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Beat the System 

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The return of point and click graphical 
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moment of truth 



By the lime you read Ihis. 20 April will have been and gone. 
On that day, the future of line Amiga will be decided. The 
bidding auction we've been walling tor has finally materi- 
alised thanks to Esc am' a hasty purchase of the 
Commodore logo and its subsequent bkJ for the rest of the 
defunct company. 

In a notice sent out to all interested parties by the US 
counsel for Commodore, the document lays qui the agenda 
for the proceedings and verifies Escom's official bid, On 
Thursday 20. April, all interested parties wlH meet at the New 
York offices of Commodore's legal firm. Fulbright Jaworski, 
at 10am. At (he moment, Escom's bid for all Commodore's 



assets stands at $5 million, plus the $1-4 million already 
paid for C='s logo. Any subsequent bid must increase this 
amount in increment of S1 million to start the auctioning 
process and then S1 00,000 from thereaftef . 

The estimated final price tor the company is expected 
in the region of Si 0-1 5 million. Once the auction has 
taken place successfully, a court hearing will be hetd an 
April 21st al 10am to approve Ihe sale. Once approved, 
fresh stocks of amigas should be on the shelves come 
Christmas '95 trash stocks of Amigas should be on the 
shelves come Christmas '95, ready for the busiest shop- 
ping season of the year 




Thm Europomtf 
FmttiVMl or 
Animation; Expect 
to ■«* urn* of thm 
Mafic Gammta 
Company* work 
laa f»afur*d flo thm 
April »**«■ of 

Amiga Campu tin<jj 

at tli* Immtinml 



Wanted: Hnimations 



With computer animation becoming rapidly more avert- 
able to Joe Public through the likes of Imagine and 
Lightwave, the problem has always been getting any 
final work seen. To coincide with the British Film 
Institute's celebratory events of cinematography in the 
last 100 years, the European Festival of Animation 
could be part of a solution that will showcase some ot 
the best amateur and professional work from all over 
the world, 

Al the moment, they are looking for animations gen- 
erated on any program thai has been inspired by me 
last. 100 years of the moving image in cinema or tele- 
vision. They are interesled in pieces that have high 
creative content as well as Ihe technically stunning, so 
there's plenly of room tor firsl time animators as well- 
Entries should be sent on disks which should be 



clearly labelled with the sender's name and address, 
The organisers, Oxfordshire Independent Video, 
would also like a covering letter telling them- about Ihe 
program used to generate the anim and any other rel- 
evant details. Finally, make sure the original disks 
aren't sent because the organisers can'l promise lhat 
all entries will be returned. 

The festival itself is running from 27 September lo 1 
October and as well as showcasing Ihe best in anima- 
tion, there's a wide selection of exhibits, concerts and 
lectures from professionals in the industry. For more 
details on the European Festival of Animation, send 
an SAE to Mary Milton, the festival's administrator. 
The phone number and address are: 01295 273334 
Oxfordshire Independent Video, Town Hall, Bridge 
Streel, Banbury. 



Blissful rumour 

it has been rumoured thai both the 
Commodore UK MBO and States-based CEI, 
the other two principle players in (he buyout, 
are in discussion to form a joint venture if 
either should win. AHagedly. plans laid out 
stale thai CEI wilt tie responsible foi the distrib- 
ution and support of 1he Amiga in North 
America. They will also create an R&D learn 
and produce a worldwide marketing strategy, 
both in conjunction with Commodore UK. 

While Ihe whole seiup sounds ideal, there is 
a thorny problem that could bring the plan to its 
knees - the situate could be illegal. Once Hw 
bid has gone through and either of Ihe two par- 
lies win, (hey can do what they wanl. Until Ihis 
happens though, there's a distinct possibility 
that any discussions between two riiral bidders 
could be seen as breaking the law. 

David Pleasance. joint managing director ol 
Commodore UK wasn't prepared to commen! 
' on Ihe rumour 



[scorn cause 
a rumble 



The favourite to win the bid at present is 
the German-based company Escom 
While the firm is a massive success in 
its home country, it's only just beginning 
lo make an appearance on the streets 
of Britain in 24 stores nationwide. This 
is set to change very soon. 

Rumbelows. the high street electrical 
relalters, recently closed down, leaving 
231 stores vacant. Escom have leased 
these sites to sell their goods in, which 
could be great news for the future of the 
Amiga wilh instant support in Escom's 
shops across the country if the bid goes 
through. 



Amiga (omputinu 



JUNE 1995 



Wanted: Programmers 

One of [he questions being whispered in the oar of Ihe games industry at Ihe moment is 
where are tomorrow's programmers going to come from -9 W<Ih PCs costing an arm. a lung 
and a leg lo afford, and up unid very recently the Amiga's future shrouded in bankruptcy, 
trie anginal breeding ground where today's elite programmers leaml their trade over a 
low-cost computer in a bedroom somewhere m Bamsley is Feared to be becoming a thing 
ot the past. As big companies continue lo buy out every home-grown software company 
0** the planet, ihe opportunities for this low profile- 1 ; nd a voice in the increasingly 

commercial driven industry >s becoming more and mone difficult 

Paradigm Data Systems, producers of business software, have realised that there *s 
stitl a mass of programmers out Ihere brought up using the Amiga who are in desperate 
need of being, recognised, The company is on the took out for any kind of coder, whether 
a be PD or professional games coders, to fuel the firm's plans lo break into the under- 
nourished Amiga games market 

With several games currently under evaluation. The Wafes-based company wants any 
^led parties to give them a call on 01633 4SC . 



Star Trek 

The mouse pad 

Tg add further to the mass of mar- 
keting goodies available to those 
Strange creatures obsessed with 
the cull series, mouse pads featur- 
ing the various crew and ships from 
both series of Star Trek and the 
Generations movie are waiting to 
toe beamed down to a desktop near 
you, 

There a five different designs tn 
all and any Star Trek fan will obvi- 
ously stop reading this second, pick 
up Ihe phone and start quoting 
credit card numbers in Klingon at 
Ihe bemused lady on the other end- 
Each pad costs £9.99 and are 
available from Logic Computer 
Products on 01992 625323. 

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Software 
for the 
budding 
bilingual 



After the success of their previous educational 

release, 1 Ovio German is (he latest title to be added 

to 10 out 10's swelling software ranks. 

Like all of their products, the software is designed 
for the Modern Languages National Curriculum and 
contains 36 specific challenges. 

The program is split into six games lhat will hope- 
fully encourage children to learn by the use of 
Attainment Targets and Certificates. Topics include 
words, phrases, sentences, grammar, shopping, 
(ravel, sport, family, school and health. 

"For so long we, as a nation, have been the poor 
man's relation in Europe when it comas to 
being bilingual", commented Pelec Davidson, the 
company's director. 'And that's why we are releas- 
ing, Over the nest three months, a suite of 
Language tutors. French has already been released 
to critical acclaim and German is second in the 
series." 

For more detains, phone 1 0/1 software on 01 142 
790370. 




Did for new 



Owners of Ihe Supra V Fasl C^ass modems can now get them 
upgraded to V34 as well as V Fast Class tor £74.99 which 
includes return postage thanks to the First Computer Centre in 
Leeds. The offer runs from 1 April to 20 June only. 

Send your modem well packed and under recorded or regis- 
tered delivery to: Modem upgrade department, First Computer 
Centre, Unit 3 Armely Park Court, Stanningley Road, Leeds 
LS12 2AE- First Computer Centre can be contacted on 0113 
2319444. 

Canadian Amiga shnui 

For anyone with money to bum and a burning passion for the 
Amiga, they may want to Consider paying the Ami^am '95 show 
a visit. The only hitch is lhat il's at Calgary in Canada - a fair 
distance to travel if you're based in Britain. 

The show itself consists of seminars, workshops., exhibit 
areas for games, hardware and software, question and answer 
sessions, fix-it booths and more. The evenl runs from 15-16 
July and any enquiries about pricing and booking should be 
made on 0101 403 244 6990 

I wonder if there will be any Spaniards going. 



(qber drunk 



Bored with cappuccinos at the Cyberia Cafe in London? Fancy 
a Jack Daniels on the rocks with a touch of cyber thrown into 
the cocktail? With the arrival of The Six Bells Pub in 
Cambridge, it's now possible lo travel the information super 
highway plastered, at 28Q0Q baud rate without being 
disconnect ad. 

Animators unite 

The producers of the Multimedia ToolKit, as featured on last 
month's cover, have released the Animations CD, another 
double CO collection priced at £1 9.95. 

The combo consists of over one gigabyte of anirtns from 
artists all over Ihe wortd, and is compatible with both the Amiga 
and PC. Although these disks don't boot directly on an Amiga, 
they can still be used (on a CD32 as well) through the use of 
Weird Science's Network CD. The animations vary m size (up 
to 10 megs of RAM to display some) and come in a variety of 
differing picture formats - IFF, FLI, MoviePlayer and Deluxe 
Video. 

Up until the end of May, interested buyers can pick up Ihe 
collection for £14.35 and Weird Science can be reached on 
01 16 2340632. 

trussing Formats 

The producers of Cross Mac have announced the imminent 
arrival of CrossQOS version six. Boasting quicker floppy 
access, faster hard drive writes, the ability to create an AS- 
DOS partition on an Amiga hard drive and a host of other fea- 
tures, its makers, Consultron, are selling the product at 360. 
To order, phone Hi-Soft on 01525 718181 for a British price, 



Amiga Computing 



JUNE 1995 



Final Data sequel 

Those terribly nice people a I Softwood 
have been busy hammering away at iheir 
coding keyboards and have come up with 
Final Data 2. Some of (he new features lhat 
will aid database users are as follows: Non- 
contiguous selection of rows and columns 
{you can now seleci multiple rows or 
columns that are not adjacent to each 
Other}, database queries (query requester 
thai lets you define complex search crite- 
ria), sub -lists (display rows which havtt 
either been located by query or manually 
selected"), memos and running calculation 
column 5. 

For ihe full version, newcomers can 
expect to pay 639.95. Users wishing to 
upgrade (rom the previous version should 
call Softwood on 01773 836781. 

* * * * 

Women en top 

At (he moment, thousands of women 
across America are furious at Ihe US 
Congress. Declaring that the first 100 days 
of the 104th Congress has been a "war on 
women", a news group has been set up on 
the Internet called the Women's Leadership 
Network. 

Through the use of daily bulletins and 
debate, its leaders nope to inform and sfir 
the female (and sympathetic males) popu- 
lation ol the States that use the iniernel Inlo 
action come election time in '96. 

Their web address is: 

http://www.interport.net/-asherman/wln.rilrnt 



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Staq tuned 

For Ihe latest news on Amiga Computing 
and all things Amiga, lake a look at our 
home page, Tap in the following URL Web 
address: 

http://www,demon, co.uk/amigacomp 

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

* * * + 

Cut price (D32 

Silica's acclaimed CD32 Critical Zone pacts. 
has just received a prtce slash. Falling by 
£40 to £199, the package includes Ihe 
CD32 console and seven games - Cannon 
Fodder, Diggers, Liberation, Microcosm, 
Oscar, Project X, UHimale Body Blows 
among the gaming crop, 

For more details, call Silica on 01 81 -309 
1111. 



Indulge qoursElf 
sonicallu; 



With more and more pros turning Iheir hand to 
sound production on computers. Logic 3 have 
released the Screenbeat range of speakers to 
hopefully corner a slice of the multimedia boom, 
There are seven models, from screen-mounted 
units and sub-woofer monitor base systems, 
through to mini towers. All have amplifier circuits 
and bass resonance chambers. 

Pnces begin from £14.99 and for further Infor- 
mation, call Keith Newman on 01 81*900 0024, 




$er*mnhBmt: Tfi* Imtrtt t*r of 



Jumping on the bandwagon 



To pay testimony to their forward-thinking attitudes for 
Ihe technological future, both the Body Shop - Ihe ani- 
mal-friendly skin and hair product peopJe- and Legal S 
General- that company wiih the umbrella -are launch- 
ing their firms onto the Internet as a new access area to 
their services. 

The Bodyshop's intention is to open a link for 
data on social and environmental Issues and. Ideally, 
talk to people in more depth about issues Ihey 
may not have contemplated before which is 
not as raadily available over the counter of the richly 



aromatic shop. Their address is: http://www.the.body- 
shop.com 

Legal & General are launching a personal finance 
service, initially, in Ihe form of a buyer's guide to 
mortgages aimed ai first lime buyers. 

In addition lo this token gesture, the company will be 
providing a "What's new" page which will contain details 
on a special offer on home contents Insurance and an 
opportunity to request financial planning advice. 

Theii- address is: fittp://www. cityscape.co.uk 
/user&/dd75 






Computers in 
pole position 

According lo a survey carried oul 
by GfK Marketing, British house- 
holds spent more on computer 
equipment for the home than on 
any other consumer durable dur- 
ing 1994. Over one million home 
computers were sold in the year 
to December 1994 which repre- 
sents a total market worth £82.7 
million. This compares with £644 
million for large screen TVs, £587 
million for VCRs and E50B million 
for audio systems. 

Obviously, the majority of these 
units were PC-based fitted with 
CD ROM drives but by this time 
next year, hopefully, this imbal- 
ance will have swung back in the 
Amiga's favour, in Ihe meantime, 
as indication of how expensive 
the PC is in the wallets of most 
people. Ihe second-hand market 
has seen a boom Irom 28 per 
cent in December "93 to 41 per 
cent in December '94, with the 
average price for a machine 
coming in at £250. 

Just goes to show that there is 
a definite home market for a 
home computer In Ihe E£0r>£30O 
range. Like the Amiga For 
example. 



fl sound upgrade 

The critically acclaimed Studio 16 has just received an upgrade to ver- 
sion 3,01 from its manufacturers SunR«e industries. The makers are 
claiming that this version is the most powerful yet. with improved disk 
access, umes and new SMPTE timing options. 

Tho Meiers modules now have Amilink integration which means you 
can SMPTE timecode directly from the Amilink. freeing one of Ihe audio 
channels. Studio 16 is now compatible wrth third-party graphics cards 
such as Picasso and Retina, giving up lo 1260x1024 resolution. The 
idea is to allow users 10 run all Studio 16s modules without any overlap 
of windows. 

Currenl owners of version 3 can upgrade for £29 and Ihe complele 
new package for first time buyers i-s S240. For ordering details, ceil : 
SunRize Industries on 1 01 406 374 4962 



The professionals 

With the imminent arrival of Lightwave 4, which everyone Is talking about, 
the 24Bit club are releasing a video showing off Lightwave's skills to their 
best. Coming on a 10 minute cassette. It higihlights some of Ihe work done 
by animation leaders Amblin Imaging and Foundation Imaging, and more 

Footage from SeaOuest 
DSV and other projects lhat 
haven't graced British 
screens are all available al 
the press of Ihe play button, 
Costing £4. 95, the video 
can be ordered on 0141-946 
2191. 



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he never-ending Commodore liquidation 
saga has taken its toil on more US com- 
panies, According to a ■former GVP 
employee, the company liquidated on 5 April. 
GVP owners can still find some support for the 
company's products: Al least one company has. 
started producing the custom GVP- compatible 
RAM SIMMs (at prices lower than GVP's), and a 
company in Germany has announced an updated 
ROM for GVP hard drive controllers. Also, many 
of GVP's products were designed by outside 
developers; ImageFX is already available from 
creators Nova Design, and other GVP products 
may reappear from other companies. 

Meanwhile, the future of Amiga products and 
support from Elastic Reality (nee ASDG) is in 
question, as the company was recently acquired 



up shop 



Bsnim tithin repnrts on yet more 
tasudltms nf the (ommodorp crisis 

by Avid Technology, a major player in digital 
video hardware and software. The 345 million 
deal also included the purchase of UK software 
developer Parallax. 

Avid aren't involved in the consumer market, 
which doesn't inspire any confidence that they'll 
worry much about the Amiga market. Even less 
encouraging is the statement from Avid Vice 
President. Bob Sullivan, that the company is 
committed to supporting multiple platforms, 
namely Macintosh. PC. and Silicon Graphics. 

Finally, INOVAIronics has been described by 




news 



one former employee as being "in a coma" await- 
ing the resolution of Commodore's sale. The new 
version of Directory Opus comes from anothei 
company, and CanDo is in limbo for the moment. 



3D [D 



Syndesis are working on an update of their 3D- 
HOM CD. and want your help. II you're not famil- 
iar with the product, The Syndesis 3D-ROM is a 
CD-ROM collection of more than 600 freely dis- 
tributable 3D models. In AutoCAD DXF, 3D 
Sludio, Wavefronl. Lightwave, and Imagine 
formats. It's atso got more than 400 tile able, 
wrappable texture maps. 

It includes a fully- indexed, cross-referenced 
catalogue of the objects, The disc includes 
demonstration models from companies such as 
Viewpoint Animation Engineering, and 28 
Viewpoint demo models are present. More demo 



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objects were contributed by Noumanon Labs, 
VRS Media, Mira Imaging and other commercial 
modelling companies. 

By the time you read this, a new version of the 
CD should be available - the company recently 
pul a call out -on the networks for 3D objects lo fill 
out the second dec. The 3D-ROM is an excellent 
source of 3D objects for animations, whether 
you're looking for a pay phone or a starship. 

For more information on the 3D-ROM and its 
sequel, contact Syndesis Corporator PO Box 
65, 235 South Main Streel, Jefferson, Wl 53549 
USA; Phone (414) 674-5200; Fax (414) 674- 
6363. You can also e-mail 76004.1763® 
compuserve.com, 



PflUJS update - it's nearlu. there 



One company still hard at work on Amiga prod- 
ucts is Silent Paw Productions. Their PAWS 
{Portable Amiga Workstation) kit still hasn't 
been released, but it's getting closer. The 
company received so much interest in their kit, 
which adapts your desktop Amiga into a laptop 
case, that they went bach lo the drawing 
board to incorporate user suggestions. Thay 
have redesigned the case and lowered costs to 
boot. 

The Amiga 600 unit will be the smallest and 
will use the computer's existing keyboard, hard 
drive, and floppy. The 600 model will be closest 
lo the size and shape of a traditional laptop, 
whereas the A 1200 model is larger due to its 
motherboard, but has the same look and feel ol 



the PAWS A600. The suitcase-sized PAWS 
3000 and 4000 model features a tilt display and 
removable keyboard, and allows you to keep all 
your expansion cards. 

A special PAWS-E unit is being designed for 
the European market. PAWS will support both 
1 10 and 220 voltages, and the European model 
will handle PAL screens, Depending on the final 
outcome of the sale of Commodore's assets, 
SPP also hope to release an Amiga-compatible 
laptop called the Lynx, as well as a 68040 -based 
desktop workstation called the Puma 40. 

For more information, contact Silent 
Paw Productions. PO Box 1825, Manassas, 
Virginia 22110 USA; (703) 330-7290 - voice and 
Fax. 



Image (Taster's new image 

Black Belt Systems have expanded into Ihe Windows NT and Windows NT market!!, but Ihe 
company remain committed lo the Amiga as well. The new update of ImageMasler R/t, version 1.60, 
features a suite qt new flame effects which csn be added to images, Effects include gas flames, 
candles, log and forest fires, and even the oil wick ol a hurricane lamp, 

All the flame parameters can be adjusted, for example, independent control over the flame's 
base, middle, end and tip colours allows you to tailor the burn, even to rare metals such as Sodium 
or magnesium, with no trouble. Vou have control over how much the flame distorts the background 
behind it, turbulence within the flame and more. 

Also in the plasma suite is an extensive electrical generator which can be used to create light- 
ning and other electrical effects. Preset or canned effects include Summer Storm. Windstorm. 
Fibrous and. Gamma Bursts. You have direct control over colour, glow, lagging, saturation, taper. 
width and more. As with Ihe flame tools, all controls may be animated over lime using ARexx, 
resulting in realistic travelling bolls and strikes 

Version 1.60 contains many other changes and improvement, including the ability to force all 
screens to 4-bit. 0-bit, or AGA. something that should help the performance of many ol the weaker 
AGA emulations lor the various graphics boards available for the Amiga. For more information, call 
(408) 367 S513 or fax (406) 367-2329. Upgrades from previous versions of ImageMasfer R/t are SZ5 
plus shipping. 



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B«h Towers are easy to install, 

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AGA FLICKERFIXER ■ 

Ooubler II is a full 24- bit AGA Flicker 
Filer for die Amiga 41)00- It au inmartcally de- 
mccdaces all AGA screen modes and scan-double;. 
Bon-interlaced PAUNTSC modes to allow 
VGA monitors to display rhem. Supports VGA 

only, S-VGA and Multitca.it monitor*. Pixel 
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and has a. standard 1 5 pin VGA type connector. 
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IDEM CD-DE 

Thii card allows you ro connect a CD- ROM 
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J.5" and IDE HDV Complere with cables, 
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OCTOGEN SCSI-2 

SCSI-2 controller card for the Amiga 1 500/4000 
Upgradable to 3MB of RAM. 

OCTOGEN 1008 . .£1 29 



TANDEM CD-DE CARD £69 VGA ADAPTOR £15 



VIDEO DAC 18-BIT 

Video Dae 18-bit is a graphics card 

which allows the Amiga tn display 
252, 1 44 colours simultaneously. The 
software can display images or animj-iium 
creared and saved with any other 24-bLr 
program. 

Video Dae 18-hir plugs externally into 
the RGB connector with thru' pore 
capabilities, allowing the use ot digitizer 
tuch as Videon, or a genlock recording 
with your VCR any image you created in 
262,144 colours. 

Video Dae 1 H-hit is able to split the 
screen and display imagesJanimatinns at 
different resolutions or colours ar the 
same time. 




ModiumAra 320x256 PAL 

320 1 200 NTSC 
High Re.: 320 1 512 PAL 

320 x AW NT 
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534 * 482 NTSC 
Ma* Res: 768 i 576 PAL 

668 1 482 NTSC 
All raiehnteni ittiptay 141,144 colour* 

The Iree bundled sofrware saves your 
images in the following formats: IFF, 
[FF24, RGB and Anirn, plus a series of 
dithering modes to enhance the overall 
quality of rhe i mages . 

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lODUCTS ■ 

SQUIRREL SCSI INTERFACE Connect SCSI perphierils .£59.95 

AURA 12/lti-bii direct- to -disk sampler MOO/ 1 200 £79.95 

MEG ALOSOUND 8-bit direct- to -disk sampler, all Amiga's £29.95 

VIDEOMASTER AGA Realtime video with sound t stills AGTMV 1 200 £59.95 
VIDEOMASTER AGA RGB VjdcoMasrer AGA pittsColourMstsrer -£99.95 

VIDEOMASTER Realtime video m&fouog * st.lk A500/A500+ £52.95 

VIDEOMASTER RGB VideoMaster plus ColourMaster A500/A5QQ+ £89.95 

COLOURM ASTER RGB splitter for VideoMaster . .£52.95 

PROMIDI INTERFACE .Amiga Midi interface £ I 9-95 

ICASSO II ■ 

PicaSSO [I is a 24'bir graphics card offering true reiargetablc graphics on my Zorro based 
Amiga. Picasso resolutions are available from the Standard ScreenMndcs program, all 
useable hy OS friendly programs. The new Chunky option offers incredible Speed with a 
256 Workbench which it many limes fester than AGA! All screens are stored in fast 
RAM. removing 2MB Chip RAM limitations, PieatsoMod* allows the creation of custom 
screens quickly and simply. Picasso [| comes with TVPaint Junior and drivers for 
ImageFX, AdPto, ImageMaster, Real 3D and GIF. IFF. JPEG and MPEG viewers. Also 
included is the MainActor animation program. 

PICASSO II £299.95 WITH TV FAINT 2.0 £329.95 

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I xtGVPSimm £159,95 

I X 4 Static Column A3000 . . .£50 

I x 4 DIP £50 

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he time had come round once 
again for ihe bi-annual industry 
exercise In hype - the European 
Computer Trade Show, Gathered from 
around the world were the PR warriors of 
every major player, girded up in their battle 
dress of wide-boy jackets and slip-on 
shoes. 

Sat in Olympia, this clash of the lltans 
was accompanied by all Ihe posturing each 
major company could afford. There were 
futuristic stands costing up to £750,000 
pounds, multirnedia presentations blaring 
out of every nook and cranny, and scantily- 
clad sen gods and goddesses to lure the 
punters in, And this is Ihe industry that says, 
it's growing up. 

Of course il will surprise no one lo hear 
that the main focus was on the PC, the 
Playstation and the Saturn, or lhal new- 
products for the Amiga were less plentiful 
than has been Ihe case in the past. After a 
year in which the Amiga has been out of 
production, this is inevitable. 

Nevertheless, a glance al this month's 
System On-Llne shows that there are 
enough game titles lined up for release in 
the next few months to keep us happy. 
Serious products, on the other hand, were 
hard to come by, but then the ECTS has 
always had leisure as its key theme 
anyway. 

Talking to the various publish- 
ers revealed that in most cases 
ihey were still committed lo 
developing for the Amiga plat- 
form for the time being, bul the 
lack of movement regarding the 
buy-oul naturally cast doubts on 
how long they will continue to 
offer their support, Those who 
have previously been sole devel- 
opers for the Amiga are understandably 
shilting the emphasis ol new projects in 
other directions — and sadly this is even 
true about those darlings of the Amiga 
scene. Team 17. 

Companies like Microprose were happy 
to talk aboul converting PC games for the 
Amiga, bul they were less keen on develop- 
ing directly for our platform at this current 
time. This is net, a terrible state of affairs, 
but it does mean that a quick and final reso- 
lution to the Commodore situation is 



The R[ team 



The hot air fair 



Spring mas in the air, and the 

computer industry came out fur the 

fUarch KIS. dareth tofthouse reports 

on the state of plan in PR land 




If dtirelDptrs cancuntrate on the essential 
strengths of peplaij they tan still mate 

QMinireg gams for the Amiga, regardless of its relitiui laih of 

pollen-shifting per. 



needed as soon as possible. 

Despite these troubled limes, having 
been to the ECTS it's my view that th& 
industry will be making a mislake if it aban- 
dons the Amiga prematurely, There is a 
huge installed base of Amiga users in this 
country and this is not going to change for a 
long time, whatever happens. 
Retailers are apparently becoming 
increasingly reluctant lo take 
Amiga products on board, bul 
nearly everyone we spoke 
to emphasised that a good 
Amiga release can still sell by 
the bucket load. Give us some- 
thing with the right quality and 
the right price and there can still 
be more Amiga sales than on 
almost any other platform - wit- 
ness the success of Sensible 
World of Soccer, for example. 

A title like SWOS also emphasises the 
danger of another trend noticeable at the 
ECTS. Developers are frothing wilh excite- 
ment at the prospecl of working for techno- 
logically-superior platforms like the 
Playstation, but Sensible's award-winning 
games show the merits of putting gameplay 
before graphics. 

More new machines with escalating spec- 
ifications are on the way to grab the gaming 
world's attention, Bul in the bid to make the 




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most of the new machines' amazing grap- 
hic capabilities, developers' new products 
are already showing signs ol weakness in 
other departments. 

Despite the huge quantities ol hot air 
around, the concept of originality seems to 
have gone down the drain, New 3D racers 
and beal-'em-ups look stunning, but it's 
hardly the revolution that's been promised. 
To-S-hin-Den on Ihe Playstation was visua- 
lly outstanding but its cinematic earners 
movements seemed to be at the expense 
of payability when I tested ft 

My point then is this: if developers con- 
centrate on the essential strengths ol 
gameplay they can still create winning 
games lor the Amiga, regardless of its rela- 
tive lack ol polygon- shilting power. What's 
more, if publishers and retailers get cold 
feet at this stage, they're In serious danger 
of cutting off a very large market - and that 
in turn will mean losing a whole stack of 
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Video Backup System + Phono cati4eE54. 95 
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Grolier Encyclopedia CD £39.95 

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GFX Sensation CD £1(3.95 

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Tha b*st game 
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r&m Ihe talented crew who brought 
you (he great game Alien Breed 
comes a much more cute end cud- 
dly experience in the form of Spans 
Legacy. This Is a game of mystery and 
adventure featuring Cho, our little hero who 
must wander the land and defeat all known 
forms of evil and treachery. 

The aim of this fully-playable demo is to 
interact with the various friendly charac- 
ters, ashing them probing questions as well 
as battling the numerous nasties who are 
intent on making you if life both hard and 
preferably very short. Ultimately, you must 
find Guradie and present him with his pipe. 
But Ihere's a lot to do before you: can get 
even close to firristiing the demo. 

For instance, how ihe heck do you get 
past the highly unfriendly troll who won't let 
you cross the bridge? Maybe Rupert the 
invenlor can help here. 

To play the game, simply boot your 
Amiga with the Speris Legacy game disk in 
your disk drive. Than, use your favourite 
joystick to move our little hero around the 
screen and into the various buildings. 

When you get close to any character 
with whom you can talk, a little speech 
bubble will appear. Pressing the fire button 
In this situation enters Ihe chat mode and 
you may now ask tha character lots of 
awkward questions. 

Holding down the fire button makes the 
power meter rise. The power meter level is 
used for the magic dagger, if you can find it 
that is. This little wonder of weaponry can 
be thrown at an opponent from a safe dis- 
tance and then magically reappears in your 
inventory for use again. Don't worry 



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though, you don't start the game com- 
pletely unarmed - you have a little sword 
to hack and slash all and sundry an your 
merry travels- Pressing the (ire button 
makes Cho slash his sword. Mosl oppo- 
nents require multiple hits before they 
succumb to your blows. 

ACCESSORIES 

Any adventure wouldn't be complete 
without tha ability to collect various good- 
ies to use along the way. So, if you want 
to quickly dip into your pockets to check 
out what you are carrying, press the F2 
key. This brings up a screen displaying 
any items and weapons. You may then 
use the joystick to move the square cursor 
to salect any of your belongings. To quit 
the inventory screen, simply press the F2 
key again. 

Along the way you encounter various 



chests lying around, adding to the 
scenery. To get at the contents, simply 
face the chest and press the fire button. A 
small box will appear telling you what 
goodies were hidden within, 

Despite the 'cutesy' look and almos* 
phere of this game, there ere inevitably 
going to be situations where you rnusl dis- 
pel with your cutesy image and get in 
some good hack and slash practice 
against the various nasties that wander 
aimlessly throughout the landscape. As 
mentioned before, you can swing your 
sword simply by hitting the fire button, but 
make sure you don't run into or get shot 
by the various nasties or you'll Jose vitality 
points. 

These points are shown at the lop-right 
comer of the screen and suitably labelled 
VIT, Below this is Ihe experience level of 
your character which changes as you 



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fl completely playable and brain-tamng demo of loam ITs 

latest game, Speris legate and some enampfe UghtWaue 

scene files await you on this month's InuerBish 



Those following the assembler tutorial 
as welt as regular readers of the Amiga 
Guide music column, can find this 
month's associated files an CoverDisk 
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progress Ihrough the game. The top-left of 
me screen shows the secondary item you 
are carrying, such as a bomb. Anylhing 
displayed here will be used or ottered to a 
nearby character when the spacebar Key 
is pressed. 

Also displayed in this location are the 



number of gams, keys and bombs you are 
currently in possession of. 

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lightUJaue examples 

Supplier Avid Media Group 



You havQ probably already checked out 
this monlh's LightWavePro supplement, 
and are probably also aware thai 
Lightwave is the rnosl powerful and easy- 
to-use rendering package available for the 
Amiga, responsible for some af Ihe spec- 
tacular special effects seen in films and 
TV series such as Babylon 5 (now show- 
ing regularly on TV), Robocop, the serial 
SeaQuest CSV, Star Trek: The Next 
Generation, and other popular shows- 
Initial ly, Lightwave was sold as part and 
parcel of the Video Toaster hardware 
package co-sling quits- a few thousand 
pounds, it soon became apparent that 
LightWavs was much too good to remain 
solely with Iha Toaster setup and some 
clever person decided it mighl be a good 
idea to release the software as a stand- 
alone version, thereby enabling us mere 
mortals with shallow pockets to create 
stunning animations and stills without the 
need for all thai expensive Toaster video 
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can'i do, but one of Ihe biggest hurdles 
facing all newcomers to both Lightwave 
and 3D rendering and model- 
ling in general is learning 
the lips and tricks which 
save time and effort in 
creating your animations. 



Such tricks of Ihe trade are vital to 
becoming proficient and productive in the 
3D world, and are essential if you are 
aiming lo do it for a living. This is where 
LightWavePro comes In. In every issue 
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can be viewed using Multtview from 
Workbench, 

The Lw. guide file has lots of general 
information! and answers to common 
questions about LightWave, and The file in 
(he Mctaform Tutorial drawer is, guess 
what, a step-by-step guide to further 
increase your understanding ol this 
powerful feature. 

Before you can access these files,' you 
must run this disk creator program and 
have a plank disk handy. When asked to 
insert a blank disk, just pop it Into your 
drive and press return. When the All done 
massage appears, you will have a disk 
that contains both the tutorial files ready 
to run. 



UghtWave. The majority of these are writ- 
ten by the very people who create ihe 
effects for the TV shows mentioned earl- 
ier, showing you all the tricks of the trade 
used during production. 

Lightwave Pro also regularly leal u res 
an examples disk often containing lax- 
lures, tips, objects, and even em ire scene 
files for you to experiment with io further 
youT understanding of Lightwave. 

On disk one of this month's Amiga 
Computing you will find a selection of the 
kind of files you can get on the 
Light WavePio disk. 

You will need to copy the relevant files 
I rem the directories on disk one into the 
corresponding directories in your 
Lightwave 3D drawer, This is essential, 
otherwise Lightwave will probably throw 
out error messages because it can't 
locate Ihe required surfaces or objects. 

ANIMATING EFFECTS 

There are two scene files to play with. 
One is an example of how you can create 
a spectacular explosion effect using Ihe 
object morphing feature, and the other 
shows how LlghlWave's Bones feature 
can be used to make animaling an abject 
easier. There are also a few Lightwave 
macro files and a number ol surfaces for 
you to use. 

Also included Is a patch program to 
update the Modeller program Io version 
3,5. The Melaform Magic tutorial within 
the LighlWavePro supplement uses a 
'melacar' object. This can be found on the 
disk in the Objects drawer and can be 



loaded into Lightwave in order to follow 
the tutorial. 

You will also notice an icon called 
Create LW Guides disk. This will create a 
disk containing two tutorial files. Both files 
are in standard AmigaGuide formal and 



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ith 'multimedia' now becoming 
common place in most computer 
user's vocabulary, Scala has 
baan banding the term round tar years 
and is probably one of the main success 
stones who have actually taken steps 
towards fulfilling the mystery catchword's 
potential. On its release, the MM300 ver- 
sion was met with international appraisal 
- hotel's use It for giving out comput- 
erised information, museums use it for 
displaying interactive facts, cable televi- 
sion companies use it to show their view- 
ers how to install cable systems - the list 
appears to be endless, 

Fortunately, there hasn't been any 
resting on laurels by ihe States-based 
Company and the MM400 version has 
arrived. Scanning down the new features 
list, there is a twang of anti-climax at 
what would appear, at first sight, to be 
not that large an amount of new features 
and enhancements. 

SUCCESS 

Looking closer, though, reveals several 
improvements that should continue lo 
carry ihe package along the road of 
financial success for the next couple of 
years. The main interface, like Deluxe 
Paini 5's last month, hasn't changed - it's 
only when you Start delving about in the 
features that the new (unctions rear iheir 
head. 

The new ScalaType font technology is 
one of the company's much hyped latest 
additions, Compugraphic fonts can now 
be quickly resized vertically or horizonta- 
lly, and with better memory management 
The results are impressive and even 
when used with the flowing font that is 
Brush, the curves came out well enough 
to be used in video productions . This is 
also aided by the new Super Hi-res 
mode. 

Stretching a font has also been helped 
by the inclusion of a new level to the anti- 
aliasing - level five helps smooth away 
those rough edges. Graphics users can 



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word, and this proves to be effective. The 
only real problem is using a bold typeface 
- there is a tendency on certain fonts for 
the auto kerning to work so well that your 
average Commodore monitor bleeds the 
letters together a little. 

One of the most Important new features 
is the support for a wide variety of graphic 
file formats. These now include GIF, PCX, 
BMP. TIFF FLC, LBM, YUVN, Photo CD 
and Datatypes. 

Also included are a set of new wipe-on 
effects. Gone are the days of texl making 



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its grand entrance straight on or diagona- 
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each can be applied to eight different 
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One of the most useful new features is the series of 
EXcs that allows users to integrate Ihe operation of 
video digitisers in Ihe Edit menu. These images can be 
scanned straight into Ihe program and then saved out 
as 24-bit IFF files for work using the likes of 
Ftjotogenics or Deluxe Paint 5. 

Coupled with this are EXes for Macrosys tern's 
superb VLab Motion and Electronic Design's 
FrameMachine digitiser cards. To make the selection 
of a video image to digitise, a rather handy VCR EX 
menu can be opened up to aid you In your choosing. 
One thing lo remember, though, is that the new EXes 
don't actually let you control VLAB through Scala - it 
only lets you digitise using VLAB through Scala.. 

The CD32 has also been given a look-in with two 
EXs designed to work in conjunction with the lunch- 
box -like console. Featuring the support for playback of 



audio and Mpeg digital video files, the internal version 
is used on the C032 to play back Mpeg files and 
sound as well as Scala scripts. The External version is 
used to run MM400 scripts on the Amiga, with the 
CD32 as an external player for nhe video and sound. 

What all Ihe above basically translates into is a very 
powerful facility lo produce professional quality pre- 
sentations that incorporates all you'll need m terms of 
multiple media use. For those worrying about getting, 
their hands on an FMV cartridge for Ihe CD32, the 
MM40O has been designed to be compatible with the 
new Scala MD100 Mpeg decoder/encoder up for 
review next month. 

The only problem is the Mpeg board won't fit in to a 
1200- unlike the MM series. All its features are con- 
trolled through the Scala EX module Incorporated into 
MM40O. 



Anyone only half serious about multi- 
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package, It's quite simply the best 
package of its type. For those Owning 
previous versions, at such a minimal 
price for an upgrade the new features 
should come in very handy. 



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I has bean painfully apparent for 
about 1 & months that Ihe 69040 isn't 

cutting the mustard as far as cross- 
piatform competition goes. The Intel DX2, 
DX4, and Pentium processors have all left toe 
Motorola chips for dead In Ihe speed race, 
and even Motorola's own PowerPC Rise chip 
(which we'd hoped to see in Ihe Amiga before 
Commodor e self-destructed) i& slreets ahead. 

Our latesl addition to the 6Bk family, Ihe 
68060, Is a different proposition. With its 
superscalar archrteclure, sophisticated pipelin- 
ing, and much greater processing power, il is. 
four times as fast as (ha 25MHz 68040 and a 
match tor any Pentium. And now you can plug 
one into your A4QO0. 

Phase 5 have been producing their A500 
and A1 200 Blizzard accelerators for a couple 
of years and have built a regulation tor reliabil- 
ity and quality.. This latest venture, though, is 
by lar (heir most complex and advanced, so 
how does il siand up under test? 

The evocatively named Gybenslcrm is sup- 
plied as a three-piece card including a main 
board, which replaces the existing A3640 
CPU board, a daughter board containing the 
actual 6S06O, and a RAM board with four 72- 
pin SIMM slots. Fitting these can be tricky as 
the hard drive has lo be removed and the 




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Using existing Amiga benchmarks is a bit difficult 
because none of them are designed with the 6B060 
in mind. However, our trusty Mips tester reported a 
staggering 82 Mips (over four limes (aster than the 
basic 66010 and twice as fast as Warp). 

Floating point speed is difficult to judge in statis- 
tical terms because Sysinfo (the only benchmarker 
which didn't crash) reports only about 24 Mflops. Al 
the same time, however, it slates that the chip is 
running at 41 Mips, so we can't iruat this reading. 
Something in trie order of 50 Mflops would seem 
more appropriate 

A far better guide is to use existing applicalion 
software, which is where real world benefits arf 
seen. Lightwave, for one, renders al four times th« 
speed of a 25-MHz system with the same amount o 
memory, and ADPro carries out most of Its maths 
intensive operations at the same quadrupled rale. 

Working with PageStream 3 (yikes!) Is also vastly 
improved, especially when moving and re-sizing 
256 colour images on screen, and DPaint V's full 
screen gradient fill finally takes less time than you 
can make a cup of lea in. In addition, every other 




manual recommends fitting them separately, 
one on top of the other, 

If done in this way, the chances will ba 
high that one of Ihe units won't be properly 
sealed in the others [not many of us like to 
push down too hard on our motherboards). 



package or utility we tried on the Cyberstorm was 
given a new lease of life, with directory listings 
appearing as If by instantaneous magic and word 
processors zipping through long files with a 
scroiifut ease. 




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leading to a boot failure- Sung the lot toget- 
her beforehand, however, and il's not too 

difficult to slip them in and press the main 
board into ptaca. 

Memory modules from the A400Q mother- 
board are moved across to the Cyberstorm 
RAM board so lhat the processor has full 
burst mode access, but Ihe card can be con- 
figured all Ihe way down to 4Mb and will 
accepl 70ns SIMMs, so most users shouldn't 
have to buy extra, memory. You don't appear 
to have much choice in any case, as I 
couldn't find a jumper setting for 0Mb and our 
Cyberstorm didn't boot until it was populated 
to the minimum 4Mb, 

BOOST 

You'd be barking mad not lo lake advan- 
tage of (he RAM card, of course, as if s sup- 
plied as part of Ihe package and offers a 

healthy performance boost. With 60ns 
SIMMs and locally available bursl mode. 
even the 66060 won't have to hang around 
walling for memory to catch up. 

The chip itself is mounted on a small 
daughter board with its own gold-plated heal 
sink and fan. The latter connects lo one o* 
your spare power plugs (which you'll find spf 
dering out from, the PSU},. of which there are 
four, so no worries (here. Fail to attach Ihe 
fan's power supply (as I did once) and youl 



Amiga Computing 



JUNE 1995 




REVIEW 



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MOVES! 



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Fran ttm 4nugji'i ilswiil art juctigt can new 
cany out operation* without taking mH d*r 

find that I he chip overheats arid starts 1o 
bomb quI. 

Fitting the RAM board after the other two 
are in place can be a bit of a nightmare, as 
rhe thing siis in a vertical slol as far away 
from ihe main board's connector as it can 
get. The resulting leverage applied as you 
press it home makes for a sweaty time as 
you wait for one of the flimsy spacers to go 
'Crack.' Once in place, however, Cyberatomn 
works a dream with no need for further con- 
figuration and no messing with jumpers 
unless you add RAM, in which case the man- 
ual has a comprehensive list of jumper 
settings for every conceivable configuration. 



storm 




Extended use shows the card to be a reliable 
and well constructed piece of equipment, 
and every program I tried on the Amiga 
worked line except for the AIBB benchmarks, 
which is no big disaster. ADPro, Lightwave, 
Dpaint - they ail worked withoul crashes or 
tripping up. Even PageStream 3 (or 'bug 
central') was fine. 

As a well produced piece of kit with the 
pedigree of Phase 5 behind it and a high-end 
Amiga community crying out for more speed, 
the Cyberstorm should find a small bu! eager 
audience among those who are desperate to 
upgrade from the 68040 but don't fancy the 
expensB of a Raptor or Cobra at a minimum 
of E70OD a chuck. £3 



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Chip off the old block 



Motorola's 6806Q is a major advance on the 
technology behind the 6B040 in thai it has 
superscalar architecture and pipelining. New to 
the Amiga world, superscalar architecture is 
basically a design method which relies (ess on 
scaling down the size of the chip lhan it does 
on using complex and powerful methods to 
make better use of the processor's speed, 

In a superscalar design, mare than one 
instruction can be worked on at a time, loading 
to huge increases in CPU power. With pipelin- 
ing, this son of operation becomes ever more 
complex, but the advantages are many, 

Traditional CPUs have a single instruction 
pathway which accepts one instruction, carries 
out the many stops required to process it, then 
sends the results to the registers. In a pipafined 
CPU, there are several stages of processing at 
which Ihe different sleps are canted out, and as 
soon as an insiruction reaches the first stage, 
another instruction can begin to follow it along 
the pipeline. 

Think of this as a pass-the-parcel game 
where instead of hanging around waiting for 
the parcel to come around again, each player 
can be working hard to pass parcels every 
minute of the game. The result es vastly 
increased efficiency and more bang for ihe 
buck, 

MATHS INTENSIVE 

Compatibility with the 69040 is assured as 
the new chip uses a very similar bus and has a 
floating point unit which contains the 040"s 
maths as an instruction subset. For the 
moment, the maths-intensive packages such 
as 3D rendering engines will benefit hugely 
from ihe basic speed increase, but once ihey 
have been optimised to take advantage of the 
6BQ6LT5 own maths instructions they should go 
even taster. 

Reports are that maths instructions take any- 
thing from between one and 24 dock cycles to 
complete, and Id be willing to bet thai optimisa- 
tion will make a big difference, particularly If 
63040 code is used as little as possible. 

Over two million transistors have been 
packed into this baby (still fewer than the 
Pentium's 3.1 million) using a H5 micron con- 
struction (f iva millionths of a metre - tha small- 
est size of chip detail on this particular chip) In 
a three layered piece of silicon. The chip's 3.3 
volt operation means that power dissipation 
can be kept low, but ihe fan is still required to 
stop heat build-up. 

It might surprise some to find that this is still 
a 32-bit chip ratfw lhan the 64-bit we've bean 
seeing in other areas, and Ihe 50MHz clock 
speed (there's a 66MHz version as well} is also 
a Utile otdinary tooking when we've recently 
been salivating over the 275MHz DEC Alpha. 

However, al its current price, which is com- 
parable to buying a new Pantium-squipped 
motherboard lor an existing PC, the 
Cyberstorm represents good value for money. 
After all, it's cheaper than the Warp engine and 
twree as fast, it's also in a machine which multi- 
tasks with ease, something the PC users of 
Lightwave are about to discover has very real 
benefits indeed. 



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ver since computers began 
spreading their roots into different 
fields of human activity, one area 
which has probably enjoyed the benefits 
more lhan any other is the music industry. 
The technological wave which has passed 
over Ihe industry has left an indelible mark 
of change, spawning many diverse styles 
and broadening musical horizons. Many 
musicians have evolved alongside the 
Insurgence of technology and gained from 
Ihe wealth and inspiration derived from this 
source. 

Not only has the computer influenced 
musical style, bul it has changed Ihe way 
musicians create their music, It is now an 
essential tool in the music industry, as a 
composition aid and a sound mixing facility. 
Its uses are numerous, especially since 
Ihe advent of digital recording and CD 
technology. 

Undoubtedly, the effed of computer influ- 
ence on the music induslry is profound, but 
even more so, ihe availability el such tech- 
nology has opened doors lor people who do 
not find picking up a guitar and strumming 
chords easy. In effect, Ihe technology has 
created a new outlet, making its mark on 
the conventions of music. 

Luckily, home computers have been 
adopted as the tool for musicians - no need 
fgr pricey specialised syslems. With a few 
boxes ar>d bits added, an Amiga can bring 
access to Ihe technology needed for creat- 
ing professional standard music, and has 
been used by famous names, including 
Madonna. Although it would be silly to 
promise that you will be able to go out and 
produce the next number one hil after read- 
ing this article, if will serve- as an introduc- 
tion to creating music on your compute r. 

An entry-level set-up for creating music is 
a standard Amiga, with a memory expan- 
sion, a sound sampler, and a decent stereo 




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Creating a song on a computer with men 
ory limitations can be difficult, especially 
when long synth or bass sounds are nee- 
ded at high sample rates. The usual way of 
getting round this problem is lo create a 
looping sample, thus giving the impression 
of a continuous note, Unfortunately, loop- 
ing a sample can often produce unpleasant 
clicks and scratches when repeated. 

To make the transition between loops a 
bit smoother, a little fiddling in ihe sample 
editor Is required. Using the zoom facility. 
zoom in on where the loop staffs and ends. 
You will notice lhat on most samples ihere 
is a general pattern of troughs and peaks 
In the waveform display. 

To make looping smoother, the markers 
Tor the start and end of ihe loop should 
occur in tha same position of each cycle- 
Slight adjustments will be needed to get 
the flow |ust righl, but it will improve loop- 
ing quality. Note that the sample must be 
ot constant volume for this method to be 
effective, Also note the position of Ihe loop 
markers on the looped samples in Ihe 
demo song on Ihe cover disk. 



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amplifier, When combined with the appro- 
priate software, this configuration is a 
cheap, ideal way lo learn and gain access 
to the wealth and power of the Amiga as a 
music creation tool. Although this combina- 
tion only makes use of the Amiga's internal 
sound sample manipulation and playback 
features, which is limited to four basic 
tracks, there are many ways of producing 
professional results with ihe hardware 
available. 

A popular music program for a set-up 
such as this Is OctaMad. Octarned is 
derived from the long-running line of Sound 
Tracker clone software, facilitating compre- 
hensive sample editing functions and music 
arranging tools, 

PURCHASES 

For Ihe more keen musician, a logical 
step forward is to purchase a Midi interface 
and keyboard. The advantages are obvi- 
ous, giving access to a large range of 
sounds which can be played polyphonically 
in more channels lhan the Amiga is capable 
of. On most modern keyboards, Ihe quality 
of the sound output is generally higher 
than an Amiga's sample reproduction 
capabilities. 

Although OctaMed copes with most peo- 
ple's needs for both sample and Midi-based 
compositions, professionals may go for a 
more complex music package, such as 
Music-X or Bars 8 Pipes Professional. The 
reason for this is the extended Midi support 
with Ihe- latter packages, plus the increased 
features for real-time recording. 

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piano or guitar, or whatever you have 
access to. Whistling a tune will do. Like any 
art form, work created on impulse often pro- ' 
duces the best results- it is difficult to sit in 
front of a blank piece of paper with a few 
pencils and think 'what should I draw?' 

Armed with a tune in your head and 
creative temperament, it is then time lo 
in front of your computer and compos 
GclaMed and other 'tracker' software utile 
Ihe same method of music arrangement 
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the screen, allowing keyboard input in* 
each. Notes in each track take tha form ofl 
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on a piano, are contained in the '71 and 'Q' 
rows and black keys in inn other two rows. 
Each white row begins with the note C, so 
working out which computer keyboard keys 
correspond to black notes is quite simple. 

Other software packages, such as Music- 
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bes for in put of musical data through Midi. A 
process called quantizing will Force noles 




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adhere to the timing of the recording, 
correcting any badly timed notes. 

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software - musical notes are either entered 
in standard musical score Format or as a 
sequence of Midi events, The latter is made 
easy using a graphical mettiod in Music X. 
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Although the Amiga is capable of 
accurately reproducing samples ol 
acoustic instruments, it is frequently i 
evident in some pieces of music, how- 
ever good the samples may be. that it 
was created using a computer. 

For perfectionists (or generally all 
musicians!) this is simply not good | 
enough. Imitating musical instruments 
involves more than having a carbon- 
copy sample. There are many vari- 
ables affecting the sound of an 
acoustic instrument, such as strike 
velocity, lone, of even the way a string 
is plucked. 

A technique for copying the feel of a 
musical instrument wilt often require 
two or more samples of the same 
ins! rumen I being played. The advan- 
tages of this are two-fold: Realism and 
expression can be implemented into 
tunes, giving a sense of an instrument 
being played by a human artist, and if 
an instrument Is sampled at two differ- 
ent octaves, the dynamic range of 
sound reproduction can be greatly 
enhanced- 

For example, if a piano is sampled 
at middle C, playing the sample back 
two octaves lower can result in a dis- 
torted, tinny sound that resembles lit- 
tle of the piano it was lateen from. If. 
however, an additional sample is 
taken from the note C two octaves 
lower, the realism on reproduction for 
lower notes is far belter. The same 
applies if notes from a higher octave 
are required from an instrument. 

Electric guitars have always been 
difficult lo imitate on computers. For a 
guitar solo lo sound convincing in any 
song, two or three samples of the 
instrument being plucked in different 
ways wilt be needed: - perhaps one of 
the guitar being played open-stringed, 
another slightly muted, and a third 
with a stressed harmonic, for a power- 
ful. expressed screech in a song. In 
parallel, if you are sampling from a 
drum-kil. a snare sound can be 
compiled from different areas Ol the 
drum skin being hit, with increasing 
accentuation on snare -rim hits. 



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and not really Ihe brief of this articte. 

There are marry ways in which the Amiga 
sample manipulation capabilities can be 
used to aid song writing, either improving 
sound quality or overcoming, certain hard- 
ware restrictions. One of (ha hardware 
restrictions of Ihe Amiga which is often criti- 
cised Is the limitation of only playing lour 
sound samples at once. 

There are ways round this. Many music 
ediling software packages, including 
QctaMed, offer eight -channel sound by using 
special software routines. Unfortunately, 
there is a distinct loss in sound quality when 
doing this. The secret behind playing 
more than the four samples at once is in 
optimising the samples available in a song- 
Music packages such ss QctaMed offer 
sample mixing facilities. For example, The 
mixing process can be carried out very effec- 
tively with drum tracks, Instead of having a 
bass drum and hi-hat spread over two 
Iracks, il is possible to mix Ihe bass drum 

[hard colertian 

Putting logether a chord on a synthesiser 
can involve a number of notes being 
played simultaneously. Playing each sep- 
arate note oi a chord back through 
OctaMed can consume all four sound 
channels, making their inclusion In a song 
very difficult There are two methods to 
reduce the number of tracks used, 

The first is al the sampling stage. 
Instead of sampling a single note of a gui- 
tar or keyboard, sample a chord, which is 
to be used in your song The usual way of 
doing this is to take a sample of a major 
and minor chord, as Inevitably both will be 
required. 

The second and more difficult method 
requires mixing samples logether al 
altered pilches. This method is used 
when you would like lo make a chord 
from a single note sample you already 
have. Using OctaMed's sample editor, the 
sample must be copied to three sample 
banks, and two' ol the samples must be 
detuned to each component noles ol the 
chord lobe played. 

Fqr example if a major chord is need- 
ed, you may wish to have your sample 
based al C, and the chord composing of 
C, E and G To do this will require you to 
change the sampling rate of each note to 
Ihe desired pitch, using the same method 
as described in the 'mixing it down" sec- 
tion. Finally, the luned note must be 
copied and mixed with Ihe base nole, 
which would be C. The whole process is 
repealed tor a third note, and is mixed in 
with the other two mixed noles. 

Wall, space again is the enemy, but If 
you haven't created your first master- 
piece, and technological trauma has pre- 
vented you doing so up to now, at least 
you can have a go. Remember. Ihe best 
thing about computers is they forgive, and 
first attempts mlghl sound a little rough. 
but keep on jamming! 



and hi-hat together to a separate sample 

bank, producing a sample of the two 
inslruments played simultaneously. 

Combining all ihe required samples on a 
drum trad* can make the final result much 
more pleasing, lor example, snare and hi- 
hat, bass drum and crash cymbal, torn and 
bass drum, etc. - any percussion instru- 
ments which would be hit together. Combing 
other inslruments to optimise the use of 
audio tracks is slightly more tricky. The sam- 
ples being combined will have to be sampled 
at the same pitch, or an octave either way. 

Commonly, the bass guitar and electric 
guitar strum are mixed to produce a heavy 
sound often associated with reck music. This 
process is similar to pairing-up percussion 
instruments, and is carried out on OctaMed 
using Ihe sound sample editor. 

SAMPLING 

The process is lairl-y straight forward. Load 
the bass guitar and the electric guitar into 
two separate sampfe banks. If the two sam- 
ples are taken from different pitches of the 
instrument, some re-sampling will need to be 
done. In briel, although Ihe two samples may 
be taken at the same sampling rate, the 
actual note played on the instrument may be 
different, This is common among some PD 
sample compilation disks. 

To re-sample, you will have to choose 
which instrument is to stay the same and 
which is to be changed. For simplicity, the 
electric guitar will be changed, Firstly, lind 
oul what pitch Ihe guitar can be played al to 
match Ihe bass, played al C on the third 
octave (C-3 «s used as this is the most com- 
mon sampling pitch). For example, lo match 
Ihe pitch of Ihe two instruments, the guilar 
must he played at F# on the keyboard. The 
sample must iherefore be re-sampled al F#. 

This is done through OctaMed's sample 
editor via the 'Deaf button, which should nor- 
mally contain the lefters C-2 f (Ihe default 
sampling rate). By pressing Ihe left mouse 
button on the letters and depressing the F# 
key on the keyboard, the pilch can be 
changed. Simply click on the 'change rate' 
button and the two samples should be of the 
same pitch when played on Ihe same key. 

The next step in the process is to decide 
which of the two is the longer sample, as this 
will become Ihe destination for mixing. Say. 



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Atmospheric clfccts in songs can be 
achieved by creating depth in the 
stereo sound. A way of doing this is by 
playing one sample over two sound 
channels (preferably left and right 
channels) and de-luning one of them 
This will have an olfeel of altering the 
phase of the two noles being played 
simultaneously. This trick is even more 
effective when carried out using long 
deep synth sounds, and an example of 
this effect can be heard in the demo 
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s promised during last month's 
guide of the LightWave V4 Layout 
side, I'll be concentrating on 
Modeler and also exploring Ihe look ar>d feel 
of Lightwave on the Amiga's arch rival . 

However,, before talking aboul the opposi- 
tion's approach, it's lime for a brief excursion 
through an essential side of Lightwave which 
is all loo often overlooked in the race to crests 
amazing animation, 

Modeller is without doubt the straight-man 
in the LightWave partnership, but It's easily 
|uat as important as its aller-ego if you're 
attempting any more than simple flying logo 
anims. 

As you can see, Modeller 4.0 isn't exactly a 
million miles away from its predecessor. In 
fact, you have to look pretty ctose before you 
can spot any real changes, All the buttons 
and options appear aimost identical, but there 
is one very major, if invisible, update which 
many a 3D fan has beer longing for. 

Unlike lis predecessors, Modeller 4.D has 
at last got a multi-level undo and redo. In the 
past you were limited to undoing onty the last 
edil- Now you can go way back into ihe 
design history of your creations. And thanks 
to redo, you're comptelely free to move back 
and forth through Ihe changes you've made. 



[ro55-campatibilitL| 

As mentioned earlier, NewTek have gone to 
great lengths lo make LightWave on all plat- 
forms as identical as possible. There's one 
thing, though, that even their best efforts 
can't overcome. 

It's true that both scene files and objects 
will happily load on any platform 
Unfortunately, that .still doesn't get past the. 
naming limitations on Ihe PC. As you're 
probably aware, PC file names can only 
have a maximum of eight digits, plus a three 
digrt suffix, such as Lwobject.lob, Obviously, 
Amigas don't suffer from such limitations, 
and of course it's not something that third- 
party developers have considered in (be 



As a consequence, most third-party prod- 
ucts which automatically gene rata scene 
files or create objects will nol travel well, 
especially if they employ a numerical suffix 
to name clones - null objects being a prime 
example. 

The only solution is to manually rename 
and replace all the objects which don't fit the 
PC naming criteria. In short, a good old 
fashioned pain in the backside - nol impos- 
sible, but certainly not something you'd do if 
there was a choice, which alas there isn't, 

The same problems apply to texture 
maps which your objects will call when 
loaded into layout, although If you can live 
with untidy file names, and the odd bit of re- 
selection, ii is possible to copy files over "as 
is' - at which point the PC will automatically 
concatenate ihe file names. 

The files will still load, but to be honest 
the ensuing confusion could well make 
reconstructing the scenes and surface 
attributes more hassle than simply renam- 
ing them prior to the move. 



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iNf 

tEffll deuslip- 
ment and plug-ins may pit 
tn the PI. I thinh it mil he a 

long tine' before the iiga'5 
misting array of third-party 
aid-on; (an ot matchtd sn 
anil attar 
platform 




The familiar Iki ni Modeller, but now 
boaitinQ ttut atl-important improvement 
10 tHHfn aim the arriral of tmdo 



fn short, the benefits are immense, not least 
ol which is the ability lo experiment freely 
without constantly having to go through Ihe 
drudgery of saving countless revisions of 
the same design. 

Another simple, bul nevertheless impor- 
tant update is the redesign ol the preview 
window. In the pasl, Modeller boasted a 
rather Hash moving preview option, There's 
no doubt rt looks impressive, but in practice 
it simply wastes CPU time, served no prac- 
tical purpose, and most importanlly, soon 
becomes very annoying. 

Fortunately, NewTek have finally done the 
decent thing and added a usable stalk; pre- 
view selection to the existing options, there- 
by providing a much more informative 
range of display options. In 3.5 Ihe selec- 
tion varied between none, static, and rrtoving 

- in either wireframe or solid. Mow thai col- 
lection, has expanded with none, wireframe, 
Fronrface and solid. 

POINT TO POINT 

As you'd expect, the wireframe option 
works as before, showing both the internal 
polygon .structure and the points. And again 
like its predecessor, wireframe provides the 
ability lo select both points and polygons 
directly from ihe preview window. 

Next comes the new Frontface option 
which shows only the external polygons of 
tbe object. Bul as you can see from the 
screenshot it also lets you see external sur- 
faces within the objert - lhat at present may 
be obscured from Ihe existing viewpoint. 

Laslly comes the static solid view which 
works just like Frontface, bul delivers a true 
solid 3D image of the model. It must be said 
this is slightly slower to update than the oth- 
ers, bul in my opinion (his is a small price to 
pay for the added clarity a solid - and stable 

- true 3D preview can provide. 
Unfortunately for PC fans, combined 



The PC may be quick, but thmrm 
mrm Mill! mtlieut limitations at 
tha tys-tam t*v*i 

moving and static display options are only 
available to Ihe Amiga version. Because PCs 
can't multitask, a window in window 
animated display simply isn'l an option 
shame,,, 

Like their predecessor, all the display 
Options offer the same orientation control, 
With Wireframe Still requiring a combination ol 
the Alt key and mouse movement in order lo 
rotate the objeel along any axis to generals 
the optimum view point, The only other obv»- 
ous change lo Modeller is the arrival of a 
brand new button in the Tools department 
Like many of the elements in layout, this 
isn't, as yet, fully Implemented within ihe beta 
version on test. 

However, it does present the Interesting 
prospect of user and third-party developed 
tools. In short, the concept of Layout pull-ii 
ported over to Modeller. 

The P[ approach 

Nobody likes PCs, including the majority ol 

their owners. Nevertheless, the hard facts 
are that NewTek - like many other Amiga- 
specific manufacturers - simply can't afford 
to overlook ihe biggest user base in the I 
ness. Since the news of LightWave plannlr 




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I 



>reui5ited 



Paul Austin continues his Quest to diswuer the inner 
secrets of Rewlek's multi-platform masterpiece 



t cross the great divide, many of the doom 
•nd gloom brigade have been predicting that 
The end is neigh, and the Amiga is no mono." 
HlB is very predictable gluff, especially from 
•• so-called experts who look wery closely at 
ctock speeds, but never actually try lhair 
tmnti on ihe machines, 

As you can see from the rendering times 
Qjoled for Ihe various machines and CPUs. 
PC in its various guises can certainly hold 
own when it comes to brute rendering 
id. However, this is by no means Ihe 
i Story. For the tests we used a 460 DX2 
(Hz fitted with 12Mb of RAM - which 
i speaking is a standard spec for most 
ius PC enthusiasts. Bask; cost El, 900 
i a quad CD drive and a qualify graphics 
•ceeterator. 



On the plus side, this machine rendered 
tie basic textures example roughly twice as 
quickly as a standard 25MHz 040-based 
A40CKX However, when a CyberStorm SOMhz 
©60 was added lo (he same A400Q, 




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THb PC approach to renter nr»vitw*. 

Acceptable, bul not mm got»d mm Th* 
Amiga's tuthrewmmn dixplay 

rendering speed quadrupled ~ therefore ren- 
dering twice the speed of Ihe PC - a figure 
which is still marginally faster than a Pentium 
P90, 

Obviously, this throws the basic PC-goes- 
faster equation inlo turmoil. Do you spend 
£1 ,900 cm the aforementioned PC, or perhaps 
£2,400 on a Pentium, or simply upgrade your 
existing A4000 030 or 04Q with a £995 
Cyberstorm? With the uncertain stele of 
affairs, regarding the Amiga, it's tempting to 
spend the extra cash on a PC. However, life, 
and especially PC's, are never that simple. 

Although long-term development and plug- 
ins may point towards the PC, I think it will be 
a long time before the Amiga's existing array 
of third-party add-ons can be matched on any 
other platform, 



The traditional vrirn- 
Ifurnc preview, the new/ 
Fffrnttuce Option, and 

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On Mour marks 

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standard Lightwave textures example 
rendered in full D2 Pal video resolution 

using low anti-aliasing and adaptive 
sampling. 



A4O0C 25 MHz 



17min,50sec 



A4000 060 5QMHz 



4mfrl .03 sec 



486 DX2 B6MH? 



7mln .23 sec 



The compromi39 

As already mentioned, the PC used for the 
test was by no means a poor or underpow- 
ered machine. However, even wilh its fairty 
impressive spec, il nevertheless displayed 
some senous limitations 

Firstly, Ihe machine was incapable of gen- 
erating more lhan about 100 frames of wire- 
frame preview without paging to iis hard drive 
cache, Reserving a set amount of virtual 
memory space on your hard disk is common- 
pfaca for memory-intensive PC applications. 

Unfortunately, when the tOO-frame limit Is 
reached, paging begins, during both wire- 
frame generation and, more importantly, 
playback- effectively rendering it useless, But 
much worse is the affect which paging to disk 
has on the overall PC system.. Unfortunately, 
PCs are appalling at memory management 
As a result, once paging the activated it will 
continue, regardless of whether real memory 
has become available since Ihe peak RAM 
requirement which initialed the paging. 
Therefore, the machine's overall performance 
plummets, and unfortunately the only cure is 
to save out and re-boot the machine, 

This situation doesn't only apply to 
LighlWave. For example, if you wanted to 
freeze LighlWave and pop into another pack- 
age, paging can kick-in. and you're straight 
back in .snail mode, In addition, PCs db not 
support shared resources like the Amigas. 
For example, a multitude of Amiga programs 
will happily share the same libraries,, whereas 
each individual program on a PC will open its 
own duplicates of the same resources - 
which obviously eats yet more valuable RAM. 

Worse still, once opened, many external 
resources remain resident regardless of 




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whether the application that initialed them is 
still using them or even still active. 

tn short, memory management is a disas- 
ter, and probably accounts for the fact that 
the recommended set-up for arty serious PC 
Lightwave system consists t>t a Pentium P90 
running under Windows NT - the only 
Windows variant which otters true 
multitasking - with at least 32Mb of RAM, 

The reason for requiring 32Mb Is that 
Windows WT requires 12Mb of RAM to run, 
leaving 20Mb free, a figure which should be 
enough to avoid Ibe dreaded paging problem 
- ballpark figure £3,500 

The question is, after that sort of expendi- 
ture, will Mr Average still have sufficient 
wonga in the bank for essentials like 
Photoshop 3.0 and all Ihe other goodies that 
make any PC clone a viable graphics 
machine? 

PRE-OCCUPATIONS 

Now, before irate PC converts put flaming 
pen to paper, I must stress this is not a witch 
hunt. Like almost every other 3D enthusiast, 
improving rendering speed is a pra-occupa- 
tion which crosses all borders of platform loy- 
alty. 

If I had the money to invest in a 275MHz 
Dec Alpha, believe me I would, but the fact is 
I airVtf However, Ihe solution isn't to simply 
run, cash in hand, to the local PC World and 
grab the first bargain PC system simpty on. 
the strength of its dock speed. In reality, high 
power rendering on the PC has a higth price, 
just like it does on any other platform. A PC, 
more than any other machine, is quite literally 
the sum of Its parts. It an element of the 
equation is missing you could easily end up 




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with a very expensive system that simply 
won't do whal you need. 

As you can see from the screens hots, 
Lightwave has well and truly arrived on the 
PC, although at First glance you could easily 
mistake the PC variant for the Amiga original. 

In both Layout and Modeller there's very 
few alterations between the iwo. This is par- 
ticularly handy for Amiga fans looking to add 
a PC rendering engine to their existing col- 
lection ol kit. Even A Rex*, or should I say 
Rexx, has been included. Consequently, 
there shouldn't be a problem using the 
majority of those all-important Modeller 
macros. However, it remains to be seen il all 
the available macros will be ready for the 
initial launch of 4.0. 

All the hotkeys and shortcuts remain Ihe 
same in both versions and as you can see, 
everything on Ihe interface is exactly where it 
should be. II looks like NewTek have kept 
iheir promise ol cross-compatibility, Tha only 
real difference on an operational level is the 
inability to import and export models between 
Modeller and Layout, As mentioned, the vast 
majority of PCs don"! truly multitask, there- 
fore it's not an option. 

TTiis will mean an awful lot of saving, quit- 
ting and reloading when making adjustments 
ro the design and surface properties of your 
creations. However, given sufficient RAM, It 
is possible to load both Layout and Modeller, 
make your changes in one. save them out to 
disk, hop over to the other program and toad 
in the saved changes - but this will freeze 
the first application and of course eat valu- 
able RAM. 

COMPARISONS 

On Ihe plus side, it must be said that actu- 
al screen update on the PC version is far 

superior - given a decent 64-bit graphics 
card. When compared to the implementation 
of the higher resolution displays of the 
Picasso II, favoured on the Amiga version, 
Ihe PC wins hands down. 

Aside from the resolution, the PC variant 
also offers a different approach to render pre- 
views. Unlike the Amiga, which uses multi- 
tasking to provide a full frame preview in 
either Ham, Ham8, or Picasso II, the PC opts 
for a small quarter-screen display within a 
pop-up requester. 

in this department the Amiga definitely hits 
back. Although useful as a rough guide, a 
quarter-screen display in 256 or above - 
depending on your graphics card and 
Windows set-up - simply isn't as good as a 
full screen HamS or 24-bit Picasso. Not to be 
outdone, the PC fights back with a feature 
which as yet hasn't appeared on the Amiga 



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version, and in fact may not appear in this 
particular Amiga version. 

One of the most lime-consuming elements 
of 3D design is achieving the required sur- 
faces on your objects. On the Amiga version 
this remains a matter of guess work and 
experience. However, the PC version does 
offer the unique option to render a preview o* 
the texture you've created onto a sphere 
which pops up alongside the surfaces panel 
and the Individual texture panels whe-- 
selecled. 

Unfortunately, there's only an option to do 
a spherical preview, unlike 3D Studio * 
offers a variety, including cube - however 1h» 
ability to see a basic 'work in progress' when 
designing a surface is a real bonus which tf*| 
Amiga version sadly lacks at present. 

There is slili hope, though, as all version*! 
are still at Ihe BETA stage - a point proven 
by the lack of one or two features in the PC 
variant which are planned, and Indeed 
active, in the Amiga version. £3k 



All in all 



As you've probably gathered 
Modeller, although much improved 
hasn't had the large-scale overhau 
that Layout has enjoyed. But to bn Fair 
with the preview problems resolvec 
and multiple undo now active there I 
little else that needs urgent attention. 

As for the PC Invasion, I'd say it I 
still very early days. With the lack et 
any direct third-party support, and It* 
hardware and software limitation 
inherent to the PC, it's really a case - 
spending an awful lot of money -0 
none at all- 

With the price and performance 
offered by Cyberslorm - as an add-or 
to an existing system - the Amiga si 
looks In a sirong position as the hea 
ol the best desktop rendering systa* 
money can buy. 

If money is rtO Object and you ; 
totally addicted to 3D, my adwic 
would be to skip the PC entirely *x* 
invest in a Dec Alpha. But whalew 
you decide, it's very wise to look Ic 
and hard si the specific hardwi»« 
you'll need, and the existing soft™ 
you might need to replace. 



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Almathera have already impressed us in the 
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been included, though it's disappointing there 
aren't a law more and that Ihey don'I last for 
more than a couple of seconds, All the same, 
they're pretty good, especially In the case of 
the Pinochlo animation. 

The 24-bit collection isn't that large - I 
counted 1 7 images in all - but their quality is 
better than that usually found in the PD^. 
collections. Thane's also a voucher 
included which can give ^ i 
buyers a saving of .-- *fi© 
E10 off a 24- 
bit Collection 
book, 

Hints and 
Tips from the 
club have been 
included on how 
to create certain 
effects In Lightwave, 
For example, there's 
information on how to 
produce high pressure 
mist, smoke effects, 
bevelling and underwater 
effects. Admittedly, this 
amounts lo only a few pages at present, but 
if more is included In later updates, 3D Arena 
could become an excellent learning tool. 

This CD is not just for Lightwave owners, 
however. There are ready-to-njn obtects for 
Imagine and Real-3D among others, though 
unfortunately the 24-bit collection is 
Lightwave only. 

Filler material includes some animations 
for Retina and Opal Vision cards and a 
selection qf rendered textures in various for- 
mats. With a large quantity of PD objects, 
converted across all the formats, this CD 
manages to distinguish itself above the aver* 
age and is consequently well worth a took- 



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The tight Works 



If our letter pages are lo be believed, some 
of our Amiga 3D modellers have been 
unhappy at the apparent bias towards 
Lightwave products as opposed to software 
for tools like Imagine. Unfortunately, this 
state of affairs reflects the way in which 
Lightwave is often being targeted in prefer- 
ence to other packages by the developers 
themselves. 

tfs good, therefore, to gel a CD packed 
with visual goodies for Imagine. Maxon 
Cinema 4D and Reflections. It's even belter 
that a lot of these images are of an extremely 
high quality. 

Even more so lhan usual, the theme of 
Light Works is almost exclusively sci-fi, so 
buyers should expect to find spaceships and 
futuristic submarines in abundance. Il's 



perhaps a shame there's not even Ihe i 
choice of cars, choppers and planes, b 
techno-fantasy is your ihing this pro 

ought to be considered, 

The best models and scenes included I 
the disk are Ihe work of Tobias Riehler, 
man who's made quite a name for himself i 
the world of computer animation . 

VIEWING SOFTWARE 

Fans of Slar Wars are well catered 
with tie-fighters, tie-bombers and most of 
other spaceships and specestations f 
lured in that trilogy. However, there are a: 
objects based on DSV and) Star Trek, ak 
with a range of more original designs. 

Mosl can be seen directly fr« 
Workbench, which is good for those 
don't own a package like AD PRO, thanks I 
the inclusion of soma viewing softwafi 
Unfortunately, it has to be said that attar 
ing to run some of the animations caus 



Compact 



he quantity ot CDs coming out seems to increase dramatically every month, 
Amiga Computing is back lo check out the latest releases. As usual there i 
something for everyone, and Ihe emphasis is definitely on good value. 
It's heartening to see how the quality ol the compilations has improved since we starts 
focusing on these products last year. Companies like Almathera are having lo expand I 
deal with the growing demand for these CDs, which jusl goes to show there's still a hu 
market lor new Amiga releases provided the/re of a suitably high standard. 



motion Clips 



Product; 3D Amnst 

Price: £19.99 
Supplier Almathera 
Tet: 0181*687 QQ40 



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This is rather an unusual CD produced by 
Accadia in America. Aimed al people who 
want lo incorporate video sequences in their 
presentations or raytracing, but who can't 
afford a PAR card or VLAB motion 
it describes itself aptly s 
digital sequence library. 

The makers have packed 
a lot onto the ( 
each sequence 
more than len 
enough to be 
use. Image quality 
is quite good 
though it's sig* 
niMcantly inferior 
to Pyromania, the 
special effects CD collec 
tion. That's because 
Pyrcmanla's images ware taken from 
film stock, whereas Motion Clip's appears 
to be pulled from high quality video 

Accessibility and ease of use has been 
increased thanks to the inclusion of thumb- 
nail previews - Ihese allow you to get an 




instant overview of what happens In e 
sequence with the minimum of fuss. 

The images are in video resolution 

unfortunately Ihey were set for use 

NTSC. This means that lor PAL they'll 

scaling up, which witl lead lo a slight (tbo 

not too noticeable) degradation in qu 

and a distortion ol the aspect ratio, 

problem won't matter much if the images 

being; used with raytracers because 

probably be reseating and deti 

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Deluxe Paii 

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however, a bis 

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picture is rescaled. 

If reseating is requin 

then you're going to i 

a batch processing pr 

gram to convert all 

images - ProControl 

do the trick. Alternatively, 

you have Image FX you ce 

use IMP or if you're lucky enoi 

to have lmageFX2 then AutoFX is in 



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is another quality CD for the 3D modeller 
which includes not only a large range of 
impressive worts but also has been compiled 
in an organised and helpful fashion. Imagine 
users shoutd check it out as soon as possible, 



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t Amiga to 

ish. Another complaint 

once again from the fact lhat 
is a Gorman product that has been 
Shed Onto the British market. 
Consequently, the demo ol MaKon Cinema 
«0 is in German making it unusable lor the 
■^ority of buyers. Sunely an English transla- 
te! isn't loo much to ask for. Otherwise, this 



Product: The LightWorkS 

Price: £39.99 

Supplier: PDSoft 

Tel: 01702 466933 



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With access to [8 bee anting ever cheaper far the Rmiga user, — i 

startsd the demand far digital collections is always on the increase. — 

land to 

Gafeth infthoose returns once again to assess the scene — 



ways superior even to ProControl. 

Sequences are often about 6M frames 
tarig, so potential buyers should remember if 
l»y want to convert 24-bil images onto their 

-.id drive they'll need a hefty amount of 
space. Saving them as IFFs, furthermore. 
will increase these memory demands if you 
want lo retain full resolution. 

Generally, the most useful inclusions on 
*w CD are sequences featuring choppy 
water or rolling clouds, which always come in 
handy for raytracers or those using presenta- 
ton software like Seals. Strange effects like 
moving textures on your objects could be 
produced using the psychedelic sequences, 
while me underwater marine fish scenes 
might make for interesting backdrops. 

AVAILABLE BACKGROUNDS 

The CO claims lhal images could be used 
■.•.dually as backgrounds for your 

tovourlte paint or character generator pro- 
gram , Thai's true, but it's nol worth buying 
*» CD for Ihis purpose since (here are tons 
of PD backgrounds available. 

As should be expected these days, a 
«ewer has been thrown in for free - in this 
ease it's Fast Jpeg. The makers claim it's the 
fastest freely available Jpeg picture viewer 



for the Amiga, and il retains a high degree of 
quality. It also has a special AGA version 
included for Ham8 mode. 

Overall then, it could be a useful product 
but unfortunately I can't help feeling ii's over- 
pneed for what you get. It may mean you 
don't have to fork out for a PAF card, but 
those who want lo make Ihe most of the CD 
will have to own some expensive equipment 
or software anyway. Consequently I recom- 
mend poleniilal buyers think carefully before 
they part with their cash, 



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Product: Motion Clips 

Price: $149.95 

Supplier: MicroWorks 

Tel: 0101 7168731856 



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[lipflrt GIF 




An Aitfc d**tan, on* el th& 
mwt unusual itomt on fhm CD 

Whether you're creating documents on 

your Amiga for business or a newsletter For 
the Parish church, including a few appro- 
priate ly-themed pictures can add a touch 
of professionalism. There's plenty ol clipart 
available from PD distributors, but If you 
want a good range that's easily accessible 
you should buy it on CD- 

The Clip AM GIF collection from WPD 
features high-quality scanned images with 
256 colours. Il covers the usuai subjects. 
Including high performance super cars, 
military aircraft, exotic locations and, of 
course, 'scantily clad" babes, 

FANTASY IMAGES 

There's also the typically huge collection 
of space and fantasy Images, while In the 
art directory there's a large number of 
painlings by Boris Vallejo and Pal 
NageS. How useful this type of thing is 
for mosl DTP purposes is unclear, 
though, and it should be remembered that 
a high-quality colour printer will be required 
it They are to be used effectively in 
documents. 

These disks are for use on the PC 
as well, which has Jed to unfortunate 
limitations on ihe length of each file 
name. Because the PC won't read file 
names over eight characters it's not 
always clear what some of the entries on 
theCDaro. 

Otherwise, it's another competent 
(hough unexceptional collection of images, 
and wilh a whole bundle of Amiga viewers 
thrown in for good measure it should prove 
of interest to some. 



Ihe bottom line 



Product: CiipArt GIF 

Price: £19.99 

Supplier: PD Soft 

Tel: 01702 466933 



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The bottom line 



Admittedly less detailed and colourful, the images on the CD will proba- 
bly prove a lot more usefu) for most Amiga owners than the GIF collec- 
tion, This is because there are twice as many images covering a much 
broader field ol interests. 

The user who wishes to produce a bulletin lor their company, for 
example, wilt find a large business directory with various black and 
white images of meetings, telephone conversations and Ihe like, 

Ornate alphabets, borders and frames are the nuts and bolts of DTP 
that can really enhance your finished product, and fortunately this CD 
has plenty on offer in this line. 

Other subjects Include money, education, family, computers. 
Christmas and nalurai world material. Since subjects are well organ- 
ised into their own specific drawers, finding the images you may need is not a particularly time-consuming process 
either, Overall, it's a product that most people could find good use for, and some wHI find invaluable. 



Product: ClipArt IFF 
Price: £19.99 

Supplier: PD Soft 
Tel: 01702 466933 



Ease of use 

Implementation _ 
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Overall 



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The new Aminet package comes on a sin- 
gle CD, but those obsessed with quantity 
need have no lears - most of the files have 
been compressed so that once again this 
is a product with over 1 gigabyte of 
information. 

Accessing the files is very easy, since 
clicking on file buttons in the AmigsGulde 
will automatically unpack it. However, the 
fact that you have to decruneh files means 
they're not as instantly accessible as on 
Fred Fish 8. 

On the other hand, Aminet CDs have 
always been somo of the easiest to use in 
my view. Guides and content pages give 
an excellent overview of the CD and help 
lo point you towards the most Interesting 
material. Furthermore, keywords can be 
pressed to call up linked information - it's 
ail vastly more user friendly than the major- 
ity of collections available a year ago. 

There's 214Mb of new files stuffed onto 
Ihe disc and the range ol Interests covered 
is about as wide as you can get within the 
field of computing. 

In the graphics, department there's the 
latest version of XV, an image viewer and 
manipulator thai uses the Magical User 



PMcfe mad whit* Clip 

art [j»m a whotm 

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Capable of using all the usual 
image formats plus a lot of ones I was 
unfamiliar with, this update also includes a 
lot of new tools such as the ability lo cut 
and paste- 
programmers may be interested in 
Barfly, an assembler development system 
which is supplied with a very powerful 
debugger, There's also Gold Ed, a fully- 
featured shareware text editor as an alter- 
native to the demo of Turbotext, supplied. 

That's just the beginning of what's avail- 
able, but the key attraction of Ihe Amine! 
package is that the buyer will be able to 
find material to interest them wilhgut 
spending days searching through file after 
file. Highly recommended. 



Ihe bottom line 



Product: Aminet 5 

Price: £14.99 

Supplier: PD Soft 

Tel: 01702 486933 



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LSD Legal Tools 
Deluxe 2 



This Is another general compilation, but 
one lhat to its credit strives to be different 

Seeing the trend for the repetition of the 
same files on different CDs, the makers of 
the LSD have tried to ensure that as much 
material as possible on this product is 
unavailable elsewhere. 

It's another easy-to-use CD that utilises 
the AmigaGuide well, and efforts have 
been made to make files instantly accessi- 
ble, Where possible, for example, images 
are in IFF format so they can be immedi- 
ately loaded into and viewed in Deluxe 
Painl or Brilliance, 

The same is true of the animations. 
Utilities include Comic Master, a database 
for comic book collectors, Invoicer, a pro- 
gram for creating and printing invoices, and 
Route planner, which can plan Optimum 
routes based on map databases. 

On the oomms side there's AmiTALK, a 



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DBif. ISD 2 i5 ttie snrt rjr iD tliart'i 

bi jo# to tae through. Ms more, "there's i 
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As if they weren't big enough before, 
many new CD PD collections seem to 
be expanding to cover two discs. 
Following this trend, the compilers of 

the famous Fred Fish collections have 
doubled up to bring us over 1Gb of 

data, 

As always, it's an odds and sods col- 
lection with material ranging from techy 
programming tools to the latest PD 
games. Good categorisation is there- 
fore vital, so it's lo the compiler's credit 
that there are two ways of finding the 
files you want, 

Firstly, there's A-Kwik which performs 
keyword searches from a database bui.t 
from the included product information 
files. Secondly, there's a new version 
Kingfisher, one ol Ihe most user-friendly 
ways of getting a summary of what 
each program's about. 

Huge though this collection clearly is 
it should be pointed out that onl; 
HSMbs of it is new material, Of course. 
that still adds up lo a large stack of pr 
grams, but it does compare badly wi 
Aminei 5 which contains almost doubtt 
the amounl of fresh skiff. 






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program which allows Amiga users to talk 
lo any person using a UNIX compatible talk 
program. Ami WATCH, on the other hand, 
is a log thai keeps track of when your 
friends (or enemies)' are logged on their 
accounts on the net. 

DEGRADING 

Some or lha files require owners ol AGA 
machines to degrade Iheir Amigas in order 
to use the programs, lis a sign of good 
implementation, however, that there's an 
an-hne degradar accessed by clicking a 
button on the Amiga Guide, thus keeping 
things fairly simple. Perhaps surprisingry. 




LSD features 
pictures of some of 
the best 3D renderings 
we've seen, with a dock by Steve 
Anger lhat's so phote-realistic it's incredi- 
ble A collection of pictures from the Zen 
Room, by contrast, are much more 
abstract but equally impressive. 

With a collection of good 2D art on offer 
as well, this is line sort of CD that's enjoy- 
able to browse through. What's more, 
there's a range of games from the 
Assassin collection making this one of ihe 
better choices far those who want to 
combine the serious side ot CD with some 
leisure. 

Hard though it may be lo believe, the 
660Mb of data offered on LSD 2 is less 
than on many other new compilations. In 
my mind this is actually to ihe GD's 
benefit, especially since I'm all For the 
policy of cutting down on program duplica- 
tion. This makes this disc worth a 
look even if you've got a number of other 
compilations. 




LSD 2 fodJUrfta tantB 
gr+at 3D ptee. Including 
wn» work by tft« 
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Product: LSD Legal Toots 2 

Price: £1999 

Supplier: 17th Bit 

Tel: 01924 366982 



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Some of it is 
more of the same, 
including an unnecessary 
rnber of new database programs. A good 
of BBS utilities, on the other hand, 
mjnd lo raise some interest in these on- 
obsessed limes, 
included in this section is a demo of 4D 
a flexible program that allows callers 



to call their computer, read^write 
mail and upload/download files. 
THOR, on the other hand, is a 
potential money saver that 
allows users to read mes- 
sages offline, thereby 
cutting down on on-line 
time. 

There are vari- 
ous programming 
tools, Including 
Triton 1,2. This pro- 
gram makes il easy to cre- 
ate good looking graphical user 
interfaces {GUIs) and features an 
object-oriented system and greater ease of 
use than its competitors. 

USEFUL UPDATES 

Music players like YADCP allow you to 
play audio CDs with your CD-ROM drive, 
while the graphics side of the disks is 
Messed with some recent and useful 
updates. Image Studio, for example, 
is wntten for the casual user who wishes 
to convert Several graphical formats. 

More powerful commercial offerings 
are obviously available, bul for some 



users they represent an unnecessary 
expense for facilities that may not be 
required. 

Obviously, a review of this length can 
only glance across the surface of such 
a vast collection. However; it you're 
in Ihe market lor this type of collection 
you could do a lot worse thanks to 
FishS's excellent ease of use and 
organisation. 



The bottom line 



Product: Fred Fish Vol 8 

Price: £24.99 

Supplier PD Soft 

Tel: 01702 466933 

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company on the 



anniuersam of 
its bdnhcuptci} 



he camera moves unsteadily in 
Ihe hands of its operator as h> 
walks through the empty corri- 
dors, production lines and warehouses of 
the Pennsylvanian-based headquarters raj 
Commodore. Dasarted but for a receptionist 
and a dozen soon-to-be ex-employees, ifq 
a morbid contrast to Ihe once financially 
successful site that boasted a staff of 1 ,000 
employees. 

Warehouses at one time packed with 
Amiga machines awaiting their dispatch fa 
relailers across the US and Canada in 
depressing^ empty and hollow - only to bt 
used as roller skating parks by weary 
employees who all knew a storm was gath- 
ering on Ihe horizon. 

The foolage being viewed was shot c 
April 27th for a video product ion cade 
Deathbed Vigil by an employee at lha plant. 
The date on which the worse of all scenar- 
ios finally unveiled itself was April 29tti 
1894. That evening, several subsidiaries 
Commodore filed for bankruptcy in thi 
Bahamas. The rest is corporate history 



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Amiga Computing 



JUNE 1995 



T 



Thm warning (»»t al 104 fc*g»nnrng of 
OmIAdw* Vigit - In tmet, th» language la 
the vlriw Im !•■• Mnh Ihmrt jmu'd 
a ipse I undur the cfreujnafancai 



FEATURE 




i ihe most mild of computer enthusiasts 
have failed to pick up on the subse- 
year that has thrown up legal tan- 
and monetary arguments While the 
gating bickering is to finally come to 
end on April 20th with money having 
iosl fist over clenched flat, It's worth- 
to think back to how the whote mess 

the great American dream to anol- 
Axample of white collar mismanage- 

people inside and out of the company 
happy to point (he linger of guilt at one 

■ Mehdi AN. 



Deathbed Uigil 



Aching Ihrough the newspapers, books and 
■ sources detailing defunct companies, 
imes apparent that some badly run 
.messes operate in a certain fashion, 
•re are three layers - the bottom layer is 
employees working on the ground level 
jilding ihe product, whatever it maybe, 
lop are Hie upper management mak- 
their money while II lasts, but out of 
with their business and staff, and fma- 
' there's the mid management - the 'mas- 
ere' who regularly take ihe flak for the 
jkes made 'upstairs.' 
On settling down to watch Ihe two-hour 
vtdeo shot by David Haynie. a now long- 
gone engineer at the Pennsylvania produe- 
fon plant, the above scenario becomes very 
«bwoua. Slackly shot on S-VHS. Ihe video 
otters a vivid, if meandering display of the 
ortterness and camaraderie Fell by Ihe now 
«i-employees at the time of Ihe Commodore 
crash, 

Much of the two hours is spent re- telling 
•Choolyard-like pranks and practical jokes 
is if this video was made for friends, not 
•orld-wide release, but underneath the 
amateurish look is some revealing and 
•obering documentary making. 

After the Scala-creatad titles have moved 
:-ff screen in all manner of directions, the 
cameraman -cum- presenter, Haynie, takes 
tie viewer round Ihe production plant. Hare 
and ihroughoul the rest of the video, 




A s/gn at tha taming time* when 
dsx/gninip and dmvmtnpirry tha Am J pa 

screens of text foim Ihe backbone of detail- 
ing the Commodore collapse. 

We learn that the Pennsylvanian site in 
West Chester once supported 1,000 
employees in engineering, lech support, 
facilities, sales marketing. International deal- 
ings and manufacturing. The plant could run 
for 24-hours a day, primarily producing 
Amiga products lor the US and Canadian 
markets. 

MARCHING ORDERS 

During two previous days before the 

video shoot, over half of the dwindling ranks 
of employees were given their marching 
orders in the cafeteria. When we join (hem, 
the offices are practically deserted with only 
a handful of people packing their things 
away for the final time. 

Ask any of Ihem there what caused the 
downfall of the Amiga and they'll happily 
point out a string of events that led to its col- 
lapse - the year 1991 had held great 
promise lor the steady rise of Ihe A500, 
replacing its ageing forefather, the C64, in 
the European home market, 

The A30Q0 was beginning to make impor- 
tant headway In Ihe high-end market such 
as video. According to Deathbed Vigil, the 
real downturn in Commodore's path was in 





Summer 1991 when the new engineering 
management took over. 

In 1992, Ihe management green lighted a 
mid-range of ECS -based systems which 
were subsequently built. On its arrival, the 
ECS based 500- was rejected by all 
Commodore sales divisions but released 
anyway, Adding further to their bewilder- 
ment and dismay, (he A500 was ihe first still 
successful machine (o be cancelled in 
Commodore's history. Come April "92, there 
was still no AGA machine. 

By October '92, all AGA projects had 
been cancelled, including ihe enhanced 
3000. with only a handful built for OS devel- 
opment, Some of its components ware 
eventually remade <nto the A60D, an A500 
replacement. More costly (hart the A50O, it 
offered Ihe user less, much to the dismay of 
the engineers in the labs. 

NOTHING NEW 

White other manufacturers such as Apple 
and IBM continued to upgrade and enhance 
Iheir machines, the 4000, a slap-togelher of 
Ihe A3O00 parts, was finally released in the 
latter half of '92. The AGA chipset was fina- 
lly allowed to be included but internally at 
Commodore, engineers winced in the 
knowledge mat, in their eyes, it was the first 
Amiga to be delivered wish no new system- 
specific custom chips. 

Then the 1 200 happened - or in the eyes 
of Deathbed Vigil, nearly happened. With its 
better design and healthier resources, the 
machine nearly missed lha vital Christmas 
season. While not bombing oul of the mar- 
ket, therB weren't enough parts ordered to 
build an adequate number of machines. 
Meanwhile, the ECS-based systems. 
aroused no consumer interest and law 
could get one of the new AGA computers. 

As a result of Ihis mismanagement, 
Commodore lost $350 million and during 
the latter half ol 1993., matters went from 
bad to worse with large staff cuts in the 
summer and the eagerly-awaited AAA pro- 
ject ground to a halt due lo lack of money. 
The only good news for Commodore at this 
time was the design and manufacture of the 



During the fateful monlh of April '94, while many Commodore subsidiaries were filing for 
oankrupicy , the UK division was beginning to show its associates whal could be achieved 
with the right work ethic. David Pleasance, the joint managing director of C=UK with Colin 
Proudfoot, remembers, though, lhat the international company's situation 
was rapidly going downhill come Christmas 1993, The warning signs were 
thai the company could n'l provide Christmas supplies for the consumer 
market," 

Pleasanoe, wfio worked with Ali for two years in the Stales, verilies The 
Deathbed Vigil video's doubts in Ali's leadership skills, and lhat all the sub- 
sidiaries across the globe did their utmost to point oul any mistakes thai 
needed rectifying: 1 can assure you thai a large number of general man- 
agers and managing directors of the subsidiaries all put forward 
suggestions, but Ali seemed lo ignore them." 

In fact, these suggestions were normally brought up at large meetings 
where the key figures ai Commodore would sit down and discuss wfiat 
should be done, "but then ihey [the upper management] would go off and 
do something completely different,' 

Pleasance is happy lo expand on the subjeel of Ali; "Everybody would be 
in his favour for a given period of time and than Ihey would be out of Favour 




Ctmvld Pltammnen ■'Tharm'm 
no doubt In my mind that 
Ali i* tha pormon 
rotponirbt* for tha 
dmmfam of Commodore 



for a given period of lime. It's quite a common management syndrome.* He 

continued: 'It's okay if tha person has a good grasp of the business, you can 

get away with if, but if all your decisions are based entirely on that rationality with little 

knowledge of the business then it's not a good thing - as the bankruptcy 

has shown," 

One at the main reasons he believes the company (ell Ihrough was lhat 
Commodore found ilself with an identity crisis. "Commodore didn't know 
what it was - the fact of the matter is that we're a consumer electronics 
company. That's what we are, We're not an IBM or a Compaq and I don't 
believe we ever will he. That was the problem, we lost sight of our roots 
which is home computing, We tried to be a PC manufacturer, delved in 
UNIX and all this stuff which was complete nonsense.' 

Ask Pleasance if Ali is be'-ng used as a scapegoat for all the company's 
problems and he is adamant lhat he is not: "At the end ol the day, he has 
controlled the company for several years and he was a very autocraiic 
leader, In lhat respect, the buck slops here. There is nobody else, Lei's 
be honest about it, it the company had been making millions of dollars in 
profit, then he'd have claimed all the glory, There's no doubt in my mind 
that he is the person who is responsible. 1 



- 



Amiga Computing 



JUNE 1995 



c 



FEATURE 




Or Ed Haplar, ox-mdvaneod K d»v»lopmmt, On tfrr 
aubJ+Ct ot Hit iayotft two dmf* bmforw MM bankrupts y; "A 
tad tr*r* ofattmira... mo much laJ.nl and «ww w«l*d" 



CD32, primed lor Ihe Christmas '93 markel, 
As usual, (hough, finances were so fight only 
100,000 machines were built. The engineers 
at Ihe West Chester site believe the comp- 
any could have survived If they had been 
able to produce 40CQGO. 

Morale in Ihe meantiprve was at an all-time 
low - people who had survived Ihe summer 
lay of were packing Iheir bags and leaving 
under their own steam anyway. While Ihe 
CD32 continued to sell relatively well, espe- 
cially in Europe. Commodore's products In 
development were scarce - Ihe 0032*5 
Mpog module and the A4000T's OS soft- 
ware that included 3.1 were the only devel- 
opments lo reach me shelves. Olher hard- 
ware and chip projects were relegated to 
being designed but not built. 

By the time April "94 had arrived, work had 
all but ground to a halt, with many employ- 
ees being told by ihe management lo activ- 
ely hunt out new jobs, The rumour mill was 
in full swing with lalh of buyouts and compa- 
ny failure. 

Come April 25th and 26th, a majority of 
the remaining staff were told that they'd been 



Trjn Mcdonald, ax-AAA into dationt-f. On th* AUbJfrC 
at Alt "In my mntlto fit*, IV* aovor wlalttd Hi on m 
pmrmaa before... Jf M*ho> All wmt *t*r\d!i\g In Irani ot a 
bum coming toward* Mm, I'd took M» eUtor my 



On tho xubf+ct of Alt'a handling ot 
Commodore; A uitfion dollars to 
mJnui SOO miition in two ymarm" 



JbH Port*/, •*- 

director ot l»W 

praduc I dovaloo- 

nMfll. On Ifi* uab- 

)oet ot Mi: "An you 

a ganorat #'""# 

or It it anything 

inoeWe? Ho, I 

think you'rrn jumt a 



Ulan of 



moment 




laid off. On April 29th. Commodore filed tor 
bankruptcy. 

The rest of Ihe video lakes Ihe viewer on a 
unique behind-the-scenes loo* at a crippled 
company. After the final large layoff on the 
26th, Ihe lunch held at Magrittes, the staffs 
favourite diner, bar and hangout, Ls a scene 
of a group of people upset wilh the way 



they've been ireated but retaining thai 
surprisingly good spirits. 

The consensus round the restaurant atl 
that lime was that Ihe order to sack many of 
the people in Ihe video had come directly 
from the president of Commodore, Mehn: 
A!i. Subsequently, there are many colourful 
exchanges of messages for the man in case 
he should see The Deathbed Vigil. 

SMASHING TIMES 

Other scenes that stand qui from th» 
recounting of employee pranks are tho 
rather surprising images of ex-staff smash- 
ing up a variety of Amiga keyboards Into 
individual pieces via the use of hammers. 
young children and by reversing cars. The 
resentment fell towards upper management 
is quite ferocious- 
Take (be scene where a Guy Fawkes-llto 
dummy of Ma hdi All is rltually soaked in 
lighter fluid and Iheri set alight to Ihe accom- 
panying strains of an electric guitar and a 
Jeering audience. 

Accusations are levelled at marketing for 
not promoting the Amiga sufficiently, and 









Mehdi AN, an investmeni banker, was employed at Commodore in 1 986 as a consultant 
Ironi Dillon Reed by Irving Gould, fie CEO at Ihe company. Afler successfully securing 
kHig-lerm financing for the Amiga technology wilh (he Prudential Ali was offered Ihe job ol 
president lor the company by Gould. wiUh the main focus on sales and marketing. He 
accepted. 

The company head horvchcs then consisted of Ali, Kerry Ruben as head ol engineering 
and manufacturing, and finally Gould himself who over-saw Ihe other Iwo, In 
Jell Porter's words, Ihe director ol new product development, al the time 
"clearly Mehdi believed he was in charge'. In fact, asking Porter about who 
exactly was in charge officially, rt becomes appareni Ihat nonjne was partic- 
ularly sure. 

'I didn'l really know anything about him - Ali was low profile as a consul- 
tant. ," commented David Pleasance, managing director ol Commodore UK. 
It wasn't umil he took over thai I had any contact with him and I have lo say 
perhaps I was gullible, but he talked a good story," 

While sales and marketing, headed by Ah. has always been Criticised for 
one ol the mapr factors of the company's demise, Jell Porter oflers up 
another reason which he is convinced was the ultimate causa - the 
mis-management ol Cornmrjore's inventory. 

The first inventory mistake made was with the arrival of the A6C-3. Hailed 
by Kelly Somner, the then managing director of OUK, as the immediate 
successor to tfie A5A0 and Ihat the A500 was dead, olher Commodore peo- 
ple disagreed. Despite this the A6Q0 was released - ihe p^colem was liat 




Mahdi All: Trm lormas 
prmaiOanl ol Commodore 

and thw iut>)*et ot many 
aceutallorti and much 
htttmmmmo 



the factory didn't match what marketing fiad planned. On Itie 600's release, Ihey realised 
there was still a large amount of 500s in stock. Subsequently, ihis stock had to be sold off 
at a reduced price to clear it out of tfie way, thus making an unhealthy loss. 

Perhaps Commodore could have survived this, muses Porter, but exactly the same 
thing happened nex! Ohrisimas wilh the arrival ol Ihe A 1 200. Jeff Portet believes thai s 
what killed Commodore ultimately, not sales and marketing. "No company can survive two 
years like that in raw." 

At present, Ali is under invesligalion for his actions while at 
Commodore, For those thai have been following the company's Slory, 
you'll know thai Ali and Gould have been trying lo block ihe recent pint 
decision between 1he Bahamian and US courts. 

Tfie agreement states that he and Gould can be field responsible for 
any misdealings in the company during the 12 monlhs previous to Ihe 
bankruptcy instead, of Ihe usual three months under Bahamian law, Al the 
time of going to press, the outcome of Ali's blocking aclion is yet to be 
resolved. 

Amiga Computing contacted Mehdi Ali al home to give him the chance 
to reply to the comments made in this article. Unlorlunately, he was none 
too keen to answer any of our questions. He asked us to direct our ques- 
tions through Commodore which would then be passed anlo him. Alas, 
whether he likes or not, Mr Ali no longer has any association with Ihe 
company so Ihis was not possible. 



Amiga Computing 



JUNE 1995 







FEATURE 



Th* Commodor* cotlap** mm r*port*d fay rh* 
•W*td#/ph(« fimufrvr on thr JW* April 



when they did come up with an idea that 
worked, upper management were seen as 
he- principal reason for messing il up. 

Apparently, in anathar wasted opportunity, 
Commodore had worked out a deal with a 
Japanese company lor Ihe sale of the Amiga 
in the land of the rising sun. A! Ihe time, the 
Japanese market was seen as a virgin rnar- 
tet sitting there ripe for a dominant computer 
to sweep it up. Apple had made .some head- 
way and Commodore realised they could 
achieve a similar success with the right soft- 
ware support. According to The Deathbed 
Vigif video, the deal came down to a tradi- 
tional meeting between company heads, and 
Commodore management blew if. Twice. 

Through all this anger and frustration. Ihe 
real message of the video oomes through. 
Computer engineers and prodigies have 
always had a reputation for being almost 
obsessive, working late hours- and sacrificing 
their social life in the process. The ex- 
employees truly believed in their product, in 
lad judging from this video Ihe Amiga was 
and still is the love of their life. 

Because of this passion for the same goal. 



The bottom line 



If you're expecting a Modem 
Times/Cutting Edge professionalism to 
Deathbed Vigil, you'll be disappointed. 
The music, titles and opening shot at 
the beginning are reminiscent of some 
tacky soft pom flick wish subsequent 
footage like thai of a family video. 

Because of the substantial price. 
The Deathbed Vigil And Other Stories 
Of Digital Angst is worth buying oniy it 
you are an avid Amiga follower. It's 
loosely shol and could be edited down 
to an hour's length or less very easily 
but, for true Amiga fanatics, it's an 
essential purchase and an invaluable 
Insight. 



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Ex tmptoy—1 man* thmir mngar an Amiga keyboard*. 

Sanm-ano diIIi nut: -'Anyon* jot a chainaa«r?" No. 
hut lomitiidgr ham * ear... 




TtiM hixmrrm sight of 

Mmhdi Aiim dummy 

being burn! to [no 

Zonal of mn almctwic 

guitar. SOfttadna 

call* duI; "Thj i I* 

prvbablr (ha only 

warmth m inr get 

eur of (h* mm" 



all the people truly involved with the Amiga's 
creation and development also created a 
close-knit community which can only be 
described as something akin lo a family. 

Perhaps (his sounds a touch over senti- 
mental and, well, American (group hug, 
everyone), but the spirit is refreshingly obvi- 
ous enough and serves as a contrast to Ihe 
more cut-throat business ethics seen in the 
'BCte and '90s. Judging from this video, ll's a 
shame that the determination, effort and out- 
and-out passion of these people for a 
ma-chine didn't appear to be supported by 
the management at the lop with the real 
power. £■? 




Perfection, Excellence, Wnat a passionate 
lover, Hut once havliifctastedtho lip* of 
excellence, once having ftlven oneself to Its 
perfection, how (ireaiy and iwrdonsomo 
and filled with anoftik are the remainder of 
one's wakhifc hours Wanned in'tho shackled 
lock-stop of the merely ordinary, the haroly 
acceptable, the Just okay and not a stroke 
hotter. 

■• Harlan Ellison 



Thit »#nriman r it ganvtn* 



Amiga Computing 



JUNE 1995 



Think about 
the future 






Almost a year ago to the da/, the long- 
awaited bidding day is nearly upon us. 
This day is monumental to Ihe luture of 
Itie Amiga, On the 20th April, someone 
will walk away with Itie rights to the 
Amiga technology and tne long road lo 
recovery can a! lasi be begun. 

It's been ana hall of a year in the 
machine's history. A year thai was. seen 
by Pleasance at the beginning as a 
'small hiatus'" has subsequently turned 
into a mountain. 

But here's the amazing fact about 
ihe Amiga - it's still tiara, alive and 
kicking. There's no doubt thai it's suf- 
fered and given the PC a boost in to the 
home market, yet for a computer to last 
$o long in financial limbo is seen by 
some as a miracle. 

April 20th is ihe absolute latest ihe 
buyout could have occurred on, Trie 
machine's diminished stocks need refill- 
mg and the Amiga has to be back in full 
drculata for Christmas '95. The ques- 
lion mark at ihe moment is hovering 
over the potential winner with vary 
financially successful Escom making 
Ihe surprise move and securing Ihe first 
bona !ido bid, 

Insiders believe that the German 
company witl win out in the end, but 
Ihere is still competition in the shape of 
Ihe C=UK ME0 and CEI in America. 
Pleasance is quick to point out: "It's like 
buying an antique at an auction. You 
think you've got il and somebody from 
oul of Itie blue comes in and outbids 
you. We still believe the business is 
worth more lo us because we have art 
existing business ready to go." 

Whoever trim, matters can't really 
get worse m the foreseeable luture than 
ihey are already. New money and a 
change of philosophy will hopefully get 
the Amiga back into the conscience of 
Ihe computer buying public. 

While it Is going to be difficult lo 
convince some of the third-party devel- 
opers and software houses that Ihe 
machine is back tor good, there are 
enough companies, teams and individu- 
als Involved already to inject some 
much reeded life into the Amiga. 

And of course, Ihere's the Amiga 
user who's stood by the machine 
through thick and thin, steadfastly 
refusing lo move onto another platform, 
without whom this magazine and other 
publications wouldn't be hers today, 

The Amsga is about lo reborn, 



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I just don't get it. We've all being waiting months now for a solution to the 
Commodore crisis and still nothing has happened. Despite Ihe obvious oarers 
of leaving the Amiga out in the cold for tat loo long, I find it worrying that Ihose 
m*W suntanned lawyers, liquidators and corporate high flyers seem to he oblivious to 
f» fact that if mis carries on much longer, ihere'll be no business lo sell- 
Maybe I'm slating the bleeding obvious but this whole buyout thing, especially with Mehdi 
Mi throwing his sad and rather undeveloped spanner into the works lo cover his tracks, is 
just getting, in a word, pathetic. 

I know big business and iegal wrangling* are an horrendous nightmare and its intricacies 
require the patience of a saint but, for crying out loud, how long is this back and forth 
situation going to go on for? Does Pleasance really believe he's gol a hope of revitalising 
the Amiga after alt this time? I don't think he's got a chance in hell. 
Yours sick of Ihe whole thing, 

M Sturgess, Biekerstaff 

We're getting more and more letters like this one, slamming the whole legal schenani- 
gans, and patience from dedicated users is turning to frustration. At the end of the 
day, while everyone knows, including ourselves and those rather bronzed corporate 
players In the Bahamas, lhal delay means a less valuable commodily, if there 
are legal problems they have to be dealt with and everyone has to come out of the 
situation happy with what they've got. 

Don't be surprised if some people involved probably don't give a damn about the 
Amiga and its future and just wanl their money back - that's why the bidding system 
was demanded to make sure that the largest amount of money possible would be 
made on the sale of the Commodore machine. 

While we believe that the Amiga is some kind of soul mate, judging from Ihe letters 
we receive, the boys with the big bucks just see it as yet another product that was 
badly handled by its management- in a word, why should they care? 

As cynically as that sounds though, I do believe that Pleasance and co. could make 
a go of it - it'll be lough, but if they can find their low-priced market and keep third- 
party developers pumping out products that make the Amiga a most enviable 
machine, Ihe future could be bright. Whoever wins Ihe bidding process has their work 
cutout though. 



Its in a mB55 

I write to draw your attention lo the fact 
thai a company that has advertised in 
your magazine regularly of late is disrep- 
utable to say the Jeast. The company con- 
cerned is Total Computer Supplies. I 
ordered goods from them in mid January 
and to date have received from them 
nothing other than excuses, broken 
promises and lies. ■ 

After many weeks of regularly phoning 
and chasing, I eventually began to sus- 
pect that there was something dodgy 
about them. I contacted Ihe Hertfordshire 
Trading Standards Office and learned that 
this company was well known to them for 
•ailing to supply goods or return money. I 
have demanded tor the return of my 
money three times, but to no avail. 

I acknowledge that you cannot be held 
responsible for your advertisers but they 
do of course discredit your magazine. 

fit G Huxtey, Stafford 

If you read last month's copy of Amiga 
Computing you will have noticed In Ihe 
news pages lhat we mentioned TC5, 
along with WTS, were raided by the 
police^ 

For you this is not exactly good 
news as you are still owed Ihe money 
for the goods you ordered, and I can 



only suggest you contact the 
Hertfordshire Trading Standards Office 
again to be advised on your position 
financially. 

(ompo complaints 



I answered an advertisement in issue 83 
(February '95) of your magazine by 

Compo Software Ltd and ordered a mem- 
ory upgrade for an Amiga 600 with clock. I 
sent a cheque for £29.99 on 1 February 
95 and received the item on 28 February. 




lllaij out bach 



Living out in Ihe outback of Australia may seem like a 
slrange place lo own an Amiga but I've been using 
my trusty A120D for the last couple of years to help 
manage my accounts for my ranch, write letters and 
even lose a few hours playing on classics like 
Fronlier, At she moment, I'm considering buying the 
latest Deluxe Painl anoV'or Photogenics to show some 
of my Aboriginal friends. 

My guess is that in the future computer-based art 
is going to lake off In a huge way and some ol the 
stuff my friends are creating with real materials will 
translate very weil onto the computer screen. I'll be 
sending Iheir sluff out to PD libraries round the world 
once they've finished, 

Perhaps you could consider a gallery section in 



As it was defective I telephoned (he sup- 
pliers and was lold lo return it which I did, 
with a covering letter (copy enclosed). I 
telephoned several times to enquire what 
was happening and spoke lo Simon 
Yard ley. I have been given all sorts of 
axcuses and now they are saying they 
have no record of it having been 
returned, although it was sent by recor- 
ded mail and the Posl Office tell me it 
was delivered and signed for on 2 March. 
I have been advised to write to you by 
the Citizens Advice Bureau before I seek 
advice from the Department of Fair 
Trading and the Trading Standards 
Office. I would welcome your comments. 
R J Christopher, Dorset 

If the facts laid out In your letter are 
100 per cent accurate then Compo 
Software have some serious explain- 
ing to do to yourself and the Trading 



your magazine to show off the highlights ol Amiga- 
created art from around the worid, It's a thought 
anyway. 

Keep providing me wilh the latest info on all things 
Amiga - it can get mighty lonely out hers where 
technology is hardly at Ihe cutting edge. 

Jim Anderson, Woga Woga, Australia 

It's always good to hear of an Individual out 
there who's using the Amiga in the unlikeliest of 
situations. Computer art has already proved pop- 
ular with the public, perhaps not yet in art gal- 
leries but computer-created pictures are a big 
success on the Internet and on compilation CDs. 
It would be Interesting to see how Aboriginal art 
Is influenced by computers, so make sure you 
send us an example of their work when it's done. 
As for the art gallery idea, I'm afraid to say we 
have no plans at present to Introduce one. 



Amiga Computing 



JUNE 1995 



Standards Office. As any customer 
knows, poet-sales care is as vital 
as picking up the best deal. 

There's nothing worse than 
splashing out on something 
only to find the company sim- 
ply turns its bach on the cus- 
tomer once the deal is done - 
it's called unprofessional ism 
and, for the company, is akin 
to committing commercial sui- 
cide. When arc companies 
going to learn thai if you treat 
your punters with a bit respect 
they'll come back and shop with 
you again because they trust you? 

Equal rights 



I'm writing in about my concern for the 
lack of women employed in the computer 
industry and aboul those who are being 
used try Ihe industry. From my albeit brief 
experiences in the industry, it would seem 
that the whole scene is still geared 
towards "boys with their toys*, leaving the 
girts out in Ihe cold. 

Meeting some of the users of comput- 
ers has confronted me with what can only 
be described as males of the Beavis and 
Bulthead variety at best. I'm by no means 
saying that all computer users are like Ihis 
bul it's disconcerting to newer see any 
females. 

Another depressing sight are the female 
games reps I've met at shows - I couldn't 
help but wonder il they had been hired for 
iheir good looks that'll make the male 
games reviewers concentrate on their 
glaavage while absentmindedly giving a 
bad game a- great score. The above does 
sound a little cynical to say the least, but if 



In the line of fire 



Gat 

something to say 

through the pages of AC? 

Ezra Surf is our mailman, 

dedicated to reading your tetters 

and selecting the most interesting 

for publication. Drop him a tine St: 



the computer industry is to ever really 
grow up then it has to start pulling in 
female la lent for their personali- 
ties and talents and not simply 
as "eye candy' for pubescents. 
Joanne Coiburn, Blackpool 



Ezra Surf's Postbag . Amiga Computing 
Adiington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP 



Please don't 
hasn't got 

personally. He might also have to 

shorten your tetters, so don't 

L. be offended if you end up ^ 

getting the chop. 



that gap created when the old 

Is on its way out and the new is on the way In. 
Under a blare of self proclamalion, the CD32 
reared Its GD tray and galloped on to The console 
scene like some kind of pedigree thoroughbred. 

I went lo the shop, I removed several sheets of 
cash from my wallet and gave it over to the sweaty 
salesman. It's now been nearly two years since Ihe 
'next generation' [oh please, it never really was! I 
was just incredibly gullible back then) console 
landed with a thud. 

What did I get lor my money? Port over after 
port over after port over. Where's Doom? Where's 
a decent platformer? Why do we have second-rate 
cgmpanies like Core Design (Dragonsione - dumb 
and dumber), Team 17 (AT-average-R, Alien 
Breed - lovely intro but the rest, please!) and 
Millenium (Diggers and Pinkie - dull and duller) 
working on the CD32 and not Id software. Bullfrog 
{anyone for Magic Carpel, Syndicate?), LucasArts 
(Tie Fighter), Origin (System Shock) and all the 
olher PC deveiopers7 

Everyone said that the CDS 2 was capable of 



It may be a sad fact of life 
that computers were and 
still are a predominantly 
male pursuit, but your 
analysis of Ihe kind of peo- 
ple that dominate ft is 
becoming less and less 
obvious as computers attract 
a wider and wider circle of soci- 
ety. We're moving away from the 
traditional geeky stereotype - Amiga 
Computing has met many of its 
readers and can report that they are 
on the whole fully rounded individuals 
with a healthy curiosity in the future of 
technology and what it can do for 
them, 

As for comments about female 
games reps, I'm sure they would have 
more than just a couple of strong 
words to say lo you. While some are 
attractive/beautify l/pretty, they also do 
a fine job of getting products seen In 
the right places and go about their 
business in the utmost professional 
manner. 

There are cases of exploitation out 
there where women are used to sell 
products by standing next to them In 
bikinis so small it makes their eyes 
water, but games reps are hardly in 
the same league. They're doing their 
Job Just as their male equivalent 
would. 

Finally, the industry does need to 
see far more woman taking an active 
role In Its development, but there's a 
nagging part of me that says, for the 
moment at least, women simply aren't 
as Interested In computers as the male 
species- That will change, it's just a 
matter of time. 



The right theme 

I am writing in response to the answers I 

have received from Electronic Arts Ltd con- 
cerning their game, Theme Park. Before | 
you say get rid of your prehistoric A500, 
have spent money upgrading it and find| 
Ihese will not affect the game In any way. 

As you will see from my letter to I 
Electronic Arts (enclosed), I have only 
asked if an upgrade is available for my 
setup. The firs< reply received (by fax) says | 
that the game is using the A500 to Ihe "max- 
imum possible'' and they also say "the pack I 
is labelled as to the format they apply to." 
However, the second letter says: "We hope 
lhai the Mure software in development wiH 
be able to use the A&00 hardware better.' 
Now if this is not an admission (hat Ihe | 
game is not up to speed then what isl 

If you could offer any help it would be j 
appreciated as l seem lo be hiring my head 
against a brick wall with a company that 
usually gives good service. 

Nicholas Lloyd, Bradford | 

There's not a lot you can really do In a 
situation like this. While the ASOO version 
may not be up to scratch in every depart- 
ment, the simple fact is that It's been 
produced now and I can't imagine EA 
reprogramming another version. 

it's sounds horribly cynical and you, 
as the customer, aren't getting the best 
deal, but the reality is that the big boys 
of computer publishing are setting their 
sights on the Playstation, Sega Saturn 
and Pentium-based hardware that have 
the power to deal with large games . 

At the end of the day you are getting a 
raw deal, so take extreme caution when 
picking up the latest glossy box from the 
software shelves. All we can suggest is 
you continue to hassle them until they 
offer some kind of compensation as an 
act of good will - unfortunately you 
have no legal rights whatsoever, 






great things so why haven't I seen anything of Ihe 
quality I was led to expect? Surely the likes ot 

Tief ighter can't be that difficult lo do. 

Tim Johnson, Lggds 

You're not happy with the CD32 are you? Let's 
set the record straight. At the time of its release 
the CD32 was ahead of Its lime in terms of 
technology - please don't expect it to be on the 
same level as the Playstation or the Saturn. 
That's being released In Britain come Autumn 
so there's been a significantly large period of 
time for better technology to make the CD32 
look like a C64. 

Your point about the mass of port overs Is a 
valid one but it's difficult under the circum- 
stances to point the finger of blame at 
Commodore - they were made a lot of promi- 
ses by certain software houses which never 
surfaced In reality. As for ihe 'second-rate' 
companies that develop for the CD32, our 
reviewers and many of our punters would 
shake their heads in disbelief at your dissatis- 



faction with the quality products that make up 
most ol their releases. 

Finally, please stop comparing a cheap con- 
sole to a massively overpriced computer - the 
reason some of those big companies only 
develop on the PC Is that there is a lot of power 
in Pentium and more importantly, a huge user 
base whose appetite for gaming is Increasing 
month by month. The CD32 and PC are two 
separate Issues and shouldn't be compared, 

With the buyout about to go through on 20 
April, we could see a reversal in fortunes for 
the Amiga and the CD32. With a new company 
with some cash behind the product, all the 
companies you desperately crave may well 
come winging their beck to the Amiga at some 
point. 

In the meantime, if you want to keep an eye 
on what really is worth that money crammed 
into your wallet, keep reading System. We don't 
recommend sub-standard games. 

PS: Syndicate is appearing on the CD32 
courtesy of Mindscape. Happy now? 



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JUNE 1995 



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What a LIB:ert4 



s ^| I have an Amiga A1200 with a 
* ^ ■ 120Mb hand drive which I use with 

a Microvilec monitor. 

One of my problems is that when 1 install 
9* of Ihe Central Licenseware programs 
titanic) onto my hard drive, it erases the 
eurrenl version of the Diskfonl library from 
t» Workbench partition, replacing it with an 
•arlier version of the library. 

As a result of this, I cannot load Ihe 
ktaifonl program as ir apparently requires 
t» latest version of the Diskiont library, is it 
possible lo have both versions of this library 
in the Libs: drawer? If it is, how can it be 
done? 

I also have a problem regarding Ihe Env: 
drawer in Ihe RAM disk. It seams to hold 
various icons and drawers thai relate to 
s*cgrams deleted from my hard dnve, All 
my attempts lo delete these items have 
tailed miserably, They are deleted momen- 
tarily, but reappear when I boot up again. 
Can anything be done about this. 

Finally, can you please leJI me where the 
AmigaGuide icon should reside? It is cur- 
rently in flamiEnv. I ask this because 
AmigaGuide does not always work on my 
computer and I suspect something may be 
missing, or in ihe wrong place. 

J. Byrne, Gibraltar 

^ The installation progs-am for me 
»> , Licenseware game seems pretty 
bad to me. Any installation script 
worth its salt would check lor the ver- 
sion number of a library. In fact, there's 
a simple AmigaDOS command available 
to programmers which can be called to 
find out what version a currently 
--•stalled library file Is. Strangely enough 
it's called Version, and you simply pass 
rt the name of a library file and il can 
return information on what version it is. 

If the currently installed library is a 
Later version than the one about to be 
installed, the copying process is simply 
skipped (simple huh?). 1 suggest you 
rename your latest Diskfont library file, 
then install the program. Next, delete the 
newly installed Diskfont.library file and 
rename the original file back lo its origi- 
nal name. Hopefully, it will work with the 
later version. 

Those mysterious icons and drawers 
in your RAM drive are probably being 
created at boot up time. Some programs 
alter the startup-sequence or user-start- 
up files during installation so they can 
function properly. Alternatively, they 
often place an executable program in 
the WBSIartup drawer which pretty 
much does the same thing. 

Check out the WSStartup drawer for 
such programs, and also browse 
through your startup-sequence and 
user-startup files in the $ drawer, for 
any commands which are creating 
these items and simply delete them. 



The di speller sf despair, the 

light at the end of ihe dark 

tunnel ¥es t it's the MRS 

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mare UghtwauG 

V*%\ I Sfn ver V interested in 3D anima- 

\ ,J tlon and have been using the 
* Persistence Of Vision shareware 
rendering package for some lime now. f 
have been following your reports and 
reviews on the Lightwave scene wilh great 
mteresl and a large amount of envy. 

By all accounts, it's a stunning 3D tool 
which can produce astounding results with 
relative ease, Happy days are here though 
and I find myself wilh enough cash to 
finally splash out on this great software. 

I have an Amiga A1200 currently fitted 
with a memory upgrade board {no acceler- 
ator or Floating Point Unit}. Will I need to 
buy another more powerful board and it so, 
what do you suggest? 

K. Saunders, Perth, Australia 

■? '•, Lightwave can run on machines 
b. ^ with or without floating point 

--- processors thanks to the 
two sets of programs which come as 
standard. 

Obviously, the speed of Lightwave 
increases dramatically if you have a FPU 
so if you can afford one, I suggest you 
gel a new upgrade board. There are 
many boards out there, so I will give you 
a description of what you need to be able 
to use Lightwave at a reasonable level. 
First off, you will need a minimum of 8Mb 
to do anything useful with Lightwave. 




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Many RAM boards also feature the 
ability to add an FPU to the board, 
typically running at 44 or BOMhz. 

If you opt for a CPU accelerator card, 
be sure to gel one which features a 
68030 with MMU facilities. MMU stands 
for Memory Management Unit. MMU 
boards allow you to use virtual memory 
utilities such as Gigamem which let you 
use space on your hard drive as actual 
RAM. 

Obviously, this la very; useful when 
you start to run out of real memory but 
can't afford to buy SIMMs. Remember, 
though, that things will slow down once 
you run out of real memory and 
Lightwave has to resort to virtual 
memory. 

&e warned - there are reports of some 
upgrade boards which cause problems 
with the PCMCIA slot Check with your 
supplier tot any reports of such prob- 
lems with the board- There are many 



Ulouin' an up 



For two years now. I have been using the 
Persistence Of Vision (POV) raytracing 
program to create 3D graphics. It is a very 
difficult program to get to grips with and is 
not very intuitive. 

I am now m a position to spend up to £500 on my 
A4000 and really want to buy either imagine 3 or 
Lightwave, However, I'm not sure which would be 
the best choice. 

Obviously, in terms of price, imagine 3.1 is 
cheaper, but I would rather spend that much more 
on Lightwave II it is worth it- My main interest is in 
creating animations and hopefully recording them 
to video. So. in your opinion which do you think is 
the best of the two products? 

P Lyon. Somersef 



I would go with Lightwave. It is much 
more powerful and easy to use when 
- it comes- to animation and video out- 
put support. Also, Lightwave is soon to 
be updated with ihe imminent release of ver- 
sion 4, and will include Inverse Kinematics, 
which makes the creation of realistic motion 
much easier, plus many more procedural tex- 
tures to make your objects look ultra real. 

Imagine 3 may be cheaper but Lightwave 
version 4 will be a much more 'future proof 
investment due to its modularity. This means 
you will be able to add extra features to it as 
you grow via third-party software 'plug-ins.' 

I therefore strongly Suggest you wait and 
save up the extra £200 or so for Lightwave. 



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JUNE 1995 



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Do yoy fiave a problem? Do you sometimes 
I find yourself poised over your Amiga 
with axe in hand. Spouting profanity at the 
Stubborn refusal of your Amiga software or 
hardware to behave properly? 

Well, cairn 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 Mouse, Adlinglon Park, Macclesfield SK10 4HP 






CD-ROMs appearing containing textures, 
surfaces and hundreds of objects for 
Lightwave and other 3D programs. Also, 
when you start to create really big anima- 
tions, you're going to need a lot of hard 
disk space. 

A 1200 owners can now access the 
wonderful world of CD-ROM thanks to 
products like Squirrel from HiSoft, These 
fit to the PCMCIA slots and allow you to 
connect up to seven SCSI devices, so 
you don't want a board that prevents you 
from using these devices, Also, you will 
Inevitably reach the point where your ani- 
mations will require lots of hard disk 
space, and SCSI devices are very fast and 
available in capacities measured in 
Gigabytes (that's 1000Mb). Ideal for really 
big and juicy animations, 



Unsteady and insane 

/ 1%-. Please help to preserve my sanity. 
\ f * : j I have acquired a very cheap {bul 
'"--" still working) IBM Vega monitor 
model 8513. This, I hoped, would provide a 
greatly improved picture for my A1200 which 
currently uses an ancient domestic 14 inch 
TV. 

Unfortunately, in spite of spending many 
hours trying all possible monitor configura- 
tions available on the A 1200. 1 am unable to 



Faultu. memom 



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^J\ 1 have an Amiga 500 Plus fitted with GVP HDfl hard disk. For some time 1 
: : have been using the Maxiplan 4 spreadsheet supplied wilh your March '93 
copy of Amiga Computing, which up until recently has worked fine. 
However, a fault has developed. Attempts lo load Maxiplan onto the hard drive will, 
after double-clicking on tha Maxiplan icon, show the message 'Error I need explode 

library V4 +.' 

This also occurs if I run the spreadsheet using the floppy disks with the hard drive 
running. However, as I accidentally found oul, If I run Maxiplan from the floppy disk, with 
the autoboot of the hard drive switched off and The gama switch turned on, Maxiplan 
works correctly. 

The problem, may have started when I made a botched attempt lo load Maxiplan on to 
a hard drive. Could you please help me with this problem. Jargon free if possible as I 
am fairly new to computing and getting uncomfortably close to the old and wnnkiy stage, 
Thank you very much for your excellent' magazine tha! I look forward lo each month, 

L Jones, Surrey 

v Vour problem Is caused by the fact that your hard drive seems to have 

C' : either an earlier version of the Explode -library or most likely doesn't 
,_ ■§-■■- have It at ail in the Libs: drawer. 

You need to copy the Explode. library file from the Maxiplan CoverDisk 
Libs: drawer to the same drawer on your hard drive. If you can't see the Libs: 
drawer, select Show all files from the Window menu on Workbench. Once done, I 
think you will find that Maxiplan will work correctly. 



produce a steady picture, Could you please 
either tell me which settings I should be 
using, or put me oirt of my misery and tell 
me to 'bin' the IBM monitor. 

Q TownsBfNf. Nottingham 



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I'm afraid I couldn't find any 

information on the monitor in 

question, SO let me continue on 

a few assumptions. First of all. I 

would guess the monitor is a standard 

PC one capable of VGA screen modes. 

The first question Is, how have you 
connected it to your Amiga? I presume 
you have a suitable Amiga-lo-VGA 
adapter in to which the 15- pin plug of the 
IBM monitor Is connected. 

If not, and you have done a bit of DIY 
wiring, I suggest you get hold of a proper 
adapter and try it with that You're going 
to need one anyway when you eventually 
get a monitor to improve your picture, 
should the IBM one succumb to the bin' 
scenario. Next, you need to make sure 



you have the appropriate monitor driver 
files in your Devs drawer in order to gal 
the correct screen modes working. I sug- 
gest you copy the VGAOnly end DblPAL 
files from tha Monitor drawer in the 
Storage directory to the Monitor drawer 
In the Devs directory. 

Reboot your Amiga and check the 
Screen Mode utility. You should find the 
DblPAL screenmode choices present. 
VGAOnly doesn't provide any screen 
mode choices but seems to sit in the 
background providing VGA compatibly 
- well, that's my theory anyway. If any- 
one knows exactly what VGAOnly does, 
write In and tell us all. 

If the IBM monitor is indeed capable 
of at least standard VGA modes, this 
should work. If not, it may be that 
in their infinite wisdom, IBM have 
decided to go their own way In terms of 
monitors and you will probably have tc 
make your way to the nearest rubbish 
repository- 



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A couple of months ago I bought a Wizard 
4Mb RAM board. From the moment I 
installed it I started to have problems with 
lots of my programs, not just games but serious 
ones as weil. My machine (an A1200 wilh 60Mb 
hard drive) now eilher crashes, showing a software 
failure message B0040004. the program freezes 
up, or the mouse locks. 

Some of my games will not load and behave 
erratically, i'm told this is quite often the case 
when a RAM board is fitted, and most boards give 
problems, is this true? 

I removed the board iast week and have had no 
problems since. The trouble now is that I've had to 
re-lnslall the cut-down version of Wordsworth 3.1 
and some of my newest games need more than 
2Mb of memory. 

What can I do next? Is It possible the board Is 
faulty, although it seems to be working some of the 



time? I'm told that Instead of removing the board I 
could get a program which would, in effect, cancel 
the board when I'm having problems. Have you 
heard of this program? 

P Bardon, West Yorkshire 

|P" . 1 can think of only three valid reasons 
^- ^ , why a RAM board may intermittently 
cause lock-up problems. The first is 
that boards fitted with an FPU may pose prob- 
lems for certain software This is why many 
boards have a 'jumper' which can be used to 
disable tha FPU. 

Another problem can stem from the fact that 
the trapdoor connector which you plug your 
board Into is poorly designed with no guides. 
This means that sloppily-designed boards 
can easily skew or move while being 
connected, meaning some of the electrical 



connections aren't In proper contact when you 
switch on. 

Tha last reason is that it is indeed faulty It 
could be any component on the board which 
may be faulty but I would guess that tha RAM 
chips are the culprit. These are very prone to 
static damage, so be sure to either wear an 
anti-static wrist strap while handling the board, 
or ait least discharge yourself (of static that is) 
by touching something earthed like a radiator 
(preferably one that isn't volcanically hot at the 
time}. 

As for being told your problems are common 
with RAM boards, well frankly that sounds like 
the sort of thing an uninformed sales person 
would say to avoid the hassle of correcting a 
problem. I have used many boards from simple 
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henever anyone mentions the word 
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of gargoyles and tombs and fey, 
rightly sad young people who wear clothes of 
•ny colour as long as if s black and look about 
*s healthy as a six week corpse. But there is 

• different interpretation of the word gothk; in 
fw States, Where they are referring to a peri- 
od roughly around the last half Of the 19th 
century. This evokes an image of wooden 
Houses pawned white, with solid, heavy furni- 
ture inside, and this is exactly what these 
:o«ect .sets are for. 

When you open the packages you will see 

• eel of three disks for the. Gothic Mansion 
•nd five for the furniture objects, Both sets of 
objects use the standard Commodore installer 
•nd ask to be put into the lw:3d directory. 
AftBr a painless installation process you an? 



What is a tolit? 



I 



I should warn you now not to be 
pointed with the presentation of thess two 
sets. It's an unimportant detail, perhaps, 
but I do think thai the obviously talented 
creator of these objects should have spent 
a little more lime on final presentation (and 
with a dictionary) before sending them out. 
On the most trivial level there are plac- 
ing spelling mistakes in the manual which. 
although it neatly shows the top, front and 
side elevations of each model, doesn't list 
them with their given filenames, but a 
description instead. The scenes provided 
also have problems of the "Can't find..." 
nature, which are readily resolved, but 
annoying. 



ready lo begin using the objects. The objects 
in both sets are very well thought out and 
convincingly detailed, with lo-res versions- for 
people lacking memory. 

In fact, memory turns out to be the bone of 
contention lor these objects. I have 16Mb of 
ram, but even so I wasn't able to load any of 
the example scenes In the Gothic Furniture 
set. and 9 had to judiciously prune away 
objects from the lo-res version of the Gothic 
Mansion which wouldn't be seen from my 
chosen camera angle because although I had 
enough memory lo load in all 90,000 points 
and 70,000 odd polygons, I didn't have 
enough to then render (he scene I had set up. 

Once I had reduced l he scene down to 
about 50,000 polygons I could then render it, 
but Lightwave has no delete button on the 
layout screen so. as you can imagine, it was a 
case of hitting the down arrow to choose the 
next abject, waiting to see which one it was, 
going into the object menu, hilling clear 
object, waiting for Lightwave's database to be 
rebuilt, going back out to the layout and 
repealing the whole process again. 

I had to do this about 60 or so limes and 
was definitely wishing I had an 060 card to 
speed this review up a bit. The picture of Ihe 
Gothic Mansion was rendered at 640 x 460 
with low anti-aliasing and took roughly two 
hours on my A3000. The one of the bedroom 
look about 20 minutes at 320 x 240 with low 
anti-aliasing. 

The lurniture set has 26 example scenes, 
all with nice lighting, good default camera 
angles and a choice of lo-res or hi-res 
objects. For owners of Ihe companion set 
there are scene files which use the wall 
objects from Gothic Mansion. Even using the 
lo-res versions will still require more than the 
average UK Amiga owner has ai his disposal. 

But these sets aren't tor your average 
Amiga user anyway - they are definitely for 



Taxlafulty dacoratad, 
im airy mnd spacious 





estate 



Frank Hard takes a gander at — 
same new abject sets — 
far lightwave 




professional use. Even if you don't want to use 
the house and furniture as they stand, they 
offer a good starting point for your own 
designs. However, from looking at the illustra- 
tions In trie manual, most of the furniture has 
several uses. The Gothic Mansion set comes 
with five scenes with increasing levels ol detail. 
The mansion has two different sets of windows 
and doors, one of which is designed to open 
and close. In addition, there is some furniture 
included with this set, for example basic 
kitchen furniture such as a cooker and cabi- 
nets, a fridge and chopping block. The- only 
thing I thought was slightly lacking was the 
absence of any wallpaper, leaving the walls 
throughout the house drab and off-white, 

In conclusion then, these two sets of objects 
are an excellent buy for someone who's get- 
ting a bit fed up with the endless poor-quality 
clones of spaceships from famous TV pro- 
grams or films,, and the furniture should find a 
lot of USO in normal, everyday scenes. If, When 
Earthquake Productions &. Publishing need to 
reprint the manual, they take a closer look at 
the spelling of ihe descriptions and include the 
various objects' filenames, then all my 
reservations will disappear. j£"f 



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GRAPHICS 



hen you've been squirreling graphics 

away all over your hard drive, 

whether rendered or drawn, or you 

a CD full: of images for use in presenta- 

ot 3D projects, keeping track of the 

gnasrs can be a pain. The situation is made 

m worse by the habit some CD developers 

i of calling their files 'grtQD32.gif' or same 

mdBciphgrsble naming convention, 

it can quickly become Impossible to 

Mmber which Image Is which. 

One answer proposed by US company 

focus GbR is graphic-Recall, a database sys- 

- designed to make housekeeping tasks a 

tot aaaer. In essence, (he program consists 

t • lairty simple database which, when cou- 

led lo a copy of ADPro 2.0 or above, is 

ataole of stonng an image bank in the form 

gmmi-picsor thumbnails,' 

The user, with more piccies than memory 
Mows, need only scan a directory of files and 
the program to get cracking on them, then 
■ back and wart for ADPro to chum its way 
tough them and create up to 16 images per 
database page. On AGA machines, the result 
• a 256-eolour representation of the directory 
*»ch makes it that much easier lo spot the 
•a you want. 

It's easy enough to create a database. Just 

I Mtect the Mew Database option from the pro- 

Bjam's Protect menu, use the file requester to 

Meet which files to include, then hit the 

■^ocess burton. 

H ADPro Isn't already running, the package 
■* fine it up and use il to process each image 
•nd create a thumbnail version which is 
caved in a dalabase file on the hard drive. 
These don't overwnle I he original files and 
fey aren't appended to them, so there's no 
■ony about losing or corrupting images . 

The file requester approach means it is 
•asy to select just the GIFs or the Jpegs , then 
tuld separate databases for each. When the 
databases are examined using the package's 
newscreen, more than one can be loaded at 
Once which avoids the hassle of loading and 
txamining several in turn. 

If the user wants lo view an image at full 
hze. a right mouse button-dick will call up a 
wawer program such as View or PPShow, but 
tie package isn't restricted to stalk; images. 



Palette problems 



I 





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Thumbnail imi^i art, a gr*»t way to Tito ouilom til* wfutilur mate* H m 

organta* graphic tilti. but only *OA umn quick job lo create ■■ many i 
WW Hnd lit* diaplMy a* colourful «■ ittim daisbau* aa Ch* ua#r reotrfres 



Bath MEDirxjM! mnd IFF sound 
iimplii cwn b* cmtalapinHi and 
plmymd luck uminq graph nrFdrolt 



Smallest picture 
show 



Steuie tfennetfij Inohs at graphkflecall a — 
mmi-pic uimusr and graphical database — 



Animations can be catalogued, as can MED 
modules and sound samples. 

The program is also capable of working 
directly with the Video Toaster and VLab 
hardware to create thumbnails directly from a 
source. For example, the VLab ADPrn loader 
will be brought into play and the image in the 
VLab buffer processed to create an Image so 
that video tapes can be catalogued in graphi- 
cal form wtthoul choking your hard drive with 
large 24-bit lull-screen grabs, 

FULL SUITE 

DCTV images are handled through a menu 
toggle option so that Ihe colour thumbnail is a 
video image rather than the IB-colour raw 
DCTV image stored in the hardware's grab- 
ber, giving graphicRecall a more or less full 
suite of Ihe most popular Amiga video periph- 
erals. Support lor the VLab AirllnK remote 
control unit puts Ihe Icing on the cake in this 
respect. All in all, a good ktea and one which 
is Tainy well implemented. Given the non-AGA 
Amiga's limitations on colour {see box) and 
Ihe package's friendliness towards sounds, 



animations, and external hardware, it is clear 
thai the programmers have pui a bit of thoughl 
into the package's practical application. My 
biggest concern is. that graphicRecall relies far 
too heavily an ADPro for Import and export of 
images and lor creating thumbnails, 

Had Ihe designers made the program mora 
self contained, such as the shareware equiva- 
lents found on the PC, it would have been an 
unmissable buy for the graphics fan. As it is, 
the low price and ease of use makes it well 
worth a look to any owner of ADPro 2.0 or 
above. /il*¥ 

Focus Gbr*s internet address which offers 
a home page and program Info/ 
screenshots etc is: 

http://www.liii.oom/-1ouiev 



SVSTEfTl ESSEnilfllS 

RED = Essential BLACK = Heeommended 



When used on a non-AGA machine, ihe graphicRecall 
view&creen can be a real sanity- reducer. This is 
~>ecause the screen will only have 32 colours (16 If 
,au use higher resolutions! end each thumbnail has 
is own 32-colour palette. When the mouse pointer is 
moved from one thumbnail to another, the entire 
screen full of images changes palette, bringing on an 
early headache if you work wilh the screen for too 
long. 

With AGA machines this isn't as much of a prob- 
lem, but as the majority ol videographers still «*"* 
with A2000 and A3000 machines, II does mean ) 
Have to use the program's palette remapping feature. 
This will use a default palette to creale the thumbnails 
instead of the colours from the original image, and 
though it avoids the palette switches it's not an Ideal 



solution. Ham might have its drawbacks, but Ihere 
migtil be an argument to be made here for using a lo- 
res-faced Ham screen instead ol Ihe 32 and 16-colour 
screens en offer lo non-AGA owners. 



RAM 



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RAM ADpro 2.0+ 



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Product gtephicRGcatt 

Supplier: Focus GBR 

Tet: 01 474 852021 

Price: £59.95 



Ease of use 

Implementation _ 
Value for money 
Overall 



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40MHz, 4Mb RAM & FPU £ 399 

50MHz 030, 4Mb RAM £ 41 9 

50MHz, 4Mb RAM & FPU E 509 

Additional 4Mb SIMM for A1 230-11 E 195 

GVP A1291 SCSI l/F for A1230 II £ 50 

VIPER 68030 By Power Computing 
One SIMM Sloe (Industry Standard. 72 pin), 
Clock, Optional 68882 FPl" And SCSI-2 Port 

Various Versions 28,33,40 & 50MHz with or 
without MMU are available FROM £ 129 
Please call for full specification & prices 



MONITORS 



PHILIPS CM8633-II 14" PAL RGB, Y/C & 

Composite Input (0.33 dot pitch, Stereo} £ 239 

MICROVITEC CUB-SCAM 1438 14" 

(Multi-sync, 0.28 dot pitch. No Sound) £ 295 

MICROVITEC AUTOSCAN 2038 20" 

(Multi-sync. 0.31 dot pitch. With DMS} El 175 



Workbench/ Kich start 
3 . l Upgrade Kits 

Rorn(s). Disks , Manuals & Fitting instructions 
A500/500+/150Q/2QOO£. 89.95 

At2oo/3ooo/4ooo £ 99.95 



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AMIGANET Ethernet for A2/3/4Q00 £ 249 
ARIADNE Ethernet for A2/3/40QO £199 
l-CARD PCMCIA Ethernet - A1200 £249 

Network Software AvaiLhlc *ln Request 
Rg. FJMLAN DFS, ENVOY. TCP/IP, NOVELL, DECNET 



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63681 20MHz PGA £ 24 68BS2 25MHz PGA £ 39 
68982 33MHz PGA £ 69 68882 50MHz PGA £ B9 
6SS82 25MHZ PLCC - For A4O0Q/O3O OK. £ 69 
68882 33MHz PLCC - For A400M)30 etc. £ 79 

63682 40MHz PLCC - For A4OMWO30 etc. £ 119 
68040 25MHz - For Upgrading A4000-LC040 C 1 65 
68030 25MHz with MMU (PGA Style) £ 59 
68030 33MHz with MMU (PGA Sty In) £ 89 
68030 50MHz with MMU (PGA Style) £ 109 



CYBERSTDRM 
50MHz 68060 

Accelerator For The Amiga 4000 
RUNNING AT OVER 80 MIPS ! 

Only £ 995 

lull Specification Sheet Available 

40MHz 68040 Version £ 765 

040 Version w/o CPU £ 449 

Fast SCSI-II Controller £ 175 

I/O Module (SCSI-II, Ethernet 
& 2Mbit Serial port) £ 375 



BLIZZARD 4030 TURBO 50MHz 66030 + 
MMU, Opt. FPU (For A3000/4000) E 209 
COMMODORE A3640 Card. 25MHz 63040 
(As Fitted tn Amiga 4000-040) S/H E 419 



WARP ENGINE 28.'33/4QMHz 6B040 
4 x 72Pin SIMM Slots for upto 128Mb RAM 
Built in FAST SCSI-II DMA Interface 

28MHz Version (With 68040/25) E 79 
40MHz Version (With 68040/40) 



LIGHTWAVE 3D V3.5 £449 

Amiga & PC Version 4 Due Soon 

Expected Price £ 695 + VAT. Buy V3.5 

now, upgrade to V4 and SAVE ££££'s 

LIGHTWAVE TUTORIAL VIDEOS 

Five Available - £ 49 each /£ 199 set 



AUDIO PRODUCTS 

3UNRIZE AD51 6 /STUDIO 16 

8 Track, 16- Bit, DAT Quality. Direct lo Disk 

Recording. Timecoded Cuelist. Can be used 
with Bars & Pipes Professional, the PAR etc 



£999 

DATA 4 Track, 16-Bit. Direct to 
Disk Recording. Witri Samplitude Software . 
ideal for Vlab Y/C"s IFR, or the Viab Motion 

£349 



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Bare SCSI 

350 MB SCSI 3,5" E 199 
540 MB SCSI2 3.5" £ 239 
1.0 GB SCSI2 3.5" £ 549 
4Gb Micropolis AV SCSI2 
7200rpm, 9ms,lMb £1699 

StAGATt 
BARRACUDA 

2.1Gb £ 999 
4.2Gb £ 1499 

A4000 IDE 

420 MB IDE 3.5" £159 

540 MB IDE 3.5" £ 209 

730 MB IDE 3.5" E 229 

850 MB IDE 3.5" £ 259 

1.08 GB IDE 3.5" £339 

1.2 8 GB IDE 3.5" £359 

DRIVES FOR PAR 

Micropolis 221 7A £899 



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CONTROLLER 

FASTLANE Z3 

+ UptO 256Mb RAM (A4000) 
NOW Only £ 295 



MEMORY SIMMS 


32MB SIMM-32 


£1099 


16MB SIMM-32 


£ 


575 


8MB SIMM-32 


£ 


315 


4MB SIMM-32 


£ 


150 


2MB SIMM-32 


£ 


85 


1MB SIMM-32 


£ 


29 


GVP SIMM-32's 




4MB 

i 


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EDIT CONTROLLER 

The KRP TES30" 

Uses "Burned In' TimeMKle. Controls 
UplQ 5 Machines. RCTC CDmpalible, 
SMPTE, GPI Trigger. LANG / 
Panasonic: I RS232 etc. Shot Lists, 
Mixer conlrol, Audio cues, synch nonised I 
audio dubbing, Upgradable to fi parallel i 
control industrial machines RS422. 

From £ 549 

Call ForFuH Specifications 



VIDEO PRODUCTS 

BROADCASTER 
ELITE 

This Zorro III card performs the major functions of a 
Broadcast Quality. On-Line, Non-Linear, Digital 
Video edit suite (CCIR601 720 x 576 resolution) - !( 
provides REAL-TIME, FULL MOTION JPEG {50 
fields / second} Capture & Compression, direct to 
disk. The video can be edited and played back in 
REAL-TIME, at 50 fields/sec in broadcast quality - 
direct to Betacam etc, The board has lull LTC and 
VITC timecoding (on all connectors - Composite, Y/C 
and YUVJ. Il also interfaces with the AD51 6 Studio 
1 6 and NEW Amadous 16-Bit audio cards to enable 
simultaneous audio and video editing . It requires an 
Amiga 4000 with full 68040 processor, large SCSI-2 
hard drives, and fast SCSI-It controller. 
Complete System - From £11.950 plus VAT 

Broadcaster Elite Card E 4098 plus VAT 
System Requirements (minimum) :- 

Amiga 4000-030 or40004M0 1 2 +sMh.0.5Gh HD> 

Broadcaster Eliic (Zorro III Cardi wiih Software 

Wain Engine 28MHz with SCSI-II or Fasttanc Z3 

2. \C,b Fas! SCSI-2 3.5" HD (For Video) 

Sunri/e AD5 1 o or Amadeas < Audio Card) 

MnliiS-yriL' &. PAL Monitors 

VI NG f ' QUALH 

Of 

VIDEO & ) EDITING 

All systems are fully configured and tested and are 

supplied with limited telephone support, Technical 

support is additional for purchase of individual cards. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, OR TO ARRANGE A 
FULL DEMONSTRATION. PLEASE CALL 

Dealers We are Exclusive UK LUstrtbutors 



GVP TBC PtUS TBC card with 
transcoding PALVSECAM/NTSC etc. Z 595 

G2 MSTC Multi-Standard TBC with full 
transcoding, geniocking etc, £ 1749 



VLab Motion Real-time JPEG Compression 

& Playback Video & Animation card £ 999 

VLabY/C Real-time Hi8 digitiser card E 349 



PAR - Personal Animation Recorder 

Output Your 24-Bit Rendered Animations To 
Video Tape - At Broadcast Ouality £ 1849 

- For PAR £ 999 



Other Professional Video Products Available 



SOFTWARE 




LIGHTWAVE 3D V3.5 PAL 


£449 


ART DEPT. PRO. V2.5 


£149 


REAL 3D V2.4 


£299 


IMAGE F/X V2 


£ 195 


PHOTOGENICS 


£ 49 


BARS & PIPES PRO V2.5 


£215 


I MEDIA POINT V3.28 


£219 


TV PAINT 2 (Pftsassu I Retina .' Harlequin 1 EGS) 


£169 


SCALA MULTIMEDIA 211 (AGA) 


£ 95 


SCALA MULTIMEDIA 300 (AGA) 


£239 


SCALA MULTIMEDIA 400 (AGA) 


£289 


SCALA MM 400 + ECHO 100 


£385 


MORPH PLUS 


£149 


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24BfT GRAPHICS CARDS 

AMIGA 3000 & 4000 ONLY 
CYBERV1SI0N64 ultra fast 

64-BIT, Zorro III, 1 280x1 024 - 2Mb £ 31 9 
4Mb, Version of CYBERVISION 64 E 399 

RETINA BLTZ3 Zorra III, - 1Mb £ 459 
RETINA BLTZ3 Zorro III, - 4Mb £ 599 

AMIGA 1500/2000/3000/4000 

PICCOLO SD64 ALPINE 64-BIT 

RTG card 2Mb, Zorro I l/l I Switching £ 295 
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PICASSO II 2Mb with TVPaint Jr. £ 295 

RETINA 2Mb with VD Paint. £ 365 

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EHfP G-LOCH External Composite* 

S-VHS / HiB unit. S/W Controlled £ 265 

HAA/IA 292 External Composite & 
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HAiW\ 290 External Composite & 
S-VHS / His unit RGB correction, Picture 
Enhancement, Fade to Black, Keyhole. £ 679 

52 VIDEOCENTERyQ\ £ 579 

G2 GENESYSVIDEOCENTER t 929 
G2 VIDEOCENTER PLUS VC2 £1 1 39 

G2 VIDEOCENTERYCS From £1399 
FUI Psuifc Of'HAMA & G2 Items Available On Requefl 



REMOVABLE DRIVES 

SYQUEST 

88MB SCSI INT. 5.25" DRIVE E 279 

66M8 REMOVABLE CARTRIDGE £ 59 

105MB SCSI INT 3.5" x1" DRIVE £255 

105MB SCSI EXTERNAL DRIVE E 399 

105MB REMOVABLE CARTRIDGE £49 

270MB SCSI INT. 3.5" xf DRIVE £415 

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Sy quest Drives Supplied With A Cartridge 

I MAGNCTO OPTJCAU 

IBM 230MB SCSI INTERNAL £ 669 

IBM 230MB SCSI EXTERNAL £ 765 

BOX OF 5 230MB MO DISKS £ 179 

SINGLE 230MB MO DISK E 39 

DAT TAPE BACKUP 

4MM SCSI DAT - 2Gb, Internal £ 729 

4MM SCSI DAT - 4Gb, Internal £ 799 

8MM Exabyte DAT - 3.5 / 7Gb, Int. £ 1199 

CD ROM DRIVES 

TOSHIBA XM5201 B SCSI-2 (Int.), 3.4 x 
Speed, Multi-Session (Tray Load) £ 179 

PANASONIC CR533S SCSI-2 (Ext), 2 x 
Speed, Multi-Session (Caddy Load) E 195 

POWER Ext, A1200 with Squirrel l/F £ 199 



MPEG DECODER 

Zorro II 
card. Play MPEG bits reams 
from hard disk or CD. Can 
be controlled from SCALA 
MM30Q & MM400- includes 
encoding software. £ 599 



EMPIANT 

MAC/PC EMULATOR 

Basic Version 

SCSI or AppleTalk EI 295 

Deluxe (Both) £339 



A4 SCANNERS 

EPSON GT-6500 600dpi, 
24Bit with s/w & Cable £ 699 
EPSON GT-8000 800dpi, 
24Bit with s/w & Cable £ 989 



NEWSERVICES 

We now otfer a number of 
services to Amiga users - 
RENDERING frames fern 
Lightwave, Real or Imagine 
Ol JTPl.iT frames (o video 
tape (VHS/$-VHS/Beta SP) 
PICTURE Format Con version 
(MAC7PC/AM1GA/SG1 etc) 
NONLINEAR EDITING 
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1 1 VIA TRANSLATION 
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the top-notch, with your 
Rnamialh challenged — 
host Base loskk 



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s \ write this 1 am full ol the joys of 
spring. The clocks went forward 
last night, everybody is noticeably 
more cheery and I'm |ust nappy lo be 
alive. On lop of il ail, like a highly appetis- 
ing chocolate flake slucfc invitingly alop 
an ice cream comet, came a refreshingly 
impressive pile ol PD products. So with- 
out further ado, lei's lake a leisurely stroll 
down affordable avenue 1 -. 



Pro-Gamble 2.1 

Programmed by: All Prior 

Available from: AN Prior 

With the seemingly endless stream of 
extremely similar National Lottery predic- 
tion programs, if was a pleasant cJiange Lo 
come across a horse racing prediction 
package, especially one as easy to use 




TU* tatyto-uim Pro-OamW* 
iutmrtacm miln *n taring 
track «nd hnr*« <t*ta ■ 
gufe* and palnt9*r »i»rci »*■ 



PD 



of the nno nth 



Workbench Games 2.5 

Programmed by: Various 

Available Ironv Your Choice 
Disk No. GA 571 

For a long time I've been searching for a 
decenl workbench-friendly version ol 
Tetris, and on this disk, among numerous 
olher gems, I've finally lound tl. It was 
hiding among versions of Columns. 15 
(one of those sliding puzzle things). 
Bnulderdash, Ping Pong and many more 
window-based lovelies, hut I spotted it. 
And since then, I've hardly gel any work 



done at all. There's literally hours worth 
hugely enjoyable distraction on offer he 
with a total of 1 4 games included. Six of 
best, including WBTetris. are by a of 
called Maral Fayzullin and share slm 
interfaces and features. This is one of 




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and attractively presented as Pro-Gamble 
2, Entering race details is a straightfor- 
ward process and involves simply keying 
in form ratings Irom a newspaper. The 
program will then work, out whether betting 
on a. particular race looks worthwhile and 
will recommend a horse to back. Details 
are then saved to disk - come back to the 
program next time and you will be asked 
how Ihe horses performed. 

II is also possible lo calculate returns on 
each way bels through a totally indepen- 
dent section o! the program, a feature that 
does appear to be lacking in other racing 
prediction programs and could save the 
punier soma lengthy calculations. 

The keyboard-driven interface Is beauti- 
fully easy lo work with and features such 
as the program's ability to fill in a race- 
course name when you've only entered 
the firsl couple of letters add to Ihe profes- 
sional feet of the product. How it performs 
m practice remains to be seen, but given 
that horse racing is a far better bet than 
purchasing a National Lottery ticket, it's 
the sort of program that could appeal lo 
many people. 

A free demo is available from the author 
as is the full version which costs a 
few pounds. It might also be interesting 
to keep an eye out for Ali's next 
production, because it's going lo be - 
wait for il - a National Lottery prediction 
program? 




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JUNE 1995 



Lemming Warfare 

Produced by: Futurs 

Available from: Freestyle PD (£1.50 

Technically stunning it may not be. bul 
and wacky are certainly words which < 
justifiably be applied to Lemming Wai 
In a nutshell, this is a demo feah 
lemmings killing one another in am 
different ways. 

There are lemmings shooting one an 
with rocket launchers, lemmings dro| 
bombs on one another, lemmings trigg 
traps, and all sorts of other peculiar g 
on. The graphics might nol be too he 
there's enough humour In this animati 
sustain interest, and It's enjoyable en 
the first couple of times through. Jusl 
expect .anything too deep... or too sens 




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Produced by: Mark McVlckera 

Available from; Mark McVickers {£\. 

A selection of decent utilities and garr* 
included on this first compilation d 
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compilations of small but highly 

gam-es I've seen on the Amiga 

i definitely recommended. The p rob 

• that once you've got these on your 

il becomes rather hand getting 

I useful done. 



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k*<r OhfllwiliiHi, a highly 
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■■w one out each month. ReOrg 2, a disk 

Nmisar lhat speeds up dish accessing 

srably and prevents fragmentation of 

I drive, and DiskSalv 2, which is unsur- 

ungly a dish salvaging program, should 

m everybody's collection. Slightly less 



essential but a good deal more entertaining 

is Super Obliteration (originally reviewed in 
AC81), a slick Pang clona. 

Tired of blasting asteroids and need to 
play sound samples direct from disk? No 
problem, give the job to DSound. High 
speed disk copier and formatter 
SuperDuper 3 also makes an appearance 
In among this veritable pel pounri of 
programs- 

Among the best of the res! is Croak, a 
good version oil Frmjger. In fact, ol Ihe 11 
programs on the disk, there's only one 
that's really poor (Egyptian Run). Long 
time Amiga owners may well own a few of 
these programs already, but even so 
there's probably something on this disk for 
everybody. 

mosaic RGH 

Slideshouj 

Produced by: Exceed 

Available from: 
Freestyle PD{£1.50) 

What is there about Mosaic 
that sets it apart from 
numerous other AGA 
skdeshows? Nol a vasl amount, I 
must admit, The music's typically 
forgettable and the pictures are nol 
especially original either. 

Fortunately, the standard of artwork 
throughout is quite high and the presenta- 
tion is slick and professional, so you're not 
left with the feeling of total indifference that 
so many slideshows produce. About halt 
the pictures on the disk are AG A only, and 
not surprisingly these are the best in terms 
of image quality, Highlights include a 
colourful space scene plus a gun -toting 
chicken. 





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Ihe Ultimate fluiE llolume 2 

Programmed by: Andy Gibson 
Available from: F1 Licence ware 
Disk No. F1-065 (2 disks. £4.99) 

It's back - and this lime there's more of it. Infinitely 

more of it. In fact, because now il is possible to create 
your own question banks. These can even be sold for 
t, so there's a good chance thai in Ihe coming 
months a large number of data disks will be produced 
by enterprising Amiga owners. 
The lirst of ihe two disks contains the quiz game 




iJn-b*nrflnr fun with In* Oitimmf Qui* 



itself and detailed instructions of how to create data 
disks, The second disk contains a bank of questions 
on Pop Music created by the author, and spanning a 
wide range ot music. 

I had considered myseif to know a litlte about this 
topic (as I suppose everybody does), but I confess to 
being totally baffled by a good proportion of the 
leasers. Which American singer had their UK hil with 
Way Down Yondor In New Orleans? Which Clannad 
song reached number 65 in the charts in 1983? 
Fortunately, there's a one in three finance of guessing 
the correct answer, which Is Just as well because you 
have a maximum of three credits, Thankfully, on the 
main menu, as well as the option lo play wiih even 
fewer credits, there is the facifity to turn off Ihe timer 
which otherwise further pressurises tho perplexed 
player. 

Tho documentation seems lo suggest 500 ques- 
tions can be crammed onto each data disk, so with 
ihe possibility of numerous new disks on the way this 
Is one game you should never lire ol. II also has edu- 
cational possibiiities, as students coufd create ques- 
tion banks to test their knowledge of topics and 
use them as revision aids. Bearing in mind that 
Student Aid 2 (reviewed a few months back) costs 
about five times as much as The Ultimate Quiz 
volume 2. the latter starts lo look like an attractive 
proposition, 



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absolutely any program, whatever its pur- 
pose, which you consider worthy of review, 
Whether rt will be freely distributable public 
domain, shareware or licencewaro, if you 
feel it's of sufficient quality to mern cover- 
age then stick il in a jiffy bag or padded 
envelope and send H in with all haste. I 
promise I'll at least look at your work. 
Please cleaiy label the disk, and include a 
cover letter supplying a description ot the 
disk contents, price and some basic 
instructions. The address to send the disks 
to is: 



Dave Cusick 
PD submissions 
Amiga Computing 
Media House 
Adlington Park 
Macclesfield SK10 4NP 



UTILITY 



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ImageStudiD E 

Programmed by: Andy and 

Graham Dean 

Available from: Demo from PD libraries, 

new registered versions from the authors 

Admittedly it is only a matter ol months 
since the first incarnation of ImageSludio 
came under scrutiny in these very pages. 





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JUNE 1995 



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> 

In that time, however, I mags Studio has 

shifted copies by the cartload, as an 

extremely powerful and affordable alterna- 
tive to commercial image processing 
packages. 

The Americans say, If it ain't broke don'l 
fix if, and understandably the authors have 
not meddled with the winning formula which 
combines outstanding operational speed 
with an easy-to-use Intuition interface. The 
program still runs on a 1Mb machine by 
employing a hard drive as virtual memory, 
and Still supports a huge range of image Me 
formats, 

Bui ImageStudio 2 contains large chunks 
of code which have been completely rewrit- 
ten, resulting in significant speed increases, 
As a result, ImageStudio is now capable of 
outperforming commercial offerings, such as 
ImageFX and Phologenics, in some areas - 
for instance, on an A1200 a 24-bit image 
can be converted to 256 cotours in 51 sec- 
onds, while ImageFX takes 78 seconds. In 
file reading and writing operations it leaves 
the opposition standing. 

Another major change is the inclusion of 
ARexx support. A selection of example 
scripts are included and crealing new scripts 
couldn't be easier, meaning batch file pro- 
cessing and arduous processing operalions 
can be fully automated. Among other useful 
new features are an on-line AmlgaGuide 
help facility and a Workbench Applcon 
which automatically loads into ImageStudio 



The Absolute Beginners Guide to Workbench 3.D fllolume U 



Produced by: Sieve Bye 

Available Irom: F1 Licenceware 



This AmlgaGuide file contains detailed descriptions of 
the functions of Ihe Workbench 3 menus, designed lo 
demystify the system for newcomers who have under- 
standably been completely confused by Ihe 
Workbench 3 User's Guide bundled with AGA 
machines. Certain parts of the guide have accompany- 
ing pictures to Illustrate Ihe processes involved, This is 
an excellent guide and with more volumes promised, 
each covering a differeni aspect of Ihe workbench, the 
prayers of Ihose baffled by snapsholting and trash 
emptying appear lo have been answered. 

Also included on the disk are a pair of PD utilises 
Filemastar is a simple directory manager capable of 
performing a variety of useful features such as moving, 
copying and deleting files, displaying pictures and play- 
ing music modules. It's hardly a Directory Opus, but it's 
a good utility tor beginners, Quickgrabber is a screen 
grabber, a useful program lo have knocking around 
although it's hardly essential for the Amiga newcomer. 




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original version, ImageStudio 2 is share- 
ware, although there is a public domain 
demonstration version available which is 
only capable of loading pictures of up to 
250s250 pixels. People who registered 
version one can upgrade simply by 
Installing this demo and Ihen selecting the 
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the disabled features in ImageStudio 2- If 
you haven't registered yet, there's never 
been a better time to do so. As a top qual- 
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the market, for just a tenner ImageStudio 
2 is an absolute bargain and comes 
strongly recommended. £■? 



Racing lUorld 

Programmed by: Michael Pratt 

Available from: Michael Pratt (£1 or 
Disk+SAEJ 

This competent overhead driving simulation 
has you (ravelling the world taking part in 
races in 20 countries, each wilh its own 
track with differing characteristics. Drivers 
have to contend wilh conditions as diverse 
as dry desert tracks in Australia and icy 
roads in Alaska. 

One or two players can participate in the 
action which takes place on a scrolling 
track around four times the screen size. Set 
a course record and you'll be able to enter 
your name and have it saved for posterity. 
And, erm, lhat's about it to be honest. 

Still, decent graphics and a high stan- 
dard of presentation throughout add con- 
siderable visual appeal. In the audio 
department there's nothing special to shout 
about, but what's there is inoffensive 
enough. It's perfectly playable and good fun 
with a Inend, but in one player mode it is 
slightly lacking in variety. The track designs 
could do with a little more imagination to 
sustain interest. 

Overall, Racing World is polished 
enough but is just missing that indefinable 
something to set it apart from Ihe crowd. 
Thai said, this is certainly not a bad effort - 
In the world of PD racing games it might nol 
make the podium, but il deserves to finish 
in the points. 



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London, can 
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Graham and) Andy Dean 

14 Fielding Avenue, Poynton, 
Cheshire SK1 2 tYX 

Fl Licenceware 

31 Wellington Road. Exeter, Devon 

EX2 9DU 

(Tel: 01392 4935 BO} 

Freestyle PD 

106 Woodside Way, Short Healh. 

Willenhall. West Midlands WV12 5NH 

(Tel: 01922 71 u9&5| 

Mark McVickers 

87 Braes View. Denny, Stirlingshire. 

Scotland FK6 SNG 

Michael Pratt 

10 Rivers Road. Yeovil, Somerset 
BA21 5RJ 

Alt Prior 

10 Lovell Park Heights. Little London. 
Leeds LS7 1 DP 

Your Choice 

39 Lambton Road, Charlton. 
Manchester M21 0ZJ 
(Tel: 0161 881 0994) 



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connected -just imagine the phone bills I 

The only current way to get Web space 
is to pay a provider to store your data for 

you and this is slowly coming down in cost. 
Alternatively, if you're at an academic 
establishment you may just be able to per- 
suade the powers that be to attach your 
pages to ihe WWW. 

HTML is simply standard ASCII text, as 
produced by any half-decent text editor, 
with embedded commands (called lags) 
that allow all sorts of fancy things to hap- 
pen to your text, such as include graphics, 
change the font, embolden things and link 
to other resources on the Web when 
viewed through a Web browser. 

WORDS AND PICTURES 

To edit your HTML, you'll need a text 

editor. ED on your workbench disks will do, 
though my favourite is VIM which can be 
found on Aminet, like all the files listed 
below. Graphics can be included in your 
documents too, and for best compatibility 
these really should be in GIF forma* A 
conversion program to produce GIF files is 
therefore essential, There are plenty out 
i here to do this but for shareware, I'd rec- 
ommend ImageStudio as found on Aminet, 
You'll also need the GIF dalatype: As 
AMosaie uses datatypes you'll need D5 
3.0 or belter to get inlined images, too. 
Jpeg files are common as well, so you'll 
need the Jpeg datatype and some IFF to 
Jpeg converters should you want to 
produce your own. 

A nice tool to aid HTML composition is 
called HTML-Haaven from Paul 
Kolenbrander. This is a program which 
interfaces to any Afiexx compatible editor 
{like ED) and allows tag entry lo be 
replaced with a single click of the mouse, 
Fmaily, you'll need AMosaie along with 
MUI 2 or above. 

Now you're looled up,, let's lake a peek 
at what HTML is. As mentioned previously, 
WWW pages are made up of HTML, which 
is just ASCII text with embedded com- 
mands called tags. Tags for HTML are 
embedded in between less than and 
greater than signs (<>>) and control the 
appearance ol the document on screen. 



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Some require switching off after their use- 
fulness is finished, for example the title of 
a document is set by <>TITLE> and the 
end of the title is designated by 
<>fiTTLE>. 

All Web pages should be ervclosed in an 
outer tag showing that they're HTML. For 
this, the <>HTML> lag Is used as the firsl 
element of your document, with <c>/HTML> 
at the end. On some browsers this is not 
necessary, but for future compatibility it 
ready should be included. 

Web pages currently have two sections 
within them, these being the header and 
body section, The header of your page 
tells your browser about the title of the 
document as it appears in document title 
(surprisingly) and other data such as Ihe 
absolute path for this document.. This is 
enclosed In <>HEAD> and <>/HEAD> 
tags. Inside the head, you'll want to give 
your document a title, an example being 
<>TlTLE>Home brewing for the hard of 
thinkingort"ITLE>. 

Next comes the body ol tha text, and 
this is where il all happens, The <>BODV> 
and <>/BODY> tags should be used to 
define the start and end. Inside here all 
text is freeform, which means that entries 
such as tabs, multiple spaces and carriage 
returns are translated into a single space, 
which can be useful most of Ihe time but a 



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Applications, where Mosaic was developed. 

CGI - Common gateway Interface. An interface allowing 
HTML pages io call executable scripts and return the results 
to the browser. 

URL - Uniform Resource Location. A way of accessing a file 
that tells the browser what method of contact to try and where 
to find the file once connected to the rig hi server. 



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FEATURE 



pain for some things, To gel around this, a 
paragraph break is Inserted into Ihe text 
using <>P>. This is an HTML tag that does 
not have lo be turned off as it merely spec- 
ifies a break, not a paragraph. Similarly, 
the <>BR> lag forces a line break in your 
lex.1 but does not insert a blank line like 
<>P> does. 

For text formatting, HTML doesn't allow 
you to specify explicitly the name of Ihe 
font and size of fonl to use, but has a 
range of predefined styles. For headings 
there are five levels ol strength, ranging 
from <>m> to oH6», aJi of which musl 
be turned off with <>/Hn* when finished. 

Bold and Italicised text are also avail- 
able in more than one way. HTML defines 
logical styles as wed as physical, so For 
bold text either -c>STRQNG> D r <>B> can 
be used, Italics has the same strangeness, 
with either oCITfc* or <>l> being used. 

To insert an in-line image into your text. 
the tag olMG n> is used, with n being 
either one or many sub-tags. The mosl 
important one is SRC -"file name" where 
filename Is the name of the file lo use. 
This brings up the important topic of rela- 
tive filenames: To go back a directory, you 
must use the T NIX 'j> otherwise some sys- 
tems will interpret 7 as Ihe equivalent of ':' 
on the Amiga - I.e. the root directory. For 
HTML, Ihe direclory separator remains 7. 
though. 

DEFINING 

The other two important tags that can be 
defined inside <>MG> are ALIGN=pos to 
align the text following Ihe Image with 
either the top, middle or bottom of the pic- 
lure (with pos being TOP, MIDDLE or 
BOTTOM), and AUVlext", where text is 
the text thai will appear on a non-graphical 
Web browser, such as Lynx. Mote thai the 
inline graphics files have to be in GIF 
format to be decoded by all viewers. 

Mosaic supports various formats for 
lists, too. The most common are the 
ordered, unordered, and definition list. 
Ordered lists are started with the oOL* 
teg, have the entries preceded by <>LI> 
(with no <=>/LI> tagj and the list is linished 
with <>/QL>, An ordered list is a list that 
has a number preceding all list entries. 

Unordered lists are exactly the seme, 
with <>UL> and <>/UL> replacing the 



References on the Web 

To start looking for Information on writing good HTML, Iry Ihe following 
URLs: 

A Beginner's Guide to HTML - hllp://www, ncsa.uiuc.edu/de 

moweb/h tml-primer.html 

HTML Design Notebook - htlp;//ww,hal,com/~connolly/drafts/html- 

design.htmi 

Style Guide for Online Hypertext - http:ZAirww.w3.org/hypertextAVW 

W/Provider/Style/Overview.hlml 

HyperText Markup Language (HTML); Werking and Background 

Materials - hrJp:/^wvrw.w3.or^^ypartexlWWW/MarkUp'MarkUp.html 

These are just starting paints! There are pienty ol links to take from them 
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<>OL> and o/OL> along with bullets 
replacing the numbers. Definition lists allow 
a definition title followed by a description of 
that title to be listed. <>DL> starts the 
process off, <>DT> defines the definition 
title and «DD> describes the definition 
(inked to that title. o/DL> turns off the list 
and as before, there is no need lo use 
<>/DT> or <>/DD> al Ihe end of the titles or 
definitions. 

The anchor lag allows points inside a 
document lo be labelled and for links to 
other URLs (uniform resource localions) to 
be made. To define a label inside a docu- 
ment. <>A NAME= n name : °> is used, and Til 
leave you to guess what replaces name. 

The interesting bit is making links: This is 
done by <>A HREF="url">. where URL is 
either a full URL (such as 
http://agora.leeds.ac.uk/csErvml/lntro/author 
,html"> or relative, such as ../beer, htm I. 
The elements then make the link follow, 
and the link command is closed with <>/A>. 

A URL does not have to be an HTML 
document - it could be a picture, &ound file, 
postscript file, an FTP link, GOPHER link or 
many more. There are many, many more 
tags but these are the ones that are used 
the most. 

So far, so good. You know what makes 
up HTML, but what makes good HTML? 
Despile the fact that HTML tries lo sel a 
slyle for things such as paragraph format- 
ting, it is very easy to make ugly HTML 
documents. 

The best way to develop a style is to 
think about how you will lay things out and 
then slart writing. This keeps a feel lo your 
Web site which should be acceptable if 
you've thought about it. Always give some 
sort of reference for your documents. Every 
document should really be signed using the 
<>ADDRESS> tag with your name, e-mail 
address and the last modification date 
inside it - then people know who to praise 
or Mame. 

A problem when developing on the 
Amiga is file name capitalisation. While the 
Amiga will take a file originally called 



'AcHomepage.html' and access it as 
'acHomePage.HTML 1 , 'NIX will not. ThJ 
is not an issue if using the Amiga to serv* 
information, but as mosl people will be I 
relying Dn a service provider who proba- 
bly installs the pages on a *nix box. I 
suddenly becomes one, In short, check™ 
capitalisations or simply use lower case 
lor file names and: upper case for directo- 
ries (or whatever takes your fancy - Ihe 
point is, stick to it). 

So then, you now want to publish ihese 
pages you've written on your trusty 
Amiga, checked with AMosaic and found 
lo be good- Discounting the dedicated. 
constantly dialed-up connection as far loo 
expensive, whal else is there? 

PROVIDERS 

The two most common providers wh* 
allow WWW slorage are Demon, who wil 
soon be giving subscribers limited WWW 
space free, and Cityscape, who give sub- 
scribers 500Kb free. Damon charge 
per nnonlh for up to 5Mb of space, where- 
as Cityscape charge what appears to b* 
a more reasonable £60 per Mb Tor a 
year's storage. 

You now know how and why to WW 
good HTML and how to get your minor 
works of art on the net. It you can justify 
any cost involved, then go to itl There'* 
plenty more you can do that hasn't bea* 
covered here, such as forms and script*. 
or running exacutables using the eg* 
When AMosaic 1.3 is available and 
ports FORMS, perhaps it'll be w 
another article. /„>» 



Useful addresses 

Cltyscape - Tel: 01223 566950, e-mal 

sales@cityscape.co.uk, URL http://www 

cityscape-co.uk/ 

Demon -Tel: 0191-371 1234, e-mai 

sales ©demon, co.uk, URL http://www.j 

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.4^k hw liistory looks bach on the 'Ws, it seems likely that one of the toy 
-4 I tnemes ol Jhe decade wilt be Hie revolution in information. Driven by 
" -^/ technological advancements and greater public access to computers, liie 
impad of this change is being felt by almost everyone. 

Of course, the burgeoning Internet has iitfUJtahty grabbed the limelight when 
It's come to discussions about the information superhighway. An equally impor- 
tant development in bringing information into the living room, however, has been 
(he ability to store vast resources of data on portable media. In ihis respect, CD- 
ROM is hard to beat. Amiga users can already benefit Irom an evergrowing supply 
of utility, picture and sound collections, with each CD capable of holding the equiv- 
alent of over 700 floppy disks, With Hie potential lor impressive multimedia applica- 
tions that Hiis storage capacity provides, any safl-respectlng Amiga owner should 
not exclude themselves from this digital resource. 

Thankfully, there are two pieces ol good news. The first is that Hi-Soft's Squirrel 
SCSI device (reviewed in last month's issue) makes all those flash CD drives aimed 
el PCs and Macs available for the average Amiga owner. The second bit ol good 
news is that Amiga Computing has decided to give you the run down on the latest, 
fastest drives you can get for your money. Whether you want dual, quad or a 
muBichanger, the choice Is yours. 



Pioneer DRID-BDtH 



it you just have to have the best of all worlds, the Pioneer 604 featuring 
'Quadraspin' technology is bound to catch your eye. An ultra-fast quad 
speed drive and six disc multi-changer roiled into one, this is arguably the 
ultimate peripheral your Amiga could hope to be graced with. 

Surprisingly, Ihe method ol loading the discs seems (ess advanced com- 
pared to me one used by the Nakamichi, Discs are placed into a cartridge 
or magazine 
upside down, a 
peculiarity that is 
easily forgoilen 
at first. Further- 
more, if you 
need to mova 
the drive the 
magazine must 
he taken out 
otherwise there's 
a risk of damag- 
ing the optical 
head- 
Otherwise. 

however, the 

604 was peer- 
less within the 

group. A transfer 

rate ol 614 kilo- 
bytes a second can radically cut down the hme it takes to run searches. 

which could be beneficial if it was set up tor users ol a B8S. 
Using the 604 as part of a SCSI chain could hardly be simpler thanks to 

the inclusion of swilchable active termination. Basically, this means that if 

you want the chain to have the Pioneer at the end, termination should be 

switched on, but oiherwise It should be switched off, This may not sound 

like much, but it really could 

save some people a lot of 

messing, and the push-but- 
ton switch to alter the unit ID 

number should prove equally 

convenient, 
Naturally, this speed and 

flexibility is going to cost a 

fair bit extra, but the 604's 

asking price still seems vary 

steep in comparison to its 

rivals- 
It's a remarkable piece of 

equipment, but only a Sysop 

with heavy CD access needs 

should even consider buying 

it. 




The bottom line 



Product: Pioneer 604X 

Price: £1280 

Supplier: Pione&r 

Tel: 01753 789789 



Ease of use* 

Implementation _ 
Value for money- 
Overall 



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a dead stwdiuer. fareth iofthouse tests sin of 

the test in the ultimate SCSI showdown 




Hitachi [DH-19505 



It would be natural to expect that with a big name like Hitachi we'd be reviewing 
another superfast, state of the art piece of technology. Strangely, however, wti 
we asked for a quad-speed drive to review we were told that Hitachi have still 
developed any. 

Instead, they sent us a dual speeder thai iooked dated when we first saw it mri 
months, ago and looks even more so now. For a slart the disc is loaded in a cacT 
a tact which most users will find irritating in comparison with the more modem Ir 

loader. 

It's well made but consumes almost as much deskspace as the Pione 
multi-change r, which is not loo impressive tor a single disc drive. What's rrnnri 
having to change the SCSI ID with little dip switches is a pain compared to irr 
easy methods on more modern 
units. 

In fairness, having had one in 
the office for the best part of a 
year it's the only drive we've 
actually put to a long-term 
rough and tumble office lest, and 
we've never had the slightest 
problem as tar as reliability is 
cencerned. 

Unfortunalely, it's not worth 
more than halt the RRP listed 
below, so unless you see one 
going cheap, the best thing you 
can do Is steer dear. "These are 
competitive days, and this unit 
Isn't even in the running, 



The bottom line 



Product: CDR 1950S 

Price: £320 

Supplier: Hitachi 

Tel: 0181*843 8787 



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Ease of use 

Implementation _ 
Value for money 
Overall 



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JUNE 1995 



FEATURE 




Prima [D Kit 




iewing 
when 

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it nine 
:addy\ 
mtray 

oneer 

more, 
to the 



a Technologies may be a new name to 

Amiga enthusiasts, but as the sister 

jany ol First Computer Centre, those 

■g-tima supporters of the Amiga, Iheir 

lusts should be of instant appeal lo 

me concerned about getting Amiga 

inical support. 

In appearance the drive is fairiy broad, 
no more so than any of the other quads 
i seen aimed at Ihe Amiga, The build 
tality seems very sturdy thanks to the 
> I casing, and the fact thai it contains a 
rehiba mechanism is reassuring when it 
comes lo thinking about reliability. 

With a tray-loading mechanism, audio 

pcks, SCSI Ihroughports and a lairly con- 

wiient unit ID selector, the drive has all 

•» little extras that are becoming the 

Wpected standard with new drive a. 

The benefits of higher speed CD-ROM 
tor the Amiga are currently limited lo a lew 
areas, We Found data; could be pulled oft 
wore quickly with drive>s like the Prima, and 
Marching for data was a much more rapid 
process. 

Quad speed does otter increased poten- 

5al lor multimedia applications because, for 

txample. it will spool animations directly 

CD at a much faster rate. With prod- 

■Mb where these features would be useful 

•i; make an appearance Qfl the Amiga 

market, however, this is a consideration for 

•» future rather man the present. 

The Prima X4 does make a good case 



for spending a -bit extra to ensure you're not 
left behind, however, thanks lo the fact that 
it includes, the now famous Squirrel inter- 
face plus a shareware CD all for a very rea- 
sonable price. The benefits of the Squirrel 
were covered in the May issue, but the disc 
is also a worthwhile addition which received 
a/1 in a nound-up a few months ago. 

For review purposes we assessed the 
quad speed drive, but there are also dual 
and triple-speed versions available if 
spending the extra amount is not worth- 
while, Prima offers good value and is the 
best range for those who want a drive 
mechanism built by the most reputable CD 
manufacturers, Pioneer and Toshiba. 



The bottom line 



Product: Prima X4 

Price: £345.99 

Supplier: First Computer Centre 

Tel: 01 13 231944 



Ease of use 

Implementation- 
Value for money 
Overall 



8 
.9 

9 
.9 





flahamichi [JlBR-7 



A rather special product from Almathera, this CD drive is the only 
multi-changer on offer from the usual Amiga distributors as far as 
we are aware. As the 'How to' box explains on the next page, you 
should be able to use any SCSI multi-changer, but since setting 
them up can be tricky, this product has an immediate advantage 
because buyers can get Amiga technical help if necessary. By 
contrast, ask most people about using the Pioneer 604 on the 
Amiga and they'll probably fell you (wrongly) that it's just for the 
PC. 

SEVENTH HEAVEN 

Since the MBR-7 can hold seven CDs. it's only natural that the 
casing is considerably more bulky than with the usual drive, 
Despite this, it remains highly manageable and won't take up too 
much of your deskspace, 

The method of loading the CDs is rather a clever party trick on 
behalf of the drive's makers because they've managed to dis- 
pense with caddies or magazines. Each of the seven buttons on 
the front of the unit will produce a different tray when pressed. 

The upside of ihis is that it is the tidiest method I've seen, mak- 
ing it as painless as using a normal drive, On the downside, how- 
ever, we found thai changing a batch of disks was far quicker 
with a magazine than having to eject each tray one at a time- 
Boasting this 
facility alongside 
its perfectly ade- 
quate dual speed, 
the MBR-7 is an 
affordable option 
that will raise a lot 
of interest among 
Amiga enthusiasts. 
Be warned, how- 
ever, lhat m reality 
most users are 
probably better off 
with a standard 
single drive. 

That's because 
if it's loaded up 
fully with disks then? will be a lengthy delay when you boot your 
Amiga while the seven devices get mounted. What's more, 
there is a delay of a few seconds when switching between 
discs, although this is probably quicker than making a manual 
change. 

On ihe other hand, Bulletin Board Sysops could find the MBR- 
7 to be a cheap but invaluable product thai can hold huge quanti- 
ties of data for their BBS users to access. There's certainly no 
doubt thai this model is extremely competitively priced, and tor 
the right person it could be a definite winner. 



The bottom line 



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Price: £345 

Supplier. Almathera 

Tel: 0181-6870040 

Ease of use 



Implementation . 
Value for money- 
Overall 



.7 

a 

9 
8 



Amiga Computing 



JUNE 1995 




FEATURE 





Setting up a 
(Tlultichanger 



Those who love gadgets or are par- 
ticularly lazy will be pleased to hear 
that they can use any of the m«lti- 
changer CO drives on the market 
provided they are SCSI compatible, 

Setting them up is not too difficult, 
but it can be more confusing than fit- 
ting the ordinary drlva because you 
have to worry about logical ID num- 
bers as well as the physical ID 
numbef of the drive. 

What am I on about? Wall, first of 
all your CD drive needs a separate 
identity number from any other 
device connected on the SCSI chain 
- otherwise It won't be able to com- 
municate with the Amiga, 
Instructions supplied with your drive 
will tell you how to adjust its physical 
ID. Let's say for the sake of an 
example you've set it to three. 

However, a mullichanger also 
needs logical ID numbers for every 
CD it can use. For the sake of what 
follows, lei's assume you have a 
seven disk mullichanger - you will, in 
this case, need logical IDs u-E. 
Incidentally, the number of 
logical devices does not affect the 
number of units you can have on the 
chain, so you can still use a multi- 
changer with six other SCSI 
products. 

To create the required number of 
logical IDs, go into your Oevs drawer 
and select the DOS drivers icon. Call 
up the information gadget on the CDO 
icon and change the device name to 
that of your SCSI controller (eg 
squirrelscsl .device). 

Then for the unit's identity numb 
you will have to enter two figures, the 
first being the logical ID and the sec- 
ond being the physical ID, it your 
drives physics! 10 is 3, for example, 
the COO driver's ID should be set at 
03. 

You then have to set your driver up 
for all the other disks the drive can 
use. To do this, copy and rename 
CDO as CD1. CD2 etc. 

Call up the Information for each 
icon and enter the correct device 
name and physical logical ID num- 
bers. In this example, CD1 should 
have the ID 1 3, and you should repeat 
the process for each of the seven 
logical drives. 

If you've followed these steps your 
mullichanger should work perfectly, 
but we all know there can be added 
complications. 

If you're not technically confident, 
the best advice is probably to buy 
from distributors with Amiga exper- 
tise so they can advise you if a 
difficulty crops up. 



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Power's dual-speed drive was given 
the full treatment In Ihe April issue, 
but for Ihose who missed our evalu- 
ation here's a recap- Unusually for 
Power, this is by far ihe smallest 
drive we had in for review, a factor 
thai becomes important if you wanl 
to use it with six other SCSI units. 

All the usual features are there 
except a method ot externally alter- 
ing the SCSI ID. an oversight that 
now compares badly with the Prima 
dual speed. Otherwise, Ihe bundle 
allows for CD32 emulation as well 
as the use ol non-bootable discs, 
and it is the only drive to allow CD 
audio mixing thanks to the in/out 
ports. 

Unfortunately, when It was 
reviewed we complained thai the 
documentation supplied was inade- 
quate and since, unlike with the 
Quad, there's no Squirrel manual 
supplied as yet, this compares 
badly with Ihe Prima dual speed. 
Nevertheless, it's an axcellent piece 
of hardware so if you're confident 
about SCSI or you don't mind ring- 
ing! Power for help, it's still highly 
recommended. 





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I mplementati on 6 

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tough when it comes to good value, 
Quad speed really has become widely 

affordable with a number of packages 
Including a Squirrel SCSI for added 
appeal. 

Quite how they do It we don't know, 
but once again Power have entered Ihe arena with a 
product that just pips the opposition when it comes to the 
bargain star buy, The only external quad we've seen 
going for under £300, this unit also includes a PCMCIA 
SCSI device and a few CD-relevant PD programs. 

The drive isn't the smartest ot the bunch - its casing, 
for example, is plastic and not so flush fitting as on the 
Phma. However, il feels tough enough to survive the test 
of time and the Iray loading mechanism is as efficient as 
you could wish for.The necessary ports are all there, and 
again there's the convenient pushbutton ID selector. The 
drive can claim a slight design advantage over rivals 
because of its cooling fan; though we've not experienced 
overheating problems with any of the drives it's good to 
have this included just as a precaution. 

Otherwise it does the job as swiftly as anything else 
we've tried and like Ihe other Squirrel/drive bundles, it 
loo has Ihe advantage of CD32 emulation. Furthermore, 
the fact that the lull Squirrel manual has been included 
comes as something of a roller , since without il beginners 
could run into some confusing problems. 

It's hard 1o believe that you can gel a quad speed 
drive at this price,, but if il works who's complaining. 
Power can always be counted on to try and undercut its 
rivals, and white their competitors must hate it the con- 
sumers can benefit from yet another bargain quality 
product, 



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o what exactly are SnapMaps? To 
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» tor 3D objects ever released on the 
(I can't comment for other platforms}, 
seen some good texture collections in my 
but SnapMaps really doss lake Ihe 
■tibial Rich Tea. 

fh*j reason for ihis Is simply iftal unlike 
H other bitmapped textures, SnapMaps 
r i just limited to providing colour mlorma- 
t bu1 also bump-mapping and Iranspare- 
Tiapping, otherwise known as clip map- 
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i between transparency and clip mapping 
most 3D programs, this being thai trans- 
mapping d&esn'l work properly with 
idows or other surface attributes like 

less. 
to each SnapMap, be it brick, a chain link 
or a fern frond, consists ol not one but 
al maps. First artd foremost, of course, is 
aft* colour map, secondly and almost as 
Wportant is the clip or transparency map, and 
anally there is Ihe bump or altitude map. 
Basse three combine to make Ihe most realis- 
c-tooking surfaces outside of a photograph. 
■s can. be soon from the images on this page. 
The one of the foliage look somewhere in Ihe 
•gen ol an hour and a hall on my A300CT at 
(MO k 450 with low anti-aliasing, and ihe laun- 
•y basket took nearly two and three quarter 
hours with The same settings. Phew' 

Tba installation process for these textures 
• a simple matter of double-clicking the Install 
eon and the familiar Commodore Installer 
program appears. SnapMaps gets its own 




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What no clips': 



io might be the modeller of prel- 

■ for a Jot of people, it also has 

nrno great algorithmic toxluros written 

'or it (viz Essence by Steve Worley, 

rig lo a copy of Lightwave near 

.on soon), but when 11 comes to clip 

mapping, you can forget it in version 2. 

The closest Imagine can gel to it is 

niter mapping which jusi makes your 

objects look like they have see- through 

patches on them, and puis specular 

iqhlight on these holes' as though 

^ere solid, The holes don't lei 

qht through either, so you won't get 

• hadows with holes In I hem. There are 

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.IL.JNE (995 



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ard ihough it is lo believe, the 
Amiga has been ou: of produc 
tion tor a year. With the legal 
wranglings over the corpse of 
Commodore dragging on with no clear 
ond in slghl. by rights The most popular 
home compuTer ever should have long 
been dead and buried. 

H's a lestament to this machine's quali- 
ties, then, lhat support for the Amiga is 
still extremely vibrant. CTW,. The industry's 
trade magazine, found in a survey of 
major distributors that almost all were 
ready to support the Amiga when it 
makes a come back. A lew months later 
we found this level of commitment had 
not changed. 

This article is nol intended as a my 
computer's Ihe best' spiel - thai type of 
propaganda rings hollow when the basic 
Amiga Is compared to the latest, albeit 
expensive, line of PCs. However, the 
Amiga does have some key strengths thai 
bode well for the future, so we decided to 
find out who's still rooting for Ihe only true 
home computer around. 

To gel an overview of what lies ahead, 
we gave some of the biggest names on 
the Amiga scene a chance to air their 
views on what went wrong and what 
needs lo be done. This is what (hey said. 



Hi-Soft 



For many years Hi-Soft has been a highly 
respected developer for the Amiga, However, 
il was the release of their acclaimed Squirrel 
SCSI interlace a few months ago that has put 
them firmly in the limelight. 

When we asked MD. David Link, whether il 
was worthwhile to develop mora new prod- 
ucts for Ihe Amiga in these difficult days, his 
response was cautious but positive, "You 
have to be a small, lean company lo develop 
for The Amiga at the moment,' he said, 'and 
thai precludes companies like Microsoft." 

He claimed lhat the Squirrel was a good 
example of what could be achieved with the 
right product, however, with demand for 1he 




SCSI wonder greater now than even a monlh 
ago. "It just goes lo show that people are look- 
ing to expand (heir Amigas and are looking to 
the future. If They're spending money on Expan- 
sion They're obviously not thinking ol discard- 
ing Iheir Amiga in Ihe short term." 

Asked who he hoped would take 
over ihe Amiga, Link echoed John 
Arundel in his support for Amiga 
International. "They have the 
best interests of Ihe Amiga at 
heart, It's also important to 
a lesser extent that they 
are based in the UK 
which. I believe, is at the 
centre of Amiga sales." 
If Ihe Amiga is going 
to make a run of it in ll 
the future againsl The 
all-conquering PC, 
Link slressed lhal who- 
ever did win the 
takeover must concen- 
trate on getting a techm 
cal edge and competitive 
pneing. "I believe in per 
sona) computing at the black 
box stereo price whidi neither 
the Mac or the PC quite 
achieve. PCs are horrend 
things really - talk lo anyone who's 
tried lo 
cno up a 
you'll hear horror 
stories." 



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There's no point having good products on a computer If customers cant easily 
buy them, so the importance of keeping the presence of major distributors in 
the Amiga market cannot be overstressd. It's particularly encouraging, (here- 
fore, to see lhat the huge Amiga backer, Silica, has no intenlion of abandoning 
the platform now, John Arundel, the company's group marketing controller, 
pointed out two reasons why this was. 

"First, there's a huge user base we're nol going to abandon just because the 
Amiga is currently out of produclion. Second, we believe the machine will be 
back." 

Despite Silica's need lo introduce PCs into their catalogues due to the non- 
availabilily of Amigas, Arundel's enthusiasm for a return of the Amiga sounded 
heartfelt, He pointed out the Amiga's strength as an entry -level home 
computer. 

"Some people won't be able to afford a PC - that's one of the reasons why 
we really want The Amiga to come back. With Ihe decline of the ST Ihe Amiga is 
the only hope." 

The lack of produclion has obviously led lo a gap in sales at Silica that Ihey 
have had to Iry and compensate for by selling other platforms. But on the 



positive side, he was extremely pleased wllh Silica's sales of the CD32 Critical 
Zone package, which has now been reduced lo £199. "People who would have 
bought Amigas," be said, "have been buying CD32s because ihey're fully 
upgradeable." 

Like many others we spoke to, Arundel lelt it was well worthwhile bringing 
out further products tor the platform because of the nature of the people who 
use it. They're dedicated and a lot are very technical. They're in it for the long 
term, so there's a long-term market." 

He stressed, however, that Ihe quality of new peripherals and products must 
be high. "Amiga owners are definilely becoming more discerning." 

Asked who he'd like to win Ihe take-over bid for the Amiga, Arundel replied: 
*l'd tove Dave (Pleasance) to gat it because he's capable of doing it and he's 
got a heart for it - the heart of a hobbyist." 

When asked what a new owner of the Amiga could do to give the machine a 
fighting chance, Arundel replied: "They've got to recognise the Amiga's 
strengths, which is graphics and lo a certain extent gameplay, and build on 
them to establish a niche market," 

To conclude Arundel staled: "We're certainly very positive about Ihe future 
for the Amiga." With Ihe recent release ol the Mamba and Ihe Loader drive. 
and the promise of more Amiga products in the pipeline, thankfully. Silica 
seems to be purling its money where its mouth Is. 



Amiga Computing 



JUNE 1995 



FEATURE 



Amiga 



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Bespite the collapse of (ommodnre, the Rmiga still — 

commands huge support faretfi iofthouse set out — 

to judge the loyalty of some major players — 




ft you had to choose one games developer 
that had contributed the most to the leisure 
market on the Amiga, the chances are you'd 
pick Team 17. With highly successful relea- 
ses like the Alien Breed series to their credit, 
most Amiga owners will have at least one 
Team product in their cupboards. 

Marcus Dyson, (he company's Multimedia 
Development Manager, expressed tears for 
the industry in general should the Amiga fail 
10 return. ■Consoles like Ihe PlayStation are 
excellent games machines, bul they don't do 
anyihing for creativity. In this respect the 
Amiga was a phenomenal catalyst, and an 
incredibly important machine. 

'What we stand to lose if the Amiga is not 
available for around the £300 mark is a 
machine that lets people realise their cre- 
ative ambitions. The Amiga was a velkscom- 
puier. It brought the power lo use technology 



within the reach of most people." 

In the pas), Team 17's Martin Brown had 
expressed concern about where programming 
latent was going to come from if teenagers 
couldn't afford to gel into computing. By 
contrast, Dyson was mora concerned 
about computer artists lhan program- 
mer. "What I fear,* he said, "is that 
we may rose artists and musi- 
cians who often do not elan 
off with a sense of serious 
purpose regarding comput- 
ers, but move across 
from games-playing 
instead." 

Worryin>gly, Dyson's 
view of what Amiga 
Internal ional would 
have to do to 
resurrect the platform 
was daunting, "Who- 
ever takes over the 
Amiga has a huge job 
ahead ol them. First 
they must produce 
A 1200s they can sell for 
under £200 for Christmas 
1995. Then they have to pro- 
duce a 5QMhz 030 machine 
vith a CD player in the near 
future. Arid they have to actively 
chase the 3D/Mullimedia/video user 
i make these businesses their territory' 
"Most Importantly of all, the new owners of 
the Amiga have to get themselves a presence 
on the Internet, preferably by someone who 
not only knows what they're talking about, but 
also has some power to provoke action and 
change." 

If he's right, this is a challenge and a halt 
lor any company to pull off. Nevertheless, 
David Pleasance's team would do well to lis- 
ten, for as Dyson pointed out in conclusion: 
"No company has ever gona bankrupt giving 
the people what they want," 





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With a strong range of multimedia tools, 
they've helped the Amiga make its mark in 
adverts and presentations tor French 
Moiorail, the National Trusl and King's 
College Hospital, to name but a few. 

Andy Bishop, Joint MD for Premier 
Vision, was outspoken when it came to 
ihe Amiga's strengths. The Amiga is 
astounding, ft has the most effective 
interface ol any platform. On the PC, 
Microsoft have struggled tor years lo 
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That's not as good as AmigaDOS." 
Bishop pointed to a number of 
products that had made the Amiga such an 
important player in multimedia circles includ- 
ing Ughtwave. the PAR Card. Bars and Pipes 
Pro and ADPrO. 

Surprisingly, however, these packages' 
cheapness relative to iheir PC counterparts 
was not, in Bishop's view, necessarily a good 
thing. Commenting on Ihe price difference 
between ADPro and Adobe Photoshop he 
said: "Ves, Photoshop is more expensive but 
the difference is that Amiga products have 
always been underpriced. Why do you think 
after half a year 40-50 per cent of Amiga com- 
panies go bankrupt? It's because they're not 
making enough money in the First place." 

In short. Bishop believes Ihe Amiga market 
has made a rod for Its own back. And like 
Team 17's Marcus Dyson, he argues that if 
the Amiga is to make a comeback it will need 
some pretty impressive spec increases. 

"The Amiga needs an 040 (roughly six 
times taster than the standard A120G) on the 
motherboard as standard. And it needs an 
060 on the motherboard with a very large 
cache for a higher-end machine." 

If Ihe Amiga is going to make a comeback, 
it sounds like the boffins at Amiga 
International are going to have lo come up 
with the goods quicksmart 



te to the future 

All in all. then, the companies we approached gave an encourag- 
ing Idea of the strength of feeling the Amiga provokes. However, 
there are obviously some hard lessons lo be ksarnt from the past. 

Everyone pointed to certain Amiga strong points., and the gen- 
eral concern about the absence of a £300 home computer on the 
market gives cause lor hope in the future. 

The Amiga is undoubtedly a special machine in the eyes ol all 
those who've been involved in the market. There are a lot ol good 
points To build on - let's just hope the legal mess is resolved 
quickly enough lo let it happen, ,« 



Mircui Bymnn; FMM tor IA« industry 



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JUNE 1995 



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O here's nothing quite like instant grati- 
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I into, you wonder why you stand for cer- 
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•tyles. Using the Smart Anims opiion, you're 
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Lightwave lor quite some time- 
Once the motion path has. been decided 
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of what the end product wiH look like, it can 
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The image factory allows animators to 
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attractive and use the elements to their full. 
The only real bugbear is having lo render 
oft the images in full broadcast quality. It 
would've been useful to be able to see 
random images at a lower resolution for 
reference purposes. ^^ 



On walking away from Wavemaker 2, this 
reviewer wanted to walk right back to the 
Amiga and play around with Ihe package 
for a further week- With its motion paths 
and elements, the package can knock up 
professional results quickly and allows you 
the flexibility ta lorm a basis far an anim 
and then fine tune it in Lightwave. 

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ast month's code opened an ovbt- 
1 steed Intuition window in a custom 
screen and used a loop to search 
associated hardware copper list for the 
[ructions holding ihe screen's bitplane 
wars. To smooth scroll this screen we are 
tq lo need lo modify these bilplane point- 
so that a slightly different area of screen 
nory is brought into use. 
ton bottom line here is that to move the 
:«ayed screen upwards by one screen line 
nead to add the 'bytes per row' IteW held 
he screen's BitMap structure to each of 
associated bilplane pointers. By using a 
p which does this for a number ol limes 
qual to half the number of display lines, we 
i scroll between the upper and tower parts 
'our oversized display. Similarly, succes- 
subtracting the same value Irom a dis- 
that has already been scrolled will 
Jrse the process, I.e. it will scroll the 
3n downwards. 
Since it Is not a particularly good idea to 
ess around wilh the bitplane pointer values 
m Intuition places into the BitMap structure, 
rv chosen to work with copies of those 
anters. and in the eKample cods, space for 
ess copies is created using this statement; 



bilpLent_: spies 



da. I 



i lha pointers themselves being copied 
ig Ihis short dbra auioincrementing loop: 



.i»p ioti.I 
itlAt pointer) 

dbra 



<»t>*,[llH tm 3 
C,.LMf 



Whenever the screen is scrolled by one line, 
■ll bitplane pointers associated with the 

Screen will need to be adjusted, but rather 
*an use a hard-coded value for the number 
of bitplanes I'va opted For a more general 
arrangement - namely, using the bilplane 
count oblained from Ihe screen's BitMap 
structure! 

Having modified the copies of the bilplane 
pointers, the next step is to use them to 
replace the existing values in the hardware 
copper lis!. What wa need, however, is a way 



Hi- 



Smooth 




of ensuring that we perform this updating at 
a time when the hardware copper list bit- 
plane pointer values are not being used. 

There are various possibilities available 
here, but the one !Ve opted for Involves the 
graphics library WaitTOFQ function. 
WaitTQfO returns as soon as Ihe next verti- 
cal blanking period is complete and by this 
time, the current frame's vertical blanking 
initialisation has been done and the Copper 
will have already started re-executing the 
instructions for The current display frame. 

At Ihis point you need lo be aware of Ihe 
fact that the bitplane pointer values will be 
very near the start of the copper list, so as 
the Copper gets restarted during Ihe vertical 
blanking period Ihese bitplane values 
get used almost immediately, This means 
that by the time WaitTOFO returns we 
have effectively got the tima related lo a 
whole display frame lo do any bitplane 
adjustments needed. 

The calculations and poking operations 
are surprisingly simple. Firstly, we add Hie 
bytes per row value (in my example routine 
this is being stored in register d3) to each of 
the bitplane pointer copies like this; 



Part 7 7 



Paul Queraa continues his assembly 
language Intuition dispfau scrolling notes 



modified 32-bit bitplane pointers and move 
them into lha copper list. 

Notice how in the following coda fragment 
Tm using the 630x0 swap instruction to gel 
the upper word of the bitplane poinler 
address into Ihe data register's lower word. 
This -allows both address poking operations, 
to be done using move.w Instructions: 



C*lc«Lltt add. I 
pi. tut ido rest's 



«,UJ)t idjun tit 

dZ,.<ilEuL*U 



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(l3)t,d» 


get f«U tit- 


plane painter 






litp 


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upper yard 






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and then having re-initialised the appropri- 
ate pointers we just use a loop to read the 



The final combined results of this jiggery- 
pokery are shown in listing 1 and this code 



.UplJ an entry... tietds fa riglmr pirntv 

legister Vl*j d2 used is i L«op (OUntee 

43 hc-Us bylll fir ran 

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d5 Ulld 11 Kt*e«lin( iii-aLl loop uwrttt 

iZ h«ldi bit»ap Bfjinter 

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ScrvUVpi I routine 



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TUTORIAL 



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re Lit 


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represents the completed upward scrolling 
routine. Downward scrolling, as you'll see 
when you examine I ha cover disk source 
coda, is primarily just a matter of. subtracting 
the BytesPerRow field from the bitplane 
pointers rather than adding it. Note, however, 
that because I've assumed thai a ScnollUpQ 
operation will have already been performed, 
the bitplane pointer copies are not initialised 
to their respective 'scrolled up' values from 
within the Scroll DownO routine itself. 

There would be little point In producing an 
example that scrolled an empty screen 
because you wouldn't see anything. This 
being so, I've included a DrawBlockQ 



Listing 1: 
The OrawBlackvi) 

routine (Wad to pro v rrft- 
■Oil* graphics 



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nc . etc. 




Lilting 3r Part of IA« image dara rfafirtllteiM aihawing iha xecKori dlrwrtiva. 



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u-n4o»_c^l 


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top pftset 


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11, dj 


iolvul coon". 


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14, d! 


mm (aunt 


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braillocit 




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Ssulllp 




(■Pigt_dispLa r 


lovc.L 


Klidop p,il uindoii iddrcis i» 

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lO copr rpitpprt 


■mt.l 


BiJPcrtijDj 






pointer into lO 


Up 


Liage1,l1 


pointer IP iiaae 


poitq 


Jil r dfl 


lift o1fn: 


Nm 


n,dt 


top pffut 


icvtg 


tt,d! 


celvlrtlt CHIlt 


Hltp 


1,0 


ftll tOjnt 


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DrliSiMI* 




|l' 


Scroll tovn 





Lifting 4: Thm codte fr*flm*m h> crwafa lf» rHiuf graphic* and aetvMng •»Kft 



drawing routine in the codE which allows me 
to place some visible graphics in the screen 
area. The routine takes a specified image and 
creates an M row by IM column set of copies 
of the image on the screen and, as you'll see 
when you examine the associated code, H 
requires pointers to the image and window 
rastporf, the initial (x,y) offset co-ordinates. 
and tha horizontal and vertical block count 
values to be used. 

The routine starts by copying those para- 
meters, it will need to re-use and then extracts 
the width and height of the image using Ibis 
pair of indirect addressing with displacement 
■Instructions: 



Hat.p 


ig_Hidti(i1)^* 


!«qe width in d4 




HJrl.l 


ig Hiigit(iD f dS 


iii-pa heigh; in dS 





Having done that it then simply uses a twin 
loop to draw all the required rows of images 
in turn. The cornplele routine Is shown in list- 
ing 2 but do note thai although this simple 
array-based approach is good enough for our 
purposes, there are far mora sophisticated 
and efficient ways of producing Ihese tiling 
effects. 

There is, incidentally, nothing special about 
the graphics themselves. I just knocked up a 
couple of simple images using DPaint, saved 
them as IFF brushes and converted those 
brushes to assembler-style image structures. 
There are ptenty of programs that can do the 
brush to image conversion, but I actually 
loaded them into Inovalronic's Power 
Windows as gadget images, generated the 
corresponding assembler code, and then 
copied the 660x0 image data statements from 
the- code thai was produced. 

Image data does of coursa need to be 
placed in chip memory and Ihe easiest way of 
doing this is to include a chip memory section 
directive just before tha image structures. 
Listing 3 shows how this is done wiih KiSoft's 
Devpac assembler and you'll notice that Ihe 
directive takes this form: 

i e : - 1 •: « :uga,Dn*. 



Those of you using Charlie Gibb's A6&k 
assembler will need to use this slightly 
modified version in order to get the code to 
assemble without anor. 



EEITE-MI llige,OlTJ,CIHP 



Duerall structure 
of the cade 



On this month's cover disk you'll fin 
the source code and a Workbench 2 
tunable version of the example pre 
gram. Much of the code will doubtl 
be familiar from previous instalment 
but to help you find your way aroun 
here are some additional rotes. 

At tha start of the example you'll i 
the various EOUates used by the pri 
gram. As usual I've included my ov- 
versions of the relevant Amiga sys 
header file definitions so the code w 
assemble without needing the offi 
Includes. You'll also find the LINKL 
and CALLSYS macros I use lor rti;v 
library calls. The main code opens 
DOS. intuition and graphics llbrni 
opens a custom screen and wind 
and then executes Ihe coppen 
searching code (discussed last moil 
that locates the bilplane pointers. 

Immediately after this I've draw 
some images into the top area of tl 
window and then made a call to 
ScfollUpf) routine we've discussed 
month, Since this is In pah of the 
dow thai is visible when the window 
first opened, you not only see the 
set of images but you see them mo 1 
up as the scroll routine alters 
copperlist bitplane pointers, 

By the time the upward scroll 
been completed, however, th 
images, though still present in the w» 
dow, will have been moved ofl 
screen. At this point all you'll be sei 
is the lowest (empty) part of the sci 
memory, so anything written into 
top part of the display memory wri 
attecl the visible display at all. 

All I've done in this example is to 
use the DrawBocksO routine to fill 
upper part of the bitplane memory 
another set of images, before revet 
the scroll by calling ScrollDown() 
overall effeel is that immediately t" 
the first set of images scroll ofl 
screen a completely different sr 
images come into view as the scre« 
scrolled down (the fragment of t 
which performs this drawing . 
scrolling is shown in listing A), 

There are, of course, quite a varia*y 
scroll methods available but air 
wilt, at the end of the day. rely on 
ing" hardware copper lists to ach 
their effects. As you doubtless re 
by now, the underlying ideas of cepp 
list bitplane pointer adjustment 
actually quite straightforward, s 
you have a reasonable grasp ol he 
simple smooth scroll, such as I 
I've described. Is performed, the me 
complicated tricks you may read •' 
will hopefully become that much o 
to understand. 



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The Kensington Olympia played host to 
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the European Computer Trade Show, It 
attracted some of the biggest and best 
developers, publishers and distributors 
from all over the world and a record 
B,49B visitors, attended over the three 
day event. 

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Business Design Centre to offer extra 
floor space to exhibitors. The event wa* 
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with the official unveiling of Sony's 
PlayStation, Taking up a huge space at 
the back of Olympia, it boasted 100 
machines which demonstrated their 
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impressive range of their new games. 

Those who wandered over to the 
bar wouldn't have failed to notice 
Ocean's name splashed all over the 
place. Ocean sponsored the ECTS 
watering hole and took aver the area 
surrounding it, blasting their latest 
wares at the customers over video 
screens. 

Ocean also had news about their 
deal with Team 17, A two-year publish- 
ing deal means Ocean now has global 
rights to all Team 17's current projects 



and first refusal on new games during] 
the contract. 

This will allow Team 17 to put mora 
money into their in-house development 
and to expand across more platformfj 
and Ocean will now have the rights td 
the potential hit game, Worms, among 
others. 

And amidst all the hype we delved 
deep to bring you alt the latest news on 
forthcoming Amiga games from names 
such as MicroPros*, Impressions, Krisalis. 
Warner Interactive and many more. 



Dungeon time 

It's nearly time! The original Dungeon Master appeared 
in 1987 and changed the face of ftPGs as we knew them. 
It sold in excess of a quarter of a million copies in 
Europe alone and now it's back boasting 
even more features than ever. 

Called Dungeon Master 2: The Legend of 
Skullkeep, it's a real-time 30 adventure that 
promises to "immerse the player into an 
even more realistic world." This will be con- 
veyed through detailed animations, sound 
effects, direction, and real-time combat. 

An artificial intelligence system will mean 
creatures now think for themselves and 
there will also be an economy to handle. 
The player will also be able to interact more with other 
characters and creatures they come across. 




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Am I evil? 

Black Legend are bringing out an RPG that 
promises to be that bit different. Evil's Doom is a 
ray- traced fantasy game with rendered objects and 
is shown in 640 x 512 screen resolution which 
makes it the only Hi-res HPG for the Amiga 500 and 
above, 

The rather strange background to the game puts 
you in the role of Dervish, An evil sorcerer has sum- 
moned seven demons from the Netherworld to 
incarcerate the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. 
You have a vision that Death has called you to 
meet at the Castle of Lost Legion on the island of 
Noya and it's down to you to free the riders. 

You will have around 30 spells at your disposal 
and a vast area to explore - in fact, it's around five 
times the size of Dungeon Master, and it's coming 
your way around June time. 




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Rise of the Robots received a mixed reception when it 
arrived just before last Christmas. Whatever the view 
on the actual game itself, there was never any doubt 
about the quality of its superb graphics. 

Mirage have acted upon their results of a market 
research program to ensure the game meets the 
demands of the beat-'em-up fans, and this sequel will 
have some impressive new features. This time there 
will be more robots - and the facilities to play any 
robot, robots flipping on screen, many weapons and 
enhanced artificial intelligence. Each of the robots 
will have a different personality which will show 
through in its response to attack and defence and 
through its moves. A tournament editor will also 
allow the player to customise the robot's aggression 
and difficulty levels. 

The game is scheduled for an Autumn release on 
various leading games formats including the CDJ2. 

Mirage have another game in the pipeline. Called 
The Adrenaline Factor, it is 3 cyberpunk 
strategiy/blast-'em-up viewed from an isometric angle. 
It's set in the 21st century where genetic creatures 
have replaced manual labour. These creatures, the 
Bio mechs, have become extremely powerful and the 
human race is under threat. 

You p!ay Colonel Davies, who orders the develop- 
ment of three types of robot warrior to attack the 
Bio-Mechs. The robots are controlled via a computer 
screen from 'Satnet/ an information and data 
retrieval system, and levels differ in their missions 



from the more strategy-based to the total warfare! 

Adrenaline) Factor will look pretty spectacular 
with a fully animated rendered world. Mirage's own 
game editor has been used to create the environment 
and it allows highly detailed levels and the plotting 
of character's moves to be done fairly easily 
Cinematic sequences also form part of the gamep lay- 
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Syndicate on CD32 



The show also hosts the industry's equiv- 
alent of the Oscars - the 1995 ECTS 

-vards, Voted by the consumers, the 
press and the industry, the awards 
recognise the excellence in software 
creation over the past year. 

This year's awards saw The Lion King 
taking the BBC Live and Kicking Viewer's 
Award, beating off other nominations 
sweh as FIFA Soccer '95, Cannon Fodder, 



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and Sensible World of Soccer, Doom 2 
scooped Game of the Year from Spain 
and Scandinavia, and Virgin won the 
CTW Marketing Award. 

Bullfrog did extremely well out of the 
proceedings, winning both the 
Developer of the Year and an award for 
innovation. Magic Carpet also scooped 
the Most Original New Title and 
Computer Software Game of the Year, 



Winning formula 



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AKon, the company behind the excellent footy manage- 
ment sim, On the Ball, have gone for a slight change in 
direction with their new release, Pole Position. Again, it 
uses the management sim angle but this time you are 
taken to the fast world of Formula 1 racing, 

It's down to you to take your team to the top of the 
nt emotional racing scene and you'll have a variety of 
jobs to deal with from negotiating contracts with 
sponsors to keeping team motivation high. 

Financial responsibility is also left in your hands, with 
investment decisions to make and bank loans to con- 
sider There is a great deal of detail too on the technical 
development of new technology and the buying and 

selling of innovations. When the big day arrives you can see each race live with TV-like sequences 
and you will see the outcome of your decisions. 




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Bullfrog's hit game, Syndicate, is undergoing a conversion to the 

CDJ2 through Mindscape. The game is set in a rather bleak por- 
trayal of the future where three mega-corporations have taken 
over the world. They have taken the role of an unelettecf gov- 
ernment a.nd rule by force. You control your team of cyborgs 
and compete with eight other Syndicates for control 1 over 50 ter- 
ritories. It will feature auto-targeting for joystick control and 
action-sensitive musk- 
Bullfrog's Peter Molyneux commented: "I wanted there to be 
more freedom for the pSayers to do anything they wanted, so 
it's up to you. For exam- 
ple, you can shoot a tree 
and something will happen, 
whether or not it's of any 
reEevsnce to the game 
Syndicate has more graphics, 
more sovnd and more 
design than all of the previ- 
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together," 

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Old Chess-nut 

Union Interactive, a Polish development team, are busy at work on 
a fully-animated chess game called Chess Through the ages, and a 
mysteriously entitled Behind the Iron Gate. Details are sketchy at 
the moment but we' 1 1 be bringing you more as we get them. 



Cop this! 





There's a rather fun-looking title on the Horizon from 
Renegade and Graftgold. Called Virocop, it is a 3D plat- 
form shoot-'em-up set in a virtual-holiday theme park. DAVE 

(Digital Armoured Virus Exterminator) is the Viro-cop issued with the deadly mission of 
eliminating the viruses who are reeking havoc in the park. 

There are four zones in which the player wilt have to kill the baddies, ranging from 
Military to Sports, and there are plenty of weapons available to do it with. Flame throw- 
ers, mufti-shells and smart bombs will see off the baddies unique to each level. 

There wilt be an A500 and an A 1200 version available, with the A1200 featuring a 
bonus world. Look forward to Virocop around May. 



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Cress Through The Aqti due In August far ACM Amrt/as 



Clwyd-based programming team, Parys 
Technographx, are working on Tower of Souls, an 
isometric arcade adventure for Black Legend. Set 
aver seven levels, you play Treeac and it is your j'ob 
to restore the land of Chaybore back to normal. 
An evil demon has used engines to suck the life- 
force from its inhabitants, and to restore peace 
you need to destroy the engines and retrieve the 
magic Nydus Crystals. 

As well as having hidden rooms to explore and 
puzzles to solve, you have access to 12 spells, all of 
which can be cast in five different strengths. A 
novel control system allows movement in eight 
directions, spell casting, combat and taking objects 
to be carried out with ease. 

It will be available for £23.99 on all Amigas with 
an enhanced version for the A 1200. 




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I the new releases 
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Skeleton Krew 



This is my first musical highlight of 19-95 and it's at! thanks to 
Core Design who have obviously got the intelligence to use 
someone who is skilled at creating original pieces erf high 
quality music that belong in the '90s arid not the '80s. The 
graphic are wry impressive and it'? obvious they've been cre- 
ated by someone with a love for science fiction films and 
comic books. For people who are interested in stabbing that 
fire button as fast as passible, Skeleton Krew could well be 
your cup of tea. 



Extractors CD32-Rom 





Extractors is graced with some of the best graphics 
I've ever seen for this type of game and it's packed 
to the brim with more addictive gameplay than 
you can possibly tope with. There are literally thou- 
sands of hours of play contained within the game, 
fans of Diggers will no doubt be interested In 
Extractors, but I hope Millennium gain a few more 
fans through this release and people don't ignore 
it this time a round. 



AH Terrain Racing 

On the balance of things it beats its predecessors 

because of a greater long-term incentive, The 
rewards of winning the money, then spending it to 
soup up my motor filled me with a boyish flush of 
satisfaction - and that's the sort of thing to keep a 
player going. It's got the looks, the features and the 
speed to take the chequered flag. Go forth and 
spend your money. 





SKIDMARKS 2 

This is one hell of a race-'em-up it has to be 
said, it's great fun especially when you have 
two or more players and it works really well in 
bringing out the competitive edge in you. This 
is one of the most playable and fun race-'em- 
ups around and with the vast amount of new 
features added it's certainly worth a look, even 
if you have the original. 



With a suitably accelerated machine, this 
game has the visual flair and excitement to 
attract fans usually put off by the Sin - 

designers' fetish for complexity. Problems 
aside, this game beats its closest rival both 
In detail and speed,. TFX is the best sim on 
the Amiga of all time, and that's a fact 
unlikely to change in a long, long time, 





The scores 
an the doors 

A guide to how our revolutionary 
scoring system works... 

We're sure many of you are now familiar with our 
new scoring system, but foe those reading Amiga 
Computing for the first time and tiwse who might 
have forgotten exactly how it worts, here is our 
guide to the System scoring, err system. 

In our opinion, review scores have lost their con- 
text as a percentage: some products receiving scores 
which were only a few percentage short of being the 
"perfect" game, when in truth they were only 
marginally above average, 

OK, so the stores might seem unnaturally low at 
first, but that's only because other scoring systems 
tend to be on the high side and perhaps not as 
comprehensive or honest as they could be. 

In the long run you'll receive a more concise and 
reader-orientated review that's geared towards the 
consumer. 

0-20 This is given to the lowest of the low 

21-30 An all-round poor game that 
may have a single saving grace 

31-4D Just below the average, perhaps 
let down by a few indiscretions , 

41-55 Games of this score are roughly average 
with 50 being a perfectly ave 

S6-G6 This is an above average gam 
and is worth buying, For this reason 
rt would be awarded the BRONZE 
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A game of high 

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reservation in recommending, 

Anything of this ilk would be 

awarded the SILVER award 



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worth buying and almost the defini- 
tive of its kind- This type of game 
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o start with r follow the technical manual that come* free with the game to get 
in and out of the furnace room. Once out of the furnace head right 
two screens. Go into the building next to the lift This is the fac- 
tory. Chat with Anita and when Lamb arrives, tell him that 
you're security. 
Go right and plate the spanner into the cogs, but 

don't forget to take it out again! Go back to the room on the 

left to examine the droid arid use the spanner on it. Chat to 

Joey about a new shell then head right onee more. 
Try to go into the storeroom, but ask Joey to check the 

room for you. When, he returns, tell him to disable the fuse 

box. Once he has returned again, wall; into the storeroom, pick 

up the walkway, then pick up the small lump of putty that was 

hidden beneath it. 
Leave the factory and go to the building on the far left of the 

walkway - this is the steam -room. Once inside, use the spanner on 

both buttons on the boiler. Ask Joey to press the button on the right 

while you simultaneously press the one on the left. 

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push the switch. Remove the light bulb and use the putty (plastic 

explosive) on the socket. Pull the switch again and the doors will 




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the room, Goto the lift near the factory, use the card on the slot and enter the lift Oncej 
out of the lift, head left towards the room with ail the plants inside, 

Use the card on the left slot and enter the room. Move the pillow and pick up tN 
magazine. Leave the room and head past the lift to the Travel shop on the next screen. 
Chat with the man about everything. Hand him the magazine and pick up theticke 
then leave and head towards the apartment Wait outside for Lamb. When he arrnjfl 
chat to him and when he mentions going away r hand him the travel ticket. 

Go back to the factory via the lift and talk to Lamb again. After the tour he leaves 
you outside the storeroom. Go right and taflk to Anita, When she asks you for an ID cardj 
hand her Reich's. Chat with Anita about everything. Leave the factory and use the car*; 
with the LIMC terminal. Select 4 and enter the code from the Security manual that con 
with the game. 

Select Z then 1, then 1 again and 
then 2. Bert the terminal and wait for 
Lamb. Talk to him and he will autho- 
rise you to enter his apartment. 
3 Before going down, locate the cable 

to the right of the screen and ask Joey 
to cut it down. 
Go down in the lift and pick up the 
cable, Go to the apartments and put 
the card in the slot on the right. Enter 
the apartments and use the food 
machine on the right, Pick up the 
video on the left and leave the room. 

Go to the far left of the walkway 
and you'll find Burke's Bio Surgery. Go 
inside and chat with the hologram. 

Ask Joey to persuade the hologram to open the door, then go inside and chat to Burin 
Offer Burke your testicles and he'll give you a Schreibmann port. Chat to Burta 
same more and then leave the syrgery. 

Go right until you find Anchor Insurance (nest to Travelco) 
mine the statue, then chat with the man. Be sure to enqurm 
about a special policy and tell him Burke sent you, When the i» 
leaves quickly ask Joey to use his welder on the anchor. Pick m 
the anchor when Joey has finished. 

Leave and make your way to the top level again. Go into th 
building opposite the steam room and you'll find yourself badd 
where you Started- Go up the stairs and out of the doo- 
dle anchor with the cable to make a grapple and hook and uj 
it on the Security sign on the wall of the facing building. 
Go through the door on the right, use the card in the 
next to the interface and sit. in the interface. Once you're ir 
LIMC space, pick up the ball. Head out of the right exit- Use i 
open program in your inventory with the carpet bag and pick up tfc 
two items. 

Use decompress with the compressed data and decrypt the document, 
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down, pick, up, go up, put down, go left, pick up, go jp then right, down, right, dawn, 
put down, go up, go up and then exit the room. 

Once through, toiled the bust and the hook, then decrypt your new documents, Now 
disconnect from LINC space. Use your card with the UNC machine and select 4. Enter the 
Security number and select 1. 

Read all the documents then select 0, Now select 2 and then, 2 again. You now have 
special authorisation, io exit the system, Use the card in the slot next to the lift and enter 
the lift You are now in the Security station. Leave and make your way to the other lift 
Use it then go left to the next lift, Your card will now be able to access this lift, so use it in 
the slot, 

At the bottom, leave the lift and wait for the fat woman with the dog. Chat with her. 
Now go left and talk to the club doorman. Find the fat wcunan (Mrs Piermont) again and. 
ask her to sponsor you. Go as far right as you can until you get to the screen with the boy 
and the gardener. 

Ftess the button by the door on the right Once inside, have a chat with Mrs Piermont. 
When she makes her telephone call, place the video in the VCR. While the dog b dis- 
tracted get the biscuits from his bowl, then leave and go to the bottom-left exit Examine 
the wooden double doors. 

Use your card on the lock and go through the door.. Pick up the secateurs and leave. Go 
I ght and then gD through the top-left exit. Use the dog biscuits an the plank and wait for 
Mrs Piermont to turn up with her dog in tow. When the dog starts to bark, pull the rope, 

As the guard gets distracted, sneak into the cathedral, Go through the top- left exit and 
open all the lockers. Leave and go back up to the top level via the lifts, Enter the factory 
and go back to where you last saw Anita alive. 

What will happen next? Well I guess that 1 s up to you now, but if you're fucky enough. 
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INTRODUCTION 



fter being brought up in a 
Manchester City household, 
it should come as no sur- 
r prise to you that 1 hate 
Manchester United with some 
venom. My early year* were 
spent at Maine Road with my Dad 
enthusing about the blues, but by the 
time my brains started to work prop- 
erly and after just one visit to Anf ietd 
in 1985, I soon turned my full atten- 
tion to Liverpool Football Club. 

Although t've seen them win the 
FA Cup, the League Cup and the 
Championship many times, not one 
of these tournaments can compete 
with a uirtory over the Red Devils. Its 
such an intense game between two 
extremely passionate sets of fans 
that it's a revered fixture across the 
world. 

One thing I would swap for a vic- 
tory over Manchester United would 
be the pleasure of another FA Cup 
and league double. Liverpool won 
their double in 19B6i, but Manchester 
United have since Joined them with 
their dynamic run last season. 

Both dubs have now had an equal 
amount of success, but Manchester 
United have ruled the roost in one 
certain area, the wonderful world of 
computer games. The Red Devils have 
had three games made about them 
while Liverpool have only had one 
and to be honest it was rubbish. 

Krisafis, holders of the Manchester 
United licence, have made a range of 
games that appealed to everyone, 
not just Manchester United fans. 
Kfisalis' first two efforts looked really 
good, but both were slightly lacking 
in the oameplay department. 

Their third licence, Manchester 
United Premier league Champions, 
was far better and featured a good 
miit of management and arcade 
action. Wow they are back with 
another Manchester United offering. 

This time they've tinkered around 
with and enhanced Manchester 
United premier League Champions so 
much, you feel as though you're 
clutching a brand new game in- 
between your sweaty mitts- Although 
the game is titled Manchester United 
- The Double, it's not imperative that 
you play as the Red Devils or that you 
win the actual double. 

Choose one of the clubs from any 
of the English divisions and either 
play a single game or go the whole 
hog and play season after season. 
Depending on who you choose. 

Manchester United - The Double 
has got a very good chance of steal- 
ing Sensible World of Soccer's 
'world's best computer f ooty game' 
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On the surface, and while wandering through the 
various menu screen?, graphically, Mantheste- 
United - The Double looks very similar to its prede- 
cessor, but I guess it's a ease of if it isn't broken, 
don't fix it, 

I quite like the icon system Krisalis have devised 
and after only a few minute? play you're soor 
whizzing all over in all the right places. It's very 
simple to use and because you can use the mouse 
as well as the joystick, this makes life even easier, 

In Manchester United Premier League 
Champions the pitch was viewed from above, very 
much like the viewpoint in Sensible Soccer which in. 



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Manchester United are, without a rod 
merit, the team of the r 9fJ5, but last sea 
son will shine above all the others. 19* 

was the year the Red Devils won the ha 
totlc double, joining Tottenham, Arseni 
and Liverpool as the only clubs H 
achieve such a feat. 

United's league campaign kicked a 
against Norwich City at Carrow Ro* 
and the redi returned back I 
Manchester having won 2-0 with gen 
from Giggsand ftobson. 

United went and demolished most' 
the teams in the Premier League wil 
some breathtaking attacking foott 
The majority of goals were provided I 
Giggs, Cantona, Hughes, Ince am\ 
KanchelsMS, while at the back Pal its' 
Bruce and the safe hinds of Schmeidi 
kept out the opposition. 

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games all season (twice to Chelsea 
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Turn caused some unfair comparisons. Krisalis 
have, for this new instalment in the Manchester 
United series, changed the arcade lection by 
altering the viewpoint of the pitch. 

The action is now viewed from s 3D perspec- 
tive whkh is superior to the one found in 
Krisalis' iast attempt. You now get to see far 
more of the pitch and the players, which allows 
you to build up better moves and play those 
inch-perfect passes with ease without 'ear of the 
opposition intercepting the ball. 

The view of the stadium is a nice touch and 
adds more reality to the game. Last time around 
the game tended to lose itself within the eon- 
fines of a totally 'green' screen and 



unfortunately seemed incomplete. The players 
haven't been altered very much, but that's not 
such a bad thing. Sensible Soccer features what 
you might call cartoon-like characters, but 
Manchester United - The Double shines above 
all ifs competitors thanks to the quality anima- 
tion and the minute detail that's gone into its 
sprites. 

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can I do but give it 90 per tent. Manchester 
United - The Double is, quite simply, the best- 
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had left nearest rivals Blackburn 
lagging eight points behind them. 

The FA Cup, one of the most 
admired tournaments in world football, 
started off in January for United with a 
1-0 win against Sheffield United, 
Mark Hughes scoring the all-important 
goal. United then decisively beat 
Norwich City, Wimbledon and Charlton 
Athletic on their way to meeting 
local rivals, Oldham Athletic, in the 
semi -final. 

Scoreless after 90 minutes, the two 
teams went into extra-time in search of 
a winner. Oldham's Neil Pointon 
popped up from nowhere to score in 
the 106th minute leaving United with a 
near impossible task to turn the tie 
around, but with one minute left on 
the clock and with one of Mark 
Hughes' unstoppable volleys, United 
had managed to save themselves and 
set up a replay three days later at 
Maine Road. 

The replay was a different story alto- 
gether. The previous match had been 



too much for Oldham and United 
waltzed to a 4-1 victory with goals from 
Irwin, Giggs, Kanchelskis and Robson. 
This set up a final against Chelsea a 
month later which United, in front of a 
capacity BO, 000 Wembley crowd, totally 
dominated and came out as 4-0 winners 
courtesy of two penalties from Cantona 
and a goal apiece from Hughes and 
McClair, 

The Red Devils returned to Old 
Tratford with the Premiership and the 
FA Cup, and although this is a story of 
great success, it could've been even 
more impressive! It's worth pointing 
out that United only missed out on the 
treble thanks to Aston Villa who beat 
them 3-1 in the Coca Cola Cup. 

With United challenging hard for the 
Premiership and with an easier run-in 
of matches than rivals Blackburn, plus 
the fact that they're (at the time of 
writing this) in the final of the FA Cup, 
it's not implausible to think that the 
Red Devils might win the double again 
in 1995. 



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Due Id their phenomenal success last 

season, the team of the '90s returns to 

the Amiga, courtesy of Krisalis. 



Jonathan Maddock shouts for goal and 

promises not to mention the 'Eric' 

incident 




A trip back through the past and we arrive in April 1994 where we meet 
up with Krisalis' previous footballing effort Manchester United Premier 
League Champions. 

"Krisalis have produced an absolute scorcher of a football game. Goal 
and Sensible Soccer fans will want to have this game's babies. Buy it and 
float to football heaven," 

That's what I warbled almost a year ago and although the game did 
fairly well, it seems the legions of Sensi fans were more interested in their 
forthcoming sequel than anything else. 

Bit of a shame as MUPLC was a cracking little name aimed at true fanat- 
ics who had real passion for their football!. Sensible World of Soccer is the 
game by which every other is judged by and one which every Amiga 
gamer should own, but for something a little different, Krisalis' third 
Manchester United licence is well worth a look. 

The under-rated Goal, Wembley International Soccer and the Premier 
Manager series are just a few other football games worthy of a mention if 
Manchester United -The Double doesn't tickle your fancy. 




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Manchester United - The Double con- 
tains some superb crowd sounds and 
samples. From the whistle that signi- 
fies kick-off time there follow} plenty 
of dhants and cheers from the terraces 
which go a long way in enhancing the 
overall atmosphere of the game. 

I don't know whether the samples 
are linked to how good or bad the 
game of football is, but they do seem 
to get better when there's an incident 
or it's an action-packed game. 

The only sound of any note is the 
tune that plays when you're wander- 
ing through the various menus, and 
I'm unhappy to report that it sounds 
terrible, plus there's no option to turn 
it off 5 The only suggestion I can think 
of is that you turn your TV/monitor 
down when you're managing the 
team and turn it up when you enter 
the arcade section of the game. 

There you have it, Superb atmo- 
spheric crowd noises that enhance the 
quality of the game and a horrible 
tune that annoys the hell out of me. 

I'm still quite undecided about 
what to give the sound in Manchester 
United - The Double, but reach for 
the volume switch at the right 
moments and you'll be 
contented enough. 



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your favourite dull have a kit that 
looks like your granny'* curtains. 



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One of Manchester United - The Double's biggest 
features is the inclusion of an editor system which 
allows you to change everything within the game, 
and this is sure to appeal to fans of Krisalis' previous 
effort 

The colours and style of the soccer kits can be 
changed at regular intervals, rather like Manchester 
United themselves, although unlike then you won't 
be exploiting your fans by placing a £41) price tag 
on some of your designer creations (Ooh 
controversial), 

The game features all the clubs from the English 
league, but if you're 3 follower of football from for- 
eign lands then you change everything accordingly, 

Player's and dub names can be altered, but to 
keep things running smoothly all the player's skills 
can also be changed, If you think the game is too 
easy, you can go into the editor and lower your" 
player ratings to make things moTe difficult, and 
vice versa if you find that Manchester United - The 
Double is too taxing. 

One of Manchester United Premier League 
Champions" outstanding features was the Tactigrid 
feature and this was such a brilliant idea that 
Krisalis have included it in Manchester United -The 
Double. 

The Tactigrid lets you position your players any- 
where on the pitch and gives you more control over 
your team. Fullbacks can be ordered to charge up 
and down the wing and support the attack, or 
defenders can be told to hold bad and play like a 
sweeper - there are lots of ways in which you can, 
tactically, alter your team. 




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i enjoyed Krisalis' previous Manchester United licence 
immensely, so at first it wasn't too much of a shock 
when I found out that The Double is just as good, but i 
was pleasantly surprised when 1 discovered that it's 
actually far, far better, 

The introduction of the new angle for the arcade 
section was a brilliant touch and one that e lev ate > 
Krisalis' football game to join competitors such as 
Sensible World Of Soccer and Goal. Features such as 
the inclusion of a transfer market and the helpful edi- 
tor system are all clever ideas that deserve to be 
applauded. 

Fans of the previous Manchester United games will 
love this new addition to the fled Devil's family. It is a 



complete football package for people who are gen- 
uinely mad about the beautiful game. 

One thing I will give you advance warning of is 
that you have to take your time and use a lot of your 
patierKe with the game. You will lose your first few 
matches and won't get the hang of the control sys- 
tem until you're nearing the end of your first season, 
but after that you will be able to sit back and have a 
wonderful time playing for and managing a football 
cl ub. 

Manchester United - The Double will last you a 
long time, mainly because you can alter the difficulty 
of the game up and down thanks to the editor 
Sensible Soccer was a game that appeals to every 
man, woman and their dog, but Manchester United - 
The Double is a true football game for true football 




fanatics everywhere. Krisalis have brokei 
out from defence, played it beautifully through tr> 
middle, knocked it out to wing, gone round two o 
the opposition and delicately curled another golden 
goal, past the flustered keeper, into the top corn* 
of the net. 




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INTRODUCTION 



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he heat-'em-up »s now 
the world'* most popu- 
lar genre in the world 
of computer gaming. For 
the last few years they've 
been extremely popular 
with console owners simply 
because their machines are ide- 
ally suited for that type of game. 
Amiga owners have had to put 
up with second-rate console 
ports. Street Fighter 2 and Mortal 
Kombat 2 are just a couple of 
examples where a game has been 
released upon the back of hype 
taken from all the console 
versions. 

In February of this year, 
Gremlin Interactive released one 
of the greatest beat-'em-ups to 
ever appear on the Amiga. Okay, 



but it had it where it counts in 
the playabtlity department. 
Gremlin have now taken their 
game to the CD32, but does it still 
kick ass? 



Shadow Fighter 



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I sat back and took a good look at the 
screen in front of me while I via playing 
Shadow fighter and t have to be honest it 
botes as good as anything t saw in the 
arcades a year or so ago. 

The graphical changes aren't instantly 
noticeable, but the capabilities of the 
CD32 means the game has now got a 
proper lick of paint using all the proper 
colours. This gives 5hadow Fighter a new 
quality to it and the other computer 
versions look dull in comparison. 

The characters are all well-ani mated 
and they now bounce around the screen 
as f luidly as alcohol goes down the back of 
my throat. Shadow Fighter looked so 
good the first time around there wasn't a 
lot for NAPS Team to 
enhance for the CD version. 





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INTRODUCTION 



here was once a time when the Amiga gamesworld was ruled 
by the high and mighty Bitmap Brothers. Every piece of soft- 
ware they released was blessed with high-quality graphics and 
sound, but they also made damn sure that payability and gameplay 
were far more important. 

Games tike Magic Pockets, Xenon 2, Gods, Cadaver and the Chaos 
Engine would, and still do, put some of today's efforts to shame. The 
first product that really kicked things off was Speedball. Taking its 
inspiration from the film Holler hall, this hyper-violent futuristic sports 
game soon became a firm favourite with just about everyone who 
owned an Amiga. 

Not ones to miss out on a sequel, the Bitmap Brothers soon improved 
Speedball by making the pitch fairer, the action faster and even more 
frenzied than before, and they stuck a massive great big 2 on the end 
of the title. 

The sequel rapidly became more popular than the original and sold 
by the bucketload, but now five(! !!) years after it was first released 
Speedball 2 has finally found its way onto the CD32. 



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In the past, Renegade and the Bitmap 
Brothers had dose links with Rhythm 
King records and every so often used to 
use a well-known act to produce the 
music for their games. Betty Boo did 
the do on Magic. Pockets while Bomb 
The Bass' Megablast made a starring 
appearance in Xenon 2. 

Responsible for the Speedball 2 
music were a band called Nation some- 
thing or other by some bloke who used 
to be in Uttravox... probably. 

Although I can't remember the peo- 
ple who did it I can still remember the 



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original tune, even after five years. It 
was a classic piece of computer game 
music and for this CO version ifs been 
remixed and now sounds a lot clearer 
than the original. 

The other slice of music that plays 
while you're managing your team isn't 
too good, but the introduction of 
crowd chants throughout the game has 
given Speedball 2 a much-needed boost 
in the atmosphere department 

Overall, you get a quality intro tune, 
a drab in-gsme one and a superb array 
of sound effects that genuinely 
enhance the game. 



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Mortal Kombat away because Jonathan Maddoch has got 
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I hate the majority of computer game music and even 
though Shadow Fighter feature* loads of different tune*, 
there hasn't been one that's got on my nerves yet- 

The range of tunes are superb and sound like they 
belong in the TWQs aind not the 1980s. Mast of the tunes 
are laden with breakbeats and this tends to make the 
game seem even more action-packed than it already h, This 
CD version of Shadow Fighter features the same musical 
masterpieces you'd find in The floppy disk version, but 
thanks to the wonders of CD technology they now sound a 
lot clearer and all the better for it. 

You can still choose between music, background music 
and sound effects, but whichever you decide upon you 
won't be disappointed with your choice. The sound effects 
still impress and the tunes still roar out of your monitor, so 
I don't have any major complaints about the sound in 
Shadow Fighter, but maybe an extra couple of tunes for CD 
owners might have boosted the score a tad. 



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I raved about Shadow Fighter when it 

first came out and I still firmly believe 
that it's the best Amiga beat- r em-up 
money can huy. 

This new CD version, with its slight 
graphical and sound enhancements, just 
makes the game better and better- 
Gremlin Interactive have managed to 
take a home computer game and magi- 
cally transform it into an arcade game of 
the highest quality. 

One thing that still remains in the 
game is the difficulty factor. You can 
accuse me of being past it and over the 
hill., but the completion of a Shadow 
Fighter championship seems nigh on 
impossible, even on the easiest level. 

if l am right about the difficulty level 
and not just naturally rubbish, then at 
I East you get your money's worth in the 
lastability department. Shadow Fighter 
was thumping good fun last time 
around, but 
it's now an 
absolute ■ 
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Speedball 

One of the world's best-ever Amiga games makes its 

debut appearance on the CD stage. Jonathan 

Haddock checks out the sport of the future 





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The original graphics for the game were inspired by Rollerball and for anyone 
who hasn't seen the film, the Bitmap Brothers included loads of shiny surfaces, 
plenty of metal, hundreds of spikes and basically gave the whole thing a futur- 
istic lick of paint. 

Speedball 2 was, graphically, amazing when it first arrived on the A500, but 
this is now the era of CD technology and I guess gamers are looking for that 
little bit extra. However, I'm glad the Bitmap Brothers haven't changed things 
too drastically. The original coiouring was fairly drab, but now the actual 
Speedball players have been enlarged slightly and brightened up. There aren't 
any special graphical updates, but h seems as though most objects and menu 
screens have been refreshed for the nineties. 

I can't really knock Speedball 2 because everything looks really good, but a 
new introduction sequence would've been a worthy inclusion, 
especially with the advancement of today's technology. 



85°/n 




Even after playing Speedball 2 for a couple 
of hours, I've still got the same feelings for 
the game I had five years ago, The Bitmap 
Brothers have created a monster of a 
game that works just as well as a one- 
player game as it does with two players. 

The original gameplay, play ability and 
addiction factors that the game contained 
haven't been tampered with, but the 
enhancements in the graphic and sound 
departments have actually made this CD 
version better than the original- 

CD3Z owners may have been bereft of 
true great games for their machine, but 
this one starts to re-address the balance. 
Speedball 2 is an absolute classic and for 
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igital Illusions are the name in pin- 
bail games and have more than 
earned their reputation through 
their series of top*quality titles- Pinball 
Dreams was the one that started the ball 
rolling, so to speak, and gamesplayers 
thought it couldn't get any better - but it 
did when Pinball Dreams appeared on the 
scene a while later. 

The third in the series struck and again it 
amazed especially with the addition of a 
multi-hall feature. Now its here for the 
CD32 with a full 60 minutes of in-game 
audio. Flippers at the ready... 




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Forget cheesy, dated soundtracks that 
many computer games suffer from. This 
game comes complete with a fresh, 
bang up-to-date approach that will 
have you turning your monitors up. 

Each table has a different accompa- 
nying tune such as Law W Justice with 
a Terminator-like track that conjures up 
the theme of the table brilliantly. This is 
the same for the other two tables. The 
Babewatch table is reminiscent of the 
Beach Boys, with a distinct sound of the 
surf, and Extreme Sports - this was a 
real surprise in a computer game - is a 
grungy rock tune which really goes 
with the table. 

Digital Illusions have ensured there is 
a musical genre in there to ■suit every- 
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The quality of the graphics is also 

exceptional. Babewatch (as you can 
imagine) is adorned with some bikini- 
clad girls and their muscle-bound 
companions. Other American-style 
pictures are used too such as 
Jukeboxes or big American cars. At 
the top of the screen is a Casino 
which looks good and provides one 
of the missions. 

But what really amazes is the 
amount of detail packed onto each 
table. Extreme Sports, for example, 
has an aeroplane for parachute 



drops, and even in the tiniest corner 
of the table there's an action-packed 
picture of some skiers, 

Law 'n' Justice has a striking pic- 
ture of a gun- toting tyberthick and a 
motley Crew of perps that light up in 
connection with a variety of features. 

The most impressive point about 
Digital Illusions pinball games is their 
success in bringing a 3D feel to each 
of the tables, Ramps wind around the 
play area weaving over and under 
each other to give an authentic 
appeal. The ball also looks and 
behaves realistically. 



82°/o 



This is one damn fine pinballer it has to be said, and CD32 owners have a treat 
in store with this title. The graphics are superb and very authentic, and the 

soundtrack original. The ball looks and moves realistically and the many 
missions provide longevity. 

The sub-games are a welcome feature too. The Law 'n' justice table, for 
instance, has a mission to shoot the terrorists by moving your flipper keys. The 
multi-ball addition is also excellent, and the table can switch to hi-res to enable 
you to see more. 

One thing I wasn't too keen Dn was the way the control system was imple- 
mented. The CD32 controller (as you know) has plenty of buttons that can be 
used, but the way this is done seemed really illogical For 
example, the left flipper was left on the directional ^ 
button and the right flipper was the blue button. 
The resolution switch was also on the directional 
button and was too easy to press accidentally. 
This may sound quite major but once you get 
used to It, it doesn't detract from what is 
otherwise an excellent game. 

This is a great title that's absolutely stacked 
with highly addictive game pi ay Pinball wizards 
everywhere should rush out and buy it! 



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space epic, Frontier: Elite 2. Ail classics, I'm 
sure you'U agree. So there seems little for me 
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your decisions and ability as a ruler, success or failure will result, To win the game you must either see off all 
your rivals or Jast out until the colonisation of space begins. 

Starting from the basics, you have to allocate citizens to work the farmland or mines. They then turn the raw 

materials into goods - this establishes the industries and you 
can then begin trading once trade routes have been estab- 
lished. You can also instruct the cities' wise men to discover 
new technology such as iron Working. Advisors are on hand to 
impart their wisdom on matters such as trade or science, and 
Diplomats can be placed in Cities to spy. establish embassies or 
if you're feeling particularly vindictive - try some i nd ustria I sa b- 
otage. Wars can be waged but, while you can capture cities. 
they can be costly. 

Civilization is arguably one of the best 'God' games around 
and provides a great In-depth, but fun, strategy title. 



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If you've not experienced the joys of Lemmings yet, 
I wonder if you've been kidnapped by aliens for the 
past few years! The furry critters are now on their 
third outing (not counting any holidays in 
between!) and have brought many hours of fun and 
plenty of frustration to millions of gamers. 

The idea - this is pointless because who on earth 
doesn't know about Lemmings? Okay, for Mr C. 
Brarthwaite from Hull, here goes. You have a tribe 
of small, green furry creatures whose mission in life 
is to kill themselves. And it's your aim to save them 
from their impending doom. 

To do this you can give your Lemmings a variety 
of skills to stop their path of self-destruction. To get 
them safely to their base, you may, for example, 
need to turn certain ones into diggers to get 
through rocks, or climbers, or blockers to stop their 
fellow tribe members falling into treacherous 



ground. Graphics revolve around the cutesy 
approach and puzzle gameplay, with small but well- 
animated sprites, and the levels all have a different, 
well created, setting to provide variety, Each level is 
accompanied by a Jolly little tune, and various 
Lemming sayings such as "Oh no!" or "Let's go!" all 
add to the fun atmosphere. 

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the most playable in the series and if you've not 

tried it before you 
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yesteryear? They're back 
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frontier: Elite 2 



David Braben really started something with his 
space cambatstrading game, Elite, and it 
acquired a huge following. Some time after- 
ward!, a sequel was spawned with vast 
improvements on the original. A third release 
in the series is in the pipeline and, well, this is 
the middle one! 

The game puts you in the role of a budding' 
space cadet and it's your mission to travel the 
galaxy, trade your wares and avoid enemy 
attacks. As well as successfully piloting your 
spaceship, you can trade in various goods, 
whether legal or not I Combat with other ships 
may be inevitable too, but you can get a good 
range af equipment to help you see them off. 

Frontier: Elite 2 has just SO much to it it will 
take ages to master, it's all conveyed through 
some great 3D polygon graphics and a very 
detailed and accurate spate environment. A 
great mixture of action and tatties makes this a 
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in their hands in despair! Yes, it's 
another football management sim but before 
you switch off - this one is different I 
promise. 

It's by Impressions, yes those people 
behind rather serious strategy games, but it 
promises the same attention to detail as their 
other games - plus a novel twist! As well as 
having a full business game, you have the 
opportunity to play underhand should you so 
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ment Sims I could compare this to However, this is really in a league of its 
own (if you'll excuse the pun!}. The nearest game I tan think of thafs close 
to this is Ascon J s On the Ball which had both a World Qjp Edition and 
League Edition. This was another visually superb game which went for a 
less text-based approach, However, it doesn't have as much to it as this, 

Other management games that spring to mind are the excellent 
Premier Manager series and Domark's Championship Manage*. Both have 
been well received and proved highly popular, and both have quite a sta- 
tistical angle which more serious gamers and those that have a good 
knowledge of football enjoy. Impressions, while retaining a good deal of 
realism and detail, have opted for a more fun approach. This will give it a 
wider audience, appealing to both footy manager s»m junkies and those 
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Football management games are notoriously sparse in 
the sound department and; this has often been justified 
with the reason that this kind of game 'doesn't really 
need any,' This maybe so, but I think it really adds a lot 
more atmosphere and realism to the proceedings, 

However, the background music is far from brilliant 
and in fact it becomes almost depressing. But thank- 
fully, you can turn this off and choose the rather excel- 
lent sound effects instead. Click on the newspaper and 
you get the realistic crinkling of paper, or make some 
ground improvements and a building notse starts. 

The actual match sounds are good too, from crowd 
cheers to the ref's whistle. These may all appear 
superficial and unnecessary but they really 
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less text based and uses a variety of beautifully 
drawn screens and animations. As the stadium 
development plays an important part, you get an 
aerial view of the pitch and surrounding area. As 
it progresses you get to see how your stadium 
develops- This screen also has a practical purpose 
and allows you to access other parts of the game 
such as the training ground or the bank. 

The other characters yau meet add a nice 
touch too and rather than having to work from a 
screen full of numbers, you actually get a back- 
ground of a bank and a picture of the manager. 
This is the same for the Chairman, and both have 
been nicely animated and actually talk to you 



(well, speech bobbles!) which really gives more of 
a human angle. 

However, despite the high quality in other 
areas, I fell the actual match day graphics were 
very poor. You are given an overhead view of the 
pitch and the sprites are tiny, indistinguishable 
blobs. But what it lacks in graphical grace it 
makes up for in being rather practical. You can 
see how your formations are working out and 
change tactics accordingly. 

A Teletext system provides you with plenty of 
important information and looks like the real 
thing - complete with Fastext buttons, which all 
add loan authentic environment. 

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of the fax machine or the file drawers opening 
when you click on them all make for 
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around of late and I was s-lightly sceptical when yet another 
arrived on my desk. However, this is one quality title and 
thankfully it's different from all the others - and what's 
more, it's funl Although it isn't packed with Stats it gives 
you plenty of details, to enable you to make informed 
decisions, and the more serious side still works very well. 

What really makes it though, is the additional business 
game arid the dirty tricks side. The graphics are also 



exceptional and you get a better 

sense of. realism, especially 
with the clever way you can 
access the information from 
their 'real-life' homes (e,g, 
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recommended to both fans of the genre and those that 
would normally give this, a wide berth. 




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There are millions of features in 
Ultimate Soccer Manager and it 
would take me many pages to tell 
you about them all. But what I can do 
is highlight some of the more innova- 
tive, and those that work particularly 
well. 

One new slant to the genre is the 
way the game approaches the seedier 
side of football. For instance, if things 
aren't going your way or you simply 
want to play dirty, you can offer 
bungs to another manager if you are 
having trouble signing one of his 
players. And if things are getting 
really desperate you can rig a match 
by offering the opposing team a 
large sum of money, A word of warn- 
ing though -the FA may investigate 
your dealings and you risk losing your 
job or your liberty. 

There is an excellent business sim 
option and if you choose to play with 
this option on you will be able to 
build your own shops, stalls and 
restaurants, Vour supporters must 
have access to the buildings - they're 
not much use if no one can get to 
them - so roads need to be built 
around the stadium. You'll also have 
to set merchandise prices and make 
sure your catering costs arc 
competitive, 

Your financial decisions can have a 
marked effect on the Outcome of the 
game though, and you'll have to 
make sure your money-making skills 
are up to scratch. However, you can 
turn this facility off and let your assis- 
tant manager handle this side for you 
should you want to concentrate more 
on the actual football. The bank man- 
ager needs to be dealt with too, 
whether it's to apply for a loan or 
make use of a high interest account, 
and it's worth staying on his good 
side if you need money for a top class 
player later on. 

Depending on how difficult you 
want the game to be, you can have 
varying amounts of starting cash, 
from £250,000 to £5,000,000. The 
team you choose will also affect this, 
for instance you can start with teams 
from the Premier League such as 
Manchester United, or one of the 
lowlier teams from the Conference 
League. 

On the actual team side, you'll 
have to make sure your squad are on 
form and are receiving the proper 
sort of training. You can choose 
which coaches you want to employ 
and allocate them tq work on players' 
particular skills. It's worth employing 
a good coach but those available 
to you will depend on the club's 
status and also on the information 
they receive from your current 
coaches 



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going bowling ronight and, being totally 
out of practice, Team 17's bowling sim 

couldn't have arrived at a tatter time. Now I can sharpen up- my skills and 
/ impress my team mates with a 300-score pummelling Okay, that's unlikely to 
happen but at least it gives me a chance to get some practice in without the 
awful risk of slipping on my behind from accidentally stepping over the foul 

The more astute among you will be thinking 'Kingpin again? Didn't they review this 
jyes ago?' 'Aha,' I say knowingly, J Yes we did, but this is for the CD32!' And for £14,99 
ft seemed like too much of a bargain to pass up on - especially as our previous review 
rated it && per cent and a Gold Award- So we take yel another sneaky peak at the game 
that promises all the fun d) Ten-Pin bowling without having the embarrassment of 
wearing those awful clown shoes 




kingpin 

Enjoy the wonders of Ten-Pin bowling without 
leaving the comfort of your own home. Tina Hoclett 
thinks Team 17 have scored a strike with this one 



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The sound of the original was pretty 
damn impressive and what it didn't 
have in pounding backing tracks, it 
made up for with totally atmospheric 
samples taken from a real bowling alley. 
This version has been enhanced and 
therefore obviously sounds better, and 
the whole sound package works really 
well from the receptionist announce- 
ments over the tannoy to the balls 
hurtl i ng down the a I leys, 

Other nice touches include the 
authentic smack of the skittles as your 
ball hurtles into them at full pelt, or the 
background cheers for Strikes and the 
like. All are very realistic and conjure 
the atmosphere brilliantly- 



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knocking down 'sptrts' 



The graphics are also highly realistic (as much 
as they can portray a whole bowling alley on 
screen anyway) and every attention to detail 
has been paid, from the polished lanes down 
to the hideous shoes. The players are well ani- 
mated and move with fluidity and the balls 
move like you would expert in the real thing. 
The developers have ray-traced the pins in 
nearly 40C positions to accurately display the 
real thing, and it looks very impressive. The 



machine that picks up the pins and resets 
them (forgive me if I don't use the technical 
words) is even included, adding to that all- 
important sense of realism. 

There's also a computer screen layout 
which displays your scores - just like in the 
real thing. All the screens are well set Out too 
and it's easy to see how to set your power or 
how many points are scored. However, the 
arrows that allow you to line up your ball are 
a little on the small side and it would have 
made life easier if they had been 
made slightly more prominent, 



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Fun, original and addictive are 

just three of many adjectives 

of praise I could heap upon 

this title. Okay, it's certainly 

not the best or advanced , 

title in the entire world, 

but for a highly enjoyable 

multi-player game you 

couldn't do much better 

There are many small touches ^S 

added that make Kingpin as ^ 

realistic as possible and they work 

brilliantly. You will even have to consider such things as 

how much, wax is on the lane and how it will effect play - 

even the fact that it will wear off during a game. 

The different views Df the match have been well exe- 
cuted using a long-range angle of the lane when you start 
to bowl, then a close-up of the pins when the ball 
approaches them. This adds some element of tension to the 
game, especially as the pins wobble and shake as they 
would in the real thing. 

Kingpin has plenty of options to tailor the game to your 
taste. There is a nice feature which allows you to practice 
your skills at knocking down 'splits' in an arcade challenge, 
or you can play a match in pairs or in teams of three- And 
don't worry if your bowling skills leave a lot to be desired 
because you can add a handicap to a player to even up the 
competition. 

The CD32 version obviously employs the control pad 
which I found to work a lot better than a joystick. Each but- 
ton has a different function so you can change the weights 
of the balls, alter the power, and set up your shot easily. 

All in all, a high quality product packed with tonnes of 
detail, and one which is guaranteed to provide hour* of 
entertainment. 



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in IBtti Century America is your cup uf 



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ention the name Sid Meier to any games 
player and they will come up with a host 
of hit titles such as Civilization and 
Railroad Tycoon. Just recently, the strat* 
egy-meister himself has had great success 
with his latest title. Colonization, for the 
PC. Needless to say then, that us Amiga owners were 
feeling slightly neglected thinking we might, miss out 
on one of Sid's classics. However, fear not, because 
together with Micro Prose, the game is coming to the 
Amiga. And soon! 

Okay, so what is all the fuss about? Well, it all 
looks rather intriguing for starters. I shall describe... 
You are the Viceroy of the New World and have been 
sent to establish new colonies. Your priority is to sur- 
vive with fit He resources other than very basic tools 
and a limited food supply. 

You can play the game in two ways, either with a 
geographically accurate scenario or with one that is 
randomly generated each game. You control the 
colonists and issue them with specific instructions on 
where to build or explore, and each can be given a 
skill beneficial to the colony. 

Although this is not a sequel, players of Civilization 
will find Colonization has many of its predecessor's 
features included- Much of the original game engine 



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also find that the familiar 
user interface has been 

©included. Colonists, troops 
or ships can be moved 
vertically, horizontally or 
diagonally across tiies over 
^£0P land or sea, and as you 

^^^fc move, more of the terrain 

4K becomes visible 

Before you start you 
choose your nationality 
from English, French or 
Spanish, and each has a 
special power or condition 
that has a fundamental 
effect on the game. The 
Dutch, for example, have a 
more stable economy and you'll find that trade prices 
in Amsterdam are more consistent. 

You are competing against a series of opponents 
and play in turns. To win you must declare and win 
independence from your mother country. All your 
developments in building, manufacturing and growth 
of your colony will have to withstand the forces of the 
crown. There is a vast range of things you can do in 
Colonization and tasks vary from establishing trade to 





7ft# interfar* from th* origin*} 
Civrtiiation tuts 6c*n impltmmntud 

combat, You'll have to deal with competition from 
rival European colonies, and it's down to you whether 
you declare war or use diplomacy. Should you choose 
war it could drain your cofony of resources, but a 
short campaign that's over quickly can sometimes 
give you a distinct advantage. 

Fortification of your colony will become important 
should a rival attack you, and you need to be well 



Don't know much about 
history.... 

Colonisation is set in a time steeped in rich history and notorious episodes. It is important to under- 
stand the background to the game because it is closely tied-in to the events of the time. 

The game takes place in the Americas between 1500 and 1800 The period starts with the explorer 
Chris tophe Columbus who discovers a land in the Western hemisphere. It was given the name New 
World' and Columbus believed he had discovered islands ott the coast of Asia. He was wrong, but 
what tie started was the colonization of the Americas. 

By 1700 the English had taken over many of the Dutch colonies and a North American littoral was 
formed. The population and economy expanded and in II 763 Canada was conquered from the French. 

In Lexington, Massachusetts, 1775, a battle broke out between the colonists and the British Army. 
Just under a year later independence was declared and war began, A treaty was eventually signed in 
Paris in 1733 and the British recognised the United States of America. 



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prepared for any battles. Colonists armed with 

muskets, or those mounted on horseback, have 
more strength and you can build up your army with 
Veteran soldier*, for example, who have been 
trained in a college or have won a battle. 

The natives should also be treated with caution. 
Although generally a peaceful lot, there will be 
great suspicions between the two cultures which can 
have violent results. Good relations can also be ben- 
eficial as skills can be learnt from them such as fur 
trapping or wood lore. 

TEACHING TIME 

Your bask colony will be fairly unskilled at first as 
most have come as indentured servants or petty 
criminals. However, you an construct schools to 
enable valuable skills to be taught. Most of your 
people will work the areas around the settlement, 
harvesting crops such as corn or cotton, or mining 
the ore and silver. 

The colony starts as a small cottage industry, and 
some processed goods can be made such as cloth or 
rum. As this expands, and your colony has enough 
resources to keep going, you can then think about 
trade, Trade plays an important part and suitable 



routes will have to be established. The best kind to 
establish is one where you have commodities in one 
colony that need to be continually shipped to 
another oyer a long period, You have to create a 
stable economy too and keep an eye on market 
prices. If you flood the market with one particular 
product then the price for it will fall, 

Once you are travelling across the waters to trade 
you'll have to form a naval presence to guard 
against privateers. Ships can be bought from the 
crown or, once you have a shipyard with plenty of 
lumber, you can build them yourself. 

All your colony's information is compiled on a 
display which shows everything from Sons of Liberty 
- the number of people who favour rebellion 
against your mother country - to crosses which 
represent the amount of religious freedom and 
satisfaction there is. This screen also shows the east- 
ing buildings and storage facilities in your 
warehouse, for instance. 

Your colony have a right to debate certain I 
issues in the meeting halls and these are 
trade, religion, military and poli 
tics. As the discussions 
progress, more ideas are 




You cart *lfo«Te oWformnt fkills to your totonhtf and 

combine them with other rvsourcrr to give xpveral powers 



formed that will advance the course of history. The 
'Founding Fathers' can join our Continental 
Congress and each will effect your colony. He man 
Cortes, for exa>mple, was the Spanish conqueror of 
Mexico and a master of conquest and plunder. 
When he joins, conquered native settlements 
always yield more treasure, if the explorer, Steur de 
La Salle, joins then all new colonies automatically 
get a stockade. 

And that's basically the game, As you can see it's 
huge with absolutely loads to it - in fact, this was 
merely a brief glimpse. These are PC screenshots but 
the A1200 version promises to be virtually identical. 
The game will be available for all Amigas in 
June. Quite frankly, we can't wait! 







INTRODUCTION 



he Amiga never seems to have 
a shortage of football manage- 
ment games around and develop- 
ers are constantly bombarding the 
gamespfayer with updates and any 
number of variations on the theme. 
Audiogenic have caught on to the tre>nd 
but given it a new twist. Gone are the 
lengthy stats and millions of charts and 
in its place is a more fun angle that 
works best with a more human 
approach. 

It also provides an arcade section so 
you actually get to control a match 



when your team get on Match of the 
Day. The Al2uo and CD32 version have 
an in-built football game based on 
Wembley International Soccer whereas 
ASOO.'AtuG owners can send off for a 
copy of Emlyn Hughes International 
Soccer tree of charge. 

Veil play manager of lowly fourth 
division club, Folhford United in an 
imaginary Super League. Your ambition 
is high: To compete against the 31 other 
managers of the clubs in all the four 
divisions and to take your team to the 
top of Division One three times. 




Super League Manager 




Is Audiogenic's new football management sim in 

a league of its own n p ready for relegation? 

Tina Hackett watches this no score draw 





Aagh, what is this dreadful insult to my ears? Oksy, I applaud 
Audiogenic" for actually bringing some sound into a management game 
(most of which rarely have any), but this? Has Amiga technology not 
moved on enough for something half-decent? Listening to this you'd 
think not. 

Tlhe phone rings in a horrible shrill tone of a '70s trimphone. You 
pick it up and talk to your secretary who's been possessed by a Dalek 
(and incidentally every other character yau talk to speaks with this 
dreadful computerised wah, wah sound - sorry, it's the only way to 
describe it!). There's also a rather grim 'Hold' tune when you wait to be 
put through to someone. Thankfully yOj can turn some of 
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AH the actions in Super League Manager 
are carried out via your manager's desk. 
This is quite a novel idea and adds real- 
ism. However, it is far from practical. On 
the desk are a number of files and each, 
as you can guess, has stacks of informa- 
tion inside. This causes a problem as they 
all look rather similar and you end up 
ploughing through them all just to find 
the particular part you want. 

Other than that though, the charts 
themselves are nicely set out and the 
newspaper idea works well. There are 
plenty of small touches to add authentic- 
ity such as Post-It notes or torn out 
memos, but the whole package looks 
rather dated - especially the matches you 
have to watch with the 
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bad. At first I liked the concept of a management game 
that wasn't heavy on the stats side, so the emphasis was 
on fun rather than serious realism, but this verged on 
the rather silly and irrelevant. 

Yes, I can see that having a few novel touches like 
having to water your plant or answer fans' letters can 
add an authentic touch, but this just gets out of hand - 
you keep getting plagued by begging letters and if you 
forget to drink your cup of tea then the tea lady gets the 
hump and will start moaning to the players about you. 
Yeah, right. 

And okay, call be me power mad but I really don't 
want patronising phone calls from the chairman telling 
me what to do! 

Also, the way of accessing information, although 



unusual, is laborious, especially when the phone rings 
and you have to keep clicking on different pages before 
you can get back to the desktop, 

The actual management side is quite basic but I think 
this will work well for newcomers to the genre, or for 
those that want a game you tan. quickly dip into, and 
the option to play the occasional match is a welcome 
addition. Training your players is fun, and bidding for 
new players is good, 

The more 'human' idea worts well too, such as consid- 
ering the players' different temperaments or skills which 
need nurturing, and the idea of getting reports from the 
Gazette is good. However, I really think that serious 
management fans are going to find this just too primi- 
tive and there will not be enough actual matches for 
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light simulators have always been stuck 
between two genre*. The first tends to be 
highly technical and historically accurate and 
really only appeals to the avid plane-spotter, 
The second is aimed at arcade and shoot-'em-up 
freaks and the only way you can tell it's a flight 
simulator is that 'fact that it's got a plane in it- 
There have been a few occasions where the two have 
merged to good effect. Gunship 2000, Dawn Patrol, 
Thunderhawk and TFX are just a handful of examples 
where this feat has been successfully achieved, 

you may have noticed that helicopter flight simula- 
tions were fairly prominent in the list and that's because 
that particular type of sim is ideally Suited to a cross-over 
of genres. 

Helicopters are very fast ami manoeuvrable machines, 
plus they pack so much hi-tech weaponry that most 
flight sims featuring choppers are relatively close to 
becoming full blown shoot-'em-ups anyway, 

Empire are a company with a history in the sims 
market, whether it's flight such as Dawn Patrol or tank 
warfare as in Pacific Islands. The London-based software 
house has now made the leap into the world of heli- 
copter simulation and I warn you now that this is going 
to be very special. 

Coala is a fully configurable 3D battlefield helicopter 
action simulator. You play the part of a lone maverick 



i pilot who can pfek and 
choose which side to join, 
■■HP ignore or attack. There are 

■ ■ — i — no specific flight orders and 
^fcj]ptr there are certainly no com- 

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^^^» what you should be doing. If 

Oyou want to fly around and 
blow up innocent victims 
caught up in a cruel and 
< harsh war then that is 

entirely up to you! 
Coala features a true artif i- 
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©so no matter what you 
decide to do, the rest of the 
war will carry on around you. 
Jets, planes, choppers, cars 
^^^ and tanks all go about f ol- 

^Bj lowing their own orders and 

^^^^ earn vehicle within youi 

vicinity can be independently 
observed, 
-J This is all done via the 

mouse and you can rotate, 
zoom out and in on all the 
vehicles. If you take your 
flight simulations seriously 
then you can even fly alongside the various enemies to 
study their ta.ctics. 

Your attack helicopter hasn't got any markings on it 
and just as you have the right to shoot anyone down, the 
same rules apply to your enemies and thus they too have 
the right to blast you out of the sky. You don't get the 
chance to take a specific side, so it's going to be everyone 



Why Wait* time ind fuel flying ill over 1ft* place tanking 
tor thm enemy when jfOU can get all the sJiool cm up 
jciicn you want ay blowing up buildings 



in the war against you. To cope with this little dilemma 
you're kindly provided with a whole range of deadly 
weapons including fire and forget (FFAFt) missiles, laser- 
guided hellfire missiles and air-to-air sidewinder missiles, 
not forgetting your trusty standard cannon. 

There are several scenarios which you can play out 
including Peace and Cold War themes, UN Cease-fires, 
tank, ground and helicopter battles, plus for mad pilots 
and total psychopaths everywhere there is an all-out 
total war option. If none of these delightful scenarios 
impress you, then you can use Coala's simple menu 
system and create one of your own. 

JAW DROPPING 

You've now got what should be an early picture of 
Coala in your mind, but you, obviously, haven't seen it in 
action yet and this changes everything I've just said, K 
doesn't really matter what particular features are in the 
game, you simply won't be interested in them, because 
Coala is looking so damn fine that I guarantee your jaw 
will drop open in sheer bewilderment 

When I saw a video of the game at the ECTS I thought 
Empire were showing off their latest hi-tech PC flight 
simulator, but I was more than happy to find out that 1 
was wrong, 

Empire had used all the best shots and slices of action 
for the video and all the fancy external and internal 
angles were on full display, and I have to say I was more 
than impressed with it, To be perfectly honest it was 
more like watching a sequence taken from an action 
movie rather than a computer game. 

The reason Coala iooks and performs so well is all 
down to the virtual engine that runs the whole game. 
Entitled 'Navigator', this new concept in Amiga game 
technology is certainly impressive and some of the 




tfid I do th*t? A transport chopper feels the heat of the 
battle and s fjrti to take 3 nose-dive towards the ground. 
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Look left jurt make this clear- I didn 't fa*a *&»» 

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shot of the pilot's joystick then I'm sorry 




examples I've seen of what it can do are mind-blowing. 

A 3D rating game that runs far faster than 
Microprose'S Formula One Grand Pti)t a room full of 
objects which can be observed from any angle and 
manipulated, flight simulators that move like you've 
never seen them move before - the list could almost 
become endless. 

Coala may be the first fruits from this technology to 
fully bloom, but believe me when I say that a full 
garden of delights could be arriving your way in the 
not too distant future. 

Normal ly, flight simulators on the Amiga have to 
sacrifice speed for higher quality graphics and vice 
versa, hut Empire's forthcoming simulator runs at 
breakneck speed and also manages to score itself a few 
points in the bea uty depa rtment, 

Some of the current background graphics may not 



look that astounding at the moment, but the actual 3D 
models for the vehicles are exquisite, Coala boasts 10 lev- 
ell of object detail, adjustable shading, four different 
types of day (dawn, noon, sunset and night) and four 
different environments featuring Desert, Icy Wastes, 
Forest and Jungle landscapes. 

A look at the various screenshots dotted around the 
page doesn't really give you a true idea of what Coala is 
all about and just how good it's going to be. If you're 
the type of gamer who loved G unship MOO to bits and 
lusted over Thundethawfc night and day, then you'll be 
flying gp your street to the shops when Empire's action- 
* simulator hits the shelves. 

It certainly doesn't feature any cute and fluffy 
antipodean bears, but if Coala manages to live up to 
expectations then the majority of gamers aren't going to 
give a XXXX for anything else. 




you cart keep an eye an 
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watch them as they go 
aoout their business, 
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A lovely day outside and 1 us mjvcnVk hot shot pilots 
hare stayed rrtiidr this ivjrm, sweaty helicopter 
shooting and kitting anyone we want. Oh well... 




A nice hit of formation flying from our superb and 
highly-skilled pilot, hut sequence* like this are not 

done any justice in static ncrcenshots 




One of the many external vriws of the heticuptmc and 
n □ t ice, if you will. The fact that tho sun is /row xcttj/ig, 
nivrno* the background a lovely tinge of purple 




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Amiga owners.. Bloodhouse. 
bunch of talented software 
developers from Finland; were 
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Keeping dose to the original theme of Asteroids, Stardust 
contains a fair amount of meteor blasting and your challenge, while strapped int0 
your intergalactk space fighter, is to wipe- them all out 

You have six different weapon* to play around with, all of which can be powereo- 
up. There are shields and tokens which when picked up give you extra weaponry, 
smart bombs and extra doses of energy. 
A* well as five different worlds, there are also four 3D warp tunnel sections, but no 
. a mount of words could ever do the m j ustice as to how good they actual ly are, 

Stardust features some drop-dead gorgeous graphics, a thumping techno sound- 
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playabi I ity tha n you can cope with . 

I'd class Stardust as a very hard shoot-'em-up, definitely not recommended ft 
lightweights or the faint-hearted, and it's not a game you'll complete within the first 
couple of days of playing it. I suspect it'll take you a while before you get the hang m 
things, but thanks to Stardust being so addictive you'll always find yourself coming 
back for one more go. 

Bloodhouse's debut is still as impressive now as it was the first time I clapped eyes 
on it, and for just under ten quid you'd be a complete mug to mis out t 
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The ability to drive a vehicle at break-nedt speed down a 
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environment against 
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that'll delight the gaming masses. 

Easy, Call yourselves Team 17, hire the guys who, between 
them, were responsible for creating Qwak and Nitro, and get 
them' to construct a piece of racing software that'll be highly 
prominent in the payability and addiction stakes, but must still 
retain a good sense of style and class in the graph<and sound 
departments, 

This updated CD version doesn't seem to be any different 
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hand with the rather poor soundtrack and a few extra sound 
effects would've been nice, I Ve marked ATR down a few poinfc 
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Frank fiord looks at uarious programs 
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in deal with is ReKeylt v2.3 |utirAub 43k|. This 
is a great commodity for mose people who 
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of which gives support for the Right Arrugaf.J 
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commodity is simply superb, but does require 
either MUI or the BGUI library, so make sure 
you have one of these before you get it 

Next up is Multior, fuM/cdity I8kj wtwn is 
one of those multiple commodity 
. replacements It can Ms* the screen and 
mouse pointer, click windows to the front and 
bat*, let you use Ihe * wildcard, accelerate 
your mouse and give it RMB shift functions, 
and much more. The only thing I don't like 
abour it is there is no nice GUI preferences 
program for ft Out then again, ft wouldn't be 
less than 6k if that was the case. 
The latest version of VSrusChecker a now 6.5Z 
and can now examine files packed with (he 
XFDmaster.library. A worthwhile addition to 
anyone's wTKartup 

snflPSHOis 

Forcelcon JutilAvb 1 P4k| is Dne of those 
tool! that ought to come with eveiy CD-flOM 
or ParNET setup sdd. It lets you snapshot me 
position of icons for readonly devices, change 
them to yew taste and atso snapshot their 
windows, etc. It, like many other tools these 
days, afeo needs MUI to wort. 

I've saKf it before, and f N say it again - 
Kington juWshell I28kJ is what a Shell should 
belike. The latest version 1 1 3| offers such 
fancies as filename completion, jumpmcj Bo 
pubic screens., window history |scrollbars(. 
icortriication and toads more. 

Last up in my list of funky things to get is 
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of Gigamem I was interested to see mere was 



a shareware alternative - VMM vi.O |util/misf 
I79kj. It afso requires MUI atang with an 
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commercial rivaf. But do bear in mind that 
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RAM Random Access Memory. As in RAM chips. CHIP RAM, 

RISC: .Reduced Instruction Set Computing. Compare CISC 

andVLlW. 

ROM: Read Only Memory, A chip containing instructions for 

the computer tndt cannot be written to. The Amiga's 
Kickstart chip is an example of a ROM. 
BTG ReTargettdble Graphics. Not realty a standard yet on me 
Amiga hut a system whereby the operating system outputs 
siandard graphics instructions to a graphics chip set which 
interprets them independently. 

This opens [he way for a variety of graphics cards exploiting 
these instructions to offer higher resolutions, more speed or 
more colours. The cards doing this should remain transparent 
to the operating system and the user, The Ffcasso Jl graphics 
card «s the closest thing to an RTG graphics card on the 
Amiga. 
SCSI Small Computer Systems Interface, A standard for 



attaching peripherals to a computer, 
SWT Surface Mount Technology. Rather than soldering 
sockets to PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards), SMT allows 
companies to soWer (he chips directly to me PCB. The only 

problem is that white 3 socketted chip ii easy to remove 
and replace in case of fault, an SMT one is impossible 
without the right noots. 

SQL: Structured Query Language. A programmable 
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organisations who require a great deal of data sorted. 
ASQL is the Amiga version, included on the coverdisk with 
the February issue of mis mag, 

SYS On an Amiga, the floppy drsk or hard drive partition 
mat me Amiga has been booted from, usually Workbench, 
TCP/IP: Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. The 
networking standard me Internet is based upon. Jr works 
by putting segments of (he information, called packets, you 



wish to send across the network in an 'envelope' 
containing the sender's address and destination. The 
network men uses any route available to get (he packets to 
their final destination. 

VUW: Very Long instruction Worfr An adaption of the 

principles behind superscalar fltSC processors (multiple fifSC 
processors on a single chip), but system software is 
responsible for sbciiirtg several RISC instructions together in 
a stream which are then executed by the processor. 
Compare RISC and CISC. 

VIJI: Very Large Scale Integration Normally this refers to 
processors that have more than 1 million transistors. 
WIMP: Windows, Icons, Menus, Pointer. The term coined 
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here you are. you Ve finally 
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Robin Reliant, perfect in every 
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ifi time to r&*nact the or chase scene from 
Bijirtt You slap the mean machine into an* 
action scene and bang! The Art»ga hangs up. 
Vouve run out of memory. 

Modelling foe fun and modelling far 
animation are two different activities In the 
forma, thousands of enthusiasts regularly 
ahum gut beauffitit models which nave been 
crafted in loving detail - huge affairs wjth tens 
of thousands of polygons and image map'; 
splattered alt over them 

Modelling for arwnauon h a process of 
treating as much detail as the camera 
demands and no more. It is afso a process at 
(he end of which someone gets paid, and 
getting paid usually depends on defwcay at a 
certain time. More polygons means slower 
rendering, greater demands on your system, 
and sheer waste 

It's always fun to take a subject and create 
an exact 3D equivalent, but for animators. 
models are a means to an end and should be 
treated as such. Luckily, there are plenty of 
simple ways to keep (he polygon count low 
without sacrificing boo much on detail. 

Much of me wastage in a 3D model is 
caused by modelling trxKS which are designed 
to save time, such as using primitives, 
extrusion, transformations, and other powerful 
tools. However, though it's true that liberal use 
of the automatic siwrtcuts win save time during 



he e ping it 
simple 

models with engineering precisian aren't alwans 
the best fur 3D animators. Sterne hennedn 
tries to keep his polggans under control 



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modeihrtg. they will often pay hack mat time 
with Interest when rendering starts. 

Extrusion is a good exampfe. Tate the pub 
bar shown in figure 1, a very wasteful model 
hut one which looks fairly good when 
rendered: It was created from two simple 
shapes -a cross section of the bar itself and a 
disc for (he bar rad, Both were then extruded 
along paths to bend them into the correct 
dupes 

Unfortunately, if s not passible to ten the 
software you only want ertra sections along 
the length of the extrusion where an angle or 
a bend occurs, so you end up having to use 
more polygons than you need just to make 



Polygon savers 



The three golden rules for keeping polygon counts low are just simple 
common sense: 

1. Don't use phmitives unless you have to. They ane adherently inefficient and usually need a 
lot of editing before they fit into your model, If you do use them, make (hem as simple as 
possible with as few polygons as you can get away with. Imagine users should always 
beware of the program's eagerness to create default primitives with lots of sections! 

2. Create models [or at least their detailed 1 components] from scratch where possible, You'd 
be surprised how easy It is to build something using points and faces from the ground up, 
and you have complete control tfiroughout the process, 

3. Use automatic tools sensibly Extrusion, lathing, dfiNing, and so on are powerful tools, 
but can quickly multiply your polygon count. In particular, extruding along a path or spSne 
to create bent objects can be very wasteful. 



sure (he detail is good enough where 
required 

To keep the polygon count tower, extrude 
(he object with three or five sections per bend 
and only one for straight lengths, then bend it 
manually. This takes more time, but not as 
much as you'd think and the result «s a bar 
with hundreds fewer polygons than before. 
As Jong as you bend m only one plane at a 
time, you'll be surprised how accurately you 
can work without the need for paths, spfine 
curves, and so on [see figure 2|. 

Last month's column. Tor example, 
concentrated on a jeep which was built using 
dig.tised images as a real world guide, The 
finished model made use of only one sizeable 
pnmitive - a modified sphere used to fill out 
the wheef arches - so this relatively detailed 
model was completed using only about 5000 
porygons. 

DD IT VDUR5ELF 

The canopy section mounted on the rear of 
the jeep [figure 3| is an example of how 
manual modelling can save a lot of pofygons 
over the usual extrusion methods. Each bar is 
made of a disc with only six sides Jthey aren't 
going to feature in any ctose-upsl) and 
ejOvded with oniy seven sections, then bent 
to shape using the jeep's body as a guide. 

When completed, the canopy uses only 
356 polygons yet does the same job as many 
hundreds more. Less thought in the initial 
modelling plans would have resulted in 
maybe an eight or f 6*irfed disc being 
extruded along a curve, and this efficient little 




component would have 

ended up with 1 DOC pofygons or more 

In many situations, there are models which 
tend themselves deceptively to the use of 
primitives when a bit more modelling hassle 
will save a great deal of avoidable detail. The 
jerrytan on the back of our jeep is an example 
of this. 

Figure * shows the can in question, which 
sports only 21 fi polygons yet is one part of the 
jeep which gives the most impresswn of detaif. 
It was built from a single polygon in (he shape 
of the can's front elevation, extruded to form 
four sections, (hen the front and rear sections 
were scaled down to give the can its top and 
side elevation shape. 

A bit of Boolean drilling to create the simple 
X embossing, a handle and a spout and Bob's 
yer mother's brother. Hardly the most 
impressive example m the world, but an object 
built from scratch to be functional and visually 
effective at the same time. 

Modelling just for fun can be one of (he 
most enjoyable ways to dabble in 3D. because 
y™ rave your own Airfiic factory at yoifl- 
fingertips and imagination is seemingly the 
only lime When it comes to renderirig and 
ammanon, however, memory, disk space, and 
time (not to mention electricity bifcj are more 
important and the smart modeller will try to 
develop Iks or her skills towards buflding the 
most efficient objects for the job in hand 

fvtnd you. I still think my Robin Reliant needs 
a bit more detail on the underside of the 
dashboard. Just for accuracy's sake, 
y/gnd&rstand... 




fTfllTI i: Thr* bar might look ottMjf 
whan nwtavfd, faul It ihew* all ff» 
signs of wmitmlul e*tr\i»ion. S*a How 
mmnf polntlasa potfffoom it ham in itm 
straight mlddf* taction? 



Figurm 2i A better apprvmeh '<■ 
makrnij lit* bar. Wo TOW Hmvb only 10 
■strutted *»ctron «, laarinp pls-nly loi 
(ha (Mod* •nets whito thm middle 
■action hn fmr tmvrmt polygon* 



figure 3-. tie men and no '«<« datmiiad 
ftran It Ads) ts B6, In* /**p'* canopy Is 
ui> trt (ha pswta ot tha mods I which 
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ne of the first things you discover as you 
Hart writing and using Affexx scripts rs 
that ARexx wiN automatically terminate 
the execution of a script rf it encounters 
a statement that produces an error The chances 
*e pretty r«gh that you soon learn that an ARex* 
SCnpt can be stopped try taping Contra) C. What 
you may rat know c that both of these situations 
« actually part of a far more general 'program 
interrupt scheme ajpporred nyAN.^x 

This internal interrupt system can oe used to 
trap a number of common error or user-generated 
exception conditions and, by enabling the 
appropriate interrupt signafs, it is possible for 
programs to take remedial action where the result 
might otherwise mean premature terrninaoon of 
the program or perhaps even a l"u*iy fledged 
guru-style system crashf 

AHexxj interrupt Facilities sre then used to 
enable programs to identify, and react to, particular 
environment situations. While they are useful tor 
providing things Hfce function cancellation opoons. 
orume nelp displays and so on, perhaps rhar most 
important use is in providing what are fcnewn as 
safe asynchronous abnormal eMt 1 program paths. 
(Asynchronous interrupt events are on^ vtfwth can 
cause an interrupt signal to occur at any Bra - 
user typed Control C characters are of course one 
common class of detectable asynchronous eventj, 

Apposing your script makes use of cenan 
external library functions that open windows or 
result in memory or other system resources being 
aSrxated. Under normal circumstances your script 
would, or should, deallocate or otherwise hand 
back those resources when it terminated tt your 
program did not perform those deallocation tasks 
because of early termination due to an ARex* 
detected error, for example, all manner of sufatie 
(or perhaps not » subtle) snags could arise 
wlndows might remain open, memory could be 
effectively lost and so on. 

ARexx 's interrupt signalling provides a way of 
avoiding such catastrophes and Is initiated using a 
SIGNAL instruction which takes ths form: 



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fly using such statements to control the state of 
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the various detectable sources are shown in Table 
T and the bottom line, as far as the AReau coder a 
concerned, is that when an identifiable condition 
occurs the interrupt a disabled and control gets 
passed to the appropriate interrupt handler, 
Notice that the NQVALLS condition adowj a 
program to detect the use of norvinitiateed ARexx 
variables. This, needless tD say, can provide a 
useful debugging tool in large scripts. 

Incidentally, multiple conditions can be trapped 
and sent to the same routine by specifying 
adjacent labels, fhe following dcubteHatief code 
fragment shows how both error and" syntax 
interrupts might be passed to the same handler, 
thus enabling the same piece of program-specrfk 
'dose down' code to be executed before a 



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traps errors indicated by non-zero command return values. 


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traps command return codes greater than current FAILAF level. 


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IOERK 


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SYNTAX 


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Its worth mentioning at this point that two other 
things happen when interrupts occur. Firstly, ARexx 
dismantles any active loop and control constructs 
before passing control to the specified interrupt 
handler. This means, for instance, that while it is 
safe tojump out of a loop it is impossible to jump 
bacfc into it again, 

However, only the control structures within the 
immediate erwiranment are dismantled SO it is 
possible, and more to tiie point perfectly safe, to 
use SIGNAL instructions inside function calls without 
it affecting the caller's environment Secondly, two 
special variables get affected - the variable SJGL 
becomes set to the current line number before the 
transfer of control takes place jso programs can 
determine the source line that was being executed 
when the interrupt occurred] and RC gets set to the 
appropriate return code if an error or syntax 
interrupt has occurred. 

Another usekii feature of the ARexx interrupt 
arrangements is that the signal name wri also be the 
label for the interrupt handler code used within your 
script. In ihe example shown in listing f , I've added 
some custom Comrof C breait handling crjde by 
using a 'signal on breakj' statement As you'll see, 
this Is also are label for my associated break rtandtef 
code and, If you run the program, you'll lirid that 
hitting Control C while the Joop Is executing will 
result in the program giving the message outlined in 
the breafc handier code before terminating. 



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I n response to the article I wrote in issue 
I 83 about the UK'S telephone systems, I 
^^H got a letter from BT, which I must say 
shorted me a little bit as I wasn't aware that BT 
were regular reader! Of our esteemed maganne. 
But still, rm printing the fetter. This doesn't mean I 
necessarily agree with everything they say. but I 
flunk It's only fair to let [hern haw a right to reply 
Here we go, over to you Ted Graham, Eti Chief 
ejt Press and Broadcasting - 

There's no such thing as a free local call. 
Overseas companies mat do not charge directly 
to local calls have to recoup costs in other ways. 
to example from the renal charge, from long 
distance call charges, or by using profits made 
from those who make a large number of can to 
subsides low users. BT trunks it is rawer to charge 
customers according to me use they mate of me 
telephone network. 

The normal pattern in North America c that 
customers who do not want to pay for their local 
tails pay a very high rental. The defirnoon of a 
local call is also very much more restricted than it 
is in me UK. This means that some local cats in 
the UK would be charged as national crt in ihe 
US. 

'Brioin's local call areas ai* among Ihe tuggest 
in the world. For instance, Nottingham's local 
area is five times the sne of Me* York's. London j 
is sm times larger. 

'BT has one of me most modem telephone 
networks In the world. Jt has invested more than 
E20 billion m network modernisation n« i was 
privatised in 1 WW, and now more than ?S 
percent of customers are on mode/need 
exchanges. 

*BT introduced a national ISDN service to 
business customers in 1 983 and for smal busress 
and residential customers in 19? I 

The UK is by far (he most ccmpettfve martn 
in the world with more than 1 M companies 
licensed to provide services, and BT faces 
competition in all sectors. Overseas compane, 
especially from the US, are lining up to get no 
me UK. Mercury has been free to cDmpe* w*h 
BT in all sectors of ihe UK tetecomi market wre 
1984. They have chosen not id compete ii djeet 
service to domestic customers, presumably 
because they didn't feef this woukf be 
commercially viable. They now, like BT. face 
competition in all areas of their business 



It's goad to 
talk, but is 
it cheap? 



"Customers are certainly not paying through the 
nose to calls. Since privatisation, the average 
residential bin has come down by 29 per cent in 
teal terms, after taking inflation Into account. For 
business customers it has dropped by about 50 
percent. It rs also a fallacy to say that Mercury are 



always cheaper (nan BT. A recent BT survey 
proved that when our best price deals were 
compared with Mercury's best BT came out 
cheaper. Its findings were endorsed by Coopers 
and Lybfand, International management 
consultants.' 




■ 7>rf C'fJlim: 
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Are we being served? 



ank you for that and I hope that BTs reputation a now in tact I'm 

sure that hundreds upon hundieds of Armga Computing read-: 

umbrage to my column, and immediately xM afl their BT sham. 

and for mat I'm deeply sorry. Actually rm not bet,. 1 

unlikely that any of this sabre rattKng ta*. either Men 

or BTs, actually has any effect on the average comrrts 

user. You can lie just as effectively, if not more so. w*h 

good looking statistics man you can with stuff you 

Just made up. Both Mercury and BT can 'prow' they 

offer a better service. Just as Sold Automatic can 

■prove' It's better at shifting egg stains at under 40 

degrees. 

But all that aside, an ISDN service which people can 
affgrd would be a good start, and win BT more support 
than any amount of trumpet blowing aOoot how good it 
compared to the rest of the world. It'i the UK I'm conceri 
about, not how we compare with Japan Too can say that ISDN u onfy 
the same prxe as two lines, and what you get ts two *ne But who can 
i lines? Most people tan barely afford the one they have. 




Comms users, as me most avid and heavy users of telecoms services, ought 
to be targeted by BT and Mercury, and maie It attractive Tor them to use 
the service more, This Is going to become a growth area in the 
next few years, and if someone gets the comms user on his 
side, rather than treating him or her like a moaning 
mirmie for complaining about the sl?e of his phone Cull, 
then whoever it is win get the bulk of the comms 
business rn the UK. 

If that person is one of these US firms who are 
panting el our door, then so be It, I will go to 
whoever offers me the best deal. Not in "real terms', 
but In the small matter of a reduced monthly bill 
compared to the ones I have new, not M years ago. I 
agree that BT has cleaned up its act a lot recently, and 
wiping out the top layer of the billing structure was a 
master stroke. All we need to do now <i wipe out the middle 
one and then we would be talking turkey. 
There, that's my two penn'o'th. And For what its worth, I use Mercury 
for my Jong distance calfe. smi will do until something better comes along 



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onr designers are currency entering an 
era of recognition and even adulation 
I in the design press. Names like Barry 
Deck and Jonathan Hoeffler might mean nothing 
to you or I, out [heir names are whispered in 
design circles Barry Deck has created a rather 
stunning cytierpunky font called Caustic 
Biomorph which I am going to use as Inspiration 
fer this month's article, 

Caustic Bjomotph is a fairly standard slab or 
egyptian serif type face that has been given the 
Fontographer treatment and rendered into 
something quite outstanding. Deck, is also 
responsible for what some people have called 
the font of the 'Ws. Template Gothic. Never 
heard of it? Well, you have almost certainty seen 
it. on programmes Jike Tap Of The Pops, 
magazines Irke ID and The Face, album covers 
[particularly rave/trance stuff] and many other 
places. 

ELEGHRI 

Hoeffler, on the other hand., is more interested 
m the origins of type design and creates new 
type that is elegant and austere, following 
inspiration from designers tike Bodtonl and Gilt. 
But his work can be seen in that most uptchdate 
of magazines; Wired. 

Enough preamble, already- lets get on and 
try to design our own typeface. This is an 
enormous topic, but we want something rough 
and ready that we can then play around with 
and tweak to our hearts' desires later. The 
roughest and most ready way of designing your 
typeface is to draw it in Dfalnt and import the 
individual characters into TypeSmrth as templates 
for autotracing 

For the font I have created for chii article. I am 
going to want the biobby edges aurotrating 
gives, but you might not want this for your font. 




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edges nxe and straight by hand. Once more, 
because I wanted a bloody look to my font, i 
have only used a very low resolution for my 
letters - each one rs onty about 1 00 pixels 
square. The more accurate the autotraee, the 
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you might want to only put one character on a 
screen and wor* tike that. 

SATISFIED 

Once the bitmap version of your font is 
completed to your satisfaction and 1 you've saved 
each character separately to disk, it's rime to Joad 
up TypeSmim-. Choose 'New" from the ftoject 
menu and then Open IFF tLBM Template' from 
the Template menu. This will let you load in your 
bitmaps one at a time, starting wth capital A. 
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size anrj then scale it up (locking the aspect ratio| 
to fit the x-neight or ascender tine. Choose 
sirtotrace but beware of the Accurate option rf 
your bitmaps are low resolution as rt may follow 
the stairsteps of the pixels. 

Oree you have laid out an 256 characters, or 
at least as many as you thin* necessary, it is time 
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much as passible. You will need to go around 
each character, tweaking every vertex and its 
control pants to ensure you end up with straight 
lines and comers where you want them. This 
is going to tate yon a fair while so I suggest 
you come back to this article when you've done 
rt all. 

D*one7 So quickljr. too. Okay, now we need to 
deal with the spacing of the font. Owe* all 
spacing by eye for what feels right to you, but 
remember that your screen representations an? 
only an approximation, I'm sure that type 
designers the world over are throwing up their 
hands in horror when I talk about spacing your 
characters oy eye, but I've only QOt a single page, 
and anyway, this is just an experiment. 

Mew you have done all the setting up. all that 
remains is to save it out as a font format you are 
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CG or bitmapped. Remember to anry design your 
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I his month's routine comes from regular 
I correspondent Graham Moody of 
13 Humstead, London, who has written 
this nice routine for colour switching (ailed 
'switch colour. arnos.' As he says in his letter: 
'Here's a nice little routine for swapping colour*, 
from one Jhde* number to another. And to prove 
it I have made you a little demo.' The demo 
shows you how to switch colours from me 
indexed colours in the patette by using a swap 
screen and Jading between the two to give (he 
final effect Thanks Crahajn, and keep up the 
good work. 

We Stan the routine by initialising everything. 
ns per usual: 



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fram the default pafette into- an array. Just for the 

purposes of the demo: 



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sure, but let's go with what Graham wants, shall 
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Then we have the main guts of me program, 
wttch chooses two colours randorrty wfwh will 
be swapped later between two of the indices 
using the procedure; 

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routine will swap two colours, from One Index 
number to another. To make the colour 
swapptng as smooth as possible, the colours are 
faded in: 



ndira i«:T:H{DiDintIsn»,Ct,c2] 
[tt*Itn«n 

This CSN is the current screen number, hence the 
name 

Da Error 5ntn SK.1PBUG 

On error, either can be used to detect and trap 
an error without having to return to the editor 
window, Y(hj can either jump to a label |a sub- 
routine] or a proc name. 

The neM bit says 'Find me a free screen 
number' 






For S=C Ts t 

Screen Dltttliy S,12E,,, 

Ittt S 



and if there are no free screens, you must pop 
out of the proc: 

Fop Pr«c 

If there is an error, skip to the bug trapper 



r>iis is 

Tli is is 

Tn is is 

XJi is is 

Th is is 



:ii is is 

f>> i s is 

tf\ is is 

Tli is is 



index colour ; 

index colom 1 ■ 

index coloui 1 

i ndex colon 
I n> 

index col o tut* 

index colour- 12 
i n de x 

index colota^ 14 

index colouu 1 15 



s waj>i> i nsr colours 6 and 
, seconds have IP a 



P-r-ess nou.se key to Quit? 



routine 




Sli| = BL6: 

flrsMt SUP 




Slop opens a screen to switch to: 



mn 

5:r«m 3p«n S r J2,3(,li,D 
Git Pi.Utl 



This grabs the palette of the current screen, 
Then we hide the colour switching screen: 



run Hldt 
lit UL 



Having done that we wait for the next vertical 
blank, which in the UK b the neat 50th of a 
second In the US it is a 60th, all down to screen 
rates. Next we read the colour register: 





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JTtl£WtL<ltftlt«l«iir(Cl},])) 

»TtRE2*!liltH«l(tolwr(C!),3>l 




and do the colour swap: 





C0,jur >:i,STDUZ 



then we ready the screen we want to work with 
and fade in the new colours: 




Grab the parette. close the screen and that's it. Ifs 
not a particularly fast switch, but it's a clever (rick 
and one which might come in handy, especial if 
you are working with screens of different palettes. 
I like the sort of Amos routines I am being sent 
so keep them coming. I have a number of 
possibles for upcoming columns, but these can 
easily be usurped by a hot new routine if one 
anses. I'm especially interested in routines which 
use animation, and if the program creates its own 
sprites then so much the better, as I prefer not to 
put graphics onto the cover did if I can avoid it 
because it causes no end of problems at our end. 
Keep 'em short and keep 'em good, that's the 
Amos column motto. See you next timel 



■ Thm heart ot 
thm program • 
i wspprrr? two 
colours 



Write stuff 

If you have an Amos question, or a routine you'd like to share with the world, 
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House. Adlington Park. Macclesfield SKIO 4NP. Please send routines on an 
Amiga disk with notes on how the program works on paper. Make the 
routines short fuse these routines as a guide) and make them reasonably 
independent of any graphics and sound support fifes, although I will make 
provision for these if necessary. As F said before. I prefer not to. but If it's a | 
reaily good routine then we'll see what we can do. 



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equencing software has revolutionised 
music (Taking over the last few yeara. but 
despite ih« it is clear there are itiH a great 
many musically-oriented Amiga users who. at least 
tcKiate, haw not taken the plunge into Midi 
sequencing. Part or the reason may be the scua 
expense because to get into the world or Midi it's 
necessary to have a synthesizer (or sound module 
and separate keyboard^ some Midi software, and 3 
Midi interface. The good new though is that 
nowadays, none of Hits equipment need cost an 
ami and steg. 

The Or n JCC5 sequencer, for example, wnch is 
used by many professional musicians, has now 
reached a price level almost everyone can afford 
Millenium, the main Dr T software distributor m the 
UK (Tel 51 601 552200], sells it fnrjust £99 Budget 
synthesisers are also available foe teH than It 00 
and there are always plenty of bafgare to be had 
if you hunt around for second-hand equpment 

Low-end synthes«ers might not offer threjs ike 
touch-sensitive keyboards but they are fine to 
(earning with and, in the main, sound eflremety 
good. Half an hour wandering around your local 
music Shop will give you a good idea or Use way 
Midi has taken off. 

By the way, one major advantage 0* *M 
it is flexible - it's easily possible to correct KM 
units from many different manufacturer! together 
and. believe it or not, they will worts fogeth 
well indeed' 

TECHIMRL 

The other thing that sometimes puts peopte 
the thought of getting involved with fcidi 
technical side. Fortunately, it's not necessary » be 
a 'technical whir m order to use Midi, m fact day 
today Midi sequencing is as straightforward as 
other main-stream computer apofcaton 

Nevertheless, it helps to have a rough idea 
how Midi works under the surface and to at leas 
know the principles of how thinc/s such as 
sequencers work. There's nothing mag* about ! 
it's just that Midi messages are based on rwnben 
so it's possible tcp use computers to store and 
manipulate them. 

The numbers which represent these Mfci 
messages usually get transmitted when you do 
something - touch a control knob, press a new o 
a keyboard etc. On a synthesizer, streams 1 
numbers which represent such things as the notes 
being played will be transmrtted at ihe AAdwCX* 
terminal, 

Other types of Midi equipment send mriar 
streams of numbers and because the mearangs 
the numbers are ail standardised, one pjeceof ttc* 



Unanimous 
decision 

One thing that users of a« MM* •**' 
agree on is this - even [he most tutfc _ 
system ran make iueh a dramatic 
difference to the ease with *hkh "•«*'« 
ran b* created that it will allow anyone, 
even the absolute muiital beginnc*. to 
produce torn position* that sound good. If 
that sound* like your cue for finding out 
what Midi c*n offer you then perhaps H's 
time you made that visit to your focal 
music shop ta see first hand what all' the 
fun u about! 



Making a start 
with Midi units 




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equipment can understand the messages from 
another piece of equipment. To get one unit to 
talk to another you simply use a Midi lead to 
connect them together, using the appropriate 
MdHn and MidtOut terminals. 

When you connect a sequencer program into a 
Uck system it can interpret and Store these M»dl 
messages, and hence record the details about 
what's gong on as you play. In fact, what 
happens when you hit a note on a synthesizer 
keyboard rs That three pieces of Midi information 
get uansmicted - a status byte, which says here 
comes a message about a note being hit', a 
number representing the particular note in 
question, and lastly a number which indicates how 
hani *» note was hit [nomouch sensrtive 
t*yooarcts transmit the fixed value herel . 

Because the status byte includes details of 
irfich MO channel is being used, the sequencer, 
after c has read these three pieces of information, 
*• know you have hit a note on the keyboard, 
wnrft Uo channel you're using, which note you 
ta and lastly, wfl have a measure of its loudness.. 
This type of rfonnabon is initially Stored in the 



9m 1 an J . 55 



computer's memory, usually as a simpte list of 
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Between various events, otherwise it wouldn't be 
able to play them back property. Sequencers Can 
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their own clock to keep tract of the time, or can 
read clock messages' provided by one of the 
pteces of Midi equipment. 

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measure the time interval between the various 
Midi events and can therefore 'time stamp' each 
event as it occurs. At the end of the day, the 
sequencer will have built a list of aB the messages 
and times at which they have occurred. 

To replay such a sequence, all the sequencer 
needs to do is read through this list of events and 
play back each event at (he right time. Every Midi 
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provided will vary according to the equipment you 
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verscan describes a video image which 
moce than adequately fiirs (he entire 
sawn of a video a TV display. 
Overscan is necessary because various TVs and 
monitors may he set up differently - with slight 
variations between horizontal and vertical 
alignments etc. so to ensure an image fully cowers 
the screen, overscan images are usually employed 
for video wor*. 

For example, while a 640 x 5 (2 image may 
took fine on your computer monitor, It won't 
necessarily wort on a video display because It 
might not reach the edges af trie screen. White 
(his shortcoming may not be apparent with a 
screen of text cm a plain, colour background, 
once you start genlocking or mixing graphics wicri 
video the edges will soon become very visible, 
particularly where items animate on and off 
screen. 

The result of using a norroverscan image mixed 
or genlodoed with video rs that border regions win 
be very obvious where there are no graphics 
around the edges of the wdeo display 

The accepted PAL overscan resolution in hr-res 
interlace is 74a x 576 pixels [3fl4 x 2B8 in ro-resj 
but different programs seem to have been 
developed by folks who. for whatever reasons, 
weren't prepared to stick to me accepted norms, 
so (here can be frustrating variations to deal with 
when moving Images from one program to 
another. 

UEflsion id uEflsmn 

Electronic Art's Deluxe Paint was more guilty 
than most in this respect and its overscan sizes 
weren't just 'wrong', they were apt to change 
U i B W B i versions, making the display of older 
images more unreliable fat feast as far as overscan 
pfaoement went) when used in conjunction with 
newer versions or the software. DPaint 4's 
maximum overscan was 7J6 * 5S0. but EA 
weren't the only culprits; and even now there 
appears to be no common consensus erf what 
constitutes full PAL overscan. 

The hardest thing about overscan is getting 
your images centred correctly and, while there's 
not enough room la gfve a full explanation here, 
much of it revolves around setting up (he Amiga's 
Overscan Preferences correctly - whrcti can be a 
right pain depending on me video/paint software 
and the genlock and video setup you use. 

Add to mis the fact that the Amiga doesn't 
produce a truly Ivllwidth overscan image, and 
tome genlocks can leave a gap oT several lines at 
the top of the video screen, and you'll reaise how 
frustrating initialising your overscan settings can 
be. J choose to save several different overscan 
preferences to deaf with a number of specific 
srtuatfons and can recall thern at will by saving 
each setting as a different screenmode fife and 
putting them in my ToolManagef's puN-down 



Jargon busting 

PAL - ibe TV standard employed in the UK. 
much ol Europe and many Commonwealth 
and ex-Commonwealth countries. 



Overscan - a method ol ensuring thai. 
despite set-up variations, a displayed image 
will always fill a TV screen completely, wilh no 
visible borders. Overscan images are larger 
than the standard screen display. 



Ouerscan - the 
big picture 





An gnnetfl Image !■ fargftr than pour Mvmrmgm immym 

la nnn «w adgva ■fretv en your TV icrmn 



menus for recall as needed. 

If you want to set up your AmigaMdeo system 
to best advantage, why not make a set of cataur 
bars in full hkes interlace ovenon and use them 
to determine the best placement on your video 
screen or monitor? Not onfy win you be able to set 
your Overscan Preferences up Put you'll also Pe 
able to set (he colour and brightness of your 
monitor ait the same time. 



GRID DILJISIOfl 



To make a colour Par screen use a paint 
program which can do 7&S * 576 pixels for use 
half this - i.e. j{H * 288 if your Amiga doesn't 
have much memory) and set Up a grid 10 divide 
the screen into eight equaJ horizontal sections, 
Then, from left: to right, draw eight full height 
rectangles In the following colours jRGB scale Q-I5J 
; White (RGB I Q. 1 0, 1 0J, Yedow ( 1 0, 1 rj,OJ, Cyan 
[0. 10, fOj, Green [0,10,0], Magenta | f 0,0. 1 r , Red 
[I0.O.OL Blue (0,0, IOL Black (O,0 r 0j- This colour 
bar very closely resembles a standard video test 
pattern, unlike some I've seen provided with video 
and graphics software over the yearsl 

Then run the Overscan program from 
Preferences and. by flipping back and torch 
between Amiga screens (use JJight-^mrga-Mf. set 
the overscan prefs so that the full screen Is covered 
with your bars image. You can do this with both 
your standard Amiga monitor and your 
genlock/video monitor. One disadvantage of 



overscan is that the larger rmage sizes require 
mare memory. This limitation soon becomes 
apparent on standard Arnigas such as. the Ar70Q 
r;' unexpended older machines [which came with 
very littte memory as standard], especially where 
animations are concerned. Low memory and 
overscan are mostfy mutually exclusive, unless the 
images concerned have onry one or two Mpfanes 
-re, they use a very limited range of colours. 

However, learning graphics on a memory- 
deficient Amiga does hone your artistic skills 
and forces memory conservation through 
necessity, Mind you, even well-equipped Amigas 
can suffer when it comes to 24-Bit hires interlace 
overscan images which may well require over 
1Mb of memory just to display, never mind to 
create 

One good tip is that unless you have to use 
overscan, don't If your images or animation only 
need a plain background and don't move on and 
off screen, you can save a lot of memory (or make 
large* animations] by working rn 440 x SI 2 only. 
In general, I wouldrrt recommend using lower 
overscan resolutions unless you want jagged 
edges on your graphla. 



ontac 




Gary Whrtefey can be e-mailed as 
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All our Squirrel Storage Systems come eilher bare {ml - 

needy Idr installation Internally within a suitably-equipped 

Amiga or other computer} or ftilly-caaed (art) with integral 
power supply, SCSI in/out, SCSI ID selector end audio out 
(for CD-HOM). The cases we supply are h&gh 
quality, shielded, snap-together enclosures. 
each wilh 40W power supply - Hie back 
panelof the 5.25" case is shewn above. 
These SCSI enclosures are available at 
£69.95 each (please specify 3.5" or 5.25" 

when ordering). 

The neat Squirrel SCSI interface is stigwn 
on the right The unit simply plugs into the 
PCMCIA Slot, CdmeS complete with all the 
software you need together with a cable 
which terminates in a 50-wa.y Ampheflol 
plug to attach to your first SCSI device, 



Introducing removable SCSI drives for your 

Amiga. Based on reliable, proven SyQuest ' 

mechanisms, these BR Mb. and 270Mb uni;s offer 

(ransportable, compact, high performance and, 

above all, expandable storage For all your 

computing needs, SyQuest is the world leader in 
this technology across computer platforms which 
means ihat you can transfer work, between 
Amiga. Macintosh'" and PC, wrlh ease. We 

recommend Ihe CrassDOS and Cross-Mac 

software packages to simplify portability - call tor 

piicirti}. Cur drive prices include 1 'ree cartridge. 



Twist 2 

Twisl 2 is ihe new, Friendly, relational database for 
ail Amlgas. Twist's range ol power features such 
as its integrated lorms designer, its varied & 
mufti-level querying, -its N:1 i:N ft N:M relations 
coupled wit! Us un-duttered. well-designed user 
interface make it ideal for both the first-time and 
Ihe seasoned database user. 



Twisl 2 is tha only database 
you will ever need - a 
product that expands to 
meel your requirements as 
they grow. So, before you 
buy. another daiabase, why 
not take a look at the Twist derno 




disk? 




the Squ irrct SCSI interface 



The latest of our highly acclaimed 
sound samplers for the A60Q/Al2fM, 
Aura otters high performance 12/18 
tan quality with direcHo-disk sampling 
j plus a host of sotrvvai's features 
Ociamed 5-W up compatible. 

96% Amiga Shopper 90% AUt 



Ordering Information 



All I I iSull products (see the complete list below) should be available through your favourite Amiga, dealer. II 
you have difficulty in obtaining any title you can order directly from HiSofll - fust call us free on QSQO 223660, 
armed with your credit or debit card: we will normally despatch mthm 4 working days or, for an extra £6, by 
guaranteed next day delivery {for goods in slock), Alternatively, you can send us a cheque or postal orders. 
Ail pnees include VAT. Export orders: call or fax to conlirrn pricing and postage costs, ft 1995 HiSoft ESOE. 

HiSntt products for your Amiga: Squirrel SCSf interface • £69.95, Squirrel Storage Systems - as above, 
Aura 12/16 bit sampler - £99,9S, MegalQSOUnd 9 bit sampler - £34.95, PtgMidi interface - E24.95, HiSoft 
Devpac 3.1 4 - E79.95. HiSoft BASIC 2 - £79.96. Highspeed Pascal ■ £99,95. Gamesmrrii - £99.95, Temnlte - 
£39.95. Twist 2 dalabase - £99.95, Maxon Magic - E29.95. Upper Disk Tools - £14.95, Vista the inc 
MakePath/TerraFomn • ES9.9S and much more, Coming soon: DIskMagic idisk tools) and Cinema4D 



SCSI Hard Driv 





270Mb El 69, 540Mb £239 
730Mb £279, 1 Gb £479 
Add Eia for exiemol units 

Herd drives are becoming more and 

more affordable and we can now ofler 

some tremendous prices on a range of 

superb quality. Quantum drives in a range of capacities, 

These drives Ofler last seek times 04ms @ 270Mb, 
11ms @ S40/73uMb, 9ms @ 1Gb). large caches end 
high speed data, transfer rates (LSMb/sec with 
Squinel). All uniig can be suppked for you to til in your 
own case or pre-instailed m one of our professional 
Squirrel Storage Cases. The Squirrel does not 
auto-boot external hard disks but you can do this (rem 
floppy or from internal IDE hard disk 

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GMMESMmi 



Professional game development is made easy with trie 
new GaimSmiUh Development System. Over 3 years in 
the making, CDS gives you the low level power to 
create the masterpiece of your dreams In a single, 
easy-lo-use. comprehensive environment, using C of 
assembler, Comes complete wilh junior versions of Dice 
C and Devpac a. 90 % AUl 92% CU Amiga 



Termite 



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Afraid of becoming a hedgehog on the 
Information Super Highway? Dont worry, 
Termite is so easy to use that even a first nme 
user will feel at home. Vet if has all (he power and 
tndbHIly to satisfy the most seasoned modem warrior! 

Termite is packed wilh features and comes with its. 
superb Button Bar already set up for instant access to 
CIX and many BBSs. 6a% Am{ga ComputJA g 

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