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Issue 90 fl September fl 1995 M £3.99 overseas price £ 4.25 hii 13.95 




Power up your Amiga 
‘ ;h ew u tility 
extritfigansa! 


September 

1995 

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AH Amloas 


AMIGA toots 

Cheek out this month * bauble-disk 
utility bonanza, packed with some ot 
the greatest Amiga uttmirn svwiabh 
to TUPE 

Th» Of^nHbr ami Enhancer 

to Exchange 
A MX Vmwkm at &Ktmng* 
to GfrCon 


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September 


All Amigas 


The Amiga makes designs 


1995 


I AMIGA tools 2 

C Another helping of oven mote greet 

artllftie * that wM enhance your Amiga 


on Planet 24, TV’s hottest 


to Bouncy World 

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to HDSiaep 

Shut Omn Hotly Nani Ortvm 
to MalhScripl 

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VIDEO AND GRAPHICS 


RAM UPGRADES 


mmm geni 

FOR ALL AMIGA COMPUTERS 


A 500 51 2K (no stock) £20.00 

Takes nr, ASM IWH r^3KB 111* HAM (M05 


SCALA 

H1 100 

HOME VI DfO , 
ItlfLING PROS | 
worth 

£49^ 



A500 61 2K (ins clock) 

tpkns an A5QQ Hem Si 2K 1.0 1 m 


Imh SONY FLOPPY 


5 ™ 3V3” DELUXE EXTERNAL FLOPPY DRIVE 


A5Q0 Plus Imh t30,00 

Taltasjfl A5CCiranH*Hl?M< RAM -3520 


FOR ALL AMIGA COMPUTERS 


AfiOClMb (no clock).. £30.00 

! A6D0 from if* to Jur RAM OS-nn 


A6CQ 1 M (tnc clock) £40,00 
TJ «4 ar> a?ck I Irmi i wfc '&?•* RAM neia 


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RAM UPGRADE & 
MATHS ACCELERATOR 
OPTIONS 

FOR THE AMIGA 1200 


■ HV .1 inuii'i,.' Qtaphla fed uioeo wweflio iies* 

• fflff STJU HriAU j^fltfrarTr cfrait 

* . 4 du‘ titles jrrd spnrui effects Jr? 

« Ideal tor burnt Anr? SBiTHT'rC^i ^™ 1 

• Supports AD A'wQa and AGA gtApnns 

, .'npin 1 jrW .-JL/.ipiir covr^fi'ijri- yufotf Senate 

* StfdfcftW Jwiwfltjr? onJ>'. wrmpL'Jfff twfk 
and r 7 iito.ii? p/aptties 


« itototore fade pent™? 

• RGB itiru -iUL'ing Jftf gentock fnm 
tjr.Miij wrpmi&it toJfm not i(l \* ss 

• Optional tntome key wlif jifliCiftie 
Seplo oipei ^ 

• Co/nprttie fisivfi 
)&page manual 


BUILT-IN 
BATTERY 
BACKED 
I CLOCK 


ptos f^irY eotooT 


CD-ROM DRIVE 




■ riigti quality 3W Sony rneCi'mm.sTP 

• SJrUMff meiai casing 

* Bini'J fr? amti-crtrir feitim 

m Switclahie iPtHArps mode 
» E r 7 |jU 1 KJ We $ m ' toil 


• 75 vs access M 7 W 

• dtts,/ dnfirtOSB va ItUil port 
■ Low pou/at usage 

• ExWnrtPSU 
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LOADER INTERNAL FLOPPY 

354" 1Mb INTERNAL FLOPPY DRIVE 

FQfl AMIGA £M?W0 flUS OR AMIGA 600/1200 


OVERDRIVE QUAD SPEED CD-ROM 


FOR THE AMIGA 1200 

Thts mt combines A CD-ROM tfrtvw with ft if? *uTmr So Smart Gar, I interfaced, toe 
PCMCIA **>f mis tor an incredibly cottvormwl ami siflw rtf psaLL HU* 
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PCMCIA 

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IMAGE MANIPULATION 


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KM* 3£-bl RAM buHrtl, awn pdauidiec 

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Gif'. IFF. HrtOtoCD ami numy mom 

CD HDAt dnm lafX 
itrearners, 5t't)y«r 

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MicroVrtec 143B 14 h £299.00 



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C'^slal nndFPU ta ht«iK ■ UF^G. 1250 


1SKI U -AOKHJ Sflffsn ■ MQ« 61438 


IMAGE PROCESSING 

IMAGE FX v 2.0 

FOR ALL AM1GAS 


£54,00 



Phoiogenics VI -2 

p*a iiHmalE 2* W grapHc and 
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Image FX V2J0 £199.00 

Alcwra cwrver&Kin nl miaQW bcrt*i>p-i 
MwetaJ iallcrni'1 File lermals - KSI313? 


FPU 40wh; Per Hawk .— £99.00 

Uyclal aixj FPU lef HaV*i ■ UPG 1255 


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Super Skidmarks CD32 

Timekeepers 

Base Jumpers CD32 

Top of the League 



Hiuieuis 

Hitua HL 0 - 3 DD BS 

4 sfun/ung CD-flOM with good looks 
and a bargain p nee to boot 

UberUisionBI 18 


The ultimate graphics or another 
example of over- flash plastic 



UishtTlagic 57 

Another challenger makes its bid 
for the file managing top spot 


ArtecUieiustation 


4 srurin/ng A4 scanner that puts 
Epson prices to shame 



Apollo 1200 

AC^ i^ af the 

blest gofasterA1200 addon 


Fwiss 


ED or not ED 

How lo get the best from last month's amazing MUI giveaway 

Amiga On Location 

Ben Vost investigates an Amiga revolution among the animals 

Emulation ■■■■■1 

How to turn your Amiga into something completely different 


Gareth Lofthouse talks to the people who make the Amiga think 

laser Guidance ■■Mi 

The CDs just keep a coming, We boot up the best in the business 

monitor Roundup 85 

Amiga graphics deserve 
the best and that's 
what's on offer 


- c. 

A ssemblerflBHHHHHHHl 

The ubiquitous Mr Gveraa continues the assembler epic 














(lent issue 
on sale 
St August 



Hegms 


Deujs ■ 

Adam Pimps looks on as the Escom buildup goes into overdrive 

USH Ms ib 


The Amiga across the pond phis the latest from Soft-Logik 


Adam Phillips puts the PC hype into persepctive 





37 


The question and answer session with an Amiga angie 


HtflS 


Hardware or software problems ? The solution is at hand 


Public Sector ■ 


Bargain buys uneadh&d toy Amiga Computings 
PD and shareware specialist 





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flfleKH 

Paul Overaa points the way to perfect parsing in ARexx 

Uidea 

Cary Whiteley goes Through a 3D conversion process - painful 

musk 

Paul Overaa makes his case for 1 6'bil sound as standard 


tomms 

Phil South looks at the party approach to Internet legislation 

Rmas 

Phil South stands back to let a contributor say his bit 

Publishing 

The I acts according to Hard. Amiga fonts explored and explained 


AMIGA 

GUIDE 


Frank Nord pursues shareware 
to spruce up your machine 


Where there's smoke there's fire. . 
Stevie Kennedy shows you how ■ 



CDUEH 

5T0HV 



The Rmiga launches 
itself into the TU and 
commercial's arena - 
me ash Planet 3% 
mahers of the Big 
Br pah fast, and Premier 
Uisrnn haw and why 
they use the tap 
ranhtng machine 


See page 35 



JWOGA 



Turn to page 72... 


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610MB 2.5 IDE £599 

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OTHERS 

30MB 2.S IDE — £70 

120MB 2.5 IDE , . £95 


External IDE hard disk for the A500 
comes complete with an internal ROM 
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M-TEC AT500 RARE £99 

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Save 1.5MB on a standard floppy drive 
and 3MB when used in conjunction 
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External PCMCIA 3.5“ IDE hard disk 

OVERDRIVE BARE £99 

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1 X 4 STATIC COLUMN A3Q00 , , , £25 

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CIA £12 

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PAULA , , . , £19 


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£19 
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£12 
£19 
£29 
, £6 
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2,04 ROM CHIP 


£25 


24-bit colour A4 flatbed scanners, 
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SYQUEST DRIVES £P0A 

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ZIP DRIVE 100MB SCSI . £199.95 

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Expander works on any Amiga with 
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DISK EXPANDER £7 5 


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Backup to 520MB onto a 4hr VMS 
tape. Version 3 has new backup modes 
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CPU. 




A4000 TOWER 


The tower comes 
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049 


Scan Doubter It Is a full 24- bit AGA flicker 
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non-interlaced PAL/NTSC modes to allow 
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Pixel sharp picture, even at 144 0 
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composite v!dedfS*VHS outputs, 


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VIDEO BACKUP SC ART £65 

VIDEO 8ACKUP PHONO .£60 

UPGRADE TO VERSION 3 £20 


SCSI-2 controller card tor the Amiga 
2000/4001). Upgradable to BMB RAM 


Connect a CD-ROM, Sy quest and any 
IDE hd to your A2000/3000/400D 
Comes complete with cable and s/w. 
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SCSI hard card which can fit SMB of 
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HC-S SCSI CARD £99 




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Bt| HDfim PHILLIPS 



[scam's marketing push continues 


More positive actions are taking place as Escom 
have announced the arrival of a further 37 stores 
to their already 127-strong retail outlet force, in 
further plans to broaden their public image, 1 July 
saw the unveiling of their first steps into TV adver* 
Using on British television. 

The campaign lasted two weeks and depicted a 
'40'$-£tyle detective offering advice to a confused 
female PC buyer. While in this instance Escom 
are plugging the PC, it's another sign of their com* 
mitment to making an impact on the British high 
street. 

The company are also considering TV commer- 
cials for the Amiga, but the main confirmed thrust 
for the relaunch will be in the press. With this kind 
of muscle nurturing the Amiga, the hope is that 
there will be a solid retail platform and reputation 
already installed hy the time new stocks of 


Ami gas are released - which can only be good 
news for the machine. Meanwhile, there's more 
information this month for prospective 4000T 
owners - apparently, Escom are planning to build 
22,000 system boards of the high-end Amiga 
machine in Philadelphia - 12,000 for the 
European market, 10,000 for the US market - 
meaning that the China production line will not bo 
operative lor at teasl a year. If rumour is to be 
believed, all 22,000 have already been bought by 
various distributors across the world. 

An unconfirmed rumour also floating out of 
Escom is that negotiations with the Philippine 
government lo release the substantial 
Commodore inventory held in the Philippines have 
been partly successful. Some parts have already 
arrived In Germany, but talks are continuing 
between the government and Escom for the rest, 



Eicom PC ad , 1 TV Eammarelars for tfr# flmlM 
undmr tdiuMeralfan al rhe mamfirt, but (h* marri 
advertising (hruft wilf £» in the press 


0 welcome 
facelift 


Just before going to print, the new 
logo for the Amiga machine came in 
via fax accompanied by the following 
blurb: “The Amiga wordmark evokes 
both a classic and elegant tool as well 
as a modern look, Bodoni, the font 
se I acted lo build upon, is a classic 
font. Further refinements involving the 
manipulation and subtraction of serifs 
and the addition, of She red square cre- 
ate a progressive, yet elegant logo. 
The red square represents technology 
and adds energy to the logo by 
implying a sense of motion/ 

Here at Amwga Computing, we'd like 
to know what you think of the new 
logo. Comments to the usual address 
please. 


IDore research on the 'net 



Tofagrmpte Carrying Mil WHurpir vn Vtsl 


AMIGA 


Tho nsw Isfe; Ficiim tfu» label 

that will he on tb* front of afl new Amiga 

machine* 


The Internet would appear to be a fascinat- 
ing attraction for researchers in a quest to 
find out more about the relationship 
between operator and computer, Michael 
Herbert Associates have become the first 
European company to conduct market 
research focus groups in cyberspace. 
What this means is simple - a 'room' was 
set up and users from all over the world 
were invited to join the group via e-mail. 

The research conducted for the 
Electronic Telegraph unveiled some inter- 
esting results. After ploughing through the 
transcripts of the meetings, the group's 
findings would suggest that the technology 
doesn’t hinder people from getting their 
emotions across. 

Indeed, the researchers believe that 
people tend to be more unhibited in cyber- 
space than when communicating faee-lo- 
face, 

This freedom of expression may 
compensate in part for the fact that the 


moderator cannot take cues from respon- 
dents' facial expressions and body 
language, There was one unforeseen 
problem though to arise from the enthusir 
asm of the participants. Apparently, 
several people were difficult to get off the 
line because they were so eager to 
continue in the discussion. 

And the end use of these findings? 'This 
type of research means we are talking 
about a global consumer and we have 
almost instant access to their psyche and 
feelings and attitudes to brands and prod- 
ucts no matter where’ they are in ihe 
world," admits Herbert 

Whether it is viewed as an invasion or a 
privileged invitation to attend a cyberspace 
market research group on the Internet, 
Herbert believes the time is not far off 
when consumers from all round the world 
“will be baring their souls to the hidden 
persuaders/ Now there's something to 
look forward to? 




8 








NEWS 


•i- 


flotking the boat 


Seals has established itself as the leading edge in 
multimedia creation, respected and envied by owners 
of all machines, However, a Swedish company, 
ImageLab Technology, are on the verge of releasing 
ImageVision a package they claim is the most 
easy-to-use multimedia authoring system available. 

The package consists of three editors The script 
editor is where presentations are built by placing and 
linking icons together. Double-clicking on said icons 
brings up the configuration window where pictures, 
sounds, animations and more can be added. 

T ho next stage is the click editor where buttons are 


made interactive to enable users to reach other 
areas of the presentation, The buttons can he 
rectangular, circular or polygon shaped and sounds 
can be added for extra effect. 

Finally, there’s I lie graphics editor where circles, 
linos and rectangles can be created, manipulated 
and saved as clipart to be loaded into any imported 
background, where they will be automatically 
remapped to make full use of the particular screen's 
palette. 

For more details, contact ImageLab Technology on 
+46 455 2003S or fax them on +46 455 16866. 


H retraction 

In the July issue of Am/ga Computing, 
we printed a story that stated criminal 
proceedings had been brought against 
WTS. This information was incorrect 
and Ihe company is only under investi- 
gation at present, We would like to apol- 
ogise to the company for the mistake 
and WTS have also stated that any alle- 
gations of fraud are entirely unfounded 
and any problems were brought about 
by Commodore's bankruptcy, not 
through fraudulent behaviour. 


lightlllaue update 

Avoidable at present in the special 
prc-lnunch bundle, anyone buying this 
st 1- Lip can upgrade to the full-blown 
version on its imminent release. The 
surprise news is that the final release 
software will include the much -vaunted 
texture preview boxes only previously 
seen in Ihe PC version. 

Premier Vision are patting them- 
selves on the backs at the moment 
after convincing Newtek that the 
preview was a vital and much-wanted 
option. The company can be contacted 
on 0171-721 7050. 


Future still in doubt 

Following, Amiga Computing's coverage 
of ZCL's demise in the last issue, ihe mail 
order company have had to close down 
rr ore of iheir Calculus stores and lay off 
further employees - over 4Q jobs have 
been lost in the past month - as pressure 
mounts to find a buyer, according to 
Computer Trade Weekly, the industry's 
newspaper. The firm used to own 21 
Calculus outlets throughout the country to 
sell over the counter to consumers, but 
due to the slip into receivership only a 
c'dien stores remain open, 

ZCL's other assets Include the Taurus 
wholesale division and INDI mail order 
business. 

Ai present, joint administrative receivers 
Ian Gesl and David Duggins are running 
ZCL as a going concern, hoping a buyer 
will step forward al some point in the near 
future. The hangover of Commodore's 
bankruptcy continues to affect companies 
involved in Ihe Amiga, industry. 


Summer modem sauings 


For those whose fingers are itching to do the walking on the Internet, Siren Software are 
offering discounts of up to £25 across their entire range of Speedcom modems if bought 
before the 31 September. Fully compatible with the Amiga, the modems come with 

N CO MM3 and an AmigaGuide to Comms. 

For a 14,400, punters can expect to shell out 
"£1G9.99 and for the lep-of-the-range Speedcom+BF 
running at 26,600, the cos! has fallen to £174,99. 
For more details, call Siren Software on 0161-796 
6279 and ask for Simon Cobb. 

In the meantime, US Robotics have also 
announced price cuts across their entire 
range. The Sportster 14,400 Fax has been 
reduced to £139, the Sportster 26,800 
plummets tronn £299 to £199, and the 
WorldPort Dual Standard Cellutar 
pocket modem comes down in price to 
£149. 

Phone US Robotics on 01734 
228200 for further in formal ion. 


23, BOO: 

How fVfflMftfl for Cf 74,99 
at Siren Software 


Pirate proof at last? 



With the software industry all over the 
world suffering al the hands of pirates, 
Diskxpress, the computer disk suppliers, 
believe they have developed Ihe 
ultimate In CD protection in the form of 
Laserlok. The system utilises a 
combination of software encryption and 
laser marking on the CD that work in 
conjunction with each other to 'give the 
highest level of security, 

The protected software operates only 
when the original CD-ROM Is present in 
ihe CD-ROM drive of the machine, thus 
eliminating piracy at the end user level, 


Diskxpress also reckon that Ihey have 
cracked the CD copying machines - 
none of the current models are able to 
work round ihe Laserlok system. 

Finally, Laserlok is apparently com- 
pletely impractical for pirate CD plants 
lo re-master and reproduce thousands 
of pirate software copies, thus prevenl- 
ing piracy at industrial level. If all these 
claims turn out to be verified in long- 
term use, the software industry may be 
able to breath a sigh of relief and 
Diskxpress can look forward to an 
extremely swollen bank account. 


Amiga Computing 


SEPTEMBER 1995 







NEWS 


Gasteiner shorn 
a success 

Organised in conjunction with Amiga 
Computing and ST Format, the recent 
Gasteiner Spotlight Show held down in 
London on the weekend ol 10-11 of June 
has been hailed a success by several of 
the Amiga developers who attended iL 
With nearly 4,000 visitors, to the exhibition, 
it Is obvious there's life in both the Amiga 
and ST. 

“What a brilliant show," proclaimed 
Golden Image. “Surely the show for Amiga 
and Alan users without the maddening 
crowd of games players!* 1 

At present. Gasteiner are in negotia- 
tions with E scorn for another show later 
this year. Well keep you posted with any 
developments. 


The digital age has 
arrkjed 

White the Amiga continues to dominate 
television screens with its special effects 
work, the recent Director's Guild celebra- 
tion of a 100 years in cinema saw one of 
Britain’s most talented directors give a 
key speech on ihe dawning of the digital 
age John Boorman, director of Southern 
Comfort and Hope and Glory, reminisced 
about the nature of film and at the same 
lime welcomed the increasing use of dig- 
ital technology in the movies, hinting that 
spools O'f film will most likely become a 
thing of the past 

If E scorn's plans are successful, the 
Amiga will hopefully continue (o play a 
part in the digital revolution. 


Largest librarg in the murid 


With the multitude of different CDs pouring in through our post box, EM Computergraphic 
are releasing three CO collections they believe provide Amiga users with unbeatable 
value. The CDs will compromise of PDtehareware end DTP/DTV material. 

Every font has its own IFF file for quick viewing access and (here's also the option of 
buying a series of typeface books launched along with the CDs that 1! offer a hard copy 
alternative for instant reference. Clipart and images all have their own thumbnails and are 
arranged in the relevant directories 

The first of the CDs will be released in September, the second in November, and the 
final one in January next year. The price for the first CD is £24.99 plus El packaging, buf 
customers buying before the 8 September can pick up the first collection for £119,99 + £l 
for packaging. 

For further information, contact Errol at EM Computergraphic on 01255 431389 


The home page 

Already receiving a warm welcome from visitors, Atnig# Computings home page 
is waiting to be perused- For ihe latest news, previews and reviews, simply type 
in : http‘f/www.demon-cO-uk/amigacomp. 


HOUEMISMS IflDEH 


10 out of 10... 15 

17 Bit Software ...... ........ ,,,,108 

1st Computer Centre ,,43 

Active Software 54, 55 

Amiganuts... 56 

Arnold Computer Supp.,,,,-104 

Better Concepts,, 99 

Blittersoft ..,..24 

Brian Fowler Computers...,. .93 

Bruce Smith Books 104 

Capri CD Distribution 104 

Centro! S/ware & Hard .,104 

Cybersystems ..104 

Dart Computer .112, 114 

E M Computergraphics... .114 

Epic Marketing,, ..90, 91 

Fast Computer Services ,,,,116 

G.C. Electronics .......114 

G.T.I 68 


GBE Compact Disc Serv 

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Gllleft Multimedia 

118 

Grey Tronics 

74 

Guidinq Light Comp 

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H.I.Q 

47 

Hagers Electronic 

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Harwoods 

51, 65 

HI Soft 

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ICPUG 

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Interplay, 

81 

Kaw = IL + * 

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Meridian 

11 

NJH Pd 

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Nucleus Direct 

110 

Qmmidale Suppliers 

116 

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. . £139,00 

AD Pro Conversion Pack . 

. . . £59 99 

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. £S9 95 

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. . £249 99 

WDG Pro Control 


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Ma.xson Magic ...,.,. r , (li . Ili( 

Screen saver 

Morph Plus £1 29 

Essence Vp^I I + Forge. , £79.95 

titence val 2 * Forge £79.95 

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£59.95 

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Quad Speed Drive 

£299.95 


Double Speed Drive 

£199.95 


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Mastering Amiga programming 
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Learn a whole range of coding 

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£19,95 

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**W .... £19.95 

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Wets ofSkn Crty 2000 £9.95 

AIIM Insider Guide £12,95 

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OS 3.1 for A500/2000 £03.95 

tekttlc. nw Kickitan Roms and Workbench j I 

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Imagine Hints & Tips £7.95 

The Fane ft Clipart Book £9,95 

Workbench A-Z Insider Guide. .... £13.95 

Mattering Amiga Arens . . £ 1 7.95 

Mastering Amiga Printers £F7.95 

Mastering Amiga Dos 3.0 Reference ... £19.95 

Mastering Amiga Dos 3.0 Tutorial £19.95 

Mastering Amiga Dos Voll £17.95 

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A i 200 Beginner's Pack £36-95 

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Workbench 3 Booster Pack 

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. . £47 95 

Final Writer 3 

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£29.00 

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£159.95 

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NEWS 


The Amiga comes home 


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n a surprise move, Escom have 
announced thai Amigas are 
once again going to he manu- 
factured in the US - in fact, fight back in 
Pennsylvania, not lar from where the 
first Amigas rolled off the production 


lines a decade ago. 

According to Dan Stets of the 
Philadelphia Inquirer, Edward Goff, who 
was Vice Presideni and general counsel 
lor Commodore, Is working with Lwo for- 
mer Commodore engineers and two 
Pennsylvania firms to produce circuit 
hoards for the A4QQ0T and assemble 
the machines, 

Plans to manufacture the systems in 
China fell through - the Chinese won't 
be ready to buitd Amigas for at least a 
year. In order to get the machines oul in 
lime for Autumn, Escom have made an 
agreement with Zober Industries in 
Crodyen t Pennsylvania to produce 
around 22,000 A4O0OT motherboards. 
About 10,000 of these are destined for 
the North American market, white the 
remaining 12.000 will probably be 




European market. 

The North American machines will be 
assembled by QuickPak Corporation of 
Norristown, At press-time Escom hoped 
to have machines in production by 
August, 


Soft-logik gets effettiue 


At the time of going to press, Soft-Logik 
were about to ship PageStmam 3, Oh, fix- 
ing many more bugs and implementing a 
host of missing features, and the company 
expects one more update (3,01) before the 
eventual release of the package. Release 
3.1 will be shipped free of charge to all 
registered PageStream users, and should 
finally implement all the features premised 
in the original program. 

One of the features of Page Stream 3 
that does work well is the accessory 
Image-processing program, BME, Handy 
for doing minor louch-up work, BME was 
nevertheless loo limited to serve as a full- 
fledged DTP accessory 


for tightening too-dark pictures in your doc- 
uments. 

Now, Soft-Logik has added more 
oomph to BME with a $25 add-on package 
called Gary's Effects, Once Installed, 12 
new menu commands are added to BME, 
giving the desktop publisher access to a 
variety of powerful effects The new effects 
include Solarize, which allows you to set 
the threshold above which pixels are 
negated, resulting in a combination of pos- 
itive and- negative images; Median, which 
streamlines pixel values to make colours 
more consistent; and Average, which is 
similar to Median, but more 
suitable for some pictures. 

A number of effects can help you adjust 
the brightness ef your pictures for the best 
printed image. Minimum spreads out dark 
areas and shrinks bright areas, while - 
you guessed it Maximum spreads out 
bright areas and shrinks dark areas. 
Equalize evens oul pixel values to make 
shadow details more apparent, and 
Threshold sets the cutoff point tor conver- 
sion to black and white. Perhaps most 
useful is Gamma, which brightens the mid- 
dle range ol grey levels without losing sig- 
nificant detail. Your blacks slay black and 
your whites stay white. 

Other adjustments include Hue and 
Saturation; Blur, which takes oft sharp 
edges by eliminating noise; and 
Histogram, which graphs the distribution of 
colour values - you can use Ihis before 
and alter applying other effects to see their 
results Finally, there's the powerful 


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Implant Pt update 

For those who’ve been hoping their 
Emplant board* is the solution to i\ 
their emulation problems, things are | 
looking up. Version 2,1 of the .» 
Emplant ESS6DX PC emulator is new 
available, This update now support; j 
printing (serial ports still aren i 
implemented). Extended memory 
managers, and it will run Windows 
and DOOM. 

Speed is still a problem, though 
especially when running in 38 f j 
Enhanced Mode (the mode Window 1 
uses when multitasking DOS appli 
cations and running 32-bit pro 
grams). Still, 2,1 is dramatically bel- 
ter than the first releases, and if his. 
tory repeals itself the emulator 
should shape up into somethin 
pretty solid before the year is cut, 


Convolve operator which offers total con- 
trol and has 20 presets, Including 
Gaussian Blur to add haze; Gaussian; 
Sharpen to remove haze; Laplacian Edg* 
Enhancement to highlight edges, andj 
darken other areas; Low-Pass lo enhance 
dark areas; High-Pass to emphasise 
bright areas; and Vertical Smooth to 
smooth NTSC video images These ar* 
only a few of the presets. You can also 
load and save your own, and control ail of 
the effects with ARexx. 

These effects are safe lo expenmtnij 
with Try an effect with its default sailings, 
and if you don't like the results, simply 
choose Undo, change the effect’s slider 
gadget and try it again. 

Soft-Logik has an expanding line of 
Page Stream 3 accessories, Other add- 
ons include a Jpeg graphics loaded, a 
Word Worth filter Chat imports WordWortti 
documents with almosi all their formatting 
in tact, and a set of Templates for itifl 
popular Paper Direct series of fancy 
papers, All of these, in eluding Gary's 
Effecls, are now shipping. 











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EDITORIAL 



t's been amusing the Iasi few 
months - the clamour in the Amiga 
games industry and shareware 
scene to release a Doom -beat mg product. 
Magazine covers have been filled with the 
agent provocateurs beating their chests that 
their version i$ the game which will make 
Amiga users hold up Iheir heads high once 
again 

Doom and its multitude of variants have 
graced PC monitors for sometime now - 
most of them particularly unremarkable and 
unoriginal. While we can all look forward to 
the likes of Gloom, Alien Breed 3D and other 
Doom busters, -the eagerness and almost 
desperation of some Amiga users for some 
of the PC's clobber reveals a much more 
interesting picture. 

There seems to be a peculiar breed of 
Amiga enthusiasts who yearn for the PC's 
catalogue of software. They feel as if they 
are missing out on something great They've 
fallen for those glossily shot Microsoft com- 
mercials with a ten-a-penny philosophy hold- 
ing them together. They've been bowled 
over by IBM's OS/2 Warp system commer- 
cials and how, well right on it all is. "I nor- 
mally go and make a cup of lea while the 
computer's printing. Wow I don't have to," Oh 
dear, how long have you had to wait for that 
- the Amiga has been doing it lor years. 

What about the PC's software- Its paint 
packages and 3D rendering software? Its 
Windows 95? Ms games? Mutter the 
disgruntled few. 

Amiga Computing has been interviewing 
the companies that produce some of the 
highest standards of multimedia and graph- 
ics work in the business - they have the 
money to buy anything they warn... SGI, 
PowerMacs, P6 PCs, Dec Alpha machines 
and more - but for some strange reason 
they consistently gfiok with the Amiga for a 
hefty part of the work. 

Even in this issue, the PC's paint pack- 
ages are compared to the Amigas by 
Premier Vision and, in (he past, by pop 
promo makers Mu-Mgdia. And guess what? 
The Amiga's TV Paint and DPainf remain at 
the forefront of their artistic work. 3D render- 
ers? Perhaps it's worth reminding the vague 
minded (hat the likes of Lightwave started 
out and continue on the Amiga, not the PC, 
Already in the PC magazines, the 




Hiuione for an 
inferioritti 
compleK? 

Fairest (Jump wanders why 
certain ffmiga users think the 
grass is greener an the other side 


Amiga-grown package is taking journalists by 
storm and there are still drawbacks to the 
PC's version. 

What about Microsoft's soon-lo-be- 
re 1 e as ed -at ■ to n g - 1 ast- so r ry -a bou t -the - wa it 
Windows '95. From first impressions, like 
OS/2 Wanp, it's only beginning to do what the 
Amiga achieved ten years ago. 

PROPAGANDA 

There's one thing the enemy in whatever 
arena has always used - lhat of propaganda 
(sorry, marketing strategies), While the 
Commodore ot yesterday were about as pop- 
ular as an outbreak ot Ebola in your own liv- 
ing room and couldn't sell life to a soul-suck- 
ing zombie. Microsoft and its competitors 
know where the consumer power really lies. 
Ifs all to do with image, and some Amiga 
owners, while understandably disillusioned 
with the last year's proceedings, are falling 
for the hype. 

Sill Gates has done a marvellous job. He's 
Crawled inside your head and littered your 
brain with flash images, talk of the future, bul 
the reality is far from impressive once you've 


torn off the shiny, sparkling wrapping paper. 

As for games - OK, f here's no doubt that 
at present the Amiga games market is at an 
all-time low, that we'll have to wait and see 
what the boys and girls at Escom can coma 
up with. Be if eve me when I say that software ; 
companies are like a flock of sheep that tod- 
low their prize shepherd round, baaing at 
him, hoping he won't lead them into an abet- 
loir but give them a full rewarding life, Once 
the Amiga is back on its feet, they'll ail come 
rushing back. 

In the meantime, if games are an 
absolute necessity, why give your hard- 
earned money to a powerful but clumsy, 
annoying, imitating machine like the PC? If 
you're that desperate for a games machine 
of the future, forget the PC - it’s too much. 
Go and spend £299 on a Playstation and 
shut up while the rest of us carry on using 
the machine that has single handedly, with 
its multitude of users, started companies, 
greenligbted films, and offered a cheap, flex- 
ible system tor creative and business types 
alike to finally realise their dream on 
whatever scale, m 




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[Htracting 
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f you have already booted this 
month's CoverDisks, yog may 
have noticed a slight change to 
normal. We are now using Commodore's 
installer utility to try and make extracting 
the archives as easy as possible for you. 

To extract any single archive, simply 
double -click its icon and follow the on- 
screen instructions, If you want lo quickly 
extract the program to RAM, select the 
NOVICE level on (he welcome screen 
and press proceed once on the currenl 
screen, and then again on (he next. The 
program can now he found in your RAM 
disk. 

You also have the option of using a 
floppy disk. If you pick this option make 
sure you have a blank formatted disk al 
ihe ready, and If you only have one disk 
get ready for lots of disk swapping and a 
long wail. 

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Bn this month’s jam-packed fount Bisks toe have — 
toads of brilliant utilities which should make your — 
Btniga life that much easier, u/ith a little fun — 

thrown in for good measure — 


are loads of weapons lo collect too. When 
rt boils down to it, it’s simply a great blast- 
's m-up (hat should keep you entertained 
into the wee small hours. 

You may notice l hat there are no text 
tile instructions for this game, that's 
because the author didn't supply any, in 
fact, l his game appeared anonymously on 
a bulletin board, if you are the author of 
this little gem, gel in touch with us. 

Basically though, you simply shool any- 
thing Ihal moves and pick up powerups lo 
beef your weapon, level 


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Author: Dirk Farin 

Workbench: 1,3 

A Jot of graphics work is done using L h < 
Amiga. Hardly a revelation but I hose ol 
you regularly involved in creating graphs 
will have no doubt encountered Hie old 
probJem of your art program not bei-.g 
able to read some of the many graphic file 
formats in existence on many computers. 

There are quite a few, such as jpeg, 
BMF, PCX. Targa, Tiff, GIF and many 
more, Thankfully, programs like GfxCon, 


Author: Gasmr Salim 




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Transplant 

System: Workbench 2 and above 

Note: To run Transplant, just boot the 
second disk. 

Transplant is a game best played with two 
players, although you can play a one-pla- 
yer game. You can either play co-opera- 
tively. or if you are m a particularly 
unfriendly mood, you can play a friend to 
the death. In one-player mode you have 
the whole screen t in two-player mode its a 
split-screen affair and a little trickier. There 

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mnajinurFi 

SEPTEMBER 1995 


Workbench: 3.0 


If there's one thing I like about Macintqsti 
computers, It's the way ihey easily Iw 
die fites, Unlike the Amiga, a file on (he 
Mac can have an application a$s 
to it so that when il is double-clicked the 
associated application is njn and (he i e 
loaded ready for manipulation. 

GlassAction provides a similar featu 
which allows you to automatically launch 
an appropriate application when a file is 
dropped on ClassAelion's Applcon 
Owners of hard drives will have many 
files stored on disk, all of varying types 
such as picture files (IFF, TiF. Jpeg etci, 
text files, sound files and modules, and 
many others. 

CfassAclion provides a quick and con- 
venient way to launch the approprig 
applcon for the file by automatical!- 
necognising what the tile type rs and then 
either loading the appropriate application 
for the file or giving you a choice of appli- 
cations to choose from, 

For example, if you have an IFF pic- 
ture file, you may want lo view it, or actu- 
ally change it using an art program. 











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which are utilities dedicated to image 
conversion, are plentiful. 

GlxCon allows you to load in many pic- 
ture file formats and output them to 
another format, most likely the Amiga s 
IFF It also offers a little more. As well as 
converting (he Image to another format, 
there are a number of effects you can per- 
form, such as rotating the image, re-sizing 
II {with or without interpolation) and 
dithering. 




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JPEG DatalqpE 

Author: Christoph Feck 

Workbench: 3.0 

DalaTypes are a wonderful idea. Any program that 
uses them can load all the datatypes you have installed 
on your Workbench without knowing anything about 
that particular file format. Now you probably already 
have a Jpeg datatype installed, so why a new one? Well firstly speed. This sucker’s a 
scorcher, and written by the author of 'FasUPEG' you would not expect anything less. 
Secondly configurability - this datatype has its own preferences For any datatype program 
you can specify exactly how it will read in Jpeg pictures Just a few of the options include 
number of colours, HAM mode, whether to use 
dithering, and it will even display a neat little 
progress indicator if you want. 

There are actually two version of the prefer- 
ence program. One uses the normal Amiga 
GadTpols, while the olher uses the super sexy 
MUt for its interface. 

rhjs Jpag datatype wilt 
aifaw you to Ip md Jpeg 
fomia I pictures and atao 
features variant op tioat 

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IMP - Master 
[antral Program 


Author: Alien Design 

Workbench; 2.0 


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This program is lining itself up to be (he 
mother of all Workbench expansion pro* 
grams. Workbench is nice to use but 
there are always tittle features it seems 
to lack, such as Tool Alias, Assign pref- 
erences, automatic decrunching and a 








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MCP I* one of those utilities which is an 
ali-iif-on« solution to mjiny p roblom* and i* 
packed with iejriurda 


Class Action will let you assign both a 
simple picture viewing utility or an art 
program like Photogenic^ lo IFF files, so 
when you drop an IFF file on the 
ClassAction Applcon it will lei you launch 
the viewer or Photogenics, Also, if the 
application can accept a filename as a 
parameter, it will be loaded into the 
application ready for processing 

RECOGNITION 

Class Action requires you to enter cer- 
lain information about a file typo before it 
can automatically recognise it, You can 
do this in one of two ways. The first and 
irosl simple way is to have ClassAction 
recognise it by its name. IFF tiles, tor 
instance, sometime have an extender 
after the main name, This may ho .IFF. 
The same is true for sound files such as 
BSVX. Another more common example 
is icon files. These always have the 
exlender .INFO after them so you could 
have ClassAction load your favourite 
►con editing application when any files 
with .INFO In I heir name are dropped 
onlo the ClassAction Applcon. 

However, this is not a 100 per cent 
accurale method of recognising files It 
may bo that a file does not have an 
extender. For example, an IFF file is 
called PICTURE 1. Using the name- 


matching method will not recognise this 
file because it doesn’t have an IFF 
exlender. 

Another more powerful and reliable 
method is to use the Offset feature. This 
allows you to actually check the contents 
of the file to find out what type it is. For 
example, all GIF files have the string GIF 
at byte 0 of the file. Just load a GIF file 
into a hex edilor and you will see it. 
Another example is lha files. At hex off- 
set 2 the string -Ih will be found if it is an 
lha file. 

Thus, using this method is a more reli- 
able way of recognising files as this infor- 
mation will nearly always be the same. 
The only time it may change is if Ihe file 
type is updated by the company who 
own the copyright for the file type, which 
is relatively rare. 

ClassAction will let you check on up lo 
five offsets to further confirm that the file 
Is indeed the required type. For example, 
an lha file will also have the value 6d at 
byle offset 6. 

All this information is set up using the 
ClassAction preferences editor, This is 
where you also tell ClassAction what 
applications to launch, Thera are quite a 
number of common file types already set 
up for you, such as lha, Jpeg, Mpeg and 
many mere. 


decent screen blanker Before you know 
it you've got 20 programs in your 
WBStartup drawer, and Workbench is 
taking Ion times as long to load. 

Welt now you can delete all those 
programs oft the face ol your herd drive, 
as MCP can do eft that and more. 
Basically, MCP has more features than 
you can shake several slicks at. To con- 
figure all ct ihese, a lovely MUI prefer- 
ence program is provided. So what are 
you waiting for - stop skulking a! the 
back ol (he newsagents, gel home and 
install this sucker? 


mtP Guide 

Author: Trevor Morris 

Workbench 2 0 

Okay, so MCP is a great program Out 
the documentation is a little thin on 
the ground. Well it's virtually none 
existent, so Trevor Moms, being the 
nice chappy I'm sure he is, has pro 
duced this comprehensive 
AmigaGuide So now you can not 
only have MCP you can know hqw to 
use it lo! 


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locMolars 

Author: Trogcir Hovtien 

Workbench: 3.0 


LockColors is a little commodity which 
will allow you to specify what colour spe- 
cific pens on the Workbench screen are 
going to be This may nol sound too 
amazing, but anyone using Magic 
Workbench icons will know that icon 
colours go crazy on screens with more 
than eight cotours. With LockColors you 
can make sure icon colours are always 
correct . 


IDultiFileSMStem 

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Author; Nicola Salmoria 

Workbench; 2,0 

Amiga Dos, being the flexible fnend that it 
is. allows you to read a number of differ- 
ent disk formats, If you have the right 
software installed you can read and write 
PC and Mac formatted floppy disks, as 
well a number of file systems that can 
give you speed and capacity advanlages 
over iho conventional Amiga filing 
system. 

The downside to all this 1$ that each file 
system has to be referred to by a differ- 
ent device name, and 'OFO:?* 5 ??' icons 
pop up on the Workbench screen, What 


IU0E ^ 

Author: NOMAD 

Workbench: 2,0 

Incompatible software is not a tunny business, so anything (hat can help the situation is 
always a blessing. TUDE, which means 'The Ultimate Degrarfer and Enhancer', sounds 
like it should do the job. and if certainly does, 

A comprehensive list of options are available and can be set from CLl. and a GUI or 
separate icons can be set up lor each incompatible program. If TUDE cannot get a 
program to run, I am pretty sure nothing else will. 



JUDE lets yoLr yout Amiga so you can gtl problem program* to worfc 


MFS does is to unify any filing system 
you want under a single device name. 

So Amiga, PC and Mac disks can all 
be referred to as DFO:. If you wish to for- 
mat a disk, you will be asked what tile for- 
mat the new disk should be. MFS auto- 
matically recognises the current file 
system and will pass all disk commands 
to it. 

MFS also provides a commodity, which 
runs in the background, to allow you to 
specify which file system you wish to use. 

Bouimf World 

Author; Nick.Christie 

Workbench; 2.04 

There are limes when your mind begins 
to wander while using your computer, a 
time when you start to ponder the signifi- 
cance of (he universe and our insignifi- 
cance within it, a time when your 
thoughts are dislocated, slowly si raying 
away from what you were doing on your 
computer only a lew minules ago. In 


other words, you're becoming really 
bored and fed up, 

Ai times like this, many people fire up 
some of the those small games, such as 
Klondike, and have a quick go until their 
brain and thoughts become aligned to 
what they were doing before , 

Bouncy World is one of those si range 
programs which i$ on hand for just this 
situalion. It serves no purpose whatso- 
ever, other than to stop you falling asleep 
at your keyboard until your brain gets 
back in gear. 

Once installed, a sprite of the world 
bounces around the screen and you can 
hit it with the mouse pointer to shove it 
around, It’s a real globally unfriendly 
program. 

HDSIeep 

Author: Tomasz Muszynski 

Workbench: 2. 04 

HDSIeep is a commodity which allows 
you to turn off your hard drive's motor 
after a specific period of time. You can 



This multitasking malarkey is all very well 
and good, but it is very easy to get carried 
away. Before you know what is going on 
you've gol 20 Workbench windows open, 
four shell windows, heaven knows how 
many applications, and a little planet Earth 
bouncing around the screen. 

What you need in your life is a bj| of - 
stability something to hefp sort out your 
Workbench. Here to the rescue is window 
arranger which lets you clean up that 
almighty mess that is your Workbench 
screen. 

Window arranger gives you a number of 
options about how the windows are to be 
laid out - either horizontally, vertically. 



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Author; Mere Schrper 

Workbench: 2.0 

We still seem to bo to a state of MU I mama, 

Decauss here is a MUI-based exchange 
replacement. Commodore's standard 
exchange program did its job, but it looked 
crummy - not even applying to EheiF own style 
guides - arid had only the most basic 
functions. 

This MU I replacement looks ihe business, 
as do all MUI programs, and it gives you more 
control over the commodities, allowing you to 

affect ail the currently running commodilies, or even a selected ran^e. You need will 
need the MUI application which was given away on our July issue CoverDisks. 



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alga specify a hotkey which will allow you 
so immediately switch off Ihe hard drive 
motor at the press of a key. Any access 
to the hard drive will automatically switch 
■fie motor back on again 
HQSleep only works with A 1200 and 
A4D0G machines and should work with 
most modern hard drives. See the pro- 
gram's documentation file for a list of 
drives it has been tested wilh. 


Past Uieiu 

Author: John Hendrik* 

Workbench; 2.04 


Fast View is a utility which lets you view 
picture hies in IFF, GIF, BMP, PCX and 
ipeg formats. There are many similar 
programs which do this, but Fast View is r 
well, very last, 

It was also designed with both 
OCS/ECS and AGA users in mind too, 
For example, Fast View allows those 
users with OCS/ECS machines to view 
HAM8 and IFF 24-bit pictures in HAM 
screen mode. 


Interpiag 

Authors: Sfran AndrQ Olsen & 
E span Skog 

Workbench; 3,0 


This is one of the best CO players for the 
Amiga, There are quite a few out there 


cascade or in a chess board fashion. 
Everyone has there own individual 
tastes, so the only way to find out which 
one you like best is to try each type out. 
This is done by simply adjusting the 
icon tooltype to the sorting method you 
want, 

It is also possible to choose exactly 
which windows are to be resized and 
moved, You can either specify that only 
windows owned by Workbench can be 
affected, or you can build up a list of 
specific tasks and window names in a 
ccnfig file. If you find your Workbench is 
too cluttered, then perhaps this is 
exactly what you have been wailing for. 


but we believe this is the only one which 
features the ability to list the tracks on 
your music CDs by name instead of just 
having a track number. 

Other features include random playing, 
track preview - which plays 10 seconds 
of the track - and many other features. 

IMhStript 

Author- Simon Ihrnig 

Workbench; 2.04 

This utility allows you to create mathe- 
matical formulae with those strange and 
fancy characters. !l's ideal for those of 
you who need to import these sbange 


mathematical characters into your word- 
processor documents or DTP layouts. 

You simply type in the formula you 
need and MathScript will create the char- 
acters required. You can then save the 
resulting formula as a file in formats such 
as EPS or Tiff tor importing into your 
documents, 



RHCHandler 

Author: Rafael D-Halleweyn 

Workbench: 2.04 

ARCHandler is a neat little utility which allows you to quickly view the contents of archived files. Not only that, 
it will also allow you to read text files and run program files contained within the archive. 

Once run. ARCHandler puts its own drive icon on the screen called Archive, If you double-click on this you 
can browse through the various devices and directories on your system. If any devices or directories contain 
filenames with ,lha al the end, ARCHandler will assign a drawer icon lo them and you can then treat the .lha 
as though it has already been extracted, allowing you lo read and execute any files in there. 

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ith Imagine and, more obviously. 
UghtWave becoming such pre- 
dominant players in Ihe Amiga 
scene nowadays, many of those Amiga 
owners who lack the power to utilise such 
3D applications may be tooling a liifle loft 
out.. However, there are many instances, 
when these programs can be used in a way 
so as to act as a means to an end rather 
Hian the end - a kind of intermediate. 

What this article aims to show is how you 
can use Imagine, or any other 3D package 
for that matter, to help make 2D image cm- 
ation a lot simpler and quicker than relying 
solely on a 2D art package. As Imagine is 
ihe more financially feasible package when 
compared with Lightwave, I have decided to 
concentrate on this package alone, although 
all the techniques can be adapted across 
applications. 

Rendering a complex scene in imagine 
can take a while and many users won'! even 
have the memory to begin rendering. Even 
so, Imagine can output images in wireframe 
and shaded polygons which you can then 
Iced into a paint package such as Brilliance 
or Deluxe Paint and touch up. The great 
bonus with rendering in wireframe or shaded 
is that very little Ram is required and the 
scene will lake far loss lime to render than a 
complex, Ham8, Hi-Re$ Interlace image. 

In this example, I have taken a futuristic 
city scene, the skeleton of which I rendered 
in imagine Trying to produce realistic 
perspective effects in a 2D paint package 
is extremely difficult - almost impossible. 
This is where a 3D application proves an 
invaluable ally. 

BUILDING BLOCKS 

Most computer-generated artwork origi- 
nally begins with a series of blocks and lines, 
In ihe dty example the buildings and roads 
started out as simple blocks which I then 
painted over, As the background buildings 
have no real perspective anyway, (bey were 
designed solely in Brilliance. 

In order to have a good visualisation of 
hew your image is going to look, you should 
lirsl draw a rough on paper This will give 
you an idea of how much of the workload 
can be performed in 3D. The next step is to 
load up Imagine and create a new project for 
your design, 

Once a project has been selected you 
must create a suitable sub-project and set 


Object-oriented 

design 

One of the great pluses when design- 
ing wireframe objects in Imagine or 
Lightwave is that you can save the 
objects and then use them again in 
any other pictures you decide to cre- 
ate For example, if you wanted to cre- 
pt? a new and entirely different city 
scone from the one shown It would 
simply be a case of loading in the old 
city objects and tweaking them to fit 
the new design. 



Building fiJl In ihdpta 
in Imagine is simply a 
al electing * 
Primitive from the 
pre-detined e elect wn 



Once you hover 
erffflsd your fee Hiding 
JiioeJra you con lead 
them into the Stage 
Editor ot Imagine and 
sel your scene 



Bridge 

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uiarid of 3D can acme an inuatuabie — 
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the rendering presets accordingly. Select 
ILBM-12biL, EL'W Wire and turn off any refer- 
ences to HAM and the AGA chipset. 
Obviously, you don't want to render a 
wireframe image in HAM or 256 colours. 

With your project defined you can go to 
the Detail Editor and begin creating your 
blocks. More often than not you will simply 
tje able to select the predefined primitives 
and ihen just extrude and resize them. Don't 
worry about setting the scene in the Detail 
Editor as this is done in the Stage Editor - 
just create each building block for your 
image end save them. In the case of the city, 
all I had to do was add a primitive Disk and 
Plane and then Extrude them via the Mold 
menu option, 

When you have finished building your 
blocks you can then enler the Stage Editor 
where you will be able to set your scene up. 
You can also tweak the size and orientation 
of your objects from here so that they repre- 
sent your rough image drawn previously. 
The great bonus with using a program such 
as Imagine to build the skeleton of your 
scene is that you can easily alter the position 


and rotation of the camera to give the best 
view. You may oven be able to find a better 
camera shot than the one you had origmaJly 
envisaged. 

Once you are happy with your scene you 
can return to the Project editor and render 
the image. Because you have only asked 
Imagine Lo render in wireframe with limited 
colours and resolution, the rendering time 
should take less than a minute When the 
rendering is complete you can quit Imagine, 
load up your favourite 2D paint package and 
then load in ihe wireframe picture. 

While finishing your masterpiece you’ll 
realise that you could have rendered more ol 
the skeleton image In wireframe, saving 
yourself a lot less work. Unfortunately, only 
experience will highlight these mistakes. 
When 1 designed the city image it was only 
later in the painting stage thal I realised I 
could have pne-rendered Ihe openings to the 
buildings and the structures around them. 
Instead, realising it was too late I painstak- 
ingly, and time consumingly, drew these fea- 
tures in by hand, increasing design time 
from a few hours to a few days. 13 



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FEATURE 



Ben (lost takes a trip bark to (okhester 800 to 
see hour i 038 s are helping to educate boo visitors 


Ithout wishing to bore you with 
L ■ too much of my life history, i 
used to go lo Colchester zoo 
on a fairly tegular basis, being a local 
resident. So I looked forward to revisit- 
ing one of my old. haunts when I was 
sent from sunny Macclesfield to even 
sunnier Colchester this week. 

After a long, hot train |ourney 1 was 
as pleased as punch to be greeted by 
Alex Burr, head of PR for the zoo. She 
told me that the Discovery centres dot- 
ted around the zoo containing the 
CD32 setups were already a great suc- 
cess with both the children they were 
aimed al and their accompanying par- 
ents or educators. The system is sim- 
ple to use and atiraelive, allhough Ms 
Burr herself confesses to be baffled by 
all the now technology. But as she 
said, the people the information Is 
aimed at are as familiar with a graphi- 
cal user interface as they are with a 
television set. 

The discovery cen- 
tm systems consist ol a 
I standard CD 32. Philips 
- f monitor with a too di- 

sc roc n, and so me soft 
f ware designed using 
Op to nica's r ok ri owned CD 
■k authoring system which 
• Hk has been written by 
[fc 1 . Prem.ei Vismri Trip 
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space, allowing 
W* for further expan- 
sion al a later date. 


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Aridy's Ffiv^urfle animal Jtf lh« icn wii 
on« of a pair of Qrmnqutans with wJiorv 
ha a fid fed a nAlucaf nffmiijf 

When 1 visited the zoo it was still wtirkl 
ing with a beta version of Ihe software 
which had yet to be pressed ontofl 
standard CD. and although there 
appeared to be litflo wrong with the ver 
sion l saw, apart from some timiflgj 
problems and the occasional glitch w li- 
the sound, Premier Vision should havd 
replaced it with a final version by It* 
time you read this. 

Ms Burr praised the CD32 setup 8s| 
being very good value for mangy andj 
quite robust considering the number 0 ^ 
people using Ihe machines In addilwn 
to the four CD32s the zoo runs at ihe' 
moment, they also have a couple ofl 
PC-based information displays, but 
ihese are a far cry Irom ihe animated 
displays the Amiga provides. 


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A1 present ihe re pi re no plans lo con veil the V B 

software irie a n as:-, market pro-gram hi a f ^BuSfc' 

wtth ihe addition of other Types of animals l S^l 

think l he whole thing would make an excellent M W 

tool for education and general interest Wnh I 

Ihe big and small cals that Premier Vision i - 

have covered with this release of the CD, r^§55sl§^§^i. 

Ihere is only about 100Mb of the total M j 

disc space used I 

Bung on a about <^flHB " A'” 

monkeys and apes, which are 

probably the most interesting ^ ^ * 

animats short of dinosaurs tor fj 

children, and ono about the birds held 
In captivity at Colchester zoo. and Premier 

Vision could be onto a besl-selling trlle. The added publicity For Colchester zoo 
couldn't hurt takings on ihe gate as people would flock to see the birds, monkeys 
and cats they have just learnt about on the CD-ROM. 


adopted animal's enclosure with your 
name on it. 


* Zoos worldwide receive more than 
600,000.000 people through their gates 
every year, or roughly 10 per cent of She 
world's population. 


• Over 50 endangered species are 

_ — now covered by an 

ipiapil international scheme 

imTlIl 1 called the Species 
I Survival Plan, or 

H " a SSP. Some of the 

animals covered by 
Ihe SSP lhat can 
I be seen at Col- 

^ Chester Zoo include 

the Uon Tailed 
Macaque, Mandrill, 
Golden Lion Tamarin,, 
| Snow Leopard and 
the Siberian Trger. 


• Colchester Zoo is 
a breading centre for 
Over 150 rare and 
endangered 
species. 


• 'From the stand- 
point of animal wel- 
fare, Colchester zoo 
is a world leader,' - 


Trevor Foote fl-Sc PhD. 
Anmat kVefta-JE scien'ist. 


• Colchester zee 
makes the animals 
actively seek out 
their food rather 
than lust handing It 
To them on a plale, sc to speak. For 
instance ihe Asian fishing cat has lish 
pul into the pools in its enclosure so thal 
it is encouraged to behave as it .would in 
the wild, 


• Some of the ani- 
mats at Colchester 
zoo live in semi-libe- 
rty. This means they 
are free to roam around an 
enclosed area, mix- 
ing with visitors 
to the zoo. 


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A CONSERVATION 
CENTRE 


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• The CD32 machines have been set up 
as part of Gotahesler Zoo's Year of the 
Cal which was opened earlier this 
year by Chris Paekham, the pre- 
senter of the BBC's Really Wild 
Show. _ _ 


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* Colchester zoo has an 
adoption scheme which is 
open to individuals and % 
organisations For various 1 
levels q! donation you are 
rewarded with an adoption 
certificate and free entries to 
ihe zoo. and Tor donations of 
more than £50 the zoo will i 
pet up a plaque on the | 


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Would you like to answer questions 
abcHUl bij 2 cats or small cuts ? 


Small Itaw 


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scroon Isindfy informs me, Kefi, f had a 
took .-if (ft* fjjjt-r. Ihal founts, doesn't it? 








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The most attractive bargains so far 
have probably been the Power Computing 
CD doves which have boasted speed and 
facilities, while managing to pip their oppo- 
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there's a new kid in town. 

The Aiwa ACD-300 i$ available for 
£169, and even before we start looking at 
its efficiency in operation, one thing is 
already completely clear: this is the best 
looking computer CD drive I've seen, 
regardless of pace. 

With a modestly proportioned case lea- 
luring some unusually stylish design 
deiails. the unit’s metallic sturdiness is 
matched by an equal splash of aesthetic 
Fair. The Aiwa s most inslanlly surprising 
ana unusual feature, however, is the large 
LCD display Illuminated on the dove's 
leaa. If it were just a gimmick al least it 
woukf give the ACD -300 a distinctive look, 
out flhis type of display has been used for 


Ihe cut- throat market in CO drives has — 
led to some of the best bargains euer. — 
Gareth lofthouse reviews an Hiuia — 
driue that could set a new standard — 

in ualue for money - 


years on audio CD players and can prove 
equally helpful on a computer CD drive. 

The drive can operate using either 
music or computer discs, and it wili indi- 
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An appealing innovation featured on the 
unit is ihe fact that the LCD indicates the 
drive's SCSI ID number and whether or 
not the unit is terminated. By doing this, 



facia is the presence of 
standard audio controls like 
play and skip-track buttons, allow- 
ing ihe CD to be played like any nor- 
mal audio unit The LCD screen indicates 
track selections in addition to repeal and 
shuffle functions which come as further 
music-playing features. 

Turning to the back of the unit reveals a 
mere predictable array of ports and dip- 
switches.. SCSI ID is selected by adjusling 
a switch with the supplied screwdrrve, 
which is a rather more fiddly method than 
that found with more modem push-button 
systems Still, at least it can be adjusted 
externally, as can the internal termination 
status. 

Unrivalled as it is in both design and 
features, the ACD 300 already looks liko 
the new benchmark tor bargain CD drives. 
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support software at a reduced price of 
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reviewed a few months ago. /"*¥ 


Problems mith 
parity 


In addition to previously discussed 
SCSI chain problems, here s a new 
one, On the back, of the Aiwa there are 
a number of dip switches, one of 
which is a toggle to activate the parity 
checker. The manual recommends 
that this is generally left on so that the 
CD can check that data is being trans- 
ited down the SCSI chain correctly, 
However, the good old Amiga has 
no need tor this facility, In fact, some 
Amigas will not work with Parity check- 
ing on. $o if you're having any prob- 
lems it's worth switching this toggle off. 



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m the early days of the Amiga 
there was. a piece of software 
called Transformer. It was clunky 
and difficult to use, but it enabled your 
Amiga to run programs for IBM compatible 
machines You could wait Tor a minute for 
the (MOA) screen to refresh, particularly 
On an A&OG, 

Following on its heels came 
Readysofl's AMax cartridge which 
plugged into the back of your A5Q€ and 
gave you a mono Macintosh instead of 
your nica colour Amiga, If you wanted to 
use floppy disks, you still had to buy an 
Apple external floppy drive and an expen- 
sive interface to hook it up to your Amiga, 
or use the oddly-formatted AMax disks 
which a Mac and Amiga could both read, 
but which held even tess information than 
a standard Mac low-density floppy. 

But things moved on. We got 
Commodore's XT and AT bridgeboards, 
only marginally faster than Transformer 
was, but they offered opportunities that 
PCs and Macintoshes of ibe day couldn't 
- rhn ability lo emulate other machines. 
Eventually, when the 406 was all the rage, 
Commodore broughl out a 3BG emulator 
and a German company, Vortex, brought 
out a competitor 386 board and a pseudo 
40€ board. I say pseudo because the 486 
chip used for the board was a halfway 
house between a 386 and a 406 called 
it^ 4S6slc, It had the code lunciions. of a 
•!06. but the 16-bit accessing of a 386. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Ai about the same time the AMax IV 
and Emplant boards were announced, 
Emplant gained some incredulous looks 
from prospective buyers who were boldly 
informed that Emplant would do every- 
tnmg they ever needed to do, emulate all 
sorts of machines, including ihe Sega 
Megadrive and Nintendo, and probably 
even make tea for you. The reality was 
maybe a little less exciting, but nonethe- 
less valuable as Emplant remains the only 
solution for a lot of people's emulation 
needs and Jim Drew had proven a 
dogged pursuer of the ultimate emulation. 

So today's bumper crop of emulators, 
and the focus for this article, will obviously 
have to include the Emplant board, now 
with a preliminary PC emulation module 
disc in place. But what of the others? 
Vortex boards can't be bought in this 
country any longer, and Commodore’s 
own brand can only be bought second- 




hand, As for AMax, although It is available 
in the States, it doesn't seem to have 
gained much favour on this side of the 
pond, so it won't be featured in this piece, 
However, there are two other con- 
tenders on the scene, one of which harks 
back to its ancestor, Transformer, 


PCTask, Chris Names' software-only PC 
emulator, or to be more precise, 0Q2B6 
emulator, is now up to version 3.11. It first 
emerged about two or three years ago 
and worked quite well even then, as a 
text-only PC emulator goes, But now, 

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PCTask even supports VGA screen- 
modes wilh support tor AGA and RTG 
graphics cards supplying the colours 
required for VGA. You can even run 
Windows under PCTask, if you are willing 
to spend between three and four hours 
installing the package. 

I'm not kidding, Ihe process which is rel- 
atively painless on even the most modes- 
tly equipped PC becomes a Sisyphian tor- 
ture on an Amiga The helpful note in the 
readme file about copying all the disks 
onto your PC hard drive first of all should 
be well noted for any of you out ihere that 
hate reading documentation. 

There are a variety of versions of Ihe 
PCTask executable which gel installed 
onto your machine. There are two ver- 
sions tor 68000-based machines and two 
for machines equipped with faster proces- 
sors. The two versions differ only in the 
amount of RAM they use. The normal ver- 
sion can be used on a machine with only 
1Mb of RAM {although it will be next to 
useless on a machine of this spec), but 
the turbo version can take as much as 
SMb of RAM t and that's before you 
allocate any RAM to the PC, 


PARTITIONS 

As with all the emulators mentioned on 
these pages, PCTask allows you to 
choose a dedicaied partition or hard drive 
for use as a PC or Mac-formatted disk or 
what i$ known as a hardfile which looks to 
the Amiga like one enormous file, but 
looks just like a hard drive to the PC or 
Mac you are emulating. 

The former method results in much 







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at the moment as far as future develop 
menls go. but other lhan this fly in the oint- 
ment, Shapeshifler is certainty 3 cream 1 1 
like to spread on ihe face of my Amiga. 

It does take a bit of doing though 
Firstly, you will need a ROM image fromi 


Macintosh, Unlike the Empiant boaitf me 


A [ 
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Mac pmuffllofs offer serial and pnrMI+i par t 
nnuJtljpn, but only Emplanl ectualfy fi*n Mac ton'll ports 



lines 


It's all very well to have another machine emulated on your Amiga, 
but unless you can have access to the files you create under emu- 
lation on your Amiga, the whole process is somewhat limited. 
Fortunately, the creators of all three solutions have foreseen this 
problem and arranged differing methods of enabling the Amiga 
user to get at his PC or Mac s files. 

ShapeShrtter uses a Mac -Handler flte which sits In your L: direc- 
tory, and what fooks like a OOSDrtver or mountllst which automati- 
cally selects the boot device for your Mac and lets you access it 
from Workbench or Shell, etc. Empiant offers a file transfer pro- 
gram for its Mac Emulation, but the PC side of things is a bft lack- 
ing (early days yel though) PCTask offers the user a pair of DOS 
commands to copy fifes to and from the Amiga side of things 



taster seek and transfer times but requires 
you lo have a spare hard drive handy or a 
partition going spare on your current one. 
Now, I don't know about you, but I've cer- 
tainly never had a hard drive just hanging 
around with nothing to do on my machine, 
.so I usually choose to use a hardfile. 

For all the emulators covered here, this 
is a painless process Initiated by you giv- 
ing a filename and path for the hardfile 
and l hen slating the size you wish (he 
Pseudo hard drive to be, The software 
then sits down and creates a file that size 
on your hard drive which will then be used 
for a hard drive under the emulation, For 
PCTask you can 



also set up the 
various screen 
mode emulations 
needed for CGA, 

EGA and VGA 
graphics modes, 
assigning the most 
appropriate screen- 
mode to resolutions 
required by the PC, 

PCTask comes with quite a compre- 
hensive manual and some support soft- 
ware to allow you to use your Amiga's CO- 
ROM for the PC, But please be aware - 
PCTask won't run Doom on your Amiga at 
any playable speed, ft's unlikely that you'll 
even gel a satisfactory game of 
Woifen-stein out of it. Coupled wlih the fact 
that it will only emulate a 286, PCTask will 
also only emulate motherboard sound for 
a PC, unlike Empiant which offers 
Soundblaster emulation, limiting its 
potential for games players out there. 

Really, the place where it finds most 
favour is with students who are possibly 
using a DOS-based package on their 
course and would like to run it from home 
at little cost, no matter what the speed 
deficits are. ShapeShifter is a shareware 
Macintosh emulator that has, in the 
process of writing this article, been 
upgraded from version 2 to 3. 

It now offers the user the ability to hook 
his or her Pseudo Macintosh up to a 
TCP/IP network and pretty much anything 
else a Mac owner would expect to be able 
to do, with the exception of virtual memo- 
ry. Christian Bauer. Shapeshittefs author, 


Implant gained sure intreiiilDijp 
Ms Iram ofospeitiue tuiiers 
mtiD mete toidli jiM that Implant mould 
lo euemthirg then mr needed 


which uses really old Mac ROMs most 
people will probably have thrown 0 
about four years ago, Shapeshitter mate 
use of the latest 512k and 1Mb ROM’ 
used by Quadras, Powerbooks and LCs. j f ot ^' 
Next up you will need a copy of the Em P 
Macintosh operating system software c< 
called System. I ve run Shapeshitter usin; ari? s 
System 7.1 and I recently upgraded ie ^ Dl ^ 
System 7,5, both of which are ext Ullllti 
stable once installed. Bui installing ihe*™ 01 
system software can be a bit of a tnal, if s ^fe 
doesn'3 take the hours that the msta Halim 
of Windows does on PCTask. but it does lishe 
crash your machine with monotonous ami cerT '- 
f rustrating regularity. 

My advice is to boat from the DiskTocts P ai|r 
drsk - you'll need to anyway in order to Qni:T 
format your partition or hardfile. Once ton are * 
matted, copy the entire contents 0 ! ttj btl ' it ' 
DiskXools disk onto your new hard dfrvdF a ^‘ 
Eject the floppy and restart the Mac. You P l?r, f 
should boot up just fine From the hard ¥' tlLir 
drive, if you are lucky enough to hawei carr i 
CD-ROM and you have registered Tli ' ie 
Shapeshitter wilh its author, you should lie rei:il11 
able to Install a full ver sic ' n 
sion of System ? toxir 1 the 
the CD. jnter 

By the way, trw roi 
unregistered version d 
ShapeShifter won! 
atlow you (0 use s cIeui 
SCSI device like aCt riu ^ 
ROM. SyQuest or m£l 
scanner, or a bare ru 
drive partition, so il 1 * 
welt worth the 340 (5QDM) registration fee tjDr> 
if only to gel the speed up from using a H' 1 , 
partition as opposed to 3 bardflte fit a 
©rates hard disk access by about at 
of five). 

Once you have got Shapes hilter up ^ 
and running, what can you run on it? 
unlike any software-based PC emulate evei 
the Amiga shares a lot in common wih a an ^ 
Macintosh, most importantly they use me 
same CPU - the 680x0 range From 
Motorola. This means there is only a small 
speed decrease emulating a Macintosh on 
an Amiga because a(l that really rn&ecssj 
emulating are calls to the hardware that a 
Mac emulator doesn't have. 

in fact, on my machine, an A30G0T 
a Picasso card, my Mac emulator is 
ally faster than the Mac I use at work, 
even though it is based upon exactly the; 
same processor - a 25MHz 68030, 
Thanks lo the Picasso card it also nms^ 
a much higher resolution than the 
512x384 or 640x480 resolutions ach 
able on my nasty little LCIfl at the office 
Now that we've exhausted the possahi 
ties for PC and Mac emulation in softy; 
let's turn to the aforementioned Empl 
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A piece of information that I can pass on to you, from Blitiersoft. is the fact that 
Christian Sauers Shape-shifter is a rip off of the Emplant software according to the 
l9Bm at Utilities Unlimited - the manufacturers of the Emplant board. Whether this 
means that Herr Bauer's software will soon no longer be available owing to a court 
case is not clear, but make the most of it while it's there. 


(otherwise known as Pentium) code. 
Emplant covers both the Mac and PC rn 
it? currently available emulations. Others 
are supposedly forthcoming."^ I wouldn't 
hold your bmath as l -believe Jhe team at 
Utilities Unlimited would like to gel ihese 
:w 0 emulations as dose to perfect as pos- 
sible 1 iiefore announcing any new ones. 

Let’s have a look at (he more estab- 
lished Mac side of EmpJani first. Emplant 
certainly offers one definite bennfM over 
ShapeShitter which is that ft comes with a 
m\t of serial ports cm the back of at toast 
one of the versions of the board. These 
are necessary for use with AppleTalk, the 
LuiiS-m networking protocol for every Mac. 
talso means you can have dedicated 
peripherals for use on the Mac side of 
pur schizophrenic machine while you 
taiy on using the Amiga side of things. 
'h& deluxe version of the card (and ! can’! 
reaJly see anybody buying any other ver- 
son if ihey have the money) offers both 
Ihe serial ports and a dedicated SCSf 
inlijNfaoe 

ROUGH EDGES 

For a product that has been so long in 
development, Emplant is remarkably 
rough around the edges, Jim Drew 
nsists on sticking to the outdated 
PowerWindows for the creation o! his 
.nktfaces for both the Mac and PC emula- 
tions. This means you need to have a 
standard PAL. and NTSC driver sin your 
DEVS monitors drawer. Those interfaces 
also don't conform to Style Guide 
b'afidards with non Style Guido cycle 
gadgets and requesters. 

When you install the software there are 
over .3 couple of programs that don’t do 
anything in. the Emplant drawer. And 



although it mighi seem like a good idea at 
first to use old 126k Mac ROMs, the fact 
of the matter is that you're more likely to 
be able to find 256k, 5 1 2k and 1 Mb ROMs 
than you are old l£ 8 k ones. 

Emplant gets around the fact that these 
old ROMs can't access high density drives 
in software. The only difference in opera- 
tion between Emplant and ShapeShifter 
once you have started the software run- 
ning is that there Is an Emplant startup 
logo on your Mac screen instead of the 
happy Mac icon, Unlike bolh PCTask and 
ShapeS hitter, Emplant doesn't offer the 
opportunity to run an emulation in a win- 
dow on a standard Amiga public screen, 
Aiso unlike either of the two software emu- 
lators, Emplant needs assigns to tail it 
where hardfiles are located. 

To conclude (hen, Mac emulation on 
the Amiga is relatively painless. The 
shareware and hardware solutions both 
have something to offer, indeed if you 
don't have a high density drive you will 
need to buy Emplant as Shapeshifter 
doesn'l support standard Macintosh eook 
disks at all But when it comes down to it, 
(here isn't much difference between them. 

Both wifi run games like Marathon. 
Maelstrom and Vortex, along with serious 
applications like QuarkXPress {the soft- 
ware we use to lay out this magazine), 
Photoshop and Illustrator - memory allow- 
ing. and at a fairly similar rate lo a kosher 
Mae. But PC emulation is a different kettle 
of fish. Unless you have the patience and 
determination of Job and you don’t mind 
having Woffensfoin turned into a strategy 
game, then get a dedicated bndgeboard 
which has an 80xB£ CPU on it. It will be a 
tot less frsuirating than having to deal with 
a software emulation of the chip. 


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Product: Emplant Deluxe 
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hey unleashed the carrot top 
Chris Evans on an unsuspecting 
British public who had just 
crawled wearily out of bed, they gave us 
that nasal Mancunian Terry Christian lhaE 
everyone loves to hate, they unveiled 
Gaby Roslin, the charismatic e-ariy mgm- 
mg bombshell who has middle-aged men 
dribbling into iheir cornflakes, and they 
relaunched Keith Cheg win’s career after 
years of seemingly wandering in the 
media wilderness. 

The company is Planet 24. Their 
motto - make it big, make it bold., make 
it sell Never far from controversy, the 
production house has spawned a host 
of top-rating shows 
with rts philosophy - 
The Big Breakfast, 
The Word, The 
Weekend 
Show and 
Delicious. 


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Planet 24 aren't ones to rest on iheir lau- 
rels either - Gaytime TV, the BBC2 gay 
and lesbian show, and Hotel Babylon, a 
music and lifestyle program to be 
broadcast across Europe, 
are just two productions 
that are on your screens 
now or winging their way 
to a living room near you 
soon. 

An offspring of 24 
Hour Productions, Planet 
24 has experienced 
an almost meteoric 
rise to fame end 
infamy in its three 
year history. The 
company’s kingpins 
- executive produ- 
cer. Charlie Parsons, 
Waheed Alii, head of 
business affairs, and 
one Bob Geldof, rock 
star, Live Aid guru and 
chairman of Lhe company 
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young blood, fresh talent and enthusiasm, frl a 
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get out of the living room into lhe edit- 
ing suite? Gilbert offers some advice 
for budding animators: If you're going 
to university or art college, get as mucti 
oul of the computer as you can 
impress people. 

“At uni, it's the ideal time to realty be 
creative and show off your individual 
talents - make sure you expenmen! as 
much as you can while studying," 


Anyone familiar with Planet 24' s work will know the basic style of 
graphics used across the whole range of programmes - brightly 
coloured, big, bold and eye-catching. From the crisp logo of The 
Weekend Show to the animated, oddball animations of The Big 
Breakfast competitions, the company’s distinct look is instantly recog- 
nisable. What follows is a breakdown 
of the intro lo the kid's TV program, 

Delicious, aired this summer. 



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at the D, $ire«n. Tha image* then 
two keyed in by an out-of-house facility 


Towards (he end, a cupboard begins to 
morph as the doors bulge (o 'tot' the 
program (Kit. Static flare s up aft evpr 
the screen 


Lips appear and say 'Delicious/ Gilbert [ Th 
cut the lipm out in Morph with the ceeJtie cn 
cot option. He then put If through Multi ■ - •* 
f rame to mahe the lipm more bulbous. 


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pe:ed reception with monitors showing 
that morning's Big Breakfast belies the 
buzz of business on the upper floors. 

Researchers sit hunched over their 
phones, writers discuss scripts over caf- 
fe ne- saturated coffee, VTR operators 
hunt for that elusive shot in the may- 
5Qiaum of a video library, Mac operators 
draw up ihe latest logo design and Grant 
Gibed, a 22-year old graphic artist, sits 

a darkened room sans air condi- 
tioning, oblivious 1c it all, eyes 
Reused on Ihe Amiga screen 
as he designs tomorrow 
mornings logo for 
The Big Breakfasl. 

Ihe clock is 
licking, Loudly. 

The decision to 
bung in tie Amiga as 
a vital part of the 
production process 
brought about 
by ihe manager ot 
ihe art and graphics 
department, Damien 
Wailing. It is common for 
production companies to have 
hft trimmings of program making such as 
graphics created out-of-house by smaller, 
more specialist firms, The cost is high 
though, and with Planet 24'$ massive 
graphics output, it only seemed right to 


computer was needed that could produce 
professional work in the minimum amount 
of lime. On top Of this, the system, 
had lo be up and running as quickly 
as possible 
and not 
become 
a weak 


bring in a machine that could do the job 
and cut costs dramatically In the process, 
After hearing good things about 
the Amiga's graphics capabilities andi 
that program. Lightwave, Waiting contac- 
ted Premier Vision, the Amiga suppliers, 
and was shown a demo of the machine's 
talents. Because of 
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link in the chain of ihe production process, 
(n other words, it needed to be easy to 
use. The Amiga and, more specifically, 
LightWave fitted the bill perfectly, A 4000 
was bought and installed at Planet 24 
shortly after the demo. At the time, Grant 
Gilbert, a graduate of Birmingham univer- 
sity. had been working as a Mac operator 
for a couple of months. Hq was the only 
artist available so Gilbert was chosen to 
master the Amiga and has ended up 
designing ail the three dimensional 
graphics now seen across the range of 
Planet 24’s programmes. 

And did the Amiga save the company 
money as they had planned? Gilbert is 
adamant: will pay itself off in six 

months compared to the prices we would 
have paid outside." 


RACE AGAINST TIME 


Even with LlghtWave, though, Gilbert’s 
job is by no means an easy one. 
Graphics are constantly changed, upda- 
ted and altered from day to day. hour to 
hour, to suit a particular programme's 
needs Take The Big Breakfast - new 
competitions crop up regularly, titles have 
new effects added to them and more. 
“This job is all to do with time and that's 
what we haven't got a lot of. You've got 
to bash the graphics out but you've got to 
know what you're doing" commented 
Gilbert- 

Indeed, after being Thrown in the deep 
end he's had four months to leam the ins 
and outs of the Amiga and the results 
speak for themselves (see panels). The 
machine itself is 4000/040 with a Warp 
Engine plus a broad spectrum of Amiga 
wares - Lightwave, Morph Plus, 
Photogenics, AdPro, Brilliance. 
MulliLayer, MultiFrame and a PARcard 
form the main bulk of constantly used 
software, with plans to buy TV Paint and 
a 24-bit graphics card at some poinl in 
the near future, 

Gilbert has a very definite process for 
laying out any graphics: "Before sitting 
down with the computer. I get a piece of 
paper and a pencil and plan it first... at 
the end of the day, you can always tell if 



One of Premier Vision s major jobs this year is their film S/FX work 
on a film called Grim A horror movie detailing the goings on whan 
a group of people accidentally unleash a demon while using a 
oujia board, requires said monster to force its way through solid 
matter and show victims in various stages of possession, 

LightWave is being used extensively for nearly all the effects 
which include walls that bend out of shape as the creature forces 
Its way through, the shining red eyes of the possessed, a magical 
amulet that sparks and flares with power and, in the final 
sequence, the monster turning into stone as sunlight hits its skim. 

Test anims are underway already, with ono scene where, as 
young woman, paints her nails, the demon comes up through the 
floor and drags her down. The creature was filmed against a blue 
screen and the various effects are now being composited together 
on the computer. 

Premier Vision s low-charging philosophy seems to have 
pleased potential clients, and contracts for special effects in two 
other films have already been secured. George Lucas - keep an 
eye on this team 


Amiga Computing 


SEPTEMBER 1995 


Program profile 



The Word - Channel 4, deceased 
The show that launched 
a thousand letters of 
complaint during its 
five year run, The 
Word closed this 
year. The ultimate 
in tabloid televi- 
sion, its host Terry Christian and his 
various co-presenters (including 
Amanda de Cadenel and Dani Behr) 
have interviewed a host of top celebs 
over the years, given various fledgling 
bands such as Nirvana and Take 
That their first European television 
appearance, and shocked /surprised 
their viewing audience with the likes 
of drinking your own vomit, showing 
what Mr Bob-bit's damaged tool looks 
like now, and alternative quiz show 
segments about people's sexual past. 


late-showing program covering all 
topics gay and lesbian. Wilh segmen! 
titles such as Wish You Were Queer, 
Homos and Gardens, and Camp 
Countdown, the show is bound to 
raise eyebrows in certain quarter* 
across the nation. 


The Weekend Show - 
BBC1, Friday 7.30pm 
Featuring Supermarket Sweep's Di 
W Inton as ihe host, the magazln 
style show covers the more unu: 
and trivial happenings of the past| 
week. From Jodie Foster commend: 

In Japan to parodies of the Maawei 
trial, the program's note is distil 
tongue-in-cheek. 


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consideration 

One of the recent additions to the 
Planet 24 camp. Delicious is a maga- 
zine show aimed at kids. Covering a 
variety ol stories, features, interviews, 
trivia and gags, the show is billed as a 
complete reversal for normal kids' 
shows with hard hitting features, 
stories and more. 


The Big Breakfast - 
Channel 4. Mon-Frl 7am 

Some would say that this breakfast 
show broke the mould of early rn 
Ing viewing. Chris Evens, Ga&y 
Realm. Paula Yates, Keilh Cheg‘ 
and more have taken this Tiswas-SM 
madhouse from the drawing boa 
and turned it into an overnight suc- 
cess story after its launch in 1 992. 

While Evans 


Gaytime TV - BBC2. 

Thursday 1 1 30 pm 
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markets and perhaps just a touch of 
controversy. Gaytime TV is a 


and Yates may 
have left, the 
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approach to 
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something has been solely designed on 
a computer - it usually locks tacky." 

From there, the drawn Image is 
scanned into a Macintosh and ihen 
ported over to Lightwave's modeller in 
the background. Gilbert then 'traces’ 
round the drawn image and creates an 
object normally in the form of a logo. 
Once done, its in to Lightwave's layout 
to create the animation. After putting the 
finished frames onlo ihe PARcard, the 
final anim is recorded onio Betacam SP 
and given lo the relevant editor to cut 
into a particular program. 

On some occasions, usually for The 
Big Breakfast, Gilbert takes a camera 
crew oul on location if live footage is 
specifically needed as a backdrop for the 
anim, shoots whal he needs, and gives 
thai to the editors as well. The process is 
Simple bul Ihe deadlines turn it into a 
constant race against time: “I often do a 
whole sequence in a single day." 

Gilbert is well aware of the addictive- 
ness of using Lightwave: Tve been 
completely absorbed in' ihe package all 
evening.. .there seem to be no limits lo 
the package - you can do what you like," 
In other words. Ihe Amiga has been a 
roaring success. Gilbert commenled; 


“When 1 first heard about the plans! 
an Amiga, I (bought it was a gai 
machine. I'm not the only one... 
my colleagues don’t realise what il ci 
do. see the end results and then st 
'can you do this tor me?” 1 

So much in demand is ihe macfiii 
that Gilbert is hoping to have anolfi 
Amiga installed at some poinl in ir 
future to deal with massive turnover 
work and requests. 


IDcuing on up 


The offices of Premier Vision, it's cret 
those work places that painis an 
picture for serious Amiga enihusis 
eight 4000s with various additions' 
soup up ihe hardware sit on desks 
to each other. Lightwave gleams 
from several of the monitors and s 
busy themselves at Ihe keyboards. _ 
There is an aimosphere that op 
would normally associate with a prc 
tbh company as clients come in to vii 
commissioned animated logos, all 
shown the company’s range of Da 
Alpha machines (Warthogs), and 
dal effects for films are laid oul ari 


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Premier Vision have been one of the 
most successful companies to emerge 
from both the recession and the Amiga's 
downfall, relatively unscathed and, more 
importantly, with expansion on its 
agenda. Known to most Amiga users as 
the company that represents NewTek's 
Lightwave, the three MDs running the 
business are David Walker, Andty Bishop 
and Aftdy Gould, In the last few months 
;hough, they have been involving them- 
selves more and more in both film and 
television. 

The project that began the production 
hugse ball rolling was a commercial for 
ENCF's MotoraiL “We have an ad 
agency who work for us on the commer- 
cials side and all they do Is publicise our 
high-end work to the film and television 
industry* explained Andy Bishop. “They 
wanted to show our work to a couple of 
other agencies as well and one of them 
wanted us for a client they had," 

The company's boef was to produce a 
Hal cartoon -stylo, 2G-second commer- 
cial for a slot on Channel 4. "When wo 
animated it, we had a choice - we could 
edher do it by hand and that would have 
taken two to three weeks longer, or do it 
in LightWave" said Bishop. "The ques- 
tion was how do you make Lightwave 
sctern flatter than it really is?" 

TOO REALISTIC 

The finished result took a week and a 
hall to complete. On the first showing the 
client still wasn't happy with the toned 
down three dimensional look. "He said 
the rails were far too realistic looking - 
Lhe concrete looked too much like con- 
crete , H stated Bishop. "He wanted it to 
look more pfesticky and more hand 
drawn. So we made the concrete look 
gold and ihe rails look pure silver." 

The end result was well received by 
representatives of ihe company and the 
commercial has been showing on 
Chanael 4 now for the Iasi two months. 
According lo Motoraii's research, the ad 
has had a resounding effect on direct 
sales and has cut down on sales made 
through (ravel agents - therefore making 
more money for (he company by cutting 
•out the middle man. 

Following on from this success, the 
fulure is looking good for Premier Vision 
- there are already several film projects 
do the horizon and Bishop thinks he 
Knows the reason why they have enough 
work to fill their busy schedule for the 
nexi year. "We charge what we feel is a 
lair price for the client. There are plenty 
jf cases out in ihe industry of production 
companies charging a fortune for work 
that simply doesn't justify the price tag. 
Give people a fair price and they'll come- 
back to you again." 

With all this success hanging in the 
air, one would have perhaps thought that 
Bishop. Walker, Gould and the rest of 
lhelr crew would be ready lo buy as 
many Warthogs as possible (their own 
line ol ultra-fast Dec Alpha machines) 



the (iffitis if Pm Him Its 
one !l ta uorh pirns ttit Bints 
picture far « Inga enthusiasts - 
sight 11305 with uariuus aitinns to sou; op 
the harduare sK on desks nGHt to 
each other 



and a mountain of Pentium PCs, leaving 
the under powered Amiga licking its 
wounds under a rock somewhere. 
Fortunately this isn't the case. Bishop 
explains: "For pure rendering speed and. 
as a Lightwave station, the Dec Alpha is 


fantastic, but let's say you wan! lo do 
24-bit painting - on the PC, its range of 
24- bit packages simply aren't as good 
TV Paint or even DPaint." 

Multi-tasking is also a big selling point 
in Bishop’s eyes and he's none too con- 
vinced by Windows "9S: "Windows '95 is 
just beginning to catch up with the origi- 
nal Amiga Workbench, let atone the 
Workbench we're currently using," 

At the moment, he sees the Amiga's 
main downfall as speed but he is hoping 
that Escom will rectify this problem in the 
near future. Like Planet 24 though, 
Premier Vision know a good thing when 
ihey see it and the Amiga remains at 
the forefront of film and television 
technology. /T*¥ 


That ad in full 


What follows is a breakdown of 
the principal shots in Ihe advert 



Premier Vision started with the 
stoi y board to knock th« basic 
concept leg** ha/ and to have a 
reference point for the iidvwri 


On the subject of the Amiga imJ 
PC in III* production process, 
Andy Bishop: "Windows 'S5 it just 
hf^jnnmg lo c*TcJi up edth the 
original Amiga Workbench, let 
atone the Workbench wo Vo 
CurrOftttyr using. 1 " 




The ad opens with m p®H*s of Zi 
flawing In .ill directions round the 
screen representing the steeping 
(amity on the *r*ln. Each was done 
with bones and in separate secnot- 
Once done, they were put tognttier In 
Multilayer to produce the finai 
opening scene 


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The Zm begin la line up, ready to be 
transformed Into the rail track. The 
icttwl process was comploi - 
Premier Vision morphed from ihe Z 
shape to the rail by turning Mt 
bo E tom and top of the Z into the 
railt and in* middle section into 
the steeper. 



We iho»l along the side of fht rail 
track. Note the simplistic slyJ/mj 
at the track to give if * more 
hand-drawn, flat effect 



The Meter*!! teg® come* steaming 
up Hi* fradt, representing fho 
Train. Ai it cornos le * stop, it 
suddenly zoom a oft representing 
til* f amity disembarking the train 
in their car - For it* firai appsarance 
the lege A** * mere three 
dimension*! and rounded took 




When it come* oH r the Uoterail lege 
undergo** *. patella change and, a* 
It drive a onto the LightHfave- 
rondered hreehura, becomes mere 
lure dimensional to suit the Hat 
nature of It* back ground. The 
camera zooms out.„ 



...to reveal lb* brochure In Hm entirety. 
The camera continues lo puli out,,. 



...revealing the tirmi shot of 
water a* it tap* against the 
beach as the brochure dose * 
and the telephone number fades 
up, telling viewers how to get 
mere information. The water 
effect used at rite* we* deemed 
top reatislic by the client mo 
Premier Vision came up with * 
more artificial look 


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fl big thank gou 

I’d just like to say (shanks very much for the MUI CoverOisk Iasi 
month, I think people are getting fed up with receiving commer- 
cial software on the front of magazines because it will mean the 
eventual collapse of the Amiga software market. If a user can get 
a copy of a program {worth E2&9!) on the cover of a magazine, 
then he or she is hardly encouraged to spend money on further 
software because i( might be similarly devalued, 

Surely (he same system applied to lull games on CoveiDisfcs 
can be applied lo serious software too? Secondly, I think that 
putting registered shareware on (he front of Amiga Computing 
encourages shareware authors to further develop their program, 
and !'m sure they appreciate whatever cash you pay them as shareware is not exactly a 
jood way of making money, 

Ate) t DervStn, Bournemouth 

Alex, you've put your finger right on the heart of the matter. Just as software 
piracy Is killing the Amiga, so too is this altitude towards serious software. 
Unfortunately, while some Amiga users are enlightened souls, the majority just 
see dial there is something worth cash on the cover and buy the magazine 
regardless. At Amiga Computing we are trying to break out Of this syndrome, but 
you can appreciate that it is difficult because of the reason I just mentioned. 

Having said that, we will be running more registered shareware CoverDisks In 
the future which, as you say, is a valuable source of income for shareware 
authors. Finally, regarding your comments on ELSPA’s recommendation on full- 
price Cover Disk’ mounted games, unfortunate ly, there is no similar organisation 
lor serious software publishers on the Amiga. 




f ‘our aims and Questions aired — 


Second-hand uirus 

1 am a new subscriber to your excel lent 
magazine and find it particularly helpful to 
people like myself, who are relatively new 
lo the Amiga. 

My tocal dealer advised against upgrad- 
ing my A5€Q and suggested I might try lo 
buy an A12QQ, so I advertised and was 
soon the proud possessor of a basic 
machine which \ set to work upgrading. 

Firstly , i bought a second I loppy drive, 
then an IDE 65Mb hard disk (I know J 
should have bought a bigger one but I 
cculdn't afford it"), and finally a 2Mb trap- 
door expansion with a clock. I get every- 
ihmg installed and then my problems 
began 1 

Withoul wishing lo bore you with all the 
gory retails, I was having problems getting 
9l manner of things to run correctly; I am 
not a stupid man and quickly realised 
something was wrong that I didn't know 
howto pul right, Afler referring to an online 
■guide to Workbench, I quickly decided Ihal 
I rad a dreaded virus. 

Bylfiis lime I knew a loi more aboul how 
everything worked, so I wiped the hard 
ttove and re- In stalled every thing from 
scratch using a fresh sal of Workbench 
disks, i also put a virus checker into my 
'-■.‘FlSfaftup drawer lo find the little swine 
and kill it - il had to be on one of my Happy 
disks somewhere. 

I eventually found it on, would you 
believe, (he Virus Checker disk I had been 
given by the lad that had sold me the 
Amiga in the first place. 

The moral is clear - beware disks from 
third parlies and never pul an untried, write 


enabled disk info a floppy drive without 

checking ii m, a virus checker 3/?rf answered by our man of 

lan Aistutt, Hanlon, N Yorks. 


A lesson from a rueful reader there., 
Perhaps Escom should put a warning 
and advice about viruses {vim to be 
more exact) in the manuals for the new 
Amigas. 

newbie nightmares 

Now that the Amiga is due to be 
relaunched In a few monlhs time there are 
a large number of Amigas for sale In the 
various magazines. The newcomer to the 
Amiga could really benefit from simple 
instructions on the basic functions, such 
a$ 'How to put a program onto a hard 
drive. 1 In the past some very good cover 
disks have been published on your maga- 
zine and. even with the manual, problems 


letters, fara Surf — 

do arise. Perhaps a series on ihe basics of 
getting started, gradually moving onto the 
more interesting aspects, could be under- 
taken, keeping things simple all Ihe white, 
As a newcomer myself, I was attracted 
by the Amiga's specification and Ihe facl 
that a very good program called Amigasat 
(for getting pictures from weather satel- 
lites) was available, bul I am currently lim- 
ited to using most of my software from 
floppies which is very tedious. 

T G David, Sevenoaks 

your frustrations are echoed by peo- 
ple all over the world. However, unless 
we are to reinvent the wheel every six 

> 


The Amiga is no more, long liue the Amiga! 


Yesterday I phoned the Commodore UK news line 
and was shocked to hear that the UK management 
has given up in favour of Escom, Escom have not 
said that they will continue production of our beloved 
computer, in fact they have not said very much apart 
from ihe fact Ihal they are very interested in a set-lop 
box. So, after ten years, this is the end of the Amiga.. 

I will keep my A120D for as long as possible, but it 
won't be tong before it too is obsolete. 

Andrew Markwetl , Waltsend, Tyne & Wear 


Fear not! Your worries are misplaced. Although 
It is true that Commodore UK is no more and 
that both David Plaasance and Colin Proudfoot 
are no longer involved with Commodore, 
Escom have vowed to continue to produce the 
Amiga and at prices that can oniy benefit the 
whole Amiga community. Just have a look at 
Paul Austin's expose of the Frankfurt press 
conference starling on page 22 of last month's 
issue. 


Amiga Computing! 


SEPTEMBER 1995 


37 





LETTERS 


'i 


months or so, we must assume 
some kind of level of knowledge 
among our readers. I have no 
doubt that we will run a 
beginners series once more, 
but it might not happen for a 
while. 

In the mean time, keep 
your chin up, keep practise 
ing with your Amiga and 
trying to install the software 
you talk about in your letter, 
and soon you'll find that yoi 
won't want to use space in the 
magazine for beginners either 




drive, CD-ROM and hard drive for 
£599. 


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 from Adam 
Phillips wages to the best letter 
written. But please keep quiet 
about it, as Adam doesn't ■■ 
know.., A 


i 


4. Leave Ihe A40Q0 alone, 
but drop the price to ES99, 
add a CO-ROM and drop 
the 68030 version. 


[scam suggestions 


This Is what I'd like to see Escom do with 
the Amiga: 


1. Encourage the software houses that 
produce lor Ihe PC to port some of I heir 
software over - titles like Encarta '95 
shouldn't lake long to do because all the 
hard data has already been collected. 


2. Gel l ho A6GQ off fhe markel and make 
the A 1200 Ihe basic machine al as low a 
price as possible, say £279 with HD flop- 
py and a hard drive. This should be pos- 
sible given the way hard drive prices 
have fallen, and the 6SQ20 can't cost 
very much by now. 


3, Launch an A 1300 in a PC-siyle case 
with a 50MH? 68030, high density floppy 


I hope to shortly upgrade my ageing A500 to a 
brand spanking new A4000. With this in mind, i 
wonder if you could answer some queries I have 
regarding future expansion 


1- 1 have recently loticed that some CD-ROM 
drives advertised in PC magazines are corn- 
monied as "can be used as a slave device on 
IDE'. Does this mean you can simply connect a 
CD-ROM drive directly to Ihe A4000's IDE 
controller, and if nol r why not? 


2. Will you soon be reviewing Ihe various new 
24-bil graphics cards with 64-bit processors that 
are now becoming available? 


3, Why is it that some graphics cards require 
alterations when used with NEC monitors? A 
recent review for the Piccolo mentioned this fact. 

I warn a multisync monitor when I upgrade to my 
new machine and am looking closely at the 
NEC range because of their reputation for 



5, Launch an AGGQQ which 
would be an A40G0 with a 
68060 in if. 

If all these things are done, it 
ould generate sufficient cash 
to pay for the development of 
W the next generation of RISC 
machines and increase Iho user base 
m the process lo bring back software 
developers. Having a range of 
machines like this would mean the user 
could start at any level and! expand as 
Ihey wanted and, like Ihe PC, the top- 
end machines would be powerful 
enough to run all fhe sexy software to 
encourage people to upgrade. 

A Anthony , Dereham 



Let me go over your points one by 
one, if I may, 

1, The idea of Microsoft porting their 
multimedia CD-ROM titles over to Ihe 
Amiga is great in principle, and you 
are right about Ihe data and graphics 
already having been processed and 
collated. However, until Escom man- 
age to convince the wide, wide world 
of 'serious' computing that the Amiga 
Is something other than a games 
machine! Amiga Encarta '95 ('96, 
whatever), is unlikely to appear. 

2. By now you will have probably read 
the great news that although Escom 
plan to continue to produce the A6Q0, 
it will only be for sale in the emerging 
markets of the far east and Africa. As 
for A1200 pricing, how does the sub 
£200 price mark grab you? i agree that 
it would be better all round If all 
Amigas came with high density floppy 


Yuu're all 
beautiful! 


mu 


Having read Ihe letter in the July 
issue from M F Jaquemin Kelmscotl, 
Western Australia, who is looking lor 
a copy ol the Easy Amos manual. I 
would like to say that I have a manual Ijj®* 
and a complete set of disks that I do jj 
not use. and if there is a wayd|^oi& 
putting me in touch with this reader I inov a 


uuc 


would be happy to send it to him/her &?! 


completely tree of charge, 

Mrs M Lynch, 

2 1 8 Mersdip House Swum 
,, f 7 „ Bunge 
Market Square pet ns 


lEd/norriOT pw*m 


London N9 0W S 


Every day I become more cynical in 

Eroa 

JuhOi : 


my old age, but getting letters like " 


this just makes me swell up with , 


a sense of, of, l*m sorry, 
continue.,. 


I can i 


Ntv, w 
ON 'up 
-LEACU. 


Ki* LL 
t*6*L 


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drives, but we'll just have to wait art r F 


UBStE 

flOALi^ 

wee*: 

ShaOQ 


see on that, 

3, The low-end box machine has tehfsTJ 
been on Amiga owners' wish llstljiwou 
so perhaps next year will seeiMlrinr 
production of a similar machine, 

4, t think you might be a lithe opfrl™ 
mistic wishing for a 68040-bast-- 
A4000 with CD-ROM for £699, but Ihf u r ^ 
new pricepoint rumoured for till - . 
redesigned A4Q00T should guara 
heaps of sales. 

5, As we pointed out in our faatu 
last month, Escom will be launch! 
some A4QQQT s complete with a PI 
Five-designed 6 6060 processor boar 
I truly hope that we will regain all the 
developers lost over the past t 
years or so with Escom 1 s new plan. 


manufacturing quality monitors, SO I am quite 
concerned by this. 


4. Is it still possible to get a copy of 
Power Packer Professional v4 from your mail 
order department? 


2. Yes, we will be. Look for the in-depth 
review of the Cybervision you mention in this 
month's issue, with reference lo programs 
like ImsgaFX and Photogenics that support 
CyberGraphics new 16 and 24-bit Intuition 
screen modes. 



Finally, how about a supertest of various 
monitors from the major manufacturers? 

Steve Taylor, East Dereham 


I’m glad to see you are going to upgrade to 
an Amiga, Steve, rather than a PC. As for 
your questions, lot’s look at them one at a 
timer 


3. Speaking personalty, I have used my NEC 
4FG with a wide variety of graphics cards 
including Picasso, Retina and EGS Spectrum 
(not to mention the new Cybervlsion64L 
and I have had no problems. Mind you. ! 
haven't seen the review you mention, so 
perhaps the problem was to do with Ihe 
card. 


64 Ml 

m k 

340 K 
filC K 


1, In theory, yes, you can connect an IDE CD- 
ROM drive to your internal IDE controller, but 
IDE CD-ROMs aren't that common and as the 
IDE standard only supports two devices, do 
you really want to use one of them for a CD 
drive? 


4, As for Powerpacker Pro, I’m afraid you're a 
bit lata off the mark for that one and we've 
run out of stock. You could try Emerak 
Creative on 01 81 -71 5 8866 and see if they 
have a copy. 


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TECHNICAL 



Tj| I am having a problem 
-* 11 installing Ihe excellent MUl 


program from yout July 
issue. I have extra clad the Lba 
file from your CoverDisk, but when I 
use MUl I get an About Mill window 
appearing every time informing me 
tiial ihis version of MUl is unregis- 
tered and that only the System page 
settings are saved. 

It’s my understanding that you were 
giving away a fully working and regis- 
tered version of this program, I find it 
rather annoying that such claims can 
be blatantly made by your magazine 
and rm sure you have annoyed a lot 
ol loyal readers in the process. 

P Williams, Suffolk 



ti fou jtt lAtl HitplMy iirhort you run 
lh* CoverOfiJr milon at HUI, you 
m<r n»f rf l« copy (A# mvl.hmy fHm 

frtrni PUT C&*rrOl±k (P four S: cfj-jwrr 


P( [D-fiO(H5 


You seem to have fallen 


L ^ prey of your own Amiga 
expertise and knowledge. 
As you rightly surmised, the MUl 
program file on our CoverDisk is 
indeed an Lha tile which can he 
Successfully extracted using the 
appropriate Lha utility, which you 
seemed to have done. 

Unfortunately, our installer script 
does more than just extract the 
main program file. It also copies a 
key tile called MUl. KEY to the S: 
drawer This little file essentially 
tells MUl that it has been registered 
and should not display the About 
MUl notice anymore. 

Simply copy this file from the 
Files drawer on our CoverDisk into 
your S: drawer and you should find 
yourself with a fully registered and 
functioning MUl program. 


ri| l am thinking about buying thg 
Squirrel SCSI interface For my 
* Amiga to lake advantage of the 
many CD-ROM and SCSI hard 
drives available, 

I will be buying a CD-ROM as my first 
peripheral and have a few questions. I 
have a budget of £100 for a CD-ROM 
drive and was wondering what model to 
qi for Can you suggest one? 

I have heard that the Squirrel allows 
you to run CD32 games, but not all of 
them work. My favourite game is Alien 


Vau haue now entered a 
trouble-free sane. It's here - 
that gnu ran write in with - 
wot ffmiga troubles and - 
receiue enlightenment So, if - 
gour Rmiga's gluing gnu a hard - 
time, drop us a line • 


Breed: Tower Assault, which I play inces- 
santly al my friends house on his CD32 
Will this game work using the Squirrel? 

J Sullivan. Birmingham 


With El 80 for your CD-ROM 
^ drive, you should go for a 
quad-speed drive. These have 
dramatically dropped En price 
recently and now cost anywhere from 
£160 onwards. I recently paid £165 for 
a Toshiba model 

As for C D32 games, there are cer- 
tain games which are programmed in 
a specific way to make them incom- 
patible with the Squirrel. However, 
you should have no trouble playing 
Tower Assault. This was one of the 
games we used when testing its CD32 
compatibility feature and it worked 
tine. 


HUP or not HTTP 


have recently bought a modem 
and am now gradually learning 


more and more about the won- 
drous world ol comms. I read 
Amiga Computing every month and 
have often seen reference lo on-line 
addresses which begin with http. 

What is this http and how do I access 
such areas using my modem? 

VV Edwards, Chorfion 


„ The http references are 
L „ addresses for interesting 
' areas on the World Wide 
Web, Http Is an acronym for 
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol and Is 
essentially a sort of script which is 
used by suitable programs for 
displaying text and graphics. 

To access such areas, you will need 
an account with an internet provider 
such as Demon Internet Ltd. You will 
then need to get hold of appropriate 
software such SS AmitTCP, AMosaic 
and MUl, which are essential pro- 
grams for all Amiga owners who wish 
to access Web sites. If you do sub- 
scribe to Demon ( they have helpfully 



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AMIGA COMPUTING ADVICE SERVICE 


complied all the necessary software 
for you to easily download from their 
site. 

Check out our July Issue (you did 
get that issue didn’t you?) where we 
gave away a fully registered version 
of MUl which you can use with 
AMosaic, Once you are set up, if you 
enter these http addresses into 
AMosaic you will be taken to the Web 
site of that area where you can 
browse through masses of informa- 
tion and admire the great graphics to 
your heart's content. 

For details on Demon and their ser- 
vices, you can phone them on 0161- 
371 1234, or fax them on G161-371 
1160, You can also e-mail them at: 
sales @ demon .net. 











TECHNICAL 


\ Do you have a problem? f>o you spme- 
■-<V| WL |j limes find yourself poised over your 
iA\ m LJ Amiga with axe in fiend, spouting 
t profanity at the stubborn refusal of your 

I Amiga software or hardware to behave 
properly? 

Well, calm down and swap the axe for 
pen and paper; jot down your problems, 
along with a thorough description of your Amiga setup, and 
send it off to Amiga Computing Advice Service IDG Media. 
Media House. Adllngton Park. Macclesfield BK1Q 4NP 


* 1 

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and was wondering if Ihere is some way 
of having bolh the Squirrel and the 8Mb 
RAM card connected at the same time. 
Are Micro any hardware gadgets avail- 
able or in development which can do 
this? 

K Saunders, Merseyside 


Wf 1 would advise against buying 
L the 8Mb PCMCIA card. You 
will not be able to have the 


mm choice 


’TJ I have an A1200 with 85Mb 





hard* drive. I enjoy reading 
Amiga Computing and am 
extremely interested and impressed with 
the coverage of digital video and 3D 
graphics you frequently report on. 

I believe the Amiga’s greatest strength 
is in the digital video market, what with 
products such as the Personal 
Animation Recorder, Toaster, Lightwave 
and other Amiga packages being used 
both by consumers and film and video 
professionals alike As you may proba- 
bly guess, 1 am quite interested in this 
area and am keen to get my hands on 
UghiWave 4 to hone my computer 
animation skills. 

Obvrously, my standard At 200 setup 
with its meagre 2Mb chip RAM and 
85Mb hand drive arc not exactly optimal 
for running LighlWave, which is why I'm 
going to invest in a bigger hard drive, an 
accelerator and more memory, 
However, l have been given the opportu- 
nity of buying a 8Mb PCMCIA RAM card 
and was wondering whether to buy it 
and use il in conjunction with the 
memory on the accelerator board. 

I want lo buy the Squirrel interface to 
allow me to use high capacity and fast 
SCSI drives for storing my animations. 


Squirrel and the RAM card connected 
at the same time, I'm not aware of any 
methods, either commercial or D1Y, 
which will allow you to have multiple 
PCMCIA devices in the slot 
Also, the PCMCIA slot is a 16-bit 
expansion port as opposed to the 32- 
bit trapdoor slot. Therefore, PCMCIA 
memory cards are almost twice as 
slow as their trapdoor counterparts. 


Dirty rotten 
mouse 


^ I've had my A50Q lor six months 
r • Z' - now and the first thing l did 


when I bought it was buy a 
new mouse - the Commodore mouse 
which came with it was, unfortunately, 
dead. 

Now (hough, after trouble-free opera- 
tion, my mouse is starting to play up It 
isn’t as smooth as it used to be and feels 
somewhat lumpy,' and the pointer some- 
times doesn't move immediately, almost 
as though il was slipping slightly. 

What's wrong with my mouse and can 
I do anything aboul it short of buying a 
new one? 

L Conner Maidenhead 


Your mouse sounds as 
* though it simply needs a 
-' 7 clean. If you look under the 
mouse, you will see that It is possible 


Dad sums 


_ vTS I have an Amiga 4000 to which I have 
Y - recently attached a replacement 540Mb 


hard drive. 1 have partitioned the drive 
into two sections, one for Workbench and one for 
general data called Work. However, after four 
error-free months of use, I now get an error 
message whenever I open the Work partition, The 
error message says: 'Work has a checksum error on 
disk block 90758.' 

I can cancel the message and there don't seem to 
be any adverse effects, but the message is really 
annoying me. What does this error message mean 
and how can I get rid of it? A friend tells me I need 
either DiskSalv or Ami-Back Tools to repair the 
problem, but which one is the best? 

R Affet t, Wimbledon 



Mwe art two of thm 6**1 dfrfc repair tool* around for tfw 
Amiga. Evory hjtfd disk, owner sJTCruJtf fiaVA cult: of (ham 


■ A checksum Is a numeric value which is 
W. - appended to a block of data on the disk. 

The number is the result of a simple cal- 
culation of the contents of the block of data and 


is a method of ensuring that data Is not corrupt. 
Therefore, your error massage is saying that the 
contents of the data block at 90758 have been 
altered somehow and don't match with the 
checksum figure. 

Ami-Back Tools and DiskSalv are, indeed, the 
answer to your problems. They are two great 
utilities which allow you to detect and repair all 
manner of problems. As tor which one is best, 
well, they are pretty much equal and do the 
same job, so it's down to your own personal 
taste. 


Green monster 


s Please help me, My fivi 
month old A1200 displays 
green screen every lime t 
and boot the damn thing. It was 
ing perfectly well until then, What's i 
pened to my poor Amiga and h< 
much will it cost me 10 get it fixed? 

E Erickson, Stanste 


J? Oh dear, A green screer 
k. j usually Indicates a prohlc 
- with Chip RAM, I believe] 
However, f assume you bought tf 
A12QQ new and If so, it's still uru 
warranty So you can lake if back U 
the store for them to sort out for 
extra cost to you. Hooray 


to open ft up to get at the mouse 
If you remove the ball and look insic 
you will probably see three metal 
plastic rollers. You will also probat 
see the dirt is clinging to them. This! 
what's causing the lumpy feel and 
erratic mouse movement. 

You need to remove this dirt with 
suitable implement (1 use a small 
screwdriver) and once done, you 
probably find everything mud 
smoother. 

Unfortunately, this Is a common 
problem with all mice (except thoa 
with optical mechanisms in place' 
mechanical rollers) and you will 
that you may have to clean It yatj 
again in another six months time. Trj 
buying a bottle of anti static clean! 
fluid and cleaning your mouse me 
every so often. This may reduce th 
amount of dust the mouse ball pk 
up and deposits on the rollers, Tr 
cleaning the mouse bail too. 


Dig floppiQ5 


A friend and I are always Srar 
ferring files between ou 
Amigas using floppy disl 
However, my friend has an A400D whic 
features a high density disk and I nav 
an A 1200 which only has a low ck 
drive, Are there are any high deflsii; 
external drives for the A 1200? 

D Samueis, 


indeed there are high densl 
fc- ; drives available for yourj 
At 200, Power Computing, wti 1 
by the way happen to be located 
your neck of the woods in sum 
Bedford, can help you out. 

The drives in question are the Xlj 
range which format to 1.76MI 
Internal drives cost 55.95 while exltir] 
nal drives cost £59.95, Rouk 
Computing can be contacted 01 
01234 273000. 


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Paint Paste Rnd Dram 

Programmed by: Simon Hincben 

Available from: Centra! Lice nee ware 
Register 

Youngsters are capable cl producing 
some rather offbeat artistic creations, 
The trouble is that ihey are often com- 
pleted using media such as wax 
crayons or thick paint brushes coated in 
highly splashable substances. That's 
why numerous computer paint pack- 
ages have attempted So put an end to 
the mess-making without taking all the 
fun out of art. The problem is that not 
many of them have succeeded. 

If alt paint packages aimed at young' 
stars wore as good as Paint Pasto And 


Bratwurst 

Programmed by: 3 Elks 

Available from; OnLine PD 
Disk NO- 0X207 


Oaue (usith won't let a 
nasty hard driue trash 
prevent him from 
bringing gov this 
month's bejiffgbagged 
gems 


Way back in the January issue I show- 
ered praise on top two-player starship 
baltlegame Roketz which boasted lovely 
graphics and a sizeable helping of addic- 
tive ness. Well, Qratwursi (apparently in 
addition to being a type of German 
sausage) is essentially Roketz with one 
fundamental difference. 

Instead of using conventional graph- 
ics, it employs vector graphics which are 
far loss detailed hut which can be easily 
scaled. The benefit of I his is that when 
spacecraft are ciose to one another the 
view zooms in to provide an all-action 
closeup As they get lull her apart, they 
remain on the screen al all limes 
because they shrink in size 

Initially* the effect can be a little dis- 
concerting, but it really does look 





f there's a lesson to be learned 
from my experiences this 
month, then it is that hard drive 


backups should bo performed quite 
regularly. It's astonishing how many 
small bul incredibly useful programs 
can be accumulated in just a lew 
weeks, and these are the sort of things 
that when lost through hard drive prob- 
lems can prove difficult to find again. 
“Which utilities disk did that little 


commodity come from'?' can become a 
worryingly frequent thought. 

Anyway, enough of my moaning, 
because fortunately not only was 
Public Sector fully backed up, but it 
was totally unaffected by the incident. 
The whole saga also gives me an 
excuse to Introduce newer Amiga users 
to Dave Hay file's excellent shareware 
program Disksalv. possibly the best 
disk repair and file recovery utility in 
existence. You never fully appreciate 
such programs until the unthinkable 
occurs. 





fancy naming * fwg-p|ay*r ihoirttfr attar a 
lauiag*, Parft^at that’a daman hurorow 


Amiga Computing 






Programmed by: Malcolm Lavery 

Available from. Malcolm Lavery 

Sharing a rotating spacecraft the 
with Bratwurst, Mr Lavery's fate 
offering bears some resemblance 
Oids, with little stranded people it 
tered around a barren spacescar 
awaiting rescue. That's no bad thir 
though, because at the end of the d 
playability is paramount, and in d 
department Code Name Nano del 
ers the goods. 

Attractive introductory screer 
detailed in-game graphics and 


Vour mission is to c aro tor thus* fudJteb 
while I ni> down te iftr shops.., tUf/mey, 

IM't a poor .if tempi *f A Code N.ifFFt- 
W.inrty joke, isn't it?) 







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!('■ pnifrimi like Paint Paste 4 Draw 
makm you jn*u ware atill a kid 

Draw ihen the world would be a bet 
place A computerised colouring bt 
with added extras, this gem is guar 
teed to provide hours of amusemsni 
kids of all ages. A selection of llfif 

impressive and doesn't lake long to 
used to. A happy consequence ol scalin 
the graphics is That up to lour players ■ 
compete at once via a four-player jt 
stick adaptor. For those lacking one 
these devices, three can play simultc 
ously - two on joysticks and one on 
keyboard. There isn’t a one-player me 
(hough, so you will need a I least on 
friend handy it you fancy a quick blast. 

Options available Include a selet 
of ship types and weaponry, which 
to the overall appeal of this pnlishe 
product. The downside of the feehnii 
wizardry employed by Bratwurst is that! 
requires an AGA machine, but this is 
sort of game that makes upgrade 
worthwhile. 












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drawn scenes can be loaded in as She 
basis lor a picture. These can be filled in 
with colour, and then various objects and 
creatures can. be pasted on top. If you re 
leelirtg particularly inspired il is also pos* 
Bible to draw 'freehand' onto the picture 
or lo design for yourself some of the 
pasting objects. If you make a mistake, 
clicking on the 'Oops' button rectifies the 
situation. 

Every action is accompanied by a suit- 
ably amusing sound effect, another 
Binog in Paint Paste And Draw's rather 
well-strung bow. Stamping a caveman 
cn the dinosaur scene or adjusting the 
[alette s© faction sliders becomes fun in 
rtself, 

At tee end of the day, white no Amiga 
pami package will really be able to 


Itilm find Scratchy t 

Produced by: Chrome Australia 

Available from: GnLlne PD 
Disk No. OA1.7 

I’m beginning lo wonder if my not owning 
a satellite or cable TV system is advers- 
ely affecting Public Sector. When Itchy 
And Scratchy disks 2 and 3 came under 
scrutiny a couple of issues ago, I blath- 
ered: something about excellently drawn 
bright graphics and 30-second bursts of 
action. 

11 l had Sky One I might have seen 
ihem on The Simpsons earlier; in fad I 
only saw an episode containing an l&S 
"drtMn at a friend’s house the other day. 



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mattering of sampled sound effects 
mbine to create an impressive little 
. itmj. Space-age computer terminals 
re emulated throughout, and it must 
>e said that the presentation is 
. nremely hard to fault. 

There are two worlds to be tackled, 
ach with numerous levels. Each 
. vel has its own password, so frus- 
■ration is kepi to a minimum, but 
fiat's not to say CNN doesn’t present 
i tough challenge. 

Copies are available lor a fiver 
from Iho author, and as an added 
ooihjs it comes with a totally free, 
ratis and complimentary copy of 
ionic Drum Kit, a program so good 
it it could easily be sold for a great 
beg) more. 


compete with stripping half naked and 
roiling around spreading pre-school pri- 
mary-colour paint on offeut strips of wall- 
paper, Paint Paste And Draw must be 
commended for coming a close second, 



UaatuI and fiwmaura us features 
pfaound In Pmle Paint A Dra w 



Ves, (htjr'rf 
back ... 


...and fhtr'ra ** 
tunny a* ewer... 


I don't know whether 
these disks are 
based on original sto- 
ryboards and drawn from scratch, or arc 
simply digitised versions of TV cartoons. 

doesn't really concern me a great deal 
though, because they're still excellent 
animations and well worth a look. 

This fourth title in the series, Screams 
From A Mall, is no exception. This is 
violent fun for all the family, and 


...fa, arm, hurray for flthy 
and St.raic.hy, or noma thingr 


although it comes in a mouse-sized 
chunk it is hard to fault the quality, I 
have no hesitation in recommending it to 
cal haters everywhere. 


1D1 Games 3 


programmed by: Various 

Available from: Software 2QC0 


Sprawling over seven disks, this pack 
would seem to have something for 
everybody due to the sheer number of 
games included. There are puzzlers 
such as Rubik's Cube and numerous 
Tetris derivatives,, arcade games such 
as space invaders' clones, and little 
Workbench games such as MmiPac 
which offers Pacman in a little window. 
There are uninspiring programs such as 


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ZOOO's latest offering 



SEPTEMBER 1995 


Vou are the 
euemthing... 

I want to hear from you if you have any 
program, whatever its purpose, which 
you consider worthy of review. Whether 
il will be freely distributable public 
domain, shareware or licence ware, if 
you feel it r s of sufficient quality to merit 
coverage then stick il in a jiffy bag or 
padded envelope and send it in with all 
haste I promise I'll at least look at your 
work. 

Please clearly label the disk, and 
include a cover letter supplying a 
desenption of the disk contents, price 
and some baste instructions. The magic 
address is: 

Dave Caste ft 
PD submissions 
Amiga Computing 
Media House 
Adiington Park 
Macclesfield SK104NP 

the terminally tedious Noughts And 
Crosses, and downright bizarre things 
like Arena, in which two players control 
robots which stand there and blast one 
another into oblivion. 

Mad Bomberman is a hectic bomb- 
catching bonanza for people with a 
responsive mouse, while a Defender 
clone should suffice for those with itchy 
trigger fingers. Uggo is also a docent 
shoot-’em-up which is addictive despite 
some odd slowing down every now and 
then. 

Pong is a faithful reconstruction 
of those old Grandstand Video Game 
bal-and-ball things, Boulderdash 
fans are not forgotten either, since 
Not Caverunner 2 is another highly 
unoriginal but perfectly playable game. 

The problem is that there are only a 
few really good games here. The vast 
majority are senously mediocre offerings 
with no lasting appeal and little to sot 
them apart from the crowd It's hard to 
imagine eagerly returning lo all but a few 
Of these games. 

There are also a few which stubbornly 
refuse to work, which is perhaps under- 
standable given the changes in the 
Amiga range of computers since some 
of ihe older games were written. It s 
harder to bo understanding, though, 
when the Read Me files refuse to work 
from the main menu screens, as they 
frequently do. 

The final disappointment for me was 
the prioe tag. Although this Is a seven 
disk package, £10.99 plus 70p postage 
and packing does seem slightly too 
much given the unexceptional nature of 
the programs involved. Perhaps worth a 
look if you're really stuck for games, but 
I’m unconvinced. 









PD and SHAREWARE 


Sonic Drum Kit 2.1 

Programmed by: Malcolm La very 

Available from: Malcolm Lavery 

Lois of people would probably have taken up (he 
drums wore ft not for iwo slight problems. Firstly, as 
with all musical instTumenls, the cost of getting hold 
of decent equipment can be quite high. Secondly, 
there is the racket the i Kings tend to make when 
banged quite hard wilh drum slicks 

Fortunately, Sonic Drum Kit avoids such prob- 
lems, It's totally free to people registering Code 
Name Nano, and ihe output volume is, of course, 
considerably more controllable than wilh a real life 
kit. 

There are four tracks onto which can be placed all 
manner of drum sounds according to which of the 
several supplied drum kits is loaded. A few clicks 
here and there and before you know it you've got a 
drum track. These can be saved to disk for 
use later, effectively making Some Drum Kit a 
programmable drum machine. 

Playing around wilh this program can bo an 
addiclive experience, because trying oul new ideas 


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Sonic Drum Hit » good rr mijW uvon cmnne# Andy 
Maddack, to slop miming around in OctaMod Ml d my long 

is fascinating. The colourful and attractive interface 
allows easy access to the features on offer, which 
include- block cutting and pasting, full control over 
tempo, and everything else one would expect. The 
only real limit to what you can achieve with such an 
excellent program is your own imagination. 


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Educational Software 

Available from: 

Central Lieencewarc Register 

Don't talk to me about aeroplanes, In these 
parts the last week in June is a noisy time 
because that's when the Woodford Airshow 
takes place, and a$ I write all manner of 
deafening technological wonders are 
screaming overhead. They don't really do 
much for me, but many people will happsiy 
gaze up into the heavens for hours 
watching the darned things, 

If you fall info that category or are merely 
curious a$ to the history of iwo infamous 
aeroplanes of yesteryear, the CLR guides 
to the Spitfire and the Messerschmlt 
are for you, These friendly hyperbook-style 
guides cover every aspect of the planes 
and their histones, and fealure plenty of 
excellent illustrations and diagrams.. 

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Older students, or more specifically 
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Produced by: Chris Brown 

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Yes. If can be exclusively revealed that Sony is working 
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AGA Amigas to run Sony Playstation games, such as 
Modal Kombal III and Rmgo Racer The latter is She first 
game lined up for release and will apparently sell for 
around £55-£80. The screen shots contained in this 
demo are really Impressive and the game is currently 
running only 5-10 per cent slower than the Playstation 
version, despite being just half finished. 

Oh, alright. It’s only a joke. We're not really going to 
see a Playstation-perfect Ridge Racer on the Amiga. 
But this slideshow offers convincing evidence with 
which to impress gullible friends, and also features a 
simple wireframe vector graphics driving game as an 
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thing could ever hope to be. 


Amiga Computing 


SEPTEMBER 1995 


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some simple diagrams and the text is 
helpful and informative. One particular 
interesting feature was the inclusion of 4 
Periodic Tabte which displays detail 
information when an element is selected. 

Finally, Jigmania is a computer 
jigsaw puzzle - or rather, scores of 
puterised jigsaw puzzles, because 
the provided puzzles have been solved ij 
is possible to turn IFF images into ne 
puzzles- Each puzzle can be made up 
eilher 35 or 99 pieces and a grid outline 
which shape of piece goes where can 
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dir®, but turn down the volume and 
Jigmania is a cracking puzzler. 



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Resolution 


Colour depth 


Memory required 


Paul ffustin enplures IgberUisionB i - could this 
bo the ultimate in retargetabie graphics? 


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CyberVsion64 certainly scores highly. 
The incorporation into the overall 
Amiga environment, end especially 
Workbench, is particularly welt done. 

One of the major problems faced by 
any RTG board is how to integrate 
with, and expand upon, the normal 


Amiga environment, GVP's Sped run 
made a ham-handed and ultimately] 
unsuccessful attempt with the EGS 
standard, while the Retina suffered 
from a classic example ol Germar 
over-complexity. In fact, the only real I 
success story was the Picasso It] 


dlemoni to resolution requirements 


640x480 


640*480 


640x480 


600x600 


1230x1024 


256 (8-bit) 


32k (16-bit) 


16M (24-bit) 


256 (8-bit} 


1 (24-bit) 


2Mb 


2Mb 


2Mb 


2Mb 


800x600 

32k (16-bit} 

2Mb 


800x600 

16M (24-bit) 

2Mb 


1024x768 

256 (8-bit) 

2Mb 


1024x768 

32k (16-bit) 

2Mb 


1024x768 

16M (24-bit) 

4Mb 


1250x1024 

256 (8-bit) 

2Mb 


1280x1024 

32k (16-bit) 

4Mb 



2Mb 


As briefly mentioned previously, a good 
monitor is all important to any RTG sys- 
tem, but rt is especially important to the 
CV64. For example, even though you 
may opt for the 4Mb configuration for the 
CV64, it doesn't necessarily follow that 
you will have access to the very highest 
resolutions and colour depths on offer. 

If your monitor cannot accommodate 
the necessary line frequency, band width 
and refresh rate required to generate a 
specific resolution, it won't even appear 
as an option in the ASL-requester. But 
even if it does appear, ii doesn't neces- 
sarily follow that it wilt be a non-interlaced 
display, unless you have a monitor of the 
highest quality. In short, there's a chance 
it will flicker in vary high resolutions. 

If you're specifically interested in using 
modes above 800x600, you should be 
looking for a 17 inch monitor that can 
accommodate a 56KHz refresh rate, 


However, for the real hard-core an 
larger monitor running at around 
would be preferable - thereby ensumq a] 
completely flicker-free display. 

Bear In mind that an RTG and its me 
tor are an inseparable team. Even rf ye 
find a 1 5 inch monitor with the neces 
refresh rate, it’s fairly safe to say it 
squinting at liny icons in super high reso-j 
lutions will do your eyes no good what 
ever, regardless of the dot pitch - k 
dot pitch infers a higher quality display. 

Not surprisingly, given the near ir 
ble integration into the general] 
Workbench environment, software ran 
patibibty isn’t a problem. As stated earter,| 
it is roughly on a par with both the Reilr 
and the Picasso II when it comes to han 
dling the graphic idiosyncrasies of ceil 
none standard packages. These -aside, 
the card performs faultlessly with the va 
majority of Amiga software. During lest 


Amiga Computing) 


SEPTEMBER 1995 


GRAPHICS 


he challenge to go beyond the 
barriers ol standard Amiga 
graphics has seen some 
major players over the years, each in 
turn throwing down the gauntlet to the 
opposition. GVP, MacroSystems and 
VHIageTronic have all tried to corner 
the market, and now its the turn of 
Phase 5 to take up the challenge. 

On a purely technical basis it’s fair to 
say Phase 5 are off to a flying start, 
although that statement may raise a 
eyebrow or two at MacroSystems. The 
board itself combines a blisteringly fast 
Zorrc3 interface alongside a 64-bit 
wide graphics controller and some 
exceptionally smart and friendly soft- 
ware - the latter being something the 
Retina certainly can't boast in its 
armoury, 

As you may already know, a ZorroS 
is a 32-bit slot, which raises the ques- 
tion why does the CyberVision have 64 
appended to its title? Basically, this 
applies to the Trio64 graphics proces- 
sor and its accompanying 64-bit blitter 
- hence the reference. 

In reality, this all adds up to incredi- 
bly fast internal data transfer, reaching 
speeds approaching 100Mb per second 
between the blitter and the board's 
internal video memory. Add that to last 
24-bit D(A conversion and a 135MHz 
bandwidth and you arrive at extremely 
fast screen update and refresh rates in 
24-bil, high colour or 256 colours, oven 
though the transfer rate between the 
card and the Amiga’s main memory is 
limited to around 16Mb per second 
through the Zorro, 

Boil all this techno-babble down and 
you arrive at the las test graphics board 
m the business. However, as any RTG 
owner will tell you, there’s a lot more 
involved in upgrading your graphics 
than speed. Just as important Is com- 
patibility, third-party support and, of 
course, good old-fashioned user 
friendliness. 

When it comes to compatibility, the 












future 


Ulhat’s in the boo 


Aside tram the aforementioned installation disk and a tew additional drivers, there's 
one major freebie on offer, namely PhotogenicsLite, which as the name suggests is a 
cut-down version of the Almathera classic, 

7Tns particular addition illustrates jus! how impressive the CyberGraphics standard, 
especially in the CV64, really is - full 24-bit preview, real-time paint and effects appli- 
cation, and instant image update, In short, one of the few chinks in the Photogenies' 
armour receives an instant repai r, 

The freebie is excellent, but for those who have already upgraded to version 1.2 of 
ihe lull version of Photogenies, it's even better. I doubt Phase 5 could have found a 
better example ol what ihe CV64 es capable of. 

Apart from the Almathera bundle, Phase 5 have also provided a number of GV 64 
specific drivers as part of the standard software bundle. Not surprisingly ADPro gels a 
abdicated saver, along with an ImageFX render module, both being fairly predictable 
repeats of similar offerings on other boards. Having said that, the ImageFX version 
does offer the unusual ability to render a 24 -bit of the main buffer within a window 
above ihe ImageFX panel as an option lo firing-up a dedicated scrollable screen. 

Other notables include a Maxon Ginema4D output module, a PhotoWci* display 
driver and lastly, a Real3D external screen module. Aside from these commercial 
efforts, you're also provided with two viewers, one of which employs Ihe familiar VT- 
styte Workbench interlace invoking a dedicated display semen, while the CLI alterna- 
tive works as either a script-controlled display or perhaps as a pull-in for a directory 
manager, generating a high colour or 24-bil window on either the Workbench or any 
predefined public screen. 


which, although slightly lumpy, did at 
least make the process of emulation 
and upgrading screens fairly 
straightforward 

However, in this particular depart- 
ment tt must be said the CV64 scores 
particularly highly. Being a ZorroS card. 


ihe board remained stable, never caus- 
ing a crash - either to the machine itsell 
or any graphically upgradod software. 
Better still, the board's simple but effec- 
iive control system didn't force multiple 
return visits to the manual, which per- 
haps accounts for the minimal docu- 
montalion which accompanies (he card. 
The only downside lor the CV64, 
especially in relation to ihe Picasso II. is 
ifs lack of direct third-party support. A$ 
Psgsssd users are all too keen to point 
out, (heir board is very well supported, 
and over the last year it's become 
something of an industry standard with 
direct support within Lightwave, 
TV paint. Phologenics - in fact most 
hic^i-end graphics specific software now 
boasts some form of Picasso support. 
Al tease for the time being, that can't be 
said for the CV64 - although it’s still 
very early days. 


it's only real demand is a suitable 
machine, namely either an A3000 or 
A4COQ running Workbench/kickstart 3.0 
or 3.1, In the case of the A3000, 3.1 is 
the only option, which of course may 
incur additional upgrade costs - how- 
ever this is common to all RTG boards 
which attempt advanced Workbench 
emulation. 

Assuming you have the necessary 
machine. Workbench, and, of course, a 
GV64, you'll have all you'll need for Ihe 
most advanced RTG system on the 
market. As. you may already know, the 
Picasso and Retina options offer either 
a much improved 256 Workbench — in 
the Picasso's case - or a four colour 
Workbench with 24 -bit windows for the 
Retina. 



hi M. it I 
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transfer, reaching speeds 
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256 colours for backdrops and so on, 

However, 24-bit as standard will 
almost certainly be the format for the 
future, and considering Phase 5 f s exist- 
ing close ties to Escom/Amiga 
Technologies, it seems likely their base 
technology will play a part in the move. 

Leaving the usefulness of a 24-bit 
Workbench aside, the most impressive 
aspect of the CV64 Is its incredible 
speed in ail modes and resolutions — 
whether you're running a 256 or 24-bit 
Workbench. As any AGA owner will 
know, running m 256 colours on a stan- 
dard AGA machine is a painful slow 
experience. However, on the GV64 
boih 256 and even 24-bit Workbench 
screens, regardless of resolution, run 
at the same speed as 4 or 8 colour 
screens on a standard machine. Pull- 
down s leap from the title bar while win- 
dows snap into position instantly - this 
is one fast piece of plastic! 

Apart from ihe breakneck speed of 
the board, another major appeal is its 
ease of use. Unlike some RTG 


[ijberllisiDr driuers 


Another element in the CV64 equation 
Is the arrival of dedicated 
CyberGraphic drivers far a whole 
range of existing RTG boards includ- 
ing the Picasso II and Retina 
Basically, these drivers offer a similar 
improvement in functionality, ease of 
use and improved speed, which at 
least in part accounts for some of the 
enhanced performance which the 
CV64 enjoys. 

Obviously, Phase 5 have realised 
that it’s unlikely that the majority of 
existing RTG owners will be willing to 
dump their existing kit in favour of the 
CV64. Great news for the existing RTG 
set. but it nevertheless seems a rather 
strange marketing ploy, especially 
considering that it coincides with the 
launch of their own board. 


APPLICATION SPECIFIC 

The CyberVision, however, offers all 
the available screen modes including 
256, plus a no compromise full 24-tali 
Workbench, Admittedly, there's little 
need for a 24-bit Workbench at pre- 
sent, as direct 24-bii support is almost 
entirely application specific at the 
momenl - a classic example being 
Workbench itself, which even in its 3.1 
revision still only supports graphics of 



m null h 

SEPTEMBER 1995 

I 











GRAPHICS 


> 

systems, the actual set-up procedure is 
blissfully simple. Afler installing Ihe 
card and software ihe only thing you 
have to do is fire-up the newly installed 
CyberMode utility and select an appro- 
priate monitor specification - in other 
words one which matches the band- 
width of your monitor, i,e. 48 KHz, 

This effectively defines which resolu- 
tions will be available to you within the 
normal Amiga ScreenMode A5L- 
requesier. Once you've made your 
selection, simply save-out and reboot, 
If you then open up the ScreenMode 
utility you’ll discover a whole hosl of 
CyberGraphic modes in a wide range 
of resolutions ranging from 256 to high 
colour 64K, and of course the all- 
important 24-brl posing modes. 

MODE SPECIFICATIONS 

Basically that's it. You can then 
specify the mode you like for 
Workbench or in fact any other soft- 
ware which allows you to specify an 
independent resolution, However, not 
all software allows you to sot the none 
standard screen size of colour depth 
from within fho software. 

Fortunately, Phase 5 have thought of 



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that and have included a stand-alone 
Plcasso-style NewMode utility which 
sits In the WBStartup drawer and 
allows you to intercepl, specify and 
save the desired resolution and depth 
for any new screens or software you 
may want to upgrade. However, it must 
be said the CV64 is no miracle worker 
- all the software that causes problems 
on the other RIG boards stiff has the 
same off eel on the CV64. Ugh (Wave’s 
Modeller and Layout still suffer the 
same slow and buggy screen update, 
Imagine still has the same re-draw 
problems and, of course, MagicWB 
icons still gel completely ported if you 
stray above an 8 colour Workbench. 

LIMITATION 

The only other limitation in the 
search for the ultimate image is the 
available RAM on the board itself, As 
you can see from the chart, the QV&4 
ships with either 2Mb or 4Mb of on- 
board RAM - although according to the 
manual, upgrading the former is easy, 
This does have a direct effect on the 
available resolutions and colour 
depths, however. Basically, the 2Mb 


version can’t manage some of ihtfl 
higher combinations of colour depth* 
and resolutions. 

Please bear in mind this chart doas 
not show all the available resolutions, 
some of which go much higher, espe- 
cially in the 256 and 64K modes- 
1280x1 927 and 1600x1452 being good 
examples. And like its counterpart on 
Ihe Picasso, CVMode utility alsel 
enables you to alter and define new 
resolutions, assuming your monitor canl 
lake ihe strain. /rm 


Ihe bottom line 


Product: Cyber Vision 64 
Supplier: Gordon Harwood 
Tel: 01773 836781 
Pnce: 2Mb £329.95 
4Mb £439.95 


Ease of use — . 10 

implementation 9 

Value for money B 

Overall 9 




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Technically speaking the CV64 is without doubl 
the most advanced RTG to appear on the 
Amiga. When it comes to available display 
options and speed it again outstrips ihe opposi- 
tion, As for Workbench emulation ifs faultless, to 
the po.nt that it's almost completely assimilated 
into the normal Workbench environment, 

As mentioned earfier ifs also the only RTG 
system to orfer a true 24-bit Workbench 
However, the queslion remains, is there really 
any serious point to having a 24-bit Workbench 
at ihe moment? After all it’s your applications 
which really benefit from the graphic power of 
Ihe board, not intuition, And ifs in the l area 
where the opposition, and especially the 


Ihe big decision 


Picasso, already have a head start. On paper 
the CV64 is without doubt the best card in the 
business, bui I seriously doubt that that will be 
enough to make the majority of existing RTG 
users either sell or trash their existing systems. 
What the CV64 really needs is a 'must have fea- 
ture', which leaving aside raw speed, it simply 
doesn't have. 

Any newcomers to the RTG markel would 
obviously be mad to overlook the CV64. Ifs an 
exceptional card, but it remains to be seen 


whether that alone wifi tempi enough newcom- 
ers - if there are any left - away from the 
widespread support for the Picasso If. 

This is basically a great piece of kit, but per- 
haps kit without a cause. Il’s a shame that 
Phase 5 didn’t ship with some animation soft- 
ware in the vain of Main Actor, which given the 
card's speed could have dropped jaws and 
opened wallets simultaneously. 

If you really need the ultimate in screen 
update, immense resolutions in 24-bit Of other- 
wise, and can afford a monitor that can keep 
pace with your invesiment, ifs a bargain. The 
queslion is do you. or are you jus! trying lo keep 
pace with the guy next door? 



Amiga Computing 


SEPTEMBER 1995 










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n a memorable scene from The 
Hitchhiker's Guide to the 
Galaxy, a supercomputer had 
been sel the task of finding the answer to 
Irfe, the universe and everything Named 
Depp Thought, it was the most powerful 


computer ever designed, yet its builders 
still had to wail centimes for its oracular 
report on the biggest question of them all, 
After processing for an eternity, it finally 
pronounced its answer: 42. 

Hype about technological develop- 
ments often leads to ludicrous anti-clima- 
xes, bul this episode of Hitchhiker seems 
particularly mocking of the grandiose 
cfaims made for artificial intelligence (A!) 

in reality, too, At has been a victim of 
pride before the fall. When this field of 
research started out in the 70s, the scien- 
tist saw computers as the way to build 
ulopia. It was thought lhal these systems 
would be set to solve the great problems 
lhal faced humanity, that unemployment, 
poverty and simitar social difficulties could 
all be overcome by the electronic brains of 
the future. 

Now people are a lot more sceptical. 
Computers have certainly revolutionised 
the way many of us live, but ihey've 
brought their own set of problems; the 
benefits of these labour-saving devices, 
for example, have had the side effect of 
threatening many jobs. 

But though At has progressed mere 
slowly than the original dreamers had 
hoped, that's not to say research in the 
field has been abandoned. There have 
been encouraging successes as well as 
failures, with one of the mosl promising 
developments to come out of Al being 
expert systems. And though Al is com- 
monly associated with huge mainframes 
or workstations, one of the most advanced 
expert systems in development is curren- 
tly being constructed at the universities of 
Salford and Glamorgan on an A4CKKI, 

KBTools, like other knowledge-based 
systems, is designed to capture expertise 
on computer rn a form that can then be 



At the Uniuersities of Salford and Glamorgan, a neui 
artificial intelligence system designed to impact 
enpertise to the layman is near completion. Gareth 


negligent 
computers 7 

A computer never lies, they say. but the 
possibility of receiving erroneous advice 
from an expert system cannot be 
ignored. Glitches in the programming, 
mistakes in the architecture of the 
inference net. or simply a flaw in the 
expert information incorporated by the 
knowledge engineer could all lead to 
inaccurate results. 

And where bad advice is given in a 
commercial selting, the question of legal 
liability must be raised. It will he interest- 
ing to see how the courts will deal with 
this new question m the future. However, 
for the moment the Chartered Institute of 
Surveyors have slapped a disclaimer on 
their expert system that places liability 
firmlv at the feet of the individual user 



lofthnuse found out hour it 's ali been done on the Amiga - 


shared with non-experts. Similar programs 
are already being used in such diverse 
fields as medicine, agriculture and finance 
for diagnosis, selection and prediction. 

Expert systems allow a professional to 
construct targe inference nets represent- 
ing their expert knowledge. Laymen can 
then use the programs to gain expert 
judgements on a professional matter. A 
simple medical diagnostic tool might ask 
ihe user 'Are there spots on the patients 
skin?' Depending on the user's response it 
might then ask questions like "how large 
are the spots' and "what colour are they?' 
until it has enough information to make its 
diagnosis of the condition. In other words, 
they are like electronic advisors. 

So far, KBTools itself has been used to 
design a program Ihat guides users 
through the complex issues involved in 
planning a building project and writing a 



SEPTEMBER 1995 

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contract between surveyors and their 
clients, Named INCA, this program fs an 
example of the sort of powerful expert sys- 
tem KBTools can be used to construct. 

KBTools aims at two levels of user. 
First, these programs require a base- 
human knowledge in a defined subje 


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so initially there must toe an expert - 
Ihe Knowledge engineer - that can 
i the system with a set of rules. 

The second and more general user will 
ihase seeking expert guidance from the 
ram - in INCA's case, this will be the 
ygr$ r contractors and developers 
vwf m the project. This user simply 
rs a series of questions about the 
ed building development until the 
can draw up a contract to suit their 
requirements. 

WhaLs particularly impressive about 
ing INCA in action, however, is its 
My to cope with the grey areas that 
arise in any profession. In lad 
Diis asset is vital, lor though many 
questions in a field of expertise can be 
r-swered either ‘yes’ or 'no', there are 
times where such clearcul answers 
! impossible. 

ROUTES 

iNCA allows for those grey areas in the 
lex* of a building project, One question 
mqhi ask 'how clear are the plans in the 
ijwildirvg specification document?’ giving 
a percentage slide they can use to 
respond.. Others allow users to answer 
re or fairly.' And even more impres- 
svsly, KBTools imitates human expertise 
i so far as if it can't reach its goal with ono 
roots of questioning, it will try to get there 
using another route. 

Given the technological breakthroughs 
tuHto developers have achieved, some 
Kill be surprised that they chose to use 
uacnines commonly perceived as home 
i&mp uters in preference to expensive 
workstations. Dr Andrew Basden Irorn the 
imverarty of Salford gave their reasons for 
using Amigas. 

"We wanted to have complete freedom 
in build a knowledge - based system from 
She ground up and not just buy a package 
m Kappa PC.” he explained. “In CaGt. the 



Dr Andrew Ruvttart, 

tl iha KWroola expert Myrtwm 


Inside the electronic mind 


Expert systems ask the user a series of questions and then ccm^ 
pares the answers to ils knowledge base - otherwise known a$ the 
inforence net - so that it can either drew conclusions or speculate 
about the possible answer Using thousands of IF ,, -THEN rules, the 
expert system uses an inferential process to reach its goal 

Like many expert systems, KBTools uses backward chaining, a 
commonly used method of deduction to draw inferences using the 
IF THEN rules. The program starts with a question like 'how much 
wiU this building cost to build?' and searches backwards through the 
system to determine which of Ihe rules in the inference net must bo 
answered! before it can reach a conclusion. 


Sun Workstation version of Kappa 
requires 48Mb of memory whereas 
you can do that sort of thing on Ihe Amiga 
in 2-3 Mb." 

Like many professional users of the 
machine, Dr Basden cifes the Amiga's 
operating system as being second lo 
none, with power lo match Unix but more 
efficient use of memory, not lo mention its 
true pre-emptive multitasking ability. Bui 
like ESGOM. the company who have 
bought the Amiga technology, he 
was equally impressed by the computEjr's 
multimedia talents. 

"From Ihe hardware to the operating 
system, you've got ihis good integration 
between things like text, graphics, anima- 
tion, sound and video lhat you don't gel on 
any other machine," he commented, 
“From the bottom up they’re all treated in 
the same way and. Ihal’s important 
because as expert systems progress out 
of ihe text era you need to include multi- 
media clips On the Amiga you don'l need 
to do much work to get those things in.” 

The advantages Dr Basden points to 
are well illustrated by breakthroughs 
KBTool itself makes as an expert system. 
One impressive example is that the infer- 
ence net - ihe heart of the program hold- 
ing all (he expert rules and controlling how 
they m ter- relate - can all be easily con- 
structed thanks to ihe system graphical 
use interface, In lact. Dr Basden believes 
constructing a large inference nei would 
be lar more difficult without the Amiga's 
smooth scrolling capability. 

Impressive though KBTools may be, 
however. Dr Basden is cautious when 
asked about the potential for expert sys- 
tems and the future impact it might have 
or\ society. Asked if such programs 
mighl eventually give the public access lo 
free legal and financial advice, for 


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example, he replied: "l think it’s fairly 
unlikely. It's technically possible bul the 
problem is interpretation" 

He went on to explain: ‘Wilh knowledge- 
based systems as opposed to r say, data- 
bases, you have an element of interpreta- 
tion both for how lo answer the questions 
and how to interpret the results-" 

The problem is, the only people with the 
experience to make these interpretations 
are ihe professionals which the expe rt sys- 
tem Is imitating in Ihe first place. 
Consequently, those hoping lhat the INCA 
project will remove ihe need for Ihe 
lawyers in a building contract are going to 
be disappointed. 

On Ihe other hand, Dr Basden argues 
lhat it should cut down the need for litiga- 
tion. "Where we've found it useful,” ho 
explained, "is in helping people to clarify 
their ideas and clarify their real require- 
ments. it will help contractors and employ- 
ers find out what they really want from a 
contract." 

IN USE 

A similar PC project which Dr Basden 
contributed to prior to INCA shows how 
useful expert systems can be in practice. 
Named ELSIE, this loot was used by sur- 
veyors to help clients plan the costing of 
proposed building projects. 

ELSIE allowed people to experiment 
with their building project until they found a 
plan with the right cost. They could see, for 
example, how the addition of a swimming 
pool would affect ihe eventual price of their 
proposed development. In addition. ELSIE 
could then produce a report on how it 
reached its conclusions. 

Expert systems were bom at about the 
same time as the now omnipresent 
spreadsheet, bul clearly they have a long 
way to go before they are used so widely. 
As the name KBTools suggests, they are 
currently best used as an aid to help 
experts and non-experts reach mutually 
satislactory agreements. 

Though progress In this area has 
been slower than the early optimists had 
predicted, however, you can't help feeling 
that KBTools points towards greater things. 
After all, they said computers would never 
beat a human chess genius, yet the Al pith 
gram Deep Thought has already beaten 
Kasparov, the best player there's ever 
been. It wall be interesting lo see if the 
export systems of tomorrow are accom- 
plishing similarly impressive feats 


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lhat's ujhat I call magic! 


or a long time n ow I've been 
going on at readers of my regular 
column in ihe back of the mag to 
a file management program. In the 
best I’ve always told people to buy 
Directory Opus, but since my somewhat 
^favourable review of the newest ver- 
son. I've been unsure about continuing to 
recommend Opus, Along comes 
tfesMagic in an attempt to soothe my fur- 
rowed brow, but does it succeed? 

Maxnn is a company familiar to 
Bsrman Amiga users, but less so to pee- 
ps in this country. Until recently, the only 
Maxgn package we saw over hare was 
lie world's only commercial Amiga screen 
Banker package, a bizarre concept it ever 
tere was one. But Maxon are a most pro- 
le company with a word processor, daia- 
b&& 0 . 3D package and CAD package 
tinder their belts, not to mention their 
range of programming languages 
g BASIC, C and Pascal. 

Whal has this got to do with 
gic7 Well, DiskMagic was ongi na- 
if released in Germany as Maxon Tools, 
and it maintains the same teutonic sophis- 
tication as Twist and Maxon Magic. 
D skMagic is so highly configurable it will 
probably mean that no two copies of it 
look alike. Like Directory Opus 5, 
DiskMagic can be run on Ihe Workbench 
or Us own screen and supports both more 
rsdiCionBl windows and the fixed versions 
favoured by previous versions of DOpus. 

It also makes use of several separate 
preferences editors rather than the all-in- 
ere program that made DOpus 4 so quick 


and easy to configure. Unlike DOpus 4. 
DiskMagic lets you set up multiple banks 
of buttons that can be either text or icons, 
and allows you to crop the buttons from 
pictures, rather than using icons or 
individual pictures. 

Bui DiskMagic's biggest leature is its 
ability to work with LHA archives as 
though there were normal directories: 
double-clicking on an archive will resul! in 
it being read and displayed as it you had 
double-clicked on a directory entry. You 
can then copy the files from Ihe archive 
into the other directory window and they 
will be extracted from the archive as you 
do so. 


Frank fiord has a first look at a 
contender for file manager of the gear 


FILE COPYING 

Talking of copying tiles, DiskMagic lets 
you copy them in the normal fashion by 
selecting a hie or files and hitting the copy 
button, Alternatively, by holding down a 
preset qualifier, like ihe right mouse but- 
ton., you can simply drag the mouse over 
to the other directory window. This will put 
a little box under the mouse pointer that 
either gives lh© name of the file you are 
dragging, or a message saying “All 
selected tiles * 

DiskMagic is full of nice little touches 
like this one that just add to the product's 
appeal. For instance, there are a whole 
set ol default screen layouts, plus some 
user-defined ones, that can be swapped 
between at the touch of a button. The pic- 
lure viewer has a setting that allows you 
lo set a time for each piclure shown, 
rather than having to dick lh© mouse 


Building a better bank 


As you can see from this 
sequence of pictures, 
DiskMagic's mefhod of 
Building new banks of gad- 
gets is beautifully simple. 
First, go to Ihe gadgets edi- 
tor, then load an IFF picture. 
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you want to add a picture lo, 
then click and hold your left 
mouse button down on the 
ure in the top-left comer 
Ihe icon you wish to use. 
When your crosshair is suit- 
ably positioned and you let 
go of the mousd“ button, 
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ihe co-ordinates tor the bot- 
tom-right corner of the icon, 
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button, so DiskMagic can become a sim- 
ple slide show viewer. On a more complex 
note, you can set up mouse button actions 
(including a middle mouse button) lor 
clicking in almost any place on the screen, 
and you can set up hoi keys for moving 
through directories with Ihe cursor keys. 

One feature of ihe configuration tools 
being separate programs that is a good 
idea is the (act that Ihe oonfigurahons are 
saved separately by each configuration 
tool, which means they can be replaced 
moduiarly, a$ can the configuration tools 
themselves, allowing for an easier 
upgrade path. 

The preferences editors themselves 
should pose no problems for DOpus vet- 
erans. after all there are only so many 
ways you can lay out a button bank editor. 
DiskMagic caters for all fhe expected cat- 
egories including internal commands, 
external (Amiga DOS} commands, ARexx 
senpts and batch files. It also has a fairly 
compatible list of internal commands and 
modifiers (you know, the (f) things). /T*? 


Ihe Final ward 


It would appear that DiskMagic is a bit of 
a cross between DOpus 4 and DOpus 5. 
|i has the multiple preferences editors 
and fluid window positioning that DOpus 
5 offers the user, but the sourc& f destina- 
tion, non-multitasking simplicity of 
DOpus 4. Actually, this approach is 
probably ideal for people who are famil- 
iar with DOpus 4 but unsure about 
upgrading to the latest version. Being a 
haltway house makes DiskMagic feel a 
little unfriendly lo use af times, bul over- 
all this is quite a good contender for a 
replacement for DOpus 4. This is only a 
preview - DiskMagic is about throe 
weeks away from release as I typo this, 
but it's looking good already. 


Amiga Computing 


SEPTEMBER 1995 


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SOFTWARE 


mahin music 



Makin 

Musik is another col- 
lection of music tools including sam- 
ples* MODs and demo versions of music editing software, 
and anyone who's bean reading our CD coverage will know 
that similar products in the past have fared badly with this 
reviewer, 

The problem with most products of this nature is lha 
samples are thrown together in no particular order, or at 
best they are arranged alphabetically so that techno comes 
right next to tango, There may or may not be good material 
among the thousands of files these discs coniain. but 
finding it can take days, 

Despite its cheesy name, however, Makin Musik have 
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dividing its samples and MODs into logical categories, 
Admittedly, it's not always clear why some samples are in a 
particular drawer, but in comparison to CDs like Town of 
Tunes, this disc is a dream to use. Thousands of the sam- 
ples have been taken from the professional AKAI libraries,, 
so the quality should be high. In fact, the word sample is 
slighily misleading since these sounds are actually digitally 
transferred from their AKAI sources and converted from 
1 6-bit to 8-bit for use wilh the Amiga, 

Categories range from the ubiquitous house beats arid 
synth sounds to less usual drawers such as 'Film-score' , 
'Gyber-Folis' and ’Comedy/ The latter type of categories 
include sound effects, making them of Interest to 
videographers as well as music buffs. 

Mods are also available In abundance, and can be 
loaded into players or trackers, allowing users, to learn how 
they r ve been creaied, However, since some of them are 
rather tacky, a lot of people will just rip out the better 
samples, of which there are numerous examples. 

With a range of demos of the best commercial software 
to try before you buy, the CD provides exceptional value for 
money. Let’s hope that more musical libraries take note of 
this compilation’s well-organised approach. 


The bottom line 


Product; Makin Musik 
Pries: £24.99 
Supplier: BPD Exchange 
Tel: 01603 261060 

Ease of use 


I mplementati on 
Value for money 
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Ten on Ten 


Considering most CDs come with over 
600Mb of data, one thing you can rarely 
complain about is the price. Almathera, how- 
ever, have aimed for the ultimate CD bargain 
wilh the release of a to disc bundle at under 
E4Q. 

Obviously, at that price a good deal of 
what's on offer is rather old - the ancient 
CDTV title. Pandora, being a case in point. 
Essentially just a col lection of demos made 
by Opto mica, H now looks very dated and is 
less than perfeclly adapted for use with a 
normal Amiga. 

Undeniably, some of ihe CDs are just fill- 
ing space - there is the illustrated 
Shakespeare disc, bul who wants to read a 
play oft a computer screen? Other material is 
old but worth a look, though mainly because 
it comes so cheap, 

Falling into this category is World Vista 
Atlas, a CD that features some good ideas 
which merit a more modern update. Users 
can zoom in on any location in the world to 
gain maps of increasing detail, and there is 
cross-referenced statistical information on all 



sorts of culture and population 
Unfortunately, the maps ara poorly sce 
and the interlace doesn't work parftcub 
well with a mouse. A piciure library cor 
ing images from around (he world, for an 
pie, requrres so much liddfing that it’s hard i 
get the right image on screen., 

CDPD 1 and 2 are worthy utilities' comp 
tions that will contain the odd treasure 
everyone except owners of more recent ■ 
sions of the series, and a demo 


disk 


laser 



IDultimedia loolhit E 


It's good to see Weird Science back on 
form with a double CD collection that 
improves substantially on the original 
Toolkit collection, A compilation of images, 
sounds, 3D and backgrounds, this product 
will be handy for applications ranging from 
DTP to video. 

Unlike the vast majority of Amiga CDs, 
what distinguishes Multimedia Toolkit is the 
fact that most of the content is not PD. 
Take the image banks on the disc, for 
example — most of these were furnished by 
a professional photographer employed by 
Weird Science. This means that the quality 
Is unusually high, though on the downside 
they are for personal use only and cannot 
be redistributed. 

Equally impressive, however, is the 
highly user-friendly interface which takes 
Amiga CD a step nearer to the accessibility 
we ought to expect. Everything is sum- 
marised on am AmigaGuide and Can be 
viewed or played at the click of a button, 

images can all be quickly previewed via a 
catalogue option in thumbnail size which 
yields the usual time-saving benefits, and 
the categories available have been wisely 


selected for backdrop and video wor 
There are pictures of landscapes, cloud! 
skies, sunsels and water, all of which cal 
be used to good effect in preserrtaEiQii 
packages like SCALA, Otherwise, the pic- 
ture library seems to have been compll 
with an eye to providing useful categon* 
for as many applications as possible. 

Octamed v.S.OH has been Included a 
can be run directly from Ihe disk or install 


The bottom line 


Product: Multimedia Toolkit 2 
Price: £29.99 
Supplier: Weird Science 
Tel: 01162340682 


Ease of use 

imp le me n tat ion _ 
Value for money 
Ov era 1 1 


9 

9 

8 

9 


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SEPTEMBER 1995 
















SOFTWARE 


Rminet 



it ver- 
isk as 


ihrown in tor goad measure. A it he other 
km, however, there is entertainment in 
Mform of the commercial tank aim, Team 
Va^kee. With a strategic game-play in which 
ire player must control a loam of tanks wilh 
30 real-time displays, this title should appeal 
to ms more mature Amiga owners likely to 
fcuy Ihe package, The fact that it's currently 
being advertised as a £15 budget game 
means that buyers are gening a bargain here 
along. 

A CD dedicated to black and white clipart 
lectures material for OTP and wordprocess- 
irg that maintains a level of quality equal to 
the usual lull -priced compilations available. 
There's also a disk of colour images featur- 
ng aircraft, animals and all the other usual 
categories with a demo of the amazing 
snic-s 1,2. 

ijntque to the collection - and possibly the 
mus 1 useful of the CDs included - is 
Jrrathera's Network, Comms and Internet 
collection. This contains information on how 
lo get surfing combined with the necessary 
soliwwe like AmiTCP v2.3b and tools like 


Archie and Gopher. Overall, Ten on Ten’s 
contents are rather too dated to excite CD- 
ROM owners who already possess a number 
of more recent releases. Still, there is some 
worthwhile material to be found and it will 
make a good starter pack for anyone who's 
Just bought a drive. 


The bottom line 


Product: Ten on Ten 
Price: £39.99 
Supplier: Almathera 
Tel: 0181-687 0040 

Ease of use 

Imp lementatl on 

Value for money 

Overall 


6 

6 

9 

.7 




For months noui Amiga Computing has been sorting — 
the wheat from the chaff in fQ-Mffl. and the flood of — 
new titles heep rolling in. Careth iofthouse analyses — 
the latest four in our now regular, defmitm guide —I 


very appealing little louch, In lact the music 
section of the compilation covers the entire 
second disc and would be attractive enough 
in its own righi. One hundred fully- -scored 
songs and instrumentals, and a vast collec- 
tion of drum patterns, are augmented by a 
volume of audio bits and pieces that ihe 
developers liken to musical clip art. 

Large 3D libraries have also been provi- 
ded for both Imagine and Lightwave along 
with the handy utility Show Object which 
allows for swift previewing and manipulation 
of the models. 

Rivals need to take notice of a product 
like this, because there are too many com- 
pilers regurgitating the same old PD across 
different CDs. Weird Science are to be con- 
gratulated on producing heaps of fresh 
material in a highly usable format - this one 
comes highly recommended, 


it-tD Impressively, the audio files [which 
have been provided by professional musi- 
ans) are automatically played on Qctamed 
P-iyer directly from the AmlgaGuide - a 


The top-selling Ami net CDs are compilations of Ihe best 
male rial for the Amiga available on the Internet, all con- 
venient ly bundled together on a single disc, and this 
month sees the release of the latest update. 

For anyone who hasn't seen the collections reviewed 
previously, they are acclaimed because they mis some 
of the best examples of Amiga programs, graphics and 
audio in a general CD, with a user friendly AmigaGuide 
that automatically decompresses the crunched files, 

While maintaining the general appeal of the Aminet 
CDs, the compilers have given the recent releases a 
particular focus, and this time Iho emphasis is on 
demos. The compilations have always led the way in 
sensible organisation ot data, which is vital considering 
there are 1.1 gigabytes of information on this CD alone. 
The demos are divided into separate categories, with 
the best separated into a drawer so lhai users don'i 
have to spend hours searching tor quality. 

Look out lor Deep by Parallax, a typically trippy 
example of the demos available that distinguishes itself 
with some impressive graphic effects and its longer- 
than- usual dural ion. Other impressive examples were 
Full Moon and a Darth Vader animation. 

Of course, plenty of more serious files are to be 
found, with 327 utilities, 56Mb ot graphics software and 
101Mb ol mods, lo mention bul a few. It’s this combina- 
tion of fun and seriousness thal probably makes Amine! 
CDs so popular. 

il has to be said, however, that 200C demos is hard 
to justify - after all, users only want to see (hem once 
and many of them really aren't very impressive. 
Aminefs superb organisation and sheer breadth of cov- 
erage still makes this update appealing, but I’m hoping 
the seventh disc will concentrate on something rather 
more worthwhile, 


The bottom line 


Product: Aminet 6 
Price: £14.95 
Supplier: Weird Science 
Tel: 01 16 2340682 


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tout four years ago I bought a 
Sharp JX10G tor my Amiga, The 
JX10G was an 18-bit, 200dpi 
iner which could only scan an area 
itly larger than a postcard, but f 
| frees it. Because I was working, in the 
'bade I didn't have to pay the full retail 
[ pnce af £450 plus the £80 cost for the 
are, but it was still a large chunk of 
iey to lay out. 

Today, Gasteiner delivered a scanner 
N costs less than the price most peo- 
pfe would have paid for the JXtGO, it can 
[scan pages up to A4 and legal at 600dpi 
•240-0-dpi with interpolation), in 24-bil 
dour and it comes with the necessary 
ire included. 

got it out of its targe case and had a 
The scanner itself is made by a 
any called Artec and seems to be 
atfavly high build quality A nice touch is 
tts- fad that the lid of the scanner isn't 
ringed directly onto the body of the unit 
but onto feat that can be raised, allowing 
scanning of items thicker than a 
ii-eet of paper, an open book, for 
Thstsnce. 

The scanner comes supplied with the 
;$sary SCSI cable for hooking up a 
nrrmal 25-way DSUB plug, as found on 
the back of all A3G005. to the scanner's 
50-way Centronics sockets. On the other 
hand there isn't a terminator included in 
its package, $0 you will either have to 
put something else at the end of your 
SCSI chain, or buy one. The scanner 
also comes with a CD-ROM and disk 
containing software for Windows users, 
nlgng with a SCSI card for a PC. which Is 
mce if you decide you absolutely must 



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a scan 


'upgrade 1 your Amiga to a DOS machine. 

On power up, the scanner goes 
through a whole series of self tests 
which take place over a period ol about 
two and a half minutes accompanied by 
periodical groaning noises, Once you 
have made it through the self teat,, the 
scanner happily announces that it is 
'READY TO SCAN!' and away you go. 

REPRESENTATION 

Scanning is a two-step process, First a 
preview scan is made at screen resolu- 
tion. Once this is complete, ScanTools 
opens a screen showing a representation 
of your scan on which you can draw a box 
for the final area you wish to scan, 
Unfortunately, even if you only wish to 
scan a liny area, you still need to wail for 
ScanTools lb scan its entire available 
area before you can set the part you 
want. 

ScanTools also won't let you rescan 
the preview at a higher magnification, 
allowing you to 200 m in on the area you 
wish to scan for greater accuracy, On 
the other hand, the changes you make to 
the contrast and brightness settings are 
shown in the preview, which makes for 
speedier tone correction, I say tone 


Scanning 

tools 


correction because the preview display 
can only be shown on a greyscale 
screen with between two and 16 shades 
of grey, 

One of the other problems with the 
ScanTools software is the fact that 
allhough Gasteiner's ad for the product 
slates that the scanner is capable ol 
scanning at 2400dpi {with interpolation), 
the software only allows for scanning 
resolutions up to SOOdpt. There is also 
no support for the optional automatic 
document feeder, hul the software 
seems to be updated on a fairly regular 
basis judging by the readme file on 
the distribution floppy disk, so it's a 
good possibility that support for both 
these features will be added in the near 
future 

In conclusion, I would have to say 
that, notwithstanding the limitations of 
the provided ' sott ward, the Artec 
Viewstation A60Q0C is without doubl 
the cheapest good quality flatbed 
scanner I have ever seen, If your 
Amiga doesn't have a SCSI port, 
Gasteiner will no doubt be very happy to 
sell you one of their Oktagon SCSI 
controller boards, 


The bottom lino 


The software that comes with the scanner for the Amiga 
a fairly basic but works line. You have control over the 
resolution, brightness and contrast of your scan and you 
can scan in eilher 12-bit or 24 -bit -colour, 8-bit greyscale 
ar mono fineart. There is an additional threshold control 
il you are going to use ihe lineart modes which, controls 
how dark a colour has to be before it gets converted 
into a line, There Is also a filter for greyscale operations 
■which allows you to lake colour separated scans by 
tiering curly red, blue or green. 

These are ail pretty standard tools for any scanning 
package, but the thing that really seis ScanTool apart is 


the fact that you can scan an A4 page at GGQdpi with 
only a limited amount of RAM - it would normally take 
roughly 170Mb. However, that amount of memory 
has to be available somewhere, so if you do intend lo 
make such incredibly large scans, you'd better make 
sure you have trial amount of space free on your hard 
drive. 

There t$ also a version of ihe Scantools program trial 
is accessible as a loader inside AdPro, The interface 
remains exactly the same as before, llhe only difference 
being that you now have 10 have enough RAM to hold 
the image in memory. 


Product: Artec Viewstation A6000C 

Supplier Gasteiner 


Price: £399 


Tel: QW1-345 6000 


Ease of use 

8 

Implementation 

_ e 

Value for money 

10 

Overall 

9 



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61 







FEATURE 



he new ViewSonic GS immediately 
distinguished itself by being consider- 
ably lighter and more compact than ils 
rivals. This may not sound too important, 
but when you see how cumbersome the 
NEC XE17 is, even with its tilling stand, it 
obviously counts for something. 

The GS is another monitor leaturing on- 
screen control menus, and while this 
doesn't look as good as on the NEC, the 
superior accessibility of the buttons mean 
it's better to use. A side benefit of its small 
size and minimalism in terms of external 
controls is that it's also the best looker in 
our view. 

With a dot pitch of 0.27, a supercontrast 
screen, and a double dynamic focus sys- 
tem, image quality is as sharp and flicker 
free as you could wish 
for. More uncom- 
monly, however, 1 
the addition of the 
Viewmatch cotour f 
control system 
allows the white of I 




_ sk anybody aboul the Amiga's key strengths and its graphic capabilities 
usually rated fairly near the fop. LighlWave. Imagine, Photogenics, TV Pain! 


an image to be 
adjusted as well as 
the R and B signals: 
this has the advan- 
tage of ensuring the I 
monitor gives true lo 
life colours. 

Safety standards 
have also been laken ~ 
to an extreme, with radia 
lion emissions tow enough not 
only to beat MRP2 but also ihe ^**"33 
TCO 92 standard. With an FST to reduce 
eye strain and a fully adjustable stand, the 
GS is a good choice for anyone spending 
long hours in front of a screen. As with the 
other big monitors, power management cir- 
cuits are included, making the GS good for 
your electricity bill and the environment. In 
other words, its feature packed with a 
quality display and an average street price 
of £570, making it a good rival for the 
Visionmaster. 

For the Amiga user, however, Ihe GS 
(through no fault of ihe manufacturers) is 
not as flexible as the llyanna. Unable lo 
sync down as low as the Viewmasier, it 
can only really be recommended for use 
with a RTG board. 




Product: ViewSonic 17GS 
Price : £749 RRP 
Supplier, ViewSonic 
Tel: 0181-781 1856 


Display 

Features 


Value for money 
Overall 


9 

8 

8 

8 


pj m 


the list of first class professional software that proves ihe Amiga's superiority 
this field is impressive to say the least. 

Then there's Ihe matter of its natural disposition towards professional video work, 
the excellent VLAB motion video editor being ]ust one example of Ihe top class hardw 
available. Add to that powerful DTP and WP packages and there’s a lot for the machi 
to boast about, When it comes to showing off these packages af their best, however, 
user needs a high-quality monitor. It's ironic, ihen, that a machine that boasts so 
visual treats is often lei down by being combined with a poor monitor. 

Cybervision, the powerful RTG card reviewed elsewhere in this issue, emphasises 
poim because without a monitor, many of its high resolution screenmodes are unusabli 
Unfortunately, Commodore's monitors were never up to some of the high-end capab 
ties that accompany the Amiga, so where should you turn if you wanl crisp displays i 
super-high resolutions ? 

In answer to this question Amiga Computing has brought togelher some of the bigge 
names in monitor manufacturing, As always it's horses for courses, but whether ytx 
budget is big or small it shouldn't be to hard to find a display to suit your requirements. 


IK 17KE 


n monster in terms of proportions, this 
desk-buckling model from NEC is 
another 1 7 inch high quality model. If s also 
about the ugliest piece of equipmenl you 
can attach to your Amiga. C've ever seen. 
Not that this matters at all since it's the 
visual appeal on-screen that really counts. 
In this neaped the NEC is suitably impres- 
sive with sharper images benefiting from 
dual dynamic beam focus - a newly incor- 
porated technology that improves focus lor 
a cleaner picture from comer to corner. 

The XE is a multisync that can handle up 
to Cybervision's 1152x900 mode, and 
more wilh a certain amount of flicker. This 
is really as high a resolution as your eyes 
can cope with on a monitor of this size any- 
way, so for any more detail we'd 
recommend a 20 inch plus. 

Unfortunately, owners of RTG cards are 
the only ones who can use the NEC owing 
to ihe facl lhat it won't syne down low 
enough to cope with the standard AG A Hi- 
res modes. On ihe olher hand, Amiga own- 
ers who need this sort of quality display will 
often be using a graphics card anyway. 

Controls for the NEC are made up off a 
combination of external butffons and an 
impressive on-screen menu which the user 
navigaies using the up-down-left-right but- 
tons mounted on the monitor's facia. This 
should go a long way to making picture 
adjustments less fiddly and comprehensive 
than has been the case with the usual tiny 
button approach, 

I say should because while ihe on- 
screen menu is a great idea, the buttons for 
using it are much smaller lhan they should 
have been. Plus, It's only fair to say Ihal a 



number ol ihem didn't work - we can 
hope this is due to the fact lhat the re\ 
modal had been knocked around an 
travels from magazine to magazine. 

That aside, the 17XE combines a 
quality display with some impressrve ir 
vafions, It's not the machine that ran 
doubts so much as its pricing, which 
taking ihe average street price of 
seems uncompetitive with ft 
Visionmaster 17 inch, 


Ihe bottom line 


Product: NEC XE 1 7 
Price : £ 959 RRP 
Supplier NEC 
Tel: 0181-9938111 


Display 

Features 


Value for money 
Overall 


SEPTEMBER 1995 

















FEATURE 


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buying a display that shows off the Amiga 's 
potential seems more difficult than euer. But as 
Bareth tofthouse and Tina Harhett discouered, 
there are plenty of options auailable 


(Tlitrouitec 1138 



problem with some Hi- res monitors 
is. lhat some users find they are 
rci flexible enough to suit their needs. 
However, an all round solution fs a 
Wuhiscan monitor. These support vari- 
ous screen modes and will automatically 
sync to the signal put out by your Amiga, 
E; long as the screen mode is within the 
nilor's KHz rango. 

The multiscan’s frequency range of 
’MQ kHz allows the monitor to work 
with the most popularly used modes 
such as Hi-res No Flicker and 
Produclivity, but It can sync down to 
15kHz so It's compatible with Lo-res 
games, 

What is irritating is that them is no way 

01 ad|u sting the overscan to make l he 
rdure fit your screen. The end result is 

2 messy looking alignment with black, 
margins laking up part of the screen. 

Designed with pnee in mind you really 
are only getting the basics. There's also 


a lack of ports such as a composite 
video connection - a useful feature for 
home video work, But if you want a 
multiscan monitor lhat will play games 
and manage the AGA screen modes 
than this, provides value for money. 


The bottom lino 


Product: Microviiec 1438 
Price: £299 

Supplier First Computers 
Tel: 01 13 2319444 


Display 

Features 
Value for money 
Overall 




h 


Philips Pro BODO 


The Philips Pro 2000 gives you a monitor and a television for 
one competitive price, The cynic who may think that a combi- 
nation of both at this price would lead to a compromise ol 
quality will be pleasantly surprised 
The screen is a respectable t7 inches which Is a good size 
lor a bedroom TV, and its extra size makes It ideal for playing 
games on. Picture quality is also of a high standard and has a 
2000 character resolution. As a television it also impresses 
with FasTText TeleTsxt and 60 channels, while in-bullt speak- 
ers are provided loo which saves splashing oul extra on audio, 
The 2000 also has a flat screen - an uncommon feature on 
olher monitors of Ihis ilk. However, those who like their monitor 
iq match their Amiga will be disappointed - Ihe Philips Pro 
2000 is black. But overall, it you're alter this sod ol hybrid, then 
lbs provides excellent value without compromising on quality. 


Ihe bottom line 


Product- Phillips Pro 2000 
Price: £ 239 
Supplier: Harwoods 
Tel: 01773 336781 

Display 

Features 

Value for money 

Overall 


.7 

8 

9 

9 




ollowing the disappearance of 
Commodore's basic range of moni- 
tors, there's been a gap lor a ihlrd-party 
developer to fill with a basic budget moni- 
tor for games and Lo-res purposes, Now 
Amilek have come up with the goods in 
the form of this 14 incher. 

Sadly, it our review model was any- 
thing to go by the quality of its construc- 
tion seems rather poor. Controls hidden 
behind a cover flap were fiddly and in 
some cases useless when It came to 
adjusting Ihe piclure. Clarity and depth of 
colour also seemed rather dull, though 
that was to be expected in companson to 
ihe pricey 17 inch models reviewed. 

Fewer excuses can be made, however, 
for the fact that we had to stick a piece of 
cardboard down the side of one of the 
control knobs just to get a stable picture - 
obviously this raises doubts about its 
durability. 

It's a shame 1 can't do more to recom- 
mend the Amilek, since the Amiga market 
really could do with a £200 basic model 
for game playing. The truth is, ihough, 
there's no way I’d trade our ancient 
Phillips classic for the Amitek as it 
stands. 


Ihe bottom line 


Product: Amitek 1084-S 
Price: £196 

Supplier, First Computers 
Tel: 01 13 2319444 


Display 

Features 
Value for money 
Overalls ..... 


5 

6 

7 

8 




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n iyama may be a long way from 
being the household name that 
NEC has become, but when it comes to 
monitors they’re up there with the best 
and this big beauty alone has played a 
major part in winning the company a few 
of its awards. 

With a 17 inch display, the MF-B617A 
is hefty both in terms of weight and the 
Size of its footprint. Shockingly big pro* 
portions are not unique to the llyama 
alone, however, and it’s a small price to 
pay for an improved display that's more 
comfortable on the eye. 

In terms of aesthetics, it's otherwise 
perfectly attractive wilh a case that fea- 
tures smart, dean lines surrounding a 




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FST screen. Like alt the best monitors, 
it’s ergonomically designed with a lift 
and swivel stand that means once it's 
set up on your desktop, adjusting rt to 
suit your view is very simple - an import 
tant consideration when you realise how 
bad working postures affect people’s 
health permanently. 

While on the subject of health, the 
monitor's level of radiation emissions is 
below the stringent MRP2 standards set 
by the Swedish government. Though no 
one has ever proven that monitors 
cause miscarriages, it’s better to be safe 
than sorry. 

MULTISCAN 

With the side issues deal! wilh, its 
time to look at the monitor's perfor- 
mance. The first point to mention is that 
the Vislonmaster is a multiscan, which 
basically means it can deal with a wide 
range of resolutions. Unfortunately, for 
those hoping to vary serious usage with 
a bit of gameplaying, this is still not pos- 
sible on this model - the lowest it wiJJ 
sync to is 27.0, 

Piclure clarify is exceptionally crisp 
and sharp thanks to the Vision master's 
unusually high calibre dot pitch {0.26) 
and the use of Hitachi's best quality 
tube, In addition, the benefits of the FST 
screen are enhanced by the simple 
addition of an anti-static, anti-reflective 
coating. 

The 17 incher picks up further brow- 
nie points because it was the only moni- 
tor to come with two VGA cables, one of 
which is designed to take advantage of 


Uision master IS" 


the higher quality BMC conned 
Naturally, the back of the monitor 
tures five ports to accommodate 
alternative connection. 

As should be expected with a pr 
sional monitor, there's a huge arr 
controls. Including less usual opticr 
picture adjustment like Trapezoid 
lure slant) and Raster Rotalion 
These are accessed using three bufl 
and an LCD menu system, which is 
haps less easily used lhan the 
modern on-sereen controls that I 
review rivals boasted. 

In fact it's very hard to find fault 
the 17 inch model. Aggressively pr 
and packed with all the little extras! 
professional user could ask For, || 
llyama was the only monitor lhal co 
deal with both Amiga Hi* res along 
Cybervision's super Hi-res modes. 
MF8617A remains the all-round wir 
tor the serious user. 


The bottom line 


Product: llyama MF8G17A 
Price: £ 599 
Supplier, llyama 
Tel: 01438 745482 


Display 

Features 
Value for money 
Overall. 


9. 

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his IS inch monitor may Jack its 
big brother's refinement - the LCD 
control system is replaced with the tradi- 
tional fiddly knobs, for example - but at 


least it still offers a lot in terms of 
performance for the price. 

Surprisingly, Ihe monitor worked fine 
with the Cybervision RTG board's lower 
resolutions {for example. 1024x768) as 
well as many normal AGA Hi-res modes. 
The only shame is that it still doesn't 




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help the game player since it won’t sync 
down to 1 5 Hz. 

Picture quality is noticeably Inferior to 
ihe 17 Inch models, though it's still good 
enough for the average 
user undertaking DTP 
and graphics work,, and 
at ihe end of the day you 
got what you pay for. In 
fact, wilh a doi pitch of 
,28 it will stilt give many 
more expensive dis- 
plays a run for their 
money. 

Despile the absence 
of fancy adjustment 
controls, llyama have 
wiseiy kept most of Ihe 
picture alteration 
options included in 
much more expensive 
models, again making 
ft attractive for serious 
users on a budget. 

With power management, 
solid construction, a tilt and 
turn stand and surprisingly 


good image quality, this is well wort 
a look for the non-games plays 
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cumb lo the urges of acquiring more 
power as your computing needs grow. 
And, ironically, when you do spend some 
cash on an upgrade, it’s not long before 
you find you are needing even mors 
power. 

It's like some hideous form of addiction, 
and one that is led by products such as 
the Apollo 1220 accelerator. Accelerator 
cards are probably one ot the mosl 
craved for upgrades among A12QQ own- 
ers. 

At one time, RAM upgrades were the 
most popular, but these have been super- 
seded by accelerator boards which also 
incorporate RAM sockets along with the 
faster CPUs and FPUs. 

In fact while we are on the subject of 
RAM, not many people realise that just 
adding FastRAM can significantly speed 
up your A 1200 - just lake a look at the 
benchmark results {see benchmark box) 
ot a standard A1200 and one with 4Mb 
RAM. 

The Apoiio is a low-cost accelerator 
which uses a 28MHz 63EC030 compared 
to the A12D0"s built-in 14 MHz one. Also 
fitted as standard is a 68682 FPU also 
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limited to 1 or 4Mb configurations using a 
single SIMM socket which takes a 72-pin 
SIMM - 1 guess lhal’s the price for the rel- 


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A 1200 licking along with the rOSl of 
world. 

A concern for many PCMCIA pr 
owners when buying accelerator cart* 


What to look for 


There are more and more A12Q0 accelerator 
boards appearing all the time. We will also 
soon see 040 and even 060 accelerators 
appearing in the near future. Many boards 
are very similar in performance and features, 
so, here's a quick list of points to look tor in 
a board when shopping around. 


and buy an 8Mb one it you have only one SIMM 
socket. 

If you have two, you can simply buy an addi- 
tional 4Mb SIMM and save quite a bit ot cash. 


How many SIMM sockets does It have? 

Any accelerator worth its salt should have SIMM 
sockets for installing RAM. Some boards have 
two sockets and some have only one. 

Two SIMM sockets are obviously preferable to 
one. If, for instance, you wish lo upgrade your 
current 4Mb RAM capacity to 8Mb, you would 
have to essentially sell your present 4Mb SIMM 


What CPU does the board feature? 

There are different methods used by accelerator 
boards to speed up your computer. As many of 
you may know, your average A1200's Central 
Processing Unit (CPU) is a Motorola 68ECQ20, 
This runs at a speed of approximately 14 mega- 
hertz. 

Soma boards simply use a faster version of 
the standard 63ECQ20 found in all AISOGs which 
are running al higher speeds. The Falcon 1220 
reviewed here, for example, uses a 68ECG20 
running al 28 Megahertz, twice the speed of the 
one soldered within your A1200. Alternatively, 
more expensive boards use a completely differ- 
ent, and much more powerful CPU such as a 


68030. To further confuse things. Motorola 
manufacture different varieties of their chips 
these are used on many accelerator boards 
therefore worth knowing what the differen 
are when shopping around. 

For example, the 68E.G020 has a 2^ 
address bus which essentially means it can 
use up to 16Mb of memory. A full 68020 ha 
32-bit address bus and can use much lar 
memory capacities, theoretically up lo 4Gb, 
a 68030, things are different again. Unlike 
68020s. the 66EC030 and the 88030 both h 
a 32- bit address bus. However, the EC vei 
does not contain a memory management 
(MMU). 

Accelerator boards which take advantagi 
the 68030's MMU can use virtual memory 
ties such as the commercially avail 
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Darren loans tahes it for a test driue 


whether ii is compatible with the PCMCIA 
slot Some accelerator conflict with this 
slot, throwing up performance problems 
when using products connected to it. 
Visage claim the Apollo is compatible 
wth the PCMCIA interface.. We used Hie 
Apollo board extensively with the Squirrel 


SCSI interlace and experienced no prob- 
lems whatsoever, 

As for general performance, the 
Apollo does not achieve a great perfor- 
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many accelerator boards which are as 
badly designed as the A 1200 trapdoor 
itself, tending to be extremely difficult to 
fit and equaily difficult to remove should! 
you wish to add bigger FastRAM or even 
FPUs. The Apollo is quite compact, mak- 
ing it easy to push into the tight confines 
of the trapdoor, and easy to get a grip on 
when you need to remove it. 

COMPACT SIZE 

One slight problem which may rear its 
ugly head is that the compact size of the 
card may cause problems when titling 
some SIMMs, The single socket is 
situated such lhat only SIMMs which 
have surface- mounted chips on one side 
will fit. If you happen to have some RAM 
handy, or you are offered some second- 
hand RAM, be sura it isn't (he type which 
has chips on boih sides of the SIMM or it 
won't fit, 

Once installed, the Apollo certainly 
made Workbench more responsive with 
icons and windows appearing on the 
screen and generally moving at a much 
more responsive speed, especially in the 
higher colour depth screen modes. 
Loading up a tew flight sim games also 
produced much improved and smoother 
animation. 

The Apollo certainly provides a great 
improvement to the speed of your A1200 
and at quite a good price too. 


The bottom line 


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managers which allow you to use your hard disk 
as extra memory for the CPU. If you want to use 
| such utilities, make sure the accelerator board 
has an MMU. 

With the imminent arrival of 68040 accelera- 
tors lor the A120Q such as the Falcon, it's 
wrlh mentioning the differences between 

these. 

Three versions of the 68040 are available, the 
£3040, 6SECC4Q and the 66LC040, The 68040 
features an MMU as well as a built-in floating 
pgirrt processor (FPU) for speeding up caicula- 
1 ions. The 68EC04Q has an MMU but lacks the 
FPU. Finally, the G8LC040 has neither FPU or 
MMU. 

II will be interesting to see which of the '04 D 
{hips will be used for A 1200 accelerator boards 
jrd even more interesting lo see how they deal 
mAh the problem of keeping the 040s cod in the 
Inuted space of the trapdoor. 


Does the accelerator have any upgrade 
features? 

Soma of the more recent boards being manufac- 
tured today have extra upgrade features such as 
SCSI 2 add-ons. These allow you lo add SCSI 
devices to your Amiga such as CD-ROMs, fast 
and large SCSI hard disks, DAT tapes, Tape 
streamers and other exotic peripherals. 


like FPUs. This is re la five ty rare these days, 
though It would be nice if you could disable the 
FPU via some jumper without actually having to 
remove the FPU itself. 


1$ the board compatible with the PCMCIA 
port? 

Some boards conflict with the PCMCIA slot and 
cause problems with PCMCIA products connec- 
ted to it. Most manufacturers have recognised 
this problem and are now specifying whether 
their beards are PCMCIA compatible. Check 
with your supplier for any reports of conflicts 


Does the board have an FPU disable feature 

Some software, particularly some games, do not 


Does It come fitted with an FPU? 

An FPU further speeds up your Amiga 'by allow- 
ing complex maths lo be handled by an FPU. 
This allows the main CPU to get on with other 
tasks while the FPU does all the hard work and 
just passes the result back. 

Soma programs won’t work without an 
FPU and some are too slow to use without 
one. Programs such as Lightwave and 
Imagine make heavy use of maths and an FPU 
is a must. 

Some boards come with FPUs already 
lifted, while others require you to buy them at 
additional cost. 


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looked at various parameter 
passing techniques including the 
stack-based method used by languages 
sucti as C. We’ve already seen how func- 
tens written in assembly language can be 
e^ied tram a C program, but in this instal- 
ment 3 want to look al what is essentially 
lira ^averse process, namely the calling 
aFaC-style routine from an assembly 
language module. 

Why the interest in these C connec- 
tions? To be honest it’s nol the C language 
itsai (good as it Is) which is Important here 
- 1 is the lac! thal the C-style stack-orierv 
ted parameter passing method discussed 
n be Iasi issue often has to be used to 
iecess linker library functions This Is 
because many of these libraries were 
either written in 0 in the first place, or were 
witter using slack-based parameter pass- 
ing .it order to be easily usable by C pro- 
grammers The bottom line is that this is 
,fi another area which, from a practical 
assemibler programming viewpoint, it is 
itieiu! to Know something about. 

One example of this type of slack-onen- 
rati arrange me nt is seen with the amiga.hb 
riser library, This contains not only the 
rface stubs and the associated LVO 
lltfuis which allow stack-based C compil- 
ers to cell the register- based Amiga run- 
Ijtne library routines, but a hosl of other 
i.pport functions as well.. There are rou- 
tes for creating and deleting tasks, ports 
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file and standard I/O functions (designed to 
work directly with AmigaDDS file handles), 
along with functions for pseudo- random 
number generation and so on, 

Learning how to use these amiga lib 
functions will stand you in good stead when 
you come to consider the use of other C- 
oriented linker libraries, and the good news 
is that there’s nothing inherently difficult 
aboul it providing you appreciate C$ para- 
meter ordering conventions. Remember the 
parameters of a C function are pushed onto 
the stack in a right to lett order and this 
implies (think about it!) that it will be the left- 
most parameter which is nearest to the lop 
of the stack (just above the return address). 


SETTING UP 


This means that in order to set up this 
type of function call an assembly language 
program must push the rightmost parame- 
ters ol the function first, and the leftmost 
parameters last! 

One routine in the amiga. lib library is a' 
prfnlf () function that provides C-styie for- 
matted output Programs that are started 
from a Shell window, or which run Irom the 
Workbench bul have an stdout output win- 
dow set up by the startup code, can use 
printff) for stdout style output. 

Listing 1 is a typical example of how this 
function might be used and although il only 
consists of only five 600x0 instructions, this 
program can actually be assembled arid 
run. You'll find this example on the 
CoverDisk as the file seplemberjeetl s. 


5 corner 


trio new Amiga programmer, 
sry use can be the source of much 
lusion because the term library’ Is 
qularly used in two different con- 
ila. Firstly, there are the so called 
nuer libraries - disk fifes of useful 
i lions arranged In a standardised 
hunt!, 

When a reference to one of these 
rions is found within a program il 
'uses the construction of an equiva- 
nl unresolved' reference in the inter- 
diale object code file. At link lime 
tinker, with suitable guidance from 
programmer, finds the library file 
al contains the function and p by st- 
illy copies the function code into the 


program being created The other type 
of library arrangement you II be regu- 
larly exposed to Is the Exec run- lime 
library system. The libraries such as 
intuition, graphics, gadlools, asl and 
so on (that you'll regularly find used In 
the Amig& Computing assembly lan- 
guage code examples) are all exam- 
ples of exec -style libraries' Exec -style 
run -time libraries never become part of 
I he real program code at all 
The libraries are opened as required 
while programs are running, and nol 
only exist independently but are in fact 
written in a way which allows any num- 
ber of different programs to use them 
simultaneously. 



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Part 14 


Paul Dmaa prouides same help far— 
coders wanting to use amiga.lib and— 
other t-stgle linher library functions- 
from assembly language - 


and since I'm printing a text string with this 
code, two arguments, a format string and 
the text lo be printed need to be provided, 
From C, l his function call would actually 
look like ibis: 


pHitft'Is'ji "Tits tmpU urn thf lauja.Lib print f 0 (unEttjn!“l; 


This Is the 
format siring 


This is ihe 
text to be printed 


Admittedly from assembler a liltle more 
work is needed but only lo set up and 
remove the function parameters. In the list- 
ing 1 code, for example, we start by using 
pea (push effective address) instructions 
to place pointers to both the text to be 
pnntori and the formal string onto the slack 
(defined at the end of the source code 
using dc.b statements). 

Having done that a jsr instruction is 
used to call Ihe printf() function and the 
stack pointer readjusted to effectively 
remove the parameters, Notice how I've 
used the XDEF and XREF to keep the 
assembler happy, and have tagged an 
underscore onto the function name. The 
reasons for this jiggery-pokery were 
explained in the last issue, but what I 
want to do now is explain in more detail 
the steps needed to produce a runable 
program from listing 1. 

The first thing to remember is chat the 
real code of the printfO function is pre- 
sent in Ihe amiga. fib library, and we are 
going to have to link our program with 
that library if il is lo work. This means 
that during assembly it is necessary to 
ask the assembler to produce LINKABLE 
code. Devpac, of course, can be set to 
produce a variety of different output file 


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Listing 3i fh# myead*() a*s*ml*iW' patch 
thml caffs III* C hax con**nlon function 


Shell window, make the directory con- 
taining the required files the current 
directory, and ihen typo this command 
line: 


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rtpttiitrjiestl Ubrsry aiigi.lU 


All being well you should then be able to 
run the resulting septembeMestl pro- 
gram by typing its name at the Shell 
command line. Notice, incidentally, that 
I specified astarlup obj as the startup 
module. This is one of the modules pro- 
vided with Devpac, but if you opted for a 
different startup module you would, of 
course, need to change the name on 
the command line accordingly. Similarly, 


need lo be added 10 the names useq 
(otherwise the linker would no! bo at 
to find the files). 

Some of you may be wondering why 
since our resulting program is going 
be run from a Shell command line, 
can't just link the code without spec 
ing a startup module. The reason th 
startup code has to be present is in 
order lo ensure that a valid stdout cl 
pul handle exists. One of the additior 
jobs that most startup modules (Ing** 
ing astartup.obj) perform is to set up fh 
standard I/O handles stdin and sldfii 
Unless this is done a call to print! 
would crash the machine, so we mi 
either link with a suitable startup me 
or set up the standard output hanc 
ourselves. 

This latter task is not particularly dif 
cult, it just Involves opening the dc 
library and making a call to it’s Output!] 
routine. Nevertheless, in order to k€ 
the example code as simple as pci 
ble r I’ve opted lor the startup modul 
based approach, 


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II yuu ve understood most of the male rial in the 
last two issues then this next example, which cal- 
culates tne hexadecimal equivalent ol a decimal 
number, snouid tie of interest. 

Aiihough still only a very small program, H is a 
1 1 tut more adventurous in the sense that I've cho- 
sen io take an 'around Ihe houses' approach 
involving ootn the calling of an assembler palch 
from ihe C code and the calling of a C library 
function from the assembler patch. 

The iwu sections of the program are shown in 
listings 2 and 3 and here's how they work: As the 
program sorts the C portion of the code prints 
some text messages [this time using Ihe C library 
primly function]. It then passes control to the 


mycodeO patch which Pushes the value 10 be 
converted (I've arbitrarily chosen 200) and the 
address of a buffer for fh# returned hexadecimal 
string onto the stack, 

The G function stcljifl is (hen called to do 
the actual conversion, the stack adjusted 
to remove the parameters and an rts returns con- 
trol 10 the C portion of Ihe code where one last 
call to print! () delivers the result (cB hex) to std- 

QUt. 

To creale this program I first assembled the 
code shown in listing 3 as a linkable object code 
module. Having done that the C code of listing 2 
was compiled and. along with the assembler 
patch object code module and library code, 


linked 10 the G compiler's startup coda. This | 
time, however, it was the standard C library, 
rather than the amiga.lib library, that was 
specified on the command line. 

Weil that’s ill As far as the principles them- 
selves go this is the last ol our mixed code' 
assemble r/C discussions and next month we'll | 
be back to some pure BBGxG-based topics' Ce 
remember, however, that mixed code techniques 
are of great practical importance so. even if you 
found some of the ideas hard going, irs worth I 
persevering wiih them. Study the code, run lire 
examples, and in general try to get a 'gut leelmg ! 
for what has been said over the last two or three | 
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Colonization 


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Timekeepers 


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Sensible Golf 


Behind the Iron Gate 

Can Black Legend s latest 3D shooter 
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Player Manager 2 




Anco's popular football management sim 
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Top of the League 

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Budgets 

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Acid Software’s racer. Super Skidmarks, and 
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Your essential guide to Amiga gaming 






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Bylina Hackett 








Anyone for tennis? 



ennls simulations usually stick to a 
rather serious angle but new comp- 
any, Game Wave, have a rather fresh- 
looking approach to the sport Using 
charming cartoon sprites and a 
range of brightly coloured backdrops, their 
aim is to make the game os fun-looking as 
possible. 

Game Wave are the collective talents of 
Michael Oakley, Alan Carter and Andrew 
Oakley, and at the moment they are seeking a 
publisher to market the gam© on the Amiga, PC 
and consoles. Andy and Mike already have an 
impressive past record working with software 
houses such as Team 17 and Sega. To date, they 
have been responsible far the graphics in Alien 
Vs Predator. Assassin and Alien Breed 3D. so It's a 
bit of a change of direction for them. 

AH of the game's 1 1 characters have their 
own characteristics such as varying strengths 
and weaknesses, so a different playing style Is 
required with each game. Weather vanes 
according to location and countries include 
Australia and the North Pole You also have the 


usual four courts to choose from; clay, indoor, 
grass and cement, An ice court' will provide a 
bonus level that you access when you reach the 
end of a tournament, After winning a competi- 
tion you will get a password for the Power Play 
game where you are given bombs and turbo 
and other devious ways of winning. 


Centre of attention 

Also on the subject of tennis, Guildhall Leisure 
Services, the marketing firm that deals with Ack 
Software products in the UK, have announced a 
possible tie-in for their new game. Centre Court 
with tennis hero. Andre Agassi. A release it 
expected this summer and a retail price of £19.$ 
for the Amiga, and £25.99 for the CP32 and 
A 1200 looks likely - 



AH Stars Temirs uses a 
more fun^based clyfa 


II.IM..MIIIII 



Wakefield based software house, Team 17, are keeping up with the Internet revolution 
with their latest venture. Their Gn-Une games division is raring to go with their first game, 
an Interactive Football League. It's based around a proper football league where 
each team plays each other twice, with points awarded accordingly, 

You can either play via post with a floppy disk, by modem, or over the internet. You 
pay £20 a season for these two latter versions, while playing by post costs an extra £10 
but includes postage £500 is up tor grabs far the winner of the league and £50 for cup 
winners. Manager of the Month awards can also be won, 



If the success of the fantasy leagues In newspapers are anything 
to by, Teem 17 will have a great success on their hands 


Axe to grind 

Those wondering what has happened fc* 
Millennium's martial arts title. Master Axe, c a* 
now expect an Autumn release. The game is 
based on the journey of martial arts' expert Isleis 
Axe and his cycle tour across America, 

Millennium are now looking at ways to 
release the game and one option under consid 
e ration is to release the title with a joy pad from 
peripherals company, Powerplay The pad has 
been endorsed by games celebrity, Dave Perry 
and should add extra value to the package 



Struck Gold 


Grandslom have a bargain in store for CD3I 
owners with their latest compilation. Game 
Gold. It comprises of three CD32 titles, the fiigh 
action game, Jetstrlko, Nick Faldo's Golf, arx 
cartoon racer. Bump l n' Bum. It will be prices 
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Calling all readers 

Th^ is the new took System. We hope you like it, 
As port of this redesign we ore giving readers a 
chance to participate more fully in the 
section, so any letters, game tips or game 
queries can be sent to as at the usual address, 
(Please mark it ‘System.') 

As a result of our survey, we have also found 
that most of you would like to see more bud- 
get coverage and Information such as Squirrel 
compatibility for CD-ROM games. The design 
in general has been revamped too, to give 
the section a- bang up-to-date look. Let us 
know what you think so far. 


Team talk 



Impact Software are a relatively new company 
to the Amiga, and their first offering will be a 
Nghly ambitious football simulation called Team. 

Ralph Lovesy. Managing Director for the com- 
pany, remarked: "The game will have a true 3D 



Team, f fie new football game 
from Impact Software 


environment. This means the players will no 
longer go through each other or the goals. The 
ball will also rebound realistically off the crass bar 
or advertising boards," 

Other features will Include a fully animated 
crowd around all the pitch wearing the appropri- 
ate colours. Their sound effects will actually be 
relevant to what's happening on the pitch too. 
Lovesy is eager to point out how realistic the 
game will be to play: "Pin-point passes, powerful 
shots, defensive clearances and subtle chips con 
be achieved In almost any direction remarkably 
easily to produce a game of instinctive, free-flow- 
ing football and sensational goals, We‘ve also 
added directional control of shots to replace the 
unrealistic aftertouch method," 

St sounds impressive but we'll have to wait until 
Autumn to see if the game lives up to the grand 
features it boosts. 


T he spectator’s chants 
and iwfJJ all bd 

related to what is 
happening an the pitch 


Pole Position update 

The latest news from Ascon Is that progress 
is fast being made on their racing mana- 
ger game, Pole Position. Their lost success. 
On. the Ball heralded a new phase In the 
picture-based football management 
gome and its World Cup Edition went 
straight to number two in the home com- 
puter charts. It's hoped that Pole Position 
will follow suit and also use this graphic style 
and picture-based approach. You take the 
rote of managing a Formula One team that 
you have to take to the top, and will 
encounter all the problems a real manager 
would face. 



Pole Position uses 
rendered Silicon 
Graphics fd create 
TV- style coverage 
of each race 


Cheap Tricks! 

Due to the acquisition of 
Impressions by Sierra, Daze 
Marketing will no longer be 
fondling this companies PR So 
unfortuntaiey, this marks the 
end of Amiga products from 
Daze (bar Pole Portion from 
Ascon), 

However, as a fond farewell 
and as a thank you to those 
Amiga owners who have 
bought their games, they ore 


offering one last bargain, 

Amiga Computing readers 
can buy the excellent Ishor 2 
and stardust for only £6 each. 

To get your hands on these 
two lovelies (we mean the 
games) send a cheque or 
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Computing offer, Daze 
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Ithout o shadow of a doubt Sensible 
Software are the definitive football game 
developers, Although, looking bock over 
the years, Anco, the masterminds behind 
the Kick Off series have to be awarded 
the ’most consistency' trophy. 

Kick Off was their first release which kicked up a 
tremendous following which inevitably brought 
around a sequel * namely Player Manager, Back 
then Anco was the only name that mattered within 
the football game industry. After the success of Kick 
Off 2 they looked unbeatable. Although it may not 
have had the polished graphics that Sensible Soccer 
had, for gameplay If could not be matched. 

Player Manager 2 arrives five years after the pre- 
quel. Anco have had time to weigh up the competi- 
tion. waiting, and only now deciding to launch their 
eagerly anticipated sequel. 

When you begin the game you are allocated a 
club to run, This can be any team In division 2. At 20- 
years old your retirement is Imminent, but you now 
have the opportunity to take on o Job as Player 
Manager in division 2 - revitalising your footballing 
prowess. You can select which position you would 
prefer to ploy, firom either a full-back to □ striker and 
can a&o select whether to control the entire team or 
just play as yourself In your selected position. 

Once you enter the game and all the administra- 
tion processes are sorted you will be on holiday, from 
here you can call people up - scouts, physios, spe- 
cialists and coaches - and can assign them to your 
dub before the game starts. Also, you must arrange 
five friendly matches to be played in the pre-season. 
Once this is complete you must speak to some com- 
panies who are willing to sponsor your club through- 
out the season 

You can access all the various options through 
some superb graphics. The first option is outside your 
ground which has the walls cut-out so you can see all 
the, different rooms in your stadium. These vary from 
your office and the boardroom to where it all hap- 
pens, on the pitch. 

When you access one of the rooms it takes you to 
a more detailed view where you can click on notice 
boards, drawers, telephones etc. This is much the 
some way as On The Bail is operated, only there are 
more pictures and Items to select. The Idea Is to get 



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John Barnes still? 


In Player Manager 1 - after taking your team from 
the depths of the, then, third division to the first - 
the challenge had basically disappeared All that 
was left was the domestic trophy scene - there 
were no European competitions or international 
squads, 

Being 28-years old In Player Manager 2, you are 
more or less 'past It' in terms of international 
football. Although boasting many caps from your 
earlier days, your international coreer is now 
believed to be over. But if you do manage to be a 
successful player In your last few years, It Is possible 
to receive a call up and within days you will be 
scooting off to Bisham Abbey to train with the 
newly promoted youngsters. With data disks 
arriving later on from Anco, what's next? The 
England job itself? We'll have to wait and see. 


your team into a coaching programme and organ - 1 
ise a training programme. You can select numerc 
ways to coach your team - from Individual attentlc 
to five-a-sides. It is impossible to describe the coacT 
Ing and tactical depth that is Included In Ploy? 
Manager 2 as It would simply fill up these two paj 
olone. 

From your office you can organise team selection I 
and transfers, All transactions you make in here are] 
relevant to the actual team Itself. You can coil up | 
the transfer list not Just to buy players but to k 
them too. Also, you can view all the dub and pk 
statistics to see the current form. If you want to 
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Organise a cuuehfrtgi 


program for your squad 

to view before actually stepping out on the pitch, 
and this is where the true managerial feature comes 

ntd ptay. 

Tho actual players each have their own unique 
jtclisHcs which range from their nationality to indMd- 
yd $ayer history, Their ratings are determined In 


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basic football attributes and rules are Included - red 
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recorded ond affect the team accordingly . 

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something minor such as the flu then resting them for 
a day or two will bring them back up to full fitness. 
However, if It's more serious such as pulled hamstrings 
or back muscles, then a visit to a specialist is required, 
Player Manager 2 doesn't include fool players' 
names as such. This is a shame because it's difficult to 
assess the true value of players and make It exciting 
For instance, it would be more interesting If Alan 
Shearer and Eric Cantona were Involved in a brawl 
rather than B McNeil and T Horkouk - it would've 
added to the realism immensely, 

Player Manager 2 includes immense realism, Your 
players can get injured In car crashes and even 
resort to brawls in nightclubs - which at the moment, 
is nothing short of unusual in today's game. 


You can see that fru* 
are similar to lf« c* Of* 3 
although Ihe action fi vtowwf 
from much further out. This 
enables you to see your 

team weafc tresses are and you 
can put them right fa the 
tactics editor 


^ If you want 
a serious, 
statistcal 
football game 
with plenty of 
frills then 
Player 
Manager 2 
comes top 
of the list j 



As it stands. Player Manager 2 certainly Is better 
■hen Ultimate Soccer Manager and On The Ball. As 
■or Sensible Soccer, it just cannot be compared. 
Payer Manager 2 and Sensible Soccer are two 
completely different games. Sensible Soccer has to 
Pa the definitive arcade football game, but if you 
want a serious, statistical football game with plenty 
of frills then Player Manager 2 comes top of the list. 
Last month. Tactical Manager received a healthy 


score far boasting Its statistics, but Player Manager 
actually goes □ lot further, 

With update disks promised from Anco, your ver- 
sion will be continually updated with new compe- 
titions, tactics and teams. At £19.99, this has to odd 
up to one of the greatest football games to be 
released. If you enjoyed On The Ball's graphics and 
Championship Manager's depth and gameplay, 
this Is undoubtedly the definitive management dm. 





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Behind 


The 



Reviewed by Andy Maddock 


0 oom on the Amiga would be a dream 
com© true for many owners out there. If 
you aren't particularly familiar with 
Doom or anything identical 1 will 
explain, It's a 3D shoot- J em-up where 
you control a character who has several mission tar- 
gets to destroy or complete. The main attraction to 
Doom has to be the graphics, with hugely detailed 
sprites used alongside very fast gameptoy and 
tremendous depth 

I can understand the fact that Doom on the PC 
shouldn't be compared to anything similar on the 
Amiga due to its technical superiority, but it is obvF 
ous what these games are based on. Behind The 
Iran Gate is an attempt to re-create Doom by using 
the same methods - onty cutting down on the parts 
the Amiga simply cannot cope with. Is It possible? 
Block Legend seem to think so, 

The idea is to accomplish various small mission 
objectives. Unfortunately, it doesn't entail anything 
as involved and exciting as switching off tractor 
beams and escaping thermal detonators, Behind 
The Iron Gate seems to consist only of putting the 
odd key Into a lock, which appears to open other 
gates to take you through to the next level. 

On your way through the game you will come 
across a series of mechanical adversaries which 
can range from small mobile tanks to mechanically 
operated helicopters. To help you overcome these 
obstacles you con search the area for weapons. 


£ ...and as for sound 


effects, there is the odd 


gun shot and scream 
here and there,.. ^ 



such as pistols, shotguns and lasers. You will ala 
come across keys and scanners which are 
essential pieces of equipment. 

As you pick them up you can select which ham 
to put them in. For example, you can have a pisto 
in your right hand and grenades in your left. Tni 
becomes much easier when you are attacking thr 
enemy because it enables you to switch between 
each one with the utmost of efficiency and ease. J 
password system is aba included to gave you a 
tie more help, so you can note it down and resti 
whenever you feel is appropriate. 

The graphics are surprisingly fast - smooth t<x 
Most people believed the Amigo wasn't fi 
enough to accommodate Doom, but going off the 
you do begin to think it could be possible. Howevfl 
at times it fends to zoom off at a horrific rate, leov 
ing you with no control whatsoever and racing thr 
wrong direction. 

The music is fairly atmospheric, suiting the actio 
reasonably well, and as far sound effects, there 
the odd gun shot and scream here and there tx 
nothing too exceptional. 

The colours are simple, with blue walls for the ft 
level which gradually become a dark red. Tber 
certainly isn't an abundance of colour leaping an 
which makes it took very boring - and it actually 
It doesn't really boast any action-packed adver 
ture r and after a good while the actual playing pa 
will become nothing more of a chore. Inevitably 
boredom will set In. 


Final word 


to open the gate rau must find the 
key mnd place it in the took on the left 


From the screenshots shown here your firs? 
Impression will be Doom. You must wipe that 
thought from your mind completely and hope 
for a more realistic version in the future 

1 will warn you that if you da decide to invest 
you will be wishing for Doom as you play it 







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Virgin 


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Sensible Software 
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H fter the success of Sensible World of 
Soccer, Sensible Software return with 
their final odios to the Amiga market 
with another high profile release 
that's been jockeying between fin- 
ished and almost finished for the last six months. 
Finally, it has landed, 

i J m not so sure that golf games are in need of 
an introduction. Golf is basically golf - dubs, 
bails, tees and greens; nothing special or origi- 
nal, just golf, A sport where aged businessman 
do 'business' during office hours - claiming 
they're really stuck in traffic 

Sensible Golf uses the infamous Sensible 
Software trademark once again - the character 
sprites. They are the same ones used In Sensible 
Soccer and Cannon Fodder - nice and small 
but incredibly effective. 

After being released as a coverdisk demo on 
many magazines. Sensible Software were simply 
unhappy with the result. It didn't play as pol- 
ished as if looked, so they were going to tweak 
and twiddle with the game play, That was the 
last I heard - until now. 

My first impressions were very good as the 
graphics looked very much like those in Sensible 
Soccer - only without shorts. There is an option 
Included to configure your character to look like 
yourself or your colleagues - the colour of hair, 
skin, trousers and shirt can all be altered to cre- 
ate your own golfing superstar. You can then 
make your way to the options screen to fine 
tune the In-game entertainment - especially 
the background ambience (bird tweets, to us 
common folk). 

During a season of tournaments, 72 other 
computer competitors will join you on the 
leaderboard - all trying to win the huge cash 
bonus you receive at the end, You can play 
matchplay, stroke pi ay or skins. Skins is the 
firm favourite in the office because you 
Con play for oodles and oodles of cash. 
The richest after the last hole, winsl It's as simple 


Madeira Championship 1 eocfer board 


Madeira Island (Pat 7JJ - Round 1 


Position 

Nomp 

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Scor e 

= 17 

Tyson 

3 

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= 17 

Yves 

3 

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3 

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Arnold 

3 

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Chipper 

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Exit 


The Madeira Championship is the first 
tournament you will take part in during your 
long f hard trek through a gruelling season. 



The power gauge is fairly easy to master. You wflf : 
get frustrated af first, but it wili become easier 


as that, If you play in a season,, you get to take I 
part in all the major competitions against the 
best players from around the world. You wfl I 
travel everywhere with your clubs, trying to top; 
the leaderboard with your expert golfing 
prowess, 

The idea is to win championships, therefore 
receiving cash. You will then be entered on the 
prize money leaderboard where ail the greatest 
players happily take residence. The ultimate 
goal is to sit at the top of this leaderboard otter; 


Teeing off 


To take a shot, you must first look at a small map 
which you bring up in the top corner. Here, you 
can see alt the various obstacles as well as the 
pin and green. Once you have set your direc- 
tion, you get a zoomed -in view of your golfer 
which is about the same distance a way as 
Cannon Fodder and Sensible Soccer - with 
regard to graphics, You can then fine-tune your 
direction a tittle and get ready to tee off. 

Three presses are Involved In the actual tak- 
ing of a shot, The first starts the power-bar, the 
second selects the power, and as the gaug© 
comes dawn you have to press if to stop it in the 
red bit. The red bit Indicates a straight shot, 
and the yellow either side represents hook 
ond slice, Hopefully, you will now have cleared 
it down the fairway, and it's time to do it al 
again! 



The amah map in tha top-foft comer glues you 
an overall view of the entire hole - enabling 
you to see where ail the hazards He 










Not only can you play strokeplay and 
matchpiay, trot you can play for big 
money in tha skins tournament 


Final word 


Other than these gripes mentioned 
before, which aren't anything particu- 
larly major, you just need some practice 
to enable you to became more familiar 
with the controls. 

It Is actually very easy to master and 
hopefully, with some practice, you 
should be going for the championships, 
There is an option to practice any hole 
from any course, so it is easy to brush up 
on vour goiflng skills before heading for 


the big cash prize. The game itself is 
quite large - with 25 different courses, 
Each one isn't amazingly different from 
the other, but the weather, trees and 
backgrounds tend to vary a little. 

As it stands, it's certainly a fantastic 
little arcade game with many months 
of entertainment, if you can manage 
to stay calm during the frustrating parts 
you r II find it very enjoyable - especially 
with four players. 


A pentfe chJp shot on to the green I* 
required hare, Not too much power 
Of you wilt you'// end up In th* trees 


A'l 

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afraid of playing 
Tina. She always 
seems to heat us. 
Wilt that do? Con f 
have my money, 
now? 


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Reviewed by Andy Moddock 


It's GaxM r 5 turn to attempt a chip shot, f thfnfc he 
hn$ the shill ami finesse to make thia one 


»ns 


dub 


was 


Ing in many gruelling tournaments and sea- 
As soon, as you begin to play, you will find 
idle Golf very frustrating When you set your 
for the yardage to the pin, the ball will 
never reach the distance. 

At first I thought it may have been because I 
in the rough, But no, even If I was on the 
ay. well clear of any hazard, it still wouldn't 
go as far as i 1, boasted - It always seemed to fall 
lour or five feet short of the pin. This is very 
annoying as your shots will not be as accurate 
os the meter shows. 

The actual hole layouts are very badly 
designed. When you hope to drive it down the 
(airway, you don't expect a huge stream or 
pjnfcer slap bang in the middle Due to this, you 
*1her hove to smash it up field and hope it 
will clear everything, which Is very unlikely, 
Dr change your driver for an iron so It drops 
before the hazard, which Is extremely tough to 

W* 

Whichever method you plump for, you 


always end up in a bunker or water hazard, As it 
stands, there seem to be too many obstacles 
that interfere with the actual playing area, it is 
possible to weave around them, but each shot 
odds to your overall total, which will certainly 
not win you championships. 


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PUBLISHER 


MicroPros© 


DEVELOPER 


Sid M©ir 


PRICE 


TBA 


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3 


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D he long-awaited Colonization has 
finally made its way from the PC and 
onto the Amiga. Developer, Sid Meier, 
already has a stack of hit titles behind 
him, including the gome's predecessor. 
Civilization. Colonization is not realty the sequel to 
this but a lot of the game's features are Included. 
Much of the original game engine Is used too. 

The difference lies in when the game is set. 
Whereas Civil izotion put you back in pre-history,, 
building your civilization up to the space age, 
Colonization has o more specific time span, 
putting you in the role of Viceroy of the New 
World. The America 's have just been discovered in 
1500 and the game continues up until the 
American Revolution in 1800. 

You have been sent by your country to establish 
colonies in the newly discovered territories and 
deal with all the problems that the early settlers 
faced, Playing os either the English, French. 
Spanish or Dutch, you must establish your colony, 
learn to use the natural resources and set up a 
viable trade route. Relations with the natives and 
with the other foreign powers can also be estab- 
lished, either through diplomacy or war, 

The game starts and you have the option to 
play at different skill levels. Play as a Discoverer if 
you've never played before and rise through the 
ranks up to the challenge of Viceroy. This is by far 
the hardest route and the natives will be less 
friendly and enemy powers more cunning, Help Is 
at hand, however, through your advisers who can 
be consulted on matters such as trade conditions 
or the state of ploy with your rivals. 

Unlike a lot of games, os well as facing the chal- 
lenge in hand, you ore also competing against 
opponents, in this case it is not only natives but the 
other foreign powers all seeking dominance in the 
New World, You play in a series of turns - each has 
a strict sequence of action - and within each turn 
you con carry out your plans. 

To win the game, you must build up enough 
power to successfully declare independence from 
your mother country. Alternatively, the game 



tfo u must decide whether to declare war 
or peace with the natives 



automatically ends in 1 BOO where your score vi 
be calculated, although you can play after ih 
time but without any score being accumulated 

The game requires you to make a vast amour! 
of decisions on trade, warfare and colonial issue 
Once a colony has been established, the md 
priority' will be survival and collating enough of th 
natural resources to start a small cottage industi] 
As this accumulates you can start thinking abo<j 
establishing trade routes and building a statu 
economy, 

The education and religious needs of ye* 
colonists should also be addressed, and establish 
ing schools and colleges will make for befit 
skilled workers, All the information you may need 
compiled in various tables and will impart thine 
such as how many favour rebellion against the 
mother country, or how much religious freedor 
there is, 

An encyclopaedia is also provided to giy 
you helpful information on terrain types or an 
particular aspect you need more detail on. 

Issues get debated within your colony am! 
eventually Founding Fathers can Join yoi 



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Making 



As a player of Colonization you get to change 
history. Set In the period 1500 to 1800, during the 
discovery of the Americas., you get to change 
iha ©vents that took place- 
: Whichever European power you decide to 
te. you 11 have realistic factors that will affect 
hie game- the French, for example, co-operate 
with the natives better because alliances and 
tade agreements were maintained with the 
natives for many years. 

[ One exceptional aspect of the game is that 
it gives you some historical background as you 
go along. The manual also gives an Interesting 
insight into the Ihdian tribes and various facts 
from this rich period of history. 



t/nfortunatety T tf» 
designers have 
paid little 
attention to 
making the font 
easy to read 


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I J drop-down menu allows 
you to give your orders 


rtmental Congress. With them they con bring 
:d new ideas that will advance the course of 
history. For example. John Paul Jones was a suc- 
cesslut Scottish naval commander who served for 
foe colonies during the war of Independence and 
tt he Joins your congress your navy will get a 
hgate 

As the game progresses war may become nec- 
ry with other foreign powers you come across, 
ocy con be sought and whether you wage 
will depend on resources, A quick campaign 
ctr. hove its benefits but long campaigns will 
drain resources. 

[hose familiar with Civilization will see that this 
e uses a similar Interface. Controlled by the 
use. you can click on a drop down menu to 
give your orders. Keyboard shortcuts can also 
be used to carry out an order quickly. Some 
rray also be surprised to see that the game uses 
bench, 

Although it's not a visually stunning game, the 
ics are more detailed than you’d expect 
horn this wide range overhead view and different 
terrains are all conveyed realistically Other 


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on things such as terrain or unit types 

graphics worth a mention are the characters that 
appear throughout the game which are drawn 
well and add authenticity and an historic air, 
Finally, there's plenty of in-gam© music you can 
choose from, so you don’t get stuck with one grat- 
ing tune throughout, From Indian pan pipes to 
jaunty victory tunes, you can take your pick, 



a! 

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Colonization is a very in-depth strategy game 
and It does take a while to get into. Once there 
though. It's a thoroughly absorbing title that has 
been Intelligently written, And fortunately, it 
doesn't fall into o common strategy trap of 
becoming tedious or overly complex - the 
main objective of fun remains throughout. 

Also, there is more action than you might 
think for □ turn-based game, and It continually 
engages the player in planning their next 
move. For the more cerebral gamesplayer this 
comes highly recommended. 


•For the more 
cerebral 

games player. 
Colonization 
comes highly 
recommended ^ 










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racing games, to fire missiles. 

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games l could find in our dusty games cupboard - 
Formula One Grand Prix, SkidMarks, Nigel Mansell 
and ATR. Although the wheel worked really well 
with all of them. Formula One Grand Prix stood 
out from the rest, This was possibly because it's a 
simulation rather than an arcade racing game, 
Your everyday run-of-the-mill joysticks are more 


than adequate, but if you wont to odd a lii 
more realism to your racing games then the sta 
Ing wheel is a very worthy purchase. For 
£12.99 from Special Reserve, It's the per 
accessory for racing game fanatics. 

The Foot Pedals are an extra extra penpher 
you like. They con certainly be used in conjunc 
with a joystick, but to achieve the greatest dri\ 
experience you must use them In conjunction 
the Freewheel steering wheel, 

The three pedals can be programmed to 
particular preference via a small switch-box on i 
outer casing. They are quite robust, so you 
stamp on them as much as you like. 

I was perfectly happy whizzing around a trc 
on Formula One Grand Prix. unaware that 
pedals were sliding half-way down the office, 
small grips on the bottom aren't particularly ef 
tive. and only by wedging the pedals against 
desk did I manage to proceed- 

As the grips were my only major gripe. I sue 
you seriously consider adding the QuickJoy 
to your list - along with the steering wheel, Anot 
essential purchase far budding Damon Hills. 


Perip 


Aura Interactor 


Price: £99 


The Interactor is a device you strap on to yot 
self much like a rucksack. You plug the Include 
amplifier into the sound ports in the back of ft 
Amiga which sends channelled vlbratloi 
through to the huge box on your back throtf 
electromagnetic actuators, 

'Feel the bass beat of hard driving mu 
soundtracks or the pavement-pounding inten 
rty of a movie's high speed car chase V Yi 
that's what rt says on the box. And yes, tha 
what It exactly doesn't do.. 

I don't know how the Interactor would fc 
when plugged Into the television., but it ceit< 
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is one very large thud otter another. You on 
feel it on your back tool How many times ha 
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spine? Surely a facial interactor would be mo 


Tecnoplus Scorpion Plus Joystick 


Price: £10.99 


Another product from Tecnoplus, only 
this time a Joystick. These joysticks do 
tend to annoy me a little. The micro 
switches seem to make rather a loud 
clicking noise when you use the direc- 
tion, especially when you play a 
quick game which requires a lot of 
movement. Usually, these tend to suit 
flight sims as they ore large and feel 
very slow. 

The Scorpion Plus joystick from 
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well with flight simulations, and is 


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table using the plungers on the under- 
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lid pad to better the standard Commodore 
one. 

The pad contains four buttons in total, 
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can (Specially for the CP32. There is an auto 
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The only major gripe is the fact that it you do happen to drop it the 
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around without a single scratch. So r I'm afraid you'll just have to be 
> tarefu with it. 

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ral port ticklers 


ive, or even a gonad interactor. 

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PC Mission Joystick 


Tecnoplus Control Pad 


Price: £12.99 

: emoplus, a company who aren't particular well 
known by Amiga owners, have decided to intro- 
ck.oe peripherals info their production line, one of 
them being a control pad. 

Unlike many other joysticks and control pods, 
this one is a nice creamy colour. It doesn't have 
the sickness or style of a Competition Pro, but 
looks aren't everything. 

There is the usual eight -way directional control 
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shoot-'em-ups. It feels very comfortable and will 
st in your hands for hours without raising a blister. 
However. It will only work with the Amiga itself, not 



The PC Mission Is a professional ana- 
logue joystick which is obviously used tor 
analogue Amiga games. You'll have to 
be careful here as there aren't many 
around. For instance, the only one that 
Instantly springs to mind is MicraProse's 
Formula One Grand Prix. I'm sure many 
flight sims out today do have an ana- 
logue option, but It also works normally 
for other games. 

The PC Mission has a very large angle 
of axis and enables you to control the 
action slowly and progressively. This Is 
certainly not recommended for Sensible 
Soccer, Put for flight sims it could be a 
reasonable purchase, depending how 


O 


Price; £12.99 


Price: £8 99 


often you play them 
There is a catch too. If 
you buy a PC Mission you 
hove to invest fur- 
ther for an 
adapter to 
allow you to 
use it with your 1 
Amigo. At a total 
cost price of £21 ,98, 
you are proba- 
bly better look- 
ing out for on 
Amigo-oriented 
joystick that will be almost 
much cheaper, 



certainly 


(JJhJ 


the CD32. 

It comes 
with an auto 

fire switch - absolutely 
essential for shoot- 'em- ups, 
although many people believe 
the outo-fire takes the enjoyment 
out of a game. Also included is a spe- 
cial turbo fire which increases the rate of firing in 
most games, 

Overall, this control pad is fairly well presented 
and should last a very long time. A worthy 
purchase. 


Suppliers 

Foot pedals. Freewheel, 
CD32 Pad. PC Mission and 
Analogue Adapter supplied by 
Special Reserve 
Tel: 01279 600204 

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^ As a one-player game. 
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Base 


Jumpers 

Reviewed by Tina Hackett 



ase Jumpers arrived on the Amigo not 
so long ago and at first glance you 
could be forgiven for thinking if was 
□n old Spectrum game from aeons 
□go. However, beneath the rather 
average graphics there's some very entertaining 
gomepiay. 

The game Is divided Into two parts. One Is a 
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entertaining part - is a sports event of sorts. Players 
become the members of □ group called the East 
Beckinsdale Pigeon Fanciers Association who all 
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This involves climbing to the top of a tali building 
and then jumping off - the first to the ground wins. 
You have a parachute to aid the fall but the first 
to pull the ripcord will be the last to land. However, 
the later you risk It, the more chance you have of 
ending up flattened. 

During fhese events you will uncover bonus let- 
ters. They can score you extra points and by dis- 
covering a certain combination you can then 
access sub-games. A wide variety are on offer, 
although they are quite amateur looking, and 
can be anything from o game of Pac Dude to 
Portal Wombat - a beat-'em-up. 

Different locations are provided for you to dive 
off, such as Egyptian tombs and castles, and there 




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The platforming aspect of the game 
provides the usual challenges 

ore the usual platformer obstacles to overc< 
Ladders should be climbed, crumbly walls bustefl 
down, and Inhabitants of the buildings avoid* 
This CD32 version comes with extra enhani 
ments and additional levels. The music has bes 
tweaked and a bit of culture added with sc 
opera (dubious!). Sound effects provide humc 
such as grim squelches when you collide with 
object, 

Additional levels include 'Kung Foo' and 
Therapeutic Event/ and there ore more 
games too such as Jet Fighters, Racing Cars 
Ballroom Dancing. The existing levels have afc 
been tuned up and have new graphics. 


Final word 


The sub-games are mainly there for comic value. 
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Although there ore many sub-games availai 
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I lent Amigo games. Their back cafa- 
r logu© includes such classics as Alien 
... ■ '• Breed and Body Blows, and most 
Amiga owners will hove at least one 
of the four-year old company’s titles in their 
collection. 

Their first game was a beat-'em-up for the 
Amiga called Full Contact, but things didn't really 
take off for them until their second game, Alien 
Breed. Project-X and Alien Breed Special Edition 
followed, the latter of which stayed at Number 
One in the Gallup Charts for 33 weeks - a record 
which no game has yet beaten. 

Team 17’s future release schedule also looks 
set to please with multi -format launch Worms, 
Zelda-esque adventure, Speris Legacy and Alien 
Breed 3D - not to mention Final Over - Arc ode 
Sports Cricket. 


The speris legacy 


Their latest adventure title. Speris Legacy, intends 
to bring a similar title to Nintendo classic, namely 
Legend of Zelda, to the Amiga, Alan Bunker, for 
Team 1 7 stated: 'We feel the Amigo hos at last 
gained itself a playable gome of this genre 
whereas. In the past, it has been sadly lacking, It'll 
be interesting to see what the console owners 
make of this!' 

Developing the game are Wiltshire-based 
team. Binary Emotions, It has been In develop- 
ment for just under a year ond Is their first Amiga 
project. Graphic artist, Ian, explained: "This time 
was mainly spent on building up the game engine 
which runs at a full 5Ghz on AG A machines and 
5Chz/25hz on ECS. It also contains a nifty text 
engine which allows us to give the player the free- 
dom of conversation usually found In graphic 
adventures. “ 

He continued: "But the problem with most 
graphic adventures Is that the more action-ori- 
ented player is left cold. Speris merges this type of 



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chance to experience a change in game format 1 : 
plus something familiar to contend with." 1 * 

I n the g qme you play Cho Hag wai who is on o 1 
mission to avenge his friend's death. You start ofj 
with no more than your initiative and have nlrw 
locations to explore which Include Spiral Cra 
Sandoon Hideout and Cow-Tree Island, and eac* 
has a sub- location such as church or a house. Thl 
character also has the ability to swim in rivers d 
lakes, teleport and leap across ledges. 

Three different versions ore planned. Thessj 
include □ CD32 title which will make full use of the*; 
six button joy pad, and an AG A version which wfl 
have more colour and background animotioJ 



Binary Ematrarts intend to mitt 
puzzle solving with cembftt 



The character riws many methods 
at defence at his disposal 



The game has taken just under a year to 
complete and is the team’s first project 



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us better sound. It will olso make use- of the 
:A's 64-bit wide sprites. The ECS A50Q+/A60G, 
ugh, will have all the gameplay but without 
Ihe refinements. An A5O0 OCS version is under 
deration depending on demand, but it will 
ve smaller locations and different puzzles, 
Binary Emotions are pretty confident in their 
new baby as a sequel Is already planned and 
soln puzzles from Speris will be linked to their 
Jow-yp, Emperor Rising. Ian stated: '"This will be 
„GA and PC only as we plan to use 256 colour 
rendered artwork and some truly amazing 
udio,' 1 ' Confidence is also high in Escom; "We 
plan to launch this in February '96 to coincide 


with the launch of Escom's newly planned 
Amlgas.* 

As well as this, two more games ore also on the 
horizon. An arcade strategy, Nemesis Syndrome, 
promises destruction, Mechs and chunky 
weapons in a mysterious guest to destroy or 
recover the Nemesis project. Work will commence 
on an 'addictive' arcade puzzler called Minskies 
Furrbafls (Minsk incidentally, is □ cat in Speris) and 
will combine the qualities of Puyo Puyo on the 
SNES and Dr Robofnlk on the Mega Drive Speris 
Legacy should be available in the very near future 
and it'll be interesting to see how rf fares against 
competition from KrlsalisL Legends, 


Final Over - Arcade Sports Cricket 



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different strengths 
and abilities 


A mutti-directionat, smoclh. 
scrolling Held wilt ensure a 
good view of the match 


re's been little to challenge Graham 
ch's Cricket on the Amiga up until now, but 
17 ore hopeful that their forthcoming 
se will change things. This is the first game 
the developer, Alan Carter, and opts for a 
re fun approach than the traditional sims. 

Final Over, it uses animated miniature 
tes who can throw, run, dive, crouch and 
lebrate. and each player has their own 
racteristics. 

County teams as well as national teams will 
included, and you will also be able to create 
|>Dur own, The amount of matches you play can 
©a be defined from on© to five-day series, 
limited -over matches. A fully detailed 
eboard will also be provided 
Cricket match atmosphere will be added 
ugh crowd cheers, player outbursts and the 
wack of the ball being hit. Final Over will be 
iced at £12.99 on disk and £14.99 on CD. 



Choose from county reams or 
rtaftonaJ, or create your own 


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with most 

graphic 
adventures is 

that the more 
action- 
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player is left 
cold * 


Worms 


s is well on the way to an Autumn release 
new levels are being added all the time to this 
ti-player arcade strategy game. It's going to 
a multi-format title and some are already 
icting it as the most playable game of the 
r. You play a worm or team of worms and the 
ct is to kill the opposing team in o manner of 
us ways, 

You can take part in worm-fo-worm combat, 
■-ape by tunnelling, build bridges and send 
ookas and homing missiles flying info the 
sitlon. 

Tne latest scenario to be added to this game 
Hsfl - screenshots of which you can see here. 



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ulcan Software are from the old school 
of software companies. With no back- 
ing from the likes of Virgin, Electronic 
Arts or other corporate powerhouses, 
they have taken the brave move of 
being one of the only independents still operating 
commercially in the Amiga gaming arena, 

Their first release, Valhalla, caused quite a stir - 
some magazines proclaimed it as a great white 
hope, while others slammed It for fundamental 
game design faults, this magazine among those 
critics. Timekeepers, their second release, has 
fortunately made a hit much closer to the 
playability bullseye. 

From scanning through the instructions and 
looking at the screen set-up, the first reaction 
instantly rings bells of recognition - it's that damn 
game Lemmings again in a different guise. In all 
fairness, though, on playing Timekeepers there 
are enough differences to warrant some of the 
game mechanics as original and interesting. 

The back-of-the-box blurb comes up with the 
usual creaking at the joints story - Evil bad guy has 
decided to dump 20 nuclear missiles in four differ- 
ent time zones, The elite police force, the 
Timekeepers, have decided to send back 15 
officers to dismantle the devices. 

The four time zones are Hieronymus Land 2m 
ESC, Medieval Land. Vietnam Land and Space 
Land 2001. Each zone has 15 landscapes to tra- 
verse before reaching the bombs. Starting with 15 
troops, each landscape is a vertically scrolling 
obstacle course, 

Looking at the icons, there are obvious similari- 
ties between Lemmings and Vulcan's title. Like 
the classic puzzler, each troop walks quite hap- 
lessly into a fiery pit it its path should cross such o 
hazard, and the little blighters need to be told 
exactly what to do and where to go. There are 
several options for manipulating them though. 

Troops can be told to move in a certain direc- 
tion., to jump, enter combat with any foe that may 
be blocking the path, to operate a switch, to 
wait, or to start the level again. The main and 



The white marks on the playing area 
represent the different orders the 
troops I trill have whan they touch them 


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most important difference to Timekeepers from its c 
legendary distant cousin, Lemmings, is the actual t 
Implementation of your commands to the trooEft 
Instead of clicking on them, at the right Y\m « 
when they come across an obstacle, \ 
Timekeepers allows you the benefit of time by t 
clicking on the desired icon and then leaving q < 
trait of instructions on screen for the troops to foil l 
low when you decide to unleash them propei I 
When they step on the order placed on lha t 
ground, they carry it out, I I * 

This usually involves much mindbending as you! * 
work out the best route for all the little fellows to 
reach the exit point that leads to the next level. 
Then you use one of your men to move fhrougf] 
many of the one-way systems, opening doors 1 1 
setting up bridges and more so that the others 1 
can follow at a later stage. 

This lack of oh-god-thfty're-all-going-to-d* 
commonly found in Lemmings makes a refreshing 
change and leaves the player with plenty of time 
on their hands to concentrate on working 
the fiendish layouts. One of the best parts of 
actual puzzles are the amount of red herrings 




The animated intro 
lilts you in on the 
story so far 















A bird carries our 
brave soldier across 
a ridge after tie 
pushes a button 


From left to right - erase, 
niQve in tfr* tour different 
directions, wait, jump, 
operate, attack, pause, 
start again and toad and 
save options 


< At £12.99, 


eepers 


Reviewed by Adam Phillips 


* has left for you to follow - this really is the 
dog person's game, 

Despite the lack of time limit, mistakes can be 
made - a directional arrow pointing in the 
direction, a jump command erased by 
confusion so that the next blighter that 
s along ends up in boiling lava, and so on. It 
ble to use just one troop and finish ail the 
, put to hinder lazy gamers it is necessary to 
a certain amount of troops remaining to 
the bombs, -depending on which time 
you're in. 

&re are plenty of nice touches in 
eepers, such as the transport and finding 
paths through the treacherous landscapes - 
h a switch and a bird will pick you; up and 
you over a previously insurmountable moun- 
or flick another switch and a lava-buried 
•e is winched up to form a walkway for your 
. r s. 

Graphically, the whole thing is very much in the 
of Valhalla, with murky colours and smudgy- 
g graphics. While these work and move 
Iv&ly, it would have been nice to see some 
re vividly defined graphics, 
is the norm with Vulcan Software, there are 
us amusing sound effects and speech sam- 
littered liberally throughout the game - the 


Your troops prepare themselves for 
teleportation to najrt time jtojw 

commander of the police force regularly calls out 
at the beginning and end of each level, and the 
various in-game effects are of a quality standard 
such as the shouts and screams given when a 
troop enters battle. 


Timekeepers 
offers good 
value for 
money and 

packs a 

healthy amount 
of playability • 


E 

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nal word 


s no doubt that this Is 
;an's best release so for, 
with an engaging game sys- 
tem that Is easy to use and 
'©warding when your plans are 
successful and your troops 
droo though the exit one by 
one. 

At £12,99, Timekeepers 
offers good value for money 
and packs a healthy amount 


of playability to whitter away 
Ihe hours, The game Is only 
available from Vulcan them- 
selves. so for ordering informa- 
tion give them a call on 01705 
670269, 

My only problem with 
Timekeepers is that it could 
become repetitive after a 
while - perhaps if would have 
been nice to see more 


commands that could be 
issued to your troops In later 
levels to extend the addictive- 
ness of the game, 

Despite this though, if you 
only have a few pounds strug- 
gling for space In your packet, 
give them a breath of fresh air 
by sending them oft to Vulcan 
and buying a copy of 
Timekeepers, 


Make sure you 
keep some of 
your characters 
alive for the final 
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Q cid Software have earned themselves 
a reputation as top-quality developers 
and with such classics as Guardian 
and Road kill under their belt. It's har- 
dly surprising. However, arguably their 
best work to date can be found in Super 
Skidmarks, the sequel to their highly acclaimed 
roce-'em-up. Skidmarks. Receiving rave reviews, 
including 89 per cent from ourselves, it's, now 
available for the CD32, 

There Is not a great deal of difference between 
the versions, although with the CD32 you get a 
playable demo of their blast-' 'em-up, Guardian, the 
movie from Roadklll and the PD version of Defender. 

With the sequel comes new cars. These Include 
the very novel cows on wheels to VWs and Minis, 
Although they don't alter the race particularly, you 
do get a fun graphical style, Towing caravans is also 
possible and provides for an extra challenge. You 
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pedal car or slippery, and this changes how easy it 
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and the challenge is to treat the vehicles like Rally 
cars and slide them around the tracks rather than 
steer them, 

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style whereas the harder are the more windy 
spaghetti type. Surfaces also vary, with bumps and 
ramps and oil slicks giving the racer added 


Reviewed by Tina Hacketf 

problems. The many options available allow it 
game to be customised to your liking. Differs 
screen modes, for example. Cdn be changed to 
split screen or a wider angie depending on ho 
you want to view the game. 

The graphics remain fun throughout and the e 
ferent locations are conveyed well,, from dess 
tracks to sandy beaches. Attention to detail h 
been paid to the backdrops which vary from pdji 
trees in the background to miniature spectate 
watching from the sidelines. The miniature mate 
box cars also add to the fun feel, 

As the cars screech around the circU 
tyre tracks are left in the dust, and as the roc 
progresses the track becomes more and nnoi 
churned up. This works well and adds on authenli 
touch, ! 


Final word 


Without a shadow of a doubt, this is one of the 
mast playable racers available. Each track 
provides o different challenge, while the dif- 
ferent speeds allow all levels of skill to com- 
pete, Multi-player mode is where the gome 
comes Into Its awn though, and brings to it a 
really competitive pace. 

Despite no other enhancements for the 
CD32 version (the manual hasn't even been 
amended accordingly) It still comes highly 
recommended. 


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Top 




Of The 


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expect you'll probably be dreading 
these next few paragraphs os no doubt 
you'll have heard it all before. However 
don't write off Top Of The League's 
chances yet. You never know. Having 
been a football fan aH my life, I seem to get all the 
new football games jumping onto my desk in a fan- 
fare-like fashion, and to be honest, when you 
review one or two a month, like I do, they tend to 
become a tad repetitive. Bear with rne though, as 
I plough through another 300 seasons in an 
attempt to bring you the Jow down on Digital 
Warehouse's latest football management slm. 

Two of the best football management games 
have actually made an appearance right here in 
this very issue. These happen to be Player 
Manager 2 and On The Ball. To beat these. 

Top Of The League has to be very special. 

In fact, damn near perfect to reach the 
standards these two giants have set, 

Top Of The League is a management \ J 
simulation only. You don't get to physica- 
lly play the games, Just watch, The Idea, 
as with most management games. Is to 
win promotion from the third division into 
the Premier League and pick up every 
domestic trophy available in the process. 

Top Of The League contains a whale host of stan 
tistics. but it's 0 arty most of them aren't really worth 
knowing as they all seem particularly irrelevant, 
and they don't affect the match sequences. 
Everything you'd ever wish to know about a player 
can be accessed - birthdate. birthplace, height 
and weight are just a few. The actual player 


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The round-up comes In handy when you 
what to quickly glance over your team 


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quite remarkable 


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statistics are measured in the most complicated 
way, becoming very difficult to assess the player j 
true value. They are rated from poor to brilliant am 
when each player has about 20 different statistic 
it's difficult to reach an overall rating, 

The game itself is accessed through van 
menus and, sadly, are all joystick controlled, TN 
mouse pointer is actually there, but doesri 
serve any purpose, This Is a real disappoint! 
ment because the mouse is a for ma 
accurate and comfortable way to play J 
game - especially if it r s for □ particular 
lengthy percod. The match sequences are 
reasonably exciting, although there are sc 
many numbers flashing on and eft the 
screen it is difficult to assess your over* 
team performance. By the time you 
read them, the match will be over. 

The actual depth of Top Of The League is qu 
remarkable. You can look at any player's hist* 
and give them o man-fo-man pep talk. If he w 
booked during the lost game, you can give him 
good telling off and Instruct him to try harder, Y 
can even have a friendly chat about the wea 1 
if you wish! 


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game, it you've ever experienced the delight 
of standing In the ram without a brolly, one 
clutching acup-a-soup, you'll get more enjoy 
ment out of this than anyone, After all. foott 
fans like realism, and if you wont realism such 
as the half-time tannoy blaring out a tune 
white you sip your cup-a soup and take a bit* 
out of a hot-dag, then why not give it a try? It 
will almost certainly appeal to those who fur 
up week in week out at a lower division game | 
that gets less coverage than Manchester CI1 
on Sky. 


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Top slots 

Get the low-down on the best games 
we've reviewed from the past few months 


Virocop 

IPs not the 'thinking man's title, by any 
stretch of the imagination, but for the trig- 
ger happy this is □ title of high quality and 
provides a great long-term challenge. 


Ultimate Soccer Manger 


83 % 


Obsession 


87 % 


This a very able pin bailer it has to be 
said. It doesn't have the glamour of 
Rnboll Illusions but it certainty gives rt a 
run for its money, 



The whole game comes across as 
extremely polished with great attention 
to detail. Highly recommended to both 
fans of the genre and those that would 
normally give this a wide berth. 


Man Utd - the Double 


Fans of the previous Manchester United 
games will love this new addition to the 
Red Devil's family, it is a complete foot- 
ball package for people who ore gen- 
uinely mad about the beautiful game, 



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Reviewed by Andy Mad dock 


2050 


North Pacific, Antarctica. North Atkin tic, and Sol 
C hina Sea and the Sea of Japan. All these cantc 
sab-missions which you must complete by destra 
ing primary and secondary objectives. Before yC 
start your missions you must configure a charact 
and then arm your submarine with suitab 
weaponry far the next mission. 

The graphics are very limited due to the fa 
that there isn't that much in the sea to start wit 
However, the outside views of the submarine 
very good and move very smoothly. Because th 
graphics ore not too special, the game runs fash 
- which in this particular genre is an absolJ 
necessity. 

One of Sub war's best points has to be the she 
depth of the game, There's dr. abundance of td 
tics and strategic options which you can redefii 
and fine tune for each part of the mission. 

Overall, Subwar 2050 is a real breath of fresh t 
offering plenty of new ideas that have never 
been tried before. Af £16.99, games of this 
calibre are always worth the money. 


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At 200 & HD 


ubmames, Huge torpedo-shaped 
things that whizz along under wafer 
Jetting off a bleep every three seconds, 

They're hardly the most exciting 

method of attacking enemy ships, are 

they? 

Subwar looks a lot like an underwater ftight-slm 
as the controls look and feel the same - the only 
differences being the underwater graphics and 
effects, As you begin in the year 2050, you can 
select a particular war to participate in, Before this, 
you must plan and carry out some training missions 
which range from manoeuvring around waypoints 
to firing at dummy targets. All this practice wilt 
enable you to be ready to tackle the important 
missions later in the game. 

There are four large campaigns to take part in - 



An inside view from behind the controls. As you 
can see it does look very mucin like a flight sim 


PUBLISHER 


Action Sixteen 


DEVELOPER 


Empire 

£14.99 


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Traveller 2 


DISKS 


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Yes - essential 


aving never played the first Mega 
Traveller, I can't really comment on it - 
although word has it that it was a pret- 
ty reasonable game. Mega Traveller 2 - 
The Quest for the Ancients- has a very 
long ond complicated plot which I won't spoil for 
you, but you fake control of five characters - male 
or female - and lead them around a top-down 
view of a huge town/city complex, You have to 
save your planet from deadly slime - original but 
effective. 

Mega Traveller is an Interactive adventure 


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game whereby you have to stop other planet re 
idents asking them questions - until you're blue 
the face - to receive various information that me 
help you along the way. These characters oil hav 
their own personality ond it's quite easy to deck: 
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gold coins, weapons, information and maps) an 
Included within the game. You select one of rb 
five characters to perform various actions and yo 
can allocate different objects to each characte 

it has to be said that the graphics are nothin 
special at all, As a matter of fact, they ail look vs 
bland and uninteresting, and because of this I d 
lose Interest. Having not remained interested 
inevitably didn't get very far and. to be quf 
frank, I wasn't enjoying it one bit Most of the tin 
the scrolling doesn't catch up with the charade 
quick enough ond when you click on someboc 
else, the chance of you selecting on octti 
before the character runs off the screen is ve 
remote, 

There are so many other adventure games 
choose from that I advise you to save up an 
extra £5, because for £20 these days you'll 
easily find something more worthwhile. 


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his was the first attempt at a football 
management simulation by Daze and 
to be honest,, It was and still is quite 
superb, Giving you a behind-the- 
scenes look at the world of football 
rgement, It was probably the most unrealistic 
of the genre but was pure fun to play. 

After the success of the World Cup Edition, the 
jue Edition was to follow. It contained all the 
jlish clubs and basically left out the best bits 
31 made the World Cup Edition so unique. 

The object is to lift the former Jules Rimet trophy 
:>v scraping through the qualification stage and 
fling on to the cup Itself. You can face the likes 
great footballing nations including Brazil, 
jrmany and Italy, You begin by sitting at your 
with your fitofax open and the telephone 
3 rby. You can make contact with other 
igers and persuade them to play a friendly 
wtth you and plan coaching programs. 

Once you r ve roughly decided on your team, 

| you can then begin to organise get-together 
tes. These are special times during a season 
m the international team meet on, before, 
after their matches. Once you've been lucky 
lough to get through the gruelling qualification 
30 , it's time to board the jet and set off to the 
country as you begin to battle for the most 
rous trophy In the world. 

Instead of making team selections from here, 
will be in your bedroom where you can 
ionise your diary again. This time there are far 
sre options available and everything's left com- 
jtety up to you. You can. if you wish, spend 
sry night in the pub, never turn up for training, 
id then get bad reports in the paper the follow- 
r>g morning after □ particularly heavy night in one 
of the city's seedy bars. On the other hand, you 


lympic computer games used to be 
I all the rage a few years back - prob- 

■ 1 ably because they were currently tak- 

ing place In Barcelona. How, with 
1996 and Atlanta looming It looks as 
gh we could be In for another helping of 
shysically enduring acfivities. 

International Sports Challenge was obviously 
released at full price around the time of the 
celona Olympics. Time has past and it now 
enters the budget zone. There are six events 
overall to take part in - diving, swimming, horse 
riding, shooting and the marathon... or snickers! - 
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mputer or three other human opponents, with 
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In the diving event you must gain points by 
using different springboards and various positions 
and entries into the water The events are usually 
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tie event In. Failure to do so will leave you 
ualified from the tournament. 

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fc. I runner going at full pace in fhe marathon and 
3 % I thts requites a lot of skill and patience rather than 
piF I the 'fastest waggle r wins' method. This method 
may not be as much fun, but It's certainly easier 


On the Ball 



You too van lift the ex-Jules ftimet trophy 
high in the air with fubrfo This one 
certainly isn't an ami covered in custeiqH 


can talk individually to your team members, hold 
press conferences and generally run things as 
smooth as possible. You can even choose a time 
to get up and go to sleep! 

The actual match sequences are ployed using 
am noted graphic sequences which look very 
impressive. Crowd chants are all there to give fhe 
game an atmospheric boost! A major drawback, 
however, is the fact that It will only work on an 
A 1200 with a hard drive. Other than the 
technical requirements. On The Ball is 
highly recommended. 



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attempt. 


One of the event* is 
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I UXOR I H L 


Q D libraries abound and their 
L contents are a cornucopia of 
free, or seemingly free 
software. But is all the 
software you download from the Aminet 
or BBSs, buy from PD libraries or receive 
an a toverdisk actually free? The answer 
is a definite no The software may be 
freely distributable, but that only means 
you are bound to sell the software at the 
cost of a disk, postage and padting, and 
your time, This last factor is the one that 
is most variable, with some companies 
charging as Irttle as 99p for a disk of 
shareware, and some as much as three or 
four pounds, but cither way you are still 
liable for the extra charge payable to the 
author of whatever program you get 
The major problem that shareware 
authors complain of is the lack of anyone 
actually registering with them, and there 
are some reasons for tlrs 1 1 ie first is that 
people simply cannot be bothered, They 
are quite happy to go on using am 
evaluation version of a p.ete of software 
forever, This happens most of all to 
programmers who impose no limits on 
the software they write and only offer 


UJhatiuare? 


minimal benefits for people who register. 
IHa is an example that comes to mind, 

The second reason people give is that 
most shareware is written oveneas and 
the authors ask for payment in therr 
country's currency, 1 have sent English 
money in the post hundreds of times 
without incident, and have also sent cash 
overseas on several occasions without 
problem, 

If you are really worried, you can send 
your letter registered to most countries 
these days so that if it does get lost or 
stolen, you still have recourse with the 
post office. Even if you choose to take the 
risk of sending money and it docs go 
missing, how much have you lost? A 
tenner? even twenty quid rsn t really all 
that much. 

The third reason is usually dependant 
on the second one. What if you send the 
money and the author denies you have 


The SASG 


One of the reasons people give for not registering shareware is the fact that 
it is too much trouble to get foreign currency to pay people with, but the 
SASG | Standardised Amiga Shareware Group) have had a good idea. SASG it 
a consortium of shareware authors who have grouped together to work on 
a unified approach to shareware, via the look of the interface, the manner 
of registration and the promotion of the other members of S-ASG's work. 

Members of SASG include Stefan Sturttz, whose MU I and MFfl are superb 

additions to anyone's Workbench, and 
Martin Hutten holer who created the 
brilliant let of icons known as Magic 
Workbench, Part of the added benefits 
of dealing with SASG products is the 
fact that there are registration points 
in several different countries, 
including England, so people don't 
have to send foreign currency 
overseas- f can only hope that either 
SASG gains a Jot of new members. 

On the Us! month. 

Mill I* an »miIM exanwf* ° r i,n " lar " h ™* J *P""9 “P 

of an SA SC product elfeWlWW. 


i * 


U*i 




*Sa™«EL±! " • j*j!| 

--ss 

J : «HF ■> 


Frank Fiord peruses 
the uarious breeds of 
freeltj distributable 
software roaming 
majesticallq across 
the ueldt 


#*. « 



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Piffl 



iVw 

ton 



1 x* _J 1. w 1 




s 53 Si msji 

— i — — mr~ 

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if you moo a 
rmquomtmr 
Hko tihr* on 
ft program 
you liU 
rogutsrty. 

porh^p* 

you ought 
to cough iv 


sene him anything? To be honest, most 
shareware authors are so happy at 
actually having received some reward for 
their programming skills that you will have 
a friend for life. Secondly, sending a 
registered envelope ensures that you can 
check to see if the letter was delivered 
and who signed for it. 

The Amiga's shareware authors are an 
inventive bunch, creating tools that you 


would more than likely have to pay for on 
other platforms and they deserve our 
support. Check over the software lurking 
on yt>ur hard drive and see if there are a 
few utilities you couldn't do without, and 
that some guy has programmed in the 
hope of getting some sort of reward, 
Either throw those tools away or send the 
guy his postcard, 2CDM or a bar of 
chocolate. 


Getting your wares 


As there are a wide number of styles of freefy 
distributable software, I feel duly bound to inform you 
of some of the various types doing the rounds: 

Public Domain The only public domain software that 
exists is software that has no copyright notice and which 
contains the source code necessary to modify the 
program in any way the user chooses Some shareware 
tides also come with source cocfe, but the original 
programs Shouldn't be modified using the rode 
Freeware The only type of FD software you won'r 
have to pay anything extra for The people who write 
freeware titles don't expect any money, gifts or 
postcards from you. but I'm pretty sure they wouldn't 
turn anything down that you actually sent then if you 
found their program useful. 


Shareware Shareware is what the majority of FD 
software actually is. The author expects you, if you use 
their program regularly, to contribute to their coffers. 
Some shareware rs actually; 

Crippleware: Shareware that is in some way disabled 
untir the shareware fee has been paid. The most 
common ways of crippling shareware include disabling 
Load/Save functions, disabling other essential features, 
only allowing the use of a limited area |for a graphics 
package or spreadsheet! or having annoying requesters 
that pop up eve*y time you perform an operation 
Charityware. The author expects you to make a 
contribution to a charity of your choice |to a certain 
vafuej and onee she has proof of this, you vdl usually 
need to send her the receipt, then you will receive an 
uncrippled version or the thanks of the author. 


Gjftware The author would rather receive something 
more personal than just cash. Usual requests are for 
chocolate or programming jobs in the States, but I 
registered Mufti CX by sending the author some maps of 
my local area. 

Postcard ware All that rS required to register 
Postcard ware is simply a postcard from your home town 
saying how much you Irke the program and how much 
you want to register it. 

Beerware, ChocoJateware, Cig a rente ware, 
Joltware I'm sure you can work out for yourselves what 
the author is actually asking for. with the possible 
exception of the last example. Jolt is actually an American 
CoJa drink which is held in high esteem by a lot of 
programmers because it contains extra caffeine and 
sugar. Ideal for those late night programming sessions. 



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Won A Million Yet? Naahi 
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Smoke on the mater 


Amiga 3D Part 6 



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, rearing fire effects, as we saw 
a couple of months ago. is 
one of the trickier jabs a 
modetler wjII face. Apart from 
pie difficulty of reproducing the organic 
■aranee of the flame, we have to sit 
gh extended rendering times while 
i qep w test the various texture settings to find 
one we're happy with, ' 

Once you've gone through all the 
M j hassle, you might be thinking that it was a 
e I lot of trouble for not a leu of result. There 
1 are only SO many animations where flames 
^wrtbp a factor, after air, but with a kittle 
extra thought and application the flames 
texture can be adapted to fit a great many 
stations 

* For this example, we'fl look at a single 
scene which includes a frigate cutting its 
way through the high seas. In its progress 
ii will of course, throw up a wake and as 
its an old WWlI ship it'll certainly be making 
? bit Df smoke. We now have two effects to 
create which at first don t seem all that 
closely related to bright yellow candle 
llamcs 

The first job is to decide where the 
etfncts wrir be placed and what general 
shape and size they will be in phis case - 
one with wh 'Ch most of us will be familiar - 
it i an easy job to visualise both the wake 
ard the tunnel smoke. You're still going to 
have to think about size, though 

BHUSHmHPS 


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As we saw in the candle flame example, 
the object itseff is merely a frame into 
ahich we fit our brushmaps. The surface 
, and edges of the model wil l be made ! DO 
I per cent transparent, except where the 
| brushmap causes smoke or wake effects. As 
we il also use a strict texture falfoff [to avoid 
i^r-ing ugly sotid edges | the object has to 
I ie larger than the effect itself, 

A ship of 75m length would therefore 
need a bow wake of about 1 00m minimum 
ro allow far water sloshing down the ship's 
| side, and we ll need a second 50m wake at 
ne stern to reproduce the churning of the 
| propellers, Similarly, the funnel smoke 
object will have to extend a fare way 
beyond the last visible puff of smoke 
because well want this to biend against 
the background as finely as possible. 

We need to create a wake which is 
[roughly the same shape as the ship but a 


Using the same techniques applied to 
making candle flames. Steuie Kennedy 
looks at horn LightUlaue can reproduce 
euenjthing from smoke to foaming mater 



T he imobc ofajecl (rt«ln1 b tt work of 
dr i. It r * Juit i fram* for our ftrus/wruipi, 
to a rough ilif urn I ihap# Ji fine 


Examine piedins ot ships sinamirj «l 
speed Iff vnwro A* MBPfc* cloud it about 
the right *i» in pmp«rti«T Ip the sfirp 


lor. longer, and we can use the same object 
scaled down slightly to make the stem 
wake. The smoke is a bit more of a problem 
as we have two funnels m this example 
and the effect has to travel upwards from 
[he funnel and backwards with the wind 

let's take the smoke first. Colour is easy. 
Just choose a mucky oily bcown (R77, G5Q, 
Bil works for me] and apply it. To create 
the smoke itself I used a reflection map 
from Surface Pro, but most, vaporous maps 
would be fine so long as they tile together 
without too much of a seam. Remember - 
the smoke will be visible lor quite a while 
and we don't want a regular gap 
appearing when the brushmap passes 
through the object. 

The ship's speed will be about 40km per 
hour., which equates to something 
between 2Q and 25 knots. In UghftVave 
terms, this is about 1 fm per second, so we 
have a basic speed for the texture velocity 
settings. The ¥ axis speed, applied to make 
the smoke appear to come up out of the 
funnel, should be 2m per second oc so, 

Texture size will be roughly two thirds of 
the smoke object down its length and four 
fifths of the breadth and depth so that the 
smoke mostly fills the object Jwhich is an 
invisible frame, remember?] on cross- 
section. but peters out well before we 



U*i ^ cylindrical map ior the 
mmIi# w> wo can force ft (a iivlrf 
around At * cfawlar motion a* it 
drift* bock across the ship 


reach the end. For the transparency, i used 
the same 1 00 per cent settings for the 
object as with the flame we did. but 
applied a different brushmap for me 
transparency mapping |Lhrs is where a 24- 



bn package wrth a decent airbrush comes 
in very handy|, Now we have one map tor 
colour and one for transparency, and the 
interaction of the two <|something you 
can't predict] should look more 
randomised than using just one 
Brushmap, 

Wow set the texture cenue right, where 
the smoke is thickest at the mouth of the 
for emost funnel If you re not sure how to 
do this accurately, just move the smoke 
object s p/vot point to the ngnt spot and 
read the grid reference shown in the 
bottom nght-hand corner of the Layout 
screen 

Once you have set the texture centr e 
properly, the rest is a tot easier. Look at the 
smoke object Itself and measure its exact 
dimensions. On a 75m ship it should be 
around 50m m length, and about 1 5m rri 
diameter at its rear end where the smoke 
is dissipating This size would give us a 
texture falioff of 2 i in X |Jengthj. 1 5 in t 
and 1 5 in ¥, 

As these set the percentage falfoff, the 
smoke should be invisible once it reaches 
about 4 1 . fiim in X | comfortably inside the 
object], and should taper off as the smoke 
object widens to more than T3.2m 1 1 00 
per cent transparency in Z and ¥ beyond 
6.6m either side of the pvot point) 


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Works of art 


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Wth a bit of thought, an understanding of textures, and the careful measurement of your 
objects, effects such as smoke and white water needn't be a nightmare to reproduce using 
basic UghtWave tethntques. You might never achieve the cfegree of realism a professional 
studio could with its banks of artists and grgabytes of digitised footage of water, smoke, 
explosions, and the rest, but your efforts wifi be a tot more lifelike than before, and you 
have enough scope with this technique to produce some startling results. 



Tti® finished animation hi>gnly teem these two addition*, 

though a rtwtic frum* ftpn'f realty show thm effect 


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B rie use af the Cursorttote^J function 
outfined last month is to displaying 
field names in programs that collect 
their data via an on-screen form. Of 
course, to develop these types of tomtit 
applications you afiu need to be able to collect 
and display keypress data at the appropriate 
position on the screen 
The CursorReadfl function f've written for 
tffls month's instalment does exactly that, and 
at first sight it is perhaps a little more 
complicated than you might expect, The reason 
is that to produce any useful form-nil 
application it's necessary to contrai what a user 
can. and cannot type very carefully. 

Input fields, for example, need to have their 
length controlled so that users don't go 
overwriting areas of the display assigned to 
other uses. Similarly some key presses |such as 
function keys] may need to be ignored while 
others, like backspace, have to be recognised 
so that special actions can be taken. In other 
words, it is necessary to parse the input stream 
id that only those keypresses deemed to be 
useful are actually used 
This, of course, means that a caw console 
wrndow musr be used and to read the 
keyboard I'll be using the ARexx Readchf] 
function For (he most part Amiga keyboard 


Form 

keys rabeUcd with ANSI standard characters will 
be translated into their ASCII character 
equivalent by the console device via the current 
keymap data. With other keys an escape 
sequence will be generated and rt's important 
to understand that the number of characters 
generated does vary from key to key. 

For this month's example script the ASCII 
characters Ive chosen to support are shown in 
listing f The parsing strategy itself involves a 
loop whose exit condition is either the 
reception of a carnage return character or the 
reception of more characters than specified 
when the routine rs called 

F've also chosen to look to function and 
other specrar keys (Home, End and so onjl so 
that the various characters generated by these 
keys can be safety ignored. Listing 2 shows a 
pseudocode representation of the routine's 
structure and if you bear this layout in mind 
when you look at the CoverDisk example code r 
it shouldn't be too difficult to appreciate how 


ASCII Code (Hexf Action To Be Taken 

0-7 Ignore these non -or in ting thariittrs 

S Co a Sink spite and mate last ehimtar fr&i input string 

M? Igr-orr these non-printing rhari>cttri 

23-TD Print nofiaUj adding ekanaterj to input String 

7E {') tgnofi 

?r (delete) ignore 


LI 4 Nrttj It 
Operations 

Id fro 

by the koypraia 
puffer 



set Cursor (0 required pnsition 

dc vhili input thiritltr is not a carriage return 

if thirartm receives count < lUousd thsrartr count 
dn 


r>d 


Select 

Hhen ehar= function, or special ley ippre all associated characters 
Hhen char =tnejrspic* reaevt Last thtncttr 
* when char is printable print anq add In snuut string 

0 tier vise inner* rhsnztrr 
end 
end 

else force an but frot pminj routine 



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when iI-=CSl then 
do 

till Beadth(*lndou,1 ) 
iS»$eiilck(.iriRifnv,1} 
end 

when iIhIKKIPHI i f>l then 
do 

f= 1-1 

Iri tecM si ncn« ; ii 1 1 1 , 1 | |il] 

input_itrin§J=L« fit input_st.rinpS # Lingth( inpiit^itringO-l l 
xt-B e idc h < v ; n dcnc, 1 3 
end 

when lli-SPACE i itaPFROK then 
do 

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the routine worts. Displaying ordinary 
characters is easy, We increment a character 
count, print the character to the screen using 
Wntechli. and add the character to the input 
string being collected. Having done that we 
read another character and continue the loop. 
Backspace handling nvolves removing the last 
displayed character and decreasing the 
character count, 

It is a Little more awkward for two reasons. 
Firstly, printing a backspace only moves the 
cursor back one position - it doesn't actually 
remove the character passed over, so we 
need to explicitly do this as a separate 
operation. I ve opted for printing a 
backspace, writing a period character, and 
then backspacing again to position the cursor 
at the correct location for a new character 

The console device does, incidentally 
Support A delete character control sequence, 
but since using this would physically shift up 
other characters on- that particular display line 
(causing ary other field names on the same line 
to moveji this option, to our current purposes. 

Is not suitable. 

The second thing to watch for rs that we 
must only ever do backspace operations while 
there are still characters left in the input string 
to delete. You can see how I do this by looking 
at risung 3 which shows the inner seiect/when 
statements used m the parser. 



QHplains ham 
to write an 
Menu hpq- 


The example 
itself 

The best way to appreciate this month's 
discussion is to run the example program to 
yourself and experiment. Open a shell 
window and, for convenience, copy the 
example script to the ram disk and make 
ram- the current directory [by typing., cd 
ram:]. Then run the script by typing... rx 
S£ptember_exarniple and enter some data 
rnto the screen form that appears. 

At the moment nothing much happens 
to the data you enter, it just gets 
redisplayed at the shell window which 
sLarted the program - just to convince you 
that the entered fields are being properly 
collected by the CursorReadfl routine. 

Yau'IJ nobce chat the example has quite a 
iot of preliminary setting up code for writing 
field names, showing the mpur field sues 
using period characters, and collecting the 
various replies. Each Fiord is essentially 
treated as a separate entity, but obviously 
thrs approach leaves a little to be desired as 
forms become larger, 

The next step 15 to become a little more 
organised in the way we display and collect 
field information and next month wifi in Fart 
see me adding a rather crafty twist to ihe 
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he Internet has become exactly the 
kind of buzzword I was hoping it 
would nX with all kinds of style 
victims with Apple Macs rampaging around 
the network posing as Cyber Warriors, while 
users who could get something out of it are 
being put off by the associations the Net is 
starting to pick up m the public imagination. 

It s full of porn, It's full of weird people, ft's 
full of reams ot text about how to make 
bombs, drugs, thermal weapons and plastic 
replicas of Delia Smith's underwear, It's an 
unsavoury place full of people who want to 
corrupt our children sell us things we don't 
need, and push tlierr opinions on us while 
eavesdropping on what we took at so they 
know what sort of person we are. 

Well okay, a lot of those impressions have 
some basis in fact These problems do exist on 
the Internet, but explaining why they exist and 
how little a threat to the average person on 
the street they are is a difficult task. The 
Internet is a prate where all of human life and 
experience is gathered, a sort of extension of 
the real world, or 'the Outernet as some wags 
have it. 

You find a lot of disturbing things in life, 
and yes, people have diverse and sometimes 
down right hornbie tastes, politics and points 


The Internet: 
UJhere to now? 


of view, but to badiy quote some deep thinker 
who's name escapes me: “I detest your point 
of view, but I defend tg the death your right 
to hold it." If nobody gets to express 
themselves fuiry on the internet, then what is 
the point of it any more? If the Government 
legislates against free speech on the Internet, 
then what use is our Government? 

RRVTHfflG RRD EUEHVIHIflG 

Where we are on the internet is a point in 
history where almost anything you want to 
know or want to tatk about is there for all to 
see. What we do next, who we vote for and 
what their plans are for the Internet are trucral 
to the future of our country, our culture, and 
our rights as humans and residents of the 
United Kingdom and of the Internet- 

Make sure the people in power know how 
you feel. Write to your MP, write to the person 


responsible tor Information Technology In the 
party of your choice, and make sure that the 
policy decisions about personal freedom on the 
future Information Super-hype-way are made, 
and made right. 

Address your e-marJ to: 

Liberal Party 

paddyashdown^eix. compuli nk . co . uk 
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ekome.htm 

Labour Party 

tony, bMir9geo2.poptd.org.uk 

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Party/ 

Conservative Party 

Er. , they don't have email Funny that, 



Net watch 


frn Sure you would like to know 
about those nice sices on the 
Internet I ve been visiting over the 
East few weeks? Sure you do 

Bravo Char godhead satellite 
channel, you know the one with 
the fancy ads on the London 
Underground and in all the 
magazines F Yup, that's them Well 
they re here on the Web too. God 
save us. Great site though, and 
really nicely done, Lots of info and 
pics from all the shows they are 
showing at the moment, which 15 
almost every cutt TV show ever 
made. 1 wish I was allowed to 
have a satellite dish, but my other 
half says I can't because rfs 
expensive, it's full of trash and it 
cots my mind. Put she ret me have 
an Internet account? 1 ? Go figure 

http: //www. uaep . Co . u k/b r a vo . 
htmJ 

Dr Fun another cartoon strip 
and a damn fine one too. Best get 
Netooy and thus one and then 
you'll never have to buy a comic 
eve: again Well perhaps once in 


H while, but no spandex covered 
superheroes., okay? 

http;/Aunsitp, unc.edu/Dave/drfu 
n.html 

Cyberview 3D Document 
Maker - very technical, but 
interesting. 

http://www.geom . umn. edu/apps 
/cybervrew3d/about. htmf 

The VRML Repository - Virtual 
Reality Mark-up Language, the 3D 
version of HTML A 3D Web 
interface being developed by a 
prrvafe company and Silreon 
Graphics. Lets hope Estori make 
it snappy with the new RISC- 
based Amigas, and then well be 
flying through real Cyberspace... 
Whai is this sudden thing about 
3D. hmm? 

http://Www.sdsc edu/Wm! 

Wan Web - the orHine version of 


a cult video called WAX. It's hard 
to describe, but the web site 
features some darn good stuff. 
You may need access to some 
kind of PC of Mac to view the 
Trims though. Sorry You'll have to 
wait until the slated Escom 
Amiga/PC clone comes out. Still 
look on the bright side, at least it'll 
be out before Windows '95 (or 
Amiga '85 as we like to call itlj 

http://bug .village, vi rginia.edu/ 

The Ed Wood Home Page - 

see the world's worst movies, well 
buy them From this company 
anyway. Or at least take down 
the names of me films and go to 
your local store and buy them. 
This rs a part how tn and ‘how 
not to' do web site Check it out 
and you'll see what I mean 
Mon do graphics, mondo slow, 
mondo chic, 

http://www.futurenet.co.uk/ 
edwood/CONTE NTS. html 


Making Movies - a film 
production company, making 
films in both London and Los 
Angeles, with details nf the films it 
has in production, plus access by 
emtail to a company that might 
read your screenplay. 

hit d://www. making movi es .co m/ 
tallent/index.htirii 

The ARPA Warbreafcei site - 

I'm not sure what this is. I got it 
by accident while looking for 
something else, but it looks reai 
scary, ARPAnet was what the 
Internet used to be called, 
ironically enough 

http://www.wb.com/' 

I'M Bl FFf*! - this is just plain 
weird. Mpeg movies? Weird Mpeg 
movies? You'd have to be sick in 
the brain to download most 
of this stuff, but heyl You 
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I situation was simple. You had 
bi tmapped fonts for Workbench and 
I tompugrephiic fonti for ProPage. PageStream 
I f . 8 was around,, but did anyone actually use 
! it? Probably not. ft had its own font format 
called dmf, but even with this added format 
there wasn't much confusion, Compare that 
I situation to today's proliferation of file formats; 
CDmpugraphfe. Workbench Compugraphiic, 
Postscript type I , Postscript rype 3. Nimbus Q, 
TrueType, not to mention the good old bitmap 
and dmf formats Postscript fonts can be even 
further subdivided into formats for the Apple 
f Macintosh, those for Windows and those for 
! DOS, 

There still isn’t that much confusion over 
what format typeface to use for whirh 
program. However, the current system is 
somewhat inefficient wrth people having to 
have several copies of a typeface in different 
formats on their machine for use in different 
programs. Perhaps one of the initiatives 
undertaken by Escom with a new release of 
Workbench should be the support systemwide 
of Postscript type 1 fonts,, similar to the system 
*i emptoyed by NeXTStep and the NeXT 
i machines which actually go one stage further 
| and work systemwide in Postscript for the 
! display as well as text, 

Another alternative would be to go the 
Windows route and offer support for TrueType 
format fonts, but we don't ceaJly want to be 
, seen to emulate Windnze now, do we? 

Sometimes it's hard to find the font you 
want in the format you need, but every DTP 
diva should really have a copy of TypeSmith to 
I hand In its current incarnation ft can handre 
I almost all the formats covered in thrs articte 
with the exception of the NimbusO format But 
! as Final Writer - the mam program to use 
NimbusQ - supports postscript fonts as wefl, 

I it's not too much of a problem. 

If you can t find the font you want in the 
format you need and you don't have a copy of 
TypeSmrth to hand, you couFd do worse than 
ringing FMC on Q 1 2 55 43 P 389 . 1 know I've 
plugged them before but they realty do 
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Font formats 


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tales 



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This is tlM 

highly *j if c iting 
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PageStream progress 

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By the time you read this, the final chapter in 
the PageStream 3. Ox saga should be over, 
SoftlogiJt are releasing version 3.0h as I write 
and this wiil be the penultimate release before 
moving to version 3,1. Some of the 
implemented features in XQh wifi include: 

i Speeded up text' The abilrty to leave 
graphics and text external to a file 

• Implemented page numbering 

• Implemented Auto Hyphenation 

• Fixed most known insertion point jtext 
cursor] related problems 

• Fixed auto kerning of PostScript fonts 

• Fixed the distorted aspect ratio problem 
with bitmap pictures 

• Fixed the drstorted aspect ratio problem 
with landscape printing 


• Fixed Cut. Copy. Paste, Erase and Undo 
toolbar buttons 

• Fixed copying of objects between 
documents which also copied text style tags 

• Fixed all send to editor scripts to -work 
property when qurtdng an editor and not just 
when closing an edrtor's window. 

Let s hope the development continues apace 
with this Amiga version arid that SoftLogik 
don't get carried away with rhe development 
of a PC or Mac version to our detnment Some 
of the really important features that are strli 
Jacking in PageStream 3 include proper EPS 
export and separations. Wf have certainly 
been patient, waiting for a usable version of 
PageS tream, and I hope this patience wifi 
soon be paid off 


Postscript Type I: The standard for typography In the 
publishing industry, the postscript font format was developed 
by Adobe Systems way back. A scalable font format ft supports 
additional fifes for kerning information and screen 
representations of fonts, 

Postscript Type J: Postscript type ! fonts are great hut they 
don t cope wdf with very complex shapes. The Type 3 variant 
was designed to deal with halftones and shading, but most 
programs will only output type 3 fonts to a postscript printer, 
unlike type 1 1 . 

TrueType: TrueType Is probably the most common format in use 
at the moment thanks to its adoption into Windows. TrueType 
provides a scalable technology similar to the Compugraphrt 
format but is best suited to screen use. 

Cbitipugraphic: AGFA developed the Compugraphic standard 
originally for their typesetting machines, but the format has 
become popular on the Amiga thanks primarily to Gold Disk s 


Professional Page program, followed by Commodore's licensing 
of the technology for use in Workbench, ff you have ProPage 
installed on a machine with a Workbench revision higher than 
2 . 0 . you will be able to convert PrbPage s version Of the 
Compugraphrc format into a format suitable for use with 
Workbench. 

Simply load up Fountain (or Inteflifont if you are using 
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the source window. Fountain wifi then convert the format 
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standard, but is a lot faster for screen display. The only 
programs to support NimbusQ fonts on the Amiga so far are the 
Softwood range of Word Processors including Final Copy and 
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Moody, another regular contributor 
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Over to you Graham. 

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this rs how we get the information, that is 
returned form the procedure: 


JtREEHjNFGf]] is non itlmr lOCK vher# by thf 

irtforiiEiun ii diiptiyid directly pn icrilll." 

Okay, here's the first part of the code. Don't 
try to run this! it is not complete, although it 
you're really clever you might he able to figure 
out where it s going and bear us to it. 
Otherwise wait until next time and fill in the 
rest of the code before trying it out. Okay, here 
we go with part r . 

First the usual' starting type code 

Screen CLun Strien 

F!=b'ili(RfrWLeid fln >' [ H FictnriVt* 

test icrttn inV! 1 

If Fl=" 

Edit 


which loads the screen you are going to test 
and if it doesn't load it wiN bang you back to 
the editor, 

EL ii 

Loci Iff Ff,lnd(T) 

This loads the rff picture to a random screen 
number, Close the IF/ELSE/EWDfF and we're 
onto the next tut: 

End tf 
Uiit i'bl 

This of course waits for the next vertical blank, 
and then we are into the first PROC 

JCIEElJlFQCt] 

TirPartut 


This returns the information from procedure as a 
string called 15, which of course we can process 
fater The other form of the PJfOC is next: 


SEE Et RH JNBE R=Yl l ( it f ( f I [ I , ' I } 
uU«LEIHdf[» f 3,t)) 

UViL{Ridl{JI,M)) 

yiD7Ks¥*HRldHH,lM)] 

KUBBERCFC DidliR S=T a I Ilf dl(JR ) 

WM EROFE ITPL *K£5 = ft l t Hi df ( ] J , U t 1 1 1 
MOURI&f S'CtEEdWflHlTi||,al (RidTf]J r 3tl ( Tf I 
Default 


and after gathering the rnto we return to a 
default status. Now we can PRINT some of the 
rnfo we've gleaned to the screen 


UJho goes 

there ? ms 



Prim ’Tht strttn rusher ="4 $i r t (_S CIE ENMU MSE.R 1 

This prints the screen numtser, followed by 
similar statements to print x coordinate, y 
coordinate, screen width, screen height, 
maximum number of colours, number of hit 
planes in use, and finally the amount of screen 
memory in use, with the foflawmg stements: 

Print ‘I - B *strt(m 
Print "■ s'*3trt{TJ 

Print "Ifcl screen vEdTk ■-■tSlrJ HI ITJl) 

Print "The icrttn htfglt ^mridElMTI 
Print "The tgui nytbcr oi cstcuri 
art'+St ridtflifltRdfCtmUIRS) 

Print “The nuRbtr of blt“plsnts ii"*StrttHlll- 
REMPilTPUItEI) 

Print ’Tht Ril&rjr requi men' » n *Strf [ftMINm- 
StlEENRElCBT} 

then we locate the cursor and print a prompt to 
tell the user io press a mouse button: 

Incite ,15 ; Centre "flreu idjse Mf." 

Heptat : Until Rouse Oy<>G 

Then we close current screen: 

Screen Moil Screen 

and then we start again with the requester to 
toad another picture for even the same 
prcturelj 

FMFtiltIBirl/VLQid trotler Eft Ht^reVt# 
tEst screen Info'hUlt 15 

This waits for I 5/5Qs of a second. Then we test 
tor the picture toad again and go back to Che 
editor if it didn t. as before If it does load we 
load it into a random screen: 

if Fl="* 
lift 

Eli* 

Laid III s l,Rndtfi 
End If 
Halt 15 


Now we activate the PftOC again 


JtREELHFitfl] 
IJ=Pirait 
BtflilLt 
Dirpi; t 


Now we gel to the point where we define 
the procedures: 

Prccedur# JtlEEK THFC'CSlLEhTT 
&APJ= H 


Note: The gap between the quote's is 39 
spaces by my reckoning Next we set the 
address of screen table: 


A**Semii Em 

J c REE N _NU NBER*»t| H U f tt r B i it * 1 H) 


untrl we hit the current screen number. Now 
we look for the screen's x and y co-ordinates: 

lHfO!»StrlLKKER_lVIW£ft) : 

cuttUT-Bttkttcrun 

IRfMfeSfrlUDISPUT) 

[ $= I f +«f g h 1 14 1 HFfll S , Ltn f 1 HID 1 1 

T B 3 S P LAt^ie tft £ S c ret n Bm+IW 
II F&2>=! t rH»[ SPIRT J 
J I- [J+Hi gf» t $ C [ H FOZ S # n ( EM F 02 1 1 — 
lM!ltlUm>(Lrr,IHIF&Z*M]) 

_5CFIEN_yltirH = tEElc(Scrt«n &a&r*7A) 


and then the width and the height of the 
screen: 


WfD3|iEtfl(JCttE! VIRTU) 

3 1 - 1 i+ R i g h 1 i L I N F c 3 i , Li r, (L X F03 1 ) - 

JCtEEN.HEKHT=&iEL(Scriin 
IRF01fi*$tri( SCREEN HEIGHT! 

[ S - 3 1 + R i g h ! S 1 1 1 F d ti , L e n f [ H FO^ S ) - 
1 1 +U f tl f 54PJ v S-t Ltnf IN F IH3 M ) 3 


Then the max amount of colours, number of 
planes available and screen memory 
requirement: 

JRKim_llUHaiR JTJ«UHI»>Bftk( St re»A 3*51+96 > 
1*FDSI=St r3(_IUI3lHJlHBEMF COLOURS) 
ll>]ttR1|ktl[lRF0Sf,Lin(IMF»1l- 

IdPA-DefifStfeen Bm+JO) 

IRFOiMitrtflOPlJ 
1 1= E J + R 1 g h 5 |i IN FO if , L tfi ( I H F IJ4 1 ) ’ 
t J+Ll f t If GIN ,M LtP i 1 If 04t M 1 ) 

T SR- i tftlrdcrttn Ba s e+7 ft J *Ii e eirScrii'i 
BiJE+FIH&EelttSerten Sasf*8!l) J.i'B 
]Nffl/t-Sl rtitSli 

j I- I!*R i (h t S ( I N FBft H Li n 1 1 R FCTl I- 
Ef £ELE«T=D 

[f JCllE«JUMER-7 
tSN=i 
Ebt 

IS*=7 

End If 


# Next mon th we ll 1 conclude the process and 
round It all up. 


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he Amiga's buiJNn 8-bir sampled 
sound hardware once helped the 
machine stand head and shoulders 
above the competition. Unfortunately, 
technology doesn't stand still and what was 
first seen as one of the Amiga s strengths, 
digitised 8-Pit sound, has now become a 
weakness [if not an outright liab-iNtyf 
The reason is that on other platforms the 
emphasis in most sound-oriented areas is 
moving rapidly from B-brt to 16-bit sound In 
fact* you only need look at the PC marketplace 
to see what is happening. Everyday 'home PC 
users are flocking to 16-bit sound cards like no 
tomorrow, with roost taking the opportunity to 
throw on a CD-ffOM drive at the same time 
Why is this happening much quicker on the 
PC than on the Amiga? Well. one main reason 
Is cost. You can, few example, now get a 1 6-bit 
soundcard and software, and a CD-ROM drive 
for under £2 CIO, On the Amiga the situation is 
very different - decent 1 6-hit Amiga sound 
cards are stifl far too expensive. Wo matter how 
brilliant the SunRize ADS 16 may be. no 
everyday Amiga user is going to go out and 
buy one at current prices 
The Toccata hoard is cheaper but although 
the software offers some useful VLabs package 
links it has little in the way of what you might 
call more generalised 1 6-^bit Amiga software 
sound support Blue Ribbon s One Stop Music 
Shop is also extremely good but again, price- 
wise, it is beyond the reach of most Amiga 
users, 

So what does ail this mean? Well, for end 


rrr«ftivr W wr! ill nil h 


The Hmiga 's race 
against time 


SI ud]f if > 1IH IfH nm» lAntrln >,H 





users it's simple Even just talking hardware - to 
obtainan up-and-running 16-bit Amiga 
multimedia system it costs roughly two or three 
times as much for an Amiga owner as it does a 
PC user? incidenEally. despite their low prices, 





Dhpliy In Gyle* 
Dliplivin Samples 
Display in Milliseconds 



■ Creative 
Utb'r 

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Wr It wouldn’t 
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Sunftrzs 

inund lyitftni 
- grant, but far 

too BXfiBn xlvc 

tor the average 


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bundled with a tot of support software. 

Creative Lab's Sound Blaster 16 package, for 
example, provides a sample editor which lets 
you sampre at rates up to 44, 1 QQhfa (CD 
quality! There are Ensemble programs which 
provide sound sample. audio CD and Midi fife 
playing facilities, mixer programs, a multimedia 
authoring package, Monologue for Windows 
which allows you to add speech facilities to 
other Windows applications, as well as vanrous 
other programs. 

it is these types of hardware and software 
bargains that are setting the multimedfa/music 
rules nowadays and to compete the Amiga has 
at Tea st gor to tie in the race, in shorL it badfy 
needs cheap, yet good, 1 6-bi£ sound 
hardware, along with more system-wide (i.e. 
Escom standardised) operating system support. 
Escom, of course, are IOD per cent aware of 
what's been happening in the PC worfd and 
there are already strong rumours that an 
affordable 1 6-brt DSP (Digital Sound Processing] 
card is high on their Am.ga agenda. This, of 
course, is something which, for musicians and 
multimedia users, is very good news indeed! 


More than a drop in the ocean 


Those of you who rend this column 
regularly may remember in the part that 
I ve mentioned an Amiga disk-based 
magazine produced by Ojdrn Lynne in 
Norway, called AM/FM (the Amiga 
Musicians Freeware Magazine']. 
Unfortunately, publication of am/fm, 
because of the authors other 
commitments, has now ceased (disk issue 
19 was the last], but the good news is 
that well-known Amiga music duo Wevan 
and Gareth Craft have decided to take 
over the helm. 

The magazine is now carted the 


MIDfCraft Magazine' and most of the 
previous AM/FM distributors both here in 
the UK and overseas arc stocking it along 
with MfDiCraft sample disks* and so on. 

The reason I'm mentioning this is that 
Kevan and Gareth really do deserve 
credit for the effort they put into their 
Amiga-oriented music work. As well as 
being the authors of countless tracker 
module songs, PQ utility and sample disks 
(and now publishers of MfDICrafirf, 
they've even found time to produce an 
audio CD called A Drop in the Ocean'. 

This contains 1 2 original tracks and it's 


not only worth a listen because the songs 
themselves are quite good, but because it 
will show you exactly what it is possible 
to do With Amiga sequencing software - 
all tracks on the album were in fact 
sequenced using Amigas running Music 
X. 

A Drop in the Ocean costs 00.99 and 
is available from Sea soft Computing - Tel: 
01903 BSQ378, A public domain support 
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and even an OctaMED version of one of 
the instrumental tracks on the CD1 


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I I fcay, here's the problem You we found 
I ri great JD Object Oi.r more cm rhf 
“ Net which should be *de^l far that 
bght-deadirne anrmatjan v cleo you re do.ng lor 
(t prestige client, but it sms format neither you 
nor your 3D software can comprehend You re 
desperate to complete the project on time, so 
wha t do you do? 

Well you could always toad the object into 
the software it was designed on, and do your 
animation there. Nice idea, but if i t's a 
Wavefront. Alias or Softimage object then you'd 
better have a big wedge of cash ready to buy 
the requisite hardware and software to gel your 
animation up an rf running You ll aJso need 
some time to famrl ar se yourself win the system 
and get up to speed, so this option is almost 
completely impractical 
Alternatively, you could farm Ihe whole 
project out to a Fully-equipped 3D animation 
house, if the budget is big enough, though you 
might still need to tweak the object in the 
animation house's .30 software to maker! look 
how yuu want. 

Not very viable suggestions sc hr you re 
probably murmuring. And you'd be right. What 
we need is another approach, a way of 
changing the alien object into something your 
3D software can recognise and load. This is 
where 3D object converters come in. 

3D object converters are basically translators 
which read an object in a given format, change 
its code to that of the desired output Format and 
save it as a new object ready to be loaded into 
your 30 program There are two main 
commercial programs on the Amiga for object 
conversion - Interchange Plus from Syndess 
Corporation and Pixef3D Pro from Axiom 
Software, and both have their own individual 
benefits. 

For instance, white Interchange Plus |ICP| 



■ Behind its smart inUrfsce Pfffwl 3D 
Pro in a capable, if not always 
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Plus J* the 
heat object 
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software on 
the Amiqa 


does the better jgb of converting objects, 

PuteGD also converts 2D bitmap mages into 
extruded 3D objects with bevels and other 
niceties to enable the construction of. say, 3D 
logos from scanned or painted artwork, Sadly, 
there are no trufy flexible PD converters that I 
know of, though there are some with very 
limi ted conversion abilities, 

Now. the sman 3D folks among you will 
already know that 3D programs such as 
Light Wave, l?eal3Dand Imagine include facilities 
for importing some formats of 3D objects 
directly, and also for turning 2D bitmaps into 3D 
objects, so why the need for extra conversion 
utilities? Well, if youVe ever tried loading 
Imagine objects into LighM/ave, or Lightwave 
objects into Imagine, then you'll have realised 
that both are currently impossible because the 
built-in loaders just don t cover these areas. 

However, i f you want to import AutoCAD 
DXF files then all the big three Amiga 3D 
programs can load them (though not always 
without problems, since, like MIDI. DXF isn't 
really the standard format it would like to bej. 
Recent additions to Eeal3D mean it is no longer 
restricted to loading Sculpt format objects as its 


Common 3D object formats 


3D5 j.Sds] 
DXF f.OXFj 


Imagine (..iobj 
Lightwave f.lw or .IwahJ 
Real3D 


Sculpt j, scene} 

TurboSilver f.ts or .sifwr] 
Uldeoicape 30 (.geo or .bgeoj 


Vista DEJH j scape] 


Objects produced by AutaDesfc's 3D Studio software. 

Popular AutoCAD object format, producing ASCII Tiles which may 
require liwge amounts of Amiga memory to process. 

Objects produced by Impulse s Imagine. 

Objec ts From NewTefc's Lightwave Modeter 3D program 
B-Spline or triangular mesh objects from ftealSoft's Read3D 
software 

Byte-by-Byte s raw obsolete faf least on the Amiga] object format, 
Objects produced by impulse's precursors so Imagine 
Objects produced by Aegis's predecessor to Lightwave's 
WocWlerSD. 

Digital elevation map files created by Virtual Reality Laboratories 
Vista ranged software. 


only external input, but for .most object formats 
an external converter is still required for Real3D 
and Imagine. So you can see that whether or not 
you use an object conversion program really 
depends upon your needs and the capabilities of 
your 3D software. 

One of the main problems when converting 
objects is that it rsn't always possible to convert 
some of the object's attributes |for example 
surface and texture- maps! fofo information 
which can be used when (he new object is 
loaded into its 3D program. There's no easy way 
round this, because most 3D programs use 
different methods of surface and texture 
mapping, which means there will be times when 
you'll need to attach new texture attributes to 
the converted object before theyJl Joak the way 
you want them to, 

But this is a small price to pay compared with 
building the whofe object from scratch, 
especially when a program Irke ICP can read all 
the colour, specufarity, reflection and refraction 
data from the incoming object and translate it as 
faithfully as possible into settings the target 3D 
software can understand and utilise. 

If you were to ask me to recommend which 
converter software to buy (and if you're serious 
about 30 you'll certainly need some} I'd have to 
say Interchange Pfus because it offers the widest 
range of conversion facilities and the most 
consistent output quality. On the other hand, 
Pixe!3P has been appearing on magazine cover 
drsks and it does make turning bitmaps into 
objects quite easy. However, it doesnt seem to 
be able to get object conversion completely right 
1 0P per cent of the time, resulting in some fiddly 
object edrting to smooth out any shortcomings 
whrch may occur 


Contact 


Gary Whiiclcy can be e-mailed as 
drgaz@cix.com pu link x o, u k. 



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explains why 
3P abject 
conuerters tan 
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3b3 Mb eMi-nul 730Mb <T*pn*il 1- Mil 
5*IU Mb inlrtJlal i.2P ]Gb IfllHlui 099 
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2.5" IDE Drives 


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To order any of the products shown on this page 
(or any other Hi Soft title, see the list opposite) • 
Just call us, free of charge, on 0500 223660, 
armed with your crodil or debit card; we will 
normally despaich within 4 working days (£4 
P&P\ or, far only £6, by guaranteed next day 
delivery (for goods in stock). Alternatively, you 
can Bend us a cheque or postal orders, made out 
to HiSott AH pHees include VAT Export orders: 
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The Old School, Greenfield 
Bedford MK455DE UK 
Tel; +44 (0) 1525 718181 
Fax; +44 fOl 1525 713716 





Here is a list of HiSoti titles lor the Amiga 
computers (prices shown are the Individual 
FIRPs): Squirrel SCSI interface - £69 95, 
Squircal Storage Systems please call, Aura 
12/16 bit sampiuf - E&S.Eia, Megalosound 0 brt 
sampler - Il 34.95. ProMidi jnterfaca - £24.95. 

HI Soft Devpac 3. 14 - C7995 Hi Soft BASIC 2 
£79 H5. Highspeed Pascal - £99,95. 
Garnesmilh - £99 .95, Termite • £39.95. Twist 2 
database - £99 95, Maxon F^agic - £29.95, 

If p per Disk Tools - £14.95, VisteLJtu inc 
MakaPaLh.'TefraForm £39 95 and much mote. 
Coming very soom DlakMaglc | d -ek tools) 


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