Amazing Computing Vol 11 03 1996 Mar. The Amiga was an anything machine when it was first released.
However, videography did a lot to centralize the Amiga's abilities. After that, it was easy to point to the Amiga and go on about its video editing features, The only problem was that features like sound, animation, multitasking, etc.
Случайно врезав своему тренеру по яйцам, молоденькая боксерша Ava Taylor решила тут же проверить, не сделала ли она мужика.
although important to a full video presentation, were not mentioned often enough for the Amiga's abilities. If we want to sell the Amiga to this consumer audience, we must offer them a solution to their problems. Th 1I solution may well be access to the internet and the AMIGA Surfer mentioned in AC's last issue may well be the best hope for the Amiga.
Internet or Bust It is a part of every news show, ii has been mangled by congress, it has been maligned bv the media-the internet, right or wrong, is the main story and the golden fleece at the moment. Advertisers place their homepage address in their print and television advertisements. Macintosh and PC magazines offer CDs for internet use on the covers of their newsstand copies.
There is really no place to go in the US today without being hit by the internet. And the Amiga has a surefire solution for the market, The AM!GA Surfer (announced last issue) is an off-the-shelf internet machine. The fact that it is a full Amiga 1200, has a library of software behind it, and has the ability to emulate the Macintosh and IBM is only secondary. This 5800 device is the right solution for today's market. It is now in Amiga Technologies.
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5 Aminet 10 Aminet 9 TurboColc 3 5 uses on enhanced, easy-to-use user interlace, utilising numerous innovations such as Dreg & Drop lor copying moving or filling wilh the mouse, even easier selection of functions, freeing of sheet titles or the displayoble status raw. A multiple Undo Redo or a variable depth. reverses the effect of erroneous data or commands and can save much wort, as can the Autosave and Backup options.
Thanks to the new object concept which allows insertion and printing of charts, texts, drawings, IFF-images. directly in the sheet, sheets con now be more effectively created and designed. Charts (e. the new 3D bor and pie charts) can be directly placed beside the appropriate number sequence. Longer texts can be compactly accomodated in a cell comprising several lines.
The formfeed visible in the sheet as well as the print preview function assist in achieving optimal layout on screen, saving both paper and time All this can be committed to paper with using ii proved print routines, or be integrated in your text processing software os IFF graphics or text (via file or A database mask is now available to allow easier monagemenl of your TurboCalc databases. The most significant enhancements: Objects (chart, texl. Drawing, picture. ) can be directly inserted into the sheet and have a macro attached, and also be printed in the graphic mode Cells may contain several lines TurboCalc V3. - Drog-and-Drop for moving copying changing the size of blocks by. Multiple Undo Redo ¦ Chart module vastfy expanded (new chart types, 3D, Auto-Refresh.
). • Preview for the printing of graphics (from 052. 0 on).
• Formfeed visible in the sheet. Data-Mask for an easier input display of data records.
¦ Status row displayoble with short online-help. - (Maximal) number of columns increased: now up to 18276 columns. can be used (A. ZZZ) [together with up to 9 999 999 rows] ¦. Clipboard support for easy data exchange with text processing. 5heets con oe saved as IFF-images (e.
far an easy export to text processing programs) Autosovo (every x minutes, alternatively the last version will be kepi), New Import & Exporf-Formafs Excel 4 (XL5) and Lotus 123 (. WK1. WKS) bath con import formulas, the xls- filter even keeps most of the cell formatting.
- Fast and easy access to the last used projects via. 'Smart-Open*' Encrypting sheets using a very sophisticated. crypto- grahic algorithm.
- Complete support of OS2. x 3.
x (Locale support memory pools. Reqtools-Filerequester is supported. AMIGA-Guide help file can directly be occessed from TurboCalc. Requester for inserting funciians macros now with categories to allow an easier and faster access.
- Many new functions macros. ¦ TurboCalc-Ubrcries for an easy expansion of TurboColc with external functions, macros, objects, etc. (Documentation to program own libraries included) Numerous general improvements (e. saving the cursor position, special colors for every sheet, "hidden' password inquiry. ) An update to the world's best-selling Amiga CD-ROM series has just been released. Aminet CD10, dated February 1996, contains more than 1 gigabyte (uncom- pressed] of software in thousands of archives.
Since the release of Aminet 9 CD more than 500 MB new software has appeared. The current edition has a special focus. an fonts. More than 1,000 hrgh-quolity-fonts were included.
The excellent user-interface has also exp* rienced further improvements and we are proud to present you a new CD-ROM of superior quality far the Amiga. TurboCalc 3.
5 is the powerful successor to the program TurboColc 2. 0, which defined a new standard for spreadsheet analysis on the Amiga®. Superior quaury tot me % 9& Aminet Set 2 Still available. 25 MB Business software 54 MB Communications 25 MB Graphics & sound demos 27 MB Development software 5 MB Disk HD fools 22 MB Documents 111 MB Games 52 MB Graphics software 18 MB Miscellaneous 233 MB Music modules 54 MB Pictures & animations 43 MB Utilities Aminet Set 1 GURU-ROM V6 AMINET SET 2, dated November 1995, consists of approximately 4 gigabytes of software in 12.
000 archives Whether you like applications, games, communications or programming, the SET gives you all you need. Easy to use index files and search facilities moke accessing it a pleasure. A pleosure. - m OJI Stefan Ossowskis Schatxtruhe and Ralph Babel, au bor o( the well-known »Amiga Guru Book* and long-slcn- ding former system software developer for GVP, the American company known for its high-quafity hardware products, present; f Guru-ROM Version 6 The final update for alf GVP SCSf host adapters. Together with exhaustive documentation, rhe »Gurv- ROM« enhances each 5eries-ll host adapter in many decisive and for the serious user essential features: Universal: a SCSI driver without compromise for all Series-ll hast adapters and all »Combo« and lG-Force* accelerator cards for the AMIGA 4000, 3000, 2000, 1200, and 500. This ROM module, which has beei considerably extended in its code ond feature set, replaces all previously distributed driver ROMs Fast: unparalleled transfer rates of up to 3.
5 MB s raw (ZorroTI limit), 3. 1 MB s measured with *5CSI Speed*. 2 4 MB s measured with »DisfcSpeed* - even on o stock 7-MHz 68000-based Amiga! Alt the while, the CPU typically retains 80% free processing time.
Always maximum performance through the automatic selection of the currently optimal transfer mode (DMA, buffered DMA, PIO). Multifaceted: supports all device types defined in the SCSI standard, such as Hard disks. CD-ROM drives, streamers, scanners, and magneto-cptico! Devices. Compatible: complete support for the RDB standard resulting in trouble-free autoboot, outomount, and the exchange of devices ond media between two computers from Amiga OS 1. 3 through 3.
1 - Flexible: disconnect reselect, synchronous transfers, ond parity checking can be enabled separately for each device (even for devices without on RDB). Also complete write-proiection (useful for kiosk applications and for virus protection) is possible.
Intelligent; maximum compatibility with nearly all hardware and software through special handling of all known firmware bugs of the most popular SCSI devices and DMA hardware bugs in the A30QQ and A4QQ0, workarounds for internal errors in the WD SCSI chip, as well os special modifications to account for defective application software. Upward-compatible: completely compatible both to rhe SCSI-2 as well as to the SC5H standard, thereby providing the broadest support for all devices on the market including those still to come. Years of experience, technical know-how, and competence from the world's best Amiga software ond hardware engineers are condensed in this penultimate product, it mokes it possible for the user to productively and comfortably use SCSI, without sacrificing performance, risk of incompatibility, or waste of resources. GURU ROM V6 120 MB Utilities 270 MB Documents 40 MB text software 75 MB Business software 630 MB Pictures & animations 170 MB Graphics software 150 MB Miscellaneous 630 MB Graphics & sound demos 250 MB Games 110 MB Development software 10 MB Disk HD tools 5 MB Hardware related 840 MB Music modules 150 MB Communications 30 MB Music software Subscriptions to the Aminet series are available There are expected to be six releases per year, and the subscription is actually for 4 CD's, regardless of when they end up shipping Aminet - subscription: $ 59.
95 Subscription Still available. Mnews Offline Volume 1 Amiga Library Services 610 North Alma School Road - Suite 18 Chandler, Arizona 85224-3687 USA Fax (602)491 -0048 Voice only: (800)804-0833 [602)491-0442 Email: info@AMIGAlib. com European distributor: Workbench Add-On Volume 1 Your virluol guide around the world. Travel to places, you have never seen before, get informed about your next holiday destination beforehand. Spend some time m the son! Are you preparing for a geography tost* Then you can find the info hero! On this CD ore information about all the 194 countries and about more than 700 cries covering all.
sorts of subjects Hore is a short selection of information araov Geography. Maps. Climate. Time- cones. People, longuoge. Religion, food, PotrfKS.
Flog. Notional onthom (see & hearj. Economy data. Ermformsonfol. stues, HoWoys. C*ei» City Mopt, Metro Maps These oreos are explc-ned thou- roughly Difficult definitions are explained [what is e. g the fund«o climate).
In addition to thb there is o massive amount of pictures from n"l over the world aval. Able.
A knit dictionary covering the mast important languages is clw there as a Info bonus- it is easy and imitiv lo use Van con enter end exit at any time. There are extensrve possibilities for searching. A printout of oil information is no problem at all Minimum system requirements A computet with Mosaic or NelScope (e g Amiga, Mot, OS 2, Uni*, W. ndawi l Recommendec system requirements- One of the abo-e compute's with a screen resolut-on of 640x400 with 256 colours and sound World Info 95: $ 59. 95 XiPaint H o boding edge, 24 bit paint program Ifi railed lo the demands of novice ond expert a.
Me. And within a short time, you loo will be abb to produce colourful ond creative an in 16 6 miKion colour*. This version of XiPaint provides n professional point program at on unbeatable price performance ratio. Overview of Features: - Diverse paint 'unctions including colour. Contrast and saturation adjustment ¦ Mask, outline, recolour and f*6 functions Airbrush with adjustable spay functions LighUabfo function for inanipjfoting montages and animations Text function. With antholiaiing using Compugiophic fonts Support for a variety of graphic lorn a1! • Unlimited Undo ¦ Diverse manipulation of nlpha channel - Supports many graph cords layen to combine drlVem project Arex* port Drag 6 Drop cotoun External fiber module Extensive documentation 60 taxlurei, 50 landscape*- 30 other pictures and many fonts included.
XiPcjinlV3. 2j 549. 95 Thii CD contain! 1070 gomei for the Commodore Amiga from differ ing categories Action. Jump & Run. Card Gamai, Puzzles, Strategy Games - a whole range af computer enterta-nment awoitst Gamers ‘ Delight wdl hold you captivated for houfi and guararutei lung-lcW- ing pleasure, 70 games are commerce> versions - rca public domain. 8.
No demoil This CD can be run on any Amiga with CD-ROM drive. MS free memory and Joystici Joypad. Gomers1 Delight 2: 5 i - 5 Gamers' Delight II World Info '95 XiPaint V3. 2 The Meei ng Pearls Volume Hi contains 650 MB of the finest fO soft ware vws a special user interface, which hoi been cieoted to allow you to find the program of yaw choice weh eese The contents: 10 MB Packer. Cruncher, Archive Programs 3 MB CD ROM Utilities ¦ 21 MB Communication and Network Programs 5 MB Debugging fools - 29 MB Development Tpab - 13 MB floppy.
Hard Dak am SCSI Programs 0 M3 Educcr-onoi Ptogrqms 9 M3 Gomes 35 M3 Grophtct Programs 39 M8 Internet Movie Darobose. Updated Version 7 MB Mid* Tools and Programs. 27 MB Mods - 12 MB Music Programs 21 MB Pictures 13 MB AmiTCP and mate for Networking 60 MB Datum niWran.
CD-ROM Databases, etc 96 M& PosfoX I 4 - nut previow available on amr CDROM 15 MB Uiil ’ ei 30 MB HTMl-Pcgtt CoHoctic-n cf datatypes, benchmark programs, icons, programs Fcr amateur radio and efocltrcal elec Tronic engineering on abo included Meeting Pearls Vol III: 5 I 1 '. • • O. • 0 • • O • • O • • G • CD-Write CD-Wnfo is bawd on a. s. mp;6 buf ingeftksus technique. Because you cannot write on.
ordinary CD1* using ordinary CD-ROM driver, CD- Write gxlendi. the Amiga 05 in. A fully OS compliant and completely. transparent manner, la redirect mod'fic ahani to CD's lo O. Spec. ol area of yaw horddrrve or other writable med a f*o n now.
on you will be able to feat CD ROMs Me any other medo, writing. or deleting file*. Moving and snoptboting windows and icom.
chongmg the icon toeltype fbWi. Replacing kora with you'. favorite ones, rearranging directories, changing the rfofouh.
configurations of programs run d*r*afy From the CMOM. Sonng. gome F»gh Ko-ei, e*e. Minimum system requirement. AMIGA 500, A60O, AIQ00, AT200, A1500. A2000.
A2500. A3000, or A4000 w. rh at least 1 MB of RAM.
OS 2 CM or higher, CO-ROM drive; herd dish recommended. CD-Writo: 557. 95 The Light Works Raytiodng is a fascinating area of computer graphics.
Picture from the computer perfocdy tendered. Fascinate people ail over the world.
The Amgo wai the first computer to be used for raytracing. And today it. j still a leader, with many high qualty programs A real artist of royvocing Is Tobins J. Richter from Cologne Germany, whose detailed objects stun people, especially his spoce ships of famous science fiction films which ore used to demonstrate the ccpa&J*es of fp rraeing programs Now era liable on CMOM for the first « me as 0 complete collection, his objects ore highly detailed end extremely realistic due to the application of complex surface r*xrur*» o! The modeli. Until now it was difficult to acquire these objects n order to creole y&ui own scenes or animations. The Light Works: $ 14.
95 Meeting Pearls Volume m The Workbench Add-On CD-fiOM i» the ideal companion to your workbench On this CD you will not only find lh* bed program], that ate available for the Amiga, but you will also get them reody to-run from the CD. In addition to this there s an installer script that installs the desired programs to your harddisk. The CD cavers oil areas of interest, o$ r the programmer, the user, the creative and the gamer will find what they qie looking for. On this CD-ROM them ore many shareware programs, some of them at a special price, rf you get registered There is « g ShtspesMier for 40- DM instead of 50, DM), in addition to this there is a 50 MB Moc partition, so that you can start playing around with Mac applications right awoy. Then there is Power Player for 20 ¦ DM (instead of 30-.
DM). rhere are. Of course, loads of modules with is, so that you.
con try it right away AmiWin. The new XI1-server for the. AMIGA is available for 540, instead of $ 50 You can ia ve mere. then 100. - DM with this CD- Therefore you only hove lo send. in the appropriate page in the booklet to the author of the.
program $ 29. 95 Gateway! Offers NeiBSD 1. 0, a lull featured. UNIX4A* operating system with both sources and binaries for. the Am-go, 1386. Sun 3, and other orcMectures Go net surfing.
wuh the large selection of supplied networking tools Other. suppled packages incude a binary release ol the X window. system (X11R6J for the Amiga, with mony add i-unal clients. and packages such as peri, emacs, games, mail programs, and. many megabytes of important texl fifes such as GfCs and FAQs. A complete rnstaffotrort guide is cvo4abfo on the CD, Theto. are d» some AnvguDOS interpet uhlitms.
Such os clients for. AmiTCP and envoy. Gateway. 52 ¦' 5 Fieshfotiti volume 2 contain] 632 megabytes of fonts fat almost any com put tr system.
Mop of the fonts are freely distributable, except for Ihe Thieners fonrs, which are exclusive or this CD Each cf these fonts is included in four different formats Dmf, Agfa Inteflifont, Adobe and TrueType There ore 235 font families on iht CD (each containing of up to 8 d*ffe»e« styles) They ere classified in seven categories. Dkg 63 families), Nan Latin 33 fomifies), Picture? (16 fomi lies), Soni Serif (29 families), Script 36 families). Serif [36 families), and Thienen (19. families] Froshfanls Vol 2: 5 - • • freshftnts II ftlH GTI Grenville Trading International GmbH Zimmersmuhlenweg 73 61440 Oberursel ¦ Germany Tel. +49-6171-85937 Fax +49-6171-8302 Email: CompuServe 100336,1245 IhrboOalc V2.
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• c• • O •. O••G• • O• All products are available in your local. Amiga shop or thr ough national mail-order companies. • •o**oeeoe*oeeo» North American distributor: NctNews Offtine. Vol. 1 is the fitst disk of a new bimonthly published series of.
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96 10 New Products & Other neat stuff TelevEyes Flus from CeV Design, a new Amiga SX, a CDROM just for A1200 A4000 owners, a CD-ROM of commercial titles, all Kara Fonts on one CD ROM, plus a new Web site from MegageM. AMIGA in Business Easy Ledgers Afraid your Amiga can't count for beans? Try this accounting package that would make any bean counter look twice, page 42. Personal Suite. P.
10 13pc-task by Marc Hoffman A software utility to run PC software on an Amiga? The Amiga OS is still superior in numerous ways but we are still required to deal with the MS-DOS computing community. PC-TASK offers an alternative to placing an Intel machine on your desk. North American Amiga Dealer List Can't find a local Amiga dealer? Check the current list of Amiga specialists in this issue page 45. 16ScapeMaker 4. 0 by Shawms Morticr Combine the power of Digital Elevation Models from Vista Pro with the abilities of other programs to create your own 3D virtual worlds. ScapeMaker 4. 0, P.
16 by Rob Hays Putting Amosaic to work on the World Wide Web, learning protocals, searching the hot new web sites, hints and tips, and more in this month's column. Personal Commentary: What Trees do they Plant.
Shamms Mortier asks us to do more than use our computers make a difference page 48. DEPARTMENTS Editorial 6 FeedBack 47 Index of Advertisers 40 Realistic candle flames, P. 34 34 Creating Candle Flames with Imagemaster and Aladdin 4D Imagemaster is a program that has a durable history of innovative image- processing techniques. PRINT COLOR PHOTOS DIGITAL COLOR PHOTO PRINTER FROM YOUR COMPUTER The new FotoFUNI Digitol Color Photo Printer opens up a whole new world of fun possibiiities for your computer! With FotoFUNI, you can take any image - from Photo Cds1' digital cameras, on-line services, or your own scanned photos - and print real color photos from your computer. The color and clarity are as good as that of traditional snapshots! Plus, you can: FORGO t CotM PHOTO WIMM. • Print your own photo postcards, for holiday greetings or. special announcements.
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Orial Con Apple Computer in Decline, Escom loses 46 million Deutshemarks, Window sales off What is going on. Trouble in the world of computers this past holiday season was not as bright as was expected, Apple Computer recorded losses which resulted in the ousting fairly or unfairly) of their CEO, And, while Bill Gates was quoted by the media as saying Apple would have to do a lot to turn around their downward spiral, he has not been quoted on why the Windows '95 operating system did not meet expected goals or what he intends to do for the millions of customers who are once again unsatisfied with Microsoft's large promises and small results. Manv Microsoft users have grumbied that the large demands. for memory and disk space have not been equaled by increased productivity'. Some experts are saying that Windows '95 may be the reason computer sales as a whole were so far off this past year. Even ESCOM reported losses of 46 million Deutshemarks at the end of last year.
This final comment was from an Escom executive who was attempting to tell me why Escom and Amiga Technologies have still not put any money into marketing the Amiga in North America. But Escom, Apple, or even grumblings from Microsoft's customers did not prepare me for the news of Wonder Computers. Wonder Computers A major disaster to hit the Amiga Market in early February was the demise of Wonder Computers. Our office discovered that the entire six-store chain in Canada has been seized.
Unfortunately it is still not clear, at press time, why the seizure occurred or if Wonder Computers will be allowed to restructure. Even though, the effect on the Amiga market will be significant. Wonder Computers had been on a roll. They had expanded and created new stores in a market where few others could survive.
They were able to encourage a large amount of Amiga users throughout Canada to continue using and expanding their Amiga equipment. According to one executive at Ernst and Young, the trustee organization who is handling the Wonder Computers account, many Amiga users have already called the stores requesting information on who is going to handle product in Wonder's absence. Aside from the impact this will have on local Amiga users in Canada, there is also a great deal of concern for what this will do to the array of products Wonder Computers has either revived or created for the Amiga market.
DesignWorks was originally created by New Horizons Software. However, New Horizons experienced severe growing pains just as this product was ready for the Amiga consumer and they were not able to properly launch it. The revolutionary drawing tool was never given its full worth. After New Horizons went into receivership. Wonder Computers purchased the rights to the product and through their software development division, Lazarus Engineering, they refreshed DesignWorks and began distributing it. Wonder Computers was the exclusive distributor in North America of EC-TASK (reviewed in this issue on page 13) and DirWorks 2. 1 from Australia.
Of course Wonder Computers' original distribution agreements will no longer be binding, but what about the money the developers have lost. While both of these utilities will find homes with new distributors, the developers who created the packages probably will not be paid for the software already in circulation. Dealers have almost certainly paid their distributors, and, if history is any guide, the people who shipped the packages to the dealer have either unpaid returns due from Wonder Computers or were Wonder themselves. Everyone loses. Wonder as a Symptom As mentioned above, Wonder Computers may be able to restructure and continue. However, without a good strong commitment by Amiga Technologies to this market, they may not be able to raise the funds to make that commitment. And worse still, they may not be the only ones who suffer this fate.
With the entire computer industry in disarray, it would be easy for Amiga Technologies to point to the decline in Europe and North American sales as a reason to withdraw and wait for things to improve. But, Amiga Technologies can't take that route because they have the very tool that will put them in an arena no one can match. Solutions not Computers The real test of the computer market is how well an application is accepted. Only rarely do consumers buy computers just for the computer. When the Commodore 64 was in the midst of its hay-dav.
Commodore marketed (yep, they did know how to market then) the C64 as the computer students could learn from (as opposed to Atari 2600's). The campaign worked and a few more million of the C64s were sold. But, this is rare. When the Macintosh was first introduced, it was characterized as the world's first S2500 impulse item.
After Aldus released PageMaker on the Mac, the consumer had a real reason to buy the machine. The Amiga was an anything machine when it was first released.
However, videography did a lot to centralize the Amiga's abilities. After that, it was easy to point to the Amiga and go on about its video editing features, The only problem was that features like sound, animation, multitasking, etc. although important to a full video presentation, were not mentioned often enough for the Amiga's abilities. If we want to sell the Amiga to this consumer audience, we must offer (hem a solution to their problems. That solution may well be access to the internet and the AMIGA Surfer mentioned in AC's last issue may well be the best hope for the Amiga. Internet or Bust It is a part of every news show, it has been mangled by congress, il has been maligned by the media the internet, right or wrong, is the main story and the golden fleece at the moment. Advertisers place their homepage address in their print and television advertisements.
Macintosh and PC magazines offer Cds for internet use on the covers of their newsstand copies, '['here is really no place to go in the US today without being hit by the internet. And the Amiga has a surefire solution for the market. The AMIGA Surfer (announced last issue) is an off-the-shelf internet machine. The fact that it is a full Amiga 1200, has a library of software behind it, and has the ability to emulate the Macintosh and IBM is only secondary. This $ 800 device is the right solution for today's market.
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Installation is easy and straightforward, utilizing the Commodore Installer program. PC- Task comes in four versions to be used on the appropriate Amiga: a 68000 to 68010 version, a 68020 to 68060 version, and a special "Turbo" version for both. The Turbo version is supposedly faster than the normal version, but it does have some drawbacks. The Amiga is one of the most versatile computers on the market, even after it has taken a year off, and this is shown in its ability to emulate other computer platforms. See Figure 1, with both a Mac and PC running on the Amiga.
There is a DOS emulator available for the Amiga, called PC- Task, and it promises to do as one might expect: it emulates the code of a real PC in order to run software written for that platform. PC-Tus. 11 Cio-Is illume.
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First, PC-Task Turbo is very memory intensive. PC-Task Turbo allocates about four times as much memory as the normal version of PC- Task. For example, on my 26MB A4000,1 was only able to squeeze out about 4. 6MB of usable RAM in the Turbo emulation. This is opposed to about 17MB of usable RAM in the normal version of PC-Task. The other drawback is, ironically, speed.
While the basic processing power is inSimply tell PC-Task where the file is to be placed, tell it how large the file is td be, and the result is an instant harddrive. Creased, the hard drive access is slowed down. When PC-Task first fires up, the main screen is displayed with the following information (see Figure 2): HardDrive and Floppy drive specification, selection of either an 8086 or 80286 processor, Graphics Adaptor, Advanced Video Options, Seriai and Parallel options, Sound, and the COM2 Mouse driver.
Last is multi-tasking priority, memory selection, and configuration settings. Starting with the drive section, PC-Task allows the user to specify the MS-DOS drives A and B as any Amiga floppy device; DFO: and DF1. for example. In addition, people using utilities such as CrossDOS can directly mount those devices for use in PC- Task(PC0: could be assigned to drive. In terms of hard drive specification, PC-Task uses two different formats. The first is a HardDiskFile, which is a file on an AmigaDOS volume that acts like a real hard drive or hard drive partition. This option provides flexibility in terms of the creation of new volumes, making the need to re-partition the AmigaDOS volume unnecessary.
Simply tell PC- Task where the file is to be placed, tell it how large the file is to be, and the result is an instant hard drive. Of course the biggest drawback to this type of system is the speed factor. Just trying to boot up Windows 3. 1 can take several times longer than booting off of a real hard drive. Which brings up the next type of hard drive device a dedicated partition on the hard drive. A dedicated partition is much faster on the order of several times.
Windows 3. 1 takes considerably less time to boot off of the hard drive partition. PC Graphics Graphics on the PC are quite complicated. This is due in part to the large number of standards and even greater number of video drivers available. PC-Task emulates many different PC graphics adapters: MDA, CGA, EGA, VGA, and SVGA 512K SVGA 1 mb SVGA 2mb. MDA is the most basic of the adapters, allowing only monochrome output.
CCA is the next step up from MDA, and according to the PC-Task manual, has the best implementation in the emulation of any of the adapters. EGA is a step above CGA and it encompasses the first two modes, plus it adds some enhanced modes of its own.
VGA can handle everything that the first three adapters can display, plus it adds higher resolution and color definition. Some displays under VGA require 256 colors. For these screen modes, the Amiga will have to either have the AGA chip set or a graphics board with the ability to display 256 colors. SVGA, or Super VGA, simply adds even more resolution and color capability to the computer; the higher the RAM value attached to the adapter, the higher the resolution and color definition. One of the main applications that will throw PC-Task's graphics emulation off is games.
Sometimes programmers of games tend to be quite liberal in their interpretation of these modes, and they take certain liberties that do not follow the standards. This will most likely confuse PC-Task, and the graphics cannot be displayed. The way PC-Task actually uses the Amiga to display these different modes falls under the Advanced Video Options, and can be confusing at first. The first thing is to tell PC-Task which adapter to emulate.
For example, if the Graphics Adaptor is set to MDA, then no matter which program is run, the best possible display will be monochrome. Once this is set up, PC-Task has to know which Amiga screen mode (or graphics board mode) will be assigned to each of the FC equivalents. Figure 3 shows the screen that allows assignment of these modes.
Notice that the mode shown is PCMode 3, which happens to be 640x200x16 colors. The Amiga must know what kind of screen to open this on, and as shown, the mode being assigned is DBNTSOHigh Res, 640x200. Now, whenever a PC program tries to open a 640x200x16 color screen, PC-Task will force the Amiga to open up the DBNTSOHigh Res screen instead. PCModo Adapters 3 con,EOfi,VGR,SVGH ResoI ut i on 648*206(80*25) 16 Set Had? [SUUUWVUU IDBLNTSC :H i ih Res Q3 Screen Graphics Update t* lnrx.
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High Res Laced DBLNTSC:H i gh Res No Flicker DBLNTSC:Lou Res DBLNTSC:Lou Res Laced DBLNTSC:Lou Res No Flicker EURG72:648 x 208 EURO:72Hz Productivity EURQ:72Hz Productivity Laced MULTISCRN:640 x 248 MULT ISCRN:Productivity MULTI SCAN:Producttvity Laced NTSC:High Res NTSC:H i gh Res Laced NTSC:Lou Res NTSC:Lou Res Laced NTSClSupei High Res NTSC:Super-High Res Laced SUPER88:H igh Res SUPER88:H igh Res Laced SUPER80:Super-High Res SUPER88:Super-High Res Laced All of the. different modes in PC- Task can be custom assigned in this way, and there are 23 of them ranging from 40x25x2 colors to 1280x1024x256 colors.
In addition, PC-Task can force the emulation to open inside a window on the Amiga Workbench. Cane e t ml Figure 3: This screen is used o select the PC graphics mode you require. PCMode 3 (shown) is 640x200x16 colors.
In the interest of speed of the graphics updates, PC-Task allows the user to set updates to one of five settings: 1,2,4, or 8 frames (a frame is 1 30 second); or, an Immediate setting can be set to force the updates whenever a change to the screen occurs. When using the MDA palette, the MDA Palette gadget allows the user to set the colors used with this mode via RGB sliders. PC-Task can be made to use the Amiga’s serial and parallel ports to emulate modem and printing operations on the PC. PC Ports, Sound, Mouse and more PC-Task can be made to use the Amiga's serial and parallel ports to emulate modem and printing operations on the PC. The parallel option worked perfectly on my Hewlett Packard PaintJet printer. When using tire serial port, I did run into some problems in the area of telecommunications.
For sound support, PC-Task is somewhat limited. Most Pcs have basic sound generation circuitry built onto the motherboard. Simple beeps and sounds are possible with this strategy.
PC-Task's sound support is limited to this level. As stated in the manual, PC-Task does not support emulation of any kind of sound card such as the SoundBlaster.
As for mouse support, PC-Task comes through. When the COM2 Mouse option is turned on, PC-Task will emulate a Microsoft compatible mouse.
Emulation of this kind increases the likelihood of compatibility with programs that may use custom mouse drivers. The Priority When Selected and Priority When Not Selected deal with the multitasking priority given to the emulation when its screen is selected and when other programs are selected. The setting of 1 in the Selected box means that when the emulation's screen is selected, then the bulk of the processor's power is allocated to PC- Task. The -1 setting in the Not Selected box means that when PC-Task's screen is sent to the back, other programs will get most of the processor's time. PC- Task multitasks very well. As 1 am writing this review, PC-Task is decompressing software to the same physical hard drive that! Am periodically saving this review to, and there are no problems.
In addition, many different PC-Tasks can be opened at once on the same Amiga. (continued on page 26) Daniel Wolf of MegageM has been with the Amiga almost since its inception. He has given his best efforts to the continuation of one of the few pieces of software capable of translating the mysterious world of fractal math into startling graphics and animations. He has also continued a steady and dependable upgrade policy for all of his software, even through the dark times just passed the transition from Commodore to ESCOM.
ScapeMaker 4. 0 Combine the power of Digital Elevation Models from Vista Pro with the abilities of other programs to create your own 3D virtual worlds. By R. Sliamms Mortier As we shall discover, ScapeMaker (as well as other MegageM products we will review in future A mazing issues) has many uses for the Amiga 3D artist and animator. It should also be realized that most of MegageM's wares have been consciously connected to Vista Pro, especially when it comes to anv interaction with DEMs (Digital Elevation Models).
DEMs are the U. Geographical Survey's way of detailing the 3D information collected by various means that describe terrain shapes. There are DEMs for every foot of the Earth's surface, and another set for undersea terrain and even planetary geography (Mars and Venus especially). The reason that MegageM products are so interwoven with Vista Pro is that Vista Pro has its own prioritized way of addressing DEMs.
Other software can read the Vista Pro DEMs (Natural Graphics Scenery Animator, Axiom's Pixel Pro, and others), but MegageM products actually write Vista Pro DEMs. This establishes a veritable family relationship between the products. ADSPEC's Aladdin 4D can load in a DEM created by Scenery Animator, but not Vista Pro DEMs. Neither LightWave nor Cinema 4D loads DEMs at all. No other Amiga 3D software that i am aware of loads in Vista Pro DEMs. This is a problem, because it is in the major 3D packages that high quality bump maps and textures can be applied to a DEM to make it something really special, though the DEM packages (Vista Pro, Scenery Animator and others) do give DEMs a believable level of realism.
ScapeMaker v3. 0 319 91 ,2 tiv Daniel Mo I f Snooth IloadDEH Inset ScapeMaker Interface The ScapeMaker interface allows you easy access to all of the tools and options. As you can see, two very different IFFs can be loaded into ScapeMaker at the same time, and can be combined or operated on by the Boolean selections. UnScale This Scenery Animator generated rendering (above top left) of a ScapeMaker file shows how a simple 2D graphic translates into a 3D world.
With just a little tweaking in Brilliance, our new 3D landscape begins to look more pleasing (above top right). The same scene (above bottom left) as before, but turned around so we can appreciate it from another angle.
The Dpaint 2D graphic topview (above bottom left) of the above scenes looks simple compared to the 3D world produced from it in ScapeMaker. Jil u- '¦ ¦ '--1 til11- (UUtil An error flag i ScapeMaker tells you immediately when the software refuses to recognize an image that was attempted for import.
This is what happened when Brilliance was used as the IFF generating software instead of Dpaint (above left). This is what a typical IFF (above right) might look like when created in a paint program.
Saving it out and importing it into ScapeMaker is the next step in creating a Vista Pro DEM file or a Lightwave object. This latest version of ScapeMaker can save a Vista Pro DEM out as a LightWave Object file (.
LWO). Daniel Wolf told me that his Fractal Pro software also saves out Fractal elevation maps as LightWave objects (we will explore that also in a future issue). LightWave object files, by the way, work equally as well on the Amiga as they do on the Windows LightWave environment, so the Amiga owners, that use an Alpha system to render LightWave files, will benefit just as much as solitary Amiga owners. The purpose of this article and the attached graphics is to give you an overview and visual examples of the power and versatility of ScapeMaker.
4. 0 and tire awesome beauty of rendered DEM files. We will take. a step-by-step approach as well, guiding you through several. ScapeMaker possibilities. MegageM ScapeMaker 4,0 @1991-5 by Daniel Wolf Ph.
D Them DEMs A DEM file saved out from ScapeMaker and imported into Scenery Animator for rendering can be seen as a topological graphic in the Map view. ScapeMaker 4. 0: an overview of the tools and options Basically, ScapeMaker's first priority is to take in IFF graphics and to translate that data into 3D information that a 3D modeling program can use to generate alternate 3D views. As such, we have to start by having familiarity with a 2D paint program in order to produce the graphics in their 2D form, before ScapeMaker can do its work. In my experiments, I found that ScapeMaker liked my Electronic Arts Dpaint IFFs more than it appreciated those saved out in Play Incorporated's Brilliance or True Brilliance.
I talked to Mr. Wolf about this, and we have not been able to, as yet, discover what the difference is based upon. I just know that Brilliance graphics crashed my system too many times. It may be because Brilliance Graphics write some unique header information to the file that ScapeMaker can't digest.
When I find the definitive answer, I will relay it to you. Meanwhile, ScapeMaker has its own method of handling data. ScapeMaker reads in the luminance values (light dark) as elevation data, with white being the "highest" and black the "darkest". ScapeMaker has its own demands as far as file size and bitplane depth as well.
It will not read 24-bit, IFF64, HAM and other nonstandard types of pictures. It rejects super bitmaps larger than 768 x 592, and will not accept graphics with more than 6 bitplanes, ScapeMaker will accept 256 color grayscale images (Lo-Res 320 x 200 to 384 x 592 and Hi-Res 640 x 200 to 768 x. 592). It tries to treat anything from 320 x 200 to 384 x 296 as. a Lo-Res picture, and 320 x 400 to 384 x 592 as a Lo-Res. Interlace.
640 x 200 to 768 x 296 are defined as Hi-Res. pictures, and 640 x Before rendering in Scenery Animator. the DEM file can be rotated and resized until the desired. features are in the viewplane. By altering the rendering settings in Vista Pro, the same DEM can take on radically different personalities.
- v-_ -4 MW ’ ¦. Alternate Realities 20 A MA ZING C0;l PU7 IN. G 400 to 768 x 592 are interpreted as Hi-Res Interlace.
If a. picture has 6 bitplanes, it is treated as a HAM graphic.
Regions ScapeMaker does not cannot save out the whole of a screen as a DEM file, but instead addresses either a maximum area of 258 x 258 pixels or 514 x 514. This is accomplished by selecting the "Region" button after loading an IFF to one of the two active areas on the interface. Upon selecting Region, you are shunted to the graphics screen where a resizable window sits above the graphic. Resizing it and moving it over the selected area desired, and then closing it down, brings that selected region into ScapeMaker.
To see the top view of the soon-to-be DEM, the button "MakeDEM" is pressed. Saved DEMs are always in the Vista Pro format, except.
LighlWave Object files To save a DEM to the LWO format, the ScapeMaker process requires a bit more preparation. There are five special files that have to be placed in RAM first (1 wish that the program did this with an interface button, or better yet, a simple selection in the save requester that gave a LWO choice). Every DEM saved out of ScapeMaker is in the Vista Pro format, except when the software spots one or more of these special files in RAM. At that point, the file is translated to the LWO format as a 3D LightWave object. Of the five files, four are used to save the DEM region out as a quadrant (grid of 1 meter squares), while the fifth file translates the DEM to a Lo-Res object covering the whole region. Only the 258 x 258 region can be used when saving out a LightWave Object.
The DEM30. LWO holds to a true 30 meter grid in LightWave (Lo-Res), giving you realistic landscape distances and covering the whole DEM region as the objects area.
All of the ScapeMaker LightWave objects come in at 16,000 to 17,000 points and polygons. The difference between the DEM30 LWO and the other four quadrangle files is their resolution. Using any number up to all of the four gives you a maximum H i- Res 258 x 258 pixel region separated into four discreet chunks. These four have to be loaded into LightWave separately, and each overlaps perfectly as it comes in, giving you a seamless Hi-Res DEM object that is LightWave compatible.
Vista Pro's Z values come "out" of the screen and LightWave's Z values go "into" the screen, so it's best to use the. Negative button first in ScapeMaker so tiie object reads in LightWave as expected. Booleans and Beyond ScapeMaker 4. 0 has a whole set of Boolean algorithms that allow you to load in two separate IFFs, transform them to DEMs, and then to combine them in various ways with one another. They are AND, OR, XOR, NOT and NEC. Very convoluted 3D shapes can be created in this manner. There are also a number of other ways to operate on ScapeMaker DEM files.
If you would rather make caves than mountains, than use the ScapeMaker "Carve" mode instead of "Extrude". All of the higher (whiter) values will read as "deeper" extrusions by doing this. ScapeMaker translates visual data into DEM elevation data in one of two selectable ways: in Value Mode, the Top: LightWave imports the new DEM perfectly. Bottom: Once a ScapeMaker DEM is translated to a LightWave object, you can use Lightwave’s excellent surface maps to texfurize it to your heart’s desire. The Web brightness data is read in and interpreted as elevation data, in Number Mode the number of the color in a palette is translated to a DEM elevation sequentially (4 color pictures will have only four possible elevations).
You can add subtract X values from the picture by using an on-screen slider, and another slider allows you to change the variable depth height of the DEM by multiples of 1 to 99. A special Inset Mode allows you to inset a small version of one DEM in the comer of another (like "picture in picture on a TV). DEMs in the two active screens can be added to or subtracted from one another. MegageM operates a great Web site for those of you with access to the Internet. It includes ail sorts of sample files and references to all of the MegageM software line. Its address is: http: wvvw.
fix. net -megagem. Painting a DEM for ScapeMaker Again, 1 had better luck with Dpaint than with Brilliance doing this. It you want a sharp edge to the 3D object, like a 90 degree sheer cliff, than make sure there is maximum difference between the luminance of the object and that of the background upon which it sits. Tor instance, use a white of 253, 255, 255 (RGB) for the drawing or foreground 2D object and a black of 0, 0, 0 (RGB) for the background plane. The resulting DEM produced by ScapeMaker will have a sharp edge, a sheer drop in the elevation model. On the other hand, if you desire a smoother curved drop-off and a more rounded appearance, use descending levels of grays around the object.
You can also select the "smooth" function in ScapeMaker which essentially does the same thing. If you prefer carved out objects, just make sure that the background is lighter than the image painted on it. The LightWave DEM Process This is the only point at which 1 ran into problems with ScapeMaker.
It was not the software, but the way this process is documented, meaning not clearly. Because ScapeMaker is such a great package, I will forgive the frustrating two hours I spent experi- menting until I figured it out. Here, then, is the way to go about this adventure. 1. Place one or more of the five TWO files in the "LightWave. Objects" drawer in ScapeMaker in RAM. 2.
In ScapeMaker, import an IFF and translate it into a DEM, or. import a DEM that's already translated.
3. Save the DEM as you normally would to your hard drive. It is. now an LWO file, and not a Vista Pro DEM. 4. Open up LightWave and import it from the hard disk.
There are a few other cautions and warnings, but the documentation covers them clearly. Overall, the only comment I can make on this software is "great job, Dr. Wolf". ScapeMaker 4. 0 MSLP: $ 49.
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