AMIGA FORMAT: Issue 91 Dec 1996
THE WORLD`S BIGGEST-SELLING AMIGA MAGAZINE:
BARGAINS AHOY ! - Pay Less, Don`t Wait, Don`t Worry
Where can you find a wide range of Amiga products
at reasonable prices ? Find out inside.
ON THIS ISSUE`S CD:
With over 200Mb of superb reader contributions
and a total of more than 22,000 files in 2500
directories AFCD7 will keep you busy all month.
MONTH IN VIEW: With Nick Veitch
Parting is such sweet sorrow, but Amiga Format
moved out of the office it had used for the
past seven years.
This month has seen more trials and tribulations
than normal. For the first time in seven years,
Amiga Format is in a new office. The move was
prompted by Future Publishing’s inexorable expansion
plan and so we were forced to pack all our belongings
into crates and get the removal men in.
SIREN - Two page advert
Zip Drives - £199 with Squirrel.
EZ Drive - £179 with Squirrel.
Dataflyer - £79.99
Apollo 1230 Lite - £99.99.
Apollo 1230/50 Pro - £159.99.
Apollo 1260/50 - £489.
8 Speed CD-ROM - £199.99.
External SCSI Drive - 2Gb £399.
Gordon Harwood Computers: Advert
Cyberstorm II - £649
Cybervision 64/3D 4Mb - £299
Blizzard 1240T/ERC - £279
Blizzard 1260 - £579
Blizzard SCSI Kit - £89
Graham and Andy Dean are probably England’s best
known shareware team. They created ImageStudio and
are now about to release a new program onto the
unsuspecting Amiga public . The program in question
is called DrawStudio and aims to do for the vector
drawing market what ImageStudio did for the image
SILICA - Advert
Q-DRIVE - £149
Amiga M-1438S Monitor - £299
540Mb Hard Drive - £159
Amiga A1200 Magic Pack - £499 with 170Mb HD.
Following on from their highly regarded EMC
Phase 4 - Desktop Video Dreams CD, EM Computer graphics
have just announced the impending release of their
Multimedia Backgrounds CD, Backgrounds Unlimited.
GOODBYE OPTONICA, HELLO ANQ:
Optonica one of the stalwarts of the UK Amiga
industry, collapsed earlier this year following
the closure of one of their major clients.
CHEAPER FASTER BETTER MORE:
Power Computing have upped the stakes in the
affordable computing arena once more. They are
now offering a 68030-based accelerator card for
any A1200, complete with FPU, battery backed
clock and 4Mb RAM for prices starting at £99.
WEIRD SCIENCE: Advert - CD Disks including Aminet Disks.
BARGAIN AHOY: Shopwatch -
Multimedia Computers - Torquay
High Street Micros - Crewe
Chips Computers - Middlesborough
Microtron - Pontefract
FIRST COMPUTING CENTRE: Advert - A1200 MagicPack £369
COMMODORE 64 EMULATORS:
Simon Goodwin has a look at emulators for the computer
that earned Commodore the cash to buy Amiga.
The Commodore 64 is the world`s most successful
eight bit computer. Introduced in 1982 to follow-up
the million-selling VIC-20, it was a massive step
forward in terms of graphics, sound and most of
all, memory capacity with 64K of dynamic memory
and 20K of ROM.
Processor - 1MHz MOS Technology 6510
Memory - 64K Paged DRAM
1/2K static colour RAM
8K PET BASIC 2 ROM
8K KERNAL ( system ) ROM
4K Character display ROM
Sound - Mono, channel 9 octave direct.
A64 - C64 - AXF-64 - Magic64 - Frodo
Aminet and most Amiga PD libraries carry Frodo.
Lots of C64 goodies in this months AFCD.
SCREEN PLAY: So many new games - the pipeline`s
at risk of becoming clogged - Andy Smith.
The Haunting - Direct Software
Enigma - Peter Spinaze
Tommy Gun - Mutation Software
Jet Pilot - Vulcan Software
Blobz - Apex Systems
KGB The Second Part
Alien Breed 3D II - More Breed
PD SELECT: Whether you want to get your life
in order, revise for those exams or just play
some games, there`s something for everyone in
this month`s PD select.
Games Pack Volume 1 - Compilation by Alan Brotherhood
Sound Anim - by Peter Clark
Everyday Organiser - Mathew Wilson
Blue Rosecolour - Fonts by Gerrit Hillerbrand
Third Dimension - Tony Hartley
6th Form - Education - Various
TOP 10 PUBLIC DOMAIN TITLES:
1: New Icon Package v3
2: New Icons Backdrops 1
3: MUI-USR v3.6
4: Everyday Organiser v2.01
7: Cheat Collection
8: Virus ZII v1.34
9: AGA magic
10: Amy WB2
AF SERIOUS: with the mighty Ben Vost
It`s funny isn`t it ? The world and his wife
are absolutely positive that the Amiga is stone
cold dead, pushing up the daisies, gone to meet
it`s maker and any other appropriate Monty-Pythonisms
you care to think of. And yet, here we are, filling
the world`s best Amiga magazine, from month to month
with groovy software from around the world.
..... Now, as of today we have had no triumphant
announcement from Viscorp telling us that they have
a bright new future planned for the Amiga, but I`m
sure that hasn`t deterred any of the companies
present in in this issue from bringing out new
software and updating old.
DIRECTORY OPUS 5.5:
It`s now the only major player in the file
managing game. Nick Veitch wonders what more
can be done with Opus. Rating 92%
Ben Vost looks to a newcomer on the Amiga art
package scene, to take his attention away from
Up until now VideoCD has been technology only
CD32 users can enjoy - the SMD-100 proves that`s
about to change.
WORKBENCH: with Graeme Sandiford
TO C OR NOT TO C ........
Query regarding Amiga C..
To learn how to use the Amiga operating system
and hardware, look no further than the official
Amiga ROM Kernal reference manuals and Amiga
Hardware reference guide. The recently released
Developer CD-ROM is a definite must . We probably
could put a freely distributed compiler on the
Coverdisk , but we couldn`t put all the necessary
Amiga header files on there too, as they are
copyright . Sadly "Complete Amiga C" is no longer
Query regarding boot from hard-drive..
.. Assign > nil: hd1: exists if warm reset endif
This example script assumes your hard drive is called
"hd1" and you should add the script to your user-startup
script in the s: directory.
After shamelessly and self-indulgantly devoting the
whole of last month`s Amiga.net to one of his favourite
subjects, Darren Irvine uses this one to cover
something he knows very little about - sport.
A bit of movement makes things a lot more
interesting. Chapter Three of our giant
multimedia tutorial finds Ben Vost behind
the camera shouting "Action!"
Videomaster AGA Eyetech
Prograbrtplus - Harwoods
Vidi Amiga 24 - QL
Vlab/Vlabmotion - White Knight Technology
ALIEN BREED 3D: Level Design Tutorial
Andy Clitheroe gives a step-by-step guide,
showing you how to design a small object editor.
This month he`ll be concentrating on creating
a simple cube.
REAL 3D VERSION 2:
This month`s project has an architectural slant.
Graeme Sandiforth swaps the sand and cement for
Boolean operations and starts building.
If you use your Amiga to control external
instruments as well as just playing internal
samples, OctMED is still an effective tool.
Darren Irvine shows you what can be achieved.
A stunning piccie can make all the difference..
Join John Kennedy on the HTML journey into
Unfortunately the collapse of Escom has resulted
in many people losing their warranties.
Phase Five are still working on the PowerUp project,
despite delays resulting from disagreements over
AMIGA FORMAT COVER CD:
Look Here 1st:
In the Mag:
Plus Ben Speaks:
General Advice: Most of the programs are designed
to run straight from the CD, thus saving your hard
disk space, but they often need assigns to make them
DATACHROME AND ACE BASIC 2.4:
This month David Taylor introduces not one, but
two complete packages for you to get stuck into.
A very light edition in terms of Amiga comment.
More about getting on with the business of
bringing software editorials. A healthy batch
of hardware for sale, though no real Amigas.
AMIGA FORMAT Issue 91 for December 1996
was brought to you by:
Editor - Nick Veitch
Deputy Editor - Ben Vost
Production Editor - Andrea Ball
Games Editor - Andy Smith
Art Editor - Linda Benson
Art Assistant - Cathy McKinnon
Photography - Pete Canning and Rob Scott
John Kennedy, Darren Irvine, Simon Goodwin
David Taylor, Robert Polding, Graeme Sandiford,
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