AMIGA FORMAT: Issue 117 Dec 1998
THE WORLD`S BIGGEST SELLING AMIGA MAGAZINE:
WORKBENCH 3.5: Will it be worth the wait ?
COVERDISK AFCD33: Faster Quake, Newer Napalm.
EPIC MARKETING: Two page advert - Top CD titles.
WITH A REBOL YELL !
The Amiga executable of Carl Sessenrath`s REBOL
is now available for free download or purchase
at the main REBOL website. It follows hot on the
heels of the release of versions for the Macintosh,
Windows PC`s and the various shades of Linux.
The REBOL language provides a revolutionary simple
way to model the exchange and flow of information.
WIPEOUT 2097 FOR THE AMIGA:
Digital Images, the people who are writing Space
Station 3000 have announced that they will be
creating an official conversion of Psygnosis`s
headline game Wipeout 2097 for the Amiga.
WORLD OF AMIGA 1999 ANNOUNCED:
Although there have been no confirmed dates at the
time of going to press, a World of Amiga show has
been announced for 1999, and it will probably be
based at the usual venue, the Novotel Hammersmith.
ESTIMATED TIME OF ARRIVAL:
Based upon scurrilous rumours from the industry
insiders, Amiga Format present a hardly-comprehensive
list of new things and when you can expect to see
Boxer - 2 months
November Box - 4 months
Workbench 3.5 - 5 months
MUI 4 - 2 months
New Amigas - no date
Napalm - 1 month
Multiple G3 Accelerators - 4 months
68K Emulation - 2 months
USB Card - 3 months.
Nick Veitch - Ben Vost - Mark Wheatley - Colin Nightingale
EYETECH IN ONE-OFF INTERNET DEAL:
Those Yorkshire-based Amiga fans, Eyetech,
have come up with some bundles to celebrate
the launch of BT`s new HomeHighway service
offering ISDN connections at a fraction of
the price they used to be at.
GOLDED HITS 5!:
The popular Shareware text editor GoldEd has
hit version 5 and its gone commercial. The
new version, which comes on CD, has a lot of
the previous add-ons built-in now, including
support for the major programming languages,
HTML, and a spelling checker ( for English
and German ) and a thesaurus.
Hello, remember me ? I used to edit CU Amiga until
they pulled the plug on it just recently. Such is life.
Tony Horgan talks about the Apple Mac.
Chris Livermore brings you all the news from Belgium`
premier Amiga show.
"It certainly has the potential to be a great Amiga
show, but I can`t help feeling that Tony Mees was
let down "
The Amiga wasn`t the oldest computer at the show,
as some real dinosaurs turned up.
PIANETA AMIGA 98:
The second Pianeta Amiga, the Italian Amiga fair
organised by Jasa Communications, took place in
Empoli Italy ..
Of the many celebrities of the Amiga World, Petro
Tyschtschenko ( President of Amiga International ) ,
Michael Iurillo ( editor of Enigma Amiga Run ) and
all of Haage & Partner were there.
Midwest Amiga Expo `98 has traditionally been one
of the two largest yearly shows in North America.
All I can say is that my utmost compliments go out to
show organisers Ronn Black, Dave Pearce and the rest
of the AmiCON crew.
Mr McEwen made specific statements to say that they
were reorganising the way they handled press releases.
EYELINE: Advert - 3 Full Pages
Bringing you the latest Amiga News from Eyetech.
The new EZPC-Tower setup makes ideal 3D rendering
systems for the A1200.
Pro-Grab Digitizer £119
EZWriter - £299
Elbox IDE Flyer Spacers... Some A1200 motherboards
were shipped with an overpopulated clock port
connector , requiring the IDE-Flyer to be raised
by around 4mm to avoid short circuits.
WHITHER WORKBENCH 3.5 ?
The big news is that Workbench 3.5 has been given
the go-ahead from the big bosses at Gateway, but is
it needed or wanted. Ben Vost investigates.
Workbench has been patched and hacked more than any
other bit of software available for the Amiga.
Workbench 3.5 will need to provide a lot more than these
add-ons in a more integrated way if it is to sell.
Although Amiga Inc have denied any link with the PPC
now ... its hard to imagine they can ignore it.
COLOGNE SHOW PREVIEW:
With the world`s biggest and best Amiga show almost
here, we bring you a sneak look at who`s going to be
Nova Design - Demonstrating ImageFX and Aladdin 4D.
Ologram - Fully rendered £D beat-em-up.
Schatztruhe - The German CD specialists.
APC&TCP - see a demo version of Phoenix
Titan - Art Studio 4
Amiga Oberland - Oberland Computers
Coolbits - Vulcan Software
Irseesoft - Turboprint 7
Kato - Zorro sound board.
Games Round-up: MAx Rally, Claws of the Devil
Phoenix, Dark Millenia, Napalm.
When the going gets tough, the tough start
abusing as Ben Vost discovers...Abuse is based
around Lisp, the same language that was used
for Commodore`s installer program.
MAGNUM: Advert - 1200 Expansion Cards
68060/50& FPU 32Mb £334
They’re something and they’re spooky, they’re
dum de dum and kooky - they’re the readers
games .. Nick Veitch
Wizards of Odd - Andrew Crane - Amos
Dungeons - Richard Phipps - Amos Pro
Sir Losealot - Bob Hindle - Aspire2
Mortal Kombash - Jonathan Sutton - Blitz Basic 2.1
Space Quest II, Napalm, Valhalla 2, Worms
SPACE STATION 3000:
A new space-based, combat /trading, adventure-type
game ? Digital Images.. Stuart Walker is your host
GASTEINER: Advert -
6.4 GIG int. SCSI £299
4.3 GIG IDE £169
Microvitec 14" new - £250
Selection of the Month: Megabook v4.1
A highly recommended address organiser
for your Workbench. By Tom Bampton
Available from Aminet ( biz/dbase/AAA_Megabook.lha )
And still available.
Battlescape by Chris Usher
Twaddlers Disk 7 - Classic Amiga Spoftware
Odds on Favourite by Eric Park
Super It by 3 Amigos
Blue Rose Colour Fonts by Eddie Barry.
Nick Veitch risks life and er fingers to
bring you his personal view of Phase 5`s
Now you can really veg out in front of your
computer. As if typing in HTML wasn`t enough.
Ben Vost now watches TV too.
.. you can carry on working or at least try to,
while the TV carries on - you can`t do that if
you have to switch channels.
Simon Goodwin recaps floppy history and tests a
new disk gizmo from Elaborate Bytes.
Cor, it seems like only two months since the last
Aminet CD came out. Ben Vost looks at the latest.
An `030 accelerator may seem like old hat, but
Power are bringing a new one out. Ben Vost finds
Another bonus is the fact that the board has a built
in SCSI controller, an NCR model which is pretty good
Larry Hickmott helps you to enhance the quality
of your printing with a review of Studio 2.2 on CD.
The best places around the world to buy Amiga
hardware and software.
AF`s resident hardware healer and software saviour
John Kennedy, solves your problems yet again
Q: I recently purchased a Quantum 2.1 Gb IDE Ultra
DMA hard drive from Power Computing that is difficult
to start up...
A: Some hard drives are more equal than others, and
a common problem is the refusal to boot from cold.
On IBM hard drives, breaking the Pin 1 connection
on the IDE cable sometimes solves the problem.
Hard Luck - Question about hard drives.
....... You cannot link a 2.5" drive and a 3.5" drive
together in the usual masterslave relationship. Most
2.5" drives are designed to be the only drive in a
notebook computer, and therefore don`t have the necessary
Dave Cusick sings the praises of MP3.
A typical four minute pop song can be encoded into
an MP3 file that is barely 4Mb in size and decoded
on the fly.
The new MP3car site looks though it could grow
into a shrine for mobile MP3 fans.
USING HTML - Tutorial:
Neil Bothwick, head of Amiga ISP Wirenet,
starts a new tutorial for people interested in HTML.
Our brand new audio series begins with Tony Morgan
taking a look at the exciting new developments in hard
C FOR YOURSELF:
The Amiga has always been the favourite platform for
3D graphics and now you know enough C to create your
own, as John Kennedy demonstrates.
UNDER THE BONNET:
Simon Goodwin uncovers the might of memory management.
MMU`s intercept every memory access made by the processor,
translating the logical address specified by the program.
Spare us - questions about Workbench 3.5
Send us - Your ideas for Workbench 3.5
2000AF: - Anyway the best of luck to everyone at
AF for the future, and who knows? In two year`s
time, Af might be thicker, cheaper and have some
As we have said since the closure of CU, there
are no plans to close Amiga Format any time soon.
It remains a profitable title and we sincerely hope
that it will remain so, certainly long enough to
see the arrival of the new Amiga.
Fiasco 2.2 - This fantastic database is back and it`s
better than ever. Dave Taylor investigates the
powerful relational capabilities of this Amiga classic.
COVERDISC AFCD33 is here ! Of course, you already knew
that because it was weighing down the cover of your
mag "Doh !" says Ben Vost, your host.
At your fingertips - HD Installers Galore
Cinema4D Fix - PPC Archivers - Easier Index.
POWER COMPUTING: Five page advert -
Scanmagic external scandoubler £95.95
Power Flyer £59.95
New 4 way buffered interface £29.95
Catweasel Mk2 £49.95
PowerPort Junior £35.95
Power Tower £269.95 - £899.95
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The power of a PC with the
heart of an Amiga.........
..... That was that. And that last page
sums it up for me. The heart still beats
but what of the body.
AMIGA FORMAT Issue 117 for December 1998
was brought to you by:
Editor - Nick Veitch
Deputy Editor - Ben Vost
Production Editor - Mark Wheatley
Ex-Games Editor - Colin Nightingale
Contributors - John Kennedy
Simon Goodwin, Dave Cusack, Dave Taylor
Ursula Morgan, Tony Morgan, Neil Bothwick.
CD Compiler - EMComputergraphic.
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