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Welcome to the Future. 


Soft-Logik would like to congratulate 
Gold Disk on adding features to Pro Page 
3.0. Of course, it still doesn’t compare to 
PageStream 2.2, the Experts’ Choice. 

Congratulations, Gold Disk, on adding improved typographic precision 
and an Undo option to Professional Page 3.0. Of course, PageStream has had 
Undo since version 1.0 and its type scaling is still 12.5 times more precise. 

The five new AGFA Compugraphic fonts included in ProPage 3.0 bring your 
total to 7, still short of the 10 we give our users. 

Were sure ProPage users will appreciate the new ProWrite and Excel- 
lence text import filters; PageStream users have been enjoying them for years. 
And the tiling feature youVe added in 3.0 will allow your users to make those 
banners and posters PageStream users have been pasting on walls everywhere. 

The most impressive feature in 3.0 has to be the links to ProDraw and 
Article Editor. Your 'hotlinking” feature is a closed and proprietary system. 
Our HotLinks is a standard protocol which any company can support. Of 
course, this isn’t really a fair comparison, because Pro Pages links cannot match 
HotLinks automatic data transfer, real-time multiple edition updating, and 
edition management utilities. 

Cool Programs for a Hot Computer 

Soft-Logik Publishing is proud to announce HotLinks Editions. Hot- 
Links Editions combines BME, PageLiner and HotLinks into an affordable 
package. BME is a bitmap editor for touching up pictures and photographs. 
PageLiner is a feature-laden text processor with spell checking and formatting 
tags. HotLinks is the new Amiga standard for data exchange. 

Multitasking is Cool, but: HotLinks is Hot 

HotLinks takes Amiga multitasking into the future. An open standard 
available to all companies, it allows you to exchange text, graphics and other 
data between applications in real-time. Imagine having all copies of your cor- 
porate logo updated automatically in your PageStream document when you 
make changes in BME. PageStream doesn’t even have to be loaded. The next 
time you load a document containing a copy of the logo, HotLinks will 
update it automatically. 

This might be the future, but it’s available now. PageStream 2.2 is just 
£199.00. HotLinks Editions is £65.00. If you wouLd like your other software 
to be HotLinks compatible, just ask its publishers. We’ll help them include 
HotLinks in their next release. 

PageStream 2.2 and HotLinks Editions are ^publishing solution. 

HotLinks » 




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PageStream, BME and PageLiner are registered trademarks or trademarks of Soft-Logik Publishing Corporation. The HotLinks name is reserved for use on the 
Amiga for software compatible with the HotLinks standard set by Soft-Logik Publishing. Compugraphic is a registered trademark of AGFA Compugraphic. Amiga 
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PRODUCTION of Britain's best-selling 16- 
home computer, the A500, has ended, 
and last models have already been sold 
to the trade. 

Commodore confirmed to Amiga Computing that 
A500 production has stopped at the giant's main man- 
ufacturing plant. The neater A600 will be the replace- 
ment entry-level machine. 

"We are switching emphasis on to the A600 for 
some very good reasons - probably for the right rea- 
sons," commented Commodore's Andrew Ball. 

"But the A500 will be supported in some shape or 
form and the A570 drive will be released for the com- 
puter soon." 

Don Carter from trade distributor ZCL said: "The 


A500P is now effectively a discontinued product, 
although there will be pockets of stock at retail level 
for the next few weeks. 

"Our Calculus Stores will be focusing very strongly 
on the A600 with the new technology and an astonish- 
ing range of peripherals that I am regrettably not 
allowed to comment on. 

"Everything Commodore produce from now on will be 
downwardly compatible with the A60O's SMT [surface 
mount technology and none of it will work on the A500." 

Carter concluded: "The A500P now looks very much 
yesterday's product." 


A2200 planned for autumn launch 



The A600, on which the forthcoming A2200 Is based 


THE machine once rumoured to be in the 
pipeline and code-named the Amiga 
Classic will be launched later this year as 
the A2200, Amiga Computing can exclu- 
sively reveal. 

On information received from sources 
close to Commodore, we can reveal that 
the machine, which will be available in 
two models, is based on the 68020 pro- 
cessor and utilises A600-style technology. 

The desktop model will appear in a 
slimmer-than-A3000 casing with built in 
Commodore A2091 40Mb hard drive. A 
second super slimline model will use the 
same internal IDE hard drive as the A600- 
HD, but will have a separate keyboard 
and a monitor will be supplied as part of 
the package. 

Super slimline A2200s are unlikely to 
be very expandable, though both models 
will feature 2Mb chip RAM. 

Desktop A2200 models will also be 
based on the A600 motherboard, which 
means that there will be an internal IDE 
interface as well as the A2091, but this is 
expected not to be used by Commodore 
on this model. 

As with the A600, surface mount tech- 
nology and on-site warranties will be the 
order of the day. When asked to com- 


ment on the new Amigas, Commodore's 
Andrew Ball would neither confirm nor 
deny the story, stating only that "the 
Amiga will continue to improve". 

He also refused to speculate on a possi- 
ble launch date for the machine, though 
we think it unlikely to be any later than 


autumn this year. It is too early to say 
what price the new Amiga will sell at, and 
though the slimline model with monitor 
and internal IDE hard drive could sneak in 
under the £1,000 mark, the desktop 
model with A2091 40Mb drive is unlikely 
to be cheap. 



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THERE S something promised for 
every Amiga user at the forthcom- 
ing 6th International Computer 
Show, sponsored for the first time 
by Europress Publications. 

More than 180 firms will pack 
into the show halls and many have 
promised to unveil new Amiga soft 
ware and hardware for the first 
time. 

But unlike many computer shows 
it won't be just a shopping event. 
Amiga Computing and its sister mag- 
azines have pulled all the stops out 
to ensure every visitor is enter- 
tained. 

Experts 

An advice centre will offer free 
five minuLe sessions on buying a 
new computer, software or 
upgrades and a clinic manned by 
Amiga experts will give sound 
advice on your problems. 

And for the less serious visitors 
there will be a special Gamer 
Challenge. They can compete 
against another driver in Gremlin's 
top racing game Lotus Turbo 
Challenge 2, 

Fifty copies of the game are 
being given away to high scorers 
and the top driver at the end of the 
three day event will be sent a fan 
tastic package of games worth over 
£500 - courtesy of the best games 
section in your favourite Amiga 
magazine. 

All this and more will be happen- 
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Centre, London from |u!y 10 to 12, 


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News 


New CVP graphics card 

IN A move seemingly aimed at Progressive Peripherals' Rembrandt graph- 
ics board, GVP have announced their own high end graphics card in the 
shape of the Enhanced Graphics System EGS1 1 0/24. 

Designed as a high-speed graphics display and rendering card, 
the 24-bit system utilises its own hardware to enable line redraws at up to 
three million pixels per second and blockwrites at up to 576Mb per 
second. 

To allow such high speed transfers, the board is equipped with 25ns 
VRAM which can be accessed across the 32 bit address bus used on GVP's 
combo accelerators. 

Software is supplied in the form of a number of library modules similar 
to the Sage standard libraries, and a Workbench driver which enables 
many programs, among them PageStream, to run directly on the board 
with no further software. 

Depending on the quality of monitor used, GVP claim a screen resolu- 
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display in 24-bit colour. Applications running in 256 colours will have 
access to a 3,200 x 2,560 screen size, though these will have to be specially 
written for the board. 

There is no UK release date as yet, but suggested US prices are 52,699 
for the 4Mb VRAM option, and $3,399 for the 8Mb version. Contact Silica 
Systems on 081 309 1111 for more details. 



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G-Force 040 branches out 

GREAT Valley Products (GVP) have just announced that their hitherto A3000-only G- 
Force 68040 accelerator will soon be released in an A2000 combo configuration. 

The card will be available in 25MHz and super-fast 33MHz models, and both will 
be supplied with 4Mb RAM expandable to 16Mb. In addition, a SCSI hard drive con- 
troller will be built in to the board for fast data transfer and DMA access to the on- 
board RAM. 

In a new departure for GVP, there will also be serial and parallel ports mounted on 
the card and accessible through the Zorro through slot at the rear of the 
A1 500/2000. With the addition of these ports, the G-Force 040 combo becomes the 
first GVP Single Board Computer (SBC). 

For details of UK price and availability, contact Silica Systems on 081-309 1111. 


A570 launch 
delayed 

THE long-awaited Commodore CD- 
ROM drive still has no official 
launch date. Despite earlier hopes 
that it would be available by the 
end of May, Commodore now 
expect the A570 to be released no 
earlier than "around about June". 

When asked the reason for the 
latest delay, a Commodore 
spokesperson said: "This is a very 
important product for us and CD- 
ROM entertainment systems in 
general, so we want to make sure it 
is absolutely right first time." 

A570s on show at the European 
Computer Trade Show in April were 
running a variety of educational 
software, but had no DMA through 
port. Commodore still cannot con- 
firm whether or not the unit will 
have such a feature when launched. 


Midi makes 
It big 

WESTMINSTER Exhibitions have 
confirmed that attendance at the 
recent Midi Music Show, held at 
the Novotel Hammersmith between 
24-26 April, was up by 50 per cent 
on last year's total. 

In all, more than 12,000 musi- 
cians and computer music buffs 
crowded the hall to see the 120 
exhibitors, over 70 per cent of 
whom, according to Westminster's 
Tim Collins, have already re-booked 
for next year. He is, he claims, 
"over the moon". 


New Amigas, new chips, say Commodore US 


IN response to criticism in the press and on bulletin boards that 
they are not as committed to the Amiga as they should be, 
Commodore's central office in the US have given unprecedented 
hints at their future plans for the range. 

Bill Sydnes, Vice President (Engineering) recently went on 
record to shore up the confidence of developers and journalists 
in the Amiga's future. He said that "the majority of Commodore 
revenue comes from the Amiga and most of our research and 
development is devoted to enhancing the Amiga range." 

On the subject of future new machines (see our A2200 story), 
Mr Sydnes said: "We have plans to release a number of new 
Amigas later this year." He also emphasised the intense R+D work 
which is going on into the CDTV/CD-ROM side of the Amiga. 

His most interesting comments, however, relate to the possi- 
bility of an entirely new chip set appearing soon. Commodore, 
he claims, are "continuing the R+D effort to improve the Amiga 
chip set" and are considering the possibility of bringing new 
technology to the Amiga in an effort to boost research and 


development in third-party manufacturers. This, as he later 
stated, would mean Commodore establishing new standards, 
presumably for graphics, sound, and so on, a move which could 
mean the implementation of the prototype "AA" chip set. 

This advanced chip set (pronounced "double-A") - shown to 
developers at last year's Milan developers' conference - supports, 
among other things, 256,000 colour HAM from a 24-bit palette 
in any resolution up to Super hi-res (1,280 x 1,024) and dual 
playfields in any resolution, 

It also supports a "4x" 32-bit system offering four times the 
normal data transfer rate to and from the screen, lo-res scrolling 
in increments of a quarter of a pixel, vastly improved sprites, and 
the mixing of video modes, allowing hi-res 32-pixel-wide sprites 
on a lo-res screen. 

Sources close to Commodore hinted that the AA chip set 
might make its debut in the A2200 later this year, and that all 
new technology should be downwardly compatible with the 
existing Amiga chip set. Watch this space. 


Power Up saves you £1,000 

OWNERS of A1 500/2000 machines 
will soon be enjoying 
Commodore's new marketing 
thrust to boost sales of the A3000. 

In a "Power Up" deal similar to 
that offered to A500 upgraders 
two years ago, the Calculus chain 
of dealers will cut between £800 
and £1,000 from the price of an 
A3000 when your old 
A1500/A2000 is part-exchanged. 

The resulting price of an 
A3000/25 system will still be a 
painful £2,199 (excl VAT), but the move is hoped to bring the luxury Amiga 
closer to many medium level serious users. 

All A3000s included in the Power Up scheme will feature an extra 4Mb fast 
RAM, Scala, DPaint4, and AmigaVision multimedia authoring system. 

Contact Calculus on 0543 251275 for your local dealer. 



Trade In deals can at last 
make the A 3000 affordable 


New products 
from First Choice 

FIRST Choice Computers of Leeds have 
released a range of new British made 
products for the Amiga. Included in the 
complete range are a keyboard-switch- 
able ROM sharer, a stereo sampler, drive 
booster to power extra floppies, and Midi 
interface. 

The ROM switcher is the first not to 
require a hardware switch, so users won't 
have to drill holes in their A500 casing, 
and there is also a Scart/VCR switch box 
for those who want to use their monitor 
as a TV in conjunction with a domestic 
video player. 

Prices of the new Phoenix peripherals 
range from £16.99 to £49.99 and First 
Choice can be contacted on 0532 
311932. 


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Simpatica 
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THE Safari range of PostScript fonts is now available in the UK. EM 
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popular in the US, largely due to their quality and range of styles. 

Meanwhile, EMC have also launched the EMC-PD/Shareware library, 
which intends to address the lack of support and availability of Type 1 
fonts for the Amiga. Thirty-three disks are available, in seven volumes, 
and at £12.50 per 70 or 80 fonts, they represent extremely good value 
for money. 

Font fanatics can phone EMC on 0255 431389 or wait for next 
month's Updates when we'll be looking at the cream of the EMC crop. 


Image Engine nears release 

G2 Systems, for long the distributors of the Austrian VD2001 24-bit 
graphics card, are putting the finishing touches to their own 32-bit card, 
to be known as the Image Engine. 

The new board will be based around the increasingly popular Texas 
Instruments 34020 chip, a dedicated high-power graphics processor, to 
allow continuous hardware scrolling of a 768 x 574 window, aided by 
the board's 4Mb VRAM. A real-time 24-bit digitiser capable of handling 
broadcast resolution images will also feature high in the Image Engine's 
spec list. 

An 8-bit alpha channel will give the card linear keying capabilities pre- 
viously enjoyed only by Amiga Centre Scotland's Harlequin board, and 
the Imagica paint software will be bundled free of charge. 

Available in two configurations, one for RGB input/output, the other 
for YC/Composite, the board is aimed at the professional and semi- 
professional broadcast market. 

G2 Systems can be contacted on 0252 737151. 


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Flicker Free Video 
gets boost 

ICD's Flicker Free Video card (AdFFV) could soon be outperforming all 
other Amiga flicker fixers thanks to the release of the Flicker Free 
Video Preferences program. 

The program will enabfe AdFFV users to take advantage of vertical 
scan rates up to 100.2Hz (given a suitable monitor), but can also be 
used by owners of Fatter Agnus-equipped Amigas who don't have 
multisync monitors or flicker fixers. 

Higher scan rates result in less noticeable screen flicker, so the pro- 
gram could be ideal for users of software running in interlace mode. 

Other features include the ability to adjust Workbench overscan to 
make maximum use of the display area, and compatibility with 
Workbench 1.2 and upwards. The program is available to registered 
AdFFV users for SI 5, or $29,95 to other Amiga owners by contacting 
ICD on (0101) 815 968 2228. 



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Third parties 
dominate show 


The April World of Commodore/Amiga 
show was held at Pier 88 at the New York 
City Passenger Ship Terminal. 

The terminal being used as an exhibi- 
tion hall was sandwiched between the 
retired aircraft carrier USS Intrepid and the 
Queen Elizabeth 2, which was in port 
picking up passengers. 

Unfortunately, many attendees felt the 
view of the neighbouring ships was more 
interesting than the Commodore booth. 

According to a Commodore marketing 
executive, the company decided not to 
introduce any new products at the show 
in order not to distract from the third- 
party exhibitors. If this was really their 
goal, they succeeded remarkably. 

Although most US users are well-aware 
of the recent European hardware releases 
such as the A600HD and 386SX 
Bridgeboard, Commodore would only 
issue a "no comment" about the new 
hardware developments. 

The only products on display were 
Amiga 500s, 3000s, 3000Ts, and CDTV 
units. 

Off the mark 

Not that the US Amiga market is anx- 
iously awaiting the Amiga 600 anyway, 
with a 25MHz 386SX-based PC clone - 
complete with Super VGA monitor and 
hard drive - selling here for about the 
equivalent of £575, users in the States 
want more performance from their 
Amigas than a pokey 7.14MHz 68000 
chip can supply. 

The general perception here is that 
Commodore needs to introduce a fast, 
inexpensive Amiga with a better graphics 
chip set before the year is out if they want 
to remain in the US market. 

Mr Gould's recent comments about not 
perceiving a need for a 68020 processor 
in an A500-level machine, combined with 


Commodore's lack of announcements at 
the World of Commodore show, haven't 
done much to boost the hopes of worried 
Amigans here. As of this writing, we still 
don't even have the ASOOPIus available 
here! 

GVP Steal 
the show 

There was life outside the Commodore 
booth, however. By far the busiest - and 
most exciting - booth of the show was 
GVP's. With no fewer than ten new prod- 
uct introductions, GVP proved to be the 
leader in US Amiga development. 

The show-stealer was the EGS-1 10/24 
Enhanced Graphics System for the 
A2000. This high-performance 24-bit 
graphics card offers fully-programmable 
pixel rates, allowing it to display virtually 
any horizontal and vertical resolution, 
from standard NTSC, PAL, and Secam res- 
olutions all the way up to 1,600 x 1,280 
in full 24-bit colour. 

There's even a special 256-colour, 
12.5MHz mode that allows 3,200 x 2,560 
pixels! The board plugs directly into a 
GVP 68030 or 68040 Combo accelerator 
for the 2000, and uses high speed VRAM 
(Video RAM) chips in conjunction with 
the Combo's microprocessor for speedy 
graphics updates. 

The neatest aspect of the EGS board, 
though, is the included EGS Workbench 
driver. This program patches the Amiga's 
Workbench libraries to allow most pro- 
grams to open on the EGS board's 
screen. 

At the show they demonstrated 
Workbench 2.04 and PageStream run- 
ning in 256 colours at 1,024 x 768 reso- 
lution. And the screen updates at this 
resolution were faster than a normal four- 



The control panels for C VP's Mirage 


Whats New 



colour Workbench screen! 

All this power comes at a steep price, 
though. You'll need a GVP Combo accel- 
erator (a representative at the show 
hinted that a version of the EGS board for 
the 3000 may be release at a later date), 
and the 4Mb version of the board costs 
$2,699. The 8Mb version sells for $3,399. 
Still, how much is 
too much for the 
ultimate graphics 
adaptor? 

The other hit of 
the show was the 
new Mirage 
image process- 
ing/retouching 
software devel- 
oped by upstart 
Nova Design, to 
be marketed by 
GVP. 

I've been work- 
ing with a beta of 
the program for a 
few days now, 
and I'm ven 
impressed. In the same class of software 
as ASDG's Art Department Professional 
and Black Belt Systems' ImageMaster, 
Mirage combines powerful image pro- 
cessing tools, true-colour painting, full 
animation support, and a fantastic user 
interface to set a new standard in profes- 
sional image tools. 

Unlike other programs. Mirage doesn't 
force you to add tons of RAM to 
your Amiga to process large images - it 
can use your hard drive as fast virtual 
memory. You can now work on huge 
images with only 3Mb of RAM in your 
Amiga. 

Mirage will directly display its images 
in regular and ECS Amiga modes, and on 
the DCTV, HAM-E, IV-24, DMI Resolver, 
Firecracker 24, and even the Video 
Toaster. 

Bezier curvers 

You can draw Bezier curves, and the 
program has a full undo capability. The 
program can load and save just about 
every popular format, including IFF, 
ANIM, JPEG, GIF, Rendition, Sculpt, TIFF, 
Targa, and PCX, and other modules can 
be added later. 

It will include a number of unique 
image-processing functions, including 
one that can make digitised images look 


just like oil paintings. If a function is miss- 
ing, you can add it using ARexx or C, as 
Mirage includes information on how to 
create your own add-on modules. Priced 
at $249, Mirage sets a new standard for 
features and ease of use. 

Amiga 500 owners will be dazzled by 
the A530 Turbo. The device looks unas- 


sumingly like a stock GVP Series II HD8+ 
hard drive interface. However, along 
with the high-performance SCSI interface 
and mini-slot for a GVP PC emulator, the 
A530 Turbo also includes a 40MHz 
68EC030 accelerator that outruns an 
Amiga 3000. 

The board includes sockets for up to 
8Mb of fast 32-bit RAM, and room for a 
68882 math co-processor. Prices in the US 
start at $999 with no RAM and a 52Mb 
Quantum hard drive. 

GVP were also showing the G-Force 
040 Combo ($2,499), a 25 or 33MHz 
68040 board for the Amiga 2000 that 
includes SCSI, serial and parallel ports, 
and PhonePak ($449), an incredible 
new board for the 2000 and 3000 that 
does voice-mail, fax send and receive, and 
the unique new "FaxMail" messages - 
faxes with digitised voice description 
attached. 

On display too were the PC/286 mod- 
ule, which is essentially an ATonce-Plus 
board miniaturised to fit in the expansion 
slot in a GVP A500 hard drive interface; 
two video interface board for the IV-24 
that add composite, S-VHS, and compo- 
nent video in-out; and the I/O Extender 
($299) - an A2000/3000 board with a 
parallel port and two Midi-capable serial 
ports. 


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Virtual Kenory 

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ProPage 3.0 

If you're well versed in the ever-changing 
world of Amiga DTP you may already be 
aware that ProPage - or Professional Page 
as the authors would have us call it - has 
only recently had a revision 
from v2.0 to v2.1. 

In truth this minor 
upgrade was no more than 
a bug fix prior to the major 

X release of v3.0. After an 

jj agonising wait the new 

version has finally arrived, 
but was it worth the wait? 

After a brief glance at the 
improved features list it 
appears to have been 
exactly that. In the past the 
battle between PageStream 
and ProPage was nothing 
short of vicious with knees 
in the groin, thumbs in the 
eyes, and generally no 
holds barred, as each pack- 
age desperately vied for 
the top spot. 

Although this is still the 
case as far as sales are con- 
cerned, there's been a sub- 
tle change in direction that 
means that the two giants 
are perhaps starting to 
heading in slightly different 
directions. 

Although others may dis- 
agree, I feel that there's 
been a slight shift in gen- 
eral approach to DTP, with 
PageStream going for a 
more artistic approach, if 
slightly more complex, 
while the new ProPage has made impres- 
sive moves towards automation, and gen- 
eral simplification of the subject. 

Of the big three, it's fair to say ProPage 
is by far the easiest to master for the 
novice or occasional user. This doesn't 
mean pros won't be able to apply its 
potential effectively. 

In fact, if speed is the key factor rather 

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than inspired and ever-changing layouts, 
neither of the other packages can match 
ProPage. If you're happy to employ uni- 
form - and dare I say - slightly less than 
inspired layouts, it's perfect. 

The main reason behind the new 
change of tack is the program's compre- 
hensive ARexx support, which given its 
330-odd commands, offers complete con- 
trol of ProPage via ARexx. If the word 



Near instant page creation , courtesy of 
the program's excellent genie options 

ARexx sends as shiver down your spine, 
don't despair. 

The program uses what it calls "genies" 
- ARexx scripts in disguise - which are 
directly accessible from ProPage at the 


click of a button. When 
you boot ProPage 3.0, 
you'll find that what used 
to be the Mop tool has 
been replaced by an 
Aladdin's lamp button, 
clicking on which brings up 
the "genie" requester. 

There are over 50 func- 
tion "genies" already 
defined, ranging from the 
simple AllCaps and similar 
text effects, to box 
attribute control and even 
an ADPro "hotlink" which 
enables bitmap tweaking in 
ADPro and automatic 
re-importation. 
kh As ARexx is being used by 
jpJ more and more programs, the 
SB. "genie" feature makes ProPage 3.0 
a much more powerful tool, and 
gives the ARexx-conversant user 
the opportunity to write macros for 
virtually every situation. 

My one complaint concerning 
"genies" is the lack of an auto- 
record function. When you click on 
the Define button, ProPage simply 
loads up its accompanying Article 
Editor and expects you to write 
your own macro. If an auto 
"genie" generation option had 
been added, ProPage 3.0 would almost be 
a "must" rather than a maybe. 

As it stands, any would-be serious user 
would be well advised to burn a little mid- 
night oil on the ARexx manual to properly 


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GRAPHICS 


Yet more friendly assistance thanks to the ProPage tutorial video 
that comes as part of the package. Shame It s designed for v2. 1 


exploit the option, or alternatively wait for 
"genie" updates or possible PD releases. 

Other improvements include a font 
conversion utility which will convert 
Adobe Type 1 PostScript fonts to the 
Compugraphic fonts which Gold Disk 
seem determined to stick with. 
FontManager works well, and the con- 
verted fonts are of perfectly good quality. 

Nevertheless, it can be a bit slow if 
you're converting a complete set of 
PostScript fonts across to your 
Compugraphic drawer. 

Having said that, its inclusion gives 
ProPage access to the hundreds of avail- 
able Adobe Type 1 fonts. As typefaces are 
the lifeblood of DTP, its inclusion has 
come as a welcome, and near essential 
addition. If you don't have access to a font 
collection, don't despair - Gold Disk have 
included a selection of nine fonts as stan- 
dard to get you started. 

Another new feature is the addition of 
an irregular text flow option. Using this, 
text can be made to flow round the out- 
line of any structured drawing rather than 
its box, as was previously the case. 

Unfortunately, although Gold Disk have 
at last seen the light, the application of 
the new option is less than perfect. 

Text can flow around the left or right of 
an object, but not both, so it's still impos- 
sible 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. 

The direct Hotlink to ProDraw 3.0 - 
due for release later this year - is probably 
the last major change from v2.1, and is 
easily the most attractive to users who 
employ a lot of clip art or their own struc- 



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Instant assistance thanks to ProPage s online Hyperbook help 
file which makes the learning curve as painless as possible 


tured art within their documents. The 
user need only click on the box containing 
the ProDraw clip, select the ProDraw 
option, and ProDraw is loaded with the 
clip ready to edited. 

In combination with ProDraw 3.0's new 
Fountain Fill option, which will allow full 
page gradients, the hotlink adds a great 
deal of functionality to ProPage, saving a 
lot of time and hassle if you often employ 
structured art. 

On the graphics front, ProPage is pretty 
impressive with a good selection of impor- 
tation options which of course include 
ProDraw and Aegis Draw for structured 
art, plus encapsulated PostScript and 
bitmap graphics which includes 24-bit 
images. 

With the new auto-tiling print option, a 
long-needed Undo feature, text filters for 
most American (not British) wordproces- 
sors, plus a few tweaks to the colour sepa- 
ration process, ProPage has come a long 
way in the trip from v2.1 to v3.0. 

There are still areas in need of improve- 
ment, but in general, Gold Disk have done 
a fine job in boosting the package. My 
main bone of contention concerning the 
latest version is program's insistence on 
sticking with the irritating need for boxes 
with everything. 

No matter how small the amount of 
text or minuscule the graphic, a box is 
required prior to importation, unlike 
PageStream which 
happily imports text 
directly into prede- 
fined columns or 
adds graphics directly 
onto the page. 

Another minor 
inconvenience is the 
inability to define text 
as an object and then 
resize by simply drag- 
ging its box, 
although having said 
that text can be 
resized relatively sim- 
ply by highlighting 
the text and redefin- 


ing the point size, or alternatively employ- 
ing the program's impressive style tagging 
talents to resize to a predefined size or 
style. 

Last on the moan list comes the inabil- 
ity to define zoom, although five prede- 
fined degrees of zoom are available as 
standard. On the plus side, this minor 
point is more than made up for by the 
excellent option to specify interruptible 
refresh, an option which soon become 
indispensable. 

As mentioned earlier, perhaps the 
biggest attraction of the program to the 
new user has to be the friendly "genie" 
system which even allows creation of 
entire documents from predefined formats 
which come as standard with the 
software. 

These vary from business reports to full 
page ads and twin fold brochures, to 
name a few. All the potential user need do 
is fill in the gaps with assorted text and 
graphics while the program automatically 
adds all the details and page positions. 

As a result, a document can be started 
and sent to print in a matter of minutes, 
but as I mentioned earlier the use of 
"genies" does tend to create rather uni- 
form and slightly uninspired output, 
which is compounded slightly by the pro- 
gram's tendency for rather angular 
layouts. 

In general, ProPage is ideal for the 



Saxon 's flexible box shapes can aid In the design of unconventional layouts 


Desktop Publishing 


beginner and expandable enough for the 
expert. Also, its interact hotlinked design 
with additional programs such as Adpro 
and its own Article Editor make it a very 
impressive DTP workstation. 

If you're looking for a friendly introduc- 
tion to DTP that will grow with your expe- 
rience, ProPage is ideal. 

Paul Austin 

Saxon Publisher 

Although it falls a little short of being a 
dream for serious DTP enthusiasts, Saxon 
Publisher has a wealth of features which 
make it worth a good look before making 
up your mind which package to go for. 
But be warned - Saxon is not a cheap 
option. 

The emphasis truly has to be on the 
word "serious", not only because of what 
you can achieve with this package, but 
also because of its relatively high cost, the 
hardware you need to run it properly, and 
the output devices it can drive. It now also 
comes complete with Saxon Script 
Professional Interpreter, giving acess to 
the wonderful world of PostScript output. 

When I reviewed vl.1 of this package 
just over a year ago, my conclusions were 
that it would see far more business than 
home use, that it was bound to improve 
with subsequent versions, and that more 
fonts, printer drivers and the odd cosmetic 
improvement would help. 

In fact, version 1.1 was never released 
in the UK, so 1.2, which has just become 


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available, is actually Saxon's debut achievement so far. 


comprises a sidebar con- 
taining, among other 
things, selection gadgets 
for four operating modes - 
cursor, paragraph, drawing 
and text. Those other 
things include type style 
icons (bold, italic and so 
on), screen position gadget 
(for moving around your 
page when you've magni- 
fied your view and parts of 
it are therefore hidden), 
and rectangular and 
freeform box drawing 
tools. 

The sidebar also holds a 
list box which displays file- 
names of stories and pic- 
tures (if you've imported 
some, that is) to be 
inserted in your document, 
or typestyle names if you're 
in paragraph mode, some 
extremely useful vertical 
justification gadgets, two 
tools for deleting boxes or 
their contents, a box-mov- 
ing gadget and a graphic- 
fitting gadget. 

In paragraph mode, you 
also see style transfer gad- 
gets, another very useful 
feature which allows you to 
impose the style of a high- 
lighted paragraph onto an 
entire section of text appearing either 
before or after it. 

4 <«> ^ In drawing mode, your 

line, rectangle, ellipse, circle 
and other basic artist's tools 
are displayed in the sidebar. 

In some of the modes, 
Saxon disables some of its 
facilities - for instance, in text 
mode, on-screen colours, 
internally created structured 
drawings, drop shadows and 
outlines will not be shown, to 
speed up screen refreshes. 

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The addition of a fully independent 
PostScript interpreter, the ability to use a 
whole host of Adobe and Compugraphic 
fonts, a monitor calibration utility to 
ensure accurate on-screen colours, and - 
most significant - a dramatic increase in 
the screen refresh rate and general speed 
of the package, shows it is moving in the 
right direction. 

However, I would still like to see some 
improvements in the way Saxon Publisher 
operates. 

First, though, a potted description of 
this very hot contender for the title Most 
Polished Amiga DTP Package of the 
Moment. 

The view of your publishing world 


Important though the sidebar is, you 
could hardly get by without altering type 
specifications, being able to set your pref- 
erences, import text and graphics and 
perform the other operations vital to a 
decent document. For these, click the 
right mouse button in the time-honoured 
Amiga way, and a menu bar which for the 
most part is fairly self-explanatory will 
appear. 

Selecting a sub-menu will, as likely as 
not, cause a requester to appear. Be 
warned that many of the details in the 
requesters are quite tiny, and a hit every 
time, especially with an accelerated 
mouse, is not guaranteed. 

Also, I don't very much like the method 
of choosing typefaces - clicking on one of 


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Saxon rotates the contents of a box rather than the box frame , which can cause problems 


the letters of the alphabet will, if you're 
lucky, bring up the name of a font begin- 
ning with your selected letter in a field 
above. 

But there's nothing under some letters, 
while others, quite naturally, have more 
than one font associated with them, so 
you have to make another selection. It's a 
simple view, but I'm convinced the best 
way to choose a font is from a list of fonts! 

The basic idea is to import the text and 
graphics you want to go into your docu- 
ment (a variety of file formats is catered 
for in each case), draw the boxes they are 
to go into on your page(s) and place the 
files and graphics into the boxes simply by 
pointing and clicking on boxes and items 
in your list. 

You then format your text using default 
or custom tags from your other list, 
adding colour and, if you like, tilting 
graphics and/or text to taste. You can also 
add a headline or two, and some picture 
captions if you wish. 

Easy, isn't it? Well, it does take a couple 
of tutorials (in the manual. I'm afraid, not 
interactive ones on disk) to get the hang 
of it. 

Drawbacks 

So what about those other operational 
drawbacks hinted at earlier? Let's take 
rotation of boxes (the bounded areas 
whose size the user specifies, and which 
hold the text and graphics of your docu- 
ments). The problem with Saxon's box 
rotation is that it doesn't exist. 

Fair enough, you can click on Alter 
Active in the Box menu and specify any 
angle you like in the requester that comes 
up, but after you've OKed it, you find that 
only the angle of your box's content is re- 
aligned at the new angle. What you get is 
sloping text within the existing para- 
meters. 

With graphics, the result is different - 
you are apt to lose the corners of you 


piccy as the picture's margins move with 
it, while the box maintains its position. 

I searched in vain for a way of rotating 
the box and its contents together. On re- 
reading the manual (which incidentally 
has not changed from the one which 
came with vl .1 last year, although there is 
a supplement to it detailing changes) I 
found the following: 


It sounds almost reasonable until you 
try to reshape your box by grabbing its 
handles with you pointer. If you want a 
square box to have a 30-degree tilt, but 
wish to keep the corners of your box at 90 
degrees, for instance, maintaining those 
corners will severely test your patience. 

Re-aligning a complex polygon could 
have you reaching for the Valium. 
Although it is quite possible to achieve 
complex, even dazzling results with Saxon 
and a liberal amount of patience, today's 
professional market will want it to be 
quicker and easier. 

The home enthusiast who invests in this 
package might, on the other hand, be 
willing to forgo the ease of use the pros 
have come to expect after the likes of 
Aldus PageMaker and Quark XPress - but 
only in return for an inexpensive package 
which operates on low-spec hardware. 

And there's another problem. Although 
you can get away with two floppy drives, 
and the manual states the program func- 
tions properly with any standard Amiga 
display, you really need a hard disk and to 
be in hi-res to do justice to Saxon. 

Hi-res on the Amiga means you get 
that annoying flicker problem, so a high 
persistence monitor is really the order of 
the Saxon day. 

To complete the moans section before 
moving on to the positive side, it appears 
that Saxon lacks one of the most funda- 



PageStream Is the only current DTP package to employ completely Irregular text runaround 


"If you do lose a portion of your image, 
you can easily reshape your box or alter- 
natively move the graphic in such a way 
that it becomes fully visible again. 

"If your box contains text, you will 
notice that the program will still respect 
the specified margins (of both the text 
block and the bounding box) in determin- 
ing text flow. Depending on the effect 
that you are trying to achieve, you may 
reset the box margins or alternatively 
reshape your boxes..." 


mental requirements of those who make 
errors (and who doesn't?) - an Undo facil- 
ity. 

Also - and I accept this is a general crit- 
icism of the way most programs work on 
the Amiga - can Saxon please do some- 
thing about the file requesters? 

Why, oh why can't we have fields in 
requesters which are editable by high- 
lighting and then typing to replace what 
is already there, rather than being 
restricted to delete keys and Amiga-X to 


clear out the original contents? Such a 
simple improvement could save so much 
time. So much for the downside. What are 
the truly positive aspects of Saxon? 

It's robust. Apart from a few annoying 
niggles, it's built for the job of serious 
DTP. It handles colour - both on-screen 
and as output - extremely well, and has 
plenty of features like textures - including 
fades, radials and stone bricks - drop 
shadows, kerning, vertical justification, 
box layering and easily controllable text 
runarounds. 

With its additional font facilities and 
PostScript interpreter, it is seems Saxon 
will make the professional grade. What it 
needs now are a few improvements like 
easy box rotation, and customised 
requesters which make it easier to select 
options. 

Saxon's cost and hardware demands 
will put it out of reach of many home 
users, but if you're keen and can afford it, 
it's certainly one to go for, especially if 
you're a perfectionist when it comes to 
the finished job. 

Richard Williams 

PageStream 2.2 

In its earliest incarnations, SoftLogik's 
PageStream suffered by comparison to 
ProPage because of its quirky user inter- 
face and its various glitches and idiosyn- 
crasies, such as the non-interlaced screen's 
refusal to recompute the vertical ruler to 
its proper size. 

With the latest version, however, 
PageStream has sorted itself out and is 
now much smoother in use. To the begin- 
ner, PageStream 2.2 now offers a much 
less painful introduction to DTP. 

Its redesigned user interface is logical, 
consistent, and about as standard as 
Amiga programs get, utilising fairly univer- 
sal key combinations for most actions. 

This means that when you hold down 
Right-Amiga-A to select all of the current 
text, you don't get a style tags requester 
as you do in ProPage. 

Its "frameless" approach means you 
don't have to define a box before import- 
ing a graphic file and makes possible the 
direct typing of headlines and so on. 

Anything typed directly onto the page 
becomes a text object once it's been cre- 
ated, of course, but for beginners who just 
want to get up and running PageStream is 
friendly enough to enable a flyer or leaflet 
to be completed within a couple of hours 
of opening the box, almost without look- 
ing at the manual. 

The user's smooth introduction to 
PageStream is helped immensely by its 
thorough implementation of Workbench 
2.0-style requesters. This has been done 
so well that even when faced with an 
entirely new requester, the user should 
feel familiar enough with the interface to 
get to grips with it quite quickly. 

Menus are well thought out - most of 


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jjft£r r jwo main packages, PageStream* 
:es cothmns guides which are jrffo- 
pally treaty a^lfxt boxes, complete 
drag and resize tools. 
iis means flowing text into a page is a 
te maXef of creating columns using 
tenu option, clicking on the text tool, 


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PageStream is capable of creating very complex routines, though speed suffers at this level of detail 


the options are where you'd expect them 
to be - and the floating toolbox is pre- 
sented in clear and understandable icons. 

In fact, the overall impression when 
using PageStream for the first time or, as 
in our case, after a long holiday from it, is 
of a program which does its best to be 
accommodating rather than < 

Don't let all this friendliness mol you 
into thinking PageStream {^useless for 
serious DTP* as reye&sC is j 


Everything froi 
graphics forr™ 
and treat; 

PageStream 
them 

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gragfiies sta 1 
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fated PostScrj 
pie® with pi 
MacPaint, Degas, 
and DR2f 

Text import supp#rt\most majo 
American word processors and just aboi 
any format of Ascipl^xt you care tp r^rihe, 
which can save a greahdeal of tirgrgdng 
through a file to strip ou^m^nted c. 
riage returns. 

Text import 

Page layout under PageStream 2? 
aided by the more open-ended frameles: 
approach and by several powerful fea- 
tures, not the least of which is the master 
page option. 

By defining a master page, the user can 
set out page numbers, folios, margins, 
and guides for one page and have this 
repeated across every page in the docu- 
ment. With double-sided documents, a 


right and left master page can be created 
and the template applied automatically to 
odd and even numbered pages, releasing 
the user from the jtfassie of loading tem- 
plate^ 

The only limitations to working with 
master pages are that any feature based 
on a master page can only be modified 
naster. 

means, forWample, that text 
Columns should not be defined on the 
>ag£ unless the user is content to 
axaalykjhe same size and number of 
tokens tfi^oogho 


dow from which areas 
of the graphic can be 
cut, pasted, and 
copied to the main 
document window. 
This is very useful 
when using clip art as 
there are often several 
clips in one large file. 

So much for the 
chuck-it-on-the-page 
functions. When it 
comes to fine tuning, 
PageStream is no 
slacker either. Point 
sizes for typefaces are 
scalable in steps of 
one hundredth of a 
point, the nine mea- 
suring systems include 
pica, didot, metric 
points, and ciceros, 
and colour is control- 
lable through HSV, 
CMYK, HLS, or RGB 
values, though most 
professional users will 
settle for CMYK. 

Page layout can be 
enhanced with the 
usual design features, 
such as boxes, ellipses, Bezier curves, and 
so on, and there are twelve text styles to 
choose from, including reverse (making 
WOBs a doddle), outline, strike through, 
shadow, backslant, and even mirror. 

In addition, any page element can be 
rotated, slanted, and twisted using the 
excellent rotate requester to produce 
pseudo-perspective effects. 

Text runaround, unique to PageStream, 
can be set to run around both sides of an 
irregularly shaped object (something even 
Quark Xpress can't do), and though this 
isn't always a useful feature for profes- 
sional productions, its inclusion is an indi- 
cator of the quality and completeness of 


the PageStream package. There's virtually 
nothing you can think of that PageStream 
won't at least take a stab at. 

Printing, especially to PostScript print- 
ers, has been greatly improved with v2.2. 
Tiling, scaling, thumbnails, mirror, nega- 
tive, and a full set of crops and registration 
marks are all available 
through the print 
requester, and the 
Configure Printer option 
will allow close control 
of downloadable fonts 
to make the most of 
your Amiga's and 
printer's memory. 

This most important 
feature of DTP, as well 
implemented as it now 
is, nicely rounds off a 
fully-featured and pow- 
erful package. 

The main problem 
with PageStream is 
speed. Even on an 
A3000, screen update 
can be painfully slow 
when working close in 
on un-greeked text, and 
there's no feature to 
turn off screen refreshes 
such as that offered by 
ProPage. 

In addition, the bleed 
area around your docu- CL61SS 
ment is not properly 
pressed into service as a 
paste board. 

PageStream will allow 
the user to put page ele- 
ments in the bleed area 
when in full page view 
mode, but once zoomed in will not dis- 
play anything which is off the page, mak- 
ing full use of the paste board impossible. 


Stevie Kennedy 


)ach is 
The user 
^chooses a 
r file requester. 
Thoice of whether to 
Jmport as an bBJect or a picture window. 

Tx chooses the object option, 
he or site can place and drag the graphic 
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STANDALONE MODEL 


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• MOUSE CONTROLLER 

PLUS! — 

FREE FROM SILICA: 

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• GFA BASIC INTERPRETER V3.5 

• 16 NIGHTS HOLIDAY 
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The recommended paint package 

GFA BASIC V3.5 £50.00 

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TOTAL VALUE: £359,73 


When you buy your new Amiga computer from 
Silica Systems, we will give you an additional 
£359.73 worth of software FREE OF 
CHARGE, including some great entertainment 
and productivity programs. These free gifts 
will introduce you to tine world of computing 
and help you to get off lo a flying start wilh 
your new Amiga. Bub, wth eveiy Amiga from 
Silica we will give you 16 nights FREE holiday 
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to enjoy a braaik at home or abroad. 

16 NIGHTS HOLIDAY 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION 

Every Amiga 500 and 600 Irani Silica cornea 
supplied with a Iree 72 pti^a ootou? brochure 
aecomiTwdaMn vouchers. These evflide 2 peqpte to 
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with jecommodaBofi FHEE. All y->y have io pay for 
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• BUILT-IN 1Mb DRIVE FREE 

• A520 TELEVISION MODULATOR FREE 

• THE SIMPSONS - BART v SPACE MUTANTS £24.99 

• CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS £25.99 

• LEMMINGS - £25.99 

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PLUS! - FREE FROM SILICA 

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• ARCADE ACTION GAMES PACK £219.78 

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The A6Q0 marks the new era ol Amiga computers. More compact than the A500, the 
A600 has a built m I Mb drive, TV Modulator, internal IDE hard drive interface to easily 
add a hard drive ins de the Amiga, Smart card slot to accommodate ROM. RAM or 
game cards, easier to access mouse joystick ports (on the side) and modified 
expansion slot underneath for additional RAM and battery backed clock. 

‘ 1Mb AMIGA 600 (No Hard Disk) 


DELUXE PAINT 111 (0Mb HD version only) 
MYSTERY’ GAME (0Mb HD version only) 

1 YEAR HOME SERVICE WARRANTY 


£399.99 

£79.99 

VARIABLE 


PLUS! - FREE FROM SILICA 

• PHOTON PAINT V2.0 — 

• ARCADE ACTION GAMES PACK 

• GFA BASIC INTERPRETER V3 5 

PLUS ! TOTAL PACK VALUE: 

16 NIGHTS FREE HOLIDAY LESS PA CK SAVING: 
ACCOMMODATION SILICA PRICE 


£89.95 

£219.78 

£50.00 


f MG HARD DUSK H, 

£399 

iOMb HARD DISK HH AML .i: ^ 1 

£ 499 ] 

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Commodore has released their new CDTV drives for the Amiga 500 and 600 

computers. Simply plug the drive onto your Amiga and you have the power to: 

• USE THE SUCCESSFUL HANGE OF CDTV SOFTWARE. A vast array ol 
titles are available now and more are being released all the time. With the 
CD's ability to retrieve 540Mb of data (over 610 Amiga floppy disks!), it is 
the ideal media (or software based around entertainment, music, 
education, reference and much more! 

• PLAY NORMAL AUDIO CDs. The high quality CD Player (8 x over 
sampling) outputs sound quality that is equal to the best top end CD player 
available today. The CDTV drive gives you the ability to program the CD 
Player on-screen to select random play, pre-set play order and much more. 

• PLAY AND SEE CD+G CDs. Not only do you get high quality audio but 
CD+G (Compact Disk + Graphics) produces graphics on screen while the 
track is playing. These graphics are usually based on the theme of the 
track or can be the lyrics of the song. 


£299 £349 £299 

REF. CCD tore REF: CCD 0583 REF CCP »T7 


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• FREE OVERNIGHT DELIVERY: On all hardware orders shipped in the UK mainland, 

• TECHNICAL SUPPORT HELPLINE: Team of technical experts at your service. 

• PRICE MATCH : We normally match competitors on a >l Same product - Same price" basis. 

• ESTABLISHED 12 YEARS: Proven track record in professional computer sales. 

• BUSINESS + EDUCATION + GOVERNMENT: Volume discounts available 081-308 0888. 

• SHOWROOMS: Demonstration and training facilities at our London & Sidcup branches. 

• THE FULL STOCK RANGE: All of your requirements from one supplier. 

• FREE CATALOGUES: Will be mailed to you with offers and software/peripheral details. 

• PAYMENT: By cash, cheque and all major credit cards. 

Before you decide when to buy your new Amiga computer, we suggest you think very carefully about 
WHERE you buy it. Consider what it will be like a few months after buying your Amiga, when you may 
require additional peripherals or software, or help and advice with your new purchase. And, will the 
company you buy from contact you wilh details of new products? At Silica Systems we ensure that you 
will have nothing to worry about. We have been established for over 12 years and, with our unrivalled 
experience and expertise, we can now claim to meet our customers' requirements with an 
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Desktop Publishing 


Jargon buster 


Backslant 
Baseline 
Baseline shift 

CHp art 

CMYK 

Crop 
Crop marks 

(EPS) 
C reeking 
Guides 

Cutter 

Halftone 

Jaggies 

Kerning 

Leading 

Mechanical separation 

Point 

Routing 

Serif 

Standoff 

Tags 

Text runaround 
Wysiwyg 


The opposite of italics. Backslanted characters will lean to the left rather than the right. 

The invisible line on which a line of text sits. 

The distance of text from the baseline. Positive baseline shift gives you superscript text, and negative 
shift gives you subscript. 

Any pre-drawn graphic imported for use in a DTP document. These can be IFF bitmaps, vector draw- 
ings, or PostScript files. 

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black), A combination of these four colours will give any colour you 
like on paper See the box-out on printing for a further explanation. 

To cut a graphic or printed page to a certain size. 

Hairlines printed along with your document to show the printers where to cut 
the finished page to size. 

Any bitmap or vector drawing image which has been defined and saved in the PostScript printing 
language. 

This is used to speed up screen refreshes by representing text as a block of filled space or a 
series of backslash marks. 

Similar to the grid, but used mostly for margins and so on, guides are horizontal and vertical fines 
which are used by DTP operators for aligning page elements. Some packages will allow "snap to 
guides" to keep everything aligned perfectly. Like the grid, they will not appear on the printed page. 

The space between columns of text on a page. 

An image which is represented by different sized black dots to differentiate between lighL and dark 
shades. Halftones are used mostly by newspapers and other mono publications. 

The effect created by bitmap fonts and graphics, where the pixels show up the ragged edges of the 
image. Some outline fonts use bitmap screen representations which look slightly jaggie on-screen but 
which will appear perfectly smooth when printed. 

The process of varying the amount of tracking between two character (such as AV) so that they Tit 
tightly together, thus improving the final look of the document. 

Pronounced "leddlng", this is the amount of space between any two baselines in a body of text. 
Leading can be expressed in different ways depending on the measuring system you use. 

For example, 12 point text with 14 point leading will have a two-point gap between the top of the 
tallest letter and the next line up. 

Also called "spot colour". Most DTP packages allow the user to use mechanical separation for colours, 
such as fluorescent orange, which can't be separated into CMYK values. This is an expensive opera- 
tion as it involves the production of an extra printing film for each spot colour. 

Ditto, A point is 1/72 of an Inch and is written Ipt. This is by far the most popular measuring system 
currently in use. 

The path through which text will flow across a number of columns. Most packages will allow this to 
be set automatically when columns are created, then adjusted by breaking the link between columns 
and creating new ones. In this way, text can be made to skip columns or entire pages. 

A category of font which has "serifs" or small fancy bits at the end of straight lines on every letter 
(such as T and E). The opposite is "sans serif", fonts which look more modern and clinical. The text 
you are now reading is in a sans serif font. 

The amount of space left around a graphic when text is flown around it. 

Style tags are shortcuts used to apply a text style, size, font, and many other attributes to a selection 
of text. The better DTP packages will usually allow the definition of a range of style tags, one each for 
headlines, captions and so on, which frees the user from the need to select all the text attributes each 
time a style is required. A collection of style tags is known as a style sheet. 

The process of forcing text to follow the outline of a box or other page element rather than just filling 
a column. The better packages will allow text to follow Irregular outlines such as circles or drawings. 

What You See Is What You Get. Any decent modem DTP package will offer a Wysiwyg display, mean- 
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3GVP 

GREAT 

VALLEY 

PRODUCTS 

QUALITY AMIGA PERIPHERALS 
WITH A 2 YEAR WARRANTY 

Silica Systems are pleased to present the GVP 
range of peripherals. GVP are the world’s largest 
third party manufacturer of peripherals for the 
Amiga range and have a reputation for high 
specification, quality products. The company 
was founded only four years ago by a man who 
understands the Amiga - Commodore’s ex-Vice 
President of Technology. He, along with a team 
of Amiga experts including other ex-Commodore 
staff, understand the add-on requirements of 
Amiga owners better than anyone. Not only do 
GVP provide peripherals that Amiga owners 
want, they also offer peace of mind, with a 2 
year warranty on the products they manufacture. 
So, if you are looking for the very best in Amiga 
peripherals, look no further than GVP. 


A530 ACCELERATOR 


40MHz 68030EC 
prcccG3c 
Hi*speed SCSi 
interface with 52, 120 
or 240Mb hard drive 
1Mb Populated, 
Accommodates up to 
maximum 8Mb of 
32-bit wide RAM 
Optional 68882 Maths 
Co-Processor 
Optional PC-AT 
emulation 


■,*— ■ 


FDfi THE 
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500 


ACCELERATOR + HD + RAM UPGRADE 

Plugging a GVP A530 Accelerator onto your A500 or A500 Plus will 
boost its speed from 7.14MHz to a blislering 40MHz. The A530 win 
be available with either 52, 120 or 240Mb hard drive and can be> 
upgraded to include an additional maths Co-Processor, 8Mb of 32-bit 
wide FAST RAM and much more through GVP’s unique “mini-slor. 

40MHz* 1Mb RAM/52Mb HD Ref: HAR 0962 £749 

40MHz-1Mb 120Mb HD Ref: HAR 0974 £899 

40MHz-1Mb RAM/240Mb HD Ret: har rase £1099 



NEWI OPTIONAL PLUG-IN 
16MHz PC286 EMULATOR 

* 1 6 MHz 80286 processor 

* 287 Maths Co-Processor socket 

* 51 2K of PC RAM plus the use of Amiga RAM 

* Supports Hercules, CGA, EGA/VGA (mono- 
chrome) and T3100 video modes 

* Runs MS-DOS (3.2 and upwards) plus 
thousands of other PC programs 

This powerful 286 emulator module simply plugs 
into the “mini-slot” of the GVP HD8+ or A530 
(without invalidating the warranty). The emulator 
has full access to the Amiga’s 
resources and allows you to run 
PC and Amiga programs at the 
same time, giving you two 
computers in one. 


£249 


152Mb HARP DRIVE 




FOR THE 

AMIGA 

500 


INCLUDES MANY UNIQUE FEATURES 
NOT FOUND IN ANY OTHER 
AMIGA DRIVES 

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• 52/120/24DMb LIGHTNING QUICK HARD DRIVES 

ffcrw Staie-OMhe-Arf i ■ infernal SCSI Quanitim hard drives, wdft a i ,1CDX pet ■second 
11 tins) transfer rate making this iim fastest hard drive available for the Aoi-ga 

• LEADING EDGE TECHNOLOGY 

KigtfHetfc Custom VLSI, Fsaasl ROM chips and DMA dB-sign, ensure that no 
(rfhtr Amiga hard dbrt will out pBffonn line GVP H08+. 

• 8Mb RAM SOCKETS - UNPOPULATED 

Inside every drive there are sotfcera to expand the Amiga's RAM by 8M& 

• USES EASY-TO-FIT 1Mb/4Mb SIMMs 

Memory upgrades. Please order 3832 at £3&96 per Mb (2Mb lumps <*nfy) up 
lo 4Mb To upgrade !□ BMb. please Wdur 2 3849 at 0*9.35 po/ 4Mb SIMM 

• CUT-OF SWITCH FOR GAMES 

Features a special games switch eq 'cul off The dr.-ve tor games than won't work 
with a hard drsit Most other drives reutnra unbbtrmg from iim Amiga 

• ‘MINI SLOT" EXPANSION 

This unique nlM has been bw'lt-m ’4 anew -.p- — r.r *r tz -. r -,/ jiing 

any risky pass-through. ienniiqu«s 5 se PC288 cffluiatQf active 

• EXTERNAL SCSI PORT 

Add up Ed 6 external SCSI devices, as CD- RDM tape streamers, additional hard drives, removable media, 
scannera. etc 

• DEDICATED PSU + FAN 

Flowing Commodore's strong recommendairnns the GVP HD0+ is supplied with its own enema! power sujkply and cooling fan 

• FULLY COMPATIBLE 

Fully compatible mill ad Amiga SEWs fine. PLUS) aim wsnns of Kictstart 

• FREE 2 YEAR WARRANTY 



WHAT THE PRESS SAY 

'Superb build, exce//enf aesfheffes and blinding speed 
make fh/s tfie besf A 500 hard drive ' ... - Amiga shopper 
' GVP claims this is the fastest hard drive in the world and 
none of our tests coo Id prove that wrong.' - AMIGA shopper 
' Overall : Untouchable. THE choice ' - amiga shopper 
'Still the best hard drive ' ... 92% - amiga format 


120Mb 

£499 


240Mb 

£799 

Avriahto SSE 
REF HAR G9<£ 


GVP HD8+ 52Mb HD 

£379 

ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT RgL HAR 0652 


ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT - DELIVERY IS FREE OF CHARGE IN THE UK MAINLAND 


FOR ALL AIMS AMIGA 1500 + 2000 + 3000 PRODUCTS 


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SOUND SAMPLER 

• 8-bit stereo sampler 

• Plugs into parallel port 

9 MIDI support for song input 
9 Extensive editing features 
9 Works with all Amigas 

A ow-cost sound and muse solution for the 
sst -preSessona! and auto r;phv.st It 
( s of a snail, q . y - : t stereo 

sound sampler that connects -i(o the parallel 
pod on any Amga 500, 1500, 2000 or 3000 
computer. Combined with oi a ol the fastest, 
most powerful and easy-to-use sound and 
must “lifng programs available. Includes 4- 
tiacx Mura&racXer file compatible sequencer. 

.35 £59.95. 

G-FORCE 30-25/40/50 

• 68030E C/68030E C/68030 processor 

• 25/40/SOMHz clock speeds 

• 68882 Maths co-processor 

• Expands to 1 3/16/1 6Mb 32-bit RAM 

• 32-bit SCSI a.'tik.otter on board 

These las! ^030/680 30EC accelerators with 
memory up^jde and SCSI interface board 
o- ■ r ur. c . g speed and performance 

wlhout 'he L, :jh p"ce. Each board cor es 
complete wdh a 68882 maths co-pracessc ■ srd 
FLAM upgrade as slji jjrd. Hard D i* Mount Kfl 
available, to mourn f Hard Live on any G- 
Force 030 Board, GVA 4251 , £39.95 

25MHx/lMb u^nno £599 

40MHz/4Mb £999 

k 50MHz/4Mb 

IMPACT II HC8 

• Factory installed Hard Drives 
9 52, 120, 240 & 420Mb options 
9 On-board 8Mb memory sockets 
9 Add up to 6 additional SCSI 
devices 

9 Easy to install SIMMS 

These are H* of the HDB+ hard 

drae. bul for the 1 500 and 200C models. Not 
pnSy me they some of the fastest hard drives 
avs- ibie, egl Ihey also incorporate an 
unpopulated- 8W> RAM expanjwn beard. 

52Mb RttHARi&i £299 

120Mb r*i har lisa £449 

240Mb h*i KAR i**-j £699 

420Mb n*t har iso £ 1 299 

IMPACT VISION 24 

9 768 x 580 PAL Resolution 
9 Supports composite video , 
S-VHS and RGB signals 
9 Broadcast quality genlock 
9 Now with RGB splitter 
Th,s is ihe very latest 24-i4 Professional Video 
Adapior It features 1 6 mrftion coteura on screen 
at once, built-in gt-Mock. tinker Bp- Irame 
buffer, frame grabber and dxjrta! ktyfr. Impact 
Vffiic-n 24 comes supp .ed with Ca qa-i-IV24 30 
modeili ~ and rendering software, Scala IV24 
video filling software, pbs Macro Paint 24-bil 
paint package. A15Q0.20M} ru-guires additional 
adaptor, GVA 5224. £49.95 

7024 £1699 

RAM 8 

• Up 10 8Mb ol FAST RAM 
9 Upgrade In 2Mb increments 
9 Supports industry standard 
RAM chips 

9 Diagnostic software included 
9 Fully auto-configuring 

A SKTuta and convene M 6Mb HAM iKparaxjft 
board lor the Amiga 1500 and 2000. USOQ 
industry standard HAM diips. tiia RAM-8 oilers 
an easy way lo upgrade jw 1500 or 2000 in 
2ML inoemefils. ihfl RAM B « fully a-Jto- 
configunnp and is suppi*J wm peaaHJf-rrwrt 
d ; agi«5bc soriwaiB. 6Mb oonfiguraBon suppwMd 
lor bndgeboard owners 

RAM 2800 £99 

RAM 2802: « £169 

SYQUEST 44/88Mb 

• 44 or 88Mb removable media 

• 20ms access time 

• Can be supplied wilh or without 
GVP HC8 Controller 

• External case available for A500 or 
A3000 users 

GVP are now offering Syquet 1 dnves with dr 
without the.r HC8 onnlrnter They are avaiat>a 
in 44 and 88Mb L.iparrUes and liavo a ; 

access t me. Each enve comes con-ntete wim 
one removafcte cartridge. 3..; iesi iiv.-i-r o .e 
complete storage fiexiMily. offiKing a cpuck and 
easy way lo add extra storage to ydut sv stum 

44Mb (B»r» DtIvb) --W £449 

44Mb ( + hcb) -w Humb £549 

88Mb (Bai* DriM) 5m MBWIB £599 

88Mb (*HCO) OMiwriieai £699^ 


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• TECHNICAL SUPPORT HELPLINE: Team of technical experts at your service. 

• PRICE MATCH: We normally match competitors on a “Same product - Same price” basis, 

• ESTABLISHED 12 YEARS: Proven track record in professional computer sales. 

• BUSINESS + EDUCATION + GOVERNMENT: Volume discounts available for large orders. 

• SHOWROOMS: Demonstration and training facilities at our London & Sidcup branches. 

• THE FULL STOCK RANGE: All of your requirements Irom one supplier. 

• FREE CATALOGUES: Will be mailed to you with offers and software/peripheral details. 

• PAYMENT: By cash, cheque and all major credit cards. 

Before you decide when to buy your new Amiga products, we suggest you think very carefully about 
WHERE you buy them. Consider what it will be like a few months alter you have made your purchase, 
when you may require additional peripherals or software, or help and advice. And, will the company you 
buy from contact you with details of new products? At Silica Systems, we ensure that you will have 
nothing to worry about. We have been established for over 1 2 years and, with our unrivalled experience 
and expertise, we can now claim to meet our customers' requirements with an understanding which is 
second to none. But don’t just take our word for it. Complete and return the coupon now for our latest 
Free literature and begin to experience the “Silica Systems Service". 



MAIL ORDER HOTLINE 

081-309 1111 


SILICA 

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• SCALA • Deluxe Paint IV • Amigavisian 

ALONE 3289.00 

WITH PHILIPS 7CM 3279 3539.00 


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Commodore trained staff ore friendly ond helpful and ore 
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Open 9-6 pm Monday to Saturday and 1 0.00 am to 4.30 
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Callers welcome for advice ond demonstration ot our 1 600+ sq 

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Next day delivery for most orders received by 5 pm; express 7 

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Hardware carefully hondled and delivered safely and reliably 

by caged, insured, lop name courier service 

100% pre-despatch testing on Amigas 

Free 30 day, next day courier collection and delivery of NEW 

replacement. 

Hotline support ond in-house engineers 
Extended warranty available on many products 
Upgrade ond trade in offers to keep you up to dote 
Exceptional offer soles service 

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AMIGA 500 PUIS 

Full UK spec., inc. mouse, power supply, leads & manuals, etc. inc. 
updated Agnus & Denise chips far better screen resolution to 
1280x512, Kickstor! & Workbench 2.04, expandable ro 2MB CHIP 
memory & battery dock 

ALONE WITH MONITOR 

1MB 309.00 509.00 

2MB 349.00 549.00 

Zydec external drive with on/off & daisy chain port ADD 48.00 
Also with Kickstart 13 + ROM Sharer for witching between 1 .3/2.04 
ta eliminate compatibility problems ADD 47.99 


CARTOON CLASSICS 
GAMES PACK EXTRA 
(1MB REQUIRED) 

V ALUI/RRP 

Cartoon Classics Gomes: Lemmings 25.99 

The Simpsons 24.99 

Coptoin Planet 25.99 

Deluxe Paint III with animation 79.99 

3 Disc Home Pack including Word Processor, 

Spreadsheet, Dotobose or PD Games compilation 9.99 

TOTALVALUE 161.96 

WITH AMIGA/CDTV 15.99 

SEPARATELY 29.99 


1 500 PACK EXTRA 
(CAN BE USER WITH A500 
1MB AND A500*) 

VALUE /RRP 

Hie Works Pl atinum, word processor, spreadsheet, 
database 169.95 

Deluxe Painl III with animation 79.99 

Gel the most out of your Amiga book 9.95 

Hobbyle 50 Programme PD Greats Pock II 39.95 

EITHER OR 

SimOty • Puiznic 

Populous • Toki 

Their Finest Hour • Digital Nome Accounts 

Baitfochess • 01 

MicToswikh Turbo Joystick 

TOTAL VALUE 


WITH AMIGA/CDTV 
SEPARATELY 


24.99 

24.99 

29.99 

29.99 
9.99 

418.79 

49J9 

69.99 


SPECIAL: Also with Cartoon Classics Games ADD 1 2.99 


WHAT THE CUSTOMERS SAT 

...‘extremely courteous and rapid response to my problem" ..1 will not 
hesitate To recommend you to my colleagues , H 

Dr Darrel Moddy - Slough 

Thank you for dealing so promptly with my requeslv. n .„1 to reluctant 
about ordering my computer mail order, However I have been very pleased 
with my dealings wri Hobbyle ■) 


customer service " 


i you ore to be commended for your 

Trevor Patterson - Bangor 
"We have dealt wtth many af the feadina computer suppliers, in the post, 
but the service you provided was sec ana to none. ' E 

. Thank you for everyone's good service ..;' it arrived at 7.20am the next 
morning,^ 

David J Thomas ■ Wolverhampton 

1 was very impressed with the service I received in the first Instance, I 
really appreciated how quickly you managed to gel the printer despatched 
from your Luton branch for me." Ir , . , 

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AMIGA 1500/2000 

Full UK spec, with 1MB RAM, mouse, expansion us 2000, lauds, manuals. 
New including Kickstart & Workbench 2.04. 

Hard disc configuration inc. the high performance GVP II controller card, 
EXPAWDABLf TO 8MB Fast reliable 52MB +1 20MB Quantum Drives ore used. 

ALONE WITH 8833 WITH 7CM + FFIXIR 


Dual Drive 495.00 695.00 

DD+GYP+20MB HD 699.00 899.00 

DD+GYP+52MB HD 765.00 969.00 

DD+GYP+120MB HD 908.00 1112.00 

Per exlra 2MB filled to GYP 
Also with Kickslart 1.3 + ROM Sharer 


859.00 

1065.00 

1129.00 

1272.00 

ADD 60.00 
ADD 47.99 


CDTV 


The ultimate CD interactive multi media machine with an Amiga inside! 

Hutchirrsons Encyclopaedia CD 


CDTV with CD ROM drive 
Lemmings CD 
Disc Caddy 


• Welcome CD + tutorial 

• Remote control unit 

AS ABOVE 439.99 

ALSO: With keyboard and black matching disc drive to allow access to 
whole range of Amiga disc based software 549.00 

SPECIAL: Also with up to £90 worth of CD titles of your choice! 

ADD 60.00 


THE HOT LOT PACK 

(1MB REQUIRED) 



VALUE/RRP 

• Cartoon Classics Gomes: Lemmings 

25.99 

The Simpsons 

24.99 

Captain Plane! 

25.99 

• Deluxe Paint ill with animation 

79.99 

• 1 0 GREAT individually packaged games, previous 269.82 

RRPs up to 39,99 each, phone to choose from current list, or 

leave if to us! Children s games available. 


• 50 Programme Hobbyle PD Great Pocks II 

39.99 

• Dust Covers mouse mol 

9.98 

• 10 Blank Discs + 80 Capacity Disc Bax 

26.98 

• Micioswikh turbu joystick 

9.99 

TOTALVALUE 

513.72 

WITH AMIGA 

59.99 

SEPARATELY 

79.99 

SPECIAL: ALSO 1 0 extra great games 

ADD 25.00 


PROFESSIONAL FAMILY 
MACK 

(1MB REQUIlliD) 

VALUE /RRP 

• Cartoon Oassics Games: lemmings 25.99 

The Simpsons 24,99 

Captain Planet 25.99 

• Deluxe Paint HI wflh mimatwi 79.99 

• The Works Pfatinum Ward Processor, Spreadsheet 

ond Database 169.99 

• Their Pinesf Hour, Flight Simulator 29.99 

OR Back la the Future and Postman Pal(l.3 only) 

OR Digital Kama Accounts or Edd the Duck 

• Virus Killer Disk 4.99 

• 50 Programme Habbyte PD Greats Puck II 39.99 

• Hobbyle Infant, Junior {specify] or Secondary 

Educational Pack 19.99 

• 1 0 Blank Discs + 80 Capacity lockable disc box 26.98 

• Mouse Mai + Dusl Coyer 9.98 

• Turbo Micrttwiirh Joystick 9.99 

TOTAL VALUE 468.86 

WTTH AMIGA/CDTV 79.99 
SEPARATELY 91.99 

SPECIAL Alsu with Star LC 200 9 PIN 
Co lour Printer and Starter Pack ADD 1 85.00 

Also with Citizen 224+24 Pin 
Colour Printer and Starter Pack ADD 245 .00 


COMMODORE PREMIER DEALER • STAR GOLD DEALER • CDTV CENTRE • 








FAMOUS FIVE PACK 

7-13 YEARS VA uj [/Rgp 

• Join Enid Blyton's Famous Rve to solve the mystery of Treosure 

Island in this educational interactive adventure 24.99 

• ADI - choose from any entertaining National Curriculum 
Moths or English course from Fun School publishers, 

OR ony Fun School 25.99 

• Target moths, suite of 4 fun programmes aimed at specific 
Notional Curriculum targets OR Maths Adventure: 

This adventure through time allows pupils to revise and 
check their progress In Nationol Curriculum maths 25.99 

• Sim Gly - Educational game sword winner and Populous 

OR Elf - travel as Cornelius the Elf and Puzznic - addictive 
puzzle game 49.98 

• Hobh Junior or Secondary Educationol PD Pack, featuring 

up to 1 2 "Learn while you play" games 1 9.99 

• Hobbyte 50 programme PD Greats II Pack 39.99 

• Microswitch Turbo Joystick 9.99 

TOTAL VALUE 196.92 

WITH AMIGA/CDTY 59*99 
SEPARATELY 79.99 

SPECIAL Also with 10 great individually packaged games 
RRPs up to £39.99, phone to choose from current list, or 
leave it to us! Children's gomes ovoiloble 

VALUE £269.82 

ADD £34.99 


GOLDILOCKS PACK 

5-1 1 YEARS 

MAX VALUE /l!RP 

• The Three Bears: A colourful educational and entertain mg 
adventure loosely based on the traditional story .(Improves 
reading skills and develops imaginative and logit at 

thought] 22.95 

• Money Matters - Tour graphically brilliant and educationally 
sound games with coins keyboard overlay, lop reviews 24.99 

• Postman Pat (1.3 only], OR Edd the Duck [7+ years! OR 

Matched PaiFS OR Minky L s Scary School 1 4.99 

• Hobbyte Infant or Junior ( specify ) Educational Pack, 

lecturing op to 1 2 "Learn while you play" games 1 9.99 

• Hobbyte 30 Easy Children's Games, 10 pack disc 

inducting Train Sal and other lop entertaining PD titles 1 9.99 

• 10 Blank Disc 6.99 

• Micraswik h Turbo Joystick 9.99 

• Deluxe Paint Il/Photon Paint II or Elf or Punait 89.99 

• Mouse mat 4.99 

TOTAL VALUE 214.87 

WITH AMIGA/CDTY 49,99 
SEPARATELY 69.99 


ACCESSORIES 

Blitz virvs protector + backup device for any external drive 23.99 
A520 Modulator 26.99 

A50CI Deluxe control centre 44.99 

Competition Pro Joystick 11.95 

CDTV Keyboard 44.95 

FLOPPY DRIVES 

Zydec 3.5 external drive, dofeychnm + on/aft 48.95 

Cumuna CAX 354 3.5 external drive, beige 52.99 

CD1V external 3.5 drive, black, 59.99 

PC 88013! with anti dick f Blitz back up ond virus protector 67.95 
PC 880 B as above, Cyclone compatible 78.99 

PC8B0B with Blitz + X Copy 98.99 

Dual drive as PC BBOB 115.95 

MOt«TORS/rVS/ACCESSORCS 

CBM 1085SDI monitor + leads 216.99 

Philips 8B33 MK II monitor and leads 2 1 6.99 

CBM 1 960 High res monitor + Mway Bkker fixer for 1 500/20QO 549.99 
U\ + swivel stand for Philips 8833 1 2.99 

Philips 7CM3279 Hi-res SVGA ,28dp for 3000 inc. tilt & swivel 259.99 
As above, plus flicker fixer for k\ 500/2000 369.99 

HARD DRIVES 

A500 GVP 530 52 MB HD +68030 1 MB exp. to 8MB 694.99 
UOO GVP 530 120 MB HD +58030 1MB tip. lo 8MB 844.45 

5500 GVP 530 240 MB HD +68030 1MB exp. to 0MB 1038.95 

A5MMBHD 269.99 

A5O0 GVP!! 52MB HD, exp to 6MB 339.99 

A50D GVPil 1 20MB HD. exp to SMB 468.99 

A1 500/2000 GVP II controller, exp to 8MB + Qinnrum 52MB HD 264.99 
A1 500/2000 GVP II tonl., exp to B MB + Quantum 1 20 MB HD 406.99 
Per extra 2MB filled to above 62.99 


ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS 
RACK 3-9 YEARS 

VaUK/RRP 

• Fun School 2, under 6 years, 6-B years or 8+ years T 9.99 

• Fun School 3 or 4, specify ucwfer 5 years, 5 to 7 years or 
7+ years. 

- 1 2 stunning U K educational gomes with beautiful 

pictures, exciting animation and music that helps to develop 
number, ward and ether skills, Up lo 6 skill levels. 

Conform la National Curriculum requirements. 24.99 

• Postman Pot { 1.3 only], OR Edd the Duck (7+ years] OR 

Matched Pairs OR Blinky ' $ Scary School 1 4,99 

• Hobbyte infant ar Junior [specify] Educational Pack, 

featuring up to 12 “'Learn while you play" pomes 1 9.99 

• Hobby le 30 Easy Children ^ 1 s Gomes , 1 0 pack disc 

intluairw Train Set and other lop entertaining PD titles 1 9.99 

• 10 Blank Dhcs 6.99 

• Joystick 9+99 

• Deluxe Paint Il/Photon Point If or Elf or Puzzmi 89.99 

TOTAL VALUE 206.92 

WITH AMIGA /CDTV 49.99 

SEPARATELY 69.9* 

SPECIAL: With Cartoon Classics Games and D point tit + 
animation instead of Opsin! Il/Photon Paint II (1MB req.) 

VALUE SO.Gu 
ADD 14.99 


AMOS 

PROGRAMMER'S PACK 

(1MB RfO.) 

VAIUI/RRP 

• EASY AMOS - complete, simplest possible, fun-to-use beginners 

programming course. Leam to write professional looking 
orcade games, educational, etc. software in weeks, not yeors. 
Complete with graphics, sound, animation and more. 
Upgrodeable to Amos. 34.99 

• Cortoon Classics Games: OR 

Lemmings Elf 25.99 

Captain Planet Puzznik 25,99 

The Simpsons Digito Home Accounts 24.99 

• 50 Programme Hobbyte PD Greats Pack 39,99 

• 20 Blank Discs + 80 Capacity LockobleDisc Box 33.97 

• Mouse Mai + Dus! Cover 9-98 

• 'Get the Most out of Your Amigo' book 9.95 

• Microswitch Turbo Joystick 9.99 

TOTAL VALUE 215.84 

WITH AMIGA/ CDTV 59.99 
SEPARATELY 79.99 

As above, but with: 

• Amos the Creator instead of Easy Amos 

WITH AMIGA/CDTV 69,99 

SEPARATELY 89.99 

NOTE: Ew both above packs, u second Happy or hard drive ond a 
prints fur faring are rsawifneoded, but rot essential 


SCANNERS 

ftoksha 400 dpi 32 greyscale 4 Datascan software 87.99 

Power Hand. Scanner, 400dpi, 64 greyscale, Powerscan software 97.99 
Power Cdour Hand Scanner 235.95 

Sharp JJN 00 A6 Scanner + scanlah software, supports 
4096 tols, op to 10 bit 595.95 

Sharp jX-300 A4 Scanner + s/w, up lo 24 bit POA 

EXPANSION 

A50O 51 2K RAM exp + clock ,,21.99 CBM ASOlexp... 29.00 

1 MB exp for A600 ,_„.POA A50Q + 1 MB upgrade .43.99 

1 .5 MB exp for A5Q0 74.99 K51.3 ROM Sharer 47.99 

GYP AS00 duel .-see Hard Drives 


TRAMPY'S OR 
THOMAS’S PACK 
2-9 YEARS 

AT LEAST 57 EDUCAIIOHAUFUH FILLED GAMES! 

MAX VALUE /RRP 

The Shoe People - 6 colourful and entertaining gomes 29.99 
featuring Trampy and friends to encourage early number 
reading and pre-reading skills. Wllh Shoe People music 
OR Thomas the Tank Engine's fun with Words - 6 separate eosy 
to use learning programmes with animation and sound. 

Shapes and Colours Bobby the Clown entertains and 
toys dawn the foundation lor maths ond writing in 6 
colourful animated games. 9.99 

Fun School 2, 3 or 4 ■ the ‘Fun School" suite have won 
just about every award going, 5 or 6 wonderful 
animated games. " 24.99 

OR Picture Book: 4 colourful and amusing games from 
ex Tun School' design manager will delight young children. 
Deluxe Paint Il/Photon Paint II of Elf or Puzznic 
Hobbyte Infant Educational PD Pack, containing 10 
fun while you leom games 


1 .3 TO PLUS UPGRADE 

Chip fitting and board upgrade available, by 

our qualified engineers or DIY kit ...POA 


89.99 

19.99 

tun white you leam games 

• Hobbyte 30 Easy Children's Gomes Pock 1 9.99 

• lOfllonkOfsa Oisc Box, Joystick Mouse Mat 26.96 

TOTAL VALUE 221.90 

WITH AMIGA/CDTV 49.99 
SEPARATELY 69.99 
SPECIAL: With Cartoon Classics Games and Dpaint III + 
animation instead of Dpaint Il/Photon Paint II (1MB req.) 

VALUE 80.00 
ADD 14.99 


ARTISTS PACK 


H VAIUE/RRP H 

• Deluxe Paint III with onimotion (upgrodeable to DP IV) 

79.99 

H • Power 400dpi scanner with Powerscan professional s/w 

99.99 

H • 10 disc Hobbyte PD Graphics Pack inc. clip art + utilities 

39.99 ■ 

I • Cartoon (lossics Games: OR 


Lemmings Elf 

25.99 1 

Captain Planet Puzznik 

25.99 

H The Simpsons Digita Home Accounts 

24.99 ■ 

• 50 Programme Hobbyte PD Greats Pack 

39.99 

I • 20 8lonk Discs -t- 80 Capacity LockobleDisc Box 

33.97 

1 • Mouse Mat + Dust Cover 

9.98 

1 • 'Get the Most out of Your Amigo' book 

9.95 ■ 

1 • Microswitch Turbo Joystick 

9.99 ■ 

TOTAL VALUE 

400.82 

■ WITH AMIGA/CDTV 

1 39.99 ■ 

■ SEPARATELY 

169.99 ■ 

■ DTP PACK 


■ ALL AS ARTIST'S PACK 

400.82 1 

PLUS: PAGESETTER 11 

99.99 I 

TOTAL VALUE 

499.81 | 

WITH AMIGA/CDTV 

189.99 1 

■ SEPARATELY 

219.99 1 

■ OR: PRO PAGE 3 

269.99 

TOTAL VALUE 

670.81 

■ WITH AMIGA/CDTV 

239.99 

■ SEPARATELY 

279.99 J 


ALONE 


ALONE 


Citizen 120+D 112.95 

Star LC20 24.95 

Star LC2O0 col 172.95 

GfoenSwifly J 78.95 

Star LC 24-20 178.95 

Star LC 24-200 ..216.95 

Star 1C 24-200 cot 256.95 

Glizen 124D... 176.95 

Clizun 224 211.95 


PRINTERS 

WITH 
STARTER 
PACK 

o. Gtizen 224+col’ 236.95 

cb Gllzen Swift 24a 246.95 

- Glizen Swift 24ecd\ 266.95 

^ Star XB 24/200' 376.95 

Star XB 24/250.., 456.95 

HPDeskjet 346.95 

o HP Deskiel <ol 576.95 

Q HP Painliel 526.95 

BJlOe Bubblejet port.. 226.95 


WITH 

STARTER 

PACK 


STARTER PACK: 500 Sheets A4 or continuous paper, Amiga to 
printer lead & Universal Printer Stand • with new driver 


OLD AMIGA TRADE-IN 

The best trade-in allowance, extra far peripherals and 
accessaries. Trade in your old machine for a brand new 4600/ 
A1 500/2000/3000, CDW or even a PC, 


EMULATION 

KCS Powcrhooid 188.99 AT Biidgeboord fori 500 329.99 

0VP 286 Emulator 227.99 306 SX 8 board for 1500 429.99 

AT Once 1 78.99 GVP 40/4 far 1 500 .945.99 


DISCS SOTWARE 

10 Blank 05/DD discs in box 6.99 Games- tel far list FROM 3.50 
50 Blank 05/0D discs 17.99 All Intel jamas 30% OFF 

50 Blonk OS/HO discs 27.99 All serious tides 25% Off 


NO DEPOSIT CREDIT FACILITIES 

Credit lams ol 34 B APR (variable} can be arranged for puTthows aver 
f 1 SO. subject la status Competitive leasing schemes ore nlsu available far 
businesses, including sdc irrjders and partnership 1 , Just telephone For 
written detank nod application farm 


ORDERING: 

TELESALES NO: (0737) 56005 

| Next doy delivery for credit cord orders ploced before 4.30pm subject to ovcilobility. 
Alternatively send cheque, postal order, bonkers draft or official order (PLCs, Education 
ond Government bodies only) to; Dept. AC Hobbyte Computer Centre, 10 Market 
Place, St. Albons,, Herts AL3 5DG. Please afew 1 working days for cheque clearance. Subject 
to availability, despatch is normally within 24 hours of receipt of cleared payment. Prices 
ore coned at time of going to press, however, we are sometimes forced to chcrrae 
them, either up or down. Pleose check before ordering. Additional services ond different 
packages may be offered in our showrooms, ond prices may vary from Moil Order prices. 
Personal collars ore asked to quote this od to ensure Moil Order pockoges ore offered. 

DELIVERY CHARGES: UK MAINLAND (NOT HIGHLANDS) 

Small consumables & Despatched by post, pleose check 

software items charges when ordering 

Other items, except lasers Next day courier service, £ 1 0 per box 

Offshore and Highlands Normal rate plus £20 + VAT per box 

IN ADDITION WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING EXPRESS SERVICES; 

Saturday deliveries Normal rote plus £1 5 + VAT per box 

7am to 9am next day Normal rate plus £ 1 0 + VAT per box 

Am next day Normal rate plus £5 + VAT per box 


TELE-ORDER (0727) 56005 



I miga Computing July 1992 



THE GENLOCK PEOPLE 


Do you want to overlay computer 
graphics or titles onto your videos? If 
so, you will need a Genlock. 
Rendale Genlocks are built to a very 
high standard, and are used widely 
in the professional environment. 


62 Tenter Road, 
Moulton Park 
Business Centre, 
Northampton, 
NN3 1AX, 
England. 

Tel: (0604) 790466 
Fax: (0604) 647403 


RENDALE 

8802 

£ 139 - 


The Rendale range of Amiga Genlocks begins with the 8802. This is a 
Genlock, which, when attached to an Amiga computer and a suitable video 
system, will allow you to mix video and computer graphics. It offers all the 
functions that you need, such as: 

* RGB feed through, allowing for a preview monitor. 

* High quality output video, which in default mode provides video with overlaid 
computer graphics. 


* 


RENDALE 
8802 FMC 
£178- 


lt can be supplied with a device which will allow you to fade between 
computer graphics and the video source, and also a mode control unit so that 
you can move between Amiga only, video only, background mode and 
foreground modes 1 & 2. 


RENDALE 

SUPER-8802 

£499- 


The Rendale Super-8802 is a development of the basic 8802 unit, it performs 
the same functions, but has the added capability of also working with Super- 
VHS signals. The unit will allow the user to cross fade between the Amiga 
and video signal. In addition, some basic wipe patterns are provided, and 
also a fade to black option. Mode control is also provided via hardware. 


NEW! 

8802 FMC Unit 

RENDALE 

This is a brand new piece of kit which will improve the capabilities of the 
popular Rendale 8802 Genlock. This unit allows you to cross fade between 
the Amiga and video signals, so that you can gently fade computer titles in 
and out. Also, the ability to switch between the various modes offered by the 
8802 is provided. The required mode is selected by a push switch, giving 
smooth, flicker free transformations. 

FMC 

£45-fitted 

£42-loose 

The FMC unit does need to be soldered into the 8802, we can do this at our 
factory if required. 


8802 

UPGRADES 

£ 42 - 

£ 400 - 


UPGRADES PATHS 

Rendale Genlocks are designed to be flexible, and the ability of your Genlock 
to grow with your system was deemed to be of paramount importance in our 
design process. 

As a consequence, existing 8802 users can follow one of two upgrade paths. 
The fade and mode control unit (FMC unit) can be purchased independently, 
and fitted either by yourself or our engineer. Basic soldering skills are 
essential for self-installation. Or, for only £3.00, our engineer will fit it for you. 

The other upgrade path is the move from a purely composite 8802 to the 
Super-8802. This can also be done simply, although we do have to perform 
the upgrade work at our factory. We would only require your unit for around 
two days. 


PRICES INCLUDE VAT AND DELIVERY. ACCESS AND MASTERCARD ACCEPTED. 


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Amiga Computing 
presents an exclusive 
demonstration of the 
latest Amiga DTP package 


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I f you've ever wondered whether it 
was worth your while buying an 
expensive DTP package when your 
wordprocessor would suffice, then been 
put off for good by the cost of finding out, 
now's your chance to peek into the world 
of one of the Amiga's most advanced appli- 
cation areas. Thanks to Amiga Computing , it 
won't cost you a penny. 

The Saxon Publisher demo on your 
CoverDisk is identical to the full program 
with the exception that it will not save or 
print your work, so it forms an excellent 
introduction to the DTP world. 

Version 1 .2 of the program is the most 
recent release in the DTP war, and is 
packed with the sort of advanced features 
you would expect from a program costing 
£250. 

Booting up 

Start the demo by booting your 
CoverDisk, going into the Saxon Publisher 
drawer and clicking on the Version 1.2 
icon, or selecting Saxon Demo from the 
Shortcut menus. 

When the program has loaded, it will 
begin a rolling demo of Saxon's features, 
which you can halt by pressing the Escape 
key to return control of the program to the 
user. 

It would be best to do so at once, as the 
demo is more suited to NTSC (Saxon 
Publisher is an American program) than 
PAL Amigas, and so doesn't work particu- 
larly well on European machines. As soon 
as Escape is pressed, the cursor will halt and 
you can begin to explore the package. 

Our first job is to add a page to our doc- 
ument, so go to the Page menu and select 


Add. A requester will pop up in which you 
can choose the size of page to work on 
and define its background texture, but for 
our purposes simply clicking on OK to 
choose the default A4 size will do. 

Your page, which for now is completely 
blank, will appear on-screen 
ready to be filled. At this 
point, we'll import the two 
elements which will go to 
make up the simple demo 
page, so hold down the 
right mouse button and 
select Graphic/Import IFF 
from the External menu. 

When the file requester 
appears, click on Drives, 
then CoverDisk33, then 
SaxonPublisheM .20, then 
DemoFiles - phewl 

You should see two files, 
one called AC. iff, the other 
called DemoText.wp. 
Double click on the AC. iff 
file and after a bit of disk 
accessing its name will be 
tagged in the files list you 
should see halfway down 
the toolbox on the left-hand 
side of the screen. To import 
the text file, use the Import 
Text/Word Perfect option on 
the External menu. 

To save time when the file 
requester pops up again, 
click on the History gadget 
and Saxon will display the 
directories you've recently 


used. The only one listed will be the 
DemoFiles directory, so click on this to go 
straight in, then double click on the 
DemoTextwp file. Again, this will be listed 
on the left of the screen. 

Now to get these files on the page. 
Every "element" in Saxon documents is 
framed in a box in an attempt to make the 
structure of a page as easy as possible to 
control. Unlike most other DTP packages, 
however, Saxon will create any shape of 
box you please. For now, we'll stick to sim- 
ple square ones. 

Click on the box tool (top left tool below 
the files list) and a set of crosshairs will 


appear on-screen. Position these where you 
would like the box to start, click the mouse, 
move the crosshairs to where the box will 
end, and click gain to draw the box. Now 
repeat this operation to create a second 
box. 

We need to resize these boxes so that 
the top one is about a third of the page 
high and just over half as wide, and the 
bottom one two-thirds of a page in height 
and almost as wide. Do this by clicking on 
the small sizing boxes along the edges of 
the active box. 

The active box is the one you last cre- 

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ated or clicked on, so click on the top box 
and resize it, then click on the bottom box 
and do likewise. Once you have them at an 
acceptable size, click again on the top box 
to make it active and dick on AC.iff in the 
files list. This will automatically import the 
graphic to the box. 

You won't be able to see it at first, so 
select Graphics/Display Page from the 
Preferences menu and the screen will be 
redrawn. Once the IFF is visible, you can 
resize your box to fit it to the actual size of 
the image. 

Now click on the lower box to make it 
active and the on DemoText.wp in the files 
list. The text will be imported in the default 
12-point Times-Roman font and will not fill 
the box. 

To change the type style, click on the 
text tool at the extreme top right of the 
toolbox (the one which looks like a page of 
text), then choose Alter Current from the 
Type Style menu. 

A large requester will appear from which 
you can control the attributes of the text 
contained in the currently active box. 

You will find a selector at the top for 
font type and size, but as the demo only 
has room for one font (Times-Roman) you 
can only choose to change the size. Do this 


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now by clicking on the box containing the 
number 1 8, which will tell the program that 
our text is to be displayed as 18-point 
Times-Roman. 

Click on OK to return to the document 
and notice the difference. Our demo text is 
much larger and should more than fill the 
box. Now dick on the pointer tool (top left) 
and resize our box to make sure all the text 
is displayed in it - you can to go back to the 
previous requester and change type size to 
1 5 point or so, but this isn't necessary. 

If you are now happy with the text, our 
page should look fairly full, but the IFF will 
look a bit smaller than it should be. To 
change this, click on the top box to make it 
active, then select Alter Active from the Box 
menu. 

Another large requester should appear 
using which it is possible to slant, rotate, 
and resize our box. 

Look for now at the scale selectors 
towards the bottom of the requester. The 
available scale factors go from half to twice 
original size, but the string gadgets give you 
much closer control over scaling. 

Click in these and type 1 .5 for both X 
and Y scaling, then click OK. When the page 
redraws, our AC logo will be rather larger 
and probably won't fit in our box. 

To reveal the rest of the image, drag out 
the box edges until all the IFF is showing. 
You should now have a reasonably tidy 
page, but as we have designed it more or 
less freehand, it won't be as accurately set 
out as it could be. 

Laying out 

To help in the layout of a page, Saxon 
offers several standard DTP features. The first 
of which you should use is the Grid option. 
Co to the Preferences menu and select 
Imposed Grid/Temporary Show. The page 
should be overlaid with a grid of small dots. 

These dots indicate where the imaginary 
grid lines intersect each other, and they are 
the points to which the corners of boxes can 
be made to adhere in an technique usually 
called "snap to grid". 

The default Saxon setting is that Snap to 
Grid is on, but even so you may not have 
lined up your boxes properly. 

To try this out, with the grid points still 
showing, click on the box you want to 
move, then on the move tool, which is in 
the extreme lower left corner on the tool- 
box. The familiar set of crosshairs will appear 
on-screen, but this time they will be carrying 
a ghosted outline of your box. Now that the 
grid is visible it should be easy to place it 
exactly so that it lines up with the other box. 

Notice that when you click to position 
your box, the grid disappears. This is 
because with all those points on-screen the 
update would slow down too much, so they 
are only displayed when needed. 

The next page layout aid is the column 
guides feature. If you wanted to place our 
demo text, or any other text for that matter, 
in two or more columns, you'd need some 
sort of guide to keep your columns the same 
width and with the same gap between them 


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(the gutter). To do this, select the Column 
Guides/Create option from the Page menu. 

When the requester appears asking you 
how many columns you want, type 3 and 
click OK. A set of crosshairs similar to those 
used to create boxes will appear, but you 
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Position the crosshairs somewhere in the 
top left-hand corner of the page, then 
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When you click in the lower corner, hold 
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crosshairs back across to the left. 

As you go, you will see the box outline 
split into three, with an equal sized gutter 
between them. Click once more to set the 
column guides once you are happy with 
them. 

Now you have to put boxes round the 
column outlines so that text can be flowed 
into them. To do this, it is best to switch off 
the grid or redefine it so that the points 
match the corners of the column outlines, 
so choose Imposed Grid/Define and either 
click the Off gadget or experiment with the 
grid setting until it matches the columns. 

Now go back to the page and use the 
box tool to create boxes over the outlines 
you should already have made. You'll have 
to judge this as best you can, but with 
practice, especially once you've sussed out 
your grid settings, the process is a lot eas- 


ier. Text routing, the process of forcing 
text to flow from one column or box to 
the nest, is easily accomplished in Saxon 
Publisher. 

As long as you have two or more boxes 
defined, flowing the text in is a simple 
matter of clicking on the first box, then 
on the file name in the file list, then 
repeating the process for the remaining 
boxes. 

Bare essentials 

You have now had a quick guided tour 
of the bare essentials of DTP work with 
Saxon Publisher 1.2. The next step is to 
create your own page from scratch, and 
experiment with every feature of the 
requesters and menus we've used so far. 

Try rotating the image we put in the 
top box, or using a larger text size and 
putting a headline on the page - try any- 
thing in fact. 

The whole point of electronic DTP is 
that it not only makes life easier and 
quicker for the layout artist, it also makes 
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AND... DONT FORGET, THAT CDTV CAN PLAY IN SUPERB QUALITY, ANY NORMAL AUDIO MUSIC CD, AND IT CAN 
ALSO PLAY THE NEW CD+G DISKS, WHICH GIVE DIGITAL SOUND AND ON SCREEN GRAPHICS. 

ON CD DISKS NOW AVAILABLE, THERE ARE EDUCATIONAL PACKAGES, ENCYCLOPAEDIAS PACKED WITH 
REFERENCE INFORMATION, STUNNING GAMES, MUSIC SYSTEMS AND MANY OTHER NEW AND VARIED 
SUBJECTS, INCLUDING WHOLE WORLD ATLASES OR EVEN THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE, 
EACH ON ONE CD DISK!!! CDTV - NOTHING LESS THAN REVOLUTIONARY 

FREE CDTV STARTER PACK!!! 

WHEN YOU CHOOSE YOUR CDTV FROM GORDON HARWOOD, NOT ONLY DO 
YOU GET OUR LEGENDARY SERVICE, BUT WE GIVE YOU A CDTV STARTER PACK, 
TO GET YOU EXPLORING YOUR NEW WORLD - STRAIGHTAWAY. 

THIS INCLUDES A SUPERB SELECTION OF CD DISK TITLES INCLUDING THE WELCOME 
TUTORIAL & HUTCHINSONS ENCYCLOPAEDIA, PLUS ... FIVE GAMES, SHERLOCK HOLMES 
& THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, SIM CITY, CHAOS IN ANDROMEDA, A TOWN 
WITH NO NAME. AND THE ACCLAIMED LEMMINGS, WORTH IN TOTAL ALMOST £200.00. 

IN ADDITION IS THE INFRARED REMOTE CONTROLLER, AND ALL THE HARDWARE 
NEEDED TO GET YOU CONNECTED. 


ALL THIS FOR JUST £499.95 


CDTV IS THE SAME SIZE AND STYLE AS MOST VIDEO RECORDERS, SO IT CAN SIT UNOBTRUSIVELY ABOVE OR BELOW 
YOUR HOME TV AND/OR HI-FI. AND WITH ITS INFRARED REMOTE CONTROLLER, IT CAN BE OPERATED FROM YOUR 
ARMCHAIR. BUT PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU ARE A COMPUTER ENTHUSIAST, REMEMBER THAT INSIDE 
EVERY CDTV, IS AN AMIGA, JUST WAITING TO BE USED. SO LATER ON, YOU’LL BE ABLE TO BUY THE OPTIONAL 
KEYBOARD AND DISK DRIVE, TO GET INTO THE WORLD OF AMIGA COMPUTING. PRINTERS, DIGITISERS, 
GENLOCKS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES, CAN ALL BE CONNECTED TO GIVE ACCESS TO MANY OTHER EXCITING 
FACILITIES, AND ALSO MANY OF THE EXISTING SOFTWARE PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR THE AMIGA COMPUTER. 
NEVER BEFORE HAS THERE BEEN SO MUCH POTENTIAL FROM ONE NEW STUNNING SYSTEM, PACKED WITH 

TODAYS TECHNOLOGY.! 

CALL IN AND SEE US FOR YOUR PERSONAL DEMONSTRATION, OR PHONE US FOR YOUR 
FREE DETAILED CDTV INFORMATION PACK 


HARWOODS AMIGA 

PRO-GEN 

NEW LOWER PRICE 


rkm e atfr the o&nc 


has now been replaced by Photon Paint 2.0 


PRO-GEN Amiga Genlock 

The Pro-gen AMIGA Genlock allows you to mix your Amiga display with any PAL video 
signal whether it is from a VCR, Laserdisk player or a Camcorder. In fact any item of 
video equipment which outputs a PAL composite video signal.Combined with the Amiga 
computer the Pro-Gen gives you the facilities of a special effects & video titling suite. 

Take your own films & give them a professional look by OVERLAYING TITLES or by 
SUPER IMPOSING YOUR OWN GRAPHICS created in packages like Photon Paint 2.0 
or Deluxe Paint. Pro-Gen is supplied with micro illusions superb Photon Paint 2.0 package. 

FREE Photon Paint 2.0 Software 

A powerful Lo-and-Hi resolution hold and modify (HAM) paint program, with overscan 
(NTSC/PAL) and special effects for your Amiga Computer including ail the following... 
Contour Mapping: drapes a brush over a 3D 'landscape'. Pixel intensity values decide 
the peaks and valleys, while a specially developed ray-tracing algorithm maps the image 
precisely. Surface Mapping: around 3D objects, both geometric and free hand drawn. 
Luminance: sets the light source and intensity. Shadowing: automatically with control of 
size and offset. Brush Control: twist, tilt, resize, flip, rotate, bend, adjustable transparency 
stretch etc etc. PLUS LOTS MORE! A great program allowing use of 4096 colours. Choice 
of horiz /vert page print, negatives, anti-aliasing, dithered print, adjustable brihgtness etc. 

How it works: | — | | STOP PRESS 

PRD-GEN .NON INCLUDES A VERY 

VERSATILE MULTI COMPONENT VIDEO 
TO GENLOCK CONNECTING CABLE K T 
THIS ALLOWS PRO-GEN TO BE USED 
STRAIGHTAWAY WITH MOST POPULAR 
VIDEO EQUIPMENT, WTH0UT THE NEED 
TO HUNT DOWN T>£ CORRECT COW- 
ECTBfi CABLES. THIS WT CAN ALSO 36 
USED TO CONfCCT IN OTHER WAYS 
eg. VCR TO VCR*. 

AWT TO START YOU OFF RIGHT FROM 
THE MOMENT YOU OPEN THE BOX!!! 


IN CAMERA 

TO 


(SSKffi* ONLY £99.95 


Mode Switch-box for Genlocks 

Features Include 

-Compatible With The Pro-Gen And Rendaie 8802 
-Supplied With Genlock Extender Cable Worth £9.95 
-Switch-box Switches Between Foreground, Back- 
ground, Video And Computer Modes. 


£29.95 






AMIGA DRIVES & MEMORY 


v Features Include 

> Long connecting cable 

rt 1Mb, (880K Formatted) Capacil 
Enable/Disable Switch, 

> Throughport 
.'i Access Light 

> Compatible with Amiga500/1 000 
1500/2000/3000 and CDTV 

NOW SUPPLIED WITH A F PEE 
IS' Disk Head tl«rwr to maintain 
your ruMr drive In Hp-top condition. 


£ 57.95 



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U Capacities of 52 to420Mb 

> Connects to sidecar bus on L/H 
side of A500/A500 Plus 

> Autoboots with Kickstart 1 .3/2.0, 
boot enable/disabie switch 
Sockets for up to 8 Mb of RAM 

5 SCSI Port allows up to 7 other 
devices to be connected 
j Supplied with easv to use software 
Jr 2 Year Warranty > Dedicated PSU 

> Mini slot for future expansion 
y PC-AT Emulator planned to be 

available fbt 1992 


I GVP AMIGA A500 HARD DRIVES | I ( GVP AMIGA 1 500/2000 HARD DRIVES i 


RAM 


CAPACITY 

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CAPACITY 

SIZE 

52Mb. 

120Mb. 

240Mb. 


0Mb. 

£349.95 

£519.95 

£729.95 

0Mb. 

,£289.95 

£409.95 £639.95 £1169.95 

2Mb. 

£419.95 

£589.95 

£799.95 

2Mb. 

£359.95 

£479.95 £709.95 £1239.95 

4Mb. 

£489.95 

£659.95 

£869.95 

4Mb. 

£429.95 

£549.95 £779.95 £1309.95 

8Mb. 

£629.95 

£799.95 

£999.95 

8Mb. 

£559.95: 

£679.95 £899.95 £1429.95 


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(EDUCATION SOFTWARE 

DON'T JUST PLAY GAMES WHEN YOU 1 
CAN LEARN WITH YOUR AMIGA TOOf 

I MICRO MATHS - 24 easy to use programs for GCSE ('O' level) £18 95 1 
revision or self tuition 

MEGA MATHS • A 9 level step by step tuition course. For mature 
beginners, ‘A 1 Level studies & Micro Maths users 
MICRO FRENCH - GCSE French tuition or revision course. Covers £ 1 8,95 
both spoken & widen French 

MICRO ENGLISH - Complete self-tuition programe to GCSE level. £1 8 ,95 
PRIMARY MATHS - Ages 3 to 12, Complete 24 Prog. Course. £18.95 
SPELL BOOK - Ages 4 to 6, Developed with the help of a Primary £1 7.95 
School Head Teacher to aid spelling skills. 

HOMEBASE - Home storage prog., ideal for those household lists, £19.95 3 
childrens educational projects, student notes etc. Easy to use 'Push Button* 
controls and a extensive reference manual. 

COMPENDIUM SIX PACK- 6 Great Educational Progs, for children [29.95 
aged 4-1 2years of age. Each is designed to keep your childs interest whilst 
they learn. KIDS TYPE - Large characters & colurful graphics helps creation 
of stories. WEATHER WATCHER - Collect & analyse data using graphs etc. 
even animate your own weather map! CALENDAR QUIZ - Quiz based learning 
of time related events. WORDS AND NUMBERS - Put words & scentences in 
the correct order or group numbers. GAME, SET & MATCH - Early learning of 
shapes colours, numbers, coins, sequences and including a 'reaction timer*. 
WHAT IS IT? WHERE IS ITT ■ Learn names & locations of British counties 


HARWOODS AMIGA 
1Mb PRO-PAM PLUS 

ADD MORE POWER TO YOUR AMIGA 500 PLUS 
WITH A FULL 1Mb. MEMORY UPGRADE!!! 

. 1 Mb. RAM expansion for the Amiga 500 Plus 
> Gives a total of 2Mb. of RAM 
.V Easily fitted without any dismantling in 
the trapdoor expansion slot underneath 
Amiga. DOESN'T invalidate your warranty! 

A Low power consumption A 2 Yr Guarantee! 
A GREAT NEW OFFER FROM HARWOODS 

**■ £44.95 

0.5 Mb PRO-RAM 

Compatible with Amiga A500 and 500 Plus 
Gives A500 a total of 1Mb Memory + Clock j 
■ Gives 500 Plus a total of 1 .5Mb Memory 


AMIGA SOFTWARE 


Pen Pal 




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Music • The ultimate software for professional MIDI sequencing. The software includes a config- 
urable librarian and a synthesiser patch editor. All you need to recreate a song can be recalled from 
one performance file including sequences. MIDI routing, sync setup, keyboard maps & synthesiser 
or drum machine patch libraries. NEW LOW PRICES - £49.95 or Just £89.95 w+tti midi-interface! 

MIDI INTERFACE {5 Port] : In, Out, Through plus 2 swtlchable thru. out. Inc. 2 cables. 

AMOS: AMOS allows you to access the power of the Amiga with ease. 500 different commands 
make AMOS a sophisticated development language. The AMOS animation language allows you to 
create complex animation sequences. 300 page manual and over 80 example programs 
Amos Add a n Mod u ! e s (BOTH require Amos prog.) fiTTHIWiifWd J11 Af m W .1 -M 

Amos Compiler £29,95 Amos 3D £34.95 I *r 

Super Base 4: Most powerful database available for the Amiga.Combines the ease of use of Super- 
Base 2 with a versatile programming language so that you can tailor your data to your own specific 
needs for club/business/library records etc. £229,95 

Lattice C: An ideal tool for the C programmer whether experienced or a novice. The best way to 
create applications for the Amiga.Fully supports Motorola chipset. Nearly 300 functions optimised 
to help the user write the tightest possible code. Includes screen editor. Most Amiga C books are 
based around lattice. (Requires either 2 floppy drives OR a hard disk drive) £1 99.95 

Deluxe Paint IV Latest version of the Amigas first, and still the best, paint and animation package, 
now including HAM mode. (1 Mb. minimum memory or more recommended) £79.95 

,m Tbs Complete olo jr Solution; Vidi with RGB Splitter, Frame Grabber & Digitiser. Grabs 
moving colour video into 16 grey scale frames (up to 16 frames in 1Mb. Amiga) and digitises from 
still colour video source in up to 4096 colours in less than 1 second! Requires home VCR or video 
camera for grabbing. Requires video camera or VCR with perfect pause for digitising. Now comes 
with Photon Paint 2.0 ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE!!! £149.95 

STEREO M ASTE R High quality "stereo" sampler (best for sampling instruments etc.) £39.95 

THE ABOVE (S JUST A SMALL SAMPLE FROM OUR EXTENSIVE RANGE OF THOUSANDS OF SERIOUS , EDUCATION AND RECREATION 
TITLES.WE CANT LIST THEM ALL HERE SO PLEASE CALL US IF YOU CAN'T SEE THE PROGRAM YOU REQUIRE, ITS PROBABLY IN STOCK! 


V.1.3 

WORD PROCESSOR/DATABASE 
With Pen Pal you can mix text, 4096 
colour graphics & data in ways no other 
w/p can! "It's handling of graphics is 
unsurpassed: Pen Pal is the only word 
processor 1 tested that will 
automatically wrap 
text round graphics.. , 

Amiga World, 

July '90 




£79.95 

FEN PAL complete 
WITH 51 2K Amiga 
RAM Expansion 
onh^mSS! 


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All our packs contain the new 
Amiga A 500 Fins. 

( 1,3 Amigas may still be a callable 
to special order, please enquire.) 



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RINTERS 


All printers in our range include a standard Centronics/Parallei Port 
for direct connection to Amiga, PC's, Atari ST's, Archimedes etc. 


f a connection cable to Y&UR computer 
plus a Quality Dust Cover with ALL Dot Matrix Printers F R f E 



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GORDON HARWOOD PRINTER STARTER PACK 

ALL our Doi. Matrix Primers are supplied complete vrfth... 

200 Sheets of Continuous Printer Paper 
100 Useful Seif Adhesive Continuous Labels 

Amiga Printer Drivers Disk 


CITIZEN 120D+ 9 PIN MONO * Up to 120/25 cps ■ 


_J Very reliable low cost printer with interchangable interfaces for 

Centronics/RS232/serial type (C64 etc.) Full 2 Year manufacturers warranty 

NEW FASTER STAR LC20 9 PIN MONO - Up to 1 SOtifl l cpi 

Replacement for our most popular Mono Dot-Matrix at a super low price 
_j Multiple font options easily accessible j Simultaneous, continuous and single 
from front pane! sheet stationery 

CJ Excellent paper handling facilities Q 240 x 240 dpi Graphics 


STAR LC2G0 9 PIN COLOUR PRINTER - 155/40 cp* 

This is the erne in our packs! 
j 80 Column Dot Matrix 
_1 240 dpi -9 Pin COLOUR 

□ 16K Buffer, 8 Resident Fonts 
_j Push/pull tractor & rear/bottom feeds 
•U Reverse paper feeds 

CITIZEN SWIFT 9 PIN COLOUR - 1GQ/40cps 

New super high spec 9P;n colour pnfter 
Cl 8K Buffer 4 Fonts Q 240 x 240 dpi Colour Graphics 

_j Push and pull tractor built-in _j test text quality in our 9Pin range 

□ Feed for labels/multi part stationery “I 2 Year Citizen warranty 


1 J Micro paper feed. Max. paper width 1 1 T 
_i Supplied with colour & mono ribbons 
D Paper park with auto single sheet loading 
_) Programmable from front panel. 

_1 12 month warranty 


STAR $J48 INKJET PRINTER 


New super high quality ink je r printer 
d 64 Nozzle ink jet 
CJ Emulates Epson LQ and IBM 
Proprinter for foil compatibility 
q Complete with AC adaptor 


Large 28K Buffer 

360 x 360 dpi near laser print quality 
Optional Ni-Cad battery for mains free 
operation 


STAR LC24/20Q 24 PIN MONO - 220/55 cps 


Mono version or LG24/200 Colour, same spec except for a smaller 7K buffer 

220/55 cps 


STAR LC24/200 24 PIN COLOUR - 

Colour version of the LC24-2GG Mono. 

□ 80 Column Dot Matrix 
_l 360 dpi - 24 Pin MONO 
_j 30K Buffer (expandable) 

_J 10 Resident Fonts 
_j Front Panel Pitch Selection 
_l Push/pull tractor & rear/bottom feeds 
LI Reverse paper feed 


_ j Paper park with auto single sheet loading 
_l Micro paper feed, Max. paper width 1 1 1 
J Supplied with mono ribbon 
d Faster than the old LC24-10 
d Extra font cartridges available 
d Program from front pane), No DIP switches 
j 12 month warranty 


NEW 24 Pin CITIZEN 224 COLOUR - 150/53 epa 

Brand New, lowest cost colour 24 Pin printer, anywhere! 

_j 80 Column Dot Matrix with 4 Fonts d Push & pull tractor feeds 
d 360 dpi - 24 Pin COLOUR □ Compete paper parking facilities, 

□ 8K Buffer expandable to 32K u Supplied with mono & colour ribbons 

LI Easy to use front panel controls □ Full 2 Year Citizen Warranty 


NEW 24 Pin CITIZEN SWIFT 24E COLOUR - 18OAB0 Cp* - 

Brand New, superb specification colour 24 Pin printer. 

Q 80 Column Dot Matrix with 7 Fonts □ Push/pull & bottom tractor feeds 
_j 360 dpi - 24 Pin COLOUR j Complete paper parking facilities. 

LJ 8K Buffer expandable to 32K d Supplied with mono & colour nbbons 

_j Easy to use LCD panel controls d Full 2 Year Citizen Warranty 


NEW FASTER STAR XB 24 PIN COLOUR 
RANGE XB24-2GO & XB24-250 - 275/BO cps 
These NEW top of the range Stars replace the XB24/10 & 
XB24/15, & offer the best possible quality dot matrix printing 


£399.95 

24-200 Colour 


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d Exceptional print quality 
j 4 x 48Pin super letter quality fonts 
d 14 x 24Pin near letter quality fonts 


d Buffer 29K(XB24/200) & 76K (XB 24/250) 
d 360 x 360 dpi Colour Graphics 
d 1 2mths on-site warranty (UK Mainland) 


HEWLETT PACKARD PAINTJET COLOUR A4 INKJET — £579,95 

Our best quality full colour printer at a realistic price : 

id Parallel/Centronics or Serial RS232 l/F (specify with order, MAC option available) 

LJ For presentation graphtes/DTP, CAD and technical/scientific applications 
□ A full page of colour graphics in 4 minutes (typical) 

LJ Non impact printing, d Will print transparencies 
J virtually silent, 43doa d 1 2 Months on-site warranty (UK Mainland) 


5TARSCRlPT-4pprn POSTSCRIPT COMPATIBLE LASER 

A4 Laser Printer, will connect to PC, Amiga, Atari ST, Macintosh etc. 


£1099.95 


JJ300 DPI, 2Mb. Upgradable to 5Mb, 
d Emulations inc: HP Series II, Epson 
EX800, IBM Proprirrter & Diablo 630 
d Complete with ‘Stamcripf (Stats 
postscript language emulation) 


□ Serial and Parallel Interfaces 

-1 12month on she warranty (UK Mainland) 
d 49 quality fonts built-in 
J Appletalk for connection to Macintosh 

□ Every desktop publishers dream 


SEE OUR UST OF ACCESSORIES FOR BOTH STAR 
AND CITIZEN PRINTERS, ALL AT COMPETITIVE PRICES! 

AH the characters Per Second speeds quoted above are Dreft/LQ at lOcpI 


PRINTER ACCESSORIES 


Cilizen 120 D+ Sheei Feeder 

Citizen 1 200^ Parallel Interface £49 95 

Citizen 12 QD+ CBM C64 Serial Interface £49 95 


Citizen 1 24D 32K Buffer El 3.95 

Citizen 124D SemhAuto SheetFeeder £39.95 

Citizen 1 24D Automatic Sheet Feeder £79.95 
Citizen 1 24D Printer Stand £24.95 


Citizen Swift 9 Semi-Auto SheetFeeder £ 39 96 

Citizen Swift 9 Automatic Sheet Feeder r 79 95 

Citizen Swift 9 Printer Stand £24 95 


Citizen Swift 9X Printer Stand £34.95 

Citizen Swift 9X Automatic Sheet Feeder £1 39.95 


Citizen Swrft 24 32K Printer Buffer 
Citizen Swift 24 Semi-Auto Sheet Feeder £ 39 95 
Citizen Swift 24 Automatic Sheet Feeder £ 7 9 95 
Citizen Swift 24 Printer Stand £ 24 95 


Citizen Swift 24X Auto Sheet Feeder E 1 39.95 

Citizen Swift 24X Printer Stand £34.95 


HEWLETT PACKARD PAINTJET 
PRINTER ACCESSORIES: 

Hewlett Packard PaintJet 

Black Ink cartridge £25 95 

Colour tnk Cartridge 

Single Sheei Printer Paper 1 1 95 

2-Fold Printer Paper £ 15,95 

t Paper: 

leets rs 2 95 



STAR PRINTER ACCESSORIES: 

Star LC-20 Mom Printer 

Automatic SheetFeeder 

£74.95 

Star LC24-10 Mono Printer 

32K Buffer £67.95 

£67.95 

Automatic SheetFeeder 

£74.95 

StarLC-200 Colour Printer 

Automatic SheetFeeder 

£74.95 

Star LC 24-200 Mono/Colour Printers 

32K Printer Buffer 

£34.95 

Automatic SheetFeeder 

£74.95 

Star SJ48 Printer 

Automatic Sheet Feeder 

CM 95 

Nl-Cad Battery 

£39.95 

Star XB 24-200 Colour Printer 

Pull Tractor 

£34.95 

Font Cartridges - 
Styles To Be Announced 

£29.95 

128K Centronics Printer Buffer 

£89.95 

Automatic SheetFeeder 

£114.95 

Dual Bin SheetFeeder 

£429,95 

Star XB 24-250 Colour Printer 

Pull Tractor 

£34.95 

Font Cartridges - 
Styles To Be Announced 

£29.95 

128K Centronics Printer Buffer 

£89.95 

Automate Sheei Feeder 

£174.95 

Dual Bin SheetFeeder 

£469.95 


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CITIZEN 1200+ 

BLACK ONLY 

£4.95 

£24.95 

N/A 

M/A 

CITIZEN 124 

BLACK ONLY 

£4.95 

£24.95 

N/A 

M/A 

CITIZEN SWIFT 9 

BLACKJC CLOUR 

£4.95 

£24,95 

£16.95 

£99.95 

SWIFT 24/2A&224 

BLACK/COLOUR 

£4.95 

£24.95 

£16,95 

£99.95 

STAR LClOmv 

BLACK/COLGUR 

£4.50* ,Y 

£24.95* .V 

£6.90* 

£36.50* 

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£6,95 ZX9 

£36.95 ZX9 

£12.95zx9cl 

£69.95 zxscl 

STAR LC24^2GQ 

0UCK/COLOUR 

£8.95 Z24 

£49.95 Z24 

£14.95 X24CL 

£74.95 xa^CL 

STAR XB RANGE 

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£8.95 Z24 

£49.95 Z24 

£14.95 X24CL 

£74,95 xsjcl 

STAR SJ48 INK 
CARTRIDGE 

BLACK ONLY 

A lac compatible with Apple Sty lewd ter 
and Cannon BJ1QE Subblejei 

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BOOK SHOP 



WE ALWAYS CARRY UmE STOCKS OF WE FULL RANGE Of 
ABACUS & OTHER BOOKS^Phona us tor details! 


AMIGA FOR BEGINNERS - VOL. 1 ABACUS BOOKS, £1 2 . 95 

From u ipackka your Amiga to creating your own icons, mcLides first use of 
basic and extras disk. NEW revised version covering workbench 1 .3 and 2 
AMIGA BASIC INSIDE AND OUT - VOL 2 ABACUS BOOKS, £1 9 95 
Definitive step by step guide to programming Amiga’s in basic. 

AMIGA MACHINE LANGUAGE ■ VOL 4 ABACUS BOOKS, £14,95 
Practical guide to learning 68000 assembler language. 

AMIGA DOS INSIDE AND OUT - VOL 8 ABACUS BOOKS, £24. 95 
Guide to Amiga DOS & CU. NEW Edition inc. WB 2.0 (includes Free Help D»s« 
AMIGA HARDWARE REFERENCE MANUAL-Addison Wesley, £21.95 
Written by technical experts at Commodore Amiga Inc, USA... the people who 
designed your Amiga. Hardware level machine code programming at advancer 
level. New revision now also deludes Kickstart 2. 

AMIGA, BEST OF TRICKS t TIPS Vol. 17, £32,95 

A complete set of tricks and tips that enable you to do MORE 
■with your Amiga and as simply as possible. (Induces Free Disk) 

GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR AMIGA [without disks], £9, 95 
From Future Publishing, the producers of Arf/ja Format Magazine 
and fatty updated tor 1992 OR... 

available with 2 HELP DISKS INCLUDED £1195 









































ALFRETON 
Town Centre 


PHILIPS CM8833/II 


Stereo High Resolution 
Colour Monitor 


The ever popular 14-meh Philips CM 8833 MML Its versatility means you ratt only 
get excellent colour graphics & text performance wrffi a wide range of personal 
computers, but wti&n connected to a VCR r you got an amazing 600 pixel TV 
picture. With the 8B33 MklE, Harwoods give you the complete set up, to get you 
going straight away „ Monitor, RGB picture and Stereo Audio Cables, 
Tailored dust cover, and a yi 12 Months on site service warranty, 
a RG B 'AD. TTL, Composite, Video & stereo audio inputs ACan be used as a TV 
with VCR or Tuner A Also as a Video Camera display monitor .'Retractable stand 
a Twin Stereo Speaker A Headphone Jack 
Socket A FTffi£lead tw your compiler AFREE 

12 Month on site service warranty. CO^O flC 

THE MOST VERSATILE STEREO £,£49-93 
COLOUR MONITOR AVAILABLE 


CBM 1084S STEREO COLOUR MONITOR.! 


Commodore's Own Stereo High Resolution Cotour Monitor wilh... 
ARGB/Airm, Composite, Video/Audio Inputs ACan be used as TV 
with VCR or tuner. ATwin Speakers lor 
stereo output A Supplied with cables for COfiG QC 
A50O. CGA PC,\Cl6-64-l2B. WUJ.W 

Its important to remember that most TV Monitors, are still first end foremost televisions, meaning that their average 400 pixel tube display 
50% lower resolution lhan a monitor) cannot be guaranteed to display 80 column text dearly without risking eye strain, if choosing a Television 
Monitor ensure it has the latest 2000 character tube capability t meaning it can handle the Arntgas 9 80 characters, by 25 line output dearly. 


NEW!!! PHILIPS 15" FASTEXT TELETEXT REMOTE CONTROL 60 CHANNEL MONITOR TV. 


BRAND NEW 

SUPERB DEFINITION PHILIPS MONITOR TV. IDEAL FOR AMIGA OR CDTV USERS, GIVING FOR THE FIRST TIME TRUE MONITOR 

QUALITY FROM A FULL FEATURE TELETEXT TV AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE!!!, JUST LOOK AT THE FEATURES,,, A Direct Scart 

Connector tor Amiga, CDTV, VCR OR SATELLITE RECEIVER A RGEAD, Composite Video & audio inputs '. FULL TELETEXT FACILITIES 

(FOR THIS FACILITY EXTERNAL AERIAL SHOULD BE USED) A Headphone Jack Socket VFULL TWO YEAR 

GUARANTEE .V2000 CHARACTER HIGH DEFINITION F$T TUBE A SUPPLIED WITH LOOP AERIAL AREMOTE 

CONTROL AFREE lead ICK YOUR computer [tF YOU WOULD UKE THE MONITOR TV IN OUR PACKS 2, 3. AND £259 95 1 

POWERPRO, AT NO EXTRA COST, TO REPLACE THE 8833/11 SIMPLY ADVISE US AT THE TIME OF ORDERING) L_'l \ 


t O FREE GAMES WITH YOUR TV OR MONITOR WHEN PURCHASED SEPARATELY fie. These games are already 
included within Harwoods Amiga Packs 2, 3. & Powerpro,..see details on pages 1 & 2 of this advertisement!!!) 


AMIGA ACCESSORIES 


ONITORS & MONITOR TV's 


Harwoods stock a complete range of both Monitors & Monitor TV's 
to give you your perfect solution to the type of display to buy. 


Please pay us a visit where our full range of advertised products, at 
the SAME COMPETITIVE PRICES, & MORE, is on sale, ALL UNDER 
ONE ROOF', In pleasant surroundings at our purpose built showroom 
(See note below map). There's plenty of FREE parking close by. 

9M0 until 5MQ Monday to Saturday 
9.00 untit 1MQ Wednesday. Closed on Sundays 


KCS POWERBOARD IBM PC EMULATOR A Allows you to run many popular IBM PC compatible software — £2 1 9.95 
titles on your Amiga or Amiga A5GO Plus A Hercules, CGA & Monochrome Video Support. £ Supports Both 3.5 Inch & 5.25 Inch Diskettes 
-V Fits Into ASOi RAM Stot, 8008 XT Processor, ACtocWCeJendar Included, A Acts As 512K RAM Exp. When In Amiga Mode, a indudes 
MS-DOS 4.01, Shell & GW-BASEC, DOS-Help , & On-Beard Memory A Supports A590 Hard Drive, Mouse Driver Software Included. 

WHEN ORDERING PLEASE SPECIFY WHETHER YOUR AMIGA IS A 1 ,3 OH PLUS VERSION. 

— — El 89.95 
£99.95 


KCS POWERBOARD AS ABOVE BUT WITHOUT: MS-DOS 4.01, GW-Basic, Shell, 

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23H ardware 


Software compatibility 

just about all software which is compatible with the A500 Plus will run on the 
A600, The only programs which will have difficulty will be those which depend or 
the numeric keypad, which is non existent on the new machine. 

Some games - mostly flight sims - will suffer because of this, and the odd DTf 
or spreadsheet package user will find certain keyboard shortcuts are no fonges 
available, but on the whole the problem is not a major one. 

One other potential problem is that the combination of Kickstart 2.04 and i 
hard drive will result in the usable memory on boot-up being restricted to arounc 
700k. This means that games which require 1Mb on ASOO's will not load from thi 
hard drive unless a RAM expansion has been fitted. 


T he Amiga family has grown 
somewhat over the past couple 
of years, seeing the introduction 
of a disguised A2000 in the shape of the 
A1500, the high-end powerhorse A3000, 
and finally the A500 Plus at the end of last 
year. 

All have extended or improved the 
Amiga product range in a clear and logical 
fashion which pundits and punters alike 
have been able to come to terms with. 

The latest Amiga, however, has arrived 
amid a great deal of confusion, leading to 
a lot of market speculation on the 
machine's role and position in the family. 

The problem is that the A600 could be 
any one of three machines. It is either a 
replacement for the A500/A500 Plus, a 
straightforward addition to the range, or 
the first in a new line of Amigas. 

The first possibility has been thoroughly 
trashed by Commodore, who vehemently 
deny rumours that the A500 is living on 
borrowed time. As long as one believes 
what Commodore say, then, the A600 
cannot be viewed as a replacement for the 
most popular Amiga of all. 

Sultry 


machine shines on its own merits. It is the 
smallest, most compact and undoubtably 
the cutest Amiga ever released, and in its 
20Mb hard drive version could cause a 
revolution at the lower end of the Amiga 
market. 

The existing paths to hard drive own- 
ership are strewn with the burned-out 
shells of wallets gasping at the sponta- 
neous combustion of wads of tenners. In 
short, hard drives are more expensive 
than they need be, and this has restricted 
the Amiga's use as a low-cost serious tool. 

With the imminent release of the 
A600-HD, that situation is set to change. 
Prospective owners now have the choice 
of going straight to a hard drive machine 
for £499, and more likely significantly less 
as the retailers begin to slash RRPs, mak- 
ing the equivalent A500 Plus setup redun- 
dant - it would set you back over £600. 

The A600's external appearance has 
often been compared to the Commodore 
64, though it is in fact more akin to the 
old Oric Atmos. 

The numeric keypad has gone, result- 
ing in dimensions of 34 x 24cm as 
opposed to the A500's 47 x 34cm, and 
the machine has an attractive wedge-like 


look to it. In fact, once the design started 
to sink in, I was reduced to walking up to 
the A600 at regular intervals for a quick 
cuddle. It's just toooo cute. 

Inside, Commodore have really rung 
the changes. Every chip save the Kickstart 
chip is mounted directly onto the mother- 
board, following Commodore's avowed 
intention to use surface mount technol- 
ogy (SMT) on all Amigas, and most com- 
ponents have been shrunk in size. 

The result is a clean compact layout 
with little room for expansion but even 
less for breakdowns. 

Commodore are so confident in the 


reliability of SMT design that every A6( 
will be shipped with on-site maintenani 
thrown in. This means that if a machir 
dies for some reason, the user need on 
call the Commodore national repair ce 
tre to have an engineer dispatched on 
mercy mission. 

The response time stipulated t 
Commodore is four days, a great de 
faster than present repair times. 

Serious faults will still result in tf 
return of an Amiga to base for radic 
surgery, but the old problems of ke 
board lock-up and floppy drive faifu 
should be fixable in your own front roor 



r e irjeyorK 


Stevie Kennedy 
takes a long, 
simpering look at 
Commodore's 
newest and tidiesl 
Amiga, the A6Q0 


Markings on the motherboard clearly show the 
A600‘s origin os the A 300 - as reported 

a f i 


Treated as a straight addition to the 
range, the A600 assumes a decidedly 
cuckoo-ish air. It is incompatible with the 
vast majority of third-party peripherals, 
offers no more memory or basic power 
than an A500 Plus, and sells for the same 
amount. 

However, as the 20Mb hard drive ver- 
sion will be price cut by most retailers to 
around £470, the A600-HD offers far 
greater value for money than an equiva- 
lent A500 system, so how can it fit in 
when it undercuts the existing mainstay 
of Amiga sales? 

The third option - a new line of 
Amigas, heralded by the arrival of the 
A600 - is the one which causes 
Commodore employees to become suspi- 
ciously cagey. See this month's news col- 
umn for an Amiga Computing exclusive on 
the next Amigas on the launch pad. 

Putting aside the market view of the 
A600, it has to be admitted that the 





Hardware 



Hardware compatibility 

From the pre-launch information we've been supplying over the past couple of 
months, most of our readers will be aware that the A600 has a completely redesigned 
trapdoor slot and no DMA port. 

This raises the spectre of hardware incompatibility and, unlike in the case of the 
A500 Plus software scare, I can only confirm your worst fears. 

No existing Amiga trapdoor peripheral will be compatible with the A600 unless 
some sort of adaptor can be devised, and as there is no DMA port (the large slot you 
find on the ASOO's left hand-side), no existing slot-in hard drive or digitiser will work 
either. 

Happily, this should be less of a problem than it would have been on the A500 as 
the new machine accepts internal hard drives and has a 4Mb capacity memory card 
slot on its left-hand side. 

Any attempt to accelerate the A600, however, seems doomed to failure. Surface 
technology means that the usual piggy-back style A500 accelerator cards will not fit, 
and neither will any other piggy backer, such as Avideo or the ICD flicker fixer, both of 
which fit in the old Denise socket. 

The light at the end of the hardware tunnel seems to be the 40-pin trapdoor edge 
connector, which is suspiciously well-endowed with connections to be a simple mem- 
ory card slot. 

If DMA access is possible through the trapdoor, and Commodore have not yet 
released enough technical information for us to judge this, though it seems likely, you 
can rest assured that third-party manufacturers will find a way to shove more and more 
into even this supposedly unexpandable Amiga. 


The new keyboard design should help 
considerably in this respect, as it is now 
built in to the upper casing and attached 
to the motherboard via a much more 
tenacious connector than of old. 

The internal floppy could be a bit of a 
problem, as it is secured with a single bolt 
and tends to sit on its own ribbon cable 
at a rakish angle. Given the cramped 
wedge design, this is unavoidable, but I 
would have liked to have seen a more 
solid mounting for the component which 
takes the most pounding at its owner's 
hands. 

Mounting 

What astonished me most when I pried 
the top off our A600 was the hard drive 
mounting. The internal hard drives used 
in all A600s (including the 40Mb version 
we had supplied by Power Computing) 
are extremely light, thanks to their origins 
in the weight-conscious portables market, 
and smaller than the average cigarette 
packet. 

They are, however, still hard drives, 
and need to be mounted securely. At first 
sight, the A600 mounting seems inade- 
quate, as the hard drive sits on a saddle 
supported only by four legs loosely 
inserted through holes in the mother- 


board and a protruding arm designed to 
press against the inside of the upper cas- 
ing. 

In practice, however, the whole con- 
coction is pretty safe, as after several min- 
utes of thorough shaking it continued to 
auto-boot without problem. 

The rear of the machine is fairly stan- 
dard. All main external device ports are 
arranged in a similar fashion to the A500, 
with the addition of an RF port from the 
built-in TV modulator, and the mouse and 
joystick ports have found their way (at 
last) to a more sensible placing on the 
right-hand side of the casing. 

My only niggle is with the placing of 
the video port, which is more centrally 
located than it used to be. The narrow 
casing means your A600 doesn't overlap 
any monitor which may be sitting behind 
it, so the monitor cable will have to run 
below the monitor, unless you put a fairly 
tight bend into it. 

This aside, the layout is quite neat and 
the more accessible mouse/joystick ports 
are sure to be popular with those who 
switch to the A600 from other Amigas. 

The built-in modulator will delight any- 
one who has struggled with the hideous 
A520 modulator used on the A500. 

The keyboard has the same typing 


action as the A500 keyboard, and the 
designers have been inspired enough to 
keep the cursor cluster in its traditional 
inverted "T" formation, unlike the dread- 
ful Macintosh Classic keyboard, which 
makes cursor control a nightmarish expe- 
rience. 

For the moment, most models floating 
around are German imports with German 
keyboards, but the British models should 
be no different. 

The machine's performance is identical 
in most respects to the A500 Plus in terms 
of speed, but the A600 begins to trounce 
the A500 Plus when purchased in its hard 
drive configuration. 

A built-in IDE hard 
drive interface coupled 
with - at first - 20Mb 
hard drive, gives the 
first time user more 
storage space and 
functionality than any 
other low-end Amiga 
owner has ever 
enjoyed. 

Our review machine 
was fitted with a 40Mb 
IBM hard drive, a fairly 
standard piece of 
equipment which 
should be pretty close 
to Commodore's 
20Mb version. In tests, 
data transfer was rated 
at about 443k per sec- 
ond - a rather average 
performance - but not 
slow enough to restrict 
serious use and still 
vastly superior to any 
floppy. 

The A600-HD's most 
pleasurable advantage 
will be its capacity to 


hold one's favourite wordprocessor, 
database, spreadsheet, and a few games 
(Microprose Golf would be my own first 
installation task) in one compact little box 
that can fit in a briefcase, schoolbag, or 
rucksack. 

The built-in TV modulator will mean 
the only obstacle to completely luggable 
Amiga computing will be the power sup- 
ply. This has been retained in its ludicrous 
"brick" casing, a decision I find remark- 
able from a company whose TV ads will 
purportedly concentrate on the A600's 
portability. 

Smaller 

We can only hope that a third-party 
manufacturer can produce a much 
smaller, more transportable power sup- 
ply. 

Although launched in the middle of 
the summer quiet period, the A600-HD is 
likely to be a huge success with enthusi- 
asts and should steal the bulk of the hob- 
byist market this Christmas. 

Pure games players may settle for the 
A500 Plus, which could see even more 
vicious price cutting as a result of the 
A600 launch, but with sales of the new 
machine hopefully stimulating software 
houses to produce more hard drive-instal- 
lable games, this could be a 
shortsighted decision. 


The A600 is a product of 
Commodore-Amiga Inc. 

Tel; 0628 770088 
Price: 099 or £499 with 20Mb 
internal hard drive 
Launched: end of May 
Supplier of test machine: Power 
Computing (0234 843388) 


compare 


A non-standard 40- way 
edge connector in the 
trapdoor means partial 
compatibility problems 
for the A60C 


The new Gayle 
chip replaces Gary 
and takes care or 
the RAM slot 


Joystick 
and mouse 
ports are 
now easier 
to get to 



The new 4Mb 
"credit card " 
RAM slot , 
which should 
see further 
development 
by Commodore 
and third- 
party 

manufacturers 


Hard drives are available from 
20Mb to 120Mb storage , though 
only third-party companies are 
at present offering the higher 
specifications 


Positioning of 
the video port 
makes monitor 
use a bit tricky 


The built in TV 
modulator makes 
portable Amiga 
computing a viable 
proposition 



Amiga Computing July 1 992 


39 







Amiga Computing July / 992 


For all your home computing needs 


THE HOME COMPUTER 

Over the last ten years, the computer 
has established a permanent place in the 
home, and the number of home 
computer users increases dramatically 
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Many people have yet to tap the full 
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The most popular systems have 
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£699 

£699' 

£699 

Official RRP 

£945 

£1,179 

£1,099 

£1,195 

Maximum resolution in dots per inch 

300x300 

300x300 

300x300 

400x400 

Windows 3 Driver @ 400 dpi (May) 




YES 

Print Speed 

6ppm 

4ppm 

4ppm 

6ppm 

Straight Paper Path 

YES 



YES 

PCL 5 Printer Command Language 


YES 

YES 

YES 

HP-GL/2 Vector Graphics included 


YES 

YES 

YES 

Resolution Improvement/Enhancement 

YES 

YES 

YES 

YES 

full A4/300 dpi graphics with standard RAM 




YES 

Warm Up Time 

<45 secs 

<60 secs 

60 secs 

45 secs 

First Page of Text Output 

<20 secs 

<40 secs 

34 secs 

<15 secs 

Document Description Language included 



- 

YES 

Flash ROM 




YES 

Upgradable Firmware 




YES 

IC Card Slot 

YES 



YES 

Scalable Resident Fonts - in HP LJ III Emulation 


8 

8 

8 

Resident Bit-Mapped Fonts 

11 

14 

14 

14 

AGFA Inteltifont Scalable Font Technology 


YES 


YES 

HP LaserJet III Emulation Included 


YES 

YES 

YES 

EPSON FX Emulation included 

YES 


YES 

YES 

IBM ProPrinter Emulation Included 



YES 

YES 

Standard Tray Capacity 

100 

70 

100 

100 

Protective cover on standard tray 

YES 


YES 

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1.65p 

2.00p 

1 .71 p 

1.65p 

Min-Max Paperweight in gsm 

60-157 

60-105 

60-120 

60-157 

Able to print on OHP Film 

YES 

YES 

YES 

YES 

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NAKSHA UPGRADE MOUSE 


280 DPI quality replacement mouse - pack includes 
Mouse House, Mat and Operation Stealth game. 

MJC Price £21.95 


NEW - A500 Plus 1Mb Expansion 


1 Mb expansion for the A500 Plus - fits in the trap-door 
taking your memory to 2Mb - no internal fitting. 

MJC Price £39.95 


SUPRA 50DRX EXPANSIONS 


New memory expansions for the A500 - plugs directly into 
the HD expansion port - NO INTERNAL CONNECTION 

SUPRA 500RX 1Mb (Expand to 2Mb) £99.00 
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Auto sensing joystick/mouse switch box. 

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CUMANA CAX 354 DISC DRIVE 


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GVP PRODUCTS 


GVP A500/500 Plus 52Mb Hard Disk: Features on board 
RAM expansion to 478Mb with high speed Faastrom 
controller. Autobooting, includes excellent easy to use 
installation software. 

MJC PRICE £349.95 

GVP 286 PC EMULATOR: For use with the A500 Hard 
Drive. 286 speed running at 16Mhz. 

MJC PRICE £229.95 

GVP S II Hard Drive (A1 500/2000): Quality Quantum 
drives running as fast as 1 1 ms plus the excellent GVP 
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ROMBO PRODUCTS 


NEW -TAKE 2 

New animation package from Rombo. 

MJC PRICE £59.95 


VIDI COLOUR SOLUTION 


Vidi colour package - including Vidi digitiser 
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MJC PRICE £49.95 


RGB SPLITTER 


For use with Vidichrome or Digiview. 
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Kind Words 2 (not A500 plus) 

..£29.95 

Pen Pal 

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..£54.95 

..£74.95 


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Comp Col Solution + Take 2 

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Protext V4.3 - new low price £39.95 

Prodata VI .2 Amiga £64.95 


NEW -ACTION REPLAY III 


MJC PRICE £57.95 


MISCELLANEOUS 

Deluxe Paint 3 Video Tutorial 

£17.95 

Stereo Master 

£29.95 

Techno Sound Turbo 

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Personal Finance Manager 

£22.95 

Maxiplan Plus 

£34.95 

Home Accounts 2 

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Deluxe Paint 4 

£59.95 

Hisoft Devpac 3 

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AMOS vl .2 - The original language £32.95 

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AMOS 3D £21.95 


FUN SCHOOL - Probably the best selling Educational 
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Fun School 2 
Fun School 2 


Fun School 2-8 programs per pack 


under 6 £12.95 

6 to 8.. 


Fun School 2 

over 8 

£12.95 

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Fun School 3 

under 5 

£15.95 

Fun School 3 

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£15.95 

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£15.95 


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Fun School 4 under 5 . £16.95 

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KOSMOS Answerback Junior Quiz 

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Factfiles 

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Factfile Spelling (6-11) £7.95 

Factfile Arithmetic (6-1 1 ) £7.95 

Kosmos 

Language tutors with a vocabulary of over 2,500 words & 
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French Mistress ..£14.95 

German Master...... .£1 4.95 

Spanish Tutor £14.95 

Italian Tutor £14.95 

KOSMOS MATHS ADVENTURE: The latest offering from 
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series of four games. There are four difficulty levels and your 
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LCL SOFTWARE 

Primary Maths Course (3-12) £19.95 

Micro Maths (GCSE level) £19.95 

Micro French (GCSE level) £19.95 

Micro English (GCSE level) £19.95 

Reading & Writing Course (3+) £19.95 

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Picture Book: Four educational games covering the 
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Money Matters: An introduction to British Currency, 
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(ages 2-5 years) MJC £14.95 

Target Maths: Four games designed to improve 
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(ages 6-13 years) MJC £14.95 

HOORAY FOR HENRIETTA (age 5-12) Making maths fun - 
covering the four basic maths operations with 8 skill levels 
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HENRIETTA’S BOOK OF SPELLS £17.95 


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DeluxePaint 

IV 

Electronic Arts -£89.95 

DPaint is something of an institution, hav- 
ing been around since the Amiga was 
made, but it's not just that which makes it 
good. As well as being easy to use, it's 
also now more powerful than it's ever 
been. 

It slipped for a while when other pro- 
grams had animation and it was paint 
only. But DPaint came back with v3 which 
was not only an animation program, but 
one of the most powerful around. 

The best thing about it was that it 
could work like a conventional animator 
would work, but it had advantages over 
the standard pen and paper approach - 
like the way you can draw something and 
flip back and forth through the pages to 
make sure it worked. 

But it couldn't handle HAM, the most 
colourful Amiga graphics mode, which 
was a big minus as at least two other pro- 
grams had HAM and one of those, a fore- 
runner of Spectracolor, even had HAM 
animation. 

So when the program was upgraded to 
the current revision, it had both HAM and 
HAM animation, ensuring its future for 
some time to come. 

I've always used DPaint for single 
graphics, and for that (no matter what 
has come along since) nothing quite does 
the trick like DPaint for actually creating 
graphics, no matter what is used to move 
those graphics around. 

But since it's featured animation, it's 
always been installed on hard disk. As well 
as improving the speed and adding a 
HAM mode. You still can't whack the 
interface, even in its new 3D incarnation. 
But the animation capability of the pro- 
gram has increased a skipload. 

In the past, certain lesser programs had 
a "blueing" facility, meaning that you 
could see the previous screen under the 
current one. Alignment in animation pro- 
grams is everything, as this is how you get 
life into your animations. 

The new DPaint has the facility to put 


Animation 


Ease of use 


your "cells" on a lightbox. In reality, a 
lightbox is a box with a translucent top 
and lights inside. If you put a slide or a cell 
on top of it you can see the detail and 
colour much better, and if you put a num- 
ber of cells together you can see through 
them. 

Anyway, you get the gist. DPaint has 
this facility, whereby you select this mode 
and a number of previous screens can be 
seen "behind" the current screen. 

This adds to the increase in speed, plus 
the powerful graphics processing like 
translucency, tinting and stencilling 
(something that no other program does 
well), and you've got the biggest and best 
graphics origination and animation engine 
available. 

Like the Terminator, DPaint just keeps 
going until it gets there. 


I t's odd, isn't it? Many people who 
bought an Amiga did so originally 
because of a number of classic ani- 
mated demos. That's not putting the 
Amiga or the people who bought it 
down, because let's face it, those demos 
must have been damned good to make 
someone part with several hundred quid 
just to find out more. 

It must have been quite frustrating for 
those first buyers to discover that 
although the Amiga was powerful 
enough to show animations with great stereo sound, the way 
these animations actually got into the machine in the first 
place was actually far from simple. 

The Ami did have one big plus - a standard for graphics 
and animation, IFF ANIM and ILBM - but had few ways to 
manipulate them. 

But this was soon to change, and the people who wanted 
so badly to create great animations could actually do so, 
finally. Quality animation products began to emerge about 
three to four years ago, and they've been growing in com- 
plexity and powerful features right up to the present day. 
Now anyone can produce the kind of animation which would 
sell Amigas. 

You can produce animation which is exactly like the car- 
toons you see on TV, even produced in the same way in fact, 
or you can create totally freeform computer art. 

Hither way, you can make art on the Amiga which you 
wouldn't be able to do in any other way. 

Let's dip a toe into the world of Amiga animation, and see 



movers 


Amiga artist Phil South checks 
out the best in Amiga 2D 
animation programs, and asks 
"is there life after DPaint?" 


what colour it comes out. The animation programs for 
Amiga have altered over the years, but some names stay 
there all the time, with just a slightly bigger number on the 
end each Lime. 

Other programs transform themselves beyond recognf- 
tion and then change their names, but It remains that some 
of the major players in Amiga Animation have been there 
since the Amiga was called Lorraine and only owned by a 
handful of people in California. 



The familiar 
face of the 
DPaint 
animation 
Interface 


Disney 

Animation 

Studio 


Disney Software - £79.95 

Although something of a young upstart in 
the animation stakes, Disney have a repu- 
tation to keep up after all, so they tried 
very hard to bring out something a little 
different. 

Although not as good a graphics pro- 
gram as DPaint, it scores very highly in the 
animation department, being the first such 
program, before even DPaint even, to fea- 
ture bluing. It called it onion skin, meaning 
that - like the skin of an onion - it's trans- 


parent. Although modelled on, and trying 
very hard to be better than, DPaint in its 
interface and layout, it had a few problems 
in its way. 

The program is actually three programs, 
all run from a "supervisor program", so you 
draw and pencil test in one program, fig- 
ure you exposure sheet, then export to 
another program to colour and sequence. 
It's all a bit cumbersome, although this 
doesn't detract from Animation Studio's 
charm. 

It has two primary functions, which are 
different on the whole from the aims of a 
more broadly-based program. One is to 
teach animation, which it does very well. 

Included in the program are a range of 

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An Interface the old guard will know and love, showing a " dope sheet " listing all the frames In the anlm 


demonstration files contributed by Disney 
animators. They take you through all the 
things about animation that you really 
need to know, like in-betweening (some- 
times called "tweening"), squash and 
stretch, arcs, paths of action, anticipation, 
bipedal walking and running cycles, and 
quadruped walking and running cycles. 

The second use is to create animations 
with a soundtrack, as the exposure sheet 
allows you to synchronise a few sampled 
sounds with your animations. This would 
be good as a part of a demo, especially as 
the program has the ability to save IFF 
ANIM format. 

Although Disney's Animation Studio 
isn't a great all-rounder, it's good enough 
at the things it does to warrant your 
attention, especially if you're a complete 
beginner and want to learn about anima- 
tion in the most painless and interactive 
way possible. 


Ease of use 


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Graphics handling 


Spectracolor 

Oxxi Aegis - £65.99 

Although not under this name, 
Spectracolor has been around a good long 
time. The writers of the program, 
Bazbosoft, are more famous for Photon 
Paint and Photon Paint 2, a very good 
HAM animation package of a few years 
back. 

Spectracolor takes all the things they did 
for Photon Paint and expands them. 

Although it can't handle normal modes 
as well as HAM, it has learned a lot from 
DPaint, and has obviously been listening to 
users gripes over the years. One thing 
they've kept which I think they ought to 
have lost is the menus that fly up the 
screen. Functional I guess, but very subtly 
annoying. 

In spite of the fact that a lot of programs 
have come along which make use of similar 
tools to Spectracolor's features, it's still the 
original and best HAM animator. DPaint 
has the edge on speed, and fits into a 
smaller space in memory, but Spectracolor 
has some very neat features, 

I particularly like the wrap on objects 




DPaint style tape deck controls, now making their mark on Plus Counts Animation systems 


feature, which takes a brush and maps it to 
one of seven predefined 3D shapes. But 
you can also construct your own 3D surface 
and wrap your brush on it. 

Obviously you can animate your 3D 
wrapped shapes too - making for realistic 
flags etc, I guess - but this feature is fairly 
limited in what it can do for you animation 
in a 2D frame. Spectracolor is one of those 
programs which looks brilliant on the sur- 
face, and really packs in the features. But 
like so many programs, all that's needed 
from an animation program is not fluffy 
dice, woofers, tweeters and slimline salad 
dressing. 

All you need is to animate, and anything 
that doesn't speed you to that cause is 
excess baggage. 

Spectracolor has lots of features but it 
could do with only having about half of 
them, devoting the extra memory space for 
buffers to speed up HAM redraw. 

It's very slow and needs more leg room, 
as the program and all its bits take up a lot 
of room. It will run for painting in 512k 
machines, but needs at least 1 Mb for ani- 
mation - that's a bare minimum, and if you 
intend doing any animation seriously, you'll 
need upwards of 2Mb. 

DPaint suffers from similar restrictions, 
but then again DPaint has lower powered 


resolution modes to fall back on. 

Spectracolor is a very professional pro- 
gram, although I wouldn't trade up and 
use it myself. 

Ease of use 

•••#••0000 

Graphics handling 

•••HNOOO 

Compatibility 

••••••OOOO 

Value for money 

•••••00000 

Overall 

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Take 2 


Rombo - £95 

Now this is something new, and not just a 
new program, but a new type of program 
completely. Rather than being a muscular 
graphics package, Take 2 is rather like the 
best bits of Disney Animation Studio, but 
with a few subtle twists. 

The program is supposed to be used as 


Jargon buster 


The take 2 storyboard showing the " tweens " within your would-be anlm 


Anim 

The IFF standard for animation, where a 
series of pictures are stored together as 
one file, compressed by only keeping note 
of the differences between frames. 

Cell 

A single picture drawn for the purposes of 
an animation on paper or dear plastic. 

Digitiser 

Device for taking the output of a video 
camera and storing it as a picture file in a 
computer. 

Exposure sheet 

List of shots for an animator to plan his 
animation down to the last frame. 

Flipper 

Also called Page Flipper. A program which 
takes a series of frames and flips through 
them as an animation. 

Key frame 

The extremes of an animation, usually 
drawn first, and then tweened to get the 
in-between frames. 


Line Test 

A test of an animation where the pencil 
sketches are animated using a video cam- 
era and a stop frame video. 

Ones, Twos and Threes 

Each cell is shot once, twice or thrice to 
alter the timing, or save film. 

Peg Bar 

A couple of pegs in the animator drawing 
board and camera setup to ensure correct 
registration of the cells. 

RGB Splitter 

A device to separate the red, green and 
blue elements of a picture digitised from 
a video source, 

Tweening 

The process of drawing - or computing - 
the frames between key frames of an 
animation. 

VCR Controls 

On-screen buttons in an animation pro- 
gram which loosely correspond to the 
controls on a VCR. 


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Automotlc 
video scripting 
makes the 
compilation 
process simple 


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a traditional animation suite, along with a 
camera and digitiser. The frames are drawn 
as cells or sheets of paper and registered on 
a peg board, just like real animation. Each 
frame is then "photographed" by the digi- 
tiser and stored onto disk. 

Once on disk, the animation can be 
loaded into Take 2 for playback, but this 
isn't just a simple animation player. You 
can sequence the frames rather than 
merely play them back in a long line. 

It's more random access than linear, 
meaning that you can build up a large ani- 
mation from a very few frames, simply by 
running through a few frames over and 
over but in a number of different orders. 

Say for example you have a sequence of 
200 frames - possible if you have large 
amounts of memory. The first sequence 
could be the first 12 frames, with each 
frame being displayed for 2 x 25ths of a 

Contacts 


second (simulating "twos"). The next series 
of frames is the last 25, also on twos. After 
that you can show the frames from 26 to 
100 . 

Then the frames from 1 to 25 again. And 
again. Then the frames from 101 to 150. 
And then back to frames 1 to 25 again. 

You don't have to be a rocket scientist to 
figure out that this is a very good idea, and 
has many professional applications. Line 
testers are expensive, and the fact that you 
can digitise and line test and re-sequence 
from within the very same program makes 
this a very competitively priced piece of kit. 

Professional line testers can run into 
thousands of pounds. But far from being 
lofty pieces of kit which can only be used by 
dedicated professionals, Take 2 has another 
essential ingredient - it's fun. 

But the addition of being able to use any 
Amiga graphics mode, including HAM, and 
the ability to load and use DPaint single pic- 
tures and anims puts it into a class of its 
own. A pro quality product which everyone 
can use. 


Electronic Arts 
Langley Business Centre 
11-49 Station Road 
Langley SL3 8YN 
Tel: 0753 549442 


Rombo Productions 
Baird Road 
Livingstone 
Scotland EH54 7AZ 
Tel: 0506 466601 


Disney Software 
Entertainment International 
4 The Stannetts 
Laindon North Trade Centre 
Basildon SS15 6D) 

Tel: 0268 541126 

Micropace/Oxxi Aegis 
1 71 Bath Road 
Slough SL1 4AA 
Tel: 0753 551777 

Broderbund 
HB Marketing 
Tel: 0753 686000 

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Ease of use 


Graphics handling 



Value for money 



Fantavision 

Broderbund - £49.95 

Although not fitting into the usual 2D ani- 
mation categories very readily, this oddity is 
enough fun to warrant a mention at the 
very least. 

The process used to great effect in this 
program, besides being able to use graphics 
generated in another program, is the 
tween ing effect it uses to animate between 
different shapes. This is a unique effect, and 


a great idea, which unfortunately finds no 
real use outside of this program. But it is a 
lot of fun to play around with it. I'd file this 
one under "cute, but no lasting value". 

Ease of use 

••••••oooo 

Graphics handling 

••••oooooo 

Compatibility 

••••OOOOOO 

Value for money 

•••••ooooo 

Overall 

••••OOOOOO 

DeluxeVideo III 

Electronic Arts - £99.99 

Although getting on in years, DVideo III is 
still a valid contender for animation pro- 
gram of 1992. You might experience prob- 
lems getting hold of a copy - it's not seen 
as a totally hot product on account of its 
age - but do try, as it's still one of the most 
flexible and complex animation systems 
you can buy. 

If you have large quantities of RAM, your 
animations can be loaded from memory 
and be as smooth as you like. 

Like Take 2 it's not a graphics creation 
engine but a graphics sequencer, like a 
Midi sequencer. You take your raw materi- 
als, the graphics, and move them around. 

Unlike Take 2 however it's less tradition- 
ally based, and doesn't really lend itself to 
that style of animation. It is however very 


impressive in what it can do in the way of 
manipulation. It's a computer animation 
system, not a traditional cell animation sys- 
tem. 

The most impressive part of the system 
is the way in which it sequences anima- 
tions and sounds together, where the 
sequences aren't put together in scripts or 
using frames like other programs. 

The scripts are formed by placing 
objects or icons on a time line, in much the 
same way as a lot of multimedia programs 
do today. In this respect it was way ahead 
of its time, like so much of the original EA 
software for the Amiga. 

It's most remarkable for the length of 
animations that it can produce, as it relies 
on objects travelling across backgrounds, 
rather than whole frames. 

This means that - provided you have 
enough room on the disk for your back- 
grounds and objects - your animations 
"videos", as they are called in the program, 
can be as long as you like. 

The diversity of uses makes this an 
extraordinarily useful utility to add to your 
graphics program, rather than a standalone 



Ease of use 


••••••••oo 

Graphics handling 

•••ooooooo 

Comptability 

••••••oooo 

Value for money 

••••••oooo 

Overall 

••••••OOOO 


Conclusion 


/. DeluxePaint IV 

The all-time supremo, still top of the 
heap after all these years. 

2. Take 2 

Newcomer, with superb sequencing 
ability, and the bonus of online 
digitising. 

3. Disney Animation Studio 

Great animation tutorials, and traditional 
animation methods for the die hard. 

4. DeluxeVideo III 

Advanced sequencer and multimedia 
program. More uses than a dead cat. 

5 . Spectracolor 

HAM animation program for those with 
deep pockets for extra memory and 
hard disks. 

6 . Fantavision 

Interesting curiosity, but no more 
than that. 


The reason that good old DPaint got 
straight As is that It's always stayed on 
top by constantly upgrading. When the 
other programs on the market got more 
sophisticated, DPaint always came back 
for more. 

It's interface was always the best and 
easiest to use, due entirely to Dan Silva's 
original program. Dan worked originally 
for Xerox at the Palo Alto Research 
Complex, where all the modern com- 
puter interfaces were originated, and at 
Lucasfilm. 

So it r s fitting that DPaint should be 
the easiest and most powerful program 
in the history of Amiga. When Dan got 
tired of upgrading DPaint, the task was 
taken over by Lee Tar an, a Stanford A I 
major who lives with her husband in 
Palo Alto. 

She did an awesome job of bringing 
the old favourite into the 90s, Although 
on occasions other programs have 
offered features which DPaint didn't 
have. 








PHOENIX 


AMIGA 600/500+ 



A 680 (including software bundle) 

A 600 HO [including 20 Mb Hard Drive) ....... 

With its modern compact semi portable wedge shape 
design, the new 600 comes with the following 
features as standard: 

1Mb of RAM as standard 
(expandable) Kickstarl/Work bench 2.05 Built in TV 
modulator standard smart card slot Trapdoor 
expansion part 2 x joystick/mouse ports Optional 
internal IDE hard drive State of the art surface 
mount technology 

A 500+ (Cartoon Classics Pack) 

Full 1Mb ol RAM Kicfcstart/Work bench 2,04 
Comes complete with mouse and modulator User 
friendly manuals Battery backed real time clock 
Software includes Lemmings. Simpsons Captain 
Planet and Deluxe Paint 

A 500+ (2Mb Version) 

Phoenix Power Pack 

When purchasing any Amiga, comprises of: 100 Cap 
3.5" Disk Box 10 3.5 “ Disks + Labels Top quality 
Microswitch Joystick 6mm Mousemat Dustcover 

ACCESSORIES 

Storage: 

Disk Box 10 Cap 

Disk Box 25 Cap . 

Disk Box 50 Cap 

Disk Box 100 Cap 

Stands: 

14" Tilt ‘n' Swivel stand 

2 piece printer stand 

MISCELLANEOUS: 

Printer cable 1.8 m std 

Mouse Mats 

Roc tec Mice „ 

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8 Mb pop to 1 Mb* £99.99 

8 Mb pop to 2 Mb* £124.99 

8 Mb pop to 2 Mb £149.99 

8 Mb pop to 4 Mb £209,99 

8 Mb pop to 8 Mb £309.99 

(*Uses 256x4 Zips) 


PHOENIX A500 Plus 

2 Meg RAM Upgrade Modules 



PHOENIX RAM 
Modules expand 
your chip RAM up to 
2 Mb using the 
trapdoor expansion 
port. 

Chip RAM is required to 
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capabilities of the Amiga 
500 Plus. Designed and 
built to exacting standards 
in the U.K. all our boards carry a full 2 year no quibble 
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PHOENIX 1 Mb Fully populated RAM board....£39.99 
PHOENIX 1 Mb unpopulated RAM board £16.99 


PHOENIX Kickstart 
ROM Sharer 


Because some older 
games and business 
software will not run 
on the new Kickstart 
2.04 ROM. 

PHOENIX have designed a 
sharer for both ROM chip 
sets. Switchable between 1.3 
and 2.04 you can get all the 
benefits of the latest A500 
Plus without the drawback of 
losing your old software. Fits 
all Amiga 500/1500/2000. 


•Kickstart ROM Sharer £24.99 

•Kickstart Rev 3/5 ROM Sharer £27.99 

•NEW, Keyboard Switchable ROM Sharer.£34.99 

Kickstart 1.3 ROM £29.99 

Kickstart 2.04 ROM £39.99 

*(R0M Chips not included) 



Continuing in our pursuit of excellence, Phoenix are 
proud to announce the release of a brand new range 
of Amiga peripherals including: 

m 

Stereo Sampler £34.99 

Combines ease of use with state of the art analogue to 
digital conversion technology.(inc. FREE sample editing 
software+audio lead) 

• 

Pro-Midi 2 Interface £24.99 

This professional quality midi interface is extremely 
flexible and provides a semi-patch bay facility. 

(inc. FREE midi lead) 

Mouse/Joystick Switch.. £13.99 

Don't damage your Amiga's ports! 

This device saves wear and tear maxes switchover FAST, and 
does NOT need batteries unlike many others. 

$ 

Computer/Video Scart Switch.£19.99 

Similar to the Mouse/Joystick switch. Flip between 
Video or computer signals at the push of a button. 


CHIPS 



PHOENIX have bulk buying 
power which means that 
prices frequently change. 
These prices are accurate 
at the time of going to press 
but please call for the best 
deals. Quantity discounts 
are also available on some 
chips so please ask. 


AMIGA CUSTOM CHIPS 

Kickstart 1.3 ROM £29.99 Fatter Agnus 8372A £39.99 

Kickstart 2.04 ROM £39.99 CIA 852QA., £14.99 

NEW Super Denise £34.99 

MEMORY CHIPS 

4 Mb x 9 (-70) Simm..£1 19.99 1 Mb x 4 (-80) Zip *£34.99 

1 Mb x 9 (-80) Simm..„£29.99 "This price is for 1 Mb of RAM 

256k x 9 (-80) Simm £1 2.99 256k x 4 (-80) Zip *£29.99 

256k x 4 DRAM £3.49 "This price is for 1 Mb of RAM 

These chips cover practically every popular memory 
expansion or Hard Drive system on the market for the 
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etc. 

RING OUR TECHNICAL HELPLINE IF YOU NEED ADVICE 


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Amazing Price Reduction! 

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Quality features and performance. Recommended. 



All drives feature super slim design, enable-disable switch 


and thru port. 

Phoenix Deluxe Drive £49.99 

Roctec Roclite £59.99 


HARD DRIVES 


GVP IMPACT SERIES II Hard Drives, the fastest 
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Features Game Switch, external SCISI port, FAAASTR0M 
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expansion up to 8 eg! All units use high specification fast 
access QUANTUM Hard Drives. 

A500-HD8+ 52 MEG(Unpopulated) £349 99 

A500-HD8+ 105 MEG (Unpopulated) £469.99 

Series II 52 MEG Hard Disk and RAM card £278.99 

Series I1 120 MEG Hard isk and RAM card £419,99 

Series II 240 MEG Hard Disk and RAM card....£649.99 

EXTRA MEMORY FOR ALL GVP ONLY £29.99 PER Mb! 



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200 

£72.99 

25 

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CONNECTS TO YOUR 
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TO GIVE 1.5MB 


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REALISE THE TRUE . 
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WITH THIS PAIR OF 
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Your Amiga produces (me quality hi-fi stereo sound 
Enjoy quality slereo sound reproduction to the full 
wilh this specially designed, great new twin speaker 
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built-in amplilier whh adjustable volume control Runs 
Irom PSU (supplied) or Irom batteries (not included) 
Speaker Dimensions 248x93x1 25mm { HxWxD ) 


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Representing outstanding value 
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powerlul ediling features and 
excellent compatibility with 
most OTP and Paint Packages, 
eg Deluxe Paini 4, Touch-Up. 


ONLY £99.99 


TRUEMOUSE 



WE GUARANTEE that this is the 
smoothest, most responsive and 
accurate replacement mouse you 
can buy tor the Amiga. Excellent 
performance, now with a 300dpi 
resolution. Amazing new price! 

OiC QQ SATISFACTION 
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GOLDEN IMAGE OPTICAL MOUSE Amiga /ST compatible - 
excellent fravel+accuracy assured. NEW LOW PRICE £ 29.00 


ROCGEN GENLOCK MK.I 


OFFERING EXCEPTIONAL VALUE 
FOR MONEY, this fully 
compatible GENLOCK 
adaptor offers levels of 
quality, function and 
sophistication not normally 
available in this price category. 
Special features include [he ability 
to record graphics & animations on 
video recorders and overlay graphic 
lext onto video. Capable of smooth 
and stable lading and overlaying effects 
with special tuning knob. 



ONLY £89.99 


ROCGEN PLUS 


Compatible to any Amiga or Commodore CDTV, this NEW 
Genlock Adapter provides Advanced Special Effects and 
Performance Features without sacrificing user-friendliness! 

New Special Features include: Dual Dissolve control knobs providing Ireely 
adjustable degrees of overlay or invert 
(keyhole) effects; Auto Video pass-thru; 
t “ extra Video ihroughport lor separate 

line monitoring; RGB pass-thru lor 
: real-time editing ol Amiga 

I graphics; plus Key-In port for use 
' with an external keying device. 



ONLY £129.95 


PHILIPS 15" TV/MONITOR 



With Its dedicated monitor input this model ownblnM 
the advantages of a high quality medium resolution 
colour monitor with the convenience of remote 
control Teletext TV - at an excellent low price I 
Features dark glass screen for Improved contrast, 
plus full range 3- way speaker sound output . 


oo£Q nn ,nc,ud,n 9 vat » 

LaOviV I delivery & cable 


Philips CMS833 Mk.li Monitor (Genuine UK version) inc.cable, 

'F19’ Flight Sim. game & 1 Year on-site maintenance £219.00 


A 590 ADD-ON HARD DRIVES 


A590 OWNERS! Expand your hard disk slorage further with one ot our add-on. 
externally cased SCSI Hard Drives, with 25ms autoparking NEC mechanisms and 
separate power supply Plugs into the socket provided on the rear of the A590 unit. 
External 40Mb SCSI Drive cased with PSU 

to directly add-on to the Commodore A590 £ 249.00 

External 100Mb SCSI Drive cased with PSU £ 399.00 


C* AMIGA 500 QAMIGA 600 



AMIGA 600 

ONLY £349.99 

2MB RAM/CLOCK VERSION £389.99 

Built-In tv Modulator ■ Kickstart 2 ■ 1 Mb 
ChipRAM ■ Built-in IDE Hard Disk 
Controller • Accepts Memory Cards 

20MB HARD DISK VERSION ALSO 
AVAILABLE - ONLY £449.99 

| INCLUDES DELUXE PAINT & EXCITING GAME TITLE 

2MB RAM/CLOCK VERSION £489.99 

1 A500+ 'CARTOON CLA 55IC5 ' PACK 

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2MB CHIPRAM VERSION £379.99 

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‘CARTOON CLASSICS EXTRA "PACK 

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2MB CHIPRAM VERSION £399.99 

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20,000 Leagues Under The Sea' Under Pressure' 'High Steel' The Ball Game' 

‘Tank Battle' 'Diet Rx>t‘ 'Night Watk' 'Block Alanche’ 

'Treasure Trap' Lost N Maze 1 DiskMan' Text Plus' & 'Scale' 


Commodore A590 20Mb Hard Drive £ 299.99 ASM 1Mb RAM Upgrade C 59.95 Amiga 1500 Starter Pack (1Mb RAM, 2x3.5 , Colour 

Monitor, ‘DPaint3\ Platinum Works', 'Home 

A590 512K RAM Upgrade £ 29 95 A5M 2Mb RAM Upgrade C 99 95 Accounts' 3 x Games, etc) £ 829.00 


NEW! A500+ ROM SWITCHER 


SWITCHING BETWEEN VERSIONS OF KICK START ON 
YOUR A500+ IS EASY WITH OUR NEW ROM SWITCHERI 

You can improve software compatibility on your A500 Plus! By fitting our ROM 
switcher, you can alternate between the Kickstarl 2 already resident and 
another version of Kickstarl ROM chip, giving you 
Ihe freedom of choice. Fitting is very simple indeed, 
and requires no soldering or special technical 
knowledge. Fitting allows Iwo methods of switching; 
either by keyboard reset, or by an external loggle 
switch N.B. Kickstart ROM not supplied. 


ONLY 

£24.95 


I Kickstart 1.3 ROM supplied separately for above only £29.95 


NEW! RocHARD HARD DRIVES 


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IN THE MAY ISSUE OF AMIGA 
SHOPPER, THESE NEW HARD DRIVES ARE FITTED WITH HIGH 
SPEED, TOP RELIABILITY SCSI HARD DISK MECHANISMS. 

Very Fast & Reliable • Cooling Fan • Capacity lor up to 8Mb of addtional 
Amiga RAM expansion * External PSU* Game Switch * Easy installation 

RocHard Hard Drive with 52Mb SCSI Drive fitted £ 339,90 

RocHard Hard Drive with 105Mb SCSI Drive fitted £ 499.90 


TRACKBALL 


High performance trackball, directly compatible to 
any Amiga or Alar* ST. Plugs into mouse or 
joystick port. Super-smooth and accurate - you 
probably wont want to use a mouse again 
after using this Trackball ! Full one-handed 
control. Top quality opto-mechanical 
design, giving high speed and accuracy 
every time. No driver software need ed ! 


ONLY £29.95 


REPLACEMENT A500 PSU 


Genuine Commodore Amiga A500 
type replacement Power Supply 
Unit. Good quality ‘switch mode’ 
type. Super low price! 



ONLY £39.95 


STEREO SOUND SAMPLER 


Offanng luR ccrtuKrifclily with almost any Amiga audio digitiser package, our Sound 
Sampler features excellent circuitry, yielding professional results. The main A/D 
converter gives a digitising resolution ol up lo SOKHz. wilh a Iasi stew rale. Two phono 
sockets are provided lor steroo line input, plus an option lor microphone. Adjustable 
gain is achieved with built-in 
control knob. Complete wilh public 
domain disk containing sound 
sampling applications / utilities. 


ONLY £29.95 


MIDI INTERFACE 


Our luify compatible, hrgti quality MIDI interface connects directty whh the Amiga 
serial port and provides IN, OUT & THRU ports (or good flexibility. Features 
LED indicators on each port lor 
diagnostic purposes. 

Superb compact design! 


PRINTERS 

Prices Include VAT, Delivery 
and Connection Coble 


Cj^<dd Registered 
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EVESHAM MICROS STAR PRINTERS INCLUDE 

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STAR LC20 9-Pin Printer 


ONLY £129.99 


SUCCESSOR TO THE 
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WITH MANY FEATURES 
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Providing superlative 
paper handling, four 
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Star LC24-200 COLOUR Printer 


COMBINES HIGH QUALITY 
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ft 24-Pin 7-Colour Printer 
ft 200c ps draft / 67cps L.Q. 

■ 222c ps High speed draft facility 

* 30K Buffer expandable to 62K 
ft Swivel Selectable Push or Pull Tractor, 

with bottom teed capability 
ft Advanced Paper Parking 
ft Electronic Dip Switches 

* 10 Resident LQ fonts I /*\A j I \f AAAA AA 

* Both Colour and Mono I vIVLY 

Ribbons included 1 


y 


Star LC 200 9-Pin Colour. 4 fonts, 180/45cps £ 199.99 

NEW! Star LC 24-20 24-Pin, 4 fonts, 180/60cps £ 209.99 

Star LC 24-200 24-Pin, 5 fonts. 2QG/6?cps, 10“ carriage £ 239.00 

Automatic Sheet Feeder for 10" LC printers (pls.state model) . .£ 64.95 

Star XB24-200 COLOUR 24-pin, 80 col. power printer £ 369.00 

Star XB24-250 132 column version of XB24-200 £ 439.99 


ONLY £19.95 


VIRUS PROTECTOR 


ONLY £6.95 


Our compact Virus Protector fits easily to the Port of the last disk drive in 
your Amiga system, protecting all internal and external drives from boot 
block viruses. Incorporates a 
switch lo enable or disable 
the protection facility. 

VIDI-Amiga video digitiser package inc. VlDl-Chrome £ 11 0 00 

VIDI Complete Colour Solution Kit C 149.95 

VIDI-RGB colour frame generation kit from B&W images C 64.95 

Kickstart 1.3 Upgrade £ 29.95 

Amiga 500 Dust Cover E 4.95 


Citizen Swlft-24 E Including COLOUR kit £ 299.99 

Olivetti J P-150 Inkjet good quality - exceptional value £ 249.99 

Olivetti JP-350 Inkjet excellent high speed 300dpi printer £ 349.99 

Hewlett-Peckard Deekjet 500 £ 359.00 

Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 500C (Colour) £ 559.00 

Citizen Projet InkJet Printer £ 399.99 

Epson LX400 budget 10' carriage 9-pin 1B0/25cps £ 139.00 

Epson LQ100 24 -pin 18Q/60cps, 6k buffer £ 205.00 

Panasonic KXP1 1241 uprated 24-pin model 300/100cps £ 279.00 

Panasonic KXP1 123 good value 24-pin model £ 21S.OO ; 


SOFTWARE 


I Digits Wurdworth £99 00 

Kind Words 2 £37.95 

Protext V5 5 £ 120.00 

I Digita Home Accounts V2 . .£ 49.00 
I Deluxe Paint 4. £ 79 99 


Deluxe Video 3 

MR Backup 

AMOS 

HiSoft Lattice C 

GFA BASIC V3 

G FA BASIC Compiler ... 

Devpac 2.15 

Disney Animation Studio 


....£84,95 
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The faces 


• John Butler is a professional graphics artist working for Scope Picture produc- 
tions in Glasgow, where he spends most of his time in front of a Quantel 
Paintbox. 

In his own time, john produces video animations using Imagine v2.Q, several of 
which have enjoyed commercial TV success. 

• Henri Bujko is a founder member of Alternative 
Image, a leading professional Amiga graphics 
production company, and has the envi 
able job of producing renders, ani 
matrons, and videotaped 
animations using a beefy 
Amiga and a copy 
of Rea! 3D, 

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hard, 
isn't it Henri? 


Imagine 2.0 




Tipster: John Butter 

I magine2.0 is an incredibly powerful 
program and inevitably with this 
power comes a fairly awesome level 
of complexity. I can't hope to simplify all 
aspects of an animation system that 
requires a 300-page manual, so I'll try to 
cover two aspects of Imagine - the 
Preferences page, which I consider essential 
in order to enjoy and exploit Imagine fully, 
and the morphing capabilities which set it 
apart from the rest of the 3D pack. 

The Preferences section is important aes- 
thetically and functionally as, straight from 
the box, Imagine2.0 is one ugly program. 
The startup page, in particular, looks awful. 
However one of Imagine's greatest 
strengths is that so much of it can be tai- 
lored to the individual's requirements. 

To rid yourself of the startup screen, sim- 
ply replace the Imagine. pic in the Imagine 
directory with one of your own choosing. 
All you have to ensure is that the picture is 
in 1 6-colour, hi-res, interlaced 640 x 51 2 
format and that it is named "imagine.pic" - 
otherwise your program won't boot. 

If disk space or startup time is at a pre- 
mium, then simply choose a blank white 
screen in this format. On actually entering 


John's Interpretation 


the program, you are pre- 
sented with an eye-water- 
ingly ill-chosen combination 
of garish colours and drop- 
shadow fonts that will have 
you reaching for the aspirins 
in no time. 

Thankfully, the Prefs edi- 
tor is there to save your sight 
and you should make an 
early stop there. 

This editor allows you, 
among many other options, 
to configure your 
workscreen colours to your 
liking. Each option is determined by a hex- 
adecimal number (this is a system where 
the double digit numbers 10 to 15 are 
replaced by the letters A to F) but if you 
find this a little abstract to work with you 
can change values by using the colour 
swatch at the bottom of the screen. 

As each screen colour is used for several 
tasks, the trick is to find the right combina- 
tions. The screens I use are a particularly 
soothing selection of greys, white and 
turquoise and while they may not suit 
every user, I think 
they provide a 
pretty fair starting 


From cube to 
sphere , 
Imagine’s 
morphing In 
■1 action 


point. Once you've changed these values, 
make sure to get used to the new Select 
and Pick mode colours in the various edi- 
tors, as they can be a little disorientating at 
first. 

The next feature of Imagine's Prefs page 
is its ability to set up the ten function keys 
as hot keys and the creation of "user gad- 
gets" which are Unix-style screen buttons. 

These allow you to access menu com- 
mands at a key 
stroke or mouse 
click. The best 
way to build up 
a work environ- 
ment is to do so 
gradually, as 
you begin to 
realise which 
menu functions 
you use fre- 
quently. 

These 

will be the ones that will benefit most from 
assignment to a user gadget or function 
key. Make a note of the menu bar number, 
the menu option number and the sub- 
menu option number. 

Thus for the Detail editor's 
Transformation function you will see that 
it is in the third menu bar, tenth menu 
option, no submenu option. This trans- 


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lates as 3a0 in the Preferences editor's hex 
format. 

Enter the Prefs page, click on the User 
Gadgets button in the top right-hand cor- 
ner, click on the "new" line and then enter 
"trans" and the hex number 3A0 in the 
slots provided. 

Save the changes, re-enter the detail edi- 
tor and, lo, a button will have appeared at 
the bottom of the screen, embossed with 
the legend "trans". Click on this and the 
all-important Transformation requester will 
appear. 

Again, I suggest adding these slowly, 
perhaps one or two a session, getting used 
to them before adding more. Once you 
have developed a comfortable set of func- 
tion keys and user gadgets you will find 
yourself flying round the program. 

Once you have set up your screens and 
so on you might wish to explore Imagine's 
talent for "morphing". This is the trade- 
mark of 3D graphics and when performed 
smoothly it's a very impressive trick indeed. 

Imagine, in common with every 3D pro- 
gram, has plenty of ways of jerking your 
animation around and thereby ruining the 
effect. To help you round these obstacles, 

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Tutorial 



Morphing made easy 


Rules 

1 - Morphing objects must have the same structure. This 
means that the two models you are morphing between must 
be made up of the same number of objects with the same 
number of points. 

So a model made of two spheres of TOO points each couldn't 
morph into a model made of two spheres, one an 80-point and 
the other a 120-point one, but it could morph into a model 
consisting of a lOOpoint cube and a 100-point tube. 

2 - Brush maps cannot be morphed. Imagine has no way of 
interpolating bitmap information so any morph between two 
objects with different maps will result in an unpredictable jump 
from one to another somewhere in your animation, 

3 - On-off attributes do not morph. This refers to attributes 
such as Phong Shading and Brightness. Like bitmaps, these will 
also provide you with an unpleasant jerk from state to state in 
your animation, 

4 - Different textures cannot be morphed. Textures in Imagine 
are algorithms which alter object surfaces but different ones 
cannot, despite the manual's claims, morph smoothly, 

5 - Work "backwards”. Always make the more complex model 
first and then manipulate it in the detail editor into the simpler 
one. A good example of this is an animation of a cube chang- 
ing into a sphere - to fashion a sphere from a cube is not 
impossible, but it is so laborious as to be practically so. 


In Imagine'* Detail editor though, it is a simple process to 
make a cube from a sphere using Drag Points mode and the 
Snap to Grid function. 


Tips 

1 - To get around Rule 1, you can employ the "backwards" 

method to transform between two dissimilar objects by 
"sleight of hand". This done by creating a common, 
simple shape from each model. 

Thus you could make a 100-point letter A transform 
into a 100-point cube and then substitute it in the mid- 
dle of the animation for a 200-point cube (of the same 
size and attributes) fashioned "backwards" from, say, 
the letter Z. 

One thing to be sure of is that the axis is the same size 
and position in all the models. 

2 - To morph brushmaps, prepare a 2D animation in 

DPaint4, save the pictures in the format "name.0001" 
etc and then index these in the Attributes section of the 
detail editor. 

3 - Take care to save attributes as you go along so that you 

can recall materials for different objects and avoid the 
"jumps" you can get with on-off attributes. 

4 - To morph textures, crossfade between two sets, one 

going from zero to significant values and the other 
moving in the other direction. The in-text tutorial 
demonstrates some techniques. 


> 

take a look at the box in which I have out- 
lined some ground rules for morphing and 
some tips to get around these rules if you 
have to. 

Armed with this information and a work- 
ing knowledge of the manual, you should 
be able to follow this demonstration tuto- 
rial of some morphing techniques. 

Enter the Project editor. Make new 
Project "morphtest". Enter Detail editor. 
Add a primitive polygonal sphere - accept 
Imagine defaults throughout unless indi- 
cated. Make it active (picked) and access 
the Attributes requester. Colour it red and 
save attributes as "sphere.attribute". 

Exit Attributes and save model as 
"sphere". Set grid size to 40. Enter Pick 
Points mode, pick all points (Amiga-A) and 
then access the Snap To grid option from 
the functions menu. 

Go back to Pick Object mode and enter 
Attributes, change colour to yellow, save as 
block.attribute. Exit Attributes and save 
model as "blockl". 

Clear the workspace and add a primi- 
tive plane, values: 80, 80, 1, 1. Clicking 
OK will provide you with an 80 x 80, 2- 
polygon plane. Enter pick points and 
select all, access the Transformation 
requester and translate these points - 40 
in the y direction. 

Enter Object mode and access the Mold 
(sic) requester (Amiga-E), choose the 
Extrude option and extrude it for 80 units. 

You now have an 80-unit cube. Enter 
Attributes and load the block.attribute 
you prepared earlier. Exit Attributes and 
access transformations, click on the 
Transform Axes Only button and set the 
size to 50, 50, 50. 

Save model as "block2". Enter Drag 
Points mode and drag the top four points 
to the centre of their plane to form a 
pyramid. 

Enter Point mode and reselect these 
points and Snap To grid to perfect the 
pyramid peak. Colour this pyramid green 
and save as "pyramid". 

Enter the Stage editor. Load the sphere 
(make sure you can see it in Camera View 
mode), save changes and enter the Action 
editor. Set highest frame number to 25. 
Go into Add mode and find the slot 
marked "sphere". Click on the actor time- 


line at frames 2 and 12, load the blockl" 
object and enter 10 in the Transition 
Frames slot. Click OK and then click twice 
on frame 1 3, load "block2", click on frames 
14 and 25, load "pyramid", transition 
frames 8. 

Save changes and enter the Stage edi- 
tor. Add a light and drag it somewhere 
behind the camera. Save changes and 
make a wire frame test. 

Hopefully you should see a sphere 
change into a cube which changes into a 
pyramid. To see the colour changes, 
return to the Project editor and make an 
animation. 

While not the most exciting of projects, 
this tutorial demonstrates the basics of suc- 
cessful morphing in Imagine. The main 
thing is for you to go on and experiment 
with this technique! 


Real 3D vl .4 

Tipster: Henri Buiko 

Because Real 3D seemed to offer only solid 
modelling, many people felt daunted by 
having to construct objects purely by bolt- 
ing together primitives and using lathes. 
Well the good news is that "freeform" 
modelling is available in both the Beginners 
and Turbo/Pro versions of the program. 

It can seem a little daunting at first 
because there are no primitives to access 
and no direct way to build up vertices or 
faces from scratch. But what there is adds 
up to a powerful feature. In this particular 
example I will show you how to make a 
spiral hollow tube. 

First set the grid to units of ten - this 
helps to locate the centre point of the tri- 
view more quickly (0, 0, 0) and makes 
manipulation of objects more accurate and 
intuitive. 

From the Freeform menu option select 
Create curve - Spiral, click in the bottom 
left window (this represents the top view of 
the scene) at zero co-ordinates, and pull 
out a circle of a 1 00 units radius. 

Accept the defaults in the requester and 
a spiral curve will appear in the windows. 
Next, make a loop by using the command 
Create Curve - Circular Loop. Define the 
object's centre point in the top left window 
(the front view) at 0, 0, 0, just like the spiral 
curve. Drag out a circle of ten units. 

Next, make sure that Loop is selected in 
the file hierarchy table and use the Move 


command to place it at the bottom of the 
spiral curve at the start of the line - do this 
move in the top right window (side view). 

By selecting Settings Display Autofocus 
from the menu, the Loop object will be 
automatically centred and sized in all win- 
dows. 

In the bottom left window, use the com- 
mand Modify Hierarchy Rotate and select 

> 


Transparency 

effects 

Contrary to popular belief, transparent 
objects casting images onto surfaces 
are easy to produce and take relatively 
little time to render. 

Apply these settings to your 
mapped image (again just a DPafnt 
picture) and results similar to the pic- 
ture shown can be achieved: 


I Brilliancy - 100 

Transparency -100 
Speed of Light -100 
Colour and Clip - highlighted 
Both Gradient buttons - highlighted 
Unshaded - highlighted 


In this way, classic effects like stain- 
glass windows can be produced easily. 
The Unshaded option stops any shad- 
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T utorial 



Transparency Is capable of producing stained glass window effects 


> 

the centre of the loop as being 0, 0, -100. 
This should be the case as soon as you click 
in that window at the centre of the loop. 

Rotate the loop 90 degrees by mouse 
control, or on clicking the centre point 
immediately press the colon/semicolon key 
on your keyboard. This brings up a 
requester which will already have 90 
degrees as default. 

Say OK to this and the loop will be 
rotated accurately. By using the same key- 
press with other actions such as sizing and 
so on, the requester will allow you to type 
in exact figures. 

Now this is the crucial bit. Select from 
the menu Freeform Build Orthogonal 
Sweep. At this point press the asterisk key - 
the one to the far right of the keyboard in 
the numeric keypad. 

A message on the menu bar will appear 
saying "Select Object for Point Definition". 


Assuming that Loop is still highlighted, click 
on OK in the requester. 

A message will appear in the menu bar 
saying "Define Sweeping Curve" - again 
press the asterisk key. This will bring up 
another message in the menu bar, "Define 
Sweeping Curve". Select Curve Object in 
the hierarchy and click on OK. 

The programme will then automatically 
extrude the loop along the spiral path and 
produce a hollow, perfect spiral tube. You 
will notice that in the hierarchy table a new 
object appears called mesh. 

You can delete the loop object, as it's 
not needed. Now the mesh can be made 
smoother and more detailed by using the 
Freeform Modify Remap option from the 
menu. By doubling the figures in the 
requester, a very smooth object can be pro- 
duced automatically. 

Unless you have an accelerator or lots of 
memory, be careful with any kind of mesh 


object as the Real3D program is optimised 
for solid geometry (see "Reflectance" box). 
The curve which is left can now be used as 
a orbit or movement path down the tube. 
Parallel curves can be used to make wavy 
flags and - by using the 
point editing tools - 
reshaped or bent. Thus you 
can use the morphing facil- 
ity within the program to 
create animations of rip- 
pling flags. 

Meshes can be made by 
using the Freeform Build 
Orthogonal Sweep, and 
points pulled and shaped 
with the variety of bending 
options available. 

An even quicker way to 
produce Terrain is in 
DPaint. Use the Airbrush 
tool to spray an area in dif- 
ferent shades of grey 
(make sure the area is small 
and use lo-res, 1 6 colours), 
save this as a brush and use 
the Pixel2 tool in Real. 
Select the brush from the 
menu and define the size 
required. 

The program will look at 
colour values and the num- 
ber of pixels and make a 


Colour grading and clip mapping 


Real has a very easy and fast method of producing 
smooth colour grades, by using the Material 
Requester. 

Again, use DPaint to make a brush of two differ- 
ent coloured pixels, or one pixel and a background 
colour - lo-res is quite adequate, as only the colour 
information is looked at. Make this into a material 
in Real, and highlight both Gradient buttons. 

By using different combinations of Mapping 
and Tiling and applying the resultant texture to 
your objects, very smooth colour gradations will 
be produced which are fantastic in 24-bit. 

This technique can, for instance, be used to 
make a graded sky backdrop by mapping a spread 
of two blues onto a rectangle or completely 
around a large sphere. 

Probably one of the most powerful and unusual 
texture mapping methods Real offers is called Clip 
Mapping. This takes the colour information or pic- 
ture area and removes any of the object's surface 
that the image is mapped onto that is not repre- 
sented by the area of the image. 

If you clip-mapped a small square image onto a 


sphere, then all that you would see is the square 
image in space, but with a curvature that is repre- 
sentative of the curvature of the sphere. 

Also, by specifying the No-Colour Zero parame- 
ter, any part of the Image that has the background 
colour will also be removed. 

Take a picture of a weathercock. All the image 
need consist of is a series of rectangles with 
brushes of "text" produced in DPaint and clip- 
mapped with No-Colour Zero selected. 

This method is great to make seemingly com- 
plex images that require little memory and are 
generally quick to render. They also exhibit any 
properties you define for your material like shini- 
ness, specularity and even the shapes will cast 
shadows. 

The possibilities here are tremendous in that you 
can make animations similar to the type you might 
make in DPaint but with the true "3D - 
Dimensionality" that Real offers. The only draw- 
back is that 24-bit images will not clip-map with 
No-Colour Zero. 


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Rendering 

options 

There is no need to always render your 
images full screen size in order to 
check characteristics, fust type rn 
smaller units in the Width and Height 
parameters. 

For example, 320 x 256 could be 
160 x 128 or even 80 x 64. Animations 
can be rendered and saved in this size 
far quicker and previewed faster 
before committing yourself to the final 
render. The same applies with render- 
ing to a 24-bit graphics card. 

When using anti-aliasing for stan- 
dard Amiga modes, never use more 
than four levels - level two is, in most 
cases, quite adequate, and affects the 
rendering time slightly. 

Also, when rendering in 24-bit the 
same applies - level four is quite fine, 
and applying any more considerably 
increases rendering time for little 
image improvement. 

Likewise with the recursion depth. 
Level three is fine for most imaging, 
maybe increasing to five or six if over- 
lapping glass objects are used or a 
more detailed reflective surface is 
required. 

Use anti-aliasing and recursion 
depth with extreme caution, A 
68030/68882 combination can he 
made to look like a bog standard 
68000 setup with indiscrete use of 
these parameters. 



Real 3D's Sweep and Exude functions In action 


mesh that can look just like a mountain 
range. 

Careful use of this function is required if 
you have a small amount of memory. The 
Freeform Modify Remap/Smoothen 
options allow you to produce mesh objects 
that will be suitable to use by increasing or 
decreasing the number of points and poly- 
gons. 

It is possible to make effective land 
masses with meshes and texture mapping 
and fly the observer around without exact- 
ing large memory overheads. 

Essentially, by using curves and loops, 
almost any kind of organic 
object can be created. 


Reflectance 

By making a large hollow sphere and 
applying a texture to the surface, a 
very convincing Environment Map can 
be achieved. Use the Info menu 
option to set the spheres attributes to 
Scene and Hollow, and place a reflec- 
tive object in the centre of the sphere. 

The sphere's texture will only be 
seen in the surface of the object and 
nowhere else in the background. 

A final point here, Real3D was 
really optimised to handle its own 
kind of solid modelling and the mesh 
objects included due to demand. 
Because of this. Real does not render 
particularly fast when using mesh- 
type objects or surfaces. 

However, when v2 finally reaches 
these shores (and this could be some- 
time this year), the proper implemen- 
tation of solid modelling and 
mesh-type objects among other inno- 
vations should promise a program 
equal to, if not better than, anything 
that exists for the Amiga for 3D ani- 
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1 Cartoon Classics software pack. 

only £414.99 or £459.99 

| for 2 Mb version 

The Amiga 1 500 Deluxe is an advanced 
version of the standard AMIGA 1500 Plus 

incorporating the famous Phoenix ROM sharer and 1.3 Kickstart ROM 1 
chip. As with the ASOO Deluxe, this enables you to switch between the old 1 
and new operating system to accommodate older software that can only 1 
run on the 1.3 operating system. 

Only £559.99 for base pack version or 
£009.99 for the 1 500 software pack version 1 


I GVP HARD DRIVES AND ACCELERATORS 

AMIGA 1500/2000 Hard Drives 

Impact Series II HC8+ Control card only £134.99 

Impact Series II HC8+ with 52Mb Hard Drive £279.99 

ImpactSeries II HC8+ with 1 20Mb Hard Drive £4 1 9.99 

Impact Series II HC8+ with 240Mb Hard drive £639.99 

Impact Series II HC8+ with 420Mb Hard drive £1 169.99 

AMIGA 1 500/2000 Accelerator Cards 

G-Force 030-25MHz with I Mb 32 bit RAM £549.99 

G-Force 030-40MHz with 4Mb 32 bit RAM £899.99 

G-Force 030-50MHz with 4Mb 32 bit RAM £ 1 269.99 

G-Force 040-28MHz with 2Mb 32 bit RAM £ 1 699.99 


AMIGA A500 HARD DRIVES 

GVP Series II HD8+ 52Mb £354.99 

GVP Series II HD8+ 105Mb £469.99 

GVP Series II HD8+ 240Mb £734.99 

GVP Combo Accelerator Series 
for the AMIGA A500 

A530 Combi 40MHz with 52Mb Hard Drive £699.99 

A530 Combo 40MHz with 120Mb Hard Drive £849.99 

A530 Combo 40MHz with 240Mb Hard Drive £1039.99 

68882 Co-Processor for A530 £234.99 

GVP memory RAM modules 

Series II RAM 8 RAM card for AMIGA 1 500/2000 with 2Mb £1 49.99 

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

32 bit 60ns 4Mb SIMM for Accelerator cards £179.99 


MONITORS 


All our monitors are UK spec 


All monitors come complete 
with a free Amiga lead 

WARNING: Before you purchase a monitor make 
sure It has a full UK specification. You might be 
buying what you think is a similar monitor at a lower 
price but it is likely to be a "GREY" import. These 
monitors do not comply with British safety stand- 
ards and are not covered by an official warranty 


Protar Stereo 
colour monitor 

This monicor uses the same tube as the Philips 8833 MK2 
and has a similar specification. The Protar comes with a 

full 1 2 month replacement guarantee. This must be 
the best value medium res, monitor on the market. 
Amiga cable included. Tilt and swivel stand only 
£11.99 when purchased with this monitor. 
Cover only £5 99 

only £195.99 UK Spec. 


Commodore 
1085 SDI Stereo 
Colour monitor 

The perfect complement to your Amiga system. This 
Colour stereo monitor features .51 dot pitch resolu- 
tion and green screen facility. Amiga cable included. 
Tilt and swivel stand only £11.99 when pur- 
chased with this monitor Cover for monitor 
only £5.99 

only £225.99 uk Spec. 


Philips CM8833 
MK2 stereo colour 
monitor 

Colour stereo monitor. 600' 285 line resolution, green screen 
facility, one years on site maintenance, cable for Amiga 
included. Tilt and swivel stand only <■ 11 M when pur- 
chased with monitor. Cover only 

only £234.99 UK Spec. 

with F 1 9 Flight Simulator 


Philips Brilliance SVGA 
Colour monitor 
with overseen facility 

The Brilliance monitor has a high quality Super VGA 
resolution ideal for making your AMIGA into a 
professional system, (eludes overscan facility. .28 dot 
pitch and till/swivel stand. Monitor cover only £S.99 f 
purchased at the same time 

1 5oo version £399.99 

with Flicker Free Video card 

asoo version £499.99 


Goldstar remote control 
TV/monitor 

superior to a standard TV set with full remote control 

now only £179.99 


Commodore 1 960 multisync 

only £436.99 








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Commodore Dynamic Total Vision 

Complete with Hutchinsons Encyclopedia, 
Lemmings and Welcome CD disk, CDTV is a 
powerful media for both entertainment and educa- 
tion. Capable of handling up to 540 Mb of data, 
whole encyclopedias can be stored on just one 
compact disc. The COTVis also a high quality audio 
CD player. We also stock a large range of CDTV 
software all at discount prices 

now only 
£399.99 uk Spec. 


New CD Rom for the Amiga A500 

The add-on that every one has been waiting for. This high quality CD ROM turns your amiga 
into a CDTV 

only £279.99 


New CDTV key- 
board 

Effectively transforms your CDTV into an Amiga 
so you can get even more out of CDTV. With the 
aid of a standard 3,5" disc drive the CDTV will take most 
of the normal Amiga software from word processing to 
entertainment 

only £49.99 


New CDTV 
Trackerbail 

complete with 2 joystick 
ports, this is a must for 
CDTV owners 

only £74.99 


FIRST CHOICE PACK 


Take the headache out of buying a computer with our ever popular FIRST 
CHOICE Pack. All the essentials required for the first time buyer. Ideal for any 
Amiga and greatvalue too! 

Comprises: 

* Top quality microswitched 
Powerplay Cruiser joystick 

* Mouse Mat 

* Dust Cover only £29.99 

* I 0 Blank Disks 

* Plus 3 Extra, games// 


jSTA^RINTERS 

1 Alt Star printers inc ribbons, free 
1 std printer cable and 12 month 
guarantee 

New Star LC24-20 

24 pm quality at the price of many 9 pins. 2 1 Ocps draft, 
604cps in LQ, 16k buffer expandable to 48k, 10 resident 
fonts. LCD front display. Auto emulation selection 

only £199.99 

Star XB24-200 Colour : 

Bi 

The choice of many professional organisations, this printer 2 

comes with one year on-site maintenance, 332 cps 4 

draft. 100 cps LQ. 29k buffer exp to 189k, 4 super LQ H 

ii 

fonts and 14 LQ fonts 

now only £379.99 

The Star LC20 

1 Replacing the famous LCI0, the LC20 is faster 
1 at I80cps draft and 45 cps NLQ. It’s also qui- 
1 eter. The front panel now has push button 
1 operation replacing the old LC 1 0 membrane 
panel. Other spec is similar to LCI0. 

1 now only £139.99// 

Star LC24-200 

Mono and colour. 222 cps draft and 67 cpsLQ. 10 resident 
fonts. A4 Landscape printing 

only £229.99 mono 
or £289.99 colour 

Star LC200 

Colour 9 pin printer with 8 resident fonts and a high V\ 
speed of 225cps draft and 45 cps in NLQ. A4 SJ 
Landscape printing j* 

q L 

now only £199.99 q 

HStar printer accessories : Dust covers from £4.99. Printer stand just £7.99 when purchasing printer. Mono ribbons from only £3.69 

1 CITIZEN PRINTERS 

All Citizen printers inc. free printer cable 
and come with a full 2 year warranty/ 

The New 
Citizen 224 

A replacement for the famous 1 24D, the 224 now 
comes with the option to upgrade to a high 
resolution colour printer. If you want 24 pm 
quality, you want to print in colour if necessary 
and you don't want to spend a fortune, the new 
224 is an ideal solution. Using, the same technology 
as the Swift 24, the 224 is oasically a cut down 
version. 1 92 cpi draft and 64 cpi letter quality with 
3 built in fonts. 

only £214.99 (mono) 
or £244.99 (colour) 

The New Citizen 
Swift 24e and 24x 

(What Micro Best Buy) 
The best budget 24 pin 
printer hos just got better! 

This must be the best 24 pin colour printer for less than 
£300. 8k buffer expandable to 40k. 216 cps draft, 72 cps 
LQ and multilingual too ! 

only £274.99 (80 col) 
or £41 4.99 (136 col) 

I The Citizen Swift 9 

Colour 

1 Unbeatable value colour printer. 4 resident fonts, 

I 192 cps draft and 48 cps in NLQ. Highly recom- 

II mended. This printer is also available in a wide 
1 carriage ( 1 36 column) version 

only £194.99(80 col) 
or £314.99 (136 col) 

| Citizen printer accessories : Mono ribbons only £4.99, Printer stands £24.99, auto sheet feeders £85,00, semi auto sheet feeders only £ 1 5,00 j 


STAR SCRIPT LASER 4 


35 postscript fonts. 

only £1049.99 


THE STAR SJ48 
BUBBLEJET 


cps in LQ. Printer cable included 

only £229.99 

Auto sheetfeeder £52.99 


HEWLETT PACKARD 
PRINTERS 


The HP Deskjet 500 printer allows I 

you to create laser jet quality without the cost, with I 
100 page auto sheet feeder, printer cable. 3 page 
/minute speed and 

? y fe&r a r r a ntx 

only £339.99 


PHOENIX AMIGA A500 
PLUS RAM MODULES 


We stock the best name in A500 3 lus RAM expansions, These high quality RAM modules will take your 
A500 Plus up to 2 Mb of chip RAM without invalidating your warranty. 

Unpopulated only £17.99 

Populated to 5 1 2K... only £29.99 
Populated to I Mb.. ..only £39.99 


I All Phoenix products come complete with a full 2 year replacement warranty 


PHOENIX ROM SHARERS 


Because some older software will not run on the new 2.04 operating system Phoenix 
have designed a high quality ROM sharer. Recognised as being the best on the market, 
this ROM sharer features a flexible ribbon connection so that it can be positioned 
anywhere within your A500 Plus. Keyboard switchable sharer now available! 
Don't be fooled by cheap low quality alternatives 
to Phoenix, treat your Amiga to the best!! 

now only £19.99 or £29.99 for 
keyboard switchable version 

Kickstart 1.3 only £29.99 or Kickstart 2.04 only £39.99 


The HP Deskjet 500C 

The famous deskjet 500 is now available as a colour I 
printer. With this printer you can get stunning I 
colour output at laser quality 

now only £599.99 

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SUPRA MODEMS I Supra 2400 Plus 

(up to 9600 BPS) 


The New Supra-Fax 

Modem V.32 (9600 baud) 

allows you to send and red eve fax mes- 
sages. This new modem from Supra has full 
9600 baud capability. Spec includes V.32, 
V.22bis, V22, V2I. MNP4-5, V.42, V42bis, 
Class2 interface, 9600 Group Fax. Includes 
| free comms software and modem cable 

only £249.99 


Even faster than the standard 2400 modem from Supra with 
auto dial and auto receive. 9600 bps Hayes compatible. V42 
Bis, MNPSand auto adjusting facility to maximise transmis- 
sion speeds. Spec includes V22 Includes free modem cable 
and comms software// 

only £129.99 
Supra 2400 

Get on line with this incredible value fast modem from Supra 
with auto dial and auto receive. 2400 baud Hayes compatible. 
V22 BIS. Includes free modem cable and comms software// 

only £84.99 


EMULATORS 


KCS Power board 

Regarded as one of the best emulators on 
the market, this emulator fits easily into 
the trap door and also acts as a RAM 
upgrade. Highly recommended. 

only £179.99 

Add £15.00 for MS-DOS 4.01 
AS0Q Plus compatible 

KCS Amiga 
I 500/2000 adaptor 
only £59.99 


New Roclite 3.5" 

The new super slim Roclite has recently received the 
best review for disk drives in Amiga Format 

only £59.99 
Cumana 3.5" 

I meg external drive. The best name in disc drives | 
now at a super low price. Still the most reliable. 

only £57.99 

Golden Image 3.5 Tracker 

with built in LCD tracker display 

only £59.99 


New Commodore 386-20 

This is a full PC 386-205X Bridgeboard (not an emulator) 

rimnmgata,ull2 o M o n |y £439.99 
The New GVP 16 Mhz PC-286 

plugs into an 'ntemal mini slot on the GVP Series II HD8 + cr GVP | 
AS 30 hard disc drives 

only £239.99 

VORTEX AT Once Plus 

emulator turns your Amiga into an IBM AT compatible The 
AT-Once Plus can be fitted to either the AMIGA 1 500/2000 

or the Asoo.now with 16 Mhz clock speed/ 

only £214.99 


THE COMPLETE 
COLOUR SOLUTION 


As official dealers for Rombo, we are able to offer 
this excellent package at a great price.The complete 
colour solution comes with RGB splitter, Vidi Amiga, 
Vidi Chrome, power supply and Photon Paint. 

now only £99.99 


VIDI AMIGAl 


| High quality digitizing. Inc Vidi chrome colourising 
software nQW Qn |y £ 59,99 


RGB SPLITTER 


I Enables you to Colour Digitise in a second. 
I Replaces red green blue filter set. Can be used 
I with Digi view or Rombo products 

now only £44.99 


TAKI 


Designed to be used in with a digitiser or as a 
stand alone program, this is latest animation 
package for the Amiga from Rombo. Features 
include load and save from D. Paint animations 
and IFF files. Supports HAM graphics. 

£69.99 


only l 


MEGAMIX MASTER 


This is a low cost 8 bit. high spec, 
sampler that plugs into your 
printer port. Special effects in- 
clude echo that can be added in 
real time, fully multitasking and 
easy to use. 

only £29.99 


THE MICROBOTICS 
ACCELERATOR BOARDS 


The VXL is an advanced 68030 accelerator for 
the Amiga 500/1500/2000 with space for an 
optional co-processor (CP) 

VXL30 25Mhz EC only £239.99 

VXL 30 40Mhz EC .only £369.99 

68881 co-pro for above... .only £79.99 

The VXL accelerator boards can also accept32 
bit RAM to optimise performance. The superfast 
32 bit RAM comes as a 2 MB or 8 Mb daughter 
board for the VXL. 

2 Mb of 32 Bit RAM (60ns)..only £2 1 4.99 
8 Mb of 32 Bit RAM (60ns)..only £4 I 9.99 


FINAL COPY new version 13!! 


I Now faster and easier to use. this superb word publisher from the writers of PenPal. 
I With built in outline fonts for top quality output, full graphics import capability (IFF 
I and HAM). Features include Thesaurus, spelling checker and detector, automatic 
J hyphenation, insert date, time, and page number, scale graphics to any size, crop 
I graphics, multiple columns layout, magnified and reduced page view, full post script 
1 support and much more. 

Highly Recommended only £49.99 
or £105.99 with Cumana 3.5" external drive 


PANDAAL HAND 
SCANNER 


On test this scanner has proved to be the easiest and most I 
effective scanner that we have used to date having compared it | 
to most of the other major hand scanners on the market We I 
are able to offer this high quality scanner at a fraction of the I 
normal cost. Complete with the latest improved version of I 
Daata-scan software this scanner is able to pick out text and [ 
graphics at up to 400 d.p, I in real time. Daata-scan enables you to I 
easily manipulate the image. Scans in real time up to 64 grey I 
scales. Ideal for desk top publishing and presentation. 

now only £104.99 
STr £ II 9.99 with 2 way 
parallel switcher box 


AMIGA RELEASE 2 
UPGRADE KIT 


Complete with: 

* Kickstart 2.04 CHIP 

* Workbench 2.04, Install, 
Fonts and Extras disks 

* full Commodore manual set 

only £79.99 


PLATINUM WORKS plus home accounts u 


As recommended by Commodore we believe this to be one of the best all round integrated 
business packages on the Amiga, it comes with Platinum Scribble w/p, spell checker, thesaurus. 
Analyse ( a "Lotus 1 23" compatible spreadsheet with 3D graphics), a database, sideways printing 
I utility and communications software plus the best selling Digita Home Accounts 


only £44.99" 


IDIGI-V1EW GOLD 
MEDIA SYSTEM 


The new complete graphics creation 
presentation package for your Amiga. 
Comes complete with the famous Digi- 
View Gold. Digi -Paint and Elan Performer 

only £129.99 


W0RDW0RTH Vl.l 


The latest version of this highly acclaimed 
WYSIWYG word publisher. Comes with 
multiple fonts, powerful thesaurus, large 
spellchecker, speech synthesis 

only £72.99 


PENPAL 1.4 


I This best selling word publisher incorporates 
I many features found only in a desk top pub- 
I lisher. Also includes an easy to use database. 


PAGESTREAM 2.2 


The latest version of this powerful DTP 
package that we recommend. Better than 
alot of DTP packages on a PC and better than 
most on a Mac 

only £129.99 


New INTERSPREAD 


This new spreadsheet is highly 
recommendedat at a bargain price. Features 
include graphics presentation, and advanced 
macros 

only £24.99 


New QUARTERBACK VS 


New, completely re-written version of this 
Fast and Famous hard disk backup utility. 
Supports up to 4 disk drives, variable com- 
pression options and full Macro and AREXX 
support. The Best! 


now only £53.99 only £39.99 


3D Text Animate now only £9,99 

Aegis Sonix £39.99 

Art Department Pro 2,1 £109.99 

Amiga Vision £39.99 

Amos Creator £34.99 

Amos Compiler £22.99 

Amos 3D 117,99 

Audio Engineer £169.99 

Audio Master version 4, ,,,£39.99 

BBC Emulator £39.99 

Broadcast Titler only£l49.99 

CrossDos £ I 9,99 

Deluxe Music Cost ruction Set. .£54. 99 
Deluxe Paint 2, ..now only £4.99 

Deluxe Paint 3 now only £12.99 

Deluxe Paint 4 now only £57.99 

Easy AMOS £26.99 

EXPERT DRAW ONLY £49.99 

EXPERT 4D JR ...ONLY £37,99 

Flexidump printer utility £3 1,99 

DEVPAC 3 £57.99 

Distant Suns £34.99 

Final Accounts £29.99 

GB Route Planner £29.99 

Gold Disk Office £64 99 

HiSoft Basic £54 99 

Home Accounts 2 £37.99 

Imagine V2 £189.99 

Opus Directory £29.99 

Pagesetter 2 DTP ....,,£42.99 

Pi semate ..£39.99 

Platinum Scribble w/p inc spell checker/ 

thesaurus now only £29.99 

Pro Page professional V3 DTP,.£ 149.99 

Protext 4.3 W/P now Only £39.99 

Pro Video Plus £139,99 

Quarterback Tools oniy £44.99 

Sequencer One £74.99 

Smo oth T alker+.+ £2 8.9 9 

TURBO PRINT £49.99 

Vista £29.99 

Vista Pro 2 (2 Mb required),... £69.99 

Walt Disney Animator £64,99 

XC AD ID ,.£189,99 

Xcopy Pro inc . hardw*re.,,, J £33,99 


All Phoenix 3.5" disks are GUARANTEED FOR A LIFETIME 
and are CE RTIF IED 100% ERROR FREE double sided, double 
density disks are of the highest quality in magnetic media atid are 
extensively used by duplicating houses 


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200.. ..£72.99 £99.99 

500 £169.99 n/a... 

1000. . £339. 99 n/a.. 

| Sony Branded disks come complete with labels 

Disk Labels.. ..500 now only £6.99 

Disk Labels... 1 000 now only £9.99 


SUPRA RAM 


The ultimate Amiga A500 expansion. Take your A500 up to 9 Mb 
(10 Mb with the A500 Plus). Fits onto the side expansion port 
Auto configures with no software patching. 

Please note that when 256‘4 ZIPS are used, the Supra RAM can 
only be populated to a maximum of 2 Mb. If you use this configura- 
tion and want to further increase your capacity you must replace 
the 256"4 ZIPS with I Mb by 4 ZIPS. 

8Mb pop to I Mb £94.99 

8Mb pop to 2 Mb using 256*4zips £1 1 9.99 

8Mb pop to 2 Mb using IMb*4 zips.. £149.99 

8Mb pop to 4 Mb £199.99 

8Mb pop to 8 Mb £299,99 


5 1 2K RAM EXPANSION 


Topqualicy RAM expansions fortheASOOcompletewith battery backed 
dock and on/off switch This RAM expansion will not in any way 
invalidate your Amiga warranty/' flQyy Q|^|y £24 99 


PERIPHERALS! 


AMIGA SOUND 
ENHANCER 


By Omega Projects this sound enhancer will 
improve any sound that is played through your 
Amiga. Hear the Amiga's sound like you've 
never heard it before! 

only £32.99 


GENLOCKS 


Rocgen Genlock 

with built in mode switch box and auto pass 
thru function, the Rocgen represents excel- 
lent value for money 

only 99.99 


Rocgen Plus 

with all the features of the standard Rocgen. 
Also includes dual control for overlay and 
keyhole effects, extra RGB pass thru allow- 
ing real time graph editing. 

only £129.99 



The Zy-Fi Stereo 

System 

This is a powerful 3 way speaker 
system with built in stereo ampli- 
fier. It will plug into an Atari STE, 
Commodore Amiga or Acorn 
Archimedes. 

The speakers are optimised with 
reflex ported cabinets. The 3 way 
system has bass, mid range and 
treble drivers. 

Complete with its own power 
supply the Zy-Fi system can also 
be powered by batteries 

only £36.99 


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Kickstart l.3...£29.99 
Kickstart 2.04.£39,99 
Fatter Agnes. .£30. 99 
Super Denese.£30.99 


2 V/ay Parallel port 
sharer inc. cable 


Many peripherals such as print- 
ers and scanners share the Amiga 
parallel port causing the user to 
have to swap between the two. 
Solve this problem with the 2 
way sharer box 

only £17.99 


ROCTEC MOUSE 


This is an excellent high 
quality mouse for the Amiga. 

Fully micro-switched mouse. Ex- 
cellent value and highly recom- 
mended. 

only £13.99 

or £16.99 

with mouse mat & holder 


256 by 4 DRAM (DILs) 

ideal for A590 & Supra Hard drives 
plus many other Amiga RAM appli- 
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8+ ( I Mb). ...now only £3.39 
16+ (2Mb). .now only £3.09 
I Mb by 8 or 9 SIMM boards 

as used in GVP and Cortex 
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now only £29.99 
4 Mb by 9 Simms (for gvp) 
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Tutorial 





Stevie Kennedy 
sorts out printing 
and printer drivers 


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ICON LBftARV STARTUP- 
SEQUENCE 
SHE1L- 
STARTUP 


F irst of all an apology to anyone 
feeling miffed or confused by the 
last couple of columns. My first 
mistake was to neglect to tell you about 
icon. library, without which your auto-boot- 
ing disks wouldn't auto-boot. 

This was rectified last month but, sadly, 
senility struck again and in telling you all to: 

COPT Ll B£ ; ICON . LI BRA It T TO HTJUSILLIBS 

I left out the all-important fact that there 
was, as yet, no LIBS directory on MyDisk. 
This just goes to prove that even someone 
charged with putting CoverDisks together 
and writing beginners' columns for over a 
year can fall foul of the complexities of 
AmigaDOS and make basic mistakes. 

You should, of course, have typed the 
command: 

NAKEDIR PIYDISK : L IBS 

before trying to copy icon. library to your 
disk. 

On with the show. This month we'll be 
taking a look at the Workbench printer 
device and how to set it up so that we can 
send text files to the printer without having 
to use a text editor or wordprocessor. 

As usual, AmigaDOS's structure means 
that there are several files you will need in 
order to set up the device, so here's a list of 
them: 

• CTYPE 

• DEVS;FRINTER.DEVICE 
• DEVS: PARALLEL. DEVICE 
• DEVS:SERIAL DEVICE 
• D EVSiPRI NTE RS/OEN ERIC 
• L:PORT-HANDLER 

Type is just the C: command used to send a 
file to the screen or printer, printer.device 
controls all access to the printer, and paral- 
lel. device and serial.device control the paral- 
lel and serial ports at the rear of the Amiga 
into one of which your printer will be 
plugged. 

Port-handler takes care of the interface 
for the PRT:, PAR: and SER: devices, which is 
what AmigaDOS calls the printer device, 
parallel and serial ports. 

The other file we've included in our list is 


the printer driver, generic. As its name sug- 
gests, this is a very simple printer driver 
designed to work with more or less any 
printer attached to your machine, and 
should always be present for the 
printer.device to work. 

You can add as many custom printer 
drivers as you like at a later date, but 
generic should always be in there too. 

So what's a printer driver? These small 
programs are found in the printers subdirec- 
tory of the DEVS: drawer and have con- 
tained in their code all the information 
necessary for AmigaDOS to recognise a spe- 
cific printer and cater for its idiosyncrasies or 
special features. 

Individual printer drivers are available for 
most popular printers and the correct driver 
for your printer should always be copied to 
the printers subdirectory. 

As usual, the instructions in this column 
will assume that you're working with a sin- 
gle floppy Amiga, necessitating a lot of 
copying to RAM: and disk swapping. The 
steps taken to set up a printer.device are 
identical whether you own Workbench 1 .3 
or 2.04, so it doesn't matter whether or not 
you're using a Plus model. 

To begin, boot from Workbench and 
open Shell. Now type the following com- 
mands to chuck everything into RAM: 

COPT COPT TO RAN: 

copt a to mi mu mfts mti J 

COPT HAKE DIR TO RAN: 

COPT 0EV5 : PRIWT E (tS/taENER 1 C TO RAN: 

COPT C;TTPE to m- r 

COPT DEVS:PSMTEfiJEYlCE TO RAN: 

COPT DEVSiPARALLEL, DEVICE TO RAN: 

COPT &EV$:SERIAL.DEY1CE TO RAN: 

COPT LjPOUT-HANDLER TO RAN: 

Phew! Now CD RAM: and put MyDisk in 
the internal drive. If you have a second 
drive, just pop MyDisk in there, then every- 
one should type the commands: 

HAKBIR NTDISK :OEYS/PRINTERS 
COPT GENERIC TO HmSKiDEVS/PRINTERS 
COPT TYPE TO miSK:C 
COPT PORT-HANDLER TO miSK:L 
COPT PRINTER. DEVICE TO HMISK;&EV5 
COPT PARALLEL DEVICE TO HYD ISK : SEVS 
COPT SERIAL.DEVICE TO NYMSK:OEVS 

You now have almost all the files necessary 
to enable printing from MyDisk, and we 
could test this by using the Type command. 

If we did, however, 
we would more than 
likely fall foul of one of 
the banes of beginners 
with printers - the 
printer driver nightmare. 

Cast your mind back 
a couple of columns 
when we were first giv- 
ing birth to MyDisk. The 
first file we copied to 
MyDisk:DEVS was called 
system-configuration, 
and it is this file which 
contains the information 
about which printer 
driver is currently 
selected. The printer 


driver which was selected on your original 
Workbench disk - from where we copied 
system-configuration in the first place - is 
the driver MyDisk, will look for when asked 
to print something, and if it was anything 
other than generic we'll have problems. 

To check your printer driver, put 
Workbench back in the internal drive and 
open the Prefs drawer by double clicking on 
it. Workbench 1 .3 owners should now dou- 
ble click on the Preferences program and 
then the Change Printer gadget. 

Workbench 2.04 users (everyone with a 
Plus model) will have to double dick on the 
Printer icon. 

For all users, the selected printer driver 
will be the one which is highlighted, so 
make a note of its name and quit out of 
Preferences. Now open Shell again and - 
let's say the selected driver was EpsonX - 
type: 

copt msimmwmm to 
N m$K:QEV$/mHTERS 

If your selected driver was other than 
EpsonX, just substitute its name in place of 
EpsonX in the above command line. 

Once the copy is complete, MyDisk 
should have the correct printer driver 


installed and should be ready to do some 
printing. It's time to boot from MyDisk to 
test this, so insert it in the internal drive and 
carry out a warm reboot (Ctrl-Amiga-Amiga). 

If you followed the last two columns, and 
survived my wee mistakes - which I almost 
didn't! - then MyDisk should boot up with a 
Shell ready to be opened and used. Once the 
disk has booted, double dick on its icon to 
reveal the Shell icon, then double click on 
that. 

If you have a printer attached, type the fol- 
lowing command: 

TYRE TO PRT: $: SHELL-STARTUP 
and if you don't yet have a printer, just type: 
TYPE S: SHELL-STARTUP 

As long as the printer is online and has paper 
in it, printer owners should see the shell- 
startup (remember this from last month?) 
printed on paper, and non-printer owners will 
see it listed in the Shell window. 

Congratulations! You have successfully 
created an auto-booting disk and enabled 
our first practical project. You have already 
advanced much further into the Amiga's 

> 


This month's jargon 

Console 

This is the name given to the Amiga screen in which you 
are issuing commands and receiving the output In other 
words, the console can be thought of as another name 
for the Shell window. 

Escape codes 

Used in printing to control printer effects, escape codes 
are a bit of an anachronism, though still useful. In con- 
junction with the Echo command, escape codes can pro- 
duce text effects to brighten up anything from a fuil 
letter to a simple disk intro as you'll find in the boot 
sequence of every Amiga Computing CoverDisk. 


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59 






Tutorial 



> 

practical side than the vast majority of own- 
ers, and there's a lot more to come. 

To experiment further with the Type 
command, try for a second time the com- 
mand line we just typed in, adding the 
word Hex at the end so that the line looks 
like this: 

Type TQ PRT: S: SHELL-STARTUP HEX 

Notice the difference? The file is printed out, 
but this time the text part has been 
squeezed into a single column on the right 
of the screen and the left hand two-thirds 
are filled with numbers. This is a hexadeci- 
mal (hex for short) listing of the file and 
contains the Ascii codes for each letter or 
character in the text. 

This won't mean much to you at present, 
but it is a good example of how much flexi- 
bility you will find in the simplest AmigaDOS 
operations if you delve a bit. 

You can examine the hex contents of any 
file on MyDisk by using the Type command 
in this way, but unless you intend to 
become a machine code programmer you'll 
probably never have to do this. 

One practical use of the Hex option is 
when you suspect you have a virus but can't 
be sure. If a file on your disk seems some- 
what suspicious (it wasn't there before or 
has a strange name such as "*") you can use 
Type with the Hex option to carry out a very 
crude test on the file's contents. 

Certain viruses leave files on your disk 
containing Ascii text within the code which 
can be read using Type. If a file is troubling 
you. Type it to the screen using the Hex 
option and check for insolent or smug mes- 
sages from the virus author inside the code. 

Usually, you won't find them, but in the 
case of new viruses which are undetectable 
with existing virus checkers, it is this sort of 
basic detective work which sometimes saves 
the day. 

A more common use for Type is its num- 
bering ability. Suppose you have an exam- 
ple Basic or C program on disk that you'd 
like to get to grips with as you begin to 
learn the language. 

Most modern programming languages 
don't use line numbers, so any listing you 
printed out could be quite difficult to follow. 

If used with the Number option, Type 
will add a line number to every line in the 
file, making life a lot easier. Try typing the 


following command: 

TYPE TO PUT: 5 : SHELL-STARTUP HUH6ER 

The output you'll get will be identical to the 
original listing of this file except that every 
line is now numbered. 

So much for Type. What if you want to 
use a PD program for viewing and printing 
text files? What if the file has been crunched 
(compressed so that it uses less disk space) 
so that when you try to Type it to the 
printer you get a lot of garbage on paper? 

In these cases, you need a program such 
as MuchMore_PP (MMPP) which we use on 
every CoverDisk to view and print text files. 
All you have to do, assuming you have this 
month's CoverDisk, is copy it to MyDisk 
using the command: 

COPY CUVER6IS03:C/NNPP TO HTDISKsC 

and, after a couple of disk swaps, the 11k 
program will be copied across to your disk. 

Now, before we attempt to use MMPP, a 
couple of things have to be added. This 
program is really quite complex, as it will 
load and de-crunch powerpacked 
(crunched) files, so it needs to have access 
to the powerpacker. library. 

Luckily, this can be found on every 
CoverDisk. Also, as it uses a file requester to 
choose the file to be viewed, it needs to be 
able to find arp. library, which contains the 
file requester. 

To copy these files from this month's 
CoverDisk across to MyDisk, type the com- 
mands: 

COPY C0VERDISKJ3:LIBS/P0«ERPACRER*UflRARY TO 
mi SK: LIBS 

COPY C0YERDIS!O3:LlB$/AftP. LIBRARY TO 
miSKlLIBS 

If you have an external floppy, put the 
CoverDisk in there to save disk swaps. 

If you now want to view and then print a 
document you would first type MMPP to 
summon the file requester, then select your 
file, scroll through it in MMPP, and finally 
print it by holding down the Alt-Shift-0 (the 
letter, not the number) combination. 

Fine, you may be thinking, but what if I 
want something other than a straightfor- 
ward Ascii file listing? You'll have noticed 
that using Type and MMPP in the way we 
have, the text files as printed are fairly 
bland. However, there are a couple of ways, 
even using basic 
Workbench commands, 
that you can spruce up 
a text file. 

Let's reboot with our 
Workbench disk and 
take another look at the 
Preferences program. 
As before, Workbench 

1.3 owners should dou- 
ble click on the Prefs 
drawer, then the Prefs 
icon, and Workbench 

2.04 users should open 
the Prefs drawer and 





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There are many files 
sitting between your 
keyboard and your 
printer 


double click on the Printer icon. In the 
Preferences program it is possible to set the 
length of the page your text will print on, the 
left and right margins, pitch in characters per 
inch (the higher the number the smaller the 
characters will appear), spacing in lines per 
inch (the lower the number the more space 
there will be between lines), print quality 
(draft or letter), and the paper type (single 
sheet or continuous feed). 

While these controls don't give you any- 
where near as much control over the text as 
a wordprocessor would, they at least make it 
possible for the user to tweak his or her pref- 
erences until they best suit their printer and 
personal taste. 

There are no controls for underline, italics, 
and so on, but these too, you may be sur- 
prised to learn, are available when you first 
write your text. 

On this page, you'll see a box containing a 
list of the text effects available under 
AmigaDOS. These are all turned on by first 
pressing the Escape key then a few control 
characters, and turned off after use using the 
null code (see box). 

To try these out, you can't actually use the 
ED text editor supplied with Workbench 
because whenever you press the Escape key 
ED goes into extended mode and expects a 
command to be issued. 

To create a file containing Escape codes 
for text effects, therefore, you'll have to use a 
shareware text editor, such as QED from the 
Amiga Computing Workstation and 
GraphicStation disks, or type directly to the 
printer using redirection. 

Redirection takes place when the output 
from a command is forced to a device other 
than the default device, which is normally the 
console (another name for the Shell win- 
dow). For example, if you typed: 

ECHO "hcElR KeUc!" 

you'd see the word "Hello!" appear in bold 
type in your Shell window. Remember! When 
you see the word "Be", I mean you to press 
the Escape key rather than type the word 
out. Now try this: 

ECHO >PHT: p Esc[lH Hello!" 

Surprised? The word "Hello!" appears not in 
your Shell window but on paper. The redirec- 
tion arrow has forced the Amiga to send the 
word, complete with the escape code for 
bold type, to your printer where, as long as 
the printer is online and fed with paper, it will 


be printed. We'll be taking another, more in- 
depth, look at redirection as the series con- 
tinues, but for now owners of printers can 
have fun printing stuff to paper from the 
Shell window. 

The rest of us can try this interesting 
experiment. Type the commands: 

ECHG >RAR:RYFILE "WHAT'S THIS DOING IN HERE?" 

ED UAIbllTFILE 


Next month we'll start to fill up the C: 
directory with the most useful AmigaDOS 
commands and take a long .y . y J 
hard look at what they do. f ■ 


Text effects 

The following is a list of all the text 
effects available through the use of 
escape codes, any of which can be 
used for script fifes which appear In 
the Shell window or for output 
directed to the printer. 

Please note that where you see the 
word Esc, you should press the Escape 
key on your keyboard rather than type 
in the whole word. 

Esc[0m 

Turn off all effects 

Be[1m 

Bold text 

Esc[2m 

Make text colour 2 

Esc[3m 

Italicised texT 

Esc[30m 

Make text colour 0 

Bc[31 m 

Make text colour 1 

Esc[32m 

Make text colour 2 

Esc[33m 

Make text colour 3 

Esc[4m 

Underlined text 

Esc[40m 

Make background colour 0 

Esc[41m 

Make background colour 1 

Esc[42m 

Make background colour 2 

Esc[43m 

Make background colour 3 

Esc[7m 

Inverted text 

Esc[8m 

Make text invisible 

Esc[nu 

Make text window n 
characters wide 

Bc[nt 

Make text window n lines 
high 

Bc[nx 

Set left border of window to 
n pixels 

Esc[ny 

Set distance to top of 
window as n pixels 

NB: Workbench 1.3 colours are: 0 - 1 

blue, ] 

black, 2 - white, 3 - orange. 1 

Workbench Z04 colours are: 0 - grey, 

1 - white, 2 - black, 3 - blue. 


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T utorial 


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f you read last month's GraphicStation 
you should have the basics of 
PrintStudio in hand. This month we'll 
finish our look at this excellent utility with 
an in-depth guide to getting your prose in 
print. 

The first task is to ensure that the files 
you wish to print have been saved in the 
Ascii file format. If you attempt to print files 
which have been written and saved in a 
wordprocessor, using its own proprietary 
format, PrintStudio will print nothing more 
than good, old-fashioned gobbledygook. 

To employ PrintStudio the text to be 
printed must be Ascii. All major processors 
and text editors are capable of saving in 
this format so there shouldn't be any diffi- 
culty providing the necessary files for the 
program. 

As mentioned last month you can 
employ the GraphicStation's own text edi- 
tor - alias QED - which you'll find on pull- 
downs within the main GraphicStation 
screen. All the files created with the afore- 
mentioned software are automatically 
saved in the Ascii file format, so it's ideal, 
and of course very convenient, being only 
a couple of mouse clicks away. 

Assuming you have the file in the neces- 
sary format, it's time to activate the 
GraphicStation's text icon and get down to 
business. The first job is to load the file you 
require. Thanks to a standard click select 
requester, this literally couldn't be simpler. 

Once loaded, a new interface displays 
the imported text which can be scrolled 
through via the slider at the top of the 
screen - but it's the lower portion that 
holds the real power... 

Some of the options on offer are self 
explanatory so we'll concentrate on the 
slightly more mysterious options, starting 


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with the Select box icon. Once activated yet 
another control panel appears. From here 
you can define the start and end point of a 
specific section ready for printing. 

There are several methods of selection, 
the most direct being typing the relevant 
line numbers directly into the Beg and End 
requesters on the left of the control panel. 

To see your selection simply click on 
Show and the program will automatically 
'update the display with your selection. 

Alternatively, you can use the central col- 
lection of icons to adjust and select line by 
line. Using this option you must first select 
the start line by using the arrow keys to 
scroll the cursor through the available text. 

Arrow icons 

Once you've located the start line, the 
next task is to click on the mark icon and 
then once again employ the talents of the 
arrow icons to expand you selection - in 
either direction. 

Once you've reached the last line in your 
selection, simply click on the Show icon and 
your selection will be complete. The screen 
should update with your new box. Click 
OK, and you'll be returned to the main 
Text-Print screen. 

If you now select Print, the final print 
requester will appear. 
As you'll see, this 
requester allows you 
to define the finishing 
touches which anyone 
who has employed 
Workbench as a print- 


Headilnes, times, dates 
and optional line spacing 
- all waiting at the touch 
of a button 


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This month we continue with the 
final part of the PrintStudio story 


ing environment will be famil- 
iar with. 

If you are unsure of exactly 
what these options mean you'll 
find a full description in your 
Workbench manual. 

On the lower section of the 
requester you'll see the print 
commands themselves. The 
print option actually starts the 
printing process but you also 
have the option to write the 
print file to disk. 

Using this option it's possi- 
ble to save various sections of text from 
assorted files and then print these in the 
desired order later via the CLI. 

To print saved files from disk, first open a 
Shell window and change the directory to 
the one containing the files you wish to 
print. Then list the contents using the Dir 
command. 

Now type in either of the commands 
listed below, replacing the "{Filename}" 
with that of the file you wish to print: 



MflODQ5. I 




COPY (FILENAAE) TO PRT: 


TYPE TO PRT: {FILENAME) 


A perfect opportunity to pick and choose with the Option box selection panel 


Of course you could take the slightly easier 
route and load the printed disk file directly 
back into PrintStudio, reprinting from there. 

For the time being, let's return to the 
main Print Text menu and look at some of 
the other options on offer. To do this simply 
click on cancel and you'll be back where we 
started. This time, select the Options icon to 
reveal yet another requester. 

Here you can add those essential extras 
to finish stylising the file prior to printing. In 
the first section of the requester you'll find 
the headline and date options. 

If you require a headline, simply type the 
text into the requester and make sure you 
click on the headline push button to activate 
the option. 

Next, select its print position, and finally 
define if it is to appear once or on every 
page of the printout. Lastly, click on the 
word Headline itself to activate the headline 
styling requester. 

Next move to the Time and Date options 
- again don't forget to activate the push 


Add those essential finishing touches 
before you go to print... 

button beside the options. If you now click 
on Date and Time, the requester will be 
updated from the machine's internal clock. If 
you require an alternative date simply type it 
in manually. 

If you do plan to use a time or date other 
than the actual time, make sure you activate 
the Buf option which instructs PrintStudio to 
employ the time and date you have defined. 

If the Act option is active the program will 
default to the internal time and date defined 
by the built-in clock. 

The next set of options are again rather 
self-explanatory, but if you click on Page 
Number it will reveal yet another styling 
requester in a similar vein to that of Headline, 
but this time all the options refer to line spac- 
ing between various elements within the 
page layout. Armed with the above you 
should now be able to take full advantage of 
the power that PrintStudio has 
to offer. 


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With my little eye... Not a Euro Disney competition 






Currently sweating away for the coveted title of "Busiest Software House In Basil- 


don" are Empire. As we speak they've got three new releases tumbling dawn the 
pipeline towards the dusty shelves of software-ville. 

Guy Spy is the latest from the people responsible, if not downright guilty, for 

C n Arc inH 

JfJCIVC HLt Cl IIU 

Dragons Lair. It 
tells the tale of, 
strangely enough, 
a spy called Guy, 
and from what 
we've seen it actu- 
ally looks a lot 
more playable 
than it's ill-fated 
ancestors. 


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No, I'm afraid it's not. although by the number of Euro Disney compos currently 
doing the rounds, you'll probably wan a visit there just for existing. What we do 
have, however, is a peep at the latest from Infog rames Disney licence. 

The Rocketeer is the game of the film of the man with a sparkler up his bum. 
Zoom around the place beating up Nazis and generally being rocket-like. It 
promises some sizzling 


animation and digi- 
tised graphics, so it 
should look a treat. 

Oh, and if you're 
interested, the film 
should be in your local 
video shop round 
about now. Light the 
touchpaper and stand 
well hack.,. 


Also waiting in the wings is the cutesy platform romperama. Cool Croc Twins. Play- 
ing in a Mario platform-style, it sees Funk and Punk Croc trying to catch up 

with their mutual girlfriend, 

Crocette. 

Quite how this randy 
twosome think they can 
get away with sharing a 
girlfriend is beyond me. 
Crocodiles, eh? Nice, crisp 
cartoony graphics and 
oodles of cool should be 
ready even before you fin- 

I ish this senten... 


Name that toon 


Following on from last 
month s teeny peak at 
Jim Power, Loririel have 
unveiled yet another 
new game. It's called 
The Cartoons and 
promises to be, gasp, a 
bit like Lemmings, 

You've got a little 
bloke who wanders 
about the place being a 
bit dim and dying a lot. 

You control a superhero 
fella who has to keep his 
wee pal alive by blocking holes, killing 
nasties and generally looking out for his 
mates best interests. Or if you like, you 
can beat the little pillock up yourself. 

To be honest, it's not that much like 
Lemmings, but it is a really good fun 
game. As the name suggests, it all looks 
very cartoony and it should be ready for 
us ungrateful Brits in September, 


Hudson! We are leaving! 


Yup, coming soon to a cinema near you 
is the third instalment in the ongoing 
battle between Warrant Officer Ellen 
Ripley and numerous slimy monsters. 

Alien 3 is currently being trailed in 
cinemas up and down the country, 


and also at the beginning of the rather 
gnarly Aliens - Special Edition video. 

Rumours have been buzzing around 
for yonks about the film. It's cost too 
much, say some. It's crap say others. 
Whatever it's like, you'll be able to join 


in the fun on your Amiga thanks to 
those gorgeous fun-bundles at 
Accolade. 

We can't wait to get a peek at it, so 
you're guaranteed to hear all about it 
soon. 


The prat with 
the beard is 
back 

If our Cheat Mode on Knightmare a 
few months ago has whet your whis- 
tle, then dry it off and read on for 
more enthralling news. 

The all round smarty-pants 
responsible for Knightmare (the 
game, not the rather sad TV prog), 
Tony Crowther, has put pen to paper 
and come up with a complete hint 
book. 

It won't give you the answers 
straight out, 'cos in true Knightmare 
style everything's in riddles and cryp- 
tic clues. 

So if you're still floundering about 
in the dark with a bucket on your 
head, cough up a mere £5.99 at 
your nearest (or indeed, furthest 
away) software shop for a copy. Fail- 
ing that, give Mindscape a tinkle on 
0444 246333 to buy one with a 
credit card. 

What thoroughly nice people. 











You! Love! Us! 

Indeed you do! Thanks to everyone who took the time 
to fill in and return the Gamer survey - it's nice to know 
we're getting it right! 

It seems that the majority of you think that Gamer 
isn't big enough, and that the reviews should be just 
the way they are. It also seems that most of you buy 
the mag yourself, with ten per cent of you reading a 
parent's copy. 

You want us to review all types of games, and pretty 
much everybody reads every single last juicy scrap of 
Gamer. It seems that most of you are aged between 1 3 
and 25, although we have readers as young as six-year- 
old Greig Muir going right up to Mrs A Cruttenden, a 
grandmother from Basingstoke (who said chivalry was 
dead? We'd never give away a lady's age!). 

A fair majority also suggested that Gamer's page size 
could become the same as the rest of Amiga Comput- 
ing, and we're looking into it right now. 

The lucky winner of the Gamer Bundle of games 'n' 
stuff is Alan Ben Lampard from Weymouth. Quite a few 
of you pleaded poverty for the games, but none so elo- 
quently as Alan. The bundle's on it's way. 


Onword 2 

The newsle hit, just over there lo the left.,. 

Cheat Mode 14 

Tactics and tips for the well ' ard 5pec^ Force's 

The Source 20 


A treat for all flight simfonSfaj Its we peep at Microprose's 817 Flying Fortress 

Talking Shop 26 


Why not have a Ijeliaous Penguin biscuit while you read the charts? Yummy 

July 1991 


INNER VISION 


Willy Beamish 

Sierra's troublesome tyke bottles corporate corruption 

Black Crypt 


Part one of our "Blimey, what a lot of RPGs this month" special 


Ork 


Leaping and shooting a-plenty with Psygnosis' cyborg turkey 


Space Crusade .... 4 

lt*s everything Hero Quest should've been,.. and morel 

SUPERSKI 2 . jSI 

The start of a sports sim revival? Could well he*.* 

Castles ..i........ 

What a cryptic title f eh? 

Indy Heat 


Hamsun Ford gets hot under the collar. I think 


Eye of the Beholder 2 

"Blimey, what a lot of RPGs this month" part two 

Legend Jw 


Not another RPG? Blimey, what a lot of RPGs this month , eh? 


Leisure Suit Larry 5 

The s/eaziesf computer character ever oozes back onto our screens . Huzzahl 

Covert Action 


Not now Moneypenny, It's Mkroprose's intricate spy gome 


The Manager .... 

We asfc fhe question - Is Jimmy Hill the anti-Christ? 


Oh no! It can't be! 

Yes it is! It's another pointless Gamer compo. The game 
up for the proverbial grabs this month is none other 
than Electronic Arts' throbbingfy big hit, John Madden 
American Football. Zoiks, eh? 

And as usual, we're going to ask you to do some- 
thing really trivial and stupid to win it [along with a ver- 
itable plethora of other goodres). 

Obviously, we've Eied the compo in to American 
Football, and so you're going to have to dig out the A 
to Z for this one. We want you to make up your own 
American Football team, and it has to be from a real 
town in Great Britain, 

So you couid for instance have the Pratts Bottom 
Bombers. Except you can't, 'cos that'd be a bit easy. 

If you re | I 

Go out, form the ream and win a trophy. But it's the 
name that counts. All we ask rs that it's from a real 
town. We will be checking, so no cheating. 

The more bizarre and embarrassing the name, then 
the better your chances of winning. Good luck, and 
keep your defence around the endzone, 






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K ids eh? What lovable little 
tykes they are. As soon as 
they can walk, they learn 
the basic skills of writing on wallpaper 
in crayon, spilling things just to see 
what yoghurt looks like out of the pot, 
helping themselves at the Woolies pic 
'n' mix counter and saying "poo" just to 
annoy Great Aunt Matilda. 

Actually, now you think about it, kids 
can be pretty unlovable most of the 
time. And they get worse as they get 
older. 

Our Willy is one such tearaway. A 
typical American pre-pubescent school- 
room terrorist, he's addicted to Nintari 
video games (now there's a subtle play 
on words, eh?), eats pizza and, to be 
brutally frank. I'd veny probably hate his 
guts if I ever met him. And yet the 
game is appealing in a perverse sort of 
way. 

You start the game in school. It's the 
last day before the summer holidays, 
sorry, summer vacation and Willy has 
landed himself in detention. The long, 
and really quite dull, intro' sequence 
shows Willy's pet frog, Horny farf arf 
arf), leaping about in assembly, or roll 
call, or whatever the Americans call it. 
He lands on the headmast... sorry. 


principal's head and nicks his wig. So, 
detention for Willy. Can you figure out 
how to sneak home? If so then you get 
to wander around your house, investi- 
gating all the rooms and basically just 
getting a feel for the place before din- 
ner arrives, when you'll have to sit 
through several hours of dialogue in 
which you don't have any input. 

This is one of Willy Beamish's biggest 
problems. There are a lot of semi-anj- 
mated scene setters in which you don't 


do anything. You can't even hurry them 
along, so you just have to put up with 
them. In fact, it's best to save the game 
after each one, so you won't have to 
plough through it all again if you fail. 

The whole game gives quite a good 
impression of things just cruising along 
as normal in Willy's life. You know, you 
have meals with the family, you meet 
your gang for pizza, and so on. Every 
now and again the game will prod you 
further along the story line, and you 
move onto the next problem. 

The main aim of the game is to get 
Willy to the Nintari Championships, but 
he's a bit strapped for cash and Dad's 
lost his job. Cash can be raised by get- 
ting Horny to win the frog jumping 
contest. However, Horny is up against 
Turbofrog and he'll need some extra 
stimulus to get him into a winning 
mood. 

Along the way you'll have to solve 
other little puzzles to continue along 
the right track. For instance, can you 
bluff your way out of a beating from 
the local hard man? Can you figure out 
how to get out of school in time to 
intercept your report card? Also lurking 


in the background is the mysterious 
Tootsweet company, who are plotting 
to do fiendish things in the town sewer 
system. Quite how this will affect you 
I've no idea, but the whole thing will 
probably come together in some excit- 
ing big finale-type thing. 

Well, it's probably no surprise to find 
out that Willy Beamish is by the self 
same bloke who wrote the rather won- 
derful Heart of China (Gamer Gold last 
month, fact fans). This does indeed 
promise great things, but to my dismay 
things weren't quite as hot as I'd 
hoped. 

As I've already said, there are too 
many instances where you just sit back 
and watch static screens, and then 
there are times where you seem to just 
wander around waiting for inspiration. 
At first glance it looks very interactive, a 
game to rival Monkey Island even, but 
closer scrutiny and repeated play 
reveals that your responses are very 
conditioned. Sometimes it may seem 


The much fabled 
Nintari 

Championships, 
but can Willy get 
there? 



Ber-limey! The school nurse was never like this when I was a nipper! 


•Gamer ^ 


1992 


The Beamish home. Not exactly poverty stricken are they? 






that you've got 
several options 
open to you, but 
they all push you in the same direction. 
This may or may not bother you, but I 
couldn't help but feel a bit cheated by it. 

There's humour, as you'd expect, but 
it's hard to tell just who it's aimed at. 
Sometimes there are clever little satirical 
digs at American society which will go 
way over kids' heads, and next you're 
being presented with a fart joke, which 
will have kids in stitches at the exclusion 
of us more refined adults. 

On to technical things, and the 
graphics are quite nice. The back- 
grounds are often very detailed and 


colourful, laden with objects that 
you can examine, if not use. 

The sprites are a bit stilted, as the 
hard drive whirring away frantically to 
itself proves, and a lot of the close-ups 
look like DPaint pictures. A nice car- 
toony feel, but a bit of a comedown 
after the lush scenery of Heart of China. 

Sound is, amazingly, absolutely 
abysmal. There is a tune, but the hard 
drive accessing interferes with it. So one 
minute it's bouncing along quite hap- 
pily and then it goes all slow and gar- 
bled as another animation is loaded in. 


This is Willy's room. In case you didn't guess 


v i s i o m 

©© 00 # 

A pleasant cartoon feel, but at 
times a bit rough around the 


Whenever he's feeling low, Willy's dad nips up into the 
attic to play with his train set. Sad... 


It's just like when the batteries start to 
wear down in your Walkman, y'know? 

All in all, Willy Beamish isn't a bad lit- 
tle game. It's just not as good as I so 
desperately wanted it to be. It's a con- 


fused little product, not quite sure what 
it wants to be. For a start, it's too 
expensive for kids. Some of the Ameri- 
canisms will confound them, and the 
twelve |count 'em, twelve!) disks that 
need to be installed will bore them 
rigid. As for adults, there's just not 
enough interaction to warrant this kind 
of money. 

It's charming and cute for a while, 
but once you've finished it - as you 
undoubtedly will, as it gives you so 
many prompts in the right direction - 
there's no incentive to try another 
route. Mainly because there is no other 
route. A brilliant idea, but a slightly less 
than brilliant game. Ho hum. 

Daniel 



This is where Willy and his n on-sexist, non-racist pals come to "hang out" 


AUDIO 

©0©0# 

The tune is distorted horribly, 
and there are about five FX in 
the whole game. 

PLAY A B I L I T V 

0000# 

For the first few goes you'll be 
enthralled by the nostalgia of 
it all. 

ADDICTION 

ooooo 


Ultimately, trial and error will 
get you through. Too 
expensive for what there is. 



July 1992 GmkR 






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O h good golly Miss Molly, 
would you Adam and Eve 
it? It's another one of 
those damn role-playing games. 

Now for me, Dungeon Master was 
and still is one of the best RPGs of all 
time, and because of the popularity of 
that game several companies are trying 
to cash in. 

So these days you get loads of RPGs, 
all trying to knock Dungeon Master off 
its throne. It has to be said that today's 
technology is tons better and it shows - 
take a look at Eye of the Beholder 2 as 
an example. Unfortunately poor old 
Dungeon Master gets wiped off the 
face off the earth. 

So, it's no surprise that yet another 
RPG is available for you to buy. Brace 
yourselves, because here comes Black 
Crypt. Electronic Arts' newie promises to 
be the best RPG yet, but then again 
promises are made to be broken, so we 
shall see. 

Unlike most RPGs, this hasn't got an 
epic novel to go along with it, but it 
does have a short story, and when I say 
short I mean short, as in Ronnie Corbett 
size. Well, I'll tell it anyway. 

Years ago he was banished from the 
world. Now the dark lord Estoroth is 
back with a legion of Hell's unholiest 
fiends. Their mission - blood revenge! 

Your brave band must recover the 
lost relics that alone can seal Estoroth 
and his infernal terrors in the Black 
Crypt [hence the title). So there you 
have it, short story time over. 

As usual you start the game with 
four team members. These must be 
selected at the beginning. You have a 

Cor what a fantastic line up, 

and doesn't Geoff Capes look well ard? 


choice of fighters, druids, wizards and 
milkmen. Well OK no milkmen, but I 
had you going for a second there. 

The whole game is played in dun- 
geons - 1 2 of them to be precise. Each 
member of your dungeon posse 
already has several items upon his/her 
person - one of these items is normally 
a weapon. 

Obviously fighters will have much 
better weapons than, say, druids, but 
then again don't choose all fighters 
because who's going to mix the drugs 
and do spells - or is it do the drugs and 
mix spells? Sorry, I'm getting away from 
the point here. 

Black Crypt plays rather like Dun- 
geon Master in the way that you move 
about and the way that you fight. 

I have to hold my hands up and 
admit that I found it very hard. Not 
hard to play, but hard to get anywhere. 

The beasties are very nasty indeed. 
They have this disagreeable habit of 
creeping up behind you, and before 
you know what's going on, you've lost 
two of your brave adventurers. 

Despite this annoying factor, I found 
Black Crypt quite fun to play. I don't 
know why - maybe because it is so well 
presented. That's one of the best things 
about Black Crypt - the graphics are 
amazing, all drawn beautifully in 64 
colours. 

The animation is top notch - even 
the doors are wonderfully animated. 
Dan spent about ten minutes just open- 


VISION 

ooooo 

Corr, well sexy, know what I 
mean guv? 

AUDI O 

©©©•• 

Average intro tune, sound FX 
arenl up to much, though. 


OO0O# 

Nice easy control system, but 
it's not for the beginner, 


©©©•• 

Fairly addictive, but difficulty 
level might put you off. 

85 % 


we have here... Excuse me while I faint, thank you 


Oh no, its the old 
shield in the stone 
wall trick. Well 
don't think I'm 
falling for that 
one... 


ing and closing a 
door - he was 
mesmerised. 

It says on the 
box that the 
game's got digi- 
tised sound effects, but all I heard were 
a few grunts and the so.und of doors 
opening and closing (thanks to Dan), 
Maybe there are some fantastic sound 
effects in the later levels. 

Overall, Black Crypt is basically Dun- 
geon Master with knobs on. The level 
of difficulty might put a few of the less 
experienced RPG fans off, but for the 
conquerors of Dungeon Master and its 
ilk, this is definitely the game for you. 

The graphics make it instantly like- 
able, and playability-wise you can't go 
far wrong. It's not a classic, but it's 
much better than some of the other 
rubbish on the market. 

I'm off back down the dungeons 
now, not to play Black Crypt, but 
because that's where Amiga Computing 
put me when I'm not reviewing games. 

I don't know why, but I don't 
half fancy some fava beans and a nice 
Chianti. 

Jonathan 


July 1992 








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shake a 
stick at. Ork's 
got really nice graphics, 
even if it looks as though most of them 
were ripped from Shadow of the Beast. 

On the sound front there's a lovely 
little intro tune, but in-game there isn't 
a lot to shout and scream about. The 
sound FX are a little boring and don't 
really do anything for the game. 

I think why Ork has succeeded and 
other Psygnosis games have failed is 
because Ork has the puzzle factor to it. 
Shadow of the Beast was just a fancy 
beat-'em-up after all and all there was 
to do was hit things and run around. 

Ork, on the other hand, is a whole 
different kettle of fishies. The puzzle ele- 
ment means that you actually have to 
work out what to do, rather than just 
blasting baddies. 

There isn't a lot that you can really 
complain about - it's one of those 
games that looks nice and plays well. 
However, it's lacking that certain some- 
thing, if you know what I mean. 

It doesn't really stand out from the 
rest. I mean, Lemmings had loads of lit- 
tle cute green-haired creatures that 
tried to commit suicide, but all you've 
got in Ork is a thing that shoots other 
things. I mean the main character looks 


Hello there. If I give you this gold will you let me through the 
toll? Yes? Oh thank you. What a nice man, a veiy nice man. 


Err excuse me, it's no 
time to be playing on 
computers, there's a big 
three-pronged beastie 
about to kill you... 


O rk, - what a name! What 
you don't know is that the 
word "ork" doesn't actually 
mean anything and - more surprising - 
that it isn't related to the game in any 
shape or form. 

The main character isn't called Ork, 
there isn't a planet in the game called 
Ork, the evil baddie isn't called Ork, so 
why call a game Ork? 

Why not, I sayl It's better than Mabel 
or Edith, after all. Ork is one of those 
words that you can put almost any let- 
ter in front of it and make a new word 
from - fork, pork, cork, dork, mork, york 
and errr gork - well that's quite a few, 
anyway. 

I'm sorry, I'm definitely losing it - it's 
just that when I see a game with a 
totally pointless name I crack up and 
can't control myself. 

Ahem. Anyway, you play the part of 
Ku-Kabul, a Heyadahl (that's his race, 
not a foreign swear word), and you're 
training to be captain of a star cruiser. 
Ku-Kabul has reached the end of his 


training and he now faces the 
final test. Other Heyadahls 
have taken the test, some 
have passed while most 
have never been seen 
again. 

Ncnone knows what Ku-Kabel has to 
do except his examiners. Armed only 
with basic twin cannons and an empty 
jet-pack, Ku-Kabel has to go to the 
planet Ixion to complete his training by 
passing the feared final test. 

The best way I can describe 
Ork is to say that it's a cross 
between The Killing Game Show and 
Shadow of the Beast. Now Psygnosis 
are famous for producing games with 
brilliant graphics and sound, but they 
always seemed to forget one thing - 
playability. 

In the case of Ork, they seem to 
have rectified the problem because 
there's more playability than you can 


like a mutant chicken! 

Ork is one of Psygnosis' better 
games, but it's just not Gamer Gold 
material. I don't think the public will be 
rushing out to buy this one - they'll 
probably go for one of the big licensed 
games that's a load of rubbish, like they 
usually do. 

Never mind, Psygnosis - there's 
always Lemmings 2! 

Jonathan 


V 1 S I o w 

©©©©• 

Nice graphics with more 
than a hint of Shadow of 
the Beast in them. 

AUDIO 

©©©•• 

A nice little intro tune, 
but the sound FX do 
nothing for the game. 

FLA YABILITY 

©©©©• 

A Psygnosis game that’s 
playable? Don't make me 
laugh. No it's true, so there. 

A E> E> I C T I O M 

©©©•• 

You'll probably come back to 
it - it’s one of those games to 
play on a rainy day. 



July 1992 






Crusading in, err space, you've guessed it, heres... 


Now I don't think red suits me, but I quite fancy that blue chapter 


Look there's my posse, don't they look ard and well organised? 


hundreds of rules that came with the 
game as standard. 

You know the sort; 'You can only kill 
an Ork if its kill points are below seven 
and its defence factor is above two, but if 
you own a Heavy Bolter you must throw 
three times to see if any shrimps have 
eaten your fridge." 

Well it's sort of like that. Whatever it 
was, it was very confusing. So if you 


didn't know all the rules you conse- 
quently got beaten to a pulp by all your 
chums. 

Well, now Space Crusade is on your 
home computer and things are a little 
easier. I'll tell you why shortly - first it's 
time for a bit of a story. 

More than 25 millenia ago, mankind 
took his first tentative steps to the stars. 
The discovery of the warp drive was a 
major advancement for space travel. 
What was once a journey of several cen- 
turies became a journey of several days. 

Warp space is the parallel universe 
through which starships may jump, but 
unfortunately it's also the domain of 
Chaos. In warp space 
nothing may be taken 
for granted. It is a uni- 
verse filled with all 
manner of evil powers. 

Ships have disap- 
peared without reason 
and emerged from the 
warp centuries after 
they entered it, millions 
of light years from their 


destinations. These derelict starships, dis- 
torted beyond all recognition, are know 
as space hulks. 

By entering warp space, man had 
awoken an ancient evil - the minions of 
Chaos had escaped from the warp. The 
first great war, known as the Age of 
Strife, had begun. 

For over five thousand years, warfare 
wrecked mankind - nation battled 
nation, planet battled planet, race 
destroyed race. Colonies died out, while 
aliens plundered and grew fat on the 
wreck of humanity. 

Then came a saviour, the man who 
would be know as the Emperor of 
Human Space. A 
shrewd diplomat, he 
gathered what was 
left of human society 
and formed it into 
the Empire. 

A brilliant sol- 
dier, he conquered 
and reclaimed the 
planets lost to 
Chaos. For this task 


f you're not familiar with names like 
Orks, Gretchins, Dreadnoughts, 
Blips and Genestealers, then 
chances are you haven't been living for 
the past few years. 

As any decent role-playing games fan 
will know, these names are all to do with 
Games Workshop Ltd. Now if you cast 
your minds back a year or so ago, you 
will remember that Gremlin converted 
Heroquest - The Board Game into Hero- 
quest - The Computer Game (fanfare 
please!). 

This obviously delighted thousands of 
RPG fans who owned Amigas. Now 
they've converted Space Crusade - a 
much loved RPG - to our computer 
screens too (hurrah!). 

Anyone who's not a fan of RPGs will 
probably think that they're a little boring 
and involve lots of old, hairy heavy metal 
fans who move painted metal figures 
around a board while throwing a 
75-sided dice. 

Well you're wrong! I've played a few 
RPGs in my time, I can tell you, and they 
are actually quite fun. The only thing that 
bothered me were the hundreds and 


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done alf of this, it's time to start the game. 
The marine players take their turn first. 
After the marine teamfs] have had their 
turn|sj, it's time for the computer to strike 
back. 

The marine players must attempt to 
accomplish the mission they have selected 
from the mission list. During their turn the 
marines may move, fire or fight using 
hand-toTiand combat. 

As the marines explore the game map, 
they will encounter loads of the deadly 
members of Chaos. Marine players score 
points for eliminating their opponents and 
the player who scores the most points 
wins the game. 

That's basically how you play Space 
Crusade - move in, kill the aliens, achieve 
mission objectives, move out and be 
home in time for tea. 

Space Crusade is one of those games 
where the reviewer tells you to buy the 
game and read the manual because there 
are so many little things to talk about that 
he/she hasn't got enough space to write 
them all down. 

Guess what? "What?" I hear you all cry. 
"Go and buy the game and read the man- 
uaf because there isn't enough space to 
explain all the twiddly bits." 

There you have it. I've hardly got 


he crested the Space Marines, the great- 
est warriors of all. 

Its members are acknowledged as the 
most powerful and feared fighting men 
in the Imperium. Space Marines are 
organised into chapters, each with its 
own fleet. The fleets roam through the 
galaxy in pursuit of Chaos. End of story... 

Now this is where you come in. You 
get to control a squad of space marines - 
one commander and four marines - and 
you have to rid the space hulks of Chaos. 
The computer version allows for three 
players, each commanding one marine 
chapter - either the Blood Angels, the 
Imperial Fists or the Ultramarines. Chaos 
is played by the computer. 

At the start of a game, the marine 
players choose the marine chapter they 
wish to represent. They then choose 
weapons for their marine teams. 

There are plenty to choose from - 
assault cannons, missile launchers, 
plasma guns and heavy bolters are just 
some of those available. 

The marines must then choose which 
mission they wish to undertake. This can 


range from blowing a hole in the side of 
a space hulk to taking on one of the 
deadly dreadnoughts. There are 1 2 mis- 
sions to choose from, so it'll keep you 
busy for a while, plus there will be mis- 
sion disks on the way soon. Once you've 


Cor look, it's a Chaos Marine with a, a very large g-g-gun... 


VISION 

©©©©• 

Really fabbo 
graphics that look 
good in 2D or 3D. 

AUDI O 

©©©•• 

OK tune and 
plenty of sound FX 
in game. 

R L A V A B I l_ I T V 

©©©©© 

Five out of 
five, it must 
be good. 

A D D I C T I M 

©©©©© 

Highly addictive, 
plus the data disks 
are on the way. 



enough space to tell you about the fantas- 
tic graphics and how you can switch 
views from 2D to 3D, or about the fab 
sound FX and how, errr, fab it sounds. 

See, there just isn't enough space to 
tell you about the playability and how it's 
so easy to play because it uses a really 
good icon system and there are no hard 
rules to learn. 

I can't believe I won't be able to tell 
you about how you'll be addicted to it for 
months and months on end. I don't 
know, computer game mags these days, 
tut tut. 

Space Crusade is one hell of a game. 
RPG fan or not, you'll love it to bits. Go 
out and buy it today. You will not regret 
it, I promise. 

Jonathan 













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piles of snow. More often than not, 
you'll just end up face first in the snow 
after an unsuccessful waggle. Too tricky 
for it's own good really. 

And that's also the trouble with the 
ski jump. It’s too fiddly, and you don't 
get enough time to make any adjust- 
ments. You shoot down the slope, and 
then have about half a nanosecond to 
keep your skier balanced in mid-air, oth- 
erwise he goes splat all over the 
ground. And this happened every sin- 
gle time I tried it. Ho hum. 

Well, how does it all come together? 
Quite nicely as it happens. The graphics 
are just short of excellent, and the 
sound is quite stomping as well. Obvi- 
ously a game of this sort is best enjoyed 
when you play against some mates, 
and even then you'll all get beaten by 
the computer players. 

It leaves you feeling all humbled and 
small. And then you kick your monitor 
in, and feel much better about yourself. 

In conclusion, the bobsleigh bit is 
ace, the skiing bits are a bit samey but 
still fun and the remaining two events 
are too tricky and stick out like the 
proverbial sore thumb. 

There is a practice option, so you 
can try and get the hang of them, but I 
recommend that you just challenge 
your friends to a bobsleigh competition 
and scare yourself to death from the 
comfort of your own home. 

Daniel 


V 1 S I Q M 

good# 

Very slick. The bobsleigh is 
especially effective. 

AUDIO 

©©©•• 

Nice tunes, but the FX are thin 
on the ground and very quiet. 

PLAyABlUTY 

GOO©# 

Most of the events are immediately 
playable and stonking good fun. 

ADDICTION 

GOOO# 

A welcome change, which 
deserves to do well. 




Especially when the bobsleigh is the 
best event of the lot. In fact, it's one of 
the most groovy little things I've ever 
played. Add a few more bobsleigh runs, 
and maybe an editor, and you've got 
an above-average game in its own 
right. 

You see your bobsleigh from behind 
as it thunders down a twisting and 
turning track which should induce nau- 
sea in even the most strong-stomached 
among you. 

As the scenery swings from side to 


No. No. Anything but that. 
It's Jimmy Hill! Aaaaargh! 


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Fonda's Sub Zero Workout 


Half-way down the slope and already 
everyone's sucking a boiled sweet to 
stop themselves feeling sick 


Hey! You can see my 
house from up here 


I t's been a fairly quiet year for 
sporty games so far. There's been 
not so much as a peep or a whis- 
tle from the joystick-waggling fraternity, 
except for John Madden's Football. But 
fear not waggle fans, for spooky conti- 
nental software blokes Microids are 
here to make your day with the release 
of SuperSki 2. 

And before you ask, no I don't 
remember SuperSki 1 either. But by 
using some incredible powers of deduc- 
tion I can guess that it probably had 
something to do with skiing, and it was 
presumably fairly super into the bar- 
gain. And, lo and behold, SuperSki 2 
follows along similar lines. 

You get to compete in six cold and 
frosty sporting japes, such as special 
and giant slalom, hot dog, ski jumping, 
downhill racing and bobsleigh. Quite 
how bobsleigh fits into a game about 
skiing I don't know, but who cares? 


side, and your sled goes flying round 
the bends, you’re guaranteed to start 
swaying from side to side in your seat. 
Just like on Voyage to the Bottom of 
the Sea when the submarine gets hit by 
something. Wow. 

And that's just one of the events. 
The downhill skiing bits are pretty much 
the same in design, but each requires 
different skills. The slalom, for instance, 
requires nifty steering to get through all 
the flags. On the downhill run you've 


got to go as fast as possible without fly- 
ing off the course and straight into a 
tree. Each of these skiing sections plays 
very much like a driving game, but with 
the car replaced with some planks of 
wood nailed to your shoes. 

The only events that don't quite 
work are the hot dog and the ski jump. 
The hot dog is the only simultaneous 
two-player event and requires you to ski 
down the screen, performing little 
jumps and fancy bits as you leap over 



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T he castle is surely one of the 
most stupid housing ideas in 
the world. They're cold, 
draughty, unhygienic and take years to 
build. 

And then hundreds of years later, they 
fall to pieces and American tourists come 
and trample them to the ground in their 
loud Hawaiian shirts and take pictures of 
all the rubble because it's "quaint". 

No, castles are not high on my list of 
great places to live. But here comes a 


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ing should prevent you running out of 
readies, and if by some stupidity you do 
run low (ahem, like I did) then just up 
the tax rate and take it from the little 
people. 

And every now and then, you'll be 
approached by one of your subjects 
asking for some divine advice from your 
good self. 

So Ethelred the Obscene has been 
bothering livestock again, has he? Will 
you let him off? Will you send some 
knights round to give him a kicking? Or 
will you have some of his more tender 
organs removed with a large axe? Deci- 
sions, eh? 

Everyone knows that a good 
medieval king just chopped everyone 
up, and it's pretty good fun bellowing 
"off with his doodahs!'' at the monitor. 

You don't just make decisions con- 
cerning the private functions of your 
more dubious peasants, either. You 
could become embroiled in a scrap 
between two feuding dukes or some- 
thing and have to prevent Civil War. Or 
you may be approached by a rival king 
who offers a truce. Do you trust him, or 
do you chop his head off? Exactly! 
You're getting the hang of it already. 

All the while, just keep an eye on 
how the castle's coming along. Give the 
little fellas a holiday now and again, 
make sure their pay is just enough for a 
scabby loaf of bread and some dead 
pig, and they'll be as happy as Larry. 
Whoever Larry is. 

Inevitably, you'll come under attack 
and be forced to defend your half-built 
homestead. This is where the army 
comes in. Strangely enough. 

You'll be given ample warning of 
where the enemy are attacking from, 
and then you get to arrange your 
archers in the towers of the castle, and 
along the walls, and set your infantry 


jppose I a better buy some food for the workers or 
they'll probably start moaning again, just like when I 
introduced the 24-hour working day 


game that 
promises to recre- 
ate the fun and 
excitement of 
building a castle, 
or three. All the 
joys of laboriously dragging huge 
chunks of stone across the country to 
construct a big, smelly castle. 

In fact, I think the only reason peo- 
ple lived in castles was because they 
took so long to build that they had to 
live in them, or they'd have wasted half 
their lives building very big and heavy 
garden sheds. 

So, can you make an exciting game 
out of such a dubiously entertaining 
subject? Well, almost. Naturally the 


rather sedate pace of such a task is 
going to startle the hardcore 
shoot-'em-up junkie, so if you feel that 
applies to you then go and paint your 
toenails or something. 

On the other hand, if you're a more 
laid back kinda person who likes to 
ponder over problems and stroke your 
chin in a thoughtful, Jimmy Hill-type 
way, then stick around and well get 
stuck into Castles. 

Well, to state the obvious, you've got 
to build castles. Rather easy, right? 
Well, in theory, yes it is. A bit of a 
drawn out process, but easy. 

You just design the castle, making 
sure you stick loads of walls in for no 
good reason all over the place and silly 
towers just for a laugh, hire some peas- 
ants to actually build the thing for you, 
tell them which bit to start work on and 
leave them to it. 

When they've finished, tell them to 
start work on another bit. And if you 
don't build the walls at the same rate, 
they become unstable and the whole 
thing crumbles to the ground. Not par- 
ticularly tricky, and to be honest, it's too 
long-winded to be any fun either. 

So, just to keep your regal mouse 
button a-clicking, there are a profusion 
of other kingly tasks for you to turn 
your attention to. 

Recruiting and maintaining an army 
in case of attack is always important. 

Keeping a close eye on your spend- 


Here's my original castle design (note the stupid little 
wall at the top) 


And here's my castle a few millennia later. Now watch 
some scumbag knock it down 





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Now, here's the perfect example of how not to build a castle. No walls, and some very 
short towers. Brilliant. 



facing the enemy. When they're in 
sight, click on the infantry and watch 
them scuttle off to get beaten up while 
the archers do all the work and kill the 
enemy from afar. 

If the enemy get close enough, 
they'll start to topple the walls and 
undo all your hard work. 

The enemy also have another rather 
fiendish contraption. It's like a big tent 
on wheels full of dead pigs and stuff. 
They wheel it up to a part of your cas- 
tle, usually one of the supporting tow- 
ers, and then all the gas that builds up 
inside the pigs as they rot explodes and 
the wall collapses covered in bits of pig. 

Very tasty. Who said chivalry was 
dead, eh? 

After the battle, providing it wasn't a 
complete massacre, you start to repair 
the damage and mutter under your 
breath about what those dastardly Celts 
can do with their battleaxes. 

And so it goes on until you've fin- 
ished your castle, at which point you 
get to go to bed with a nice mug of 
Old Rumble's Gut Rot Real Ale and have 
a snooze in your new house. Probably 
fl couldn't actually finish my castle with- 
out running out of money). 

Time to change into my Criticism Hat 
now, for a bit of nit-picking. First of all, 
it's slow. Not slow in a "badly pro- 
grammed" sort of way, but slow in a "sit 
watching for 1 5 minutes while some 
stick men slowly build a wall" sort of 
way. 

This means that it takes absolutely 
ages to build a proper castle, as they're 


usually made up of about 50 or so sec- 
tions. Plus, and this really annoyed me, 
the manual doesn't actually contain 
instructions as such. 

It tells you what to do in the form of 
a waffly tutorial all about some king or 
other being told how to play Castles by 
one of his chums. Very funny (not!) and 
very useful (double not!). This meant 
that for ages I was watching absolutely 
nothing happen and I had no idea 
why. 

A simple step-by-step list of instruc- 
tions would have made it so much 
clearer, but instead you have to wade 
through endless crap medieval puns to 
find out where you're going wrong. 

Other niggles are the jerky scrolling, 
which makes the combat a real drag to 
watch and control, and the fact that it's 
sometimes hard to tell whether or not 
you actually did click on 
the options. 

Some nice clear m * 
icons wouldn't have gone 
amiss. Still, even 
after these 


gripes, I quite enjoyed playing 
Castles. But it took a while. Let's 
just say that if you're looking for 
an instantly appealing game then 
you should run away from this 
screaming. 

But if you like a bit of strategy 
with some building site-type bits 
bolted on, and you can ignore 
the sloth-like pace of it all, then 
this may suit you. 

All in all, a nice idea that just 
doesn't work in the long run. 


V I S I o 


©©©•• 


Darnel 


Very nice stills, but jerky 
scrolling and dismal sprites. 


AUDIO 


©©©•• 


Limited. An uninspired period 
tune warbles throughout. 


©© 


Highly impenetrable at first, 
second and third glances... 


ADD ICTI O 


©©©•• 


...but stick at it and you may 
find something rewarding. 


O 


Huzzah! My little stick men march proudly into battle 


And despite the considerable handicap of being stick 
men, my lot win the battle! Amazing! 


July 1992 






Jonathan Maddock dons his 
combat boots and guides you 
around the warzone that 
is Special Forces 


Before you go diving head first 
into the warzone, you need to 
know what your enemies are up 
to, so it s a short trip to the Mis- 
sions menu. 

The missions can be performed 
in any order, although if they are 
played in order a story will unfold 
and your actions during a mission 
will affect the next mission and so 
on and so on. 

Once you've chosen your mis- 
sion, read aN the subsequent 
information. If you miss even one 
bit, you will undoubtedly mess up 
the mission. 

Obviously it's better to start off 
at Conscript level because you will 


find that the enemy won t be as 
aggressive and there won't be as 
many of them. J don't really need 
to tell you that but this is the 
ultimate guide, so I have to. Edi- 
tor's orders, you see. 

Weapons are next and they re 
very important indeed. If you are 
just practising then you need to 
take a wide range of weapons 
with you, so you know how they 
perform in the heat of the battle. 

When the actual mission comes 
around, you will need to be very 
careful in choosing weapons. For 
example, if the mission requires 
you to blow up some fuel dumps, 
you will need some explosives - 


fairly obvious, but remember not 
to give just one man all of them. 

Try if possible to share them 
out between the team ~ then, if 
one member of the squad gets 
captured or killed, you will still be 


able to complete the mission. If 
you select a stealth mission, 
remember to take weapons which 
are Jfght, so you can move taster, 
andVhich don t make too much 
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Stealth missions require extreme, err stealth, so a 
handy feature in Special Forces is the camouflage 
option. Depending on what level you are playing 
the game at, the enemy will find it very hard to 
spot you, but they will eventually find you. 

It's best to use the peek-a-boo tactic which is to 
hide, wait for the guards to pass, run to another 
hiding place and so on and so on. Remember a 
team member can only camouflage himself if the 
surrounding terrain is suitable. 


Another tip is to use the camouflage option while 
undertaking an attack mission. This time, camou- 
flage your men, wait for the enemy to pass you 
by, then pop up and shoot them in the back. A 
bit underhand I know, but hey, that's Special 
Forces for you. 


Diversions are very handy while doing any 
kind of rescue mission. By planting the 
remote controlled explosives a little way from 
the enemy guards then letting them off, the 
guards will move away from the prisoner leaving 
him more or less on his own. This gives 
you plenty of time to get the hostage and then 
the helicopter. 


The most effective way to destroy enemy patrols 
and guards is to use trees, buildings and so on as 
a line-of-sight cover for your men. 

You now have the element of surprise and it 
makes life so much easier because you can shoot 
the enemy before he can shoot you. It also saves 
on bullets because you're not firing all over the 
place. 


One of the best tips I can possibly give you is the 
Blow the Bridges to Hell tactic. In some of the 
missions there are only one or two bridges. Set a 
remote explosive right where you start off, then 
make your way to the bridges, hide in camou- 
flage mode and set the explosive off. 

The enemy will run to see what the explosion 
was. Now plant explosives on the bridges, run 
across the bridge towards your mission objective 
and blow it up, leaving loads of enemy soldiers 
on the other side of the river and you with a 
much easier job to do. 

In general, always keep your wits about you. 
Keep those eyes skinned for the enemy. Always 
check on how much ammunition you've got left 
and most important of all, keep checking where 
your men are if they get split up. Remember kids, 
it's war out there. 




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Browning pistol 

This is the steaPthrest of all the guns, but unfortunately it has a slow rate of fire, so it's nor very good when 
you're surrounded by the enemy. 

Not bad to have as a setondaiy gun because it won't gain much enemy attention, it's light and you can carry 
up to a maximum of six magazines. 


Grenades 


Grenades will only destroy buildings, machine gun posts and enemy soldiers, They will attract a lot of atten- 
tion. Ideai for mating good distractions, but always use a soldier who's a/most dead because once you've fet 
them go, the enemy will be upon you in a matter of seconds. 


LAW rockets 


LAW Rockets wifi destroy ail targets except for bridges They must be used over a long distance as they need 
the distance 10 arm. They wilf attract the same amount of attention, so get ready to get out of there quick 
once you've fet them go. 


Sterling machine pistol 

This is a rapid fire, high power, automatic weapon. It can fire 34 rounds every magazine, it's fairly fight, but it 
makes loads of noise. 

It's best used for an attack mission, but sometimes It s handy to have one on a stealth mission, because if you 
get found out and it's time to kick some butt, this is the ideal weapon for handling lots of enemy soldiers. 


Lee-Enfield rifle 


This is the best for sniping, (t has a slow rate of fire, but is extremely accurate. Ideal for stealth missions, espe- 
cially the assassination missions because you can pick your target off from long range. 


Laser Target Designator fLTDs) 

Essential for some of the later missions. It's a handy little device to designate targets for later airstrikes. It's 
entirely computer operated - all you have to do is leave it in the right place. 

At a set time it will emit a laser beam which will allow any airstrike to be accurately pinpointed. Fairly light to 
carry - each member of the squad can carry a maximum of nine LTDs, which is more than enough. 


Explosives 

One of the best weapons in the whole game. You run into an enemy camp, set five or six or maybe 1 6, run 
out again to safety, hit the keyboard and Booom! 

All the explosives are remote controlled, ideal for stealth missions because you can set them off at the end of 
the mission with out attracting attention to your squad. 


Engager machine rifle 

The heaviest weapon of them all, thus making your men very slow. It's a high power automatic rifle, just like a 
big brother to the Sterling machine pistol. It's more accurate then the Sterling, but just as loud. This gun 
should only be used on attack missions. 





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AUDI O 

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addition though. 

PLAYABILITY 






T here's nothing quite like beat- 
ing your friends to a pulp, is 
there? Not in the real sense, 
of course. Not in the "getting a big stick 
and hitting your friends repeatedly 
about the head with it" sense. That isn't 
clever at all. In fact, it's illegal. 

What is fun is beating your friends to 
a pulp in the "being really, really good at 
computer games and embarrassing 
everyone by winning every time" sense. 
Now that is fun. 

And, lo, the Software Houses did 
recognise this need to triumph over 
one's peers in the course of digitised 
entertainment. And, yea, they did create 
the Multi Player Option and it was good, 
and it did allow all and sundry to gloat 
and jeer at their friends who could not 
get the hang of the controls. 

And, verily, everyone had a really 
good laugh with the exception of the kid 
that nobody really liked who had been 
lumbered with the dodgy joystick with 
the Fire button that didn't work. 

And so we find yet another multi- 
player extravaganza plopping into our 
collective laps. It's Indy Heat, in case you 
make a point of never reading the title at 
the top of the page, and it's quite good 
indeed, 

But, and this is the big question that 
hangs over every multi-player game, is it 
any fun on your own? What if you've 
got no friends, or you live in the Aus- 
tralian outback? Is it worth shelling out 
for a game that's really only worth play- 
ing with other people? 

Thankfully, in the case of Indy Heat, 
this problem doesn't occur. Even on 
your own, it's a rollicking little fella. 

The basic idea is fairly simple. You 
take part in a series of races against 
three other cars, of which two can ft 
be controlled by 
other players. So, 
you've got four 
little cars 
hurtling 
round vari 
ous tracks, 
each with 
its own tortur- 
ous bends and 
niggly bits, 
the idea is to 
complete a set 


Don't forget to purchase a green strip for your windscreen that says Trevor 
and Beryl" - it could be the difference between first and second place 


number of laps before the others. Obvi- 
ous really. 

Mind you, you'll have to take into 
account the technical specifications of 
your car. If you don't keep improving it 
by spending your prize money, then 
you'll find yourself running out of fuel or 
breaking down every two laps while 
everyone else keeps zooming past you. 

And those aren't the only tactics 
you'll have to employ. If you really want 
to win, you'll have to play dirty. Smash- 
ing your opponents off the track isn't 
just fun, it's downright essential. 

Another clever trick is to ram them up 
the bum while they're in the pits and 
send them fly- 
ing back into 
the race with 


4th 


1st 


2nd 


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hardly any fuel. Arf arf arf. There's also 
the added bonus that you might kill a 
few members of the pit crew. 

And while we're on the subject of silly 
little features, you can make it that bit 
more challenging by reversing all your 
controls. For masochists only... 

The graphics are tiny, but this gives 
them a bit of extra zip, and means that 
the tracks can be more fiendishly 
designed due to the smaller sprites. 

There are some 
nice "touches ", as we 
say in the trade. For 
one thing, you can 
choose what your 
driver looks like, and 
you also get to see the 
little men in the pits 
running about and 
getting run over. Not 
graphically brilliant, 
but they do their 
job and look 
"groovy", as 
advertising per- 
son Simon Lees put it. 

The sound's actually quite 
"groovy" too. 

As well as the 
Tittle vroom noises, 
you also get some 
speech telling 


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12 feints 
£ 85,000 


A well-deserved 
victory for the 
unbearably 
sexy racing 
driver in red 


You can never find a parking spot 
when you want one, can you? 


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Get a few mates to join 
in, and it’s great. Alone, 
it’s still good fun. 

A D I> I O T I O M 

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Not really enough tracks, but 
you’ll pop back to while 
away a few minutes. 

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you when to pit for more fuel. Just when 
you're in the lead, you're guaranteed to 
hear a little voice say "Red Pit". Typical, 
There's also a fairly rockin' tune with gui- 
tars and stuff. Very pleasant on the 
shell-likes. 

All in all. Indy Heat is a "nice" little 
game. Not outstanding by any means, but 
the sort of game that you'll come back to. 

"Oh, I'm a bit bored. I know. I'll have a 
quick game of Indy Heat." That sort of 
thing. With only 1 1 tracks to get used to, 
it might not have much of a long term 
challenge, but it's a laugh all the same. 
Worth having, methinks. 

Daniel 


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jostling by the pits there 






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one. A new improved oblong shaped compo, in fact. And it s not 
just a compo either! 

If you can t be bothered to post it to us, just cut it out and use it 
to teach youngsters the basic rules of geometry. You'll have to sup- 
ply your own rulers and protractors though. A hundred uses, guar- 
anteed! 

On the other hand, if you fancy snaffling yourself a free copy of 
Gremlin s robust and fruity VideoKid, then simply fill in the form 
below, answer the almost illegally easy question, cut around the 
dotted line (Kids, get some scissors to help you with this) stick in an 
envelope, and bung it our way addressed to the Short Fat Gamer 
Compo (Not) at our usual abode. 

We've got 1 5 copies of said software sauciness to give away - 
that's about £300 worth - so you're in with a good chance of win- 
ning (providing only 14 other people enter). 

Get your entries into our clutches by July 31 or we ll post them 
right back to you with a sarcastic sneer. 

The editor's decision is final, and anyone who argues can step 
under the fighting tree. Employees of Gremlin or Europress can't 
enter, and neither can Noel Edmonds. Ha ha ha! 


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My team, played here by the Banana Splits, prepare to enter Darkmoon 


W hat a cliched world we 
live in. Everything comes 
and goes in such a pre- 
dictable way. Take music for instance. 

One minute everyone's wearing 
flares and listening to those Happy 
Monday fellas, and the next thing you 
know, it's all bleeping techno music, 
B&Q dust masks and Vicks vapo-rub 
(and you call that predictable? - Ed). 

And what about computer games, 
eh? That is, after all, what we're hear to 
talk about. Trends come and go in this 
cosy little world as well. 

There was, for instance, a time when 
Ultimate were the grooviest company 
on the planet and any game worth its 
salt was an isometric 3D arcade adven- 
ture. Unfortunately, people eventually 
cottoned on to the fact that all the Ulti- 
mate games were the same, but with 
different graphics. Bye bye Ultimate. 

And then there are shoot-'em-ups. 
They never really went away, but I'm 
sure we're all familiar with the "lone 
spaceship against several billion enemy 
craft and a big endof-level baddie''-type 
scenario. 

Or how about the kidnapped girlie 
who sparked off a zillion beat-'em-ups? 
Or the ubiquitous cross country car 
race? Oh no! Total cynicism attack! Are 
there any new ideas left? 

Probably not. And so we come to 
the very latest computer trend - the 
role-playing game. There are two dis- 
tinct types. You've got the strategy-ish 


3D version, like Space Crusade, 
Shadowlands, and Legend. And then 
you've got the "blimey, it looks like 
I'm actually there" type, like Dungeon 
Master, Eye of the Beholder, Elvira 2, 
Abandoned Places, Black Crypt, Knight- 
mare et al. 

And, well blow me down, just as the 
RPG bandwagon is picking up speed 
and all and sundry are leaping aboard, 
along comes the sequel to one of those 
original dungeony faves. 

The trouble with the current overkill 
on RPGs is that there's very little imagi- 
nation being used. Every single time, 
it's the same old story. Four adventurers 
battling it out deep in some dungeon 
or other, trying to vanquish some 
unpronounceable evil that's woken up 


Disaster! Fleegle's dead! But can this spooky thing help? 


with a bad attitude. It's nearly always 
the same story, it's always the same 
control method, and even the graphics 
look the same. It is, to be perfectly 
frank, getting a bit tedious. 

However, each game is rather good, 
and that's the annoying thing. The 
same goes for Eye of the Beholder 2. 
It's chronically unoriginal, but it's also a 
splendid game in its own right. Let me 
explain... 

EotB2 (as it shall be known hence- 


forth to save my poor fingers] has all 
the RPG cliches you know and love. 
You select your characters, you name 
your characters, you fiddle with their 
attributes (ahem) and then you click on 
the direction arrows to move them 
around and on their weapons to attack. 
You cast spells, you find keys, you solve 
puzzles, and it's all very slick indeed. 

The quest starts in a forest, and you 
must find your way to the Temple of 
Darkmoon and defeat the spookiness 
within. On your way to the temple you 
can hone your battle skills by beating 
up some wolves, and if you're lucky 
you'll find some hidden rooms with 
goodies in them. 

Enter the temple, kill the religious 
nutters guarding the entrance and get 
adventuring. No surprises there really, 
although the forest section is quite a 
nice scene-setter and it does ease you 
into the game. 

There's just not a lot you can say 
about EotB2 that hasn't already been 
said about any other RPG. Yes, it's got 
really good graphics and plenty of vari- 
ety, from the forest to the swanky tem- 
ple to the dingy dungeons, which add 
plenty of moodiness. The baddie sprites 



Look out, its Roxette with their deadly “rawk 1 ' singles! Or is it? 



Just one of the many spooky and puzzling dead 
ends in Darkmoon 


Making good use of the things that we find, things that 
the everyday folks leave behind... 


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are well drawn, but not very well ani- style and atmosphere that actually 

mated and they tend to lurch towards makes it an exciting game to play, 

you. A pity, but not terribly important as There are problems though, not least 
the overall "feel" of the graphics is very of which is the way that combat 
atmospheric and spooksome. becomes very stilted with more than 

The sound is good too, if a little two baddies on-screen. Selecting spells 

sparse, and complements the mood and swapping members of the party 

generated by the graphics. The omi- takes up too much time and you often 

nous "it's behind yoo-oo" footsteps are get beaten to death as a result, 

particularly worrying and they gen- It's also a fairly linear game, at least 
uinely make you feei uneasy as you as far as I can get. You solve this puzzle 

prowl the corridors under the temple. which reveals a key which opens a 

Some grinding noises for doors and door that reveals a baddie who leaves 

levers, and some grunts and moans for behind another key when killed which 

combat just about make up the rest of opens a door that leads into another 

the FX, but they do their job in a puzzle. That sort of thing. This means 

vaguely inoffensive way. that while you get a good feeling a 

The playability is the tricky bit. There progress, you also start to wish for a bit 

are so many similar games around at more freedom to explore by yourself, 

the moment that you've really got to On balance. Eye of the Beholder 2 is 
judge them against each other to find the best RPG around. If you've already 

the best. And I've done that, and on got an RPG then think twice about 

reflection I think that EotB2 is probably whether you want another just yet, but 
the best RPG so far. if you're still pondering over which one 

All the others are certainly worthy of to buy then I'd recommend this one. 

Gamer Golds on their own merits, but Hardly original, but there's life in the 

while this one just does the same old old dog yet. Just, 

things as the rest, it does them with a Daniel 

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Always ready to welcome a small, scantily-clad dwarf Into the party. Welcome 
aboard, you chirpy wee fella 


VISI O N 

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As usual with RPGs, you get 
slick and atmospheric 
presentation. 

AUDIO 

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but there’s really not 
enough of it. 

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Not really suitable for 
beginners, but easy enough to 
get to grips with. 

addiction 

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If you're not already plodding 
through another RPG, this’ll keep 
you off the streets for a while. 




July ms 




7 Flying Fortress 


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Microprose are changing their style radically 
for their next big release. Its a flight sim. Blimey, 
Daniel Whitehead says "What ho..." 


I n their seemingly endless 
quest to simulate every con- 
ceivable form of transport 
on the planet Microprose are cur 
rentiy beavering away down in 
rural Tetbury to bring you high 
flying Hun-bashing with the B17 
Flying Fortress. So what's it all 
about, eh? Let's find out... 

Well, for starters Jet s discover 
exactly what the B17 Is. A quick 
peek through the Eye Spy book of 
Aeroplanes (and the Microprose 


Kevin Costner. They're very simi- 
lar but a B1 7 would've been more 
convincing as Robin Hood fa little 
bit of satire for you there). 

Getting back to the matter in 
hand. For defence the B17 is cov- 
ered in little gun turrets that spun 
around and shot the nasty Nazi 
planes down (and more often 
than not, they shot their own 
wings off and other stupid things 
like that). 

Rather astonishingly, these gun 




press release) tells us the follow- 
ing handy facts about the big cud- 
dly ball of fun that is the B1 7 Fly- 
ing Fortress. 

The B17 is the great big 
chunky bomber that the Ameri- 
cans used in the Second World 
War. You've seen the film Mem- 
phis Belle? That was a BI 7, 

And did you see that Steven 
Spielberg s Amazing Stories on 
BBC1 about a bomber with Kevin 
Costner in it? That was a B17 as 
well. The bomber that is, not 


turrets only held enough ammuni- 
tion to fire for two minutes. Con- 
sidering the missions went on for 
slightly longer than that, the gun- 
ner s job was not an enviable one. 

The BI7 is also quite a large 
plane. Hence its nickname. Flying 
Fortress. They flew in squadrons 
from American airfields down in 
East England, chugged across the 
skies to Germany, dropped lots of 
bombs wrlly-niliy, and then flew 
back in time for a cup of coffee, 
the rock n' roll barn dance and a 


bit of snogging 

with the local 9 

lasses while their 
husbands were 
getting blown up 
in France. What a 
life. 

Of course, 
things weren't — 
quite as easy as that. I may have 
skimped a bit on the flying bits. 
The idea of chundering through 
the skies in a wobbly sardine can, 
while smaller and faster enemy 
fighters zoomed aJJ around you 
going 'akka akka akka" and "die 
Engiunder stwemhunden isn't a 
lot of fun, really. 

Even less fun was hanging in a 


see-through bubble on the bottom 
of the plane and being expected 
to shoot the enemy with a gun 
that ran out of ammo or jammed 
as soon as you touched the trig- 
ger. Mind you, there was always 
the snogging to look forward to, 1 
suppose. 

So, Microprose have taken it 
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machines onto some floppy disks 
and let us experience the leather- 
clad thrill of flying one ourselves. 
And how have they done ft? 
Here's how.., 

B 1 7 will have all the usual 
flight sim trimmings that you'd 
expect from the Prose, There's a 
campaign framework to the mis- 
sions, of which there are 25. After 
completing them, and providing 
the crew don't have any extra 
holes in their bodies, then you're 
allowed to retire and set up your 
own software house to make 
flight srms. Possibly. 

The game also features some 
cute little touches that you won t 
find elsewhere. For starters, you 
get to choose which design you 
put on the nose of your bomber. 
You know, those sexy dolly birds 
who drape themselves all over the 
name of the plane. Like Bomber 
Bessie or, er, Edna. 

Another quite groovy feature is 
that you can leap around the 
plane. Not in the physical sense 
of course, but you can jump from 
one crew member to another. So. 
if you get bored of just flying the 
plane, you can nip back and be 


the tail gunner for a bit. Or the 
bomber. Or the navigator. 

And while you're doing this, 
the computer takes over the rest 
of the crew so you don't plummet 
to the ground just for taking pot 
shots from the belly gun for a 
laugh or get shot to pieces cos 
your gunners are all asleep. 

This means that you can play 
the game in loads of different 
ways. You can spend the whole 
mission locked rn one of the gun 
turrets, or you could be in charge 
of the actual bombing. You can be 
responsible for navigating the 
plane, or you can be a traditional 
old boffin and fly it. 

Or if you reckon you're really 
really hard, you can nip from one 
crew member to another and do 
absolutely everything. 

I managed to wangle a go on 
an early demo of the PC version 
and the air battles are quite apoc- 
alyptic. Each plane that gets hit 
starts to belch thick black smoke 
from its engines. You can then fol- 
low it down until it crashes into 
the fields miles below. 

Thankfully, Microprose haven't 
gone for the "total realism" 
option, so the gyns have infinite 


ammo. A game where you ran out 
of bullets after two minutes might 
be realistic, but it wouldn’t 
exactly scream "playability " at 
you. 

The sound effects were particu- 
larly beefy, with the thunder of 
the engines competing with the 
booming guns and explosions. 
Whether or not they'll be the 
same on the Amiga remains to be 


seen, but the overall effect is 
astonishing. 

And the moment you ve ail 
been waiting for, when will it be 
in the shops? Well, the BT 7 
will roll out of the Microprose 
hangar in June for the PC, and us 
Amiga fly-boys will only have to 
wait until August to get our 
hands on it. Remember, patience 
is a virtue. 







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ey, it’s a Dungeons and 
Dragons ride". So began 
that stupid cartoon 
where five American brats and a pon= 
cey unicorn wandered around a vast 
land filled with dragons and monsters, 
and somehow never got killed. 

And every episode they almost went 
home, but couldn't because they didn't 
want to leave the unicorn behind. Soft 
fools. 

And did you know that the voice of 
that one with the shield was Ralph from 
Happy Days? Bizarre but true. He really 
went up in the world, didn't he? 

I mean, trust the Americans to do a 
spin-off cartoon from a board game, of 
all things. Snakes and Ladders - The 
Movie, anyone? 

In fact, they didn't just do a cartoon 
spin-off. No, we also got Dungeons and 
Dragons action figures (I know, I had 
one), D&D lunch boxes, and if you 
looked hard enough, you could proba- 
bly find D&D yoghurt. And we also got 
the official D&D computer games. And 
byjiminy, they were boring. 

No wonder everyone and their dog 
began trying to write a decent RPG for 
the home computer. And just our luck * 


they succeeded. Now we get a new 
one every month. In fact, this very issue 
contains no less than four games with a 
distinct RPG tang. And this is one of 
them. 

Legend shies away from the tradi 
tional first-person perspective, and 
plumps for the isometric 3D approach, 
not unlike Shadowlands. 

Oops, that's given the game away a 
bit. Legend is, it must be said, very simi- 
lar to Shadowlands. But it's also better 
in some ways, and worse in others. Let 
me explain. 

The plot is the usual dribbie about 
four adventurers ridding the land of 
evil, so we'll skip that and go straight to 
the game itself. You start by defining 
your characters, as per normal, by 
changing their names and, hem hem, 
their sex if you wish. 

Then it's onto a map where you 
move your party, as an icon, to differ- 
ent towns. Enter buildings, chat to 
locals, get clues and buy weapons. Sim- 
ple. Eventually, the clues should lead 


lar, and find a permit that will prove 
that you're a bunch of well 'ard war- 
riors. T 

Along the way you'll have to master 
the art of reading and casting runes, 
pulling levers to open doors and, of 
course, killing loads of monsters. 

So, what sets this game apart from 
the several million other RPGs on the 
market? Well, the spell casting is pretty 
in-depth. Rather than just finding spells 
and using them, you've got to use your 
magician to find scrolls, mix ingredients 
and read runes. 

And it ain't easy. The manual helps 
you out plenty, but the whole magic bit 
is too daunting really and will put all 
but the most dedicated off. At least it's 
got spells in it, though. 

The only really original option is the 
special powers that each adventurer 
has. Pressing FIO while selecting the 
appropriate bod will make them start 
doing whatever their particular forte is. 

So for the magician it brings up the 
magic menu, while for the bard it 


arf. The only trouble with Legend is 
that it constantly reminds you of other 
games. 

The map section is identical to the 
outdoors section of Abandoned Places, 
the indoors bit is Shadowlands, the 
AutoMapping appears in Black Crypt 
and the spell mixing also appeared in 
the first Elvira game. 

It's not quite as good as any of those 
games, but an enjoyable little chestnut 
for all its shortcomings. If you want a 
slightly more accessible RPG than Shad- 
owlands, then this could be the one for 
you. 


Daniel 


VISION 

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Clean, colourful sprites with 
plenty of detail which lend a 
good atmosphere. 


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must prove your worth in the cellar. 

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o'clock. Thermos at the ready.. 


which will affect your team's attributes. 
The assassin becomes invisible and - 
this is my favourite - the warrior goes 
into a Beserker rage. 

Which brings us quite nicely to the 
battles. Rather than just fighting one 
foe at a time, combat occurs when you 
stumble across a roving band of mon- 
stersr There can often be as many as 
five or six in a band, and all you have to 
do is press Enter and your team will get 
stuck in. 

With at! the special powers going it 
turns into a right big scrap and is really 
quite entertaining to watch. 

Just put your feet up and chuckle as 
the warrior goes bonkers and squashes 
the enemy with a sinale blow. Arf arf 


The bard will play any of eight 
tunes, and some nice FX crop 
up too. 


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Easy point and dick interface, 
although magic can be a bit 
tricky. 


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Y es mat poncing pervo is 
back! Larry Laffer hits your 
computer screens for a 
fourth time. Eh a fourth time, how can 
ft be a fourth time when this is Leisure 
Suit Larry 5? Well my little pervsters, all 
will be explained... soon. First a little bit 
of history behind the man in the white 
polyester suit. 

What can be said about Larry Laffer 
that Is suitable to print? Oops, before 
this review gets too risky I'll have to do 
something 

Warning - as per usual this 
'Larry game contains adult 
subject matter and 
^parental guidance while 
playing the game is 
advised, so aii you kids out 
there turn the page quickly 
"land ignore the screenshots. 
Right, lm now deailng with a mature 
adult audience. 

Larry first appeared on the Amiga 
games scene a couple of years ago in 
Land of the Lounge Lizards which 
involved Larry trying, err, weiJ, to put it 
bluntly, to sow his wild oats, 

Larry 2 was titled Looking for Love in 
Several Wrong Places which had Larry 
trying to escape a spy-infesred tropical 
jungle and trying to thwart the plans of 
the evil Dr Nonookie as well as sowing 
his wild oats |againij. 

The third game in the series starred 
not only Larry, but a certain woman 
who features heavily in Larry 5 - Pas* 
sionate Patti. Subtitled Passionate Patti 
in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals, 
Larry again had to sow his wild oats 
while Patti had to rescue him from 
man-eating cannibal Amazon women. 

Now to be honest, the Larry games 
aren't really that 
dirty. The first 
game 
w a 


fairly smutty, but the sex scenes were 
fairly naff and you didn't see anything 
that you woufdn r see on page three of 
the Sun. 

However, lots of people objected 
and the game designers made Larry 2 a 
lot less smutty, but - and this is a big 
but - everyone who bought and loved 
the first game complained to the game 
designers saying it wasn't smutty 
enough. 

So lo and behdd, the game design- 
ers made Larry 3 the smuttiest. The 
graphics and sound in the first three 
games were fairly rubbish, but now in 
Larry 5. Sierra have found a way to con- 
vert graphics from the PC, and it has 
wonderful graphics and mega sound. 

Lany 5. which is subtitled Passionate 
Patti Does a Little Undercover Work, 
features Patti as a super-secret agent 
spy working undercover [and under the 
covers!) for the FBI. 

Meanwhile, Larry is working a low- 
level job for a porno prime-time TV 
show, America's Sexiest Home Videos, 
and the mob is out to get pornography 
out of the living room and back onto 
the profit sheet. 

Together, Larry and Patti must take 
on the mob, the FBI, the music industry 
and the United States Congress in a mix 
of sex, thuggery and rock h roll. 

What the hell happened to Larry 4, 
you might well be asking. Well the 
Gamer team stiJJ haven't completed 
Larry 5, but Larry keeps on remember- 
ing things throughout the game and 
wondering himself where Larry 4 has 
gone, so maybe all will be revealed at 
the end of this one! 

The game can be controlled by 
mouse or joystick, but to be honest the 
mouse is the best option. It uses a 
new "click and grope" interface 
which makes the game 
easy to control - it also 
means that there's no 
typing to do. It's so 
easy - you click 


Here we are in the 
arcade, perfectly 
normal apart from 
the naked women 
holding balloons, 
that is 


Ulr L9V 



It's the casino, time to win big money and go see the female mud 
wrestlers, I love this game... 


on the walk icon and 
then dick on screen 
where you want to 
go and - voila - 
Larry/Patti walks to 
the place you clicked 
on. 

It's quite clever. 

Say you aren't doing 
very well - the com- 
puter will shout at 
you for being rub- 
bish, but It might also 
give you a hint or 
clue on how to complete the part that 
you are stuck on or give you a friendly 
shove in the right direction. 

The graphics in Larry 5 are fantastic. 
Sierra must have had a whole load of 
professional animators working on 
them. 

In fact there were no less than 13 
animators and seven background artists 
working on Larry 5, so we are talking 
Disney-type quality here. Soundwise? 


Weif put it this way - a guy cal Jed Craig 
Safan composed the music for the 
game. Wow, 1 can hear you ali cry. 
Weil, Craig's work has included com- 
posing for the Cheers TV show. 

He also composed movie scores for 
films like The Last Starfighter and A 
Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and many 
others, and has been an Emmy nornr 
nee. 

So there you have it - a stonking 



I quote: 1 like the 
rook of your 
hardware and with 
my software maybe I 
could download onto 
your hard drive." I 
didn't write ft 


July 1992 





guidance advised, its... 



That's an oddly shaped Ice cream sundae, tetter take a 
photograph and send it In to That's Life... 


you do need is a hard drive. You can 
play it using two floppy drives, but it's 
really a waste of time and energy. 

Even if you've got a hard drive, you 
still have to wait in-between "scenes" 
and at points the animation slows 
down to a snail's pace. 

forgetting all that though, Larry fs 
still a damn Ffne adventure game and t 
would say the best yet out of the Larry 
senes, if you want a smutty, sexy, outra- 
geous adventure then Larry 5 is for 


recommended ■ Mouse ■ Out now 




0OOO 


© 00 ©© 

Sexy, and I realty do mean 
sexy graphics -quite 
astounding 


AUDIO 


Brilliant sound and there's 
even some speech dotted 
here and there. 

Rl_AYABIILITY 

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soundtrack. In fact Larry 5 had over 60 
people working for it, but hey I, the 
Americans always do things bigger and 
better. 

Larry 5 isn’t crude. Well OK It is 
crude, but not crude as in expire Ft sex 
scenes and bad language. It’s crude as 
in sexual innuendo and double enten- 
dres. You don't actually see anything, 
but the implication is there. For 


instance when Larry is, erm well lets 
put it this way, when Larry is getting a 
bit randy with a young Jady under a 
table, all you see is the expressions on 
Larry's face. A Jot of the humour is lairiy 
childish, but it's not for children, if you 
know what f mean. 

There s not really a lot else I can say 
about the infamous Larry Laffer and his 
white polyester suit so I think it’s time 


to end this review before I get into trou- 
ble from Mary Whitehouse. If you are a 
fan of Larry then this is the game that 
you’ve been waiting for. Even if you're 
not a fan, I d strongly recommend buy- 
ing Larry 5 anyway, because that's the 
kind of guy J am. 

The graphics - as I've sard tjefore - 
are fantabulous, and the sound is bnJI, 
so I can't whinge on that front. What 


“Why, my is Uny: Larry Laffer " yvu raply. 


Hurrah, this is what we want - schoolboy humour... 


Here's Larry's boss Mr Sememe!!, art art 


you. 

Right you lot, you can bring your 
kids back in now - we wouldn’t want 
them to miss the rest of Gamer, would 
we? 

Jonathan 



July 1992 


Gm*R# 








1 

NE 

John Madden American Football 

Electronic Arts 

£29.99 

2 

1 

First Division Manager 

Code Masters 

£7.99 

3 

5 

Project X 

Team 17 

£25.99 

4 

2 

Rainbow Islands 

Hit Squad 

£7.99 

5 

8 

Space Crusade 

H Gremlin 

£25.99 

6 

NE 

The Manager 

US Gold 

£30.99 

7 

3 

Formula One Grand Prix 

Microprose 

£34.99 

8 

6 

Scooby Doo and Scrappy Doo 

Hitec Software 

£7.99 

9 

14 

Lotus Turbo Challenge 

GBH Gold 

£9.99 

ID 

4 

FI 6 Combat Pilot 

BM Action 16 

£9.99 

11 

NE 

Manchester United 

GBH Gold 

£9.99 

12 

NE 

Eye of the Beholder 2 

IMflflj us Gold 

£35.99 

13 

30 

Golden Axe 

Tronix 

£9.99 

14 

7 

James Pond 

GBH 

£7.99 

15 

19 

Fantasy World Dizzy 

Code Masters 

£6.99 

16 

13 

Wacky Races 

Hitec Software 

£7.99 

17 

16 

New Zealand Story 

Hit Squad 

£7.99 

18 

9 

World Cricket 

Zeppelin 

£7.99 

19 

NE 

Shadow Warriors 

Hit Squad 

£7.99 

20 

17 

Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker 

Virgin 

£29.99 

21 

12 

Operation Thunderbolt 

Hit Squad 

£7.99 

22 

20 

WWF Wrestlemania 

Ocean 

£25.99 

23 

10 

Black Crypt 

Electronic Arts 

£25.99 

24 

NE 

Pinball Dreams 

0 21st Century Ent. 

£25.99 

25 

26 

Strider 

Kixx 

E7.99 

26 

28 

Robocop 

Hit Squad 

£7.99 

27 

29 

The Quest of Agravain 

Code Masters 

£7.99 

28 

NE 

Pacific Islands 

^*^' 5 ** Empire 

£29.99 

29 

NE 

Little Puff 

Code Masters 

£6.99 

30 

11 

Toyota Celica Rally 

GBH 

£7,99 


July 1 992 


> lEHIISlH < / 

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Eight new entries this month, 
nine going up and fourteen 
going down. Touchdown' 
There Is a new number one, 
and it s John Madden Ameri- 
can Football by Electronic 
Arts. 

Dan s tip for the top - Pro- 
ject X - continued to improve 
it's position by shooting up a 
coupie of places and now 
finds itself at number three. 
Other notable new entries this 
month include The Manager 
by US Gold and Eye of the 
Beholder 2 by US Gold 
(again!). Pinball Dreams by 
21st Century Entertainment 
makes the chart at long last. 

Those bothersome budgets 
still plague the chart with 19 
games compared to the full 
prices' eleven. Quite a few 
games disappeared from the 
chart this month. It s goodbye 
to A120 Airbus which will 
break guite a few hearts 
including our stewardess-toy- 
ing news editor John “Come 
up and see my afterburners, 
girls" Butters, 

Its also bye-bye to 
Harlequin which was my pre- 
diction for the top last month, 
but hey I'm only human after 
all (I beg to differ - EdJ. It s 
tatty-bye to Shadowlan ds, that 
great l?PG from Domark - I'm 
surprised that drdn t do well. 

Well it's time for those pre- 
dictions. Dan the Ed has 
thought long and hard about 
his prediction and has chosen 
John Madden American Foot- 
ball to stay at number one for 
another month. 

Well that’s not very exciting 
is it readers, so I've chosen 
Eye of the Beholder 2 to rise 
up out of the dungeons and 
claim the number one spot, 
although I still think Project X 
might be in there with a 
shout. 

Well 1 wonder whether I've 
got enough space this month 
(remember I ran out of space 
last month) to tell you ahout 
the chicken and the celery 
incident? Wow I've still got a 
few words left. Well the 
chicken goes into the barn 
and what does it see, but a 
wet stick of ceiery. The 
chjcken starts ducking and 
grabs the ceiery and. ..damn 
1 ve done it again. 

Jonathan 






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Road Blaster £6.99 

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AHered Destiny 

Another World 

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Amos (Easy) 

Amos 3D 

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Amos The Creator 

Aquavenlura 

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A.TAC. 

ATOMINO 

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BAT. || 

Batfle Chess II 

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BATTLE MASTER 

Battle Squadron 

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Big Run 

Billiard Simulator II 

Bike GP ... 

Birds ot Prey 

Blue Max _ 

Blues Brothers 

Boston Bomb Club 

Buck Rogers 

Cadaver 

Cadaver - the pay off 

Captive 

Cardiaxx 

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Champion of the Raj 

Chase HQ 

Chase HQ II 

Chuck Rock 

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£16.99 £16.99 Deliverance £15.96 £15.99 

£16.99 £16.99 Demoniak £19.99 £19.99 

N/A £21.99 Deuleros £19.99 £19.99 

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£15.99 £12.99 ^Generation £16.99 £16.99 

N/A £23.99 Disciples of Sled £17.99 £17.99 

N/A £23.99 Double Dragon III £16.99 £16.99 

N/A £19.99 Dr Dooms Revenge £9.99 N/A 

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I. Bothams Cnekel 

Indy Heal 

Ivanhoe 

Jack Unlimited Clipart .. 

Jaguar XJ220 

Jahangir Khan's Squash 
Jimmy While's Whirl wind 
John Barnes (t Meg] .... 
John Maden's Footbal .... 

Kick Oft 11(1 Meg) 

Kick Oft II (.5 Meg) ... 

Kick Oft Winning Tadics 

Kid Gloves It 

Killing Cloud 

KILLING GAME SHOW,. 

Kings Quest IV 

Kings Quest V 

Knight Mare 

Knight of the Sky 

Last Ninja III 

Leander 

Leisure Suit Larry II 

Leisure Suit Larry III 

Leisure Suit Larry V 

Lemmings 

Lemmings II 

Lemmings * Data Disk .... 
Lemmings ■ Stand Alone 

Ufe and Death II 

Lord of the Rings 

Lost Patrol 

Lotus Espnf 

Lolus Turbo Challenge II 

Mi Tank Platoon 

Magic Garden 

Magic Pockets 

Man Utd, Europe 

M. Dilka Ultimate Football 

Megatraveller II 

Megatwins . 

Mercenary 111 

Merchant Colony 

Mtcroprose Goff 

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you’ll build up a case File on all the peo 
pfe involved in the operation. You'll 
now have to find out an you can about 
these agents. Who they are, who they 
work for, what their role in the whole 
affair Is. 

You'll also need to steal incriminating 
documents and decipher them to dis- 
cover what they're up to, and also what 
their relation is to one another. Keep 
this up and you should be able to fig- 
ure out what they’re planning to do, 
and stop it. 

To arrest an enemy agent you need 
to first find out where they are. and 
then break in. Search the building and 
you’ll eventually find them sitting 
around. 

If you're sure you know exactly how 
they're bed up in all the dirty dealings, 
then you can arrest them - otherwise 
they'll just walk away from the charges. 

Work your way through the organi- 
sation and hopefully capture the Mas- 
termind behind it all. Capture all the 
Masterminds from all the enemy organi- 
sations and you get to put your feet up 
at the taxpayers' expense. Phew! 

So, let s look at the four main sec- 
tions in turn, shall we? First of all, 
there's Phone Tapping. This takes the 
form of a puzzfy bit in which you have 
to cut of the flow of electricity to the 
phones without tripping alarms. Aid it's 
supernatural^ hard. Luckily, It's not 


July 1992 


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place and stuck the bug to the frame. 

My informant had assured me that 
this was the building from which the 
Colombian Cartel were working. We 
knew they were up to something, but 
what? Telegrams had been traced, cash 
transactions were taking place, but 
what was it leading to? 

My motion tracker showed a guard 
approaching from the south. I replaced 
the picture and took cover behind a 
desk. As the guard opened the door, 
my booby trap exploded. 

The guard was hurled backwards in 
a cloud of smoke and flame. More 


hard to compare Covert Action to any- 
thing at all. It's actually, gasp. An Origi- 
nal ideal 

OK. so what do you do? Well, you 
take on the role of Max Remington, ace 
secret agent and inventor of that thing 
that shaves jumpers. And by the way. 
Max can stand for either Maximilitan or 
Maxine, so there's none of this sexism 
nonsense here. 

You /I be given your tasks by the CIA 
bossman (who looks alarmingly like ol‘ 
Gorbyl and you’ve got to do them. Out 
it s not that easy. 

Rather than (effing you what to do, 
the bossman just tells you that some 
terrorist organisation or other is getting 
a bit suspicious and you've got to find 
out what they're up to. How you do 
this is, more or less, entirely up to you. 

You can tap into the phones of sus- 
pect organisations, and gain the info 
that way. You can follow enemy agents 
and find out who else is involved. 

Or you can go for the obvious 
option and break into their buildings 
and have a rummage around to see 
what you can find, Slowly but surely 


guards were behind him. 

As they charged into the room, I 
rose from behind the desk and raked 
my Uzi from left to right. The guards 
fired back, and a bullet thudded into 
my body armour. 

Seconds later, and the guards' bod- 
ies were hidden out of sight and I was 
continuing my work, the alarm bells 
shrieking out a warning. Hard to 
believe that only one hour before I'd 
been soaking up the sun in Rio. 

Blimey! ft could almost be Anneka 
Rice on the Holiday programme, 
couldn't it? But its not. No, surprisingly 
enough, that is exactly what you'll be 
doing when you play Covert Action. 
Yep, its Microprose s long-awaited 
spy simulator. 

Well OK, its not 
really a spy simulator. 
Its actually billed as a 
'techno thriller', but 
there's no sign of 
drugged-up ravers in 
dust masks, you'll be 
glad to hear. 

In fact, its quite 


■ gripped my Uzi tighter. My pa [ms 
were sweating and my gloves 
felt sticky, i glanced over my 
shoulder. The motion detector was 
showing nothing, but I could have 
sworn something moved. The stun 
grenade booby trap was still intact. ! 
went back to work. 

The safe-cracking equipment did its 
job and I began to search through the 
papers. A name, a photo, a meeting 
place. I photographed them aif for 
later use. 

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tact now, or Eater on? One wrong 
move and the rest of the operation 
goes into hiding and then you're 
really scuppered. 

In short Covert Action is massive. 
Afi the missions are interlinked, with 
ail the enemy in cahoots and work- 
ing towards some fiendish conclu- 
sion. Solve one mission, and you'll 
find that it leads on to the next The 
whole thing sloes together perfectly 
to create probably the first ever truly 
intriguing spy game. 

There are a few moans. The 
graphics are a bit on the dull side, 
and the fact that you have to photo- 
graph a file to see if there's any- 
thing of use in it is a pain. This 
means that you waste precious film 
just looking in empty desks and 
stuff. 

But what the hell? Covert Action 
is by no means a perfect game. It’s 
not even brilliant. But it is an inter- 
esting and novel change from the 
currently creaking RPG bandwagon. 
You II know already whether or not 
it sounds like your thang. IF so. 
investigate itf 


Can you guess what it is yet? (Thanks, Rolf) 


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OK tune, and suitable FX add 
that tense atmosphere. 


Chase section. This is. unfortunately, 
utter crap, it looks terrible and it's 
very hard to work up any excite- 
ment at ail about it. Just watching 
some little bfobby sprites chug 
round an unconvincing city map. 
Ho hum. 

Mow we come to Code Breaking. 
This bit is good fun, actuary. Each 
letter in the coded message actually 
stands for a different ietter, so A 
could really be F ( For instance. Work 
out what each letter really is, and 
the message starts to take shape. 
Simple, but fun and rewarding. 

And finally, the Combat/Break In 
section. This is the best bit of all. 
Pick your tools carefully From the 
inventory and then start to move 
through the building. Shoot guards, 
rifle through desks, crack safes, use 
gas grenades, set up traps - it's 
great. 

The control system does seem a 
little strange at first, but it soon 
becomes second nature and you'll 
be leaping over furniture and dodg- 
ing bullets with no trouble at all. 

On top of ail this, there's always 
the question of who's involved, and 
can you trust the local information? 
Should you arrest the enemies con- 


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Look at all these icons, I can't decide which one to dick on next... 


Oh decisions, decisions. Will Whelan be fit? Will Barnes demand 
more money? Will Burrows play as bad as last time? No wonder 
Mr Souness had heart trouble... 


Nice easy icon system makes it 
great fun to play. 


Y es, this is a joyous day for 
every football fan in the 
whole world. At last, a 
decent football management game. 

Hurrah, thank God! Somebody, 
somewhere has got some brains left. 
This is the footy game computers have 
been waiting for. 

Do you remember Football Manager 
on the Spectrum? What a footy game 
that was. Since then we've had rubbish 
football management game after rub- 
bish football management game - well, 
apart from Player Manager, and even 
that was only an extension of Kick Off. 

But now it's US Gold to the rescue 
with Software 2000's The Manager. The 
Manager is controlled via the mouse 
and an icon system, thus making it 
really easy to play, especially for the 
beginner or the non-football fan. 

What is a bit unique about it is that 
four players can take part, which is a bit 
of a first for a football management 
game. There are three types of game - 
the one-year game, the three-year 
game or the unlimited time game. 

The one-year option starts you off in 
Division One, giving you the chance to 



Yes, it's there. Liverpool put one in the old onion bag and I bet 
the other team are as sick as parrots 


reach the top of the league by the end 
of the season. 

On the other hand for should that 
be foot?) there is the unlimited game 
which starts you off in Division Three, 
and first of all it's your duty to survive 
the dreaded drop, because If you don’t 
it's game over, man. 

Your team will start off being fairly 
rubbish, but as the seasons pass you 
will gain experience and slowly get bet- 
ter. As well as the FA Cup there are, of 
course, the European competitions, 
where you could find yourself battling 
against the giants of Europe like Juven- 
tus, Marseille and Inter Milan. 

To be honest, I don't think one page 
is enough to describe all the options in 
The Manager, because there are literally 
hundreds of 'em. Well there probably 
aren't hundreds, but there's enough to 
give you a slight headache. 

To give you a bit of an idea. I'll go 
over a few of them. Take the Training 
option, for example. You have to 
decide how intense you want the train- 
ing and whether you want to train on 
tactics, shooting and so on. 

You have to decide which training 
camp you want, 
which sponsors you 
want, what stadium 
improvements you 
require, whether 
you wish to raise 
ticket prices and all 
the time, not forget- 
ting the cut-throat 
world of transfer 
deals and the impor- 
tant task of choos- 
ing the team. 

Blimey, that's 
only about ten per 
cent of the game, so 
as you can see. The 
Manager is one hell 



of a huge experience. I haven’t even 
got to the good bit yet - match day! 

When Saturday finally comes round 
and it's time to get the lads out on the 
pitch to parade their skills fooo-er) then 
it's time to admire the impressive 3D 
animation sequences. 

This is what makes The Manager 
stand out from the other so-called 
"exciting'' football management games. 
You actually get to watch the highlights 
from the match, you see all the goals, 
the near misses and even the complete 
"donkey" shots. 

It gets quite intense at certain points 
and you find yourself in a 
football world of your 
own. Imagine - you need 
a win to go top of the 
league, there are ten min- 
utes left... you find yourself 
screaming foul language at your 
players and it can get quite 
embarrassing! 

The graphics are quite 
fantastic - they're very 
small, but because they are 
so detailed you can easily 
work out what's going on. 

The atmosphere that this part 
of the game creates is unbeliev 
able - if you're a true football 
then this is definitely for you. 

I can't really think off anything 
bad to say about The Manager, 
other than that it might not 
appeal to a lot of people 
because off the time that you 
have to spend playing it. 

Remember, it's a manage- 
ment game not an arcade game 
- if you want an arcade game 
then I suggest you 


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89% 


buy Kick Off 2. The Manager is the 
ultimate football management game 
for the ultimate football fan - I loved 
it to bits. 

On a sad final note, com- 
miserations to Manchester United 
fans for their team losing the 
championship in such terrific 
fashion, and I'm not just 
saying that because 
I'm a Liverpool 
fan, ait arf arf. 

Jonathan 




July 1992 






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legendary Ancient 
leader who has been 
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300,000 years! 

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is true as you play Traveller like you've 
never played it before in Megatraveller 
2; Quest for the Ancients. 


Now, the best RPG/Adventure game 
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The game begins as you and your 
party set out to stop the slime 
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There are 127 detailed worlds to 
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You can travel from planet to planet 
aboard commercial starships, or one of 
your characters may own his own ship. 

Explore hundreds of locations including 'Amiga computing 
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For years, Traveller was the 
undisputed champion of science fiction 
role playing. A game of unprecedented 
magnitude, there was no aspect of 
spacefiring adventure that Traveller 
didn't handle, and handle exquisitely. 
Then along came Megatraveller, a 
complete redesign of the original 
Traveller that stands as one of the most 
remarkable gaming 
achievements of the last 
decade. 

Superbly designed, 

Mega traveller was 
quoted as the pinnacle of 
science fiction role- 
playing. 


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commerce 
outlets, vehicle 
rental locations, 
character 

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abandoned ships and Ancient sites. 

At each of the Ancient sites, you can 
discover artifacts and relics that can 
help the crisis situation on Rhylanor. By 
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very significant rewards, which will help 
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own ship so that you can continue your 
quest. 

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be pursued by agents of the 
secret organisation. 

As well as a main plot, 
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interesting adventures filled with 
mystery, danger and intrigue. 

- Megatraveller 2; 
Quest for the Ancients 
is a unique and 
innovative role-playing 
adventure that goes 
leaps and bounds 
beyond Megatraveller 1. 


T FOR THE ANCIENTS 

The game features the most advanced 
and comprehensive character generation 
system ever developed as well as the 
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ground and space conflicts. 

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The new economic system is much 
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substantial increase in worlds. 


Megatraveller 2 uses 
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and the others act as 
your friends. You can 
give orders, but acting 
intelligently based on 
the skills and the 
characteristics they 
possess, they may not 
follow your instructions 
if they believe that 


different actions on their parts will 
ultimately help you in a more 
effective way. 

There are hundreds of NPC's to 
meet, converse and trade with 
during your adventure. 

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to explore will keep you playing 
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with the superb graphics and 
animated sequences and the 
revolutionary PAL role-playing 
system, make for the most exciting 
adventure yet seen on a Home 
Computer. 











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E very day we're bombarded 
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AC in conjunction with Alternative 
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Two of our copies work with a 
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A solid modeller 
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1859 Altern 8, Evaporate remix 

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1801 *Garloween the movie 

1800 *Disk 1 of above 

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1796 A+B A64 emulator v2.0 

1795 Image Utils (Genloc stuff etc) 

1794 Amos Update 1.32 

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1779 Brian Badland comic artwork 
1777 Viking Saga (animation) 

1775 Edword (Text editor) 

1774 LSD adventure cheats 

1773 * Angels mega demo 

1772 A+B trekkies mag on 2 disks 

1771 Samples volume 1 

1770 Icon nightmare (over 50 icons) 

1769 Classic Utilities 

1768 Plus Issue 4 (+ owners disk) 

1767 Fractal Generator (very fast) 

1766 *Tomado slideshow (top ho Charlie) 

1765 Game tamer 2.3 by g Henderson 
1764 Skoda challenge (race game) 

1763 TV Graphics (Genloc stuff etc) 

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Basic Tutor 

Ground Zero PO • 

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Basic is by far the most commonly used 
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This PD package sets out to provide 
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Fastlife and 
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Fish Disk No 608 

This disk has a couple of good programs 
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The main display showing a wire frame 
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Colour It 1.3 

Star Tronics • Disk No 58 

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that I was small?). 

"Sit there like a good boy and draw a 


nice picture for mummy," my mum would 
say. 

After about an hour's peace, she would 
return only to spend the next three hours 
cleaning the furniture and wallpaper, not 
to mention frantic research into the toxic- 
ity of crayons and their effects on kids with 
a tendency to eat anything placed in the 
right hand. 

Colour It is a electronic version of the 

> 


Animation 
Tool Box 

Ground Zero PD • Disk No 11139 

This disk contains many useful tools in the production of 
animations. Those of you who like to delve into animation 
production may find some of the tools useful. Some of 
the programs included are: 

• Andrew's Animation Studio - another simple animation 
creator. Not the most powerful of programs but Is good 
for "messing around" with animation. 


V' W ' / 


\ 1 / Jr 


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> . i If/ * , . 

One frame 

V j] C, , -wXA* 

from the 

l -sj'l" 

example 

W r ; 1 . 

animation file 

1 - * 

with Direct 


Action. Here , 


good old Tut 


Is about to 


become 

f v 

Irritated 

1 

by a fly 


• Direct Action - used for creating animations using sim- 
ple cell animation techniques. It uses frame-by-frame edit- 
ing and also has some sound capabilities. 

Because only the position of shapes are saved, you can 
have animations of up to 25 minutes. 

• Animation Bridge - here is a standard for animation 
files referred to as ANIM-5 or ANIM opt 5. However, lots 
of animation readers and editor/special effects packages 
sometimes have problems with variations on the format. 

An example is when some readers allow changing the 
colour map "on the fly", while the animation is playing. 
Other readers will either abort or completely crash if they 
find more than one colour map in a single animation file. 
Animation Bridge is useful if you want to use a special 
feature on another animation package which is not avail- 
able on the one you are using, 

tt allows changes to and from the following formats - 
Deluxe Paint III, Animagk, The Director, Movie 2.0, 
Animation: Editor and Animation Studio. 

• ATI-Anim to IFF Converter - this program allows the 
conversion of an animation file back into its component 
IFF files. However, it does not seem to work very well with 
HAM animations. 

• Makeanim - this is a standard ANIM compressor. 



Here you see the various blocks that make up the 
animation of the fly and Tut s facial expression 


0 Showanim v5.3Q - this lets you play ANIM and IFF 1LBM 
animations. Many options allow the running of animations 
from the actual animation files default tool and input of 
options into the tool type simply by using the Workbench 
pull down menu's Info command. 

• VidBDFix v2,Q - allows the processing of Aegis 
Videoscape 3D v2.0 animation files so they fully conform 
to the published specification for IFF animation files. 


Amigo Computing 


July 1992 








PD and Shareware 





> 

paper variety, therefore a lot safer for the 
furniture. The program uses IFF format 
pictures, which you can draw yourself 
with any art package which supports IFF. 
They're presented on-screen ready to 
colour in using up to 32 colours. 

Clicking the right mouse button brings 
up the colour palette, while clicking the 
left button fills the area on-screen, where 
the mouse is positioned, with the selected 
colour. 

There are some pictures already 
included on disk, and when the colouring 
is complete your effort can be saved to 
the Album directory ready for viewing 
with the My Album program. 

Home 

Business Pack 
vl.O 

Star Tronics 

They say that money isn't everything and 
they're right, but I would like to add that 
although it isn't everything, it's not far off. 
So wouldn't it be a good idea to efficiently 
keep track of how much you spend? 

Enter the Home Business Pack. With 
this suite of seven programs you can keep 
tabs on how much damage you and your 
bills do to your bank account. 

It allows the entry of transactions into 
the cheque book journal as they occur. It 
presents you with the remaining balance 
after each transaction is entered, and you 
can customise the expense code table to 
suit your particular situation, specifying 
budget amounts for each category. 

There is the option to produce detailed 
and summary reports as well as the ability 
to search the cheque book journal using 
any desired search criteria. 


Cet organised with 
Database Wizard 


What's going 
on in the PD 


world? 


Catalogue 

Workshop 

Disk 


showing expense 
codes and amounts 


Do you have any news about any- 
thing relating to the world of PD? 
Maybe Prince Charles has opened his 
own PD library or your library has 
just topped one million individual 
titles. If so, drop me a line. 


and why he should do it in the first place. 

Having said that, I still found myself 
taking the odd moment out to load it up 
and have just one more go, probably with 
a subconscious attempt to fathom it out 
once and for all. 

Maybe that's the whole idea behind 
the game. Tell the player nothing and 
watch while his/her curiosity overcomes 
him/her. 


Star Tronics 

There comes a time in ones' life when you 
just have to get organised. So why not let 
the computer do the tedious work for 
you? 

This disk consists of a collection of vari- 
ous cataloguing and organising programs. 
Video Librarian, for example, is a database 
for organising your collection of home 
videos and films. 

It allows you to view or print informa- 
tion sorted by title, star, subject or a com- 
bination of criteria. It has good search 
facilities for locating specific text and dis- 
plays any records which contain that text. 

It also allows the printing of labels for 
the videotape showing tape number and 
title. If your video collection resembles a 
precarious mountain of plastic with ad- 
hoc ordering, then maybe you should 
consider getting this disk. 


When submitting disks... 

For all those PD libraries who already supply their wares for Public Sector, and for 
those who are Intending to, please Include a contents list explaining what Is on 
the disks along with the corresponding disk number. 

Some PD libraries are adopting the good habit of including a contents doc file 
on the disk with a brief overview of the programs on ft. 

I tend to decide beforehand what type of PD programs to cover in following 
articles and it would save time If I could just scan the Included list In search of 
those types. 

Those disks which do not include lists tend to be put to one side in favour of 
those with lists, while I find time to load them, search through the doc files to see 
what the program is for and then decide whether to include it in this month's 
issue or following ones. 

Ensure that your disks are labelled with the disk number. 

If any significant changes to your catalogue disk occur, please send the updated 
catalogue disk to me. 


The little spherical hero of Ball Lightning. “ Who am I? What 
do I do now?" Don't ask me matey, I don't know either 


A true masterpiece 
and I'm not taking 
the Mickey (what 
a sad attempt at 
humour - Ed) 


Ball Lightning 

Seventeen Bit Software 

This is a strange game. You apparently 
control the direction and fate of a rather 
spherical chap (herein referred to as Bob), 
around a multitude of different screens. 

I think everything takes place within 
some sort of house - the light fittings and 
fireplaces are a dead giveaway I suppose - 


and you must control the bouncing char- 
acter through the rooms. 

There are hazards along the way such 
as electrical sparks and other odd airborne 
objects that aren't beneficial to Bob's 
health whatsoever, so your duty is to 
make sure he avoids them. 

Along the way, you pick up various 
items which I assume will come in useful, 
but I'm not quite sure! 

By now, you are probably thinking that 
I don't quite know what the hell is going 
on or what the game is all about and you 
would be absolutely right, I don't. 

Such ignorance is brought about by the 
fact that the game disk contains no doc 
files explaining just who Bob is, what Bob 
is meant to be doing in this strange house 


106 


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iro^'pixf!) -fe comm an lL-, Requires Perfect sound 
I or Sound mister 

Fv3> LXTAMEJi - The Fl Gunnd vasian d Mod 
i‘ ,! u 1 Hlil ITR v2 ■ 1 1 -Yc , G -Vs ■ pa | 

F368 C4L.URIEB.ASF - '(Cl irk a.n how many 
calcines ysurc coniuTiiing, 

F3 LI IA - Very fjsl archiver corapai ibk 
wuh LH ARC. 

F372 MUL71FL0T - Data pksHK* txocpm. 

F5B2 DEPLOMaCV - divvi: stnienv game h.ivd 
Wl 

F590 CRYSTALS- - GaitipjiL-r siiauEation of 3D nysd hum 
Ffiflb SPELLQiKCK - Tesfi vnu on foreign vumk. 
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Fps 1 ' VERTEX Brii’iant 3D object edto 



Star Trek 


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TG52 

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Animations 


Plicnoniefti L)en» 

Gins di Fdm 
L> hH Mr Potato Head - Dir chips an- up 
1)121 Star Trek Aitiinaiwn 
D43I Virtual Worlds 

W23 Walker v Amy (], Mb) 

Dl 12 Stealthy ][ 

D321 Stnp SUjt NGchme 
D1B3 Svim Activities 
1)316 Vtaria Whitaker Arum (IMgi 
D-i36 P.D Aniirauans 


STAR TREK ANLM - T Ri. . _.x 3D anin : 

ENTERPRISE LEAVING DRY DOCK - Another Rk filer 

ClaSSC J IlllZCtllt H'; 

(2 disks I, Mb) All NPJL' STAR TREK - Tbr hnt Stir Trek 
' to date 

! diwcG- VisuaD)’ intprtssivr & enleruming 

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G disks ■ l drive. | Mb; - S S 4 Tick • .Gotta i«y Kmi si-e 
(2 disks ■ 2 drives 1 Mb) STAR EHF.K MEGAPFMO - 
Includes an aniniaiion and J t fa fc w .Accorapaniesi itv 
sausd. V Good. 

TRUK THIN I A - How much do you irilly know. 

TREK TRIVIA V 6 - %c+rd-jng quesiuns. 

(2 Disks) THE 1 iNA, * By .wi 1 - ll:jthlv disk 
roBinnc Highlv recommeixlcd 
f3 Ms) 71 If FINAL FRONTIER YOU - AW of infor, 
<,ides and arims. A niusi fw afl Trekkx'S- 


We now have 
FRED FISH 1-650 


Music 


Shadow Music Disk - Well put together, 
anginal trucks. 

Expressions 2 - 4 brilliant long rave tracks. 
Outstanding. 

Manic Raves 2 (4 disks) - Probably the best 
rave music around. Accompanied by great 
graffix. A must. 

Hit The Decks (2 disks 1Mb) Vark has 
come up with 2 great rave tracks 
I Lose to smoke Marajuana - Pumping rave 
music 

Wacko Jacko (I Mb) - features Black and 

While and It's So Mental 

S00 Tilings Fight Back - Great original 

music. 

Technomania 2 - An absolute must for all 
rave fans. 

BCD Music Disk - Good original scores. 
Zero-G - Demo sample disk - Great sounds 
for use in NoLsctracker type progs. 


We now have 
T-BAG 1-61 


Games 


G,Yj7 iKiHlS CLONES Ready enjoyable den vain e* 

GS3H AIRNLANIA Win a trip uf a ilc: r r 
G339 EXILE GAME PACK DISK I - Great nMkdron of 
games, 

G360 Battle of Britain - Not y« im. 

G361 CARD SHARP - Not yo seen 

G362 GALLACTIC FOOD FIGHT - Groat shoot etn-up. 

G.V)3 RAPHAELS REVENGE - Tui . h n. 

G364 GROWTH - Blitz that expandmn brain 
GV)3 MISSION X - Net ye sees. 

G36b JE1ALAV - Yersii.es uf Spc«rui:: game 
Gjh 7 GAMES BLITZ - Qimpuaiion uf Spiky girr.es. 

The following games hare been reviewed and given 
80% or over: 

G.369 CaBERET ASTEROIDS - Diroet copy of arcade 
asteroids, 

G3T) AMIGOIDS - Fab graphs on the istatta-. done. 
G371 SEVEN TILES - Punirtak toeKbalt syle game. 

G573 LADYBUG - Variiui on ihc uld Pieman dasak. 

€3" t ANlU iATTtATlON - A collection uf briUiint nbnd 

pm«. 

G3T 1 STORYLVND ]j - Dnlliim role pbv game 
GOG .ALL NEW STAR TREK (2 DISKS - 2 DRIVES - IMG - 
The cm Star Trek game around. 

G27H AIR ACT II - Bn^oyaWe shont-n up in [iLnes. 

G2)" AfRWASt - A large number of flight cna.hk.rs. 

G051 FRANTIC FREDDIE - Brilliant platform game 
G310 SI RY1YOR - GuOlanuing role pbv game 
Cm PROPERTY MARKET - Find out if you've got ;s head 
for husmess. 

G292 SEaLaN'CE- ELghly praised sul iirutnne game 
G321 SCUM HATERS - HLm die c u'n run erf Ed si London 
Gm STAR TREK (3 DISKS - 2 DRIVES UMGI - Very 


jrtfciressve. 

G2 7 ~ TRUCKIN' 'ON (2 DISKS) - Fnjovable s>|raicgv game 

G26S WHEEL OF E'OKTI NF. - Excellent rn nn (rf TV prog. 

G'34-2 DOWNHILL CHALLENCiE - Great fun .doirig game 

G343 POM POM GUNNER Show down rhose enemy 

p‘ 1 1 ■> 

G3 19 SIMON SAYS SPACE MATHS - <ta yuuj kids fo Jtam 
sound- Viviiur/maths. 

G39J EDUCATION FOR UNDER 1 UN - Ln-jds of enjoyable 
edurtiknat pmti 

G3S3 DARK STAFF - Speanim advemure game now 
shareware - very' entertaktirtg. 

G3Si AM ulciv rn;: * ' ’ mJe pbv game. 

0355 HOUJWOOD TRIVIA - Very frne quiz game. ' 

G501 TEXT ADVENTURE GAMES PACK (4 disks) - Over ifj 
great games including Survivor jftd Star Trek. 

G499 1.1TIMATE PLATFORM GAMES - Wtuzzy's Quat N 
Mayhem Miner 

G.33-S NO MANS LAND BuJ 2 prayer mmb.il ©me 

G339 GAMES BONANZA 22 Games on one disk - .Amazing! 

G) ri LLAMA COLLECTION - UlffiflttdA * Mvugaiaclic 
Lbitrw 

G.345 ST JOOT 'EM UP PACK - iocludet Star Trok and 
Reijjiitnr A more great fun. 


Games compilations 


I; - Drip, Bally, Yah.wt, TicTac Tuv 
Amnrba. Othdlo, Tron, dvess, Tilts, Dafoes 
GAMES GALORE VQI, 2 - Skv-Ftan Kap-OikTo, bun, 
Jailland, P-uurca, B'uemwn. WclhfLx, W ■ vdstgrch 
GAMES CM 1 :|i.E VQL 3 - AMtujitb., Gravity Pi-y Pong, 
OHnl 3-D. Mtabtai, MM, Gravarulk. 

G V MFS G AJ.URE VQL a-. - Cat. Mr Munk. Backguiunon, 
Egyptian Run, Nturanis, Spuottlte. Diplomacy, Game 
Cheaiy. 

( lAMES GA l OR E VOUA - Trekuivia, Mom.^trfy, CuStiw. 

MazfTJr.. S\s. Fharoh, Dad, Cal N M> Rr-flon. 

( I .AMES (• ALONE S QL C - Iruiipv, King. Rips, Cruh.ns. Death 
SB Tins. ATC 

GAM M ORE VOL ~ -Train 1 Yawn \V< V.-nUry, 

A i 1 1 A P e M ■ • ]• 

GAMT-S GAI ORE \( )|- ri; - Game Tamer. Spaa VYr CoIouuil, 
M-Command. Trippin, Give Runner, Spjevs 
MEGA G.ysiFs VQL 1 i. Vi - Banlanee'i. liullrm 
Supeihrca2tOL;i. Egyptian Hum 
MEGA GAMIN VOL 1 iji) - Cos. vuceage Ollrollo, Q-Bcr. 
CryMal Vision. 

M EGA GAMES VOL 1 tC - Hack. Saved Games, Tuunsl, 
Kcight, (jveman. Spdlolojjfl, Wizard Fighter. 

MEGA GAMES VOL ! iD) - MorHiraiiv, Puzzle. A>u;nnT, 
Deluxe Burger. Vlemcmrv. 

M EGA GAMES VOL UF' - Four iff 2 Po Mi^iJe Cdmjstajd. 
Invades 

MEGA GAMES VOL 1 (El - Battle, Hi, Descender, Hies, PA 
Dnnon. 

NIE^A G.\N[ES VQUf A) - 11 Fame:, Gantts 
MUG A G.V4DS VQL 2 (B) - Ode, 5G ]y IE, Chess. 

MEGA GAMES VQL 2 (C) - Wodd, Billiards N Triv. 

VLEGA G.MMDS VQL > fj ii _ Clue. Wuobeardi. Surry & Vied 
3 • TINS •••;•• y_l ■ \ -IX. RiT.err • . Ar.iguitk, 

Cavt-r . ill 1 , A\ . 

ASiASSlNS GAMES 2 - Girt Action, MissiEc CcwnniJisd. 
Invades. Bally 2, Mize Game. To mi Akrad 


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Stevie’s big boobie! 

I am following your excellent Beginners' 
Guide series, but I have a problem with 
part three. 

I followed the instructions in your col- 
umn and when \ came to boot up 
MyDisk all I got was the Commodore 
copyright message, then the error mes- 
sage: 

mm FAILED HEWN CODE 20 

Could you please tell me where I am 
going wrong? 

Jeff Davies , Rhonda 

You're doing nothing wrong at all - it's 
our so-called expert who's messed things 
up. You see, before Workbench can load it 
has to have access to the icon.library file 
which should always be in the UBS direc- 
tory of the disk you're trying to boot 
from. 

Stevie Kennedy, who would like me to 
pass on his abject apologies to all those 
following the series, forgot to mention 
this, with the result that none of your 
disks will successfully boot. 

If you caught the June column, you'll 
have noticed that he sneakily tried to 
make it look as if he'd meant to leave out 
the icon.library. Nice try, loser! 

Tool types 

Like many others I am new to the Amiga, 
having bought an A500 Plus at 
Christmas. I have been trying to assemble 
a disk of utilities and useful tools, most of 
them programs from your CoverDisk 
such as AddTools, Print Spooler, Last 
Hope, and so on. 

I have got as far as opening drawers 
on a newly formatted disk with 
Workbench in place, and the utilities 
seem to copy across, but on trying to 
select them from the new disk I get a 
warning saying: 

UNABLE TO OPEN Y&Uft TOOL iC/NRPP 

I haven't a clue what to do about this. 
Can you help? 

Mr P Southey, Westergate 

The problem lies in the fact that not every 
program represented by an icon is com- 
pletely independent. Many need other 
files to be present on the disk before they 
can run. 

In your case, the file in question is the 
text viewer MuchMore_PP (MMPP for 
short) which we use on every CoverDisk to 
enable users to read an author's doc files. 

To remedy the situation, you'll have to 
copy MMPP to the new disk . Let's say 
your new disk is called NewDisk and you 
are using the latest CoverDisk. To carry 
out the copy, boot from Workbench, open 
Shell, and type: 

COPT COVER PISK33 : C / WMPP TO NEWDISK : C 


Technical H 


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Printer out of puff? 
Computer cracking up? 
We re here to help! 




Write to ACAS, Amiga Computing, 

Europa house, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP 

Save your saes - we can’t reply personally 


Now when you double click on a doc icon, 
the correct tool will be available and 
you'll be able to read the file. 

Solder job 

I have an Amiga 500 revision 6A which I 
upgraded to 2Mb using the 1,5Mb 
PCS 02 expansion from Power 
Computing. I also have a fatter Agnus 
which supports 1 Mb chip RAM. 

The expansion was wired in the 1Mb 
chip RAM mode as detailed in the man- 
ual and it configured correctly as 1Mb 
chip and 1Mb fast, which I was able to 
check using the AVAIL command. 
However, when I load DigiView 4 or 
DPaint 4 and try to access the various res- 
olutions, the computer crashes. 

I hasten to add that both programs 
work perfectly when the expansion is 
wired in the normal mode for 0.5Mb 
chip and 1.5Mb fast RAM. 

Can someone offer a solution? 

Charles Haber, Santa Lucia, Malta 

To eliminate one of the possible culprits, it 
at least doesn't sound as if you have 
damaged RAM chips. If this were the case, 
your paint programs would crash no mat- 
ter which configuration you used the RAM 
card in. 

The PCS02 , in common with every 
other 1Mb chip RAM expansion board. 


requires the user to solder a link on 
jumper JP2. 

If you have a badly soldered link you 
will have plenty of crash problems, 
though they should happen all the time 
rather than just on certain packages. 

As long as the RAM is configuring at 
all and you've soldered the joint properly 
- as well as making very sure that the link 
between the other two pads on }P2 has 
been cleanly cut - the only problem can 
be with the board's control chip. 

In this case, if you send it back to 
Power Computing, they should replace it 
for you. 

Productivity mode 

I own an A500 Plus and I am considering 
buying a multisync monitor so that I can 
use Productivity mode. 

Not many companies seem to be 
advertising this type of monitor, and I am 
at a loss as to which is the best for perfor- 
mance and value. 

I presume that the multisync monitor 
should be able to display the normal hi- 
res and super hi-res modes without diffi- 
culty, but the only models I have seen 
advertised are the Commodore, 
Interquad, and Panasonic monitors. 

I understand that none of these pro- 
vide sound output like my 1084S. Also, 
would I have to get a special lead for this 


type of monitor - where would I get 
one? 

Chris Thompson, Orpington 

Commodore, rather predictably, recom- 
mend that you use one of their own 19S0 
monitors with Productivity mode. These 
are high quality monitors and can handle 
any of the Amiga's video modes, includ- 
ing the new ones. 

Connecting the monitor will be a prob- 
lem, as your standard 23-pin video port 
will not talk to the monitor's 15-pin 
cable. To connect a Commodore multi- 
sync to your A500 Plus, you'll need a con- 
verter which, happily, is supplied with 
every 1950 multisync making them the 
most appealing buy from your point of 
view. 

New virus? 

I have an A500, an A590, 1.5Mb RAM 
expansion, Star LC200c, and external 
floppy. I have installed Virus Checker on 
my hard drive and have not found any 
viruses, but recently I found that I could 
not format or copy disks. When I tried to 
format a blank floppy I was given the 
error message: 

INITIALISATION FAILED , BAD SECTOR. 

TRY A DIFFERENT DISK 

Also, any disks that I had already for- 
matted and tried to reformat gave the 
same message and became unreadable. 
Then half my software collection mysteri- 
ously became unreadable. 

I thought it was a virus, but Virus 
Checker has not reported one. Please 
help. 

Paul McClean, Cookstown, N Ireland 

There are two possibilities. Either your 
internal drive is damaged and will need 
to be replaced, or you have been given a 
"trojan horse" copy of Virus Checker . By 
this I mean a hacked copy which pretends 
to be the original program but which in 
fact contains a deadly virus. 

Several trojan variations of VirusX 
were floating around last year, but I've 
yet to come across a wooden equine ver- 
sion of Virus Checker. This leaves the pos- 
sibility that your internal drive has 
packed in. 

If you get a lot of read/write errors 
and other disk-related problems, then the 
internal drive is probably the cause of the 
problem. 

If, however, the bad sector error is the 
only one you're getting, I'd seriously con- 
sider laying hands on a different version 
of Virus Checker to check the first one. 

You could, of course, have fallen prey 
to a new virus, so I'd be obliged if you 
could send us a disk containing your ver- 
sion of Virus Checker and a floppy which 
is suffering from the bad sector disease so 
we can check it for ourselves. 

If we find a completely new virus, 
there's a free subscription in it for the per- 
son who alerts us to the danger. 


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Software 


I f you're a regular reader of AC you're 
probably waiting for the promised 
update information on several prod- 
ucts reviewed in last month's issue. 

The programs with updates pending 
included MakePath and Terraform, which 
as you may remember are additional utili- 
ties for the excellent VistaPro 2.0. 

As well as the Vista additions we'll be 
taking a look at vl.2 of the Vlab control 
software which has just arrived in its 
English form, as opposed to the German 
variant that was employed for last month's 
two-page preview. 

As if that were not enough, we'll be 
supplying the very latest news on 
Hotlinks, a program which in its beta 
form has already been previewed in AC 
but has now arrived in its final form and 
promises to revolutionise interactive 
Amiga applications. 

New dimension 

We'll start with the duet of Vista addi- 
tions which add a whole new dimension 
to Virtual Reality Inc's stunning fractal 
landscape generator. The most impressive 
of the two programs has to be MakePath. 
In short, it's an animator's dream come 
true. 

In the main program itself animation is 
possible, but only in straight lines directly 
between the camera and the aim point. 
MakePath, on the other hand, allows you 
to create almost any flight path you could 
wish for. 

Once a path is complete, its associated 
script can be loaded into VistaPro and 
then rendered frame by frame in the for- 
mat of your choice, producing a perfect 
fly-through sequence complete with banks 
and rolls as the camera hurtles over the 
terrain-hugging every contour. 

The subsequent animations are impres- 
sive enough in standard Amiga formats but 
if the process is applied to 24-bit or DCTV 
images the finished sequence is nothing 
short of spectacular. 

For anyone wishing to put their cre- 
ations on tape the DCTV option is ideal, 
thanks primarily to its 24-bit, VHS-compati- 
ble composite output. Aside from the 


A dose look ot the 
blissfully simple path 
creation process 


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the ever-changing world of the Amiga 


enhanced image quality, DCTV provides 
perhaps the biggest bonus to animators 
via its relatively tiny file size, especially 
when compared to RGB-based 24-bit. On 
average a DCTV file is only 1/1 0th of the 
size of an identical 24-bit RGB. 

As a result, it's possible to compile a 
standard Amiga anim and record it to 
tape in real-time, as opposed to RGB's still 
frame recording, which as any pro will tell 
you can be a frighteningly expensive pro- 
cess. 

If you're feeling really adventurous, 
there's nothing to stop you employing 
Vista's foreground and background 
options to incorporate other images 
within your creations, Imagine being ideal 
for this as it, too, supports DCTV. 

Now we've looked at what can be 




The interface in action , with a close-up 


From 2D text to 3D mountains in minutes 

achieved, the next question is how the soft- 
ware manages such stunning results. 

If we assume the program is loaded, the 
next task is to import the landscape within 
which the animation will take place, before 
specifying the parameters for the flight 
itself. 

These include basic elements such as 
speed and frame size but perhaps more 
interesting is the selection of vehicle in 
which the camera will make its journey dur- 
ing the anim. 

The choice, like the program itself, is 
impressive. You have the option of either a 
glider, jet, cruise missile, helicopter, dune 
buggy or motorcycle. Unbelievable as it 
may sound, these simulated craft are 
extremely accurate. 

For example, if the glider option is 
selected the camera sweeps over the land, 
banking gently and gracefully climbing and 
descending in relation to the land beneath. 
At the other end of the scale comes the 
cruise missile which skims across the sur- 
face hugging the ground at an altitude of 
just 70 feet, constantly weaving and bank- 


ing to avoid oncoming obstacles. 

The dune buggy bounces over every 
contour with nauseating realism - not rec- 
ommended for those who suffer from 
travel sickness... 

Once your mode of transport is 
selected, you simply draw the flight path 
directly onto the landscape. When com- 
plete, a click on the right mouse button 
defines the finished path either as a 
straight A to B flight or alternatively as a 
seamless loop. 

If you now click on the Makepath gad- 
get, the program automatically generates 
the flight which can then be previewed in 
its entirety as a complete full-screen wire- 
frame animation. 

Redefining 

If you like the finished sequence but 
want to make a few alterations, a whole 
host of options allow you to redefine 
almost any aspect of the sequence. 

You can adjust the amount of roll dur- 
ing banking, increase the degree of pitch 
during descents and climbs, adjust how 
accurately the vehicle will track to the 
undulations on the landscape or even the 
amount of acceleration or loss of speed 
during a dive and a subsequent climb. 

In short, if you want to change some- 
thing you can, and when you're happy, 
simply regenerate the sequence by hitting 
the Makepath icon once more. 

As you can see from the screenshot, the 
interface provides a bar chart of the flight 
showing the paths relative height to the 
ground with individual key frames marked 
by boxes. 

If you want to either add additional keys 
or adjust the height of existing ones, you 
can. You may also specify whether the 
path should pass directly through each key 
point or alternatively employ a spline path 
which creates the optimum trajectory 
between the various points. It's even possi- 
ble to vary the aim point of the camera 
during the flight, producing gradual cam- 
era pans. All in all, it's almost impossible to 


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Software 


find fault in what is a near perfect answer 
to the thorny problem of script generation. 

If you are about to invest in VistaPro 2.0, 
MakePath is an essential for any would-be 
animator. Highly recommended... 



TerraForm 

As the name suggests, TerraForm is aimed 
strictly at landscape generation. Although 
VistaPro does support the export and 
import of palettes and 2D images which 
can then be transformed into landscapes, 
it is a little rough and ready and doesn't 
offer anything like the degree of control 
that TerraForm can. 

To be honest, TerraForm isn't as impres- 
sive as MakePath but it nevertheless pro- 
vides a lot more flexibility to the creation 
of designer landscapes. 

Its main bonus is that you can instantly 
see the 3D results of your 2D actions via 
the small arthrographic projection on the 
right-hand side of the main screen. 

In the example, you'll see the letters AC 
inscribed on the landscape. This was sim- 
ply handwritten onto the landscape which 
was then translated into a 3D view on the 
right giving immediate feedback as to the 
results of 2D artistic exploits. 

Aside from simple freehand drawing, 
the program offers an impressive range of 
power tools which include bombs for 
crater creation, rollers for levelling and 
instant mountains, all added to the scene 
over definable areas. 

Other tools include inversion from low- 
land to highland, plus hardening and soft- 
ening of features. 

A full altitude palette allows you to 
select the colours - or should I say altitudes 
- of your choice as a painting medium. 
Once the features of the landscape are 
complete you can used the definable zoom 
to examine your creation in full via the 3D 
window. 

Existing DEM landscapes can be 
imported and edited as necessary and then 
saved for later importation to Vista. The 
usual array of scaling and orientation tools 
are on hand, so almost any viewpoint or 


altitude is possible. Unfortunately, 
although useful, TerraForm doesn't match 
its counterpart MakePath for speed or per- 
formance. Screen update can be, and usu- 
ally is, painfully slow. And the rather 
limited collection of painting tools do 
make rather hard work of the creative pro- 
cess. 

In short, TerraForm is well worth 
Impulse Inc's paltry asking price, but it 
nevertheless pales into insignificance when 
compared to the exceptional MakePath 
utility. 

If you're interested in VistaPro and its 
associated utilities, they're all available 
from Genisoft Ltd., Unit 3, Poyle 14, 
Newlands Drive, Colnbrook, Slough SL3 
ODX. 

Vlab revision 

If you caught a glimpse of last month's 
preview of the amazing Vlab, you can't fail 
to have been impressed. Well, as they say 
in the commercials, now it's even better! 

As you can see from the grabs, image 
quality from the new 1.2 version is still 
stunning, but thanks to the latest update 
their capture is even easier. 

Basic improvements include a new 
requester that gives total control over 
colour correction, including chrominance, 
and luminance for mono images, plus 
gamma control for both colour and black- 
and-white. 

The display window has now doubled 
in size and also benefits from much 
improved image quality which no longer 
suffers from the rather unpleasant blitter 
effects present within the original software. 

Aside from the software additions and 
improvements, perhaps the most impor- 
tant revision concerns the program's 
enhanced speed. The original program 
did indeed grab instantly, but the process- 
ing time which followed - although bear- 



Another example of the impressive power of Vlab. 



Picard's alter ego captured for posterity by Dynamic Data Exchange 



able - did cause a rather 
annoying delay between pos- 
sible captures. 

Now the time between cap- 
ture and display is blisteringly 
quick even in full-colour Ham 
mode. I must confess I've not 
yet seen the associated manual 
but to be honest it's unlikely 
you'll ever need it (unless 
you're a devoted ARexx user) 
as the installation and opera- 
tion of the hardware/software 
combination is simplicity itself. 

As mentioned last month, Vlab is easily 
the best real-time grabber on the machine 
and is well worth the Amiga Centre 
Scotland's asking price of £299 incl VAT. 

Martin Lowe of Amiga Centre Scotland 
assures me that the manual is on its way 
and will be dispatched post-haste to any 
existing users as soon as it arrives at the 
ASC offices. 

ASC are the sole distributor of Vlab, so if 
you're interested in putting your money to 
good use phone the Amiga Centre 
Scotland on 0896 87583, or fax them on 
0896 87456. 

HotLinks 

Editions 

SoftLogik's Dynamic Data Exchange system, 
HotLinks, as previewed a couple of months 
ago, is now shipping at a retail price of £65. 

As far as the content of the package 
goes, little has changed since we last cov- 
ered it, but interesting developments are 
now taking place behind the scenes which 
could help establish Hotlinks as a DDE 
standard. 

Support for DDE within Windows 3.0 has 
led to its inclusion in a growing number of 
PC packages, such as Word for Windows, 
but as yet there is no recognised standard of 
the kind for the Amiga. Third-party support 
is vital in this respect, because unless a rea- 
sonable number of major manufacturers 


recognise a new system, it can quickly sink 
into obscurity. 

In the fight for supremacy that would 
be a standards war if only another manu- 
facturer had the imagination to release a 
DDE system, HotLinks has an important 
advantage - it is an open system, indepen- 
dent of any one package, and has been 
made available to all software houses who 
care to support it. 

This sort of approach is the only way to 
rapidly gain acceptance for a package, so 
to gauge its success I asked SoftLogik's 
Ellen Kazmaier for an update. 

She told me that SoftLogik are currently 
talking to a number of interested develop- 
ers, including ASDG (makers of the Art 
Department Professional) and 
Commodore, and although no third party 
has committed itself to HotLinks, SoftLogik 
are cautiously optimistic. 

This leads to the intriguing question of 
whether Commodore are thinking about 
including some sort of DDE support in the 
next release of Workbench. 

Andrew Ball, Commodore UK's press 
spokesman, refused to be drawn on the 
subject, commenting merely that "a manu- 
facturer such as ourselves cannot in the 
long term afford to ignore [DDE]". 

Watch this space for further 
developments. 



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Letters 



Elusive tutorial 


In the May issue's Painless Programming 
feature, Kyle Rees mentions a tutorial 
manual by Mel Croucher as one of the 
best for beginners in the Amiga. 

I have tried to obtain this book but to 
no avail. Could you please give me the 
relevant information about this book so 
that I can order it? 

Faisal Ali, Chopwell 

The manual Kyle was referring to is the 
Easy Amos Beginners' Manual as supplied 
with every copy of the package. 

Easy Amos is designed as possibly the 
easiest to learn computer language in 
existence and can be ordered from 
Europress Software on 051-357 2961. It 
costs £34.99 and is the only way to get 
your hands on Mel Croucher's manual. 

Defending beginners 

I have just bought an Amiga 500 Plus 
and am very gradually learning how to 
use it (work does tend to get in the way). 

On browsing through the various 
Amiga magazines on offer I was attracted 
to Amiga Computing by the promise of 
articles for the beginner and the free 
database on the CoverDisk. When I 
reached the letters page, however, I 
couldn't believe the letter from Graham 
Woodcock. 

How does this person expect people 
to learn how to use the Amiga if there are 
no articles of this kind? I appreciate that 
he may be beyond this kind of thing, but 
there are many who are not. 

I sympathise with C Kostryke who 
unwittingly wrote the original letter as 
everyone has to start somewhere, even 
Mr Woodcock. 

Ms I Wadsley, Lincoln 
To be fair to Graham Woodcock, he was 


complaining mostly about people who 
have Amigas for years without learning 
the basics about AmlgaDOS, though I 
agree his comments were a little over the 
top. The letter was printed because it is 
indicative of the sentiments shared by 
some of our more technically-minded 
readers. 

Judging by the response from outraged 
beginners - your letter was one of many - 
the letters page fulfilled its function by 
creating a debate. Thanks to everyone 
who wrote in on the subject, and let me 
reassure everyone that we have no inten- 
tion of abandoning either our beginners 
or expert readers. 

CDTV supporter 

Since the price of a CDTV has fallen to an 
acceptable level I have recently bought 
one in addition to my existing Amiga sys- 
tem rather than wait for the A570 drive 
to be released, and after using it for 
about a month I feel qualified to make a 
few observations which may help anyone 
else out there pondering whether or not 
to buy one. 

First, look at the price of a CDTV com- 
plete with keyboard, floppy drive and 
infra red mouse/joystick, then compare it 
to a standard A500 with A570. The differ- 
ence in price is quite small and I know 
which one I'd vote for. 

The CDTV system is very sexy, has all 
the Amiga printer and modem ports, has 
built-in Midi ports as an extra, and is a 
very good CD audio player as well. 

Even with just an external floppy and 
no keyboard it can play games which 
only require mouse or joystick control 
and the infra red controller, which I find 
has a good range, doesn't cause a mess 
with all those cables associated with nor- 
mal joysticks. 

The bundled software is OK, though 


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Amiga Computing July 1992 


Ezra Surfs Postbag 

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cated to sitting in a comer reading your letters and selecting the most interest- 
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Amiga Computing designer T-shirt. 

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Macclesfield SK10 4NP. 

Please don't enclose saes as Ezra just hasn't got enough paper to reply person- 
ally. He might also have to shorten your letters , so don't be offended if you end 
up getting the chop. 


Lemmings 
is disap- 
pointingly identical to the 
floppy version, and Hutchinson's 
Encyclopaedia, though slagged off in var- 
ious reviews, has loads of useful informa- 
tion even if the user interface is pretty 
awful. 

I hope to get the Fred Fish megadisk, 
which should keep me occupied for a few 
months, but why is CDTV software so 
expensive? A CD costs about 60p to pro- 
duce so someone is making an unethi- 
cally large profit. Commodore would do 
well to include this disk in the bundle. 

I hope CDTV succeeds, as this nearly 
un-piratable medium could encourage 
software houses to release cheaper 
software. 

Dave Walker, East Grinstead 

Most CDTV owners will agree that it is an 
excellent system for the money, especially 
as major rival CD-I systems will begin to 
retail for £500 to £600 when finally 
released in the UK, but the arrival of the 
A570 is going to change the market for 
CD-ROM Amiga products. 

On the plus side, from CDTV owners' 
point of view, large sales of the A570 will 
result in more of the large software 
houses producing CDTV-compatible titles. 
On the minus side, the A570 and Amiga 
combination could eat into the sales of 
CDTV systems in a drastic way. 

We'll have to wait and see what hap- 
pens, but Commodore's decision to repo- 
sition CDTV as CDTV-Amiga shows that 
they are less than completely happy with 
the unit's success as a consumer electron- 
ics product. 

If most sales of CDTVs are coming from 
already Amiga-aware people, the A570 
could rapidly overtake the system. 

One area I'll be watching with interest 
is that of software prices. As CD-ROM is 
so much more difficult to rip off, if the 
software houses continue to sell CDTV 
software for over-the-top prices once the 
user base expands, they will have to find 
a better excuse than the traditional piracy 
argument. Perhaps they'll take a truly 
original stand and use "unadulterated 
greed" instead? 


Not yet! 

I have an A500 Plus and I was interested 
to see in your June issue that there is a 
new Workbench (v2.10). All I really want 
to know is whether or not I will be able 
to buy the new version, as it should 
work with Kickstart 2.04. 

lain Mackay, Ellon 

The Workbench v2. 1 0 disks we looked at 
in the June issue were early developer 
test versions. Commodore don't have 
plans to issue an official upgrade to 
Workbench until at least later this year, 
possibly early in 1993. Sorry, but you'll 
just have to wait. 

High standards 

Having just bought the May issue of 
Amiga Computing, I was pleasantly sur- 
prised to find a free database worth £50 
on the CoverDisk. However, it seems to 
be an example of keeping up with the 
Joneses. 

Although most people will welcome 
the move, I would draw your attention to 
your competitor, Amiga Format, which 
used to be excellent, but became 
obsessed with CoverDisks and in the pro- 
cess produced total dross in the rest of 
the magazine. 

Please keep the magazine's standards 
up! I would especially like to know where 
all the articles have gone to that Amiga 
Computing was so famous for? By this I 
mean readable articles, without incorpo- 
rating sales pitches, an example of which 
would be the excellent piracy feature in 
the October 1 991 issue. 

These provide interesting insights into 
the Amiga world without exhorting you 
to buy anything, and greatly expand the 
readable life of the magazine. 

Having said this I don't want to dis- 
courage you from producing excellent 
CoverDisks, but don't fall into the trap of 
your competitor-turned-games maga- 
zine. 

Jonathan Parry, Rhuddlan 

We enjoy producing exactly the 
sort of article you mention, but you have 
to face the fact that in a consumer market 
there are precious few "issues" on which 





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to write. Last year alone we addressed the 
problem of pornography in three separate 
articles (long before other magazines 
took a serious interest), and piracy in the 
major cover feature you mention in your 
letter . 

The issues of over-pricing, poor cus- 
tomer services, and dishonest dealers are 
attacked every month in the letters pages, 
and will be hammered home even more in 
the new Amiga Mart section you'll find in 
next month's magazine, so don't worry 
about our avoiding the sort of features 
you find so readable. 

If anything, we would hope to increase 
our coverage in these areas. What do the 
rest of you think? 

Computer people 

In reply to Ian Hodgett's letter in the 
May issue, I would be only too pleased 
to send him our copy of The Little 
Computer People for the price of the 
postage if you could connect us. 

On a more serious note, I would like 
to mention my observations on the atti- 
tude of a lot of the retailers who attend 
computer fairs. At the last two I have 
visited, World of Commodore at Earl's 


Court and the 16 Bit Show at Wembley, 
I have had the misfortune to purchase 
both hardware and software which 
turned out to be faulty. 

The first was the Power Hand 
Scanner, whose software crashed out on 
my machine. I returned to the show the 
following day and was given an updated 
version of the software. This, too, regu- 
larly crashed the machine and, as the 
show had now ended, it took three faxes 
to Power Computing before I received a 
response. 

I was subsequently offered a further 
software upgrade and any others which 
followed free of charge. 

In a separate incident at the 16 Bit 
Show, my 10-year-old son purchased 
four games at discount prices from a 
stand only to find that when he tried to 
run them one wouldn't get past the 
intro screen and another seemed to be a 
blank disk in a glossy box. 

Once again I returned to the show 
and, mainly due to my insistence in 
obtaining receipts for these goods when 
purchased, I managed against a marked 
reluctance on the part of the sales staff 
to have my son's money refunded. It 


should be the responsibility of the 
organisers of these events to ensure that 
all their exhibitors operate in the same 
way as they do in their normal retail 
shops. 

Robert Lye, London 

Thanks for the offer of Little Computer 
People. If Ian Hodgett sends us a 
stamped addressed Jiffy bag we'll for- 
ward it to you. 

On the point of your experiences at 
the shows, it sounds as if you may have 
an ASOO Plus. At the World of 
Commodore show, where you had prob- 
lems with the Power Scanner, the ASOO 
Plus was brand new and many pieces of 
software were still having problems 
with it. 

The response you had from Power 
seems to have been as good as you can 
expect from a large retailer, and 
although the hassle you personally suf- 
fered should have been avoided - service 
is rarely as quick as it should be - your 
experience is one of the less aggrieving 
we've heard of. 

The games company who sold you 
two duff games at the 16 Bit Show 


Apology 

In May's ESP column, a letter entitled 
"Mr Angry vs Beginners" was, by an 
oversight on our part, printed con- 
taining a statement which was found 
to be offensive by the person con- 
cerned, Mr Colin Kostyrka. 

Amiga Computing would like to 
take this opportunity to apologise to 
Mr Kostyrka for any offence or distress 
the letter caused, and assure him that 
the sentiments expressed by the 
reader's letter are in no way shared or 
supported by this magazine. 


should have been more careful, as any 
problems with the ASOO Plus should 
have been sorted out by then and incom- 
patible software clearly marked. 

If your machine isn't a Plus model, 
you were probably just unlucky enough 
to receive a faulty disk. 

At least you had your money 
returned - some high street shops will 
only do this after threats to report them 
to the Office of Fair Trading! 


Is copy protection a swindle? 


I have owned an Amiga for three years and consider myself an experienced user. I have 
always read the letters page with interest, especially the ongoing piracy debate. 

As a serious user of both games and business software, I am constantly appalled by 
the way Amiga users are treated by software companies, and probably like many other 
serious users am considering a move to the PC. 

The reason is copy-protected software, which has been the bane of my life, along 
with software which cannot handle non-standard configurations and poorly written or 
converted software, all in the name of piracy. I have had enough! 

This won't load, that won't load, this won't install on my hard drive, that won't run 
because I have 2Mb fast RAM and a hard drive. 

How much more? How much longer? I have a 
long list of games which won't load on my 
machine, for example Speedbal! 2, FI 6 Combat 
Pilot, Jimmy White's Snooker, Kick Off 2, Stunt 
Car Racer, and all three games from the Cartoon 
Classics bundle. 

I've checked my floppy drive, which is fine, 
so it seems obvious that all the software which 
won't load does so because of on-disk copy 
protection. 

The software houses' excuse for their bizarre 
on-disk protection routines is piracy. Yes the 
problem exists in a big way, but the software 
houses desperately need to wake up to the truth 
that there is no on-disk protection which can't 
be cracked. If you want cracked software you 
can get it, and even Ocean's dongle didn't cut 
the mustard. 

Who pays for it all? The honest user. In addition, the average honest user pays not 
just at the till but every time he or she puts a disk into their beloved Amiga which defies 
every rule of AmigaDOS. Who at the software houses, with hand on heart, can say that 
the over-complex routines aren't killing disk drives? 

Just listen to the sound of the drive heads crunching away attempting to do some- 
thing they were never designed to next time you load up a protected game. 

And how many hard disk owners have bought a game only to find that it will not 
install on a hard disk? It is an absolute joke that Amiga users are letting the software 
houses get away with this. 

Considering the expanding user base of the Amiga and the decreasing cost of addi- 


tional hardware, more and more users are benefiting from hard drives as they are the 
best way of expanding memory as well. 

More and more people are therefore finding out what a hazard copy-protected soft- 
ware is and how the software houses are treating Amiga owners as kids. 

The idea of manual copy protection may not cure piracy but I reckon it could be a 
major step in the reduction of it. I for one won't be buying any more copy-protected 
software of the on-disk variety. 

I don't like it, my drive doesn't like it, and if anyone else doesn't like it I suggest they 
boot up their favourite wordprocessor and tell the software houses. 

John Clover, Camberley 

I Manual copy protection is as vulnerable to piracy 

/ ) T T LJ J as any other form of protection , because if a 

cracking crew can get around a hardware dongie 
you can bet your breeches they can get around 
simple "type in a word from the manual" rou- 
tines. 

Only recently we saw a copy of Microprose 
Coif which asked for a word from the manual 
then went onto the game no matter what you 
typed in. 

The software houses have to keep sales up, 
and they can't do this if pirates crack and dis- 
tribute their latest game before it has reached 
even cost-effective market penetration. However, 
you quite rightly point out that the situation has 
become unbearable. 

Crackers are keeping one step ahead of 
even the best on-disk protection, prices are spiralling upwards, games seldom work with 
hard drives, some are disgracefully badly converted from PC to Amiga, and some are 
unstable with anything other than a very standard ASOO. It has to stop somewhere. 

Perhaps the answer lies in CDTV and the AS70 drive. The CD-ROM medium is pirat- 
able only by very professional operations, and crackers would have to invest heavily in 
duplicating equipment if they wanted to make money from their "hobby". 

With 650Mb of data on a single disk, games could be written as to be so dependent 
on the CD-ROM that even after cracking it and downloading it to floppies, the crackers 
would find that huge lumps of data on six or eight disks coupled with massive loading 
times would leave their "product" dead in the water. 



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122 

Debugging is easy with 
this powerful language, 
as Alex Gian discovers 



125 

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ARexx provides the power of an assembler with the 
ease of use of interpreted languages. Alex Gian 
shows how debugging needn't he debilitating... 


T he greatest advantage of an interpreted 
language is its interactivity. The source pro- 
gram can be easily edited and changes can 
be tested instantly. 

This is very important, particularly when one is 
learning a language, or making a program proto- 
type. Interpreted programs are run line-by-line, and 
while this slows them down quite a bit, it gives an 
enormous gain in flexibility. 

Because they are run line-by-line, it is also possi- 
ble to trace their execution step by step - this makes 
the finding of "bugs" a lot easier. Assemblers and 
compiled languages do not share this happy state. 
Whenever a change is made in a piece of code it 
must be recompiled, linked with all other relevant 
bits, loaded up and run again. This is very frustrat- 
ing when you only want to make a one-line change. 

ARexx distinguishes itself yet again by providing 
first class tracing and debugging facilities. In this 
issue we will look at two of the most important ones 
- the Trace and Signal instructions - and see how 
we use them effectively to help track down and 
eliminate program errors. 

Once again we will use an example program - 
trivial perhaps in its use, but which contains the 
basis of many useful techniques on which to build. 
The program - interact. rexx - is in the ARexx drawer 
of this month's CoverDisk. 

The Signal instruction acts as a "guard" or "over- 
seer" on the system. If any one of certain internal 
conditions - such as errors, interrupts and so on - 
arise, then it makes sure the appropriate action is 
carried out. 

The conditions to check for, and the relevant 
action to take, are set by the programmer - it is also 
very easy to activate or deactivate these checks as 
desired. The syntax of the command is as follows: 

SIGNAL M/Gff 'code" 


The ON/OFF option simply tells ARexx whether to 
turn the test for the event specified in the "code" on 
or off. The "code" itself describes the test, and is 
also the name of the label that the program jumps 
to should that event occur. 

For instance, if you wanted the program to notify 
you upon encountering a syntax error, you would 
need the line: 


SIGNAL ON Stum 


Somewhere else in your program you would need 
to have the appropriate label, which might look like 
this: 


sjfnun: 

say "syntax error found m Line" SIGL be tore 
careful “ 

exit 


The special system variable SIGL stores the line 


number where Signal was activated. If, further in 
your program, the line: 

mni OFF SYNTAX 


is found, this feature will be disabled. The following 
are the "codes" of the events which the Signal com- 
mand can test for: 

SYNTAX- Syntax errors 

IOERROR- Error in input/output 

HALT- An external halt request (described in the 

section on inpc) 

NOVALUE- This very useful feature will check 
whether a variable without a value has been called. 
Remember that normally ARexx would automatically 
give an unassigned variable the value of its own 
name, in upper case, ie the line "say x" where x has 
not been defined would output "X". 

What use might this be? Well, ARexx can create 
variables dynamically, even while the program is run- 
ning. They may even be given as input strings! It can 
be important to know the state of a variable. 

This is a whole subject on its own, and we will 
examine it another time, when we look at the 
Interpret instruction and the ValueO function. These 
dynamic properties of ARexx are a very exciting fea- 
ture that can allow interesting, powerful and com- 
pact ways of solving problems. 

In some ways they are similar to features found in 
Logo, Lisp and other Al languages. But we digress... 
BREAK_C/D/E/F - Used to check if a Ctrl-C (D, E or 
F) has been issued at the keyboard. 

Finally, it is also possible for the Signal instruction 
not to be followed by any of the above "codes", but 
by an arbitrary expression (the optional keyword 
Value may also precede the expression). 

If that is case, the expression is evaluated, and the 
result is the label to which the program will jump (of 
course, this label must exist, otherwise you have an 
error! Dynamic programming style requires a lot of 
care). Eg: 

*yi - "here' 

SIGNAL %yi I* of SIGNAL VALUE xyi */ 


here: 

t* This is ihere tie end up *f 


In this way, Signal is like an intelligent GOTO state- 
ment for transferring program control. 

Signals from our program are very useful, but 
sometimes we need to trace it even more closely for 
debugging purposes. Trace provides us with a large 
number of options on how to perform the trace. 
Here we list them all briefly, and then look at the 
main ones. 

ALL COMMANDS ERRORS INTERMEDIATES 
LABELS RESULTS SCAN 

Note that these options have some unusual features. 








ARexx 



It is permissible to specify only a part of their 
names. In other words, Trace Labels, Labels, Trace 
Lab and Trace L are all equivalent. 

The options can be either strings or variables. 
This is a bit weird. It means that variables are not 
evaluated. So Trace 'al', Trace A and Trace al are all 
the same. 

The trace may also be set from a function, eg 
Trace(r). The function TraceQ simply returns the 
current Trace mode. 

As with the Signal instruction, it is possible to 
have an expression as a parameter for the Trace 
instruction. However, if this expression begins with 
a string or a symbol it must be preceded by the 
keyword Value. In the following example, 
a = 'lab': 


TRACE VALUE A 


would be the same as: 


TRACE LABEL 


There are two more special options, "?" and "!". 

? is the Interactive mode, described below, and 
! is Command Inhibition mode, described in the 
section on interprocess communication. These 
two options must precede any others. Every time 
they are called they toggle themselves on and off. 
In general, Trace Off will disable all tracing. 

Right, now before we get totally lost in the 
syntax, let's have a look at what this instruction 
will do. 

The All option traces every single line, and will 
be most useful for beginners. The Intermediates 
option goes a step further, and expands every 
expression as well as tracing it. Labels and Results 
are fairly obvious. 

The Normal command traces the points where 
the program would fail and Errors traces com- 
mands that generate problems in the command 
host. Scan only checks the syntax, but does not 
run the program. 

The Interactive mode - ? - pauses execution 
after every single line. This allows you to 


single-step through those tricky bits of your pro- 
gram. 

During Interactive mode, anything you type in 
will actually be interpreted, and added to your 
program. If you just press the Return key, then 
the next program line will be executed. 

During the trace, ARexx precedes each line 
that is printed with a short code that "explains" 
it. These codes may initially look confusing, but 
they are really easy to understand, and very use- 
ful. 

They are explained briefly in the program 
itself. The instructions are also included as com- 
ments. 

There is no better way to see this than by 
example. Run - and study - the program inter- 
act, rexx, in the ARexx drawer. It will allow you to 
watch a program running under different traces, 
which you set. Make sure you read the section on 
interprocess communication before you do so. 

Next time we will look at practical program- 
ming with ARexx. 



Here we will look at three special facilities provided by ARexx, which can 
only be achieved due to its multitasking nature. 


Clips 

These do not have much to do with debugging, but they are so useful, that 
it is about time we mentioned them. Basically, Clips can be seen as a way of 
defining global variables that remain available to all ARexx programs even 
after they exit. 

Now admittedly Clips are not the only way to do this. We could save data 
in a file, perhaps in RAM:, and read it as we need it. We could also use the 
AmigaDOS environmental variables. However Clips are elegant, neat and 
supported by ARexx. 

Clips are set with the SetOpO function, eg: 

SetClip(pi,3.14) 


In practice you are more likely to use them to store information that gets 
updated by various programs, but needs to be available to ail. Memory 
pointers are a good example. 

Clips are retrieved with the GetClipO function, eg: 

iy_screen = GetClip(screendata) 


it is assumed that the Clip "screendata" has been set by some other pro- 
gram. Clips can act as a temporary work database. The current list of dips 
can be checked with the ShowQ function. 

Command Inhibition 

We have already mentioned Command Inhibition. It is activated and deacti- 
vated by the Trace ! instruction. Command inhibition is necessary for a mul- 
titasking language, in order to disable potentially destructive external 
commands. 

While in this mode, the program will print out the commands that it 
would normally send, but it will not actually send them to the command 
host. 



The ARexx command utilities 


We are referring to the utilities supplied with ARexx itself. Here we will 
look at those that are relevant to our current subject - TCO,TCC, TS, 
TE and HI. 

HI (halt interrupt) issues a hall command to all programs running 
under ARexx, This may be useful if some programs are running out of 
control, but in practice it is not going to be used a lot. We mention It 
for completeness, since we touched on the Halt Signal above. 

A command that is going to be used a lot is TCO. This opens the 
external Trace Console. The Trace Console is a window to which all 
the output from the system traces is displayed - it also accepts the 
input when traces are executed interactively. 

If a Trace Console Is open, all trace output will be automatically 
directed to it. If it is not, the output is directed to STDIO -your Shell 
window. 

However, some programs may not have a STDIO stream, especially 
if they are running as background tasks. If you want to debug pro- 
grams like this, you will have to open the Trace Console. 

Another case where you may want to open the Trace Console is if 
you do not want the trace output cluttering your CLI window. 

In this case, alt the output relevant to the trace will appear In the 
trace console - all your normal output will still appear at the CLI win 
dow, where you would also have to enter any variables that are 
PULLed into ARexx. 

Before you run the interact, rexx program, first open the Trace 
Console by typing TCO at the CLI When you are finished type TCC - 
Trace Console Close - to get rid of the console window, Try running 
the program without the trace console as well, to see the difference in 
operation. 

The command TS forces all tracing into interactive mode. This can 
be useful if a program has run out of control you could type an 
appropriate command to bring it back into control. 

The TE command forces the trace flag off for all the programs cur 
rentiy running under ARexx, 



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J ust as the Amiga itself has spread into an 
almost infinite number of areas, so has its 
software. A perfect example of this phe- 
nomenon is Scala - a program which at its launch 
was marketed as an interactive multimedia presen- 
tation system with only relatively brief mentions of 
its now famous titling abilities. 

Almost as soon as it hit the streets, Scala was 
dragged kicking and screaming into countless D7V 
setups and forced to leave its interactive past behind 
to become a dedicated titling tool. 

A similar fate could soon befall Presentation 
Master - a program which, as the name suggests, 
primarily serves a multimedia role, producing every- 
thing from on-screen interactive presentations to full 
PostScript-quality hard copy, complete with 
designer fonts and graphics, thanks to its stunning 
internal structured drawing program. 

If that's not enough, the aforementioned hard 
copy can be sent to a print bureau and output onto 
slides displaying everything from PostScript-quality 
text to corporate logos. 

Full colour graph creation also awaits the user via 
the program's own spreadsheet-to-graphics pro- 
cessing software - which again can appear on 
screen, paper or slide. 

All well and good if you're into presentation, but 
how do all these additional features lend themselves 
to D7V? As I mentioned earlier, the Amiga and its 
applications are spreading far and wide, and as a 
result consistent output - no matter what medium 


Paul Austin looks at incorporating Oxxi's excellent 
Presentation Master into a video environment 


it appears in - is becoming more impor- 
tant all the time. If you happen to 
wander into the field of corpo- 
rate video, the option of sup- 
plying hard copy in the form 
of slides or PostScript-qual- 
ity print could make all 
the difference between 
you and numerous other 
hopefuls. 

At this point it's 
worth stressing that 
Presentation Master isn't 
as stylish as Scala and 
couldn't match it or other 
high-end packages such as 
Broadcast Titter II as a standalone 
titling system. 

Having said that, as a designer graphics 
creation and display platform it can still be very 
impressive, especially when combined with a gen- 
lock. 

Static 

The primary difference between Presentation 
Master and other possible titling applications is that 
all available screens are static. This doesn't mean that 
the screens are totally free from movement, as each 
screen can be introduced with a variety of wipes and 
fades. 

Unfortunately, full screen introductions are the 
limit of the program's internal animating features. If 
you require actual animation within the screen itself 
you'll need to take advantage of PM's Animation Play 
option, which allows the user to incorporate normal 
Anim files into the show at a pre-defined point. 

To retain continuity you could save individual IFF 
images, charts or text from the main program and 
then employ these as a basis for a subsequent anima- 

Sharing the limelight 

If the prospect of still frames is too much for your artistic soul to bear, the power users could always take 
advantage of PM's IFF output and still retain continuity while enjoying the titling, text and animated brush 
effects that programs such as Scala have to offer. 

For example, if you already have a Scala in your collection there's nothing to stop you taking advantage 
of PM's IFF output option and use the subsequent IFF images as backdrops for various titles or perhaps as 
animated brushes above other stills. 

Fortunately all PM's output is strictly standard IFF with no nasty Hams to ruin the introduction of text or 
graphics. Although a rather expensive approach to the problem of unified output, the PM and Scala combi- 
nation gives perhaps the perfect platform for a total multimedia/video-based presentation. 

With the assistance of Scala we have a perfect and complementary videographic display - complete with 
animated text and graphics - plus an option to offer you prospective employer totally compatible hard 
copy to supplement your whizz-bang, whistles-and-bells video. 

If you do take this route, PM will happily save an entire show frame by frame ready for importation into 
Scala* Obviously this is an expensive and a somewhat less than efficient method of employing PM within 
your system, but it's still no more expensive than using a dedicated DTP packages such as PageStream or 
ProPage - plus their associated structured drawing software - as a vehicle for the creation of quality artwork. 




tions which could then 
be brought back into PM 
for later use as a stan- 
dalone anim section within 
the overall show. 

As you can see from the 
examples, PM's artistic features are 
pretty impressive. Imagine the time it would 
take to create such logo types in DPaint, for exam- 
ple. Thanks to PM such artwork is only a few mouse 
clicks away. 

The reason for such speed is the program's use of 
its own selection of Poly fonts. These are a variant of 
Compugraphic fonts which allow total control over 
each letter within the text 

An added bonus is that PM also accepts standard 
Compugraphic fonts which can be manipulated in 
exactly the same manner as the program's own Poly 
font variety. 

All the user need do is add an appropriate line of 
text, assigning colour and point size prior to impor- 
tation into the paint program. Once on screen, the 
text can be stretched and shrunk at will. 

Letters themselves can then be edited individually 
to produce the exact style you require. It must be 
said that individual letter editing can be a tricky pro- 
cess, as small levers and assorted points appear on 
the letter allowing you to push, pull and generally 
interfere with the character in question. 

Thanks to this process, it's possible to create or 
perhaps more importantly duplicate any font style 
you require. Once the text itself is correct, the pro- 
gram can really take you and your text into an area 
of styling that standard paint programs can only 
dream about. 

Because all the elements are merely collections of 
points, the new logo can be bent, twisted or gener- 
ally interfered with without losing any image quality 
or character. 

As a result, extrusions, perspectives, drop shad- 
ows, bends and assorted re-sizing effects are all 
added automatically in totally user definable man- 
ner. 

To sum up, PM is not the ideal package for the 
DTV beginner, but if you're looking for a way to offer 
more than video alone while retaining continuity 
across the board its the ideal answer to a tricky 
question. 



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PROGRAMMING 

Closel 


C omputers are very good with smallish, 
uncomplicated, positive whole num- 
bers or “integers". They handle nega- 
tive integers like -1, -360, and -32760 equally 
well. 

Fractions and decimals, like one and a quar- 
ter, 8.3333, -1.56, and -2/3 are often used in 
calculations. They are called "real" numbers and 
consist of an integer part (like "8") and a deci- 
mal part (like ".3333"). 

Sometimes they are called "floating point" 
numbers because the position of the decimal 
point is not fixed. Electrical engineers and A- 
level maths students also have complex num- 
bers available to them. 

These numbers consist of a real part and an 
imaginary part. The C language does not seem 
to have a corresponding storage class for these 
numbers - perhaps it is as well. 

Short integers can be stored in a "short" or 
"short int" variable of two bytes, larger integers 
in a "long" variable of four bytes. 

If you display an integer variable of 255 in 
hexadecimal format, the result is 00FF in a short 
variable of two bytes, and 000000FF in a long 
variable of four bytes. What you see is what you 
get. Boring. 

If a real number, consisting of an integer and 
a decimal part is stored in a four byte "float" 
variable, the result is much more interesting. 
The number 1 is stored as 3FF00000, and -1 is 
stored as BFF00000. 

This indicates that the most significant bit is 
used to store the sign of the number. Examining 
the floating point storage of integers, it seems 
that numbers like 1, 2, 4, 2 to the power of any- 
thing, get special treatment. 

Interestingly, 2 A -1 is stored as 3FE00000 and 
2 A -2 as 3FD00000 . From this it can be seen 
that the floating point number is made up of 
three chunks of information - the sign (one bit), 
a number representing the power of 2 (the 
exponent) or binary point (11 bits), and the 


Missing link 

Calculations involving Integers can be done 
using the normal add, sub, mulu, muls, divu 
and divs commands in the 68000 instruction 
set. Floating point number calculations 
need the help of routines from the one of 
the Amiga point maths libraries. 

I used the following code to fink with the 
Amiga IEEE floating point maths library: 


I FROH LIB:c.o+ H float.o H 
10 "float" 

LIB LIB: Lc.Lib LIB:aiiga.lib LIB:LC«.lib 


There are other commands and libraries 
available for enhanced Amigas. 


It's generally thought that Amiga owners do not 
attempt serious computing, preferring graphics 
and sound. Margaret Stanger thinks otherwise... 


number itself, or mantissa (20 bits). The man- 
tissa is normalised to always be between 1 and 
2. The number is exponent x (1 + last 20 bits as 
a fraction). 

Hence 3 = 2 x (1 + (0x80000/0x1 00000)), 5 = 
4 x (1+ (0x40000/0x100000)), 6 = 4 x (1 + 
(0x80000/0x100000)) and so on. 

More interesting, real numbers are stored in 
the same way. 4 / 3 is stored as 3FF55555, 5 / 3 is 
stored as 3FFAAAAA or 1 x 
(1 +(0x55555/0x1 00000), and 1 x 
(1+(0xAAAAA/0x1 00000)). 

For a number with a very large integer part, 
the error in accuracy may be quite large. The 
program on the support disk demonstrates this 
loss of accuracy by multiplying by three num- 
bers with varying sizes of integer and decimal 
parts. 

Floating point 

A floating point number can be stored as a 
"double" of eight bytes rather than as a float of 
four bytes. If each float in the demonstration 
program is replaced by a double, the answers 
can be very different. 

Another factor that affects accuracy is the 
way that numbers are rounded. Usually num- 
bers 1,2,3 and 4 are rounded down, and 6,7,8 
and 9 are rounded up. The number 5 can get 
special treatment which varies depending on 
the architecture of the computer. 

The program on the support disk demon- 
strates this by multiplying numbers by five num- 
bers with varying sizes of integer and decimal 
parts. 

Sometimes "printf" supports the %e, %f and 
%g options to display floating point numbers, 
in addition to the usual %c, %s and %d options 
do to display characters, strings and integers. 

My compiler does not have this option, but it 
does have two routines, fcvt and ecvt, which 
will provide an Ascii character string corre- 
sponding to a floating point number. This 
enabled me to write a routine to put the Ascii 
form of a floating point number into a buffer for 
display. 

A fully commented version of this routine - 
ftoa() - is available in the program source code 
(float. c) on the support disk. Here is a brief 
description of how it works. 

After the character buffer is cleared, the func- 
tion "fcvt" is called to put an Ascii character 
string version of floating point number "f" into 
a buffer, and return the address of the buffer. 


The input parameters are : 

• The floating point number 

• The required number of decimal places 

• The address of an integer to hold a number 
representing the decimal point position 

• The address of an integer to hold the sign 
of the floating point number 

All that is then necessary is to copy the Ascii string 
into a suitable buffer, including the sign and the 
decimal point in the right places. 

The sign is zero for a positive number, non zero 
for a negative number. If the decimal point number 
is positive, it indicates the number of digits in the 
string before the decimal point. 

If the decimal point number is negative, it indi- 
cates the number of zeros between the decimal 
point and the first character in the string. If the deci- 
mal point number is zero, the decimal point should 
be placed before the first character in the string. 

The ftoaO routine looks at the value of the deci- 
mal point number, *d. If it is zero or positive, the 
sign is placed in the receiving buffer, then the char- 
acters that precede the decimal point, the decimal 
point, then the rest of the digits. 

If *d is negative, the sign is placed, then the zeros 
before the decimal point, the decimal point, then 
the digits in the string. 

C routines 

Previously, all reading and writing files was car- 
ried out using the Amiga system routines. The C 
Library has its own file handling routines which can 
be used as an alternative. 

The C Library routines are identical for every plat- 
form, and will call the appropriate system routines. 
This program opens a file, writes a text string into it, 
and closes the file - it may not break any speed 
records, but it will be portable. 

The program on the support disk (float) demon- 
strates floating point storage and errors due to 
rounding. It features some of the C Library file han- 
dling calls, and a routine to display a floating point 
number as a text string. 

The program first demonstrates how floating 
point storage handles positive and negative integers. 
It then looks at the storage of fractions and decimals, 
including inexact decimals with recurring numbers. 

Calculations with floating point numbers demon- 
strates how inaccuracies can occur. All this data 
would clutter up the screen a bit, so the program 
opens a file imaginatively called "output", stores all 
the data as text in this file, closes the file, and exits. 


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MUSIC 







Help Is at hand 


As Midi becomes more widespread and inevitably more complex, the 
number of Midi -re la ted sleepless nights is bound to rocket. Fortunately 
for all the alone and confused users out there, there is an organisation 
called the United Kingdom Midi Association which could be the perfect 
alternative to lobbing your kit out of the window in the early hours. 

They produce a bi- monthly Midi magazine full of the latest releases, 
along with assorted hints and tips on how to get the best from your 
setup. To be honest their advice isn't exactly cheap, but for the serious 
user it could still be money well spent. 

Aside from the magazine, the biggest appeal of membership is the 
access it gives you access to a hot -line offering instant Midi advice to 
any member in need. 

The United Kingdom Midi Association (UKMA) can be contacted on 
081 m 2245 or faxed on 081 368 7918. 


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A fter infuriating the hordes of patiently 
waiting punters by nipping straight 
down the press lane with the rest of the 
assorted journalistic types, I arrived in what's best 
described as a twiddler's paradise... 

At every turn a new collection of fades to slide 
and buttons to press, interspersed with countless 
keyboards all doing their best to impress the eager 
masses milling around the stands. 

After half an hour I finally managed to control 
my kid-in-a-sweet-shop tendencies and get down 
to some serious sniffing around. 

Much to my surprise there were still relatively 
few Amigas on hand, with the ST for some bizarre 
reason remaining dominant. 

Having said that, the gulf between the faltering 
Atari and the pack of Amigas, PCs and Macs is def- 
initely narrowing. A primary player in the Amiga's 
challenge, was Zone Distribution, was surrounded 
by the usual crowd bobbing up and down with 
jaws agog as Zone's Andy Bishop put the Amiga 
through its multitasking 
paces. 

It was quite a moving 
experience to see the 
smiles slowly fade from 
the faces of countless 
PC, Mac and especially 
ST fans as Andy pulled 
down screen after screen 
of active programs all 
running in unison under 
the auspices of MPE (multi-program-environment) 
within Dr T's KCS sequencer. 

As in the Amiga market, the biggest buzzword 
among the 140 exhibitors was multimedia, with 
almost every major hardware manufacturer trying 
to take advantage of this new medium thanks to 
this latest addition to the Midi repertoire. 

During the formative years of the Midi format, 
the prime concern was simply to enable across- 
the-board control of keyboards from various man- 
ufacturers. However, over the last year Midi has 
taken the next step in control and now reaches 
out to embrace more than simple control compat- 
ibility. 

The advent of CM, or General Midi, is one of 
the first steps in this new direction. As a conse- 


Paul Austin boards the Amiga Computing tour bus 

and heads for the bright lights 
of the third annual 
Midi Music Show 


quence, many of the latest 
module releases on show 
now embrace this new 
design format which will 
virtually ensure that Midi 
will become one of the 
kingpins of future develop- 
ments within multimedia. 

The benefit of this new 
format is that it ensures 
playback compatibility 
across the board by assigning compatible sounds 
or patch positions to all modules employing the 
system. 

As a result, sequences written with any GM 
module as the original playback medium will be 
totally compatible with other CM modules from 
different manufacturers in both synth and drum 
sounds. 

No more piano where a cello should be or trian- 
gle for a tambourine. Bliss, absolute bliss... 

Of course, the sounds on each module will be 
particular to that instrument, but all instrument 
locations will remain permanent. This has obvious 
appeal to the multimedia market and with each 
module capable of playing 16 sounds simultane- 
ously, whole orchestras await the touch of a but- 
ton. The big players have 
already seen the potential 
that a little co-operation 
can provide and to that 
end both Roland and 
Yamaha were displaying 
GM-compatible modules 
on their respective stands. 

Instrument manufactur- 
ers aren't the only people 
taking advantage of CM. 
Commodore were also 
busy waving the corpo- 
rate flag under the ban- 
ner of CDTV, highlighting 
its ability to take advan- 
tage of the new modules 
via CD+Midi - a format 
which we explored in the 


May issue of AC. Perhaps an even more significant 
step has been the development of Midi machine 
control. Although Fostex has had its own system 
on offer for about two years, the ability to control 
both your instruments and a multitrack from the 
comfort of your sequencer will soon be available 
to us all as the various manufacturers take advan- 
tage of this latest Midi ability. 


Entrenched 


Again, the expansive nature of Midi provides a 
platform from which to emulsify all aspects of the 
creative process. 

As the Amiga has already become the premier 
multimedia machine the future never looked 
brighter, with Midi-compatible programs such as 
ShowMaker already well entrenched in the Amiga 
market. 

Now the prospect of a graphical, musical and 
video workstation will soon become a reality 
rather than a distant aspiration, thanks to Midi's 
new abilities and the spread of MTC onto other 
mediums. 


Next month 

As you've no doubt noticed there's a lack of 
specific product information in this month's col- 
umn, This is totally intentional as next month's 
feature will be devoted entirely to Midi and 
Desktop Music Systems (DTMS). During the 
article I'll he looking at all the latest Midi-com- 
patible hardware and software releases, hope- 
fully providing the best possible advice for any 
would be investors. 

If you're looking for some help on the tricky 
business of setting up a Home-based Midi stu- 
dio, you can't afford to miss next month's issue 
of AC Keep reading.,. 


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Pat Winstanley gets involved in an adventure game 
with the capacity to span the whole world! 


H uman nature being what it is, cutting 
your comms bill by using a cheaper 
phone service, faster modem or offline 
reader can eventually have the opposite effect. 

It's very tempting to look at how much you are 
saving by your virtuous behaviour and careful 
management of online time, then blow the whole 
thing by getting hooked on online games. 

Online games are aimed at solitary players who 
are fed up with only having a computer as an 
opponent. Games like Scrabble quickly become 
boring when played against the computer which 
is why several BBSs run live versions where players 
from all over the country can log on simultane- 
ously and play each other via their modems. 

Unfortunately it's very easy to get carried away 
and run up enormous phone bills even in the 
middle of the night. Get interested in the game 
and time flies. Only when you log off do you 
realise that you've just spent your monthly 
allowance in a couple of hours. 

Having said that, with care and an eye on time 
and costs, online games can offer lots of fun and a 
unique style of play. 

Proliferation 

Probably the best known online game is MUD 
- its popularity is reflected in the proliferation of 
different versions running all over the world. 

MUD stands for Multi User Dungeon and is 
effectively an adventure game which runs con- 
stantly. As with normal adventures there are 
plenty of non-player characters dotted around 
with whom you can perform a limited form of 
interaction. 

The attraction, though, is the addition of other 
human players like yourself. Computer-controlled 
players are fairly predictable - human ones are 
not! 

Over the past couple of weeks I've been look- 


ing at a version of MUD being developed by Matt 
Holmes at CiX under the working title of Blunder. 
Although at the time of writing it is not yet fully 
running, the promise is for something very spe- 
cial. 

The game itself is based on a system from 
America which can be modified to suit any partic- 
ular set of users. It is a simple text adventure with 
the normal type of commands such as north, 
west, examine hedge, kill ore and so on. 

Scattered around the playing area are various 
goodies such as weapons, money, treasure and the 
obligatory ropes and torches. Virtually everything 
you find can be sold in the shop for gold pieces, 
and this gold can be used to buy better armour 
and weapons or if you prefer, experience points. 

Gaining experience is mainly a matter of killing 
anything you can then going off to the guild to 
have your level raised. The higher your level the 
stronger, more intelligent, more dextrous and so 
on you become. 

Also with higher levels comes the ability to cast 
spells. The aim of gaining levels is to eventually 
reach the dizzy heights of wizard, and this - if you 
can afford to play long enough to reach it - is 
where the fun really starts. 

Wizards can do literally anything to any other 
player in the game. There you are, chugging along 
in the game, waiting for your health to restore after 
a particularly difficult battle in which you finally 
managed to defeat the monster who carries hun- 
dreds of gold pieces, and a wizard spots you. 

Before you know it you are forced to drop all 
your ill-gotten gains, cry, laugh, grin, smirk or 
whatever else the wizard's devilish imagination can 


Start exploring... 

Blunder should he up and running by the 
time you read this. Contact CIX on 081* 
390 8446 for further information. Vou can 
contact me by Email as "peewee@cix.com 
pulink.co.uk" or by snail-mail at the AC 
address. 


come up with - you're generally a helpless pup- 
pet. 

Depending on the wizard's mood he might let 
you go empty-handed, or perhaps create a brand 
new super turbo-nutter weapon and give it to 
you. It pays to keep in well with wizards if you 
don't want to be teleported, weaponless, to the 
centre of a band of ores elsewhere in the game. 

The other aspect of being a wizard is the ability 
to create fiendish castles populated with vicious 
monsters, fabulous treasures and mind-blowing 
puzzles. 

Each wizard has his own castle, several of which 
are dotted around the main playing area. 
Although the aim of the game is to become a wiz- 
ard, use of the abilities gained on achieving that 
level rather depends on your programming skill. 

For instance, in this version you need to be able 
to code in C to program a castle. However, lack of 
this skill doesn't stop you acting as a puppet mas- 
ter. 

Harmony 

From the ordinary player's point of view, other 
players in the game can be a source of either grief 
or companionship. Some puzzles are encountered 
which positively require two players to work in 
harmony. 

For instance, one might be needed to operate 
the controls of a door while the other player 
explores. Communication in this situation is by 
shouting, such as "Wizzywig says, OK Dobbin, I've 
found the treasure - let me out now", to which 
the response might be "Dobbin grins an evil grin. 
Dobbin says no!". 

Friendly rivalry between players is the major 
attraction of the game. A voice call to arrange a 
login time is all that is needed to make up a party 
of two or more players who can then storm across 
the system as an avenging army, killing everything 
else in sight. 

But if you are the slower typist, be prepared for 
your companion to pinch all the booty before you 
can even hit Enter. If this happens you will be 
reduced to hunting out the objects lying around 
in open view, although even then you may find 
someone has been there before you. 

However, the play area resets at reasonably 
regular intervals so there's always something for 
the newcomer to find. 

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kick kiss 

love no an 

pout puke 

shake shiver 

slap snirk 

snicker sniff 

squeeze stare 

twiddle whistle 

> force wizzywig nibble odin 
Wizzywig nibbles on your ear. 
Ok - 

> spuiijj lIUJ j\it 
you spit. 

) shiver 
Brrrrrrt! ! 

) llizzyuig pouts, 
french wizzywig 

You give wizzywig a REAL kiss. 


kiss 

knee 

1 a ugh 

lick 

no an 

nibble 

nod 

poke 

puke 

purr 

ruffle 

screan 

shiver 

shrug 

sigh 

sing 

snirk 

snile 

snap 

sneeze 

sniff 

snore 

snuggle 

spit 

stare 

strut 

sulk 

thank 

wh i s 1 1 e 

wiggle 

wink 

yawn 


) Wizzywig slaps you! 
enote Awwwww? 

Ok, 

> Wizzywig winks suggestively . 
no an 

You start to no an, 

) Wizzywig whistles appreciatively, 
ose 

'ou send a ball of fire into the sky. 


it lasts a long tine. 


Lots of feelings ' commands are available to both players and wizards alike as this extract shows. However , wizards 
can farce ordinary players to perform any of these actions on command. Good fob Odin was feeling friendly, 
otherwise that slap might well have ended up with the rapid demise of poor Wizzywig 



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Go with the flo 


AMOS 



I any people bought Amos in the belief 
that it would help them create fantastic 
software with ease, save the universe as 
we know it and make the perfect cup of coffee. 
Unfortunately life is never that simple and to get 
any satisfaction from using this language you will 
have to get to know your Amiga and its capabilities 
a little better. It also helps to have good Colombian 
beans. 

There are two main methods of producing a 
scrolling screen. The first is to take a series of 
interconnecting picture "blocks", place one on 
the screen, move it a bit and then place the next 
section. 

This is known as a software scroll, because it is 
up to us - the programmers - to do all of the hard 
work. Xenon II uses this type of scrolling. 

One of the advantages of software scrolling is 
that it requires very little memory because you 
really only have to have a standard sized screen 
open which is 320 x 200 pixels in size. 

Custom chips 

A hardware scroll is something which is handled 
mainly by the Amiga's custom chips, which are 
known as hardware. It is produced by defining a 
big picture, looking at one section of the picture 
and then panning across the rest, just like a televi- 
sion camera looking at a wall-mounted mural. Kick 
Off uses this type of scrolling. 

Although fast, hardware scrolling eats up lots of 
memory. Fortunately the ease with which we can 
manipulate a hardware scroll more than makes up 
for the memory consumption. Before we do this I 
think we should look at how versatile the Amiga 
screen system really is. 

Amiga screens are something special. You need 
to imagine them not as literal pictures but as a win- 
dow looking into your machine's memory. By mov- 
ing our viewpoint around we can examine almost 
any part of the chip memory contained inside the 
Amiga. Incidentally, this is how many graphics 
"grabbers" work. 

AMOS allows us to manipulate these "windows 
on the world" using the Screen Display and Screen 
Offset commands. Screen Offset controls our view 
of the computer's memory through our window, 
while Screen Display controls the size of this win- 
dow and its position on the monitor. 

OK, now we all know how to open a screen 
inside Amos, don't we? It's pretty simple - load 
AMOS and make sure you are inside the editor (not 
Direct Mode). Type this line in: 

Screen Open 0,320, 200,16, Lowres 

This tells Amos to create screen number 0 with a 
horizontal resolution of 320 pixels, a vertical resolu- 
tion of 200 pixels and 16 colours in lo-res mode, 
which means the pixels are pretty square and 
chunky. We now have a screen we can experiment 
with. 

The next step is to define two variables XSIZE 
and YSIZE, these will tell Amoshow big our window 
will be: 

XSIZE=320 

YSIZE=200 


Smooth, fast scrolling is often important for 
convincing gameplay. Peter Hickman looks at 
ways of moving your backgrounds 


OK, now we must start a loop which will allow us 
to change the characteristics of this window with 
the mouse buttons. Every time we go around the 
loop, the mouse co-ordinates are put into the vari- 
ables X and Y. 

These are then used to position the window on 
your monitor. It sounds confusing, but if you imag- 
ine the window as a piece of paper being moved 
around on a desk - which is your monitor! - it may 
seem a little clearer: 


Repeat 

X=X House-100 
Y=Y House-160 


Now we must check the state of the mouse keys. 
If the left button is pressed the variable XSIZE is 
decremented. If the right button is pressed the vari- 
able YSIZE is decremented. 

The command ADD allows a little more control 
over variables than the standard INC or DEC com- 
mands. By using ADD we can make the number 
contained in XSIZE wrap around from 0 to 320 with 
very little work: 

If House Key=1 

XSIZE,-1,1 To 320 

End If 

If House Key=2 

Add YSIZE, -1 , 1 To 200 
End If 

OK, now for the magic command. As you can see 
the first parameter is the screen number, followed 
by the X and Y positions plus XSIZE and YSIZE: 

Screen Display 0,X,Y, XSIZE, YSIZE 

The final part of our program waits for you to press 
both mouse keys before it stops: 

Until House Key=3 
End 

I hope this has not been too complicated to follow 
so far. The concepts are simple, but I must admit 
that the whole subject can become overpowering! 

I have now introduced you to the basics of using 
Screen Display, but what about Screen Offset? It is 
this command which actually creates the scrolling. 

If we defined a standard sized screen and used 
Screen Offset to look above - or below - it, we 
would see what is contained in those portions of 
memory. 

To start off with, let's open up our screen by typ- 
ing the following lines into the Amos editor (remem- 
ber to save your last program if you want to keep it): 

Screen Open 0,320, 600,4, Lowres 

F Lash Off 

Hide On 

Curs Off 

Palette $O,S90 

Cls 1 

You will notice that I have reduced the amount of 
colours from the standard 1 6 down to four. I have 
also increased the size of the screen to 600 pixels 


high, which is three times the height of a normal 
screen. 

The next Screen Display command features four 
commas in succession. This is not a printing mis- 
take! It tells Amos to use its own defaults instead of 
the missing parameters. The last part of the line tells 
Amos that we only want to display 200 lines of this 
600 line screen: 

Screen Display 0,,,,200 

I am not a great lover of football - or football simu- 
lation computer games - but they can be useful to 
demonstrate the principles we are dealing with 
here. So in the best tradition of Blue Peter, here is a 
pitch I drew earlier... 

Draw 0.299 To 320.299 
Box 0,0 To 319,599 
Circle 160,299,105 

Even though we cannot see the whole screen, 
Amos will draw it for us. 

Neat, huh? The penultimate step in this program 
is to let Amos know which part of the 600-line 
screen we wish to display inside our small 2 00-line 
window. Once again, the Screen Offset command 
contains a couple of commas, this tells Amos to use 
the default value for the X position of our view. 

YP0S=0 

Screen Offset 0,,YP0S 

Now for the exciting bit! By pressing the left mouse 
button the screen will scroll smoothly upwards by 
telling Amos - through the Screen Offset command 
- to look at a different part of the picture held in 
memory through our small screen or "window". If 
we press the right button the screen will scroll 
downwards: 

Repeat 

If House Key=1 and YP0S>0 
Add YP0S , -5 
Screen Offset 0,,YP0S 
End If 

If House Key=2 and YP0S<400 
Add Y POS , 5 

Screen Offset 0,,YP0S 
End If 

We must put a WAIT VBL command here to tell 
Amos to slow down. Try removing it to see how 
fast the program runs! 

Wait Vbl 

Until Housekey=3 

On the CoverDisk this month you can find an 
example program using horizontal scrolling. 
Why not experiment and see what you come up 
with? 


• This is a rather sod AMOS column hr me, U s 
my last one. Ye s, after two years t have decided to 
move on fa other things. So it s goodbye from me, 
and hetio to Phil South from next month. 






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DTP 


Tweak your pictures 




P rocessing and printing images to best 
effect is vital for professional-looking 
DTP output. 

I want to concentrate on this aspect this 
month, following on from last month's look at 
achieving results from even the most humble of 
hand scanners. 

Once the image is scanned in you are left with 
a massive black-and-white "dithered" picture - a 
representation of the original made up of lots of 
black and white dots. 

These dots are arranged into things called 
grains. For 64 greyshade scanners the grains are 
eight pixels across by eight pixels deep, and 
each grain represent a shade of grey from 64 
white pixels (solid white) to 64 black pixels (solid 
black). 

This dither pattern is not a lot of use to us, 
firstly because it is so big and secondly because 
black-and-white printers - even high resolution 
inkjet and laser printers - can only really produce 
about 1 6 discernable shades of grey. 

This is why any decent Amiga scanner soft- 
ware has a Convert to Grey option. 

Conversion 

So the next step is to convert the black-and- 
white dither to 1 6 shades of grey. The software 
does this by reading each eight by eight grain of 
the dither and deciding which of 16 displayable 
shades of grey it should be converted to. 
Because each eight by eight grain gets changed 
into a single grey pixel, the image is reduced in 
size to an eighth of the size of the dither. 

In truth, such a greyscale image is actually too 
small. It will typically be about 200 pixels wide, 
less than a third of the width of a hi-res screen. 
To get a decent sized picture on the printed 


In the second of two parts, Ben Pointer shows how 
to process and pr it impressive greyscale scans 

The best greyscale 
images are produced 
by softwore that 
double-dithers. The 
smoller Image in this 
screenshot Is only 
single dithered, and Is 
consequently smaller 
and less detailed 


Using The Art Department 
you con adjust the gomma 
value of the image, thereby 
creating a greater contrast 
between the darkest parts 
of the image and the next 
level of grey. While it moy 
look o bit wishy-washy on 
the screen, the gamma- 
adjusted image will 
print better 


If you are thinking about buying an Amiga hand 
scanner, make sure the software double-dithers 
when it converts to grey; it makes a big difference 
to the quality of the image. A full width scan should 
reduce after conversion to a screen image about 
400 pixels wide - about two-thirds of full screen 
width. 

After converting to grey you might decide that 
the image is too light. But you have to remember 
that the grey shades put out by your printer are not 
the same as the grey shades you see onscreen, 
which are usually a bit darker. Before twiddling the 
brightness wheel and scanning again you should 
dump this first scan and see what the printed out- 
put looks like. 

Sometimes, even with the brightness wheel at its 
lightest, you end up with a dark and muddy 
greyscale picture. In this situation you will need fur- 
ther software with which to process the image. The 
Art Department (TAD) is what you need - the basic 
package is good enough, but go for the more 
expensive professional version if you can afford it. 

TAD has a a number of options that allow you to 
alter the brightness, contrast and gamma values of 
images. Gamma conversion, put simply, means 
adjusting the image's shades of grey between black 
and white, but leaving the actual black and white 
parts of the image untouched. 

On top of this, TAD will let you add a number of 
dithers to the picture, which can help to reduce the 
blockiness of the printed image, thus enabling you 
to print it at scales larger than 50 per cent. 

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Printing professionally 

For printed output you are ultimately dependent upon the dither 
patterns produced by your printer. At high resolutions the dots the 
printer puts on the paper are too often close together to be able to 
discern 16 levels of grey, especially at the darker end of the scale. 
Consequently you'll find that greyscale images will always dump bet- 
ter at a lower resolution - something between 120 and 180 dots per 
inch - because the individual dots are further apart. 

If you are using PageStream for your DTP work you can force the 
dots in the printed output to be further apart by changing the 
Screen Frequency value in the Edit Co-ordinates requester for the 
graphic. The number you enter is a lines per inch (tpi) value, and 1 
think you'll find that 60 tpi is best for most dot matrix output. 

Professional Page users can only change this Ipi value when out- 
putting to a PostScript device. PageSetter II users can t adjust it at 
all. But all is not lost. There is a program available called TurboPrint 
Professional that gives your printer better dither patterns and - 
among many other things - allows you to alter the brightness, con- 
trast and gamma levels of graphical output. 

In fact you could say that what The Art Department is to the 
screen, TurboPrint Professional Is to dot matrix printers - it s proba- 
bly a compulsory purchase for anyone who is serious about hand 
scanning on the Amiga. 


page you will have to keep it at about 1 00 per 
cent scale, and because its resolution is 75 dots 
per inch (the resolution of all IFF ILBM pictures), it 
will be a bit "blocky". To reduce the blockiness 
you have to scale down to at least 50 per cent, 
thereby doubling the out- 
put resolution to 150 dpi, 
but then you're left with a 
tiny picture. 

Which is why any Amiga 
scanning software worth its 
salt it will employ a tech- 
nique called double dither- 
ing. 

Instead of converting 
each eight by eight grain 
to a single pixel of grey, it 
converts each grain to a 
two by two matrix of grey 
pixels. 

Not only does this pro- 
vide a bigger greyscale 
image, but by clever use of 
shades of grey in these two 
by two greyscale grains the 
eye can be fooled into 
thinking there are more lev- 
els of grey in the picture 
than there actually are. 

The end result is that we 
have a bigger, more 
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Amiga Computing July 1992 



KCS Power PC Board 

PC emulation 
on your Amiga 


About.*. 

Tha KCS Fewer PC is a compl&ie 1 1 MHz 1Mb PC 
sub-sysla m that can be filled to ary Amiga In 
mtrmles 

B&stO around NEC's highly su-tcessfiii V30 CPU, 
tt» Power PC Board offers a very big h degree of 
compatibility it macbme language level, yet runs 
(aster than ar> sgurvalenl Inlet 8(H}6 
The 1Mb of AutQcgnfrg ,M memory can be 
accessed by all current Amiga models including 
the ASM Plus Even ihe original A500 can access 
51 2K as a standard expansion with clock, plus a 
512KRAM disk 

Adored by critics and users alike, the KCS Power 
PC Board is a real alternative to buying a 

complete PC clone. 

Installation 

The KCS Power PC board fits to any Amiga in 
minutes: 

• On A500 and A500 Plus machines it simply 
slides into the trapdoor expansion; and doesn't 
invalidate your warranty! 

• On bigger Amigas, such as the 
1500/2000/2500/3000, it drops into a vacant 
Amiga slot using the custom designed adaptor 
board. 

• Once fitted, your Amiga can be switched into PC 
mode simply by clicking an icon. Just reset and 
it's an Amiga again. 

No fuss, no hassle. Just two machines in the 
space of one. 

Video 

■ Supports the majority of EGA and VGA modes in 
16 glorious colours and monochrome - graphics 
up to 640x460 and text too. Interlace Is required 
for soma modes but a software flicker fixer is 
built In, 

- Other video modes include MDA and CGA text 
and graphics. Also supports Tandy colour 
graphics adaptor and Hercules monochrome. 

■ EGA and VGA graphics can be displayed on a 
domestic TV or monitor. UnHkoraaf PCs, no extra 
hardware is required. 

Disk 

• Up to four Amiga drives can be connected to 
your system and accessed in PC modes as 3 5‘ 
720K or 5. 25" 360K Typical disk access is at 
least twice as fast as most real PC clones! 

• DOS can be started from any mounted drive 
5,25‘ or 3.5’ and mos: Amiga bard drives. 

• Supports most popular hard disks Including 
GVP Impact, Supra and A590 iGmi! and SCSI). 

• A massive 200K ramdrive (up to SMbwith 
expansion) is available in PC mode and it's PC- 
reset proof too. 

Memory 

■ Even with a base Amiga 704K is free for DOS 
programs (640K in EGA and VGA modes). 

• EMS (expanded memory) is supported allowing 
you to run Microsoft Windows without problems 
and store massive files in Lotus 1-2-3. So, if you 


have 8Mb on board the PC can use it 

• XMS (extended memory) is supported - even 
1 hough this is not usually possible on NEC V3G 
machines. 

Speed 

its Landmark speed pots It way ahead of marry 
true PC systems - It even compares favourably 
with many AT clones, 

However, the crux of Ihe matter lies with the 
video spefrd: and this, as many critics have noted 
is where the KCS Power PC Board scores over an 
others. It's no use having a wzz-banp processor 
if Ihe screen takes several seconds to redraw 
itself. 

• Tests in text modes have shown it is several 
times faster than evenAT clones with dedicated 
vrdeo hardware. Even in graphics modes, <rs no 
slouch although the emulation is limited by 
Amiga hardware. 

■ Add a processor accelerator card, andthe 32-bit 
clean KCS cache software will use it to its full 
advantage. 

Mouse 

• Automatic serial mouse emulation is supplied as 
standard - using your existingAmiga rodent. 

• Mouse can be configured as C0M1 or COM2. 

Joystick 

• Up to two sticks can be employed at any time. 
You decide how they are arranged. 

Printer 

• Youi Amiga's parallel port is accessed as LPT1 
In PC mode. 

Seri at 

• DOS usually supports two serial ports, but one 
is taken by the Amiga mouse. The Amiga's serial 
can be set as CQM1 or COM2 as desired, for 
MODEM elc. up to 19200 baud full-duplex 

Sound 

• PC sound is supported, but there's an additional 
volume control available in software. 

Works on... 

• All Amigas (except the alOOO) filled with 
Kickstart 1 .2 and Workbench 1.2 of higher. 

• Extra memory is not required, Put lull use will 
be made of extra hardware, like accelerators, 
flicker fixers, modems etc. 

Help! 

• We want you to get the most out of your system 
so we offer a comprehensive, free telephone 
helpline service to all registered users. 

Updates... 

• Since the hardware is a complete PC in its own 
right, all updates are completely software driven. 
Registered users can update at any time for a 
nominal fee to cover media and shipping costs. 


TC emulation is a contentious issue - but the KCS Power PC board 
is the only one to carry my personal recommendation, it is an 
excellent product that does all it claims and does it well."- 
commejits ftfarft Smiddy, co-author of Mastering AmigatDOS 2 . 


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MULTIMEDIA 


One and counting... 



C DTV is a year old. It was officially 
launched on April 30, 1991 at the 
British Academy of Film and Television 
Arts, better known to us all as Bafta - yes, the 
ones that give the British "Oscars" away each 
year. 

A lot has happened in the twelve short 
months since then. Many critics of CDTV would 
have you believe that nothing has moved, but 
this is just not the case, so let's take a quick look, 
shall we? 

Most important, in my view, was the price 
reduction that came a short while ago, reducing 
the cost of a CDTV from £599 to £499. This 
clever move by Commodore means that CDTV 
becomes a realistic purchase for many types of 
prospective customer. 

Not only does it make the CDTV affordable as 
a standalone, multimedia entertainment system, 
it should also appeal to people purchasing an 
audio CD player, and those who are thinking of 
buying an Amiga and want that little bit extra. 

Software 

The other vital factor in the success of this 
product - especially in the long term - is the 
quality of the software available. I am glad to say 
that the available titles have started to improve 
beyond recognition compared to those which 
were initially released. 

Titles such as Hutchinson Encyclopedia and 
Women in Motion were truly awful. I am sure 
that many people would have gained the same 
negative impression after sitting through 
Hutchinson as I did, not helped by the fact that it 
came bundled with the CDTV 
and so was endorsed 
by Commodore 
as far as |oe 
Public was 


On CDTV's first anniversary, Dave Windera 
charts its history and looks to the future 


concerned. Luckily, with the 
appearance of titles like Japan 
World, Learn French with 
Asterix, Town with No Name 
and of course Fractal Universe, it 
is apparent that developers are 
now really getting to grips with 
just what is possible on the 
CDTV. 

With software of this stan- 
dard appearing - and it can only 
continue to improve - the future 
of the system seems assured. 

Also making an appearance 
during the last year have been a 
host of peripheral items. As well 
as a keyboard, remote control 
mouse and external floppy drive 
- which effectively turn your 
CDTV into a fully functional Amiga 500 - we have 
seen a remote control trackball (with ports for stan- 
dard joysticks), an internal genlock and a 
redesigned remote control pad with the annoying 
mouse/joystick control replaced with a more robust 
and easier to use design. 

Not yet available as I write is the Advanced 
Video Mode card - better known by its acronym of 
AVM - which should be at your dealer by the time 
you are read this page. 

This is much awaited and will provide 
amazing graphics with a palette 
chosen from 16,000,000 
colours. Best of all is that 
pricing should be 
around the £50 
mark, so making 
it within the 
reach of 


Fine tuning with CDTV 

So what could be improved? Well, I would definitely replace the 
awful Welcome disk if had the opportunity to do so. Although it 
fits nicely in with the ideal of CDTV, being a manual on CD-ROM, 
I think this is one area that needs a manual on paper! 

After all, it isn't exactly easy to look things up in the disk man- 
ual when you are trying to figure out what to do within another 
program. 

There is also the obvious disadvantage that you don't know 
whal to do until you read the manual, but you don't know how 
to read the manual until you know what to do, if you see what I 
mean. 

Apart from that, I would say that the SCSI card should be 
made available to one and all, and not just developers as at pre^ 
sent, so opening the doors for the use of all sorts of extra 
devices, such as hard disks. 


most CDTV owners. Third-party manufacturers 
have also started to produce CDTV peripherals 
now, with Roctec making a CDTV external floppy 
drive that sells for a lot less than the retail price of 
the official Commodore model. 

It should be pointed out, of course, that any 
external floppy drive for the Amiga will work hap- 
pily with the CDTV - it is just the colour that is 
different The same is true of the keyboard, as it is 
quite possible to use a standard keyboard from an 
Amiga 1500/2000 - providing you can make up 
the appropriate connector adaptor to fit. Of 
course, it does look so much nicer if everything is 
colour coded in black! 

MicroDeal recently launched another add-on 
in the shape of their Voice Master product. This is 
basically a microphone and interface that allows 
you to record speech for use with some compati- 
ble CDTV titles. 

It works with Learn French with Asterix for 
example, enabling you to record and play back 
your spoken French from within the program. 

At just £19.95 this will become a very useful 
addition to your CDTV outfit once more titles 
make use of it. 

Another addition that is worthy of note is not to 
the CDTV range itself, but to the Commodore 
CDTV team. 

Jim Mackonochie joined Commodore as General 
Manager of CDTV Development Europe, and 
has been very busy trying to ensure that 
the success of CDTV continues. So 
happy Birthday, CDTV - may you grow 
in your second year as quickly as you 
have in your first. 


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turns your Amiga into a 
comprehensive design 
studio, providing a wide 
range of graphic tools 
that can make icon 
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This attractive wedge shaped 
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positioned alongside the 
computer rather than behind 
it so that swapping cables 
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PRO MIDI INTERFACE comes with a disk full of public domain programs 
allowing immediate use, plus a user's guide that explains Midi ana how to 
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Thanks to a breakthrough by Rombo 
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can now produce good colour images quickly 
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• Take snapshots in 16 shades live from video 

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• Dynamic cut and paste 

• Full palette control 

• Hardware and software control of brightness and contrast 

• Compatible with all video standards 

It includes full colour capabilities with additional Vidi-Chrome and also 
comes with an RGB Splitter which enables the 3 primary colours to be 
digitised separately without the need for a conventional filter set. And for 
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• Restart the program 
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• Dos commands 
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£ 57.95 


The Trojan Amiga compatible 
lightpen can be used as a 
complete replacement for the 
mouse in many applications. 
Particularly useful in drawing and 
design, the two button pen 
provides the user with a very 
direct method of control. 



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 III and IV, Photon Paint, 
Workbench 1.2/1 .3, Battlechess, Professional Page, 
Music-X and Audiomaster V2. 

Easy to use, the Trojan lightpen will have you 
producing designs and drawings that 
are far superior to those produced 
using a mouse. 


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Have you ever dreamed of making your Amiga 
really work for you? Or wanted to harness to the 
full its awesome hidden power? 

Well now you can! 

Even if you're a complete 
beginner, Easy AMOS will 
propel you into a fascinating 
new world where you will 
quickly learn how to: 

• Produce impressive 
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• Scroll large text across the screen 

• Make your Amiga actually talk to you 

• Add exciting music to your creations 

Soon you'll be turning your craziest ideas into 
reality: Computer art, cartoon animations, home 
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Manual - with AMOS Basic 

by Stephen Hill 


Stephen is the author of Sigma's best-selling The Game 
Maker's Manual for the Atari ST - and he's the author of the 
new AMOS (Amiga Operating System) Manual, so nobody 
is better placed to write this book. 

The creator of AMOS, Francois Lionette, has produced the 
most powerful games programming system. With it, Amiga 
games equivalent to such best sellers as Xenon 2 and Blood 
Money can be produced - it’s so straightforward that many 
people will buy an Amiga simply to run AMOS Basic. 


Amiga Game 

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The contents include: Game 
planning - graphic design, mock- 
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high speed AMOS sprites, fire 
control, collision detection, 
background animation; 
Simulations - from simple 3D 
movement to flight simulators; 
Role playing - characters, 
scenarios and magic; Adventure 
games - plans, rooms and 
commands; Animation, scrolling, 
sound and 3D; Links to 
assembler. Numerous tested, 
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Using a system of strengthened steel rods, this handsome binder, embossed 
with the Amiga Computing logo, will hold 12 issues of your favourite magazine 
securely in place. Made from rugged PVC, bound with strong cotton and sporting the 
Amiga Computing logo, the Dust Cover 

is perfect for protecting your computer. Magazine Binder £5.95 9509 

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Amiga Computing Mouse & Mouse Mats 


Elegant high quality mouse from Gasteiner. Designed to use with any mouse driven 
application. Also, our mouse mat with the Amiga Computing logo is the perfect 
desktop environment for your mouse, with its specially designed perfect grip surfaces. 


Mouse Mat 
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£4.95 9508 

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Spell! 


This unique package makes practising spelling loads of fun. Suitable for children from 
5-15, SPELL! allows the user to learn at his or her own pace. It includes five different 
tests, each making use of more than 5,000 words - so much variety that you'll never 
get bored. 

£8.95 3614 


Re-Ink Spray 


Save up to 90% on ribbon costs and help the environment with this simple cost 
effective answer to exhausted printer ribbons! Open up your ribbon cartridge, spray 
with Re-!nk and you have a ribbon which is as good as new, and give a cleaner 
blacker print with no blotches. Works for all fabric ribbons. 

£12.95 9998 


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April 1992 + 3. Sin disc 

£3.10 

9746 

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£3.10 

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£3.10 

3748 

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£7.50 

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£20.00 

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Huge Professional 


A complete program for producing icons, sprites, brushes and bobs. With Icon editor, 
simple user interface, advanced drawing capabilities, font support and bitmap editor 
why use several utilities if one program can do it all, Supported formats: Image (C & 
ASM), and Icons (Workbench). Also features advanced zoom concept, featuring 
custom magnification trailer zoom and co-ordinates display. 

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Amiga Made Easy 


Make the most of your Amiga and use it to its full potential. This book explains exactly 
how to use the Amiga effectively - even for newcomers with no previous experience. 
Existing owners will also benefit as a comprehensive guide to more advanced 
applications is included. 


£12.95 9871 


Amigados: A Dabhand Guide 


A comprehensive guide to the Amiga's Disc Operating System, this book takes a new 
approach to understanding and using the Amiga and contains a wealth of practical 
hands-on advice, hints and tips. 

£14.95 9866 


Amos The Creator 


AMOS is the definitive programming language for everyone wanting to make the most of their 
Amiga, It is an extremely easy to learn and use package featuring literally hundreds of special 
commands to directly control the Amiga's legendary graphics and sound capability. 


AMOS The Creator 
AMOS The Compiler 


£34.99 9834 AMOS 3D £24.95 9836 

£19.99 9835 Bundle of all 3 products £74.99 9837 


Stereo Master 


Stereo Master is the latest full feature STEREO sound sampler for the Amiga. It 
contains DUAL analogue to digital convertors, ensuring the ultimate in 8-bit sample 
quality. The system can record in high quality stereo from its twin phono input sockets, 
sampling anything from a portable CD player to live radio. 

£34.95 9814 


Auto Mouse/Joystick Switch 


Now you can instantly select either your mouse or joystick by simply a touch. You 
won't need to fumble under or behind your computer to swap your mouse and joystick 
cables ever again. It's easy to install and ideal fcr 2 player games. 

£17.95 9882 


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Seventeen Bit software, well known for their predilec- 
tion for demo disks and the crushing weight of their 
entire nigh-on 2,000 disk collection (last weighed in at 
2.5 tons, give or take a scrolly demo), may soon be 
taking the revolutionary step of removing a disk from 
their collection. 

The reason for this is that its inclusion in their library 
could result in a short stay at Her Majesty's conve- 
nience. LSD is an Amiga user group concentrating, 
among other things, on cracking, which is just another 
name for software theft. They circulate a disk-based 
magazine called Grapevine. 

Issue 9, which was released as 17-Bit disk 1,800- 
odd, contained a complete set of instructions on how 
to crack the copy protection of a popular, if ageing, 
commercial game, by way of a general tutorial for 
novice crackers* 

An LSD "editorial" made a lame and hypocritical 
attempt at warning potential pupils of the legal impli- 
cations of cracking, but went ahead with the instruc- 
tions anyway* 

When asked if they were aware of this fact, 17-Bit, 
whose screening process - assum ng that one exists - 
seems to be about as effective as an MI6 security 
check, said they would "remove the text file in ques- 
tion" or, if this proved impossible, remove the disk 
from the collection. 

Rest assured well be keeping tabs on them* 


A300 goes 
underground 

Pundits who read the Amiga Computing news pieces 
on the A300 a few months back and credited us with 
nothing more than sensationalism will be interested to 
find out that the machine has in fact been available 
here for over a month. 

When we opened the casing on the A600 sent to us 
for review, the motherboard was stamped "A3G0 rev 
1.1". Even the power supply casing bore the stamp of 
the A5G0 J s smaller brother, indicating that 
Commodore changed their minds very late on in the 
day. 

Look out for the following new releases — the Amiga 
2300, the CD-ROM A670, and the high end A3500. 







Into the valley 
of death... 

... rode the A6GQ? Continuing industry head- 
scratching about Commodore's intentions for the 
A60G, why they released it at the same price as the 
A500, why ft hasn't got a numeric keypad, and just 
"why?" in general, recently had a first chance at 
some sort of clarification when the machine finally 
went on sale to the unwashed masses (you and 
me). 

The Amiga show held at Wembley was the 
machine's unofficial UK debut, though it had been 
selling mail order for about a month previously, 
and many a Commodore rep was to be seen hover- 
ing anxiously around the stand on which the A60Q 
was being prominently displayed. 

Sweaty armpits and ravaged fingernails were 
much in evidence as the suits awaited punters' 
verdicts* 

Here is a selection of the comments we over- 
heard: 

* "What is itr 

* "Where's the hard drive, then?" 

* (Upon being asked why he'd just bought an 
A600) "Stands to reason. 600's a hundred more 
than 500, but it costs the same." 

We understand manicurists and chemists based 
in the area of Commodore's Maidenhead HQ are 
expecting a busy time. 



Let's face it , there's useful jargon (more usually 
acronyms for clumsy phrases such as Random 
Access Memory - RAM ), but there's also a lot of 
totally meaningless tripe , such as CDTV 
(Commodore Dynamic Total Vision , whatever that's 
supposed to actually mean ), DTMS (Desktop Music 
System), and the hilarious ZIP (Zig-Zag Inline 
Packet, a type of RAM chip). 

Much of the latest jargon has been dreamt up by 
marketing suit-fillers and the rest seems to be 
applied by elitists who're scared that joe Public will 
begin to understand what they're talking about and 
realise it's just a had of old cobblers. 

Competition results 

The answers to the March Multimedia competition ques- 
tions are, of course, B-B-C. The winner, who picks up a 
copy of the excellent Scala presentation package is 
Howard Maryon-Davis of Fulham. 

Runners up were M J Skelton of St Leonard's on Sea 
and John R Kitcher of North Tawton, both of whom will 
receive a copy of Scala 500. Well done to all three lucky 
winners. 


ADVERTISERS' INDEX 


17 Bit Software 104 

3 Amigos 120 

ACS . 112 

Advance Electronics 112 

Amiganuts United 132 

Applied Research Kernel 103 

Audition Computers 10 

Barkman 126 

Batlleaxe PD 107 

Best Prices 116, 117 

Bitcon Devices 136 

Blit 136 

Checkmate 45 

Compulink 128 

Computech Services.... ...115 

Computermates 62 

Computer-Tuta 132 

Contax Computers 134 

Cooleen Computers 64 

Cottage Industries 120 

Delta Pi SW 103 


Dial a Disk 130 

Direct Computer Supplies 115 

Dynamite Computers 16, 1 7 

E. M.C 134 

Europress Direct 140-143 

Europress Software 134 

Evesham Micros 48, 49 

F. C.C 47 

Ferguson-Smith 66 

Firecrest 128 

First Choice Computers 55-57 

Futureworld Computers 146, IBC 

Gasteiner 58 

George Thompson Services 132 

GHS Technology 99 

GJS 128 

Gordon Harwood 6, 31-37 

Ground Zero PD 115 

Hawkwell Electronics 128 

Hi-Soft 9 

Hobbyte 26, 27 


Intracom Applications 64 

K2 Software 126 

Ladbroke Computing 100 

LCL 120 

Manor Court Supplies.........™. 130 

Marcam 28 

Microdeal 20 

Microdrive 65 

MJC Supplies... 42 

NBPDL 136 

New Image Videos 102 

Omega Projects 121 

Orion PD 103 

Pathfinder PD 120 

PD Direct 124 

Power Computing 12, 13 

Rombo OBC 

Safelight 132 

Saxon Publishing 15 

School Software 112 

Silica Systems 23, 25, 41 , 61 


Soft-Logik _ IFC 

Solid State 3 

Star Associate Computers 115 

Strictly PD 108 

Switchsoft ....... 128 

Syntronix 102 

Thuderhead 102 

TK Computers 126 

Trilogic 110, 111 

Ultimate Computers 102 


TK Computers 126 

Trilogic 110, 111 

Ultimate Computers 102 



Core Design OBC 

DMI 11 

Eagle Software 27 

Entertainment International 17, IBC 


Amiga Computing July 1 992 


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Reader Service 



Sell your unwanted hardware and 
software the painless way 


A s long as your ad is IS 
words or less, it's abso- 
lutely free! 

Should you want more space, 
you'll find unrivalled value-for- 
money - for instance, 35 words 
cost just £6, 

Fill in the form on this page 
and send it to us with your pay- 
ments (if applicable) - and 
remember to include your tele- 
phone number! 


• Panasonic KX-P1123, 24 pin mono 
printer for sale, including cable, £150-2 
months old, mint condition, boxed with 
manuals, selling to upgrade to colour, 
George, 0908 370582 

• Amiga 500, Imb Expansion, £250 
boxed software, £220 ono, Tel 041 647 
4872, Glasgow Area 

• Wanted Athletics/Runners Cup Art , 3 
Sandringham Road, Parkstone, Poole, 
BH14 8TH 0202 740684 

• Mega disk 1, Two disk magazine 
packed with reviews, games, news, music 
and twenty utilities - Send £2.50 to: R 
Wild, 8 Cranleigh Place, Whitley Bay, 
NE25 9UD 

• I will Swap or buy software for Miracom 
Miracle Modem. Call John on 0772 
431834 

• Unused Deluxe Paint 3 £15. Phone 
0482 822770, Ask for Paul 

• Help wanted with Commodore Mps 
1550c, colour printer preferences, Tel 
0305 778273 

• For Sale, 4 mb Supra Ram 500RX £180 
ono, Tel Coventry, 444991 Buyer Must 
Collect 

• Want friends to swap PD disks. Mrs 
Metcalfe, 18 Northumberland Avenue, 
Scampton, Lincoln, LN1 2UQ 

• PD swappers wanted, Send lists, tel no. 
to: Ardaven, Westra, Dinas, Powys, 
Cardiff, CF6 4HA 

• Members for new Amiga Croup wanted 
(coders, GFX + musicians) please send 
example of your work 31 1 803 16337 

• B2000 with 2 drives, 10845 monitor, 


Action replay 2: £600, games available. 
York 0904 624637 

• Xetec Fasttrak SC51 Interface £35. 
Commodore A2092 disk interface £30. 
Ideal for A1 500. 081 449 0036 

• Amiga 500+, Ram expansion, external 
drive, modulator, £250, CPL Moffat, QM 
Dept, BMH Hannover, BRP0 33 

• Star LC10 colour printer excellent con- 
dition with ribbons £99 Tel Peterborough 
0733 391 353 

• Amiga PD sell or swap. SAE Peter, 65 
Meadowside, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6BY 

• Group needs members, swappers Tel 
0925 39676. 29 Cranborne Avenue, 
Lower Walton, Warrington, Cheshire, 
WA4 6DE 

• Wanted Amiga Tutor, D Paint Videos, 
also Amiga games for sale. Tel 0274 
488198 

• Amiga PD to swap. Over 1 75 titles in 
my collection. Phone Dave on 0483 
572021 

• Wanted "Art" of Chess, contact G H 
Johnson, 091 548 1379 

• Amiga Action replay MKIII, Never used. 
One month old. A500+ compat £40. 
Phone 0403 562709 Evenings 

• A500 Search contacts all over the world 
Niesen - 202, Rue De Gaulle - 6180 
Courcelle, Belgium 

• Wanted Amiga tutor and DPaint videos 
D Platts, 69 White Hall Road, Norwich, 
0603 61 7095 

• Sam Coupe, disk drive, Datacorder, joy- 
stick, games, boxed as new £150. Phone 
Shrewsbury 0743 365184 

• Wanted TV tuner for Phillips 8833 MKII 
monitor. Call Richard on (Evenings) 081 
451 4885 

• Amiga 500. 1 meg upgrade, monitor, 
lots of games, £950 ono. Amiga moni- 
tor, £550 ono 

• Got Amiga PD/Shareware? Send to PD, 
7 Wakening Avenue, Shoebury, SS3 9BE + 
best gets free Yamaha keyboard 

• Mega Disk mag £1.50 or SAE for info, 
PB Stanley, 1 02 Kesteven, Stamford, Lines, 
PE9 1 SS 

• Cheat disk packed with cheats solu- 


tions, send blank disc with £5, SAE for 
1 00% reply 

• Contacts wanted all over the world. 
Write to Rob, 64 Hurrell Close, Southway, 
Plymouth, PL6 6NE 

• For sale: Case 4624 modem 2400 baud MNP 
5. Mint,only£60. Phone 0734 694824 (Alex) 

• X-copy Pro/Cyclone hardware + soft- 
ware copier. Backs-up ANYTHING £30. 
Tel Steve 0227 462674 after 4 pm 

• Bridgeboard at 2256 for Amiga 2000 
5" + 3" floppy + dos, manuals £390. Phil 
Tearne 0865 842149/777799 

• Micro-Bottics 8 up Ram expansion, 
(Populated to 4 Megs) £160 ono. Tel 
Paul 0707 270988 

• Mac 2 disk copier hardware/software 
by Ashcom. Unwanted gift £22 Post Paid. 
Tel 0738 828991 

• Write to: Gregory Laskawski, 

Warszawska 159/149. 25-547 Kielce, 
Poland, to establish PD and Shareware 
Library 

• 2 Meg chips for Amiga A590 hard drive 
- £45. Ring York, 0904 421 968, evenings 

• Amiga PD required, please contact, 
Martyn Thompson, 42 Harbord Crescent, 
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 3EG 

• Colour ink jet printer, new 300 * 300 
DPI, with Amiga driver. Only £200. Call 
Howard after 6 pm on 0529 240082 

• Wanted, the Games Rings of Medusa, 
released mid-1 990. Tel Dave Strange on 
0865 58531 

• T.B.A.G 1-60 inc. £32. Fish 521-620 
inc. £60 will split. Tel 0543 462908 

• PD Swaps, send lists and SAE, David 
Milicevic, 1 Falstaff Court, Kennington, 
London, SE1 1 4RP 

• All Amos programmers, Contact: Ape, 7 

I 



Majestic Road, Hatch Warren, 
Basingstoke, Hants, RG22 4XD 

• Amiga contacts wanted in 
Helston/Falmouth area, Call John, 77 
Albion Road, Helston, Cornwall, TR1 3 8JL 

• Contacts wanted for assembly language 
coding. Robert Dabell, 7 Manor Road, 
Barlestone, Warks, CV1 3 0HY 

• Amiga contacts wanted 100% reply. 
Chris, 28 Spring Close, Fair Oak, Eastleigh, 
Hants, SOS 7BB# Atari 520 STFM for sale, 
around 170 Prgs. Plus much more sell 
£370, 0384 73660 

• Wanted Amiga contacts. Send info etc, 
to Matthew West, 86 Gordon Avenue, 
Portswood, Southampton, S02 1BZ 

• For sale, Digiview III £65. Deluxe Paint 
III £25. Deluxe Photolab £20. Boxed, Phil 
Tearne 0865 842149/777799 

• Star LC1 0 colour printer, boxed as new, 
including Workbench Driver £125, Phone 
0933 623463 Evenings 

• A500, dual drive, Atonce emulator, 52 
mb GVP, much PD pre-configured £750, 
James 0730 6414 

• A1500 Supraram 2 mb fitted, never 
used. £130, new colour HP paint set 
£449, 0734 426522 

• Stafford area - Programmer seeks per- 
sons into coding, graphics or music. 
Contact Matt 0902 225052 

• Sega games for sale, Amiga games for 
sale, or swap. Call Martin at work 071 
353 5272 Ext 270 

• A500 Cartoon Classics pack. Originally 
cost £369, will accept £250, Tel Bristol 
0272 590438 Evenings 

• Cl 28 computer, disk drive, star NX 
1000C and Okimate colour printer and 
mouse. £200,0638 711563 

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THE ALI 


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* IDE Hard Disk Controller 
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Very latest Amiga featuring: A600 Pack 

A600 (incl Deluxe Point III) 


A600 HD Pack: As above but featuring 
TOTAL RRP = £779.72 


RRP £399.99 

Astra Ten Games Pack RRP £229,78 

GFA Basic RRP £49.95 

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20Mb Hard Disk 


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A500+ CARTOON CLASSICS PACK 

Complete with Bart Simpson • Captain Planet • Lermv.ngs ■ D Paint III 

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2 FIGHTER MICROSWITCH JOYSTICKS 

Not one but two quality joysticks 

QUALITY MOUSEPAD 
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CDTV KEYBOARD RRP £49.99 

CUMANA SUPER SUM DRIVE RRP £79.99 

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1 MEG EXPANSION (Gives your A500 plus a massive 2MB) £39.95 

1 MEG EXPANSION WITH THRU-PORT £49.95 

NEW 8 MEG RAM BOARDS FROM POWER Complete with Thru-Port Populated board 
with OMeg RAM £99 • 2 Meg RAM £129 • 4 Meg RAM £189.95 • 8 Meg RAM £299.95 
DIRECT A500 REPLACEMENT DRIVE with instructions £44.95 

POWER PC880E Robust slim drive with anti-dick £49.95 

CUMANA CAX 354 SLIMLINE DRIVE £54.95 

POWER PC 880B with Blilz/Virus hardware £69.95 

POWER PC880B+ X-COPY PROFESSIONAL £99.95 

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GVP 52 MEG HARD DRIVE WITH RAM EXPANDABLE TO 8MB 
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STAR PRINTERS 

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Real Time Digital Effects 



MEGAMIX master is a low cost, high specification digital effects cartridge that plugs 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 wants 
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 go ... . 


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. 

SPLICE-Removes the sample 
between pointers, stores it In the 
cut buffer then slides the rest of 
the soundwave together. 

C HOP-Removes all of the 
soundwave except for the sample 
between pointers. 

DELETE- Erases the sample 
between pointers. 

MlX-Mixes the contents of the 
cut buffer with the soundwave. 


ECHO-Adds user definable echo 
between pointers. 

IN-Makes Sample between pointers 
start quietly and build up to full 
volume. 

OUT-OfFers the opposite effect to 

IN. 

PHASER-Adds phase shift to your 
sample. 

LOUDER-Adds volume, 

QUIETER*Decreases volume. 

SEEK 0-Finds zero points nearest 
pointers, used in looping. 

FILTER-Removes hiss or high 
frequency noise from your sample. 

PACK-Removes every 2nd sample 
between pointers. 


FLIP-Reverses the sample 
between pointers. 

PLAY CUT-Replays the contents 
of the cut buffer 



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ECHO-Adds echo to and 
incoming sound in Real Time. 

DIRECT-Plays incoming sound 
direct through Amiga. 

SYNTH-Adds user definable 
distortion to sound in Real Time, 

PHASER-Apphes variable phase 
shift again fn Real Time, 

STEREO ECHO-Adds digital 
delay between L & R speakers. 

VIBRATO-Rapidly varies 
frequency of sound. 


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Other features include , , , 

* Fully multi-tasking 

* 3D animated Icons. 

+ UNDO function, 

* Compatible with workbench 2.0. 

* Runs perfectly on the new A500P. 

* Mono sampling up to S2KHz. 

* Stereo sampling up to 26KHz, 

M or 8 bit sampling. 

* Thru-port for printer or Vidi 
digitiser. 

* Stereo 3,5mm jack plug and lead, 


LOAD IFF — Load a single IFF 
sound sample 

SAVE IFF-Saves your sample 
between pointers as an IFF file, 

LOAD SONG-Load a song 
sequence 

SAVE SONG-Save a song 
sequence, 

LOAD MIDI-Load a midi 
sequence. 

SAVE MIDI-Save a midi 
sequence. 



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