sequence! - 
the all-important idea seemed obvious. 

I say 11 all-important 11 because anything 
you dd has to start with an idea, hopefully 
providing you with an initial structure to 
create the animation around. OK, so 



package l - i . ■* :ise I ,e used 

Imagine, the 3D r r j ? ’racing package «rom 
Impulse. 

The only proviso is that images satisfy 
the rule of compatibility with the Amiga ■ 
standard IFF format, However, since the 
demo employs DPaint X which cannot 
accept 4,096 Ham images, the graphics 
created in Imagine had to be re-saved 
64- colour io-res IFF files, using DigiView 
to do the re-conforming, 

Challenge 

Why bother, you may well ask, when 
you could originate everything in DPaint? 
In this particular case, the reason was that 
I set myself a challenge to try to see if you 
could achieve certain effects more quickly 
using another package - namely the 
appearance of solid objects, light and 
shade and sd on, and then import those 
images into DPaint for animation pur 
poses. 

True, you can create a very convincing 
JD effect in DPaint, if you have a rudi- 
mentary knowledge of how things should 


superficially speaking the demo is basi- 
cally a "'tumbling logo", but how does its 
creation involve animation? Well, 
it's moving, and it exists within 
a predetermined time frame. 

Basically you're trying 
to get something to go 
from A to ti in a hope- 
fully interesting and 
entertaining man- 
ner, as well a 
informing people 
that they should buy 
Amigo Computing instead of 
any other magazine - as if any- 
one needed telling. 

Don't be put off by ihe 
Fact that the demo is not 
of some cute animated 
person doing strange 
things this is also 
possible with DPaint, 
but would take 
infinitely longer to pro- 
duce and require much more 
pre-planning to execute. All 


the bits necessary to recreate or create 
your own animation will be available on 
next month's 

CoverDisk, com- 
prising Of a couple 
of IFF files. As a 
result, you can 
learn the finer points 
of the animation 
process this month 
and apply your 
newly-acquired 


skills with 
the assistance of next 
month's Disk. 

Thankfully most 
software designers 
working on Amiga 
products have sensibly 
enabled users to load 
images created on a wide 
variety of other graphics 



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Ravi Swami provides the definitive guide to animation, along 
with some essential hints and tips on expanding your 
artistic horizons 


Amiga Computing June J992 



Animation Ej 


ook i n d a few artistic tricks, up your 
siee.e Nevertheless F plumbed for 
and spent the next two hours set- 
ting r jp to render a reasonably convinc- 
ing r^»ef image of the AC togo. 

Once set up, and with the aid ot 
rum-prcKii lest renderings, I could change 
F .he ghis ng conditions, colours, bumpi- 
ness and so on in a way that, at best, 
would be difficult in DPaint. My only con- 
cern was lhal all this would be lost in the 
Ham to lo-res conversion process. 

I was wrong. rr DigiView does an extel- 
ent job in re-tompulirig a reduced colour 
palette and resolution For any .image you 
may load Into it. 

The end result in this rase was some- 
thing Lhal still looked remarkably realistic 
and solid, I rendered all the bits and 
p eces in Imagine simply because it was so 
quick and easy to do - this included the 
icpport columns of the Logo panel. 

Different palette 

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When you do this with different objects, 
rou will find that the colour palette saved 
will be different for each IFF file. This can 
be a nasty surprise when you load them 
nilo DPaint, but it's easily remedied by 
r*ecuting the FteMap function. 

Any errors in the palette can be cor- 
seted by simply re- mapping all successive 
nages so they match the entire collection 
o' frames to the original palette. 

The animation elements have been bro- 
ken down into the background image and 

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Power packages 


The additional packages used in the creation of the demo were 
Imagine from Impulse and Newtek's DigiView. Both of these 
require a minimum of 2Mb of RAM to be of any use and of the 
two, i magine is the most memory -hungry since Ft is a 3D package 

Obviously the ability to bring in material from other sources will 
extend the usefulness of DPalnl in creating animated sequences. 
The DigiView package Is just one of many that will allow you to 
grab images Irom any source, whether it be video camera or TV r 
saving them in a variety of resolutions. 

These can then be loaded into DPalnt and used as additional 
elements within your animations . If this approach h taken then it is 
advisable that some meins of mass storage be found to handle the 
large number of frames that may be required for an animation. 

Ideally this could be a hard disk, unless you intend creating 
everything as short cycles strung together, which soon becomes 
tedious. 

One application I had occasion to use involved digitising draw^ 
Ergs created by a traditional animator, which were taken into 
Photon Paint a Mam paint package along with some other 
material digitised in DigiView, The frames were then treated and 
given a look that would have been difficult to achieve any other 
w*y. 

It is very difficult for computers to emulate the methods used by 
animators to create animation. Some 3D packages are able to 
implement processes like in betweening or 'tweening as It s more 
often known, where the animator will set up key positions for a 
character or object, and the software will work out the intermedi- 
ate frames. 

In a 2D situation this is more complex unless the 20 package 
involves what is caked structured drawing, a type of vector-based 
drawing, which use! more memory than a package like 0 Paint. 

At best, something like DPaint can figure out screen locations 
between key positions which you may define, but the object it 
moves wilF not change in itself. 

Some recent packages allow you to draw images on successive 
frames for an animation and then, rather like traditional animators 
using a light box To see the drawing underneath,, enable you to 


overlay a glsosted image of the previous frame on the current 
page you are working on. What it boils down to is that a large 
part of an animator s understanding is based upon an aware 
ness of illusion, and the tricks of perspective, whereas a com 
puter can only see things as logical absolutes. 

For example, a computer can show you a cube that looks the 
way it looks in the real world, with diminishing perspective and 
so on, but to the computer it is simply a perfectly mathematical 
entity, without any of the distortions that arise from vision and 
point of view, 

This leads rather neatly to the subject of 3D packages for the 
Amiga, which v<lry from ones which allow you to create simple 
3D objects to others which allow you to generate entire uni- 
verses in your bedroom. 

Some 3D packages that \ wo-uld recommend are Sculpt 
Animate 40, which to some extent has been (eft behind by 
other ray tracing packages, but nevertheless still has some 
unique features. Perhaps the premier packages are Real 3D - 
which is what's called a solid modeller, and the excellent 
Imagine 2,0, 

Since Real 3D is primitive-based, creating complex objects is 
more difficult than with Imagine, although the very latest ver- 
sion - 1 A does support very similar organic object modelling 
tools as Imagine, and like Imagine it's possible to load objects 
created in other packages into Real ID in order to take advan 
tage of Pis superior rendering capabilities. 

Of the three, my personal favourite Is Imagine, since It 
knocks spots off the others in terms of features. These include 
most kinds of surface mapping, a complex but powerful anima- 
tion interface, and a sophisticated modeller. 

Alt these packages require a fair bit of work in order to pro- 
duce anything worthwhile, but the results can be stunning - 
especially considering the price. 

No package is going to do all EFie work for you in any case, 
and where animation Fs concerned it's best to do some pre- 
planning More you even decide which package Is best suited 
to your nrads. 





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Amigo Computing Ju.ne 1 992 “ | ^ 


Animation 





the foreground panel, along with support 
columns and assorted additional objects, 

I anticipated my sequence being a 25- 
frame cycle. You will see a lot of "cycles" 
in Amiga PD anims, simply because they 
can be very effective and look like a lot 
more work than is actualJy involved. If the 
timing is correct they can havE an almost 
hypnotic effect. 

The actual animation part of the 
sequence - once I had prepared all the 
actors (or mobile elements) - employed 
functions which for the most part are to 
be found in the Anim/Move requester. 

Before l go on r I should explain that, 
depending upon the complexity of your 
scene, like traditional animators, its a 
good idea to pre-plan the in and out 
points of actors, and the duration of cycles 
on paper. 

sheets 


Dope 


Animators use what are called dope- 
sheets which arE divided tip into frames, 
onto which all the different levels of ani- 
mation can be entered on a frame-by- 
frame basis. 

The Move requester is an extremely 
powerful mean 1 :, of controlling animated 
effects in DPaint, and because parameters 
are entered numerically, they are infinitely 
more accurate than, say, using the Left 
Amiga key and dragging a brush around 
manually - a, technique which has its mer- 
its, but would 


require an entire additional article lo 
explain in full. 

lt J s a good idea to build animations 
from the back up, ie the furthest away ele- 
ment first and then successive levels, in 
rather the same way that traditional ani- 
mation is done. This is because you are 
dealing with a two-dimensional medium. 

If you don't do this, then its almost 
impossible lo correct mistakes without 
rebuilding the sequence from scratch - 
saving each level as a separate anim is one 
way around this. 

In our example anim, the background 
had to scroll continuously and the fore- 
ground spin. As a result, a layered con- 
struction was ideal for the job, 

The first job in the creation of any 
DPa ink-based anim is to enter the anim 
length into the appropriate requester, and 
ensure that frame one is the current 
screen, 

I loaded the background image into 
the “scratch" screen next, accessed using 
the | key, and then cut out as a brush. 

The brush was then carried over into 
frame one and stamped down so that it 
lilted the entire screen. At this stage, I 
entered the Move requester. Since the ani- 
mation was to move from left to right, l 
entered a positive value in the £ bos. 

You can preview the move by hitting 
Preview and then OK, after which a 
ghosted grid performs the move, showing 
the start and end points and every posi- 
tion in between, 

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adjustments, or commit yourself to the 
move by selecting Draw, which actually 
initiates the creation of the animation 
frames. 

Useful gadgets 

Two very useful gadgets in the Move 
requester control the way in which frames 
are laid down before Draw has been 
selected. These have no name as such, but 
are depicted graphically at the right of the 
requester as symbols not unlike the for- 
ward/ reverse symbols on a VCR. 

The requester defaults to laying frames 
down logically from 


frame one upwards, and if you have 1 al- 
lowed the previously outlined procedure, 
you should have a smoothly scrolling 
panel going from one end of the screen to 
the other depending upon the £ value 
that you entered. 

Assuming that most people trying this 
are not going to have more than 1 Mb of 
RAM to play wit h and do not possess a co- 
processor, speed of playback is dependent 
upon the amount of RAM available, and 
also the size and changes within the 
image being animated. 

AL this stage you should have an ani- 
mation of a very large brush., moving, from 
left to right across the Amiga screen. The 
final effect as to get the sense of a continu- 


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ous scrolling background. Re-entering the 
Move requester finds the forward /reverse 
symbols previously mentioned. You then 
change the leftmost symbol to the one 
next to it - an arrow with a dot on it. 

You ihen go to ihe group of three sym- 
bols and change the highlighted arrows - 
pointing right - to the ones pointing left, 
ignoring the symbol in the middle which 
looks like Iwo vertical: lines. 

Preview 

If you hit the Preview button, you J ll see 
the animation in reverse, but no ghosted 
grid - this is because you have not yet 
stamped down the brush. 

if you do by chance hit Draw at this 
point, the new move will be created from 
the last frame of the previous move. To 
create the move seen in the demo r go to 
the very last Jrame of the animation and 
stamp the brush down so that it butts 
right up to the edge of the previously laid 
down brush. 

Going back to the Move requester and 


hitting Preview verifies that the animation 
is now to be laid down in reverse. 

A note here always use Preview 
before committing yourself to any prede- 
fined move, just m case it is not quite 
right, as the Draw (unction is not Undo- 
able. 

A value of approximately 230 units 
should be in the X box for this to work as 
a continuous scroll, but I have purposely 
avoided giving an exact figure since it is 
best to employ a bn of trial and error to 
see exactly how the Move requester 
works. 

Under the directional boxes for each 
as is, aL the top ol the Move requester, are 
boxes for entering an angle value. This 
refers a perspective value for either the X, 
Y or Z axis, and can produce some stun- 
ning effects, not unlike DVE or Digital 
Video Effects, seen on TV, when used 
alone or in combination. 

These were used r in the Y axis, to cre- 
ate the spinning AC logo on the next level 
of the animation, by cutting the Logo out 
as a brush, as before, and then placing it 


in the centre of the screen over frame one 
of the background animation 

For a beginner, the end result of the 
above should provide some idea of what 
you can achieve using DPaint's animation 
tools. The demo example, however, 
includes some animation which uses 
DPaint techniques to Simula Le 3D motion 
using 2D images, namely the panel sup» 
ports. 

This took some time to create - about 
three hours - but really only employed the 
Size/ Stretch Junction on a brush, and used 
the edge of the animated panel as an 
anchor- point for the animation. It shows 
that with a bit of careful fiddling about 
and tweaking, some interesting effects can 
be achieved. 

The IFF files included with next month's 
demo include some Other brush images 
which you can use in other anims created 
using the base elements supplied. 

For example, try using the Move 
requester to plot non-Nncar motion paths, 
or use the Z axis to make objects seem to 
travel towards or away from you. 


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One issue that occasionally crop* up is that of the compahbil 
Sty of the Amiga with professional broadcast quality equip 
merit. This may not affect most users of Am i gas, who wi ll at 
best be transferring their work to domestic VCRs. However 
there are those like mysetf - who have occasion to use their 
Ami gas in a professional capacity 

The fact of the matter is that 
it's possible to transfer Amiga 
graphics to any type of broadcast 
quality tape, from U Malic to tin 
Digital with excellent results, 
depending upon the ingenuity of 
the facility you may be 
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ment you will need to do this is a 
genlock, which funnily enough, you 
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locks The more expensive they are the better they are h the 
general rule where genlocks are concerned. 

As a general example of the kind of procedure involved in 
using Amiga animation in a broadcast context, I recently 
used the Amiga to produce a short sequence for an MTV 
invert* 

Starling with some traditional animation, this was digi 
Vised and saved as hi- res DPdint files Once in DPaint the ani- 
mation was treated in various ways and then saved to floppy 
disk. 

The completed animation frames were then transl erred 
onto High band U Malic tape as a series of stills, which were 
subsequently taken into Quantel Paintbox for compositing 
at a much higher resolution than the Amiga, before finally 
being transferred to Setacam SP tape via a LiserDlsk 

This is one of many possible routes you could take to get 
your animation out of the Amiga If all of the above teems a 
little too complex you could always stkk to using DPaint 
and saving short animations to disk for playback un of her 
peoples computers or alternatively wait until CD video 
takes oft as it will, and like advantage ol its high quality 
and interactiveness 


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Interesting animations have as much to dti 
with timing as anything else. 

Folk? wing the above very basic outline 
things would certainly move, but in a ve^, 
linear and even manner - if everything 
moved like this it would be very dull 
Two additional and very useful funt 
lions exist within the Move requester. Ease 
In and Ease Out enable you to enter wha: 
are called Cushioning or fairing values to 
an animation over a period of frames 
which you define numerically. 

Objects in the real world accelerate mz 
decelerate, and this speeding up 
slowing down can help to lend weight to 
a move, as well as reducing the effects $ 
strobing, when objects move too fast. 

Intecesltngly, they tan also be used m 
conjunction with the angle values in the 
Move requester to cushion 3D rotations 
as well as moves along anyot the axis, 


Form and motion 

The point of the animation was, in pa- , 
to suggest That you can enhance an inv- 
esting image with movement, and in a- j 
very often if the image is interesting ; 
enough, you can get away with a -.r. 
basic motion. 

Conversely, a very simple, bland d'ar*? 
could be given enormous character t , 
virtue of the way it is made to move. 

A drawback of animation on the Am»p 
is memory, so it's always a good idea to 
see how to work around such const r a 
economically, and still arrive at interest 
solutions. 

In writing this article, I have del r-- 
ately avoided some of the finer points -t 
the DPaint software, tike the use of a “* 
Function Keys 1 to 4, which enable tra--r- 
by-frame advancement of the animat : - 
playback and, in the case of the 3 fci «J 
advancing to any frame in the animat. 
since most users of DPaint should :■? 
familiar with them. 

DPaint is a versatile package tor 
during 2D animations on the Amies 
get the best out of it you need a to? ufl 
memory and speed, as is the case ^ j 
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O n this month's Disk you will 
find the result of two years 1 
work, 2,100 hours of program- 
' : and over 2.9 million bytes of code - 
Tmm Martini SID2, 

-tap and think for 3 moment 
t ; . -.it it is we're giving away free, 

tt ill the now much maligned share- 
* *■ -ciple which states that an auLhot 
r . _ . j not suffer for his or her honesty, 
-warded for a great deal of work. 

: D2 is a shareware product, and its 
: ■‘ration fee is a suggested USiZ5 
iz .- £15). The unregistered version of 
" ; you now own is identical in all 
expects to the registered version except 
- j- it will not allow you to save out your 
preferences. 

As the program is one of the most con- 
; /able ever designed, and as tailoring it 
vour particular needs is half its power, 
. _ should by now be scribbling out 
r ;ie US money orders and posting them 
*3 Timm Martin, whose address can be 


Select files by date: 

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CoverDisk 


AC 



lound in the on-disk docu- 
ments or by selecting the informa- 
tion option on 5ID7s Program menu. 

Or with the show! Your first job as a 
SID user is to decide which version is best 
for you. There are three on the CoverDisk 
- one each for Workbench 1 .3 and 2 CM, 
and $ID2 Personal for users of half 
megabyte machines. Select the SID of 
your choice from the Shortcut menu and 
away you go. 


Standard layout 


Martin's SID 
version 2 has been 
the most eagerly 
anticipated piece of 
Amiga shareware for the last two years, and 
now it's here exclusively on this month s 
Amiga Computing CoverDisk 


When the program has loaded, you will 
see the by now standard layout for a 

directory utility, including a title bar, two 
large listing windows, and several rows of 
command buttons at the bottom. 

Owners dI most directory utilities, espe- 
cially those used to SID 1.06, will be 
instantly comfortable with this screen and 
will need no further introduction, espe- 
cially as there's 200k ot online help files to 
keep you going. 

For those of you whoVe never used 
such a program, I’ll run through a general 
outline before we Munch into a hlow»by- 

blow look at S!D2'i features. 

Take? a long look at the screen md try 
to familiarise yourself with the layout, pay- 
ing particular attention to the command 
buttons below the two main windows. 

These are almost all dedicated to 
actions which will only work on selected 


NAME 

pro; inf 4 

DATE 

Friday February 3 , 1878 

TIME 

ii: 25 :ilpfi 

SIZE 

U 57 bytes 

SLOCK? 

5 blocks 

DESC 

ASCII file 

STATUS 

IMEU 

note 



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files, none of which you will have at the 
moment, as you haven't yet loaded a 
directory listing, 

To do this, click on the button on the 
top row - just below the directory window 
- marked DFO, and a listing of the root 
directory of your CoverDisk should appear 


EXE'_UfL 


ALL 

BYBITS 


8YDESC 

BYNW1E 


Entry Selection 

nl 

select entries bv date 


- select entries 
* select entries 


| EXECUTE 


_0K | KEY... 1 IHIUCH., vl 



- select ail entries 

- select entries bv protection bits 


description 



Mr All iw ithxl FU'ti fn CitSf any bulEan 

ymr Wfcf ClWJf prtur own mniui From 1 peMVcrful Prrfi mcWtf 

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alter a bit ot disk, whirring. The top halt ot 
the Hit will be in orange and the bottom 
half in white, which is the colour netting 
used with our configuration to denote the 
difference between directories and single 
files. 

II you want to pop into a directory lor a 
quiet nose around, just double dick on it 
and the display will change to the direc- 
tory contents, 

To move back out or the directory, 
move the mouse pointer to the outside 
edge of the window as far as it will go, 
dick the left mouse button, and the par- 
ent directory will appear, 

lumping straight to the directory of 
your choice is even easier. Look along the 
top row of buttons until you see one 
marked VOl, and dick on it with the left 
button. This is the volumes button and 
will list all the legitimate volumes your 
CoverDisk contains along with any aliases 
set up since the disk booted. 

At the moment, you'll see just C, 
DEVS:, FONTS:, L:, LIBS:, Si, and T:, and 


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Sort by 
F“ NAME 

1 DATE 

1 SIZE 

F irst 

r~ DIRS 
_| FILES 
_J MIXED 

- 1 

CANCEL j 


Click an the b&tltrtlt mcmrgc bar to 
rv on&tf yvor directory enlriet 


SIC On-Line Help 


The PROTECT eonnand button sets the 
protection bits for each selected file and 
directory one entry at a tine. To set the 
protection bits for alt selected entries at 
once, use the SET connand. 

The flniga naintains eight protection bits: 
Hidden, Script, Pure, Archived, Readable, 
Writable, Deletable, Executable. 

A 

V 

OK 


the Ctrl and a m«l» dUk to iiunm« JID2 i ottetKumpauInq nnilnr help 


The personal touch 

With at) its help files, dot files, and so on, SID2 can Lake up the best part of a 
floppy, jo you might be thinking what use Is that to someone like me who 
uses a single or dual iloppy system?' Never fear, SID2 Personal is here. 

SID2 Persona! is a cut down version of SID without the Load and Edit Prefs 
option which runs In 512k and takes up a lot less spate on your floppy, We 
might have to distribute SID2 with all the related Help and Dot files, but 
I here's nothing to stop users scrubbing them from their own system disk 
onte they've mastered the use of the program. 

Having disposed of the 200k help file and the does, a crunched 5102 
Personal will leave plenty of room on your Work be nth disk for programs of 
your own. 

The procedure for setting up JID2 Personal or a fresh disk is fairly 
straightforward lust boot up 510 and use it to copy the following files to 
your new disk; 


SID2 Personal 


5 ID2- Personal 


51 D2- Personal, info 


Quitkprefs 


Qukkprefi.lnfb 



Now make sure you topy ICONX to the C; directory of the new disk - if it's 
not already there and all the SI 02 Prefs files found in the 5: directory of 
your CoverDisk. 

If you don't want the help files and doc files, that's it, but please remem- 
ber that If you give a copy of SID2 to a friend you should always pass on the 
full doc, distribution, and help files. 


the names of any disks presently in your 
drives, 

To go to the 5; directory without hav- 
ing to first dick on DFQ, jusi double click 
on | he 5; listed in your window. 

Note that you can jump back to the 
parent directory from a volume in the 
usual manner - an improvement over SID 
1.06, which wouldn't know where to go if 
yoy had originally dived in through ihe 


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Computing and your disk 
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Won-Hitefjtert If you bought your maga- 
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volumes button. While we're in the 5; 
directory, let's examine (he CoverDisk 
startup-sequence to see what il looks like. 
You might think this is a fob for Shell or 
CLIj but with SID all you have to do is 
double click on the file so do it now. 

What happens is that SID looks in C for 
the MMPP text reader, which we've told it 
to do through the QuickFreFs program, 
then loads it along with the text file 
you've double clicked on, Press the Escape 


key for now to get out of MMPP and dou- 
ble click on the tile 5ID2.cDnfig_ Unlike the 
text file We'Ve j?ust looked at this is a 
binary tile, which SID recognises as such 
and just pops up an information panel 
with details on the file's size, datestamp, 
protection flags, and so on. 

If there was a hex editor in your 
CoverDisk C: directory, you could click 
once on a binary file then on XEDIT to 
examine a file's hex listing, There wasn't 


enough room on the CoverDisk to 
squeeze in many of the utility programs 
you'd normally want to control Lhrough 
S!D2, but if you register with Timm Martin 
you will receive the ful[y configurable ver- 
sion and can then set rt up to use the pro- 
grams at your disposal, 

Utilities such as PPShow, for viewing 
normal and crunched IFF files, the 
New Zap hex editor,. QED text editor, and 

> 


Enter file filter: 




FILTER 


CANCEL 


F«w l ini Jk tffwfrri tniiiy KriMrmf Ip grab a bunch in one rpy 


Neve beginners as! 


beginners 


ERR 



li STOP 

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Won’ and mmerme in otic go 


The competition 

Since the release of the original SID, Ihe number 
and variety of directory utilities available for rhe 
Amiga has gone through the roof. 

Most of these followed the general SID layout 
and attempted with varying degrees of Success to 
accomplish Ihe same tasks, but until recently none 
of them could oust SID y 1 ,06 from its spot at the 
top of the heap. 

TDM, as distributed on a recent Amiga 
Computing CoverDisk, was the first shareware 
release to beat STD vl.D6 on functionality, presen 
taliort and ease of use, and Directory Opus from 
! NG VAironics [a commercial release) was the first 
to go one up on power, though it became a virtual 
SID done In order to do this. The release of SI02 
has put paid to most of this competition. 

No other directory utility has the range of fea 
tures and the complete configurability of 51 D2, and 
none is easier to use. Expect 5JD2 to become a star 
performer in the collections of most decent share 
ware and PD libraries over the next few months 
but remember that this excellent utility made its 
European debut exclusively on the best Amiga 
Cover Disk In the business. 


Amiga Computing June 1992 




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CoverDisk 



F/0/M1/S Buttons 


ftoantGardeJont 

BetonC.font 

1 


11 

8 

Blake. font 
Bullet*, font 

1 

— 

9 

Bullets, font 

A| 

A. 


Byron. font 




| topaz.font 

l» 


A host of others are <irvanable 
through PD and shareware, none oi 
which you 1 have to use through CLI as 
long as vau configure SID properly. 

Timm has made thE new user's job 
as easy as possible by including a 200 k 
help file which you can access directly 
from SIM. 

II you are confused about the func* 
tlon ol any of the bottom or menu 
items, [ust hertd down the Ctrl key and 
dick on the offending budon Dr select 
the troublesome menu item and a help 
panel will appear with a full description 
of the item in question. 

Thr feature can't be too strongly 
emphasised for the first time user, and 
to give yourself a full guided lour ol 
SID2 conducted by the author of him- 
self r l r d recommend you hold down the 
Ctrl key and click on everything in 
sight. After ten minutes youll be well 
on your way to becoming a $SD2 expert 
user. 

Configuration 

Now (or the fun bit. Configuring SID 
has always been the route towards 
complete system harmony and the sort 
of warm inner glow previously only 
available after a rousing bowl ol certain 
breakfast cereals, but with SID2 it has 
assumed Zen-like proportions. 

Tailoring SID to seamlessly Interact 
with your existing system has never 
been easier or more completely possi- 
ble, though if you only have a 512k 
machine and are using $ID2 Personal, 
you'll be unable to change any 
Preferences settings. 

The rest of us should by now be 
holding down the right mouse button 
and selecting Edit Prefs from the pro- 
gram menu. You should see seven sub 
items, one each for Buttons, Colours, 
Configuration, Fonts, Layouts, Menus, 
and Path. 

The topmost selection - End - wili 
finish your Prefs editing session. To 
begin with, we r l1 make a few simple 
changes to the colour scheme, so select 
Colours and release the right mouse 
button 

At first it would appear that rotfling 
has happened, but if you look at the 
message strip right at the bottom of the 
SID screen, you'll be told to ^heck out 

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becomes. By way of a lew pointers, however, here s a run down «1 H« molt use* 
Prefs options. 


• Ru turns The two button haiilis to nidi Fled in the release version ol SU 
selectable by clicking wills ihe right mouse button anywhere in the- button ba* 
area, contain many huttons whose Functions you may never use, 

Selling up your own button! or swapping and changing those already defined 
eaty. lust select the Edit Prefs, Buttons menu option and Ihc comprehensive bulb 


editor pops up- 

Try the Swap and Move lunctions to si art with These can be handy to tlusl 
your favourite billions in one pari of the hank or to move the lesser used buttons 
the bottom row. To add extra emphasis, try changing the colour ol the vital In 




• Custom menus Selecting the Edit Prels Menus option you can add your a* 
menu system to SID2 capable ol running your favour lie programs in an instant 
These will use any of 5102 s built-in commands or can he set to launch extern 
programs, which is ideal for use rs of hard drives. 









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rather than a custom screen, the colour 
sliders won't work, but you can always 
change the preferences to make SID open 
on its own screen with its own distinct 
colours if you feel the need. 

Remember that unless you register with 
Timm Martin, any changes you make will 
be lost when you lurn off your Amiga, 

Quit out of this section after making 
your changes then choose the Edit 
PreFs/ Buttons item to bring up probably 
the most powerful and flexible part of 
SID 2. 

Customisation 

You may have noticed that by clicking 
with the right mouse button anywhere in 
the button bank you toggle to a second 
bank oF buttons with more available com- 
mands. 

What you may not have realised is that 
you can design as many different button 
banks as you like or swap and change the 
existing banks to put all your favourite 
commands and actions in the same place. 

Most of this complex section is 
explained in a straightforward way using 
the Help function, but for confused users 
well take a quick stroll through some of 
the features. 

The first panel you'll see is the bank 
control panel, offering various options to 
insert a complete bank, delete or edit the 
current batik. Of move, copy, swap, and 
edit individual buttons. 

To begin with a single button, click on 
Swap then on the first and second buttons 
in the bank (hat you'd like to swap posi- 
tions, 

Now try Move, and you'll notice that 
when the operation is complete you have 
a blank space where the button used to 
be before you moved it. To get to the 
really sticky bits, dick on Edit then on this 
blank button, 

A much more involved panel will 
appear in front of the Bank Control Panel 
which enables the user to specify exactly 
what a button is called and what it does 
when clicked on, In the middle of the 


panel is a scrolling lisL of internal SID com- 
mands which can be attached to the but- 
ton, and above this is the usual 
colour/text editing section. 

After naming your button and choos- 
ing its colours, hold down the Ctrl key 
and dick once on the scrolling list of com- 
mands to summon SID's online help. 

Probably the best way to find out 
about each function is to assign it to a 
blank button, click on OK until the button 
appears in your button bank, then clic k 
Dn the new button with the Ctrl key helo 
down. 

The Help Fife will tell you as much as 
you need tq know about the function 
you've assigned to the button, and IF you 
decide it doesn't do what you wanted it 
to, you can always edit it again, 

Note that once you're back in the mam 
SID screen, you can edit a button by sim- 
ply clicking on it while holding down the 
left Alt key. 1 his produces the button edit- 
ing panel, and holding down the right All 
while clicking on a button will enable you 
to set the button's keyboard short-cut. 

Experimenting 

We have, of course, merely scratched 
the surface as far as SID configuration 
goes. The program can be used as a sim- 
ple directory utility or can be totally con- 
figured to virtually run your hard drive for 
you - the choice of how Far to go is you rs 
Only by experimenting and messing 
about with all the preferences settings car 
you lully understand how powerful a too 
SID can be„ and as the Preferences set- 
tings will not be saved out in this unregis- 
tered version, you can happily play away 
sale in the knowledge that your SlD copy 
will not be corrupted or permanent!-, 
messed up by tinkering. 

If you reach a configuration you art 
happy with, including custom buttons, a 
16-colour screen, and all the rest, just 
send your registration fee to Timm Marti ; 
and get your paws on the registered vet 
Sion to make those changes 
permanent. 


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the menus 11 ', so hold down the right 
mpuse button once more arid you’ll see 
that there'* now an extra menu entitled 
Colours. 

This menu has a long list of options for 
exactly which parts of the SID environ- 
ment you'd like to tweak for colour co- 
ordination, so choose one at random. 

No matter which one you choose, a 
palette requester will pop up with the vari- 
ous background, text, and menu colours 


you can choose, a sample of your choices 
in Itie middle, and Lhe standard colour 
boxes with palette sliders on the right- 
hand side, 

As the SID on your CoverDisk has been 
configured to open on a Workbench 


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A600 or its recently JrTe A50O+, is 

/he mosf appropriate tor f/ie/r needs. 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss these technical matters in 
more detail. 


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Going on holiday with your 
camcorder? Cot a wedding 
video you'd love to put your 
own titles on? Are you one of 
the thousands of Amiga users 
with a VHS video? 

If you can answer "yes" to 
one of these questions, then 
possibly one of the most useful 
and fun peripherals you could 
wish for is a genlock and, more 
to the point, the .Marcam 8802 
genlock. 

A This high quality device 
opens a whole new avenue of 
exploration to you and your 
Amiga by putting the video 
world at your fingertips. 

A genlock enables you to add 
titles to your home videos, 
record your animations to tape 
with a much better quality sig- 


nal than any TV modulator can 
produce, or mix Amiga anima- 
tions or graphics with live video 
to produce stunning effects. On 
top of all this, Marcam' s new 
fader box gives you fingertip 
control of smooth fades from 
one source to another using 
the sort of slider you'd nor- 
mally find only on very expen- 
sive video equipment. 

The fader box is attached to 
any standard 8802, transform- 
ing it into a powerful video 
workstation. All this could be 
yours, FREEH! 

If you already own an 8802, 
don't despair, as you have the 
chance to win one of two fader 
boxes which Marcam will fac- 
tory-fit to your genlock for 
absolutely nothingl 


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Address . 


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Submission name - - SubmEMkwi size ■■■" 

Type of program: Game .Utility Tune . Other 


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rnttlng my wdk to Amigo fluting signing 0w declare. I am giving lull copynjhl control l<> 

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ram, I know whal copyright means and I wilt be responsible lor any possible lilKjatian amine) (rum 
breach fjt it by luropress Publications Lid as a result ol using my mbmiiiton. 

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explained in a straightlbrward way using 
the Help function, but for confused users 
well take a quick stroll through same of 
the features. 

The first panel you'll see is the bank 
control panel, offering various options to 
insert a complete bank, delete or edit the 
currenL bank, or move, copy, swap, and 
edit individual buttons. 

To begin with a single button., dick on 
Swap then on the first and second buttons 
in the bank that you'd like to swap posi- 
tions, 

Now try Move, and you'll notice that 
when the operation is complete you have 
a blank space where the button used to 
be before you moved it. To get to the 
really sticky bits, dick on Edit then on this 
blank button. 

A much more involved panel will 
appear in front of the Bank Control Panel 
which enables the user to specify exactly 
what a button is called and what it does 
when clicked on. In the middle of the 


Experimentii 

We hive, of course, merely 
the surface as lar as SlD tor 
goes, the program can he use 
pie directory utility or can be 
figured to virtually run your ha 
y&g - the choice of how far to 

Only by experimenting, ar 
about with all the preferences 
you fully understand haw pov 
SID can be, and as the Prefe 
tings will not he saved out in t 
tered version, you can happily 
safe in the knowledge that yo ' 
will not be corrupted or p< 
messed up by tinkering. 

If you reach a configurati 
happy with, including custom 
16-colour screen, and all th 
send your registration fee to T 
and get your paws on the retj 
slon to make those changes 
permanent. 


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June 1992 


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As this issue of the magazine was going to press, Commodore announced 
these new models - due for release at the end of April 1992. 

The details below are provisional, but rest assured the multi title 
Powerplay pack we are putting together around the 600 will include 
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accessories. By the time you read this, our plans should be finalised. 
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR UP TO THE MINUTE 
PACK INFORMATION AND AVAILABILITY. 


These two latest additions to the Amiga family introduce some 
stunning new features... 


TWO MODELS: A6QQ FD Single 3.5" 880Kb. Floppy Drive 

A600 HD Single 3.5" 880Kb. Floppy Drive with 
internal 20Mb. Hard Disk Drive. 

COMPACT DESIGN; With built-in modulator for smaller desktop footprint. 
SMART CARD SLOT: For instant software loading and future expansion * 
COMPATIBLE: With virtually all Amiga A500+ software. 

1 Mb. RAM: Expandable to 2Mb. internally with Real Time Clock. 1 
INTERFACES: 2 Mouse/Joy stick, Parallel Centronics, Serial RS232, 
External Floppy Drive, RF Direct TV Output, RGB Analogue, Colour 
Composite Video, Stereo Audio, Smart Card Slot, Memory Upgrade Port. 
IN HOME SERVICE: Means should a hardware fault develop, a technician 
will visit your home to service or replace your computer, normally 
within four working days. 


*tt is important to note that the sidecar expansion bus & RAM expansion 
slot are different from those found on the original Amiga A500 and the 
current Amiga A500+ computers. 


Existing Amiga owners who have peripherals which connect in these 
ways who wish to upgrade computers , should consider whether the new 
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Spreadsheets 


Y ou know r it never occurred 
lo me until now to get a 
spreadsheet program. 
Life's too short to 5 Urt messing 
around with cellular calculation 
engines, right? 

But aiai, there conies a time 
when every man must come lo the 
aid of the party, and besides 1 drew 
the short straw, whfch meant l had 
to look at these things Ff I liked It or 
not. I'm a professional. I'll rise 
above it. 

After getting all the programs in 
the post, 1 hr firs! thing that struck 
me was the lurid packaging that 
most ol the companies had chosen 
for what is let it be said, a boring 
but necessary product. 

W 0K, so it's boring inside, but 
check out the wrapper, dude!" they 
seem to say. The second thing 
which caught me completely by sur- 
prise was. In fact, how interesting a 
spreadsheet is when it r s powerful 
and easy to operate. 

In case you've had your head in a 
bucket of cement for the fast ten 
years, spreadsheets are the com 
puier equivalent of the kind of 
account* books you see in WH 
Smiths, where you fill In all your fig- 
ures and miraculously reach a grand 
total 

Easy, right? Wrong. What hap 
pens If you write a figure incor 
reclly or add up the same number 
twice? You have lo rub out all the 
figures that Shis affects, and add 
them up again. This paper and pen- 
cil approach slowed down the 
progress of accounting For cen- 
turies, and still does in certain quar- 
ters. 

Now we have spreadsheets, 
which take your accounts onto a 
grid on Ihe screen, and this time 
when you change a figure all the 
others relating h> that figure 
change automatically, like a loLof 
little numerical dominoes falling 
over. 

Each figure on the grid is said to 
be inside a "ceir, and inside that 
ceft you can have a number or even 
an invisible calculation which is 
applied to other ceils., the answer 
being printed in the current cell. 

It's very neat, and even if you 
think you don't like I h Is sort of 
thing, it can be almost as addictive 
as a game. A fairly mathematical 
and pointless game, but a game- 
nonet lie less. 

Let's line up the contenders and 
see what they've goL A surprising 
turn-out for this match, with most 
offering some kind of presentation 
graph ics r and no discernible hugs in 
any of them, at least for the test 
period. 


Soft 

KSpread 4 i 

Kuma • £105.75 ■ I 


Part-time number cruncher 
and lumberjack Phil South 
checks out the best in the 
exciting world of 
spreadsheet programs. It's a 
man's world, accountancy... 


.ells 


This is the big one, I knew this before I 
even dapped eyes on it, as everyone I 
spoke to about spreadsheets asked if Id 
seen it. 

They all said the same thmg: "Well, 
that's the one.* So what did kuma do to 
this program to get it such a stonking good 
reputation? 

Well, they loaded it down with features 
for a start. The first thing you notice when 
you open the box is the size and weight of 
the huge, baffling manual. Sure it's nicely 
presented, but not as nice as the manual 
for a product like Wordworth, for example. 

OK, so it's not slickly produced, hut all 
the information is there tf you need it. And 
you will. 

When you first start the program - 
remembering to run the Install program 
first, to install the tiny fonts that the spread- 
sheet uses - you get a feeling for its power 
right away. 

When you start the system you see that 
KSpread has its own desktop- Icons for the 
various menu items are arrayed along the 
side, and menus are along the top trtle 
bar. Huttons for regularly used functions 
are in a row along the t,op r and the 
spreadsheet grid sits there blinking its cur- 


sor, waiting for your numbers to crunch. 
You can reorganise the desktop to suit 
you, and after you've done it you can save 
the results so your default setup will 
always pop up when you boot the pro- 
gram. 

One thing you will notice straight 
away, if you have ever used the Atari ST, 
is that the alerts and graphics bear a strik- 
ing resemblance to the STs Desktop, and 
there's a sound reason for this. The pro- 
gram was dearly designed on an Atari and 
ported over. But don't be put oFf by this. 

The impression of latent power isn't 
diminished when you start pulling down 
menus and pushing buttons. You can tap 
the cursor keys or click on the right cell 
using the mouse, and you can also select a 
range by holding the mouse button and 
moving the mouse down or across a 
required range of cells. 

Almost all the functions are duplicated in 


buttons and menus, from toggling abso- 
lute/relative to loading a new spreadsheet. 

KS4 also has some very useful tricks up 
its sleeve, like the ability to load in Ascii files 
as data. So if you have a file like this: 

data M5.M itf.U 

ditaj 45. K U.dD 

you can load this as Ascii into the spread- 
sheet, and it's just spooled in as it comes - 
the word "data" will be in cell A0 r the 
number 465.99 in cell SO, "data 2" in cell 
Al and so on. 

Once the strings have been loaded, they 
are parsed by the program to interpret 
them as labels or numbers. This is a good 
way of importing data from non-compati 
ble systems, as simple Ascii dumps of the 
data. 

KSpread has too many features to men- 
tion here, but suffice to say it's the king of 
the heap. Its database functions and exten- 
sive import and export routines to Lotus 1- 
2-i t Data Interchange Format (DIF) and 
DGGalc - From but not to in the latter case 
- ensure that it would be pusl as at home rn 
the office a* in the home. 



Compatibility 



Value for money 

###••••»# 

Overall 




Amiga Computing June S992 







Spreadsheets 







Graphics 


Compatibility 

—9900000 

Value for money 

oooooooooo 

Overall 

oooooooooo 


DCCalc 

)iqita • £39.99 


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Oik' of I he older products, but still sells well. Enough futures to 
be sure, but no! so many you accidentally lliink you'rt running a 
really iop notch, stale of the art system,, or anything like that. 

This program looks as though it was written In compiled 
iiaiic, which I suspect it was. This doesn't mean it's rubbish, as 
it v a perfectly good spreadsheet,, although a little limited and 
Licking anything that might be described as a unique feature, 

Bui il does the basic job of crunching numbers very well with, 
lew screw ups. 

the program opens a window on your Workbench, and cell 
selection is via the cur 
vor keys or the mouse. 

There are no Amiga ^ ^ 

menus, and menu ^ ! 

selections ace made, 1 

PC'Stylr using a soil ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ 

('! duck shoot along | ™ 

I he top of the DGCalc 
window, 

The program is 
referred to as DCCak 
in the docs and the 
a c k a q n , 1 

Digital! in the |« r < i I 
gram and files, ius 

pect that there is ft^^dL^L^L^SlSlSlSkiM 


another program called DiglCalc and that the name was sub- 
tly altered to avoid any ruckus. 

The manual is slim but informative, and one of the few 
Items reviewed here which had a lull glossary of terms For 
novice spread over*. A comprehensive tutorial section takes 
you through the first spreadsheet. 

It s limited by the number of calculations IL can do at orice, 
but then it is an old product, and a cheap way into spread 
sheeting. 

I'm told by Digita that, in line with its spanking new prod* 
uct range like the best selling Word worth 1.1 and Home 
Accounts 2, there will be a new product which will supersede 
DCCalc in the very near future. Watch that space, as this new 
thing is bound to be good. 



Kiprrmi 2: Ttrc f*aunper brother of ITumd i fafni". fCS^fcHlod 4 

printed K54 manual. Kuma have pub- 
lished a few books since KS2, and this 
shows in their presentation. 

As a program, rd say it forms a bridge 
between elderly products like DCCalc and 
more muscular modern products like 
KSpread 4 and ProCalc. It has some Of the 
functionality and power of KS4, but with 
the simplicity of interface and cheapness 
of good old PC. K52 is definitely better 
than DC though, and I'd always back YS2 
from a standing start. 

The program only imports and exports 
in its own format and DIF, which is a bit 


KSpread 2 

Kuma • £63.45 

An older version ot the former, and so a 
'Oft of younger brother of KSpread 4. K$i 
was too elementary, K53 was just a step- 
ping stone to KS4. But KS2 still sells well 
as a low-end solution to the problem of 
crunching any numbers you want 
crunched. 

You can tell i| r s a less-than-young 
product when you check out the manual, 
it's typewritten, as opposed to the laser- 


rest ncting, but at this end of the market 
you can't really complain about such 
things too loudly, or you'll be accused of 
being a cheapskate. 

Features cost money, and if you want 
the full monty you 11 have to shell out for 
something like ProCak or KS4! 

KSpread 2 might be down the pile a 
bit perfection-wise, but this doesn't mean 
it lacks redeeming features of its own. I 
particularly liked the way you can cut and 
paste whole 2D sections ot the spread- 
sheet simply by highlighting a box shape 
with the mouse and repositioning the 
section elsewhere. 

All the formulae re^ig themselves to 
match the new arrangement, and it r 5 all 
automatic. Thene are two versions on the 
disk one with graphics and one without 
- obviously if graphics aren't needed, you. 
can opt to squander the memory on 
something frivolous, like a few bits of 
data. 



Graphics 

oooooooooo 

Compatibility 

— — —ooo 

Value for money 

OOOOOOOOOO 

Overall 

##•••#•000 


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ProCalc 

Gold Disk • £129.96 

One of the glitzier spreads, with the kind of 
Featu res and good bob you'd ex pec L on a 
Gold Disk product. Features a unique ability 
In- rpnder your spreadsheet in vannus fonts 
and sizes for emphasis of a certain point, 

PostScript output is available if you have 
a compatible printer, and being a Gold Disk 
product you have the ability to save your 
graphs to disk as ProDraw 2,0= clip art. 

This means that you can produce a pre- 
sentation as IFFs for the screen, and pro- 
duce similar graphics for a document to 
accompany your demonstration, 

The manual is a very nice piece of DTP, 
as you would expect from the makers of 
one of the best DTP programs on the 
Amiga, and ranks up there with the £A and 
Digits manuals for slick presentation and 
good layout., 

The words look nice, but they also mean 



something too, which is all to the good. 

Another nice touch is the control panel 
arrangement across the top of each sheet, 
giving you access to different fonts and 
sizes, and Hie ability to alter and arrange 
your spreadsheet as if it were a wordpro- 
cessing document^ which to a certain 
extent in ProCalc it is, 

The range of graphs you can create is 
the most extensive of all the programs I 
tried, and it's this that makes it my personal 
favourite. Mot only can you create graphs 
for your data, but you can try a number of 
different types, too. 

It's not unlike having Peter Snow sitting 
by your side with the Newsnight computer 
whizzing up swings tu tFie left and right as 
your data changes, Professtonjl is the word, 
and apart from KSpread 4 there's not much 
to touch it for professionalism and graphics. 


Ease of use 



Compatibility 

• •• • — oooo 

Value for money 

OOOOOOO O OO 

Overall 

Amiga Computing June 1992 j 43 





Spreadsheets 


Advantage 

Gold Disk * £86.91 

The previous opus from Gold Disk on which 
ProCak: is based, and seeing this, it's easy to 

why they produced ProCalc. It otters sim- 
itar kinds of options to its new brother, but is 
obviously less flash and less WB2.0 looking. 

Although now superseded by ProCalc, lt r s 
still available and lor less money too, 10 it 
might be a good idea if you, lad the neces- 
sary foods to run lo ProCalc, but you want 
some of the features. 

It read! and writes 1 -2-3, and like all the 
other American products, has an ARexx port* 
although quite why I’m not really sure. 

OK, so you can whizz data from one pro- 
gram to another, but the programs have lo 
be compatible or il all goes trembly wrong, 
Gold Disk products have no trouble with this, 
but as lo* others you r ll have to sndt it and 
see what happens. 

Just a smaller version oF ProCalc then, and 
In the charts I'd say it ranks in front of 
KSpread 2 but behind its big brother. 



Value for money 



Overall 


••••••••» 


The Works 

MSS • £78.91 


This integrated fHtkage is getting a bit long in the booth rww, but still has something to offer. 
Although taken as a part of a very comprehensr-r integrated suite of programs, no single pro- 
gram is that bad. 

Taken in isolation, the spreadsheet module is pretty ordinary, on, a par with the integrated 
spread you get with an Atari Portfolio, Although it does all die usual stuff you'd expect* havirvg 
read up on the others in the marketplace, it lacks a certain lustre or spark of originality. 

It’s black-and-white for a start* and although it Features a choice of graphics* it can’t match 
the performance ol something like KSpread 2. Divide the cost of the program up into the price 
per component, and you gel £16 each program, 
which is about whar Word Spreadsheet is worth. 

Why buy Five indifferent programs when you can 
buy one realty good one? 



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Conclusion 

8y far the best program, even in the eyes of some of Lhe people who sell the others, is 
KSpread 4 by Kuma Computers. It has the biggest range of features, and is compatible with 
more programs than any of (he others. 

Anyone who expects to make much of an impression on the Amiga spreadsheet market 
hdd belter be sure that their idea has aM these features and more, or they stand no chance. 

Although KSpread 4 was undoubtedly the winner hom the sheer weight of features, my 
own personal choice would be Professional Calc, lor its \-2-S read/ write ability and the 
option of being able to export graphs to ProPage in ProDraw clip format. 

So if you want the best, choose Kuma'i K54. flut if you just want a little pocketable piece 
of personal protection, ProCalc is your man, 

Worry thanks to Precis for), US Marketing, Kurtio and OigUa lor spppfyirig the products reviewed in 
this artick 

Amiga Computing June 1992 


Jargon buster 

Absolute 

A formula placed somewhere else in the spreadsheet stays 
the same, If the lame formula was copied relatively, the 
cell references within the Formula would change to fit the 
new cell. 

Ascii 

American Standard Code lor Information interchange. 
Special codes for text characters which do not differ 
between computers. 

Cell 

The intersection of a column and row in a spreadsheet, 
normally referred to by a fetter and number depicting the 
row and column in question, ie AT r F4 or Z26. This 
1 numbering system is called the cell reference. p 

Column 

Vertical arrangement of cells in a spreadsheet program. 

Command -driven 

Commands are entered from the keyboard rather than 
selected from a menu. 

Formulae 

These are mathematical expressions on which the program 
bases its calculations. The variables in these calculations, 
like computer program variables, are the cell references in 
the spreadsheet 

For example: B4 * C5. This takes the number in celt 
B4 and multiplies it by the number in CS. The result is 
printed in the cell containing the formula. So you 
could say a formula in a cell was a way of calculating 
what is to appear in that cell 

Justification 

The data In any cell in a spreadsheet can be justified like 
text in a wrirdprocessor, so the figure can appear on the 
left-, centre or right-hand side of a cell. 

Password protection 

Sometimes your spreadsheet information is private or even 
confidential like salaries or tax. Fn these circumstances you 
need to restrict access to the program to authorised 
personnel only. 

You do this by only allowing access to persons who know 
the password. It r $ unlikely thns will be a problem in the 
home, but if your computer is in an office all the time, you 
may want this Feature to protect your data. 

Range 

A way of setting all the values between two cells. Some 
spreads do it like this: 

Mv.HS 

meaning all the cells from A1 to AS, and others like this: 
AIMS 

either way, it means the same. This is just a shorthand way 
of applying a formula to a range of cells at once. 

Row 

The horizontal cells in a spreadsheet. 

Scroll 

Some spreads have a seeing ability, so when you push the 
cursor to the edge ol the screen, more of the sheet is revealed. 

Text overflow 

A feature common to a lot off sheets, where the text label 
may overlap the cell it J s in regardless, but in 5ome you 
don't have this - or even variable cell widths al aN - so you 
have to place half the word in each cell 

Undo 

Some spreads even have an Undo function, which is good 
for people who spend their whole computing life saying 
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when purrlLMfd with thJi monitor. 
Cover ortly E5 99 

only £195.99 UK Spec. 


Commodore 
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Colour monitor 

The perfect ccvrcpiement to ytrnr Anugi irHem Thu I 
Colour He r M Tpomtu 1 feature 51 d&L pith itfKilu- 
oon and green screen facility Amiga cable 1 I*kIu(ImT 
Tift and s-WJvel stand wrfly 11-^9 pur- 
chased with this m anlhflr Curer for ] 

only C 5 99 

only £2t9.99 uk Spec. I 


007/2000 


The AMIGA 500 fl.to 

Is in upneed veraon of chc A500Plus with E^ie Phoenak ROM sharer 
and U chjp b^auM iome older sokware will not nun on tbc A5CK> 
Plus The A 500 Deluxe has bem developed so you can choose to run 
nifiea Klckscart IJ or 2.04 making incornp^ciblN'cy problems a 
tWn^ of tti* past 1 The Deluxe also Ccnwps complete with the 
Cartoon Classics software pack. 

only £409.99 or £444.99 

for the 1 Mb version 


AMIGA I 500/2000 Hard Drives 

Impact Series 1! HC8+ Control card only.. £ 1 34.99 

Impact Senes U HC8+ with 52Mb Hard Drive £2^9.99 

Impact Series II HCB+ with 1 20MbHard Drive........ £4 1 9.99 

Impact Senes II HC8+ with 240Mb Hard drive... 6 S 9 . 9 9 

Impact Series 1 1 HC8+ with 420Mb Hard drive £1219.99 

AMIGA 1 500/2000 Accelerator Cards 

G Force QJO-25MHz with I Mb 32 bit RAM £S 59.99 

G -Force 030 -40MHi wnb 4M b 32 tm RAM £899.99 

G- Force 0 30-50M Hz witli 4Mb 32 bit RAM £ I 269.99 

G-Force040-28MHlwiTJl 2Mb 32 bit RAM £ 1 699.99 


The Amiga 1 500/2000 i$ an advanced 8 

version of the standard AMIGA 1500 Plus 

incorporating the Famous Pho*nin ROM sharer and I J Kickstart ROM 
chip Ai with the A5D0 Delude, this enables you to switch between the old 
jnd new operating syscem do accommodate older software- that can only 
run on the 1.3 operating system 

only £579.99 for A2000 base pack or 
£609.99 for the 1 500 software pack version 


AMIGA A500 HARD DRIVES 

GVP Series II HDB+ 52Mb £3 59,99 

GVP Series II HD8+ 105Mb £469.99 

GVP Series II H06+ 240Mb £749.99 

GVP Combo Accelerator Series 
for the AMIGA A500 

AS30 Combi 40MHi witb S2Mb H^rd Drive £699.99 

AS30 Combo 40MH? with 120Mb Hard Drive £849,99 

AS30 Combo 40MHz with 240Mb Hard Drive £ 1 039,99 

6.BBB2 Co-Processor for AS JO — £234.99 

GVP memory RAM modules 

Senes II RAM 3 RAM card ior AMIGA I SOO/MOO with 2M b..._. £ 1 4 9 9 9 

32 bk 60ns I Mb SIMM for Accelerator cards £64.99 

32 bit 60ns 4Mb SIMM for Accelerator cards £ 1 79.99 


Philips CM8833 
MK2 stereo 
colour monitor 

CdHir lUrrt iQ 0 ‘ 2 BS ii» rrwJuncm, fsn 1 u:r«r, I 

rid Iky, one |T«n un HEe fitMntlfWICt, (ibfe hr Am%if a | 
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Philips Brilliance SVGA 
Colour monitor 
with overscan facility 

The BnlloncE moMitor has a *igk quality V'G*. 

rFLObhuri i tea I for making you' AMIGA into a 
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1504 version £399.99 

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asqo version £499.99 


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All Star printers inc Hbboro,f^ee 
. std printer cable and llmontn 
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New CD Rom for the Amiga A500 

The add^jn thal (wary one has been wailing lor This high quality CD 
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only £279.99 


The Star LC20 

I Replating the famous LC 10. the f-C20 is faster 
at iSQcpi draft and 45 (ps NLQ. Ii's also qul- 
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I operation ^placing the old LCIO membrane 
I panel. Other spec is similar to LC 1 0. 

now only £139.99// 


New CDTV key- 
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Effectively transforms your CD I * »'l° 
an Amiga so you can get even more out 

of CDTV- With the aid of a standard ] j disc 

drw* the CD TV will dire most Of the normal 
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entertainment only £49.99 
New Star LC24-20 

H pn qwllff Jilh* p™ o' ™"T 1 P m - 21 ^ d j ralt 
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Take the headache out of buying a computer with our ever t 
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Comprises: 

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* Dust Cover only £29.99 

* 10 Blank Disks 

only £74.99 I * Plus 3 Extra games” 


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AfepfcJcemftnxfor die famous I24D, the 724 now 
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The best budget 24 pin printer 
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Ge( on fine with thil in- 
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only £84.99 


Supra 2400 Plus 
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Even faster than the standard 
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only £ 129.99 


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I plugs mw internal mini slot on che GVP 
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only £239.99 


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AT Once Plus 

Eiflulatpr rums y^ur Amiga 
into an IBM AT compaifele 
The AT-Oik* Pteii xan be 

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I The VXL Is am advanced 60G3Q accelerator for 
I the Amiga 500/ 1 500/ 2000 with space for in 
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VXL30 25Hhi EC only £239.99 

VXL 30 40Mhz EC„....„...only £169.99 
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The VXL accelerator boards can also accept! 2 
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Dehiai M^sat CoitmctkHh &ei. £54.99 
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Euy AMOS £26,99 

Flexidomp printer utihty™.j£3 1-99 

DEVPAC 3 £57.99 

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Gold Disk Office,,. r „,.. m ..™.^64,99 
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Opus Directory ...£34.99 

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Sequencer One .,,,...,,..04, 99 

Super Plan Spreadsheet.. 1 29.99 

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Visia Pro l (1 Mb r^qulred) n . £69-99 
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The Zy-Fi Stereo 

System 

This is a powerful 3 way speaker 
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Tbs speakers are optimised with 
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Complete with Ids own power 
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DRAM CHIPS 


Kiclcstart l T 3,„£29.9* 
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Fatter Agnes. -£37.9 9 
Super Denese-£34,99 

2 Way Parallel port 
sharer inc. cable 

Many peripherals such as printers 
and scanners share the Amiga par- 
allel port Causing the user to have 
to swap between cht two. Soke 
this p robl em w*ch che 2 way sharer 
box 

only £ I 7.99 


ROCTEC MOUSE 


This is an excellent high 
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fully micro’ switched mouse Ex- 
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only £16.99 

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with mouse mat & holder 


256 by 4 DRAM (DlLs) 

ideal for A590 & Supra Hard drives 
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QTY 

4+ (5!2K)..now only 0.79 
84 (II Mb)....:now only 0.59 
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I Mb by 8 or 9 SIMM boards 

as used in GVP and Cortex | 

boards 

now only £29 . 99 
4 Mb by 9 Simms {f^cvp> 
only £ 1 14.99 each 

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as used in Supra board s. 2 I Mb by I 
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only £38,99 per Mb 


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A New Age fast RAM expansion for 
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Expandable to 4 / 6/8 Mb. 


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Fast 300dpi resolution ideal for DTB 
Includes pad & holder. 600mm/scc 
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ProPage 3.0 

H ot on the heels of the much 
improved Page Stream 2,2 comes 
Gold Disk's latest salvo in the 
. ' P war, ProPage 3,0, which concentrates, 
- ke version 2,1, on new lealures father 
■ an bug fixes. A quick glance dt these lea- 
■jres ts enough to tell you that Gold Disk 
- i.e gone straight for the power user's 
jgular. 

The most significant improvement has 
: oe the comprehensive ARexx support 
-■ch r given its 330nxid commands, offers 
: zmplete control of ProPage from ARexx. 

Setter still, in order to get the most from 
‘-e;<x r the program uses what it calls 
irnies" - really just ARexx scripts - which 
.= directly accessible from ProPage at the 
: kerf a button. 

,Vhen you boot ProPage 3.G r you'll find 
- it the mop toed has been replaced by an 
- addbn's lamp button, which brings up the 
x "iie requester (corny!) when d icked on. 

Tweaking 

There are over SO function genies 
; *eady defined, ranging from the simple 
- Caps and similar text effects, to box 
I'tribute control and even an ADPro 
■ :ti ink" which enables bitmap tweaking 
ADPro and automatic reimportation of 
graphic q*k& it has been tweaked. 

M ARexx is being used by more and 
- re programs, the genie feature makes 
-:Page 3.0 a much more powerful Laol, 
i--d gives the ARexx-con versa nt user the 
zDortunily to write macros for virtually 
^ery situation. 

\iy one complaint about genies is that 
Tj-ere ts no auto-record function. When you 
ck on the Define button, ProPage simply 
up the Article Editor and expects you 
; write your own macro. 

This is ail very well for those who use 
*£exx or who have the patience to learn to 
se it, but those unwilling to go near even 
^mple a language as this will more than 
.«eiy never realise the full potential of 


ARexx control. An auto -record function 
capable of generating ARexx scripts would 
have made ProPage 1-0 a "must buy"' 
product. 

Other enhancements include a font con- 
version utility which will convert Adobe 
Type 1 PostScript fonts to the 
Ca-mpugraphic fonts Gold Disk seem deter- 


mined to stick with. FontManager works 
well,, and the converted fonts are ol per- 
fectly good quaky, but it can be a bit slow 
if you're copying a complete set ot 
PostScript fonts across to your 
Compugraphic drawer. 

Nevertheless, its inclusion gives ProPage 
access to the hundreds of Adobe Type 1 
loots available and, as typefaces are the 
bread and butter of DT P r this has come not 
a moment too soon. Nine Compugraphic 
fonts, including Caslon and Uncial, are now- 
supplied with the package, so most users 
will have enough to get started with. 

Another feature which will be music to 
the ears of existing ProPage users is the 
irregular text flew option. Using this, Lex l 
can be made to flow round the outline of 
any structured drawing rather than its box, 
as was previously the case. Unfortunately, 
although Gold Disk have at last seen the 
light, on this one, they have failed to imple- 
ment it property. 

Text can flow around the left or right of 
an object, but not both, so rt is still impossi- 
ble to have a circular hole in your text 
unless it is at the juncture of two columns 
and you create an ellipse either side of the 
gutter. I have to admit la shrieking with 
annoyance when I discovered this restively 
simple omission, The direct Hotlink to 


ProDraw 3.0 (due for release later this year) 
is easily the mast attractive to users with a 
lot of clip art or other structured drawing in 
their pages. The user need only click on the 
box containing the ProDraw clip, select the 
ProDraw option, and ProDraw is loaded 
with the dip ready to be edited 

In combination with ProDraw 3.0's new 
Fountain Fill option, which will allow full- 
page gradients, Hie hotlink adds a great 
deal of functionality to ProPage, saving a 
lot of time and hassle if you use ProDraw 
dips. 

Text filters 

With the new auto-tiling print option, a 
long- needed Undo feature, text filters for 
most American (not British) word proces- 
sors, and a few tweaks to the colour separa- 
tion process, ProPage 3.0 will be far and 
away the most welcome disk to have 
dropped through the letter boxes of regis- 
tered users. There are still areas in need of 
improvement, but Gold Disk have done a 
fine job in boosting the package the way 
they have. 

Want to know if it J s better than the rest? 
Then buy the next issue of Amiga 
Computing and read our three-way battle of 
the DTP giants. ProPage 3,0, PageStream 
2.2 and Saxon Publisher 1,2 will all be 
fighting it out for the DTP Lonsdale belt, so 
tor a^l you fight - and font fans out there, 
it should be unmissable. 

Imagine 2.0 

Impulse Inc of Minnesota, USA have just 
released a major upgrade to their flagship 
3D rendering and animation program, 
Imagine. This comprises af revisions and 
improvements to all sections of the pack- 
age as well as a new version 2,1} look to the 
interface, together these constitute a sig- 
nificant improvement in the power and 
functionality of this already impressive soft- 
ware. 

One of the mast stoking aspects of the 
new version of Imagine is the configurabil- 
ity of the interface as a whole. This has 
been achieved through the introduction of 
a Preferences page which is accessible from 
any of the other modules. 

Previously the user had to access 
Imagine 1 s all-important contig file through 
the CU but now you can set up all prefer- 
ences from within the program. In addition 
to this r each editor can have its menu 
options assigned to any one of the function 
keys of the Amiga keyboard or create spe- 
cial U nix-style "’buttons" along the bottom 
of the workscreens to perform these tasks. 

This moans that you can seL up the pro- 
gram in such .1 way that you need hardly 
ever touch the keyboard or access the 
menu bar. A double blessing, as not only 
does it speed up user interaction, but it 
avoids the eye straining amt totally super- 
fluous drop shadow Fonts found in the 
menus, 

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silkier feel and users will find themselves 
flying around the various modules in cre- 
ating their animations and renders, The 
manual, though greatly improved, still 
has its shortcomings, but at least is an 
improvement on Impulse's previously 
lamenLable efforts. 

The TOO-page volume contains refer- 
ence and tutorial material on all aspects 
and applications, presented in a reason- 
ably clear if badly structured manner. 
Not content with ably instructing the 
user about the program,, it also offers a 
more than generous helping of Impulse 
Inc's unique in-house philosophy. 

As far as functionality and potential 
goes, this upgrade places Imagine firmly 


it the top of the 3D tree and confirms it 
as a tremendously powerful and enjoy- 
able program to use. However it is seri- 
ously Flawed in its rendering by Impulse's 
persistence in employing an extremely 
crude form of anti-aliasing. 

Text animation, for instance, *s ruined 
by this shortcoming, even in 24-bit 
colour. For it to be considered as a pro- 
fessional product this oversight must be 
addressed as quickly as possible. This 
(major) gripe aside. Impulse deserve all 
credit for developing this superb new 
version. 

For details on Imagine 2.0, phone 
Impulse Inc on (0101), 612 566 0221, or 
Applied Vector marketing on OBI -977 
1 1 05 , 


Imagine's new features 


# The Forms Editor - This has seen substantial 
rewriting and what was a rather baffling inclusion in 
Imagine 1.0 has become a powerful method erf ere* 
ating complex organic shapes. It does this through a 
process involving "key slrces" and while it demands a 
great deal of application in Lhe learning stages it 
offers a degree of modeling control found nowhere 
else on the Amiga. 

• The Cycle Editor - This module, where animation 
sequences such as walking can be prepared, now 
offers the great potential of morphing between 
shapes. 

Unfortunately, however, these new features do 
not work as they are described in the manual. This is 
a great pity as they would be an extremely powerful 
facility to have. 

* The Detail Editor - The main modelling page 
now offers tme bump mapping, reflective diffusion 
to prevent pixel isation when using reFlectance maps 
on nat surfaces, soft and hand edge control to avoid 
the "bulging" associated with phpng shading on 
acute angles, fog objects which fade out at their 
edges and a host of new procedural textures such as 
water effects and even leopard spotst Spline paths 


can now be edited within this editor and used by the 
Mold (sic) function to extrude and replicate outlines. 
Another handy feature is the ability to perform a 
"quickrender". 

This is a full-colour preview within the editor using a 
fixed light source for speed and it obviates the need to 
set up an entire project in order to view your models. 
This function is found In all editors allowing previewing 
at all stages before commitment to a final render. 

# The Stage Editor - This is where models, lights and 
paths are combined to make up animation sequences. 
Apart from making the snapshot function work, the 
main change to this section is that it is now separated 
from the Action Editof- 

• The Adron Editor - This scripting page now allows 
rendering over background pictures, and the use of 
two ol Imagined unique special effects, such as ripples 
and explosions, at once. With Control of background 
fog you can eliminate distracting detail from scenes 
and simulate depth of field effects. 

Background frames and reflectance maps can be 
indexed to allow digital layering of animations within 
your computer to create infinitely complex sequences 
without any degeneration between passes. 


Workbench 

2.10 

Before you all scream "but they've just 
released 2.041", I'd better tell you that 
we've laid out sticky hands on an early 
developer's copy of Workbench 2.10, and 
Commodore are unlikely to officially 
update Workbench until at least the end of 
the year. 

Having said that, the improvements 
offered by the new system are enough to 
make the mouth water even at this eariy 
stage in its development. 

The most annoying bug for single 
Floppy users of Workbench 2.04 has been 
the Format command's insistence on being 
very slupid. When a 
floppy is formatted, even 
if fresh and write 
enabled, the Amiga 
insists on complaining 
that it is write protected. 
You can get round this 
by clicking on Retry, but 
in 2.10 the bug has been 
removed. 

It's loo eariy yet to 
look at the other bug 
flxes r especially as 
Commodore can supply 
no documentation for 
Workbench 2.10, so I "II 
concentrate instead on 
the new features. 

The most obvious 
enhancements can be 
found in the preferences 
drawer. These are 
Sound, Locale, PrinterPS, 
and CrassDGS. 

Sound is a program 
to enable the user to 
attach the sound sample 
of his or her choice to an 
alert, which means every 
time you do something 


stupid you can have you Amiga be cm 
beep, or fart at you. This at first is grea* 
fun, but after a while you get the feel in: 1 
simple beep will do. 

locale gives the user a choice ol wort® 
Lime zones in which to work, and Ur* 
guages to use. but its function is atherws® 
a little unclear, How it will be imp*J 
me-nted we will tell you as soon « 
Commodore admit that Workbench 2 M 
exists, 

PrinterPS enables full Workbench cxl 
trol of PostScript output specs, includr® 
font selection of the Adobe 35 PostScn® 
font set supplied with most compat e> 
laser printers. There's a full text option 
panel where users can set the text w*. - 
leading, line spacing, and margins. 

Paper size, orientation, and most othe j 
settings are also catered tor, with Eh* 
notable exception of scaling, let's hop 
this last feature can be included before r> 
Final version is released. 


CrossDOS 


CrossDOS, at long last, provides a stan- 
dard by which Amiga users can formr 
read, and write to MS-DOS Format flop 
pies. Implementation of The feature 
excellent, as the standard Format 
mand does all the work, and depend 
oo what drive you tell it to format, 
type ol disk you J re after. 

In addition to this, there's a neat 
fuel gauge box showing how lar the to 
mat is proceeding which pops u 
onscreen whenever you initialise a dsi 
from Workbench- 

Tq cap it off, Workbench 2.10 is thi 
first version to arrive complete with r 
own installer program, usir*£ 
Commodore's now standard Install p*: 
gram, which makes life a lot easier For I 
drive users. More on Workbench 2.10 r 
happens, especially if we can squtrezt^^ 
some official documentation 


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the aloresaid chip is then popped into an 
identical slot on the hoard. When secure, 
the new PCB with its selection of additional 
chips plus good old Denise are mounted 
hack in the original chip socket. 

All that remains is to trail the accompa- 
nying cable to a suitable Zero through slot 
complete with its RGB connector ready to 
accommodate the monitor. 

There ate basically iwd problems with 
this process. Firstly,, piggybacking chips is 
strictly illegal in the eyes of Commodore. As 
a result, being caught with the offending 
addition on your motherboard will invali- 
date your guarantee. If however your war- 
rantee is no more than a distant memory, 
who cares what Comtnodiore think! 

Direct soldering 

Perhaps a more serious threat to the 
future of the board is Commodore's 
planned move to surface-mounted technol- 
ogy. In other words, all major components 
will be soldered directly on to the mother- 
board. 

This annoying change of direction is 
sure to put all piggy-back style products in 
real trouble, therefore, if you're planning 
to upgrade to a A15QQ or above with an 
AVideo on board, you'd be well advised to 
do the decent thing, sooner, rather than 
later, otherwise you could 
miss your chance altogether. 

■ With these two points out 

of the way, it's lime tD get 
A down to some serious flattery, 
W Once the hardware is safely 


ver the last 12 months, I've 
had the pleasure of playing 
with iust about every 24-bit 
board on the market . As a result, the immi- 
nent arrival of yet another system was 
greeted with interest, but to be honest not 
exactly wild excitement. 

As it turned out, my Initial apalhy was 
transformed into amazement as what 
appeared to be a bargain basement release 
proved to be one of the best systems I've 
had the opportunity of using, regardless of 
price. Rather than a simple display board, 
AVideo offers a vast array of features only 
matched in variety by GVP's less than 
impressive IV24- 

One of the tew drawbacks of the board 
concerns installation. The problem isn't 
caused by the procedure itself but rather by 
its implications for your warranty 

The board is designed primarily lor the 
At 300 and upwards, although Checkmate 
claim compatibility with ASQOs. Unlike all 
other systems, AVideo doesn't employ a 
Zorro slot as an installation point, To fit die 
board you must first remove the drwe bay 
and pop out the Denise Amiga's designer 
display chip, Once tree from her moorings, 


genlocking effect wibi either 12- or 24-t>‘. 
images appearing as the ultimas 
Workbench backdrop. 

As well as offering designer backdrops 
it's also possible to produce Picture an 
Picture or PIP effects with the graphic of 
your choke floating in a window all its 
own. As with the majority of AVideo's dis 
play formats, this is controlled via the 
opera animation software - which I'll cover 
in detail a little later in the article. 

Imagery 

To produce any effect obviously requires 
imagery, but thanks to yet another control 
utility the board isn't merely restricted t: 
12* or 24-bit creations. 

Any standard Amiga graphic can be 
converted via the AVRemap utility for dis- 
play on the board, so there's no reason 
why standard Amiga art can't appear 
alongside 12- or 24 -bit images as part ot 
either an animation or a slide show, As 


installed, the next task is to add the impres- 
sive collection of software. 

Aside (torn the commercial software, the 
system Dlfets a powerful array of control 
utilities which add a lot of weight to the 
board's potential as a multimedia worksta- 
tion. 

Perhaps the most obvious, and instantly 
appealing, option allows you to load either 
1 2- or 24-bit images and display them 
through colour zero on the Workbench 
screen By applying the aforementioned 
colour to the majority of the Workbench 
environment, the board achieves a pseudo- 


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• ell as the amazing 
”.^aint bundle (see box), 
jn equally important piece 
*1 software must be the 

- a ex * -based interpreter, 

Opera, 

Opera allows the user to 
:ompile impressive anlma- 
■ ons and slide shows by 
employing the power of 
Alexx via a Can Do -style 
saipt-bulWing interface. 

The software automates 
fie development of ARexx 
scripts to the point where 
<*ven relatively inexperi- 

- ,ed ARexx users cm produce stunning 
fleets apid anims. By using the board's 
:wn icon-driven installation ioflware, 
AVided can be made resident via the 

orkbenth Or CL! and ther address 
: r ectly via Aftexx. 

Once active, the Opera utility opens a 
*ser interface which allows simple elicit 
e txtion of files and effects, which then 
nstarflly translate into an ARe*x script and 
appear in an adjacent script window Either 
zmplete scripts of individual lines can then 
oe run and tested as required. 

If faults occur, the errors are trapped in 




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an additional oulpul console with a stan- 
dard ARexx error message detailing the 
offending lire ready for correction. 

No doubt you're thinking Opera sounds 
a bit too good to be true, and to be honest 
- for the average A Rex* novice - it is. 
Although the interface and console are 
indeed friendly and do take a lot of the 
drudgery out of script compilation, the 
ARexx scripts created are exactly that 
pure ARexx, 

For the novice, tracking down and 
debugging even an auto- 
matically-generated ARexx 
script can be a painful and 
confusing process, As a 
result, it's not a good idea 
to expect a miraculous 
performance without a 
reasonable knowledge of 
the language. 

For example, when 
errors occur within a 
script, bog standard 

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The facts and figures 

In terms of resolution, AVideo more than matches up to the opposition with a full broad- 
cast 766 x 580 display ideal for video applications or standard Amiga output of 640 x 
.512 (hkes interlace), 

Image quality is also impressive, with a full 24- bit I6.B million colour display. During 
editing and animation, two 12-bt buffers are employed giving a true 4,096 colour dis- 
play which can then be toggled via TVPainl or the board's own software to display full 
24-bit as a separate still frame display. 

An additional genlock adaptor allows full genlocking of 12-bit images over live video, 
or alternatively Amiga graphics and animation can overlay the output of the board in 
both 1 2- and 24-bit modes, 

Picture in Piety re is available for still images in both 1 2- and 24-bit display modes, with 
a maximum refresh rate of 3/50ths of a second for each 1 2-bit buffer. 

According to Checkmate, the system is capable ol running on a standard Amiga,, 
although to be honest I wouldn't recommend It. To employ TVPaint properly, you'll 
require a 68030, and you'll need at least 8Mb of fast memory to use the program's 24-bit 
Undo option when using Full overscan, 

Ihe board also offers full broadcast resolution for 12 -bit double buffered animation 
with a maximum speed of 12.5 frames a second in hkes interlace and 25 frames a sec- 
ond in non-interlace. Both these figures depend on your system and the amount of 
movement during subsequent frames in theanim, 

When utilising the highest possible quality, 12-bit update times are reduced to nine 
frames per second for hi res interlace and 1 7 seconds for non-interlace. The first format is 
designed for TV and video, while the second offers the maximum clarity for multiscan 
and VGA monitors . 


ARexx error messages are reported via the 
console, so unless you have some under* 
standing of the scripts themselves, debug- 
ging can be a tricky business. 

Having had a slight whinge, it's perhaps 
worth recapping what Opera can offer 
when mastered. Aside from simple sequem 
Nat slide shows, images can be introduced 
with an impressive range of supplied 
effects. 

Additional text can be included in the 
Font of your choice, while images appear in 
windows on the Workbench, or as overlays 
on existing graphics, Animations can be 
compiled from full screen images, while 
individual objects or brushes can he ani- 
mated and overlaid to add even more 
excitement to the presentation, In short, 


The spectacularly tasty TVPaint 


rhu most notable commercial addition has to he ihe premier 24-bit 
paint package, TWalnl vl,6. This alone is enough to make Ihe 
board a spectacular bargain in ils Harlequin form the software 
alone retails at LV4Q\ 

In the case of A Video, TVPaint comes as pan and parcel of Ihe 
system and still somehow manages to sell for jus! 1599 inclusive of 
both the band ami all additranal software. 

In relation to the Harlequin you effectively get the board for 
nothing and shN save £200 plus on the price of Pie software alone. 
Of course this calculation doesn't include the tost of die Harlequin 
rard itself which wifi set you back a further 0,100 in ils bask form. 

Like the board, A Video's version ol TVPaint is an impressive 
product with all the latest additions that vl .6 has to offer. The only 
elements missing in relation to the Hirtequin software is the Big 
Edit option, which allows you to move* around and edit images 
above the bond's maximum screen we, rind secondly TVPainft 
Alpha t lunriel support iFiis particular Feature requires 32- bit arc hi- 
tecture. 

Aside from these Iwo opt tons, Ihe software is identrtaL The only 
operating difference is the restriction of two T 2-bit buffers as 
opposed to true 24 -tut double buttering dm the Harlequin card 

Because ot ihr* 12-bi! Edit option, the actual paint display is iri 


4 r Q96 colours. This should not be coni used with Ham's 4,096 
colours, as the AVSdeo display is [rue 12-bit and as a result does not 
suffer any fringing or otFief problems associated with Ham 

On general imagery it's quite tricky to tell a 12 bit display apart 
horn 24 -bit. The difference only really appears when graduated 
painling is applied either vi.i the spray can or during graduated 
steels. All such additions produced noticeably stepping or colour 
bands as llw saturation lades. 

To the ?4-hil purist this probably sounds like a unacceptable sac 
rilke, but all Is not ion The tioard displays T Want's edit screens in 
1 2-bit but ac tually pants In Sulf 24 bit. Slightly confusing, 1 agree, 
Because the image is in iact true 24-bil disguised as 1 2-hil r it's 
possible id view ii in all its 24-bil glory by simply accessing the sys 
menu and switching the hoard in in its 24- bit single Irame display 
mode. 

Ihr* only notkeabfe difference between the Harlequin and 
TVPaint during editing is the slightly slower screen update and a 
particularly Infuriating tendency For the pointer on I lie AVwleo ver- 
sion to float a quarter of an inch above I lie point d application dur- 
ing painting in video mode (760 * 500) a minor bug, but an 
annoying one which I'm assured will be put rigid in the next 
update. 


Opera is an impressive addition which in 
time is sure to become an invaluable tool 
to any serious user, especially those 
involved in multimedia and animation. 

As a general purpose 24 -bit multime- 
dia/grap fees card, AVidea literally blows 
the opposition out of the water with a 
combination of state-of-the-art software 
and flexible applications. 

The only aspect l J d like to see improved 
is the documentation for the board itself, 
with perhaps a detailed tutorial on how to 
get the best from Opera, 

Unrivalled 

In terms of 24-bil RGB output, it’s unri- 
vaFled for both price and performance in 
comparison to both the IV 24 and G2's 
Imagjca. This is a position which will soon 
be enhanced even further by the addition 
of a 24-bit frame grabber which 
Checkmate are planning to supply as an 
add-on to the system. 

In terms of animation, A Video's only 
rival is DtTV which because of its built-in 
Frame grabber and microscopic File format 
is arguable still the ideal 24-bit option for 
animation aimed direct^ at VHS video. 

Having said that, DC TV's composite 
output doesn't match up to AVideo's 12- 
bit anim display % higher quality anima- 
tion and slide shows. In short, if you're 
about to invest in a general purpose 24- bit 
system, it's almost impossible to consider 
any other board as a better buy than this 
truly excellent product. 




AVideo is available from 
Checkmate Digital 
Tel 071-923 065S 
Fi* 071-254 1655 
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Tutorial 






Stevie Kennedy 
starts to fill the 
tutorial disk and 
looks at setting 
up Shell 


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L ast month's column look us to 
the point where we should have a 
home-made disk, called MyDisk, 
.< r i the barest of Amiga DOS files on it to 
i.iow auto-booting, 

It you didn't foFlow last month's col- 
K min r you'll have to buy a copy of the 
magazine through our back issues offer 
awards the rear of the mag. fust follow 
~e instructions in the column and you'll 
oe bang up to date with the rest ot us. 

Before you can properly use the 
iVorkbench that your startup-sequence 
■ads, you'll have to bE able to dick on 
;ons and to open a Shell. For this, MyDisk 
•. i require a "library" file and the corned 
ommands and so on lo make a Shell 
■■•ork. First ot all, well add the library. 

Icon. library is the AmigaPOS file con- 
■iining the routines needed by Kkkstart to 
^spiay icons onscreen and has a sister in 
-ie shape of Info.library, which enables 
^e user to mess about with icon tool 
vpes. 

We'll worry about tool types in later 
ci Limns, so as you're probably Eager just 
:o get those icons to appear, copy 
zon.library from your Workbench disk to 
MyDisk using the command: 

t;pr L]0S:UC-H-UBfUlir TD HTQJ5K3UB3 

Now we're ready lo delve into some of 
~e more esoteric areas of AmigaDGS. We 
nave a very empty disk and over the next 
e .v months we'll progressively fill it with 
■ e*. dealing in each column with a new 
: r at to I application. 

For the rest of this instalment, well 
:oncentratfi on Shell so that when we use 
:be disk we can access its gradually 
■creasing power. 

Shell has changed a great deal in the 
" r ansition from Workbench 1.3 to 2.04, 
zotfi in its user interface and in the files 
■ reded to make it function. On a 


Workbench 1.5 disk, there are several 
more steps you'll need to lake to gel Shell 
up and running, so well start with a 2.04 
Shell and then detail the further steps 
needed by 1.3 owners. 

For those using Kkkstart and 
Workbench 2.04, setting up a Shell has 
been made very easy. All the Workbench 
1.3 device-handlers and so on have been 
made resident in the Kickstart ROM which 
means you need only copy a Shell icon 
and She II -startup file to MyDisk to equip it 
with a window into AmigaDOS. 

To do this, boot with your Workbench 
disk and locate your Shell icon - it may be 
in the main window or could be siored in 
the system drawer Now click on it to 
open Shell and change directory to wher- 
ever the Shell icon is situated. 

If it is the main disk window (the root 
directory), you should already be in the 
correct place, If it is in the system drawer, 
type; 

CD SmSTSTE* 


to charge directory. Now all users should 
type: 

CDPf SHELL. 11*0 TO MUSK: 

and the shell icon, designated, as all icons 
are, by the ".info" bit tagged on the end, 
will be copied to your designer disk. 

You will now have a basic operable 
Shell, but lo add a final touch, the Shell- 
startup file should be copied across as 
well. This is a script file - we discussed 
these Iasi month, remember? executed 
one command al a time when you Open 
Shell, in much the same way as a startup' 
sequence is executed when your disk 
boots up. 

The standard Shell-startup contains a 
few Alias commands (explained later) and 
the Prompt command. The fife will be the 


same whether you are using Workbench 
1 .3 or 2.04, and simply sets gp the condi- 
tions the user chooses for hi* or her Shell 
when it is opened. 

For example, if you wanted your cur- 
rent directory to be SYS; WORK when you 
loaded Shell, the command CD 
SY£:WORK could be inserted somewhere 
in the Shell- startup to carry out the direc- 
tory change automatically when you click 
an your Shell icon, Smart, eh ? For now, 
well refrain from tampering with the file 
and just look at what it docs, 

' If you type ED SiSHEU-STARTUP while 
in Shell, you should have a copy of the file 
visible onscreen, and have noticed an 
entirely new command, namely Alias. This 
is an extremely useful command which 
only works in conjunction with Shell and 
which can make life a great deal easier, ft 
h used to give an "alias" - or shortened ver- 
sion to any single command string you 
care to define. 

To set up an alias, you would use the 
fallowing sort of line; 

1LH5 C Sf&ur choice nf alUG “*«i gipOS 
'zniri'd it ring* 


This means that if you gel bored typing 
the fula command for a simple diskcopy, 
you cou^d insert a line in your Shell 


startup to substitute a much easier to type 
alternative such as: 


nm BO 1 "piirtDP? from dfDi t: dfi s - 


ln future all you'd have to do to carry out 
the diskeopy would be to type D01 and 
the clever little Shell would know what 
you meant. 

The other command you'll find in the 
Shell-startup file is the Prompt comma nd, 
usually the last one in the file. Prompt is 
used to toll Shell how much information 
to display before the cursor, and can be 
configured to display just the process 
number or the full-blown pathname of the 
directory in which you arc working. 

The fatter can be useful when you jump 
through several directories as you always 
know your position in the directory "tree", 
and for this reason is the recommended 
mode of operation. The Prompt command 
you will see in your Workbench disk's 
shell-startup file is best left as it is, as it 
takes the form: 


PROMPT 'In.U* ■ 


The %N part just displays the number of 
the Shell process, and the %£ part dis- 
plays the full pathname of your current 

* ill] 

Amiga Computing June 1 992 m 55 


This month's jargon 

Mount list 

% Atcii fife (OitlrfFnim) the Amiif.iDOS definition i of every device to be moon ted, 
Without this file oriel the correct entries in the DEVS: drawer, yoti d get one of those 
Entry not found” error me»«Kjev and nothing would happen A mount list will uiu- 
ottfy contain enlriei for NEWCON:, SPEAK;, RAD:, and coon 

Resident 

thing the Resident command, AmigaDOS can make a variety of commands and device 
drivers "resident in memory, which means they are kept in RAM until a program 
needs to use them. Only 'pure' commands can he made resident, so ii the I He in 
question is not "pure ' it will be forced into that state by Ihe resident command 

Pure 

II an executable file such as an Amiga DOS command is "pure it can effectively be 
used by more than one Shell process or program at a time, and if a pure file is made 
resident ft will be accessed quickly and efficiently This is central to the Amiga's multi 
tasking operating system and saves a lot ol time. 

A fik 1 s pure status can he sel on ur oil by altering the file's protection flags, one ol 
which is reserved in the role of keeping labs on (his, No| all files can be marie pure 
but many of the standard ArnigaDGS commands, such As Execute and Assign can 










ESTutor/a/ 




directory, After that there's a space, for 
purely aesthetic purposes, and a little 
arrow fust in case you need lo be told 
where lo start typing which, as we're 
rapidly becoming Amiga experts, we 
won't particularly require! 

Right, we've looked at the two steps 
for setting up a Workbench 2.04 Shell, 
both of which are applicable to 
Workbench 1 .3 owners, so we'll new 
look at the extra Hies and setup condi- 
tions required by a 1 .3 Shell, first the 
files. 

To gel it over with as painlessly as pos- 
sihle here's a list of all the additional Hies 
reeded by a 1-3 Shell and their location 
or your Workbench 1 ,3 disk; 

• C: PROMPT 

• CORESIDENT 

• OMOU14T 

t PEV5;MOUN FUST 

• LiNEWCON-HANDLER 

• LSHELl-SEG 

• SYS; SYSTEM /CL! 

Before copying them to MyDisk, you'll 
have to make an L: directory and one 
called ‘'system" in the disk's toot direc- 
tory, as our disk doesn't have either o< 
these yet. 

The L; directory, you will remember, is 
where we keep device handlers to com- 
plement the devices kept in DEVS:. lhe 
file Newcpn-Handler is the device han- 
dler used to set up the NEWCON. device, 
which is in effect the Shell window Itself, 
For now, type: 

HAHEDiH HlDISliL 

aaseo l R mtShStlTEB 

then, if you're a single drive owner, copy 
all the files you need into RAM like this; 


[QP1 CO Pi TO A*H: 

MRT CS TS Ml: 

{opr trPlMPT TO RA": 

MPT trPEJIDHI TO l**: 

COPT MMIlT TO RAX: 

t(Pl L ;H EICON 'RAID LER TO I IRS 

COPT L;fHtLL-Sl6 TO HAH: 

[OP' S,T5:5TSTtl/(Ll TC MR: 


The next step is to CD RAM:, eject your 

Worktaenc 

h disk, insert MyDisk in the 

internal drive, then type: 

MM 

PR.JRPI TO WDItltE 

CW1 

resident to pmsict 

MM 

HOLIT TO <lT6JSt:C 

im 

HE At OH' HAH 01 El TO HTDj5S:L 

COPT 

SHIU'SEB TO RADlSKrt 

COPT 

tL] TO IT DISH: STS Ttl 


Once ail that's over, type CD SYS; and 
replace Workbench in the drive when 
prompted. We now have the correct files 
in place for a version 1 .3 Shell, and all 
that'js left is to put in place the startup 
commands needed to mount the device. 

To do this, we'll need to create a file 
called "mountlist" in the DEVS: directory 
of MyDisk, and insert two new lines in 
MyDisk's startup-sequence. A mountlist is 
an Ascii file containing one or more entries 
describing lhe devices we wish to mount, 
but in the case of MyDisk, it needs only 
one entry (for NEWCON:). 

Users of 2.04 machines won't need to 
create a mountlist yet as MEWCON: is 
mounted automatically by Kickstart. 
However, you should carry out the follow- 
ing instructions in any case, as it'll save 
you creating a mountlist later in the series. 
Step one is to open Shell and type. 

ED IMkROIIKLIlT 

which will create a blank file in the RAM 
disk and open the Workbench text editor. 

Next, type the following mountlist 


This month's commands 

Resident 

i i u .ri to mike i Hie "resident' 1 In memory, thus speeding up any prim " uul1 ^ llu 

'£!SS£*Z ^ - » -* '? "TSZZ? 

s « Ufc moral, > jargon Ira Iratl*- dolaih-lHo roramand. W nla. I.HUhol 


RtSlbENt t RARE 3 UMtllMf tORRAH» H»H«J EAOH tiTiTER] 


Where [name] is an optional resident name you can glw lo the file. Using the 
will add the lilt 1 to the resident list, and using Remove w, do he 
opposite. The System parameter will add the (ike to a special system 

Mount 

sr-i -®-—- 112 

The synTiin usad 


lOURT [DEVICE! [FR.OH 3 


not fount in PEVfcMOUNTLIST. the lile to which mount refers by dilac 


The structure 
of MyDisk 




If yw follow the column through, 
you should end up with an 
tUMnoUng wkh a directory 
-jtnjcujie like the one shown heic 


MOUNT 

PHOMPI 

HfStDTrtT 

LDADWB 

ENOCLI 


SVCTEM- SMELL- SEG KTONlWlARY 
CONFIG. 


MOUNTl 1ST 


51*11- 

sTAimr 


ftpw ,.*** rh* dUk wn * »» ° "*»* " f D^ "'" Wo^,7 


entry verbatim, lo give your mountlist a 
description of Shell which the Amiga will 


add the following lines at the top of the- j 
file: 


understand; 

Simon: 

il HU Li = L:HEttOH'*AHOL!H 

PR [Kill - 5 

STAtKSili 1 10M 
I 

The first line of our mountlist entry tells 
the Amiga the name of the device, in this 
case NEWCON., and the second desig- 
nates the device handler to be used, 
Which is the Shell seg file we've just 
copied to MYDl$K:L, 

The third and fourth lines don't con- 
cern us at this stage, but priority basically 
sets out how high in the device list a 
device will appear, and stacksiae sets aside 
a buHer of 1,000 bytes which Shell uses, 
among other things, to remember the last 
few commands you've typed in. 

Don't forget the hash mark at the end 
on a line of its own. Without this, the 
Amiga will not recognise the device entry 
as the hash mark acts as a sort of full stop. 
To save the mountlist file, press Esc then 
X, and it will be written to the RAM disk 
ready to be transferred to MyDisk, 
Assuming the commands you earlier 
copied into the RAM disk are still there, 
you should be able to do this by typing: 

cp rap: 

(DPT HIURTLIST TO *TPISt:PtTS 

then typing: 

Eb Hll IS K i S f ST RR TUMMIIEIAC e 

- we have still to add the startup com- 
mands which will mount Shell ready for 


RESIDIRt CLt L:SHElL-IE( S'ST'R MAE IDP 
H0IIHT SEliOH : 

I 

The first of these lines is the real biggie. H I 
uses the Resident command to place the I 
Shell-seg device handler in memory under I 
the name "CLl", at the same time making I 
sure it is "Pure", which means more than I 
one Shell window can use it at once. _ I 
This complicated piece of AmigaDOS ! 
chicanery is best taken at fate value, as all 
Workbench 1,3 shells are set up in exactly ] 
the same way. The second command I 
in aunts the NEWCON: device, which will P 
now function as its device handler has just | 
been made resident. 

|f you're wondering why Shell is so j 
much more complicated on a Workbench j 
1 .3 machine than on a 2-04 Amiga, it k 
because version 1 .3 was a straightforward | 
upgrade of version 1.2, so that Shell had 
to be grafted Dn top of the original CL. 
device. 

In 2.04 machines, Kickstart ha.s beer- 
rewritten and expanded to twice its origi- 
nal size, allowing the coders to put all the 
device handlers and so forth in ROM sc 
that users needn't worry about them. 

Well, if you've survived this mantf- 
without going mad and assaulting the 
dog, you should be able to cope with 
what's to come later in the series. Shel'., 
for 1 .3 owners at least, is a real pain in the 
backside, but I've no apologies for intro- 
ducing it this early in Dur stroll through 
AmigaOOS. Without Shell, you can dc 
precious little on a new disk, so it's best to 
set it up as quickly as possible. 

With the worst out of the way, we'll gt 


use. 0 n next month lo look at how to set up 

So far, the startup-sequence will con- ^ punter drivers, I.TJ 

tain only two lines, LOAPWB and ENDCLI. ^ ^ preferences drawer. f ■ >4 
To ensure that Shell is initiated ori startup. 



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W hen the origin si Vista land- 
scape generator hit the 
Amiga you could hardly 
hear yourself think for the sound o( 
countless ex-hippies screaming about the 
ins and outs of cltaos theory, interspersed 
with the occasional lament on favourite 
I ractals past and present. 

After the final mushroom had met its 
maker, the cold light of day soon 
brought the grim realisation that 
although generating fractal landscapes is 
indeed an impressive application, it does 
have a fairly limited field of application, 
especially if the end result can only 
appear as a Ham. 


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needed to find a use for what was, In 
effect, an application without a cause. 
With the release of VislaPro2 they've 
done exactly that, 

Tile new version has been revised dra- 
matically and now offers the kind of 
power that professional animators and 
still-1 rame graphic artists demand, 

Before we delve into the program's 
latest enhancements, it's perhaps worth 
recapping the basics of the program 
itself, with a brief guide as to exactly 
what a scenery generator is, and what it 
can offei- 

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program is capable of 
generating random 
Fractal landscapes 
and islands, perhaps 


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the most interesting 


starting poinL for any 


would-be traveller is 
on one of the supplied 
DEM landscapes, 

DEM stands for 
Digital Elevation Model. 

The data lor these models 
has been compiled via official 
US geological surveys which sam- 
pled the ground level every 25 metres 
over the entire northern United States 
As a result, once a DEM is loaded, your 
machine holds an incredibly accurate 3D 
model of the entire region in question. 

Around 20 DEM files come as standard 
with the software, giving you instant 
access to famous landmarks such as the 
Grand Canyon, Mount 5t Helens - before 
and after the eruption - El Capitan in 
Yosemile, and so on. 

Interplanetary 

Thanks to the United Slates' exploits in 
space, the available landscapes aren l 
restricted to the Earth. The collection 
even includes DC Ms depicting Olympus 
Monson Mars! 

If the included files aren't enough to 
whet your appetite, vrli have another 
2,000 landscapes ready and waiting. 

As I mentioned earlier, DEMs aren't 
the only source of landscapes, as the pro- 
gram can create its own fractal land- 
scapes to order - Either as islands or 
entire regions. 

Although the process of random gen- 
eration is indeed haphazard, the results 
are, more often than not, stunning to say 
the least. 

II we assume the program now con- 
tains a landscape, the next task is to add 
the natural leatures which transform a 


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Importing the real world 


The icing on llw cake lurks within the program's Property pull down menu. 
Here you II find a whole series ol options which help translate the 3D world of 
Vida into I he two dimensions we humans know and love. 

F[1| example the colour map within the program ran be exported to DPaJitl 
as a standard Iff and I hen re imparled with varying degrees of altitude or alter 
natively as specific features. AH are added by a lew simple mouse strokes in 
Drain!, 

M a result, if the alLilud# option employed, it s possible to either draw 
ol Stan a conventional Ordnance Survey map. and then have Vista translate this 
inio a virtual JD equivalent. Alternatively, you could take another route and 
export the colour data representing the actual features of the landscape. 

Ax a consequence, adding a line of trees is simply a matter ol drawing a line 
in DPaint and then re- i importing ihe new colon rmup back into Vista, it s even 
po jsMbk 1 to .idd simple build* by Ihp same process. 

What Makepalh is to animation. Terraform is to land shaping As a result, It s 
an essential additional loti! for those interested in real to virtual world conver 
sion, because io res DPaint images produce very stepped and unnatural land 
stupes this is where Terraform comes into its own. 


ce 


Paul Austin boots his 
machine in search of 
the wide open 
spaces within 
VistaPro2 


lump of fractal nock into a living, breath- 
ing entity. It's here where the new pro- 
gram realiy starts to shine. The first task is 
to set the climatic constraints on the 
environment by assigning the sea level, 
tree line, snow line and haze. 

Adjustment of the first three parame- 
ters is slmpiy a matter of assigning an 
altitude for each. The fourth option Is one 
of the all-new additions to rhe program. 
As you've probably guessed by the name, 


the haze definition allows you to define 
atmospheric distortion at a predefined 
distance. Low values produce a misting 
effect, while higher levels bring on a rea 
pea sou per... 

Once the atmosphere and its effects 
have been taken care of, the next task is 
to embellish the land with the odd bit of 
greenery. This again is another new fea- 
ture. 

You now have the choice of palms, 
oaks, pines or cacti with which to popu- 
late your imaginary land. The choice isn't 
limited to a single type of plant - you can 
add all four variants to a single scene if 





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required. Once the variety or varieties are 
defined, the next task is to assign their 
size in metres and relative density. At this 
point, experimentation is the key to real- 
istic results. IF the trees are loo small or 
perhaps to thinly spread they can, and 
often do, look ridiculous. 

Having said that, with some patient 
experimentation and intelligent camera 
placement, the additional foliage can 
really breath some file into a otherwise 
sterile scene. 

To be honest, real close-ups don't do 
the program any favours, as even the best 


attempt at a fractal tree can't really hold 
a candle to its organic equivalent. 

The only other slight whinge concerns 
the rather methodical placement of the 
trees themselves. The end result is a for- 
est which appears to have been sown by 
a chartered surveyor rather than a 
bearded, beer-guzzling lumberjack 

Still, if more than one variety is on 
hand it does help to break the 
monotony, as indeed does the fact that 
the trees vary - even within a single vari- 
ety -from plant to plant. 

The final addition takes the form of 
optional waterways. Either rivers (which 
automatically meander down to the val- 
leys) or lakes (which flooct the lowlands) 
can be selected. The two can be com- 
bined to add even more variety to the 
scene, 

Watery grave 

All such additions are controllable, in 

much as you're given the option to 
accept or cancel before committing large 
tracts of your new world lo a watery 
grave. 

Once the actual icene-setting is com- 
plete, the final design tasks are to either 
adjust or load the colour palette for yuUf 
particular scene, It you want to create the 
very Blue Ridge mountains of Virgin a, 
you can. 

Alternatively you can transform an 
existing lush green landscape into an and 
desert by simply applying the colour map 
of another more desolate D£M- 

The colour map screen gives you the 
usual palette adjustment options every 
D Paint fan will be familiar with, plus a 
completely silly option to listen to the 
landscape as it renders via the Amiga’s 
internal sound. 

As a result, you can now hear creative 


Get it in perspective 

Having completed the creative stage, ihe next task is lo select a placement for 
the camera and the target or finishing point fur a lly through animation. 

Selection of the two points is simplicity itself - you simply dick on either tar 
gel or camera and then select two likely spots uti the landscape. 

If you want to check your placement, the Preview icon transforms the land 
scape area into a wireframe representation of the image. A crosshair appears 
allowing you to make the final adjustments which are automatically updated in 
the numerical input windows, 

when you're happy with the appearance ol your panorama, the X,V and 1 
co-Drdinates can be lucked either singly or as a whole, preserving the perlect 
viewpoint. 

Aside from simple still frames, VislaPro2 even in its standard lorm - is caps 
bit ol bask animation. AH that's required is a starting point or camera view and 
a target |d travel towards. 

Once the two polnls are established. Ihe software asks for the desired num- 
ber of frames and the program automatically begins the rendering process. 

The only limitation is that the flight path is strictly limited lo straight A-to-B. 
To be honest, even with this limitation the eflect for the first time user is noth 
Ing short of astonishment, especially if the anim is in one ol the higher resolu 
lions. 

|ust like the still-frame alternative, the lly through can be previewed in Its 3D 
wireframe form, so any potential collisions can be spotted before committing 
your machine to the lengthy rendering process 


Subtlety or speed? 

The scene is sel, the camera's ready, now all that's needed is an rippuiir Thn, 
is the point al which you have lo make a decision. 

If you want real quality as shown In several of our examples, it > going; in ia> 
time, and in scenes wllh numerous .iildilional features such as irees, gradual, d 
skies aod high levels of Image enhancement, the average unaccetewied AMX> .s 
looking at an Overnight exposure for a single frame. 

The reason is that VislaPrO isn't simply a number crunching (racial generator 
bul, in fact, a full blown, high quality ray (racing program to bool. The highest 
quality output combinallorts are very fine indeed and as a result there's no way 
of avoiding vaslly increased rendering limeS- 

huvlng said that, if you're planning lu employ VistaPro2 as a Iasi action uni 
malion tool, it's dnublful that you'll need Ihe very highest quality In every 
frame, As a result, rendering limes can he dramatically improved. 

If you can survive without the smallest possible polygons, truly lilt; like lex 
lures and assorted shading and blending techniques, you can save hours or 
ever days in rendering time 

Similarly, smaller screen sizes and lower resolutions help immensely. Basically 
the choice is yours il you want the best, you've got to pay lor it, either 
through long rendering times or expensive additional acceleration. 


process as well as en|oy the fin- 
ished product. As I said, a silly 
but amusing addition. I can only 
assume than VRU are not 
adverse to the odd mushroom 
themselves.., 

On a more senous note is the 
essential option to lock the 
colour palette of all frames des- 
tined to become a part of an 
animated sequence. 

If for the moment your only 
real interest lies in still-frame 
creations, the option to lock the 
palette of numerous frames may 
seem unimportant, but to the 
animator, locking subsequent 
frames to the original is essential to 
achieve continuity, 

For the professional user, perhaps the 
most important addition of all is the 
much enhanced output . This alone is sure 
to transform a formerly interesting appli- 
cation into a really powerful artistic tool. 



Continuity 


With the option to output your cre- 
ations as RGB or 24-bit iFFi or even DCTV 
display files, the commercial door has 
been swung wide open. 

The program will output individual 
frames or entire animations in the format 
of your choice. These could be individual 
sequential 24-bit files, ready for still frame 
recording, on high-end video kit^ or for 
compilation into Vista's own proprietary 
Vanlm format which allows you to play 
your sequences direct from disk. 

AN standard Amiga display formats - 
including Ham are on offer, plus the 
option of applying lull video spec over- 
scan and interface. 

This leaning towards animation may 
appear slightly confusing considering the 
rather limited animation options within 
the basic program - the reason is Lhat the 
internal options are only the beginning of 
Vista Pro's animating potential. 

The program only really starts to shine 


AfttunCrtn kf H 

of Lfa ta i Qptloanl OtfiaJ pffecti 

as an animation tool when combined 
with the additional Makepath program 
which VRLl offer as an addition to the 
original package. 

Thanks to this beautifully simple and 
immensely powerful program, it's possi- 
ble to skim the surface of your creation in 
a anything from a cruise missile to a heli- 
copter, twisting and turning as you go. 
following every contour of the land and 
banking with every turn. 

In short, I think the results speak for 
themselves, VistPro 2 is indeed a memory 
and accelerator-scoffing beast, but for 
serious artists it's a tool you simply can't 
afford to be without- 

# for a Ml review of Makepoth - and 
Terraform, rfs landscape-cmaiing counterpart - 
make Jure you read next worth 1 i 
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Amigo Computing June 1992 






Preview 


D uring East month's Updates col- 
umn t promised to review a 
frame grahber designed to work 
directly with the Harlequin 32-bU graphics 
card. On amval it transpired that the kit in 
question isn't merely restricted to the 
Harlequin, and is in fact idea! for grabbing 
in a whole range of formats. Ham 
included. 

After a few hours it became clear that 
this particular hardware/ software combi- 
nation is worth Far more than a simple 
mention in Updates, and could be the 
ideal answer to the question of real-time 
frame grabbing across the board. 

Unfortunately for A5G0 users the new 
system is reliant on Zorro slots which are 
only lound on the A1500 and above. As 
far as I'm aware there are no plans to port 
the system over to the 500, so I'm afraid 
it's a case of upgrade or settle for another 


may seem strange that the article is 
flagged as a preview rather than a review. 
The reason is that both the manual and 
the software are in German. 

As a result, a complete and in deplh 
review is understanderbly a bit tricky. 
Nevertheless you can rest assured that 
when the English version arrives, any fresh 
information will be instantly posted in 




system. 

Composite inputs 


The grabber itself comes on a hard 
card-style board, offering two composite 
inputs on the rear. The reslriction of com- 
posite is perhaps the only chink in Lhe 
armour of the system - as far profes- 
sional users are concerned. 

The average serious enthusiast profes- 
sional is more likely to require S-VHS and 
upwards as a potential grabbing environ- 
ment. 

Having said that, I think the results 
speak for themselves. All the images in the 
article were captured via a very ageing 
and average S-VHS VCft providing a 
composite signal to the card. The 
two available inputs can be tog- 
gled via the software, providing 
the ideal setup for the profes 
sionat user. 

In fact up to three cards 
can be placed in a single 
machine, offering a total erf 
six potential source machines 
all controlled from the software 
simultaneously. 

With the hardware and software 
safely in my sticky little fingers, it 


Updates. 

According to Amiga Centre 
Scotland's Martin Lowe, an English 
version is already on its way with 
the manual to follow as soon as 
the translation process is com- 
plete. 

Aside from pore grabbing 
power, the most important aspecl 
of any system is its interface. In 
this particular area Vlab does 
extremely well, even with its pre- 
sent linguistic difficulties. 

The program can appear in one 
of two lorms, either as a full screen 
interface or as a dormant pull- 
down menu on the Workbench 
screen. 

The only restriction is that the 
program only operates on 
machines using W$2. As a result, 
even A15QQ and above owners still 
working with WB1.3 haven't 
totally escaped a certain amount 
of incompatibility. 

If you're thinking erf upgrading to WB2, 
this h the ideal excuse. The insistence on 
WB2 isn't merely a matter ol basic soft- 
ware compatibility. The program 
actually puts the additional 
features of WB2 to good use. 

For example, when- 
ever the program is exited it 
automatically saves the 
present setup to the ENV 
directory. As a result, every 
time you, return to the 
program your favourite 
settings are automatically 
installed. 

The necessity tor only pertains 
Lo the Kickstart RDM, so there's 



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no need to invest in an entire enhanced 
chip set. Fortunate reatly r as you're more 
likely to come across a bucket of chickens' 
teeth than the aforesaid upgrade. 

Once active, the first \oh is to open the 
monitor which appears as a smalt inde- 
pendent Workbench window or PIP, 
housing a constantly updating display of 
the incoming video signal. The window 
car appear in anything from four to 16 
colours or alternate levels of greyscale, in 
either interlace or med-res. 

The beauty of the window system is 
that when in menu bar mode the window 
sits quietly alongside the assorted 
Workbench clutter, happily displaying the 


High speed images 


selection 


AHlMfuqlt singular grab* arc Impressive, they're not the limit 
ol ihe vyvlem's capabilities with the assistance of the ever 
preterit pull downs, yuu fan access the sequential grabbing 
option which allow* you to grab a maximum of 255 Irames 
Irorn l lie live video source, 

Aside from the system's pure Image quality, this has to be 
i, nt: of it* moil impressive capabilities vlab grain all il* 
imagery In its own proprietary (omul, namely VUV. As a tun 
sequent! 1 It's possible lo grab 24 bit sequence* and then ton 
v t- r 1 I mm I here into the format ol your choke. 

As l.sr as I'm aware. Vlab is the only Independent grabber 
to offer surl i power. Obviously sequential frame grabbing 1* 
very memory intensive, so Investment In a large amount ol 
extra RAM is essential especially it you're planning to 
employ the system's 21 hit output. While on the subject of 
memory ami possible expansion. It's worth mentioning the 


system'! liking of both RAM and acceleration. 

II there's a slight (law, it s the program's preference for 
i dpious amounts of memory and acceleration, especially dur 
ini] a sequential grab. During testing I employed the services 
ol a &VI 1 050 combo card with a whopping 16Mb onboard. 
Although I never ran out Of RAM, there was a very significant 
slowing of additional software, even when the program was 
empty, To be lair, the program ilseli rein, lined faultless, but 
I d say it's not a particularly good Idea to employ the system 
in the midst of a busy multitasking environment, 

My upily real concern is the grabbing rale ol the hoard 
unlike the majority of systems, It samples at a maximum ol IB 
Irames a second as opposed to the 25 frames which same 
others oiler Having said that, the de Interlace and single 
Meld options plus the impressive 24-bit spec mure than make 
up tor that particular compromise 


1 


signal. When an appropriate grab 
appears, a simple dick on a small accom- j 
panying control svindnw instantly cap 
turns the image. 

Actually capturing images is literally 
that simple - you merely sit back watch- 
ing your miniature TV waiting patiently 
for the optimum moment lo click on the 
control panel, 

A particularly pleasant aspect ol this 
additional panel is the option to switch 
between capturing the complete interlace 
image or merely a single lield- 


The beauty is that when you're dealing I 
with high speed images, sacrificing a field I 
within the interlace signal is often we 1 
worth the lose of clarity. Obviously a non- I 
interlaced image isn't quite as impressive. I 
but it does abolish the perennial problerr 
ol the dreaded interface flicker. 

An additional weapon in the anti- in ter- 1 
lace armoury lurks an the pull-down 
menu. If you happen Ed capture a flicker- | 
but nevertheless impressive image, a de- 
interlace option can be applied to remove 
the offending field after capture - 
instantly transforming a migralne-induc- i 
ing grab into a perfect picture. 

Once grabbed, the captive can appear 
in ail standard Amiga colour and resolu- 
tion combinations, either with or without 
Boyd Stein burg dithering. 

The actual importation process can also 
have a variety of filters available to pro' 
duce the optimum image. As you've 


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Saving and storage 


Yet another innovation is the system's prelerred capture and storage 
Hie first serious application to employ the impressive YUV file for mat 
images are stored in it and then converted to a particular- diiplfty (W5 
that he 24 -bit or two colour - the choice is yours. 

The beauty of YUV format is primarily Its size, which on average appear be n : * 
imately one-thifd that of an identical 24-bil IFF, and yet still retains ail the 
colour data. The only problem - as with any new lormat - is its ineompaifcaty 1 


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arguably the best real-time frame grabber 
yet to appear on the Amiga 


exiting software. 

To combat this, Vlab offers the option to save out a standard Amiga/24-bit 
According to Amiga Centre Scotland's Martin Lowe, this minor inconvenience s-:_ : 
soon be put right thanks to the inclusion ol a new YUV loader and saver in the latest 
version al ADpro, plus an option to import the board's output directly Into the pm- 
gram, 

Martin went on to mention that Version 1 ,7 of TVPaint. which is due lor reir^:!: 
shortly - already supports YUV within its Load, and Save options. As with all upgrades 
of the offensively expensive TVPaint, this new version will be free to all registered 


The Harlequin 
connection 


If there s one thing that the premier 
graphics card has sadly lacked it's the 
option to grab live video. Now that is 
all about to change. 

Thanks to the program's Output 
pull-down, the captured image can be 
displayed in a variety of wayi r 
Harlequin included, father than sav 
ing the captured file and loading it 
back onto the Harlequin, the software 
ha* a direct connection to the board 
and instantly port! the 24 -bit image 
straight onto it. 

This leaves you with two options - 
either you can use the Harlequin 
image as a reference point and save 
the 2 4 -bit data directly to disk, or 
alternatively you can go straight to 
TVPaint and employ its Keep Screen 
option which boots TVPaint while 
retaining the image. 


ARexx 

capabilities 


tike all the latest high power hardware 
and software combinations, Vlab 
boasts an impressive range ot ARexx 
commands that cover all the system s 
major functions. Perhaps the biggest 
impact is made by the potential ARexx 
control of the software's sequential 
grabbing option. 

With a relatively simple ARexx 
script, an impressive stop frame 
recording sequence should be simplic- 
ity itself. The software has a complete 
pull-down dedicated to ARexx macros, 
rive of which come as standard with it 
Also, ARexx can be addressed directly 
from the software via yet another pull- 
down-inspired control panel which 
allows you to execute additional 
ARexx scripts manually. 

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-obably guessed, I'm as impressed with 
w- combination ol hardware and soft- 
are as I'm sure you are with the images 
provides. 

Vlab appears to be the system that the 
lajority of graphics fanatics have been 
siting for. II support lor the YUV file 
>rmst goes ahead, Amiga Centre 
■rot land could well have a monster on 
ieir hands. 

Hopefully Macro-Systems, the company 
*sponsibfe tor the system, will widen their 
lOrizons and include support for other 
loards such as the new Avideo from 
jieckmaie, Only time will tell, but if any 
fcevelopments occur you'll be 
tie first to know... 




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just to bring you the news from the ECTS in London 


Core blimey 


One of the highlights at ECTS was finding out that there rs going to be a sequel to 
Chuck Rock, Chuck Rock 2 - Son of Chuck features, as you might guess from the 
title. Chuck Junior. 

Chuck Junior's task is to rescue his father who has been Snapped by Chuck's 
main business rival, Brick Jagger We saw a rolling demo of it at the show and it 
looks even better than the original game. 

Chuck 2 will be a five-level runaround and features more fun and japes than a 
Carry On film It'll be in me shops around November, and the price rs still to he 
announced. 

That's air ages away, but nexi from Core Design comes Premiere, a horizon 
taHystroNing platform game from the same team that brought you the Gamer 
Gold-rated, role-playing classic, Heimdair. 

Played over six levels, the action centres around a film editor called Crutch 
Gable farf art arf). Clutch has to find a film which has been stolen from rus cutting 
room floor on [he eve of its premiere - hence the title 

So its up to Clutch to search through six different studio sets, ranging from a 
western, a horror, a fantasy and a cartoon through to a B-movie and a black-and- 
white set. We saw che game running at the show and it looks brilliant. 

Premiere will be out at the beginning of July for a measly £25.99 


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Industry was dead? Wdf to prove ail 
you doubters wrong The Lawnmower 
Man - which was produced by London- 
based company Allied Vision - has 
arrived in Hollywood. 

The film entered the U5 film charts at 
the number two slot, closely behind 
Wayne's World Having cost only £6 
millron to produce and taken S f 7,5 mil- 
lion dollars in its frrst ten days, you 
know that somebody, somewhere is sit- 
ting on a brg stash of cash. 

The film itself is an adap&ifron of the 
Stephen Krng short story of the same 
name, and Ifs the first to tackle the sub- 
ject of virtual realty. 

The story goes a bit rake this. A scien- 
tist ptayed by a guy called Pierce Bros- 


nan Jwho?) uses special technology i 
which participants can be made 
believe that they are actually expen 
mg life m a computer-produced amfe 
world. He otitises his knowledge to he 
a gardener - who has the mind of 
small rhiRJ - to educate himself 

Disaster strikes and the gentfe 
dener becomes a 5 uper-int exigent mao 
man who has virtual reality sex session: 
with the town beauty [oaoer. missus 
and eventually takes control of the tec* 
community, 

I suppose all you readers are scream- 
ing. Thrs is a computer news page not 
a blooming film review!" Welt tali? 
down because here comes the com- 
puter news. 

The Sales Curve, [he company who 
produced Indy Heat. Radian d me 
SW1V, have signed up the worldwide 
rights for aJI computer console and mu- 
timedia formats. 

The good news rs that The Lawn 
mower Man is due for retease in June 
with the video following six months 
later. The bad news is that the com- 
puter game won’t be released until the 
Spring of 1993. Nobody knows what 
kind of game jt wifi be„ but it'll definitely 
be one to watch out for. 


Nothing is Zool 


Gremlin's most unusual retea.se yet could be one of the games of the year, Zool - 
The Ninja of ffie Nth Dimension looks as though it could be the Amiga equivalent 
or Mario and Some 

The game will feature full-screen scrolling i'woqI). stunning graphres |gasplj, 
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Well that's what the 
press release says, and 
you know what? They 
could be right 
Gamer saw a small 
demo of Zool months 
ago and since then rt 
has come on leaps and 
bounds - it's looking 
quite splendid Only 
God knows what Zool 
will be about - all we 
know rs that the little 
chappie is an alien 
ninja. 

Zool will feature seven 
worlds, each contain- 


ing three levels with different maps and puzzles to complete Zool will be sweet m 
the sweet world, musical in the muse world,, fruity in the fruit world and in the 
tool worfd he'll be, err well, let's leave it there shall we? 

Zool will be out in July and wifi cost ten pence. OK, so it's not ten pence, but 
that's because the price rs strll to be announced. 



I've got the power 


Loncief's newest is an action- 
adventure-plarform'shdoi^'em-up 
kind of game, entitled Jim Power. 

Oh dear, the President’s daughter 
is being held to ransom by 
Vulkhor, the devil of the mutant 
planet. 

In exchange for a weapon that 
will enable him to rule the uni- 
verse. Virlkhor will let the Presi- 
dent's daughter go. Jf his 
demands are not met, he will turn 
her into a salivating mutant - not 
a pleasant experience. 

But if his demands are met, 
the lives oF billions of people are at rfsk, Hmmm, a brt dF a tough decision that, 1 
know - let's send m Jim Power, wearer of dean underwear and all-round good 
guy, He ll save the universe and the President's daughter, 

Right: this next bit will only impress the true technical people among you. Jim 
Power features three levels with three play fields and two levels with 17 levels erf 
depth It all runs at 50 images a second. 

I don't Knew - it all sounds rike French to me. There are 12 sets of music by 
Chm Hue Is beck, who was the guy who created the music for Turman The game 
also boasts more than 200 colours on-screen. We played the demo/pieview erf 
tevei one, and we were suitably impressed. 

Jim Power will be out at the end of April for E25.99 and you can expect a full 
review of it next month, probably 


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They're crazy, intelligent, funny and cute. They're The 
Humam, and they're about to become the characters of IW. 

The Humans is a comic look at the evolution of mankind. Set 
in prehistoric times, the game allows you to shape the species 
into what we are today. 

There are 1 00 levels, each with a different challenge. Chal- 
lenges range From the easy to the very difficult - for instance, 
you might have to discover fire one minute, then go and 
Invent the wheel ine next. 

This won t ne easy, especially With Other human tribes 
harassing your humans and, of course, there are man-hungry 
dinosaurs to contend with. 

From what we've seen of it, Mirage Software could well 
have a winner on their hands. The Humans will be available at 
the end of May at EZ9.99. Expect a prevrew or even a review 
in Gamer very soon. 




you're wrong. Each cavern is 
full of hazaidi and traps, sta- 
lactites and sialagmites p^gue 
the caverns along witn vicious 
bellows which pump m 
through the tunnels 

To make things easier, Steg 
can collect speciaf icons and 
power up with JOba&c legs, jet 
packs, speed-ups rind many 
more In fact, this is Codernas- 
ter's greatest game yet. The 
cartoon graphics a*e brilliant, 
rt r s highly addictive and very 
playable. Prated at a very 
cheap £7.99, Sfeg will be in 
the shops very soon. 

Of course there will be a 
full review in Gamer very 
soon. 


Slimy, slippery and err, sluggy. 
Stag the Slug is Codemasters' 
great new cartoon puzzle 
game fret deep underground 
in a senes of dank caverns, 
Stcq 5 aim js to keep as many 
of his babies alive as possible, 

To do this, he must ensure 
a supply of then favourite 
food maggot*. Steg can 
slather along platforms, tfirnb 
walls and even slide along 
ceilrngs blowing bubbles to 
trap the speed, ly crawling 
maggots. 

Once trapped in bubbles, 
rh& maggots float and 5 teg 
has to give chase and blow 
them into the habres' nest. 
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Marmite munching men of steer stomp onto your screens 


Pacific Islands .. 

The shiniest tank sim to get your teeth into 


Project X ....s r» 

A thunderingly good blaster from those saucy Team 1 7 boffins 


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Fast cars and foul play in Storm's racy mew number 


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Save the planet! Patch up the ozone layer! Just like Sting. 


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about ta die r I n, I m, I ns goi ng la ciy. Baa ho 0 


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far (fiat, I thought I'd to utt Che bus ^gain! 


You can only take four men Into 
action at a time and each one has 
different attributes. 

For instance, if one mission 
asks you to blow up something,, 
you'd obviously be better picking 
Mike Kolowsky who's an explo- 
sives expert rather than choosing 
someone who just looks ard. 

Once you've decided who 
you're going to take to the war 
zone, you have to give them 
assigned codenames, choosing 
from the not very original list of 
Shark, Cobra, Tiger and Eagle. 

I suppose changing the butch 
codenames doesn't look good in 
the middle of a fire fight deep In 
enemy territory, especially when 
your boss shouts "Ol Dingbat, 
take point, and Flat-eared 
Racoon, you form a pincer move- 
ment with me", father than die 
from a hail of bullets, the enemy 
is going to die from laughter, 

Right, you ve chosen your four 
men - they now need something 


» mm* r games, eh? When 
was the last time you 
played a decent war 
game? I bet you haven t played a 
good one for years. In fact the 
last war game I can remember 
was Airborne Ranger from Micro- 
prose, so it comes as no surprise 
that Special Forces is from the 
same company. 

Microprose are ultimately 
famous for their simulation games 
Such as Formula One Grand Prlx, 
Knights of the Sky, P-1* Stealth 
Fighter and even Microprose Golf, 

( l you want a simulation game,, 
hen these are the dudes to get It 
rom. 

Special Forces is sort of a mix 
'■between watching Rambo and 
thefllternational Chess Champi- 
onships. It's a shoot- em-up with a 
hefty bit of strategy thrown in for 
good measure. 

You get to control a squad of 
eight butch r hard, kick-ass, your 
mother wouldn't like 'em soldiers. 


A map. Now where f the nearest M*D*n jld'j? 

Interesting to do. There are 1 b 
mis tions available to each squad. 

The missions are set in four areas 
of the world - Tropics, Desert, 

Arctic and Temperate. 

There are several things to see 
and do in each mission, in fact I 
could even be Judith Chalmers for 
this next bit, 

' Hello and welcome to Wish 
You Were Here. This week I m off 
to the desert to a secret location 
to do a bit of tank' busting, and 
Bob Koines* - our star holiday 
reviewer - is off to the tranquil 
tropics to rescue a prisoner of 
war, 

Well as you can see, it's all fun 
and games here. Now to the Arc- 
tic for our first report, where..." 

Each mission has a clearly 
defined objective, so if the mis- 
sion report lays that you have to 
blow up some fuel dumps, you 
have to go and blow up some fuel 
dumps. 

Working out what you have to 
do Is dead simple - actually 
achieving it is whole different ket- 
tle of fish. It's war out there 


chaps! The enemy aren't going to 
let you walk into their camp, blow 
up some fuel dumps and walk out 
again, oh no. They more often 
than not outnumber you a hun- 
dred to one, and each one of the 
enemy soldiers is after your 
blood. 

To help you in your quest, 
thankfully, there are big guns for 
you to use. Maybe you'd like an 
Qff-the-shoulder iee-Enfield rifle 
or maybe a lovely Engager 
Machine rifle or even both. To be 
honest, once you've kitted out 
your squad with all their, err, 
umm kit then it really is off to 
war. 

On every mission you are 
‘dropped off by a helicopter and 
you get to decide the "drop 
points" by using the ever-present 
and highly useful map. The map 
Shows you all the buildings, 
roads, rivers, bridges, Pizza Huts, 
local places of interest and even 
where your main target is by 
plonking a little white circle 
round it. 

If you press T on the keyboard. 


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who is currently standing behind me with a racket launcher. Oil 


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the map lights up with loads of 
little red dots. If reaily ii quite ter- 
rific to watch (those red dots are 
actually the last known where- 
abouts of the enemy soldiers - 
Ed}. Oh dear, are they? Whoops, 
never mind, they still look dead 
good. 

Once out of the map option, 
you view your squad from up 
above, a plan view Ftinda thing. 
If you have ever seen the excel- 
lent Alien Breed by Team 1 7, then 
Special Forces Is sort of fike that, 
but smaller. 

Now you might be pondering 
the question "how do you control 
four members of the team at the 
same time? 1 " and the answer is, 
you don't. You can only control 
one ftambo at a time, but you can 
put your team In formation. Then 
when you move your team mem- 
ber, the rest of the team will fal- 
low him about. 

You can swap and change 
between team members by hitting 
the F-Keys. A handy option is 
Multi-View, which allows you to 
view ail four team members at the 
same time - sort of like a four- 
team University Challenge view, 


but without B amber Gascoigne. 

If you are a sort of. well haw 
can I put it, err, lazy git, then 
there ii an autopilot mode. You 
know when you're playing a flight 
sEm and you just can t be both- 
ered (o fly the plane hundreds 
and hundreds of miles? You just 
stick on the autopifot, set the 
waypointi and hey presto!, you 
don't have to do anything for 20 
minutes. 

Well the principal is exactly the 
same. You cant be bothered run- 
ning through dense jungle shoot- 
ing, so you set each team mem- 
bers a destination point, press the 
spacebar and the computer takes 
over. 

well that s basically it. You 
choose your mission, men and 
weapons, enter the warzone. run 
around for a bit, waste a few 
enemy soldiers, complete your 
objective, get picked up by the 
helicopter, go home in time for 
Coronation Street, congratulate 
your men by giving them a couple 
of decorations and even a promo- 
tion, have a few beers, go to bed 
and get ready for the next mis- 
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of a larf, My word, if i fun run- 
ning round deserts and jungles 
hiding the enemy and blowing 
things up. OK, the graphics aren t 
going to make you leap out of 
your seat and shout "arroogggaa V 
but they serve their purpose. 

In fact the intro is quite good 
graphics-wise, but the intro music 
is. welt let's say It sounds as 
though its been loosely based on 
the A-Team theme music, in the 
game there are some suitable 
machine gun noises and big beefy 
explosion noises. 

playability is brill. For instance 
at one point you might be wan- 
dering around the jungle by your- 
self, when suddenly enemy sol- 
diers appear from nowhere and 
you have to leg it as fait as you 
can because you've run out of buf- 
fets. It's exciting stuff, this war 
business. 

I don't know why I liked Special 
Forces, Maybe it was because It 
brought out my fighting instincts 
and that I knew I couldn't die, but 
when one of my team members 
was captured in the desert It 
brought tears to my eyes. 


I in Abseiling, I 
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I instantly planned revenge - I 
went bach Into enemy territory, 
rescued my soldier and then I 
blew most of the enemy camp 

Boy. was I happy. J think you 
probably know the sort of feeling 
you get from Special Forces by 

iWW* 

Special Forces, even though ft's 
got that element of strategy, is 
still one of my current faves. Huy 
it now or Dun will come round to 
your house in hjj new big and 
beefy army boots and, well put it 
this way, do you like hospital 
food? 


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I t's trine to set off to those Sun- 
drenched islands in the Pacific 
Ocean. Just thin* of it - the 
warm climate, the sea. the white 
beaches and me hordes fflf commie infil- 
trators for you to blast into otrirvion. 
This is my Sind of fire 
Pacific Islands fPf from now anj is the 
sequel to Empire's earlier rank game. 
Team Yankee. However, there are a few 
changes to the game which make it 
even more playable 
The scenario has it that a large farce 
of disaffected Soviet communists, aided 
by the North Koreans, have invaded the 
Pacific atoll of Yama Yam? 

Now this is quite unfortunate due to 
the fact that Yama Yama is a communi- 
cations link for the early warning moni- 
toring system In the Pacific Ocean, so 
the United Nations is understandably 
concerned about secret - and bloomin' 
expensive - communications equipment 
falling mto enemy hands 

This is where you come in You must 
assemble a Leam of tank units, four in 


all, which will be the spearhead of the 
first offensive, and you must recapture 
all five islands of the atoll to succeed 

You start on the isJand Aloha which 
you must traverse, destroying enemy 
installations and communications, as 
well as other commie tanks 

However, unlike Team Yankee, you 
actually have to purchase your tanks 
and their ammunition You are initially 
given a budget of $55 miNion to spend 
[that's not much - Elff srwnds twice that 
on T-shirts - Ed) but you are abfe to 
gam more money during the game by 
destroying enemy installations and vehi- 
cles. 

The enemy shoot back too though, 
so after each battle you can purchase 
replacement tanks for those that have 
been destroyed, repair damaged tanks 
and even increase the morale of your 
crew by having a booze-up. 

All of this costs money unfortunately, 
so at some point you will find yourself 
running shod. This is where you have 
the dubious option of selecting second- 


just ki 


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hand vehucies rnszead of brand new 
machFnes. 

I can just picture it - a big sign out- 
side a heavily fortified building wrth the 
words "Stormin' Norman s Used War- 
mongering Ware. Lowest Price! 
Around- written on ft. 

Each of the five islands you will be 
fighting on are split up into square 
zones Blue coloured zones are free 
from enemies, aif owing unrestricted 
passage To other parts of the FSiand, 
whiie red zones indicate an enemy 
presence. 

Cipon entering a red zone, you wiJl 
be taken to the purchase screen to buy 
your equFpmem. or repair vehicles dam 
aged in a previous bathe prior to 
engagrng the enemy 

Vou are then given the mission 
description which Jisls the objectives to 


overcome m order to liberate that zone 
When you hr*/e aceompJished your mi 
sion r the '«# zone will turn yefiow an: 
you are free to move to the ner 
square. 

One of the reasons why I enjoy eo 
Team Yankee so much was because t 
was gan>c orientated rather than being 
a pure simulation. So the abiJJty to 
choose your path through an istenc 
makes for a more strategic game 

For instance, it is important that you 
make your way to enemy-heid zone: 
whrch also contain communication! 
equipment m order to destroy the tranf 
nutters If you fail to do this fairly earn 
on, you will find that the enemy wi 
know of your location and you wifi be 
faced with increasing opposition rr*. 
ing your Fife potential rather short. 

This strategic erement makes ^ 




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displayed 

slightly more interesting than Team 
Yankee's rather linear approach to the 
play, while at the same time not being 
too much Df a brain drain to destroy 
the shoot-'em-up (eel. 

The artillery support feature, where 
you can arrange for HE |high explo- 
Sivel, DPICM [Duel Purpose Improved 
Conventional Munitionsl and SMOKE 
shells to be fired at certain times on spe- 
cific areas, has a new addition with (he 
ability to lay mines at critical areas on 
the map. 

You have to remember where you 
put them though, otherwise you might 
find yourself trundling inadvertently 
over them only to find you are sud- 
denly a vehicle short. 

The control system in PI is almost 
identical to its predecessor, with a few 
minor additions. This rs a good thing 
because the control system in Team 
Yankee was excellent and easy to use 
so any major changes weren't required. 

if you have played Team Yankee. 



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unils and their vltwpflinU 16 D< 

you will quickly be able to get into me 
game without having to wade thro^i- 
trte manual beforehand 

For those of you who have not 
played Team Yankee, the 30 graphics 
are quite excellent. Nat oniy do you 
have vector graphics but all vehicles are 
bitmapped. This gives greater deia> 
than that achievable through vectors 
and improves the appearance of earn 
vehicle infinitely, The actual 3D routines 
have been speeded up quite a bit and 
you are also able to destroy any object 
in the 3D view. 

Because of the increased 3D speed, 
you will now occasionally come across 
a whole village, rather than solitary 
buildings. Such an object would nave 
slowed down Team Yankee consider- 
ably You will arso find that the ene- 
mies' inference has been improved 
too. making them harder to overcome 
joh bugged. There are no changes in 
the sound effects department, which rs 
no bad thing at all, with the usual 




orf*K*or 5 as you ret oow that tetter 
Sat»? at some unmspea?”>g commie 
Brt, or gwe rrn a good s&aftng with 
you’ macfme gun 

The oven* gameptay has improved 

a tit arid l cloyed ptaying Pi The * 
m proved speed in graphics and the 
aoriity to blast everything m stent makes 
the game great fun . 

The packaging includes six full 
colour maps, of the islands, which mark 
key features such as mads, communica- 
tions and nvers, heipcng you to plan 
your strategy The manual rs wel ! writ- 
ten. making it easy for those new to the 
game to quickfy get into the action. 
There is also a training' island for you 
to pracnce on. 

Ij rt my imagination, or are software 
companies beginning to realise that 
people with hand drives exist and play 
games too? Empire have thoughtfully 
provided a installation program on the 
game disks for those of you with such 
hardware. Nice one. Empire. 

So, if you have already sampled the 
delights of Team Yankee, you will not 
be overly disappomced at what PI has 
10 offer. 

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Asteroids! Wart a sec, wain t he in Itie JcliomT 
jna that i Astro you Idol - Ed] 




o you remember Alien 
Breed? Yes, of course you 
do, it got a Gamer Goid way 
bad? in January and for a long time it 
was a firmer-than-firm favourite rn the 
Gamer office 

Now from j j- 
Team 1 7 comes 
Project X, a no- 

nan sense shoot-' em- up. and 
thank God it's got absolutely 
nothing to do wrth that bobbins 
film of the same name, starring 
Matthew Broderick. 

I don't know whether you 
realise this or not, buE there 
hasn't been a detent shoor- 
'em-up for the Amiga since 
Xenon 2. Maybe Its because the whole 
games mdustry thought that Xenon 2 
was just so good it couldn't be bettered 
- boy, how wrong mey were. 

You take a walk down to your local 
arcades and what do you see but a 
whole tarry load of shoot-'ermjps, most 
of them oF very high quality You spend 
your ten pennies (Well, it's 50 pennies 
these days |, go home to your Amiga, 




Vifces, it i J, «t, mil, its £ flying «ung 


and any shoot-em-up you play after 
that pales in companion. Team 17, a 
highly intelligent bunch af lads, had the 
idea For doing a 'classic" shwrtmip 
because they too were disappointed 
with the state 
oF the current 
crop. 

S o 

off they went into their 
dank cupboards for 
months on end, writing 
and play testing, unbl Pro- 
ject X was born, 

The major difference 
between Project X and 
other shooi-'em-ups is 
that Project X ri 1 meg 
onJy. so that means more memory for 
better graphics and sound and, of 
course, almost every Amiga owner 
nowadays has \ meg or more 
squidged in then machine. 

So the question chat 
begs to be answered is 
"Is Project X any goodT 
Well I’m going to keep 
you in suspense over that one, 

because every 
shoot-'em-up has a 
awFui story to go 
with it, Project X 
being no different. 

Some stupid sci- 
entists were mess- 
ing around doing 
bro-mechamcal 
experiments using 
some pretty power- 
ful X^rays when 
they created some 
massive mutated 
msKi-rike droids. 

It was a severe 



case of; “Oh dear, we seem to of cre- 
ated some v.cjous mutated insects. Let's 
dump them on the planet Ryxx and 
hope they degenerate and Fade out of 
existence.' 

Of course, things don't run true to 
plan - the insects not only survive but 
thrive. Their computer intelligence cir- 
cuits are corrupted and they set off 
seeking revenge. 

You work for the space Federation, 
and you’re rhe dude who's been 
assigned to deal with the mutant 
insects - surprise surprise! Your mission 
is to fly to Ryiot in the heart of the sta- 
tion where the evil insects have made 
their fair, and blow the whote thing sky 
high. 

I don't really need to explain how K> 
play the game it's fairly obvious - but 
For the slightly dim I wiil explain - very 
briefly 

It's a SM-level sideways 
scroiler Nke R-Type You control 
a ship and shoot waves of 
insects with your guns, which 
can be powered up by collect- 
ing pills. There you go, simple a$ 

Overall Project X is one of the finest, if 
not the Finest shoot-'em-up available on 
the Amiga. It's got mouth watering 
graphics, and except for the bonus 
stages, all the graphics are in 32 
colours. 

Sound-wise, your ears are going to 
take a real battering. It all kicks off with 
a brilliant rave tune, which pees all over 
the latest offerings from Oceanic and 
Altern 8, IF you hate rave music then 
there is a unique 'ofd timer' 1 mode, 
where your ears will metlow out to 
some soothing flute music. 

in the game there is no music, but 



there are thou- 
sands - wefi, dozens 
- of sound effects, and 
a fantastic array of digi- 
tised speech throughout 
the game. 

It's as addictive as something quite 
addictive indeed Words don't really do 
Project X justice - you have to see it to 
believe it. J suggest you run to the 
shops and buy it, and if you haven't got 
any money, steal rt - in fact get This 
game any way you can 
Project X is brill. 

Jonathan 


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It's console and 
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besfnwig with good speech 
and sound FX in me game. 

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EviJ forces, mad Indians and milkmen, its... 



The 





ACCOLADE £34.99 I Meg Mouse Out now 


O K, everyone knows that 
our lass Elvira has got a 
farge chest, but on the 
grounds of decency this review win be 
a breast-free zone. flu$ l used up all 
my immature 'chest* puns in test 
month's .review □£ Elvira - The 
Arcade Game. 

You may well remember 
Elviras first computer 
appearance a year and a 
halt ago - Elvira Mistress 
of the Dark - and you 
might also remember 
that the computer press 
fell in love with her and 
the game. 

J didn't actually play 
the first game, but J 
heard a Jot about it- Gan 
and Darren have both 
played rt and they assure 
me that it was 'alt right’. 

Look at that, they're born 
fully-fledged games review- 
ers and they say Jft 'a£l right" . 

They could have sard: 

Blimey, the first Elvira, that was a 
bit of a stonker. it oozed playability, 
it dribbled addiction, the gory graphics 
were that good J neady wet myself/ 
Hmmm J don't know, you just can't get 
the staff these days. 

Mow we go straight to two bods at 
Accolade having an in-depth chat 
about Elvira and her, er. amazing 
adventure games. 

'Blimey that first ElVira game was a bit 
smart/ 

Tes it was. wasn't it? And it was her- 
atded as Rofe-p laying Game of the 





Year/ 

"ttteirr 

"Yes ft was, you noggin " 

"OK, tell you what - let's do another 
game featuring our busty chum/ 

‘Hrron. but what can we do?" 

'Weil perhaps we can do one where 


she runs around half- 
naked and you have to..." 
fust stop ft right now Anyway, we did 
that last time/ 

This time you get a choke of baing a, 
er..." 

"Computer programmer?" 


Tea, smart one., a computer program- 
mer, and what else, ummm " 
’Stuntman, just tike lee Majors." 

"Brilff l don't know where you ge- 
these groovy ideas from!" 

Ttfhat about a knife thrower - 
yes, my uncle's a knrfe 
thrower/ 

"Er, QK then/ 

To tap it all off, you can 
be# boring private eye/ 
'Oh no! Mot a poncey 
private eye like Mag- 
num." 

"Yes, sorry Its rn the 
Software Trade 
Descriptions Act/' 
"What about a milk- 
man or a../ 

"Right, J think that s 
enough people for 
now/ 

"OK, where is it going to 
beset? 

"Hmm, that's a toughie " 
lets say that Elvira now 
owns a Hammer Horror film 
studio ' 

Tesss, what a cool ideal" 

"And, and she gets kidnapped by, 
er../ 

"Bob Holness?" 

"Oh do behavef 
’Sony/ 

Tou am forgiven. Hmm, now who can 
she get kidnapped by?” 

'Can't we just use the spooky evif force 

again? 

"Hmm. it'll just have to do We haven't 
got much time/ 

I've got a cool idea/ 

"What?" 



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< I II 1 1 1 II 


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fancy ywn 
mu lit a- bh 
on the 
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How I don t 
know urJiy r 
but 

%omcthln^'l 

most 

definite^ 
wrong, IN he*, 
in entreme 
tQinata sauce 
spillage! 


"WeJL this 
spooty evil force 
tan take over all 
[he studio and 
the film sets and 
he can m$ke all 
the props and 
spooky film stuff come alive and this 
can, Jike, scare people away and, like, if 
anyone comes after Elvira these scary 
props can kill anyone who sticks their 
nose ini" 

Tm lost forwards, thatrs Woody bri." 
'Yeah and an ideal opportunity For a 
srciart graphical gorefesr 
'Md blood?" 

‘Yea, buckets and buckets of the stuff! ' 
‘Hooray!" 

"What about the control system?" 

'Mrmn, do we change it or what?' 

Wefi sort of, let's just position the con- 
trols elsewhere and add a few extras 
Irke, err,./ 

"Mare spellsT’ 

'Yep. more spells and loads of other 
aviddty bits.’ 

'Now we both knew that Elvira heips to 
sell the game, hut haw can we incorpo- 
rate her into the game rf she's been Jud- 
rtappedT 

J Gosh. I didn't think about that Right, 
OK. give me a minute ..." 


'Hmm, I like it. Bit 
short though. 
Gerber, Gerber, 
Cerberus - yan- 
kee doodle 
dandy. I've got id 
Cerbeiusi” 

■'Yessss, let's tell the others and get on 
with the game.” 

So. that's how games are made, it 
obviously requires, a lot of time and skill 

Elvira 2 15 kinda like Elvira 1 but, it's 
got slightly better graphics. The control 
system is the same, but iCs got loads 
more spells and a complete^ useiess 
motion tracker that tells you wnere 
your enemies are. I couldn't make it 
out but maybe that's because I wasn't 
that interested in the motion tracker. 

No. I had other things troubling my 
rnmd, like Dig heasties trying to eat me 
alive That's in the game, of course, not 
in real life - well maybe Dan could be 
described as a big beastie, but J doubt if 
he really is one. 

Overall, Elvira ? is wefl worth buy- 
ing. ft's not as if I'm a press officer for 
Accolade, Out just check this our... 

Graphically it's a dream - everything 
is drawn well and you can work out 
what all the things are. The control sys- 
tem becomes second nature after only 




a few short minutes, thus makmg the 
game enjoyable to play. 

On the sound from, there are quite 
a few tunes and they change depend- 
ing on where you are m the game - for 
example, when you are in the grave- 
yard there is a really spooky tune which 
adds buckets of atmosphere ta the 
game. You can easily lose yourself m a 
game like this - l found myself wander- 
ing around exploring and you tfn&w 
what? It's bloody great fun. 

Speaking of fun, there's plenty to be 
had in this so-calW 'adventure' game, 
especially when you find 
the make-up 
room, but 




I *1 le^ve you ta find that out for your- 
selves. Gh. and a hard drive is defi- 
nitely recommended because Elvira 2 
nas a lovefy six disks for you to swap 
and change 

I don L know what really attracted 
me to the game |ahem. we do - Ed), 
but once inside there is no escape - 
weJL until it's dme to Jeave the office 
and go home, anyway. 

Overall Elvira 2 is ’all figbf. ha ha ha 
arf arf art Dh dear, Dan put that mallet 
down Pa 7 . why are you carrying that 
BlacK and Decker power drill? Can't you 
guys take a joke... ? 

Jonathan 


fmm\ 


\A mmwte passes, and then another, 
and another...! 

Got itl Sight, if whoever is playing [fie 
game is doing realty badly, then Elvira 
can mystically pop op and give you 
some cryptic advice,' 

'Sounds good to me, and don't forget 
thtjrggfes." 

'What jiggles?' 

"You knowl' 

Oh yes, those jiggles, sorted.' 

'Bingol" 

'Marvellous, how do we do itr 
‘One other thing though - what are 
we going to call it?' 

"Elvira 2T 

No, it hasn't got enough, you know, 
enough umrnmffi " 

What about ElVira 2 - The jaws of..." 
Death?" 

Nope that's far too naff, how about a 
word that doesn't relate to the game 
but sounds dead good." 
Hoffingglorhzogr 

Naaah, too unpronounceable. What 
about Cerber?' 



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T hey're a morbid .'at, these 
game designer. They atways 
seem to came up with 'break 
future' scenarios for their games. For 
instance, take me introductory story for 
Gfotoaf Effect,., 

"Perhaps in the not-too-di slant 
future, governments have advanced 
heyond those of today. Control of dtfcs 
and civilisations h handled from central 
cantro? points - ." 

I don r t know about you, but thrs 
summons up visions of computer-ton 
troircd systems with megalomaniacs 
operating them. 'Big brother' policies 
towards the population 15 the common 
method of social control and any anti- 
govemment attitudes will be severely 
dealt with. Yes. very bleak indeed. 

Mind you, it would seem pretty silly 
and inappropriate to have a story line 
that went something [ike thrs. 

"Perhaps in the not-toodi Slant 
future, governments will abolish taxes 
and depravation along with homeless- 
ness and wars. Everyone must wear 
flowers jh their hair and chant peace,, 
fove and happiness. 

"Mary Whitehouse shall be 



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world map. 
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number of options to choose from that 
will decide your role and go-als witfrir 
rhe game. For instance, you can 
assume control of an existing colony, 
where previous leaders have evens o- 
Slightfy buggered up and it is your jot 
to repair the damage. Alternatively, you 
can attempt a tompfetely new com- 
mand, starting on a world of your 
choice. 

When playing the game, the screen 
display shows a portion of the map of 
the worfd which you are attempting, 
along with various command icons, 
message windows and status displays. 
You build your cotony using a selection 
of icons which represent such objects 
as city blocks, power stations, water 
purification plants and even sewage 


appointed supreme oversee* and cen- 
sor of all forms of media and her word 
t\ final In fact, the world will be a very 
spiffing place to- live in indeed.' 

You'd be hard-pressed to come up 
with a gooes game from this kind of 
background, wouldn't you? And if 
someone did come up with a game 
simulating such a world, i d bet my 
entire collection of ;Mr Bean videos that 
that person would be Frenc h. 

Anyhow, the first scenario is that 
which appfies to Global Effect. It may 
be bleak, but it certainly does make fo* 
an interesting game. 

tn essence, Global Effect fs very 
much in t he vein of Sim City You are a 


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government leader, assigned control of 
either a new or existing world, depend- 
ing on the options chosen at the start 
of the game. Your task is to ensure the 
continued survival of both your people 
and the environment. 

You are given information about the 
status of your people and of the effects 
on the environment of any actions you 
take, such as c leafing forests to expand 
your community or creation of oil or 
coal manes used to fuef power stations 
and so on. 

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chose at the sta/t of the game, you may 
also have to contend with opposing 
parte who pose a threat to your own 
people. 

In this situation, you have a number 
of military options to choose from 
These include buiJdJng control centres 
and early warning radars, as well as 
constructing air and navar bases with 
nuclear or conventional weaponry. 

Of course, any nuclear conflict can 
also cause massive damage to the envi- 
ronment so this has to be taken into 
consideration before entering into a 
major battle. 

As mentioned earlier, there are a 




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With the military icon selected, you can 
build up your war machine, complete 
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treatment farmsl To be able to construct 
these objects, you need to have suffi- 
cient game power. 

This is represented by a bar on the 
far left of the screen and increases if 
your colony and the environment have 
a good rating, or decreases if they have 
a poor rating. IF game power gets to a 
low level, you may not 
be able to afford to build 
the required object, 

One of the first 
objects on your list 
should be a power sta- 
tion, You have the 
choree of either oil-pow- 
er ed r coat-powered, 
sofar-fxjwered, wind-powered and ulti- 
mately, nuclear-powered stations. 

Of course, these have drffermg 
effects on the environment which must 
be taken into account, tot once a sta- 
tion is operational you can build power 
lines across the land to join up to city 
blocks. 

When you told a city block, it will 
be dark, meaning there are no people 
in It When you hook it up to the power 
station via the power lines, it comes to 
fife. From there on, your city will begin 
to develop automatically as new city 
blocks begin to appear. You have to be 
careful not to let the development 



increase too quickly or you wrli find the 
game power will start to decrease 
As your colony grows, it will’ start to 
require basic services such as waste 
recycling and water supplies. Any defi- 
ciencies in these areas contribute to a 
poor colony rating. There are ways of 
controlling the colony and these 
involve building city 
limits to prevent 
expansion beyond a 
certain boundary, 
thus keeping the 
population to a rca- 
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You 

green belt bound- 
aries msread of City limits. These are 
more environmentally friendly and will 
add to your environment rating. 

To aid you In maintainrng a bal- 
anced colony and environment, you 
have a number of information screens 
that help you decFde what measures to 
take Via the environment and eco 
nomic data icon, you can receive infor- 
mation on such things as carbon diox- 
ide levels, ozone layer levels and air 
pollution, to name a few 
There is also a seismrt survey mode 
which allows you to search for natural 
resources for mining, You can view the 
entire world map here too. I enjoyed 


playing this game a for. There 5 a fa>r 
amount to do, but not too much to 
make it overwhelming 
OF course, you are abte to save your 
game should your omnipotent control 
of the people have to be postponed 
due to mum shouting 'dinners ready 
Sound effects are not abundant but 
this doesn't detract from the game at 
all. 

What makes Global EFfect so good is 
that everything you do has a knock-on 
effect on the environment and econ- 
omy, so you are kept on your toes air 
the time. Even natural disasters such as 
earthquakes can occur, causing unfore- 
seen damage to your colony. 

Once you master the wealth of corv 
trol icons, the game is very playable. 
You may rind it a little frustrating at first 



when you get messages about prob- 
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tfn-Dw why it's happening, but perse- 
vere and you'll be hooked. 

There rs also my most favourite of 
features, the good ol' ability to play 
agamst a human opponent via serial 
Jink. Nice one, Millenium. 

If you liked Sm City, then this is the 
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Twelve new entries this 
month, six climber! and 
twelve fallen. There’s a 
new number one - Code 
Masters First Division Man- 
ager goes top of the 
league * Following behind 
that, Rainbow Islands leaps 
a massive 25 places to the 
number two spot. 

The best news of the 
month rs that Team 1? - 
the team behind the highly 
successful Allen dreed - 
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success. Project X is a 
brand new entry at number 
five and hopefully it will 
continue to climb the 
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by Gremlin, a lack Crypt by 
Electronic Arts and Shad- 
owlands by Domark, I pre- 
dieted last month that 
Harlequin would enter the 
top 30 and guess what? 
Harlequin entered the 
chart at number 21. Hal 
Who said all my psychic 
power had run out? 

A big, big shock this 
month Is the disappear- 
ance from the Top 30 of 
Populous 2, that great God 
gam# by Electronic Arts. 
And it was at number six 
at one point. 

Budgets continue to 
dominate, with 19 games 
in the Top 30 r but the full 
price game are beginning 
to make a healthy come- 
back. 

ft s time for next 
month's predictions. Dan 
has been quite sensible 
and gone for Project X, 
while because I m a bit of a 
gambler I think III go for, 
err, umm Harlequin. It 
probably won t be number 
one, hut to improve my 
chances I order you readers 
to run out to the Shops 
and buy it, but sssh, don t 
tell Dan, I've got a tenner 
running on this bet.. 

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angiity at the boding slues and then teg- 
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but would you teU them? Thought not. 

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ian. Feeling a hit stuck for something to 
da on a rainy Sunday afternoon., he 
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Pameron a thing or two. Up he gets, 
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sets the video for bovejoy and pops off 
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finding time to face Cerebus the leg- 
endary three-headed pooch who 
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seft. Yup r £f Diablo, Beelzebub, me big 
red dude dues in a rather startling 
guest appearance Moving an tnraugh 


Greek mythology, you also find yourself 
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Hydra, Achilles and hrs famous heel 
and air manner of fesser baddies. 

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ons and Thor. Once you've plundered 
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ricfdfe of the pyramids and negotiate 



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A utile fnoft off the lop, mJid^r 


loads Of spuuhy traps Thai done yOu 
can zoom \t\lo an At rorepacned final 
encounter with Darner un m a weiid 
ana wondetiuf metaphysical snoot- ero 
up on the boundaries of existence, Or 
somcrhiny like that 
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doesn't it? Just a couple of different 
platform beat- em-up levels io ptouyft 
through Wrongl Although at fust 
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and slash game, there s a lot or p^ 
zfong going wi in there 
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mytitotugy will make things more obvi- 
ous. but even then a smidgen of brafiv 
power win be heeded to fiyuit uut 


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beasb Lerebgs for instance, car oni^ 
be kiried with a *pn a. mctenl Wtef 
can you get [his fabtefl indent* ss.fi 
you can onry yei it from a demon Huw 
□u yuu make the demon rise up from 
the pits of Hell I s1 Haw ao ^uu k? <i 
when it does appear? 

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the purge? Each big baddie requires 
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Ami there's no disk accessing before 
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dies 

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a iudriyt wum*ii who tekoris yuu fot 
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beckons on again. 

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sne II give you d pressre. 

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hype &*i im * ‘ .Jul ius tt Buy iL. ur fuitvet 
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Help Hagar eat, fight and drink his way around the globe in search of loot — oh. 
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The Barracks 

first >J&)Q V 5 L *"1* *& ^ Bir^M an# it reads irto !*€ first 30 vr 
tion Voy task here Is to *nd K?rne important cfon imenis vuhtf* wilr prow Wiqirpl 
T-rdiez i gull* alkound fier'dtehness 

fwo nwt wrabaMe inrations Tnr ihe suJrrase containing rhp documents are 
iwtod on r^o mar wirh a ned spot. Fnrer the room,, and snoot thf 3 guard inside. 

your eye on the fjrtle ,.. 
map at the bottom of tho 

screen to see when? they go., and then lie in wart for them. 

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they guards spot and shoot you. 

ht t>esr tarncs ne r e are *n* nne piaye* to qn and get the document, while 
the nr^pr r afces c?r c of the guards. Jf you re playing aJnne. then just go for the 
documents and try to avoid the guaftfe, Once you've got the suitcase, head out 
of i he ent and into the ser nnd scroHy bit 


Ml IDb lit ri-h-rind lidc of this akavc for m c*IN lt!i 


The running 
around bits... 

These are basically the tame 
throughout the game, so fit keep 
(Mi bit brief, it's important that 
you get some extra weapon* a* 
soon as possible to beef up your 
arsenal. 

If you re playing in two-player 
mode, try and get orr either side 
of an enemy and knife him from 
both sides, This should kilt him 
nice and quickly. 

The two moft important 
weapons are the rifle and the 
grenades. The rifle If the best 
weapon for seeing off the guards, 
and the grenades take care of the 
men with flame-throwers quite 
nicely. 

Be on the look put for extra 
Jives. You pick them up by hiding 
in the scenery, and if you find 
one you II hear a little ping and a 
1 UP icon will float away. 

On the first section, there are 
two bonus Jives quite near the 
end. Have a peep at the pieties to 
see exactly where. This should 
give you a healthy stock of Jives 


to get you through the next few 
levels. My advice is to keep hiding 
in evfry nook and cranny as you 
go along, until you find Me extra 


There are some other tricky bits 
to icik out for. The dog on the 
second scrolling section cannot be 
killed even with grenades, so just 
hide in the scenery until he's run 
past. Also be on the look-out for 
the snipers in the background. 

Like the dog. they can't be 
killed, so here's what to do. Shuf- 
fle out into his line of fire, and 
just before he shoots at you. roll 
back into cover. Now quickly run 
past him. With practice, this 
should get you past him with no 
trouble at all. 


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The Industry 

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Building 

OK, you've reached yaur second 
objective This time you mult find 
and destroy Tardiez'S drug supply 
and his stocks of filthy drug money 

(spit). 

Ag^n, the rooms you should he 
heading for are marked witn a dinky 
1 1 tire red spot Be carefuf, as the 
guards wilt tie patrolling those areas 
very heavily. 

If playing with two players, then 
i it's obviously better if you handle 
one room each, whereas single play- 
ers are going to have to be very cau- 
tious. 

Tq destroy the stocks, simply 
enter the roam. There won't be any 
guards inside Mow press Fine and 
you'll chuck a bomb into the tocwn, 

Pop outside again. A couple of 
seconds fater you li hear a nice big 
boom, and your job is done. With 
both targets eliminated. head for the 
eac ana get ready for some more 
scfolly stuff 

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almost there now, with 

just the fart mad dash t» the iwti- 

copter to go. This scrofly bit il 
fairly short, but there ii a rather 
fiendish explosive hidden in the 
scenery. 

If you're not careful you could 
be killed, so try and make sure 
you vt got enough lives left to 
compensate, 

Oncyou see the chopper, run 
to It mfd you'll take off. All you 
have to do now is stop off on the 
Cel!fto£e roof to pick up Miguel. 
He'll probably have tried to 
escape so run after him and he'll 
come hopping back. Leap back 
into the helicopter, and fly oft 
into the sunset for your mission 
analysis. Easy! 

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The Cellhouse 

To get to this M, you'll have to do a bit or dimbing [the doorways are blocked, 
y see|. Simply stand in Front of the building, push up and fire ta start t limbing up 
the side. 

Make sure you do it when there are no guards nearby or yau will probably be 
killed while you stand about 
swinging your grapple hook. 

The actual climbing bit 
couldn't be easier, Just waggle 
the joystick to climb, but 
remember to avoid the search 
lights Once you reach the top, 
you're ini 

The actual cellhouse rtseff is 
the hardest 3D section oF all 
Not surprising when you 
•erilise that th»s time your target is Miguel Tardier, .Mr Big Drug Baron himself) 
Expect loads oF guards, and watch out for them sneaking up from behindl It s 
best to split up for this brt as you 've got a lot of rooms to search. 

You see, Miguel is hiding in one of the cefls Unfortunately, there arc oodles ol 
them to look through and his location appears to be different m every game 
the best way of finding him is to start at the bottom oF a corridor, move for- 
ward one step, then turn left and enter the cell go out. turn round, and go into 
the other cell, come out move forward again, and so on 

It'll take a while so it's safest rf you kill all the patrolling guards before you start 
your search. 

When you find Tardiez, he'll be lurking behmd the scenery somewhere, but 
you II know he's there 'cos there'll be a bodyguard in the cell 

Waste the bodyguard and out comes Miguel with his hands up. Leave the ceil 
and he comes with you, m handcuffs. Co out of the exit and you'll leave Miguel 
bed up on the roof. 

Now you'll have to abseil down again. To do this, press Fire to slip down the 
wall and Fire to stop again Don't slip too Far or you'll die, and keep a look-out for 
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do with Deliverance? Well, for those 
who haven't guessed. Deliverance is 
Stormiord, beefed up and rewritten in 
full colour Amiga vision. Smashing. 

You take on the role of the now obli- 
gatory Barbarian, and you have to free 
a previously peaceful land from Satan 
and his totally bogus posse, 

Satan, or Stan to hii mates, has kid- 


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Stornilard jmt 

to dodge a good thumping 


Ere, dree out of It. A tpooky H'ink 
vandal flees from Ihe scene o( Wr crime 

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napped all the fames. So not only has 
rhe world been plunged into darkness 
and damnation bur nobody can do the 
washing up. So, up steps brave old 
Stormlord, and trundles off to pick up 
fairies (insert any old John Inman joke 
heie|. 

io, tdrncidence or what? No sooner 
have I calmed down and stopped palp*- 
tating over Myth, when up pop 21st 
Century Entertain mem with Deliver- 
ance. It's uncanny. Two games in (he 
same month, and they're very, very sim- 
ilar 

As in Myth, Deliverance requires you 
to don furry boots and a shaggy 
Hairstyle and chop your way through 
Hell to sort out some fiendish demonic 
bloke. And when you reach the big 
baddie dude, you move from platform 
hack n' siash to fast moving shoot- em 
up action. Spooky, eh? 

So. the obvious comparisons Is 
Deliverance as good as Myth? Well, not 
quite. It's neck and neck on the graph- 
ics and sound front, but Myth's bigger 
and 1 slightly more challenging. 

Is Deliverance as good as Gods? Yes. 
m fact it's tons better The initial look is 



‘And have you gel it insured?” Se uyi Hugh itully 
at he pa pi up to value this father nki wardrobe 

smiled on us, wc could have made 



the same, but Deliverance doesn't bog 
itself down with fancy Al routines for 
the baddies. In fact, it's sheer bad luck 
that Myth and Deliverance have come 
out at the same time. Had Deliverance 
come out last month, things might 
have been different, but sometimes life 
can be so cruel. 

You see, Deliverance has got abso- 
lutely exquisite graphics Yes, that's 
what they are. Exquisite. And the 
sound is nice and chunky But, unfortu- 
nately, Myth's got both of those as well 
and it's got a puzzly element to it, 
which just gives it the edge. 

That's not to say that Deliverance is a 
loser. No, ng. Nobody goes home 
empty-handed on this show, and Deliv- 
erance wins our 'Excel lent Platform 
Slash-'Em-Up But Not Quite As Good 
As Myth” award 

Oh, I feei so guilty about this. You 
can't believe the personal anguish this 
is causing me. Under normal circum- 
stances. I'd love this game In a realty 
deep and meaningful way. We'd have 
candlelit dinners, walks on the beach, 
romantic weekends in the Peak District, 
a lovety wedding and some kids, and 
then settle down for a long and happy 
rife together. 

Unfortunately. Myth came along first 
and stofc my heart away. I'll still carry fl 
torch for Deliverance though, it'll 
always be special to me Oh, my heart 
is breaking I m sorry Deliverance, you 
came along loo late. Maybe if fate had 


beautiful music together. But If you 
don't fancy Myth, then by all mean: 
give this a look It (Quid be (he start of 
a beautiful friendship.. 

Daniel 


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li tetter. So there. 


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The Berlin Amiga 92 show - small, but perfectly formed 


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m n a capital city still sporting the obvi- 
I ous scars of decades of destruction 
I and forced segregation,, whose two 
peoples retain enough o! the siege men- 
tality to view each other with suspicion 
and sometimes even mild hostility,, the 
notion ol holding a jolly little Amiga 
show might seem a bit strange. 

The Berlin Amiga 92 Show, however, 
was united and vibrant enough to throw 
up some interesting new releases and 
not a few insights on the European and 
German Amiga scenes. 

The German W market kS dominated 
by small and medium-sized cable and 
satellite stations, many of whom use 
Amlgas for their stock-in-trade produc- 
tion graphics It was hardly surprising, 
therefore, to find a show and a market- 
place given over mostly to the Amiga's 
role as a video workstation. 

The number of stands exhibiting the 
machine side by side with professional 
Betacam SP video editors would alone 
have supported this impression had it 
not been for the proliferation of gen- 
locks,. DCTVs, and AVideo cards being 
put through their paces at the same 
time. 

Mew products recently released or 
previewed at the show included the 
Supra Faxmodem, Rainbow II 24-bit 
graphics card (selling for the equivalent 
ol £595), Commodore's A60GHD, the 
Cotem TurboCard 680)0 accelerator for 
ASOOs (first to fit in the external bus), 


Vortex's AT3&6SX emulator board, 
Checkmate Digital's Hi-Q tower system 
(vying with Golem's tower for the Tallest- 
Amiga-abthe-Show award), CanDo vl-6, 
and a host of products of newer and 
older origin. 

One very interesting low-cost accelera- 
tor released at the show was the Hardital 
Big Bang and Its bigger brother, Super 
Big Bang. The former is a 25MHz,''25MHz 
6S030 with 2Mb RAM selling for 
t>M1 r 09G (about £3B5), the latter being 
a combo-type card with SC5h2 controller 
at DM1,540 (£471). 

Price war 

At these prices, such cards could clean up 
the UK accelerator market overnight, and 
if the 6S04Q/4Mb version is released, as a 
Hardital spokesman suggested it might, 
for less than £1,000, we could see the 
most beneficial high -power price war 
ever. Not for nothing have Hardital chris- 
tened the card "Over the Top". 

We had to be helped ofl the floor 
when we strayed in front of a stand sell- 
ing the A3G0Q/25 complete with 52Mb 
hand drive For £1,100, and when we later 
learned the price had fallen to £900 it 
was off to the bar to cry into zwei jjmss 
hfen in lament for the poor overcharged 
British consumer. 

Similar throat-cutting was in evidence 
as A5Q0 Plus prices fell towards the £200 
mark and DCWs started a run on the 
£250 barrier, so much so that zwet more 



Thi- I’-nrgr rf t . uaNgr' comltpotcd frontage u! AMK hoit I 


ing what would in Britain be rare pur- 
chases, such as 24-bit boards and accel- 
erator cards, was out- weirded only by the 
sight of hungry punters demolishing 
what looked suspiciously like oily feather 
bolsters stuck between two mattresses 
dipped in bread crumbs, but which on 
closer inspection turned out to be 
aggressively proportioned sausage sand- 
wiches. 

Spurned 

Subdued to begin with, busy towards the 
end, and spurned by Commodore, 
Amiga Berlin shouldn't have been a suc- 
cess. 

That it managed in the space of what 
would be a normal-sized British show to 
display more high-end equipment than 
you might see in a year in London is a 
testament both to the higher purchasing 
power enjoyed 
by German con- 
sumers and the 
more developed 
nature of the 
Amiga market in 
central Europe. 

The British 
market will no 
doubt develop 
this year in the 
video direction 
as DCTV and 

HnnHEal I rang* of acitiitfOtars fOirJti Ac a price tcnwllair f \Yld£0 edt ifltO 


gross torj were needed to calm us down. 
Thank Cod we'd if ft our credit cards at 
home. 

As a companion to all this hardware, 
the software side was re anvely muled, 
with Imagine v2.G and Ca gaxi Broadcast 
hogging most of the -mehght cm the 
videography stands 

From the demonstration tapes splat- 
tered across numerous monitors, it was 
fairly clear that a large proportion of the 
average German TV ..ewe? ■> c% u spent 
watching Amiga ge nerved images from 
the Caiigan or Imagine duo. 

Adept Development were showing 
their Painter 3D package and TVPaint was 
making its ominous debut on the AVideo 
board, but neither seerm as yet to have 
made the impact of the big two, and Real 
3D was surprising: 1 , nowhere to oe seen. 

Both the main contender directly Sup- 
port DCTV 
which was sell- 
ing by the 
Volkswagen 
load, so the 
boom towards 
home 24-bit 
video production 
seems well and 
truly on in 
Europe. 

In true never- 
say-die fashion, 
the Al 000 made 



a spirited appearance in the shape of the 
Phoenix Ressurection board u: a com- 
pete motherboard replacement designed 
to give the oldest Amiga the same specifi- 
cations as the latest modeh. 

The board comes complete with ECS, 
2Mb RAM, internal SCSI optional fitting, 
a coprocessor socket, and Kitkstart ROM 
sharer. The A5GG and A2000 were, of 
course, the best supported machines in 
terms of peripherals, but it speaks welt of 
the German market that A500 add-ons 
did not totally ingulf the others as is so 
often the case at A50Q-dominated British 
shows. 

Bargain hunters were happily walking 
off with A2000 52Mb Quantum hard 
cards for as little as £230, and the num- 
ber of beaming customers we saw clutch- 


the low-end video market to comple- 
ment Harlequin and company at the 
upper reaches of 24-bit quality. 

Whether it will do so last enough is 
hard to tell, but one thing is clear - 
falling prices are inevitable. 

Commodore UK will continue to rec- 
ommend that the Amiga be sold at its 
own retail price, but if enough of the 
larger retailers take advantage of the 
cheap machines appearing on the conti- 
nent, Commodore could be chopped off 
at the knees and the high street forced to 
exert pressure if they are to avoid losing 
vast swathes of sales to mail order. 

On the other hand, this prediction 
could be as accurate as the BBC's e*rt 
poll, so well fust have to 
wait and see, won't we? 


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sent in a couple of horror pictures. 

One was a reproduction of The Lost Boys 
video cover and the other was an original 
drawing entitled Vampire Hotel. We pre- 
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the multi-coloured lips To the picture of The 
Lost Boys, 

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The picture that raised the most smiles in 
the At office was 
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This might be the la&t time I'm genng tc 
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The winning picture is, in fact, a land- 
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W ell it looks as though you 
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First up is Nadir Ricky. Nadir sent in quite 
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from the rest was a picture ol the Silver 
Surfer. 

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silver. The picture was created using Deluxe 
Paint i. 


Will Andrew Lloyd-Webber pay £10 million 
for any of these efforts? Who knows? 


Millie was sketched by a chap called Petet 
Guest who lives in Swindon. 

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tised and you've probably read in the mag- 
azine that d igitised stuff won't geL a place in 
the Gallery. Well, we don’t mind digitised 
pictures as long as they are creative and 


there is some originality in there, but hand- 
drawn stuff will always be better than 
scanned or digitised efforts. 

Nineteen-year-old Darryl Blackwell from 
Cheltenham gets his work shown to the 
nation this month, too. He sent in a disk full 
of excelfeni pictures, but because of space, 


we chose two which we thought were tr- 
best. 

His picture entitled LF.A. is of the 
Eurofighte* Test Aeroplane, The use erf 
colour here is quite la mastic - the sky 
looks good, the ptones loci good, and you 
know what? Put them together and you 
get a damn fine picture. 

His other picture is of a Mazda NSX 
again, colour has been used to good 
■effect. Both took around five hours lo 
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Accelerators 


I f you listen to more than one converse 
tion about accelerator boards, it quickly 
becomes dear that there's not a lot to 
be said aboul them unless you enjoy [he 
light of your friends collapsing at your feel 
in a bored stupor. 

They are fast, usually provide space for 
extra RAH the odd really exerting one has a 
Maid drive interlace twill in r and that's it. 

Having said that, the range of GH040s 
available is new wide enough to provide a 
proper buyer's choke tor the Amiga's most 
powerful add-on, unlike a year ago when 
they were thinner on the ground than 
Gorbachev supporters, 

There are only three important questions 
lo ask of any 040 card: 


# How fast is it? 

# How stable rs it? 

# How cheap is il? 


We tested the fusion forty card from RCS 
Management Inc, CVP's C-forte, and 
Progressive Peripherals'' Mercury, all of IhEm 
28MHi cards, and asked the same three 
questions about each. 

For testing purposes, we've used real life 
applications rather than the standard bench- 
marks because prospective buyers want to 
know how fast a card wifi run existing soft- 
ware, rather than how good it is at calculate 
irig the square root of its navel fluff , 


Best software 


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Of the three boards on test, the Mercury 
and G-Force cards have the best software 
with Fusion Forty's much improved but still 
clunky installer disk lagging behind a bit. 

All three are fairly easy to use F but C- 
Force employs Commodore's excellent stan- 
dard installer program and the PP5 install 
sequence takes very littie time. 

Again, both G-Force and Mercury make 
use of the official 68040 Jibrd ry from 
Commodore along with their own startup 
programs, giving them an apparent system 
legal edge over Fusion Forty, and both auto- 
mstlcally configure to the amount of 
memory on the card- 

Fusion Forty's software, though hugely 
better than the confused mess it was- six 
months ago, is a little less "dean" than the 
other two offerings. Most of this, thankfully, 
is transparent to the user as installation is just 
as quick and painless as Mercury or G-Force, 
except that the user has to choose a parties 
lar installer for the board's RAM con- 
figuration. 

The Fusion does not ust Commodore's 
68040. library 5 , but this doesn't seem to make 
much difference as it is easily as stable and 
compatible as the other two boards and if 
anything is a bit better certainly than the G- 
Force card, if not the Mercury. 

Unfortunately, the resident Fusion Forty 
code afters Cold Capture and KickTag vec- 
tors to the dismay of most virus checkers 
This 6 unavoidable given the mute taken by 
RCS lo implement the 040, but it's still a tad 
annoying to have to dick four times to can- 
cel a Zerovirus requester every time you 


A itironi Camauiwa .'line? \992 


bool up. In addition, at time of going to 
press* RCS are still working on a software 
update to allow Fusion Fort)* to accept the 
presence of 1 6-bit fast RAM, with which it 
will not co-exist at the moment. 

In stability terms, the only card Lo give 
me moce than die usual clutch of problems 
was G-Force, Before it would work with the 
office A3Q0D I had to remove a resistor 
from the card - something the manual 
claimed should only be necessary with 
A30OO tower systems - and Ihere were sig- 
nificantly more hang-ups during a warm 
reboot than with die other cards. 

Once booted, G-Force was as well 
behaved as the rest of the gang and 
worked very smoothly, so the problem is 
not seriously detrimental to GVP J s latest 
baby. 

All the cards are Supplied with control 
software La allow data and instruction 
caches and capyhack mode to be lurried 
on and off, which is just as well - 

Some software will drop dead if you try 
lo run it with copyback on and any penph- 
erals or software packages which make 
direct memory accesses (DMA) will tail to 
pick up on the contents of the CPU's data 
cache thus promptly - and messily - expir- 
ing. 

For the purposes of switching out of 
60040 mode when the odd piece of soft- 
ware refuses to speak lo the new card, 
Fusion Forty employs a hardware switch 
which sticks out of die back of the machine 
and the others use software switches avail- 
able through icons on the Workbench 


screen. All require rebooting once a switch 
has taken place and all worked well. The 
improved Fusion Forty 63000 mode now 
runs at Ihe proper speed and automatically 
detects which position the hardware switch 
is in - unlike the original, which would tun 
6BD00 mode at half speed and had to be 
told which mode you wanted at startup. 

Complex 

The long term stability of any 6004 0 
card will often depend on heat build, up, 
which is a particular problem with chips as 
complex and transistor-crammed as these. 

G-Force and Mercury take care of the 
problem by means of a miniature fan 
mounted on top of the 68040 CPU while 
Fusion Forty has stuck with the immensely 
ugly heat sink of the anginal cards. 

Both solutions seem to work perfectly 
well, and none of the cards became unsta- 
ble during prolonged operation, even 






when this involved extended stints wiU^ 
Imagine vZ.O renders. 

Fusion Forty has a small advantage wrier 
it comes to the rest of the chips on thr 
board as the A2QGQ shell is better ventilate: 
than the AJOQCFs, but this didn't make ar 
appreciable difference. 

So much for stability. The next question, 
and the one you've probably been waiting 
most for the answer to, is that ot speed . 

Dozens ol silly and downright ridiculous 
claims for the benefits offered by 68040s 
have been made since the first cards 
became available, and most of them are 
plain wrong. 

Using benchmarks, which m provided 
last month as a quick indicator ol the rela- 
tive speed of the cards, it is fust about possi- 
ble to claim a 10,000 per cent (100 times) 
increase over a standard AS00/A200O, bu! 
in practice you won't get close to this fig- 
ure. 






This is because mosi benchmarks ain in 
,<ery imdli amounts d memory so that they 
. ljIIv lit in the data cache on the chip itself, 
md they test only for internal speed ratings. 

The results don't take into account screen 
"etneshes, hard drive access times, or any of 
;ne Amiga’s Custom chips which must be 
used in most day-to-day operations and 
.vtuch still run at BMhU, 

For this reason we've done away with 
benchmarks this month and concentrated on 
•eaUife applotions such as PageStream. Art 
"apartment Prolessional, and so on, 

For a discussion of how these tests were 
wt up, we've listed how each one was done, 
aod the result^ are given in numerical and 
graphical form to suit most needs. 

DorTl get annoyed because we've used an 
aJOOG for our test results. To compare an 
?4Q to an A2000 or A5O0 is about as point- 
less as comparing Concorde to a Gypsy 
Moth - they use different methods of propul- 
sion and live worlds apart. 

Suffered 

Pundits and old lags might be surprised, 
jrven CVP^s record in Lhe accelerator busi- 
ness, to find that G-Force suffered m compar- 
son to Fusion Forty and Mercury. So were 
we, but the test results don’t lie unless our 
:opy of PageStream has suddenly developed 
j mind of its own complete with opinions 
and prejudfces- 

Remembcr that all hoards and software 
were installed exactly as the manufacturers 
recommend, and that all caches and copy- 
back modes were utilised for maximum 


Accelerators 


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Test information 


To ensure the tests were at the same time strict <H>d lair, a careful note was kept ot the 
exact settings used in each. The Mowing is a list of those settings in case anyone tares to 
confirm or deny our findings: 

ADPro; Convert 7fi7kTarga to HAM and display onscreen. Lcnres, interlace, overscan, PAL. 

FageSlreairn Zoom from Full page- view to 121 per cent. Text g reeking se* <o Apt, page lull 
of bitmap graphics and bold Stone Sants 6pt body text chosen for Its downess to update 

□Paint IV: Full screen fill. HAM mode, interlace, translucent^ 0i\ anti-alias set to high. 

PowefFacker 4.0: Crunch 787k Targa data file. Large speed-up buffer, best efficiency. 

Imagine 7.0: Render very complex galleon scene. ILBM 24-bit, Trace method, image are 
704 x 582, lights cast shadows. 


speed. 

If anything, the Fusion Forty was the only 
board discriminated against as it was run- 
ning in a 16-bit A2Q00 rather than & 32-hit 
A3000 and did not have the advantage of 
the ASOQO’s quicker screen refresh for tests 
such as the PageStream page zoom. 

The result! show that Iasi month’s bench - 
marks, it not particularly relevant to real 
applications, were a good indicator of the 
relative speeds of the boards. Mercury 
emerges as the dear leader, in some cases 
embarrassingly so r with Fusion Forty in the 
middle and G-Force bnnging up the rear. 

Hus neatly inverts the prices erf the units, 
as G-Force is the most expensive and Fusion 
the cheapest. Of course, when buying a unit 


as expensive as an Q4Q me puce has to be 
offset by technical backup and future sup- 
port, whwrh is where the two more expen- 
sive cards will score over Fusion Fort 1 * 

TTk? latter, however can hit back with a 
UK technical support line supplied by Hvdra 
systems, the board's distributor, wh.cn is as 
good as Silica Systems' support lor G-Force, 

Choices 

Put a gun to my head and ask me to 
choose between the boards a-d i d have to 
go far the Mercury on AJOODs and the 
Fusion on A2000S, both m terms of price 
and performance. 

If you want the GVP name and reputation 
for reliability, by ail means buy a G-lorte, 


but for a more expandable system I’d stick 
with one of the othro, both of which can 
accept up to 32Mb Ram as opposed ta the 
GW's &Mb. 

If PP5 can ship the Mena** 2000 for a sim- 
ilar pnee to Fusion Forty (cmnens US pnee ii 
*2,430 - about £t,SOO - for the 4Mb RAM 
version) Ihe choice in this ! t d hvju a be . 
difficult, though would probably swing in 
Fusion'^ favour given the UK .i . :> q* 
technical help. 

If you've got the cash and a high-end 
application which needs a bit of extra ocmcv 
I'd recommend any 6BG40 card. They simp . 
jump all over the tender parts of 68030 acte=- 
era Lon. and transform your Amiga in five min- 
utes into a machine only the 
very fastest 4&6 PCs can match. 




G Force 1$ a product of Great Valley 
Product! Inc 

Distributor: Silica Systems 
Phone: OB 1 309 Itll 
Price: £1,899 (QMb RAM) 

Fusion Forty Is J product of RC5 
Management Inc 
Distributor; Hydra Systems 
Phone: 0203 471111 
Price: £1,395 <4Mb RAM) 

Mercury 3000 tsa product of 
Progressive Peripherals and Software 
Distributor: Marconi ltd 
Phone: 061 941 6117 
Price; 12,749.95 (4Mb RAM). Mo UK 
price as yet. 



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Being the new owner oF an .Arriaga can be 
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running with their own startup sequences 
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who is experienced at using the beast, you 
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wealth of people out there who have 
overcome these initial problems and are 
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the less experienced. 

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The disks contain a collection of pro* 
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and text file display programs, virus killers 
and communication packages to name 
but a lew. 

Also on the disks is information on such 
topics as creating startup sequences and 
bootable disks, and explanations of what a 
virus is and the varying types you may 
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Accessing the inlormaUon is made very 
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name nol unfamiliar in the PD circuit, it 
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The disks are described as w postcard- 
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Electronic 

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TDH and Digital Access 

Another good source of info^-nat - 3^:^* 
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They also contain some qoo-2 5 3 r T : 
grams . 

So when two such disk-baseo ^ags 
were found among the A rr&i Cor\c^ttng 
postal avalanche, l decided to them a 
pJug. 

The first is called TDK. AppmrLy the 
title fs formed from the first tetters of the 
three guys who compile rt, Tom, Dick and 
Harryf The first issue ts pub c domain so 
you are allowed to copy t gave it to 
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From techno to 
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of software on 
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The second mag *s actually at issue 7 at the 
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It is a bimonthly production and com® or 
two disks. The actual magazine * accessed- 
purely through the Workbench, the philos- 
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it. 

All PD programs on the disk 1 received 
were tested lor A50Q Plus compatibly 
with any incompatible programs in ^utu r -- 
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The magazine's aim is to provide a vari- 
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help and advice through its articles The 
issue I received was well produced and 
contained a fair number of programs. 

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Rave ;r up wflh Tifthm AffniJi J 

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However, readers without this popular 
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The magazine uses a custom * perus- 
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It is not monthly, but is released as 
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Generally though, it is available every 
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Techno 
Attack 
Vol 3 

17 Bit 
Software 
Disk SS 13 

Now I must say I'm quite 
partial to a little techno 
or r&ve music. Living in 
Little Hulton (a hip, grass 
roots Manchester suburb 
- Ed), ) sometimes wake 
up on a Sunday morning 
to the sounds of such 
groups as Oceanic or 
Happy Mondays issuing 
from a neighbour's open window. 

Therefore, when 17 Bit Software sent 
me this music disk, I decided to pump up 
the volume in the ST Urn office. 

Quicker than you could say "get 
sorted", our production editor Phil was 
weaving his way between art editors at 
breakneck speed towards the source of 
the sounds. It seems our Phil likes his 
techno too. 

The disk contains three digitised rendi- 
tions of rave r entitled Can U Feel it, 
Magnesia and Activ-8, They are all played 
using the QctaMED player and the sound 
quality is excel lenl. 

As well as the music, there is also a 
visual treat in store if you run the pix=n- 
things program accompanying the music 
files. This displays some neat visuals 
which are shown along with the sounds. 

Techno Attack is not PD hut Is licensed 
exclusively to 17 Bit software. so you 
won't find it in any other PD library. 

If you find rave riveting, then just 
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Peter's Quest: For The Love Of Daphne 

Amiganuts • Disk No 1226 


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It’s a rough old world. Take Peter's predicament for instance. 
There he is, walking through the park with his girlfriend 
Daphne, when this evil dude called Brutus thumps him uncon- 
scious and steals his girl. 

To cap it all, he r s tacked in the park and has to lind his way 
out to eventually rescue Daphne, luckily, she has left a trail of 
hearts to follow, so Peter sets off on his search for his beloved. 

Peter's quest is a platform game with 20 levels to negotiate if 
you are to reach Daphne, who is being held by Brutus on, - yes, 
you've! guessed it the very last level. 

Each level consist! oF an arrangement of platforms and very 
prickly and lethal porcupines. Von most coiled all the hearts on 
the screen within the allotted time limit to finish the level. 

The game is quite good with a neat digitised music intro and 
digitised sound effects throughout. There are also power-ups to 
buy such as super speed, super jump and rocket pack to name a 
few, which add a little more spice to the playability. 



Prickly prvbh' \m ntnumf Jfl Petets QlWlI 

Demolition 

Mission 

17 Bit Software 
Disk No 1747 

Blimey] This is a blast from the past for 
me. This was the first game I ever wrote 
after having learned Bask on my trusty 
old Commodore 64 about six years ago. 
The name of the original escapes me, but I 
was hooked on it at the time. 

They say small things amuse small 


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minds, and I have to admit a 
addiction to this new 
version. The idea is 
simple, as is the 
gameplay. You are 
a biplane pilot who 

is getting closer and closer to some many- 
storey buildings at the bottom of the 
screen. You must drop bombs on these 
buildings to make way for your landing. 

IF your timing is not up to scratch, you 
will eventually run into the side of a 
obstructing building, crumpling up 
before falling to Ihe ground. The graph- 



ics aren't spectacular and the sound isn't 
anything to rave to, but it is still a brill lit- 
tle game. 

Children will have a hard time kicking 
Dad off the computer to play this onef 

Opti-Comms 2 

1 7 Bit Software 
Disk No 1792 

I can safely say that this disit, compiled by 
The Optimise, who runs a BBS o( his own, 
.is positively crammed with useful com ms 
utilities. 

I think the singularity at the cenlre ot a 
black hole would have to strain its capabil- 
ities for compression 
to achieve a similar 
result. 

Utilities contained 
on the disk Include 
CpuBlit, a program for 
those of you With 
68020/010 systems, 
which doubles the 
speed of text scrolling; 


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Thh ii ymit fate if 
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Kkpm, a script language which is used 
create Ascii text fifes of commands 
automate such mundane chores as I 
girig on, to grabbing mail and posting 
on another BBS; and Zoom v5.40, a d 
tracking and archiver program. 

There is also a targe list of UK STD 
codes in numerical order These are ju 
some of the useful programs that an 
comms connoisseur will find very usd 
indeed. 

Ed Word v2.2 

Amiganuts 
Disk No 1236 

Text editors don't exactly make you jump 
up and down in anticipation while th 
load, yet where would we be witho 
them? 

They are tundamen tally important i 
computing life, rather tike a certain rnagj 
zine not loo distant from your vlitr 
organs at this very instant So iL is hard 
ignore them, especially when they are 
written and feature packed, as EdWord Is. 

EdWard began as a programmers' inte- 
grated editor/ compiler which could be 
used (or any language. However, with i 
constant list of features being added tfur 
ing development, it soon evolved Ifit 
quite a powerful general purpose text Edi- 
tor with facilities such as block command: 
search operations and an Undo function 

The programmer will find some 
EdWord's features very useful. The r .r 
include aulo-lndenting, casing of key 
words (forcing them to uppercase), num- 
ber bate converter and the ability to se 
AmugaDGS commands. 

ll is entirely menu-driven, making 
simple to use. It would be a mistake 1 
compare it to a word processor however 
for (l lacks such facilities as margin setting 
typeface alterations and page numbenng. 

EdWord is shareware and I am led 
believe the author, Martin Reddy, will 
come a minimum £5 contribution for h . 
Im Bni addiction, 

A good all-round editor any progra 
mer will find useful 

Chemesthetics 

v2.10 

Amiganuts 
Disk No 1225 

This is one for the boffins. It is a progr 
that will generate and display molecu 
as a Calotte model (no I don’t know what 
a Calotte model is either). 

The display generated is a 3D ligh 
sourced image You are able to view th* 
molecule from any angle and also mag 
it nr reduce it. You can also change f 
position of the light source. 

The images can be very slow to dr 
due to the calculations involved. The 
shown on this page took 45 minuter l 


JlLLL 


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finish. Once completed though, you can 
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The substances which are poisonous 
such as nicotine or diuxine lend to pro- 
duce Ihe more interesting pictures! 

Airmania 

Addware 

Remember the Pi man? That disgusting 
cult figure of way back when? Well now 
Mel Croucher, father of the Piman and 
inventor q( budget software (along with 
Paul Cooper), has seen fit to bring the 
Piman out o t retirement in the first 
Addware game, Airmania. 

Addware is a new concept, developed 
by Mel and Paul Cooper, similar in con- 
cept to shareware. The game can be freely 
copied only in its entirely and at no profit 
but remains the copyright of Addware. 
However, if you register with Addware 
for a fee - and if you complete the 
game, you are in with a chance of win- 
ning a round-the-world air trip or air travel 
to anywhere equivalent to the same value. 

You control the Piman in his attempt to 
catch his flight to the next level. Along the 
way, you have to collect such items as 


Shareware 


your passport, credit card and luggage. 
There are toy soldiers wandering about 
the teffinmal who will dram your energy if 
you hit them. Luckily though, you have 
your "parp power". This lethal cola-fuelled 
weapon will enable you to blow the sof- 
cfew-rs away. 

The graphics are quite good with 
multi level scrolling which gives a 3D 
effect There is a good soundtrack 
too. 

If you were a big fan of the 
Piman in your earlier years, you 
will like this game. 


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Addams 

Family 

Demo 

Gunmans 


Amiga PD 
. Disk No BPD 
154 


This demo by Excalibur and Pawn had our 
art editor Terry tapping his feet. It consists 
of the catchy theme tune and various 
slide-show shots from the cult black-and- 


white TV senes that was orv All 

the cast are featured w*c jdmg Lurch, 
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Deluxe Paint 
III Tutorial 

Battleaxe PD 

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using combinations of eac- effect. 

This disk, from Amiga Fantasy - who 
did the Amiga introduction Package 
described earlier - cor: a jjraph c effects 

and designs from Gator ±-; fcV ^l. as Step- 


family 
Addnmt ifyif 


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Letters 



Hard drive Heimddll 

lait week after a hard day'i work, I felt the need to relax 
with a new computer game, so I popped into the local 
software emporium. Perusing the shelves, my eye fell on 
Heim da 1 1 and, thinking of the excellent reviews it had 
received, I handed over a wad of fivers for it. 

Driving home in maniacal anticipation,, trying desper- 
ately to read the manual while weaving through rush hour 
traffic (|ings! ■ Ed), I looked forward with relish to the 
corning evening. Six whole disks of glorious graphical 
ecstasy! 

Imagine how disappointed I was when, inserting disk 0 


in an attempt to install the program to my hard drive, I 
found that it was at the protected kind and impossible to 
use other than m Floppies, 

Holding bank the tears, I hoped for as few disk swaps as 
possible and booted up Three hours and three hundred 
disk swaps later, i found I could take no more, and 
another glossy box hit the shelf never to be opened again. 

I am sure gameptfayert all over the country must have 
had the same feeing on playing this sort of game, Hard 
drives are becoming cheaper and more popular all the 
time and companies like Core are putting games on more 
and more disks to stretch the Amiga to its limits r so why 
are so few games hard drive installable? 

I know we h ave to combat piracy, but at the end of the 
day the games companies are hurling genuine customers. 
To add msult to injury, the PC section of the manual 
Stresses how Core think their PC customers are "trustwor 
thy* 1 and so the game is installable on PC hard drives! 

Mark Guyton, Southampton 


You V* raised a very sore but important paint. Piracy ?s one 
thing, bur equal game for equal money is just os Important 
on issue, and at the moment the Amiga community isn't get- 
ting jfs fair share. 

The PC marker i>s os rife with piracy as any other , yet 
because of the high lew I of hard drive ownership, PC gomes 
aJmosr always install on hard drives. This is far from true on 
the Amigo. 

Tor single disk games there's lithe to worry about, and 
where the company concerned makes on eJTon! to cut down 
on dsn swaps, sufft as Miciopmse with Knights of the 
t \ en two and three disk games can be relatively painless to 
pin} “ram floppy However, os Heimdult shows, there are 
more and more games these days which come on four or 
more disks . 

if an Amiga owner pays the same as c? PC owner for o 
gone, then he or she has a right to expect the gome to be os 
playable, and constant disk swops definitely affect playability. 

> 


Are Commodore just after your cash? 


Why don't Commodore bring out the 
Kicksfcart 2.04 upgrade for the Amiga 
1500/2000 on a card? They could put the 
new ROM chip and tlw lull ECS on it with a 
switch sticking out of the back of the 
machine to turn it on and off, thereby giv- 
ing lull compatibility with Kickstart 1.3 - 
unlike the currently popular ROM switchers 
which don't live up to their promise. 

I believe the present upgrade options 
available to owners of 1.3 machines are 
nothing short of disgraceful. To upgrade to 
the level of a current 500 Plus costs £fiO for 
the ROM and manuals, £.50 for the new 
Denise chip, and a staggering £200 for the 
Super Agnus chip which isn't even an offi- 
cial option! 

For an owner of a 1 .3 Amiga it's hardly 
worth paying almost £350 for the full 
upgrade when a new A5G0 Plus cosh 
about the same. 3 can't help feel that own- 
ers of alder machines have subsidised new 
owners by paying over the odds for their 
machines while they were still in need of 
serious improvements, Better machines 
now cost less and we don't get the benefits 
from developments we funded in the first 
place. 

Anyone interested in Commodore's cus* 
tomer care record could also look at FMG 



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(Commodore's official repair centre - Ed). 
After years of poor service and hundreds of 
complaints from customers, Commodore 
in my opinion have dorve nothing about it. 

If some other firm brought out an 
Amiga-compatible equivalent to at least a 
1 500 Phis I'd sling my Amiga in a quarry, 
buy the competition, and Commodore 
could go forth and multiply. It's about time 
you Amiga magazines developed some 
spine and made a commitment to your 
readers we don't pay upwards of £3 a 
month for you to ignore whads going on. 

P f Browne, Ecdeshill 


WeJf said that man I IrtMe I don 't agree that 
Commodore are the tat of bogeymen you 
seem to fftrnA: they are r I quite agree f/rst 
they've been bath tardy and rncanSHferate in 
regard Eo the Workbench 2.04 and £C5 
upgrades, for a sizeable manufacturer they 


have, aver the years , Apfir far too much of the 
Amiga's development to the third -party 
peripherals market 

Perhaps this is a consequence of a radical r 
far-sighted machine landing in the hands of 
people with considerably less imagination 
than its creators, or perhaps they are just too 
busy with other projects. 

Whatever the reason it ft clear to anyone 
with half an ounce of grey matter that the 
Amiga's development as a major mass-sell- 
ing contender tor the PC and Macintosh has 
been almost completely retarded by 
Commodore's lack of Support far the 
machine. 

In the humble oprmau af your posfbag 
deher, Commodore should take the following 
steps; 

& i ictnse the Amigo s custom architecture to 
third-party compatible manufacturers, rhus 
increasing competition in the market and 
forcing prices down, 

m Develop rhe Amiga's graphics capabilities 
beyond their obsolete level. PCs now have a 
256-colour VQA standard, and many cards 
giving 32 r 0Q& or even 65,000 colours 
onscreen af once are now available tor less 
Ebon £100. 

Commodore could transform the Amiga's 


potential in □I’most every field by boosting 
standard graphics capabilities, industry sc uu 
tlebuit suggests this is or? the cards later this 
year, buf it should have been done ages ago 
and , given Commodore*! previous pricing 
policy , will probably cost mare than equiva- 
lent systems or? other machines. 

# Provide technical support and a "hotline' 
telephone service for end users. Most other 
sizeable computer manufacturers, when you 
spend hundreds or thousands af pounds on 
their equipment , wilt support your commit- 
ment by offering prompt and useful support. 

Commodore's technical support division 
will speufr only 1 fa dealers and there's no sup- 
port lor the problems experienced by moif 
new users which, though simple f can cause a 
ht of people to give up and go back Ea their 
favourite game. 

If one or more of the steps outlined above, 
or some other drastic action we can't fore see, 
isn'r token some trme this year, we could see 
the Amiga squeezed from one end by games 
consoles and from rhe other by cheaper and 
cheaper PCs which, though archaic in friei'r 
basic design and nowhere near as modem as 
the Amiga, offer more power tar less money. 

There no w, rs rbat enough "spine* 
for you ? 


Amiga Computing June ) $92 


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ms Letters 
* 

I woi/ftf urge all Jwd 1 drive owners who feel die same to write 
to their favourite software companies and protest. 

t mean, if trie games houses don't appreciate how many 
potential customer there ore, why should they bring oul an 
easily pirated game for what could he a small market of 
Amiga hard drive owners? 

Tie a yellow ribbon... 

I noticed with more than a passing interest an article in 
another magazine about the Hewlett Packard Oeslget 
500c printer which can switch from black and white to 
colour printing simply by changing the cartridge for the 
correct colour one. 

Why don't other manufacturers adopt the same princi- 
ple? Is this possible, or loo technical? It coufd certainly 
solve some of our problems, and leads to a much better 
service lor the end user. What do you think? 

Cbos Dainty, Woodford Bridge 

Many other manufacturers do exactly what HP have done 
with the Deskjet 500c. Slur's range of colour printers, for 
example, are capable of printing in either btack+and wWte or 
colour, itftouf you may have foiled to rroto is (he little "c" on 
the end of the printer's name. 

The Desk jet 5 00c h actually a colour printer which is 
happy to print in boring aid black and white, and is thus 
more expensive than a mx wanly printer. If you wont the 
some capability ort your Amigo, either buy the SOOc or go for 
ora? of the colour dot matrix printers. Simple, really. 








Tweaks for Plus 

I re eerily purchased an A500 Plus la replace my vl .2 
A500, but soon realised that a vast quantity of my soft- 
ware would network with the new Amiga. 

After contacting several solLware companies it became 
evident that with an often small piece of code this incom- 
patible software couid be modified to work on the Plus. 
However, distribution is a problem so... Amigo Computing 
to the rescue! 

If "tweaks" lor popular incompatible games could be 
provided on CoverDisks every month, or several on a sep- 
arate disk, I believe you'd have a very big first for the mag- 
azine and it would be very beneficial to your readership. 

If you decide to develop the idea, please provide a 
tweak lor Elvira at the earliest Opportunity. Perhaps some 
more experienced hackers could use their programming 


Ezra online 

Fzra Sud can be contacted on a whole ho&l t>1 ol bul- 
letin boards and conferencing systems, tf you have 
anything to say r get it of your chest online! 

Amigo Computing also has its own Fidonet echo 
which is being carried by BBS systems- throughout 
Europe. Any Fido sysops interested in hooking up 
should collect AMIGA COMP off the backbone, 

If you are experiencing difficulty, please contact 
Tony Miller, sysop of out home board - 01 lor Amiga, 
Additionally our mailman with the most, Ezra Suri, 
hangs out on the lol lowing services: 

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skills and code lome OF the tweaks for us games player? 

Keith Thornton, Cortvfy Island 

You r idea is on interesting one, but its practical application is 
a little problematic First of all. the majority of incompatible 
software is m format so any software patori 

used would be difficult to implement, and the software 
houses are unhkefy to spend the Ome and rnor?ey on old or 
de-listed games to mo*e them compatible for people vt7?o 
have already bought them. 

This fs not an irresponsible attitude, just commercial sense, 
Tfof? most papular older games may end up being tweaked by 
theft authors if they stilt sell well, but I would be very sur- 
prised if games of more than about a year in age were con- 
verted. Sy tor the cheapest method for someone in your 
position h to buy t? flQM switcher for your JMsffWt c^p. 

Tri/j wott'J soke all the problems , as many germes are 
incompatible with the Denise chip rather than the 2.04 
Kkkstart ROM, but it would be a start, and you could always 
try using a ROM switcher wrtfi two Denise chips for to rat 
campafMrfy. 

As for entourage hackers - aka pirates - to Jitocftfte wftb 
copyrighted code, if we took this stance we'd quite rightly 
end up in court the minutes later. 


Hacked WordPerfect 

While reading your March issue, \ noticed a news piece 
entitled "Whither WordPerfect* which stated that 
WordPerfect was only available on the Amiga in version 
4,112,1 enclose a disk with what I believe to be an Amiga 
WordPerfect vS.Q on it! 

Is this version five ol the program or a renamed version 
four? It came with a spell checker, thesaurus, and a printer 
disk, and as I've never used WordPerfect before I don't 
know if Lhis version is a Idler one than 4.1J2. It was 
bought in Singapore last year. 

Oh, and do American hard drives and interlaces work 
on British machines? 

i? O Poritwn, Khamis Afusboyt, Saudi Arabia 

The so-called WordPerfect disk you sent us Is in fact a pirated 
copy, as WP5.0 does not exist an the Amiga . As n was 
bought in the notoriously pirote-hdden Singapore, there's no 
doubt Ebaf it is a professionally pirated piece of software re- 
boxed os a new version and sold Hlegalfy. 

Your first course of octort should be to send a copy of the 
dfsfcs, complete With details of where they were purchased to 
the Federation Against Software Theft. Once that r s done, you 
should wipe the disks you have, as possession of them fs ille- 
gal. 

This is unfortunate, but anyone buying software in 
Singapore should be aware that it is one of the world's busi- 
est piracy centres, ^ou were simply taken in by what can 
often be a very well predated, but pirate copy. 

In pnsLvvr ro ynar question or? US hard doves, our ACAS 
people , to wham trior enquiry should reaffy have been 
addressed, say that rrity should work perfectly. 




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E ver since the $ound of the first 
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gler went through his routine* 
T : -:3nds of starry-eyed Amiga owners, 
j the world have drooled at the 
g r .-.£e-:l of creating mega demos of their 


^wever, many may not realise that Sed 
-r tor international's Demo Maker can 
■r-e as a powerful graphics tool for desk- 
pp video applications such as titling, cor- 
porate image logos, movie credit 
Puentes and soon. 

The only thing necessary foe making the 
■msition from a desktop presentation 
-■-ntalify to a desktop video approach is 
mr- lateral thinking in the application ol 
r*e progra m's capability, 

What we need to do, in effect, is slow 
■own a galloping graphics workhorse to a 
more pedestrian pace, The hardware 
equtnemenls are no different to any other 
jesktop video tilling package except lor 
■ie audio,. ff you plan to record that pubat- 
ng rap beat 

More on the hardware requirements 
after - for now let's have a quick overview 
of the RSIDM's features to see which of 
these we can utilise for our needs. 


Take 


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Features 


Demos are assembled into a sequence of 
patterns, with each pattern being a stan- 
dalone graphics routine capable ol display- 
ing text, animated objects, colour 
background strolls etc, or any combination 
of the above selected by the user. 

To use the Demo Maker as a character 
generator we simply isolate those patterns 
which display text . The Preferences List in 
the main menu holds the various items 
where teat can be entered and edited. 
These include the Lop and bottom scrollers, 
the sine text scroller and the text screens 
for the three font sizes. 

Text is entered by moving the Hashing 
cursor hne onto the item to be edited and 
selecting edit on the top command line. 


The Help key toggles insert mode, while 
pressing Enter returns you to the main 
menu. In the Pattern Editor, text is entered 
directly into the Zoom Text pattern and the 
Textline patterns for each of the three font 
sizes, 

The Textscreen patterns lor each font 
size however, use the numbered and pre^ 
edited textscreem items from the prefer- 
ences list, of which there are Sen lor each 
font size, 

Because a picture is slilf worth a thou- 
sand words and an example is easier to Fol- 
io w, load up the tutorial demo on this 
month's CoverDisk to see how it was con- 
structed. Load it into the ESI DM as a short 
under Titles Demo and run it a couple of 
times to get a feel. 

Then, examine the preferences list, 
select items which are highlighted in green 
and check their contents by die km g cm 
Edit. Text areas will reveal how much can 
be entered and the optimum layout. Next 
go into the Pattern Editor to see which pat- 
terns were used and in which order. Test" 
each pattern to see which parameters were 
selected for its execution. 

Fry tweaking some of the parameters 


Saving your presentations 


Once you have created your title sequence or demo, you can save it in one of three 
ways - Save Final, Save Boot intro or Save Short, with each option offering distinct 
advantages for different applications. 

The first option allows ynu to access the completed demo from the CL1 or 
Workbench if an icon is first created using a suitable utility. This makes it possible 
to compile special disks with different types of sequences, or to link several 
sequences to form longer ones by pause editing (he tape or similarly, using greater 
variety of fonts and logos than are norm idly possible within the Preferences list. 

Saving with the Bootintro option will create a self-booting disk where your 
sequence will play automatically after loading. This option has the obvious advan- 
tage of not having to load the host program or Workbench first, thereby saving 
time and memory but even more importantly allowing you to quickly "plug in" spe- 
cial sequence disks such as your own personal production logo or end credits, so 
you can "lop and tail" your productions, 

The third option, or saving as a short, lets you reload your sequence into the 
Demo Maker for I nit her Lidding, changing certain presets such as Innis, logos ami 
musk, and creating template sequences, Thai way blank template sequences can 
be loaded with all the preset items already present in the preferences fist, ready lor 
your next work session- 



Demo makers can be much more than just a 
bit of fun. Serge Golikov shows how to use 
the Red Sector Demo Maker as a powerful 
desktop video tool 



such as Mode to see how it changes the 
way the pattern runs The Liffle and Big 
Logo patterns let you create your own cus- 
tom graphics in the form of if F brushes 
which yog can create m Deluxe Paint or 
even part of a digitised picture provided it 
has the nght resolution and dimensions. 
When cutting brushes to be used as 
logos, use the Co-ordinates option in 
DPaint, as the sizes must be pixel perfect. 
Specifically they are 320 x 1 SB and 120 x 
54 lor big and small logos respectively. The 
screen mode must be lo-res 1G colour with 
overscan set to standard 


Logo patterns 


By using the logo patterns you can have 
multiple fonts at once, thereby overcoming 
the limitation of only one font being mem- 
ory resident for each font size. 

Now that you've seen the Tute demo a 
couple of times, let's look at it in closer 
detail. It starts with 3 restrained amount of 
razzamatazz - From an overwhelming 
choice of possibilities - in the form ol the 
zoom texL and sine sc roller for the opening 
sequence. 

This is consistent with a typical style 
which might be used for the start of a pro- 
gram or title sequence. II then proceeds at 
an even pace with conventional-style of 
presentation of the facts and continues so 


until examples of some specific techniques 
are offered - all taming this graphical beast 
id best serve our special needs. Of course 
you can make your own titles as fancy 31 
you like - the program is more than capa- 
ble. The intention of this article, however, is 
lo focus on producing conventional titles 
using a very unconventional program - a 
fact which can be far from obvious while 
being dazzled by 3 Spectacular demo com- 
plete with stereo soundtrack. 

As for the hardware requirement the 
humble RF modulator will let you record 
your titles directly off an A5Q0 or 2000 
onto your VCR. Simply connect the video 
out of the modulator to the video in on 
your VCR and switch the input selector to 
external. 

if you are fortunate enough to have 
access to 3 genlock, you will know the 
required connections which will let you 
superimpose the titles over a live video 
background. 

That's it - thi nest is up to your imagina- 
tion. May your creative juices flow, and let 
the credits roll. 


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ROM problems 

"ive a problem with my Commodore 
-:~10 accelerator card and Workbench 
. A I I get on power-up is a message 
"screen saying "A263G Monitor 7M* 
■'I a question mark on the line bdow. 
A hit Am I to type in? 

spoke to FCC of Leeds, from whom I 
. ^chased the 2. 04 ROM. They were 
."able io help but offered me a full 
-■ jnd on my sharer and 2.04 ROM. 

then spoke to Commodore and was 
:-ld that I should speak to my dealer 
•: kjI the problem, but as the dealer 
■*o supplied the card went bust some 
■^e ago, I was stuck. 

I told this to Commodore and they 
^gested I write to the technical sup- 
":-rt department in Milton Keynes. 
hj. i wrote to tech support or 

mother matter in December 1991 and 
we heard nothing from them since. 

I finally found out about the compati^ 
t ility problem from Silica Systems who 
-ave offered to upgrade the ROMs on 
">e A263Q free of charge. 

All I can say to Commodore is thank 
God there are good dealers around wili- 
ng to help people who have bought the 
: est machine In the world, and are 
seated like dirt by Commodore after 
sending thousands of pounds on their 
products, 

Terry WitSams, Harrow 

As you have just found out, the 
A2ti3(Ts original ROM chips, used 
jmong other things for shadowing 
Mckstart to 3 2- bit RAM, are incompati- 
ole with the now operating system, 
Commodore have upgraded the ROMs 
or this produce and the new version 7 
-hips enable the board to function 
r-erfectiy with Kickstart, 

You seem to have sorted out the 
problem, thanks again to helpful third- 
party dealers, but your plight high- 
lights a sad weakness in the way 
Commodore "supports" the Amiga 
range. Relying on dealers for third- 
ly technical support Is a good idea 
js long as the dealer network Is devel 
oped and of a high standard. 

However,, as Amigas are sold by 
e very box-shifter under the sun as well 
as the more reputable companies, 
nany thousands of owners find them- 
selves in a position similar to your own 
■ very month. 

This ti as good an argument as I can 
■hink of for a proper end-user tele- 
phone support service. If companies 
! ike Electronic Arts can offer this for 
games players, why can't Commodore 
do the same for all Amiga users? 

Upgrade worries 

^bout six months ago, I bought an 
Ami ga 1500 with Kickstart 1.3 and 
-ecently heard that the machine is now 
oeing shipped as the A 15 GO Plus, com- 


plete with version 2.04 and the ECS 
chips. 

As Kickstart ROMs and EC5 chips a-re 
available, and being interested in pro- 
gramming, I have decided to buy the 
new chips to upgrade my Amiga but 
would like a few answers before I do. 

1. Does the Kickstart 2.04 chip come 
with manuals and Workbench disks? 

2. Can I fit the chips myself? I know this 
will invalidate my warranty, but will it 
involve soldering and do they come with 
fitting Instructions? 

3. To fit the new chips, will I have to buy 
extra boards or do they just slot into the 
motherboard in place of my old chips? 

4. How many RAM boards are there 
which are compatible with the new 
Super Agnus chip? 

K B Sekhofl, Heston 

As long as you buy the official upgrade 
pack from a Commodore deafer, you 
should receive manuals, disks, the new 
ROM chip, and fitting instructions. 

This will cost a ridiculous 0, but if 
you wimp out and go for the £40 
Kickstart chFp alone, you'll have no 
Workbench 2.04 disks or manuals. 


Fitting the Kickstart chip is quite easy. 
You Just open the machine prise out 
the old chip with a screwdriver, and 
slot the new one in its place No sol- 
dering is required. 

There are no ordinary RAM boards 
which will take advantage of the Super 
Agnus chip, because unlike the 
Kickstart and Denise chips, you can't 
Just replace your old Agnus with a 
Super Agnus. The motherboards on 
non -Plus machines are incompatible 
with the new chip, even though it is 
the same size as the older Agnuses. 

MegaChip 2000 - which will fit In 
any A1500/200Q - if the only board at 
present which will allow you to 
upgrade to 2Mb chip RAM. It Fits in a 
standard Zorro slot and comes with 
the extra memory and a Super Agnus 
chip installed. It will cost you a hefty 
£199, so you’ll have to be desperate 
for more chip RAM. 

Quirky Quantum 

I recently fitted a Quantum 52Mb 
replacement drive in my A590 case and 
although everything is working OK, I 
would be extremely grateful if you could 
answer the following questions: 

t P In my ignorance the First thing I did 


was a low le% e ! format HUToolBd 

and then initialised the giU I have since 
been told that this w ^ ow The drive 
down, Is this correct and if so can I do 
anything about it? In an* case, t* the 
speed not restricted fc, the A59! con- 
troller card? 

2. I use the KC5 Powerboard jnd when 
booting up the software it kept am rg 
me to low formal the drive or p-f :: Esc 
to continue. Again in my ignorance , 
look this to mean that the drive neecler 
low level formatting and did so. 
Strangely, all the data on the hard drive 
remained intact, but the software no 
longer prompts for a Idw level format 
Why? 

1 The PC program Ch-ecklt states that 
the transfer rate is 674Kb per second, 
which is far lower than the 2Mb quoted 
in the drive specifications, so I am con- 
cerned I may have done something 
wrong. 

Finally, l read Mr An km's letter in the 
April edition and would like to spring to 
Diamond Computers' defence. Over the 
last couple of years they have been pace- 
makers with their pricing policy. I fre- 
quently use them and on ihe whole find 
their backup service satisfactory. 

I think the problem lies with their sales 
staff who, I agree, promise to return calls 
and don't, but whenever I have dealt 
with their technical engineers I have 
found them extremely helpful. 

5 Morky, Harpenden 

Low level formatting should be carried 
out once on a hard drive and it 
shouldn't need to be done again. Most 
hard drives will have already been for- 
matted al the factory H which means 
you need only prep and partition 
them. 

There is no possibility of this actu- 
ally slowing down your Quantum, as it 
wouldn't work unless you formatted it! 

As you rightly point out, speed of 
access and transfer rates are dictated 
partly by the drive mechanism, but 
more by the controller board. 

In your case r the speed of the 
Quantum will be affected by the rela 
lively slow AS90 controller, which Is 
why you are achieving transfer rates of 
only 674Kb per second. 

Ignore the “'best case" 2Mb transfer 
speed, as this is just the manufac- 
turer's estimate of the mechanism s 
physical limits. In practice, the fastest 
A500 hard drive, GVPs Impact Series 
II, will transfer data at about 1.05Mb 
per second. 

The PC software seems to have 
assumed that you are booting from a 
hard drive or wish to use a hard drive 
as your boot partition. In this case, the 
KC5 software would like to prep and 
format a partition of its own, thus the 

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request to low format the drive. As 
the data survived, which Jt should 
never do when a drive is formatted, I 
tan only assume the low level format 
in question never took place. 

Dead Amiga? 

Last |une I purchased an Amiga 500 with 
1Mb memory. In addition, there is an 
A590 hard drive which the Amiga refuses 
to access. IL either informs me of a gum, 
tells me to check my hardware, or asks 
for Workbench disk to be inserted, 

The A 590 does not seem to interface 
properly. There's a quarter-inch gap 
between it and the Amiga which I've 
tried for hours to reduce, but can’t. Also, 
my Star LC-200 printer will not work, h it 
incompatible? The shop refuses even to 
allow me to lake my equipment along 
and have it checked out, so I'm getting 
desperate, 

5 C Potion, Upmmter 

It sounds as If your A590 has not been 
formatted or prepped- Try booling 
from your A590 setup disk and use the 
HDTooIBn* utility to go through the 
form a It I ng procedure. If the drive still 
won't work after this, then there's 
something seriously wrong either with 
the A590 or the Amiga itseft 

Don't worry about the small gap 
between the Amiga and the A590. As 
tong as the edge connector has been 
slotted in correctly, it doesn't matter If 
there's a slight gap - you'll find this 
happens with all hard drives which fit 
in the DMA port. 

The Star LC-200 printer should be 
completely compatible with the Amiga 
as long as you have the correct printer 
leads. Check with your local dealer If 
you are In doubt about the lead, 

By the sound of it the shop you 
bought the Amiga from is less than 
helpful, but if the machine is less than 
one year old you have a right to free 
repairs under your Commodore war- 
ranty. Remind the shop of this, and il 
they still won't help you. report them 
to Commodore and send your machine 
to the national repair centre (FMG). 

Productive Denise 

Thank you for a great mag, especially the 
Almanac DTP column. I just have a cou- 
ple of questions. 

Can you tell me the address for 
George Thompson Services? There was a 
wonderful article in the April issue about 
cheap fonts For Page Stream, but the con- 
tact address was left out, 

Secondly, I know that the new EC 5 
Denise chip can use Productivity mode 
on a multi-scan monitor, but could the 
same monitor be used for lower resolu- 
tions? 

I ntenri to add: an accelerator board at 
some stage and won't have room inside 
an A5QQ for this and a video card, I 


know that this kind of expansion is fully 
possible w*th an A1500/200D, but I 
haven't got room for one of those 
machines. Vicious little circle, isn't it? 

Pugh, fltaftey 

George Thompson's address is 
Cucumber Hall Farm, Cucumber Lane, 
Lssendon AL9 6|B and they can be 
reached by phone on 0707 CMG54. 
Sorry we neglected to supply il in the 
DTP article. 

To use productivity mode with a 
multisync, you must ensure that the 
monitor will properly display the new 
mode. Commodore, predictably 
enough, recommend their own 1950 
monitor,, which is a good quality multi- 
sync, though a little expensive. 

You can risk a cheap VGA monitor* 
but try to test it before paying for it, 
as productivity mode is not a standard 
VGA- style signal and may not perform 
well with cheaper monitors. 

As long as the monitor is happy, 
and you have a cable which will con 
nect its 9 or 15-pin input to the 
Amiga's 23-pin RGB socket, you should 
be able to use all Amiga modes with 
the multisync. 

The display will probably be a bit 
sharper than your average Amiga 
monitor but you will,, ol course 1 , still 
get Nicker in interlace mode unless you 
have a flicker fixer. 

More memory 

I am thinking of upgrading my A5O0, but 
I am noi sure if some upgrades will be 
compatible with the others. I am plan- 
ning on a Virgo Vi 500 board to give me 
I Mb ol chip RAM and 1Mb of Fast RAM. 
Will Lhis board be compatible with the 
new Kickstart 2.04 chips I am thinking oF 
getting? 

I wouldn't like to think I'm wasting my 
money an one or the other. Please help. 

Ri'citaJrtf Turtofl, flrtfofd 

I have to confess I've never clapped 
eyes on a Virgo VI 500, but if sounds 


like a perfectly ordinary 1.5Mb card 
with Gary connector and DIV solder 
job. As long as you install it properly, 
you should find little to worry about. 
Kickstart 2.04 should be happy to 
coexist with the new RAM board. 

Confused startup 

I have a query. When I turn on my A500 
Pius and hold down both mouse buttons, 
a screen appears. Please can you explain 
What it is for and what it actually does? 

Peter fJj'ckSj Sf A/donj 

The startup menu screen activated by 
holding down both mouse buttons is 
of most use to users of auto-hooting 
hard drives without game switches, as 
it allows you to stop a floppy or hard 
drive from booting, and gives you a 
choice of which drive to actually boot 
up from. It you don't have an extra 
floppy or a hard drive, just ignore this 
screen. 

Duff driver? 

I'm on the verge of destroying my 
printer, as it's been causing me no end 
of grief lately. I recently switched front 
using an old shareware text editor, called 
Uedit, to the Pen Pal word processor, hot 
I've not been able to print anything out 

It all started when the disk, which I 
ought from a friend, turned out to hdve 
a read/write error. There wasn't a 
backup, so we used FixDisk to sort it out 
and managed, through luck more than 
judgement, to get Pen Pal to boot up. 
However, all was not well. 

When I finished my first letter and 
tried to print it, I got the "Can't find 
printer device" error message. Now, I 
think either my Amiga is going mad, or 
Pen Pal is corrupted, as < have selected 
the printer driver using preferences and 
there was na problem. Can Pen Pal have 
been damaged by the read/write error? 

8 HerthOr r, fifrjwigftflm 

It sounds to me as if one of the 


NTSC niggles 

I wish to Install Kickstart 2.04, but I have heard that some of the early A2000 machines 
won't accept the chip. Is this true? If so, U my A2000 one of these machines? I have a 
revision 4,4 A2000 which I purchased In America in 1 988. 

What is ft that makes the Amiga PAL or NTSC? Do PAL and NTSC versions have a 
totally different motherboard, or Is it only the display chips that differ? How can I 
change my system to PAL? 

Nejdet AyHt, 8AOR 

There should be no problem Installing the new Kickstart ROM In your old 
machine - the Kickstart chip socket is exactly the same die as In all the latest 
machines and will accept any Commodore Kickstart chips except the double-chip 
A3 000 version of Kickstart. 

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play chips. Make sure you lit a Fatter Agnus, which will work in PAL or NTSC, and 
while you're at It buy the ECS Derise so that you can take advantage of Kickstart 
2.04's new display modes. After that, you should be In full PAL mode. 



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Workbench System files was wiped out 
by FixPisk when it sorted out your 
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find that port handier (from the Li 
directory), parallel. device, or 
serial. device (both from DEVS:) have 
gone missing. Use Shell or TDM to 
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across from your Workbench disk. 

It Pen Pal had been corrupted, El 
wouldn’t run at all, so you can rest 
assured you expensive software h safe, 

Monitor mayhem 

My monitor makes a very annoying high- 
pitched whine whenever I use it, and has 
recently become so bad that I've 
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rather than go mad. Is there anything I 
can do about it? The monitor is a Philips 
CM 883 3 ! Mk2 and is just out of warranty, 
so it there's a way of sorting il out with- 
out an expensive repair, I'd love to know 
what it is. 

Also, when I use my internal drive for 
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stays on, and the drive keeps duncking 
away on the same part Df the disk. Is it 
1riL/ed as well? 

George Choi, Leighton Bun Of d 

Some people with very acute hearing 
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You probably won't be able to do 
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may not know much about monitors, 
but they're basically similar to TVs and 
he should be able to confirm which 
component li at fault. 

As for the internal drive, the only 
solution is to replace it Commodore's 
internal floppies are not the best io 
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I f you're anything like me, your first 
instinct on the arrival of any new toy 
b probably to rip open the packag- 
ing, tosj the manual aside, and start pot- 
tering about looking for the interesting 
bits. 

If that's exactly what you did when the 
GraphscStation dropped through your let- 
ter-box there's a strong chance you've 
probably overlooked one of the most pow- 
erful utilities on the disk. 

PrintStudio b a fairly bland and minus- 
cute window which hides a plethora of 
printing options that make the 
CraphicStation one of the most powerful 
printing environments in the business. 

Before you delve into the utility itself, 
the first task is to add the printer driver of 
your choice. If there's one area that causes 
more problems than any other it J s printers, 
both In their installation and operation. As 
a result, well go through the entire printer 
installation process step-by-step. 

Boot up! 

If we assume you've just booled the 
Graph icStation, either double dick an the 
GraphicStation disk icon or alternately dick 
once on the short-cut pull-down with the 
left mouse button, then expose the pull- 
downs themselves by holding down the 
right. 

Either way, select the TDM icon or 
menu item and load up the aforesaid soft- 
ware. Once loaded, dick on DFO to load 
up the GraphicSlation directory. Now dou- 
ble dick on DEVS: followed by the printers 
directory. At this point you should see the 
EpsonX printer driver supplied with the 
disk. 

If you use an alternative driver, delete 
the EpsonX life and copy your preferred 
driver into the drawer. If yotiTe using a 
dual-drive system, this should be simplicity 
itself, 

Simpty dick on the opposite directory 
window and toad a disk containing the 
driver you require. Select the driver from 
■he parent disk and copy it into the now 
empty printers drawer on the 
GraphkStation, If you're working with a 


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single drive system, follow the same loading 
procedure for the disk containing the new 
drive, then dick in the GraphicSlation direc- 
tory and select RAM. Now highlight the 
driver from the parent disk - a small arrow 
will appear alongside the file. Copy the 
driver into the RAM disk. 

Replace the Graphic Station and move 
Lh rough the directory structure by double 
clicking on DEVS; and then printers, or alter- 
natively click in the path window above the 
directory list and type: 

dftkders.'prvnttri 

This simply speeds up the process by direct- 
ing TDM straight Lo the necessary drawer 
on the disk, 

Once in the correct spot, simply click in 
the opposite directory window displaying 
the contents of the RAM disk, select the 
driver and hit copy. The Graphic Station disk 
should now be complete with the correct 
driver, ready for configuration. 

Now exit TDM and load PrintStudio. 
Click on the PrintStudio window to remove 
the information screen and select the prefer- 
ences icon within. 

The program will automatically load the 
standard Amiga preferences program. Once 
loaded, dick an the printer icon which will 
reveal a secondary window. 

You should now see either the original 
EpsonX driver or alternatively your latest 
addition plus the generic driver all waiting 
in the select window. To choose your new 
driver, simply highlight it using the arrow 
gadgets alongside the requester. 

Qnce your driver and any other printer 


AC offer more hints, tips and assorted online 
advice for the power-packed CraphicStation 


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preferences are defied c > on Use to 
return to the main menu, tf you are happy 
with all the other prel'erentia options, dkk 
on Save and you'* be p etL"^ p ; the 
PrintStudio interface. 

Because of the usui lck-e 
imposed by a single p-age ■ wmpi> sn'T 
possible to go into real depth concenwig 
the program itself, so tc r the : me oemg 
well have to make do with a brirf guided 
tour, returning in later columns for j more 
in-depth look at the options on after— 

On the very top of tie P^tStud . win- 
dow you'll see the interface colour ophons, 
but perhaps more 
importantly, com 
cealed between 
these two gadgets 
lies the system 
information drop- 
down which is 
revealed by clicking 
on the central title 
bar. This produce! 
a small window 
which shows your 
available fast and 
chip RAM plus a 
running total of the 
two. 

Below the title bar lurk trie four main 
power gadgets. The firs: of :hese is the 
fLBM icon which allows you to load any IFF 
and print either the entire image or just 
_. r ., selected parts. 

An additional 
screen gives com- 
plete control over 
the palette Of the 
picture to be printed 


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with options to convert to 
negative and to exchange 
foreground to background. 
The screen icon has a dual 
purpose. It not only allows 
the user to capture entire 
screens or individual win- 
dows which can then be 
saved to disk, but also pro- 
vides an ideal way Eo cap- 
ture graphics which can be 
Heed into the II BM element of the program 
far printing. 

As the name suggests, the Text gadget 
gives full control over the printing of text 
files which incidentally can be written 
with the CraphicStation's own bult-ifi text 
editor. 

The Text printing options are many and 
varied, as a result well be devoting addi- 
tional space to a lull explanation during a 
later issue of the support column 

finally we come to the Preferences 
option which we explored earlier. As this 
merely gives access to the standard Amiga 
preferences program, a detailed recount of 
its options isn't necessary. 

If you require further assistance have a 
dig around and retrieve the Workbench 
manual which contains all the necessary 
information. 

Don't forget to tune in next month lor 
more info on the premier productivity pn> 
gram plus more in depth advice on 
PrintStudio. 


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Aftexx 130 

Graphics and AAeur have a 
bright future together* as Alex 
Gian finds out 


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H aving covered most of the bare-tones 
basics of ARexx, we naw make a small 
deerskin to look at a subject that will 
interest almost all new users of the language. 

The Amiga's reputation is built on its graphics 
capabilities, its multitasking and its interface, and a 
newcomer is bound to ask: *Hqw can I make use 
of these advanced features easily?" 

On# might have thought that the loading and- 
saving of graphics, the use of file requesters and so 
on wound be easily available from the system, but 
up to now this has not necessarily been the case. 

While the Amiga's old utility language, 
AmigaBas*Cp did give access lo some of these fea- 
tures, it offered an unfriendly and cranky interface. 
Many people turned to AMOS Bask, because of its 
excellent access to the Amiga's bells and whistles,, 
but AMOS needs its own environment and does 
not multitask with the Intuition qraphic user inter- 
face. 

$o r bLzarrriy, there has not really been an effec- 
tive utility language for the Amiga - most users 
have relied on diverse PD utilities to perform their 
various management tasks. 

It is here that ARexx comes into Its own in a 
way that really shines, and which has not yet 
received the acclaim it deserves. By supporting the 
addition of limitless extension libraries, ARexx lets 
us create custom functions that will do the afore- 
mentioned jobs easily and cleanly. 

For instance, functions to open a window or a 
screen, to display a graphic, create a menu or get 
a file requester might look something like 
OpenWindowO, OpenScreenQ, Display Psc{), 
MakeMenu() k CetRequesterfJ - in other words, 
intuitive and easy to use, much as you would 
expect them lo be. 

A small library with features like these - 
rx JnluUibrary - is included on this month's 
Cover Disk This library gives access to many 
Intuition functions and system functions, as well as 
the Basic-like peekfi and pokeQ. Normally, func- 
tions like these are only available to programmers 
using assembler, C and their ilk, 

Remember to mstall the library before use with 
the command: 


Alex Gian looks at 
graphics and intuition 
with ARexx, and 
predicts a bright future 
for the language 

sequence. We use rx-intui In the example below lo 
show how we can write a simple picture viewer in 
just a tew knes, The reason it seems so simple is 
that the hard work has already been done by the 
author of the library. 

It is therefore all the more remarkable that all 
the best ARexx support libraries are freely dis- 
tributable, and more are appearing daily this 
demonstrates the support that ARexx receives, and 
its true utility nature. 

Of course, you will have to learn something of 
the workings of Intuition if you want to produce 
anything fancy, buL for simple purposes, every- 
thing you need is already there. 

Let us look at the example now, which will 
recap some of what we have already seen, and 
also demonstrate the use of nested loops and If 
statements: 


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The first part af the program merely checks 
whether it was run with an argument supplied or 
not, using parsing techniques we have already 
seen. If no argument was given, then the user is 


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prompted to supply a file name. 

You could also use a file- 
requester to do this, as we 
showed in the last issue. A check 
is made to ensure that the file 
exists, and its contents are then 
displayed with a simple function, 
in this case L oadlF-f Q. 

A useful feature is that 


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ARexx 


The usefulness of ARexx -ies «n two general directions. Firstly, m the extens- 
ibility of the language v ia special libraries (and external command hosts 
we saw this in the ClockDl program, which provided us with a file-requester 
and window control) and secondly as a powerful automation tool lot appli- 
cations that need script control - for jobs that would otherwise have to be 
done manually. This is, of course, a generalisation, and there are wide over- 
laps. 


Provision of custom . 
functions [language f 
functions) \ 


Automation of 
\ programs through 
- 1 / the use of scripts 


Obviously, both elements of the equation are equally important, and it is 
their combination that gives ARexx its unique abilities. 

Let us now look at some more programs that link ARexx and graphics, in 
order to get a better idea of what is possible. 


RexxArplib. library 

FreeDraw 

CanDo 

AMXj Art Department 


APliC.library 

RexxPfPtot 

Hyperbook 


The first, RexxArpLib, is a library similar to our own rxjntui, in that it 
allows easy access to Intuition features - despite its name) It started off as an 
interface to the ARP. library a library that successlully replaced parts of 
AmigaDOS - but acquired many graphic features along the way. 

It has been around for a while, and is quire popular. Unusually, it opens 
ARexx port for every graphics task, but once you get the hang of it, is very 
pleasant to use, 

APIC - at least you won't forget the name - is another library with similar 
features, which also tries to cover some gaps left by RexxArpUb. As you can 
see, the user is spoiled For choice. 

FreeDraw h an interesting example of how ARexx can transform a pro- 
gram. It began life as a simple drawing package that could do lines, squares 


and other simple tasks. As you can imagine, its practical real fife value was lim- 
ited . 

However, It acquired an ARexx port when various programmers (particu- 
larly T Rokicki with minrexx) took advantage of its simplicity to show how a 
port could be attached to any program with a simple module. The resulting 
FreeDraw can now perform quite complex plotting routines via custom ARexx 
commands- the accompanying illustrations show this. 

RexxPiPlol is another Interesting case. It started oft as a powerful library of 
plotting routines, with very high quality output, but it was only available for 
inclusion in C programs. With its ARexx interface it is now available to anyone. 

Of course it does run a bit slower under ARexx, it needs to be learned, and 
if you want professional PostScript output you will need lots of memory. 
Kowevet anyone requiring an interactive professional quality plotting module 
will be more than pleased wit h it. 

NexL, we mention CanDo and Hyperbook. These are multimedia software 
authoring packages, both of which sport ARexx ports. Anyone who has used 
this kind of program will appreciate the case that they bring into the creation 
of presentations. 

CanDo a implemented as a command host, and since it has its own script 
language, is more likely to rety on ARexx for information about the system. 
Hyperbaok, on the other hand, uses ARexx soldy as its script language, and 
because it is implemented as a function host (ie all its operations are also 
ARexx functions) it can be control fd very easily, even from other programs. 

Using powerful programs tike th* *ou can realty let your creativity loose, 
without getting bogged down m mess, coding details! 

Finally, ASDC's Art Department <s a powerful industry standard package 
which can perform a vast amount of graphic operations, including 24-bit 
wqi % and the conversion of almost any picture format ever devised. The facL 
that it proudly carries an ARexx interface only underlines that graphics and 
ARexx have a bright future together. 

We will look at Amiga system programming with ARexx again in the future, 
but next lime we mil return to ARexx proper, to have a look at some impor- 
tant control features in the language as well as the excellent debugging and 
tracing facilities, which will be appnr- iated by beginners and old hands alike. 


while the window and screen settings can be fully 
customised, they can also be left unspecified, in 
which case the function uses its own default val- 
ues. These are quite adequate in most cases. 

AN necessary windows and so on will be dealt 
with automatically. This makes the function useful 
to beginners and more advanced programmers 
alike! 

An average PD file viewer is over 20k in size, so 
you can see that the libraries are doing a lot of 
work to bnng all that programming into just one 
line. Rx intui. library actually calls a further library 
(Ibmjbrary) to handle display and saving, but this 
b invisible to the user. All you have lo do is make 
sure that all necessary libraries are in your libs; 
drawer. 

the other advantage of doing it this way, rather 
than using, say, a standard PD viewer, is that you 
can tailor it exactly Lo your needs. You can create 
a custom slide show, with the prompts that you 
wani and you can easily tie it in with other ARexx- 
compdhble utilities. 

For instance, you could edit the pictures as you 
go, perhaps ''Stamping* them with some informa- 


tion generated by the system. The next line in our 
listing uses the PeekQ function to look at the window 
data (structure) in memory, and get the address of 
the screen on which our window has opened. 

We will need this when we exit the program - we 
will then close the screen and leavE everything 
behind us nice and tidy. 

We'll look at the system structures in a later arti- 
cle, but for now all you need to know is that the 
address ol a screen is 46 bytes into the window 
structure. 

Next we havE a loop that checks the mEssages 
sent by the system to the intuition windows when 
things like mouse dicks and keypresses occur. These 
are known as IDCMP (Intuition Direct 
Communication Message Port) messages. 

Again we will go into no detail fiere - suffice it to 
say that the first part of the message sent whEn the 
mouse key Is pressed has a value of three. The library 
documentation for the WaiLMsgQ function goes into 
more detail. 

We use this loop so that we can break out of our 
picture viewing with a mouse click. Once we are out 
of the foop we use the rxjntui supplied functions 



CrirjiMV s In N'nfnr Jmj oiodr ernty 

EndWmdawO and EndScreenO to give us back the 
memory we have used. 

Well that's all there is to it! I know that it may 
initially appear daunting to beginners, but it really 
is one of the cleanest ways to go about this kind of 
work. Experienced programmers often turn to 
ARexx when designing prototype work, and leave 
the complex coding to the end, when the design 
has taken form. 




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I - ft last month's column we went through the 
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additional hardware which can transform ytrnf 
first faltering steps info full-blown, stylish spec- 
taculars. 

As promised last month, out first port ol call 
concerns a near essential element ot any serious 
studio. The genlock comes second only to the 
Amiga - and, ol course, the video - wishm any 
serious setup. As a result, it's well worth thinking 
long and hard about your investment. 

To help you make such a big decision iL's 
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genlock can offer, how it works and finally how 
to get the best from your i n vestment . 

The first job is to Cut through the jargon and 
explain what your newest investment will actu- 
ally offer, first, the word genlock is a concatena- 
tion of "general locking" - a tedious biL ol trivia, 
but always handy as an ideal dinner party con- 
versation stopper. 


This month Paul Austin continues his tutorial 
on how to build up from the basics 


Genlock buyers' brief 

With SO many ger : or the market it would be unfair to single out one or two as perfect buys. 



Nevertheless there are a few pointers which should make your decision a little easier. 

' Obviously your chc k may be restricted by available funds, but there are a lew points to look for 
first is an RGB through r-:-T- Not all bargain basement units have this option but it s an important 
addition which can save a ot of hassle during production - if yoo can manage the extra investment, 

' T TthefTs^a'cho i:-- c-ump lor a unit that employs sliders as opposed to knobs to achieve wipes arid 
fades between the two signals. This isn't as important as a through port but it does minimise |erky 


transitions. 


If possible, look ior a -jrvt that otters an invert option. You're only likely to lind it on more recent 
&£ but it's a handy addition allowing you to make colour zero the transparent element while all 

° lh Creabng^r^fod^ wWm a masked or semi-transparent background can really help to empha- 
sire certain aspects withifl the smage 


If you want more detail on units, prices, performance and the like, look at to ^emteds issue of 


Achieving the results 


AC for a complete roundup of the available hardware. Next month I'll be taking a look at OhI*s excel- 
lent Presentation Master, detailing how best it can be incorporated into the average DTV setup 


More important aspects ol a genlock concern 
how it achieves such impressive results, Basically 
there arc three elements that make up any gen- 
lock. The first and most obvious feature is its 
ability to overlay, or key, computer-generated 
images over a video signal. Although impressive, 
this is perhaps the simplest part of tile equation. 

The really clever bit concerns the synchronis- 
ing of the video and computer signals at sync 
pulse level. Without this ability, genlocking as a 
concept would be impossible. 

The final element 
concerns coding, a 
process which con- 
verts the Amiga's 
RGB signal into a 

PAL composite or S-VHS signal, depending 
on your setup. 

With these three elements in place, you 
have the essence ol a genlock, Of course, 
more expensive units offer a whole range ol 
additional whistles and bells which enhance 
the output and flexibility of the unit. 

Nevertheless, for as little as £100, a 
basic genlock will provide all ot the j 
three elements which combine to pro 
doce impressive results. 


register rather than ~< r actual colour, it's possible 
to have an entire palette ^ade up of identical 
colours, with only the areas painted in colour 
zero displaying the keyed - 'dec image, 

if lor some strange -eason you don't want the 



Application 

The actual application ol a genlock 
remains a mystery to many, but really it's 
3 very simple process. A common miscon- 
ception is that genlocks "key" onto a spe- 
cific colour, This is not the case, as the majority 
lock solely fo colour zero in the Amiga's colour 
palette. Like all the registers in the Amiga's 
repertoire, it can be any colour you want it to 
be. 

Because the genlock keys to a specific colour 


option to genlock but still require your art on 
video, a PAL encoder is the perfect alternative for 
anyone who needs to transfer their art onto tape. 

Unlike a genlock, a PAL encoder has only one 
aim in life, that being to convert the RGB output 
of the Amiga into a high quality PAL VHS com- 
posite or S-VHS Y C signal. The attraction of an 
encoder is that it provides the best possible 
Amiga to PAL conversion, but it does mean your 
art is restricted to Amiga only. 

Tor animators 
this could 
be ideal, 
as live 
action 

video usually isn't required. An added 
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disk 

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> A mas ss ye :i-:i K ram drive tup 1c SMbw th 
Rsparscn) a av.te.iole m PC mods and It's PC- 
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Memo ry 

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1 EM 5 {expanded memoryf is suppoded allowing 
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Printer 

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m PC mode. 

Seri til 

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is takep by ihe Amiga mou^e ire Amigo s serai 
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Sound 

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PC emulation is a contentious issue - but the KCS Power PC board 
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R esponding to queries by readers, l have 
now written a full assembler version of a 
routine to read an Iff picture file — the 
routine is available on this month's CoveiOisk, 
interchange format Files (or IFFs) are a conve- 
nient way dF storing data in a way that any program 
can recognise. Usually the file starts with a group 
header. This has a group 10 of four Ascii letters, the 
total file length, and then the ID of the type of file. 

The picture files that I have come across are usu- 
ally ILBM (interleaved bitmap) or ACBM (contiguous 
bitmap) but there could be others as well as files for 
musk or text data. The file would consist of a series 
ol chunks, starting with a chunk ID and chunk 
length followed by Ihe chunk data. All chunks are 
read by the program. Chunks like DPPV and CRNG 
are Ignored, but the following are processed: 


II is interesting to look at the data, in a real IFF file to 
see how it is put together. Enter "type piccy opt h" 
f« a look at the different chunks and their contents. 
A typical chunk header for a BMHD chunk of 20 
bytes would look like: 


Margaret Stanger presents a full assembler 
version of a routine to read IFF picture files 


tTUUGVt ODQOOOh 


Colour information would start: 

S3W1SD DCDCDCJC OOOOOODO 40&OMH) TlMtttDOD AOSOtOOC- 


BMHD The bitmap header has the depth, 
width and height of the picture and 
the screen it came from, and a flag 
to indicate whether the data was 
compressed. 

C MAP This chunk contains a list of the 
colours used. 

ABIT This is the main data for an ACBM 
picture, The information is stored 
for a complete bit plane at a time. 

BODY Data lor an ILBM file. The data for 
ail the bitplanes of the first screen 
row is f of lowed by similar data for 
the other rows. It there are a lot of 
bytes the same colour the data may 
be compressed to save disk spate. 
The usual algorithm is to use a flag 
to indicate whether the next few 
bytes are to be read individually or 
cloned, 


This would indicate 30 bytes of colour information 
starting with black (00 00 OO), dark green (00 60 
00}, lighter green (QO AD 00), light green (00 EO 00) 
and camel or taupe (AO BO 40), 

I wrote a general purpose file reader that could 
be accessed from arty assembler source module. The 
picture filename, destination bitmap and colourlist 
vary, so they would be the input parameters lot the 
routine, The routine 'feadfile' reads an ILBM or 
ACBM file where; 


name is the address of the filename 
bitmap is the address of the bitmap structure 
tD be used assuming this bitmap is 
initialised and the rasters correctly 
allocated - the bitmap must allow 
enough screen memory lor the 
picture! 

colourlist is a pointer to where the colours are 
to be stored, eg colooftisl: ds.w 32 for 
32 colours 


Devpac macros 


A macro Is a small piece of frequent ly used 
code that is included in a source file when it 
Is compiled. This macro is called in the 
source code, and included at compile lime 
like a header file, so the source code can 
remain fairly compact. 

The macro code is included in the object 
code every time the macro is called (unlike a 
call to a library routine) so there are no extra 
overheads al run lime. Some extra memory 
is needed for object code, but this is usually 
offset by other advantages, especially on 
short macros. 

The Devpac assembler has macros avail- 
able for calling Amiga library routines To 
take full advantage of these, use the follow 
irtg routine to open the DOS library: 


where space is reserved in the data section 
for each library pointer and library name, 


OtijBiir: dr . t 0 

3isna«: DOSkAAE 


A call to the DOS library routine, Delay, 
would then take the form; 


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io¥tn 

CALL EKES OpifiLlbr*^ 

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a-n •• Ytrs^fl 


SI IV E pointer 


The module assumes that the file is present, K ILBM 
Of ACBM and that the bitmap and colourlist are 
Ok. When these conditions are met the module will 
read in the named picture tile, unscramble it, put it 
in the chosen bitmap, and put its colours into your 
colourlist 

The module also assumes that there is enough 
memor. tor the compressed data while it is being, 
decoded; this memory can be reused later. If mem- 
ory is short, the module could be adapted with a 
sm Slier outter to read in part of the data at a lime. 
This would slo w down the program - there would 
be more processing and disk access would be less 
efficient. 


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The macro CALLDOS would save the con 
tents of register a6, load >6 with the address 
in location DOSBase, call the required DOS 
Library routine, and restore I he original con- 
lent! &i 

It ta the no longtr necessary to declare 
ejeh library routine as an external reference, 
but the header files exe c/exec 11b, i, 
libraries /dos. I, and libra rles/dos lib.i need to 
be Included. 


The routine runs slightly faster than its C equiva- 
lent; a C programmer may want to resort to such a 
routine rt picture tries are to be read several times 
during a program ojn- 

lt b pc^ifcde to call an as&embler function from a 
c module by declaring the assembler function 
address as an external reference . Any values are 
returned via register dO. 

rf ,^ng any address registers other than aO and 
al. p'jjr- the registers on to the stack at the begin- 
n ng of tne assembler routine, and pull them off at 
the end. C routines would put their input vanables 
onto the stack, rather than into data registers, so the 
ass. routine would need to be adapted 
slightly when being called from a C program. 

The demo program on the CoverDisk contains 
two source modules, pix.a and iffread2-a, which can 
be assembled and linked together in the normal 
way. 

The object module, pix, dears the screen by 
blanking out the colours. The ILBM picture file, with 
the filename specified in the calling program, is 
opened and read. The BMHD thunk gives instruc- 
tions on the dimensions of the picture, and the 
number of bitplanes and colours. 

The colours from the CMAP are copied to the 
colourlist in the calling program. The picture data in 
the BODY chunk is read in, decoded, and copied to 
the bitplanes specified by the bitmap structure in 
the tailing program. The file is closed, and control 
goes back to the main program, 

The picture is displayed on the screen until the 
user presses the joystick Fire button, or dicks a 
mouse button. If you want to watch the operation 
in slow motion, comment out the first jsr 
_LVOLoadRGE4(a6) instruction in the main pro- 


gram. 


Then you will see the current screen contents in 
the default colours while the picture is loading. Cail 
the "wait" routine alter each line - or even each 
plane to see how the picture is slowly built up, 


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MUSIC 


The dance 





A udible plagiarism is big business in the 
music scene, As a consequence, it was 
wily a matter of time before the sticky- 
fingered exploits of numerous producers and musi- 
cians made their way onto the Amiga. 

Whether you agree with the practice or not, 
sampling other peoples' 1 work is a fact of life and 
has become the norm rather than the exception, 

The two latest floppy-based collections offer radi- 
cally different approaches to the art of second-hand 
song compilation. The first comes from Time and 
Space and features edited sampled hacUbeal song 
sections rather than individual sounds, 

The second selection of swag appears courtesy 
of Cajiis 1 Music Software and arrives as a five-piece, 
floppy-based selection containing between 30 and 
40 individual samples on each disk, all 
borrowed/p inched/ lifted/blagged and generally 
leased on a permanent basis Irom a variety of the 
very latest state-of-the-art sequencers and modules, 
We'll open with the dance-dedicated element of 
the duet. Zero-G comes hot from the all-nighter, 
bringing with it a selection of 72 edited samples 
universally know as Breakbeats. 

The collection is derived from the personal col- 
lection of Ed Stratton - AKA Man Machine who, 
according to the humph, is a world renowned 
techno pioneer. 

All ihe sam ples have been captured as IFF files at 
16,726 cycles per second. As you might expect, this 
makes for very impressive results - it is, after all 
roughly double the sampling rate for the average 
Amiga sample, 

Where appropriate, loop points have been 
added making it possible to build an entire section 


Paul Austin examines a phenomenon that's 
spread from the rave scene and finally 
invaded the world of Amiga software 



All |he programs listed below are ideal for handling Amiga -based 

samples, For the newcomer MED fl perhaps the perfect choice. 

It's not only cheap but boasts one ol the bed piano roll formats 

around while having the added bonus of 

a built-in. If slightly basic, 

sample editor In versions 3.00 and onward 

j. 

Bars and Pipes Professional 

Zone Distribution 

Digital Musician 

Centresoft 

DMCS (Deluxe Music Construction Set) 

Electronic Ms 

Dynamic Drums 

Not known 

GMC (Game Music Generator) 

Public Domain 

Instant Music 

Electronic Arts 

KC5 

Zone Distribution 

MED (Musk EDitor) 

Public Domain 

Music Composer 

Public Domain 

Music-X 

The Software Business 

NdseTrackw 

Public Domain 

Octamed 

Amiganyis United 

Oklalyser 

Public Domain 

Protracker 

Public Domain 

Quartet 

Microdeal 

Sequencer One 

Gajits 

i. = !■ 

Cenresorf 

Super) AM! 

Zone Distribution 

TFMX 1f*2 

Ubisoft 


or song around a single looping sample. The breaks 
thernsefves have been pre-edited to cycle perfectly. 
All you need do is glue the various elements 
together, 

Aside from simple cycling repeats, some beats 
offer intro breaks with associated back beats that con- 
tinue on perfectly after the initial intro sample. 

Alt the samples are tuned to middle C r so there 
should be very little editing required. Nevertheless, 
the accompanying manual offers advice on how to 
create or recreate looping sampler, and how to com- 
bine a single intro sample with an infinitely repeating 
backbeaL 

Advice 

The tutorial goes on with further hints and tips on 
adjusting loop points and the creation ol single 
instrument sustain hops. The entire tutorial section is 
based around AudoMaster III, but don't be put off rf 
you’re the proud owner of either Audition 4 or 
Intersound, as the advice is fakly general and should 
port over to other packages very easily. 

Generally speaking, the Zero-G collection is excel- 
lent tor dance fans but next to useless for anyone 
else. Having said that there Is a chance to do a lithe 
poaching of your own, as sounds can be isolated 
with a decent sample editor and lilted foe latter use. 

the sound quality and editing is very impressive, 
and the samples could easily 
slip back into the rave scene 
without anyone noticing their 
Amigan ancestry. 

As mentioned earlier, Gajits 1 
collection offers a slightly 
more purist approach to audT 
ble plagiarism Rather than 
offering complete sections, 
they concentrate solely on 
individual sounds sampled 
directly from various 
unnamed sequencers and 
modules. 

As a consequence, song cotv 
stmctksn is a little more long- 
winded but infinitely more 
original than its dance-orien- 
taLed counterparts. 

All the voice samples are 
recorded at 1 ,200 cycles per 
second which at first glance 
appears inferior in comparison 
to the Zero-G collection. It r 5 
true that the quality at the 
ideal pitch isn't as good but 
this is negated by the added 
range which the slightly lower 
sampling rate provides. 

The choice h a simple one. II 
a sample is taken at a high 
rate, its sound at perfect pitch 


Power players 

If you tonuder yourself a serious dance devo- 
te*, the world of & bit sampling is probably 
well below ^>ur requirements. As a result, the 
CD based version of the Zero G collection 
coukd be ideal. 

The complete three -CD set contains 
approximately 3,000 assorted samples cover- 
ing the entire spectrum of modern dance 
musk, AH the sounds included are fully blown 
16- bit repikas of the originals, with breaks, 
vocal hooiu. special FXs, keyboard samples 
and just about everything else any would-be 
D| or producer would ever need 


is indeed better But when high fate samples are 
moved up or down through the octave range they 
become distorted far quicker than samples recorded 
at a lower r^e. Ai a result, there has to be a compro- 
m is* when recording sounds wh ich are to be played 
over numerous octaves. 

&ecdjse percussion b generally used at or around 
perfect p4d% Casts' have sampled all such sounds it 
25,000 cycles, which even 
outstrips ihe impressive j 
fidelity of the Zero-G col- 
lection _ 

For the true musos 
out there, this collec- 
tion has to be the bet- 
ter choice ol the lwo r 
especially rf you want 
truly original results 
and don't mind 
putting a little mare 
time into their cre- 
ation. 


Zero-G Datafile Amiga 

Breakbeats vol 1 (five disk, floppy-based collection) 
Price £29.95 

Zero-G Datafile CD 
Any single volume far €49.95 
Any two volumes for £89.95 
All three for £1 29 ,95 

All Zero-G products available from Time and Space 
FG Box 306 , , Herts, MP4 3EP 
Tel: 0442 S706B1 

Sampler Series 

£9.95 for the next two months, £1 2.95 thereafter. 
£39.95 For all Five 

Gajits Music Software, l-Mex House 
40 Princess Street, Manchester, Ml 6DF 
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A great hobby it may be, but communications 
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at ways of avoiding that second mortgage 


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L ast month we looked at bulletin boards 
and conferencing systems and ended with 
a warning about costs. But costs can be 
cut dramatically in a number of ways. 

Although you should be able to find plenty of 
boards which are only a local call away some of 
the more interesting ones are likely to be at the 
other end of the country and long distance calls 
are expensive, If you think you'll be making lots 
of long distance calls, it's worth getting a 
Mercury account. 

This alternative telephone system is now avail- 
able from almost anywhere in the country, 
although some areas are still not coveted. The 
system works on a PIN code basis, for about £fl 
per year you are issued with a personal code 
which is dialled before the normal telephone 
number. This puls you into the Mercury system 
and cuts BT out altogether 

Any calls made in this way are billed to you by 
Mercury so that theoretically you need only ever 
pay BT lor their standing charges - line and 
equipment rental and so on. Mercury calls worts 
out a good deal cheaper for all except local area 
calls and if you use the phone a lot. this can add 
up to a substantial saving. 

Another useful feature of Mercury is the 
option of allocating cost centre codes to the PIN 
These two or three digit numbers are chosen by 
you and are a handy way of separating different 
types of calls when the bill comes in. 

For instance, a different code could be allo- 
cated to each member of the family, plus one for 
each BBS you dial regularly. The bill is itemised 
with cost centres totalled separately. 

One small problem with Mercury is that you 
might need to buy a new telephone to handle it. 
However, these need not be too expensive, and 
for around £30 you will be able to get hold ol a 
spanking new phone with number storage facil- 
ity which saves you from having to feed in a 1 0 
to 20 digit code every time you dial.. 

More expensive models with built-in answer* 


ing or even fax machines are also widely available 
but all you. really need is a piece of apparatus 
capable of handling tone dialling. 

There is a simple way to join chat sessions 
inexpensively, and here a high speed modem can 
be a great money-saver. Since reading and writ- 
ing messages takes a lot of time, it makes seme to 
do so whale not connected to the BBS, by means 
of an OLfi (offline reader), such as GLR2, as found 
on the Amigo Computing CoverDisk a few months 
back. 

This is simply a piece of software which wilt log 
on to a board automatically, find all the messages 
you haven't read yet, bundle and compress them 
and finally download the file to disk. When this is 
done, the QLR will log you off automatically. 

Next, and in your own time with no charges 
ticking up. The OLR will allow you to read the 


message-, - any urder you wish and give you the 
opportune so reply to interesting ones w make 
new messages of your own. 

The next time you log on to the board, the 
OLR wiii upload >ouf messages and place them in 
tht svste-m before downloading the next batch of 
un^ad messages This method of working is 
ta^ed 'blinking' and is a tremendous money-' 
saver m tact you should nl think ol using any sys- 
tem requ^r v without investigating which OLRs 
are 3>a-.aole on that board. 

Shareware 

Me-: DU software is shareware, including the 
one i am currently evaluating. Amiga Silver 
Express is installed in my local board as a menu 
option. When I log on I can simply choose this 
opt on decide which messages I want to capture, 
the- clownload the compressed bundle created 
by the system. 

Although this part of the operation is auto- 
mat'd. the logging on and off is not. This has to 
oe handled by a script, which is rather like the 
tiart-up sequence used when you boot your 
Amiga It is simply a list of instructions saying 
what to answer when the BBS offers various 
prompts. Setting up scripts demands quite A 
good knowledge of each BBS you wish to use, as 
each will present prompts and menus differently. 
Tfth h jh*ndUled bp h*mg a fringe of differ 
ent scripts, one for each board, and a piece of 
com ms software which can handle them. 

The most widely used comms software on the 
Amiga is Ncomm, which handles scripts effort- 
lessly and allows a phone book to be created to 
store both the telephone numbers of each BBS 
and all the sellings, usernames and passwords 
required. Ncomm is available for download from 
most bulletin boards which offer files, and is well 
worth a look. 


Speedy savings 

An effective method of cutting costs, although very expensive initially, is to buy a faster modem This 
may or may not be cost eftectwe in the long run r depending upon your usage pattern and the sort 
ol telephone line you have. 

The biggest benefit from faster modems comes il you upload and download lots of files. Even 
though 1 ill’s are generally handled in compressed Form, a hill si/e game can take at least an hour to 
download with a relatively slow (1 20b baud) modem. 

The same life will squirt down the line in less than live minutes with one of the high speed 
modems now on the market. If you handle lots of files this can ndri up to a substantial saving on 
twtt r yuur pftom PrY . 1 end aw/ ■ jj tiern Ml kam hewrds Hihkh dwg# ly ft# how* 

If you are more interested in chatting on bulletin hoards, a faster modem will not necessarily save 
you much money. Alter a certain point you reach the stage where the speed of data transfer is lim- 
ited not hy the modem but by your typing speed. lt J s no use having a high speed modem if all it p s 
doing is silting waiting for your fingers to catch up? 

Again, many hoards are quite slow In operation, taking some time to find and select the next 
menu you have chosen. Here the modem has lo wail 'or the system rather than you. If you intend to 
spend a lot of your lime online reading and writing messages, or chatting directly to the sysop [sys* 
tem operator) then you really don't need anylhing above 2,400 baud - more power will simply be 
waited. 




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AMOS 


Psychedelic scenery 


Peter Hickman shows 
you how to hypnotise 
your relatives using just 
your Amiga... and a 
copy of Amos! 

Y our Amiga is blessed with a wonderful 
collection of 4,09d different colours. 
With these colours we can create new 
worlds and alternate realities, with art. packages litre 
Deluxe Paint. With Amos we can go a step Further 
and use the power of colour to produce anima- 
tion. 

Before we go into too much detail, it will help 
for you to know a little biL about the way colours 
are handled by the Amiga. Under ordinary circum- 
stances you can display T2 individual colours 
onscreen. These are stored in colour registers, You 
can think of a colour register as being an empty 
paint pot r which we can fill up with any colour 
At its simplest form you can see colour cycling 
at fairgrounds and fancy Christmas displays. This 
happens when a string of unlit bulbs are switched 
on in sequence one at a time. This gives the fu- 
sion that a bulb is moving along. We can demon- 
strate this with a simple program. 

The first step is to open up our screen, so go 
into the Amos editor and type: 

Scree n (ben D , 3-20 r 20C « IAjLdv -ri 
Flash Oft 
CU 0 
Cuts frff 

Now we must set up our palette, Remember that 


each of the numbers in the following line represent 
the "paint" that we are pouring into the paint pot 
(colour register), 

The colour which we have poured into colour 
register number one - remember that the 32 dif- 
ferent colour registers are labelled from 0 to 31 - is 
white (if FF) and represents our bulb which is 
switched on: 

Now we must draw our Sight-bulbs, Each one 
will use a different colour, selected with the PEN 
command: 

Facer D 

Far LOP = 1 To 15 
Per UP 
Hit YbL 
Print ,! Q 
Hixt LOP 

Tbe final stage is to start the colour cycling up. 
We will do this using the Shift command, which 
uses four parameters, The first is the speed at 
which the colours will cycle, the second and third 
specify the start and end colour registers which will 
be cycled and the I Inal parameter is far special 
effects Which we will not be using! 

Just how does it wort? Well, the Shift command 
will move the colour stored in register number 1 
into register number 2 f the colour in register 2 into 
register 1 r 3 into 4 r 4 into S etc. It's a bit tike pour^ 
ing the paint from one pot into another! 

shift up 2,1,15,1 

fe i red 

That's it. Simple huh? 

Another interesting u^e of colour cycling is to 
produce weird backgrounds For games and demos 
- or hypnotising Friends and relatives! 

In the next example we will draw a small Week 



Practical Amos 

Wr have seen how to create a simple 
Pieman type game in Amos, bid what's 
mtl 1 How about education! 

An absolute wealth of educational soil 
watt appeared in thop^ and In public 
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Am .’. Many people who have good Ideas 
but ha*e befn unable to Implement them 
in traditional languages like Amiga Bask 
hAvc found that Amps allow* them to 
breath* Mr into I heir ideal. 

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Amo* Who knows, you could go on to 
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16 x IS o.fcM n size, grab it as a Bab aod finally 
paste t a over The screen Once again, our screen 
must be opewt up, and a palette selected. In this 
case l hw used shades of blue; 

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quite i ; ' ' : - ar*d draw it onto the screen: 

f$t 1iQ T* IS 
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Mid spot 

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By using the Get Bob command we can grab this 
sns- p «n and stick it all over the screen, 20 bkxks 
across and 12 Weeks down: 

Mt 6c o 1X0 Tc H,1 h 
fpr 1-0 Td 11 
Ut 1=0 Ta H 
Past* Mb (ilM*U,1 

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In the first of two parts, Ben Pointer shows you 
how to achieve superior greyscale scanning 


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r act ice makes perfect, the old saying 
1^ goes. And as far as using greyscale 
$ hand scanners is concerned, the old 
saying rings true. 

The quality of the resultant image will always 
depend on the quality of the original. The natu- 
ral assumption here is that black-and-white 
photographs will always provide belter 
greyscale scanned images than colour ones. 

Not true. 

What matters is Contrast. A good quality, 
bright and colourful photograph - one taken in 
strong light like bright sunlight or under pho- 
tographic lamps - will scan perfectly well and in 
most cases will result in a better 1 6 greyshade 
imagE than the same image scannedjrom a 
black-and-white equivalent. 

You should always use the scanner's halftone 
setting for scanning anything but line drawings, 
usually marked on the scanning head as the 
smallest of three dots. Ignore the two larger 
dots - on the whole these are a waste of time, 
although they can sometimes be used to get a 
better scan of a low contrast ( Jl muddy 1 w ) origi- 
nal. 

Preparation 

Use the highest dots-per-inch setting avail- 
able, usually 400 dpi, and to start with set the 
brightness wheel to the lightest setting. 

in preparation for the scan, try to find a hori- 
zontal line on the original to line up with the 
front of the scanning head. I don't mean 
through the window, I mean in front of that 
look over the front of the scanner and I ne its 
foremost edge up with something horizontal rn 
the picture, preferably as near the top of it as 
possible - often this can be the actual top edge 
of the photograph. 

Once the head is straight, start the software 
scan so that the green scanning light comes on, 
but before pressing the scanning button on the 
head, look through the window and push the 


positioned correctly across the top of the image 
to be scanned. 

Sometimes this will result in the front oF the 
scanner protruding over the top of the image, 
and when you start to pull the head it gets 
stuck on that leading edge of the paper. The 
solution is to place a clear sheet of plastic or 
acetate over the photo- 
graph or picture before- 
hand, or slip it inside ore 
of those clear plastic A4 
paper sleeves that station- 
ers sell. 

Always remember that a 
single, even pull is better 
than lots ol very slow jerky 
pulls. The trick is not to 
put too much down wards 
pressure on the head. 

You need to press down 
a bit or the roller under- 
neath the head will stop 
roiling (ifs this roller that 
keeps track of thE length 
of the scan) and bits of 
the image will not be 
scanned, but the pressure 
should be light. The 


amount of downwards pressure you apply also 
affects [he brightness of the scan because the 
more u'essyre you apply the less light gets in 
underneath the scanning head to add to the 
illumination of the picture, and therefore the 
amount of light reflected from it. Heavy pres- 
sure results in darker images. 


Straight scanning 

You’ll find it easier to scan in straight lines 
if you use some sort of straight edge to run 
the head down when scanning. I find that 
the spine of a thick and heavy hook is best, 
something like a telephone directory, 

ll needs to be heavy so that it won't slip 
if you accidentally lean against it a bit too 
much. Even then you may have difficulty 
keeping the head straight because the bit 
at the front that you push against the book 
is too narrow and might wobble about a 
bit. 

The way to solve this is to use two heavy 
books, one either side of the head, forming 
a kind of valley down which Lo pull the 
scanner. If the books are heavy enough 
there's no way that the head can wander 
off line, so It's just a case of lining the 
books up correctly before scanning. 


Processing by hand 

If you can’t afford image processing software and want to get better 
printed output of muddy greyscale images, you can do it by hand if 
you have an art package and a little patience 
To adjust the brightness of an image, simply click on each colour in 
the palette and change its RGB value to the next lightest shade. So 
0,0,0 (black) becomes 1,1,1; 1,1. 1 becomes 2,2,2 and so on all the way 
up to 14,14,14 which becomes 15, 15, 15, 

keep in mind that each time you go through this process you turn 
one more shade of light grey an to solid white, so the more you do it, 
the more detail gets lost. A better way is to leave black and white alone 
and drastically brighten the greys in between. Change both 1,1,1 and 
2,2,2 to £.8,8; change 3,3,3 and 4,4,4 to 9,9,9; change 5,5,5 and 6,6,6 
to 10,10,10; and so on until the two greys before white are 14,14,14 
You might find it easier If you work backwards from white. Leave 
white alone, and then create pairs of greys one level of grey darker than 
the previous level, until you hit black, which you leave alone. The 
onscreen image will look a little wishy-washy, but ths printed output 
will look much better than before. 



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Once bitten... 


T he Commodore CDTV is not the only 
interactive CD unit being aimed! at the 
home market. Philips have had their 
CD-I interactive unit ready to launch far several 
years now. They havE held back the launch in 
Europe awaiting the FMV (Full Motion Video) 
chips that would allow the CD-I unit to display 
moving VH5- quality video direcLfrom CD. 

These have not yet appeared at a cheap 
enough price to lit as standard, so the 
European CD-I players will come without the 
FMV chips, but with a socket to add this at a 
later date. 

With manufacturers such as Philips, Sony, 
Matsushita, Sanyo and (VC bringing CD-I play- 
ers to the market, does this spell the death of 
CDTV? 

Firstly, let's compare the technical specific* 
lions of the two systems. The CD-I has a faster 
processor (16Mhz), and a larger colour palette. 
The CDTV has a standard 7Mhz 6BOOO chip 
and standard Amiga graphics modes, hut it 
also has the Amiga custom chip set, which can 
mate up for the speed difference between the 
two machines, and more. 

Uniquely placed 

CDTV is uniquely placed. The CD-I unit can 
cope very well with interactive multimedia -type 
applications, the Sega Megadrive-CD unit can 
play mean CD-ROM -based games, but only the 
CDTV can really perform well as both a home 
multimedia reference/education system, and a 
home entertainment system. 

Games on the CD-I just don't cut it. The 
hardware is new and non-standard^ so there 
are few programmers who really understand 
CD-I. CDTV is essentially an Amiga SOD with a 
CD-ROM drive, and there are thousands of 
good Amiga programmers out there ready to 
produce CDTV Lilies. 

Initially Commodore tried to hide the fact 
that the CDTV contained a computer - now 
they are actively selling the machine on its 
expansion capabilities. The CD-I box can't be 
expanded into a computer., but by adding an 
inexpensive keyboard, mouse and disk drive to 
the CDTV you can use the machine as a stan- 
dard Amiga. 

The CDTV has Midi ports allowing the use of 
the new CD+MIDI audio disks (CD audio disks 
with Midi data encoded with the music) - 
the CD-I box doesn't. CDTV has 
an optional internal 
genlock, and with 
the recently 
announced AVM 
card it is possible to 
bring CDTV graph- 
ics up to and 
beyond CD-I qual- 
ity, for an extra 
ISO. This technol- 
ogy will almost cer- 


The Japanese are backing the Philips-developed 
CDTV rival, CD-I - but have they learned their 
lessons from Betamax video and MPX computers? 
jolyon Ralph has his doubts 


taimly be built into future 
CDTVs 

The major problem with 
CD-I is not hardware a but 
software. A typical CD-I 
development system 
includes a Sun Spa rotation, 
emulator hardware, author- 
ing system, tools and train- 
ing, total cost around 
£44,000. 

On CDTV the costs are 
far less, as there is already 
a large Amiga user base, 
and peripherals and soft- 
ware are very cheap. 


Kick start 2.0 for CDTV 

The CDTV is now corning fitted with Kicksl.art 2_G as standard, at the 
new price of £499. Commodore initially told developers that 
machines would come Tilled only with Kickstart 11, but recent 
CDTV purchasers have been pleasantly surprised to find that their 
machines have Kickstart 2.0 fitted 

There Is not m easy way to teTp whether a CDTV is Titled with a 
particular Kick start version, except to bool from a Workbench floppy 
disk. The initial CDTV logo screen contains a small number on the 
granite slab- This is either 1-0 or 2.0. 

This corresponds to the CDTV ROM version, not the Kickstart 
ROM ST the machine has a 1,0 CDTV ROM then it definitely has 
Kickstart 1.3 If the machine a 2 Q CDTV ROM then it probably 
ha l Kickstart 2.0 r but older models may still have the 13 Kickstart 
with the 2 0 CDTV ROM 


Several CDTV titles have 
been produced with very basic Amiga systems - 
an Amiga SCO with 100Mb hard drive and 
colour monitor costing under £1,000, 
although it must be said that an A2000 or an 
A1000 is d far better system for CDTV develop- 
ment. 

Lower costs 

Because the costs are far less than on CD-I, there 
are far more companies developing for CDTV 
than for CD-I, and there are more titles currently 
available, despite CD-I having a three year lead 
on CDTV. 

Philips are saying that some of their complex 
CD-I titles are taking 10,000 hours to test. At 
eight hours a day, that's five yean! 

Without the software CO-1 is doomed. 1 nene 
may be a few high-quality titles out for CD-I, but 
without a large catalogue of titles the machines 
will not sell. Both Philips and Sony got their fin- 
gers burned in the 
home video market; 
they were beaten by 
the VH5 format, not 


Decaj.se their formats were any worse techni- 
cally (Betamax was a far superior system to 
early VH5), but because most movies came out 
first on VHS. 

And the combined strength of all the 
|a pa^f ■ y ' ..Mclurers together against 
Commodore isn’t necessarily a one-way fight 
either The Japanese tried to take on 
Commodore and Sinclair in the home com- 
pute' nz r \ et back in the early 1980s. They pro- 
duced the MS* computer, which despite being 
a nice machine, with lots of different models, 
flop pec n most ol Europe because there just 
wam [ thr software to go with it. The Spectrum 
and the Commodore 64 are still selling today, 

Sa -;s of CD-I in the Stales have been very 
disappointing. Philips are banking on the 
European market to build CD-I, but without the 
software it hasn't got a chance. 


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Shopper shoots! 

Hove you seen the latest Amiga Flopper 

cmw-mourtfed "freebie"? I noticed 

it on a sh elf the other day and 

wos so rnfr^Lreef I hud (0 lake 

it home far a dozer inspeo 

lion. 

Having dtzpmed of the 
IS O-page packaging, I 
examined my free "Tracer" 
and found it to be a dear plas- 
tic tens complete with crosshairs 
and mounting bracket. What could it possi- 
bly be, t wandered? 

The answer to this question eluded me for J0 agonising 
seconds, then it hit me with the force of 0 phone book from 
three floors up, and the sheer audacity of the plan left me 
rrwnMrig tin awe. 

ll become dear C/ntrC, with rts lens-like qualities and 
accurate crosshair , ; the fw could be nothing other (hen 
the first instalment of a complete high wtody sniper's rifle I 

At last, a new marketing ptoy, the first attempt in his- 
tory la distribute a valuable piece of weaponry disguised us 
a ealtectton of worthless junk! Masterly! 

I await with bailed breath fruilbut Publishing^ attempt 
fo caver 'mount the barrel which must surely m£Diur£ 
almost u metre in length. Look out for 0 * biggest ever 
issue*, snoopers. 



Barrel laughs as spring slump bites 


The lower portions ol barrels all over the Amiga cam- 
munity are showing signs of scrape damage as the tra- 
ditional spring dump reduces the How of new product 
releases to j trickle. 

Magazine in particular are finding it hard to drum 
up decent stories, leading to some of the must 
appalling space stuffing seen this side of The Guardian's 
launch issue. 

Not content with printing their gallery section twice 
(once in black and white, once in colour), hacks at the 
moribund Vims User International have recently 
resorted to extreme measures to cover up blatant 


attacks of waffle itii, making even this crude page filler 
look like serious Amiga journalism. 

Witness poor Gary Fen 11 >n, whose article on the IV24 
card was drowned at birth when the suppliers 
demanded its return before he'd even opened the box. 
The resulting page was so windy tlial a kindly art editor 
decided to set it against the most grotesque rainbow 
pattern he could muster, thus rendering the text 
unreadable. 

The hapless Fenton was reduced For several days to 
pleading for compassion on the anorak ridden CiX bul- 
letin hoard. Better luck next time, Gary! 


Commodore in practical joke shocker 

An appealing (surely that should be appalling? Ed) rumour has been sweeping the Amugtf Computing offices 
lately dial the entire Commodore UK. organisation is no more than a huge practical joke. Lobster set out to 
investigate the rumour and tracked it to its scarce. 

The joker in question, Brian Femet, lives with his grandmother and three cats ar a small farm in Dorset, and 
claims to be the originator of the Commodore “hoax" ! asked him how he did it. 

"Have you ever phoned Commodore with any sort of request? Ves? Ever noticed that they always ask you ii 
you're a dealer, and when you say 'no they hang up 7' 

I said yes, more or less, but what does that prove? 

-It'S just my answering machine Jinked to an Amiga with a few samples and randomised! fob-offs thrown in 
for variety/ smirked Brian in triumph, 

But what, I asked, about the human face of Commodore UK, the ever-present PFt man, Andrew Bafl? Surely 
you'ne not going to tell me he"s just a practical joke? 

"Not entirely. That one was done with mirrors and holographic projectors, and it was really tricky. Problem 
is, I never did perfect it, so that's why the whole thing's 0 bit light and insubstantial/ 

Brian Ferret is 33 and, of course, barking mad. I phoned Commodore to ask them Fora reaction to Brian's 
claims, but they hung up when I said I wasn't 0 dealer... 

Next month - does Brian really make A500s from melted down margarine tubs in his polling shed? 



Who could possi- 
bly find any- 
thing fntereftirtg 
to soy about -pi 
piece of com- 
pressed dirt with 
lots of spindly tin 
legs, looking like 
nothing more than a 
cubist caterpillar w/ffr a penchant for CHIP 
dressing down? 

The only people who find silicon chips interesting ore the 
sort who collect TV on/ off switches and can usually be 
found at even the busiest parties blinking owlishly from the 
middle of a pocket of silence and free floor space with a 
radius of approximately six feet. 


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complete replacement for the 
mouse in many applications. 
Particularly useful in drawing and 
design, the two button pen 
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T Now you can instanlly select either 
your mouse or joystick by sintpiy a 
touch. You won't need to fumble under 
or behind your computer to swap your 
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• Easy to install 

• (deal for 2 player games 

• Prelects fragile connectors 


This package also includes 
KWIKDRAW - a lightpen 
compatible drawing program, 
plus a lightpen driver that 

allows the pen to be used with most programs that 
run from Amiga Workbench. The lightpen is also 
compatible with: DPaint ///and IV, Photon Paint, 
Workbench 1. 9/1. 3, Battlechess , Professional Page, 
Music-X and Audiomaster V9. 


■ Your key to really mastering 

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Amiga Game Maker's 
Manual - with AMOS Basic 

by Stephen Hill 


Bring Your Amiga to Life! 


^ Have you ever dreamed of making your Amiga 
really work for you? Or wanted to harness to the 
full its awesome hidden power? 

Weii now you can! 


Stephen is the author of Sigma's best- selling The Game 
Make r's Manual for the Atari ST - and he's the author of the 
new AMOS (Amiga Operating System} Manual, so nobody 
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The creator of AMOS, Francois Lionette, has produced the 
most powerful games programming system. With it r Amiga 
games equivalent to such best sellers as Xenon 2 and Btarid 
Money can he produced it's so straightforward that many 
people will buy an Amiga simply to run. AMOS Basic. 

The contents include: Game 

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high speed AMOS sprites, fire 
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background animation; 
Simulations - from simple 3D 
movement to flight simulators; 
Role playing - characters, 
scenarios and magic; Adventure 
games - plans, rooms and 
l commands: Animation, scrolling, 
sound and 3D; Links to 
assembler. Numerous tested, 

1 working programs illustrate 
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Even if you’re a complete 

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quickly learn how to: 

• Produce impressive B3 
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• Create and animate colourful objects 

• Scroll large text across the screen 

• Make your Amiga actually talk to you 

• Add exciting music to your creations 


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through a custom screen 30 
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Brainfile which is being updated 
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Store your bootblocks on disk so 
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Checks your memory and will 
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Full support of mouse, 
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Amiga Computing Magazine Binder 


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wvlh lha Arwja Opn^pirfin^ iago. will hold 12 issues of your Havana magazine 
sacurety fi place. 


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Huge Professional 


A compHtfe program lor producing icon&, sprte. bushes and bods. Wilh Icco ennm 
E4mpe user interlay i a. r -ced drawing capabiimea, tons support and bilitiap oc lor 
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Amiga Computing Mouse A Mouse Mats 


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Amiga Made Easy 


Make tne rrwsr of your Armga and »jm it to i?s fun potent & 1 his hook feplairs exactly 
Kw lu u'jo lha Ar- os s» f nuwx; others wlh no previous ejcp 

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Amiga Computing Oust Covers 


1 M;ide Irom rugged PVC, bound with slnong ecHtcn and spiling n 

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lesfca. each making useri mcreflum 5 OOP wQ<tfs - so much variety lhal you'll never 
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Lcckairte Disc Boxes 


Prc^’il accidental dan a.ga Id your discs, while seeping Ihe area v- ■ .■ i ■, 
compiler Urty with cuf high lockabto d^sc boaes 

3 S b Disc tex isc asn i £9 05 
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Personal Finance Manager 


Personal Finance Manage* w > • a- ■ way of looking after your bank account, 
building society account :-i:r cams i'-z sc on hr. m&fry toutunjs include to* ' 
workbench inleirT&eo. bank s Manato FBconohalkiri, graph aruilysii. And automatic 
standing orders 

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Amiga Computing Back Issues 


1 Marc.r 1992 + 9 5 indisc 

£ 3.10 



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£ 3.10 

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The new compact A60Q From Commodore 
^ Buili-in TV modulator 
Workbench ik Kieksiarf 2 
, Enhanced chip set 
1MB Of chip RAM 


’ C3 IDE hard disk controller built-in 

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Credit card size RAM & ROM slot 
A6Q0 £*99 
A600 With 20MB £49 9 
a 6CH) with 40MB £639 
A 600 with 80MB £739 






, Commodore 

1? : Amiga 500+, 2MB RAM £339 
(jjjeAlTOu, A3000 also available £POA 

Moititois and printers also available £POA 


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iy 10 MaKell disks, optical mouse. Zipstick £45 

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Optical Mouse £29-95 


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New PC880B 

Now with X-Copy Professional! 

Jf Power Computing have teamed up with Cachet 
■ of Germany to bring you the ultimate in disk 
backup systems, 


PC501 + RAM Card 

Out 8 AM hoard is designed specially fur the new 
A50G+ computer and tomes with ] MB h d HAM on Ixjaid 
to expand your memory to 2MB of chip RAM. Blug in 
and go operation (fils into irjpduor). 

Gives you a total of 2MB of chip RAM £49 
32 chip RAM card £39-95 


The new PC880B disk drive can lx* used directly 
with the X-Copy Professional ‘Cyclone 1 software 
without any extra cables or interfaces 
This gives you the the power and reliability ot the 
proven Cyclone’ fwckup software with the conve- 
nience of the PC880H floppy drive 


8 IV1 B for any A500 


L'So now you can have two lwckup systems 
and 'Cyclone' available at the touch of a button! 
And the PCBSflH iiilt lias our unique switch able 

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t^5 the boothlock of vour floppy disks' 


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If you all ready own a PCRSOB. and the Cyclone 
copier, a hardware upgrade is available to take 
your drive up to the latest specification 


- Fully auto coring 
Full thru' port 
i Expand 2MB-8MB 

2MB £129 4MB £189 

8MB £299 1 x a Zip £19-95 


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New PCS80R (Cyclone compatible) £79.95* 
Cyclone hardw are upgrade for existing PC8B0B 
V owners £15-00 


2MB for any A5QO 

Economy 2MB RAM externally cased 
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No thru' port £99-95 


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A 500 Internal anti-click Ixurd £9-95 


1.5MB RAM 

Plugs easily into your Amiga 
2§ Fully supports 1MB chip R'V-1 

Fully compatible with Falter Agnus £79 
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ASOO RAM Card 


A500 Plastic dust cover *9 

Maxell multi colour branded disks ni imj *9-95 

Sloppy desks bulk iPOA 




pecial upgrad 

offer! 


Blitz Amiga 

Hack up disks at lighining speed 
Snips all external drives from clicking 
Contains anti-virus front living written into the 


q [f you consider your scanner system lo he inferior 
to the Power Scanner, we will happily upgrade 
your software and interface for only £49.95 

(Pnww Sc aimer is cdTiiptflifcfc wuh mikit bcannir^, hr.uk * 


~ 5J2K RAM expansion Willi kitten- backed dock and a 
■ free disk packed with useful software (4 chip RAMi £29 
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Power Scanner v2.0 PC 88 OB Power Drive 




Features 

L 00-400 DPI scanning resolutions 
64 Greyscales 
Thra’porl for printer 


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Software 

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Edit true greyscale Si colour images 
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S- viruses, diskswapping, clicking drives, 
* disks which won’i back up, Is there no 
“2 to the whingeing of the Amiga 
vj user? 

At Power, we want to tell you just 
-j where you can slick your disks and 

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PCSBOB, the first intelligent disk 
drive. Insert a disk. 

•f Now you can hack up at lightning 
l,, speeds using the inbuilt Blit?. Amiga 
^ hardware* , with free software, (even 
if the disk is Atari or PC) and if your 
computer has a virus ilie PC880B will 
slop it being written to the bootblock 
of any of your drives, though you can 


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* When you do not wanl these features, 
switch them off and the PC880H will 
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Power Computing Drive - 

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high density 1 -44MB dishs- 
W bile this may not be of use to you at 
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& new 1 'high density’ Interface, on the 
I market soon! 


whisper quiet operation 

Blitz < opier built-in (switchable) 

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Sound Sampler 


MEGAMIX master is a low tost, high specification digital effect? cartridge that plug? into your printer port. It will allow you to sample or record stereo 
sound from almost any musical source, Special effects such as echo can be added in real time, perfect for the up and coming Karaoke singer who warts 
to get that live sound through his Hi-Fi. You will find that MEGAMIX masters performance and ease of use Is unmatched by any rival. Just plug it in and gc . , > , 


CUT- Remove samples between 
pointers and stores it in the cut 
buffer. 

COPY .Copies sample between 
pointers into the cut buffer. 

INSERT inserts the contents of 
the cut buffer into the 
soundwave. 

5PLIC E-Removes the sample 
between pointers, stores it in the 
cut buffer then slides the rest of 
the soundwave together. 

CHOP-Removes all of the 
soundwave except for the sample 
between pointer?- 

DELETE -Erases the sample 
between pointers. 

MIX-Mix.es the contents of the 
cut buffer with the soundwave. 

FLIP-ReversEs the sample 
between pointers, 

PLAY CUT- Replay? the contents 
of the cut buffer. 



ECHO-Adds user definable echo 
between pointers. 

IN -Makes Sample between pointers 
start quietly and build up to full 
volume. 

OUT-Offers the apposite effect to 
IN. 

PHASER- Adds phase shift to your 
sample. 

LOUDER- Adds volume, 

QUIETER- Decreases volume. 

SEEK 0-Finds aero points nearest 
pointers,, used in looping. 

FILTER-Removes hiss or high 


ECHO-Add* echo to and 
incoming sound in Real Time. 

DlRECT-Piays incoming sound 
direct through Amiga. 

SYNTH- Adds user definable 
distortion to sound in Real Time. 

PHASER- Applies variable phase 
shift again in Real Time. 

STEREO ECHO-Adds digital 
delay between L & ft speakers, 

VIBRATO-Rapidly varies 
frequency of sound. 


frequency noise from your sample. 

: ift. TIME MENU 

PACK- Removes every 2nd sample 



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LOAD IFF— Load a single IFF 
sound sample 

SAVE IFF-Saves your sample 
between pointers as an IFF file. 

LOAD 50NG-Load a song 
sequence 

SAVE SONG -lave a song 
sequence. 

LOAD MIDI-tnad a midi 
sequence! 

SAVE MIDl-lave a midi 
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Other features include , . . 

* Fully multi-tasking 

* ID animated Icons. 

* UNDO function, 

* Compatible with workbench 2.0. 

* Runs perfectly on the new AS00P 

* Mono sampling up to 5 2 KHz. 

* Stereo sampling up to 26KHi- 

* 4 or 6 bit sampling. 

*■ Thru-port for printer or Vidi 
digitiser. 

* Stereo 3.5mm jack plug and lead. 


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