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Award winning innovative products from 


Scanners 

"If your irr the market for a 
hand scanner then forget the 
rest and get Powerscan " 

Amiga Format July 1992 

Power Scanner v3.0 



■ 100-4G0 DPI scanning resolutions 

■ 64 greyscales 
■Thru'port for printer 

■ Award winning editing., image manipu- 
lation & scanning software 

Power Scanner v3,0 ................. £99 

Power Scanner Colour .£239 

Epson GT-6000 


Floppy Drives 

'This drive contains more gad- 
gets than Batman’s utility belt" 
Amiga Computing Feb1992 

PC8SOB Power Drive 



■ Award winning drive manufactured by 
Power Computing 

■ Super slim design 

■ Anti-click (Cures that annoying click! 

■ Virus blocker ( Prevents viruses! 

■ Built-in backup hardware 


FCSBDB with Blitz Amiga .... £60 

PC8B0B with Blitz & XCopy £75 


PCB80B (Cyclone compatible!' f 65 

PCB8GB in black case £65 

'This drive is enly avAilAW* tn register Hd owners &1 Xtflpv 
PkvfBttfpuL y« musl pnxvidfl prool of pLrchAEe at XCopy 
PnMwiI 

Power Drives 

PC880E Economy drive „ , £49.95 

PC8S1 A500 Internal drive £40.00 

PC8B2 A2000 Internal drive £45.00 

Dual Drive 

■ Two high quality disk drives built into 
one compact unit 
» Same features as PC 880 B 


PAM Expansions 


A600 Memory Cards 



1MB RAM With Clock £39.95 

1MB RAM without clock £34.95 


PCS0 1 4- RAM Card 

Our RAM board is designed especially 
far the A50O+ computer and comes with 
tMQ of RAM on board to expend your 
memory to 2MB of chip RAM. Plug-in and 
go operation (Fits into the trapdoor) 

PC501+ RAM card £35,95 

8MB for arty A500 

• Plugs into Side slot, fully auto config, full 
thru'port. Expand 2MB-8MB 

2MB £109 4MB £169 8MB £289 
1 x 4ZIP Chips £14.95 

2MB for any ASOO 

■ Economy 2MB RAM externally cased 

• 15-chip (1 x 1 DIP) 

■ No thru'port 


Dual drive 


£125 


2MB RAM 


£7q 

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■BOO DPI Colour flatbed scanner 
■24-bit colour 

■ A4 reading area 

■ Software included 

Epson GT-6000 £799 


Blitz Amiga 

■Backup disks at lightning speeds 

■ Stops all external drives from clicking 

■ Contains anti-virus from being written 
into the bootblocker 


1.5MB RAM Board 

■ Fully supports 1MB Df chip RAM 

■ Fully compatible with Fatter Agnus 

{Kiekston F.3 amt allow, not compaBEHe with ASffflt'l 
(Your Aimya needs to he opened, this rray elfoet ywr warranty! 


1.5MB RAM board,, 


£75 


Epson GT-SOOO 

■ 800 DP! colour flatbed scanner 
■24-bit colour 

* A4 reading area 

■ Software included 

■ Amazing scan quality 

Epson GT-8000 £1199 


Blitz Amiga ...£ 2 0 



■ Stores 20MB on one 3'A" disk 

■ Cast effective mass storage unit 

■ Can be used as a 1 .44M B f loppy with 
Amiga BOS and AMAX 

■ AMAX compatible with DM! Mac driver 


1MB wittl Thru'port 

■ Expand your ASOO's memory up to a 
total of 2MB without disposing of your 
existing 512K upgrade 
» Works with 1 MB Of Chip RAM 

{51 2K RAM mult * chip ivpe or not ext eed'iig Scm in. loiigEh « 
■ftibr Amiga fiends id H opened, this miy effflclymjr 

1MB with thru'port £45 


Upgrade Offers 

If you consider your scanner system to 
he inferior to the Power Scanner, we will 
happily upgrade your software and inter- 
face. (Power Scanner is compatible with 
mostscanning heads) 

v3.0 Upgrade fine, interface) £ 49, 95 

v3,0 Software upgrade for PowerScanner 
users (send SAE) £15 


• Packs an entire back-up onto one 

floppy 

■Additional disks available 

■ Internal version for A1 500/2000/3000 

■ External version for A5Q0 

■ SCSI Interface required 

Internal A20O0 kit £289 

Internal A30OQ kit £289 

External A500 kit «,£3 89 


AG OO RAM Card 

■ 512K RAM expansion with clock & free 
software (A50O+ compatible) 

51 2K RAM (4 chip! - £29 

51 2K RAM without clock 

51 2 K RAM (16 chip) with dock ..... 

512K RAM (16 chip i without clock 


£24 

£24 


The Amiga Cl FI b n I y d s p ■ i y 1 fj grByacfilEs 

Distributor for Powftr Computing in Italy, Q.fi.R. SOL 00142, Romp, Via Duccio Di Bunninsogna Tel |0til S1934B1/4SZ Fax 
Power Computing, France 16 Rid V*lfl*r* 76011, Paris, Fran t». Tel HI 433BG2D6 ftt lines} 


Fax (U 43360028 



Power Computing Ltd ■ Tel 0234 843388 


Auto ROM Sharer 


ASOO Herd Drives 




■ Kick-off is the latest Amiga add-on from 
Power 

■ One of the most advanced kickstart 
ROM sharers available 

■ A clever design on a small reliable 
board 

• Fits A500 , A5Q0+, At SCO 

• Kickstart ROM can be selected from the 
keyboard 

• No messing about with switches 

■ No CIA adaptor' or other trailing wires 

• Jumper to select which ROM boots on 
switches 

■ Compatible with old Amiga board 
revisions 

■ Simple internal fitting* 

• Kici-oir requires me lid la bu ffliimed ^rinn the Amiga 
This m-fiymvilidate youFWJirritfly. 

ROM Share £17.95 

ROM Share inc, kickstart v2.(H £55 

RDM Share inc. kickstart vl .3 £39 

ROM Share for ASM .£29 

Kickstart v2.04 

2,04 Kickstart |chip only) .. £39.95 

2.U4 Kickstart ROM, workbench software, 
install disk 2,04, font disk & extras £79.95 
2 04 kit with ROM sharer £99 

Video Backup System 

* Use VCR as a backup storage device 

• Blank video tape is all that is required 
- 200 Amiga floppy disks will fit on a 4 

boor tape 

■ Can be used for hard disk backup 

■ There is room for 175MB of data 

■ Backup an Amiga diskette in 1 minute 

■ Restore even to an unformatted disk 

* Hard disk backup, software allows you 
to specify which files and directories to 
be stored 

■ Low cost storage, 2 pence per MB 

• Menu driven software 

• Allows you to watch TV on a 1084s 
monitor 

■ Very high reliability 

■ Log files, contain title and counter 
position of every backup 

* Video connection check, ensures fool 
proof operation 

■ Effective error -Correction scheme 

■ Easy to understand manual 


GVP A530 Turbo HD 


LViV 1 ■’’A' ' 


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• 4QMHz 68030 EC accelerator 

■ Optional 68382 maths co-processor 

■ Up to 8 MB 32-bit FAST RAM on-board 

■ Award winning 

4ZQMB HD QMB RAM £549 

80QMB HD DMB RAM £649 

248MB HD 0MB RAM £1054 

68882 Upgrade kit £224 

GVP Series 2 HO 

■ (Jp to 8MB FASTRAM on board 


520MB DM8 £3 29 &0QM6 0MB 

52QMBZMB £379 B0QMB2MB 

520MB 4MB £440 8DGMB 4MB 

52QM3 8MB ..,.,£509 fiUQMB HMB 


....£399 

£449 

£499 

£549 


■CD Novio Internal HD 

■ Fits inside your Amiga 500 

■ Comes complete, just plug-in and go 


Novia 401 40MB HD 
Novi a 801 80MB HD 


£279 

£349 


ICD Flicker Fixer 

Flicker Free Video 2 

■ Stop that annoying flicker 

■ Fits internally in the A5DQ 

■ Multi-sync monitor required 

Flicker Free Video 2 £199 

NEC 4FG Multi-sync monitor ,.,...£549 

4MB*8SIMM , £90 

1MB x 8 SIMM £25 

256K x 40 RAM .£ 4,00 

fM&xIDRAM £ 3,95 

1 x 4 ZIP ,,,,.£14.95 

1 x 4 DiP £19 95 

A3D00 Static column RAM .... £19,95 

SIMM 32 x f MB-60 £65 

SfM 32 x 4MB -60 £243 

(These chips cower sno&t memory >1 hsrd drives i.-e. 
GVP, Supra, ComrngdoreJ 


Commodore AGOO 

•The new compact Amiga 800 

• Built-in TV modulator 

• Workbench & kickstart 2 

• Enhanced chip set 
•1MB of RAM 

■ IDE Hard disk controller built-in 

■ Credit card size ROM & RAM slot 

A600 with 2MB £339 

ABOOwith 20MB inc. 2MB .£399 

A600 with 4QMB inc. 2MB „ .,£459 

AMO with BOMB inc. 2M B £559 

See memory section for latest A60D RAM cards 

AGOO Internal HD 

IBM 40MB Internal HD ,......,,,£199 

IBM BOMB Internal HD £269 

Commodore GDTV 



■ CDTV player 

■ Welcome disk + caddy 

■ Keyboard 

■ Floppy disk drive (black) 

• Wired mouse 

• Workbench 1.3 and manuals 

■ Infrared remote control 

CDTV multi-media pack 

A570 CD-ROM drive for A50CL, 


£349 


CDTV Software 

A Bun for Barney..,,,.,,,,,. ,.,.,,£29.99 

Barney Bear goes camping ....£29.99 

Battlechess £39.99 

Case of the Cautious Condor £34 99 

CD Remix v2 ,...£34.99 

Fred FishCDPD Collection £19. 95 

Fun School 3 (underS's) „ £24,99 

Fun SchooM5-7yrs) £24.99 

Fun School (Over?yrs) ,.£24.99 

Guiness CDTV Disc of Records £34,99 

Illustrated Holy Bible £29.99 

Music Maker £34,99 

NASA Heroic Age of Space £19,99 

Power Pinball £29.99 

Sim City £29.99 

Trivial Pursuit £49.99 

World Vista Atlas £54.99 

Xenon 2 Megablast £29.99 

More titles available 



Award Winning Manufacturers 

Power products camp wiih 
full lechnicil support 


'The Power Mouse is my pick qf 
the month' CtJ Am Finn 

PC88DB Well Worth spending 
your hard earned pennies on, an 
excellent buy" Amiga Computing 

filial Drive Now this is a bit 
special" Amig.i Corn puling 

Power Scanner 

Amiga Shopper Best Boy 

Power Scanner 

Amigo Format Gold 

Power Scan is quite simply the 
best Amiga hand scanner avail- 
able" Amiga format 


Credit Card Hotline 

0234 843388 

1 o LINES 

Fax 0234 940234 
Technical 0234 841882 

VAT included 

48Hr delivery £2.50 

2 4 H r delivery £4„&0 
Parcei post delivery £ f 

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Power Computing Ltd 
Unit 8 Rdifton Road 
Woburn Road Ind. Estate 
Kempston Bedford 
MK42 1PN 



Video Backup System .£59 95 

Power Shop 86 Walton Road,, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 DDL. 081 941 9073 


5|i VC<liE£l. tk [iriCRi 
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Award winning innovative products from Rower Computing Ltd 


A2000 Hard Cards 

24-Bit Colour 


Optical Hard Drive 


G VP S eries 2 HD 

■ Up to 8Mb SIMM RAM on-board 

■ Supports external SCSI devices 
• 14MHz SCSI controller 

Bare , £1 29 

40QMB0MB .£249 80QMBQMB .£349 
40QMB2MB £2 9 9 80QMB 2MB £399 
40QMB4MB £349 80QMB4MB £449 
40QM8 SMB £429 80QMB 8MB .£$39 

Nexus Hard Card 



■ Up to SMB RAM on-board 
Bare £129 

40QMB0MB £249 HtiQMBOMR £349 
40QMB 2MB £299 80QMB 2MB £399 
40QMB 4MB .£349 BQQMB 4MB .£449 
40QMB 8MB .£429 80QMB 8MB .£539 

Bara SCSI Hard Drive 

40 Quantum £179 80 Quantum ..£?29 


| Suitable farGVP G-Force. GVPHO or Menus HC| 

Other sizes of HD available, please call 

RAM Expansion 

■ Aries Al 500/ A2DO0 RAM 

2MB £129 6MB £209 

4MB £169 8MB £249 

Macintosh Emulator 

“This really is the best emula- 
tor we've seen for the Amiga , It 
behaves just as if you really 
were using a Mac" 

Amiga Format Sept 1992 

A Max-1 1 Plus 

• Amiga 1500 and above 
■Runs Mac software 

• Runs System 7 

• Full support far all SCSI Mac 
peripherals and the ahility to read Mac 
disks in your drives 

• 68020/68030 compatible 

■ AppleTalk emulation 

■ Can use Amiga ECS 

■ Easy to install 

AMax-ll Plus ...£229 

(Mar MUM chips re-quiredl 



Opal Vision 

■ 24- h it graphic card 

• 1 6.8 million colours available 

• Operates in all standard Amiga 
resolutions 

■ VLSI Microcode graphics co-processor 
» Double buffered 2.4-bit and 15-bit 

animation is available in all resolutions 

• 'Paiatte -mapped' design updates screen 
colours in real-time. Fade pictures in end 
out and change their palettes 

■ Equipped with 1,5MB of display RAM 

■ Auto-config for NTSC or PAL 

• Available for all Amiga® 

Software included 
Opalpa int 

■ 24 -bit painting and image processing 

OpalPresents 

■ Presentation program 

• Control QpalVision images, Amiga 
graphics and live video 

■ Includes fades, effects etc. 

• Many more features 

King of Karate 

• 24-bit computer game 

• Exciting karate competition 

• Demonstrates QpalVision capabilities 

0 p a I Vi sion ,,..,£699 

More information available 
QpalVision roaster chip available soon 

Monitors 

“For a monitor of this quality, 
the CM8833 is worth every 
penny" 

Amiga Format Sept 1992 



• Manufactured by Power Computing 

• 128MB on one optical disk 

■ Read and write optical disks 
■40ms running speed 
■Built-in power supply 

• High power coaling fan 

• 25-way and 50-way SCSI ports 

• Thru' port built-in 

■ SCSI ID switch 

■ Compatible with major SCSI controllers 

128MB optical drive (Internal) .£729 

128MB optical drive (External) £999 

128MB 3.5’ optical disk £39.95 each 

SCSI controller card 

tor A1 500 / A20OO ....£129 

(Compatible with Amiga, PC, and Mac. A SCSI 
controller is required on the Amiga and PC) 

Commodore A1SOO 

■ 1MB of RAM 

■Two 3.5 internal disk drives 

• Fully expandable, accepting all A2QQ0 
peripherals 

• Keyboard and mouse 

■ Software included 

The Works Platinum Edition 
Delux Paint III 
Home Accounts 
Piizznic game 
Toki game 
Elf game 


“The 4FG is an absolutely 
smashing monitor that beats 
every competitor " 

Amiga Format Sept 1992 

Philips CM 3833 Mk2 

• With e able 

■ Available with Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 


■ Qn-site maintenance j^ji 

CM8833 Mk2 £199 


NEC Multisync 4F6 

• For use with Flicker Fixers 
•Very high quality 

• Built-in degausser 
■ 15" Screen 

NEC Multisync 4FG £549 



A1500 


£599 


Accelerator 


GVP G-Force 

■ 68030 accelerator hoard 

■ 68882 Maths co processor 

■ DMA SCSI controller on -board 
1 63000 fail-back mode 

■ Only CPU slot is used 

■ Internal and external SCSI connector 

■ Converts to hard card with Hard Drive 
mount kit 

* 32-bit RAM as standard 

25MHz t MB RAM £529 

40MHz 4MB RAM £759 


5QMH2 4MB RAM .f1249 

Hard drive mount kit £35 


Distributor for Power Compuiing: in 
Power Computing,. Franca. 


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Printers 


All printers include cables 
and next day delivery 

Star Printers 


LG200 colour , £199 

LC24-200 mono £239 

LC24-200 colour £299 

Citizen Printer 

Swift 24e . £279 

Includes colour kit and AMIf 


Epson Printers 
Laser 


E PL-4000 

£639 

E PL-4300 

£799 

EPL-G100 

£1349 

Inkjet 


SQ-870 

.£509 

SQ-117Q 

£629 

032 column printer) 


Dot Matrix 


1 Q-Fi7fl 

,...£289 

in-io7n 

£449 

(132 column printer^ 



Supra Modems 


Supra Fax Modem Plus £1 36 

Supra Fax Modem v32Bis £295 

Supra Modem 2400 (Eternal] £91 

Supra Modem 2400 Zl plus (Intermit £ 1 34 
Supra 9600 £POA 


Miscellaneous 


Power Mouse £15 

Optical Mouse ,£29,95 

Replacement optical mouse mat ,.£9.95 
10 Maxell disks, optical mouse, 

ZipStick ... ,,,,,£45 

Maxell multi-colour disks I TO) £9 , 95 

Floppy disks bulk ,£POA 

Aviator T joystick £35 

Intruder 1 joystick £29,99 

Maverick 1 joystick £15,99 

Python 1 joystick £9,99 

Apache 1 joystick £7. 99 



Colour PowerScan 


The Power Computing colour hand-held 
scanner for the Amiga is now avail able. 
This scanner offers the following features 

■ 4-096 colours 

■ 50-400 OPI 

■4 Scanning modes 
■Text 

■ Greyscale 

■ Colour halftone 

■ Colour 

The Amiga interface plugs into an 
A1 500/A2000/A300D/A4000 expansion slot 
with a separate version which connects 
to the expansion connector of the 
A500/A50Q+- The A5Q0 version has a 
through-port which is compatible with all 
Amiga 500 expansion peripherals. 

The software supplied with this scanner 
is the new PowerScan Professionals, 
which also supports the greyscale scan- 
ner and will be available as an upgrade 
to existing users of PowerScan for £15. 

Colour PowerScan v3,0 features 

* Real-time True-feeT scan option in 
colour halftone mode 

* Images are stored internally as 12-bit 
graphics, not HAM. This means that no 
quality is lost due to the Amiga only 
being able to- display HAM images in 
4096 colours 


• Images are displayed as HAM pictures 

* HAM images may be loaded from disk 
and edited using PowerScan 3 

■ Image size that can be handled is limited 
only by the amount of memory available 

11 Memory does not have to be chip 
memory as in many art packages 

■ Images can be saved in various file formats 

p View whole Image function 

■ Scale/rot a ts/skew image or clipboard by 
any amount 

■Crop image 

• Clean up r lighten or darken image 

* Variable zoom mode 

■ Draw freehand, lines, circles, boxes and 
polygons in various fill pattern s r brush 
sizes, paste modes, or with the clip 
board image 

■Clipboards may be scanned directly, or 
any shape can be cut from the main 
image 

■ The software is compatible with all 
Amiga s 

■ Supports Workbench 2 and ECS screen 
modes 

Colour PowerScan now available 
New v3.0 Scan software 

PowerScan Colour v3.0 £239 

PowerScan Greyscale v3.0 „JE99 

PowerScan v3 .Q software upgrade JH5 

The Amiga can only display 16 greyscales 


Power Shop, ftS Walton Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 DDL, 081 941 9073 



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look of the contents 
of this issue wilt con- 
firm our continuing 
policy of offering the 
only complete coverage of the whote Amiga 
market. 

for the ambitious owner we have a first 
took at GVP's exerting new 4530 unit, there's 
Amos Pro (another first) for budding pro- 
grammers, OpalVhion for (he graphic artists 
out there. Blizzard Turbo for the budget-con- 
scious user with an eye on acceleration , Go id 
Disk Office 2 for the home and small bun- 


/ress productivity fiends. Paint & Create for 
parents wifti educational interests, structured 
drawing packages, and a full-biown comms 
special for beginners everywhere , 

Top this off with another great CoverDisk, 
another instalment of our beginners' series, 
the latest games rrr Gamer, Amiga Market for 
buyers, and (wo competitions msteacJ of tire 
usual one , and we think you 7/ agree there's 
something for everyone. 

Remember our motto - when you buy this 
mag, no other purchase is necessary. 
Everything you need can be found in one 
magazine - Amiga Computing. 


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USA News 

All the latest developments from 
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Beginners' Guide 

Take another step along the Amiga highway jq 

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Games galore with Gunship 2000 is up 
Gremlin goodies - for grabs in this 
Lotus Hi and Zool superb competition 


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Workstation 2 Support 


The latest mega AC disk starts its own tutorial 
section with a look at customisation 


Public Sector 

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in exi stence? 

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More words nf wisdom from reader 
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take advantage of our 
unbeatable money- off offer 

PLUS... 

Tractor Beam 

Frustrating, addictive, 
and most \y fun - a 
game not to be misled 

Power Utils 

Three indispensible 
utilities to add power to 
your Amiga's sickly 
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Video and the Amiga meet head 
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COMPUTING 


NEWSLINE 

by John Butters 


AMIGA 

COMPUTfUG 


A MEW HiHSOQ leisure Amiga featuring 
much improved graphics is in production 
at 5Cl r s manufacturing plant in Scotland 
and will go on sale before Christmas, 

Called the A12GQ, it is fitted with 
Advanced Graphics Aichi lecture (AC A) 
enabling 25§ r 0GD colours to be shown 
on -scree n from a palette of 16.7 million. 

The computer runs from a Motorola 
6S02G processor, and with the return of 
the numeric keyboard looks similar ip the 
A5Q0, A slot is available tor PCMCIA RAM 
cards. 

Sound has not been improved. 
Although a Motorola Digital Signal 
Processor is not fitted on the mother- 
board, Commodore say they are "satis- 
fied with the specs". 

Unlike the A6QQ there will not be a 
hard drive option, Commodore boss Kelly 
Sumner said: "Initially there won't be two 
versions,, but all models will be supplied 
with m IDE interface, 

"Other countries such, as France and 
Germany might sell them with hard 
drives, and dealers will be able to add 
their own." 

It could use the new Workbench 3 
operating system which has many new 
features including a 256-colour window 
backdrop in any resolution up to 1.420 x 
S 32 and buHt-in PC CrossDOS. 

There is also a control for selecting 
screen colours and better control for 
PostScript printers. 

Pre-production machines have been 
with top games houses for more than six 
months, and it is thought that up to 25 
A 1 200-specific games could be released 
before Christmas. 

However,, none of the releases will be 
sold alongside the computer in a bundle. 
Commodore say the A1 200 will sell as a 







rates Amiga 
^firmed as 

worker 




An arthti impmakut of 

ihr A1200. fnshfe H 
hm a faster processor 

and Spectacular 
graphic i capabilities 






standalone machine, 

1 hope to get more than 25,000 
machines before Christmas - any I can 
get I will sell/' said Sumner. 

Spokesman Andrew Ball added: *lt f s 
the most Important Amiga since the 
A500. We are right to enthuse about this 
machine - it's a corker.' 1 

The giant say there will not be further 
price cuts in the A60G range when the 
A1 200 is introduced- 


The new generation of Amiga s are likely to be much less compatible with the 
existing range of machines than has been seen before when new models have 
been born. 

Mot only has the operating system been upgraded, but also the graphics 
chipset arid processor. The AGA graphic chips have been designed to be com- 
patible with the Enhanced Chip Set. 

Many existing Amiga titles will be upwardly compatible but most programs 
written specifically for the new models are unlikely to be downwardly compati- 
ble 

With such a leap forward In technology such incompatibility problems are to 
a great extent inevitable, although programming to Commodore guidelines 
limits the difficulties. 


Fast RAM on card 

THE first PCMCIA RAM cards for the A6G0, A600HD and A112G0 have been launched 
simultaneously by Tauais Distribution and Silica Systems, 

They are slightly smaller and a little thicker than an average credit card,, and 
instantly upgrade the amount of fast RAM by 2Mb or 4Mb. 

The cards are compatible with chip-based memory upgrades, enabling the Amiga 
to have a maximum of 6Mb of RAM - 2Mb chip and 4Mb iasL memory. 

In Taurus' Cali bra range, the 2 Mb card costs £129.99 and the 4Mb version is 
£1 99.99 - about one third of the cost of SRAM cards. 

Available through Calculus Stores (0543 251275), the range will soon include a 
modem/Fax card, Ethernet adaptor and SCSI/2 interface card. 

Silka Systems (081-309 Till), have also released two cards. Manufactured by 
Amitek, the 2Mb version is priced at £11 9.95 while the 4Mb card costs £1 79.95, 


Mystery departure 

MYSTERY surround 5 the sudden departure of former Commodore UK managing 
director Steve Franklin, 44, from the manufacturer after more than five years of 
service, 

Commodore would not comment except to confirm that Franklin was no 
longer employed by the firm. Industry sources suggest he left after a row with 
bosses in the US. 

"Me wasn’t working for the UK company, so was not under my jurisdiction, N 
said Commodore boss Kelly Sumner. “The corporate company will simply confirm 
he has left the tfirivi." 

Franklin arrived at Commodore as managing director in |une 19B7 and left the 
number one seat to head a European push forCDTV this summer. 


Amiga Comp uting 


December i 1 992 








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DIARY 

DATES 

5 to 8 November 1992 

future Entertainment. Show 
(022$ 442244} 

Venue: Earls Court ?, London 
Plenty of Amiga support, i nd tid- 
ing a major presence from 
Commodore. 

19 to 22 November 1992 

Cbrisfmos Computer Shopper Show 
Organiser: Blenheim PEL 
(08 J -74 2 2828) 

Venue: Olympia, London 
Promised to attract a few Amiga 
exhibitors. 


4 to 5 December 1992 

Gamesmasler Live 
Organiser: EMAP 
(0234 212988) 

Venue: NEC, Birmingham 
A big games show with support 
from Channel 4 r s TV programme. 


19 to 21 February 1993 

7th International Computer Show 
Organiser: Westminster Exhibitions 
(08 J -54 9 3444) 

Venue: Wembley , London 

An all formats event where a few 

Amiga bargains can be found. 


Now CDTV prices fall 


CDTV prices hive tumbled by £1 OD this month, as the Amiga trade-in offer ends 
and the Christmas buying period begins 

Both CDTV packs have had Iheir price* cut, with the CDTV Starter Pack now 
available for £39 9 and the Multimedia Pack supplied with keyboard and other 
penpherals dropping to £499, 

Commodore UK boss Kelly Sumner says the culs are to make the CD-ROM play- 
era good value for money. He said that with the recent A600 price drop the CDTV 
was a bit too distanced from 3L 

He also claimed that the current CD installed base of 20 P OQQ will use to 5Q r 0GQ 
by the end of the year. Sumner basis the figure on 10,000 A57Q drive and 20,000 
CDTV safes. 

"We know the market is now right for CD technology," added Commodore's 
Andrew Balk "“The user* and software houses want it - we am moving to a format 
that can't be pirated," 



Smnnrr p&iftiom CD TV price 

c fuser fu the jfl.fi ffO 


Hard drives for CDTV 


HARD disk drives are now available 
for the CDTV, 

They can be bought as an 
external drive for existing owners 
of the player or as an internal 
drive for those buying a new 
system. 

The external disk is supplied 
with an Encore SCSI card which 
fits into the CDTV's expansion! 
slot, and a 65Mb hard drive 
housed in a black Case to match 
the player. 

Professional CDTV includes a 



CDTV plffym jr t tfJMb hard drfvcx 


player fitted with an internal 

65Mb drive, 5CSI card and an external SCSI controller. Workbench 1.3 is installed on the 
drive. 


Pncej are £469.99 for the externa) version and £649.99 tor the Professional CDTV 
pack, Call Calculus Stores on 0543 251275, 


Zone grows 
for dealers 

lOHi Distribution (071-738 5444) have 
extended their catalogue ot Amiga mu&it 
software with the recent take over of 
Music Pro Imports UK, and will no longer 
be selling directly to end users, 

Former MPl boss Stephan Israel has 
joined Zone as sales director and will be 
responsible for the presence of Zone's! 
catalogue throughout the dealer network 
Among the products added at Zone! 
are GMX 1, a low-cost yerieraF Midi-com-l 
patible desktop tone generator with aril 
on-board serial port Midi interface for the I 
Amiga. 

It also features 16- bit PCM samples 
20-note polyphony and costs £235. Zone 
will continue to offer technical support 
users lor end users. 


23 to 25 April 1993 

Midi Music Show 

Organiser. Westminster Exhibitions 
(08 1 -54 9 3444) 

Venue: Wembley Exhibition Centre 
Catch up with the latest Midi 
products. 


OVERSEAS 

26 to 29 November 1992 

World of Commodore * 92 
Organiser: Fairs & Fun 
(010 49 8106 34094) 

Venue: Frankfurt Exhibition Hath 
The main Commodore show in 
Germany, 100,000 visitors 
expected 

• If your company fa organising a 
show relevant to the Amiga and 
its not listed ", let us know so we 
con include the information in the 
diary . 


Colour added 
to Power 

PICTURES can be scanned into many 
Amiga* in up to 4 r 09G colours with 
Power Computing's (0234 843388) new 
hand-held scanner and PowerScan 3 
software. 

With resolutions between 50 and 400 
dots per inch,, the colour scanner has four 
modes - text, greyscale, colour halftone 
and colour. 

PowerScan Professional 3 soFlware sup- 
plied with the scanner includes a real- 
time "true feel" scan option in colour 
halftone made. 

Images are stored internally as 12-bit 
graphics and can be loaded from disk and 
edited using the software. 

Other features are a view whole image 
function, crop image, dean up or darken 
image, variable zoom mode, 
sea le/ro Late/skew image and the option 
to draw freehand. 

The package costs £239.99 and exist- 
ing users of the mono Power Scanner can 
upgrade their software For £15, The 
colour scanner is not compatible with the 
AGOG. 


Autumn calls to be cheaper 

MODEM users are among those who will benefit from cheaper telephone calls on 
Sundays during November and December. 

Running between 3pm and midnight, the offer enables telephone callers to be con- 
nected to and from anywhere in the UK For the price of a local call - 84 pence an hour. 
Said BT'i Group Managing Director Michael Hepher r "We have taken this initiative a 

part of our commitment to give 
customers even better value for 
money. 

"No matter where you call to r 
the UK - even if .it's from Land's 
End to John o' Groats - it will only 
cost the price of a cheap rate local 

calk" 

1 ISDN lines,, mobile phones and 
pay phones are excluded from the 

AhH/qn mft) drop fur uulumn 5undugr.ii oFf^C 



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All information supplied will 
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confidence. 


Amf§ a Computing Docmnhw 1992 




NewsE: 


Jumping in 
with Noddy 

NODDY' 5 Play rime is the first program 
from education software house the 
Jumping Bean Company (0602 792838), 
expected for release next spring, 

leal u ring the popular children's car- 
toon character Noddy* the software will 
be covered in a joint, promotion with the 
R&Cs animation series dye to be 
screened this autumn. 

Youngsters aged between three and 
seven years old can drive with Noddy 
through Toytown, exploring the local 
area and visiting friends. 

There are eight locations to visit, each 
with three levels ot ability and its own 
game including recognition, memory, 
observation and counting, A junior art 
package is also available. 

Among other things, the package 
alms to lei children discover movement, 
team wort and map reading. The Amiga 
version will cost £24.99. 


Word worth prints better 

FEATURES just added to the Digrta International^ (0395 270273) wordprocessing 
package Wordworth give users the ability to print at the highest resolution possible 
with their printer. 

The program can now also scale fonts to over 800 point sizes and includes 17 Agfa 
scalable fonts. 

Users of earlier versions can upgrade to Wordworth 2 and obtain clip art and colour 
fonts tor £49.99, while the cost for newcomers is £1 29.99, 

Guide for assembly 

WRITTEN as a tutorial to get Amiga owners into assembly language programming 
quickly and painlessly is Mattering Amiga Assembler, the latest guide from Bruce Smith 
Rooks. 

The author* Paul Over a a, explains how to generate machine code from popular 
assemblers. Each is supported by program examples inside the 400- page book and on a 
support disk. 

Topics covered include fundamental assembly language concepts, the 68009 proces- 
sor and its imparl aril instructions and addressing modes and C LI/ Shelf and Workbench 
programming, 

Pages are also devoted to the use of system header files and official Amiga documen- 
tation, working with Amiga libraries and low-level intuition and graphics programming. 

Price -£24.95 (ISBN 1 873308 11 6). 


Arnor in Amstrad link 


OWNERS of the new Amstrad NCI 00 can swap data between their Amiga and 
the notepad computer using a file transfer system just developed by Arnor (0733 
63909). 

Lapcar can also be used for PC to PC transfer or PC to Amiga, and is a com- 
bined software and hardware 




package that communicates files 
through the parallel port. 

A Y modem feature enables 
users to back up an entire direc- 
tory to a second computer in a 
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INFORMATION on the global financial 
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Global Report provides real-time for- 
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from major worldwide markets and politi- 
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Also available are in-depth company 
profiles, country profiles and information 
on stocks, bonds, commodities and other 
markets. 

The service carries a connect surcharge 
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512,80 per hour, 


New graphics 
supported 

AS DC (019 1 608 273 6585) have 
announced that the ADPro 
family of products supports 
Commodore s Advanced Graphics 
Architecture (AGA)j. now shipping 
in A49095 

AD Pro and animation and batch 
processor Fred have supported 
AGA for almost a year,, but A$DG 
say they were unable to reveal the 
capability until Commodore's pub 
Ik release of the A40ftD'* 
specifications. 

The UK distributor for AS DC 
products is Silica Systems (981-309 
1T11) + 


Power in the modem 

POWER Computing {0234 843388) have just set up a bulletin board at their 
Bedford headquarters which enables modem users to access free software, 
technical help and discounts. 

It covers three computer formats - Amiga* ST and PC -compatible - 
although the firm expect the Amiga section to be the most dominant. 

There is unlimited technical advice on anything linked to the Amiga, 
and the latest public domain and shareware software will be available for 
downloading. 

Discounts of between five and ten per cent will be given on selected Power 
Computing products and anyone taking a yearly subscription costing around 
£15 will be given extra discounts. 

The firm s customers will be able to obtain software updates and order 
products for same day dispatch. 

It operates from an A29QQ fitted with a 68040 accelerator and 1.5 
gigabyte hard drive and runs at all baud rates up to 16,800. Power BBS can be 
contacted on 0234 84 1503. 


OpalVision 
goes to ZCL 

TOP Amiga 2 4 -bit graphics board 
and video expansion system 
OpalVision is to be distributed In 
Britain exclusively by ZCL and avail- 
able through Calculus Stores (0543 
251275), 

Billed as giving "unbelievable per- 
formance" the board is accompanied 
by a software suite containing 
OpalPaint, a 24-bit paint package, a 
presentation system Opal Presents, 
and Opal Hotkey, which offers single- 
key video, graphics and image 
mixing. 

Also included in the £762,57 bun- 
dle is King of Karate, the first 24-bit 
graphics computer game. 


Linking to 
the C64 

AM IGA-64- LINK is an interface just 
developed by York Electronic 
Research (0904 610722) which 
allows former C64 owners to connect 
their old hardware to Amiga s. 

The manufacturer says the device 
can be used with any C64 peripheral 
and is supplied with disk file transfer 
software and drivers for many 
C64-compatible printers. 

Price: £35.25, 


Plotting 
graphs for 
documents 

GRAPHS can now be designed 
for publication in documents 
such as technical reports and 
scientific papers with improved 
PostScript graph plotting software 
from SciTech Software (0372 
275775). 

four types of graph are 
available in AMPlot 2 - line plots, 
scatter plots, bar charts and pie 
charts. Variations are allowed on the 
basic types, 

. Input starts at just two columns ol 
number* and an Ascii text editor can 
be used from within the program to 
create or edit data. 

HPCL and the IFF-DR2D structured 
drawing format are supported, as 
weft as PostScript and EP5F for 
importing info desktop publishing 
software. 

Upgrades from the earlier version 
cost £12 r while the price for new- 
comers is £60. 


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Amffo Computing 


December 1992 







^News 


Trying to be 
a legend 

A NEW software house has been 
formed with the aim of being the 
friendliest Amiga games company 
around, and already has almost 60 
freelance programmers developing 
software. 

Black Legend Software are a sub- 
sidiary of Swiss firm Basicc 
Intern 3 fionaS and their first release 
will be Addictive., described as the 
"cutest, silliest and most addictive 
game". 

Anybody with ideas For new games 
or interested in programming For the 
company should write to Black 
Legend Software, PO Box 85, S61 2 
Lister, Switzerland. Tel: 01 0 41 1 941 
7895. 


Sales boom 
for Brits 

THE pound's weakness against the 
deuHthrnark meant a safes boom for 
British computer dealers attending 
the recent Computer Shopper Show 
in Cologne, Germany. 

One eyewitness said the show 
resembled a * jumble sale" as thou- 
sands of Germans tried to grab bar- 
gains for their Amigas which firms 
from their own country could not 
out-price. 


Final Copy 
smoothes out 

SOFTWOOD and Gordon Harwood 
Computers (0 77 3 836781) have 
released Final Copy 11, a program 
which it is claimed wilt revolutionise 
Amiga wordprocessing. 

Billed as unique to Final Copy li is 
smooth outline "non-jaggy" font 
printing with any Workbench- sup- 
ported graphic printer. 

Using outline fonts far screen dis- 
play and printer output, it produces 
the best quality print at the highest 
resolution of the printer. 

Twenty outline typefaces are 
included, each scalable From four to 
300 point. 

An earlier version of the software 
which was never sold in Britain - 
Final Copy I - has become the best- 
selling Amiga wordprocessor in 
America. 

This new version contains Collins 
British spelling and thesaurus dictio- 
naries and requires two Floppy drives 
or a hard disk. It costs £99-95- 


Rolf tunes in to Amiga cartoons 


ROLF Harris found Just how popular the Amiga is with 
Britain’s kids when he asked viewers of his I TV television 
show to send in their animations. 

Around 7G per cent of the submissions he 
received were on Amiga disks and the rest were on VHS or 
Super 8. Many of the cartoons were shown on Rolfs Cartoon 
Club. 

Harris says: "Kids are really comfortable with computers. 


and today's machines are amazing. You can create you own 
cartoon and then speed It up or slow it down at the flick of a 
switch.* 

The programme's animation tutor Pip Banyard added: 
"The Amiga is very simple to operate and perfect for art and 
graphics. 

HI We were aware when we chose Amigas that thousands of 
youngsters already use them/’ 


Trio due from 
Microdeal 

A LINE up of three Amiga products are 
due for release by Cornwall-based 
Microdeal (07 26 68020) during the next 
few weeks. 

The first. Videomaster, is a combined 
video digitiser and sound sampler 
claimed to be packed with innovative fea- 
tures in one unit. 

It will handle screen resolutions of 320 
x 256, 640 x 256 r 320 X 512 and 640 X 
512 in 16 levels of grey or up to 4,096 
colours. Price - £69,95. 

With a £149.95 price tag, Clarity 16 
Sampler is described as a "sensible 
priced" 16-bit sampler far the Amiga. It 
has two stereo inputs and two outputs to 
give 16-bit digitising and playback up to 
CD quality. 

And completing the trio of releases is 
Rave Sampler, an 8 -bit mono sampler 
containing all the features of the com- 
pany's Master Sound including a 
sequencer. Price - £19,95, 


First Choice get 
second name 

EXPANSION has led to computer dealer 
First Choice being renamed the First 
Computer Centre, They continue to trade 
at Unit 3 P Arm ley Park Court, Arm ley, 
Leeds LSI 2 2AE. Tel: 0532 319444, 



Ivppt* Is a new muff q/ peripherals 


Zapping the 
peripherals 

ZAPPO is the name of a new range of 
A600 peripherals including external 
floppy disk drives, hard drives and mem- 
ory upgrades due for imminent release 
by Taurus Distribution (0543 4 1 4939). 

The lappa external floppy will cost 
£54.99, a 40Mb hard drive £299,99 and 
a 65Mb hard disk £349.99. Memory 
upgrades will be available from £29.99. 


Software 
seized in 
Poland 

POLAND saw its first ever software 
piracy raid recently, with more than 
S 500,000 worth of leisure and business 
software being seized from a Warsaw 
market. 

If found guilty, the pirates face up to 
six yeais of imprisonment on charges of 
breach ol copyright and tax evasion. 
Experts estimate that for every Amiga title 
sold legitimately in Poland there are ten 
pirate copies., 


Gear changes 
made easy 

BUDDING facing car drivers can now 
enhance the reality of playing 
Micro prose's Grand Frix Ft with a new 
electronic gearbox which has been 
designed to replace the Fire button 
combination. 

It costs £5.99 from Mr C Higgins, 39 
Green Lane, Stopsley, 'Luton LU2 BAT. 



Amiga gets 
new pilot 


INPUT device manufacturer Logitech 
(0344 891 3 U) are set to launch the next 
generation of the successful Pilot mouse, 
as the firm celebrate the production of 
20 million mice. 

Redesigned with ergonomics in mind 
and supplied in a new smaller and more 
ecological box r the Pilot mouse can be 
switched between Amiga and Atari ST 
operation and costs £24.68, 


Germans get golden railways 

PASSENGERS travelling to and from German railway stations were able to keep 
up to date with the recent Olympic games by watching video walls powered by 
Amigas and Stafa's InfoChanneL 

Game results were supplied by a sports magazine and an agency put pages 
together on an Amiga, where a designer had prepared special Olympic back- 
ground pictures. 

flags ol all the world's nations had been scanned and placed in a special 
directory for quick and easy retrieval. Updated three limes a day, the Informa- 
tion was shown at ten stations and contained advertisements for Olympic 
sponsors. 

"No other solution is so powerful with graphics of such high quality," claims 
Scald boss Jon Bohmer. "The German railways application was a unique oppor- 
tunity for us to reach out to the largest market In Europe." 



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T he Amiga 4000 was released in 
the U.5, to a generally very 
favorable response at the end of 
September- American Amigans have 
generally been very impressed with the 
machine overall, except for power yserc 
who were (rightfully) upset about the 
inclusion of an IDE, rather than SCSI-2, 
hard drive interface. 

Although the A 4000's discounted 
price of about S2BO0 is still quite steep 
for the average computer enthusiast, for 
a machine of this power if 5 quite rea- 
sonable. 

An interesting surprise with 
the A4OO0's release was the name 
change from AA (Advanced Amiga) to 
AGA (Advanced Graphics Architecture). 
A public relations person for a major 
U.5. software producer had a theory for 
the reasoning in changing the name 
that l J m surprised hadn't occurred to 
anyone before: AA, when pronounced 
'"A A" instead of ‘ double- A#' J the 
common abbreviations for the support 
group Alcoholics Anonymous. 

We wouldn't want people running 
around thinking Amiga users are -a 
bunch of lushes, would we? 

Cost cutting 

If the rumor mill over here Is correct, 
a less-expensive machine using the AGA 
chip set may have been announced by 
the tame you, read this. Possibly 
called the Amiga 1200, this machine 
will have the same graphics capabilities 
as the A4QQ0, but with a less powerful 
(and less expensive) microprocessor 
and less room for expansion, 
probably all shoved into an ASOQ-rtyle 
case. 

At any rate, this month H be taking a 
look at some of the software that sup- 
ports the new graphics modes available 
in the AC A chip set. 


Moving ove r 

to AGA 


ProWrite 

upgraded 

The first graphics-based word processor for 
the Amiga continues to get better and bet- 
ter. The latest version of New Horizons' 
perennial favorite, ProWrite 3-3, now adds 
full support for AGA graphics modes, as 
well as a number of other new features. 

Like every other product ID mention this 
month, ProWrite 3-3 works fine on Original 
Chip Set (DCS) and Enhanced Chip Set 
(ECS) Amigas. But when ain on AGA-based 
machines, ProWrite adds support for the 


new screen modes. 

Productivity mode, previ- 
ously limited to just four 
colors out of 64, now 
support up to 25b colors 
while using ProWrite, 

(You can choose 2, 4, B, 

16, 32, 64, or 126 colors 
In any mode as well, for 
increased speed and 
memory savings.) 

ProWrite uses AmigaDOS 3.0's new palette 
sharing scheme to represent pictures in col- 
ors very close to their original palettes. You 
can insert a number of 32-color pictures in a 



Denny Atkin reports on the latest 
developments in the USA 


Answer on the button 


ASDG announced a "retroactive 
upgrade'' to their Art Department 
Professional image- processing program, 
Essentially, if you own ADPro and you go 
out and buy an AGA-based Amiga, you 
can now consider your ADPro upgraded. 

It turns out that ADPro has supported 
the AGA chip set for welt over a year — 
Commodore even used the product in 
testing various preliminary versions of the 
chip set! If you've been wondering what 
that VGA button was for, now you know. 

You. can now render images in all the 


new color modes, including HAMB, 
ADPro's very helpful il you're doing much 
work in the new graphics modes, as hinres 
HAMS images can take up 250K or more 
on disk P but can be compressed down to 
about 50 tolQOK using ADPro's |P£C 
compression, 

ASDG also announced that their new. 
Morph Plus software supports AGA 
modes. The Fred batch processor 
included with both packages will also uti- 
lize AGA to provide better-looking pre- 
view pictures. 


Painting by big numbers 


Electronic Arts should be shipping their latest revision of 
DP aln I, called Deluxe Paint IV AGA, around the time you 
read Ihll. This revision IsnU the rumored DPaint V, bul 
r .it her art updated version of DPaint IV that supports all ol 
the new AGA screen modes. 

When you first start the program II brings up a list of all 
the screen modes you currently have enabled in your 
vs/ Monitors drawer. You can choose everything from 
320x200 with 2 colors up through 1280x512 (plus overscan) 
using HA MB and hundreds o( thousands of colors. 

The program, hasn't been massively revamped, but rather 
tweaked guile a bit. New features include support for pres- 
sure sensitive drawing tablet s, automatic sensing of anims 
when loading files, more keyboard equivalents for com 
maods, and support lor 24 bit values in the palette editor. 
The program now has an Applcon on the Workbench 
screen; just drag a picture Oft to the icon to load it. You can 
even create animations by dragging multiple Icons onto 
DPaint s Applcon. You can load (but not save) 24 bit IFF pic- 
tures, and choose whether or not to have the system dilher 


them. The new di the ring algorithms, combined with She 24 
hit palette support, result in pictures that look much better 
when they're loaded in modes with I ewer colors than with 
previous versions ol Dpalnt, 

h DPaint IV AGA worth it if you don't have an AGA 
machine? Probably not, unless you want to work In the 
Super HI res of 800x600 Super 72 modes supported by 
Workbench 2 A, or if you p>lan to upgrade lo an AGA 
machine soon. Some functions are a hit taster with Ihk ver- 
sion, too. 

The upgrade in the U.5, is a reasonable S30 for DPaint IV 
owner!, so you might consider it when looking toward the 
future. The program retails for 5199. and requires 
AmigaDOS 2 or later, 

A! mentioned la it month. Digital Creations Is working on 
Brilliance, a new paint program written in 100% Assembly 
language that claim! to do all DPaint does and more. It 
wasn't available for review at press time r but the beta ver- 
sion t tested at the World ol Commodore Amiga show did 
look promising, and had lull support of all AGA modes. 


document and, using a 2 56-cola r screen, 
they'll ail look very dose to their original 
appearance. 

The package's graphic printing has been 
improved remarkably since earlier versions, 
and now uses the original palette instead of 
dithering the image into just a few colors. 
Colored text is still limited to the seven that 
ProWrite has always supported, but how 
often are you going to need to print, say, 
light mauve text anyway? 

The prog ram finally adds the ability to 
wrap text around graphics automatically — 
no more adjusting margins manually and hit- 
ting Return on every line just to get that pic- 
ture of your cat in the letter home to Mum! 
In addition, you can now resize graphics by 
double-clicking on them and entering the 
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The write stuff 

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CHher AGA supporting programs include 
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whkh supports 256 colors if opened on the 
Workbench screen, and AmigaVision 
Professional. Other programs such 
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name, and try to include the year In the 
filename so it can be easily located in the 
Future for example, Myfile91 . 

The following guidelines will help you 
in using the package. Produce reports, 
such as the Statement and Budget 
Progress, regularly, so any financial prob- 
lems are illustrated early. Use the "Interest 
calculator to estimate the interest duE on 
credit card bills, loam and so on. This will 
help you plan your finances. 

During the financial year you may wish 
to adjust your budget, Use the Budget 


Progress (Report as a guide. It illustrates 
the difference between your original bud- 
get and your actual expenditure to date. 
Experiment with what-rf calculations on 
your budget figures. For example, if you 
are considering a hire purchase, before 
you sign the agreement, enter the figures 
into your budget and see how the repay- 
ments will affect your monthly disposable 
income. 

Transactions 

When you receive a statement for an 
account - for example, a current account 





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statement is correct (banks can make 
mrStakes!) 

It s also a good idea to produce a state- 
ment of #J unreconciled transactions" to 
make sure that a transaction is not taking 
an unreasonable time to clear (and 
to remind yourself of any payments you 
have made, but which have yet to clear), 

II your statement Includes a charge 
or interes payment you will need to 


account for this by entering the amount 
as a separate Manual Transaction. 

Warning 

Always monitor the Account Summary 
and Budget Progress reports, as these 
provide actual and predicted balances. It 
should provide a timely warning if you 
are getting into too much debt. 

Use the Income and Expenditure report 
regularly. This will illustrate the total you 
are spending and receiving by Type. It 
provides a quick method of seeing if, for 


Setting up Home 
Accounts 2 

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Step 1 

Once you have created your file, set 
up the following: 

* Income and Expenditure Types 
(Transaction Types command in the 
Set Up menu) 

# Accounts, (Add Account command 
in the Set Up menu) 

m Regular transactions (Regular 
Transactions command in the Set Up 
menu). Now set up your budget. 

Step 2 

Make a list of the headings on which 
you regularly spend money (for exam- 
ple motoring expenses, clothing, holi- 
days). Remember to include any 
regular transactions (for example 
mortgage, loan repayments). 

Then make a sensible estimate of 
Ihe monthly expenditure of each 
heading. Now enter this information 
into Home Accounts 2 using the 
Budget command (Set up menu). 


Before going any further, save your 
file using the Save command (Project 
menu). 

Step 3 

Before entering any transactions, go 
through the Preferences and cus- 
tomise them for your needs 
(Preferences, General command, 
Options menu). 

Step 4 

Now open each Account window {by 
double clicking the Account icon) and 
configure the window headers for 
each Account. (Window Headers 
command. Set Up menu). 

Step 5 

Set up the transaction defaults to the 
most suitable for your requirements. 
For example, if you are entering trans- 
actions on a daily basis, set the Date 
to System Date (Set Defaults com- 
mand,. T rans menu). 



example, you are paying too high bank 
charges. 

If you are tax (VAT) registered, produce 
a VAT report at the end of each VAT 
period. This should provide the totals to 
complete your VAT Return. 

Most of all, remember that Home 
Accounts 2 is an invaluable aid to control- 
ling and monitoring all 1 kinds of home and 
business finance. The user still however, 
must supply "budgetary rectitude" as Mr 
Lament calls it. 


Business 

use 

If you are tax (VAT) registered, use 
the Preferences command (Option 
menu), and from General Preferences 
select the VAT Registered check box. 
Then set up code and rales for tax 
(VAT), 


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Tractor 
Beam 

Author: James Lean 

Tractor Beam is one of those games which 
can get really annoying quite quickly. The 
basic idea is to manoeuvre your droid ship 
from the left-hand side of the screen to 
the right, pick up a box with your tractor 
beam and carry it back again. 

This sounds simple except for the fact 
that your tractor beam exhibits all the 
properties of a long strip of elastic, and so 
can rapidly become very difficult to con- 
trol. Also, touching anything is fatal lor 
you and the box. 

You start each level floating in the left- 
hand pool of water, and the box starts in 
the right. Using the joystick you must 
move your droid so it is just above the 
box, and click fire to activate the beam, 
Then - very gently - drag the box back 
to your pool and gently set it down, click- 
ing Fire again to release the beam. 

Once the box has settled you need only 
to land in the pool next to it to progress 
to the next level. Each level is a variation 
on the above screen setup, possessing dif- 
ferent tractor-beam characteristics, gravity 
levels, thruster powers and so on. 

Each level has its own password 
which appears on the statistics screen, 
allowing the levels to be accessed from 
the title screen by pushing the joystick 
up and pressing Tire. 

Most levels also contain static and 
moving Obstacles to get in your way, or 
just to make playing more interesting: 

i Arrows - These red arrows propel 
your droid in the direction of the arrow, 


often with more force than your thrusters 
can match. Be careful not to become 
caught in a Sine of arrows, as they will 
almost certainly smash you into the side 
□f the screen. 

# Spikes - These look like normal blocks, 
except that sharp spikes can suddenly 
stick out - fatal to your droid or box if you 
come into contact wi th them. 

* Patrol Droids - These large droids can 
move up and down or left and right, arid 
are fatal to your droid or box if touched. 

Thrusting 

To control your droid just use the joy- 
stick. pushing in the direction which you 
want to move. 

Be careful that you often need to slow 
down by thrusting in the other direction. 
On clicking and releasing Use Tire button 
your tractor beam is activated, and on 
clicking the second time is it released. 

Note that the tractor beam can only be 
activated when your distance from the 
block is below the maximum slack length 
of the beam, to avoid accidents. Setting 
the box down in the pool must be done 
gently, as too hard a splash-down will 
destroy the box. 

Once a level has been completed you 
are given a bonus score depending on 
your efficiency. The bonus starts at a max- 
imuri of 5,000, and is decreased for each 
unit of fuel used, and every box breakage. 
The final bonus is then added to your 
score. 

The title screen displays the score from 
the previous game, as well as the furthest 
level reached in that game. To continue 
trom that level (with the score reset), pull 
the joystick down and press Fire. Simply 
pressing Tire on its own starts again from 


level 1 , 



Tips on playing 


Be gentle with the controls, especially when the tractor beam is in operation. 

if you and the box just start boinging around (you will know what I mean after 
playing the game), try to match the box's upward velocity with the beam slack, 
then as you both start to fall, gently apply small amounts of thrust. 

On some occasions you may have to slingshot the box through small gaps, so 

get plenty o! box-control practice on the first level. 


Safari fonts 


This month's disk contains a lully-fledged Safari font (ftafflulan) from the popular Star 
Trek range and a demo font containing characters from a number of typefaces. 

To use the fonts with 


your DTP package, first 
double click on the 
lfut»H_FonU icon -and 
wait until the louts have 
been copied to a new 
disk. 

This disk will contain 
trie Fonts, sample pages 
far use with Page Stream 
and ProPage, sample IFFs 
of the typefaces, and 
notes on how la best 
make use of the fonts. 

follow there instruc- 
tions to trie full and we 
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Script 

utilities 

The three AmigaDOS utilities on this 
month's, disk. Ft Patch by Michael Berg, 
VI B Press by Steve Anderson, and Michael 
Watel's MultiBox, are all designed to be 
used from within AmigaDOS scripts such 
as the startup-sequence. 

full documentation can be found on 
the CoverDisk foe these programs, includ- 
ing many examples ol use within actual 
scripts, and their use is also covered in 
this month's beginners' column. 

Copying the utilities to a new disk, 
such as your Workbench disk, is simple, 
lust use the following commands: 

CP CDYEMtStfBlbTlLItlES 
CDft FOIEU>lttEt PtTCHJPP Id STDISK^C 
{(IPl HLPKH/MJPtEU TO |TIHK:C 
[OPT KIILniW MILT (BUI TO BTDIIK C: 

The commands will now be available 
every time you boot from MyDisk {or what- 
ever disk you decide to copy them to). 


Shareware 
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Please remember that many of the pro- 
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have kindly allowed you, the reader, to 
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If you decide to keep a prog ram aod 
intend to use it regularly, you should 
register as a shareware user with the 
author. Full details on how to register 
can be found, where appropriate, in the 
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Shareware authors. If they don’t 
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E3H ardware 

T he Amiga 4000 is Commodore's 
first truly new Amiga computer 
since the Amiga 1000 was intro- 
duced way back in late ’ 985. 

Sporting an incredibly fast 25MHz 
6S040 r 32-bit memory, and the new 
Advanced Graphics Architecture chipset, the 
Amiga 4000 sets a new performance stan- 
dard for personal computing. After just two 
weeks with an A4000, I decided I could 
never go back. 

Rumours had been flying around maga- 
zines and BBS networks for almost a year 
about the A4Q00. If the rumours had all 
been true, the A4000 would have been 
powered by a SI 0,000 DEC Alpha RISC pro- 
cessor, supported 32-bit graphics in resolu- 
tions so high you could represent every 
individual in London on-screen in full detail,, 
and had the London 
Symphony built in 
to provide hundreds 
of voices of sound - 
alt for about £500, 

While the real 
machine isn't quite 
that outrageous, it's 
the most powerful, 
versatile computer 
ever to come out of 
the Commodore 
factory, and should 
satisfy even the most 
power-hungry users. 

Its 16-mil lion colour 
palette and break- 
neck animation speed will make animators 
and gamers alike drool with anticipation. 

The Amiga 4000 doesn't look all that 
imposing. Its slimline case, ahout the size of 


the A3000 but a little taller, could by 
appearances hold an average PC clone. 

But hidden within that innocuous case is 
a muscular multimedia machine which can 
do things computers twice its price can't 
handle. 

We'll get into the new Advanced 
Graphics Architecture chipset later (to keep 
your anticipation level up!) r but first let's 
take a look at the rest of the machine's 
specifications. 

The first thing yaull notice about the 
case is that Commodore have put back the 
S.25in drive bay,, so you can now install an 
internal CD-ROM drive Of tape backup. 

Under the 5. 2 Sin bay is the A40OO's 
high density floppy drive, which can read 
and write both original 380k disks and 


high-density 1.76Mb Amiga floppies. 
Below that is room for a slimline 3. Sin hard 
drive. The stock 120Mb IDE hard drive is 
installed in a hidden drive bay in the back 
of the machine, and there's room for 
another slimhne 3.25in hard drive there as 
well. 

I'll talk more about the A400O r s hard 
drive later, but suffice to say that drive 
expansion is a big improvement over the 
cramped Amiga 3000. 

The A4OO0 gets its punch from a 25MHz 
Motorola 68040 microprocessor, an 
advanced chip which runs internally at 
50MHz (like Intel's DX2/Overdrwe chips for 
the PC) and has two 4k caches, one each 
for instructions and data. This combination 
ends up giving you about 30 times the pro- 



cessing performance of a stock Amiga 600! 

The 68040 is actually mounted on a 
plug-in card that fits in the computer's pro- 
cessor expansion slot - there's no micro- 
processor on the motherboard! This is 
actually the same board, the A3640, that 
Commodore sells for the Amiga 3QO0T. 

A nameplate on th-e A40OO actually 
states that it's an Amiga 4000/040. 

This seems to indicate that Commodore 
plans to release models based upon other 
microprocessors, such as the 6SQ20 and 

68030 

Changing processor would simply be a 
matter of substituting a different daughter 
board, a modification that could be made 
at the dealer level. Of course, this also 
means that when Motorola releases the 
6806G, Commodore will be ready. 

Along with its processor slot, the A40OD 
also has four Zorro III slots mounted on a 
vertical card which plugs in perpendicular 
to the motherboard. 

These are essentially the same fast 32-bit 
slots found in the Amiga 3000, but a few 
bugs have been fixed, such as the one that 
prevents GYP'S PbonePak/VFX board from 





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A40O0 takes the 
Amiga boldly where 
no personal 
computer has gone 
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•working in an A3O0O unless you install slow 
1 6-bit RAM in the system. 

Of course, the Zdrro III slots will also 
Oport older Zorro It cards, such as 
■‘Odems and network cards. 

The A4QOO has three ISA-standard IBM 


AT slots for use with a PC bridgeboard, 
These slots are in-line with the top three 
Zorro III slots, so each PC board you adds 
blocks an Amiga expansion slot 

A video slot is in-line with the bottom 
Zorro slot. This slot is compatible with the 


video slots on the A200P and A3WQ, but 
has a second connector to pass through 
the additional lines needed to support 
24 -bit colour. 

initially, the A4000/040 ships with 2Mb 
ol chip RAM and 4Mb of fast RAM, The fast 
memory can be upgraded 
to 16Mb an the mother- 
board, and further using 
Zonro III cards. 

Memory expansion is a 
snap - literally - on this 
machine. Gone are the hor- 
ribly difficult-to-in stall ZIP 
chips found on the A30Q0 - 
the A4000 uses standard 
32-bit SiMM boards that 
just pop in to the little 
SIMM slots. 

Curiously, a jumper on 
the A4000's motherboard 
marked as ''chip RAM" can 
be switched from a 2Mb 
position to 8 Mb. However, 
Commodore engineers state 
this jumper was put in early 
in the design stage when 
they still weren't sure if the 
chip RAM bus would be 
expanded,, and that chang- 
ing the jumper on current 
machines could potentially 
damage it. 

The A4000 r s motherboard is actually 
very small, as it doesn't pass under the 
150YV power supply (this power supply 
uses standard PC voltages, so finding a 
replacement supply should be much easier 
than with previous Amigas). 

The small size is achieved through the 
use of surface- mount technology (5 MI) 
chips, which are soldered directly onto the 
motherboard. 

While this precludes easily upgrading 
the graphics chips, like you can do on the 
A5G0 and A1 500/2000, when you consider 
that the microprocessor module, expansion 
slots, and SIMM RAM can all be easily 
removed from the motherboard you'll 
realise that replacing the entire mother 
board If Commodore ever updates the 
chipset wouldn't be arc outrageous 
proposition. 

Now what about that chipset? Say 
goodbye to our old girlfriends Agnus and 
Denise. TbeyVe been replaced by Alice and 
Lisa, who are a bit prettier, and a lot more 
perky.. 

Together with good old Paula - the only 
custom chip to remain relatively 
unchanged since the original A1000 - 
these chips form the AGA (Advanced 
Graphics Architecture) chipset. 

Originally known during development 
as Pandora and AA, the 3Q0,0Q(Mransistor 
AGA chipset brings Amiga graphics into the 
1990s and beyond. 

The biggest enhancement is the new 
24-bir colour palette (actually, its 25 -bit, as 
there’s also a genlock-support bit). No 
longer are you limited to 4,096 colours - a 

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Disks and 
file systems 

As mentioned earlier, the A4G00 has 
Commodore's new hi -density floppy 
drive, in addition, Commodore has 
added a number of new file systems. 
First, there are International file 
system Options, which fix file sorting 
errors in foreign languages that use 
more than just generic Ascii 
characters. 

Faster 

More exciting though is the new 
Directory Cache file system. This file 
system stores directory information 
in a memory cache and makes 
accessing data on floppy drives feel 
as fast as a hard drivel This new file 
system will also work on hard drives, 
but it slows down writing to hard 
disks Somewhat:. 

Speaking of slow, 1 guess It s time 
to get to the one downside of the 
Amiga 4000 - its hard disk. 

Under the Influence of former 
head of Engineering Bill Sydnes, 
whose previous claim to fame was 
designing IBM's Incredibly putrid 
PCjr, Commodore decided not to use 
the ASOOO s DMA SCSI controller, 
one of the Fastest in the personal 
computer market, on the A4G0O, 
Instead the A40OQ motherboard 
has an "industry standard" 

IDE hard drive controller similar to 
those found on inexpensive PC 
clones. 

IDE has a number of disadvan- 
tages compared to SCSI. It only 
allows two devices to be connected, 
compared to seven for SCSI, and it 
only supports hard drives, while SCSI 
supports CD-ROM driven tape back- 
ups,, high speed printers, and more 

Speed 

Eut the worst problem is speed. 
The PDE interface and Seagate IDE 
drive included with the A4Q0O can 
only manage a little over 1Mb per 
second reading from the disk, and a 
fraction of that when writing to 
disk. 

Commodore has taken a lot of 
tfack for this feature, which, while 
fine for the A60G and other inexpen- 
sive home computers, has no place in 
a £2,000 computer. 

In response, the company has 
announced that the A3090, a 32- bit 
SCSI-2 controller, should be available 
by the year's end. For now, IF you 
need SCSI you can install an A 2000 
style Zorro II SCSI controller, but 
since those controllers can’t DMA 
into the A40OO's 32-bit RAM, you'll 
end up with speeds slower than the 
A40O0 S IDE drive. 


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33 





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mere 1 6 shades of each primary colour. 

You now have access to a palette of 
16,777,216 colours, 255 shades of each 
primary! Along with all earlier colour 
modes, such as 32 colours, Estra-HalfBrite, 
and HAM,, the AG A chips add new 64, 1 28, 
and 256-colour modes, alt of which draw 
colour from the 24-bit palette. 

Most impressive, though, is the new 


HAMS mode, which uses 64 base colour 
registers and the 24- bit palette to achieve 
incredible true-colour graphics. 

Although Commodore rates this n*ode 
at 262,000 colours on-screen simultane- 
ously - which is quite impressive in itself - 
the mode can actually support over 
700,000 colours in the highest resolutions!. 
And with 64 base colour registers, HAM 
fringing is a thing of the past. Screen reso- 


lutions available in the 
new chipset are the 
same as you'll find with 
the £CS chips found in 
the A 5 00 Plus and 
A600 under 

Workbench 2.1. 

These range from 
320 x 256 up through 
1,280 x 512 and 640 x 
1,024 interlaced, and 
include the new 800 x 
600 ?2Hz mode, in 
both 50Hz PAL and 
60Hz NTSC resolutions. 

The big difference, 
though, is the colour 
depth available in all of 
these resolutions. 

Under the original 
Amiga chips, the high- 
est colour resolutions could only be 
achieved in lo-res, 320-pixel wide modes. 

De-interlaced 

Under AGA, you can go into any sup- 
ported colour mode in eve ry resolution - so 
even 1,280 k 512, HAM8 mode is possible! 
Also, since the Productivity modes are no 
longer limited to four colours, you can 
open usable hi-res, de-mteriaced 640 x 48Q 
screens. 

IF you've seen how much a Workbench 
screen slows down on an ECS Amiga when 
you pop it up to 1 6 colours, you may fear 
that these new graphics modes are going 
to slow the A40OQ to a crawl, 

No lear, though - using the new graph- 
ics chips, a 16-colour hi-res Workbench 
screen uses the same amount of computing 
power as a lo-res, two-colour screen under 
the old graphics chips. 

Commodore has increased the Chip 
RAM bus from 1 6 bits wide to 32 bits. This 
alone would dou ble the speed at which the 
custom chips could access graphics mem- 
ory, but there's morel 

New RAM technologies allow the ACA 
chips to mate two fetches from memory in 


access to chip memory and quadrupling 
the graphics speed! 

Are the new graphics last? Absolutely. 
Combined with the new operating system 
double-buffering, the A40D0 can swap dis- 
play buffers over 2,000 times per second! 

Of course, no monitor is going to be 
able to handle graphics updates that fast, 
but what it realistically means is that you 
can quite easily have 60 frames-per-sec- 
end animation, even on an Intuition-drag- 
gable screen with over a quarter ol a 
million colours on it! 

The Blitter itself is no faster - a bit-blit 
takes just as much lime as it used to. 
However, the Blitter is olten lighting other 
custom chip functions for access to mem- 
ory, and the new 4x memory bandwidth 
means that the Blitter often gets a chance 
to do its thing three more times in the 
same period of time that it used to just do 
one Blit. 

Super sprites 

So while the A40QQ doesn't blit laster r 
it docs blit more often, giving a noticeable 
speed-up in many games and applica- 
tions. 

Another neat new feature of the AGA 
chipset is better sprite support. Sprites can 
now be up to 64 pixels wide, rather than 
just 16. Not oniy that, but sprites are no 
longer limited to lo-res pixels. 

You can now have hi-res, or even super 
hi-res sprites. Vou can create ultra-detailed 
pointers, or just make them very small so 
that they won't get in your way. 

The A4DQ0 doesn't have a de-interlacer 
chip like the A300Q did. instead, the 
machine relies on the new AGA graphics 
modes to provide software de-interlacing. 

Along with the non-interlaced hi-res 
mode, AGA also has DoubleNTSC and 
DoublePAL modes that are essentially de- 
interlaced versions of the old interlaced 
modes. 

Using a feature called: Mode Promotion, 
toggleable in Preferences, you can tell the 
A4GQQ to open all modes that would nor* 

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Except lor the missing SCSI conned or. the A 40 GO has all the 
purls found on the AJOOO, including serial, parallel, floppy, 
monitor, audio and joy slick purls- 

The monitor purl is a standard 23- pin port, and includes an 
adaptor for hooking up a 15 pin VGA monitor table- !o fully 
utilise the Amiga 4000's graphic* capabilities, ytrtiH need to 
purchase a multiscan monitor that can sync irom 1 5kHz 
through 3 1,5 kHz. 

If you use a standard ISkHz monitor, such as ihf 10R4, you 
won't be able to access the new de interlaced modes. Unlike* 
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ihal won t sync down lo 15kHz. 

Some programs that don't work with Mode Promotion, 
such as all bootable games, will trigger the monitor Into 15kHz 
mode, resulting in a scrambled screen on a VGA monitor. 

Even worse, some sy^tfvn screens, such as the boot screen 
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support* all the available scan rales. 

The A4fXJ0'* keyboard connect or has been changed to a 
mini DIN plug, so you can't uw a keyboard designed for the 
A2000 orAiOOD with it, 

The joystick and mouse ports .ire now On the left ude ol the 
machine. With the A 100(1. A 500, A 7000, and A4000, the purls 
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mally be interlaced in the equivalent hi- 
non-interlaced modes. 

For example, PageStream will open on a 
DoublePAL, 640 x 512 non-interlaced 
screen instead of the normal interlaced PAL 
screen. Also, you can force even 256- line 
screens to open at VGA scan rates, so that 
you don't have to look at ugly scan lines. 

Mode Promotion works fairly well, 
except tor a few programs that don't open 
their screens using the proper 05 calls. 
These will open in their standard interlaced 
modes. 

AGA-compatible 

An example of a program with this 
problem is DPaint tV, bat Electronic Ms say 
they will have an ACA-compatible update 
available soon that will fix this problem. 

All of these new AG A features are sup- 
ported by the newest release of the Amiga 
operating system, Amiga OS 1.0. Although 
it looks very similar to AmigaDOS 2.04, 1.0 
adds a number of new features. 

It includes new KickStart 3,0 ROMs - the 
only socketed chips on the A40QG's 
motherboard - and a new set of 
AmigaDOS disks. 

First, AmigaDOS 3.0 adds all the features 
found in the AmigaDOS 2.1 update just 
released tor QCS/EC5 machines. Those 
include language localisation, a PostScript 
printer driven sampled sounds lor 
DisplayBeeps, better support of outline 
fonts, and an improved ASL file requester. 
Like 2.1, AmigaDOS 3.0 includes a 


licensed version of the 
CrossDOS MS-DOS file 
system. Using CrossDOS 
and the AAOGG's built-in 
floppy drive, you can not 
only read and write 720k 
IBM -format floppies, but 
hi -density 1.44Mb PC 
disks as well 

An addition specific Lo 
AmigaDOS 3.0 is 
MultiView, a file viewer 
that uses the new 
datatype d library. The 
version of MultiView that 
ships with the Amiga 
allows you to examine 
pictures, text files, sam- 
pled sounds, and 
AmigaGuidedormat 
Hypertext files. 

The neat thing about 
datatypes is that other 
programs can utilise 


Amiga range 

With all these new features and a new operating 
system, you might expect the A40G0 to have all 
sorts of compatibility problems with older soft 
ware. 

Luckily, Commodore did their homework and 
that's not the case at alL The only application I 
found that had trouble was Professional Page, 
whose menus became invisible (Gold Disk is 
about to release a fixed version}. 

PageSiream, ProWrite, Imagine, ImageM aster, 
WordPerfect, WordWorth, Deluxe Paint, and 
other productivity programs I tried worked fine. 

Some programs, including Art Department 
Professional, ProWrite 1.3, and Final Copy 2, 
even support the new graphics modes already. 

Game compatibility was surprisingly good, 
considering that the graphics chips are markedly 
different, and considering how many game pro- 
grammers seem unable to force themselves to 
open the Amiga ROM Kernel manuals to see 
what's legal and what's not. Many games, such 


as Sierra adventures, Shadow of the Beast III, 
Pinball Dreams, and Sim Earth, worked fine with 
the AG A chips. 

Commodore has made a provision in ACA for 
the rule breakers. There's a bootup screen acces- 
sible by holding down both mouse buttons. On 
this screen you can toggle off the processor 
caches (which slows the machine a bit but fixes 
some Illegal programming practices, especially 
common with copy-protected games), switch to 
PAL or NTSC, and select your chfpset. 

The AGA chips have an ECS compatibility 
mode that disables the new features o? the 
chipset, Selecting this mode from the boot 
screen allowed me to get the programs that 
wouldn't work properly under AG A. such as Air 
Support, to work fine. 

The only games I couldn’t get lo run on the 
A4G0O were games that would n r t work on the 
A3QQO either - this means it was probably the 
6&Q40. rather than AG A, that caused the problems. 


them, and that new for- 
mats can be added. So if someone writes a 
GIF datatype and you install it on your sys- 
tem, MultiView will gain the capability to 
view GIF files, as will any other graphics-ori- 
ented programs that use datatypes. This 
feature should make file format conversion 
very painless in the future, as more pro- 
grams begin to take advantage of it. 

Preferences has been revamped to take 
advantage of the new features. IContiol 
now contains an option For turning mode 
promotion on and off, and ScreenMode lets 


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colours. 

WBPattern has a very impressive new 
feature - you can now use IFF pictures for 
your Workbench and window backdrops! 
This looks particularly impressive in 12B or 
256-colour modes. 

Also, the Palette Preferences editor now 
has an impressive- looking colour wheel for 
selecting colours. This colour wheel is actu- 
ary one of a new class of BOO PS I {Basic 
Object-Oriented Programming System ftn 
Intuition) gadgets that can be utilised by 
other programs. 

White on black 

Workbench itself has a couple of nice 
little improvements. The menus are now- 
rendered as white on black by default, 
and you can use the Palette Preferences 
editor to choose colours ol your own r 

Amiga key and checkmark characters 
are now scaled to match the menu font in 
use. Also, calling up Information on an 
icon no longer locks up Workbench until 
you're through. 

Along with all the new I matures, the 
underlying code has been improved 
greatly too. The graphics library has been 
sped up considerably, so programs that 
use it extensively will seem much faster, 

The layers library, which handles win- 
dows, has also been greatly optimised, 
and the difference is evident when mov- 
ing things around the Workbench screen. 

The incredible new 2 r 0OO'5waps-per- 
second intuition double- buffering means 
creating animations on draggable screens 
is a snap. 

MultiView is good for showing off a 
new feature of the operating system - pen 
sharing. If you open a number of 32- 
colour pictures on a 256-colour 
Workbench screen, you'll notice that they 
ail look very good. 

Kickstart 3.0 will allocate the proper 
colours for the picture using unused 


palette colours. If all the colours are 
already in use, then It picks the best avail- 
able colours from those available. 

It's possible to have more Lhan eight 
32-colour IFF pictures shown on the same 
2 5 6- colour Workbench screen and have 
them all look good - this has to be seen to 
be fully appreciated! 

Conclusion 

The A4QO0 is an incredibly impressive 
machine. Commodore has managed to 
introduce tons of new features without 
introducing tons of incompatibilities - an 
extraordinary feat! 

The new capabilities of the AG A chipset 
make it a dream machine far the artist, 
animator, desktop publisher, TV producer, 
or game nut. And although its £2,000 
price is a bit steep tor the average Joe, ifs 
a bargain for a machine ot this power. 

The processor slot expandability and 
32-bit Zorro slots mean it r 5 3 machine you 
won't outgrow for a long time. The only 
real downer is the IDE hard drive interlace, 
which is passable but not up to what 
Commodore can do in a professional 
machine, but even that problem can be 
fixed by plugging in the A3 090 SCSI card 
when it becomes available. 

If the A4O0Q is out ol your price range, 
Commodore is set to introduce the 
AT 200, which will have all the features of 
the ACA chipset, but with less room for 
expansion and a less speedy microproces- 
sor. 

Once the AT 200 hits the market, 
expect the games publishers to lake real 
note of the ACA Amiga, i personally can't 
wait to play my first 256-colour (or 
262, 060-col Our!) game! 

In the meantime, the A4Q0Q provides 
all the power even the most demanding 
Amiga user could desire. Commodore ha 
done an incredible job with the next gen- 
eration Amiga. Ahead, warp 
speed! 



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When you are rorsidering purchasing a sound sampler there are plenty to choo&e from. Why compromise? your choice should 
bs the rvsw full featured STEREO MASTER for the Amiga, with software that s designed from our fop sei ng Amiga sampler AM AS 
and o package that gives you more extras than a M series BMW By purchasing this state of the art product which combines 
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the knowledge that it is not only compatible wth existing Microdeal products but W'W also be with future ones. 

What is Stereo Master 

Stereo Master is a Sow cost, high pud iiy sound sampler for the Amiga range of computers, the sampler cartridge included in 
this package plugs into the printer port at the rear of the computer and allows you to analyze the sounds coming m from devices 
such as Personal Cassette Players, Compact D?sc Players etc. ot change the way they sound using the Real Time Special Effects 
or record them Once in the computer STEREO MASTERS uhque editor will enable you to edit the sound In practically any way 
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THE SPECIAL EFFECTS 
CONTROL PANEL 


The Special Effects Software 

For the first time ever you can emulate special sound effects in real time #u$f like the sound 
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ihduding Echo, Reverb, Ramp.. Pitch up/down. Stereo bounce. Multi echo 
Chorus. Phaser, Reverse and Pitch bendi 

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The Sequencing Software 

Our built In sample sequencer allows you to take up to IB samples (memory permitting) 
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* Real time entry of sequences from keypaa ‘ Sequence copy function 

* Step time entry of sequences 1 Loop sample 

* 2 stereo channels for sequencing * Selectable seauence speed 

* Sioiybaord style editing * Dump/re-edit function 

T Digital sequence positron display * Test function 

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1 Stand alone demo player employs IFF picture whilst ploying sequence 


The Sampling Software 

Every feature you would expect to find in a professional editing 

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* Mix sample with full or half volume 

* Shrnik In by 26W50%/7fl% by drag or wipe 

* Fade in/out wrth selectable degree of fade 

* Fitter sample with sofl/medlum/hard filter 

* Selectable trigger volumes 

* Record frequency from 3,0 to 55.Q Khz 

■ Full editing and control facility far left/right channels 


suite including: 

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* Bounce sample 

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FREQUENCIES (FFT) 


The Analytical Software 

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1 30 display also includes 2D envelope display plus sample information, 

* Built in Stereo spectrum anatyzer 

* Stereo Oscilloscopes with trigger markers 


STEREO SPECTRUM ANALYZERS 


STEREO OSCILLOSCOPES 


Other innovative features 

We know this product Is years ahead OF tts time arid: these adaitional features justify our boast, 

■ New style stereo cartridge ■ Includes Walkman type cable 

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A part from ttie obvious and per- 
vasive video game applications, 
animation on the Amiga is 
really something that you are onfy aware 
of from the odd PD demo (there are actu- 
ally quite a few of these) and possibly 
Rolf's Cartoon Club. 

In the former ease, this suggests eager 
part-time animators sweating away at cre- 
ating I LM /Warner Bros-qualrty sequences 
r their bedrooms, like the fimm film 
moguls of 20 years ago, only better - in 
fh* latter case, school- kids who having 
been introduced to the capabilities of the 
Amiga as an animation tool, who may be 
the |ohn Lasseters of tomorrow, 

In either instance, ft is more a case of 
hinting at the latent power of the Amiga 
js a media tool, and we have yet to see it 
being applied in a really serious way for 
producing Films, programmes and the like. 

Distinctive 

I recently discovered several Amigas 
being put to good use at Speedy films 
Ltd, a company celebrating 20 years in 
the business of producing distinctive ani- 
mation commercials and short films, both 
-rf and in the US, which is no mean feat 
^hen you consider the shifting state of 
the film industry here. 

MD Paut Vaster seems to have no reser- 
. il ; ons about using the Amiga wherever 
possible on a job - to asstst in the produc- 
tion of a commercial, lor instance. 

An eye-catching recent example is the 
ad tor Milky Way chocolate, which 
•- solved a computer animated satellite 
character racing for a Milky Way bar 
against a hand-animated Asteroid person 
a kind of update of the Hare and 
Tortoise table. 

The computer-generated segments 
were artfully integrated to fit in with the 
overall look of the commercial, dictated 
by a comic book design theme, so you are 
ever aware that it is computer animation, 
and rightly so, 

I his was a case of using the Amiga's 3D 
jpabiiities to do the- time-consuming 
'drawing* (and animation) of something 
■ 'inch is made of geometric forms, and 
meant to look mechanical, ie "straight 
Ines", which animators abhor doing - 
beheve me. This freed animation director 




Line testing alternative 

Future plans at Speedy involve using one of their Amiga s as a line tester - for 
testing the work in progress animation of traditional animators. 

For this they may use Bumbo's Take 2 package, as used on Rolfs Cartoon Club, 
The system wifi effectively give them an alternative to the video line tester they 
currently use, the EOS, which Is more or less an industry standard For video line 
testing. 

The advantages inherent In digital line testing are that, once the drawings are 
digitised, they can be played back in a variety of ways, and even scripted'' to 
build up whole sequences, in a way which Is impossible using a video line tester, 
unless you have access to expensive video editing equipment. 


Barry Baker; who was responsible For 
implementing Amiga* at Speedy, to get 
on with giving the animation the zip it 
required. 

I he design of the satellite made its 
construction (in VideoScape 3D) quite 
easy, since it was basically a faceted ball 
on an hemisphere with solar panels for 
"arms", the panels being deceptively sim- 
ple rectangles. In fact, they have aerofoil 
cross sections! 

One of the reasons you see spheres so 
often in PD demos of 3D woric, inciden- 
tally, is probably because a sphere looks 
like a sphere just about any damn way 
you look at it - relieving the designer from 
trying to realise a complex 3D object in a 
modelling program. They are also quick 
to render. 

After producing a pencil test of the 
entire commercial using conventional 

/ ...show a floppy 
V disk to a paint 
and trace artist and 
you are likely to be 

W m/ 

met with a ft 


computer animation (called an "ani- 
matiO, the next stage was to reproduce 
the rough test in the Amiga using 
VideoScape 3D to generate the satellite - 
a common approach when dealing with 
computer animation due to its (usually) 
high cost. 

You might think this odd, considering 
the ability of most computer Systems to 
display animations in a basic wireframe 
form, which can be edited and refined 
prior to rendering. 

In this particular instance however, due 
to the graphic style, large quantity of con- 
ventional animation, and economics, the 
animation of the satellite was done first on 
paper, to establish pacing and its relation- 
ship to the other characters 

Then Baker darted to reproduce the 
animation, using VideoScape 3D and 
Hash Enterprises Animation Apprentice, 
using the pencil test as a basis. Baker's 


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next concern was transferring the Amiga 
graphics to a medium that could be 
handled in a conventional sense, like 
drawn animation - a process which 
involved, ultimately, painstaking 
matching of the computer material 
to its drawn counterpart. Who said 
computers make your life easy? 

Once the animation of the char 
acter had been approved, some 
way had to be found to produce 
the separate frames in a form 
that could be treated like con- 
ventional animation ie on 
paper, or hard copy as it is 
called - in fact ,this term can 
be used to describe every- 
thing from printouts to 
35mm slides. 

Show a floppy disk to a 
paint and trace artist - 
the people who transfer 
the animators 1 drawings 
onto acetate for 
colouring and even- 
tual filming - and you 
are likely to be met 
with a blank stare. 

The transfer of 
the satellite to 
paper hard copy 
could have a 
two -fold pur- 
pose, however 


- not only is 
it easier to 
treat it like 
familiar anima- 
tion, it would 
allow for the 
matching of the 
other 2D animated 
elements, since the 
printouts could be 
Jl peg- registered" and 
used like drawn ani- 
mation, 

Baker opted for 
using a standard printer 
to image the frames, giv- 
ing the images a drawn 
quality, and although 
there are many ways to 
out put graphics, this 
method proved to be the 
most direct and cost-effec- 
tive, 

You may wonder 
why the animation was not 
simply rendered in the Amiga 
first, as lull 3D animation. Well, 
it was to the extent of using 
lighting to suggest volume and 
shading, but the look of fully-ren- 
dered 3D did not fit with the design 
of commercial 

The computer animation did not, 
in this case, sot a precedent for the 
overall look, which had already been 
determined. 

The next stage Involved photocopy- 
ing the animation, by now simply 
another element along with the other 
drawn animation elements, onto acetate, 
where it was coloured, and also enhanced 
with hand-drawn detail to bring it in line 
with the "look". 


Convincing 


The net result is something which looks 
very much drawn, but moves in a con- 
vincingly real way. Of course, in an ad like 
this, reality is not an issue - however, 
there are some things whose movements 
tell you a lot about their physical nature, 
and tile satellite was a case in point. 

The use of the Amiga did not stop 
there however - the ad featured planets,, 
too. Planets are spheres, and 3D programs 


Amiga Computing December 1992 






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can do spheres very well, 

In this case the spheres 
had faces, which were 
ultimately texture- mapped 
drawn animation, and are 
gradually revealed as the 
camera swings past them - 
an effect which would have 
been difficult to do in the 
usual way, and would cer- 
tainly have required many tests 
to gel right. 

A feature of Amiga graphics is 
Lfoe ability to preview animations, 
depending upon the software and 
i memory constraints you may 
have, and this aspect makes 
things a little easier to evaluate, 
even in software like DFainb 
In between all this, Baker also 
managed to write a small pro- 
gram which enabled him to print out 
"dope sheets", or camera charts 
for shooting the many levels ot 
animation, with data typed in on 
the Amiga. 

Camera charts are a necessary 
part of the whole process, 
but involve very painstak- 
ing filling out of charts by 
hand by the animator, 
and since many levels of 
artwork can be involved,, 
they can become quite com- 
plex. 

Baker's program is not perfect - 
as he is quick to admit - but it does 
take some of the pain out ol it. 

The final result of all this is an 
I entertaining commercial with a 
look that owes mare to the 
work of an illustrator, than, 
say, the flat colour-outline, 
"earthbound" look of more con- 
ventional animation. 

It was achieved with a minimal 
amount ot programming knowl- 
edge - the "dope sheet" pro- 
gram wa$ written in Basic, 
which says a lot for the user- 
friendly approach taken by 
Amiga graphics program- 
med. 

Speedy's most recent Amiga 
application, in graphic terms, 
exploits the lores quality, 
A brash colours and immediacy 
of computer graphics to create 
off-the-wall animated links for their 
showreel, to be aired on Liquid 
Television (BBC 2 - 7,25pm, 
Mondays) in the not too 
distant future. 

The segment, 
designed by recent 
Royal College graduate 
Tony Lee r whose distinctive 
style is suggestive of the 
graffiti left behind by some 
extinct techno-culture, has 
evolved from his work with 


Computing December 199 2 


the Apple Mat. Fitting in with and taking 
a cue from Tony lees' style ol working 
and designs, the sequence was First story- 
boarded to determine what exactly was to 
happen. 

The broad theme was ‘"Heads" - a 
series of bizarre mutating Faces against a 
patchwork of computer-generated colours 
and shapes, 

Using the most available and ubiqui- 
tous software, DPaint, and also Digi Paint 
from NewTek, and fitting into the bud- 
getary scheme of things, the job was 
divided up between Lee and Barry Baker, 
Used normally to working with the 
Mac, lee was unfamiliar with the Amiga - 
in this case an upgraded A 1500, brought 
in especially for purpose - and feels the 
sequence could have been created on just 
about any computer, but is ready to admit 
the Amiga's price advantage over its com- 
petitors, and the a vail ability /diversity of 
Amiga software. 

It becomes obvious when doing any 
large-scale animation work on the Amiga 
that figuring out exactly how to proceed 
is essential, to avoid the inevitable "graz- 
ing of elbows" phenomenon - especially, 
as in the previous case, you have a colli' 
sion of two distinctly different styles of 
working. 

Backgrounds 

Once the sequence had been designed,, 
Lee set about producing the various back- 
grounds (totalling about 30), and provid- 
ing start and end position designs of the 
heads, since it had been determined that 
the heads would be hand-animated (by 
Barry Baker) to convey a sense of fluidity 
that would be difficult to achieve any 
other way. 

In doing so, Baker's brief was to keep in 
character as much as possible, so the in- 
between stages of the transformations are 
as bizarre as Lee's key designs!, 

The final, approved animation was 
handed back to Lee, who then K-drew it 


with a hEavy black line, which could be 
picked up by a video camera for digitising 
in a package like PigiView. 

The digitised frames were then taken 
into the relevant paint program tor ren- 
dering and compositing - -a task which 
was split between Lee and Baker - and 
employing the same basic procedures, 
within the program, to keep a sense of 




4 ,.ms you 
expect, the 
Americans have 
been using the 
Amiga for serious 
broadcast work 
for quite some 
time... 


flow to the production. Since only the 
backgrounds were static, a number of dif- 
ferent techniques were employed to pro- 
vide the necessary detail and richness, 

A number of powerful capabilities exist 
within Digi Paint, both for rendering and 
also compositing images, which Baker 
made use of to streamline the composit- 
ing process. 

In fact, once it was set up, the Amiga 
was left to chug through layering the 
heads and background*, along with a 
dropped shadow., by itself, 

DigiPaint allows the user to set up 
uset delinable macros of ell the functions 
you would normally access via the 
user-interface and also define some 
unique functions that cannot be found in 
among the standard paint options 

The whole sequence took several weeks 
to produce, and was essentially expert 


Amiga hits Hollywood 

As you might expect, the Americans have been using the Amiga for serious 
broadcast work for quite some time. 

Five years ago. The Post Croup in LA, a facility house, were using them to pro- 
duce graphics for the Max Headroom TV series - re-animating a computer-gener 
ated parrot, which I had designed as a 2D drawn animation, in the process! 

More recently, the set ol the most recent Star Trek movie had banks of Amigas 
running (he Video Toaster for reai-time graphics displays, 

Over here some established animation studios have secretly been using the 
Amiga as a means of creating sequences that would otherwise have been arduous 
and time-consuming to do using, in the process, technology that five years ago 
would have been out of their reach, and in hands of facility houses. 

They are also discovering the potential ot the Amiga as a design tool - prelty 
undisputed as far as the Apple Mac is concerned, as are the new strain of illustra- 
tors and designers who are entering the industry. 

It is difficult to understand why tl has taken so long. The reasons may be the 
economics ol having such hardware in a studio situation, and basic ignorance 
even a rather Luddite approach to any technology, animation being a ' tradition- 
ally'' hand-made medium ,i( least as far as public awareness is concerned. 

However, I am constantly amazed at the number ol people who say Oh, hut 
you must do everything by computers now?" ! 



mental in 
nature, in the 
hope that i,l 
would lead to a 
commission in 
the future, And it 
worked - Speedy 
have actually been 
commissioned to do 1 
some work <or MTV % 

(US) based upon the 1 
sequence. 

Once the rendering * 
was complete, some way 
had to be found to trans- 
fer completed frames on _ 
to either video or Film rea- l 
sonabfy cheaply. 

I have mentioned in a 
previous article that it is pos- 
sible to transfer Amiga anima- 
tions to tape with excellent 
results - some facilities, like 
Triangle TV, are geared up to do 
this from the Amiga. 

This was in fact the route taken 
by Speedy, and the animation was 
shot on Low Band U-Matic tape- 

Reproduction 

The examples, decorously dis- 
played on the pages of this article, are 
derived from prints which were pro- 
duced by Shooting the Amiga monitor, 
and show how good the reproduction 
can be if you take the care at the photog- 
raphy stagE. 

Although the end result was shot an 
non- broadcast tape, the quality still holds 
up, at least to the untrained eye, 

Lee hopes to work more in the realm of 


24-bit, having seen the shortcomings of 
lo-res on the Amiga, in common with 
Barry Baker, who intends purchasing a 


DC7V board for one of the three Amigas 


Speedy currently use, 

the advantages of 24-bit are the higher 


resolution - more colours, less jaggies - 

■ 

however we will have to see if there ls a 
machine that can chug through anima- 
tions as fast as the current Amigas, even 
with Lhe shortcomings of lo-res. Maybe 
that machine is the new A4000, 

The two examples shown indicate just 
what you can achieve with the basic 
Amiga selup and a little animation 
know-^ow thrown in for good measure 
When the hardware is pushed to the limits 
it can come up with some speclacula' 
results. 





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B5DQ0 
B5000 


2MB 
3MB 

4MB IB. 07 
1MB 25. DO 
2MB 25.00 
3MB 25 00 


B5D00 + 4MB 75.00 Mhz . £979.99 


HARD DRIVES 


m&ZE note Itial a SCSI II «MU controller will be 
avaitiblu from mid NGwembur-Call sales Inr 
details and pries. 


JlIW Workbench Includes: Delude Paint: 3, Platinum 
Work^ r Home Accounts, TnkL Puzznic, * Fll, Amiga 
Formal Bock and Joystick fCOQ DG 

AMIGA 1500 LDOJ.33 


nVP IMPACT SERIES II Hart) Drives, the 
fastest Hard Drive/Centrelter ler the Amiga 

Features Game Switch, eternal SCSI port, 
FAAAST^DM SCSI Driver, GVPs custom VLSI 
chip and internal RAM expansion up to 8 meg! 
Units use high specific &tmn Fast- access 
QUANTUM Hard Owes coming wxh 2^., guarantee. 

A50Q-HD8+ 52 Mb (Unpopulatsd) 1329.99 

A5OO-HD0+ 120 Mb (Unpopulated).— ^ 

A500-HDB+ 240 MlHUnnnpulaiedl £699,99 


LC-1D0 CdIoui f7Ff7Jt £1 59.99 

9 PIN colntir pf intar with paper parking, eight fonts 
and electronic DIP switches. 

IC24-1DD /31WL1 89.99 

24 FIN with compressed dote mndu, 16 K buffer an-d 
IQ letter quality Fonts.lwiTh Star printer driver only!. 

LC 20 i r m^rH” kUjaiLual ' ■■■ ■’■■■ m ■■napH 1 * ii £129.99 

LC 200 Colour... i 

LC24-20,.- ..£199,99 

LC24-200 Mono £219.99 

LC24-200 Co lou r,„ — £2 b 8 ,99 

X B24-200 Co lour, . „■ .x 3?9 -2 2 

SJ48 Bubblejel..,, IHEUSSS £219.99 

Star printers come with on« year warranty. 

CillZEN M 

Swift 240 Colour... f.'TZV £279.99 

Swih 240 Mono fZTZB £259.99 

Swift 200 Colour £219.99 

Swift ZOO Mono ZEES £199.99 

£179.99 



PHILIPS B833Mk ll /2 £194.91! 

Colour Stereo Monitor now including Lotus Turbo 
€hiJI large', end 1 years on site werraniy 

COMMODORE 1085 SOI £216.99 

COMMODORE 1084 SOI, ....... .£199.99 

All monitors are supplied withe FRG 
tablet for conneclUm In your Ami-ga, 

MONITOR ACCESSORIES- I 

14" Dust covers - ■ 4 99 

|4 P Tilt & Swivel stand 13-99 

Anti- Glare Titer screen , £19-99 

A4 Copy Holdflf, „, T X 12*99 

"This is h tiu f second time / have dt uli 
with ymt and each liwt 1 have had 
excellent service and rapid deliver}'" 

Pvtt r \\\ Beaumofit- Jlnddenrfield 


Swift 9 Colour, 




ii££Sd 


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SALE OF THE CENTURY!! 


Phoenix in association with Sociec and 
Conner, continue to achieve massive sales 
on this high specification, quality product 

Due to the buying power of Phoenix we are 
ahle to maintain these incredible prices : 
prices that have left the competition GREEN 
with envy-and the Amiga buying public 
licking their lips. Stocks will only last until 
lha end of November. 

£259.99 


Citizen princu'S come wish 2 year warranty 

HEWLETT PACKARD 

Deshiet 5«o £329.99 

D eskjel -500 Colour 1 4 4 9 .99 

RP pnnte rscomswilhSvcarwairgntv- 

HP block ink cartridge ,,.£24.99 

HP colour ink cartridge ,.,£29,99 

AUTO SHEET FEEDERS 

star LC20 mxnn £57.99 

STAR LC200... £59, ,99 

STAR LC24-20O £62.99 

STAR LC24-20 £62.99 

star $J4S - £49,99 


DISKS 


fEB 


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Dnn'1 confuse Ih^Sfl quahly di^ks with others 
currently available. 35' 100% certified error free 7D' e 
clip. AH disks mc&tde FAFF high quaSty PFiimhm labeli 

10 JJt £4,99 mm JE72.95 

25 £12.99 501 £174,95 

50. 122.99 75 D. ^£259.99 

100.;. £39.99 1000 £339.99 


TDK Branded disks- High performance 
media from the experts-bc* 10 with labels, 

£09 1 0Q .152.99 


10 


S0 £26,99 500.,. £249.99 

MOO Phoenix Disk Labels..... ,„.„£9.99 


"i will recommend Phoenix n? my 

friends with rw reservations * " 

C\ A. Squire- ALdbtifgh 


LEADS 
& CABLES 


RGCTEC 40 1VIB, 


BUBBLE JET 


BOCTtC 6H MB., 

ROCTED E5 MB,... 

f oct ec mm 



£299.99 

£364.99 


Featuring Coonor drives-very iast access times* 
rt9m& ar better) * expend up to fl Mb using i Mb 
Simms only ■ 1 year qijdrantoe * slimline design 
ideally colour matched to the A5Q0 * Own power 
supply. 

HQCTEC (controller Only) ,.£164.99 

Same specification as ihe jbove but wifbnuE the 
hard drive titled so you can Fit your nwn. Please 
specify IDE or SDSL 

EXTRA MEMORY Only £25.99 per Mb, 


HARD DRIVES 

1500/2000 


Senes II hard Disk Cautruller/RAM card ..£1 14.99 
Serias II 57 Mh Hard Disk and HAM ca rd £269 99 
Sedas I1 120 Mh Hard Disk and RAM card..£399.99 
Series II 24Q Mb Harrl Disk iirul HAM canL....£639.99 
EXTRA MEMORY Only £25.99 per Mb, 


CANON BJIOeX Hx £224.99 

Upgraded version of BJIDb. the worlds biggest 
5 r-i m r s p-nrtab le i nkjet printer, 

canon bj 2io fisni £3t9.99 

More FcHtures than the BJ10, mcludes Auto shael 
FeeOer Top selling Highly RGcomm^nded 

canon bj 300 nms £374. 99 

an column bubbtejet provides laser ouaiity auLpuL 

CANON a J 330.. 57»7,- £499,99 

136 column bubbl-ejet 

CANON Bubble jet cartridges. , ,.....,.11 7,99 

P HQ ENIK PRINTER RACK 

Supplied with AIL printers containing 1 Bm std_ 
printer cable, prmier ribb attftea rtfidgi end Z5u 
sheeis of paper ibsoiul^ly FREE 

PRINTER ACCESSORIES 

We have a large range of high quality printer 
accessories For all the primers we sell including: 

rl li F.I cavers From £2 %% * Ink cartridges tram 
til. 99 + MflilO ribbons I ram E3.E0 "Colour 
ribbous bom £7 i^J * Printer stands Irom £7.3^ 


Midi-Midi 2m., ..£3, 99 Modulator «*< .,£9,99 
Midi. Midi Jm„.£4,99 Amiga Stan £9.99 
Midi-Midi Sm ... £5.99 Amiga-8833Mlill.t9.99 
Disk Drive £9.99 Joyslick long e5ci.£4 99 

Mou-se/d eystlc k ext, ... ... r£4 . 95 

Mousey Joystick splstier 14.99 

■■SeriniyModBm tables,..,. .19.99 

* A migoM u Iti sy nc Jrqmt 9 . 99 

* A-ni i g*- M ic r o vitec 

* Am i g a ■ CP C mu n ll □ r -1 9 

* Amiga - ftGB/TV — — 3 ■ i 0 

•SCSI Cable vsrmufr ,-.,,,-..^9-3“ 

Printer I .Bm ..£5.99 printer 2. Dm HD. .£7. 99 

* f □ r full derails of these cables or 
information regarding ihe right table for 
the job call 0532-31 16M, Custom built leaifc 
are no problem Phoenix. 


PHOENIX 2 Meg. . 
RAMI Upgrade Modules 


CHIPS 


ACCELERATORS 




GVP CdMENATUM AOKlfWMlMS & Hwffl pHIWS-The 
itllimale expansion product f 01 tins A m i g a 5flQ' 

A5» Combi dOMHi + S2Mb Hard Ddre £659.99 

A530 Cambi «MHz ♦ 120Mb Hard Drive..£?57.99 

AS30 Cembt 80MHz * 240Mb Hard Drive £979.99 

ASMOOSaZ Cn-Prtccssor..,,.,- £264.99 


ACCELERATORS 
1 500/2000 


AMIGA CUSTOM CHIPS 

fclekitart 2.W ROM., T34 99 

KwtaSHt U Him LZI 99 FflaerflijniJ5 t37ra i:M.!i:- 
HEW Supai Denise 99 UIA UUGA ES Jf 

MEMOHY CHIPS 

4 Mb x 5 MDJ Sirmr. £®S9 t Mb x 4 1 m « 

1 Mh i Il-Vi| iium.-Ei 1 ? 99 Z5Ek m 4 |-30| ^ 

256k k 4 f-Ul Sipnw^l zm 1 Mb X 1 OMNI 

2Sfh m 4 DRAM ^ W 'This pnLt? a tar 1 Mb ri RAM 


A PHOtNIK RAW 
module can expaot 
your Chip RANI up 
2 Mh by using the 
trapdoor expansion 1 
poft. Exua RAM i 
nflcssaary tc unleifJh ih 
i nr; r n il ibil i: graphics cap; 

biliues al yaur Anugn All our hDRfds carry q hill 7 yf^r r 
quibble ruplm: fimenl guarnnrtii. Si's never bee 
eheapsr iu upgrade! 

1 Mb Fully populated 
HAM hoard.... (iHiWi 



£34.99 

1 Mb unpopulaied RAM board.....^.£1 G«9S 


GVP G -Force 030 35MHz * 1Mb._ JE545.99 

GVP G-Fwco 03040MHz 1 4Mb -^-^^.,.£784.99 

GVP G-Force 130-WMH^ + 4Mb £1099,99 


Ihnse chips r dvb r pri^uc^lty swery popular rntmory 
UKp^rt^J&fi or Hafd Drive jyitem en the msrEer For Uie 
,1 iiiij.i 4?. gyp. SUPRA, MlCRG&OTiCS, COMMODORE 


MULTI-MEDIA 


ACCELERATOR 
RAM Modules 


"7 musi write fa cmgmmhitte you m 
the efficiency of your mad order staff* 

Robert S, Blair - Derramrk 


flombo's Viffli Amiga 12 is the replacement lor fih ; |i 
EQtnelete cnlmir EDiution bringing you the worltf 
first mass market colour digitiser for undorflOft 


rreis444 I fc 


IMI) Simm-32 Bit 60 Nanoseccnds,.... i .£65-^5 
•1Mb Simni-32 Bit 60 Nanoseconds £182.95 


exHgHHK 


VI DI-AMIGA 12 

Outstanding features snd plenty ol YFM'-fl/aii 
for monev-^Highly RecommEriflad. 

ROC GEN Plus £1 29.93 

Qiial i y features and pa rtarmarce-flecon'ni ended 


GVP PC 236 16MHz £ 239.99 



KCS Powerhoard | W i* DOS «4U £199.99 Vorted GOLDEN GATE' £41 9,99 ® J* ^ 1° \ "fl24 

KCfi Powerhoard £184.99 This emulainr is the ullliiOM hridye batwEE* • !JJ, /Jr ' 

KCS PowerboarO - *- pcyAT hltainB Bnd thB Anpig4 . W wu think this is j Mb pop to 2 Mb 

KCS adaplof for 1560/20011... CS3.33 j pr ^, 011i er oss to pa ye three tor spauificaiion 8 Mb pop to fMb .... 

A Tonte Plus 2B6 (ibmhj) . £21 4.39 details in this monihs Trail Blazers' seetionl 0 Mb pep to B Mb 


SUPRA 5DQRX the ultimate in Fast ftam ROCKEY BY ROCTEC 

expunsion unita.^I/ses 256*4 Zips) The ns w chroma key unit - usllI m conjunction 



KCS adJ 
Vortex 


£149,99 

£209,99 

1309.99 


a Genlock - allows you eo suporimpose live vid 
ovee- graphics or v id rq- substitute the brsghme 
pnrtion ol a video source with a keyed rniaci 
Embed live video in graphics? 

£269. 


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PHOENIX 1Mb 


A60G UPGRADE 


ROCTEC ROCUTI 

This I a mows super sliui drive has now 
been upgraded to include Anti-click 
and virus checker - We have 
reluctenlly had to raise the price of this 
product 4m lo the variance of the 
dollar rate. However to soften (he blow 
we will include a FREE disk head 
cleaner worth £3.99 


Phoenix price... 



MICE & 
TRACKBALLS 


■ i 

NAKSH A Upgrade Mouse .....,£24-99 

I Wiik 0 pa ratio n stealth, mat & holds r] 

Ractec Mouse , ...£13.99 

GOLDEN IMAGE 

Megs Mouse 12. 99 

I Has |ust received Myi. Amiga Format G oEd Award j 

Optical Mouse 1 i mim ran ib £29.99 

High p re cismn r pointing device . 

Cry sta I T rack h al I * ....£37 .99 

Infra red ■ Cord less-M ouse . ... £B537 £47 .99 

Ifkciiarge stile top selling innovation.! 

Optical Pen Mouse E££Zt? £39,99 

High Quality 8mm mouse Mats..,,, ,0.99 


VORTEX GOLDEN GATE' 

Designed lor I he Amiga 15Q0/2D00/3D-D0 
and 3QG0T this is a 25MHz BO30SSX PC/AT 
Emulator, PC/AT slot support- M ax lfi Mb 
RAM, 4Mh lor Amiga-Wiil use PC/AT IDE 
*!td Di&h end (loppy desk drive? Mb under 
Amiga DOS, highly recommended. 

Phoenix price ..£419*99 


FINAL CO PY-UK VERSION 

Led This powerful, unique 
5^1^! WYSIWYG word processing 
package is the best value choice lor 
your Amiga, sharing many ol the 
features ol lull-blown OTP packages 

Phoenix price £69.99 

Be safe m the knowledge Rial you are buying 
lire oflicijil UK version ol Cln: prorFucl Irpm 
Phoenix BEWARE of duuters uttering 
Idlest version' of Finn! Copy. This may be 
American y\ otluci mtf shovid not he said in 
the UK? 


SCANNERS 


Powerful image processing tools for the 
office or the home anyirowrienl* 

POWER -Features include: 1D04QG dpi * 64- 
Greyscales Thruportta printer* FREE Editing 
software. __ _ __ 

Power Scanner v2J. * £94, 99 

Pu we r Scanner Co l a u r. . „. ,£234* 99 

GOLDEN IMAGE-Hand Scanner Series 

Features: 40D dpi * 256-Greyscale - Touch up 
and Merge it software* 

Alla Sc a 1 K.BB kina l-JJ ll + H rri bit r £124.99 

AffaScan Plus 

! p S H rim pi ririi in pi i ii ■ ■ £149.99 
AlfaScan OCR (tnc 0Cfl5ofiw&/eA...-£279*99 


WGRD PROCESSING /DTP 

K i n d words 3..,, ._£ 36 . 99 

Final Copy 2 rjpft £7T £66.99 

Professional Page 3 Cl 29*99 

Saxon Publisher AValW £199 99 

FagesSream v2.2 ~ „ w £126.99 

Pagesiream Foni pack 1 **„.._*.**.*, *__..,_.,£44 99 

Pen Pal 14 , ^SSMSEmm ^ 

Prowrite ir3.X ,...„£ 57 99 

Qm c k write J3fij 9 

Wo rdworth „.,„ P ,„ rP „ Pr „. P , „ ...£79,99 

Hoi Links ,..**■ __.. u £52.99 

INTEGRATED PACKAGES 

Gold Disc Office ,„„„„ £59.99 

Mini Office £39.99 

GAD & DRAWING 

Design Works .,.....*....*£53.99 

Professional Draw 3 £79.99 

Intro CAD Plus ..,.£74.99 

X CAD 2EHJ0 .,...,,.£99 ,99 

X CAD 3900 E269.99 


UTILITIES 

Lattice T v& 7JIW £21 4.99 

A Talk 3 £44.99 

Cross Dos v5 fioc, Cross PC 

Disk master 2 ,*.£4 3. 99 

Dos 2 Dos . P , . n..rn..iii. ..... .....if 29 . 99 

Dp us Directory ....£29,99 

Xcopy **. £36.99 

[] -'i r le r Be c k — ......... . T . ., P , .,. ri ,,.. F 45,99 

Quarter Back Tonis Vs 49.99 

DATABASE 

Superbase Pro 4 
Supefbasa Pars 2* * 


TKflSHf r, 


AMOS PROFESSIONAL 

Ttw rnos-t eagerly a waited sullwarc package qf 
*k® year, has jusl received nr\ awartl of 97% in 
CU AMIGA Francois Litmct s superb creation 
*** new evolved en uieluile numerous new 
- fllures developed from Amiga users idea; 
*nii feedback Oan'i miss this six disk 
Bonanza! 

Phoenix price £44.99 



Line 

iuno* with an 
incredible performance, this is simply 


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rrioemx price.. x. tau :* 


EPSON GT-6D0Q FLAT BED FULL 
COLOUR SCANNER-Plug into Amiga 
parallel portp GOD tf.p.i. resolution, up to 16 
million colours rQQQ firi 

Phoenix Price..., . jj i iii-i---.il i rrreii-ii W B V %p\j 

ASDG-SOFTWARE _Sci ruling software 
comes in two forms, integrated into art 
development as a new module or used as a 
stand-alone programme. n*f\r\ nn 

Phoenix Price* t I UiJ .33 




Mouse/Jovstick Switch £13.99 

■ -laffifign your Amiga's ports I This device slaves 
* - Lear make* iwiicbftuvr FA s r. and does MOI 

*'• 1 . - 1 wwrr unlike meny olbirs. 

'■'pijTEft/ViDED ScftiiT Switch.... £19 99 

^ imtmen VidM/compuEGf srgrols al the push of a baton. 

Pfcoenix Sltreo speakers £7i777 £29.99 

Sv*rb sound and excollent dynamics. These twn- 
fc si ssared Hi-Fi speakers lira m Amiga standard- 

I k fft Compaq ions 0 II a n y yj in i n g so i te c ! 


DISK DRIVES 5 " 


drives feature super slim design, enable- 
1 - e switch, thru port and come with a 1 ytir 

mi guBrantoat 

min Deluxe Drive ■■■ ■£47.99 

Rocfite..„„„ GUSH? £64.99 

b i drive ha? now been upgraded to 

", .Jr Antsciic k and V^rus Chec ker 

BUe head clenqerM>.Hhi + .i r *....£3.99 


(Iff I AST UK KLIVERY 


AMIGA MUSIC 


Attention ah you music lovers! Phnenix have 
kepi Ibis unbeatable rtiuiic deal rim rung lor yen 
Ihmugfinul Itie Christmas perieil. 

nusic-x jw....miii pi c nn 

W he n purchasing either a ) UflUU 
Phoenix Stefee Sampler or Pro Midi 2 InieHace 
Pleas? Nate: ibis is a hiMicuil filler Duly while stocks last! 

S n R [ 0 S AM P LE H ‘i s n H'i £29 .99 

C [>mbi n«i im cl use .v.rl ;;i .. 1 1 , a! ihe an analogue la 
digital conversion technqlagy.dne. FRFF sample Editing 
software i a ac o io.i l! 

Pro-Midi 2 Interface ....£24.99 

This tolly ta$1iji9d Otolcssional qu^bly midi interlace is 
very riexible I jwing semi-paich ba^v lacihtieE. \t has live 
pans in, egt, lhru and iwv switchshrc ouilhru Imc . FREE 
m^di leadj 

GVP Digital Sound Studio £54. 99 

High nullity scand sampler lor all Amiga Cuntoulers 

Amiga Music M^ade Easy-OnJy from Pbeenix! 


A 570 (CD ROM 


Control Centre E34*99 

Heavy duty conEtnictiDn H rubber edging, 
perfect culour match, makes an idea 1 
workstation for the A5Q0/A5M+ A &O0 

control centre now avail a hie.. 

DATASWITCHES-ffJpmDfyp^ 

2 w a y * .i„ r i,....., I ..>....*£1 5.99 

3 woy ■ ■■■I4-PPB4 + RII4 B-l-i -l-l llli riai i rim naan ri £17.99 

4 way £19.99 

STORAGE: 

90 Capacity BANX.„, £1 1.99 

ISO Capaciry POSSO £16.99 

Disk Box 10 Cap,.. ....£1.99 

Disk Box 25 Cap £2,99 

Disk Box 50 Cap... .,..£4.99 

Disk Box ICO Cap,,. ,.,£6 99 

Disk Box 120 Cap £7.99 

lop grade, hoavy duty injection moulded boxes. 
Low cos!, high qualify 


..£164.99 
£3198 

TOED PROD UCTI D N/TOUNG 

5 GALA 506 **. ..,.*.** — t 
SC ALA Professional w ™*«, m .-„ P „.£2t3.8S 

Big Alternaliive Soroller £35.99 

Broadcast Titler 2 £179.99 

Font Pack 1 for Broad east HHer 1 £88.99 

Fonl Enhancer lor Broadcast Titler 2*.. f 88 99 

Pro Video Rust ^..............flfiB.SS 

TV Show Pro , + «««H,.™« fc .„.. m .„.._ll1,99 

TV Teal Pro „„ rr „ BP „,. m .. P1 ,.£tW 99 

FRACTAL AND SPECIAL FX 

Race Trace C 1: E93. 

Delude Paint 4 £63 99 

Deluxe Video 3 £71 99 

Image Finder 44. 99 

P i x mate (SH .,£43.99 

Scenery Animator .....**,£62*99 

Vi sta £43.99 

P il l IS.lH j.u.jh.jh^ . .urn,.. ...n..i£71 l 

ANIMATION 

Take 2 ......■*****,,.,, , PP , r . r r . r ..,,, ,,,, ... . l.E 4 2 1 99" 

Image Master El 29.99 

3-D Images £36.99 

Amos ......... ..^*„.. P ,,, P .£36 99 

Amos Professional £44.99 

rq iLTil. 1 .q^Hv^ij-^'ci'rivjrfl foi'eis? of the pe-arj 

Amos Compiler .**£21*99 

Amos 3D £25.99 

Ehs^ Aiiids .,,.,..,..,........£22.99 

Deluxe Paint 4 £63.99 

Director it2 £71,99 

Imagine vZ H2 £189.99 


RELEASE 2 



HAY MIRIER ONLY C4.SD 


This essential add-on has finally arrived, 
suitable for A5U0/A5O0+, 4570. 

Phoenix price... !Z a? £329.99 


Now Only.. 

£ 79.99 



The popular upgrade kit far 1.2/ 1*3 owners Irorn 
Commodore is in stock and selling last! 


Map niasier for Imagine ***** ,*„„i59.99 

Presentation Master £169 911 

Surface Master for Imagine ....... ...**,.*.£29.99 

Sh owma ker *. L ,*. t £1 42. 99 

Video Director ....£101.99 

PRESENTATION & SLIDE 5HGW 

Can Do vl.6 SUff £72.99 

Art Department Pro vT £143 99 

Art Department Pro Conv. Kit £57 99 

Can Do H V I.G * ,,,04 99 

Hyper Book * .„ H ,^,.£44,99 

ACCOUNTING 

P c rs ci nn I Finance... E29.9S 

Arena Accounts **..,.,*£83, 99 

Home Accounts 2 „. U .. U . WI £39.99 

System 3 ,£43.99 

Cashbook Combo . fc .,.*f 57J9 


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magazine. 

As I'm sure you're aware, the 
general format of Amiiga Update 
has been pretty similar from its first 
appearance right op to the present 
day. 

Although this proven and suc- 
cessful formula will generally 
remain the same,. we feel it s time 
you the readers got an opportunity 
to speak and possibly even influ- 
ence the software of the futu re- 
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reported the changes as they hap- 
pen. This is fine approach on the 
whole but now we want your 
thoughts on software and hardware 
that ir> your opinion needs a little 
attention. 

Semi-professional 

Ideally we would like users who 
employ the Amiga on at least a 
semi-professional basis to submit 
their opinions o-n a specific package 
of peripheral. 

For our part well contact the 
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you’d like to see in future upgrades. 
Hopefully this will cast a fittFe 
light on planned revisions and per- 
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specific problems will be addressed. 
Obviously space is at a premium 
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around 250 words or less. 

Admittedly 250 is a rather stiff 
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The plan is to run the new 
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WordWorth v2 

I n the last few years Amiga word pro- 
cessing has come along way from the 
Crude but efficient PC clones that for- 
merly dominated the machine’s approach 
to WP. 

At the forefront ot this new breed of 
Amiga -spec iiic software is Wordworth - a 
program that's become a firm favourite 
with countless Amiga writers thanks in 
part to its stylish approach which com- 
bines the basic elements of a word engine 
with the added whistles and bells of a 
pseudo-DTP platform. 

The mixture of PostScript output via a 
selection of dedicated fonts plus an array 
of power features such as a thesaurus, 
spell checker, glossary and of course the 
option to import graphics has won it 
many friends with amateur and profes- 
sionals alike. 



AC continues its mission to bring 
you the very latest developments 
as they happen 


New features 

Now Digita r the creators of the original 
program, have taken this basic framework 
and added over a 100 new features which 
they claim make Wordworth 2 the ulti- 
mate in Amiga -based wordprocessing. 

Whether this claim is justified will be 
explored in next month's AC f as 
Wordworth 2 goes up against a new com 
tender for the WP crown in the form of 
Finaicopy 2. But before then well run 
down some of the new features of Digita's 
latest creation. 

In am attempt to strengthen the pro- 
gram's aspirations as a WP/DTP platform, 
one of the strongest selling points is the 
implementation of the new fntelfifonts 
technology which allows the software to 
display extremely smooth Maggie free" 
text on-screen. 

Because the software comes with 17 
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as impressive on paper as its 
on-screen counterparts 
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Even the printing process 
has been enhanced with the 
option to print by simply click- 
ing on the print icon within the enhanced 
Tool bar, which now holds a whole host of 
options in addition to instant printing. All 
ot which formerly resided in the pro- 
gram's pull down menus. 

In addition to the included Agfa fonts 
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outlined lonts. Coforfonts, bitmapped 
fonts., PostScript and the essential internal 
printer fonts. 

Alongside the obvious graphic 
enhancements the new program holds an 
impressive array of more subtle additions. 
Yet another DTP trick is added 1 to the 
repertoire in the form ot column printing 
and indexing, 

Table of contents iind fist options are 
also available plus lull support for hot 
links, end notes, improved ma if merge and 
enhanced file support. 

Overhaul 

New bookmark and text sorting have 
also been added while the original search 
and replace option has had a complete 
overhaul. 

For the professional and artistic types, 
Digrta have really come good with much 
improved graphic support in the form of 
PCX, BMP, IFF, HAM and perhaps best of 
all t PS graphics all available for 
importation. 

Ai you can probably see from the 
screenshots, auto-flow of text around 
graphics has been added - even round 
ones - something which even such illustri- 
ous titles as Pro Page can't easily manage, 

For the corporate types, the addition of 
a mail merging option has to be one of 
the high points with available fife formats 


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including SuperBase, DIF, Mailshot Plus 
and Ascii all on hand. 

Above all else, the best news for count- 
less tired hacks has to be the much 
improved handling of assorted file 
formats. 

In short it's a sub editor's dream come 
true, thanks to support for IFF, MSWrite, 
RTF, Pro Write, Pro text, M SWord, 
Kind words 2J3, WordPerfect PC-’ Amiga 
and of course the old favourite Ascii. 

fm sure you'll agree that the improve- 
ments and the attendant screenshots 
speak for themselves, and when they're 
added to a reasonable £59.99 upgrade 
price it's unlikely many Word worth fans 
will wander lonely into another package. 

Alas for new users things aren't quite as 


appetising with the impressive FinalCopy 
2 waiting in the wings and when this is 
added lo the full asking price ofi £129.99 
for Wordworth 2 many a would-be 
Waggapole might be wise to invest in 
next month's AC for the big WP head to 
head. 

Understanding 
Image 2.0 

As Siterature goes the title of this new 
accompaniment to the Imagine ray trac* 
ing package is perhaps as self explanatory 
as they come. 

Unlike the usual software change or 
hardware addition this update Lakes the 
form of a third-party reference manual to 
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most powerful and certainly the most 
complex ray tracing packages on any 
machine. 

As any Imagine user will tell you the 
manual that comes as pari of the original 
package is a curious beast indeed, it's not 
Fair to say the aforesaid volume is a bad 
example of this particular genre hut it cer- 
tainly takes a rather unusual approach to 
the problem of explaining the intricacies 
of Imagine 2.0, 

One of the main gripes often levelled is 
the meandering style and a fondness tor 
dropping assorted bombshells along the 
lines of: "OK. that's rhe basics and with a 
little experimentation I sum you'll discover 
lots more.' 

Although friendly and extremely read- 
able in relation to other manuals, a vague 
"suck it and see* approach is not what 
many would-be ray tracers are looking for 
from their only friend in an alien 
environment. 

Basically "the whole approach is one of 
admitting defeat and encouraging the 
user to discover the program's hidden tal- 
ent with the aid ol a few bask pointers. 

This was exactly the same approach 
chosen with the program's pre- 
decessor which also soon found; 
solace In a third-party manual. 

Another peculiarity of Lhe 
original manual is a complete 
absence of sectioning in regard 
to particular program functions. 

For example, if your looking 
for the answer to specific prob- 
lem the index simply indicates 
where in the manual that par- 
ticular phrase has appeared. 

The end result is countless 
trogs through pages ot useless 
information in a vain attempt to locate the 
phrase in question in the context you 
require. 


Complexly 


As mentioned earlier, as a read the 
manual is extremely entertaining consider- 
ing the complexity ol the subject, but as a 
reference manual it's a nightmare. 

Enter UnderstQadmg imagine 2.0 t the 
answer to any Imagine 2.0 fan's dreams. 
Like the original manual this new guide 
doesn't tread the usual manual path of 
straightforward tutorials. 

Admittedly my first reaction was "here 
we go again - more ra mb ing", But atler a 
couple ol minutes it soon became clear 
that although void of specific examples 
the infamous Imagine learning curve has 
been vastly reduced. 

As you might expect the program has 
been sub-divided into the various Editors 
with detailed coverage of the various ele- 
ments within each. In addition,, chapters 
have been added entitled Common prob- 
lems, Tun Tricks, Tips and ideas, Strategies 
For Success, Textures, F/X, Brushmap 
Mathematics, Other Programs and 
Hardware:. Command References and 
lastly the incredibly handy Useful 


Attnbules. 

As the list suggests, just about every 
Imagine stone is thoroughly turned, 
although apart from the extra advisory 
chapters the format may appeal worry- 
ingly similar to the original manual. 
Fortunately the writing style is a lot more 
approachable horn the beginner's point ol 
view. 

Layman's terms 

As you'd expect,. each element within 
lhe various Editors is dealt with individu- 
ally, explaining in layman's terms what 
the particular feature Is designed for and 
how best to employ its options. 

Thb explanation ol how best to imple- 
ment a particular feature is perhaps one ol 
the strongest selling points of the product 
as the author regularly peppers the text 
with statements along the lines of "pur- 
pose you want to do X^ well this is ideal' 
at which point a briel real-world experi- 
ence is supplied as an example. 

Another inspired touch is the accompa- 
nying margin notes which regularly 
appear alongside assorted paragraphs. 

Although initially this appears to be a 



strange addition, the aforesaid notes pro- 
vide extremely handy pointers which 
explain where other potentially 
related topics can be found - instantly 
removing Lhe need for constant trips to 
the index. 

In short, Urtders ranting Imaging 2 . ft 
does exactly as the name suggest 
providing an intuitive^ accessible and 
most important of all fast reference 
around one of the Amiga's most complex 
packages. 

Perhaps the best testament I can offer is 
trial it offers the kind of knowledge which 
otherwise would take months if not yean 
to amass under your own steam. 

My ‘only reservation with this 
and in fact any other third-party nef ere net- 
guide is rheir appeal for any would-b 
pirates. 

In the time-honoured tradition of th 
immortal AC conclusion =t's sale to s 
that any Imagine fan would be mad to 
without what is an essential add-on . l 
s hor L r it's the best £23.50 you'll eve 
spend. 

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you go from there? Phil South rounds up 
some of the current front-runners 

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of 

W When you first buy your 
computer the last thing on 
your mind is a printer. 

‘'HafiT you think, "why on earth 
would I want to print out anything? It's 
all on the screen, and besides I thought 
this was supposed to be a blimmin' 
paperless office?" 

You're both right and wrong,, because 
very soon you can usually be found with 
your nose against the window of the local 
computer shop making eyes at the near- 
est printer in your price range. 

At first yon figure you'll gel the cheap- 
est you can afford, and these tend to be 
9-pin printers. Because you're never 
printed out anything before, these look 
great for a while, 

Soon you're happily filling your paper- 
less office to the picture rail with gleam- 
ing piles of Croxley script, full of neatly 


print 

printed letter-quality text and smudgy 
graphics. 

The feeling soon wears off- You hate 
the fat resolution arid the smudginess, 
and when you use a colour ribbon it all 
blends together. 

No, what you need is a real 24-pin 
printer, that'll be the best. So you sell the 
old 9-pin and move up to a 2 4-pin. But 
that soon palls so you're back to the shop 
for an inkjet. 

This is the best,, you say, as you marvel 
at how 360dpi makes your DTP docu- 
ments look like someone faxed you a 
magazine page. 

Two months later you're doing the old 
Access card some damage yet again, get- 
ting a non -PostScript laser printer. This is 
the best quality, you say for the fourth 
time, and you're wrong yet again. 

What happens next is you see the out- 


put from a PostScript program and realise 
Lhat this is what you needed all along. So 
you sell the house, the cat and the missus 
and toddle off down the shop with a few 
grand and a comical mixture of resigna- 
tion and delight on your face. 

There is a lesson in this, I think. If you 


don't know what you want r you’ll end up 
with something you dont need, which in 
the case of printers is an expensive 
mistake, So in the next four pages we ll 
look at a range ol excell ent printers 
beyond the constraints of humble 
9-pin fobs. 


Citizen Swift 240C 

Gordon Harwood, £269.95 (mono 249.95) 



the Swift 24QC is a development of the old Swift 24, one of the 
highest quality printers on sale, and one I actually bought. 
Anyone who knows me will tell you I don't part with money 
unless someone's holding a gun to my head, so that's praise 
indeed. 

The printer can also be bought with a black ribbon, and then it 

can be augmented with a colour kit to make it up to 24Q-C 
spec. 

The machine has an impressive 14 fonts 
(including two scalable fonts} to its name, and a 
very neat little LCD control screen, which are the 
two main things which set it apart from its ances- 
tor^. 

The look is much the same, although it's 
been smoothed off to make it a little bit more 90s. The 
fonts arc- a bit spindly compared to the ones you find on lasers 
and inkers, but for a dot matrix they are very good quality. 

The unit is very sturdy but light - an odd combination. It feels 
very solid in operation, and yet when you pick it up you nearly 
throw it at the ceiling, 

It'S reasonably quiet in operation, although il still makes a 
racket if you are used to bubblejets. or lasers. Being objective, the 


noise is actually very well damped, and there's an even quieter 
"quiet mode", which tries to slow things down a bit and make 
the impacts on the paper a bit less grating. The noise is more sort 
of "zeeezeee* rather than "brrrattt bfftattt". 

Where the 24QC really shines is when used with the Citizen 
Print Manager program, whereby the output is optimised for use 
with a colour printer. 

Blacks come out black, and the colours are really clear and 
smudge-free. Looking at the output, it's all down to a lightening 
of the colours and very careful. dithering, It's very impressive 
and this really makes the Citizen the tops for DTP and 
wardprocessing. 

Ease of use 9 
Graphics handling 9 
Fonts 7 

Value for money 0 
Overall 0 


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Graphics handling 5 


Fonts 6 


Value For money 5 


Overall 5 





Star XB24-200 

Gordon Harwood, £369.95 



This is a huge lunking great beast of a printer, 
in design one oF the old school where size wasn't 
important, and you could have any sort of size as long as it 
was humungous! 

Old fashioned is what I thought, and to a certain extent l was 
right. Yes it is a HttFe bit big, clunky and noisy, but it does have an 
upside, and that i>s that being so big it is very sturdy and can take 
a Jot of punishment, 

It can take a lot of output and still come up smiling whereas a 
lot of other printers will sag after a few thousand. 

Jt does have Super Letter Quality fonts which are easily the 
highest quality you can go for with resorting to scalable Font tech- 
nology, but then it you have a DTP program pr word publisher 
like Softwood's f mal Copy IR then this isn't going to be Loo much 
of a problem. 




It shakes the table when it prints, but it's Fast (at least in draft 
mode) and so you can put up with a little bit of vibration. 

It's not a good looking printer, that much is certain, although 
its 1970s hacker retro look will appeal to those of us who yearn 
For Lhe days of line printers and punch cards. 

I canl say I took much of a shine to this monster, hut it has to 
be said Lhe qualify and strength of the thing are there to be seen. 

There are no dedicated drivers for the machine, as like so many 
manufacturers these days Star refuse to accept that anyone will 
want to run a printer on anything as low tech as an Amiga? 

Why on earth should anyone want to run a colour printer on a 
cotour computer, eh? You can get a reasonable output with the 
Star LC10 driver with Protext, but this doesn't allow you access to 
all areas of the printers functions, which can be a little bit 
annoying, 


Epson LQ-IOO 

Power Computing, £209 



The new Epson 24-pin printer is a bit of a dark horse, and I don't 
mean that literally. 

Beneath the slimline casing lies the heart of a real power 
pnnter, with scalable font technology, and spark Irnq dot matrix 
elter quality. 

The really neat tiling about Lhe Epson, besides the price and 
“he Quality, is the size. As well as being very small lying flat, it 
does a remarkable impression of the Canon B|' 10/20 machines by 
landing on its back in an upright position to take up lhe least 
possible space on your desk. 

The integral cut sheet feeder makes it an attractive proposition 
to those of us who hate tractor feed pa pen and also hate feeding 
n single sheets one after the blimmin' other for about 64 pages I 

Argh! This is an innovation unique to Epson's IQ and LX -100 
models. The font quality is excellent, particularly the scalable 
"onts, but these are currently inaccessible unless you own some 


kind o? IBM emulator with Windows 3.0 mnnmg. 

There is of course the possibility of writing your 
Own driver, and aii the details are in the excellent 
manual, in case you Feel like it. Obviously Protext 
drivers ace easy to write, and these will be the best 
bet. 



The same range of fonts available on most printers destined 
fora business environment are here: Roman, Sans Serif, Courier, 
Prestige, Script, Draft and Draft Condensed. 

The main rival to the LQ-T00 is the BJlQex which also 
has a sheet feeder, prints at a higher resolution, and manages to 
somehow be smaller too] 

SincE the fi]20 came out, the price of the BJlO has dropped. 
In the face of all that the LCH 00 is still a good proposition, and if 
you don't want Lhe hassle or expense of an inkjet, this could 1 be 
your best bet. 



Ease of use Q 
Graphics handling 6 
fonts 7 

Value for money 7 
Overall 7 


Epson EPL-4300 

Power Computing, £799 




Most of things l said about the Ricoh also apply to the Epson 
laser, buL the major difference is the Epson is a top notch HP 
Laserjct clone and it does all Lhe things the HP does, like have the 
Facility for HP cartridges. 

This means that the machine can emulate PostScript using an 
optional cartridge, and this puts it in a bracket of its 



own. 

OK so the Amiga isn't really a PostScript 
machine as such, but as far as DTP goes Jt does 
help. 

Halftones - tfte dotted effect on pictures In 
magazines and newspapers - are only 
really rendered property using PostScript, 
and if you intend to reproduce from your 
laser originals then PostScript really is a 
must. 

IF you just want a stnnkiog good laser 
printer, and inkjet s gel you down because the 
ink washes off if you get a drop of water on it, 
then you have a choice between this and the 

LP1 200, 

It's onfy a little bit more pricey than Lhe Ricoh, and the option 


of PostScript it a big bonus, and even with the extra cart it's still 
cheaper than a full PostScript laser. 

Real cheapskates might be interested to note that the Post 1.7 
PostScript interpreter program by Adrian Aylward works 
best if you run it out to a HP LaserJet or clone. This makes both 
laser primers shown here a good bet. 

The EPL-4300 does Ooie high quality and service 
though, something which the Ricoh tries hard to emulate but 
fails. 

If you get an Epson you know you've got a quality item, and 
the unusually for a name item, the name comes free. Not a great 
deal has been slapped on top just for having those five Setters on 
the nameplate. Excellent. > 

Ease of use 7 
Graphics handling 9 
fonts 9 


Value for money 10 
Overall 10 



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Canon BJIOex 

Gordon Harwood. £245 
(sheet feeder £54.95) 



When I bought my B|10ex it the some 
price as the new B|20 hut without the sheet 
feeder, More fooP me, 1 say, but haw was 1 A 
ip know they were going to bring out a; ^ 
miles better one only a slim year later? 

Ah well, the pace of technology eh? 

The B|10 is almost Identical to the 
BJ2Q in size and shape and Function,, 

with the lack of any of the fonts, although the f ^ 

draft and LQ fonts in the B| and Epson modes are different. 

The biggest difference is that the BjlO doesn^t do any form of italics 
except in Epson LQ mode. Hot that this will worry you when youTe out putting DTP 
documents at an astonishing 360 dpi, 

Avery good printer, and now at an unbeatable price. 


Decisions, decisions... 

Conclusions have to be drawn and draw them wo must Like most things in computing, 
what you c noose will depend on the tas-. you Intend to use if fgr_ 

High volume text calls for a nice fast and sturdy 24- pin InkJet! run out of ink loo 
quickly for high volume work, as do lasers, and ink and toner carts are expensive to 
replace, although you mighi consider using the special ink and loner refill from System 
Insight 0727 027200, 

II you are after colour graphics, a 24- pin colour should he your choice. II you want to 
do mono DTP 'hen the Bubt>le|ets. or the fiicoh favor are the best bet. It money is no 
object then go for the lop of the heap, the Epson EFL-43D0 


Ease of use 0 


Graphics handling 0 


Fonts 3 


Value for money 7 


Overall 7 


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Ease of use ft 


Graphics handling 8 


Fonts l 


Value for money 7 


Overall 7 


Canon BJ20 

Gordon Harwood, £319,95 with s 

The BJ70 is a development from the old E|10e, a buper-duper 
B 1 1 0-e you might say. If you've used a Bf beFore it'll all be 
strangely familiar, 

The laptop-llke lid still flips up to reveal the prinlEr, but it's ail 
been redesigned, so the lid is square rather than tapered, and the 
buttons are big and round rather than long and thin, and Lhere 
are more of them. 

The sheet feeder comes with the machine rather than being an 
optional extra but for the same price (damn, and I bought my 
0)1 0 before they did this! Isn't it always the way, eh?) r 

As well as these cosmetic differences, there are now seven 
Fonts accessible through the front panef, and you can also switch 
between 6| and Epson mode using a combination of panel 
switches, rather than opening the unit and moving DIP switches 
with a Biro. 

The fonts are pleasing at First, but remind me too much of the 
kind of fonts you get on an electric golf ball typewriter (and I still 
can't think of a use for them). 

Why not have scalable fonts like the HP Peskfets do? That's just 
my opinion. If you'll be using your printer mainly for printing lot- 



24-pin printers 

A 24-pin printer is what a lot of you might 
settle lor. There's nothing wrong with 
most 24-pm dot matrix printers, but some 
are more dean looking on the page, and 
others are very colourful, 

Of the options in colour printing, these 
are the best balance of price, ''performance, 
and apart from the fact they're miles 
cheaper than thermal image printers, they 
are no slouch in the mono stakes either, 
usually h-awng a number of letter quality- 
fonts to make text really sparkle. 


Ricoh LP1200 

Silica Systems, £703.63 


Although you might at first think a non-PostScript laser printer rs a 
hit of a rum deal, you would be wrong as far as this little laser is 
concerned. 

You don't really need PostScript as an Amiga user, so few pro- 
grams use PostScript as yet, and besides who needs Lo download 
fonts when you can use Compugraphics right off the bat without 
any faffing about? 

There's a certain amount of truth in die fact that PostScript s 
’ ‘jh quality - more about that in a second - but you don’t really 
need it. 

The printer is small and light - when compared with other 
sorts of laser - and gives a very high quality finish to your text. 

The on-board fonts are easy to access, and some varieties of 
y ver Lhe Protect one for example ~ are able to switch fonts for 
>ou, although with some glitches where for example selecting 
Helvetica gives you a small Times font. 

This isn’t either product's fault, but a simple difference of opin- 
ion between the real HP LaserJet and the emulated version. 



The Ricoh is soon 
to become a better 
deal sLill, as 
not only is 
it cheap, it 
will soon have 
a specially written 

driver for Amiga, giving users of 
Professional Page 3 and other DTP pro- 


grams access to 400dpi 
laser, printing, using the 
special FlAL system, whici 
I assume issome kind of 
overprinting mode. 

If Lhe quality is up to it 
knocks other types of 
expensive laser devices 
flat on their toner carls. 


Ease of use 7 


Graphics handling 9 


Fonts 0 


Value lor money 9 


Overall 9 


ters or other documents meant to be read by others, tFien the 
fonts will be perfect - just oecause I don't like them doesn't mean 
they won't make a big impression. 

The pages aren’L collated when they pop out of your B \2W% 
sheet feeder, but if you use a clever wondprocessor it can do all 
that for you, so you don't have to reorganise all the pages. 

The BJ's small size precludes the use of a hopper of some kind 
to catch the paper, and although the pile of pages coming out of 
the front of the unit gets a little untidy at times, it's not too hard 
to scoop them all up and sort them out yourself. 

Given all that, I actually tFiink the B|20 rs a very good value and 
high quality printer, and if I didn’t already own a BJ 1 0 I'd be seri- 
ously considering buying one. 

My reservations about the fonts pale into insignificance when 
you start printing out Dtp documents using ProPage or 
Page Stream, The combination of low cost and high quality 
360dpi wins hands down, and the sheer dense black micro-pi x- 
etled charm of the thing makes it better than any dot matrix. 

The car in front might be a Toyota^ but the little grey square 
thing ahead of the Toyota is a Canon B|20F 


Shopping list 

five Canon B|20 r Citizen 240C and Star 
XB24-200 can be obtained from: 


Cordon Harwood Computers 
New Street 
AJfrelgn DE55 W 
Tel: 0773 836781 

The full Epson printer range are available 
from. 

Power Computing 
Unit B 

Railton Road 

Woburn Road Industrial Estate 
Kempston 
Bedford MK42 7FN 
Tel; (sales) 0234 84 3 388 
(tech) 0734 84I8B2 

fticoh printers are available from: 
Silica Shop 
1 -4 The Mews 
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Tel: 0B1 -309 1111 



Ami# a CairtpvHng December \992 


Amiga Computing's best buys 


1. Epson EFL-4100 

A very^ very nice printer, and the 
PostScript option is there it you want 
to pay for it making this the king of 
the posh printers, 

2. fticoh LP1 200 

A nice printer and a nice price. Shame 
about Ihe lack oF PostScript as an option ( 
but them's the breaks, DTPers will lurve it. 

Canon Bf20 

L price/ power/ size ratio oi any 


printer on the market. The finest quality 
under £300. 


4. Citizen Swift 240C 

The best colour printer in the market- 
place, and no slouch in the mono depart- 
ment either. 



6. Epson LQ-100 

Nice idea, but needs to be placed against 
24-pin printers rather than the higher 
quality Bobbtejets. 

7. Star M24-10Q 

A monster but high quality. More for busi- 
ness than home use due to its size and 
price. 



5. Canon 


selling well after all 

this time, and still belter than most ol th 
opposition. 




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Most printers have a print buffer, a few 
memory chips in the printer which 
enables a number of pages to be sent to 
the printer at once while the computer 
gels on with something else. 


but some programs won't use ?reh print- 
ers. This is the reason that most printers 
emulate an Epson LQ or FX type printer, 
or if it r s a laser it'll do some kind ol HP 
Laserjet emulation, Imitating other print- 
ers can be very useful, especially with diffi- 
cult software! 


Letter quality 

A special mode in modern printers which 
goes over each letter a few times to 
improve the definition, 11 takes longer to 
do, but enables you to have the quality of 
tent you could use in a letter. Also called 
correspondence quality, 


CPS 

Short for characters per second, The 
speed of a printer is usually giver in these 
terms., with one cps figure for draft and 
one for letter quality mode. Draft modes 
are fast because they provide less del ail. 

Dot matrix 

This covers all 9 and 24-pin printers, 
where the image on the page is made by 
tiny hammers called pins banging onto 
the page through an inked doth strip 
called a ribbon. Inkjets are simply a more 
advanced form of dot matrix printer. 

DPI 

Dots per inch, another figure bandied 
about by people trying to sell you print- 
ers. This is the resolution of the printer, 
and the more dots, the more detail! 

Draft quality 

A quick printing mode to see how every- 
thing's shaping up, but sacrificing quality 
for speed. 

Drivers 

Before your Amiga can use any kind of 
printer you need a pnnt driver for it. This 
can be found either on the master disks 
which came with your Amiga, or in the 
PD nr from bulletin board systems like OX 
in London, Some of the more enlightened 
manufacturers, for example Citizen and 
Canon, release print drivers for all their 
machines themselves. 

Emulation 

Most printers have their own print driven*, 



Some printers have a number of fonts or 
typefaces. This means that the letters on 
the page will be different styles, depend- 
ing on which font you use. 

Obviously having a tot o+ fonts is very 
good, but not if you can't access them 
with any program that you use. Digital 
Wordworth and Amor's Protext are very 
clever at matching to printers with a lot of 
fonts. 



tike a dot matrix printer except thal 
instead of hammers and a ribbon, the 
printer uses a number of fine jets which 
spray the ink onto the page from very 
close range. 

The resolution you can get from this 
kind of printer is astonishing, almost laser 
quality, apart from the fact the ink 
spreads a little on contact. Use of special 
coated papers minimalism this effect- 

LaserJet emulation 

The LaserJet range from Hewlett Packard 
have become the industry standard for 
non-PostScript laser printers, and so any 
laser worth the money has this type nl 
laser emulated somewhere inside. 

Laser printer 

A printer which works on the same 
principle as a photocopier The image 
ol the page is scanned onto a drum 
by a solid state laser. The powdered 
toner ink sticks to the charged parts 
of the drum ,and then this Image is 
rolled onto the paper. The paper is then 
heated and the toner is fused to the 
paper. 


Parallel Interface 

Printers need to get their information 
from the computer somehow, and by and 
large this is done using the parallel inter- 
face on the back ol your computer. 
Parallel means side by side, meaning the 
port can send bits of information simulta- 
neously rather than one at a time (see 
Serial). 

PostScript 

A page description language used in 
high-end printers, Designed by John 
Warnock in 1981 as the Interpress lan- 
guage, which later become PostScript in 
1985, as the flagship product of 
Warnock's new company, Adobe. It 
wasn't until PostScript was installed in the 
fledgling Apple Mac LaserWriter that it 
really took off though. 

Print head 

The business end of any printer, the twt 
which touches the paper to make the 
marks. 

Ribbon 

An inked strip of material is a cartridge 
which enables the pins in a dot matrix 
printer to make their marks on a piece o( 
paper. 

Serial interface 

Some printers have a serial interface, 
some laser printers for example. This i-s 
distinct from the parallel interlace in that the 
information is sent to the printer serially, 
that is to say one bit at a time, or one after 
the Oliver, 



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M you point out, the overruling concern for 
disk compilers fc the necessity of stuffing the 
disks iJ5 fall as possible, and to this end we 
now employ PowerPocker v4. 0. 

The unfortunate side effect is that the 
crunched files cannot be decrunched using 
the shareware verjro.rpi of this popular 
packer. 

We hope in the future to he able to rem- 


edy the 5 it oof ion, hut far the 
moment we don f t have o PD 
decruncher for Power Packer 4.0 
files, and we are loathe to return 
to fess effective crunchers. 

Archiving is one possibility, but brings 
with it a tor of complications, os WBL3 
users recently discovered with the Quadrix 
archive, 

I he mare letters we receive on the subject 
the i?e(ter P so let us know whether you wo aid 
accept fewer programs on the disk, or would 
be prepared to go through the de-archiving 
process for more and more CoverDisk 
programs - 

Meanwhile, probably the best solution for 
rhase desperate to detninch their CoverDisk 
programs, especially hard drive users, is to 
buy PowerPacker 4.0 from Europress Direct, 
who advertise in every issue of AC 

This will set you back £14.95, but for 
that price you get the best 
cruncher/decruncher around. 


Eastern promise 

This morning I received my third replace- 
ment disk for the August issue of Amiga 
Computing. As with the other two, it con- 
tained a virus (Saddam, P think). Coming 


Packed pain 

In the never-ending war against the 
virus, l was pleased to see that Amigo 
Computing had issued Virus Checker v6«l 5 
on the October disk. However, I was a bit 
disappointed 1 to find that the file was 
Crunched. 

This of course isn't a bad thing in itself 
since it allows you to cram the CoverDisk 
toll with goodies, but for a hard drive user 
a crunched version of an essential tool 
adds an annoying few seconds to the 
boot-up time, which Lends to defeat the 
main reason for using a hand drive: speod- 
Are there any plans to include a 
dec rune her on a future CoverDisk, or 
would it be possible to obtain an 
□□crunched version? 

fohn Stuart, Ayr 


Ezra Surfs Postbag 

Got something to soy through the pages of AC? Ezra Surf is our 
mailman, dedicated to sitting in o corner reading your letters and 
selecting the most Interesting for publication. 

Drop him a line at: 

Ezra Surf s Postbag, Amigo Computing, 

Europa House, Adlington Park , 

Macclesfield SKI 04NP. 

*kast don t enclose saes os Ezra just hasn't 
paper to reply personally . He might also 
have to shorten your letters, so don t be offended If you end up get" 
ting the chop. 



from a reputable magazine like AC I think 
that's very shoddy treatment, don't you? 1 
got the first duff disk back in |une and 
immediately informed AC customer ser- 
vices. 

After several phone calls to both 
Macclesfield and the Wirral, I was asked to 
send the disk to Stevie Kennedy direct. 
Result? No reply. 

More phone caib later I was informed 
that it was indeed an infected dtsk and that 
a new one was on the way. None arrived, 
but after more phone calls to the Wirral I 
was assured that a new one was on the 
way. To cut a long story short, what the 
hell is gomg on? Is AC still sending out 
faulty disks? 

Have other readers had similar prob- 
lems, and how much damage has been 
done by infected disks popping through 
the letter box? As a long time subscriber to 
AC I am warned and annoyed at this situa- 
tion, Please help] 

B Sauthworth, Bolton 

To set the scene for you, imagine me stand- 
ing on a soap box, pounding my fist in the 
air, red-toced, and shouting at the lop of my 
voice " there is no virus on the August issue's 
Cau&Diskl * There I Now toot Tve got that off 
my chest, l refer you to a recent letter from 


Award seeker 


Please could you help me find a program 
that I have been after for ages? The pro- 
gram is called Award Maker Plus. 

It is an award making/printing program 
and consist of 1 2 disks. I saw someone with 
a pirate copy once, but it was full of bugs 
and they didn't know where to get hold of 
the original. 

Please help me to find this fantastic pro 
gram as I am a regular subscriber to your 
wonderful magazine (creep] creep!). 

UCpi R A M 200 Signal Sqn, BfPO 4 1 

Tm sorry to say that l haven't a clue and 
have never heard of Award Maker Plus. 
However, we've printed your fall BPPQ 
address in the hope that someone out there 
know s something of foe package and can 
contact you with the details. Cood luck - 
especially if you end up In the middle of 
Bosnia. 

someone who (bought they too had Saddam 
on the August disk. 

They had been using the inferior quality 
Nuke virus killer, which suffered a bit of a ner- 
vous breakdown when it encountered foe 



I am writing to air a grievance concerning PD which has annoyed 
me ever since I first ordered any r namely that of paying hard- 
earned cash for disks which turn out to be less than 50 per cent full. 

People comptain about overpriced cammercraF software,, but this 
situation is even worse as PD is supposedly free, whereas commer- 
cial software is made foe profit. 

One disk l recently ordered, PD Copy v3.0 r was 0,81 per cent 
foil I Would it be too much trouble for someone somewhere down 
the line to make a compilation? Wouldn't it be in the interests of a 
PD library to be able to state that "all our disks are guaranteed 9Q 
percent foil ‘7 

The service from PD libraries I have dealt with has been perfect,, 
but many now charge £3 per disk, which 15 unjustifiable given that 
others charge 99p For the same or similar programs. 

Having said all this, I'd like to express my gratitude to everyone 
who has helped make PD what it is today - the authors and pro- 
grammers. keep up the good worid 

Philip Bibs, London 

your gripe with some PD libraries is one which irony readers must 


share. Despite the fact that it 
takes tlttfe more effort to fill a disk 
toon rt does to /rave lif half empty, 
and nothing more in the way of 

duplication and postage cosrs r most libraries nowadays self disks with 
only one or two specific programs on them, whereas in foe post the 
emphasis was on axrfjftsfibrc disks. 

The prohfem a probably four of a scarcity ot aood PD. A few 
dozen compilation disks can he made to stretch over a sizeable 
library of a couple of hundred if the programs are separated onto 
their awn disks, and when faced wtfh a competing library boosting 0 
larger selection of disks, the temptation to water down the existing 
collection most be strong. 

f think you TV find rf you browse the PQ ads closely that one or two 
libraries presently do advertise disfcs guaranteed to be of feast mostly 
ful( and if the public reacts by purchasing only those dhks wbfch rt 
feels are better value for money, the libraries will have to respond by 
releasing more compilations. 

Keep an eye out tor (he better compilation disks such as t-BAC, 
feed fish and so on if you want a choc-a-bioc floppy 



August disk r 

This is because our duplicators foot 
month, TJB of Bradford,, me a duplicating 
process which Nuke for some reason doesn't 
core for. 

Had you checked yuor dfsk with any ofoer 
killer, including Virus Checker, you would have 
found nothing an (he disk. Had you checked 
the disk-validator us mg a hex editor, you 
would hove found it ta be perfectly normal, 
thus zu/fog Out the possibility that Saddam 
was 00 the disk. I 

apologise far the to-ing and fro-ing you 
seem to have gone through in your attempt 
to get a replacement disk, but please he 
assured that our customer services people do 
their best and that the August disk was 
squeaky cleaa. 

Pirate hunter 

I am currently doing an 5CE Higher 
Computing investigation about com pun?- 
crime and I would like to know more af 


> 


Amiga Computing December 1992 


69 






k 


Letters 




More confusion 


I am considering buying an Amiga (do ill - Ed), and have spoken to friends about 
Which one to go for. I have been advised to buy the A500 Plus, but as these have been 
taken off the market I can't find a computer shop which has one in stock. 

Is it worth getting an A60Q, or should I wait until later in the year for the new range; 
Are these machines going to be in the same price range and better than the A500 

Plus/A60O senes? 

Ben Btoodworth, Skegness 

Qont wait for Commodore to release the new mid-range Amigos unless you have fairly seri- 
ous requirements for your computer time, The new machines will hove a superior chip set. 
but wifi cost several hundred pounds more than (he entry level Amigas. 

Vau could fry to find o second hand Amigo through our Amigo Market Classifieds sec- 
tion, hut if you want a new Amiga complete with warranty you Ti hove ro buy the A600. 


> 

it. Could you please send me some infor- 
mation about FAST (Federation Against 
Software Theft) and the ways that com- 
panies are trying to stop computer 
piracy? 

B Anderson , Dundee 

With pleasure. I 1 AST's phone number is 
0628 6603 1 7, and Bob Hay wilt I'm sure 
be pleased to provide as much information 
as you need. 

If you have a friend who has been a reg- 
ular reader , we covered piracy in some 
depth in our October 1 99 1 issue. As that 
Issue Is aver si* months old, if wan '( be 
available through our back issues service, 
but a smaii ad in our classifieds might net 
you a copy from a friendly fellow reader . 

PC not winning 

In reply to D Pickett in the September 
Issue, 1 recently undertook some research 
of my own. From pure observation of sev- 
eral computer and games shops in my 
own town of Swindon and on a trip to the 
city of Bristol, I found that in ail cases 
Amiga games were in plentiful supply and 
always in the most prominent position. 

I struck up a conversation with the staff 
in shops and asked for advice on buying a 
computer and games. Once I said I 
wanted a computer, all talk of consoles 
ended and in most cases the Amiga was 
recommended. Interestingly most could 
demonstrate the games on an Amiga. 

When i asked about a PC, I was told to 
forget It unless I had the budget to buy 
either a genuine IBM or one of the better 


clones as the cheaper machines could not 
be guaranteed to run games. This is an 
interesting thought for the my com- 
puter's better than yours" brigade. 

When 1 asked about piracy threatening 
the supply ol games, they all said that it 
was a problem but that it was often an 
excuse to cover up a poor product, 

One went so far as to say that PC 
games may sell more copies, but in truth 
PC piracy is rife. He even gave me an 
example of a company that had pirate 
games on its PC network for the staff to 
play! 

On the question of falling sales, nobody 
would give me a hard answer for commer- 
cial reasons, though all said that the reces- 
sion was tough news for everybody and 
that a good game well promoted and dis- 
counted would still sell well. In other 


words, people will still spend if the product 
and price are right. I think this may be a 
message for the software and retail indus- 

try. 

Jr m Stratton, Swindon 

There's a great deal of difference between 
the predictions of market pundits in their 
talher office armchairs and the experiences 
of retailers and the buying public in the high 
street. 

From your observations, it is dear (ha( the 
Amiga is far from struggling in the shops, a 
foci confirmed by present sates of the A60D 
f 60,000 at the Jast count) despite that 
machine's initial bad stud, 

The PC is gaining a wider audience in the 
gomes world, but os yet very few machines 
hove been sold simply as gomes platform, 
and the majority of feisure soles seem still to 
be going to existing users who are gradually 
waking up to .the VCA-based PCs potential 
for fan. 

The still significant cost of a dame! PC 
(£1,000 or so when sound card, speakers, 
ond so on ore added) will restrict the PC 
games market enough to ensure It doesn r 
catch up with the Amiga, while consoles 
seem doomed to an early grave if the vicious, 
Jaw profit margin safes war continues for 
much longer. 

In the meantime, Amiga games are stiff 
rhe best averoFf, and seem likely to inysrovie 
vastly os non-piratable CD- SOM titles 
became more popular and the new Advanced 
Graphics Architecture chips (hitherto called 
the AA chip set) blows away ail opposition in 
terms of colours, s peed, and animation. 

Competition from consoles and the PC 
market wifi continue to worry the Amiga 
market hr same time, M devetopflients over 
[he post three months hove dispefied much 
of the gloomy atmosphere prevalent dt the 
beginning of the year. 

As tong as Commodore can develop the 
new Amigos qujdtiy enough and market 
them properfy (and we're taking nothing far 
granted in this office), the average Amiga 
owner needn't be too concerned about the 


future of his or her favourite machine. 


Desperate plea 


Please print this! t am a new, very enthusiastic adventure and role playing addict trying 
to get hold of stuff from a few years back when I bought my old Amiga 500. 

In particular, I'm looking for the add-on disks to Alternate Reality (ie the Wilderness 
Arena) and would like to hear from those who have completed it Can they give me 
hints on haw to complete or win the game? Please help! 

Carmen Srufez, Ilford 

Dues anyone out there remember this old game or have anything to help Mrs Brake out of 
her predicament? To prompt readers to send what help they can, the fuff address for emet- 

gertcy relief h: 

Mrs Carmen Brukz, 43 Chester Rood 
Uford r Essex 1 G J 8 P? 

Get your helpful heads on and come to the rescue of a feitow Amiga enthusiast. You 
know if mokes sense. 


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Workstation 2, the disk dedicated to new 

breed of Amiga 

WNkSation 2 



A fter the amazing success of the 
original disk and countless 
requests from new users and 
'hose who've upgraded to 2M machines, 
‘VorkSration 2 ! s release was only a matter 
o# time. 

On booting Workstation 2 perhaps the 
‘ ggest surprise is the new look of the 
nterface. The most obvious example of 
tyling has to be the AC image which 
dominates the Workbench backdrop. 

But that's just the start oF the disk's new 
styling options which allow anyone to 
make Workstation 2 all their own. 

For example, when you activate one of 
the many programs via the Shortcut menu 
-■r icon you will see the new At animated 
busy pointer. 

In addition, if like me you tend to leave 
your machine on while doing other 
things,. the blanker option is an invaluable 
loot which when configured will automati- 
cally kick into action whenever the 
■lachifie is left unattended- 
Apart from being an attractive addition 
to the Workbench environment it also has 
* serious side. If a monitor is left with a 
static image on-screen lor long periods it 
inevitably results in screen bum, which in 
"■me will permanently imprint the static 
w to the screen, damaging the tube and 
degrading image quality permanentFy. 

Although both - the backdrop image 
a »J animated pointer are Fairiy superficial 
additions, they do allow total customisa- 
toon. After all if you spend a lot of time an 
your machine it's important that it's to 
’ ur liking and not designed around the 
flutes of some faceless programmer. 

With customisation available it's the 
t ■ ■ ious place to start before we delve into 
the host of programs and utilities which 
i jtk within Workstation 2 r 
Although a beautiful and timeless piece 
-* art work in its own right I can see that 
tne AC image isn't perhaps to everyone's 
taste. 

It so, here's how to change it, First boot 


up trusty old DPaint or in tact any suit- 
able paint package, Set the screen format 
to eight colour med-res, hit OK and the 
rest is up to you. 

Once your masterpiece is complete 
and safely saved onto a copy of the 
Workstation 2 disk you're ready to re-con- 
flgure the WBpiciure utility which you'll 
find within the Prefs draw cm 
Workstation 2. 

Ff your new picture is larger than the 
anginal backdrop image it may be neces- 
sary to create the extra space by remov- 
ing an existing utility from the 
Workstation 2 disk. 

II you're a little uneasy about deleting 
things at this earty stage it might be wise 
to simplify the picture Or perhaps reduce 
the amount of colour information by cut- 
ting oul the rmage as a brush, scaling it 
down and pasting back onto the page. 


A second option would be to produce 
an image smaller than full screen, cut this 
out and save it as a brush. You can then 
employ the tile option within the 
WBpicture tool. 

As the name suggests, this will paste a 
whole series of images across the back- 
drop rather than one full screen image. 

If your image is to be full screen and 
does save out below the size of the origi- 
nal,, it's possible to select the new back- 
drop without any adjustment to the 
WBpitture took 

Simply save your new image with the 
same filename as the original backdrop - 
AC4.iff - and reboot the machine. Once 
the startup-sequence is complete your 
new image will automatically replace the 
original as a permanent feature of the 
Workstation 2 environment. 

Although in our particular case we've 
employed an eight-colour backdrop it's 
possible to employ up to 16 colours if 
used in conjunction with interlace. To use 
this option you must first open the 
Screen Mode Tool and adjust the number 
of colours - and of course activate the 
interlace option. 

If you do intend to use the 1 6-cotour 
option with or without interlace it's very 
Fikeiy that you'll nEed to make additional 
storage space on-disk. 

Keep this in mind before you make 
your selection, Again space can be saved 
by using the tile option as opposed to a 
full-screen g-raphic. 


NfxJ month wtf'W move on to FDM to 
complete the Workstation 2 atftottiijfl- 
tfon process. 


Building a 
busy pointer 

why not create your own designer 
animated busy pointer? Like WB pic- 
ture design, the assistance of a paint 
package is recommended. 

Once again DPaint is a perfect 
choice as it directly supports animated 
brushes which are the essential ingre- 
dients of any busy pointer. 

Before you head straight for DFaint* 
though, it's worth opening the 
BusyPointer tool to see the size of 
brushes required for the pointer. 

While there you'll notice that the 
number ol frames which make up the 
animation is strictly up to you. If you 
don't want to employ DPaint to create 
the various frames you can ignore the 
DPaint route altogether and simply 
draw the frames one by one using the 
slider to cycle through the sequence. 

At this point you can activate or 
remove the guess pointer option 
which simply replaces designer point- 
ers when using additional software 
boasting animated pointers of its own. 

Unless you're particularly addicted 
to your new pointer it's wise to leave 
this option inactive as incompatibility 
can lead to rather curious results. 

When you've exhausted the various 
tinkering options within the tool, it's 
time to either save your latest master- 
piece or boot up DPaint and create a 
new animation from scratch. 

As usual, space doesn't allow for a 
full description of aninvbrush creation, 
but as every Amiga in recent years has 
come with DPaint as part of the 
Commodore bundle. I'll leave you in 
the safe hands of the excellent DPaint 
manual, 

To activate the new anim -brush, 
simply save the sequence into the 
Workstation 2 presets draw, re-open 
the busy pointer tool and select the 
new anim with the Open Option from 
the pull-down menu. 


Drop us a 
line! 

If you have an ideas, com- 
ments or problems don't hesi- 
tate to drop us a line at 
Workstation 2 Support, 

Amiga Computing, 

Europa House, 

Adiington Park, 

Macclesfield 
5K10 4NP 



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A s we've already discovered, 
Amiga DOS's inherent simplicity 
is bath its strength and its 
^ Nile's heel. The first time user can quickly 
j-jsp enough of the language to carry out 
■ =ei liI tasks, but the advanced user runs 
rapitly up against the limitations imposed 
- . a lack of mare flexible commands. 

The MB Press and Multi Box utilities on 
this month's disk have been designed by 
■neir authors to augment the poor 
knpiirt/output options available through the 
■ ndard language, and it is these we will 
concentrate on in an attempt to grve our 
sc hpts some real bite, 

s.ast months as you'll remember, we 
toofeed at how - given a little thought - the 
environment variable commands can be 
-sed to shuffle a user's responses back and 
forth between the screen and a script. These 
methods, though ingenious, are rather 
jmsy and inappropriate for many tasks. 
Let's take a look it MB Press first- 
unfortunately for owners of older machines, 
MB Press is a Workbench 2, Ox utility and will 
not work under Workbench 1,3, but the 
AmigaDOS techniques used should prove 
educational. 

MB Press works by examining the mouse 
port when it is run to see if a button or com- 
t nation of buttons is being pressed. If so, 
the "‘return code" will be set to a particular 
-mber depending on which button was 
ressedL These areas follows 


No mouse button 0 

Left mouse button 1 

Right mouse button 2 

Middle mouse button 4 


The last value is for users of three-button 


Boolean 

brainteaser 

ir we remember that a binary num- 
ber is made up of ones and zeroes, it 
becomes a little easier to see how 
she ampersand operator works. 

Take an example where the user 
needs to discover whether the third 
box was clicked in the Multibox 
selection. By using the ampersand 
operator, we get: 

(S) (4) (4) 

0 0 0 

1 & 1 = 1 
0 0 0 

1 o o 

As you Can see, the result of Five 
ampersand 4 Is four, so when the 
vmigaOOS line 'IF 4 EQ SAnswer k 
* checks the result it will Indeed 
‘ nd that the number four, and 
nee the third box choice, was 
present. 


mice and so won't be of use to most of us, 
When more than one button is pressed, the 
resulting return cade hs reached by simply 
adding the value of the two buttons. Left 
and right buttons together thus make a 
return code of three. 

A script to check for button presses can 
be inserted in the starlup-sequ 
enable the user to make automatic 
choices on every bootup. For exaf 



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This entry would be ideal for 
the game- loving hard drive user 
who wanted to go straight to 
his- or her favourite sim, If the 
right mouse button Is pressed 
throughout the boat SEquence r 
MB Press will eventually detect 
the return code 2 and go straight to Ml 
Tank Platoon. Ff not, the startup-sequence 
will cany on as normal. 

Note the use of the variable RC. This is 
the standard AmsgaDQS return code vari- 
able and is used by most QJ/Shefl com- 
mands to tell the system that they 
executed without problem. 

Its value is therefore passed immedi- 
ately on to another variable, in this case 
the Answer variable, because RC can 
change at any time due to the operation 
of another Amiga DOS command. 

For a larger variety ot choice, the script 
can be extended to check far left button 
presses and both buttons being pressed at 
once, though users will have to avoid 
pressing both buttons as soon as the 
machine is booted. 

This will bring up the Kickstart 2,0* 
boot menu before startup ever begins. 
The major limitation ol M6 Press is that it 
executes immediately and doesn't wait for 
the user to make a choice. For this you II 
need MultiBox.. 

Multi Box is a more complex and flexi- 
ble command because it enables the user 
to issue a simple script command which 
wifi pop a requester on-screen until the 
user chooses an option.. 

I requester's title, question, and mul- 
tiple boxed options - hence the name - 
can all be set from within a single com- 
mand line, 

Syntax for the MyltiBox command is a 
little longwinded, but simple when you try 
it for yourself a few times: 


mwJim [NAIL "lai LstringV] TITLE 
ritlHtftfij 303SE5 bsil I box?! . * . 


The MAIL command puts the optional 
"hail string" in the requester's drag bar, 
while TITLE sets out the question the user 
will be asked. BOXES simply points toward 
a list of choices which the user is given. 

Each of these is represented on the Final 
box as a series of toggle boxes with the 
string entered by the user on the left-hand 


Stevie Kennedy uses 
this month s 
CoverDisk to add 
some real power to 
simple AmigaDOS 
scripts 


side. As an example: 


NUvTiaCK TITLE "Cho&se 3 pmie* BOiES 
PiiUff||Pt t2.miPicS.il! 


would result in the Multi Box requester 
shown in Figure I. 

ft's not as simple as this, however, The 
supporting script file in which MultiBox 
functions must set the proper conditions if 
the utility is to work. Load the Example file 
from this month's CoverDisk by typing; 


MP* t^eriimSSiUTili tifs-^uUi5c)c. < i)Cflncit 


at the Shell and we'll go through the 
script line by line. 

First of all. Failat is used to set fail level 
to 65537 because if the Cancel button is 
pressed the program returns a value of 
6S536. If fail wasn't set so high and the 
user pressed cancel rather than select an 
option, the whole script would break 
down. 


Return code 


Next, the MultiBox command is issued 
and the line "set answer JRC" passes the 
value to a local variable. The following 
three lines set up and initialise three local 
variables which will be used to record the 
return code from the user's MultiBox 

repFy 

Variables should always be set up m 
this way to ensure that they are blank 
before the rest of the script begins to 
work an them. 

The next chunk of script consists of a 
series of If ... Endif statements which use 
the "'ampersand 11 Operator (the & symbol) 
to check Multi Box's return code. 

The ampersand operator logically 
ANDs the binary value of the chosen num- 
ber with the return code, and if the cho- 
sen number forms part of the return code 
it will: be stripped out. 

in other words, if the user chooses box 
one and box three (return values one and 


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four making a grand total of five), the 
ampersand operator will be able to suss 
out that the final return code Includes any 
individual box selection. 

The subject is a tricky Boolean logic 
problem, but as long as you keep in mind 
trial to check whether or not a number 
occurs as part of 5 sum total, simply 
ampersand that number with the sum 
total. 

The last two lines use Amiga DOS's abil- 
ity to use variables directly within normal 
commands to substitute the options for 
the format command, then format the 
disk to the user's specifications. Astute 
readers will quickly find many more uses 
for this powerful little 
AmigaDOS utility. 



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Script problems 

I am a 29-year-old computer geriatric, 
who after many glorious years with my 
trusty C64 decided to upgrade to the 
500 Plus, I thought that one way to fill 
my twilight years would be to learn 
AmigaDQS, and that is where my story 
begins. 

After several weeks of frustration my 
only tangible link with reality was 
through your Beginners' Guide series. I 
took up the challenge of linking the 
series together in the form of a script 
file to create self-booting disks, and 
ended up with a file called "Diskboot". 
i have however encountered the fol- 
lowing problems,, which I am hoping 
you can help me with. 

1. The script file was initially created on 
my Workbench 2.04 disk where ftiere 
was a RAM disk for it to use. But the 
new disk has no RAM disk, so where 
does it come from? 

2. If I try to execute Diskboot with the 
disk write-protected I get the strange 
message "Cant open Work-file 
:T/Command-D'TQ1 " that appears In 
the iconx window. 

Yet with the write-protection off, no 
problems are encountered. It is almost 
that something is being written to the 
disk, but I have tried to find it, without 
much success, 

3. 1 used your feature on the Alias com- 
mand to include a couple in my Shell- 
startup file on my Workbench 2.04 
disk. I even managed to put a list of 
the Alias commands using the Echo 
command into the shell-startup, but 
this list scrolls off the screen quite 
quickly, and the only way to get it back 
is to use Newell. 

Is it possible to create a small win- 
dow on the screen in which can be dis- 
played a list of my Alias commands but 
which will have no effect on the Shell 
and that can be removed from the 
screen when Shell is closed? I can 
achieve the desired effect using two 
CLI windows, but a dedicated window 
is what I am alter. 


4. Finally, I have made INSTALL, 
MAKEDIR, and COPY, resident, So why 
is it that when executing the file, it 
takes three disk swaps, after putting in 
the formatted disk so that the drive can 
read the relevant commands from the 
C dir? 

I hope you can manage to help out 
an old codger with his problems before 
It sends him around the bend. One 
final question - where do the BRUM 
and WIN SIZE commands come from, 
and am I infringing copyright by using 
them? 


device handler, called RAM -handler, 
from the L: directory before It will' 
appear in the device list. 

As long as RAM-handler is avail- 
able, the first command which 
attempts to use RAM!; will kick the 
RAM disk into life. If you want to 
access a RAM disk on an auto-boot- 
ing floppy, Simply ensure that RAM- 
handler Is in the appropriate 
directory. 

Your second enquiry is linked to 
the RAM disk in that It concerns a 
temporary work file opened by all 
script files, including the startup- 


sequence. This (lie, called Comma nd- 

0 Txx (where xx is the number of the 
file) is created and stored in the T: 
directory, 

A normal startup-sequence will 
include the lines: 

ntiim MH:T 
ASSIGN Is HINit 

This sets up the temporary drawer 
where temporary files are stored, 
and if T: doesn't exist, the file wilt be 
stored on disk. 

If your disk is write-protected and 
the startup- sequence doesn t make 
T: available In RAM:, the result will 
be the message you describe. 

On to the third question, and by 
far the most productive and the easi- 
est way to keep track of Aliases used 
by the system would be to write 
them all down on a piece of paper 
and keep it handy. 

If you Insist on listing them, use 
the Alias command with no parame- 
ters. This will list all the aliases on 
screen, and you can shrink the Shell 
window to an appropriate ifee in the 
comer of your screen for future 
reference. 

As for disk swaps, you must have 
forgotten to place some of the 
required files In the RAM; disk at the 
beginning of your script file. 

To check this, go through the flie 
with a fine-toothed comb, and If a 
command used later in the script has 
not already been copied to the RAM: 
disk, remedy this with the relevant 
command. 

Please remember to type Resident to 
Check the list Of Commands which 
are built into your Kkkstart 2,04 
chip, 

Comms conundrum 

1 recently purchased a Supra Fax 
Modem Plus and a copy of The Works! 
Platinum edition. I have tried using the 
telecommunications module supplied 
with The Works! to log onto a few bul- 
letin board systems, but with no joy. 

I have followed the beginners' tuto- 
rial in the manual, bid when it comes 
to using the phone book to dial a 
number, the number dials all right, but 
it doesn't seem to go any further. 

After 20 seconds or so, the phone 
book window doses and the phrase 
w no carrier" is displayed on the screen. 
Sometimes it just returns unreadable 
garbage. 

i have an A5GG expanded to 2Mb, 
two external floppies, the Supra 
modem, and a Star LC 24-200 printer. 
Could you please shed some light on 
where I might be going wrong? It 
would be very helpful if you could 
advise me how to set up the modem. 

Do I do this in the serial port prefer- 

► 


Steven Penn 


American drives 

I am an A500 Plus owner in the market for a hard drive 
and I have just about made up my mind to choose a GVP 
HD8+. 

However, having discovered that CVP is an American 
company, I wonder if you could advise me, as I am going 
*:o America in December, 

Would an American drive be compatible with my 
machine and is there any difference between NTSC and 
PAL? Also, If I purchase any software or games, will these 
be compatible with my machine? 

Neif Frost Leeds 


Go ahead and buy an HD8+ In the US if you can find 
one at a good price, The drive unit itself is happy in any 
country, and the power supply will function just as well 
in the UK so you should have no problems. 

As for games software, you should check with the 
vendor. Most NTSC software works perfectly on UK 
machines, especially the A5Q0 Plus with its NTSC. PAL- 
sensitive Agnus chip, but you should be wary all the 
same. 

The Yanks still don't have many Super Denise 
machines around and some software will come unstuck 
on the Plus. 


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|E 3 Tec/i/?/ca/ Help 


> 

ences on my Workbench disk? Please 
advise as \ am very green in the area ol 
comma* 

Stephen Wlikfmon, 

ffaltymena, Co ^trim 

When a comms package dials 
through to a BBS and the result is 
"no carrier"', the cause can be diffi- 
cult to discern. The most common 
problem is that the dialler has con- 
tacted the number requested but 
encountered nothing that resembles 
a carrier signal. 

Carrier signals are the long beeps 
which precede the cacophony of 
noise which is a 2,400 baud transfer 
of data, if a modem fails to find this 
signal, or Is otherwise confused by 
what it meets at the other end of a 
phone line, it will cop out with "no 
carrier 1 '. 

If, on the other hand, an engaged 
tone Is the only answer, the comms 
software should return a "busy" sig- 
nal. In addition, when the BBS con- 
nected to has settings different to 
the comms software which is 
attempting to access it, the garbage 
you describe in your letter will be 
the result 

Try the following settings when 
first contacting a BBS - 2,400 baud, 
parity none, data bits eight r stop bits 
one. This is usually referred to as 
2400 B-N-1, the most common hase- 
tevel comms setup, and should 
afford you access to the majority of 
bulletin boards. 

On top of this, you should ensure 
that your comms software is prop- 
erly set up for the Supra modem. 

Check with the user manual, 
which should include details of what 
codes are used to initialise the 
modem and $o on f then go to the 
relevant modem preferences option 
In your comms program to ensure 
that the software is sending the cor- 
rect codes to the modem when it 
first '"clears the line s'. 

If alt these parameters are set - 
and they will probably only need to 
be set once - you should find that 
getting online is easy. Take a look at 
last month's beginners’ guide to 
comms for further information. 



Expansive A500 

I have an A50C Plus with Mic robotics 
VXL-30 and Power Computing 
PC8S0B. it took me quite a few years 
of looking at computers for me to 
decide on the A500 and I have high 
expectations lor it. 

At first it was just for games, but 
now that I have began reading your 
magazine I have realised the Amiga is 
much more than a games machine 



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advice 


{and so say all of us - Ed). 

As value for money and quality are 
my main concerns, f have noticed 
that peripherals for the A2000 are 
cheaper than those lor my machine. I 
have seen products advertised in 
American magazines and here in 
Britain that convert an A500 into 
something resembling an A20OO. 

What I want to know is, what is 
the difference between a Bodega Bay 
unit and a HiQ tower? Let me con- 
clude by saying that you have an 
excellent magazine, and il I had not 
been stationed here from the United 
States I would never have known as 
much about the Amiga. 

Dimjfd Toiden (UW), Ip&wkti 


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SERVICE 

Both units you mention are designed 
to give the A500 Zorro II slots as 
used in the A 1500 and A20Q0 mod- 
els. but recent market developments 
have rendered them obsolete as 
straightforward upgrade options. 

The Bodega Bay in particular, at 
£400, is almost a$ expensive as a 
base level A200Q, and the HiQ Is best 
looked upon as a system designed 
for those who need to tailor the 
A500 (or A2000 for that matter) to 
specific high-level purposes. 

for the A 500 owner looking to 
expand, either accepting the present 
level of A50Q peripherals, or selling 
the machine to partly finance the 
purchase of an A200-0 is the only 
practical alternative. 


Keymap capers 

l have an A5QG Plus with 2Mb of chip HAM, surf whenever j load up Workbench 
then load a program like Memacs t cannot get the UK keymap. I have added the 
tine: 


STS i BIST EH/SETWP 


in the st art up- sequence, and put the Set map command in the system directory, 
but although this appears to set the keymap I keep getting different symbols 
from the keys, such as the hash (*) character from the inverted commas £") key, 
t correctly installed the keymap file into DEVS:keymaps when f First booted 
from my Workbench disk. Please help me, as ! am getting very annoyed! 

Peter H/dts, St Atbani 

The first thing you should do is check whether the GB keymap b actually in 
the keymaps drawer by typing: 


U’iT *mt:(fmpsrt9 


If the file cannot be found it should be copied into the correct drawer from 
your Extras disk. 

If the keymap file is present and the startup- sequence is issuing the 
proper commands which, from your description, it seems to be doing, then 
you may have a problem with your keyboard. 

It Is just possible that your machine is a grey Import German model, in 
which case il will respond incorrectly to keymaps designed for British 
machines. 

This is unlikely, but it is a sad fact that some mall order firms have in the 
past resorted to buying machine on the continent in order to offer the low 
est priced Amiga possible. 

If you can't make your Amiga respond to British keymaps, return it to the 
company from whom you bough! it and demand a replacement. 


Spare parts 

I have two questions which have so 
far gone unanswered by the many 
dealers and high street shops that I 
have visited. 

1, Is it possible to connect my Amiga 
500 to a Commodore 19 , 30 II VGA 
monitor? If the answer is yes, where 
can I get the necessaiy cable? 

2. I have been given a bare 
Quantum 105AT hard drive. Is it 
possible to replace the existing 
Western Digital drive which came 
with my A590 with the Quantum, 
and where would 1 get the necessary 
diagnostic disks? 


Please help, as ( have a monitor 
and drive which are idle at present. If 
the answers to my questions are 
"no", do you know anyone who 
would like to buy a brand spanking 
new monitor and a 105Mb hard 
drive? 

/ K Ne/son, Edmonton 

Connecting the VGA monitor to 
your A500 Is a matter of either 
buying a flicker fixer or upgrading 
to the ECS chip set. The best 
flicker fixer available Is the 
Commodore Display Enhancer 
(phone Silica on Oil-309 1111), or 
the ICD AdFFV (phone Power 
Computing on 0234 84 3 368), but 
the cheapest is the Microway unit 
(from 2 CL on 0543 4 148 17). 

A cheaper route would be to 
buy Kicks tart 2.04 and the Super 
Denise chip. The official upgrade 
costs £80 to £90 from most dealers 
and the Super Denise costs a fur- 
ther £40, 

You will also need a 23-pin to 15- 
pin cable adaptor, which should be 
available from Commodore. T ry the 
Commodore spare parts people, 
CPC, on 0772 555034. 

The AT drive will fit in your 
A590 casing as long as there's 
enough space - more than likely - 
and you have an older A590 with 
an AT/IDE interface. 

If the unit is past warranty, you 
can check this by opening it up 
and counting the connections on 
the ribbon cable going from the 
motherboard to the drive unit. If 
they total 40, it's an IDE, and if 
there are 50 it's a SCSI. 

Easier by far would be to check 
with a PD system info utility such 
as Syslnfo. As for software, the 
original A590 setup and format- 
ting software will work with any 
drive which you connect to the 
A590 Interface. 


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Stevie Kennedy asks whether software 
violence is beginning to leave its 
cartoon ancestry behind 


O nly the most pedantic of peo- 
ple would claim that cartoon 
violence of the type exhibited 
by Tom and jerry is harmful to children, 
Let's face it, the constant barrage of 
flying pans, lead pipes, tennis racquets 
I id burning fur can hardly be Further 
'■rom everyday situations. This sort of on- 
•ireen viotence, unlike the average Arnie 
■ im, has no relation to real liFe. 

For years, the same has been true of 
computer software. Blasting nondescript 
a ien Sprites dr chapping up a few' uncon- 
vincing dungeon monsters doesn't turn 
today's 14-year-olds into potential 
lunatics, nor does it encourage them to 
violence as a means to an end. 
However, the past Few years have seen 
software developments which on closer 
mpection begin to threaten this comfort- 
*ble view, 


Mutilating 


Games involving the player as a very 
human-looking character beating up and 
mut Fla ting other humans as I he chief 
method for progressing through the levels 
ave become increasingly popular and 
ncreasingly violent. The first such game I 
_ n remember raising my eyebrows at 
4 Final Fight 

h this Fairly standard beat-'em-up, the 
ayer stomps, stashes, and kicks his or her 
♦vay through an American city scene, dis- 
posing of vast numbers of gangland 
■Pponents in the process., 

Nothing new there, but one inter-level 
:eiw whfch had to be completed before 
player could go on demanded the 
v.ftlng of an expensive car using an iron 
bar. 

No enemies, no tricky puzzles, just a 
:e against the clock to smash a car to 
res and pick up those bonus paints, 

' m worrying perhaps was that this see- 
was far and away the most fun pan of 
whole game, at least for me anyway. 
Games released since then have conti n- 
d the trend towards ever more gory 
Knighlmare, which is simply a 



blood-bath of extreme proportions, 
makes an effort to involve the player in as 
much blood-letting as possible to the 
accompaniment of a series of grunts, 
snorts, and screams. 

Elvira includes scenes which would 
make many parents think twice ah out 
slipping the game into little Johnnie's 
Christmas stocking, and Special Farces 
enables the player to sneak up on the 
opponent and slit his throat in graphic 
detail. 

The game designer's obvious intent In 
making an effort to include such sick 
gamt? play elements is to emphasise the 
violence as a way of increasing a game's 
appeal to the buying public, and that has 
to be a wonying situation. 


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Of course, given the level of graphical 
development in these games, it is difficult 
to assert that they contain anything other 
than the sort of cartoon-style high jinks, 
enjoyed hy every Tom and |erry fan. 
Difficult, but not impossible. 


Outrage 


Had these games invoked, rather than 
smashing up a car or slitting the throat of 
an armed opponent, raping or assaulting 
a female computer-controlled character, 
they would have caused an outrage and 
would have been removed from the 
shelves in a trice despite the fact that it 
could also have been argued that the 
graphics were not realistic enough to be 
anything other than of cartoon standard. 
Why the discrepancy In our attitudes? 

If this points to the already established 
view that simple viofcnce ss acceptable in 
modern society whereas sexual or racial 
violence are not, should we sit back and 
watch computer leisure software take on 
board every malaise oi our other media? 

Violence is commonly the most promi- 
nent crowd-puller in cinemas and late 
night TV, but the levels of violence have 
steadily worsened. 

The popular Sweeney programme of 
the 70s was a. hard-hitting police thriller at 
the time, but could hardly assuage the 
bloodfust of today's audiences, and woufd 
look rather quaint and old-fashioned if 
compared to present day films 



and TV dramas. 

Will tomorrow's 
software make today's car- 
toon k I lers iook like nursery 
school entrants? 

Given the launch of 
newer, faster, and more 
graphically powerful 
machines and the predicted 
explosion in CD technol- 
ogy, it would take rather 
less than a Nostradamus- 
like penchant for prediction 
to claim that violence 
between sprites could soon 
he replaced with digitised 
film footage under the con- 
trol of a frenzied teenager. 
What do we do when 
Claude van Damme 
becomes the gloating schoolboy's com- 
puterised alter ego rn a welter of ruptured 
kidneys and lacerated jugulars? 

The unique difference between comput- 
erised media and others, as has already 
been stated in this magazine, is that there 
is involvement rather than escapism. 

The young gamesptayer cannot sit 
back and watch the hero murder his way 
through the plot, but must tak^ control 
and guide that flick-knife- wielding psy- 
cho's actions. This, it could be argued, 
makes computer software much more 
likely to pass on its prejudices. 

The number of times the air in the 
Amigo Computing offices has turned blue 
during a games session is ample testa- 
ment to this. 

In a more developed computer world 
with increasingly violent and realistic 
games,, can it be long before the label 
"cartoon violence" is no longer 
applicable? 

Dismissive 

Not a million years ago r the suggestion 
that violence on TV screens and in the 
cinema could be a contributory Factor in 
the growing level of violence In today's 
society would have elicited nothing but 
dismissive laughter, yet today there are 
psychologists the world over who treat 
the matter with enough respect to devote 
a great deal of time and money to study- 
ing its effects. 

So far, the computer software world 
has taken little notice of the social effects 
of its products, but it: surely can't ignore 
the dangers for Fong. 

In perspective, few would argue that 
the current crop of games pose much of a 
danger. However, to treat the sublet of 
software violence as p pointless or over- 
sensitive reaction to what Is merely a 
child's Loy is to invite complacency and a 
dangerously laissez-faire attitude. 

An area which has come to dominate 
the lives of so many children and 
teenagers over the past decade deserves 
much more serious attention than it is 
presently toeing given. 


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T he release of CD7V r well over a year 
before the planned launch of CD-I, 
was in hindsight a bold move, 
‘hough many wondered what market the 
kvfee would appeal to and whether con- 
sumers would understand what CDTV was 
-■^out, Commodore went ahead with its 
■lunch as a purely consumer product. 

Styled in a VCR case and sold through 
^<gh street stares such as Dixons, CDTV was 
'■agged as a revolutionary family education 
jnd information tool which could also be 


suffered from more than its usual share. 

The situation at its launch was akin to the 
fresh-faced new boy at high school disap- 
pearing under a crowd of yelling, sprtting 
third-year thugs. 

Unfortunately,, in the hard world of con- 
sumer electronics, it simply isn't passible to 
say "ID get my big brother to smash your 
teeth in*, so CDTV had to sit back and take 
it 

The machine wasn't faster, had no new 
chips, no hard drive, and looked nothing 


like a computer. Hardly surprising, then, 
that the Amiga press took some time to get 
used to CDTV r but why the sneering insults, 
contemptuous plays on the CDTV initials 
(my personal favourite was Cold Dead 
Turkey Vision), and airy dismissals of its 
future potential? 

Possibly the answer lies in the Amiga 
world's possessrveness and near-fanatical 
cynicism over just about anything 
Commodore gets up to. 

Amiga enthusiasts in general, and the 


press in particular, have a sizeable personal 
stake in the machine (we at AC make our 
living from it, after all), and this can often 
lead to over-sensitive reactions. 

Commodore's seermngly one-tracked 
development of CDTV when there were no 
new Amigas in the pipeline, long delays in 
the appearance of the AS70 f and initially 
very poor software didn't help the situation, 
but attitudes look set to Change, 

The new Amiga CDTV packs, complete 

> 




Expansion limits 

One worry about CDTV which many Amiga users have expressed is that of expansion 
Since its release, CDTV has enjoyed little in the way of peripheral support, but the sftua 
tion is slowly changing. 

The unit for this article was supplied by Calculus as the Professional CDTV pack 
equipped with the Commodore keyboard mouse arxf floppy drive. In addition, how- 
ever, there rs a 65Mb hard drive and 2Mb chip RAM upgrade mside the CDTV casing. 

With such expansion the price of the Professional CDTV' pack reaches £649.99 
though this could rise once the introductory period empires. 

Benefits for the multimedia user are obvious, as CDTV in this configuration becomes 
much more powerful as an Amiga system rather than as a floppy drive- equipped 
CD-ROM unit. 

The much delayed release of the Advanced Video Mode card in November will add a 
new graphical dimension to CDTV software, and developments in A6QQ PCMCIA smart 
card technology will be available to COTV owners through their own standard PCMCIA 


great Fun. 

initial Commodore 
nstructions about 
CDTV's marketing 
were so adamant 
about the machine's 
severance from com- 
puters that they spec- 
ked a distance gf at 
east four feet be kept 
between the machine and any Amigas being 
sold in the same shop. 

The tactic failed. First year sales of CDTV 
topped little more than 1 5,000 units (now 
standing at 20,000), a figure which though 
faming a solid base for today's CDTV devek 
cipecs can in no way be touted as a mass 
market consumer success. 

It's not clear if the failure was due to a 
■ -tfketing blunderer an unready public, but 
Commodore weren't slow to get the 
mesage, 

Separatist 

A brand name was needed, and it wasn't 
fcng before the hitherto separatist CDTV was 
proudly sporting the name Amiga CDTV, at 
first in Commodore's press statements, then 
as a badge and a marketing policy. 

Amiga is a name synonymous with con- 
sumer electronic succ«s r known by millions 
: ■ people across the UK, and those who con- 
udered Commodore barking mad not tg 
"Jve taken advantage gf this fiom the outset 
i^re given the grudging pleasure of joining 
t^e chorus of "told you so 1 ' merchants. 

Industry bad mouthing is far from uncom- 
mon in the computer world, but CDTV has 


sr ornhrg french h jmt aftr vduMionnt up* far COTV 


slots. The result is a CDTV unit with Teal power and a lot more punter pulling power 


Amiga Computing 


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CammwSorv'i 
hopes Ne In ifw 
AS70 f which H h 
hvpvh wifi booit 
the CD-Worn 
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with floppy drive, keyboard, and mouse, 
better software, and improving expansion 
options are making CDTV more attractive. 

With more software in the pipeline and a 
much larger potential user base of A57Q 
owners or those who Lake advantage of the 
trade-in deal, C DTY should be a much more 
significant player in next year's Amiga 
market. 

Paradoxically, software piracy could play 
a majror positive role in the machine's revival 
of fortunes. 

Protection, both on-disk and in manual 
Form, has proved lamentably incapable of 
fighting piracy, leading most software 
houses ta hike their prices,, and forcing oth- 
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Amiga scene. CD-ROM discs, however, are 
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So much data is squeezed on to one disc 
that to pirate even a single CDTV game in 
floppy form is impossible. In addition, the 


outlay involved in CD mastering systems (at 
least £5*000) will relegate CD-ROM piracy 
to a few professional thieves, exactly the 
sort of conditions which would make polic- 
ing the copyright laws easier. 

All in the garden, however, is not nosy. 
CDTV is still very much a sm ail-rime player, 
and one which depends on what is fast 
becoming old Amiga technology. 

Obvious 

If the new Advanced Graphics 
Architecture chips found in the A4DQ0 and 
A 1200 prompt a flurry of better, more 
colourful games, the choice between one of 
the new machines and a CDTV system 
would look obvious, especially as 
Commodore plan to release internal 
CD-ROM drives for the new range< 

COTV's ace- in-the -hole could be the 
Advanced Video Mode hardware based 
around DCTV true video technology and. 
involving the MPEG {Motion Picture Expert 
Group) data compression chips. 

Both Commodore and 
Philips plan to install these 
chips to boost their respec- 
tive CD units' capabilities 
with Full motion full screen 
video (FMV). 

Using the lightning-fast 
decompression offered by 
MPEG chips and the 
650Mb storage of one CD 
disc, CDTV could offer 
completely animated 
games with incredibly real- 
istic graphics, 

Philips are presently 
developing feature films 
with alternative endings - 
up to 72 minutes o* digital 
video can be stored on one 


Slow software 

The nature of CDTV software, with its 650Mb discs and 
intensive sound and graphics, makes development of new 
titles a slow job.. 

The first CDTV releases were, let's face il r pretty awful, 
but over the last year there have been improvements In 
design, quality, and use ol the machine's features. 

Only now however, 18 months after the machine s 
launch, are true CDTV games beginning to filler through 
the lengthy development system. 

More and more are using CDXl, the quarter -screen 
HAM animation formal, to bring pseudo -video effects and 
digitised film to such discs as the NASA history ol space 
I light and Sherlock Holme* Consulting Detective. 

In short, the machine is finally being used properly by 
the software rather lhan as a CD based platform onto 
which standard Amiga games can be ported. 

We can relate this situation to the early Amiga games. 


such as Interceptor and Starglider, which were the first to 
make full use of the machine* showing how quickly soft- 


ware improves. 

If Sherlock Holmes is to CDTV wbal Starglider was to 
the Amiga, we can only drool with anticipation at the 
software we should Im i seeing a year I rum now. 


Art, mwic, artd 
mortf from the 

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The A570 factor 


CDTV was desperately in need of a shot in 
the arm this summer of, using the alterna- 
tive Commodore marketing spiel, was 
nearing the second phase in its develop- 
ment. This came in the form of the Amiga 
badge link and the release of the A57Q 
CD-ROM drive. 

Sales of the original CDTV unit have 
reached only 20,000 so Far, but 
Commodore are predicting total sales of 
5O r 0OQ before the end of 1992, over 20 
per cent of which is expected lo be in the 
form of A570 drives. Obviously, with more 
than a. million AiOOs in UK circulation, the 
potential market foe the A570 is vast 

One flaw in the argument is the drive's 
running requirements. Only A5CK3 Plus 
owners and a few dedicated owners of 


older Amigas have the 1Mb chip RAV 
and Kickstart 2.04 needed by the drive 
before it will work, a fad which ha* 
prompted some to suspect Commodore 
released the A500 Plus solely as a plattorn 
for the A570, 

Between 200,000 and 300,000 A50t 
Plus sales in the UK guarantee a sounc 
base for the CD-ROM drive, bu 1 
Commodore will still have to convince 
users to part with £299* 

Given the company's much repeated 
tOO per cent support for the Amiga's G 
future and a killer of a game bundle this 
Christmas, we might ^ust see the majonr- 
of Amiga software appearing on CD-ROM 
as well as floppies before summer ner 
year. 



disk - but these are likely to be expensive 
products and may prove to be nothing 
more than a gimmick. 

Commodore, on the other hand, are 
waiting for software developers to produce 
titles for the AVM card (due for release in 
November). 

further still in the future is the release of 
the MPEG chips for CDTV. Philips have 
already made these available as an add-on 
for CD-I, but software is non-existent at the 
moment. 

As with every other development. 
Commodore are taking the approach that it 
is best to restrict new technology to devel- 
opers and software houses until 
such times as a decent number of 
titles can be released with the 
hardware. 

No date has been set lor 
MPEG's appearance on the 
machine, but pundits are hoping 


few a summer 1 993 debut. 

CDTV has come a long way since the 
machines appeared with a few dodgy ent 
eloped la discs and Inferior games, T J 
CDTV software is beginning to reach 
streets, developed over the last 18 mon 
which takes full advantage of the mathi 
unique talents,, and which should ent 
age more sales. 

If you doubt that CDTV has a future, 
take a quick look at the Sherlock Hoh 
game due for release soon,, five minuti 
with this and even the most hardened C[ 
ROM cynic will be clamouring 
for more. 


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TOUCH TYPIST 

For the Commodore Amiga 

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A 3000 word vocabulary, 400 lessons with an on-screen 
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from absolute beginner to over 100 words per minute. 

Features include 

i Y Graphical output of your results 
Adjustable targets 
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Full on-screen interactive keyboard 
tY Unique Spacing sentence’ mode 
>Y Beginners Tutorial 
;Y Demo mode 
A On line instructions 
>f Free type mode for advanced typists 
■>Y New lessons disks available 
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CART ION ATGR. Is a smaR new Video Tilling 
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□ KICKSTARTS EMULATOR Will change any 1.3 
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SPECTRUM EMULATOR Lets you rwn Spticcy 
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DUCK’S DTP. is. a basic y-ery easy to use desk 
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1 SHOOFEM UP CONSTRUCTION KIT. It’s not 
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A definite purchase far anyone Only S3 GO 
DISK CONSTRUCTION KIT. II you've |ust gol 
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4 $922 PURE SAMPLES 2 
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+29$7 MUL tl DOS 1.12. Transler file system 
^2928. DHEAM WORKSHOP 
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Amazing new 2 meg animation by Roddy 
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+2937. TEXT PLUS V4 0E 
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+2933 K.K. NORMAN PART 1 $ Meg. Another 
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M +?945 DON MONALO fPAC MAN: Greal 

+2945 ANTP VIRUS 6.04 Essential 
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□ +29S6. PRINTER DRIVERS. For Star etc. 

+2960- TURBO THRUST Faniaslto new game!!! 
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+2364 EYE CATCHERS Brilliant clipart 
selection 

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.2331. a^plE catcher Nsat intie gaiM 
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G FANCY DISK LABLER Create fancy looking dsk 
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TEXT PLUS 4.0e. k a great new word processor 
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□ LABEL base St&re loads oi names and 

addresses for printing on to labeis 

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make your own printer driver tor your printer, not 
toe easiest thing to use, bul h works 

FONTS 

G cosmopolitan fonts i 4. is a unique 
collecliofi ol slendard Amiga fonts for use in 
Deluxe Paini in. etc. 

PAGESTREAJM FONTS 6- to. A collection ol superb 
qualify Fonts lor use in PagestrPam 2.1 or 2.2 
I COMPUGRAPNIC FONTS 1-3. Over 50 
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BAD BOYZ COLOUR CLIP FONTS A whole dif.k 
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e^n AMOS 


MINI FONTS l|. A massive colleciisn of small 
fonts 

GELIGNITE FONTS II. Useful CflilflCtton of IFF 

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clone, featuring 4mm«n$& graphics and 
spondibduS sound 

DONKEY KONG In the yvar 19B4T there was a 
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HELL ZONE. R iype eat your head out, here's a 
Fantastic new sheoffrm up based on R-Type, 
Super action Get a copy now. 

MEGABALL Is an addictive Break-oul clone, mat 
leatwes lanlashc c mhzec speech, and -awgsdirie 
grapiwes. PO at ir'^ fin,™ 


GAME BOY TETRIS. That g. ngh| a n am+jbrj v 
emulator' Flay tetris on Ihe Amiga, the same as 

S ou would oa a Gameboy.”"' 
tfl^ARO WORLD. Poor old Pod is stuck In a 
world tul ol evil, help him 1& u&cape in amazing 
new PD platform game. Don'1 ness d '**■* 
BILLIARD Bill, is a l-wc player Billiard game 
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bole inihetabi& Grtal €m mnr 


LEEDINGS. In this unique art-ado game have to 
■:>ei balss Safely to toe^r home by placing bndges, 
ramps ana springs In totor paih. 

COLOUR MANIA. Is an add relive psuzltf game. 
Whcn+3 Ihe compulffT messes up the set ot cubes 
on a grid of approx 30*30, end you hove to put 
them all Sack agaan, □ bit like Rufarc's cube. h *' + 
FROGGER An ok! das«ic tfom Ihe arcades, and 
an addictive one at that. Help get Ihe poor I Tin 
Fregges across the road to a safe house. 
HEMERGIDS. In the beginning As-lerdftfft was 
WKS Ol Ihe most popular games around, now the 
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F I M DATABASE =. a simple yon pow&rtul 
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AMOS DATABASE. If you're after a darafaese 
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powerful at what it does, gel a copy of this. 

AM (BASE PRO 2 Is highly praised by atl h's 
current user base tor being extremely FtoubtS. 
AMIDEX. li an Amiga file card system, very easy 
td use pedeet s&r Sample names a addresses elc. 
QUICK BASE Is a basic tiling system lot P Mf w ntt 
3. addresses, but you can also npu: a iew lines ol 
any other into yog wish 

MUSIC/SOUNP 

PRO-TRACKER 2.2. This version ol ProlracLer 
works with Kkkstarl 2 ir you want to produce 
music on Ihe Amiga bul donH even know |he first 
' i : | I I.IOU1 HI, SIC. thgn p-olr acker is usl toe 
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□ VOCALS 1-5. A totally awesome collection of IFF 
samples. Each sample has bo&n recorded at over 
1 7900 samples a second, so tihey are of the 
highest qua^ly Don't miss om. 

□ SUPER QCTAMED V3. Now renowned as be+ng 
IhV bast sequencer ovaifable Med has become 
Ihe largest selling music maker gn the 
Amiga.""' 


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or art prog. 

CHRISTMAS CLSPS Is a huge ccttadion of t^ips 
in Ihe Xmas caregory, greet nr produc^g KniOS 
cards elc. 

BORDERS ETC, A whde disk full 0 l IFF fagrdaf 
pics, also included are scroisebc. 

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Only £3.50 a I lie unless stated 

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□ CLE02. TC GEOLOGY E4.59. Ufa, the world and 
how it ell berjan 

CLEOG. StXAR SYSTEMS. £4.99 A fascinating 
look al the qalajty. Well worth a look. 

CLE04 COLOURING BOOK. A neat way lb pW 
Ihe kids to play, easy io use. 

GLE05 A -CHORD. If yog own a 9u>tar you 
should really own tois. 

CLE06 THi AMOS MATHS INSTRUCTOR, 
Fantastic majhs educational lille^ includes 
vpiydi+js, rmJUpficahdA. subtraction etc. 1 *** 

CLE07 FRESHWATER FISHING. Another top 
£la$$ educabonal litla featuring the ins £ cuts. uF 
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CLE90. NIGHTSKY. Nighisky is an LbCrf 

tor leaminq planet A star movemams eic 
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CLUQl . VIDEO TITLE R Unto vidfito tiding? Here's 
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CLU92 FI$H INDEXER Do you want 1o know 
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□ CLU03- TYPING TUTOR. Leain to type property 
with this 'ent typing lutor. on^ of Ihe easiesl 
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CLU04 ALPHA GRAPH. A vary snazzy uFlily 
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□ GLU05 SAS MENU MAKER. A great ft«W menu 
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the sc*eeA. h*va a S^atzy lo^o at toe top , and 
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is belter lhan mosl commefciel sU4f atfaLuhlu 
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C CLU&9. PLAY 'n' RAVE 2. £4 50 Allows you to 
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OctaMED Pro 4 
- PD version 


OcUMED Pro is the latest, most versatile 
version of a near-legendary music pro- 
gram which has been the staple choice for 
Amiga musicians for quite a while. 

Its strength lies in its ability to kid your 
Amiga into thinking that it has eight chan- 
nels of sound instead of four, by cleverly 
letting samples share channels. 

Obviously something has to give, and 
that something is the edge from the 
sound quality, but this is more than made 
up for by the versatility such an ingenious 
bit of programming offers the musician. 

This version is save disabled, which 
means that you can mess around with it 
to your heart's content but not save to 
disk anything that you write, but for 
£22.50 (no manual supplied) or £30 
(manual too) you can order the ful 
version. 

Should you be attempting to write a 
soundtrack for a qame, demo or anima- 
tion, or just wish to utilise the sound fea- 
tures of your Amiga to the full, then this is 
pretty much an essential package, and a 
PD version allowing you to ensure it r s 
what you want before shelling out the 
cash is a great idea. 

Super Skoda's 
Revenge 


Phil Morse boots up this month's 
wide range of PD software - from 
help for crossword addicts to 
eco-friendly dolphins, it's all here! 


This type of driving-a round -a- track-zap- 
ping -a -friend 's-tar game seems to be 
developing into a bit of a cult thing, with 
loads of different variations qn the same 
theme being written. 

Basically, you control a tiny Skoda on a 
train-set-style road set-up (le circular with 
added bits) and attempt to zap your 
opponent^} before they zap you,, 

It r s a game that positively demands 
more than one human, and this version 
can handle up to four, which would bring 
for some pretty hectic and heated driving, 
but when we 
played it with two 
people there was 
quite enough ten- 
sion as we each 
drove around our 
half of the screen, 
grappling with 
the rather fiddly 
control method 
and trying to 
avoid primitive 
white bombs from 
being lined up our 
rea n r 

Should you be 
a convert to this 
kind of thing - 

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you know, the k«nd of person who posi- 
tively buzzes from seeing all Lhe complex 
calculations leading to your score at the 
end of the game - then you 11 like this 
one. Conversely if you haven't got a 
game of this type. 111 is is a good as any. 

Solitaire 


1 remember spending hours playing this 
on an IBM - a version comes Free with 
Windows for that computer. This Amiga 
version looks like it has been based totally 
on that one, which is anything but a bad 
thing, as it's colourful, competently pre- 
sented and highly addictive. 

Solitaire, for those ot you who can seri- 
ously claim not to know, is a card game 
played by one person where you have to 
sort Lhe cards into their suits in four piles, 
starting from the ace and moving 
upwards. 

The cards are set out in a certain way, 
there are only certain set moves you can 
make,, and it's sometimes impossible, but 
there is a very real sense of satisfaction 
when you complete a game. 

This is one of those games that doesn't 
need to be on a computer at all - a pack 
of cards would do just as well - but a 
computer offers convenience without 
detracting from the fun of Lhe game. 

All the options familiar to Windows 
users are there - you can choose which 
deck of cards to play with (which basi- 
cally altera the patterns on the hack of Lhe 
cards, ranging from Batman to 
psychedelia), and there is a full set of 
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choose whether you wish to turn one or 
three cards over from the pack at once. 

You can even cheat, by selecting any 
stack of cards to look at, or undoing mis- 
take moves after you have made them. 

This is an absolutely classic time-proven 
game, and the computer version adds 
extreme convenience while leaving playa- 
bility and addictiveness intact. Good. 

Philo vl.12 


This program is flagged as the simplest, 
easiest to use database available. I'm 
afraid I've got to add that it is also one of 
the most dull. 

It can handle 260 fields, works from 
disk not memory (meaning that it takes its 
time every time you attempt to do any- 
thing with your data) and is, admittedly, 
simple to use. 

However, using Ascii characters such as 
dashes to divide up your Fields and to 
lend some kind of clarity to the display is 
not my idea of an attractive user interface, 
and lends a highly basic feel to the whole 
package, 

It has all Lhe usual print/save and 
search/edit options, and, rather hizarrcly 
for such a simple program, the ability to 


mess around with the screen colours - 
but there are much better databases 
available in the public domain, I'm afraid 

PC to Amiga 


This is flagged as the ultimate PC/Amiga 
conversion utility. Although it does nc 
arrive as the first of its kind - Messy DOS 
with 51 D and Multi DOS (recently giver- 
away on the AC CoverDisk) both do the 
same thing - this utility shines due to the 
large number of supporting uh! fries pro- 
vided. 

Once l r d got past the over-zealoui 
activities of the virus checker which doei 
its stuff first on booting, I discovered e 
comprehensive set of programs, from the 
straightforward conversion utilities to a 
very useful Iha/bdh file archlver/deaixhiver 

The program will! automatical « 
append converted Files with the appropr- 
ate PC sUffix, and the full instruction fi e 
provided warns you of the pitfalls, such as 
the fact that some machines will crash ft 
you attempt to name a PC file with more 
than eight letters. 

Good advice accompanying a useful 
utilities disk which will appeal to anyone 
who wishes to work between an office 
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industry-standard disk instead of an 
Amiga formatted one. 

Olempiad 

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It'S those Lemmings] Similar enough to be 
recognisable,, not well drawn enough to 
cause legal difficulties for the author, this 
game starts with the lemmings in a bad 
way. 

Unemployment and recession have 
dealt a savage blow to Lemming -Ian d r 
and a very stupid animation shows a 
f alle n-l rom-g race lemming being chased 
by what looks like a mole in a policeman's 
outfit. 

After all this tomfoolery, we are led on 
IQ a sports game - apparently I his ;s the 
brainstroke that will keep all the vagrant 
lemmings happy. 

It's basically a joystick w^ggier athletics 
effort^ except you press both mouse but- 
tons in quick succession instead of wag- 
gling your joystick. It's not the perfect 



skateboarding. It's good fun for the 
originality of the concept, or rather the 
strange hybrid of existing concepts that it 
engenders - you temporarily forget that 
this isn't a graphical masterpiece with 
gameplay to rival the best of such games 
As far as such games go, this is enter- 
taining and reasonably addictive, 


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control method, but it works OK. 

Only one player can play, the com- 
puter operating the other two (two!) 
competitor lemmings, and races 
include the 200 metres, javelin and 
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Welcome to the corner of chaos, that part 
ol the PD page where we put a disk into 
the drive, sit back, and hand our senses 
and thoughts over to that hardy bunch of 
programmer* who dedicate their time to 
entertaining us without our having to lift 
as much as an index linger to a mouse 
button. 

Unfortunately, many demos are about 
as entertaining as French Fields, and a 
reviewer's finger* get used to the almost 
rhythmic reaching for the off button as 
another cube spins into sight. 

However there are always those disks 
that make all the power-swrtch battering 
worth it. So without further ado, let's get 
stock in. 

I make no apologies for starting with a 
techno/hardcone demo, this one from the 
not-so-subtly titled LSD crew (LSD demo , 
J7Bit,2i64A/B). 

Spread across two disks, this is hardcore 
mixed and rejigged to keep interest levels 
high and feet 
tapping all the 
way through. 

Some of the 
samples are, erm, 
fa miliar, but the 
music is rough, 
powerful and up 
to date, tf any- 
one likes the stuff 
pumped out In 
fields all around 
the south by the 
likes of BedFam 



and Spiral Tribe, this'll be right up your 
street 

Moving from hi-tech back to the 
infinitely more subtle world of nature 
brings us to Dolphin Dream iff 7 Bit, 21 72). 
This is not strictly a demo,, more four still 
pieces of Amiga artwork and a short anh 
mation, but 
the quality 
really does 
have to be 
seen to be 
believed. 

Created 
with Imagine 
v2,0 and 
viewed with 
Michael 
Hartman's 
View v3.2, 

these pictures are all that's good about 
computer art - very finely detailed and 
artistically sculpted but utilising to the full 




the freeing of the reins on the imagination 
offered by a hi-tech medium. 

And so the dolphins are put in space, 
painted in dark, apocalyptic colours, all 

creating a 
serene and 
compellingfy 
futuristic feel. 
The animation is 
admittedly a lit- 
tle jumpy, but 
this is a highly 
recommended 
example of 
what is possible 
with some tal- 
ent, imagination 
and the graphics capabilities of the Amiga. 

On to the more traditional select-from- 
a-menu musical type of thing, and Aural 
IIFusicms (17 Bit, 2J6SJ written by the 
Genocide team is a very well presented 
demo, even if the actual music is bland 
computer guitar-sampled soundtrack stuff. 

The user interface shows a man in front 
of a bank of TVs, rental shop-style, with 
some serious hi-fi speakers on either side 
of him. 

He has a remote control with which he 
(you!) selects the desired song (there are 
several) and each song causes a simple 
animation to appear on the IV screens, 
while the speaker* literacy pump out the 
music. 

If you "switch channels" (change songs 


using Lhe TV remote control) you get 
scratchy pictures on the TV and white 
noise as the computer "tunes in" (sorry), 
it's all mildly amusing stuff. 

Finally, let's end where we came in - 
loudly. I've left the best until last, the best 
this month being another techno demo 
called fusion by MC Matrix. 

The elusive Mr Matrix certainly knows 
his dance tunes, and has assembled all the 
right sounds, some great (it monotonous) 
acid graphics and Four incredibly welF 
mixed tunes to listen to. 

Fog-horns and crowds pepper up the 
mixes, and samples stolen, in true hard- 
core tradition, from all over the place are 
the finishing touch to a great disk. 

Keep 'em coming, keep trying different 
things, and remember, if you wanna get in 
the Dangerous Demos column, you'FI have 
to learn how to play with knives. Or some- 
thing like that. 



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chopping up innocent residents of the 
ealy suburban district the game is set in, 
»s not my idea of mind-improving corn- 
outer entertainment. 

It's animated smooth ly„ the chainsaw 
noises- are so sick they're amusing, and the 
spotting noise when you kill someone 
suitably realistic (as is the blood), but 
really! In the words of the song, "we don't 
need that any more". Avoid. 



Calling all PD 
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There are few things that are worih 
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Inspiration, creativity, love, respect 
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you 3a I out Ihere in PD library land have 
hoofed up something from the morn- 
ing's post and thought 'Wow, this is 
marvellous! 1,1 when you played/looked 
ii /otherwise enjoyed the program, why 
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■Tver Amiga land by sending it to me? 

i don't want yer rubbish, just the 
'fu3y brilliant Oh all right, send the rub- 
bish too. You know the address, or you 
will In a minute it's Phil Morse, PD, 
Amiga Computing, Adlifigton Park, 

' tecdesfield SKTO AHP. 


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Gameboy Tetris 

Virus Free PD 

This "Gameboy simulator" (ahem) claims 
to faithfully reproduce the Gameboy ver- 
sion of Tetris. To duplicate the LCD dis- 
play, the actual game ns played on a 
graphical "Gameboy" with greyish graph- 
ics - and it doesn't work well at all. 

It's hat and dull, and the reason the 
Gameboy version is worth playing - that 
seminal tune that gets in your brain and 
plays havoc with your logical faculties - is 
nowh ere to be heard ., 

It's slow, what sound effects there are 
are rubbish, and with Tetris being the 
definitive PP game, this is shown up even 
more lor the poor effort it is. 







Now II know that this is the biggest mis- 
nomer currently lingering on from past 
days oF ethically acceptable social security, 
and that any parent with a child at a state 
school will tell you just how "free" educa- 
tion really Is, but things aren't all bad. 

They're not going to change our "train- 
ing not education, learning not thinking" 
excuse for a national policy towards edu- 
cation, but free PD programs show that 
enthusiasm and genuine interest in a sub- 
let can stilt be all the impetus required to 
go ahead and offer knowledge and infor- 
mation to the masses just For the sake of 
the good it could do. 

Ahem. I digress. What, I'm saying is that 
PD education stuff is cheap, often very 
good and always worth at least a peek. 
And this month's two offerings are no 
different.., 

The History 
Book 

Asgarti PD Software 

This is a very interesting and - if it doesn't 
send you scrambling for the latest kill-a- 
sprite deathfest - worthy offering, which 
takes the mu Itimedi a/interactive concept 
currently being championed by CDTV and 
uses it to bring the horrors oF the Second 
World War to life. 

Written with Cold Disk's multimedia 
creation program Hyperbook, it opens 
with a Workbench -style list of topics cov- 
ered, complete with scroti bars lor 
selection. 

Selecting a topic, such as the Batde for 
Berlin, brings up maps, explanatory text 
and information, and curiosities like the 
last known picture of Hitler alive, and on a 
more horrific note,, details of casualties in 
the various battles and bombings covered, 

Topics, key words and associated infor- 
mation are all linked, so it is possible to 
research a certain topic by Setting the pro- 


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gram guide you intelligently through al! 
the information it has about whatever it is 
you are researching. 

You can load and save projects, print 
m formation out in order to work from 
hard copies (always a good ids a - ever 
tried typing and reading off screen at the 
same time?). 

And barring the pauses for disk access 
and the lack of CDTVs more advanced 
features (not too surprising really), this is a 
very useful and well presented interactive 
encyclopedia which will Find fans in edu- 
cation as well as among those who wish 
to educate themselves in a painless way 
about this very important period in 
Europe' s history. Highly recommended. 

Pictures and 
Letters 


touch, Once you've selected 
whether or not you want 
music, and chosen whether 
you're going to use the key- 
board or the mouse to con- 
trol things, you're presented 
with an on-screen keyboard. 
Clicking on /press- 
ing any letter of the alpha- 
bet brings up a graphic 
illustrating that letter - Q 
brings up a picture of a 
queen, for instance. 

Another option 
replaces pictures with 
sounds - each letter has a different sound. 
Quite how this could be educational I 
don't know, bar the possibility that a child 
just learning the alphabet may associate 
his or her favourite sounds with certain let- 
ters thus learning the alphabet by sugges- 
tion, but I'm no educationalist 

Suffice to say that it fs reasonably well 
presented, and will keep children amused 
for a short while. It's lei down by slow disk 
accessing, which will possibly allow the 
user to become bored, and the fact that it 
is a rather basic program. 



17 Bit, 2216, 

Neil Tassell 

The opening screen of this young chil- 
dren's education program shows 
umbrella-mg lemmings, and is followed by 
a badly synthesised voice which speaks to 
the child, asking his or her name, and 
them calling him or her by whatever name 
is inputted all the way through - a oke 


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if I started finding children's programs 
overly complicated! 

And if the program itself bores kids, 

Kylie Minogue's ! Should Be So Lucky as 
the soundtrack mrght well keep them 
singing and occupied, if not learning! ► 


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PD and Shareware 


Touch Typing Tutor 


After a classy opening screen, this 
tutor leads you in to a program 
which everyone from yachtsmen 
training for proficiency exams to 
amateur radio enthusiasts to 
English Language students may 
find useful - a tutor to help you 
master the basics of Morse Code* 

Its highly comprehensive fea- 
tures include control over the 
pitch, speed and volume of your 
dots and dashes, the ability to 
select which combinations of fet- 
ters/ numbers you wish to be 
tested on (Morse Code combina- 
tions can be arranged into groups 
lor easy learning) and full reports on your progress. 

You can load and save your preferred configurations for the tutor, so if a number of 
you were learning with the same program, you could all have files containing informa- 
tion regarding the speed you have reached and so on la save you manually reconfigure 
ing the program every time you hoot it up. 

If you want to learn Lhe system that started radio communication off and is still going 
strong in these days of satellites, Vodaphones and video, then you won't go "ar wrong 
with this. 


NORJ>S 


TOUCH TVPIUG TUTOR KIN 


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CLR, Eddie Dewhurst, CLU03 

As a journalist, touch typing is a completely alien concept to me. However, there are 
some groups ol people who, for some strange reason which 3 can't quite fathom, wish 
to be able to hit Lhe right keys every time, to build up a decent speed without typing 
total gobbledygook, and to be able to look at the screen to see what they are typing. 
Can' [understand it, personally. 

Anyway, should the 
idea of speedier text 
entry appeal to you, 
you'll be pleased 
with this program r it 
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comprehensive menu 
support including 
features such as error 
statistics, ) 9 different 
exercises to load and 
master, the ability to 
switch audio clicking 
on and off when you 
press keys, automatic 
highlighting and SO 
on. 

Whereas you'd pay 
quite a lot ol money 

for a custom-built little machine running similar software, doing it on your home com- 
puter coils you very little and is equally effective. 

As an example of the versatility of the Amiga, this program is good. As a typing 
tutor, It appears to be pretty excellent Should anyone actually leam to type using this 
! J d be pleased to hear (mm you, because lesson two was as far as 3 got before I felt dis- 
tressingly like I might actually learn something, and stopped. 


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Morse Code Tutor v2.2 

Deja Vu Software, L/101 


E-Type II 

Hie sequel to the much-lauded E-Type, an 
asteroids clone which had the 
PD pages from here to 
Mongolia Singing its praises, is 
here, and rather, erm, similar it 
is too. 

This time you are s platting 
aliens who are dotted around 
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Basically it's a very simple 
concept that was coveted to sat- 
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it a muss, but if you haven't thfs 
is a competent variation on the theme. 


WordFinder Plus 

CLR register, WF+A/B 

Containing 42,000 words, three methods of searching this database, and hard disk 
installation capabilities, this is the crossword/word puzzle addict's dream come true. 

Installation on to hard disk, il you have one, is highly recommended, as the program 
takes a very long time to took through 42,000 words off a floppy!! 

You can search lor a word in one of three ways. Ordinary Search allows you to 
include wildcards (unknown letters) - it doesn't take a genius to work out the benefits 
this could have for crossword solvers. 

Anagram Search does just that, while Word Search can look for a word from wi-Lhin 
another word, phrase or string. You can add to the dictionary and so customise it to 
reflect the vocabulary you come across when puzzling, too. 

All in ail this is a well thought through and executed program. Now, six letters, an 
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REVIEWS— BEAST 3 • PUTTY • ROME • ASHES OF EMPIRE 
m AIR SUPPORT • AND MORE ALSO ... MYTH - THE COMPLETE SOLUTION 
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Yes yes, ohH yes 



Thank Crunchy, Dark seed is finally knocking 
on our door, If you haven't heard about ft 
then you've been living in a very small 
and sound proof cardboard box. 

For the uninitiated, I will explain. It's 
an interactive adventure role-playing 
game which has been on the cards for 
about six years. 

The graphics have all been super- 
vised by our mate H I? Giger, the surre- 
alist artist who brought you the Alien and 
the various teas ties from the 
movies. 

We ve got a preview this month to stop Ben rocking back and forth in hts 
chair and dribbling. 


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ANt Super Cars II 


Whooo schwing. 


babe-titious and 


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Accolade wiff soon be releasing Wayne* World. The Computer Game 
The company have bought the licensing rights from Capstone who are 
the original owners of the film, Wayne* World is just one in a Jong line 
of film-game conversion from Capstone, who were also responsible for 

Home Alone, 

Apparently the next game to expect from them is LA Law. Its still lost 
sorrfewhere in the production process but it* definitely winding its way 
toward us. 



With wings 


If there is anybody out there who uses a PC (spit, spitj as weii 
as an Amiga, Chen you'll be glad to know that Wing Com- 
mander is soon to emerge on the Amiga, 

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der, I shall explain, It's an interactive sort of adventure game 
stroke Elite-type fighter frenzy kill everything game. 

The one thing that set Wing Commander apart from the 
rest when it came out was the intelligent character gener- 
ated by the computer to fly the various missions with you. 

The ultimate aim of the game is to progress through the 
various levels of the military to the top. Out soon. 


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12 A HE Dizzf Prince of the Yolklblk 

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Captain Dynamo 

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World 


I'm reaffy sorry, 

1 just had to do 
it. Coming soon 
from Ocean is the 
game of Cool World 
and it gives me an 
absolutely indelible 
excuse to print a 
picture of a cartoon 
Kim Basinger, 

If you can think of 
some witty caption for 
this picture, you could 
win one of the games 
reviewed in this issue. 
Usual address! 


ond nothing was stirring, not even 


Ashes of the Empire 


s first review since his return to Gamer, and probably hit 


Rome**** ****+**«•##«#»•*«*•• #■>*•*#£ *##**, 

Become a power -traied slave driver - Paul s getlimj q 


Captain Dynamo 

Somei lung about a grandad superhero or some 


Pvrnr 


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Curse of Enchantia...,^ 

An en^ertHinment ot epic pt oporiWis Vh 


iff j around 


Beast III . 

ypu/d think that they couj^u jto tip With an origmaf way ot naming sequels 
instead of just plonttmgrfg^ds of Ifrc behind the original name 


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Ben does the timewarp andfcjets all jittery over a couple of his old favourites. 


Onwodo. 

ft i almost intelligent this month, no embarrasing pict 


The Charts 


nybody 


Weil, we managed a ridiculous name for a few 


Competition... 

Gremlin five away their two newies 


mr^ff"|Piyway 


Cheat Mode 


Myth, a full and no messing gum^^aWhe game 


The Source V , 

Gunshjp 2000, like dr 


The Source 


Dark Seed, the 


you say YeyBen 


ilk and honey 


been waring for for yonks, so If I says it s good 


Dec titiber 1993 


I'm quite average 
really 

After dine years of waiting, the masters of procrastination Braben 
and Co have finally got round to doing a sequef to the space trad- 
ing shoot-'eiTi'Lfp Elite, which they have originally titteef Elite II. 

The graphics 
on the new 
game have 
been hailed as 
being among 
"some of the 
most stunning 
screenshots 
you'll ever see". 

The sequel 
will give a 

whole new depth to the game, offering you different starting points 
.-ind the opportunity to fly with a bunch of pirates. It also boasts that 
it will let you do everything the book said you could do". 

It's still an office favourite as we found out fast week when some- 
body brought their copy in, so you're lucky to be reading this mag 
at all this month. 


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INNER VISION 












E ita ^fwinag 


H ave you ever switched on the 
national news -and watched all 
the reports? You Jtncw, not the 
reports about the Royal family and famous 
celebs, but the reports on wars,, death, 
destruction, refugees, hostages, famine and 
soon, 

Have you then drought to yourself Chat Che 
whole world must he going eomptotefy mad, 
because I know I have 
After more than 40 years of global con- 
frontation between East and West the Cold 
War ends. The Iron Curtain is now suffering 
from terminal rust the Eastern 0toc has crum- 
bled, the Berlin Wafl has been tom down and 
East and West Germany has reunited. 

In counuies such as Poland, Hungary, Bul- 
garia, East Germany and Romania, the com- 
munist regimes have lost Cheir gnu on power.. 

With the Cold tffor now over things should 
be getting better, but they're not. Nationalism 
begins to assert rtseff again throughout East- 
ern Europe and beyond. 

Civil war breaks out m Yugoslavia, as Slove- 
nia and then Croatia declare independence 
and defy the attempts of the Serbian-domi- 
nated federal arniy to force them back into 
the fa*d, 

In the OS there is more conflict - this time 
ifr between Azerbaijan and Armenia, plus in 
Nargony-J(arabakh there is more fighting. 
There is even more fighting in Yugoslavia 


as ethnic conflict 
breaks out between the Serb, 

Croat and Muslim communities of 
Bosnia-Her/egovina. 

More and more innocent people are made 
homeless and helpless by the constant bar- 
rage of war, so they take to the roads of 
Europe as refugees. 

probably the most worrying and frighten- 
ing thing is that nobody actually knows who 
should contra? the nuclear weapons of ihe old 
USSR. All the time,. cMI unrest and ethnic ten- 
sion continue! to rise. 

What we really need is someone to come 
and bring peace to the world. Sounds pretty 
impossible, doesn't it? Well, here comes Ashes 
pF Empire by Mirage and even though peace 
will probably nevei be worldwide, you can at 
leasr play out the fantasy in the game. 

In Ashes of Empire, you play a major part 
in the peace process. AJJ you have to do is 
bring peace and harmony to the entire CSR, a 
vast, mufti-national, nuclear armed supers^te 
where central authority no longer exists and 
where the danger of ethnic conflict and Chi 
war looms large. 

The creator of the game is a geezer who 
goes try the name of Mike Singleton who was 
responsible for both the Midwinter games 

To achieve peace in the C5H you have to 
pacify each of the five republics contained in 
the CSR - Ossia. Ruzakhstan, Belokrame, 

Moldenia and Servo 
nia. Each republic has 
one capital province 
and up to eight other 
provinces within its 
borders. There are 
two ways to pacify a 
repubFic - either 
pacify the capital 
province and at toast 
two other provinces 
in the republics 
pacify all the 
provinces in the 
republic except the 
capital. 

Pacifying a province 


is not am easy task - you must 
successfully compete four different 
United Community programmes in the 
province. 

The programmes are the UC Building. 
Demolition, Pacification and Ethnic Harmony, 
and the tasks vary from province to province. 

What this basically means is that in each 
province you have to construct buildings to 
meet the urgent needs the population [hos- 
pitals and so on}, demolish buildings that are 
a threat, eliminate a certain number of CSJ3 
military units jtaniks and so on| and get the 
support of different ethnic groups. 

Right, before I get any further with this 
review, let me explain something. Ashes of 
Empire fs a very big game with loads and 
loads of features. 

In fact it's got far too many to put in this 
review, and to be compfetefy honest at fast it 
looks very complicated, but - and this is a very 
nice but - it's got a lovely easy to read manual 
and video on how to play The game. 

Artec reading the manual and watching 
the video you III know everything you need to 
know, thus raking it a Jot easier on the old 
brain cells. 

As well as being big (as in packed with 
loads of features] If! also big as in playing 
area. You can travel all over the CSR, There 
are, in faa ZB million square miles to travel 
in. 

Now that's a lot of land and you re not 
going to get very far ff you use your legs, so 
at your disposal there is a whole plethora of 
vehicles to use. 

You can travel in either air. sea |under and 
over waterl or land. Vehicles range from 
cargo planes to bombers to barges to 
mini-subs to snowmobiles to 
motorcycles ro tanks to 
rocket launchers 


to tricycles. Well all 
right maybe not tricy- 
cles. but there are 
plenty more vehicles 
than those IVe just 
mentioned. Each 
vehicle is packed with 
missiles and a 
nice big cannon 
or gun. so that 
should please 
some of our 
more violent 
readers. Oh and 
you can also 
walk and run 
about, but you 
don't tend to 
do that very 
often. 

During 
your mission 
you will meet 
numerous 
people, both 
ordinary cit- 
izens and 
p rof es- 
sional per- 
sonnel . 








you resources, but 
loses you no time, whereas con- 
versation loses you time, but doesn't 
cost you any resources. 

Remember, every driven has his/he r own 
distinct personality, so every time you meet 
someone new you have to think about what 
you're going to do. Deciding to do the wrong 
thing coufcf £>e disastrous' 

Of course, the game jusi doesn't involve 
flying around and chatting to people - there's 
much much more 10 it than that - but there 
just isn't the space in Gamer to explain it all. 

ff you Irked Mike SmgFeton's Midwinter 
games then you are guaranteed to Fair head 
over heeis in tove with Ashes of Empire. The 
surprising thing is that rt actually feels as if you 
are trying to bang peace to a whole nation 
and if you don't succeed then you fed reafiy 
guilty 

You start wafting around babbling things 
life "Oh no aJI those refugees arid I've con- 
demned them to a life of starvation and mis- 
ery and rfs all my fault.' and then when the 
news comes on the television and you see pic- 


There are in fact over 

6,000 characters in the game, so you'll 
meet one sooner rather than later. 

Every single building and iistaflaDon in the 
CSR has an ordinary cit^en in charge of it 
Mnat you ve got to do is try and recruit the 
citizen and if you manage to do so you will 
gain control of tine building and its additional 
resources. 

As well a* ordinary citizens, there are 665 
professional personnel who you can recruit 
Unlike Hue ordinary citizens, the professionals 
move from town to town and are a lot harder 
to track down. fleoiis can, err, be recruited 
either by bartering or by persuading them to 
contribute to your cause Bartering wifi cost 




Joystick 


tures of (Ml wars you start crying buckets. 

All this emotion is due to the fact that the 
game is so damn realistic especially when you 
consider ihe status of pfaces like Yugoslavia 
and how efose its situation is to the scenario jn 
Ashes 0# Empire, 

I can't really think dF a major bad point; but 
this type of game might not appeal to a Jot of 
gamesplayeri and it might be worth seeing a 
friend's copy before you decide to* buy, espe- 
□ally as rfs more expensive than a normal 1 
game, 

Graphically Ashes is quite impressive, espe- 
cially the map and the peoples faces. The 
action bit ts very simitar to the graphics used in 
Midwinter, but shaft a good point and not a 
bad one. 

There a good soundtrack which plays 
constantly in the background, but after a few 
hpura it could get on your nerves and you 
might have to reach fbr Erie volume switch 

The game will take you ages and ages to 
con^plete amply because rt is so huge. It's had 
a lot of effort put into it and rt shows. Eve n 
though I'm not reafiy a Fan of this type of game 
I would heartily recommend this to anyone, 
Peace, I'm outta here 

Jonathan 


VISION 


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Good yaphics 


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throughout the 
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AUDIO 


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Dramatic minirttrad?, but 
could have you readimg for 
the volume switch. 


oogoc* 


K>ce rite C-f jclion d-'id strategy 
Might not appeal to some 
ganwtplayeis thca^Ji. 


ADDICTION 


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fans of Midwinter will 
be addicted ror 
months on end. 


88 % 


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MILLENIUM ■ £29.99 ■ 1 meg ■ Mouse ■ Out November 


S o what do we know abort the 
Romans then? Well, they re 
Italian,, which tan t be a good 
start, They built straight roads, which 
sadly today see much less of hurtling 
chariots pulled by fiery steed than 
they do sad blokes in knee length 
jumpers and cageules carrying a Kar- 
rimor rucksack and a flask of chicken 
soup. 

Enough of these iiiEOftsoquentfafi- 
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and all this pathway to power' 
business? 

As you may or may not be aware - 
and since the intelligence of the aver- 
age reader of this mag exceeds my 
own by approximately 400 percent, 
you probably are - the Romans of old 
were a very different bunch from the 
leather trouser brigade inhabiting the 


Italian capital today. For a start ye 
ofde Romans weren't afraid to stand 
and fight in fact they loved a good 
scrap, and none of this glrly punch 
and kick business either. 

H a Roman boy hadn't nipped out 
the throats of a dozen peasants by 
the time he was nine, he was consid- 
ered effeminate and banished to a lift 
of digging irrigation channels on the 
banks of the river Euphrates, where 
his ancestors would later form the 
armies of genial dictator Saddam Hus- 
sein. Yes indeed, they were a Mt on 
the violent side were Che Romans. 

As you may have gathered, the 
story is set In AD92 - you are Hector, 
a humble and lowly slave, going 
about your humble and lowly busi- 
ness In the land Of Herculaneum. 

Your aspirations are great however 


- you envisage a day In the future 
when lavatory tf tailing and cock- 
roach squishing will seem but a dis- 
tant memory. 

You forice a time when alf society 
will revere your name and bow down 
In awe and reverence at your noble 
feet moaning "'Hector,.- Hector..." 

One day.., soon... you will be 
Emperor of Rome! Well that s the tho 
ory anyway, but there s a long way to 
go before then. 

JJfe on Herculaneum Is getting a lit- 
tle too hot to handle. The volcano 
overlooking the town Is beginning to 
bubble and Its probably best that you 
get out before it blows Its top. 

Rome's not far as (he crow files, 
but the only way there is by sea, and 
who i going to let a smelly low-life 
such as yourself on board their majes- 


tic vessel? 

What to do then? Well, you could i 
always bulfd a one-man raft out of 
sandal straps and discarded natch- 
sticks, or hollow out a mountain 
sheep and fill it with helium... or 
swim. Or something. 

Unfortunately these options: areni 
available, so somewhat worryingfy, a 
little bit of brainpower is required i* 
you intend to avoid ending up as a 
trainee fossil underneath several bil- 
lion tons of lava. 

The graphics are presented In Fop 
ufoui-Hke fashion, Je a 3D angled 
square showing Hectors immediate 
vicinity, with a map of the whole 
area just a mousKlkk away. 

Click on an area of the map screen 
and Hector will make his way straight 
there, eliminating the laborious 



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slop/start procedure on the play 
screen that l undertook for it least an 
hour (well ft was Friday}. 

Everyone in the game, a? Millenium 
proudly point out r has a mind of their 
own, and there re tittle blokes and 
girlies running about hither and yon 
all over the place. 

Any one of these may have items 
or information that will come in use- 
ful, so why not loosen the old sandals 
and socialise a while? 

Gameplay Is very simple - (he basic 
idea is to ask questions, eavesdrop on 
conversations and generally find out 
what's what. 

Unlike most games of this genre, 
you don t necessarily have to relent- 
lllfly badger everyone to obtain 
information. Some kindly folk will 
offer words of wisdom out of the 
goodness of their hearts. 

On the other hand though, some 
gentlefolk may approach you openly, 
all smiles and neatly pressed togas, 
and proceed to hack you to bits with 
long handled daggers or other such 
period instruments, Nice- 

Another thing worth remembering, 
especially In the later levels, is that 


you'll need plenty of cash - after a!l r 
no-one's going to respect a budding 
emperor-to-be if he's wearing Jesus 
creepers and begs for crusts of bread. 

1 mean you don't see the Queen 
rooting in bins do you? Hffnri you, 
have you seen the state of her mum s 
teeth? 

ff and when you muster your way 
out of Herculaneum, it s over to Rome 
for more of the same. The game has 
six levels in total, and it s a matter of 
buying or blagging whatever you 
need to keep you in with the nobs, 

As fve mentioned, everyone has a 
mind of their own, one of the best 
features of the game are the muttered 
comments or dubious snippets of con- 
versation you can hear (well read, 
actuary) as Hector passes by, 

1 must remember to buy some 
grapes for the orgy/ 

"Come and buy some flesh.,, nubile 
young girls../ 

Sound like your kind of game? It s 
QK, the wife's downstairs with the 
kids - she thinks you re "working" in 
the attic -* go on you sad man, treat 
yourself! 

I wasn't particularly enamoured by 



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the graphics at first - admittedly there 
is plenty of colour, but all the sprites 
are very small and there's little variety 
in movement. 

However, this isn't a teeny platform 
romp - if j wanted stunning visuals 
with plenty of quacks, hoots and wib- 
bfes I'd be playing Zoo! (which J do, 
frequently, but fluff not the point}. 

So what is the point then Paul? 
Well, the point is this - there's so 
much going on in the actual game 
that graphics in this situation aren't 
that important. 

Besides, the digitised pics within 
the game (not just stills either} are 
good enough to keep even a moaner 
like me happy, And anyway, I've 
decided that 1 do like the graphics 
now after all: 

Now the sound is another matter. 
Twice I've asked Ben to check the 
audio leads, and I've evert put my 
glasses on to make sure ft s an Amiga 
and not an £T Cm using. 

Spot effects are reasonably good, 
but are just too few and far between 
to make an impact on the game- The 
intro tune is very.,, erm, Roman, hut 
agai n is In no real danger of bringing 
a tear to the eye. 

So would 1 hLy it then? No. I can 
play it here for free so id have to be 
daft wouldn't 17 So should you buy It 
then? 

Well rts not for me to say, but if 
you>e an RPG fan who wishes the 
programmers wouldn't get so serious, 
or an advent urer/shoot-em-upper 


looking for something that little bit 
more challenging but which prefer- 
ably won't take a degree in physics 
and a fortnight studying the manual 
to get into, then you’ll be dead 
chuffed with Rome. Probably. 

Paul 


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ow then, what's all this? 
Oh„ it's a platform game 
- good heavens above, 
haven't seen one of those in 3 
while, honest VOTxfa the hero then? 
A spikey-haired hedgehog perhaps.? 
A muscle-bound cape dad hunk? A 
three-legged axe^elding Peruvian 
antelope? 

JSIo - it's 75-year-old Ernest P 
"Captain' Dynamo - fresh out of 
retirement and eager to restore 
peace and harmony to our humble 
planet. Or something, 

The star of the show may differ 
from the norm in that he's as old as 
a Mcdonaid's teacake and doesn't 
actually have any special powers to 
speak of funfess you count the abil- 
ity to make those strange clicking 
sounds with his false teeth that 
would frighten off even the most 
fearsome of foes), bur let's face it - 
the scenario doesn't exactly appear 
to break new ground, docs it? 

Oh dear, it appear to be a bud- 
get game to make matters worse. 
Doesn't bode wefl, chums. Well read 
games-playing-type people, you might 
surprised. 

Here’s the brief. Austen Van Flyswatter, 


CODE/VtASTERS ■ £7.99 ■ 'A meg ■ Joystick ■ Out now 


.mad scientist and would-be world dictator, 
is fed up. He's 7?, penniless, and without a 
suitable pension scheme to see him comfort- 
ably through his twilight yean 

Lady Phillis Uppenhoofen on the other 
hand, is most definitely not fed up. She 
might be 61, but she owns the world's 
largest diamond collection, so she's laugh- 
rng. Bui not for long! 

The dastardly Flyswatter steals said dia- 
monds. intending to take them with him to 
his hiding place on the moon; travelling in 
his custom-built rocket (of course]. 

for reasons unspecified, this is unaccept- 
able Eo the entire human race, and it's up to 
you r Captain Dynamo, to prevent this 
impending catastrophe. 

Beginning at the bottom of the launch 
station, or whatever it’s called. Captain 
Dynamo must vertically scroll his way 


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this Sb'pcrhcro mdrlarhcy far gaorfJ ' 


Platform tipi FiumEHT ?JJ - Haw 
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through six revels of the usual conveyors, 
fireballs et al in order to reach Flyswatter 
before he becomes moonbound. 

Old Cappers looks pretty good in his hel- 
met and cape (are those carpet slippers on 
his Feet7J, befying his crustiness warn a fluid- 
ity of movement that even a... er, that even 
a very fluid mover would be proud of. 

Hrs can jump, jump higher, duck (not 
very Jow mind, due co a bit of a dodgy 
back], and run in a typical old-man-doesn't- 
want-to-Jose-his-false-teeth type fashion. 

Graphically. Dynamo stands bald head 
and stooped shoulders above the vast 
majority of budget offerings. Everything is 
weN detailed, if a Jiitle samey - the scroUIng 
is good and the joystick controls responsive 
(steady on, I'm beginning to sound like a 
proper reviewer). 

One tittle quibble is that there’s not really 
enough going on in the early levels to get 
you nied up - mind you. having said that, it 


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wasn't Jong before I was 
sad enough to phone die 
Codies begging for a 
cheat (which incidentally 
Ehey were kind enough 
lo provide - but you'll 
have to buy nest month's 
issue to find out what it 
is, Hal). 

The sound isn't up to 
much - one tune paying 
incessantly throughout the game 
and nothing at ai! m the way of FX 
are the only reminders that the 
good Captain hails from Budget City. 

So there you have it. Dodge the 
crushers, vault the spikes, avoid 
random bolts of erectficity and 
the odd psychedelic earth worm, 
collecting diamonds aplenty on 
your way to ultimate confronta- 
tion with a geriatric madman. 

A fun, challenging, tonguenn- 
cheek-em-up that at less than a 
tenner makes a lot of more expen- 
rive software look daft. 

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W hen i was a smell child, there 
was nothing I'd like better 
than to p fay with some Has- 
Seine, and by golly what Pun Jt was too. 
You'd get your mum or your dad lo buy you 
some and you'd be really excited taking it 
home to unwrap iL 

On unwrapping Plasticine, the first thing 
that hits you is the smelt of the Stuff - it's 
totally indescribable- After smelling it, ifs 
time to mafee something, so for some Jdeas 
you’d look at the handy leaflet included in 
the pack and ail the models would look 
ahsolutety brilliant. 

A whole range of colourful and cheerful 
models begging to be madei After reading 
the leaflet problems rear their ugly little 
heads. 

For safety's sake., you decide to make 


the bogtynmi is rail well Sort of, OK It s 
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it s a Scowir sausage becausi ift+y tfo dM don't 

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something simple, like a snake. That can t be 
too hard, can it? A long green body, seek a 
couple of eyes on it, place a red forked 
tongue at the front and Bobs your Aunty. 
Easy really, so you decide to make some- 
thing a Httte bit harder, [ike a 
colourful little parrot A round 
blue head with a couple of 
white eyes on it - err oh dear J 
haven't got any white, hmm J1I 
have to use some yellow, 

An orange beak, a bJue 
body, yellow feet and some 
green wings. Whoops I used all 
my green for my snake, drat. 
Right take my snake apart, oh 
no the green's got loads of red 
bits in rt now. 

Ill have eo pick all the red bits 
outi damn F haven't got a lot of 






You won't lft> It W*1 en Putty gets angry 


if bet even Paul banfefe couMfl't tfo th*1 trick 


green left. So I'm now left with a 
parrot with small wings and to 
be honest it Fooks deformed too. 

Boo h oo So you try and try to 
make more modefs, but unfgrtu^ 
lately you run out of loads of 
colours jo you try mixing 
colours to make new ones and 
whichever combination you try 
to mix, it always ends up puce. 

All you can make then is puce 
blobs, which to be perfectly 
honest are a bit useless, bill hey 
you can't complain because 
here comes Putty, a pliable plat” 
form game from System 3, and it's guaran- 
teed not to lum puce. 

Originally Ft was called Silly Putty, but due 
to some problems they changed it to Putty. 
Right, rt J s Lime to start practicing for that 
Jacka nory spot because it's story time. 

In a galaxy far away 
there is a place called Puny 
Moon. Putty Moon is a small 
world that, orbits around 
the planet Zid and is home 
to a race of squishy, pliable, 
sqgelchy berngs called 
Putties. 

Life used to be so peace* 
ful and still on Putry Moon - 
that was until the evil and 
downright cheesy Wizard 
Daziledaze and his cat 
Dweezii turned up in their 
saucer and ruined it 


YuWttfJ, ffs Unde T«lr Say whirls 
thllt If J gut a gefld IMat! 

all. Dazziedaze and [Jweeal captured all the 
peaceful Putties and brought them to earr h 
selling them as chewjng gum and making 
tons of money which they spent on toys 
and sweets. 

Hey, this story is a bit sad and depress- 
ing, what’s going on? Bub wait - a single 
lone Putty had watched with tears m 
his/her/its eyes as all its chums were take-" 
away by the evil Wizard- 

Normal ly this bad ass Putty would qe. 
revenge against the evil wizard, buc it had a 
bad dose of the sniffles at the time, and so 
stayed in bed. 

Many months passed, and slowly hut 
surety new arrivals had started, err arriving! 
on the Putty Moon. These were naught, 
babies from Earth which had been kid- 
napped by Dazzfedaze and Dweezrl and 


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were magically being transformed into hor- 
rid creatures or Ml shapes and sizes. 

Suddenly there were more arrrvals. This 
&me it was a load of robots from the planet 
Zrd who were exploring the Putty Moon. 
Dazztedaie spied the Bots through his tele- 
scope and Fearing that tfiey would do harm, 
froze them rnto blocks of r<e. 

Putty can help free its chums from the 
evil dutches oF Dazzledaze and Oweezif if he 
can get help from the Hots. So Putty must 
smash the ice blocks and get the Bets back 
to their Flying saucers, returning with them 
to the planet Zi4 

Once on Zid r the tints wilt build a 
skyscraper (jug enough to reach Putty Mo on, 
■ rJ utty must help with the building by rescu- 
ing as many Bots as possible to help with 
the construction, 

Once it reaches the moon, Rutty must do 
away with DazzJedaze and D weevil and 
bring peace, love and happiness to the 
whole world, or something like that, 

Putty might look like a straightforward 
platform game, but It isn't. It's wild and 
wacky and even a bit bizarre in places. The 
main reason why 1ft so different from "nor- 
mat platform games is that the main charac- 
ter, putty, is so controllable, and can do so 
many different things. 

Putty can bounce, stretch melt, absorb, 
sFither, inflate, explode, mould, jab and even 
make coffee feh?J, Putty is so well animated 
that it reafly is quite brrfliant to watch it 
slither and stretch an over the place. 

The game has a voy high humour con- 
tent especially where the enemies are 
involved. There are guys who pick their 
noses and drop their bogeys on yog r gup 
who blow bubbles in the bath if' you know 
what t meah sumo wrestlers, Frankenstein, 
a carrot with serious Schwarzenegger influ- 
ences who shouts "Uzi nine centimetre", a 
Scouse sausage and many marc. 

The idea behind the game rs simple - co f- 
leci the Bots by absorbing them and then 
take them to the exrt. However, it's surpris- 
ingly difficult - but not too difficult that you 
lose interest. The Putty has to keep its pliabrl- 



Now come on, ilrclth, 
up and down, on* two, 
Me two. Putty fett 
physical with the heJp 
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Cwi» on r jpot the PuttyJ' 


rty level topped up at ail trm« - if it doesn't 
it start* losing lives and then ifll be game 
over. 

As well as collecting food to keep its plia- 
bility up. Putty can also collect icons to hefp 
collect the Bots. 

There’s H pocket watch which writ give 
you extra time, a trashcan which will let 
Putty carry more than one Bet at once and 
Dweezif power which will give Putty 
invulnerability. 

By far the funniest power up is Uncle 
Ted, which is a little guy who sits at an 
organ and plays a ridiculous tune which 



make the nasties dance uncontrollably for 
30 seconds thus distracting them from their 
job. 

Wghrt that's enough background informa- 
tion. I bet you're wondering what the game 
is actualry like. Well with hand on heart I can 
honestly say that Putty is absolutely brilliant 


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- a platform game that is totally original in 
almost every way., 

The graphics are pretty wonderful - 
take a took at the screenshots. The sound Is 
brill as wefi with loads and loads of sam- 
ples. 

Once you've learned die controls they 
become second nature, so no problems 
there, Plus Putty Is quite possibly one of the 
funniest games ever - it certainly caused 
peopte to have a laugh and a giggle in our 
offlce- 

Putty is a worthy winner of a Gamer 
Gold if ever I saw one. Big hand daps go 
to System 3 for this one, plus with a data* 
disk already on the way it seems as though 
the whore gaming world is about to go 
Putty mad. 

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Questions 


Ail you have to do is 
answer the questions, 
and give your name and 
address. Easy! 


1. What is the RRPof 
Lotus II? Is It 

a. £25,99 

b. £lOO 

c. £70 


2. How many copies of each S.Which Alien phoned 
game are we giving away? Is ft home? Was it ^ 

a. 10 Q J-ET 

b.CB 
cRSPCA 


Which game do you want to win? Lotus HI [ _ ] Zool 
Name 


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Postcode. 


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Lotus Ilf incorporates the awesome ■ 
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•Seven huge superb levels 
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•Incredible gameplay 
•Full screen parallax scrolling 


• Creates over three trillion different tracks using RECS TM 

• Larger sprites and roadside objects than Lotus I and 2 

• Music selection via or>screen CD interface 

• Select between the Esprit, Elan or futuristic M200 concept car 

• Thirteen different scenarios including mountains, roadworks 
and futuristic levels 

• 64 predefined circuits to race 

• Full or split screen action 


Sent down to earth on a mis- 
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ex-ninja from the "Nth" dimension? Enter this 
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N ow correct me If I'm wrong,. 

but have you ever been qui- 
etly walking along, you 
Know just simply minding your own 
business and then BLAMMOf, you are 
suddenly zapped Into another dimen- 
sion? 

I mean it doesn't happen very often 
does it? I'll probably get loads of let- 
ters now from loads of people who 
have had loads of inter-dim ensronal 
experiences. 

Yes, there I was Mr Gamer writer 
i d just watched duffseye with that 
fantastic Mr Bowen and I fancied a 
walk before my tea and as soon as I'd 
put one loot outside my door, ZAPFOJ 
"I found myself whining through 
another dimension, millions of colours 
and strange sights flashed before my 
eyes* 

A weird bass sound was buzzing 
through my head and before you 
could say smashing I was bach In my 
house. Surprised? I certainly was!" 

you’re probably wondering why I'm 
going on about other dimensions. 
Well the hero of Curse of £nchanfia r a 


found a spell to make her young and 
beautiful for all of eternity, but she 
was having major problems in trying 
to find all the ingredients that she 
needed to complete the spell. 

The main ingredient was a live 
male child. She knew where to get 
one from, but didn't know how 
because male children lived in 
another time and dimension, plus she 
wasn't that well catered for in the 
power department. 

Mabel set about tricking some more 
witches into lending her their power 
in return for making them young 
again. So r packed to the nines with 
evil power, she sent two witches 
through a porta! to Earth 

What they didn't know was that 
they had enough power to get there, 
but not back. Mabel unleashed a 
wicked spell on them which consumed 
them and dispersed their essence and 
souls over the field in which they 
were standing, 

From all the way back in Zeloria 
the evrl witch was heard to sary "From 
this day on there will forever be com- 
munication between this field and 

Zeloria , 1 

In the few years that passed in 
Zcloria many hundreds passed in pur 

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Baby, I'm elertrilylng 


how did this field come to be pos- 
sessed? 

Well, it s a long story, but J r ll tell it 
anyway - you never know, your lives 
might be enlightened by it, 

In a land fat far away in another 
space, time and dimension, there 
lived a whole load of wicked witches; 
Mot just any witches, but the baddest, 
meanest, dirtiest, evil witches the 
world or indeed the universe has ever 
known. 

They ruled the land of Zeforia and 
went around committing terrible 


citizens of Zeloria laugh at unfunny 
comedians turned gameshow hosts 
like Les Dennis. 

Mow there was one particular evil 
witch who was that little bit meaner 
and more wicked than the others. 
This witch shall remain nameless, sim* 
ply because she hasn't got a name 
(makes sense - Ed), but hey, let s call 
her Mabel just for the hell of ft, 

Mabie had just one wish in the 
whole wide world and that was to 
keep young and beautiful for ah of 
eternity- Seeing as though see has got 
a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp, 
this could be a bit of a problem. 

Mow Mabel had. just by chance. 


delightful utile chap railed Brad, has deeds without any reason whatso 


a very blrarre inter-dimensional prob- 
lem. 

There he was, playing baseball 
with hi! sister fn a field, not realising 
that the field was possessed. And 


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world. A great city had been built 
around the possessed field in this 

time. 

The field' had never been built upon 
due to the strange happenings and 1 
odd experiences that had happened 
there. However the local children 
often played baseball in the field. 

Aha, J ve got to the point at I art, 
because along came poor helpless 
Brad and It just so happens that 
:,; bel, our infamous witch, was look- 
Ing into the field through the portal, 

Excitedly she east a summoning 
spell and before you could say ' Deb- 
bie McGee". Brad was magically 
wished away to the world of Zeioria. 
With a gasp, a gosh and a gusp. 
Brad s adventure had begun. 

Right as you may or may not know. 
Curie of Enchantia is an interactive 
adventure very mirth in the vein of 
the Monkey island series, but missus 
it's ict Monkey island, oh no no. 

You control Brad, who's got brown 
hair with a rather splendid quiff at 
the front of It. Now Brad is only a 
'.mair kid. not some big muscle-bound 
superhero,' so in Curse of Enchantia 
he has to use his brain more than his 
brawn. 

The control method is simple, in 
fact so Simple even t could quite hap- 
pily whizz along the controls without 


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any bother at all. The whole game is 
controlled via the mouse and involves 
a small bar of icons which appear 
whenever the right mouse button is 
pressed. Via the icons you can make 
Brad pick up objects, jump, fight, 
throw objects and loads of other 
things which are too numerous to 
mention. 

if there is an object nearby which 
you can utilise, clicking on the "eye" 
will make it/them appear on the icon 
bar. 

There isn't really much more 1 can 
tell you about the game because i ll 
spoil it for you, but It does involve 
Brad going around the world of Zeio- 
ria trying to complete certain tasks 

For instance, when the game starts 
you find Brad upside down and 
chained to the wall and obviously 
you've somehow got to escape, but 
how do you do It7 Weil that would be 
telling, but I can say that some of the 
puzzles aren't exactly logical. 

I suppose all you grumpy readers 
are grumbling about how I haven't 
mentioned how good or bad the 
game Is. Well fear ye not, ye varlets, 
the bard of the games world is here, 
hurrah! 

Curse of Enchantia ti absolutely 
brilliant! If I could give more than one 
Gamer Gold to a game then I'd give at 
least six to Curse of Enchantia. If 


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you’re a Monkey Island fan then you 
are going to bust your britches for 
this. The graphics, as you can see 
from the screenshots, are amazing to 
ray the least. They are, fn fact, real 
works of art and could probably 
worry a few of PC owners out there - 
that s saying something. 

j can t really say that it s better 
than Monkey Island 2 because they 
are both brilliant in their own right. 
Ha, talk about sitting on the fence, 
there could have been a war if I d said 
that one was better than the other. 

Curse of Enchantia has excellent 
playability, graphics, sound and is 
addictive as something that's quite 
addictive indeedy. 

In fact. Curse of Enchantia is down- 
right bloody enchanting. Buy it today 
because if you don t you will more 
than likely commit suicide, it's that 
good. 

One thing it for sure - i wouldn't 
like to pick the adventure game of the 
year. Core Design have come up with 
easily their greatest and most impres- 
sive game yet. 

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7 Carry on going until you see a big -..M 
of a bloJce with a sword and a shield '■« 
AcNIte, so stab his heel a few times u ft i 
fails over then get the shield. Use the £1 
and aH [he baddies think you are a go: 
they bow in front of you, hut whack .? < 
anyway just to show them what a p-- 
crazed nutter you really are 


i Jump your way acrms the screen u™ 
get to me platform j use out of Medusa's 
Jump next to Medusa using the shfe* 
deflect the shoB 


10 Jump across the screen until you qm 
the dragon, Using the Medusa's head, dfl 
at the heads of the dragon until ri 
explode , 

I! Gear up all the Vikings you car. possibi;. I 
your hands on. J find that Gill's Nordic feE ' 
ages Emporium always has a good i;hoic 
Vikings. Eventua% one will drop an axe w 1 * 
you can use to hack me others up with. 

12 Once you have killed enough of if".' 
the bird at the far end of the boat will be: 
to fly up and down. You have to chop it ( 
of the sky to gain a token 


1 3 Chop the tittle goblin on the floor 
get the daggers before the ogre gets to 
Keep shooting the ogres and killing 1 the i 
tin until you get to another sexy woman, 
to a post this time. 


14 Grab the torch and stab the ghouls 
are flying around. T o thank you, the wo 
turns into a magic sword |l wonder v 
h-eud would have made of that, eh?]. ’ 


4 ihoot the devily thing until he disappears 
and you get the pitch fork. 

5 Go to the teft-hand side Of the screen and 
bung the pitch fork at the Mg nasty beasbe, 
Once he's dead, make your way to the top 
rig in-hand corner of the screen. 


1 Beat up as many skeletons as you can 
and you will get a sword. Chop one of the 
turcWike things and get the fireballs. 


2 Go across the top of the screen to the 
skeleton hanging from the roof, chop the 
chain and jump after hrm. 


15 Grab the sword and continue sf 
egres and killing gob-iris urtii you get 
dragon. 


4 Make your way across the screen jumping 
over the baddies unfit you reach the sexy 
women in the nightdress {ftyuk Vyuk]. Don't 
go too near or she really does turn into a 
man eater. 


$ When you are at the edge Of the firepit. 
chop the head off a skeleton so that it goes 
into the pit. Then your old mate Beelzebub 
will put in an appearance and unleash one 
of his minions upon you, 


The Gamer guide to 


In my estimation Myth is the best thing since relish 
burgers. Many an hour has been wasted on this, 
spilling guts and coffee while hurling the Amiga 
from one end of the room to the other. 

But it ain't easy! However, because of the geniuses 
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If Make your way up to the drawbridge 
on the I err- hand side of the screen. 
Approach it and shoot the guy who comes 
out wrth daggers. Do the same for the 
drawbridge above. 


#®»Tlw will now come down and take 
you to Odin, Kill littie dragons with the axe 
and collect the daggers. 


] 9 Thor wifi then come down and shoot 
at you like the rest of the unptosanr char- 
acters in this tate of blood, guts and 
greased hamsters - there ain’t no Sally 
Amy ere, mate. Anyway, shoot hfs feet by 
standing on platforms lower than the ones 
that he stands on and he will eventually go 
away 


20 After he s gone you have to fight the 
big guy himself, Odin, with the dagger. 
Shoot him fH the eyes while avoiding the 
thunderboJts. He will eventually die. 


21 Kill the snakes with, your sword and 
jump on to the middle platform on the 
level - a floor will open behind you. Go to 
the right and avoid the swinging aces and 
so on, CalJect the eye of Homs and get out 
the way you came 

Jump to Che tek and across and another 
door wifi open and you will be n a cham- 
ber similar to the one you have just 
been In. 

As before, work your wary across to the 
right until you get to the end At one point 
it wilr look like you have reached a dead 
end but a floor w# open for you - go not 

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25 Get the four pots and place them as 
follows: 


and drmb back up past the middle floor, 
Select the eye as your weapon and wait for 
me guard with the helmet, shoot him and 
get his helmet, 

i Go to the right and get the final trophy. 
Omb down to the middle floor and head 
•jjjjjjptJc to the start. Sefea the Anfch stand in 
front of the Ankh symbol on the wall and 
yen jt energy will be replenished. 


Blue - top leFr 
Green - bottom left 
AnubiS - bottom fight 
Pharaoh - top right 


22 Select the sword and run to the right. 
Kill one of the guards ro get the Ankh, 
jump over the rest of the nasties or you’ll be 
there all night. Break Llie FA Cup sort of 
thing and and pick up the extra energy 
[hen cany on to the right 

Fail down the first hole, go left ana col- 
lect the two puts inside the trophy things 
and go night. Jump over the spikes and you 
will find another trophy. 


When you ve done this, properly all the 
pots will be on fire, so you can go to the 
light. When you reach the pharaoh don't 
panic when the laser beam fires, because 
it won't hie you 

You can fly now so alF you have to do 
is shoot behind the eyeballs while avoid- 
ing the fireballs., Eventual it will exprode 
- you have finished Myth. 


14 Run all the way over to the right and 
krll the guard using the eye. Duck flown 
under die Ankh symbol on the wan and 
select thpAnkh When Anubis has fired, 
stand up, select the eye and fire. After Anu- 
bis is dead pick up the treasure and jump 
up to the next level. 


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our years ago, Microprose 
released the original 
mufti-copter classic Gunship. 
Gunship wax a simulation of the 
AH-A4A Apache attack helicopter 
which incidentally won tons of game 
awards and safcf well over one ntiifion 
copies worldwide, 

Being the clever people that they 
are, Microprose suddenly thought' 
Wait a minute,, if Gun ship sold over 
a million copies four years ago. think 
what a sequel could sell for especially 
with today s technology." 

So without further ado they set 
their programming team on the job. 
Every day and night the programmers 
slaved away at IMicroprose's Gunship 
2000. After many months, Gunship 
2 0 0 O' wat finished and everyone 
involved in the project stood around 
grinning inanely. 

Rightly so too, because it looks a* 
though it could he the definitive heli- 
copter simulation. In Gunship 2 GOG 
the player can choose up to three 
types of helicopter from the seven in 
the army s arsenal and take up to five 
on any mission 

The helicopters are the most tech- 
nologically advanced machines the US 
Army will he relying on throughout 
the 1990 s and into the 21st century. 
Just think, you JI actually be able to 
My the ultra powerful helicopters into 
combat before an actual helicopter 
pilot does. 

Action will occur in and around 
central Europe and the Persian Guff 
and players can designate their pre- 
ferred mission. There are tons of 
options to choose from which include 
training, single and multiple heli- 
copter missions, and the campaign 
game r including a map showing the 
ebb and flow of batgfe. 

The simulation also offers a mis- 
sion builder H which allow t the player 
to design, edit and save missions. 

Now some flight simi fall at the 
first hurdle due to the pathetic or 

simplistic state of t Mf 

graphics. This is not so 
with Gunship 2000, 

It has a realistic land- 
scape which hat been 
created by a new devel- 
opment called Topo- 
graphical 3D graphic*, 
which generates terrain 
with depressions (no, 

(hat doesn't mean that 
the terrain mopes 
around listening to Mor- 
rissey records and plans 
to top itself any minute - it simply 
means depressions as in river bank* 
and valleys}. 

from what I've seen of the game, it 
looks very impressive Indeed. The 
actual helicopter Is dead easy to fly « 
well put it this way, even I could 
quite happily fly it around without 
crashing which is a bit of a first. 

This Is one of the smoothest flight 
simulator* I've seen in a long time 

December 1992 






Jonathan Maddock grabs his helmet and gets to 

grips with his chopper 






and at this moment In time I'm look- 
ing forward to when it comes out 
next month in time for Christmas - 
but don't expect ft to cost Jess than 
£30, 

Gunship 2000 - put It on your 
Crimbo list now and if you don't get 
it, go and kill Santa and poison his 
reindeers. 




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L et me fill you in. You are AailxOrX 
and as a child were en$fftved by 
the eviJ minions of the Beast Lord, 
who subjected you to hideous treatments 
Ehai jendered you virtually devoid of your 
humanity |sarr»c thing happened to Timmy 
MaUet, incidentally). 

You performed your duties obediently 
and numbly., until one day, as yet another 
sacrifice was herded to the altar or the Beast 
Lord and, well... sacrificed, you recognised 
the tortured face as that of your father. 

This would come as a bit of a shock to 
any fad, as you would imagine, but rt seems 
to be just what you needed - bit drastic rf 
you as*: me. 

As a Flitter of your former humanity stirs 
within you, instantly you vow to avenge 
your dad's untimely end and bring down 
the empire of the Beast Lord, killing loads of 
nasties as you go, no doubt. 

Several nasties are already gunners |buy 
Beasts I and 2 for further details}, but 
there's plenty more vengeance to be had 
yet, so here you arc... 

The game begins with a dead smart 
intro sequence - daric r moody graphics, 
great sound [even though the beginning 
does sound suspiciously like "Our Tune“j 
and everything. 

Aarbron is sitting comfortably in front of a 
glowing fire when for no apparent reason a 
plane appears. He boards the pi lotto con 
uaption and heads off in the general drrec- 
tion of the Beast chap. Very convenient. 

On arriving in the nonh region of Kara- 
Moon, you are given a choice of two levels 
from which to start this platform adventure 
fthere are four levels in a(i p whrch asn £ 
enough by any means, but more of this 
later/, 

Your sprite looks alarmingly similar to tha t 
rather more famous adventurer, Indiana 
Jones., fight down to the once fashionable 
hat. 

Jnitiarty armed only with Shurifcans - 
lethal metal star-shaped throwing objects - 
you will come across various other weapons 
to aid you on your quest. 

Rr ogress is in the standard left-to-right 
and-oecastonally up and down form. Old 
Aarbron moves welt, although he does seem 
to have a bit of trouble when n comes to 
climbing ladders. Good job he's only a 
game character and not a window cleaner I 
suppose, 

It's a fairly violent game to say the least - 
you won't get very far at all unless you're 
willing and able to stab to death any num- 
ber of bcasties in various appalling ways. 

A nice touch, if nice is 
the correct term, is during 
the cannibal attack - 
whizz two or three 
shurikens at the slobber- 
ing flesh fiends and laugh 
your ruddy head off as 
they fall apart limb from 
limb. Barely two minutes 
go by without bloodshed 
of some sort or another 
Not ail of the gameplay 
involves njnnrng, jumping 
and kilting though - 
there's a substantial puzzle 

f NntrEonti, meet the 


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Whatever else \t may be r this is one of those games that suffers from the highly contagious 
and 1 seemingly vaccine-less computer game disease - Numerical Suffix-IBs. In other words, 
it s another sequel 

Now I don't have anything against sequels per se - the Lotus offerings from Gremlin far 
example are all equally good, and Accolade's second Elvira was certainly not to be sniffed 
at. But did they offer us anything new 7 

I mean, I'm a relative newcomer to the wacky - and often weird - world of computer 
software, but a very quick glance at one of the above mentioned games is enough to assure 
me that any proud owner ot say, Lotus f or Elvira 1 wourd be very hard pushed to find a 
reason for buying one of Che follow-ups. 

They're just not different enough, and if 1 was a cynical man I’d suggest that perhaps - 
gasp! - such games a. r e little more Shan money-making tools for programmers and publish- 
ers cashing in on liked and established titles. 

But I'm not a cynical man, so I won't suggest that- Perhaps you have your own views, 
and perhaps, just perhaps, one drink and rainy night when the telly’s bust the grass is as 
high a; it’s gorng co get and the paint on every wail is completely dry, you'll put pen to 
paper and share those views with your humble Gamer chums? 


element to the game, as there was with its 
predecessors 

Beast 2 was supposedly ertiosed for the 
difficulty or its puzzles - the talky brt in the 
manual tells us that thrs criticism was duty 
noted and that the puzzles in this game 
begin quite simple, becoming progressively 


narder as you sfog through the levels [yes, 
all four of them}. 

Look ouc for gofd on your quest - you 
will need to have collected all Che gold on a 
particular level before you can progress. 
Look in every nook and cranny not only for 
gofd, but also for any of the several items 




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that will help you on your way. 

Despite the lack of levels, Beast 3 is not a 
game that fis likely to be completed at the 
first attempt - at £35 it's a damn good Job 
too r is what I sayl The puzziy bits will frus- 
trate you for sure, and the nasties are nasty 
enough to keep you cussing for a good to- 
days. 

Sadly, the ob&gatory end-of-level monster 
dudes let the side down - they'm massive 
and look ready to chew some serous ass, 
but Just a few paltry hits from the weapon 
of your choice will see them Flicker feebly 
and, er.., die, basically. 

Throughout the game the tunes are 
great. You won t find a thumping ballad, or 
even a moderately uptempo beat Among 
them, but they convey just che right atmo- 
sphere. The effect could have been better, 
it has to be said, but don't fret - the game 
hardly suffers because of it, 

The graphics are nice. Did I mention they 
were dank? ^ell they are - but the details of 
things such as trees and the rock walls is 
great - and besides, you're trekking through 
a dark and forbidding land full of danger. If 
it's an explosion in a clown's wardrobe 
you're after, buy yourself a bleeding 
Mega drive. 

My favourite bit is the para 9m in the Forest 
of Zeakros - really gives you the impression 
that Aarbron r s running fast iC doeS- 
If there's one little thing 
that lets the game down 
at ad. it's the actual 
sprite, Aarbron. He’s big 
enough, and fs just 
about as detailed as anc 
other computer game 
superhero you'll come 
acioss, but a couple of 
tweaks here and there 
would have been nice. 

For example, when 
pushing an object such 
as a barrel or rock,, he 
tends to use his head! 
l m not saying this sports or impairs the 


December 



What decent chaps Pryg-rtori j are. You can 
evgn choose where you Hart 

actual gamepKay in any way, bur the game 
has obviousfy had some thoieght pur into It 
and a bit of realism in the old sprite depart- 
ment would have been nice, 

But I’m an old moaner - you know, the 
kind of person who rinds grrstfe in an Unde 
Ben r s pie mix, and to sari sly me is to solve 
the collective problems of the Third ttforfd 
and Yugoslavia |erm...yees]. 

In short. 6easr 3 is a really good alkound 
platformer chat should appeaf to che odd 
person who likes to use his or her brain 
indeed. I even think that Beast 3 may be 
just different enough from the prequels to 
tempt a few Beasts I and 2 owners. 

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in this new section we re going to take you 
down memory Jane to the great monoliths of 
;• gamepiay which we've looked at in years 
g one by. 

We re bound to be biased because these 
are games which we really believe are 




strokes of genius by the programmers, but 
we will cover ali types from strategy to plat- 
form. 

If there are any games you especially want 
to look at we will check out your selection 
and pick those which we deem fit for review. 









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Wien Elite eventually graduated from the BBC to the Spectrum and 
she other fl-twt machines of the time, the magazines pratitoiy had an 
orgasm over rt. with Your Sinclair dedicating almost a whote issue to it. 

.And rightly so - it remains one of the outstanding and unbeatable 
games of ail bme. The amount of depth in Ei*te is guite astounding. 

Basically, it's a space trading game with Iocs of frills. You begin with 
a bog standard ship with bog standard 
weapons and bugger alf money. 

To work your way around the various plan- 
ets you hyperspace between them and dock at 
the space stations. But don't think that you are 
going to be able to cover all the planets rn a 
hurry. 

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population, industrial structure - you get my drift, 
it r s slightly immense. 

You can work your way up by trading the various com- 
modities or you can go out bounty hunting by flying without trading 
and Periling the ships that attack you without provocation, but that's not 
advised until you have some better weapons. 

The trading posts are situated in space stations a few miles 
the planet surfaces, and you have to enter them through a door on 
one of the sides. 

The ultimate goal is to reach the status of Elite which you do by 
kiriing things. Whether you do it legally or illegally is up to you, but it 
depends on how many thrngs you kill and let me teJI you it takes a fair 
few. 

Do yourself a favour - go and play it for at least two solid days. 


Stunt Car Racer 

Yes its the first of the racing car games to appear in Blast from the Past 
Bur it is no ordinary racing game - it's one of the few interesting con- 
cepts for a car game in the last few yea/s. 

You race against an opponent on a track - nothing spedaJ there, 
granted - but the track is in relief to its surroundings so the bumps go 
way up labour 400 feet in some cases) in comparison to where the 
spectators wourd be. 

To get to it you have to be air lifted and dropped onto the track by 
helicopter, so you can imagrne what happens when you fly off Che 
edge. Incorporated into this mad scenery are huge jumps and gaps in 




the track that you 
have to bridge 
using the speed. 

At first stunt car 
racer is a very 
tncky game to 
play, but on) ike 
other racing 
games that use She 
same controls and 
driving view, it has 

a handing technique that finally clicks and every thing seems easy 

The fist few times I played it I loathed it because it was so tricky, but 
with some perseverance ft came to me. 

Another feature of the game which reaNy does make rt a scorcher is 
the lap link capability, ft is possible ro play the game by linking up two 
Am-gas. 

This enaHes you to race directly against your opponent but on a 
separate machine. If you're so unpopular you don’t have a friend, you 
can race in a league against the computer-generated racers which for 
a change, aren't all experts. 

As far as f knew, Stunt Car Reiter rj now out as a budget game. For- 
get Lotus - for th n ils get SCR and stuff your mate off a 300 foot walk 

Ben 






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J About si* years ago, Dark 
Seed was a much talked about 
game. Then the slories 
stopped filtering through and the 
industry thought that Dark Seed had 
died. 

About the same time Alliens, the 
sequel to the hit film Alien and 
Poltergeist had just hit the cinema. 
I he only thing these films Had in 
common was that the horrible nasties 
in the film such as the Alien and the 
Vomit 

The monsters were designed by a 
relatively unheard of surrealist artist 
called H R Giger. As it happens, all of 
these films achieved almost cult sta- 
tus and Mr Giger became somewhat 
of an underground star with his art- 
work popping up in the unlikeliest of 




teCftiques which are pretty bloody 
gruesome, such as the baby in the 
package morphing into a nasty mon 
sler. 

The overall effect of the graphics is 
guile chilling. Sitting in a dark room 
playing it is just as good as any hor 
ror movie. 

Controlling Dawson is are relatively 
easy - I found it easiest to use the 
mouse but if you re that way inclined 
you can use the joystick or keys. 

The cursor you have on-screen has 
three different modes - one to pich 
up, one to investigate and one to 
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Time runs sort of 
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w nothing to do, and 

\ you are at loss. time 
t* *i„ j A \ will run fast but if 
mL* \ you are busy, time 

I will run a little 
slower, almost at 
(i ; realtime. 

/ oho, lm getting 
1 *• ” * / all eacited. Graphs 

/ tally the game is some- 
thing I dream about 
when I go to bed at night - 
it s pretty stunning. 

The opening sequence is pretty 
revolting, I wouldn C be surprised if 

they actually put 
, ^ an age limit on 
this game. Graph- 
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original digitised 


places. 

The team at Cyberdreams got wind 
of Mr Giger s work and decided to get 
his help on their new game. So after 
years of waiting, Dark Seed is finally 
out. 

Vou play the role of science-fiction 
writer Mike Dawson, who has bought 
a- new house in a quiet village to get 
some peace so he can work. 

But you awaken on the first day in 
your new house after having a raging 
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In the dream you were snatched 
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Aten Gian starts to put our 
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to manipulate system 
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L as! time we locked a! how messages are 
passed around the ARexx ports, and we 
also started looking at how the system 
structures can be controlled from within ARexx. 
We witl now start a series of programs to put these 
ideas into practice. 

Obviously some programming experience is 
assumed, even if only at the most elementary 
level, Some of the material here nelates to general 
programming, rather than specific ARexx tech- 
niques, but it is necessary to include it for claries 
sake. 

We will now look at a simple program that 
manipulates a system structure to allow a change 
in the normal behaviour of AmigaDQS- Spec ifiealfy 
it will add a new feature to the usual wildcard 
definitions. 

When this is done, you will be able to use * as a 
wildcard character corresponding to the regular 
AmigaDOS characters #?. The reason for doing 
this is that the asterisk is by far the more accepted 
character internationally - it is used on just about 
all systems from VIS-DQ5 to Unix, and many users 
are happier with it. 

Similar 

This option only exists under 
AmlgaDOS/Workbench 2.x (sorry 1,3 users, but 
study the example anyway, as we will use a similar 
idea for our Preferences controller in the next 
issue). 

Incidentally, this option is quite popular, and I 
have seen a number of PD programs, both in C 
and assembler, that do the fob, Now you can do It 
with ARexx without a compiler or assembler in 
sight! 

The program is extremely simple, since all that 
is involved is the toggling of just one single bit in 
an AmigaDOS structure. It will therefore serve to 
illustrate the bask principles very dearly before we 
try something more ambitious. 

The bit that we have to toggle is known as the 
RNF WILD STAR bit, and is in a field called 
rnjlags, in the d1_ftoot structure. There is a 
pointer to this stfucture in the DOS library Base 


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some of our learning 
into practice 


structure, so we should be able to geL to it with- 
out too much difficulty. Figure I illustrates this. 

Here is the procedure we follow to Access the 
four bytes of the rn jlags fiefcd. First we open the 
□OS library, which (under the standard Amiga 
conventions) will return a pointer to the address 
of the DOS Library Base. 

Offset 

We then add 34 bytes to this address. This off- 
set will take us to the pointer to the dl Root struc- 
ture. We then read this value (which Is the address 
of the dl Root structure), and this time we add an 
offset of 54 bytes to get to the address of the 
m_Flags field. We then read in all four bytes of 
this field before doing anything to it. 

All the above information is available in the 
ROM Kernel Manuals and in the system "include" 
hies. If you plan to do any system programming, 
in whatever language r you will need this informa- 
tion. By the way, books can be expensive, so 
before you buy anything, make sure it covers 


Workbench 2.0, 

ARexx does not have a built-in method for 
opening libraries, so we are going to use a special 
third-party library to do the job. This library is 
Dcgen. library, which is freely distributable on Fred 
Fish disk 459 - although you won't have to look 
that far, as there is a copy on the CoverDisk. 

We have at limes mentioned this library, as it is 
probably one of the most useful ARexx extras 
around, tven though it has only three functions, it 
can open and use any Amiga shared library. 

In other words, ary Amiga shared library can 
be used from ARexx with rxgen. Top marks to the 
French Amiga coding group, the Software Winery, 
who have created some first class Amiga 


programs. 


Libraries 

I have personally found that rxgen. library and 
apig.tibrary - which we will look at next time - are 
the only libraries I ever need for system program- 
ming from ARexx. Apig. library supplies all the 
basic graphics and windowing functions, while 
rxgen .library lets me use all those fancy requester 
libraries.. 

The combination forms an excellent environ- 
ment far trying out ideas and prototyping. This 
"quick and dirty" approach is extremely time sav- 
ing and practical, although it may not always be 
suitable for a final presentation. 

Take some time to study the documentation 
for this library.. It may initially seem a bit confus- 
ing, but it is quite easy once you grasp the con- 
cept, and is certainly worth it. 

Basically all you have to do is create a special 
rxgen function definition (rxfd) fite lor the library's 
functions, and include the ones you will require at 






The Dos Library 
Base Structure 


Library structure (34) 
Pointer to di Root (40) 

m m « w -*■ « « » _ ■— » — w ■■ H H M K 

other fields 




rn_ Flags 

(4 bytes) 

1 1 1 1 1 1 IX 

Byte 2 

Byte 3 

Byte 4 


is 



The di_Root 
Structure 



Various fields 
of the 

di-Root structure 


(54 bytes) 


we have to toggle 


the bey inning of your program. 

In fact the rxfd file* For most system libraries 
can be created automatically by the supplied 
script from the Basic Fd files, iF you do not have 
the fd files, on disk you will have to get them 
from the ROM Kernel manuals or a friendly WB 
1.3 user. 

Other libraries should have their fd files avail- 
able as part of Ihe distribution, or al least some 
sort of description to allow you to figure them out. 

Once you have the rxfd files, ail you have to do 
is specify how you will give the arguments. 

Don't worry if you don't understand every- 
thing:, we will look at it in more detail next time. 
This time we do not even use any functions from 
the DOS library that we have opened (all we 
needed was the pointer to its address). 

The supplied example program works even if 
you do not understand all the technicalities, and 
will serve as a good starting point from which to 
learn. 

Listing I shows the basics of the program. A 
fully commented version, which you can run and 
study, is on the CoverDisk. Remember to copy 
rxgen.library to your libs: before you run the pro- 
gram, 

If you are going to use rxgen .library a lot you 
might want to add the Following line to your 
startup to install it so that it is always present 


makes sure that the library is Finked up. 
Remember, it MUST be rn libs. 

The values LlKS.xxxx and UBl.xxxx,OPEN- 
COUNT are set by the calls to rx.gen.li bra ry. Any 
function definitions required would also be placed 
at the start of the program. See rxgen .library doc- 
umentation for Full details. 

The next six lines take the pointers, add the 
necessary offset values and so on, until we get the 
valup of rn Flags. Note that quite a Few transfer- 


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motions are made on the variables - eg they are 
converted from four-byte to decimal Format. 
These operations are documented in detail in the 
commented version of the program on the 
CoverDisk. 

Once we know the value in our rn_ Flags field, 
we can toggle the appropriate bit by XORing. We 
cannot go into the full details of bitwise Jog it 
operations here, but in a nutshell, XORing two 
bytes together will return 1 for all those bits 
where one, and only one, of the two possible bits 
is already 1 . 

In other words, XORing 10011 Oil and 
01010101 gives 1 1 001 1 10. You should be able to 
see from this that XGR works like a toggle. The 
ARexx function for XORing is bFtxorQ. Once the 
value is toggled, it is poked back into the rn Flags 
field using export. 

Finally to report back on our setting we use the 
bitwise AND function, bitan df)- AND returns 1 
where both bits are already 1. So ANDing: 


r^FLigi.DtiitPtr - (tZditfl. dn-aO * 52 !■ 


rs_FlagiJti - ' DO 1 x 
rr_Flags - fapnrt(rn_f 


d2 cT r n_ F ; i L P * r ^ 
ags_Ptr,H ! 





IDflltfllt 

and 


01010101 

gives 


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THE! flog = W ; ELSE Uio = W 

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exit 


In any case the first IF statement in the program yjiingi i 


You can see that AND serves as a "mask"', 
which we use in our program to check if the 
RNFJW1LD5TAR bit is ON or OFF. That's all there 
is to it. 

Every time the program is run, it changes the 
current setting. Be careful if you use it though - 
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every feature in the book. 

Now that the truth is out it appears that many 
of the more optimistic claims were pretty dose to 
the truth, especially concerning the machine's 
added videographic potential 

For we vldeophiles there's one particular area 
that's set to revolutionise Amiga-based animation 
and general art for ever. The new era of HamB has 
arrived. 

When I first heard rumours oF a new Ham for- 
mat capable of 26 2.000 colours on-screen at any 
time,. I was a little sceptical to say the least, 
Nevertheless it's all true and the new machine 
wi I indeed display pseudo-Z4-bit images as stan- 
dard, from a full 24-bil palette of 16.7 million 
colours. 

in reali terms this means a image quality almost 
64 times better than a normal Ham. As a result, 
dithering may well become an option rather than 
an essential, while gradients will be the norm 
rather than something to be avoided at all cost. 

It's true that even with 262 r 0QG colours on- 
screen, the new machine will only manager just 
over half die available range from a true 24-bit dis- 
play running in maximum overscan. But having 
said that, very few 24 -bit images ever come even 
remotely close to using their full potential of any 
pixel, any colour. 


Paul Austin explores a few of the possibilities that 
the Amiga 4000 will bring to the world of DTV 



The all new 
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little difference 


Because of this, initial reports from the Slates 
indicate there's often little perceivable difference 
between a 24-bit and Ha mg display. This alone is 
sure to seriously slow down the explosion of 24- bit 
boards which has dominated the Amiga scene 
over the last IB months. 

Although the static quality of the new Ham8 
formal is impressive, it's the animating potential ol 
the new machine that will be the real revolution 
for Amiga-generated DTV. 

In the past, animation has been the stumbling 
block of high-end graphics. Systems such as 
Digital Creations' DCTV have made a valiant 
attempt at transferring 24-bit imagery onto tape, 


admittedly with a reasonable degree of success, by 
Employing a pseudo composite format, which 
although excellent does sacrifice a degree of image 
quality in comparison to a true 24- bit images. 

In addition, DCTV' can never achieve full Frame, 
25 FP5- interlaced update necessary to compete 
directly with Still frame systems due to the decod- 
ing required prior to display. 

On the other side of the coin there are the true 
24-bit images which on average run to approxi- 
mately half a megabyte each - at least. 

Although ideal as statics, such large amounts of 
data are impossible to store in RAM in sufficient 
quantities for viable animation, and even iF this 
could be achieved transfer times would still make 
life very difficult and the target of 25 FP5 impossi- 
ble, especially if some form of virtual memory sys- 
tem - hard disk - was employed as the storage 
medium. 

Because of all of the above problems the only 
way to achieve true 24-bk animation has been to 
use expensive still -frame recording equipment - 
that's way out of reach for the average user. 

Now that's set to change and the A4QG0 with its 
super fast Advanced Graphics Architecture or AVA 


formally known as the AA chipset - is the reason 
wily. 

As the new machine takes the Amiga world by 
the throat, brace yourself for a flood of updates to 
cater for the new format. Several companies have 
already seen the light such as A5DC with ADPro, a 
package which already boasts full Support for both 
256 colours, which is now available in all screen res- 
olutions, and of course the 262,000 colours of 
HamS. 

Digital Creations also haven't been slow to seize 
the potential of the new machine and especially 
HamB by releasing Brilliance, a program which 
according our American correspondent has every- 
thing DPaint (V can offer and much more, while 
boasting lull support for HamS, and yet still remains 
much faster especially when animating and work- 
ing with Ham images. 


DPaint V 


Coming alive 


Aside from pure -Image quality, the new machine can animate using HamS images at an amaz- 
ing SO FP5 which with Interlace will translate to the 25 FpS usually employed for full motion 
video. 

Even if there is a perceivable difference between I rue 24 foil images and Hamtt within higher 
screen resolutions, once animated any Irregularities between the two will almost certainly 
vanish. 

As a result, the finished product should be Indistinguishable among even the most expensive 
creations of the Soho- based videographk giants. 

Such companies are responsible for everything from Smarties to animated teapots, and regu- 
larly quote £1,000 per second for commercial computer animations - and that's just the basic 
rat#. 


It's unlike^ that Drgital Creations will have it ail 
Lheif own way for long, as Electronic Arts have 
already hinted that DPaint V is on the way with of 
course full support for HamS. 

No doubt all the major an and ray tracing pack- 
ages will follow suit along with a whole host of DTP 
programs and assorted software all itching for addi- 
tional colour and resolution which .matches the ECS 

a 

maximum of t,2S0 x 51 2 with optional overscan. 
It's dear that a new era of Amiga art and anima- 
tion is about to dawn. As yet it's not known exactly 
when the new machine wilt start shipping in the UK 
but when it does the best estimates on price seem 
to point to the region From £2,000 to £2,500. 

If this is a little rich for your blood, don't despair 
Commodore have confirmed that the new 
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machines which will vary in speed and price. As a 
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Controlling virtual sprites is the subject of 
Margaret Stanger's continuing look at 
advanced Amiga programming 


T here are only normally eight hardware 
Sprites available, and the colours are lim- 
ited. The Amiga library has routines to 
make many more tastefully coloured imaginary 
sprites visible on the screen. 

Hardware sprites are small graphic elements 
16 pixels wide, two bitpianes deep, and any 
height. Each sprite has a data list of data word 
pairs which include the pixel data. 

The first two sprites use colours 16 to 19, the 
next two 20 to 23, the next two 24 to 27 and 
the last two 2E to 31. The first colour of a sprite 
is always transparent. 

A pixel will be the second colour if a bit is set 
in the first pixel data word, and the correspond- 
ing bit in the second pixel data word is dear; the 
third colour if the bit is clear in the first pixel data 
word and set in the second; and the fourth 
colour if both bits are set. 

lie September and October issues of Amigo 
Computing cover the- subject of hardware sprites 
in more detail. 

Copper 

The custom chips handle screen display, 
sound generation, disk access and other input 
and output The Copper, or co-processor, tan 
change the contents of some oF the chip registers 
at certain vertical screen positions using a Copper 
list which is stored in memory and executed 
command by command, at the same time as the 
main processing. 

The sprite data is copied into chip memory, 
and the address of the start of each sprite's data 
is written into the appropriate SPRPT registers 
when creating the Copper list. 

There are only eight sprite registers, and 
hence only eight hardware sprites. During a 
screen refresh,, when a sprite has been displayed 
- and the video beam has gone past the last line 
of the sprite - the sprite register and ks corre- 
sponding hardware sprite can be used again. 

The Copper list can carry instructions to place 
a sprite at a certain vertical position, loading the 
sprite data into the first sprite register, and 
changing the colours that the sprite is going to 
use (colours 1 6 to 1 9). 

When the video beam has gone past this 


sprite, another set of sprite data can be loaded 
into the sprite register hy the Copper list, and 
colours 16 to 19 changed again. Both sprites will 
be visible on the screen, as the video beam travels 
down the screen so quickly. 

The effect is like a taking a long time exposure 
photograph of a moving object - several images 
can be seen at once. The sprites are known as 
Virtual Sprites (or VSprites) as they exist in a virtual 
reality of their own. 

Each VSprile should have its own slot in the 
Copper list, depending on its vertical position on 
the screen. The Copper list will need instructions 
to toad the sprite data into a sprite register, and to 
change its colours. 

At any given vertical position on the screen, 
some sprite registers and some sets of colours may 
already be in use. The Amiga library has software 
to keep the VSprites in order and updaLe the 
Copper list. 

Tl^e system can remember which colours were 
last used and keep track of which sprites are avail- 
able on the nex( line. Each VSprite has a data 
structure, these structures form a linked list. 

Initialised 

There is a Gelslnfo (Graphics Elements 
INFQrmatinn} structure to control the linked list ol 
VSprites. Some of its fields need to be initialised by 
the program. 

The sprRsrvd field is a mask that has a bitseL For 
each available hardware sprite. IF all sprites are 
available, this field should be set to Oxff, otherwise 
the corresponding bit for each unavailable sprite 
should be cleared. 

The next Line field should point to a declared 
array of eight words, to store information on 
which sprites are available on the not line. 

The lastColor field should point to an array of 
eight word pointers to store information on the 
last colours used. The Gelslnfo structure is ini- 
tialised with a declared 
dummy VSprite perma- 
nently at ihe beginning 
of the linked list, and a 
similar VSprite tor the 
end of the list. The 
Gelslnfo structure can 
then he attached to the 


required RastPoit 

Each VSprite structure 
needs to be initialised 
with its sizes, flags, and 
position pointers to its 
colours and sprite data. 
The structure also has 
some fields that are only 
used if the VSprite is 


The program 

The demo program on the CoverDisk contains a 
C source module, vsprite.c, which can be com- 
piled and Pinked in the normal way. The source 
module indudes a header file vsprite.h contain- 
ing sprite data. 

Although the demo program was written in 
C, the Amiga library routines are available 1o 
assembler programmers. The obpect module, 
vsprite, opens a Screen, and a Window in that 
Screen. Virtual sprites are displayed,, they move 
in a straight line unless a key or mouse button is 
pressed. 

The vsprries will continue to move in the 
same direction until they bounce off one of the 
borders of the window. The picture is displayed 
on the screen until the user closes the Window, 
or clicks a mouse button. 

The sprites are Ireed, the Window and Screen 
dosed, and the program exits. 


attached Lo a bob (or Blitter OBjed), some only 
used if collision routines are set up, and some 
fields that the system uses. 

Wien the VSprite is initialised it can be added 
to the current Hast Port and Gels list using the 
AddVSpriteQ routine. To display the VSprites, the 
SortCListO command will sort the VSprites into a 
linked list into the vertical position order. 

DrawCList will make a Copper list with each 
VSprite colours and data in the right position. To 
refresh the screen using tFie new copper list, use 
MakeS creenO and Rethin kOispl-ayQ with Intuition 
Screens and Windows, and MrgCopO and. 
Load Vie w() with Graphics Primitives. 

Playfield 

VSprites can move fairly quickly - they are dis- 
played using the hardware sprite system rather 
than being drawn in the playfield. This means no 
masking or double buffering is necessary. 

They are not quite as fast as hardware sprites 
because there as more system software needed to 
move them about. If there are more than eight 
VSprites on any horizontal line, only the first 
eight will be displayed. 

If a five bitplane display has VSprites, some of 
the playfield colours may fluctuate. Even with 
these limitations, VSpnres make excellent missiles 
in game programs. 

4 Coming Soon - the next programming page 
wi\i include a routine to read sprite data from an 
iff fife. 

Amiga Computing 


Becoming attached 

If you want a Simple Sprite wider than 16 bits, two sprites can be 
joined together by setting the SPRITE ATTACHED flag in the second 
word of the sprite data of the Top Sprite. 

For assembler programmers the attach control bit is bit J in the 
second control word. This is only effective for odd numbered sprites - 
set the SPRITE ATTACHED flag (m altach control bit) in sprite 1 to 
join it to sprite 0, etc. 

If you move sprite 1, sprite 0 wifi move with it automatically, but if 
you move sprite 0 without moving sprite l.they will separate., 

If two sprites are combined, their data positions should match. If 
they are side by side, they can look and move like a 32 bit wide sprite, 
if they are In the same position they can look and behave like a 
16-colour spri te. 



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Piped music 


A s existing Bara k Pipes Pro users will be 
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which as you can see from the screenshot allows 
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the Bara & Pipes Pro and Super] am environments, 
With a closer inspection of the screenshot you 
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nestled in among the normal array of windows. 
The Patch mcister, as the name suggests,, is Slue 
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standalone package, if and when required. 

Such softsvare is far from original but in the past 
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stones, lost banks, over-written patches and gen- 
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ble by not only adding 30 drivers as standard but 
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with a little effort will provide a designer driver lor 
any synth of module on the market. 



After picking up a sizeable share of the Amiga 
sequencer market with Bars and Pipes Pro, Blue 
Ribbon Soundworks have launched a whole 
range of add-ons. Paul Austin investigates 


system -exclusive-alEachments, 
Once installed you're given 
the option to use the Amiga 
keyboard to try out the avail- 
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audition option allows instant 
feedback as you edit. 

Along with the new soft- 
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two new products. The first of 
these is Triple Flay Hus. 

This new release provides 
as simple answer to the infuri- 
ating limit of just 1 6 available 
Midi channels desperately try- 
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Sweetening for Superjam 


When Superjam first hit the streets, Blue Ribbon were already boast- 
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those who missed the review, Superlam employs a band of virtual 
musicians who accompany their human hand leader by playing an 
ever-changing backing track in the style of your choice. 

Although the original Superfam came with an impressive array ol 
styles for your band to improvise around. Blue Ribbon have finally 
kept their promise and issued another three disks full of new styles. 

Each disks contains at least ten styles plus additional chord pro- 
gressions and demos. According to Blue Ribbon all the new disks 
have been created by a professional arranger. 

Disk one is devoted to rock and pop with the second aimed at the 
classical market, while the third goes under the curious title of the 
Cutting Edge disk, covering a whole spectrum of musical styles from 
funk to punkarama - whatever that is 


Less painful 


With the myriad of synths on the market, a 
selection of the top 30 drivers obviously won't 
cover for all possible situations. As a result driver 
creation is a high priority and is far less painful 
than many of its predecessors. 

Ease of use has obviously been the priority 
when designing the entire package and nothing 
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which can be called upon at any point with a Help 
key and mouse click combination. 

Again, to hammer the ease of use factor home, 
it's possible to add comments to files and employ 
a search key to access any patch you require. 

As you might expect from any sell -respecting 
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setup options including snapshot, setup files and 


sound sources. 

The new interface offers three separately 
addressable Midi-outs, providing a full 48 channels 
which can of course be addressed simultaneously. 
In addition to the outs the unit also offers a single 
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To operate the unit, all Bars & Pipes Pro users 
will receive an additional Midi Out tools which 
allow users to address any one of the avariable 
channels with the track of their choice by simply 
dropping the tool into the pipeline and adjusting 
output settings. 

In addition the unit also works in conjunction 


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The final hardware add-on to the Blue Ribbon 
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combination of Bars k Pipes Pro and SMPTE 
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Alas I'm still waiting for the arrival of Triple 
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Blank Disks 

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M £22 50 

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100, £40 00 

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Cheques/P.O s payable to STRICTLY PD 
rir Buy 30 or more disks for just 75p each 
tr Over 21 disks ONLY 85p EACH 
Take the 11+..* only 99 p per disk when 
you order 1 1 or more! 

ti- Orders of 10 or less pay £1 .25 per disk 
c* Please add £1 to all UK orders for first class postage. 

Orders from Europe please add 25 p per disk and 
Rest of World add 50p per disk for extra postage costs. 

« Catalogue disk available only £1 
Reviews of well over 1 000 disks + loads more 

The complete Strictly P.D, library is now available in 
Australia, To order a catalogue please send a cheque or 
postal order for $2.00 to Hargware, Dept AC, 29 Woralu St, 
Woramanga, ACT 261 1 , Australia. 


Useful Utilities (cont. 


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T-BAG 1-61 


hew Games & Education (cont 


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fuh I’nnlE i *t 

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Games compilations 


^A'-lh 1 ^ -IjALUKF TOLL - F>np. ILilly Valnrc. Tx Tax 
TI.H 1 , .AiiDdu.. iTlhclb. T.rtriL Lib: :■■■■■ TJh, 

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Lan v julbnd. Ftnnpct-r. Tllue-mixn, 'fl'dtiii, 

TdfmtfutFl 

GAMES. CADORE VOl 3: - Gmiy Want 

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Fl» LjfaiiuiHid, Eyy|H . 1:1 Silt .Miilui'fo, 

DipOtriiucy, Oiitnr Cheats 
GAMOGALOJULVQL l -Tnrfcuiiki. Mm icpdy. 
Cowrnct, M.i?cman. Syc. PIuitJi, OuJ, 12 ji 
M iiiL^e Rctlli >n. 

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rif^F - SR. Urn-. ATT 

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i.'iikk^ii M-Omnuntl Trippi™. Cavt- RumUrr. 

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:"j|K-i!i!r.iF;Mdi. F n'. rm.m H,u: 

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JJcfl. Ci^tari V^toci 

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liAiriM. Kr+s'm te^ni?|i Ap^lliikni-a: ■fl'iarxl 

FifllUtt - . 

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AiIlthiIs, IhHu^t! Jkji^n MeficlUf> 

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QnmnamJ. Iil-iulA: 1 . 

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Tiiet. PA Cinrum. 

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HI '.i. J iGAM[.:- l | i.ii. T LFjJ - Orfhf. teilk.' K Ult-V. 
MEGA L-AMIrA vijt 2 lC.i - W»M. Bill ;tnk A Tm 
MPGA GAW'SVDL jim IIau. I'iir ll. N «m & 
UTkc]. 

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■Lln.^tJnrt^■. AlKrti. 

ASxA -’ 1 '! SS G,aMI'-S 2 Gid Atliim, Mistife- 1 . milliard. 

IjiMJcts. IlLlTi'i. Mum Gail - . TTiinK .^k^J 


Music 


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itft^innkl lmli'i 

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tXltrdandLnp;. 

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rave lULdiL iftjUtvJ. Au iiiTijMflicirl by SK Mt 
ul-.iHU 4 mils 4 

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niLith: 

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miKif 

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r.i-i l- larki. 

M3ik'l TK'rt Miikh DLik * Gin id 1 1 r it| le i a I sLures. 
M4^i - Demo umpk- cli-'i ■ Gr^ai wxirxfe 

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disks including 500|+) compatibility 
where possible plus bads more. 

Meuse Mats available for 
£2.99 each 












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The Mix 


Not just 
demos! 


COMMS 


I ts Q sad fad (hot 90 per cent of BBS callers 
seem to think that a fi&$ k just a place to down- 
bad tiles from, But s fate you - and the other 
comms co/umnrs^ In other mags - have stoned 
mentioning ihcb and mar, 1 , ftw? people have iftoim 
on interest in actually reading the matt, " 

Ian Mugridge - 5ysop r The Demo Factory 

The Derno Factory is typical of the many Amiga- 
based and dedicated boards to be found all over 
the country, San Mug ridge, like most sysops, is a 
friendty chap, and very proud of his board. 

from talking to lan r and may other sysops r the 
same sort of comment crops up time and time 
again. When asked what users actually do when 
they log onto the board, Ian echoed the general 
feeling. 

II there's one thing that really annoys sysops, it 
is people who simply log on, download files r then 
log off again without even leaving a message of 
thanks. 

Most hoards have an upload/down load ratio, 
where users may download files in limited num- 
bers or size, but must upload something in fetum 
before they can get more fifes down. 

When you think about it, this is only polite any- 
way, since the user iis not paying anything 


Mix and match is the name of the game in comms, 
where you're positively encouraged to spread it 
around! Pat Winstanley explains all 


towards the sysop's costs such as a dedicated 
phone line, giant hard drive for storage and so on. 

Now uploading to keep the sysop sweet is fine 
in theory, but what if you don't have anything suit- 
able, or find that a board already has everything 
you do? 


Passing around 


One answer to this is to use several boards regu- 
larly. It's quite likely that the selections of files will 
be slightly different so you should be able to grab a 
file from each, and upload to each, in this way, you 
share the cost of passing Mies around, and yooTe 
not leaving it all to the sysops. 

incidentally, users with slow modems may find 
the cost of uploading Jots of files prohibitive. In this 
case most boards will be happy to receive your 
offerings on disk by post and sort them out for 
you. 

You will still receive upload credits, and save on 
ohone bills. \ wouldn't recommend askino for the 


national "echoes", and both are well worth join- 
ing. 

The local message areas will give you the 
opportunity to chat to other local users, and per- 
haps even meet up with them face-to-face. The 
more messages you put up r the more there is for 
other users to read, and the more they will be able 
to reply to. 

National echoes are also useful to sysops, as 
every message leaving a board carries the name 
and number of that board with it. This, combined 
with you r extremely interesting messages, wiij 
advertise the fact that the board exists, and also 
encourage other people to call in and see what's 
special about it 

Be careful though, as the sysop of your board is 
responsible for a In messages leaving his system, so 
don't swear, or libel others, or ask for 
hacking/pirating/aduEt "pen pals". Courtesy in the 
echoes is everything. 


■ it MIliehM hi IN- P»"i IH Mr.l 

Hw It <($»?:■ S 3 HM m IE 1 1 1 HZ-HE.H< 

III UiMl nLui 

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n i f i ii rri 


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The Demo factory, on seeing the name of this LL 


i 


Kjct'K I^^TtJe~bLg* 1 “ ” 
tlZlIlLI” L.LL.CCLUI: 

Ty *ll+r Ftyl * r pr.fc.^ c tr|e*lT n>m IlTi m 

t'h F-pTSwi m li ift vm 


feKferr ai Bo#<lbun: 


BBS 1 assumed that demos and pictures would 
fat the main aim of the board, Certainly a visit 
showed areas for these, but not to an over- lwl 

whelming degree. So I asked fan how the 

r, FjItl- TrAl - 5 iy.L^C hridi-U 

board gol its name, ,, w J; l m 

There is no n?al main interest area, The 
board mirrors my interest in the Amiga over 
the Iasi few years. 

J l started putting the board together in the last quarter of 1990 At 
m-h*. p^r m e^i^ that time I was inter 

r 1 1 » hHw rirtfr Cn^ic-Qh: 

ested in demos and 
1 ■ li pictures, and had 

n t^t»* uni*] mf*-* i¥7vu- written a few demos 

advertising BBS's for 

* ■* • > r* + _ j 

some Sysops, The 

■ v . i ii | i.i. | - r _fi 

name of the board 
came from the name 
- ■ if Ifem that I used for writing 

demos, 

"Over the course 


Eum i HmT ST ri 


IfV^ INI 1 1 Ur IW i- <4 !■> ‘Wl * ■ 
' *. .«*! «l .flll 


fop upici^ders and downloaded 
and thp 


i rM m-.w 


the good, the tutd 


of the last 18 months, I have developed more of 
an interest in programming utilities (first in 
Am and now in C) so I don t tend to down- 
load that many demos from other places any 
more 

iPjfc- .. L i L 


the Graffiti W.lII ii a Icncdl dial area '.vhcit you are 
trttcnirsgpd In play ^nd ctmlrltiuir 


™ hi? 


"Ai well as writing the phone book viewer 
for NComm, l wrote the utilities that produce a 
lot of the builebns on the board,. 

J 'To give you a short (&nd more usable) 
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Of course, one of the things which makes Amos so 
brilliant is its ability to slap objects on the screen 
and whizz them about as fast as you like. Normal 
Basic just doesn't cut it. 

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last, 16 colours of a 32 colour display. So if the 
sprite's palette takes some of its colours from the 
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backgrounds. 

Great care is needed in the creation of sprites. 
Bobs make use of the blitter chip in the Amiga, 
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Bobs are just like sprites, but instead of being 
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small shapes - that's a fair division of labour. One 
other thing is that sprites can be made to be big- 
ger than the limit of 16 pixels, by using what they 
call in Amos "computed sprites'". 

The computer automatically sticks sprites 
together to make bigger sprites. You can only have 
up to 128 pixels in width, as there are only eight 
hardware sprites. 

The biggest mistake people make when using 
sprites or bobs is to instantly use AMAL when in 
fact they are going to compile the program 
anyway. 

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flexible you can ignore it except for the most 
mundane tasks, and then once you've compiled 
the program, provided your code is reasonably 
sensible and well ordered that Is, the sprite will 
whizz around like nobody's business. 

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movement, which should take you about ten min- 
utes to suss, you face the prospect, of all manner of 
objects whizzing about missing each other and 
providing no information about their position or 
any entertainment value whatsoever. Which is 
where this month's program comes in. 

Obviously the sprites are from the excellent 
Sprite 600 set, available from your Amos disks or 
via one ol the various Amos PD outlets. 

In this example, the spaceship meekly waits at 
the end of the screen, and you can't move it at all. 
The alien ship comes from the right of the screen, 
and when the ship h touched by the alien it 
explodes beautifully. First, all the usual setup stuff. 

Screen Open C,322,2 CD/d,ld^ f 0S 
Curs Qfl ; Flash Off ; Hi He : Lb 0 

OK, so far so good. All the image information 


Phil South chases some objects around the 
screen and asks them, "where are you going, 
0 little brightly coloured thingies?" 





for the explosions etc are in the sprite files, and 
like other examples which use the example sprite 
files, the sprites are loaded one after the other 
into the same sprite bank, 

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If you wanted to make this program a little bit 
easier to handle - and cut out the wait for the 
sprites to load from disk - you should load them 
in direct mode and save them off with the 
program. 

Td be really kind you could load the sprite files 
into the bank, merging them by adding the posi- 
tive number to the end of the filename, and then 
save off the bank to efisk as a new ASK file. 


Gtt sprit* Paint* 
Double- Buffer 


Once we have loaded the sprites we've set up 
DOUBLE BUFFER to prevent any flickering of the 
sprites, and GET SPRUE P ALETTE will make sure 
our Sprites are the same colours as they should 
be. 

In this case, the sprites are from the same set 
so they are all the same colours. If your sprites are 
of different palettes, you may have to re-edit 
them and alter the palettes to fit. 

B:«t IXSflL 
Bob ZjjDjQ, 

Slarrd N 
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Next we set up the initial positions of the 
bobs, and then define a variable as shared for the 
position of the bob in the proc called 
.ALIEN MOVE. 

The reason this variable is shared is that the 
proc is called each time the bob is moved, and so 
the variable has to be defined outside the Proc. 

If the variable isn't shared then it is always 0, 
as it never gets defined according to the Proc. In 
this case this means that the sprite would sud- 
denly turn up in the same position as the ship 
and explode the ship right away, rather than 
travelling gently across the screen. 

It r s an early bug in this routine, which is how 
come I know about ft! Next we loop. 


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of the program, calling procs and then looping 
back to the start again. 

Each time it calls the ^ALIEWMGVE proc the 
alien moves to the left. Each rime the „$HIPANIM 
proc is called the ship's tail flame animates.. 

This is an example of animation without using 
AMAL. At the bottom of the proc we have the 
collision detect routine which wifi trigger the Proc 
called _VOUREDEAD when the alien makes con- 
tact with the ship. So add the procs: 

Procedure jULIIIMTE 
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m 2, MM 

End Proc 


Prwtdure 3 H]?AHJI 
For 1=11 To 21 

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And that 1 5 that. The ^YOUREDEAD proc makes 
a boom noise and then animates the explosion 
sequence from the sprite bank. This won't work if 
the sprites are any others than the ones specified, 
as they have specific images in the bank which do 
certain jobs. 

The sprite movement is a little jerky, even with 
double buffering. But you can pep this up a little 
bit with careful program structure. As usual, with 
any kind of coding planning is everything, and 
you have to carefully trace all your procs and: 
loops to make sure that nothing is happening out 
of turn and every routine is working efficiently. 

Obviously all these problems vanish to a cer- 
tain extent when you compile a program. 

# PM 5oirl/t is the author of the book Mastering 
Amiga Amos out this Aufumr? from Bruce Smith 
Booh 


The main loop of the program is the DO LOOP, 
which will go on forever until the CTRL-C combo 
is pressed. The loop runs through the main parts 


Write stuff 

If you have an Amos question, then please 
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Using photographs 


Ben Pointer describes how to calculate scaling 
percentages when using traditional cut-and-paste 


going to learn how to do. 

The materials required 
are the photograph (of 
course), some tracing 
paper, a soft and fairly 
sharp pencil (HB will do), 
and a ruter with millime- 
tres marked on it. 

Look at figure I. Place 
the tracing paper over 
the photograph and me 
some paper dips to pre- 
vent the tracing paper 
from slipping - use a 
photocopy of the photo- 
graph it you are warned 
that you might damage 
it. 



flfcjiATF L- To find the height d & rectcrngukif 
ili'i^J nr|Fpff w.'.-m rtULKtO to 0 grveft width (1} 


S o you've got this smashing photograph 
and you want to include it in your publics 
tion. The trouble is it's a large print and 
you want to publish it much smaller What do you 
do? 

W«l, you could use your hand scanner to scan, 
save and Import it on to the page as an IFF-ILBM 
graphic and scale it Lo the required size. 

Ah, but the part of the photograph you are 
interested in is wider than the head of the hand 
scanner, which means you'll have to do it in two 
strips and then attempt to "glue" them together. 
You've played this game befofe and it takes ages to 
get it right. And the printed results aren't all that 
hat either. 

5igh, If only you had a 24-bit A4 flatbed scan- 
ner. One day maybe, when the Pools comes up.,.. 

In the meantime, the solution is to use the tradi- 
tional "cut-and-paste jr method - leave a hole on 
your desktop published page that is the exact size 
you want to publish the photograph, and then 
paste the picture into place later. 

Black dots 

Now, before the page goes off tor mass repro- 
duction this photograph will have to be 
"screened 1 r a process whereby the image is pho- 
tographed through a fine mesh in order to convert 
the picture into an image that consists strictly oi 
black dots - no solid greys or colours. 

Viewed from reading distance these patterns of 
dots produce the impression of solid levels of grey. 
You see this technique in action every day in your 
newspapers. Most High Street copy shops should 
be able to screen photographs for you, 

While the photograph is being screened, it is a 
simple job to reduce or enlarge it. So the problem 
of getting the big print to fit into the smaller space 
is solved. But in order to plan layouts that contain 
scaled photographs you need to know how much 
space they arc going ta occupy. That's what we're 


Draw the lines AB and AC - that's from point A 
to point B all the way down the left of the photo- 
graph and from point A to point C all the way 
along the bottom of the photograph. 

Now draw the diagonal line BF - from the bot- 
tom left-hand -comer to the top right-hand corner 
of the photograph. 

At this point you need to know what width you 
intend publishing the illustration. For the sake of 
argument let's say the width as 90mm. 

In Figure I this width is marked as {?ltalics} 
x.[?nmmaf) So measure 90mm along the bottom 
line (EC) and draw a vertical Sine up from that point 
(DE). 

Tfie point at which the diagonal BF crosses the 
vertical DE is the height the illustration will be if it is 
reduced to 90mm wide. So now you know what 
size hole to leave on your desktop published page. 


The scaling figure will be expressed as a percent- 
age of the original,. It's a simple calculation that 
can be done on any packet calculator. For exam- 
ple, let's say that the original is 127mm wide and 
we are reducing to 90mm. 

The calculation is NewWidth divided by 
OriginalWidth, times 100. So that's 90 divided by 
12?, times 1 00, which equals 71 per cent to the 
nearest whole percent 

WeTe using millimetres here, but you can use 
any measurement system you like - just stick to the 
■"NewWidth divided by Original Width, times 100" 
formula, 

Reducing from 7in lo 2m, for example, calcu- 
lates to 2 divided by 7 times 100, which equals 29 
per cent to the nearest who% percent. 



Cropping and scaling 


Of course you may want to crop the picture 
as well as scale it, and the same principle as 
that detailed in the main article applies. 

Look at Figure ll- Draw a rectangle on your 
tracing paper that is the exact size of the 
area to be filled on the desktop published 
page (ABCH). 

Extend the bottom line (Bt) out to the 
right beyond the rectangle, and extend the 
left-hand line (BA) up beyond the rectangle. 

Now draw a diagonal line from B going 
through H, and again extend it beyond the 
rectangle. Lay the tracing paper exactly over 
the part of the photograph you want to pub- 
lish so that the left and bottom lines are 
where yau would crop the picture. 

Select the point on the right of the picture 
at which you want lo crop and draw a verti- 


cal tine that jo-ins the bottom line to the 
diagonal (lj). 

Now draw a horizontal line that joins the 
left-hand line AB to point | on the diagonal. 
The rectangle BIJK marks the area that has to 
be cropped to fit the area ABCH when 
reduced. 

The reducing percentage figure is arrived 
at the same way as before, using the width of 
the picture after cropping as the 
Origioah/Vidth figure. 

If the Illustration is irregular in shape - for 
example let's say you are stripping out a head 
and shoulders from a photo by cutting care^ 
fully around the outline of the figure - then 
you can scale in exactly the same way by sim- 
ply drawing a rectangle on a piece of tracing 
paper around the extremities of the image. 


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CDTV invariably lost out.. 


Since then, however, there have been a number 
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RaLher than take the traditional approach of 
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interactive home entertainment system. 


Software 


For the test we must consider three facts. One, 
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able. There are for fewer CD-f titles available, and 
those that 1 looked at were typically of a poorer 
quality than those on the CDTV. 

Test criteria I set for judging quality included 
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should not only be a fun program in concept, such 
as a game, but must also be enjoyable to use. 

The user interface must be simple, respond 
quickly to commands and be obvious. The CDTV 
with its Amiga graphical operating system would 
seem to be better able to handle this kind of "fun" 
interface or the CDTV programmers were more in 
tu ne with what I classified as a "fun"' interface. 

It's not really surprisingly that CDTV has more 
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that it's been available for longer. However the tact 
remains that fight now this is the case and as such 
the CDTV is one up! 

Given that both systems are intended for family 
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Roth CDTV and CD-I can be used as CD players. 
For educational purposes, CDTV with the availabil- 
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pling hardware wins. 

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FMV means that the CDTV/CD-I players will be 
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While CDTV will have some Form of moving 
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one-third-of-a-screen chunks for a while and as such 
is not true FMV. Philips on the other hand were 
more positive and as such win this round. 

I had both machines for two days. Having put 
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the worst test any claimed entertainment system 
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and Spotty teenagers on them and asked which 


pected and also interesting. After five hours I 
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carded in a corner whilst the other was being 
pulled at From ail directions. 

What actually greeted me was two units in a cor^ 
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watching Alien! 

The older children were most helpful with the 
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Moribund marketing 


Like many Amiga users JVe watched Commodore's progress in promot- 
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ogy employed has been g®od, their marketing has been sadly lacking. 

For instance, Amiga dealers were first told they wouldn't be aloud to 
sell it, then they could but it must not he placed near or described as an 
Amiga, 

Finally, to really rub sail into the wounds, Commodore derided that 
the CDTV was actually an Amiga and told dealers to sell it as such. This 
Commodore had the nerve to say was a planned marketing program! 

Surprisingly there are still a lot of dealers selling the Amiga - would 
you after that kind of treatment? - and there is a very strong community 
of users and developers. 


they found more enjoy- 
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Ihv children ranged in 
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slime jieliy to Sonic the 
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Obviously the CDTV hav- 
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The outcome 1 was uncx- 


Users you and me, who are likely to buy one of 
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will have already bought a CD player, a computer 
and possibly a games console. So far, neither CD-i 
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already seen or got. 

Roth these units., while being portrayed as home 

entertainment systems and multimedia consumer 

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products, have yet to get any applications which 
reaFly provide this. 

In short, if these systems are to be successlul the 
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developers. Some new, interesting applications that 
while not necessarily new in concept need to Fully 
utilise the resources they have available - and thus 
be Original - Fiave to be written. 

Let's face it, if you've got hundreds ol 
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/\ ice machine, shame about the price point. This- was 
1 l|\ the general conclusion among many industry 
^^^/observcrs when the A3OG0 was released at its 
^^ridiculously high price of almost £3,000, The new 
A4G00. selling to business users for about £2,000, should 
hopefully avoid the same response. 

As a machine selling to the high-end corporate user with 
top quality presentation or multimedia needs in mind, the 
A4GQ0 is a very attractive buy. 

As a punter product, however, forget it. The machines 
only significance to the vast majority of us is as a platform 
□n which the latest Amiga technology can be tested. 

New* mid- range machines should soon be announced, 
and will probably have been given their official debut by the 
time you read this column. 

It is these machines, be they die fabled A1 200, A220G, or 
A8Q0, which the masses (you and me) will see as the real 
alternative to the A5QO and A60G. 

The last year has seen the Amiga range grow and spread 
into new areas with the release of the Amiga CDTV, A6GG, 
and now the A4Q0Q, and the constant flak Commodore 
have drawn from confused punters and bitter developers 
should soon abate, 

What has become dear is that the Amiga range now 
otters more choice and caters for more budgets than ever 
before. 

Startling at £300 tor the basic AbOO. the cheapest Amiga 
ever, rising through the newly discounted A! 500/2000 and 
A3000 machines to the A4000, the range needs only the 
new mid-range machine to be complete. 

Add to this the CDTV options and you have infinitely 
more to choose from than Amiga owners ot two years ago, 

Commodore recently dropped the price of the A3G0Q to 
something approaching realistic levels when it became dear 
that Few people wanted to buy the machine, and even 
fewer would as the A4000 r s release loomed ever closer. 

Why pay £2.500 nr more For a machine with apparently 
lower spec than a 486 PC costing half as much? 

If Commodore can apply the same thinking to the 
A 1200, and bring an AA chipset machine with separate key- 
board, hard drive, and at least limited expansion capabilities 
to Che general enthusiast market for less than £1,000, the 
Amiga's future as Britain's most popular home computer is 
assured. No other machine, despite Alan's hopeful claims 



for Lhe Falcon, could compete. In addition, those consider- 
ing the move to PCs will be Forced to think again, and it the 
vague rumours of a sub-£1 r 000 AA chipset games machine 
are true, the 1935 Amiga games market could quickly 
become the most vibrant around. Given the fight condi- 
tions, the next year or two could be the best of the Amiga's 
life. 

Of course, existing owners will feel left out. a fact which 
is not helped by Commodore's refusal so far to discuss AA 
chip upgrades far older machines- 

However, the company have on several occasions offered 
trade-in deals, such as the current CDTV offer,, which could 
ease the transition tor A5G0 owners to the new machines. 
With a sensible upgrade policy such as this, there is no rea- 
son to leaf the fragmentation of the Amiga market into oW 
and new. 

Thanks to the AA chipset, the Amiga's future in produc- 
hviLy areas such as DTP and video has never looked: more 
promising. Full colour DTP capability and near-broadcast 
quality graphics in a standard machine could make the A A- 
e quipped Amiga a viable alternative to the even more 
expensive Apple Macintosh and boost the machine's 
already solid image in the video world, 

Commodore have never appeared too bothered with the 
semi-pro and amateur enthusiast market but the larger 
retainers are beginning to realise that there is life between 
the ga mes player and the corporate executive. 

More bundles, better marketing, and a maturing Amiga 
audience should in combination ensure that 1 993 turns out 
to be a good year tor everyone interested in the Amiga as a 



Is Commodores Grand Pricing 
Plan beginning to make sense? 

computer rather than a games console. 

Let's just hope Commodore see things thaL way. We should 
have the official announcement of any new Amiga released 
before Christmas in the next issiiE of Amiga Co^nptJfjnj. 

Our predictions a re tor a machine in a thin "pizza box' 1 -style 
casing running from a 68020 or 68030 with IDE hard drive 
support exactly like the A600. 

The AA chips will be present, and the machine will have 
1 Mb chip RAM with SIMM sockets on the motherboard For the 
direct installation of another 1Mb chip RAM and up to 16Mb 
fast RAM, 

PCMCIA smart card technology will be used (Commodore 
are pushing this heavily at the moment), but there will be at 
most two Zorro tfots- in the ose and, if some reports are true, 
there might be none at all 

If this is the case, some users (and a great many pundits) 
will compbin about Lhe machine's expandability. 

However, earlier rumours about a second desktop-cased 
machine with more expandability might pan out. This 
approach would give users the choice of sticking with a 
cheaper machine or paying more for expandability. 

in effect, the level of punter choice will be vastly greater 
than It was in the old days when the A5Q0 and the A2GQQ 
were the only machines within the public's price bracket. 


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December JP92 





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Gallery 


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If the word database lilts you with the kind SKCitemcni usually 
reserved for painting, banisters and hanging wallpaper, cht follow- 
ing spoclighc on Gallery - the all-new database From Helios 
Software could inspire evBn the mast anarchic Amiga user to 
bring a little order into a turbulent world. 

If truth be told, no matter how amaiing a database may be, 
rt's applications that count. On the whole the average datable is 
a dull beast with. only the high-entf packages offering the kind of 
designer whistles and bells capable of producing even the slight- 
est glimmer of excitement in the Form of interactive sound and 
graphic support, 

Many of the mid-range packages such ai FYodaca offer unbeat- 
able number crunching power but fall woefully short as far as 



looks and flexibility are concerned. Gallery on the other hand 
has all the looks you could ever want but does sacrifice a little of 
the pure power provided by its ugly but efficient counterparts 
As you can probably tell From the screenshots, Gallery is very 
much a personal data bait.’ organiser rather than a business 
application. 

If you have graphics, sounds and titbits of text which need 
either to be scored separately or appended together, it's ideal. 



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world of hardware and 
software as it happens 


This is illustrated perfectly fey the example database that comes 
as part of the package In this particular Index a series of British 
birds have been compiled employing all the program's available 
options. 

Initially you are presented with the basic information on a 
particular record with a selection of the standard fields. 

Below the fields lurk the sound, text, view and tag options 
which toggle between Review, which obviously activates the 
particular option. Attach which allows you to append new text, 
graphics or sound, and finally Remove which obviously deletes 



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the element pf your choice To apply either Che Review, Attach 
or Remove options, all you do is toggle the button and dick on 
a particular choice. Moving, copying, cutting, and the addition of 
new records h equally simplistic, as indeed are all the program's 
controls. 

The beauty of the system is this constant adhesion to a user 
friendly design, Actually using the software wouldn't be beyond 
the average five year old but it must be said the pleasant if 
rather juvenile look of che interface does drive die user friendly 
approach of your new "caring sharing database" a little too 
firmly home. 

Although this doesn't affect the performance I can’t help 
feeling a slightly more business-lrke look have attracted a few 
more serious punters. 

Although not blessed with the filter options of the 
SuperBase range, file handling is reasonably well catered For 
with searching sorting and tagging option? all catered for within 
dedicated setup screens. 

Aside from simply viewing the various components of 3 
database from the comfort of the main screen, it's also possible 
to view ail the elements of the record as part of an combined 
slideshow with samples, text and graphics all playing their part 
in the action. Designer preferences can be appended to the 


Talking to other machines has always been a necessary 
evil with the majority of businesses adopting the archaic 
PC as the centre pin of their npe ration s. 

Due to this sad state of affairs, PC emulation has 
always been a part of the Amiga scene. Unfortunately in 
the past this usually meant investment in expensive 
additional hardware. 

IF full emulation wasn't require thing* wereiVt quite 
a* bad thanks lo a whole host of Amiga to PC file con- 
version programs available as both commercial and 
P Df shareware releases. 

Rather than allowing emulation* these programs 
merely allow the Amiga to read, write, copy and format 
MS-DOS disks. As a result, any blank Amiga floppy can 
he re-formatted 35 an MS-DOS disk and* in the case of 
CrossDos* ST disks as well. 

These can then he filled with Amiga data in a PC, 'ST 
readable format and transported to an appropriate 
machine with ease. 

Although available for a long time as an unofficial 
option on the Amiga, Commodore have only recently 
decided to take this up and implement the CrossDos 
option within Workbench 2.1 and above. 

With this new version of Workbench defining a 
floppy as a PC drive is simply a matter of dropping the 
appropriate driver into the DevsJDosDrives draw on the 



new Workbench, 

As a result, whenever a PC disk is inserted into the 
specified drive it will be recognised and ready to write 
Amiga files in a PC format or offer PC hies to the 
Amiga, 

Unfortunately for the creators of CrossDo* vS, 
Commodore's Sudden interest in file transfer is a little 
unfortunate. But even 
with the introduction of 
the new Workbench all 
i* not lost as of course 
any would-be users have 
to make the upgrade to 
Workbench 2, 1 when it 
becomes available. 

Secondly, the new 
Consuftron release not 
only provides CrossDus 
hut also boasts CrossPC 
as part of the package. 

As mentioned earlier, 

PC emulation usually 
requires additional hard- 


ware hut in the case of Cross PC emulation is provided 
by software with no additional hardware necessary. 

Obviously software emulation doesn't offer all the 
features of specialised hardware but even so the bene- 
fits can Still be impressive. Once installed - preferably 
on 3 ford disk - CrossPC allows IBM PC- XT software to 
run on a standard machine. 

Although power applications are still way out of 
reach numerous PC programs will still run on a system 
equipped with the CrossPC while still maintaining lull 

multitasking with existing 
Amiga software. 

It's possible to boot 
from 3 MS-OS hard drive 
partition and thanks to an 
optimised version the 
package is perfectly happy 
running on fi BOIG.’l 0/40 
machine. 

Once active the pro- 
gram will provide emula- 
tion for CVA video, mono 
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hard disks, use of floppies, 
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software with definable screen layouts md default files loaded 
an boot-up. Printing again is well catered for with a whole 
host of options including label priming and lull control over 
page layout and type style. 

With all of the .ahove screaming the praises of the soft- 
ware it seems that Gallery is a must for an Amiga owner who 
longs for a little organisation. 

Alas there's one area in which Gallery is unbelievably bad! 
The hard drive install script is nothing shon of laughable. In 
fact to call the aforementioned Hie an installation stripe is 
something of a misnomer. The script itself simply informs you 
co copy ell the necessary files manually and of course add all 
your own assigns while you're at It. 

In addition, the suggested assigns mean that all your system 
files are assigned to- the new ones created within the Gallery 
directory. 

As a result, whenever you quit the program your machine 
will still assume that such vital directories as C still reside 
solely within che Gallery directory. 

Because of this clumsy oversight, whenever you try to 
employ programs that reside within the real system directo- 
ries no end of problems can ensue - especially on 1.3 
machines. This tack of the basics of Ami^aDQS is a common 




problem for programmers who code in a dedicated language - 
in this case Helios Forth, 

With the ever-expanding number of hard drive users out 
there, a decent HDinstali script i$ essential. This particular 
problem has to be addressed before I could honestly recom- 
mend this otherwise excellent product to anyone with a hard 
disk at the centre of their system. 



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GigaMem 

Virtual reality is and has been the biggest buzzword for longer 
than many of us would care to recall. But ii's not the only vir- 
tual option in The computing world 

In fact virtual memory, although less well known m the 
media, is becoming more and more popular especially on the 
Amiga, primarily because of the 24-bit graphics explosion 
which has engulfed the machine. 

Several power image processing and paint packages such ns 
ImageFX and OpalPaint already make extensive use of virtual 
memory. 

But perhaps Che heaviest users of virtual memory are the 
growing band of direct-to-disk sample retarding systems. 
Software and hardware combinations such as the SunRJie 
industries Studio 12 ind Studio rely entirely on virtual 
memory to store the huge samples created by the hardware. 

In simple terms, virtual memory simply replaces or supple- 



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considers to be part of available RAM. 

Unfortunately until the release of GigaHem virtual memory 
has only been available to specific programs with the option 
built in as standard. 

Now BSC Software hope to faring The virtual world of 
almost limitless RAM to us all. 

This new program will allow up to I gigabyte of virtual 
memory spate on either a hard drive partition or Swap file. On 
the hardware side you'll need a suitably siieable hard disk 
housed within a machine boasting a SSfllD. -TBd or -G4C CPU 
with a built-in memory management unit (MMU), 

1? any one of che above elements are missing, GigaMem will 
not work. ]f your machine is fitted with an accelerator, ft's 
essential that you check that an MMU is present, as it is vital to 
GigaMem operation. 

Vou cm check this by either consulting the manual or alter- 
natively running system cheeking software such as Syslnfo or 
AIBB4. 

Both of the these programs have been featured on our 
CoverDisk and are widely available within the public domain, 

Once the software is installed on your system a separate 

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mouse emulation plus access to 2Q4k of me mory. 

If you want to emulate full emulation you II 
require a copy of tNs MS-DOS operating system which as 
you've probably guessed doesn't come as part of the 
package. 

Unlike previous attempts at emu latino and file trans- 
fer systems, the CrossDos and Cross PC package is very 
simple to Install and operate and appears to incorporate 
seamlessly into the Workbench environment. 

A perfect example is floppy access^ which remains 
transparent to both systems. As a result, even when a 
floppy is configured to recognise PC dbk= it still operates 
perfectly as an Amiga drive just as before. 

Obviously such software has its limitation* but if 
you're looking for a way to work and communicate with 
the world of the PC without a huge investment in PC 
hardware this new compilation is perhaps the perfect 
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preferences program allow? you to specify where the virtual 
memory stone Is to he, its side, the accompanying buffer size 
and che programs that will make use of it. 

As mentioned earlier, this storage area can either be a swap 
file or entirs partition, Given the choice the partition option 
is definitely t be more preferable of the two 

As you might hmsgine, any virtual memory system means a 
lot of data is conjointly being written to the disk and as a result 
error? and crashes are a real risk. 

If for example a validation , checksum or any other such 
problem appears, all that will be lost within a dedicated parti- 
tion will be the data present m VRam. 

If however problems arise within a swap file, the whole hard 
disk or partition of which it is a part may need to be 
re-forma iced. 

I'm not implying that GigaMem is prone to such problems 
but it only requires one error using the swap file system and a 
lot of valuable data may be lost 

Although GigaMem may seem like a dream come true to 
those among you who are thoroughly skk of wc of memory 
messages, it's not all plain sailing. 

For example. Sett ng up the system can be a tricky business 
as more often chan not the software requires you to make 
alterations to die partition masks cm all the hard drives within 
your system. Once active, the software insists chat all devices 
musL have a zero in the first digit of their mask. 

In order to make such chances you must load up che parti- 
tioning software compatible with each hard disk and make the 
necessary alterations to che mask manually. If you're not partic- 



ularly well versed in AmrgaDos and hard drive installation I’d 
seriously chink about some expert advice before attempting 
such alterations. 

The creators of GigaMem claim compatibility with all exist- 
ing bard drive controllers. although I did encounter a few prob- 
lems with a controller on an ageing TrumpCard in the office. 

I also installed the software on an Amiga 3000. Although it 
seemed happy to show che addition memory in the Workbench 
title bar, it displayed a distinct dislike when it came to 
employing it 

In short, GigaM^m is the kind of software that requires a 
certain amount of ,Mne to tinker and come co tprms with, If 
you're new to che machine, a good old fashioned hard-wired 
RAM upgrade would be a better choice, especially if your mem- 
ory needs aren’t likely to stretch into double figures. 



TruePrjnt24 

IF there's one area of computing that causes more heartache 
chan any other it’s printing, and if there's one area of this 
dreaded pastime that causes more anguish than most its the 
priming of graphics. 

In the past, graphic printing via Workbench preferences has 
been a hit and miss exercise at best The main cause of less 
chan spectacular results has been the built-in limitation of just 
I 6 shades of grey when printing greyscale images. 

This previously unavoidable limitation is caused by the 
Workbenches maximum of just four bitplanes per primary 
colour, A similar problem occurs when dealing with colour 
output, which via preferences is limited to just 1 2 bits- 

Obvtcmsly with the Amiga 2 * -bit graphics explosion of 
recent times, image quality has become all Important With the 
addition of TmePrmT24, the real potential of the Amiga as a 
printing environment i$ revealed. 

For example, when printing greyscale images the use of 
eight bits per primary colour as opposed to four means 256 
levels of greyscale rather than 16. 

Even on daisywheel printers, output is improved immensely 
and offers 32 greyscales on machines designed specifically for 
text only applications. 

The same degree of improvement also applies to colour 
images. Obviously the improved colour quality is pretty difficult 
to relate on a mono page but to give you an idea the difference 
is akin to that between a Ham and a 24-bit on-screen graphic. 
Aside from a basic improvement In print quality, TruePrint24 

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Tin boxes 


Adverts for pieces of hardware similar to 
this are always rucked away in the back 
of the magazine because they are not 
accepted 35 '"p roper" peripherals. 

But we endeavour to bring a stop to 
such ignorance so we've done the decent 
thing and got some deskffnachine organ- 
ise rt in for a closer look. First we ll deal 
with the box that houses the A5GG vari- 
ant. 

I unplug everything and slip in the 
A5Q0 h replacing the monitor on the shelf 
provided h plug everything back in and 
boot up- 

Then all of a sudden a shadow falls 
over the AC office, the bent and twisted 
forms of the editorial team recoil in hor- 


ror from a thing that has never existed in 
the office before, a thing so alien that it 
strikes terror into the hearts of the AC 
staff - ihat thing caJlerf Tidy... 

The actual Physical make-up of the o-nx 
is pretty boring. It 3 * one continuous sheet 
of metal that has a lip to hold the front of 
the Amiga steady. 

The sheet goes right under the 
machine and curls back over the top leav- 
ing a gap of about I .Sin to Fee the machine 
breath. 

The actual box is coated with a plastic- 
looking substance which fortunately is the 
same colour as you Amiga. The Hat sur- 
face on the top allows you to place your 
telly or monitor directly on top of the 
machine - this really doos conserve space. 

All in all, it*s a simple but effective 
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the machine any harm but I still 1 would 
rather have the monitor supported inde- 
pendently and without it pressing on the 
machine like the 600 box. 

Another aspect of the 600 box I liked 
was the little shelf just above the machine 
- it's perfect for storing disks you use reg- 
ularly, or for a place to stick yOur Mars 
Bar at short notice. 


cleanliness. If you've got a yearning for a 
tidy desktop, this IS just about the perfect 
peripheral. 

Next up is the A600 box. It looks 
slightly better, mostly for having some 
plastic edging designed to stop the box 
sliding around. 

And of course thanks to the Jack of the 
ASOO's numeric keypad there's a fair 
amount of space saved in relation to its 
ageing counterpart 

Instead of being one continuous sheet 
like the A50G it's actual been built up 
from various parts. And the variation in 
design doesn't stop there as there are a 
couple of vents on the Side of thE casing 
to stop the machine from overheating. 

The A5&Q box supports the monitor by 
a metal beam that runs the width of the 
box. This exerts pressure on the top of 
the machine. It’s unlikely that this does 


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Amiga 60C £Cal£ 

Arnica 60QHD £Call 

Amigo 1500 £Call 

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Amiga & Monitor £Coll 


Colour Monitors 


Accessories 


Auto M/J Switch £12-49 

Amiga to Philips MMl £5.99 

Amiga to Sony Start £8,99 

Amigo to Scarf £7,99 

Parallel Printer £3.99 

All Serial Cobles £6.99 

Cilice n Swift Stand £24,99 

Mouse Mot £2.75 

Squick Mouse £8.99 

Tec hnoPlus Mouse £13.99 


Amiga 500 Soft Cover £3,25 
Amiga 600 Soft Cover £4.25 
TracJor 3.5 r labels a IK £9.99 


Commodore 10B4SD2 £197 

PhilipsCMaB33 Mk»t £197 


Memory Products 


512 Exp 4 Clock £29.99 

512 Exp £24.99 

1Mb Simms (70NS| £25.99 

4Mb Si nn ms |7QN S j £ 1 1 0 . 00 

A600 1Mb E*p + Clock £44.99 
A5QG+ 1 Mb Exp £36.99 


GVP Hard Drives 


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Discs & Boxes 


Highest Quality Bulk Discs 
50 x J. 5" Bulk Discs £23 .50 
100 x3.5" Bulk Discs £45.25 

200 x 3.5" Bulk Discs £69.50 

500 x 3.5" Bulk Discs £176.25 
1000 x 3.5" Bulk Discs £356.75 


B0 Cap Disc Box £4.99 

Ppsso 150 Cop Box £ 1 9,99 


Bubble Jet Printers 


CononBJlOex £225.00 

1 Oex Sheet F eed £5 8 , 99 

Caron 6J300 £359.00 

Caron BJ330 £469.00 

BJ Ink Cartridges £Coll 


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3.45 

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£.90 

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3.36 

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E.I! 

1.97 

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3.46 

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Connects 064 printers to the Amiga 

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Transfers C64 disk files to the Amiga 

* File transfer programs * Read Write text, binary & program files 
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also provides the abi E iry no print poster-sued prints on a stan- 
dard printer, This Is achieved by defining the site of poster 
required and then splitting the image of the number of separate 
pages required to print the desired image, 

Using this pro cess it's possible to print images chat measure 
up to an almost unbelievable 999 x 999in, The various compo- 
nent pages can then he joined together billboard style and 
posted. 

This billboard approach is at its best when applied to 14-bit 
files as implied by the programs title. If you re willing to make 


the necessary investment in colour cartridges the effect can be 
amazing, especially when you consider the four-colour, non- 
Postscript source. 

The software itself unlike many printing uti icies, is very sim- 
ple to use and once your preferences are set the main screen 
can be dosed down. This leaves you with what’s called an 
Applcon which happily sits on the Workbench screen. 

Wrth a double click the full TruePrint!4 screen reappears, 
but even better still if you happen to have an image ready for 
printing all you do is pick it up and drop it into the Applcon 
which instantly Initiates the printing process with the pre- 


defined settings. In simple terms* it's an instant pseudo-trashcar 
chat prints instead of bins its contents. 

As you might expect, a whole host of dithering options art 
available with Floyd Steinberg - two variants of halftone, 
ordered, horizontal* vertical and so on. There's even an Asci’ 
print option which older readers may remember uses the Aso 
character set to emulate tonal differences within the image 
ideal for saving ink on large poster prims 

Obviously the basics are also catered for with vertical and 
horizontal orientation, keep or Ignore aspect, princ offsecs 
ruler formats plus a selection of additional options which allow 
colour* contrast and Gamma levels to be adjusted prior to 
printing, 


Bitmapped 

Although the title implies that 24-bit images are the basic 
food stuff of the software, it's equally a! home with bitmapped 
graphics and wilt happily print any IFF image when necessary. 

As a quality image printing environment, TruePrmt is unri r 
vailed among the ever-growing band of norvPostscripc printing 
utilities. 

If A5DG do the decent thing and add an option to print 
Postscript files it would be the icing on an already mouth- 
watering confection. A5DG could find them selves sitting on a 
gold mine. 

It's true that the very latest power DTP packages such as 
FroPnge3 r 0 and PageStresml! support tiled printing a$ stan- 
dard but for users with lesser or perhaps older versions tiling 
t$ still ant of the question, If True Print! 4 could Fill this g^p in 
the market ASDG are sure to win a lot of additional rale*. 


Stiff, even without Postscript support TruePrmt24 is quite 
simply art essential for any Amiga artist who needs to produce 
quality hard copy of their creations but doesn't want the 
expense of investing in a Postscr-pt-compatibli printer. Highly 





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Protext 5.5 

For lcwi| ch-o Amiga's premier word processor, Pretext is still the 
most powerful, though lacking many of the features found in 
Wysiwyg pacloges. 

Protect H fast, contains a powerful built-in macro and com- 
mand language, can produce mvoices using its line drawing 
mode, and has many of the features you'll only otherwise find in 
a PC package, such as auto numbering and self-incrementing 
variables. For business users it is the only choice. 

Disadvantages include ics limited dispiay (definitely not Wysi- 
wyg), its les s than completely friendly interface lack of graphics 
support, antf overall comp laxity, so it is perhaps not the ideal 
choice for home users. 



Wordworth I.I 

Word worth is a smooth, user-friendly word processor with 
fewer power Features than Protect but superb document design 
options and a finished output that's better chart mote. 

The pro-gram has full PostScript support and is supplied with 
the Adobe 3S font set. It also comes, complete with support for 
HO individual printers, enabling full control of built-in printer 
fonts from within a document 

The speh checker and thesaurus used is the Collins 
Linguibase (as used by Pretext), so British spellings are ehe order 
of the day. Both work very well. 

The program's disadvantages are that it can be memory hum 
gry, offers no macro facility, and can sometimes run very slowly 
when memory is tight 

Not the best WP for the office,. Wordworth IJ is better 
suited to the production of high quality PostScript documents 
Including graphics. 



Scribble 

Scribble is one of the Amiga's golden oldies and is usually sup- 
plied as pan of the Works Platinum home office package- It is a 
basic, non-wysiwyg wordproc-essor and has few, if any, whistles 
and bells., 

Most of the standard options are there including 
searchfreplace, spell checker, and word count, but its features 
are usually in die most basic form, 

Its dull looking interface, with no gadgets and all options 
restricted to menus rather like Pretext 5.5, doesn't score highly 
in these days of prettified software, but thousands of staunch 
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Firmly and assuredly sorting 
the wheat from the chaff, this 
month we turn our critical 
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If y:iu can heat these rices, give us a ring 


ProWrite 3*2 

Having recently taeen price-slashed^ ProWrite is 4 rather 
attractive buy for thoie in need of a genera! purpose WP T he 
problem with ProWrite is that it is just that - general put pose. 

It is similar id Wordworth In that it is a full wysnwyg pack- 
age with direct PostScript support and a lot of icons for stir 
dard functions. 

However, the PostScript option isn't as neatly implemented 
as the Digits offering, the program doesn't support bu It -in 
printer fonts, and it is slower, especially when graphics are 
included in a document. 

Having said all this. Pro Write is a perfectly usable package, 
and has the advantage of its ten user-rieFina^e macros which 
can be very useful with a bit of Thought on the user's part 

Like Wordworth. it has a good, though American, spell 
checker and word count, but It wiil nllO carry out Calculations 
and automatically sort a list of words in alphabetical order 



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£79.99 


Pen Pal 

Pen Pa" is one of the friendliest WPi avail ible and probably the 
best when it comes to the manipulation of graphics within 
documents. 

ft is supplied with a simple database program as an added 
extra and has excellent online help, but is certainly not for the 
business user. . 

Graphics are the program's force, as in will allow irregular 
text flow around pictures, and ie very fast when resting, relo- 
cating, and generally messing around with them. However, its 


text features are nothing; special. There's no PostScript option, 
no special printer drivers, and no custom fonts, so output on 
paper n nothing to write home about either. 



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Kindwords 2 arid 3 

Kind words 2 was a seemingly revolutionary product on its 
release, as it was one of the first Amiga packages to offer Wysi- 
wyg, custom fonts far high quality printing, graphics in documents, 
and many other features now taken for granted in later WFs, 

The reiilicy, however, is that it was very slow, likely to crash 
on a 5 I 2k machine, and plagued by bi^g*. Recommended only for 
those * th masochistic tendencies, Kindwords 2 should relay be 
allowed to die while ht still has some dignity. 

The coetp <k grace should come in th-e form of Kmdwords 3. a 
totally new product from the programmer of Wordworth, 

i ii effect. Kindwords 3 ie Wordworth without the PostScript 
support, custom printer fonts, and many other advanced features, 
vVh^s the programmers left in makes Kindwords 3 a. friendly, 
v ery usable WP available for a decent price. It has all the styte and 
fjn:cjor.niity of Wordworth even if it lacks the power features, 
ltd would serve most general home uses veiy well. 



excellence! 

excellence!” is a huge sprawling package including a 140,000 
word dictionary complete with definitions, a thesaurus, gram- 
mar checker, and PostScript support. 

k sounds like great value for money, and in some ways it h, 
bui excellence! Is in many ways over the cop and suffers in the 
basic areas ns a result. 

Advanced features include the ability to use up to four 
columns of text in a document, PostScript support using its 
own versions of popular fonts, automatic contents generation 
(of the others, only Protext does this), and graphic support, 
However, text scrolling speed is poor and the program uses a 
lot of memory. 



Silica Systems 
081-309 1 1 II 
£99.95 


New stars 

Wondprocessors to look out for m the coming month* 
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Both have DTP-1 ike features, offering PostScript, col- 
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Rodite RF382C 


If ipeed and style is what you're looking for from s floppy 
the Rodite is the drive of your dreams. The unit itself is by 
far the smallest and slimmest and fastest drive we had on 


test. 

The drive itself is roughly twice the speed of the stan- 
dard Commodore internal barely making a sound in the 
process. Unlike all the other drives the Rodite comes in a 
selection of either CDTV black or the usual vanilla of a nor- 
mal Amiga, 

Unlike several other drives the Rodite comes with both 
anti-click and anti-vims which when added to its pure ele- 
gance and speed make it a very attractive buy. 

If you're looking lor a stylish slim-line drive that can out 
pace the opposition and still retail at a respectable price 
Rodite is the answer. 



Golden Image 
3A-ID 


If you J re the sort who wants a little style along with near 
silent operation plus a fair amount of blatant gimmickry the 
Golden Image drive is perhaps the perfect combination of 
all three. 

Although by no means the smallest drive on the market 
the 3A-tD has a style all iLs own provided by a designer 
casing dominated by an LED display on the left-hand side 
of the drive which displays the track read/ right status dur- 
ing operation. 

In theory the LED is provided to monitor any virus which 
may attempt to right to the disk. In my opinion although 
handy it’s much wiser to put your software in rhe saFe 
hands of a decent virus checker, 

Mo doubt because of the LED and additional anti -click 
hardware the 3A-1D is certainly the largest single drive 
around. If you're a space conscious type this could be a 
problem but in my opinion the looks, low noise level and 
overall quality of the drive more than make up for the addi- 
tion space it occupies. 

If you're the sort who like fury dice and aren't ashamed 
to admit it the 3A-1 D is definitely the drive for you. 



Power PC880B 

Now here's a drive that's fit to burst with additional fea- 
tures. Aside from working as a standard drive the unit also 
boasts an anti-virus mode which immediately write pro- 
tects all the your floppies by completely disabling the 
write-to option. The next feature is a slightly dubious addi- 




Taking a second look at 

Hard Times this month 
covers floppy drives 



tion which takes the farm of a software/hardware copy- 
ing system entitled Blitz copy- 

As you might have guessed this isn't meant for normal 
AmrgaDGS copying tasks and that's about a far as we 
should go with this particular line of thought 

Although rather long the drive still remains surprisingly 
thin considering the amount of hardware crammed 
inside. As an all purpose drive the PCSSOfi has to be one 
□f the best buys on the market especially when Its obvi- 
ous flexibility is combined with a very reasonable asking 
price. Available in both black and vanilla. 



Zydec 

If you're repelled by the designs label look of the Golden 
image drive the Zydec offering provides the minimalist 
look and space conscious design that any environmental 
friendly Amiga user would happily swap his or her 2CV 
for. 

Although small and amazingly quiet considering the 
lack of any anti-dlek hardware the Zydec does have a few 
faults in comparison to its more bulky and feature packed 
counterparts. Because of the extremely slim design Zydec 
have been forced to add vents on the top and lo the rear 
of the drive. Although this may seem a perfectly accept- 
able design, in the cold light ol day and more precisely 
thanks to the odd cold cup of coffee the nature of the 
problem could soon rear its ugly head. 

in my personal experience floppy drives invariably see 
more coffee cups than the average coaster. As a result, 
ore minor spill could soon become a major disaster. 

If you're looking for a basic but efficient drive the 
Zydec is fine but considering the extra features on much 


of the opposition I must admit it wouldn't be my first 
choice unless desk space was extremely tight. 



Cumana 


Cumana drives have been around as long the Amiga and 
to their credit I'd be surprised if the very first unit out of 
the factory isn't still going strong, 

Strong, sturdy, reliable, boring, noisy,., in fact, we re 
talking the computing equivalent of the Volkswagen 
BeatJe. 

If you're not after the whistles and bells of more modem 
drives but simply want a drive that will last longer than you 
will the Cumana is the perfect choice. 



Power Dual Drive 


As the name suggests the second offering from Power 
Computing is a twin drive unit comprising two PC880B 
drives in one amazingly small case. 

Like Power's single drive both the drives within the Dual 
Drive unit offer the anti-click, anti-virus and of course the 
Blitz copying option. 

The drives themselves are totally inde pendent as tar as 
the Amiga is concerned and like all the others thru -ports 
and on/off switches are providEd. 

Unlike the others, however, the Dual Drive also boasts a 
separate power supply “ an extremely useful addition if 
you're machine is already heavily laden with additional 
hardware, 

It's worth stressing that ihe anti-virus option does rrat 
actually check far a viral presence. Both the single and dual 
drives simply disable the machine’s ability to write informa- 
tion to disk whether that be the Power drive or the internal. 

Because of this it's still essential that your disks are write 
protected where possible. The anti -virus option wouldn't 
know a virus if it ran up with a box of chocolates and a 
bunch of flower, it simply disables the ability to write data. 

If you're in the maricEt for a twin external system the 
Dual Drive offers a compact, economical and feature 
packed answer that avoids the power problems often 
encountered on heavily Expanded system. 



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