Skip to main content

Full text of "Amiga Computing 1-117 (June 88-Oct 97)"

See other formats


AMIGA. AMIGA 


ISStl6 88 JULY 1995 £3.99 Oversees price 24,25 Hff 18,95 



Simply the best collection 
of registered shareware 
and essential add-ons 
— ever! _ — ^ 


This disk requires W62.Q4, 1Mb HAM and a hard drivel 


This disk requires WB2.D4 or higher 


for the future of 


Digita Organiser 
Back-up special 












i Kl n II BUY NOW, NOTHING 

I IN U I (to PAY FOR 6 MONTHS. 


•pITTE C T 

ORD6B ANT |NDI ADVERTISED PRODUCT OVER £i00, 
USE IT FOR 6 MONTHS BEFORE TOU FAY A PENNY 


ion 2 


Subject to Status 


But today from Ingi 

WITH NOTHING TO PAT 
FOR 6 MONTH'S THEN 
CHOOSE TO PAY OVER 6 
TO 36* MONTHS. 


INSTANT CREDIT AVAILABLE 
FROM NEARLY 100 OFFICES 
NATIONWIDE 


Credit Cards 


Express Cheque Clearance 


to despatch your order die day that we receive your dieque, 
Cheque received without a cWe guarantee rand lumber, v*U 
normally cigar within a maximum 7 


01543 419999 

9am - 6pm Monday to Friday 


' APR 19.8% Subject to Status 


*All Indi Products are 
Delivered Free Of Charge 


Roc Gen Plus ■ Amiga Genlock 


Create your own text titles and spectacular grephics. 
combine your favourite Video with studio 
enhancements such as overlay , dissolve and invert 
keyhole effects. 

+ User fnrrtdV panel design and * E*tra w#eo-[hn,J part 
easy installation separate (fine mOiutanne of video 

* Dual dissolve central ftnebs s^nafe «%. 
prtrekfe (freely fltjjustoblc. varying * Extra RGB pass-j tfitu 
dyne of fatter or invert separate line mi^tonpEof RGB 

(Syhak) effect «%«& for rad me editing of the 

Auto Video pass- thru alTowJ Amiga grqphu3 
ugn«k to continue to jtow " Key m part I*™***™ w* 

through to four jiHPiiW even ertemm fce|flng devira 
when die video or Anniga sigiwl 
sourc* h off 


* Compatible with alt Anii^cr 
Models and commodore CD TV 


£ 139.99 


Plug$ into the 
PCMCIA Slot of 
. . * the Amiga 600 
' & 1 200 and is ready 
to go. Excellent 
build quality at an 
amazing price. 

12 Months 
War ranty 


130Mb- 

214Mb- 

270Mb- 

540Mb- 


£ 1 49.” 
£189.” 
£204.” 
£259.” 


MASSIVE CD ROM PRICE REDUCTION 

£ 159 ." 

ZAPPO AMIGA 1 200 CD ROM DRIVE 


BRUTAL 

FOOTBALL 


Brutal Football 

"Je is jta rule „ ill k«p 
you m stitcfies for 
mwth5*94% 
Alien Breed 
* A supreme dufcngt to 
Tew and 1 aftf ptoyen flit*" 
90% 

Qwak 

"The most playable Amiga 


Project - X 

UnaidlHe gnipfiKSp 
oivesame speech-d Vine 
rfastf'92% 

FI7 Challenge 
"fast mewing graphics, 
ejrcdfent jjamepty- o 
game to be Jettons# 

fMw 3Ms MemOAV feQUREO. 

Plus a superb multi 
button ioypad worth 


Brutal Football Software & Joypad Pack £ I 9*99 




ROMBO 


V I D I AM IG A 1 2, The ultimate low cost c dour digitiser for the 
Arnsa "the best value Ml eclair digitiser on the market'.- AsnigL 
Format PRICE £59.99 
ROMBO VIDl AMIGA 1 1 (RT) 

Based on the bra selling Vidi Amga 1 1, This all new vereiart offers real 
utw ootoir capture from any video samt Full AGA chipset support as 
Handaid for all A I ZOOfAdQQOJPRICE i 1 31.49 


MICROVITEC MONITORS 


rombo viol amiga" m 

For the mart serious user, di *5 24 - bit vertion will a^ain capture 
from aiw video source with true photo realistic images A s^ermg 
146 million colours can- be utilised with incrtflik results. Full AQA 
chipset support. PRICE £199,99 

VGA INTERNAL TV BUSTER PRO will allow perfect, totally 
flicker free colair output to a normal TV or Video. * Windows and 
DOS support * CGA.EGA.VGA ’UptoWQ * 480 ifrer 256 
colour Composite S SVHS output * PAL or NTSC versions 
available PRICE 119.99 


SHARP MONITOR /TV 


External 


Speakers 


included 


This superb monitor cflers a h^i 0,2fi doc pitch 
and Ioty radiation too] MPR-II comp^ft Oxnple®_ 
with extsrraJ Stenso Speakers and includes all lea* - 
is the monitor that we have all been warorg tor. 


£ 279.99 


The superb Sharp I 4 ‘ 

Monitor / TV 
provides a real 
alternative to a 
Commodore Monitor 
with full function 
remote control 39 
channel electronic 
auto search tuning, 

digital on screen 

display and 1 ,5 watt Mpo audio output All you ne& d 
to know is the low low price. The Sharp Monitor / 

TV is the product for you complete with start socket 
and connectivity cable end including. 12 months 
Warranty, — 


£ 164.99 


MAIL ORDER SALES HOTLINE 01543 419999 


* i ^riay.[LA Ma^nd) Frkis ^ be sub,*t m change wsdtoirt prior n^e 


All iradeuiarfcs arc acknowledged, B&QE APK 29, 8% 


X 
















BUY NOW, NOTHING 
TO PAY FOR 6 MONTHS.I 


9 9 

INDI 


Subject to Status 


DIRECT 


*All Indi Products are Delivered Free Of Charge 


PRINTER ACCESSORIES 


I) Printer D Lift Cover Dust Kwer for the Dot Matrix Primer Special INDI PRICE £1W 
I 2) Paper Rack -500 sheets of quality A4 paper INDI PRICE £1 2A9 

J}Cotntkluoin Paper JDCO sheets I bong, paper INDI PRICE £2149 

4) Parallel Printer Cable .Used hr cemwing Amgj to Peasant preisn INDI PRICE£9,99 
I S) Panasonic Colour Wbfaon -Colour ribbon for IQ^ -TO 1 3S INDI PRICE £15.49 

[ 6) Panasonic Black Ribbon Black nbbcn far KX-F2 1 35 tNDl PRICE L9A9 



£44 


Amiga 600 Hard Drive 


99 


30 Mb 

fodfrdes frrwtif Pursurt^j^ 

6fyt/i, Home A.D 91 Epic 

Thli pMft is Only CDrwipvtFfalc if chn use 3 prefix 


£ 59 . 


Commodore 60 1 


Trapdoor upgrade for HA 99 

the Amiga 600, 5 1 2K. L I *1. 


F Inc vac 


Canon PRINTERS 


Canon Bj-200ex 

I The NEW BJ-200ex has print speeds of over 3ppm. Ic has a built in ’smoothing function 
1 giving an effects resolution of upto 720 x 560 dpi! At the faster speeds of 204cps HQ. 
and 240cps HS, the B|’20Cex still maintains the whisper quiet operation of 42 dBA, and 
tomes with a built - in 100 x A4 automatic sheetfeeder. * I Year Warranty 

, fjY)™ 

NEW Canon BJC-iOOe 

Introducing die NEW Qnon B^C-600e, the successor to the 8JC-6Q0. In addition to the 
advanced features of the BJC60Q, the NEW BjG40Ge has a 'smooth*^ function' giving an 
effective resolution of 720 x 360dpi far mono printing. The improved logic capabilities allow 
you to print colour g-aphics at a speed of 0,6 - 1 .2 ppm.lt Prints on various media, is Windows 
compatible and has fast print speeds for cofour and black. It also has separate CMYK ink 
| tank! for ecconomical printing. I Year Warranty £429 

I Canon BJC-4000 - COLOUR 

I A colour desktop Bobble Jet fast on black and white and brilliant on cofour, 360 dpi for 
I colour printing and an effective 720 x 360 dpi mono, using the high performance black 
I cartridge and at speeds of up to 4ppmJ It prints on various media, has a built in sheet 
I feeder and « Windows compatible, 80 

f / toe vac 

NT .W Cation BJ-30 is an ideal portable 
printer, the perfect answer for occasional home 
use. It has a built m smoothing function giwrg an effective 
resolution of upto 720 x 360 dpi. The BJ-30 uses the new 
BC 10 cartridge system with 128 nozzle head, gjving a print 
speed of 277 cps. The ink is fast drying water resistant and 
l^hi fast- It has been designed for ease of use incorporating 
LCD control panel and a warning CO lei the user know 
| when the cartridge is running short of ink It has a 30 sheet integral sheetfeeder and ’weighs 

only l,.4Kri /|Q7B8 

| M\\ Canon BJC-70 -Colour Bubble Jet Printer^* 

BJC-70 has all the advanced features of the flj - 30 but with 
die added advantage of the BC- 1 1 cofour ink cartridge, 

The BOO bfadt only taiuic^e gjvesa print speed of upto 
376 cps. The SC- 1 1 colour caring system uses an on- 
line btack ink cartridge that gives true black output, with 
colour on the same pqgt .Abo usirg fast drying inks to 
enable complex graphics to be printed without colours 
bleeding, /17A 13 

• '^•inc vac 

I Options: L Portable kit containing Nickel Metal Hydride battery & attachment to recharge 
I from the mams when the printer is not in use:- £ 7 9 3 1 

2. Universal Power Adapter - for use world wide whatever the power supply srn u 

• ljO. 


NEW Panasonic KX-P2I3S 


A 24 Rn Quiet cofour printer, 
designed for those who need low 
cost professional quality output, 
giving ail your documents and 
presentations eye catching colour. 
The NEW KX-P2 1 35 incorporates 
a 20 page built jn sheetfeeder, a flat 
belt push tractor feed to facilitate 
easy loading together with a noise 
level of only 46 5dBa (43,SdBa in 
super quiet mode) 

Super Quiet Printing 
3 .5" setup disk 
inc Windows 3. 1 driver 
Buift in sheet feeder 
7 Colour printing 
2 paper paths- cop & near 
250 cps Draft Micron, 83 cps LQ 
J Year Warranty 

£164.99 



FREEPHONE 0500 404041 
for your FREE Amiga 
Driver Disk 


Please note all Panasonic Dot 
Matrix printer* are supplied 
with a tractor feed - FREE of 
Charge. Other Companies 
can charge approximately £50 
extra For this feature. 




NEC Printer 


NEC PINWRITER P2Q 

New co the Indi Printer Range the 
NEC P2Q takes 24 pin dot matrix 
technology m its limit offering a real 
cost effective solution co the home 
or small office user * Flexible paper 
handling, bottom fed continuous, 
multipart cut sheet and envelopes 
* 1 6K print buffer *96 CPS h 
tetter mode and a superfast 192 CPS 
in draft mode,. * < 48dftA accoustic 
noise * Paper Parking * Manual Feed 
slot * 1 2 Months at Home Warranty 



£124. 


99 


Do You Own An Amiga Al 500 / A2000 / A3000 Or A400G 


209 1 SCSI Con troller C ard 

* 6.6 Roms for use in dhe A400Q * Upto 2Mb of ( t bit dips can be fitted 
11 Any 3,6" SCS Hard Drive tin be filled 

* Install software (or SCSI Hard Drive Any other scandand m. m a aa 

5CSI device can be added i 7 7 

* Tape streamer * SCSI Scanner 
External Hard Drive 


£ 69 .’ 


Scoop Purchase 

Top Quality 1 00% Error Free 

BULK DISKS 

50 Disk Pack £ 1 5.49 Disk Labels 500 Pack £7.49 


INDI DIRECT MAIL WCCgUMliB Tr*de hfajto and Ccpyr*jfm All priffts imtOITlCIIE tpr* Of goctf to press. E & QE 


MAIL ORDER SALES HOTLINE 01543 419999 H IS 

deliveries toured by -woirieor Stt Fhot of Chaqgc Norttfay to Friday A lundijr^t $f £ |Q i* required! o*i a 5a&irdsy.|'Uk Mwiii>id] ESSa 








ConiEnis 


-SrsTSM* 

1 1 i 1 1 U 

Ihe essential guide to Rmiga gaming 


System On-line 84 

Find out me latest and greatest games news This month we 
have pintail aplenty and the new Doom wannabes 


Beat the System 88 

We bring you the sofution to last month's CoverDtsk, The Speris Legacy, 
and hints and tips for Ultimate Soccer Manager 


Preview: Limbo of the Lost 9B 

Tina Hacked pretwws Tri-Logk's first commercial venture 
in to the Amiga games market 

Survey 

We want to know what you think! Subscriptions are up for grabs in return 
for your valued opinions 

Preview: Big Red Adventure 102 

Core Design's point h' click adventure is coming your way. 

Adam Phillips takes a look 

System Essentials 108 

This month's cheapies include MicroProse's Fields of Glory and 
the classic adventure, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Attanlis 


Game Reuiews 


High Seas Trader 


90 

Tower of Souls 


94 

Super Loopz 



98 

UFO A500 


106 



Reuieids 


Digits Organiser 30 

Gareth Lofthouse gels organised 
with Digita's desktop fifofax 


Tune Builder 39 

Gareth Lofthouse previews the 
Amiga's ultimate pro-audio too) 


Directory Opus 5 33 

Frank Nord gives the king of file 
managers a good going over 

TUpaint 10 3E 

We take a mouth-watering look 
at the aii-new TVPaint 




w 



[rnssDns 0.0 03 

Cfossittatiorm compatMty, plug 
and pby foe PC addons 

ULb Reunited 7D 

Paul Austin gives VLab Motion 
the recognition it deserves 

P raductiuitg [Os 73 

The search for the Amiga's best 
CD software continues 


Features 


System Leuel Sound 


Amiga audio and midi manipulation from a programming angle 


11 


Surfin' Do’s ft Qon'ts 

Ben Vost gives some tips and 
hints for poiite, trouble-free 
Internet usage 


DIV Came P reduction 


EE 



The hands-on approach to getting your software on the shelves 


Assembler flHHH 

The quest for the perfect assembler article continues 

Bach-up Special 

Protect and survive, The secrets of data security revealed 


77 

BD 


t 




__ 

Missile 

on sale 
29 June 


COUEH 

STORY 




Find out what f scorn 
are planning for the 
Rmiga and whg 
puef gone s favour ftp 
machine could be in 





VS 


M 


Utilities galore 


We all want an easy life, and these utilities 
certainly make using your Amiga an amazing place. 
What’s more, they will give your machine that all 
important face lift. 


Bought 

out! 


Aftil 2 J 


The [ouERDishs 


mui - registered uersion 

An amazing alternative interface that lets you 
create your own designer look for all manner of 
Amiga applications. An essential tool for anyone 
who wants the ultimate interface 


Page 


Regulhrs 


Dews ? 

The latest buy-out news plus the revival of GVP 

USA [hills IB 

Emplant on hold and the ail new Aladdin 4.0 

[omment It 

Ben Vest lays down the taw on computer interaction 

ESP ■» w 

The tricky Amiga questions tackled by the mailmelster 


OS *9 

The problems of hardware and software get sorted 

Public Seetoh sb 


Alt the very best ot 
your shareware and 
PD games and 
applications, 
courtesy of our 
regular reviewer, 
Dave Cusick 



J ARehh 

Console control and the secrets to menu set-up via ARcxk 

fra&S:;: Uidep 

Cary Whiteley on the importance of dedicated monitoring 

>: musk 

The revival of Dr T - Paul Overaa looks at the rebirth 

Coimn 5 

The literal side of surfin' with the ever present Mr Sooth 

FREljgg : Amos 

r i “■v — A[1 j nteract j ve s ^ S j on 0 f fAQs with Amos man, funky Phil 

STrjJ : Publishing 

Style tags - Frank Word investigates a publishing essential 


AMIGA 


GUIDE 

i I fli 

The start -up sequence » 

dissected by Mr Nord I 1 


113 


A 3D look at Pyrotechnics 
with smokin' Stevie 


1 


pule position for the 
future 


| See page 53 | 

* . 



Turn to page 6t 


...for details of Rmiga 
(omputing's subscription 
offers this month 


5 










Double Dealing 
from HiSoft! 


,\v> e 

\\° V 


Following a lengthy investigation, wc have 
discovered irrefutable evidence that Amiga 
publisher HiSoft is engaged in double-dealing. 
Although the company is known for top-selling 
titles such as Devpac 3, Megalosound and 
Squirrel SCSI, it now seems that HiSoft is 
prepared to offer a number of these professional 
packages bundled together at prices that can 
only be described as suspicious. 


Our reporter gained an exclusive interview 
with David Link, of HiSoft, who made this 
outrageous claim: "Wc have fewit supporting the 
Amiga community for It) yenrs now with a range of 
software and hardware packages. As a thankyou to 
alt the loyal supporters of this amazing computer. we 
decided to make some very special 'birthday 'offers to 
readers bf fhis magazine", Double-talk? Well 
leave you r the reader to judge 


Termite 


88% Amig a Camputin g lee worth 


DoublaDoal 

£ 39 . 95 + nt 

In* ax>lntnn 
£25! 


95% AUt 88% CU Amigo 

‘•."rt" “~5t 

Information Super Hsgfiwayf EJun t 

worry' Tfcnntt* if. no tn 

even 9 flwt timL‘ Irfiwjfnmvinicator will 
leel nt tuffne. YH It tm* all of Iho F^'w er 
and flexibility Id wUsfy the 
t&iscmmi modr® warricrl 


[ k tj|D^»fii|rjd ,^g1U l'? M 


1 1? mutt! ™ 

aJv.imarc i:rf all (rf «K nrtrtal 
of wtrfkbeneh 2™ ^ ^und, U b 
lflffK. Amlgq 6lvle Guide ojinpILant atiw 
providca vcm with all of the moJerr 
Lser hileiW fMtuTfti to realty rtiWf 
p Laying In the highway! 



llhe Termite Button Par 


12/16 bit PCMCIA 
Sound Sampler 
96% Amiga Sftopper 
90% Ayl 

TNehbHtt rfaur WgWv acclaimed mind ^T'l^ ^ f*" 

h1(5 h pefaflMnrt »/W Wt quality wjth d.rert-hHiBfc ^mplLiig plus i of 

adware fMUlRft. Otumcd 5.04 up LMnpaiibh! [J 

Aura b p*rf«:t a* b stand 

-ditime efrftfa Lin il cw as n 

f Lvmplrte sampling pdLkani- 

DoubleDeal 

£S9.95tnp 
Aom & ProJVlidi 

Save £34-95! 


ProMIDI 

Interface 



live Ldral MIDI Interfere V f( ' r 5“- *f'* 

misrMontonj device d*m« «i<h MIDI In. MIDI Ihm 
and two MIDI tail parts and, is rumpled with 

Mrftwaw mil a Flyiflfi ^ le Snr convfiiwm ptaj twmwy- 



IViifeswnnaL gam dwdiopro«rt is made easy 
■ W lth the iww GmndSmifli D^elopmrnl 
Sv'vtt'm Over 3 yearn in tiv inaV.iu^. GDt> 
pvts you the low levrt power to cmate <h= 
jnjbterpieL-e of your dream? in a single, 
comprehensive,, «as y to u« Hyifeffl 
GamcSmith fully support* Jhd tt ^ompjtLbk 
with alt AttJpi indndirtft AC A. A C 
Cfflnpiki? or fvaOxff Assemblur i* required 
From »h£KU->m-uf>5 to graphic adventures. 
1'h.nn inter galactic conquest to strategic 
stmiila+don. the ilauwSmitli Develop meti.1 
SystL-m Is the perfe^ foiutkto, 

90-4 AUl 92% Of Amiga 


Devpac 3 
Amiga 

me ttjp-ralpJ. pmjfewtanaT* rhoicr 
iw Amiga .c-^mbly language- 
dewktpinenl. Dovpic 3 Is a 
«mp1*to paciage of f-SJOU^MO 
iNsemhlef, drtwiggpr, tdilt" »nd 
linker. Ideal tor heptnner ind 
L-xpcrt alike, Devpac 3 in the 
perfect Lompainloii for CojrufismLth, 

Ooubl«Daul 

El 29.95 « w 

Devpac 3.14 & 

Onmesmllh. Save £Mt 


The Amigo Dafabose 


D^gbl^Deal 

£ 94.95 + prp 

TWiit 2 & WaxanMaglc 

Save E 34-95! 

[wiv - is ihr « friaidlv, s«M> ■tst.bsss (or ill Ami*"; J"* 

3ET-525SMS «S 

-d .ho^-ood 

92 % Au«f[|= Sfwm»r 9 ^ *"| 9 ® fonMOj 

Maxon Magic 

This it the utility that yrnu simply must own! Mawn S^agic 
L „ fon+astk r.imbmari^ ot 20 diflerwit animated so«n 
mvws. t aystm ec-eut »«md manager and n«ny Ming 
umpW KMiirita that Will not only be incrwl.bly u»^b«t 
w r i]L give you ond your fner«Ja enctl*** efipsyB'ent “ wfll. 



Squirrel Storage Systems 


If 


Amiga Format !PS% CU AmlflO « 4 % Amiga Shopper 95% 

! ^ nvi OEvtiril SvChiflst lope Streamer - ill on I r 11 tl' e 

nS2d it'afhr that famous 

SJT£ 9 S 5iab* - ^ ^ dev ^- 


Squirrel SCSI Devices 

730Mb SCSI Hard Drive 

Fast 1 llms accml Quantum 
drive ■ internal 
Aiwa Z^peed CD-RO^ 
hupi.'T-vmart whh audio 
controls - exttma! only 
JkjuirrelQujd CD-ROM 
Sup«-faM tiua^spfed. p*l?«* 
with featuhs - internal 


E2S9 

+PAP 


£IB9 


£199 

+? if 


DoubleD^al 

Buy a Squirrel SCSI 
interface with any CD ar 
HD drive for arsly £501 
Buy 1 drivas, savo £25 L 

Add, £60 (or extemsl versions 
icite with integral psu and aU 
§CSlo»aectii 3 t'*>whci* 
appropriate. SquLrrel SCSI 
interfnoc costs £fW95by itwlf- 


Order Hotline 
(£) 0500 223660 

To order any ol the special DoubiaDeaie shown 
on this page (or any other HiSoft product, se e^® 
list opposite! - |ust call us. ires ol charge, on 05CO 
2236&0. armed with your credit m debit card I and 
quote DDAC we will normally despatch Wjjfiin 1 4 
«ork.ng days (£4 P6P) or lor ^ ^ ^ 
quEiranteed next day delivery (lor goods m stock]. 
Altemairvely. you can sand us a cheque or pas a 
orders. All prices include VAT. Export orders: call 
or lax lo confirm pricing and postage costs 
C- 1995 HiSoft EftQE 


All prices, include UK VAT 


rs 



S Y S T 

The Old School, Greenfield 
Bedford MK45 SDE UK 
Tel: +44 (0)1525 718181 
Fax; +44 (0) 1525 713716 



HiSoft products Tor your Amiga . 

Hero ia a list of HiSoft Wl« lor m# Amiga 
computora (prices shown are the individual 
RHPs). Squirrel SCSI interface - £69.96, 
Squir rel Storage Systems - please call, Aura 
12/16 bit sampler ■ £99.95, Megalosound » 
bit sampler - £34.95, ProMidi interface * 
£24 95 HiSoft Davpat 3.14 - £79.95. HiSoft 
BASIC 2 ■ £79.95, Highspeed Pascal - 
£99 95, Gamesmith - £99.95, Termite 
£39,95. Twifit 2 database - £99.95, Maxon 
Magic - £29.95, Upper Dlsfc Tools - £14.95, 
ViStaLite inc Mak e Path/TefiaForm - £39.9S 
and much more. Coming soon: DiskMagic 
(disk tools'! and CinamBAD. 




NEWS 




Bi| flORm PHILLIPS 


Sutler found for 


SI 


The official news from New York is that Escom have 
bought all the rights of ownership, technology, trade- 
marks and patents to Commodore and the Amiga. After 
the somewhat harassing two days of 20-21 April, 
Escort's final bid of $10 million for Commodore’s core 
assets was accepted over surprise bidder, Dell's, which 
stood at El 3 million for the core assets. Unfortunately for 
Dell, their bid had certain strings attached to it which 
would have meant delaying the buyout further. 

In a shock move, one-time favourite. Commodore UK. 
dropped out of I he auction altogether, knowing they 
didn't have enough money to take on Escom or Dell. The 


other one-time favourite, Creative Equipment 
International, made a hasty alliance with Dell on the day 
but was unsuccessful and managed to upset Escom in 
the process for going against them in the bidding 
process. 

As well as the bid being accepted by the US courts, 
the deal has also been approved by the Bahamian 
courts, making E scorn’s position as the new owners of 
Commodore final, 

For the full slory, turn to our five -page breakdown, 
starting on page 23, of the bidding day, and the 
interviews with the winner and losers. 


Head of engineering 
appointed 


With the recent buyout of Commodore. Escom would 
appear not to be resting on their laurels by appointing 
Dr Peter Kittel as the head of engineering for the 
Amiga, Kittel , ex-head of Commodore Germany, has 
released details on the new daughter company of 
Escom AG which wifi be based in Heppenhslm In 
Germany and will deal with all developments 
concerning the Amiga. 

There will be an engineering department for hard- 
ware and OS software. Also planned is an extensive 
marketing department, and Kittel estimates there will 
be a workforce of SO people at the beginning. 

If there are individuals reading this who are inter- 
ested in working for the new company, they should 
send their resumes lo: Escom AG, Personalabtellung, 
Tiergartenstr. 9, P-64646 Heppenheim. Germany. 

Initial plans are to restart the production of existing 
machines {600/1200/4000) but because of Escom’s 
casing policy, the 4000 at least should receive a new 


look. No immediate models will be altered technically 
because Kittel doesn't want to delay the re-release 
schedufe - any alterations will come later. 

As for the future, if can be confirmed that the way 
forward for the Amiga is RISC-based. The two principle 
systems being considered are Power PC and Hewlett 
Packard's PA RISC. “It will be the first task of engineer- 
ing to prepare this choice of palhs into the future” 
commented Kitlel. 

He also states that Escom have decided to be very 
“liberal 71 in regards lo licensing the Amiga technology 
out to third parties: “Whoever wants to build, for exam- 
ple, an Amiga Jap-top or set-lop box can get the chips 
and OS I " 

The new head of engineering is quick to point out, 
though, that alt the above “is still a letter of inienL The 
points which are declared are still open." 

Whatever the case, It's good to see Escom are 
moving so swiftly. 


D 


Stop the press: 
[=UH time bomb 

An unconfirmed rumour flapping its 
wings round the rumour mill is Thar if 
Commodore UK haven't found a buyer 
by the end of May. they will file lor liqui- 
dation. Apparently, David Pleasance 
and Golm Proudfool. join! MDs of the 
company, have warned in accounts 
filed at Companies House thal the busi- 
ness can only survive up to the end of 
May. 

No-one was available at the time of 
going lo press to comment on the situa- 
tion. II the above is true, one can only 
hope that C^UK's negotiations with 
Escom are successful. 


GDP saued 

Parallels aplenty this month with 
another German company stepping in 
lo save the day and revamp part of the 
Amiga's heritage. The critically- 
acclaimed hardware producers, GVP, 
having bitten the bullet, have had their 
intellectual rights bought by German- 
based company M-Tec in conjunction 
wilh Power Computing in Britain. 

The only product available to buy al 
present is GVP’s RAM. For the rest ol 
the extensive catalogue, potential buy- 
ers will have to wait another two 
months. The catalogue at the moment 
consists of the 69040/66060 accelera- 
tor for the 2000/3000/4000, a 16-bit 
sound sampler, the HCS SCSI inter- 
face and the I/O Extender, among 
others, 

“This is a great day for the Amiga - 
first the buyout of Commodore and 
now GVP have been plucked from the 
jaws of ruin" commented Tony tan iri of 
Power Computing. "There's a wind of 
hope blowing through the Amiga com- 
munily and this is just ihe beginning. 
Things can only get better.” 

For more details, contact Power 
Computing on 01234 273000, 


E 


JULY 1 995 









NEWS 



dlare storage 
with a eip 


The Zip drtm* - e 


Utah -based Iomega Corporation have re leased 
the Zip drive and Zip disk - (he Zip drive is a 
compact, portable solution for moving informa- 
tion between work and home, expanding hard 
disk capacity, organising and saving business 
and personal financial records, and sharing 
large files. Basically, the system works along a 
tiimn^PY M** thm tutur*? similar line to floppy disks but offers a far bigger 

storage oapaorty. Zip Piste are avattabta in 100 sod 25Mb capacities, and can be purchased in s,n 9 le packs er 

ssassss 

UP Eve~ Zip dove comes compiele with a starter Zip disk that Indudes ZipTools software to help consumers 
oroanisw track and quickly locate their compuler information . 

Comacr Iomega Corporation's UK headguaders on 0181-899 1734 for mote delate . 


UJIS update 

Wounded consumers awaiting news of 
developments in (he WTS fraud case 
will have to wait longer than ihey 
hoped for a conclusion lo the criminal 
proceedings brought against (he mail 
order firm. Amiga Computing contac- 
ted DC Ron Lack, one of ihe key 
police personnel investigating the case 
for an update: "There's no change and 
(here isn't likely lo be for a number of 
months yet... when we've seen the 
wood for the trees so to speak, we’ll 
be able to give angry customers the 
full picture. The lime it takes is simply 
the nature of this particular boast,' 
indeed, fraud is a laborious crime fo 
prove sufficiently and it would seem 
that consumers are going to have to 
be patient for the time being. In the 
meantime, if there are slill further di$- 
gruntied customers who want to pass 
on any information to the police, here's 
the address to write to: DC Ron Lack, 
Bedfordshire Police Fraud Squad. 
Ampthiil Police Station. Woburn Street, 
Ampthill MK45 2HX. Please don’t ring 
- they're busy enough. 


the call of the Big Smoke 

After last month s call lor an.maiors to submit work to the 
European Festival of Animation. another exhibition has appeared 
,n the lorm ol the l-ortdon Effects and Animation Festival. Acting 
as a showcase for the best m creativity in Europe, ihe show has 
| attracted some high calibre competition in the last few years from 
companies across the world. 

The event is split into several categories that include art. broad- 
easi graphics, commercials, interactive entertainment, lealure 
films music video films and student work, among others. The clos- 
ing dais lor all entries is S September These entries will be 
judged by a panel ol experts made up ot media potential clients 
and fellow professionals, and the awards will be handed, out on £9 
November. 

Also included during the festival is a three-day programme of 
seminars and screenings which takes place alongside the 
Computer Graphics £*po at the Wembley Conference Centre from 
28-30 November, 

For more details and an entry form, call Debbie Brown on 0181 - 
95S 3632, 


London EffeelS 
and Animation 

Festival* fl*r yout 
woirfc *tmn by 
portnllil 

n-mjsloycta 





Further 

Fhotogenics 

Those busy bods at Almathara have 
released another upgrade for their criti- 
cally-acclaimed image processing pack- 
age. Fhotogenics. Version 1 .2 has had a 
series of new options added to it - war- 
per tools allowing you lo distort, bend, 
stretch and twirl parts ol your image, 
printing capabilities. CyBERgraphicS 24- 
bit painting f transparency gradients, the 
much-needed crop facility and for those 
without AGA machines, a HAM6 display 
option. 

Improvements have been made lo the 
previews and compose modes, and there 
are also some new paintmodes 
(colourise. gamma, mirage, jitter), 
New icon support, new GIGS (TIFF, PCX, 
HAM6, Retina, ProGrab24 among oth- 
ers). If you're a 1,1a owner, the upgrade 
will cosf £15. For a brand spanking new 
copy, the pace tag is £59. 95. 

Call Almathera on 01&1-6&7 0040 for 
more information. 


netting the 

benefits 


Eh-BT engineer fined for software theft 

SSrSSrs 




While many people are convinced of 
the potential offered by the internet lor 
a variety of purposes, there are still 
sectors that remain unconvinced, 
according to Future Marketing The 
company believe lhat the Net is being 
seen by some as nothing more than a 
fad. and those people need to be 
informed about Ihe benelils ol using the 
Web. 

Aimed at IT and marketing profes- 
sionals. Future Marketing ate hosting a 
series of day-long non -technical semi- 
nars, The day itself begins at nine and 
runs through to 17:30, addressing 
some of the most common questions 
from a Net novice - what exactly is the | 
Interne!? Are the companies employing 
it being successful?,., and so on. 

The cost of The seminar is E2B5 + 
VAT per delegate which includes lunch, 
refreshments and literature, and places 
can be reserved on 01737 222615. The 
I first seminar lakes place on June 1 4th. 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 






The Fall & Rise in Amiga 
Frame Grabbing... 



AMIGA 

SHOPPER 

reader 

AU/ARDs I 

^nner '' 

voim:.TSK 

IN THE WOft, Ce 

Hardware 

5 HCT^O/i^i 


ProGrab™ caused a Real Fall in the Price of Quality 
Frame Grabbing - the Rise in Standards speak for themselves! 





Onto images wi?h 

your camcdj<Jer 


Take a ■signal' from a _ 
TV With SCAJTT Output 


Use a satellite receiver 
as your output device' 
Grab TV or video 
pictures From your 
VCRi video output 


Forjuit £ 129.95 

FVnOrafc w is sufipAed ■Aitti 
evening youB need 

■ PnjGnab™ Z 4 RT Digitiser 

I*m po**" £ inpLii if«H| 

• Mew Version J -5 Software 

* ParaJW Ccwr»«ting CalMe 
■ Main* Power Supply Unit 

RoGrab“ acceiwriHi can oireruJ 
perfeHTnancc even mine For the 
sraDus^Frotesonol user 
jAv.-iiu.4tik* .rceeisofwi include 

* PCMCIA [rtl>«fj*£e Tar 
AAQQs .inU A 1 ZODi 

onty £ 29.95 

giving FASTER 1 operation 

* Fascer Downloading Tunes 
|up to F b/t times quicker? 

* improved annHiion speeds of 

up in I ifps i mono | and a. ifps (edeur? 

* New sound sampling and am mad on 
capabiihes |separaje sound samfyer requredj 

i S,r.e ftrumaDons direct to ycur AmlgaS h.4 d dr.w 

* 5 WH 5 Cmnnectlswi Lead onty £ 4.95 

DrTy necessary if your output device doesn't have 
a standard phono composite video out socket? 


To get your hands on ProGrab 1 *'. 
carl our sales line on.. 

01 773 836781 


The revolutionary ProGrab™ 24RT with Teletext is not onJy the best way to get 
crisp colour video images into your Amiga, it actually costs less than any of its 
rivals. This real time, PAL-SECAM-NTSC *, 24-Bit colour frame grabber/digrtiser 
has slashed the price of image grabbing on the Amiga, and at the same time 
has received rave reviews for its ease of use and excellent quality results. 
ProGrab™ has received honours from just about every Amiga magazine! 

And.., with ProGrab™ you needn't be an expert in 
Amiga Video Technology either... 

A simple 3 stage operation ensures the 
right results - Real Time, after time. 

STAGE T... 

Select any video source with composite output. Thfs could be 
your camcoFdfer. TV with SCART output, satellite receiver: 
domestic VCR/player or standard TV signal passing through 
your VCR/player... the choice is yours. 

STAGE 2... 

With FYoGrabS software, select an image you wish to capture using 
the on screen preview window - and Grab (because the hardware 
grabs frames in real time, theres no need for a freeze frame facility on 
the source device! . ProGrab™ even includes a Teletext viewing/tapturing 
facility from either TV or satellite sources. Once grabbed, simply 
download and view the full image on your Amrga screen. 

MCJE , 5 ... 

Use the (mage with your favourite ward processor DTP or graphics package. 



y~ 


Pro 'W 


ProGrab™ really does make 
ft that simple! 


fToGrat}™ strops; ary Wniga wnth Kicsaan Z .04 
or laief .mi? I * fme PAM 




? 


FnoGfatn fws just been voted as me Best Vara 
Hardware product tot che firng a this is esperaty 
pteasing because the- eftvartf «Hncs fcnnt ihr 
nwgaanrt rrwtfrr, -cur sadsfirt cuHcmcrjl 


PtoGraf" boasts a 9 ZH; GcJrt r.-rng fcy jV™^ fomut with 
{owiwms We "ProGiats hodtapit is lap notch' ana Tcr 
ihrec v^ue ta money PwOab cmnat Be tevsm' 


AMIGA 


DU Amgaft ramg it flfrtt sad P-fcOraC-' 1 ' * Just the jefc lw 
twgrneet! and senihpiiDressiaiaft on a tight budgef ana Vety 
na id ta teal for she maneis ratting can tiaucb r 


NTSC On* models s* a^wdh? io spend «dc wnth then momhc ine inumce made My tease ask us Ifr Arf ckW 


* ..-. yw bi l k ! 


...or PosL/FAX your requirements on 
the order form provided. 



A 


Mr/Mn/ttfeiiTHii 


LnitLlJ h ): 


Pustewlc 


c ■ camputiens h 

harwood 

the UK's favourite Amiga Dealer 

Cnrekin Harwood Computed Limited 
N«w Street, AJfrdcTi. Dcdbrehin: "BP 

Tel: 01 773 B367H1 huanifc-. 01 ‘TJ ««M0 


Courtly (tounlrj 1 )! 

iJjyEiiEte HIuhIcl Evening Philiie: 

Pkase rush me... . P^mXiraib frame Grabber 4 1129.95 bn. pSp 

Pt:MliA liiturfjL't' & 129^5 int pAp 

_ 5VH5 CtmiKttor i i4,?5- tac.pJtp 
Opiwrul PAST Ccmriet Strvkt Dellvm 

fOwne® Cm*wn - Catt far Mtw etc, ) Ttnw. 

t ard Nut 
Evpir)' Date: 

Chttpif /fertk Drstft/Portil iHulrr fnri j _ payable in tVnrtltsn Hrirwond CdAipmm Umltfid-.. 


i 

i t_ 

i 

i 6 = 95 

£ t_ 


i_ l parade 10 Software Vfrsioii 2,5 

a t+.ys ins:. p&.p pleiht' lick 
Card holder^ siRnaturc; 


_ EmTfnnnnTTi fii 

Issue No ( Sw ilchOnl} ): | Dept; AGO 



NEWS 


Three million and rising 

Thai on ‘line service. CompuServe jus! keeps pumping out those press releases - in this 
month's instalment, the company has now officially achieved over Three million paying 
users. They claim they are signing up as many as 60.000 now menibers 

In [he pu&l year there has been tremendous interest in on-line services and ihe 
Internet And as the undisputed leader in on-line content, global networking and 'hforma- 
tio^ services, CompuServe has become the place to be lot millions of people stated 
Parry Ba rkov, CompuServe’s executr vs vice president . 


| CompuServe 


C*mpMStrv# }urt Jkeeji* gro«ffng nitri growing 


Read/mritG [D! 

Massive storage capabilities are now avail- 
able lo the home user - Hi-Q have . 
announced the imminent launch of the 
Panasonic PD System Optical Drive. 
Coming with a quad speed CD-ROM. a 
Hybrid 65dMb and an Optical Read, Write 
system allowing access to stockpiles of 
information at the dick of a button, the 
system costs £690 approx. 

Call HI-0 on 0181 909 2092 for mere 
details. 


IDega oops! 

Our review of Easy Ledgers in the May 
issue of Amiga Computing gave the price 
as £29.99. Unfortunately, the suppliers. 
Wizard Developments, have phoned up 
to inform us that the package actually 
costs £199.99- For those interested in 
purchasing Easy Ledgers, they should 
adjust the value for money score from 
nine to six. 


This is HpolLo calling 


Accelerators seem to be on the increase 
as people want more and more power 
tor their upgrade-starved Amiga, New 
from Siren software is a range of accel- 
erators with hooky title of Apollo, 

The top of the range Apollo 1230 


Turbo 50 for the 1200 runs at just under 
10 MIPS. The card tits into the trapdoor 
slot of the Amiga which Isn't loo 
healthy for memory upgrades. Call 
Simon Cobb on 0161-796 5279 for more 
details. 


II illiterate 


[hange of number 

For those interested In buying the 
Advanced Amiga Analyser (reviewed in 
the May issue), the company to order from 
has changed. The new suppliers Dari 
Computer Services can he reached cm 
0116 247 0059 and the price remains the 
same - £49.95. 


[ta briefs 


lightmaue has arriued 

Lightwave 4, the package that everyone knows about, is now avail- 
able from Premier Vision, and owners of 3.5 can upgrade to the lat- 
est version on any platform (Amiga, PC, SGI, Dec Alpha) tor a 
pallry £150. The price for the full version is £695, 

Call Andy Bishop or Andy Gould on 0171-721 7050 for more 
details. 

Hnim update 

For those Interested in the European Festival of Animation (as fea- 
tured in Iasi month's news), the organisers have 3 new number for 
interested parties - 01295 264711. The dosing date for entries is 
the end of June, 

Photographic print outs 

Printers that can produce near photographic print outs are highly 
sought after. With the wealth of Amiga art packages such as 
Photogenics and Deluxe Paint 5, such a piece of kit would be ideal 
for small design companies and artistS- 

Tbe Prime ra and PrimeraPro colour printers from Chicago-based 
Parallax Technology have been out for quite some time now, offer- 
ing a range of dye-colour sublimation colour images for Its users. 
With the arrival ol their new Amiga-specific colour print driver 
though, 24-bU images can now be printed out. 

The driver is free to all existing Primera/FTo owners and is avail- 
able a$ standard to potential buyers. For more into, contact Parallax 
Technology on 001 312 645 4835- 


(D-RDID slash 


Over two-thirds of small businesses are admitting they aren'l as clued up as they d like to be 
with ihe ever-growing world of information technology, in a survey conducted by Lloy^ 
bank of 300 small firms, just over half the businesses said they were computer literate - lack 
O^ChnS (raining courses ftbd object advice be.n 9 ihe main prut.em 

p— - * ^ «. 

side, themselves inadequately reformed on the subject. As we are ™ 9 

towards a world dominated by lechnology, (he findings are oleatly ft cause forcencem, 

Stati tuned 

For the latest nows on Amj'ga Computing 
and all things Amiga, take a look at our 
home page. Tap in the following URL Web 
address: 

http;tfwww .demon ,co u k/ami gac omp 

While you're there, take a look at our list of 
top ten fave sites on the Internet and 
access them. 


Amiga Computing 


For those with a yearning to move over to CD so that productivity 
CDs and CD32 games can bo become a part of their computing, 
the Zappo CD-ROM drive has received a rather substantial pnee 
cut of £40, The unit can now be picked up for £159.99 and features 
the latest software to aid GD32 compatibility. 

For more details, oonlact Don Carter on 01 543 419999. 

Software upgrade 

No sooner have Gordon Hardwood Computer’s released version 
two software for the ProGrab 24RT, version 2.5 is now upon us, 
Featuring additional file format support, image processing effects 
(emboss, convoiuiion, oil paint and many more), palette computing 
routines and dithering form the main basis of the upgrade and can 
be obtained from Harwoods on 01773 &3104Q, 

fl sonnet for the Amiga 

Hot on the heels of the scorchingiy fast Cybersiorm 060 card, the 
Sonnet 50MHz Doubler 4Q00TM is a daughter board that plugs into 
the 4000' S CPU socket. The distributors, Blittersofl, claim the card 
delivers across-the-board speed increases for all applications and 
system functions. 

Featuring an on-chip cache and maths co-processor, the chip 
coals £399.95 and can be obtained form Paul Le Surf on 01908 
261466. 









o 


COMPUTER CENTRE 

RAM Expansion 

PRIMA 


Hial'M thil fill I potrrtiri JflVr A 1 1911 I 
wilh Lhv P rim ■ flat he* Itijl ti trifidcivl I 
RAH eHpaniMDn, inrludts real time ttotir I 

J MB RAN tVO.99 I 

I MB RAM £ B 2 * . 9 9 I 

4 MB RAM il»<« I 

8 MB RAH 4319.9*1 

1 MB & 33 MHz CO PRO £M9.99 I 

4 MB & 13 MHi CO PRO £219 4* I 

fl MB & 13 HHi CO PRO £3)4 99 | 

P»rt tutchiinge available an yowr 
aid no*hiioi , y. i Call for pricing- 


HOW TO ORDER 

Order by telephone quoting your tredi! 
card number. If paying by cheque pfeut 
mairq to-. "FWT COMPUTER 

CENTRE" In any wenwiwntloncw piraie 
quote a phone number, post code £ Dept, 
Allow 5 working days cheque Clearance 

SHOWROOM ADDRESS; 

DEPT. AC, UNI T 3 , ARMLE V 
PARKCQURT, STANNINGLEY 
RD, LEEDS. LSIUAE. 


SS£!SSL TARlFF i Tete^ro 1 1 3 23 1 9444 


SIVlFC. ^ Bi ■ 


• Standard delivery £1*95 

• 2-3 Week Days £2.95 

• Next Week Day £ 4 , 9 $ 

□pllrcry nibbed 4v riwtk 

LOW INTEREST FINANCE 
AVAILABLE (subject TO STATUS) 

• All prices include VAT# 17.5% 
•Large showroom with parking 
•Multi' million pound company 
•Overseas orders welcome 
•Educational purchase orders welcome 

OPEN7DAYSAWEEK 

Prktt arc EorreaiEthe nmc-oii jatngtopreii PlMirthrcbnur 
ItfmC AIImU*»« luhjKtiiiuur^Umdleil 


£2 J 5 24 HOUR MAIL ORDER SERVICE FAX? 01 1 3 Z J E 9 1 9 i 
£4 NEW 1 . BBS Modem sales & technical line Tel 0 1 1 3 23 1 1 422 


AHICA REPAIR 




Hard Drives 


A50fr50Q»/60D RAM Expansion 


■ PRiHA asm u ZkiiAM (ned«l() £i? 9 ? 

I f RlMA A50C Plus I Mb RAM £11 .99 

I F RIM A A* GO I Fib RAM (no cKkIO £ 1)99 




3-5" Hard Disk 
Drives 

with A I 200/600 
install kit 

(Wi r*coiniTwnd LS" drtrai 


inf. software, cables and in&tructJam- 

I 280 Mb.--- 1 54.99 4 MMb^Ll *9 99 

S40Mb,-:ia4.9? «SOT1lb~tt59.99 

3 . 5 " H/drive upgrade kit no HD 
only!! £ 1 8 . 99 

Includes Mt up software. cables usd full 


Fitting service available if required. 


2 , 5 “ Hard Drives for A 60 Of 
A I 200 with installation kit | 

Inc, software icrnws. cahlei and in*tr. 
tQMb-, £99.99 IJOMb— £1 39.99 
MHb.,Tf«"P9 MOMb. .,£1119.99 
All drive* supplied by The Fine 
Computer Centre have i mHn w m 12 
hrttphth warranty and are tested to 
ensure 100 % lom-pillblHEy. 

Full range ofSCSI&IDE 
drives always in stock, call!! 

A 600/ 1 200 Hard 

Drive 

set up software 
£599 


PRIMA 


CD ROM Drives 


| A I 200 OVERDRIVE CDRGM 1 
New low prke!t£ 1 09,99 
POWER CD ROM drives 
Dual speed £ 199.99 
Quad speed £ 299 . 99 
5 ANVO-H 94 AX 1 £ 126,99 | 

»J 20 Mt Aaeu nrw*)lMKI Snuwfente 

PLEXTOR PX 43 C 5 X 4 £ 239.99 | 

eiSDHt A Dt eld. bme* A*DKB transler rat*. 

NAKAMICHI-MBR 7 035.99 f 

»A»dm 14, to f CO non disks to be liwnlkd 
*Fv*y SCV II rump-til*. *Du«l qwri *t.- 

Oktagon 20 QBscsi-iirsn.it 1 14.99 

5tSf II Interface evil, alhws coroemw* nd jvy 
SCSianrkeiMrpbi* b^. Amip. 1 . 

Squirrel SCSI interface £ 40,00 

Whei bni^rt ™*h iMrt. f£l» ittptmu. 


Monitors 


Microvitec 
Autoscan 1438 


only £279.99 

I lOlJ's require dp adaptor £ 4.99 tathd 

NEW!! AMITEK IQ 84 -S 

I 4" Mtreo (plow CCA rwnitnr. Ideal fw tanh 
I ch* fuiM player and eIm man «rM 

only £ 199.99 

Till Wufvw™* Itend Wl|)f i! *t wti.n, 
pisrcltutd with ewnfror 

All mDflkDrduttnmnciiiffS.N 



Memory Modules Floppy Drives 


I I Mb 72 Pin SIMM Uf.ff I 

I 2 Mb 71 Pin SIMM iff F 1 ) I 

I 4 Mb 71 Pin SIMM £110.9* I 

I B Mb 71 Pin SIMM £302.9* I 

14 Mb 72 pin SIMM £379,99 1 

I Mb 30 pin SIMM £14,** I 

I 4 Mb 30 pin SIMM £l 10.** I 

I IM by4 DRAM(CHU) (each) £5.9* I 

1 I Mb by 4 DPT* (*«hwi 3 .**l 

| ISA by 4ZIPPS (each) £5.99 | 

Part txthtAie tiillible oh your 

old memory, Call fur pricing. 


AWTM 


SONY DELUXE J.5 M 
EXTERNA L DRIVE . 

£54.991 


I CU M AN AEjqt. driveOrtty !t£ 49*99 | 

I mb ext. the best name in drives. 

A I iOOi '600 internal drive 09. 99 I 
A 500/500 + lr,temal drive £ 39.99 I 


Printers 


Canon 

H£WTC.ijiuniBJ 30 £ 214.99 

t-HTipirii PprtiH* mt-n prHi.w. W np A,i* HnW 

NEWT C&nun BJC 7 QColuur £ 304.99 

Hijr q.Viih hHub. kt-w ** W A*f buH ta. 

(SvK»nnnBJ10S^T (22S«S 

^srdaDessr '*- 1 


CITIZEN 


ABC Colour printer i 1 49.99 

i Ip T* ! I* vuq i» im W #1* ykw. C«w 11 
Iinkrl -Hh -fi t— in Tuna luJ 

iriMUM tiJ.S 1 

...i r * l-l II H t J , L> j. i ,, i h .-.j i .t". Mlifn 

NEWT iProjtst iTCpIour £259.99 

cdtaur IrWjan pnmtr *# b wtk «i iikc> ilmi <*cd*r 

NEWIfFrojct ) more i POA 

17 * hn m«u ptinui . 1 1 yur i^i™, 

Citizen printer! have a 2 year gUtnAIM 




HEWLETT* 
PACKARD 

ME W1H P 54Q mtinn £109.99 


HP ) 20 ( 540 Colour upgrade £36 99 
MEW , 1 HP 4 iQ Colour £ 435.99 

HPdU^Tr^^r £ 449.99 



Mr 


Star LC I 00* pin Cnl nur 


Star LC24 024 pin rrvunu £125.99 


Star LC240C34 pdi Colour £ 1 44,99 

gi> art* l«lMT Pdiww III trail! II. * La train 

Star S| 1 44 Cninur £239.99 


Scanners 


I Power Scan v4 £105.99 
P o w e* r S £ 70^9 9 

Alpha Scan 800 £99.99 

Al pha Scan 2S 6 ‘ " £ 139 . 9 9 

154 ■i l waia,kil OCR idlwini r«i HDlfl'Ji DCM 

Epson GT6500 £529,99 


Genlocks 


I tams 292 £ 279.99 

I S-VHu, and cmuimKa compotlble 

1 hama 290 £ 679.99 

I !? Vtifry, Jtfvj .X--, bfdTtnr r,i :i ^ f L atv r-vrv 

hama A -Cut editor £ 185.99 
GVP Genlock £ 289.99 

■T?Pllvr.LPrnlvV>'nn»l 5.VHS ivuEpuE 

Rendale 8 B 02 FKC £ 164.99 

Superb tfi:ry kvtigflnMch, with prtrVaturei 

|Rendale 9402 £ 289.99 

m Full Pevtured, Skpcr-VHS BEiVuth 



S upra^ M 'S Modem 


Su P ra r , MM Modem 288 

o Ufli. MS,»m»i.4! E l.| o OVM ■ A 1 FU 
■ fil*m A AdopcM AHreir ♦ Ubikpio LCD D^Lay 

4 VJt Janilir: OruViBOM 

* NtwMm 1^*— mi 4* i Tbij Worn try 

only £ 1 88,99 

iht Jie L, r . Bumf . I 

tbtl - Arrug* CtkwipMfinB Ort, | 


Aprafll 



supraff-44jZModem mic 

l^= V.32 bis (14400 baud !) 


only £ I S2.99 


iilnbotics 


WE ARE PREFERRED USR DEALERS 


now only £96.99 


P^ Rhi ii ■■ fi ritlp- m 


w 


* 288 sportster \ 44 a si * 

only £ 233.99 Amazing price reduction on 

Um,I ‘72£* JB.i« bps. Courier dual standard V34 

ir I*- ik.. u ^iH nibura kir cr r v iy.^ no w ofilyt! £32 7 * 99 


I The «hili|i(j'pew erwhus t44rr fpr thf Amiga 
ed with the help <if Firii Computers, f A 
Shopper. Requim LM W0 jr 


Disks/Storage Boxes 


QTY BuIkDSiDD Brawled DS^DD 


in 

3D 

5D 

100 

200 

800 

IWC 

£*.W 

£IS.*9 

£29.99 

454.** 

£134.** 

£159.9? 

£4,99 : 

£I3.« 
ii*,** 
£37.?? 
£89-?? 
£182.9* 
£299.99 

| JViktoiri|Wwa(4l«VBiHi4idiiki^ | 



MULTI 
□X 4 JK 

Disk labels 
500 £ 6.99 
I 000 £ 9.99 
10 Capacity bo x £ 0.*9 

50 Capacity lockable b*i; £$.99 

I oDC.ip.ac ity loekpble ban £ 5 . 4 t 

90 Capacity Ban* box I ? 99 

I incapacity Pos-io box £ 17.99 

I EH Capac ity CD holder £ 4.*9 

■add UjH ilefivay if purctiuing put ant Fraso or 
Bkf'i l»i MnrhUlJ EUlrvfTf when purdiwd whb 

uther product or when birjrfng l w mn«, 


Consumables 


Ribbons 

Citizen Swift/ ABC rnunu 
C kiwi SwifU ABC colour 
fur LC *0 moiu ribbon 
Stzjr LC I l 1 1 ID mono 
SterlCIOdlOBralMir 
i ter LCl«t colour 
Star LC 149 crTW]nu 
Sur LC 34 Q morn 
Star LC 24 - 1 0 /Z 9 W 30 Q Cnlour 


£).** 

£13.** 

£4.** 

£14* 

£T.*9 

£ 13 .** 

£S9* 

4S.9* 

£1).** 


PREMIER- INK 

Cartridge Refills 

laxe a fortune l*i rurwilni cmii with ynurinW 

buhhlr j.t. Cnmiratilih with Eh. HP D*Lh| 4 E 

■ri H> Cincn ■ J 1 *i IB '#0 1 1 ) 4 /lt&i 1 H/I J 4 . 

ft*r Citizen PrnyeE and m any uth.rr. Full 

raM^a ut mluun zvillAUa. 
SlnelereFItlifSlml) Ct V? 

Twin refills { 44 ml> £ 12 -** 

Thrtt cakiur kit (44 ml) 
Pglkofourkkieeml) £ 27 .** 

Bulk refill! f I ISrrti ) £ 24 .** 

Miscellaneous 

Printer Switch Box Z. way i I 2 ** 

Printer Switch Box 1 way £l 7.*9 

F rinter Stand * (UhiVtrral) £ 7 . *9 

I .B M etre printer cable £ 4 , ** 

) Metre printer cable £4.** 

f Metre printer cable tt - ** 

I & Metre printer cabin 
Parallel .port fcklervil On table - ‘‘‘? 


Ink Cartridges 

Cinon B| I DlStar S| 4 B 
Orion BJI 90 / 7]9 £l* 4 H I 

Canon &| 14(1 pack) £ 13.97 I 

On E>n BJC 79 rnonn (3 pick] l b . *7 I 

Ctnoo BjC T 9 colour (3 pitch) £ 1 4.17 I 
Canon BJC 4 D 00 colour ( ilngle ) £ U . 9 » I 

CannnBjC 4 DD 0 mono(iln B le) £ 7.99 I 
Canon RJC 4009 manauca#u£iir t !H. 7 y| 

Canon BpC 490 c mono 
Canon BjjC 40 De colour 
HP D?thJtt(dliWr £ 14 .*? I 

H P . Deik|ct double mono £ 1 - 1 .*? I 

Epctin Stylus mcwia £ I 5 .99 I 

Epion Stylos, colour £3 A , 9 -* I 

StarS) 144 monoftcitour (ringle) £ 7 . 9 * f 

Covers 

All printcrduit coven 

Paper 1 

Fricei app*v wily whiso wiIwbiI with printw 
pijithewd dlrtt* h^n t*r» *h^rwrpflrn 

FufbU ftnxtor food) SH ahHt* £499 I 
Fanfold (tractor feed) 1999 ihtttt £S .*9 I 
Fanfold (tractor feed) IDDDiheeC* i 7 . 9 V I 
Slnglt. *int SOOthreK. 

Sinjjfe ihfeM IdOOifiveU £ 9.99 I 

Single iheet 2000 ilieeti 
hfimy fcr UHfl iheeb f£H when purchued wrtl 
pntur 

Epion Stylur 720 dpi paper (pack) t 99 I 

Replacement/Spare parts for 
all printers available, call for quota. 


Peripherals 


Viper I 28 mhz L I 1 4.99 
I Viper II 2 fl mhz £ 139.99 

Viper II 40 mht £ 199.95 
Mega Mousemfif dpi 90 ’v. £ 13.99 
I True mouse STOdpi £ 11.99 
Crystal Trackball £34 99 
Zydec Trackball £ 29.99 
I ZyFU 2 Speakers £2699 
ZyFi Pro Speakers £ 57,99 
I Amiga modulator £ 34.99 
| Amiga PSU £ 34.99 


Turbotech realtime clock 
cartridge £ 1 7.99 nt* my Am*u 


Chips 


Klck^tarcl.l 

Kickb-tarfl.CH 

Kickitart 2 .OS (for at In A4QD) 

Fatter Agne-t S 3 25 

Super D^bb* 

457 I .03 14 Keyboard cantroller 
ClAmDAI/OEnntrciWrr 
4 BBB 2 CuPru 15 mbt PLCC 
498 S 2 Co PmJImhz FLCC 
4 fHlfl 2 CoPro 40 niiiiPiCC 
43 SS 2 Co Pro 4 D mhz PGA 
| iSBBlCriProSOmhtPOA 


Software 


VIDII2AGA 
HSUil only!! £ 59.99 
NEWUVIDI 24 RTCI 34.99 

"I« Aoi." ‘*!^ > * ' ^'valTr ‘ u ’ ldw "'' urE ' 

VIDI 24 RTPRO £ 209.99 

Jj^kiL nuiaiT ...I ^1".* . ,.l.,.,r ^'lUh^rrara^h, 

Hu si c/Sound 

Aura I 2 tilt aartiprin^ £TH ?V 

fPfCUtOFlfEm'HlBitXI.I £U.P 9 

FHlHIAIItuAtE tltW 

TiiLlim. SauAd Turbo 1 . f J* 44 

TecnoSourKiruftw £1**4 

Utilities 


CD Software 


I NEW J !Dirri UirY O^iiil i 
I OP FAX 7.3 lUltwai r 
I XCofp Prw V7 fbhn Iwdwar 

NEWriEMxuluHV 


£ 54.45 

£ 45.59 

£14.59 

£IJff 


£11.99 I 
£10.9* I 

I 

£ 74 .** I 
CIS.** I 
4 f 3 .** I 
LID.** I 
£14.9* I 
£44 ** I 
£7*. *9 I 

£&*.** I 
£**.*? | 


Video & Graphics 


NEWHfniii.aC^li ££*.59 

| OhLMrt Sun* 5 £15.59 

I; HiluUfiir Villa £*.59 

I Spec ial offer!! Lightwave £399.99 

| v„= 5 i' ru .iftHhflsniartil] 05-54 

Word Process ing/DTP 

I li sxlWritarOTPNEWTr 7*9.59 

IFMC^YIU* NpwLDwFnkt 1 £45,59 

E Pj^wilraani 3 U.K. Varminli 1109.99 


1 7 Bit Collectiori 
I 7 Bit Continuation 

l7&l(Phuc4 

I 7 Efit.’LSO compendium I 

r 7 BltiLSD tompendfum 1 
AminrtS 

Aminei toUkNCtiori (BfFC Mf 4 CC'l) 

AnuiimCD 

CD PD i 

CD, PD 1 

CD PD $ 

CD. PD 4 
Demo CD I 
Dima CD 2 
DeskTop Vufeu CD 

EuroScene: I 

Emertld Mfn*» 

GIFiGakire 
ColdFIth I 
GoldFIth 1 
lllutlonsCD 
Light SO M 
MultFWedla ToolKIt 
NrrworkCD 
rrofettionil Fonts 
Town! ofT UIKT 
WPO Font* . 

WF-D Hottest 4 
WPOOMlt l-ISW 


£14.4* 
£14.4* 
£1 4.9? 
£H.** 
£1 4.4* 

o?,** 

£tS.*T 
£|4* 
£&.** 
«?9 
£S.*f 
48 ,*? 
£ 8 .** 
413 .** 
£*.** 
£12.4* 
£14.10 
£244* 
£14.4* 
489* 
£179* 
418.9* 
£1 2.4* 
£18.9* 
£ 18.99 
£12.4* 
£12.49 
£12.4* 


PRIMA CD-ROM VoL ONE 

i 1941b Iirrunh, arlwurk, phuLu\ JcniLn.urlk (wnLL 

now only £16,99 

















NEWS 


Realitq bites 



f you've worried thal Virtual Reality Labs, 
p| — ■ ■ Inc.’s success in the PC markel might 
mean the end of the company's Amiga 
support, you can end your fears. VRLI has con- 
tracted with Chaocity to maintain, enhance, and 
market their Amiga line o! software. Chaocity is run 
by Clint Woelljen, one of the principle developers of 



Implant P( on hold 


If you purchased the initial release of the 
eS8GDX PC emulation module for Utilities 
Unlimited's Emplant board, you were probably 
shocked at its poor performance and Its inability 
to run any Windows release greater than 3.0. In 
mid-April. Utilities Unlimited’s Jim Drew respon- 
ded to customer complaints on Ihe GEnle online 
network. 

“Aboul three weeks ago, we discontinued 
work on the Amiga version of implant's e586DX 
emulation module,” Drew says. "We have been 
working on the PowerPC version only. In ihe last 
faw days we have ported back the PowerPC 
assembly code lo 6&0xp, which has resulted in 
an emulation that corrects the MMU problems 
associated with some versions of Windows and 
some memory extenders. The code Is 759K 
smaller, and is 20-2QC per cent faster than the 
Vl.1 version (without CPU transcription), This 
emulation is completely different code from the 
previous Amiga version.," 

Drew says I hat the back-ported code is being 
worked on, but wouldn't give a re tease date. 
The only way we can continue to provide new 
products and support lor the Amiga community 
is to expand into other markets." he explained. 
"Our first order for ‘PowerGLONE 1 (Ihe PowerPC 
version of our e5B6DX emulation) exceeded our 
gross revenue since we got into the Amiga mar- 
ket place (In 1989), something, we can not 
ignore." 

While the users who have shelled out £Q9 for 
an emulator that doesn't do much more than run 
the DOS version of WordPerfect are obviously 
distraught, it pays to remember (hat the original 
version of the Emplant Macintosh emulation also 
barely worked. Hopefully, Drew and company 
will repeat history and end up providing us with a 
PC emulator that works as well as the Mac 
Emplant works now. 


Amiga 


Yet more news from across the 
pond, courtesq of Bennq Bthin 


V 1 



news 


the Amiga version of VisiaPro. Chastity's first new 
Amiga product is GeoMorph, a program which 
reads VistaPro DEM-tormat landscape tiles and 
Make Path scripts and produces sequences of 
VistaPro OEMs, and a VistaPro script which 
gradually morphs one landscape into another. 
Also, tree growth and density, tree level, snow 
level, sea level, and haze density can be controlled 
across the- animation, 

Landscape colours can be changed indepen- 
dently of other morphing. Multiple morphs can 
occur within a single script, and multiple scnpts can 
be pasted together, You should be able lo use 
GeoMorph to create some dramatic effects, 
whether morphing from a before to an after picture 


of the Ml. SI. Helens explosion or animating Ihe 
genesis of Earth. 

The next product from Chaocity, coming later this 
year, is GeoForge, which will let you go a slep fur- 
ther and design your own landscapes. For mors 
information, contact Chaocity, 221 Town Center 
West #259, Santa Mana, California 93454- phone 
(805) 925-7732; fax (805) 828-3128. 


Aladdin's out of the bottle 


While you wait for PC emulation to be perfected, 
you can spend your time building virtual worlds 
with a product from a company that remains dedi- 
cated exclusively to Amiga products. Adspec's 
Aladdin4D version 4,0 is dramatically enhanced 
from earlier versions of the 3D rendering pro- 
gram, adding user-requested configurability and a 
host o! new features. Despite all of ihis, the com- 
pany has been able to lower the product’s price. 

The revamped 3D user interface supports the 
standard Screen Modes requester, so you can 
now choose which graphic mode to edit and pre- 
view your work in - and you can also use third- 
party displays like the Picasso It. 

Perhaps the most significant feature for folks 
sending animations out to video is Field 
Rendering. This emulates the interlaced scanning 
of real video cameras, and can make tor incredi- 
bly smooth animation displays. Adspec say Iheir 
field rendering takes no longer than standard ren- 
dering; cn some competing animation systems it 
can double the time needed 
to create an anim 

Image size and screen size 
are no longer synonymous, 
so you can create letterbox 
animations, If you're using 
gas effects, you can now 
move the camera into the 
gas, making for some drama- 
tic views. Multiple selections 
have been improved, and 
anim requesters can be more 
easily reached from different 
parts ol ihe program. 

Flares and Fountains can 
now be either added for star 
and flame effects, or set for a 
new transparent mode. This 



Aloddin 4U version 4.0, offers *n 
aHamntive to 3D ronitoron 


allows you to use them for some outstanding con- 
fetti effects Transparency can be set to achieve 
anything from barely there, to cellophane effects, 
to completely opaque, and black flares and foun- 
tains are now possible! You can also use the 
Alpha channel type in the texture list lo control 
the Shape and transparency of the Hare and foun- 
tain images, Flares and Fountains also render 
significantly faster. 

With ihe new batch rendering mode, you 
choose the drawings you want to render and set 
the target file names, AladdiMD will load each 
drawing in the list and render it, one after the 
other, until it finishes or you tell it lo slop. 
Drawings and render tiles may be spread among 
multiple devices and can be in multiple screen 
modes, 

There are many other new features, including 
external operators, a faster shading tool, and an 
interactive bevel tool. You can even add notes in 
your drawing lo reference why you did particular 
things to objects. 

The program requires 4Mb 
and a maths co-proce$sor. 
Upgrades from earlier ver- 
sions and from Draw 4D Pro 
start at S1 1 9.50 plus shipping, 
and new users can purchase 
Ihe program for £229,50 plus 
shipping. You can order with 
a MasterCard or Visa by 
calling (216) 223-2255 
For more information, call 
(216) 337-3325 between 
11am and 2pm EST (five 
hours earlier than GMT), or 
write Ad spec Programming, 
PC Box 13, Salem, OH 
44469 USA. 


Computing 


JULY 1995 






BOi CKECS 


O/i'SA'TOF MlVS/C 



Mastering Amiga 
Programming Secrete 
Learn a whole range a\ ood- 
ing Encks (0 enhance & 
improve your ppogramming 
techniques 

£19.95 


Mastering Amiga Programming Secrets 

NEW £19.95 

Secrels of Frontier Elile £8.95 

fluids to Frontier - find the secret strip 1 

A1 200 Insider Guide £12.95 

A1 200 Next Steps £1£06 

Amiga Disks E Drives £12.95 

Assembler insider Guide £13.95 


Desktop Publishing £14.95 

Imagine Minis & Tips . £7,95 

The Fonl A Clipart Book £9.95 

tn etudes offer tar 2 0 Vsftj* tents jrrxJ airaAab/e 

separately Awn the publisher 

Workbench A-Z Insider Guide , , , £13-95 

Mastering Amiga Arens £17.95 

Mastering Amiga Printers £ 17.95 

Mastering Amiga Dos 3.0 Reference £19.95 
Mastering Amiga Ctes 3.0 Tutorial. . . £19.95 

Mastering Amiga Das Val2 £17.95 

Mastering Amiga Dos Scripts . . £19.95 

A1200 Beginner's Pack £36.95 

includes A 7200 (mid* Gwtft. A 1200 Next $tepa, 
Amiga tnstfer Video + 4 disks tit sfisrenrane 
Workbench 3 Booster Pack £35.95 


IfrfsXGIi Pf? O Ci^SV/NC’ & C 



imagine 3 

Roiling Upgrade program 

The next 3 updates over 
Ihe next year I You must 
have Imagine 3 to quality 
In stock now. 

£99.95 


Arl Department Professional v2.5 . . £139.00 
iVtors conversion options, GPXA. itiorfutefl, hotiinks 
to DPainl 

AD Pro Conversion Pack £59.99 

ASDG GT6500- Scanner Software . £B9.95 

Caligari 24 . . £59.95 

Easy JO too 24 Jsif colour tenderer 

Ceiigari Broadcast v3.i £249.99 

ASDG Pro Conliol £50.95 




HAROIVA K tz 


The amazing new Squirrel 
SCSI interface lets you 
add SCSI devices to your 
Amige 500/1200. Including 
CD Drives (Includes CD32 
emulation} 

£59,95 


Pro Grab 24 RT £ 125,95 

24 Bit Haul-Time Colour Frame Grabbing 

Rendale 0002 Genlock £159,95 

flood 1 Oirafiiy Genlock Fades, Chromakey. Etc 
Rerwtele 9402 SVHS £279.95 


Databases 


Virtual Reality 


Datanexus New £24.95 

Digita DalaStOre NEW £45.95 

Digita Organiser New £39 95 

Final Data New £39.95 

Twisl 2 New £99 95 

GB Houle Plus . £31.95 

Mailshot Ptus . . £35.95 

Music Librarian. £22.95 

Plants For All Seasons £22.95 

L&wy pf plants, preferred soil types 


Workbench U pc rad 


DirWork 2. ..... . ....... ., £29.95 

Disk Expander £29.95 

Gigamem £47.95 

GP Fax £44.95 

mtonexus NEW . . £25.95 

Termite £29.95 

FuH featured internet ■+ comms package 

Trap Fax £49.95 

Video Back-up System Phono .... £54.95 

Video Back-up System Snarl £57.95 

XCopyPte £19.95 


Bars&Pipes Pro v2.5 £109.95 

Upgrade v2 te y2.5 . £79.95 

Internal Sounds Kit ..... £24.99 

Multimedia Kit £24.99 

MusIcBox A or B £24.99 

Pefonmance Tools Kit £29,99 

Power Tools .Kit . .. £29.99 

Pro Studio Kit £29. 95 

Rules for Tools £29.99 

PatchMeister ♦ . £79.95 


Super JAM! 1.1 + £59.95 

SyncPro SMPTE Box . . . £1 51 .95 

Triple Play Plus £159.95 

Aura 12 bit Sampler £79.95 

T2 iff PCMCIA sound sampler 

Deluxe Music 2 £69.95 

Megalosound Sampler £23.95 

Music X 2 £74.95 

Pro Midi Interface . . £19.95 

Techno-sound Turbo 2 . . , £25.95 


PC now 


Imagine 3.0 . . £99.95 

Maxxon. Magic £23.95 

Strew? Mrsr- 

Morph Plus £129.95 

Essence vol 1 + Forgo £79,95 

Essence vol 2 + Forge £79.95 

Algorithmic textures for imagine 3 

Naksha Hand Scanner £69.95 

400 dpi mono bend ocantw for ABOO A ASCXh- 

Pixel 3D Pro II Now ■ S £94.95 

Pro Vector 3 New . . i n soon - call lor details 

Pm Quaffly structured drawing package 

Heal 3D Classic New i Pi • £59.95 

Real 3D v3 New £299.95 

Heat 3D 2 A to 3 upgrade £166,95 

X CAD 2000 £29.95 

X-CAD3000 £119.95 



PC Task 3 

PC Task 3 allows you lo run soltware designed lor IBM PCs and 
compatibles on you Amiga I II emulates a 80S86 based PC, SO you 
can run Windows 3. 1 and applications like Microsoft Word and 
Excel. On an AG A Amiga you can even run SVGA screen modes ! 

RRP £79.95 - Emerald Price £59.95 

Upgrade From v2 £34,95 - please enclose- your PC Task v2 disk 
Upgrade from PD version £44.95 - please enclose your disk 



Paint Paoca g es 



DPaint 5 
£57.95 


New features include 
24 bit support, multi- 
ple palette anims, 
camera pans, gradient 
fades and lets more ’ 


Software Develop m, 


Deluxe Pamt 4.1 £54.95 

Non AflA version 

Personal Paint 6.1.. . £49,95 

Latest version ■ rre* Support* HIM and animations 

Photogenic® £49.95 

Mac beater I Hundreds Of natural affects 

TV Painl 2 £poa 

Lois of nafunur graphics features 

TV Paint 3 £599.95 

Brilliance 2 £45.95 

Iff 


Video & Mvl timed 


Souinrel SCSI Interiaca £64.95 

Video Backup System + Phono cable £54 .95 
Backs Up Hard Drives Onto Standard VHS Videos 
Video Back-up System + Scad cable £57.95 

Vidi Amiga 12 AGA £64.95 

Vidi 24 RT £149.95 

Vldi 24 Pro RT £209.95 

High Quality 24 Bit Real-Time Frame Grabber 
Picasso 2 + 2Mb & TV Paint Junior £269.95 
High Quality Fast 24 Bit Graphics Card 

T abby Graphics T ablet £57.95 

AS Graphics Table! - Grsaf WW) Brilliance 
Personal Paint. Etc 


Gamesmith £79,95 

Dice C Compiler New £96.95 

Fuff featured G comprier - the best t 

Amos Pro Compiler £24.95 

Cygnus Ed Pro 3.5 ... . £59.95 

DevPac3, £51.95 

HisoN BASfC 2. £54.95 

Intoe £25.95 


Dislant Suns 5.0 £27,95 

Vista Pro 3.0 £27.95 

Vista Lite £24.95 

Makopath lor Vista . £9.95 

Terraform lor Vista £9.95 

VHL BuNfM-E Packs 

Vista, DistantSuns r Makepath-Torrafonn £59.95 
Vista Pro or Lile.Makopath+Terrafomi . £39.95 


Education 

ADI GCSE Maths 

£19.99 

ADI GCSE English. . 

£19.99 - 

ADI GCSE French 

£19 99 | 

ADI Junior Reading 

£15.99 

ADI Junior Counting 

. £15.99 

Mertin'g M?th$ 

.£16.99 ■ 

Paint and Create — 

. £16.99 

Spelling! Fair 

£16,99 

Noddy's Playtime 

£16,99 

Noddy’s Big Adventure. . . 

£16,99 

Finance Manageme 

3? 


Big Alternative Scroller 2 

Can Do 3 

Media Point v3 ... 

Montage 24 , ... 

Seals HTtOO 

Entry level video tiller 
Scale MM21 1 New Lower Price . 

Scale MMSODNew Lower Price . 

Scale MM40O 

Seals Echo EE1Q0 . . 

Package Deal - Save £39,95 
Seals MM4O0+EE IDO. . 


. £49,95 
£229.95 
£249.95 
£259.95 
. £49.95 


. £94.95 
. 219.95 
£249.95 
£13995 


£349.95 


Amiga CD Roms 


OS 3.1 for A50Q/2WK) £03.95 

IrrcArdiss new tdckstart floms and Workbench 3. 1 
OS 3.1 for A120Q. A30O0 & A4000. . £93.95 
Please specify which machine 


Cashbook Combo £59.99 

Counting House New £49.95 

Dibits home OMice £39,95 

Money Matters £34.99 

Personal Finance Manager + . £19.95 

System 3 € ... £49.99 

Turbocalc 2 £49.95 


Aminel 5 CD . 

Desktop Video CD 

' Essential Uiililtes vol I CD 

Giga Graphics Set CD 

4 CD Peck 

Grolter Encyclopedia CD 

Huns on GDS2andAGA Ampas 

GFX Sensation CD . 

Fonts. J.^fifwave i rmapfn^ objects, arums 
Lightwoits by Tobias Richter CD . . 

Speccy Sensation CD 

IX Spuctrum BmuSator +- over 500 games 

Star Trek Multimedia CD 

pictures, sound tries, runas. flnrtns etc 

Arcade Classics CD 

QkS tavaa > Space invaders, Centipede etc 
World oi Clipart Double CD 


£14.95 
£13.95 
. £6.95 
£35.95 


£25.95 
£1 3.95 


£33.95 

£13.95 


£2595 
. £9.95 
£16 95 


CO Row 


Wp & Dtp 


Rower Quad 
Speed CD 
Rom Drive 


Directory Opus 5 - In stock 
now at |ust £49.95 


Plugs directly inlo I 
PCMCIA slot and pro- 1 
vides SCSI Interface 
lor another 6 SCSI 



devices * 

Includes PSU manu- 
al, Audio CD Utility, 

CQ32 Emulation & 

Ph&te CD Software 

£299.95 

Double Speed Drive 

£199-96 


Finai Copy 2 , £47.95 

Final Writer 3 £69.95 

Mini OHtte £37,95 

Pen Pal . , , £29 00 

Pagestream 3 ... £174.95 

Wordworth 3. ISE £44.95 

Wordwortb 3,1 £79.95 


Don’t forBCt, wc sell Apple 
f Maciii EiMli software loo ill 



| Connects to Sy quest Drives, DAT, Scanners, Hard Disks & more| 

Emerald - Your One Stop Productivity Shop 

How to order: Cheques made- payable to Emerald Creative. Allow at least 5 working days to clear. 

Credit Card: Visa, Mastercard, Access, Delta, Switch, We bill your card when we despatch the- order not before. 

Postage A Packing; Charges within the UK are £3.50 -1st class post, usually arrives next day. Recorded pest Is 
an extra £Q.55p. Noxi day courier Is £5.50 Inc, VAT within Ihe UK mainland. Please ask for overseas pricing. 

PfiL' _ All pricing oduLtea VAT bui ndl carriaiB*. Wp rtrwJVi thn right Id efi&nga prices - you will be informed at any change when you nrttor 


Problems: Family p-rodud wii 


or repaired if telumed <t 


cA purchase. Via will refund it we 


the goods. Ef-C-E 


el 0181-715 886 6 

Fax 01 HI -71 5 S&77 
Rapid Hoiise t 54 Wtmdte Hank 
London SWt ( ) IDU 


iJjgi 

# 












-jlQiUitiUS 


l long lime as 0 ' James Watt inven 

I 53 nvion m 


long umw ay-^i ■ — - --- 

1_ ■ I ■ lei (he steam engine. But even in 
' " I, " th05e Internet-less days of no 

communication between 

working independently on their own pro- 
jecta, there was . Pretender to the throne. 
Someone else stood op and sad « was 
mG | evented the steam engine, And 
hrtef ]WBt before the turn ot the century 
biller rivalry broke out between two men 
an ocean apart over who was f ' rst , h ® 
electric light bulb. Was it Edison? Was 
Swann? Do we really care? 

The point that many philosophers hav 
made is that it was time for the stea 
engine, so someone invented it. it was 
time tor the llgbtbulb, so teat 
into being loo. It's always happening, peo 
pie around the world simultaneously. a"d 
independently, working on the same 
notion. 


II time 


GUI 


I iviiuih 

new inventions 


fletu bog Ben Host has 



We've had personal computers for 
between 10 and 12 years now, so maybe 
it ? s™me for someone to 'invent 1 the graph- 
'd, user interface. I can hear shoots from 
the back saying that the scientist at Palo 
Aito mven.ed it In 1976. Pol .hat's no, 
enough. We have had 10 years of hying 
to net to grips with computers and we 
have learnt to do so, bur tlwe aregoing 

be a whole new generation at computer 
users end, more importantly, program- 
mers, who never had to strug- 
gle with Sinclair BASIC or MS- 
DOS, lei alone Workbench 1.3- 
There is always going to be 
a place lor the sort of beardie 
weirdie who knows Unix like 
the back at his hand, hut the 
future user of computers is 
going to want to access the 
information held within* and ou 
ot them as easily as she 
can use a TV. This process has already 

Tot at some of the software you have 
on your hard disk right now, then compare 
it to what ynu had, say. three years ago. 
Think about WordPerfect : An* *. UJ» 
rfksirsLy about Final Writer. See wnai i 
mean? And the current Final Writer is 
going to seam like a dinosaur in years to 


been thinking about the 
ujag me use our computers 


Son, ukn objut-DricntiU mwwmis to 
(Bdcd a jtHte teutl Df [wtmtii w idl Ira 


5 H 5 tim uiithiut needing ti i» tBIWIltE 
UtatiBS all tlit time 


come It's not just that we want pretty 
interfaces, although they do make d easier 
,o bear some of the shortcomings of the 
sonware at times, and ifs not |ust added 
features; after all. how are you ever gomg 
to use all that clip art* all those 
fonts, all those words in the 
diction ary and thesaurus. 

U '5 about making those 
things Irealy available tor you to 
use. Now. if ybu choose the 
keyboard shortcuts - <right 
Amlg*> a, X, C or V - you can 
be pretty sure you are going to 
quit, cut* copy or paste. And 

this consistency is important, 
means you will spend less time acc ^ a ^' 
ing yourself to the software, and more rn 
actually putting it to use. 

Programmers are gelling use 
idea that they don't have to re-.nvent tee 
wheel with each program they c ' aa ' e .[ 
someone else take tee strain of making 
loaders for different file 
gadgets for a colour palette. Soon, when 




object-oriented programming ha 3 reached 
a greater level of maturity, w*"“ ba1i " d . 
,ng ourselves only buying modules to add 
onto our existing system Wlteou need g 
, 0 buy complete applications ditto time. 

We might buy a dictionary module to go 
With our text editor module and our page 
Hy J module, and voild. a DTP package 
/born ol discrete parts. It will happan 
ifs aiready started. But ^ange shouW 
not be made just because it can be 
There is a driving force for progress, but 
1et s n0t 9 at earned away with new fea- 
tures until we can make sure that the o 
ones are working in lb. best possib e 
way. This way to the future, all abated 

now. 


The RT team 



EDITOR 
DEPUTY EDITOR 
ART EDITORS 


news EDITOR 
features editor 

PRODUCTION, EDITOR 
STAFF WRITERS 


ADVERTING manager 
AD SALES 
At? SALES 

AD PRODUCTION 


Paul Austin 
D*rren Em* 

Tf*ri Uckr 

Terry Ttilele 

A flam Phillip 4 
Ren Vnsc 
Judith Chapman 
Andrew Maddack 
Tima Haskett 
(jareth LoWumjie 
Duve Cusiek 
Sirimn Lt*> 

Jane Nnrti*gt« 
Hfaneteid 
Birbara NrwaJl 


aUCULATOM DIMCTOR David Wf*" 
COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR DtiweWHght 

DISTRIBUTION COH AC 1&IW5) ^ 5S 
SUBSCRIPTION (WtJSlWil 


CHAIRMAN RktkifdHeaH 
MANAGING DIRECTOR 1 m BlsomfieW 


m IDG 


media 


MBrttoef (?< ®“ r0iW ** 0roiBW ™ 

" 33,546 

jurt-Dec I W4 

PubltihfdhfOGMdti 


We f«r« Ab^b CoaiF-Jdn E M cfcr 

on i Sond 2L ftther by tritphoi * vm J 

SJrbuhirfd b* ^ *** 

this panel for pnuid* fRWiason. 

W QtfvpUtoftg A « independent 

Cfltnnwlflre IE • Mrcllinei Ltd , w "* 
grnrflflhe e.'tides in this asue ar for sftf of tf*e epwcm 
trprtised- 


MARKETING MANAGER 
PRODUCTION MANAGER 


Oaira Matffrley 
Sandra CWhk 


MrfaHouns, A4iRE» rt ^ 
HurtoMd SPHNT 

Fib'BIEUKHD 


©1*95 IDG Mi . He — 


‘ whtta or in pan withour .wn® 1-™*“; 


Fern ,ei tatf Co-Ft**"" 1 M" «"l«*m 
nvpai. k. lunip rartatena «. lk! ’" emb "”' 

*Vrbo,«™i.k«k»*in»p, W*** 

pnnwi . Max *"*»“ -* 

Bhied -I * **™« 1 "*™ Sk ^ 

A[TOg.iamalUite= 

Pwir&x and WxixO By Dvncxn WflkO Oilsxl 
(Maktatonel List 


yjgery t*re 


li ok«v, the puNi*l«M wnwJt bt heW lepH t 


sponsible ftjr any error! m 


listing nr advertisement! 


SYSTEMS MANAGER Di»dS ta«rt 


1 J 


T TT 1 P " 4 1 1 

JULY 1995 


THE WORLD'S 




AMIGAS ARE ON 
THIS PAGE... 






UfUNJCtd Lhl.IIH.H-' 


AMIGA 


MEM' 

a^BERSTORM 

* 

A400D ACCELERATORS 

CmER5TOItl2'i 


UpJ9^ your A4000 with the CYtJERSTORW MODULAR AtXFLERATQR, and 
gn The ftorfte Fastest Ami^ Hie Mis FIRST, and sail the ONLY, WO 
do '■ 'M ordered .1 n-ss graphic wilh Irnasinv 1 'J zi r.N US imh- inn .1 NMkinl 
A4CHI0 lMi(K-'JS. a conk. I0.jk fiumues'i. Options indiulc SCSI-2 and Ethernet 
I 0 Modules. Request \\ml FREE -\ pw technical hmehwe. Cybcrstorm 

J? 66040/46 or Cyberstorm 68060/50 iCAIIl 


4£i11Ilui(> IVin itiHn< 
«|lifc|- -Jht 
4;»tKnit« r n) reprewnl* 
i'C'J nfcjt fur 



NEW... 

CYBERVISIQN 64 w 

AMIGA 4000 r ' f envision 

GKAVHICS BOARD 


For all Zorm-j Amigas, this 64-Bli high speed graphics 
engine. blitfcr offers up (a 1600 x 1200 pixels in 8-ftir 
colour tir 1024 x ^68 pixels in True 24-Bit Colour, with 
2, Mb ( 4 display memory (4Wb user upgiadhihlcl, 

Gall and inquest Our todutical brochure. 

Cybervision 44 £329.95 


lor u 

i LLMrTFD PERIOD ■ ( 

;tvbervisi 

ON 64s 

ARE 

SUPPLIED WITH PHI 

OTOGENIC 

:sute 



JijiiiftK flbi-,TTJj m Mf/ciffT am jii raB ijjmi nn 1 tofcnr /rum 
u.A,i4i0ift , rjfA , v' <n«mf Jr* luliti* .VUi'ip. 




1220/4 


BUZZARD 28MHz. 
1MI>. TURBO MEMORY 


The mull! award-winning 
1220/4 mb. TURBO offers by far 
the best price to perfernnanra ratio of 
any A12QU 32-Bit RAM expansion on the market. 
Incorporating everything (hat a good memory 
expansion should, such as a Real Time Clock, fur- 
ther RAM expandability, an optional FPU etc. as 
well as offering a Cinch Speed Doubling Circuit which nans 
the 32-Bh FAST RAM at an aitming, 2SMHz. And... the 
1220/4 has broken all the harriers too! Greek die fkis for 
yourself and fit the BEST Amiga 1200 Turbo Memory board 
around « phone and ask for our Blizzard 
sperilkation leaflet to find out more. 

* Integrated 2BMHz 68EG020 32-flit HAM Clock Speed 
Duuhler fur up io 300% overall perfonreust’e increase 

* Fpctnry ItmSjiII ccL.-TcHlied j iMFi of 32-Bit FAST RAM 

* Expandable to HMb with Add-4 Board 

* Integrated Balmy tected Real Time Clock 

* Easy Trapdoor InSUllaluxn 

* Cm lie disaliltd in situ foe full game* cnmpatibiliiy 


V.fr.l mrj I if. 

Mi-tiaihi- 
AlTItiJ jluppCT 
Under Avar* 


1220/4 Turbii 

32-Bil RlM PAM 2-MMH7 6MFC2ClCH\ (Mb 


Add-4 Ftsxtird (extra 4Mb for 1220/4} 

& 10,95 

32-Bit Fast RAM add-on, 4Mb 


Motorola FRI 

ICall 

(m2 PLCC 2V33MHZ 



1230-ffl 


01 - 773-836781 


BUZZ.IRD 40/5I)MHl TURBO 
ACCELERATOR MEMORY 


THE highest perfurming A 1 200 - 
68030 Accelerator, With fo rapid^ 

40 MHz 68FC030 at 50MHz 6tM>30 * 
with MMT. it offers up to 500% perfoiminilP 
The ]23(l in ha* further options via ns Fast Expansion 
Bus for add on Modules such as the SCSI-2 Gmtmller. 
Utilising; an imlustry sandard 
SIMM socket, it lias provision for upto a full 
32Mb of MiKunUguririfc 33-Bit FAST RAM. 

* PGA FPU Socket up io iOMHz 

* Instruction £ Data Ihica Modes 

* Autu Kirksfarl Re-Mapping (with disubteO 

* Battery Backed Self Recharge RT Gods 

* Easy Trapthor IteJalLiEuin 


toted I i ■ ii i u 


Aiiihj ’•S'Jppn 

Rriikr Awiriii 


1230 111 Ttirbii 

40MHz 68EC030,QMh 

il«9c95 

1230-111 Turbo 

50MHz 68030 & MML, WMb 

i229.?5 

SCSI II Module 

fur 1230-Ell 

*89.95 

Motorola FPU 

(m2 1 K*K 25/W50MHz 

iOU 

4Alh SIMM RAM Expansion 

32-Bit. 72 pin 

*134.95 

LARGER SIMMS AVAILABLE 

*CtU 


w ...at GH r well look after you..." 


StKVICI. MIPPtlHT mi nUfiMiUt!*: Ml Ii Hi ei ty* IK'E liWOH iltftwsW im'tk* 

J. (.Hi ill Imllm lw.4 ibf W JlBliDBl. 0» il.ndn'd OiE f™ OH fold 

^Vfflirtfllv 9 'm >h a napr^aiiie kukup. OH du dUv i rngi it vffmn Itt billmi 
f ad srE'tsjimtl uim mhiih raf bt meilM Fw i^lHR* ■ Hgi dlfmkmr AkeHH m 


IT PHONE: Wt H kip wdh omf qwerlti- Hd wh*n m I* f«d¥ ■» “in *1 nwipl 
Vim. MmOrrtrd, him, fwlllk (wA &<lh> <nd iDnhn'd Crcdlob.gr |n*»l 
'[Etc* h*‘ *« Lnkmd Crcdllcti.gc md wr inpply mcfl <k»|. 


IT POST ar HI: Wien crdnlng Iniic piH Hlk. ad**5i dnd priludHIf 1 d 
cwil jlI pkam nmhi nilh yw V hr r*qairiiPMiH. IE 4b.p>| m m^/dtbir ^ 


(»d odvlr Hi nirrifr md c .pry d.*c •mi iiiuc n*. wilh Snirdi id 
Md< Ocquci tpIcDsc nttaw J dip (W MU pin it iMflaltKi Bmifrf/giiUiiig 
Swicrj Diahi « Pwsri OlhM pirpaWt 1« fordm Hnwiod tanpHe 


PRIUS: Time IMUttfeff it 1t«hp prHtl mioif f (inri IwCng 4 n aid' 
MjpciM friiKUH Umgc lapai dr-«n| bclrar lh: nogBcni'i Iwer Hfnlh 
hn fnibcd. Pkiiii cnilir*i kfm ih*hi tflutly p«f. 


EXPORT: Man n™= Deo^blc <1 TAX FREE * RK1S Ft PH 1C 
rtiiicnli L iycimcH UN.JUl*id tnHfcCQ'i d»nwnl|. 

Pirn* red UE tar amfimilBii d piiui md arrljgc tbargn. 


Wr 1% p««nf Ky t tH.i ff 4 .d« *i«gS«i 

LIE t rhsE pindicli □i.ihil. H ywr trier II iigcrn we 
Ilf dcipaki opiiiti nllh iiipmi- dtflrwy nvwb, 


TPf nffislr Qyxt'nr* ^ 

U«r AH ji« regard rjpjoV' hi rai-.fuitjfim le^uuE 










||qqj 33 B 3 



store you evan think of clicking on 
— ►f-i I 4those dinky little square icons in 
order to extract those cool ulililiss on 
CoverDisk 2, you had better click on that big 
icon called E*tract_Me_First. Doing this will 
extract the installer tile and copy it and the 
LHA program to your C: directory. You will 
need to have at least 170k free on your hoot 
disk for these files to fit. You have been 
warned. 

You will then be able to simply double-click 
on the appropriate icons, which will result in 
the files bolng extracted to your RAM disk. 
After they have been extracted, they can then 
be installed to a floppy disk or directly onto 
your hard disk. Remember to delete the files 
from RAM once you have installed them to 
your preferred destinations, or they II just take 
up valuable memory. 

Also, beginners should be aware that 
some of the Rios are CL1 commands which 
don't have icons. You must therefore ensure 
that you have 'Show all files’ activated from 
the Window menu, otherwise you wont be 
able to see the files if you intend to copy them 
by dragging them to a destination. 

Remember, also, that all the utilities here 
are accompanied by documentation files 
which explain the various features and func- 
tions in greater detail than can be covered in 
the disk pages. So, If you’re having problems 
or simply wish lo know more about these 
great utilities, check the documentation files 

magic User Interface 

Author: Stefan Slunt2 

Workbench: 2.04 or higher 



u*jng wi/i p ™ r», 
you 0* 

CA4TOP ihe w-x V<H" 
appilaitiw JeoJi 



it’s a good job we've got the complete regis- 
tered version on this month's GoverDis-k. 
Double-clicking on the Extracl.MUl icon will 
result in a drawer called MU I being extracted 
to your RAM disk. 

MUI is a large application and readers 
without a hard drive shouldn't even bother 
extracting the files. In addition, because MUl 
is such a large application, you will need a 
machine with at least 2Mb to be able to 
extract the archive to RAM:. If you don t 
have that much memory, you will need to 
edit the "Extract MUf file and change the 
line: 

e:Un * fliiimtAh* MB: 


t:lh) n IWKMC.lt* XU: 


HmosIDui 

Author: Paul Hickman 

Workbench: 2.04 or higher 

Amos Mui Is a set of extensions to the 
extremely popular AMOS Pro BASIC 
language environment. Obviously, you will 
raed to have a copy of AMOS Pro to make 
use of this program. 

Falconfflath 

Author: Simon Foray 

Workbench: 2.04 or higher 

Just to give you a mix of MUI stuff, beres 
an algebraic equation ectoor that uses MUI 
If you are the sort of egghead that actually 
knows what an algebraic equation is, then 
FaloonMath is the puppy br you. 

mill [moire 

Author; Karl Bellve 

Workbench: 2.04 or higher 

Jual to prove that MUI isn't all technical 
utility -type stuff, here's a strategy game 
completely programmed using MUI. Being a 
starfleet management game, there aren't any 
pretty graphics, but that doesn't detract from 
its gam&ptay, 


Stefan Stuntz's Magic User Interface is a 
program which lets you edit Ihe look of any 
programs that use it. Programs like AMosaic 
and DMS-Faoe can't be used without MUI, so 


s landed AraJgfl- 
icoking window 
with rh*r hw* th* 
oppOl rl» Jiflgi 


IScfB ffmteFrtfgMW . 


QnapllV Hsdf 
BBUHLUUfK RM No FlifJ»f 

EBLFHL : Lou lies Uted 
D-BLPBL -low Ret Ma FHdker 
pul : H uh Sm 
MIL: M ifh mes l Kid 
PflL:tw ftis 
MULili lies 




l..uv_rvrj - " 

UtdtM [&7a~r ; | ^jD*f«wLt 
HoiBht; l -/I M*alt 

CoLsrs: * W 1 

_a£j 


jiit : *2 * SJJ 

Sin . Ul * 

ftislmm 3L*« : HM* * it3M 

Hum inun 25* 

R^uini ICS 

Bees nut sufipurt **»!«* 

Brawn Le 
HBH i. 27 ,S*kRi 


I 


Jie | 


Amiga computing 


JULY 1995 


where XXX: is whatever your hard drive par- 
tition is called. 

oms-Facfe 

Author, flyvind Falch 

Workbench: 2.04 or higher 

Ever tried to use DMS7 Isn’t it a pain? It's 
even worse lhan trying to get LHA to work. 
But now there is a nice MUI GUI (don’t you 
just love all these acronyms?) for it to 
make things so much simpler. DMS-Faco 
is so user-friendly it even comes with a 
standard installer script. 


mill Screenmode 

Author: Cyril Deble 

Workbench: £.04 or higher 

Our Cyril’s a French chap and he decided 
that the standard Workbench screenmode 
preferences editor was a bit bland and boring. 
So he undertook a project to revamp it and 
came up with this little gem. Cyril's screen- 
mode editor is. so flexible, it can even allow 
you to select HAM screenmodes, 

Cyril says that his next conversion is 
going to be the Locale preferences editor, so 
you could say .that it's today the screen, 
tomorrow the world... 





CQVERDISK 


II- 


r UisHs 

I oF magic 



This month's l duerUisks ore going to transform the 
mag gout Hmiga Workbench looks and performs, 
(heck out the awesome Warn User interface and the 
™ke utilities which make using gour Hmiga much easier 


eres 

MUI. 

tually 

then 


meal, 
game 
sing a 
Tt any 
!t from 


I 


raided 
irnode 
soring, 
it and 
creen- 
s allow 

iion is 
itor, so 
preen, 


HddressIDanager 

Author; Michael Schlkore 

Workbench: 2.04 or higher 

AddressManagor is one of the nicest 
address book programs available lor the 
Amiga. With the ability to search for 
someone on any field and printing facilities 
that would not look out of place in a com- 
mercial package, Address-Manager is a 
great addition to anybody's list of utilities. 


mill Speak 

Author: Andreas Jung 

Workbench; 2,04 or higher 


translator in German) lo make the Amiga's 
speech sound like a German adenoidal 
dalek with its head in a bucket, rather than 
an Australian one. Ju$l like any other MUI 
package, you can change the way the 
interface looks to your heart’s content. 

mil Enu 

Author: Michael Sue i man n 

Workbench: £.04 or higher 

MUI Env is a very useful gtemo for people 
who set a lot of environment variables 
every lima they boot their machine. It lets 
you view your env: or anvarc: directories 
and their sub -directories, create new 
variables or directories, and edit your 
current settings. 


Spor to# major 

dilfmrttntm b# I ween 

Fftji jcnvn Prat* 
and to# preWou* 


This is a tool built with another excellent 
MUI package— one which, unfortunately, is 
too big to go onto our disks this month - 
called MUI Builder. MUI Builder lets you 
concentrate on what your interface looks 
like, then goes away and generates I he 
code for that interlace. MUI Builder comes 
with built-in support for C and E, among 
others, but there are external modules for 
the support of other languages. 

MUI Speak Is a replacement for ihe 
Speechloy program on the Workbench 
2,04 disks and as such requires the 'trans- 
atorjibrary' file In libs:. Workbench 
versions after 2.05 don't come with this file, 
so you will need lo get it from somewhere. 

MUI Speak also comes with its own 
jperstelzer library (Obersetzer means- 




IDagic menu 

Author: Martin Komdorfer 

Workbench; 2,04 or higher 

Are you fed up wilh the ralher boring 
look of Intuition s menus. Oh yes, they 
work perfectly well, but there's room 
for improvement in the aesthetics 
department isn’t there? 

Well, this is where Magic Menu steps 
in lo dress things up a little as well as 
enhancing functionality too. Once 
installed and running, Magic Menu 
transforms the look and operation of the 
tacky white menu bar at the top of our 
beloved Amiga screens. 

Some of the visual improvements on 
offer include a cool 3D look, complete 
with optional borders. On the function- 
ality side, you can configure the way the 
menus are accessed. 

As well as standard access mode - 
where you have lo hold the right mouse 
button down to activate the menu, then 
release the right mouse button with ihe 
pointer over a menu item to select it - 
you also have Press once and Select 
modes. 

Press once allows you lo simply press 
the right mouse button once to activate 
the menu bar, without Ihe need to hold it 
down lo keep the menu bar active. 
Moving the mouse pointer over the 
various menu titles brings up the respec- 
tive menu items which are also high- 
lighted as the mouse pointer moves over 
them. You then simply click a menu item 
to select it. 

Select mode brings up the menu with 
a single right mouse click and then 
requires you to actually click on each 
menu title to bring up the menu Items, 

Magic Menu also has a neat keyboard 
facility for accessing the menu bar and 
its Items - useful If you find yourself 
suffering from a dead mouse. But Magic 
Menu's main feature Is thal it frees you 
from having lo move the mouse to the 
top of the screen all the time, because 
Magic Menu lets you hit the right mouse 
button anywhere on the screen to bring 
Up the menus. 

Magic Menu Is best placed in the 
WB Startup drawer so that It activates 
automatically at boot up. Once running, 
you should find your menu life that much 
classier. 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 


T 








C O V E R P I s K 


[acheFant 

Author: Adam Dawes 

Workbench: 2 or higher 

For those of you who have a healthy 
collection of fonts stored in itie old Fonts 
drawer (DTP users in particular), you know 
how slow and irritating it is when a program 
has to read the fonts prior to displaying 
(hem. And if there's a lot of them, things 
tend to become tedious. 

CacheFont injects a major speed 
increase into this operation by first creating 
a fonts list which CacheFont then refers to. 
Once installed, any access to the tonts is 
extremely quick and efficient. You will 
wonder how you aver did wilhout it 
Installing CacheFont requires you to 
place CacheFont and MakeFontUst in the 
C drawer. You must first run MakeFontUsl 
In order to create the font file CacheFonl 
will use. You can then either rurr 
CacheFont manually- or pkoe 3 cail to rt in 
the user-startup script in [he $ drawer. 

Uirus Checker 

Author: John Veldthuis 

Workbench: 2,0 or higher 

The threat of a virus is one which all comp- 
uter users, both big and small, have to be 
aware of. These small nasty little blighters, 
written by equally small minded nasty little 
people, can find their way onto floppy disks 
and hard drives and do untold damage in a 
variety of different ways, 

Of course, there are various virus kilters on 
the market, but there are few which are as 
powerful and versatile as Virus Checker, 
including some commercially available pack' 
ages Once installed, Vims Checker searc- 
hes your Amiga's memory for any dubious 
programs lurking in RAM. After that, Virus 
Checker lies in wail, keeping tabs on any 
disks inserted to see if they are clean - if not. 
Virus Checker let's you know. 

Of course, virus killers are only as good as 
the library of vims programs Ihey recognise 
For instance, if a vims kilter doesn't recog- 
nise a boot sector on a floppy disk, ft will flag 



This nm*t ulifitr ium* 
cyek gatf9«t< within 
program* ppp-up 
limit tor t**tor nrrd 
Bdiltr flCC«»r 


[n] Knit Hm'w.H 123,11.13) <tintrol ill 


Pill Doan Menu 

J Standard 
J Erssi Ante 
r Select 


r ID Iwk 

J Standard Lflok 




Pep tip Mena 

Standard 
Pteis Once 
Select 


T Loeb 
J Standard Udk 

^ £**tlf B axes 


Keyboard Central 
Vj Eaahie 
yj House to Oar 

Start Sequence 
[tcnweiand space j 


Iqpe ji! 
yf 


Uh Pop-dp rttnu Only 




Use PoU-Doun Hbon Painter 


Use Pullen Wemt OilV 

in Menubar j Pop-Op OtheruTIe 


it as suspect, Mow, this doesn't do your 
peace of mind any good. Ii may well be that 
the boot sector is safe and that i! merely 
contains some code essential for the program 
on the disk lo run , such as game disks. 

However, it could be a new virus lhat the 
virus killer doesn’t know about, Vims Checker 
gels around this by utilising an external library 
tile of all known viruses it uses when compar- 
ing strange data found on a disk. This file Is 
constantly being updated as new viruses arc 
found and means you only need to get hold 
ot Ihe new file instead of updating (he entire 
virus killer program, 

To install Virus Checker, simply click on 
the insiallVC Icon and follow the installation 
programs instructions. 

fllert Display 
Replacement 

Author: Martin Mares 

Workbench: 2,04 or higher 

We've ail had those dreaded guru alert 
messages thrown at us by our Amiga at 
some lime or another. Unfortunately, these 
so-called messages displayed on our 
screens might as well be a hitherto 
unknown form of ancient hieroglyphics - 
they don’t exactly tell you much about what 
went wrong. 

This neat utility helps make things a littto 
clearer by adding a little more information to 
the error message when it occurs. This 
information, includes the name of the 
program which caused the alert, as well as 
a more comprehensive text description of 
ihe error. 

To install the Alert Display Replacement, 
copy AddModule and NewAJertHcok lo the 
C drawer. Then using the CLI, enter: 

tijdBpduLe t:nsY?lertt.eok WIT 


flrq 


Author: Martin Laubach 

Workbench: 2.0 or higher 

Requesters. Those little windows of wisdom 
which appear, quite often before an 


unrecoverable operaiioo such as deleting or 
formatting devices. 

. Although Ihey do the job of asking for 
confirmation, (hey are a little irritating 
because ihe buttons, which are usually an 
OK or Cancel affair, have to be clicked on 
with the mouse, 

ft would bo nice if they were dressed up a 
Little and were given keyboard shortcuts for 
any buttons Ihey contain, wouldn’t it? Arq 
does just that, adding useful keyboard 
shortcuts with a smattering of animation to 
make life a little more interesting. Simply 
drag the Arq Icon into your WB Startup 
drawer so it is loaded automatically. 

Assign Wedge 

Author: Olaf Olsen’ Barthel 

Workbench: 2.04 or higher 

This neat utility is good for situations where 
you find yourself or a program trying lo 
access a volume name which hasn't been 
assigned. Instead of the usual ’Please insert 
volume ??? in any drive requester’. Assign 
Wedge is called up, giving you some extra 
options to choose from. 

The options include Retry, which you click 
on if you have manually taken care of Ihe 
assignment, Assign, which lets you choose 
a drawer to assign to (he name currently 
shown in the requester, Mount, if the name 
in the requester is a device you can mount it 
and tty again, and Deny , which tries to deny 
Ihe program from calling ihe device again. 

Just drag the program icon to your 
WBStartup drawer and you’re away. 

(tide to menu 

Author: Fredterico Giannici 

Workbench: 2.0 or higher 

Cycle gadgets are buttons which cycle 
through the various items in a list However, 
if you have quite a few items to choose from 
in the list, it can be slightly irritating to have 
to scroll through the entire list one al a time 
per mouse click to gel to the item you need. 

Cyde lo menu changes all lhat by trans- 
forming the cycle gadgets into pop-up 
menus which display all the Items at once 
for you to choose from when you dick on 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 

1 







the item name. For the die hards, clicking 
on the actual cycle symbol makes the 
gadget behave in the normal way. 

multiCK 

Author: Martin Berndl 

Workbench: 2,0 or higher 

MultiCX is a multi function commodity wilh 
lots of features and functions - too many 
lo list here so check oul the documenta- 
tion. Some of the features include a 
Screen blanker and mouse accelerator. 

MultiCX must be started from the 
Workbench, as CLI or shell is not suppor- 
ted. The majority of MultiCX’s features can 
be configured by altering certain parame- 
ters - you can do this by selecting the 
MultiCX icon and selecting Information, or 
you can use the MultiCX Prefs utility also 
included on the CoverDisk and described 
elsewhere on these pages. 

IDultitK Prefs 

Author: Michael Barsoom 

Workbench, 2,0 or higher 

This utility complements MultiCX. 
Changing (he parameters of some of 
MuttiGX's functions requires altering the 
tooitypes. MultiCX Prefs provides a more 
Intuitive method utilising pop-up menus 
and slider bars. 

MultiCX Prefs needs lo know where 
you have MultiCX stashed on your drive 
and you can tell it by ordering 
MultiCX Path a <palh> as a tooltype or 
CLI argument, 

SujadnfD 

Author: David Swashrook 

Workbench: 2.0 or higher 

Swazlnfo replaces the Amiga's standard 
icon information feature ottering major 
benefits and extra features. One of ihe 
most useful extras which Swazlnfo offers 
is an excellent drag and drop facility. 

This allows you to do such things as 
drag icons into Ihe icon display window to 
assign it. or you can drag an icon to Ihe 
tooitypes window and all tooitypes associ- 
ated with that icon will be leaded into the 
lootlypes window, There is also the handy 
feature of assigning a default tool to the 
icon using a file requester instead of 
having to type the program directory and 
name manually. 

Other cool features include the ability to 
toggle tooitypes between active and inac- 
tive states at the click of a button, Instead 
ot having to enclose the tooitype in 
brackets via the keyboard, In short, this is 
one utltity you shouldn't be without If you 



find yourself regularly changing tooitypes. 
To install Swazlnfo, simply click on the 
Install icon. 


TiMlock 

Author: Anders Hammflrquisl 

Workbench: 2,0 or higher 

If you warn to know the time., you don't have 
to ask a policeman, just put TitleClock in 
your WBElartup drawer and you have a neat 
dock in the top-right corner of the screen. 

TitleClock can be configured via a number 
of tooitypes which allow you to change vari- 
ous parameters such as update speed, 
whether the dale should be shown, what for- 
mat the date should be in, and many others. 

Datatypes 

Author: Various 

Workbench: 3.0 or higher 

Datatypes is a feature of Workbench 
3.0 and above which provides a method 
of enabling ihe Amiga to recognise and 
use alien file types. For example, the 
Multi view utility allows you to view IFF 
picture files as standard (as well as 
other different files such as text and 
sound files) - however, il doesn't let you 
view picture files in, say, Targa formal 

Thanks to Datatypes, it is possible to 
essentially tell ihe Amiga how lo read 
these files by simply dragging the 
appropriate Targa datatype files to Ihe 
datatypes drawers. The Amiga will then 
be able to understand Targa files. 

There are a collection of datatypes for 
you to install, Some of them have their 
own install utility, which copies every- 
thing to the correct drawers for you, but 
some of them require you to do the 
copying yourself. 

Refer lo the associated documentation 
files for instructions on installation for 
such files. 


IteKt month 

On next monlh s CoverOisks we have ihe complete Personal Palm 4 art package as well as 
more MUI applications. So make sure you don't miss oul, - order your copy now or better still, 
why not subscribe and save money too? 




Magic M*nv pIio pf^^i*** 
a pep-up facility for 
wcvming tft* mDifu Jrom 
anywhora on Hi* 

by clicking the right 
rtiauu button 




Arq make* Waffng wfth 
fhcia unmlgneif d«v)c«( 
and vafuiri*! A lot ffllt 
infuriating 



MultiCX provide you with 
a host of fomivrmm which 
c*n bo configured oa*iiy 
uting MultiCX Prof s 
shown her* 



Amiga Computing 


JULY 1 995 








IDE/SCSI 2.573.5" HD B 

Our high quality 2.5’73.5 TDE/SC51 

hard drives come with a one year warranty. 
The 2,5 M HD’s come with cable & manual. 


120MB 2 5” IDE £139 

1 70MB 2,5" IDE , ,.£179 

260MB 2,5 T * IDE * £219 

350MB 2,S" IDE £299 

525MB 2.5" IDE £&89 

735MB 2.5* + IDE * £759 

270MB 3-S" IDE/SCSI £ I 99 

420MB 3.5“ IDE/SCSI - .£239 

540MB 3.5" IDE/SCSI * * ■ -£279 

I G8 3.5" IDE/SCSI - ,,.£599 

2GB 3.5" I DEIS C$1 .£999 

OVERDRIVE HD 

External PCMCIA 3,5 M IDE Hard Drive 

OVERDRIVE BARE v . .£99 

OVERDRIVE 420MB - .£259 

m M-TEC HD 



The AT-500 IDE external hard drive for 
the A500 conges complete widi an internal 
ROM socket so you can switch between a 
2.04 and 1.3 ROM without having to 
open your Amiga casing. 


AT- 5 00 BARE £99 

AT-500 420MB , . ♦ * ■ £259 


ACE EX MODEMS ■ 

Acock l ax Modems feanii c Hull Hajm« cumpaiibbty, 
Cfror dcWCtiiOn + catKCtkin. modem cable and manuals 
included, NComm Tckcomniu motions software, 
Auto dial, Auto answer anti leased line support. 


ACE EX v 32 BIS 14,400 bps , , , . 
ACE EX V32 BIS FastFa* 28,800 bps 
TRAP FAX Fax Modem Software . 


.£139 
.£229 
. .£49 


Mat British Telecom A P pro*|d 


CHIPS/SPARES 


2MB 72pin Simm i i *■**<•»• ■ 
4MB 7ipin Simm * • 

4MB GVP Simrti - 

I X 0 30pin Simm 

4 x 8 30pin Simm 

I x 4 Static Column A3000 ...... 

I x 4 DIP 

256 x 4 DIP * ■ - - 

I x I DIP * 

CIA 

POWER SUPPLIES ... 

More tpirtf Ry.ilabl* 


£79.95 
£149,95 
£159.95 
. .£34.95 


,£149.95 
. , . .£50 

£50 

£5 

.... .£5 
....£12 
. . ,£Cal1 


SYQUEST DRIVES 

A full range of Syquest, Optical and Dai 
Drives are available, please call, 

VIDEO BACKUP 3,0 

This innovative product allows you to backup 
your software onto a VHS cassette, so you 
can store up to 520MB on one four hour 
tape. Version 3,0 has new backup modes for 
Amiga's with a 68020 or higher CPU, a new 
user interface that also runs cm the 


Workbench screen 

VIDEO BACKUP SC ART .££5 

VIDEO BACKUP PHONO £60 

UPGRADE TO V3.0 ... £70 

DISK EXPANDER ■ 


Disk Expander includes the tallowing features: 

* Can add up to 50% to your hard drive capacity' 

* Fast compression and decompression 

* Works with all drives including SCSI, IDE, 
Floppies and even the RAM disk 

■ Reliable in tests, no data corruption 

* Flexible and expandable as new compression 
libraries are developed 

* Once installed the program is transparent to 
the user 

■ Works on any Amiga with any Kickstart 

DISK EXPANDER £^5 

FLOPPY EXPANDER | 

Floppy Expander allows you to Fit about 
1.5MB on a standard floppy drive and 3MB 
when used in conjunction with the XL Drive 
1,76MB, This is achieved by compressing 
data 30 - 70% of its original size. 

FLOPPY EXPANDER ....£10 

OCTOGEN SCSI-2 ■ 

SCSI-2 controller raid for the Amiga 1500/4000 
Upgradable to SMB af RAM. 

OCTOGENZOOB * £179 

TANDEM CD-DE ■ 

Connect a CD-ROM drive, Syquesi 3.5“ and IDE HD’s 
to your A2000/3000/4000 Complete with cables, 
software and manual. ROM 2.04 or above, 

TANDEM CD-DE CARD .... 

WARP ENGINE 

040 board you install directly into the CPU slot 


£69 






Increase your Amiga 500/2000 chip RAM 
to a total of 2MB, McgaChip does this by 
using its own I MB of RAM and drawing 
extra memory from any other RAM you 
have installed in your Amiga. No soldering 
required, 

i * 

MEGACHIP RAM £*59 

1 RAM UPGRADES 

We manufacture a vast range of memory 
card* for all the Amiga range of computers. 

5I2K RAM WITH CLOCK ..... .£24 
5 I2K RAM WITHOUT CLOCK ..£19 

A600 I MB RAM .£34 

AS00+ I MB RAM *£29 

A500 2MB RAM ■ 




A 2MB RAM board for the A500 which 
fits in the trap door slot. 

£90 


A500 2MB RAM , 



Full 68020 processor with MMU 
Works with all A500s, A500+ 
Optional 6888 1/68882 (PLCCorPGA) 
Up to 4MB FAST RAM 

Fully auto-configuring 
Supports Motorolla cache system 
Supports Kickstart remapping 
Disable jumper 


Not Compatible with GVP hard drive 


S< 


68020 A 5 00 BARE 
68020 A500 4MB . 


..£99 

£239 


WARP ENGINES £POA 


x ?! x s g a s 



RAM 
»u by 
awing 
f you 
kring 


159 



;mory 

wtcrs. 


£24 

£19 

£34 

£29 




Thq award winning Power Scanner 
includes the following features: 


Scan in 24-bit (16,7 million colours) ai 
upto 200DP1 (all Amigas, not )usi AGA)* 
Scan in 256 greyscales at up to 400 DPI 
(ail Amigas not jusrAGA) 

Thru f port for printer connection 
Fully supports AG A chipset 
Display HAM8/24-bit images on a non- 
AG A Amiga (via image eon version) 

Full editing facilities 
Compatible with all Amigas 

System Requirement! 

2,04 ROM ur jbK>w r Minimum IMB 
Return jntndeii 2Mb or above 
'Only available on Colour PowitrSc-anneT 4 



which 

£90 


POWERSCAN 4 B/W , , £99 

POWERSCAN 4 COLOUR * . *£ I 99 

OCR {when purchased with Winner) . * * £20 

OCR SOFTWARE £49 

POWERSCAN 4 5W ONLY £20 

PC INTERFACE + COLOUR SfW £49 
PC INTERFACE + B/WHITE S/W £39 

AGA FLICKERFIXER ■ 


AGA 

FLICKER 

FIXER 


| SeanEJcmbtcr II is a full 24-bat AGA Flicker Fixer for 
, ; the Amiga 4000. It aaiomaiically de-inrerlaccs all 

,AGA screen modes and scan -doubles nOEl-inrcriaccd 
[ PAUNTSt; modes to allow VGA monitors to 
display them. Supports VGA only, S-VGA and 
Mulriscan monitors. Pixel sharp picture, even at 
11440 borismual roolurion and has j standard 15 pit! 
‘VGA type conn-cuor. Comes with composite 
Iridaj/S-VHS outputs. 

SCANDOUBLER II * * * * , * . * . .£399 

£99 

[219 | VGA ADAPTOR I • 


.£15 



The Epson GT-65G0 24-bit colour A4 
flatbed scanner has output resolutions 
up to I200DPI in 16.7 million 
colours* greyscale and line art* The 
GT-6500 comes with software, cables 
and manual. 


GT-6500 POWERSCAN £599 

GT-6500 IMAGE FX .£689 


EPSON STYLUS ■ 

Epson Stylus Inkjet, Data Cable 
I 0 Sheets of 72GDPI Paper 
10 Sheets of 320DPI Paper 


Studio II Software . . £489 

EPSON LQ-JOO 24-PIN ..*.£189 
LQ-300 COLOUR KIT £39 

studio it ... * .£49 



TOWER A4000 .£349 
ZORRO 1 > cr£I49.95 


HISOFT PRODUCTS ■ 

SQUIRREL SCSI INTERFACE „ 

Connect SCSI petphiersb *.**»*. .£59.95 

AURA -j 

12/ L 6-bit dimt-to-disk sampler A*00/ 1 2i>ih £79.95 
MEGALOSQUND 

H-bir direct- to -disk sampler, all Amiga's .£29.95 
VIDEOMASTER AGA 

Realtime video with sound + mils A60 (Ni:chi£59 + 95 

VIDEOMASTER AGA RGB 

VkfcoMaster AGA plus CoIolvMjukt . .£99.95 
VIDEOMASTER 

Realtime video with sound * stills A5(KVA5£N>*£5Z.9 5 


VIDEOMASTER RGB V'idnMuier pita 

CoLourMas-ter A'WOfAsoo. . ■ , £89.95 

COLOURMASTER m 

RGB splincr Fur Video Master £5 Z.9 5 

PROMIDI INTERFACE 

Amiga Midi EhEeifiKc »«*+*»*»***£ I 9.95 


WORKBENCH 3J A500/A2000 £85 

WORKBENCH 3.1 A300WA4CM £95 

2.1 ENHANCER Software * . . .£49 

ROM SHARE DEVICE £19 

2.04 ROM CHIP £25 


A' -> - 

t. i . * • • - 

V W ' 



TELEPHONE 0 1 234 273000 



PHONE ORDERS: 


We accept mast major credit cards and 

are happy to help you with any queries. 


Ordering hy cheque/PO please make them payable 

to Power Computing Ltd and specify which delivery is required 



All Power products came with a 12 month 


warranty unless otherwise specified, 


Help is on hand with a full Technical Backup 

service which is provided for Power Customers- 


AI! prices listed are for month of publication only, 
please call to confirm prices before ordering. 



Most items are available at Tex Free Prices to 
non-EC residents. Call to confirm prices. BFPO orders welcome 


When ordering from other Power adverts please use this order form 

Name 

Address 

PoslCode 

Telephone 
System Owned 
Description 


Total Amount line, delivery^ £ 

Credit Card No. 

Expiry Dale Signature 

Delivery 2 3 Days « SO Next Day £5 Sat £10 
Minimum delivery E2.» Allinw up lo ? days for ctioque* lo clear 



POWER COMPUTING LTD 

44a/b Stanley St, Bedford MK4I 7RW 

Tel 01234 273000 Fa* 01234 352207 

TVid-e anil Edufldontl nrdrri welcome ■ Worldwide- distribution IVlIUblt 

All priOH delude VAT. 5f« fulm ud pntfi ire ttitWfl CO wsrtftwi rertet, il tridomrlo JTE iri™*l«l|pd 

M antm r #rtin| or by taecf™ wl be e^euLcd <xh sdtieCI Ifl Of Cnn& m •injnjfcm d mde. mpej ai itfieti 
art jHiiiiic tee cf du-ge- hi request 


VGA ADAPTOR 











a 2 LOWEST PRICES V 

M\ BESTSERV.C* RAPID DELIVERY 

SALES FREE CALL 0500 737 800 


DISKS DISKS PISKS + 1 ® C *" S U 

100% CERTIFIED ERROR FREE 

Grade A+ Grade B 

50 3,5" DS/DD £15.99 .El 149 + 100 cop ockab e box Add £4.00 

1003-5" DS/DD £24 99 £24.49 + 100 MP loddfe box Add £4.00 

1 50 3.5" DS/DD £38.99 £33.49 + 2 x » Wrabfe bo* Add £8.00 

200 3.5’ DS/DD £48.99 £47.99 + 2*100 ockcMe bon .^dd £8.00 

300 3 5" DS/DD £73.99 ..£69.00 + 3 * 00 kdobb bo* Add £ 2.00 

400 3 5’ DS/DD £98.99 ..,£92.00 + 4 x 1 03 lockable box .Add £ 6.00 

500 3 5" DS/DD £123.99 ..£110.00+ 5* 

1000 3 5" D5/DD ...£229,99 ,.£205,00 + 10 x 100 lockable boa.Add £30,00 

FREE LABELS + FREE DELIVERY BY PARCEL FORCE 


£194.99 


- 1^: 


AMIGA CD32 

7 Gam«i Pack - f™» delivery 

SX1 Modular Expamiion.. ...119199 

KeyboordlwCO]? £34.99 

Dti Owe for C032 W0,99 

CD 32 to Amiga 1200 it idws, £ 29.99 

CD 32 to Scart .,^ 11.99 

Competition Pro PmL X 15 -W 

Commodore Original Pod.,, IE.99 

CD32 HiFi Lead -EH >99 

AJoEJpif hF(rmli«i 


3.5 s MLUrtlOOAMESOEB 


I SO Capacity .... £4.05 1 
1 100 Copocity C4,99| 


IlOO Cap tfnwer E9-99 I 

IbO Cop Banx .£9.99 J 


IAPP0 AMIGA 1 200 CD ROM DRIVE 


* With. 5 Gomes: Brutd 
Fac4bdl, Alien Bind. Qwde, 
PTDfBCf Xv FIT Challenge 


a*i od* as &wh™ 

•jjrti out la BuM 4 * 

£189.99 


INKJET CARTRIDGES & REFILLS 


I HP P«kj*l bUnM Dim Capacity C^*kI0*,,|2| 9J 
HP Black 

HP Peslcpl 500Q/S60C Ce4o«r JJ 

HP D-sk|*t 500C/540C J J-JJ 

Caran BJ TO/200 B ack ^M+nd*,™ E Jg 99 

Canon BJ 10/200 Block mk ” 

AH O id* 

huh iiii 

-V a 

174 IJlAO 

3fl5 1KB 

aw lj-a 

l s£ icuioimm m j.» 

■ ■ ™& H FOG; pnivliT 


HARD DRIVE 


ZAPPO SMART STOR HA 

B PigwdK gome «*J data (Xdoiiility IqAU 

|2&0Mib. £204.99 540Mb, 

INTERNAL 2.5" + CABLE + 50! 
■ BOMb2.5 p . ...CS9.99 2SOMb.„ 

I 130Mb 2.5" ..£124,99 235Mb- 

1 1 7ftMh 2. 5" £129.99 250Mb 


AMIGA CABLES 


AmiB=l»TVSwn. - -fJgSS 

!a^!S3^ia 

Auto^^^auio/JtayiHtk coble 

Jnyahck Entoniion Uad IOft,„„— "“"ISm 

Arni^-1 1J0O/&00/5OOP/6«> - -gj-™ 

CcmmadW Philip* monitor* — 

Sfar/Cfflufi/ Pana tonic Frmtors W 

Arnkga Disk Driv« (Am itok /Zapped Eff ’S 

TV M«Usta r (2yr* warranty! +* 

Deluxe Mou*« Mai - ■■■«-■■■ 

1000 Label % .. “■£ 

3.5“ Disk head C\#anmw — - JJ'” 


DUST COVERS 


24WCOOUI 

£159.99 

Afl puton free bad Addhmy 

dot matrix 9 m 

Pane sonic 11509 pin mew - "?!«« 

Star IC1 00 9 pin colour E12J-99 

DOT MATRIX 24 PIN 

PAW A SON 1C 2 13 5 24 pin Cola* IK, dm! fader £ < *9 99 

Citizen ABC 24 pin colour SIS'S 

Citizen Swift M&24 pm ado ur t 79.99 

SIM LC 24 pin coW me, iberffwid | 

MK P2Q 24 pin mono 

INKJET - DESKTOP & PORTABLE 

HEwkrfl Peekard 3» mono + ih«H f«d ^ ^ 

Hewktt Packard 540 n ow jntfet 

iSwi.it Pocked 560 cokwr irdcpl 

Hewleti Pockord 6A0 colour inkrtl -5J?! « 

Canon 8J30 mono inc, sheet h«d “14.99 

Canon BJ200 mono mk ef... _....£229,99 j 

CtR»n 0J4OOO colour inkfUt-,,.. £304.99 

Add £1 2.50 for IRidban. Uo* Mrtmc fVr d«»t «wr. Firrter 
' stand, 500 44 pope* wtun p^bawd with printer . 

nil i mi - ‘ —r y off Eft 

l Arnttek Moniwr^ysj^l 

f 189.99 

WITH TUI AMO- SWIVEL STAND 

I MicraviteC 143fl 

1 (Frw^wW £279.99 

I Philips 0fi33yil .£215,00 

I Sharp TV/Monitor .,£ 1 M.99^ 


HOW TO FIND USI 


GREY-TRONICS LTD, UNIT 1015 WHITGIFT CENTRE, 
CROYDON, SURREY CRO 1UU 

SALES HELPLINE: 0181 686 9973 Mail order prim °nlf FA X: <> 18 1-686 9974 
Ploose dbw (5 woAing dwqv« to clwr 


UKS INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY SERVICES - [BFPO ORDERS WELCOME + SURCHAR 

AIR 


! 




FEATURE 




JULY 1995 


one of Commodore's best markets. 
As events unfolded In New York on 
20 April, it was clear the Escom offer 
was worth much less - only $3,5 
million for the company’s core 
assets- There was another $500,000 
In the price for the UK assets and $1 
million for the manufacturing inven- 
tory in the Philippines, but the 
Bahamian liquidators were not in a 
position to guarantee delivery of 
either of those- Jurisdiction was 
claimed by a Dutch liquidator 
conducting his own proceedings. 

E scorn cams to the auction with a 
small army led 
Jf by company 
JF president 
Jf Manfred Schmitt, 
jjfe ' who owns 51 percenl 
of the firm's assets. 

JBBf Schmitt is a tail, lean, 
sandy-haired, boyish but 
flHp stern looking 44-year-old 
He was in a white shin, silvery 
H? tie, and a black suit so well tat- 
f lored it seemed he might have 
been bom in it and it grew with him. 

Along with Schmitt were two top 
Escom executives, two American 
attorneys, a German attorney, a 
German financial consultant, and 
tour Chinese representing Tietsin 
Trust & Investment CO. - the par- 
ent firm of a Chinese > 

electronic game 


Q avld Pleasance looked glum. 

The bidding for the remains 
of Commodore International 
Ltd- had not even begun, but the man- 
agement team from Commodore 
Business Machines UK was throwing 
in the towel 

L We can t compete with Escom and 
Dell," said Pleasance. We are going 
to try to settle with whoever wins." 

Commodore, once a world leader in 
the production of home computers, 
had been reduced to corporate 
corpse. Circling in those law offices 
were small 
groups of 
men in dark V 
suils, picking at 
the remains. They 
were hoping to 
revive a pulse - the ^B^ 
company’s name which t^B^ 
once stood for innovation 
and quality at prices afford- W •' '•'% 
able to the average tB 
consumer. 

For months there had been 
speculation about who would wind ^ 
up with Commodore and what they 
would pay. Commodore s UK sub- 
sidiary had been among the most 
prominent suitors, as had Creative 
Equipment International of Miami, the 
largest Commodore distributor in 
North America. Other names 
emerged and faded. 

Am st rad, 


Ban Stets reports from Bern fork about the 
- date toed all being toaiting for - the dag - 
Commodore was finally bought 


Philips, Samsung. Estimates of the 
sales price ran to more than $20 
million. The company s American 
creditors, owed more than 5100 
million, were keen, to get as much 
back as possible. 

The American creditor had resis- ’ 
ted allowing the bankruptcy to go I 
ahead in the Bahamas as they were 
sceptical that Bahamian law would I 
protect their interests. After 
months of bickering, a joint i 
approach was agreed upon, 
allowing a blend of US and 
Bahamian law. 

t The Bahamian liquidators j 
would sign a sales agree- j 
. . i menl with one polential 
g- buyer and then an 


auction would be held to convince 
American creditors they had got the 
best price The first buyer would be 
: a stalking horse, it was assumed the 
| lirst price would be no more than 
Others would 


in opening 
surely top it. 

Escom AG, Germany's second 
largest computer company, 
became the stalking horse. The 
company, which had offered $12 
million for Commodore in 
I September, agreed six months 


r 




|l 


FEATURE 


► 

company. If Escom were successful in the bid- 
ding, the Chinese had agreed to build all Ihe 
Commodore products at a factory outside 
Beijing. 

The UK effort wag represented by 
Pleasa nee and the subsidiary's other manag- 
ing partner, Colin ProudlooL Alex Amor, 
president of Creative Equipment, arrived with a 
tall, dark-haired female assistant, 

As the hour approached for tho auction to 
begin, the dark suits which had been pacing 
the corridors crowded al the one long labia and 
in chairs around a conference room. The 
Tientsin team had been seated for an hour. 
Amor and his assistant had a place at 
the table, 

Next lo Amor was a new figure in the drama, 
Dalton Kaye, Dell Computer Co.'s vice presi- 
dent and treasurer. Dell, a Texas maker of 
IBM-compatible computers, were suddenly 
interested In Commodore, bul Kaye never 
would spell out just what the Interest was. ft 
was clear Dell were allied with Amor, who had 
tried for months to get IBM to back him, 
because he wanted to salvage his efforts with 
another American computer company. 

Also around tire table were representatives 
of several small and obscure American 
technology companies, but about half the 
places were taken by lawyers representing 
Commodore creditors and the liquidators, as 
well as the lead liquidator, Franklyn R Wilson, 
an accountant for Deloifte & Touche, who in 
the midst o# the liquidation proceedings had set 
up his own firm, F R Wilson and Co, 

There were more than 65 people in Ihe room 
in all, a standing room crowd. Incongruously, 
among those Jett standing were Schmitt and 
most of the Escom team, 


Euen before tin 
(ourt rtiofi- 
utnid, Hiiidi announted his 
defeat. 1 guess well sell 
flguws" he said. His support 
fit Dell had earned the 
aniaiBsitq of the Esrom 
reoreseitatiws 


STARTING POINT 


The proceedings were supposed to begin at 
10 am. As lead lawyer for the liquidators. 

William J Rochelle III, Ihe pin-striped essence 
of an American preppy earning at least six-fig- 
ures a year, opened the meeting, asking for 
names and explaining the process. 

Proudfoot asked to speak, He said 
Commodore UK was out of the bidding, but 
that the equity of the UK subsidiary was up for 
sate. He promised there would be tax 
advantages for whoever bought Ihe concern, 

Then the problems began. Rochelle and 
Sfoven Richmond, lawyer for the creditors, had 
set up a bidding process the likes of which no 
one had ever heard of, and the details of which 
had no| been contained in the announcement 
of the auction, 

The auction would be held in two parts, with 
the entire company - or at least that part of 
Commodore the liquidators could deliver - put 
to the bidding process first. Then the parts 
would be auctioned off separately. II the parts 
brought a greater price than the whole, then 
the highest bidder for the whole could up the 
anti until a winner emerged. 

That was all known beforehand; buf then 
came the tricky part, Rochelle and Richmond 
had decided there would be 'a reserve price/ a 
magic secret number scribbled on a piece of 
paper, ll was a minimum price the liquidators 
wanted for the core assets. 

in the first round of bidding, if one and only, 
one bidder exceeded the reserve price, thal 

I m i rnnmn ii 


bidder would be the winner of 
all the assets. The idea was to 
pump up the price on the first 
round. If more than one bidder 
exceeded the reserve price, 
then they - and only they - 
would be allowed to bid in the 
next round. 

Escom would have to sub- 
mit a bid, in effect bidding 
against itself, to ensure it 
stayed in the competition to 
ihe end Darlene Gatting, 
lawyer for Escom, objected , 

She and Richmond, a burly 
Boston lawyer, squabbled on 
several points of procedure. 

Escom reserved the right to 
object to the whole process. 

After Ihree hours, Rochelle finally managed 
to hand out bidding forms, single pieces of 
paper calling for two numbers - one price for 
the core assets and another for everything 
else. Representatives of seven firms raised 
their hands requesting forms. 

A period of muttering and scribbling ensued. 
There was a break for lunch, and (hen at 2pm 
Rochelle collected the forms. To his obvious 
consternation, only three firms returned bids. 
The liquidator. Wilson, began lo look nervous. 

The bidders were Escom, Deli and an 
obscure Commodore distributor from 
California, Computer Conneclfon. There was 
then another break as the liquidator and 
lawyers evaluated the bids. 

A shaken Rochelle announced the results, 
Computer Connection's bid was Invalid 
because it was not accompanied by ihe 
required SI million deposit. Dell's bid also was 
invalid because it had been conditional - the 
conditions were not then specified. Escom 
seemed to be the winner with its original 
proposal, S3. 5 miliion for the core assets. 

There was another pause as the lawyers 
met with Kaye of Deli to discuss his conditions. 
FinaJly, Rochelle had to declare Escom winner 
of the auction. No one wanted to hid 
separately lor Commodore's perta- 
in a bit of gallow’s humour. Rochelle joked 
that he had never seen so many people show 
up for an auction and prepared to pay so littfo. 

Schmitt, who had been quiet throughout the 
day, had one comment for Wilson as he left 
the conference room: Tl was unfair what you 
did here," But the young German had not yet 
seen the worst of it. As the room emptied, 
Wilson was already talking with Kaye, And 
then the lawyers began talking to him. 

As Wilson would describe it laler, the real 
auction had just begun. The meetings with 
Kaye lasted until just before midnight when 
Dell finally agreed to pay $15 mlllJon for 
Commodore, including $13 million for the core 
assets, another $1 million for Dutch and UK 
assets, and $1 million for lire Philippines 
inventory. 

A hearing to approve the sale had been set 
for the next morning in a US Bankruptcy Court 
down m Manhattan's financial district - it was 
clear something was afoot. The Escom troops, 
who had managed at least laint smiles after 
Ihe auction, were stem once again. 

Richmond asked Judge James L Garrily Jr. 
for permission to speak. He announced that 
the creditors would oppose the sale to Escom 


at the original offer price, which 
he called "shockingly low, 
grossly inadequate." 

He said a better offer was on 
the table from Dell, with a 
condition that was acceptable 
to ihe creditors, Dell warned 
a month lo evaluate 
Commodore's assets and had 
agreed to pay a Si million 
non- refundable deposit to buy 
that time. 

More than an hour of debate 
followed. The issue was 
whether the judge had the right 
to reject the price produced at 
the auction. Bul Richmond had 
offered an alternative. The 
creditors would drop their 
objections if Escom would substantially up its 
bid lor the core assets. 

An hour-long lunch break was called IE 
stretched to two hours. The Escom group 
felt tricked, and they suspected a conspiracy 
aimed al driving up the price. Their lawyers 
assured them that such a thing was 
Illegal, and therefore impossible, in an 
American court. 

Neither Schmitt nor the rest of the 
Germans were reatiy convinced, But they 
were stuck. They had big plans for 
Commodore. Resumed manufacturing o! all 
Commodore products In China; manufacture 
of IBM -compatibles that would be sold under 
the Commodore name in European 
department stores, and a new PowerPC, an 
Apple clone, for the European market. 

One of the Escom team explained the 
problem, Schmitt didn't really understand 
Commodore or its products all that wall. Hs 
was being driven along by former 
Commodore employees who were now part 
of his managemenl team, such as Bernard 
van Tienen, a former Commodore VP who 
was in charge of world-wide distribution for 
Escom, These former Commodore troops, 
more than 100 in ail. wanted the Commodore 
assets badly. 

Schmitt would have to take a leap of lailh. 
He would have lo spend more money for the 
assets and then be left with, (ess money for 
the serious business ahead, an expensive 
marketing program to polish Commodore's 
tarnished image 

He decided to take the chance, agreeing 
to up Esoom's bid for ihe core assets lo Si 0 
million - an increase of S6.5 million. 
Richmond!, realty not sure whether the 
creditors would ever see Dell's $15 million, 
quickly accepted, 

Even before the court reconvened. Aimer 
announced his defeat. He had backed a 
loser, "I guess we'll sell flowers." he said, His 
support for Dell had earned the animosity of 
the Escom representatives, who had refused 
to talk with him over the two-day auction. 

Tho UK team was in a decidedly different 
position. Pleasance hadn't even bothered to 
attend the court hearing, taking a tour of the 
city instead. But Praudfioot was in there until 
the veiy end.. He quickly made plans to meet 
with Van Tiengn to discuss the future- of the 
UK subsidiary and its 22 employees. 

He predicted the UK team would have “a 
good future" wiih Escom. 



» 


24 


JULY 1995 







About time 


n the eyes of everyday business, 
Ihe Commodore story is a mere 
blip of insignificance as yet 
another company that bit the bullet had a 
wretched, strung out liquidation process. 
To the people who care, though, the 
recent buyout now means that one of the 
computer industry's most popular 
machines has a chance to make its 
presence fell in the Internal ion al scene 
as it has in the past. 

What follows are a series of interviews 
with, and details on, some of the hey 
players over the iasl year. Whether 
winners or losers, most have had to put 
up wilh constant setbacks and delays 
along ihe road to keeping Ihe Amiga alive 
and kicking, 


r~ die ask the winner and 
losers after 
that fateful 
dan about 
their uiews and 
plans for the future, 
ddam Phillips reports 


the uktor - (seem 




I 


After dropping out of the spotlighl a few 
months ago and letting CHI and 
Commodore UK grab the headlines with 
their fighting talk. Escom produced the 
trump card on £0 April, buying Out 
Commodore's intellectual properties, 
technologies, trademarks and patents. 

Bernard van Tienen, an ex-vice president 
of Commodore and now managing director 
Of Escom Holland, commented on the 
auction and their philosophy; "We are a 
company of aclion - we do things, we don’t 
sit around and talk about them... as for the 
auctioning process, it's very different to 
what we're used to in Europe, but I think 
at the end ol the day everyone came out 
of the proceedings happy with the way it 
had gone” 

While the Amiga industry and users 
breath a sigh of relief that the business of 
bankruptcy is over, the previously-felt anxi- 
ety has been replaced by a mixture of 
anticipalion of better things and a tew 
niggling worries - Escom may have a 
money pit ihe size of the Bundesbank, but 
what are they going to do to that darling of 
the computer industry, the Amiga. To quell 


Eicom - fh* fucc««ifvr huyor Al CouMflediffe'j 

totaHfafatUfa/ PNWirtltf, lac-hnoiogiam, trade- 
marks mnd patent*, founded in tW7 far 
Manirmd Schmitt, it'l III# tec and f#rg«lt 
EunpMFi PC numifieluw, With a turnevmr of 
a*«r $500 million m yvw ind 730 Uamj #£»h 
E urap*. Eie«n In a prim* poiiiion fa 

launch Amiga ccmcbidh 


any fears, or even worse, the rumour mill, 
Escom have taken the wise slep of laying 
out a general plan for the future use ol Ihe 
Commodore trademark and assorted 
technologies. The most immediate question 


pjadnt eutffnliy 
IlflVf an an-ttnw 

service en ffa* 

Wafa for their 
German 
numtomarm. Ail 

IqlU 

(riiitliir#A nh cuW 


toon, TaJr* a too* 
at Ufa# aiffJU by 
typing In: 
hitpitfw ww varoru- 
cm.nVmeaom/ 


on everyone s 
lips is the production 
new Amigas - 
Escom have confirmed 
that they will be producing 
600s. 12QQs and 4000s again 
within the next three months or, 
by the very latest, October (see late 
breaking news story tor more details). 
Not only wifi Escom'S 255 shops sell the 
Amiga, but any independent retailers are 
welcome to step back inlo selling Ihe tech- 
nology. The CD32 will be reappearing and 
Eacom's Dr Wirsing, head of PR, has 
confirmed lhal. there are plans for a 64-bit 
version of the console. 

One surprise move lhal could drag 
money out of wallets as quickly as the 
Spaniards trawl fish from the sea is ihe 
news that ihe C64 will go back into produc- 
tion to be sold inlo the Chinese and East 
European markets. While Ihe Western 
world crave for money-hungry Pentiums 
and Alpha Dec machines, China is a 
technological wilderness awaiting the arrival 
of an inexpensive computer, 

CHINESE CREDENTIALS 

The country is also playing a vital part in 
producing (he Amiga. Chinese firm, Tianjin 
Family-Used Multimedia, has won the 
licence from Escom to produce and market 
the Amiga platform. Its credentials include 
being the Largest producer of 16-bit games 
machines in China, with a market share of 
60 per cent, and have an installed user 
base of one million consoles. 

As for the Far East and US markets, 
Escom are currenlly in negotiations with 
major distributors for the Commodore 
licenses. 

The other main financial magnet that 
pulled Escom info parting with its money, 
other than Commodore's established name, 
is the Amiga's multimedia capabilities, The 
company sees (he machine as a key 
technology for private users in Ihe future of 
ihe multimedia industry. To further their 
plans for the Amiga, Ihe firm have aims to 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 







feature 


integrate lha technology of the machine with 
the PG by producing PC cards thal emulate 
the multimedia functions of lha Amiga, such 
as audio end video. To add to this, Eseom are 
also planning an Amiga TV set-top box that 
they hope will form the basis for interactive 
television. 

This plan has added muscle, as one of the 
major shareholders in the German-based 
company wants to make a move into the 
interactive television market - with Escom's 
wealth, it could be a force to make the 
Murdoch's ot this world look over their 
shoulder while they squabble lor Ihe rights of 
Channel 5. 

The impression that one gets from the firm 
is that they are considering anything at the 
moment - Power PCs and Macs with the 
Commodore logo slapped on them are both 
on the cards, 

Escom's Bernard van Tienen is eager to 
point out that they are open to all ideas from 
people who know ihe Amiga industry inside 
out, Indeed, any fears lhal third-party hard- 
ware and software may be a problem have 
been quashed. "We're very open to third-party 
licensing" commented Tienan. “We see 
ourselves as a very open company" 




...and the casualties of corporate mar 


Mam etuliHTW support 
comma in ffc* filflp# of a 
tnmgmiino dofattittg 
Eicom'l prpduEf* and 
Mfl rfCM 


Ask many a magazine PC 
critic to name four lop PC 
manufacturers and Dell 
are usually placed some- 
where in the list. The 
company has been sailing 
PC clones for several 
years and made $8 billion 
in safes in 1994 

When their bid came 


out of the blue on 20 April, 
there were plenty of sur- "** i0tt 

, , . buying cmrtmk* patent. Itotti Mm E««n- 

prised people - why had 
they done if? Michelle 

Moore, vice president of communications for Dell in Ihe US, clarified matters lor Amiga 
Computing - twit not by much. It actually came up quite suddenly here also... wo had just 
heard about the auction and we saw an opportunity, We had a late breaking review of some of 
Commodore's intellectual properties and decided that while wa weren't interested in the 
company per se, we possibly would be interested in acquiring some of its patents." 

Which patenls they were interested in was not revealed but. despite Esoom s success, it 
would appear that Dell are now considering approaching the Gerniannhased company. "We 
are still interested in their patents portfolio and possibly acquiring part ol that. Buying from 
Esoom is a possibility and we're exploring our options in thal area." 

Despite E scorn beating Dell to the jackpot, we may well see the Stateside company 


producing some Amiga-related products in Ihe future. It’s interesting to see how a machine that 
is regularly ridiculed by the PC business has managed lo attract quite so much attention on a 


EARLY NEGOTIATIONS 


global scale - it can only be a good sign. 


The firm are well aware that there are 
many loyal developers, public domain pro- 
grammers and consumers - perhaps as a 
sign of Escom's commitment lo the platform, 
ihey are already negotiating with Commodore 
ex-employees lo bring them back on board. In 
tael, with an estimated 100 Commodore ex- 
employees working for Eseom already, 
there's a real Amiga family buried away 
behind Ihe previously PC-only company. 

Support for consumers will hopefully be 
placed high on their agenda - they already 
have a homepage on the Internet for their 
German customers, and Tienen fold Amiga 
Computing thal this will be resurfacing in 
English at some point in Ihe future, along with 
a possible magazine based round Escom's 
products and services. 

Wilh all this seemingly good news, the only 
remaining hurdle is Ihe residual stock in Ihe 
Philippines which is being held by the 
government. Rumour has it thal it can only be 
sold to Esoom, and Industry insiders estimate 
that the inventory will go for Si million at 
some point in the near future, 


ElCMl'f hoaij. 
qua rt+ra based in 
Garriidtiy. Eacem 
UK arm haaad in 
Irvin*, Scotland and 
can Iw PMchtd ®n 
01294 222500 



[El 


One of the most active bidders and main 
competitors to Commodore UK over the last 
year has been Creative Equipment 
International, based in Miami, Headed by 
Ate* Amor, the company first came into the 
liquidating limelighl when announcing it had 
a silent partner that would turn the Amiga 
into a household name - thal company was 
IBM, Unfortunately for Amor this fell Ihrough, 
so CEI had to arrive at the auction day with 
only its own financing. 

Amor i$ stoical about the day: ‘'Obviously 
we're a little disappointed we were not 
successful, but il was a procedure that was 
agreed upon and il was carried forward and 
will move on... I believe that based on ihe 
procedures and what ihe judge decided, 
Eseom have rightly got the technology.” 

PARTNERSHIPS 

One of the surprise moves on the day was 
the hasty alliance drawn up with Dell: "Our 
rotation ship happened two to three weeks 
before the actual auction, and Deli was very 
aggressive and looked like a good partner to 
move the Amiga technology forward," Amor 
commented. They came to the auction inde- 
pendently ol us and it was deckled that It 
was best to join efforts at thal point in time.” 

it would seem, though, that, like Dell, 
Escom's success has ultimately pul CEI in a 
place to perhaps approach the German 
company at some point in the future for 
potential licensing: “At this particular junc- 
ture, the ball is in Escom's court - obviously, 
we understand where ihe Amiga needs to go 
and we'll be interested in moving the Amiga 
forward and the Amiga lechnofogy forward." 


Amor continued: 'We are standing by to see 
what Eseom is going lo do with the 
technology - if their intentions are to really 
make C64s in China and use the 
Commodore name, they might have inten- 
tions to move forward with the Amiga 
technology. If they don't, obviously we would 
like the opportunity to do that ” 

is he glad the whole thing's over? "Oh, no 
question about it - absolutely. How we need 
a few answers, and Eseom hold the key to 
those answers and the Amiga can move 
back to where it rightfully belongs." And 
does he have hope for the machine in Ihe 
future? “Absolutely-" 

While Amor remains upbeat, Ihe friction 
caused between himself and Eseom over 
the partnership with Dell could cause 
problems - Amor may well have his work 
cut out. 










FEATURE 


lh 


; 


ust 
■ of 
he 

. ii 
Va 

HT> 

iy 

lat 

a 


I 

se 

e 


d 

o 

d 

0 
a 

J 

1 

r 


(ommodore UK IT1B0 


Perhaps the biggest surprise, and some 
would say disappointment, was the 
withdrawing of Commodore UK from the 
auction on 20 April. After months of 
positivity from the ever-cptimistic mouth of 
David Pleasance, MD pi the UK 
subsidiary, the company appeared to put 
its tail between its legs and scurry out of 
the bidding process, claiming they lacked 
the financial muscle lo make a viable bid 
the nighl belore. 

Pleasarvca is happy to explain the lull 
circumstances of this decision. "Three 
days before the auction, ihere was news 
that the other bidders had more money to 
bid with than our entire working capital. It 
was an agonising decision - one brought 
aboul on behall of the staff.'' 

It transpires that Pleasance and Colin 
Proudfoot, the other hail of the joint 
managing director learn, didn't want lo put 
their employee's jobs at risk by bidding. 
Pleasance believes that by placing such a 
bid, he would have alienated Commodore 
UK from Escom and any future 
negotiaiions may well have been affected 
- some would say that's exactly what 
CE1 have done. 

In case you're wondering, Escom don't 
own Commodore UK at present - the UK 



WftJV* Cvi-rrmodora LW bmckmd cut of thr 
auction, Colin Proudfoot, joint MD of Kio 
eampmjr, eommanlorf tful tho UK Imih 

fuvp “* good hifum" with l?«?pni 



David FI* HJHW#, HD 0t C-UHr Currently In 
tmtkm with fooom concerning thm Artur* of 
th« UX-bflteif Commodore subsidiary 


subsidiary was specially excluded from 
the contracts drawn up by the liquidators 
because Escom was uncertain whether 
they would want C=UK as an ongoing 
concern. Because of this, both Pleasance 
and Proudfoot have made two trips to 
Germany to discuss their potential future 
in the new company set-up. According to 
Pleasance, he is very hopeful that an 
arrangement will be found - he and 
Proudfool have created a plan for Escom 
that he feels is a great opportunity for the 
Amiga, and shows that C=UK could be a 
valuable asset. 

NEGATIVE FEELINGS 

While they have their plans set out for 
the immediate future. Pleasance is well 
aware of the negative feelings coming 
from the Amiga community who were hop- 
ing that Amiga International, Ihe proposed 
title for Pleasance and co's new company, 
would become a UK-based reality. 

"We know that certain parties are disap- 
pointed that we just gave up - they feel let 
down, but I believe they will be more then 
happy with the outcome eventually" 
commented Pleasance, 

On the subject of Escom ilself, he only 
has kind words for them: “They’re the 
fastest growing PC company in Europe 


and their plans for Escom UK are very 
aggressive - 100 stores are being 
opened on 1 1th May.” 

He continues: “The Amiga user base 
knows that somebody with tremendous 
resources has taken the Amiga on board 
and are committed to the long-term 
development of the machine." 

With the conclusion of this chapter in 
Commodore’s chequered history, is he 
glad it's all over? “Unquestionably." 


And finalln 

From where this journalist is sitting, there's 
an undeniable air of determination and 
hope for Ihe future qf Commodore and the 
Amiga. While the losers in this first 
important phase of re-establishing the 
Amiga aren't likely to start spitting nails at 
Escom because they all seem to have 
plans for approaching the company at 
some point, the general mood is distinctly 
upbeat and co-operative - that altitude in 
itself is alien to the Amiga world of over a 
year ago, where doors were closed to most 
third-party developers and Ihe other 
unsung heroes that have stood behind the 
machine. 

Cynically, perhaps this could all turn out 
to be nothing more than concealing FR 
from Escom - alter ail, the company was 
only interested in the trademark two 
months ago and have now produced a 
long fist of substantially different plans for 
the future of Commodore. One gets a 
feeling that some of the comments coming 
out of Esoom’s PR factory and interviews 
are still generalised and by no means set 
In corporate concrete. 

For the time being, though, while 
queslion marks remain and ihe road to 
recovery has several large and unchar- 
tered potholes dented out of its tarmac, the 
simple facl that Escom has plans, and has 
a substantial amount of money to back 
them up wilh and a soon-to-be-in-place 
world-wide distribution network, means the 
Amiga, even comparing back to its old hey 
days, has never had it so good. 

Escom has a lot to live up to. For 
everyone's sake, Amiga Computing wishes 
(hem the very best for Ihe future. 



Thanks to Tim's Megastors <01 625 434 1 1 0} tar loan ol C64 








COOE C DROM TfTLE/DESCRI PTION PRICE 

CD060 HOTTEST 4 ( D ISK5 3001 ^4000} £19.99 

CD061 UTILITIES VI -1500 (VARIOUS DISKS 1-V1500) £19 99 

CD10C3 HOTTEST 5 (4O01-4300/V1 501 -V1750) 

SUB3# SUBSCRIPTION to th* HOTTEST RANGE £1 4,99 

Get your HANDS on ihe Hottest CDFOMs, ihe day on which they are 
released, YOU CAN NOW! preorder them with our subscription service, 
all you need is a credit/SWITCH card. You wll only be IffjBSXJ 


CHiolT- Iwcfudes H FREt 54 pugr printed Hook wltH *11 Ihe pmjirjuiw Names, version numbers J 
drstripllims. Clives you an easy way It) view the progmiii* contained un Ihi cdrnm, Holtcsl 5 i* ih 
first edrom io come with a free printed book for describing Hi* shareware titles. 

Contains the continuation fi™ our Various floppy disk library i disks VLWI-V (7»), iu«J our main library dthks from 400J ■ 
43G0, This odrora town a variety of Public Domnin subjetls; Utilities, Games, Mega Demos - AG A, 
KV*tPuli3 r.ura Demos, Demos, Product detm«v, Disk Magazines. Music Titles. Slide '.hows. Clipart. Vvals. li-m: 
IJilI¥IICl Dalttf Tritcks, 5 am pied Sounds, Imagr' in )EC, till'. AGA 23ti, Iina^me Objects, Textures-, 
KSj£RKfl Animations. Sound Samples, Music Modules. Colour Clip art, Edutalunml disks, Adodc type I foflfc, 
"*■ * [JPStint fonts. Scalable fonts, Business programs. Word processor*, Graphic utilities. Workbench tools, 


Emulators, Hobbies, Fractals, Printer utilities. New Printer drivers, A much more, 


GDI OS GRAPHIC SENSATIONS 


CP « 42 MEETING PEARLS 2 E9 


lM» have limp tavn vni«lsl pin 
ipj Ooni[Hlcill( Mmy um blrrj.U 
rUROM drive. Bhl 'llX inunher at 
krf pdehiftk svHiluhSe un CD Ii 
,m>i slamlitv. Una Nt'*, dunutfh, a 
-lely, wrHetoCDi We have 
revutiiliiMUV «.-.li*die hy 
kJ .Sletsei CkRMiMiJ'i, C1*- 
>i,ru vinually wril* k» 
L'nlimry CPKDM drive, 
nl drive ivstnn 


Ifcr I i.qrlnj, ScIn-feU* CURUM * J LV-llnijn-ji 
Lhr lic-i ( ml iilhii'-, ||..|,. ,'lhii inwri, Annuli, in. 

'.I h, I. II 7 H. I ml -hr !i|w.c XfHIW.I-'l h, S™“-'l 

Kct*-- ft hap ndaHtm lift ISHAU 4 S 4 L- UsfTV ■ llui 
Win uk' H* frtn In liuk 'fcf'MJih. uHmn 
lubuiMc ftjwmnii, Anhtali, AlliliWi.Ahlilll* 
0 »apy, lluiLinf iluib. Ci-ll|i|icr. 


Rnl|.|i ItpiVl ft 
WulB Clljtic-. 
Cth with on 
KtafUlKa ■ Isj 


LIGHT ROM 1995 


IC03B MULTI MEDIA TOOCKIT2 E22.S9 

the Itaf Jft-td hn|ud h. hfcllHWilii TmiltH ho _ j 


R.LI, OdsMED "5CH Iftikt. ■iv.mh 
>lci>'4vi ijraMHI j v,'i) run illirflMjr ft™ ^ h-Ci « 

I, i. . .1 ,„ . 1 1 -. l III f. ■- I ■ • .il 

fto tor Hw OrttMEO i~.Ui|e take taen iikIuRiI n 
I ui. lr"4n un.[*2. ^iidi lilo jnI iHilny' 

,Sk iiihrir,,*." ., in ftm.p (kuMLl 1 


coMSirBirr^iiiSH 

C11.M 

PWASKT IlHiiliihccnwthMle'im' 
anulr nfw lJixj hit tcehftOifd 

... -J LI ... 


u*Tnccf»d«. wiy vi, 

*«*■ hnrwr CiwR»i 

MlJKr. 

Owr IIWRI irrHifr* 
Trii. HrfuMn Hn.? 


ftnni. H;iJMuSi jh! l 


nvluftnJ. Ifcse a jt eiuliih ■thJjie' i»Mrf 

vi'Vj i h Mikra ifurir a kw hmt' IlCfl: 

Hpmillh - hi- I)k kHM 

L-.m • f nta>rr% iM Mftr a'liu U-.IhhiiI - il tat 

« ft*l 4 ixi- vntSi.c lit 1 |vi film) li.li uf HU1 
bf uvuh ■ »mi livui trmwicta hr ituIoI nauMI 
vrwrn ii» upC- 311234k KQ< v-VI/.-ilm-, - iqi-dul 
.pllin rrrmi'lulliLsrct rill -5.’ whllf p 1 .7 1 n y >.« 

nvNlem KfirU _ _ . 

J-'O* 0ELUXECUL4CA 

DkUllW UiUifi a bmai ,m fc JHIK yssHliilt 
I>li30l 4 1W. unTP <r lh= fcJlitfn rt U*|l ™l 

0-talOU. Thw|iauri#k:d4ilt'MI.WaHWwmi 

Ftranto!«siur" 


l ii'MjKiirm Vila ft 
j .niRr b. Mln.br, [ .j r 

uv, r „r Wrftbetih 

[iHi nkiriinj iiftlr'.S 


Iqlr I,. li. mbnc 

oufitnjTCflfJteci 


C'couiiH. * virtaf nf I, ml 44. inuiher. Rf. ■ 

uefl knrrwa nmiiEiiuil Lihr.. 11K4 gint:' «1 

to |,.||mm., vi,-„Hr,-i-,l ] ftri.J, ltfi K le VrnM. 
A-.:,j.l|| i'i^.iU | Jiii.ir.i IliKlr Q k r l-. Cnill. Ivtv« 
2 . Ill* 2 Mjh. R 44 I -Hi Tu.rfck. Bidy Bl^ : 
MJl SitrCtai. Sunw Fn^ Wjlln. Kiki ..* .he 
KiitiftL Uhi»K -l>l Vjur .k HiTMiliii. fttaldll 
4GA ad MlUl hoinltn 2 (Ml 
Li * * nm TUMV1.D 
Tta Lriume Oepadcr n«wj cikiuvi 4 <ntk 
nf at ikHtdnf n>ui ii»=h-tr r,» at mrtt .jf 
IfinK-n li ,. uM-ral for nt*jf"K iiU tmta >hi 


□ • - VITBfi KUOiCMErtU vi » 

h ,. •■ ifportta •- n. -..i 

*!«.nifM)pip-WnKrin Mnlir-Mbh' .■k.pLn.O n 

nitwr *r Vuniml h-4, ift ita im->r- W 

J , ■ ,.yk 1| l-|nA 

g A 4- IrtTHT ATTHiaUTCS-VJ.a 

O**™ L EMSFIj'h E OO-J t trs 

Tlta ih ibe 'lij.nu tiU *■! inutr ai Mimilins 
:Jii'H. r^ 11 km Ihur now with the Liyk 

wine I*n II tauRlf' l".l .■■JlLlijk.l 

□ * 1 V1IB5 COMMUUCATlOUStftBClJt) 

ftmltl 1 V3J0, Term tan v] <U, S,h««JCk-.i:kcer 
k„ I'm AmiKPvi IJ. AnalCW 4n. AnuTOVL?. 

AVMhf Arvi jornB'1 

rh,h r-i iiimfi iir.v j ii h>' i«vj wfth Cliih I in) Clfc* 
: In I,f*k-L.> 111 

^ -■ ■ RITW UfteacusEfflirTHWntirta 

Mil n ,t Ah .tihVi .^I'j iv-Jmi ^ t«ue in) 

U^vfpfcTLWIW UODULA 3 Vl.4a \M I 
■null Sr la-l uair. 4Mvl, Mil Vf. Wk hineiii.il * 

Q /TVUIb ft IMWT C P B di* btT All'& 

Tta um^lcir taunei no ) Clh. *«.' 4id 


'J ■ . VIBflfl FlQP-COV?c4 

will m-i ,r uiy ,HMn or RlUT. IH 
ftKli WWW wtkfl wluih U.» H 

•fi i;.i kckiu-; ,r -buf. Fmh ia:«rs»hi 

. i.A inirr lh[„ ■. , r v M Fltif 

□ * * VISE OALEK DOJtCTS 

tarn piuglta utipiii. 


LftHUC«IMv.‘ll frMKSFX aSrvi lift U-WIS 
IH'.ILMI'VI a t « li. HWLSHTTKK v? HI 
u * . VI FERN CiCILLV COLOURING 
&Ski you hartfiKMul. lNmim a ilunf^ Ihm 

Bft fi N Pf HEE 1T5 NT ft | «) 

l.hpihud Viw.e -ta-h «iSn Ita taur>* 4 e idlin' 

ii^jcooo^ 

Sefcll > UnlgniMHl rhJlM- ■ l ll.l.k Itl m (MEW ■>! 


at Mail Irrmi n* Tunraft 
_ . ICOMVtUTtRH 

MiftiH l+h jhT-ftnhi-in ■ £■— «V ramie I V | mi 

fttaHljl. I ■.■ t TMr.» k.4IIF ftPCLi.fi»vm;r , H-i In 

PUIJIV nr HIT- AUT.HiCX ART ftl" . 4 |f.»ifrliil 

iti tnfn*i«T 111 

Q‘, VIITB HINT54 CHMTS 

ftciwns. A-Iip, .(«,« ClWllS hy |V«fcenJ Mif! 

ft Ml Ctll&ftT, ifpe-lh, Irtd Lid«. hvlthflff In 

Eli. Ctaiwi < wTftriiMU MftK. ft rufi E--f ihe 

bnlluv emir H>|n.^oh RKINTILHJIlhTS. 
Him Mrf Wi fm l-n-lirr ■ bill: II. UClBift \a. 
Stkj 6jeta«5.0»*BP. tn ftwLml Mil, SOH.ATS. 
WM^LtaiiihyhfJii-dM-, VftULALLft 
W.ftihr..iinh t« VilSMU WCHfttJ. Lanlt 
ASCII meLlHIUlDIII letfl rMsffiTta-ntr'Wlitair 

□ * ■ mu 

WffierueiHt ilkluJr I iwiilnni ,'l 4i*nh 

—eh war, At uWft llwnw SCI tnl*i 

. iileie L'jdiiKti. djVX'.'ll I.'.-’ I>- ell -Jnlh -.4 Ft) 
ipp . I 'Lr Jef ,-ici ah. , klWtrTaH iiflf ill ilhn 

□ Tf' 1 VI TlV fiB |W ™ 4, Mta 

II J mCTN-Urroi kill llui a link k *f 4WT W ')m 
.,,1 mimrniiii. nhr.i.. ^nu:ikdh .nAav.iKn 
irti Saa wrrMUii.n. Hnwoolt heiJownhinihe 
SlflWin)irw 4 4 r— fine a Iliac Nfit f, mil* 

J ' 4-M1T12 AIBbVh*. 


NflPSlk Ata)!" .' » 

ijshrm Inrtfw ft™ iff 


□ ^ f Zl'irt ' « AOI^ E K V1.3 'lA*^ 

■ ir.^iiMii to cpIH'tj pi-u-t dun**iM B> ih... 

mull ptertk ullhl ih"j 

■JnuL ne Ixlrj fJfKniril* nee, lull. npaM 
-hilijeia khd U.III iiKtalf elleve-lilJ HintHWt 
a* ■ VID MWaCSELECTOHRVM 
,s i raw™, vilw ufteci iSfirrp-. h-ekf/tunl 4 
VirulbS in WiekhelK h r* h MIIW jwu « 

3 wu ft—nj Snow PuurtWaiiata ™ neluitji. 

* 4.V1BIS SPECTHARI EUOlATORV I .Hf 
fhn pniEi-n li A SllWl*a £X WUfM, 4-Sk 
nnul-lH ll uVhb *’|E E Mir flHlOSLJh i.hi ftfi.S 
. hll%ri IM9h2.> . Wlf MU Hirlmh kxu) urkhfUl 

tor Hit OCSJFC5 senami 

J ** VliH ROMAN S MACtCWBKONBT 

hciw. huh u.ulHh f-sdirJ ai'if. MtanWB-ll. 
tijfc 1 t,.inviiiii(|cbj»rti jjU .nhw taUh Julf 
EJ ■ >,, I'. .'4, 1 il 4 — )v,4.C. Ill 

U*' Vdll «UlQESTUPIbv2.ai4B| 


WHh tijlll ." r* Tut cici.-rUie Ctl'. I'f'l 


ftrulwr freil ikn,.. lie Jkf ftlTI|fl Itk-n irrhLHiK 
dtK jnvhk-v n lhr. bruOKUIH it teR *' a jind 

Mule KanHnK-l NkAhi S unnui .if mhnvW). 

ivilili-t till iiiiff.l i^iriV giiiJ deilpv tJrrM 

□ * * V1SS3 RELORICKV I n 

Hiitadt dondlaly *—«. Amu liertv 1 l«'» 
ANOrtUR. I . «iHiu. jffcM Itt 

U - * V 4 H 5 HOOFH 3 BV 3 JD 

mil bit ill rtih-'iem-y .ftDt md *»-ki -h™ fi™ 

nn 11-1,4/14411 ItMlitaniyri-fctaltwpOJennfiwr 
nil Tie tejinw-r Fi- Ci-nfik. Hike J*1J fvrr 
n-lUlihJ J |i|..(ri|T. In yuui birhlllve and Ihrn 
±--, .Ihcmj [hK II u-|ll 114 run liIImII 1 iftOlin 
liTrji. Ii.l .| H 1 .Ir'x -huh - 
J '■ ■+ yiEB STAR TREK OBJECTS 
a “ + V1E30 BABYLON ^OBJECTS 

□ '■ 4- V1SH 4UENSCBJKT5 

□ -• 4. UlMr BAftYLOflSOftJfCTSS 
3 * * IT1841 BUR HH RULERS VI D.h 

1 ,i:iun.. life lilell COllKW.hfl '.H W» L.tm like 

ftnlirvkiVa fill, Ywe-UiedHr ^Al. V— ai 
Vl nr jhIVI v].r,J. hmi u«.ft 
a ft + Vt&® REFLEX 

InmtilPti pn.fl Jin II UkS III tnil ■ 111 nii.-lhrnue 

^%&mS3&JE£ n ''* 

\ ier> nwen'iiiu ailijhr whuh JkNhns! n^*U m 


in, -Id. i Anuu 


Und< .f dSTtai hr IW ih.ii. I’hn&.rv .rfkv |""(rjn. 

A id. hi Fitt. Ullllth". 10*1 In-fc —Ad 1 

□ ■ + Vina EASY DM5 

r*L5vt>cd b. nkAi h-dmm iinkim I.* ii4fxinj.*?b 
i. KwtaV In UM null nw rceellml hh’-lnll 

a ■* ■ Vina MfttilC WB E1CTH AS S 

ftjwdtwr ^tariBi. id- ita Uxm rramm, «.-• fk- 
h f u* wkh The Miih WnfkWh vvvlem |3| 

a ft 4- uitsn usx Emulator vi 3 

''thu 



MT.*I ftKlw* li-FiniJWnlcr .■• II Dll! p4*-h wnvli 
•Jji i jrfWrerv t il in UI hUTjUWW mi. hiiv. 

4hilltaupH.4l.ltr4 lailri 1 SASA-VAMbta-n. r.ir 
ftrn^i SftSA' am: in) KftSrl ' ft.' I 


I.. 'fJ i Jllv Jin . Uni Iih-.MH . hil.v.-iL.-. Nnn-Jicl 


f!l 

R«1W 

fi 







Includes a 250 + BOOK 


DOUBLE CDROM 


CD 061 PRO UTILITIES V 1 -V 1 SOD £ 14.99 

Contain all uf our Vuriiiuy dUlt Jtiuki Number m i 
I ini'. n(H| .Sifter) hkf- Snll 41 J 1 

f?ainpk.t. Enklrwiicfll*. Mudulri. piLlurrt & I 8 * 4 * jR| 

ClifJ m minix colitui. l-kluirMitin-l, tSui-mm I * ' 

WilHy (Ink, tJrHjdikh A Nltplv p ih.Iui. i«iii. IH> I 
unis.. Vi'cstheckh iniliii?-;. Lamms, Vims killen.. I 

Video prodti. HmuJiuorsi, IKthhie*. 

Prop ramming, fractal!. 1‘rinscr uliiilkt. " -Salih jME.t. gome 
relmed , «uii n J reliied loftw^re, AnlBUHHMI , twmtf Nlld 
nit Julian. hud drive software. cd rum related. Mrd and 
mlupruMJ. UeMfiin wort. ArtMrr. deimt ituH.fi i. [.'heals disls. 
vector uhjecls, degragets it lick. uJti, An diifca, CAD. 
«iin#tfrsiion ;»Nw,i#e etc Wortliatch indy tdiom 


I r. Nip I*J| 1M*J 

HicW.Oh Ki.rv^.^.W QlaWlltd a M 
h«fc fawyrii. The Canty h«< RlfRit 
| wlminf. Itetn fart library fhr - ► ' ' C 

I .':'h hihk'r prinrr t||ilr . 

sdt I ft? ift.ti (JiHer fty-t — 

uni bn*. touch. mw? The luw jHaic D __ _ 
jftiun ire ,+i? k mull aefetim 

Ji J Id jal'^r k. -r ™ fplft>I-C 


JiiWjlhiut U>, J'j^r 

F tu aerie,.. B* 

irh'luJiiir itn 4 ™ 

1(11, It* FILM. F- 101. F- IQJ mil F- 
l«. Ih* UOM man SK.TH Hl.iLhlld. 
r-JSpapbm* PJfti R-' B.1K 


mt, I'naum, 1 1nter W'Hdf. 
y nitkh. Mrw: Miner. Jripn'k. 

■ iJNyoi>yt bin bin. Mm* 

. Pwier Mime. tlunjry Hrnee. 

ISrJrfin fiwdtiirt tt-l-i A iuwr 


CD 101 'THE SOUND LTBRARY £ 19.99 


core 

DESCRIPTION 

PRICE 

CM1S 

AHINET 2 

£7,M 

COT 16 

AMINET 3 

£7,M 

COT16 

AHINET 4 

£7.99 

con 2 

AHINET 1, 2*34 4 

£27.99 

GDI 67 

AHINET, 5 

£14.99 

■C0150 

AHINET 6 tJULT96> 

£14.99 

SUB1# 

SUBSCRIPTION 

£12.99 

fin vtiur rfJs un the day of release, pte order ihem w-uh 

llliv ill bteiqtt lull M-fVlw. vtCrhl ubhJ hi 
duryetl ,-«t day nf rrleivi 

SWITCH uarJt 




toett* 

LOAD 2 

tlft-M 
An Afiipi Ptv 

I * ® t i 

'i.tfli far 
Oi:, (XJTV .4.170, jmI jhv rilnnd 
Sr.H (Tafci JM livluka. A^ksurr, 
Tirnm I- MR rnJv 4' n. I&rvftxnl 
tin rDUCfm 1 ami ml 
al kuEilieal ither yuicv, 

™ i'rb' SfmlM i rtifr 



eaniM 
It* your uk no drU alrinri Tfteie in 
nun If MJbjere Vila.* Ihmi liki 



CC oilUflinn. CnnlsiHF 4JMT3 
MtHhilry l!JtPCK«ii(*r».. HHfcrmt 
Scott tf. A 4 Sin ItairratKEV tefl 
urtMnMa MidUlty liwi HpJi 
FI In. 1J« VlX* M2WAVS*np»f*. 
A Cbteoe* 


CDD7I ULTRA MEDIA 111 



.»! I ITiMiOtlL. IFF pit I Ulh . D I Ft WA V i 
' l-LICV Iry'knJet i iTHliimetei 
out m ifk.- Mti iTLijr nr it* PC WAV 
(miul hie. Itfan la Ihe Heal Leaf 
ilkluJcil Ufa Aml |.0 CMEOM I Tlln 

|,» t Mill ■ :■!■ ii, ii.- jIif.-J I . 

ia-r;;^' 


- . , ! THE AM05 UBFtAFlV 



P'lll' 

“'Pitta. Mu*; 

«. 4-1 nnaftn ™irrt ihr l*»fui(e 


CDD34A5SA5ai«5 &AHE5 


C-TUZ, 
CUTV A.4aU^i 1^: 


iklu; iikluki Aiutuni flnnn ditW I 
fc, 3LI I mil i a al e u 1 1 <r n qua 1 11 . 


CC I 4 JI FEHHA SOUND 
LIBflAHY 

l CirWA J hNLI| 

E19.SS ■ 

er.tlumt a 
JtviikiilT raw I 
l.iijnd. rot |UU IT 

odium dine, with Ltr rillLuTIlIK 
aultfrue hcsalinici ZM ilinitirei 
anal tw 74 INI Tilca ■ 3 ZME of 
Itemn I llMhnl Mali Kibi JTtMh.t 
Mnhin i Akim, FSlF, Mol. R 3 M, 

MOU ., I IMO «r I'l.yer. «n.l 

-. .. 

2 AShDkidaati 



CD1M 3D ARENA LI 9. » 



COQffi AWMATTONS i 



Vievmrfwfc Arr**! ind PC View 
on ECS u>iA(iA Aii'i^ i. SeetHi* the 
eiperu Lot die teat adiiryutxi wula 
iH t- ell Airilp alrd PC CrtTlih III 
fen v nk muf ImuEi nr Fun 1 
enlriuiMinrnl tin at]. The Hieli 
cikhied uiiiimevij resiiired heue 
k Rett work he dt le efijuy- 


Ctnil DEMO MAMA s B,W 



AOA A Mmiial AmJpi Mrya. I'kn. e 

Demiik. Ma[Lnaai. ADA M*g» 
Hemne Ortmu Titep l>m™. Inim 


CDl ID GAMES DCLtGHI 

E34.9H 



Pupflci, biliQ fan A arNte 

rprii* of *ni*dpinmp» p»nl»-l. 
Oimnre Utliihi wlM Uteld y>Hi 
LtTilVtHd Itt Vr#p. mil fiurdlirr. 
hug lipiinc ptHine AIIiIkjmtm? 

.. I, .. ... ,. Sl'H 1-1 II 

IrtlMAlA A Ht> HFA4CIS' ftteti 
s«ih ill CDTVy AmifM w CtJSJ. 



Oict sniu ,A ihe 
Publl™ '™ ,M 


toUetied imxdvet aJemc viliTi ha 
aid UulniliE mien dill reM 

An al ’ Win :ui mini 

ikimgA jnd jnii Eu. [illy U pan 
k 1 iur Ihing (in- diii L-dnim a M 
md urtx wtr h> llhHIi -if lunl ilnii 





m .mi beuinM iirtute me UHd 
.-a adiui jrneliarH in TTF heuui 
-yi PC ml Mo- ihtwoi rii nc 
-, i .m dw /fowfoltm t’ 



CDD4 3 WIERD SCIENCE 
FONTS 

IT.H 



COQ42WteRP SCIENCE 
CUP ART 

C7.99 



CCKMi I PDSOFT HOTTEST 4 

Mega Demat. 

Gnat- I 

Muili 


Owr JdSiiMikr.iiiUrt* llTKt 

1 ~¥ mnip. hmlipt, 

htgrrntfiti, IMG. Ci.irl 



l*» lim 

Sponil I'MTlt 


Lir-ji trd ipkauredltriihntftLIPurr 
Ml renft i„ *nd cl ‘ 

Ik nib |ec I dirotiJlrt 

m MH KpetU IWTrr 


Itair CkhiL 

ikltin r.-luiilip Elk RiAWiJ-li, 


Ulfa Hwd * Mill? m 



CD 144 CAM 04.M 

C.A Muadlu 
Club 



inmnlritEBypTitewni nifttlea 
tor Hie Milh ]b pmjrimsi like 
LigrtWiiie did cm be uiedl >. Litue 
lkni|> fink. Ouiiiodlig irtue 


Inrine n-jily -In- run. CAM Ehoe 
lHLierlraieil ihi Ih i it JnLi It* • h 
teJteCn uilhiwersi AJilnih U it*- 

.'4l*dp»i "Mh in fHy r.i 
nurnrr Lntd ■■ fleitiib Y' ,*Mtrrv h 
i Keen rbe dan. 


C EhQ79 FRESH FISH | C24.H 
■. Mldni I • e 

llNC^n.ir in 
biHth RlllirED 
iraftinjiY 
. n* knlnr 
i- .ml ADA 

s» " 

ifer V4.«. Twtii 

A-.ipF.vJPk, Mill vji., aCE all. 
AmAlifnuMTP iA-!^iiKrf>i*Tvy I.L. 
ttettel -I L Nerval HphV m Set. 
Stimtied 1 iiAj 1 1 JT. ftew Frtfirr 
un a tew ortfi? inl et 



in, d»l| ulililu 
^Ipagnm 


CDOB 7 IUUSIDNS IR 3 d ta.-j 


utap-i l.il 
ZtVAHKtp 
1 <wi HI 
pro Kd 
it dal t-i* 
b irklldf i 

, in- 

! -2P 



LI 1174 111,1- 1 Pf nnipi 

• urfatr i JIITV. SJj.Il . 

RNC. Middm. Mind tune. I ‘i.TC *»*■■■ 
tmwn, PoptniT. KrFHAK HJJjPt'i 
H bSlitlW, SlKtiA IfHDSA. TT3L Ibd 
Vwni'il VdKH f..M.nii riKli.b At 
Stebj-, jrim ASGZd. SIADCN, aid die 
turd SraaePAJGL I MAG Li mkIuJl-. 
taadradi ill auurt* laageu ibefdrr 
ocDvcnskdk A An i nrype-. -id Al urtiiea 
(ill magn n PCX IFF ud BMP Jo— ■ 


tliM INTERNET INFO (APRIL 9S) i. 19. 

b liJireei lnl„ CDRCJVI 
raOb Of 

b bictirei a dw OAivuiet 

’ rairtlMliei. rckebih Idft. did liiel, leL-lindnei 
■pom *T ma Ibc v. m 111 Viu get L7 i4P Idm mu-nii 
4 vi . .in, din:- uad UciwLria. Clpsek il ml helnie si m 

lj i m.i» fhune kill! A CDIJ0+CTMI4 f.- £17.«P 

CP»1 CUP ANT. IFF A. PCI! VOLUME 1 I 
Ihlrt vdltPi all AMIGA* A PC compuibra. 
bqgt osfletbijrn id hl{h res .PCH and Jl-T mufy-s (Jiee laiKtl 
r“'<»Mul moth in irt iH?»tkiM(. Icntki you treoe. Cue) 
wine.. ArrraJL Alrtuben. Ani — ' 

Min. hinte*. UmpiKki. Cavei**, L'i 
I' esiti’i. liigiL lietitH.irul. pjecttkil. 



irnifi. Food, Hiildqu. Bms:-, SnilAi 
Koa, Myih. inllliity. liuties. MUik.l , 

Jr-. *-*. Seeai. btetiu. Si firm. Syutnik TuilsTijirikiuiKn 


h Mi truiiM. Cueo .4 iei 
iti Lire, •t.ienjiatr. iinU. 
flieii Cnrhijl. Chuuiua. 
,. Fumilg, Kiik Er-d Shelli. 

ikitips. hiu 3 .li. W.. Mepa, 

k. tjffuc, tllhni|ik L Ftaijur. 
i. Trjt. 4 kTtdli. 41 . aid Mine 


CD-01 3# COO 2 NETWORK PACKAGE 

CE«4»JE34»CiMi.CO t CHi* 

COO lb L14.W 
1 ft? Nttwi All set* tp 4 
Ixiu-ftn 1 CUTV it CD32 Ud Kilt I 
,,|hef Vrtjji n*CD ]2 Of-CDTV f 
fatve> iCESHM DRIVE llkWiilf; 

1 in j«t- • ,-f die il-Lte abuna 

>euuf* WVrttKfa.lt enve'ilriKlf 
A dhnMri- Ihr rekl lUkdllM. 
dliiw LtK CD m be L bellied Bd 
, t„ ihr other IBUWjII 
fla htCofliBa. Ttne. Teen. 

Ud FtkViCD (■iinrriMire. ltd 


CDD14 1NTERHET INFO El AM 

L'DRUML 0.41 will rind hrctaieidy 

y -kedL'k-M .4T. l! , . J .'>l J .4 .l'.sv | tijr.lltd *i-l,3 t T..4j r * 

Lnder ill auemei ?e£VMr« y,ei wr* hid irnwefi w 
* qutaiktu w Will kind ‘ 1 


CDK2 PROFESSIONAL GIF PICTURES L19.W 
CirtAn PbilepiittiiJ LSP ttatani 1 ftigt cuIlKiini ill hi# re 
.•lip 4n >pnig( liar tin «Jd t pprb?«r>drt twch h my neueia 
r\it4+:nitr Murt — — 1 ‘ J 

\ l'U r«te-i. ft eh pen'.dnutM wper ti 
. ru-ik h-. 1 r. 3 rrn. ek Ami# Fiiriri 
]* * I t*M , 'il jiiu need k i-iurce uf high- 

uudUl ■« milml III, " 

IV. Pul ihcr dun tliHtn 


nzdiso smro 




every nn-s-.-n Lab aunt? miBuHt 
li repreuravi. ib,dJ rtoanj :ing,.™y, 
■- - -be TdT Sherde aglc 


PRICE MATCH 

* W0 will try and 
PriCE Mgtcn Any 
advert in this 

magazine* 


CDSZ7 SPACE 4 
ASimrC 

filiM 


OnJen «yn Ih? Iiued ih, 41 1 Till llTlil ar fat, ike latxrned - pdtall - > mt nuifa jdi-iiaiikj milk 
I )l*rL ilMu»tt»-p ftii|M«irl l.ltev It |703 apkrktTv fn«n I llnni i,»lt, 3 ft|,m -n-ri-krtiii h fa Nandlr jr 

trudi* lni|urlL-k. Sutimliiy vain Uim -tt-upan rr-iin likwnfii 4 pra - gfa unit 

For Credit and Debit Card orderSi CALL PDSOFT Today 


For Credit and Debit Card orders. CALL PDSOFT To day 

§01702 466933^ 


_4ie^£MKX, fi Si 41 


1 Qiy 

Code 

Title of CDROM or items Title 

Price 

1 




1 




1 




1 1 ft l^vckne ■ nkl 'Vpfi mk iMkHAIL Mid m ram ill lrr «c *hJ Li Or ixa ttc 


prl win llln.fi* rtiTr.. 


s fH,P 
bfiA v-i 


All ■3bl«M!lrt?dwi*i-lMrtdNbda will bediifaxTeduiiiKiiiyTiy Itentlanputn Total 
* Km myi :tn u iiiik id oeinj. m pRU. neg rut eaten etletie due. na pue-mder - 
rtp il*mfa part rate <W I ijiaraaatptg fry-* Mat? tbftgrfl. Pewlrt Ortfft. I’lir-a Lftt^UtP. iMkk thilft W in I'ltSttn 


Your Name 


Address 




Pom Code 

i i mi m 

1 1 II II INI IN H I I I 

dh“ 2 -s,m , r' ! 

□l».[ l,r L'L t !riz^ 




















-o 


n (he '80s, no self-respecting yup- 
pie could be seen without a smart 
r black filofax In their hand. You 
might have been hopelessly incompe- 
tent, a per son so mud died you couldn t 
organise a beeriest in a brewery, but it you 
had the filofax at least you would look the 
part, 

Fashion statement aside, these articles 
did prove to he pretty handy, It's good 
news, then, to see a new personal informa- 
tion manager on ihe Amiga that embodies 
The same handiness and visual appeal in a 
computerised package. 

Crealed by Digita International, 
Organiser is intended to surpass their own 
Day by Day commercial diary program and 
improve on all the shareware and PD 
options available. Its most immediately 
obvious advantage will be its attractive, 
colourlu! front-end boasting the sort ot 
user-friendly interface that has proved so 
successful m other Digita products. 

Organiser can be run from floppy or can 
be installed onto a hard drive using the 
Com mod or# standard installer. Once up 
and running, the user is presented with a 
ring-bound filofax surrounded by a colourful 
toolbar reminiscent of that found in 
Word worth 3.1 . 

As might be expected with a product 
from Digita, a lot of emphasis has been 
placed on making the package as simple to 
use as possible, so ihis software should be 
ot general appeal. Consequently, finding 
your way around the organiser should be 
Intuitive, with functions like page turning 
performed by clicking on the corner of the 
filofax, 

Like Wordworth, Organiser features 
Digita’s Human Interface Protocol, which in 
practice means the package can be 


Supplements 


The time, 


It's earn to 
keep tigamsof 
mill raita than its pen and 
gapef towittiparts, and 
uaiiops tasks are witei- 
tsksn automatical!!!. For 
some people tte uuU prime 
mite a tiie 
sauer 




One ol the hey attractions of the filofax 
was the fact that you could buy infor- 
mation supplements that could be 
clipped Into the folder as required. 
Imitating this. Organiser gomes sup- 
plied with its own range of supple- 
ments covering a wide range of topics 

There are items you'd expect to find 
at the back of a proper diary, like con- 
version tables, dialling codes and world 
time zones. Less useful but more inter 
eslingiy. there are lists of restaurants 
or wines that could be tagged on to the 
end of your Organiser. 

This is yet another feature that 
allows you to build up 3 filofax with 
quite a customised, personal feel 
What's more, it s possible to create 
your own supplements in Wordworth or 
any text editor. Though there are about 
30 supplements to choose trom, how 
ever, It’s not really practical to use 
more than a few at any time. In fact, 
because the supplements use up your 
Amiga's RAM, they'll slow the program 
down if you use too many. 


th* M*ry e 


intmraating J>Jf 
incfudlnfl sot"* 

ot the *v*nt 


controlled In numerous ways according to 
preference, Beginners may prefer to use (he 
representational Icons, tor example, where- 
as those who want speed will probably pick 
up on the keyboard shortcuts available. 

Following the approach ot a real filofax, 
Organiser is divided into five main sections, 
each accessed instantly by clicking on the 
coloured lab dividers. Naturally, the diary 
constilutes the main part of the package. 

A novel addition to this section is that 
users can. choose from a number of sup- 
plied themes to give their organiser a more 
personal appeal. Sporting events, historical 
entries or celebrity birthdays are just a few 
ot the themes that can add a bit of interest 
to the diary.. 

REMINDERS 

Entering information is simply a matter ot 
selecting the required day and going 
through a familiar looking requester. At this 
stage the program allows you to choose a 
priority level for each date and, if required, 
select an alarm to remind you an hour, day 
or week before the event. This can be in 



ftirfrHfi vtaWM arm mvaHmbi*, tr&m 
a pwg* a day to a p*ge a w*** 


the form of a flashing message or a noise 
sampled through Workbench 3 sound 
preferences. 

The diary allows users to select various 
ways of viewing their entries. If small 
entries are only being made you can selecl 
the option which puts a whole week on a 
page, whereas those requiring more space 
can have diaries with a whole page 
reserved tor each date. 

One of the benefits Of having the filofax 
on your computer is the way repetitious 
tasks can be automated. Its possible to 
repeat events as necessary - for example 
your twice monthly squash game 
Alternatively, the program allows event 
repetition on the same day every week. 

A calendar section precedes the diary 
and highlights, in bold, any days with 
events for an at-a-glance idea ol what lies 
ahead. Clicking on a particular date will 
instantly bring up the correct page in the 
diary - a simple but user-friendly touch. 

The task list constitutes a separate sec- 
tion allowing users to generate a plan of 
things thal need doing. When completed, 
ihese tasks can be ticked off on screen, 
and as in the diary there are live levels of 
priority to choose from for each item, 

As you'd expect, addresses have their 
own section, and this part of the organiser 
again benefits from au tom isatiem. When 
you want to enter a new address, it’s sim- 
ply a matter ot inputting the details Into a 
database-style requester and It will auto- 
matically be filed under the correct letter in 
(he book, Alternatively, addresses can ba 
imported from other databases providing 
the files are in ASCII format. 

A final quirky touch comes in the addi- 
tion ol Fortune Cookies. This will give a 


Amiga c oiti pit I n g 


JULV1 995 

1 





Rmiga diaries are nothing new, but up until now — i 


4ddr<*ii^4 dr* entered uiing (Ml 

jfmpJ* nqiiiilar and mrtemmticoiiy 
fifed in Map cpncl place 


0 

d 

s 

II 

it 

I 

3 

3 

f 

i 

> 

t 

l 





word at wisdom for each day, though at the 
momenl Digits have yet to complete this 
section q 1 the program. 

One of the most important aspects of 
Organiser is its printing facilities, since you 
may want to carry a hard copy version of 
your fibfax. Thankfully, this software sup- 
ports a huge variety of printers in ihe same 
way as Wordworth 3. It's possible to simply 
prim pages in A4, Pul the best feature is 
the fact that it will prim In the size of 
portable organisers like Fileofax, Rolodex, 
Day-Timer and Time Manager. Crop lines 
will appear showing users where to cut the 
page to the right proportions, and it’s also 
possible to print on the other side. 

WELL READ 

Digita’s manuals are always exemplary 
(hanks to the fact they assume virtually no 
knowledge on Ihe pari of the purchaser. 
Organiser's documentation is very read- 
able and includes the sort of step-by-step 
tutorials that will get anyone started' very 


Mitt 


With Digita’s Day by Day being ihe only 
commercial personal planner available 
prior to the release of Organiser, it's cer- 
tainly good to see ihe new product shines 
in comparison to its rather dismal prede- 
cessor. Organiser 1.0 is colourful and 
appealing lo view, and quick and easy to 
use - and that's how it should be. 

The only problem Is whether anyone 
really needs a computerised fibfax in the 
first place. After all, it could be argued that 
what the Organiser gains in novelty it 
loses in true portability. 

On the plus side, it's easy to keep 
Organiser much neater than its pen and 
paper counterparts, and various tasks are 
undertaken automatically, For some peo- 
ple this could prove quite a time saver. 
The option to import information from 
other programs, the alarm reminder sys- 
tem and the various diary themes gives 
this software some valuable advantages 
over a real fllofax. 

On the other hand the point about 


filotaxes Is that you can consult them on 
(he train, take them into meetings, or use 
ihem lo Find phone numbers at a pay 
phone. This is not possible wilh Digita's 
Organiser. True, it allows users to print up 
information In a portable form, but lhat's 
going to take a fair amount of additional 
effort, 

Other problems include ihe fact thal 
while you can have a number of people's 
tilofaxes saved in Organiser, they will 
never be as accessible as the real thing. 
What happens when Dad wants to view 
his appointments for the next day but his 
son Nigel is hunched over the Amiga play- 
ing Alien Bread weir into the evening ? 

There's no doubt that Digita have done 
a very professional job with this package, 
and it's so simple to use thal members of 
ihe family who've never touched a com- 
puter could quickly compile there own 
computer fllofax. Bui whether it was worth 
the effort will depend very much on the 
individual customer. 


Lilt* a true titotmw. liwlwnflflll can fi* added !□ 
Qrgmnimor io CUlfamb* (h* program la your liking 


theu'ue been rather dull. Gareth lofthouse preuiews 
Organiser IB. Digita's efertronir fiinfau for the '30s 


A hoy pmri of III* Digit* Jnltrfac*, 
Hi* h*fp option ahoufrf rudh* (ha 
tow problotnt l(W I MljfAl arlmm 


quickly. Having said that, the same infcr- 
mallcn is repeated so many times in this 
product's literature that it sometimes 
seems like an exercise in padding. 

Apart from this, there are the miscella- 
neous general features that can make a 
competent program into a classic. 
Digisense, for example, is a built-in intelli- 
gence facility design ad to save time when 
inputting data. The auto dale Feature, for 
example, will automatically complete the 
date you are typing. 

More laborious repelition can be avoi- 
ded thanks to the cut and paste tools that 
have been included - these work jusl dike 
in a wordprocessor. Digits have also 
included a powerful search tool that will 
Find events, lasks. addresses or any other 
text. 

Fite handling is another powerful and 
flexible element of the program. It's possi- 
ble to share data with Wordworth, Mailshot 
Plus, Dataslore and most other programs. 
These small details don't mean much 
in themselves, but they are bonuses 
that show how much Digita have Fearnt 
From (heir enduring experience in Amiga 
development. JZW 


Thm «h*ont minded can tot alarm* for th*m**lv*> which win 
remind thorn In in* form of f im thing m**i ag»i or aatnpJod aoumf* 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1 995 






r 






Photogenics 


Sides: D1279 BBOI 'A 


WING COMMflNQER 


19.99 or 19 49 Aii« 


NW - wNf net wtfr* on ASOQfUn. 

J40Q er JH2DC 

WO II * wffl P*f on * PJ^O 

il tK • »fJr*eriion ifJV mdilitaei 

p e MHEJltm 

JTS Sim 1 AWttJoiWfJ dwfeH 
jmwiil iMwjt imtif 4*ti 


1ST ENCOUNTERS 5U6 WAR 2050 WORLD OF SOCCER UFQ 

14 49a,iaoo 19.49 12.99 um of* * 1*00 5,99 

AMIGA GAMES ^EAGut EDITION 

A-TFWJN . CONSTRUCTION SET 1Q40 WORLD CDF EOITIOW 
Al 0 TANK KILLER ■ 

^ttueePn/m PIHflALL DOUBLE PACK 

)!5 SAVER - DEDUCT 03 UNTIL JUNE M p| NBflU DREAMS tk FANTASIES 
ARCADE POOL rBS 4*CWEPDRIWE 

AWARD WINNERS 5 FHEHIEP MANAGER? 

CIVIUSATtON. ELITE 3 LEMMINGS. 2D.» pnEMIER MANAGER 3 
61 7 FLVING FORTRESS *?® PREMIER MANAGER 3 EDITOR 

BEAU JOLLY COMP 
CANNON FODDER SETTLERS. 

CHAOS ENGI« T2 ■ ■■ 

BENEATH A STEEL SKY .. ^ SENSIBLE WQRL& Of SOCCER 

big 100 , too share ware gamesi a,® 

. CANNON FODDER ... 

in on CANNON FODDER 2 

**” CAPTIVE 2 - LIBERATION 

CHAMP MANAGER 0&N4 

,1™ CHAMP MANAGER &L'B5 

ENG Of SEASON DATA DISK 
E * M CHAMP MANAGER COLL 
t UPDATE DISK) 

champ manager coll 

I !IE EDITION'! 

CHAMP MANAGER ITALIA H&-94 
^ CHAMP MANAGER ITALIA ® 

■ „ . CHAOS ENGINE (51 ZKl 

' ® H classic cdllegtwjw - relphine 


SUPER SKIDS 

20.99 

A1200 UTILITIES 


RHOTOQENICS 

47.99 


A120P GAMES 


SECHit OF MONKEY ISLAND 
. SECRET OF MONKEY ISLAND 2 
SENSIBLE GOLF 


. 12 49 

12A9 ACID BUTE COMPILER VERSION 2 

1*40 THE LATEST 'UPDATE TO THE POPULAR 
13® BLITZ BASG WITH iWSOF NEW 
COMMANDS. AGA CONTROL 
IT « INI INE ASSEMBLE PI AND A NEW 
13 4$ UPGRADED DEBUGGER 
9 011 BRILLIANCE .V.1 AGA. PREMIER 
. .lb.i$ PHOPESSlONALAflT PACKAGE 
13 U!? IHARD DRIVE REQUIRED'. 

12® PC TASK Y.3, SOFTWARE PC 
I a® EMULATION SYSTEM WINDOWS 
13 49 COMPATIBLE WITH Adffl* 

I if 49 REQUIRES DOS 13 OR A®DVE. 


saw 


AIR BUCKS VI 2 ... 

ALADDIN 

ALIEN BREED 30 

BANSHEE 

BODY SLOWS 

CIVILISATION AGA 
COLONIZATION . 

DPIBAMwES 
DUNGEON MASTER 3 
FIELDS OF GLORY 
FOOTBA1I GLORY 

FRONTIER - FIRST ENCOUNTERS 

FRONTUI*S 

GUARDIAN ■ ■ ■ 

HEIMRALL 3 - BANE DF ASGAPO 
HIGH SEAS TRADER 
IMPOSSIBLE MISSION 
JAMES- PCNP 3 
JAMES FOND COLLECTION 
JAMES POND 2 4 3 . 

JUNGLE STRIKE 

KINGPIN ..... ■■■•■■ 

LION KING 


.1949 ' 


a€lD l-»U U L. -r, 

III SUPER 5KJD WARK3 


1"® FLASHBACK. CHLJISE TOP A CORPSE, 

■® 4 ® AMOTPIFH WORLD. OPERATION 

StEALTh FUTURE WARS 20.4* 

10 00 CLUB FOOTBALL - THE MANAGER 14 M p,. |TEAM , n 
„ C OMBAT CLASSICS 3 
1 H|STCflYL*IE. CAMPAIGN. 

GUhSHIP JOTC ’ 

PAWN PATROL 
' 1940 DESERT STRIKE 


l54 ^ PHGTDGENICS THE ULTIMATE 
■ GRAPHICS AND MANIPULATION 
10 T 0 PHOGflAM WITHMUL5IPLEFILE 
FORMAT SUPPORT AND MANY 
EDITING FEATURES. 

.13.® VISTAPROdJTElCHEATE 
10® SPECTACULAH VIRTUAL WORLDS . 
S® WITH THIS POWERFUL, SCENERY 
WORLD CUP YEAH HI CREATOR ANSI ANIMATOR IHAftU 

1 W GOAL CHAMP MANAGER 9+ ♦ CIA TA DWE REQUIRED i 269fl 

1 ' ™ DISK. STRIKER. SF NSffiLE SOCCER 13.59 WQROWQRTH Y.2 AGA WWp 
1640 PUBLISHER lEKTEHNAL DISK OR 

SL4E lEfWQLF K , MjbT MUtmL jM|^ 0 A & HARD DRIVE REQUIRED! »» 

KS gAVEH DEDUCT B UNTIL JUNE 30. wDRDWORTH Y.0,1 AGA PREMIE H 


CD 32 GAMES 


- __ wunuwunm "V 1 r-.i-m.-i ■ ■ 

a WORD PUBLISHER PACKAGE 


ON THE SAL L IPlARD WIVE ONLVJ nMlOFaiWV 

-LEAGUE EDITION 12-49 FIFA WTEFWATlOJ^_BOtCEFl_ 

WORLD CUP EDITION 


FOA EUROPEAN TOUR 
PINBALL ILLUSIONS 
PREMIER MANACeR 3 
ROAD KILL ■- ■ 
HyDERCUF 


2.49 FINAL OVER ■ ARCADE SPORTS 

I J5H CRICKET 

1&49 FOOTBALL DIRECTOR 2 
IE 43 FORMULA I GRAND PRI A IA11K) 
2090 FORMULA 1 MASTERS 
3 93 FRONTIER ■ FIRST ENCOUNTERS 


ViF^ffi FD riAI^^UH™ JUNE » OATASTCWE DATASASE SYSTEM. 

! 346 KS 5AVEH • KDUCT E2 UNTIL JUNt JO sim Pl£ TO USE FULLY FEATURED 
224$ ALIEN BREED 30 THOROUGH DATABASE SYSTEM 44 

.ID. TO AflCftDE rcxx ^40 DELUXE PAINT 3. VERY POWgWUL 

.4 as BENEATH A STEEL SKY ■ 19 40 ApT apjd ANIMATION PACKAGE WYH 

i4 4S UlZZY • THE BIG £IX EXTEMSNE FEATURES 9 

iiiS F HrTNT^-^H&T EMCGUNTERS ' 10.49 UHUHTI. 

GUARDIAN 

1149 GUNSHIP 3DOO 
.A ® JUNGLE STRIKE 


SHADOW FIGHTER 1*40 GUNSHIP 3000 .. 

SlM CITY 2000 i HARD DRIVE ANtl 5MQ GLOOM (OOOM’ CLONE) - 

FLAW REQUIRED! 2Z HEART OF CHINA 

SlMUFEll SIM RAM REQUIRE D) 12.49 INDY JQNES FATE OF aTlAN 
SIMON THE BOPCEREH 1 4 ® INNOCENT ... . 

STARTREK-PSTHANNIVEFiSAHY JUNGLE STRIKE 

.[HARD DRIVE ONLY}. 1 S*fl HNGP|N . ■ • ■ 

SUBWAH205D ■ rj4B KNIGHTS OF TW SKY 

»™ LESOUE ™ BE.LM 

wa^raKefou^^ ggs»-^5£s» ,! *‘ 

THEME PARK ” 5ta.49 HCRTAl KOMBAT2 

UFO - ENpMY UIWiNOWN 13.® 

ULTIMATE FOOTBALL MANAGER 


.10 40 KYNGPlN 
.20.9& LEMMINGS 
49.30 LITILDIVIL 
.14.® LOST EDEN 
.W.BB PINBALL A LUSlONS. 
12® PIFIATES GOLD 
ROAD KILL 


1049 ANIMATION PACKAGE FEATURING 
I & 49 FULL 24 BIT TRUE COLOUR RGB 
($40 EDITING INSTALLABLE. 

WORKBENCH 2 04H ST » 

® HO«E ACCOUNTS. isEST SELLING 
18 B ^ MONFY MANAGING APPLICATION 
V.i,- I NSTALLABLE'- 

” KINDWDH US 3. FULLY FEATURED 

WORD PUBLISHER. . INSTALlAHLE i 21.® 
MINi DFFItE. IIVTE06ATEDW0RD 


..3 99 SENSIBLE SOCCER • l*m. EDTTION 1? M ^QcesgQR 3 pH£A0SHEET 


MR BL068Y ISI2K) 


■ l-* 1 ® BUPER STARDUST 

in dn i. 


!LM NEW WOULD OF LEMMINGS 


' 509 THEME PARK 
2D® TRIVIAL PURSUIT 


0® SAVefl- DEDUCT E3 UNTIL JUNE 30 UFO ’ i«EM(Y UNKNOWN 


31 09 DATABASE AND DI5* UTlUTIES 

1INSTALLA6LEI 

till MONEY MATTERS iHCJME 

ACCOUNTS 31. i INSTALLABLE, 36.® 

PEN PAL. EASY TO US€ WORD 

18 49 pfkjceSkofi with many functions 

,- IM11Jljai IBM riNSTAJJLABLE) ■ 

, VEH - DEDUCT C3 UNTIL JUNE SO TERMITE COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE. 

22 49 COMPLETE COMMUNICATION 
U>99 TERMINAL PACKAGE REOLHRES. 

46 43 I MB R*M AND KIOKSTART ? D4+ IS.® 


I?.« SHADOW FIGHTER 
. 3 90 SUWON THE SOPCEHEP 
12 49 SIMON THE SORCERER? 
9 00 SKELETON ILHEW ■ 
...21.40 SPEEDRALL2 

i3.® suewAP20sa 


’SwSTSfIW.™ CD3 ,.SOFTWAffi OVERDRIVEWOUB .K COIOU» -MITm '“I S?™ 1 "" 

179 99 249 99 U4.&5 279,99 149 


225.00 


AMIGA A600 a CD32 BUNDLES 

AMIGA A*W 1AJ WILD. WEIRD A WICKED - OHtfft 

PlN&ALL FANTASIES, PUSH Q-VEH, PUTTY AND DELUXE PA»JT 3 
0UB-MN TV MODULATOR. MOUSF, WORKBENCH ? 0 TMB RAM 
EXPANIIAblE TO 10 MB 22 ° W 

A M|QA CD-32 CRITICAL ZONE PACK. WITH CANNON FODDER. 

□DERATION MICROCOSM. UL ' IMATE BODY hlOWS, PROJECT' X, 

DIDOERB AND OSCAR CDs AND ONE CONTROL PAD 1 T ® W 

HARD DRIVES 

HIGHSPEED DVEFIOF6IVE EXTERNAL DFWVE STY LED ™ MATCH AMIGA. PLUGS 
INTO PCMCIA 5LQ1 ACCESS TIME CIRCA 12 MS COMPLETE WITH 
INSTRUCTIONS. AO TOOLS DISK 4 1 YEAR WARRANTY. 

OVERDRIVE V.ll 310 MB HARD DRIVE FDH A1ZU0QR A6ff) ’ 

OVERDRIVE V 1 1 42a M« HARD DRIVE FOP A1 3® Qti ANM SI 9 « 

OVERDRIVE V 11 S60 MB HARD DRIVE FOR A1 3150 ORA©® 

INTERNAL 2 5" IDE HIGH SPEED DRIVE FOR AMK)A A 1200. Afflfi AND SKY Wi T H 1 
yearwahranty ktt complete, mote THAT 01^^ ycuramqa may 
INVAUDATE THE WARRANTY FLEA3E STATE Al2® ABMJ OR SX-i CM YQuR ORDER 
(4 MB HARD DFBVE «6 MS ACCESS TIME (APPHQKI. MK CACHE 
70 MB HARO DRIVE 1 3 MS ACCESS CMC | AFPHOJG E4K CACHE 1 40« 

PCMCIA CD ROM DRIVE FOR A120Q 

OVERDRIVE V 11 CD ROM FOR AMKJA Aia». COUBLi SPEED 
MULTI-SESSION DRIVE CDMPLE 1 E WITH INTF HNAL POWEH AUAPTOR 
AND UTILITIES, OP VFHS DISK 1 YEAH WARRANTY l “ M 


MONITORS 

MICflOVITEC 14M MULTISYNC MONITOR FOR AGA. AA1IGA5 WITH 
FREE STEREO SPEAKEHS. 0.2B DOT PITCH MPRn LOW RAD EMISSIONS 
SIGNAL PPWEN LEAD SUPPLItO WITH AMIGA ADAPTOR SUITS ALL 
AMIGA ACA SCREEN MODES 1 YEAR WARRANTY 


PHILIPS CM0B33 MKII MQNrTdR. 1 4’ COLOUR WITH BUILT IN STEPEO 
SHAKERS COMPOSITE AND KLR INRUTS. 0 ,30 DOT PITCH RESOLUTION 
1 year WARRANTY MONITOR LEAD H£0UIRED . . . ' 


PRINTERS 

CITIZEN A&C COLOUR DOT MATHIS PAINTER 24 PIN. M COLUMN 

1®CR£ 1LQ-1 DRAFT FONT. FREE LEAD AND EASYSTAflT SOFTWAHE 144,® 

CANON BJC 4000 COLOUR INKJET PRINTER 64 NOZZLES, BO COLUMN. 

&FFW, 3Sd DPI. S FONTS. AND FREE PRINTER LEAD 

OTHER PERIPHERALS 

EXTERNAL 1 4.400 FAXMODEM WITH TERMITE 

MNP NV 42 BIS COMPRESSION GIVING UP TO 57.flW HHS, INQ.UOEB CABLES 
TERMITE SOFTWARE AH 13 FHEt INTERNET STARTER GUIDE 1 ,laa 

r.DLIATU AMIGA HiDH POYYER SUPPLY. HIGH POWER 3t» WATTS SUPPLY 
(QD33 VERSION ALSO AVAILABlEI 

TEtHNftSOUNO TURBO 2 SOUND SAMPLifl BUCiLLENT VALUE SOUND 
SAMPLEH WITH QUALITY SOFTWARE, t Mp REQUIRED 


VI □ I AMIGA 12 AGA COLOUR VIDEO OtGlTWER F DR ^Y jtAIIGA 

plugs into parallel port awd wcxuoes extensive software 

ALLQVFNG FULL EDITING ON image OR ANIMATION GRABS 


kariMN 


10am to 8pm 7 days a week 

01279 600204 


Or Fax IHiPS 7J6M2 - irt'H confirm ritAK 
Mernlwri am hri v^u mb order a >tw pe 

Annual UK Membership 17 

kvcludes 12 iSSMW a\ B* club ms jwrn* 
MHh FiBO worth ol XS Savvm. 


Qv*t Z5d.«0 people 
w» «re Lhe largest Mfflputer gan»e* clu& In the wdrkl. 
W* also HbJHwo Vhy ImnrHlI 1 !* duit ilwpa NhlcM »Hwli rji*r*l*llr*N 


I EXTERNAL DISK OR HAflDDFMVE 
RFDUIREDi 5J.0S 

AMIGA UTILITIES 


$PECIA 1 RESERVE CLUB SHOPS 

10am HI 6pm 7 DAYS A WEEK! 

CHELMSFORD, ESSEX 

4J Broomllaid Howl Jirfl Arotintd Ihn 4djrr>*r Non Elw Iw* *l*HQn, 

SAWBRlDGEWOHTH. HERTS 


UNLESS STATED AIL P 11 C 6 S IWCLUOE VAT * PEtIVEAT 


GENUINE INTEL DX4/7S OF DX4/100 PFOCES&OR + 2SSILCACNE 
GENUINE SOUND BLASTER EEC SOUND CARD WORTH E150 
GENUINE CflEATIVE Q UAD SPEED IDE CO ROM DRIVE 
GENUINE SAMSUNG 1 A" SVGA 0.2B MQNHQR * TILT AND SWIVEL 
GENUINE SAMSUNG HIGH SPEED SifiMR HARD DRIVE + SPARE IDE 
GENUINE MICROSOFT SOFTWARE BUNDLE W ORTH QvEft £5M 
TRUST QUAD 1 MULTIMEDIA PC , , 

&X4/75 * 4MB RAM 1729.34 tm H 

DX4JT5 + 0MG HAM ...... 1359.33 U9T- 

DX4J1D0 -f 0Mfl RAM ... 1419,99 -SMS 
OXV1DCIY I6MBRAN ... 1SS9.9& .wm 


WITH ALL THIS AND FREE TWO TEAK ON-SITE WARRANT T 

PRICES AMI SHECinCATICN Su B^EC’ TOCHANUL _ 

— — “ lT.ZVZ.JT3r, TLTr^.Tjr.TiTL'n n,.; n"di ? W\l ini7 ’ 


r WE ONLY sJpPLVMEMfiEfIS BUT YOU CAN ORDER AS YOU JOIN 
MEMBERSHIP FEES UK K WMLD 

QNf YEAR ns issues' W.M f 9 DO £».00 

snr MONTHS '+ rtiurs! t*M W OO £7-00 

Each, saufl induite El 5 ol rw* XS S*vtra. Merrtwrs bib unnar n D otnw"^ 
AM sncEs inclwla VAT hivJ iiamage hxUQST UK maFilnivL uddraEsas 


1 !; 

FREEWHEEL STEERING 
WHLlL GIQITAL WORKS 

FOOTPEPAL SUITS 
MOST DFWVJWG GAMES 1j.» 

QUlCKJOV FOOT P£DAL 
TRANSFERS ANY JOYSTICK 
FUNCTIONS TO FOOT PEDALS. 
WQtlKS WmH JOYSTICK OP 
STBEHlNG 
WHEEL 12.» 

TECIWPLUS SUPER PRO ZIP STICK 

JOYSTICK FOR AMIGJVST 
MICROSWITCHED WITH AUTOFIPE 

fl.H 


I AU SPECIAL HE 5EHVE DISKS 
ARE BRITISH MADE. ERHOP. k 
FREE AND COME WITH LABELS I 


ALFA MEGAMOUSE 

4DO DFK RESOLUTION Z BUTTONS 
AND LONG CORD PERFECT FOR 
ALL AMIGA APPLICATIONS 13« 

EKLW»M MOUSE 290 I 

DPI RESOLUTION. 2 BUTTON WlH 
LJQAH3 CORD AND FREE MOUSE MA" 


MQUSE MAT WITH SPONGE BACKING 
.nOBOSHIFT iNTEH FACE PLUG MOUSE A 
JOYSTICK IN ONE PORT 


PACK OF ID SPECIAL RESERVE DSDD S-S" DISKS 
FREE PLASTC FLIP TOP CH3K BOX. 

PACK CrF 10 TDK MF-20Pa.5- &SKB 

PACK OF &6 5PEGIAL RESERVE OSM 16*Dl9KS 

WITH LABELS U® 

PACK OF W TD4iMF-20D 3.5' DISKS 22M 

ektehnAl DISK QfiivE FOR AMIGA art SX-1 
3 S‘ 8&DK FORMATTED CAPACYtY ——— 
QUIET, HIGH QUALITY SUMUtt 
design, COLOUR MATCHED 
METAL CASE ANO LONG PfWCH 
CONNECTION CABLE 


Qwficaa orders nnsi be peld &V c™dii eafd 

Hanjwure Hems 4dBm*ry or mamsl arp or% 3upqlie£t Ip ihe UK mamiaru | 
Overseas surcharge E2.® par software Hem or 35A. on olher lam I 

POQK 

BLOCK CAPITALS 0aan| 

NftmeLAddrnss . - — | 


Enter rft&nKieriiHp nuwibeF (If appitaWtl nr 
NEW MEMBER SHIP FEE (ANNUAL UK 7,00) L 


PlHase use H!iB"to*KTfldo any opUrsnel ras-i uaiivorir ctiarge 

tn CUM Pnrt«o tvr Ii23l£d.i1prri GLtliJllJ.diYOW 


ALL PFIICES JNCLUOE UK POSTAGE 4 VAT £ 
CH00LjarP.O./AcceiSa/MaBEorcaYcVSwilD»i3Visa. 


EXPIRY DATE SIGNATURE — 1 

Mail CH^ar aUdrese Ct»9MO0 pavatJle lr> 

SPECIAL RESERVE 

P.O. BOX 847, HARLOW. CM2 1 9PH 

□r FAX 4 ciffldA cai'd OidOf do 01^?® 726€M>2 - iird wa II FAX D8Ck 


l-UMlB^Yii.fnK ■)>,*& «sl?ri rr», «t WlbB S'™ ^ ,l ™“ l ; J ' r 

PikStmii'CiwigS ^lifliKpxirnnieciUM. TVia ^0'*“ lfl - SSL m t 

_ ^ VI <*£} J i -p r Jt lil 










SOFTWARE 



, irectory Opus has been long 
I awaited, Since the first murky 
screenshots appeared in maga- 
zines late last year, breath has been baited, 
wallets clutched, murmurs of concern were 
heard when Jonathon Potter announced he 
wasn't going to be using his stablemales of 
old, Inovatrenics, to distribute this 
multi-tasking beast. 

Bui here it finally is, and the metamor- 
phosis has been even greater than could 
be Imagined. We were ail ready for a larger 
amount of configurability, prepared for a 
new windowing system, we had even set 
our shoulders In grim determination when 
we heard you could have more than the 
standard two directory windows open at the 
same time, What I certainly wasn't pre- 
pared lor was the fact that Directory Opus 5 
could replace Workbench altogether. Thai's 
right, you don't even need to load 
Workbench at alt. 

ANOTHER WORLD 

It you choose the 'Replace Workbench', 
option, everything seems perfectly normal, 
there doesn’t seem to be any di Iterance. 
But as soon as you open a window on your 
Workbench screen, oh boy, you sure are in 
a different world. By default, DQpus doesn’t 
fill its windows with icons. Although you do 
have that option, the default is actually to fill 
the windows like, well, like a file manager 
should A burst of little icons fills the top 
edge of each window, letting you perform 
all ihe essential operations any lilo mana- 
ger should be capable of such as copying, 
renaming and deleting. 

Running DQpus as a Workbench 
replacement seems like a really neat idea 
at first. Anyone who has played with Norton 
Desktop for Windows will know what 1 
mean. It's funky to open your hard drive's 


0 I Ixthtw iqe: Hot Key = <aJt hdp> 


!■ i- 



Slight confusion 


r 


Huai table ConnoditUs 

ftrq 1 ,03 
ChangeScreeri 
Cvt teToMenu 
Directory Dp«? 5 
Cxchange 
Grab IFF 


Infornat ton 


B Id trteto 
| Enu late 


ory Opus © Jonathan Potter 
this one, Dirwork I-> 


Show Interfere 


Hide Interface 


O' I 


Act ive 


Rertove 


magnum 

OpU5 


Cock x sfioc.lt: mt 
OirWork, would YOU? I 
bat Chris Namti it 
WS/tirti) iovmrimMy on • 
ripoatol 


Frank Hard closely euamines the latest — 
episode in the directory Opus saga — 


window and find everything listed as lext, 
with the ability to copy, move, rename, 
delete, etc. right at your finger tips in the 
window itself. 

It’s also nice not to have your entire 
Workbench screen filled with windows as 
you move through sub-directories. 
DOpusbench will let you do this if you want, 
but normally it will only replace the files 
shown in the window with the sub-directo- 
ry's contents, as you would expect. But 
soon you get a bit fed up at Ihe loss of all 
those custom I sat Ions you had on 
Workbench, 

Apart from Its looks, things have changed 
under the bonnet too. Directory Opus 5 is 
now a fully multi -threaded, multi-tasking 
package with ihe ability to perform several 
operations concurrently. One of the screen- 
shots on these pages shows the contents of 



Q 



J» Mifp "ipugh gadgets for yout 


The manual could stand some improvement. It's very 
nicely laid out, but the index is fairly poor and there 
■ns several typos and things that look like rypos, but 
are. in fact, design elements. They have used the 
Right Amiga symbol that appears in menus to show 
that you are reading about a menu item. But this sym- 
bol is usually used in 3 manual to show the keyboard 
shortcut for that command, which makes things even 
more confusing because they don't show the 
shortcut - they are just in the manual on their own. 
One of the real disasters comes when you read the 


information about the internal Finish Section com- 
mand - it gave an example that sounded very useful 
indeed. The manual said you could gel DQpus to 
beep when It had finished an operation, and the 
example given was using LHA 

I use LHA ail the time and thought that given 
DQpus 5's ability to mu Ill-task, ft would be very use- 
ful to get It to beep on finishing the LHA compressing 
or decompressing | followed the instructions down 
to the last letter until I came to the internal command 
Beep,' There isn L one. 


mym ■■ DDpcif J »pl*i bftWMn two 
pain of dlrootoriot il Jfi* iwm tlm* 

a disk being copied to a directory on my 
hard drive, while another pair of windows 
are being used to copy some files from 
another partition into RAM:. This ability is 
particularly useful for anyone who wants to 
copy files onto several disks at once, 
because you would be able to have as 
many copy operations going as the number 
of floppy drives you had. 

OUTSTANDING 

Thar# are some really nice features with 
this new version. The ability to perform sev- 
eral operations at once must rank highest 
on the list, but there are some outstanding 
tools that vie with multi-iasking for attention. 
The ability lo drag and drop more than one 
tile at a time is a definite bonus, along wilh 
fiietypes which are saved out with icons. 

I think we will soon be seeing collections 
of these fiietypes uploaded to Ami net, per- 
forming such esoteric functions as display- 
ing imagine objects or HTML pages and so 
on. The fact that the built-in viewer now 
supports datatypes should be applauded 
and will certainly cut down on the amount of 
configuration that needs to be done lo show 
GIF, PCX and Jpeg pictures or play VOC or 
WAV sounds. I liked the new ability to use 
the keyboard ic navigate DQpus' interface, 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 












■ 





Your pajiui could iook Ilk* fftrt... 


...frof f NWwtfi moil pmapla * • ullt end up lacking likm ihim- 


Instead of swapping source and destitution 
windows as it used to do in DOpus 4, Ihe 
space bar now switches on keyboard mode. 
To show this you are given a little arrow 
cursor in the active directory window which 
you can move up and down with ihe cursor 
keys. Selecting files is done with Ihe return 
key and double-clicking on them can be 
emulated wflh Ihe Enter key on the numeric 
pad, 

The contest sensitive on-line help is also 
useful, although I would have Liked to see 
slightly more index entries. One ether thing 
I liked was that DOpus 5 now caters tor the- 
three button mouse owner too. Most 
buttons can be configured for three different 
operations depending on Ihe mouse button 
used, giving even more flexibility {all the 
same. I think PR still use my middle mouse 
button to swap between screens rather than 
use It in DOpus). 

However, if you've seen Ihe requirements 
for DOpus at the bottom of this page, you 
will have no! iced lhal you can no longer 
take it with you when you go to rescue a 
friend's hard drive, The price for all ihesc 
added elements is the increased size of the 


application. It still comes on one disk - it 
only fakes up about 0DOk of hard drive 
space - but that doesn't really leave 
enough room on the disk Id install 
workbench as well. 

One of the other features which had me 
slightly confused until { ran DGpusbench is 
an icon on DOpus r s screen called 
'Favourites.' This is a ‘Program Group.' The 
reason tor it became clear when I realised 
that running DQpu stench means you lose 
TooisDaemon and ToolManager even 
though DOpus has Ihe ability to show 
enlnes added to the Tools menu. 


In the wrong direction? 


r 


PROGRAMS 

These program groups are where you 
are supposed to drag your most-used pro- 
grams lo to save you having to click 
through directories lo get at them. You can 
have as many as you like and they can be 
called whatever you like, but it reminded me 
loo much of Windoze. so I gave up on ihe 
idea ol using them almost as quickly as I 
did on using DOpusbench, 

The default configuration is. unlike 
DOpus 4’s, pretty unusable, so there is no 
alternative but to configure the program to 
meet your needs- However, configuration 
has gone from one button in the bottom- 
right comer oi the DOpus 4 interface to not 
one, not two. but eight separate menu iiems 
scattered from one end of the title bar to the 
other. I understand that each of these 


preferences tools are discrete, multi-task- I 
ing programs in their own right, bui I 
couldn't we have had them all in one I 
place? 

One ot Ihe really annoying problems I 
with this schizophrenic configuration I 
method is that keyboard shortcuts gel I 
duplicated, On my DOpus 1 like lo have the I 
Delete key as the shortcut for deleting I 
files, surprisingly enough. When I hit the I 
Del key in DOpus 5, however, I get a Lister 
Format window appear. Now, I've scoured 
the manual for a way to slop this from hap- I 
pening so that I can be re-aopuamted with 
my Del key, but all it smugly tells me in the 
manual is the fact that not only can l use 
the Lister Status Popup menu to call up 
this Lister Format window, I could also I 
double-click wilh my right mouse button in 
the lister. 

What it doesn't say is lhat the Del key 
also works, nor does it tell me how lo stop 
it from working. Two methods for calling up 
this window seem ample to me, why | 


SVSXEm ESSEnilHLH- 

RED r h-jfr!'<ril.Al BLACK a RecpmnWftdflC \ | 


As you can probably guess from the text on these 
pages, DOpus 5 has got me really frustrated. It cer- 
tainly is different from DOpus 4 and pretty much any 
other file manager, and is a lot more ambitious in its 
scope. But it is so much of a paradigm shift that it 
makes me wonder if anyone is going lo use it to its 
full potential. 

i have always plugged DOpus 4 in my various 
reviews and features, basically telling everyone that 
if ihey were to only ever buy one piece of software, 
then that should be if. So I, possibly more than oth- 
ers, feel disappointed that the clean interface 
DOpus 4 presented to the woFld has been swapped 
for something that could almost have been 
designed by Macro Systems {no offence, guys). 


Directory Opus changes make me wonder about 
change for change s sake. Progress has once again 
triumphed over common sense, and what was an 
incredibly good file manager with only two flaws 
(not selecting .font files when the font directory was 
chosen and not being able to discern between two 
floppies with the same name) has become some- 
thing that will require more maintenance than your 
hard drive, 

I think what will happen tor the vast majority of 
people is that they will load their old DOpus 4 config 
file and then not bother with the new configuration 
abilities of DOpus 5, And guess what? DOpus S still 
can't tell the difference between two floppies with 
the same name. 


®nin 

Kickstart BAM Hard drive 


RAM 65030 ’ 


1 } 


The bottom lino 


Product: Directory Opus 5 
Supplier: Wizard Developments 
Price: £49,99 
Tel: 01322 277908 


Ease of use 


Implementation 
Value for money 
Overall — 



LE 


m 


JULY 1995 


34 
















HARD DRIVES 

Our high speed 2.5' IDE hand times liar (he A 1 200 & ASOO computers come 
complete with iMting cable, screws, partitioning software, lull instructions and 
IS months Qua^ntae. All drives supplied by us are tested, lorniattecL partitioned 
and have Workbench installed for jmmetJiaEe use. Fitting is incredibly simple, 

II yog can plug the mouse into ihe mouse socket, you w>H be able to plug the 
hard drive into the hard drive socketf 
Free whJe-yout-waH fitting lor pensonai 


callers 

20mb 

£ 89.99 

2t0mh £194.99 

40 mb 

£ 99.99 

253mb £204.99 

35mb 

£109.99 

344m b £249.99 

127mfa 

£134.99 

405 mb £299.99 

170mb 

£179.99 

54Gmb £449.99 


CLOCK CARTRIDGE 

Our unique and highly rated external 
dock cartridge will enable your Amiga 
continuity stone the correct lime and c 
in ils own battery backed memory Simply 
plugs onto the back or ihe Amiga and 
does nol invalidate the warranty 
Compatible with AH Airtgas 


ONLY £19.99 

(Plus £l,0<3 postage and packing) 


MEMORY EXPANSIONS 

A12QO 3 2 bit FASTRAM memory expansions 
leature a battery backed clock and an accelerator 
FPU socket. Easy trapdoor installation. 

2n»l? £1 10.99 33mbl &0BB2 FPU £59,99 
4mb £178.99 OOmhi €90012 FPU E79.99 
Bmb 019.99 



SAVE £10.00 

11 you purchase an FPU at the same time 
as a memory expansion. 



POLLl 

POWER KARO DRIVES 
& ACCELERATORS 


APOLLO A1 230 Accelerators 
1230 TURBO 

Turbo 50 version inciodas 68D3Q CPU - MM U SOtnhz 
Turt» 28 version incudes 66030 CPU+MMU+FPU 
2&mhi. Up to 64mb ol Auloconltgiinag Faslram 
72mb/sec data Iransfer rale SCSI 2 controller bin it 
in with iraasfer rates up to 3.5mb/sac. 

Real time battery backed 
clock. 2 SIMM sockets tor 
72pm Simms, t. 2, 4 , $, 16 or 
32mb almms .Turbo 50 light 
includes SOmtiz 66030, 

FPU socket, iSIftim 
socket and connector for 
optional SCSI 2 adaptor 


II 

kb 


A 1230 Turbo 
SO light 

*1230 Turbo 50 
*1230 Turbo 28 
4mb SIMM 
3mb SIMM 



£199.99 
£269,99 
Cl 89.99 
Cl 39,99 
E 299,99 


SO MHZ 
68030 
FROM 
£199.90 



SPEEDCOM Modems 

Our highly rated, top quality, (eatune packed modems are probably ihe best 
modems available for use with the Amiga. All modems include our 
FREE MODEM ACCESSORIES PACK (worth £19.99| which includes a 
cable lo connect the modem to the Amiga, NC0MM3 comma software and an 
Amiga Guide to Comma. Features:- MNP 2-4 error correction MNP 5 data 
compression, Fax class 1&2, Group 3. Hayes compatible, 80 page manual. 12 
month warranty GP FAX Software £39.99 TERMITE E39 9B 
SPEEDCOM+B 

(14,400 V32biS} £119.99 
SPEEPCOM+EX 
(19,20<] V32Terbo) £149.99 
SFEEDCOM+BF 
(28,000 V34 & VFC) £199.99 

XLJNK 14.400 BT appm £134,99 
XUNK 20,800 BT appro £224.99 



APOLLO A500/1 SOO HARD DRIVES 

IDE interface tor Amiga A50WA5W* and A 1500 computers. 
Easy to lit. Uses standard 3.5' IDE hard drive. ’ 


interface only 

Interface wllh ICOmh hard drive 
Interface with 365mb hard drive 
Phone lor other sizes, 

A1&00 IDE/SCSI/RAM card 

NEW R A 


£79.99 

£199.99 

£229.99 


£1 29.99 

N G E 



A5O0/AS00+ £ A1500 ACCELERATORS 

6fi02o processor complete with 68881 eo processor 
funning ai SSmhz speeds up your A500 by ten limest 
Up to 4mb of RAM can ba added, Plugs onto the 
exp&ng«m connector and has a through connector lor 
other peripherals. Can also be attached mside the Apollo 
ASflO hard drive interlace. 

*990 Accelerator 
41500 66030 - 69 002 25mhz+SCSI 
Af 509 690304-68002 SOmhz + SCSI 

NEW BAN 



ALSO AVAILABLE 

3.5' HARD DRIVE FITTING KIT (A1200) Cl 7. SO 
A6Q0/A1200 CD ROM drive {ROWER ) 


INTERNAL REPLACEMENT FLOPPY DRIVE £44,99 
EXTERNAL 3.5' FLOPPY DRIVE £54.3*9 

GOLIATH HIGH OUTPUT POWER SUPPLY £44,99 



siren 

No.1 for 
mail order 

SALES HOT-LINE 

FREEPHONE 

OSOO 340548 

ENQUIRIES 0161-796 5279 
FAX: 0161-796 3208 



Amiga 

No.1 

for Amiga 
in Manchester 

Order OW for immediate despatch. 

FREEPHONE 

0500 340548 

(for credit card sales only) 
0161-796 5279 tor enquiries 
or fax 01 61 -796 3208 

Open 9am to 6pm 
Monday to Friday. 
Saturday mornings 
9am to 12pm. 

Access, Visa & Switch accepted. 
Send cheques 

(made payable to Siren Software^ 
Postal Orders 
Of credit card details to 

Siren Software! 

1 78 Bury Hew Road, 
WhitefieJd, Manchester, 
M45 6AF England 

Personal callers welcome, 

Please phone first to check 
availability of any item. 

Directions 

From M62 junction 17, head towards 
Bury. We are 50 yards 
on Ihe right after the third set of 
traffic lights, opposite Masons pub, 

All pnces include VAT. postage and 
packing will be charged at 
£3,50 per order (U.K.), £7,50 
Europe and £12.50 
rest of the World. 





GBA PH ICS 


VPaint has been part of the power 
graphics scene since the early days., 
in that lime it's seen a number of 
revisions which have always brought the cub 
ting edge of painting technology to the Amiga, 
Not surprisingly, this tradition continues, hut on 
the face value yew could be fooled Into thinking 
the update applies more to the price rather 
than performance. The assorted buttons and 
icons look worrying^ familiar, However, dig a 
little deeper and Ihe price to performance ratio 
improves dramatically. 

The key lo ihis latest incarnation is the 
arrival of layers as the pinnacle of the TVPaint 
environment, In the past TVPaint, like the 
majority ol Amiga packages, used the tradi- 
tional paging approach - taking the form ot a 
double buffer primary and spare page. 
However, with the arrival ot TVPaint 3,0 the 
Amiga takes its place in the forefront of paint- 
ing technology, alongside the latesl 
Photoshop 3.0 and Quantel’s Paintbox. 

In simple terms, layers offer the ability lo 
view multiple 24-bit images on the same 
screen while retaining the ability to edit Ihem 
independently. In reality, this is achieved by 
stacking the buffers one behind the other, 

SHARING 

In TVPaint' s case this translates to lore- 
grounds middle ground and background layers 
denoted as buffers A, B and C, wilh all three 
sharing a user-definable background colour. In 
addition, you also retain a spare page for work 
In progress and the application of specific spe- 
cial effects. This means you can paint on layer 
A and then switch to Layer B. If you Ihen add 
more paint to this layer it will appear behind 
anything in the first. 

The same applies to layer C F the end result 
being a 34-bit graphic sandwich with layer B 
as the tilling. And ol course, these multi-layer 



A typical txwmplB WUri fft >*efpgn, »1**> tfr* 
Dump option adding laxtura tv it** due back, 
drop and tfirbaiilng 1ft* orchid onto flu batral 



Ih9 art of 


Tba arrival of built-in 
image prgcititnj la * 
ma/or faMVOttoa 


Parwp+vt)**. «ncu I- 
Hrtfl, matt adg»«i acai- 
ing and eiftntrlWi - 
blin with bur* ha* 


A typical axampta at a 
usW-defiVirblir IWltr 


Irceir^l scalable 
and Sifcn^ppad font 
miippori 



Th# deceptively 
$jmplr eonlral that 
fluids a* In credufr/y 
powerful raiigo of 
painting options 


PodsIDIy ttim mill Import j*nf 
roqifDilmg In tha atttir* juicltag* 


BEI&J 


Color 




OjOisii 

□HAia 


fiia.fi 


u|sjg^ 


H touch 
of class 


projeefs can be saved just like a single 
image, but when reloaded you can disassem- 
ble ihe image, rearrange the layers and edit 
ihem with complete freedom. 

Hot surprisingly, you're free to turn layers 
oft and on as rag ui red, swap, merge and 
rearrange their position in Ihe slack vie 
requesters or hotkeys. Pul in such simple 
terms, ITs easy to be unimpressed by the 
degree of added freedom and flexibility this 
gives the artist - only when you get some 
hands-on experience does the true impact 
really hit home. 

Like rts predecessors, the latesl release Is 
actually a 32-bit rather than 24-bit environ- 
ment - with the additional 0-bits providing 
built-in alpha channelling. In short, built-in 
alpha channelling allows you to generate a 
seamless fade from one image or brush to a 


freely definable level of transparency. In 
every singfle pixel has its own alpha or tr. 
parency value which can vary between 0 
256- 

Classic examples of alphas in action 
Movie trailers and promotional material w 
invariably feature multiple scenes and chs 
ter close-ups, all crossfaded and blended 
a montage - all ol which could be capt 
via TVPaint's direct support for VLab. 

APPLICABILITY 

This essential commercial skill has alt 
been a part ol the TVPaint repertoire, 
indeed still is, but it now applies across 
tiple layers in real time If you appl' 
alpha channel transparency to an elei 
in layer A, its affect is carried righi thn 
all the subsequent layers. 

Combine alpha effect with density 


1 


With Ihe availability of such comprehensive alpha support, 
the actual process of applying paint to paper can be much 
mote subtle than simply clicking on a mouse button. As a 
result, TVPaint offers extensive support for pressure-sensi- 
tive tablets, with Wacom being particularly well supported 
Equipped with an appropriate tablet, TVPaint truly ranks 
among the vary best painting environment on any 
platform. 

As you've probably gathered, this is pm product from 
start to finish, and nowhere Is this more apparent lhan via 
the program's built-in virtual memory facility. 

For commercial artists, resolution is a constant irritation, 
especially for those working in print resolutions - Amiga 
Computing cover images are never smaller than 1 506 x 
1000 pixels. Imagine if you were commissioned to produce 


36 


an image twice or perhaps lour limes this size. The on- 
board memory requirement would be massive. Fortunately 
that isnl a problem lhanks lo TVPaint's Big Edit option. 

IV 8 true that using Big Edit can slow the creative 
process, but (he benefits for any serious commercial artist 
are immense, In lact„ the only limitation is the amount of 
available hard drive space on the partition you've chosen 
to contain the Big edit swap file. 

The process works by defining the size of the project 
and then selecting an area equivalent to your present 
page size from a scaled representation of the entire pto- 
ject. Once your edits are complete on a particular area, 
you simply save the Changes and reselect another area to 
work on until your masterpiece is complete. Simple, 
efficient and often essential. 


r hi minium 

JULY 1995 



Alrhoiigfl not detailed in t ho anlcta. £ 

aaa TVPafnt'i naw acatabia h»tU /wfirfling 
muparb In any aha, mrpact or angle 







GRAPHICS 


fthe matter 



liways 
i, and 
i mul- 
ly an 
rntenl 
rough 

1 fills, 


* 

) 

m 


Paul Austin enplores the latest update to the 
Amiga's ultimate painting enuimment 


Filters for all 

As mentioned briefly before, filters - in the style gf Kai Power Tools on Ehe Mac - are 
now a part of the TVPaint environment. At the moment the package ships with. £0 assort- 
ed fillers - with more in the- pipeline - which either work directly on the selected layer or 
operate in concert with an image on the spare page. 

Each filter produces its own dedicated requesters for fine-tuning the effect and defining 
whether it 15 to be applied to a single layer or over the entire project. Classics include the 
shadow option, which applies a user-defined shadow to the layer or your choice. Panning 
is another excellent addition which will pan eilher individual layers or the entire project in 
a user-defined direction and amount. 


the assorted drawing tools, soft edge brush 
cutting, and a multitude of image manipula- 
tor! options and you could have a master- 
: see on your hands before you've applied 
any paint. 

The actual application of paint and effects 
s also beautifully implemented, and now 
boasts Ihe left mouse bulton erase feature 
as pioneered In Photogenics. Unlike 
Photogenics. though, complete ARexx 
automation is available across the board for 
those boring jobs. 

In addition to the aforementioned button, 
you also have full undo and redo options - 
redo being particularly useful because it 
allows you to reapply existing strokes with 
different colours, modes and effects. 

Quite literally, everything can be com- 
bined; drawing tools such as pens and air- 
brushes, and drawing functions like straight 
•mss, filled shapes, bezzler curves, bucket 
fills or freehand can al be used In combina- 
tion with the drawing modes - colour, 
merge, erase, pantograph, and so on, By 
mixing all the possible options, over 2000 
combinations are available - all with user- 
definable parameters. 

POWER 

A classic example of this is the combined 
power of a bucket fill in erase mode. II we 
assume an image has been loaded which 
contains a specific element amidst a pre- 
dominantly dark background, a bucket fill in 
erase mode - given an appropriate fill toler- 
ance - would remove the unwanted areas of 
the image, revealing any layers beneath. 

The element could then be cut out as a 
brush, scaled, given perspective or image 
processed, used as a painting tool In the 
mode of your choice, pasted into another 
layer or perhaps applied as a soft edged, 
user-defined density fill lor a drawing 



an a I tmmpi at m /JM If t&gotyp#, wJ f.Tr pradi- 

*n(f, font >, find rait-worfrf droppod 

In mm deniJfp nil*, and of cour** 1h« 

ubfquifchLU drop mhmdftw 

function, Things get even more funky with 
the aid of the spare page. Take a quick 
glance at ihe gun image and you'll notice 
the bfue density fill in the background has a 
texture. To achieve the affect a separate 




greyscale was loa- 
ded directly into the 


spare page. The layer containing the 
density fiJI was selected and the bump filter 
applied, at which point the former smooth 
blue background regenerated behind the 
gun and orchid as you see it. 

Just as easily, I could have applied ihe 
effect to either the orchid or the gun by 
simply selecting their particular layer - 
and, of course, you can also apply ihe 
effect across the entire project if you wish. 

Of course, you're not limited to simply 
loading images into the spare, as you're 
free to cut and paste end copy elements or 
entire layers to the spare. AT*T 


Uerdict 

At risk of slating the obvious, the new TVPaint Is without doubt Itie 
best paint package I've ever had the pleasure to use. In fact pleasure 
aside, usability and effortless power are the real Issues. 

You don't have fo compromise, you don't need to make masks, 
stencils or all the other things that make computer-generated art a 
pain rather than a pleasure, you don’t have lo save out at every 
stage in case of accidents, you simply do whatever your imagination 
can dream up with the minimum of effort. The program has obviously 
been designed for artists ralher than computer users. He matter what 
springs lo mind, actually achieving faultless and accurate results is 
both quick and simple. 

Obviously, with ihe arrival of Photogenics at a fraction of the price, 
mosl users will choke at the prospect of coughing -up this sort of 
money for a paint package, This Is a faclor which may be compoun- 
ded 1 by the arrival of the next Photogenics update, which promises 
full 24-bit on Picasso II, Retina Z3 and so on, 

However, TVPaint isn’t designed for most users. For those who 
require, and can afford, Ihis kind of flexibility and power it’s quite sim- 
ply an essential, In fact, my only real complaint is the 'so you've 
never used a computer before approach' In the manual, and the 
almost fourfold increase In ihe asking price. However, if you can 
convince yourself there's even a slim chance you'll make good on 
your investment, I'd sign the cheque without a second thought. 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 199a 








ALL WORK AND ALL PLAY 



THE TWO-IN-ONE MONITOR 
FROM MICROVITEC 


There’s a new, highly versatile, dual purpose 
colour monitor chat's unbelievable value for 
both business and games use. 

Compatible with all workbench modes* the 
Au to- Scan 143S has high performance 
electronics and an ultra fine tube for sharp, 
crystal clear images. 

Designed and built to exacting standards for 


assured reliability and quality by Microvitec, 
the UK's leading monitor manufacturer, 
features include: 

0 14 H screen 
0 0,28mm dot pitch 
4 1 5-40 kHz 
0 Fully autoscanning 
0 MRP! I compliant 
q Designed and manufactured in the UK 


srer, a 

t 


MICROVITEC 


WHEN PERFORMANCE MATTERS 


Microvitec Pic, The Quadrant* 
Chester West* Sea land Road* 
Chester CHI 4QR 
TehOl 244 377566 
Fax: 01244 373401 


CALL NOW ON 01244 377566 FOR YOUR NEAREST DEALER 



MUSIC 


pring has brought good news for 
Amiga musicians, not leas! with 
the release of version six of the 
ever popular Octamed reviewed else- 
where in this issue. The high-end Amiga 
user, however, is more likely to be tanta- 
lized by a surprising new product that has 
already caused quite a stir In tha Amiga 
Computing offices. 

Created by Airworks Media, it’s 
claimed TuneBuilder will revolutionise the 
way music is edited. With video and film 
makers particularly in mind, the package 
offers CD backing music which can be 
timed, cut and rearranged as required 
using the supplied software. 

Tune Builder is designed for use with 
1 CD music libraries specially embedded 
with edit points that allow each piece to 
be rearranged, shortened or expanded. 
Once loaded into the program, the user 
can specify a required length of playing 
time lo fit almost exactly a sequence of 
film footage. 

The system's benefits don’t slop there, 
however A musical piece might, for 
example, have a percussive effecf that 
would suit a particular moment ef aclion 
m a video. Using the editor, Amiga own- 
ers will be able to rearrange the tune so 
that Ihe required sound effect comes ear- 
er or later in the piece to fit in with the 
him - a feature that should prove lo be an 
amazing time and cost saver 

SIMPLICITY 

Though this is a package worthy of 
crofessional use, the interface lends Ihe 
process childlike simplicity. Music 
appears in Ihe editor broken down into a 
series of blocks, and rearranging it is sim- 
ply a matter of dragging the blocks into 
the desired position using Ihe mouse 

The ingenuity of the system lies in the 
tact it can play new versions of recom- 
bined music segments instantly, without 
any hint of a pause or a clash between 
sound blocks. 

This is largely down to Airwork’s use of 
professional musicians for tha task of 
selecting the edit points on the CD - 
apparently every minute of music has 
taken two to three hours of work to 


Breakthrough 


r oMF 


KTMS.Ii : LbU 0. UniMv t u, 1 

jUrHfllflilJ jMjjMVpy j hum [ Erfrt | Eri jrt t | B*tn J 

ri ifruiLN [Tip - 1 faHPfl4r | 




i 




prriuiman .jntlf I ijM synii lu-l.dt. i 
Krpjard:. l-jiiir <il u , hftil 




Huire truck* are 
loaded into the 


playing length 
can to specified 
or bioeka 



sound 


Supported by some of ■ 
the best creatiue - 
packages auailable, the 
ffmiga is the first choke ■ 
computer for uideo and - 
musk professionals, 
flam Careth tofthouse - 
preoiems TuneBuilder. a - 
musk editor that - 
promises to amaae - 


accomplish successfully. Setting the 
length of ihe piece is even simpler than 
rearranging it. In the preview version, cre- 
eling a new tune accurals in duration to a 
specific frame was not possible, but 
Tune Builder will automatically generate a 
sequence that comes within tenths of a 
second of your specified lime 

Music is retrieved from ihe CDs and 
manipulated in the editor as e-bit sound, 
However, once satisfied with your new 
version it can be exported for video appli- 
cations as 16-bit stereo if required. 
What's more, the software supports an 
impressive range of audio file formats. 

For example, Sunrize, Sun audio. WAV 
and Toccata formats are all available. The 
latter should prove a boon to VLAB 
Motion owners who will be able to lead 
edited pieces directly for use with ihe 
Toccata board. 

TuneBuilder will be packaged with the 
Arpeggio music library, AirWorks" collec- 
tion of 345 music cuts covering 12 CDs, 






0:07.0 [ 

i lum-Hui Idn 

C 

C PmjeHHiiL Lde|- 

le 


Frajpctlulldtr 

Disc Lbhfiry ID 

I It IX Lrnqtti Retrieved Vers Lens 



lJ 


Library 


wm 


TrfltLnn ttiicx. — nrnnrcirw upti 


prre ussier under llqht iyhth nrludv Lliir. 
Ktyusritsk: fstwlstlt, Prestigious 


A certain amount of product hype from the developers is to be expected, but for once 
the implications ot this new technology could be as dramatic as the owner b hope if 
it’s marketed correctly. Previously, the oniy way to match music lo video effectively 
has been either lo hire sessions musician? or lo create your own tunes by investing 
in midi equipment, and either of Ihese options can cosl the videographer an arm and 
a leg. 

By contrast TuneBuilder puts control over music into the hands of Amiga users in 
a way that's not been possible before. Thanks lo the efforts of Airwork s professional 
editors, even the tone deaf will be able to produce a background soundtrack to very 
high standards. 

Ever keen to keep our readers abreast of the latest and most prestigious software 
available. Amiga Computing wifi be giving TuneBuilder a full review as soon as it's 
finished. Looking ahead, however. Airworks envisage a time when the likes of the 
latest Madonna CD will be released on CD-ROM with pre-embeddod editing points 
for arrangement with this system. Perhaps now you're getting an idea of just how 
important TuneBuilder could be. 


Tf» export rwquailw, And TunoBuildar boo*t 
about oil Me oplicms you Daidd for 

with a variety of themes for all sorts of 
purposes, The asking price of $950 for 
non-broadcast material or $1600 for 
malarial to be broadcast may make some 
readers quail, but it represents real value 
for money in comparison to alternative 
methods 

Other companies are creeling large 
libraries for use with TuneBuilder. A Killer 
Tracks demo CD was supplied to us with 
the required edit points, and if Ihe pieces 
are typical of the standard we can expect, 
then the professional is In for a treat. 


Amiga Com putin 


JULY 1995 

i 


a 








Visage 



Computers 


(Dept AC) 

27 Watnall Road 
Hucknall 
Nottingham 
NG15 7LD 


It you have found a 
cheaper price 
elsewhere in this 
magazine, call us 
and we will do our 
best to beat it. 


To Order 
Telephone: 

(0115) 
964 2828 

Tel/Fax: 

(0115) 964 2898 


AMIGA PD 


PARTY '94 DEMOS 


t Andromeda ■ Nexus? AGA 
2 Bomb - Mellon Origins AGA (Eli 
3- Sanity - Roots AGA 

4 Polka Sroe - Twsled AGA 4n* (4) 

5 Slants - Soul Kitchen AGA (2) 

6 Hatsels-Whammer Slammer AGA(3) 

7 fcAalon ■ Ninja AGA 

8 Qxyran - Killing Time AGA (4) 

Q Dig Dreams-Elamal MadnasaAG^Z) 
1 0 jflCJk inlms 

We also stock' Utilities. Fish 1-1000, 
Assassins 1-22C, FI Liceneawsm 1- 
44, ana are now the sole distributor 
tor LED Legal Tools from #152 
onwards The LSD Legal Tools cosl 
El 25 per disk, 


DISK PRICES & 
POSTAL RATES 


DISKS PRICE PER DISK P& P 

I. 10 El 00 E1-W 

II. £5 £0.95 £L2B 

26+ E0.M El -50 


AMIGA HARDWARE 


HARD DRIVES 




LOOK AT WHAT YOU 
GET FROM OUR HDs 


MODEMS 


1 2ms' 

£159.99 

12ms 

£169.99 

,12ms 

....,,£179,99 

12ms 

£189.99 


210MB. 

340MB 
420MB. 

540MB, 

850MB 10ms new’ low price.. £ 259 .99 
1,2 GIG lams pmcECRASH!" ,.£344*99 


Drives corns ready tD run propped 
and formatted 
with WB 


ALTO 14.400 Edema! fax 

modem «»•“ 

ALTO 28,800 External fax modem. 

Fax class 3, V34 £229-99 

Modems come supplied with Cables, 
manuals and Comma software. 


Installed with IDQMBof FREE 
top quality Public Domain 
Software- 


Only quality drives used, wth 
at least 1 year warranty 
(Most 2 to 5 year). 


■21233^223 

4MB 72 Pin 70ns ..,.£139.99 

6 MB 72 Pin 70ns ..£279.99 

16MB 72 Pin 70ns .£449.99 


270MB.. 
420MB.. 
540MB . 
730MB.. 
1-GIG. 


,12ms £139.99 

12ms £1 59-99 

r ,l2ms ..,£189.99 

,.10ms ,£209,99 

..10ms ..£499.99 


PRINTERS 


* Amitek Amiga External ......£59.00 

* A500 Internal £44.00 

* A&00/A1200 Internal......-* £49.00 


270MB .12ms,.. £199.99 

540MB 12ms £239.99 

1 -GIG 10ms £549.99 

2.1 -GIG 10ms.,., : ,£999 ,99 


80MB... 
130MB... 
170MB... 
340MB... 
520MB . 
All 2.5‘ 


16ms ..,.£109.99 

16HW £129.99 

...„,16ms ..... £159 99 

12ms £209.99 

12ms £429.99 

Drives include IDE cable 


$tyfus Cotour Inkjel Printer 
Photographic quality output when used 
with optional 72QDPI printer driver 
(coated paper required). Built in auto- 

sheelfeeder. _ A 

Only . „ ■ ■ £429.99 

Professional print studio for the Amiga. 
Enhance the output of your printer Inc 
720 DPI on EPSON STYLUS Colour 


Mixes video 8* computer graphics with 
ease. Inc. Eros Scaia HT100 E99-9& 


M achine 

A500 

A500 

A50G+ 

ASOO 

A600 

A12Q0 

A12M 


Memory 

Clock 

Fflce 

0.5MB 

No 

£20.99 

0.5MB 

Yes 

£25,99 

1MB 

No 

£30.99 

1MB 

No 

£30,99 

1MB 

Yea 

£40.99 

2MB 

Yes 

£134,99 

4MB 

Yes 

£169.99 



BJlOsx Low Cost A4 BubbleJet 360 

DPI ,..£179,99 

g. j 200 Mono BubbleJet Printer 80 
Page Auto Sheetfeeder, 
q QQ jcq ppL „„ ..£239,99 

365WB 12mS.„„, £149.9y nEW b jc 4000 Colour BubbleJet a-fJJiUUIJJM 

548MB... 1 - :l; :?2M?4oS Colour 3600 PI - Mono 720 x 360 DPI. ■■111! 

kksss s a, L0 » 

ACCESSORIES). When you purchase yOUf 
dfivelrom us we can fit H foratfiangeof £10-99 
I including collection a delivery) confirm I 

' * mMMKWAivvlvMimai 

Internal 600KB Per SecondTransfer 
Rate Including Tandem CDRGM 
Controller - £2£ra99 


24BIT Real-Time Colour Digitizer. 
A 1200/4000 Recommended. 2.04 & 
1,5 MEG Required Only £ 129.99 


Same Specification as above, 
increased speed. Only £159-99 


current pnces 4 auailafoiily betor* ordering 


270MB .... £219 99 _■ u r 

420MB £229.99 

540MB ..,.,..£259.99 

730MB £349 ?? 

1-GIG,.. £419.99 


22 Bfl CD Console. With 7 games Inc 
Cannon Fodder, Ultimate Body Blows 
& Liberation. Only £195.00 


3.5‘ - 2.5" HD Lead £19-99 

Canon BJ-10 Refills £12.99 

Midi interface — 5! ?'?? 

M&gaMouse 400DPI -£1 * ®9 

Parnet Lead inc Software £10.99 

Mouse Mats ^ 

Amiga Dustaovers. — ” £4 99 

Parallel. Printer Cable £7.99 

50 Capacity Disk Box £3-50 

100 Capacity Disk iex <♦ £5.99 


270MB £234.99 

420MB £259.99 

540MB £2&9 99 

730MB ,.,.£349.99 

1-GfG... ,.£489.99 

Alfa Power HDs plug into Iho DMA port d the 
A500 Can be populated with ujp to SMB ol Iasi 
r&m. Requires KjckStart W+- 


Turns your CD32 games console Into a full 
Amiga computer. __ 

With FREE GokJFiShCD 

Keyboard lor SXl * <*«- £37.99 


8MM-U!l'J.M l .IIJ-IWJ.-fcll)Jaig 


High powered PSU lot the Amiga- Ideal 


Now available 
Apollo 
accelerator 
cards - 
call for prices 


Call lor best prices on TDK DSfDO. 
From “peach 

Fits into the PCMCIA interface ot your 
A1200, Fast SCSI 2 interface to con- 
nect CD Drives, Hard Drives, Etc. 

With Software Just £69,99 


■jjiwjriiMiMaa 

STANDARD (3-4 DAYS) ...£3.95 

NEXT DAY COURIER „ £5.9- 

SMALL ITEMS El. 9^ 

All prices include VAT 
Prices are correct at lime of going to P resS 



BY POST - Please make cheques A postal 
orders payable to "VISAGE COMPUTERS , 
Please allow 5 working days for cheques to dear. 


BY PHONE - Orders 
taken from 9,30am fo 
5.30pm. 


SSK 


CALL (0115) 964 2828 TO PLACE YOUR ORDER 









O hera are plenty ol real good Midi files 
around these days and whether you 
like the classics, country, pop and 
rock, or more obscure stuff, the chances are 
that someone, somewhere will have pro- 
duced Midi file arrangements lo suit your 
tastes. In short you just buy the files, load 
them into a sequencer, and play them. 
Incidentally, some commercial libraries can 
provide their material on Amiga format disks, 
although mosl offer only MSDOS format. 
Needless lo say, this is no great problem 
nowadays because these disks can be read 
via CrossOOS without any trouble at afl. 
Library files are usually configured for 
General Midi type equipment so most people 
usually need lo do a little channel and patch 
edrling to get the arrangements sounding 
right on their particular Midi equipment. Once 
you've saved a version that is suitable for 
your system, however, you'll be in a position 
to 'load and play’ these arrangements just as 
easily as you might play a record or CD. 

The question we might now ask is whether 
or not it is possible to add these types of file- 
playing facilities to our own programs. Midi 
file playing, as many of you will know, is quite 
complex, but by converting a Midi file into a 
format known as MPX2 it is possible to 
simplify beyond belief the code needed to 
regenerate the stored Midi data. 

What I'm going to do in this tutorial is show 
you exactly how MFX2 tile loading and play- 
ing facilities can be added to your own pro- 
grams. The result is that with relalively little 
addilional code it becomes possible to wrile 
programs that can play pre-arranged Midi file 
song material in essentially the same way 
your sequencer can. 

FILE STRUCTURE 

It should be pretty obvious that the key to 
writing any file processing utility is to under- 
stand, in detail, the relevant file format, 
Before I look at the MPX2 format, however, I 
ought to recap briefly on the structure of con- 
ventional Midi files so ihat you can appreciate 
the benefits that MPX2 tiles provide. 

At the highest levei, these files consist cl 
docks of data called chunks that consist ol a 
4 byte identifier field to I lowed by a 4 byte 
number that tells you how much data is in the 
-hunk. Two types of chunks are currently 
defined: Header chunks, which have a 
MThcT identifier, and track chunks, which 
have a 'MTrk' identifier. 

Midi file chunks can be arranged infernally 
n three ways and Ihis leads to three types of 
4 ies: The type 0 format files contain a header 
chunk followed by a single track chunk used 
for storing a sequence or song as a single 
stream or events. Type 1 files allow multiple 
track sequences to be stored, and those con- 
tain a header chunk lol lowed by separate 
track chunks which represent tracks to be 
clayed simultaneously. 

One last type of tile was developed lo 
allow sets of independent sequences to be 
stored, but these so-called type 2 files do not 
seem to be used to any great extent. 

As far as chunk arrangements go, the 
MThd' header chunk is always the first one in 
the fiie and it currently has three words of 
nata - the first identifies the file formal JO, 1, 
or 2), the second tells you how many track 



Paul Bueraa shows you an easy way 
to add midi song playing capabilities 
to your Bask and l programs 


chunks are present in the fiie. and the last 
contains liming Interpretation details. 

The data events stored in a Midi file all 
start with a lime delay field, a sc called Delta 
time, that specifies ihe amount of time which 
should pass before the specified event 
shoudd be played. 

it's- worth mentioning ihat Delta times, and 
a few other Midi file items, are stored in a 
byte-efficient variable length format that has 
to be unpacked before it can be turned into a 
sensible numerical value. MPX2 formal files, 
incidentally, do not use compacted time vak 
ues, which is one of the things that makes 
them easier to read. 

Midi file events can be one of three types: 
Midi events (channel messages), Sysex 
events, and a collection ol non- Midi items 
known as Mela events. I'm not going to go 
into detail about each and every event struc- 
ture because the MFX2 arrangements make 
it unnecessary for you to know whal type of 
data is in Ihe original Midi file, As an illustra- 
tion, however, here are some details of the 


PaulOveraa's,,, 
Freely Distributable 
MIDI -FILE FLAYER 


Ffltrf Ovn-H'i Midi tit* 
piftyor h« now Aoon 
e if>*c ialiy itwdUicd to 
oonvmet ANifl titm* to 
MPX 2 format 


FOR THE COMMODORE AMIGA 


ITIusic for 
the m 




MUSIC 


J 3 L 

fc*L 


lit ll/n« niilfttiSO 


m 

Prw™. 


m 


r“ 




.1, 


i4» FTi5t^ - *•* iO* 





layout used for Midi file Meta events: They 
start with an FF hen Meta event Identifier, tal- 
lowed by a 'type' field, a byte count, and the 
data itself. The type field is a 1 byte value 
between 0 and 127 and the count field is 
stored in (he same variable length format as 
is used tar delta-time values. 

Two Meta events of particular interest by 
Ihe way. are those that allow the end of a 
track, or a change in tempo, to be recog- 
nised. although a great many other events 
have been defined for embedding track 
names, lyrics, copyright notices and so on. 

HARD WORK 

Midi file reading, as I’ve already men- 
tioned, is net particularly easy. Chunks have 
to be identified, Iheir contents extracted and 
unpacked, and Midi events have to bo sepa- 
rated from Meta events. With type 0 files 
these events will be time ordered by virtue of 
their positions in the file and their delta times. 

With type 1 files the situation is more com- 
pie*, and in order to produce a stream of 
Midi data it is necessary to merge in time 
order all ihe events Irom all of the track 
chunks. When you realise that running status 
{Le. Ihe use of implied status bytes) is also 
allowed wilhim streams of stored Midi events, 
It's not hard to see that writing Midi lile 
unpacking code is no small feat. 

At Ihe playing end of the 'Midi file to Music' 
conversion scenario the lask is simple 


You'll rind bo l* C and 
fln*rc MPX2 tile 


pntgmma on th* 


IDPHE file reading using ( 


One of the problems wilh using high-level language lile reading is that it is inherently slow 
and this can affect MPX2 file playback timing. While, therefore, MPX2 reader code can 
certainly be written using Cs high-level file handling functions just as easily as in Basic I 
prefer a different approach. I load the complete file into a buffer and then access the events 
directly via a pointer. As each event is read the pointer is incremented so that it then points 
lo the next item to be processed. Hero's a typical example that reads the four byte event 
count and then increases the pointer by 4: 


eY*nt_cO'UBf-* t U lOH S *>dataj; dati_p*-^; 


In order to avoid continually writing buffer handling routines, I use a buffer ADT (abstract 
data type) module that allows me to load a named file, ask for the start cl the file data, kill 
(l.o. remove) the butter, and so on. Listing 2 shows the header defining the functions this 
module provides, and all I have -to do is indude this header file in my source and then link 
my compiled code with the associated buffer module. Listing 3 shows these routines being 
used to load an MPX2 tile and you'll notice that, having checked the file identity, l kill the 

buffer If Ihe file is not a valid MPX2 type. T . . — , .. 

Listing 4 is the MXP2 play routine itself , ft does the same job as the Basic routine disr 
cussed eartier, and the only difference is that I am using an incrementing pointer to move 
through ihe MPX2 file rather than reading items through high-level file (unctions. 



MM little silional u i* it 
bBLDdies wEille to write mm 
ttat an ft pre-arranged Hi file sons material in 
essentially the same im ynur 
swra m 



«>t ht# ■kmlMftdt dtlsy* 


structure is based on exactly these types of 
event blocks, tagged onto an 8 byte header 
like this: 


enough to explain. The time ordered blocks 
of Midi messages generated as a Midi fife 
were examined and have to be sent down 
the serial line at the appropriate times. 

If you Ihink about this and at the problem 
you’ll realise that what we really need lor 
playback simplicity Is a file structure that 
allows blocks of Midi message data to be 
stored exactly as they should be transmitted. 

One easy way to achieve this would be to 
opl for a file format that uses blocks consist- 
ing of a fixed length time value, followed by 
the Midi data in the exact form needed for 
transmission. The snag here is that in orier 
to transmit a block of serial Midi data you 
need to know the size of the block. In other 
words, a block size field needs to be inclu- 
ded with each event, and with the MPX2 for- 
mat the event arrangement adopted is this: 


4 byte BPI2 Hie Wertlfltr <.*Hex2 M ) 

* byte event eewit * 

Pi ew#n 

t 

a* byte lierniit&ndi dtl*y> 

oZ byte black stie (i)> 

<H byte i af Nidi 

dm> 

) 



The first MPX2 header field lets ytn 
check that a file actually is a real MPX2 Fife 
before you process it. The second, Ihe even 
count, indicates how many events are in Iht 
file. A file reader simply has to read thi 
identification and, count values and then out 
put the required number of events down th* 
serial line. 

Handling an MPX2 event is both eas 
and efficient, Firstly, you read the time dela 
field and execute an appropriate time 
device delay , next read the block size to se 
how much data you should transmit an 
finally, perform a single Exec DolO{) call t 
transmit the complete associated block £ 
event data to your Midi equipment! 

The key advantage of this file format the 
Is playback simplicity. Because MPX2 dal 
blocks contain only pure Midi mesaagi 
Information programs do rwl need to do ar 
complicated event unpacking or interpret; 
lion - they can just read blacks of Midi da 
and transmit them without caring about the 
contents. 

There are a variety of ways in whic 
MPX2 data files can be used, but the sir 
piest approach is to open the file as an ort 
nary sequential input file and read the eve 
data using the in-built Basic file handlir 
facilities. To illustrate this approach, and I 
bang up-to-date. I've opted tor an examp 
based on HiSoft's. new Basic 2 package, 

To produce runable code I did, of cours 
need access to the Amiga's serial po 
Serial device handling is no proble 
because HiSoft Basic 2, like most Bask 






Jargon help 

RKM- Amiga ROM Kernel Manuals - Ihe 
official Amiga system programming beaks 

pointer - a variable used to store a mem- 
ory location address. C programmers often 
tag a 'jp' extension onto the names of 
pointer variables to remind themselves of 
this fact. 

structure offset - a number for an equiva- 
lent name} that specifies the position of a 
particular field in a block of memory relative 
to the base address of that block. 

allows this to be opened and used in much 
the same way as an ordinary file. 

I also needed time delay facilities, but 
this presented more of a problem - neither 
Hi Soft Basic, nor any other Basic come to 
that, provides timer functions lhat are 
capable of providing delays of sufficient 
accuracy. Because of this it is essential to 
use the Amiga's timer device and this 
means we need to set up a reply port and 
an I/O request block for communicating with 
the timer device (as well as opening the 
device ilseif), Before I tackle this side of the 
problem though, let’s examine the MPX2 
'lie playing loop-. 

Listing 1 shows a program that asks for 
the name of an MPX2 file and then plays it. 
Don't worry about Ihe initial code - look at 
the loop in the middle. What may well sur- 
prise you is lhat once the various setting up 
and file opening code has bean performed, 
it takes just one loop containing (base 
seven lines of Basic to read and play any 
sort of MPX2 file: 

FUR i 1=1 ID iviflt count! 

Evenljiisl^VLLlRPatJt^tUJ 
PM EL 

tiitrlftlttr iitrs,t«nt Had 

ft-beHlUfitrlU) 
a«* nt^cniiAti-CVlCI hPUTt i 1 ) > 
eve n 1 1' E HPU TS ! ru aat_* duA-t! r PI 1 : PRINT 

*2,fvent*^ 

l(XT it 

We read the lour byte time value from the 
■i e [notice the use of CVL{) to convert ihe 
INPUTSO siring into a number], poke that 
value info the timer I/O request, and per- 
fonn an Exec Do(Q() call fo the timer In 
order to produce the required delay. Having 
done that, we then use INPUTSO again lo 
read the event size field and once more to 
read the Midi data block info an events 
string. A PRINT statement is then all ihal’s 
needed to transmit that block down the 
serial lines and into yo-ur Midi gear. Not bad 
eh, for seven lines of code! 

Because the play loop depends on being 
able lo generate accurate time delays, this 
brings us to a stickling point as far as Basic 
i concerned - each version of the lan- 
guage has its own ways of allowing experi- 
enced coders to access the underlying 
Amiga system library routines and devices. 

The iaiest version of HISoft Basic does, 
- fad, include a new scheme for doing Ihis 
and, since you are unlikely to have seen 


any code of this nature before, I’ll explain 
briefly how if works. 

HiSoft have created a set of header files 
that mimic the system headers used by 
Amiga C and assembler coders. As well as 
library function' details, these headers also 
provide 'pseudo constant' definitions of all 
the important structure offsets If you look at 
listing 1 again you'll see near the Start of the 
code that I perform a CreatePort() Exec 
library function cal! and then create an 
extended I/O request block using this 
function: 

The returned value, timertOS,, is actually 
the base of the allocated timer I/O request 
structure but before it can be used with a 
DoiOQ call various fields need to be set up. 
Timer I/O requests have to be set up with 
boih a time delay value and a number which 
represents the command the device should 
carry out. The command field can be refer- 
enced by adding an offset value, defined as 
IQSidReqio_Command in ihe HiSoft head- 
ers, onto the base address of the 1/0 
request structure. 

Another constant defined in the headers 
Is called TFLADD REQUESTS, and this is 
used to tell the timer device to perform a 
time delay, With Hi Soft Basic 2 we poke a 
TR_ADDREQUEST command into the i/0 
request block like this: 

PDK.EW ilHfi4Mflitdliqifl_(fliMnd ( TIJHIl«llsn 

The final location being poked is therefore 
the sum of the timer 1/0 request bass 
address and the command field offset. 

In a similar fashion, the four byte event 
time of an MPX2 event can be poked into 
ihe request block using predefined trjime 
and tv^micro structure offset values: 

PM EL Ciaer ] tf*t r_t i aa+t t j i e ra,t * ifit J 1 at t 

Hard going? Well, there is nothing inherently 
difficult going on here - I'm jusl poking suit- 
able numbers into particular positions of a 
block of memory, I will admil, though, (hat 
the purpose of this sort of 'jiggery-pokery 1 
can only make sense if you understand the 
layouts and purposes Of the appropriate 
Amiga system structures, and Ihe same is 
true of Amiga library function use. 

Experience with C or assembler and the 
RKM manuals undoubtedly comes in handy, 
but if you are new to Basic than all I can 
suggest is that you just take the timer code 
at face value and use it, being particularly 
careful not to inadvertently alter any offset 
names or variable types! 

I have, incidentally, kept the example 
code as small and as straightforward as 
possible. In particular, I’ve not performed the 
customary checks on things like device 
opening and I/O request memory allocation 
functions because these would have made 
the underlying framework of the code much 
more difficult to examine. Be warned, how- 
ever, that in general, the return values of 
library functions which can fail ought to be 
checked, and appropriate error close-down 
paths coded. y~>y 


HER Jiniludt iitc.bh 
HER tinsijdt tiatr.bh 
REN tiiuludf hLIUti|ft^rt.lar 

DENRT i-i : eU«PED_PlIORET1'SO 
LliMir OPEN ■am. Library" 
t i Mrf(i rtl= tpf J t i.Pd r tt( 0! ,11) 
t i i tr ] 01= [ r ta E a J i( |0| ( \ iatrpnnl , t i »er tq ut it_s i ltd I J 
POkEL t i nr IQi+ tr_t lft+t a_rtci ,0 

i l=tyEn Bivt ttlliA BB ("tiler .did ti’+l HA! HI ) ) ,UR 1 T JtlEIDKI , t iitrlflM) 
POKE! tiKr]C!t]atLdRrqlA u C4»r.d r TRJP0ltERULSll 
EHPUT "Nm al API? flic Ed filar? ",M«* 

OPEN mat! FCt INPUT IS 11 LEMQOD 
OPEN *1 « 

fc e »d*rMlim*U,l!] : tv tn L_t n jn 1 1- CV L (I hPL T$ ^ ^ 1 ? ) 
EBrkt-FindliakUMU.() 

e lOriwi i y M*t Ti ilPr i t( tistl , BUNP1 1 JR 1 DR ITT J 
FQT i 1-1 TS cvtnt IDunt! 

C4«n E_t 1 aal=( YLt INPUT! [4 y ll 1 1 

PflUEL H >e r tot-a-t r_t 1 i4_ti e r& , ivwt.t i it! 

t_co<un t K«CVI L 1 PlPlfTSX 2 , 1 in 
(rtiHlillPUTIltMiflt.tniintlJt] : PRINT 

NE IT it 

rt=SrtTukPfil [tail, eld _p riopiry ) 

CLOSE 12,11 

ClnjfOfMicf c-iaerlOt ! DtUttEllID r«rlJI t DtlttfP&rt tiifriortl 

LIBRARY CLOSE 

END 

Umting It Plmyinw JU PX2 fUm* vim MJfefta Baa J* 2 


EypcdrF void SUFFER; 

BUFFER 'Creaicflul Fef LTEX1 *fUtnH*>; /* rtiuriH HULL it request IlH* *t 
void ElllBufftrCtUFffl 

ULC-Hd LitlafftrSm CfiUFf E.R *tufftrjj); /* rations slit of haffir */ 
up PTE *R*LSuffirSlirt(BuffEi *BufFer_pl; I* rtlunn Start ef huf Per */ 
0&TTE laveBuf f c r C BUFFER ‘buffirjs, TEJT ‘MllMll); 

Limtiftg 2 i Thm huttmr ABt TtHlUtia definif IH3T1 P Ulfrf far bvtftr handling 


UBTTE LeadRPXKTElT ‘wurcijll 
{ 

UBTTE *d*U_p, irrvrJvbtrsmjllM; 

If I ! ( gjpxji ji i i r_p=C r* it eBuf 1 s r t ■ n j 1 ) ) *f r a r^uih#r^R0 J OlfRC E; 
else l 

cit 9 As k.Buf 1 e r! t a f t C fl_i s_h u f f irj} ; 

*)EJi»a^ f qD_RPJ(i 

t 

II l LBuf 1 * r f L*P r ju If tr_p 1 ; 

^■pi_bHjft(r_p=JIULL; 

trrBr_nuibir=0AD_F[LE; 

] 

} 

raturn(irrur_nuibff); 

3 

Urntlng Jj Tht niutint fvr baVTng ah HPX2 til a fiila * SuWef 


ttTTl PUrNPWil 
( 

UBrTE ffr»r^iuibEr-Rfli_iHtDt; 

URC'Rf :oSf, t¥int_siit; 

ULOHi delar, 1, are Sunt, tiik_pric-ritr'; 
if 1 Tg_ip*_hu , tf arjh) rr r&r_nuih* r-N-ft JDUfit E ; 

•III { 

Li s k_p rl er i ty =i 1 1 Ta rR Pf il Ff Bd Ta rk C 0 ) ,BURPE D_PS I&IITT J ; 

4a t a _p=h skBu f f trS La r t C a_»pJf _h uf 1i rjpt ; da t ; 

mnE^cPsnE^lULWIG ‘Jifatajs; datijo+ii; 
g_t i i rr.rtque i t_p->t r_T 1 *a . tv^« t s-U ; 
tar (i=D;l«*4*nt_tount;i+f) 

( 

dftir=*0lLCR4 *Jlitajif aatajn-M; 
a,T r_r «qu as t_p->t r J i ie . ty_ll * r^d# Lay ; 
BaHHUtrurt lORfqgert *)g^tliir_rEquEsEj)i; 
aq an e_i 1 ia^UiyORD *)ditt_p; drtajj+=J; 
g_^* r { ■ l J tq j c it 1 0 S t r . i a Ji n j 1 h = a ft ht_s i it; 
g„S.« ri l [j tq je it j-> I D S e r . i n_Da la ± t AP tR ) d'i t l_p; 
Dol Udltruet lORtqvest * 3 g_se ri a l_r eiyue ; 

dalajat-ayant iFri; 

J 

} 

Self as kFt i ( M n i f i* I ' 0 1 1 s i jr i n m t if ) ; 

} 

r*titrn(irrar_n-jiberi; 

3 

Lialinn 4 r A I ypicai C Cf>d* routine far piaytrtq M f*K2 tsIaM 








letters 


Plug into the Amiga 



t Here's an idea. I use Macs and PCs fairly regularly and am extremely 
tTfl' impressed by the idea ol plug-ins. For those who don't know, plugins are 
WPW pieces or software, like datatypes lor the Amiga, which can be added to any 
program that supports them. 

For instance, Kai's Power Tools on Ihe Mac is a plugin for extra image processing 
effects. It not only works wiih Photoshop, bui also with Quark XPress, the foremosi DTP 
program in ihe world. This means that you get Kai's Power Tools effect within XPress, 
without having to take your images into Photoshop first. ... j, 

Wouldn't it be great il ADPro worked the same way? Then wo could use Hs loaders and 
operators inside packages like Wordworth and PageStream. I think that if Commodore ever 
gels resurrected, one of Ihe first things it should do is try to gat some sod of standard set up. 
y William Russ&tl, Colchester 


Plug-ins are indeed a superb Idea. However, it seems that none of the Amiga software 
companies are too willing to talk to one another when it comes down to it, so, as you 
say, a standard will probably need to be set by whatever entity Commodore becomes. 

That being said, I think the new Commodore' will have other things on its collec- 
tive mind than plug-ins. Like getting machines Into shops for instance. But perhaps 
Lightwave will lead the way as the new version supports plug-ins, but unfortunately 
not the standard ones used by 3D Studio, Photoshop, et al. 


Faulty FastflfllH 


While reading your April letters page, l 
found a striking similarity between the sit- 
uation experienced by Mr, Colin Smith and 
myself. 

I ordered a 4Mb RAM board from Siren 
Software back in December. Upon receiving 
it I found si to he faulty and sent it back, 
demanding a relund. 1 expected to receive 
one soon - if the goods are faulty the com- 
pany must cough up. It was several months 
and phone calls later before I was oflered 
any sort of refund, and they suggested a 
credit note to ihe value of the board. After 
such a long wait I was in no mood to ny my 
luck again. After ail, who's to say the sec- 
ond wouldn't be faulty too? 

I look a hip down to my local trading 
standards office for a chat. They said thal 
if the company maintained thal the goods 
were not faulty, they (Trading Standards) 
could do no more for me. It came as no 
great surprise when they later informed 
me thal they had received a letter bom 
Siren Software saying I had returned 
djoods which worked perfectly. 

in the end l got my money back. It was a 
long complicated process which I don't want 
to bore you with now. Suffice to say, I won! 
be dealing with Siren Software again. 

Please print this, as l see no reason 
why anybody else should go through ihe 
same struggle. Expanding your machine 
should be fun, not a constant worry about 
your legal standing 

Kenneth Lyon, 
klyon @ teuchdwn. demon, co. ttk 


Compact 

congratulations! 


I Congratulations on the lirst CD for 
I the Amiga that is really worth mentioning. 
Any qualms of ye! another software tat- 
down were swiftly cSspetied when I switched 
on my A 1200 with the CD Toolbox in situ. 

Terrific! More of the same please, even 
if you do have to up the cost of the mag in 
consequence - it would be worth It. at, 
leasl in my opinion, 

Just to reiterate, well done AC! 

Frank DoswetS. Crawley 


Blush! Gosh, thanks We do try our 
best. As to raising the cover price of 
the magazine. I'm sure the majority of 
our readers would have to disagree 
with you there 


simply sending you a replacement 
SIMM? That having been said, you do 
seem to have had an awful lot of trouble 
actually receiving a refund, which is not 
good in anybody's book. 



Booklet blunder 


please can you help me? I have just pur- 
chased an Amiga 1200 and a friend has 
lent me some booklels which I would love 
to be able to purchase: Amiga Answers, 
Mastering the Amiga, Amiga Format 
If you could let me know the cost I will 
send a cheque by return. 

D&ryck Mar&ton f Leicester 


I appreciate the difficulties you have had 
with Siren, hut would just like to ask why 
you felt Et necessary to 'demand a 
refund. We don’t live In a perfect world 
and it wasn't necessarily Siren's fault 
that the RAM didn't work in your 
machine. What was the matter with them 


I just can’t get enough 


I'd like to disagree wilh Mr, Hawkins’ views In March's 
issue of Amiga Computing. I use Lightwave every day 
and find that only ACs coverage of ihe various add- 
ons for it are in-depih enough tor my liking. I say more 
LightWavel 

l would also be extremely keen on a tutorial series 
like your Pubfishing column, not Jus! the more general 
3D page, but something to get your teeth into. My only 
other problem is getting hcW of Ihe items you review. It 
seems that the only UK supplier is Premier Vision and 
they charge too much and don’f carry enough stock. 
Perhaps you can suggest some other dealer? 

Mite Perrte, Sunderland 


The lack of UK availability of some of the 
LightWave- related products we review can be a 
problem, especially for readers without a credit 
card, but ws can only hops that as Lightwave 
gains further ground in this country, their will 
be dealers springing up to offer UK users the 
software they want. 

As to the likelihood of a continuing tutorial for 
Lightwave users, l think It is unlikely at the 
moment, unless, as per Mr. Hawkins suggestion, 
we do change our name to Lightwave 
Computing! 


fca 


Amiga Computing. 


I 1 


Well, Deryck, if I remember rightly, the 
first and last booklets you menlion 
were published by our Bath-based 
competitor, Future Publishing, while 
the second one was published by 
Bruce Smith Books who can be 
reached on 01932 B94355, Good luck 
with your new machine. 


JULY 19 95 






letters 


K| 


R dean bill of 
health 

l would |usl like to say lhanks lo Frank 
Nerd for his Amiga Medical articles. They 
have helped me no end with configuring 
my system, which consists ol an Amiga 
1200 with 65Mb hard disk As I run tots cl 
programs that have an AFtexx interface, 
Ns advice on moving the REXX. directory 
has proved invaluable 

BtllR&ason North wich 

Frank says: Cm glad my hints have 
proved useful to you. They were culled 
over a great many years of messing 
around with not only my own Amiga, 
bul other people's, to make things run 
a lot smoother, especially for people 
without a technical bent. 


net uiarth 

Thanks very much for the Demon internet 
CoverDisk - It was superb. 1 had been con' 
■emplating having a go on the internet and 
this was jusl what I needed to push me into 
A. AmigaNQS is somewhat complicated in 
jse, but I've found that as long as you 
leave it pretty much alone, although you 
might not get the best performance from it, 
a! least it actually works, 

It does seem a little strange that you 
nave to edit three files to change the news- 
groups you subscribe to, bul ours is not to 
ngasort why. My next step is to jump to 
AmiTCP thanks to the hefty article you 
published last month, I just hope I find it 
easier than AmigaNQS, (I can't wait to use 
Mosaic though). Finally, keep up the good 
work. Amiga Computing is by far the best 


SEK-RBt? 


T 

With reference to the letter by James Raddlffe and 
your reply, I would Jusl like to point out that 
although porn- is indeed widely available on the 
internet, via the alt. sex.* and alt, binaries." news- 
groups, I wonder how many of the people who 
winge on about "vita perverts on the Interner have 
actually taken the time to try and find these 
resources. 

First of ail, as stated by Ezra, you have lo have a 
dial-up connection to the net, then you need to be 
willing to suffer an increased phone bill, the cost of 
downloading all those large pictures, and lastly, 
you need some way of viewing these pictures In a 
irgh resolution, true colour display. It is extremely 
jnlikely, perhaps even Impossible, lo see anyone 
coming across this material accidentally, much less 
so than traditional pornographic materials in this 
country, namely newspapers, magazines or 

videos. 

It seems that the national tabloid press 'in this 


of the Amiga mag$; all the others either 
aim too high, or too low, Yours has just the 
right balance between the two, 

Kevtn Bryant Southall 

The response to the Demon freebie has 
been phenomenal. We have been inun- 
dated with e-mail and snaiimaii to the 
effect thal It has been the best give- 
away any magazine has ever put on the 
cover - ever. We assume from this that 
you lot actually quite liked it. 


0101E00? 

I have an Amiga 1200 and I have been 
saving up for ages to buy an accelerator 
card for It. But now I am worried that a 
68040 accelerator will become available 
end I will have bought (he 68030 one. Can 
you advise me on what to do? 

Mr 8 Caldv/yn, Falmouth 

Rest easy Mr Caldwyn, there won't ever 
be a 68040-based accelerator for the 
A1200 unless someone can do some- 
thing about the size of the 68040 chip 
and the amount of heat it generates 
Get your 68030 hoard by all means and 
try to get one that offers two SIMM 
slots, if possible, as they offer more 
flexibility when it comes to upgrading 
your RAM. 

RGR flicker 

After having Upgraded 1 from my A 3000 
Last year lo an A40QQ/04G, 1 find it really 
annoying that I need to have two monitors. 
I kepi my NEC Multisync from my A3000. 
but the A40Q0 doesn't have a built-in flic- 
ker fixer so | ve had lo buy a 1084S 
monitor lo play games and use programs 
that don't promote to my EGS Spectrum or 
DoubiePAL (which is horrible anyway). 

Are there any companies Oul there 
making a flicker fixer for my A4G00? I have 


(ommodore 

worries 

I have been a loyal Amiga owner for 
the pasl four years, but am wondenng 
whether or not to keep up my commit- 
ment. I have a 1Mb A50G with 
Workbench 1.3 and a second floppy 
drive, but am looking at buying a 4SS- 
based PC. Commodore just don't seem 
Lo be getting back together, and the 
games companies are dropping the 
Amiga like a rock, unless you have an 
A12QG, Why can't they convert the 
games from the At 200 to the A5Q0. I’m 
sure there must be many more A5Q0 
owners out there than Ai20Q ones. 

Mats Coverton , Slough 

To be brutally frank with you Mall, 
your 'loyal commitment to the 
Amiga' doesn't strike me as that 
impressive. There are many Amiga 
owners oul there who have spent a 
great deal more money on their sys- 
tems. The bottom line with all these 
PC versus Amiga arguments is, 
does the machine do what you want 
it to? If it does, it doesn't really mat- 
ter that some people calf it obsolete, 
it suits your needs. 

If you want an A1200, Matt, go out 
and gel one, there are certainly 
plenty of people who are willing to 
sell their machines, but if you want 
to get a PC, then I guess we proba- 
bly won t be hearing from you again. 
As tor your complaint about games, 
there certainly are more A 500 
owners around at the moment, 
but the games companies like 
the added power and memory 
that come as standard in an At 200, 
not to menlion the fact that games 
on the PC can be converted much 
more satisfactorily to an A1200 
thanks to its increased graphic 
abilities. 


country is scare mongering and pandering lo the 
David Allen's of this world who would like to 'pro- 
tect' us from the vaguest dangers. Censorship is 
not the answer in my opinion, but education. Bring 
information lo people, not propaganda and dogma. 

Reading back over the last paragraph, I sound- 
like a raving nutter, but ifs because I am passion- 
ala about protecting our rights to 'self-censorship. 
Personally, 1 have no Interest in the newsgroups 
mentioned, but there am people who do. It doesn't 
bother me thal this is whal I hey are interested 
in and In my opinion, nor should it interest the 
government, 

Adam Savant, Eating 

It seems like you have made quite a study of 
this subject Adam. I agree with you about the 
national media, but i think the topic is much 
further ranging than you give it credit for. There 
Is definitely some material floating around the 


Amiga Comp 


JULY 1 


newsgroups that has serious repercussions in 
the real world. 

Take Jake Baker as an example. He wrote a 
sadistic story about one of his fellow students 
and Is now being prosecuted. There art people 
saying that this was a representation of his 
mindset, and there are those who say It was 
merely fantasy and harmless. Either way, it will 
mean a greater concentration of interest in the 
sex-related aspects of the Internet. Whether 
this leads to outright censorship remains to be 
seen, but the upshot is that there are people In 
power who are looking very closely at the 
topic. 

I think you are right when you say that edu- 
cation is the way forward, but that would 
require a political party in power that was will- 
ing to look past the next general election end 
concentrate on s time maybe 20 years in the 
future. 








L ETTERS 




been ottered an A2320 Ricker fixer 
from an A2Q00 bul a friend said that 
it wouldn't work properly In my j 
A4Q00, J 

David Style t Northampton 


You are in luck, David- Power 
Computing's ere producing 
an AGA flicker fixer which we 
will be reviewing very soon, 
Alternative! , you could use the 
A2320 flicker fixer, hut you 
wouldn't be able to see any 
HAM 6 screens on II. 


Got 

something to say 
through the pages of AC? 
Ezra Surf is our mailman, 
dedicated to reading your tetters 
and selecting the most interesting 
for publication. Drop him a fine at: 


Printer problems 


I have just bough 
am pretty disapf 


a Canon BJ*C400Ci to go with my 6Mlb Amiga 1200. but | 
ointed with the results I am getting from ihe standard 
sr drivers What am l doing wrong? 

Steve Jones. Walthamstow 


Ezra Surf s Postbag , Amiga Computing 
Adlington Park , Macclesfield SK10 4NP 


Amiga bugs? 


Please don 't enclose saes as Ezra just 
hasn't got enough paper to reply 

personally, He might also have to 
shorten your fetters, so 
be offended If you end up 
getting the chop . 


You probably .aren't doing anything wrong as it goes Steve, but are 
you using cheap photocopier paper? It’s line for Lest prints, but you I 
should really get some proper inkjet paper for the best results. 

The other thing to get would be Wolf Fausts Studio II printer sys 
tern- This gives the best possible quality output for nearly all printer 
types and does so by bypassing Workbench's rather crude 
printer .device and replacing ft with true 24-bil: output, Studio II is 
available from JAM on (01 893) 274449. 


Watching the BBC TV program 'Bug 1 , I 
noticed they seem to be using 1004 moni- 
tors for an awful lot of screens, but there 
seem to he PCs controlling them. Does 
this mean they are using Amigas for the 
production of the graphics or are there 
PCs that can use the 1084? 

Julia Smith , Oldham 


manual uioes 


What quite often happens is that the 
production company want the 
machines producing the graphics to 
look like PCs, so they put a PC on the 
desk with Its keyboard, mouse, etc., 
but under the desk there will be an 
Amiga pumping out the graphics. 

The reason for this is that the Amiga 
can put out a video signal at the same 
speed as the video camera reads it ln t 
so you don't gel any of the deeply ugly 
horizontal bends crossing the screen 
that you so often see when actual PCs 
are shown on television. 


tD-RDm or bust 


S recently acquired an A5O0 upgraded to 1Mb. 
As a complete beginner with computers and 
trying to loam BASIC, I was very pleased to 
see Easy Amos on the CoverDisks ot the 
Christmas '94 edition {issue 61 ). My first disap- 
pointment was getting a 'Sold Out' letter in 
reply to my order for ihe user's manual, a$ it 
had been described as "Vital to get past the 
basics," 

I partly accepted the facl that Ihis mighl be 
the case as we are two months behind you In 
getting ihe magazine. I tried a different 
approach by contacting a relative in the UK to 
get me the full program, but she was told thal 
the program was obsolete, and that she had 
no chance of getting a copy, Europress told: 
her ihe same story. 

The question I would like answered is: Why 
is, a CoverOisk advertised with such glowing 
terms and all the time, after buying your mag- 
azine on the strength of it. is obsolete so I 
cannot follow through with what is obviously 
agood language? 

M FJacquemin, Kelmscott , 
Western Australia 


i 


Firstly, I would like to say that Easy 
AMOS hasn't been made obsolete by 


I know that Commodore has disappeared, but do you 
think the CD 1200 will be high on whoever takes over 
Commodore's list of things to do? I do warn to buy a 
CD-ROM for my A12O0, but would rather have 
Commodore's own mode! rather than some third-party 
CD-ROM that probably won’t be compatible with my 
Amiga. 

Also, I keep seeing CD-ROMs on the cover of vari- 
ous PC magazines and was wondering if I could use 
anything from them as they are usually a lot cheaper 
than the Amiga CD magazines. 

Alan Barton , Chelmsford 


I think you would probably be better off just going 
for the excellent Squirrel SCSI interlace and an 
external CD-ROM drive with Amiga CD32 emulator 
rather than wait for Commodore to be resurrected. 
The tests we have run an third-party CD-ROM dri- 
ves have proved to be fairly successful in the main 
when it comes to running CD32 software. 

The only problem lies in the fact that most CP32 
programmers don't bother to check the hardware 
they are going to be running on so there might be 


memory conflate, but this is down to the individual 
programmers and I'm sure that now there are several 
CD32 emulations available* they will be working on 
these aspects of their craft a little more from now on. 

As to the usefulness of PC CD CoverDisks, you 
should be able to get some stuff off them with no 
trouble. If you want to go to the bother of setting il 
up, you could run Xanim to show quicktime and 
AVI movies from the disk (or TAPAVI If you were 
lucky enough to own a Picasso graphics card), and 
there are datatypes aplenty for the support of pic- 
tures like .BMP, .PCX and Jpeg, and sound samples 
in various different formats including WAV, ,VOC 
and MacSound. 

These are all available on the Amlnet and if you 
get a CD-ROM drive you can save yourself an enor- 
mous phone bill by buying the Aminat CD Set 1 
which contains practically every single file ever 
uploaded to the Amlnet. You obviously won’t be 
able to run any of the programs directly on your 
Amiga, but you could try PCTask 3.1 which Is a 
software-based PC emulator, but be prepared for It 
to be very slow. 


CE 


EE 


another program. It is still Just as 
useful and powerful now as the day I 
it was released. Having said that. It Is I 
no longer sold, and unfortunately, as I 
has been said In the letters pages | 
before, Europress ran out of the manu- 
als very swiftly, and won t be printing | 
any more. 


Hmstrad Amiga 


I've Just seen an offer to gel an Amstrad 
INC tQO at what seems a very reasonable 
price. It would be ideal for me to sit on the 
train writing my correspondence then 
download it to my Amiga for final prepara- 
tion and output. Can you tell me if this Is I 
possible, and if so. how? 

Simon Robertson. Dulwich I 


First off, Simon, see if the place that's 1 
letting these NCIOOs go cheap have 
any NC200s for sale. The NC20O has a 
standard high density 3.5 1 ' floppy drive 
that will format high or double-density 
PC format disks which can then be 
used with your Amiga, provided you 
are either running Workbench 2.1 or 
higher, or have a copy of CrossDos* 
Messy Do a or DOS2DOS. 

If they don't have any NC200s you 
can still use the NC1DQ with your 
Amiga, but Ihe process is a bit trickier 
because It works via the serial port of 
your computer. Either way, they make 
a great (and inexpensive) alternative to 
PC-compatible laptops, and the word 
processor on the NC10Q and NC2Q0 is 
none other than a version ot that 
Amiga favourite. Protext. 


Get writing! 


In Ihe last survey more than half of 
you said that you wanted more of the 
letters pages. That's fine, as long as 
you readers increase your output too. 
Send us your letters by the sack full 
and we will be only too pleased to 
bump up the number of pages devoted 
to letters. 


JULY 1995 


46 










C©fEpiiitets Led 

11 North Street , EXETER , DEVON, EX4 3 QS 


Retina BLTZ3 
Superb 24 bit 
video card 
4MB version 
Only £449,95 


We’re Backing Amiga! 

Amiga 1200, CD 32 md A4000 


will reappear shortly thanks to Eseom. Phone for 
latest news, prices and availability. 

We have available now memory ^pansions, 
accelerators, hard disks 
disk drives, multi -id 
pfinters(impact, inkjet, 
printer and monitor sha 
anything- 


Call for best 
pricing on 
Picasso 11 or the 
new 

CyberVision64 


w»nr Amiga? 
Talk ici m, we know 
the anvw«n! 


CD32 Connection Kit Markll 

Network to any Amiga or PC 

Just Click and Go" 


Vlab YUV or 
VLAB Motion, 
Excellent value 
in real-time 
digitising 


Imagine a drive which is almost as fast as a 
which takes, disks similar to a floppy drive 


Imagine filling this hard drive, and then simply replacing 
the cartridge and instantly having another 105 or even .270 
Megabytes of storage available .... .. ynQIfcA® 

Imagine saving your work to cltio 

read the dam on any similarly equi— 1 


With SERNET 


Fusion Genlo; 
with free 
SCALA50 6 
just £99,00 


<•£35 


Now you ‘re thinking SyQuest 


Upgrade from Conneeiion Kit 
Mark 1 available — Only £16.99 




Hard thrives 

Fujitsu 52BMB IDE 
rA Fujitsu 528MB SCSI 1/2 
p \f»i IBM 1 000MB SCSI2 
Larger Drives 


Fax Modems 
complete with 
software. Join 
the Comms 
revolution! 
From £189.95 

1BT Approved). 

V34/VFC 
28800bps 
fax/modems 
now available. 


Contact us if you want an Emplant or a new mouse or '5* ^b 
WARP or the latest DTP software or a joy pad for you*. 

CD32 or a P ARNET cable or a CyberStorm or a CD ,# 0 ^ 

full of fonts or one full of dip art nr CDPD 4 or the V*Sj£' 
latest AM [NET CD or a CD32 keyboard adapter or a 1 

SCSI controller or a VLAB digitiser nr Flowcharting 

software or anything AMIGA!!! : 


£E 90 ,QG 

£250.00 

£500.00 

£CALL 


T SCSI Controllers 

Squirrel £69 95 DKB 4091 £299 9 5 


SCSI CD DRIVES 
tfKC £179,95 SONY £179.95 

Noktmichi 7 CD Drive £]W9.95 
... and lut* lens wort ... 

E*b?nrwl SCSI ewea with PS! I u-vniiatile ln>m £&9.9i. 
SCSI Twwetj from 1V9 95 
We sUicV mnil SCSI cablet , and eta nunii ImLim- 
CUrtfim cubic* Ed yuur rcifuire rncnL 1 , Ihce in Dc Hm . 


■VJOIMI iuw«r cum from Micmnik. b i 5.25 
bays, 5 x 3 5 hays, 7 x ZoirolTI 5 x 
PC-AT sksts and 2 viebta riots 
In stock at just 079,95 


Can't tee what you want? Just 
ring (919Z) 499 755 — we have 
lots more than we can show here 


Compare Our Prices ! We don't 
charge extra for Credit Cards or 
Standard Delivery • 

What You See Is What You Pay IS 


(01392) 

423480 


How To Order | 


y - Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm 


By Post 

Send your Cheque/Puslai unler 
to the address above. CJ early 
smte your name, address, 
telephone nurfiKr and the 
product^} you require. Fbcea 
changP so please phone Id 
Lordlmi price and availability. 
Please jI L ow seven working 
days tor your cheque to dear 


By Phone 

For an even faster service 
[elcphcMie our sales hoi hue 
and quote your trcdil nr debit 
card number, friendly and 
espert buying, advice in 
available a! nil times. 


(01392) 499 755 


All Prices Shown Include VAT. Standard Delivery b Free. No Hidden Extra*. 


P||«I CprrecE AC Time Dr Going. To Press. 
E&OE PlBPaa Phnnp To Canlkm Latest Prices. 


SWITCH 


1 * 
s 

42 

c 

1 

E 

s 

CD32 Expansion Modules 

Add Memory, Floppy Drives, Hard Drives. 
Keyboard, Printer turn your CD3 2 info a 
red Amiga with the SX-f! 

Great Value at £199.95 


: « 



o 

! ©> 

Studio II 


E 

i 

1 —i 

The Ultimate Utility for Amiga Printing 


Now In Stock at only £49 .95 


I i 


■ s 

| : £i 










We seTl it with our Onw anil Hl&h Level Con fitfunrf ions! 

Q^>r M^ja Cor.^s -f" "'■■!■ -Ml- ~3£S?tj 

? .._ _ . » - . ..... „.,... ^.arkhJA -K-,.1 UJ • *1 - VKli 


ccmpttlfl conhiJuralo-K pAAng flwl OrWd*. IS 
If* mofli pcwmrtul a uwerwl dir=£»0r ulMlY Ital 
Anurp MS never seen' H mnihuvfi prcfclenvB lo i 
compacs w to dflanchivntia, lut, zoo, *i*Hos 
DirWtort do lha! far you nary assy wflhoui any 
need qI compe* Shel cotTinwitsiWBEiAMnalE 
,n DftVort' St* yem v*A.m prfl ycui Ite. tetoni 
your mtxlula. D*Wodi k)t* tuilcrtiaiicalv alter all 


ik iyilhk MaMtJ Xhi Orchid Mundd 4 if ubifk luJifi me Ltuij. MaMvl 


.a*. 1 1 * 1*1 . ti*i.il‘ ,'• l lit.’ Icilv ! :i -•mN-.: M.u'.V. mui tiu v. 4 

|.,iClrt<«l«liH3i*:ciJ.M!i|csik ■•! ln |.i |iii'.->lvr. !..r- - 1 . .<«■ ■•■uIlsI- -i- l%. " ■ ' Jjf-J 

JolsoaPAL VHS vKlcowllhll^r^.l -|v.--jru\u - m l 'Lin* i f all lte» «Is! ITW^ 

\ R T&FKONT1HRS: C45 14 F&P) T qt All Am ijw 1.21)0 or .4000. 
\iA\BELTOUR: The 128-hit Explorer with Dynamic Colour Rendering! 

-- — — ‘ Wd <fci'ioiiT. Maided' xi fifUHfcj * -M* 1 W? 

; ir-. r.'.T.v : ui i ' : • Am#' 1 1*™-. 1 • jmSM 

■ K,.r -mdiiirn. r.-*- ••cidi'u.r ^rJu-.r.v 
.' ■■ - mr.;r,:-!TiJ ■ i •:►• si m. WVrtuUtOir,,' 

( ,.„UPVJH-, l-iiiri, il < • •• H>l •••..-, • -• I. 

:ty/i i n-ijes Ur nr t .-.■■*•!* 1,1 ■‘.tnknv - 
d-«d«-lr r<T«: I I ■ ••:. 

^ndv.-x.'nnsi i ■ •,'• ,v"v '•■ - “^-i.LiUh:, *1 I"- 

1 1 'H *1 acujitty pJ i&Ve* nnmau* * 

ijm 1 it • fl/iy ^ IN: undfcWK) myte; | 

MaiidHToii r: £30 {+. F&H F^ r AM Aim _ 

AL U V + \c» ih ia\ll D \ i*A\: tin Complete lo Bits Musfc Set. 


4000 


All HA + OctuMf-J) fi .11: tl30 


me oHar to yew tWB rww and csmrUrtfl version. 
lij.O d QcifiMED with Sirs rficradtte Aura ■sard 
iThBrnshsaaocinii^lesallof and 

I santpllPfl m t6 yis stereo with dnsd-to-dak and | 

1 ifiCtfl thBTi SQ fuly prosrgmniafalo sQUTd etiect 
I ID sampfflS. TtW set ™mds sa VOfCiA ptsri and 
su eatt ba used only In Ampa KJCi or 1 £M. Aura 
! aid OetaMED can work ahn in a lifts «w HJ a Ws 

lotricalfcty. Ths new raracin ol OcteMED 

|nnw u powerful muiii' wirdowa.OBorE'inSBtfaea 

Iwlfitd BLBMCtfcr AURA and )<Ph:cniiiprflB3ion.g^ag 


PCTas k 3 J: The' Only Windows Emulator For All Amiga! 


PCtaalt « IN only SQfteSte rnnufartOf loir nil 

Armoit h atkwa to qjnV^itowawlh an tees* 

Mh d aid il pr^ ihat WA hated a(l 
too tecert! Wchmt* arffware as EmsASQ. W«d6, 
Pc*ei^om^ njd Ihey worh pniSjcHyl PCTasK hM 
also ti* aipprd oC ft SWQA, medea n iSfi 
o?tourt « even 2* PH wtlh el graphra bawds. 
St-npopl tor muHfic haid dad ties and pwtltora. 
CCfloT Rnd high-dens^ Ficjp*™?*. All ihal mai«K 
PCTjwk it* mtHl oompliJiB and n&aHe Wndo*» 
sfriU**vHyA*h(ga * k * 1 “ J 


I VtoosoftOffioe 


PCTask 3.1: t60£ l + P&P) Fur A ll Ami g a 


IMA -MK & ,U)|)R ES& 

COUNTRY 


Hnrmal Post & Rack' |RBgistefed Post & F: +£1 o|tQTAL: 


id 


tUJLtjf.' t c mjlfl.L- 1> LlirnL* l uuu ■> *■* ?/m, 

Fft 13220 .rx-AIartigti**- FRANCE* (Fa. rr t)Q,M-42„76.1fi..7n> 


" ranee- cs t i va 1 - Pist r i bulion 

wo are specialist of great Amtgfl aortware aa PCTssK DlrWork. OciaHED. AURA and 
specialist ot Hie most powerful and original Iraclals^ottware never seen twi AmlgaE 
All our products, are sold in full commerctal English version and paytmml can be 
de directly by U,K cheque In pounds. Welcome to F.F,P and enjoy our fractals! 


The tfuliif-'ractoh 


akt&frontiers 


4* uj Ait: 


Disci 

^ — — infinite And 

Tf o> I4V5 Ka brier JlDHCU & I i u LUf-i tili va] ■[limtrihutlkHi Ttauttdyjijp War 


Use EkcMvc and Urcul F<in«ula« yiAj liflvc Never >Atn! 


AMIGA REPAIRS 

FIXED PRICE ONLY £42.99 incl i (A500/+. A6D0 ONLY) 

* Price Includes PAHTS. LABOUR. DELIVERY A VAT 

* 90 day wirrenty on all repairs [firf. 13 Years 

* 24 hour tum-around on moal repairs 

f Ail upgrades purchased from us fined free with repair 

* includes FULL DIAGNOSTICS, SERVICE AND SOAK lest 

* (I drive or keyboard need replacing add CIO 

AMIGA A1200 Repairs only £52.99 - Fully Inclusive 

I SPECIAL OFFERS I 


A500 Internal Drive 
A50Q/600/1200 PSU 


f 

I 


Fatter Agnus S3 72 A 

Super-Denise 


CHIPS 


*37] Aglllt* lASTO) L| l.tA 

8372 A 1 Agnus tJ-i.M 

R375 1 M« Aftnu* i J -I. Ji. 

■374 AiwclAiSaai 132.71 

fl>62 LteniSt ( ASM) I^.w: 

S373 Suwr Pcnut 1 1 8-4t 

5719 Gary 

S5JOt:iACA500(+) tl5.W 
H52IM Ahfin 1 21) •• 
ftJ64 PauLiiASCKK*) -.12 .'- 

ft3Ai Paula IPLCG) > I h-71 


£ 50 . 95 A6tX3/ 1 200 Internal Drive £3 5.96 

£ 23,50 A500 Keyboard (UK) £ 42.10 

£ 24.50 A2000 PSU £ 05.00 

£ 13,40 A S2D Xehange Modulator £f0.CJ£? 


CHIPS 


*KMQ CPU LH.SQ 

VidwDACiAiaaa) tw.M 

Ktekrtm 1.2 

KLeluian 1.3 LLfe-SO 

Kickflart 2.CIH 
ILickjun 2.05 

kom Sharer 115.00 

NE-W Mf>du]iiiuts . i- .ii 

AS ^ j&rwy NPV-ruf 

Kintare Uiiitm-UirrjhTTti. .Vfi.'WIC 
v4-c.ii f2 iraitfe -vnniiny !£wayt 


HARD DRIVES 


QuaJity 2.5 inch Icit HD 

Sailed fctT MWW&AI2CJO 
AO Mbvi? ilJO OO 

80 Mhyie 1-W5.00 

120 Mbyic £ 1 5D.0U 

L7ftMbvie £195,00 

1 L0 Mbyte L249.(Kt 

All drives «rrn|ptrte vridi itebh 1 . 
rihui£ nwlruClHilU iruUlktum 
ai ftware i J mtmihi wranh' 


Add 1 1 .00 P9( P on chip*, £2. M) P* P on. dxivt* ft. PSL 1 *- We (Mill tlw Hs#ir lo refusr repairs. 


^ A ITENTION ALL DEALERS A 

Ou r fnmpajiy nrf rt ihe tnmt compel Lcive dealer repair service an all huilie compulrj. 
Cmjii Liciliiy avaJJabk- SEMP EPtt LRFE INFORMATION PACK TODAY- 


"JT& -DM- 

. Computer'iServi 


Service HOTLINE (0116) 247 0059 
I DART Computer Services 
I (Dept. AMC), 105 London Rd 1 
LEICESTER LE20PF 


« ComputeriServices 

ft division ol t>,A. Cumputete Lid 


I 


HI BUY DIRECT FROME 
— THE U.S.A. & SAVE S 




BARdftilN CDJ2 TITl.EA 
Pinhull FahlKieVSlKiiwallLer £9; Alien 
Breed ST./Ouai £l*.W; Chao* Engine 
LX. Uubtva & 5-iic Cl I Cannon Fo4dei 
£11; Premier £?.S0; Munchwler Uud Ltd 
Soccei £ 10 ; Randicc £ H'J. Stdetnn 
Krew £1B: Cimtes H £9; DragOnaLone 
£19. F1> Harder £9: Morrtl EA25; Kid 
.Chaus £¥■ Arcnde Ptn>r £V.99. Losl 
Viltins* ». Clutck Rock 1 152L5; Oui to 
LuulTi £9. njauk Rock [I £7.50; 
Overkill £V^ Tower AssaulL £LSj 
Dork seed l¥b 5vpcr Siardusl £1S; Tnial 
Curnace £6.25. Ui|Bers £Bl Cover^rl 
Sirin filter (1UR «aj £9. 

This is Just * small pari hi! whpt <nt 
really ha™. Oaf Mir catulap* Ifi ifi# 


OUR OWN AMIGA CD RO MS 

MUSIC MOD ft SOUND EFFECT CD £9,W] 


BCI-Nf f L D ( DECEM REK Wi M 
Broiuhi lo yrn hy bLTTF.R CONCEPTS INC . 
itsis CD ooriiains over I -GIG of Ite lairai, urearesi. 
rtuSI useful pregnant off cfw lltlerncl. ULlldCtes, 
jimis. graphics. musLc, cOKfiainmeni pslias runs' 
more! AH uumpleie widv a custom buill interface 
v-rilten juii fur ibis CD than will 3ei you smooth, 
Uifougjn ite archived files Si allow you iu launch 
unj program. wLihnui eset leaving Use imerfaM 1 
piaruitd 10 be reJepMxl quanefly, die loteu vemion 
available is DECTHBEIW- | 


£U.W 


SHKI.R DfiUCHT CD31CD 

A Ouli-i only plesuwl Tri* CD is sjimhi|]]> deserted, 
for your CD32 a AMIGA CD POM. Filled wills 
over 3.FWW images of beHuliful women posing in 
baihJn® suils, lingerie, semi nude, plus more 1 ' 
images are ill U K, QK! All complete wifli Ssev-j 
ers' I 


• Specially geared towards ^mifadwnees 

• Over l.flfHH Masif MODS iClassieil, 

Rock, Techno. Arid, kaw, Mellow ,}1 

• Over 6.300 Sound Samples 
Sound Efleav, Digitized Speech,, 
instrumcr^s ft more 

• Also comes with several MOD ft Sound 
Sanifile plnyiers for your Amigaonnpijtei l 




DESKTOP PUBLISHINfi CLIP ART A FONTTi CD £W 

• SpecijJly geared lowurds Amrsa owners 

• clip Arl Diieclory COlHBins osier 1.5U0 BftW EPS SlruuLuccd 
Linages. 1 300+ IFF Ullages, plus over s.nuottx lmsgpr 

• ] ,MW s *f Tvpe I Adohe fcmH ft poMscnpi. Fbnril 
1 vmir Diiskcof Puhliihing ft Word Pnxessing needs on one 


MANY MORE ON THE WAY! 


sxi kapanSidn boar u h m i i>j2 

This enpansion ten. plugs into ite hack of ys>ur C1332 and sitius tl into m 
Amiga 1200 clone! AJluWi ytHJ m hunik up RGB mernibor, parallel device, 
Ljfrui drvtoe, fiowy dnsea, external 3,5 inch ft imem&l 2-5 incli IDE hard 
dnvec. Liny AT-lftl Style keybuord, addiiiapal RAM, nS>OW A mom. Wli> 
only iiav* aCPJl My hen ycKieun hive an A 1200 hIh>! Only £L29!1 
m Kcyhoiird f.w SXE add £25 i Adiii tiona] 4MB RAM aKl d £103. 


ZAFPO CDIMBCD ROM DRIVE 
An eiiemil. douHe speed CP ROM drise Ihsrt hnafts up to yourA I JJH's 
PCMCIA slol *nd allows, you lo nan CD32, CUTV. any Anugji CD ROM, 
audio Cm, Kfldnk PtvotoCLVs ft more! Only £l*9f 

• Wi'S-ritvsjie Bundle : OlohaJ Effect CD, ITiggLcs CD A Compel iLion Fn; 

Pfldl. Only 13 ftl-W- lt ,, rT . 

• WlSnAflt Bundle *2 PinhaJI Fanlaaies/Sleefiwnlker CD. Mf in Arenas 
C D ft Compehl iitn Prt> Pad Only Lim .bjU 

CD32 COMPhTTfilON PRO JOV 

• Replaces original CD32 eontrolter 
Heavy Duty CooHiuetaM 

_ Turbo F'irc ft Auto Fire 
I* Slews 1 Mohnii i'Mrsich 
I Yew WurmnHy 


KHIFP1NC ft HAN UOSO EXT! 

EPRKXB INCLUDE VAT ft CUSTOMS DUTY CHAkiiEJit 


BETTER CONCEPTS, INC. 
10 MANDON TERRACE 
NEW CITY, NY 10956 USA 


I Ml M 


AMIGA REPI.ACE 
2 III THIS 


V 1 4-639-50V5 VOICE] 
914-634-7097 FAX 



TECHNICAL 


■I— 


llifus info 


’Tj-. As a pensioner and new to the 
Amiga 1200, I would like to ask 
some {hopefully no! too obvious) 
questions about something t have heard 
much about - viruses. 

Am I right in assuming that all viruses 
stick to a disk which is infected and are 
not destroyed if the computer is switched 
off lor a white and the infected disk loaded 
again? 

If they are as widespread as I think, 
how come commercial companies have 
npl researched anti-virus techniques (hey 
can put on their disks to stop a vims from 
getting, on it in the first place? 

1 am sorry it you are asked these ques* 
tions all the hme from beginners such as 1, 

I have asked my grandchildren but they 
are Into these consoles and haven't got a 
due whal I am talking abouL 

C Surtey, Drvnfiefd, Sheffield 

f? Don’t worry about asking ques- 

^ lions in this magazine, no mat- 
ter how obvious you may think 
they are. We all started out as begin- 
ners and only graduate further by 
asking such questions 

As for viruses, bah, a pox on all 
virus programmers, that's what I say. 
They should all be rounded up and 
have their Amigas replaced with a 

zxai. 

You are right in assuming that a 
virus sticks 1 to a disk and is not 
destroyed. This is because it is simply 
whiten lo the disk, usually in the boot 
sector, and stays there unless it is 
erased with a virus killer program. It 
will therefore remain on the disk and 
will ra-infect your Amiga, and other 
disks, it it is inserted. 

Commercial software companies 
check their software for viruses prior 
to sending their master disks off for 
duplication, H is generally down to the 
user to ensure that infected disks are 
not placed Into the machine. 

To safeguard against viruses, take 
head of the following: 

1 * Always write protect your disks, par- 
ticularly commercial software such as 
games. Most commercial software 
seems to come write enabled these 
days, even though data will nol have to 
be written to Ihe disks. Only remove 
write protection If you need to write to 
the disk or if you are Instructed to do 
so by a message. 

2. Always check new disks, especially 
those given to you by friends, 

3. Make sure you run an up-to-date 
Vims Checker program, for instance, 
John Veldthuis' Virus Checker, which 
is currently at v6„5Z, This should be 
available almost anywhere including 
the Aminat, BBSs and Public Domain 
libraries. 


The dispeller of despair, the ■ 
light at the end of the dark • 
tunnel. Ves. it's the HTBS 
pages in time to saue all gnu 
anguished flmiga owners in 
need of help 

Hard case 

/’ Tt|., Please can you help me. I would 
■** like to know if I could put my exter- 
nal 3.5 Overdrive hard drive into my 
computer. I know I have to buy a special 
lead for this and the case would have to be 
cut. 

Will the drive run. slower using Ihe inter- 
nal plug, and are there any other problems I 
should know about before I decide what to 
do? 

Would it be better to sell my Overdrive 
and buy a 2.5 size drive instead - however, 

L find these drives are slower and more 
expensive. I was thinking of using my PCM- 
CIA pod for a SCSI CD-Ftom. I could plug a 
hard drive onto the chain but I heard they 
don't autoboot. Is this true and is there 
a way of making It auloboot? I would be 
very grateful if you could answer ihese 
questions. 

Ketth WNlefietd, Suffolk 



acas 

AMIGA COMPUTING ADVICE SERVICE 


f - '"\m 

jP£ y< 


highly recommend you sell 
; your 3 S drive and Invest in a 
PCMCIA SCSI interface - the 
Squirrel SCSI adapter from HiSoft. 1 have 
used this device and can confirm that it 
is quite capable of autobooting, with the 
manual having a clear step-by-step 
description on how to set it up properly. 
The manual is excellent in general, 
with clearly written Information on con- 
necting end using SCSI devices. HiSoft 
also have a great technical support 
department should you have any 
problems with your product. 

I did a few tests to check the speed 


and found that on average, a standard 
internal IDE drive had a transfer rate of 
about 730k a second. I then tested a 
130Mb Quantum SCSI drive connected 
via the Squirrel and this had a transfer 
rate of 950k a second. This extra speed 
is noticeable In use too. Compared to 
the IDE drive, opening a directory win- 
dow on the SCSI drive was much faster. 

Also, SCSI hard drives are relatively 
cheap, easy to obtain and the higher the 
capacities, the faster they seem 10 go 

Add to this the fact that you can con- 
nect up to seven different SCSI devices, 
such as CD-ROMs, scanners, DAT 
tapes, tape streamers end many other 
useful devices, and you realise that the 
Squirrel is well worth the £70. HiSoft can 
be reached on 01525 713181. 


please 


. ^j\ I have recently bought a &BD30 

■/ > vi accelerator upgrade board from 
a friend - the board is a DK0 
1240 and the CPU on the board is a 


Shields damn 


Ami Recently, alter fitting an IDE internal hard 
W drive to my A 1200, 1 have been getting 
strange lines flashing on my screen These 
appear as horizontal streaks which flash rapidly and 
gradually become worse. 

Things are OK for about live minutes after first turn- 
ing on my A 1200, bul I eventually have to swileh my 
A 1200 oft and reboot. During the fitting of my drive, I 
realised there was something rattling inside Ihe moth- 
erboard casing so I removed the metal casing and dis- 
covered a piece of (non-conductive thank God) pla&tic. 
I did touch a couple of chips dunng the removal of it 
but was wearing an anti-static wrist strap at the 


time, What is happening and is there so-me way I can 
fix this? 

S Harvey. Warrington 

goH When you had linished chasing the little 
piece of plastic, you did replace the metal 
cover of the motherboard didn't you? This 
metal casing is vital to keep stray electronic signals 
under control. There is a temptation to leave this 
shielding off for easy access should the need arise. 

It sounds like your A12O0 is being affected by 
such stray signals and you should ensure that the 
casing has been completely replaced. 


11 


JULY 1995 


T 







TECHNICAL 


, Do you have a problem? Do you sometimes 
find yourself poised over your Amiga 
-/7\ ^ with axe in hand, spooling profanity al the 

stubborn refusal of your Amiga software or 
Mjk Op |> hard wa re to be have pro perly ? 

Well, calm down and swap the axe for pen 
aril j p Sper jot down your problems, along 
with a thorough description of your Amiga 
setup, and send it off lo Amiga Computing Advice Service, IDG 
Media. Media House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield 5K10 4NP. 


68FC03Q. i understand that this chip does 
not have the Memory Management Unit 
feature ot a full-blown 69030. 

Can I simply buy a full 68030 chip and 
replace the 69EC030 on my board so that I 
can have MMU capability? I need this as I 
have a virtual memory ulillty which requires 
a CPU with MMU. 

M Hardy, Liverpool 

— If only life was so simple. 

£. Unfortunately, MMU features are 
* not merely provided by the CPU. 
The actual upgrade board requires specif- 
ic MMU circuitry too. You will therefore 
have to buy a completely new board If you 
want MMU capability. What a drag huh? 

Internet aduice 


flni] 

questions? 


Upgrade angst 


__ 1 have an A50Q+ wilh 2Mb RAM 
J : and a Citizen 224 colour printer. 

Could you please tell me a good, 
cheap way of upgrading my A500+ 
to an A120G or A400Q? If there is no way 
ot doing this. I will probably get a second- 
hand PC. 

Kieran Madden, Welwyn Garden City 

r There Is only one way of 
upgrading any machine to an 
* A120C or A40M, and that is to 


sell your current system and buy one. 
You should be able to find a second- 
hand A1200 tor around €300 with no 
great trouble, 4000s are mom expen- 
sive and also harder to come by, but 
easier to expand In the long run. 

I doubt you would get a comparable 
PC, even second-hand* for £300. By 
the way, if you do choose to slick with 
the Amiga, your Citizen printer will still 
be perfectly compatible to whichever 
Amiga you decide lo get. 


& 


Please help: I am getting conflicting 
advice! I own an Amiga 500 with 
1Mb RAM: and Workbench 1.3, and 
I want to access the Internet, One bit ol 
advice states that I can use Workbench 1 .3, 
but I will also need a hard drive, the other 
states I need Workbench 2.04 minimum, but 
no hard drive, allhougfh it would be preferable. 
Who, if anyone, is correct, I need lo know 
before 1 start spending money. 

DGW Griffith , Cheltenham 

According to Demon Internet Services, the 
minimum requirement for AmigaROS is 
actually Workbench 1.3, but they don't 


Did l|DU 534 fTlDDBM? 


recommend It. They also say that a hard 
drive is an absolute necessity, along 
with ARexx, and you really need more 
than 1Mb ol memory. 

To be honest with yoUi your best bet 
would be to try and find someone you 
wants an Amiga tor playing games on, 
and sell your machine to them. Replace 
it with an At 200 with a hard drive and 
not only will you gain ARexx, 
workbench compatibility and the 
necessary hard drive* you will also have 
a machine with more colours, more 
memory and greater speed. 


Bookworm 

© I am a dedicated Amiga user 
i (not a game player) and am 
I looking lor Amiga books, but 
seemingly without success. Most 
shops seam lo stock endless PC bocks, 
so could you help me with a list? 

I. Ward, Cfeethorpes 

Your best bet to getting 
Amiga instruction books lies 
In Mail Order. Here are the 
^®^numbers for Bruce Smith 
Books, who produce an awful lot of 
Amiga books, and for Computer 
Manuals, who are one of the biggest 
distributors of computer manuals. 
Sruce Smith Books ; 01932 894355 
Computer Manuals: 0121 706 6000 


Sample seekers 

I have an Amiga 500+ and want 
, s j to know more about sound 
’ *» samplers: 

1 . What is a sound sampler? 

2. Can I plug a microphone into one and 
record speech? 

3. Can 1 take recordings from a tape 
recorder and play them in? 

4. Can you use the samples wilh a Sound 
Tracker? 

5. What is a Sound Jammer? 

6. I've got a budget of £30. which is the best 
for my money? 

Colin Knowles ( Age 1 1), Tring 

fr You've come to the right place, 
^ *■ Colin. Here are the definitive 
answers to your questions: 

1. A sound sampler Is a device 
that accepts input from an analogue play- 
back system, like a tape machine or CD 
player, and slices it up so finely that it 
can be represented digitally on your 
computer 

2, t 3. & 4. Yes, yes, yes’ 

5. I give up, what is It? 

6. The best sampler for £3A or less is 
probably TechnoSound Turbo 2 H but if 
you can save up a bit longer, a much 
better buy would be GVP's DSSB, which 
Is available from Silica who can be 
contacted on 01 71-580 4000. 


I was wondenng if you or any of your read- 
■ J ers could help me find some programs \ 
was looking for: 

1. I am trying lo locate a program called MUi - 
Magic User Interface. 

2. Any program that can convert IMG Clip Art to 
standard IFF formal. 

3. A program that will help me make anlm files 
from collections of IFF pictures, i have tried 
MakeAnim but could not get it to work as it 
kepi crashing, my machine - l may have a faulty 
copy. 

All the programs must run on my system which 
consists of an A50D+, 4Mb RAM, 40Mb hard drive 
and A570 CD-ROM. 

David Elliott, Lincoln 


Well, David, my answer to the first and 
last questions is the same - get bold 
of a copy of the AmlnetS CD-ROM. This 
contains MUI23usr.lha (In the dev/gui 
directory) which is the latest version of the 
Magic User Interface, along with a host of pro- 
grams that use MUI, It also contains 
MainActorl 55 ihs (In the gfxtedil directory). 
MainActor is possibly one of the best anima- 
tion editing packages ever, and it's shareware. 
Mow, as to your second question about IMG 
dip art, ft’s possible there Is something on the 
very same Amine! CD, but I haven't been able 
lo verify It, However, Wordwortb 3 and 
PageStream 2 both support the importation of 
IMG clips, and if you are really stuck tor some- 
thing to convert them to IFF, you could always 
screen grab Wordwqrth or PageSlream's 


screen once you have imported a clip. Not an 
i deal solution, I agree. 





Magic Ufl*r 
JjiCarf 

*ihwnfiy Hfejftbto 

contlijuratinn 
program m action 


MamActor if aiao 
uiafuf for producing 
animation* tor PC* 
wrfh mupport for !fr« 
.FLO fonniu 



Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 










Few studios con afford that. 





i 





r 




Mlt 

nd 


ind I 

pe I 

ind I 

nest I 
ring I 


ice, I 
tv* I 

ice I 

lay- I 
CD I 
iX it I 
our I 


s is 1 
jt if 1 
uch I 
hich I 
i be I 


II 



(0|, IBfiS yitaae tuyic. M "g™ 4 


AH piton art anfl*WOd 


IStIC 


Serious artists can't afford not to make 
this masterpiece part of their 
production studio. And, unlike some 
classic artworks, this PICASSO will 
appeal to all tastes. Up to 16 million 
colors on a frameless canvas with an 
amazing 1600 * 1280 resolution. 
PICASSO ll-RTG and Amigas with 
zorro-bus form the perfect match for 
VGA and Multiscan monitors. Even 
supports multiple program environments. 


Wdtweg 95 D- 31 1 57 Sarstedl ■ Germany 

10 technical Hotline 
-1 1 Orders 
•40 Mailbon 
-49 FAX 


MitmoFl . 6 Drakes Mew • CrownWIl ■ Mm feyras - ® 

Order Line 
Oueiies/lcthnirol 
Fm 

rtnr ''ill T9il£ Ml ^99 


I rtc. fcUdw. earn rifle. UiairAew !>•***«*« ol VUlaga Tronic CW** r 



— ll 


PD and SHAREWARE 



Daue lusirh onre more 
wanders through the 
wallet- friendhi world of 
PB and shareware 


**o 


Admittedly, I rave every issue about the high quality of sub- 
missions. but this really has been a bumper month for Public 
Sector. Not onty have dozens of disks arrived, but plenty ol 
ihem are thoroughly deserving of review and unfortunately they sim- 
ply cannot all be squeezed in. II you have sent something in recently 
but ITs nol yet been featured, please be patient because 11 may still 
make an appearance. Meanwhile, without further ado let's take a 
look at the cream of this month's PD crop... 


GAME 


of the month 


Fears 2 HCfl 

Produced by: Bomb Software 

Avai labia from: SAdENESS PD 

A year or two ago a bunch of us were 
round at a friend s house It was about 
two or three in the morning, everybody 
had consumed the contents of a fair few 
cans, and one of our number was soun- 
dly sleeping off the consequences of 
doing so. All af once, our host led us to 
his over-priced, underpowered 386. 

After a mildly entertaining 15 minutes 
speaking backwards into his sound sam- 
pler and then reversing it to see if the 


The growing number of X-Philes are mak- 
ing their presence felt and the second 
series, currently being screened on satel- 
lite TV, is scheduled to hit terrestrial telly 
some time this autumn. 

If you're one of the 50 mill ion people on 
this fair isle who are as yet unaffected by 
the series and you're feeling a little left out 
of certain conversations as a result, here's 
the opportunity to brush up on your back- 
ground knowledge and astound your sci-fi 
loving chums. This disk contains a selec- 
tion of test files that some enterprising soul 
has downloaded from an on-line X -Files 
site. 

Included are episode guides for the first 
series and some of the second series, 
FAQs (answers to Frequency Askedi 
Questions), background on the characters, 
and other information that will make X- 
Phlles 1 eyes bulge. The question is, how 
long can you hold oul before you too 
become one? 


H-FilB5 Guide 

Produced by: Various 

Available from: Online PD 
Disk No, Oil 3 


It's official: the cult TV senes of the moment 
is no longer Star Trek: The Next 
Generation.’ That’s been succeeded by 
l The X-Files' which regularly attracted 
around eight million viewers on BBG2 when 
the first senes was shown earlier Ihis year 


Anisia your friamf* 
with dbtcun fact* 
about Scully arUS, 
*rm r Ml* other 0(1* 



Birthdate Histonj 

Programmed by: John L Devoy 

Available from: OnUne PD . 

Disk No. OU9B 

On the day 1 was bom, the Chinese city of 
Tangshan was devastated by an 
earthquake measuring S.1 on the Richter 
scale A pin! of beer cost about 33p, 
Gerald Ford was President of the United 
Slates, and John Lennon celebrated his 
36th birthday, 

This stream of fads, which is beginning 
to sound like a 'Going For Gold' tie-break- 
ing question (only rather more difficult, 
obviously), is courtesy of the tremendously 
informative Birthdate program. 

Simply type in your date of birth and you 
will presented wilh a whole host of facls 
including newspaper headlines from that 
day, celebrities who share your birthday, 
popular films and songs of the time, world 
leaders, the cost of living, the results of the 
year's major sporting events... in fact, all 


message was comprehensible,, we were 
persuaded to take a look at PC flavour of 
the month. Doom. And much though I hale 
to admit It, I was quite impressed. 

Since then, plenty of brave programmers 
have attempted to emulate on the Amiga 
the wonderfully smooth texture-mapped 
graphics, wholesome sound effects, and 



Birthdato i r m writ* Mo mina of 
trivial tool taavinaUds fact* 



Simply ontwr your nam* and data of 
birth and tha program doom Hi* r**f 

manner of fascinating details. An 
astrological profile is also presented which, 
In the cases of the people whose birthdays 
l tried oul, spooklly seems to be pretty 
accurate 

All ihis information can be printed out if 
desired so you can generate birthdate fact- 
files tor family, friends, close neighbours 
and innocenl unsuspecting houseguesls. 

This is certainly an excellent idea which 
has been well ihoughl out and implemen- 
ted, and as a consequence, Birthdate is 
sure to prove extremely popular. 

By sanding a £6 registration fee to the 
author, you can also own a fully functional 
version of BMaster, a configuration 
program which allows you to tweak ihe 
Birthdate output to your heart's content. 










PD and SHAREWARE 


ih- 


ere 
’ of 
ate 

ers 

iga 

>ed 

md 



An 

ch, 

ays 

'tty 

t if 
id- 
jr$ 

Ich 

sn- 

is 


the 

nal 

on 

he 


highly addictive waiky-blasty gamepfay. 
Unfortunately, much to the delight of PC- 
owning friends, few such efforts have been 
up to the high standards of the original. 
Wow, at last, that situation has changed. 

Fears 2 is technically stunning and thor- 
oughly enjoyable to play. Admittedly, this Is 
a game of mindless violence- which looks 


like becoming the new generation of 
games supenconsoles as Stneetfighier 2 
was to the SNES. But don't lei that put 
you off. because Doom was a hugely 
superior product and Fears 2 is a faithful 
reconstruction. This Is the best Amiga 
game for some time, and it should cer* 
lainly be a part of everybody's collection. 



Th*l tjrorrt blokm im lagging far a bullet 



What'* up rtairt f frontier? 


Bartender 

Programmed by: Mike Nelson 

Available from: 1 7 Bit Software 
Disk Wo, FI -074 

Bartenders in cocktail bars are immensely 
annoying people. They possess the ability 
to remember scores of complex recipes, 
juggle glasses and cocktail shakers withoul 
ever dropping them or spilling iheir con- 
tents, and create two cocktails simultane- 
ously while also coming up with exactly the 
right change from (hat tenner you gave 
l hem 

Now you have the opportunity to imitate 
them with this database of tOOO recipes, 
although it's probably stilt not a good idea 
to go straight Into all the flash shaken 
throwing routines. Included with such 
favourites as the Bloody Mary, the 



BffCDme tht roact ot thm cocktail parly fra l*r- 
flfty with Bartender 

Screwdriver and the Harvey Wallbanger 
are mere obscure offerings such as the 
Presbyterian, the Dixie Stinger and the 
Shamrock. 

All sorts of ingredients are involved, but 
there are no fewer than IS recipes based 


the Itctm and Scratch^ Sham *2 and *3 


Programmed by: Chrome Australia 
Available from: On-Line PD 

The first of these iwo very professional cal and mouse 
mmi-cartoons is entitled ’Kitly-Kirty Bang-Bang', and 
sees the two loveable beasfies battling at a bowling 
alley, The second, ihe charmingly lilted 'Germs of 
Endearment’, sees Ihe cat coming to the mouse to 
have his tonsils removed, with a similarly comical 
outcome. The bright graphics are excellently drawn 
and the animated antics are accompanied by a superb 


soundtrack, with cheesy title music (It's ihe Itchy and 
Scratchy show' sung In chipmunk-like voices), silly 
sound effects and suchlike combining to produce a 
top-quality cartoon. 

The only problem is that the animations are both 
pretty short, lasting only about 20 or 30 seconds 
before looping. Fortunately. I’m a Hrm believer in qual- 
ity rather than quanlily and can certainly forgive (his, 
because ihese are two excellent little cartoons. They 
are humourous, polished animations which come 
highly recommended. 



Speak to me... 

..if you have any program, whatever its 
purpose, which you consider worthy of 
review Whether it will be freely distrib- 
utable public domain, shareware or 
lice nee ware, if you feel it's of sufficient 
qualify to merit coverage then stick if in a 
jiffy bag or paddEd envelope and send il in 
with all haste. I promise 111 at leasl look at 
your work. Please clearly label the disk, 
and include a cover letter supplying a 
descripilon of the disk contents, price and 
some basic instructions. The address to 
send Ihe disks to Is: 

Da ire Cusick 
PD submissions 
Amiga Computing 
Media House 
Adiington Park 
Macclesfield SKI 0 4NP 


on bourbon. 16- based on rum and 21 
based on brandy. The recipe list can be 
scrolled through or the first few letters of 
the desired cocktail can be keyed into Ihe 
text gadget and the program will locate it, 
Each recipe includes a quantative ingredi- 
ents list and mixing instructions, and can 
be pnnted out for convenience. 

As the author poinis out, your liver mighl 
not thank you for getting hold of this disk, 
bul I reckon a lew of your friends might. 


Amiga Assistant 

Programmed by: John Gumming 

Available from: Fi Licenceware 
Disk No. FI -074 


Workbench 

s 


"-sssm srfttrisar 

'■PNKMP* 



It may not took like much, hut t 

Of rniormatiOti Within Amts* Aaaixtan I 


I wish there had been programs like Amiga 
Assislant around when ! had just bought 
my machine. I'd made Ihe switch from an 
Atari ST and the intricacies of Workbench 
baffled me totally - ihe standard 
Commodore guide being aboul as much 
use as a bicycle would be to a fish. 

On offer here through the simple graphi- 
cal interlace is the total demystification of 
every aspect of Amiga ownership. 
Information on the various machines, a 
brief guide to using Workbench, how to 
create and use icons, ihe usefulness of 
scripts, information on monitors and 


> 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1&S5 


T 












[■■.l.fe.l.I.OJ.IJJ.I'JI.I.H 


printers,-, the list goes on and on. For ihose 
battled by buzzwords like multimedia and 
abbreviations such as ECS. Rise and Jpeg, 
there’s also an invaluable jargon-buster 
which explains things simply and effectively 
A quick half hour wilh this and even the 
most daunted newcomer will know roughly 
what's going on. Whals more, the program 
can print out text so you can have it on hand 
when required. This is the sort ol disk that 
should be bundled with every new Amiga. 

Jobs Dish 

Produced by: Leejan Enterprises 

Available from:17 Bil Software 
Disk No, 3649 

Wahey, it’s 877k of good, not-su-clean fun 
covering a multitude of topics as diverse as 
programmers, religion, telephones, electron 
ic sex, and getting old, Limericks, one-liners, 
and lengthy stories are all here. Don't, 
expect them alt to be .in good laste though, 
there are some pretty sick jokes among 
them and unfortunately a fair few racist ones 
too - a good deal, of them In one 25k file 
called One-Liners that will oKend practically 
everybody at some point. But elsewhere on 
the disk there are also some very clever bits 


GE5E Hlaths Emm Papers 

Produced by: Thanh Guan 

Available Irom: Freestyle PD 

For thousands of schoolchildren across the country,. 
May and June will be very traumatic months. By the 
time you read this, it will be too late lor them to do any- 
thing but worry about mistakes they know they made 
and questions they have since realised the answers to. 

It might not have been such an ordeal for them had 
they realised this little beauty was out there waiting for 
an opportunity to improve Iheir grade. Questions from a 
past paper, or from six of them if you pay the registra- 
lion fee to the author, are pul to the student and it 
necessary genlle hints are given so lhat the correct 
answer is reached. 

This is an extremely Iriendfy and useful piece of soft- 
ware which oozes professionalism ihroughoul. This is 
partly due to the attractive and intuitive interface which 
makes the program a pleasure to use. It's clear time has 
been -spent on (he design so lhat rather than struggling 
against Ihe Interlace, the student can simply gat on with 
tackling the exam questions. II might be too late for the 



A few hflur* With G£5f and tvnthm 

moat puuiiiifl qwilfani n»jr *j wfer 

current Year 1 1 pupils, but worried Year 1 0 students or 
their parents might want to get hold ol this now in 
preparation for the 1996 exams, As Thanh Quan says, 
a little lime invested in study wlil return immeasurable 
rewards. 


Comity 

rh* Jako* 0fek 



that will have you smiling. Among the more 
off-beat inclusions are amusing insurance 
claims {I collided with a stationary truck 
coming the other way), exam answers 
(Three kinds of blood vessels are arteries, 
veins and caterpillars), and an imaginary 
application form for a Polish motorcycle 
club. There's also a tot of other pretty 
funny stuff which couldn't really be printed 
in a respectable family publication such as 
Amiga Computing, and lo be honest not 
everybody will find the contents of this disk 
to their liking. 

Being compiled in Australia and featur- 
ing a tot of American material, It can also 
seem slightly alien at times, although this 
isn't really a major problem. If you're easily 
offended then please beware, otherwise 
you may find something here to raise a 
chuckle. 


Haunted 04 You 


fet more fid* on L 


Over the last few months, a number of programs 
reviewed fairly recently have been updated. Since 
space is limited, rather than go through them all again 
in detail, 1 thought something o( a round-up would be 
in order. 

Firstly, Backdoor v6.66 is the very latest edition of 
the popular guide to game cheats, and covers 
absolutely zillions of the things. If you're stuck on level 
15 of Alien Herrings From Venus and can't face life 
any more because of it. Ihen ring OnLine PD now and 
get hold of your copy. 

Next up, Titanic 11. Author Paul Thompson has 
ironed out a few minor bugs and added several whole 
new sections to ihis informative look at the famous 
ship and its ill-fated maiden voyage. Along with a 
whole host of new text and pictures, there's also a 50- 
question multiple choice quiz. It's available from him 
for £4.99 h or £2.49 for owners of the first version who 
send in their disk. 

Finally, version 2.0 of disk catalogue program, 
TurboCal. Aulhor David Hill sent a nice letter shortly 
after the previous version was reviewed, explaining 
that he's addressed every single criticism I made of 



the program. He's also added other handy features 
such as on-line AmigaGuide help. As a result, 
TurboCal and the accompanying TurboView record 
searching program are considerable improvements on 
the previous versions, and I can definitely recommend 
them. Roberta Smith DTP have a PD demo ol the pro- 
gram, and registered Shareware version costs £5 
from the author. 


Find the ansuJEf 
within... 


1 7 Bit Software 

1st Floor Offices,^ Market Street, 
Wakefield. West Yorkshire WF1 1DH 
Tel: 01924 3669 B 2 

FI Licence ware 

31 Wellington Road, Exeter, Devon 
EX2 9DU 

Tel: 01392 493580 

Freestyle PD 

108 Woodside Way, Short Heath, 
Willenhall, West Midlands WV12 5NH 
Tel: 01922 710985 

David Hill 

165 Owen Avenue, The Murray. East 
Kilbride G75 9AQ 

OnLine PD 

1 The Cloisters. Hal sal I Ume, Formby, 
Liverpool L37 3PX 
Tel: 01794 534335 
(75p per disk + 75p P&P) 

SAdENESS PD 

13 Russell Terrace, Mundesiey, 
Norfolk NR1I &LJ 
Tel: pi 263 722169 

Roberta Smith DTP 

190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden 
Suburb, London NWI1 6JE 
Tel: 0131 455 1626 
jgop per disk + &Op P&F) 

Raul Thompson 

7 Queens Road, Formby. Merseyside 
L37 2HF 

(Please stale OS vision when ordering) 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 








□copy that 


HDtSK EXPAHu£R 

_ _ , fttuuftfl an vraji 


□ WB3 BACKDROPS 

* f ■« SOHKtHJft Of &*y n 

p*»» “"l htb i^ttsrDund you ^eyv^fuft 


— - CPLJ-j^n 


* tutor 


□ BANSHEE flSSiv 

ferffiSS-S? 

fldied liMt 90% « 

«**i»*d wth bi rtw'** 


□ CENTREFOLD SQUARES 

A fl rMHia™i^AckiW' 


FREE BOX OF 

WITH EVERY PURi 


HINTS *• TIPS 

ind |iMnflN« 

— —'KKSiSK 


□imagine 

Imagra H***- <**■ B 


□ LOTTERY winner pro. 


now ocHaclInn of iwl« 1 st WertstMfKft 2 A 3, Includa 
H»d dim iiwUr. Viiut MUr. iHAjVi 4 gr^tika mdi. lud 
8Yd load* m«s. Omar ccda 


‘SK& 


□ GRAPHICS CONVERTERS 


□ HARD DISK TOOLS 


Aii Bsmnhel pure I- is* fey Hard i 
□ Bora InetlMte HO Backup. Salvo, mm 
J ' Of» CDda KIT5-2 


IP" EK M| 

i^Sgr:lg ba=J 


□ CATALOG SYSTEM 

TTij ojwtotft eafitofling IbfOi**. 

0*m«a. CO' I. **!«*. »H: CO* CTG4-3 


□STARTREK two 

A supqrtj n** WOrttbmtfi 
onhunraf Lf lhal luma ywy 
WoPibioch infta a .in urn b'kJpo 
ENGAGE!. Irtlunt* HmplM, 


Victoria Centre 
138 Victoria Rd, 
Swindon, Wifts 
SN J 3BU. UK 


Main Order Hotline. ^ of . _ „ L 

01793 490988 ^ ■ 01793 51 41 88 - ■ 


PRIORITY ORDER FORM 
Name 

| 

ORDER VALUE 

Pleas# send me 


£. 

Address 



Amiaa Model 

Payment Method 


Total goods value 


£. 

1 Credit card number 

Postage & Packing 


Y 

1 C wn rlit* 

I L.X.p Uutv 

| ALL TITLES ARE COMPATIBLE WITH ALL AMIGA'S UNLESS STATED. 

Amount enclosed 


E. 


OVERSEAS OPPERS 

OrfirtAsr. rjfdnrt am wol-aimf. but Ihe^P S A mm 
rum or*f d 3 IWw. ard flame add El M per <*m 
COLLECTING YOUR ORDER 
You am waktim* 10 VOtir {ininr Irani any lime 
bewwun 0 3Cam - S 30pm McYddy - gaWMiy. 
DHDEHIWG BY POST 

Stirpv M*Hl u* your prel»r. IHfcng Iha ilarti* ftnl 
ratj-wn, ma K'lal SML *nd your nan* A bWhh win 
paytmrl allhe* by CWHfUe V Postal Ordar, 
ORDERING OVER -mg PHONE 
dll gny 1i™ bohtwinr 9:M 4 4 30 Monday • 
Saturday with ycurCradll card delaite And ll»* Wm 
you wauld Mbd DO ONler 

POSTAGE 4 PACKING 
UK A Ma n and. add a l«al at .uH 50p 
OweraMs Piaaisa add Ei Oftporiiie. 


LICENCED SOFTWARE 

Man- IIUss Bdradisad 'iHm Art Less 
ftrrf IK- are nrt nvmlablo Turn ulhul software w 
CONDITIONS OF SALE 
GixyJs are rml sDo nn s Irwi tw.ns E4QE. 

Your Malatoiy r>jhLi die nci alt«fed 

TECHNICAL SWPflflT 
WIN d (Jnixmlnd Tuchmcal auppcnW Hue we Offer 3i1 days 
fw IdCtvwal 3upfWl to nn oit cLBlmrin UA it our BOft- 
wara Ullea 

SATISFAdlOH GUAHANTIEO 
Wb no* hava a ptjwerlij new dHJflr pnjnflstnfl lyiflam 
isNch anEurat lhad cw 60% OI*i¥ Are pmraBcad wrih- 
n jftv.uri And wih nvBr bd, 000 sainfed dud timers, you 
can ba aurd 01 a good BBrnc? and Iasi datvftiy 
PflOHUCT KNOWLEDGE 
0 Ml buhi KmnlDOgatld :iall to ddd4t you 







XD-ROM..XD*ROMCD-ROM.. JGDl^ 


eB-SOM.w" 



Aminet G 


a. .. i ctj rhr»rt Am. 199 i. caimti 4 t* 

g^obyto. 4 " JWKi ^ ich iw— i . Sine# 4* ef 

CO 5 tree* llvi A 4 D W£ new IK*™» ^ «*0*ortd Tta <. 0 * 1*1 

ml limn bill, a ApK-of hra. 8t) d*Pai d«M |800 duTWl- 

Am n w «, u» In.^v gm ini* h- 

4 miit CD -6 □ phasur* In iw CH.^S 



Aminet Set \ 


Armr ■) to- ™W ■ k*0*U ccU-rfo. 4 *«l r **«a 

Kjfcvrti^ Up to TaOMJ 'iMli otojh 4 * V*nf archl-*!. mivtrf day 

and iamrtiH program™-™ pvfcJlth d—rrt r ™ **«H IJrrtl ■"""£ 
rar-BU hi Am rtfl iprinclmd ki MWfKflkmf «**l W - " 

Amr-I Sto I <4,f*Hlt*g <d A CDA rh»COt*pl**. mchi™ ilpilUM 
4* F|n4 tor- Tta CO-ftOWTdUcalnn. which .1 dbtod ]="■»* l«j . 
4hn nn otagp -t-.ha.nHjl* mm-jr J lopydi* Jhni-wui. * 
Hick vutwy al pnjmin ii iwfuded Appikniuni, Oanm. P™n 

IHch-t, Modi AMa^gni. D«wlupto Mata-d II £0lHCAn» 

appwir^vlf 4 yi^shirVtl 4 rottwiu. In 11.500 qtok..* - 0*11 you 

wil .^lU C onfartdU-«ta*iH»rtw* € 39.93 



CD-Write 


Whcrtlll 9ou tril evil milt (9 fow tW CD-RS.Mi how* lung t**n 
nn 4 ihpI cl ,kH 4 Armiga cm*puM>g Many Lana 'Ji.udi to*n “ 

CMQiM iii wa. nrwd ih*m-ibw d KrftMri pni±^= eiwdotk a" 
CD iw iaci-uif^ rtmdrfir Und 4 o.wah. * *w pe-mNi to 
•mint to CD. W. Ito-A wd-od 4 - jmihkff. Mk tif now iwfiMo 
.cm r protAtH Edpii Rami nod Sktnn Qaiimdi/k BchAtah* »* 
pmud Id pi*H|W whirl cM tra ionitdwwd a nmnr-l dl "tthngfoBy 
CD-Wlrto nnnbltt jwi in wrtudlp win to CDiwfh an nidwarr- CD 
BOM < 4 ™. fiwiiiwiih y». wdl t* abifl to ->m. riikn. and mo 
dty dnla o» yw CDi Ihk product -cl * 4 . y*t o n«- *ra. and 
ww wdlt. dbl* to ii*l» CIMOM toUdooy to it. ikbe £** 93 



FreshFish 8 


I 


_ Ihf Frothf nh C&BOM WTWH. prodacmJ dilH<y Fl.d Tuh (HOm 

fc ili. Airiga ciMI wth hcndradl nl ul dl* k»Ct ^"l| ■* 

H d.. i;dw. PJdiihad D P pn-.»l«=h»'Y nWv W -nnnHi. 

= mjirh .ahnd 4 O IWlCD P«l citott.il ig *tw mbm.imto lilKt >*» 
8 Iriiwu vrL™, lit -rl -n cn .w.i n 3I ™ i, 'g wkettem of laab. LblWdt 
S d:i” umpnl man and ei+*f Ut»h4 iiatii d ihm 4 ifxfrmri with atofr 

l idM tlV-95 



COBaat 1.0 

COIdPl ■■ n Itolajik n*w fraW d*» nabln pot * «» diwH 
any COU jami an <w 4 1 1M « AIMH h* 4T- ar K3I43J 
HGVW Bird otd cwy likip M#r*} Von sn" ™aa u tarfigu-Hinn li« 
hjr inch CD COntC>nnH htUnufito an (ha JcTTtod Vou 

tan dto ra« n* blflhiryw al -nth COJ1 a<in. 1h* .too* 
iiwdltflpn 4 COBufll 1 -vrt to»Y. “I" FdC btOmn-i. *»■ «u lh* 
uolMl t r olnh nuiHdl 5wttct *■ cEnrSdiDdlV » t«y Wfl h - *a» 
col Utt «a% of CD3 2 (pyr*i Mbdohl*. CDBicnJ !■ an 

ualta w*wcr* rokton kr al *mr!>i>Fi«ih.. toka -wAH I*, to 
arrm n. m.ldl d CD31 aa-tof CM « 



freshFonts II 


Th. Fl*lhr*ltv |l CHONI «toh**« J n^obytMrf^ her al 

nnit any i.trnpid*' Malt al *4 InrJ. i«» k«al f diltobctohl* 

ignpl k~ *. (iMfltfl ktoh. wtrtb HI IMdwm an lha CD. EacW 
„A 1 * |nm I. inciniad m kw cdUto H farttalk DWJ, Agk. kl-Hfonl 
Adlib* and lrv-Typ*. Ihtottn* 731 hm tomJ-r on th- CO j-ach 
railnnh^ ol if In B drllirllil |t|Hfl-l lhap a.a daw*#d >■ mwn 
cotoun"” c-ta \bt fnriM. ^ndkaiji. Fltlirtt (I* 

Fo*44t|. i™. 5 -til 120 FomL-cl. Mp« IM 1 o*if«|. 5 -# |M 

■YanU.I. rko^n d'lfl ki-nittol. tVf.9S 



Gamers' Delight 

Ckt CO {Hlton *0 gotots bx IM OmwimW* Aiwpa *-an d li- 
my ..jw*ji.t.i, Arikic, litoci 4 Bop. Cttof &cm*A P'tMl?!-. ^0.51- 
Gnrti u whok UtoD- Jtuinpjltf *nt.r(r.ivnr I — dFil Go— li' 
n-ightwll IrJsd pOM TO|*«l«iI kt hfllM nnd Biwnnt-to wxtglnti- 
irq [inn^l. Al OH ncan-aiiltol -ptnlanv • nij piidii dotlKWl 

4 na dtciKHl TUi CD OU, b« iun on anp AnyJ -th CDKOtA drnk, 
CDIV tr k>}I CD 3 ? Cdtotdt wt* ■ MB ha. m-nworp i-id Jay- 
IKl/Jtppad tJli '95 



Goldfish 2 

Vdwnm Jdlht GnHFnh UflU CDfhlkl a tdto.1lili dl UfAwOl-. ni. 
nirtnnc pKtimi and odwr matoital wd*a«d an FimhFi* LOftOWl 
bwrnt*-. Ootobm l«3 and fio-n±-r IWA. *fh nvja al ka hi* 
lial updlltfld to dl" kpttol n^lfabl* weve™ All mcttohll ll inckd-d m 
balh u.LWl.fid LtF/Fmadvl Mtf UWrrWd F«ndY*a.ra*S Fa>mc 
KZ9.9S 



LIGHT ROM 

TV- HG«t ROW CP cantata alAud 650 totprbft.. al 30 obmdv 
•flWOii aq^no*!, *-*i- Wta rmdocurtnbii-. buap nMf-i 

a<J kriUtot n FF tohf FMCA bnnta.. OLMl and Ugttam. rtla 
lad lui *l«. IfQW IOM hi an jr-aUnhl. mhwi ky |i n h*™« 

„„„ and ai □ t-ynn. ncbd-L Ciinnql lot ink pi 30 aid ItoOjn* 

mo £4495 



Magic Illusions 

3P Slmc-oiun.h DU pCMIl -mwil A Mw, ir|*i-i«i^ wiWKMIwo't ■« 
ta»: Wiita^i tpKdl ode n ih— Jitanbanol i-okuihd titiJtoilo* 
Ik dbpd gfv-^ri uddtodp on n a™ dt*i*-icnol kmrgdp- pal 
■mn-d pitlvn TV- JLium -J dmpA tai titan Jy tlwnnfd -B™. el 
pnvi* Btoand *1 worfd Nn- Ytw can ««w ft- mroogrcynt tr 
kw» on tw tm-inl AH ptio n—d li =* Hdi CO Bo-d-w »li tk«a- 
piinYrl Wilt. .nrpf«^ cHIkiillT . Ih-i- it iJtwill- on Ih* CD. whkh a* 

nhta pun CtKtoi (tow n-n 3 b plcti-ti ET 3.95 

**••#*•••••*•••**•* 



Gateway! 

Gota»yl cifwi nwSSD 1 b. = Ml l*ok.i-d UNIX!*- op*< at ng 
pygsu vyih bath uN11C*t onJ* hiiuiwt I* Pw| Amga. | 3 B 0 Sin 3 . 
Old 'Jhe> orotatohihti Go nstn-tag -th Ih* tang* t-i-ctcn al 

uippb-d -in.Oik.ng tool. Othto p-nkug*i motor!, u 

nnnrp ta-ul*of *- A |KTI «tl hx At Andga. wit*. 

Hoirr cutktEnal Ottoilv >»d pnctaB-i *ch ai pad wontA gair-t 
mjtl pnjflt^TiA ttta n*ip -IflsiOTl-L al tapatotol l#to b. .ufih Dt 
RFC. and FAOa a caiipltoi inla'iotan yiida h (KO-kibk nn 4.. 
CO. Th— a 10 qIkp uiiih AntgaDOS intanto unhot d-*. 
rot AfiTCFand L-fliy E9-9S 


meeting 


p e a if i s 


< 


Meeting Pearls Vol. II 

Tta M-toS^ ftoilt ySonw II ten hirli! 650 Mb nl ita kn*ll ID »h 

_arf vr. n ipmJal '.'141 witoHma which hill btoto nratot A afe.— 
Y«M Id hiwd A. picgiam dl 'fOMt dlmea wi# ml»» rh*cnrt-i#i 31 
Mb ul toliCHd FmApsg.. - 50 MB gmph-w p^tot Wn ■ 13 

MR pan. 1 ID Mi hum Thi FkWV ? 4 ‘ 1 J «B dak Med *1* 

CDJOM pta SCSt mall 19 M« altar uw*i 1 1 MB adwto 

a.y.<ot ic-hwma ■ 23 MB wiiijminl pinghatol 25 MR middlin' < 
Mini, hr—Ti Inc fehtoOH 4(1 W,R d^kipto l«J| I- g (-Ktltosikd 
uHkHta IDCE, □b-.uiA Mod idol. Ca-toedorototHiwrta. G 44 l«ih| 

9 MB mi*r pagani ■ I D MB m«k prapan. 17 MB piciii-i ■ 60 
M - ftI ipiQ. CD o?iTmrti It— 1 it 40 MB l.nu hit A-iga ■ I Wf 
Mb 5-1 mOukutiW I.AaiT-X 6M dpi UK bm brill IB wi 
rfKOii bam ■ Mf Mb Otohm-i t- PUan - I B mndita. ■ 30 
MR NkbSD Ito Am ^ £ 9 -W 



The Light Works 

fiiTdnnng ■ A luxMHig ■— =f dw an-ptai grapbur Fithiiw 
V.in dl* tatrpitor p-d*tllp‘ Ito^itol laxndl* pKf=* dl unto H- 
unrid TV- .tornflC -m *■ Uito c«m-ta to- ta Ul*d kn ‘nptmena 
prxltoa*f4ttrtllal*«k..tahMNa^hflht 1 J*yiita S iarti At-nl 
ij.-ii, 4 mptoxrng It Tot-x J Wthta Ira™ CdnflnVGtoiwop. 

whai* (ktoMd nbjKS K*JH *0 p-=fd- I Ipatolj hi. ipntn jlifM al 

taTKiii KitoC- Bd™ Will Oil ttod to d-huMlial* a- rc-KiuJttto 

d □ rdpflocng ptogtoto Fh* c4i|ici* hghli dMof-J D-t 
»:rtrnntv i-aklbL (M to |h- -PfitahM 4 rrrrfl.. lulfatt tatol.L 
al 4* hikUi iJnld lanhwn d*kyh la Dtqpm dta- tti-tti » 
Ilium to ii*tM onmi nwh Htotto o< nonta™.. CW-W 



The Beauty OF Ghaos 

D— I'jndi- taii-j*: -odd ol rh- rnsctel gocwftTip und totw* o wl* 

poutotp Ihmugn IS. d-p*i (d *- -nnd-IhlDl l*t TV.| CD mdudto 
50? nundelbtot plrt — 4 m GIF tot-nto 1336 totonl Ih Ih- IK*, 
tom. lldlSlflW I07-4-76B MBiJKi p-wwal. 3D Ht-ckd hi* tnh. 

prim -1 In THhX-IOl, Graph 1 : ntavin hit RC Amfln and MocWoto 

lpmk*d|.tt4M 


All products are available in your local Amiga-shop 
or through national mail-order<ompanies 


International Distributor: 



/jrzrnw 



OTI 

Grenville Treading International GmbH 
Zimmers mu hlonweg 73 
61440 Oberursel ■ Germany 
Tel 4 49-6171 -659 37 
Fox +49-6171 -6302 
EMail. CompuServe ltX)336 f l245 











SOFTW ARE 


II 


<iibW 

UtTrn^ 


I ^TV B a follow up L 0 our recent review of 
■ ■ i W CanDo version 3, here's, an add-on 
I \|F that will become essential to me as 
I my expertise grows with CanDo. CanDebug 
1 c, as its name suggests, a debugging tool for 
I your Can Do scripts. It requires version 3 of 
I CanDo, or better, along with 500k of hard 
I drive space for installation. 

Can Debug's forte is to run through the 
I scripts that go to make up a CanDo applica- 
| tson, testing the integrity of each before pro- 
I reeding onto the next. You can keep an eagle 
I eye on the variables and arguments that your 
I application uses, as well as checking on 
1 memory usage. Normally, you won't have a 
I problem dealing with the more obvious bugs 
1 m your script, and see whal is making them 
1 ock, draw, write and show. 

One bad thing aboul CanDebug is 
I Jnovatronics' choice of colour scheme for the 
I screen that CanDebug uses, For some rea- 
I son, they decided that a sort of neon peach 




Ben Bast leaks at an add-on for CanDo 3 — 
that makes sure qour code is up to scratrh — 


colour would be really settling for Ihe eyes, 
especially when (he file requester is used 
As it stands, nothing could be lurther Irom 
the truth, II might have made sense to use 
the same screen palette as CanDo. or even 
just the four Workbench colours. After all, it's 
not as though CanDebug really gains from 
an eight colour palette - the extra four 
colours are solely being used to prettify (if 
you can call it that) Ihe screen, 

Other than this fairly minor complaint. 
CanDebug does what it says it will, just like 
the advert for wood varnish, so you won’t be 
disappointed If you maintain large CanDo 
scripts that have evolved over a long period, 
It’s a little overpowered for my current needs, 
bul I'm sure that when l become a power 
CanDo programmer I will really be thankful 
for its many abilities, 


£ 


svsiEm EsstmiHis 

REP Essential BLACK - Recommended 


ID 1 

CanDo 


The bottom line 

Product: CanDebug vl 
Company fnovatronics GmbH, 
Lise-Meitnor-Str. f, & 5716 
Untershieissheim, Germany 
Tel: 0049 89 3173164 
Price : DM199 (roughly £75) 

Ease of use 6 

Implementation B 

Value for money _f» 

Overall 


OS 


lin .-i win 



MlH Cokr 1 
UadiAKiiH 


► • 

top 


tor: 


SmbH 


A rg Watch - shows the arguments in the current 
line of the script you are debugging Breakpoints 
are places in your CanDo application that can be 
singled out for special attention. This icon brings up 
a last of all the break poinis defined for your script 
and lets you edit them, show Ihem or remove them. 
Buffer List - lets you cheek out information relat- 
ing to the buffers loaded by your program. Buffers 
in CanDo can be anything from a sound to a text 
file 

CmdPerform - lets you try out changes to a pro- 
gram wilhoul actually having lo change Ihe script 
itself- This makes it easier to try a different setti ng fgr 
$ variable to see if the new version works better, 
before committing yourself by changing the script. 

Unfortunately, although this module has an edit 
menu with cut. copy and pasta commands, they 
are implemented in an even worse fashion than 
CanDo’s own text editor. CmdPerform is limited to 
cutting, copying and pasting the entire contents ot 
the CmdPerform window only., and doesn’t use the 
standard Amiga clipboard to do so either, 

GrabDeck - is a sort of task watcher which looks 
for any CanDo applications running on your 
machine and if they ere unbound (not compiled into 
a standalone application), then you can choose to 
debug the. Even if they are bound you can still use 
GrabDeck to shut down CanDo applications. 


(anDebug's tools 

One of Can Debug's informative Icons is the 
small stack under the g' In CanDebug. This 
shows CanDebug's current status and can 
be in one of several states, Most important- 
ly, this icon lets you know if CanDebug is 
single stepping a script or letting it run 
through. It will also let you know when 
CanDebug is attempting to stop a script {or 
it is waiting for the end of a particular script 


Memory Watch - Is a chart showing the memory 
used by your app. It has a Gycle gadget to let you 
move belween different scales from 64k to 16Mb 
and shows not only the amount of memory alloca- 
ted as a whole to the program, but also the amount 
actually being used, 

Ob] eel List - shows all the objects contained within 
your program. Objects may be defined as ihe 
buttons, texl fields, cycle gadgets and so on that 
your deck actually uses. The objects shown in the 
list are further subdivided into ones that are 
currently ‘attached’ {in use) - shown in white - and 
those lhat aren't - shown in black. 


ScriptCommon - is a special case, Because 
CanDebug's many windows can realty clutter up a 
standard, resolution screen, SoriptCommon lets you 
open just one script window into which every script 
is piped, 

ScrlptSklp - lets you define scripts in your 
application thal can be automatically executed at 
fop speed. 

ScriptStack - shows the current script in an 
opened window topped by iconified windows of all 
the scripts, hence the name of the script. 

System Watch - gives a general view of the 
application being debugged, with specific topics for 
information like Memory, Graphics, System, etc. 
VarList - gives you a list of all the variables being 
used in the deck as they appear and lots you trace 
them through ihe scripls as they execute. It tells 
you the name of the variable as well as its type. 
VarWetch - is the complement to VarList and lets 
you examine specific variables and add new ones 
to the list . 

Most of these windows are actually separate 
program modules and as such have their own 
menus and settings, etc. Most importantly, with 
most of the modules you can set them to auto 
refresh, saving you the hassle of having to 
constantly hit the refresh button in all the windows 
on the screen. 



CanDebug 

S op tun tep ver Got 

*,Q "«>► 1B S & 


Y 


F.nnm mm 

JULY 1 995 

1 “ 



245 





BEST SELLERS 


GASTEINER 2400D PI SCANNER 



Tha only scannsr artAniile lor Amlg» with 2400*2400 dp* with 
rnlarpolBliOrt. O A AH 

F uM 24 Bit scanning. 1- < M VI 

Ful SCSl-H interlace WWW 

Includes ecwirung Sottwfrfe lor Amiga's. 

CumpaUsMt wltti aixy ArtigaL'PCMac with a SCSI card- 

GASTEINER GMONLORI VE 


Double spied technology find muttise*i*n. 

Full SCSI controller. 

Compfitlbla wrth any Amiga with a SCSI adaptor (Afltl&A1200 
with Sqn*t*l adapted 
ISOS9W Rad Book. 

Motorised CD Ceding tray. 

CD32 Emulation Sottwate. 

SCSI tern port lor additional SCSI devwas. 


£199 


r.ASTBNER EXTERNAL FLO PPY DRIVES 



MOjtC'C'Duble density Media siZM. 
Half height allmlme di 
Built n Cfx'CHt Switch. 

Floppy drwa EhrU port. 


£ 39.95 


AL FA DATA HARD DRIVE 


LSI 


3.51QE 


a. g'scsi 


12UMt) 

240M0 


£50 
£79 
£99 
£200 iQb 

£299 
£499 


420Mb £149 120Mb 

tjuujfo 2179 340Mb 
£239 540Mb 

£329 730MU 

1Gb 
2Gb 


72W* 


£99 

£169 

£179 

£229 

£429 

£799 


GASTEINER A6 0QJAS0 Q flAM_BQARDS 


Simply plug In end gel 
Fils Interaky in trap (toot 

A«GQ tMb WillwM Clock. 
A60C i 1Mb With Ckx*. 
A5D&+ 1 Mb Without Clock 
A50O IfflMb Without Clock 


SPECIAL OFFER 
420MB £235 
730MB £319 Ba«Hoc»e 

Fie «!□ A500/5C0* Side Expansion port, C Q Q 

450*500+ External IDE Hard Drwa unit. I_ ^ 

Upgradable to 0Mb Fasl Ram. 

GASTH^ INr rFn^SCS^ IimDByB 

AfirtWAIWO dfmwes free fitting 


Fast IDE hard (kwes, 900+KUVsac, seek 14ms ava. 
fast SCSI hard drives, 1200 +WVwC, s«k Sma a™. 

Slimline £,5"te5* mechanism. 

Low poured 2.5' internal A1 SOdi'A^BO IDE drives. 

Formatting and installation software inducted, C^r A1£QOrA60Ol 


1 2 6 


Fore 

Tel: 


S T R E E 

0 18 1 - 


£20 

£33 

£20 

£15 


GASTEINER A1200 R AM C ARD 




Industry standard 72 pin muiti upgrfidfiable to BMP. 

Fits internally m trap dOdf. Unpopulated braid 

Compatible wrth PCMCIA slot. £49 

Upgrade With any FPU UZB- 


£109 £169 


Wllh built-in real-ttma clock, 

GASTEINER SYQUEST DRIVES 


Compatible wrth an^ 

I n t erna l 

fiOMb £189 
105Mb £199 
200Mb £299 
27EJMb £299 
Squirrel adaptor 
Oktagcri 4006 




Ex tern al 

E259 

£279 

£379 

£399 

£54 

£129 


GASTEINER POWER FAJK MODEM 



2BB00bp5 ITU-T V.34 Date Protocol 
14400bps ITIJL-T V.32Bis Fax Protocol. 
Compatible wrth all Amiga computers 
All data speeds rrem 3G0taps ■ EBBOObps 
Class 1 * 2 fax it 


14400bps Fax/ Data Modem. 
28800bps Fax/Data Modem. 

ALFA D ATA MOUSE 


G 

t,Up 

3 4 5 - 


£ 9.99 


A S T E I N E 

PER EDMON 
6000 Fax: 


OKTAGON 4 008 SCSI CA.BC 
SCSI-11 controller card, upgradable l o 6Mb zip ram. Ideal 
for A2QOO-A4000 range of Amiga's and any SCSI CD- 
Rom drive. 


£116 

£246 


400 Dpt resolution. 

oompaiible with all Amiga's, 

Etforlless finger-tip operation wilh reliable microswctch 
buttons. 


OKTAGON 4009 card 

0Mb £129 


BLANK DISKS 


DD 

w 

10 

£3.50 

£6 

50 

£15 

£25 

500 

£145 

£245 

1000 

£230 

£480 


MON ITORS 

High quality if monitors, suitable lor A50CFA4000 
range. 

MtcraVilec 1436 E 279 

. Micro Vrtec 1440 * £399 

Phillips 6633MK2 £249 

TANDEM IDE CON TR OLLER 

tde DOflUoli&r card lor A20Q0-A4Q0D lo drive a 
Ooublerrriple or Quad speed Mitsumi CD-Rom drive. 

Or just another Internal hard drive. 

Tandem card £69 

Tandem raid ■+ Triple Speed CD 

Tandem card + Quad Speed CD £199 

F.P.LI 

Increase the speed ol your machine when adding this 
chip to your accelerator cards. Suitable lor Viper, ''Fam 
cards lar A12GQ and for A4DDIYDS0 epu's. 

2BMh* 624 

33Mhz E39 

4QMhz E09 

50Mhz E11Q 

GASTEINER E XTERNAL SCSLilP CASE 
External hard drive case fw Gaatemer hand drives. 
External case + PSU cable £69 


30 PIN SIMMS 

30 Pin slmcns, suitable for A500^A600 ram cards and 
third party Ram/ Accelerator carda. 

,Mb ™ 

2Mb ES9 

4Mb 

64 PI N SIMM S 

64 Pm simms, suitable for GVP ram cards and 
Accelerator cards. 

4Mb £ * 99 


A 1200 ram cards and 


7 2 pin m m 

72 Pin airrm, suitable lor A400CUA12QC 
Accelerator cards. 

1Mb 

2Mb 

4Mb EI2S 

□Mb £269 

^ Hi 

32N9> 2899 

ZI P RAM 

Zip ram, suitable lor A50WA500+ Alfa data hard drives. 
Oklagon 4003 SCSI card and the A3GQ0. 

Every 2Mb E10 ° 

A12Q0 ACCEL E RATOR CARDS 

Increase your computing power by adding an acceteraior 
card for your A1200. 

Viper 66030'ZBMhz 
Viper 66O30/28Mh? 

Viper 6B03O2SMIU 
Viper 6M30y26Mh2 
Viper 6fl03CV40Mhz 
Viper 6S03fV4OMhz 
Viper 6&J3Qf40Mhz 
GVFA1230/46Mhz 

Driver* Charges 

AU. pticsx HCort* VATBwtu. cchsumXBiEB *«J xrntttPE (TF«a Ltith* Trf wiaat or 
ea please jl» tUM F“4P o™b rtisws e*«pt ua*, <*eit wv eclwcf beiwi™: 
EH) m H>; Ora&ncwiE Ah t) NiQ»L*>ic«. Ph£*5£ Cau ra*. h CjirDTA^^ W akh"K»« Wt 
OtPfH Tin paujswwa FiFimsa imxr teUiVFm’- toWAi Ml -lus CIS 

rtp BOX. Mobumj, iyw homiw. AXTE ^lb £lD*Efl BO*. EAOE PWSEB slimier 

Tu £R«aE wimoui FftiQB honcx. All TfiMjetufws ArK^w.fWJFB- 

Howto ormh 

Wrth HOKUM BV T toEAflM 1H*K CmOTE hWJB iPEbH HE* PC- hlAIOC-1 f OLLOWE3 HV 
TWF EKPIhY D* T E « 0L5S YOJP RA1 WQ X£»BF== I' fY OlfJLt Pl£*S€ 

IT ■W'WJLt to OAETBIMEn Tf&UtDLOQY. IN W» &5P*3rO*JM!0« PI P*M DUUTC * 
rrtWE OW *HU W9C * KWML CbCE. PLISiJC. *LLbl* RVI UrtMFJW 0*YP "Dh 


2 X A 


0Mb 

£119 

2Mb 

£189 

4Mb 

£249 

6Mb 

£359 

DMb 

£199 

4Mb 

£319 

8Mb 

£449 

QMb 

£109 


R 

on.London.NI 8 

01 81-345-6868 




trouble-free 

Internet 


O lth the Internet gelling more 
crowded these days than down- 
town Del hi , it Is becoming ever 
more important to get your message 
across while annoying the smallest num- 
ber of people possible. You can travel the 
suporinfobahn wearing nothing but a 
pink tutu, flippers and marmalade, but as 
far as everyone else is concerned, 
this is what you look like; ; 

This anonymity can be a 
double-edged sword. While it 
grants us freedom from gen- ^ f 
der. age and colour, it also means 
that although we might be trying to be 
really funny, people aren't going to know 
unless we give them really obvious clues, 
all the time. And its just possible That 
people might think we are annoying, rude 
or just plain mad. So this isn't a guide to 
your behaviour on the net. but how to 
deal with other people s. 

Let’s start with e-mail. This is probably 
the most private of the methods for get- 
ting your point across to other users 
E-mail can be addressed to just one per- 
son. or to groups of people, but the same 
rules still apply. Be aware of where your 
mail is actually going to go Obviously. It 
will be going to your friend or colleague, 
but where will they be reading it? If it 


conlains Informa- 
lion that is sens!- 

live or lhal you d f m, ^ 

rather keep M 

secret, per- wpr 

haps you 
should .. 

mail it to 

Ihem at their home account, rather than a\ 
work or university. 

If you are sending important informa- 
tion, trade secrets, or otherwise sensitive 
material, it is worth remembering that e- 
mail can be very easily faked or forged. 
Make sure that what you are getting is 
actually from the person you expected- 
Untii e-mail is made more secure, the 


(Kit r p»(w 


(O dflilftc IPIJT nwil br olwking on * button 


Amiga Computing 

JULY 1995 


59 






FEAT U RE 


easiest way ol doing this is to give them a 
telephone call or send ihem art e-mail confir- 
mation of (heir requesL before sending the 
information itself, In tael, ft's never a good 
idea to send UUencoded binaries of enor- 
mous size without first checking lhai the 
recipient of your generosity is actually going 
to be happy staying online lo download all 
this information. 

The same thing applies with constant refer- 
encing, If you have token part in an e-mail 
conversation where there are numerous lev- 
els of quoting, trim your reply a iiUle. It's 
highly likely that the other party still has the 
previous correspondence, so they can 
always refer back to lhat If necessary. In gen- 
eral, you only really need to quote direct 
questions when giving replies, along with per- 
tinent ancillary information. Leave all the ear- 
lier stuff out - basically anything you have 
read more than once, 

NO PRIVACY 

We'll go onto a related topic now, lhat of 
UseNet Usenet can be treated jufil like 
e-mail, but on a worldwide basis. Many thou- 
sands of people could end up reading what 
you have written, so it is even more important 
that you pay attention to what you are saying. 
Flame wars can be started by ihe most trivial 
Ihings such as poor spelling or what might 
seem to be perfectly innocent comments. It is 
vital lhat you trim quotes when you follow up 



n*w malhiHf of 
9 nthmrirtp your new* 

JJlBUtd h*tp anyUft? 
who dMifl'l want 
"net** " artielii 




a thread to prevent bandwidth from being 
wasted. 

You also never know who might be 
reading ihe newsgroup you are posting to, 
so avoid the example set by Jake Baker 
who wrote a Story in one of the alt. sew/ 
newsgroups and had the idiotic idea of 
using the name of one his fellow students 
for the victim of a fairly sick fantasy 

tt resulted in Baker being arrested, and 
now there are deliberations to find out 
whether Baker's tale was merely harmless 
fantasising (he had never even spoken lo 
the girl in question), or whether it was a 
prelude to an actual physical attack. This is 
unlikely to happen to most of us, but you 
could still end up alienating people with 
careless comments, so be polite. 

Its not all doom and gloom, however. 
People tend to be very helpful on the Net, 


Do: Take your time and re-read your e-mails before 
sending ihem out, 

Do: Ignore people who are just blowing off hot air and 
don't rise to Iheir bait it they continue to taunt you. 
Don't Send large files without confirming with the 
recipient that it will be OK to do so. 

Don't: Put information that must be kept absolutely 
secret in e-mail, unless you have some form of Public 
Key Encryption, 

Do: Help to propagate the helpful attitude lhat exists on 


Usenet by offering your advice to people who need it. 
Do: Read the manuals before asking questions. 

Don’t: Put your questions into more than two or three 
newsgroups at most. People get fed up with having to 
read the same item over and over again. 

Do: Be aware that others are reading your news. 

Do: Have a good time, bul spend as little time as possi- 
ble on-line so that you can still have a good time in 
three months when the iwo-volume BT bill gels 
delivered in a truck. 


Smilegs and Tlfls 


Smileys or emolitons are one way of ensuring that people know how you are feeling when you are typing 
your ASCII epistle. TLAs are Three Letter Abbreviations (that sometimes have more than three letlers) and 
are a useful shorthand, especially If you are typing online. 



Basic smiley 

BTW 

By The Way 


Big nose smiley 

IMHO 

In My Humble Opinion 


Wink 

IMNSHO 

in My Not So Humble Opinion 

H 

Unhappy 

L8R 

Later 

:-P 

Raspberry blower 

ROFL 

Rolls On Floor Laughing 


Speccy smiley 

RTFM 

Read The F*?@ing Manual 

:o) 

Kiss 

Clown 

TANSTAAFL 

There Ain't No Such Thing As A 
Free Lunch 


Angry 

TTYL 

Talk To You Laler 


giving a plethora of answers to any sensi- 
ble query. If you want to get an answer to a | 
problem that's been troubling you, I can't 
think of a belter resource, bul make sure 
you have tned all possible solutions first, 
otherwise not only will you be wasting peo- 
ple's time, you will also be wasting That 
precious bandwidth. In particular, make 
sure you have read whatever documenta- 
tion comes with the package, else you 


mailing lists 

One good way of getting information 
you want without any extraneous 
noise is to subscribe to a mailing list. 
Mailing lists work like a cross 
between newsgroups and e-mail. You 
receive e-mail from the list containing 
articles posted by other people on 
the list, and when you want to reply 
or post you address your mail to the 
mailing list rather than an Individual. 
That way, every one lhat subscribes 
to the list will receive your e-mail. 


The PageStream user s mailing list 

PGS-requesl@ rarriiga.cts.com 
ADD [your e-mail address] 

ami-sci (Scienlific/enginaering software 
and related homebrew hardware) 
Majordomo @ C FHT. H awaii . ed u 
subscribe ami-sci 

Blitz Basic 2 Programming 

bl itz-list-req uest @ helsinki.fi 
"SUBSCRIBE username® domain" 

AMOS 

subscribe @ x&mlga ,li net.org 
u #amos username @domain- H 

COPub (CDROM publishing and sys- 
tems) - All platforms 
Mail-Server® knex.via.mind.org 
"SUBSCRIBE CDPub FirstName 
LasiName" 

Com modore-Aml ga 

subscribe@xamiga.llnet.org 
“^commodore username ©domain;' 


Q 2 E 


nau 


JULY 1995 





couJd end up with a terse RTFM in 
response to your question. 

One of the ihin-gs that really annoys me, 
Out other people $eem to take It in iheir 
stride, is the net user who can't be bothered 
to download an Amtnet index file, Granted, 
these files are big (around 400k for the 
compressed version), but having one 


enables you to find any piece of software 
on the Ami net, so it has to be worth the 
wait. 

As a last resort you can stop download- 
ing messages which conform to particular 
criteria, such as author name or subject. 
This is done using a kill file, and users of 
AmiTCP will find they won't even download 



IHC w tteiay Chat iiiing Orajt# vine. Hsu you have 

an on-fine forum for (ft# dficuiffon uf mnytt*h*g 


The heart of t faming territory. Hewfgroup* can he 
a tourer at aoptrO litfoMtiiJ/flif, at great irritation 



the offending articles. However, people 
who are sticking to AmigaNQS will only 
avoid having to read them - AmigaNOS 
not being sensible enough to not download 
them in the first place, 

The web doesn't tend to pose loo many 
problems as it is pretty much a passive 
communication medium, unlike news and 
mail, but as a general bit of advice, if you 
are going to be reading the same page for 
more than about five minutes, you might 
want to set a ping window going at the 
same lime which will ensure your connec- 
tion doesn't get timed out for lack of traffic. 

In conclusion, as users of the Internet 
we must remember that we are the first of 
the many, rather than the few. Whether it 
stays as it is, which is extremely unlikely, 
or changes beyond recognition, there will 
still be a need to keep going what has 
been started - an ultimate democracy that 
currently exists, with no barriers lor 
nations, colour, greed, sex or age. And as 
such, we have a burden to bear. We can 
make it a replica of today's society in the 
Western world, with greed and paranoia 
being our chief motivators, or we can con- 
tinue to create the nearest thing to a 
utopia. If s up to us. 


CSAA (eomp.sys.amiga,announce} 
(Product or other) 

a nnounce- request @ cs . ueda vis .edu 

Empiant List 

su bscribe @ xami ga. li n et .0 rg 
Tfemplant username® domain;" 

Excelsior! BBS System 

su bscribe @ xamiga, 11 net .0 rg 
excelsior username ©domain;” 


questions to: parnet-list-owner@ben.com 

SupraFAX 

s ubscribe @ xam iga . I inet.o rg 
H #supm username ©domain;" 

Amiga Misc (bit llsEserv i-amlga) 
i-amiga@ rutvm-1 .rutgers.edu 

CompSys. Amiga. Hardware 

ami-hard%ma inecs @ cunyvm .cu ny.edu 


Amiga GNU C Compiler Internals 

maitserve r © Iists.f unet . fi 

"sub amiga-gcc-port firstname iaslname" 

Amiga Reviews Request Info 

amiga-reviews-requosts © math „uh .ed u 

Aminet Uploads 

li stse rv @ wu net. wustl. edu 
"SUBSCRIBE ami net-weekly" OR 
"SUBSCRIBE am i net-daily" 


Hyperamr - Am iga VI Sion, CanOo f 
DeluxeVIdeo, Director, etc, 

listserv® archive.olt.unc.edu 
Subscribe hype rami* 

Imagine - the 3D Rendering package 

imaging ’request ©omaii.jp.paramax.com 
■‘subscribe” in subject line 

Lightwave - Video Toaster and related 
hardware 

1. subscribe@xamiga.linel.org 
"ftlighlwavs use mam a ©domain;* 

2. 1 ig htwave-r equest © bobsbox . rent, com 
body: “subscribe lightwave-1 
your_id @your_address (your_name)" 

iwplugin-l (for lightwave plugin software 
development info) 
l istserv @ netcomxom 
subscribe lwplugin-1 

Video Toaster 

toaster .request© bQbsbox.rent.com 

body: "subscribe toaster-i 

your_ id @ you r_address (your_name )” 


Comp.Sys.Amiga.Tech 

ami-tech %mair>ecs @ cunyvm, cuny , edu 

EGS Mailing List (The 3rd party RTG 
system for 24-bit graphic boards) 

I istse rv © darkside .osrhe.edu 
body: "SUBSCRIBE EGS H 

Piccolo (The 24-bit Graphics Board) 
pks-list-request © ben.oo m 

Linux (680x0 channel) 

I inux- activists @ n I k$ul a. hut.fi 

Amiga SLIP List 

a m iga-sl ip-requests @ ccs.ca rletoo.oa 

Amiga Mosaic 

subscribe to: witbrock@cs.cmu.edu 

Amiga Mach List 

mailserver © lists.? unel fi 

"sub amige-rnach firstname lastname” 

Amiga XII Info 

mailserve r @ lists.f unet . fi 

"sub amtga-xl 1 firstname lastname" 


Amiga Oberon & Modula-2 

amiga-m2-req uest @ vi rgi n ia . edu 

Net BSD Pori 

netbsd-admin@cbmuucp.commodore.com 

li stserv© gu u wa ed u a u 

"subscribe real 3d firstname fastname” 

AmiTCP 

queries to: amitcp-group@hufl.fi 

Picasso II Gfx Board 

Picasso- Request @ T errapin- 
Stalion.umd.edu 
"subscribe picasso" 

Amiga LISP 

am igaiisp- request © contessa , phono . nel 

UMS {Universal Message Syslem) 
request@umshq.dfv.rwth-aachen.de 

PGP Encryption for Amiga 

liaise rv @ pett.gun .do 

body: "ADD [your_email_address] 

PGPAmiga" or “HELP* 


ParNET - AmigaAmiga networking 
system 

carnet- list- request @ ben . com 


Amiga GNU C info 

mail server @ lists,* u n et,f i 

“sub amiga-gcc-info firsiname lastname" 


Always remember that when you receive 
mail from a mailserver, you can t reply to 
that mail to unsubscribe from the list. 


i-Uim ujn 

JULY 1995 



Zj 








POSTAGE INFORMATION 
Haase Include SOp Postage For 
UK Dsk Orders And 75p 
Pa* llem For 00 Orders 
)Ma& Postage Payable £1.50) 
Europe Add 10% For Disk Orders 
k 100 per CD (Max £5.00) 

R O.W Add 20% For Disk Orders 
A £150 Pef CO (MAX £6.00) 

All Orders Sant 1 st Class Or Air 


1st Roor Offices, 2/8 Market Street 
Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1DH 


U 


TEL (01924) 366982 FAX (01924) 200943 

Uandiy T<j SuLuiUwv 9.00 am Till 5 30 pm 
AiMwarphona ai am Om»r Ti men 

QMT<« Si 2 




f AM IGA PUBLIC DOMAIN 


DIS K PA CKS! 


X3733 ROSES CARDSET 
For Klondike AGA 
3732 PC TASK, V3 l 
PC Emulator upgrade 
3731 KJNGHIGH 
Original Card Game 
3730 SPONDULIX MAR K V 
Shareware Accounts Prog 
3729 PRO LOTTERY 
Stoll Probably Wont Wn > 

372E DISK COMPRESSION UTILS 
Not For Beginnerei 
3727 (AS) GRAPEVINE 31 
At LaStN 1 Thu wail la CVer! 

3726 ROBS HOT STASH #37 
Full Of Hoi Warez! Again! 

3725 YET MORE MWB ICONS 
Tons Of Em> 

3724 INTERNET UTILS 2 
More Stash For Netsurters 
X3723 DREAMGIRLS CARDSET 
For KJtxidike AGA 
X3722 BIRDS CARDSEt 
The Fwtwrad Type, For Wordike 
X3721 MAMMALS CARDSET 
Another Klondike Set 
3720 THE WORLD LEAGUE 
NFA Scene Disk Meg 
37 IS {AS) MAG E #8 
So-Fi Disk Mag! 

37 IE PSYCHE UAL 
Alien Breed Clone (Ish) 

X3717 (ABC) GREEN DAY DEMO 

HD Only AGA Demo 

X3716 (AB} SUN SUDESHObV 

Hand Drawn AGA Fix 

X3715 (AB} DREAM WALKER 

Another AGA Demo 

X3714 <ABCD| MAN ON THE MOON 

HD, 4 Meg Fast. 2 Meg Chip Demo. 

3713 MICROMARKET V3 

Have A Game On The Stockmarket 

3712 (AB) CYBERPUNK NOW #S 

More Cybetpunkidi Articles 

3711 NEWIGDNS 

Archived With- NO InSIslleri 

3710 (ABCDEF) PROJECT UFO 

Seme Interesting Stuff Here I 

3709 IMAGE DESK V 1.5 

Create Thumbnail Fix 

3703 VARK 7 

Mora CLL Utils From Vsrk 


3707 VIRUS WORKSHOP 4 0 
Most Upto Dale Killer Available 
3706 JET SET WILLY 3 
Superb Conversion I 
370S BATTLE DUEL ECS 
Scorched Tanks In HHRes 
X3704 BATTLE DUEL AGA 
As Above. Bui AGA Only 
3703 SPRINGTIME 
Infuriating Fu 22 ie Game! Superb I 
3702 SCORCHED TANKS VI .35 
Sopot. Tank V Tank Classic! 

X37Q1 KYLlE CARDSET 
For Klondike 2 4, 3 
X37QO PLAYBOY CARDSET 
Oooeri Klondike 1 .2 Or 3 Missus l 
X3699 OCEAN CARDSET 
Another Set For Klondike 1,2 Or 3 
X369B NBA CARDSET 
Klondike 1.2 Or 3 

X3©ff7 STEPH SEYMOUR CARDSET 

You Guessed! VI .2 or 3 

X3696 RECORD COVERS CARDSET 

Just For Klondike 2 4 3 

3695 SUPER DMS 

Version 1 .4 Easy To Use 

3694 (AB) BLOX 

UcencewareOftmo, Puzzle 

3693 REO DWARF QUIZ 

Test Your Dwarf I Ql 

3692 LAST LAP V 1.0 

Shareware Driving Game 

3691 TS MORPH V3.2 

Si^erb Morphing Package 

X3690 DRAGONS LAIR CARDSET 

Klondike 1 ,2 Or 3 

3669 MRBACKUP PRO V2 2,0 

HD 4 SCSI Slreamer Backup 

X360S SWAZBLANKER AGAV2.7 

St^jeriD AGA. Screen Blanker 

3667 (AS) DEEP DEMO 

Offering Fran Parallax Superti 1 

3666 HYDROCEPHALUS II 

Superb Demo By Equinox 

3685 MANUAL OVERRIDE DEMO 

Greal Demo From Subadd. 

3634 RESPONSE DEMO 
Nice Offering From Avalon 
3683 THE COMPACT CAMERA 
A Beginners Tutorial 
3682 CAMERA FUNCTIONS 
Another Photo Tutorial 


3681 GLASSBACK 2 
Platforms 4 L adders Gam? 

X3680 PSSST AGA 

R^nember The Old Spacey Classic'* 

3679 NIGHTMARE B4 XMAS 

Klondike Canfset 

3S7S t AB) IRRESPONSIBLE ART 

2 Drives Requires Hand Drawn AH' 

X3677 OMEN DEMO 

Nice AGA Demo 

3676 (AB) PAGES! REAM F - G PATCH 
Latest Software Patch Update 
X3675 (ABC) CARD GAMES DELUXE 
All Games Use REKO Cardsetal 
3674 (AB) GLOBAL FACTS 
L cAs Of Interesting Facts. ' 

3673 ROBS HOT GAMES #14 

Another Whopping' Cdleelionf 

3672 (AB I THIRD DIMENSION #12 

3D Cons Kit Users Mag 

367 1 DOMINOES 

One To Buy For Your Grandad* 

X3670 (ABC) BIG GIRLS 31 AGA 
Ocjoer, Not Called B»g Fcr Nothing l 
3669 ICON TOOLS OX V2.1 2 
Lots Of Icon Utils! 

3668 WORD SEARCH DESIGNER 
Design Wordseerches Of Course* 

3667 GCSE MATHS EXAM PAPERS 
Should REALLY Help With Revision! 
3666 AM IGADOS GUIDE V 1 .5 
Amiga Tutorial Fgr WB2+ 

3665 (AB) CLASS E. LUNAR MODULE 
Nice Lunar Lartoir Variation 
3664 ROBS HOT STASH #36 
Another Amazing Ufcls Dsk I 
3963 MAGIC SELECTOR VI 6 
Change Backdrops Etc On OwM*, 

3662 ROBS HOT GAMES #13 
More Super Games! 

3661 TERMINUS V2.0E 
Highly Rated Comma Software 
X3660 ( AB) TRSI CUBIC DREAM 
Very Nice Red Sector Offering 
3659 PROTITLERV2 9 
Popular tfdeo Trtlirig Package 
3658 DOPUS MAGIC COMPANION 
Are** Scalps 4 Button Banks Etc. 

3657 AMlGAFOINT V2.1 
FidoNet Software 
3656 FINAL FAX 
Fax interface For F Writer 


neTSURFGR 


Corilalns Everything Possibly Required To 
Be Able To Surf The internet Highways 
VYltti Ease. the 6 Disks Include AmITCR 
Mosaic, GulFTP Grapevine, EFF'S Guide 
fo Tine nternet And Many More Usetull 
mils, Dont Miss This One For Only £5.991 


u.f.o - cfe uixnown 

Tired Or Bering Fobbed Oil Wifi All Tne 
Cover 13057 This Pack Will Prove To Be An 
Eyeopeneri The 9 Disks included Are 
Packed WHh Articles Including, Sightings 
Reports ft Abductions Etc £0,99 1 


v_ 


MAC 1C •IlimtH 

Fed Up With me Dated Look Of Amiga 
Vtferkbenchd These 10 Didts Will Transform 
Your Otherwise Band WB Into Oblivion I 
Superb leans. Backdrops & Bundles Of 
Extras Are All included. Never See That 
Dreadfull Wl B Again For Only E9.99I 


HOME APPLICATIONS 

If Pfs Word ftocesang. Spreadsheets Of 
Dctabases You're Into, You Will Find These 
Rus Many More Of The More Papula 
i Home Uffls to This 10 dsk $etl lAcccxmts, * 
j Organisers, Address Books You Name ITI , 

1 Take The LOT For Only £9 991 


IT Slim, Stunning Women Are More Your 
Pass Time, Then Tc*,© A Look Here I 
Pamela Anderson, Claucier Schiffer. 

Cindy Crawford, 8k Morel Contoned On I 
10 Packed Disks For AGA Machines! £9.99 1 


AMIGA CD ROM'S 


MORE CD'S! 




m 

HOTTEST 5 £19 99 

PD Softs Latest CD Offering Is 
Supplied with A Pnnied Booklet 
That Dascnbes Its Entire Conflents. 

m 

TEXTURE GALLERY £39 99 

A 2CD Sef Contaning Over 1 3GB 
Of Textures In Several Form bis 
F or Use Wth Most 3D Packages 
Thumbnail images Supplied Too 

m 

SPECCY SENSATIONS £14 99 
Full Of Nostalgic Speocy Games 
Complete wim Em Jators For 
flertb Amiga X PCI 

pi 

AMINET 5M Marbh 1995 £t4 99 
This Release Oomaine Over 
440MB Of NEW Date Including 
Over 10CO Games? Stooe No. 41 

m 

THE LIGHT ROM II £39.90 

100% Lightwave i Toaster Material 
Thai indudes Over 300MB Of Data 
Not Included On The Light Roml' 


AMINET SET [4 CCrs] £29,99 
Aminats 1 to 4, Recompiled Wtti 
NO Duphcatlom This Set Even 
Includes NEW Aroinet DATA' 

MS 

ANIMATION CD [Double} £19.99 
2 CDs Comaining A Platoons Of 
Superb Amiga Animations Even 
Irdudes Converted PC Animsl 

rw 

* 

3D A RENA £24 99 
imasjne. Lightwave & Real 3D 
Objects Galore From The 24 Bit 
Club in Scotland 1 


J 


CD ROM PRICE MATCH 

WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO MATCH 
OR EVEN BEAT ANY CD ADVERTISED 
ELSEWHERE. ALL ORDERS SENT 

SAME DAY IstClASS POST 



THE 




Did — 

MOW IN STC 

£6.95 


ISSUE 8 NOW IN STOCK 


17 BIT COLLECTION 1700 QT Ot# Disks From 1 To 2300 
17 BIT CONTINUATION More Library Disks From 2301 To 2500! 

17 BIT PHASE 4 Latest Ubrary Release From 2601 To 3361 
AMOS PD CD invaluable For Amos Users Source Code Etc. 

AMINET 4 CD November 1994 4m met Intenrt Archive. 

ASSASSINS CD Excellent Games Collection Rlfis From CDI 
ED F 4 ET December 1994 Aminel intemeit Archives' 

B.C CLIPART 8 FONTS Manly In EPS Formal 

CDPD 1 Frad Flfh From 1 To 660 

COPD 2 Fred Fitfi From 661 To 760 A More 

CDPD 3 Fred Ftsh From 761 To 890 8 More 

CDPD 4 Fred Fish From B91 To 1000, C++ Archives 4 Much More' 

DEMD CD Older Amiga Demos For Collectors 

DEMO CD II A Uitto More Up To Date. But smi Only Fee Collectors 

DESK TOP VIDEO Superb DTP CD todurtes Fonls, Clips Fix Etc l 

EUROSCENE Mosl Upto Date D«no Gdlectiori From Europe 

GIFS GALORE CD SOW) GIF Pictures From Over 40 Categories 

GOLDFfSH CD Fred Fish 1 To 1000 Archived AND Ready To Run 

GOLDFISH 2 Anotier Dojlbls CD Cohtamng Everlhing After F 1DQH 

HOTTEST 4 PD SOFTS Latest Ubrary CD 

ILiUBtCNS IN 3D Full QiRDS Images 4 UBIlfles' 

IMAGINE CD Top Notch Collection Of Objects, Backgrounds Elt 
IMAGINE ENHANCER Objects, Maps. Fonts Etc. Pro Level 
LSD COM PEND) UM LSD Legal Tods To 1 Si . Arums, Games Etc. 

LSD COMPENDIUM II Improved Menu More Supert Utils Etc 
NETWORK CD ConMd CD32 To Any Otwr Amiga (Requires Cable) 
NETWORK CABLE Adapted Semet Cable For US* Wlto Above 
POWER games Over 500 Top Quality Public Domain Games 
PRO FONTS CD Adobe, GG Fonts 4 Stacks Of Clipart 
RAYTRACING VOL 1 Excellent Collodion Of Goodies For Imagine 
RAYT RACING VOL 2 More Imegm* Bluff, Award Vanning CD' 

SPACE 4 ASTRONOMY 1000 GIFS 4 6000 Nasa Texts About Space 
SOUNDS TERRIFIC Doubts CD Containing Thousands ed Mo* Etc! 
THE UGHT ROM Highly Reocomanded Objects CD For Lightwave 
THE LIGHT WORKS Superb Imagine, Cinema 4D Obs 4 Textures Etc 
TOWN OF TU NES 1000 Hand Seeded Muse Mods Wlto Players Etc, 
ULTI media VOL 1 Textures. Sow* Pictores Etc For Multimedia 
ULUMEDtA vol 2 Mere Muttmeda Accessories A Resources 
WEIRD SCIENCE FONTS CG, IFF. PCX. ADOBE Etc 
WEIRD SCIENCE CUPART EPS IMG, IFF, Pagesetter Etc 


£23.99 
£14 99 
£1999 
£19.9$ 
£14 99 
£19.99 
£14.B9 
£ 999 
£ 9 99 
£ 9.99 
£ 9.99 
£14 99 
£ 9.99 
£14 99 
£14 99 
£14,90 
£1999 
£29 99 
£29 99 
£19.99 
£ 999 
£39.99 
£49 99 
£19 99 
£19 99 
£14.99 
£19.99 
£14.99 
£19 99 
£14.99 
£14 99 
£19 99 
£19 99 
£33 99 
£39 99 
£19 99 
£14 99 
£14,99 
£ 9.99 
£ 9 99 


SOFTWARE 


II— 


he ability to transfer files between an 
Amiga and different computers has 
become more and more useful these 
ja i s No doubt many of you have seen thal 
»saj » CrossDOS device driver lurking in the 
Storage drawer. No doubt many of you have 
-e,er had the need to activate It 
For those who are in the latter category , this 
stner neat driver, once placed in the Devs 
rrawer (or merely double-clicked), allows your 
to read, write and format standard MS- 
DOS floppy disks. This is obviously great 
-*?ws for Amiga owners who have access to, 
or work with PCs as they can now transfer 
-er work to their Amiga. 

I use Ihis transfer feature a lot for the ani- 
-atran and graphics work I do between the 



Between w and me 


two machines. Unfortunately, the CrossDOS 
driver supplied with Workbench is only set up 
■ . work with floppy disks and even with 1 .4Mb 
"oppy drives, many users will no doubt have 
■\ use multiple disks and archiving utilities for 
arge amounts ot data. 

For instance, animation and graphics files 
’end to lean towards the extremely targe side, 
maglne trying to transfer a 1 5 second anima- 
t on consisting of 4S0 individual 24-bit Targe 
*ik5B to a PC for a spot Ol edilfng wilh Premier 

4 or Photoshop 3, Now that's a lot of 
megabytes to transfer via floppy disk, and it 
usually ends up being a long and tedious 
archiving session, 

if only there was some way to tell the Amiga 
to use an MS-DOS formatted hard drive as 
E-asily as it uses the floppy disks. You could 
then transfer lots of files, with no need to 
archive or swap disks whatsoever. 

Now, thanks to CrossDOS Professional and 
those jolly nice people at HiSofl, (his process 

5 a breeze. The developers of CrossDOS 
Professional - Consutlron - are, unsurprisin- 
gly, the same people who are responsible for 
the Workbench version. However, the 
CrossDOS Pro version offers much faster disk 


UJhat’5 In a name? 


The only drawback to PC fife transfers 
via CrossDOS is that you must keep a 
check on filename lengths PC filename 
convention I [mils names to a maximum 
of eight characters with a three 
character file type extension, 

The Amiga can handle longer file- 
names and these wilt be brutally 
chopped to the eight character limit, 
causing all manner of potential prob- 
lems withoul so much of a by your 
leave, I must stress that this is an MS- 
DOS problem and not a fault ol 
CrossDOS, 


wales and reads, as well as a host of support 
utilities. 

Once installed, CrossDOS Pro works as 
transparently with hard drives as Workbench's 
CrossDOS does with (loppy drives. This trans- 
parent operation is due to the fact that 
CrossDOS is basically the MS-DOS file sys- 
tem which is seamlessly integrated into 
AmegaDOS. 

The actual installation procedure is remark- 
ably simple, with np lengthy setup procedures 
in sight. Running the install program bongs up 
(he standard Commodore install utility wilh the 
options of installing CrossDOS, which copies 
all the relevant library and device drivers to 
the appropriate drawers, Configure Hand Disk, 
which will automatically run the hard disk con- 
figure utility if you happen to have a suitable 
hard drive already connected and, surprisingly 
and infinitely welcome, an Uninstall option. All 
Amiga software developers take note, Once 
finished, PC floppy disks, and any MS-DOS 
formatted hard drives that are connected, will 
be automatically available on Workbench. 

OPTIONS 

The hard disk configuration option in the 
install menu starts up the hard disk configure 
utility which is also accessible as a standalone 
program on the CrossDOS installation disk. 
The utility has three different methods for cre- 
ating an MS-DOS hard drive, You have the 
option ot creating a 'real' drive or choosing 
between two simulated drives, 

A real drive is simply one that is entirely for- 
matted as an MS-DOS drive, either by a PC 
or by CrossDOS itself. A simulated drive can 
be a partition on an existing Amiga drive 
which can thus have a partition that is 
assigned the CrossDOS file system, with 
other partitions being standard AmigaDOS file 
systems. 

The other simulated drive-type consists 
of the image of the drive stored as a file. 
This type is uselul If you only plan to share it 
as a boot partition for products such as 
CrossPC, FC-Task, Bridgeboand, AtOnce 
or GoldenGate PC emulators, Such a 


transfer files between the Amiga and Pf with 
ease, rnurtesn nf frossDBS Professional. — 
Barren fuans puts it to the test — * 

flexible feature should mean that most users 
seeking PC compatibility will find the most 
appropriate setup for their needs. 

The actual configuration process amounts 
to simple clicks ol the mouse. All you do i$ 
select the respective button for the drive 
type, then choose the drive device which is 
to be configured, and then choose which par- 
titions, if more than one, to process. Clicking 
on the configure button then instantly turns 
your device into an MS-DOS format drive, 
creating the mount file automatically and 
placing it in the Devs drawer. If only life were 
so simple? 










Subscribe to the top ualue 


Subscribing to Amiga Computing is the only way to ensure your 
invaluable Amiga guide each and every month, as well as reaping a 
whole host of benefits linked with our latest subscription offer. 







Save over 

£30 


Save 

£ 34.99 


A special two-book package including the 
essential Next Steps guide for alt users who 
have mastered the basics, plus the definitive 
guide to Workbench and AmigaDOS on the 
A 1200, packed with expert tutorials. 


Heimdall II 


The follow-up to the I 
classic Viking adventure I 
from Core Design takes 
you again into Nordic! 
landscape in this arcade 
adventure and can be 
yours, absolutely free, 
when you subscribe. 


Save money and receive a gift! 


Your subscription saves you over 13% on the cover price and safeguards you 
against any future cover price rises, You also have the choice of one of these 
great gifts, which well send you as soon as you return the subscription form. 


K240 

Gremlin's outer space strategy 
game gives you control over 
a whole galaxy of mining 
planets, where you can create 
and destroy worlds at the 
touch of a button. 

Amiga Next Steps & Amiga 
A1 200 Insider Guide books 


HJFOI 


game, UFO, pi 

P in the se 

as the world comi 
under attack by an alii 
invasion. • Add £3 to the price of subscription 


Save over 


£29 




Two extra issues plus a 
smart Amiga Computing 
magazine binder 


Save 

£ 15.93 


I* 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 




4 


64 









SUBSCRIPTIONS 








guide for iiouf Amiga! 


The worry free solution 

Taking out a subscription means you no longer have to make that 
monthly dash down to the newsagents, only to find you’ve missed 
the last copy of Amiga Computing. Each issue is reserved 
especially for you and delivered to you door, free of charge. 

The easy option 

Subscribing is made even easier by continuous quarterly direct 
debit. Not only can you forget about the subscription ever lapsing 
and the thought of mis sing a n issue, but you can also spread 

the cost with a SUBSCRIPTION HOTLINE 

small payment each for card orders 

quarter. Tel: 051-357 1275 Fax: 051-357 2813 



<5 




Amiga Computing subscription order form 


Tt 




Choose either a yearly (13 issues) 
or a quarterly subscription 


• 

1 would like the following yearly subscription: 


New Renewal 


□ 

9665 □ 9668 

UK £44.99 

□ 

9666 Q 9669 

EU £69.99 

□ 

9667 □ 9670 

World £84.99 

□ 

□ 

Canada/USA * $98 


• I wish to pay by: 

□ Cheque/Eurocheque/Postal Order payable to IDG Media 


t Card No 


Expiry Date 

/ 







# Tick which free gift/special offer you want (not avaiiable to world subscribers) 

9576 □ Two free issues and a magazine binder 

9596 □ K240 

9598 □ Amiga Next Steps & Amiga 1200 Insider Guide Books 

9600 □ Heimdall II 

9597 0 UFO (Add £3 to the cost of your subscription) 

If you are paying by direct debit please pay additional amounts by cheque or credit card. 

* Canada & USA subscribers send to: Europress (North America), Unit 14, Bysham Drive, 
Woodstock, Ontario, NT4 1P1, Canada. Tel: 519-539-0200, Fax: 519-539-9725 

0 Tick this box if you do not wish to receive promotional material from other companies 


W I would like a UK quarterly direct debit ongoing subscription 
9671 □ £10.99 per quarter (Complete the form below) 

Quarterly Direct Debit Instruction 

AUTHORITY TO YOUR BANK/BUILDING SOCIETY TO PAY DIRECT DEBITS 

Name of bank/building society 


Address , 


.Postcode 


Name of account 
Your account no. 
Sort code 


Signature(s). 
Date 


FOR OFFICE USE ONLY 

Originator’s Identification No. 

Ref No 


8 

5 

1 

4 

1 

2 


Your instructions to the bank/building 
society: 

I instruct you to pay Direct Debits from 
my account at the request of IDG Media. 
The amounts are variable and may 
be debited on various dates. 

No acknowledgement required. 

I understand that IDG Media may 
change the amounts and dates only after 
giving me prior notice. 

I will inform the bank/building society in 
writing if I wish to cancel this instruction. 

I understand that if any Direct Debit is 
paid which breaks the terms of the 
instruction, the bank/ building society will 
make a refund. 

Bank/building society may decline to accept 
instructions to pay Direct Debit from some 
types of accounts. 







+ 


• Deliver my magazine to: 
Name (Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms) — 


Address 


Postcode. 


Daytime phone no 


Send this form to: Database Direct, FREEPOST, South Wirral L65 3EB. (No stamp needed if posted in uk.) 

Y °ur subscription will commence from the earliest possible issue 

+r 



+ 






14 



Amiga Computing 


JULY 1 995 



65 















FEATURE 



© aking a game in 1995 is a tough 
business. Back in the ‘80s the clas- 
sic game releases were conceived by 
teenagers and brought to life on the cheap- 
est, most popular home computers of the 
day. But the time when game design was the 
preserve of the spotty bedroom programmer 
is gone forever; in the ‘90s the suits have 
moved in on game development and a vast 
money-spinning industry has been well and 
truly established. 

As the technical standards of game design 
have increased to the point where the latest 
releases boast film-like production values, it’s 
not surprising that the amateur has been 
pushed aside and replaced by professional 
development teams. Interactive multimedia, 
fast-paced texture-mapped graphics and cin- 
ematic sequences are the order of the day, 
and such hi-tech projects can require teams 
of artists, programmers and sound specialists 
working on costly workstations. Small wonder 
if the average Amiga enthusiast feels 
outclassed and shut out. 



MAKING A HIT 


Yet against all odds, there are amateurs 
who dream of making a name for themselves 
with a hit game. In bedsits dotted around the 
nation, there are still people who will spend 
every moment of their spare time plugging 
away on that most affordable home 
computer, the good old Amiga. 

It would be natural to assume their efforts 
are doomed to failure, or that at best these 
naive enthusiasts will get some brief fame on 
the PD circuit. Is it possible, then, that poten- 
tially the biggest game of the year could have 
been made by one single man? 

The tactical multiplayer game, Worms, is 
due to be released by Team 17 in 
September. Originating from PD titles like 
Scorched Tanks, it has simple two dimen- 
sional graphics that set it a million miles away 
from the latest multimedia extravaganzas - 
and it looks set to take the game playing 
world by storm. 

Though Team 17 are publishing the game, 
it’s entirely the work of 22-year old Andy 
Davidson. Developed over a period of four 
years, the story of its success is proof that the 
bedroom coder can still take on the profes- 
sionals at their own game. Davidson is a 


Worms - Team 1 7’s 
big hope for 1 995, 
and the game Amiga 
Format passed over 




Amiga Computing 


JULY 1 995 





Rs the industry behind interactive entertainment 
matures, game design is undertahen increasingly 
by professional deuelopment teams But, as 
Careth Lofthouse discouered, the indiuidual 
enthusiast can still maHe a marH 


4 


typically self-taught computer enthusiast 
who started programming games 
purely for his own pleasure in the 
hay day of the ZX Spectrum. It 
wasn’t until he’d bought an 
Amiga and started coding 
Worms that he even consid- 
ered trying to sell one of his 
games commercially. 

During its development he 
was running a shop in 
Bournemouth selling Amigas, 
a job which proved helpful 
when it came to playtesting 
and gaining suggestions from 
customers regarding the game. 

However, he only really raised his 
ambitions for Worms when he heard 
that Amiga Format were run- 
ning a competition for readers’ 
games. 

Amazingly, though Davidson 
got an impressive version of the game ready 
for the competition deadline, Format over- 
looked this gem - in fact, Davidson heard 
nothing more about the competition and had 
to find out for himself that Worms had been 
rejected. Team 17 obviously thought this was 
an error of judgement, so it’ll be interesting to 
see how Format rate the game when it 
appears commercially. 

Fortunately, this setback didn’t mark the 
end of Worms, though it was quite a close 
call. ‘I was getting a bit fed up,’ Davidson told 
us, ‘so the ECTS in September (1994) was 
going to be my last attempt to get it 
published.’ His first choice was Team 17 
who, to his surprise, immediately realised 
they had a classic in the making; after turning 
up at their stand and showing them Worms 
for just five minutes, Team 17’s Creative 
Director, Martyn Brown, asked him if he’d like 
them to publish it. 

The astounding way in which Worms has 
snowballed from its humble beginnings is 
hard to believe, particularly for Davidson 



himself. Asked if Worms is going to make 
him rich he said: It’s very difficult to 
comprehend. When I went to Team 
17 I was just thinking of selling 
Worms as an Amiga budget 
game.’ Instead, Worms is 
going to be released as a full- 
priced game across an 
incredible 16 platforms, and 
Davidson stands to gain 
royalties from sales of each 
of the game’s versions. 

Even more encouraging for 
the individual enthusiast is that 
Davidson believes amateur 
ogrammers can compete 
against the visually glossy produc- 
tions produced by major companies, 

providing they concentrate on 

Umbo Oi the Lost Souls was gamep | ay . Criticising multime- 
created entirely by three , . 

self-taught enthusiasts dla and 9 ames featuring ren- 

dered animations, he said, ‘I 
haven’t seen one of those type of games that 




hik m 


Ensuring that the copyright on a game is 
kept safely in the designers hands is an 
issue that naturally raises concern with 
game makers. The fear that unscrupu- 
lous publishers will steal a good idea 
and claim it for their own is enough to 
make any programmer nervous. 

Fortunately, protecting yourself lega- 
lly is a simple procedure according to 
the game makers we spoke to. Tri- 
Logic, for example, were advised by 
their solicitor that posting a copy of the 
game to themselves is a perfectly good 
way of registering copyright 
Thankfully, this method has the added 
advantage of being virtually free. 






FEATURE 


«|- 


r success 


YiauMIr limplt, 
W&rma " Hranqlh Ires 
in' gMmaplujf (ha I wiii 
leave many m«n 
glSIhOroua rtaTmiM 

9 tamtinu 





dndr Darfdaon will 

iwn /ram 

IAa aa/s Of hi* gam* 
ncrwi f £ ptaffontij 


on (lift Internet. Andy Clilheroe is a student at 
York University who had written a game 
engine for the Amiga in Ns spare time. 
Originally, it consisted of a 3D maze run- 
around - it was- fast and slick, but a million 
miles away from being a game, lei alone the 
first class Doom done lhai Breed 30 promis- 
es to be. 

Fortunately for Ctitheroe, he happened to - 
meel Martyn Brown on the ‘net. Having men- 
tioned the game engine, he was invited lo 
show his work to Team 17, and whan they'd 
been suitably impressed they offered him a 
deal and encouraged him to bring Breed 3D 
to (tuition, Ciilhero is currently working on the 
finishing touches in between revising lor end 
of year exams. 

Those who are hoping to self a 
game concept, however, would be 
fools to rely on ihis type of good for- 
tune. Optimising a game's chance of 
being published in most cases boils 
down to a Jot of hard work, persis- 
tence. and enough self-confi- 
dence to accept the odd knock- 
back, 

Tri-logic's Limbo of the Lost 
Souls, previewed in Ihls 
month's System, is possibly 
(he be si example of how to 
sell a game to a publisher. 

The brainchild of three 
adventure enthusiasts, 


L J Laurane*, T 
Croucher and 
S Bovll, three 
adventure onMiifi- 
Mil *rho **t UP 
Tri-Logic 


Limbo may have started as an idea cooked 
up over a few pub drinking sessions,, but they 
quickly realised that encouraging interest 
from publishers would require a more profes- 
sional approach. 

Limbo's programmer, Steve Bovis, told us 
how they knew they had a good product to 
sell, but they had to find novel marketing 
ploys to get it noticed, Consequently, they set 
about making a video using an A500+, 
Deluxe Video and a genlock, and despite its 
relative cheapness it seems lo have paid off. 
Previously, Tri-logic had met with rejection, 
but Limbo's publishers, Rasputin, were so 
impressed by the new video they decided to 
give the game theif full backing. 

There can be no doubting the trio's com- 
mitment to seeing Limbo through. Over the 
six years of development, each member of 
the team has held down a day job and 
earned money which often got invested back 
into the pro^ct. Having been through, the 
experience, Bovis pointed Eo this single-mind- 
edness as the key to success for the game 
designer, and warned; 'Lose enthusiasm In 
lha project and ifs as good as finished.' 

If only one lesson can be gathered from 
these varied experiences, il's that the industry 
needs a powerful but inexpensive machine 
like the Amiga tg allow talent to come to the 
fora. Andy Davidson was particularly impas- 
sioned on this point: "Worms could only have 
started on the Amiga - that's the only way 
you can turn an idea into a game, If the 
Amiga dies a hell of a lot of games are never 
going to come out which otherwise would.’ 
Clearly a loi depends on the survival of /T*F 


} to make 
difficult to 
t to Team 
of selling 
i budget 
forms is 
as a full- 
ross an 
m *t. and 
^■tgain 
ion-each 


lets 


Rmateur prigra/mra tin mete 
against the uiaoallg gtai| poiliKta 
produced Jdi maur mpanies. raring 
theq cuiNentcatE in gameplaii 


l want to play, The game itself is the essential 
thing. I’ve been playing Worms for nearly one 
and a half years and f still enjoy it. 1 

'If Worms relied on just rendered graphics it 
would never have the depth it has now. No 
two Worms games will ever be the same, but 
with rendered games you'll never get lhat 
much variety.' 

TT»e story behind Worms is an example Of 
the Importance of believing in your own ideas, 
Asked about advice for people working 
on their own game protects, Davidson said: 
"You can't imagine how people will respond 
seeing a game for the first time. But if you 
believe in it you can find someone elsa who 
believes in it.’ 

Worms, howevar, isn't the only potential hit 
to have been brought lo Team 1 7 by an out- 
side Individual, Throughout tha company's 
mstory people have turned up on their 
doorstep with ideas, and in some cases Team 
T7 have been onfy too happy to pay them a 
salary and heip them turn a game concept 
into a commercial reality, 

Of course, many of the best ideas would 
"lever see the light of day without the helping 
nand of luck, and this is as true o! game 
design as anything else, Team IT's latest pro- 
icl developed by a single enthusiast is Alien 
r eed 3D, a high profile release thal only ' 
'me inlo being because of a chance meeting 






Ill 


( 01903 ) 850378 


t^XSOFT 


A1200 ONIY 

2059*61 FIX DISK 9 II] 

Mnni ^ncefanl degrades 
IMS AGA UTIUuES (3) 

RareEJ P-PSttow. Vtowfek. 
flBlank, Farc&VQA. OQLfclB>;. 
Plasma, lean llluskmi Quick Grab. 
HasW-JPeg, Clou*, ale 
161 S AliflO HP SET UP(1) 

Al 200 HO prep disk 


Have a pcbWem viflh your A1 SKI 1 

5064 ANHALONIOM LEWINl (1) 

ExMillinl AQA demo "SS 
MEfl AURAL ASSAULT (2) 
Easoil&nf Dsmo by Vanity 
13S6BIG GIRLS (XlD 
1 732 BOOT SHOP&W)[3) 

Page 5 style ptliyus 
2055 BLUE AQA DEMO ,1^ 


1655 MISSILES OVER KPlOM (?) 
AGA ’Missila CWfimand' game 
1 754 MAMMA WAS A VAMPIRE (S) 
k variety ol (mcallenl effects 
1711 MONOPOLY CD 
English varjfen b&arct game 
JM6 MOTION DEMO (2} 

Aratrisr Party 34 Winner 

ini movieguue aga{2) 

Lw al about lbs movies.' 

1541 NEXUS 7 DEMO (D 
5: i. riling Demo 

2M4 ORE TO ftAMQN 3 (3) 


AMIGA PD & SHAREWARE 


MUSIC UTILITIES 

1706 AUDIO MAGICS 4(1) 

FM Synth, MkH Packet Maxtor, 


GENERAL UTILITIES 

Iffifr ACCOUNTS MASTER 3* (1 ] KK« IMAGE STUDIO V2 I (2) 

^SSpSkSitsm inn PAGESTPEMisf um*i« B) 


2045 NEXT fitfJERADON WB (2) Sound Mtfune. Smic Drum Kit, 
Cnengee WB bacA$WKlfl bIe. 


voh 1 7 to 2fl rt ewsteffl 1cm* 1 778 IMAGINE BUDDY (3) 

1 310 CQpPiERS UNLIMITED (1) * A muS fer it magme users 
Excetotrl to Barton ol ccfpNij 


1318 PBMTEH DHWEHS (1) 


CAMESS 
EDUCATION 

teiAPOUJOiiffi 
Text brx* abnui Apollo mission 
1527 BACK TO SCHOOL 1-3 [ 
Ecfecaliwwl garnet far kids 
2056 BARTENDER CD 
EnctKlont drinks database 

1 ail EAGLE PLAYER VI .54 Cl ) 2033 CRICKET 2 jl ) 


QdalUlED Ptayrn. X Module etc. 

IMS AUDIO MAGIC 13 1(11 


Play 16. CD-DA 

17*7 DROP M THE OCEAN (1) 


Laies! offering lr<m Team Hoi 

1916 VIRTUAL DREAMS (T 


Psych«fe>e Demo - a mist lor 


1616 CHUNCHIUNlAt(3) 

Various L8lfl«s 
2fl37 OPAINT BUOOr i2: 
H»lp sy stem farflPaini 


[Xemo tans meeds HU LHA loimali 1347 FINAL WRAPPER *{1] 


Demo Irom lrrlBr'Mpltt»* "g5 f:drty‘ 

10 IS) 


1654 BREATHTAKING DEMO 

Megada™ needs 4 mwSiNO 


1395 RAY WORLD (3) 

Ckil of lies wor W 

1790 RDKETi V2 (If 
Frsedsnl Dravilyi'PirusI game 
1669 ROOTS DEMO 11) 
Bbwycur maid Hflh mis Demo 
ISM SHARD ART (2) 


FraiWnlar MiKrns 
1997 FINAL WRITER PATCH [I) 
Speed ip FYY by up to 4tM% 
2W HARD OMVEUTILf 1(3) 

Aback Up. ft; Gtt, VC. OdtDwZ 


1951 IMAGINE OflJECTS 131 

EjWMmtI Slarwara otpCH 
1954 IMAGINE OBJECTS (1) 
Be nylon 5 OtjWts 
1719 U0« KING CLIPART (3) 
IFF Ca tour -piped Imm Disney 


IJ1Q rn> II LI1 llihl ■ ■m- — T “ 1 " F 

Canon flj; HP Desh<fl. Ftah LP1200 Mali lonnj mu£ EtoMT ILHA lcrmal,i Excellent Cnc*a1 Srm 

nut a 4 f TLmnR ,nl 1 452 MID* TUTORIAL 11 ) uc riiNflSALJ RS VOL 


19MFLA.E. TUTOR 111 
A IPOS tor emidhJ f«JB ertilUiHflrt* 
2051 REL0RICKV1 +14(1) 


(Hick Vl .4[nm these C*d 0 rogra 1 


1766 SID PROF mi> I 

The very latest verson 


tm MINT MENU SYSTEM 4 (1) 1 170 SNOOPDDS Y3 4 11] 
Mmaeytwrun d on Tl. AMFM ate MB31SWVU0) 

7S8 MESSY SID 2 (1} 1 “* 

Amiga > K Fi? coTteifer 


lfl» MORSE ■CQD€ TUTOR fl} 
191 6 HO GAMES 2 INSTALLER (1) E^lflj^f-ngor^ram 


La»H varakir, m archiviKl faira 

1»5 TEXT ENGINE Y4>1 (1) 
Teal EdtonWonf pr«W9Cf 
1633 THE DESIGNER Ml| 

AGUIcwlor 


!S e cSS!235ffiS. mP i •r-«ii™2!rr* * 


EK!:e?ar; pclims Ot *0P models utast omiAetor virlh 23 game? 
2076 CUBIC DREAM fe} 

Excallam demo Nom TR3J 
1725 OOMKEY KONG (1) 

Clasac PlallOim game 
1879 ELLE MCPHERSON (X) (H 
1756 EVIL INSECTS (I) 

Slunnng pjufe ahsol ami 141 


Pecked wHh £*J Speccy gwnes 

1714 SOME JUSTICE m (3M*gK11 
Excelkmi sennd Irack D*rm 
1970 SOME JUSTICE 94 IlMegKI} 
Fired afirson far A4KJQ cwmers 
1665 SOUL KITCHEN DEMO 12) 


ncLrJrtjj Morfe! Kombal+lc. 

1628 ICON EDITOR V+(1] 

EjtcaKen! Sh*W*flre Icon Edhor 


Addshted®KPTiTi4fldstorBAr*3« Pw lelesl *Td best tTecser 
IM1 HCOMMYl(t) 2011 VISION 6 SG4JND 8 (1) 

Mstdem package PPMere. PPSlWk. PPAnm eld 


1462 MIDI TmORIAL 11) Wfi DINOSAURS VOL 1 fl) 

i nS T ^ c b ** 311 atroui Diri ^ ftu ^ 

Jffi 3 S uT Lmil lot 5 8 mas dummies guide to 

™TJ& uSa 1 CCMMB AND INTERNET (2) 
1991 MUSIC X tfRUmES VOL 1 12} A very he^UlguUe to twnrt 
Packed wllh Music X UWfea 2M4 Ft GRANP PRIX K EDITOR 
1 Ml MUSIC X UTILITIES VOL 2 P) ISICf ter CranTTwOW g»ma 
Various Synths Protocols. Voice/ 1322 GCSE MATHS- 1 (11 
Patch/Wev* libraries Heira with your aiudias 

2934 PROTRAC KER V3. 1 S 1 1 ) hISTOFY TIMETABLE (1 

Latest Y*t*W ol m* popAaf lfedter Wortj j hlBlM y book 
1855 X BEAT PRO Bill 1519 KID5 1-1 (+) 

V* wry lalBBt Dnim MacNr* Entttfifti educalional pn?grama 

OCTAMEti TS/H AOUillES 1M7WDS D|SK & 

“KlT l^c^^amalherTelfem 


HEW Tims ARRIVE GAILY - THMSAWS AVAIL At IE 
PLEASE GIVE US A CALL IF YOU CAH'T SEE WHAT YOU WAHT 


2D26CMSTRAXYOL2 
2029 EVOLUTION (2) 


1628 KIDS DISK 6(1) 

Help Mum *ith Ihe skdpplrigl 


Morfcbyl. ChkNAfl AM.Donagfito 2M6 IMAGES OF VENUS (1) 

— “ — ™ “* Vartthie BiW pics of Venue 

2047 LISTEN WITH MOTHER Hit 


IBtJ2 fflIOAY AT EIGHT DEMO (II B'lllranl Derm: Irgm SilanlB 


Aga demo fiom Polka Bios 
1340 FULL MOON 11) 

Age domo irom FairtgKl 

2052 IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBILITY |2| Walch thal tooihfcn ash 
An el her s hi rifling demc irom Myslc 2DW THE PREY DEMO 12) 
1819 ILYA D DEMO 14) 


1752 SWITCHBACK OEM0 (Z) 
Ercrarlen 1 : AGAd*«v5 loam Rebels 

1793 TOOTHBRUSH DEMO (2) 


ONLY £1.00 P£R DISH FOR S OR MORI 


1925 FADE TO GREY (2) 

1659 FRIENDS OF PAULA 6(11 
1927HARMGHOUSLY D»¥lH£NTl1| 


1 disk - £1.50, 2 to 4 disks - £1.25, 5 to 19 disks - £1.00, 20+ disks - 90p 


SlLmrra grijplice |NeEd HDr^magi 1874 i wia i tu ufWM 
2573 IT&HY A SCRATCHY W fl ) Out ul thee wfflM JWsKts^Brnl 


Stunning [feme IremPefca Brw 
nSnSfEB — ■“ ' l 


DEMO (4) 


Number gf dtsks 9hown in braCkPfe 
Tdlas marked a will no! work cn ASOO (VI .EiVl .O) 
Tinea rnerfcwl (K) are suitable lor over 1 6e oriy 


For ell Ikiae Snnpaon Ians 

1970 KILUNQ TIME DEM0 14) 

Spacsecula' AGA Oemc- 
1772 LOTTERY WINNER (1) 
WN help yew win a Mikicm' 3 ' 

17 75 MAX OVERDRIVE i (1) 


Rwnsilnaking AGA Dome. 

1144 MAGIC WORKBENCH 11) 


Jazz up yum WR - needs. HD 
1936 MAGIC WB EXTRAS 12) 
151 3 MNIAGA SLIDESHOW 2 14) 

Excellanl ReyHacedpicLures 


1S39 VIDEO TRAGKiFI EXTRAS (4) 
Help with your tJamo maAng 
1087 THE WEATHER GUIDE (!> 
full ul rnlaresllng irrlormabun 

1514 TUTANKHAMUN (2) 

AGA Slrdesho* ol Ids beawreA 

1757 WtT PREMIUM DEMO (1> 
SlimmnO Dame from Ffeeia*a 

2974 WOMAN OF MAKGA (2} 


SPECIAL VALUE PD PACKS 


Hear alt your o«d fevOuMaa 

2072 LOTTERY WINNER (1} 

T-v y«ui ink wtln swr Itis LcBary Prtgtjrr 
JD57 MONOPOLY (1) 

Puptier BoarcGame 
21X)6 NIGHT MATHS ATTACK (1 
Excellent Melhs progrem far kide 
WeNifiitotklhferiikB wygenfMed 1H3 pjjui«nMAL INVESTIGATIONS 
" “ ' i fZ) - Leem bA nbout UFOs etc 


1926 MU sue F1R$T BLUES (1) 

1861 ROBS ROCKERS 121 
2031 THE TUN UNE (1) 
RocisMMUaby Namess 
1322 TALK TALK VOL 1 11 m (H 
1 M3 WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR Ml 12) 


turn Srw#SJmpk* and Mode 


lows Of mtt umitt m 2000 space travel tz) 


EK^snVjVanga drawing 


1797 ZOOTJE'DEMO 

Weird - Beevis 4 Ekjlhee 


ACA KLONDIKE CARD SETS 

SPECIAL OFFER - BUY 10 DISKS FOR ONLY E5.OT 
1791 6ETTY PAGE 


1640 CINDY CRAWFORD (JQO) 
H fflNSII) 


1 760 DUNGEON S1DRAGON5 1 1 ) 
17W Dfl WHO f 11 
1713 ELLE MtPHE 
1955 ELLE MCPHERSON 2 ( 


lBfeflPEEtfHEUOftm 
1966 PRETTY WOttANII) 

1852 RANM+ IMANGAK1) 

1552 RETURN OF THE JEDI 11) 
1W4RIPPIW YARNS (1) 


1715 ELLE MCPHERSON IX) (1] 
1984 ELLE MCPHEflSON 2 |X) |1) 
1849 EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (If 


1056 FACES 2(11 
1782 FAST CARS II) 


1651 EAILONMOONC1) 
jtUfil 


1981 FLOWERS) 1) 

1 682 HA JIME IFANTASY] (1 ) 
1963 LION KING (1) 

1*54 Marilyn momroeix) (i] 

1864 PHOTO CD (1) 


1642 SANDMAN (FUTURIST) (1) 

1900 sherilyn fenn (X) (i) 

1 710 STAR TREK OLT (1) 

1784 STAR TREK NEW(I) 


1853 STAR WARS 11} 
1765 SWIMSUITS IX) (1) 


1867 TRADITIONAL (11 
1783 X'MEN 1 1 ) 


IMAGIME OBJECTS 

16 Disks packed full Ol 
quality Imagine obj#£ts 
covering menry autcyecla 

El 2.00 


CO FONTS PACK 


Owt 1 @D Compugraphic 
innm CIS diak&l For WB2 l 


3. Wordworih 2+. 
Page Se4tW Sotc. 


£1 2.00 


OehMEO 4 

Full vefeirwi of this ASOO 
compatible music program, 
disk based mantel and Iota 
Ol samples A modules Id 
yet you started 

6 disks for £5.00 


SAMPLES PACK 


10 disks packed with 
quality Samptea for your 
labourite Mus*C package 

£ 8.00 

|.Slale IFF dr H«w) 


QciaMCD MODS 

Hundreds uF mbdUles Irom 
ihe Nled Users Group 
rTvsm*flJ-a wUeclicn 

1 D disks paw pack, 6 packs 

currently available 

£8.00 per pack 


SAMPLE tlDJSIOhS 

A collection at unique 
sounds cmelSd mtlh Ihe 
Aural Illusion sample 
processing package and 
saved 4s S1-t>n IFF campie 

0 disks for ES.OO 


GLAMOUR PACK 

ifi cfcshs packed Wilh AGA 
fcrjiufliea Irom the lamoua 
Body Shop collection 

£1 2.00 

1A120Q only - nefl auHable 
for anyune under 16) 


fBfflMMif FM. Mi Text Bw* atroul Space T ravel 


OFFICE PACK 

5 as&enUal tools for the 
small office - Word 
Pmeassnr Oetahes#. 
Spreadsheet, Forms 

Designer 6 Accounts 

£ 4.50 


BITS A PIFCFS 

4S0 rA« er vanouc Cl^j*. 
drum loops efe. in Muaic^ 
(ID disks). Amiga MIDI (9 
disks! and PC MIDI (S 
disks) lormafe 
£ 8.00 _ 
(PlPdSe slefeInFnnt tgpij^&dl 


THOVUNfS W M*** S*mtS 17MUNK MOWN UFO (6) 

Full mfwmMkm about UFCte 

203! VISIT TO MARS 111 
Various odour pres of Mars 
15Z6 WORD FACTORY (1) 
Spelling game Ter young kids 

16417 WORLD MAPS COLOUR 


JUMMUMU 

HU THE GATHERING CM |10) 

Various Modules From The 
Gathering 94 Party (LHA 1onmrt| 

20JS SPOON -SOUND 3 (2) 

No die efl sours] modulas 
2C30 URBAN SHAKEDOWN (E) 

P*kKtw»i aueHY** 1 ^* 

ASSASSINS CAMiS 

We sleek (he ccmplete fenged A«a^nE Gam** (1-232^ 


CUP AJRT ApZ (I r 

IFF pictures DPalnl V4A/S 


We skxA Ihe complete fange OA k^as&ns t»ame¥ 

SPECIAL OFFER - BUY IQ DESKS FOR ONLY E0,(»|NOt ASflfl) 

ASffitfl Somtier 2050 , 3l*k Omm 9*. && 

ASI210 Chopper Attack. Routs 86. Gurme S 

AS 122 D Dr Slranjw. Alien Frenzy, I -Worm 

ASIH 1 Hoi Air. B*azzA a Rtmt. Pols of Fun 

ASI222 ESP. Loop N Loop, PcJng ll — , . . 

A9I223 Lbhk Bikes, CSperation OP»rl Stcmn. Pgk4» ScataJre. Maze 

ASI224 Square Starves. Top Hal WiHy. Slar Busier 

ASI225 Steal Devils Xsisaatar. BaA Gammon 

ASL226 Jufflptng Jack. T BChnPhall, ^*lo 


ASIS20 Kflighte. Kflp Derno. Kill Ih* Lithe Dudes. 
ASIKW Nano Ry. Donvw Duh. InsePlidd*. 

ASI231 Rutrb&f. Card GAm«, TrEtaps 

ASI232 Demons Beach. BubM* Trouble. Hack Game 


CLR UCENCEWARE 

WE STOCK THE COMPLETE 
RANGE OF GLR TITLES 
CLU « SUPERSOUND V4.71E3J95J 


Brililand sampling package 
CLG 55 WHITE RAB 


E RABBITS [E3.9S) 


llghty original puwle game 

:la 4a toam r'-- 


CLO 4a TOADO (£3.95) 
Cfeisic "f ron«r' Game 


Ctnisic 'Fiumr Game 
CLE59 TOUR THROUGH TWE (E55&) 
From the PrMii*tPrl£ la Space Age 
CLU3Z POWER TEXT 2 (£3-951 
Worn Processor 0 Spell Cheeks* 

CLG 65 WEAPONS MASTER 1E3-BS) 


Impmealve Smest Fighter clone 
CLEfiSJUNKW MATHS fE195) 
Pie-Early school fun Maths 1ufe» 


CLE 86 BASIC NOTE TUTOR (El-95) 
Leant to raid music end music quiz 
CLE 67 PHOTO |t5. 95) 
Comprehervi«aflhi)»j«fife{ menusl 
CLC 86 WITNESS |ti.95|i 
Clajuc ' Delender' style game 
CLC69CY0ERDROIQ I £3.95} 


ir you* Iflyegenwslhii has ewwylNnp 
CLG7flWINMNQ POST (E4.961 
Eieeilent Homo Rating 5tm. 

CLIM3 - LOnERY FORCASTER |3.851 
CLMU- NATIONAL LOTTERY (£3,95) 


clp mmoPEsm 

Excettyil range of educaJUunol dek 
fc*5*d amr J 'c!of«tw.'s ™ih » toiled 


lext diagrams and tficftrs 

1 DINOSAURS 2 |£4.K) 


clE-oi I 
OLEK GEOLOGY (£4.«) 

CLEQ3 SOLAR SYSTEM (£5.95) 
CLE 14 ECOLOGY (E&-95) 
CLE32 SPITFIRE (W Mj 
CLE33 MESERSQMTTBFtffllWa} 
CLE34 YOUR FIRST PONY (£4.951 
CLE3& SOLAR SYSTEM 5 (£5-961 
Oueaa home inventions (H 95> 
CLE49 DINOSAURS 3 |CB.9S) 
C-LE54 THE WANlC (£4 95} 
CLE56 CHEMISTRY (E4.95) 
CLESfl STARS l GALAXIES (£5 951 
CLE62 BASIC MASSAGE AND 
AROMATHERAPY* 1ES.B9) 
CLE63 TUTANKHAMUN (£195) 


MMCPAFT MAGAZINE 1 

Friloyyiriaqn fmm wnemlhebi^Ny 
suDfeSSfui AMFW lent ofl, tm new 
disk based meg from Ihe Cratl 
Bmlhers e a must lor all Amiga 
musoans 

E2.S0 per issue 

■;l 55ue 4 flCW available) 

NEW - OtfaMED V6 - £35.00* - NEW 

New lonr-sensitive GUI layout. Loads A. saves Standard MIDI files. 
Supports RAW, IFF. AtFF WAVS, MAUD samples (mono 4 stareo). 
Save mods as aneculatjle files. Supports Aura sampler and 
Toccata sound board- 
f Requires Kktefel 2 or greater) 

^Fegislered U5 users - cell lor upgracle details 

MORTON STRIKES 
BACK AGA- £7.00 

Bnilian|-A12Q0 drUy vereion &1 
Ihis ciassc style plalftir-m qame 
wilh 80+ colourful levels 
NON AGA VEflSION - E5.O0 

AURAL ILLUSION V2- £20.00 

B'te BIT SAMPLE PROCESSOR 
32 bit proceeding - Powerful edfling functions 
3D Etfaas including T<ma StMtoh, Graphic Eq. M«er 4 Resonant Filter 
55 Manipulation* mqludinig T uning. Filters 4 Modufetions elc^ 
Compatible with mosl popular ft'! 6 bit file larmals ineUKkng IFF. AJFT. VlAv, 
VOC ale Improved SyntheMsod Sound Editor 
(Note naada Kckstarl ? Of ^realar 4 2 Mog d RAAil) 

NOTHING BUT AMOS 

issue 7 ol ihe besl selling 
AMOS disk magazine 

£2.50 

(£4 SO with support disk) 
issues 1 to 6 also available 

KIDS ONLY - £10,00 

Originally chJO lor commercial releaaa Ihis hnllian! collection dl 
educaltonal admires Is now only available Irom Soa&oti 
COLOURING PAD. DOT 2 DOT PICTURE SLIDE. 

PAIRS. MUSIC MAKER . WORD SEARCH AND hSPY 
Each colourful activity has various skill levels melting Ihis Wfe ideal lor 
kids of alt ages. 


QC2-£3.9$ 

Ai 20D AGA Version of ch» 
highly successful commercial ! 
quality platform game 

061- £3.95 

Non AGA version 

MIDI MODULES 

High quality Music-X and AmiflavPC MIDI tiles (st&te format required) > 
producedi and arranged by Kievan 4 GareWi Grafi 

Volume 1 - El 5.00 Vnl 2 lor Keys - £10,00 

Volume 3 ■ EM-DO 

Dynamile Drums 1 - El O.0C Dy rtifflUe Drums 2 - £1 5-00 

Galllor further dalails 

TYPING TUTOR 2 

UpdaiSd yeraion of Chi* 
tdmprehenws.Typing Tiriorwrth 
Mruotured les»^ and apaad 
tesls A muBl For be^rwwa and 
enpentjftcsd typisls vyamlng Id 
mprrive ihair skills 

£3.95 

COME AND SEE US AT THE 

Spotlight 95 show 

NOVOTEL HOTEL 
10-1 1th JUNE 


T.UO - E2.SQ 


Latest iesufi of the MiD 
users Group Di&K magazine 
Essential reading lor all 
OctaWED users 
( Iss 6 to ql 0 ateo availaWa) 


Ft UCENCEWARE 

WE STOCK THE COMPLETE 
RANGE OF Fl TITLES 
Fl 07 FORTRESS I (£3.99) 

War aicafcrttntm gamr |Mnd 3 Htg tkp* 
Fl 1 6 KARATE MASTER $ (£3.»| 


A DROP IN THE 
OCEAN - £10. 99 

This audio CO ehovrs whal can 
be achieved with a mptsefit 
studio &e4 up and ar Amiga. 

1 2 original cempositions from 
the Cr4.1t Broltvere 


Fl 1i REUCS OF BELMfflNETE (£6.99) 
Epk aduentitre a«m« (2 Meg chip! 
Fl 22 AS* ME ANOTHER |£3-99) 
Educelional pi«ramB 1nr3r mn 
Fl 27 Th£ STATS OF EUROPE (G399 


Encyclopwedla about Europe 
Fl ftc LlNDT' 


ETHERtAL - £2.S0 


AiPioa ttoppy dislt v*rslon ol 
“■-Sul live 


Dave Sullivans track for Ihe 
■Amiga Experiment* CD. 
Although the CD may not now 
be published yw can hear 
Devee work on this huge 
■QcW ED mocbule 


. INDEX * (Ya.rtfl 

Amiga Dpi C Eommind* ref book 
Fl 31 POWER BASE * (£399) 
Power! ul. uht friendly dalabeee 
Ft 33 POWER PLANNER * (£3.99) 
PereonM orwnlaef 
Fl 34 fl CHALLENGE I (£3.09) 
Manage )»ur own GP racing team 
r SUPER B»NG02*ja!9f 


Fl 373 


Bingo game i Need 1 Hwthlpl 
Fl 34 AMBASSADOR PRO* (G£99} 


Frull meehirra **m (Need tMeg dhlpl 

- m 


Fl 40 HENRY HOUSE (E*.» . 
Colourluli platiorm gain* f*r kids 
Fl *2 MAGPIES KIDS CUP ART |£L99| 


H/W PROGRAMMERS 

MANUAL 

Vm 5 Sl 6 rww available 

£5.00 each 

Volumes 1 lo 3 - E12.50 
Vol 4- £5.00 


400 high quality iciwvrtedjIFF ptce 
Fl 43 MAGPIES CLIP ART (E7.®| 
900 High quality uanrwd/lFF pk* 
Fl 44 BLACKBOARD V? (£5.69) 


1ma»procHj*ior. Need* 2 dtiu** 

Fl 46 ERlK 


ERIK (S3. 991 

tsrcal quallbf pMtfenm gi 

Fl 50 KGMI5HS GLIDE TO 4IB5 

Fl 51 WORK6E7««AlilGAI»5^E4.9S| 


Fl 56 GIDDY 2 - 

£5.99 


Sequel to the Sest 
Public 


Public Domain Gama 
■Giddy' 

CcmmeraaJ quality pJetfarm gjm* 


T«i beok about K«ck V2 or etove 
Fl 65 AtfOSflINE 4 (£3.99) 

Special odnfem For all Amo* unrt 
Fl 50 PUNTtR (£3.99| 

14 Pkayer Hot*e Racing Gam* 

Fl 50 ULTIMATE QUIZ [E3-»> 

Web pmaenlMt Trivia 

Fl 61 CAPTAIN CARNAGE (E3J99) 


Excellent "Alfen 5y(id«wiw J gnfev 
#(E4JW) 


G.H.A.C. 1 . 

Powerlul Graphic Advent ur* Crsato 

Fl 8» OWTAR CHORD COACH (E3.39) 
A iTHiat lor 4* gimarietr - Midi «heada 










CD ROMS 


CD-ftQM prices include p&p (UK onty) 


MULTIMEDIA TQOLKrT 2 - £2*35 

TT« FULL version of OctaMED V5.04, hundreds of 
'o:uies. samples and ulilhies (ram ihe MED User Group 
: “i-'aMED- BBS, over 50 Megs of MIDI/Music-X tries and 
"+■ goodies from the Craft brothers, 1 40 Megs of I mag™ 
wd 50 Megs ol Lightwave objects, hundreds ol textures, 
Backdrops, landscapes and Other pics in 04-bif J-PEG, 
and 16-eOtour (Scale eto. formats}, loads of Magic 
Workbench icons ate. and tots, lots more. 

17-BIT PHASE FOUR ■ £19,95 
All tfie vary latest from Iha 17-Bit collection. 

ADULT SENSATIONS - E19.95 
The perfect companion lor all nature lovers, 

AMOS PD ■ £ 19.95 

r ne official AMOS PD library (1 to 62 1) and tots more. 

ASSASSINS COLLECTION £19-95 
Over 650 games ready Id run Irom an easy to usa menu 

CDPD 4 * £19.95 

fish disks 891 to two, AIWFIYL GNU C/C++, etc. 
DESKTOP VIDEO - £14.95 
blacks of textures, fonts, backgrounds, objects & utils. 

EMERALD MINES -El 4.95 
Over to, WO levels of this classic game OK on CD&2. 
FRESH FISH 8 - £24.99 
Double CD with the very latest Irom f red Fish 
GOLDFISH -£29-95 

Fred Fish 1 to TOQO in archived and ready to rnn lonn 

GOLD FISH 2 ■ £29.95 

Double CD with the be$i gi Fresh Fish 1 lo 6 
GRAPHICS SENSATIONS - £19,95 
Collection or graphics tools, images, objects, anims elc. 

ILLUSIONS 3D * £9.95 

loads ol Sfer&>gram tools & ptos for ihe Amiga 4 PC 

LSD/17-BIT COMPENDIUM - E19.M 
LSD Legal Tools 1 to 149. Pics. Anims & much more 
NETWORK ROM - £14,95 _ 

Various networking tools, Fish, AMOS, T-flag elc. 
PROFESSIONAL UTILITIES - £19.95 
Dm 1500 di&ke ol applications & utilities Irom PD-Soft. 
PROF. GIF £19,95 PROF, PCX - £19-95 
SOUNDS TERRIFIC - £19.95 
Double CD with thousands of music files for Amiga & PC. 

SPECTRUM SENSATIONS -£19,95 
Amiga & PC spectrum emulatofs & toad? of speccy games 
VtLS. CLIP ART - E9 95 W.$. FONTS - £9.95 


HOTTEST 5 - £19.95 
The laieei material from 
the PDSoft library with 
all the mosi up to dale 
utiliiies, demos, games, 
anims etc, 


AMINET S - £14.95 

Laiesi offerings from (he 
Ammel archive, Thousands 
of litas ol applications, 
mods, demos tools etc. t 
over 1000 games. 


AMINET PACK 1 
£29.95 

The best value CD title 
around- Amirteie 1 to 4 
recompiled and updated cn 
this massive 4 disk set. 


ANIMATIONS ■ £19.95 

2 CD set from Weird 
Science oonlainingi over a 
gigabyte of all types and 
sizes of animations. All 
ready to run from easy to 
use menus. 


LSD/1 7-BIT VOL 2 
£19.95 

Over 600 Meg of the blast 
comms, leisure, 
programming & elite 
software for Kickslart 2 5 3 
users. 


PROFESSIONAL IFF & 
PCX CLIPART 2 - £19.95 

hundreds ol high quality 
clipart images for Amiga & 
PC. Includes a 250+ page 
book with printouts of 
mosi ol Ihe images 


Bit f anf 2 CD-ROM's end save f 0 % 
Bay 3 a missive tS% discount 


MEGA MOUSE 

Mtoroswttched 
J-ffldpi ultra high resolution 

ti 2.95 

KtOZ MOUSE 

£12,95 


ACCESSORIES 

MOUSE MAT - E2.S0 
-iC'UfiE MOUSE MAT - £3.39 
BUDGET MOUSE - E9.99 
MOUSE HOLDER * ££.50 
MOUSE CLEANER - £4.99 
HEAD CLEANING KIT - £3.99 
PRINTER $TAND - £4.99 
KB WRIST SUPPOAT - F4 ?9 
MONITOR FILTER - £12,50 
XA35 MONITOR FILTER - £17.50 
CD CASES- £8,00 rdr 10 

JOYSTICKS 

APACHE 1 - £7.50 
PVTHON 1M - £9.95 
STARFK3HTER - £9.05 
ZIPSTICK -£l2.&5 
^ANALOGUE JOYSTICKS 
AVENGER ■ £12 50 
SUPER WARRIOR - El 7.50 
i; PC- AMIGA ADAPTOR ■ £4.95} 


STARTER PACK 

Id Blank Disks Meuse Mat 
Head Cleaning Kit, 

1 00 Capacity Disk Box, 
Amiga Dust Cover 
l stale AS00/A B0G/A 1 200} 


DISKS & BOXES 

(£1 00 p&p) 

DSDD DISKS 
100% error frfra 

(price includes labels} 

10 - £4.00 
50 - £18.75 
100 -C35.00 
SPECIAL OFFER 
DSDD TDK BRANDED 
ONLY £4.50 
per box of 10 
Limited stocks available 

DSHD DISKS 

10- £5 00 
50 - £22,50 
100- £40,00 
DSHD BRANDED 
10- £7.00 
50 ■ £32.50 
100 - £60 00 
EXTRA DISK LABELS 
100-El 50 
500 - £6.00 
1000 - £ 10.00 
DISK BOXES 
10 cap - £1,25 
50 cap - £3,75 
100 cap - £4.99 


TEcmscm 

SAMPLERS 

TURBO - £22.50 
TURBO 2- £27,50 

MIDI INTERFACE 


DUST COREAS 

SD COLUMN PRINTER - £4.99 
1:32 COLUMN PRINTER - £4 99 
HP DESKJET - £6.00 
14' MONITOR - £4.90 
15" MONITOR - £5.96 
17' MONITOR ■ £6.99 
ftHtKAfiOftAISM - £2.99 
(sml« mo*M rrouirwlt 

CABLES & 
C0HHECT0RS 

PRINTER LEAD (I Bffl'l ■ £3,99 
PRINTER LEAD r»nj - ffi.99 
MODEM LEAP - h-W 
AMIGA NULL MODEM - £5.09 
PRINTER SWITCH BOX - £12.50 
CENTRONICS LEAD ft jpnt - £4.00 
A PLAYER ADAPTOR - £5.09 
LONG JS EXTERNDER ■ £4.99 
SHORT Twin Entenper ■ £4 99 
AMlGA-SCART LEAD ■ El 0 00 
MIDI LEAD rn.Qm) ■ £4 99 
MIDI LEAD from} - K 99 


PAR NET 

1 . 8 m lead - £10.00 
5.0m lead ■ £15.00 

CO * 1 - AMIGA 
SERIAL LEAD 
Cl 9,55 


Please remember lo add the tolldwing Postage & Packing charges: 

| 5Up lo orders for P.DAJcancewara only (£1 ,50 Europe, £3.00 R.O.W.) 
or £1,00 if your order includes other items (Europe A R,0 W. at cost). 
Please make cheque^'postol orders paya&te to SEASOFT COMPUTING and send to: 

Seasoft Computing, {Dept AC), Unit 3, MarteNo Enterprise Centre, 

Courtwrck Lane, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN 17 7PA 

or telephone 

( 01903 ) 850378 

IQ.QDam Iq 7,00pm Mon-Fri (to 5pm Sat) 

Callers by appointment only please 


FREE FREE 

GAMES CHEATS 1.4 EMULATOR 
ON AU ORDERS 



FREE FREE 

HDEIISROUND^ ! LIBRARY DISK POST & PACK 

OK ALL ORDERS 


PLATFORM GAMES 

□ HBlEMMMIBTJi.W 
101 JCLAS5BACKV2 
303 A' 2 K£LL0G5 LAND 

□ D20 LEMMINGS ARCADE 
(H TOP HAT WILY 
+01 DOCTOR. STRAHGS 

□ 71 S SUPER BLUE KlD 

□ 917 CRAZY WE W 
isagtATYSUiw 

Til WALL YWDRLD JDK 
Hi JUDGEMENT OiAY 
NHNESQUKK GAME 
SPACE BLASTERS 
. 9H SOLO ASSAULT 
Z 9tt 0BUTBWT0R 
0JI OHIVON 
VS TRANSPLANT 
m the tAit REFUGE 

M GDP? INVADERS 
] 343 CYBERNET 

□ S72 GALAGA VJ4 
473 STAft-rftlAHfi 
WB CAFFEINE FREE 

ARCADE CAiVffS 
l«? QYNO WARRIORS V2 
55S HUWV3 5DKK 

8 fs missiles 2 disk 

□ ggisewaauur 

976 REAVIS S6VTTHEAD 
4 29 jTOWE’S APQCAL 
87D«JCKET2A12® 

□ 975 SUICIDE MACHINE 
2THEUM5 EXPRESS 
91 i RUDOLF - SANTA 

9 IS GAME “OIAUDO 
96t MERCURY MISSION 

. 951 NANO FLY 
Ml 5AJWQN NUT f.J 
P D VERSIONS 

da elf & pf hammer 

D25 HUNTER RUS 
477 CADAUAVENU5 FLY 
072 GOLK'TL'MACHINE 
Oii HORDCpP-T, RECALL 
■DSS SMASH- tV NOT A12 
572 OSCAR CD Aliffi 
315 LEMMINGS PACK 
033 RICK DANGcRClUS 
4f2T£tfcSLSAMERbV 
C07 CHUCK ROCK-ICI 
COMBA T GAMES 
Z Ml FATAL SLOWS 
929 WRESTLING ? PKK 

□ 9JR Martial sprit 

Z &M TO TW DEATH All 

□ 290 ?IGHT WARRIORS 

□ 930 ABH AI26P5K 
agj KARATE WARHIDK 

CLASSIC GAMES 

□ 225BOM6tAC< NOT A12 

□ OI1A5TEROID5 

BPS MBSILE COMMAND 
TTSOVERLANbER 
_ 692 SPACE INVADERS 
_ SfflKWLEWNG*™ 
Ml CWKIE 
QfUVrtoG GAMES 
JWMANG+ENO NOT 1J 
¥74 FI EDriOfl m 
951 CLAMING ENGINES 
m THE MAD TO HELL 
2 735 AUTOMOBILiS 

□ «13 HIGH OCTANE 2 
«B2 MOas? DRIVE 

SJMUlAmNl 
□IBB RHKTOM CAT HED 

□ 926 HElKCPTIR 
3323EALANQ-SUB 

□ BI1 CAR MANIACS 

□ S44A*WAWH3fl 
LJ 333 SAULE CARS V2 
SPQPJ GAMES 

. !DI4CPA2YgCtl 

□ 366 GOLF 18TH 20SK 

□ R22 CRKKFT AMOS V? 

B 30 ten pinsdwung 
1« FUTURE FEtoraAii 

□ 6ffi SK3RT CHALLENGE 
HINTS A CHEATS 

1DQQ5M.GTC 99 
41S I IKB CHEATS 
«1 BACKDOOR V3 
; W-WSmOMOMNOTAS 
3?1 PASSWORD MANIA 
. Sl3 GAME TAMER V4 5 

□ S29 MEGA CHEATS 

□ SSI SIERRA SOUmCWB 

□ PE96AME TAMER VII 
OVER IS GAMES 

□ 997 AflVENTVI 
□1M1 ACCENT V2 

!B1 TERROR UHER VI 
. . M2 TERROR LiRERVZ 


TETRIS - COLUMNS 

□ 3H KLACK-15RIS COtMS 

□ HM TW1N-TM5 TETRJS 
Li 9HWQYHAM0NIB 

I 293 2R-MAHI0 COLMS 
, 1 971 SPEJi-TRf5 

□ fi17N'jMBER-TRl£ 

□ 9WTiAMTETfllS 


AMIGA LEISURE 
1006 T ES PIN EDrOR 
.1027 CDF THE LDtPRO 
Z AM GOif DATABASE 
U 94flLDn7IRVW4l«R 
: i Z05 AMIGA PUMSfl 
. 220 fSRU CHEDLER 

Z flflb LEAGUE IQlTOft 


□ Bifi MEGA-BLOK TETRIS ZIK4 A12 SNOOKER t AX 

. 91 % TET-THEN TITTUS A f 200 MEGADEMOS 

: 99 TTE tuft PRO IPICMJOTSIS 

Z! 61 1 HOT-BlOK TETfilS i I DOT 2U5K MOT ORIGIN 

□ 657 Zm COLUMNS □ BM 3 DISK MAX D.D 
PAC-Mfi (V GAMES □ BE22 DISK SU8XTC 

397 DEL P-MAN NOT A1J □ 995 ZCX3T IE 
973 BOMR32 PADM AI7 _ E24 2 DISK SNAKE *©F 
230 S^PER PAC MAN m COMPLEX REALITY 
. 922 GOLD Raid ten, ritc~en ? dric 

. 102 LADYBUO PAL MAN 063 2 DISK SWITCHRACK 
_ OfflOflUSWALPACMAN AMJQA JMEGADfMOS 

□ 592 PAC MAN RETURNS IlfllO TA2 GAS NOT 1 J 

253 YJM ruu PAC MAN 016 DESERTDREAM ? PSK 

BREAK-OUT & PONG «0 TEKNO SAVE 

□ ®3 MEGABALL VI Z 430 2 DISK OATA X 

□ 4S9 MEGABALL V2 I 217 MEGA ALCATRAZ 

□ 559 MEGABALL V3 N0A5 Z 269 DIGIWCVAT10N 

71)9 W-W PONG NOT 1 3 449 Z D4K 9 FIMSERS 

, I m RATTLE PONG 262? DISK PR-DATC«5 

□ 421 REBOUNDER POHCi 3(4 H+t 2 DISK 2 DRIVE 

□ 733 5JCK BALL NOT 1.3 267 REBELS MEGADEMO 

SOULD0KHSM GAMES □ 326 iTATEWNT NOT 1.3 

' I 731 HAUNTED MNE5 G 21 5 BLUE 5 HOUSE 2 DBK 

254 EMERALC- MINES AT200SLOX SHOWS 

! i !?1 MARATHON MINES □ 740 4 OCSK MANGA 

i I 351 SOVAL MINES J 5fl7 S DISK WEIRDW 

□ 3S1 &22Y ,122V M^NES 76fl i OtSK KING TUT 

□ 71ICS4BOULDERDASH ,4MNM SUDtiJhfOWS 

□ 4H SLUE DIAMONDS 364 REVELA.T1GM 


P OR CLUB GAMES 
939 CASH CARDS NUTl 3 
560 WORLD PARTS 
60S PIN BALL NOT 13 
222 FRUIT MACHINE 
_ 9J2 MEGA FRUITS 
_ DIO POKER ARCADE 
r m CARDS SOUTTA^F 
BOARD GAMES H 


Ml PAT NAGEL'S GUtti 
76S ft VISIBLE WORLD 

. giSiRteSGlRL5?P5K 
936 AVIATION HISTORY 
ARTWORK. PACKAGE 

□ 465 KIDS PAINT 
Z 66* FUSION PAINT 

□ 561 AtolSTOi PACK 
I M3 UUtAPAiNT 


0ID KfiN MONOPOLY StAT 3*9H^CTltACOLCiL9| 

032 MONOPOLY USA 74* lUUSlON PAINt 


63 1 teRABBLE 

□ 296 RISK (GLOBE-WAR) 

□ S42 BAGS TO RICHES 

□ 0 5 WAR ANIMATED 

□ 476 CHESS GAMES 


ARTWORK FKQfiflAMS 
ZHUSJRW-tf NEWTEK 
. 07 1 GRAPHICS CON KIT 
1 07C GRAPHIC UTILS 
Z 133 RAC LAND BUILD 


flDVE-JVrUFfJT GAMES ANIMATIONS 
□1011 MMlA VERSON 3 □ C8C YftTUAL WORLDS 

□IMS I ADVENTURE GAMES 0B4 PUGGS IN SPACE 

□ 116 STAR TREK 2 DISK □ 233 COOL COUGAR 

□ 402 BLACK DAWN □ 651 FAWJJGHI 242 

□ B-77 ALACK DAWN V2 □ 3E ODYSSEY' 50 N0TA12 
L i 397 NEIGHBOURS 2 DUX 131 RED SWAP' 

‘ 963 f EARS AI30CI DOOM 475 BAD MASKING 

! ! 954 DON AI2DU 3 D5K 463 MR POTATO HEAD 

□ 925 TZONER 1 DSK NOA5 47* VIlSS MAMSELLi Al J 

1:1038 SEED OF DARKNESS □ B65 TAROT MASTER 2 DtSK 
STRATEGY GAMES □ BG1 AJMYATTHE MOME 

967 COL-CON V2 NOT 1 1 □ 271 NEWTEK V2 2 DISK 

968 KING DC MS AT WAN 347 PSWTEK SO 2 DISK 

Rid TASK FORCE I R7 ANIMATION STUDIO 

676 global nuke wan a.wga, video 

Z K6IND-E5#l0NA«Ar2 329 VIDEO INSOUPT 

PUZZLER GAMES „ 7» 'AK0TR.ACKER S DA 

□ »3 CH ANEtJUE 2 DBK 148 S - MOO WE 

. 014 JINX Al ?» 2 DISK MUSIC MAKERS 
ffl TEN PUZZLES N0A1 j J20 fm KiYlOANM 

! 75URUHIX CUBE-ULQUS 43! RAVE KEYBOARDS 

. 3 74 L5C-CASTLE KUMOAT 441 MED lYDRJdHGP lOEi 

MANAGER GA MES 202 MEDVJJ 

□ S6B THE SiiPEfL LEAGUE Z 204 SOUNDTNACKER 

□ 87fi 5COTTBH LEAGUE □ 729 DRUM MACHINE 

□ 310 TOP OF THE LEAGUE □ 707 SONIC DRUM KD 

□ 66B USA 94 50CCER CDS □ 866 OCTAMED TUTOR 

□ 4U4 METROS MANAGER □ 736 OCTAMED VZ 


□ 321 ARPORT 
37? MICRO MARKET 
443 SLAM BALL 

□ RI7BLOOD9ALL 
QUIZ GAMES 

□ 716 POP MUSIC CAJll 


136 THE ANT OF MED 
?9?THE COMPOSER 
. 6 1 6 MUS C 3A7AEA5E 

□ 961 au&o ewuneeh 

CLA^IIC- POP 
2U1 hANbOASSics 


„ 309 THE OUlZ MASUft □ 25* VIVALDI 2 DSK 
_ 4E2 WHEEL 0* FORTUNE □ 342 AMI6A DEUS 
_ 991 TREK TRiVIa 2DCK □ 213 BQ CONCERT V2 


Z10J3 TAZOUIZ NOT 1.3 
11031 THEKTTBVSESSK 
LOGIC GAMES 

i : cm exit ii 

! . 442 REVERSl V2 

□ 1 1S DRAGON'S TUiS 

□ 1F2 DRAGON'S CAVE 

□ 323 flXYB LOGIC 
Li 530 OTHELLO 
□NB7 MARBLES GAME 
! I1U35 ATOMIC GAME 


I 620 BAGPIPE MUSK 
JWDWPMWYMOP 
248 EXnHSSION V? 

473 RHYTHM'S DANCRR 
1029 OflTTONEYE SONG 
Samples - moos 
E60 KORG D1W8CHSK 

□ 21B HOUSE 2 DISK 

... 2« SELECTION 7 DISK 
1 647 SOUND FTC 3 DISK 

□ &rg DHUMS73LSK 


AMIGA EMULATION 
1005 TUDE HOT 1.3 
... »l B.B.C MICRO 
423 2 OGK SPECTRUM 
869 PC EM 2 DISK 
327 ACTION REPLAY 

□ JIM RELOKICK 1 J 
Z 955RELQKICK 1.4A 

□ 41JSKrCttl-3.fi 

Z 370 A6® NUMBER PAD 
&ISIC COPIERS 

□ 3 UP S, LSl-H iNiP.i 

□ 727 MULTI TASK IMTJ 
P 15SK.WYWD 

□ 357 COPY AND CRACK 

□ 325 COOKPKKfR V2 

□ 416 MaVEN'CK VS 
HARD DRIVERS 

P 101 Hto CLICK MENU 

□ 5uiROPffiPAiroe 

□ 779 WiB 3 INSTALL 
P 700 Wfc 2 INSTALL 
•jyiHUg-SFAOLER 

□ -Kfi-MR BACK UP PRO 
Z *900 DISK MAGIC W<B 
_■ 533 Hiti SUPERLOCK 

1 st game insiauvj 

PRINTING 

065 AMGAF0NT70GK 
C 1Q0 PRINTER DRIVERS 
! 04B PRINTING STUDIO 

□ MS BANNER MAKER 

l 243 AWAMiMAKER S DBK 
I j M7 TtKT BNGHE V4 

□ 393 LABSLKSRjNER 

□ 194 INVOICE PWNT 

□ 437 eowordtekted 

□ 749 FORM PRINTER 
AMIGA BUSINESS 

] 032 DATABASES 2 DISK 

□ D9? ACCOKINt MASTER 

□ 240 ACWE5S BOOK 

□ 691 OARY DIARY 

□ 470 UTT1E OFFICE 

□ 24* SPREADSHEET 
SKUKiT.D COMS 

COLOUR CUP ART 
Z 697 6 DISK C0UBRU5M 

□ 6137 DISK CLP ART 
Mi 3 DISK WORLD MAP 

MONO CiJPART 

□ 17H 15 DISK *EMtnDIIQ 

S58 7 DISK CUP ART 
AMIGA MODEM 
Z 074 HACKING MANUAL 
Z 702 COMM5 TUTORIAL 
413 N. CDMMSV3 
. 079 DPTICOMM5V2 
Z 49fl TERM 2 DISK 

□ Ol DM5 PRO 
PROGRAMMERS 

I M A-0ASiC TUTO# 

□ sgg Pqq PASCAL 

II 4R1 ABOUT ARE!© 

□ 3R3 1 MMUAL 

□ 1 56 502QBQN C 

□ 362 C TUTOR IJtUSK 
3» UNDERSTAND AMDS 

□ 722 TOWS DF AMOS 
DO IT YOURSELF 

J 29 5UD6 SHOW MAKER 

□ 361 ADVENTURE MAKER 
Z BQ&MAKi A DISK 

□ 242 MENU MAKIR 
I 724 AMIGA FAK 

s«s 2 Disk parhet 
723 TEl£TEkTNDT 1.R 
IfiJjMAKP.p.S KIT 
VIRUS CONTROL 
5fflA12SDVPtLIS 
Z 160 MLV.L PLUS 

□ 993MRLS2 
AMIGA UTILITIES 

6l2 3EHKTDOL+:iT 
IWCStZOBNXTOOtS 
DISK S S YS TEM 

□ 166 SYSTEM TESTER 

□ 467 file undelete 

:9*05KOPnMfiE 
SSetNCINEEK-SKrT 
245 Flic DISK 

□ 168 HARDWARE MANUAL 
AMNSfl FibeDSITOIV 

□ 766 GEOGRAPHY 

□ 5:2 MATHS 9 QSKS 
G44 ENGLISH 4 DISK 
4® LAVAGES 4 CH5K 

_ ?79 PIANETS 6 DISK 
J04 ENGINES 5 EJfiK 
•359 AM»CA TUTORIAL 


DISKS COST CHS EACH, NO MINIMUM ORDER, ALL VIRUS FREE AND USER FRIENDLY 
All Gjfflfj T dliL md run On ail Amigos unhu otliorvriie stated. 

PICK AN EXTRA DISK FOR FREE WITH EVERY EIGHT DISKS YOU PURCHASE 


UNDERGROUND P.D, 54 CARMANIA' Q0H, SHOE8URYNE5S, ESSEX SSI SYZ. M 0702 295*87 


Amiga Model: 


Address... 

L— — 


3 









G RAPHICS 


-O 


fs a strange thing, but it appears the 
vast majority of Amiga journalists 
seem oblivious to the importance of 
the VLab Motion system. Such is the impor- 
lance of this product, and the revisions to the 
MovieShop software, that another look is 
esseotiai- 

In short, the VLM system provides Ihe only 
affordable means of producing broadcasl qual- 
ity AV - alias audio video - in a truly digital 
line environment , I think what has caused ihe 
animosity on Ihe part of the journalistic fratern- 
ity is Ihe rather optimistic and, dare I say, 
<None>unfeaiistic claims lor the product on its 
initial launch. 

In the early days, (he accompanying manual 
combined unrealistic claims for hardware com- 
patibility with a painful Lack of essential infor- 
mation. This would be bad enough on lairly 
simple products, bul that's one tiling VLM cer- 
tainly isn't. Although very easy to operate 
when configured, initial set-up can be a com- 
plex procedure demanding the assistance of a 
quality manual. 

Fortunately, Mac roSy stem's have finally 
taken care of this Key shortfall and replaced 
the original skimpy manual with a 200-page 
offering that delivers all the information you're 
ever likely to need in a friendly and 
comprehensible manner. 

In reality VLM, like all DV systems, requires 
a relatively hefty machine, wilh the most 
important element being a last hard SCSI II 
drive. Unfortunately, it's true that VLM can't 
match the Image quality of the PAR - alias 
Personal Animation Recorder - on a less than 
perfect system - namely an 040 CPU running 
a SCSI II drive. However, even with the image 
quality compromise on lesser machines, the 
benefits far outweighed the limitations via a 
combination of flexibility, functionality and cost 
effectiveness. 

for example, I regularly run the system on 
an 040-based A30QQ running a standard 
SCSI. As a result I can only reliably attain 65 
per cent compression - which equates lo 
image quality roughly similar to a quality com- 
posite/VHS signal. 

In order to obtain BetaCam SP quality, l 
would require somewhere belween B5 and 90 
per cent - which simply isn't possible in video 
resolution on a standard SCSI device. Even 
though my VUM set-up can't compete with a 


Ulab motion! 


Alpha 
Ant i FI I las 
Background 
Sorder 
CtrdffUipe 

ColorDeplt) 

Go lorToGrey 
Coipase 
Crop 
Delay 

Dynaa icPange 
Fade 

FalaeCDlor 
FlashL, igh I 
Flip 
Freeze 
L in.ofli't 
mask 
Mirror 
floaalc 
N«gat I vo 

ftotae 

Hop 

Qui ckSca I G 
Relief 
Ratals 
Scale 
5 h 4 datf 
Shift 
T iaeCode 
TUla 
Trapezia* 
Hipe 


Tha •vtts-ffrowmg 
eoHoeUon sf VlM 

digital vidao otfoclt, 
But bm warned - with- 
out m tar* CPU, DVE* 
cait fake a fang fima 
la gwisrsls 


tamponent plug-in 


A shortfall oiler levelled al VLM. especially in relation to the AAR 
system, is the lack of component import and export. However this 
compromise has now been put lo the sword with the launch al the 
long-awaited YUV module 

Thanks to this latest addition, you can now compete in the 
broadcast market via a direct link to BetaCam SP equipment and 
other broadcast quality hardware. 


o | HWOMiponwIlfaUBSat'linfl* 



S| Bandpass I I 

&I Off J 



Silh)Miiii»fA enoulfldif are ana of tbo key 
afement* in VLM'* rati in AM roil emulation 


A0Pto-*tvi* mitomatad QVW* a 
ail part oi the VLM packaga 



A nimpta aJfampf* Am roil, 
□VC* and imported audio. 
Scan* one fad** to eoene 
(wo, wfilaA In lum i* Mipad 
fry aeon* thraa. Moanmbil*. 
ihtt audio ramp* and 
eroa* fad** lo match Me 
video tranaltiona and of*o 
drop* down during r ha voemi 
ovorduh. Drag and drop 
editing mi it * beet 


PAR on Ihe same machine when it comes to 
pure image quality. I wouldn't swap, simply 
due lo the massive range of additional tea- 
lures the MovieShop software can provide. 
The most important bonus is VLM's ability to 
operate as a true off-line editor. Unlike the 
PAR, actually moving edits around the video 
sequence is both easy, last and, better still, 
instantaneous. 


The *ofi aide 
of fh* all-new 
YU V oompe- 
nonf nurfult, 
Add a 

BeEaCam SP 
rocordOfy 
player artd 
You 'r* m Ifto 
Bfg leagua 


CUEL1ST 

Rather than physically moving the data 
around ihe drive, VUM simply makes a cuelist 
from the existing data and skips around - 
assisted by a RAM buffer - reading the spe- 
cific data as required. As a result, making 
changes to the running order of scenes, or 
entire movies, is inslant, whereas Ihe same 
edits on a PAR could literally take hours as 
the system physically rearranges the date to 
reflect the new running order. 

Another unique and truly superh feature of 
VLM is its seamless combination of audio 
and video, Since version 2,0 oi the 
MovieShop software, VLM has had the ability 
to act as a true digital AV - audkj/video edit- 
ing system. Unlike any other Amiga system, 
audio and video are actually hard-wired 
together. As a result when you cut, copy and 
paste video, the same edits apply to the 
accompanying stereo or mono 1 6-bit audio. 
When the need arises you're still free to 
import and export the accompanying audio 
tracks, and mix them within MovieShop lo 
generate a perfect backing track. 

Although both VLM and the Toccata sound 
card combine forces within ihe MovieShop 


environment, samples captured directly 
(he Toccata’s Samplitude software - such 
backing music or narration - can still 
imported and mixed with the existing AV 
the production. 

Better still, any impeded or directly c: , 
lured audio can still be worked upon with* 
MovieShop. For example, you can import as 
much audio as you like, adjust its length, ane 
position It on the Timeline wherever you want 

However; perhaps most important, you* 
also have complete control over the envelope 
of the samples you're working on. As part ? 
the Timeline control, you're provided with ar 
envelope requester which allows you to inser 
multiple edit points. 

Consequently, you can adjust Ihe sounc 
level lor each sample as often as is nece&- 
sary, or even create cross-fades belween 
lerent audio tracks. In short, complete coni 
over the sound dynamics within 
production. Once you’ve achieved a 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 

1 











facie operator could be dropped between the 
overtap to produce a digital cross-fade. 

This ability to mix and process multiple 
sequences points to another unique feature Of 
VLM. namely its ability to operate as a digital 
A/B roll environmenl with a built-in digital 
effects processor, 

Admittedly, this is by no means a real-time 
process, as once the scenes are arranged 
and the operators are in position, MovieShgp 
sets about processing the video sequence, 
transitions and effects specified within the 
Timeline. Obviously Ibis is all done automati- 
cal ly., but it nevertheless takes time as the 
process is done entirely via software — in a 
similar way in which ADPro and ImageFX 
apply effects to single images, Needless to 
say. the faster your CPU the better. 

As you've probably guessed, audio is also 
computed in a similar manner. So If, for exam- 
ple, you've added a backing Track or adjusted 
the envelope within an existing AV sound- 
track, a separate computing pass is needed to 
apply the changes. Fortunately, this is much 
faster than applying video specific operators. 

it must be stressed that non of the timeline 
operations are destructive. The software sim- 
ply lakes existing data, applies your edit deci- 
sions and effects, and then generates the 
results as a slandaione AV sequence, 

Although the process may sound daunting, 
after a little practise it becomes second 
nature. Fortunately, beginners are catered for 
via an easy mode in addition to the more com- 
plex RPN approach - which can process an 
almost unlimited number of sequences along- 
side multiple layered special effects, Z3F 


In a nutshell... 

Due to the pure scale of the VLM environ- 
ment, ihe above has merely concentrated 
on the new and Improved. However, that 
only scratches the surface of this incredi- 
ble combination of hardware and software. 

Given a suitable machine, the VLM and 
Toccata combination provides a complete 
digital AV solution which combines ail the 
essentials of a true off-fine editor, single 
frame recorder and DVE generator within 
a truly broadcast quality environment. 

If all of the above doesn’t make up for 
the scepticism and confusion surrounding 
the product's initial launch, I can't imagine 
what will. I only hope this update helps the 
VLM system receive the cnedil and sales rt 
so richly deserves. 


i wrthr 

^port as 
jth, arc 
iu warn 
nt, you 
nvelope 
■ part o* 
with ar 
So inser 

i soune 
neces- 
een drt- 
contro 
in the 
suitable 


tux between the original audio, backing 
music, vocal over-dubs, sound effects or 
^naiever else, the whole thing cart be boiled 
down into a new super sample which can be 
imked to a particular section of video or kept 
as a separate element. 

The finishing touch on Ihe audio side is the 
arrival of a built-in SMPTE timeeode genera- 
tor, Mow, striping a tape with timeeode is sim- 
ply a matter ol plugging m the target recorder 
and clicking on a button - yet another 
broadcast essential catered for. 

When toe realtime grabbing and importing 
6 complete, and the assorted clips have been 
trimmed, edited, and appended, the next step 


is to drop them into Ihe Timeline and add the 
all important special effects and additional 
audio. At Ihis stage yog should have the vari- 
ous video clips spliced into complete scenes 
ready for the assorted cross fades and 
special effects. 

LAYERING 

The actual process of building the Movie is 
entirely non -destructive. In reality, it simply 
oflers a means of layering and combining 
existing audio and video. The end result is 
user-defined sequencing of all the existing 
scenes - aided by visual and audio effects, If 
a new clip overlaps an existing element, a 


Audio add-on 


Firstly, the addition ol CD quality tG-bit stereo audio is a matter of a £300 investment via a 
Toccata card, as opposed to £1000 for a slereo SunRiie ADS 16 on the PAR system. 

However, regardless of cos!, tha pure functionality of toe VLM and Toccata combo makes at 
a far better investment. Unlike AV on the VLM, the PAR does not actually Sink the audio and 
video elements in a captured sequence. 

As a result, if any edits are made on the PAR to either the video or audio track, toe lip sync 
between the two will be lost unless you repeat exactly the same cut, paste and copy 
operations within the ADSIffs own control software. 

In short, the sampler and video digitiser are completely separate entities, To keep things in 
sync requires a lol of manual effort, and of course there's no A/B roll emulation, DVEs, built-in 
chroma keying or automated audio processing, - 


The bottom line 


JULY i 995 


Product : Vtab Motion 
Supplier: The Amiga Centre 
Scotland 

Price: VLab Motion = 
£885 plus VAT 
Toccata = £245 plus VAT 
YUV module = TEA 
Phone: 01896 870583 








Multimedia 
Toolkit CD 


CLIP ART CD 

Or-r SSthucgl ■ I Clip Art tut 
Amlin* Jaid iPCs, The niuil 
Cijfnprrb-tiiiive IfoSliKikMI HtJ Clip 
An ever to* iBc Amiffl range ul 
C4tf0|iulMS. Ill lulJtl liver 
flic fc The folki* Hip HjnnitHs are 
CHEeml far. BiW Iff TJiima|i. 

CliIoiuwI Iff Bitmap, Ifodipi. EPS. 
PdgCHitCT, PaffMJtjm. EMC. Corel 
Di-uh and coKwii bcuslwi. All are 

ready ID UK and exiiLy atLCsiiSble in 

suftijetL dirwtodc- 

CUPAKT CD 

I SJBfl h Mmo Bu i.i: £ l.HdOJtauiai 
I WO EI*S. (HMD IM<i. M.l HqrHUsi 
NU I'lffit™* »n l : t<*li|.* ll'ii inn l 
UK l*neumjp *ral W BiiJii' rut Upturn 


THE OFFICI AL AMOS W) 
LIBRARY ON COMPACT DISC 

Hh Dtlkiai Amos- PD LJxurv’ n rhe JMgcst some of Ann* mbufti somx 
ecidt ml itmgfjfri* m die tidin'. The livary it 1**1 Len Jt Anne 
Tucker a-d is cnduilal by Fumywiaa Sdtnate. the publishers ttf Art** aid 
Aims Pin. Tito eorcpKT disc cmtnlnei die caiuit library torn disii I Hi SO, 

e*fl I in nrnn Hfnil |f{ [f"i- ijuti (litCL-tasy aiiJ Ctfiaklgyed The dint run lank ill 

ewess (tT B1UU files Axh tmxr I HU Airuft KKJire wstfc files. ILG sprite 
hunk*. 3M) fksi hirikt. HOI uanplev nnmauus mww hunks and several 
L'Mendi-au id Aem* A Arm*. Pm. Tliis CD is auly a iestimeni to the 
irnmeme (nkfwuig that .Amos rmrt Aim* Pm las kIwtoI in te pan Its* 
years jrd Fepresnti daixiUid'i of rrt»i hum of wining Anrcn «sfc (*lfci 
Hill prove KI he an nividiiabk swn» t>? he%i and [UJlitMl to fe Ams* user. 
'tSa Am* FTj Lfhraty l'cnhh rrumy gama. aiM Utfiikn which mil prove 
LraerestoiR to te Anua yser itntl rwn-Araei usee alike Envtgaie the outre 
CiMHTtsof amL*raryonef)eCI> /'T3h 


QQlllfllfil 

niBiiaii 

liiifliifli 

iiiiiigf i 


CONTENTS 

uvea naum files 
MO 21 un LMAiifvS 

M- r .f>iri HAMM k MAM: 

I XH OOLQU* CUP AST 
il» MONO CUP APT 
P3 BCWLtAfiLECUFS 
7M MVBH: MODULES 
2TO0.SAMHJ3 
1W BITMAP FONTS 
12U COLOURED 

RIHT5 

Iff! ADOBE Hurts 
all POSTSCRIPT 
PONTE 
7P CO HINTS 
3U icons 


.4 n immtri 
arnaUlilg 
AmosCoQ 
for out} 


Clip Art CD only £ 9.99 


ONLY £ 19.95 


VIDEO CD 


FONTS CD 

A complEie CD dedicated id Funis 
for die Ainigy range of computers 
Also PC tofl^wiilik Many 
hmiytjs are caie/td for, Artohr, 
CO Fonts. Coluioed, Postscript, 
Prffllraw, ITT. PCX, PafCAlTxam, 
TrueType. Calucttus and CIDOS. 
Addinji op lo ihe mast cofopfeiE 
CD of Fanis Dr tte Aini^ ever, 

In Jixilk over Ifl.CMjd lilts HI WHI 
ilmiLtiur itT. All ready 
in iL-. t 1 and easy 10 lii.nl t 

JtrftiJs from lire CD- ^ j * ‘ 

CONTENTS 

2WR.U- Adolx lit rtj Willi PS Forns 
SUM bitmup. I WCuitHtrcd, 240 Ilf 
I3U F:igenreqm, 3d IVodra^ 
SQfi True type. 132 PCX 
JUUODOS 2m Ctdumus 


SOUNDS 

TERRIFIC 


A lioMbte CD ptu.lt cimlsininfl mxr 
1.2 Glgnhyies uf musical msd 
xhiikJs dpta fur ilv A in if a and 
IBM PC gompiiMrS. Ii all addi. op 
to ibe most eomptete c-oIlKtion of 
suutida on nny ■phtiJurm and will 
Itimt vital pnrl *hT any muski»i 

rp cciteaimi. 

CONTENTS 

4rKH5 MtHkibs. I4JCMI0 .tonnplcs, 

5siK Staits So«» A 

4.SHU bislnmois 

J£>2 fkljmeiL'Nfcd Mtsdllla 
IISOMsllFIks 
1552 Vht A M2 Wav 5 mWHpIks 
Ulilidr* for heflt .Attn^ A IBM PC 
Amiga and PC Corrcpulitiie 


Ultifiiuiu 

aJuI! Gainta Cl) 

gflihes ft* the n>' ? . CDdTV 
& Amifft CD. Reody io rwr fiom a 
sunpfe MTNU lyutem. ICRraCE 12 
Luinpanhle. Aim ■luJudeA Assaixint 
I k>ppy djskv 1 iu 3X1 archi ved easily 
t-opied hi;:k In tLtppy Wurklwoclt. 

PliTOl & SemcL iltoluifcd 

ONLY i 19.95 


SIMPLE NETWORKING TOOLS FOR AMIGA CD 

e Network CD sets up a link between a CDTV or CD32 and any other Amiga. The 
532 or CDTV nets u.vaifciuok- drive for your Amigo, allowing attests i« the vasi 
ot of dala avoiJable oa CT" Kom. The CD32 cable also available uses ihc AUX 
;kei of ihc CTJ32 and comes complete with a keyboard pw-w ihrough. thus still 
until inirtg the abiliiy Ui ctmnect b'MV or SXI addons. Neiwoiit CD sets up a 
nritbeiich environment m I tlisahles ihe reset function, allowing the CD to he 
miaed and access to any clfrcr ISCWiM) CD. 


ftKlJiASK 

FROM 


Jr Ci 

over 
y-Um ib 
* for «M 


CONTENTS 

P.tmel & Semtt 
NCotnni & Term 
Twin Express 
Fred Fish H1X) to 975 
Amos PD 478 to 603 
74 Utility Disks 
PhcnoCD Conversion 
500 Images in 256 cols. 
Network CD £ 14,99 
CD 32 Cable £ J9.95 
Pamet Cable £9,99 


Oti]t,.T, rw 1 Jglni 


I Rowlandson Cloid 


Telephone Orders 


A VAILABLE FROM ALL GOOD STOCKISTS 

TRADE ENQUIRIES WELCOME r 







SOFTWARE 





r int/ttem 
motitil flf 

was Cm 
for onh 


The good, the bad 


19»Q 

1 


orel Morel More]" cry the CD- 
ROM owners, hungrily awaiting 
ihe next gleaming gigabyte disc 
of useful utils, Ihrifly lools Dr dynamic 
Temos, At least that's what the distributors 
s#em to believe, as once again another 
host of releases comes up for Amiga 
Computings scrutiny. 

One of the main advantages of CO is it 
allows for multimedia applications with 
memory-greedy graphical and audio sec- 
dons, Unfortunately, despite the growth of 
the CD market for the Amiga there’s been 
a dearth of this type of product that has 
yet to be corrected. 

Nevertheless, in addition to the usual 
mixture of sights, sounds and utilities, 
we've focused on the few multimedia titles 
that are available. Let's hope it will 
encourage developers to come up with 
some more multimedia software For the 
growing hoards ol CD-ROM enthusiasts in 
the near future. 


Weird Science 
Animations 


i CUraJ 

x 


4 2SE L 

1 


and the ugly 


As is becoming the fashion in this quanta 
ity-obsessed field, Weird Science's ani- 
mation collection comes on two di$c$. The 
proclaimed purpose of the compilation is 
to show owners how the experts make 
use of the best animation tools available - 
m other words it f s primarily just for 
enjoyment, 

A viewer has been provided, so it's pos- 
sible to view all the anims directly from 
disk providing ihe user has enough RAM. 
However, some of the flies need up to 
10Mb of memory, so you’re not going to 
be able to view everything on the basic 
Amiga or CD 32. 

The first disc is reasonably well organ* 
sed into a number of separate drawers, 
with space set aside for animation works 
by the reputed Tobias Richter and Eric 
Schwartz. Unfortunately, many of the 
Richter animations data back to the '60s 


and are less than Impressive when com- 
pared with the sort of material that can be 
created on packages such as Lightwave 
these days, 

The Schwartz animations are compara- 
tively successful, with a good range of his 
Aerotoon series to look at. Again, how- 
ever, Mils is old stuff and parts of il have 
appeared elsewhere. A lot of the larger 
animations were crealed in Moviesetfer. a 
powerful but old program that leads to 
probiems In itself. New machines like 
A 1200s and 4000s have trouble making 
these cartoons work successfully. 

Other familiar files are the animations 
of VlstaPro-created landscapes - the 
ones which send the camera swooping 
down into canyons and skimming over 
mountains. These were spooling directly 
from CD, and though they were jerky with 
a dual-speed drive, they should run more 
smoothly when used wilh a triple or quad 
speed. The second CD Is less well 


Gareth lofthouse and Rdam Phillips bring 
gnu our regular ceuieuj of the latest — 
tide of IQ releases. This month there's — 
the usual mined bag plus a special — 
focus on Qmiga educational (Os — 


/cdu£ &eomc& 


organised than the first, being a general 
and alphabetic directory of animation 
files. Ploughing through this tot feels 
more like a hit and miss affair than is 
usual with CD libraries. 

Basically, this package is about tun 
and there is some enjoyabFe material to 
be found for Ihe patient searcher, 
However, the majority of the anims are 
rather disappointing or outdated, a fact 
which would pul it Tairly low on my CD 
shopping list. 


The bottom line 


Product Weird Science 
Animations 
Price . £19.95 
Supplier: Weird Science 
Tel: 01162340682 


Ease of use 


Implementation 
Value for money 
Overall _____ 


JULY 199S 

1 













Grolier [D 
EncMdopaedia 


This is anofher 
disc that has 
been available for 
some time, and 
one which, once 
again., should 
work with the 
standard Amiga 
range, We had no problems running it on 
our A40Q0\ ihough using it with the 
Squirrel requires users to run it off 
Workbench. 

The CO contains the complete text from 
the 2l-vo!ume Grolier Encyclopaedia 
combined with over 2000 photographs and 
illustrations to bring the information alive. In 
add i lion to the colourful visual content, 
many of the program's entries aw 
accompanied by sound samples such as 
excerpls Irom famous speeches and 
musical compositions, or animal sounds 
such as various bird calls, 

SIMILARITIES 

The interface is similar lo that found in 
the other educational CDs reviewed, excepl 
it also features a powerful search facility, 
Entering text to search for is always slightly 
inconvenient using the CD32 because of 
the absence of a keyboard, but once this 
is done it will scan through the package's 
10,000 word database remarkably 
quickly and give you a list of connected 
articles. 

Along with the advanlages of its presen- 
tation and diminutive size in comparison to 
a printed encyclopaedia, the Grolier 
Electronic encourages curiosity in its 
users because of the cross-referencing 
toots included. Articles lead on to related 
topics, or you can click on words in the text 
and perform a search at the press of a 
button. 

Yes, it's been around for a while now but 
it remains an impressive product regard- 
less. Considering the price, anyone with a 
CD32 should invest in this package and 
hope that serious releases of a similar 
quality will appear for their machine in the 
near future, 



The bottom line 


Product: Grolier Electronic 
Encyclopaedia 
Price: £ 29.99 
Supplier: Epic Software 
Tet; 01793 490938 

Ease of use 


I m p lenient atio n 
Value for money 
Overall 


9 

6 

9 

9 


Insight Dinosaurs 



Educational tools targeted at CD are lew 
and far between so far on (he Amiga, and 
in my mind Optica’s Dinosaurs remains 
one of ihe best examples ol whai can be 
achieved on the platlorm with a little effort. 

While it's a learning experience, the 
makers have remembered the first rule of 
computer education, by which I mean it 
should be fun to use. Consequently, the 
emphasis of Dinosaurs is on colourful pic- 
lures and sound combined with an easy-to- 
use interface. 

Dinosaurs was actually designed lor the 
CD32 or the CDTV, but we had no problem 


running it from a CD-ROM drive using 
Squirrel emulation software, and Shis should j 
now make rt of wider appeal to a new mar- I 
kel. The CD's menus are far more visuaHy 1 
appealing than on ihe other educational I 
packages reviewed here, thanks to ihe use 
ol large buttons with well drawn dinosaur j 
packages representing various topic areas. 

The CD is divided into three main sec- 
lions. First ihe Lite of a Dinosaur includes an I 
explanation of hunting patterns, diet and I 
digestion, and the natural attack and I 





Another general collection of utilities, games, 
graphics and the resl, this CD comes to us 
frcmn Germany and is the second in the series. 
Created by programmers who gather for 
these meetings, the relative low price of this 
compilalion comes down to the fact that all ihe 
programs were provided tree of charge. 

The makers have tned to give Meeting 
Pearls a particularly user-friendly front-end, 
but unfortunately it hasn’t quite wcFked. 
Hypertext pages, for example, lead on to vari- 
ous categories on the CD. bul they are so 
bogged down with graphics that getting any- 


where can be a very slow process. 

There doesn't appear to be any guide summarising the contents of each file, an omission 
that leaves it lagging behind the Aminet CDs when it comes lo ease of use 

On the plus side, il is an unusually low-cost CD that includes some interesting material, with 
25Mb of- terminal programs, 9Mb of music programs and lOMbs from The Party '94’ featuring 
as just a few of the disc's highlights. Despite this, the inferior organisation of the CO and ihe 
fact lhat there's too much untranslated German left me rather lukewarm about Meeting Pearls 
This one’s probably best left for the CD addicts 
or those with serious cash flow problems. 


The bottom line 



Tit* eetivetion in eludes m bit everything ■ 
wm fi*re *n «*nmple ftwn tfif pT* Ormwar 


Product: Meeting Reads 
Price: £9.99 
Supplier Schatzmhe 
Tel: 0049 6171 86937 


Ease of ui$ 

I mple me rttation 
Value for money 
Overall _ 


7 

6 

9 

7 











SOFTWARE 


■I— 



defence mechanisms The creatures 
evolved. The second section, on the other 
land, expounds on the main theories 
aehind the extinction of the dinosaurs. 
Finally, the third section is an index for 
mmediate access to Information on a 
particular species. 

With a dinosaur quiz and Chinese puz- 
zle Thrown in for good measure, this is an 
excellent teaming tool tor children and, for 
mat mailer, one which will keep the 
parents intrigued for a lair while loo. 


The bottom line 


Product: Insight Dinosaurs 
Pries: £39 99 
Supplier Optica 
Tel: 01455 558282 

Ease of use 


Implementation 
Value for money 
Overall 


9 

9 

9 

9 


Insight lethnologg 

In contrast to Dinosaurs. Technology is not a topic that will the have 
average child buzzing with excitement and curiosity. All the more reason 
to make a professional job ol the CD and use the potential of the 
medium lo liven the subject up. 

Unfortunately though, it was made by the same people as the 
Dinosaurs CD - this product came out earlier and tacks a lot of the pol- 
ish of its successor. Even on booling the CD up, the menus took rather 
drab in comparison. If all works in much the same fashion as Dinosaurs 
but the user has to scroll through a lot more grey text indexes here. 
Then, when you do gel to the sparse video sections, it’s of a poor quality 
with an often ail too brief voice-over to be informative. 

Click on the tractor picture, tor example, and the voice-over tells you 
nothing more than that the tractor replaced animals as the most 
important farming aid. 

This Is followed by a 
three-second film ol a 
tractor turning around in 
a field - basically it's 
pretty uninformative. 

In fairness, the ani- 
mated diagrams of how 
the machines work is 
relatively helpful. This, 
however, fails to make 
up for ihe overall weak- 
ness of a package 
tha was dull in the first 
place and which is 
beginning to look very 
dated now. 



lightuiaue Enhancer 


mes, 

LO US j 
ahes. 
if for 
f this 
til the 

eting 
-end, 
'ked 
vart- 
r e sq 
any- 

salon 

, with 
Luring 
d the 
earts 

i 




When Imagine Enhancer surfaced on the scene a few 
months ago. it dropped jaws all over the Amiga com- 
munity with a range of objects and backgrounds lo 
inspire the best 3D artists. With the arrival of 
Lightwave Enhancer from Oberland. hopes were 
high lhat this CD collection of objects, macros, 
maps, brushes, backdrops, fonts and more would 
prove equally as successful. 

The first hurdle to overcome once the CD is up on 
the Workbench is the installing of the relevant 
libraries into Lightwave, This is a hassle which 
doesn't happen with the likes of 3D Arena from 
Almathera - there was various going back and forth 
as l tded typing In where the files should go, Like the 
Imagine Enhancer it can he overcome, but there rea- 
lly shouldn t be any need for fiddling round installing 
and copying for this price. 

Get past this though and you have access to a 
multitude of differenl facilities to enhance the num- 
ber one animation package. Let s get the disappoint- 
ments out of the way first though - there are seven 
objects on offer which are of a very high quality and 
rather familiar to the owners of the Imagine 
Enhancer CD, Unfortunately, it’s a small number to 
have - the large library of furniture on the Imagine 
Enhancer CD has not been ported across to this 
version. 

On the plus side, 25 macros have been included 
for use in Modeller which produce a variety of differ- 
ing effects, from exploding the faces of an object and 
turning any pic Lure into a reflection, to creating a 
WavemakeNike storyboard. 

Easy to operate and fully explained via text on 
screen as you select them, these are one of the most 
valuable sections in the whole CD. There are eighl 
fonts that can be loaded straight into layout for 


immediate manipula- m q 

lion - no need to I (»> ' q 

extrude any of them. H 

The Magazine I ^ fl£ 

font, for instance. I <; * Ui 

boasts an Art Deco H jjj . O 

slyle and is of a very I ^ 

high quality. Then I 1 j 

for the texture and I ^ 2! 

backdrop freaks, the | -t Ul 

CD has over 150 

examples displayed in a variety of different screen 
sizes. 

Summing up. if you want lots of objects to play 
with then go for Almalhera s 3D Arena, but for tex- 
tures, macros, animmaps and lots of other odds and 
sods to make lile easier, then Lightwave Enhancer is 
a very promising CD - just watch out for the rather 
substantial price tag though. 


The bottom line 


Product; Lightwave Enhancer 
Price: £40 approx . 
Supplier; 1 7 -bit Software 
Tel: 01924 366982 


Ease of use 

Implementation 
Value for money 
Overall 


Amiga Computm 


JULY 1995 


Tomn of Tunes 


While the tide might 
make the average 
consumer flinch 
with embarrass- 
ment with a capital 
E. this CD from the 
Scandinavian CD- 
ROM Publishers is 
an interesting collection of sound modules, 
midi samples and rather risque pictures. The 
most hyped contents of the CD are the 960 
modules forming a solid library of ail types of 
music. Quality varies from module to module - 
some hark back to the day of C64 games 
music while others use the latest electronic 
gear to produce Iheir synthetic sound- 
zip files have been included for BBS use to 
aid uploading and downloading limes, and 
there's also some special mixes of popular 
tunes including groups such as 2 Unlimited, 
Snap and Blackbox. 

Other sound files consist ol m-idi and sam- 
ple data, of which there are several hundred to 
choose from. As something of a strange 
bonus, you can also plough your way through 
song lyrics from bands such as Aerosmith, 
ACDC, Anthrax and solo artists (I use that 
term loosely) such as Paula Abdbul, 

It's good to see that the necessary players 
have been included, but it would have been 
nice If the producers had given the front-end 
the same ease of use as the Aminet CD col- 
lection, where viewers and sound players are 
already up and ready to run and listed in 
hypertext-like links lor selection. Maybe next 
time. 

On a more cautionary note, the CD also 
includes promotional material lor other prod- 
ucts produced by the Netherlands team, 
These include soft pom pictures ol Japanese 
ladies clutching at various parts of their anato- 
my and soma rather surprisingfehocking 
(depending on your view point) pictures of 
Manga-style explicit material, 

While l wouid assume the material is not 
illegal in this country, parents should be 
advised that the disc does contain such mater- 
ial and distributors should put some kind of 
label on the front of the package to warn 
potential buyers, 

This aside. Town Of Tunes is a rather use- 
ful collection for musicians needing instantly 
gratifying lunes, samples and other oddities to 
play round wilh. Recommended 


<rm 


The bottom lino 




Product: Town Of Tunes 
Price: £19*99 
Supplier 17 bit Software 
Tel: 01924 366982 


Ease of use 7 

Implementation B 

Value for money 8 

Overall S 















HiQ Limited 


The Storage and System Design Specialists Tel +44 (0)1 81 909 2092 



The Greatest Drive since 
the Modei T Ford 




Well the wait is over and the future has arrived in the shape of the new 
Panasonic PD System Optical drive. This unit is a Hybrid 650Mb, Quad 
speed CD-ROM and Optical Read/Write system. (Yes, you did read that 
correct!) Now you can read all of your favourite CD Titles at over 600Kb 
per second and by inserting the low cost 650Mb cartridges you have 
650Mb of storage space always on tine just like a conventional hard drive. 



Internal Drive Unit 
650Mb Cartridge 
External Case 


£569.95 inc. VAT 
£49.95 inc. VAT 
£59.95 inc. VAT 



Panasonic Optical Storage 


Multimedia PowerStation options for all Amigas 

m 



PowerStation Specifications:- 

1. 200 watt power supply far complete Power Systems. 
Z Good locking high Quality Steel construcban 
3. Fiva dfivs bays, various, mounting configurations. 

4 Ideal monitor aland and cables aside undernealk 

5. High speed Squint 5CSI2 Interlace from Hisoft. 

6. Dual speed, highly CD32 compatible GD-ftom drive. 

7. Power and Hard Drive LED’S. 

& Headphone output and external smplilier connector, 

9. Speeker mule button , and exl. speaker on button. 

10. Twin 10 watt speaker system 

1 1 . Mix CDFtcrn and Amiga audio QUlpUlS thru speakers. 

12. Volume, Gass, Treble, and Balance controls. 

13. Computer speed indicator. 2 speed swrtchable. 

14. DOES NOT VOID WARRANTY 


!! HiG STAR BUY !! 

A1 200 IDE 420Mb 
Only £149.95 

A 1200 Cable Pack £20 
200w Power & Cable 
Pack £90 
Post & Packing £6 
(City Link) 

T Free fitting for all personal callers 



PowerStation pack Prices 

Includes 2 x SCSI CDRom + Squirrel 
Stereo speaker version £329.95 

Desktop version £299.95 

Tower version £299.95 

carriage ci 2 .so 



PowerStation Case Prices 

includes internal Audio & SCSI Cables 
Stereo apes ker version. £ 1 29 .95 

Desktop version £99.95 

Tower version £99 95 

Carriage £12, SO 


Hi-Fi quality active stereo speakers 

(Suits all Amig&e) 

m 

Specifications:- B 

t 

1 . &0 watt active stereo 

4*4 

2. Built in emplllier 


3. Colour matched 


4. Volume, Bass and Treble 


S. Excellent Bass response -* 

Price only £49*95 papstoo 



St 


Squirrel 

SCSI lntarfa« 


CiopjfripJii PfiWr TflW 

Need we soy more £34.9$ +P&P 


SC5I3 3-9" Hard Drives and nihcr SCSI Prices: - 
Quantum Mivarlek 27044b Drivs E 149.95 

Quantum MiYtflofc 540*4b Dhvh £ 199,3* 

□unrilum Lightning 730Wb Drive £228.95 

Micraptriks 31 Gb Drive C8E9 95 

M leropolls fl.l Gb A V Drive C200Q.QQ 

Conner Tape Backup 2Gb £489.95 

Iniornul CD Rom £ x speed £l 39.95 

Carriage per shipment £7-00 


QUAD 
SPEED J/k 

\~Add 

T £W.OO 


HiQ Stand Alone CD Rom Drive 


Sp^clflcehons:- 

1, Dual speed SCSI 

2, Proper steel chassis 

3, Built- In power supply 

4, Tray leading CDs 

5, CD32 emulation soHwara 
ft. Includes Htscft Squirrel 


Price only £229.95 F*pe?.M 



All Prices include VAT 

HiG Ltd, 176 Kenton Lane, Harrow, Middx, HA3 8SLL 

EMail address:- CompuServe 100432,711 

Fax/BBS 0181 909 3885 Tel 0181 909 2092 




TUTORiALH 


Subroutine 

communication 



ost programs need to perform a vari- 
I ety of different tasks and many of 
these, because they concern opera- 
I * 3 ns that need to be repeated many times, wiU 
I De written as subroutines. As wall as the fact 
I -at this abroach saves memory space, there 
I i-e other benefits to be had: A subroutine ihat 
I ms been written to be generally useful will, 
I *Tec suitable preliminary testing, be able to be 
I osed by programmers, safe in the knowledge 
j t at it does what It is supposed to dD end is 
I error free, fn fact, maximising the ‘utility value' 
I r 4 such routines is a good design objective 
I Decause the more generally useful a piece of 
:ode is, the more the programmer will find 
-ses for it. 

Similarly, maximising the use of either syfr 
I l em supplied or self- written subroutines makes 
program development quicker, and this re-use 
j : l tasted code also reduces the chances of 
I Dugs (in fad you can almost guarantee that 
bugs that do occur in your program will 
I come from the recent code you've written 
I rather than any library subroutines being 
I used), 

Being able to break up a complex program- 
j ming task into a series of subroutines Is proba- 
I sty one of the most important skills a program- 
mer can learn. However, in order to build pro- 
3 rams in this fashion it’s also necessary to be 
i ware of the various ways in which mforma- 
| son can be passed to, and retrieved from, the 
1 subroutine units you create. Over the next 
couple of issues I'll be going through some of 


the basic methods available and having dona 
ihat, will make a start on the design and cod- 
ing of a 660x0 propel that will show the vari- 
ous techniques in action. 

The 660x0 chips used in the Amiga pro- 
vide two basic methods for transferring con- 
trol to a subroutine. Firstly, there is a jump-to- 
subroutine instruction, whose mnemonic is 
jsr, which produces an unconditional jump to 
a specified memory address. This instruction 
behaves just like a normal unconditional 
jump (jmp) instruction, but in addition to plac- 
ing the specified jump address into the pro- 
gram counter, it also saves a return address. 
A branch -to- subroutine (mnemonic bsr) 
instruction provides an alternative relative 
addressing form of the same subroutine call 
mechanism using an $ or IB-bit displacement 
from the program counter rather than an 
absolute address. 

MEMORY DEPENDANT 

Any subroutine instruction sequence 
requires the processor to remember' the 
address of the next instruction to be execu- 
ted once the subroutine has completed its 
job. By convention, this address is called the 
return address and since subroutines may 
call other subroutines in the course of their 
work, a scheme is needed which allows 
these addresses to be stored and retrieved in 
an orderly fashion, The data structure used is 
called a 'stack' and on the GBOxQ register a7 
is used as a slack pointer (most assemblers, 


I 

TOP OF MEMORY 


existing data 


2 byte parameter 

current (sp > - > 4 byte return address 


LOW MEMORY 

J 

V 


Ffowv ti 
Petition of the 
pushed alack 
paratnotor oft nr 
(A* lubraulrrw 
Ollf 



Perpiened by parameter passing ? Struggling 
u/itb the starh? lieuer fear - this month’s 
subroutine-oriented help from Paul Bueraa 
should help demystify the issues— 


Dhuftm day diumblf 
language mvirgrnntntf 
like Dovpac niaka ft 
particularly oaay to toad 
in «nd Ff-v(f (xiitlng 
routines 



including Devpac, allow sp' to be used as an 
alternative name for register a7). 

660x0 stacks grow downwards in memory 
and since the stack pointer always points to 
the last data item added to the stack, this 
means that before adding new ifems it is nec- 
essary to first decrease the stack pointer by a 
number equivalent to the byte-size of the 
object being stoned (so that it property points 
to the storage locations to be used next). 

The jsr and bsr instructions therefore 
decrease the stack pointer by four, store the 
return address, and then place the specified 
jump location into the processor's program 
counter. The main body of (he subroutine will 
execute just like any other piece of code, but 
the last instruction of the subroutine will be a 
return-from-subroutine (rts) instruction which 
causes the return address to be placed into 
the program counter. The net result is that 
the processor, having lumped to and execut- 
ed a piece of suitably written subroutine 
code, returns to the instruction immediately 
following the subroutine call. 

tn order to be really useful, subroutines 
must be written so ihat they are as general as 
possible. There is, for instance, little point fen 
writing a subroutine that prints the 

> 


El 


C 


JULY 1995 







tutorial 


message 'Please type your name.’ il would, 
however, be useful lo create a subroutine that 
could display any required text message. 

This brings us to one of ihe most interest- 
ing areas of subroutine use - namely, how 
info-malign can he provided to the subroutine 
and how any results might he passed back. 
Daia items to be passed to a subroutine are 
called 'parameters', so the act of arranging to 
transfer these parameters to the subroutine is 
commonly known as 'parameter passing'. 

There are only two fundamental ways in 
which data can be passed to a subroutine: 
Parameters may be placed in the 68QxQ’s 
registers, or they can be stored and retrieved 
from memory. The first option is bolh simple 
and fast, and since pointers to larger objects, 
such as strings and other blocks of data, can 
be used (i.e, the subroutine can be passed 
ihe address of the object rather than the 
object Itself), there is tittle you cannot do. 
Similarly, the subroutine may return any 
results (or a pointer to those results) in a reg- 
ister- Examples? You need look no further 
than the Amiga's run lime libraries - Exec, 
Intuition etc. ail use this register-based 
approach. 

FLEXIBILITY 

Memory-based parameter passing Is inher- 
ently slower but, at the end ol the day, has 
the advantage of being infinitely more flexible. 
To start with ihere are a variety of simple 
schemes available - for example, parameters 
can, If they are known at assembly time, be 
embedded in the code immediately after the 
subroutine call itself (providing the return 
address is adjusted accordingly by the sub- 
routine by adding to it an amount equal to the 
number of bytes of parameters). The use of 
global variables, i.e, static locations that can 
be read tiom any routine anywhere in a pro- 
gram, is another option that is used exten- 
sively. 

One powerful memory-oriented approach 
of particular importance is stack-based para- 
meter passing. The idea is that before you 
make your subroutine call you push the para- 
meters the subrouting needs onto the stack. 
These values are collected and used by Ihe 
subroutine itself and then when the subrou- 
tine returns, the stack is then ’adjusted' so 
that ihose parameters are effectively 
removed- Stack-based paara meter passing 
can be done in several ways: The &B0x0’$ 
move Instruction can, lor example, be used in 
conjunction with indirect addressing and 
autodecremenl to push a value onto the stack 
like this: 

■WM iMi_viLiii,-(ipi 

puil i pirinitaf 

jir BySub 

What must be remembered here, of course, is 
that after you have pushed the parameter 
onto the stack, the jsr instruction will have 
subsequently pushed a return address onto 
the stack so the final stack arrangement in 
memory will be looking something like that 
shown in figure ^ . This, means l hat the sub- 
routine needs to look nol just at the lop’ of the 
stack but actually ‘into if in order to extract 



subiDutim 

tint lias b a mitten tn bt 
gsnerally useful mill, after 
suitable preliminam testing, 
be able tn be used bn 
nngmers, safe in the 
Medge that it dees what 
it is supposed to to and is 
error Free 


Register preservation and restoration 

It is normally advisable to create subroutines which do not alter the contents of any tem- 
porary workspace registers they use. The best way to do this is to preserve those regis- 
ters by pushing their contents onlo the stack and restoring Ihem just before the subroutine 
returns. One way of doing this would be to push/pull the contents of each register singly 
usingi instructions such as: 


i0Vi4 


prteeru a* eh stack 

10V 1 4 

i5, -tipi 

pun r vi af o« stack 

I0VJ.I 

a£ r -tipi 

■sibId tody of subruutlni* 

pretarvi at on Hact 

me 4 

Esprit 

riSfort tc-ntenti (f il 

■DVB. L 

Espit,a5 

rtsUrt e&ntinta &f aj 

fedve . L 

(sp)+,aA 

rfslcrf cpnlintt if ai 


but m actual fact, a special 'multiple move 1 instruction exists, called movem, which allows 
this transfer to be done more efficiently when two or mere registers are Involved. 

The easiest way to describe the use of the instruction is to show you some examples: 
For example, to save on the stack the full 32-bit contents of registers dO through tf7 and 
aO through a3, we would write: 

idvibJ dD-d?faO-iJj -fip 1 ] 

and to restore ihe registers (i,e. pull them back off the stack) we’d use: 

Bsvifl. L (jp)+,dll-d^iQ-i3 

As far as placement in a subroutine use is concerned you'll see these instructions used 
like this 

n r Sub- idvm.I dMWiHJ.-fspl prinrn 

<i»ln faerfjf nf iuhrautfnt codr> 

igvgi, , <*pJr>W-dWilH3 rritarr rtgisters 

m 

When registers are preserved like this, routines which are expecting parameters to be 
passed on the stack need to allow for the fact that more items have been pushed onto the 
stack alter the return address. In ihe above example, nine 32-bil registers are preserved 
(dO, d 1 , da, d3, d4, a0,a1, a2 and a3) so a further 36 bytes have been placed on the 
stack. 

If we go back to the stack-based parameter passing example mentioned earlier and 
add the above register preservation code, the offset now needed to extract the word para- 
meter variable would be (9 x 4) + 4, i.e. 40, so ihe subroutine entry code would then be 
based on this type of framework: 

1*7 Sub auvfi.l 

nm,w 

<nin bs4)> o-t iubraiitlni csdr> 
acufi.L 
rts 

As you can see from this month’s discussions, parameter passing is quite a large topic in 
its own right. In fact, ihere are still other techniques to coma, although l H m afraid you'll 
have to wait until next month for details. 


dO^/AD-ilr-iip) preiim riyisttri 

tOLiphdD pirmftr mu In dO- 

{*pi» r dO-dA/*HS mteri Tifiiten 


the parameter. Since the reiurn address is 
four bytes long we need to use a displace- 
ment of 4 like this: 

Ky$ub emit, d H(sp),dQ subroutine non 

hie pi'iisttr in dQ 

On in bedj cf iiArewtifli* 
fli 

The above fragment copies into do the two 
bytes of data immediately above the return 
address, The snag now is (hat once the sub- 
routine has returned, Ihe stack pointer is lefl 
pointing to the parameter placed on the 
stack. This situation cannot be left as it is 
because the integrity of the stack, as far as 
Other items already on the stack are con- 
cerned, would be destroyed. 

As the parameter is no longer needed, 
there is Rifle point in removing il via a move 


(spKdO type instruction - instead it's faster 
to numerically adjust the stack pointer so the 
item is effectively Ignored, The code frag- 
ment that pushed a word (2 byte) parameter 
onlo Ihe stack would, in reality, then have to 
include this sort of stack adjustment 

mr.u 

puih parai#ttr 

jst BjfSub 

iddq.t i2 r sp [fun-up iteek 

Needless (o $&y, If you had pushed a 
long word (4 byte) parameter, a stjick 
adjustment of 4 would have been needed. 
Incidentally, the Amiga's amiga.lib linker 
library routines use this type of stack-orient- 
ed parameter passing, and II is also a 
method used by many high-level languages 
(including C)! 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 









:em- 

sgia* 

iline 

ngly 


n t 

tl < 

ft.Q 

m. 3 

O i5^6 

oz 


CM ?5 
O) Elf 

<□ II 

1 ™ o 


— 



£o 

DC to 

□ ° 
l- 5 


o 

o *■* 

f£ 

as Lf) 


OO > 

2? c 

*z O 

si 


<7> lt> ^ in 
to co Q O) 
I s - r- C cn 

“ W <+t CD W 


C w LU 

.5 o = _ 
S2 t — tr 

fl) C C/3 O 

> o o Q- 

5 = -^ 

o i. ® o 

S « =W 


*UT3 £ 
j! c/) P.Q 


i « o w 

^ u_ ^ oa 



LU WW 

CL =s 

5 Si .5 

> x = 

6 -fr CD 


ill z-M 5 

” S £ 

®qO| 

’ (-"S o’ 

, ■ < -a S 

Q 8 ^ 

- <u E£ 

ni S .i .s- 

N eo* - 


c2 
a> o rr 

o | 'g O 

O £ ^ /xl 
O o 


fi^Q 
oatB 
■“ E o | 
^ < 
□ C /3 I H 
5 “ Ul CJ 


^ ,y ^ 

^ di> T 3 

1 • £ J 3 a 

Spl 

O CD r « 


|Ip 

! “■■ z s 









FEATURE 





and Drive breakdown. Considering 
this is possibly the most devastating 
disaster that can threaten a comput- 
er, you'd think Amiga owners would be taking 
every precaution possible to protect their 
valuable files and programs, Yet everyone 
has a lazy streak, and backing up is about as 
interesting and rewarding a Chora as ironing 
your underwear. No wonder many of us 
never get round to doing it. 

Backing your system up, however, doesn't 
have to be as boring as it once was. There 
are both software and hardware solutions 
that can help to make the process less 
daunting, and there are options that should 
suit everyone's pocket and needs. 

Backing up on to floppy is the cheapest 
way of securing your data, but everyone 
would have to admit it’s a pain in the back- 
side. To back up a aSQMb hard drive on to 
floppy will require hundreds of 
disks, not to mention hours 
of disk swapping. . a.I 

The faci is, if 
youTe going to 


OAT it thm 


droam fQfution 


is the back up 

1 

probiam, but iVt aitJy 


worth Hi* cart fur thm ccrf- 

Mfi or wealthy user 



carry out this process regularly and you’re 
dealing with a large amount of data, you're 
going to need a high capacity storage medi- 
um and some method of speeding the 
process up. 

When it comes to hardware specifically 
designed for this purpose, the most economi- 
cal method is the standard tapestreamer, 
Using tape resembling that found In video 
cassettes, these devices can back up an 
entire hard drive in a matter of minutes. A 
high capacity tape drive can store 525 Mb of 
data and should attain a transfer rale of 
approximately 5Mb per second. 

SCARCE 

Unfortunately, these mechanisms are hard 
to come by these days, having been almost 
entirely replaced by technically superior bul 
more expensive DAT systems. A search 
through all the usual Amiga distributors failed 
to reveal anyone who was offering the stan- 
dard tapestreamer - perhaps your best bet 
would be to buy one second hand. 

If you're a very serious Amiga user with 
large volumes of data requiring regular 
backup, it might be worthwhile consid- 
ering (he DAT alternative, though- 
/ you'll need substantial sums of 
cash to be able to afford one. A 
/ M DAT drive will achieve a transfer 
/ fm rale In excess of lOMbs per sec- 
ond, reducing back up times radica,- 
lly. What’s more, ihey will store 
between two to nine gigabytes of data 
depending on how much you're 


Uideo Bach-up 


Buying a DAT tapestreamer may be the [ 
dream solution lo (he back up problem but 
let's face it, very Tew of us are prepared lo 
pay that sort of money for a precautionary 
device. Does this leave all but I he affluent 
Amiga owner in the position of swapping ’ 
floppy disk after floppy disk? 

Thankfully, the situation is not anywhere 
near as grim r thanks to Power * 
Computing's Video Backup System. 
Designed as a convenient, powerful 
device that works with a standard Video I 
Recorder, it's also economical enough to I 
make sense to even the stingiest Amiga 
owner, 

Using the product, a large hard disk or 
hundreds of Floppy s can be backed up 
onto a standard video tape, which makes 
the storage medium about as cheap as 
you could hope lor - 200Mb can be 
squeezed onto one four hour tape. The 
package comes in video-style casing, 
(though you'll have to provide the cassette 
yourself), and Includes either 5CART or 


prepared to spend. Anyone who is consider- 
ing DAT should be well advised to buy from 
a distributor who can provide Amiga installa- 
tion and maintenance advice since, as with 
many SCSI devices, the sort of documenta- 
tion you get with a DAT drive will probably be 



[ommertial copiers 


Backing up your software packages may be less 
important than securing an entire hard drive's 
worth of data, but Chen floppies are more vulnera- 
ble to damage than just about any other storage 
medium. For years, X-Pro Copy was the mosl pop- 
ular and respected copying program, but now 
Siren Software have stopped supplying it and have 
switched lo the new Discology package. 

The advantage of commercial copiers over PD 
counterparts is lhat they come with a dongle which 
gives ft great advantages in getting around soft- 
ware protection. Many developers protect a pro- 
gram by varying the length of tracks on the floppy 
- if you try to copy these via a standard 
Amiga DOS method It won't work because the 
Amiga will look for 80 tracks of a certain standard 
length. The hardware that comes with these com- 
mercial copiers means that copying is made direc- 
tly Irom track to track without any need for them to 
be read by AmigaDGS, thereby bypassing the 



problem. Discology 
is a powerful pack’ 
age which auto- 
mates (he copying 
process, so you can 
just keep chucking 
disks into the drive 
without having to 
OK it all the time. 

Protected Amiga 
and IBM disks can 
both be copied. 

A high-speed for- 
matting facility, inte- 
grated floppy disk 
compaction, and the ability to copy Amiga high 
density disks are a few of the extras that make 
Discology highly appealing. Those who haven't got 
a vims checker will also benefit from Discology's 
ability to detect bootblock and link viruses. 


Discology can also multitask, which the last 
version of X-Pro I saw was not able to do. Small 
additions like this combine to make Discology 
the best commercial copier currently available - 
lei's just hope it gels used for back up purposes 
rather than piracy. 


WKolof^ (h« d ith copier 
that a tat to beat X-Prn 



Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 







FEATURE 


■1— 


■ 

t be the 
3lem but 
pared to 
utionary 
afflueni 
tapping 

lywhere 
Power 
ystem. 
Jwerful 
i Video 
augh to 
Amiga 

disk or ; 
ked up 
makes 
eap as 
:an be 
'B- The 
casing 
asaoite 
MTT or 


nsider- 
iy from 
natela- 
is with 
menta- 
ibly be 


^HlONO leads, the Video 
-terface, and tbs all-impor- 
tant software contained on a 
*n*gte floppy. 

The system has a number 
o# helpful features including 
verification and error correc- 
tor! facilities to optimise the 
'ei ability of the process. 

".atu rally, the software 
a <?ws you to select files and 
: nectories to back up, and it's possible to 
'Bsiore selected files off the tape if you don't 
*ant to restore the whole lot. 

Ease of use is greatly increased by a well 
ixganised Interface and a short but compre- 
Tensive manual which includes helpful illus- 
-atons. What r s more, the program performs 
3 connection check to ensure the hardware 
s correctly hooked up for reliable daia 
transmission. 

Another plus point is the way in which the 
software automatically maintains log files 
Ahich contain the title and counter position 


Ka«*kiiu 

SvNloin 


. A IfcubJo bacA’up opfron Ihdl 

' f( m mrcffvttr ch*vp compjred 

tfl sflffl# mitamative* 


for every backup on the tape. 
Then, when it comes to 
searching for files, a visual 
header precedes every file on 
the tape with title and date 
details. 

Add to that the fact that 
Power's system will also back 
up a full Amiga floppy in one 
_ minute and restore it just as 
quickly, even onto an unfo-r- 
matted disk, and this product begins to lock 
like the only sensible back up solution for 
those with limited funds. 


The bottom line 


Product; Video Back-up System 
Supplier: Power Computing 
Tel: 01234 273000 
Price: £65 SC ART £60 PHONO 


3 med al the PC. White Knight Technologies 
11920 652321} do a range of internal OAT 
drives starling at £729 for the 2Gb version. 

A final point about DAT is that it can be 
accessed like a large hard drive using 
Moonlighter Software's Tapeworm 


(available from Ramiga - 01690 770304). 
This works best with sequential data like 
animations or long pieces ol music, 
although it transfers data much slower than 
a hard dnve and can take up lo one or iwo 
minutes to find a file. £3 



Bach up or lose it — 
Careth lofthouse reports — 
on some of the safety — 
measures available — 



Uirus Hiller 


An alternative threat to a hard drive crash is the risk of 
infection by computer viruses. Though these are less 
talked about than when they first appeared in ihe late 
60s, there are new viruses being invented all the time, 
mainly wilh Ihe intention of ruining as many people's 
systems as possible. 

With this In mind. Siren Software have released 
Siegfried's Anti Virus Pro, a software package that’s 
intended to be the ultimate Amiga aid in the detection 
and prevention of viruses. When you realise that Anti 
Virus carries a £40 price tag, ihe first question lhat will 
spring to mind is 'Is it worth it?’ considering you can get 
PD virus checkers (or virtually nothing. 

Certainly, Anti Virus appears to have just about all 
ihe features you can currently hope for from this type of 
program. Virus searches can be made not only on flop- 
pies but also hard drives, RAD or QD, and the software 
allows for the quick tracing of fink and hie viruses 
ncludlng trojan horses, worms, bombs, and disk 
validator viruses. The problem is, however, that though 
■ can do these things and a lot more, Virus Checker 


6.53 can match it for just about every facility, yet it can 
be downloaded for free from virtually any BBS (and you 
won't even have to upload anything in return). 

Another downfall is that Siegfried are I tying to com- 
bat the new viruses released every month by ottering a 
software update service for owners ol Anti Virus, but 
they are unlikely to be able to beat the monthly revision 
Virus Checker benefits from. 

AH In all then, it's hard to justify Anti Virus’s asking 
price considering it doesn’t offer much more than its 
free PD rivals, 



JULY 1995 


T 


AMI-BACK 

U feiM Ki-^ IkMp Pi 1 ■‘hi 

I 

Mil** i, 
Jiktfcltf 

EapmilrE | H#« 

Ufell Hiri ft"**. S». 

Ill tijtii *tf« 

CitlT hlft LwMtllf l*P.pin 



Amiback I* onm at thm mp.f Ommfrmhtm HO 
P flcfc-up program* yw can own, bvl 
whether you can o#t you r hrnrfi on l( it 
on oltimr mot tor 

HD Bach-up 
software 

Tapestreamers and DAT are best used 
wilh either Quarterback 2.0 or Amiback 
6.0, both of which are powerful pieces of 
back-up software. Unfortunately, the mak- 
ers of Quarterback want bust and we've 
nor had much luck finding anyone who 
can supply us with Amiback either. 

Nevertheless, these commercial tools 
are so useful that If you can get your 
hands on either of them it will be well 
worth your while. Amiback. tor example, 
can back up a 900k directory in just 47 
seconds and has flexibility in terms of its 
support not only for tapes! reamers and 
DAT. but also floppies and high density 
floppies. 

If you can't get access to these pro- 
grams it is possible to use HD Backup 
which is included on Workbench 2,04 and 
higher, but this is far from ideal- HD Back 
up is notoriously unpleasant to use with a 
poor interface, unnecessary complexity of 
use, and an inability to back up more than 
one partition or hard drive at ones , 

There are PD alternatives available - 
for example, Epic Software's HD Tools 
includes a back up program (call 01793 
4909S6}, A word of warning to those with 
less technical experience, however, is that 
there didn't appear to be a read.me file to 
exp-lain how to use this software. 











EMPLANT DOUBLER 4000 - 50MHz 


^SBSDXsm Emulation Module 

The new E56SOX emuialion module arters. a high spaed 
59SDX (FPU, M MIJ, and new inslruetiori set) emulsion 
wilh complete low-levs) architecture support, giving you 
IhR sblldy to run IX>€. 05/2. NT, Windows 3.*, and even 
Chicago! There is support Tor MDA, CGA, EGA, VGA. 
SVGA video modes, (dependant on hardcore, aGA or a 
supported graphics card Is required far VGA/S VGA; . 
sound. Joysticks, Happy drives, hard drives, extended 
memory, ard moral Requires PC BIOS, not supplied. 



Macintosh® Emulation Modulo 

The Macintosh emulation mcdu a Is a 'generic' Macintosh 
with the speed or the emulation d upending on the 
processor your Amiga is using. An A3D0Q is equivalent Ed 
a MAC MCI. An A4Q0Q is equivalent to a Quadra 900. 
Support tor up ie 18 colours s provided For non- AG A 
machines. A40QO owners can use a toll 256 colours! Up 
to 24 Oil 1 1 B milliorv+) colours is supported using third 
party video boards. Built in multiple tile transfer allows tor 
quick and easy transfers between the Amiga arid MAC 
emulation. Support lor AmigaDQS (levees, Scanners, CD 
ROM, MIDI, SyQuasl removable dnves, Printers. Modems 
etc Full stereo sound is supported tool Requires 
Macintosh ROMs (not supplied) 

The possibilities with a multl-platlorm machine are 
endless. Now you can take advantage o< a whole host ol 
great sotlware previously unavailable, and use them to 
compaimenl each other By upgrading your Amiga t'etdra 
memory, taster processor, etc) you mstantiy upgrade your 
emuteticn too! All major graphics cards are supported lor 
improved video performance such as: CyberGraphics, 
Picaeeo II , EGS-Speetrum, Viwid-24, Rainbow II, Rainbow 
III. Visions Pamt. Merlin. Retina. Retina Z3, Piccolo. 
PioooIqSOGa, EQSl iQ/24, and Opel Vision I 

Blittersoh are the exclusive European dial Titulars, for 
Utilities Unlimited, providing full technical 
support/upgrade/warranty services All emulations 
require a 60020 or belter. 


EMPLANT BASIC £239.96 

EMPLANT OPTION A ( AppleTalk ports) £269.95 

EMPLANT OPTION B (SCSI) £269.95 

EMPLANT DELUXE £299.95 

rfiMOXw MOOULE ' £ 98.95 


PICASSO II 


PICASSO II is Che leading graphics carrion the Amiga. It 
oilers unrivalled support and retaruulable graphics on any 
Zorro based Amiga Workbench emulation oilers 256 
colours, even on non- AG A machines (Requires OSa.n at 
resolutions up to 1 600x1 200 Supports HiCotouc (16 bit] 
and True Colour (24 bit) graphics - 15 rrtelion cattours* 



There IS no longer a Chip RAM (imitation and screen 
COi’ihgu ration is provided through Pic astu Mode, which 
allows the creation of custom screens quickly and simply 

PABLO is the new Video Encoder Option tor Picasso II. 
expanding it with two additional vtdeo ports, ens standard 
Compos-de Sync Signal, and dne S-VHS (Y*C) compatible 
port. All PAL compatible video devices can be plugged 
mto Pablo, such as a colour TV or a v*dea recorder Pablo 
has l5KHz overload protection and is supplied with 
cables/adapters, Animation examples and a 24 bit 
animation player 


£299.95 

£129-95 


SliElnrstet dBliver teg FasISll S$04O ■PttterkKw pupr tor Ihg Arrows iOOftitb+O. BBtlinp B POT 
hmaklhroi^jh m prk* arm partarmancB, Ttw n»w Doubisr 4Qoc 50 MHz 630*0 accelerator 
delivers acrcss-ihe-ddBid speed "cresses ter ell applGBliDoa and sysiem runctons, translating 
into a sqnlllcanL prodiielUrlty gain. 

This piTwerlul Tituo anti play' accelerator is 100% hardware and software oompabtHa, since It sM 
uses a Motorola 6KHD processor It offere an sMwdaMa upgrade lhai makea sense, requiring no 
special software. For a medera*e prise. uae*s gel IwHte the ttfotessirig power, yel retain !Q0% of 
thair Amiga mMtisimerir. No software m^ra^ling. rBcnnliswrnhcin os ino-jn^sarihilm*!; 

The Doubter 4000 accotftrador is an easy -to- install daughter board teat simply replaces Ihe 25 
MHr 3B04D CPU aockel or, the Commoodra Amiga 3340 board. Anyor» who can insiall u SIMM 
can install tea Doubler 4000. Cusacmerfl me si^rplkud wnh phe*?illulrtniHie installation wnstriAcHcns 
(ftjs, Ihft rettes&ftry iirtracSon loot to perferm iha installation 

Simply putting a taster processor into an Amiga does not help much unless :he system can auppy 
anou^h data lo keep it busy. Thai is why Ihe Moterete 33040 Ionian 5 m larg* on-chip each* Th*s 
cache Iraes tea doubler 4000 io work snmi .ndiipflnflienriy pi ftto Amiga memory subsystem. In 
feet, 05% Ol the lime Eire cache contains tee data and instructions ngcaEaary Tor ifw Doubler 4000 
lo operate ar full speed 



The Doubter 4Q00 includes an cn-chipmate co-processor, and will dramaccaiv eqaerf up any application - such as rendering - that depends 
on celpulalionis It is completely reliable and system sate. An integral coding system ensures lhai tea Doubter 4000 tuns ttwiw and met 5 
reliably at 50 MHz than ihe original processor 


RELATIVE PERFORMANCE | SySfrlM V3. IS banetsmprkj; j 


IJhRVSTONEB - A4D0W40 • 17,973. (X5U9LEA 4GOO . 3B.126 

C*U MlP9 - jWDCOMG 10.76 DOUBLER 4000 : 37.72 

DISK MBYTES, 'SEC - A40Cd:40 . 1.40 DOUBLER 4000 


DOUBLE R 4000 MM Hi ACCELERATOR £389,86 



ARIADNE OS 3.1 


Ever wanled to set up a network but beer alraid of the 
complexity involved"? Now 1he*e is a simple but eftective 
solution for any Zonm based In addition. Ariadne 

has two extra parallel ports and includes Commodores 
industry standard software solulion ENVOY. 

Ariadne oflers 1 0 fiase 2 (Thin ethemel. coax cable) and 
10Ba»-T (Twisted pair, western jackal], Socket tor a boot 
ROM SANA-1 1 compatible driver for ethernet and parallel 
port. 32Kb cache to support the CPU and full manuals. 

Yog can hook up Bddrtwnal Amiga's to the paraitei ports 
wilh Liana 

ARIADNE £219.96 

LIANA 


Liana is the ideal solution tor a quick, easy yel efficient 
connadron between two Amiga 9 . Simply plug Ihe special 
cable into the parallel port, install the software end you ere 
ready to go. Now you can share hard dnves old. without 
on a small budget. The soil ware Supplied is ENVOY. 

LIANA £64.95 



All packs contain 
the appropriate 
RQM(s), Workbench 
3.1 disks, Ihrea 
manuals and 
detailed titling 
instructions (*}. 


Much 01 ihe latest SOFLware requires the latest operating 
syslwn. Now you can upgrade to KiekSlart 3.1 for virtually 
any Amiga. NwvaGA m&chmes can deliver a 256 colour 
Workbench with OS3.1 and Freasso If. 

OS3.1 FOR AMIGA 500 OR 2000 £09.95 

OS3.1 FOR AMIGA 600. 1200, MOD OR 4000 £99.95 


PHOIDlifDHH SPICIflL 
DISPLAY. MHNlPULflTt H N 0 SflUE 
PHQIOCD IMAGES FOR JUST £S9.«S 
F0U0UI0BK spccim 

use p n n t r 0 l 1 0 co s lihth 

FDUaUfDHH FOR JUST £29.95 (STATE 
DISK DR CD 12) 

BUY ANY BBHPHICS CBftP RNP BD D 
PHOTO UH FOLlOUlQFtH F D ft £19. BB 

MULTIMEDIA 
PICASSO 




Introducing a brand new package, ottering stunning value 
for money! This all new package comprises of : 

The PICASSO II graphics card, full 2Mb version 
Unmatched compcibility and support! 

The PABLO VIDEO ENCODER, (its neally on the Picasso 
It board end otters fantastic quality 

TVPaint Junior, a great entry level 24-brt package. 

Cmema 4D VT.5. superb rendering package. 

This total solulton allows you to release your creativity in 
atunmng 24-tnl quality. No other package otters so much 
value end performance. 

MULTIMEDIA PICASSO £399 95 


6 Drakes Mews, Crownhill, 
Milton Keynes. MK8 OER. UK. 

Q1MI8 261466 Orders Only 

01 90 a 26 1 477 Tech nical 1 1.90 pm - 4.W) pm} 

01 90S 261490 Fax 

01 90S 26 1 499 BBS 1 24 Hour) 

Otter by AKJfissjVisa'TJeltei? witch v Poslal {ydevChaqua. 
oedil cards ttlrl»ei.A2.5% Sbrteiai^a 

PraJ** *rsd ipmslieiilkin* mtev eNnoa wflhout node*, All pnew 
inciudB VAT. ft e KhffiH&te to tetephona to conlinn prong 
''speciiicabom' availatillly baliM* ordeiirtg. E&OE. M irMwftanva 
a^nowlBdgflO 

ELTROPEjAW CUSTOMER orders welcome. 
UK/EUflOPEAN THADE ENQUIRIES WELCOME. 
ft-nMil pleaiirfScis. iitn-ipuiink . lk 
C ompuServe 100^3,2224 


PICASSO II 2M8 
PA0LO VIDEO ENCODER 





Vour Essential guide to the world oF Rmiga gaining 


Gore galore Is promised in Trl- 
Logic’s new adventure game 


Communist conundrums 
in Core Design's latest 
adventure. We take a peek 


System puts the 
summer’s hottest 
hopefuls under 
the spotlight 


Beat The System 

Stuck on Ultimate Soccer 
Manager? Getting in a twist 
over our S peris Legacy demo? 
Take a look within 


Let us know your 
opinions on our 
games section and 
win some prizes in 
the process 


Preview - Limbo of the Lost 


Preview - Big Red Adventure 






monster manga 


Fans of Manga will be pleased to hear of the 
latest releases from Manga Video this month. 
Godzilla vs. Mothra, released on 1 May, is 
based on the 1964 film, Godzilla vs. The Thing. 
The movie is the fourth in Toho's big budget 
remake series and is d I retted by Tafcao 
Okawara and Kokh I Kawakita. The plot sees a 
giant meteorite hurl to Earth setting off volca- 
noes and earthquakes which awaken Godzilla 
from his slumber. The landslides reveal a 
mysterious sphere which truns out to be the 


egg of Mothra and surprise - it hatches! More 
trouble is in store as the earthquakes have also 
caused Mothra's enemy, Battra, to rise. 

Manga Video also kick off their new six-part 
series, Angel Cop, where the deadly but sexy 
Angel a member of the Special Security force, 
is sent to fight a new wave of crime in Tokyo, 
This story follows the Red May, a dangerous 
terrorist organisation. Part One also includes 
the first episode of the comic strip, Bone J Ed r 
The Chainsaw Messiah. 



Part One of Angel Cop 
w duo out thH May 



00 000 



ia games scene. Tina Hackett brings 


an the 


idu news of the hottest releases that will be 


manic Pinball 


It certainly is Pinball Mania at the moment - literally I 21st Century, the people 
behind the hit pinball sims Pinball illusions,. Pinball. Dreams and Pinball Fantasies, 
are working on yet another that promises to better its predecessors. At the 
moment the Amiga version isn't definite, but keep your fingers crossed because 
this one looks like being the best yeti 

There are going to be four tables which will have the themes, Tarantula, 
Jail break, Kick-Off and Jackpot. They will all include animations such as moving 
switches and passage spinners, and there will be a minimum of three flippers on 
every table. The controls will also be user-definable. 



Zee sheep in Zeewolf's 
clothing 

Binary Asylum are busy at work on the sequel to their excellent helicopter 
sim, Zeewolf. It promises to keep the same successful gameplay as before, 
but with a variety of new missions and improvements. They are stilt aim- 
ing to keep the tactical de- 
ment and the same 
freedom of mission order. 

The company are also 
expanding their develop- 
ment team with the 
appointment of Chris 
Newcombe, previously a 
Senior Software Engineer 
at Sega Europe and a 
programmer on Gunship 
2000 for MkroProse. 


The arigttwl leewolf was a 
great success for Binary Asyiutn 


Play to min 

The popular footy management game, Player Manager, has been given a fresh 
lick of paint and the new moniker Player Manager 2 to bring you a sequel, 

Vqu actually get to play in the matches and can choose from options such as 
Personal Challenge - where you must reach a set target - or Knock Out - where 
four players test their skills against each other. 

There are also all the other usual managerial options where you'll have to 
decide everything from tactics, to carrying out individual player team talks and 
deciding on stadium improvements. 

A Ray Trace option will also make for a highly impressive game, This allows 
you to design your tactics accurately, and by applying the Ray Trace you can pin- 
point player limitations, decide on the best positions for your players, and 
choose the right tactics for individual matches, 

From what we've seen so far, it looks like falling into the new genre of man- 
agement games we're seeing at the moment that tend to go for a highly 
polished, realistic graphical style rather than the totally stats- based approach. 


P layer Manager 
2 will have 
many now 
features and 
V¥iH HWHC 

very FOtflttft 
graphic* 




, 







Get the 
power 

f ref- busy Impressions are working 
: n another strategy title called 
*ower House. It r s set in the future 
ind puts you in the role of a 
rower giant competing against 
- -ree other ruthless rivals, all vying 
-or the earth's natural resources. 

it's your aim to build a prof- 
itable business empire without 
destroying the earth's already 
crumbling eco system. You can 
choose from nine types of energy 
to invest in, from the renewable to 
the fossil fuels. 

You will also have to do things 
ike test drilling and mining, or 
construct oil rigs. Negotiating terri- 
torial rights and extraction rights is 
also important.. Power House will 
be available this June and it 
certainly sounds different 




Ptay (ft# pprf of j 
tuthfess power twrep 


In their 
Shadow 

Thanks to all those who entered 
Out Shadow Fighter competition a 
couple of months back. We had a 
good response and the standard 
of entries was high. But as they 
say: There can only be one 
winner! So congratulations to 
Sarah Snaps from Sheffield who 
gets a CD32 courtesy Of Gremlin. 
The five runnert-up are Marek 
Wolford, Adam Scott Tom Wilson, 
Craig Humphries and Tom Gaskell, 
Each receive a copy of the 
excellent beat-em-up, Shadow 
Fighter. 


Living in Fear 


K cynics who claim that Doom can't be done on the Amiga may soon be eating 
their words. A huge effort is being made on the part of Amiga developers to find 
the ultimate Doom beater, or at least an equal to Hit Death Mask tried and failed, 
Alien Breed 3D is in the pipeline and already looking pretty stunning, and two 
■more contenders are raring up to take the challenge. 

Fears Is just one of theses titles, Written by French team MANYK and published 
by Bomb Software, fears aims to pro- 
vide a good combination of action and 
some of the more Doom-like strategy 
aspects. You will also be able to link two 
Amigas together via a null modem cable 
for a networked game. 

The other is Gloom and is being 
developed by a New Zealand team 
called Black Magic, The programmer, 
Mark Sibbly, has already earned a top 
reputation for himself for the hit game 
Guardian, among others, and the pro- 
gramming language Blitz Basic. Gloom 
guarantees gore in abundance and two 
different graphical styles which will alter 
the mood of the game dramatically. 

Both games will be released this 
summer. 



Fears - Mi vf 
the games fining 
up ta try and 
cftaNnrpe fhxvn 



Obsessive behaviour 

In my days on ST Review magazine I remember there was a certain title that really 
grabbect my attention. So much in fact, that I awarded it a huge 98 per cent. And 
now, rumour has it that this very same game (plus a few tweaks and improvements) 
is hea d i ng its way on to the Amig a. 

Jt J s a pinball game by a relatively new Swedish team called Unique Developments. 
When | saw the game it had four completely stunning tables: Aquatic Adventure, 
Balls and Bats, Desert Run and X-ile Zone, but an extra table is promised for the 
A120Q version, along with 2B& colours and multi-ball. 



Loofr forward tdt this quaiity pinballer, Ohsmriie n. soar* 



Tiny Troops 

Mindscape are working on a 
multi format release across the 
CD32, Amiga, PC and PC CD-ROM 
called Tiny Troops, It is a fun strat- 
egy game featuring two warring 
rates of bugs across six different 
worlds, A June release is planned 
and It will have 70 different 
missions, 

To the Hilt 

Kell ion, the very new publishers 
behind Leading Lap and Ants, 
are working on a Laser Squad 
sort of title tailed Hilt, but based 
around robots, it'll be ready 
in a few weeks and we'll hope- 
fully be bringing you a full review 
soon. 

Explosive 

game 

Kent based Arcane are working on 
yet another Amiga title along the 
lines of Bomberman and Dyna 
Blaster, It's a Blitz Basic game that 
will have a multi-player link mode 
for ultimate playability 


Hot in the 
city 

Bruce Smith Books are continuing 
there range of Gamers Guides with 
their latest addition. Secrets of Sim 
City 2000. Written by Andrew 
Banner, it contains 128 pages of 
hints and tips to help players build 
the perfect city. It also contains 
details on the recently released 
Urban Renewal Kit. 

Priced at £9.95, you can find the 
title in major book stores or order 
via Computer Bookshops on 
0121-706 1250 









' 





□elections 


All Terrain Racing 

On the balance of things it beats its predecessors 
beciuse of a greater long-term incentive. The 
rewards of winning the money, then spending it to 
soup up my motor filled me with a boyish flush of 
satisfaction - and that's the sort of thing to keep a 
player going, it's got the looks, the features and the 
speed to take the chequered flag. Go forth and 
spend your money. 


With all the new releases 
available your prabaMv 
wondering which ones to 
spend goer hard-earned 
cash on. Well, take a look 
below 




SKIDMARKS 2 

This is one hell of a rate-'em-up it has to be 
said. It's great fun. especially when you have 
two or more players and it works really well in 
bringing out the competitive edge in you, This 
is one of the most playable and fun. race-'em- 
ups around and with the vast amount of new 
features added it's certainly worth a look, even 
if you have the original. 


With a suitably accelerated machine, this 
game has the visual flair and excitement to 
attract fans usually put off by the Sim- 
dtsigners' fetish for complexity. Problems 
aside, this game beats its closest rival both 
in detail and speed. TFX is the best sim on 
the Amiga of all time, and that's a fact 
unlikely to change in a long, long time. 


Manchester United: The Double 



The Double is a true football game for true 
football fanatics everywhere. Krisalis have 
broken out from defence, played it beaut i- 
fully through the middle, knocked it out to 


t * * 

** * s 



the wing, gone round two of the opposition 
and delicately curled another golden goal, 
past the f lustered keeper, into the top corner 
of the net. 


Ultimate 

Soccer 

Manager 


; rWil :» *4 >>[**■ 




This is one quality title and 
thankfully it's different from all 
the others - and what's more it's 
funj The whole game comes 
across as extremely polished with 
a great attention to detail. 
Highly recommended to both 
fans of the genre and those that 
would normally give this a wide 
berth. 


The scores 
□n the doors 

A guide to how our revolutionary 
scoring system works ... 

We’re Sure many of you are now familiar with our 
new scoring system, but for those reading Amiga 
Computing for the first time and those who might 
have forgotten exactly how it works, here is our 
guide to the System scoring, err system. 

In our opinion, review scores have lost their eon* 
text as a percentage: some products receiving scores 
which were only a few percentage short of being the 
‘'perfect" game, when in truth they were only 
marginally above average. 

OK. so the scores might seem unnaturally low at 
first but that's only because other scoring systems 
tend to be on the high side and perhaps not as 
comprehensive or honest as they could be. 

In the long run you'll receive a more concise and 
reader-orientated review that’s geared towards the 
consumer. 

0-20 This is given to the lowest of the low 

21-30 An all-round poor game that 
may have a single saving grace 

31-40 Just below the average, perhaps 
let down by a few indiscretions. 

41 -55 Games of this score are roughly average 
with 50 being a perfectly average score. 


56-66 This is an above average game 
and is worth buying. For this reason 
it would be awarded the BRONZE 
award. 


67-77 A game of high quality that 
you as a reviewer would have no 
reservation in recommending. 
Anything of this ilk would be 
awarded the SILVER award. 




78-B9 A brilliant title, Definitely 
worth buying and almost the defini- 
tive of its kind. This type of game 
would receive the GOLD award. 


90-100 The best in its genre. This benchmark title 
receives the PLATINUM title. 



latinum 

AWARD 


Mi IRE 


r 









is the best racer of the current batch and yo 
have to go a long way to better. A classic! 


Marketed by Kompart UK 
Q 1438 840004 


Also a ve liable at all goad software stockists 


The best Amiga Racer ever 


Virgin. Future Zone, Beatties, Game, HIW, 
WH Smiths, Software Plus, Toys 'FT Us 


pi 

i 

07^ 

i 



1 -tv r -\ 

~ r'iri] 

J 


\ f • g ;■ 

ill 


5, i . ' 1 ‘ 



|| 8 | ■; 










Ultimate 

Soccer 

Manager 


OQOQQ 

beat the » ^ 



Looking for new 
talent? 

The first rule in football is always keeping your chairman happy. Don't let his 
□pinion of you fall below 10 per cent otherwise you will be sacked. Try and 
take your Assistant Manager's advice to help you with the running of the 
team, end don't skimp on training either - keep the coaching staff happy by 
increasing their wages and always be on the look out for others. 

Youth players tan he a huge investment if you bring them into the team 
early on in the season. Don't be put off by their low ratings - they will 
increase very quickly. 

See the matches through so you can monitor each player's progress and 
make tactical changes accordingly. Avoid putting players in in-effective posi- 
tions where they won't see much of the action, and don't be afraid of chang- 
ing your formation early on to find the right combination. Try to steer clear of 
the long ball tactic - your attendance's will fall if you inflict too much of this 
punishment on your fans, 

To start with, look for older players in the higher leagues - about the age 
of 33. These will generally be cheaper and give your side some much needed 
experience. Bring on players on the bench in the last ten minutes, even if you 
don't insist on using them, as the last minutes will give them experience and 
they will not become demotivated. 



Staying on top of 
your finances 

o help you in your quest for soccer glory as a manager, start the game 
with E5m to avoid heavy debts later on in the season. Use the two 
weeks pre-season time to improve your stadium in order to generate 
some gate money to offset against player wages. When you are making 
ground improvements do It as soon as possible - don't wait around for 
Inflation to increase the price of buildings. 

A good idea is to open merchandise stores and food outlets to improve your 
overall income. Make sure you spread these outlets evenly to generate an even 
income and only build stands where you get the highest attendances. Keep your 
ticket prices low for the matches when you're expecting low crowds, and push 
them up for important cup games against clubs in a higher division. 

Plan your building time carefully so you won't end up like Kidderminster or 
Macclesfield by being refused entry into the next division by not complying with 
league standards. Increase your ticket prices and merchandising by 10 per cent 
every season to get the most out of the fans' money, 


Ppnt get on rtf wrwiy fldV vfthit tf you apply for a loan early 

or you /could find yourself out of a job nn. yuu'll bo alright 


George Graham? 
Bungs? 

Each time you make an unsuccessful corrupt offer, or bet against your team, 
there is a 50 per cent chance of being caught! If you are caught in the act twice 
you will receive your first warning, via the newspapers - surprisingly! If you 
decide to carry on and are spotted after four tries, you will be sacked on the 
spotl 



the manager looks on, 
furious with the /thiw'j 

dKIHWU 


If MIT USHnH! II 

;jn 

1 jiuirnu 

I J AAh tint »i 

♦ **¥JI S ¥ 

V V wjint* 

i * 

ID till* L 

JjttT’Ct.eL 

» ) 

H-1 m ' MHIlKr Pt 

*■*»» wwin j 

ittltrr ttJai | itur hahc* 

Trip 


Don 't forget, steer clear of the 
long hell game. Burnley? 
Passing? They can only try 



5^1 the right sguad to nwii/n# with 

your selected formation and you'll begin 
to jfft sonwwfw*? 



Checking other itonti in your league I# 
vital to help you deride on which style to 
adopt for your next game 


SB 


J 14 if 15 













3 


31 PREMIERSHIP DIVISION 


333 DIVISION l 


DIVISION 3 


CONFERENCE 


rixiusw mew 


Checking other scores is vital for deciding wltlffc ***** to for your next flam* 


wenley i 


SPORTS HENS 

CHAM-TON ATHLETIC % 

EUIHIEY HLVES LCQHED LIKELY WIHHESS *T THE 
VALLEY YESTERDAY 

OOAI 9 SCOtED BY BALMEB AKD GARLAND LEAD TO 
A SOLID VICTORY 


" ATTtlWARDS EAIHE1 UAS OVER THE MOOH HtTH 
C HIS FIRST GO At FOE THE CIVl THIS SEASON 



the newspaper gives inside information <m how your 
players reacted to certain rihulioni 


Cheat. Just like Man U. 

When asked for your name at the start of the game, enter 'MAKE RELIEVE' and 
press the following keys during a match: 

+ 

Extra £1 00,000 in bank account 

G 

Goal attributed to last person who passes the ball 

E 

Penalty shoot-out 

F 

Gives away a foul 

Esc 

Quits current half, leaving the score as it stands 

1 

Ends the match with a 1-0 result 

2 

Ends the match with a 2-0 result 

3 

Ends the match with a 3-0 result 

4 

Ends the match with a 0-1 result 

S 

Ends the match with a 0-2 result 

G 

Ends the match with a 0-3 result 


< F33Q > 1MIEE55 1 QHSTEXT 330 HLD >LLr. : l?** 



Hie Speris 
Legacy 


Amiga 

Computing 

Demo 


Firstly, speak to the troll about the bridge. He will then instantly go into attack 
mode after the conversation. Go and visit Rupert the inventor (near the start point) 
and talk to him, Ask how to defeat the troll and he will offer you a dagger for ten 
gems. Go and slaughter a few ghosts and collect the ten gems needed, then return 
to Rupert and get the dagger. 'You must do this to proceed with the adventure. 

Return to the troll and attack him with the dagger. Only do this when his back is 
facing you - his breast scale armour is too strong for the basic weapons used earlier 
In the game. Collect the key the troll drops and make your way to Elsrika's house 
(she's standing outside). 

Chat to the young lady and offer her plenty of compliments - you will then find 
a tinder box .This will enable the bombs previously collected to be ignited - 
providing the tinder box is selected. 

Go to the store enclosure by the com fields - this contains three chests, Lay a 
bomb with either the second fire button on the joypad or J fi' on the keyboard. This 
will destroy the concrete pegs in your way. 

Open the chest and you will find a strength 
potion in one of them, 

Go to the far east of the corn fields and 
you will find an injured young fellow 
named Travis. He has been attack ed by one 
of the blue knights who have mysteriously 
invaded the village. Travis will ask you to 
find the healing elixir stored somewhere in 
the village. Agree, and go to the stairs by 
the troll's bridge and take a right turning - 
keep walking until you come to the once 
immobile stone slab. Now, push the stone 
to reveal a star teleport. You will be trans- 
ported to a small green enclosure Open the chest and it will contain the healing 
elixir needed to cure Travis, 

Return to Travis and g ive him the elixir. He will thank you and give you a blue 
crystal Go and find Guardic and Zamma who are located just after the Church's 
bridge. Make conversation with them and Guardic will eventually ask you for a 
pipe. Head towards the stairway by the troll's bridge again and take a right turn - 
you will notice a dwelling with two trades in the front of the house, Walk to the 
back. The key you collected from the troll will automatically let you into the shop. 
Ask Phillis (shopkeeper) if she has a pipe for sale and she will refuse you at first, but 
she has a weakness for precious stones. Offer her the gem you were given by Travis 
and she will change her mind. 

Go back to Guardic and give him the pipe. He will give you a little more 
information and well done - you've completed the demo. 



Talk Co you <n#*f and get 

everything «fC of them It cowW frt 
helpful along the way 



Find the troll, but *wlif 
sur* you've ffof file 
dagger from ffujwrt 


find out ho™ to defeat 
(tie troll from friendly 
Rupert 


A lot of travelling li 

involved 1 throughout 
the game 



Collecting «n Wf> Confront the troti, making Rupert will give you 

rfefo«r any nasties sure you've codected ten the dagger and 

--landing in the way of gems and have received hits of information on 

yaur qocjt tfrf tfxflflm" ^ village 


JUT WIS 


89 








PLAYABILITY 


Just recently, Black Legend brought out their sea ventur- 
ing game called Voyages of Discovery. Although a very 
similar concept, they both have very different gameplsy, 
Voyages uses a turn-based system and places emphasis on 
discovering continents and building an Empire as well as 
trading. 

There is more to Voyages of Discovery, but High Seas 
Trader looks far more attractive and is probably easier to 
get Into. 


Game play is divided into many distinctive parts. 
For one, you have to navigate your ship. This is 
done by choosing the port you wish to go to 
and plotting a course to it. A problem arises 
though, because when you place the cursor on 
the map you can scroll it around. This is sup- 
posed to be a plus point but if you move yaur 
mouse too far, the map jerks unexpectedly off 
the area you want, and even moving your cur* 
sor to the instruction panel on the same screen 
can result in losing your place on the map. 

While gn the high seas you'll have to deal 
with pirates and attacks from enemy ships. You 
do battle by firing cannons and you have a 
wide range of artillery at your disposal, from 
the small Swivel Gun or the DemhCulverin to 
the Cannon. This works well and brings variety 


to the game. And the main part, as you J ve 
probably gleaned from the name, is trading, As 
you sail between ports you will have to buy cer- 
tain goods and then decide where to sell your 
cargo for maximum profit. This, as you J d 
expect, is the game's strong point and is quite 
in-depth, 

A good captain will also take care of his 
crew, making sure conditions are good and 
ensuring there will be enough supplies for the 
voyage. Wages will also have to be set accord- 
ing to morale and funds available. If you 
neglect these, you will find you'll have a sickly 
and mutinous crew on your hands. When 
morale gets low you can boost the rum rations 
or entertain them in the local tavern when you 
reach land, 


At (he tavern you ran vritb the bar-tender (? jlpm 

valuable info or *n terrain your crew to baoi f morale 


Calling all Sea Captains that want to heckle their swashes. 
It high seas adventures are your bag then get ready te 
shiver yeer timbers. Tuna Haddock reviews 


From your plush cabin you «wr vtei# (he log 
cbedf ratfott chart your prog mss 


gfCiptii* Caifftc* 


Wtt/ti ' an 

mdii #1 ftAtS tSf 
mdti fir t**is IS 


Vial** mmhutilf* 


Sfs. ft i rfri M . 
tfa/SW- Jfarfr*/ 

rtl 


Your journal will pro vide valuable Information 
- keep an eye on national rotations 


Taka fbe nu#HW'h'Ani(y a( |Cwt ro ban* fame money fften if 
you are attached at n* you (won't lose all your gold 


INTRODUCTION 


inee the days of Elite, strategy trading 
games have been a very popular genre. Now 
Impressions, the masters of strategy, have 
turned their talents to the high seas and com- 
bined the usual dose of trading with a rum punch 
cocktail of sea shenanigans, pirating and combat. 


July lllS 







STORYLINE 


There is no storyline to the game as such, more a 
brief background, You are oast in the role of a mer- 
chant sea captain during the 17th and 18th century, 
eager to prove your worth and win back your 
family's honour. 

Your Father was a Viscount serving the Earl but 
when the Earl died his son took over and to cut a 
short story even shorter, he was a bit of a bad sort. 
Your Father, being an honourable chap, would 
not stand for it but the new Earl, being far more 
powerful, strips him of his wealth and title. 

And now you seek to regain your family's honour 
by working your way up the ranks on the high seas. 
You start as a mere peddler and you strive for the 
ultimate title of Viscount. You must increase your 
rating in daring, honour, loyalty and nobility. 



The game implements different tunes for certain areas 
of the game. For example, above deck you have a dif- 
ferent tune playing to when you go to your cabin. All 
the music fits in with the time and atmosphere of the 
game, but as stand-alone tunes they're not exactly bril- 
liant. If you particularly want to have in-game music it 
is adequate enough but more than likely you'll turn 
this off to have just the sound effects option. 

But again, I'm afraid, they're not very good either, 
There is the occasional creak of the boat or the splosh 
of the anchor as you plot your course on the map, and 
there is also a rather dubious seagull cry throughout, i 
feel as though a great deal more could have been 
done to increase the atmosphere. 


40 % 


Seas Trader 


High Seas Trader has been very nicely presented, however I do feel 
that some of the visuals have not been exploited to the full. For 
example, when the crew mutiny, you only get a still screen (albeit a 
very nicely drawn one) of you having to walk the plank. The same 
goes for the market. Although you do get a well set-out table 
which contains all the information you need, i would like to have 
seen some visual representation of the goods you can trade, or just 
something with a bit more appeal, 

The game boasts to have a 'stunning' 3D perspective. This is 
apparent when you are sailing the ship and you can see the ocean 
ahead and supposedly the helm of the ship. Again, I feel this could 
have been done better by maybe showing the front of the boat or 
having the wheel more prominent to give more of a realistic feeL 
The actual effects do work well though, from the lapping of the 
waves to the storms with the darkened skies and bolts of lightning. 
Overall, the graphical style is good, although limited, and the ports 
look nice. The inside locations such as the tavern or the cabin fit in 


with the period and also look very good, Although everything is 
very nicely drawn, I da feel that some animations would have not. 
have gone amiss. 




4j the game progresses you must try 
and achieve a higher level rating 



Wages can be altered depending 
art morale and available funds 


Car rent Bottom for Ait Crew 

Mai T t Adequate 
It if strvinfs stored Hit servings s fared 
id Worths ii Months 


tom t Mb j? fjfrg 

if St servings tiered t$$$ sent infs shred 
ig Months fS Months \ 


Heefth food 


Monk Very High 


Keep a check on ratfonl - thli afllffts the 
morafc and health pf your rjrw 




There arm many port? around the world you c*n 
travel fa - but don't for get to buy a mapt 


OPINION 


On the whole, High Seas Trader is a competent trad 
ing simulator, with more variety than you usually get 
In a game of this sort. However, It's not without its 
drawbacks. The 3D view gives the game a certain 
graphical appeal, but I can't help feeling this could 
have been implemented more effectively. AJso, the 
navigation of the ship is far too fiddly and as this is a 
major aspect of the game it does become very 
irritating. 

There are elements that do work very well though, 
such as keeping your crew in order and morale high. 
Combat with enemy ships also adds variety, The trad- 
ing aspect works well too, especially with various 


events affecting the economy 
such as wars or locusts which j 
will alter the price of har- 
vested crops, but by talking 
to the bartenders you can 
pick up all the news you 
may need. 

Those heavily into trading 
simulations may well want to give 
this g-ame a try. It is quite fun for a while but there 
were quite a few negative aspects which would put 
casual players off returning for another go, 


BRONZE 

award 














STAU-fUCK 

ntifUH 


SCOPE 1-220 FRED-FISH HOSC ■ > ■ ■■■■ ■ ■ ■ 


WE ALSO STOCK THE ENTIRE COLLECTION OF 


EDUCATION PACK 


tDOHOflit PR03R4M& £ 21 GAB PACKS 
SUrTABLt FOR Art v \mmi\ W.Y H, 99 


18 DEMOS 

Age 19 and over only 

XflO CINDY CHAWFOHD (3J 
XTA MADONNA (SEX 3 <3J 
XUI SHUWER girl 
XQ3 BODY TALK <2} 

XU13 MAHlE WHITTAKER 

XZ4 SABRINA SPECIAL 

Xits DIE FILKINGEH 

XZC MADONNA FARLV DAYS 

X28 KATHY LLOYD 

X30 MEGA-MAID 

X31 CALENDAR GIRL 

X32 MAYFAIR 

X33 UTOPIA (4 PISK^* 

X45 GIRLS OF SPORT 
X40 PAGE 3 GIRLS 
X70 (SON DON CURL 
X71 TINA SMALL 

X91 Calendar girl 95 


ANIMATIONS 


UOS FILLET !l V 

*21 J 'sFACfi IHOBE II iMHhal tjltn m» Mpm 
ri.r Fnlh. I nu. Irnnj C-.IK h„ rclKi 
jyZTj Lilt's A aircii ' Hum*. I dr Id + 4iih 
HiilMnl 

J.1T.] HCld ILU&fR 1 - CMI7V hoirar tm 
A'-tj I ft LHHli WORLD 3Lffi£ SHOW (•‘t-W 
AlS? ePHL WTW KIPjal Vm»>( i**™Jun 
A‘Bd TEIUNATDM II |r. ■ Bril tar* 

A-yj HEUEBtB CM**) y.,, -OfO (#114 

33^^raSss:“ 

^ :sms , WBiH£&: ms asst - 

dii n£# ViZ - B*m 1*1 14 . lyii, 

IH • .Yi i . ‘ A S 

ESRr bSpboh meoi A^ y»|) Mii} 

KS VOT^ER I, 

ASM CHFWTttM ANIHWTIOA MU' 


Ml 7 MUA4 K-WEM , mm UAH 5 


MUSIC 


PRINTER MANAGER 


Printer Pack 

5 iftaA peck wfifi art Ifltf tataet printing program? 
specially designed tw printing out t\igP fjMiWy 
documents, text & ptcTurea etc .r.'hS It It tvtn fMte 
to print put AS SpaJcferi /'wry handy! Etiy tdU*e 
A rmrU lof any Am taa owner with printer, 

Prinler Paul: (5 disks) only £4.99 


«M WOftKKNCH 11.., UK» World** Uljwimor 
(Tihk&i you mmpjrtr run manji mw MU plunAMC Hftnn 

A^AWVAIJQffJMUfl UR M329 RtiKMt VI .4 ID mil* |W 
EBmpulw ran wif d 1 It™ old A5W rtdwAY- 

m RELOCKJT U OR IBM Wwfcbeflch IM wly Mp 


WORKBENCH EXTHAmiTIES 

toHBilHH d 11* IjMt WB Uliwiei Idle TobIDwithmi. SnoopHa Vi 
k*l 11 1MH. Hmoff tnvUct. Hint v#u* klMp W> DlsIe copier 
me mucA boo mirvy id Met 

» m ^disu crlf {1 Jl ip * *51 4 REDOi DEWED 


GAME 5 CHEATS 

Do you play yojr t avow lit fwn* fW ag*B LlH Mill g*J 
la Iha md ol levBl or gmmfl? 

Having pfobtaiTw with b* 

5 dlih ji.Kk with 1 DDO» l>I gams cn 


rM Urhf liifHd {t^Kitaii P Awj Lmli. tp*. FWte- fwc#*™ 
Muo/M. LiiwiUMi jriprtfc#, lAHM. imi K'NVm tomm. Mtwt i 
sync iHto by fan** i nWlW am>» fWr Til % fAtk tdtipf /w wrrti 


ID DM PACK., C'C.90 conHHlible *ifr all Amw lAmw N 


VIDEO 


U757 150 

LARET-CAT 


IWHiHT i lOlET FUfliALlLf B »J 

CL-jmpjidblo. vnln nil Arno. 

flpfeK^jTffNl YgJ 


Td order eny disk ju*twrile lh* di*k tlBeard ttte drak 
LN)1 AgninBi. Some lirtlM have a oumfier In | 

ItiBt write down I ha pack TITLE 
ALL DISKS ARE COMPATIBLE 
WITH ALL A MIG AS UNLESS STATED 
AS* Djjfc ffiMM for Al gWMW 


1 Afwfl 

I j. This [n?in» Die lhle come on (i:;. number ol dtike 
To order PACK [tut write down lha pack TITLE mitie. 


ALL OUR PD DISKS ARE 


We stock over GSOO QUALITY PD & SHAREWARE 


How to order Price 99p per disk 


i Plaaaa add 70 d to loiai Tor pbst&ae t packaae 
Peck price -ps si.nErd All □■rders S,a mt Day DeapetcheH 
For the vary lateal disk catalogue please add 70p 

MAKE CHEQUE/POSTAL ORDER 
RATABLE TO: SOFTWARE 2000 
SEND TO {ADDRESSES TOP RIGHT) 


NO MINIMUM ORDER 
W&S&SWST iPACKABEMTE 
{Europe idd 25(t per disk far F4P] 
{WaAMldfl Htf Sflp per dish PAP) 


FLEASESEND m OHOB TO EWQFTNBEIXSTRitlTGRS 
_TO ORDER HE AES4JWE MDEflfflCT m F1B5TCOIS5 POST 

SOFTWARE 2Qm 
DeplJACD4J 
48NEMESIA 
AM1NGTON 
TAMWORTH 
B77 4 EL- 
EN GLAND 
TEL: 01 827 68496 


SOFTWARE 2 000 
Dept (ACD4) 

9 WILLS STREET 
LOZELLS 
BIRMINGHAM 
S19 1PP 

TEL: 0374 678068 


TEL OR FAX: 01827 68496 











LITTLE OFFICE 2 I 


HARD DRIVE 
& DISK DRIVE 

Space Doubler 

Eto * I Iwtotta !■ rad |oj ICir 
M D *1 PWW UtKtf b*w**wJh 
LW7 ! E PU V 1 .6 ONLY 93 p 
SUITABLE for WflZ-3. 


RAY TRACING 

IMAGI NES 


v. uA.>f ^mr: |] nu. 

mu «*rt. 3IB r 


S: iHUttE lEirJii l Ann fc_ E || 


t uic>M>MI)n»4i 


BUSINESS SOFTWARE 




lOO TOP DEMOS 

Thi Largsal callKlkMi nl dtmDitvir nhiHd - thl* pack 
eonfalita over TOO (bp derrtoa. Muit (nr Ml Qanwi, Out top 
fcWw.n RECOMMENDED 

ONLY E7.95 suitable for blf AMIGAS 


Sj* 3©J ML [Mi 

ONLY £4.99 PER PACK 

ALL PACKS SUITABLE FOB ANY AMIGA S YSTEM 
■Board Games Pflck 1 (5 disks) 

Sdli4ni cplKiwn eMhd iwsl bwd aariBs, eg: Strabo la (new), 
■Mcnoptfy Cheaa, Dca, Darrinoae, Uuadc stb. Far Ip many la li*i 
Arcade Games Pack 2 (5 disks) 
Ctfteciim of ilia very best classic Bruse- gfoties, eq Cc Tictodg, 
SdK* Imifldef, Psomin. aft S, many rare. RECOMMENDED 
Card Games Pack 3 (5 disks) 
fortuity pch Pha Fireal card games Ike Puke', Spade, fe’iage, 
Basmach. P artoar Bditaira, KJcridika, elt A Wbf more 
Puzzle Games Pack 4 (5 disks) 

S die* Pack *r.n quality pual# gum** I At Simon, RuWt Cuba, 
PUMWsrd, Return Puzzle 4 -nany more. Far 1 b many In list 
Mini Workbench Games (5 desks) 

0rt4 CH tv rmst rflararting paeka S dsia crammed I j I at jno.e any til 
parted replica pmas, A brt Tie [Haying on the &*mt Boy Heart* ' 
Otf-ttiUty Fu fifty to play a liry gine ike Phothi, Tams. etc. 
Recommended 




Tiift very Ijitnst gamin ppck. Thl* pack 
contains over Ida of the vary lop games. 
Included a*o lama or the vary beet 
Qamea ever ■‘eleaeed. {Many |i|l*a *rv 
stilt on aala as single disks). 

All gum** are selectable via menu. 

A must lor all Game* players. 
Suitable for any Amiga 

■Orily C 1 3. 99 


101 GAMES 2 

PHICE ONLY El 2,93 

nft*fa# r bMldtnl>i*wi 

V. KCI <? Tt ‘try 

M m Ffrjni Ur inn 1 rtkn 

kpis* r ta«M ran U*i 

COMPATIBLE Willi ALL Aia&ftS 


MANGA AKIRA 

0 Pliant pick <:t g dib ontaring tome tt tha btal 
MAHGA AKS* Gimrt, JtnbiulkHii. Sltfrehcw, 
Dtmoi. W bKK on the Jipantw MANGA 

fl iaki Only [5.S5. Run PH all AMIGAS 


mvs\ 

Only Cl 2.99 


MAGIC we 

4LUK WBtl emu, WLUME 1 ,7 WtktN 

MACK KMOTFH YOU* I 3 BI 5 KE.I 
VAftlt W» B tllRA YOUItlE 1 17 [HSU El 


kMBCW&.X il’Fa VCH.UU I (7 


101 GAMES 


pn KMbi mwM t Tnk. ■iwpfrfie. 
mOi*M IWft b K htf\ IBr T. lU FUtj Iff* 


'SPECIAL OFFER - 200+ Dames oily £19.99 

m fcwwes -Sf W 1 B*M Peri i A 3 few \« atiikt. LawwCmr 

Q*i* bT (h* flnriL cbllBcUont qf Iqnts nvnilablQ „ 
SuitBhi* tor Dkalntetc. -or Seals. Word-qrbc«aactr, ■ 
WB, DTP *tc. Thla Pack r«nsli|i at nnjrly 700 ■ 

, oUFte™ni *tyi*f of font*. AlHMnwttonte come In | 
I VBrKmJi. IIZS4, making nearly 1 BOO kanta (Citimnln l. j 


| r 3pycjJ=j] CJ/fyj'l 

! C64 & 45 games pack j 

| Spectrum V2 & 50 games | 
Vic 20 & 30 games 

| Af t 3 packs for only £9.99 \ 

| See da acription left lor detail a ol aacb pack. J 
J When ordering please state Mhlch Amiga you 
' own. So we can aentl you Lhe correct pack. 

I Nolfi This orikf Cannot t>« used with our FREE disk l 
■ token. QMer only available with Ihrs token. Offer 1 
ends I 4 


DUSK NBAID 
■GLEA\M'JM© GO? 

Improve loading & «avar»g program help stop 
damage to disk sic, 

QHLT £2.99 M £1.99 wilh ait? ordar m\ 5 disks 

PS OFT WARE" 2000) 


DISK TOKEN 

L B«yJB_* * tk™. Ml? disk PREE. Oflar urth irtian wily j 


NEW— TITLES 

AliA3C6 ASSASIN F IK D*SK 44epad* el II tor mn old 
eoUwuc an ItH A IE03-A401HIS 
US?a CtLUJJJ PAlWt 4 BUDDY SYSTIM- 
Oel ihe mout oui y»uie Paml Insane Help 4 it wen supwin 
every every lune^wcyHHmand T! Dpam n arUBt duiaileu 
BECOMMfeir 
1061 VIRUS I 

i06a direct 

J063 MAQIC „l 

UB69 POWER-CACHES £kw«l rn tlis*. nadinn-AccM! 

J07Q HARM3FWE SECURITY lltarne oalecBmal 
HUhce+iti! Jirbafamo-ea Lijcki:+jl2,Pauwand& many mc+ir 
UflTl «5H&D»BK B FT.DPPV DI^K DOUBlER fEpu| Hal 

. , .3'. UEVft CODE" CHSffl 

UOtV hd r^AMES rtHSTALLCfl Jnstel lopt afiires-ta HD 

a IOOL2. FS-se o* the <otK0,Mo*tfll Cembaiz 4 ntany nw™ 
76 DWS Y2,0* Pro. Crunek- enure ^ tmsil .3) 

U976 MAGIC SLECTOR V1.4-Cnfli «i Mmpc WB back Hue. 
U977 MAGilCWB ICON ARCHIVE i J> I tHSff o cf MGwb coni 
U979CONACHHIVE|il (0MY+ af noon* fcbn|my Amgai 
U3UC- VIDEO TRACKS Z DEMu IMAKEFl ^GA Veras! 
avail | 

caul Y DEQ TRACKER (S)Vid.DnrnndiJo 4 Hllecrraratimn 
Gass ALIEN GENOCIDE |^i Sh<5i]l atnr« n span? 

-r PaeMflnspound. 

GKO F.UPEfl-BATTLE 20 W V9fllt+ Tf,0 k LpMHMtiWl V^I.J 

G.aC-1 WA-5'h h . •• AL-WAR i i.r,- i-r. 

i EMUiHCk p. W0F1M trorwm kjad ofWMKn ifliiiami 
&K.C- BOULOEPPASH CAVE CONSTRLTION h" ' 

CSd LAST SOLDIER .;a> ii'OhOwi ulall^rr-gui 
CB&ERTECH |2| e-clkml ALIEN 6PEED Ctna 
0906+tAMGMAN Nirmve^iarrinp-JiiOurHa 
aamiesfl^OI ACE SPACE rice PlHpam panics 
j-Kfi COLOURMANI A sldc-Klalru typo puzjla garruK 
4*30 ..rJPITER IMPACT Mi Plclixa ^ llwciMiBcnal | 
arre [Ha HBleirnd finlbkal 'HbOUMMk hD 
ASAassfi E LUKiE UGMOPOilv. Bnnna o*m, 

ALLA7K Of]f*LE Y KDWj Amjrl* C4JBSIC MnyersiovAQA207 

b:;*ir pac psEireflmry good to play 


AQA-MM1 MAGIC WB V2. Dbtvj uT wwian 1 
AC, AMZ TUTANKKAM ll(2> Educnlren-Emptan MUMMY 
AGA'JJJ PMtLA.ANC6fljSON.l2 1 !B, m\ fe*ywalrh P^rm 
AGA334 QCUT'ShO VS i'3J ronra tikn tma./*- 
A.Gflaa5 TIM620NE |2i V Good g nphe AdY«nlLV«g 
AOA3G7 DENTawGlF dcKiiRis flsrnir, 

AGA3M NAXIS HPily F.h (W nf^l AG A Qiapllte CO 41* 

aGasiu pf' ‘ J — - 

AGA312 Jl 


SI KIT 12 adl 
|Uir«G^b 


■ 

JIWC I8dl arcr- 

*0*3i3 ram jam th._ 

AGA31 5 ILEX MYSTIC Neva AQA dpnr*, 


04QT. V Hr UAL WOHL R DEMO 

5PECTHL.JM 0AM£S (+|. 

— Etoetem itosh; ; 


THUM QAWES [Al.r&i SPECTRUM Emu 


AR play simitar 
Li Weapon itfillMr 

!i i- \ . , 


RC.AII NEWS. _ 

M3&7 FiAVE NAtfcN -AAOfNW biJam nnj«c disk 
D»d SONIC THE H6DGEHCC Bnlu.nl l- 
OB(M WA'S'Hu BKuoeiiLB io AMT WaR 
1VLEMMH4G & WORUa t<f. will' ill>J Li W... 

E2i0 LEAFtN 4 PlAV 3 lbImI Educalrjn, id 

E240 BAPNEV THE BEAR GOES CAMPING (SUiBnllant 
leach yOul chill H&JUI ammal 
E£4 1 COMME QU*DE Vl.1 
Everydyng win need know now (a cumsctto iho 
INTERNET 4 BBS mint ton any Amiga owner 
U0B6 VIRUS-WORK&IQP Y4 Ir cio Ewfil Vuuf kilpr 
U067 GRAPHIC-CONVERTER (2D| mosl Irnrai covwr 
U9«S TUPSOCaT AUo cnlningur, w dink ilYsr. 
d oea Ai/TOBDOr t»fJt MAKER V4 -tor rraiingirour 
own compimngn qnik. srmjBl lor BlIUlHiMiaiBMI 
a.ilrmalictKWtdltk. Muei lor 9VWy AiHgaownar 
gg» WKW GAMES CHEAT iMltov any gameptaier 
Unei P0-CATALO3UE CFtEATOFLIer your !*n Itarwy 

ud>?? spONg-siore t, ir^oe yao raniiy Irean 

UBM IMAGINE g-UDIO V2 <2D‘| Tke DUB I PD imuto 
flyflilBble nival even ihe 
i 'lurdisa til utund. I net kl 3) 

'B ICON CREATOR uu to 2S6 oakiur 
E 241 MATH ATTACK- MulTn rblBte gam» tor kUa 
E242 ANIMAL-LAND-liPial tor ybung Aid. Execel 
E2-4D riCTURE-MATHS-Malha prugiamtor to 

C-Tir JLDrtl I rs HiJL m.II Apr M ” n 

Gfii T ART'OF BRSAKING IH ^D'i^Tw 1 ^ i vilitorti I 
OWrtfcifl oonil N« tor ludl. Nal WB 1 .3 
G$t£ MANGLE FENDER. Ur Hunt Smaihup taran^A'-lAnk 


eel to win. wit-Dmiy addSto-d. gal II 
&31 3 ARCADE CLABStC VaY S ? r? di 
Inn clflsic AT.ade nanni hrl 

stsm^raiMrr 

■5S1 SCOW WARS, Very addicted 2 ntoySr germ 
c>ai & ISLAND -Play ike Mcmociy. 

Gfliv MATCH jMi-V'+try addlaeo mem 

goihfishvfIsky LeNaoMsaniea 
ACA3SC Klondike s isfiki ho -b.jj 


(5 -erjj. B 4 Smeg-- we aato 


UBKTOrnjHESr 


AGA37I HOI 
AGA.3Z2 HOI 

AGA3Z3 HOI 

AGA3ZA HOT-BABE 


'BABE 1 

BAUh 2 


lii 


GEH9 COP THE LGT Him L ,i»v Lntbary prndtoi 
Gam LOTTERY PROFFE5K3NAL thi? -^rsitro g** lb* 
prartirlon Irnm USA ^ Canaria 


PLEASE ORDER A DISK CATALOGUE ADO 70P OR 3 X FIRST CLASS STAMPS WITH ORDER 








INTRODUCTION 


8 What have the fol- 
I lowing got in com- 
I tnon7 A demon, a 
f fortress- a quest to repel all evil from a one# 
peaceful land, a young slip of a lad with a hid 
den heritage and a ridiculously large rucksack. 
That'* right, the main ingredients to most RPGs across 
the world. While the hope to actually play something 
where some kind of imagination has been used in the 
plot line would be appreciated- The Tower of Souls is 
ultimately no different. 

Presented in a 3D isometric scrolling view akin to 
Ultima 8 on the PC this rehash of old ideas fells the 
story of an evil demon called (insert silly name) who 
has taken over the land (insert silly name). The ancient 
prophet (insert silly name) foretells the day when a 
young lad will make an assault against the evil one 
and return the country to a peaceful existence. 

Funnily enough, this does indeed happen and you, 
the humble player- take the enviable role of playing 
the result of this prophecy in the shape of (insert silly 
name), the hero of the piece. 




in a word - simple. For the few hours l played, 
the main objective is to wander round the 
fortress turning off fountains which appar- 
ently flood the bottom levels if left on, and 
picking, up massive amounts of herbs, spices 
and money. The puzzles Tve experienced so 
far are of the 'flick the switch to open the 
door' variety. This area is enlarged upon, 
unfortunately, by the inclusion of a lock pick 
section and the disconnect the three bolt lock 
segment. 

The former involves moving four different 
types of picklock tools over the keyhole 
(shown in close-up in the main panel) and 
moving the mouse frantically around until 
one of them hopefully slips into place, open- 
ing the door. The latter is shown in the main 
panel depicting three bars forming a lock. On 
the right are a number of switches that can 
be moved. 

Click on these in a random fashion and 
eventually the three bars will slide all the way 
open, unlocking the door or turning off a 
particular fountain. These two ideas must 
have sounded great on paper but in practice 
are just a touch on the gimmicky and unnec- 
essary sibe. 

Fighting the various foe guarding the 
fortress is none too exciting either, whether 
you be using a sword or a potent spell from 
your substantial inventory of magic. Their 


habit of rising from the ground again and 
again from the same place even after being 
killed several times adds a certain monotony 
to the already repetitive proceedings. 

There's also an auto map facility available 
to aid you in your wanderings round the 
fortress, which you'll only need once in a 
while. 

One of the game's most original features is 
the alchemy kit where you can mix all nature 
of magic. Presented as some kind of primeval 
James Bond-like gadget the unit is contained 
Inside a metal case where basic ingredients 
are mixed and heated to- create a spell in one 
of the four categories available - attack, 
defence, morphing and equipment spells. 

Click on the make option and the magic 
making kit starts to cook your ingredients, 
then the end result plops into a test tube 
which is corked and ready to use The idea is 
novel and works rather well. 

There are a substantial amount of spells to 
play with, ranging from various lethal projec- 
tiles such as add, fireballs and lightning to the 
more oddball magi such as creating an illusion 
to fool your enemies, morphing into a rat to 
outwit the enemy or maybe slipping into previ- 
ously unreachable places, it has to be said that 
out of the whole game, the magic ■■h 
side is by far the strongest. | i { I Uf\ 


The control panel - from left t*> right the compass the inventory, what you 1 re 
holding andhov* healthy you and finally the ait-important spoil book 


The quilled intnS is a nice idea hut goes on for far too long 


Move the hero 
round the fortress 
using rite- virtual 
Joystick i«. (he 
chwjcter maws in 
the direction of 
your pointer 









There's real professional qual- 
ity to the graphics on first j 
viewing - the fancy but over- I 
long intro depicts a quilled pen writing out the game 
story on a parchment, with illustrations of the key 
events fading up into view at the top. The inventory 
screen looks equally as impressive, with a rather meaty 
looking rucksack and the most bizarre and inventive 
looking magic tool kit I've ever seen, 

While Jacking the excellent standard gf graphics 


seen in Heimdall 2 or, to a lessee 
extent. Dragon Stone, the main 
in-game visuals are well-defined 
on the whole, and the scrolling, while a touch slow, 
works at a decent enough rate as to not prove distract- 
ing. The scenery, as far as I've seen it, is relatively dull - 
lots of fortress walls tn various tones and colours 
become rather repetitive after a while. 

Another annoying aspect is the sometimes indistin- 
guishable objects that can be picked up - there's no 


text saying what something is and you've no idea what 
they are. 

As with the plot the main problem with the graph- 
ic is that I've seen this genre style again and again in 
other games - it would be refreshing to see visuals that 
smack of something more pictorially inventive like 
some of the scenes in Heimdall 2. The dank dungeon 
walls, the spikes in the floor, the hooded figures throw- 
ing fireballs - all look the part but what a 
dull part to play. 



Hackneyed RPBs are becoming as commonplace as long-in- 
the-tooth platformers. Adam Phillips reviews a game that’s 
determined not to change the trend 



If you want to indulge yourself in a rich story 
with involving game play then fook no further 
than Core Design's Heimdall 2. Featuring car- 
toon- 1 ike graphics packed with character, a vari- 
ety of differing puzzle types and numerous 
places to visit such as huts, astral planes and cas- 
tles on different islands, this a rather successful 
attempt at the RPG genre. 



RjIJisliEf: Black legend 
mmw, Pi rn leEttnigram 




mi 

Prise G21.99 
Genre; m 
Bird dish install: Yes 
Cmlrol: Mouse 

Siippirt; Aiiga 12HI with mu\m 
D ecu m mended: B89ZD uiiranls 



fount., nt need to be turned off to jrtup the faw+r 
teveti hum flooding later on in the game 


The main bulk of the music is 
string-based, supposedly epic, but 
unfortunately the synth sound 
used is a fust a touch on the naff 
side. Imagine the musk used to 
accompany a Conan film, with 
everybody's hero, Arnie, riding off 
to face his quest - big, butch, 
brave and tacky. 

The in-game sounds are spot 
effect-based, with musical accom- 
paniment, but the tune is a little 
basic although effective, 

Again, though, there is a 
problem - while we hear the 
rasping of flames, the footfalls of 
our hero, the sliding of locks as 
they open, and more, the makers 
have unfortunately pitched the 
footsteps at a much lower volume 
le'vel than all the other sound 
effects. 

So putting the volume up to 
Clearly hear the hero's footfalls es 
they clank down on the stone floor 
results in a sudden explosion of 
loud sound when anything else 
happens. Annoying. 




Eaa 


I can't help but feel it's a cop out to say that this kind 
of game will suit the tastes of the professional role- 
players among you. Perhaps there are people out 
there who will glean some excitement from this pack- 
age and be held in its grip for hours, but for the rest 
of us with some semblance of a life, this is an average, 
uninspiring game with the only temporary relief 
being the magic making, 

To have succeeded. Tower of Souls needed more 


thinking man's puzzles and perhaps some kind of 
interaction. Indeed, perhaps all this is included later 
on but after spending a few hours on It I gave up 
out of boredom and frustration. 

There's obviously some clever programming talent 
here but the game designer needs to rethink what 
makes an RPG interesting, gripping, atmospheric 
and, above all, imaginative: After all, that's what 
fantasy is all about - escapism. Until this happens, 
any further releases or sequels along a similar line 
will end up on the Most-Not-Wanted list. And you 
need two meg to play Tower of Souls, 








PLAYABILITY 



A 


ither you love puzzlers Or 
you don't. Vm afraid I was 
in the latter category until 
l played X-it a couple of 
months ago. It was too late to 
salvage my Rubik's Cube by then 
though, so I waited with baited 
breath for another puzzler to 
come along that would take my 
fancy. And tt has - sort of! It’s 
Audiogenic's latest offering 
which takes the form of building 
loops. It's one of those games I 
shouldn't like for alt the reasons 
111 go into in a minute, but for 
some weird reason it's rather 
playable. 



Super Loopz 



Being rather loopy herself, Tina Hackett takes 
a look at Audiogenic’s latest puzzler that will 
drive even those with saintly patience 
completely round the twist 



The tunes are the usual lively in-game music you'd expect to find. When 
you're playing the puzzles you'll get a range of sound effects when you 
make a loop, from a crowd cheering to a strange monkey sound. 
However, the accompanying tunes are rather grating and be warned - 
supply ear plugs to anyone within a mile radius of your computer. My 
advice; Turn the volume down and hum. 


H 


Basically, the idea behind Super 
Loopz is to join the different blocks 
that fall onto the grid to create 
continuous loops. There is a time 
limit to put down each piece, and if 
you can't place it you lose a life. 

The game can be played by 
using a one or two-button joystick, 
a CD32 controller or a mouse. The 
joystick seems to be the easiest, 
and when the piece drops onto the 
playfield you can rotate the shape 
by pressing fire and right, then 
when it is in the position you want, 
press fire and left. However, once it 
is in position it Is permanent. The 
bigger the loop you can make, the 
more points you'll get 

Super Loopz has a variety of dif- 
ferent sections to play. The arcade 
game can be played by one or two 
players, and you must make ten 
loops to progress on to the next 
level. Three bonus games can be 
accessed by completing different 
missions. 

You can also play a challenge 
game which means you can pit 
your wits against an opponent. 
You each get a separate grid and 
the winner is the ore who scores 
the most points, 

There is a puzzle option too 
which involves being shown a com- 
plete loop with some of the pieces 
then dropping off one by one. You 
have to watch carefully because 
you have to remember where they 
go and replace them. 



+ 


Visually, the game is certainly nothing 
to get excited about. But it is a puzzler 
after all - 1 mean look at Tetris, nobody 
would describe that as graphically 
stunning, I'm sure. 

The screens in Super Loopz contain a 
grid, falling blocks that make the loops, 
and a variety of backgrounds. 
Unfortunately, the backgrounds aren't 
all that stunning, and something a bit 
more imaginative would have made a 
hell of a difference. 

They vary (?) from bonus back- 
grounds covered in fruit to a tree bous- 
ing animated monkeys that pop out 
whenever you complete a 
loop. Hmm, inspired. 




EM 


Okay, it's certainly not the best puzzler in the worid and 
granted, there are many features missing that would 
have made this a good title. But for some strange reason 
I found myself sneaking back to the computer for just 
one more go. I don't know why, because it certainly 
didn't have a big incentive to strive for, the graphics are 
pretty bland, and the sound is nothing special, 

I think It could have had a lot more to it especially 
with an objective or fancy graphics, but the puzzle ele- 
ment does seem to work quite well and is quite addictive 
as far as it goes. 

It does worry me though that the game *s A 1200 and 


Oft one of Che bamriei rt# Mocks 
don't Actually disappear which 
m.ifrex lift vary tricky 


rfj 


r 

, U , ^ 


BRONZE 

AWARD 


f 


CD32 only. "Why? 41 is 
my only thought on 
that matter. Ftumour * 
has it an A500 version 
will be released which 
b the original Loopz, j 
only the graphics aren't 
as good - I'll refrain from 
comment on that, I think! 

If you like puzzlers then this could be worth checking 
out Trust me, it is quite fun, for a while anyway, and it is 
only f 15. 










nh INFO NEXUS new; 

H inSoNexus is a sophisticated rile management system wish Integra! 


ALL AMIGAS 1 MEG RAM MIN 


Of DATA NEXUS new: 

I DataNexus is a very powerful and configurable, yet easy to use. flat fil 


,» J .jry powerful and configurable, yet easy to use. flat file database. Its 
Integral muttjfledla support text, mu$jc. animations, amiga 

guides, GDXL motion vidao. program. S. script launches make It ideal for just about 
any data storage and retrieval project. Fulf visual print layout and mail merge make 
Dataiiixjjs a must for your data. 


ALL AMIGAS t MEG bam min 


VM SIMPATICA2+ VTL 

A w I c .mnotiri ^iiirujut Amina and 94 hit imaoB seauences to be rendered tu 


Simpabca allows Amiga and 24 hit image sequences to be rendered tu video tape 
frame by frame producing the same results as products costing over ten times as 
much, le, smooth video playback at 25 frames per second. Simpaiica has been on 
sale* and improving, lor over four years so you are guaranteed a reliable product. 
Supplied with both hardware and the bonus program Video TmveLapse, there is no 
bette' choice for video prolesstonais. 


ALL AMIGASawiGFAMMW 

80*?S: AMI* » A ISEK I NT MAGA/INF 


INTERPLAY 


JP^J Interplay is a unique product tor the Amiga, it allows 
^ you to produce C032 applications to the very highest 

commercial standard and was written specifically tor the CD32 
so no other Amiga authoring system comes close, interplay was 
used to produce the ihree highly acclaimed titles below 


ALL AMIGAS 4 MEG RAM + HAfiDDtSK MIN rfl - 16 MEG REC 
90% AMIGA USER IN I MAGAZINE 
03% Cm V USER GROUP NEWS 


PANDORA’S CD 


Pandora's CD shows you just what can be achieved with 
multimedia on CO An ail original promotional lilje containing 
something for everyone, from educational productions to point of 
information, picture, texture, clipart and sound libraries, a 
jukebox, children's games and a sampler of Iraifiht Technology. 
Simply a must tor anyone with a Commodore.-^PtSysternl 


CD32-CDTV-A57G 

87% AMIGA FORMAT MAGAZINE 
8R%rA M IGA USER INTERNATIONAL MAGA/.IN 


cl? INSIGHT:TECHNOLOGY 

INSIGHT Technology, lavishly produced by Optonica and published by Commodore, g IHSiljifT 


£38.95 



£39.95 


(NSiGHTiTechnoSogy. lavishly produced by Optonica and published by Commodore, 
gives a fascinating look at modem technology with pictures, animations, photos, 
video, narration, text, music and sound effects, over 260 topiM-Jp-afl from the ball 
point pen to the space shuttle 


INSIGHT DINOSAURS i 


INSIGHT ^Dinosaurs is the second in the INSIGHT senes, a lavishly produced, highly 
acclaimed tile, rich In multimedia. Produced m association with Ihe Natural History 
Museum, London, one of the world's leading Dinosaur centres ol excellence, you can 
be assured that Dinosaurs is both technically correct and produced to the most 
exacting standards. Also features: DinoPaint, DinoQuiz and DinoPuzzle. 
INStGHTiDinosaurs has had the best reviews of any CD32/QDTV reference title so 
far (lowest mark 83%!), see for yourself why. 


-w 


CD32-CDTV-A570 

87% AMIGA FORMAT 
91% t'H AMIGA 




r* 


CD32 - CDTV - A570 

929 FOR vi u i n 1 1 1; uv vttn- 
M| f > ft win. V l top M.VTEIH 
>ih-, rim i si k f mu I- nkvvs 
9il« fOMI't M U smiPI'EK 


SEND CHEQUE PO TO OPTONICA LTD. 1 THE TERRACE. HIGH STREET, LUTTERWORTH, IEICS LE17 4BA. UK. OR TELEPHONE 0456-653292 FOR 
MORE DETAILS. ALL PRICES INC VAT & PSP PLEASE ADD €2 FOR PSP ON OVERSEAS ORDERS, DEALER ENQUIRIES WELCOME. 






ftoUutrnogerMC wormf in tequila. Hmm, 
a very wmied pastime 


The inventory screens are tucked 
neatly away at tfie toBam 


00000 



Tina Hactett, ynur itavil in disguise, casts her soul 


into Umbo forever to take a Imlt at what certainly 


promises to be one helluva game tram new developers 


TrKogik Studies 



I he retent ECTS was a platform for quite a few new Amiga releases. One such 
title could be found on the Rasputin stand and at first glance it looked to be 
your rather average arcade adventure fare. 

Called Limbo of the Lost,: it's a first project for Kent-based developers, 
TfRoglk Studios. When I first saw the game, I must admit I wasn't particu- 
larly gobsmacked. But having now seen the previewable version demon- 
strated fully, I am rather optimistic for the future of this up-and-coming team. 

Its an adventure game that has a passing resemblance to Another World in its 
graphical style and approach. And what does look particularly appealing about the 
title is its historical storyline. Based on the factual events of the Mary Celeste, it uses 
this historical background and the mystery surrounding it to create a highly 


atmospheric game. 

As no-one knows what happened to the crew of the ship, they've created one 
particular fantasy-based ending that makes an excellent storyline for the game. 

An unusual and original touch will be the addition of a video which will accom- 
pany the game and provide the following plot The Mary Celeste is en-route to Italy 
when a strange mist engulfs the ship, sending the navigation into turmoil. 
Eventually, the ship runs aground on an island that doesn't appear on any sea chart, 

Briggs, the Captain, sends a party ashgre, but when they don't return he sends 
another group to look for them. Again, they don't return. A storm brews up and he 


Limbo 



WbtUi out for 
hidden traps 
that wifi lurt 

you Tq ynur 

doom 


gives orders to abandon ship. He then sets off himself to see what J s happened to his 
crew, and stum hies across one of the shipmates lying in the undergrowth, barely alive 
hut able to recount the previous days events. He tells of how they came across an 
ancient temple, and finding a beautiful book written in a strange language they 
agree to take it back to the ship. 

But as they lift the hook, from a dark opening in the temple four figures emerge 
mounted on horseback, and they attack with a force that seems to melt the flesh off 
their bones. They tussle for the book one of them is holding and the crew flee in 
terror, managing to only grasp on to one page from the book. 

After telling the tale he dies and Briggs continues his search. He comes across the 
temple and cautiously goes inside. Hidden from their view, be hears the horsemen 
tell his shipmate, Johnson, that the book is God's book of creation and having been 
moved from the sacred altar by a mortal, they are now able to use it to reverse the 
creation of earth, 

They then kill Johnson and ride away. Briggs ventures further and sees a ghostly 
apparition of Johnson who tells him the horsemen do not know the page is missing 
and without it they cannot perform their evil deed, He begs Briggs to find the hook 
and free their souls from Limbo, where they are condemned to spend eternity as 
slaves. Biggs steps into the portal and the game begins. 

You play the unseen guardian to Captain Briggs, directing all the action via a point 


SI 


jur ms 










I 


his 

live 

an 

ley 

rgt 

off 

f in 

the 

len 

fen 

the 

rtfy 

ng 

iok 

as 

int 



The Mary Celeste 

"‘-•e Mary Celeste is well renowned for being a very unlucky ship - some may even say 
nsed! Built In 1860, disaster struck only a year later. Originally christened 'Amazon 1 , she 
»il and only a short time afterwards her skipper fell ill and died. John Nutting Parker 
ssiumed command but the ship then ran into a fishing weir causing damage to the hull, 
“ ad to go- to the shipyards for repair and while she was there a fire broke out 
The bad luck didn't end there, though. On her first Atlantic crossing she collided with a 
:ng and sunk It After the repairs she returned to America where she ran aground off 
Cow Bay, Nova Scotia. 

it's not all that clear as to what happened after she was yet again repaired, although if 
*mto she was passed between a variety of owners, none of which did well out of her - 
same even went bankrupt. Eventually, a consortium of New York ship owners took own- 
ership of her and as an improved and larger vessel, she was renamed Mary Celeste, The 
rt tert voyage was the greatest mystery of all. In 1B72 r under Captain Benjamin Spooner 
Briggs, she set sail with a full crew including the Captain's wife and one of their children. 

Nothing was seen of them after this and the ship was later discovered by the crew of 
the Dei Gratia who found the Mary Celeste abandoned. The vessel was still seaworthy 
though, and missing was the chronometer, secant, bill of lading and navigation book. 
Abandoning ship is a desperate measure and as one of the Dei Gratia'* crew remarked: 
■The Mary Celeste was in a fit enough state to sail around the world. So why was she 
abandoned?" 



n ‘ dick mouse system. The inventory and ail the Information you will need will be 
<ept at the bottom of the screen so as not to interfere with the main play area, and 
the mouse icon can be changed according to the action you want to cany out. 

There are many weird and wonderful characters you'll com? across in kirn bo of the 
lost. Some may be good, others bad, and you'll have to find out about those that will 
'‘Sip you on your quest end those that will just hinder - or even kill you, The main 
character, Briggs, will also talk to you, explaining an object you may want to know 
about. He may not agree with you though, and could nag you if you take too long 
over a decision. 

A range of animations will be added to the game. There are quite a few nasty 
■vays to die and these are accompanied with some rather grisly scenes such as a 
downing! Characters will also be animated and fully-interaetive environments will 
ensure some thorough gameplay. 

Sound effects are rather promising at this stage too. Speech will be used through- 
out and all the characters will have different voices such as deep sinister speech for 
the four horsemen or a slow, demented drawl for one of the monsters. So far, all of 
These have been well implemented and a good range of realistic sound effects will 
provide atmosphere. 

The final version won't be ready until October but we'll be bringing you updates 
on what looks like being an original and atmospheric adventure. 




Mitn 


as 












Wegc-beftrndtn« scenes ol tafriw these oterod folk iffifoBiNe tor The 

Wrong Trousers yd a rather large quanta of W comiwro* - mcsl or which hart w»n 
ravana hoping hand hyena Amiga Plus ramSOJTefrnlfe Pnatugentsand GairasmSn 
Oil 2 SISKS: Tm uampleie and gnrasreted wsrsipn of AmnWowhshop and a chtink of 
shareware prooudstD hod up and in. 


Take a walk through the internet with our conceive guide. Plus 
reviews ol the excellent Multilayer, InloNexos and Datastote. 
Oft 2 O/JJf^ DIrtVortf, 10 out of 10 Marths Slaltstics demo and 10 
out at 10 Driving Test demo as want 




We go aelund the scenes or CybsrjaEk a Him whose special affects are Be 
created entirely with Arnigas Pins reviews of HDllywMd R. Final Data, 
Studio Pro if and Dice G Compiler 
ON 2 DISKS: Sat online with our Demon Iniermel software. Jsettii eomrilft; 
version ol DalaUase and Spreadsheet sflltwara (mm the Mini Dflice package 


We take the first Irak at Ushtwave 4 and its improvements. Plus 
reviews ol Cross Mac, DPainl 5, Aminet 1 , Cobra 275MHI and CanDo 3, 
ON TH£COfmA irH CD crammed wild 547Mb of files to use with 
your Amiga Plus the complete version of Smarty Paints, the art 
lockage, 


Send me my back issues! 


Each issue costs just C3.9G (plus 5Dp P&P)- Send this Iprm 
and a cheque or postal order payable to IDG Media, 1o. 
Amiga Computing Back Issues. Media House, Arlington 
Park, Macclealield SKtO 4NP. Offar subject to availability 
Please ask al»ut availobdily of any issues not shown. 


Name: 

Address: . 


Postcode: Totsphone: .... 

Remember io fill In all of this farffll If there aro any 
problems, please telephone 01525 B78fHHL 

1993 ISSUES _ 

April, May. June, August. December issues wily £2-99 | 

V 1 {XsMpPOP}- 




If you've missed any of these issues, now’s your chance to put things right, by either buying an 
individual issue or a full six months’ worth. But hurry - stocks are limited! 


I£V l 11 J 

Aw exclusive preview nl the new cbnd'iloni UflflitwM PAL. plus 
Bil its Essential add-ons, A first Irak at PageStream 3.0. Retina III, 
ttamActor arid a D IV guide to building a homtt studio, 

OH 2 DISKS'. Scroller 2. a complete commercial video litllftfl system 
worth £60. 


Ab teSt OriVeS me rmUl^r aL^GIprtuvi onu «mn.* ^ 

use it to create their commercial graphics. Pius reviews ol Wor d 
Construction Sflt, Wavemsksr, T urooCalc v2 and Sortie Bunny I 
ON 2 D/SKS: the complete version of TectinoSbunct Turbo and a 
flully playable demo ol Sensible World of Soccer. 



Jots 



We look at the freelance graphics market to sea how you can make a 
hob or two with your creativity. Plus: Forge. Pyromante, Picasso and 
Pablo-. 

ON 2 DISKS: 3D textures lor 2D an 3D graphics applications. Plus 
HamLabPlus. 


We reveal all you need lo know about Amiga maintenance, Plus 
reviews of Warp Engine Image F*'X 2 and 3D CD’s. 

DNS DISKS: Demos of Gated Factory. Edge, Top Gear 2 and a host 
at shareware titles to dip into. 


Want a list of the lop 20 best Amiga buys? Look no further than our 
countdown of the cream ol products for your machine. Plus a 
monitor roundup, Final Writer 3. VUah Motion and more reviewed. 
ON 2 DISKS: l he complete, exclusive Easy Amos - all pours tree 
with AC 


The Video toaster finally arrives on the shores ol Britain with Vw 
help of the Passport 4Q0D. Also take a look at Imagine 3.1. 
Wordworth 3.1 and see hidden 3D pictures with StereoGAD. 

ON 2 DISKS- Th* full version ol Gao Do 2 and a demo ol the 
fTnih-iii i-ar+irt jmiiib Premier Manaoer 3 Ifom Gremlin. 












ill ere at System we take what you, the readers, 
1® I think seriously, and we are always looking 
■ I for ways to improve our games section. So, if 
you want to air your views and stand a chance 
of winning some excellent priies then put pen 
to paper. 


fP Games Coverage 

^ Would you like to see more or less of the following? 


More 

Less 


More 

Less 

Sports 



Strategy 



1 Arcade 



Puzzlers 



PlaEfdrmers 



IfiPGs 



Adventures 



Smuilatora 





f} 

General 

CL 

Please tick: 

1 Yes 

JTo " 

Doy 

iu want a game problem answering page? 



Are lull game cheat guides useful to you? 




Would you prefer small tip® to different fjamgs each issue? 



Is a reader s soap box/fetters pgg* 0 f interest Ed you? 



Do you find information on developers interestino? 


" 

When 


e relevant, would you like more technical information? 



1 Would you like to see more competitions? 




□ Games should be left oil Cover Disks eomptelely 
O Only use the more serious stoalegy/sports games 

□ Only use games that are high profile releases 
_D More games in general, including Public Domain 


Age 

To get an idea of what level we should be aiming at, it would 
help usjfj^u could tick your appropriate age grou 



Layout 


Please tick: 

Yes 

No 

f am happy with System's current page design 



1 like reviews sectioned, but want more emphasis on opinion 



r would prefer the majority of information in a main body of text 



1 would like more text 



_ 


Most important in a review 

(Place 1-4 In order of importance - 4 being most important) 


2] In-game piclures 
□ Reviewer's opinion 


□ Gamepfay details 

□ Technical information 


c 

9 

CD32 games 



Please tick: 

Yes ' No 

Do you wanl SquirretfZappo compatibility Information? 


Would you like more coverage at CD games? 

■ 



■ 

=i L 


Your machine 

Model: 


□ Upgrades: (e.g., Accelerators, Fast RAM, elc.) 

□ Do you own a CD32 or CD-ROM Drive? 



hfame: 

Address: 


Please send ail compiled surveys lo: Tina Hacked, System Survey, Amiga 
Computing, Media House, Adiington Park. MacctesMd, Cheshire SKW4NP. 


Are you interested in articles on ga mes in their early stages 
Would you preler previews of games nearer to eompleiksii? 




To show our ap 
efforts well ente 
draw, There are 
for grabs and 2 
intriguing games 


Jllf IIIS 


101 








The ;r>frotfuc(ilbrt anim Teiir the sitary of the fluiiJert 
mlliinf r# vpfutido iJrif# the CoM Wat ended. In other 
words, the appearance of scantily dad women, Cadillac 
cans and beef burgers 

msuL 


The control panel - click and hold on 
rb* rf^t-htnd mouse buMan (o bring 
tip (he icarutied hst of Jrtipm and 
inventory 


Visit Moscow (right next to <*» 

rGB television Studiac where daytime 
quiixes Are now sfiolj and s^rtah the 
Orient Express 


stem tj 


In the attenn atti ot collapsed 


communism, Russia has became virgin territory ter 


Western goods. Core Design go one step turther and base 


a game rend the new democracy. Main Phillips previews 


et's gel one thing dear from this point 
onwards - stereotypes in computer games are 
a fad that are never going to go out of fash- 
ion. Japanese with their cameras, the Irish 

with their potatoes, and now the Russians 

with their technologically-backward attitudes and a 
naivete of Western culture. 

The backdrop for the rather handsome looking Big 


Big Red 


Red Adventure Is Moscow 
after the initial wave of cap- 
italism has swept over it. 
The Kremlin palace has been 
turned into a museum hous- 
ing Russia's greatest trea- 
sures. Among the pickings is 
the coveted crown of Tsar 
Ivan, the Horrible covered in 
a variety of jewels, pearls 
and other assorted goodies 
that are worth a fortune. 

I ^7 I For some reason, to 

■ |\ begin with, you take on the 

■"l "Nl — \ I role of a foreign tourist 

ly turned criminal who wants 

to steal the crown, Doug 
Nuts, techno-nerd extraordi- 
naire who has a penchant 
for criminality, Is the first character to be put in your 
control in the room of a hotel suite, The game itself is 
split into four different sections - for three of these 
you play three differing characters including our Doug. 

Further on in the game you take on the role of Dine 
Fagoli, an ex-boxer of Italian origin (let's get those 
stereotypes really cooking} who's described as an hon- 
est and decent kind of guy who unfortunately 


The Big ftrd dd»ji(un h made up of 100 different 
locations to explore your way through rram rlw sunny 
shades of Gorky PaHt to the icy wastetMods ofzerograd 

(surprise, surprise) is as thick as black strap molasses I 
(thick, black treacle to you, sunshine). 

The third and final personality is Donna Fatale I 
whose past is somewhat sordid - apparently. Forever I 
trying to cover up the indiscretions of a mis-spern I 
youth, she often finds herself on the receiving end of I 


i 


The hate! worn 
where you 
begirt, Move the 
red pointer over 
an object you 
want to use, 
open or examine 




Newsagents have 
hit the streets of 
Moscow big time 
for all sad people 
reading, that 
copy of PlayBorii 
dangling 
enticingly from 
i ts book can he 
bought - that's 
democracy for 
you 






Corky Park - a location wrapped in mystery 
and rtedi *n‘ dagger norma///, but mw 
*Kwn# id Ad with a Leftinfntenifo 
rtHHft, Oh, 



MeRttmanav - tfie ffurj^n J||«ik™di. 
Chniie from a wide seJecf ron of fast 
food ifukAt b«f i*r*«i/» auf far tfw 
mf/e r-j fating waitress 



TTh? murb'berd^fnwn of fvan t#w Terrible wbit^i « 
kept in the Kremlin and has, no w iten turned info a 
tourift attraction, All speech is shown in cartemn styfe 
ipfith huhttlez And rtuse-ups of the characters 




I Adventure 


At fame point in die game, ywi'ro gornj fa need that 
. tninlttndo handheld the kids get. Why not swap that 
wper-doopah PC m jrair mrtrtfay with him ? 

isses I ruthless blackmail threats. The fourth and last sec- 
I bon of the game is where all the loose ends are 
tale I brought together to an exciting denouement. I can 
eve r | hardly wait, 

>ent I It transpires during the animated introduction to 
d of I the game that certain factions of old Russia are 
I none too happy in the way Western culture has 
1 affected the once great motherland. Lenin- loving 
I trusties want to get things back the way they were 
I before the invasion of Big Macs, computer games 
■ and rock music, and they intend to go to any 
| measure to achieve this, 

LOOK-ALIKE 

Heading this cast of evil-looking Stazi 
I storm-troopers is a Lenin-like figure who looks like a 
t ^ university lecturer after an A A meeting. Obviously, 
im*f I at some point, you're going to have to put a stop to 
°P ie Their dastardly plans through the use of cunning, 
| good looks and luck. 

Using the conventional point *n J click method of 
™ i moving the character around, objects can be picked 
^ up and used, characters talked to, and doors 
r * I opened. Like most games of this ilk, puzzles come in 


the form of using the objects in the right place and 
talking to Moscow's denizens in a quest for more 
information. 

One of the first problems the player stumbles 
across is how to get on the daily quiz show held at 
KGB Studios. First of all, watch the programme on the 
television which will tell you to buy the Moscow TV 
Times to get hold of a ticket. The paper can be 
bought from the newsagents outside the hotel. 

Inside is a ticket with three questions on that’ll 
each need answering before you can send it off to be 
entered into the draw of lucky audience winners. 
How you get the answers leads to separate puzzles 
and quests, one of which involves getting a queuing 
Russian to buy caviar for you in return for a roll of 
toilet paper. 


CONUNDRUMS 

From what l r ve played, the various conundrums 
thrown up by the game are intelligent and challeng- 
ing, but not so overtly difficult as to stop you dead in 
your tracks for several weeks, But who knows how 
hard they get on the iater sections? Find out in the 
full System review in the next couple of months. 

Along your travels you're whipped aiong the 
streets of Moscow, across the Icy steppes of Zerogr 
taken on a ride on the Orient Express and enter i 
deep red heart of communism. 

One of the game’s most enticing aspects is th 
rather sumptuous graphics that have a real profes- 
sional sheen to them. The backgrounds have been 
painted and put on the screen in 256 colours, with 
the colourful, if clich^d, characters presented in bold, 
vivid colours, There's no doubt that a considerable 
amount of time has been taken on aspects of the 
visual presentation, and the graphics match those 
seen in most Sierra titles such as the later King's 
Quest games. 

With over 100 locations to trawl through, varying 
from Moscow station and KGB TV studios to 
McRomanovs (Macdonalds anyone?) and Gorky Park, 
the player can interact with 50 characters along their 
travels- Most of these characters are clkh£d but well 
drawn and fill their parts effect! veiy. 

Take the Japanese photographer who doesn't 
know how to use his top-of-the-range camera - give 


Doug, the (ttfirwiwnt It dir 
first character you play. An 
electronics witacd, Doug's mam 
goal seems (o Irt wWjf rriminal 
Bless hint maybe computers are 
svbvmrtly* after alt 


him your instamatic and he 
wastes three shots by leav- 
ing the lens tap on, getting 
his thumb in front of the 
lens and finally shaking the 
camera so much that you’re 
left with motion blur. Also 
featured throughout the game 
to add to the ’ambience' is a 
series of tunes tailored for 
nearly each location which 
add to the atmospheric 
proceed in gs. 

This has all the hallmarks 
of a rather special game, 
but a word of caution. 
The PC version, 
released a few 
months ago, 
suffered from 
an awkward 
control system where it was difficult to move youf 
character to an exact position, and the map didn't 
make much sense - lapping back on itself when you 
were going in a completely different direction, and 
the main character sometimes simply ignoring where 
you wanted to go. 

If Core Design has cleared up these hiccups, Amiga 
users everywhere could be in for a refreshing treat in 
an original gaming environment (apart from those 
comic book characters). We'll be able to look Over our 
shoulders at Sierra and LucasArts and realise that the 
Amiga community doesn't need them anymore 
anyway. Hopefully, 





A twb disk collection ol 
Ihe bed virus killers 
available lor toe Anragn,. 
An essential punton** 
lor ,arvy Amiga user. 
Vnry easy to US0 

Only E4.Q0 


-2, VIRUS KILLER SET 



A Ml el 10 of cue beef 
puzzle pun'iua for the 
Arnsga. Ffualraltop al 
an imlrerne Superb 
value. 


Only £7.00 

rMTG7-3, MIND TEASERS 



11 you want IS laam to 
type like a pro. Chan OU? 
superb Typing tutor sea 
will help you on ycur 
way. 


Onty Ca.OO 

]TYP3-1 . TYPING TUTOR J 


Workbench 3 is very 
geoS but commodore 
Forgul to include a lew 
things, Ilka a virus killer, 
a decent Ilia manager, 
a menu system, a lew 
VVB games & more. £7 



S A KsnpWia wordpro- 
massing package 
Features all Standard 
cplioris like: oul, paste, 
spelt checker ate. An 
overall easy lo use 
packepe. Only £3-00 



If you warn to linkup 
your Amiga to a PC or 
ancltur Amiga Chen this 
is Che software tor you 
You oar easily Iranstef 
files from o™ machine 
to another Only Efl.00 


rsfUFF COMMODORE FORGOT ~|TXE3-1. TEXT ENGINE WP | □COMB-3. NETWORKING SET 


SfarTrek 

ActxMvSlraCegy game 
You lake ccnlrot of al 
Any parecnnel on lhP 
bridge, great sound fr 
and graphics make Ihis 
id superb geme. C’B PO 


I Create your own raact- 
nating SO stereogram 
pictures on your Amiga- 
Complete with demo 
pictures, viewer and 
Magic Eye mafcw 

Only C5.QQ 


J 


An essential purchase 
tor any herd drive cwn- 
ors. Includes backup 
Cools, virus tools, disk 
repairer, and toads of 
other utilities 

Only CS.oa 


STG^^TARTHEK GAMES □ RPS5-2. MAGIC EYE KIT | □ HDTS-2. HARD DISK TOOLS_ 


Now the wheather is 
nice, HfS Ikne to do Ihe 
gerden, and the best 
way to gel Oul at doing 
il is to spend loads of 
lime designing d 

Only C3.« 


GRN34. 3D GARDEN DESIGNER 



Get your ftnancea in 
order with this excellent 
package, Keep (rack of 
yourh«l, patrol, A food 
bis. Find Oul where all 
your money g*0S each 
month, only £7.00 



Over 100 games on 5 
greal disk*- Afl thB clas- 
sics are hei*. aswall as 
loads d nsw oegmal 
J games 

Hours of lun <or prsl 
£10.00 


FIN7-3. FINANCE PACK 


1GG10-4. t 00 GREAT GAMES 


your own hard- 
ware and save EE?, 
Sownd samplers, mem- 
ory expanse™, 
Bridgeboards eta. 
Knowledge cf UHA req 
Only £4.00 


A two disk sot of new 
workbenegh backdrops 
I and icons for use wdh 

! Magic Workbench, yn 

I any Kickstart 2. or a. 

| MngivWB available £3 
MagioWB extra 5.. . E5 


HWP4-2, HARDWARE FR0JECTS 2 MWE5-2 MAGIC WB EXTRA S □ WGB5-2- WQRKBENCH3 BACKDROPS 


Over 40 top quality 
compugraptMC fonts lor 
use on Workbench,, 
PageSfream, DPaint4. 
WordTC>r1h2A3 elc. 

A great value set ol 
fonts AH tor «ity £7 


PSF7-3. COM PUG RAP H 1C FONTS 


A huge 6#1 of classic 
board- games, Inctudes 
Monopoly, Scrabble. 
Cluedo. Mastermind, 
Othello. Backgammon, 
and mo*e Great lun for 
all Ihe family Only £10 


Order Hotline: 

01 793 490988 


□ BDG1IH. CLASSIC BOARD GXMES 


Fax Order Line: 

01793 514187 


I XCOpy TNG is toe most 
I powerful Armga disk 
I copier cividilable. 

1 Includes ^ghwara and 
ft an external disk inter- 
| face For boiler resdUs. 

Only £29.99 


!□ SXCP3D-1-XCOPY TNG 





the mu si powerM 
word search, crossword 
solver available on too 
amiga Includes a dic- 
tionary d over 5S.QCQ 
words and you can add 
your own. Only £5.00 


□ WFF5-2, WORD FINDER Pro 


□ EFB24. ESSENTIAL FOR BEGINNERS 


ORDERING BY POST 

Simply tend a* yeur ordai . IlMlng ih* Item* you 
require, ike lotai cost and yor name and dcoii 
with payment either by ehequ* or postal “rd*. 
made payable to EMC MARKETING. Moei omafk 
are dasp itched with flkhourt. 
ORDERING OVEfl THE PMOHE 
Call any time pm-«i**n KJOam ■ r.lQpm Mon-9it 
whh your cradh card delaifa and * H*l -el Itama 

yau would Ilk* to eider 
COLLECTING YOUR ORDER 
You are welcome to collect you order any lima 
baiwoen i Him and 5:30pm Monday - 5 Atarday. 
OVERSEAS OHMRS 

Overaeaa ardara ar* weteome, bul lkert/1 ■ mini- 
mum order of a Ullea and please add tf P*P per 
floppy ilile and f2,W per CD-ROM title M»r Foelag* 
A Packing 

POSTAGE A PACKING 
U-K 5 Wainln nd add B total □! jutl 5Cp for floppy 
eollwara- 

P|ua Cl par CD-ROM till* ordafrt- 
INFORMATION 

Goodr ere noi Hid -an e trial beaFa. EAO-g 
PLE ASE -STATE YOU ARE OYEfl 1i WHEN 
ORDERING A«Y ADULT TtTLfS. 

Foil Taruv. and Condittone avaltabla on raquial, 
We do not ccnthjna iha uae of pomographte aoftwff*- 
Actoaf arrreertehah- m*y very belween 
diftarah-L cunipuUer upraiont, 



Smnpto Id uS*. bul enm- 
pnem cotour Desk lop 
publishing software for 
any Amiga- 


Program Only E4.M 


newsmaker 


Over 500 game 
cheaison 2 disks tor 
Amiga games. Most 
ol Ihe latest games 
cheats included 
All for on fytfr.OO 


CHT5-2. CHEATS GALORE 2 


Thousands ol Gencml 
KriemHege quesiicms 


and answers on this 
iwn disk Quiz Pack. 
Great lun tor all Ihe 
Family- 

Only £5,00 


QUZ5-2- QUIZ CHALLENGE 



|[ your nsw to ihe AiriQB 
Iben yai mny ho bavriy 
probeme v/tth rrtssng 
Iru ranch etc on your wark- 


eertari Irtm, Id hi. This disk 
Quriiaire tf pgpiw Ibraikrt. 


iwiwoni and other popular 



A snludiOfi of tocto Irn 
degrading your AT 200 
or W-OOa to anew you 
to run moal of Ihe Dlder 
Amiga gamea loote. 
and de-mu'*. 

Only £4.00 


A1 208 DEGRADERS 



A two (fek collection ol 
Workbench 3 badt- 
dropa. Very ussy to 
use. Works wr|h Hard 
diak ol Floppy disk 
Grown up's only. . 

Only £5,00 


The completo small 
offca Buile, Includes, 
Wcrdprccaaeor. 
Database, Speadshriat, 
end Piety. Gompaltole 
on all Amiga's 

Only £7.00 


IFC7-3, LITTLE OFFICE 





Fifty d toe PeEf Bitmap 
1onl5 avallabto Hies 
pads alao -ncludfe a 
poworM Icmt edBlnr. 
Compa-llble with 
Workbonch, D Pam1 r 
Me. £7.00 


□ nm-l FIFTY FANTASTIC FONTS 






A 1«*i disk cclleclion d 
yoty high quaMy emono 
clipart, suilabe for all 
Amiga DTP A Peinl 
packuga*. All popular 
subfecls Included. 

AA (on disks ortfy £13 


□ GFX13-10. PRO- CLIPART 


- 



Includes print manager, 
leble printer asMress 
keeper pjmt*r dnvars, 
loads cr cfher pnnter 
lads. Kncwledga of 
LHA required lor use. 

Only £7.00 


□ RRT7-4. PRINTER TOOLS 2 


GCB3-1. COMPUTERISED COOKBOOK 



your a buddipg 
tan &ea!p or FlDyd. 
Ihen this Gourmet 
cookbook wilt 96 -t 
you going. 

Only E3.CM 


Over 130 clipart 
images on 3 disks 
of all the Lion King 
characters lor use 
yn any Amiga pack- 
age. Only Efl.tH) 

■3. LIONKING CLIPART 



This Is Ih* masl uptc I 
dale and wmprrtsen- 
aivB ccltucbdh d prinlw 
dnvem available tor Ihe 
Amiga. Star, Citizen, 
Panasonic. HP elc, etc 
Easy to InsWL CS.tKf 


DRV3-1, PRINTER DRIVERS 


AMIGA 

SOFTWARE 

SPEUA1 


I Six disks cF Viddq lonta 
1 Backdrops. Titter*, 

I Video wipes, and loads 
I mqra. Greet tor ptoduc- 
I inq your own video s 


AH for only El 2.00 

1 YI01 2-6. VIDEO TITLING TOOLS 


(Cl 1995 EPIC TV 



If y&j'va juflt punchasod 
your Amiqa sHiur yru may 
be a tnl txHNkHl how to 
1 property Well li'iR 
'-.fi disk Mil iHhjaa you step 
by Slop ShfCUDh ««nry 
yasc Ihmg to knew AH 
1(y» lu! JUHl f9 TH 


ABG9-5, BEGINNERS GUIDE 


EPIC MARKETING, FIRST FLOOI 








Over 600 mfc c- J Imagine 
( A lightwave objects, 
lesdy&s. Anim-alione, 
Pctum files. Praliscripl 
loots, Colour fonts. etc. 

Only Cia.sa 

□ GFX SENSATION VoLl 



Irtclvufe* rnr £00 all 
hnn thissic speclmim 
games on one CD lor 
CC33.CDTV. Ziippo 
ale Inriudos. actual 
Spoecy cm uiai nr 
aswoll Only £UM 

SPECCV SENSATION CD 



□ HUTCHINSON ENCYCLOPEDIA 


J ‘ARCADE CLASSICS CD 



Vouf Amiga of PC. OVER Ifl Only £19,90 

□ADULT SENSATIQN CD 


NEW!! contains, almost every ma ol our adver- 
tised Amiga floppy lines Gamw. loots. chimera, 
ellpart ale. |1 ll's on this double page a-dd fi's 
Simon certainly cn this CD ROM Onty E5&.05 

□ THE EPIC COLLECTION ’95 


w = 

All Ehe best and 
mosE useful tools for 
your Amiga 
Includes Hundreds 
of essential utilities 
Jv$t £9-99 

□ ‘ESSENTIAL UTILITIES VoLl 



NEWIIITho Slartrek 
Multimedia CD. can- 
lams; Animations, 
Sound samples and 
hundreds of pictures 
Ofify £27.89 

STARTREK MULTIMEDIA CD 



The biggest collacton of CJpart available EVER! 
Colour + B&W IFF, EPS, Pegastream. GIF. POX., 
BMP T1F. PagBseMer. WMF. Over 60 categorise. 
DOUBLE CDROM . A bargam al jual Cl 7.90 

□ WORLD OF CLIPART CD 










FO actually standi for Unidentified Flying 
Object, as most people already know. They 
tend to associate them with triangular 
space things that whiz* through the sky at 
millions of miles per hour, the theory is 
Aliens. That's the explanation E 
Many years have gone by while scientists have 
studied all the evidence, yet there's still no concrete 
proof that these little green men do or don't exist 
if they do, they obviously don't seem to be 
planning to attack us or wipe us out in the future. 
They just seem content researching us. Some people 
claimed to have been examined or monitored by a 
weird method’ Is it true? Who knows? What would 
happen if they did find a reason to attack us What 


INTRODUCTION 


would we do? The thought is terrifying. Well, 
sort of. 

Recently, over the South Manchester area, there 
have been many sightings of these unknown objects 
whizzing over the Pennines Are there other life 
forms living in new galaxies using technology far 
more advanced than anything we've ever dreamt 
of? 

Aliens, supposedly, have access to small* shiny 
vehicles that can travel in depths of any galaxy they 
please and never get pulled up for speeding. And 
what do we have... the Amiga 500? 




From the Xrorti base fov Ofl fcujJd venous 
iadti ties to aid 1 you in y**m- qtwsl 


STORYLINE 


The idea is to take control of 
XCom which is a secret organisa- 
tion planning to wipe out inva ri- 
ng UFOs -who, incidentally, 
have decided, to attack. The only 
way of defeating them is to 
shoot the UFOs down to the 
ground and search the wreckage 
for technology to use against 
them. This is where the strategy 
aspect comes in. 

Deciding on what weapons to 
research and the type of armoury 
for your soldiers is, unfortu- 
nately, your first worry. You then 
have to land cm their territory 
and defeat them. Only by con- 
stant research will your army 
grow large enough and strong 
enough to enable you to even 
think of attacking the aliens. 

Once you defeat them you will 
learn more about them and their 
way of thinking, After a while 
you may be able to predict their 
moves and form different 
strategies, 

A number of important deci- 
sions have ta be made to prevent 
the UFOs attacking your base 
Once you have made ground and 
established yourself as a leading 
base, you can extend your com- 
munity and set up plant else- 
where within the world. To do 
this you must send out your jets 
to patrol the vicinity to check for 
unwanted guests - disposing of 
them immediately. 

Sending out various 
Interceptor jets to shoot them 
down is a good thing to do to 
make an area dear. You can then 
think about sending out a pas- 
senger ship carrying all your sol- 
diers and ammo. This is very 
dangerous as you have no real 
knowledge of the UFO's crew or 
cargo. It's your job to organise 
your troops safely and control 
them through the exploration 
stages, and this is where the 
action begins. 



Hie 


? graphics are probably the best part of the game. 
They are chunky yet very detailed. However, the only 
let-down are the actual combat sequences on the 
ground, which are very bland and could easily have 
been improved. The world map is very well drawn and 
the actual stills of faces, equipment and transporters 
are very good. Overall, the graphics are clear and 
adequate 

Obviously, the main factor for a strategy game is to 
be detailed: and playable rather than very presentable. 
The graphics and sound are much of a bonus if you're 
going to be constantly engrossed in your tactics and 
strategies - the presentation will not play too big a 
part in your initial reaction. 

The animation of the game Is slightly different, and 
becomes very jerky during the ground battle scenes. 
The limited amount of frames of animation look unfin- 
ished and very unprofessional, which make the battle 
scenes, in particular, very sluggish and even clumsy. 
The control system then becomes awkward and results 
in a game which hosts a whole load of detail being 
disappointingly let down by slightly minor* ^though 
very poor finishing touches. 


Atmospheric tunes are usually the norm for strategy games, and 
UFO is no exception. It has its fair share of eerie tunes blending 
in well, suiting the action and graphics, but the effects are fairly 
limited to the odd bleep, resembling gun fire. There isn't much 
to write home about in particular because the style of the game 
is progressive rather than action all the way. 

The action scenes could have been spiced up with some 
speech or sampled aircraft noises, which would have added to 
the realism. However, as it stands, the music and sound effects 
are really both adequate because you don't really take much 
notice of them. Actually, you may as well make your own 
sounds. Eeeeaaaawwwl Chaaa! Chaaa... erm, maybe 
not. 


Andy Maddock becomes 
intrepid adventurer as 
he goes in search of 
those infamous little 
green men and the 
answers to a million 
UFO questions 


Flan /pur battle strmtegy carefully t 
collect UFO technology to 




106 


Jlrif ISIS 







■ 

r* 



tO 
le. 
're 
nd 
I a 

nd 
es, 
in- 
tie 
sy. 
i Its 
ng 
gh 




ADDITIONAL INFO 


UFO is now available to all 500 
owners. After being released on 
the 1200 and CD32, the 500 
version follows suit. Compared 
to the superior versions, it's basi- 
cally another run-of-the-mill! 500 
version - vastly slower and gen- 
erally a 500 feel to it. If you've 
never played the other versions 
then you haven't really got 
anything to compare it to. 

Collated to other simitar strat- 
egy games with a twist of adven- 
ture, it doesn't realty touch 
them. The two that stand out 
from the rest are Space Crusade 
and more recently, K240, which 
are both incredibly in-depth and 
contain livelier action sequences. 


Situ 


The menus are well implemented and easy to use, although the lack of on-screen 
information takes a toll at important parts of the game - constantly looking at 
the manual to get started becomes very boring, very quickly. 

Now for the 5D0 version itself. I'm afraid it's not as fast as I'd hoped. They've 
tried to keep the disk swapping down to a bear minimum and they've succeeded, 
but it's the accessing of the disks that now becomes the big wait. More or less 
every icon clicked on needs a few seconds of access, and if you dick on the wrong 
icon you'll have to wait to get back into 
the game. Through this* I lost interest 
very quickly, 

l must admit* the amount of I 
detail is fantastic and It's certainly 
one of the most in-depth games |'ve f 
played yet. It contains all sorts of | 
information on guns, Ships, ammuni- 
tion and troops, and is a real statistic I 
buff's heaven. Unfortunately, this ^ 
isn't me. 

if you enjoy rtrategy/battle games with ~ 



a hint of adventure then you might as well invest in a hard disk, Most games of 
this genre appear in the bo* accompanied by about five to ten disks, and the last 
thing you want to do is swap them around every few minutes, it's certainly a 
worthy purchase for existing 500 owners who want to inject a little oomph and 
snazj into their grey-haired machine, but be careful non-hard disk owners! 



MpetltftaSii® 

HUf 

— - PrtefliH 
CMtlnbt 

— HH Disk Ml- ves 
E*ln!5y&i:MlB5* 

— Supports: mirnw 
— RecMiinleri: BIOOI 



nip hie 











Indiana Jones And the Fate Of Atlantis 




problem than first thought, 
is the case with 
games it the moment, and is 
immediately put me off - the massive * 
amount of disks were sure to inflict blis- fm ■ 6 

ters the size of tennis bads, However, after a good solid hour 
of playing there were none, as the story unfolds consistently 
and limits disk -swapping right down to the minimum. If 
you J re a proud owner of a hard drive then there's no fuss 
whatsoever. 

The good thing that stands out in adventures is the fact 
you can decide what to do, when to do it and how to do it. 
There are no hard and fast rules you must obey to reach the 
end - you can play it at your own pace. The graphics have 
been carried over from the last adventure of Indiana Jones, 
and the digitised effects work with the atmospheric tunes, 
creating a completely different world. 

if you've got time on your hands and are a fan of Indy 
then you'll enjoy the adventure as it ail slowly unfolds- 
However, have a look around at other adventure games 
which may appeal more. FPW 


— Supports: II hnigas 


Indiana Jones has had a fairly lengthy life-span over the years 
with arcade releases, and now, obviously, with the move up to 
adventure games, In this release, Indy dons his dusty slacks and 
takes steps beyond in the Fate of Atlantis, and as an archaeolo- 
gist he must discover and explore the powers of Atlantis. 
However, hot on his tail are Natfi agents, eager to put a stop to 
Indy's meddling and Say their hands on the powers themselves. 

Indy's career began with an arcade scrolling platform romp 
which was basically a points fest Then came The Last Crusade 
which had fairly 
good graphics and a 
reasonable plot, but 
sadly became a huge 
chore with so much 
disk-swapping. 

It was a brave 
move to turn to 
the more exciting 
adventure genre, 

However, the disk- 
swapping glitch 
became more of a 


I really don't rfiftiir I want to ih 
PM Vou thw anchaicumt 


Fields of Glory 


Two highly-rJclltwd brigades 
locked in battie 


You get to f^Kt which side you will 
represent. Where do your toyaftirs (1*7 


ooomL 


m (D 


fields Of Glory, or FOG as It is more commonly known, is a battlefield/strategy lead- 
ership game which to be honest does not spark much interest for the majority of 
Amiga games player?. However, there is still the minority which must be catered for 
The idea is to control the Anglo-Allied, French or Prussian forces and make tough 
decisions to lead your troops tt> victory, You are thrusted into 1S15 when Napoleon 
escaped from Elba, made his return to Paris and became Emperor of France. The 
Ouke Of Wellington's Allied-Army joined forces with Bluchers Prussians to battle 
Napoleon, and this became the Battle Of Waterloo. 

Throughout the game I managed to stop myself from bursting out a verse from a 
popular ABBA song, and sadly that was my only real moment of excitement. 

Basically, the idea is to position your troops or join them together and then set 
your Light Brigades ready for battle among other battle-type things. Once ready, 
you can set your attack and watch your decisions physically take place as you sit well 

I nut of the way, and while you wait you wilt be informed of certain deaths of com- 
manders and other important personnel. To add some extra spice, not only must 
you defeat your opponent, you must complete the task against the dock. 

The Fields Of Glory database is a dream if you want to find about all different 
kinds of brigade details. You are given ratings of all-important commanders, troops 
and artillery which can be especially helpful in deciding where your opponent is 
most vulnerable. 

The presentation factor is very good, with well implemented menus featuring 
colourful pictures of battle sequences. The action itself is set out on a map, and you 
can search around, view the other sides and look at their armoury. The graphics are 
fairly difficult to make out, but with the aid of a zoom function all is revealed. 
Another flaw is that you don't really have an idea of where to position your troops 
or what to do with them. 

However, if you have a particular interest in Napoleonic warfare and consider 
yourself a great leader then you could be more than adequate at coping with this. 

Publisher: MieriPnse 
DevBloper: MrcraPmse 
Disks: 2 
Puce: 16 an 

Genre: m\\m ftctiifi Game 
Hard Disk Install: Yes 
- — ClM Spiel: Ilia 


Jin mi 








i <nimii *XGW 


Great prices, same day uBspaich, tree gifts, regular prize draws 


Call our sales hotline now (9am id 9pm > 


o 01785 813355 S* 


KKfct CATALOGUE ■ '*P' 
Over 2,000 titles I z "" t 1 lld 


PO Box 6?, 

Some, 

Skiffijrtl-dlirt 


Zone 1 

the software people Isns wt.j i 


price you see, is the price you 


The 


nav vat PAP 


If VCM dCM't sex- -.ili.il viiu want, pUiase Lull, «r pnvtahly ijtork « 
If ytMJ tan fe»J i IjcUft pKc pieiise cull, tve will fry lit hrai II 


If we tell you tliat an item you order is in stock, 
and you don’t get it within 10 days, it’s FREE. 


Our promise to you: 

• Wc will cry to beas any y5tnuinc offer. 

■ W? keep hundreds >4 lilies In suxfc. 

• We new* iUfrtMrge credii/debit cards. 

• ( Linit Nfily etaayjml nfiir goods are strut 

• We irr always In.-ndJy it helpful 

• We aft' avaitahhr ?am lu c )jxn every i±ay 

• We never mislead you about dui stocks. 

• We never ouibble about it-tmns, 


Optional membership slit-me 

■ FK-mmifily cawldfUH* A Ohsk 

■ Manihly .saving dScouru vouchers. 

V Bo mi* jXiFVi scheme 

■ -Mklfllhly prilre- draw 

• Free nimpetitions & more . . 


Prices correct at time uf k'-hi'K eu ptv*A. 4/fi/95 FAOE 

Pnc*3 *ml iiMnrs mu,- cliSAji* voninui ftoHr* Snmr *.vrm ™v not b*> ivwbtilE al Iliriu lM cmlurii 
2chib » LM. Dratdan Hc-jse, TTra atiatiii Ufliimtwi, groHB-uw-TrEm. aalrenlgnirr ST 3 2 FU 


Lowest Priced Top Quality 
Ribbons, Inkjets, Toners & Disks 


bJLAU 1 1 iff 

rtiail J'MPiiHHf.WHI l.R • 


Printer Ribbons 


^roMind pnvcsffiuiuBnt 
Itmilwi MI0WIH4nil#l3ff 
.1 ■ ’■ 1 SHirnuv 


ft ft 

■Ul H 


Camdm MPS 122V1LN 

EpstsLOIW 

FVMVkXSirtVlMWt 
Yp** 7MX/KXIIDV3UHR1M 
Vym UUMMt 
vTiBvuiuiiaTjHMlMI 
NFC nnwTfVrPli» 

OKI MI.IHS'm.VHHIWHf. 


HLAIk 
tawdTExnilVllWi 141 
PiarmlK i 
Fumw KU'JUOIW 
SfDH'faSLNmN! 
suf u ni'-wimi 
■Star [.cm 
ShfUH-IWW 
T«mh Kan KfHHbUtS^i*,^!? 


if ft A ft 


Ml LW 

Mt , fk 


151 IM 
4.MJ 1 4i> 
5J5 5.15 
IJ4 I.HI 
2.A5 115 
25] 2J1 

ITS 159 

.ft. ife 


Ring for Ribbons Not Listed,. 


Ring us and VVE WILL BEAT all other Ribbon prices 


Boxes Ink|Us, Ink Kelilts & Tmiu rs 



DS/DD 

DS/Hn 

10 Disks 

£5 

£7 

Z5 Disks 

£10 

£14 

511 Disks 

£16 

125 

MKI Disks 

£29 

145 

25(1 Disks 

£65 

192 

5(KI Disks 

£125 

£175 


I INI Cup. 
Locks. bJc 
Disk Baa 
£5.9* 

with orden 

of £111+ 


IVrfurmjiirf | MS4BS) dWtf. jaalltibli- *1 Ip eMfu/tkbk. 

All Disks (Yrtiliuii 100% Error Erse 
and lNt:u;m-I FREE Labels. 

Miscellaneous Items 


I. a ncri Jk| ■ Ife'III ( ariridp 
lumiTHMliiri- MrSl mi t 'jrtridjir 
UPllisitJrtf’arlridf^ iCNwWf Cyp.i 
IIPlMkJel rrM. .A.ur C sririilue 
HP LiibnkjeL'Uuit l }d I urlrii igt 

H |> 1 1. -k Jr i 1 1 i Iri'k'i Kelli I tflfl . I 

liikjri Mtfrlh < IXkn I'uiiM Hir I'uwm ItJ-IOlHi, HJ.WI. 
HPlMJei. ItallBlih hi Plart:, fjm Mn^nlH. \dkfs. 
Htd, Hlur, Hrnwn, 1 ight lima. p*Hk (Jrwir. ansHkili. 

1 Parli 1 1 |.«L >4 Pfcii {((*0 ea. 5+ Packs E955 *u 
HPLwrhr ll/DI Tiair Cartridge 41.51 «xh 
eir Iwjri IIIMLIM jfiet i khrlfe 

Ring Eur inkjrts & Toners Mol lasted, 


R»ll IWhWDbib l*t*h 
.VV Lilsk i.'lntab% kJt 
I 1 jj-jIJl'I rnnlLT C uUr 1 1 Jin; 

MtWW Mrt 


CTI 4 Monitor THrU €e»w 

Monitor Dust Cover 
nn cnliiniii rtinriT I luvi lover 
%mi|5H SiMi Itost Covpr 
Vmiiiu -HU I Oust lover 
\mij£ii latfl ihiM 1,'nvfr 


6.4V 

4,» 

3,99 

Uf 


All Prices INCLUDE VAT ( @ I71i%) & UK Delivery 


01543 250377 w™*- or vend dirifui^ 1i>: 01543 250377 

Owl Associates Ltd, Dept Owl House. 

5 Thv Hrsimhftv,, Lichfield, Stalls WS14 WSE 

rJfPrm/ fZmrnimr’it 4 iLjaramuuii 1 girdtri •< th i/tric K ft QB 








fe&SMDLETMMPS PD 

™ “ DlPicial Diilrihilai Far MnrHin ihnkss B#t*. 


U4PO Disks- 9ftp hcH - 3-* PP Pitti 85p ™h - 
1 0 of mon* PD diiki BOp ™di 


fv mw ™#b*p 9 mf Jiit pu( **t*r 2 ffrtf dm t tamp* 
OJM W,w, Jobefi aM JC 10 Of C2S.CC x 3 ft? 


LICENCE WARE 

u m 

O drfy II 3.00 Typing f Mr If 1.0 ft 

Irik ..„ „..f 3,90 TlNnk .««».. £ 4.0ft 

■lock hoard . ... £ 5.99 £ 3.0 5 

Ward Pa war ..£3.09 Cyhardrold ...£3,95 

Art School £4,90 Og! 3 ,.,*.......£3.05 

UHlnolo Quit £3,90 Pfill*, 3*4 ft 


Wa alio il«k GD-Rein*, lob«U, t+t. 
Fort and friondly rtrvJtt. imii day despatch 
Fraa PAP Du Po A Lientewirt 


1 Umr Mill I 

South TeriuMre M3 PIT 
fal/Pnt 01 TOR Mil *7 


Pl'fltrm ™fcf rJwqutt/peu hoi ordff i payvbh fQ- 

SADDUTRAMtt PD 




For the latest and vrtalHl titles 


Jel Set Wiily 3 
Last Lop | Car Saeing! 

Scorched Tanks VI ,6ft IStrategyl 

Piychcual (Croat Sh«* 'em l^| 

Lords and Empire* 1 2 <M», P-nllianr Strategy) 
Spate Eel ipse [2 disb, 2 ™g |- 

Space Adventure 

Software House (2 disks) 


100 Gamer Pack 

Board Gnmci 1 


\7 diski) 

■J5 disks) 


Balls ¥0,99 j latest (johery numbong^^l] 


(Ltensl A 


Mini 

OCSE Enerrs Papers 

and loads more available 


£f jMrdWr- im§ wWi 

73? Knaap i fr pa# and p 

Chtqvm/P.Q.i payabk *o\ HA Ooyd 

m. J.V L L.jJli. C A f I 


fr*a cataiMLW disk wrift order or sand S, A,f Jo: - 

t, AMC r 13 


Depl. 


1 ft Lovciot Awe, Aston, 
Sheffield, S3 1 0BQ 


Computer consumables also available 

Ferry i*q «iW*rs 


FUTURE 

ROLE PLAYER 


Issue 2 out now 


Fejtyces: 

Interview with International best 
selling author, Raymond E. Feist 
2 Free disks offer 
Cl 000 of prizes Jn 2 great compos 


Issue 3 Coming Soon 


European GanCon Show FLoperl 
Plus: Joe Dover, ten Living-lion*, Dungeon 
Designer, Traveller Tha Now Era, Warhemmar 
FRP, Star Trek: TNe NhmI Gorioreton and mora 

To order your copy send an SAE 
with cheque or PO tor Cl .99 payable 
to New Frontier Publications to: 


Future Roleplayer, & Wootisetts Pd. 
North Anston. Sheffield, S31 7£Q 


CAPRI CD DISTRIBUTION 

,-fSHT *LL AVAILABLE flM|rflCDi , 
TITLES IW STOCK AMIGA 

7Q+ CDTV TITLES COMPATIBLE WITH CD32 
1D0+ CDSa TiTU&50 + VIDEO CD T1HE5 
State* Fdw. E2S9S M ftanj - E?9.99 

SttBrSkdnarlis £29.39 HcttastS £1999 

Meet^PKrted £999 Fnesb FishQ .. Mm 

WtSetl £34 99 lateib E 19 . 9 S 

3Ck*ra. . £3439 Mjtnwfetoftt3Ea99 

Sf-ft Wen £1 9 99 GO Boot Emulatir l£29 3Q 

jgcwjrts £3999 Utf>trm2 £39.99 

WtrbcfAIJDQ £14 99 Wald of C 032 ... 11499 

BRCIUH sto^HcmofKRft 

Order Enqid £49.99 Hagtit Tectratogy £29 99 

Rro tf the Robots ..£1999 UstVkngs ... £14.99 

fcrb&ed £1 9 £9 Hr w Itewfcus E 14 99 

TIie. i$ nai a scnsl sector of the ttte E spe&a m lew 

win; y iig kf eta hes »El A'e Etod Ite mncfelc 

Atnkrtn.S.Tl OaoHa, PO Sirt E Eden reigss. 

CAPRI CD DISTRIBUTION 

Dept AC 7, Co pH House, 9 Own Street, 
Marlow, Bucks. SL 7 3 AA 
TfUFAX: 01678 891013 


TRADE ENQUIRIES WELCOME \ 



m 


Eat m* 


THK 11 LSI QUALITY PT> & SHAREWARE 

The LEADER - 

OTHERS CAM ONLY FOLLOW! 


FRKE FRIENDLY HELP RY 
POST ur PHONE ANYT 1 MIG 
FREE (H R MFMISKRSHIH 


pk:k yoi h own programs: 
HV NAME NUMBER AND SIZE! 
ITS EASY! 

fMlk muktv 1 buutnlik' dUtl 
KlWk nutkt'H 1 iwD-boetublc disk ) 


FREEL Y V PH ATER CATA I i X JU E 
WITH FULL DESC RIPTIOKS 
IN HEY & VIRUS CHECKER ONLY £11 
Phahe fur Ihe LATEST PROGRAMS! 

MdUsfIJO 

4itr mere 


ONLV II JS! 



CnnvB-rt your AiUSttad 


COLOU MONI 1R- 

£9.95 

MADE 

DIY 

464/61£a/664(no sound) 

£5.90 

with, stereo epealtcra *3 9 . 9 0 

£29.90 

464 ^lus (Includes eounil> £19.90 

AD, DO 

Hagars Electronics, Dept AMC 


1 Z7 High Street, Sheemess, Kent MEia 1UD, Tel: 01705 663336 

Ghcque/PoAtil Orders accepted 




GET SEFtO JSLY CONNECTED FDR ONLY £19.95 


mH***. WaRf. IM tai , jri«4fEtW'pWt ta**™ 


E'DH^dt^rTan.rnvat A>ncf tf itti #jk US 
T U nbnH P sh* temto Bt hi jw'i retotr iljta ft w; .a; i 

nut; 

b tend P» itt*M UWrtl CKWt MhWWl a*e rt ivfJTf 

rt r rr,»j Vn at <n^rt HM b at W IHM WMtt H |H W*«M M iH« 

EfttbChci^rptaE3d>i. 


CCC lAJi. Bax rn Gerraitls Crus. Butki. m UP. 1*17531 E3«?3 


L 



The New Magazine For Roiepiayers 


& iLiLnfoiifv ituilihlc ftw HlLlrA. S!ME5, 
nU ATAKIS, AMIGAS-. AMEC. A ,U. MAC, PC. CD 
ROM, CM. 300 

Aha rtitiriabk.- P>V\ttf + Miuwat C> .-JiV .'if^frirc L 'OTrirft-i 
FiW ;i IHkv LiU. Pttonf 

Mon-liy Suiuluy 'i’uin dpm 

1 iltn UrmT, [.briuipuii. Sr 1 X. xiu |.Hlrli 

d(HK'-. i.| ‘t's tiPI 


AR\OLI> 

(TIMPIJTltlt 

SUPPLIES 


Btix of se BJ;i nK 

Disk* (inctvdtoff tobtfs) .£i % {par 50) 

Prc Ffrntuned DSHD 

Disks fcii.so (par 50) 

100 % ^anr«d 


Fr« k«al delivery (ID mils radius) 
All your comptrlar needs catered ter. 
Please phone Of Tax lor lalftt pncSJ- 


13,000 rfi'** PD tr&rAry now available 

P& pfiea* ait U.OO per dlaM 


Barry Voce 
0115 9*64973 

11 Campion Street,. Arnold, 


Nottingham NC5 SGft 



FREE PD SOFTWARE 


AMIGA - PC - AH Commodore 

Special part year Subscription May-Dec £16.50 UK only 
Call (0181)651 5436 or 

Write to 45 Brookseroft Linton Glade, Croydon CBO SNA 

independent Commodore Products Users Group 


Big Byte P.D, 


Amiga PH library 
music specialists 

ALL DISKS t \ 


IFF SAMPLES 

I . Snare* > I |. Wood'.y.iirt 

J. in^rw . ll.PifliniiuM 

J. HF-Htil* * *'„^rilft,Pe«w» , i ,|j r | 

T. B^tulrunii M Guhr.i'. 

5 . T omt 1 5. Guitars 

LTomi ■£., AuIumI* 

1. Drum Loupv 17. Indl>ti,u IriM, 

4, Drum Loo pi 1 *. Af rji lr nt. 

?. Bi» butUri If, Ottlhir in«t. 

tO. Ini Gijktm 1C- String 

Al>g Viikairafknr urAtlii li dnH) fJfWL^, plnsrra n: i 
ChmUitHP.O.'f pnyabk Rl-C BYTE P.D 
5 f)p PcHtaac per order, 

Scad for Free ciLata^ut (2 k 2Sp scamps) 


BIG BYTE, 3 B Westtord, Alrcss, Rats- 
Shire, Scotland, IV 1 7 ORY 
Td.Gi34e-eajou 


THE AMIGA 
USER CLUB 


* FREE PD! * 

* Membership Discounts! + 

* FREE Bi-monthly Newsletter! * 
* Special Offers! * 

$g rid SAE for details or telephone 


EXAM PLE PRICES 

Cannon Fodder rrrprrrrrr „ r .,,... r jEl3.49 

S kid Marks £14.99 

Black Crypt £9 49 

VltaDght .£ 13.99 

PLUS MANY MORE! 


We also supply Amiga ScItVraro/HardMiD 
to non member - telephone for details 


The Amiga User Cfub 

22 Heol Marlals. LEondyble, Ammanford, 
Dyfed SAlfl 3UY. 

Tel: 01269 851413 


M 


Books for 
vour Amiga 


UK. Comma - Inlarnei nnd ir w** 

jmn fjrr-jtt/ B-dTUirffThiKi (movia# OHltim «4ri . 

* hew uae Tn Hp-WI. W»«l Wrie W«h. 5^5*™. 'CS, I 
D«tTii WJ Mein to*** ftom ol «■ Itu ^>031 1 I 

J "' m apart rd wfUtm m hy t* ™™mTq raip.H'! I 
pwawi urting and iccmn; .-fisaare, ,w"(l rt M*W- ■ 
Elia. dniBwi fliciEJB and tfjbi. 4T3&HIS pe ■ 

s. kourd -3r>fl W» nxmng ar 1 ^™! P® 0 ^ * I 

arrousni Bnanfl PWh yoo ™«| j»d Tuch. i-uch n™ f 

Prt * lh» Irfnflal and nlaraiKi toefc tar Dd|mhe I 

.cirij itt r^/rarrf^T^ f-o p.iztr*; ih -mrid d {0*0^' K+r,- ■ 


ISDN: Vifasmd- X. aStEwfle*. T11K 


FjiJ [Xaraa sTi^i mfinti in uinOr ail C F5 trtd 1 

Ml progiunrima D*wr £^4^ P4p ' “ 

buck W)1 &K ffltvrupii. ton 

tfitm b d«3 Tyr« M| P- Tm: ‘ aai£ cl Pf^rarr 


IS®' 1 jruw aT, tea p^u. SI an ecijirrt 
Amiga Workbench 3 Ooortar Patilt 

TBS' paffey^^iriF I5i T* Vif-fli'l fine nil Amqa cwrar 
l^-noja reflffSj* t^wattoandi WsZW ftab I 
.inrJ Ptifik ih* Th nauiii vitea Ar2titi - j Oeepa'lJin P+j* B I 
WnrWxrcr. 3 reln-wre ra-d and handy ndM drttV 

isen. mraajM^4, tates vat- p jp 


£4 hourcroda cart* hotline. 01 953 KU35S. 
OhaquasPOai'carde 10 &S6. Freeprat 2$2, 
St ABuMib , Haiti. AL2 3&H 


To place an ad on this page call Barbara Newall or 0625 878888. Free typesetting service available 

V . . ■ ttidaoL - inch* Hi : , i-- ■ J A ' I riii 













f Leading 

the way in Amiga 
advice, the definitive 
guide is back to keep 
enthusiasts fully 
informed 


System Medical 113 

The standard start-up sequence goes 
under the microscope this month as 
Frank Word looks at some improvements 

Amiga 3D 115 

Stevie Kennedy explains the uses 
of flame effects and transparency 

ARexx 117 

Paui Overaa looks at menu coding, console 
display control and keypress data scripts 

Comms 119 

Phil South reviews two new Internet books 
that will help you learn about the 
information superhighway 

Publishing 121 

Frank Nord highlights the design and 
time-saving benefits of using style tags 

Amos 123 

It's the turn of the readers this month as 
Phii South answers a few of their queries 

Music 125 

Paul Overaa takes a look at Or T s M Package 
as it makes its debut on the Amiga 

Video 1 27 

Using a monitor instead of a TV with 
your Amiga can make all the difference. 





Presented in association with AMIGA COMPUTING, ST FORMAT and 
enthusiastically supported by GASTEINER 



IF IT'S 1995 THAT MUST MEAN ANOTHER BREATHTAKING 


Spotlight vs wg 

SHOW 

★ ' GREAT SHOW OFFERS ★ / | 

^ j OVER 30 EXHIBITORS INCLUDING I 
AMIGA COMPUTING AND ST FORMAT 

SEE, TRY AND BUY FROM A WIDE RANGE OF THE LATEST AND BEST 
PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FROM AMIGA AND ATARI 
MANUFACTURERS, DEALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS 

“NOW IN ITS THIRD GREAT YEAR 
AND GROWING FAST” 

PLACE: NOVOTEL HOTEL, 

HAMMERSMITH, LONDON. 

DATE: 10th & 11th JUNE 1995 

TIME: 10am to 6pm 

TICKETS: £5.00 children under s free 

For advanced booking phone Gasteiner on 
0181-345-6000 or Fax on 0181 345 6868 



GASTE/NER PRESENTS 

ATARI AND AMIGA SHOW 

1 0th & llth JUNE, 1995 

EXHIBITION CENTRE 
NOVOTEL HOTEL 
HAMMERSMITH LONDON 


SPOTLIGHT 
1 005 SHOW 


KRP £5.00 

WITH THIS VOUCHER £2.30 








TUTORIAL 




I 


Better bit 
design? 

Frank llord churns through Liour standard start- 
up-sequence to see ham things can be improued 

or Gwxel. Saving ewes the settings you have 
made to the EIWAfiC and IW. drectorie*. If 
you Use the settings, they only get saved to 
your ENV: directory. This directory is in RAM: so 
what happens when you reboot? Everything 
gets lost — wfxch is why ENVARC: exists 
The next two lines copy the Assign and 
Execute commands to RAM. and set (hem so 
that when they are called they wtJI be executed 
from there, speeding the wfiofe boat process 
up. They get removed from GAM: at the end of 
the startup-sequence, so you don't have to 
worry about them taking up precious memory 



OOSOnvara m9 ■JVn.il> r ta mirti-ma UrtNi StS 
as used by oldar rvrvlon* at Workhanch 


0 he startup-sequence 6 one of 
I those things you are advised 
' never to alter, That's what the 
user-startup Is faf, say (he 
.a^morwoos Amiga know-it-alts. For the 
-osi part they are quite right. You shouldn't 
-L jt tang the assigns for some game mto 
.cur startup'sequence. but there are 
xeaSJOhS when you will find it extremely 
usefci to edit It 

first of all. if you have been paying 
.-ctmttsn to die senes so far. you wilt 
remember that I sad that you might want to 
nangeyour p^XX; a 55 ign from its s&rxtard 

■jditrous potation in 5:. I also said you might 
want to change your FONTS: assign, and 
Mth these assigns are embedded in your 
liSrtMp-sequence. There s ateo a load of 
-ttJundsnty built into the startup-sequence 
iu5t in case there any problems, which slows 
down its execution and results in unnecessary 
reads from disk or hard drive. Let's see if we 
can't clear it all up 

The first section of the startup-sequence for 
Workbench 3.0 looks like this: 


; iVEft! stiTtup‘i«qufn£i 39.9 £9.MT> 
C:SttMch 1UIET 
t:ll#ri 1 sn >I 1 L: 

C:Addfiuff*M >hti: OHJ: 15 
fiUtt ?1 


The first line is prefaced by a semkolon \,\ 
which tells AmigaOOS to amply ignore thn 
line. As such we can leave rt in. especially as it 
serves a useful purpose if we need to ftrsd out 
what version of the startofwequence we are 
running. 

The next line is very important and you 
shouldn't put any commands before it unless 
you are explicitly instructed to. Setpacch 
patches the Kxkstart ROMs In your machine to 
make them as update as possible The 
version command simply returns the internal 
versions of Kickstart and Workbench. 
A1dbtiffer3, in the following line, sets the read 
buffers fofdRJ: If you have loads of memoiy 
and a faster processor, then you can up this 
value from 1 5 to, say, SO to give you a slight 
speed increase for your floppy dnve If you 
have more than one floppy, you can duplicate 
this line for each drive you have. 

Wri 



Kero i your boy-M tandard Sfflflup- 
Saqinnc d, /uif waiting to bo rakrafttf 


The failat command is there to check 
whether you actually have a DF0:, if you don't 
then the buffers wont be added. 

The next section in our standard startup 
sequence should look like this: 


C:Hjk«Dir Mt:T RAN: I LipbnirSS R.» H : th I' 

m-.mtin 

C:Cep| > H t L : ENNARt: MlhENY ALL HGEEi 
ltai4tnt»RlL! trMsijn PURE 
Htsidtnt >H[L; ??(ie[uie PURI 


The first two lines from this section set up your 
Workbench preferences, clipboards and a 
temporally directory programs can use. So we 
start off with the creation of four directories in 
RAM : Notice that the command to create 
these four directories doesn't have to be 
repeated four times, but that everything is all 
on one line, 

RAM:T is the temporary directory, 
RAM:ClipboardS is, fairly obviously, the 
directory used when you use cut. copy and 
paste, and IWMEW and RAM;EW/Sys are the 
directories that environment variables, like your 
Workbench preferences, are kept in The next 
line copies the enwe contents of the EIWAJGC 
assign fmcluding subdirectories] ento the 
RAM'EfVV directory The ENVARC: directory is 
Situated in your Workbench's Profs director, in 
the errwarrhr/e drawer. 

As you probably akeady Know, when you 
use a Frefc program you can either Save, Use 


Atrign HliLt EIVj tANiEHV 
Assign >*CL: T; NAT 
Assign MIL: CLIPS; tAH; Clipboards 
A 5 s i gr mi: HEXi.: S: 

Assign MIL: FR ENTERS: DEVS iPrintcn 
Assign >NCL: KEmPJ: PEk'S :(Evnaps 
Assign >NIL: LOCAL E r SThLccaU 
Assign >H!Lr Lilt! SHtUklKi ADD 
Assign >H1L: HELP: L«ALE:liLp DEFER 


This next chunk of the startup-sequence 
sets up the system assigns The one to 
change here is the REXX: assign from S: to a 
directory you wifi already have- made called, 
perhaps. ARexx 


if mr exists srisFem 
Anifn FONT: 

EfidlF 


This is the sort of thing we want to cut out - 
IF-Endlf statements. Our FONTS, assign 
should be fairly permanent, 50 add a line 
to the end of the previous sections 
with- 


HS53&H Mill FONTS: STSiFCNTJ 


or Wherever you have put the fonts 
directory, 


Pirrd Drivers 

t:NPunt MIL: AETt* 10-Slr I virtf "EIT.inlftJ 


Binddrivers. is the command that adds any 
peripheral with something in the Expansion 
drawer to the system. Graphics cards, multi- 
port cards and hard drive controllers are all 
examples of peripherals that use the 
Expansion drawer The second command in 
this section, the Mount command, adds any 
tool with a file in trie DEV5:Do$Drlvers 
directory. Examples of these include the PCO: 
driver and CD-ROMs. 


Not much difference 


While this column has dealt with Workbench ].0s Startup-sequence, the one from 
Workbench 2.04. 2.1 or 3-T doesn't vary too much from this pattern, so you should be 
aWe to follow through all the advice given here. 



EF EXISTS DEYSiHoritMi 
EF EXISTS DEYIiflpnitprifYGMnlgr 
lEttilMflariNCMnLy 
End IF 

tiLlit >131: 1EVS : Rent terrT 1 IT . i nf & | IffiMnLy) 
TO T:N LFDHIAT 'DtMS llpnf tDftf Il“ 

IrecsiTc Til 
t:l(Liti >N 3 L: T:H 
fniJlF 


On every Workbench disk DBfcMcriitors 
does indeed exist, so we can dispense with the 
first IF statement and the corresponding EncflF 
at the end of this section - the rest can stay as it 


SoEnv Horkhtnch Svarkbenth 
Scrltiv Kicjkvttrt SKickitirt 
UnSit Hcrkicnck 
UftSti TitkiUrl 

C:IPr*fi 

EsContlSp 

Pit! MEL: IAN: t: IMilHilIrta ETS:Bt*ic 
STSiSjitll S3 IKifrifl HS:UttUrtll» 
STSsTeolS 5F5sTwLuf[AiMd1t1ll 


Thd section can also be left as it & but if you 
use the Shell a lot you might want to add some 
more directories to the Path statement. GonOip 
can be removed to save a very small amount of 
memory as tong as you don't mind not being 
able ro copy and paste text from Shefi 
windows: 


IF EXISTS 5 ; Us#r-S C a r tup 
Execute SrUstr-Startup 
EftdEF 


Resident EitEUte BEHOVE 
Rtsidtnt Assign FMSl'E 

C:L^dkS 
ErdELE >RtL: 


If you've been using your Am^ga for some 
time and especially if you have been flowing 
the advice given in this column you Will 
hopefully have a healthy User-startup going 
already If not keep frying. 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 



















now made in the UK 


EamePro 

Hflte official UK magaiiBe 


IUIDH I R l 




Amiga 3D Part 4 


It cakes a tar amount of faffing around and experimenting to arrive at a LrghtWave flame 
object with which you are happy, bur the end result ri better and much mare flexible 
than anything to be found in rmagine. I've used versions of the above surface far 
everything from candles to weird temple altar flames and space ship engines, with only a 
little editing. 

Jn fact, the use of texture FalPoff, transparency, and rmage maps instead of the 
lightwave Pro method can lead to lots of other effects. In one render which inducted a 
frigate and a Li-tost, these same techniques worked foe the ship's bow wave and wake, 
the turbulence behind the torpedo propeller, and smoke coming from the ship's funnels. 

In UghtWave. anything which requires splashes, smoke. fire, or even explosions can 
be given the same treatment Once you master the uses of transparency and texture 
falloff, you'll be surprised at the dose control you have over the final appearance of 
objects, 

To give this one a good hard testing, try creating an animated face in DPaint and save 
the anim to disk as a sequence of images. Mow use these ancf the above techniques to 
create a ghostly face hovering above the ground. Use the same image maps as bump 
maps and give them a high texture amplitude of 400 pec cent or so. The result won't be 
disappointing. 


Fanning the 
flames 


Engine tAflJItWf rvquirf 4 > tmai 

fimme with i» l*W-Uls 

in b* brutal with tasture 

tattoit and transparency 


5teuie Kennedii looks at a bag full of tricks 
inuoluing flame effects and the art of transparency 


you'll have to use a pamt package to 
produce a simple two<olour flame 
animation then wrap this sequence of 
images onto the two flame objects. By 
offsetting the axes on the two objects to 
ensure they don't show exactly the same 
view of the images, a reasonably good effect 
can be achieved. 

your brushmap sequence should be twice 
as wide as the flame object you are going to 
use so that wrapping m the X axis doesn’t 
distort it too much. Don't bother wrapping in 
the 1 axis for candle effects, as this will just 
make them iocrt stretched out, 

With version 3. 1 the fire texture can be 
used to good effect, but be warned that rt is 
very daw to render, Altering the aspect of 
the dame object and making the flames 
bright blue with B much foster than normal 


C«uM bB b«N«r. but 
n*rtt* it a tot 
nwrt eflnMJaW* 
Ifun either fit# 
Imugljw fixture or 
th# (farter xrtrf 
more eamrentafTtl 
UphlWd WO PfO 
method 


speed makes for a detent thruster, and 
patient experimentation will result in 
anything from a candle to a bonfire, so use 
this texture IF you have it (and either a 68040 
Of lots pF spare nmej 

There's ng need to mess about with 
brushmaps, however, and the flames 
themselves are pretty realistic - espeoafiy 
when used for normal fires rather than more 
exotic jctfl effects, To force a more 
elongated thruster look, scale down the X 
axis of the texture itself using fcfitAx.es and 
increase convection speed by a factor of two 
or three. 

THLlFlItD 


UghtWave users don't have the same 
procedural textures available to Imagine 3. i 
owners, but the program's other talents 
make up for this. You will have received a 
(fame surface with last month's UghtWave 


A picture taya a thousand word*, 
though repeating 'tJ'iiX and bum' 
333 time* im mboui a* tat a* this 
I 11 fire image goo* 


Pro disk, and it's good enough to slap on and 
use, For a better result; thought, it can be 
altered. The default for this sod of texture, 
and the method most commonly used, is to 
slap on a transparency envelope and use the 
fractal noise procedural texture to create an 
animated name. In this way, the texture's 
velocrty creates movement, and where there 
are danker areas in the fractal noise effect 
these become more transparent. 

However, the drawback is that the flame 
object Etseif has sharp, well-defined edges 
which are unlike most flames. To improve the 
effect, make the object 1 00 per cent 
transparent and use the fractal reflections IFF 
as a cylindrical image map on the axes, along 
which you want flames to travel, 

Make the edges transparent and ihk the 
texture itself to match your object A thruster 
for example. Will be much longer than it is 
bread and your texture size must reflect thu - 
don't use automatic siring. To complete Che 
effect use texture falloff to ensure the outer 
edges of the flame are rnvfdble and that the 
effect stops before the abrupt [and unrealistic! 
end it would normally meet at the end of the 
object. 

Sample values for a one metrewide flame 
which is eight metres long would be raltoff of 
1 10 per cent In both Y and Z [to ensure 
transparency at the edges), and 1 5 per cent in 
X (for a flame travelling along the X axis)- This 
would ensure that the flame tapered to a 
point as it moved away from its source. All 
you need dg now is set a texture velocity, 
something which is best done over 2S frames 
usrng very low resolution previews to create a 
one second test animation. 


JULY 1995 


A hundred and one uses 


© ne of the mbit Impressive tricks 
with a ray tracing package, and 
the one most fikefy to have 
riewers asking 'how'd he do that 
r«nr is (he flame effect. Candles and space 
5h p engines are only the most common uses 
a technique which can be used to simulate 
swoKe, glowing bails of plasma, ghosts - you 
^amert. 

Users of UghtWave 3D are particularly 
tolled in this department. The NewTek 
sackagei excellent transparency effect can be 
rarefufiy adapted to suit most requirements, 
and with its envelope control of brushmaps 
ind transparency values themselves. 

.ghtWave makes tor a pretty powerful 
arsonist. 

Imagine fans are a fittfe left out when it 
comes to flames, and particularly 
"ansparency. Even the 3,0 version's 
transparency texture is a stop-gap measure 
■with limited uses, and if you have an older 
version of Imagine you simply can't achieve 
flue effects we're pursuing. 

The Imagine user wiEh a burning need for 
pyrotechnics can try an oW and simple trick 
by putting two candte flame-shaped objects 
msiete each other and malting the inner one a 
dark rettorange. Leave the outer object bright 
yellow and make both about 50 per cent 
transparent using the 'transpar texture. For a 
better effect, try making the outer object a 
little bit more transparent, but don't go too for 
- real flames aren't actually all that see- 
through. To srmuiate the flickering of flames 








‘P’temien 'TJtcUl 0 %dett 





Please Send Clwques/PO s {made out to Premier Mail Order) or Ac cess/Visa/( Switch + Issue Wo) & Expiry Date to 
Dept; AC 07 9-10 THE CAPRICORN CENTRE, CRANES FARM ROAD, BASILDON, ESSEX SSI 4 3JJ. 

Telephone orders: 01266-271172 Fax your order on; 01268-271 173 Mon-Fri 9am-7pm Sat&Sun 10am-4pm We are open 364 days a year 
iP an d VAT Inclu d ed for all UK orders. Please add per \im £2 P&P for Europe and £3,50 lor the rest of the world. Next day service available UK only § £4,00 per iti 
Please note; Some titles may not be released at the time ot going to press. Most titles are despatched same day, but can take up to 28 days, EAOE 

-Mb -LIU SM Ittffl -CD 504 1M0 CD 504 13D0 CO 


JOYSTICKS & 
ACCESSORIES 


AlOTwiSftU. 
ASBMfeu (El 
ACID BLITZ CC 


lAilHn 


Ki n.! | in. mg I iER ' L*JrfF3ia| 
14'tfl Eidy £nmhnti |37| ... 

I&'ro ErniiliMVlS) 

la ni Eswnlml Malta 18,12? 

I I K- IA| 



1® l-Q Junuf E ,:rt,jL*K -;vi 1 1 
1® l-D Malta AhJuIiiii |H - 1 h| 
1® I'D Malta hu nun |fi ■ hi 
3® ID MfllhS- fiCjnillCA '6 lo-i 
3®lDSlni™red arfhnf-fll 


UTILITIES 


H I-Mllim fipcfc 6u* I 
HlHiafr fugn^pnw 
H-Aii TunaU 

EilhlO Tuj'-M' Ellllll U 

ta 

Iki FI Cc+tjeton 


Am JuA«f CruifO^ru {S-i 

ADI Juiuui I I H H-:fc 1 1:| 14. r, 

Barm ^iHdhiij jfi- 1 hi 

EkCui Mam 1 1 i H| 

C.lbil' klUu |H- 1 2| 

Crnrt and Add -|a-H 
i r.ji-vnn Botana |B-t3) 
P Sdmcl ZhBHirrS-Bic 


LHB1 Aire^M flfi D r#HT; lj,i«t 
UQWBauPfK^h Sd 3 .. .. 

LinXVM3n.iji.4tai ‘.IHi'JAI l.i:4: 
LKE-4 E.ldlfTW-a Vr.n K 1 I 411 
LCiiEfwnaari Kii |iJ5t.imi.| 
DCS? Fata Mrnui Iih a lJiVi 
1.028 Achon Httlny Fa Tlta iWtl 

miD T, 


AnaasPooT, 

A*; hr 1 Mocteita Pou 


Snn l>y JljfHl 

Bun CBM*** fAnVljiD(C«¥l .. 

B 1111 Lilu 

EilTHft TT» BdftUn'ii 

HBOR THE EClRGEROn 1 . 


Uhin: I tin 03 

eiHtfehmn*:. IW2 

MAU A0U.T COMPILATION 


KB-T'JI. 


-fiMnurti 

SHIDMAKKE UPGRADE 


.J411111,’ Whin k Snimhai 


LHUS r^Siyun 


— nqh 

— Kwh Cm 3 Europe vi Cholor>gt 

— KaJ Chow 

— 

Angt qiih« 1 rixiw 5 ;zi 

' B rings u 1 Mil ft 

1 =»> Ol TllA flLv 


Socter 'Mih Li.j',iijii' 


DEMO 3 t RAVE 


,JlH.V(jlH«,|li4| 


BudcAu 


filartad 


□GOSSuIrriii Bailouii 


L«||" I H li.1 . 

LiJtp'i opening Dora 


U0 1 1 ftc4 Thfl 5 Otkck Nart 


Slip Fn 


Slip Pi 


FffltiWWal SlAA'rlj 1 


CdObirOShUB 1i 

ChHIUMTO <M Epurt 1; 

ChunjMiiihc Manual End at 9**vm 
ChanpKinahp Monuar Mali H, it 


1?-M iupei PHty ...... 

lOPfl SUPER ErtAHDL/5T 

ItUlitt Supv Sirutttjhta 2 . 

1GWi|fl«HBSfl SupiH.ny 


EirtrrtMnCdjHj 

JerfTUfck V 

Liygf*; 3 rm«* ttHa Aukflm /fl M . 
Lope 3 Qwv ffT Autufre JTl » 
Lotte 3 Ouurt. JT1S4 
DutlqotH^hfato 


J .1 '■ • 


: Match Cnckar 


ChJK+jti, I 


1 Comh4d ClatBO! 1 
I i r.rViir iV,rni .' 
UmtHl UtaBita 3 
ComptH* Chou. 


MDNKET I54AND ■ OR : 

Uoonhua 


MUSC 


.. *.W — 5 J(HcpC&S 

,.a.Bfi2S.»SiJ* AtuCSwi 


. tilunpar 


Cvbcirccm 1 


Q*M§R 


CttwiYioddi 

n rimmintan 


Id s.aa EM i nn- s« 3 50 a.M 

20 11.50 7 SO 11. BO 4 54 0 50 

SO 27.50 32.50 s2.» 3Jt.5D IBJ1 JS.SO 

EDO 53-W S3 50 M50 52 SO a2.SD 


OOW ‘OlantH dMore. 


0«2iQiw*v ipiloNv)' 


rViP?0iiijHAiJ 


RECYCLED DSHD Urn Own 
1BO 2.M 30 0 5.54 54 0 1? 50 1l 


le^wnstnt* . 

I Oow Detscbia Agaoc, 
■ Cwpoa**e Karo ... 


PwokjISIb™ 

PEM i’AUWOHDRtWCECSDnt 
PDA Fiim^hwi Tw 


1 n 0012 Rrtwtr .. 
IJ5 OOYI EP>np Jpdrr 
.IJi OOH TwSmit 


VaHmU iMmn niii War 

VatliilM Lend CM MAily 

wSd^Sp S«c2r .. 

rthnp CflrinwTiir 


JTM Pi.didlMi 
12.« FiiiiIhe 


V20 OtwOSurtar 

i J9 Oi)ai Owh . 

1.25 m.KJSrnyHt 

1.25 -3413 Si» 1 
.2.50 Q4M 4il Mi 


WVhU/ 

Mlllu 

WortdClAUOktjrt 

World Clou ,BHllll'lKlurr1 
WoildCLdfleh .... 
WD4ldCl« UEAS4.. 
WCKtUtCUP 1EAR -M . 
Wi.Hldai rwfcWI .. 


1 T«.i riiia '.‘F i'isi: :p) i 

lArudj-teALC: 

• Chaoua fhM Acithi n| 


■Acimn 


2PM B0 1 5 Slock AlUUyfl 


l ?•> OSH# WWMfl World Biddy 
OJtH Piila Kingdom . .. 

• 1^5 0040 Ampitcnn filar Tfati 


EOfil lVci*| DHlrtniht 


2S OOS2A,»4»lu.aSou*oni H 
JB flCfiJi i4®fi>d 01 IdlhMr 
J5 QUM Am Cl acta 4n<a'3Mi| 


EOOP CclPtF TIh AfiM-nlHil 


20 GOW Uunoecfl Dvalaii 

25 

2fi flP»i TopOl ThaLaa 


RFA-MWWI 

Flint Chin 
Fim Faroe 
Flhihhack . 


PJ»r 

PlRV 54)ODd. 


.25 9P0M Ul kWidimiHTa 

.25 5PCOO Elancdl 

.25 BPCOfi filuk^bal .. 

.» BPOOt Amok CnrkAc 

35 SWOaGrand fhre StmJjmr 


! j.uior- Scfliim* 


FimfcuhOhirv .. 

FOOTBALL OJLORT HOODHSi . 
FimiUmi 

FOOTBALL MAHAOE4T ... 

AAnWm 

'".vjcijr Warn:, Rua 


Rainiitd rycwjn 


Ciha Wcri>t “!!!!; J 

Jaet Nckimn Oiiknnpd , 


EM003 fti^oUHib Warfare 4an aft 
SMOU Who*) ol FtihM Kim i20C| 
EMD05 CAjd Bhlftfl 
BM005 «uo AHvJc 


COjT ttp Art. 


24 KiJntiT Aouitha 

25 WMSAdOW 


■TOOfi *JSc Achrortw*! 


■j$ sm:kb Micm WM!i 

25 SMOniGhateoc Oamai. 

26 


a GibuiUlMd Ctaoo Cricket 

BCk^-IMiUftDKtaDHk 


COifi Vioio Anonohin Bodo 
COH WordPoiur 


PT«nwH w/iogai .1 , 
them MviMiih Edl Sya 

I 0 » ™ 

i'nnca r>H PeaiiH 

Pi^Bh 9 .. 

a» 

10 99 

Pio Thiiibh Tr.ur 

Puklliirai 

ABB — 

9 Bfl — 44 ^ 4 . 

m M 15.90 


Mbq« Malta (441 

Malta Drapota |B‘13| 

I1M 

... I4« 

Mu ad Math 13-61 

NmbtyY P.Tima rr tai Aft p,) 

Piir* F'Bchcna (7- 1 ni 

aim — 
lb Vt . — 
I0M — 




lot of ARexx users tend to write scripts 
I where program output is achieved 
I using Atox's kiy reduction coupled to 
a conventional Shell window 
Unfortunately, this approach has some 
disadvantages such* as the need for the Return 
*ey to be hit before the program takes any notice 
of your input, 

This effect, due to an inherent characteristic of 
the normal Shell window, can be eliminated by 
using a special console window known as a 'raw' 
window - so called because its input stream 
provides raw keypress information as soon as keys 
are pressed]. Another limitation with Say is that it 
always forces a new line at the end of its output 
and sometimes this may not be exactly what you 
want. The solution here is to forget about Say and 
use AHexx's fileflnented I/O (input/outputl 


The RmigaDOS 
console deuice 



instructions to read and write to the window 
instead. As for as opening a raw window is 
concerned this can he done by using the built-in 
library function Ope n() in this manner: 


Etll DiJintrnMLxl ndon, 1 I.HblQf tO/SS-D/2DOf tni x 
ple„s(r!pt. rtH p > 


type, topieft position and mriial sue of the 
window. The First argument, which J've caNed 
raw.wmdow, is the file handle used for all I/O 
operations connected with the window. For 
example, to write text strings into the window we 
would use the Writechf] Function Kike this; 


The second argument specifies the console 


ciLl UritHhC?ii_rsndPi, 'son tsi»pL« tiitO 



0 

Plain text 

Hi 

Boldface 

3 

tele 

4 

Underscore 

7 

Reversed character /ceil colours (inverse on| 

12 

Bold off 

23 

Italic off 

24 

Underscore off 

27 

| Reversed off (inverse off) 

1 Character colour 

30-37 

Aystem colours 0-7 for character colour 

39 

reset to default character cutaur 

1 Character cell colour 

4M7 

system colours 0-7 for cell colour 

39 

reset to default character colour 

1 Background colour 

>0-7 

T" ’ 

System colours t>7 for background colour 


There is also a corresponding file input function j 
called Fteadch(). The arguments needed in tins 
case are the file handle and the number of 
characters to be read, so the code to collect one 
character from the raw .window and place rt in a 
variable called keypress* can be written as: 


ktypriHl-llEidclifriii 
actef *1 


rindov,1) I* rnd I ilir- 



Because, in this case, we are dealing with an 
Amiga DO* raw window, the function returns 
immediately a k^press is detected, i e. the program 
does not need to wait for the return key to be 
pressed. 


■ Tfibim Tr Sum* 
ui+ful sTipttlc 
r*nderlrt|J ewM 

Hfliiigi [\n ASCII form). 



I 4 conlraf «K(u*ne** mrm mil th«f 
I n**<*-«J to tojrt p J ji / * lilr* th*n 


The example on the cover disk is a simple Shell 'menu' program which 
displays a list of things to do. asks the user to select an option, collects the 
response, and then carries out toe appropriate action. The thing to notice 
is that, havinq opened a raw window, all I/O operations are done using 
tffotechd and Readchfl and if is this, coupled with the use of a cursor 
positioning function, which provides the greater flexibility. 

I've chosen, somewhat arbitrarily, to provide options which specify 
various text styles usi ng a senes of pseuffeKonsEant' definitions placed at 
the start of the program (using toe ideas outlined rn previous instalments! 
These deFine text messages, special constants and. of course, the console 
control sequences themselves. 

incidentally, it is well worth knowing a hit about console device use, 
Some console device contror sequence characters, like Backspace |fl hex) 
and Return f 1 3 hex], behave just like you'd expect From their ANSI/ASCI 
definitions, but others produce more Amiga4iavoured responses. A 
linefeed, for example, gets translated to toe Return/bnefeed combination, 
the Bell character [0? hex) produces a DisplayBeepf] intuition call, while 
the reception of a Formfeed' character |0C hex] actually clears toe display, 

As well as toese simple commands, there are a host of mare 
sophisticated sequences available that handle cursor positioning, ime 
insertion, scrolling, event reading and so on. 

Consafe device use is a massive subject in its own right and you'll need 


Putting it all together 

to look in the Amiga ROM Kernel Devices' reference manual for the fufl 
story. One sequence worth mentioning, because it finds use in a 
great many ARexx scripts, is that used for changing the text style, 
character, character celt, and background colours used by a console 


wmdow. 

The general arrangement here is that you send a CSI |controf sequence 
introducer! character Followed by any number of graphics setting 
parameters. With the exception of background colour settings - which 
must be specified last - toese parameters can be suppled in any order, 
separated by semicolons [3B hexj. The end of the sequence should be 
marked by sending a 'm' (60 hex] termination character. 

Table I gives control sequence values for a number of useful effects. Do 
note that the numbers shown represent individual ASCI] characters to be 
transmitted rather than the equivalent hexadecimal values. For example, 
to sefect an inverse display you must send [he ASCII character 7 i.e the 
value 37 hex. Similarly, to turn off the inverse display you'd send toe two 
ASCII characters 27\ t e. 3? hex followed by 17 hexf 

You II be able to see examples oF how such sequences are used to 
produce italics, bold print and so on by examining the cover disk script 
(and also running it from a Shell window using the RX command]. Next 
month I'll round off these discussions with some other console dewe 
related details! 


ta coding, 
scripts that 
react at once 
to heqpress 
data, console 
display control 
- it's all here 


Amiga Computing 


JULY 1995 


he 








PS Feeling lonely? Want something 
informative. Interesting and inspired on 
the Internet? Take a iook at our official 
home page by typing in the following 
URL web address: 
http : / /www . demon . c o . uk/a m igo c om p / 


Amiga 

f [imputing 


Doom 6 maelstrom on 
gour Amiga? Hell, mbs! 


August's Amigo Computing is going to 
be a veritable mine of information, 
Ever wanted a PC or Mac so badly 
that you would actually go out and 
buy one? Of course not, but we're 
going to show you how easy it is to 
emulate one on your Amiga 
in a follow-up to this month's in-depth 
coverage of the Escom buy-out deal, 
prepare for an Interview with Manfred 
Schmitt, the head honcho of the 
company that now owns Commodore. 

We'll also be having a close look at 
the latest release of that world-beating 
image processing tool. Photogenics, 
which now hits version 1 ,2- 
The games players among you will 
be pleased with the superb coverage 
we give to the latest games releases, 
including Vlrocop, and previews of 
forthcoming games. 


Together with reviews of AmiTCP/IP 
v4.2. Fiber Factory for Lightwave and 
much, much more, Amiga Computing 
is the only Amiga magazine you’ll 
ever need. 


Amiga Computing - 
on sale from 29 June 


in 


118 


Amiga Computing 

JULY 1995 


I hare are few things as useful to the Net 
Potato at large than the really Good 
Guide Book.' Okay, so you can surf 
aooyt like a loony diking on buttons, looking 
aoout For cool stuff and running up your phone 
Odl. Out it s much more elegant to know where 
you re going and go right there, perhaps 
topping off a little on the way. It's (Ike the 
difference between travelling somewhere by car 
A?tn a map and just diving into your car and 
seeing where the road takes you. The latter 
approach burns a lot of gas to no end, and 
probably gets you lost. The former approach 
gets you to some very interesting places quickly 
and efficiently. 

One such book of the plethora of dire 
■ nfernet books that have recently flooded the 
market is 'Planet Internet' by Steve Rimmer 
Windcrest/McGraw Hill}, a self proclaimed 
' irreverent guide to the internet's pubs, curiosity 
shops and back alleys." 

A lot of Internet books will tell you how the 
Net worts and give you a lot of information 
about protocols and realty dull stuff like that. 
Planet Internet gives you a really useful list of 
places to visit on the Internet and a snrppet of 
mfamnaoon from the relevant sites. 

There are a number of books which try to 
cram in a load of L)J?U and gopher and FTP sites 
.nto as big a book as they can find - most of 
which are out of date and no longer there. The 
difference with Planet internet is that it 
concentrates on quality, so although there are 
relatively few references in it. it ts very good and 
the sites have been quite extensively researched 
to make sure, within a reasonable certainty, that 
the sites are going to be where you left them. 

The other thing i find refreshing about the 
book is that it has a Jot of style, it has been 
luxuriously designed and printed, and is an 
extremely good book to read and hold The 
content wiif keep you chuckling long into the 
night, and once you have it and have finished 
reading it from cover to cover jwhich is what 


Oops! wrong 

planet 


Wiwlh ttTt Phifr |i. nt hid (hri h- 



I Vmr (ktldr lo ito 

' Debate jftutKtt. ami 

PU'k | PittCCS Wi 

llr dcTlnmle 



you will want to do to it. believe mej. it will stay 
very dose to your computer for when you fire 
up your Wet software. 

Verdict? I think you can tell from the way l 
talk about it that this rs a book 1 like rather a lot. 
It's a slickly produced book with a nice feel to it. 
and there is, In fact a lot of information in it. 
Definite thumbs up. 


In comparison 


The other book on review this month ix Net Chat by Kelly Matoni, Nathaniel Wrce and 
Ben Greenman | Random ffouse/MJChael Wolff 4 Co), the makers of Net Guide. Where 
Planet Internet Is specifically targeted at the strange. Net Ch«rt ft aimed at the ileswy. The 
idea is that you can pick up people on the Net and have Cybenea, 

Er, actually no, that's not really what ft * about, but that s what the cover lines would 
have you believe. This Is tabloid Net journalism The cover Is lurid and the content spiced 
with nudlth pictures downloaded from various BBS sites and various non-Net placet flke 
CompuServe, (CompuServe? I thought that was a family show, no nudes allowed? Oh well, 
you live and taam.J 

Again, I wouldn t like you to think l don t like this book, because actually I do. It has Hr 
failings, however. Firstly, ft foes for quantity rather than quality. Secondly, it contains a 
lot of Info about BBSs not available In the UK - In other words ft Is a rime bit US-centric. 
The preface of the book says that the Net is The Internet, plus CompuServe, Delphi, 
America Online, The Well, Echo. FidoNet, which of course it iin t, at least not to me. The 
Net Is a place I can reach from my computer, wherever you might be in the world. It if not 
feratty little Adult BBS In Atlanta. Georgia. 

A lot of the more interesting things in the book ate on BBS' rather than on the Internet. 
10 are largely inaccessible from the UK, arid that almost halves the amount of hard into 
you 11 get out of the book. It is an entertaining read, however, and although most Net 
heads would know a lot of this stuff already, ft Is interesting to see how much dubious 
material there Is on the Net. 

The book is one of the few f've ever seen with an Adults Only sticker on the cover, 
Reading some of the entries inside I can easily see why, and I welcome this kind of 
approach. Some things are for adults and some are for kids, and there s tittle point in 
softening everything i* it won t offend anybody. But I think more than anytfiJng that (he 
sticker It a marketing psoy to give (he book more weight than it actually has. 


Net watch 

For those of you who are still kicking around for 
new places to explore on the Internet how atom 
some of these for sire: 


Satellite TV Images - some really odd TV 
pictures from around the globe, all digitised arid 
ready to paste into your latest multimedia 
extravaganza. 

httpV/itre. uncets . cdu/m isc/images/images. 


atom Co. Ltd. - a very cool Japanese site with 
lots of photographs and very Japanese arty stuff. 
Some nice links too. 

http V/www. atom .co.jp/ 

Nomadic Research Labi -ever wander what 
happened to that wacky Tech Nomad dude. 
Steven Roberts? Vbu know, the guy who rode 
across America on a recumbent cycle which had a 
SparcStation in the trailer? Weil, he's off building 
the Microship, a seagoing version, and this Is 
where you can get updates on what he's been 
doing. 

http://rtiicroship.ucsd.KfLy 

The Wiretap Web Site - home of a lot of odd 

texts, the site has now moved over to a more 
modern Web-based interface. Lots to read, and 
well worth the effort of downloading something. 

http://www.sptei.eam/ 

The WWW Virtual Library: Unidentified 
frying Objects - the- best source of into about 
LffOs including Uinta to other sites. 

http://taww.bgiu.edu/-jxawodn/ufa/indeii . 


Look out next month for a new front end to your 
Amga TCP/IP exploits on the Internet. 

tf you have any BBSs you'd like to tell me about, 
or there's anything you'd like to find on the 
Internet but can t, then please feel free to ask me. 
Hell, ! can only say no! You can reach me by email 
at these locations: 

Internet 

phd^sno uty.demon.co.uk 
CIX snouty 

The Direct Connection snouty 
CompuServe (001021500 

Delphi snouty^delphi.com 

or by post to: 

Phil South 

Comms Section, Amiga Computing, Media House, 
Arlington Park, Macclesfield 5KI0 4NP. 


I 


1 :1 n i l I Ml\ 


JULY 1995 


m 







COLOUR KITS for MONO PRINTERS 


Ever msttd you’d bnughl i cotol* pttnfer mMrad ni a mono one* Wuuldii't it be nice to prinl out pictures in cnknur? Now yi» on with Am^n 'FlotlKolot Kif Fj# Alllip BenKctar kil comes complete with ttmilung jut 
iwd lo print in colour. mcluding superb suftwtre, The colour kit h «imple to in?, the nitwits 6t exactly ik* wriii' M> 4> your bhek ribbons so it will nul affect yuur {paafibtf . Also uli, j'.l ttiiKSrb Itsled khiw paper alignmerl 
is automatic. von do mil hive to nunuallv iliffi. PRINTS AS GOOD AS COLOUR PRINTER. If jw printer is not listed btfaw pkuw phi) fit Amiga FlexiKoloc kits tor Star LCl0 r I.C2Q, all Star 24 Pin. Panawrtic 
1000/n f 1 323/1 124. Epmn PX8Q r FX1C0 [jQfUO etc CMmi J30D+ JiEC 1*6, Pfrt. Please note colour Idts romc complete with coknud ribbons .Anti banding now included in software, COMPLETE KIT fl%?5 



NO MORE BANDING! 

NO MORE WHITE LINES! 

COLOUR GRAPHICS T IKE YOU'VE ' 

NEVER SEEN BEFORE! 

’ll-, l .-r.k ihrm.w I'i’v 1 will rrrmnif aundnig jlid wltolr lull* lh>m i*K Mlm 

* buittiTii -pnrfeis. W can few- liserpuiiih tm yror prE*T. 

CWcr new irutum iorluitr 

* Baianud iwnd li<i (.iinireL'nhina'TTffnl 

* Will area h> tv prim 

* Sriivt soir In be frirtlud 

* Pa » enfant 
J H ( iiiiiurwHi 1 

J ■* Erik LinTortinn 

-A 4 u h i ftu hr pifehi m i d r I i'f ii r<je I ttki I i A4 

* GanutuoYnKlinn 

+ SjHHitr tr<ukia IriM-tteftki A 

* Cntnur squriSon 

* Nuw with a-^iiLi’inij to fcmvw >ijwsd edgt* 

* larj^si range ci d-rherine idni pqibcmi 

* Vaiiublr (rrrt ni hi orUffl), Kfimve banding and whitr lines 

* Colnur eatalqp Eumlkm will prinl ? miniature .pi adt plduee rttmfljjuriocei 
k+A«Ti t A sni»n,vu 

a Suitable lurttliHn Tpvf. Hcwhlt r*.-unJ, NEC, Pift&jatc, Srikutha. Star 
indjuti ihmi uv|. dm hutnsir inJae.'Wto&wl ''l»«T> r l priwr 

mmsws CARE SPECIAL 09.95 

UPGRADE FLEMDt’MFKHTBiru.mrLUSJi 
ONLY fH.tt ISC IFRUNY ASTIR OLSK 


INKJET REFILLS 


■For. HP DESKJET T00 r 5LD, S2D, 550. 500C r 5SOC r 5*0 C. 
EPSON STYLUS 80(1, UMI. CANON BUBBLEJET BC-OI, 
BJIUE/EX/SX, BCQ2. Bim BFI30, Bjm BJ330. 

ouvEm ipisot m m citizen frost, 

3 Refill Kit 60ml pure black inrt 

6 Rflill Kit 12DnJ pure black .. ... , £libi99 

CANON B.|C 600, BJC 4TO 

10 Refill Kit 60mJ pure black QL99 

20 Refill Kit 120ml pure black -£1*99 

TRICOLOUR REFILL KITS POR 1 l.W DESKJET RANGE 
Cmnn BJC60Q, BJC4000 etc, 30 Refilb erf Yellow. 

Manilla L Cyan ISOnil ,£24.99 

Print Head Recovery Fluid for unblocking 

nozzles — — — £5.95 

JarprirtoFi l : Please .-Li te type wh*'o ordering a* cmr mbs 
art* specially fonnulated to match (he Printer .llld NOT a 
general purpose Ink. 


BLACK PRINTER RIBBONS 


Don t throw away ynurplaslk primer ribbon cases when therib- 
bnri Mem OUt just take the top oft, take out the old ribbon iiiul 
reload it wilh a new ora*. Black reloads bum as little as 99p each. 


SPECIAL RE-INK 


Flu Panasonic Printer*., Star LC200 9 Pin, EjWi LQlflQ, Okj 
1H2/3W. Blark bottle will H-lnh l«K nliNw* £9.95 


How toorder; Enelosi* cheques /PO made pavable tor CARE ELECTRONICS or use Access/ Visa 

CARE ELECTRONICS 

Dept AMC, IS Holland Gardena* Garston, Watford, Herts, WD2 6JN. Fflit: 01923 672102 

Q ORDER LINE ON 01923 894064 


COLOUR PRINTER RIBBONS 


Don'l ihtoH- away vifiu plaMie printer riWum raws when the ribtMm 
we aR. MIC, Jid take the top tiff, take mu ihe nld t^btin and reloid 11 
with i new urn*. It’s simple. FuD insIruriKins Mippliifd. 

RrliMtls tw> 

SUi UC21W Fin i Cnltnn iNnrmal Ink) 

I Reload - £5.9? 5 Rrfnad * ffl.96 

Star 24 Pin 4 Colour (Normal lnk| 

I RekHKl - Eb.99 „„..5 Reloads -CR.« 

ClIizwiSwilt/ABC 4 Colour (Normal Ink) 

l Rtk*d-£&99 5felMdB-f29.56 

Suikcidia SL95M 4 Colour I Nnrmal Ink) 

USesoad-Etw 5 Beluadi - £29flS 

Caiusonic KXP23S0/2123/2S35 4 Colour (Normal lnk| 

: Jk'-i'dd - y « i:>v^ 

Ink ribbiip aho iviilabk in Gold, Hlvw, Magpnta, Orargp, Purple, 
Brown, Ciwn, Bkie, Bed fw a wide raiigc of pnttitft, 


T-SHIRT PRINTING RIBBONS 


4 Colour Citizen Swift .. ... ... 

4 Colour Citizen Swift l Reload \ 

4 Colour Star l,CK> 

4 Colour Slar LC200 9 Pin . 

4 Colour Star EJLJCW 9 Fin (Reload).. 

4 Colour Star LC20O 24 Pin 

4 Colour Slar 24 JYn (Reload] 

l Cotour Siar LQO 

1 Colour Star LC200 9 Pin 

] Colour all Star 24 fin... 


1 Colour BHfln'n«Kl/UQ«W/MXaa „ 

1 CnkinrEfffion LXSt) 

1 Colour Epson FXltHL.. 


J20.93 

.,.£14.95 
...LI 49.i 
..-£1993 
...11295 
__£29.95 
— 0495 
. .£1195 
_£1195 
^£1395 
..,£1395 
..IT 3 95 
,£11 9F 
.111.95 


ALL PRICES INCUDE VAT AND CARRIAGE 


1 Colour Panasonic KXP 1080 — 

Heal transfer Pans. 5 lar^c rpd/oran^e/yolkiW/Rrwn / 

blue. Large periii have a marker size nib' a sot 

Heat transfer Pens 5 small red/ orange /yellow / great/ 
bl ue- Small pens have a fine nib £ 1 2.96 a tUfl 


MANNING StQlllCI 


EVER NEEDED SOME ARTWORK OR A PHOTO SCANNING? 

ARE YOU SICK OF USING "CUT AND PASTE" METHODS TO GET YOUR ARTWORK ON PAPER? 
EVER WANTED TO USE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PHOTOS AS AN AGAAHDEO BACKDROP? 
EVER WANTED TO SMARTEN UP YOUR VIDEO PRESENTATIONS WITH CUSTOM GRAPHICS? 

50 dpi - 1200 dpi 

IN ANY FORMAT FROM MONOCHROME TO 24 BIT 


We provide finished scans on disk, in any standard IFF tile lormat/resolution from your 
original artwork and/or photos up to A4 in size. If required we can also supply finished 
scans in most PC formats (PCX, Tiff, Gif, Targa, BMP etc) on MS-Dos HDdisks. 


FMC 

INFO 

PACK 


YES FOLKS / WE ARE STILL HERE ANO,„ 

WE ARE STILL THE UK S LEADING FONT AND CUPART DISTRIBUTORS! 
Tho HARD COPY EMC information pack includes full details oi ALL the fonts FMC has on offer, inc. Computer Safari Fonts, aiong 
with full font printouts, details of our PNM and scanning services, details of our ECS 16 colour and AGA 256 cotour image collections, 
details of our PCX. GEM, monochrome, EPS. IMG. muftiformat and colour clipart, a font and ciipart compatibility guide and many 
example printouts from our huge dOpatl coifoctions. 

To get your copy, please send us your name and address , along with ... 










ms 


E. M. COMPUTERGRAPHIC 

8 EDITH ROAD, CLACTON 


Tel : 01 255 431389 Monday to Friday 


ESSEX. C015 1JU 
Fax: 01255 428666 


faCMwfjiya (JK & European fJwtofrcutsir fdri 

/MltOHPUIEl tif aKI 

jj[ ^ Desktop Publinhin^ 


□ Q 
HI 









JULY 1995 

1 


■ A wid® vmriaty of itytez, ntrt all of 
which ore ueeful fe hfi* pnapfo 

sure this is the case. However, even if you only 
use PageStream occasionally, it would be 
beneficial for you to set up some often-used 
styles, for an address perhaps, or differing styles 
for personar or business fecters 
Again, if you are using PageStredm 3. think 
now much easier ft would be to simply use style 
tags for gradient fills and border styles, rather 
than having to draw your box. go to the lina/fill 
requester and make numerous dicks with the 
mouse and taps on the keyboard. 

Once you have gone to the effort of sitting 
down and setting a few up, life will be so much 
easier In the future. You wouldn't even have to 
set aside a special session to do It - just 
remember, the next time you want a gradient fill, 
or particular line style, don't just make it up as 
you go along, set It as a sryte tag This way you 
wirl be able to build up a library of useful tags for 
both text and objects with very little effort. 


PageStream 3 
progress 

Weir, as of 24 March, the version number for 
PageStream moves to 3.0g. Thrs version is 
faster again than 3-0f. but still not up to run 
speed, and printing for norvpostscnpt printers 
is still pretty slow, although landscape prrntrng 
has now been implemented For more 
professional use, spot colour separations are 
not yet implemented and neither is plate 
control, but support for the Fargo Primera Pro 
has been finalised. 

Altogether there are some 23Dodd fines of 
improvements made to the previous version, 
and the list of features that have not been 
implemented just keeps shrinkrng. SoftLogik 
have also announced new Imporr/Ex port 
modules for JPEG and Wordworth documents, 
but, surprisingly, the fact that these are not 
going to be included with PageStream and 
represent an extra expense f$20 earh| to be 
incurred by the hapless PageStream user has 
raised more than a few eyebrows and has 
caused some rather uncomplimentary e-maif to 
flow SoftLogiik's way. 


| friend of mine is laying out a brochure 
I for someone he knows. He admits he 
isn t very good at afi this DP malarkey. 
k: ne came and asked me for some help He has 
- good eye for layout, but the technical intricacies 
af usng PageStream were defeating him. 

Vv*‘.ay, I suggested he use my machine to 
•ayxrc this brochure so that a| I would be able to 
asaa hum in his endeavours, and b[ he would be 
.rang me some new mater lal for this column, 

And so we looked at the design elements for 
me brochure The client wanted an A4 -sized 
C'ochure with an insert that, ffyou can imagine 
t. was another sheet of A4 folded along rts 
longest axis one third of the way across the page, 
so that when you opened the brochure there was 
a flap one third of a page in size, followed by a 
second (tap. two thirds of a page in size, followed 
by the hack page of the brochure. All rn all, a nice 
layered effect. 

The first thing we did was to make a mock-up 
of die brochure using a sheet of A3 and one of 
A4 Then we got the text and images the dtmt 
wanted inserting, but at this point there had been 
no decision made as to typography My friend 
had made some suggestions and had started 
iaying out the text on the pages, but when the 
client saw the results he wasn't very happy with 
the text style and had only really gone ahead 
with things because he wasn't sure about what 
typefaces were what. This demonstrated the need 
for font spec sheets and even more importantly, 
style tags. 

Iimt-SHUERS 

I know that whenever I mention Style tags to 
anyone, they groan and say they are a waste of 
time and more hassie than they are worth to set 
up. 'BoshT. I usually retort, and with good reason 
as my friend was to discover as he spent an hour 
and a half reformatting the text he had put on 
the page, This time t sat down with him and we 
set up a range of styte tags pertinent to the 
situation. We made a headline tag, one for 
section headings, subheadings, body text and 
finally, one for captions, 

This took about ten minutes to set up. but 
once we had finished, the longest time involved 
rn changing the Typefaces used was waning Tor 
PageStream 3's screen to update. What is even 
better with this version of the software is the fact 
that you can now set up style tags for objects as 
well as text. And. as we all secretly know and 
understand, however much we grumble about it. 
style tags are almost guarantors of consistency 
between documents. 

If you are writing a newsletter, or putting 
together a fanzine, there is nothing worse for 
your readers than having the style jump around 
from one issue to the next, 'But', I hear you cry, 
’we don't all write newsletters or magazines ‘ lm 


Star Irek fonts 


As you can see from the screenshot, the same piece of text can have quite a different 
look with a different typeface, dr even just a different style or rise. Some of the fonts 
used here are based on those used in the Star Trek and Star Tret Next Generation TV 
shows. 

These are complete. Commercial postscript fonts which are available from EM 
Carnpute/graphic 01 155 43t 309. I must admit to not reafJy being a fan of the Star Trek 
shows, but you have to admire the obsessive nature of someone who could sit down 
and create a Ktlngon or from u ran typeface. 


Style is a 
state of mind 








READ E R OFFER 


Ill 


Fantastic Reader Offer 




E 



Together with those marvellous 
people from lO Out Of lO 
Software, Amiga Computing offers 
you Driving Test and Structured 
Spelling both at the amazing price 
of only £19.95 each! 

Driving Test is packed full of amazing features 
to help you learn, or revise, the essential facts 
of driving. 

It includes; 

• Over 2000 questions to test your knowledge 
0 Six challenging and educational games 
0 Comprehensive coverage of signs 
0 How to drive on the Continent 
0 Essential night driving tips 
0 In fact, Driving Test covers every aspect 
of driving imaginable!! 

Structured Spelling is the teaching 
package that grows with your child. 

It covers: 

0 Basic spelling rules using rhyme 
0 Over 1200 basic words 
0 Facility to enter new words to learn 
0 Six unique and educational games 
• Dyslexia and how to overcome it 
0 Structured Spelling is a fun way to team all 
about words in any language!! 


Driving Test and 
Structured Spelling 
only £19.95 each! 



Priority order form 


Please rush met 

| Driving Test at only £19.95 □ Structured Spelling at only El 9.95 
Deliver to: 

Name (Mr/Mr^Ms/Miss) 


Address 


Paslcode 


m n i in i i i u rrm Ewe** j _ \ ~\ 


Daytime phone 

l wish to pay by: 

□ Cheque/'postal order payable to \DG Media 

□ C redit card 
Card No. p~f 

Prices include VAT and p&p, Please allow 28 days for delivery. 

Both products require an Amiga with 1Mb minimum 

Q Tici r this box if yw do not msh to receive promotional rwtenat trow aM companies 

Complete this order form and send to Driving Tost Offer, fDG Media, Media House. 
AdUngton Park . Macclesfield SK10 4NP. 









* 


I 


/ 

5- 


a 

fir M ve been asking people to 'end m Amos 
I qutnes lately and sure enough uw'w 

MM had a torrent especially since we 
Bulled the Easy AMOS program with opr 
magazine A lot of the problems are easily 
sotvabJe, such as syntax errors and omissions, but 
others are a little bit more complex, But let's pull a 
few out erf the bag and see whar's going an. shall 
we? 

The first question comes from John Eustace of 
Fast Dulwich, who wrrtes: 1 have been with Amos 
a short time now, so I'm writing to say please 
could you answer this problem I'm having with 
this simple routine. Here's the routine: 

KcptBl 

For H T* % 

Unit Key 
Print X 
hiid(?Ql 
Until Ifluie <> 0 

or the last line could read: 

If IfluiMl Then It i 1 

This is just one way I have tried this routine but 
without CTRUC I can't seem to break out of the 
loop.' 

WfefJ, for a start you have a FOR without a 
NEXT in there, and the statement isn't really 
required. It doesn't refer to a NEXT, and the 
numbers are randomised by the RND statement 
further down the program anyway. 

Secondly, the command is MOUSE KEY. not just 
MOUSE. The other problem is with WAIT KEY 
which prevents the mouse button being trapped, 
unless erf course you hold down the mouse key 
and press any key to get it working. 

A better and more efficient listing would go 
something like this: 

Bm itt 
Print i 
hi nd(H) 

Until Hon i# 


or perhaps: 

llptlt 

I=X+1 

until i=n 

or something similar to that, 

Next we have a couple of people who are 
confused by the listing we gave you for the Easy 
AMQS tutorial, and it all circles around the line: 

Pilitt* 

iMFFFjtPfFF rts + 

I have no trouble with this line, so I suspect it's a 
formatting problem. If the program we use to put 
the magazine together encounters a line with no 
breaks in it it breaks it wherever there is a spate, 
so the line sFwuld read: 

PtUUe IO,HfMWf m - 

As well as this problem, KH Tjoa of the 
Netherlands asks: “Please advise me how to 
change my keyboard ser-up in orde* to allow me 
to type the # symbol. Also what is the difference 
between AMOS Pm and Easy AMOS? J 

The first question is simple, all you have to type 
is the # on your keyboard. It may be that you 
have a European setting on your shell keyboard, 
which means it will be a different key. If you can't 


Dear Phil... 


find ic how about the £ symbol? What does that 
type- took at your copy of Amos? The second 
question sounds obvious, but In case you haven't 
noticed Easy AMOS has fewer commands,, and it 
also has no AMAiL 

Next we have Daniel J Green of Coventry who 
writes: 1 am almost going out of my mind with 
this little problem, the problem being cofours. I 
want a program that ranges colours from $.0 to 
SFFF 1 know it must be able to be done so if you 
can, please print it in the magazine. My previous 
attempt was: 

Fur MU tu 104* 

CclDUP M 
Hex t N 

and I though this would work but it doesn't.' 

Hmm, this is a conceptual problem as much as 
a coding one. For a start, you normally only have 
1 5 colour indices to choose from, so attempting to 
load +096 into {hem is doomed to failure 

Secondly, even In HAM mode you can only 
access up to 6+ colour using screen indices, which 
is what you are doing when you use the Cotour 
command. Also, you are using a numeric variable 
for Cotour when the second Figure after the 
comma has to be hexadecimal for example- 

Colour 

You can convert Dec to Hex using the 
command, like this: 

Print HcxtlJU 

but sadly the hex generated by the command are 
strings, not figures. Although you can add and 
subtract hex in AMOS, you can't put a string into 
an addition. As HAM screens are generally only 
used as background, you can'r realty draw on 
them except in the default 64 colours. That's 
usually enough and besides. HAM screens are very 
flrekery and fuzzy, so what's the pewit? 

If you want to see an example of what you can 
do, then look at the following: 

Scretr Oprfl 0, 32C>2 5 6 ,40^ b , L av ^ ts 
ft«h Off : tts 
1=0 3 T-B 3 1*0 

Hill: 
tcptic 
:nk 1 

If t>m Thin 1=D : Y*T+1 
Nst l f 1 
Jnt * 

Int A 

Until N=t094 
M 

Gets nil 

IT! be doing a little tutorial on cotour in a couple of 
issues time, so watch out for that. Finally, we have 
PK Shepherd, who asks: I've been trying to get a 
cyclic IFF ANIM to run within a program I've 
written m AMOS Pro. No matter how l seek to run 
it, I always get a joggle at the end of each 
individual cycle. The methods J've been using are: 

Iff Anil ’mm" To tstrfen nuihtn,t1>il 



and this appears to give a repeat frame at the 
end of each cycle. Secondly: 


Fra*i Lead 

followed by: 

Tran PLiy 

with a DO/LOOF construction as shown in 
section 07.05,06 of the AMOS Pro Handbook. 

This gives 3 blank frame at the end of each cycle, 
apparently whrle the LOOP operation is taking 
plate. Is this a bug in my version of AMOS Pro?" 

Wot a bug as such, just understandable. The 
animation 1$ buffered and compressed, and if you 
want the animation; to repeat you have to put up 
with a little joggle at the end. Animation was 
added to Amos as a bn of an afterthought and it 
is really designed to play back an animation from 
start to finish without much messing about. 

Also, bear in mind that the animation will 
always restart from frame two rather than one, so 
a lot of the jerkiness might be coming from that 
quarter, There are supposed to be some ways 
around this, and I'll took into it for next time. 

That's about all we have time for. let's hear 
some more of your Amos Questions, and we'll see 
what we cart do to sort them out for you. Amos 
is stiN the best language to develop software on 
for the Amiga, and it's going to be a long time 
before something better comes along. I took 
forward to hearing from you, and see you next 
time. 

Write stuff 

If you have an Amos question, or a routine 
you'd like to share with the world, then please 
write to Phil South. Amos Column, Amiga 
Computing. Media House, Adlington Park, 
Macclesfield SKID 4NP, Please send routines on 
an Amiga disk with notes on how the program 
works on paper. Make {he routines short juse 
these routines as a guided and make them 
reasonably independent or any graphics and 
sound support files, although I will make 
provision for these if necessary. 



IDS 


• « • • 


• • • 



Phil South 


Inoks at sums 
readers’ 
questions 
about fM 


JULY 1995 

1 


G 









money - for rnsMi 


below and lend rf (0 uc with your paj 
merits fW appJjtableJ - and refldwnbGF I 
include your teiephone number? 



Murphy. 25 F Pine Crescent, Johnstone PA5 

oex. 

♦ Graphics Tablet 12X12 PucK/5tylui ancf 
Software, £50. Tef: Gary 0D] 49 5722 or 5953. 

♦ Wanted SCSI 2 lnterfaceforA40GG. 

Tef: 03 263 722169 

♦ Original Amiga Games, Wnte to: II Gwrie 
Street, Dunfermline, Fife KYI I 4 BA 

♦ Gumana diskdrive, £35. Midi. £15. 
Modulator. E9. Tef: OlBl-flIO 4049 

♦ The War Horse BBS: 01472 2SOOI 6-24 hrs 

♦ Imagine User Group For more info cal 
Spencer on 01 375 670036. 

♦ Amiga contacts! Rhone Geoff. 01926 
4095D4 Tor more details. 

♦ Rendaie high-quality Genlock 5-VHS/VH5 
£499 for £299 Tel: 01771 B70549. 

♦ Aero Chopper Radio Control Simulator. 
Hardly Used, £95 nno. Tef: 01 28 2 870574. 

♦ Wanted: New members and Amiga contacts: 
Probably most Innovative Development group. 
Contact Malvin Wadi, Yellow and Blue Room, 
Camfield, Langley Lane. Crawtey RH1 1 ON8. 

mi 

♦ Wanted. SCSI Of 2grro Interface for 5CK3M-. 
can build. Tef: 61422-346237. 


♦ MBX 1 20te 4Mb ZQMhz FPU, £l DO. Tel: 
0iaf-98f 4643. 

♦ Pagestream 12 wanted. Good condition 
Tel: 01656 870598. 

♦ Info. Une. Terry; 8 Fleming Gardens. 

Tilbury, Essex RM18 EUR. 

♦ Surra Turbo 2SMHZA5QQ7+ Acceferarw 4X 
speedf £80. Tel: QT8M82 9428- 

♦ The MB-5 BBS upto 28.8K 24HrS. Tel: 

01 924 491461. Amiga only. 

♦ Terminator 2 unused, £6, Fun SchoolZ. <5- 
78 3 discs, £5. Pan Pal, £12. Tel; 01603 

628 1 76. 

♦ Wanted Amrga books - programming and 
reference. Tal: Alex 01349 83202 1 . 

♦ Contacts wanted for new club Contact 
Terry, 8 Fleming Gardens RFtfl 8 BJR. 

♦ Contacts to swap demos. One to One basts. 
Tef: 01705 455905. 

♦ Contacts wanted, 317a Persingham 
Avenue. Manor Park. London E l 2 6JX. 

♦ Amiga contacts wanted. Keren, 76 Crystal 
Palace Park Road, London 5.E26 6LM 

♦ Lightwave 3D V3.5 Brand new, unopened, 
£4{Kfono. Tel: 0181-767 2763- 

♦ A60Q system, CBM- 1 703 colour monitor, 


£99 each! As new. Tel: 0 1 329 82 643 1 . 

♦ Free diskzine to anyone who sends in 
programs for inclusion. Contact Alec Carswell, 
1 6 Montgomery Avenue. Beith, Ayrshire 
KAI5 I EL, 

♦ A1 200 contacts, wanted. Craig, 1 1 9 Stone 
Cliff Part, Weiton, Uncofn LN2 3LL, 

♦ Amsfirad CPC464 printer wanted. Tel 
01778 341075. Robert. 

♦ 21 0Mb, 2.5’ HD western digital. £80. Tel: 
00149 5722 5953. 

♦ A 1 200 420Mb hard disk, 6 Mb RAM, 

28MHz accelerator, dock. FPU,. 2nd drive, 
multisync monitor,, midi interface software, 
£650 one fwi split] . Tel: D1 956 804 1 99 

♦ A500 I Mb colour stereo monitor, second 
drive, 2 joysticks, tots of software. £250. Tel: 
01442 825370, 

♦ CDTV L keyboard wanted. Good price 
paid. Tel. QISU576 0422. 

♦ Boxed original games for A 1 200 - 
Civilization. Sub War 2050. FOG, Cannon 
Fodder to name bur a Few. Tel: 01 1 3 
2394604. 

♦ Old, old game wanted - Grand National 
|ASQ0).Tet: 0181-984 8647 


♦ Wanted: Quaterbadt V6.0 or higher with 
manual. Tel: 01573 2244632 

♦ Amiga CDflOM. fOO Games, CD. Very 
good condrtion Tel: 01 737 36221 8 
after 4 pm. 

♦ A5G0 I Mb. Phillips CM 1 8B33 MKU colour 
monitor, Citizen Swift 24e colour printer, 
extend flask drive and loads of software. 

£475 cmo. Td: 03 81-451 4885. eves. 

♦ A 1 200 complete Power' system, real 
bargin. Tel: 01443 671087. 

♦ A400D 68040 processor card warned. Tel: 
01263 514806 after 5pm 

♦ G.V.PAl 230-11 4DMHZ F.P.U with 8 meg, 
£475. Tel: Duncan 01376 50 T 994. 

♦ Swap Atari STE 1 05 meg hardnve for 
Similar A 1 200, Tel: 0 1 438 7 2 1 2 f 5, 

♦ Wanted A50Q power supply 
Tef: 01 235 521931 

♦ A6QG 2Mb, clock, games, joystick, mouse, 
magazines. £3 50 Tel: 01224 31 1 434. 

♦ PD From 45p. send 5AE, 91 Thgngstey, 
Huntingdon, Cambs PE [8 7 NT, 

♦ Wanted: DistMag articles. Contact Billy 




¥ AST AMIGA REPAIRS 

FAULTY TROUBLESOME COMPUTER?? 

SEND OR DEUVER TO THE EXPERTS FOR FAST RELIABLE REPAIR OF TOUR BELOVED AMIGA 500 

AUIV CM HA EEir * ' FiiEEOiFt WITH IVHT L HUE « (ElKtlP (UUtUilT . [II 

ONLY t44,UU INC, | n*.™* K«»w.«n, 


WE AISO REPAIR 
TO COMPONENT LEVEL 
A600, 1200, 1300, 
2000,3000 + 4000 
★ FREE QUOTATION * 


MOUSE WAT J 


MOUSE HOLDE* J 

DISK OEANIFMG KIT U 

ADD £6 REPLACE MOUSE □ 

ADD £5 JOYSTICK SEGA STYLE .□ 


BARGAIN HARDWARE 
FUiad BS/ 5 OO Mb ...Call 


EXCHANGE SERVICE 

modulators 

19 $0 

P5U 

It , l+ „£ 19.50 

DISK DRIVES - 

£25.50 

KEYBOARDS..,, 

£25.50 


* COLLECTION AVAILABLE ANYWHERE MTHEUL 


144 TANNER STREET, TOWER BRIDGE, LONDON SE1 2HG. TEL: 01 71 252 3553 


1 124 


B 


m 


JULY 1 995 








I 

■ r T s M program has beers around on 

I other pratforms for quite a while but 
L^S since most Amiga uteri are unfikety Ed 
have seen rt. a few words about wnat M s and 
how it works are clearly m order Bautaffy its a 
music composition and performing system winch 
allows you to record and modify sequences and 
raffs m a variety of ways Whrfe M can be used to 
create and modify complete arrangements t is 
not an auto^arranger program as such 'amer a 
composition aid that encourage you to 
experiment. 

Display- wise, as you m>gn; expect W tndude* 
a fair number or gadget - arrow buncm can be 
rotated, numerical gadgets can be crag-seiected 
to take on particular values, range bars, devw 
pop-sidewards gadget menus and many oner 
features. To make life 'or me _se^ me 
main screen- control types have been spf* nfo 
separate areas for input oprstcri genrai 
control functions jsiop/sian tempo setting etc | 
variable settings, playback conouci ng and so 
on. There's even an area pims you to 
store and reorreve snapshots erf jaecteq tynups 
of other screen controls, the idea -ie*£ Peng 
that by executing these siwsnco O-nng 
playback it's possible to contre* 

set up to another 

M's use revolves around three basic stages, 
with you first recording or miximg me r ct<? 
and chord material to be used. Four payers ', 
which in essence can be regarded as four 
individual sequencer tradts, are wH» so you 
might, for example, scan 6% playing a melody 
line using player I and men add some biding 
chords for player 2 

Having done that you are ao-e :c concrot me 
ways in which that macenat s z&rvq to De 
transformed during playback as manner of 
changes can be experimented * - a melody 




fTl For music •“*. 



■ main di&piay page 

vtPrT*M program. 

bne might be scrambled, or M might be asked to 
produce cyclic or random variations to the base 
material. Because M has settings which allow 
you to add any amount (from 0 to IDO per cent] 
of cyclic and random variations, this means 
results can be obtained that are as near, or as 
far away, from your original riff as you choose. 
Meedless to say. it's necessary to be sensible 
with such settings since high levels of random 
change, for example, may not always produce 
good results. 

RfUEFSE EFFECT 

The important thing about the approach M 
uses, however, rs its reversibility - you can fry a 
setting and if you don't li ke the results you just 
reduce or change it to hear a new effect, 
incidentally, you can use M to control Midi drum 
machines as well, and the program provides 
special modes for this type of use 
There are also various ways of performing 
your music You can manipulate M's screen 
gadgets, move the mouse within a two- 
dimensional 'conductor' grid or create automatic 
performance processes. Another control facility 
offered by M is based around the use of a Midi 
keyboard, where certain keys are defined as 
control keys' which duplicate many of the 
functions found within the program's main 
display. 

In essence, having recorded your sequence 
material, M can then be used to change tempos, 
key. velocity, duration, note accents and so on. 


First impressions 

The Amiga version ef W lus been r*jsorubty we *l implemented, although there are some 
things, such as the use erf 1 very fashioned hie requester, th«*t surprised me. The 
program certainly has the ability id perform musically interesting pattern changes 
(effectively creating new m% and food for thought as It does soj, but it is important to 
realise that if (i necessary to spend a fair bit of time getting to know the program in 
order to get the best out of It Needless to say, the Or T documentation is excellent as 
always and there 1 plenty of tutorial material to gel you started. 

On a personal level. I ve been quite impressed with this new Amiga Dr T offering, and 
ft has certainly been good fun to use. I do, however, have some general conceptual 
worries' about the program and, at the moment at least, my gut feeling' is that th!s Is 
simply not the sort of musk program that will find instant favour among all Amiga 
musk tans. To be honest I hope 1 m wrong but on that score only time will tell? 


■ Or r* M male** goad lt is at tho 
mullE- window facilitie*. 

You can reverse melody lines and even do 
things such as adjusting the note density,' 
thereby allowing M to make choices about 
which notes from a pattern should sound. There 
are, in fact, a whole collection of editing 
functions to choose from and you can. of 
cou rse, use both Midi and internal sounds and 
even write M's musical output to disk in 
standard Midi fife form 
M's editing and control features are qurte 
easy to use. particularly since most of the edit 
functions operate from separate windows. The 
Orchestration window, for example. Pets you 
send the output of particular players to any 
chosen Midi channel, white the Pattern editor 
window Pets you view and edit the notes stored 
in a player sequence 

Midi files can be imported as well and I found 
this to be a good way of bringing raw base 
material into the M environment. Although most 
M users will probably be Midi users, it's worth 
pointing out that you don 't actually need a Midi 
synth in order to be able to use M on an Amiga. 
This is because sequences can be created using 
the pattern editor and subsequently used with 
M's AmiSynth internal IFF sounds module. 



SVSIEHl E55EI1TIRIS h 

BED = £sse in h BLACK = Recommended 


, i 

HBF 7 Tag ! 


Dr 1*5 ‘IH' 
package has 
recentig made 
its debut on 
the Rmiga and 
Paul Oueraa 
has tahen a 
loDh to see 
luhat's on 
offer 


£l 

Tr 


The bottom tine 

Product: Dr Ts M 
Supplier: Millenium Music 
Price: E79.9 5 
Tel: 01602 241924 


Ease of use 

Implementation 
Value for money 
Overall 


Amiga Cam puling 


JULY 1995 











VIALIIY PMHHICT& II THE VBIT LWIttl WSWS 


01509 670706 

Fax: 01509 674703 

% 5" DISKS Heim * 4 To,wrs 

GanmBJiraoCErtndp . ..£ 1 7,54 sach 

°® L° D °^ D CMTH^i»UFSlft7QCai«i^ ilMSweh 

l0DWf *" ?* .5! HP DfisHjel CarlrdtjG [DoLble Cap ) F?4 ?4 aai#i 

55 °! s ^ - - sS Si HP Dflskjfll T ri-Cotoi# Cartridge ....tZBM each 

£?? HPThinkJrt'OuiB^tCiirirkige E1S.13MCD 

122 "™ nit HP Dwljal Tr*6fli&ur Cartridge Rb*JI El 6 03 each 

250 Date - ■ - • • -EHl E0& Re1ite !1whi pacttE) for C*mjn BJ- 1M20. 

I nrSiBi S v p nS|ie"Box es HP etc 

LOCKABLE 3,5 DISK BOXES kiaMM nteiLCyiP1 n<ri.8t,n 

tOO Capacity £5 99 50 Capacity £4.99 B nw,n. Ufr Gr«n. Dark omn #*1 Goto 

Miscellaneous Itorta 1 PflCtEHdO fockl.E106D«Bt1.5+ Pick* M.te 4Ktl 

100 5*104 Colour a.5‘ Disk Labels £•» H P Lwnal iL'tll Towr Cafftip £44 51 

1<KH> Single Cotai* 3.5 DiHaUtala. .. Ce.BO H p LmawtilPdllP TcfW Cartndpn . .E53.41 

Mftiaa HoiiSfl Ring to* Inltjffts 4 TOO*r* nol hBled 

MonwMaiemm E2.98 

Moum Mai Omm W99 

35" DtaH. Cleaning Kn E2.9fi 

1 471S 1 Opfcal G&m Screen Fitter £'*.99 Q| . . 

2|k Universal Parris* Eland £5 09 Plifltel RlbbOOS 

Mf&nni>i £>jfltCcvflr .£4 UfS BLACK 1 Oft 2+ Hl+ 

CPU A Mcjwtor Ousl Cciwer ..£B.(19 Amslrad OMP 2WQQW0 2 £H) 2 65 245 2.2S 

ISM *» *» f» 

i™* RQQ'finn Diei Cwflr £3.90 Epson LQ I DO ^40 395 3 75 3.55 

O.w E^l^wwmjcroo^so 275 2.55 2.3S 

2000 6»ibM 4 1 I ■ x 9 2S* 60g i bga £24.99 ^ UMt jOJIlffll J « 3 3* 3- J* 

Micro perforated 1*1 pap* 2 < K*ea W99 ^^SSSSSST^ r£ lUii 

5OT Sheets. 7183 U»r labels C1Q4 54 HI 15 ?S tS 

Parallel Pr*i6*r CaM* • SlSKSS 15 >71 IS IS? 

- rwp tar basl pncs* SIN IC84-HWM 2.B6 271 Z5i e-31 

SSSSESSl SBM SS!m» 1251.2*12.4012.00 

a2 ££ fiSiiiH cia.« ’22 ’JS IS 

™^ iu ra - w s oS ;sts 

^•AlXSTMnH - S1I.9I» Star LC£4‘ 1&WQ 963 9.48 9.2B 8.88 

J^SRkhal £2399 ™W3 FOR RtBBtMS HOT LIBT¥P 

7f%tJwwM jWLirortSif riMMr ^ 

orpiMfwflftpiBrffl«tfto Hi, 
«h* *ddwas 

remember, unlike some other companies - 

ALL OUR PRICES INCLUDE VAT <«17>S%] A UK DELIVERY 


LOWEST PRICES ON 
OUJCKSHOT JOYSTICKS 


AMIGA 

ADVERTISERS' INDEX 


17 Bit Software >....62 

1 si Computer Centre 11 

Arnold Computer Supp 110 

Belter Concepts Inc 48 

Big Byte PD 110 

Bliltersolt^, 82 

Brian Fowler Computers — 47 

Bruce Snnifh Books 110 

Capri CD Distributor ..il 10 

Care Electronics 120 

Control Sothwore & Hardware .110 

Compo Software 1 28, 1 29 

CTR Campuler Concepts 1 26 

Cybersystems - - 109 

Oort Computer Services 48 

EM Computergraphics 120 

Epic Marveling 55, 104, 105 

Fo si Computer Services ..... — 124 
France Festival Dishribution 48 

G.T.I - — -56 

easterner..,, 56, 58 

Gordon Norwood Comp 9, 15 

GreyTronics.,.,.,.,...,.,.,,,,^^. — 22 

H agars Electronics 110 

Hi Soft 6 r OBC 

HIQ 76 


ICRJG MO 

Indi - IFC r 3 

Kew-MI * HO 

Kompart UK 87 

Marcam 126 

Meridian 1 3 

Microvitec * 3& 

On-Line PD 1 10 

Optonica —97 

Owl Associates , .109 

PD Power.,..,,,,,,,,., 1 10 

PD Soft 28,29 

Power Computing IBC, 130, 2Q r 21 

Premier Mail Order 116 

Soddletramps PP ,.,.,.,.,..110 

Sea soft Computing 68, 69 

Siren Software 35 

Software 2000 .92,93 

Special Reserve 32 

Hie Amiga User Club 110 

Underground PD ,.,,.69 

Village Tranics ..51 

Visage Computers . 40 

Weird Science 72 

Whitekn iglht Technology .79 

Zone ) .....109 



GENLOCKS 

DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER 


All our Genlocks feature: 

• Fade Amiga graphics 

• Crossfade between Amiga & Video 

• Amiga preview monitor facility 

• Amiga only, video only, overlay and 
keyhole modes 

• Full instruction manual 

• Designed and manufactured in 


PRICES: 

Composite standard video Genlock: 


Rendale 8802 FMC Genlock C 1 49.00 

Super-VHS Genlock: 

Rendale 9402 £299.00 

Titling Packages: 

Scala HTI00 £49.00 

Chroma DTV Toolkit (Vol. 1) £29.99 

Deduct £5 from total prk* when ordering a titling package with a gentock 

Chromakey device: 

RocTec Rockey {fully tested) £149.00 

D wl*- .. . inrlnio V AT Sfld IflpIlViTV 


the UK 

Marcam Ltd, 62 Tenter Road, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6 AX 

Tel: 01604 7 90466 Fax: 01604 647403 





veryday afl across the UK there must 
be arguments aver who gets priority 
use of the telly. Mum and Eng sister 
want to watch Neighbours, white the brothers 
want to use their Amiga. Dad comes in from 
work and, once again, finds the same oJd 
argument in full swing. Some things never 
change, 

But there can be a solution, In fact there can 


be several, dependant on factors such as space, 
the Amiga itself and, of course, cash, For most 
fofks the fast item, cash, wilJ be the crucial one. 


Serious Amiga users know that it's impossible to 
dq crucial graphics and other quairty work an a 
bog-standard TV, so we simply scrape up the 
cash and get on with it, but for most cash- 
strapped families there will inevrtably be 
priorities other than buying a 'proper' monitor 
for the Amiga. 

The simplest, and probably cheapest, Ax is a 
second-hand TV installed rn the (ad's bedroom so 


they can blast away to their heart's content. Of 
course, big sis will kick up a fuss and likely need 
paying off, but if it keeps the family from 
rowing, then maybe it's a small price to pay 
Suitable TVs can be found by scouring the local 
free papers and second-hand shops, Just make 
sure you see- them working before you part with 
any cashl 


But a second-hand TV isn't necessarily the 
best bet if you want to do more than just play 
games, Why? Weli, the long and short of it is 
that both RF video (which is what goes into the 
TVs aerial socket] and composite video produce 
noticeably lower quality than the Amiga's own 
RGB video output The reason for this is that 
intemafly,. the Amiga generates separate red, 
green and blue Jhence 'RGB'] signals which can 
be fed directly to a surtable monitor and 
displayed on screen wrtn minimum modification, 
resulting in a high-quah ty image 
However, both RF and composite video 
signals have to tie converted from the Amiga's 


Watch out 

I have one last but very important point 
to make. Always be very careful when 
buying a second-hand computer monitor. 
There are so many different kinds 
around, especially at auctions, that it is 
easy (o buy something which doein t 
stand h hope in hell of working with 
your Amiga. Particularly, doitt buy a 
monochrome Or amber monitor {since it 
won t display In full colour ji and ensure 
that the monitor can display RGB at 
1 5.6kHz PAL frequencies via an analogue 
RGB Input. This fast point U very 
important. 

Also, make sure the monitor has a 
manual or, at the very feast, a pin 
connection diagram for its Inputs, since 
it might be impossible to work this out 
otherwise. If you can, get a written 
assurance that your prospective monitor 
will work with an Amiga and. if it 
doesn't, try to ensure you can get your 
money back later. If I had £10 for every 
reader s letter I d had about unsuitable 
second-hand monitors they'd bought on 
spec I d be having a nice holiday right 
now. 




sharpens up air your applications no end. makrng 
those parts which were hard to read cm a normal 
TV entirely visible at last. 

One thrng recent converts from TV to RGB 
often remark on |as do K users used to displays 
of 30kHz or more] Is that Amiga displays can 
appear to flicker, especially at higher resolutions. 
The short explanation for thrs is that the Amiga's 
RGB output is at standard video frequency 
( t5.6kHzf which is what makes it so adaptable as 
a video machine. Hence, it only refreshes the 
screen at haff the rate at which a standard PC 
screen is refreshed - and the eye sees the 
difference as flicker, particularly where highly 
contrasting thm horizontal lines are displayed 
Most people quickly get used to the Hrcker but 
to circumvent it. newer Amigas with the AGA 
chip set can drive a multlscan monitor fi.e. an 
RGB monitor which is capable of higher than 
1 5.6kHz displays) such as those produced by 
Microvitec or other manufacturers. Unfortunately 
tor the feuding family, such a monitor doesn't 
come cheap so let's leave this train of thought 
right here, 

Contact 

Gary WhiteJey can be emailed as 
drgaz0ci* .compulmk, co. uk. 


JULY 1995 

I 


I WGB monitors . 1 rrproduco thm Amiga 's 
I own BCfl mignmf* *■ laitMuiiyf as 


RGB signal via a modulator or encoder, which 
requires that the RGB is first electronically 
combined together and then passed to the TV. 
where it is then decoded back to RGB. Inevitably 
some of the original signal wilt be tost because of 
the nature of {his codfng/decodlng process. 

The result? RF looks worse than composite 
video, and both ace significantly inferior to RGB. 
particularly where high resolution screens and 
smaif text and graphics are concerned. Colour 
reproduction can also suffer and, all factors 
combined, using a TV as a computer display can 
make using productivity software such as 
wordprwesson, DTP packages and graphics and 
animation software quite a strain. 

HLTEHIlflllUES 

A better solution is to buy an RGB monitor, 
Sometimes a TV wrll have RGB inputs and, with a 
suitable cable (either bought or, if necessary, 
homemade] wifi work with an Amiga. Even 
better is a dedicated RGB monitor such as the 
Philips BB33 Mkll or Commodore's own r DS4S 
models. The trouble is chat one of these monitors 
costs around £2204230 new. and second-hand 
ones are getting Jess common by the month. 

The best thing about RGB monitors is that 
they reproduce the Amiga's awn RGB signals as 
faithfuNy as possrble, giving a crisp, colour-f ich 
display which makes for great graphics end 


Getting the 
tull picture 






TURBO DELIVERY 


NEXT DAY DESPATCH 
AVAILABLE FOR ORDERS 
PLACED BY TELEPHONE 
ONLY. 

POSTAGE AND PACKING 
FOR TURBO DESPATCH 
IS £5 


RELEASE THE POWER 

AIM AMIGA COMPUTING 


THERE ARE NO 
PRICE CHANGES 
DUE TO CURRENT 
MEMORY 

SHORTAGES. THESE 
ARE TODAY S 
PRICES AVAILABLE 
TODAY! 

ALL MEMORY 
BOARDS COME 
COMPLETE WITH 
FREE DISK m 

INCLUDING 
MEMORY 

TEST W 

SOFTWARE. v 


A MEMORY 
UPGRADE WILL h 
UNLOCK THE FULL 
POTENTIAL OF YOUR 
AMIGA AND ALLOW YOU 
TO DISCOVER NEW 
HORIZONS YOU 
NEVER NEW 
EXISTED! 


BRING YOUR AMIGA 
TO Li FDR ON-THE-SPOT 
FREE INSTALLATION 


Save or itie P&P Pick up your upgrade and save 
on delivery charges. What's more, bring your 
computer with you and we wilt fil your memory 
upgrade and test it for free!. Personal callers are very 
welcome but please phone before veiling to confirm the item 
you wont is in stock. We have disabled access. 


THANKS TO THE HUGE BUYING POWER OF AMIGA COMPUTING WE CAN GIVE 
OUR READERS THE CHEAPEST HIGH QUALITY AMIGA UPGRADES AND OTHER 
ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES FOR YOUR AMIGA. 

guarantee, 

8. We are here until 8pm every day 
during the week, 

9. 24 hour order hotline. 

10. Because we only sell a few items, your 
order will normally be supplied straight 
from our stocks, 

1 1 . Your credit or debit card will not be 
processed if the item you order is not 
in stock. 

1 2 Experienced sales staff are on hand For 
when you order or if you need advice 
before placing an order, 


1 2 GOOD REASONS 
TO BUY FROM 
AMIGA COMPUTING 


MOUSE 


All the products offered have been carefully 
selected by us as being the best in their 
class. But top quality does not mean top 
price. Thanks to our huge buying power, we 
con deliver to our readers the best products 
at the best prices, 

1 . All memory boards are populated with 
memory, 

2 . All memory boards are indi vidua I ly 
tested, 

3 . Support from a top engineer is ju st a 
phone call away. 

4. All memory upgrades are simple to fit, 
trap door upgrades - no soldering and 
no need to open your Amiga's cose, 

5 . No m i ni mum order and no credit card 
surcharges. 


A superb 
replacement 
Amiga mouse. 

This Compo mouse is o major enhancement 
because it uses micro switches For the buttons. 
Qur mouse also has a much higher resolution 
- 280 dots per inch which means you need 
much less desk space and you get a much 
finer control. 



OF YOUR AMIGA WITH 
MEMORY UPGRADE! 


AMIGA A500 




AMIGA A500+ 




ORDER HOTLINE 

01487 773582 

_ Lines ore manned from Monday 
to Friday 10am to 8 pm and on 
** Saturday lOain to 4pm 

If you coll outside these hours you con 
place an order by answer phone - just give the 
information on the order form in the order it 
appears. Vou might find it easier la complete the 
order form before calling so that you can need 
directly from it. 

Pleoie dbw 2B day; tar delivery From when we reeflivu yixir 
ordar. For non receipl of goods phone 01.407 773^02 
Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm. 



AMIGA COMPUTING SPECIAL OFFERS 
COMPQ SOFTWARE LTD. 

UNIT 3, GREEN FARM, ABBOTTS RIPTON, 
HUNTINGDON, CAMBS PE172PF 


AMIGA A 1 

Our A 1200 upgrades come complete with dock and optional 25Mhz maths coprocessor. 
They fit in the trap door and feature full 32bit Fast Ram, 


Upgrade to 4Mb Upgrade toe, Moth Upgrade to 6Mb Upgrade me. Math 


ElB9.no £l54.ao e189.oo eB14.oo 


PRIORITY ORDER FORM 


Order fo telephone by colling 01487 773582 Mon to Fri 10am to 8pm / Sat 10am to 4pm, 


J Mouse £7.99 

□ A500 upgrade to 1Mb £12. 99 

□ A500 upgrade to 1 Mb inc.dodk .,.,.£17. 99 

□ A500+ upgrade to 1 .5Mb £13.99 

3 A50ftf upgrade to 2Mb,. £20.99 

□ A6QQ upgrade to 2Mb £22.99 

□ A600 upgrade to 2Mb inc .dock £27.99 

□ Al 200 upgrade to 4Mb £1 29.00 

□ Al 200 upgrade to 4Mb (Copra) .£1 54.00 

□ Al 200 upgrade to 6Mb £1 A9.00 

□ Al 200 upgrade to 6Mb (Capra)... £2 14.00 

□ Al 200 Coprocessor only £27.00 

TOTAL GOODS VAiUE 

P&P(1 Item = £2.00 

2 or more Items = £3.00) 

TOTAL ORDER VALUE | 

Cheques Payable to Cam pa Software 

Pl'eaw send b- Amiga Computing Special Offers. 

Compo Software Lid. Unit J, Green Farm, 

Atrotts Ripton, Huntingdon, Carnbi PC 1 7 Iff 


Delivery Addre»_ 


. CUSTOMER K 


i lf» ram* written on the Cheque or C 
i rneltwd|. 


Telephone No: [ 
Cr edii Co rd 

2 EJ 

mu □ 


Swifch Issue No 

Expiry Date / j 

Signatore 

Cheque (4| L-l Postal Order (4) LJ 
Cheques Payable to Compo Software 


Amiga Computing 

JULY lias 











Next Day £5. GO 

2-3 Days £2.50 Saturday £10.00 
Deliveries are subject to stock availability 
Allow up to 7 days for cheques to dear 

■ 



POWER COMPUTING LTD 

44a/b Stanley St. Bedford MK4I 7RW 

Tel 01234 273000 Fax 01234 35220 






VIPER 


VIPER 66030 SERIES ■ 

* RAM Up to 8MB (Viper !)/l 2SMB (Viper 2 ) 

* Full Kickstart Remapping 

* Optional SCSI -11 adaptor 

* On-board battery backed clock/68882 Co-prncessor 

* Instruction and data burst modes 


Viper - I 28MHz 

PGA/PLCC, FPU uptu 50MHz 

Bare Board . . .£ I I 5.95 
4MB Viper . . . .£249.95 
8MB Viper £399.95 

PLCC only, FPU upto 40MHz 

Bare Board , lf {| 35*95 

4MB Viper £269*95 

8MB Viper ,..*£419.95 

Viper Co-processors 

2BMHz FPU . £25 

33MHz FPU £50 

40MHz FPU £70 

SOMHi FPU <PCA> .£100 

Ccmplirtfl Offlal, Sijzsnj (jcmpitidt 


Viper- 1 

33-42MHz 

PGA/PLCC* FPU upio 50MHz 

Bare Board 

,,.£169,95 

4MB Viper 

,,,.£299.95 

8MB Viper 

£439.95 

Viper -2 40MHz EC 

PLCC only, FPU upco 40MHz 

Bare Board 

. , .£199.95 

4MB Viper . 

£329.95 

BMB Viper . 

£469.95 


SCSMI Adaptor £79 

4MB SIMM £139 

8MB SIMM ...*..*£299 
Other SIMMS . . . .£POA 


VIPER 68030 

68030 40MHz RC or 50MHz RC 
with MMU, RAM upto 128MB. 
FFU-PGA only. 

Bare 40MHz £229*00 

40MHi 4MB ...... ,£379*00 

40MHZ-BMB £499*00 

Bare 50MHz £249.00 

50MHz-4MB ...... .£399*00 




POWER 1208 ■ 

* A1200 RAM board 
- PCMCIA friendly 

* Uses 1 x 32 SIMM 

* Amiga Format Gold award 

* Expand upto 8MB 


2MB .£139*00 

4mb £189.00 

8mb £329.00 


SUPER/XL DRIVES 

The Super XL Drive allows you to 
store 3.5MB on a high density disk. 

EXT. SUPER XL £129,95 

The XL Drive allows you to store 
1.76MB on a high density disk. No 
case cutting on A4GG0 internal. 


EXTERNAL XL *£59,95 

INTERNAL XL £55.95 


A4000 INTERNAL XL , ,£55,95 

POWER DRIVE ■ 

The Power Drive now includes Blitz 
Amiga and Floppy Expander free. 
Floppy Expander allows you to 
compress files on floppy disks by up 
to 50%. Other features include: Anti- 
Click, Anti- Vims, Isolation Switch, 2 
Year Warranty, Thru' port, Cyclone 
Compatible Chip, Backup Hardware 
and Blitz Compatible feature. 

EXTERNAL £49.95 

CYCLONE S/W ONLY . .£ I 0*00 

INTERNAL DRIVES ■ 

Our internal drives use the same drive 
mechanisms as the Amiga to ensure 
complete compatibility. 


pc8si as oo £30.95 

PC8B2A2000 £30.95 

PC883 A6Q0/I 200 ..... ,£35.95 


□ 



AM producti have a 12 month warranty unless otherwise specified 

Trade and Educational orders welcome - Worldwide distribution available 

AD ,Y,>j rouJ, WT jnd pnr-K srr i_br^r Ld dTar|jc v.'ilcui netkr. si IndB-Trti idfrawwlgpd Al ordm r> wiling or bf Lriiphone wl I* aCicpiSd iftf yjfcfO to {W 4nd wvwni trade, oepes dT'^twh are is« d* frw dt ,±arjr on requed. 







FD 

7RW 

52207 





QUAD SPEED CD ROM 


CD 


£199 

xl CD-ROM 

ROM 


DOUBLE SPEED 


Next Day £5 + Q0 

2-3 Days £2.50 Saturday £10.00 
Deliveries are subject to stock availability 
Allow up to 7 days for cheques to dear 


POWER COMPUTING LTD 

44a/b Stanley St. Bedford MK4 3 7RW 

Tel 01234 273000 Fax 01234 352207 


TELEPHONE 01 234 273000 


-ROM 



SCSI CiHinecton 


Audio In.'Out 


I lOv I46v SCSI ID Cooling 
Swatch Fan 


SCSI 

Connectors 


POWER CD-ROM 


CD-ROM SOFTWARE 



The new Power CD-ROM for the Amiga 600/1200 plugs 
directly into the PCMCIA port and provides a direct SCSI-1 
and SCSI-II interface, allowing up to six additional peripherals 
to be connected, tor example: Syquest Drives,, Hard Drives* 
Flatbed Scanners and Dai Drives. What’s more the Power 
CD-ROM features a ‘Hot-Plug 1 and 'Un-Plug’, which 
allows you to connect/ disconnect at any time the Power 
CD-ROM and any additional devices, even when your 
Amiga is switched on. 

The CD-ROM eorncs with a SCSI interface, PSU, manual* 
audio lead, mains lead" and software: Audio CD* CD32 
Emulation, MPEG Film Decoder and PhotoCD software. 


CD BOOT 1-0 .£29 

F-nahlci vou iw iIbum mr OTJ gimei 

FRESHFONTSM _*.....£ I 7 

632MB r*f fen« tor 4irtH»! im -Luinpvmcr mc«H 

GAMERS' DELIGHT £25 

CorJEUJU 40 f-jangi hac Ajniya 

GOLDFISH 1 £25 

Mume 2 ■.>f lHc * ranuins i sckciian of snftwarr 

LIGHT ROM * £39 

Cpnairw Ucdwi 6S4MB of ID pfa^cn, jmjpes. etc, 

MAGIC ILLUSIONS . £ J 0 

MEETING PEARLS VOL I . .£10 

Fun CD pufcliiiicd w-rto die iJMKKpI flf ’ shjCOLLiInJjilatinn" 

MEETING PEARLS VOL II ....£10 

Conrauii 6SOMB of toe tirur*t FD wfwuc via j special Mae? interfere 

THE UGHT WORKS . . . . .£34 

Kipndng, ■ i fkcuunng ua ul ^onifwitET graphic* 

THE BEAUTY OF CHAOS . . * . , * £ | 2 

Drive mm the frwtd wnrid of geometry 

AMINET 5 «*,*■*. .. .„ £12 

1.1 ppabvua Eli 7 wtrmn 

AMINET SET I ..... £25 

4 CD* contunjng freeware 

CD^WRITE £39 

™ to vimadlv wriue to CD's 

FRESH FISH fl ...... £25 

Hundiufe MB'* orf frmvjiie 


Amiga 600/1200 

Double - Speed 

CD-ROM £199 

Quad - Speed 

CD-ROM .....£299 


Amiga 4000 no eq 
D ouble - Speed 

CD-ROM £159 

Quad - Speed 

co-Rom £259 


Accessories 

Amiga 4000 
SCSI-Interface £129 

Multi-media Speakers 

80 Watt . . £54 



Trade and Educational orders welcome - Worldwide distribution available 






wn & 


v 


^ Squirrel 

.>? 

:i j i 


%_ 


NICE ONE SQUIRREL! 





Amiga Format 93% 
Amiga Shopper 95% 


CU Amiga 94% 

JAM ** The best piece of 
hardware I've ever 


As you can see, the Amiga press has gone nuts over our new Squirrel SCSI interface for the 
A60G/A1200. In case you've missed Uiese reviews, the Squirrel SCSI is a plug -and -play add-on that 
allows you to connect up lo 7 SCSI peripherals to your Amiga. Just think of il, CD-ROM, Hard drive, 
Scanner. DAT, Optical, SyQuest, Tape Streamer - alt on line at the same time! No wonder we named it 
after that famous storage- hungry animal! To go with Squirrel, here are some great value devices.. 


bought for my A 1 200 
... well done , HiSoft! m 


SCSI CD-ROM Drives 



Squirrel 2x - in* £129, Ml 089 
New! Squirrel 4x - ini £199, Ml £259 

Introducing our brand-new quad-speed CD-ROM drive, the 
Squirrel 4 k; a feature- packed, lighlning-iasl drive a! a 
stunning price This is the flagship of chjc range of CD-ROM 
drive®, all designed lo suit your needs and your pocket. 
Squirrel CD-ROM drives are cased in extremely stylish 
enclosures with all SCSI connectors and offer Iasi access 
times, stereo headphone sockets with volume control, phono 
line output, PhcHcCD 1 " multi-session support, CD32 
emulation (with the Squirrel SCSI interlace}, CD -DA 
compatibility with the convenience of tray- loaded action, The 
Squirrel 2a CD-ROM drwe offers 300Kb/sec transfer while the 
Squirrel 4 k attains fiOOKb/sec (sustained) with a 190ms 
access time, the fastest CD-ROM yet on Ihe Amiga, 

These are the drives we use Tor developing and testing the 
Squinet hardware and software - need we say more? 


SyQuest Drives 



08Mb - Ini £269, ext £329 
270Mb ■ ini £419, e*f £479 


Introducing removable SCSI drives for your 
Amiga. Based on reliable, proven SyQuest"' 
mechanisms, these WMb and 270Mb units otter 
transportable, compact, high performance and. 
above all. expandable storage lor all your 
computing reeds. SyQuest is the world leader In 
this technology across computer platforms which 
means that you can transfer work beiween 
Amiga, Macintosh and PC, with ease We 
recommend the CrossDQS and CrossMac 
software packages lo simplify portability - ca IS fat 
pricing. Qur drive prices include i free cartridge. 


SCSI third Dri 



270Mb £169, 540Mb £239 
730Mb £279, 1Gb E479 
Add £60 fur external units 


Hard drives are becoming more and 
more affordable and we can now offer 
some tremendous prices on a range of 
superb qualify. Quantum drives in a range of capacities. 


These drives otter fast seek times (f4ms @ 270Mb. 
llms @ 540/73QMb. Sms @ 1Gb} r large caches and 
high speed data transfer rates (1 5Mb, ''sec with 
Squirrel} All units can be supplied for you lo fit in your 
Own caste dr prg-instelled in one of our professional 
Squirrel Storage Cases The Squirrel does not 
aulo-booL external hard disks bul you can do this from 
floppy or from internal IDE hard disk. 


We can supply air iaMj, larmimittrs £te. FJ&aw tee I ft* 1 to 
discuss your axscr t Btfurtemeni^ mtr ow iffemfiy Jecrmifcjri staff 


Squirrel Storage Systems 


SCSI I P 

K'liTtnr 



SCSI 
irvnnwtnm 

All our Squirrel Storage Systems come aimer bare (inf - 
ready lor installation internal ly within a suitably equipped 
Amiga or other computer} or fully-cased (erf) with integral 
power supply, SCSI In/out, SCSI ID selector and! audio out 
(for CD-ROM), The cases we supply are high 
quality, shielded, snap-together enclosures, 
each wilh 4QW power supply - the beck 
pandof Ihe 5.25’ case Is shown above. 

These SCSI enclosures are available at 
£69,95 each (please specify 3.5* or S.25‘ 
when ordering). 

The neat Squirrel SCSI interface is shown 
on the right The unit simply plugs into ihe 
PCMCIA slot, Domes complete with all Ihe 
software you need together with a cable 
which terminates in a 50-way Amphenol 
plug to attach to your first SCSI device. 



the Squirrel SCSI Interface 


Twist 2 

Twest 2 is ihe new, friendly, relational database lor 
all Amlgas. Twist's range of power features such 
as ifs integrated forms designer, its varied & 
multi-level querying. Its Nil 1:N & N:M relations 
coupled with its un -cluttered, well-designed user 
interface make it ideal for both the first-time and 
the seasoned database user. 

Twist 2 is the only database 
you wilt ever need ■ a 
product that expands lo 
meet your requirements as 
they grow. So, before you 
buy another database, why 
nol take a look al the Twist demo disk? 


4 u bA 


sound samplers for the A6M/A120Q, 
Auna offers high performance 12/16 
bn quality with direct-to-di&k sampling 
plus a host of software features. 
Oetamed 5.04 up compatible. 

96% Amigo Shopper 90% 4Uf 



Ordering Information 

AH HiSoft products (see the complete list below) should be available through your favourite Amiga, dealer. If 
you have difficulty in obtaining any title you can order directly from HiSoft - |ust call us free on 0506 22 3t >60, 
armed wilh your credil or debit card: we will normally despatch within 4 working days or. for an extra E6, by 
guaranteed next day delivery (for goods in stock]. Alternatively, you can send use cheque or postal orders. 
All prices include VAT. Export orders: calf or tax. to confirm pricing and postage casts. '£■ 1995 HiSoft. EiOE. 
HiSoft products lor your Amiga: Squirrel SCSI interface - £69.95, Squirrel Storage Systems - as above, 
Aura 12/18 bit sampler - £99 95, Megalosound 8 bit sampler - £34.95. ProMidi interlace - £24.95, HiSoft 
Dovpac 3.14 - £79 95. HiSoft BASIC 2 - £79.95, Highspeed Pascal - £89,95, Gamesmith - £99,95. Termite - 
£39,95, Twist 2 database - £99.95. Max or Magic - £29-95, Upper Disk Tools - £14.85, Vistalrte inc 
MafrePelh/TerrflPorm - £3995 and much more. Coming soon: Disk Magic: disk [pals: and Cinema4D. 



Professional game development is made easy wilh the 
new GameSmith Development System. Over 3 years in 
the making, GDS gives you the low level power to 
aeate the masterpiece of your dreams in a single, 
easy-to-use, comprehensive environment, using C or 
assembler. Comes complete with junior versions of Dice 
C and Devpac 3 9Q% AW 97% C U Amigo 


Termite 


4 



Afraid of becoming a hedgehog on the 
Information Super Highway? Don't worry, 

Termite is so easy lo use that even a first lime 
user will feel at home. Vet it has all fhe power and 
flexibility to satisfy the most seasoned modem warrior’ 
Termite is packed with features and coma® with its 
superb Button Bar already set up lor instant access lo 
Cl* and many BBSs fl ^ % Amigfl Compt/ffng 

95%AUI 88% CU Amigo 


HiS©ft 

SYSTEMS 


The Old School, Greenfield , 

Bedford MK45 5DE UK 
Tel: +44(0) 1525 718181 
Fax: +44 (0)1525 713716