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A full version 
of Cloantos 
superb paint 
and image 
processing 
package 
exclusive 
to Amiga f 
Computing 


The Amiga 


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production 


new models 


revealed 


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A shareware titles just 
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MUI applications: M 

ReKeylt, forcelcon and 
an Aquarium simulator! J 
Shareware titles: M 

NewEdit. PowerSnap, Hp 
Hove and m any more 


Issue 89 August 1995 £3,99 Overseas price £4.25 Hft 18.95 


Personal Paint 4 


Fully featured, award-winning 
paint package 


Re-qu^res at teas! WB1.3. 1Mb Ram 


August 


MUI special 
PowerStation 


Photogenics 1.2 









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PHOTOGENICS V1.2 

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Glf r iff And PhOtcCQ 

Multiple tillage editing Lui 
Heal -time RAMS display 

■ Open design Ms you to add your 
□wrt loaders, savers or effects 



IMAGE PROCESSING 


IMAGE FX v2.0 

FOR ALL AMlGAS 



* Various Rrtatitim painting touts 


* Image tihuttHmatis 

* Enhanced text Handling 

■ Expanded image sampgsing 

* AatOFX 

* image tx prowser 

* Soft edge and 
anti- aliasing 



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Animation 

Workshop VB-.O £@9-00 

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UpfiA:nn ve-smi rt Scaa. arograir 

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[fie essential guide to Rmiga gaming 


System On-line 86 

Some great games are on their way. Tina Hadkett brings 
you the latest r)$ws from the games scene 


Seat the System 88 

If swords and sorcery are causing you to get your spelts 
in a twist, heed our words of wisodm with this Sshar 3 guide 

Preview: Timekeepers 93 

The makers of Valhalla return witti a new addition to the puzzte genre 

Preview: Star Crusader 106 

Gareth Lofthouse dons his spacesuit to take a took' 
at Gametek's latest spaceship combat simulator 

Preview: Wheelspin 108 

Boy racer Andy Maddoc-k bums rubber to check 
our Black Legend's forthcoming race- f em-up 


System Essentials 110 

We bnng you a selection of the best budgets- This month, System 
inspects Flashback from Detphine and Bullfrog s Syndicate 


Heuieuis 


Photogenics uL2 3 1 ! Fiber F actum E5 


Paul Austin gets arty with the latest 
incarnation of Aimathera's masterpiece 



The latest 
revision 
of Nova's 
superb image 
processor gets a good 
going over 


[D Roundup SB 


Gareth Lofthouse presides over wftaT's 
quickly becoming a regular column 


Features 


It's not a misprint it's American, 
and a plug-in for toghfM/ave 

flmiUP u*tB 75 

Ben Vast Tries to master ihe commeraai 
verson of the AmiTCR/IP networking package 


oiuer 


7G 


Darren Ec-'ans mates his A 1200 into a 
monster with this expansion from HiO 




Came Reuieuis 


International Golf 91 

Virocop 94 

FI - World Championship Edition 96 

Tactica! Manager 2 100 

Obsession 102 



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Amiga saued, but 
Pleasance goes 


On 30 May, MD Manfred Schmidt presen- 
ted Escom's plans tor the future of Ihe 
Amiga at a press conference in Frankfurt. 
Assembled members of the press and 
‘rade industry were told ■ hat a new 
company called Amiga Technologies has 
been established to lead the Amiga for- 
ward, lr Is to be headed by Petrg 
Tyschtschenko, former Director of Logistics 
for Commodore International. 

To the disappointment of the Amiga 

■ Juslry in Britain, however, Escom have 
no; included David Pleasance, MD of 
Commodore UK, info their future plans. 
Joint MD. Colin Proudfool, has also been 
dropped, 

Pleasance and Proudfoot had hoped to 

■ egotiate a future for the UK subsidiary 

« s h Escom after the German company 

acquired the remains of Commodore al the 
auction in New York last month, 
previously, P lea sa nee's team had looked 
ke favourites to win the bidding process, 
but on the day in question they could not 
rr iich the financial muscle of rivals Escom 
and Dell; 

Despite meeting twice with Pleasance 
: Proudfoot, however, Escom's man age - 
menf decided not to take ovof Commodore 
UK in its current form. This was actually a 
global policy of Escom regarding the 
Amiga," explained Gilles Bourdin, Ihe 
ewly appointed PR Manager for Amiga 
Technologies. "We decided just to take the 
trademark, the logos and a few people we 
wanted to work with, but without taking 
over the structure of the former 


Commodore. This is exactly the same as 
what happened with Commodore in a 
Germany," 

The news of Pleasance '& departure will 
come as a blow to the majority of develop* 
ers and distributors in Britain who saw him 


as the best man for the job, Neither 
Pleasance or Proudfoot were available for 
comment at the time Amiga Computing 


went to press. 



Though it appears that Commodore 
UK's Maidenhead offices are being aban- 
doned by Escom, the Stan stead unit will be 
retained. It will be managed by Jonathon 
Anderson, previously head of sales for 
C=UK, as a research and devetopment 
centre. Five other members of the 
Commodore UK team have also been 
taken on board by Amiga Technologies 


Mo room found by 

Escom fur 

or 

Proudfoot 


Item deuelopments 
planned 

Optimism for Ihe future of the Amiga 
was at its highest level in years following 
the revelation of Escom's plans for 
technological developments on ihe 
platform. The Amiga Technology devel- 
oprnenr division is already working 
on the next generation of RISC-based 
computers and a set-lop unit that 
will exploit the Amiga’s multimedia 
Strengths. 

Closer lo hand is the promise of new 
machines for early 1996, including 
an 030 version of the A120Q and an 
060 version of the A4Q0Q. In the mean- 
time, supplies of the current Amiga 
range will start rolling out with (he A4Q00 
Tower unit coming first followed by the 
A12Q0 which should reappear in 
October, 

QUICK RETURN 

According to Retro Tyschtschenko, 
General Manager of Ihe Amiga 
Technologies company, Escom expects 
to make back the $10 million it spenl on 
the buy out in as short a period as 
Spring 1996 through sales and licenses. 
In 19*95 alone, a turnover of 100 million 
DM has been predicted - mainly from 
the sales of A12Q0, A40Q0 and CD32 
units. 

Whether these esti maligns will come 
to fruition will be seen in the lulfness of 
time, but the announcement that thE pre- 
sentation package Scala MM3GO will be 
bundled with newly sold Amigas can 
only help to make the Amiga’s retail 
position stronger. 

For the full in-deplh report on Escom's 
plans for the tulur®, read the cover 
feature inside this month's issue, 


3(1 brought douin bg Amiga’s absence 


News of the Amiga's salvation came too fate for 
” e huge distribution and retail empire, ZGL. 
Following the decision of the firm's founder, Don 
Carter, to call in the receivers on 30 May, the UK 
computer industry has been rocked by the surprise 
sol lapse of one of Ihe biggest national forces in the 
computer trade. 

Garter blamed the company’s difficulties on the 


fall of Commodore International, 2CL had been 
one of the biggest distributors of the Amiga and its 
related products, and the sudden absence of the 
popular home computer caused the company to 
experience huge losses 

The launch of the successful Calibre PC range 
was an attempt to compensate for lost business, 
but ultimately these sales were insufficient lo save 


Ihe company. ZCL employed a workforce of 137 
people and incorporated the Taurus wholesale 
operation, the Calculus retail chain, and Ihe Indi 
Direct mail order firm. The business reportedly has 
substantial assets and a balance sheel surplus, so 
it is hoped that buyers will soon be found for the 
three divisions which will continue to trade in The 
meantime. 


Amiga Computing 


AUGUST 1995 


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NEWS 


H 

BBF[ to raise 
charges 

Publishers of software containing 
violence or adult content could be faced 
with vastly increased production costs 
following a Call lor a rise rn classification 
charges by the British Board lor Film 
Classification. Software products depict- 
ing human sexual activity or acts of 'gross' 
violence has been subject to BBFC classi- 
fication since the Video Recordings Act, 
1984, and since September 1994 over 40 
software products have been officially 
classified by the E3RrC. 

Now, however, the government 
appointed body is claiming interactive 
software takes much longer to assess 
than movies or videos and that they 
should consequently bo subject to a high' 
er classification fee, This could put the 
charge of now re leases up from £1 ,953 Id 
E1 # 75S according to GTW, the industry 
trade weekly. 

The BBFC claim a price rise is 
necessary because they were running at 
a loss while charging the same rate for 
games as for video. Sections of the 
software industry, however, have seen the 
proposals as potenlialiy damaging. 

Telstar is one software company who 
will be affected. Al the moment they are 
focusing their attention on CDs and with 
the establishment of the new adult label 
and the higher classification fee, they feel 
it will be costly, Telstar's Gary Bracey 
understand the BBFC's problems but 
believes “they should look at two price 
bands - nne tor multimedia products, 
which include a lot of linear content, and 
one for games predates which do take 
longer for them to explore.” 

Roger Bennett, General Secretary for 
the industry's self-appointed watchdog, 
ELS PA. warned: it could undermine the 
way in which this industry is taking a 
responsible altitude and fhe way in which 
we distribute software for consumer use ’ 
He continued: If It's going lo cost so 
much money for certification, some peo- 
ple will say to hell with it, let's take a nsk. 
We cant afford thal to happen - nor can 
the BBFC. " 

Though Bennett was mainly concerned 
that I he BBFC's proposal would damage 
the good work EL SPA and its members 
had so far und aria ken, there is also the 
danger that a rise in production costs 
could det^r some developers from making 
adult-themed lilies, entirely, “i would 
hope." he commented, “that the Home 
Office will! take into account the fact 
Jhal not all software publishers are in a 
position lo pay that much.” 

At (he time of writing, the BBFC’s pro- 
posal has yet lo be approved by the 
Home Office. In the meantime, a meeting 
is set to take place between ELSPA and 
the Homo Office at which Bennett wrli vig- 
orously defend the software industry's 
position. 


Hiuia undercut (D competition 


In what is already a highly contested area of the 
peripheral market, tho CD drive competition is set to 
become even more heated following Aiwa’s decision 
to drop the price of its SCSI compatible ACD-3Q0 unit 
to just El 49. 

The stated price >5 not inclusive ol VAT, but it 
emphasises the continued downward trend lor CD 
drive prices as the medium grows in popularity. Amiga 
users will also be encouraged by the fact that the 
drive is being marketed as an ideal option for the 
Amiga range of computers. 

The verdict on whglher quality has been compro- 
mised lo cut cost will have to be reserved until 
Amiga Computing undertakes a full review, 
but the ACD-309 is already a clear winner 
in the looks department. 

It will also boast a competitive array of J 
facilities. As well as being SCSI compati- 
ble!, which means it can be connected to S 
your computer along with six olher periplv 
orals, it also features an unusual large LCD 
display that indicates the drive's SCSI ID and whether 


or not it is terminated The makers claim this will help 
beginners avoid two of the most common oversights 
when connecting CD drives to their computers. 

The drive’s facia will boast audio CD-dedicated 
opo ration buttons that will allow it to be used as a GD 
player without software like Jukebox, while at the 
heart of the machine a dual-speed drive makes the 
AGD-300 fast enough to take on higher priced rivals. 

For more information, call Aiwa on 0131-897 7009. 



Amiga portables in 
pipeline 


Silent Paw Production hope to have portable 
Amigas ready for delivery by September this 
year according to MD Shawn Randolph. 
With a name derived from the acronym for 
Portable Amiga Work Station, the PAWS 
product range could give the Amiga markoi 
the lightweight version of the computer that 
has been missing until now. 

PAWS is set to include an STN or TFT 
active colour display, a trackball Link it. 
Cross Dos B Pro, and a simple guide to 
assembly. Silent Paw Productions also 
plans to release the Gecko, a small external 
box that will allow for the use of the Amiga 
with any VGA monitor in any Amiga display 
mode. The company will be releasing pricing 
detail in the near future. 


EISPA crime unit 
catches 'The Flu' 

Scottish Trading Standards officers have 
arrested a man on suspicion of involve- 
ment in a multi-million pound fraud oper- 
ation following a tip off from ELSPA's 
software crime unit. 

Following the arrest of a man from 
Arrdrio, the police found over 1,500 coun- 
terfeit gold CD-ROMs featuring games 
and business software plus duplication 
hardware. The police raid also uncovered 
large amounts of allegedly pirated floppy 
disks. 

According to John Loader. ELSPA s 
chief investigator, the haul represents the 
biggest success for the organisation's 
crime unit to date. 


(ompami (heck-ups on net 

The day when mail order via the home computer becomes a normal method of shop 
ping has come a step nearer following the establishment of the Netcheck Commerce 
Bureau on the Internet. With many net users stilt wary of buying products over the 
Web, It’s hoped that such sites will increase consumer confidence by offering added 
consumer protection, 

NetCheck will be a place where potential customers can check up the history of 
company before they make an order. It will also allow consumers to file an > 
complaints they may have about less scrupulous ret sellers. 

Mr Thomas Abbott, president of the Netcheck Bureau, said; “We felt that a moderr 
and effective approach to regulating ethical business standards has long been over 
due. Being interactive allows for lower membership rates for companies that elect Ic 
become members and a more efficient reporting system lor the consumer." 

Bona Fide companies should be encouraged to join up with the scheme by the lac 
that the history files In Netcheck will link directly to their homepage. There will als~ 
be a monthly newsletter making site users aware of newly-joined members, 

While waiting for similar sites to spring up on this side of the Atlantic 
UK net users Interested in mail order can take a look at NetCheck at http://www.maq 
icnet.net/netcheck. 


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fllmathera's top ten 

The Amiga CD market is to be graced with yet 
another bargain toll owing Almathera’s release of 
their Ten on Ten package. With the price set at 
just £39.99. the bundle comprises 10 CDs fea- 
turing content that ranges tram entertainment to 
serious applications. 

Ten on Ten will include CDPD1 and 2, World 
Atlas Vista, Pandora and Team Yankee, a 3D 
action, sim for game lovers Unsurprisingly for 
the price, some of the matenal has been around 
for some time, but there are three new CDs 
including a Networking arid Comms disc that will 
not be published individually, 

AJmathera are only producing 3000 units of 
Ten on Ten because they plan to release it as a 
limited edition pack. II cart be ordered directly 
form Almathera on 01B1-6B7 0040. 



Fountain of knowledge 

In the month in which Escom outlined plans for the future growth of the Amiga technology, 
there was also good news for the existing range of computers following the announcement 
of a new tool thal will build knowledge-based systems on the Amiga platform. 

Simply named KBTools, the new development allows complex expertise to be encapsu- 
lated on computer and Ihen made available fbr use by non-experls. Bearing similarities to 
systems that have already been used in medical, legal and finance! professions, the inven- 
tors claim KBTools will be able to provide reliable advice to its users on a range of complex 
matters 

So Far the designers have created a system thal will guide users through the difficult 
issues involved in planning a building project and writing a contract. Apparently, KBTools 
asks a number of questions guided by ils internal models, and Ihen decides which issues 
are important before compiling the text of a draft contract. It's claimed that the technology 
is un usually capable of coping with (he grey areas that such matters give rise to. 

Despite scepticism in some quarters about the curreni Amiga's capabilities, KBTools' 
designers chose to use ft in preference lo rival platforms, In fact, they're claiming that ease 
of use and speed of KBToois is due largely lo the unique strengths of the Amiga hardware 
and operaring system. 


Samaritans' helping hand 
reaches the Internet 


Having offered emotional support to 
members of the public For decades via 
the telephone the Samaritans moved 
info the 21st century with the decision to 
launch e-mail access to their service, 

The move follows on from the success 
of a pilot scheme run by the organisation's 
Cheltenham Branch. 3n its first six months 
the experimental project received 526 con- 
tacts, 47 per cent of which were male, 28 
per cent female and 25 per cent unknown. 

According to the Samaritans, ihe 
e-mail scheme has proved to be an 
effective way of reaching young men. a 
group which they say is statistically at 
particular risk They also suggest that (he 
anonymity of the Internal encourages 
openness on the part of the service 
users, with 60 per cent admitting they 
had suicidal feelings This contrasts with 
the normal telephone helpline where only 
25 per cent express suicidal thoughts. 

The organisation felt a new approach 


was necessary because of the rising sui- 
cide rate among men of 15-24 and 35- 
44. Sixty volunteers are being trained in 
order to respond to increasing numbers 
of O’ mail callers, and as more branches 
come on-line its predicted that response 
limes will quicken. 

It is encouraging that more men are 
calling us, but there is a long way lo go 
before we start to reverse the trend of 
male suicide." commented Simon 
Arm&on r The Samaritans' Chief 
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he company known as young monkey (sic) 
began as the vision of two musicians. Over 
a decade ago, it was just two people, an 
analogue drum machine, I wo analogue synlhesizens, 
a Commodore 64 and lots of hoping and dreaming, 
Now, young monkey sludios have grown to include a 
professional audio/Video studio that’s worked on film 
scores, audio recordings, and even two top-ten alter- 
natrve dance songs, young monkey studios still don't 
have any capital letters in their name, but they do 
have a suite of impressive Amiga music programs 
they've decided lo polish up and share with the 
Amiga community, 

SIMrhesizer is a waveform generator/modfier that 
combines multiple synthesis technologies, including 
analogue, digital wa vet able, additive, subtractive, 
granular, frequency modulation, phase modulation, 
waveshaping, phonetic speech, Ghunga. Re-Haus 
and others. Hardware component used in early 
analogue synthesizers often coloured sounds with 
parasitic variations. 

Though sometimes unwanted, these variations 
could be used to enhance sounds. SIMthesizer has 
a set of parasitic parameters you can use to create 
subtle or extreme variations on existing sounds. 
Noise signature profiles of various commercial syn- 
thesizers are included as well. One particularly 
handy feature is I hat every original copy of 
SI Ml ha sizer will have a different internal Parasitic 
factor. This ensures that sounds created on one 
copy ol SIMthesizer will not sound Exactly the same 
as Those created on another. 


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As well as generating new sounds, SIMlhesizar's 
extensive waveform modification features can be 
used to enhance existing sound sample data. You'll 
find a full suite of filters, transforms, feedback, echo, 
and delay parameters, as well as fully programmable 
envelopes. A sort of ADPro for sound. SIMthesizer 
will load and save samples from 8 to 32-bits in size, 
in Formats including Raw, IFF 8$VX P AIFF. NeXT, 
Sun, Wave, U-Law, A-taw, AVR, Mac, I ROAM, Voc. 
Sample Vision, and more. 

WaveFormer is a waveform editing system 
designed to work as standalone or in conjunction 
with profession aJ sampling hardware and third-party 
audio cards. Support for hard disk recording hard- 
ware is planned. 

Among the included waveform transformalion 
capabilities are morphing, enhanced digital eFfects, 
Fourier analysis and transforms. Free-hand 
edit, algorithm editing, and cross-fading. An undo 
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ing features, such as free-hand repair mode which 
adjusts bad sample data. For example, given a 
sequence of sound levels '0 5 10 327S7 10 0/ the 
level 32767 is very likely lo be incorrect, To repair it, 
simply drag the mouse over the offending sample 
and it is adjusted to ’0 5 to 5 10 0," 

MIDI SYStem Explorer is an extensively config- 
urable MIDI exploration system, including a patch 
editor, librarian, control system and* much more. 
Features include extensive customisation which 
allows the user to design standard interfaces for all 
MIDI products connected to the system; customis- 
able layout, fonts, gadgets, images, menus, MIDI 
events, and more; the ability to enter MIDI informa- 
tion from a device’s user manual and configure a 
custom interface to access parameters; support for 
all MIDI events: ability lo edit individual parameters 
on devrees that only support patch dumps; and ability 
to make edits wilhout the MIDI device connected. 
FatcMJbrarran data is stored in MIDI standard 
format, for easy import in other software, 

Finally, the creatively-named Sampler Utility sup- 
ports Standard MIDI Transfers and will also read and 
write many popular sampler disk formats on standard 
Amiga disk drives. The product allows auditioning of 
waveforms and will display patchdone lists, parame- 
ter information, and other vilal data, Like all the 


programs, it features full data conversion capabilities 
for the formats mentioned For SIMthesizer. 

As well as operating independently, a special soft- 
ware control system will allow integration of these 
programs with each other. For example, you can 
directly read waveform data from a sampler disk {via 
(he Sampler Utility module) into a waveform buffer 
within WaveFormer. 

In addition to other software products not listed 
here, young monkey are currently developing low- 
cost DSP and MIDI hardware for integration with their 
software and third-party applications, and as a com- 
pletely unrelated public service, young monkey has 
written a free text-to-Braille conversion program. 

For information on these programs, write to 
info ©young monkey. ca or dhomasSunb-ca on the 
inlemet. if you're still corresponding the old-fashioned 
way, young monkey can be reached by writing to 
young monkey studios, 797 Mitchell Street, 
Fredericton, NB, Canada,. E38 358. 


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Iomega's little Zip drive has taken the comput- 
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drive works great on Amigas, Macs, and PCs 
and stores 100Mb on disks available as cheap 
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Although the Zip drive uses 3.5-inch disks, 
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Amiga 2000s, 3000s, and 4000s with empty 
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Autumn. The first is an internal Zip drive, but 
even more interesting is a combo model thal 
incorporates a Zip drive and a conventional 
3,5-inch high density drive and fits In one fulf- 
height drive bay* Hopefully, the latter model 
will be adapted to work with Amiga high-den- 
sity disks as well. An Iomega spokesman said 
the internal combo drive should sell for about 
the same price as the external Zip* 


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I. 


hen's an exclusive not an exclu- 
sive? When somebody else has 
done it already. Along with sexual 
innuendo, the word ‘exclusive 1 is a magical 
set of letters that can make customers pull 
out their cash and up a mag's ABC by a few 
hundred - fhey want the latest and most 
up-to-date information, Masused. abused 
and downright corrupted lor many years, 
there would seem to be no readdress for 
l hose who actually got the story first and 
|h@n are subsequenlly duped as another 
publication states fhey have the world-first 
'exclusive.' 

Take, tor example, the Cyberstorm 060 
card - a phenomenal piece of kit by any 
standards - thal was reviewed in the June 
issue of Ihese pages. The magazine was 
on the shelves by 4 May 1995. One of our 
competitors - bless them - had their June 
issue surface on the nth of that month, 
and fhey had the Cybersiorm 060 card 
hyped on the cover. 

The difference is obvious, though, 
because plastered above the competitor's 
Cyberstorm hype was that word - 
exclusive I Not true, we’d beaten them to it 
by over a week. Turn to their review of the 
product and again the word 'exclusive' 
beams up at you from the page - it just ain't 
true. 

"Why not piaster that wondrous word on 
your cover as well then?" you ask. Unlike 
certain competitors, we'll only use ‘exclu- 
sive 1 when it is one (witness Lightwave 4). 
We were not in a position to say that the 
Cyberstorm 060 was a guaranteed exclu- 
sive, Nor were the competition. We didn't 
use the word. They did 

The principle reason for avoiding the 
word wasn't out of fear that the opposition 
would reprimand us for it, because they 
won't - it’s simply that we like to treat our 
customers with some respect and give 
them the honest story. Consumers are 
easily hacked off when they feel they're 
being shafted and they’ll lake their money 
elsewhere. 

This kind of undercutting the competition 
is typical practice on the road to big ABCs. 
On the release of Doom 2 on the PC, vari- 
ous magazines brandished that word as 
they proclaimed they were first. As usual, 
one of our publications got there first, but 


The H( team 


Pulp faction 


Quentin Tarantino pulls — 
out a largo baseball — 
bat and sets to work — 
nn the competition — 


many of the other mags ploughed on 
regardless with their 'exclusivs' banner. 

Perhaps this all sounds like sour grapes, 
but the overuse of ‘exclusive' reveals a 
deeper problem with the current crop of 
Amiga mags - that of making a quick buck. 

When Commodore went belly up last 
year, there was a change to certain com- 
petitors that may not have been immediately 
obvious to Joe Public, While certain mags 
beat their chests for standing next to the 
Amiga through thick and thin, their actual 
content reveals a different story. 

PAGINATION 

While Amiga Computings pagination (page 
count) has fallen like our competitors, our 
editorial content has stayed pretty much Ihe 
same - the only pagte losses have been mai- 
nly in advertising because of Com mode re's 
demise. We could easily fill our editorial with 
games, games and more games like some of 
our competitors have done - pages of tips, 
cheats and other space- tilling devices are 
used to give the customer the feeling that 
they're getting their money's worth when they 
pick up the magazine. 

We, on the other hand, use our pages to 
show the Amiga off to its toll extent and to 
Inform you, the reader, of the machine’s 
potential skill after alt this time - special 
effects companies, how to use your Amiga 
to make money, interviews with the movers 



and shakers in the industry, tutorials, pop 
promo makers, useful cover mounts such 
as CDs and supplements., ‘exclusives' on 
groundbreaking packages, the continual 
coverage of the Commodore buyout, and 
Wallace and Gromit! 

Other competitor's thick tomes are 
stacked with buckets of promotional mater- 
ial to make some fast cash - gimmicky 
offers lhat no-one really needs or 
particularly wants. 

This kind of change, which has become 
increasingly apparent over the last year, 
would suggest that the people at the top of 
certain publishing empires have decided 
the Amiga has had <■, and therefore want to 
screw as much money out of their readers 
as possible while the market lasts. 

The basic message is simple - if you 
want value for money that isn’t going to 
break the £4 mark until is absolutely neces- 
sary, Amiga Computing is the honest, 
inform ud and professional choice. /T*¥ 


EDITOR 

Paul Austin 

DEPUTT EDITOR 

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Before qou begin 


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ou will need to load Workbench 
before using the Personal Paint 
disks as il is nol a bootable disk. 
Also, be sure to click on Ihe readme icon, 
This contains important nformaticn aboul 
loading Ihe program and using it in systems 
with low memory. 


Personal Paint t 

Supplier; Cloanto Italia srl 

Workbench: 1.3 


It's a very rare thing indeed lo find an art 
program which combines excellent draw- 
ing features along with equally excellent 
image processing functions, Personal 
Paint 4 offers just such a combination end 
in conjunction with Cloanto, we bring you 
the fully-working and unrestricted version 
4 of Ihis powerful art program. 

The inclusion of image processing func- 
tions means you can 'clean up 1 and add 
special effects lo your pictures with case, 
Do you want to create an embossed look 
tor your picture? Simple, jusl select the 
emboss function from the image process- 
ing menu and away you go. You can even 
apply image processing functions to 



specific parts of your picture by using the 
mouse lo define the area to which the 
process will be applied, 

There are excellenl brush features 
available which allow you to cut out a 
part of ygur picture to use as a brush. 
Some of Ihe more special brush features 
include the ability to chop unused planes 
from the brush to save lots of memory. 
Essentially, the more colours on screen, 
the more planes within RAM required to 
describe the colours. 

COLOUR COUNT 

Personal Paint's chop planes function 
counts how many colours are actually 
used in your brush and I hen reduces the 
number of planes to the minimum 
required lo display those colours. This 
saves memory and reduces the brush file 
size when saving it. 

Ydu c^n have up to nine brushes with’ 
in memory and can flick between them 
using the numeric keypad keys 1 to 9. 
You can also apply all the image pro- 
cessing functions to the currently select- 


Image processing functions auallable 

There are over 30 image processing procedures to choose from and you can even Edit your own. 


* Blur high 
■ Blur low 

* Dark vertical gradient 

* Darken -25 % 

* Various dither functions including 
fbyd-stemberg 


* Edge delect 

* Emboss high 
1 Emboss low 

* Light-dark oblique gradient 

* Lighten 25 % 

* Negative 


■ Randomize high 

* Randomize low 

* Randomize oblique 

* Sharpen high 

* Sharpen low 

And many mare functions besides 



That* ii # oomprehenitirm ooiioction of 
iiwtpgm processing function* avaitnblc 
for toueiirrrp up your picture# 


With the magnify loots, yoti 
can got close In and pwsonal 
for aecuta re dm wing 


AUGUST 1995 


P*in( allows you 
fo add alt kinds of exotic 
fonts to your picture 


Personal Paint 
special offer 

If you think version 4 of Personal Paint 
is good, you will be amazed at what is 
available in version 6 3. If you are inter- 
ested in upgrading to version 6 3, 
check out our Personal Paint special 
offer on page 20 for details on how to 
get hold of one ot the besl paint 
programs on the Amiga 


ed brush too. Another memory and 
space-saving feature is ihe ability to alter 
the number of colours used for an entire 
picture, The Less colours function lels 
you after a slider to reduce the number 
of colours in a picture and as you do so. 
Personal Paint shows you an instant pre- 
view of how your picture looks as you 
tower the colour count before you make 
Ihe change permanent. 

Persgnal Paint lets you work in up to 
256 colours and allows you to save your 
pictures in a variety of file formats such 
as PCX. GIF and even C source code for 
all you C programmers. 

Other features include a really good 
magnify option for those tricky details 
where accuracy is required. There are 
an incredible 46 levels of magnification 
tor even the most chronic of perfection- 
ists among you. It lakes full advantage of 
the many different screen resolutions 
available on Amigas and even works 
well wflh many of the popular RTG 




You eatt clung# Personal Palm* ' default 

to take advantage of these 
glefwus high rmatutian screen itiodni 


















UtilitM heauen 2 



With Pc Lvc^Srr.lp^ you can copy fpjrf from wiy* 
Oft th9 »cro«n JrtO pit si# if Hfflh Sdf« 


Paint 
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ow to 
paint 


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lumber 
do so, 
nt pre- 
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details 
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fat artistic with our fully warning uersion of 
Personal Paint 4 and cherh out the great 


PmuerSnap 

Author: Nieo francois 

Workbench: 2,0 


collertion of utilities to mahe using your 


donga euen more of a joy than it already is 



,;raphics cards. Personal Paint features a 
similar interface to the old daddy ol art 
programs, Deluxe Paint, wilh a toolbar 
and menu for accessing the many 
Matures available. 

There are also the usual and useful 
keyboard shortcuts for quick selection of 
many of ihe major functions such as 
Save and Load picture. 

For a small incentive, there are some 
example pictures available on the 
CoverDisk for you to toad into Persona! 
Paint and experiment with. 



Brushes 

Continuous Draw 
Draw line 
Draw box 
Draw polygon 
Fill 

Image processing 
Cut brush. 

Magnify image 
Undo 


Current brush 
number 

Draw 
Bezier curve 
Draw circle 
Draw ellipse 
Airbrush 
Text 
Grid control 


Clear screen 


If you have ever used a quality Word proces- 
sor, you probably know how useful it is to be 
able to select a block of lext on screen and 
either copy or cut it and then to paste il 
elsewhere, 

Unfortunately, not all utilities and programs 
offer this feature. Powers nap provides a sim- 
ple solution to this problem by providing such 
cut and paste features itself, The only limita- 
tions are that it only works with non- propor- 
tional fonts up to 24 pixels wide and any 
height, which should cover most users' 
needs 

To try il oul, simply double-click the 
PowerSnap icon and you can then position 
the mouse poinier over a character on 
screen, holding down the left Alternate key 
and press Ihe left mouse button. 

At this point, after a short delay depending 
□n the size of the font, the screen will either 
flash, meaning PowerSnap didn't find a char- 
acter at that position, or the character will be 
highlighted. You can then drag the mouse 
while keeping the loft Alternate key and the 
left mouse button held down to select further 
characters. 

Once you are happy with what you have 
selected, releasing the Alternate key will copy 
ihg selected characters into thn clipboard 
You can then paste the copied text by press- 
ing the Alternate and V key or by pressing the 
Alternate key and (he right mouse button. 

fTlDUB 

Author: Asher Feldman 

Workbench: 2.04 



Her e ere the remits just st few of tha irrmrtv knag* processing fimolthirti 
avsilftM*. From Ml to ritfttt - itermal. omboss ftrgh and Mur liigti 


Move is a simple utility which provides a 
Unix-like move command, allowing you to 
move files from source to destination rather 
than having to copy them and delete the 
originals from the source. 

Those of you with a directory utility will 
probably be familiar with the move feature 
and Move provides the same function via CLI 
Shell. It can also be used as a rename com- 
mand and supports all standard wildcards 

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Sqsihath 

Author: Mr Soopsi 
{well, that's what the decs sayE) 

Work trench: 3,0 

This neat hack allows you lo alter the sizing 
gadgets and scroll arrows to look nice in 
screen resolutions which have a 1:1 aspecl 
ratio. You can also give the gadgels a 3D 
took 

The program is called from the Startup- 
sequence file in your S: drawer. It needs lo 
be called before I Profs. There are various 
parameters available and are described in 
detail in the Sysihsck documentation file, so 
refer to this for further details, 




Here la * bat arc and nttor that pf your nvars Iff* Amiga window 
gadget showing rh» mwh improved Sysihack version 


Shoiuobj 

Author: Andreas Heumann 

Workbench: £.0 

This is a useful utility for 
(hose 3D addicts who own 
either the Imagine or 
LightWave 3D software. It is 
a handy object viewer 
which allows you to load 
any Imagine TDDD or 
LightWavc LW0E3 format 
object, 

Showobj can display the 
object loaded in three differ- 
enl modes - bounding box, 
wireframe or solid, There 
are also four views available 
- front, right, top and 
perspeclive. 

in perspective view, the 
object can be rotated using 
the mouse with the left but- 
ton pressed, or can be 
zoomed by holding the right 
mouse button down. 



Quickly L'jatv your Imagine ajkT Lig^tlVflv# objects with Miff handy utility 


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P( to Hmiga 
Transfer I 

Author: Michel Kara 

Workbench: 2.0 

There are times when being able to lransfe j 
files between a PC and an Amiga are quite 
useful. So useful in fact that Commodore 
included (he CrossDOS driver. However 
CrossDOS is only really useful for transfer- 
ring files between machines via floppy disk 
This is vary restrictive when you have ve r - 
large or lots of files to copy, and will usually 
require you to use lots of disks or archive 
the files. 

PC lo Amiga allows you to conned 
your Amiga to a PC via a serial cable 
and to access the PC drives like norma 
devices connected to your Amiga 
Essentially, I his is a master-slave syster 
where the PC is the slave and the Amiga is 
the master with control Over the PCs her: 
drives. 

You can then simply transfer filet 
between the two machines using the PC: 
logical device. 


mill madness 

Np doubt many of you have installed MUI given 
away on the July Issue Co ver Disks. If so. here 
are some more MUI applications for you lo 
enjoy, if you didn'l get the July issue (shame 
on you) we still have some back issues, so 
check out the back issues page for details on 
how to order 


MenuPrefs 


mUIProglist 




MUIProgList is a simple text file compiled by our 
very own Ben Yost from the Aminet archive list. 
details the many MUI programs which are available 
and where they are within Aminet 
Those with access to the Internet can access the 
Aminet archive at the address 
ftp://si^.doc.ic.ae,uk/amir>et. Or. for those who are 
Internet-less, there are many Ammel CD-ROMs 
available Through all good PD libraries. 


Menu Items 


Command Key 


Rescan Menus 


Backdrop 

Execute Command.,. 

Redraw Ait 

Update AH 

last Message 

About... 

quit... 

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New Drawer 

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fflUIStrpenfllDde 

Author: Cyril Deble 

Workbench: 3.U 

Although t ti b Workbench 

Screen mode utility in the prats 
drawer does its job. it would 
benefit Irom a MUI facelift. So 
here s the latest version of the 
MUI screen mode utility for all 
you MUI addicts to replace the 
drab Workbench version. Simply 
double-click an the install icon 
to update your older version 




This la Ifre vcfy lalell JflhJ more enhanced Ml II version 
of t ho standard Workbench ScreenMede wfiYrty. 



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faulty, please return it to: 

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Please allow 28 days for delivery 


Shareware delights 

Shareware authors produce some excellent 
Amiga software which often enhances your 
Amiga life. If (his wonderous state of affairs 
s to continue, you musl support these 
authors or they may disappear along with 
the great software they write. 

So, check out the supplied program docu- 
mentation for the software described here to 
sea whal the author is requesting in terms of 
payment. Quite often it's free, so jusi send 
'hem a thank you note. If there is some form 
of registry payment required, you can bet it 
wilt be a pittance and well worth it. So send 
oft your cash and support the author. 

Forcelcon 

Author: Kai Iske 

Workbench: 2.0 

This is a useful utility for those with CD- 
ROMs or networking software of any kind. It 
aflows you to snapshot an icon for devices 
which normally don't allow this (such as CD- 
Roms). You can thus set its position or give 
t a much nicer icon than the default used by 
Workbench. 


RquaSim 

Giuseppi Chicsa 

Workbench: 2.0 

They say that watching fish swimming 
around in an aquarium is supposed to 
relax you. Well, life on Amiga 
Computing can be quite stressful at 
times, especially when you have 
Judith 'Deadline or death' Chapman, 
our beloved Production Editor sitting 
next to you. 

So, t was quite relieved to find this 
curious and entertaining little program 
which simulates Ufa in a fishtank. The 
idea is to keep your fish alive by alter- 
ing various parameters in the program 
which control feeding, temperature, 
oxygen levels and other things 
required in such a fishy microcosm. 

So, whan you find yourself slowly 
approaching boiling point when using 
your Amiga, fire up Aquasim. sit back, 
and watch the aquatic lifefgrms go 
about their business letting the tran- 
quil serenity of their little lives wash 
over you. 



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b« made to ke-ep your flaky friendx hnppy and healthy 





HeKetilt 

Author; Michael Barsoom M.D 

Workbench: 2.0 


8 This excellent utility allows you to alter the default 
keyboard shortcuts ter the Workbench menu items. 
What's even more useful is that you can add key- 
board shortcuts for those items Commodore didn’t 
assign a shortcut for, such as Snapshot all. 

Also, users with Workbench prior to version three 
j id n't have the very useful and handy icon cleanup 
shortcut (right Amiga and period key). 1 am always 
using this to tidy up icons within windows prior to 
quickly saving them with the icon Snapshot key, 

Well, this sorry state of affaire is now history, as 
you can start changing and addling your own key- 
board shortcuts to your own personal tastes. When 
you run ReKeylH, it will display the currently assigned 
•shortcuts in a scrollable list view. To change or add 
a shortcut, simply select the appropriate menu item 
and then enter the key to be used m conjunction with 
the nght Amiga key for the shortcut. 


neuiEdit 

Author: Paul Huxham 

Workbench. 2.0 

Have you ever wanted to paste something into a 
string gadget box within an interface, or wished 
their were more useful edit functions available? 

| Shift cursor night 
Shift cursor left 
Alt backspace 
Alt del 

Right alt cursor up 
Right alt cursor down 
esc 

Right alt c or right amigo c 
Right alt v or right amiga v 
Right alt i or right amiga i 
Right alt g or right amiga g 
shift right alt g or shift right amiga g 


Well. HewEdil provides additional functions for those 
of you who have. 

NowEdil is very useful when used in conjunction 
with the Powersnap utility (also on the CoverDisk) 
which provides selection, cut and paste features in 
programs which don't provide it as standard. You 
can thus cut and paste text from one source and 
paste it into a string gadgel box from the clipboard. 


Mdit functions 


next word 
previous word 
delete previous word 
delete next word 

go to previous gadget (accepting contents) 
go to next gadget (accepting contents) 
leave gadget (accepting contents) 
copy gadgel contents to clipboard 0 
paste contents of clip 0 to gadget 
increments a numbered filename by one 
toggle the case of indicated character 

toggle Ihe case of characters until eol or alphabetic character is found 


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M Vl t four o'clock on a very average 
® ■ day in Germany, the Amiga's 

fuurnalislic hordes descended 
die foyer of Frankfurt's Park Hotel, 
i hough well known for loitering any- 
where (hal can provide a drink, this partic- 
■> r bunch, myself included, were in a 
venous, and dare I say even sober mood. 
After collecting the obligatory press 
• I he 1 00-slrong band wore ushered 
io a well-appointed conference room 
«dy to hear Escom's vision for an 
uga utopia. 

Alongside a huge Sc ala-con troll- ?d pre- 
itahon sat the 1 1 men who plan to steer 
Amiga out of the shadows. Centre 
' sr*e was Manfred Schmitt, the youthful 
■ > year old founder of the Escom empire. 
*1 to Herr Schmitt, and first to speak, 
as Retro Tyschlschenko, the general 
mager of the new Amiga Technologies 
GmbH. 

Alter ihe usual pleasantries, business 
lariiid in oarnG&t by reaffirming the 
hiils regarding Escom s purchase of 
u 1 former Commodore company 
nclidmg all Intel Foe tuaJ property rights, 
•rksmarks, logos, products and licences 
id all For jus! 10 million dollars, 

Th® end result of this is the formation of 
1 new Amiga Technologies daughter 
npany, which with tho aid of various 
1 parties will set about restoring and 
l aps more importantly, expanding the 
mga's position as the ultimate mulllme- 
and video graphic platform 

M PRODUCTION 

Much to the relier of I he onlookers, Herr 
hfschenko's first step is to resume 
Auction of the existing range. But 
haps more importantly, he also 
a public commitment to continue 
velopment of what Escom believe is 
a Superior technology.' 

The aim is to restart production 
of both the A 1200 and the A4DG0T 
- thgnkfufly the standard A 4000 
has officially been canned in 
favour of an all new mini 
tower A400OT. Initially, 
the plan is to produce 

120,000 A 1200s and 

25,000 A4G0GTS. 

1 0,000 of which 
wilt ship with 
060s while 



the remainder stick to the traditional 040, 
Assuming things go to plan, the first units will 
be shipping by SeptembedQdotier *95. 

Apparently, all the planned A4QD0TS have 
already been pre-sold no doubt in the form of 
bulk sales to major dislnbufors. Needless to 
say Escom, or shouFd I say Amiga 
Technologies, envisage plentiful supplies of 
both machines for ihe Christmas period. 

Okay, the big question has to be what's the 
cost? Given the unbelievable prices of 
Escom's existing PC range, its hard to envis- 
age how they hope to produce an Amiga lhat 
can compete effectively with their PCs. 

Well, although no specific unit costs were 
provided, the new company did deliver a 
breakdown of their projected turnover and 
monthly operating costs for the remainder of 
this year. In total, Escom expect a turnover, 
based on A 1200 and A4000T production, For 
'95 lo be 100,000000 DM - a figure which 
apparently will ensure break even for the new 
company by the end of the year. 

If you then subtract operating costs of 

600,000 DM per month and divide this, figure 
into the number of machines to be produced, 
it doesn't require a genius to figure out a 
rough price per unit. 

Assuming Escom's projections are corned,, 
this all points to an A120Q retail price at. or 
about, 300 DM and an A4Q0OT retail of 
roughly 22&0 DM. Translate Ehe above into 
sterling using an approximation of today's 
exchange rate and you're looking at £15Q-ish 
for an Al 200 and roughly £1000 for an 
A40G0T, 

A rather surprising revelation was the 
announcement that Amiga Technologies also 
plan to go back into production with the CD32 
in time for the Christmas period. However, 
they remained very sketchy when it came ta 
actual quantities, although it was stated that 
the CD32 will undergo a major redesign by 
spring '96, 

An obvious stumbling block in the race to 
restart Amiga production is the confusion sur- 
rounding Commodore's remaining inventory, 
According to Herr Tyschlschenko, all remain- 
ing stock in both the UK and Germany has 
been accounted for. Unfortunately, the 



Prafos^orH.-irifTitfft Etsling+n 
President el Frottdesiqn 


rumours regarding large quantities of ready- 
to-ship machines are exactly that. In reality, 
any new production will be strictly from the 
ground up. 

It's obvious that the existing stock of 
European components takes the term of 
spares rather than ready-to-assemble 
machines. However, this did prompt the 
announcement ol a European spares and 
distribution centre which should be active 
within the next tour weeks, 

A big question mark still hangs over the 
huge inventory still held in the Philippines. 
Apparently, negotiations are still in progress 
with tho local trustees regarding, if and when, 
it will be made available. 

With the commitment to Future develop- 
ment, the obvious question has to be how 
they intend! to do it. In reply, Escom 
announced a 50-strong support team at 
Escom's Benshflim headquarters. This cen- 
tral team will break down into development, 
developer support, resellers and users, pro- 
duction management, marketing, PR and 
administration. 

In addition, the company has also taken 

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set abmt 
fistDiing and. miiiaps mate 
iiWtantk mndiig ths 
Amiga's position as the 
ultimate multimeiiia and into 
pjiiit platlim 


Ihe naming game 

As you may have spotted, the word Commodore has connection between the Amiga and Commodore, 
been notable only by its absence. As part of its buy- The Commodore name and product range will be 
out, the entire Commodore empire went under the strictly PC and controlled exclusively by Escom. 

hammer - including the Commodore name, whereas Amiga Technologies will be a completely 

As a result, Escom can now add a recognised separate entity that will only handle Amiga-related 

brand name to their own range of PCs. Until the product lines. 

Commodore acquisition, Escom had a reaF problem With the tong and painful demise of the old 

marketing their PC range through any other outlets empire, it may seem a curios decision to re-badge 

than their own. Now that situation has changed dra- their flagship PC products with the Commodore title, 

matricoily courtesy of the Commodore title. You can However, Escom are obviously confident that the 

soon expect to see Ihe Commodore name traverse decision is the righl one. To back the decision Retro 

the high street to just about any retail outlet, Tyschtschenko quoted a recent survey, eommis- 

Inilially. Escom plan to go into production with a sioned by Escom, which stated that ‘93 percent of 

range of fully loaded Pentium P75 and Pi 00 multi- all PC owners know the Commodore name,' A figure 

media PCs which will be assembled at Escom's only bettered by IBM. 

existing production facilities. The plan is to sell However, there was no mention of how this 

between 50,000 and 60,000 before the end of the impressive percentage actually perceived 

year, with initial production commencing in August Commodore products in relation to its brand name 

As far as Escom are concerned, there is now no opposition. 


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over Commodore's old development centre 
in Norristown in the US for additional R &D, 
This revived arm of the Amiga Technologies 
is to be headed by Ed Goff, former vice pres- 
ident and general council at Commodore, 

All very positive stuff, but a question still 
remains regarding staffing . Since the 
Commodore demise, many key Commodore 
personnel have been poached by the likes of 
Apple, Let's hope the Escom revival can 
prompt a return to the fold for at teas! some 
ol the key names in Amiga R&D, 

PERSONAL VIEW 

Following the initial scene setting, Manfred 
Schmitt mounted the rostrum to deliver his 
personal vision and to explain why Europe's 
leading PC supplier felt the need Lo rescue 
the Amiga frem a premature end Above all, 
Herr Schmitt sees multimedia as the future 
for Escom, and therein lies the most com- 
pelling attraction of existing Amiga 
Technologies. 

With Escom's obvious success with 
asserted multimedia PC solutions, it seems a 
curious decision to risk existing success by 
reviving a machine which quite literally 
coined the phrase multimedia. However, 
when ji comes to mass market multimedia, 
Escom see Ihe Amiga, or more accurately its 


liMa istte future for from, and 
therein lies the most compelling 
BttrartiDn of Rmisa terhnalagies 


affordable technology, as the «ey to the 
technologies of the future, 

IPs highly unlikely you'll sea the standard 
Amiga being marketed as the ultimate desk- 
top solution, after ail that would directly cut 
into PC profit margins. I'm certain, however, 
that many a black magic box offering all 
manner of interactive home entertainment. 




information and services will have an Amiga 
at its heart, 

Escom are well aware of the Amiga’s nat- 
ural talents, not least of which is its effortless 
multitasking - which slill out performs any 
other platform. In addition, the Amiga also 
performs Ihe same tasks as a Windows- 
based PC with only one eighth of the system 
resources - a factor which of course has 
huge repercussions on unit cost. 

Combine these natural talents with a 
liberal approach to licensing and you have 
all the ingredients for a plug and play 
interactive set top box with a natural affinity 
for video, in either PAL or NTSC, 


Set top solutions 

Escom see Amiga Technology bringing multimedia to the masses. To that end they’ve 
already thrown the doors open to all comers by promising H a very flexible and 
open-minded approach to the licensing of Amiga technology " 

Aside from t&e return of the Amiga. Escom also plan to spread the gospel in the 
form of interactive set-top boxes. The company has already teamed up m partnership 
with US multimedia specialists VisCorp to produce a range of interactive multimedia 
applications, and plan to launch a range of pay-TV, video on demand, home banking, 
home- shopping and assorted on-line services with the aid ot the Amiga's first aver 
licensing agreement. Aside from this partnership, Escom will be producing set-top 
boxes in Germany lor 400 DM - approximately £200. 


Aside from the urgent need for new machines, 
arguably Ihe most import aspect of the Escom 
takeover is their approach to Mure development. To 
that end Escom have appointed Dr. Peter Klttel as 
the head cl the product planning group of Amiga 
Technologies, 

tn the short term, the plan is simply to get She 
Amiga back into production and expand on the exist- 
ing architecture of both the A1200 and A400QT. In 
ihe case ol the A12QQ, this means initial production of 
the basic machine as sold by the former 
Commodore. However, by January 96 the plan is to 
re-ldunch Ihe A1 200 With an ECG30 chip as opposed 
to the existing EC020. They also plan to aod additio- 
nal Fast RAM on board to suppiemenl the existing 
2Mb of chip. The basic machine will ship wilh 
Worwbench 3.1 as standard and will also be pack- 
aged With $cala MM 300 as a freebie. 

This raises the obvious question of how exactly 
Amiga Technologies expect (he standard A1200 to 
run the ScaJa give-away, given insufficient RAM and 
Ihe ladk of a hard disk as slandard. 

After a brief silence, the reply came that any 
machines sold with sufficient resources will receive 
Scala as part of the overall package, However, any- 
one starting out with a basic machine will be given a 
free Scala upgrade when they've added the neces- 
sary enhancements required to run Ihe software. 

As you can probably see, the A40Q0T has not only 
ston a revival but also a complete rodesign. 
Although the old Commodore empire coly ever pro- 
duced 1000 units, Amiga Technologies see the 
machine as the basis on which to build their high-end 
business. 

The new machine takes ihe form ol! an all-new mini 
tower with the inspiration being the machine’s tradi- 
tional markets. The designer, Bjorn Rybakken, made 
the point (hat “the Amiga is a creative tool in creative 
environments, and it must therefore relate to this situ- 
ation." The plan is that the new look will hopefully her- 
ald a dramatic change in perception of Ihe machine. 


HI5(m decisions 


As for pure mechanics there's tittle change, al least i n 
the short term. The basic schematics point to a verti- 
cally loaded Zorro slot design with a user-definable 
array of lights in the pin cushion front panel all lurk- 
ing below an upper window - apparently designed to 
allow users to add their own images in an attempt to 
further customise the machine. 

As mentioned earlier, the basic machine will ship 
with either 040 or 060 CPUs, the latter being 
designed in combination with phase 5 - the design- 
ers of the Gyberstorm 060 accelerators. As lor 



Dr Kln«l: Any futon computer nhctuld 
ttlwuym mfldin recognitatU* Amiga 


additional hardware, there are no plans lo add a CD- 
ROM as standard until at least uniil spring l 96. In 
addition, there also appears to be some conlusion 
over the availability of high density disk drtves. I only 
hope that Amiga Technologies manage to source a 
supplier prior to the planned production run. 

Another uncertain elemenl in reference to Ihe 
A4QO0T launch «s the availability of the newly 




AUGUST 1995 


designed mini tower cases. At the moment it remains 
uncertain as to whether the new design will bo avaiF 
able for She initial production run. Only time will tell. 

Obviously ihe various decisions regarding existing 
hardware upgrades and new software add-ons are all 
very welcome, but a question still persists regarding 
the long-lerm development of the Amiga. 

In lhal respect. Amiga Technologies has already 
committed lo RISC as Ihe first step for the new engi- 
neering division, The first decision is which of the two 
dominate RISC platforms to opt lor. the options being 
Motorola's PowerPC or the HP PA Rise. Both have 
advantages and disadvantages, Motorola’s being 
their close association with the Amiga and indeed 
Escom, while the HP option does offer the potential 
for superior performance. 

Regardless ot who wins, Dr, Kitlel has already 
stated that “any future computer should always 
remain recognisable ss an Amiga, and should not 
smiply be assimilated among the amorphous mass of 
similar computers.” 

The basic goal is to re-eslabltsh the Amiga's pass- 
tion as the machine with the best sound, graphics 
and relative performance of any mass market com- 
puter by incorporating support lor 3D graphics, tex- 
ture mapping, object-oriented design and other cut- 
ting edge technologies. According to Dr. Kitlel. the 
move from CISC to RISC will not be as difficult as 
many imagine due to the basic Amiga concept which * 
has always been designed with progress in mind. 

All very optimistic, but the fact remains that the 
transition to RISC will take a minimum ot 16 month, 
regardless of hardware availability. The reason If'' 
this is that any RISC-based Amiga will require a com- 
pletely new operating system and that's what wifM 
require Ihe 18 months of design and beta testing prior 
to launch. 

During Ihis interim period, it's difficult to Imagine 
how Amiga Technologies plan to maintain ihe power 
end af the market given the existing RISC options o*f 
both the Mac and PC. 







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■■ my opinion, the only feasible solution is to opi tor some form of RISC-based co-processing 
so ulion such as the system already near completion at MacroSystems as part ef their 
■. neoring work on the Draco digital video sys £ om. 

The Draco is essentially a completely new O&Q-based computer which uses the Amiga 
peratihg system running a Retina 24-bfl display rather than the standard Amiga chipset. The 
end result of this is a blisteringly fast machine dedicated to VLab Motion and Toccata-based 
T V that still runs the majority of Amiga applications. 

However, because VLM's accompanying Movie Shop software generates all its DVEs in 
software, special effecFs can still take quite some lime to generate. As a consequence, an 
expansion slot already awaits a new Dec Alpha-based co-processor which delivers an 
astonishing 450 mips. The end result, real-time DVEs in software. 

Obviously, even a partial RISC solution requires the recompiling of the specific applications 
"-di plan to lake advantage of it. Nevertheless, fhe MacroSystems' example does prove that a 
RISC-based acceleration system, an O&Q, and the Amiga's existing OS can live in harmony. 

Belter still, MacroSystems have already offered to license the system to Amiga 
Technologies, along with the necessary libraries and compilers required to convert software 
for use with the Dec Alpha. 

If Amiga T echrtologies did adopt the technology a$ their official high-end Zona-based 
jpgrade. I’m sum many a developer would be more lhan willing lo support the move and 
thereby keep the Amiga at the forefront m the race for processing power until a complete 
RISC soluSion is in place. 


licensing 

Aside from ihe obvious availability of cash, 
marketing clout and commitment - courtesy 
: f Escom - one of the most hopeful signs for 
me future has to be the long-awaited and 
■beral approach to licensing. 

To say Escom are open to licensing is an 
jncferslatomonf. Thp company have already 
set about incorporating existing Amiga devel- 
opers into the team - phase 5 being an 
example - and il appears that this approach 
will be the norm, with Escom licensing out 
Amiga technology and also licensing Pack 
third-party developments lo complement Ihe 
existing Amiga repertoire. 

Obviously, ihe planned freedom of infor- 
mation doesn't simply apply to traditional 
^rniga hardware, In fact, a large part will no 
doubt be in Ihe form of set top box develop- 
ment and assorted spin-off technologies, 

In short the message Is ’open business.' 
Anyone with the wants to form partnerships 
: ■ help expand the Amiga and its technology 
w >1 be welcomed. At Iasi we may sea PC- 
-Me proliferation, which in my opinion is the 
only reason for success of what is without 
loubt an inferior plalform. Another twist is 



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Don 

CEO of VisCorp 


the plan to create encapsulated Amiga envi- 
ronments lor both the PC and Mac. In other 
words, Amigas on a card. And perhaps even 
more ironic is the plan to port AmigaDos as a 
optional OS on other platforms. This is more 
likely to occur wilh the arrival of a RISC- 
based OS, at which point Ihe prospect of 
Workbench on a PC, Mac or SGI could be a 
reality. 

The idea is lo permeate the Amiga 
Environment through to as many platforms 
as possible and thereby break down the plat- 
form dependency that all too often restricts 
nol only the Amiga but all other computing 
environments. 


The bottom line I 

The rebirth ol the Amiga has certainly been a well orchestrated J 
affair designed to maximise PR point scoring for both Escom 
and the newly formed Amiga Technologies. 

As it stands, the Escom takeover appears to provide every- I 
thing the Amiga needs lo re-establish, expand and improve, I 
But given the horrendous mismanagement, money grabbing I 
and broken promises of Ihe last year, it's still hard to have I 
much faith in anything anymore. 

From what I've seen, however, it's now lime lo casl ihe bii- I 
ter ness aside and look forward lo true Amiga renaissance. It's I 
obvious Escom aren’t in the business of asset stripping as I 
many feared. 

I only hope I heir impressive plans come to fruition sooner I 
rather than later, and- the new company lives up lo the machine I 
that bears Its name. 

■ A in i y a Computing 


AUGUST 1995 


On the ground 

Wilh the centre of Amiga Technologies 
entrenched firmly in the Netherlands 
and responsible for worldwide distribu- 
tion, there's an obvious question of focal 
support within individual countries. 

According fo Bernard Van Tienen, 
Escom plan to port their traditional sup- 
port and distribution methodology to the 
Amiga. In short, this means centralised 
distribution with a minimal support base 
on a local level. In Ihe case of the UK, 
this will translate into a small UK team of 
perhaps three people to handle direct 
Amiga tech support and other local ser- 
vices. This is ir marked contrast to the 
Commodore approach, which al ils 
height boosted around 50 Commodore 
personnel based in ihe UK. 

However, it must be stressed that the 



Bernard Van Tienen: IfdrfJ Itondf 
s upport tor th< Amigo 


vasl majority were concerned wilh 
administration and management rather 
than direct support for the range - a fac- 
tor which can be verified by anyone who 
looked for tech support in Ihe old days. 

Although a very different approach 
concentration ot resources has obviou- 
sly paid off concerning Escom's aggres- 
sive pricing on their PC range, and 
almost certainly accounts for the 
massive reduction in Ihe Amiga's new 
pricing policy. 

A major concern of existing Amiga 
distributors was Escom’s huge presence 
in the high street and the potential it 
offers to literally out-gun all comers 
when i| came So distribution. Fortunately 
for the Amiga's tradilionai box shifting 
and mail order community, Escom see 
Amiga distribution as a three- pronged 
attack. 

The plan is lo sell the machines 
through the usual computer retail out- 
lets, brown goods chains, department 
stores and via mail order. To achieve 
this, Escom will balance their margins in 
their own shops in order to leave a 
suitable margin for the rest. This will 
implemenl a scatter gun approach, 
taking a smaller margin per unit while 
maximising Che spread of distribution 
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tor its phenomenal profits (this year's 
' were around £64 per second) and is the 
a jf outgrowth from the privatisation in 1964, 
/ f [ spoke to Paul Sharma at BT about his 
f thoughts for Ihg next year for BT and he 
was enthusiastic about ISDN, notwithstanding 
BTs £400 installation charge and exorbitant 
quarterly fees for the service. 

Whan asked about the internet, he replied that he 
estimated a maximum of 250,000 users in the UK, but 
added that BT would bo offering a residential Internet 
service in the fourth quarter of this year, t also asked 
about the upgrade of exchanges to full digital service 
countrywide as several important areas, including 
some parts of central London, still do not have call 
waiting or Caller Line Identification. 

He said that BT plans to have either digital or 
modem electronic exchanges throughout the country 


by the end of this year. A modem electronic exchange 
would mean that GU and call wafting, together with all 
the other services, would be available, but you would 
have to change your telephone number. 


National 


• I nstallation of a new phone line: £1 16.33 

• Quarterly rental: £24,79 

Note that a local call off-peak is the same as a week* 
end rate. Additional discounts include OptionlS (cost 
fS/quarter, discount 10 per cent) and Premier Line 
(cost £24/year, discount 1 5 per cent). In addition. the r e 
is a family & friends discount available at nn extra 
charge which lets you nominate five nu bers (me one 
overseas) for an additional five per cen discount. 


O n these days of global communications, 

mobile phones, modems, satellites and 
faxes, our telephone bills become fust 
other everyday expense, seemingly no different 
the gas, electric and water bills that pop through 
.r doors with depressing regularity. There is, 
t wever. one major difference between your normal 
' Titles and your telephone bill. 

With your telephone you 
nave a choice of service 
provider. Most of the 


tried to sell its 40 per cent stake in Cel I net but was 
denied because it would mean that BT would own 
the company, so even the mobile communications 
market is limited tor BT. The future might not lie 
with the cellular phone network, but radio. The DTI 
have just launched an initiative to look into using 






country is now 
•erved by a variety 
a! independent tele- 
phone service pro* 
xKters. all trying to 
•educe BT's vast 
customer base (esti- 
mated at around 
-6. 000,000 customers) 
ith offers of better service, cheaper 
prices and superior support. Your 
phone will still be connected to BT s 
xchange for the most part, but the 
costs for your calls will be charged lo 
rou by the alternate provider. 

To give you a bit of background, 

Ihe whole ball started rolling back in 
1994 with the Telecoms Act which 
'•fee lively privatised BT. The relax- 
ation of restrictions on telecommu* 

■cations resulted in the do-ibyour- 
- elf phone extension kits and a 
ielhora of third-party telephones 
-hich suddenly flooded the market 
Jntll 1990, the only effective competition 
or BT was Cable & Wireless' Mercury 
' am m unications, so in 1991 there was a duopoly 
eview lo see what could be done to improve the 
■erali level of competition. 

This resulted in BT being restricted to only cer- 
tain areas of commerce - they were locked out of 
rovlding entertainment services over a cable net- 
•ork. for instance. In addilion, existing cable com* 
wies wore given the opportunity to move Into 
ommunicalions networks, offering services to 
<isfing and new customers through their cable 
letwork. 

Over the past ten years, BT's prices have been 
-■onitored by Qflet, the quango responsible for all 
ese changes fq our telecommunications system. 
* d they will be reviewing the state of play in 1993 
t the earliest to determine whether the competition 
strong enough lo sustain BT's proposed entry 
to the Interactive and cable television arena. So 
hat does the future hold? This weekend, Securicor 


Ihe digital FM network in the 2GHz or 10GHz range 
lor digital, wireless comm uni cations. 

The first part of the next century should sec 
most reslrictions removed from BT the alterna- 
tive companies grow in strength, and I his promises 
cheaper calls than ever. But in the mean time, what 
should you do to save cash on your phone bill? 
Well, I here are all the obvious things like not phon- 
ing during peak hours and restricting your calls lo 
x amount per day. 

What is really needed is a real world 
comparison of concrete prices, fads 
and figures on exactly how much 
your phone bill will be if you 
spend so tong on Ihe phone, 
etc. All the prices in the 
tables dotted about the 
page include VAT, 
and where individ- 
uaf tables have 
added features 
they are detailed 
within. > 


Amiga Computing 

AUGUST 1995 


[ommunkations 

[onundra 


Ham much are you paying for your 
phone bill? Ben Host tries to steer 
you in the direction of cheaper totnms 










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FEATURE 


Hlerturq, the winged messenger 


Mercury is probably the best-known 
end most successful of the alterna- 
tive service providers, With their 
0ne2One service they are certainty 
encroaching on the market tradi- 
tionally held by Ihe likes of Cellnet and Vodafone* 
especially within the area bounded by the M25, 

The sptit figures in the first column of She table repre- 
seni the savings to be made if you subscribe lo the day- 
time catling plan. An additional five per cant discount can 
be achieved through the YourCall system if the number 
dialled is one of five nominated numbers. There is no 
charge for this service. 

July 1 sees the stall of me single national rate at 7.5p 
per minute for Peak rate and 2,94p per minute at ail other 
times, which is still cheaper than 3Ts 35 mite rate 

YourCall Plus starts at the some date and automatically 
works out the five numbers you have dialled most and 
applies the discount to them. All you have to do is nomi- 
nate what breakdown of national and international 


numbers you want to use. Mercury gives you the choice 
between monthly and quarterly billing, splitting your 
payments into more palatable chunks, and you can also 
ask for two or three digit 'cost centre codes' which are 
separated on your phone bill, cutting oul any arguments 
as to who made what call. Mercury also charges by the 
second, so there are added benefits from not having lo 
time your calls lo the minule. 


15 minute call 

Peak v 

OffPeak 

Weekend 

Local 

£1 30.43/El 14.56 

£43.101 

£43.181 

Jp to 35 miles 

£10&28/£1 03.99 

£42.3 

£42.3 

National 

£1 23,38/El 1 6.33 

£70.5 

£37.9 3 


• Annual rental: £1 1,75 (the charge tor new users will go 
up to £23.50 starting the 1 July to coincide with the new 
services. Existing users can upgrade to The new service 
for £11.75). 

• Daytime Calling Plan: £3.53 per quarter. 



DiineH. the American inuasion begins 




Nynex is an enormous company. With total 
liabilities and stockholders’ equity in excess 
of $30 billion, they have the financial clout 
to start a large cable company in the UK, 
and lhat is just what they have done. Now 
one of ihe three largest cable eompa 
nies in England, Nynex nas boon con- 
tinually expanding their operations to 
cover about one fifth of the 2.5 million 
homes and 150.000 businesses cov- 
ered by ils 17 franchise areas so far. 

They have been criticised, as have all 
the cable companies, for digging up the 
roads, uprooting trees and so on, and they 
feel so strongly about it, they send out a 
brochure to anyone who asks, explaining 
how they go about laying their cable, and 
dig by hand if Ihe trench needs to be dug 
near trees. Nynex also offers a subscription 
service called eommUNITY which polities 
subscribers to unlimited, tree, off-peak 
calls. 

CATCH 22 

However, before you rush off to join 
up, there is a catch, or rather a brace of 
catches. Firstly, eommUNITY is only 
available as part of a package including 
pay TV channels like Sky Movies Plus, and 
secondly, il only applies to eommUNITY 
subscribers with the same STD betwe -n 
7pm and 7am. Still, oven with these restric- 
tions, Nynex say that over one million calls 
have been made through this service, and 
that number can only increase as Nynex 
improve their coverage. 

Unfortunately, it still means thal unless 
you have a POP with ihe same STD code 
as yourself, you’re going to have to pay for 
your dial-ups to the Internet, Nynex's 
Gemigys 2000 project might see cheaper 



Internet access rates, however, but Nynex 
were keeping their cards fairly close to 
|he<r chest and would only reveal that 
Internet access was just one of the facets 
of their new project. 

You can also rent a Premium service 
which includes Call Waiting, three Way 
Calling, Short Code Dialling, Reminder 
Call, Call Divert and Gall Barring for £5.07 
per month, or a subset of these facili- 
ties at a range of prices. You join the 
eommUNITY automatically if you 
subscribe to both Nynex's telephone 
service and at least one Sky Movie 
channel or Sky Sparls, or the Asian 
mini pay package, Nynex also offers a 
further 15 per cent discount to aJI calls 
made in the same month once a minimum 
of £30 worth of calls have been made in a 
month. 


15 minute call 

Peak 

OffPeak 

Weekend - 

Local 

£55.52 

£22.91 

£22,91 

Up to 35 miles 

£68.2 

£44.08 

£41 07 

National 

£121.61 

£70,5 

£41.07 


• Installation: £25 (additional sockets are charged at 
£10 for the same floor and £15 for different floors) 
Rental charge: £10 per month 


dermami leads 
the uiaM 

Deutsche Telekom offers ISDN2 
installation at roughly £56, with rental 
rates at about the same as normal 
telephone services (for two phone 
lines, obviously). By the end of the 
year* DT plans to have 2,9 million 
ISDN channels in place as a first 
step towards broadband broadcast 
solutions. 


Amiga Computing 


AUGUST 1995 
1 


Energis, electrifying 
communications 


^ ENERC15 


Energis is a company most residenlia 
telephone users won't have heard o 
yet, Concentrating mainly on the busi 
noss community at tho moment 
Energis is a company wholly owned b\ 
the National Grid Company pic, whict 
is, in turn, controlled by The 12 regiona 
electricity companies of England a nr 
Wales, 

Rather than using underground eabk 
trenches. Energis has taken advantage 
of their 7000km of overhead powe 
lines to carry the communications 
cables as well. In central London 
where there are obviously no pylons 
Energis is using London Underground's 
tunnels rather Than digging up 
congested roads. 

Energis' telephone network is one o 
the most advanced in Europe and is iht 
first in the world to be based or 
Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) 
This could be the first step towards 



TVie En#rjli eoflf.ro! centra 


broadband broadcasting over a 
telecommunications network in this 
country. Energis provides business 
users with comprehensive telecoms 
management reports every month 
which detail not only calls made, bul 
also how fast your switchboard 
answered incoming calls and when the 
busiest periods of the day are for tele- 
phone use in your company. The total 
amount of information generated by 
these reports covers three A4 pages. 

Energis told me (hat although they 
have the ideal sales outlet for telephone 
service in the regional electricity show- 
rooms, they weren't planning on jump- 
ing straight in feet first. They also had 
no firm plans regarding Internet provi- 
sion, either for business customers or 
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he 'net is ‘in.’ Everyone is doing 
it, talking about it and writing 
about it. To the alarm of the 
boffins who class themselves as the 
founders of Cyberspace, it is becoming 
more and more accessible to the average 
person on the street. And now, a new 
frond is catching on from the major cities 
to country towns, a trend that takes the 
usually solo pastime or computing and 
turns it into a sociable experience. 

'GyberBars' or ‘CyberCafes’ as they're 
known, provide internet access for those 
without the necessary facilities or for those 
who want to turn surfing the 'net into a 
social event. Help is at hand for the new- 
bies. and the experts can ghat away about 
the best sites to peruse. 

We lake a look at a couple of options 
available which, although they share the 
same concept, are as different as chalk 
and cheese. 


the Hacienda and then saw what they were 
doing with Cyberia in London, We realised it 
would be perfect for Dry Bar." 

"Dry Bar has never had pinball machines, 
fruit machines or computer games, - Drape 
adds “It's a great addition and in keeping with 
the bar's ethics." 

They liken it to providing newspapers in 
bars. "It’s tada/ offers Wilson, “ft’s about 
enthusiasm and that is exactly what life is 
about." 

Looking around the bar, any preconceived 
Ideas of the internet and the anorak are .soon 
dispelled. It’s a much more open culture than 
we think and there is a good cross-section of 
interests'* confirms Drape. “It's a social experi- 
ence and we've tried to make the GyberBar 
element blend with the rest of it 

This also goes some way to explaining why 
the computer area is designed like it is. There 
is plenty of room around the machines and 
although there are only two PCs at the 
moment, three chairs are available around 


Anthony Wilson, 
partner pf Dry 2G1 , 
SAptofna th* 
inspiration behind 
Hie bar 


The Peak Art GyberCafe, New Mills 


Situated in Manchester's busy city centre is 
the Dry 201. A thriving night-spot frequented 
by the young and fashionable, only the trendi- 
es! lagers are on tap and loud pop music 
blares out from the speakers. 

ITs the city's first GyberBar and behind the 
project is Granada TV presenter Anthony H 
Wilson, whose other ventures include Factory 
Records and the Hacienda nightclub, and 
Company Production Manager, John Drape. 
Wilson explains the inspiration behind it: "We 
were looking at multimedia development in 
Manchester and ponder- 
ing what we could 
do with it. We 
explored a few 
Ideas with 


each which provides a greater opportunity td 
internet with the other customers. They have 
gone for a deliberate contrast to how 
Cyberia have approached it, where they 
have the computers in a line with a chair at 
each, which Drape and Wilson believe is too 
formal. ‘There are no books on how to buM 
a CyberBar. WeVe done it the way we thir* 
is right 1 * concedes Drape. Although thafl 


Situated in the beautiful Derbyshire coun- 
tryside is the sleepy town of New Mills. 
Hardly renowned as a centre of new tech- 
nology. il's surprisingly forward thinking as 
far as the interne! goes. Walking along the 
main street, you come across the Peak Art 
CyberCate, and those unfamiliar with the 
trend would be forgiven for thinking this 
was simply a rather cosy-looking coffee 
shop. But take a closer look and 
you’ll see that there's more 
than tust scones and jam on the 
menu. The Peak Art CyberCate, 
although not that far from the Dry- 
Bar geographically, is a million miles 
away in culture. 

Towards the back of the cafe, you'll find 
Iwo computers all connected to ihe met, 
and for a nominal fee you can surf away to 
your heart's content. Alternatively, those 
unaccustomed with the technology can 
enrol for a course of tuition, Brazilian 


music is heard in the background and then! 
is a distinctly relaxed atmosphere. 

The Peak Art CyberCafe is the brainchild 
of proprietors, John Scott and E leaned 
Chronnell and technical adviser, Damian 
Lewis, Only seven weeks into its opening, 
it s already popular with Ihe local population 
and with those sight-seeing through tf* 
picturesque town. 

New Mills may seem tike quite a stranpi 
choice for a CybeiCafe but as Lewis i$ keen 
to point out: 'There are a large group of peo- 
ple who work from home so it's handy fo 
them, and you’ll find there are quite a lot C 
technology-minded people who live her* 


Tli* twilifcaJX settfri? at Mitt* - 
hama ft? the? Matin's- f|r*l CyberCnfw 


Amidxt Me Jtubbi'*’ at Manchaitae Ufa 
you cum find Dry 2&i, who** you can pap 
fn tat a hear and a surf fn Cybat-Sjiflc* 


Surf in the citu 


Dry 201 „ Manchester 


Peak practise 


Cafe cultur 

Ihe latest waif to enjoy the Internet is at one of the new 
[yherBars where you ran surf the Uleb ouer a fappuccino. 

Una HacHett meets the cafe society of the future — 








FEATURE 


■h 






W 


CyberBar section (incidentally called Wet bar 

- i cross between Web and Nett) has only 

open six weeks, it's already peeving very 
Popular, Drape continues: "Ft started off fairly 
•towty at first as there was seme phobia sur- 

- I mg ft. but now we're very busy - there 
•«^e even queues on Friday." And what do alt 
ttvese people do on the net? "Well it's 
fc'j -Chester, so football Is very popular. 

(ball and Music," 

PREVALENT 

^or those with more serious purposes in 
~~'-± studying via the 'net is also a prevalent 
nr 5 * Staff are on hand to provide help and 
•dvnce. “We've been fairly laid back about how 
train the bar staff, We've not sal them 
#c wn and said do that (his way, We've tet 
NfT) explore for themselves because a lot is 
•eft- teaching. We will base our training 
BBSStons like Ihis too. 1 ' 

Despite the Net becoming a much more 


^rtunity to 
hey have 
t to how 
i ere they 
a chair at 
eve is loo 
w to build 
f we ihink 
^ugh the 



It's i sorial eaptritoie and 
uii'iie tried to make the 
(Mr element bWuith the 
rest if it 

John Drape 




glamorous pastime, it still attracts only a 
small number of women, but wilh the intro- 
ductlon of CyberBars ;t looks likely that far 
more women will become interested. Drape 
explains their policy: "It's difficult. Cyberia 
have been holding Women-only classes but 
that's just ‘right-on 1 feminism. I don’t Ihink 
this will encourage women - it's patronis- 
ing. Likewise we wouldn’t charge £2 .50 for 
a lad and £2 for a girl. You have to be 
sensitive on how you do this," 

Inevitably, with all the hype Surrounding 


The liveiy atmosphere 
of Dry 201 - the 
CyberBar element it 
ift kaapirtg with the 
bar's a thics 


cyberspace there is also a lot of specula- 
(ion over its future. Wilson sees the Internet 
as being the new mail order: "People won't 
be downloading musk:. They'll be listening 
to a CD, decide they want 4 P order it and 
it'll arrrve the next morning. That will be the 
revolution.” 

As to the future of CyberBars, Drape 
hopes to see more of them: There's a gen- 
eration who have missed oul on the com- 
puter, Information Technology is a key 
thing and this generation must be encour- 
aged to pick it up quickly - hopefully 
through bars like ihis." 


IDoneii matters 

Cruising the net at Dry Bar will cost 
you £2.50 per halt hour, while Peak Art 
has three different price bands. Prices 
vary from E3 for the first fen minutes 
and 14 pence thereafter, with the 
concessionary rate ot 10 pence for 
unwaged adults, OAPs, students, 
minors and small business owners in 
the first six months of trading. But 
corporate customers can expect to 
pay E5 for the first 10 minutes and 25 
pence per minute thereafter. 



and (here 

brainchild 
I Eleanor 
■„ Damian 
s opening 
population 

rough the 

a strange 
vis is keen 
:up of pec- 
handy for 
rile a lot of 
live here 


ind work in Stoke, Sheffield and 
Manchester You get lots of scientists, archi- 
tects and students. We also believe that peo- 
n cities already have com outers and are 
bored with the technology," 

As well as the CyberCaf^ side, it also 
trfters a showcase for local artists. A variety 
J paintings cover the walls for customers to 
euy, but a much wider audience is hoped to 
be cached via the Internet. 

Chronneil, Scott and Lewis hope to set up 
a virtual Gallery where potential buyers can 
ake a look at their 'gallery', browse the work 
screen and hopefully ihen buy. "We’re 
pang for a more intema- 
" .nal angle," states 
CdronnelL "The 
English artists 
Jon’t get much 
. average 
abroad and 
Hopefully this 
• 'll help t 


change things." Through WohSpaco they 
pian to have a 3D, walk-in gallery where the 
buyer can see everything in 3D in a more 
realistic fashion, 

Lewis is eager to slress the advantages of 
coming to a CyberCafe: ,L lfs very much a 
social lining at the moment We’re getting a 
wide range of people in, from the school kids 
to Ihe academics. We see it as taking the 
local community out into the global commu- 
nity." They have also set up links wilh the 
local schools. 

Apart from popping in to browse such pop- 
ular sights as the X-Files. Nirvana and Pulp 
Fiction, customers can ask for advice on 
buying equipment, getling connected and 
general system tips, They on also purchase 
equipment at a discount. Glher facilities gn 


The Peek Art CyherCafe 
wish tip- sell focal jrrtworfr 
globally via WebSpaea 




offer are the use ot business too ^graphics, 
games and Fax. 

New Mills is a popular tourist spot and as 
the tourist season hots up, sightseers will 
not be looking in Ihe Ideal A-Z tor informa- 
ton, but on the computer. and Peak Art wdi 
provide the facilities for them to do this. 

As most trends tend to disappear as 
quickly as they have appeared some may 
be sceptical about the future of a 
CyberCafe. but Lewis has a positive oul- 
look: They may be a fed now, but they wi I 
survive on their own merits. It's our hope lo 
have ten machines on site and a server \ i 


the high peak district to give locals more 
Internet access." 


Lewis, the cate's 
technical adviser, befiava* 
CybarCafas will survive on 

rh&Jr eWR merits 


"ft’s also our ambition to sefl an world- 
wide on Ihe ’net and become the biggest 
art exhibitor in the world!" Ghronne I 
concludes. 


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ince the initial launch of 
Almathera's artistic masterpiece,, 
there’s already been gne revision 


to Photogenics wtlh the release of version 
1.1. However. I think even its authors will 
agree this update was more or less a fine 
tuning exercise 

Now, Almathera have hit I he update trail 
once more, but this time we're talking 
about a major revision, rather than just 
minor tinkering On the face of il there’s lit- 
tle obvious change, but when you explore 


the mechanics of thg software there are a 


whole host of Improvements. 

On the display front there are two majior 
enhancements, the first being the arrival of 
true 24-bit painting via the new 
Cybergraphics retargetable graphics stan- 
dard, As you'd expect, this only applies to 
people with RTG beards such as the 
Picasso li, Domino, GVP's Spectrum. 
Retina Z3, Picolo and CyberVision64, 

However, the problem is that 1 can't con- 
firm the program's now found 24-bil perfor- 
mance because the necessary Cyber 



Mm 1 bra tid new loaders and sjitd/i, pin* grad 
trnn* anti thm much-improved crop option 

UaluG added art 

With the massive array of features and 
new add-ons to the package, Almathera 
could quite easily quadruple the price of 
Photogenics and still hove a strong case 
for a value for money award. Needless to 
say, that’s not the case. As a result, I !eel 
the company deserves a spine-snapping 
slap on the back lor their approach to 
Mr/Mrs Average and the part both parties 
will need to play in reviving the long-suf- 
fering Amiga market. 

Not onfy can you got the complete 
package for lass than £60, but any exist- 
ing users can upgrade for a paltry El 5. 
All you have lo do is return your existing 
manual * and you'll receive 
Photogenics 1 .2 plus a much improved 
l&Q-page replacement manual. 

In a world of shameless profiteering 
and software piracy, this is a major show 
of good faith for the Amiga community. I 
only hope Almathera's trust is justified, In 
other words, anyone who pirates this 
software deserves a slow and lingering 
death! 




With or aerial ot 59 assorted paint 

and Image proc^fing nrwtfa*, ttiere'm no 
LompramiiL' when it cem«s to ereatifig power 



il classic combination of image preceaaJnp and iha pstwr 
{ft qradu* led Innsilianf, Emtio**, filie colour, MJIfltrVfl 
flmt more, »/J bfowtorf In lo a single image 



A frtimbirtdtjan of the new warp 
op-tic rr ptu* two oi (ha program’s vary 
own in-built Image creating Idodori 





AUGUST 1995 


graphics drivers aren't commercially avail- 
able as yet, although they should be ship 
ping from Almalhera by the time you read 
this article. 

As you may know, therE is a limited 
shareware version of the CyberGraphics 
system already available, but alas this 
doesn't support the higher resolutions that 
many RTG owners will demand from their 
systems. However, for the vast majority, a 
far more important graphics improvement 
is the arrival of a dithered 256 colour 
mode which will offer huge appeal to bolh 
AG A and RTG owners alike. 

END RESULTS 

Admittedly, the aforemenlioned dither- 
ing is a relatively simply ordered variety, 
but nevertheless, the end result offers a 
massive advance on its predecessor, and 
indeed the existing RamB alternative. 

Thanks la the dithering there’s no 
unpleasant, and sometimes misleading, 
fringing or stepping within gradients. And 
unlike the HamS preview option, the 
image is razor sharp, thereby providing a 
much more accurate impression of the 24 * 
bit data it portrays. 

Another big plus on the display depart- 
ment is an addition to the pull-downs 
which initiates system redraw routines, 
which when used in conjunction with an 
RTG offers a big improvement on the pro- 
gram's already impressiva screen update. 



Htifh a Itnia effort Photogenic* can 
pro due w ruaaonable results, but if mw< 
be maid that font handllFig, in general, 
could atm do with rmpromment 

Add to thal another new option, which 
enables you to assign your preferred 
saver to the Fie key and you have a com- 
bination of new features which really 
enhance the program's graphic perfor- 
mance* irrespective of the newi 
Cybergraphic support. 

A good example of this is the ability to 
assign the Fio option in conjunction with 
an RTG board to produce a near instant: 
24 -bit hotkey preview of your project, 

On the paint application front the good 
news keeps coming with the arrival of a 
new bans grad feature which translates 
into graduated transparencies. As a result, 
you’re free to apply paint using a variety of 
Cross-fades such as top to bottom, left la 



Soft. edged drop shadow, a familiar commercial favourite knocked up in a couple *r mirtulti 


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Bath to basics 

For anyone unfamiliar wrth Photogenics all this talk of user- programmable image pro- 
ok s - ; options, painting modes, and transparency gradients may well be a tad confus- 
Basically, It all boils down to the way in which Photogenics actually wonts at a sys- 
for* evel Unlike every other Amiga pain! package. Phytogenies does not perceive any 
Terence between paint in the traditional sense and image processing affects. 

As a result, it’s just as easy to spray on a negative, pixelise or col ou rise as it is to- apply 
" rmai paint. The same applies to all the painting tools. For example, a filled rectangle 
pn wn onto an image in Bas Relief will produce a weird negative effect applied specifically 
*- She selected area, 

Another massively appealing aspect of the Photogenics' approach is that even though 
5 4 . has been applied, the actual style of effect or paint applied isn't necessarily a per- 
* inent feature. For example, you can spray on any effect you want and then click on all 
t e >.3 liable modes in turn, at which point the brush strokes will automatically update Ihe 
*■ ag© wrth the new effect, And of course, if you're unhappy with the strokes themselves, 
you’re still free to undo the entire thing and start from scratch, 



colour 


Paul Austin oversees the evolution 
of fflmathera's ground-breaking 
paint and image prmessing system 


secondary images, Aside from extra pull- 
down options, Ihe toolbar also boasts a 
new arrival in Ihe form of the Warper, In 
addition to offering the fairly self explana- 
tory ability to deform, or more accurately 
stretch, pinch or bulge the image, you're 
also given the chance to twirl. 

Like all other toolbar options, and 
indeed the vast majority of painting modes, 
a separate control requester is available 
for fine tuning and combining the warping 
options, As you can see, the end results 
are pretty impressive. Another major addi- 
tion Is the long-awaited arrival of a visual 


density-filled rectangles and so on. 

—•‘E'er still the effect can be applied either 
flw the entire image or via any one of the 
sling till tods, such as circles, ellipses, 

■•:*:langular shapes and so on. 

However, and perhaps best of all, the 
■: a feature adopts Photogenics' unique 
k IHy to apply effects or brush strokes as 
mage processing function. As a result, 
you can use any one of the huge number 
of IP options to affect the image. 

""■ere tore, if an IP effect «s so looted the 
j- absent wifi produce a smooth cross fade 
"-•m the existing image to that ol trie cho- 
-en IP option - negative, pixelised. false 
colour or whatever... 

in addition, you can also use fhs feature 
*ilh effects like Rub-Ihru to produce a 
• iSiD alpha fade between The primary and 

Uni) questions 

Given the overall price to performance ratio, any com- 
ami inevitably smacks of nit-picking - however, there's 
still the odd poinl lhal needs some attention. 

Perhaps the, most obvious idiosyncrasy of 1 .2 relates 
to a rather curious aspect problem when running on a 
"■me Cybergraphic Picasso screen. Unfortunately, 
ffsnever a new image is loaded its preview almost 
inevitably defaults to double ils actual height. 

Obviously, the solution is to- simply manually resize 
'he image to roughly Ihe correct aspect. However, I 
must admit it is annoying and, worst still, whenever you 
bide and then re-show the image it defaults back to the 
wrong aspect once more, 

The only other element I feel still needs some atterv 
t on is the program’s font handling. Jfs true that Hiq new 
found support for Compu Graphic fonts does offer a big 
nrprovement over the bitmap -only approach seen in 


previous versions. However, the actual quality of the 
rendered text is still poor, regardless of the type of font 
used to create it. Unless you're willing to go through a 
fairly lengthy scaling procedure, the jaggios created on 
most fonts render them unusable for projects that 
demand a quality look. 

The only solution is to generate text roughly four 
times larger than you actually require and then apply 
smooth scaling to produce an anti-aliased string of text 
of the appropriate size. Obviously creating strings ol 
text in 300 or 400 point, and scaling as required, does 
take time, and worst still could stretch the available 
RAM cn smaller systems. 

As you can see, reasonable results are possible, but rt 
does seem a shame that this otherwise faultless package 
can't easily produce the text quality that most people 
consider a pre-requisito for commercial paint packages. 


r.LJLiMiiiiiniii 

AUGUST 1995 


TX e- program ‘a powe-tiul atptia ePiann*f 
support p ert Hiroogh ft* pne**- fw 

fhe drag And drop Approach, compositing 
images couldn't be limptar 


cropping system. In previous releases, the 
lack of an interaclrve ADPro-glyto crop 
option was a major omission. Fortunately, 
this has now been resolved with a fully 
WYSIWYG adjustable box and an associ- 
ated numerical requestor - which of 
course allows user input if absoluie 
precision is necessary. 

Aside from the obvious improvements 
On the paint and image processing front, 
the new rg lease also boasts an impressive 
collection of new loaders and savers, 
notables including Tiff, PCX, Ham6, 
Retina and ProGrab. /Z* 


The final analysis 

At the risk of being predictable, 
Photogenics 1.2 is in general a stun- 
ning update to a package widely 
acclaimed as the ullimate combination 
of price and performance when it 
comes to Amiga art. 

if you don t necessarily want anima- 
tion it stands head and shoulders 
above any other Amiga painting envi- 
ronment. the only exception being the 
awesome TVPaint 3.0, which works out 
roughly 13 times more expensive lhan 
Almatheras latest creation. 












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raphical user interfaces (GUIs), 
cycle gadgets, radio buttons, pop-up 
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r - chie terms which exist in every Amiga 
programmer's vocabulary. 

“ jgetherthey describe the many graphical 
ejects which are the backbone behind the 
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act cations look the way they do. 

Even as a beginner, most Amiga owners 
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way scroll-bars look and how much space 
should be inserted between the lines of a list 
view, and much, much more, 

So, let's take a quick look at just how cool 
MUI is with a short tutorial. We will be using a 
MUI program called Findlt for the examples, 
so make sure you have already extracted the 
program from our CoverDisk - you will find rt 
in the MUI-Apps drawer. For details on 
extracting the program, see Ihe CoverDisk 
pages in this month's issue. Findlt is a trie 
finding program which helps you track down 
a file's location quickly. 

Of course, you will also need to have MUI 
actually installed on your Amiga, so if you 
didn't buy a copy of the July issue {why not?) 
see Ihe back issues page for details on hew 
to order. If you did buy the July issue (hen 
you're probably using MUt right now and 
know fust how good It is. If you haven't 
already installed it, do it now - you don't 
know what you're missing. 

By ihe way, something which wasn't men- 
tioned about MUI in the July disk pages is 
that there arc a few MUI presels already set 


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For all you programmer types cut Iheir who are keen 
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MUI Builder is a tool for creating user interfaces it's 
very easy to use and very powerful, and can produce 
source code for many popular programming 
anguages such as C and Modula 2. 

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up and available from (he MUI Prefs menu 
bar. Simply choose Presets from (he Edit 
menu and select any of the three choices 
waiting For you there. The two XEN presets 
are particularly good, 

Changing Ihe way your MUI programs look 
and feel is done via the MUI Prefs editor, 
which you should find in (he drawer created 
when you insialled MUh and there are 
two ways to make changes - globally or 
application specific. 

Any changes made globally will be appar 
ent in all MUI applications executed after the 
changes are saved, Application specific, 
means that any changes mado will only be 
apparent in the chosen appiication. Choosing 
between global or application specif- c change 
modes is done via a pop-up menu located at 
the top of the MUI Prefs screen, which 
defaults to global mode. To choose a specif c 


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application, simply dick on E-he magnifying 
glass to the right of The application display 
box and a pop-up list will appear showing the 
names of any MUI programs which have 
been detected. MU l automatically keeps 
track of previously loaded MU I programs and 
adds them to this list Clever or what? 

So, armed with ihe knowledge that you 
can make global changes and application 
specific changes, you can start to customise 
your MUI setups, 

You will notice that |ust below the MUI 
application pop-up bar is a row of six tabs. 
These arc the various menus which contain 
all the different aspects of MUI interfaces 
you can edit. The first of these, Fonts, 
allows you 1o choose which fonts are lo be 
used for such things as lists, title bars and 
other test objects within MUI interfaces. 

Frames is particularly good as it allows 
you To change ihe way buttons and text 
boxes are displayed Here you can give 
buttons and teal fields a smart 3D look. 

Lists are boxes which have those dinky 
slider bars and buttons that allow you to 
merrily scroll your way around the list con- 
tents. Here, you can change such things as 
the amount of space between list items, 
whether the list contents scroll pixel by pixel 
in an ultra smooth manner, or whether they 
scroll a character at a time, which looks 
more jerky. You can also change the posi- 
tion of Ihe slider Duttons, among other 
things. 

The Images menu allows you lo change 
many things including the way scroll 
arrows, radio buttons and slider knobs look. 
In fact, a MUi programmer doesn't specify 
any image data regarding how such object 
should look, he simply says, ‘this is a slider 
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your choice as to what image is used for 
the slider. 

Other cool changes can be made such 
as having an image as the backdrop for 
the background colour of a pop-up menu or 
list. I currently have my pop-up menus 
appear with a dark marble texlure image 
which is much belter than a boring white 
background. 

COLOURFUL 

The Pens menu specifies what colours 
are used when drawing user interfaces. For 
instance, you will probably agree that the 
default MUI 'look' is almost of a brushed 
metal design. This is because the pen 
colours are specially designed to give this 
effect. You could, for example, change the 
colours to give a more gold metal look lo 
ihe interface by using various yellows and 


light browns. A little experimentation is 
needed but you scon get the hang of it, an: 
the changes can be quite dramatic. 

System lets you change such things as 
how Ihe Amiga re-draws fhe user interface 
in the event of. say, re -si zing a window, 
allows you to specify what public screen to 
use, and also what keys (o assign to 
keyboard shortcuts for user interface 
commands. 

Remember, any changes made in these 
menus does not lake effect until you either 
save the changes or click on the Test but- 
ton, Saving tho changes immediately quits 
MUI Prefs, saving all information to a 
configuration file. 

If you just want to tost how tho changes 
will affect the user interface without making 
them permanent, you can click on the Test 
button, This will immediately re-draw all 
MUI user interfaces which happen to be 
active at the time (including MUI Prefs 
interface) if in global mode. 

If you are changing onfy a specific appli- 
cation, ihn application should be memory 
resident at ihe time or you will get the mes- 
sage Application (whatever) is not run- 
ning. 1 If, however, the relevant program is 
running, its interface will be brought to Ihe 
front of any obscuring windows with the 
updated changes temporarily in effect. It 
you like what you see, you must then click 
on Save to make the changes permanent 
You will probably uso the test button quite 
often lo fine tune your changes until you 
get Them just how you want them. 

So let's see how easy if is To tailor the 
way your MUI programs will look. It's all 
very painless and you don't need to be a 
techie. You will need to run the Findlt pro- 
gram first and Ihen run the MUI Prefs pro- 
gram. Once both are up and running 




programs 



There are some great MUI programs available now, with more and more 
appearing all the time - here are just a few of them. We also included some 
MUi programs along with MUI ilself on the July CoverDisks, so it you missed 
out check the back issues page, 


BlitzBIanfcer “ this brilliant screen blanking utility is packed to the gills 
with features and has 40 screen saver modules. AFI modules are config- 
urable and most of them are fully compatible with many of the most 
popular graphics cards. 

ReKeylt - do you want Ig change those standard keyboard shortcuts for 
the Workbench menus lo your own personal preference? Well Re Key It 
allows you to do jiust that 

MUM -Menu - when you have lots of programs you regularly run on your 
hard disk, it can be a pain lo have to search out the executable icon and 
run it Sure, you can leave out the icon on the Workbench, but things can 
get a little clullered on systems without the benefit of high resolution 
monitors, 

MUFMenu solves the problem by allowing you to create a list of your 
favourite programs which are assigned to & button. Each bullon is also 
given a keyboard shortcut so you can run them by simply pressing a key. 
Bo - want a file manager program to keep your files and directories In 
order? Ro may just be what you're locking lor. Similar in design lo 
Directory Opus, but with the much more efficient and versatile MUI 
interlace system, 

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backup utility. BackMan is a feature-packed MU I version which will help 
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9* oes and volume names. Three cycle 
• buttons allow you to define the 
r ch parameters and a single button 
assign td Hunt activates the search. All these 

interface : > "s are drawn by MU I and, unlike stan* 
v »miga GUIs, they are totally resolution 
de in these *weoendent. 

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•*HJ about the rather drab colour of the 
r window background. First of all, let's 
■we sura we only make this change affect 
Frodlt program. At the top of the MUI 
1 window, click on the magnifying glass 
ct to bring up a list Of currently recog- 
MU1 programs. From this list, select 
■ --d it by double-clicking on it. Now, any 
:: 0 S made with MUi Prefs will only 
sh =■, up in the Find It user interface. 

■Ve will’ use an image from the Findlt win- 
:■ * background and to do this we need to 


until you ; the Images menu. Click on the tab 
irked Images and you should now see 
toe various controls tor the Image menu. 
M *e ihe mouse pointer tg the scroll bar on 
V'- eh and drag it down until you find the 
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This ability to change the look and feel or Amiga applications requires 
that the application uses the MUI libraries. There will be no changes 
whatsoever to standard Amiga programs. 

There are hundreds of MUI programs available with more and more 
appearing every day, such is the popularity of MUI, In fact, you will find 
a comprehensive 1st of MUi-speeific applications as a texl file on this 
month’s CoverDisk in the MUI_Apps drawer cleverly titled 
MUiProgUst, which was compiled by our very own Ben Vo$t from the 
Aminet index fife. Simply load it into your favourite text edito browser 
or print it out. 

If you are looking far the latest MUI applications, Aminet is probably 
the best place to look. Those of you with a modem antf access tg the 
Internet can check out the Aminet FTP site at address 
ftp V/src.doc. ic.ag.uk/aminet. If you don't own a modem, you can get 
hold of the latest Aminet CD-ROMs available from most good PD 
libraries. 


by clicking on it with the mouse. Now we 
have ihe entry selected for change, we 
need to choose a colour from the Raster 
selection under the cycle gadget. Find a- 
colour you like and double-click on it. You 
should see that the BG Window entry in the 
Other list window has changed to your 
selection. 

To test how this looks in |he findlt win- 
dow, click on the Test button and the colour 
wilt be assigned and displayed, if it doesn't 
look right, simply choose another colour 
and click on Test again. When you find one 
you like, you will have lo click on the Save 
button to make it permanent but remember, 
do all your olher changes first because 
clicking on save will also quit MUI Prefs. 

Things are even better for owners of 
Workbench 3.0 or above. With the 
Tooltypes feature in version 3,0, it s possi- 
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grounds and use (hose instead of merely 
changing the colour. 

Well, that's the background taken care 
of, let's see what else we can do lo spruce 
up iho Findlt interface. Those cycle gad- 
gets to the aighl of the Name, Date and 
Size buttons could do with a makeover. 

As mentioned earlier, MUI programmers 
don't specify how gadgets will look, they 
simply give informal ion on where and what 
typo of gadget should be at a particular 
position in the interface. The image for the 
gadget can be changed by Ihe user. 

While we are still in the images menu, 
move tha mouse to the scrollbar for the 
right list view and move it all the way to the 
top. You are looking tor the current image 
for cygie gadgets, which is appropriately 
titled Cycle. Highlight the entry and you will 
find thal the list view on (he right wifi 
change to show which image is currently 
active. You should also notice that the 
cycle gadget above the right-hand Its! view 
has aiso changed to Brush. 

ENTRY FORMAT 

All the entries in the window are In $tan 
dard (IBM brush format which means you 
can create your own with an art program. 

As you scroll through the right-hand list 
view, you will also notice that some entries 
ere printed in white texl and have a small 
triangle to the left of them. These signify 
brush groups and clicking on the triangle 
will open up the group and display the 
various brushes within it. 

Let's change the current cycle gadgel 
brush to a belter one. My favourite collec- 
tion of brushes is found in Ihe 
WD_Mew_11pt group. Move the scroll bar 
until you find this group and click on the tri- 
angle to open it, 

Locate the cycle gadgel brush under this 
group and double-click il, You should see 
the cycle gadget brush in the left list view 
changes lo Ihe new one, Clicking on the 
Test button will allow you to see how 
this new brush looks in the Findlt window. 

If it's not to your taste, you can browse 
through the other brush groups to famil- 
iarise yourself with the brushes currently 
on offer. 

While you’re there, you can even 
change Ihe way the scroll bar arrows look. 

One thing to remember is that when you 
select a new brush to change in the left list 
view, (he right list view will automatically 
change to display thn group within which 
the currently assigned brush can be found, 
so you will have to constantly re-locate the 
group with Ihe brushes you wanl lo use 
every time you select one you want to 
change. 

The MUI Prefs utility has many more 
features ta make your MUI interfaces look 
ultra-cool, so experiment a little. Take a 
took al the MUI AmigaGuide file in your 
MUI drawer loo. This has more detailed 
information on all the features available. 

We will also be sure to keep track at 
the latest and greatest MUI programs 
and will put them on our GoverDisks when 
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mageFX has been around for a 
while now. People have previously 
regarded it as a poor cousin to 
AdPro. it’s added painting features too slow 
to be usable, it's morphing package not realty 
being up to scratch. Oh no, if it's image pro- 
cessing you want, you'll need Ad Pro, Morph 
Plus and ProConirol. And a 24-bit paint pack- 
age, And a graphics card lo take advantage 
of the paint package. And lots of cash. 

Maybe you really ought to look at 
ImageFX. tl's really good, honest, and now 
that ASDG (now 
known as knicker 
elastic, or something 
similar) have been lured by 
the bright lights ol the PC, Mac 
and SGI worlds, it's realty the only alter- 
native apart from the still flaky ImagaMasier , 

That’s not to say it isn't any good. I hardly 
ever use AdPro any more. ImageFX has cer- 
tainly shol into the lead and no mistake. 
Anybody who has been lucky enough to have 
been able to get their hands on a Cybervision 
graphics card, or has registered the 
CyberGraphics sell ware for their graphics 
card, should be especially pleased now that 
ImageFX supports the new 15, 16 and 24-bit 
intuition screens created by Cybergraphics. 
That’s right, you can now have a high resolu- 
tion 24-bst Workbench which ImageFX will 
take advantage of. 

Since I currently only have the 
unregistered version of I he Cybergraphics 


Image is 



What use i5 fldPro now 


ImageFX might have taken over from Ad Pro as my image processing 
tool ol choice, but there are still some things AdPro does better. One is 
cropping. With ImageFX you are limited to your preview screen, while 
AdPro puls the Crop Visual tool (and the scan tool and any other thal 
requires high precision) on its own high resolution screen. 

Even with Ihe new Workbench preview modes in ImageFX. the res- 
olution sometimes isn't high enough to gel Ihe accuracy you require. 
Another thing AdPro seems to be belter ar is scaling images. I’ve 
noticed that the quality of scaled images appears to be higher when 
run through AdPro's- toots rather than ImageFX's. It's only a small dif- 
ference and I may be being picky, buf tt your image is to appear in 
print, that most unforgiving of media, then scaling accuracy is a must. 


software, I can only lei I you about running 
ImageFX on a 640x480 1 6-bil screen, but 
even wilh these restrictions, 
p ImageFX runs like a track star- 
Unfortunately, you still 
donT get the full bene- 
fit, because ImageFX 
only gives you a preview until 
you tel go of the mouse 
and let it redraw the 
screen wrth the 
changes 
you’ve made. 

This is still a vast improvement 
over Ihe old 16 colour dithered preview and 
saves you from having to perform numerous 
undo and redo operations lo gel your 
operation right. 

Still on the subject of graphics cards, ver- 
sions of ImageFX prior to 2 were a bit of a 
pain because ol the overlaid screen method 
ImageFX used. Version 2 added the ability to 
use ImageFX on a Workbench screen with a 
preview window in addition to the normal tool- 
bar. This, of course, meant that it you wanted 
to get the best quality out ol the preview you 
would have to run your Workbench in as 
many colours as possible - 16 or 256 for 
AG A or RTG machines. 

Nova Design have taken the next logical 
step with v2.t by adding the ability lo open a 
public screen for ImageFX to use, thereby 
freeing Workbench from having to run in an 
undesirable number ol colours . 

IFX now also supports more filetypos for 
loading and saving than AdPro - even with 
the Professional Conversion Pack - including 
some really obscure ones like FITS, and still 


supports GIF loading and saving, notwith- I 
standing the Compu serve/Unisys conflict 
over licensing fees. Mofb importantly, 
ImageFX now comes with a much better I 
batch processing tool, called AutoFX, allow- 
ing you to manipulate sequences of images 
to create animations in Mpeg or AN1M 
format. 

ImageFX'-s manual is a vast improvement | 
over the AdPro one too. It contains, nurner- 1 
qus examples, illustrations and tutorials, 
although the quality of the images does 
leave a little to be desired. Perhaps the next 
purchase Nova Design should make ought lb 
be a better quality printer. 

My only real concern is that, like most 
manuals those days, the ImageFX manual is 
a perfect bound beast - that's to say all its 
pages are glued on to a spine This means 
you can’t lay it out flat on its back without 
severely creasing the spine of this hefly 
tome. Bring back ring binders, 1 say. 

TIME WASTING 

PaintFX is a really good way of wasting 
the best part of a day in ImageFX. You can 
spend literally hours testing a paint effect on 
your picture, using the invaluable undo 
function and just trying a different style 
Some of the effects can provide an excelled 
shortcut to producing abstract backdrops 
with no hint of their origins, with swirls of 
paint strokes, molecular chains, and Iw 
playing a large role in the production of a, 
wacky backdrop. 

ImageFX 2 also adds a lightning facility 
giving you the opportunity to artificially mood 
a peaceful mg hi time scene with the addrtior 


Picture perfect 


The process by which the example image was 
reached may be of interest lo readers, so here it 
is step by step. 


1, The original image. This picture is one of Ihe sample 
images thal come wNh ImageFX. Rather than simply 
including this in Ihe review, I decided to add to it, So l 
started by creating a now, green buffer at the same 
size and an Alpha channel using the wave generator. I 
set the wave to emanate from the top-left comer of the 
picture and gently faded it away. I then composited the 
empty, green buffer with ihe sample picture using the 
waves for an Alpha channel. This resulted in a gradual 
fading el the sample image into the green buffer. 

2, Next. I used ihe new 'Hockney Tile' operator to jig- 
gle the elements of my new, composited picture. 
Hockney Tile allows you to nominate a background for 



The ordinal sample 


the operation which can be a plain colour, or the swap 
butter, I chose to have the operation take place over 
the original sample image for added interest, 

3, Once l had done this and saved the result, I loaded a 
second picture by Tobias Richter and spent some min- 
utes cutting a brush of the lead spaceship from it to 


Tf)« ccmpdJlfKf im.iqr 

paste into our composite picture. Instead of simply 
pasting it down, I used fmageFX's different brush 
modes to create a drop shadow for the spaceship, This 
was done using the Colour mode with bEack and a 
blend of 75 per cent. Once this was done to my safe 
faction. I then pasted the ship down at a slight offset 


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a list of new features in ImageFX 2.1 should include: 


• Cybergraphics support for 15, 16 and 
24-bit preview screens. 

• Improved Video Toaster support for 
previews directly on a toaster buffer. 
Bui who cares?) 

■ Added support for the HP Scanjet 
monies of scanners. 

• The image browser has now been 
updated lo include CyberGraphics end 
Retina screens 

• ImageFX can now open its own Public 
screen for use with the Workbench 
preview method. 

• In case you weren't aware of them, 
ImageFX added the following new 
features in v2,0: 


• PaintFX, Simulated painting tools to 
add a paint texture to your images. 

• Textures to make your image look as 
if it has been painted on canvas Of 
vellum, etc. 

• Lightning effects. Crystallise, 
Hockney Tiling and other post- 
processing effects. 

• Improved font handling with multiple 
lines of justified text. 

• AutoFX. New batch processor to 
replace IMP with improved features. 


There are plenty more features to 
ImageFX v2.x than 1 have the space to 
list here. 


tUhat's 

new? 


h a bloody great thunderbolt. All the new 
• j. irtFX tools, as well as some Of (he more 
familiar ones, use a previewing system to 
: aw you to have at leas! a vague idea of 
what is going to happen lo your image, 
however, while the new operalors with 
fieir previews are very nice, it is hard work to 
have to create new lightning, lens flares and 
- er effects inside a 64 x 40 pixel thumbnail. 
p efhgp@ in future versions, Mova Design 
m ghl consider putting the tools directly onto 
tire preview window. 

With all these new tools and facilities, 
nduding the Amiga's only simple solution to 
sealing Mpeg animations, ImageFX should 
n a lot of converts from the AdPno, /Morph 
fxjs stable. It will take AdPro users a lot of 
me getting used to the new interface 


ImageFX presents them, but the effort is 
worthwhile and made a lot simpler with the 
presence of the numerous tutorials in the 
manual and the AmigaGuide- based on-line, 
context-sensitive help. 

If people tike Amblimation could find a use 
for ImageFX hack in version 1.5, they should 
be even more impressed by the current 
version and the added features it contains, 

As for me, well, 1 can finally say that I 
am really happy to use ImageFX. 
Previous versions have frustrated me (and 
probably every other graphics card owner) 
with their crude preview display thal meanl 
24-bii painting was not really something you 
could do. 

The layout of the tods seemed odd to me 
(as a constant AdPro user), and still does at 


limes. After all, why not put the redo function 
on the same button as the undo? Bui now. 
with a 24-bii preview screen (for when I gel 
CyberGraphics), excellent painting and 
image processing tools, and nice little 
features like the ability to count the number 
colours in a picture, or the on-line help, 
ImageFX truly is the King of Amiga image 
manipulation tools. /T>7 


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*-■ niiapit by Tobj.i* Richter. I applied J#» 'Vellum' texture 


* Nearly finished. I thought I might like to add a bit of 
te * ' to show ImageFX can handle that too, so 1 got my 

' *sTy FuturaX font arid wrote the words ‘ImageFX 

• i ' 1 started by pasting this down on a plain White 

tfer Then I used the 'Gaussian High' convolution 
*' on resulted in the text being extremely blurred, t 



Our has# jmjje with 1 h* zpacaship added 


repealed this step once more, then inverted the image 
so that it was white on black. Once this was done, I 
tinted the blurred letters a faded green to look like a 
glow and picked them up as a brush. 

5. I pasted the brush down on my original picture but 
found lhat because I had made the centre of the letters 



The completed im.1^ 


the same colour as the surround (black), it meant the 
centre of the letters was transparent. No matte- . 
made a new brush from the original text and pasted 
that in over the top. As a final (ouch I used the "Radial 
Star’ operator to put the nice slarburst on Ihe fi + sl letter 
of ImageFX. 


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I just wanted to write into your magazine and say what a good job Gareth 
Lofthouse is doing reviewing the current flood of CD-ROM titles for the Amiga. 
After buying my Squirrel and CD-ROM drive I made a few mistakes when it 
came to buying software to work on my machine, but now I wail palienlly ©very 
month lor Gareth's sag© advice. 

Brian F&nfie, Hove 



This letter Is such a refreshing change. Mr. Fentle gets the Star Letter for not even 
mentioning the covermounted CD-ROM. Even as I type, Gareth is sitting at his desk 
oreening. Soon his head won t fit through the doors of our office and he’ll have to 
slay her© 24 hours a day reviewing CDs. 


medium, or large? 

I just had to write and thank you for the 
excellent CD-ROM on the front of ynur 
magazine. However, even though I have 
an A1200 with CD-ROM I would nol like 
you to concentrate on one medium onfy. 

There ar© countless youngsters with 
an Amiga who are unable to afford (he 
asking price of a CD-ROM drive, sn I 


would be very happy if you continued to 
appeal to both mediums. Thonkyou once 
again. 

P W Morey, Sidcup 

Have no fear Mr. Morey, Amiga 
Computing will be continuing to sup- 
port floppy disk users. However, we 
will continue to bring you the best 
cover-mounted material whatever the 
format, so keep reading. 



I OS uihu? 

It's not often I see an Amiga mag with a CD 
around hero (in fact il’s the first time), so 
when I saw the May issue of Amiga 
Computing I just had to buy it, especially as 
if had many files which are not Amiga spe- 
cific. Let's face it, as a PC user there s not 
much I can do with Amiga programs, but on 
'he other hand some Adobe fonts are 
always a useful addition lo OS/2, and so is 
a lol of other stuff on the disc, 

I was also pleasantly surprised to find PC 
utilities on the disc. While I find it strange 
that ihe picture utilities could display ©v©ry- 
thing but Jpeg and HAM images, the MOD 
player utility was nice, even though it dm n't 
work under OS/2 

Anyway, its a really nice CD and a good 
excuse to buy an Amiga mag. I hope you'll 
nave mpr© of these useful CDs in the 
future. 

teler@cs.huji.ac.ii 

I'm glad you liked the CD, By the way, as 
I'm pretty sure you won’t be reading this 
because we don't have a cover-mounted 
CD this issue,- I would just like to say 
that as far as I understand it, OS/2 would 
appear to mean an operating system 
divided by two. or half an OS. How does 
■ I feel to have to pay exlra to get a multi- 
tasking operating system, especially as 
it doesn't work with anything? 

Vet more [0 praise 

am waiting to congratulate you on the tal- 
es! edition of Amiga Computing. I always 
consider it lo be the best of the Amiga 


magazines. I have just purchased a Power 
CD-ROM which uses Squirrel SCSI inter- 
face and was fading a bit losl with not 
much to try out on it, 

I had a dusk from CD32 Gamer but had 
to use the CLI to get at most of the 
available software - ihere is some I don't 
think l can get at all. So I was beginning 
to wonder if I would have been better 
buying a modem, when along came your 
May edition with a CD-ROM freebie. All 
great stuff and I haven't looked at half of it 
yel. 

If this is the future the prospects are 
good. I appreciate lhat you will not be able 
I© provide so many goodies every monlh, 
but please more CDs in the future. Well 
don©! 

P F Nunm West Sussex 


[O-fUMl delights, tightmue 
complaints and pennf that euen 
AT owners read Amiga [omputing — ' 

Cool 1 don’t think I can make another 
original reply to yet another letter prais- 
ing our CD covermount. I'm glad you 
like it. 


[scorn worries 

l have been tol lowing the Commodore liq- 
uidation process quite carefully and having 
recently read the latest Amiga Report, 



I have been a reader of Arnica Computing for many 
years now and have had noshing but praise for your 
journal, What I don'! understand, after having read 
I he latest issue, 87, which filled me in cm the demise 
of Commodore and tells me that fh© most successful 
modol produced was the A 530. is why, oh why do 
your CoverDisks contain less and less usable 
software for I he mosl popular Arnigas ever sold 

Like me, 1 am sure there are many A50G and 
A 500 + users that have upgraded their machines, at a 
great expense, yet how are we now being treated? 

Last month's issue included a CD [hat is unusable 
by an upgraded A500. this month's issue a floppy for 
A 1200 only and a floppy that requires the Lightwave 
program - not an inexpensive bit of software. What 
are we lo be treated lo next issue? I realise that the 


A 1200, with its wonderful AG A chip, is probably 
going to be the saviour of Ihe new owners of 
Commodore and that you must look after your 
potential market, but please don't lorget |h© army of 
faithful A50Q users who have also been faithful read- 
ers of your magazine, 

M Bates. Hatfield 

Dear Mr Bates, t understand your con cam, but it 
has to be said that th© computer business Is one 
of the fastest-moving In the history of industry. 
We have already pretty much stopped! support- 
ing users that still have Workbench 1.3 machines 
and while we have no intention of dropping sup- 
port for ECS-based machines, you do need to 
realise that A50O owners are eventually going to 
be left completely behind. Today’s machines 
overshadow the A5QQ and we. as a magazine, 
always want to be looking forward, not back, to 
the dim and distant past. 


Amiga Computing 


AUGUST 1995 









LETTERS 


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have to gay that I am slightly con- 
cerned about whether Escom is 
going !o provide a good service for 
existing Amiga users. 

It would appear that they are 
very keen to bring back old 
workhorses tike the C64 and 
A 600, along with brand new 
machines. Out how about us 
A 1200 owners? Are we going to j 
get left behind in this sudden 
rush to new technology, or will 
Escom continue lo support us? 

As a subscriber, i really like the 
fact that you printed a general survey ^ 
recently and the games survey in this 
month's issue. It makes me feel as if I 
some sort of influence over the way the 
magazine looks and reads, Which can only 
be good for the mag in the long run, 

Kevin Anderson r Northwtch 

□ ear Kevin, your concerns over the 
future of (he Amiga are echoed by a 
great number of people, both endangers 
and developers alike, Escom's main 
objective is to get machines back into 
the shops as soon as possible and with 
the Amiga 1200 arguably being 
Commodore’s best-ever Amiga, !"m pos- 
itive you won't need to worry about 
continued support from Escom, 

As yours is the first of the games sur- 
veys to come tn T we're going to send 
you something nice from the games 
cupboard, just for being the first of 
many. Surveys are certainly one of the 
ways you can influence how Amiga 
Computing looks, another is to send us 
large bundles of cash in plain envelopes 
along with your requests, but so far 
nobody has taken us up on that method. 

Safe sheep seek 
super software 

Would il be possible to have Amiga 
Computing maintain some sort of file sec- 
tion where one could download the PD 


lllhat price Gloru? 


You asked for more letters pages, but 
what you don't seem to realise is the 
fact that you have to write into us. To 
give you a further incentive, we will offer 
£50 bom Adam Phillips wages to the 
best letter written But please keep 
quiet about it. as Adam doesn't 
know.,, he's in Australia at the 
moment sunning himself, 
so he won’t miss it. 


software mentioned in your magazine? I 
do enjoy reading your magazine and 
often come across some interesting 
L PD programs reviewed that are 
not available on Aminet, It would 
make life a heck of a lot easier 
for (hose of us not in the UK. 

Philip McDunnougft, 
LakeHaven , ( Where sheep 
may safely graze. . . ) 
phiiip & utsta t. toronto, edu 


Not a bad idea at that, it'll 
take some working out, but 
expect to see a selection of the 
more popular PD reviewed to 
appear on our home page. 


lightlUaue, 
lightUlaue, more 



I have read your Magazine for over five 
years now and find i( interesting and 
informative. However I have noticed a 
worrying ailment lately: LightWgve fever. I 
know (hat Lightwave is a very exciting 
product which does push the Amiga info 
professional circles, but ihe average 
reader does not have the money or hard- 
ware to run such a program, Your latest 
cover disk can only be of use to those 
with the memory (about 12Mb recom- 
mended I believe) and fast enough CPU 
to run Lightwave, never mind The E400 to 
buy the program. 

Please do, in future, keep us informed 
about this part of the Amiga scene, but it 
can only put your readers off when one 
co verdi sk can only be used by about 1 
per cent of them. Keep up the good work 
and please make sure you badger Escom 
to make the right decisions for the 
Amiga's future, 

Stuart Marsden 
smarsde n ® cs.strath .ac.uk 

A had month for the coverdisk, then. 
It's so true that you can't please all the 
people all the time, so what should we 
do? As we have said before, 
Lightwave is the single most impor- 
tant milieu for Amiga developers at the 
moment. Muff said. 


About seven months ago I bought The superb 
Microprose 'wargame Fields of Glory and have since 
enjoyed playing it immensely. 

However, I paid almost E36 for it then and now the 
game has been re- re leased on the new ‘Power Pius' 
range for only £17, almost £20 less than it was selling 
for a couple of months ago! 

While I understand that games will inevitably be re- 
released as budget tides eventually, I'd have thought 
That MicToprose would have at least had the decency 
to wail a while longer, say until the game was a year 
old or so, before reducing the price. 

I. and no doubt everybody else who bought (his 
game, feei a tittle cheated knowing that if they had 


watted merely a couple of months more ihen they 
could have got it at less lhan half the price. In future 
I'll be very dubious about buying new full-priced 
products. 

D O'Connor. South Yorkshire 

Hmm. Probably a poor decision on MlcroProse's 
part to re-release it so soon, but then again, what 
tends to happen Is that once sales die off for a 
particular title, it is immediately submitted to 
exactly this sort of treatment. The only way you 
can look at it and stilt stay relatively mellow is to 
say lo yourself, “Well, S ve had seven months 
worth of enjoyment tor my extra twenty quid." 



1 1 


Amiga Computing 


AUGUST 1995 


HJondefs of the IM 

Your website is much better than Amiga 
Formal's fl thank you) 

Dan Ward 
dward @ bo u memoulh . ac. uk 

Of course it is. And anybody wishing to 
have a butchers at our site should point 
their browsers at: 

http:tfwww,demon.co.u k/amlgacomp . htm 1/ 


Stuck in the ice 

I am the proud owner of a GD32 
machine which I bought in January of 
this year. One of Ihe games I bought lor 
it is Deep Core by International i 
Computer Entertainment Ltd in 
Gloucestershire. 

I have enjoyed many weeks playing 
Deep Core and successfully reached 
level three. To do this you have to find 
an elevator key which gives you entry To 
the lilts at the end of each level. 

Imagine my surprise when, at the end of 
level three, key in hand so lo speak, I 
enter the lift and... nothing happens! I can- 
not get out of the lift and the display does 
not change. I have bone this several times 
and each time got 'stuck in the lift.' 

I wrote to ICE enclosing a stamp tor 
reply asking it the CD was faulty, had it 
happened before, ole? t received no 
reply. Several weeks later l wrote again 
- still no reply. 

i am therefore writing lo you for help: 

1. Have you or your readers ever had 
this problem? 

2. Is liny CD faulty? 

3. Do ICE still exist - are they still trading? 

4. Have I written to their correct address? 

5. If I (have, why don't they answer? 

On a separate matter, thank you for 
the CD on your May issue. I have 
my CD32 hooked up to my A500 and 
appreciate the software on the CD. 

I am loath to change my A500 having 
got a large collection □( ‘serious soft- 
ware' and would like to read any articles 
in your magazine about how to actually 
gel the software from CD32 to A500 
There is little guidance when you buy 
the CDs, so an article would be nice, 

G A Course. Dorset 

I'm really pleased we've had such a 
good response from the CD cover- 
mount, As for your problems with ICE 
and DecpCore, we spoke tc Stuart 
Bell at ICE and he assures us That 
there are no bugs in Deep Core. 

He said that if you have a particular 
problem with a game then you can 
send it back to them and they win 
replace it completely free of charge 
Lastly, have a look at the Making the 
Connection feature in this very issue 
to find out a bit more about joining 
two machines together. 













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Pro Lotteni LI 

Programmed by; All Prior 

Available from: Ali Prior 

Some nights I wake up in a cold sweat, 
shuddering after suffering through a terrify- 
ing nightmare. In it I am sitting at my Amiga 
with a pile of jiffy bags. I select a particularly 
inviting bag and tear it open, eagerly antici- 
pating a storming ly original piece of high 
quality software. But the disk label says 
‘Lottery Predictor.' The more cunning 



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The Word 5 

Programmed by: NFA 

Available from - SAdENESS PD 

This is the most outstanding disk maga- 
zine Public Sector has received for some 
while. The whole thing starls with a 
decent intro which, as the authors are 
keen to point out, is all the more impres- 
sive for being totally written in Amos 
Basic. 

From the main menu, articles are on 
offer covering a whole range of topics. 



You may not n«#u#rHjr agree with some ot 
tha view* expressed within, hut The Word ie 
worth m 


Included are a couple of games reviews, 
a Coders' Corner and numerous offbeat 
features ranging from Sponsored 
Resignations to a Brief History of Booze 



Pro Lottery's sugg»*ferf numbers tor 
f|«Xt HTM*. if they win you acme 
money, tf WM t fa l W welcome 

Lottery Predictor authors have obviously 
finally realised that many innocent PD 
reviewers are in a state of despair In an 
effort to avoid being responsible for possi 
ble suicide cases, they are now resorting to 
more subtle methods of presenting their 
labours of love. The two disks inside this 
particular jiffy bag were cryptically marked 
only with a giant question mark 
Unfortunately, the concern for my welfare 
stopped there, and i was lucky to avoid 
being blinded by the fluorescent orange 
disk labels and the accompanying luminous 
yellow letter, 

Still, a$ the Introduction (which takes up 
the entire first disk of the review copy) is 
keen lo point oul, this predictor is slightly 
different from the rest. For a start, i! fea- 
tures the same attractive presentation as 
Mr Prior's previous offering 'Pro Gamble. 
Bui most usefully, it is capable of producing 
lists ol numbers for syndicates, covering as 
many likely winning balls as possible, 

The whole package has an air of profes- 
sionalism about it, although as with all such 
programs, it is difficult to know how effec- 
tive Pro Lottery Is without using it over a 
long period of time Before making the deci- 
sion about whether to purchase the regis- 
tered shareware version of the program or 
not, you might, therefore, like lo try out the 
free demonstration version. This can be 
obtained from the author by sending a 
blank disk and an SAE. 


leHtureStudia 1.0.3 

Programmed by: Graham 
and Andy Dean 

Available from: Graham and Andy Dean 

Raytracing is a popular pastime among 
members of the Amiga community but the 
main problem, with getting into this area, is 
the prohibitively high cost of software 
Accelerator cards and floating point units 
CO'S! enough, but then there's the expense 
of buying top quality software packages like 
Lightwave and Imagine 3. 

Users of (he latter package could, there- 
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the creators of ImageSfudio. TextureStudio 
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Ifiltttf of 

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reviews, 
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jnsored 
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There are even several strange lists such 
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T jrtles' (of which 'P re-pubescent Irradiated 
. i :su Wjldebeast' is among the lop 
pcfes). 

Trie articles are generally quite short but 
•*>ere are plenty to choose from. The pro- 
■ helpfully ticks the articles you have 
v>ewsd so you don't end up accidentally 
••. ijing the same one twice. While there 
are quite a few spelling mistakes knocking 
i£ it, The Word is certainly less guilty in 
Tv; area than many disk mags. 

When reading The Word., it is easy to 
i ••• that a good time has bean spent on 
presentation and feel. Articles are written in 
attractive and readable fonts, and are over- 
ted on a neat smoothly-scrolling backdrop. 
Tne whole interface is charmingly straight- 
ward and using ihe program really is an 


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interesting and frequently amusing read 
and you don't mind the occasional bit of 
bad language The Word could well be 
worth a look. 



Taira yaar p*:* from (he JrngEfiy 
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i'jre characteristics can be altered with- 
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: • : grams. 

All of the program's main functions can 
be accessed from floating windows, and 
attractive Workbench 2 interface makes 
"mg to grips with the powerful functions 
" offer a painless affair. The program 
requires an FPU which it makes full use of, 
reclaming optimised code for 68661 and 
t68S2 units. 

”bere is a commercial alternative, Forge r 
*^ch comes bundled with a ready-made 
' -Lure collection Essence but has a fairly 
■■"ty price tag (hough, fn comparison, Ihe 
- 10 registration tee for Texture Studio 
seems pretty attractive. 


Jump 'Em 

Programmed by: A, Cashmere 

Available from; Online PD 


This is a IQ-level demo of a cracking 40- 
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cheesy, chirpy music, oute and attractive 
graphics and gameplay that will have you 
tearing but your hair. The objective on 


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EasqCalc 2 


Programmed by: Andrew Woods 

Available from: KEW=ll Software 
Disk No. A1103 

~ /citing they may not be. but Spreadsheets are 
extremely useful programs to own. The most obvious 
:e for them is for organising your accounis, but evnry- 
" ng from league tables lo statistical surveys can ben- 
ef.it from the use of one. Easy Calc 2 is perhaps the 
most Intuitive J have come across, and although ihe full 
careware version costs £50, this trimmed down 
be frustration version is almost fully functional, allow - 
n 2 you to get a very good idea of what to expect from 
'.he full version, 

While spreadsheets can sometimes be a little slow to 
up, once m operation they can make tedious tasks 
like budgeting so much easier. Once a few numbers 
have been keyed in, almost every conceivable mathe- 
Ti -ideal operation can be performed on (hem, from sim- 
ply adding to logging or square rooting. Change one or 


two numbers and then hit a button and every number in 
the entire worksheet will be recalculated accordingly. 

EasyCalc Fives up to its name, making full use of a 
Workbench 2 interface and providing on-line 
AmigaGuide help for those perplexed by ihe striking 
array of features. It can produce graphs which can be 
saved out as IFF picture files, it fully supports AFexx, 
and is highly configurable, if you're fed up with 
scribbling figures on scraps of paper, EasyCalc is the 
perfect answer. 



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program., whatever its purpose, which you 
consider worthy of review. Whether it will 
bo freely distributable public domain, 
shareware or licenceware, if ycu fed it's of 
sufficient quality lo merit coverage then 
stick it in a jiffy bag or padded envelope 
and send it m wilh all haste. I promise I'll 
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label Ihe disk, and include a cover letter 
supplying a description of the disk con- 
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The address to send the disks to is: 

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PD submissions 
Amiga Computing 
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Arlington Park 
Macclesfield SK10 4NP 


each level is to reach the exit, clearing ihe 
screen of tiles along the way. This is 
achieved by walking on the tiles causing 
Ihem to fall away into space below Some 
tiles must be walked across two or ihree 
times before they disappear, On later lev- 
els there are also teleportation tiles to 
make things that little bit more tricky. If you 
get stuck, you have three emergency 
bridges at your disposal hut once these 
have been used, stepping where there are 
no tiles results in the loss of a life. 

The game features a password feature, 
which l can see proving very useful on later 
levels, Considering the full game costs just 
a liver and includes extra features such as 
two now sub-games and an end -of- game 
sequence, Jump 'Em comes highly recom- 
mended and is sure to provide hours of 
brainbending amusement. 


Highwayman 

Programmed by: Dave Kirk 

Available from: Saddle Tramps PD 
Disk No. £66 

I'd guess thal driving tests would come 
somewhere between job interviews and 
moving house in thE stress-inducing top 
ten. While Highwayman won't sort out sub- 
standard signalling or pitifully poor parking, 
it should certainly be of assistance to those 


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who struggle with the Highway Code. 
Highwayman is a quiz program featuring a 
total of 150 multiple choice questions, some 
based on pictures of road signs and others 
being text -only Betore beginning the quiz, it is 
possible to select the number of questions ol 
each Kind you will face, When you've finished 
struggling to remember the typical car slop- 
ping distance at 60mph and other such 
details, the program will present you wilh a 
percentage score. 

It’s a very simple idea but one which I’m 
sure will prove immensely popular. If there's 
one criticism I would make it is lhat often, two 
ol the three possible answers to a question 
are so obviously wrong that they stand oul a 
mile. Still, even when Ihis is the case the 
actual selection of the correct answer serves 
to aid recall at a later time. If Ihe big day is 
looming and your confidence is a little lacking, 
getting hold of Highwayman would be a good 
move. 

International Golf Demo 

Programmed by: Summit Software 

Available from: Saddle Tramps PD 


SplatterPaint 

Programmed by: Pete W Storonskij 

Available from: Roberta Smilh DTP 
Disk No- CU 1 Q 7 

I suspect SplatterPaint is aimed at younger Amiga 
users but thal does not stop if being an immensely 
entertaining program for children of all ages. That it has 
much in common with the grandfather of paint pro- 
grams, DPainl, is not especially surprising - practically 
every art package does, However, SplatterPaint has a 
special twist - it has a selection of messy drawing tools 
that are Ihe Amiga equivalent of those reception class 
aprons'on siopfests. 

Big coloured polygons can bo slapped onto pictures 
with a couple of clicks, and flower shapes are equally 
easily applied. But Ihe real fun begins when you selecl 
Ihe Spraycan. Scrawt some barely legible letters across 
(he screen and (hey will drip and splatter as il heing 
sprayed on a wall. Adjust the nozzle size and shape 
and then have another crack - it’s great fun and is sure 
to keep littlg fingers happily mouse clicking for hours at 
a time. 

SplatterPaint can also be used lor more serious art- 
work. All Ihe normal drawing tools such as dotted and 
continuous freehand lines, rectangles, circles and area 


fills are included too. For detailed work there is a basic 
magnification option and il is possible to cut, paste and 
flip blocks. The 64-colour palette 15 fully selectable and 
colours can be swapped, copied and spread over a 
range shades 

Admittedly, you are unlikely to produce a master- 
piece using SplatterPaint, but to be fair I am sure it’s 
not aimed at experienced graphics artists and it's hard 
to lind fault with such a diverting program, especially 
when it's free. 



Disk No. G294 

Golf is a difficult game to simulate effectively, 
which could be why I found a certain some- 
thing lacking in this demo of Summit 
Software's new release. Perhaps I'm being a 
little harsh, but since you'll only get a penny 
change out of fifteen quid for the full commer- 
cial release, I was a little bit frustrated by 
some of the gameplay ‘limitations. I just can’t 
put my finger on it though. The interface i<s 


l r ve a cfi;rnco fur a metro in *rngte figures 
- red cwn re ff this isn't real life 

functional enough, so it can't be that. 
Admittedly, sometimes it can bo easy to for- 
gel to alter Ihe shot direction because the 
program only does Ihis automatically when 
you are standing on the tee, but to be fair 
this is only a problem because I am used to 
Ihe 5 lightly different control systems of other 
golf games. 

I don't think if was Ihe graphics, which are 
attractive enough, if a little disappointing, 
considering the price tag It might have been 
the sound effects, allhough the facl that all I 
got was a high-pitched screeching noise 
may have been due to machine incompati- 
bility problems, and Ihese could be ironed 
out by Ihe final version. 

It could be that I was just hurrying too 
much, because the demo only lasts for three 
holes or five minutes. After several re-runs l 
did make it onto the third hole, but ihe first 
couple of limes I ran tho program the five 
minutes was spent deciphering the control 
system anyway. 

The full version boasts two full courses, a 
tournament option and 64 computer con 
troifed opponents. Unfortunately, based on 
this demonstration I don't think there will be 
many takers, especially considering the low 
prices of commercial rivals Microprose Golf 
and PGA Tour Golf these days. 



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Regular readers may remember that back in issue 82. Ihe Art Of The 
Month accolade was awarded to Simon Lea (or some stunning raytmeed 
graphics. He recently wrote 
again enclosing a selection 
of his latest work, whrqh is 
of an equally high standard 
and which he hopes to 
make available soon through 
the 24 BiE Club. Meanwhile, 

Simon is offering hts services 
at very competitive prices, for 
instance ho anticipates charg- 
ing around £30 for a highly 
detailed model. Anyone inter- 
ested should contact him at the 

On# or Simon iateat pjetores, 

address on trie ngnt. ana rypfe*Uy atunning ft fa too 




H um do moo 

want From me? 

Graham and Andy Dean 

14 Fielding Avenue. Poynton, 
Cheshire SKI 2 1YX 

KEW-II Software 

PO Box 672 r South Croydon. Surrey 
CR2 SYS 

(Tel: 01 SI -657 1617) 

Simon Leo 

Lupus Productions, 4A Brecon 
Square, Ramsgate, Kent CT12 6NS 
(Teh 01843 583756 after 6pm) 

QnLine PD 

1 The Cloisters, Halsall Lgne, Formby 
Liverpool L37 3PX 
(Tel: 01704 834335} 

Ali Prior 

10 Lovell Park Heights, Leeds 
LS7 1 DP 

Saddle Tramps PD 

1 Lower Mill Close. Golclthorpe, 
Rotherham S63 9 BY 
(Tel: 01709 888127} 

SAdENESS PD 

13 Russell Terrace, Mundesley, 
Norfolk NR11 8LJ 
(Tel: 01263 722169) 

Roberta Smith DTP 

1 SO Falloden Way. Hampstead Garde 
Suburb. London NW11 6JE 
(Tel: 0181-455 1626} 


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3706 eoo scramble 

Med. Wad Camel 

3705 DOS MAW 

Intensive Dos Tutorial 

3704 MULTITUDINOUS 

HP Menu System 

3703 THIRD DIMENSION SI 4 

3D cons Kit DIM Mag 

3702 ACT OF WAR MISSIONS 3 

Requires Registered Game. 

X3701 STARTUP & BACKDROPS 
Pictures For Work be nch 3 
37B0 (ABJ ROM M 
Sc ere DISK Mag 
X377& MOMENTS 
Gfeet AGA Demo 
3770 SANITY' ROOTS II 
Superb Seque®' 

3777 HD GAMES INSTALLER 3 

Inara Ms Dozens Of Mew Titles 

3770 BLITZ BLANKER V2.60 

Required MU I 

X3775 FIREMAN SAM 

Klondike Card set 

3774 ( ABJ MWE BACKDROPS 

6a sec On Startrek 

3773 1 EGlO NS OF DAW N 

FI Game Demo. 2 Mag Req 

3772 MOSAIC VI .36 

Latest Weisurfaf 

X3771 WALLACE S GROMIT 

Klondike Cartse) 

X3770I ROSIE £ JIM CARDSET 
For Klondike AGA. 

37Bd(AB| SHAREWO R L D #4 
Cytrercraft's Disk Mag 
3766 X FILES GUIDE' 

Xltles Serial Guide 
X3765 LECH DEMO 
AGA Demo F)om Freezers 
X3764 REN t STIMPY CARDSET 
For Klordkie AGA 
X3763 THIRD DIMENSION #13 
3D Cons Kit Qi&kmag 
3752 MORSE OQDE TRAINER 
Leam Morse The Eisy Way 
3751 HARDWARE PROJECTS 
Nov Where's Thai Hammer 1 
3760 ROBS HOT GAMES #1 5 
Includes Air Tixi> 

3759 ROBS HOT LOTTERY STASH 
Won A M ii on Yet ? Nash! 

3750 MAGiC SELECTOR Vt. 7 
Changes SFXEtc On Bootup 
X3757 FR ACT ASM CARDSET 
For All Klondike? 

X3756 EROTICA CARDSET 
For All Klondike* 

3755 NEW UTILS 012 
Nev Bsich Of Hd U tils 


375* NEW UTILS Si! 

Even More Utils! 

3753 MWE ICONS &, BRUSHES 
More Stash For Magic Workbench 
3752 ROBS HOT STASH 039 
Another Hflt UIU& Comp 
3751 BROWSER II V3.03 
Superb Multi Window File Manage? 
3 750 RO BS HOT STASH #38 
More He# Utils From Rod 1 
3749 TERM V* 3 EXTRAS * UBS 
HD Required! 

3740 TERM V4.3 036 VERSION 
Indudes Locale. 

1747 TERM V* 3 * LOCALE 
Archived With LHA wo Installer 1 
3746 IMAGE ENGINEER VI 1 
Image Processing App 
37*5 NEW POSES CARDSET 
For AH Klondike* 

3744 DELI TRACKER 2 V2 14 
Superb Music Player* 

3743 VIRUS WORKSHOP V5 1 
Kills AJl Known Germs . Dead! 

3742 RC&S HOT VIRUS KILLERS 
The Latest Of The Be^tl 
X3741 |ABi MELCHIOR DEMO 
AGA A HD Only Demdi 
3740 SPACED OUT! 

2 Stipe rfc Platformers For Kids! 
X3739 DYNAMICS AG A 
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X3730 TEMPLE OF DECEASE 
Great AGA Demo! 

X173? GENERATIONS CARDSET 

F« Kfondike AGA 

X3736 PREHISTORIC CARDSET 

For Kfcnchke AGA 

3735 ENDURANCE DEMO 

30 Cons Kit Gam e 

3734 TEXTURE STUDIO VI ,0.2 

Imagine Texture Manipulator 

3732 PC TASK V3.1 

PC Emulator Upgrade 

373 1 KING HIGH 

Original Card Game- 

3730 SPONDULIX MARK V 

Shareware Account* Ffog 

3729 PRO LOTTERY 

Still Probably Wont Win! 

3728 DISK COMPRESSION UTILS 
Not For Beginner* 1 
3727 rAEl GRAPEVINE 21 
A1 L#SLI! The Wait IS Over! 

3726 ROBS HOT STASH #37 
Full Of H<* Ware* l Again? 

3725 YET MORE MW B ICONS 
Tens Of Emi 

3724 INTERNET UTILS 2 
More Stash For Netsuifefi 


X3723 DREAMGIftLS CARDSET 

for Ki on tike .AGA 

X3?22 BIROS CARDSET 

The Feathered Type For KJonake 

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Another Klondike Set 

3720 THE WORD ISSUE #& 

NFa Scene Disk Mag 
3719 (AB) MAG E #6 
Sci-Fi Disk Mag! 

3710 PSYCH EUAL 
Alien Breed Clone (ish) 

X3717 (ASC) GREENDAY DEMO 
HD Only AGA Demo 
X371G (AB| SUN SLIDESHOW 
Hand Drawn AGA Pis. 

X3715 (ABJ DREAMWALKEfl 

Another AGA Demo 

X3714 (ABCDI MAN ON THE MOON 

HD 4 Meg Fast, 2 Meg Chib Demo 

3713 MICROM.ARKET V3 

Have A Game On The Stock market 

3712 1AB> CYBERPUNK NOW #5 

More Cyberpunkisn Articles 

3711 NEWICQNS 
Archived With NO Installer' 

3716 (ABODE? | PROJECT UFO 
some imerestJrHj Stuff Here' 

37 W IMAGE DESK Vt 5 
Create Thumbnail Per 
37&a VARK7 
More Ctl Utils From \terk 
3707 VIRUS WORKSHOP 4 S 
Mo si Dpi o Date Killer Available 
3706 JET SET WILLY 3 
Superb Conversion! 

3705 BATTLE DUEL ECS 
Scorched Tanks In Hi-Res. 

X37&4 BATTLE DUEL AGA 
A* Above. But AGA Only 
3703 SPRINGTIME 
Infuriating Puzzle Game' Superb' 

3702 SCORCHED TANKS VI 05 
Suped* Tank V Tank Classic! 

XS701 KYLlE CARDSET 
For Klondike 2 A, 3 
X37M PLAYBOY CARDSET 
QooeH Klondike 1 ,2 Or 3 Missus! 
X36&9 OCEAN CARDSET 
Another Set For Klontike 1 ,2 Or 3 
X3690 NBA CARDSET 
Klondike 1 ,2 Or 3 

X3&&7 STEPH SEYMOUR CARDSET 
You Guessed' VI .2 or 3 
X3&M RECORD COVERS CARDSET 
Jus! For Klondike 2 & 3 
3695 SUPER DM$ 

'ifcrsien i 4 Easy To u«e 
3$04 (ABJ BLOX 
Lieenoeware Demo Puzzle 


3693 RED DWARF OUIZ 
Test Your Dwarf t.O f 
3692 LAST LAP VI 0 
Shareware Onvirig Game 
3691 TS MORPH V3.2 
Superb Morphing Package 
X3690 DRAGONS UVR CARDSET 
Klondike 3,2 Or 3 
3609 MRflACKUP PRO V2.2 0 
HD &. SCSI a reamer Backup 
X36S0 SWAZ BLANKER AG A V2 7 
Superb AGA Screen Blanker 
3S87 <AB1 DEEP DEMO 
Oflenng From Pirailen Superb! 

3686 HYDROCEPHALUS II 
Svperh Demo By Erjuinox 
3685 MANUAL OVERRIDE DEMO 
Greal Demo From Subaad 
3684 RESPONSE DEMO 
Nice Offenng From Avalon 

3663 THE COMPACT CAMERA 
A Beginners T ulanaJ 

3662 CAMERA FUNCTIONS 
Another Photo Tutorial 
3681 GLASSBACK2 
Platforms & Ladders Game 
X36S0 PSSST AGA 
Remember The Old Speocy ClawicY 
3679 NIGHTMARE B4 XMAS 
Klondike Cardset 

3670 iABj IRRESPONSIBLE ART 

2 Drives Requires Hand Drawn Art* 
X3677 OMEN DEMO 
Nice AGA. Demo 

3676 i ABj FAG EST REAM F - G PATCH 
Latest Software Patch Update 
X3$75 1 ABC J CARD GAMES DELUXE 
All Games Use REKG Cardseii! 

3674 lABl GLOBAL FACTS 
Lots Of Interesting FatiS I 
3673 ROBS HOT GAMES #14 
Another Whopping Colleclieil! 

3672 rAB i THIRD DIMENSION #t 2 
3D Cons Kit Useri Mag 

3671 DOMINOES 

One To Buy Fo» Your Grandad' 

X367C i ABC j BIG GIRLS II AGA Ower 
Not Called Big For Ncaningi 
3669 ICON TOOLBOX V2 12 
Lots OT Icon Utils! 

3668 WORD SEARCH DESIGNER 
Design War dsea rches Of Course 1 
3667 GCSE MATHS EXAM PAPERS 
Should REALLY Help With Revision! 
3666 AMlGADOS GUIDE VI .5 
Am ga Tutorial For WB2* 

3665 iABi CLASS E LUNAR MODULE 
Nice Lunar Lander ^nation 

3664 ROBS HOT STASH #36 
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w I am shortly lo buy the much 
I __ f \ j'j praised SquirretSCSI adapter 
> vi from HiSoft to connect a i 
540Mb SCSI hard disk which 
was given: to me hy my father As you 
can guess. I his is a drastic change from 
my simple dual floppy-based system and 
i am looking forward lo no more disk 
swaps and having Workbench available 
instantly. 

My falher has also suggested I get 
hold of some disk backup and matnie- 
nance software and I have decided on 
AMI Tools and backup software. He also 
says that ideally, I should invest in a 
tape drive device for a fast and conve- 
nient backup storage device Will 
SquirrelSCSi and, indeed, AMI Back 
work with such devices? 

J Samuels, Prestwicfi 

^ The SqulrrelSCSS software 
: doesn't explicitly support 
^ -■ tape drives. They do show up 
as SCSI devices on the SCSI 
chain and it's simply a matter for 
third-party software AMI Back in your 
case, to access this device directly. 

Tape devices are certainly one of 
the best methods of backing up hard 
drives and I would think that you 
shouldn't have any problems with 
SqulrrelSCSI and AMI Back communi- 
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HiSoft. the suppliers of SpuirrelSCSk 
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Every time I switch on my Amiga 
9 500, the power light flashes and 
(he screen goes green, What's 
wrong? 1$ it time to buy an A 1200 now? 

H Moore, London 


C Go on, he a devil and treat 
\dj yourself to an A 1200, you 
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need of help — 

Coloured screens usually mean a com- 
ponent problem. Most of the major chips 
in an A500 ere socketed, so it's possible, 
but not guaranteed, that one has come 
loose. Open up your A6QQ and push all 
the socketed chips down, making sure 
you have switched off the power and 
touched something earthed to get rid of 
any static first though. 

lilassat then? 

* li Having recently bought a second- 
\ r hand At 200 and being very new 
- to Amigas, I was wondering if you 
could tall me what the rectangular hole at 
the back of my A12Q0 (right next to the 
mouse port) is for. Has somelhmg important 
been removed? 

M Timperty, Warrington 


t Don't worry, nothing important 
is missing, Usually, that hole 
is covered by a blanking plate. 
The hole is simply there for any third- 
party hardware developers to use for 
their expansion boards if needed, 
although I don’t know of anyone who 
has taken advantage of ft yet, 

> 


Tf l'm not an impatient person, or even one 
' ^ given to bouts of violence, but if I have to lis- 
ten to the floppy disk clicking noise anymore 
when the drive is empty I will be driven to taking a 
impfemenl of substantial mass to my newly acquired 
A 1200. Please, please tell me how to stop it before I 


built in to one program, most important in your 
case is the NoCIick function which can be easily 
activated via the MultiCX Prets utility which 
accompanies MuIttCX on our CoverDisk, 

Once activated, you can say good riddance to 
those clieky drive blues, Hurrah for MultiCX. 


snap. 


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Oh dear, the 
age old and 


u nder stand - 
ably annoying dicky 
drive problem rears its 
ugly head again. It's 
good to see newcom- 
ers are still entering 
the Amiga scene and is 
a good reason for 
Escom to get Amiga 
production up and 
running again. 

Vour problems are 
easily solved. Simply 
refer to our July issue 
CoverDisk, specifically 


CoverDisk number 2. 


On here you will find a 
brilliant utility called 
MultiCX. This little 
wonder of wonders 
has many features 


A C OWtsy. Sedtordsivrr A f Muff ICJTs many features rs ihe Nvpitck funutiaa 

which turn* off Iha arniayifa# drive clicking 




AUGUST 1995 


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TECHNICAL 



the following programs; 

1 . Magic User Interface 

2. Any program that can convert IMG 
clipart to standard IFF clipart 

3. A program that will help me create 
ANIM files from a collection pt IFF 
pictures, I have tried MakeAnim but could 
not get it to work as it kepi crashing my 
system. 

All the programs must run on my 
System which is an A500+, 4Mb RAM, 
40Mb A500-HD+ hard drive and a A57Q 
CD-ROM. 

O Elliot North Hykeham, Lincoln 


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I am 14-years old and have set 
my sights on a career in computer 
programming. I currently have an 
Amiga and would like your thoughts on 
which programming language to choose 
from. 

I am interested in C and assembly lan- 
guages as these seem to be the choice 
for most games programmers. Which one 
would be the one to learn for a games 
programming environment? 

G Watson, Essex 


' Today’s games programmers 
L j> are generally using a mix of the 
two. The core of the game code 
is often written in C to aid portability and 
reduce development time. Then, any 
areas which need to be fast and efficient 
are written as assembler routines and 
incorporated into the main game code. 

Therefore, to have an advantage over 
other people pursuing careers in games 
programming, you should ideally have 
good working knowledge of both. 


Your first question is easily 
* answered and you may even 
have it already if you regularly 
buy Amiga Computing (you do don't 
you?) Mill can be found on the 
CoverDisks of our July Issue. It's a 
fully-registered version exclusive 
to Amiga Computing and Is simply 
brilliant. 

il think the new owners of 
Commodore - Escom - should have a 
chat with Stefan Stuntz, the author 
of MUI, to incorporate his code into 
a newer version of the operating 
system when they get around to re- 


establishing Amiga production and 
development, f came up blank on your 
second program for converting IMG 
clip art to IFF. You could try one of the 
many DTP packages around, which 
may let you import an IMG image and 
export it to the required type, but buy- 
Ing a complete DTP package for this 
sole purpose may be a tad expensive. 

Any readers out their know of a suit- 
able utility which can do this? Finally, 
the program you need for creating 
ANIM files from IFFs is cailed 
MainActor, which can be found in the 
public domain. 


I have recently last a disk with some irnpbr- 
J tent information on it due to a spillage acci- 
dent involving a coffee mug and my way- 
ward elbow. I was wondering if there is any 
cleaning kit which Can clean the actual magnetic 
media inside the disk casing for situations like this? 

L Peters. Somerset 

There are no such cleaning kits available 

C r Tm afraid, The magnetic material inside 

■ 'r- floppy disks is rather delicate and 
susceptible to scratches . 

However, I recently had a coffee incident with 
my Lightwave installation disks but did manage 
to save them, | shall relate the whole sorry story 
to you, which begins shortly after I recovered 
from the shock and managed to stop swearing 
profusely. Once upon a time, ..(let's not get too 
carried away eh? - Ed), 

The first thing I did was soak up the excess 
coffee on the exterior of the disks using simple 
kitchen roll. Next, I grabbed the bottle of 
cleaning fluid which comes with the many disk 
drive cleaning kits on the market. Such fluid is 
often alcohol based and Is good at dispersing 
unwanted stains, while quickly evaporating. 

At this point, my coffee- stained disks were 
starting to gel a little sticky, so I proceeded to 
put drops of the cleaning fluid on the disk cov- 
ers. rubbing it In with my finger. This seemed to 
disperse the sticky coffee residue and. because 
most cleaning fluid evaporates quickly and eas- 
ily, it left the disk covers dry and a lot cleaner, 
The next tricky step was dealing with the 
metal slider which protects the magnetic media 
inside the disk case. As you can probably 
guess, the slider was not at all wall. A healthy 
slider quickly snaps closed when you release it 
thanks to the little spring hidden away inside. 


The coffee saw to if that this was not going to be 
the case any more and made the slider stick 
open and feel as if it was moving over a layer of 
treacle. 

Carefully, ( doused the outside of the slider 
with cleaning fluid and gently rubbed it in to the 
particularly sticky spots, letting it dry. Next, I 
carefully lifted the slider so I could get under- 
neath it. Be careful not to bend It too far or it 
won't lie fiat anymore, causing it to stick in the 
disk drive. It could also spring completely off. 

Now that I could get under the slider, I pro- 
ceeded to douse the underside of the slider and 
the surface area of the cover which the slider 
moves over with cleaning fluid - release the 
slide and try moving it back and forth a number 
of times, and keep adding more cleaning fluid 
until the slider starts to move freely, it may take 
quite a few minutes to get rid of all the sticky 
coffee residue, so be patient. 

The next nail-biting step was to tackle the cof- 
fee which was actually on the magnetic surface 
of the delicate disk inside the casing. The first 
thing to remember is to never touch the magnet- 
ic media with anything that can scratch the 
surface - you can t get rid of a scratch. 

Looking at the spots of sticky coffee on the 
magnetic surface of my expensive Lightwave 
disks made me cringe at this poinl. So, with 
trembling hand, I started to put drops of clean- 
ing fluid on the disk surface, rotating the disk as 
I did so. You will probably notice that the clean- 
ing fluid quickly spreads across the surface, 

I then began lo turn the disk using a pen on 
the round metal hub at the back of the floppy 
disk. Inside all floppy disk cases is a layer of 
soft white fabric which. I presume, helps keep 
the surface clean. This helps clean up the clean- 
ing fluid (and hopefully the coffee stains too) as 


the disk rotates. Keep doing this until the clean- 
ing fluid has dried and there don't seem to be 
any coffee stains in sight. 

Eventually, you should end up with a much 
cleaner disk. The next step is to find out whether 
It still works. At this point, I must point out that 
there is a risk that any coffee residue still on the 
disks will probably find its way onto your floppy 
disk drives heads. The risk is yours and will 
depend on how desperate you ere to retrieve 
your disks, so keep that disk drive cleaning kit 
handy. 

You should now dig out your best disk copier 
and, making sure the verify option is enabled, 
proceed to back up your disks. During this 
process, you will soon find out whether there 
are problems with your disks because the copier 
will probably display errors. 

However, if you are lucky, the disk wilt copy 
without problems and you can then try and use 
any programs or data using the backups. In my 
case, I simply ran the Lightwave installation 
process to a temporary partition to see if it 
worked. 

And it worked perfectly indeed. Frankly, I was 
pleasantly surprised and would not recommend 
this process unless the data you are trying to 
save Is worth the risk of mucking up your disk 
drives heeds. I would guess, though, that any 
liquid finding Its way onto the heads will easily 
be cleaned with a cleaning kit. and replacement 
disk drives are quite cheap anyway. 

Certain things this incident has taught me is 
that there is hope of rescue should this unhappy 
state of affairs re-occur, that floppy disks are 
best kept in floppy disk cases, coffee best kept 
in the mug, and always to make backups. So 
invest in a good quality disk box and take extra 
care when drinking at your computer. The end. 


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AUGUST 1995 


O nformation Access/ These are the 
key words to Ihe '90s representing a 
global change in thinking about how 
we get the knowledge we need. 

As the Internet swells with thousands of 
new users everyday, the media have hailed 
the dawn ol a new era in which everyone can 
create a page that can then be read by 
anyone else, anywhere else in the world. 

The paper publishers have been keen to 
jump on the bandwagon, and the gravity of 
this cultural change has become many a 
magazine's pet subject. Much has been 
claimed on behalf of the Internet, with some 
writers arguing it represents the biggest evolu- 
tionary step for publishing since William 
Caxlon set up his first press in 1471 , 

They may well be proven nght. Until recent- 
ly, however, the net has lacked the content 
and style necessary to attract the average 
person used to the slick presentation of news 
and features they get from mainstream media, 
The amount of information avail- 
able was always vast, but finding 


computer buffs could be like Itying to find the 
proverbial needle in a haystack, 

Things are changing, though, with major 
newspapers and magazines all over the 
world slaking out their Glaums on the Internet. 
From Time magazine to the New York Times, 
the huge monoliths of traditional publishing 
are creating mirror entities in cyberspace, 
and already the standard of news and infor- 
mation coverage for net users is on the rise, 

GRAND OPENING 

The event thal marked Ihe significance of 
the net lo commercial publishers in Ihe UK. 
however, was Ihe opening of The Electronic 
Telegraph's she on the 15 November, 1994. 
The fact that such a powerful and respected 
force In publishing had taken this step was 
enough to make competitors sit up and take 
electronic services seriously. 

Having been m existence for less than a 
year, The Electronic Telegraph (ET) is a new- 
born babe m comparison to its tra- 
ditional sibling. On the new fron- 
lier of electronic, publishing, how- 
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that would no! normally read the Dad, 
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there can be no doubt about ihe site - 
popularity. 

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free communal nature of the Internet. 

"Our view at (he moment is that we're in 
tie D-usiness of building a readership and we 
n ! think we can charge people to come in 
and read the news headlines," says Drayton 
"Where we think we're going to make our 
money in the long term is through advertising 
■ m rough value-added services." 

This second idea hints at a multi-levelled 
Me at which the basic news is frge bul where 
/■her services carry a charge. Drayton 
•-■f plained: ‘We couid give someone some- 
frmg they actually want, like in-depth sports 
x financial information. Or it could be that we 
mail (hem information relevant to a subject 
they warn on a regular basis." 

Whatever charged services do eventually 
appear, however. Drayton acknowledged that 
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v sewhere, ’‘We've seen in the newspaper 
:;p-down-tree world that we‘re involved in a 
i ‘ ce war that doesn't look like ending, and in 
order to remain profitable and 
; ve our readers high-gualrty 


Transfer speed is arguably the biggest technical 
problem faced by electronic publications at pre- 
sent Considering we re all used to targe glossy 
photographs and designs in traditional papers end 
magazines. It's not surprising if Web sites can 
seem painfully stow to plough through. 

Commonly referred to as The bandwidth prob- 
lem the delay in the amount of time it lakes to get 
a desired page on screen is going to have to be 
overcome before Web publications can become 
pert of the everyday home. What makes matters 
worse is that the more attractive the product, the 


longer it takes to read thanks to the fact if probably 
has more memory consuming graphics. 

Publishers ere therefore hoping for increased 
transfer speeds, so when ISON, e digital network 
replaces the analogue network that most Infernei 
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available 

in the meantime, publishers are having to bei 
a nee graphics against downloading times so the 
best products are giving thumbnail previews of 
photographs and images 


information we need to be getting money 
from new revenue services." 

He continued: “Longer, longer term we 
don t want to be giving sluff away free. But 
the way things are looking at the moment, 
advertising is the most probable way □( 
sustaining a decent product," 

The prospect of having a paper which ts 
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be very funny or full of worthwhile informa- 
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are well designed." says Collin. “Sul that has 
to be balanced against the probFems of deliv- 
ery speed. At the moment, because ot techn<- 
cal limitations, people aren't getting interna- 
lion on-screen as fast as they'd like." 

And learning .how best lo use and improve 
the technology is just one of the chaltenges 
thal electronic magazines have to face. The 
electronic publishers are currently jusl feeling 
their way into a new market, and what 
Internet users are going to want now and in 
the future is still a matter of uncertainty. 

An issue thal they'll certainly have to face 
arises from the international dimensions of 
the Internet, Publications like ET and Time 
Oul Nel have been set up by national pub- 
lishers, yet their net products are open (o 
access from all around the world. ET. for 
example, gets 35 per cant of its readership 
from abroad, some of which are expats bul 
many others are Americans or English- 
speaking Europeans. 

INTERNATIONAL STATUS 

Time Oul Wei has a similarly international 
readership, and Matthew Collin agreed that 
some publishers are going to have to 
adapt to expand into the bigger picture. 
“There are a lot of sites thal are very 
localised," he said. "But yes, if you're a 
commercial site you need accessors from 
Ihe States because that's the biggest area, 
so you have to lake a look at what 
the Americans are going !o make of your 
product." 

The message is clear then: Publishing on 
the Web is a whole new ball game. Some of 
the net publishers may have decades of 
experience with traditional print behind 
them, bul on the new frontier represented 
by the internet, everyone's just learning the 
basics. 

So what about the future, you may well 
ask? Is it possible that Web publications will 
be able to borrow the best assets of both 
printed and broadcast information services? 

There doesn't seem to be any reason 
why not. TV broadcasting has the impact of 
film fooiage wilh sound but ihe viewers 
can't choose which stories to watch and 
which ones to ignore, Newspapers and 
magazines, on the other hand, allow read- 
ers to browse and focus on the stories that 
appeal to therm, but at limes a thousand 
words can't replace a brief video clip, 

For the moment, though, the paper and 
print publications don't have too much to fear 
from their on-line counterparts. In fact, the 
electronic publishers am honest enough to 
admit that nothing is certain m these early 
days. ‘It's like so many of these things/ 
Collin admits, "No one really knows:" /yy 


The future is here 

The Web is currently being flooded with new newspaper and magazine 
sites every month, so by the time this article makes it into print a whole 
batch of new publications will have come on line. Here's just a taste of 
what's available at the time of writing: 


The Guardian 

httpjfwww. gok) r ne tfottfote/ 
Limiled to Arts and Archives at 
the moment, it's likely that the 
Guardian's online presence will 
expand in the future. 

The Electronic Telegraph 

httpJ/www teiograph. co. uk 
The first electronic broadsheet in 
the UK, ET ■$ still leading the way 

San Jose Mercury News 

htlpyywAw.sfmercury. corrvbtzhtm} 
An excellent service that's charg- 
ing subscriptions for full use - but 
rather heavy on the graphics 


Time Out Net 

htpy/www. timeout, oo.uk 
The new and improved on-line 
guide to what's hot in the city 

Penthouse Magazine 

http:/Aimw.penthousemag> com/ 
Sofl porn makes it onto the 
'net with a site that’s heavily 
overburdened 1 with traffic 

Time Magazine 

http://www. timeirsc.cofn'time/mag 
azin&rnag&zinOrhlmt 
The huge American weekly mag- 
azine increases its distribution via 
its Web sibling 


closer collaboration between publishers and 
advertisers, not to mention a more innovative 
approach to exploit the new medium's 
potential. 

“We'll see a lot more advertising which is 
linked to editorial," says Drayton. If we've 
done an article on a trip abroad we could 
make a fink to a company that could 
book you a ticket, It’s not neces- 
sarily advertorial but 
advertising which relates to what 
you're talking about, so that 
people aren't having stuff thrust 
down their face, bul there's infor- 
mation available if you want it." 

Despite the challenges of setting 
up a major electronic newspaper 
and making it profitable, Drayton 
insists it's a worthwhile venture. He cites 
immediate worldwide distribution with 
reduced costs, and ease of access for 
those working with computers, as jusl two 
major advantages of electronic publishing 
over the traditional method. 

He also believes electronic publishing pre- 
sents no threat to traditional publications' 
sales for the moment, partly because people 
will always want the lightweight portability of 
papers and magazines. On the other hand, he 
refutes the argument that the traditional paper 
is easier tor a reader to browse through and 
select what they want. People who are used 
using on-line services 


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the world 


convenient." he contends. "Articles are given 
the same weight in terms of space and you 
Can cruise inside things you want to read in 
more depth." 

With new readers joining up everyday, the 
confidence at ET so far seems justified, bul 
even this high profile 'net service is having to 
cope with its fair share of teething problems. 
Most recently, the introduction of a new pass- 
word registration system pushed ET s com- 
puters to the limit. This meant even those reg- 
istered previously couldn't get on to the site 
and Ihe whole situation became, in Drayton's 
words, a bit touch and go. I was a bit uncom- 
fortable for a couple ot days," he later 
confessed. 

In comparison to most Electronic publica- 
tions appearing on the 'net, however, ET has 
a wealth of on-line experience behind it. By 
contrast Time Out Net, offspring of the best- 
selling city-listings magazine, is still very 
much in its infancy. Despite being only a Tew 
weeks old, however, there's an air of profes- 
sionalism in Time Out's Web pages that 
bodes well for, the future. Offering features, 
information and events listings with guides for 
seven European cities, the site boasts an 
appealing layout and has already been 
praised as one of the best on-line pu blications 
by tho specialist press. 

Time Out Net's early success, far from 
being a matter of chance, however, is owed 
largely to Ihe fact that the editorial team have 
identified and avoided flaws present in the 
majority of web sites. 

"Everyone wants to get their toe 
# in ihe water," said editor Matthew 
Collin. "But we really felt we 
had to offer some sort of solid 
content rather than jusl a glori- 
fied advert for Time Out, Most 
people have got over last 
year's 'World Wide Web. isn’t 
it wonderful' buzz, and this 
year it's going to be all about 
content." 

The team is also aware that 
people are expecting something 
new from web publications, rather 
than just an on-screen version of 
what's been available in print for decades. 
Collin is already looking at ways of combining 
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SOFTWARE 


light Rom E 


Reviewed back in issue 65, the first Light 
Rom collection gained the distinction of 
being the only CD (and indeed one of Ihe 
only products in general) to receive full 
marks in almost every category, Compiled 
by Michael Meshew, the high standard of 
objects on show and the accessibility of the 
CD placed it head and shoulders above rival 
offerings for 3D modellers. 

Now, the collection has been updated in 
an attempt to improve on the original, and 
once again Lighi Rom 2 is pitched purely at 
the Light wa ve/Toaster market - which is 
more the pity for Imagine users. 

For those who didn't gel the first disc, 
what makes the series so appealing to use 
is the fact that all objects are catalogued 
with thumbnail renderings, allowing for 
instant previewing. This is much better than 
having to search the disc by loading each 
object into Lightwave. 

Part of the 30QMbs of new material 
should please Toaster users thanks to the 
inclusion of new wipes and a range of CG 
fonts. Everyone, however, will benefit from 
the expanded textures drawer which now 
features a collection of Kevin Lude's back- 
grounds, all of which were originally only 
available commercially. 

As usual, the compiler has added some 
handy utilities to help buyers make the most 
of the CD, including Show Object, a program 
which allows for the viewing of lightwave 
objects in Directory Opus or even on 
Workbench. Since this program has a facility 
for simple wire frame manipulation of the 
object, it's another feature which allows far 
speedy 3D previewing. 

Those who wish lo create animated titles 
for their Lightwave animations should also 
rake a look at Bluff Tiller, This useful freebie 
allows tor the manipulation of text, wild 
explode- 1 ! implode effects and the ability to 
overlay text on video being just a few of this 
gem's simple, fun features. Thankfully, 
there’s a PAL version too. 

Otherwise „ this update has maintained the 
quality control of Ihe original and has 
expanded in some useful areas. With 
such high standards at such a reasonable 
price, this series looks set to stay the ulti- 
mate Ugh Wave CD tool for a long time to 
come. 


The bottom line 



Product Light Rom 2 
Supplier: PD Soft 
Tel: 01702 466933 
Price: £39.99 


Ease of use 

I m p 1 e mental io n 
Value for money 
Overall 


9 

9 

10 

9 



Here's a double CD collection we were looking forward to 
receiving - the idea of including a library of sounds and 
images in the same package could well have proved an 
excellent CD tool for those looking lo save money . 

Sadly, however, this I OOOMb compilation proves to be 
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audience than thg- unbeatable Ami net CDs. Whereas the 


seem to work as well as CDs which include prop-- 
AmigaGuides. Despite these shortfallings, though. 
Hottest 5 is still worth a look for those who want a bit * 
everything, 


Hottest collection tries to balance serious computing with 
a healthy selection of games and demos, 

On the serious side, there’s Hard Utilities 2000 which 

Ihe bottom line 

includes tecchie yel invaluable programs Itke ABackup. a 

decent PD back up system, and Virus Checker v.6 29, a 
powerful though not guile up-tChdate version of the excel- 
lent virus killer. There's also the latest version of 
BnoopDOS, a program which will log all DOSflibrgry calls 
and more when a program is run. This is useful for locat- 
ing problems, and with the addition of an improved 
interface it stands out as a highlight in the collection. 

Other items in Iho pick and mix collection include 
Toaster textures by Thomas Dawson, the cheep hut 
cheerful graphic converter Image Studio, and a number 
of educational programs like the A to Z Pain! Pad, 
There's at least as much fun material for more 

Product: Hottest 5 
Supplier: PD Soft 
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Price: £19.99 

Ease of use 5 

Implementation 7 

Value for money 7 

Overall 7 




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tocus of the product is almost exclusively on the audio side 
’ things. As far as graphics are concerned, there appear 
be a number of utilities, many of which are easily 
available elsewhere anyway. 

Even rf you ignore this fact and assess the product just 
as a sound collection, however, there are still a number of 
serious (laws. Most serious of these is the almost complete 
lack o\ organisation of sound files into easy-to-use groups. 
Basically. Ihe only sub-divisions are between samples and 
* odulgg. From there on, finding the type of sound required 
nothing more than hit and miss searching through 
thousands of files incongruously thrown together. 

Admittedly, it would lake a lot of work on someone’s 
■‘ihalf, but categorising sounds into basic drawers like 
Special Effects", 1 House Music 1 , and 'Melal 1 is vital if a 
-ompilalion like this is going to be of use to most people. 

In fairness, the samples and mods on offer are belter in 
“'-■rms of quality than some of the other sound libraries 
av a liable, and dipping into a collection like this is always 
“ un Plenty of silly samples, for example, can be found for 
. velty purposes - Porky Pig’s evil laugh turned out to be 
3 popular sample to accompany error messages in the 
tfice. It's also good to see an impressive range of tools 
■: uded such as Ihe latest versions of Sound Tracker, Pro 


Tracker, MED and a number of rippers. Whafs more, 
Ihere s no complaining about quantities of material, as both 
CDs are choc full 

Nevertheless, The Sound Library and Graphics 
Workshop only warrants a very lukewarm recommenda- 
tion. Ifs no worse than many of its rivals, but with a bit of 
organisation it could have been so much better.. 


Ihe bottom line 


Product The Sound Library and 
Graphics Workshop. 
Supplier. PD Soft 
Tel: 01702 466933 
Price: £19.99 




Ease of use 


Implementation 
Value for money 
Overall 


4 

6 

7 

6 



This month 


the update of the best 3D CD collection 


improvements and reuietos a 




Graphics Sensation 


An other collection of mai- 
nly PD 3D objects, Graphic 
Sensations is not short of 
Tiaterial for both Imagine 
and Lightwave. Whal's 
more, in contrast to many 
of the CDs this month, 
everything has boon 
grouped and subdivided 
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.atsgories. 



seems that sometimes compilers will stick anything on a I 
disc to pad out the space. If they had to fill gaps, however, 
a few more animations wouldn't have gone amiss instead. 

Those requiring backgrounds will go to the texture 
drawer, though many of them seem of only mediocre 
quality when compared to some examples on the 
Textures CD also reviewed. AH (he same, as part of the 
general collection they a worthwhile extra. 

There's nothing particularly fresh or outstanding about 
Graphics Sensation, but it does represonl good value tor 
anyone who hasn’t bought a 3D collection previously. 


Predictably, a lot of ihe objects have been seen before. 
Objects such as the Viewpoint hammerhead shark and 
:nevy r for example, tom up on just about every 3D oollec- 
t on available, so this CD is only heartily recommended lo 
'* ose who haven’t bought an object collection up to this 
point. 

Categories covered include anatomy, gears and video 
' r Imagine, and holidays, aviation and environment for 
--gntWave, which al least means it's not all Baby ton 5 and 
Star Trek np offs. 

.A lew animations have also been added including the 
5 7Mb Jumpgato - which for some reason only appeared 
- grey scale when we viewed it - and the Space 
Animation by Samuel Rees, 

More bizarrely, however, there’s also a directory full of 
A_ niga Com ms tools like NComm and Term. How these 

sde their way onto a graphics CD Tm not sure, but it 


The bottom line 


Product: Graphic Sensations 
Supplier: Epic 
Tel: 01793 490988 
Price: £19.99 


Ease of use 


Imp levnentat i on 
Value for money 
Overall 


8 

6 

8 

7 


Amiga Computing 


iQHture Callerif 




It ssems I hat textures are thrown in to pad 
oul almost every new CD puf on the 
market, but lor anyone who finds ihem 
regularly uselul in their work, here's a CD 
that concentrates exclusively in this field. 

The good news is it's another fish image 
collection done in the style of the Light 
Rom series, which means thumbnail 
images whrch allow for easy previewing of 
all the pictures on the CD. Flicking through 
this catalogue gives a good impression of 
the wide variety of texture types available. 

Simple brick backgrounds may not be 
fascinating in themselves but they're 
always useful for a wide range ol applica- 
tions, and even these basic piclures 
have an air of quality with reasonably 
professional lighting. 

There are also backdrops which have 
obviously been designed with presenta- 
tions in mind. The Brownbox or Diamond 
iFFs, for example, would make good 
backgrounds for bullel points and text. 

One complaint must be aimed at the 
claim that ihis is a huge double-CD 
collection- The thing is, when you actually 
look at the CD ft becomes clear that 
so much space has been taken up 
because the same images have been 
convert Ed across six formats. How many 
Amiga users are going to find SGI format 
textures handy ? 

Otherwise, it's a good quality and highly 
usable CD, though how many people are 
going to pay this price just for backgrounds 
remains lo be seen. 






The bottom line 


Product: Textures Gallery 
Supplier. PD Soft 
Tel: 01702 466933 
Price: £39 99 


Ease of use 


implementation 
Value for money 
Overall 


9 

8 

7 

8 


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nrrl the release of Lightwave 4.0. kinematics 
ivas the de facto stalking-horse, constantly 
• igged from the stable when anyone felt the 
need to give Lightwave a good kicking. 

Thanks to the arrival of Fiber Factory, 
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•jmp laxities of handling huge numbers ot 
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-lick procedure,, 

The only thing you need to create any kind 
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zirow. Assuming you've loaded a sphere into 
the software, the effect would apply to 
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pom-pom, 

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sphere, you could simply go into modeller, 
copy the area in question, paste it into anot- 
her layer, save it, and Ihen load this in as 
,our object. If you then regenerated the hair. 
?aved the resulting model, and loaded this 
nto modeller, your follically-challenged 
i.phure would now have a luxurious head of 
hair. 

SPECIFICS 

This ability to dissect a model and add 
ribres to a specific area, and in a specific 
style , is an incredibly powerful means of com- 
bining styles on the same object. Adding a 
moustache to the same sphere would simply 
■lean copying the appropriate area and: 
defining a shorter and rougher look for those 
'fores. Better still, when the software gener- 
ates hbres it doesn't retain tho enisling model 
- only the actual fibres or wig make up the 
new hairy object. 

As a resull. when the fibres combine with 
their original template object there's no nsk ot 
rendering errors or unnecessary polygons, 
i he new wig simply fits perfectly onto the 
area or object you used to create it, 

As you see from the interface screen shot. 
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you simple load the objacl, adjust the settings 
jnd dick on the make button. If you discover 
a fibre style you're likely to want lo apply on 
'uture projects, you can save and reload it for 
use on another object as required. Okay, the 
load, save and make buttons are pretty self 


Rnq questions? 

As for faults, there's little to complain about. 
The only real irritation is that the preview 
screen only generates single strands to 
denote the length and sfyfc of the fibres. As 
a result, you’re often forced to load your cre- 
ations into Lightwave and do a lest render 
to get a real idea of how the fibres and 
designs actually look. 

On the plus side, the interlace does have 
complete control over the angle of view, 
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If only ail packages adopted a mmliar approach 


A mixture of fibre sfyfes. short on Cfrt 
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explanatory, Following these comes the 
hair qty setting, which not surprisingly 
defines the number of fibres to be gener- 
ated. Next up comes the length option,, 
which as you’d expect is expressed in 
meters. Just below awaits the 
all-important segments 
option - if you wanl 
your fibres to bend they 
must have sufficient 
segments to make the 
effect believable. 

The following sub-section defines 
the style of the individual fibres. If 
you set the sides option to one 
you end up with a single two- 
point polygon - great for basic 
cost-effeclive fur. However, 
such twg-point polygons do lack 
specularity and shading, 

Raising (he figure generates a traditional 
polygon model for each fibre, and by varying 
tho amount and adjusting the rauius can cre- 
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STYLING 

The Polygon qty figure shows the total 
number of polygons that will be generated 
using the present settings. Next comes the 
all-important styling section wilh kink adding 
a crinkled or accordion effect to the fibres, 

Contour offers a means of faying the fibres 
down on the surface of ihn polygons to a 
user-definable degree, thereby creating the 
sleek rather than spiky look you'd require 
when modelling a smooth fur-covered crea- 
ture. Curl, not surprisingly, doo$ just what 
you’d expect, with 1 producing a single loop, 
while the I urns define how tightly the curl 
should be wound, 

Jitter offers a means of randomising the 
directional variation in relation to ihe tem- 
plates surface, Ihe end result being a defin- 
able amount of messiness. Last of all comes 
the truly stunning Tropism control which 
defines the amount of bend or droop applied 


Paul Austin enplores 
UghtUiaue's ultimate 
organic add-on 


to the fibres - an affect which might 
be caused by light, wind br r more often, 
gravity. 

Combine this with a sufficient number of 
segments and! fibre styles and you can gen- 
erate beautifully soft organic shapes. And 
of course ihe degree oi bend is totally user 
definable, in lerms of both weight and 
direction. 

The final icing on the cake is the affect 
morphing has on the Fiber Factor concept. 
Because The number of fibres, points and 
polygons remain the same, morphing 
between two revisions of the same object can 
lend to amazing animation, regardless nt the 
effects applied to them. 

Plants and vegetation could blow in (he 
breeze or turn to the light, hair could stand on 
end or bounce along as a character strides 
across Ihe scene. To quote the manual: “the 
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here comes a time in everybody's 
life when, despite their best efforts 
to avoid such a thing, they find 
j f^mselves needing to do something her- 
*~- _ dous such as producing a (dare I say it) 
| or, even worse, a mathematical for- 
1 -ula. 

The Amiga, despite having excellent 
I DTP and document processing packages, 
[ ** rather devoid of this sort of tool. So 
, irtial options are there available to thg 
I fr-istrajed user? 

Well,, a simple bar chart - or histogram - 
ti~ be knocked up in a suitable paint 
I lockage; however, it is a shame when 
j've got a 300 DPI printer sitting on your 
sk to print out a graphic that was 




designed for display on a 70 (ish) DPI 
I monitor, Saying this, you’ll be tine as long 
I you don't need any linos which aren't 
‘ nzontal or vertical 

What about a pie chart? The mat hemal i~ 
1 ' i v minded could convert an angle to a 
Ito-ordinate on a circle, but what if you 
| haven't got the lime or inclination to do 
S' 5 : ' There's a fair whack ot processing 
£:^er at your fingertips and you'll be 
| reduced to using it as a calculator. Shame 
I teaily. As for presenting three dimensional 
* •’% such as sales of different items over 
j set of months - euurgh. Practically 
impossible to do manually. 

Worse still is entering a mathematical 
•dilation. Consider the solution of a 
;-adratie equation: 

U(*b 1+ or -) ;qrt(tt - *10 i 10 

i looks a lot better when presented in its 
: ginaf form. The paint package of your 
- :, ce could be the only way oul, or you 
could try and draw something with a DTP 
package which would (and I speak from 
•iperience here) look like the cat had 
jione something unsavoury on your page. 

h s depressing to go and use Word on a 
PC - these things are built in! As good as 
' nal Writer or WordWorlh ere, they are 
v' missing these things. However, there 
■re cheap — nay free - solutions thanks to 
T* Amiga's superlative public domain and 
it beware fraternity and, in IhE politically 
•c^eci '90s, so rooty. 

“ r stly h you should decide what you want 
*c do with the data - preferably use a 
fraph format and save the graph as an IFF 
D (1FF"s structured drawing format) or 
(Encapsulated PostScript) file. The 
ice you use will be dictated by 
■ package - PageSlream likes IFF 
if you're printing on a non-postscript 




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of JCGraph ana klathScript 


DIP 


JoGraph, with it* mu/tiplo window 
approach, is p ratty goad if a bit buggy 


When can a word processor become a 
maths pachage? flih lines finds out as 
he looks at the mam solutions for 
creating visually pleasing formulae 


dilemmas 


printer, whereas Final Writer likes EPS for 
anything. 

There are quite a few packages that 
claim to do this sort of thing. However, the 
best end most flexible I have found are 
JcGraph and AGraph which are both PD 
and r curiously enough, both written by 
Franco phonic authors - JGGraph is from 
Canada end AGraph comes from Franco. I 
have yet to draw conclusions from this 
observation. 

AGraph has only recently been written by 
Denis Gounelle and produces a variety of 
graphs - including Histogram and pie chart 
- which are output as IFF bitmaps corre- 
sponding to the size of the window. Data is 
read from a text file which gives information 
on the sort of graph to draw, number of 
colours to use and the actual data to 


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MathSetip 1 rn.iiiy I* 
prmtiy good. And 

this im it* window 


drsptay. The manual, which is provided in 
both English and French, gives a lot of 
good, easy-to-read inlormation on how to 
produce a data file, and the format of the 
file is sensible and easy to remember 

One thing that would be exceptionally 
useful for this package would he an option 
to specify the pixel size of the output. Who 
knows - the aulhor may include it in the 
nexl version. 

The most feature-packed software I 
found for displaying data was the JCGraph 
package. Flexibility is paramount with this 
package; graphs can be made in 13 two 
dimensional or 13 3D formats, colours or 
grey scale values can be sel, as can 
labelling size, and oodles mere. Thg result- 
ing graph can be saved in DR 2D, iLBM, 
EPSF (grey or colour), GEG or DRAW20Q0 
format - at least one of those should work 
with the package of your choice. 

Again, data is written into a text file then 
loaded into the package. There are a cou- 
ple of bijou quirkettos in the data format, 
however, For example, the number 1003 
must start off every data file for JCGraph 
Why not the word JCGraph? Who knows. 
Following this is the size of the data array 
which specifies the arrangement of data. 
Four values plotted over 12 months would 
be a 4 x 1 2 array, requiring 49 data entries. 

Another strange aspect that manifests 


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itself is the “cotation' seals and multiplier 
values that have lo be in the data Hie. I 
seem to recall from my French thai this is 
something to do with height, so I guess it s 
the height scale and multiplier. It's worth 
mentioning that the manual is again provi- 
ded in French and English, but the English 
can be hazy at times 

After this, comes the actual data followed 
by the row - and column, it three dimen- 
sional — names. It’s a bit of a fiddle lo enter 
the data and the chances are that rows and 
columns will be entered in the wrong order 
lor the first tew tries, but eventually good 
results can be obtained. 

Once the daia fils is prepared, this is 
loaded into the program. Then ihe type o f 
graph required is selected from any one of 
13 diflerenl types, The rotation of the graph, 
along with the perspective, can be changed 
through the use Of sliders, and a preview 
window shows a sample of the grapn Type 
in the orientation you have selected. 


ANY SIZE 

Once everything is line and dandy, click 
on the render button which will render the 
graph to till Ihe final output window no mat- 
ter what its size. If the graph s appearance 
meets your requirements, you can save it In 
any one of the formats listed before to 
wherever takes your lancy. 

The package has a complete ARexx port 
as well, should you wish to automale yout 
graph creation. There s also a briel descrip- 
tion of how lo create your own graph types 
in case you want to make a completely dif- 
ferent graph with whatever properties you 
require. 

The author of JC Graph has, unfortunat- 
ely, stopped developing the package which 
is a shame. There are a few bugs such as 
not liking more than 16 colours on screen, 
and the manual really could do with a few 
updates. However, for tree I don't suppose 
we can complain but be thankful that it does 
what il does so well. 

All in all, 1 reckon JCGraph Is quite easy 
to use. feature packed and well thought out 
- certainly worth having in anyone's suite of 
document processing tools as you never 
know when you may just need it, And so we 


AGraph I* rather 
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found far plating drta inns Hit 
KM part. Mity is paramount witii this 
part; graphs tan tie made in 13 tun dimnl 
oi 13 30 [gilts. iiIms or w stale uatemte 
set as tan labeiig sue, anil miles 
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move swiftly on to the other frequently-met 
problem - how to insert something looking 
like a mathematical equation into your 
documents. 

For quile a few years, a typesetting lan- 
guage called 'Tex' (pronounced tech for no 
adequately explained reason) has been 
available lo perform this very task, and 
there is an Amiga port of the beast. 
However, it's not everyone's cup of lea 
because Ihe term WYSIWYG was not 
heard of when the language was conceived 
- however, ihls doesn'l detract from the 
power of the language. The whole idea of 
Tex is lo abstract the formatting away from 
the user lo produce good-looking, readable 
documents without having to worry about 
layout. 

The Amiga version, called Pastex, is free 
and good However, this is not really the 
solution most people will want, especially 
as many only wanl a quick equation now 
and then, ZCif 


IHami thanks 


The two packages that have been 
looked at in depth here - JcGraph and 
MathScripl - both add to the Amiga s 
DTP or document processirvg suite and 
will, tor most people, be used at least 
once or twice. 

With these two packages installed, 
there's no reason to change machine 
as they bring all the functionality you 
could need to the Amiga, A big hearty 
thank you is deserved by the authors. 


Pratibk and fwulla: 

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A few weeks ago, a package called 
MathScripl version 2.0 was uploaded to 
Amine! by its author, Simon Ihmig. 
Curiosity got the better ol mo, and 1 down- 
loaded. The first thing to say is that this 
package is a stormed It really is excellent 
The author appears to have produced the 
package for the reasons if was needed, 
and as an exercise in programming:. It's dif- 
ficult to get excited about this sort of thing 
buf it really is that good. 

However, I'll slop prevaricating about the 
bush and tell you what il aclu ally does. 
Double-clicking on the package's icon 
gives e rather nice interface built using 
Magic User Interface, therefore allowing the 
look of the package to be completely 
altered, should the urge take you. 

Residing at the top of the window is a 
bank ol 1 3 buttons, each of which bring up 
a different array ol symbols when clicked 
on. Below this is a simple string gadget and 
then Ihe rest of the window is taken up by 
an innocuous looking frame with sliders on 
both sides. Mathematical equations are 
entered into ihe string gadget with, special 
symbols taken from the banks of symbols, 
then the equation is previewed by clicking 
on (he large frame, 

Superscript and subscript are catered 
for. as is ail the necessary formatting i 
could rack my brains to ihink of - the size 
of the font used can also bo sel to whatever 
is required. Symbols include all standard 
Greek characters and more mathematical 
ones than my humble brain could recall. 

Once happy with the previewed results, 
they can be saved as ILBM, postscript or 
encapsulated postscript. EPS has a bitmap 
gt the results inside the file as well as the 
postscript information; with this format 
Fagestream can be coaxed into printing Ihe 
results on any printer, 

Final Writer is very much at home when 
dealing with EPS images, and the author 
provides full instructions to got the two 
packages behaving happily together - al 
thal has to be done is remove a couple d 
comments from Final Writer's Postscript 
initialisation file, 

The package has a full ARexx interface 
and comes with three Afiexx scripts - ore 
tar the package and two for use in Final 
Writer - and all three automate the pass- 
ing of formulae between the package s- 
I nsertFormula is used from with r 
Mat'hScript to push the EPS result to Final 
Writer (using Ihe size of the current font ' 
Final Writer - a nice touch) whereas 1 
other two open and close MathScripl 
within Final Writer. This addition to 
Writer makes il closer to how Word is M 
the PC - it's an excellent example of whar 
the Amiga and ARexx can do. 

Even if you don’t have Final Writer,- ths 
is pretty much another 'must have.' It ■ 
excellently written and does the job n 
supposed lo do very well. The shanewan 
lee is SIS and my only niggle is that (f 
has to be sent to somewhere in German 


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by transferring work-related files from 
P® office computer to your home machine. 

The converse can also be True however, 
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•v Different computers have different ways 
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*■ sb nearly all machines (a 3-5 inch floppy 
c- t*e used by any computer with a 3.5 inch 
•cppy drive), but the way dala is actually 
r -cd on such disks can be drastically 


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Macintosh or PC formatted disk because 
each of these machines has its own file sys- 
tern. A file system describes the way in which 
tracks and sectors are written lo a disk when 
it's formatted, and how files are stored and 
retrieved on these disks. 3d, your computer 
must understand how to read a different 
computer’s disk before it can even find the 
file on it. 

The second compatibility prcbfem lies with 
the actual file being transferred, Say, for 
instance, you have a 3000 word document 
you have written with Microsoft Word 1 on your 
Macintosh at work. When you save it to a 
floppy disk, Microsoft Word stores it in its own 
proprietary format, with various special com- 
mands embedded in the document file which 
signify such things as different fonts, font 
stylo (bold, italic) and other information, 

ILLEGIBLE 

If, you were lo transfer it to your Amiga 
word processor, the word processor must 
know how fo read the Microsoft Word formal 
tile or you will get strange characters on the 
screen which would be about as legible as a 
legal document written in Latin by a dyslexic 
solicitor. 

So, you have disk filing system and file tor- 
mat compatibility issues to consider before 
computers can talk to one another. The latter 
is the easiest to deal with, so I will expand on 
this first, 

Thankfully, file format issues have been 
recognised by the computer industry and 
many file format standards have appeared 
over the years For example, in -the word 
processor market, th-ere are a few universally 
understood hie formats which nearly all word 
processors understand, such as ASCII 
(American Standard Computer Information 


Barren fuans looks at some lotv-rost 
methods of connecting gout ffmiga to 
other computers and some of 
the pitfalls to match out for 


Interchange). Nearly all word processors can 
save text hies in [his format and can thus be 
read by other word processors . 

So, why do all word processors commonly 
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merits, why not just use ASCII all the time? 
The reason why this is not the case is that 
ASCII is a uretty old standard and is far loo 
simple for today’s requirements. 

With today's powerful word! processors you 
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fonts, font stylos and even graphics and 
tables within a document. Poor old ASCII 
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All rt knows about are simple letters and num- 
bers [with some simple control characters for 
line feeds, carriage return etc). The RTF 
(Rich Text Format) standard is more intelli- 
gent in that it knows about font styles such as 
bold and italic, and even graphics (depending 
on the application's implementation o! RTF). 

Thankfully, just getting the text content of a 
document is generally all that ss required for 
the average user when transferring a word 
processor file to another computer. 

There are still difficulties even between so- 
called ASCII file formats on different comput- 
ers which treat end of line (EGL) and carriage 
returns and line feeds in different ways. 

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null modem cable pin assignment 

Here are iTi-e pin assignments it you want to make your own null 
modem cable. You well need one 25-pin female D-Sub connector for 
the Amiga, The PC end will either be a 25- pin or a 9- pin female 
D-Sub depending on your PC model, 

If you're not handy with a soldering iron, many computer stores 

stock null modem cables 


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into a Macintosh word processor will result in 
the actual text being loaded, but the layout will 
be terrible. Such problems do not occur if you 
use RTF. 

Things are slightly less developed with 
regards to spreadsheets and databases. The 
only generic formal which a few Amiga appli- 
cations support is Comma Separated Values 
(CSV). One example is Twist 2, a database 
from HiSofl which happily accepts data stored 
in CSV format. 

The graphics arena is probably the most 
developed area in terms of the sheer number 
of file formats - I can think of over ten graphic 
file formal* of I the top of my head. I would 
hazard a guess that relatively little difficulties 
will arise when trying to transfer graphic tikes 
between various computers and if it did I 
would say it would be down to poor support or 
implementation on Ihe part of the application, 

Some of the most common graphics hie for- 
mats include True Image File Format (TIFF), 
Targa (TGA) and Graphic Interchange Format 
(GIF). If your graphics application supports 
these, your life will probably be easier, if it 
doesn't, there are many graphics file format 
convene rs/image processors available both 
commercially (ADPro) and in the public 
domain (Imago Studio) to help you out. So, 


when you are shopping for an Amiga applica- 
tion you think will help you with your work, be 
sure to check for file compatibility. Ask the 
person in charge of software installation at 
work aboul the lile formats which Ihe software 
you are using supports. Then, check your 
Amiga application supports a good range of 
various file formats. It's also worth a browse 
through public domain libraries. 

Once you do have a particular file which 
you know your respective Amiga application 
can read and use, you still have to 
surmount the problem of getting it from one 
computer to the other. This is where the differ- 
ent file syslems found on various computers 
rear their ugly heads in an attempt to thwart 
your efforts. Thankfully, there are solutions to 
ihe problem, both in hardware and software. 

Essentially, all the Amiga requires is infor- 
mation about the other computer's disk struc- 
ture and the way it stores files on the disk. 
One of the Amiga’s great strengths is its 
ability to easily incorporate strange and alien 
filing systems via software drivers. 

The Amiga and^FC are already on relatively 
good speaking terms, if you have Workbench 
2:1 or later that is. This is (hanks to the small 
and clever driver called CrossDOS. 
CrossDOS allows your Amiga to read and 
write MS-DOS PC disks without the need for 
any hardware. This is really good news 
because it is common knowledge that the PC 
is the most popular computer to be found in 
both large and small businesses. 

DRIVER ACTIVATION 

To activate this driver, simply go into Ihe 
Storage drawer on your boo> partition, enter 
the DOSDnvers drawer and double-click on 
CrossDOS. You can also drag if into the 
DOSDrivors drawer in the Devs drawer so 
that it loads automatically at boot time. 

However, Workbench's CrossDOS driver is 
only designed to work with floppy disk drives, 
If you want to access CD- Roms, hard drives 
or other high capacity devices. CrossDOS as 
it stands will not work. 

It is possible to edit the CrossDOS driver 
tile and supply it with further information about 
high capacity devices, but this requires a 
great deal of knowledge aboul the relevant 
device and file systems in general. Thankfully, 
there are commercial packages available 
which take away this burden and supply the 
user with all the tools required to use both 


floppy and high capacity devices across ; 
different computers with relative ease. 

CrossDOS Professional, reviewed in the 
July issue of Amiga Computing, is an 
enhanced and much faster version of the 
Workbench CrossDOS. and as well as pro- 
viding the ability to read and write MS-DOS 
floppy disks, it also makes connecting and 
configuring hard drives and other high 
capacity devices such as CD-Roms a 
t> ree2;e ,_ h even allows you to mix MS-DOS 
and Amiga partitions on a single hard drive. 

If you want to transfer files between a Mac 
and your Amiga, the makers of CrossDOS 
developed CrossMAC. Considering the com- 
plexity of the Apple disk filing system. 
CrossMAC does an admirable job with some- 
restrictions for the Amiga owner If your main 
aim is to transfer files via floppy only, you will 
need a 1 . 4 Mb high density floppy drive 
because low density floppies are not 
supported. 

On the hardware side, you have the option 
of using a modem to transfer Hies from your 
work computer to your home computer. 01 
course, this will require you to actually have 
a modern and terminal software such as 
Termite, or one of the many public domain 
terminal applications, not to mention the 
modem required at your workplace too. 

Terminal software can also be used wilh a 
null modem cable lo connect two machines 
together god transfer files as though they 
were actually connected via a modem-. The 
advantage of this method, though, is that 
phone bills are nol creeping ever higher dur- 
ing the transfer, and it’s faster too. A null 
modem cable is a serial cable which has 
been re-wired slightly (see diagram for build- 
ing your own null modem cable) and is avail- 
able from all good computer stores. There 
are also a tew commercial and PD utilities 
which utilise serial or parallel cables which 
oflen allow you to actually use drives con- 
nected on one computer as though they 
were connected to (he other, 

Lmk-lt is one such commercially available 
utility while in the public domain, there arc 
programs like PC Amiga Transfer, which is 
on CoverDisk 2 of this very issue of Amig 
Computing for you lo ley, 

There are various emulators available ir 
the public domain, but they tend to be 
little too unstable and too complex to set v\ 
foF my liking, /T.*f 


FU5SM filenames and misconceptions 


One extremely annoying problem to be aware of 
when transferring files between PCs and Ami gas is 
the limit imposed by MS-DOS on the length of 
filenames. 

MS-DOS filenames cannot be longer than eight 
characters with a three character extender. EXAM' 
Pl_ES.TIF, tor instance, has the maximum letters for 
the main filename, with the last three letters after the 
period usually denoting filelype, ih this case a TIFF 
graphics tile. This is quite restrictive and doesn't make 
for clear and explanatory naming at all. 

Mow. our humble Amiga not only beats the pants 
off most PCs at multi-tasking, rt is also much more 
versatile in (erms of filenames. The Amiga quite hap- 
pily accepts filenames up to 30 characters in length 


and herein lies a major problem. If you are transfer- 
ring files from your Amiga to the PC, you have to 
always be aware never to use filenames longer than 
eight characters, If you do, you will probably end up 
overwriting previous files or get lots of duplicate file 
error messages, 

As an a lustration, consider the Amiga filename ANI- 
MATION QtiQO. TGA. which is the first frame of a 1500 
frame animation with the last Irame being 
ANIMATION 1499. TGA. 

If you were lo Iransfer these files to. say, an MS- 
DOS partition on a hard disk, all the files will be 
unceremoniously chopped to ANIMAT IQ N00, over- 
writing previously copied files which will have the 
same name and generally causing a major headache 


It’s easily avoided if you are Ihe one creating the files 
just use a name with less characters, but there are sit- 
uations where long filenames from other sources will 
be cause for a tedious renaming session. 

A common misconception among many novice 
users is the assumption that if the Amiga can read ar 
MS-DOS formatted disk, any programs on there car 
be run on the Amiga. However, although there may 
be many files on a PC CD, such as pictures, fonts 
audio samples and the like, any actual PC programs 
on the CD cannot be executed cn the Amiga because- 
these programs are written specifically for PC 
processors and hardware. 

PC and Mac emulators are required to run suc h 
programs and these tend to be somewhat expensive 




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ifj t just makes you realise the amount 
n of work Ihe people at Demon, along 
[ with knowledgeable people who use 

-•■^mon, pot Sn lo Iheir AmiTCP installation. I 
can't emphasise enough how complicaled 
setting up AmiTCP/IP 4,2 actually is. In fact, 
■>ere It not tor the tact that li already had a 
Demon account I might well have given op on 
the whole enterprise. This ss especially so 
seeing that the best fora for help are mailing 
NSDi themselves and the Usenet newsgroup 
rcmp.sys.armga.networking, not to mention 
various mailing lists and FAQs, all of which 
are really only available to someone with a 
working installation of AmiTCP. 

I will say it again, lest you didn't read my 
salutary warning- AmiTCP/fP v4.2 commercial 
e a pain to set up. And this is for someone 
who has AmiTCP v3.0b running quite n*cely 
on their machine, thank you for asking 

People who are coming straight to it from, 
say, Pamet, are in for a real shock. The p rob- 
ins start when you first look into the impres- 
s’ vely dense manual. It rang warning Pei's in 
me when I opened it up, moved past the con- 
‘ents and a cursory introduction, and was 
looking straight at a section entitled The 
n-ernet Protocol Suite Tutorial.' 

INTRODUCTIONS 

This wasn't a tutorial on how to install 
AmiTCP, bul an inlroduction to the OS I refer 
ence model, routing and subnet masks Sul 
with me? Good, because after you dealt with 
Tese topics you move right onto Data Flow, 
on TCP/IP Networks', gateways. UDP. 
'epeaters and bridges. Right, let’s skip over 
that lot and get onto Chapter 3: Installation 

AmiTCP com&s with not one, but two stan- 
dard Commodore installer scripts. The first 
Coates the direclories and copies the files 
"eeded by AmiTCP. AmiTCP recognises 
a hen you have already installed an earlier 
version of Ihe networking software and 
asks you if you want to maintain your old 
configuration files. 

Unfortunate^- it does not make it dear that 
the only configuration tiles it can deal with 
successfully are fhose from AmiTCP v4 or 
ater, so BANG! down goes your machine 
= TFM, you might say, but there was nothing 
to prevent there being a message to tell you 
mat this is Ihe case when you gel to (he point 
where you have lo make the decision. The 
second installer script as to bo run once you 




have installed AmiTCP, and it allows you to 
configure your installation and change your IP 
address, Sana-ll device, etc, 

There is a definite lack of peripheral lools in 
the Am TCP package. It comes with no e-ma.il 
or news system built-in and you can certainly 
rorge( about WWW or Gopher, It does, how- 
ever, give recommendations lo pick up copies 
of Elm, GRn and Mosaic. 

AmiTCP doesn't come wilh a mufti-user file 

system either, but Ihts is understandable 

because the amount of configuration work you 
normally have to do with this sort of replace- 
ment Tile system would require another manu- 
al Actually, In the earty sections of Ihe manu- 
it warns you that the Amiga's native file sys- 
tem sn’t very secure, but gives you no further 
advice on ths topic, 

Reading back over my copy, I feel I have 
been a little unfair to AmiTCP It certainly is a 
nightmare if you are trying lo configure the 
setup for use with an ISP, say Demon, for 
instance, But For use in an internal network 
with one or more Amigas and/or other 
machines connected together via ethernei 
cards, AmiTCP is a much simpler affair 
Your only problems come if you have set 
up your network so that it works fine at your 
end, bin as soon as you connect to outside 
machines everything goes haywire. This is 
almost certainly your fault and the manual 


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Ben Bast realises he - 
doesn’t know enough 
about UP/fP stacks - 
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makes no bones about it. This is nol solely a 
problem with AmiTCP. 

Internet-working is going to bn a horren- 
dously complicated process for some time lo 
come and improvements are only going to bo 
made in the presentation of configuration 
options and not the configurations them- 
selves. AmiTCP is a unix bod's dream, 
though, as most of the config files from a Unix 
box can be transferred as they are lo your 
Amiga set-up 

As. for speed ol operation, well, Iherg are no 
noticeable differences between the version of 
AmiTCP you have lo pay for, and I ho beta 
version 3 which is provided by Demon to 
access the Internet. 

AmiTCP/IP v4 , 2 is a solid networking prod- 
uct working under the restrictions, imposed 
upon it by the Amiga's operating system 
and lie system (most importantly, a lack of 
security measures). However, it is certainly 
not a package that anyone would recommend 
lo a beginner in networking., and Ihe manual 
isn't exactly helpful on occasion. 

If you are intending to connect to Demon or 
some olher ISP with this product, I strongly 
recommend you get their AmiTCP installation 
lirst and work with trial for a while before 
attempting to configure AmiTCP/IP v4.2. 

Finally, thanks must go to the authors of the 
AmiTCP-FAQ; Neil MacRac and Mike Moyer. 
Without them, this review would have been a 
lot shorter and a iol less complimentary. 


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Trying to hook up a bare bones AmiTCP installa- 

I ion to Demon is probably one ol the best recom- 
mendations for getting a Mac with MacTCP or just 
sticking to ihe standard Demon installation, 
| AmiTCP comes with no dialler program, no e-mail 
acilities and no news. When, and if, you manage to 
connect to Demon the only thing you are going to 
>e able to do from the getgo is use ttp (well, you 
can Ping and Finger Demon, but the novelty of this 
oon wears off). 

The lack of a dialler program means you have to 
resort (temporarily, at least) to using your trusty 


copy of Term or NComm or whatever to dial up 
your service provider, connect, type in your pass- 
word, etc. then quit your comms program and run 
the startnet script. You are advised on how to 
accomplish all this in the manual. 

The only thing they don’t tell you is how to log 
off. Oh, and on the connection front, when you are 
configuring AmiTCP ustng the aforementioned 
Installer script, if you choose to configure a point- 
to-point interface like $UP, you are given the 
option of configuring a PPP interface lhat doesn't 
actually pome with AmiTCP. 


AUGUST IQoc 


The bottom line 

Product: AmiTCP/IP v4.2 
Price: £75 plus p+p 
Supplier. NSDi 
Tel: Not available 
e-mail: mfo@nsdi. fi 

Ease of use 3 

Implementation 7 

Value for money 7 

Overall 6 










HARDWARE 


Hi 


It goes without saying that the 
Amiga is rather limited without a 
hard drive. Today’s software, even 
some games, are very demanding. 
Workbench itself is a nightmare of disk 
swaps when used with a floppy-based 
system. 

It's hardly surprising, then, that hard drives 
are one of the most popular upgrades Amiga 
users buy, Until recently, A 1200 owners 
could only add one internal IDE drive to their 
machine. IF it came to the point where a 
bigger drive was needed, it would have been 
a case oF selling the existing IDE drive and 
buying a bigger one, 

Now, thanks to such devices as the 
SqmrrcISCSI, which allows you to easily con- 
nect up to seven SCSI devices to your 
machine, a peripheral renaissance has 
opened up with faster and bigger hard drives, 
and other more exotic SCSI devices, such as 
CD-ROMs and magneto-optical drives, ready 
and waiting to be connected to your little tol 
A 1200. SCSI devices also have much faster 
transfer speeds than is possible with an inter- 
nal IDE drive, so there is a performance 
boost too. 

Because the SCSI standard allows up to 
seven SCSI devices to be linked together if 
you run out of space on one drive you simply 
add another drive to your existing ones, With 
the IDE, you would have had to sell your 
existing drive for a bigger one and then have 
the hassle ot transferring data from the 
original drive onto the new ong. 

With this much more versatile upgrade 
path allowing you to connect multiple devices 
to your Amiga, the problem oi space rears its 
ugly head. Alas, multiple devices usually 
means multiple power leads and data loads, 
so pretty soon your desk becomes a maze of 
cables. 



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Now, thanks to those tidy thinking people 
at HiQ, a neat, low-cost solution io this 
space problem is available in the form ol the 
PowerStation. 

The rdea is very simple, take one PC case 
with a 200 watt power supply and internal 
mountings For various devices, add a tittle 
wiring specifically to attach it to the A 1200 
and voila, you have a single housing for mul- 
tiple devices all running off one power supply, 
with all those messy data cables neatly 
hidden away. 

There are three different case types avail- 
able from HO - multimedia, tower end desk- 
top. The case shown here is the multimedia 
model which comes with built-in speakers. 
HiQ can also offer various 'bundles' featuring 
casa/device combinations according to your 
needs, Actual installation of the PowerStation 
is very simple as it's merely an add-on to 


rw« speakers, CD-ROM, 
tape streamer and no 
mossy c aUH, 

what t c ait m neat 
solution 



your A1 200. ITs not to be confused with prod- 
ucts such as the At 200 Tower from Power 
Computing or the Z5 from Famiga, which are 
completely different products that require the 
A1200 motherboard to be removed and 
placed in the case 

It simply attaches to your A1 200 via a stan- 
dard A1200 power lead. Yes, the 
PowerStation i$ now your A 1200's power 
Supply too. This is gnod news as the stan- 
dard A 1200 power supply is less than reli- 
able. The poor feeble things can have trouble 
feeding the required power to some upgrades 
and is often the cause of system crashes for 
people who have a few add-ons, such as 
accelerator boards. 

At £99.95. it is therefore worth bearing m 
mind that an empty PowerStation case would 
make a viable power supply replacement if 
you find yourself needmg a new PS LI . espe- 
cially if you are thinking of adding further 
devices to your system in the future. 

The multimedia case can accommodate 
five devices in its bays. Three of these are for 
3 1/2 inch mechanisms such as floppy disks 
and hard drives. The other two bays are 5 1 /4 
inch size for CD-ROMs and other similar 
sized devices, Of these, both 5 1/4 inch bays 
and one 3 1/2 inch bay have external access 


for them and are used for removable meoi 
devices. The other 3 1/2 inch bays are on| 
useful for fixed- media devices. 

The biggest and most important adva^ 
tage the PowerStation offers Amiga owne-i 
who are looking to add additional peripheral 
to their A1 200 is the fact that it will probahi 
save you £4Q-£60 for every SCSI device yo 
buy. Wow, I hear you say, how corned Wei 
(here are two ways to buy peripherals. Yo 
can buy, say, a 5QOMb SCSI hard drive. foil 
cased with dual SCSI connectors, har? 
external SCSI ID switch, built-in FSU anc a 
the electrical innards required to lie them d 
together and make them work for abe-J 
£400. ■ 

CASH SAVING 

Now, just take a look at the internal \Zi 
drives you can buy to plug into your At£3» 
- that’s what's called a 'bare mechanic- 1 \ 
In other words, it doesn't need a case J 
power supply or the other bits you find « 
external and fully-cased periphery I 
Buying a bare 500Mb SCSI mechanism 
chop a healthy chunk of cash off the ove 
price because you are no! forking out 
these extra bits and the cost ol assemh 

Until the arrival of the PowerSta 





AUGUST 1995 








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SpoaH to me 


Sul what about those speakers? Time la dig cut my 
3 rodigy CD and a software CD player. After the first 
Prodigy track, the speakers did not blow up and. 
a 'hough they are not exactly powerful, they are better 
‘“an some external speakers on the market. The Sound 
Qualify is OK but nothing special, Thumb wheel audio 
controls for volume, balance, treble and bass are 
mounted on Ihe front of the multimedia Case fo r those 
t nicky perfectionists who wanl their sounds sounding 
just right. 

Other conlrols on the case include a power switch, 
: ■: terneal speaker switch and an audio mule sw tch Two 


other switches which seemed to be unconnected and 
Ihus useless are a turbo switch and a reset swifch- 
There's even an LED display which, on our review 
model, was displaying the number 120- Pressing the 
Turbo switch changed this to 999. Quite useless though. 

HiQ also offer a much more substantial pair of exter- 
nal speakers which give a much higher quality (and 
much louder} sound reproduction. At 90 watts, there 
should be enough power for most. They can be connect- 
ed lo the multimedia case via a stereo jack and a button 
to switch the audio from the internal speakers for ihose 
who want more 'gonnph' in their sonics. 



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TUTORIAL 


the home stretch 




ixed code programming is a topic 
that unnecessarily frightens a lot ol 
newcomers. Admittedly, in order to 
jet from, say, C to assembler code and 
back again (or vice versa) you need io 
xrtdw what happens when a G function is 
called, bul providing you concentrate on 
understanding the overall I hemes, rather 
man getting bogged down with specific 
details, it's not too difficult to appreciate 
what's going on. 

The purpose of this month’s notes then is 
to do throe things: Firstly P provide some 
background info so Ihe accounts you'll read 
aboul in your compiler manuals will, hope- 
fully, make a I idle more sense Secondly 
outline Ihe conventions used with a popular 
C compiler - I've chosen SAS C. 

In addition to this we‘11 need an example 
io show how everything fits together and 
hero I’ve opted for the simplest f unable 
example 1 could think ofl The technique I'll 
be discussing is what you might call the 


conventional mixed code' approach It's 
based on passing function arguments on 
the stack, and the first step is to appreciate 
what happens when you place a call to a 
routine, say, MyFunction()„ into a C source 
program. The compiler uses such source 
code statements to generate a reference to 
ihe named routine and, under normal cir- 
cumstances. SAS C and many other com- 
pilers tag on an initial underscore to the 
function name. 

The call to the function MyFunction() 
therefore has the linker searching for a rou- 
line called _My Function and il is this rou- 
line if the linker is going lo successfully 
resolve the reference, that must be pro- 
v oeo n ihe assembly language mod u lei 

The code various C compilers produce 
when they encounier a function call does 
vary, but the conventions to he followed 
wifi always be detailed in the compiler 
manual. To start with, all you really need lo 
no aware of is that the end result is usually 



Part 13 


This month Paul Oueraa rounds off his 
notes on parameter passing mith details - 
of an approach used when writing mined - 

{ and assembler code - 




Dan't forget lAtl IhJi 

month'* Di.i mpfe 

needs to be run from 
a Sfrirll wirufcwl 


Same simple example code 


If all the references and directives n the above stages 
are correct the rest is easy - the C source is compiled, 
the assembly language code assembled, and then the 
modules are linked together with the slartup-cade to 
produce a runable program. This month’s example" 
(which needs to be run from a Shell command line) 
asks the user lo type in a string, and Then calls an 
assembly language routine called MyFunction(). 

The assembler routine performs an Exdusive-ORing 
(EOR) of all bytes In the string which are neither the 
NULL terminator nor equal to the mask value itself (thus 
protecting Cs definition of a string by ensuring we don't 
produce any NULL values wilhin the body ol the string). 
Having done that, the program prints the modified 
string, repeats the MyFu notion () process and prints it 
again. The second EORing process does, of course, 
result in ihe original input string being produced 

The lining to note is that bofh the start of the string 
and the EOR mask value are given to the assembler 
routine as parameters, t.e, they are provided as argu- 
ments of the MyFynglionf) function. This, in turn, means 


the assembler code patch has to retrieve those argu- 
ments from the stack, so hero s a run down on whet has 
happened just prior to control entering the assembler 
patch, 

Firstly, the arguments will have been pushed, in right 
lo loft order, onto ihe stack. Then, a return address will 
have been placed on ihe stack Because my assembler 
patch uses a LINK a5.#0 instruction the contents of a5 
are" pushed onto the stack as well, so the result is that 
lo access the two arguments of the C function we need 
to use positive offsets of 3 and 12 respectively! 

Before you examine the source listings some points 
should be made. To start with, you will notice in the 
piece ol assembler code provided (hat only the scratch 
registers AO and DO are used. This means that for the 
example, it is not necessary to preserve register con- 
tents on the stack. Despite this, I have included some 
movem instructions to save and restore data registers 
d2-d7 so you can soe whereabouts in the code those 
save/restore operations are used when registers rf£-d7 
are needed 


that any parameters present in the function 
call get pushed onto the stack prior to a call 
being made to the equivalent subroutine. I 
say usually because as just mentioned, 
there are seme qualifying conditions with 
compilers which allow register arguments to 
be used rather than the stack. SAS C, for 
instance, then uses an @ character, rather 
than an underscore, at the start of the Junc- 
tion name. 

Writing the appropriate C code is easy. It 
simply involves placing suitably named func- 
tions calls, with any required parameters, 
into the C source. This is done using normal 
C function conventions - you can even add 
ypur Own ANSI C function prototypes to 
make sure the compiler makes Ihe appropri- 
ate usage and parameter type checks! 

OBJECT CODE 

The next step involves w riling suitable 
assembly language code and assembling it 
to produce linkable object code. A couple ol 
assembler directives, called XDEF and 
XREF, have to be used io get things running 
smoothly, 

XDEF is an assembler directive used to 
dating assembly language labels as being 
visible to other modules at link time, If you 
forget it the assembly stage will go OK. but 
you’ll get errors when linking because the 
linker will be unable to resolve the corre- 
sponding function reference in the C code 
module. 

XREF goes the other way, i.e. ii tells the 
assembler that the information needed 
about the item in question will be imparted 
when ihe assembly language module is 
linked, if you forget these than you'll get 
errors as soon as you try to assemble your 
code because the assembler will not realise 

► 



AUGUST 1995 








tutorial 


I 


The best of both 
worlds 

Thai s fust about it a* far as the 
mechanics ol mixed coding are con 
earned and aa you *H see when you 
examine the C and assembler code on 
this month s coverdisk there 9 noth- 
ing particularly difficult about it The 
benefits, however, of using this sort of 
hybrid code 1 approach can be signifi* 
cant - in short, it allows you to har- 
ness ft It the speed advantages of 
assembler in the sections of the pro- 
gram where it counts, white allowing 
you to develop the bulk of your code 
rapidly using a high-level language. 
The result is that you get me best of 
both worlds! 


► 

that labels have been used whose values 
are unknown at assembly lime. 

Most assemblers, incidentally, place a 
limit on the number of characters within a 
label that will be regarded as significant. 
The ANSI C compiler standard also only 
requires that the compiler caters for six 
characters with external references, 
although most handle more. Either check 
first, or don't use long names tor functions 
and variables whose references might need 
to be passed between modules. 

Function Entry rules: Upon entry to a 
function the stack, under conventional 
parameter passing conditions, contains the 
function arguments placed immediately 
above ths long-word return address which 
register A7 (the stack pointer) points to. 
The arguments appear in lefMo-righl order 
with the leftmost item being the one imme- 
diately above the return address. Here are 
some standard function entry steps which 
need to be carried out: 


f. Save register AS. which contains the 
previous function's stack frame pointer. 
The best idea is to push it onto the 
stack! 

£, Copy the contents of A7 into AS, 
thereby establishing a frame pointer for 
the current function which allows you to 
access the arguments indireclly using 
the A5 base value. 

3. Subtract any slack work area needed 
from A7, 

• 

These steps can, if the work area required 
is less than 32K. be achieved with ihe 
68000's LINK instruction. Lattice/SAS 
expects registers D2-D7, A2-A4 and A6 
to be intact on return so if any of Ihese 
registers are to be used, they must be 
preserved. 

Again, it is common practice to place 
them on the stack. The above slack- 
oriented procedure forms Ihe basis of a 
powerful general parameter passing tech- 
nique and it's well worth learning about. 
Function return values are passed back in 
one or more registers, depending on the 




Writing the 
ppropriati I tile is can It 
iimplij inuolues pining air.taW 
mil fnriini alls, i»th m 
enuirGd psiameters. iitn tit E 
jm. this is done lining 
ml ( Fimtion 
mention 


Return Type 

Size 

Pass Back Details 

char 

3 

low byte of DO 

short 

16 

low word of DO 

long 

32 

aH of DO 

float 

32 

all of DO 

pointer 

32 

all ot DD 

double (IEEE) 

64 

passed in DD and D1 with high bits in DO 

double (FFP) 

32 

all of DO 



data type declared for the function In ques- 
tion. Here are the return value details thal 
must be adhered to (see above). 

Having sel up the required return value, 
the routine needs to reverse its entry steps - 
restoring the registers, advancing the 
A7 stack pointer past Ihe work area, and 

c^ code.G - data passed as C parameters 

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the 63000 has an unlink (UNLK) instruct 
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Vlrocop 

I - World 1 Championship Edition 
International Golf 
Tactical Manger 2 

System Analysis 


Beat the System 

Still stuck on RPG adventure. Ishar 3? 
Take a look at our cheat guide 


Preview - Star Crusader 

We take a sneak preview of Gametek s 
forthcoming space combat simulator 


Hang your fluffy dice on the dash and rev your 

engine as we take a look at Black Legend's racer 


Preview - Timekeepers 

Vulcan Software's puzzler previewed 


System EssciiiS^ls 

Bargains galore - the latest budgets 
rounded up and reviewed 


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miga 







Rugby special# the World Cup way 


Audiogenic have upgraded their original World 
j class Rugby game with a '95 version. This update 
includes all the squads from the 16 countries that 
made it to the 1995 Rugby World Cup finals. The 
new version also allows you to enter your own 
teams and save therm to disk. 

It covers all the major elements of rugby union 
such as fine-outs, penalties and conversions, and the 
advantage rule has also been included. You can play 
against a human or computer and a tournament 
mode allows a multi -player option. 

Two views are available to play the game in. 
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Zoom-In allows a close-up view of the action 
whereas Zoom-Out provides a more strategic angle 
You can also watch replays at any time and then 
save them to disk. 

The game will be available for £19.99 and is com- 
patible with all 1Mb Arnigas, Owners of the original, 
however, can upgrade for £9.99 (+ £1.25 
directly from Audiogenic, enclosing the bar code 
from the game or by quoting the 13 digit bar code 
number. Audiogenic are at: Unit 27. Christchurch 
Industrial Centre, Wealdstone, Harrow H A3 3 NT. 
Please mark as 'Rugby '95 Offer.' 



Upgrade *o World Class Pugh/ J 95 



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snort! theme. Tina Haefcett flans her 


trainers In bring you up to-date with what’s 


Budget bonanza 

Digital integration have some more bargain buys in store for the penny-con- 
scious First on. the schedule is MegaTraveller 2 - Quest for the Ancients. It's an 
RPG adventure where you must save the planet Rhlanor from destruction. A 
toxic slime is pouring out of the ancient ruins and you have a quest to find out 
what is causing it. 

There are 127 worlds to discover, each having over 500,000 square miles to 
explore. Ten different starships are available and you'll have a good range of 
weapons and armour to choose from. 

Next up is International Sports Challenge, a sports simulation with over six 
different sports and 21 events- Qne to four players can take part In a variety of 
sports ranging from cycling and clay pigeon shooting to running a marathon. 

Micro Prose's submarine simulator, SubWar 2050, is also on the schedule. Set 
in 2 050 AD, the seas have become a vital source of food and energy, and sabo- 
tage is commonplace as the battle to defend underwater territory ensues. You 
play a mercenary sub pilot testing your skill in underwater combat and learning 
moves such as Knuckles and Deep Dives, 

SubWar Z05Q h priced £16,99, while International Sports Challenge and 
MegaTravetler 2 are £14.99. 



international Sports Challenge forms pan of Digital integration * latest budget tine-vp 


Sensible Golf - ready, willing 

and able 

The eagerly anticipated Sensible Golf is ready to hit the shops and it's looking pretty 
spectacular! The usual Sensi sprites are used and the overall feel is of a fun, high- 
quality title that can either be played as an arcade game or as a realistic sim. Take 
part in full tournaments or for novices to the sport, you can work on your skills on 
the practice holes. 

We'll be bringing you a full review next month, but in the meantime take a look 
at these screenshots 



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Hot shots 

A September release is planned -for the 
sequel to one of the most popular focrt- 
betl management games ever. Oliver 
Collier's Championship Manager sold 
over 350,000 copies and ngw Domark 
have taken the suggestions of players of 
the original and incorporated them into 
this new game. 

The follow-up will feature an Inter- 
nationa) angle, so as well as being able 
tp play in domestic management, you 
can also take part in the European 
Championships or the World Cup and 
the (ike. and you can manage any 
international side. 3t also promises to be 



rjie stats bated football management sinn 
a back. Look out for it thu Stptembtf 


Cup INircnen Cup 

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as stats packed as ever and includes 
things such as key tackles won par 
player, to shots on target. A very 


realistic transfer system will be used 
and real pfayer stats will provide a ref- 
erence source for football enthusiasts. 


Fantasy football 

Ascon's excellent football management sim, On the Ball - 
World Cup Edition, is being released this summer on bud- 
get. This new style of sim replaced all the screens of stats 
usually found In management sims, ano replaced them with 
a more visually appealing approach Different locations,, 
shown as scanned watercolours, are used to provide the 
interface, and animations give a realistic match day feet. 



A ttryhly ,1 u t hunt re, fun getttf n-t Jim. On the Bali is now available on budgi: t 


On the Ball also concentrates on giving the game a 
human touch, with each player having their own personal- 
ity traits, so you'll have to manage them accordingly. You 
can also choose to play any team you wish in your bid for 
the World Cup. Priced at £12.99, On the Ball will be avail- 
able this summer, 


Totally 

obsessed! 

You will notice later m this sec- 
tion a review of a rather nifty 
pinbafier called Obsession, It s 
really rather good and has 
earned itself 8 7 per cent. Please 
note, though, that it can only be 
obtained from Merlin They can 
be contacted at PO Sox 77, 
Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 9YD 
Obsession is priced at £29-95 


Next month 


Thanks for your response to our surveys. After careful consideration we've decided 
to re-design the games section. This way, we can more accurately address the needs 
of our readers in what they'd like to see in System. We are also aiming to bring the 
section more in line with the rest of the magazine. 

Reviews will be more concise and analytical previews will give you an insight 
into the making of the games and where appropriate, we'll be bringing you more 
technical information. 

As always, our reviews will be of finished products only and well also provide 
you with better compatibility information, thus enabling you to make more 
informed choices on buying a game, Get ready for the new look System next 
month. 


Flick of a 
switch 



Anotfwr Doom comprtrtnf an the 

way. This time from Pottsh team, 
(Avon fnter«tiw 


After months of Amiga owners 
practically drooling over Doom 
and Doom 2 on friends PCs, we 
can finally have our own ver- 
sion - we hope. Up until now, 
there's only been the rather 
disappointing Death Mash but 
things look set to change with 
three, four, possibly five con- 
tenders on their way - Team 17 
have Alien Breed, Manyk have 
Fears, and Black Magic have 
Gloom, And now a Polish team 
called Union Interactive have 
, two games of this genre on the 
horizon. 

One is called Switchworld 
and looks to be the usual big 
gun, gloomy corridors, kill 
monsters thing The storyline 
revolves around the fact that a 
dictator planned to conquer 
the world with biomutants but 
thanks to the international 
police, he tailed. However, he 
was never caught and has 
decided to go back in time to 
create more biomutants. Or 
something. Anyway, it's now 
up to you to travel through 
the five episodes, killing 
everything in sight. 

Their second offering is 
Behind the Iron gate, another 
quite similar game that uses 
this 3D, first-person perspec- 
tive. It's going to be A5D0 and 
still promises to run at a fair 
old speed. As well as the 
shoot-' em-up aspect, it also 
will have an flPG/adventure 
angle to it 



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o begin with, you must go and see Alter who is standing opposite, and he 
will indicate where Typhus MernMTs Observatory is on the map. This is your 
first task Before you set off, buy some lime-blossom tea from the shop a little 
way along the southern ramparts of the rich town. 

In the first street you will encounter some bandits. Go in to the inn to enrol 
some companions before fighting, and when you defeat them, search them for 


money 


Head towards the rich town. There is only one way in and it b located on the 



western side, between two porches. Vou 
must buy a necklace for 40(H) 90 from the 
big guard at the entrance or you will be 
refused entry. Afterwards, put the necklace 


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he lime blossom tea and recover the playing 
arq He indicates where Mather Fudis is on 
he map. Once you arrive at the indicated 
>lace r take the scroll on the ground and read 
t then set off towards the mentioned inn, 

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At Mother's, don't accept to go out, give him the card when he says OUT Wait to set 
the gate and click on it to go through. . _J 

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before you can proceed through the passage. Travel south tor 3 long way and then ed> 
when your route is blocked. You will come across a racoon on a rock. Take its sen* 
then pick up the mushrooms from the forest. Head back towards Mather and give h.m 

the scroll. Vou must then pick up the key. 

Go to the house indicated on the map. Fetch the magic flask and the pendant, , 
put the pendant on.. Go to the inn. south of the theatre. Listen, then recover tN 

Ke Ionia powder. Buy the other potions in the shops and mix them all together in tM 
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Tips to help along 
the way 

To more forward in frrtie, jfmuft^neovS/y press 

<CTRL> + <AiT> + <A> + mow® mouse completely to the left of the screen 
and click the left mouse button. 

To return life points to the maximt/m, simuffimeot/s/y press; 

<CTRL> + <ALT> + <V> + move mouse completely to the left of the screen 
and click the left mouse button 

When you are creating your team, thoose five human beings distributed 
as follows: 

3 Knights-erramt 

1 scholar (with 15 in strength, constitution agility and wisdom) 

1 Magician {with 15 in strength, constitution, agility and intelligence). 


back towards the town, Go to the theat r c - J - ■: . ery so^th of the rich town and enter 
after 7pm. Listen to Gulnar, give him " e ta vr -r you received from the racoon, wait 
for the gate to appear at 2 am, ther proceed trough 

In the jungle pick up a crystal. Go soutt - . ;■ j fnd tne tribe with the chief -they 
are called the 'East End Lads', Fight and * the chief In the jungle you may encounter 
several leopards. Kill them and take : ‘ ‘ ch you can sell for huge amounts of 

money to the shopkeepers of the town 

Head bade through the theatre gate ■ -' r jngle, go east then south to find the 
meteor near the North wall. Put the - ece found in the jungle on it and a 

gate appears. Go through. 

Before heading towards the mou-:a ' : ^ jit buy some fur coats to keep warm. 

When you get there, find the time machine which is located towards the north-west. 
Put the crystal on it and go back nto 1 wr There w be many beasts in your way! 

Find a gate which has just appeared r e north-western part of town - go 
through it before 12 noon. Your next task is to fire® the princess in captivity - she is 
held In the dungeon, In the dungec- there w-ll oe s fireball in the very first corridor, 
wait for it to pass, then quickly turr ght an d then take the first right to enter the 
underground cavern, 

At the fork turn left. You w 1 have ic ban e aga inst hoards of skeletons to con- 
tinue. Take the third turning on the eft to activate a lever in the dead-end You can 
walk about through the whole cavern to pick up all the main essentials - bread, 
money and weapons. Head back towams -"e entrance to the cavern and climb the 
Stairs to return to the dungeon There /. b® more opponents in your way, each one 
becoming stronger as the game goes on These must be defeated. 

GOING DOWN 

You will eventually find the princess r a room with lava, and you must pass on the 
three sFabs which cause the cage to gc down if you pass on four, the cage falls, on 
two, ifs too high. There will be more opponents in your way once again. When you 
have freed her enlist her help and head back into town 

Go and sleep in an inn. In a dream a character tells you to go to a house which he 
indicates on the map. Go in front o* his house and take the key from the fountain. Go 
into the house and you will fine f . ■ - guard's . - r ^rms. Put these on. Head towards the 
palace with the disguise on so you can get in. You must remove the helmet in front of 
Zoltar and enlist has help Return to the -ores! and Zoltar and Thiha will leave. 

Head back into town once again Mather will give you a crystal which you must 
place on the time machine in the mountains. 

Return into town, and you will find yourself in mountains in a different era. You 
will find a belt in the snow Return once again back into town. Put op the magic belt 
and return to the forest. Look for and pick up a magic sword - it will be eight in the 
heart of the jungle. 

Go east and at the end, head south. You will find a house with Zoltafs son and his 
wife, a sorceress, She has the powers to protect you from your final enemy - the 
dragon. 

You will find the dragon in sn underground cavern. You must walk on the paving 
stones marked with a circle in a certasn order - seven stones must be activated to gain 
access, You will eventually reach a door which will lead to the dungeon^ go through it 
after 12 noon. To defeat him from a distance, use the maximum number of arrows 
and the ice-cloud spell. If you're up close, you must position yourself so that the fire 
protection spell is always active, 

You must give first aid to your companions after each blow struck by the dragon. 
Regeneration potions are indispensable. Eventually you will defeat him, putting an 
end to Shandar's evil arts, You will then have proved yourself against the greatest 
warrior of all. 



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□If games have slowly disappeared 
over the last few months, leaving lit- 
tie or no trace at all. The only 90 ft sims 
worth a mention are MSkroProse Golf and 
possibly PGA Tour. The others have tried and 
almost succeeded - Nick Faldo's came the 
closest only suffering an awkward control 
system which became very clumsy at times. 

However, Summit Software are a new 
company hoping to bring gaming entertain- 
ment to your Amiga screen. WilH bigger com- 
panies undecided about their future within 
the Amiga market smaller companies have 
taken the opportunity to steal their lime' 
light Team 17 being a fine example. Summit 
Software hope to do a Team 17 and domi- 
nate the market with quality products. Good 
luck to r em. 

To kick off their career, they've penned In 
some releases already, namely Tracksuit 
Manager, Rage and Rugby Boss. Let's hope 
these can rank alongside some of the past 
Amiga greats. We'll see. 



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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 joy- 
stick, 0 CD 32 controller or a mouse. The joystick seems to be the 
easiest, and when the piece drops onto the play field you Can 
rotate the shape by pressing fire and right, then when ft is in 
the posetion you want, press fire and left. However, once ft is in 
position it is permanent The bigger the loop you can make, the 
more points you'll get. 

Super Loop? has 0 variety of different 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 one who scores the most points. 

There is a puzzle option too which involves being shown a 
complete 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. 


International Golf 




Graphically, International Golf is fairly 
good. The action is viewed top-down, with 
well-drawn trees accompanied b«, the obvi- 
ous goffy scenery, The scrolling is nice and 
smooth too, leaving me with no particular 
major gripes at all, But - there's alwarys one 
- the overall look and feel gives a very PD 
impression, if you know what I mean The 
reason behind this is because the actual 
developers are a PD team called 
Sad diet ramps PD. They will obviously need 
time to make the move from PD up to full 
price, but l J m afraid it shows up a little too 
much for me. 

The graphics aren't as polished as say, 
Sensible Golf, and the whole ‘eel gives an 
impression of being programmed in Amos 
Most newcomers to the market encounter 
these problems and usually move onto 
another programming language to get the 
best results from their particular genre of 
game However, as Summit Software have 
obviously tried very hard I shouldn't really 
knock them. 

If golf is your game and you like a good 
18 holes of planning what dubs to use, 
power and accuracy all by yourself, without 
any help from the computer, then graphics 
don’t particularly come into it. Unless, of 
course, you like to take in the scenery on 
your way to the next hole. 

On the box the game boasts superb 
colour graphics featuring a full ratoscoped 
golfer. Yes, maybe, but it still 
looks like public domain. 




Ibis time, checked trousers and funny bets are 
the order of the day. Andy Haddock steps up, 
cracking Tarby gags all the way... ho! ho! 


Giflfrtg rUe poiufr of your 
shot right will take practice. 

Don't expect a hahr-in flnc 

cm your fieri hole 


Tftei* arc the IS holes of the Hiviera 
Country Club course. They alt took 
incredibly challenging 


Sound for golf games is fairly non-existent - featur- 
ing merely the odd swoosh of the club and a hied 
or two tweeting along in the background All these 
effects have been Included which makes the game 
an absolute pleasure to play The actual sampled 
tweets of the birds are the best I've heard on any 
game of this genre, beating MicroPros# Golf hands 
clown - as far as tweets go.. 


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Overall then, a nicely presented game which may not have 
fhe depth of Micro Prose or PGA, but the actual gameplay 
is very different by managing to sustain an arcade feel, 

After each shot you have to alter your positioning, dub, 
power and height of the shot all by yourseff, without any 
help from the computer whatsoever, whereas other golf 
Sims give you a little help by lining you up with the hole 
and selecting a suitable dub 

One aspect of the game which became frustrating Is 
that it fails to give you the yardage for the dubs Prior 
knowledge of golf is absolutely essential, which unfortu- 
nately l do not posses. Consequently, | was frequently over 
hitting the ball. 


There are two courses included in the game and an 
option to install new ones when they are released. There's 
also a tournament option and a two-player gam?. It's cer- 
tainly not short af ideas. 

Incidentally, a demo of International Golf is being 
released as public domain by Sadd let ramps PD. This, 
perhaps, is a better idea than hurrying the process and 
releasing the game at full price. Summit Software should 
have waited for a response on the demo and then acted 
accordingly. 

As it stands, it's a good first attempt at full price soft- 
ware, and one that shouldn't be overlooked. If you're into 
the finer side of golf it could be a worthwhile buy, 


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The game wifi be controlled via a mouse and 3 set of icons that you simply click on according to 
the action you wish your platoon members to carry out. Click on the appropriate icon and then 
paste it on to an empty square on the screen. When a character walks onto to it, he will perform 
this order, 

1 A helpful 'Rubber' feature which allows you to erase a pasted action 

2 to 5. The direction arrows make the character walk the appropriate way 

6. Click on the dock to make your troop wait there for a period 

7. Using the shoe will enable a character to jump over the object in front 
£. Use the spanner to operate an object 

9. Teeth make your character act aggressively 

10. Lightning will allow you to replay a previous level 

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ultan Software, renowned for ’'-air Valhalla 
speech adventure games ^n? embarking on 
a new series for Amiga owners. Called The 
Mini Series' it will consist of a range cd qual- 
ity titles at very low prices from £12 95 to 
£15.99. Vulcan are concentrating on their 
mail order service which allows i*em 10 sell their awn 


brand more cheaply. The 
games will cover a variety 
m of genres and each will have 

a data disk shortly after its 
initial release. 

Timekeepers is the first 
of these games and is of 
the puzzler/strategy kind. 
Graphically, it's very reminis- 
cent of their Valhalla games, 
and those who've played 
their first foray into Amiga 
gaming will instantly recog 
nisq the distinctive Vulcan 
style which uses a combina- 
tion of dark, murky shades to provide an original, and 
interesting, approach. 

The characters of the game, the rather miniature 
Lemnning-esque type race, are the Timekeepers. They 
are a police force who were established to protect the 
4th dimension from a psychotic warlord. His aim is to 
destroy the entire human race and intends to do so by 


JJit intro animitkm puts 
you in rfae picture 


These strange creatures jw (tie Timakevpvn - 
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planting nuclear devices throughout the course of 
history. He has hidden four of his most powerful yet 
in four zones - Stoneage, Medieval, Vietnam and 
Space. Commander Seymour of the Timekeepers 
knows of the bombs' whereabouts and must send 
teams into the lands to locate and disarm them. 

You take charge of the Timekeepers and have to 
guide the platoon through the levels, avoiding the 
obstacles placed in your way - rivers., minefields, trap- 
doors and 'the enemy' will all prove treacherous. 
When your men find the nuclear devices you will 
have to instruct them to disarm them, and the 
amount of men you need to do this depends on the 
complexity of the device. The number in your platoon 
also depends on how many men survived the last 
level. 

ACTFONS 

The characters act independently to given situa- 
tions and while they have a certain degree of intelli- 
gence, they also act with a great deal of stupidity!! 
On the one hand, they will walk into even the most 
obvious disasters, but on the other, if you issue 
them with an impossible order they will look up in 
disbelief and walk in the opposite direction. They 
will also do this if they bump into another member 
of the platoon. 

The game will be controlled via an icon system (see 
boxoutf and when all 16 levels have been explored, 
and the four bombs disposed of, the game is finished. 
Fans of the game will then be able to purchase a data 
disk providing an extra 64-level challenge. 

Vulcan Software divided the games- playing world 
with their last releases, so much so that scores ranged 
from the low 20s to an amazing 90. Although a puz- 
zler game, it does look distinctively 'Vulcan,' so it will 
be very interesting to see whether Timekeepers has 
the same effect on reviewers and public alike, 

Timekeepers will be available this summer for all 
Amigas and well hopefully be bringing you the full 
review next month. 


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PLAYABILITY 


As you can imagine,, the majority of 
the game involves negotiating plat- 
forms and blasting the enemies and 
viruses into oblivion. There are a range 
of 20 different weapons at your dis- 
posal from twin missile launchers to 
flame-throwers. The shots you'll need 
to kill an enemy depend on the size 
and strength of it. Some may be killed 
with one straight bullet, others with a 
mortar bomb, for example. 

To finish a level you must extermi- 
nate a certain amount of viruses, so 
the game can be played in either of 
two ways. One is to rush through all 
the levels, avoiding enemy fire and 


Her* is one of the deeply vinues and you rtUWt 
kiH a certain amount to gef off the level 


The 3D enin'ViMHnl works weft and yoo J ll haw to make 
sure yaw don't fall down jrdJty banks or off roof tops 




Graphics are gf an extremely high 
standard and an excellent 3D envi- 
ronment not only looks good but 
enhances the gameplay, Each level 
varies from the Sports zone to 
Military, and all contain enemies 
appropriate to the theme. Sporty for 
example, contains deadly snooker 
balls and animated enemies related 
to the level. There are also men 
bouncing around the zone on space 
hoppers - remember them 7 Round, 
plastic bubble creatures filled with 
air that you could hop around on. 

All levels look good but the adven- 
ture scenario, which is the bonus 
level for the A12QQ, is particularly 
good and has a mixture of wizards 
and evil robots, Even small details 
such as flame torches burning on the 
waits show the attention to detail 
that has been given, 

The main sprite is fairly basic and 
looks rather like a banana-coloured 
R2D2! Still, he has been rather nicely 
animated despite his small dimen- 
sions so that, for example, if you 
leave him standing, he lets off steam, 
His moves actually look robotic too 
and as his head moves independently 
to his body, which is the firing part, it 
adds to the gameplayi! 


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Sound- wise, Virocop is nothing exceptional, You are 
offered the choice between in-game music or just the 
sound effects, The music changes to fit in with the 
levels and varies from the predictable happy-go-lucky 
bounce-aiong tunes for the Sports level, to the more 
dramatic such as on the Adventure level. 

Stereo sound is available when the music is 
switched off, so the effects are routed to the left or 
right channel depending on the event on screen.. 
Most of the sound effects, as you J d expect, are a 
range of shots, bangs and explosions, but apart from 
that it is quite limited., 






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INTRODUCTION 


I irst impressions of shOQVenvup Virocop 

V would suggest a fairly young audience. 

However, further investigation of the game 
reveals mere to it than first appears. It's a 
mixture of shooteryplatformer - a genre that has 
somehow been neglected on the Amiga of late - and 
has been created with such fine attention to detail 
that it looks set to shine. 

Behind the game are the talented Graftgold team, 
renowned for such hits as Uridium, Fire and Ice, and 
Rainbow Islands. 


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topping to kill just the viruses, or you 
:an 90 at a more slower pace and kill 
caddies 35 . you see them. However, 
toe more points you earn, the more 
' ante you have of earning an extra 
fe Bonus lives can be discovered on 
the levels and are also awarded at 
10,000, 40,000 points and so On. 

D.AV.E. runs on a battery which is 
drained as he is damaged- Pick-ups 
an be collected to replenish it and 
you'll need to be able to judge when 
you need them as you can't collect 
energy you can't use. There's also 
some kind of puzzle angle to the 
game as you have to figure out how 
*z> move certain platforms and which 
switches do what, 



Virocop sets the scenario of 3 virtual-holiday theme park. 
You play D.A V.E,- Digital Armoured Virus Exterminator - 
who has beer, given the arduous task of ridding the park of 
viruses that have taken over and are causing havoc on the 
game Disk. 

The game zones had been set up on the GameDisk 12 
years ago and the public and press were sceptical about the 
idea of buying virtual time-share experiences in another 
place without having to go there. The concept eventually 
caught on though, and soon imitations were springing up 
everywhere, although none were as big as the GameDisk, 

But then it all goes horribly wrong when something 
breaks into the GameDisk. Giant viruses spread across the 
game zones feeding off the power r and spreading rapidly all 
the time DAV E, the Virocop is called for. 



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There isn't really a game 
like Virocop to compare 
it to. It's a cross between 
3 shoot-'em-up and a 
platformer, and the 
nearest I can think of to 
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cutesy Alien Breed. 
According to older col- 
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what it doesn't have in sophistication, it makes up for 
in gameplay. 

Two-player mode, though, is by far the best 
option, As well as the usual turn -based system, you 
have a team mode where one player takes charge of 
the head and firing while the other controls the body 
and movement, At first this takes some getting used 
to, but as you progress this is definitely one of the 
most fun multi-piayer methods I've played. 

Virocop is not the sort of game that will grab you 


immediately as it isn't partieu- 
tarly striking, but play it for a 
while and try the two-player 
team mode and you'll find a 
game that has playability in : 
abundance. 

lt F S not the 'thinking . 
man's' title by any stretch of X * | 
the imagination, hut for the trig- ' * 
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The battle for first place feels more refilutrc 
than in many other racing iifFiufalora 


ith Skidmarks, ATR and ftoadkill 
behind us, and Turbotra* and 
Wheel spin still to come, it seems 
Amiga developers have forgotten 
how to program anything other 
than the overhead rater. Many of 
them boast tried and tested quality 
gameplay, but this constant rehash of the 
same product must be tiring even the most 
ded icated fan of the genre. 

A change is long overdue, so the imminent 
release of Ft World Championship has raised 



some interest. It's certainly not a breath of 
fresh air in terms of originality, but at least ft 
marks the return of the long- absent race sim- 
ulator with its realistic on-the-track view. 

Power ups. wacky cars and off-road 
scenery have been abandoned In Ft World 
Championship in favour of realistic racing 
with pit stop tactics. The question is p can 
Domark make the old formula shine once 
more? 




No one b going to be impressed with FI World 
Championship from the word go - not unless 
they've only just upgraded from a C64 anyway, 
it's done nothing to build on the racing game 
graphics of years past, and initially it seems to 
offer iitt le more in terms of ga m epl ay either . 

Despite these strong criticisms, however, FI 
somehow manages to draw the player back for 
more, thanks to more depth in the gameplay than 
initially meets the eye. 

The fact that the tracks are modelled realisti- 
cally on their real world counterparts Is an attrac- 
tive feature that should appeal, particularly to 
Grand Prix fans. Even if you've never watched 
motor sports in your life, however, the variety of 
challenges from simple fast circuits like Brazil San 
Paulo to the tortuous bends of Monaco add an 
extra dimension to the challenge. 

Unlike most racing games - including the State- 
of-the-art arcade hit Daytona Racing - this title 
actually gives some sense of the tactics of motor 
sport. Passing cars, for example, can be a matter 
of bidding your time until the right opportunity 
arises, because on a crowded stretch the player 
Simply won't be able to overtake as soon as they 
want to. 

Before the race begins, players are advised to 
consult the weather report and the map of the 


track as this will affect the way the car should be 
set up. Drivers can choose different tyres to 
suit weather conditions and varying drag-factors 
to trade off speed for grip on the more arduous 
circuits. 

The handling of the car, however, is perhaps 
the most important matter when it comes to mak- 
ing a successful rating game, and fortunately Ft is 
reasonably accomplished in this area, Unlike some 
games which demand that the player goes flat 
out round the circuit to even have a chance of 
winning, a driver in Fl has to get used to antici- 
pating tight bends by breaking. Other realistic 
touches include the need to refuel and change 
worn tyres - otherwise you II be lorced to retire, 

Different game modes allow players to race in 
knockout contests or go for longer-term champi- 
onships in which there is both a driver and a car 
constructors' scoreboard. This, again, adds a touch 
of strategy to the action, because the thought of 
maintaining points will make players think twice 
about racing on with worn tyres just to snatch 
first place. 

Incidentally, we actually dug out a Logic 
Freewheel and some foot pedals and connected 
them to FI. Not surprisingly this wasn' t a totally 
satisfying experiment, though they 
did work to a certain extent. 



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After the recent glut of overhead 


race-’em-ups, the 3D race simulator 
makes a return in the form of 
Domark’s latest release. 

Gareth lofthouse tests whether FI 
World Championship has got enough 
juice to snatch pole position 


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Racing games just don't seem to inspire the average 
developer when it comes to audio effects. Providing 
they've got some impression of the roar of the 
engine, they don't seem to bother with much else - 
the only notable recent exception being Roadkill 
with its more original background sound. 

F? isn't terrible but the engine noise is more of a 
buzz than a J vroom' and crashes sound more like a 
tmkle than the noise of tearing metal, Other effects 
include skidding and a tinny clanking when bump- 
ing into opposition cars. What is quite satisfying, 
however, is the convincing sound effect that accom- 
panies a gear change - trivial it may be, but it adu- 
ally makes the player feel more in control of the tar 


We might have hoped that the Amiga's capabilities would have been squeezed 
to push FI to the forefront graphical*, - after all, visuals are fairly important in 
such an action-dominated genre but unfortunately, Domark's efforts on this 
front are at best average, 

The problem is that it afl locks rather dated. In the far distance, buildings 
rotate as you turn through bends, and signposts and barriers rush by on the 
edge of the track, but it fails to give the m press ion of racing through anything 
remotely like a real landscape. 

The lack of detail isn't entirely a bad thing, however, since it's allowed the 
game to run at a high speed. This means that though the scenery is rather bask, 
it blurs by at such a blistering r,i T -: that your attention is firmly centred on just 
holding onto the road. 

Initially, it appears that the tracks are going to be flat, but on later levels 
players do get the impression of using and falling over small hills and dips - 
though since these are based on proper race tracks this effect is not overly dra- 
matic. Furthermore, because the races take place all around the world, the 
developers have introduced a reasonable amount of variety from location to 

location. 

There are also appropriate weather conditions for each of the countries, so 
races can take place in bright sur ght, driving rain or under overcast skies - but 
though this works well in terms of gameo a. it's crudely implemented as far as 
graphics are concerned. 

Another complaint can be level eo at the poorly detailed cars - however, at 
least your driver's hands move on the wheel and it's possible to view the action 
from within or behind the player's car 

Two-player mode works using the standard horizontally-split screen and 
appears to maintain all the pace of the one-player challenge - a quality not to 
be sniffed at when you consider how important human versus human games are 
in the racing genre. 

Other functional but effective graphic features include the track map which 
shows the player's car in red in contrast to sM the other cars. This facility gives 
drivers a good idea of how dear they are from the rest of the field - or, more 
usually, how much work they have to do to catch up. 

The introductions, the pit stops, option screens and all the other wrapping 
material that surrounds a game in FI are typically unimpressive too, especially 
when compared to the stunningly rendered introduction accompanying 
Roadkill. But then at the end of the day, it's the game itself that counts. 


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Crashes are none too J^MiCtprufcir., but they hold 
driven beck enough to add fenjfan to the game 



Dorn ark would have done this game a lot more justice 
they insisted on having the graphics and sound 
brought up to date, because deep down there's 
actually an enjoyable game to be played. 

Unfortunately, a lot of people won't bother to 
persevere with FI because it seems so visually slap 
dash. Those who are unmotivated by the gloss of most 
modern games, however, can find a racing challenge 
that holds more than average levels of tactical depth. 

Nevertheless, the Amiga market needed a more rounded title to lift the stan- 
dard of action gaming at the moment, and FI just doesn't deliver. Beating 
Microprose's similarly-named racing game was always going to be tough, and 
unfortunately Domark just weren't up to it on this occasion 



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actical Manager dates back to 1992 when 
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each players' statistics in the Premier League and Division 1 - their age, nation- 
ality, morale and fitness are only a few which can be changed, Also, any trans- 
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The game is already very successfu among Play -By-Mail u&ers. This is a 
postal foot ha II management game wh ch hundreds of people enter, trying 
to take their team to Premiership go- y T^srs how it works, 

The author of a Play-By-Mail wil recru t managers to play in the league, 
appointing them to various teams. The idea for the public is to transact 
through the author to win the league Qixe the public has selected their 
team formations and changes they ret jrn *”e information back to the 
author - who inputs all the data on to Tactkal Manager 2, The results will 
be determined and then sent ba-;* ' " public to inform them of their 
position within the game. 

Why? you may be asking. We t's a special blend of the love of English 
football and money. Yes, it does cost to take pan in these leagues - some- 
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change, 

The intensity to which Tactical Manager stretches is enor- 
mous. You'll spend endless hours searching through the 
many menus to change various aspects for your next game, 
Everything you find in reat football is here - and very realis- 
tically too. AH the basic aspects of football are obviously 
included, and team selections and transfers are just the tip 
of the iceberg. 

You can select any players on your team to act as either 
bait-winners, playmakers or goal hangers, and you even get 
to select one of the opposing players to mark - to com- 
pletely put him out of the game. 

One strange feature that has never been included in any 
game of this genre before is the Pools - you can choose 
home wins, away wins and draws to come up with the 




jackpot. The amount of detail in 
this game is unexplainable and 
cannot be described on these 
two pages atone, and this is 
what makes it so special. 

Most people will turn their 
nose up at the first Sight 
Tactical Manager 2 and 
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reasonably bad because of the way it 
looks. Anyone who takes the time to get into the 
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possesses, 

Real football fanatics who would be interested in all the 
realism and statistical features of football will love it to 
death, The amount of detail is astonishing, probably the 
most in depth I've ever seen in any football management 
simulation yet. The presentation may not be as polished as 
say, On The Ball or Premier Manager, but for detail, Tactical 
Manager comes top of the league. 


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The sound merely consists of either 
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ball games have somewhat 
ruled the roost as far as Amiga 
pinball games go - some have even 
hailed them as the definitive pin- 
bailers. So maybe it comes as a bit of 
a surprise then to learn of a new 
challenger on the market from 
Swedish team, Unique Develo- 
pments, with Amiga development 
from Blade, The game originally 
came out on the ST and I happened 
to review it for St Review magazine. 
Back then I awarded it a massive 98 
per cent and said it was 'the best ST 
game ever!" so I awaited the Amiga 
version with glee. 

Howeuer, the Amiga market is 
another kettle of fish altogether, and 
after being spoilt by Digital Illusions 
previous offerings, 1 wasn't quite 
sure where Obsession would fit in 
with the state of play. So to be fair 
when marking this game, it has to be 
scored in relation to others available. 



Rum You are racing from Paris 
to Dakar and to finish a stage you must 
iq hi the pit stop lamps, but to light a 
amp you. have to buy enough fuel units. 
Money will be given to you at two 
stages - the Hundring Ramp and the 
Speed Passage. To get a really high 
score, though, you must finish each 
stage as either the first or second car, 
and to increase your place in the race 
you need to go through the Place 
Passage. 

■alls and Darts: Two -play modes are 
available for this Baseball-themed game, 
in Normal Mode you just play the ball 
around the table, collecting a score, in 
Pitching Mode you shoot the ball into 
the Pitcher's Box which halts the game 
for a few seconds and the Pitcher throws 
the ball at you, either as a fast Ball, Slow 
Ball or Curve Ball, You must then use the 
flippers as bats to hit the ball. 

X-ile Zon*: On this table you have a 
series of missions to complete before 
you can go ahead and kill the enemy 
tribe leader. The nine missions are dis- 
played in the middle of the table and to 
complete one you must light Death' 
and shoot the ball into the Mission Ball 
Trap- 

Aquatic Adventure Try and spell 
’Dive' and then you can go onto to do 
one of two things. You can either 
increase the Bonus Multiplier at the bot- 
tom of the table or enter a Dive Mission 
where there are five to complete, from 
Deep Dive to Submarine Hunt, The 
Starfish ball trap also gives extra awards 
such as bonus points or an extra ball. 


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lamps, but make sure you W Jbdhugfrt ertaugh fuel ttflfts first 



Obsession, far from being the latest after 
shave from Calvin Klein, is a pinballer from 
Swedish team, Unique Developments. 
Pinball Wizard Tina 


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Aquatic Adventure is, believe it or not, a sea-related table and tells the 
story of Bobby Bubble, an adventurer who has escaped from Captain 
Notpolites dungeons, stolen his map and his heading for the Sitnalta 
archipelagos. He ends up on a strange island and takes a dive into the 
waters. He then has to find the treasure before he ends up as fish food. 
But little does he realise that the Captain is watching him from his Sub- 
marine. , a 

X-ile Zone, on the other hand, is a futuristic table, it's set in 2058 

after a nuke attack and your mission is to kill the enemy leader, after 
completing a number of missions. 

Bal Is and Bats has a sporty theme and puts you in the role of a 
world-class baseball piayer You are taking part in the World Series - the 
pressure is on and the whole team are counting on you.. 

Desert Run deals with life in the fast lane. You must get from Paris to 
Dakar as you leave the roads and try to earn the title 'Desert Runner/ 


Again, these are fitting to the theme of 
the table such as the dark, moody X-ile 
Zone which has a mysterious introduc- 
tion tune and then as the ball sets off 
around the table, a louder beat kicks in. 

A nice range of voice samples have 
also been included, for example, in Balls 
and Bats you get the Americanised base- 
ball slogan 'Play Ball' or 'Strike/ Sound 
effects such as the flippers hitting the 
ball and bells ringing when you hit 
certain lights work well too. 


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Other pinball games available for the 
Amiga are from Digital Illusions and 
these have sold in abundance and 
gained many fans. Obsession is an excel- 
lent game in its own right, but I'm afraid 
it is let down against Pinball Illusions 
because it doesn't have multi-ball. Also, 
an extra set of flippers, even on just one 
table, would made a hell of a lot of dif- 
ference. Music, although very impressive, 
isn't as good, 

Saying that, though, the graphics are 
very impressive for a game of this 
nature, especially as this is isn't the AG A 
version. 

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M-tle Zone - the «enp of a nuclear attack 
You must fmd and kilt the tribe leader 


Balts and Sett - <» y*>u 
wjti the world Senes? 


Desert Run - nor for Sunday drivers thrs one! 
The title of ‘Desert Runner' is U/i far grjjbi 



There are four tables available and each 
has a different theme, vary ng 
immensely from the dark, forefc ng 
atmosphere of X-ife Zone to me ovial 
Sports theme, 

Each table is bright and o ' 
are p ieces of a rt 'in th eir own r i ght 
in a 'streetwise' way! This is because of 
the airbrushed look that s rr" r 
of graffiti art or even pop art The : ^e r - 
all effect is of a very modem sty e and 
all work brilliantly as backdrops ■- • 
sort of game. The trades for the sa s 
have been well designed too and pr c 
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This is a very able pinballer, it has to be said, 
doesn't have the glamour of Pinball Illusions, 
hut it certainly gives it a run for its money. 

Obsession comes across as a very authen- 
tic pin game. The ball moves at the right 
speed and feels like the correct weight, 
flippers respond well to the keyboard con- 
trols and the tilt feature - left, right and 
middle - works nicely. 

The eight-player mode allows for some 
excellent multi-player competitions and there are 
a good deal of missions per table. Other than the 
objectives I've briefly mentioned here, there are also 'special' aims that will 
earn you extra bonuses. It all makes the game highly addictive and lasts even 
the pinball wizards a good while, 

This version is available for all Amiga*, though a new AGA version is 
promised soon. 


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9 0 A? the name suggests, Star Crusader is inspired by the medieval crusades, in the 
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tales The developers have also taken on board the stories behind the ns* and fall 
of qreat empires, and the moral questions that imperial expansionism left behind 
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sympathies lie instead with the alliance of alien races struggling to maintain its 

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The background to Star Crusade is as follows. The Gorene Empire dominates the 

known universe and seeks constantly lo expand its influence whenever it encounters 
a new alien race. To some, the Gorenes ere seen as conquerors, but they see 

themselves as liberators and educators of the universe. 

The Gorenes have encountered an alliance of aliens in the Ascalon Rift that are 
fiercely protective of their Independence. The player begins the game as a pilot in the 
elite Gorene Gold Squadron and is charged with the task of forcing the alien 
alliance's surrender within three months. But the game becomes a good deal more 
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stay loyal to the crusade's cause. What remains to be seen is whether these relatively 
highbrow concepts are actually an integral part of the gam ep I ay, or whether they're 
a rather pompous form of wrapping paper. Certainly, the heart of Star Crusader will 
be more familiar to the average gamepiayer, with the good old thrill and action of a 
3D space combat sim providing the mam attraction. 

The flight system has been designed with fun and ease of use foremost in mind, 
.-.nich will hopefully make it of wider appeal than some of the ultra -realistic flight 
emulations available. With a choice of 13 ships each bearing a unique host of 
weaponry, there should, at least, be plenty of features to keep players returning for 
more battles beyond the stars. 

Those who find games based on real-life 
technical flight specs abhorrent will be com- 
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authenticity. 

On the other hand, it seems likely that the 
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Right sim. Despite the fact that the developers 
"ave bent the laws of physics. Crusader has a 
typically vast number of keyboard commands, 
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the hang of, How easy these are to pick up will 
determine how appealing the game ultimately is to action fans unaccustomed to the 
unique challenges of the genre. 

Though it features the now traditional campaign and mission objectives, Crusader 
does have extra appeal in that it breaks away from a iinear plot. There are, in fact, 
’04 missions that lie along different gaming paths, 

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don't have to succeed in every mission to win a campaign. In order to advance the 
overall gameplot, some missions have been designed to be very difficult, and the only 
way to see alt of Star Crusader's missions is to lose a battle here and there. In other 
words, whereas most games in the genre demand that players save a game and 
4 e pi ay unsuccessful missions, Star Crusader will reward a more honest approach to- 


pi aye r failures with interesting developments in the storyline. 

As the game progresses, more space craft will become available to the player to 
take out on their it ssiont it will be impressive if each of them handles differently, 
but at least the developers have already Introduced variety by designing different 
looking cockpits for every type of craft. 

In an attempt to make nterga lactic dogfighting as varied and challenging as 
possible, the developers have given each of the five alien races individual strengths 
and weaknesses 'hat must be understood if the player is going to win. The 
Tancreds, for example, use powerful, durable ships that lack manoeuvrability, so 
getting in dose and sticking there will be the player's best hope of victory, 

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ships, however, the key to success will be 
team work, Before each mission, players 
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action, and in a conflict against a Gorene 
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of bees, Clearly then, Gametek have taken a tried and tested formula and 
attempted to inject it with a new lease of life. The unusual nature of the storyline, 
with its non-linear development, stands out as the most appealing and fresh* attrac- 
tion of the game at this early stage; ultimately, however, much will depend on how 
well the basic combat engine works on the Amiga, 

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done by another suitable method. The whole game felt more like a nice pleasant 
race around a track rather than the distinct sounds of metal dashing and crunching 
as competitors fly past. Wheeispin is most certainly the latter. 

At present Wheeispin is beginning to look very impressive, boasting superb ray- 
traced graphics - cars, tracks and everything. 1 thought Skidmarks sadly missed out 


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ail these graphical features that could have made it so great. However, it's all irrele- 1 
vart now as it's a Strong posiibllity that the infamous Skidmark crown could be 

tsktjn 

At the moment, Wheeispin is rather a long way off completion. There are some 
leaque competitions included, but nothing too challenging as yet. They »PS«tof 
eight racers, each with their own unique name and picture, accompanied by then 
own statistics - reflexes, skill and fighting spirit- which are rated from very high to 
very low. To even the balance, if your reflex skills are good then your fighting spin, 
will be 3 little less than average. 


UNITED NATIONS 


The racers themselves are all from various nations around the globe, from good d 
blighty to Japan, each wanting to bring the championship home to their respective 
country. The idea is to race against three other contestants and try and win by com 
oleting five laps. If you finish first you will be awarded driver points which are ther 
accumulated as you race other tracks. So far there are four tracks in Wheeispin - 


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Death, Sea, Desert and the Boh Track, Each 
one has its. fair share of corners, bends, jumps 
and obstacles, and the trackside graphics are 
superb, giving a very polished impression, With the 
graphics being ray-traced and it being a reasonably fast scrolling game, I expected 
some kind of si owl-down that would have had a serious effect on the gameplay. 
However, there's no slow-down as yet - it runs as smoothly as Skidmarks! 


Four types of car j/t 
available to specie 
the buggy being 
my favourite 


Two-players can take part in the action via a split screen. This increases the fun 
immensely by allowing much stiff er competition, as a human player will be twice as 


-ard to beat as the computer. 

Although the game is still at a very early stage, I'm sure many features will be 
tweaked to improve it At the moment, the computer opposition tend to get stuck, in 
+ he walls and take a considerable time to get going again, Also, the collision detec* 
tion hasn't been defined properly, so at present your car seems to crash into objects 
'hat aren't even there - shadows too! 

I can't knock the game at the moment because it's far too early to take an overall 
view. Having said that, Wheelspin is looking very good - graphicaliy-onfy though. If 
Black Legend can match the gameplay along with the graphics they'll certainly he 


onto another sure winner. 



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Persia, which was released many moons ago, then 
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to presentation. , . 1 

You take control of the hero, Conrad Hard, in the year 2142, Belonging to a secret 

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exposed a secret piece of machinery that fabricated inhuman beings, and his only 
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while chased by two of the most fearful of villains. User shots were exchanged, 
resulting in Conrad plummeting into a vegetation land covered with trees and rocks. 
When Conrad regained consciousness, he thought he was safe. 

Flashback arrived courtesy of Delphine Software, landing quite prominently into 
the Amiga market at a time when it was in its prime. What really gave it the edge I 
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recently discovered methods of rotoscoplng were rarely used to such efficiency as 

Flashback. „ , ,, .. 

As said before, Prince Of Persia stretched the graphics to the extreme and sadly the 

adventure didn't quite live up to the graphical capabilities. We all know by now that 
superb graphics don't add to the actual playability - to achieve a high grade, graphics 

and playability must be of the highest standards. 

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spherically and as the action hots up the drums become aroused and start Denting fust 
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I U I D R I H L 


Return to DOpus 


0 oing back a couple of months, 
you will .remember I spent a 
couple of pages giving some 
advice about configuring your 
Directory Opus setup. Well,, space is always 
[he enemy rn pubfishing and there's 
always something more to be said. So 
here's a few more tips to increase your fife 
management productivity 
First up. you might not know that 
Directory Opus has some internal functions 
that aren t immediately obvious. For 
instance, you know how to click the left- 
most edge of the directory list to move up 
to its parent, but did! you know that you 
can click with your right mouse button to 
get straight to the root directory of 
whatever d evice you are displaying? This 
can certainly save a fot of time if you have 
severer layers of directories. 

Another great time saver is the battom- 
feft button in the small cluster of buttons 
at the junction of the two directory 
windows, You know the ones, they are 
marked B I? S A. You are probably aware 
that clicking on the B with your left mouse 
button will bring up a list of all the 
directories buffered in memory, but if yuu 
arc running low on RAM:, try clicking on rt 


Franh fiord re-uisits 
the Directum Dpus 
ton fig file 


with your light mouse button. This will 
free up any buffers held in memory, 
apart, obviously, from the ones currently 
displayed. 

SEiECIIOnS 

However, the button that's most 
useful, to me at feast is the one labelled 
S. This button lets you select filenames by 
certain criteria if you hit it with the left 
button, but if you use your right mouse 
button on it. it shows you a complete list 
of devices, volumes and aisjgns. Much 
quicker than having to trawl through the 
drive buttons or typing the path into the 
text field under the directory window. 

As for external applications, there are a 
couple more I didn't mention last time 
around The first will be of use to anyone 
who owns a copy nf AdPro and has 
access to the program SpJ tu. In case you 


aren't familiar with at. Split? takes a file 
that is too big to fit onto a particular sort 
of media and splits it into user-definable 
chunks. Then you use Sprite s 
companion program, join? to rejoin 
the chunks back into a complete file at 
the other end. 

This is mainly designed for pcoph • 
who need to move large Enimap 'ifes 
(well, it does come with ArtPro. 'Per ilfji 
from one machine to anothe r You can 
add Splitz functionality to Directory Opus 
quite simply by creating a button for Split? 
and applying the following rules 

flafgim WrosspLiti (f) - l ; 

a 7 cm coiiin ei mt 

You should have flags set for Output 
Window, Rescan Source and Rescan 
Destination. What the button will do 
take any file you have selected and r .r : t 
into chunks roughly 850k m size, which ■ 
small enough to fit onto an FFS fom’ ■:> - 
disk with no trouble. If you normally use 
Split? for transferring stuff on double’ 
density PC-formatted floppies then y o . 
should use a value of 770QD0 or less 

Now the only problem with th s setup 



Button edit screen 


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lies in the amount of free memory you 
have if it is Jow, l suggest you change the 
part where it says 'RAM;Splitz' to 
something like HD1 :temp/5pNtz, ' Of 
course, you are still going to need enough 
room on your hard drive. 

Another useful button to have is one 
that generates a ReadMe file ready for you 
to edit For this J have set up a button that 
copies a predefined empty text file with 
an icon which has a text viewer as its 
default tool, something like more or 
muJtiview would be ideal, into the current 
destination directory. Don't forget to turn 
on the Rescan Destination flag so that the 
readme file Shows up. 

One last gizmo is a commodity called 
CacheFont which you should have found 
on fast month's CoverDisk. CacheFont 
comes in two parts: There is the cachefont 
command itself, which goes tnydur 
startup-sequence, and there is the 
MakeFontList command which has to be 
run every time you add or subtract fonts 
from your system. You can very easily add 
a button to your DOpus palette which 
calls the command up from the C 1 
directory, It doesn't take any arguments so 
you should find it pretty simple to set up. 


Nostalgia ain't what it used to be 


In my never ending quest to help Amiga owners 
everywhere. I sometimes forget that not everyone has 
access to ail the latest software and hardware to check 
things ou t, and most of you will probably not have owned 
an Amiga as long as I have 

So I cfended to calf your attention to tools and utilities 
that make my job easier but might be a Irttle did, so not in 
the headlines One of those very utilities is a commodity 
tailed PowerSnap. The latest version of PowerSnap came 
out early fast year, but it has a long history. 

PowerSnap lets you copy text you would not normally 
be able to copy to the cfipboardi and then paste it in any 
package that supports the standard Amiga clipboard- For 
instance, earfier on m this article I gave you the information 


to set up a Splitz button and you saw the two commands 
needed to get it working. 1 could have remembered those 
two commands, after all, they aren't exactly com pin* but 
with PowerSnap i can just hold down a key and drag my 
mouse over the text on the screen and copy it to the 
clipboard. Then all I have to do is simply paste it back into 
the text editor I am using to wrrte this text and hit the 
Paste shortcut. Much easier and probably safer too, 

PowerSnap also comes in real handy if you have set up 
an Aminet Index button in DOpus, as I explained two 
months ago, because it means you don't have to write the 
filenames you want to get on a piece of paper, you can 
just paste them into a document for Batch FTP, or as a 
scratch pad while you use your ftp program. 



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than you'd anticipated, can't it? 
We've looked at ways to make models as 
dose to reality as possible and the need to 
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On the other hand, sit and think for a 
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of the work out of creating a complicated 
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out to he used in some circumstances, When 
using imagine, the artist has a lot of control 
over the cloned objects, much more so than 
Lightwave users. 

Take the example of a Sherman tank 
model. ITs easy to predict that the tank tracks 
and the road wheels are going to he the most 
hassfesome parts of the object to build, and 
Imagine users can thank their lucky stars that 
the cloning process can incorporate automatic 
rotation. 

To create the tracks, just bull'd one Jink as 
simply as you can safety get away with, then 
buiid a path in the shape of your tracks and 
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implicate function. When the replicate 
window appears, you I notice it contains a 
couple of powerful options, Objects can be 


[lanes, copies, 



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Steuie hennedq toohs at another trick to 
keep the concept of MV as far auiaq 
from modeling as possible 


replicated along a straightforward length if 
you need a straight line of them, but our 
tracks will have to t>e created with path 
cloning. Problem: the dosed path means our 
object has to rotate through 360 degrees. 
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By simply tefling imagine to rotate various 
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an object tumble around its centre as it is 


Big means fewer 


When a modd contains parts which need lots of deurif bur lots of larger areas which don't 
it's usually best to make two copies - one for distant shots and the other for close-ups. For 
example, our tank tracks are repfaced in the distant version by a double-sided polygon bent 
into the correct shape and brushmapped to look the part, and our wheels can be 

substituted by a set with fewer polygons. 



When setting up the scene involving the 
tank, it's just a matter of cutting from one 
take' to another without making it obvious 
that the models are different With a bit of 
deft editing, it's possible to make it look as 
though the fake cracks are going round and 
round i|a simple image sequence does the 
tridt), then cut to the stationary tank and 
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K»J! tft* moditJ simp/e and use sub- 
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Imagine '3 replicate function It 
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LrghtWave equivalent 


Tire modal becomes neeassarfljr 
certvlsa, but our job it made easier 
with m bit of clone automation 


Our finished model ft pood 
enough tor animations and 
took a surprisingly short 
rfrrt* to create 



repricatcd 
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sorts of modeling 
jobs, in LightWave, 
the path clone fttfKTOn worts with very 
unreliable results and the tak done option 
fusing a curve in a background law* offers 
no control over axei alignment . ' 'oration 
The upshot is that creating the Snerman s 
tank, tracks in Lightwave means performing 
the clone operation, then working one's way 
around the Jong chain of links you ve just 
created, and rotating them j manually 
Ugh. 

in other ways, however LgntWave makes 
up for this painful omission. Using a system 
of eight layers makes it t l ». -■ tr to cut 
and paste copies of objects around and use 
them more than once, that you a be mad 
not to take advantage 

The body of our finished Sherman is an 
easy job to begin with, and is nothing more 


than a 
Slightly bashed- 
in box with a turret nng in 
its most basic form, When you start to 
add a bit of detail, though, it's easy to cut 
right back on the workload, 

For example, m such a symetrical 
arrangement [tracks, wheefs, lights, and other 
detail found on both sides of the object), the 
Mirror tool comes into its own. Always add 
the next level of detail in a different layer 
before committing it to your mam model 
layer, and never mrss an opportunity to use 
Minor or just good old fashioned cut and 
paste. 

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Kou can build an etfe^llee-tooking modet 
by starting with some tiiripJt polygons 
and using the modeling twle Intelligently 


On the front of the Sherman- there are a 
number of details added to give the object 
some life, among which are a few spare track 
links [copy and paste, no need for more 
modelling], some road lights jawor one to 
make the other], and hatches. The latter were 
created once, then resized and tarred up to 
make air the other hatches on the tank's body 
and tuner. 

rtgain, the wheels are constructed initially 
from just a few polygons. One was used to 
create the side supports, another was used for 
the suspension struts, then both were 
extruded. The wheels themselves are just 
extruded discs with a slice dniied out, though 
they use plenty of sides as the object is 
intended for a few close-ups 

Copy this tot a few times, add one or two 
other touches and you can build what looks 
like a complicated set of wheels in about half 
an hour. The mrrror function takes care of the 
wheels on the other side of the tank, so your 
manual labour is cut to the bare minimum. 


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_ _ itlnough lasi month'? menu script 

I provided a cursor positioning function, I 


I didn't go into detail about how it 
| actually worked, Tms month I thought 
i d set the record straight and discuss the 
underlying mechanism, namely the console 
device control sequence needed to cause a 
change in cursor position. 

In hexadecimal, a general cursor positioning 
sequence takes the form; 9b [Rf J3b Cf 4B, The 
first value, 9b hex, is known as the control 
sequence introducer (CSIJ and you'll notice an my 
example sequences that I tend to defi ne this value 
as the variable CSi, and then use this term rather 
than the numerical value itself (a convention I use 
for almost all constant terms, since it helps make 
the resulting scripts easier to read}, 

R represents the display row and C the display 
column, while the 3b hex value is a 'separator' 
that allows the console device to distinguish 
between the two real row and column 
parameters The brackets indicate items that can 
be treated as optional and this means that not 
only can either row or column positions be 
omitted, but the 3b hex separator (which is in fact 
an ASCII semicoign character) need only be 
provide when both row and column values are 
given or when just a column value is specified, in 


Cursor 

positioning 


other words, a row position on its Own can be 
moved to by sending the simplified three 
character sequence. 9b R 43 

With arty script that mates more than passing 
use of cursor positioning, me best idea ts to 
create an isolated SetCursorfi function that takes 
a pair of row/column coordinates and sends the 
appropriate command sequence to the console 
window Listing l shows a typical function and 
you'll notice how the actual row [rf and column 
j c| values passed to the function ate easily 
embedded into the general form of the sequence 
by using the ARexx 11' string concatenation 
operator. 

The benefit here is that by isolating the cursor 
positioning code into a separate function, the 



main body of your script will be 'cleaner', i.e. 
tidier, and therefore more understandable to both 
yo urself and anyone else reading your code 
Cursor position s then performed using 

- r .. al SecCursor(tO.O)' rather than 
continually having to embed actual control 
sequence data '^roognout the code- 
cs course 1 5 also possible to go one better 
than tins ard create a function that takes both 
the curat pouoon and the text to be displayed 
as function arguments, listing 2 shows a typical 
routine called CursorWmcfl and this would, for 
€xampfe, allow yc-u : : : pcs ton and write error 
messages, incidental text and soon using easy-to- 
understand statements >t ca> 

CursoiWhtej I O.O.SfGN.ON.MESSAGff; 


Sectur 1.0T ; 
parst ir; r,t 

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Listing U A simple cursor positioning function 

CursgrU^vtt : 
parse ir? 

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call irueefctn.. 

return 

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til =. 'fl? 1 ! 

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Listing A mam gsnsrml form of 
fJia Cor*<irWri1*fJ function 




tursor 
positioning 
sequent are 


ffi m this month's exatnpim from m *h*il 
window using III* fiX 


tf63' 

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Generalising the code 

With small functions such as the ones Ive been discussing, it s not too much hardship to 
incorporate suitably modified versions of the code into an ARexx script whenever cursor 
positioning is needed. It Is. however, a good idea to try and make such routines as 
general as possible, and with the listing 2 CursorWritefJ routine, for example, a number 
of improvements could be made. 

We could, for instance, pass the window handle to the routine as a parameter rather 
than have the window handle explicitly embedded in the function code, Similarly, 
Altexxi Procedure keyword could be used to isolate the workings of the routine from 
the script it will finally be used in. 

Listing 3 shows the results of such changes, and the benefit li that this function can 
now be incorporated and used in your own code without you needing to worry about 
how it works. Simply make a call to the tursorWritef) routine passing your window 
handle, the row/cofumn screen co-ordinates, and text to be printed as function call 
parameters, and your text will be duly printed at the specified position. 

The program shown in listing 4 should help get you started* Its a runable example 
that opens a window and prints a couple of text messages. Look at the overall format, 
run and modify rt so that you come to terms with the general Ideas, and then copy the 
cursor positioning function to your own scripts and experiment! 


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here is a lot of Star Trek action on the 
internet, rr>ostfy because the kind of 
people you find on the Internet are 
exactly the kind of people who are into Star Trek f 
have to say that this reafly excites me, but then f 
am the kind of sad act who. without the 
restraining influence of my loved one, would be 
off to the next convention with rubber ears and a 
Phaser which makes all the right noises when you 
pull the trigger 

Vou should know that there rs a difference 
between a trekkie and a trekker. Trekkies are 
people who are into the series jo a passing sense 
They'll always watch it they might know a bit of 
trivia if asked. They've possibly read William 
Shatner s 'Star Trek Memones', which mcidentaliy 
are amazing for a man who its on record as having 
no memories of anything. 

Trekkers are another Fevel of magnitude. They 
have an the episodes on tape. They have bloopers 
on tape. They have all the shows taped from the 
TV in the original edited and unedited forms They 
have every book, every magazine, every video, 
every newspaper article about Star Trek. They have 
models of all the ships from aii the senes, a 
costume in their size from afi the senes. All the 
props, all the ratex make-up, all the.,, well you get 
the idea. 

You need to know this stuff, because once you 
enter the Star Trek zone on the Net you re on your 
own among these people, and you've got to be 
prepared to take it all very seriously. Vou haw 
been warned 


fTlahe it so! 




which is an American company which makes 
CD-ROMs. No, Voyager is the new Star Trek 
series, and it is currently running rn the US to rave 
reviews, This is the official Paramount site and 
contains all the information and pictures you 
would need to make seme of the series having 
not seen it yet. Loo* forward to it soon on UK 
screens 


Asimov's Star Trek Pages 

http ://www. i nlink.com/~asimov/tjek-menb n tnt I 


Information about Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next 
Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space 9. and of 
course Star Trek: Voyager I don't quite know 
what Asimov has got to do with rt as he is dead, 
but nonetheless, this is a good start for your Star 
Trek Web Voyages. 


Luca Sambucci s Star Trek Pages 

http://www- 

iwi.unjsg.ch/^sambucci/scifi/siJirtrelVst-www.ihtml 


Voyager Home Pages 

http;//Voyager para mg unt com/ 


Not to be confused with the Voyager Company, 


An exhaustingiy large guide to all the Star Trek 
Info on the internet. It contains links to the 
Official Paramount' sites. Star Trek Clubs on the 
Net, Commercial sites selling Star Trek-related 
merchandise over the Net, various sites 



■ Enter the Start Trek Zone and feast your 
on thee* deligtitm.Whether you're a 
Trekkie or a Trekker, there's plenty to Jteep 
you entertained and informed 






BBS watch 


if ycur have any BBS s you want to tell tif about, then drop us a line at the usual 
address. This month we have Daniel Garnett who has This to say about his BBS: 


■My is called NIRVANA ZONE BBS and can be 
contacted on [01 243 I 373596, 7pm-7am 
weekdays. 24 hours at weekends it started m 
January this y ear. so is new to the BBS way oF 
fiivlng , Its down in the south near Portsmouth 
and Chichester and is run by me, Daniel Garnett 
-I’m 16 years old and strll at secondary school. 

I decided to set up this board because one 
night Dad had a go at me because I was on the 
phone too much and the phone bill was going 
through the roof. So i made this board up using 
MAX5 1 .54, ro get peeps to carl me instead It 
worked. I now have f 24 users, which l might 


add is growing very fast I'm also on roads of 
different networks - here's a list of them, and my 
address: 


Mminet 

Barnet 

Quantum Net 
Subspace 
Missing Line 
Fidonet 

Internet 


1 6: f 00/1 20 
959:100/2 
424:100/7 
95:1 12/1 
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_stai\ Tnei^_ 

VOYAGGF. 



m a nta ne : mainlyj by Star Trek fans, articles, 
papers and reviews, and information about 
games refated to St m Trek This is one of my 
fevounte belong off points, and it always has 
something new to offer the really deeply 5AD 
treWter [Sob*| 


British Starifleet Confederacy 

http d ee r t h au g - 1 armory com: 8 0/-bsc/ 


What as rt 7 A fan ciub in all but name. Members 
of the -• ‘ ■. r ' ’ )r ’ : Confederacy receive a 

ceo - cate of comm ss on. officer's manual, 
identity card, stardate cafendar and six bimonthly 
newsletters and chapter bulletins, as wefl as 
access K> dub merchandise. The British Starfleet 
Confederacy s run by trie fans of Star Trek for the 
fans of Star Trek n an ts incarnations. 


Kltngon Assault Group 

http //www iac net -;-.', sty/kag.htmf 


The KUNGON ASSAULT GROUP rs a 'not-for-profit' 
STAfl TREK fart Organ :,-Can Their growth is 
apparently based on communication and co- 
operation KJingon Uniforms aren't required, but 
to advarcr- * trm ?ur 'anks a uniform will be 
necessary, fYomotnjre are based solely on merit 
and revel c ( involvement These guys are sick. 


Star treh 
Interest. 
Engage! 


Nightmare factory Star Trek Costumes 

http://www, io.com/-nightime/trek . html 


Well, just when you thought you'd seen 
everything, now you can buy Star Trek costumes 
over me Net just tike the ones in the senes. For 
example: A Captain Kirk-style gold shirt [from the 
original Star Trefcf is S28; Next Generatrgn whirls 
are $45. a gold Next Generation ladies jump-suit 
fs $70: a burgundy ladies jump-suit with 
emblems and belt, as worn by Major Kira In 
STD59 is $70 There are also authentic gold 
communicator pins whrch replicate those in the 
senes in every detail. Same as used cm TV. 'Just 
what you need to complete the official uniform!' 
Qh boy. 

And so on and so forth, if you want to take a 
voyage where no one has gone before around 
the Star Trek sites on the Net, then be sure to set 
aside a Jong time, as the list is growing darly and 
it may take you weeks to see everything 


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I s l still get leners and e-marl from people 
I confused about the different sons of 
I fonts and clip art types, I thought I'd Jay 
them to rest, once and for aN. with a two-parter 
on the topic, so this month J am going to be 
looking at the wide variety of clip art formats 
available for the Amiga 

Before we have a look at the various formats, 
we need to be sure that we know the difference 
between structured (or scalable] clipart, and 
bitmapped [or image! clip art, 

We'd start with bitmapped dips. These are 
basically pictures such as those created by Deluxe 
Faint. Now I know you can load a brush into 
D Paint and hit the h or H keys to halve its size of 
double it, but look at the result of these scalings 
You always end up with a degraded image 
whether you scare it down or up. 

Now, the highest resolution, in terms of dots 
per screen inch, attainable by a standard Amiga is 
about 70dpi Compare this to your printer's 
resolution which is probably around jlOQdp-- and 
you can see why some bitmapped clip art is so 
enormous All it takes is a bit of maths to 
determine that you need to scale down an mage 
to about 25 per cent (300/70J of its original size 
on the screen to get your screen-sized image onto 
paper 

siHima 

Scalable clip art doesn't suffer from this 
problem because it is what's known as 'resckunorv 
mdependent This means you can scale it so ina: 
it is as small as a single pixel on your screen, or 
large enough to fill a stadium's worth of screens 
and, provided your printer has a high enough 
resolution and can actually print a stadrum-sized 
image, the image will still appearat the same 
quality. 

Why is this the case? Well, ft come down to 
the way the images are created and stored A 
bitmap picture is stored as a set of pixels, If we 
lake the simplest example, a monochrome 
picture, the information contained within it is just 
a matter of switches saying on or off |i e black or 
whitef. A black and white structured drawing, 
however, is much more complex. Structured 
drawings are not pixel representations of the data 
they contain but are defined by a senes of 
statements of which the following is an extreme 
simplification 



flight of the 
Jaggies 



EH 


nrr !« 


Q 

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& 

4 

o 


• At a high screen mmgnttfomtlen thm difference between bitmapped 
i and scalable dip art become* obvtou* enough. But believe me, 
you'll really see ths difference when you print out thia page 


PageStream progress 


At n^e bme of writing this column. Softlogik has 
just informed me that Pa geStrea m3. Oh will be 
launched onto a suspecting public in about two 
weeks time Mike Loader at SoftLngifc has told me 
‘ that the new revision of the Amiga's most awaited 
software package will be the biggest update yet 


and abilities such as page numbering, auto and 
manual hyphenation and paragraph spacing will 
be implemented in this release, Mike is also sending 
me the new add-on filters for Wordworth 
documents, Jpeg images and True Type fonts, so 
more on those as I find out. 


actually prints the thickness of the circle's line to , I 
of an inch or as near as it can get to it dependrng 
on the primer's resolution, 

You wrlf really be able to see the difference if 
you scale the circle in DPaint - the line thickness 
will also be sea Jed, The structured version of the 
circle will maintain the . T inch thick line, As for next 
month, it's on to the fonts. 

1 


In the Amiga t dim and distant past, way back when we ftltl had a 
multitude of developers committed to providing u* with software, 
there was a home-grown choice of File formats. Cold Dish gave us 
the clip format. Clip fifes could potentially be a whole bunch of 
discrete images saved as one file so you had the opportunity to 
toad a clip and pick one particular element from it 

An excellent Idea in principle, It rather fell down in terms of 
providing a universal fife format because Gold Dish were secretive 
about the way the format worked. This meant that other 
developers weren t able to support the format so It pretty much 
died 

Another format developed an the early days of the Amiga was 
Aegis DR2D file type. The first application to use OR2D was Aegis 


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own Draw 2 000 a simple structured drawing program which 
never did very much on this side of the Atlantic. Commodore 
adopted the simple DR 2D format as part of IFF which, although ft 
gave the format official status, still didn t result m very much 
support from third-party developers, and DR2D it only supported 
by a few Amiga applications these days. 

So what scalable picture format do we have on the Amiga? Well, 
EPS has always been popular on most platforms, although most 
Amiga packages tfHf cannot show associated TIFF preview files 
and some wiil only print EPS images to a postscript printer. As far 
as t know, there are only two commercial packages that allow you 
to actually create EPS clip art - ProVector by Stylus. Inc. and Art 
Expression by SoftLoqifc. 


Draw circle at 6.4 
size 2,5 

Irne thickness I 


This coukJ be represented in Deluxe Paint by 
drawing a circle with a brush that is ns close to . I 
of an mch in size is possible, six inches from the 
left srde of the screen ncr-zoncally, and four inches 
vertically from the top of the screen 
The circle should be 2 5 inches in radius. These 
Instructions get sent to your printer so [hat 
rather than using the smallest rirush size, it 


AUGUST 1995 



frank fiord 
9DE5 bark to 
basics with 
tbs difference 
between 
scalable and 
bitmap fonts 
and clipart 











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ot a day goes by without someone 
e-mailing or writing to me and saying 
they are having a problem with Amos 
H r s not that people are stupid or that Amos is 
buggy, it's more that coding is a Specific talent 
and only a handful of people take to it as a 


rwturaf thing. 

It requires a certain sort of mind., a pattern- 
recognising mind and a keen mathematical brain. 
Of course, you can do it without either of these 
things., Out you can't do it quickly or without 
problems Most problems are easily soiled as they 
are simple problems with the rogic of the 
program; The flow of the program is constricted 
or misdirected in some way. 

To help you debug your Amos programs, here 
r$ a simple all-points guide to debugging and 
program design 


f Check your loops - if there is a FOR/NEXT. 
IF/THEN, WHiLE/WEMD or similar thing m your 
program., check that the loops are nested and ngt 
crossed: 


If 

Then 

For 

Next 

and not 

if 

■For 

Then 

Next 

Uncross your loops and you will be flymg (Now 
there's a sentence you wouldn't find in any other 
coJumnsff 

2 Check your Flow - related to loops r$ 
program flow The best way to debug a program 
is with Computer Number One: The brain. Take a 
piece of paper and a pencil and go through the 
program step by step, doing all the calculations 
with a calculator if necessary, checking that each 
bit of the program rs in the right order . 

Do the loops and see what happens. Look at 
each instruction carefully and interpret it like the 
computer would. When you ve run the program, 
does it stop where it should or does it just go 
round and round? 

3 Then run it for a speed test - after you’ve 
done the preliminary bug test, do a run test, 

Some things will look good on paper, bur when 
you are really running, speed becomes an issue 
Does the computer pick up any key presses or 
mouse keys, or does it skip them? When you are 
running at computer speed thmgs happen fast, 
dnd sometimes ’something happens so fast it can t 
be seen or read by the procedures you have put 
m place. 

When you ask the computer to sense anything 
like a key press or a mouse command, the 
computer needs to use a 'flag. No, not a big 
nuttery thing on a pole, a variable which flips over 
one way to tell the computer the key has been 
found and there is no need to look for it any 
more. For example: 

If MfittJ md ffUM Thin Ut PUy 1 : **LA£-1 

When the fire button is sensed, the sample is 
played, and the flag FFLAG is set to 1 This means 


Debugging 

nightmare 



you can run this loopagarn and if FFLAG is still 1 
then the rest of the line will be ignored. Flags are 
useful habits to get into. 

4 syntax errors - these will show up generally, 
but sometimes it will not be clear why there is a 
problem. Your first port of call should be the 
manual. Check the syntax in the book against the 
syntax in your program, and see what the 
difference is. It could just be a few commas with 
no- figures between them: 

irtff 

after a command. Some commands allow this 
even when there are no numbers in there - the 
command will still work as if zeros were there. 

Other syntax errors are to do with the way 
listings are publi shed. If you put a long line with 
no breaks into a word processor or a DTP 
program [like those used to pul this magazine 
together] the chances are the line will break on 
the last convenient space so as not to break up 
any words. For example: 

u mmmmimnmmu) 1 

will end up fike this: 


wrong ' 31 - vsei vector graphics. 

How do these *or% * AntH?' 

Th<. L-sten people take these things in 

easy stages Don t teac - g« m and start coding a 
big project - sot sm* Notfvig you do will be 
wasted because you »vw sen any project from 
scratch too <*ways code 

l n*vt' 1 : . ofctan detection routine which 

works I use < ml my arcade games, I also 
have a flag r out re 1 a sound: rou tine, a music 
rcxitirieandalotafoMfDutinei, like vectors 
[not 3Dgrapf«iiJl«^tfm3^ 
bounce cocrectyi «*** I use m all my code. You 
can keep usng code you write and build up to 
the big program 

Nd Eng program was ever written in a day like 
a letter, from one ere to the other it doesn't 
work like that Codes re-use their code alf the 
time. Stan devetopng smai routines which do 
one job well and tfwn u* them as sub-routines 
in your future wort Ths way you will only be 
debugging smrf programs one at a lime and 
then boiling then together, rather than writing a 
huge 10,000 kne Uefamodi of a program which 
would take Microsoft a year to debug, let alone 
you on your own working m your spare time. 

So there** art good k*k, and take carefd 
note of ai these won t go far wrong. 


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If these x s were commands then you d be looking 
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mentioned m a previous column for the Easy 
AMOS tutorials. 

5 f Don't be too ambitious okay so we all 
want everything now, and making do with simple 
programs can really wrinkle our snouts, but don t 
be tempted to take on too big a project in one 
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with a listing of the basic algorithm?" or I'm 


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works on paper Make the routines Short (use 
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sound support files, although I will make 
provision for these if necessary. 

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he new version of OctaMED Pro h?s 
now officially arrived, and while there 
are many extra facilities thrown in. the 
Dig attraction is almost certainly going to be the 
yet further improved use/ interface. In fact, as 
soon as you load version 6 you'll notice the 
change because the main screen rs now split 
into a number of separately rearrangeable 
and/or resizable windows. 

At startup there s a main control window, 
the tracker editor itself, and an information 
window on drsplay Other windows, for things 
like tempo control are now. therefore, only- 
opened when required. The upshot is that the 
new display looks, and in practice feels, much 
fess cluttered. Another benefit is that users can 
now arrange windows to suit their own way of 
working 

The main control window contains the 
playing buttons, instrument details, window 
opening gadgets and various other buttons and 
checkboxes. Most of the changes here are self 
explanatory - version 6 can, for example, handle 
1 6-bn sound samples, so the instrument size box 
now shows a W' (for word, meaning 1 6-bUs I 
against any ! samples that are loaded. 

RU (HRflGE 

The tracker editor has also undergone some 
changes. Scroll bars and a suing gadget have 
been added and there jS ndw more Space 
between the tracks |the bar equalizers., which 
used to be an integral part of the tracker display, 
have, incidentally, also been moved into their 
own separate window). Another new feature is 
d tempo operations window which allows much 
easier conversion between the various methods 
Of setting OctaMED tempos. 

Most of the new menus and option changes 



OrtafMD U.E 




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m 


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initial drxplay 


reflect either the changed window 
arrangements or the new facilities provided. 
There are new menu items for on Irne 
AmigaGuide help, opening a shelNike window 
for inputting ARexx commands, temporarily 


No regrets 

With modem-style winder. vs containing 3D look 
gadgets and boxes, plus ail the other standard 
bits and bobs that users are now beginning to 
expect from all commercraf Amiga software, 
OctaMED version 6 is a significant advance an 
previous versions. 

While there is little or no doubt that this 
tracker program now stands head and shoulders 
above afl the competition. version 6, however, is 
stiff clearly just a development stepping stone to 
the OctaMED Pro Sound Studio pacicage due lo 
arrive towards the end of this year. 

Just in case you're tempted to holcf back until 
the Pro Sound Studio package appears, you 
might Pike to know that it has already been 
decided that version 6 users are going to be 
given special upgrade consideration when the 
Pro Sound Studio finally arrives. Of course, the 
final decision on upgrading to version 6 is up to 
you. hut my advice is to jump on the version 6 
bandwagon as soon as possible - you won t 
regret itf 


Other changes 


Detu+JHED i mulll-wMdOHr .ijr.mgrmertli 
mafca the program much tr.isi&r lo ui« 

freeing up [he Amiga s audio channels (so that 
you can run other music programs without 
having to quit OctaMED completely I . and so cm 
There are additional menu options for re- 
opening various windows, new menus for tools 
and loops, options for facilities like Midi file type 
0 saving and Midr file type 0 and type 1 loading, 
use of XPK or Powerpacker-oriented 
compression and various other items. 

With version 6 you can use both 8 and 16-bit 
stereo samples and, as well as continued NiSoft 
Aura support, there's a Toccata Capture window 
for users of Toccata sound cards Version 6's 
changed internal buffer arrangements are also 
worth a mention because previously, copy/cut 
style edit operations all used the same buffer. 
Now bloc* use x and edit menus each have 
their own separate buffers so you can have 
block track and range edit information afl 
Stored m memory at once 


SYSIEm ESSEflllHLS 

RED - EjiinMal BLACK - Recommended 





One of the most significant additions with version 6 is the provision of Aflcxx support within 
OctaMED itself fthe standalone player program has of course been Aftexx controllable for a 
long time), The ARexx command set certainly looks comprehensive ar»tJ. in theory at least, is 
going to enable users to perform sophisticated automated song edits. It remains to be seen, 
however, how much interest useil Will actually take in this facility because many Amiga 
owners stilt seem to have a mental block when it comes to ARexx macro use! 

Other changes include provision for saving modules as executable files, support for MAUD, 
AIFF and PC .WAV samples, and an estiyUHise bank of buttons in a chord selection window 
which let you select and modify a range of pre-set basic chords- As you might expect, there 
are also some less important, but nevertheless useful, new functions Incorporated as well- 
Provision for switching off File Exists - Overwrite? requesters, and being warned of 
potential disk furl conditions before a file save are just two of the extras now available and 
there are many more. Another very welcome addition is the incrusion of a printed Get You 
Started' tutorial manual. 


The bottom line 

Product: OctaMED Version 6 
Supplier. Seasoft Computing 
Tel 01903 850370 

Pro- UK - £35 * £l pip [includes manual) 
Registered OctaMED VS users pay £25 [+ £1 
p&p f and should return their original V5 
drskJ when orctenng. 

Various order price arrangements are 
available tor MUG |Med Users Gnoupl 
members, European sales and soon. 


Ease of use 

Implementation 
Value for money 
Overall 


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here's no doubt [hat without cables and 
connectors your Amiga, TV and video, 
stereo, telephone, fights, musical 


equipment, coffee maker, fish tank, microwave 
-land anything else in your home that uses 
electrical energy) will quickfy come to a halt, 
though under normal circumstances the cables 
and connectors do their job, passing srgnals or 
currents from one place to another to generally 
make your life easier. 

However, what happens when things go 
■wrong? Do you call out a repair-person, or buy a 
new cable to replace a faulty one - or do you take 
matters into your own hands and get stuck, into a 
bit of electrical DIY? 

This month, J'm turnrng myattendofi to some 
hints and trps on making and repairing cables, But 
don't worry, many cables are quite srmple to build 
or reparr yourself, and if you've got the right tools 
and can follow a few basic rules, can read 
numbers and don't have severe colour-blindness, 
then you could be sorting out many cable 
problems yourself instead of buying expensive 
new ones or paying out for repairs. 

To make or repair your own cables you 'll need a 
basic set of tools fsee the accompanying ifstj 
which will obviously require some financial outlay, 
bur if you take care of them then they'll last you 
for years - so they should make a worthwhile 
investment. Buy the best you can afford, 5>ncc 
cheap tools don't usually last as Fong as quality 
ones. You should be able to find everything you 
need at a local electronics shop such as Tandy or 
Maplin 

mniEHifus 

in addition to tools, you'll also need the raw 
materials to make your leads - in other words the 
connectors and the wiring cable itself The cable 
and connectors are usually specific to the job in 
hand: a simple audio or video lead often only 
requires a piece of screened single or two core 
cable and comparatively simple connectors, but 
RGB, SGART or modem toads need multicore table 
and more complex connectors. If you re not sure 
what the name of the connector is that you need 
to replace or repair, take the faulty one to the 
Shop with you to show the shop assistant - it 
saves a tot of confusing embarrassment! 1 

The two most important pome when buying 
components for cable-making are that you get the 
right wire and the right connectors. Again, ask rf 
you're not sure. While a piece of lighting cable or 
bell-w?re might took as if you can use it to make 
a video or audio connection, the results you 'll 
obtain will never be as good as with the correct 
type of wiring and the best connectors you can 
afford. 

to my experience, most cable faults can he 
traced to broken or shorted wiring, for instance 
where a cable has come adrift from its connector, 
or when a dry' solder joint has lost Its electrical 
conductivity through age, overheating tr 


Safety first! 

Never work oh equipment which is 
connected to the mains. Switch off and 
disconnect first. If you re rewiring a mains 
plug make sure you know the colour 
codes and follow them. Use the correct 
fuses. Be safe - don't take chances. If in 
doubt, get a professional to do the job. 


Spaghetti 

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[eiectritf 
Solder sucker 
Solder 

Insulating tape 
Long-nosed pliers 
Square-nosed pliers 


Assorted screwdrivers 

Electrical multimeter 

Wire stopper 

Cutters 

Sharp knife 

Cables 

Connectors 


fracturing. Physical damage can often be located 
visually by removing the cover from the connector 
and checking for loose, frayed, or disconnected 
wirrng or short circuits, 

Sometimes the remedy may be as simple as 
using a sliver of insulating tape to separate the 
shorted wires, or it may require a complete rebuild 
of the connector, necessitating its removal or 
replacement, stripping the cable back to new 
wirrng core, and making new soFder connections 
all round. 

However, not ail visual inspections bear fruit, 
and it may be necessary to test the continuity of 
each wire in the cable with a multimeter set to 
measure resistance, rf a cable has been subjected 
to rough treatment or is getting on in years, it 
might have become fractured in the wire core, 
rather than at the connectors, usually meaning 


,, A : *vtve to be replaced. 

Sotfenng is fairly ea^. and with a tittle practice 
you should become confident about making your 
wn cabtes. The man pome to note are that the 
soJdenng ton should be at full temperature |toe 
so tier wi melt md flow easily with the right heat) 
and chat - rt >■ stronger where the bare 
wire can be capped around its connection tab 
before soidemg. The connector and wire should 
be . ear jnd free from grease )use sandpaper or a 
fide if necessary?, and should be kept immobile until 
the solder sets 

The eas-es: and most frustrating mistake to make 
is to forget ic pass me cable through the 
connector i cover before soldering it up, something 
I St ■ ■ , All the fiddly work of 

stopping r j mm ng and connecting has to be done 
rili r- aga n just when you thought you'd 
finished! 

So if you ve been having doubts about your 
cable-mating ability, don't. Give it a go. leam the 
■ n t .i rett y soon you 'IF wonder why you've 
been paying full whack for cables which are so 
easy to make you could do it yourself tor far less. 


Contact 

Gary Whrteley can be e-mailed as 
drgar^eix .compuiink.co. uk. 


Amiga Computing 


AUGUST 1995 




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VIPER 68030 SERIES | 

* RAM Up to 8MB (Viper 1 VI 28MB (Viper 2 ) 

* Pull Kickstart Remapping 

* Optional SCSI-11 adaptor 


* On-board battery backed 

* Instruction and data burs 

Viper -128MHz 

PGA/HjCC, FPU upto 50MHi 

0 are B oard . * ,£ I 15*95 

4MB Viper £249.95 

8MB Viper . * . .£399.95 

Viper *2 28MHz 

FLCCunly, FPU upto 40MHz 

Bare Board , . ■£ I 3 5.95 
4MB Viper * , . .£269.95 
BMB Viper . . . £4 1 9*95 

Viper Co-processors 

28MHz FPU £25 

33 MHz FPU ,£50 

40MHz FPU . - £70 

50MHi FPU (pgA) .£100 


clock/68882 Co-processor 
t modes 

Viper -I 33-42MHz 

PGA/PLCC* FPU upto 50 MHt 

Bare Board ,,-£169*95 
4MB Viper ,.,.£299*95 
8MB Viper , - . .£439,95 

Viper -2 4014 Hz EC 

PLCC only, FPU upto 40MHit 

Bare Board ,,.£199,95 

4MB Viper £329,95 

8MB Viper £469.95 

Viper Options 

SC5M) Adaptor , , * .£79 

4MB SIMM £139 

8MB SIMM ** £299 

Other SIMMS £POA 


VIPER 66030 

68030 4QMH* RC or 50MHz RC 
with MMU RAM upto 128MB, 
FPU-PGA only. 

Bare 40MHz .£229*00 

40MHz-4MB ,£379*00 

40MHz-8MB £499.00 

Bare 50MHz * ,,£249*00 

50MHz-4MB ,£399.00 


POWER 1208 ■ 

* A 1200 RAM board 

* PCMCIA friendly 

* Uses 1 x 32 SIMM 

* Amiga Format Gold award 

* Expand upto 8MB 

2MB £ I 39.00 

4MB * £ I 89.00 

8mb £329.00 




SUPER/XL DRIVES ■ 

The Super XL Drive allows you to 
store 3.5MB on a high density disk. 

EXT. SUPER XL .,,,,.£ I 29,95 

The XI. Drive allows you to store 
1,76MB on a high density disk. No 
case cutting on A40Q0 internal. 

EXTERNAL XL . .,£89*95 

INTERNAL XL * ,£84*95 

A4000 INTERNAL XL . ,£84.95 

POWER DRIVE 

The Power Drive now includes Blitz 
Amiga and Floppy Expander, Irec, 
Floppy Expander allows you to 
compress files on floppy disks by up 
to 50%, Other features include: Anti- 
Click, Anti -Virus, Isolation Switch, 2 
Year Warranty, Thru port. Cyclone 
Compatible Chip, Backup Hardware 
and Blitz Compatible feature, 

external * — £49.95 

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Our internal drives use the same drive 
mechanisms as the Amiga to ensure 
complete compatibility. 

PC881 A500 * ..* *£30.95 

PC882 A2G0O * * .£30.95 

PC883 A60Q/I200 , . . ... £35.95 


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SCSI Connector* 


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POWER CD-ROM 


The new Power CD-ROM for the Amiga 600/1200 plugs 
directly into the PCMCIA port and provides a direct SCSI-1 
and SCSI-1 1 interface, allowing up to sin: additional peripherals 
to be connected, for example: SyQuest Drives, Hard Drives, 
Flatbed Scanners and Dat Drives- What’s more the Power 
CD-ROM features a 'Hot-Plug 1 and l Un-Plug\ which 
allows you to con fleet /disconnect at any time the Power 
CD-ROM and any additional devices, even when your 
Amiga is switched on. 


The CD-ROM comes with a SCSI interface, PSU, manual, 
audio lead, mains lead’ and software: Audio CD t CD32 
Emulation, MPEG Film Decoder and PhotoCD software. 


Amiga 600/1200 
Double * Speed 


Amiga 4000 No SCSI InterfMt 


CD-ROM 


£199 


Double - Speed 

CD-ROM £159 


Quad - Speed 

cd-rom £299 


Quad - Speed 

CD-ROM , . . , £259 






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As you can see. the Amiga press has gone nuts over our new Squirrel SCSI interface for the 
A600/A1 200 In case youve missed these reviews, I he Squirrel SCSI is a plug-and-play add-on Ihal 
allows you to connect up to 7 SCSI peripherals to your Amiga Just think of it, CD-ROM. Hard drive, 
Scanner, DAT, Optical, SyQuest, Tape Streamer - all on line at the same time! No wonder we named cl 
after that famous storage-hungry animal! To go with Squirrel, here are some great value devices... 


SCSI CD-ROM Drives 



Squirrel 2x - inf £139, eici £ 1 89 
New! Squirrel 4* - Ini £199, ewr £259 


Introducing our brand- new quad speed CD-ROM drive, the 
Squirrel 4x; a feature-packed, Hghming-fast drive at a 
stunning price. This is ihe flagship ol our range of CD-ROM 
drives, all deigned So suit your needs and your pocket 

Squirrel CD-ROM drirvuL, arc cased in extremely stylish 
enclosures with all SCSI correctors and offer last access 
irmes. stereo headphone sockets with volume control, phone 
line output, PholoCD multi-session support, CD32 
emulation (with the Squirrel SCSI interface), CD-DA 
compatibility wilh the convenience ol tray loaded action. The 
Squirrel 2x CD-ROM drive offers 3O0Kb/sec transfer while the 
Squirrel 4x attai ns SQQKb/ssc (sustained) with a 190ms 
access time, the fastest CD-ROM yet on me Amiga 
These are line drives we use for developing and tesimg Itie 
Squirrel hardware and software - need we say more? 


SyQuest Drives 



88 Mb - in r £ 209 , ext £329 
370 Mb - inf £ 419 , exl £479 


Introducing removable SCSI drives for your 
Amiga. Based on reliable, proven SyQuest'" 
mechanisms, these S8Mb and 270Mb units offer 
transportable, compact, high performance and, 
above all, expandable storage for all your 
computing needs SyQuest is the world leader in 
Ehts technology across computer platforms which 
means that you can transfer work between 
Amiga. (Macintosh r “ and PC. with ease. We 
recommend the CrossDQS and CrossMac 
software packages lo simplify portability - call tor 
pricing. Our drive price* include 1 free cartridge. 


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SCSI Hard Drives 



some tremendous puces on a range of 

superb quality. Quantum drives in a range ol capacities 

These drives offer last seek times (14ms @ 270Mb, 
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high speed data transfer rales (i.sMb/sec with 
Squirrel). All units can be supplied for you to fil in your 
own case or pre-installed in one of Our professional 
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All our Squirrel Storage Systems come either bare (ini - 
ready for inslallation internally within a suitably equipped 
Amiga or other computer) or lully cLised (e*7) wilh integral 
power supply, SCSI m/out, SCSI ID selector and audio out 
(for CD-ROM). The cases we supply are high 
quality, shielded, snap-togelher enclosures, 
each with 40W power supply - the back 
paneiof the 5.25’ ease is shown above. 

These SCSI enclosures are available at 
£49,95 each (please specify 3.5" or 5.25' 
when ordering). 

The neat Squirrel SCSI interface is shown 
on the right. The unit simply plugs mlo the 
PCMCIA slot, comes complete wilh all the 
software you need together with a cable 

Which terminates in a 50-way Amphenol 

plug to attach to your first SCSI device. ^ SCSI Interim 


Twist 2 is the new. friendly, relational database for 
all Antigas. Twists range of power features such 
as its Integra led forms designer, its varied a 
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coupled with ils un -cl uttered, well -designed user 
interface make it ideal for both the first-time and 
the seasoned database user. 

Twist 2 is the only database 
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buy another database, why 
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The latesi of our highly acclaimed 
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Aura offers high performance H2/T6 
bit quality with dlrect-to-dlsk sampling 
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Octamed 5.04 up compatible 

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Ordering information 

All HiSoft products (see the compisle list below) should bs available through your favourite Am ga dealer, If 
you have difficulty tn obtaining any tide you can order directly from HiSoft - just call us free on 05-00 £236b0, 
armed with your credit or debit card: we will normally despatch within 4 working days or. lor an extra £6. by 
guaranteed next day delivery (for goods in stock). Alternatively, you can send us a cheque or postal orders. 
All prices include VAT. Expori orders: call or fax fo confirm pricing and posiage costs 1995 HiSoti E80E 

HiSofi products for your Amiga Squirrel SCSI interface - £69.95. Squirrel Storage Systems as above. 
Aura 12/16 bit sampler - £99.95, Megalosound 8 bit sampler - C34 95, FroMidi interface - £24.95, HiSoft 
Devpae 3.14 - £79.95, Hi Soft BASIC 2 - £79. 95, Highspeed Pascal - £99.95, Game smith £99.95, Termite ■ 
£39.95, Twist 2 database - £99.95, Maxon Magic £29.95. Upper Disk Tools - £14.95, VistaLita inc 
MakePath, Terra Form - £39.95 and much more Comir g soon: DiikMagir disk ‘ • and Cinema 1C 


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Termite 




Afraid ol becoming a hedgehog on the 
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Termite is so easy to use that even a first time 
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Termite is packed wilh features and comes with its 
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