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Samplers • Image FX • CDTV roundup 


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Scanners 

"if your in the market for a 
hand scanner then forget the 
rest end get Powerscan" 

Amiga Format July 1992 

Power Scanner v3,0 



* 100-400 □ F I scanning resolutions 
■64 greyscales 

■ Thru'port for printer 

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


Po wer S c a n n e r v3. □ .£115 

Power Scanner Colour .£239 


Epson GT-6000 



■ 600 DPI Colour flatbed scanner 

■ 24- bit colour 

■ A4 reading area 

■ Software included 


Epson GT‘6QQ0 


£799 


Epson GT-8000 

■ 800 DPI colour flatbed scanner 

■ 24-bit colour 

■ A4 reading area 

■ Software included 

■ Amazing scan quality 


Epson GT-8000 £1199 

Upg rade Offers 

If you consider your scanner system to 
be interior to the Power Scanner, we Will 
happily upgrade your software and inter- 
face. (Power Scanner is compatible with 
most scanning heads) 
v3-Q Upgrade (me. interface). ...... .f 49,95 

v3.G Software upgrade for PowerS tanner 
users (send SAE) .* , El 5 

The Amiga can m n I y il I S d* 1 * V IE greyscales- 


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Floppy Drives 

"This drive contains more gad- 
gets than Batman's utility belt" 
Amiga Computing Febl 992 

PC8SOB Power Drive 



■ Award winning dnve manufactured by 
Power Computing 

■ Super slim design 

■ Anti-click (Cures that annoying click! 

■ Virus blocker (Prevents viruses! 

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■ Built-in backup hardware 

PC880B with Blitz Amiga EbO 

PC8B0B with Blitz & XCopy — .£75 

PC08DB (Cyclone compatible) 1 ..£65 

PQJ8PB m black case £65 

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Power Drives 

PC88QE Economy drive £49.95 

PC 881 A500 Internal drive .£40.00 

PC 802 A2000 Internal drive ..£45.00 

Dual Drive 

■ Twd high quality disk drives built into 
one compact unit 

■ Same features as PC86QB 

Dual drive ...£125 

Blitz Amiga 

■ Backup disks at lightning speeds 

* Stops all external drives from clicking 
■Contains a mi -virus from being written 
into the boetblocker 

Blitz Amiga £20 

1.44MB Power Drive 

■ 1.44MB disk drive 

■ High density floppy disk drive 

1.44MB Power Drive £POA 

PCMCIA Memory 


• Ultra Slim memory cards 
■1MB&2MB 
■ For A60CVA 1200 

1 MB Memory card ,..£ PO A 

2MB Memory card £POA 


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RAM Expansions 
A6QO Memory Cards 



1MB BAM with dock .,£39 

1MB RAM without dock £3 4 


PC5Q1+ RAM Card 

Our RAM board is designed especial' , 
tor the A5MGi+ computer and comes with 
1MB of RAM on board to expand yoi. 1 
memory to 2MB of chip RAM, Plug -in 
go operation (Fits into the trapdoor! 

PC5D1+ RAM card £35 

8MB for any ASOO 

■ Plugs into side slot, fully auto config 
thru'port. Expand 2MB-8MB 

2MB £109 4MB £169 8MB £2 

1 x 4ZIP chips £14, 

2MB for any A5QO 

■ Economy 2MS RAM externally case: 
-16-chip (1x1 DIP! 

■ No thru' port 


2MB RAM 


1.5MB RAM Board 

■ Fully supports 1MB Of chip RAM 

■ Fully compatible with Fatter Agnus 

jftickElart 1.3- and above, not corrpabbf b wiLh A50D* i 
jfGwr Amiga needs id ae opmed, this rn a v elf-ad your 

1.5MB FI AM board 


1MB with Thru d port 

■ Expand your A50Q s memory up to a 
total of 2MB without disposing of yoi r 
existing 51 2K upgrade 
■Works with 1MB of Chip RAM 

• F. 1 7 K HAM must he % cHiipiypeor not exceeding 9c m m 
i You - Am j | .is iu.'ihtIk in In: ixii^ ii^il. rths may ertecryow W- 


1MB with thru'port 


£r 


A500 RAM Card 

- 51 2K RAM expansion with clock 3 • 1 
software (A500+ compatible) 

51 2K RAM (4 chip) 

51 2K RAM without dock ... 

512K RAM (16 Chip! with clock 
512K RAM (16 chip! without dock 


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M Sharer 




ASOO Hard Drives 


The Power BBS 


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

* One of the most advanced kicks tart 
RDM sharers available 

■ A clever design on a small reliable 
board 

* Fits AS0Q p A500+, At 500 

■ Kickstart ROM can be selected from the 
keyboard 

B No messing about with switches 
1 Ho "CIA adaptor' or other trailing wires 

■ Jumper to select which ROM boots on 
switches 

■ Compatible with old Amiga board 
revisions 

■ Simple internal fining* 

' K-Lk-pPI requires IhH l«d t& he remo^ad frem rte Am-ga. 
this invalid atB your w.irMirv. 

ROM Share £17,95 

ROM Share inc. kickstart v2.Q4 ...£55 

ROM Share inc. kickstart vl .3 .... £39 

ROM Share forAGOO £29 

Kick start V 2.04 

2.CW Kickstart (chip only! „ £39,95 

2-04 Klckstart 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 1 
200 Amiga floppy disks will fit on a 4 
hour taps 

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 
io specify which files and directories to 
be stored 

Low cost storage, 2 pence per MB 
Menu driven software 
Allows you tD watch TV on a 1084s 
monitor 

Very high reliability 
Log files, contain title and counter 
position of every backup 
Video connection check, ensures foot 
proof operation 

Effective error-correction scheme 
Easy to understand manual 

video Backup System £59,95 


CVP A53Q Turbo HD 


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* 4DMHz 68Q30E C accelerator 

» Optional 63882 maths co-processor 

* Up to 8MB 32-bit FASTRAM on-board 

* Award winning 

42QMB HD 0MB RAM £549 

80QMB HD 0MB RAM £649 

240MB HD 0MB RAM ' £1054 

68882 Upgrade kit £224 

GVP Series 2 HD 

* Up to 8MB FASTRAM on hoard 

40QMB LIMB £329 000MB 0MB £399 

4QQMB 7MB ,...£379 0OQMB 2MB £449 

40QMB4MB £440 BflQMB 4MB £499 

4QQMB SMB ...,£509 000 MB 8MB £549 

ICO Novia Internet HD 

» Fits inside your Amiga 500 
■ Comes complete, just plug- in and go 


No via 401 40MB HD 
No via 801 80MB HD 


.. £279 

,..-£349 


ICO Flicker Fixer 

Flicker Free Video 2 

■ Stop that annoying flicker 
• Fits internally in the AMO 

■ Mulli-sync monitor required 

Flicker Free Video 2 

£199 

NEC 4FG Multi sync monitor 

£549 

Chips 



4MB x SSI MM £90 

1 MB x 3SIMM .. .....,.£25 

256KX4DRAM £4.00 

1M8X10RAM £3 95 

1x4 ZIP £14.95 

1x4 OEP „ ...,,,,.£19.95 

A300C Static column RAM ,.£19.95 

SIMM 32 x 1MB-6G £65 

SIM 32 x 4MB-G0 £243 

fTltese Chips carver mnsl memory >i hnr-tJ dirve; i,£. 
GVP tf Supra* Commodore) 


Free technical and buying advice 
Thousands of free files available for 
download 

Great discounts on all Power products 
On-line ordering to ensure speed of 
delivery 

Conferencing with top computer 
magazines 

Regular bulletins with latest product 
inform at ion 


The Power House E 

0234 841503 

2 4 hours 

All speeds up to 16.3K 
Commodore CDTV 



■ 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 CO-ROM drive for A500... 


£599 

£349 


CDTV Software 

A Bun for Barney £29.99 

Barney Bear goes camping ......,,£29.99 

Batdechess „„ £ 3 9 . 99 

Case of the Cautious Condor £34.99 

CD Remix v2 £34.99 

Fred Fish CDPD Collection £19.95 

Fun School 3 (under 5's) £24.99 

Fun School |5-7yrs| £24.99 

Fun School (Over 7yrs) £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 

„, ,,£29-99 
.,.,,,£29.99 

£49.99 

£54.99 

£29.99 

available 


Power Pinball 

Sim City 

Trivial Pursuit 

World Vista Atlas 

Xenon 2 Megablast ..... 
More titles 



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Pnwar products come with 
full technical support 


The Power Manse is my pick of 

the month" CU Amiga 

PC 88 DB We II worth spending 
your hard carr.od pennies on. an 
excellent, buy 3 Amiga Campy liny 

Dual Drive Now this is & bit 
special 4 Amiga Computing 

Power Scanner 

Amiga Shopper Best Buy 

Power Scanner 

Amiga Format Cold 

Power Scan is quite simply the 
best Amiga band scanner avail- 
able' Amiga Format 


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4&Hr delivery £2.50 
24Hr delivery £4,50 
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Award winning innovative products from Power Computing Ltd 


A2QOO Hard Cards 


24-Bit Colour 


Optical Hard Drive 


G VP Series 2 HO 

Up to 8Mb SIMM RAM on-board 
Supports external SCSI devices 
14MHz SCSI controller 


Bare £129 

40QMB 0MB .£249 30QMB 0MB .£349 
4QQMB 2MB .£299 80QMB 2MB £399 
40QMB4MB .£349 8DQMB4MB £449 
4DQMB 8MB .£429 80QMB 8MB .£539 


Nexus Hard Card 



Up to 8MB RAM on-board 


lare £129 

OQMBOMB £2 4 9 80QMB0MB £349 
00MB 2MB £299 8QQMB 2MB .£399 
QQMB 4MB .£349 8QQMB 4MB .£449 
0QMB8MB ,£4 2 9 80QMBBMB £539 


Bare SCSI Hard Drive 


40 Quantum £179 80 Quantum £229 


1 Suita hie for GVP G-Fi>rca, GVP HO or Nexus Hfl 

Other Sizes of HD available. please call 


RAM Expansion 

Aries A1500/A2000 RAM 


2MB ....... 

4MB 


£129 6MB 
£169 8MB 


£209 

£249 


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AfVlax-ll Plus 

Amiga 1500 and above 
Runs Mac software 
Runs System 7 
Full support for all SCSI Mac 
peripherals and the ability to read Mac 
disks in your drives 
' 68020/68030 compatible 
i AppleTalk emulation 
> Can use Amiga ECS 
' Easy to install 


AMax-ll Plus .... 

I Mar ROM chips required) 


Opal Vision 

* 24-bit graphic card jdffTjk 

» 16.8 million colours available 'Ajjr 

* Operates in all standard Amiga . 
resolutions 

■ VLSI Microcode graphics co processor 

■ Double buffered 24-bit and 15-bit 
animation is available in all resolutions 

■ Palatte-mapped' design updates screen 
colours in real-time. Fade pictures in and 
out and change their palettes 

■ Equipped with 1.5MB of display RAM 

■ Auto-config for NTSC or PAL 

* Available for all Amigas 


Macintosh Emulator 

"This realty 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 


£229 


Software included 


OpalPaint 

24-bit painting and mage processing 


Opal Presents 

Presentation program 
Control OpalVision images, Amiga 
graphics and live video 
Includes fades, effects etc. 

Many more features 


King of Karata 

24-bit computer game 
Exciting karate competition 
Demonstrates OpalVision capabilities 


0 pa IVision ....£699 

More information available 

OpalVision roaster chip available soon 


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Monitors 

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

Amiga Format Sept 1992 


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

Amiga Format Sept 1992 


Philips C M 8333 Mk2 

• With cable 

• Available with Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 

• On-site maintenance 


m 


C MU 833 Mk2 


£199 


NEC Multisync 

For use with Flicker Fixers 
Very high quality 
Built-in degausser 
>15'’ Screen 


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Manufactured by Power Computing 
123MB on Dne optical disk 
Read and write optical disks 
40ms running speed 
Built-in power supply 
High power cooling tan 
1 25-way and 50-way SCSI ports 
'Thru'port built-in 
i SCSI ID switch 

' Compatible with maior SCSI controllers 


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128MB optical drive (Internal} £729 

12BMB optical drive (Exiernall £999 

128MB 3.5‘ optical disk .,.....£39.95 each 
SCSI controller card 

for A150Q/A20Q0 £129 

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


Floptical Disk Drive 


■ Stores 20MB on one 334" disk 

* Cost effective mass storage unit 

■ Can be used as a 1.44MB floppy with 
Amiga DOS and AM AX 

■ AMAX compatible with DMI Mac driver 

* Packs an entire back-up onto one floppy 

* Additional disks available 

■ Internal version for A1 500/2000/3000 

* External version for A500 

■ SCSI Interlace required 

Internal A2Q00 kit ...£289 

Internal A3000 kit £289 

External AMO kit.,,,., ...£389 

A1500 £599 


Accelerator 




£549 


GVP G-Force 

■ 68030 accelerator board 

• 63882 Maths co processor 

• DMA SCSI controller on-board 

■ 68000 fall-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 1MB RAM 

40MHz 4MB RAM 

50MHz 4MB RAM 

Hard drive mount kit 


£529 

£759 

£1249 

£35 


Power Computing- France, 


NEC Multisync 4FG 

lb Bid Voltiarp 3S011, Paris. Frditee. T*l Ml 433S6Z06 (G lines} Fn* Hi 433BDOZ* 



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Printers 



All printers include cables 
and next day delivery 

Star Printers 

LC200 colour £199 

ICZ4-20Q mono £239 

LC24-20Q colour £289 


Citizen Printer 

) 

Swift 24e £279 

includes colour kit and AMI) 

Epson Printers 


Laser 



t PL- 4000 

£639 


EP.L-4300 

£799 

tiers 

EPL-8100 

£1349 

729 

In 

kjet 

SQ-870 

...£509 

999 

SQ-H70 

£629 

each 

(132 column printer) 



Dot 

Matrix 

129 

LQ-570 

£239 

SCSI 

UQ-107D 

£449 

Cj 

132 del unin printer) 


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Supra Modems 

289 

supra Fax Modem Plus ,,,,,>,.,..£129 

Supra Fax Modem v32Bis £275 

® ^ ® S upr a Modem 24Q0 (External) £75 

Supra Modem 2400 Z I plus (Internali £134 

Supra 9600 £210' 

Miscellaneous 


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629 

759 

249 

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Power Mouse „„,£15 

Optical Mouse . £29.95 

-placement optical mouse mat ..£9.95 
1 Maxell disks, optical mouse, 

- pstrck .. £45 

Maxell multi-colour disks |10) ....£9.95 

□PPV disks bulk £POA 

-.iator T joystick £35 

I ' Tfu d e r 1 jo y stick ... £29.99 

Maverick 1 joystick ...£15,99 

Python 1 joystick £9,99 

-;:‘3che 1 joystick... £7,99 



Colour PowerScan 


The Power Computing colour hand-held 
scanner for the Amiga is now available, 
This scanner offers the following features 

*4096 colours 

■ 50-400 DPI 

■4 Scanning modes 
■Text 

• Greyscale 

■ Colour halftone 

■ Colour 

The Amiga interface plugs into an 
A150Q/A200Q/A30QQ/A4000 expansion slot 
with a separate version which connects 
to the expansion connector of the 
A500/A5Q0+. The A500 version has a 
through- port which is compatible with all 
Amiga 500 expansion peripherals. 

The software supplied with this scanner 
is the new PowerScan Professional 3 F 
which also supports the greyscale scan- 
ner and will be available as an upgrade 
to existing users of PowerScan for £15. 

Colour PowerScan u3.0 features 

* Real-time True-fed 1 scan option in 
colour halftone mode 

■ Images are stored internally as 1 2-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 he handled is limited 
only by the amount of memory available 

■ Memory does not have to he chip 
memory as in many art packages 

■ Images can be saved in various file formats 

■ View whole image function 

* Scale/rotate/skew image or clipboard by 
any amount 

■ Crop image 

■Cleanup,, lighten or darken image 

■Variable zoom mode 

■ Draw freehand, lines, circles, boxes and 
polygons in various Fill patterns, brush 
sizes, paste modes, or with the clip 
board image 

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

■ The software is compatible with all 
Amigas 

* Supports Workbench 2 and ECS screen 
modes 

Colour Power Scan now available 
New v3.0 Scan software 

PowerScan Colour v3.0 , .,„ tlPr £239 

PowerScan Greyscale v3.Q .,.,.£115 

PowerScan v3.Q software upgrade ...£15 

The Amiga can only display 16 greyscales 


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Any owner's first steps m 
the wortd of the Amiga 
can be a wierd and won- 
derful ewpefisfice- 

The (gfting ot satisfac- 
tion at having completed 
a game of superb audio^ 
visual quality, typing and 
printing your first letter 
with a word processor, or 
adding the finishing touches to that PPairn masterpiece 
all are unique to what is the most flexible and powerful 
home computer in the world. 

To reflect the experiences of new owners and begin- 
ners who might never have contemplated life after 
games, A-nipo Compufr.nc? attempts every year to place an 
emphasis on as wide a variety of subjects as possible and 
to approach these subjects in a down-to-earth way, thus 
welcoming new owners and new readers to our 
magazine, 

This year, we've gone a Nttfe further than usual. Your 
magazine this month includes not only a guide to placing 


those first few footsteps on the road to prodirftivity, but 
also makes an effort to de-mystify the virus hoodoo, 
explain the new AGA chips, which many of you will find 
inside your At 200 machines, and we have an in-depth 
look at sound samplers, one of the most popular serious 
uses of the Arm-ga over the past few years. 

UK readers will also find our exclusrve B(hpage book, 
yosferfr^ (h? Antiga, designed to help you over the first 
few stumbling blocks, and we have the usual array of 
quality reviews, games coverage, and shopping guides in 
our features, Gamer, and Amiga Market sections respec- 
tively,, 

Our second disk, containing the sLperb BiSoFt Basic, 
allied to a major beginners’' programming series begin- 
ning ne»t month, should see many of our readers quickly 
become competent and comfortable users of some of the 
most advanced technology available on the high street 

All this simply goes to prove that there's only one 
complete Amiga magaz'ne in Britain, and you're reading 
it - Arrvga Cumpu'rjVig! — — , 





EDITOR 

Slf«e Kennedy 

associate editor 

Fed Austin 

ART EDITORS 

Tyro Letkey 
Terry Itsiefe 
Ul Maddox 

NEWS EDITOR 

John Autttari 

TECHNICAL EDITOR 

thivid Pibnoh 

PRODUCTION EDITOR 

Phil Morse 

GAMER EDITOR 

Paul RoundeJI 

STAFF WRITERS 

Jonathan Moddock 
Sen Styles 

ADVERTISING DIRECTOR 

ifliie Conway 
Sue Horsdneld 

ADVERTISING MANAGER 

AD SALES 

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waiting to be won on page 91. 

On page 115 is the second 
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Public Sector 

Shareware and PP utilities, games and demos 
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AGA close-up 

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AS EXCLUSIVELY forecast in last month'* 
Amrgo unfavourable currency 

exchange rates have now forced 
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all Amiga packs. 

The move is due to come into effect 
on lanuary 1, and will Lake the entry- 
level A600 back above £100 and the 
new A1 200 to over £400, 

Like most multi-national firms, 
Commodore calculate their British prices 
basr-d an the pound to dollar exchange 
rate, making allowances for slight 
variations. 

But since September Lhe pound's 
value has sunk over 20 per cent from 
around 11 r 9fi to below J1.55 r although 
Amiga prices are due to be increased by 
less then ten per cent. 

The firm had tried to maintain their 
price policy by cutting retail margins, 
but like many other computer manufac- 
turers now say rises are now 
inevitable". Commodore's Andrew Ball 


by John Butters 


said: "Our margins have been adversely 
affected since September. lL r s more than 
likely that our prices will go up" 

And now only an unexpected sterling 
recovery can stop the A6GQ rising to 029, 
Lhe Wild, Weird k Wicked pack to £379, 
and the AoOti Epic pack and standalone 
A1 200 to £529. 

The A1 200,. however, still remains in a 
perfect position to combat any possible 
threat from rival manufacturer Atari, when 
their 32-bit falcon computer becomes 
available. 

The 1Mb machine was due to be 
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had still not appeared with dealers. 
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Expansion trio on the way 


Faster maths 
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AMERICAN periphef.il manufacturer 
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three new products For the Amiga 
Including an internal hard drive and 
RAM acceltTdlor card, 

Ttve hard drive plugs into lhe AfrDG 
and A 1 200 s IDE slot, and has 85Mb nl 
storage capacity, Supplied with appro- 
priate utilities software, it costs 099. 

And A 1 200 users can iriso Increase 
the speed and memory of their com 
puiers with a new 68Q30EC RAM accel- 
erator card, running at 40MTL. 

The £199 card will make AmlyaS run 
about lour limes I aster than normal, 
and has a do! for a maths co processor, 
Between two arid 12Mb of hi speed 
memory can be added. 

No prices were av ad able for the 
memory, although an Industry expert 
said loMh SIMMS like those used in 
the expansion are "seriously 
expensive'' 

The third expansion horn GVP will 
give the A 1200 a SCSI interface, a slot 
lor a maths co processor and up lea 
8Mb of extra memory. 

Supplied with 4Mh of 12 bit fast 


RAM, the board will cost £199 

"Once Again GVP have come to the 
aid of Amiga ui*rs, pushing the bound 
a firs of Amiga technology ever For- 
ward/' said a spokesman for UK 
distributor Silica Systems. 


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MlCRGBOTICS MBX 1200 Is an A12C 
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point unit and up to 8Mb of fast RAM, 
fitting onto the A 1 200's internal expand 
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floating point operations by up to 55 tin 
that of the standard machine. 

Those who will see most benefit from 
board are users of memory and maths-inte 
sive applications such as animation, ray-tra 
mg, morphing, scientific calculation ar 
image processing. 

It is made by Texas-based MitroBolics [O' 
1 214 417 5330), but is available in Bnta 



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- Sterling prices were unavailable at the t?n 
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warnings played 
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M1BH doctors have played down warnings 
taw two leading games console manufac- 
turers and scares in national newspapers 
: r r patterns used in video games 

i trigger epileptic fits. 

Iristnictiom supplied with Sega's Sonic 2 
lj. that ^he video game may induce an 
epdeptk seizure, and advises players to dis- 
continye use 4 they feel certain conditions. 

Sega say they issued the warnings to pro- 
tect Themsetv« against possible legal action, 
although the firm were unaware of cases of 
epileptic fits being caused by games. 

Similar advice to Nintendo customers was 
: . en after one or two isolated incidents, a 
ipokesiTian said. 

But experts stress that games cannot 
. ause epilepsy in people not affected by the 
condition, although they admit that light 
■ ashes in games played on some television 
sets could trigger fits. 

Sue Cooper, spokeswomen for the British 
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■ 3 s*r than 10,000 are sensitive to flashing 
tights. 

'If s such a small proportion of sufferers 
that we don't consider it a problem/ said 
Sue She advised parents not to be put off 
buying video games lor their children. 

Children learn 
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HiLDREN between two and 12 years old 
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A leading American developer is 
•Jieved to be working on the device 
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chough it is not known whether a 
working board yet exists. Details 
main sketchy but we will give you 
more information as it becomes 
pliable. 


News 


Amiga hits the airwaves 

THE world's first weekly radio show dedicated exclusively to Amiga enthusiasts is now 
broadcast across Europe every Tuesday on satellite station Euronet. 

Available to 33 million homes with normal satellite receivers, Mouse Trap is a 30 
minute programme oF news, reviews and opinion on ail things related to the Amiga. 

II is the brainchild of television and radio broadcaster Chris Denning - who himself 
owns two Amlgas - and will feature erstwhile Amiga Computing technical editor (eff 
Walker. 

The First programme in mid-December discussed the A4QQQ and contained an explana- 
tion of ISDN, the state-of-the-art service which allows video to be sent down telephone 
lines. 

It is planned to fun for at least two months, and providing the audience builds to a 
respectable level it will continue indefinitely. 

Chris says one of Mouse Trap's main strengths will be its ability to launch Amiga prod- 
ucts in every European country 
simultaneously. 

"We've had availability of air-time 
tor quite a while;" says Chris, "At the 
moment it r s used mainly for music, but 
we have found specialist shows work 
better on Sky/' 

"Mouse Trap feels more like a bul- 
letin b&ard than a radio show, and we 
envisage phone-ins with experts once 
it becomes established " 

Transmitted at 9.30am,, it is 
repeated at 5.30pm and Wednesday 
morning at 1.30am. 


How to receive 
Mouse Trap 

• Tune your satellite receiver into Aifrcr 
Transponder 20 (Sky 5 port*) 

* Comutt your satellite receiver's manual for 
fiistracfwns on how lo change audio channel s 

# Tune in to audio channel 7J6MHz. 

# if your satellite receiver is connected to your 
audio amplifier , turn your television set off 
oncf your amp on. 


554826), colourful graphics cart be mixed 
with text, and a dual-layered display enables 
letters to be overlaid onto a graphical 

backdrop. 

Text is entered into the word processor 
through the keyboard and various Facilities 
are available for inserting and deleting indi- 
vidual letters or blocks of text. 

Whole texts or single tetters and words 
can then be recited using three voices con- 
tained in a computer speech facility. 

Other features include the ability to alter 
or supplement the program’s gfaphics, and 
a scrolling list of words that can be selected 
to allow progressive introduction to new 
vocabulary. 

And the wordpratessor doubles up as a 
jigsaw puzzle. Full pictures can be used as a 
backdrop, over which kids may be taught to 
assemble jumbled set of blocks. 

"Childsplay has an exceltent flexibility of 
design which allows a parent or teacher to 
constantly recreate LFie program to keep 
pace with the learning process of the child/ 
said a Helios spokesperson. 

"It's immediately enjoyable, and even the 
smallest children can play with it creatively 
without any instruction. The program really 
excels, however, as a means for parents or 
teacher to provide children with progressive 
creative activities and puzzles." 

Available now, Childsplay costs £24,95. 

Extra choice 
for CD-ROM 

A RANGE of CDTV-compatible CD-ROM 
drives has just been launched fo t most 
Amigas by Almathera Systems (08 1-636 
6418). Based on Toshiba SCSI CD drives, 


they are claimed to operate twice as fast as 
the CDTV and be more than 90 per cent 
compatible with CD-based Amiga software, 

They enable A5Q0 users to use compact 
discs without unplugging hard disks like 
the A590, and owner* of A 1 5 00s. A2t)00s 
and A 3000s can also use the drives. 

Three CDs are included in the pack, 
among them Almathera's CD PD public 


domain collection featuring Fred Fish dtsta 
one to 660. 

Prices are £395 for an internal kit and 
£495 for an external mocteE Supplied with 
a SCSI card, the drives cost an extra £ l 00- 

Hard drives to 
go inside 

INTERNAL hard disk drives with between 
20 and 120Mb of storage capacity are now 
available for the A600 and A12Q0 from 
Bradford-based Trilogic (0224 691 1 15). 

A connecting cable is supplied and the 
disks tit straight inLo the Amiga's hard drive 
slot. Each is formatted ready to use and can 
be re-partitioned if required. 

Tri logic claim the drives havE a "very 
fast" access time and are quiet in use. 
Prices start at £1 19.99 for the 20Mb 
model, and range up to £349.99 For 
120Mb. 

Adorage adds 
video effects 

GERMAN video effects software Adorage is 
now available to British Amiga users From 
MkroPace (0753 551886). 

The package enables users to create 
many digital-like videa effects for IFF graph- 
ics, as developed with paint packages such 
as Deluxe Paint IV. 

It has more than 700 effects based on 
transitions, wipes and visual graphics, and 
features the Super Smooth Animation for- 
mat, cutting jitter when complex anima- 
tions are played back. Standard effects 
include mosaic, splinter, shatter, windmill 

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Shareware form eases registration 

SUBSCRIBERS to CompuServe, the giant on-line information service, can now register for 
shareware programs through their modems. 

By completing an on-line form, users can register tor programs and have the charge 
billed to their account. CompuServe then forwards the fee minus a small charge - to the 
author. 

in addition to convenience, the service eliminates currency exchange problems found 
by shareware users who live in a different country than the author. 

By typing a keyword such as Utilities or Carnes, users can vrew a list of programs by cat- 
egory, enabling them to easily find programs that suit their needs, 

Jl Shareware authors who make their programs available in CompuServe forums will be 
encouraged to submit their programs to the registration database/' said CompuServe's 
Martin Turner, 

"Several hundred programs have already been submitted to the database, which is 
updated on a continuing basis." CompuServe can be telephoned on 0800 2893 7 B. 



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• ROM* can now be bought tor Apple 
Macintosh emulator* from Design by 
DiicGrete (0202 604104). The Poole- 
based film sells Mm Plus 128k chips far 
£140 and all Mac II and LC ROM* for 
£303.1 5. 


• THE lirst in a chain of future Zone 
computer games stores was opened in 
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire 
recently, and there are already plans for 
a nationwide network of 1 30 shops. 

Famborough and Aberdeen will see 
the next stores and in each town where 
Future Zone opens there will be a mas- 
sive publicity drive. 


• SKY ONE are set to become the latest 
station to broadcast a games show, with 
a programme called The Game Zone 
due to be shown every weekday from 
March, 

The show will he produced by 
Hewland International, the same firm 
that makes Channel 4's existing 
Camesmaster, Each show will have its 
own theme such as cheats or new 
releases. 


• LEEDS-based computer dealer First 
Choice Computers have been renamed 
First Computer Centre (0532 319444). 
The move follows the introduction of a 
larger product range and service. 


• MOTOROLA are to extend their 
68000 senes of microprocessors with the 
release of a 68060 chip by the end ol 
1993. It is claimed that the processor will 
run at 100 millions af Instructions per 
second. 


# GREMLINS struck November's review 
of the Order v2 da La base, South Hams 
Software's telephone number should be 
0752 8B0906 and we apologise to oor 
readers for the mistake. 


# THE A300Q and Opal Vision competi- 
tion published in last month's Amigo 
Computing was sponsored by Calculus 
Stores (0543 251275), and not the firm 
previously mentioned. The second part 
□( the competition appears this month. 


# CARRYING cases now available for 
A6 DQs have enough space lor peripherals 
and disks to be packed with the 
computer. 

The grey holdall are padded and fea- 
ture Velcro fasteners, shoulder straps and 
rubber feet, Price: 04.95 from Silica 
Systems (08 V3f>9 1111). 


Epson improve their scanning 

He MARKETING (0753 6BGOOG) have been appointed as a distributor for Epson's GT650G 
colour A4 ftatbed scanner - the successor to ttw CTGQOO. 

Using driver software from A5DG, images can be scanned into any Amiga for incorpq- 
rating into desktop publishing or desktop video applications. 

!lt has a colour output resolution of up to 1,700 dots per inch, and can also handle line 
art, and 256 greyscale images for mono work and computer-aided design. 

The £93S scanner also has an optional sheet feeder for bulk optical character recogni- 
tion work and can use an 
adaptor lor scanning 
transparencies and reflec- 
tive materials. 

Said Epson's Tony 
Petford: "We encourage 
customers to question the 
logic of buying a mono 
scanner when they can 
have a quality colour scan- 
ner with comparable 
mono capabilities at a sim- 
ilar price.*’ 

Meanwhile, ASDG (010 
1 608 273 65S5) have 
announced that their latest 
Epson scanner driver now 
supports two extra colour 
machines - tfie ES600C 
and ESSiJQC. 



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and page- peel and the distributor recom- 
mends the program is run on machines 
with 2Mb of memory. 

Supplied with English documentation, 
Adorage costs £79.99. 

Book gives 
Amos tips 

IDEAS, lips and inside Information on 
how to get the best results from Amos 
are contained In a new book just pub- 
lished by Kuma Computers (0734 
844339). 

Amos Jn Attim also contains details 
and opinions on the add-on packages 
available for the top Amiga program- 
ming language, and advice on getting 
yout games published. 

The book was written by programmer 
Len Tucker and is supplied with a 
coupon Lo enahle readers to obtain a 
free games disk. Prices £12.95 (ISBN 
07457 0221 X), 

Growing with 
AmigaDOS 

EXTRA pages have been added to 
Mastering AmigoPQS Wjfume One ■„ Btuce 
Smith Books' (0923 894355) guide to 
the Amiga's operating system. 

New chapters include Commodities, 
and Fountain and Pipes, and other 
revisions bring the book up to date with 
the latest versions of AmigaDOS. 

Written by Bruce Smith and Mark 
Smiddy, the 4 16-page book keeps it* 
£21,95 price tag, Its ISBN number is 
1 -373308-1 0-S. ’ 


GTGSQO- Cpaijft'f sufEoirf to f-he CT^WD 

Utilities grow 
for video card 

SOFTWARE supplied with leading multi- 
purpose video card 1V24 is soon Lo be 
upgraded, and an extra two programs will 
be included with the package. 

New utilities will include a dedicated 
frame grabber called Mylcid, and Digital 
Darkroom, an effects package for produc- 
ing wipes, fades and transitions. 

Paint program Macro Paint, meanwhile, 


is promised several new features, and wi i 
run much faster. 

Silica Systems (001-309 1 1 1 1 ) have not 
finalised upgrade details, but they will 
appear in our Updates pages once they 
are released. 

Watch and learn 

A VIDEO just launched by Manchester- 
based Crystal Concepts (0942 523 307 
aims to teach newcomers to modem com- 
munications how to get started. The one- 

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Cheaper drives for CDTV 


CALCULUS Computer Stores (0543 251275) are offering CDTV owner* Datapac 65Mb 
external hard disk drives at a special launch price of £349.99, 

Housed in a black impact resistan t box, the front panel ha* power on and hard drive 
access indicators , At the back there are two SCSf socket* - one of them for daisy chain- 
ing up to seven 5C51 devices - a device number selector and power on/ott switch. 

The drive is supplied with an Encore SCSI controller and installation disk, a SCSI con- 
nector cable for linking Datapac to the CDTV and Workbench 1 .3 disks. 


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TH| latest craze in the City s foreign 
enchange dealing rooms are see- 
through mice, claims manufacturer 
Spectravideo (081-902 2211), 

The company says that television 
coverage during the recent ERM crisis 
showed naked rodents on dealers 
desks, and now they have added an 
Amiga model to their Datahjx r^nge. 

It has enlarged trigger buttons, and 
k claimed to have a high degree of 
sensitivity, accuracy and smoothness. 
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Joystick comes from outer space 

CHEETAH (02 22 8967777} have unveiled Argotfick, the latest 
member of their Euturi Stick range of Amiga joysticks. 

It has been designed so that ee resembles machinery you 
would expect to see roaming the far-away land of some forbid- 
den planet light years, into Lbe future. 

However, it retains all usual joystick features,, including auto- 
matic fire and several Nee buttons. 

"The shape and texture has been carefully sculptured to pro- 
vide ultimate comfort and control for the most serious games 
players/ 1 said a Cheetah spokesperson. 

"Cheetah's attention to detail is highly respected in the mar- 
ket place, but even the company's biggest fans will enthgsE 
over the Arggstick/ 1 

Two versions of the joystick are available, une costing £1 2.99 
and a microswitch model with a £14.99 price tag. 

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hour video shows beginners how to ^et up 
software, how to download files from, bul- 
letin boards, and flow to get tbe best from 
the boards, once they have logged on. 

It A\io says which archivers will get the 
downloaded files up and running, and 
contains 150 bulletin board telephone 
numbers and four software titles. 

These include N Cam m 2 . SID, PKAzip 
and LHArc, already seL up and ready to 
run. A three-month free subscription is 
also available with one of Britain's leading 
bulletin boards. Crystal Concept boss Mr 

Cubes fill with disks 

TWO new low-cdSt 3. Sin disk storage systems are now available from Action Computer 
Supplies (071-586 3429). 

Offioedata Micro 15 is a cube which can hold up to 15 disks, it can be pushed from 
a cube to sLaircase design, a Hawing disks to be selected easily, A pack of six cubes costs 
£19.95. 

The more conventional Officedala Datafile 10 ts an easel-opening storage bo* which 
holds up to ten disks. It costs £22.95 for a pack o f eight boxes. 

Meanwhile, Sony have developed a 3.5in floppy disk which they claim reduces drive 
power consumption by up to 20 per cent. The disks are aimed at laptop users. 



Mirrn 15 - tiThAj form O JftrfFTPM? design- 


Blundell, *aid; ,r We believe that with this 
package it is now possible for someone 
with absolutely -no experience whatever Lo 
get into tomms. 

'They will be saved the hassle and frus- 
tration most beginners experience when 
logging on to boards," Price: £28.95. 

Zone kelp opens 

A LEADING distributor of Amiga music 
equipment have now opened up their 
technical support lines tor all musicians. 
Non-Zone Distribution (Q71-73B 5444) 


customers will be asked to pay a small 
registration fee, but they will then be 
offered unbiased technical and buying 
advice. ■ 

Technical help 
found online 

TECHNICAL advice is now offered free to 
Silica Systems (081-309 1111) customers 
through a bulletin board just set up by tbe 
firm. 

Mailboys are available tor many types 
of popular computer including the Amiga, 
and technical support staff monitor the 
board frequently during the day. 

In addition to finding answers to tech- 
nical problems, the system can also be 
used for downloading latest software 
upgrades such as printer drivers and pub- 
lic domain programs. 

It operates 24 hours a day, and the 
dealer are currently looking at ways of set- 
ting up an online ordering service. 

JI We are continuously looking for ways 
to improve our support and service to our 
customers, " said Silica spokesman Andy 
Leaning. 

*We have offered telephone and fan 
support for some time and this new bul- 
letin board extends the service further." 

To access the Silica bulletin board at up 
to 2,400 baud, modem users should dial 
031-309 5255, The protocols are 8 N 1. 


DO YOU KNOW 
SOMETHING 
WE DON’T? 

Although Amiga Computing has 
scores of contacts in the Amiga 
world we need you, If you have 
some hot news ring John Butters 
on the news desk now on 0625 
S788B8 or fax to 0625 879966. All 
information supplied will be 
treated in the strictest of 
confidence. 


DIARY DATES 

19 to 21 February 1993 

7th International Computer Shaw 
Organiser; Westminster Exhibitions 
(081-549 3444) 

Venae: Wembley, London 
An Amiga Compwtfrflj-spansored all 
formats event, 

25 lo 28 March 1993 

(deal Electronic Comes Shaw 
Organiser: Ideal Home Exhibition 
(061-432 2642) 

Venue: Earls Court, London 
A new section added to the Ideal 
Home Exhibition. 

4 to 6 April 1993 

European Computer Trade Shew 
Organiser: Blenheim 
(081-742 2828) 

Venue: Business Design Centre, 
(London 

New software and hardware is pre- 
viewed to the industry- No public 
admission, 

23 to 25 April 199} 

Midi Musit 5how 

Organiser: Westminster Exhibitions 
(081-549 3444) 

Venues Wembley Exhibition Centre 
Catch up with the latest Midi 
products. 

16 to 20 September 1993 

Live '93 

Organiser; News International 
( 071-782 6000) 

Venue: Olympia, London 
A public consumer electronics 
show. Commodore plan to attend, 

OVERSEAS 

7 to 10 January 1993 

Consumer Electronics Show 
Organiser: (010 1 202 4578700) 
Venue: las Vegas, USA 
Support from Commodore and 
leading games houses. 

24 to 31 March 1993 

, Oft: 

Organiser: Deutsche Messe 
(010 49 511890) 

Venue: Hanover, Germany 
A massive electronics show which 
has been used for the launch of 
many new products including the 
A600. 

• If your company is organising a 
show relevant to the Amiga and it's 
not Jisted, let us know so we con 
include the information in the diary. 


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N orth American Amigans lusting 
after Commodore's new A1240 
could flirt with the machine, 
but not take it home, at the Worfd pf 
Commodore-Amiga show held in Toronto, 
Ontario on December 4 Id 6, 1 992. 

The Amiga 1200 was on display in a 
number of dealer's booths, but wain! yet 
available for sale, Commodore wa* 
promising machines for the US before 
Christmas, but couldn't commit to a 1992 
release in Canada, 

Interestingly, it seems that Canadian 
Al200s will have the UK-style keyboard 
with the small Return key and two blank 
keys, white the US machines will have key- 
board wifth full-sized Left Shift and Return 
keys and no blanks. It r s unusual for the 
two countries to end up with different 
configurations. 

The crowd was a bit smaller and more 
subdued compared than in past years, 
which is unusual given Commodore's new 
releases and the increased attendance at 
US shows this year. The exhibitors were 
enthusiastic, though, and were happily 
showing pff their wares. 

Hot stuff 

There weren't many completely new 
products, as most manufacturers had at 
least previewed their new programs at the 
World of Commodore show in Pasadena 
earlier this year Hj but there was some hot 
stuff on display. 

One of the big hits of the show was 
Digital Creations J Brilliance, the 24 -bit 
paint program. Brilliance supports all AGA 
screen modes and stores data in 24-bits 
internally. 

This means you can load in a 24-bit 
picture and touch it up, even on a classic 
ECS Amiga, and not lose any colour inlor- 



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mation or detail. The 
company had just got 
the HAMS version of the 
program up and running 
for the show, so it looked 
like they were going to 
miss their December ship 
date. 

It should be available soon after you 
read this, though, if it's not already. 

Gold Disk was showing the new 
Professional Page 4.0, which was almost 
complete. Along with 256-colour screen 
support on AGA Amigas, this update also 
adds a font previewer, visual letter-pair 
kerning, a free paint program (the creators 
of DPaint and Brilliance need not feel 
threatened), a page-sorter, and a number 
of new Genies {special Pro Page A Rex* 
macros)* 

ProPage has got a bit better at talking tg 
the outside world, with new text import 


Denny Atkin reports 
on the latest 
developments from 
the USA 


modules and a much 
wider range of graphics 
import filters including 
GIF, TIF, PCX, BMP, 
Adobe Illustrator, Aldus 
freehand, and of course 
IFF and Professional 
Draw. The price is still 
E295, and the upgrade fee to v4.0 is J75 
US. 

INOVAfcromts demonstrated Directory 
Opus v4.0, a vastly improved version of 
their popular directory utility. It had better 
be improved, as the retail price has umped 
up to %99 f with a 140 upgrade fee from 
previous versions (more than some people 
paid for their original version!). 

Along with a new,, cleaner interface, 
Directory Opus v4.Q now supports AC A 
screen modes (for both running the pro- 
gram and displaying pictures); 
Noise tracker, SoundTracker,, Protracker,, 


Vista gets more colourful sunsets 


A long awaited upgrade lo VlilaFTo U getting ready lo vhlp 
IroiTi Virtual Reality Labor j lories |m I he <oiTip4f1p provided 
me with a hr Ik! vtrslon to preview fur this column, and ii 
looks hoi (check out I he accompany trig ittetnrwhols), 

VisMPfn 1,0 will now render pictures in 2 So colour or 
HAMH modes an the Amiga 1200 and 4000. Support has also 
been added (or the 1,280 pixel wide super hi res mode, 

The improvement In picture quality in this version is arnaz 
trig Hie HAMS output looks as good as true 24 bit output 
(AGA isn t required, though I he old modes are still 
supported,) 

The programs tree genera don capabilities have been dr* 
mat I c ally Improved you can now place pine, oak, and palm 
trees, #i well as cacti, in your landscape I lie program will 
also generate grass In a number of different textures 

A new Place panel lets you manually place simple build 
logs and roads on your landscape, as well as tree! and grass. 

The new Alt tl lid? texture gives you del ailed picture* even 
when you uq your camera view very close to a small patch of 
terrain The cloud generation In VhiaPro 3,0 makes for more 
realistic scenes you can now generate clouds randomly, as 
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Admit picture rendering is much taster, as several critical 
short routines have been re coded fn Assembly language 
(you II still like I his program be si II you're running a faster 
Amiga, though). 

Even wilh the new features, the program still retails for 
yw.95. If fractal landscapes are your Hung, check I his out. 


MED (with Midi!), Oktalyzer, BSVX, a 
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The company also showed their nc 
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DMf, and Compugraphic Intel Wonts. 

No longer are you limited Lo using 
font with one program and having ro 
□ut and buy the same font in a ditte 
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wifi easily convert between all the formats 
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It will even let you load in Amiga bitr 
fonts or IFF pictures and trace over them! 
full set of drawing tools and automat 
kerning features will delight the deskt 
typographer. 

Look for some great PD and sharewa 
fonts after TypeSmith hits the market 
January at a suggested retail price 
SI 99,95. 

Rumours 

Commodore's Lew Eggebrecht spil 
the beans on new chipset devetopmen 
whetting Amiga users' appetites for h 
24-bit machines (see my Pasadena sh 
report for more details). 

Even mare interesting, though, we 
rumoured products that were suppo 
discussed in more private settings b 
Commodore representatives. There w 
talk of the already-known 5CSI-IS control 
for the A4GQ0 and the AT&T DSP modu 
which are apparently sEt Lo ship in the li 
quarter of 199 3, but even more interesti: 
were rumours of both a 6S030 and le 
expensive 6SECQ30 model of the Ami 
400b that would appear early next ye 
along with the A4G0Q tower 
■ These machines could be j ust the Lh; 
for folks who want more power than r 
AI2O0 can provide but who can't Foot 
bil for an A4000/04G, 

Other interesting rumours included 
PCMCIA 386SX emulator for the A60Q a 
A1200 developed by a third- party in 
operation with CBM, lull- motion video 
ware for the Amiga operating system, 
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I n the vast Amiga world out there are 
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ful as HiSoft Basic. One of the main advan- 
tages of Basic is its easy to understand 
commands which makes programming 
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Unfortunately, though, most Basics are 
extremely slow. This is due to the fact that 
the computer has to turn each command 
in Basic mLo something which K under- 
stands before it can move to the next 
command in the program. 

This process slows it down a consider- 
able amount, so to get a Basic program to 
work at a more reasonable speed it has to 
be turned into something which the com- 
puter can understand more easily, which 
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□f initially Basic programs. 

Compiling 

The process of converting basic pro- 
grams into something which the com- 
puter understands is called compiling, 
HiSoft Basic has two main programs - 
HiSolT Basic, which is the integrated editor 
and compiler, and HB. Compiler, which is 
the compiler itself (required by the editor). 

When you want to start programming 
you only need to load the HiSoft Basic 
program and not the HEkcompiFer. This is 
because when you program with HiSoft it 
always compiles the program for you and 
then runs it. This makes HiSoft one of the 
fastest Basic programming packages 
around. 

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HiSoft Basic Editor icon, which is mam 
part of the program. 

Once loaded you are presented with 
the main editing area which at the 
moment is blank, If you now hold down 
your right mouse button you will see sev- 


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screen. 

One of the main advantages of HiSoft is 
its compatibility with other Basic packages, 
This means that you can load., say, an 
Amiga Basic program into HiSoft and com- 
pile and run it This also means you can 


export HiSoft programs into most othed 
Basic packages. 

HiSoft is compatible with all A m i cj . = ■ = 
with Kkkstart 1.Z or higher. Obviously the 
more memory you have the easier pro 
gram min g will be - it is also handy v 
have an extra disk drive but this is not 




essential. 

There are four poll-down menus site 
gether which are Project, Search, Options 
and Program. Hi Soft acts rather like j 
wordprocessar enabling you to edit yCM./ 
programs with ease. 

Fast 

We wilt now load one of the demos on 
the CoverDisk to see how easy it is and 
how fast HiSoft really is. first of all pui ■ 
down the Project menu and select the 
Load option. You will then be presented! 
with the file requester. Click on tii? 
demos drawer and then double click on 
the triangles.bas file. 

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n:m This program when 
■ft «■£ draw coloured triangles to make 
parrt^i - you now pull down the 

fr-ugr* *nu and select Run, HiSofL will 

(W i- *'■ ingles* and then run it. To 
•■o f |u£ press the Esc button and you 
it nr um ed to the listing. 

1 * notice how fast this program 

ftft* ■ you were to bad the same pro- 
A i^iga Basic it would run con- 

lOr^jr, skiver, 

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*%a* jrt an error telling you that the text 
ftLftr s not large enough for the pro- 
^re trying to I gad. This does 
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rf at the standard preset of 10,000 
“M r . not large enough. 

* mj cm set the text buffer by pulling 
to* ’ the Options menu and selecting 
tau can then type in the amount 
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m* r save your program before trying to 
*■» - .^e the buffer, as changing the text 
t r sire will dear the memory and you 
mw lose your program. You must leave at 
Iftfe&i 1 00k for the system to operate in. 

As mentioned earlier, HiSoft's main 
-a milage is its ability to compile Basic 
prt ir aims to make them run much faster. 
*■ you have a Basic program loaded and 
wish to compile it, you can do this in 
ft* ways. To compile something, go to 
ttte Program menu and select Compile, 
fcu will then be asked if you want to 
a rnpile to disk or memory, 

If you select Compile To Memory, it 
compile the program and allow you 
1 ■ .n it, This is the quickest way to com- 
ply something, and it is also ideal for try- 
ing things out and debugging programs. 
When you select Compile To Disk, 
H ' ft Basic will compile the program and 
it to disk. If you have not previously 
5 • d the program, HrSof t will call it 


MON AWE. The compiled version will have 
the extension ,bas T 

When you have compiled a program to 
disk it becomes a standalone program 
which you can then run by double click- 
ing on its icon from Workbench, but the 
program will need the hisoftbasic. library 
file to run. 

Whenever you're doing any type of 
work with your computer it is a good 
practice to save out regularly, but more SO 
when doing programming as the com- 
puter tends to crash more often if you 
haven^t de- bugged your program prop- 
erly, Regular saving of your work will save 
you a lot df typing? 

If you are writing a new program which 
when run puts up a error message. HiSaft 
will ask you if you wish to continue run- 
ning the program, Until you are familiar 
with Hi Soft Bask you should reply with N, 
then go to the line which Hi Soft tells you 
the problem is in and rectify it. 

To get the most out of HiSoft Basic you 
should take advantage of our reader man- 
ual offer in this issue. With the manual you 
also get a version of Hi Soft Basic specifically 
designed for 1Mb Amigas enabling you to 
use some more advanced features. 

ParCheese 

Author: Xavier Egusqmea 

This game is a cross between Frustration 
and Luda The main idea is to get all of 
your markers safely around the board to 
your home base. 

You can play with up to three other 
playere or against the computer. Before you 
start you have to pull down the Players 
menu and select which colour you wish to 
be, then select who you want to play. If 
yog select the computer you must also 
select which level you wish to play the 
computer on and what colour the com- 
puter is. The computer can play For several 

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Author: Steve Holt 

Mouse Impossible is a Lemmings-style game where the main object is to stop the 
mouse from stealing your cheese. This may sound a simple task but It's definitely not. 

There are a total of 30 levels for you to try to complete and with each level the task 
becomes harder and harder. Once Mouse Impossible is loaded, saving your cheese is 
the name of the game. 

A mouse will try to float down to your cheese and steal it using a bunch of balloons. 
Once he has the cheese, a cannon starts to fire across the screen and you have to put 
various obstacles in the cannon's way to deflect the shots towards the mouse, making 
him drop the cheese, 

When the mouse begins his descent you must place obstacles in the path of the 
cannon. You can only place the obstacles while the mouse is descending, so it's best 
to think about the level before trying it. 

You place the obstacles, which are on the right edge of the screen, by clicking on 
them with your left mouse button then putting them where you think they should be, 
finally clicking the left moose button again. 

While you are holding the obstacle you can dick the right mouse button to turn it 
around - this makes the obstacle deflect the cannon's shots differently. 

When you complete each level you are given an end-qhlevel code, so when you 
play the game again you don't have to do the levels which you've already done 
before. 

This game requires some skill in judging where to put the obstacles and the best 
bet is to study the level hard first, and try turning some of the obstacles over to see 
what effect they have on the cannon's shots. 


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HiSoft BASIC 


The most powerful 
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playing and what colours they're using, it J s 
time to start the game, so pull down the 
project menu and select Start. 

The computer will then ask the player 
who is to go first - click the mouse button 
to roll: the dice. You can't start to move 
your players until you roll a six. 

When you've managed to roll a 31 * you 
can then select which one of your men Is 
about, to start his trip home,, then you 
roll the dice again to see how far your 
man is to move. 

If you roll a six you can move six 
plates then roil again, but if you get a six 
three times of more then one of your 
men must go back to the beginning and 
start again. 

If your opponent lands on one of your 
men then that man must return back to 
the beginning and wait until another six 
is thrown before starting again., The aim 
is to be the first to get all his men home. 


CAG 


D-Sam 


Author: AZ Software 

D-Sam is an extension for Amos, giving you an extra 46 sound-related commands. 
Before you can use these extra commands you have to install them into Amos, which is 
a very simple procedure - just follow these instructions: 

* Copy (he file W D-Sam.!ib" to your Amos system directory 

# Run the Con fig J .3. Amos program from Amos 
4 Load the default configuration 

§ Set loaded extension number 15 to ■ M :Amos_System/D-Sam,lib^ 
m Select Save configuration menu 

The D-Sam Jib is in the Utilities, -D-Sam drawer. Once you have followed these simple 
steps you will have the 46 new commands built in to Amos. The new commands are all 
designed to make it easier for you to create programs using music and samples. 

With the extra D-Sam commands fitted into your copy of Amos you can play back 
samples and music directly from floppy or hand disk, which enables you to save mem- 
ory, or you can load the samples into memory first then play them back. 

To start using D-Sam you only need to team five commands: 


5MP OPEN csarnplenum>,< M filename's 
(samplenum is valid between 0 and 
65,535) 

Opens IFF or RAW samples for playback 
direct from disk file. 

SMP LOAD < 5 amplenum> F <'filename J, > 
(samplenum is valid between 0 and 
65,535) 

Loads IFF or RAW samples from an 
ArmgaDOS file to memory. The file must 
exist, ie be lockable, and capable of 


supporting a seek() call. 

SMP PLAY ^samplemjm>,<channels> 
(channel is valid between 1 and 15] 

This plays a sample (num) on the channels 
specified. 

SMP CLOSE <samplenum> 

(samplenum is valid between 0 and 
65,535] 

SMP RESET Stops alt channel playing, 
frees all channels and closes all opened 
samples. 


Once you have [Earned these commands, you would be well advised to take advan- 
tage of our-spedal manual offer and start learning and using the more powerful com 
mands D-Sam has to offer. 


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Author: Marco AG Pinto 

CAG is a utility for making your own 
adventure games. This may sound compli- 
cated but it's actually quiet easy, assuming 
you've sat and planned your adventure 
out first - this stops you getting in a mud- 
dle later on. 

Included in the CAG drawer is full doc- 
umentation on haw to use CAC. There are 
also some demos for you to look at. If you 
get stuck just take a peek at the examples. 
Note that although there is a menu for 
sound, this is not supported as yet. 



Author: Paul Overaa 

MidiFlayer is a CLI command used for 
playing standard Midi files out to your 
Midi instruments without the need to toad 
a Midi sequencer. It can be used in your 
startup sequence to play your favourite 
compositions every time you reboot your 
machine. 

To use MidiPlayer just type in: 
lidlPLijer path :&opg^aie 

If you use it in your startup sequence then 
you must type it in as follows. 

run >irtl: *nil: i i d : p L a ye ;■ j)jfh:spsigna*B 


Degrader 

Author: Chris Hames 

Degrader is a special software utility to 
help people with Workbench 2.0 compati- 
bility problems. It temporary degrades a 
WorkBench 2.0 machine to a 1.3 to 
enable you to use software intended for 
use on the 1.3 machines. 

When degrader is used it will only 
degrade the machine until it is reset more 
than once, so gnee yau have reset you 
machine more than once it will return to 
its original \VorkBend~i2.0 status. 


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Please remember that many of the 
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releases. This means that the au(h 
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If you decide to keep a program 
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Shareware authors,, if they dc^l 
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Tune of the montl 

Author: Torch 

This month's tune, Duelling bam 
can be heard by either double did 
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for? 

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myself in a room, plugged in my trusty 
Amiga with attached A57Q and examined 
some of the growing tangE ol CDT\ titles. 


A Bun for Barney *£29.99 
BBC Multimedia 

1 his is a great advert for CDTV, In its raw 
form - without any interaction - it is a fairly 
Simple Story (or children tasting for around 
1 5 minutes. 

Even at this level, with its beautifully 


drawn pictures, Tom Baker narration and 
sweet story line, A Bun for Barney would 
keep many young children happy. 

But the best it yet to come. As the 
pointer is moved around the screen, which 
any inquisitive child is bound to do, and 
over certain areas of the pictures, it 
changes into a magic wand. 

Press the button at this point and the 
pictures spring into life with bunnies thal 
jump out and dance, (nogs thaL leap and 
trees thaL sway. A definite trendsetter and 
one which all prospective CDTV developers 
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Advanced Military Systems 
£29.99 • Dominion 

Most us, speaking from a masculine point 
of view, go through a period of being fasci- 
nated with guns, tanks and weapons. For 


Writing 


Katakana 


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anyone going through such a 
p^fiod this one's a mtibt - 
masses of information on the 
most deadly and exciting {?> 
military hardware in the world. 

Combining the world oE 
computers and war, two popu- 
lar pastimes of a lot of children, 
I would guess this is likely to be 
a small success! 


Alt Dogs go to Heaven • £34.99 
Merit Software 


A pretty basic painting package which suf- 
fers Irom being to simple for its own good, 
Very simple in concept, you have a series of 
drawings which you then add your own 
colour to - the '90s version of painting by 
numbers? 

Select the colour, move over an area 
and then pour the colour into that area. For 
small children it's probably quite good, but 
lor everyone else it's just too limiting. 

Even for children it has the limitation 
that there are only so many variations. If 
there'd been additional picture disks it 
would have had more potential. 


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revolution to fini 
some good, som 
bad and som 

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Animals in Motion • £29.99 
On-Line 

A bit of an odd one this. Why anyone 
would want to spend just under £30 to 
took at a collection of black and white pic- 


tures of animals 1 don't know. However 
artist friend ol mine has assured me that 
budding animators, illustrators and pani 
this collection is invaluable so I gut 5! 
£30 it's good value. 

Apparently the work ol Eadwe 
Muybridge, which this CD is all aboui 
trai lb lazing stuff when originally done 
still is for artists creating movemerf 
animators. 

This CD shows his work as stills and 
nations and I have to admit that ewn 






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’his made me want to try draw- 
ve got artistic leanings take a 




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e Chess • £39.99 * Interplay 

t oi chess with a difference. Using a 
Jf tfie board, you watch as your 
^ove around the board - under 
auctions -and do battle. 

.qh It's another Amiga conversion 
I ■ " a great one at that, i! still has a lot 
• ■ iy value and plays a reasonable 
chess, something to waste away 
evenings with, 

tf someone would only do a vcr- 
re you actually played the game 
a Pace's -eye view, and charged 
Che board., I think they'd have a far 
■ f hit on their hands. But for the time 
6-jtde Chess is a good attempt at a 
uction to computer chess. 

He Storm *£29,99 - Tfiys 

k-i T Amiga game perfectly adapted to 
T * media. Notf It's a bask arcade 
with multi-directional scrolling, lots 
m, jussive aliens trying to blow you to 
ic which you must react in a like 

*• advantage of using this on the 
3Tv and pretty standard as arcade 
mtt go. Overall boring and 
truing. 

jse of the Cautious Condor 
£34.99 • Tiger Media 

te of people have raved about this par- 
tide and admittedly it shows what 
- done with masses of storage space. 

* i simple detective story where you 
n solve a murder by wondering 
s, listening ro other people's convex 
and picking up dues. The graphics 
i a there are loads of J em - are f antes- 
most real cartoon quality and the 
is impressive, 
t fortunately I found the depth of 
lacking - the only way you are 
- r ed from solving the case in the first 
a by a time limit (given enough time 
Td solve it on your first go). Worth 
’•'4 but don't bank on it as a long term 
of entertainment 


4 Let's face if 
fractals can 
look pretty 
impressive 
sometimes... 

CD-Remix v2* £29.99 

Microdeal 

The quickest way Id describe this title is as 
a sequencer few CDs. You specify parts of a 
music CD which you can then remix, toop- 
ingi and repeating them at will 
There are a couple of niggles but noth- 
ing sqfiouis, ie changeovers are a tittle 
rough but these aren't the fault of the CD 
software and without some awfully expen- 
sive studio equipment there are no easy 
answer. ,• 

These gripes aside, it's very simple and 
sweet CDW application that will give own- 
ers hours of enioyabse fun. 

Connoisseur Fine Art Collection 
£34.99 * Lascelles 

Personally I've always wondered just who 
buys books with nothing but picture after 
picture m them. However someone must 
and given that, this disk is quite reasonable. 
It's basically a collection of digitised pho- 
tos of paintings across time, with explana- 
tory text. If you're into this kind of thing, 
open your wallet and take your flexible 
friend for a walk, you won't regret it. 

Of Wellman * £54.99 
Digita Multimedia 

When? as most of the games reviewed here 
started off badly, Dr Wellman started well 
and kept up appearances. There are several 
different ways of getting to the information 
you want, and all well presented. 

The software utilises the medium well 
with lots of informative text, most of which 
is backed up with pictorial support. 

To further help and give you confidence 
in the product - important given the sub- 
ject matter - there is a lot of narration, and 



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the voice immediately helps being in a 
relaxed but confident manner. It contains a 
lot of information covering a many of the 
general medical topics you'd expect to 
come across an the home. 

This is probably one of the few titles I 
looked at that I was sad to return * it 
almost made me want to cut my finger to 
find out how to apply the plaster! 


Falcon * £49.99 
Spectrum Holobyle 

for the armchair pilot who's doesn't have 
another computer, Falcon is a pretty good 
introduction to combat flight simulators. 
For A5 70 -owning Amiga users, however 
there are several better programs available 
for the Amiga. 

Posslbily Falcon's biggest problem is that 
given the amount of control you have 
through the remote controller, you have 
only a small amount of control aver the 
plane. 

This asitJe however, it's still a good game 
with lots of different missions, nice graph- 
ics, reasonable speed and OK graphics. 


Fractal Universe * £29.95 
Atmathera 

A lot of people are fascinated by Iraclals 
and if you're one of them then this is the 
CD for you! As well as the ability to gener- 
ate f radicals {'and let's face if, fractals can 
look pretty impressive sometimes - see the 
screenshot of the fre-d Fish Collection) 
Fractal Universe also includes full back- 
ground information and a lot of text on the 
subject of fractal art. 

1 can't help feeling however that £29 for 
this is a little over the top, but if you're into 
fractals then you should have it. 

Fred Fish Collection * £19.95 
At math era 

The Fred Fish Collection is a large assort- 
ment ol programs, utilities and games. 
While for normal Amiga users their colla- 
tion on to a single CD is to be welcomed 
(you don't want to know how many floppy 
disks it takes to store this collection nor- 
mally) I'm doubtful of their use to the 
CDTV user, 

This is because many of the utilities and 
programs were designed for use with a key- 
board and as such CDTV owners will have 
to buy a keyboard to gel the maximum 
benefit from it. 

For A500 with an AS 70 however it's a 
great collection and a useful CD. 


Fun School • £24,99 • Europress 

On the Amiga the Fun School range of 
educational software has been well 
received by children, it's a fun and easy 
educational range that get children learn- 
ing while they're having fun - which must 
be a good thing. 

There's nothing exceptional in this Fun 
School series of several CD-ROMs each 
costing £24,9? that provide an educational 
age range from under five to over seven. 


CDTV 



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The only question I have is that given, 
that CDTY disks are supposed to be 
cheaper to produce and the capacity of 
one CO disk equals a lot of floppies - 
couldn't Eurapress have put more than one 
Fun School title on a CD-ROM and charged 
the same? 

Still if you've got the money and chil- 
dren to educate (surely a contradiction in 
terms?) wander down to your dealer and 
take a look. 

Garden Fax Series * £34.99 
Intersearcti 

The Carden Fa* Series are in fad lour disks, 
each costing £14.99 T but because they are 
all so similar - the only difference being the 
type of plant they cover I'm looking at 
them as a whole. 

Initially they are disappointing - gaudy 
colours and; poor graphics they don't 
appear to offer much. But cm further exam- 
ination they provide an informative, 
detailed analysis of plants (along with pho- 
tos), all of which is easily accessible. 

Using a simple selection process which 
starts you at the top of a list of 200-odd 
plants, answering various questions you 
work your way through a series of condi- 
tions (light, colour, temperature etc) that 
your prospectwe plants must live in. 

The program then presents you with a 
small list of plants to chose from, on which 
you can call up growing information and so 
on* Neat, simple and effective but could do 
with a little tidying up around the edges. 

Global Chaos 

If you're into the rave scene this is a definite 
must. Abstract patterns set to some pretty 
wild audio tracks and a simple game 
thrown infer free. 

The result is likely to become a cult 
product and will unduutedly further the 
Amiga's street credibility, but unlikely to sell 
in great quantity . 

Guinness CDTV Disk of Records 
£34.99* Guinness 

One of many encyclopedia-type CDs, It's of 
reasonable quality with digitised photos, 
pictures, speech, the odd animation and 
film clips. For those interested in records, 
this provides what must be the definitive 
reference guide and a really useful, yes 




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really useful, product giving near-instant 
access to a vast amount of information. 


Hound of (he Baskemlles 
£29.99* On-Line 

This is the CDTV title ol the famous 
Sherlock Holmes case and I have no prob- 
lem in recommending you stay with the 
book version. 

I can only describe this CDTV title as, 
emn, poor, poor and poor. Very few pic- 
tures, no moving images that I saw, very lit- 
tle interactivity and generally tacking in 
quality. 

The only redeeming aspect is the quality 
of the vocals - these at least have been 
done by someone who knows how to nar- 
rate -dear and authoritative. 

If you're looking for a detective story or 
Sherlock stories, take a look at Sherlock 
Holmes Consulting Detective. 

illustrated Holy Bible - £29.99 
Animated Pixels 

A disappointing CDTV title this one. It's 
immediately obvious that little work went 
into this. Tlsere are blatant mistakes in the 
text where it has been mistyped and the 
Amiga-drawn pictures of scenes from the 
bible are lousy . 

Add to this That thEre's very little true 
interaction and it's a disappointing CD all- 
round, The only real point of this CD is that 
you can search for particular words and 
verses, but I'd seen this clone about 12 
months ago on a PD floppy disk-based ver- 
sion. That cost about £B... it's you choice. 



tftJT'Uoh £ - 

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COTV 

l suppose 


Japan World! *£49.99 
Global Learning Systems 

Imagine a language tuition course where 
you could hear and see the language in 
question. You could also call up informa- 
tion on just about every aspect of life in the 
country of the language. You J d have a 
powerful aid. 

Japan World is just such a package- 
Maybe it's because l r ve always been Fasci- 
nated by Japan, or maybe it's because this 
is a good disc in its own fight, but either 
way I was really impressed by japan World. 

If there were other language courses 
(say French, German, Spanish) of a .similar 
quality to this, Commodore would have a 
strong advert for CDTY! 

Lemmings • £34.99 • Psygnosis 

Wliat needs to be said that hasn't already 


Urn city - a got? gum? for Idum plottnen everywhere 

lime I tried I just ended up with a 



Given a decent controller like a 
tablet or light pen this program 
great Philips CD-I system has a ch 
controller that looks like it's out of a ft 
Price factory and 11 such a product < 
available for CDTY Td be only to happ] 
recommend this. 

NASA - The Heroic Age of S| 
£19.99* Trokia 

This title uses Commodore'* Otm 
answer to FMV, CDXL Unlike FMS J 
can display moving images necup;. r ; 
complete screen, CDXL can only ha 1 "*! 
quarter of the screen. 

The consequence on this particular 
is a like watching a scrambled Sky %*4 


been said about 
Lemmings? This is a pretty 
standard implementation 
of the classic Psygnosis 
game. 

It's a little disappoint- 
ing that with all the stor- 
age space available 
thousands of more levels 
weren't added and that 
the CDTV controller is not 
the best way to command 
your Lemmings, but it's 
still a great game. It CDTY 
is you're first computer 
you should Lake a look at 
this. 


MyPainl • £29.99 
SaddleBacfe 
Graphics 

This bad gteat potential. 
The CDTV ai a home 
entertainment environ- 
ment will obvious have a 
large number of young 
children using it. Every 
child I know loves to paint 
and draw 1 and as such a 
CDTV painting package is 
agreat opportunity. 

Sadly, MyPaint suffers 
from the CD TV's con- 
troller, which just isn't 
suitable for painting. Every 


CDTV and CD-ROM 
options 

In addition to software there're also a number of perip- 
new starting to appear For CDTV which acd to the enjo» 
possible. The more notable ones is; 

Trackball Controller * £79,99 * Commodore 

Basically an alternative way of controlling the pointer 
screen. A large ball is mounted in a casing. lolling the ■ 
the palm o? vour hand move* the pointer onscreen. 

Tracker baits have been available for the Amiga roc a 
but never really managed to rival the mouse to r conm> 
one, although a good tracker ball, fails because CDTY 
ware doesn't require the precise placement that tracker 
offer. The Trackball Controller also has interfaces for 
joysticks. 

Video Genlock Card * £149.99 * Commodore 

Allows you to take moving pictures from video camera 
player and the tike and mix them with the tfisplas tha 
CDTV is producing, and then record this bac* out to a 
recorder. Ideal tor video titling^, pe applications 

Voice Master • £39.99 • Microdeal 

Simply th,s allows you TO add your voice io CDTV 1 titles ' 
support St. in language courses for instance you can ; 
nounce |F>e foreign language youwtt tg see bow your v«r 
differs from the correct version.. Limited |b, the numb- 
CDTV titles that support it, but worth keeping an eye on 


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Cezanne STILL LIFE 1SSS 
Louvre, Paris. 

Cezanne stressed the form and volume of objects by 
simplifying and synthesizing outlines and arranging 
vanishing points above or below the horizon. 


more.,, 




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:hanneb This is a shame because The 
iiTok Age' has real potential. The in for- 
natfcOfikis very interesting, the audio 
accompaniment is well done (you can for 
nstance hear Neil Armstrong's immortal 
words as he first set loot on the moon!} 
ind as a "multimedia" application Its 
□retry good. 

Ifs just a pity it's mot FMVI Hopefully 
when Commodore sort FMV out, Trokia 
will come up with a lollow up which will 
really show the COTV off- 


Psycho Killer * £29,99 • On-Line 

Some has described this as the closest any 
CDTV title has yet come to an interactive 
movie. I wouldn't. It's long series of digi- 
tised photographs (of London) which you 
move through screen after screen. 

The only action comes on certain 
screens where you must quickly move the 
pointer to a certain part of the screen and 
click the button. Get it wrong and you're 
history. Sadly lacking in excitement, 
graphics or enjoyment. 


Sherlock Holmes Consulting 
0 elective * TBA 
Icon Simulations 

There review is o( a brand new title from 
America, and was responsible For bolding 
up this articles |usl as l was about to send 
the cop/ off, through the door popped 
this title. At first I ignored ft, but on closet 
inspection it merited holding the whole 
review back tor. 

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective 
is a title which is on most American CD- 
ROM owners' "must buy" lists and for a 
good reason. 

This is no easy way to describe this - 
QK r maybe there is, but don't want to 
spoil the enjoyment you'll get from this 
when you see it, except to say that it fea- 
tures professionally recorded sound, nice 
atmospheric pictures and masses of qual- 
ity CDXL mowing pictures. 

The narration is perfectly timed to the 


CD XI pictures so you begin to believe 
that Sherlock and Watson ate actually sit- 
ting there talking. 

There are no rough edges and few 
unexplainable pauses as the next 
images/data is loaded. Best yet, instead of 
just dumping the graphics to the screen, 
a slide projector-type screen (complete 
with video-style buttons) pops up, in 
which the moving images are displayed, 

This game will probably sell a lot of 
CDTV units in its own right and should be 
in every CDTV/A570 owner's collection - 
it's the best example yet of what CDTV is 
capable of. Buy it. 


Sim City * £29.99 * Itfogrames 

A classic Amiga program adapted lor 
CDTV. Unlike many other games con- 
verted lo work cm CDTV, this is far more 
than a straight adaption. 

The concept of Sim City is to build a 
City, attract a population and then keep it 
going, Throughout this period; various 
disasters befall you which you must also 
cater for, 

SimOty is very absorbing and enjoy- 
a hie and also has serious side lo it all- 
in-all it's a great garni?. 1 he CDTV 
incarnation builds upon the original with 




Exekias ACHILLES AND PENTHESILlA 550 B.C. 
Vase Painting, British Museum, London. 

Achilles was a famous Greek warrior during the 
Battle of Troy. His body was magically protected 
except for his heel. 


more. 


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impressive studio recorded sound, more 
than 10Mb of graphics and several new 
features. 

At the ECTS trade show this was the 
application that picked up the very first 
CD-ROM software award. Highly recam - 
mended for any CDTV or Amiga CD user, 


goes nowhere from here, 
control doesn't work with 
game, the game graphics 
pretty poor sound (given 
have been achieved) and li 
play. Nothing really bad, 
really good either? 



The Demo Collection * £19.95 
fllmathera 

Following on from CD PD collection, the 
Demo Collection is a must for A5?& own- 
ers, but not recommended for the CDTV 
owner. It contains loads of pictures, ani- 
mations, fonts, games and two versions of 
the Amiga's operating system (1,3 and 
2.04). 

If you're a serious or hobbyist Amiga 
owner you'll find this a valuable CD-ROM, 
although some of the stuff could do with 
more documentation. 


Women In Motion * £29 J! 
On-Line 

Another library of work horn Each 
Muybridge, this time a collection 
rather unattractive n»ked women. 1 
peculiar, but once again useful If yn 
into animation and drawing, or slig 
perverted... 


Xenon 2 * £29.99 * Mirrors! 

A well known Amiga game, Xenon 2 


must for any CDW players siri 

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Wrath of the Demon • £29.99 
REAHYSFT 

This title didn't even start well. Three 
megabytes ol data it boasts, great, but a 
CD disks can hold 550Mb! Starting the 
game, things get a little better, with a 
very nice introduction sequence. Sadly it 


because it's a great game. But for 
users owning an A57G it's now a little 
of date compared to recenl gi 
released on floppy. 

As a conversion little has been 
apart from a new soundtrack from 
the Bass added Lo accompany the g: 








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Jtees n g keys. OK, playing games may be a 
Ip of fun, but have you ever considered 
m+r else you can use your Amiga for? 

So pul that Joystick down and pay 
tk»n while we reveal another side of 
po ■ fc avourite computer - productivity. 

■ Huh? And just why should productive 
I) Interest me? JI you are probably asking. 
\% « | d you're old enough to have friends, 
Muessiom, money, hobbies and a desire 
ta communicate with the outside world 
jo. might just find that productivity could 
Approve your life, or at least help to make 
imore manageable. 

If you run one of Britain's increasing 
Ifcmber of home-based businesses you'll 
* r to keep accounts, turn out letters 
i : reports and file information on cus» 
1 ~ers and services - productivity car 


here too. 

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ust for the serious things in life. Maybe 
school, youth group, sports club or 
- pany needs a newsletter and you 
rt to produce as well as do some 
illustrations for it, Productivity can 
Np here top, since it covers a multitude 
sins. 

Spreadsheets, databases, desktop pub- 
hhmg, wordprocessing, disk utilities, 
accounts and graphics packages are all 
pr duttivily applications, and they can all 
-c, you do better things with your Amiga 
• n endlessly playing games. 

As you've seen, productivity software 
can be very wide-ranging. So lo help you 
1 ;ure out what's what, here are a lew 

oductions to -the main animals in the 

uetivity jungle. 


Databases 

Every lime you make a list of informa - 
’ on, such as the names, addresses and 
phone numbers of your friends, you 
* r - producing a database. 

In many cases this will take the form of 
1 1 tile notebook, card index, Filofax insert 
or, in more upmarket circum stances, as 
j ita stored in an electronic personal 
anganiser. 

A compuiensed database is also a list of 


First steps to 


productivity? 


You're wasting your machine's potential if all 
you're doing is zapping aliens. Gary Whitely 


looks at some more productive applications 


information, set up and entered according 
to the requirements of the user and any- 
thing which can be listed can be set up as 
a database - library books, video cassettes, 
stamp catalogues, recipes ~ you name it, 
you can database it 

By first designing a screen template to 
take the data you wish to enter and then 
typing the data into a blank form for each 
separate record a whole database can be 
built, up, and updated as necessary. 

The data files can be selectively printed 
out, or specific data can be found by 
searching for keywords, such as all occur- 
rences of the surname Jones, or all books 
about Amiga computers, for example. 

Database design requires both disci- 
pline and an awareness of exactly how 
you may need to extract the data in the 
future, but like most things a little practice 
will go a long way. 


Graphics 


As well as producing business graphics, 
which are often catered; ror within 
spreadsheet software, it J s nice to be able 
to produce your own illustrations 
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on printing in black and white anyway. 

Graphics produced with Deluxe faint 
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Even if you carYt draw for toffee there is 
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use a digitiser (such as Rombo's Vidi -Amiga 
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is the processing ol words. In essence this 
means typing text into your computer, 
editing it to your requirements, spell 
checking St, doing some basic layout and 
then printing out the results. 

The inclusion of good spell checking 
software with a wordprocessor is very 
Important, even if you consider yourself to 
be literals, as many silly mistakes often 
creep through when working at speed. 

Most of these goofs can be filtered out 
quite easily with a spell checker, though 
you' H still need to proof read to catch 
those occasions where a correctly s pel led - 
word Is in the wrong place - eg "the" 
instead of 'them". 

This article was written on a wardpro- 
cessor (Cold Disk's Transwrite 2 r in fact) 
but instead of being printed out it was 
delivered to Amiga Computing as a text file 
on a floppy disk. 

By importing the text and laying it out 
with the pictures in a desktop publishing 
program the pages that you are now read- 
ing are constructed. 

The major difference between DTP and 
word processing software is that OTP can 
also incorporate hue graphics elements - 
pictures, dip art, structured graphics and 
specialist typefaces, where word processors 
only deal with text. 

Inevitably this means that a DIP pack- 
age requires much more memory to run 
successfully than a wordprocessing pro- 
gram, as it has to cope with so much 
more data - psrticularty when producing 
pages which contain large amounts of 
graphics. 

But the distinctions between wordpro- 
cessons and DTP programs have become 
Increasingly blurred by "word publishing" - 
programs such as Pen Pal, Word worth, 
Kind Words 5 and Final Copy r which mm 
some of the features of DTP packages 
(such as graphic fonts and picture import- 
ing) with more traditional word processing 
functions. Of course, this car only be an 


advantage to the user, as such software 
inevitably offers more bang (or the buck. 


Spreadsheets 


Putting it very simply, spreadsheets are 
definable gnds in which numbers can be 
placed and then manipulated 
mathematically to provide results., 

By adding headings and column infor- 
mation and entering numerical data 
which relates to these headings it is possi- 
ble to build up complex applications, dou- 
ble entry book-keeping, financial forecast 
sheets and the like. 

I use a spreadsheet to keep track of my 
income and expenditure because the 
Inland Revenue, in particular, are keen 
that I tell them what my earnings for each 


financial year are. 

On one side of the spreadsheet I enter 
my income, along with any necessary 
details, and on the other my expenditure 
- which I break down into categories such 
as travel, bank charges, computer pur- 
chases, Natrona! Insurance payments and 
so on. 

Every month I input all the relevant 
data from my invoices, bank account and 
purchase receipts and then total every- 
thing up. 

This way ! can have an instant view of 
how the old bank balance stands, and 
where the money goes. 

In the simple example shown l J ve taken 
a theoretical cafe and looked at some ol 
their monthly grocery outgoings. 

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and by breaking the purchases dowr 
specific items it r s possible to see 
how much has been spent on each ih 
Tach of the monthly costs is places 
*ceir, for example cell D8 holds the 
ol tea for March. The total yearly ex; 
lure on tea can be found by adding a 
monthly spending on tea tog el her 
entering the formula SUM|D6:D1 7] in 
TOTAL cell at D19. 

When this formula is executed it 
up all the costs in column D from 
D1 7 and shows the result in D1 9. If 
the data is subsequently altered, the 
will adjust automatically, saving a 
recalculation. 

By printing out the results you can 
a hard copy of precisely what has 
happening in the kitchen during the 
By designing different spreadsheet 
possible to keep a check on all kii 
things - profit and loss accounts, l< 
league tables, stock control and so on 
Printing out endless lists of figures 
the only way of seeing whafs going 
many of the better spreadsheets and 
grated software packages allow graj 
be produced from selected, sets of datiu i 
Pie charts, bar charts, line graphs 
choice is yours in this voyage imo 
realms of big business. 


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Instead ol using a spreadsheet to lay 
financial matters, a program sue* 
Digita's Home Accounts i takes an 
different approach. By defining a 
transaction types such as CASH, Hi 
SAL etc (for cash, hobbies, salary m 
on) and then setting up as many sej 
accounts as you need to reflect your 
Dial affairs it is possible to keep tn 
your financial transactions across a 
range of accounts and spending 


Expansion - what is it and why do it? 


You might think that once you've bought your Amiga that 
that's the end of it, and that you've got all the hardware 
you'll ever need. But don't be fooled for one minute, 
unless of course you've bought one of the high-end 
machines such as the A3tH)0 or 4000 which include extra 
memory, hard drive, fast processors, and all the rest. 

The range of add-ons which supplier! are keen to sell 
Amiga owners seems never-ending, as you will no doubt 
be aware from reading the adverts in this magazine. 

Mice, tracker balls, disk drives, memory, hard drives, 
graphics tablets, monitors, printers, scanners, digitisers 
and accelerators all crop up with monotonous regularity 
because these are items that people not only want to buy, 
but quite often actually need to accomplish their desired 
tasks. 

Probably the most vital addition you can make to your 
Amiga is to upgrade the amount of memory (RAM) which 
it contains. Extra RAM tan make all the difference to suc- 
cess or failure, particularly in applications like desktop pub- 
lish ing, where large amounts of data or graphics can be 
involved. 

RAM can also help to speed things up, as the computer 
has more room to crunch data in and doesn't 
have to spend so much of its time rearranging its 


storage areas. 

An extra 2Mb of RAM can do wonders for your 
machine's versatility^ and upgrading to a megabyte -of 
chip RAM (for those faithful to older Amigas] will help to 
ensure that you don't run out of screen display during 
those vital last minute document changes. In fact, many 
serious software packages require aL least 1Mb of chip 
RAM just for starters. 

The next essential for serious productivity work, and 
more relaxed eyes, is a good monitor - preferably one 
which connects to the Amiga's RGB output for higher 
quality. 

Professional users often use multisync monitors and de- 
interlacing hardware to reduce the screen flicker, but I 
■imagine that such equipment will be well beyond your 
modest budgets, so enough said, 

A second disk drive will prove invaluable to many users, 
especially when lots of multiple disk access is required, 
though a hard drive will certainly be an option you should 
consider if you decide to get seriously involved with 
productivity. 

Some programs, particularly DTP software, can require 
access to huge amounts of data, lor instance 
Compugraphic fonts or dip art r and a hard drive will save 


a great amount of access time and disk swapping. 

Buy the largest capacity drive that you can afford 
fill up much faster than you might expect - and go ft 
SCSI one if you can. 

Naturally, if you need to gel hard copy, you'll neec 
printer. Your c holce will inevitably be based* both 
requirement - and cost. While there are truckloads 
cheap 9-pin dot matrix printers knocking about they 
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(or DTP work. 

Laser printers currently give some of the highest qi 
but can be pretty expensive to buy and to n 
j wen iy 4 our pin dot matrix printers offer good quality 
reasonable cost,, but are noisy* though they can do rei 
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For my money, a good printer buy would be a 
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provide very good print quality with whisper-^uiet 
mg. With some ingenuity and coloured ink refills they 
also provide nice colour output if you are prepared 
improvise a little. 

A word of warning though - make sure that the pnr 
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you may well be buying a dead duck. 



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flexible in the long run, but for day to 
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home accounting or cost tracking, an 
accounting package will do an admirable 
fob in all but the toughest circumstances. 

Disk utilities 

If you have ever tried to use the CLI or 
SHELL Interfaces provided with 


Workbench you'll know how frustrating it 
can be to do some very simple tasks, such 
as formatting a disk or moving a few files 
around. 

Disk utilities are designed to free you 
from such drudgery 


Poductivity 
could improve 


and add 
power to your 
elbow by providing 
a point and dick 
en v i ro nme nt where , v 

an of the usua i disk your life, or at least 

operations (and # 

often a great deal Jfl(lK€ it more 

more) can be easily 

and quickly manageable 

achieved, ° 

Current 

favourites such as Directory Opus (which i 
find absolutely invaluable) or SID 2 are so 
flexible that they can also be used to 
launch other programs, display 
pictures, play sampled sounds, archive 
Hies and print out documents, in addition 


to all the disk manipulation, formatting, 
copying and other tasks that they 
perform. 

Hard drive owners will find such soft- 
ware especially useful. 

As you've probably 
gathered by now, pro- 
ductivity can bum quite 
a hole in your pocket. 
But if you are Sr business 
you'll appreciate the 
time, effort [and cost) 
saved on doing manual 
book-keeping, typing let- 
ters, and producing 
printed materials, while 
the creativity involved in 


producing a newsletter can be very 
ing r as well as educational. 

By all means continue playing ga * 
as we ail know that all work ai 
play makes lack a dull boy (or so they j 
- but once in a while consider do* 
something a little more serous. You nd 
know, you could even end up ma»* 
money out of it. 


• Special thanks fo Micro- P • 
UK Ltd for the loan of the 
Office and Home Account 
software illustrated in this article. 


Recommended products 


As a guide, here is a small selection of 
productivity software. Where possible 
costs are based on advertised,, not 
recommended, prices. 

Mini Office- Europress Software £40 
Integrated spreadsheet, wordprocessor, 
data base, busin ess graphics and disk 
utilities package. 

The Works Platinum - MrCrra 5ys(emi 
Software £40 

Integrated spreadsheet, word processor 
database, business graphics and commu- 
nications package,. 

Cold Disk Office 2-H» Marketing £90(7) 
Integrated word processor, DIP program, 
spreadsheet, database and business 
graphics package. 

Pogcsmer 2 - Cold DHk £40 
The same program as bundled in Cold 
Disk Office 2. Reasonably featured 
budget DIP program. 


Word worth - Digiia International £ SC 
Word publisher with many 
DTP functions. 

Final Copy 2 - Softwood fnc £6? 
Word publisher with many 
DTP functions. 

Transwrite 2 - Cold Disk £30 
Low priced but fast, well-featured 
word processor ideal for almost all 
word-crunching tasks, 

l Hi- _ 

- Home Accounts 2 - Digito £38 

Directory Opus - INOVAtronics £30 
Mega disk utility with lots of power. 

Deluxe Paint 4.1 - Electronic Art. £60 

Power Scanner m 2 - Power 
Computing £99 

Hand scanner to produce mono IFF file- 
Plus, of course, the offerings from 
many PD libraries. 


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GRAPHICS 4 VIDEO 
New (CD nicker fixer £209 

GVP Impact Vision 24 Bit Cord 


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Rocgen 
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Rend ale 3802 
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Commodore 2300 Int 
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Video Pilot V330 
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Philips Editing System 


£1550 
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GVP HCS + 80Mb Quantum for 2000 £326.95 

Impact Series II HCB+ & 240Mb Hard drive £43 9 .99 

Impact Series II HC8+ & 420Mb hard drive £ 1 169.99 
GVP Impact Vision 24 Bit Card £1 499,00 

AMIGA 1 500 / 2000 ACCELERATOR CARDS 
G-Force 030-25MHZ with 1 Mb 32-Bit RAM £549,99 

G-Force 03040MHz with 4Mb 32-Bt RAM £699 .99 
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G-Fcice 040-28MHz with 2Mb 32-84 RAM £1699.99 

FLOPTICAL DRIVE £549.90 (21Mb disk 45740) 


A A5Q0 HARD DRIVES 

G VP HD8 + 52Mb Quantum £3 1 8,95 
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GVP MEMORY RAM MODULES 

Series II RAM 8 RAM Card for Amiga 
1 500/200 with 2Mb £149.99 

32 bit 60ns 1 Mb SIMM for Accelerator 
Cards (A530 + G FORCE) £44 

32 bit 60ns 4Mb SIMM 
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8833 Mklt 4 Turbo Challenge II £199.95 
CBM 1960 Monitor £449,95 

CBM Flicker Fixer £299,95 

Philips 14'SVG A monitor, suitabe for use with 
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Please add £1 4.95 for connecting tead 

NEW PHILIPS MODEL 220 GDI W40 

MEMORY UPGRADES 

New Smart Card memory upgrade (A600J 
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New 2.04 Official Upgrade with 
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A500 Plus 1 Mb Expansion £39.95 

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Scpf a 500RX 2 Mb Expan. (600/500+ ) £139,95 

51 2K RAM Expo nsion + Clock (500) £34.95 

Above without clock £29.95 

1 .5Mb Mb Expansion (Not Plus) £79.95 
1Mb Expo nsion with Thru-Port (500) £49,95 

BMb RAM Board for A 1 500 or 2000 
Arles Board 0Mb £79.95 

For each 2Mb RAM Odd £69 .00 

INTERNAL DRIVE KIT 
1 Replacement A 500 Internal 3. 5" drive kit, fully 
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£ M U LATG R S 

Gdden Gate 386-20 for 1 500/2000 £349.00 

Golden Gate486SX25. 1 6OO/2/3/4O0OS749 jO 0 
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Vortex AT Once Plus 16MHz £214.99 


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Naksha Upgrade Mouse £22.96 

New Roboshift , Auto sensing Joystick/ Mouse 
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TRACKBALL 

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[power supply 

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Amiga Souid Enhancer £35.99 

Stereo Speakers £39.95 

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Graphics & Digitising 

Deluxe Paint IV 

Digi view Media Station 

Intro CAD Plus 

X CAD 2000 

X CAD 3000 

Image Master 

Image Finder 

Vista 

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VDl Amiga Colour Solution 
Pro Draw 3 

Music. Midi & Sound 

Audio Engineer +2 

Aiudiom aster 4 

Bars & Pipes Pro 

Dr T Coprest Apprentice 

Dr T MCs Level II V3.5 

Music X 1,1 

Stereo Master 

Pro Midi 2 Interlace 

Techno Sound Turbo 


Video Titling 
Amiga Vision 
Big Alternative Scroller 
Brood cost Utter 2 
Font Pack 1 for above 
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£149.00 

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SOFTWARE 


Wordprocessing & DTP 

Trans write 
Kindwords 3 

Final Copy £99.95 

Wordsworth Vl .1 
Excellence 3 £79.95 

Home Office Kit 
Pagesetter 2 £39.99 

Page Stream 2.2 
Saxon Publisher 
Propage 3 

Development & Utilities 

AMOS start er Pock 

Easy AMOS £24.99 

AMOS 3D 

AMOS Compiler £24.99 

Cross Dos £34.99 

Das 2 Dos 

Disk Master £34.99 

Dev Pack 3 

Directory Opus £24.99 

Lattice C5.1 Dev Syst £159.95 
OuoterBockVS £34 99 

Superpose Pro 4 
X Copy Pro 5.2 
Hi Speed Pascal 
Hyper Book £39.99 


Animation & Rendering 

Alt Dept. £44.99 

Art Dept Pro 2 

Imagine 2 £374.99 

Map Master for tmogne £44.99 
Morph Plus £349.95 

Presentation Master £169.95 

Surface Master for Imagine £24.99 
Real 3D Beginners £54.99 

Real 30 Pro £229,95 

Sculpt Animate 4D 

CLUB MEMBERS PRICE ONLY 

(Prices are already discounted) 


Accounting 

Home Accounts 2 
System 3 £39,99 

.Area Accounts £59,99 

Pro Calc 

Advantage £34.99 

Day By Day £24,59 

Educational 

A D I Maths 1 1-12 

ADI Maths 12-13 

ADI English 11-12 

A D I English 12-13 

Distant Suns 4 449.95 

fun School s {Each) 

GB Route £49.95 

APPLICATION STAR BUYS 
Final Copy 

Word worth 2 £79,95 

Home Office Kit - Includes 
Spreadsheet, Database & 
Word Processor £49.95 


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Tel 071 5504355 
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Tel 0202 716226 
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443 Gloucester Rd 
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Tel 0272 522044 
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Amiga 1063 High Rd 
Chcdweii Heath 
Romford 
Tel 081 597 8851 
FAX 081 590 8959 

PC Centre 
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Chadwell Heath 
Romford 
Tel 081 597 8851 
FAX 08 1 590 8959 


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DOT MATRIX PRINTERS 


STAR LC20 
STAR LC100 Colour 
STAR LC 200 Colour 
STAR LC 24-20 

STAR LC 24/200 MONO 1 9S.9S 

STAR LC 24/200 COL 

STAR ZA 200 COL 

STAR XB 24 200 COL 

STAR XB 24 250 COL £435 .92 


CITIZEN SWIFT 9 COL 
CITIZEN SWIFT 224 COL £205 00 
CITIZEN SWIFT 24E COL £235.00 
CITIZEN 240 COL £25027 

CITIZEN SWIFT 24X £303.15 

CITIZEN SWIFT 24X COL £349.00 
SEIKOSHA SP 1900+ £99.95 

SEIKOSHA 2400 £129.95 

SEIKOSHA SL92 £175.00 

IW Sei kasha 24 Pd Col 


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£295.00 

£371,30 

£480.57 

£106.03 

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£499 


Oki 400 

NEWOki 014101Mb 
Inc HP HIP EmJotion 
OKI LASER 810 
OKI LASER 830 
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NEW OKI OL 850. (Feature 
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Advanced $. Prog. Guide £24,45 
3D Graphics Prog. Bask: 

Amiga Basic Inside & Out £17,45 
Arnica C Advanced Prog. 

Amiga C tor Beginners 
Afirto^DCSInalda&ajt 
Amiga Das Quick Ref, 

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Disk Drives Inside £ Out 
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Machine Language 
Printers Inside 8; Out £24 45 

Systems Prog. Guide 
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Making Music On Amioa £ 24 . 


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£1949 

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£22.49 

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£22 49 

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£1949 

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£2249 

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£19,46 


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to better waveform detail. 

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will in most cases be placed usinq ttwfl 
nal sound chips, amplitude dlgifeat j i 
most Amiga digitisers fs performs J tl 
accuracy of eight bits (allowing ' ^1 
possible "loudness" values). 

One term you will hear over and I 
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"flSVX", which is one of the IFF slmm 
ised file formats used lor sampled sajl 
its claim to fame, as many of youl 
already know, is that allows one Amiga 

gram to load and 
samples created I 
any other Amiga ^ 
program. 

As far as W 
equipment goes, 
m you really need 

into the world t i 
pling is some d*oi 
hardware and the i 
Kl ware to control I 

many ol the A-» 


shilting the time-position of a sample 
before adding it back to itself, 

These are things which are either diffi- 
cult or impossible to do using conventional 
analogue recording techniques. 

The quality of any digital sound depends 
on the accuracy of the original digitisation 
process and here there are two different 
variables to consider - the sampling rate, 
and the resolution of the number* used to 
define the amplitude, 

It should be pretty obvious that faster 
sampling rates will give better waveform 
detail, and equally obvious that increasing 
the range of numbers used to represent the 
ampFilude measurements should also lead 


ie digital, copy of the original sound, 
for what should now be obvious reasons 
the hardware units which provide this 
magic conversion are called "digitisers'". 
Once the digitising process has been car- 
ried out the sound will have been turned 
into a stream of number*, 

This then allows a computer to be used 
to perform sophisticated editing effects - a 
user can take a piece of one sound, mix it 
with another, speed up or slow down the 
rate at which the sample is played 


G etting into sound sampling on 
the Amiga nowadays just 
couldn't be easier. There's a 
good range of hardware and software with 
prices that start from virtually free - ie the 
public domain software offerings - to units 
Vvhich have the price4ags and specifica- 
tions which attract professional users. 

In short, there Is something on the 
^Ptoaa for everyonei Despite its popularity 
Shfter there are still plenty of users who 
ftasAjilyet to jump on, and enjoy, the sound 
sample bandwagon. 

^whether you are a newcomer or not 
B^sn't matter this month though, because 
mere should be something in this sampling 
supertest to help or interest everyone. 
l Topics first and foremost on the 
[agenda? How about we start with an 
Explanation of what "sound sampling" 
actually is. 

J Complex 

Musical nates are made up of sound 
waves that have a certain frequency (pitch) 
aid a certain loudness (amplitude). When 
jjgJyijt en to a piece ol music, or any other 

ing to a 


or even 

produce phasing and flanging effects by 


■HI come to that, you 
aiMplex mass of sound waves which 
include many different frequencies and 
■piitudes. 

Pf at any point in time you could take a 
snapshot of the sound you were hearing 
and measure the amplitude of that part of 
fche soundwave then, using some agreed 
^Convention, you could Express the ioudness 
as a number. 

If you did the same thing over and over 
ligain, a whole series of numbers could be 
Obtained and r at the end of the day, you 
would have a list of numbers that repre- 
sented the original sound. 

. jMfcsrii these ideas which fami the basis of 
^B&ampling, By using special hardware 
WhfchrriiHjsur'Ljs that amplitude information 
marfp thousands of limes a second it is pos- 
sjjote Id build up a very detailed numerical, 


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available and providing you have the soft- 
ware to utilise those sounds you can mix, 
alter, and use those samples to your hearts 
content 

Most people however, once bitten by 
the sampled-sounds bug r do go out and 
get the necessary hardware- software so 
that they can actually sample their own 
sounds. 

Although Midi doesn't come into the 
picture when you are creating and editing 
sound samples, you will find that having 
access to a Midi keyboard will be a big help 
as far as composing music is concerned. 

Many tracker programs and sequencers 
which allow sampled sounds to be used to 
create songs also allow the musical note 
data to be entered using a synthesiser key- 
board rather than the Amiga keyboard. 

This makes life much easier and if you 
are going to use sampled sounds in this 
way a cheap Midi keyboard will be a good 
investment! 

Almost all sound sample digitiser units 
attach to the Amiga's parallel port, Basically 


snal soul 
sg the ini 

i sati on v 
med to 
ig for 2 


Eight-bit 

\miga digitisers 
at around A 


Up* packages include both] 
i^Y : f Amiga digitisers start at about 
■ mtr me top of the range units costing 
mjt ten times that amount. Hard disks 
iS <* r RAM obviously help any applica- 
p b- 4 'bey are not absolutely essential 
m r* Mb Amiga user without a hard 
In if nil! do an awful lot of sound 


Be warned 


the sampling process is 

initially r your results may not be very good. 

It takes lime and practice to learn hoWo 
get the recording parameters to their optk 
mum values. 

Practice does however make perfect anu 
after a lew attempts the whole process 
becomes second nature. 

Tracker | 

In the early Amiga days r programmers 
needed a fast, convenient way of creating 
music for games and demos and one of the| 
earliest utilities to appear was called | 
SoundTracker, 

Within a couple of years a number of 
these programs had appeared and H*tj| 
became generally known in the tratfe as 
trackers. 

Being essentially programmers' tolls, 
these trackers adopted programmer-!® 
conventions lor specifying music-' 
sequences. Song: descrip- 

I lions were built around 
lists showing the times^ 
and the pitches at which j 
various samples should be* 
played, and so on. 

While not ideal from a 
musician's viewpoint, this 
method of composing 
musk rapidly became 
established, but the 
was then on to 
grams that were more 
user-friendly. 

One of the most sir 
cessful trackers was a p^J 
gram called MED (shon 
for Music EDitor) which 
allowed songs to be cre- 
ated by linking together! 
small blocks of music. 

These blocks could be 
arranged and repealed in 
any way so,, once thd 
blocks had been defined" 
building the song became 
very easy indeed. 

During the follo^fl 
years a number otoM| 
MED versions syerl 


you plug one end into the sound source - 
which might be a tape unit, CD, micro- 
phone, or some other audio signal output - 
and the other end into the parallel poH- 

The lower-priced units will probably 
have no controls at all. Higher priced units 
include tjoth line-level and microphone- 
level inputs, signal gain controls, swilchabie 
parallel-through port connections [so that 
the digitiser can be left permanently 
plugged in) and perhaps a number of other 
goodies. 

Having switched on and booted up the 
sampling editing software the rest is com- 
paratively easy. Set an appropriate sample 
rate, adjust the volume Of the input signal 
to a suitable level, and then just hit record. 
Your sample will be sitting in the editor 
wasting to be saved or edited, 

OK , so some details do vary from pack- 
age to package, but the above scenario 
should give you the basic idea of how easy 


. nest it is possible to get into the 
M of aound sampling even before get- 
? t : : ‘laer unit, Theie are literally thou- 
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Some terms explained 


RAM scanning This means 
exactly what it says programs which 
provide RAM scanning facilities allow 
you to scan through the Amiga's mem- 
ory and, by "playing the data, look for 
sound samples. 

Raw Sample Basically a copy of 
the byte values of a sound sample 
waveform just as they appear in mem- 
ory (as opposed lu a sample stored in a 
specially designed file structure such as 
IFF 85V X), 


Clipping A waveform distortion 
caused by a signal being too strong for 
the input circuitry of a recording or sam 
pling device. 

The circuitry gets overloaded and the 
top parts of the incoming waveforms gel 
distorted or chopped off. The end result 
is always the same a poor quality 
sound. 


IFF 85V A This is the IFF (Interchange 
File Format) name of a file arrangement 
used lor storing sound samples 


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reused providing new editing facilities a 
standalone song player utility called 
EDPlayer, and support for Midi 
instTuinents. 

Up to this point these programs woe - 
nri the original programs still are - public 
omain, but when MED’s successor, 
GctaMED, arrived a decision was made to 
go commercial 

enhanced version, called OctaMED 
now been reieased and, as youTI 
m our product/ price listings, it is by 
na^hcans expensive. 

^JbctaMED Pro is more powerful and 
jftSpih easier to use than the original MED 
Tffogram and is highly recommended for 
those of you who need a tracker. 




Samplers 





Lots of magazine and PD disks include 
sound samples that can be extracted and 
d for your own purposes. 

Finding them is easy enough if you onty 
have a few directories on the disk - espe- 
cially if the samples have been given obvi- 
ames such as crash, iff, bang.snd or 

asvx. 

ting them when the samples have 
tuitive names (eg PDX„SD) can be 
harder, especially if the disk is packed 
many directories. 

More to the point - it may take a lot of 
time Lo look at every file in every directory! 
result of course is that all too often you 
n miss potentially useful sound samples 
t because they were not easy to idemtify. 
Fortunately there's a nice easy solution - 
automate thE whole process and let the 
iga da all the hard work... 

Search is a small CLI /5 hell utility that 
does just that. It look* not only for BSVX 
d samples but all common IFF files 
ictures. SMUS files etc), 
ill even find things like Music X 
Can Do DECK standard Midi files 
Files), and the new AIEF (Audio IFF} 
that are going to be used by the new 
it sampling products due to appear! 
to use it P just open a CLL/Shell window 
and type Search followed by the disk drivE 
:o be looked ah SearthDFO:, for sample, 
ill search all of the directories of the disk 



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Don't forget also that there are liter- 
ally hundreds of disks containing 
sound samples floating around in the 
public domain The only trouble is that 
it ts usually a hit and miss affair as far 
as quality is concerned. 

There afe some really excellent sam 
pies floating around, hut you usually 
have to wade through a lot of rather 
more average sounds to lind them. 

Having said that, it doesn t take 
that long to build up a reasonable col 
lection of good sounds. Public domain 
libraries like PD Direct, who offer a lot 
of musk disks, will be able to point 
you in the right direction. 


in drive dfO and give you a list of the 
required files and their directory locations. 
This is the sort of output you'll get, 


Aiica CDHpjtiRg IFF/SRF Search U till \-f (FsU 

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I FI ELGNr 

dflitiflQDI 

IFF 3L1II: 

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IFF ttVX; 

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EJF 8SYD 

fj 1C : s&nss/cticl 

rn File: 

dfOswn|i/LBC?*LlHt/iGiid 


If you are searching a hard disk or a floppy 
with many files and nested directories then 
the program may lake a minute or two to 
locate the required information, but it will 
be a lot quicker than other methods. 

You can, incidentally, cancel the search 
operation at any time by hitting Ctrl-C or 
Ctrl'D. If you need a permanent copy □( 
the program output, just redirect the out- 
put to a disk file, or to the PUT device. For 
instance, the command- 


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SEARCH >RMI; EOnteifS Of >: 




will send details cl the dfl: analysis to a 
“RAM disk file called "contents - " , 


Sampling 
hardware and 
editing software 


AMAS 2 ■ Micro deal * £100 


This is an upgraded version of ihe very 
popular AMAS sampling package which 
includes stereo digitising hardware that can 
sample at rates ol up to 9tfkHz. 

This sort of sampling speed can't be 
realised with the current Amiga range but 
the AMAS 2 software doing the driving can 
achieve mono recording sampling rates of 
up lo 55.9kHz and stereo recording rates of 
2?. 9kHz (replay frequencies are up to 
55.9kHz), 

Software adjustable input level controls 
are provided and as well as the usual 
cut-copy/ paste type editing controls there 
are a whole range of effects that can be 
produced (echo, phasing, chorus, reversal 
and so on} and it is possible to overlay sam- 
ples, swap and copy channels,, fade In 
and out, and do things like stereo 
bouncing. 

Sampled sounds can be saved in IFF and 
raw formats, and in a new “executable" 
form that allows samples to be played out- 
side of AMA5 I simply by clicking on an 
associated icon. 

The software also includes things like a 
3D TFT (fast Fourier Transform) display and 
a dual real-time spectrum analyser. 

A small, but reasonably useful, sample- 
orientated, Midi sequencer is also provided 
and you even get a microphone thrown in 
as well 

AMAS 2 offers new users a very attrac- 
tive total package and 'it’s probably to this, 
plus the fact that it is a well supported 
product, that the package owes its 
popularity. 

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with those of less expensive packages, such 
as TechnoSound Turbo and &eat Studio, 
you r ll often find surprisingly litUe difference 
(or no difference) in sample quality, 

AMAS 2 software however is reasonably 
powerful and, as an integrated sampling 
and editing package it must be said that 
because of this AMAS 2 does, at a price, 
win hands down over the cheaper 
alternatives. 

Audio Engineer Plus 
HB Marketing * £204 

This Ramscan/GSOnr offering is, quite sim- 
ply, the best S-blt Amiga sampler available 
at the current time. Unfortunately it is also 
the most expensive. 

The stereo digibsing unit is a CSOFT 
Audio Imager and this includes two sepa- 
rate, and very fast, A/D (analogue to digital 


converters. The hardware is in fact rates 
excess of 100k samples per second and 
is capable of sampling at rates well 
that obtainable with Amiga* fitted 
6BQ20/68030 accelerator cards. 

Audio Engineer boasts solid const! 
Lion, swikhable microphone and 
inputs, signal level adjustment, prin 
switch -through connections (so that 
digitiser can be left permanently pM 
in) and above all a quality by which 
other Amiga samplers are judged! 

Audio Engineer II, the associated sai 
recording/editing software, is a‘ 
extremely good - as weII as offering all 
usual types of edit Effects, the software 
includes fme-strelching and time-corn 
Sion, frequency cut and boosting via 
ware filters, very powerful loop creai 



Sampled sounds 




IFF Sound Sample Library • Walkabout Music 
One disk; £2.50, ten disks: £19.95 all disks: £49.95 

There are a lot o! sample libraries around but this one Is absolutely brilliant and eo 
everything from the usual types of drums, bass, synlh and piano sounds to obscure tK 

like African and Indian instrument collections. 

Each disk contains samples from a particular sound category and in fact the full lib 
Irst goes something like this... Airican, Indian instrument. Indian percussion, Arabic, 
East, European, Oceania, Americas, FX percussion. Drum Kit, Analogue Percussion, La 
percussion, guitars, bass guitars, analogue bass, digital bass, brass, syntri brass, pian 

strings, synth strings, choirs, organs, bells, and sound tX. 

The number of samples on each disk ranges from about 20 to over 100 and there's 
doubt at all that Walkabout Music have done an excellent job (helped no doubt by t 
fact that they are all musicians and know the difference between a good sample and a 
one). 

If you want to get an idea of the quality of rhe library just get hold or the bass gu 
samples disk fit's actually disk 14 in their catalogue) - all too often bass guitar samples 
mediocre but this stuff is so good it'll blew your socks offl 


Sample Series * Gajils * £9.95 

A range of high-quality IFF samples for use with music programs. Percussion k Lit 
Guitars & Strings, Brass & Woodwind, Synth & Vocals and Piano & Keyboard volumes 
currently available. 




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facilities, and special methods for providing 
playback of stereo samples at rates of up to 
56k samples per second. 

When used with machines such as a 
standard Amiga A50Q or A2QQ0, quite a bit 
of Audio Engineer Plus's high-standard 
hardware specification is inevitably wasted, 
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3 r it is worth every penny of the asking 

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AudioMaster IV 
HB Marketing • £70 

is is basically the Aegis release ol 
RamScan's Audio Engineer Plus software 
and needless to say its not only brilliant 
but is generally regarded as the best Amiga 
8-bit sampling software around at the pre- 
sent time, 

Audition 4 * HB Marketing * £50 

This piece of stereo/mcno sound sample 
editing software comes from SunRiie, a 
pany that know an awful lot about 
sampling. 

ough the configuration menu has 
it options for selecting Perfect Sound 
lers {another SunRize product) a 
eric option allows the program to worlt 
h any other parallehport based 8-bit 
Amiga, sampler. 

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are with a great many useful features, 
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Miscellaneous hardware and software 


Audio Sculpture * Software 
Management Group * £49 

This program by Expose Software B4 rela- 
tively new tracker utility which compares 
favourably with GciaMED Professional in 
all but one respect - it costs over twice as 
much! 

Music Pack 5 • PD Direct • £12 

This pack contains a whole host of public 
domain programs, songs and samples 
including MED vl.2 and Pro Tracker. 

OrtaMED Professional 

Amiga nuts * £22.50 

Despite the fact that it has a few rough 
edges, this is one of the best tracker pro- 
grams around at the present time and is 
excellent value for money. QctaMED users 
can upgrade for just £12,50! OctaMED 



still a very capable, and well supported, 
program. 

Beal Studio • Pandaal Marketing 
£40 approx 

This fairly new offering from City Beat 
comes complete with all the hardware and 
software necessary to get into the world of 
Amiga sampling. 

The manual is lousy but what has sur- 
prised an awful lot of people is the fact 
that, with a little care, the hardware can 
produce extremely good results. 

The editing software is adequate but it 


Pro contains a whole range of different 
screens but two areas in the display are 
always visible, firstly there is a status bar 
which provides current edit modes, 
block.' instruments numbers or names, and 
route/ pi ay track status. 

Secondly there is a 15 -but ton menu 
panel, Ten of the menu panel buttons 
cause other control panels to be displayed 
and these control the loading and saving of 
songs and instruments, the setting of rela- 
tive track volumes, transposition, Midi set- 
tings and a variety of block/track editing 
facilities. 

The remaining five menu panel buttons 
switch between the five main GetaMED 
Pto editors. 

There's a Block editor which is used for 
entering note data in conventional MED 
tracker format, a Graphic note editor which 
allows you to enter and display/print music 
a bar at a time using conventional nota- 



tion, a Sample editor, a Synthetic 
editor and a Sample List editor, 
Compositions can incidentally be 
in a variety of different formats: Song 
Ties with song and instruments/samj 
and modules containing multiple songs 
a single file. 

Arrangements can also be saved 
Sound/ Noise/ProTracker-compatible for 
Another point that is worth mentioning 
that the GetaMED Player program is AF 
controllable so it is possible to load £*« 
play songs under ARexx script contrail 

Sound Enhancer Plus 
Omega Projects • £34.95 

This unit sits between the audio outputs 
your Amiga and an external amplifier 
can improve the audio qua ity 
Amiga's internal sound chip outi 
considerably. 


cannot compete with offerings like 
AudioMaster IV or Audition 4. 

Crystal Sound * BlltSoft • £94 

This 8-bit sound digitising unit has only just 
started to a reive in the UK and there's no 
doubt that it is very good indeed. It pro- 
vides twin, ultra fast, low noise A/D con- 
verters which can sample at up to 7QkHj in 
stereo, 

It has microphone and line level inputs 
(with active audio filters on all inputs), sep- 
arate left and right gain controls and a 
printer pass-through, 

Crystal sound is directly compatible with 
Audio Engineer Plus and Audition 4 if sam- 
pling in Perfect Sound mode. 

Dalel Stereo Sampler 
DateL * £50 

This sampling hardware and software pack- 
age does its job but it is not particularly 
impressive considering the competition. 

Digital Sound Studio 
Silica Systems • £50 

This is a good, easy to use, hardware and 
software 8-bit sampling system and one 
that has earned much praise from existing 
users. 

Good documentation is provided and 
the program includes things like software- 
controlled input levels and microphone/line 
switches which makes it easy to adjust 
input signal strengths. 

Another plus for this offering is that a 
four-track sample sequencer is included in 
the software, The digitiser itself Is well 
made and, all in all, this package is good 
value for money, 

Meg a Mix Master • Rombo 

Productions • £40 

This is anoLher budget-priced sampling 


hardware and software package that 
the ranks of Beat Studio, TechnoSound 
etc, 

The hardware does what it is supp 
to well enough but that's about all that 
be said. On the whole TechnoSound 
a much better proposition, and it is 
what cheaperl 

Micro Sampler • Datel • £25 

This is a budget-priced mono sam] 
hardware unit which comes with 
software. The hardware seems to do a 
son able job! 

Perfect Sound 3 • HB Marketing 
£60 

This is another combined hardware 
software stereo /mono sampling sysr 
which is able to produce excellent resui 
comes from Sunltize and the software 
vides most of the common editing fa< 
including fades, sample mixing, revei 
tenng, resampling etc., required lor si 
work, 


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Power Computing * £39 

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money goes, competes well with other 
itarly priced offerings. 

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HB Marketing * £130 

This Aegis offering is one of the £n 
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systems available and perhaps most ii 
tant of all ifc now comes with the 
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The hardware includes a volume 
control, overload indicator, line and 
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Sampling tips and tricks 


The key to good sampling is to get a good input signal to start 
with. Where passible this means sampling directly from source 
rather than using a microphone. 

The object of th« exercise is to avoid clipping but still ensure 
that a strong, dear signal is provided to ihe digitiser. The 
cheaper samplers will not have signal controls on (hem so it's 


dally when tracker programs are being used the drum track 
becomes ridiculously simple because only one single note and 
one voice (the sampled drum track) per bar is needed to 
reproduce the drum pattern no matter how complex the origi- 
nal part was. 

You do of course have to take care with timing issues so 


musician /hi-fi freak who already taj 
mixing desk then you will not parti 
need a digitiser with input level con 

If on the other hand you want to 
pie voices using a microphone or 
other non-adjustable audio ou' 
but have no external way of alte- 
signal levels, then you will net. 
digitiser whose input levels car 
adjusted. 

lt J s quite dear that qua lily- wise 
Audio Engineer Pius comes out on 
but as far as digitising hardware is 
cerned the new Crystal Sound uni? 
also made a very good impression 
the software front it is AudioMaster 
which is essentially the Audio Eng n 
software, that steals the show. 

There are now a lot of fairly ct* 
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Stereo Sampler 2 • Trilogic * £38 

e digitising hardware but can be sup- 
a variety of different sample edit* 
■. With Audition 4 for example 
costs £69.99 and this is quite a 
and cost-effective, combination. 


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have been announced foi the Amiga but 
already there am three units to choose 
from. 

ADI 01 2 SuuRizc Board 
HB Marketing * £470 

The ADI 012 audio card fits inside the 
A20QO/A3QOO Amiga series and adds 12-bit 
digitising and SMPTE facilities to the 
system. 

It comes complete with SunRizc's Studio 
16 recording and editing software and this 
can record and playback directly from disk. 

You need a hard disk system with a fast 
drive to get the best out of this digitiser 
and rf you are thinking of intensive use with 
an A20Q0 machine you are likely to find 
youl need a 68030 accelerator card as 
well! 

Clarity 16 ■ Microdeai * £150 

This is the first law-cosL hardware and soft* 
ware stereo 16-bit sampler to be produced 
for the Amiga and Us due out any time. 

If it lives up to the press releases it is 
going to be a winner because not only will 
it offer a 1 6*bit system that can sample at 
up to CD rates (44,1 kHz) but the software 
can convert between 3-bit and 1 6-bit for- 
mats so you'll still have IFF 8SVK support as 
well as 1 6-bit file format support. 

Samples will be able to be played both 
through the stereo 16-bit cartndge output 
and through the Amiga's standard output 
channels. 

The hardware includes an integral Midi 
interface and the software will provide a 
sample sequencer and options for using the 
Amiga as a sample-based Midi sound 
expander, 

AD516 SunRize Board 
HB Marfceting * Price: TBA 

This is a 16-bit hardware sampling board 
with software and a specification that is 
going to attract professional audio-visual 
users. It seems as though it is a rename for 


Itudfa Ilf In Jit i Auriga lumpllttg to tht limit* 

a board originally announced - some six 
months ago or so - as the SunRaze 
ADI 01 6. The AOS 16 hasn't arrived in the 
UK yet but there is little doubt that when- it 
does it is going to have a price tag much 
higher than the ADI 01 2 board - prices of 
around £800 have been suggested! 

Conclusion 

All the S-bit digitisers tested behaved 
extremely well svhen presented with suit- 
able signals. With the more expensive 
packages you get things like input level 
control Midi connections^ printer 
through ports and so on* but whether 
these things are important, and worth the 
extra cost, depends very much on your 
particular needs, if for instance you are a 


Sound Trap 3 
Omega Projects* £130 

This is a popular budget mono digitiser 
hardware includes a parallel port 
b connector (so you don't have 
to unplug it to use your printer). 

Sound Trap comes with its own software 
serious users prefer to use it with 
like AudioMaster. 


nomprofessional users, Amiga samplers 
caught on in a big way, but there is 
no doubt that the S-bit amplitude limita- 
tion has severely limited professional and 
professional interest in Amiga 


comparison, CD sampling uses a 
mg rate Of 44/1 kHz and 16-bit ampli* 
resolution, 

is only comparatively recently that 
her amplitude resolution digitiser units 


Master * Microdeai * £40 


is a budget-priced stereo/mono sam- 
package which includes both hard- 
ware and software. Signal input. 
Incidentally,, is via a 3,5mm stereo jack 
rather than the separate phono con- 
used by most sampling hardware. 
Stereo Master offers the same basic 
of facilities, quality, and ease-of-use as 
inducts such as TechnoSound Turbo. 


necessary to adjust the volume of Ihe actual source being used. 

kwne people find thal a small hi-fi quality mixer ran provide 
so much control over signal gain/equalisation that coupled 
with good quality leads even the lower-priced samplers pro- 
duce results that come near to the lop of the range samplers. 

Remember also that for song creation it is not always neces 
sary to create single note sound samples, Suppose for instance 
that you want to create a drum part consisting of bass drum, 
snare, open and dosed hhhals - with perhaps a couple of tom- 
tom drums thrown in, 

JL One approach is to program a Midi drum machine to play 
™ the drum part and then sample one bar of it. Nowadays most 
\ drum machines use high quality sampled drum sounds and 
sampling a pattern being played by a drum machine is a good 
way to get a good quality drum track laid down with the mini- 
mum ol effort. This approach has a number of benefits espe 


that the drum pari property synchronises to the tracks which | 
will contain the other song data but as always practice makes 
perfect and once you ve got a suitable drum part you can of 
course re-use it Id your hearts content. 

Another space /effort saver is to sample chords instead of 
notes because again this allows a chord backing track to be 
created by entering just single notes. 

Don't forget that your samples and music will sound much 
better if you use external speakers rather than those present in 
your Amiga monitor 

There are plenty of reasonably priced amplifier and speaker 
systems available and if it is physically convenient you can 
even use your hi fi system, 

Sound enhancers, units that boost particular audio frequen 
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improve the quality of the Amiga’s audio output. 


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Phaeftix PA 661-populatod-1Mb.....£44 9 e -‘ 
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Series II Herd Disk Contra H ef.'RA M card,..JE1 14. 9! 
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LC 1M Colour EM2 £159.99 

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CHIPS 


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11500/2000 


AMIGA 1500 


ZjH W orkbench Includes: Deluxe Paint 3, Platinum 
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Quality teaSu res an d peHormance Recommei 


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Phoenix price.. £419.99 


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Phoenix price £739.99 



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FAST action 


1 thin kbit's needless to say that you are the 
■ — -i Amiga magazine in the world (need- 
les? Say it all you like? - Ed). 

I have written to you once again about 
piracy, and this Lime l J m sending you 

me names and addresses of pirates all 
over Europe, 

I would like a reward from FAST, and if 
tr ey'd send me what I'm asking m send 
4 -other 20 addresses of English pirates for 

-t 


in the prosecution of those you 
consider to be pirtiles. 
However, if you supply fA$T with 
pirated software and proof of its pur- 
chase, or some other so/rd evidence of 
piracy connected to on identifiable indi- 
vidual, they wifi act at once * 

Your concern and willingness to oct fr 
greatly appreciated, and we urge you to 
keep up the good work. 

It's a giveaway 


'■ would like to Inform them and to give 
le i hem these addresses and details of 
^at I'm asking for. 

ktichoei Arvanith, Piraeus , Greece 

rhe seeled paper you included with your 
*-‘er has been passed to fioh Hoy at FAST, 
i ut don ’t be surprised if the people named 
•* r bin it are not arrested at once * 
fAST receives a great many phone caffs 
and kttm concerning pirates and alleged 
"'fates, but have resources to follow up 
those for which there h evidence or a 
fkely chance of successful prosecution If 
■■ ur tetter to FAST contains simply a list of 
tarrm and Addresses, it (s unlikely to resuft 


As an Amiga owner of a few years now,, I 
have col let Led a wide range of PD soft- 
ware, and although I only recently started 
teaching myself to program the com- 
puter, I have now written a public 
domain program. The problem is I now 
realise I haven't a clue how to release it. 

Please print an answer to my question, 
as there is no program of its kind, and t 
think it will benefit a number of Amiga 
owners. 

Chds Dobson, Bingfey 

Releasing a PD program is as simple as 
appending some documents to it stating 
your intention that it be PD, then sending 


Calling Croatia 




My name is Matija Babic and I live in 
Croatia. This year, I finished my classes, 
ifid now l J m going to high school for 
computers. One of my English friends 
sent me your very best magazine, Amiga 
Computing, but I don't have money to 
buy it. ' 

Please, if you can r send me some pic- 
jres and text from your new issue. I 
r ealy love the Amiga, but I have a C64, 
so I hope that if I can't play on an 
Amiga, at least I can read about it. 

I hope I didn't lake much of your 
bme + Thanks in advance for help. Sorry 
my English, but they don't teach it 
u* schools - all I know is from games 
and television. 

Matija Subic, Zagreb 

four English, it learned from TV and 


games., h startlingly p 
good , and not some- 
thing you should apologise hr. We are 
pleased to help you, and a copy of the 
December issue is in ffre post os / type. 

Now ft's the turn of our negator read- 
ers! Your full address is primed below in 
the hope that some of our helpful 
Amiga enthusiasts will send back issues so 
that you con read to your heart s 
content 

If this helps your linguistic progress > so 
much The tetter. 

Matija Babic 

Afeja Partizanskih Pilota 5 

41010 Novi, Zagreb, Croatia 

OK, folks, get those seasonal hats on and 
send Matija Some presides. 




Ezra Surfs Postbag 

Cot something tin say through the pages of AC? Ezra Surf is our 
mailman, dedicated fo sitting in o corner reading your letters and 
selecting the 1 mast interesting for public of ton. 

Drop him a line at: 

Ezra Surfs Postbag, Amiga Computing , 

Europe! House , Adlington Park , 

Macclesfield SKI 0 4NP. 

Please don t enclose sees as Ezra just ftris- 
n t got enough paper fo reply personally. He might 
aha have to shorten your letters r so don't be offended if you end up 
getting the chop. 



the disk to a number of PD libraries or 
uploading ll to a few bulletin boards* 

ft you wish to retain copyright of your 
program to stop commercial software 
oaf hors using the idea to make money, 
say so in the documents. 

As soon as you write and publish some- 
thing , , be it a program or a piece of text, it 
h your artistic copyright, so don't worry 
about the legal aspects. 

ff you wish the program to be share- 
ware, state so in your documents and pro- 
vide information on what donation to 
moke, how to register, and where to send 
the registration fee. 

A good bet if you're unsure about how 
fo do this is fo study the documents 
attached to many of the programs on the 
Amiga Computing CoverDisk, as these 
are often written and distributed hy expe- 
rienced shareware authors* 

C Compendium 

I am learning the C programming lan- 
guage, and find your Almanac program- 
ming column very interesting. What 
would be even more useful is a compila- 
tion oF all the programming features ever 
published in AC 

Pm sure I'm not the only person stock 
with books that don't even mention 
sprites or sound or IFF picture Files. 

By the way, a note to anyone starting 
C - NorthC from Amiganuts United is an 
excellent, easy to use compiler, complete 
with editor. I highly recommend it. 

And finally, has anyone else had trou- 
ble with the GLl command Install? The 
common “Install Drive DFD-" asks for 
Workbench, loads the command, then 
tries to install Workbench! 

After hours of thinking, I came up with 
the solution. Copy the command to RAM 
and use it from there. 

Abhprd Wihon f Newton-on -Ouse 

Thanks for the tip , though if you'd fol- 
lowed our beginners' column early fa 
J992, you wouldn't have had to sit for 
hours working ft out. 

Having said that, the best way to team 
is to figure something out for yourself, so 


Not a bum deal 


I have just purchased a CDTV after 
selling my A 500 Plus, so you could 
imagine my apprehension and the 
niggly doubts about whether t was 
doing the right thing. Well, readers,. 
CDTV is fandabglous. 

It is far more compatible with 
floppy-based programs than my AS GO 
Plus, and yeah it's a Workbench 1,3 
machine, but what programs came 
oul to utilise the Plus's extra capabili- 
ties except a few hacks? 

Even if CD programs never take oft, 
it's not a bum deal. CDTV is a very 
high quality audio CD which would 
cost you an arm and a leg, It has 
remote control and plays CD+G- What 
audio player can say as much? 

Also, it's an Amiga in a very tidy 
box with an internal fan to keep it 
cool. Best of all r I have the entire Fred 
Fish PD library on one CD. and all this 
for less than a return to Madrid! for 
two. 

Wait for the day when Monkey 
Island 3 or Eye of the Beholder 3 
arrives on a single CD rather than a 
van load of disks. Think about it. 

5 WSkinson, Bedford 

Hmm .,r I can't help wondering from 
[he number of recent CDTV plugs if on 
internal Commodore memo might not 
have circulated fo the effect that ail 
employees were expected to write to 
Amiga magazines and extol the 
virtue* of CQTVr 

joking aside, everyth fag you say 
about CDTV is true r and doubly so 
since the price drop fast month. The 
only worry I have at the moment Is 
that at the recent Amiga show in 
London , many software houses were 
present, but only a few were demon- 
strating even demos on rhe machine, 
let atone CDTV*specifit titles * 

Let's hope this situation improves. 


Amiga Computing Fmbrua . 7 1993 


65 







well done, I hope you find the Mastering 
The Amiga boo* on this month's cover of 
help In your future s trugglei. 


yet again feel complete and remi- 
nisce to my heart's content 
about my mis-spenl youth? \ 
await some kind of reply with great antic i- 


Ai for compiling the programming fea- 
tures *n one magazine or booklet, it s some- 
thing we r ve thought obaat in the post ond 
decided against because we fett there was 
not enough interest. 

However f if enough beginning coders 
were fo request such o booklet, we might be 
tempted- 

Star search 

Each month I purchase a copy of Amigo 
Computing for my daughters, and more 
often than not ! find myself in the position 
of hogging not only the magazine but the 
computer for many hours. 

I began, after a period of time, to remi- 
nisce about my misspent youth sat in a Star 
Wars simulator game down at the local 
amusement arcadt happily playing away 
until all my pocket money was spent,. 

Anyway, enough bout my past, as the 
wife would say, I need help and plenty of it. 

Over the past three months I have tried 
to no avail all possible avenues available to 
me to find and purchase the Star Wars 
Trilogy game, but 1 have often drawn a 
complete blank. Using your many contacts, 
could you please help me with my dilemma 
and find a copy of this game so that I can 


pation, 

P Melbrs, Bournemouth 

The Star War s games were produced by 
Domark 7&0 2222), then released in 
compilation farm some years later. 
Whether or not they are now de listed I 
don t know , though f suspect they are. 

Try Domark, and if they can t supply 
you w/th the games, pfuce an ad in our 
dasstfkds section , One of our readers may 
tw prepored to send pou the (ftJa or do a 
wap, you never know. 

Piracy excuse 

How can companies say piracy leads to 
higher prices? |ust look at the prices for 
the uncopyable console games. Imagine 
paying £35 for a game which has the 
same graphics, sound, and playability as 
a C64. 

If piracy was stopped. It would not 
result in more games being sold because 
nobody would have more money to buy 
the extra games. 

You could say someone will not buy 
an original product if they have access to 
the pirated version, but this would not 
hurt the industry as the money saved 


would result in the user buying a different 
piece of software, 

Richard Barrett, ^J/iVigfXKnougb 

7o be fair , the problem of large-scale pro- 
fessional piracy h rife in the cartridge 
industry ; though home copying is of 
course Impossible without 
specialist equipment This 
is not the reason for high cartridge 
prices, however. 

Console gomes ore often sold at ridicu- 
lous prices because many contain, in effect 
up lo 6Mb of RAM. In addition , the consoles 
themselves are sold with ve/y imaM profit 
monjmi, and you will find that the major 
manufacturers mofce most of theif money 
from cartridge sates. 

What will be a more accurate measure of 
industry claims about piracy wifi be the 
expected CO- ROM explosion. If CD-based 
titles sell for the same price as floppy-based 
games once fbe ma^eE begins Eo expand, 
Eire piracy argument will be scotched and 
the industry's cynical profit -making 
exposed. 

Short and sweet 

Value for money is, I suppose, a personal 
thing, but after some more than 
lavourable write-ups I set forth and spent 
more than £20 on lure of the Temptress, 
then sal down ready to witness those 
comments over weeks of puzzle solving. 

After two evenings, I was in a state of 
shock to wander Into a location and find 
it was the end sequence. Being new to 
computing and a novice at adventures, I 
couldn't see how hardened gamers, 
including yourselves, would find this the 
least bit taxing. 

Don't get me wrong, I agree with all 
that was said about the game, it's just 
that there's not enough of it compared to 
Bloodwych, an old game that took me 


Suffering from archive agony 


Concerning the few, and i should imagine it's just a tew, AC 
readers complaining about the archiving process on the Iasi 
lew CoverDisks, one lEtter in ESP cam plains about PD disks not 


chap! Keep on telling your customers to get themselves a 
proper killer. 

Chris Srieo, Swansea 


being full, yet the At disks are crammed to the top. 1 know 
which I'd rather have. 

As tong as the directions on these disks are clear and work- 
able, l think I'd much rather have my AC disks. Put them al in 
the melting pot, I say 1 

I know the Quadrix game didn't de-archive on my WB1.3 
machine, but it's working now, and it's nice to watch what's, 
happening when one archives a program, 

Sony to have lo say this, but your Home Accounts disk had 
a little bug in it. The archive calls for Home Accounts?, but the 
disk has the name HomeAccounts2_ Your customers will have 
to rename the disk from Workbench by putting a space 
between Home and Accounts. 

1 have had my Amiga and bought Amigo Computing since ]une 
1991, and in that lime I've had no trouble except for Quadflx, 

This includes no problem with viruses, missing disks or dam- 
aged disks. I have tried all the other dedicated Amiga mags, 
but this is the best. Oh, and keep on your soap box, Ezra old 


Thairki tor the teilimonial Chris. Clod you Itke the magazine, 
and hope you coutrnue to do jo for a long time. 

As for the archiving debate, we kept well clear of the tech- 
nique for three yean became we thought ft might route prob- 
lems, arid it firms out we were right, 

Mowewr, our techie bods are on the cose and they ossure me 
that oh future archives wj7/ be fine. 

One small problem remains in (hot Kkkstort 2.04 has a bug 
when formatting a disk fit the interna t drive. If the dfsk you 
booted from is w rite-protected, every disk you fry to format 
from that disk will appear os if it is write protected, regardless 

of the position of the protect tab. 

This is Commodore's fault and It ft a widely documented bag 
recently fixed with Kkkstort 2.0 S. All those AjdO Plus owners 
out there who have had problems should simply write enable 
the Cover Disk, reboot, and de-archive from there. Problem 
sofved. 


Reply service 


I am writing to convey an idea I hav? 
on improving your already excelled 
magazine. A common feature 1 Sind ip 
most magazines of ibis genre is the 
statement "no SAEs please" oft each o* 
the letters pages- 

To merit a slate menl in print I sus- 
pect this is a regular occurrence. Thr 
suggests, does it not, that it such a ser- 
vice was provided it would be popul*' 
with the readerehip. 

I hope that this letter will achieve, at 
least, a question on this issue in your 
next reader survey Of, more optimist 
tally, a trial period whereby readers 
queries and problems can be answered 
in return for an SAE. 

Philip Bids, Lanbc r 

Sorry to disappoint you , Phil hut if w 
wire to offer such 0 service, we would 
spend so much time answering letter 
that we d never produce another Issue 
of the magazine. 

There ore so mony hundreds of 
Pen that we d either have to spend a 
our time, as it would be Impossible tc 
employ people for the job. 

Replies in the Ezra column, whether 
in person or in print, are statemem 
direct from the magazine to the read 
eri, and as such have to be written by 
Ezra (ml). Sorry, but there you have it 

months with no disk swapping, at all, 
Where is the value for money? for 
me H YFM is a game like Monkey Island . 
or Bloodwyth,, or any game that takes a 
lot of time to finish and gets you thin* 
ing. 

Graphics, though nice, are nothing 
without gameplay, and l suspect a 
Lure's disk space was taken up by graph 
ks and sprites. 

All said, I enjoyed what there was 
and think this game could have hidde 
value in that it could be a good intro 
duction to adventures for children. l r d 
buy a sequel providing there was mor- 
to it, but that would require a full m 
stones unturned review. 

Anthony Biackhurst, Hawes 

Ah ... am ... i light problem here. Tht 
Comer guys are a dedicated lot and a: 
their best to give each and every game e 
righ t good hammering. 

However, there are occasions whir 
perhaps they don't have time to com 
plete o game a/ - rarefy - haven't Iht 
ability to flrwWi It 

They usually make an effort to pair.' 
oaf where a game wilt hove less lasting 
appeal than others, but k Isn't always 
possible. Res t assured welt be looking 
long and hard at any new graphic 
adventure s with value for money n 
mind. 


Aitirgn Comp u ^ ing February 1993 


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N ever has an imminent software 
release been quite so imminent 
for quite so long. First we had 
Montage, then Mirage and now at long 
last GYP have Imally thrown copious 
amounts caution to the wind and pl umbed 
for ImageFX, 

Regular readers may remember AC's 
exclusive preview of Montage - as was - in 
our Septemberimage processing special. 

Since those beta -testing days, ImageFX 
has come a tong way, implementing all the 
features hinted in the early days while 
adding a few new twists fit to whet even 
the most discerning artistic appetite., 

The software and attendant donkey- 
choking manual come in the now almost 
mandatory ring-bound hardback, complete 
with an Sea la style storage sleeve - Ideal tor 
easy access and perfect to impress your 
friends. 

Installation as you'd expect is simple, 
however the results are fairly surprising as 
not one but four separate programs appear 
in the newly created ImageFX drawer. 
Alongside the expected ImageFX the addi- 
tional contents include lmageFX_WB, 
CineMorph and the curiously tilled IMP, 

As the name suggests, the 1mageFX_WB 




program in the collection, GneMotph, may 
already be familiar thanks to last month's 
Morph Mama spectacular, like ADPro's 
MorphPlus, the program can run as either a 
standalone or in the case of ImageFX as a 
Hook or plug-in module which can be 
loaded directly from ImageFX on request. 
Due to last month's feature. 111 concern 


Altered 


program allows you to open the program 
on the Workbench window, providing 
the power of ImageFX in the style of a 
commodity, instantly accessible as and 
when required. 

This instant access is further enhanced 
by a "put to sleep" button which appears 
on both versions of ImageFX allowing the 
user to temporarily iconify the program 
while either retaining or disposing of any 
images already present, 

The only notable difference between 
the custom and Workbench version is the 
lack of a Preview option within the latter. 

Buffer 

However, this doesn't mean you can't 
view images, as simply rendering the 
selected buffer instantly throws the Cur- 
rent image to the rendering medium of 
your choice, whether that he a standard 
Amiga mode or alternatively a dedicated 
display device such as the JV24, HAM-E, 
DCTV and the like. 

Although the difference between pre- 
view and render may be rather confus- 
ing, all will be explained a little Eater, but 
for now perhaps the simplest analogy is 
to describe the Workbench option as an 
ADPro-style environment, where you only 
see the effects of your actions when the 
render opbon isapp'ied. 

Conversely, the custom screen coun- 
terpart provides a constantly updated 
preview every step of the way. The next 


trate primarily on ImageFX and IMP, but 
for those who missed the last issue here's a 
brii ef a synopsis of GneMorph and its 
assorted morphing and warping skills. 

As you can see from the screenshots, 
CineMoTph employs a dual screen system 
for source and targe L images, like both 
MorphPlus and Image Mr, the package 


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long lingering look at 
Image FX, GVP's latest 
graphics spectacular 


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supports both static warps and 
plus animated morphs - alas the 
option for animated warps. 

Again as is obvious from the sc 
GneMorph uses a mesh to define 
ences between the source and d 
images. Although undoubtedly the 
morphing package as far as ren 
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Now we're reaching the heart of ImageFX. Although fairly bland, 
Che toolbox is undoubtedly where most time will be spent, like its 
predecessors, ImageFX offers an impressive array of processing tools 
and special effects including, balancing, composition, sizing, rota- 
tion, convolutions, transformations, filtering. Alpha channel sup- 
port, special effects, brush handling, AFtexx and last but not least 
the invaluable Hooks. 

The Hooks apply pre-designed ARexx programs to produce addi- 
tional SFXs, but perhaps more importantly allow access to external 
programs such as the aforementioned IMP and GneMorph. 

Aside from image processing, the Toolbox is also the home of 
the program's built-in painting tools. These tools include all the 
classics which benefit en musse from the added power of a true 
34-bit painting environment thanks to features such as optional 
alpha channel, gradients, trace through, rub through, saturation, 
colorize (sic), hue and so on. 

One of the few faults of the painting environment is the limited 


Using the toolbox 

number of display formats offered during preview. These are 
(V24, Amiga, Firecracker Of HAM-E- Obviously if you're without 
of the three aforesaid display boards you're stuck with basic 
graphics. 

Alas in this case bask really means basic with just 16 
colours or greyscales plus optional HAM. These 
between straightforward colour, dithered colour,, the aFar 
tioned greyscale with HAM remaining strictly old-: 
4,096 lo-res. 

Although bearable when image processing as a rough 
the 24-bit buffer such basic Amiga graphics simply aren't 
enough for serious applications. No doubt GVP would like us 
rush out and buy an IV24. Back in the real world it simply 
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it of speed is sacrificed due to the 
cumbersome mesh editing system, 
the results of the morphing/warping 
car be spectacular, especially on 
Matures such as eyes and mouths 
lie on a fairly uniform backdrop, 
lunately ClneMorph isn't quite as 
when dealing with hard edges such 
p ■ . -'les or images with hard distinct out- 


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- tti the program's modular design, the addition of new and 
ig display boards shouldn't be a problem, If CVP do the 
-■ni thing and issue preview modules for, let's say the 
in in, Opalvislon, Avrdeo or even DCTV, the success of 
TX would be assured - the question ts r will they? 

* ike me you're without either the now defunct HAM-E or an 
•he only option left is to move to the Render screen and re- 
Ihe image for an accurate overview, 

: 'no ugh this provides access to a much wider selection of 
Formats, it invariably means painting is at best hit and 
and invariably much more time consuming than a normal 
package. 

The next minor gripe is the actual application of the pdinl 
1 Unfortunately CVP have insisted on sticking with the infa- 
*pamt and wait" approach pioneered OH the IV24, 
far ihose unfamilsar with the IV24 and Macro Paint the prob- 
-jppears whenever paint is applied to the canvas as only the 
of the effect rs applied in real time, 
for example, an airbrush first appears as a series of overlap- 
ircles which are only replaced by the chosen colour after 
is complete. 

A similar problem affects fange brushy as they first appear as 
^crv Pixel lines and only expand to their true size and colour 
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lines. When morphed or warped, hard 
edges do tend to ’ghost" around the 
edges rather than transform with the same 
degree of accuracy otrerc- ! by both Image 
Mr and to a greater extent MorphPlus. 

Having made a point oi the program's 
ghosting probfem it‘\ worth stressing that 
in effect CineMthph comes as almost a 
freebie - very appealing considering that 
Cinelvlorph in its Stand abrte form retails at 
a staggering £99.9$. 

The last software surprise ^ mysterious 
IMP which when stripped of its acronym 
becomes ihe Imaged Multi Processor 
Although you d never guess from the title 
the IMP is a batch editor 
in the style of ADPro J s 
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Fortunately for the 
novice rt r s much easier to 
use than the aforesaid t 

mo, bu- in turn do« prOCCSStUg tO 
sacrifice a lot of the 

sophistication and ftaiW* fag maSSCS... 
ily available from its 
ADPro Friendly counter- 
part. Like CineMorph, IMP operates as a 
hook as well as a pseudo-standalone which 
opens the IMP interface alongside the 
lmageFX_WB program as a processing tool, 

As you can probably see, the interface is 
pretty simple with a main and swap field 
for source images plus an excellent Alpha 
channel option which allows you to use a 
predefined series of greyscale masks as a 

transparency filter 
between the two 
source images, 

Below the Alpha 
lurks the essentia! 
destination field, 
which as you'd 
expect works as a 
definable repository 
for your animations, 
rendered images or 
batch-processed 
24 bits. 

Next conies the 
Fint/Last file parame- 
ters closely followed 


Colour organisa- 
tion is an essential 
for any sttf -respect- 
ing image proces- 
sor and here again 

imagc-FX scores well with a whole selection of spreads and swaps, grabs and saves, 
pick options and ranging features. 

The available pots for colour placement default to 12 but with the assistance of 
the program's add and subtract arrow gadgets the selection cart vary from just two 
colours up to a maximum of 256. 

Building colours from the ground up is equally well catered for with RGB, H5V, 
CMY, VFQ and YUV colour space models. If you prefer to pick colours rather than 
create them, a toggle gadget allows you to select colours either from a default 

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Other processing essentials include palette 
lock which when active applies the palette 
of the first frame to all subsequent images. 

Delete frames does as suggested while 
*waiL for source" simply instructs IMP to 
wait for all frames to be created by an 
external source prior Eo executing the 
batch. The Prep and Proc options are per- 
haps the most impres- 
sive ol all the available 
gadgets. 

The Prep option 
allows you to specify 
either a single or 
selection of com- 
mands to be applied 
prior to processing, 
while Prat allows a 
separate selection to 
be applied after processing . 

Fortunately no knowledge of ARexx is 
required as long as you stick to the sup- 
plied ImageFX commands. Customising 
the commands and the required rendering 
format is simply a matter of defining the 
required effects within ImageFX before 
clicking the begin button. 

As a result,, once batch processing 
begins IMP simply reads the existing set- 
tings within Ima-geFX and acts upon them. 

Although fairly unassuming, IMP is in 
my opinion one of the strongest: selling 
points of the ImageFX package^ bringing 
batch processing to the masses without the 
need of any ARexx experience. For the busy 
graphic artist with neither the time nor the 
inclination to master ARexx, IMP is nothing 
short of a dream come true. 

ImageFX itself is separated into five dis- 
tinct areas, all of which have their own 
unique interface occupying a strip on the 
lower portion of the screen. The five areas 
are Scanner, Palette, Toofbox, Render and 
Print. Although each panel is unique to its 


intended application a few select gadgets 
are generic throughout the program. These 
include load, save, prefs and of course quit. 

The load and save options r although self 
explanatory, do have a few surprise in store 
when applied. For example when loading 
images there's no format selection 
required, as the software automatically 


Rendering 

As ihe name suggests, it's here where you 
can see your creations in all their glory - 
providing you have a suitable display 
device attached. If however you don't 
have either an IV24 r HAM-E or DCW, I'm 
afraid you're stuck with standard Amiga 
modes. 

However, aFl is not lost, especially if you 
own an A12GQ/4Q00, as it's here where at 
least some of the potential of the ACA has 
been applied, 

ImageFX is totally at home with a 256- 
colour display which with the assistance 
of the four available dithering formats, 
three dithering styles - either left to right, 
right to left or zig zag - and three defin- 
able strength settings ensures that excep- 
tioma! good results await in the resolution 
ol your choice. 

The software automatically senses 
which machine is being used and as a 
result Automatically tailors the selection of 
screen modes and resolutions to suit. 

Once the display method and dither- 
ing options are set simply clicking the ren- 
der .button instantly sends image to the 
device or screen. 

As you may have guessed, thanks to 
the distinction between display and ren- 
der it's impossible to actually edit the ren- 
dered imagE as it r s designed purely to 
give the best possible representation of 
the 24-bit buffer. 


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As is almost essential within any serious image processing package, printing is taken * 
ously. In the case of Imaged the present options include 24-bit printing via prefer- 
and perhaps more importantly full PostScript support 

If you select the PostScript option you're presented with two choices, either to * 
your creation as a full PostScript page or alternatively as an £PS - Encapsulated PostScr 
which can then be imported directly into any DTP package as either an Ascii or , 


PostScript file. - - . 

Although PostScript support is fully implemented, it must be said that it S oy no r ■ 

as comprehensive as either Image Mr or ADPro. 

Nevertheless all the base essentials are there allowing page and image suing, in 
centralisation plus the option to either ignore or retain aspect ratio. 

As you'd expect with EPS support, GVP have included the ability to save the PostS 
imaae direct to disk rather than printer-only output, In short, a basic but effective sysh 1 


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loads as long as the particular format is 
already supported, 

Such files include Alias, Anim x BMP, 
DCTV, DP1IE, FLI r GIF, HAM E, ICO, IFF - 
including IFF24 r Impulse, info, (peg, PBM, 
PCX, QRT, Rendition, Sculpt, Unix’s PBM 
format, Targa, Tiff and VMEM. An impres- 
sive selection and no need to specily a 
thing. 

Added twist 

On the output side, things are equally 
impressive with an added twist □! a whole 
selection of options including Lhe ability to 
save the working screen, the rendered 
image, the 24-bit buffer itself and finally 
the swap buffer -again in its 24-bit form. 

For the working, rendered and swap 
buffer images the save options include 
anim, UMP r Clipboard and IIBM, white tor 
the 24-bU buffer the selection expands to 
AJias r BMP, Clipboard, 1LBM, PBM, Jpeg, 
Rendition, Sculpt, Targa, Tiff, and TO EM. 

Aside from the quit option the linal 
ubiquitous gadget leads to the excellent 
Prefs screen which like IMP is a high point 
of the package. Although Prefs screens 
don't tend to lead to unbridled excitement 
this is a real exception. 

On entry you're presented with a hoge 
range of customising features, the most 


notable of which has to be Lhe excellent 
virtual memory option which allows you to 
assign a drawer on hard disk as a tempo- 
rary storage medium which will then mas- 
querade as RAM. 

This cs nothing short of a masterstroke 
an the part o5 GVP. ADPro and to a lesser 
ex tent Image Master are notorious for their 
ravenous appetite for RAM which often 
means a massive Investment in additional 
hardware or a major re-think of the project 
in haiKi. 

As you might expet t r VRam is notice- 
ably slower than the real thing but thanks 
to intelligent design you can define when 
the option is to be applied. 

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case of preview include Amiga, HAM-E, 
and IV24 as either greyscale, colour. 


Flexible scanning 


Supported stannera and grabbers include the Espon E5300C, the Sharp JXlOO, Frame- 
grabber and the,IV24's EVfG. Alai there's no option for the latest Epson M scanners such 
as the ES-600C and ES-80DC or the excellent Vlab frame-grabber. 

Having said, that, as with the majority of ImageFX functions scanners and grabbers are 
simple plug-in modules in the style of ADPno loaders which means in theory new releases 

only require a suitable module to join in on the act. 

As you'd expect, all the necessary scanner setup options awail including Landscape and 

portrait, the essential mono preview, image cropping via definable boxes, DPI sellings, 
separate colour or full RGB scans and of course greyscales - in short, everything that the 
scanners own software cart provide plus instant access to the image processing power of 
the main program. 


(IMP., petiittpf the one of the lyttems 
Hmng i’ll 145 

dithered colour, or HAM - but no HAMS 
|'m afraid. Rendering output lares a little 
better with Amiga 1.3, '2/3. DCTV, FGS, 
Sage, IV24 and HAM-E, 
but unbelievably enough 
there's still no sign of 
HAMS. 

GVP are promising a 
HAMS update io the 
package but as yet it's 
still unclear how it is to 
be implemented and 
even worse whether the 
revision will! be free or 
not. 

This particular sin is 
compounded by the fact that ihe program is 
more than happy with all other screen 
modes available via WB 3.0. As a result, a 
super hi-res 256-dithered render is a piece of 
cabe r so why no HAMS? Infuriating. 

The remaining options deal primarily with, 
customisation including a complete selection 
of definable paths for eveiy input/outpul fea- 
ture of lhe package plus the required presets 
for any scanners, frame-grabbers or printers 
attached to your system., 

The only remaining generic option is the 
loom controls which consist of three gad- 
gets, two oF which increase and retard the 
levels of zoom while the third altews instant 
screen refresh back to the default image s*ze. 


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The verdict 

If you read the preview of ImageFX way 
back in our September issue you may recall 
that the program won the title as potentially 
Ehe best all-rounder. Mow it's finally arrived 
that verdict remains pretty much the same, 
Although the GVP marketing machine 



A Ireeblr JnMpeFJC fh<af 
£Mfj CPP.W 03 f ftmid crlone 


would argue otherwise, ImageFX a- 
doesn’t blow either Image Mr or AD 
of tine water when it comes to pure 
processing power. However 
SmdyeFX really scores highly is its ex 
intuitive design, ease of use, Ftexibi 1 ' 
overall value for money. 

If ^ou class yourselF as a general 
user ImageFX is probably the one fo r 
With ARexx, free anim generation, 
scanning station, special effects, c 
tion, morphing and printing, it's pe 
dose as the Amiga has yet come to a r 
tic jack of ail trades. 




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T he scenario is simple. You have 
quite happily swapped disks with 
friends,, bought and used a sdec- 
or ?D disks or r in some rare cases, 
ted from a magazine CoverDisk (not 
one, I assure you), when calamity 
!S„ The Amiga starts to do strange 
is and your software suddenly stops 
ting,. 

Chances are, me old matey, that you've 
infected with a common or garden 
outer virus, and as if this isn't enough, 
I also more than a little likely that it's 
own silly fault 

‘'ecautions are the name of the game 
swapping disks every b\ t as much as 
swapping sexual partners, and the 
who exposes his or her machine to 
ravages of Saddam or Lamer rs usually 
of negkgence. 

Computer viruses, once the subject of 
liar myth and superstition, have over 
past two years been tamed by the 
urity of careful ownm due r in no small 
to the efforts of a small band of dedi- 
shareware virus killer authors. 
However, for those green users still wet 


Digital 


As a host of new owners boot 
an Amiga for the first time, 
Stevie Kennedy takes a look at 
what could be their first disaster 


behind the ears, the virus remains probably 
the most deadly threat to trouble-free 
Amiga use, and it is for those new owners 
that this article is repeated every year. 

Having sa*d that, treating the threat of 
viruses with contempt - usually brought 
about by the mistaken belief that today's 
virus killer will work tomorrow - is often the 
downfall of more experienced user*, so we 
might all benefit from a refresher course. 

There are two stages to virus security - 
prevention and cure. The first is immeasur- 
ably passer than the second and more effec- 
tive, but it is surprising, judging from the 
number of readers' letters on the subject, 
fust how many people either don't know 


d iseases 


the basic rules or never apply them. 

Follow the guidelines laid out in this 
article and you should never suffer the 
agonishg and strangely humiliating expe- 
rience of viral infection. Fail to stick to a 
strict regimen, of precautions, anrf 
heartache will - eventually - follow as 
surely as day follows night Let's identify 


Some basic safeguards to avoid infection 


T o avoid virus infection, the easiesi precaution is- to keep ell 
■ sks write-protected unless data Is to be saved to them. 

spite scare-mongering reports a couple of years ago, it is 
rnpo£$ibta fur a wnle-protecicd disk to become inlected. 

Step i wo is to find a good virus checker. Unlike some sup- 
isedly expert advisors, we won't attempt to list the various 
heckflrs Jn order of effec liveness, as the only useful checker 
the best checker. 

For example, a recent article in another Amiga magazine 
VirusX al number five In a list of ten besl checkers. 
Though good in its day, VirusX development has for long 
en abandoned by its author, Steve Tibbel, who made no 
•nos about the fact that the program s design made updating 
for all new viruses a tiresome and ultimately pom ties 5 task. 
Since the middle of 1M1 s VirusX has been obsolete and, 
xiugh still louled by mosl PD libraries (and the odd foolish 
^gazine), should be avoided at all costs. 

Similarly, some supposedly good virus killers have proved, 
"!er prolonged use. to be either inaccurate or in efficient, 
faster Virus Killer is bugged in many of its versions and 


refuses to work as a background 24-hour checker, limiting Its 
otherwise comprehensive virus detecting ability. Nuke, which 
many now mistakenly believe to be the best checker, has an 
annoying knack of "finding Saddam on a clean disk, even 
when the disk-validator has been copied from a fresh disk. 

Such popularly promoted checkers, though worthy pro- 
gramming feats in their own right, should only be purchased 
from PD pundits as second-1 ine defences end used in conjunc- 
tion with a tried and tested Checker uni if their effectiveness 
under fire can be gauged. 

Step three is simply to apply the rules we have been urged 
to adopt for sexual relations - minimise your partnerships and 
always use a condom. 

Translated to computer virus speak, this means don't swap 
and change disks with others whose virus defences may be 
nil. and! when a new disk is introduced to your system, make 
sure that it has been thoroughly virus checked 

By applying the three golden rules, no user need fear for his 
or her disks. Ignore them and it won t be long before uncle 
Saddam or cousin Travelling Jack pops by ic say hello. 


the enemy, A computer virus is a small 
piece uf code whose primary purpose m 
life is to copy itself from one disk to 
another. 

Secondary considerations depend 
upon the virus, but range from simple 
repeated duplication, damaging enough 
in itself, to deliberate criminal damage of 
data and program files. 

I say criminal, because it Is illegal to 
knowingly spread a virus, let alone invent 
one of your own, and if any of our readers 
can ever prove that someone has carried 
out such a sad and pathetic act i would 
hope they'd do the decent thing and call 
the police immediately. 

Boot block viruses 

The majority of Amiga viruses are 
known as boot block viruses, because they 
hide in the tiny amount of space kept to 
one side for the boot block on. a disk. 

Without a boot block, no disk will auto- 
baot, and without a special custom boot 
block, few protected commercial games 
will work, so even the most primitive boot 
block viruses, sometimes irresponsibly 
described as "harmless",, can be fatal. 

A second and less numerous type is the 
file virus, so called because it exists on a 



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disk as a separate file. These are by far the 
most dangerous, as they use a variety of 
cunning methods to disguise themselves, 
thus fooling your system deFenees. 

Standard- link viruses, such as IRQ, will 
append themsefves to a program file, 
often the first command run in the 
startup -sequence, then attempt to go 
unnoticed. 

Unless a virus killer is intelligent enough 
to figure out that, say, the Selpalch com- 
mand has suddenly grown in size or con- 
tains tell-tale code, link viruses will sneak 
through and cause their havoc at a later 
date. 

Saddam 

Others, sometimes called! Troian 
horses, will entirety replace the infected 
file, change Lheir own name to suit, and 
sometimes even try to match the size of 
the original. A prime example of this virus 
type is Saddam, which became notorious 
shortly after the Gulf war, and which shot 
rn fame when iL was inadvertently dis- 
tributed on the Amiga User International 
CoverDisk in December 1991, 

Saddam replaces the disk-validator file, 
pads itself out to the same sue as its host, 
then corrupts the bitmap on the disk's 
root block, 

As the bitmap is a digital map of the 
disk, Amiga DOS sees that it is inaccurate, 
assumes the disk is unvalidated, and runs 
the disk-validator program in an attempt 
to sort out the problem. Hey presto, 
Saddam is invoked by the Amiga itsell, 

In addition, the infected disk will no 
longer work it Saddam is not running, 


Safe hex 

In an attempt to coordinate fhe lie 
against viruses, promote informal! 
exchange, end publicise the dang 
posed by viruses, a group of a bo 
250 Amiga users, including a numt 
of virus killer authors, came logeth 
last year to form Safe He 
International. 

The group maintains a virus ba 
containing all known Amiga virus 
(for killers to be tested on), releas 
virus killers at regular Intervals, a 
offers a reward of Si ODD for intern 
lion leading to the prosecution of an 
one Found to have written a virus- 
Any reader who is interested 
either joining the fight against virus 
or keeping in touch with an organis 
tion offering the best and most up 
date information should contact E’ 
Soerensen at; 

Snap ha neve) 10, DK-4720 Pngestoe 
Denmark, Phone: (+45) 55 99 £5 12 
FAX: £+45) 55 99 34 9B 


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The only virus killer I would recommend without reserva- friendly commoditieS-Style interface is available 

Iron is Virus Checker from John Vefdthuls. Now In v6.19 Workbench 2i3 users. VirusZ is probably the only oth 

(at time of writing) Virus Checker has been constantly checker worth relying on at the moment. Its ccmpreFn 

updated in line with the latest operating system changes sive library of link viruses (69 are covered by release 5-2 

and virus threats. and a host of options including Boot Lab for boot bio 

Saddam, Menem’s Revenge and Travelling Jack are all saves and loads, user preferences, and file/memory sc 

catered lor. and if any user doubts the program s abilities, ning abilities, give Georg Herman's program a dislr 

a quick glance at the comprehensive list of viruses in edge over most other checkers, 

John's documentation should calm any fears. Not as simple in operation as Virus Checker. VirusZ ii 

Like all good checkers. Virus Checker can be fired up superb second-line package for those sticky momen 
by a disk's startup-sequence and used as a full-time sen- when doubts begin to creep in. It has also undergone a 

tineh or can be kicked in from Workbench for the odd disk of thorough, regular upgrades, and shows no signs 

check. obso I escence. 

In addition, the program's file virus check can be inslh Another prime contender, BootX, has gained in popul. 
gated at any time, and memory scans are available if the Uy over the past year, \ can't say how good it Is as l'i 

user suspects something funny is going on in RAM. used it without relying on 11, but reports from around 

The program use& a fc, bralnfile' s to keep track of boot Amiga world are positive enough to make it Is worth tryir 

blocks - handy for those nor^virus custom boot blocks tor a white in conjunction with either Virus Checker : 

which would otherwise prompt a virus warning, and a very VirusZ. 


which makes, it a certainty that if a suit- 
able virus checker is not used the disk is 
doomed. 

Unlike some less aggressive strains, the 
Saddam vims, like the filthy little parasite 
it is, simply wipes out its host disk. 

Saddam was just the first of a new 
wave of link viruses, varying in their 
sophistication, to hit the Amiga last year, 
and only a tew virus killers have managEd 
to keep up, 

St is therefore pointless to assume that 
your checker is effective if you have been 
using it for more than about a couple of 
months. 

By far the most effective method of 


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parasite it is, wipes 
out its host disk 


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ensuring that your defences arc solid is to 
get hold of one or more goad checkers,, 
then register with the authors as a share- 
ware user. 

For a nominal fee you will be sent a 


new version of the program as soon 
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scouring the PD columns, and a 
heart attack when your obsolete d« 
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brand new virus. 

Without such people as Steve Tibfij 
and John Veldthuis, the Amiga m 
would be a much more dangerous oofli 
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Were it not For the efforts of INI 
largely unrewarded authors, infomnatl 
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U ntil recently S-VH5 hardware has 
been way out of reach for Ihe 
average videophile. Fortunately 
prices are tumbling and the time could be 
right to take the next step up. 

Well start our adventure with G-Lock the 
veiy latest offering from CVP, a unit which 
leads the field in the battle against inflated 
pricing by retailing at literally half that of its 
Hama counterpart. The question is, does 
the cash saving mean missing features? 

The unit itself is a fairly bland black 
beastie offering RGB input from the Amiga 
via a 2 3- pin flexi connector plus the gen- 
locking essential of an RGB pass-through 
which connects directly to either a monitor 
□r at worst a modulator. 

In addition to the RGB options sits a 
rather curious joystick connection which 
serves a dual purpose as both a power sup- 
ply and means of input for the unit's sec- 
ondary role as a colour splitter - ideal for 
both Vidi and Digiwiew, 

Along the side await the essential I/O 
connections which for input consist of two 
CVBS/RCA phonos and a single 5-VB5/Hi-B 
mini-DiN. On the other side ol the I/O coin 
await a single RCA phono out and of course 
the essential S-VHS mini DIN. 

Pleasant 

The final and rather surprising I/O option 
concerns soundl. Again connected via a 
selection of phonos boasting two- separate 
audio ins and a single/mono audio out. 

Although a pleasant addition l must 
admit ft/s not exactly the ultimate 
audio; video answer primarily due to its 
mono only output. 

To accommodate the feature software 
sliders allow adjustment of both bass and 
treble plus the overall volume. In addition a 
selection gadgets allow you to toggle 
between input channels or alternatively mix 
both signals Into a single combined output. 

Unfortunately there's no way to adjust 
the input gain of the audio signals. As a 
result, the relative mix between the two 
sources is defined purely by the strength of 
the incoming signals. 

As a consequence you may still require 
an external mixer to achieve the desired 
effect,, thereby cancelling oul the advantage 
of the internal mixing options. Not perhaps 
the definitive answer to audio/video but 
nevertheless a worthy addition. 

Once the software and hardware are 
safely installed, it's time to boot-up - a pro- 


ecialist 


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7 / 


cess which involves first activating the unit 
and then reboot to run the attendant 
software. 

When active you're presented with the 
basic video control panel which can be tog- 
gled to reveal alternate audio panel. As the 
au dio options have already been mentioned 
well stick to video control which consists of 
a. signal indicator, a selection of sliders con- 
trolling colour, contrast, saturation and 
brightness - all of which relate to the outgo- 
ing video signal. 

Tallowing these come the three input 
gadgets which toggle between the two 
CVBS inputs and of course the single S- 
VHS/HiB. Switching between them is instan- 
taneous and can be achieved either via the 


G-Lock and Hama represent the cutting edge 
Amiga S-VHS genlocks. Paul Austin brings yoi 
the definitive guide to two true power produ 


control panel, a hot key combination or 
ARexx. 

Alas G-Lock can only process a single 
video input at a Lime so there's no way to 
cross-fade between sources, In addition the 
connection of both CVBS an-d S-VHS simul- 
taneously although possible - rs not rec- 
ommended as signal interference between 
the two formats can cause real problems. 


Although cross-fading is out of (he ques 
the unit does offer basic input switching 
ARexx, Illustrated by an accompam 
script which fades one composite source 
black, swaps inputs and returns with 
second. Due to CVBS/S-VHS incompatii 
this can only be achieved between the 
CVBS signals. 

Beneath the input selection sit the J 




tlafs of modem Amiga 
Kiting in the form of 
external option which 
piy operate* a* a pass- 
tigh for the incoming 
signal. 

This b followed by the 
iiga option which in 
is the reverse of the 
pvc showing only the 
iiga's output completely 
k passing the incoming 
signal, 

Next comes overlay, the 
read and butter of any 
respecting genlock, pro- 
the classic combina- 
n of Amiga graphics 
the incoming video 

flgnal, 

-.astly we arrive at the 
option which simply 
:erses the effect of the 
•rementioned overlay 
colour zero opaque 
transforming all other 
lours of the overlaid 
ik transparent to the 


Getting connected 


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rid alas 


Towards the rear of the Hama uni" awai 
input/output options including composite and 
Alas there's pniy a single >et for eacn format i 
the G-Lock there's no way to crossfaoe between 

Having said :h.v -nr- unit does boast automatic wng e . 
tng when either source is detected meaning that unite 1 
Lock the Hams ft perfectly happy with, bom VH5 and 
recorders connected simultaneously 

Alongside the selection of wd*.o ports ,* C SS 
out and a joystick connection which writs in conjunction with 
both Digi-view Cold and De-Lux-View to aufomattcaly gener- 
ate colour separations which are then sent sequential to the 
aforernenhantd hardware 



The only other notabk featim- 
which curiously enoumh doesn : 






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power rocker switch 


■Kb. 


ii p ay j: pari when 


using the unit in conjunction wi& the Amod. 

This option has been *dc4 d ouneh because oF the Hama's 
secondary roll as an ROB-to-Pal or Y C encoder. When used 
solely for this purpose the unit need not be connected to the 
Amiga and because it is then deprived of Its primary power 
source a 12V PC PSU is required 

The onFy remaining O pflf l fl d fcw e Etat df the RGB signal 
from the Am»q] wh ch slots to the rear of the unit and -a- 
emerges in |he lorn >l ?>_• essential RGB pass-through, which 
I ike G-Lock connects f ■ da attendant monitor pr modulator 


ling signal. 

tetaw the keying options await the three 
Enable setup gadgets which allow you to 
ify a complete keying and signal pro- 
sing environment - Including audio 
- which can then be saved or tog- 
as and when required, 
in addition to the basic audio and vkJeo 
trals another four control panels await - 
* which are devoted almost entirely to G- 
's primary strength of signal processor, 


Extensive 




As you can see from the control panel 
shots, the support for signal p-nocesv- 
* very extensive and reveals G-Lock 's real 
as a professional signal processing tool. 
: ram the fourth advanced panel you can 
advantage of the chromakey functions 
into the AG A allowing you to specify a 
lion of colours as the keying channel. In 
on you can also select any of the 8-bil 
nels as a keying medium In 
style of the ECS. 

As the more astute readers may 
already spotted there's been 
jalily no mention of wipes, 
or indeed dissolves, and with 
reason, as there are virtually 
e on offer, with the only 
sption being the storemen- 
input switching. 

Above all else this*is the hard- 
's most damning indictment, 
for the bask keying quality 
* genlock - which admittedly is 
en-t - fades and dissolves are 
ps the most important feature of any 
I purpose genlock, 

Without the ability ta Subtly move 
n keying states a genlock becomes 
si useless to the average punter Mot 
does G-Lock refrain from keying trans- 
ition either via Akexx f hot keys or Fiarri- 
bul it also offers no means of adjusting 
amount of static effect applied in any of 
wing modes. 

The end result of this "all or nothing" 


approach means that G-Lock will almost cer- 
tainly have a very limited appeal to the mass 
market. Unless you're the proud owner of an 
AB roll editing system, a separate video 
mixer and God knows what else, attempting 
to employ G-Lock with any degree of sub- 
tlety would be at be-st a difficult proposition, 

For the average user with an Amiga, a 
titter and suitable video hardware it's safe to 
say G-Lock isn't the ideal choice, unless of 
course your artistic aspiration* stretch no fur- 
ther than bag standard overlays and inver- 
sions with no intros. 

Having suffered a severe slap in the face 
as far as punter appeal is concerned, it must 
be said 0-Lock will have a degree of appeal 
to professionals, primarily thanks to its unri- 
valled signal processing and transcoding tal- 
ents which leave all other Amiga friendly 
S-YHS units For dead. 

Used with Scafa or other such multimedia 


DTV 


applications as a multimedia tool, G-Lock 
could nevertheless be useful for, say, corpo- 
rate applications, where some of its omis- 
sions waid not be required anyway. 

Still, even with this on its side 1 can only 
envisage a select few who would be willing 
to invest such a sizeable sum for a signal pro 
cessar which happens to boast basic gen- 
locking as almost an afterthought. 

iGs possible you may have read a 
rather conflicting review of G 


Lock in another surprisingly pop- m 

>1 


ular Amiga magazine. If that 1 * the 
case it only goes to prove the old 
adage that you can't always believe 
what you read, especially If it 
doesn't appear in AC., 



Hama 



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J puncfi Ltiiir.TMrj 

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Although the Hama editorial is dwarfed by 
the G-Lock section, it's by no* means a reflec- 
tion on the product. The situation comes 
about simply due to the relative simplicity of 
whal is d straightforward qualrfy product 
with all the essentials plus a reasonable spat- 
tering of extras. 

The most noticeable feature of the Hama 
is its overall look which basically screams 
quality from the moment if emerges from its 
packaging. 

The most dominant feature must be the 
twin faders on the right of the unit, both of 
which are dampened to altow smooth and 
accurate transition between the Amiga and 
video signals. 

To the left of the aforesaid sliders luck the 
six video processing controls,, the upper row 
of which allow variation of the RGB mix by a 
factor of plus or minus 30 percent, resulting 
in bizarre colourisalion effects beneath the 
overlaid or inverted Amiga graphics. 

Below the RGB controls await the chroma 
- alias colour, contrast and finally luminance, 
otherwise known as brightness. As you 
might imagine these final three are primarily 
concerned with getting the very best from 
Lhe available source. 

Having said that, even here a Few tricks 
can be applied. For example a simple effect 
such as overlaying colour Amiga 
graphics on top of an initially 
black and white video source 
which then gradually transforms 
to lull colour. Simple but never- 
theless effective. 

Beneath the signal controls sit 
keying toggled buttons which 
like the G-Latk r s software alfeern^ 
lives consist of a bypass, 
Genlock/Amiga and finally invert 
all of which operate in exactly the 
same manner as their G-Lock 
counterparts. 

As you've probably guessed 
the Hama is essentially a simply product 
which easily wins an award as one of the 
simplest plug-in and go products on the 
market 

The actual keying quality in all states is 
nothing shod of breathtaking especially 
when working with a 5-VH5 source. As for 
ease of use, again the Hama scores high with 
key mode switching and signal processing 
beginning a simple matter of tapping the 


odd button and twiddling the occasional 


knob r The only slight 
problem concerning changes 
□n the fly appears when switching 
between key modes while the effect is fully 
applied, as occasionally screen glitches 
necessitate a fade out prior to application. 

Although almost all of the above is basi- 
cally a glowing testament to Hama's talents 
there is one area in which it does suffer. If 
you've happened to glance at the product 
box there's a chance its already been spot- 
ted - the jaw-dropping price of the unit. 

Although excellent I must admit I'd like 
to See a Few more whistles and bells for the 
£740 asking price. Such enhancements 
could include audio support and crossfads 
between an increased number of available 
Inputs. Still having bad my almost inevitable 
moan the Hama still remains the ideal 
choice for any would-be professional. If you 
can afford it, buy it. If youcau't, start 
saving... 



SYSTEM ESSE NTIALS 


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HAMA 



The bottom line 

Product: Hama 
Price £749 

Supplier Genlock Ltd (Wigan] 
let: 0257 472BS7 
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1960 

monitor 

I am an Amiga user who Currently owns 
an unexpanded A15GQ. I wish to expand 
tny machine, but want to be able to 
upgrade to Commodore's new mid^ 
range computer when it becomes avail- 
able (probably the A 2200, or A2400), 
if I buy a Commodore I960 multi- 
sync monitor, will I be able to use it 
without a flicker fixer? I have heard that 
some of these monitors suffer from vari- 
ous problems (pin -cushioning etc). Is 
there a test that I can make in the shop 
to see if the monitor suffers from this 
problem before I buy It? 

Can you suggest a hard disk drive 
(around 52Mb) which is suitable for an 
Amiga (ie auto-parking and auto-boot- 
Ing), is reasonable cheap and would be 
mast likely to have hardware compatibil- 
ity with any nexv Amigas? 

Also^ Power Computing, are selling a 
rewritable optical disk drive. Can this 
device be booted from under 
Workbench 2 and how reliable are they? 

jamthan Dale, Switzerland 

Commodore's I960 monitor is quiet a 
good choice and can be used without 
a flicker fixer, but to use it to its full 
potential you will need one. 

Pin -cushioning is where the edge ol 
what you are displaying is curved, so 
to test a monitor for this the best 
thing is to just display the standard 


Monitor moaning? 

Interfaces ill? 
We re here to help! 



IGA COMPUTING 


AOVICE 


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Write to ACAS, Amiga Computing, Europa 
House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP 

Save your saes - we can 't reply personally 


Workbench screen and see if 
and right sides of the screen 
or out. 

As for which hard drive to bJ 
choice would have to be a QlM 
52Mb with either a CVP or ■* 
controller. 

Unfortunately Quan turns aft 
controlled and the new 
1200/2200/2400 machines ai 
with IDE controllers on-boarri 
are extremely slow compare _ 
SCSI controllers. 

Some companies are piann 
controllers for the new ra 
Amigas, though - Inc 
Commodore themselves. 

The optical disk drive y O' 
mentioned Is quiet a good 
and can he booted from 
Workbench 1.3, 2 or 3. Wl* 
tried the Floptical it handled 
very well indeed, 

PCM card 

I hope that you can provide m 
definitive answer regarding the 
card slot of my CDTV. 

The article in the December 
your magazine regarding the \ 
the CDTV proclaimed that the 
als now becoming available 
A 600 would be compatible w 
CDTV via its standard PCMCIA 
card slot 

It was therefore with great 
asm that I reached for the pi. 


Does the AA chipset outperform a 386? 


As the owner of an almost obsolete Amiga A1 500, I was 
wondering what would be the next logical upgrade step 
now that Commodore have scrapped the promised 
A22GD mgdel- 

I already have a 1&MHz 68-020 accelerator with $2Ml 
fast RAM and 52Mb hard drive, I use my A 1 5 00 for just 
about everything fun but which isn't actually useful - 
programming, Midi sequencing, games, writing the 
occasional letter, artwork (well I think it's art, anyway) 
and ray-tracing. 

Can the AA chipset be fitted in Ehe A3Q0G, and do 
Commodore have any plans to sell future ATGGQs with 
the AA chipset as standard? 

And the 64-thousand dollar question - what about 
the cost? I have thought many times about smashing 
my piggy- bank and getting an SVGA-FC/ISd. Only the 
AA chipset would convince me not to. Time is running 
out. Commodore] 

fust how fast can that monster processor access chip 
memory? A megabyte of fast memory never seems to go 
very far these days! By the way, how much does it cost 
lor full-speed expansion RAM? 

Is it really zero- wait-state at 25 MHz when you disable 
the caches? Is a 6BBS1/68882 an optional extra? I 
haven't yet aspired to a maths processor on my current 
system, although I enjoy a bit of ray-tracing. 

I also want to play games as well as use serious appli- 
cations. How compatible are games with the 660307 My 


68020 has been very poor in this area. The only games I 
have which Lake advantage of it are Stunt Car Racer and 
Formula 1 Grand Prix_ Mast games don't even load, 

1 swear that Archer Maclean is trying to play a tune 
with the disk drive stepper motor on IK+L What worries 
me is that even fairly recent games such as 
jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker don't run on my 
6EG20. 

To write in small print on a sticker on the box "not 
compatible with the Amiga A 3 DOG and some 68G3Q 
chips" is just not on - any PC owner would have a fit if a 
game didn't run on his B03E6 PC but worked fine on his 
friend's B0B6 PC, 

Now I've got that mini-editorial off my chest, thank 
you for taking the time to read this letter. My apologies 
for asking so many questions! 

5 WOlktrm, Blackpool 

Unfortunately It's hard to suggest which machine 
you should consider next, mainly because you use 
your machine for quite a number of applications. 

Face it, is it compatibility you want or a better 
machine than your present one? If it's a better 
machine you want then go for the A4QQ0. 

QK, it costs ardund £2 r 0QG plus VAT for a 52Mb 
hard drive r 2M'b chip memory and 4Mb fast memory 
machine, but It's definitely worth It. 

Also Commodore have still got plans to produce 


the A22O0 and possibly the A24QG, which will 
the new AA chipset and probably a 6SG20 or 
and some internal expansion slots. 

It s not clear if they will come with the mam 
processor on board already or if it s a factor u 
It Is unlikely that Commodore will produce an 
with the AA chipset in, as the A3000 used to be 
top of the range Amiga and now the A4OQ0 ha* 
nitely stolen that position,. 

As for how much memory costs, its about £51 
Mb. The A4Q0D uses 72-pin SIMMs and yes r it is 
wait-state access 

As I mentioned earlier, 3t r s hard to upgrade 
new machine with more advanced chips fitted 
without running Into compatibility problems, 

Commodore have gone some way to try to 
this problem* by including a nifty hard 
downgrade option which is triggered by h 
down both mouse buttons white rebooting 
machine. 

This presents you with 4 menu asking you 
graphics mode you wish to bool up in, and if 
wish to use CPU cacheing - although it must be 
that ll doesn't work with everything. 

You're quite right - software houses should 
more attention not only to testing there softw* 
all machines, but also dearly marking their pr 
for compatibility. 


Amigo Computing February 1993 


A 


T echnical H el, 



one oF the 4Mb memory cards 
being advertised For the A6QQ. 

• v dismay I was informed that the 
redit card slot, only supports the 
and extremely expensive personal 
cards, 

eterred, I contacted the dealer 
whom I had originally purchased 
CDTV f who stated that, yes indeed., 
DTV memory card slot is a sLam 
PCMCIA but unfortunately they 
not supply me with a 4Mb card, 
rai other phone calls resulted in a 
iv equal split of affirmative and 
responses regarding the nature 
CD TV slot, 

^erefore determined to seek the 
of the perpetrator of this eonfu- 
■»>e mighty Commodore itself- After 
J anyone should know then they 

Jortunately I was solidly refused 
to any part of the organisation 
than the telepFione switchboard 
rterred back to my dealer, 
must be said that with an attitude 
ii this Commodore do not deserve 
oyalty which I and many others 
shown in the past, 
gripes aside,, please could you 
my problem, since £200 is a lot 
d dfi an ill-informed experiment. 

0 Madeley, Staffordshire 

answer to your question is yes, 
"CM slot is identical on both the 
and the CDTV, so Ihe memory 
‘es should work, but some soft- 
and hardware options which 
4dvantage of the PCM slot might 

is because the CDTV is running 
Workbench 1.3 and the A60O is 
brkbench 2-0 machine, so you 
have to check software ava li- 
on PCM cards for compatibility 
Workbench 1.3 machines. 

€ of tjhe main problems with CD A' 
lack of memory. The CD drive 
quite a lot just to operate, and it 


may be worthwhile investing in a chip 
memory upgrade which will give you 
2Mb of chip memory. 

There are quiet a few companies 
offering this upgrade, called Mega-Chip. 
Try Alternative Image on 05 33 440041 . 

If you're having trouble getting hold 
of PCM memory cards Lry get^ng m 
touch with either Silica on 081-309 1111 
or Power Computing on 0234 &433B8 



Fonts 

In the November issue of Amiga 
Co nr Kpofinig l saw a letter From a reader 
looking for Bengali outline fonts. I am a 
newcomer to Amiga platform and S 
own an A3G00 

When I was looking for Ikndi outline 
fonts, I came to know about this com- 
pany m Toronto which makes fonts in 
just about every Indian language for 
Amiga, Macintosh and PC, 

They have fonts for Hindi, Bengali, 
Tamil, Malayalam, Thai, Sinhalese (a 
language of Sri Lanka) and Urdu in a 
variety of styles. The fonts are available 
in PostScript and Compugraphic for- 
mats They can be reached at; 

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Toronto 

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Games compatibility 

I have an old Amiga 500 with 1 Mb gf memory which \ bought five years ago purely 
£u play games on. I now have a massive collection of games - I especially enjoy role- 
playing adventures which I have collected quite a lot. 

M ( machine is currently being repaired,, having a new internal drive fitted,, as I am 
told the I/O errors and crashing that kept happening when trying to resurrect charac- 
ters was due to a faulty drive. 

What i would like to know is, when my machine finally conks out, which computer 
I should be settjng my sights on lor games only? It must be compatible with as many 
oF my existing games as possible. 

Carmen Brute, Essex 

Unfortunately you're in the same boat as a lot of people with existing software 
collections who want to upgrade to a belter machine. 

It isn't possible to move up to a new machine like the A600 or A12Q0 and still 
be able to use all of your existing software, in our tests the A60Q is definitely 
more compatible, wrth around 90 per cent of existing software working fine. 

The A 1200, on the other hand, is only about SO per cent compatible, but once 
software houses start writing games specifically for this machine it will be defi- 
nitely the best upgrade choke. 


Odd letters 

I have an Amiga 500 Plus expanded to 
2Mb, which I purchased last January 
from Silica. 1 have external floppy and i 
use a Philips 8B33 MKII monitor and a 

PC compatibility 


Citizen 224 printer, I started to answer 
correspondence using KindWorris 3 
which has up Co now been very good. 
Recently though, as I type, odd letters 
have been appearing in tFie text - "j" and 
*p* were the most common. 

I slowed my typing speed down to 
ensure that 1 made no mistakes, but 
Chose odd insertions kept occurring, 

Have you any ideas as to what the 
problem Is? I thought maybe it was 
KindWords so I changed Co Scribble but 
the same thing still happens! 

D f Goody er, Turkey 

It sounds as though you have a prob- 
lem with you r hardware and not your 
software. What 1 would do is open up 
a CLE window and then start typing. 

If the problem still occurs then 
check you key map is set correctly in 
your startup-sequence. If this doesn't 
work, get your Amiga checked out by a 
reputable dealer, 


S own an A5Q0 vl ,2 r and was on the vergE of upgrading to 
m AT 500/2000, or whatever might be arriving m the next 
grso, 

nately, 1 have now reached the pomt where I need to 
able to take work home and r you guessed it, 
DrawPerietL on the PC is the order of the day. 
ng a bottomless wallet, the time has come where I am 
to have to choose between a new Amiga and buying a 
patible. I'm atraid that my computing knowledge is min- 
md the idea of fighting with a bridgeboard without help is 

that m mind, do you have any reasonable suggestions 
how | can stay with the Amiga, a machine For which I 
i great respect having seen the PC in action* and yet be 
lo actually go home at night? 

f 5 JtfcCamey, Shropshire 


I can see why you might consider buying a PC but it's not 
needed If you buy say an A.1200, which is able to read and 
write PC disks directly, then invest in WordWorfh 2 r you will 
be able to bring home documents written on a PC using 
WordPerfect, work on them then Lake them back to work. 
The PC at work will be able to read it back in with no prob- 
lem at all. 

As for importing pictures from the PC, again this is quite 
a simple l ask. Simply save your pictures on the PC in 
almost any format and then use a graphics 
converter on the Amiga. 

You can get a graphics converter from most good PD 
libraries or if you find they don't convert as well as you want, 
Ad Pro 2 definitely will. AdPro 2 will convert virtually all for- 
mats of graphics into any graphics format you require. 


Make a disk 

Is the quality ot your CoveiDisks slip- 
ping? Or has my A500 started to go 
sEnile? On the November disk, loading 
Cybernetix caused the machine Xa 
crash with a guru message. 

This also happened to a Friend with a 
1 ,3 machine. I expected an update to 
rectify this in the December issue, but 
as there wasn't one. Fs it an isolated 


Also, on the December disk loading 
Home Accounts to the Make a Disk 
icon results in a message "disk is write 
protected", even when it isn't. Any 


P R Southey’ Chkhester 

Well, first things first. Cybernetix 
won't run on a Plus machine unless it 
has fast memory as well as chip 
memory, but you can use & small pro- 
gram called degrader which is on our 
CovcrDisk this month to rectify the 
problem. 

As for your second problem with 
Home Accounts, i‘m afraid your not 
alone. The problem lies with 
Workbench 2. When you dick on the 
Make 4 Disk icon, your Amiga then 
copies all the necessary files to ftAM f 
then instructs you to insert the disk 
which H to he initialised, 

This is where the problem begins, 
Because you booted up with the 
CovcrDisk write- protected your 
Amiga doesn't bother to check the 
drive again so it pust presumes the 
disk is write-protected 

All you have to do is boot up with 
the CoverDisk wrile-enabfod and all 
your problems should be over. But 
remember to make a back-up of the 
CoverDisk first 


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The new AG A graphics chip set 
brings a vivid new range of 
colour to the Amiga line. 
Denny Atkin reports 



A round the beginning of 1986 a 
group of Amiga enthusiasts 
met at my local computer shop 
and crowded around the screen of an 
Amiga VQOO displaying one of the tint digi- 
tised 4096 <otourHAM pictures, 

Ji Amazing/ one of them said. "It looks 
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Commodore's new A1200 and A4000 
computers include the first truly enhanced 
chip set since the Amiga's introduction, The 
original chip set (DCS) was revolutionary foe 
iti time, with 32 and 4096-colour graphics 
and what was, at the time, unparalleled 
graphics speed. 

The Enhanced Chip Set released a couple 
of years ago was nowhere near as innova- 
tive - it expanded the amount of memory 
available for graphics and let users run both 
PAL and NTSC software, but the new rest> 


lotions it added stowed down die machine 
considerably and offered a paltry four 
colours from a palette of 64. Amiga users 
were disappointed. 

I've heard very few complaints about the 
newest Amiga chip set, though. With a 
range of 16 million colours, 256 or 
700,000+ colours available on-screen at 
once, and a four-times graphics speedup, 
who could gripe? 

Oh, sure, you say, but with those 
improvements got to break most of my 


software, right? Wrong! Perhaps the most 
amazing thing about the AC A chip set is 
that it's almost completely compatible with 
programs written for the earlier CCS and 
ECS chips. 

The AC A chip set started We in the sum- 
mer of 1990 as a project code-named 
Pandora. Commodore's Bob Raible was in 
charge of the project and designed the Lisa 
chip, which replaced Denise; Bill Thomas 
was in charge of Alice, which replaced 
Agnus. &y the lime the chipset reached pro- 


totype form it had been renamed AA 
Advanced Amiga), and was the heart & 
prototype enhanced Amiga called t 
A3Q00+. 

Akhough the A3QOQ+ never made it 
the prototype stage (about 50 mac hi 
were built lor use for software and hardv- 
development), the AA chip set w 
approved for a new Amiga r original 
named the A34GO. Designed by Da 
Haynfe and Greg Berlin, this system even 
ally evolved into the Amiga 4000 releas 
Idle last year. 

By the time the chip set was released 
the A40QG, the name was changed agai 
to Advanced Graphics Architecture or 
(there seems to- be a sort ol unofficial i 
paign going on amongst Amiga softw 
companies and magazines to keep the 
name, but AG A is the official Commode 
moniker). 

Older Amigas 

This chip set is standard in the ne 
A1 200 and A4000 r but can't be plugg 
into older Amigas. One of the big adv 
tages of AG A is its enhanced speed - 
most operations it's four times faster th 
ECS. Unfortunately, the faster chip archifcec 
lure requires much faster access to the a 
puter's chip RAM,, and there was no way 
get a performance boost with AG A ai 
remain compatible with older Amigas. 

II you've got an older Amiga and wa 
access to the new AGA modes, it's time 
buy a new computer. Although it's feast 
to create a replacement motherboard I 
the A5QQ and other classic Amigas with 
AGA chips on it, such a board would pro 


It's the free flicker fixer! 


AGA Amigas don't have de-lnteiiacing circuitry built in like the 
chip In l he Amiga 30 00. There's no need for one, since non- 
interlaced equivalents of all the original resolutions exist now 
that colour depths have been Increased in the hi res, non- 
interlaced modes. 

For instancOr instead of opening a 640 x 512 16 -colour 
interlaced screen, you can have the operating system open a 
640 x 512 16-colour noninterlaced screen iha.1 doesn't flicker. 
This wasn't possible on ECS Amigas because the non-inter- 
laced resolutions with 256 vertical lines were limited to four 
colours. 

AGA supports two methods lor opening such screens. 
Programs designed with AGA in mind can use the new A5L 
screen mode requester to allow you to select which resolution 
you want to run In, 

If you have a monitor that will handle VGA scan rales 
(more on this soon), you can choose a high-res, non-inter- 
laced mode, but if you're using a standard 1084 style monitor 
you might choose 640 x 256 to avoid interlace flicker, 

But what about those older programs that don I know 
about AGA? if they open by default in annoying flickering 
modes, how do you tell them about the new AC A equivalents? 


In the IContrd preferences program there's a button marked 
Mode Promotion. IF you toggle this gadget on, most older 
programs that request an interlaced screen resolution will 
instead open on a non-interlaced screen ol equivalent 
resolution. 

5o programs like PageSiream, for instance, can now be 
opened cm a 640 sc 512 x 16 non-interlaced screen 

One of the ott er advantages of installing a de-interlacer on 
classic Amigas was that it got riel of those annoying scan lines 
between rows of pixels. If you have mode-promotion turned 
on, even So-res r n cm Interlaced 320 jc 200 screens will open on 
VGA scan-rate screens, free ol ugly scan4ines r 

A few programs, such as DeluxcPaml IV and Art 
Department Professional, explicitly specify interlaced screens 
using AmigaDOS 2 calls. Such programs aren't affected by 
mode-promotion and will come up in flickering interlace mode 
even with promotion turned on, due to- compatibility 
considerations. 

However, there are a number of hacks available in the pub- 
lic domain such as Steve Tibbett's Doubled that will force all 
screens to be promoted regardless of how they open their 
screens. 


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Coil almost as much as an A 1200 la 
te. 

So just how big an improvement is AGA? 
i bout as big a jump over the original 
;a graphics capabilities as those were 
over IBM's twr-cotour CCA graphics, 
"he original Amiga chips had a total 
e of 4,096 colours, which translates to 
evels gf each primary colour. AGA 
eases squares the number of colours 
l able, offering 256 levels of each pri- 
colour for a grand total of 16 million 
jrs available to choose from. 

And you can now get more of those 
irs on-screen at once as well. While the 
a! Amiga graphics chips were limited 
relaying 32 colours {not counting tricks 
HalfBrrte and HAM) on lo-res screens 
16 colours an hi-res screens, the AGA 
can display up to 256 colours in all 
lions. 


Modifying 


he real fun comes in HAM mode, 
•&ugh. Now that HAW has eight bitplanes 
to lay with (thus the name HAMS for the 
mode), it can display over 262,000 
urs on-screen at once. The original 
mode created; new colours by modrfy- 
« 6 base colours; the new mode has 64 
colours to choose from. 

This not only means you can get more 
irs on the screen, but it also virtually 
in ales the colour fringing evident on 
ffial HAM hies. Although Commodore 
ertlses HAMS as a 262,000 colour 
, that's not a real limitation, 

With careful picking of the 64 base 
! , you can actually get up to 700, QOQ 
r^ tn the highest resolution graphics 
si 

'he AGA graphics chips don’t provide 
resolutions than were available with 
though. In fact, the available resofu- 
are exactly the same as on an A600 
ling Workbench 2A - 320 x 256, 640 x 
p 1 x 256, 800 x 300, 640 x 480, 
the interlaced versions of those modes, 
h have double the vertical resolution. 
But there's a big difference - while some 
those modes were limited to 1 6 or even 
colours with ECS, they can all display 
colours or even HAMS with AGA. 

One thing to keep In mind, and this 
fes to ECS as well as AGA, is that the 


With hi-res 
sprites you can 
now make that blacky 
arrow pointer 
look less clumsy 

Amiga chip sets no longer have fixed built- 
in resolutions - they're completely pro- 
grammable. 

An example benefit of thss programma- 
bility is the 800 x 300/600 made added in 
Workbench 2.1 - Commodore added a 
completely new graphics mode without 
requiring ary upgraded hardware. This 
means- that industrious programmers will be 
able lo create new custom screen modes. 

The colour palette isn't the only thing 
that was improved in the AGA chip set. The 
sprite system has also been completely 
revamped. Sprites can now be up fo 64 pix- 
els wide, which means the entire screen can 
be covered with sprites. 

Blocky 

Under OCS and ECS f sprites were always 
built from lo-res pixels, which made them a 
look rather blocky, especially an a hi-res 
semen. With tihe AGA chips sprites can now 
be lo-res, hi-res, or even super hi-res, np 
matter what resolution the screen is cur- 
rently in. With hi-res sprites you can finally 
make that blocky arrow pointer look a lot 
less clunky. 

Sprites can now be placed with much 
more precision. With previous chip sets, 
they only moved in lores pixel increments,, 
which meant there were only 320 horizon- 
tal positions possible for a spnte. 

This made precise editing on hi-res paint 
program screens a bit challenging some- 
times, Under AGA the sprite now moves in 
Super hikes pixel increments, meaning you 
can place the pointer with precision in any 
screen mode. 

As mentioned earlier, the new graphics 
chips are much faster than the original 
Amiga chips. Previous chip sets talked to 
Chip RAM 1 6 bits at a time - even on the 

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640x200 

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640*400 

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320*200 

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VGA 

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VGA 

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640*200 

1084 

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640x400 

1DS4 

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320x200 

1084 

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320x400 

1084 

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1 280x200 

1084 ' 

NTSC: Super hi-res laced 

1280x400 

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10&4 

PAL: hi-res laced 

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1084 

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1084 

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1084 

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Multiscan 

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800x600 

Multiscan 

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A2024 

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otherwise 32-bit Amiga 5000. 

The AGA chip set gets a two-times ^p^ed 
increase automatically because it lias a 12- 
bit read/ write path to chip HAM, flawing it 
to move twice as much data every time it 
accesses graphics memory. 

However, that's not all! Newer RAM 
technology lets the AGA chips do two 
fetches from Chip RAM in a single memory 
cycle. This gives you the performance of a 
64-bit chip set - four times that of the origi- 
nal Amiga chips- 

If you've ever tried to run your 
Workbench screen in 1 6 -colour mode,, 
especially with overscan, you've seen a fully- 
saturated chip set. 

Your entire Amiga system stows dawn 
because the custom chips and. processor are 
lighting for access to your Amiga's RAM, 
With AGA's 4x bandwidth the chips work so 
much faster that you can nun in hi>-re&, 256- 
colour mode without impacting processor 
speed at all. 

Bandwidth 

Running a hi-nes, 16-cotour Workbench 
screen on an AGA Amiga actually uses up 
the same amount of bandwidth as a !□- res, 
two-cotour screen does on a classic Amiga. 

The new chips are so fast that, when you 
use the new Intuition double-buffering rou- 
tines in your programs, you can actually cre- 
ate 6 0-frames- per- second animations in 
even the highest resolution modes, without 
taking over the machine! 

The blitter in the AGA chips is actually 
the same as the ECS blitter - it s no faster a l 
actually performing blits. However, blitter- 
intensive graphics can still be much faster 


under AGA. Since the blitter has to share 
the RAM bus with the CPU and video dis- 
play, it operates faster now since the graph* 
!cs chips take up less of the bus time. 

The AGA chips are amazingly compatible 
with the original Amiga chips. When run- 
ning programs that only support 12 -bit 
colour values (four bits each of red, green, 
and blue), such as early versions of 
DeiuxePaint the operating system simply 
copies those bits into both the upper and 
lower 12 bits of a register, maintaining the 
appearance of 1 2-bit colour. 

No problems 

The vast majority of productivity pro- 
grams that I've tried to run on the Amiga 
4000 and 1200 have no problems with the 
new AGA chips or with mode promotion. 

Games and especially demos are another 
matter, though, and many lend to flake out 
(nan-graphic intensive games such as Sierra 
adventures and Maxis' Sim senes work fine, 
though, even supporting mode promotion). 

There's a solution for those programs 
that donT like the AGA chips. The chips can 
be told to turn off all the features that didn't 
exist in earlier versions of the chip set, thus 
increasing compatibility dramatically. 

Simply hold down both mouse buttons 
when booting the computer to reach the 
boot menu. Click the Display Options but- 
ton and you'll be gwen a choice not only of 
NTSC or PAL displays, but also of which 
chips you want the system to think it has - 
Original, Enhanced, or AGA. 

Simply picking Enhanced fixes most pro- 
grams (you may also want to click Boot 
Options and turn off the processor cache as 
well to increase compatibility further). 


Booting a game with a custom boot block 
automatically selects ECS mode - you have 
!□ run the 3.0 version of SelPatch in your 
Startup-Sequence to activate the new AGA 
chip set features. 

Most of the programs that require you to 
deactivate the AGA features have problems 
because they break Commodore's guide- 
lines and attack the Amiga’s hardware 
directly, bypassing the operating system, 

If these game and demo programmers 
want to start creating stuff that supports 
AGA, they're going to have lo break down 
and finally read the manuals and learn how 
to do things the right way, Commodore 
doesn't guarantee that the next generation 
of Amiga graphics chips (code-name AAA) is 
going to be register- compatible with the 
ACA chips. 

This means thaL any hackers who hit 
the AGA hardware directly now are going 
to find that their programs break on the 
next-generation Amigas, To keep this 
from happening,, Commodore isn't going 
to document how tq directly program the 
video hardware - they want programmers 
to go through the operating system. 

The speedy AGA chips and the faster 
processors found in ACA Amigas, com- 
bined with things like intuition double- 
buffered graphics support, should provide 
programmers with all the power they 
need to create fash action simulations or 
dazzling demos without breaking all the 
rules H 

Commodore's official word is that any- 
one who bangs the AGA hardware is going 
to break in the future. This means we 
should see a lot more games that run from 
the Workbench in the future, and that you 
should probably not get too attached to 


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AGA-s up porting games that don't 
(torn the Workbench- 

AGA is an Incredible improvement 
the original Amiga chips, and the 
colour depth arid Super VGA-like nesol 
support once again puts the Amiga a 1 
of PC clones graphically.. 

Rut Commodore's not stopping t 
They've announced publicly that th 
already working on luture chip sets that 
enhanced sound (one area un louche 
the AGA chips), provide true 24-bit g 
ics, and speed the Amiga's graphics by 
another magnitude. 

Thinking of something more imp 
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Choosing the right monitor 


The AGA chip set gains its resolution flexibility because 
it has programmable scan rates. However,, to take 
advantage of the chip set's flexibility, you'll need a flexi- 
ble monitor. 

Unfortunately, you'll actually need a monitor more 
flexible than the vast majority of those on the market. 
The original Amiga chip set output at a horizon ta I scan 
rate of 15.75kHz, and this is the rate supported by the 
original Amiga monitors such as the 1 Q84. 

This scan rate supports resol utio-ns up fa 640 x 256 
non-interlaced, and 640 x 512 interlaced (more with 
overscan), The new hi-res, non-interlaced modes added 
with ECS require a monitor that scans at the VGA scan 
rate of 31 .5kHz. 

The Amiga 3000‘s deinterlacer circuitry and add-on 
flicker fixers also require a 31 -5kHz monitor. 

You have three monitor choices with an AGA Amiga - 
a 1084 -style 1575kHz monitor, a VGA 31.5 kHz monitor, 
or a multiscan monitor that supports horizontal scan 
rates ranging from 15.75kHz to 31,5kHz (A 1 200 users 


can also use a composite monitor or TV set). If you want 
to be able to use all the AGA screen modes, you really 
only have one choice - the multiscan. 

If you choose to hang cm to your old 1084 when 
upgrading to an AGA Amiga, you'll have access to all 
the new colour modes including HAMS, but none ol the 
newhi-res, non-interlaced resolutions. 

You'll still be much better off with AGA, since you J l! 
get the faster screen updates and the new colour modes 
(television sets and composite monitors offer the same 
modes as a 1084-style monitor, albeit in a much blurrier 
form. Still, the cotour PAL composite output is much 
sharper than on an A520-equlpped A500), 

Using a VGA-only monitor is going to cause most 
users problems. These monitors don't support the stan- 
dard old Amiga resolutions, just the double-scanned 
31 5kHz modes. If you run mostly Workbench-launch- 
able programs, such as word processors, paint programs, 
and desktop publishing software, you'll be OK because 
you can turn on mod-promotion and have all those 


screens run In 31.5kHz made. However, any disks tha' 
must be booted from, such as games, will come up in 
15,75kHz mode, which will just look like a scramble' 
mess on a VGA-onEy monitor. 

Also, the Guru and Boot Mode screens come up in 
1 5.75kHz mode, so you won't be able to view these on 
a VGA- only monitor. Only consider one of these man ■ 
tors if you never -ptoy games and if you don't need 
access to the Boot Mode screen. 

The best choice is a multiscan monitor that supped 
horizontal scan rates between 15.75kHz and 31 .5kH; 
Unfortunately, such monitors are somewhat more 
expensive than the other two choices. 

Be careful, as many modern multiscan monitors 
won’t sync as low as 1 575kHz and will only be as useto 
as a VGA-only monitor when used with an AGA Amiga. 

One of the best choices is Commodore's 1960, 
which of course supports all the Amiga scan rates. With 
a wide-range multiscan you can access every mode the 
AGA Amiga offers. 


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Software 


H AM has always been a trouble- 
some medium in which to 
work. Though capable of 
impressive effects and colourful static 
graphics, it was always a non-starter for 
games purposes,, and less than useful even 
for most animations. 

Graphics produced in Hold And Modify 
mode suffered from much larger file sizes 
than their 12 -colour or Halfbrile {64- 
colour) cousins, and in addition there was 
the dreaded HAM "fringing". 

This effect, which crops up when HAM 
pictures are being created by hand or 
edited, rather than rendered direct fio-m a 
ray tracing package, is the inevitable result 
of the compromise which lies at the heart 
ot HAM* 

Of the 6-fcrits which make up every HAM 
pixel, only four are used for colour data. 
The other two are used to calculate screen 
colours by modifying 
one colour in respect to 
the others around it. 

In arithmetical terms, 
four bits give \6 true 
colours, but the extra 
two bits lead to this fig- 
ure being multiplied by 
16 twice (because the 
older chips are 1 6-bit 
chips), and 16x16x16 
is 4,096, 

Subsequent faffing 
about on-screen can 
olten lead to rather inap- 
propriate colours being 
selected,. and when 
screen values are dis- 
turbed, such as when the 
user cuts and pastes a 
brush, so much messing 
about with colours goes on that the poor 
old 6-bit HAM standard can't cope. 
Fringing is the result, and a messy result it 
Is too. 

With the new HAMS, or 8 -bit HAM, 
many users might be bewildered as to how 
so many extra colours can come from just 
1 two extra bits. 

The answer is that the colour data is 
now made up of six bits with the usual two 
added on for screen colour calculations, 
and as the graphics chips are now 32-bit, 
each ot the two modify bits can modify a 
pixel 32 times over- 

True 6-blt colour leads to 256 colours, 
and if you multiply this figure twice by 32, 
you get 256 x 32 x 12 — 262, 1 44 colours in 



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HAMS, Fringing is still a 
problem with HAMS, 
but as there are now so 
many more colours and 
as the mode can be dis- 
played in much higher 
resolutions, the fringing 
which does develop is 
much less obvious than 
with HAM6. 

In addition, the AG A 
Lisa and Alice chips (best 
thought of as replace- 
ments for Denise and 
Agnus respectively) do 
their best to minimise 
the damage.. Result? 


The first AGA- 
capable paint 
package is at last 
available in the 
shape of an 
updated DPaint 
4.1. Stevie Kennedy 


samples its wares 


Stunning, near-24-bit 
quality static graphics, 
ample testament to 
which you can find in 
the screenshots on 
these pages, 

Problem? We're still 
dealing with HAM, 
even if in a much 
sm proved set of 
clothes. Early reports 
from excited develop- 
ers working cm the 
new machines indi- 
cated that HAM 8 suf- 
fered from no fringing 
And all sorts of wild 


claims were made as to the A4QG0's 
lion capabilities. 

Until the release of DPaint 4 AGA, 
ever, there was no way to judge how 
rate such claims were, as no paint 
or animation creator existed which 
use of the new chips. We now have a 
world benchmark with which to put 
AGA proteges through their paces. 

DPaint 4 AGA is new in only a 
respects. Virtually nothing has 
changed over v4.1, and more or s e? : 
only new features are related to sup[ 

Kidotart 3:0 and the AGA chip set, but 
in itself is enough to warrant a very 
inspection. 

When run, the package immed- 
shows its Kickstart 3.Q origins by ot 
the user a number of display modes - 
total - ranging from olde wodde lo-nei 
res, and tii-res interlace, to AA Ha 
P roductivity, and Supe- 
rs. 

Workbench 3,0's att 
to detail means i 
advanced information 
pixel speeds, scan rates, 
so on is available for e 
L mode before the user 

L his or her choice, enab 

selection ot the best mode 
any particular setup. 

Those using stano 
medium resolution mon 
will be restricted in th 
choices, as will those u! 
cheap, single scan rate 
monitors. 

The former will not be 
to use modes which scan 
frequencies of more ir 
15.5KHz P and the latter 
more than, likely be stuck with VGA moc- 
Ideal ly r good multiscan monitors, 
as the better PC models (I've used an 
14in with no trouble) or the Comm. 
1950/60 range should be used with 
machines if the best display results 
required. 

Though on the whale silent on 'this 
ter, Commodore will sooner ar late* 
to admit that improved machines req 
improved and more advanced penpher. 
and the 1 08 4S/ Philips S83 3 monitors 
prevalent in today's Amiga market are rdEj 
up to scratch as far as the A12Q0/A4C * Vj 
range is concerned. 

Once a display mode is*chosen, 
familiar DPaint 4 interface pops up a- 3 




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ration of the colour capacities of the 
Ami gas car begin, lei's start with 
graphics. 

Apart from AA Halfbnte mode, which 
the usual 64 colours, though from a 
tie of 16.? million, all modes offer al 
:t 256 colours. 

Productivity modes (referred to as 
tiscan in accordance with Workbench 
monitor drivers), handles up to 256 
jurs, and AA-HAM+ offers 262,1 44 from 
palette oF the same size. 

PAL mode* the only display mode to 
support genlocking, has a similar 
■ead of colour and resolution options, 
io-res HAMS to Super hi-res (1280 x 
2) in 256 colours. 

Excellent 

Static screen images generated in PAL 
£ laced 256 colours are of excEllent 
lily, and for many purposes far more 
il than HAM#. They don't suffer from 
jing, animate faster, and can be used 
with a genlock, 
however, for static computer art, HAM#, 
:ial|y in Productivity mode, is hard Lo 
In fehhs mode, a respectable 640 x 480 
in resolution results in almost square 
Is, and HAMS makes full screen grads- 
H fills possible without noticeable 
iping. For presentation graphics, art- 


work, and IFF export to other packages, 
this flicker-free mode will probably be the 
AGA user's favourite so long, of course, as 
that user also has a VGA monitor capable of 
displaying it, 

The only blot on HAMfi's copy book is 
fringing, a problem which becomes acute 
once a lot of detail is present on-screen, For 
example, il is virtually impossible to type 
text across a I1AM3 screen, never mind a 
HAM# screen which has been treated to a 
gradient fill Fringing in these circum- 
stances destroys image quality. 

Though a problem associated with the 
HAMS compromise rather than DPaint 4 
AGA, the extent of fringing was a disap- 
pointment to everyone in the office, a sen- 
timent which will surely be echoed by 
many future AGA users. 

Not all is gloom, as there tire ways to 
partially avoid hinging, but initial impres- 
sions are that NAM8 will remain, as HAM 6. 
a mode most usefully employed by pack- 
ages which render directly to it, such as ray 
tracers. 

Id give fringing a body swerve, l tried a 
text logo over a very gradual fading back- 
ground from green to blue. The logo, utilis- 
ing a red lo yellow ftlf, could not be 
stamped down on the background without 
slight fringes developing, but it was at feast 
a major improvement on direct typing to 



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feit L«fT hr cut rfowrr in certain 


Imparted rejrdrrrd graphic ( foofe Stunning 

screen. With a black background to the 
logo itself, the situation improved 
dramatically. 

By progressively reducing the logo's 
black background until it was no more than 
a key ine, I found it possible to produce per- 
fectly good presentation graphics with 
fewer HAM# headaches, but the problem 
never quite goes away unless the text is sur- 
rounded by a straight-edged solid box. 

Rounded outlines, such as are unavoid- 
able with most fonts, cause greater fringing 
than straight edges. 

Laborious 

□ Paint's spare page comes in very 
handy for such work, as it enables the user 
to create and Cut out text in a clean envi- 
ronment before swapping over to the 
main graphic for final positioning,. The 
process is a painfully slow and sometimes 
laborious one, but is capable of good 
results. 

Animated graphics using the new AGA 
screen modes have caused probably the 
most intense speculation since the A400G 
was launched, Initial reports from the 
Pasadena show of a full colour Sentinel 
animation running at 60 frames per sec- 
ond in NTSC interlace caused heightened 
expectations ol full screen, full motion 24- 
bit movie work on a standard machine. 

While I wouldn't like to completely 
deflate these expectations, I have to at 
least put a dent in them, if only as far as 
PPaint's animation capabilities are 
Concerned, 

In anything other than lo-res 
Productivity mode (320 x 4§G), large ani- 
mations are fitter too slow oc not of suffi- 
cient quality to be used in professional 
video productions. 

Beautiful 

In hi-res PAL interlace using overscan, 
which is the standard video mode 
(remember that VGA and Productivity do 
not support genlacking), DPaint 4 AA can 
chum out beautiful images, but can only 
animate them in a jerky and less than use- 
ful fashion. 

Having seen Seals run DPaint-produced 
HAM8 animations smoother and quicker, 
the suspicion that it is the software which 


the addition of 
titles and other 


is at fault rather than the hardware is a 
hard one to avoid. 

Smaller animations in 256-colour full 
video spec (hi-res overscan) are possible, 
and animate smoothly on the A40GQ, but 
try to use hair screen or larger animations 
and smoothness quickly falls off.. 

Against a black background, Fargiertext 
logo animations, scrolls, and so on are 
excellent, so DPaint 4 AC A should suffice 
for high quality video titling, but video 
quality computer movies are, as many cym 
ics suspected, oul of the question without 
the use of single frame video recorders. 

What can Ibe achieved with this package 
Far outdoes any previously available 
paint/animate program, though to be fair 
to manufacturers currently developing 
competition for DPaint 4 AGA, the new 
chips and video modes are a major factor 
in this. 

Full screen 256 animations, superb 
HAMS titling complete with colour g radi- 
ated text, and static images only the better 
24 -bit boards can better make painting and 
animating in AGA supremely pleasurable. 

However, given an A1200 rather than 
an A40Q0, less than about 4Mb RAM, and 
a hard drive of less than 40Mb in capacity, 
much of Ibis potential wiN never be 
realised. i 

Al 200 owners who have read the 
inflated claims made by some companies 
and the odd press report should be pre- 
pared lor disappointment if they are not 
ready, or cannot afford, to purchase the 
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colour Format which will please the prospec- 
tive A1 200 buyers out there. 

If you grab an image the machine will tell 
you what you have grabbed by ticking the 
RGB and MONO boxes and the respective 
separations, 


Viewing 


Digital 


To view the images you just click on view 
but the machine must first mix the RGB 
together. How Fast it will do this depends on 
the processor in your machine - in the 4000 
it took only a couple of seconds because of 
the 040 processor but even when I tried it 
on the A50Q it still wasn't that slow - ]G sec- 
onds at most for a complicated image. 

So you have your image saved and you J re 
pleased with it - now what can you do? Flip 
back to the main screen along with the pref- 
erences and you'll find an editing option. 

When selected this screen opens out into 
a full editing screen which lets you am the 


Tie box that plugs into your parallel port. 

The first thing to do was to set the thing 
wp* I "m not an expert with complicated 
firing jobs. The machine i used was an 
-^OOD so 3 could get the most out of the 
Software to begin with. 

The box plugged straight into the paral- 
M port and the lead that comes out of the 
box goes into the floppy disk part. 

it J s a bit ungainly, the box r so your 
should make sure you have a Jot of room at 
the back of your machine before you start 
Sidling. 

i then took the phono-to-phono lead 
*~d plugged it into the Video Out slot on 
•Te video. When using digitisers I always 
**~id it helpful to have another monitor set 
to see what the image will k>ok like on- 
reen before you actual take a grab, 
^rwever. unlike most other digitisers, VIDI 
Amiga 1 2 doesn't require a second moni- 
’: r . and displays all its images on one 
icreeru 

For maximum flexibility, though, I 
;-^gged another monitor into the back of 
k video as you would for usual domestic 
- this way I had the Amiga Workbench 
wing and the direct signal from the 
yku^o going into the TV. Jf you're a bit con- 
, refer to the diagram. 

! must stress now that the VIDI's physical 
r ioe makes using it with A1 500/2000 
►whines impossible unless a ribbon cable 
fc -sed to connect the digitiser casing to 
parallel port. This is little more than a 


doodles 

Ben Styles looks at the VIDI Amiga 12 digitiser 


Totally wired 

This diagram is designed to make 
the wiring of these image grabber 
boxes a little simpler. 

Remember - the seperale TV is 
not necessary to use Vidi 12, but it 
will make Fife easier when grabbing 
fin colour 



Urn age through filters. There are various 
options, some oF whrch let you really ring the 
changes, such as the psychedelic filters. 

To be fair, the filters are very well done 
and don't detract from the image's original 
clarity unless you are selecting a sott filter to 
put over your image. 

Improvements 

1 was impressed most by the negative filter 
which gives a really dean negative image. 
ihi 1 editing booth also has image improve- 
ment optkms like find edges, image blur and 
image sharpen. On top of the usual filtere 
you can Hip the image on its X and V axes 
and cut and paste sections of the image. 

If you have plenty of memory you can use 
the Carousel option which allows you to 
show all of the pictures that you have stored 
up during you grabbing session. 

It's also possible to grab several frames 
from the video image, store them into mem- 
ory, mess about with them by pulling them 
off the carousel then playing them back as an 
animation. 

You would need a pretty awesome 
amount of memory to do this with Full size 
colour or mono images, but the end result 
would be well worthwhile. 

\ liked VIDI Amiga 12 because of its sim- 
plicity. Setting the equipment up in the first 
place is always a bit of a struggle but once it's 
there you can forget about it. I found that it 
didn't interfere with any other programs i 
was using, and was overall a very well 
behaved piece of equipment. 




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This scanner produces better results 
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With PoweTScan Professional v3 p the ante 
as they say, been upped, and upped 
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Consisting of a standard scanning head, 
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Give Colour Scan one run over a colour 
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Unshaking 

Colours can works in the same way .15 all 
”d scanners in that the user must employ 
un shaking hand to drag the scanning 
- over the target picture at a steady rate. 
r he image is imported using a fairly nor- 
Mocking 105mm scanning head, but 
ad of being stored as a 64 -colour image 
internally buffered by the ColourScan 
"tware as 12-bit data in 4,096 true 
lurs, 

As opposed to HAM (hold and modify), 
b.f true colour does not suffer from fring- 
nor does it do strange things when 
d or ported to another screen resol u- 
Ttiis enables ColourScan '5 software to 
rt and save an image as a 24 -bn IFF, 
or 256-colour GIF. 

Before saving, however, the by now stan- 
J i array of editing options can be 
ted. PowerScan Professional has a wide 


Hfgh quality and urfyinat colour print! iron in beautifully.. 


...and wen ttfurkp cNpmruVr jn apt ran IodA Wf 

range of polygon and freehand drawing 
tools w^h which users can touch up or 
enhance the scanned image, and though 
these are tricky to use on a rough HAM 
representation such as displayed after a 
scan, they add to the package's flexibility. 

Much more useful are the image pro- 
cessing tools, including flip, rotate, scale, 
and crop, the latter two of which will be 
essential for Floppy drive systems, Images 
scanned in colour can result in IFF file sizes 
of over 1Mb, especially if saved as 24-bit 
Files. 

Again, cropping is a vital tool for 
scanned images, most of which will con- 
tain data which is not required. Most usen 
will find it impossible to set up the scan- 
ning area so that only the required image 
is scanned, but with the crop tool any 
extraneous data can be thrown away, sav- 
ing time and disk space. 

Other more advanced tools include 
skew, capable of pseudo-perspective 
effects, lighten and darken, which can be 


Stevie Kennedy finds 
a hand scanner to 
make even Mr Major 
lose his greyscales 

particularly handy for murky or over- 
exposed scans, and clean up, which is 
unfortunately almost useless on colour scans 
as it tends to turn them into impressionist 
paintings rather than sharper images. 

In total, PpwerScan's image retouching 
skills match those of most other scanning 
packages, but the ambitious user will, as 
usual, require AdPro or ImageFX to really 
zap up those imported artworks., 

In hardware terms, the scanner will be 
familiar to anyone used to the older mono 
units, with selection sliders for dot sizes 
and resolutions giving a possible spread of 
between 50 and 400dpi in mono mode, or 
50 to 2D0dpi in full colour. 

Reflections 

In addition, a handy brightness thumb 
control makes it possible to have a stab at 
photographs with less than ideal exposure, 
though at the highest levels there is a ten- 
dency for the surface reflections from 
glossy photos to white out the picture 
detail rather than enhance it 

In shape and size, the scanning unit is 
just the right side of comfortable, and 
heavy enough that it feels substantial in 
use. Smooth scans aVe facilitated by the 
design of the unit's underside which, 


unlike some hand scanners I've seen, is 
clear of obstructions. 

The roller, so important for good results,, 
seems well mounted and doesn't protrude 
too far from the surface. On some scan- 
ners, badly designed rollers which either 
don't roll smoothly enough or stick out too 
far can lead to see-saw scanning, but 
Colour5can suffers from none of this. 

Overall, there is little on which to fault 
ColourScan. The software could be faster 
and the A2OQ0 Zorro card interface a little 
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however, will not. To fix an unvalidated 
disk, load FixDisk, then click on the 
Directory gadget at the top of its win- 
dow, There's no need lo scan the whole 
disk for bitmap errors, as FixDisk need 
merely ascertain where everything is 
located. 



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s more readers begin to sample the delights 
of Workstation 2, we examine more of its 
capabilities and sort out a minor problem 


odcStation 2 was designed 
with the A50G Plus in mind 
to take advantage of 
^start 2.04 and the more advanced 
.bench interface it offered. However, 
ce the original design of the disk, 
modore have released the A60O and 
200, and this has brought on one small 
lem. 

The A60O has no internal battery 
.-up clock, which means that when 
Workstation 2 disk boots up, the 
^sequence fails at the command: 


hkldh im 


trying to load the time from a nomexis* 
clock (on unexpended machines),, an 
• code of 20 is returned and every- 
g rinds lo a halt, 
r he solution \% a simple matter of edit- 
ihe startup-sequence using Q£D and 
Jrg the line: 


muT 2i 


"■iis 


e the Setclock command. 

effectively tells the Amiga not to 
er with commands which fail for sim- 
r easons, When the revised startup- 
?nce runs on boot-up, the user will 
the message: 


MTTElir BlCtEi-UF CL3iK ml FM 


startup will continue as normal. 

My thanks to Mr T Gigg of Bristol for 
ng in with thJs enquiry, All future 
Station 2 disks will be dispatcher 
this bug fixed, but any users of unex- 
led A6QD machines with first issue 
•ran either carry out the modification 
ned above or return their disks to 
*ress Direct for a replacement, 
keep chose letters rolling in, folks. As 
can see, they are all examined for 
He problems or support issues and 
ougs or suggestions passed on 
jh this column. 

I n with the support column. Mr T 
ch of Anglesey was confused by 
! sk, He managed to operate it to 
his Workstation 2 disk, but writes: 


There are so many buttons, V m begin- 
ning to wonder what happens when I 
press the wrong oner 

FixDisk is a disk retrieval system 
designed to cure some of the many prob- 
lems which crop up on floppy disks, 
including read /write errors r corrupted 
files, and the odd validation problem. As 
the latter will be more common, well Jock 
first at how FixDisk can be used lo 
remedy it. 

Validation errnrs crop up when the 
"bitmap u is corrupt Basically, a bitmap is 
a digital map of the disk's contents and 
where on the disk they can be found. Any 
disparity between the bitmap and the 
structure found by Amiga DOS when it 
examines a disk will cause the Amiga to 
look for the disk-validator file. 

Disk -validator, built in to the Kickstart 
2/3 ROM, can correct minor problems, 
but will give up on major messes. FixDisk, 


Next, click on the drive containing the 
faulty disk and dick Disk Inserted when 
prompted. FixDisk will now slog its way 
through the directory structure, checking 
every file's exact location, then compare 
this to the bitmap. If the bitmap is incor- 
rect, FixDisk says so and asks for permis- 
sion to re-write it. 

Once the go ahead is give, the pro- 
gram takes only a few seconds to rectify 
the fault and the disk will be back lo nor- 
mal, For mole serious faults, such as 
read/ write errors, the complete disk scan 
will be needed, 

IF, for example, the Amiga complains 
that a disk has a read error or a write 
error on block so-and-so, you will find 
that under normal circumstances the disk 
is rendered useless. Using FixDisk, how- 
ever, some of the damage can be 
repaired. 

Repeal the procedure for the bitmap 
error, but this time click on the All but- 
ton, which prompts FixDisk to trawl 
through the disk examining each and 
every file in turn until it finds a corrupt or 
damaged part of Lhe disk. When this hap- 
pens, a number of options will be 
available. 

Many of these are best presented to 
coders and system experts, but most of 
us can expect at least to be able to 
attempt a save.. 

Let's say the program tells you that: 
there is a read error on block 1605, which 
happens to be cylinder 72, head 1, sector 


10. The error is a bad sector checksum 
(Bad Sec Sum), which means that FixDisk 
cannot match the corrupt contents of the 
block to the "checksum" which is used as 
a method for making sure none of the 
data has been messed up. 

At this point, the temptation would he 
to scream in confusion and despair, but 
the canny user will click Retry, the Ignore 
if the fault recurs, then wait until the scan 
is complete. The next step is vital, 

In the window to the left will be a list erf 
the disk's contents complete with the disk 
block where the file header is located. To 
attempt to rescue data from a damaged 
block, select the file containing the dam- 
aged block, then click on Selected below 
the Check Fites option. 

When the error is encountered, you can 
attempt to save the damaged part to 
another disk gr the RAM disk, write over 
the block and destroy the anginal data, or 
keep on trying. While it may sometimes 
be possible to save the damaged data, 
some errors are too serious ta remedy. 

Crippling 

in this case, writing over the block may 
be the only option which, though erasing 
some of the data and possibly crippling a 
program file for good, will at least allow 
the rest of the disk to operate without, 
those annoying read/ write errors. 

If a damaged fils is a data hie, you may 
be able to save at least part of it, which is 
a lot better than nothing at all. 

For now, that/s all we'll covei on 
FixDisk. it enough enquiries come in from 
Workstation 2 readers, well attempt to 
cover the more complex aspects of the 
program and look in more depth at its 
operation, but until then your manual 
should contain enough information to 
allow you to usefully employ 
its talents. 




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Power of the press 


L ast month we gave away Protest 
v4.3 From Arnor on our cover. We 
also included a brief beginners 1 
guide on hqw to create documents, move 
them around , and save them. Well now 
you have had time to familiarise yourself 
with Protest's layout, if s time to look at 
same of the more powerful features this 
version of ProtexL has to offer. 

One of the most important tasks before 
printing a document is to spell check it, 
Spell checking is very quick with Protest 
and well worth doing even if you are gen- 
erally good at spelling, as many typing 
mistakes can also be picked up in this 
way. 

Checking while typing is most conve- 
nient when used with a hard disk, or 
when the dictionaries are loaded into a 
RAM disk so that they may be accessed 
almost instantly, This option may be tog- 
gled on and off using the Typing Check 
option in the Option menu, whenever you 
want. 

If this option is turned on, every time 
you type an unrecognised word Protext 
beeps to indicate the fact, allowing you to 
backspace and correct the word. 

The other spelling checker options are 
accessed through the Spell menu which 
also has options to cany out maintenance 1 
on dictionaries and to use special com- 
mands to search for words in dictionaries, 
find anagrams and so on, 

Apart from checking while typing, 
Protext provides four other ways to check 
spelling. Individual words may be checked 


Become a word-crunching pro in the second 
part of our Protext v4.3 tutorial guide 


by positioning the cursor on a word (or 
immedtately after the word) and selecting 
the Single Word opt ion. 

if the word is recognised, a message 
saying so is briefly displayed, otherwise a 
dialogue box appears. Type in “teh" now, 
position the cursor over it and select the 
Single Word option. 


The dialogue box which appears when 
a word is not recognised contains a num- 
ber of boxes which may be clicked on, or 
selected by pressing the highlighted letter 
in the box. 

The Store box stores the word in the 
dictionary so that it will always be recog- 
nised at any time in the future. The Ignore 



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Working with more than one document 




Protext allows you to load and edit 
many different tfocu merit & {subject 
to available memory), switch 
between files and split the screen so 
that more than one file may be 
viewed at the same time. 

To do i his, load a document then 
select the Swap menu. At the bot- 
tom uf Ihe menu will be the name of 
the fife you just loaded and beneath 
that an entry New File. 

Click <in the New Ole option and 
the existing document will disap- 
pear; leaving you with an empty 
document, Select the Load File 
option again and select another file 
for loading. 

If you now open the Swap menu 
again you will find that the name of 
the second file you loaded has been 
added to the list of files being 
edited Repeat the process again to 
load a third file. Up lo 36 different 
fifes may be loaded at a time, sub 


ject to available memory. 

Clkfc on the name of the file you 
first loaded and it will be re-dis- 
played. If you watch the status lines 
you will see that all the details 
change to reflect whichever file is 
the current file and that wht-n you 
switch files, Protext remembers all 
details of the various settings and 
cursor positions for each file. 

You can swap between files at will 
just by selecting the required file 
from the Swap menu. If you select 
Mew File and create a new document 
Instead of loading an existing file, 
its name will change to Unnamed 
until such time as you give it a name 
by saving it, or by using the Name 
file option in Ihe File menu. 

Blocks of text may be copied from 
the alternate file to the current file 
at any time, Mark a blnck in the cur- 
rent fife, then select another file. 
The file you have marked the block 


in has now become the alternate 
file. 

Position the cursor where you 
want to copy the block to, then 
select the Copy Other Block option 
in the Block menu and the block will 
he copied into Ihe current 
document. 

Swap hack to the file in which you 
originally marked the block and It 
will still be present. You can then 
delete the block If you no longer 
require it, or just de- select the block. 

Delete the block for now and then 
swap back to the file into which yew 
copied the block. Mark a block In 
this file, then swap back to the 
other file and use Copy other block 
again. 

As you will see, blocks can he 
copied in either direction as the 
alternate file is always the one you 
were editing before you swapped to 
a new current file. 




box causes the word to be ignored for 
remainder of the time that docu 
being edited. 

The Skip box ignores that word for 
Current tame only. Chang l returns 
edit mode to make whatever char 
necessary to correct the spelling, 

If you don't know what the co 
spelling is, Protext may be able to 
you by displaying one or more w 
which it thinks you intended to use 
is done by selecting the Lookup op Li or 
Select the Lookup option and al 
instantly a window will appear contai 
a list of words. Select the word you 
by double clicking on it and it will re 
the mis-spelled word in the text. 

If there are more words than will 
into the window, arrows at top an 
bottom may be clicked on to allow yex. 
see earlier or later suggestions. The 
CANCEL lets you return to editing wir n 
selecting an alternative word. 

While Single word is useful for 
checking an occasional word, it would 
tedious if you had to check every wd 
Lhis way r so Protext has the facility K 
check the document in other ways. 

The Check From Cursor option is pa 
ticularly useful for checking a sectior 4 
text of text from the current cursor pea 
tion to the end of the text. 

When an unrecognised word is fnn 
the same dialogue box is displayec $ 
described for Single word, Once the q 
reef ion has been made, the check can 
recommenced by selecting Check i 
cursor once more., 

Both the above options are parLicu 
convenient tor checking text when 
have made alterations, but if you warn 
spell check a whole document, Prol 
has a quicker method. 

Select the Check Whole Text opt 
now. Once the spelt check starts, 
screen clears and is replaced by a new 
play. Across the top of the screen is 
menu of available options and beneatr 
ss the area in which unknown words 
listed. Once al! unknown words h..i 
been displayed, each word is offered 
turn, The Store option is the same 


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Laying out a document 


>nv of the most useful features of a wordproces 
w Is the *ai# with which the Appearance of a 
locument can he changed. We shall start by look 
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These deter mine where the left and! right in ar- 
ms will be and can also contain tab markers, 
^roteat has three typei of tab markers - Normal, 
Decimal And Centre - indicated by l, * anti C sym 
hjIi in the ruler line. 

You may have as many ruler lines AS you want 
n a document and Protest stores these in the 
i fit. When the document is printed, the ruler line 

recognised and the text printed according to 
he settings of the niler r without the ruler line 
•leing printed. 

Tabs are useful for a number of purposes, par 
cularly far ensuring that columns of figures or 
text are aligned neatly and the different types of 
ib marker have different effects. 

The normal tab marker (?) has the effect of 
diguing All text with its left edge aligned* The 
Decimal tab marker (,) aligns numbers so that the 
decimal points all line up, or. if no decimal point, 
the number tines up with other numbers before 
she decimal point. 

The decimal tab marker may also be used for 
right aligning tent. The centre tab marker (t) 


causes text to be positioned equally either side of 
the marker. As many of these markers may be 
used In a line as you want and the different types 
may be mixed. 

The active ruler Is always J the most recent ruler 
earlier in the document than the cursor' F or* If 
there is no earlier ruler, the default ruler set with 
CONFIC and is displayed beneath the status lines 
when in Document mode. 

If you scroll up and down through! a document 
containing a number of rulers you will see that 
the displayed ruler fine beneath live status tines 
always changes to reflect the currently active 
ruler. 

The left and right margins may also be altered 
by dragging them to the required positions on 
the displayed ruler line. Note that this Is not pos- 
sible on the ruler line in the document, but ruler 
lines can be changed by editing them as normal 
text anyway. 

One thing you will notice while experimenting 
with rulers is that certain thing*, such as moving 
a tab marker to a different column, have an 
immediate effect, while others appear to change 
nothing. An example of the latter is when you 
move the left and right margins. 

By default* Protext has the Auto Reformat 


option selected In the Option menu, but it li 
important to understand the way that auto refor- 
matting works. Protext reformats the paragraph 
when you perform some action which causes the 
cursor to move. 

This is preferable to reformatting as each char- 
acter is typed which would cause the words to 
keep shuffling around as you edit to maintain the 
formatting. 

If you move through an existing document, 
having changed the ruler widths, no changes 
will be made to the format unless you edit 
the paragraphs* In which case they will 
be reformatted to the new margins, or specifically 
make use of the various reformatting 
commands. 

A document*, or part of it, may be re -formatted 
when required using either the Format Text 
option in the Text menu, Format Block in the 
Block menu, Or you can use the Format Paragraph 
or Format To End Of Para options in the Sundry 
menu* 

All of these perform the (Arne task, hut on 
different parts of the document. The complete 
text within the relevant areas Is reformatted, so 
that It appears with all the currently set effects 
and margins. 


re, a* also is Ignore hut the Change 
ion Is slightly different in that it just 
s you to edit the ottered word. Once 
pieted, the word is re-checked and 
tfse next word ottered, 

The Lookup option is similar to that 
.ady described* but the correct word is 
selected by pressing the appropriate 
■ .mber alongside each ottered word., 

The View option allows you to see the 
recognised word in context by 
: splaying a number of lines from the 
document, with the unknown word fligh- 
ted so that you can see what action 
fdi wish to take,, The Back option is also 
■tra and allows you to go hack to the 
zreYious word if you want The Check 
.me nt block option performs the same 
type of spell check, but only on a marked 


block of text. 

As already mentioned, this method of 
spell checking is the fastest* but rf there is 
Insufficient free memory Pro text will be 
unable to check in this way. The solution 
is to save the document and then select 
the Check a File option* 

You are then presented with the file 
selector to select the file you want to 
check, The checking process functions in 
the same way as just described, but with 
large Files the document may be checked 
in several sections, requiring you to 
correct any unrecognised words before 
continuing with the next section of the 
file. It there is still insufficient memory the 
Check from cursor option should be used 
as described above. 

Dn completion, you are informed i? 


any of the changes you ha^e made affect 
the formatting of the text and are asked 
whether you wish to re-load the 


document. It you wish to continue editing 
the document, you should elect to reload 
it at this point, 



• Next month well be 
documenting some of the 
more advanced features 
of this powerful package. 


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A great selection of this time r 
especially chosen for the skint* 
after^Christmas crowd who 
desperately need software without the 
shelling out... 

There's no Jukebox jury this month 
(watch out for its return next time) but 
there are a number of excellent anima- 
tions in the Dreams and Vinsons section, 
including the best Amiga movie ever! Stay 
with me, dear readers,., 

Moria v5.4 

PD Soft 

Running from the Workbench, this menu- 
driven adventure beckons you to "enter 
the dungeons of Moria.,.". Once you've 
selected the name, race,, sex and class ol 
your character, you can begin the game 
proper. 

The different moves or activities avail- 
able to you are pretty comprehensive - 
you can (once you've got 'em) use spells 
and scrolls, you're free to attack monsters, 
tun. look around - indeed most of the 
usual adventure commands are there, 
tucked neatly away in the menus. 

The graphically-represented playing 
area occupies most ol the screen, and 
although Lhe icons are small and a little 
plain, they do their job perfectly well - 
and it's not realism we're after here any- 
way, rather representation. The fantasy is 
always far mare tangible if you let your 
imagination fill in the gaps. 

Involved and thorough, this is bound to 
keep the silicon wanderers out there is 
Amiga land happy for a good while. 

Canon Studio 

vl.1 

PD Soft, by Wolf Faust 

This is a utility written to provide support 
for dll Amiga users who have Canon 
printer drivers. Basically it prints IFF graph- 
ics to a very high standard, but it's in its 
ease of use and flexibility that it proves its 
worth. 

Printing is done straight from disk, 
which means that there's no call for a 
truckload of extra RAM every lime you 
wish to print something more complex 
than a simple line drawing. Indeed, ail you 
need is 300k spare, so it will run quite 
happily on an unexpanded machine. 

It supports most IFF-lLBM formats, 
which means that you should find little 
difficulty with compatibility of graphics 
files and this program. 

But its main claim to fame is surely the 
power it puts in your hands as regards the 
quality of the printouts. Suddenly you can 
print qraphics with up to eight greyscales 
on any black and white Canon printer, 
including the whole Bubblefet range. 

Should you be lucky enough to own 
one of Lheir colour models, such as the 
BjflOO, you will be absolutely astounded 
by the 24-bit-quality printing capabilities 
that this program lends your printouts. 
There is a small but detailed ReadMe to 


Want a whole new world of graphics on 
your Canon Bubblejet? Ever fancied 
wandering around Ramsey Street? Phil 
Morse rounds up 
this month's 
eclectic selection 
of cheap and 
free software 


PUBLIC? 


get you started, but in its complexity this 
program remains simple to use, and you 
shouldn't come unstock.. 

Should you have a Canon printer/driver 
and even the vaguest interest in printing 
graphics, be kind to yourself and order a 
copy of this essential disk. 

Neighbours 

17 Bit* 2250 A/B, by Arron 

Here is a little beauty, as they'd say down 
under. Even if you don't give a XX XX. for 
the TV programme, the concept and the 
humour will more than likely endear you 
to Lfois original graphical adventure. 

Here's the pint - Paul has bought 
Ramsey Street* He's finally done it* the 
cold-hearted fiend, and the residents 
aren't too impressed. Your hapless task is 


to stop him. A dodgy digitised title screen 
from the TV starts you off When in control 
I headed straight for Jim and Helen's to do 
a little investigating. 

Every 'location has a digitised piccie 
straight from the program, which is a 
major selling point, because it's a lot of 
Sun. There are all the basic adventure 
commands which can be controlled from 
the mouse, aiding your progress. 

Thete was a bottle on the table in Jim 
and Helen's house, So I took it, only to 
find it disappear from the screenshot and 
appear at the bottom of the screen in my 
inventory section, Vefy nice! 

Anyway, later I found the twins in con- 
versation with the everwonderful world- 
wandering Dorothy, and decided to ask 
Christine to help me "stitch up" that ras- 
cal Robinson.. 

Being his wile she refused, but her sis- 


ter - loyal as ever - told me that 
Mangel could '"lend" me a key to Pi 
office. What a girl* 

I could document my attempts lo 
Ramsey Street forever - suffice to say 
was highly improper and had a lot cr 
in failing to achieve anything coristr 
at all. 

My only slight gripe is some ol 
author's comments. Most are hig 
amusing, taking a dig at the aforer 
tinned XXXX and its contemporaries 
instance, but adotescEnl sexism ha^. 
place anywhere. 

Maybe the author does really belh 
that one oF the programme's charact 


Dreams 


A wide selection of Amiga art, anima- 
tion and all things pictorial this month, 
starting with the amusing Road Hog 
Animation (Hugh Crove, 17 Bit r 
230IA/BL 

This two-disk cartoon tells the story 
of a laddtsh motorist with an evil grin 
and an Acme Animal Annihilator fitted 
to his car, who likes nothing better than 
to cruise the countryside looking for 
creatures to squash. 

Well lhe puts pay to the life of an 
innocent worm (who, judging by the 


lovely red rose he was carrying, was 
more than likely on the way to his dol- 
ing worm-ess), but like all good stories, 
Mr Bad gets his come uppance in the 
end - this time, at the hands of a 
hedgehog with a secret! Intrigued? Well 
all S can say is that it makes a refreshing 
charge, if you know what I mean. 

The cartoon is impressively animated, 
with fine attention to detail - the evil 
motorist and the hedgehog both draw 
you in to the action thanks to the ani- 
mation of their features, Give it a go- 


Santa's Grotto (?/ Btl r 229S) shows 
rather sickly family in 3 rather sick 
Vulelide scene with a rather sickly 5an 
- except, look! They’re getting up to 
load of mischief! 

Little [imrny is firing a pea-shoolc 
the cat s pulling sister's jogging par 
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I, but does have a strange attraction", 
he should have kept such njbbish to 
’ :eTf, Still, this game is by and large 
faful - get it! 

Play and 

Rave 2 

| Vims Free PO, CLU9, 
by Dave Paterson 

is a music module linker, -'ctemo maker, 
%, it allows you to link together any 
loer of pre- written Amiga musk modules 
p^ay them in a predefined sequence. 
‘Meanwhile, the screen displays, chops 
changes and generally keeps the audh 
:? amused wnth pictures - again they're 
gsen hy you, and faded in and out, 
jed and so on wherever you wish them 
be. 

'he program is compatible with all 
]as, even the CDTV, and you don‘‘t need 
■ board, as it's totally mouse controlled, 
mpatibje with hard drive*; the finished 


may be, A passable curiosaty. 

By the way, the Highlander deino 
(77 fift 2288A/B) fares similarly - all 
good stuff, but try doing something 
original with such rich source material! 

One demo which does do some- 
thing original, if unbelievably crass, is 
the Gladiators slideshow (17 Bit r 
2278A/8) giving Top Trump- style la cl 
cards'' (complete with photos) of all 
your lave Gladiators stars. I'm sorry, 
but there are limits. r , 

Robert helper's Stemming* (17 Bit, 
2284 ) has our faw suicidal chums play- 
ing baseball, it's nicely animated stuff 
complete with aclfon replays, and 
there's beer humour there too (right 
lads?). 

The Style is original, and for this 
atone - and the rather strange dosing 
sequence * this demo, rough around 
the edges and all, deserves a look in. 

I can t finish with nut telling you 
about an j mazing video cassette called 
Space Wars, its ovoiloble from 17 Sit 
(come on other PO houses, get your tfyft 
to me! This Isn't a 17-Bit monopoly!} and 
it feature on eight-minute Amigo onrmo- 
f/ort - although "movie" is probably a 
better term. 

This video contains far and away the 
most impressive animation I have ever 


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ftufoolerie* are guin' down in the Grotto, 
to speak, 

This is pretty basic, static stuff and flat 
= a pancake, but to be fair there's been a 
fc t of attention and thought put into what 
actually going on (several things happen 
the same time) and as it s the only 
r imbo anim I'Ve had, I'll let it off. 

The Gif Slideshow (17 fl/tj contains a set 
r piccies grouped into various categories - 
■pace" gives us various digitised photos of 
t» earth, spacemen and radio telescopes, 
k>r instance, and "Money" displays the 
■nts and backs of obscure bank notes 
■donesia obscure enough?) - they've 
< i en printed "specimen" over them! 

Some of these pfrs are mildly interest- 
g, but at the end of the day, anyone tan 
I s'tise pholog^phs, however pretty they 


seen, period. Based on the Star Wars plot, 
it is wickedly humorous, and Amiga graph 
fes supremo Tobias Richter should feel jusr 
Hfjahly proud of this 50 Frames persecond, 
24- bit, HAM -based masterpiece. 

Still not reaching for the phone? Well, it 
took four A3Q00s six weeks working 
around the clock to render this animation. 
Gel ordering, it's wicked! Latent 


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demo can be saved where you wish, and 
spread across any number of floppy disks. 

There are basic controls over the music 
and pictures, and ! would imagine that the 
largest bunch that such a program would 
appeal to would be the demo-makers 
whose main interest is music. 

for instance, a nice picture show could 
be generated by anyone with neither the 
time nor the interest to generate one 
from scratch, simply by using existing pic- 
ture fries from anywhere, or maybe scan- 
ning record covers, pop stars' faces and 
so on, 


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If you run a PD library, or have rel 
anything as PD, then send it to 
and thaL r s an order! Although I 
promise to review everything, I do 
at every submission - what more 
harassed revtaMT offer? 

rm especially looking for weird 
wonderful PD (go on! deviate!) as 
as music disks (they don't have to 
rave or dance) - anything you think 
grab a jaded, world-weary hack s 
don. The address? 

Phil Morse, PD Submissions 
Amiga Computings turopa House 
Aldington Park, Macclesfield, SKI (Ml 

jiffy bags In the area! 


Storyland 2 

Amiga nuts 

This is described as an ''activity adven- 
ture". It's pleasingly simple, bdng based 
around clear pictures of various objects 
and a central "text box*, with a big, 
chunky font. 

There's the usual mix of magic and 
spells, seemingly irrelevant objects which 
turn out to be useful, and some nice ani- 
mated graphical bits, such as the one 
when you move to another land (there 
are five) which looks like the Time Tunnel, 
as in the cult sci-fi bash as shown a while 
back on TV. 

Obviously intended for children, and 
testing powers of memory as well as 


logic, this game nevertheless would best 
be played with an adult present or avail- 
able - sometimes it's not quite as intuitive 
as it could be. 

Still, it's all presented very clearly, and 
I've never seen an adventure quite like 
this before. 1 liked it. 


Wizard Wars 

Nebula Software 

A strategy game f or one to five players. 
Wizard Ware is complex and compiling, 
Once you've told the computer how 
many people arc playing and what then 
names are [the computer can play for any 
of the players should a deficiency of will- 
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righted program, making this action illegal, 

Apj ,rt from vt and the non save v4, OctaMtD is only available from Amiganuts 

at 169 Dale Valley Road, Southampton SOI 60 K. Anyone else offering this pro 
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shown a map of the island on which the 
game takes place, complete with features 
such as hilts, mountains, forests, cities,, vil- 
lages and castles. 

You are a wizard, and you must 
destroy all the other players' wizards in 
order to claim dominance over the island. 
Quite why you couldn’t all live together 
as one family is not explained, but suffice 
to say that none of you are in any mood 
for conciliation. 

like the other wizards, you live in a 
tower. You need To destroy their towers 
to get them, and to do this you 
must summon demons. To summon 
demons you must gather certain 
attributes. 

Pacifists will frown to know that even if 
you wish to do a little pottering around 
instead of mass destruction, you'll still 
need demons, because they are your only 
protection against the other wizards' 
demons, unleashed to get you. 

The graphics are good, it r s well pro- 
grammed, and any strategy fan who's 


looking for a new challenge will find mJ 
ot interest in this game. 

Apart from one or two niggles - 'M 
program returned me to AmigaD05 or 
unexpectedly and is some Limes not 
friendly as it could be - this is rati 
good. 


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MISO UTIL'S 

MANDELBROT GENERATOR Ie a very easy lo 
mandiebrot maker. $ runs al a speed 
± :, J teataras uwr deF "-able options -as well 3.5 
efcmo ptceies, 

DEGRADER. la a j>owertul new utility that 
♦Tables you to run incomjja&ble software on Ihe 
mine's,, Very u$elgl 

1EE COPY 1.0 the latesl version of tni& pow- 
•ifut backup looli il can remove password proiec- 
tei form hundreds of commercial titles, gat a 
ftow, ti also means most &ohware can then 
e metalled pnto your Hardi$k 
= KTERMiN 0. Do you wish you could get the wry 
alesl Virus lyilere by s»mp*y asking lor one trite? 
'♦ell now you can because WO update Smarming 
ourself, which means you ere guaranteed the al- 
-stnete&s*$ 0rios£Z5O. 

-GOPY 2. Thia could aoon lead Ihe way in dupli- 
cation Software, DCQFY2 is so advanced rc>m- 
, ared to other dis-, copiers, it reMtos around 0 
copy modes, various Formaters, disk checkers 
■ X. Thra is easily Ihe mosl powedgl Amiga soh- 
iMire copier currently aveilaPle. If you r -eec to 
- aha a backup, you need lhis, 

%iTTLE OFFICE, is a very useful oMice krt, which 
: anlums a neal little Word Processor, a data- 
: use. spreadsheet and graphics p«<Kase< 

Superb value for money.**'** 

•EM SIMULATOR (NEWS', especially lor 

kckstad 2 .kk. this version will allow you Id run a 
r jg<> qua ” 1 :y c 1 reads v avadabe -C software 
r® dos required) caw for ludhar dele is If nesd- 

PCl'ASKI.4. FC emulator but tor 1.3 Amiga a* 
ATARI ST EMULATOR 
C®4 EMULATOR 

SPECTRUM EMULATOR L#Ls ytnj ren speety 
Jamas on Ihe Amiga Call tor further details 
AMS DOS lor use wrth PC emulator disks 

aaso) 

AMQS UPDATE 1 34. The letesl release 0 1 Amos 
featotoft new mu*»C routine®, which means no 
"Tore cotwedirvg modules before playing them 
J ttJl stuff 

SCREEN fiL ANKERS A whota disk toll & ultefirt 
Hankers, essennal for your monitors dis- 

^iOILER PLATE. Here's a greal new disri lhal 
conta nft hundreds of pre-wntfen leders. all you 
no is simply fell n wtmi 1 add rest eic and print it 

out. 

FlK DISK H youV# gOl prdHems wrlh Faulty disks. 
Mia lhaS have tead/wole effort, than order s 
Wpy dF fix disk. Anolher essential diak. 
DYNAMITE PRINTER DRIVERS This d®k eon- 
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tfCR FILER DATABASE ir youVo got a laige 
-dec- collection you warn lo store on computer, 
then this is the eoFlwaro to do iL 
ANTt FLiDKEfl Fs an ing«^ious titsla tool lhat 
^educes ITre Amiga screen flicker when used in 
hi-res interlace 

ENGINEERS kit (NEWi is a useful new utility 
cdlKtion lhal contains tools la nllawyou lo lest 
every par! of 1h* Amiga mdudma moim il |oy- 
stek 

CROSS WORD CREATOR Cnealo your very 
own cfoaa word puzzles with a touch & a taw 
txiiLons 

TETptA GO^Y, With lhis powerful disk tPpier y*u 
:»jn play a decent game of T&trrs at Ihe 5Bme 
limft, 

CONS GALORE This grc^l disk CdfifcolhS Kf*ds 
' workbench ioone suitable for a variety of &ub- 
iecis 

TV GRAPHICS- is a whole disk full of uaable 
-.ick drops tor video tilling, anolher bnllianl disk. 

PD PACKS 

L1ESK TOP PUBLISHING PACK, « yWffl nHo dtp 
■ you want lo- get into it, then get ahold of thia 
PHI coteaion of disks. Includes Amiga Fax 
DTP. and four disk of various clipart including 
Rooters. Ey e catchers, and fwo other very popu- 
sr Clipart disk^ E& QQ t 
LIPn'PASTE. Is a new sel dI diaks that contains 
*e« over 10O ddforen! colour tonls thsl can b* 
ised in OPa.nl III. L5 DR 

CHEATS PAK Now here's a TantaEJic pack tor al 
te« games players out ihom in Amiga land, ii 
onlama Ihousande ol hints, Tips & cheats for 
fcbads o 4 arcade strategy, adventure games A 
*:-1al bargee al jgsl E5 QQ 

BUSINESS 

s ~RSQNAL ADDRESS BOOK, will help- you get 
you* little black book into some kind ol order, 
stare all your clients delays on computer. 

LITTLE OFFICE. Is a very useful package lhal 
stains a super frIUe wo*d prooftsso*, a dala- 
base, a spreadsheet & G raphics package. 

A'jTo GRAPH IF you wont lo print pie charts, 

Bar graphs etc, then hares a brilliant lihle pre- 
grn.fl> HKat does the 1r»ok. 

=:'jDGet wnti altort 8 you 10 easily bud^ your 

■■come over Ihe following months. 

71 XT PLUS 4.0on Is a pcwertul new w?rd 
processor, that Pus ali ma lealures you would 
upect to lind in a -commercial WP 


ASM/M0+ DUST COVER 
Aeoa-'AeDgHP Oust Cover 
Mouse Mai. 

Mouse House 
RoboShifi switcher, 

13 capacity disk box 
Blank disks 


l 600 BUSINESS LETTERS. A colteclion of laH 
loned Mttirs ranging from lale payemenHs lo 
Lhank-you fof your order Nettert, all are saved m 
a*c»i. 

MORE UTILS 

FIX. DISK repair your lautly programs 
□COPY 2. Entremely powerful copper 
L SCREEN BLANK£R$. A disx Ml 

iFF CONVERTERS, convert Amiga 3 PC gfx 

□ SLIDESHOW GENERATOR. AAows ydu lo Cra- 
Bta greal slideshows with ease. 

□ IBM EMULATOR Kkketart 2..xx 

ANIMATIONS 

LEMMIN'S REVENGE, a greal 2 d«k. 2meg ani- 
m^liCh by Roddy Mcmiinn 
: DUNGAN THE DUNG BEATLE 2. A AS disk en*- 
malityi that iiMui^ 4rmg &f memory ip run, 

LJF E S A BITCH Hilanous by grouse arum taken 
1rc*n Golden A*e, (16| 

5 WAYS TO KILL A MOLE! a^wther s«k anima- 
liopi aboul nwles and how to get rid ol em. 

DEMOS 

_ RSI MEGA DEMO <2 an aU lime dftS«ic 
ALCATRAZ 'ODYSSEY h . a five dak adventure 
through space, totally awesome all Ihe way 
_ thrcuoh 1he$ 43 minute comptria*- him. 

TEF r GIGA MIX’ 2 disks.. 2 dnvas required, ove^ 
20 minulo? of puie samplea. Cpreal! musiCl 
FILLING THE MACHINE an h^noue demo m 
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Amasing new 2meg animation by Roddy 
McMiR*m 

C +2947. LEEDtNGS. A brl like Lemmings 
G +2943. APC MISSION (Zdlfl k*] am- 

martton 

+29S1 E-TYPE II AMAZING Asle^oids clone 
C +2952. GAMEBOY TETRIS. Ifttfi* Qam#boyPl1 
[ +29S3. K.K. NORMAN PARTS. 2MEG. followup 
to Knighty Kn ghL Norman. Superb o^imakons, 
+2954 DOLPHIN DREAM. Colourful amm 
+29SS . TOP SECR ET Exlramely addictive stub 

□ +2956. CYBER 7 Gama compilation 

+2957 THE DEGRADER. Atlowe you to run more 
old sottware on your new machine. Essential 
+2950- SPECTRUM+MATHlX. 2 great games; 
-2900 TURBO THRUST, fanlaslic new game!*! 

□ +2961 SPEED LIMIT, (3 disks) 3MEQ oniril 

1 -t2954 EVE CATCHERS. -Bnllianl dipart aelec- 
lion 

J 42955 ARAZMAJC. Bang Bang 
->2966 SPACE TRA^ . 2 player shoot emup 
Brillfl! 

+2967. TECHNO BAN. Ve*y addictive puzzler 
Z -2969 HELL ZONE H-T™ eat your hoari oul 
-29E9 UTTLE OFFICE. WP r Spreacaheel eto 
□ +29172. WBASE 1.3. Very small WB database 
-2373 CYBERNliTDL Totelly fartlaslic] shoot em 

m 

►2974 LITTLE B6MCH2.G RoptKWWit W0 
^2975 COSMOPOLITAN FONTS ft -4) (4 diskai 
^2979. ASSASSINS GAMES 28, Latesl games 
comps 

* *2986. VIDEO WIPES. Essential for video enlhw- 
siasts 

” -K2990. BOUNCE N BLAST. Super new platform 
cum shoot' em up. Very colourful, fantastic GFX 
_ +2992 SLIDESHOW GENERATOR V#iy easy lo 
use Slideshow maker. 

._ +2993. TRAIL BLAZER. This is the latest £ best. 
+2994 SOCCER CARDS ferift 
game 

□ +2996. ROTON New Asteroids dona 

1-2996 PROTRACKER 2.2. Latesl vefsion WB2 

□ +3MO. TEXT ENGINE 3 4, fentaslie Y^P packagi: 

□ +3001 . DONKEY KOAIG. a classic 

. +5002. CLI TUTORI AL, essential For beginners 
_ +3063 PASCAL 

+ 30M AMIGA TUTORIAL 

□ +3006 THE INTREPID, FAnListic rpg g*o>o 

Li +3067 ANGLIA COLOUR FONTS t. dpa^l fonts 

□ +3012 MULTtDOS 2. File Iransfer system 

□ +3021 FORTRAN COMPILER A Iflbgui 199? 
+3023. HISTORY OF AMY. Amy tha squirrel 

□ +3028 CRAZY SUE 2 S bnB plalformor 

PRINTER TOOLS 

□ NEW PRINTER DRIVERS. A greal i>ew MtfGlton 
of divers lar STAR. Canon BJl 0, and mere 
FANCY DISK LABELLER Creale fancy looking 
disk iBbe-rn w;1h this easy to u&a package 

TEXT PLUS 4.0e. Is a great new word processor 
_ lhai featow an the HfoM hits 
LABEL BASE. Store loadsl of names and 
address mr prinllngi onio la&e^ 

PRINTER DRIVER GENERATOR. Allows you ta 
make your owri printor driver Ipr your prinior. m\ 
the- easiest thing tc use, but il weeks. 

FONTS 

COSMOPOLITAN FONTS 1-4 la a unique doIIbc- 
lion of standa+d awiiga S&nJe for USA ^ DHuk* 
mr Ilf. etc 

AGESTREAM FONTS 6-10 A collection of 
Supo-rb quality Fonts for ws# In Pege^reatn 2 1 or 
22 


CQMPUGR APHID FONTS 1-3, O^er 08 
Compugraphlc fonts tor use m Pro Page. DPatnt 
4.1, Page Setter, a WB2 

i BAD EJOYZ COLOUR CLIP FONTS, a *hole disk 
toll ol full colour clip Fonts, great lor dpairn or 
even AMOS 

MINI FONTS II A massiua colleclion ol small Fanis, 

□ GELIGNITE FONTS II UmNI odledion ^ IFF dips. 

GAMES 

] DP MARIO, Anolher hugely popular Tains' type 
of game, 1ealu r tng immense payability and iriari- 
o'rsh graphics . 

AMIGA COLUMNS Vary Sihiikr ro tot Go+Ii? 
Gear varsion but with better SDuna g^s 
DONKEY KONG In the year tgeJ'? there was a 
game lhal rocked Ihe computer wtstfd, that gam* 
was Donkey Kong. Even if you were net around 
SO*** It, blip H.*™ 

BOUNCE N' BLAST Hana- e a great new PD plat- 
fafitt turn 5 hoot! 'em up, Hectoring grn^i game play, 
graph cs & sound, don t mias il. 

HELL ZONE. R-fype eal your hoart out. here's a 
lanto$tic new ehdel'em up baaed an R-Typ#, 
Super action, gel a copy now 
. M^GABALL Is an iiddtoitvt Breess’qut dtorri lhal 
features fantasllc digrlized speech and awesome 
graphics. PD al if s best' 1 '” 

GAMEBOY TETRIS, theta right a gamefray enu- 
lalor! Play Telria on Ihe Amiga, ihe same as you 

w&uld oh ft G$mef»y t 

DELUXE PACMAN (NEW) The is the late si ver- 
sion of Pacman available. II leatore& utterly Fan- 
taalfo graphics, thg nLam clwarter n ftrlll. 

Just in..,. 

ARCADE CLASSICS 

Ajrjf» d i 4 rr Jl yetv .\n Vraynu. IncUI+ig Span 

I'ivki' t ^tKinan. AsIv^kLs tlL ha >d .-nys. 

“ FULL HOUSE POKER. Play against good old 
Jack, m lhis ^aniastre quality Poker game, easily 
the b*3l Amiga Pc*fif game available,'*"*' 

GIRL ACTIONS No. -\ s not whaE ynu think, if 5 =, 
V4iy sddidivq vemeo n ot CsfeK^ians 

□ BUNNY BLAST Now lhis is whal I call sick, ba&i- 
cally lha idea ol Ihe game is 10 Shoot 8 maim as 
many poor and defenceless rabbits as possible, 

... MISSILE COMMAND in tha good old days this 
was br>e bl tha most ptoyod ^atuas amund. *ftd 
now Jl s avaslabla on Ihe Amiga, Gel ll> 


RIM DATABASE. Is a simple yet powerful rela- 
tional Dakidase. Superb Tor storing names A 
Addresses etc. 

AMIBA3EPR0 2 Is Nghly praised by all it's cur- 
rant user baito tor h&mq exl remaly f lakiblfi 
AMID EX. Is an Amiga Tila card syslam, Very aaay 
to use. perfect (Or simple names & addresses etc 

I JiArB BASE vehry smaK ft compart a nple dba&e, 
lhal is made Eo run m Ihe background of your WB. 

MUSIC/SOUND 

.J MED 3.2 1 D real# your awn musical Oomposl- 
lions with ease, you don I even need 1 to know 
music. 

J PURE SAMPLES 1-3, 3 disks lull to 1h* rim cl 
^ gh quafify if samples, various inatru merits ate. 
VOCALS 1 '5, A Lctoby awosoms cMbn of rtf 
samples. Each sample has been recorded at aver 
17600 samples a second sd frey are d Ihe frigh’ 
est quality. Deni moa am ***" (5 diska) 

J BEATS 1 -5 Frve dsks full of high qualify fegals 

e$fi$nlial tor erasing fantosSd Amga musk: 15 disks! 

CLIPART 

VEHICLES, 3 disk toll ct Id clipart, tor us# in your 

favounte dtp package. 

□ EYE CATCHERS 1$ ft unique <bll&c1ic#i d Eyd 
Catching c^part. Stars. Flashes, boxes. Scrolls. 
Arrows elc are all «iciuded. all liles have bean 
savdd in IFF so you oqn load them mto any DPT 
cr art nroc 

□ TEDDY BEARS a Mu tui d pkrtures of cute tltfla 
IWJriy boars. 

. i SAD BOYZ COLOUR CLIP FONTS. A rollachon 
of dozens d nr colour tonis, NEW, 

DIAQNOSTICS 

! ENGINEERS KfT. The camplele solution every- 
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SYS (NFO. a greal util 1y lhal can fell you exactly 
whal chip sel is contained in ypyr machine 

C.L.FL WARES 

Only £3 50 a title, unless slated 
ICt-Bpl ■ TC DINOSAURS. £4.50 
Superb Educational Irle an averylhmg you n#ad 
Of Cton'i n«4d lo khow about cfinosaurE. 1- **** 
OLEM-TCGEOLOGV. C4 50 

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J CLE03 SOLAR SYSTEMS. E4 98 
A faixstnal ~i look a: Ihe ga laity Wed worijh a took 
CLEQ7 FRESH WATER FISHING Another top 
class educational Ml a, !eafunn»q 1h# ins ft ot/ls or 
Fresh waler fishing ,,, '* l!+ 

CLEQ9 NIGHTSKY Night sky is an essential tool 
For leamtng planel ft star rnovememls etc.""" 

□ CLED9. WORDS ft LADDERS. Brilliant snakes 
ft ladder* warrant tor vtids. iaach#$ filing, 
CLElQ. BASICALLY AMIGA f3disks) is a ne# 
tutorial ihat tak^s you in tough «v«r y A*i»a of the 
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GLUOl . VIDEO TiTLER. Inlo video tnirng? here's 
something toal will help 

□.GLU03. TtPING TUTOR. Laam to type properly 
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to us#. 

I CLUD4. ALPHA GRAPH A very snazzy utility that 
ollcrec you lo easily produce vnrious graphs. 

□ CLUD5 SAS MENU MAKER. A great new menu 
maker trom SAS, allows you to creale a menu 
where you can position buttons where you like on 
the screen, have a snazzy logo al tha lop. and 
load ary program you like by simply clicking on 
lha seteet&d button,**** 

II CLUD0 SUPER SOUNDS III. la a very powerful 
and versahto "Sampling' -software. It is compali- 
ble wrlh alt ma|ar sampling hardware and #i bat- 
ler :han mosl commercial atuH available, 

I I CLU6B WORD FINdiR Plu*. £4.^6 

Word tinder plus -s a powerful new crosswor-d 
*uiv#r As ri new stands rt ■conteins t tficttonary ol 
over 40,060 English words, h can solve ana- 
grams. croMwOndte. word searches etc, ILs amaz- 
mgiy #a^y to use and features simple po*rt ft 
click ooerations ***** 

[ CLU09 PLAY'n'RAVE 2 £4,50. Play'n'Rave 
allows you to produce groat demo's just like 
DigriaT Concert ft. TEF Giga-mix, easily and pro 
l&saionelly Link Tracker modutes 1o^e1h#r to prtj- 
duce an amazingly long and varied music hack. 
An o«c*llftntpi*C# OF programming 
CLLG l NORRIS. Exotlmg plattcdii romp 
ClGC 2 DARK THINGS 'Cotourf jI priaHarmaf 
CLGKJ PHASe 2 Mum level parallaK hbnZONal 
scrolling ahoolam up great value. - **** 

CLG04 X-SYGTEM Another Fantastic game Fea- 
turing ericallenl GFX and superb- platform action 
Wail worth a look al. **'* 

CLG05. TfiUCKN ON 2- C* 56 A superb maAag- 
menl game to say tha laast.*** 

ClGDb OBLIH RATION 1 .3 Amiga's only Frantic 
shoolem up artfem.**** 

G CLG08 DRAGON TILES (New VereionJ. Very 
hen indeed, this is Ihe i&igesl selling Cuft into 
areund. It s basically a PAIR IT type game wrlh 
htrfwtreds of levels ft great graphics, tt's ated 
received rave reviews every where ***** 

□ CLG69 MOTOR DUEL. Batttbcart. jailldd up 
version. 

□ CLG10. FUTURE SHOCK. Another superb CLR 
reteM* where (he object cn lh® game is to simply 
rotf your ball e round a maze colled ng various 
items, sounds easy but il aint. 

r I CLGl 1. All GUNS HLAZING. Fart paced top 
view racing game. 

□ CLGl 2, BULL DOZER BOB A greal ntrw puzzle 
qame^ where Ihe obyecl is to simply gat bob Ed 
manoeuvre 2 of Ihe same blocks logether. 

□ CLGl 3, PARADOX. Anultrer rrew pujzla 6am*. 
You take conlrct oF a cute settle fuzz ball and have 
to push bafts together 

I J CLGl 5- SPOLDGE Great new platform game, 
ejccesfenl for k*ds. but very tiicky 

U CLGl 7. iMriMlLJML A sort ot 'MorKfiy Island- 
game where you lake oorrtrol oF a Mlario" charac- 
ter. 


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Programmers, why not try us We will offer upto forty percent oF the sale p^ice 
for programs taken onboard. 

Octamed Pro v4,03© 

Thi$ program needs no introduction. Probably the best music creator there is 
for the Amiga. Upto 8 channels using the Amiga's audio capabilities, 16 it you 
have midi Comes, with a built-in sampler and synthesised samp^ editor Can 
display 'your creations in standard tracker format or on a stave in real time V4 
manual available. Prices: 

Ociamed+Manua? Octamed Manual 

Europe £30.00 £32.50 £8.00 

World £32.00 

Upgrade available to EC members, £12,50 

AMFC© (£10) 

Amfga Music File Convene? can convert modules to vanous formats. The ideal 
companion For all Octamed users, allows you to use Octalyrer, SoundTracker 
and many other modules with Defamed 

The Amiga Coders Club (£4) 

Now m its third year. Contains help, advice and tutorials for assembly 
language programmers. Issue 59 now available 


Other Licensed Titles 

Free % the adventure creator £5 .00 Gu leksilver, arcade pinball 

A-Gene, track your fam ily tree £1 5 .00 
T imetab ie Planner, for students £2.50 
Master Virus Ki Iter v2 .2 £2.00 

Ami/Fdsffladc, hard disk backup £3.00 


£ 8,00 

A-Log, for animal breeders £8 00 
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Amiaase Pro. not Che PD version £3.00 


Public Domain 

We have too many titles to list here in full, so offer our catalogue disk 
for the price of £1 GO me. redeemable on first PD purchase over 
£5.00 The catalogue contains two games, DCopy9, B&ase v5 and 
Epoch 3 as well as a full list of our library. 

T-Bag Disks 

As the European distributors of the T-Bag series, we have the fastest 
as they arrive. Price r £3.00 per issue. 


Assassins Games Compilation, each disk contains a selection of 
games. We now have upto volume 41 . 

Hell zone, the best PD shoot-em-up, Top Secret, a good platform 
game. Fatal Mission, 1 or 2 player SEU. Raid III, SEUCK Game, 

Defenda. same vein as the classic. Wots tts Name, trivia game. 
Catacombs, graphic adventure. Mental Image II, compilation. Sanity, 
difficult platform game. Gameboy Tetris, latest clone. 

Utilities 

Word Power, spell checker 4 more. AGraph & Freepaint. 

Text Engine 3-4, shareware wordpro. UEdrt 3.8, shareware text editor. 
PC Task, IBM CGA emulator. 3 Disks. Magnetic Pages, multi -media tool. 
The Money Prog, home finance tool. 

Programmers 

North C, integrated C compiler. PCG Pascal, integrated compiler 
C .Manual, on 13 disks. Game Background Designer, great! 

MOBED % object design tool. GadTools, Intuition interface tool. 

PD Price*; 1 to 5 disks, £1 SO per disk, 6 or more disks, £1 .25 per disk. 
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The race For the Christmas number one is hot- 
ting up and it looks 55 though Ocean are 
preparing to load iheir big guns. Coming your 
way this Crirnbo is Lethal Weapon, WWF Euro- 
pean Rampage and as previously reported 
Cool Worfd and Universal Monsiers. 

LethaJ Weapon is based on the Urals and 
tribulations oF Martin Riggs and Roger Mur- 
taugh from the Lethal Weapon Film trilogy. 
You get to choose to play either Riggs or Mur- 
taugh - each has varied abilities and has to 
tackle the missions in a different way. 

There are Five missions in all in which you 
have to conquer drug smugglers, terrorists 
and the Organisation or save hostages under 
siege. 

The game which is an arcade shoot-'em-up 
is Ocean's biggest fifm licence ever and should 


be available now For a measly pn : ce oF E25.99, 
Ocean's big game is WWF European Ram- 
page and hopefully icTI be better than their 
first effort. This time all your Favourite wrestlers 
unite for a European Rampage Tour , 

Hufk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior The Nat- 
ural Disasters, The Nasty Boys and Legion of 
Doom are all Featured. The game can be 
played as a two-player Tag-Team or a one^n- 
one grudge match 

it says on my wonderfuf press refease that 
there are over 62 [count 'em* I individual 1 
moves for each wrestler which f Frnd very hard 
to belreve, but we shall see. 

Expect to see a review fairly soon. WWF 
European Rampage will cost you 125,99 and 
should be available at the beginning oF 
December, 




Cobblers as an art form 






News flash 

Thank Gad that articles like the "Screen 
Dreams piece that appeared in this month's 
copy of The Face are infrequent, and that mis- 
informed writers such as the one responsible 
for the piece are few and far between in the 
computer world, 

I would advise any mate gamer out there to 
read this article just to see how clueless these 
idiots are + I say male because the article Is 
directly aimed at men. 

Gavin Hills, author of the aforesaid piece, 
makes a sad, unfounded and pathetic attempt 
to trivialise and break down the computer 
games world into psychological similes. 

It is dear from the article that Mr Hills has 
no idea of the current games market Your aver- 
age grandmother knows as much about the cur- 
rent games scene. 

For those of you who haven't read the arti- 
cle r 1 IT give you a brief idea of what he was 
faying., The opening paragraph has references 
to the fourth level of Desert Storm - an inaccu- 
rate reference I might add, as the game is 
Desert Strike, a Meg ad rive title. 

How many of you male games out there 
agree that ^masturbation and computer games 
go hand in hand ? Not many I'd imagine. And 
how many dedicated male gamers agree that 
"shooting them up on screen and soiling your 
favourite hanky may both be furtive 
exercises... ''7 

He goes on with this poor excuse for a 
Freudian interpretation of the computer game 
world, deciding that racing games encourage 
joy riding, that computer games are a sexual 
outlet for the average adolescent teenager, and 
indeed that they're "a healthy alternative for 
potential child murderers and perverts". 

Gut his doesn t stop there, the obscenities go 
on, Knights of fCnobt**t ,r P Colostomy Cattle ... 
f think old Gavin is the one who need* the psy- 
choanalysis, don't you? 


They think it's all over. 


But they're wrong - ft's not over yet. Sensible Soccer, the 
biggest Sport game of 1 992, has just been improved. With 
the new title oF Sensible Soccer vl.l, [he game has loads 
more features and is almost guaranteed to be in the top 
three Christmas sellers. 

It now Features new and improved goalkeepers. In [he 
first game the goalies were a bit wishy washy, but now the 
goalies can recover more quickly, catch the ball properly, 
punch the ball away and when its too hard tn catch and 
tip the bail over the bar or around the post. Thus all these 
coupled together make the goalies a Jot harder to score 
against. 

For all you V\m y Jones fans there « trouble on the hori- 
zon, Any Cynical professional fouls will now earn your 


players a red card and a long walk back to the dress 
room - Plus there's monel 

The new baokpass rule is included, so that means 
goalie can't pick the ball up, but he can ntn all die way 
the piK h and score a goal . 

All the new season's team and players names a 1 
included plus there are some more brand new comedy 
tom teams. 

Well what can I say? J'm speechless. Having played 
new version f can say that it's loads better and much 
fun than the original - a bargain if ever I saw one. 

There Is good news For peopre who own the origi- 
game. You can upgrade your copy by sending your disks 
Renegade Call them on 07 1 -481 921 4 for more details. 


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Kixx out the jams 


s Budget label Kixx has just released a brand ni^w sub [abet. Entitled Kixx XL tne company have a whole forry-R 
forthcoming releases lined up These Include Midwinter, Batclehawks 1942 and Future Wars which are reviewed In 
Cheap Seats this month - check them out. 

Also released are Zak McKrafeen and the Alien Mmdbendecs and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - The Gra| 
Adventure. The games are more expensive than your avenge budget software. All oF them cost El 2.99 except for India' 
Jones which will cost you a penny uncter £ 1 5 

Looks; like a lot oF money For a budget game, but I think you II agree tea t these games are an really good and are 
that kttie bit extra. Just don't make the prices any higher, OK? All releases mentioned here should be available now. 


Large sweaty men and big weapons 


















5 *^ 1 1 

Contraptionsgate - 
Cute repair man in 
bug scandal 

Mirbdsd^pe's next release is a game called Contraptions n s an ^metric 3D 
puzzle game very mutfr in the style of 
efoe now classic D/Generatioa 
You take ihe part of a 'cute” reparr 
man and must work your way through a 
huge machine fixing 'bugs' and making 
repairs white looking tor the tools with 
which you can exact these repairs. 

Switching levers, jumping on pressure 


pads and turning screws wifi 
enable you to enter other r oom 
which in rum allows you to 
progress through the levels. 

IF it’s half as good as D/Gen- 
eration then it'll be very good 
indeed. Contraptions should be 
avarrable around about now for 
the quite cheap price of £ 1 9.99. 


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kt Ai 4 I 

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BBRACSLE, Hmm, err 
I know, SCRABBLE... 

Yes. the world s lead mo word gam# if just ana jt to appear on 
your Amiga, Ml ed as the ultimate game of verbal wizardry to hit 
the home carnoute*. 

Computer Scrabbi? is the definitive 90s version of the famous 
game, ft s the same Fun-packed blend of skill and chance which 
enhances your word power as you play, but it does have some 
ip€:ial features. 

BrilJtant computer graphics give an extra dimension to the 
game, as well as having the advantage of all pieces stapling on 
board, so there s no chance of one of your relatives having one 
too many on Boxing Day and crashing into the board and ruining 
the game. 

Locked into the games memory is every page of the Chambers 
Official Scrabble Dictionary lover T2 & 000 words} so bluffs can tie 
called in seconds. A special souvenir computer print-oirt of the 
'inal board position can be put into effect at the touch of a but 
son, so you can remember how b^dJy you lost. 

Release date and price are as yet unknown as we go to bless, 
but it should be available very soon. 


ICirlc to bridge. 
I'm skint... 




sy The game that fury collars and strange people who a, rive Capris have 
been waiting tod Star Trek the game rs being ported over From the FC. 

IF like me you are an intensely ad and unfortunate git and you rush home so 
vatch the re-runs of the '60s classic, then the game, when it finally reaches the 
miga, will be a necessity. 

Sources say that the majority oF tfse s fcnes have been taken from the Four 
ones witli ail the tfomufans, Klinoons and Forms of Alien Life that are "not as we 
•now if. 




INNER VISION 


Full to bvstin 1 - not even room for 


Nigel Mansell’s World Championship .* 4 


The man with the most earns a bit more 


Road Rash 

Quck relief for frustrated motorcyclists 


Tearaway Thomas ... 

A funny looking chap who jumps on thing 


Nicky Boom ...... 

Another funny looking chap who j 


++WM+U Pff 10 


Bin's Tomato Game *•##4 

Wins first prize for this month) 


Premier Manager m.JvL 

Sit on a draughty bench ,nd sw 


jumps on 
izarre Nam 


ame competition 


ar at men in short trousers 


James Pond* icyAftiFS 

Sporting frolics as the fishy spy swaps his Magnum for Reeboks 


Gobuins 2 M HP w+* 9 *wv+ty******m**w * 9 * 9 ##****# V S 

Why put iris after the name when you can have them in the middie? 

Oalek Aim;; ft* * ** a »•*#•* »•»*#-■ * + • p **# p 20 

Put your hands together please for the walking talking dustbinsJ 

No Second Prize 24 

No need for one. This comes top every timei^A 


Peach for the Shies * 

Wartime nostalgia - with Robert Mite 


.JRJ 

hum now 


h 


where to be seen 


Onword 

The news section that just he ips^jrowmg! 


Source: Lei 

The return of the brail 


cut re pies 


This is what 
something jd 


K U WALKER 

en you cross Robocop with... erm. 


Chi 

Ween; 


Mode •••••• ********** 

as we could get and still produce a magazine 


February 1993 








GREMLIN ■ £29.99 ■ 1 meg ■ Joystick/keyboard ■ Out now 


Off to a good Jta#t - even 
Johnny Herbert's In from of us 

p£ ljrijar| 


E lsewhere in this itupcndou! 
issue of Garner you will find 
me tinging in a loud voice the 
praisex of Gremlin's other release, Pre- 
mier Manager, and vowing to collar 
either Biff or Ben into reviewing 
Mansell so I can spend as much time a 
possible with my beloved Wycombe 
Wanderers, 

Weir, a true Indication of the 
authority i wield is evident in the fact 
that here I am, reviewing them both. 
Have you ever noticed bow much of 
a miserable sod Nigel 1 Mansell is? it's 
unbelievable - the guy lives in a three 
million pound house in a tax haven, 
and gets an eight figure salary for 
doing the thing he loves most, yet the 
only time we see any noticeable 
twitch of his moustache is when 
Ayrton Senna spins out off the track 
in a horrifying accident. 

All credit to the broke though - not 
only is he one of the few truly success- 
ful contemporary British sportsmen, 
but he also has to cope with the slob- 
bering schoolboy adulation bestowed 
upon him by the ever-excited Murray 
I Walker. 

In order to supplement his meagre 
income, Nige has lent his name to the 
latest §o-ve ry-f a st-a ro u nd-a- track-' em- 
up from those LotuS-like fiends from 
Sheffield, 

Ben had a good look at the game 
for his review in ST User Gamer, and 
was far from impressed, which worried 
me greatly as I didnt want to believe 
that the game I had been looking fan 
ward to so much was a small but pun- 
gent heap of Tibetan llama droppings. 
Nervously, I investigated,,- 
- On loading you are presented with 


Ah. SihrtHtone - IwrtW cf the 
British GP and £5 pints of togtt 

a generous options screen that as well 
as offering you the standard gear and 
control method choices, alto enquires 
politely as to whether you would like 
to "improve with Mansell" or take 
lessons in "driving school" before 
launching yourself into the full race 
season. 

well 1m no nance, and was raring 
I for a bit of real racing action, hut, 
dedicated chap that ■ am, thought it 
only fair to explore ail the avenues, so 
to speak. 

Driving school was my first stop, 
and the concept is very simple. 
Choose any track on which to practice 
- no other cars are present, and the 
I maximum speed of your car is 
restricted, the idea being that this will 
(enable you to learn how to control 
I the car. Come on, please » I'm Sure we 
I can cope with moving the joystick 
I from side to side and pressing the Fire 
* button occasionally. One visit to driv- 


iriaa c a 




PEES 

m/I l/i 








ing school and you'll never return - 
it's daft. 

Improve With Mansell allows us to 
zoom around the track to the accom- 
paniment of a running commentary 
from the man himself. This is a much 
better idea than the Driving School - 
the racing line is indicated, and in 
theory the comments from Nigey- 
babes should teach us the best tech- 
niques to use. 

In practice, however, whenever i 
tried looking up from the track at the 
snippets offered ("stay on the track , 
"avoid hitting things }, the result was 
invariably my car wrapped around 
some advertising hording or other, ft's 
a nice touch, birt not much help at all, 
I'm afraid- 

After dispensing with all the frills 
and inconsequentlaiities it was time 
to get me some action. Every track 
from the 1992 Grand Prix circuit is 
here in all its macadamised glory - 
you can choose to race a single cir- 
cuit. in which case you take your pick, 
or pack some dean clothes and a cou- 
ple of new engines and opt for the 
fulf GP season. 

The fulf season begins in South 
Africa and culminates in Australia as 
does the real thing. A handy intro 
screen gives some indication as to 
which bits on your car you should 
tamper with by outlining the nature 
of the track - bends, straights and so 
on. 

You can if you wish get straight 
into a race, in which case you will find 
yourself at the back of the 1 2-car grid. 
Qualifying Is a better idea - two laps 
round the track with Just a couple of 
other cars provides an excellent land 
a little too easy} chance of beginning 
the race on the front row. 


As far as the gameplay g 
NMWC is good, but not great, 
tracks are well laid out but the si 
updates are just a bit too slow to 
ulate a Formula One rating car trJ 
ling at nigh on 200 miles per hour 
The minimised track in the 
corner of the screen succeeds wi 
"Improve With Mansell fails in pn 
ing you with as much in-race infoi 
tion as you need. 

AM it does is tell you where the 
are on the track, but then you're 
really intersted In the price of 
Brazilian Cheddar when your chi 
are wobbling with G-force, are you? 

One element of the game wltif 
suppose is realistic, but annoyii 
nonetheless, is the sheer difficulty 
overtaking other drivers. The oi 
time f won any races was wke- 
started in pole position. 

Points are awarded as per the usi 
Grand Prix rules, and a place in 
top three in any race earns an a 
mated sequence which takes a w‘ 
to load and would be better left out 
As you would expect from Gremi 
Mansell is a polished game, not w 
out its faults, but which shoe ;i 
appeal to race fans due to the optic- 
it sports and the full GP season. 


VISION 

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Everything h well drawn and the 
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Run-of-the-mill bike noise. 
Tunet aren't exactly pippin?. 


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H ey, I remember this! Road Rash 
was the second game I ever 
played after buying a Megadi - 
oops, nearly dropped myself in it there. 

Ahem, well anyway, it was - and joUfy 
good fun it was too - whizzing around varr- 
ous fictwai parts oF America on a fast farkc, 
avoiding the police and knocking oft anyone 
who got in my way. Top entertainment At 
the trmc 

And now here we are in Amrgatand 1 3 
months later, busy reviewing alf the first 
goodies of the New Year, when who should 
pop up for perusal hot my oiri mate. Great - \ 
irtxiJdnt wail for a quick sfiufry. 

Road Rash on the Megadrive was aceoro 
panted by a stirring tale oF ccsTi'peiiEfon and 
confrontation between two mean riders over 
a girl - they ended up facing each other on a 
treacherous highway for a no fiords barred 
race without njfes. 

The girl swooned over the wmneo the 
race was brilliant etc etc, and it was decided 
that <t should be held every year to find the 
best "rasher", or some such gobbins. 

Well we've alf grown up a bit since then, 
and EA suttee with tellrng Amiga owners that 
"nice guys come fasr, and leave it at that 
As with any raerng game, the aim is obvi 
QosJy to win races, and since we've jusi been 
informed that mild-mannered citizens such as 
ourselves generally come a good way down 
the field, it's necessary to enter rnro a Jrttir? 
roughness. 

We have two basic moves with which to 
temporarily immobilise our leather-clad com- 
petitors, and on which the game was really 
sold to Megadffre owners. 

Depending on which joystick control 
method is chosen - there are two - either a 
dab on the Fire button or a quick push 
upwards on the stick wiff see your rider 
punch anyone within arm's reach 
Srmrlarly, by pushing down on the stick 
you are able ro kick anyone who odes too 
dose for comfort. A particularly well placed 
punch or kit* can see an adversary knocked 


off fas or her bike, but that doesn't mean 
that they're out of the race - you'll nonce 
them in your rear view mirrors as they 
scurry back towards their bikes and 
re-mount 

Bikes are the ultimate status symbol for 
types like yourseif - you begin the whole 
shenanigans on a Shuriken 400, the 
motorcycling equivalent of die XRZ, in 
that it looks quite nice and sounds OK 
but rs about as likcfy to rake you to the 
front of the pack as a Salisbury's trolley 
with a wonky wheel. 

You wiri therefore be wanting to win 
some money in order to invest in a bet- 
ter bike, and the only way to do it is by i 
winning races. 

There are five tracks in aid, and 
despite boasting such varied names as . 
Grass valey and Farm Desert, they are 
disappointedly aWce in terms of layout 

Beginning always as last in the Fine 
of 3 S competitors. you must fight you* . 
way through to at least fourth p ice on 
each circuit before qualifying for the 
second stage 

Each time you take a fall or if, say, 
you're careless enough to let another 
rider knock you Off. the energy ba r on — 
vria handlebars reduces accord ng.y ■ 
Your trusty cycle also has its own bar I 
- ir this reaches the bottom yuui'l [ nd I 
your self Out of the r Ke and fikefy as I 


Its more thkirv juit llw lyrei ^qucaFing M Rude Bey delivers an elbow to the parti you shouldr 


Subtle « ever, ttir poNcr knock you to 
Iho Flour for having ri faulty t>t!J Irg h( 


It s (Flat BrPf again ! A iwift c rubbing lo 
tho head should reNeve that? frjjjiffltiom 


not in the knocking shop for some 
ccsstly repairs 

Everything I remember playing 
on the Megadrive version rs here - 
the tunes have been watered down a 
bit, but the colourful and Fast- moving 
multi parallax backgrounds are if any- 
thing enhanced. 

Wfiat about the bike speed 
then? WfeflIL there's really no skirt- 
ing around the fact that it’s not very 
fast at air - this rs quite a major prob- 
fem and detracts from the game m a 
big way 

You see. it's great fun riding 
abound the five tracks punching 
and kicking as many people as you 
can, and ift nice to choose a new 
bike when you've won enough 
money. 

The policemen and women 
who constantly patrol are a nice 
addition, and the occasFonal cow 
on the road adds a touch of 
humour Gut what we really need 
from a racing game is speed - if 
there's no speed it just doesn't 
feel fike a iace. And frankly Road 
Rash doesn t. 

I m still a fan of the game, but 
F'm not bfind to its faults. Couple 
all the polished elements with 
the lack of speed and the fact 
That ti^e fater stages are nothing 
_ but more laps around the same 


[rack, and what you have is an original 
fun game that offers not much real eft 
lengc and soon becomes boring wh 
played for any length of lime. 


In the eupftori* out IWnfli ff llrtj k fty believes the handlebars are ramewhert n*t»ve Wf head 


Worse than air sickness, its the 


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o you remember - on, about two 
years ago - Britain was in the rel- 
atively early stages of a deep 
isfon repossessions were on the up, 
ipfoyment was spiralling once again, 
to top it ail England were knocked out 
World Cup thanks to a pathetic Chris 
:ie penally. Remember? It's all coming 
isn't it? 

ftygnosis - a fine upstanding software 
from the ciry that gave us the Beatles 
car theft - took a good look at the sorry 
of the people around them, and were 

4/hat was once a great and happy land 
awash with gloom - the population 
something to make fife worth Jiving 
more. 

k> they created Lemmings - a 459,000- 
ll cartoony puz 2 le frenzy that was so 
>L so funny and so damned addictive 
the economic and social problems of 
-ntish Empire were solved overnight. 

3K, 50 it didn't have quite chat much 
:t - but the vast majority of Amiga and 
owners who played Lemmings found 
selves spirited away to a distant pfane 
the existential problems of humanity 
:arre much less rmportant than saving 
big-nosed beasts. Yes, it went down a 

A year or so later, as discontent began to 
is err itself and the nobs at Psygnosis 
ime bored with the Forschcs and Ver- 
suits that were the fruits of Lemmings, a 
lbfe programmer presented Bernard 
isps with his next meal ticket - Oh Nd 
Lemmings, the data disk- 
Once again the gaming public went 
and even the office cleaners browsed 
Lambourghmj showrooms in between 
to Monte Carlo. 

3ut the cfock keeps turning friends, and 
: almost a year since we were blessed for 
second time with the gormless deaths 
ling tomfoolery, 
ftygnosfe - who m che meantime have 
iloycd an entirely new staff, since the 
rmming generation' have Jong since 
ired to luxury villas on the Algarve and 
:vta Brava - realised that: the time was 
pin right for the green -haired sheep 
to grace our TVs and monitors, and 
duly obliged. The result is a full sequel, 
sports the moniker Lemmings 2. 

Of course there will be those sad few 



Paul Rounded, the closest thing to a lemming 
we've got, points the stupid creatures in the 

right direction 



Much more Versatility allows your Ferns to jump, float, build and oven fi re arrows ! 



We re looking forward to It mate 


who don’t know what Lemmings is all 
about, so HI briefly explain, The basic idea fs 
to ensure that X amount of Lemmings make 
their way safely from one end of a level to 
the other. 

A major obstacle that stands in your way 
fs the unshakeable fact that Lemmings are 
thick. They're stupid. They just haven't got a 
bloody due mate - over cliffs, off tall blocks, 
'hey just cannot grasp the concept of death. 

You must therefore steer the empty- 
headed rarely-seen mammals fn the direc- 
tion of safety, all the time making cunning 
use of what few talents they actually do pos- 
sess. such as the abilities to jump and dig. 
There - now you know. 

Anyway, Lemmings 2 If here, and 
whereas the prequels had us saving lem- 
mings just for the sheer nobility of it all, we 
now have a plot. 

The lemmings want to ieave their island 
home, and must build a big vessel for the 
purpose. However, they can't leave without 
the fabled magic talsman, and as with most 
games nowadays ft seems, the talisman rs 
broken and the parts spread around the var- 
ious levels just waiting fo be collected. 

Psyg no sis have given their pets loads 
more skills this time, and depending on the 
situation rhe foms can jump, dig, float 
upwards on a balloon and even ski! 

Although the spates are the same size as 
ever, you'll see Beach Lemmings, Fofar Lem- 
mings, Space Lemmings and others, per- 
forming against even better backdrops than 
before. 

Complete with the harder puzzles and 
funky tunes. Lemmings 2 seems set to he a 
massfve hit on its release in the early New 
Year - and of course, the full and unexpur- * 
gated review will appear in ail its glory in 
these very pages for your consumption. 



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Lemming liFand. Can't ik why thif d want tb ftavfr real ly. It's nicer than where I Jive 


February 1993 




Straight from the morgue's makeupdepartment comes 




P latform games are all very much 
alrke. you know. Actually, you've 
probably worked this out for your- 
selves by now, haven't you? 

Dashing madly through garish land- 
scapes, jumping on strange creatures of 
varying $jze and nastiness to either save a 
loved one or to collect the bits of some alt- 
important machine seems to be about the 
sum of most platform plots, 

It doesn't stop them selling by the bucket- 
Foad though, so perhaps I should just stop 
moanmg and get on with doing what I'm 
pad for, 

Micky Boom has jumped well and truly 
on to the bandwagon of dull plots (there I 
go again] as we are informed by the manual 
- though not in those exact words 
obviously. 

Micky is just your average six-year-old 
French boy r spending his days doing what- 
ever French boys do (make your own lewd 
comments at this point}. 

But Shock horror! NrcJcy's grandad has 
been kidnapped by a wicked witch who is 
keeping him forked in her dungeon until he 
spills the beans about the secrets of the For- 
est PeopJe, of whom he is custodian. 

On hearing the news, Micky immediately 
lets go of the kitten he was torturing and 
sets off into the (probably enchanted] forest 


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Now does this boy look the super hero type? 

to rescue the senior male patriarch of the 
Boom extended family unit Why he didn't 
just didn't rell his dad 1 don't know, but 
&nyway.-~ 

The usually friendly and cure forest beast- 
res have been turned by the witch into her 
snaking protectors, so Nicky must - surprise 
surprise - jumo on their heads 10 eliminate 
them. Sweets and cakes are littered around 


to give our hero extra strength, and bombs 
can be found from Dme to time. 

Qn progressing through a number of the 
levels F was surprised by the depth and skil- 
ful mapping of the game. There is actualfy 
quite a Farge, if simple, puiifp etement to 
the whole affair that I found very addictive 

Sound FX are weir above average - 
there's even what I think is some French 


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adpi ct ion 

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Nicky Boom a pleasant 
surprise - one Hkome 
back to. 

82 % 

sampled speech in there - and the i 
tion s while over<ute r is unarguabiy coi 
and detailed. 

Micky Boom rs unFikely to be rem 
as an all-rime Amiga great, but having 
that, it does possess that certain addi 
and Fun quality that many games in 
genre lack. 


Swahili crop rotation techniques. 



SOUNDWARE 

K eep in platform mood folks - at 
least for now - because tfr time 
to meet a cute Fittle Britrsh bull- 
dog called Thomas. WeN actually, he's not 
particularly cute - in fact to be brutally hon- 
est it seems as though this beast has chased 
at least half a dozen parked cars too many. 

Um r come to think of it, the probability oF 
Thomas being British is quite remote too, 
since Sound ware are a German company 
and far more likely to plump for a native 
canine to Fill any vacancies in the hero 
department than they are to empfoy a for- 
eign mutt. 

He is definitely a bulldog though - oh 



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yes. a leg at each corner, a stumpy carl at 
the back, flabby jowls and a big ' I am a 
bulldog’ badge that effectively ends all 
speculation. 

Having just complained at some length 
in the above review about the unoriginal^ 
of platform plots, you will excuse my lack of 
gushing enthusiasm as I briefly outline Tear- 
away Thomas. Are you ready? Here we go 
- you nave to collect stuff and avewd/jump 
on things, Wow, eh? 

The items Thomas must collect are dia 
mo nds, which have carelessly been scat- 
tered throughout tons of levels by a person 
or persons unknown. They'te all over the 
brooming show - in trees, under bridges, 
and the more you collect, the more points 
you earn. Riveting stuff this, innrt? 

I'm a sarcastic old so and so. and: to be 
fair Tearaway Thomas is actually quite a 
nifty little game. The fun begins in the 
woods near Thomas's home, with most of 
the alMmportant diamonds at first nestling 
tantallsingly in the branches oF trees. 

Strange and improbable though it may 
seem, bears inhabit the woods of this pic- 


turesque German Forest, nasty brg bears 
that will eat small bulldogs whole given half 
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the fastest moving I ve seen, making the 
game far more enjoyable to play, 

The cute ness of It all means that few 
gamers above the age of about ten or 
twelve will be impressed, but for the young- 
sters among you, Tearaway Thomas is a fun 
game along the lines of Doodle Bug, 

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vegetable as the hero, Before you write in. 
yes I know it's a fruit but is anyone really 
bothered what che hell it is? 

Bill's Tomato is a puzile game, but it’s 
nothing Nke Lemmings. The 'dea behind it is 
simple - you have to gee your tomato from 
one side of the screen to another in the set 
time limit. 

There's nothing I like better than a game I 
can instantly understand It does sound so 
sample chat you might think it s crap. Well, it’s 
not. Bill's Tomato Game is one or the most 
challenging punk games I've ever played. 

Your tomato starts off on a springboard 
and the idea is to get across to another plat- 
form situated on the other side of semen. 
There is a go/stop icon which amaiingly 
Starts and stops the process of your tomato 
being hurled 

The only problem is chat the springboard 
throws your tomato straight up m the air, so 
there's no way the tomato is going to get to 
the other side unless some divine interven- 
tion Is puc into effect. The divine interven- 
tion comes in the form of fans, springy pfat- 
forms, jack m the boxes and bricks. 

As f sa*d before the game is set against 
time, so your tomato will never die unless 
you don't complete 
the pu/jle quickly 
enough. This enables 
you to test where 
your tomato lands, 
so you know where 
to put the objects to 
help him across. 

Easy, huh? Nah 
mate, there are ail 
manner of evil 
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Blimey, the worlds first tr^mpffNnlng tomato. 


tomato friends 
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house in the hiJfs 
with 2.4 little 
tomatoes bouncing 
around their feet. 

This is where dis- 
aster strikes. Mr 
Squirrel is overly 
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men to fire monsters. 

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an you really need to know. Unless you 
want the plot. Oh you do, that's good news 
because it's coming right up. 

The story goes that our hero tomato 
dreamed of all things peaceful and quiet 
and spending the rest oF hrs days as a 
wrinkly tomato with his beautiful girlfriend 
On rhe way to the dreaded greengro- 
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jumps with his girlfriend out of the van that 
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5o, off he sets up Mr Squirrel s tree to Save 
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nappy or will he get to the top of the tree 
and find that she's been made into a salad? 

OK, jo there's the plot. Oh stop laugh- 
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but don't tell the tomatoes, you'll hurt their 
feelings. 

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yes and no, Yei because cf the original idea, 
the great graphics and the delightful little tuns. 
No, because after a while it does get a bit 
monotonous and a littie boring. 

If you’re waiting for Lemmings 2 as your 
next pu 22 ie game then I'd strongly recom- 
mend Bill's Tomato's as something to be get- 
ting on with. Ketch up on Bill’s Tomato 
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W hen we learned that the 
kindly Gremlin person was to 
pay us a visit fast week, a 
wave of anticipation swept through the 
office, 

Wfc'd been looking forward to the arrival 
of the much talked about Nigel Mansell 
Wortd Championship for weeks, and since l 
had long since scheduled myself to review it 
I was delighted at the prospect of a Friday 
afternoon swerving round the circuits and 
genera ify being a right pain in the aerofoil. 

Somebody asked If he was bnngrng ' that 
Football management game'" as well. 

I replied, uninterested. " Uh. yeah,,, i sup- 
pose so k ’ - and promptly returned to that 
small place kn my mind where I had already 
begun tuning my Williams, 

Well Gremiin Man duly arrived and [ 
could literally smell the fumes from that ultra- 
powered engine as he neared the Gamer 
hovel - he swore blind it wasn’t his aftcr- 


shave With the Mansell bon raiding 
ingly under hs$ arm we exchanged 
logs, and then before I knew wha? 
happenfng he hit me with the b 
"All right, shalf we have a look at 
Manager first then?' 

What? Premier who? Was this s 
of joke? Mow. S‘m happy to rook at 
about any computer game - It's 
after ail - but when you have a 
licence thrill-’em-up such as Niger M 
you* disposal £ Football management 
starts to look a bit poxy. 

There was nothing for it - Biff was 
celled m for this one, so over he came 
talked through *t, while I perched 
tiently beside him 

Lip to four players can take pan 
learned, and I was invited to join in 
Ptable managerial feast 
This was at eleven o'clock. Six 
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This is the main screen, from which ail the major features of the game are control!* 
Finance, club staff, transfer markets, player profiles, league tables and more are 
accessed from this point 


February 









TEAM 

OH so were Wycombe Wanderers r and 
~ere ri the motley crew that constitutes 
our team, A team is ranked through five 
trying levels of fair, good, very good 
id superb, and through world class, 
exceptional and finally The Ultimate, 

As you can see, we've got a Jong way 
3 go - think we'd better check out the 
vansfcr market. 


peared and Biff was arranging his lift home, 
was still doggedly gurding the mighty 
■Wycombe Wanderers through the league 
and cups - bladder full lunch uneaten and 
Migel Mansell discarded and untouched 
Needless to say,, some hectic workload 
jggJmg and rapid arm-twfcting - not to 
mention bribing - took place m order that I 
could review this masterpiece, and thus fur- 
■ncr my excuse for playing it lots nxwfe 
I understand that Mansell has row been 
opened and will be renewed by someone 
or other in this issue, but frankly r just don'E 
care anymore... i'm in love. 

Let's just dear one thing up before we 
go on. If this were a review of computerised 
Chess, and you couldn't play, it wouldn't 
too much interest for you would H 1 
Similarly those who loathe football are 
unlikely to be swayed by even my enthusias- 
l K persuasiveness - but hey - read on you 
never know. 

You begin your career as the manager of 
3 GM yauxhall Conference League team - 
sne choice of exactly which is yotFS - and 
tm basic aim is to achieve as much success 
n possible from your humble beginnings, 
nopjng eventually to become Premier 
’.eague champs and maybe even win tne 
European Cup. 


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FINANCE 

Before we can splash out on any new 
players, it might be an idea to consult 


our finances. If might look like a lot of 
money - but good players don E come 
cheap and wages, bills and ground 
repairs wan t take cart of themselves 

either* 

Loans are available, but interest rates 
are high,, so be warned., 



TRANSFER MARKET 

Having kidded ourselves that we can 
afford to spend, its rime to see just 
what's for sale. All team details are cor- 
rect to within a Tew months, and there 
are plenty of famous names up For 
grabs. 

By clicking on the magnifying glass 
icon more detailed information - and 
the asking price, gulp! - can be learned. 


Not only will you utilise all of your 
mighty managerial skills, but a goodly 
j nc int of business acumen is required too, 
in order to ensure the overall stability of the 
dub. 

Premier Manager has got so many fea- 
tures char I really don t know 1 where to start 
so look at the boxes littered around this 
page for a run-down of die game's various 
features. This isn't all of it by any means - J 
haven'? even touched upon the cud compe- 
titions or injuries or... I could go on. 

Most people who do follow football are 
likely to support a league team, and may be 
disappointed that they can t jump straight 
rnto the game as Liverpool or Man United, 

In fact the only way in which you can 
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position aj Che end of a season - obviously 
dependent upon how well you fared. This 
doesn t detract from the game in any way. 
and if anything only makes the whole thing 
more realistic - lets fece it - Liverpool versus 
Mytvidge Celtic m the Conference league 
rsn t really likely, is rt? 

If you are a fan of this kind of thing, or 
have been disappointed by previous 
attempts - mdeed even if you are an Eskimo 
hermit living on a glacier above a Norwe- 
gian hamlet with no access to electricity - 
buy this game. 

Buy it buy it; buy it. I Jove Premref Man- 
ager so much I want to have its babies. 

Paul 


SPONSORSHIP 

This is the most frequent and lucrative 
form of income available. Companies will 
be queuing up to sponsor you at the 
beginning of the season (even the odd 
quality magazine!) but a string of poor 
results will soon see the support drop. 

Check for new sponsors after every 
couple of matches. 




v i s i o M 

GOO## 

Well it's neaHy all icorra. a id text 
j&iify-birt wfist els* do 
you need? 

A U O I O 

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Nice 5#np*n and fcoty crowd 
noses, but Again, wfiart else 
*c#d there be* 

plavabiutv 

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Weil presented screens m Ae it 
wee easy. Why went all games 
t«e this? 

ADDICTION 

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justice. Err ant. 


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OPPOSITION 

'.nee you have made sure your team is 
• j ainrng hard, you're almost ready to 
slay the first match. Have a look at the 
nosing team first - they're ranked in 
‘he same way as your own team - and 
your formation and playing style 
^carding to your strengths and their 
weaknesses. This should be a walkover! 


THE MATCH! 

Yes, I know the game screen is small, 
but it’s the result that matters. The 
match can be played at six speeds; the 
slowest is about 1/4 real time, the 
fastest about 30 seconds. 

The name of the player currently on 
the ball lj displayed, as are those of the 
scorers. Substitutions can be made at 
any time and - oh... Tve lost. 


TRAINING 

You could be forgiven for thinking that 
you had a team of slackers after that per- 
forma nee I Phone the coach to ensure 
your players are being properly trained.. 

All players can train to either shoot 
tackle, pass or handle (advisable for 
goalies onlylj. On returning from injury, 
a player will not train until instructed to 
do so - keep a check. 


LEAGUE TABLES 

Hang about - what s all this? Were in 
Division Tf Well I did tell you I spent a 
lot of time on this game. It's all very well 
being in Division 1 r but a look at my 
finances at this stage would show a bar- 
ante that's £7 million in the red. 

Excuse me while I go and sort it out. 
Oh by the way. Gremlin Cheat 1 is just 
my nickname - honest.. 











I ts nice to see a company that has 
though? of a different way to produce 
a sequel to a game instead of adding 
the usuaf ITI's after the name of the old 
game 

Miffenium have done a bit of lateral think- 
ing and produced Aquatic Garner the 
sequel to the classic James Pond, 

Old James is a tx knackered after doing 
this spy lark, so he decides to go get a bit of 
re/a*aDon in, But there wi/l be none of this 
namby-pamby tying around on a teach rub- 
bish. Old James wants some good whole- 
some exercise - sad but true So w here bet- 
ter to get the exercise he's after than at the 
Aquabc Games? 

For some reason you don't play James in 
alJ of these events, ft tin t stressed who you 
are but it's not really that important - alf I 
know is that air of the competitors are sup- 
posed to be friends of James. 

The first event fs just a sprint, whrch 
entaih the usual obscene waggling o+ the 
joystick, but you are not running on a track - 
that's much too easy. 

For the most part of the race you are fun- 
ning on water so if you slow down you will 
sink. You are racing against a frog who is 
pretty speedy. 

Event two - Feeding time You play a 
tubby character standmg on a bridge, and 
you have to fill up your bucket and feed the 
fish that poke thar head out of the water, 
l\rext up is the Grass Race- A friend of oW 
Jimmy's is a unicycling shark - everybody 
should have a umcyeJing shark for a friend, 
but alas we don't. 

You have to pedal his unicyde afong the 
course and jump overall trie different obsta- 
cles that stand in your way. The course runs 
from reft to right, like the sprint but it has rots 
of hills and things that you've got to pedaf 
up, 

I found the control method on this a bit 
tricky. Its like trying to rub your stomach 
while patting your head. You have to pul/ 


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the joystick round in a clockwise 
mats fine until you have to jump 
obstacle, when it r s a bit tricky too 
momentum gorng. 

Reading the list of the various 
make you think that they re pretty 
you'd be right, After the Grass Race you 
Kipper Watching which is almost as 
as it sounds. You are in charge of sw 
who are having a kip |a nap to our 
friend's}. 

The rowdy beach people keep th 
beach balls at our comatose friends 
stop them waking you have to jump le 
deflect the barls away 'with your head m[ 
seal style. 

Along wrth the 1 00-metre splash The 
a couple of adaptations to normal 
like Leapfrog which is just a version 
l ] Q-metre hurdle, 

There is also a trampoline [sea 
section of the games, the first I h 
seen. You have to- go through all the 
pieces like a proper trampolinist. Once 
have done the set moves in the time 
any extra somersaults you do grve you 
points, 

By far the trickiest game in the 
ment is the shell 1 shooting section. Gd 
mg crabs come at you from either side o r 
screen and you score points by flipping 
catching them', flipping them into vats €* 
oil or shopping them to burst the ove 
balloons, f always seem co get elect/ 
by the electric eekype thmgs, 

I liked the Aquatic Games a lot - g 
cafly they're sound and the FX are 
amusing in places. It's a nice change 
run^f-the-milf sports games. 

r also thought that the practice op 
were a hell of a Jot better than no* 
Instead of the usual one practice mode 
are three on different levels, so if you 
real dowy like me you can go on the 
level first. We/I thought out and good fu 


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lebruary 1991 















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- heft rty slap on the hitch h 
Reserved by Psygnosis for 
this one I think. After their 
recent run of turkeys th is 
rne looks like is could be the 
fie to break the deadlock. 

How many of you readers 
nit there aged between 17 
nd 1 0 collected Star Wars fig- 
-ret in your youth? Quite a 
■*w f would expect, and if you 
eally saved up you pocket 
loney you could get the Mine- 
um Falcon or a Scout Walker. 

If you are either too old or too 
oung to have had Star Wars figures 
hen you are bound to have seen 
"eturn of the Jedi, th# last instalment 
3f the Star Wars trilogy. On this firm 
appeared Scout Walkers, large 
ungainly machines which walked on 
legs and took a two-man crew, 
This Scout Walker and the subject 
f Psygnosiy s new game have rather 
n uncanny resemblance. But Biffa 
I are not bothered what the 
game looks like in relation to other 
Mings. 

On screen. Walker is a lateral 
scrolling shoot-em-up stroke strategy 
^me, a simp re, get-to-the-end-of the 
vel and-kilMhe-big guy sort of thing. 
You, being the single-man crew, 
^ve to get to the end by guiding 
3ur machine with a simple left to 
■ght movement and using the mouse 
o aim your gun. 

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SluFfcrf again, by the Irttle guys an the fFcor 

They run at you with 
admirable stupidity and 
chuck grenades in your 
general direction. 

Some of them fly heli- 
copter!. tome of them 
even climb up the back 
of your machine and 
plant bombi. Mot satis- 
fied with grenades 
they fly helicopters, 
drive lorries, bombers 
and various other 
mechanical armaments. 

Graphically the animation on the 
helicopters and the other ground 
vehicles is pretty but 1 was really 
impressed with the sound. When your 
gum overheat there is wonderful sam- 



Grinny Smith drives m fhe shops 


p(# of predator when one of the sol- 
diers rs firing art empty gun (you 
smart jod - Edj, 

The other ready impressive bit of 
sound is when the hefJcopters fly on - 
you get the sampled 1 sound of a heli- 
copter and some really dodgy funk 
music banging away in the background. 

Qn the finished version of Walker 
you'd be able to view out of the cock- 
pit of the Walker while it is moving, as 
wed as the side view, 

Tm not sure what the point 
of this wid be - seeing as the 


on the guns - a bit less challenging 
but you can enjoy the carnage more. 

Walker is also another poke in the 
eye for the myth that says you must 
have good graphics for a good game. 
While being graphically sound as far 
as the background and the Walker 


itself go, the graphics are a fair and 
smooth representation of the pro- 
grammer s idea. The enemy troop, 
however r are nothing more than 
badly-drawn lemmings, if that. But 
they are wed animated, and they cer^ 
fainly do the job of doing you in. 


head is swinging around ad the 
time it might be a bit of problem look- 
ing at what you are doing but. Jet s 
wait and see. 

When the full version of Walker hits 
the streets ft should be a rtonker and 
it shouldn't be too far offi 

Ben 



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o, I'm not going to mention the 
spelling - dubious though it is - 
-or aim any cheap puns at the 
French developers who ought to have speni: 
a little more time ponng Over their English 
dictionanes especially since ihey made a 
similar mistake last time with the ortgmaf 
Gobliink 

I'm not gomg to do that at atl; but iF l was 
going to, I’d say this - the spelling is ridicu- 
lous and our eross^Channe! cousins are 
completely daft. 

]£ s not long since we reviewed Goblrins. 
but already those industrious bods at toktel 
Vision have come up with yet another 
adventure tor our erstwhile eJFen friends. 

At least this is what one would assume. 
On closer inspection though, it transpires 
that two altogether new Gobfiins |no letters 
about the spelling please - rt's all correct, I 
assure youf have replaced the original three. 

This makes GobJims 2 a sequel something 
along the lines of that Fabled movie 
Grease 2, whereby an already dubious story- 
line was minutely changed and similar char- 
acters introduced in order to milk the profits 
even further 

The king Goblrn (let's just dispense with 
the silly spelling for now, eh>j has. had his 
son Kidnapped by the nasty and evil Amo- 
mak, who's still narked off over berng 
defeated in a battle by the king some 50 
years earlier, 

To complete the king's humiliation. Amo- 
n uaK has made the king s son his jester, and 
although new to the job the now Prince 
Buffoon is said to be already challenging 
such comic legends as Shane Ritchie and 
Andrew O'Connor for the title of funniest 
man in the world. 

This is all well and good, but the king 
would rather Nike his son back, so he can 
once again engage m the customary royal 
duties of wearing maroon pantaloons and 
having ht$ friends beheaded for beating him 
at hopscotch. 

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about four mi If ion ferocious beasts protect- 
ing himself and the prince at aff times. 

OF course the only people stupid enough 
to attempt the unlikely rescue are a couple 
of dedicated GobFins, Winkle and Frngus 
Winkle Fancies himself as something of a 
card - he's a cheeky young Fella and tends 
to get a good drubbing at some point from 
just about everybody he encounter. 

Fingus Is the gentleman 
of the two - a kind of Sid 
Little to Winkles Eddie 
Large if you like, the 
difference being Frngus 
doesn’t attempt to play a 
guitar only to be disturbed 
by Winkle's comedy banter, 
as was the itk the with 
aforementioned duo. But 


enough of these comedianic allegories, and 
onto the game. 

Those who have pfayed the original will 
be familiar with the gameplay, but will prob- 
ably be thankful that this sequel sports one 
less spnte. and is therefore less fiddly to 
control. 

Since the whole point is to rescue the 
dippy prince, who as mentioned rs under 
extremely heavy guard, must of the game 
involves overcoming various guardians in 
finding your way to his captor. 

The goblins must work together so solve 
the puzzles - in a specific order in some 
cases - and although Frustrating at times, 
there are loads of humorous asides that take 
away some of that b Aarrgghh! ..." element 
that quite often causes serious malfunctions 
in machinery due to its being repeatedJy 


bludgeoned by a variation of heavy h : 
hold implements. 

Despite their being two character 
manipulate, the point-and-dick cort 
very user Friendly. A nrce touch I Fuunc 
the Notepad option which allows you 
record any pieces of pertinent informa* 
An irksome feature that occurs in a 
many games of thFs nature is thai soi 
the puzzles am quite bizarre and not i 
logical, and GobJims 2 is no exception 
Thankfully the superb cartoon gra 
and funny FH (not the musrc mind - 
off for God s sake] more than -compem 
Hardened adventurers are unlfkei* 
sustain major brain damage in atEem r 
to complete the game, though the jo’: 
it all will more than satisfy 
In short Gobiuns 2 is a hilarious 
jure that will provide a good few hm*s 
chuckles and hafr-pulls for just about 
game fan. 


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Unless you tune in to Radio One 
between three And six on weekdays 
you coufd he forgiven for believing 
that the cheap but cheerful adver- 
saries of Doctor Who had dropped off 
the face of the planet, 

Call it sentimentality, call it a cheap 
way of filling air time. Out all things 
Who-like are going through some- 
thing of a comeback at the moment, 
Rc-runs of the old Doctor Who 
series are popping up not only on UK 
Gold, which will readily show any old 
pap r but also on the rather more cred= 
rble terrestrial outlet, BBC 2. 

And now, to fop it all. Admiral soft- 
ware - little brother of education and 
budget specialists Alternative - are 
releasing for our delectation the game 
of the favourite foe, Dalek Attach. 

I remember when f was about four 
or five years old and Jon Pert wee was 
our erstwhile do-gooder from the 
planet GaMefry. We got a coloured 
television a round this time. 

It took my mum about three weeks 
to peel me from the living room ceil- 
ing after I discovered for the first time 
that the monsters weren t ail black 
and white after all Potty training was 
set bach months, I m telling you. 

Like all Doctor Who fans, E was 
enthralled by the scary and futuristic- 
looking Dale Its (this was around 1974 
rememberf, but even at this tender 
age was a little confused as to how 
these robotic wash tubs could navi- 
gate a terrain full of potholes and 
contours on wheels the size of ha pen- 
nies, Despite their dodgy synthesised 


voices and point blank refusal to 
adhere to even the simplest laws of 
physics though, the Da leks were, and 
remain the favourite and most recog- 
nised of all the Doctor s adversaries. 

Davros, the - 
Dalek leader and 
part-time kebab t I 
shop proprietor, * 
has wheeled him- j 
seif out of retire- ^ 

ment once again 
for yet more _ 

outer-planetary " 1 ^*+9 - 
evil. Well actually &{§*,. 1^25®^ 
it s more like 

inner-planetary Thjs is Shara - or it H f< 
evil, because hes spaceship, ormay&e a satellite 
attempting to 

destroy the earths ozone layer with 
the herp of his evil minions. 

Somebody should have told him 
that the job s already been taken - 
most of the population are undertak- 
ing it on a voluntary part-time basis - 
but anyway, that's what he s doing, 
and he s happy, bless hrm. 

As usual. It s up to the Doctor to 
foil this dastardly plan, doing what 
he does best, which is... er, just what 
does he do exactly, apart from run 
around forbidding landscapes with an 
assortment of hapless assistants, that 
h? Well anyway,, let s just say the 
Doctor must foil his plans, and leave 
it at that. 

Dalek Attack Is a five-level multi- 
scrolling shoot- em-up. Oops - no, 
stop right there - it Isnt a shoot- em- 
tip at ail, because if memory serves 
me correctly, Doctor Who is a pacifist. 

It s a sonic screwdriver* em-up, this 


implement being the trusty tool that 
the Doctor is never without. Having 
said that, one blast from his screw- 
driver and the baddies certainly look 
dead to me - maybe they re just 

mildly con- 
cussed and 
suffer no seri- 
ous after 
effects. Oh 
who cares? 

As I was say- 
ing before I so 
rudely inter- 
rupted myself, 
the game is set 
over five levels 
- beginning in 
London, we 
travel through Farit, Tokyo and Mew 
York before finally arriving on Skaro, 
home planet of Davros. 

Each level is very large, and the 
whole game is quite a challenge from 
the start. Nothing much new to 
report rn the game play area - dispose 
of the nasties {a large proportion of 
which are obviously Dalekt) in tradi- 
tional fashion, picking up bonuses 
and other useful items as you go. 

The Doctor himself is a very versa- 
tile chap - jumping from buildings, 
hanging off ledges and scaling walls - 
poor old Sylvester McCoy would turn 
in the grave his career was burred in 
if faced with challenges such as 
these. 

Speaking of Sly, hes one of the 
three Doctors you can choose to be - 
the Others being Tom Baker {complete 
with daft scarf) and Patrick 
Troughton. fn two-player mode you 
even have a choice of which assistant 
you want to take, although thank- 
fully Bonnie Langford isn't included. 
Good God - it'll be Lionel Blair as the 


Dodgy character rhrs one - kept 
winking at m# he did! 

Doctor next, 

There will be those who critic 
the graphics for being fiat. Its ‘ 
that a few parallax backgrourr 
could only have enhanced the g*-* 
but I was more than impressed . 
the level of detail, and the realise 
the city backdrops, particularly ' 
part where the Doctor gets f latte- 
by a New York yellow cab. 

its not often we mention price t 
jn a review, the idea being that 
game either win or wont stand up 
its own merits. Dalek Attack is i 
original twist on a tried and tes r 
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Ben's selection 


Kixx XL ■ £12.99 


Just when you thought that the old war ghost* had laid 
down and died, along comes another dodgy war game to 
dredge them all up again. Mot only that but it's go t one of 
the most ridiculous copy protections ever. 

Its a fright simulation m which you can fly rn famous 
battles, so if you like the old war games Then this one is for you Looking at the manual you would thi nk 
this is history lesson rather than a game. 

it goes into great detail about ali of the planes used rn the great battles of the Second world war. But 
ft doesn t stop at the manual - rt goes right though aJI the game. 

Frst you have to choose which plane you are going to jfy There's a pretty awesome collection and 
not just the Englzsh and American planes - there are a couple of Japanese ones too. Then choose the 
mission, whether it be drve bombing or torpedoing, and tally ho 

One of the best aspects of this game is the mouse control of the 
plane Usually the mouse is way too responsive for the plane but Kixx 
seem to have got it right on the head. The rest of the controls arc good 
too - not too many for the game to gef ridiculous and not too few for rt 
to lose depth rhe screen updates quite fasr too which was a nice sur- 
prise. ewci thought the graphics arent particularly stunning For war 
game fans exclusively. 


Prince of Persia 

Hit Sqaud ■ £7,99 


This is one game that gives orhei computer own- 
ers a swift sharp poke in the eye with a pointy 
stick. Graphically Prince of Persia is brill with 
extremely smooth scrolling. 

So its Persia, the Sultan has done a bunk and is 

fighting some war somewhere and the Grand Vizier Mar has taken over and is exploiting me people 
to an enormous degree. 

So enough about where I work, what about the game? You have to rescue the princess from where 
she is rmprisoned, destined to many Mar 

It's a very piarForm-ooented game but don't let that put you off if you aren't rear y a fan of oiarform 
games. You begin your quest in the middle of the castle. You ate unarmed so the first thing to do is 
frnd a sword. For the most part it's a case of running around and jumping. But you have to be really 
careful because there are a Jot of unsafe floor tiles - some of them open up new rooms to explore and 
some of them will dump you on huge spikes. 

So let's say you ve got the sword Now you can start chopping lit- 
tle bfts off people. Most of the baa dies you encounter are pretty easy 
to dispatch when you've got the sword and there are only a couple 
of moves to master Prince of Persia would be a pretty nondescript 
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J have to say that, as a rufe, i would 
much rather play a board game than 
a computer game. It may make me 
look fike a boring old fart but there 
ft Is. 

to persuade people like me to p4ay their poxy computer games, software houses 
nave started producing board games on computers. Weil J <Jon't care, I wont play. 

Foremost of these compu-board games is Trivial Pursuits A dassjc game up there 
with Monopoly, Cluedo and Snakes and Ladders - but does ft w uthl 

Well f will tell you now that there is a fair difference between this and the normal 
board version Instead of using dice the game use5 darts to determine a random 
score. When you move your piece the pfaces you can 
move to are highlighted 

One thing I reafly liked about rhe game is that you 
can set a time fimit - something whch is racking on 
the board game. 

There is a question master cafled TP - an annoying 
Me bloke but he does the job. I 'm miserable, cos l 
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Biffa's selection 


Tn s ^qv.e :o the oassic Switchblade was drooled all ewer by 
the computef press arx) :j stiff juit as sexy today as it was 

way back then, 

ht story -goes like this. Havoc has been living up to his 
name and has decided to take over control of tfie Cyberworld. The onJy person who can possibly save me 
wt rid s a Blade Knight and it just SO happens that a chap called Hiro is [he only riving Blade Knight in the 
whole world And guess what? He lives just around the comer from Havoc. 

Cue platform romparama which involves our Japanese hero kicking some robot and other such nasSes 
untri he gets to wreck Havoc's deadly plans. 

One of the best platformers you re ever likely to see - it's certainly on my 
top five list of platform games. 

The graphics arid sound are brilliant plus the level of playability rs simply 
stunning. The game is a right toughy to complete - believe you me, it win 
take you more than a couple of goes to finish it. 

Some things do improve with age and Switchblade 2 is one of them 
Absolutely bloody brilliant. 


Switchblade 

GBH Gold* £9.99 


Supercars 

GBH Gold ■ £9.99 


Are you still sadly mourning the disappearance of Niger Vlansef' from 
formula One Grand Pri* racing? A*e y . u weeping because that nasty 
Ayrton Senna rammed Our Nige in the last rare .r the season? 

Are you crying because Ng* go ng to ma^e mi lions while driv- 
ing for Paul htewman and will be that rich that he will be able to fill up his swimming poof with champagne 
and use £50 notes as toilet paper 7 

Wen are you? Do you need a nice little budget rating game to take your frustration out on? If you answered 
'yes’ then with a bit of luck here ; Suoercars 2 

instead of just simply racing around the track, you can also blow up other competitors using various violent 
weapons Good fun, eh? Supercars was the original game and there are loads 
of differences between Super ran 2 and its predecessor, One is the graphics 
which are a lot smaller, but are more detailed. 

Personally f don't think it's as playable as the original, You tend to concen- 
trate on killing your opponent rather than winning the race. Apart from that 
Supercars is a really good car game and is well worth buying, it's good, but 
not That good! 


I lost my sacred copy of RVF Honda about two years ago, so imag- 
ine die smile on my face when it arrived in the office last week. 91 VF HOflQc) 

Yes, it's been re-released on the Kixx budget label and I m as 

happy as tarry. KiXX ■ £9.99 

RVF Honda is one of my afl-time favourite games. I think it s 
because when I asked my parents for a motorbike they sa'd 'No so I sobbed Tor a bit and then found RVF 
at my local computer games store and it cheered me up no end. 

l raced around some of the greatest tracks in the wortd. gasping for breath as I went around comers and 
screaming as I was flung from my bike crashing into a tree due to oil spillage on 
the track 

All my emotions and senses wore being put into overdrive, ft has great 
graphics good sound, but it Is as playable as something that is sc playable it's 
banned, Addrction wise you couldn't go far wrong - it certainly kept me enter- 
tained for weeks and weeks 

JtVF Honda is briflrant and for only a tenner you'd be a complete fool not to 
buy it. 


Midwinter 

KixxXL - £12,99 


Cor lummc Mr if it isn t Mdwrntef. hfpw heft? is a game that I've 
heard a lot About, Dut raver actually played Until now that is, 

Midwinter is essentially a strategy game, but it d oe* have some ele- 
ments of action lumped into It. 

You play the rote erf John Stark and you have to travel across the icy 
wastes getting together a team oF crack commandos to destroy die evil enemy. 

Who the evil enemy r$ I haven't a due, because somebody has lost the manual Vou get the idea though, good 
against evif and good has to save [fie wortd 

The action bits are presented m a 3D poJygorvstyte - pF any of you have 
seen the 3D Construction Kit you'll know what f mean Unfortunately the 
game is showing to Age. JE docs hold your interest for a couple of hours and 
then it tends to get: a hit monotonous and boring. 

ff you Jikc this type of game then you'lf already have Midwinter. One rruer- 
esbng thing is [he price. Midwinter wifi cost you £[2.99 - £3 more than your 
normal budge( game JHmm, a Itole bit much for a game thafs a Few years 
odd and showing to age 






O ne of the biggest disappoint- 
ments of my life came when I 
was about seven qi eight years 
old. 1 think it was Halfowe'en, but it might 
have been Christmas, and occurred at a 
fancy dress party held at our locaf oarish 
church. 

Now my mum is dead good at sewmg 
and had spent days working on what 
turned oui to be an absolutely top wizard $ 
outfit - pointy hat. moon-and-stars jacket, 
magic wane* - the lot 
I was a bit shy as a lad and didn't realty 
want to go, but after a little persuasFon and 
the threat of a spanked bottom, along I tod- 
dled in ali my regalia 

On arriving my mood improved afmost 
ins rant Jy, not only because f spied the 
Grandstand 'Pong" video game and numer- 
ous chocolate treats that constituted the 
p™s, hut because all the other kids' outfits 
were completely cack, 

Well I was laughing, i can ten you, as that 
sorry bunch of misfits traipsed hopelessly 
around th^ parish hail in dress that looked 
about as fancy as a Michael Foot overcoat. 
Pong was mine for the taking? 

When it was tune for the prize giving I sat 
between my parents with a smug grin on 
my greedy Pictre face - a grin that would 
soon turn to utter disbelief as some girl or 
other from my cfass at school was ushered 
towards the makeshift stage and presented 
with the fabled Pong as a reward for her 
pathetic-looking fairy outfit, 

"But well done to everybody, especially 
Paul Roundel - and his mum! J r boomed our 
compere jovially. Afl was nor lost - at least 
I'd won the sweets 

And now ladies and gentlemen, please 
give a big round of applause to our infants 
fCH last week's smashing playr he contin- 
ued, whereupon a do^enor so five-year-old* 
trooped towards the front to be dutifully fur- 
nished with Spangles and Texan Chew Bars 
Scandal! The sweets were for the krddjes 
and I would go home empty handed for 


there was,. . No... Second.,, Prize. 

Video games have come a long way 
$ince the days of Pong now renamed the 
Sega Master System - and Thalion are taking 
a bit of a risk in thrusting yet another racing 
game rnto a market already overcrowded 
with mediocre offerings. 

If No Second Prize is to have a hope in 
hell of raking in a decent chunk of the 
Christmas loot it Will have to provide us with 
substantially more entertainment than the 
vast majority of rts predecessors. 

Jr does - In fact I think it's safe to say that 
ifs one of the very best racing sims around, 
and it even has a story The most compfetely 
fabulous oneof-a-kmd biketastle dreameyde 
in the world is up for grabs - the owner is 
unknown but has offered his machine as a 
prize to whoever proves chermeif as the best 
motorcycfe racer in the cosmos. 

Competition has been narrowed down to 
just Six riders * twd women and four chaps 
- who must now race tiead ro head for ulti- 
mate supremacy. 

You can choose whichever rider you 
want to be after checking their individual 
strengths and weaknesses. Some are partre- 
utarfy good on bends, or may be very fast, 
while others have a high hit pornt count, 
meaning they can sustarn all manner of 
damage and continue racing unabasned 

After makrng this 
momentous decision 
you will then need to 
decide how to set up 
your bike Basically this 
involves choosing a sen- 
sitivity setting for the 
mouse - no joystick 
option at ailL which is a 
bit of a shame - and 
locking the g ears, onto 
either manual or auto- 
matic, Having done 
this, you re ready to 
race There are 20 
tracks in aU t and you 


must chug b;avely round them ail for points 
- coming last actuafly results in a deduction 
from your overall scone 

Chug really wasn't the right word to use 
at all, as the game is incredibly fast. Viewed 
from a 3D driver $ eye perspective, it will 
have you and anyone watching swaying 
from side to side as you swing around 
bends, under bridges and into surprised 
bystanders. 

Changing gear manually involves tog 
glrng a coupfe of the keys, and is a bit tricky 
at first considering control is by mouse, The 
game has a replay mode, and you can 
watch your hopelessness from four separate 
angles including from a chopper - f enjoyed 
playing the replay backwards as rt gave me 
the impression that l was actually overtaking 
someone. 

Graphics and sound are pretty much 
what you would expect from this kind of 
game, which is not meant as a criticism - 
how could i complain when its as fast as 
this? Since my last encounter wrth a real 
motorbike resulted in treatment for abra- 
sions m a Grrek hospital, I might not be the 
best person to advise you about the diffi- 
culty, but it does seem very hard 

fn the races I did manage to finish I came 
sixth out of £ix every smgfe time - there s 
nothing at all wrong with the control once 


mastered - it s just hard 
Hard it may be but l played it SOM 
coupfe hours without becoming 
slightly frustrated and I'm dying for 
go rrgftt now. Well done I lialion on 
ing one of the best racers I’ve seen. 



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Why not mow down a coupfe of stewards! 
February 199 ? 


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IK yet? Come on, It s easy - they air 
start with the tetter FI 

hfah, only joking, the proper 
answer is that they are an flight Jiimii' 
Fetors* More to the point, ah the 
planes In these to-called flight Simula* 
tars are very hi-tech and practically 
anyone can fly them. 

Shooting down the enemy is no 
problem - click on a button and your 
missiles will hit the target, even 
though the target is SO miles away. 

What you really need is a flight sim 
to test your raw ability. What could 
be better than a World War 2 plane 
timuFator like, err Knights: of the Sky? 
Watt a minute, that £ far too old, what 
we need is brand new World War 2 
sim like, err, iimm... 

Oh well there doesn t seem to be 
another one. Thank God for that i r m 
bobbins at plane games {crash of 
lighting followed by small thud). Oh 
dear. God does move in mysterious 
ways. Look what I vc just received - a 
brand spanking new copy of Reach 
for the Skies. Guspf 

It s 1940, it's summer and the 
future of World War 2 hangs in the 
balance. The German Luftwaffe and 
the might of the RAF are about to go 
Into battle once more. This time it's 
the Battle of Britain and whoever 
Wins will have a damn good chance of 
winning the war. 

Well, in Reach for the Skies any- 
thing could happen because you get a 
Choice of who you want to be, Ger- 
many or Britain, the choice is entirely 
up to you, So, if you're good enough 
ypy could Change history. 

Everyone knows that Britain won 
the battfe because we re smart, but 
what would of happened if Germany 
had won the Battle of Britain and 
eventually the war? Ft doesn't bear 
thinking about - all I can say is that 
there is no way you'll get me scoffing 
frankfurters although it has to be said 



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on holiday, 

Wahey, follow me on a journey, a 
journey back through time where the 
sights and sounds of the 1940s will 
shack and surprise you, A chance to 
become a World War 2 fighter ace 
beckons, So. let's don our flying jack- 
ets, grab out yokes and take to the 
skies. Or. instead f could just boot up 
the ST and play Reach for the Skies. 

Right the game has loaded. iHmrn, 
it offers a choice of air fortes. I could 
become a fow-down, dirty Luftwaffe 
pilot or i could became a brave and 
heroic Brit and join the Royal Air 
Force, The choice is mine. Hrnm. a bit 
of a toughie, Right, proud British 
fighter pilot it is. Time to jump into 


the old Spitfire and give those Jerries 
a right thrashing and be back in 
Blighty in time for tea and cakes. 
Chocks away. chaps. 

Almost all of the game is spent In 
the air in your plane - or I should say 
planes, because you actually control a 
squadron. This enables you to hop 
from plane to plane during battle - 
very handy if you're about to get 
blown up. 

The 3D is quite impressive, espe- 
cially when you fly the plane over 
land, There are plenty of external 3D 
views, all with the option to .room fit 
and out. 

The controls in Reach for the Skies 
are really simple, Run back on the 
stick to gain altitude, push down on 


the stick to lose altitude and left i 
go left and right to go. err right, 0 
and you push the Fire button lc 
umm, fire. See, simple. 

There are plenty of dials an 
meters to confuse you and the cent? 
panel looks authentic enoughs 

There is only one little probfe 
with Reach for the Skies, and that 
that when you take off it takes yc , 
ages before you finally get into batt 
with the enemy. 

You can accelerate time, but It s nc 
very realistic. Fortunately there is at 
option to start off in the air. so you r*: 
much closer to the enemy. 

The game i i quite difficult and 
chasing the enemy over land and se* 
is tough. The enemy always seems to 
be that one step ahead of you and it 
is really tough to shoot it down. Ft 
wouldn't he much of a challenge if 
you could shoot them down really 
easily, though. 

Once your flight hay been com- 
pleted you have the great chance te 
watch it all again by using the video 
option, OK. so camcorders weren t 
exactly available back then, but the 
video option is a very nice touch. You 
could even send your finished comedy 
dogfights ante* Jeremy Beadle and win 
loads of money. 

Despite the little problem. Reach 
for the Skies is an excellent flight sim- 
ulator. The presentation in very nice 
and everything down to the tiniest (rt- 
tfe detail has been researched, which 
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interesting. 

There if a go^cJ manual that goes 
wfth the game explaining all about 
World War 2 and other such interest- 
ig facts about the planes and so on. 
fou almost feel like you're actually Fly- 
ng a World War 2 fighter plane. 

There if an ideal opportunity to 
chance the atmosphere in three s im- 
fe, but effective ways. One: Get a 
m and position it on your monitor 
nd set it at full blast. Two: Grab a 
■hite scarp and some swimming gog- 
■ cs and wear them. Three- Get some- 
one with a shotgun to shoot it over 
t our head every couple of minutes. 
Hey, who said Gamer wasn't full oF 
Formative ideas? fme, get on with it 
jOu prat - Edj, One thing that I defi- 


nitely would recommend, even 
though it s not essential is that you 
play the game on an accelerated 
machine. This makes it mega fast and 
you win fall in love with ft instantly. 

If you re looking foi a World War 2 
flight sim that s as good as, if not bel- 
ter than Knights of the Shy, then 
Reach for the Skies could be the game 
that you're yearning for. 

Rowan Software, the creators of 
such hits as Flight of the Intruder 
and, err, umm Flight of the Intruder, 
have come up with a cracker, 

It s not exactly original stuff, but 
it s damn exciting and damn realistic, 
God damn. Reach out for Reach for 
the Skies, it s brill 

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R ight kids, without further 
ado, here s how to do it... 
Pick up tongs. Open cup- 
board, Take the lard and the knife. 
Take the crystal bail. Take the copper 
balk £ Kit through the left-hand door. 
Take the straw. Use knife on reed. 
Use knife on reed again m create a 
flute. Use tongs on guard rail. 

Take the wood. Go hack through 
door. Go through facing door. Take 
portrait and place on hook. Take the 
sleeping draught and use it on the 
seeds to create a drug. Use drug on 
hideaway and the rat will fall asleep. 

Click again on hideaway and take 
the wooden mould. Use grey key on 
the skull. Take the ring. Exit room. 
Use ring on copper ball. Use the straw 
and the wood on the fireplace. Use 
flute on Ween. Use strawberries on 
Urm. 

Take gold. Take strawberry jam. 
Use flute on Ween. Use the jam on 
Ufin. Use Urm on the fireplace. Use 
the cauldron on the fireplace. Use the 
gold on the cauldron. Take cauldron 
and use it on the wooden mould. 

Take the golden key hat you ve just 
made. Exit through facing door again. 
Use golden key on padlock* Take the 
half statue. Click on trap door to exit* 


Use the flute on Ween* Use black- 
berries on Urm. Use Urm on hole 
above the door on the right. Take the 
key that Urm drops for you. Use the 
key on the door lock. Exit through 
door. Click on the sword. 

Click on the hook holding sword to 
wall. Take sword and use it on the 
statue. Put the sword back. Click on 
the trap. Use cauldron on add twice. 
Put cauldron back in your inventory. 
Exit back through door 

Click cm the stele. Use acid from 
the cauldron on runes* Place moon- 
stone in the niche, Place sunstone In 
niche on top of the moonstone. Exit 
right to the other room once again. 
Click on sun and moon symbols, then 
the crown symbol. 

Take elixir from the hole in waif. 
Mow click on the moon and sword 
symbols then click on the crown sym- 
bol again* Take effigy from the sec* 


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tie e 

feather on the chest. Some objec' 
will appear*, Take the pollen and v 
venom. - 

Experiment with them on the tfirr 
pieces of qiraru that are lying nearb 
Now mix the venom and polf* r 
together in the cauldron to create 
potion. Use newly created potion c 


Stuck? Well, yes you probably are if you're reading 
this page, Don t worry I won t laugh at you. I'll just 

smirk slightly... 


Take the tibia. Take the torch and 
use it on the hearth. Take the torch. 
Take the planks. Exit through the 
hole in the wall. Take the rope. Click 
on skull. Use ring on cauldron. Use 
copper ball on orbit on the skull* Take 
the moon stone. 

Use the tibia on opening. Take cop- 
per ball back, Exit through the hole. 
Use ring on the copper ball. Use caul- 
dron on hearth. Use the lard on the 
cauldron. Take cauldron. 

Exit back through the hole. Use the 
oil on the opening. Click on the lever. 
Exit right once more. Use the rope on 
the ranks. Use the now bound planks 
on the precipice- Exit through the 
hole faerng you. 

Click on skull that s on the tomb. 
Take the sun stone. Use the torch on 
the torch holder. Take the spear that 
the guard on the right is holding. 
Take the tibia - it would be quite hard 
to find If it wasn't for this Cheat 
Mode. 

The tibia is at the bottom of the 
guard on the left guard s right leg. 
Use the tibia on the spear. Use the 
newly constructed tibia-spear on cur- 
tain. Use tibia-spear once more on 
the blackberries. Take the blackber- 
ries- 



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leaver Take strawberries from bust 
Use flute on Ween, 

Give the strawberries on Urm. Tai 
gold and use with half statue. Use (r 
now full statuette on the water. Ur 
will take the elixir before you cros 
the water. 

Click on strawberries. Urm wi 


ond hole in wall. Exit back to the 
stele- Place effigy in the niche, Swap 
the sun and moonstones around and 
you If obtain your firrt grain of sand. 
Click on bridge, A monster will 
appear and wont allow you to pass 
over the bridge. In the meantime a 
feather will float down, Use the 


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to beat him. You have to change the 
dragon to a wasp. The puzzle is actu- 
ally easier than it looks. All you have 
to do is click on the bottom pendant 
until the dragon changes to a wasp 
and you change into a worm. 

Now all you have to do is use the 
wasp trap on the dragon who is now 
of course a wasp., Lise the ffute on 
Ween and Urm will appear,. .again! 

Take the cherries from the bottom 
of the tree and give them to Urm P 
Urm will then take the wasp trap from 
out of your way. Exit via the door or» 


the right-hand side* You are now the 
proud owner of the second grain of 
sand. 

Click on mechanism and take the 
phial. Now this puzzle does vary, but 
me Petroy to help you figure it out. It 
simply involves clicking on the pic- 
tures of the circle, triangle, square 
and the hexagon. 

The key to the puzzles is how many 
corners each shape has. Once you've 
tried the combination, dick on the 
lever and the door win magically 
open. Exit through the door to con- 
tinue. 

Take the hammer and use it on the 
arm of the statue. Take the amphora 
and use it on the hearth. Take the 
wood and use it on the hearth. Take 
the ECU and the rag and put them in 
your inventory, 

Take the gargoyle and use it on the 
cyma, Click on stone. Click on foun- 
tain and take the lichen. There are 


appear and so will a pile of fold. 
Pinch the Sword from the frog c rea- 
lise and use it on the large rock. Use 
four cauldron on the middle hole. An 
Oliver will appear Use the Orivor on 
the pile of gold. Exit by clicking on 
Ehe temple. 

Use the venom on the make and it 
*i(f turn into a piece of quartz. Take 
"he tiara. Use the torch on the bram- 
bles, Use Cauldron with the ring, then 
jse the copper ball with the tiara. Use 
the pipe on the wasp trap. Use wasp 
rap on wasps. Exit through door. 

Its now time to fight the dragon. 
*ou are given three magic pendants 




some numbered teeth, dick on them 
in this order, 1Z, 4 P 6 and I and the 
fountain will start to work. 

Use the lichen on the hearth, Use 
the magnifying glass that s now on 
the floor on the beam of light. Use 
phial on the enclave. Use rag on 
water Use wet rag on head of statue 
then use ft on the head s eyes to 
reveal some quartz. 

Use the pollen on the right eye and 
take the flower: Use the venom on 
the left eye. Use pipe on snake. Use 
coll on gargoylei. Use wet rag on coil. 
Use flower on hearth. 

Use leaf on hearth* Finally use the 
phialtre on the guardian. Once trans- 
formation has taken place use copper 
ball on small statue that has 
appeared. Click on jtatue. Exit 
through door, 

You now own all three grains of 
sand. You might think you have com- 
pleted the guest but the Frmreis has 
been kidnapped by the evil Kraal and 
taken to Volcano island and if you 
don't rescue her she s just about to 
become a wife to the slimy Kraal. 

So, there s still plenty more of the 
quest left, but I m not going to tell 
you how to do it. I think f've given 
you enough help, but if you are really 
desperate to complete the whole 
game then you might just find the 
rest of the solution In next months 
Gamer. 



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Nine pages of applications 
for the Amiga 


ARexx 1 52 

Communication' s the name 
of the gome, as Alex Gian 
gfjfs his teeth into Amos Pro 


DTV 1 51 

As tor os video trickery is 
concerned, the Amiga is the 
ideal machine, Paul Austin 
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PROGRAMMING 1 51 

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COMM 5 1 

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camms, you'll need to 
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manners 


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* 16 * 

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MULTIMMA - 1 67 

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Talkin 


T he arrival of Amos Professional has caused 
quite a few ripples among Amiga pro- 
grammers, and those of you that have 
been reading about it will have noticed how 
much attention is given to the ARe*x interface - 
and rightly so. 

The problem with Amos For many program- 
mers was that ARexx was a bit too alien to the 
Amiga environment. Adding an ARexx interface 
goes a long way towards making iL a truer Amiga 
environment, while at the same time allowing it 
to live up to its name as an alternative AMiga 
Operating System., 

The thing with Amo* is that it makes so many 
things so easy - it can almost be viewed as an 
application generator (like Can Do for instance) 
rather than a language. 

For instance, iL offers split screens that are not 
available under Intuition, it has automatic dou- 
ble-buffering that makes the intuition alternative 
look like a nightmare, not to mention all the 
sprite and animation stuff. With a little 
thought, it can be used to design excellent 
interfaces. 

Possibilities 

Linking all this presentation power with exist’ 
mg Amiga applications opens the door to a lot of 
possibilities. Most modern Amiga programs sup- 
port ARexx these days, and it is nice to know that 
all this software can now be linked to Amos Pro. 

After all, there are almost no Amiga applica- 
tion generators without an ARexx port. So I was 
more than a little curious to see what Amos Pro 
had to offer. 

First of all, if you are using Amps Pro directly 
from its boot disk, then you will have to load up 
ARexx separately, using the " rex x mast" com^ 
marid, but iff you have beer folic wing this series 
you probably already know that! If you are work- 
ing from Workbench 2.0, then, ol course, ARexx 
should already be running. 

Amos Pro has a special command for running 
other Amiga programs in the background, called 
" J Exec jr - don't confuse thii with any other part 


The ARexx Library 

Calling alt ARexx programmers. . . 

If you've recently written an ARexx 
masterpiece and want the world to 
know about it, send it in to AC. 
Continuing to support ARexx is a high 
priority and as a result we are opening 
the AC ARexx Library. 

f his new source of ARexx software 
will be redistributed free of charge on 
the AC CoverDisk every month. 

If you want to play your part in the 
ARexx explosion, send your scripts and 
additional programs to: AC ARexx 
library, Amiga Computing, Europa 
House, Adiington Park , Macclesfield, 
SK10 4NP 


With Amos Pro and 
ARexx, you can get your 
programs communicating 
with an unprecedented 
degree of ease. Alex Gian 
discusses a minor 
revolution 

of the Amiga 's operating iysteml Any program 
that could be launched from the CL) can also be 
launched Irom within Amos, eg: 


hec "<if 1 ’Hfdi r/iypr&qi ,i li ' 

Rexxmast can be started like this if necessary. 
The "Exec* command can also take an optional 
argument, to determine where the output of the 
command should go. 

The default is NIL:, This option was not work- 
ing on my version of Arnos^ but a small bug like 
this is inevitable in these early days, i am sure it 
will be fixed soon. 

If you want to redirect the output of your 
"Exec* command to a file or window s you can 
Still do so by using the standard DO 5 redirection 
operator > P eg: 

Eisc >t iteipfi It 


But since this article is about the ARexx inter- 
face, why am I concerning myself so much with 
the CLI interface? You will see in a minute. 

The following Amos instructions and functions 
are provided for direct support of ARexx; 

ARexx Open - Open a special ARexx. port.. 

ARexx Close - Close the ARexx port. 

Exist - Check if a port is really there. 

ARexx Wait - Wail patiently for an ARexx mes- 
sage at the special port, 

^ ARexx - Return the status of any messages at 
the parL. 

-ARexx |{n) - Return the nth ARexx argument 
string, 

ARexx Answer n - Reply to an ARexx message, 
and set the return code, 

As you can see they are useful for opening an 
ARexx port and receiving ARexx messages. They 
correspond roughly to the equivalent functions 
of the rexxsupport. library, which we have 
already seen, but are even simpler, since only the 
specially opened port is checked. 

These commands are meant to be used inside 
a loop which constantly checks if any new mes- 
sages have arrived, and processes them as they 
come m. The technique has been fully described 
in the Oct *92 issue. 

"But hold on a minute!" you may say, "that's 
all fine far receiving ARexx commands, but what 





if I want to send an ARexx message?" 

A good question! After ail, since we are likely 
to be using Amos as a front end„ it is probably 
more important to send commands out, than io 
receive them. That is, you are more likely to want 
to use Amos to control other programs, than the 
other way round. 

Interestingly, there is no direct wav to send 
ARexx messages out- There is no equivalent of 
the ARexx instruction "ADDRESS'* or any other 
means of accessing external host ports. 

As a result you are left with an ARexx interface 
that is well implemented, but only half there. I 
am almost led to suspect that the dcsiignen ot 
the ARexx interface were not fully aware ot the 
possibilities of ARexx. 

For the time being, if you want to send out 
ARexx messages you will have to resort to the 
"Exec" command which we have already 
mentioned. 

Instead of sending out an ARexx command 
drrectiy from Amos, you write an ARexx script 
that does the job, and launch it from Amos. If 
your script is called sendcommand rexx , then 
this will do the trick: 


Ei#c ' n sr _ dt; 


Your ARexx script must be saved in the rexx: 
directory, otherwise you must specify the full 
path. Small command sequences can also be sent 
directly as strings, but you must remember to 
embed the quotation mark, eg 




ixec H r* i tthrt(34)+ 


V 1 DO IT 1 ‘ 


As you can imagine, the above process is not 
the most elegant, and also slows down the ARexx 
messages, since they have to go through the 
DOS layer. 

If you want your ARexx scripts !o run asyn- 
chronously, you can launch them using the: 

Et« 'run n ‘l ltUMMP 

combination. Script Outputs c.in be redirected 


Amo* Pro with 1*0 Afeuc 
tefftrfocr Cfln now be 
looked upon as an 
dr^jJjrtjrppni generotof 



Programming interfaces 


There is good news for those that would like to program their 
own Interfaces - Amos Pro supports assembh code at two levels. 

firstly, you can open any Amiga library, stud the processor rey 
isters, and call any function, simply by specifying ill offset Special 
facilities are provided (using an Amos bank: whkh wiH automati- 
cally give you the EQUates of all the Amiga system struct and 
all LVO’s of all functions. Even structure fields are handled intelli- 
gently, This is a brilliant touch. 

Unfortunately the automatic system (the SET EQUATE RANK 
instruction} was not working when I rested it so I had to get all 
the values from the include files, but I trust that this will be fixed 
soon too. 

These features are a great way to program the heart of the sys- 
tem interactively, whether you are designing custom ports or 
anything ef« a 

Secondly, you can run assembled machine code directly from 
your Amos programs. Obviously, with this feature any addition 
can be made to the language. 


(and saved) to files for 
later use. 

Does this 
mean that Amos 
ARexx port is a fail- 
ure? Not in my 
view. The fea- 
tures provided 
are sufficient for 
the occasional 
user, and pro- 
grammers who 
need more can 
easily create it. 

J am also certain 
that we will see 
many extensions to 
Amos Pro, and better 
ARexx facilities wi 
appear if they are needed. 

In other words (or to put It 
bluntly), Amos Pro is a Fully- 
Fledged language, rather than a 
Special-purpose application gen- 
erator, and if you need a custom ARexx interface, 
you wifi have to program it yourself, eiiher in 
Amos, or more probably in assembler. 

|ust as in any other language, the standard 
message-passing and port handling routines of 
the exec. library apply; so do the ARexx message 
rules of the rexxsyslib.fibrary. 

I managed to write a routine 
to invoke ARexx macros 
directly in fust a few lines of 
Amos code. Macros can be 
either commands or Functions 
and results are returned as 
Amos Basic strings. 

That's more like ill Now I 
tan use my library of spe- 
cialised string ^processing 
ARexx macros from within 
Amos. Without this Feature I 
would have had to rewrite 
them all in Basic - that would 
certainly have put me off using 
Amos as a front-end. 

More purpose-built Amos- 
ARexx interfaces are bound to 
appear in the future. There is a 
large area to explore. Getting 


y/ 

dr 


Amos to co-operate with other 


Amiga programs via ARexx is going to be more in 
the domain of so-called sennus. programming, so 
a bit of DIY is only natural at the beginning. 

As someone who is interested in using Amos 
Pro as a fronbend for applications, l like it. Be 
prepared to see some really interesting programs. 
The potential is certainly there. 


An apology 

In a previous article (Oct '92), I described the 
ARexx interface oF Gold Disk's Hyperfiook. 

At the time l said that despite having one of 
the best ARexx interfaces I have ever seen, there 
were minor problems with Workbench 2,0, 1 am 
phased to say that Gold Disk l^ave in fact cor- 
rected this. 

While it does not have the advanced graphics 
abilities of a Can Do or Amos, HyperBook still 
remains one of the most charmingly simple pre- 
sentation packages to use. 

Its excellent ARexx Interlace also allows it to 
be hooked up to all sorts of things, My apologies 
to anyone who may have been put off. Rest 
assured that HyperBook now works just fine with 
Workbench 2,0. 


Amiga Computing 







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H ave you been putting your dose friends 
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Although Santa may have only delivered the 
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There are a few points you should keep in mind. 
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The final essential is to ensure that the cotours 
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This is an essential to avoid the dreaded colour 
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bound for videotape. As a consequence, always 
stick firmly to this figure. 

Within certain packages the 0 to IS levels are 
replaced by a 0 to 255 system for increased accu- 


Built for the job 

Due to the baste design of the Amiga, DTV 
comes as second nature. Apart from * he 
machine's unrivalled graphic power, other 
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Using 


third-generation language like Basic or 
MM Cobol can be coded quickly, but the pro- 
mf ■kgram runs slowly - the source code is 
people friendly, 

A second-generation language like assembler is 
coded slowly and painfully, but the program runs 
quickly - the source code is computer friendly 

The C language is somewhere in-between - it is 
reasonably quick to write,, and can be compiled into 
fairly efficient machine code. 

C is becoming standardised. This makes it very 
portable. Source code can be written and tested on 
one type of computer, then compiled into object 
code, tested and run. 

The source code can then be copied to a com- 
pletely different type of computet (of network), and 
should compile and fun successfully. 

C does not have input and output facilities of its 
own - these are added from a library or set of 
related routines that can be linked with the object 
code. Each compiler comes with a set of standard C 
library high level input and output (unctions. 


Lower level 


In addition there are several Amiga libraries, each 
containing lower level routines for use in your pro- 
grams. These functions are often called by higher 
level C library functions, 

These programming pages will concentrate on 
the Amiga library routines rather than the C syntax, 
unless I have a storm of protest from my readers. 

The C language can be extended almost indefi- 
nitely, by adding routines and creating a custom 
library, or by including third-party I bcanes. 

Let's look at C libraries. The main compiler 
header directory contains some header fifes (they 
have ,h as a suffix) in addition to its subdirectories. 

These header files contain the ANSI-compatible 
prototypes of the standard input and output (unc- 
tions, and other definitions. 

To use one of these functions, the appropriate 
header file should be included with the source 
code. This command tells the compiler to add the 
header file at compile time, but not clutter the 
source code with it 

This source code will be more portable than the 
source code using Amiga Library routines, but not 



Library routines can help 
both assembler and 
C programmers. 
Margaret Stanger does 
some borrowing 


Demo routines 


The short demo program ami lib on the CoverDiik uses five 
library routines. From the Exec library. Qpenlftiraiy(libName, ver- 
sion) opens a chosen library. A pointer to the library base is 
returned. OoseLibrary(library) closes a library, 

from the Dos Library, Delay ( timeout) waits for a given time- 
out. GutputQ finds the file handle for writing text in the current 
window, A pointer to the current fllehandle is relumed, 

Wrrte(f i leha nd le, bu Jf erjength) will write to a file or a win 
dow. The compile program source code listing {amrlib.c} is on 
l he CoverDisk. 

When, the object program (afnNtb) is run P the program opens 
the DOS library. (I the library open? successfully, the program 
displays a short message, delays for a few seconds, doses the 
library and exits. 


as versatile or efficient. The program source code 
Fisting (iolib.c) is on the CoverDisk. When the object 
program (iolib) is run, the program displays a mes- 
sage using the built-in formatted print "printf 
command, and then another message by using the 
standard library IprintF command to write to the 
current output file or console. 

The mam Amiga libraries used are Exec, DOS, 
graphics and Intuition. Exec library routines handle 
the multitasking and the lowest level of interaction 
between the hardware and the software. 

DOS library routines handle input and output 
control. Associated with each library is a special file 
with the extension ".fd*, these files are usually 
found on the Extras disk in tFieir own dsnectory. 

An ,fd file contains a list of the routines in the 
library, together with the input parameters that 
each routine takes. The more recent ANSI-compati- 
ble compilers have a proto directory included with 
the compiler headers. 

Prototype 

This directory has a header file lor each library, 
containing the prototype for each command. If you 
open an Amiga library at run time, all its routines 
become available. The linker knows where to find 
the routines, and can link them to the rest of the 
object code. 

The Open Library routine is found in the Exec 
library, all the Exec library routines are always 
available. 

Assembler program me re can now have sprites 
designed using a program like DPaint. The height 
colours and pixel data can be saved on disk and 
read into an assembler program when required. 

Each sprite has a data list of data word pairs. The 
first two words of each sprite's data 
are control words to initialise the 
sprite. 

Bits 1 5 to 8 of the first control 
word contain the vertical position 
of the first line of the sprite, bits 7 
to 0 contain the spnte's horizontal 
start position. 

Bits 1 5 to 8 of the second con- 
trol word contain the line after the 
last vertical Sine of the sprite. Bits 2 
to 0 of the second control! word 
contain the most significant bits of 
the first line, last line and horizontal 
position respectively. 

The last two data words always 
contain zero. The intervening data 


words contain the pixel data. The first two sprites 
use colour 16 to 19, the next two 20 to 23, the 
next two 24 to 27 and the last two 2B to 31 . 

The sprite data is copied into chip memory. The 
Copper list can be set up to copy the address of the 
start of each sprite's data into the appropriate 
5PRFT registers. The colour instructions can also be 
included in the Copper list. 

The DPaint Utility was used to save two sprites as 
separate "brushes", producing a short IFF file for 
each brush, I designed the sprites to be 1 6 pixels 
wide., I used four colours, the first being transpar- 
ent. 

The file reader module "Teadsprite.a" can read 
and interpret this file, or a similar file produced by 
another artist program. 

The routine Teadrile' is similar to the IFF sprite 
file in last month's Amiga Computing, a simplified 
picture file reader without a routine to unscramble 
compressed data. 

The routine can return the height of the sprite to 
the calling program. The routiners; 


bprllth eight = react i 1 1 lniit,sf‘ i te*5aTj, scUnr \ i st 1 


Cd3,dUd2T 


The inputs are : 


name - the pointer to the name of the file 
contaEning the data 


spritedata - a pointer to the memory array to 
hold the sprite 


birpfanc data (the address of the third word of 
the sprite) 


colourtist - a pointer to the memory storing the 
colours for the sprite (the cotouriist address plus 
an offset for colour 1 6,20,24 or 28) 


The output in Register 'do 1 is; 


spriteheight - thE height of the spdte contained 
in the file 


The routine will look for the usual diunkheaders 
in an IFF file. The BMAP chunk will! be decoded to 
give the sprite height - the other data is either 
known (width and depth) or irrelevant {data from 
the screen thE brush was savEd an). 

The CVIAP chunk contains the colours used 
when the sprite was designed. These colours will be 
copied into the correct place in the colouriist, 

The BODV chunk contains the bllplane data - 
the routine copies it into chosen area in memory. 
All other chunks are read, and their data ignored. 
The routine could easily be extended to process 
these chunks. 

The sprite height is returned so that the position 
of the last line of the sprite can be calculated and 
put in the second sprite control word. The 
main program will then have all the 
necessary sprite and colour information for the 
Copper list. 




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Easy affordable Midi 


ft you’re looking to side-step the internal tea 
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selection of budget conscious sequencers wait- 
ing in the wings. 

Although dll of the programs listed are pri- 
marily aimed at Midi, they also all fully support 
the machines internal abilities with equal 
enthusiasm. 

While This is not a particularly strong selling 
point in the eyes of serious users, it does mean 
that if Midi music is your goal hut finances 
mean a wait for the necessary hardware, you 
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On the downside, the package isn’t the cheap- 
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easily lays claim to that particular title. 

Music* Itself was easily the hottest item on 
the Amiga musk scene a few years back and still 


remains a viable option especially if you’re pre 
pared to shop around. The final option is to 
throw caution to the wind and invest in Ears & 
Pipes Professional which although tar from 
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equalled by KC5 15. 

The reason for the Bars & Pipes Pro bias as 
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is much easier to master for the outrFght 
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■ MUSIC 

Sound essenti 


W hether you're a dedicated muso or 
just an interested bystander with a 
shiny new machine waiting at your 
fingertips, getting into Amiga music can be much 
cheaper and simple than you might imagine. 

To start we'll look at the market from the 
bystanders position, highlighting the cheap and 
cheerful products which for as little as £2 a flow an 
absolute beginner to create music on a par with 
anything found on commercial games software, 

As you've probably guessed, we’re talking PD 
and more precisely Med - a program that's been 
the premier PD soundtracker clone for longer than 
most Amiga musos would care to remember. 

Due to Its prolific success and countless updates 
- courtesy of its creator Tetgo Kinnynen - the PD 
libraries are literally frt to burst with countless revi- 
sions of the aforesaid Med, 

However, if you're after the very latest offering 
Amiganuts United is undoubtedly the first place to 
look, primarily because they've managed to obtain 
exclusive rights to distribute the licenceware eight 
channel version which when complete with man- 
ual comes in at a less than PD price tag of £30. 

Commodore 64 

Although eight channels may sound; more 
attractive than the four track shareware alternative 
the additional tracks do not play samples but 
merely sequence Commodore 64 -style synth 
sounds. 

For the beginner these additional tracks aren't 
essential. As a result, the four track is perhaps the 
ideal beginners choice for testing the water prior 
to the larger investment in the licenceware 
alternative. 

As mentioned above, almost all the major 
libraries - with the exception of Amiganuts - carry 
the four track version for around £2- When order- 
ing be sure it's the latest, namely vl20. 

Like all the soundtracker clones, Med employs 
standard 8-bit samples as its primary sound 
source. These can be either created yourself - see 
this month's sampler roundup - or alternatively 
there are a wide selection of pre-recorded effects 
and instruments that can be bought direct either 
on disk or CD from PD libraries or dedicated sam- 
ple suppliers. 

If you're happier with pre-recorded sounds, 
quality commercial sources include the Zero-G 
Datafiles which cany both CD and disk-based cot 


Tfcp ultimate Midi ar*d Amicj.i tiSmbinatiDn in the form of (.hie rxCflffefit Super \am 


lections. The/re available direct from; 

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Herts, HP4 3EP 
Tel: 0442 870681 

Although of excellent quality, the vasL majority of 
the Zero-G samples are heavily dance-oriented with 
assorted scratches and popular hook lines. 

For any would-be DJs or rave fans the collection 
is ideal. However if you're planning to build original 
tracks from the ground up the next collection, 
namely the Sample Series, is probably a more attrac- 
tive proposition., 

This series comes from those loveable 
Mancunians at Gajits Music Software, Unlike the 
Zero-C collection, the Sampler Series is comprised 
entirely of sounds borrowed from the latest synfchs, 
ff you’re interested in a more purist approach to pla- 
giarism you can obtain the aforesaid collection 
from; 

Cajits Music Software , f-Mex House 
40 Princess Street f Manchester 
Ml 6DE Tel: 061-236 2515/4 

A step up the ladder 

If you've still got a few pennres- spare from 
Christmas, Blue Ribbon Sound works offer an inter- 
mediate package which allows the user to employ 


their own or pre-recorded samples as part of an 
automated six-part accompaniment. 

The software, entitled Super|am, allows you to 
begin building a bridge between the internal 
sounds of the machine and the world of Midi, The 
package works by allowing you to assign any one 
of numerous styles which then form the framework 
within which your five automated musicians will lit- 
erally jam along with. 

All you need do is add the chords of your choice 
and of coufse play your part as the lead soloist. Ho 
matter what chord progression you add, the otfiEr 
members will automatically play a suitable 
accompaniment 

For example, If you Specify a rock style with a 
chord progression of say E minor, G ^nd A, your 
automated bass player is almost certain to rip 
straight into Smoke on the Water] 

Ok, nobody said the package is perfect, but 
with a bit of practice you can easily generate per- 
fectly acceptable lift music which can then be 
worked into a pseudo-original or used directly as 
backing music on various multimedia exploits. 

Besides the fun and functionality of the pack- 
age, the beauty is that it's equally at home with 
Midi information as it is with converted Amiga 
samples. 

If you're looking for an affordable and interest- 
ing Introduction to composition plus both an edu- 
cational and speedy production tool, Superfam is 
perfect 


Paul Austin 
singles out 
the best 
selection of 
software for 
any musical 
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Joining the bustling comms sub-culture brings 
with it its own responsibilities and rules, 
Pat Winstanley talks etiquette 



I " wonder bow many people reading this have 
acquired a shiny new modem over the fes- 
tive period? If you are one, do you know 
how to behave in the comms world? Do you 
know what to do and not do to make youfietf 
welcome? 

Like any other community activity, the golds n 
rule is to consider others as well as yourseh. In 
comms this basically means you should be aware 
of what your activities are costing others 

Although access to most BBSs is free 'other 
than the cost of your phone bill), somebody has 
to pay for all i he files and message areas made 
available lo you, 

A BBS is generally run on an amateur basis. 
The sysop is using his own equipment that he's 
bought with his own money. He f s also paying at 
least rental for the phone line you dial in on. 

One of the biggest attractions of a modem is 
the opportunity it gives you to grab software 
cheaply and easily. You find the Me you want, 
download it, and bingo - the latest version, or 
patch, or demo has cost you just a few pence. 

But how do these fifes become available to 
you in the first pi act? Where does the BBS get 
them from? 

Cheapest 

Well there are several ways for sysops to grab 
files for their lists. The simplest is lor users like 
you to upload interesting programs to the BBS. 
This h also the cheapest for i he s vsop. 

Another way is for the sysop to download new 
Files from other boards, which costs him money, 
Vet a third way is For you to s^nd the sysop files 
on disk - a lot cheaper than uploading if you 
have a slow modern, 

|ust check to make sure the sysop can handle 
your disk - many boards catering for Amiga users 
are actually run on PCs. 

Most boards have an upload download ratio 
policy, This simply means that you can only 
download a certain number ol tiles before you 
must upload something to the board. 

The snag with this is that you might not have 
any software that isn't already on the board.. If 


you feel like this, don't worry, You're not alone. 

An alternative which many sysops are happy with 
is for you to become active in the message areas. 
The more interesting messages a board contain*, the 
more attractive it is to other users of that board. 

Yet another alternative is a download credit syv 
tern. With this you literally buy credits, each credit 
allowing a certain number of bytes to be down- 
loaded. 

Some boards running this system even give 
download credits as prizes in competitions on the 
board, 

Panic 

When either uploading or downloading, try to 
check your own setup as tar as you can before call- 
ing on the sysop for help. Take your time too. 

It‘s very easy to panic while you're worrying 
about a phone bill, but it’s well worth checking 
out any instructions . Menus and prompts are gen- 
erally easy to use If you stop and think about what 
you're trying to do. Common sense is all you really 
need to work things out. 

One of the most regular problems is setting 


■"protocols". These are methods of computers talk- 
ing to each other like Zmodern and so on and 
need to be the same at both your end and the BBS 
end. 

What it boils down to is that your local BBS is 
providing you with a free service. If you want to 
stay on good terms with the sysop you should try 
to put rn as much as you get out of the board. 

A very common complaint among sysops is the 
fu den-ess of callers who log In to their boards, 
trawl the file lists,, download everything in sight, 
then simply log oh again without so much as say- 
ing 'Thanks*, 

it only takes a few seconds to leave a message 
for the sysop^ and your feedback on a board's ser- 
vices will always be welcome. That's not just a 
computer at the other end of Lhe line. There's a 
human being there too! 


Pat Winstanley can be contacted on Fidonet 
at 2:250/107:99 or as preewee$clx.coni- 
pulink.cn.uk, or you can write to her c/o 
A mtga C omputmg . 


• Always give your real name and 
phone number when you register. 
Think how you would feel »t j 
stranger knocked on your door and 
gave you a false name. 

• Take a few seconds to read any 
news, bulletins, instructions and so 
on - it' IS save you far more time and 
money in the long run, 

• Don't ring the sysop voice at 
night - the BBS may be funning but 
the sysop is probably Lucked up in 
bed. If you need help during unso- 
cial hours, just leave a message then 
log on again another time. 


Keep your sysop Happy 


i 

# H d board stales the hours it's on- 
line, respect the fact that the BB5 
probably shares the Family phone 
line. Don't call outside the stated 
hours, 

# Always log off the board! using 
the option provided in the menu. If 
you don't you could leave the 
board thinking you're still there, 
and denying access lo other users. 

# 11 you must log off "illegally 1 " 


{dropped carrier for instance), try to 
let the sysop know what happened - 
it will help him sort out any problems 
your accident may have caused. 

• When uploading files,, try to com- 
press them first - sysops don't have 
unlimited hard disk space. And try 
to use a common compression tech- 
nique to make things simple for any 
other users. 

ft IF the board's File areas are sorted 


into sections, upload to Ihe correct 
area.. If not upload to the sysop's 
general area.. Either way, leave a 
description of the file tog, 

# If you want to download a file 
which wilt take longer than you 
have available, ask the sysop nicely 
and he'll probably upgrade your 
access temporarily. 

# Don't pester the sysop for privi- 
leged access to the board. When 
he trusts you, and knows what 
you want and need, hell 
probably upgrade you permanently 
anyway. 




Amiga Computing february fPP 3 








Amigo Computing February 1993 




PUBLIC 


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NEW GAMES 


ASI t Tan* . Fiolterpwte . Aval n& * 

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AS1 11 Dad. Conn#i, fltprtfai Tropin* 

AS1 12 UraFiLsIrun, Ca r PcwpDug 

AS1 13 T^nui® * ™my more gantes 

A5i 14 ■phinaCnaltenga? ®. Amiga column* + 

ASI IS Bafljtfart latir * and M^imbanvave! 

ASI 16 Weatelards. M=sion X and PscMan r 
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ASI 24 Revengm DuaCr&ak 3d maze - 
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ASI 2fl Sup nrPacMan 92 Smash TV Ashoa t 
ASI 27 ArfMkbwe card games- Very prod** 

ASI 26 Dpoiiy.OMari&inyadersf.-WadbwnbarS 4 
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ENT ¥ 1 Xlcir-iycM. HMJI and mere 4 
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ENT + 2 5pm Wars, SquampteiP>d more t 

1KT 4 4 Zdp Ham> YfHp apid more + 


CLIP ART 


■ Th* dfcp art in this cdtetfkfli a v.tegfr qgaity 
m Huge bflm»s many greater itvan an Amiga 
Hirps ftfirefi-1 

■ Fd JIM rn DpatetD'K parages 

■ EAiai disk. Bulobooteas AslpdasriWk alk?w ig you 
Id view to* mnhre Mmaci by moving, Ihe mouse 

ARTfli Weddings c p *1 (2 Hi:;ks) * 

AHT02 Houses -(wdures at mansions [? dishsl t 
AFTO Ratigdue- full ot holy tip art £3 dishsl + 
AffTM Wl Am^ph 0 dIBkE) 4 
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AflTM Ottitfl - rtitre d ifa same * 

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ARTil Saeima - uEeM stuff Inc. te-jos +■ 

AHT12 Xmas - a bi oi Xmas cheer <3 disks) + 
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ARTIS Cali - 13 Feline pits + 

ART1 6 S*ioueilas - 13 p*cs + 

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AFtTtft Bapes * 

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ART 2D Olympic - morn- sporting skjfl (2 Cfek^ - 
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AF1T22 Sddlrle - m *tAp dip art + 

AHT23 Dacoraiiva months ■ ps; tor wery momh^- 
AfiT^I WKhycamecry dip art +■ 

ARTS Holidays + 

Af?T26 Hawiars |2 disks) 4 
ART 27 Art Nta/Yfcau - ttoral an # 

ART 26 Sut^i*s * 

AHT29 FPOd - cut- rry dips £2 diskil * 

APr30 cotouring Book - Cuteor io Dpaint * 
ART31 Baders l^i^se m DTP |2 disks) 4 
AHT12 Mac Cip - -rijality m acafl |2 dlsk5) 4 
ABT32 Hgrrt^ck - KOfuq clip arl 4 
AKtW Tedcty Saara £2 diaksj * 

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ARTifr HaiJIpiMBah dip art 4 

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ARTM Vegfltanan dip art +- 
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ART4C Myrhioa - s:a ^ and zodata 4 
ABT41 Deg woodcuts ^ 

ART42 Cat yrowfculs + 

ART42 African WOOrtGLItS mare aivntfs + 

A RT 44 American woodculs +■ 

ART45 ArtUC wiodcul^ 4 
ART45 Fanm wodiiils ► 

AHT47 Miicad apmaf T W Qto H + 

ABT4i B-ds ..wDOdbms i- 
AHTI9 Mora ammjls * 

ART50 ArnmaiJ krean i- 
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ARTf53 GdH humtur £2 disks! * 

A RT54 Space and transport t 
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ART56 Bporls 3 ■+ 

ARTS? Navy - lOli Pi ngvy ftp* pica * 

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AHT59 Boeder and alphabet clos - 
AHT$0 Aponnts and Hashes 


We ftow have 
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sin tens with IFF pit? doused sampleE 
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1 75 UtiiiM - ire most on pto 
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disks. Given mggaiinn rating ol 9&% + 
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cnancesol tHsoCnnng 3 milion^rK- * 

raSKOPTiMiSER Briiandy Simple! 
Any dsfc loads up Lo 1 5 lime? taster, ttag 
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P.C amulator supports CGA ■ 
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Liamp e& and sl?F by filed 
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75 


in demos 

UU01 3 FISH TANK SIM - &mula&s en 
aqrapnurri. * 

ULJQIi ANALT1CALE SPREAD (2 OlBKSli- 

Ths-R iFie best sflreadbhfwi program to 
dare on Hie Amiga. * 

UUD1 5 AMKjA punt PROGRAM - P^dtcl which 
hryse- <fft\ wm hum past tonn » 

Liu 01 5 Jft COMM Vi g? - Latest versa* of iWs 
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LjLB >7 BEATRIX POTTER GUP AR1 - An 

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n'Kimi or D-PalM. + 

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Ccntaina a Ful tealured pateng nrag and a 
carruuter ?«kid rfraiflmg proa 
LJUCi 9 ds — a database *-lti l*j to 53 fcekts mas 
zt aboul t 2 mllkon records + 

UU07C HQME MANAGER- A gm:dallte one 

adores^ c<wk wih on inventory dalaibaen * 
to do litl + 

UU0J1 ASTRO PRu ASTflOLOGY - The best 
astrology program on Ihe Amiga by lar 4 
UUoaa MULTI DOS V 1 . 1 2 - Alter mstetlplial yftir 
An>ga drves can 1 Mi drsi.s. * 

UW2I TEXT PL U5 V4 fl^E) - Lalest update flf mis 
Tjscfilenl ward proca^sor pftsgrem Now 
ucmpahbe with T:>; die fycteasnyiaJ lype 
spflmg peg. found in the Fisk Coflfrtdwi. * 
LHB2S AiMOS LESSON I - Fmdeul hew to gel The 
m wl out ol AMDS. Had good rewte* 1 4 
UW36 E DWORD 2.£ - Besi test mtoar jfOjnd. + 
LKfflZT MEG ACOLQUR V 1 .0 - A pfcgrqm whick 
Iranitorms a bw screen imo lidl ct&mr *■ 


We now have 
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mc >2 AMERICAN FOOTBALL COACH - Play 
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MODS SATTlEMENTS - Simitar la 

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DEMOS ft MUSIC 


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AMOS 






I 1 t seeing that every program on the Amiga 
written with Amos has some lovefy piece o' 
musk to go with it. Don't you wish that you 
could make music like that? Well you can 

It's tempting to steal other people's music oh of 
bulletin boards, demos and so on. But wail don't 
touch that dial. 

The tracker programs you need to make beauti- 
ful music am all public domain, with the exception 
of certain versions of MED which are what they call 
iicencewareT 

These disks costs a bit more than PD disks, but 
the aulhorof the program gets a fova tv every lime 
the program is sold. They almost always feature 
what we call in the trade a "pattern editor* like you 
fund on most modem drum machines and certain 
Midi sequencers. 

The sounds in trackers are always samples, like 
the kind von can make with your own sound sam- 
pier, with the exception again of MED which also 
uses the sound chip in the Amiga to create synthe- 
sised sounds, what we call "chip music*. 

Most trackers come with disks of sounds for you 
to get started, The way they work rs that you 
assemble patterns, short sequences of music lasting 
for 64 beats. 

Make a chain 

Then when you've made a pattern for your 
versej chorus and other li!1-ins etc. you chain them 
all together to make a complete piece of music. 

You specify which pattern you r d like to play and 
in what order, and the program plays each pattern 
in turn to make meaningful music. Sometimes. 

So for example you could have an intro on pat- 
tern 1, a verse on pattern 2 , a chorus on pattern 3 
and a fill-in on pattern 4, 

The real kick of a pattern- based sequencer is 
that you only have to input your patterns once and 
then they can be played and arranged as many 
times as you like, rather than a more linear system 
which would mean you'd have to type the fune in 
every time . 

Creating pleasant music with a tracker is easy, as 




A recent addition to the Deja Vu licence ware 
library is Music Engine by Paul Townsend (aka 
Technical Fred Software), 

This program lets you use tracker music with* 
out having to convert it. What this program pro 
vides is an interface between Amos and me Shell 
You can use this to play many different music 
file formats, and this is done by running an 
appropriate "player program'' which means you 
can hear the music without having to convert it. 

□nee you've bought the Musk Engine pro- 
gram from Deja Vu, you are free to use the 
source code, if it's for public domain, shareware 
or licence ware use,, providing of course you 
acknowledge the source of your source. II you 


Writing a convincing soundtrack for your Amos 
creations is actually very easy. Phil South 
says: "Let the music play..," 


Pro users 
take note 

Lucky users of Amos Professional will know 
that, of course, Amos Pro is able to use files 
from MED and Noisetracker (and its various 
clones) directly using libraries and features 
built in to the program,, 

If you are using Amos Pro you don't need 
to use a converter or any of the programs 
mentioned- You do however need a copy of 
MED or Noise tracker to make the music in the 
first plate. 

I should also say that the most up to date 
version of MED isn't in the public domain, but 
is available as licence ware, where the author 
gets a fee each time the program rs bought. 

You can get information about MED from 
Amiganuts United, 169 Dale Valley Road, 
Hollybrooki Southampton. Tel: (0703) 78S680. 


you can have four tracks (in some cases even eight 
with programs like QctaMED Professional) and you 
can put the notes in one at a time in what we call 
"step time", or play along with the other tracks 
live on the keyboard In what is termed 'Teal time", 

Step time is easier for learners as you can fiddle 
about with each track of the pattern until it sounds 
right, like typing words Into a wordprocessor and 
editing them until the spelling and syntax is 
perfect. 

Once a piece of tracker music has been made, 
or produced, you can convert it to Amos ABK for- 


mat and load it into a program or into a bank in 
Direct mode. The Amos disks contain many differ- 
ent converters to serve most of the different kinds 
of tracker such as Noisetracker, Soundtracks, 
StarTrekker, Protracker, Games Music Creator, 
Sonix and so on. 

All you do is run these very clever little Amos 
programs and they read in a tracker file and spit 
out a AEK Tile onto disk ready to be loaded!. 

Some of these programs work fine, but the 
problem is that so many of the tracker programs 
(being in the PD for some time now) have all 
been revamped and re-written so that they are 
very different in format from the originals. 

Some tracker tunes will not play properly once 
they've been converted. Usually the reason is that 
the samples are too long or the system has 
changed. 

Either the tracker has a pattern length which is 
variable and not fixed at 64 r or it stores its sam- 
ples in a different way, Luckily, there are ways 
around this - see the programs documented in 
the box on this page tor some ideas. 

Do try to cultivate the use of tracker programs. 
You'll find they are not as hard to use as you 
might think, and the results will be a!! your own 
work* rather than just a steal from someone else. 


Write stuff 

If you have an Amos question, then please 
write to Phil South, Amos Column, Amiga 
Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, 
Macclesfield SKI 0 4 MR. 



want to use the routines in a piece of commercial 
software, however, then you have to contact the 
programmers to arrange a suitable fee. 

Music Engine is a very powerful tool, and not just 
for driving music programs. The trick is a very good 
one, and although it's handy for music, ifs power- 
ful enough to run any program from the 
Workbench, effectively making your Amos system 
multitask with other programs. 

For more details of Music Engine (disk number 


LPD79) get in touch with Deja Vu Software, or 
write direct to: Technical Fred Software, 11 7 Hilton 
Lane, Walkden, Worsley, Manchester M2B STB. 
Phone or Fax:061-703 7842. 

Another fine program disk from the Amos PD 
Library is the MED Utils disk, containing a. copy of 
MED v2.B and some convert utiFilies to make the 
SoundTracker modules from MED more palatable 
to the STto-ABK converters,. The disk number is 
APD155, 



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O ne thing that can really slow down the 
desktop publishing process : ***- 
you haw to stop and dim a grapftc 
to illustrate something, especially if > :*j are not toeft 
good at pixel painting, 

I tend to draw things on paper ar i cN i tear 
them, finding this a much quicker i w 

what I want than trying to do n <v*' >■ " art 

□r whatever. 

But it still takes time, and It woUti speed lip 
along no end if I had a massive dp art Ifcnr* r*o 
which I could dip and puB out in appro pr ia te 
graphic. 

Good Amiga dip art has been hard lift find. 
Many PD libraries have disks tul d the tiiA but n 
my experience 99 per cent of 4 o other 

because it has been poorly drawn «i the in* place 
or because the images are so smal or d such a 
low resolution that you can hvtfy see what they 
are. 

It's encouraging, thef% to see mot® and more 
dedicated Amiga dip art companies advertising 
their wares. We're going to look A two cdtections 
in this article, both of bitmapped (tFF-JUM) dip 
art. 

Volumes 

The Artworks clip art c otectiy i contains more 
than 1,400 images in total, spread over eight vol- 
umes, each disk containing between 115 and 270 
images. 

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Each volume covers a spedk theme. Currently 
these are: Pets; Cast to, Cottages k Churches; 
Trees; Signs k Symbols; WW Animals; Prehistoric 
Lie; Signs & Symbols It and v.eddmgs h Family 
Occasions. 

Everything is in straight biadi-and-white, perfect 
for the mono desktop publisher. The individual 
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require, and save it as a brush Then you can 
Import it into your DTP package 
All the images have been expertly drawn on a 
computer - no roughly scanned stuff here. Some 
are incredibly intricate, like the skeletons on the 
Prehistoric Life disk and the bouquets of flowers on 


Ben Pointer gets into 
artistic mood 



The Artworks evritoeffort contains some oi the highest 
quality bitmapped dip art i Auvf rvf r teen 


Weddings & Family Occasions. Others are simpler, 
like most of the incredibly useful Signs k Symbols, 

If you were to buy the whole collection at once, 
it works out to an average of fess than 4p per 
image - buy a single disk and they work out at 
between 3p and 6p each, depending on which disk 
you buy. 

Jaggies 

If P have one criticism it is that on the whole the 
individual images tend to be too small, Most have 
to be pubfished at quite a small s*ze in order to get 
rid of the bitmap jaggies - scale them up targe and, 
like ail low resolution bitmaps, they look awful 
But most of the time you don't tend to use this 
king of clip art large, so I guess it's the old swings 
and roundabouts scenario again - if the images 
were larger you wouldn't get so many on a disk, 
and consequently they would end 
up costing more each. 

Unlike a lot of ciip art collections 
P have seen, 99 per cent of 
Artworks 1 stuff is extremely high 
quality with respect to perspective, 
scale and detail 

Perhaps the only area where 
there is room for improvement is 
with the few images that feature 
people's faces,, which don't con- 
tain much character. 

8ut f'm. picking nits. This collet- 

fib# Jnwgv s In the Mogk Olp>Ari 
cntfcctHw hove been arHi-atlattd 
around the block OUtliOei in Jhfff rh? 
joggles ore let s wide nf when printed 


lion is certainly very good value for money, and is 
highly recommended. 

The Magic Clip-Art Company has come up with 
an idea to try to reduce the bitmap jaggies. 
Although all the images in its collection are basically 
black-and-white, they have all been subtly blended 
with greyscales around the black outlines {called 
■’anti-aliasing") so that when they are printed the 
jaggies are not so evident 

Ihere ane 2T disks currently available, grouped 
into seven subjects. Because these are 1 a colour 
pictures, each disk contains only between 1 8 and 
26 images, but each image has been saved individ- 
ually so you don't have to bother loading them into 
a painting package to cut out brushes. 

Whimsical Animals, 94 images on four disks, are 
cute cartoons oF animals, usually with a large white 
space left free where some text can be added. 

This kind of stuff is of limited use and tends to 
get tired quickly when use a lot, but on the plus 
side the images are quire large, and are very well 
drawn. 

Well drawn 

Three diikj ef Funny Attention Getters (76 
images) are along the same fines as the Whimsical 
Animats - well drawn cartoon images with white 
spaces for text. 

The B6-image Sports collection comes on four 
diski and features action snapshots from most pop- 
ular sporting activities,, and a few that aren't so 
popular. 

These real-life images aren't so expertly drawn as 
the aforementioned cartoons, and a few of the ath- 
letes look positively unathletic 

But if you are producing a sporty newsletter, 
you'll 4 ind them useful enough. The Recreation col- 
lection is really an extension of Sporty another 79 
images on tour disks. 

Finally there's Silhouettes, 70 on three disks. 
Subject matter vanes greatly here, from sport to 
jiimals to shopp ng to weddings. 

The anti-aliasing does indeed help to reduce the 
apparent jsggineH of the images when printed 
Urge, although if printed very large everything 
tends to have a fuzzy look around the edges. 
Printed small they look fine. 

Cost per image averages out at about 25 p each, 
making them a tad expensive compared to the 
Artworks collection. But then these are larger 
images, so you are able to publish them larger 
without the jaggies getting too bad. 


Artworks Clip Art Library 
£6.99 per disk (£48 for all & volumes) 
Artworks, 1 Pond View, Wootton, U Ice by 
DN39 6SF, Tef 0469 588138 


Magic Oip Art 

£5.99 per disk (£499 each tor 4 or more) 
Magic Clip-Art Company, B4 Thorpe Road, 
HawkweJI 555 4|T, 








Amiga Computing February 1993 





Remember this ? 


EPSON won an Amiga press Gold 
Award for its GT6000 colour scanner - 
it became the first sub £1000 full A4 
flatbed scanner for the Amiga and 
offered scan rates of upto 300dpi in 
both 24 bit colour and 256 grey 
scale monochrome. Now EPSON 
have done it again. They have 
launched the GT6500 and 
prices start at £799, 


2S 






then SCAN THIS III 



With glorious 24bit, 
16.7million colour tech- 
nology, the new Epson GT- 
6500 and GT SOOO flatbed 
scanners produce high 
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Do you prefer him in 
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Vet they also handle line art 
and 256 greyscale images 
(for monoDTP, optical 
character recognition and 
computer aided design) with 
equal clarity and verve. 



Transparencies as well ! 


With the optional trans- 
parency adaptor and 
automatic document 
feeder, these scanners are 
almost too accommodating 
for words. 


"isn't colour wonderful? 


Output resolutions of upto 
600dpi T are available on 
the GT6500 and 800dpi* 
on the GT8000. 


* sub scan logic doubles the standard 300dpi/400dpi 
maximums and working in 200% zoom mode in line 
mode can offer 1 200dpi/1 600dpi when used in 
conjunction with certain software hardware 
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