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                       International Online Magazine

                "Your Weekly Source for Amiga Information."

                   Copyright  1994 Skynet Publications
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Amiga Report Main Menu Table of Contents Columns and Features News, Reviews, and More! About AMIGA REPORT Staff, Copyright information Dealer Directory Amiga Dealer Addresses and Numbers Commercial Online Services Sign-Up Information FTP Announcements New Files Available for FTP AR Distribution Sites Where to get AMIGA REPORT ____________________________________________ // | | // %%%%%%%%//%%%%%| Amiga Report International Online Magazine |%%%%%%%//%%%%% %% \\// | Issue No. 2.23 July 29, 1994 | \\// %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%| "Your Weekly Source for Amiga Information" |%%%%%%%%%%%%%% |____________________________________________| The Editor's Desk Amiga News Dealer Directory Distribution BBS's Product Announcements CoverDisk Info Emulation Rambler SPECIAL FEATURES Around the Coyote: An overview .............................Louis Jamie Famous Amiga Uses ........................................David Tiberio Canon BJ-600 Review .........................................Aaron Sims Amiga in Europe .........................................Celso Martinho Retina Z-III .............................................Jason Compton SX-1 Review ..............................................Jason Compton %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% DELPHI PORTAL FIDO INTERNET %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
The Editor's Desk Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% The Editor's Desk by Robert Niles %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% I would like to take a little, er space here to thank Jason Compton and David Tiberio for the help that they both have given me, and for making Amiga Report such a great magazine. Jason has spent quite a bit of time working with companies trying to get products to review. He also has started the AR CoverDisk, the new listserv for email subscriptions to Amiga Report, and has been there to take control and get Amiga Report out when I've been over burdened, and away on vacation. He's done much more to make this online magazine the wonderful piece of work it is. :) David Tiberio as well has helped out tremendously. Out of his own pocket he has provided the Amiga Online Reference Manual for the Contest, and the money to mail out the prizes. David also wrote the installer script, and the display script that we use with Amiga Report. With all this, he still takes quite a bit of time writing articles for AR and keeping the contest puzzles interesting! I sincerely appreciate their efforts! Thanks! I would also like to thank SideWinder for donating the Future Shock II audio CDROM, Point of View Computing for donating Subversion 1.0, Merrill Callaway for The ARexx Reference Manual, and finally Walnut Creek CDROM for donating the Aminet CDROM. All of which are prizes that are given away to winners of the AR Contest. Last, I would like to thank all of you that contribute to Amiga Report with articles, ideas, and information. I would REALLY like to thank all of you who simply read Amiga Report. All of you make this happen! A month of many thanks!
Delphi Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% Delphi Internet Services -- Your Connection to the World! %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Amiga Report International Online Magazine and the Amiga Report Coverdisk is available every week in the Amiga SIG on DELPHI. Amiga Report readers are invited to join DELPHI and become a part of the friendly community of Amiga enthusiasts there. SIGNING UP WITH DELPHI ====================== Using a personal computer and modem, members worldwide access DELPHI services via a local phone call JOIN -- DELPHI -------------- Via modem, dial up DELPHI at 1-800-695-4002 then... When connected, press RETURN once or twice and.... At Username: type JOINDELPHI and press RETURN, At Password: type AMIGAUSER and press RETURN. DELPHI's best plan is the 20/20 plan. It gives you 20 hours each month for the low price of only $19.95! Additional hours are only $1.50 each! This covers 1200, 2400 and even 9600 connections! For more information, and details on other plans, call DELPHI Member Services at 1-800-695-4005 SPECIAL FEATURES ---------------- Complete Internet connection -- Telnet, FTP, IRC, Gopher, E-Mail and more! (Internet option is $3/month extra) SIGs for all types of computers -- Amiga, IBM, Macintosh, Atari, etc. An active Amiga SIG hosting conferances, Usenet, Latest wares, and FTP Gopher coming soon Large file databases! SIGs for hobbies, video games, graphics, and more! Business and world news, stock reports, etc. Grolier's Electronic Encyclopedia! DELPHI - It's getting better all the time!
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% The Amiga Report Staff %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Editor Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% EDITOR %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Robert Niles Portal: RNiles FidoNet: 1:3407/103 Internet: Fax: 509-248-5645 US Mail: P.O. Box 8041 Yakima, Wa 98908
Assistant Editor Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% ASSISTANT EDITOR %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Jason Compton Internet: FAX: 708-741-0689
European Editor Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% EUROPEAN EDITOR %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Jesper Juul Internet:
Contributing Editor Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% CONTIBUTING EDITOR %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% David Tiberio Internet:
Amiga Report Mailing List Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% Amiga Report Maillist List, the WWW, and Aminet %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% AR Mailing List ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you have an internet mailing address, you can receive Amiga Report in UUENCODED form each week as soon as the issue is released. To be put on the list, send Email to and in the body of the message put: ADD <mailaddress> armag ie: ADD armag Your account must be able to handle mail of any size to ensure an intact copy. For example, many systems have a 100K limit on incoming messages. Many thanks to X-Net Information Systems for setting this service up for us! ** IMPORTANT NOTICE: PLEASE be certain your host can accept mail over ** 100K! We have had a lot of bouncebacks recently from systems with a ** 100K size limit for incoming mail. If we get a bounceback with your ** address in it, it will be removed from the list. Thanks! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ World Wide Web ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ AR can also be read with Mosaic (in either AmigaGuide or html form). Reading AmigaReport with Mosaic removes the necessity to download it. It can also be read using programs found in UNIX sites such as LYNX. Simply tell Mosaic to open the following URL: Mosaic for the Amiga can be found on Aminet in directory comm/net, or (using anonymous ftp) on Mosaic for X, Macintosh(tm) and Microsoft Windows(tm) can be found on ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Aminet ~~~~~~ To get Amiga Report from Aminet, simply FTP to any Aminet site, CD to docs/mags. All the back issues are located there as well. ( or are two sites)
Amiga News Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% Amiga News %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Problems with Commodore's Creditors ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Amiga Report 27 Jul 94 The liquidators appointed by the Bahaman courts have received four proposals to buy Commodore. Those being Amstrad, Samsung, Philips, and Commodore UK. But problems exist. The lawyers for Commodore's principal creditors (those being Prudential Insurance Company of America, Anchor National Life Insurance Company, and Daewoo Telecom and Daewoo Corporation) would like to have the bankruptcy proceedings moved or at least have parallel proceedings opened in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York. The main creditors want this for two reasons. One under Bahaman law, creditors have an advisory role, while in the U.S., the creditors would have more say over the disposition of assets. Two Bahaman law only permits liquidators to go back three months before bankruptcy to judge and possible reverse management actions involving assets, while American law permits the liquidators to go back a year. The creditors have questions regarding the actions of Commodore, especially the actions of Mehdi Ali. The Bahaman court has rejected motions from the creditors to move the proceedings to New York. So the creditors are asking the U.S. Bankruptcy courts to seize jurisdiction or open parallel proceedings. Another part of the tangled web seems to be with some of the prospective buyers. They are concerned about the amount of debt owed by Commodore, which is approximately $145 million. ============================= NewTek and Prime Image Enter Worldwide Markets ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Topeka, Ks., February 18, 1994 - NewTek, the company which launched the desktop video industy with the introduction of the Video Toaster, and Prime Image, a leader in transcoding time base correctors, synchronizers, standards converters and still video stores, have announced an agreement that will let the Video Toaster bridge worldwide video standards. The agreement brings together the Video Toaster with Prime Image's Passport 4000 device that offers a digital video signal handling capabilities such as conversion to international video standards including PAL, SECAM, PAL-M PAL-N AND NTSC 4.43. The Passport 4000 also offers time base correction/synchronization. "NewTek has built a billion dollar industry on the strength of Video Toaster technology," said Bill Hendershot, founder and president of Prime Image, Inc. "Prime Image's customers around the world have let us know there's tremendous pent-up demand for the Video Toaster in diverse video format applications. given this demand and given the standards conversion technology Prime Image has pioneered, it's a natural fit for Prime Image and NewTek to work together." "I was very impressed how well the the Passport 4000 immediately complements the Video Toaster," said Tim Jension, founder, owner and president of NewTek. "The Video Toaster equipped with the Passport 4000 is going to bring desktop television production to vast new markets." The Passport 4000 converts from one standard to another with a new "pass through" interpolation technique that does not degrade the signal. The Passport 4000 also offers time base correction/synchronization, digital effects, and adds AT bus expansion slots for the Amiga 4000. The time base corrector/synchronzier can transcode composite or Y/C out and features an ultra-stable freeze frame/field. NewTek + Prime Image = Emmy2 Hendershot invented digital time-based correction 20 years ago. Prime Image has built on this core technology and expanded its application throughout the video industry. Jenison invented the Video Toaster and introduced it in 1990 and it quickly became the standard for inexpensive, broadcast quality television production. The engineering Commmittee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have awarded the Emmy for Technical Achievement to both NewTek and Prime Image. The products are currently shipping. NewTek (booth #11050) and Prime Image (booth #17184) will be demonstrating the products at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, March 21-24. Contact: Jud Alford NewTek, Inc. (913) 228-8000 Bobbie Hendershot Prime Image (408) 867-6519 ============================= NewTek, Inc. announces ScreamerNet ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Las Vegas, March 20, 1994 - NewTek, Inc., the company that brought professional video and animation production to the masses with the Video Toaster introduces ScreamerNet for LightWave 3D users. ScreamerNet is the evolution of the Screamer rendering hardware announced last August. "As we pursued development of the Screamer hardware it became evident that high speed processors were quickly becoming commodity items." said NewTek President Tim Jenison. "Rather than NewTek trying to keep up with the hardware wars we decided to release software that will allow LightWave users to select the rendering machine of their choice." ScreamerNet is a rendering software package that allows LightWave 3D users to take advantage of the rendering power offered by workstations from a variety of vendors. The software is Windows NT compatible and will support hardware that utilizes Intel, MIPS and DEC Alpha processor chips. ScreamerNet's suggested retail price is $1995 and will support up to eight machines. "LightWave 3D has become the animation package of choice for most of the cutting edge action shows in Hollywood," stated Jenison. "Television programs such as seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Babylon 5 and RoboCop are using the Video Toaster and LightWave 3D to push the envelope of visual effects. With the introduction of ScreamerNet they will have access to the rendering power they need to completely redefine the standards for effects in television and film production." "As the makers of revolutionary products like Video Toaster and the new Video Toaster Flyer, NewTek means high technology at an unbelievably low price point," said NewTek's Marketing Director Donetta Colboch. "While ScreamerNet represents a dramatic breakthrough in 3D rendering price/performance, it's designed and priced for the professional animation facility." NewTek will be showcasing the ScreamerNet software at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, March 21-24 in Booth #11050. Contact: Jud Alford NewTek, Inc. (913) 228-8000 ============================= NewTek stuns NAB with the introduction of the Video Toaster Flyer tapeless editing system ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Las Vegas, March 20, 1994 - NewTek, Inc., the pioneers of the desktop video industry, announce the Video Toaster Flyer, the first D2 quality tapeless editing system. With the Flyer priced at $3995, NewTek once again shatters the price/performance standards for broadcast quality video production just as they did with the release of the Video Toaster in 1990. "When we originally conceived the idea for the Video Toaster it was to provide all the tools necessary to create broadcast quality television at a price almost anyone could afford." said Tim Jenison, NewTek President. "With the introduction of the Video Toaster Flyer we have made the tools even more accessible, reducing the cost of production by an order of magnitude." The Video Toaster Flyer is the result of more than seven years of intense research and development. The Video Toaster Flyer offers D2 quality video and CD quality audio editing in a tapeless, non-linear environment. The Video Toaster Flyer tapeless editor allows the user to dial in the video quality, up to lossless D2 quality. All video data is stored on computer hard drives that allow the user to access particular segments instantaneously without having to shuttle from one point to another as in traditional tape editing. The system employs an easy to use, drag and drop storyboard interface. The breakthrough technology in the Video Toaster Flyer is NewTek's revolutionary new VTASC compression algorithm. VTASC sets a new standard for hard disk based video compression by combining D2, broadcast quality video with unprecedented compression ratios. NewTek is currently in discussions with a number of vendors looking to license VTASC and Video Toaster Flyer technology. The Video Toaster Flyer continues NewTek's tradition of providing easy to use, broadcast quality video production tools, at unbelievably low prices. The complete Video Toaster Flyer system provides the ability to incorporate all of the tools from the Video Toaster; digital video effects, paint graphics, titles and animations directly into productions edited from one simple interface. For Toaster LightWave 3D users, the tapeless editor will allow the blending of moving video easily and seamlessly into animated video productions. NewTek will be demonstrating the Video Toaster Flyer at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, March 21-24 in Booth #11050. Contact: Jud Alford NewTek, Inc. (913) 228-8000 ============================= Video Toaster Developers' Conference ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Las Vegas, March 20, 1994 P NewTek Inc., developers of the Video Toaster and the new Video Toaster Flyer, today announced plans for a national Video Toaster Developers' Conference. The Conference will be held in Los Angeles this fall as part of Avid Publications' Video Toaster Expo. Avid Publications is the publisher of Video Toaster User magazine. RItUs the right time for a developers' conference.S according to NewTek President Tim Jenison. RWith the upcoming release of our D2 quality non- linear editor, the Video Toaster Flyer, the Toaster really becomes a complete video production studio that fits on a desktop. We see great opportunities for third-party development of additional tools for the system. Professional producers can expect to have the FlyerUs lossless D2 quality output working in conjunction with the edit controllers, decks, and effects devices they already use." The conference is an important milestone for the Toaster, said Jim Plant, President of Avid Publications. An entire industry has exploded around the Toaster since its release three years ago, and with new products like the Video Toaster Flyer, the growth in this market will accelerate even faster than analysts have predicted. For futher information contact NewTek, Inc. (800) 847-6111 or Avid Publications (408) 774-6777. ============================= AugmenTek announces MultiVol Mirror v1.0 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MultiVol(TM) Mirror makes a copy of or "mirrors" a file to one or more volumes as the file is being written the master volume. Any "file" that can be opened for writing can be mirrored, including the console/shell (input is also mirrored). Normally, you would map one master volume (e.g., a disk) to one mirror volume (or directory on the same volume). The full path to a real file is constructed on the mirrored volume(s), as well as file comments and protection. All you need to do is set up the mapping of master volume to mirror volume -- you can use MVM's drag and drop graphical user interface to do this -- and use MVM: before the name of the file to mirror (or in a file requester). It's that easy. Using MultiVol Mirror (MVM), you can: * partially recover from accidentally overwriting a file (getting back an earlier version) * completely recover from deleting a master file and disk failures, to the extent MVM was used * automatically backup any file every time the file is written * transparently record shell or console input and output * safely use RAM as a fast disk With RAM specified as the master volume and your hard drive or diskette as the mirrored volume, you can edit a file in RAM, benefitting from fast loads of the file. When you save it, it is placed both in RAM and on the hard drive/diskette automatically. * view the contents of any file as it is being written * map more than one master volume to more than one mirror volume * AmigaDOS/Kickstart(TM) 2.04 or higher needed MultiVol Mirror 1.0 and online hypertext documentation: $45. INTRODUCTORY OFFER (until Nov. 1, 1994): $30. All prices are in U.S. currency. Shipping/handling is $3.00 in the U.S., $5.00 elsewhere. WA state residents add 8.2% sales tax. Terms are checks or money orders drawn on a U.S. bank and made out to AugmenTek. Sorry, no credit cards. AugmenTek 3606 S. 180th St. C-22 SeaTac, WA 98188-4339 USA Contact: Stephen Rondeau Phone: 206-246-6077 email: DISTRIBUTABILITY This is a commercial product, and is not re-distributable. TRADEMARKS MultiVol is a trademark of AugmenTek.
Reader Mail Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% Reader Mail %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Date: Fri, 22 Jul 1994 15:19:37 -0600 From: John McCoy <> Subject: Amigaman vs. Creative With all the negative reports coming in about Creative Computers, I thought I would write in and share one of the many positive experiences I have had with Amigaman. I called them up and ordered 4 CD32 titles and a replacement Joypad. They said it would ship on monday (2nd day Fed Ex). On wednesday my order hadn't come, but I thought I would wait another day before I called them about it. On thursday it still hadn't come, so I called them at the 1-800 #. According to the guy taking orders my order had shipped on monday. Thinking my order must have gotten misplaced by Fed Ex I asked for the tracking #. He gave me another number to call and get that information. When I called the other number for the tracking number, they found that a mistake had been made and my order didn't ship on monday. The lady said sorry and promised me that they would ship it out that day with next day delivery at no extra charge. That alone was good enough for me, but much to my surprize when I got the package on friday (the next day) they had also included a Fresh Fish Gold CD for free. It's companies like this that make Mail Ordering a pleasure. If your upset with Creative may I suggest going with Amigaman!
compt.sys.amiga Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% compt.sys.amiga by Jason Compton %% %% Tired of all this waiting around... %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Aaargh. There's nothing worse than waiting. It's bad when you wait for something good, it's bad when you wait for something bad. It's even worse when you're not sure whether what you're waiting for will be good or bad. That's just terrible. But that's the point we're at. The people who know aren't talking, the people who don't know keep asking the same questions and formulating rumors which only confuse matters. Worse yet, we don't even know if what the people know is even anything significant! This Commodore business is driving me nuts. I wondered, not too long ago, what it would take to convince non-Amiga developers to join the fray, either for the first time or after they'd abandoned it earlier. Now I'm wondering what it will take to convince CURRENT Amiga developers to stick with the game to see what the next round will be like. Unfortunately, I haven't the faintest idea. Huge projects are still undertaken by Amiga developers, and there are still small ones as well, but there's just not much of anything to talk about right now. Talk comes and goes, but nothing is resolved. No news from Duncan Fraser. I'm still waiting for him to call me with information, when/if he gets any. And that's about all there is to do...wait. - - - - - - - - - I got a new job recently. Starting soon, I'll be reviewing games for the US print magazine Amiga Game Zone. Oh, sure, this isn't the first time a writer in Amiga Report has appeared in another magazine (Douglas Nakikihara's articles show up all over the place, and we reprint his from another magazine to begin with.) Still, it's a first for me, anyway. As I find myself doing all too often, I'm waiting for a package from the editor so I can get started... [Ed: *grin*] I do an inordinate amount of sitting around waiting for things to arrive so I can do something about them. - - - - - - - - - - A company called CD Solutions has developed a new monitor, compatible with the Amiga's video demands. It is a 14 inch monitor, .28 dot pitch, and maxes out non-interlace at 800x600. It says it can handle NTSC or PAL inputs, but the spec sheet does not make it clear if that means composite or RGB input. The cost is $550. This is a bit much: I thought the A1962 monitor was expensive at $500, but this is taking it beyond the point of acceptability. In my conversation with John Millich, it became clear that he doesn't quite grasp what the Amiga community was all about...he seemed to slowly realize that we don't all own Toasters. I'm supposed to get a chance to see the monitor for a couple of hours in August. Maybe I'll be blown away. We'll see. - - - - - - - - - - - That's it for this week, I have nothing more clever to say. Hang in there, at least until we hear something new.
Famous Amiga Uses Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% Famous Amiga Uses by David Tiberio %% %% %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% List of Famous Amiga Uses compiled by David Tiberio. Compilation Copyright 1994 Area52. All Rights Reserved. Originally published in the Amiga Online Reference Manual. Send all updates to Area52, 6 Lodge Lane, East Setauket NY 11733 USA. (516) 476-1615 VOICE & FAX Changes for July 18 1994. This compilation may be distributed and published freely, in whole or in part, so long as you give credit to the author, David Tiberio. The full distribution is 75k in size and will be available on Aminet shortly! +-----------------------------------------------------------------------+ UPDATES FOR APRIL - ULY 19944 Aladdin, animated feature. Flying carpet modeled/story boarded using Imagine 3D. Canon Inkjet print advertisements, showing Amiga 1200. Carel Struycklen, actor. "Lurch Addams", actor in the movie Addams Family (real name unknown). Mr. Homn, Star Trek: The Next Generation. "The Chart Show", Pop Music program, ITV, England. Displays menus and icons with information on music videos Diet Shasta TV ad featuring dancing soda cans. Double Dare, Nickelodean, Amiga 500 given as prize. Eclectic Cable-Access arts TV program in NYC. Amiga generated artwork displays. Gail Thackeray, head of Arizona Organized Crime and Racketeering Unit. When asked, "What kind do you *wish* you had?" She replied, "An Amiga 2000 with an IBM card and Mac emulation! The most common hacker machines are Amigas and Commodores." If she had the Amiga, she enthuses, she could run a whole galaxy of seized computer-evidence disks on one convenient multifunctional machine. Happy Rhodes, musician. Investigator Science and Technology Centre, Adelaide, Australia. Commodore sponsored informational terminals. Jerry Pournelle, columnist for BYTE Magazine, Amiga owner. Melbourne University, Australia. Mike Jittlov of "Wizard of Speed and Time". Oingo Boingo, music group, "BOI-NGO" album. Oswego High School TV Communications Department. 2 A3000 for video rendering and character generation. 3 camera controlled systems for teleprompters. Peekskill NY, Eat a Bug coin op, "Live!" Perth Customs, Australia. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia. Informational kiosks. RMIT University, Australia. A3000 used for graphics and design. Solid Gold FM Stereo, South Africa, 8/18/93, one of the first private radio stations A3000 played jingles and stings, AmigaVision for screen layout. Star Trek: The Next Generation, the Final Episode. USS Pasteure, Crusher's ship of the future, generated by Lightwave 3D. Swinburne University, Australia. TeleView Home Banking System, developed by VanCity, BCTel, and Taurus Ventures. VanCity Savings Credit Union, Vancouver British Columbia. CD32 used with GUI, custom modem, wireless remote, or CD32 controller. Financial transactions, bill payment, fund transfers, statements, balances, (up to the minute), interest, investment rate queries. Proprietary HKLib and MediaLib software libraries. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, music video using the Juggler demo. "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", NBC talk show. Video Toaster Operator listed in credits. University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Massachusetts. Amiga programming lab, 68000 assembly classes. Virtuality 1000, CS CyberSpace, SD SitDown. Dactyl Nightmare, Legend Quest, VTOL, Hero Quest coin ops. TI34020 graphics processor in modified A3000's. Western Illinois University, Illinois. 2 Video Toasters in broadcast department. Amiga used for weather news. Satilite education network has 6 Amigas for animations. A4000 Info Channel used on movie channel w/radio station. Woolworths Headquarters, South Australia. "ZapMag", television program, Louise Smit Productions. "Say" program and narrator.device used to host show. Scala controlled. UNCONFIRMED: "Viper", television series. "Star Trek: Voyager", television series. Gorbachev was once asked if he was interested in getting a personal computer, and replied that the Amiga looked nice. Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin. Michael Winslow (Police Academy movies) Frank Zappa, musician (deceased). Editor of Time Magazine Listerine ads with the bottle swinging through a jungle. David Tiberio -
BJ-600 review Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% Review of Canon's BJ-600 by Aaron Sims %% %% asims@unibase.Unibase.SK.CA %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Description ----------- This is the second colour bubble jet Canon has made, the first being BJ-800. It is about two feet by nine inches by six inches in size. It has a 100 sheet paper feeder and can hold ten envelopes. It has five buttons which make the control panel (Power, On-Line, Form Feed, Colour Control, and Paper Control) plus twelve dip switches for font control and other things. Cost ---- 650 Canadian Dollars -- about 600 American 10 Canadian Dollars for a Cartridge 9 Canadian Dollars for 3 refill bottle Features -------- It has eight printer fonts including draft, and to change them you have to move three small dip switches. It has four separate ink cartridges (BCMY) and a separate print head which are both very easy to setup. Each cartridge can hold 9 Ml of ink which dries 80 times faster than the HP DeskJet ink. It also has a paper tray that pulls out from the front side to catch finished papers. It prints up to A4 paper and has a nice paper feeding system which is quiet and accurate. It also has a Black boost for dark clear text. Needed ------ CanonStudio - This brilliant program by Wolf Faust is a must for using the printer since it includes printer drivers and a Iff printing program. For my printer I used an old version I found on an Aminet CD, version 1.55, but it worked perfectly. I'll have to get the full version later. Paper - Regular 20 pound 8 1/2 x 11 will work but for graphics I found 50% cotton paper worked much better. I haven't had time to try clay coated paper but the same I saw was most impressive. The best result are on back print film which is printed on the rough side flip horizontally then the ink will sink though to the smooth glossy side. Of course it costs $.50 a sheet but for that quality why not? Results ------- After having he printer for almost a week I have to say I am still impressed with the text and graphics outputs. After living with a 24-pin Star Rainbow 2420 for three years I was used to banding, but there is little if none. Only pure black graphics have noticeable banding. Text output was crisp in PageStream and Final Copy II, even IBM programs run under CrossPC worked great. I used the BJ-800 drivers for Workbench that were part of the CanonStudio package and Epson LQ-2550 for PageStream. For the best outputs I used CanonStudio to boost gamma up eight, red up fourty, and used Halftone A-16 dithering. I have ADPro 2.5 and found its results to be disappointing, if anyone has better printing schemes tell me Overall ------- If you want to do graphics and text buy this printer it will not let you down in quality and cost. Aaron Sims Internet: asims@unibase.Unibase.SK.CA
Amiga in Europe Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% The Amiga in Europe by Celso Martinho %% %% %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Greetings to all Amiga Report readers. My name's Celso Martinho and I'm a very proud Amiga user from Portugal. For those who don't know, Portugal is small country in Europe, near Spain. We were supposed to be in the World Cup '94 but the Portuguese team had really bad luck in their last qualification game. Ahem! :-) Jason Compton told me to write an article or two for AR. He said that I would probably like it. Well, here I am writing whatever comes to my mind. If you don't like what you read here then complain to :-). First, let me try to explain to you the general situation here in Europe concerning the Amiga: The United Kingdom dominates the market. In fact, they sell more Amigas in the UK than we sell PCs in Portugal. Amiga it's the personal computer that sells more over there (yes, it's true!). If you speak with an English Amiga "guru", you don't see stuff like "my Amiga does this and your PC doesn't, blah, blah...". C= UK has made a tremendous great job and was really successful transmitting the Amiga potentials to the consumers. If C= UK buys the Amiga technology, I see a bright future for the Amiga. Most English Amiga users have low end systems like A1200s or A4000/030. CD-32 is also a best seller and knocks down Sega or Nintendo by a long distance. By reading UK magazines and contacting many shops from London, we can obviously tell that there are a few areas in which the Amiga is not yet very explored. For instance, the communication and Network areas. A curious thing about England is that they seem not to worry much about the C= situation. That demonstrates the confidence that C= UK has earned from their clients. Another positive point, and this has to be with the culture it self and with the high average way of living, is that the piracy percentage is very low. The Amiga is also well implanted in France. It's very difficult to hear news from France, they are very discrete. They have a few magazines that I read occasionally. C= France seems to make some advertising in TV and other medias. There are a few French Amiga software producers. I've seen excellent games coming from the Eifel tower country and many high quality PD software. In what comes to communications and Networking, you can't find many Amiga users with Internet access (remember, complains to jcomp :-). Their biggest information bulletin is Minitel, a Videotext network. It's so big that you can find a Minitel terminal is almost every house. I can access to Minitel via the Portuguese VTX. I was browsing a little bit and I found many Amiga corners, some very interesting like electronic magazines with software reviews, etc... There is also a French IRC channel for Amiga sometimes. Now Germany. You can't imagine the quantity of high quality professional commercial software that Germans produce and don't release outside Germany. As for what we see, I don't need to say much. Just take a look at MUI, Magic Workbench, Tools Manager, TERM and many others. There are definitively many good programmers in Germany. But software is not all, there are also a lot of hardware producers. Germany is also known in Europe, if not on earth, as the country where the telecommunications are more developed. The Internet .de domain is filled of Amiga users. The IRC channel amiga.ger is always there :-). No wonder that ISDN-Master, the first ISDN card for the Amiga is coming from Germany. Of all the countries in Europe, Germany is where the Amiga hardware is more cheap. Finland, the home of AmiTCP, the best TCP/IP package for the Amiga, completely free. Austria, home of TrapDoor development, the best Fidonet Frontdoor/Utilities for the Amiga. Shareware. Belgium, country of Nico Francois. His name's really Nico ??? :-) Spain is a NULL pointer these days. I bought my first Amiga 500 there though. There is no Commodore representation in Spain for a few years now. I know that there are a few Amiga usergroups. It's really sad. I remember seeing spectacular games from Spain in the earlier days of Amiga. Holland, home of Amiga E. The Netherlands is surprisingly smaller than Portugal. People from there seem to like Portugal very much (really don't know why :-/). Anyway, gives me the chance to know what's going on over there every Summer :-). Portugal, we have a few good programmers. A friend of mine, actually, a neighbor, made a file recovery program and successfully commercialized it in the UK. It would be impossible to have such success in Portugal. We have a lot of Amiga users. C= PO. screwed up since the beginning. PCs were giving them more money than Amigas so they advertised PCs and let the Amigas sell by them selves. Now there are no PCs and C= PO. is a small office near Lisbon whit one employe responsible too tell that the administrator (the other staff member) is not at the moment and you can leave a message. I know that C= Italy ran C= PO. somehow. I wonder how C= Italy is going these days :-/. There are a few dealers here in Portugal, they buy everything from England and the US. I know at least 3 friends of mine wanting A4000/040s and not having a place to buy them. CD-32 didn't exist. I was invited and went to the presentation show of the CD-32 unit. Very nice, I said to myself. If they put CD-32 in shopping centers like Segas and Nintendos, they have a very good chance to get out of the hole they're into. I still have the CD that they offered me at the expo but I couldn't find a CD-32 unit in my town to experiment it.... I have obviously missed many places from Europe. This is the overview that *I* have from Europe. If you feel offended or forgotten, be happy to write your feelings and send them to AR. They will be most welcome, I'm sure. I'm now going on holidays. When I get back, the Amiga rights will probably be owned by some other company. Is the Amiga going to survive after so many time without any research ?? Is the AAA dead even before it's born ?? I guess time will answer this. Meanwhile, I'm very satisfied with my A4000. If the Amiga dies and the A4000 fails, I still have my A3000. If the A3000 fails, I'll have my A1200. And if the A1200 fails, I guess I'll be without any computer until the Amiga is reincarnated if the form of something else that doesn't have a sticker saying "Intel Inside" :-) C ya all soon or never again, Celso Martinho (
Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% Emulation Rambler by Jason Compton %% %% The A64 Package V3.0 %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Things come full circle, I suppose. About a year ago this time, I debuted this column with a small review of three products. One of them was The A64 Package V2.0. I won't bother repeating it here, but I won't need to, because A64 V3.0 is a very new and different product from its predecessor. Background Let's face it. A lot of Amiga users, myself among them, are 64 converts, who for whatever reason decided to stick with the Commodore brand name when it came time for them to pick a more powerful computer. I had told myself that I'd still screw around on the 64 when I got the Amiga. That didn't happen. But I still had everything, including a software collection spanning 6 years of 64 use. Shame to put all that to waste, but inconvenient to have a separate computer system set up. This is where emulators come in: space- conscious, and, if you're lucky, effective. A64's premise Questronix (well, Cliff Dugan, they seem to be one in the same) has put a lot of work into making this thing run properly. A64 is, just like a real 64, based around a BASIC and a Kernal ROM. Because Commodore's ROMs are copyrighted, though, and Dugan wanted the emulation available to everyone, he physically wrote his own ROMs for the A64. (not a small task!) However, for increased software compatibility, it is suggested that you pull the ROM images from a real 64 and have them on tap, just in case. A64 comes with a small beige box. One end is a parallel connector, the other is the 64's serial port. To this, you can hook up any legal 64 serial device (like a disk drive or printer) and use it in A64. In addition, the 64 emulation can use the Amiga's serial and parallel ports, and can assign legal AmigaDOS paths as 64 floppies. While A64 is running, the Amiga side is totally disabled. However, the emulation can be frozen, allowing access to the Amiga side, with the keypress Alt-Alt. (incidentally, the keyboard is emulated in a fairly logical manner, unlike A64 1.0, which had users trying to reach the DEL key for the Inst/Del key on the 64. It resembled the 64 keyboard more closely, but was horrible in practice.) From here, quite a few things can be changed about the emulation: The way the screen and sprites are displayed, how raster splits are being treated, and even a 64 monitor mode can be entered. There are also some very interesting options here, the best being Save Map, but I'll get to that in a future issue. Putting A64 to Work So, when it's finally time to put A64 to work, let's say you've dug up a 1541 floppy and have hooked it up. There. All set. Now you have to find a piece of 64 software to put in it. Once you start loading it, you can go over this checklist to make sure it will work (and believe me, you'll have time considering how long it takes the 1541 to load things) 1. Does this program have a fastloader? 2. Does this program have a copy protection scheme that's going to do nasty horrible things to my disk drive? 3. Is this program a demo? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, you can be fairly certain that you're probably not going to get what you wanted. Fastloaders tend to kill A64, clunking copy protection often freezes up, and most demos are coded with methods A64 isn't used to seeing. (a friend of mine was a demo/intro coder on the 64, and virtually everything he's written shows up incorrectly) Anything which is straightforward with no big graphical tricks runs just fine: and in this there ARE games included. However, one of the biggest, most often appearing graphical problems come with raster splits that change character banks: if you know what I mean, great. If you don't, it means a trick that lets the 64 use two different sets of characters on the same screen. Usually, A64 only picks up on one or the other. That means that part of the screen will look garbled, because what's supposed to be there is data contained in another character set which would have made it look pretty. Navigating and getting stuff ----------------------------- Of course, I spoke earlier about the A64 interface box, that allows you to use 64 devices, and the ability to use AmigaDOS paths as disk drives. You'll want to take advantage of the Amiga device capability, because the speed difference is phenomenal (and you think 880k floppy drives are'll BEG for them once you use a 1541 again for a time). A program called 64Tools helps out here, allowing you to copy between sides (WARNING: NON-MULTITASKING WHILE COPYING!) and doing various manipulations to the files, particularly stripping the load address (two bytes at the start of 64 files). The transfer is slow, but if the files are used often, the savings are well worth the trouble. Using a modem to download files (a 64 term, of course) to the hard drive directly should be a treat as well. Compatibility? ------------ I went over the basic rules earlier. However, it is worth mentioning that A64 supports Isepic files with an included patch, and can support GEOS on 68000 machines ONLY. I have not had a chance to test either, but will try to dig up a copy of GEOS to run on a friend's 500 soon. Compatibility can really only be found on a case-by-case basis. It is my experience that any program, if it can load correctly, will run. How well it runs or how good it looks can be another story entirely, and depends a lot on how much the user plays with the graphics options. Using these options allows you to set screen refresh rates, sprite refresh rates, raster interpretations, color schemes, and more. There are a LOT of possible settings, and finding the one just right for the game you've been wanting to play for 5 years may take a little time. Next week, I'll talk about how to get more speed from the A64, and offer a few more thoughts on the product. Until then, keep the emulators warm.
The Retina Z-III Video Board Part 3 Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% The Retina Z-III Video Board Part 3 by Jason Compton %% %% %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Part 3: Emplant and a conclusion Well, I slapped the Emplant back into my machine (I had taken it out because I suspected the Retina board was preventing it from configuring. I touched on this problem in an earlier section. NoahJi's tech sometimes has an autoconfig problem with his Z-III as well, and we both own 3000s. We can't explain, though.) and took it for a whirl. I wish I'd done it sooner. This is pretty. Very, very pretty. It comes at a cost, though. The Retina, like all other 24-bit boards that Emplant supports, can't show other 24-bit screens at the same time. Jim Drew himself pointed this out. Oh well. Throwing the Emplant into 256 colors... ----------------------------------- Hey, come on, I only own a 3000, I've been using the Emplant and A-Max IV in 16 color modes for months now. I've lived, it's been ok...but I've known the display refresh wasn't terrific. With the Retina Z-III, it is now. Jim Drew himself recommends the Z-III as the fastest board for Emplant use. I can't confirm this, since this is the first 24-bit board I've done work on, but I CAN say this. It's fast. The pointer zooms smoothly around the screen. No more flashing. No more 3000 scan-doubled breakup. Just zooms along like a Mac should. For some reason, the Emplant always seems to start up in 256 Greys. No matter, just switch it over to color... Very, very nice. I can't keep repeating it, so I'll just talk about how a few programs perform... GIFConverter ------------- Well, it views GIFs and converts others just fine, although I have run into some memory problems. (Incidentally, I get about an extra 512k for the emulation now that it's going through the Retina's video). The colors are right, the display is works, mate. Spectre ------- I figured it would work, since it works on the standard Emplant output. Yep, it works here, too...VERY, VERY prettily and with great screen updating. Mac BZone --------- This is a BattleZone clone...another 3D vector game. Again, very good performance, despite the fact that a requester...oh, excuse me, DIALOG BOX ("request" sounds too unpleasant for the Mac crowd) comes up and informs you that the game works much better in 2 or 16 color mode. Looks fine in 256 to me...very nice, smooth graphics. Rescue! ------- A takeoff on Star Trek: The Next Generation, this game looks pretty good in 16 colors anyway. I was hoping, though, that with the Retina it would REALLY impress me, especially because it would move so much smoother. Well, for some reason, it thinks that it's running on a black and white Mac, and loads itself accordingly. That's a shame, and I can't figure out why it's happening. That brings me to an important point: I have yet to find a way to shift the display BELOW 256 colors. You might wonder why I'd want to... some Mac games demand it. I can't help it. There's apparently no way to do it, though. Setting up all this good stuff... ---------------------------- Making the Emplant and Retina Z-III get along isn't the easiest thing in the world, need to use the Retina screenmode select programs to inform it of what sort of screen you'll need the Emplant to open, otherwise Emplant won't be able to get going. It's not HARD, but it's a bit time-consuming. Benchmarks! ----------- Ah, yes, you knew they were coming, didn't you? Courtesy of Speedometer, here are the rules: All tests are run 5 times on a 256 color screen with no Amiga background programs running. No Mac programs are running other than Speedometer. Results are indexed to a Mac II at 1.0. Retina Z-III Resolution Score 640x480 1.814 1024x768 1.794 1280x1024 1.766 Retina sundry... ---------------- In this section are things that I never had a chance to explore, either because of lack of time or experience. The Retina Z-III can run applications designed for the Harlequin graphics card. This should excite people who wanted the power of that hugely expensive piece of hardware. AnCoS Jr. is included. This acts as a sort of takeoff of ADPro's FRED and allows 192x144, 16.7 million color resolution. AnCoS 2.0, sold separately, is much more powerful, "replaces applications like the Personal Animation Recorder entirely", and both versions do not need the Retina to work. RACE, an animation creation system, allows for both lossless and lossy animations. It features functionality in any screenmode and depth, RAM and HD spooling, and the multipic.library, letting you use several different picture file formats (still no GIF support, though!) I could have told you more, but they didn't send me the RACE manual. In Conclusion... ---------------- The Retina Z-III 24-bit graphics card is, overall, great. The Workbench/ Intuition emulation is surprisingly good and flexible, the picture viewing is excellent, and it actually supports some sort of animation. Its performance with the Emplant does both cards justice and rounds out the Mac side's operation. Its included paint program is good-at least that, for free. It's not perfect, though. At a price of $800 for the 4 meg version (used in my tests), it's not for everyone...probably not for the user who will only use it for one specific purpose. The lack of GIF support is a bit surprising, but surmountable using Viewtek or the like. The manuals...well, hope for the best. I guess the ultimate question is, "Will I be sad to see it go?" Well, of course. I was having a blast with an $800 piece of equipment I didn't pay for. Seriously, though, it has been a welcome addition to my 3000 and will be missed. The Retina Z-III 24-bit Video Board A MacroSystem Gmbh product Supplied in the US and to Amiga Report for review by: NoahJi's 3591 Nyland Way Lafayette, CO 80026 USA (303) 499-1975
AR Contest Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% AR Contest by David Tiberio %% %% Enter and Win! %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% SUBJECT: Monthly Amniga Report Contest Puzzle and Rules AUTHOR: David Tiberio EMAIL: DATE: 6-7-94 The solutions to the previous puzzle will be ready for the first week of August. Basically we have only one correct submission, who guessed 2 out of 14 possible answers correct. I was very displeased by the number of submissions. I know the puzzle was hard, but it wasn't THAT hard! - THE PRIZE FOR NEXT MONTH - CONTEST BEGINS: 7-29-94 CONTEST ENDS: 8-26-94 The Amiga Report contest is still going on, and it is not too late to enter. This ongoing monthly contest allows Amiga Report readers a chance to win software by either solving a puzzle or by entering a random drawing. The prize this month is the Amiga/Toaster Reference Manual v2.221, from Area52. This is a 1,000 page help system for the Amiga and Video Toaster, covering the Workbench, AmigaDOS, Lightwave, and more ($34.95). The second prize choice is the FutureShock audio CDROM, which was produced using Amiga computers by SideWinder. There are some Sidewinder music modules on Aminet that you may want to look at for a sample of the audio CD ($12.95). Another possible prize is SubVersion, a strategy submarine hunt game by Point of View Computing. Both a Mac and IBM version is included along with the Amiga version, and The Aminet CDROM by Walnut Creek CDROM. Previously we have offered the ARexx Reference Disk by Merrill Callaway, which was awarded to a previous winner. Contact Whitestone for more information (505) 268-0678. More prizes will be announced as they become available. All monthly contests end on the morning of the first of the following month. Any entries beyond this date will be entered into the next contest. - THE MONTHLY DRAWING - To enter the random drawing, select a number from 1 to 262,144 and send it to me at one of my addresses listed below, either by the postal service or email through the Internet. Also, you may enter by solving the following puzzle. The winner of this puzzle will be decided within the same time frame as the random prize, to allow the contest information to filter through the networks, and to allow your letters and postcards to come in. - THE PUZZLE - Since people complained that the first contest was too hard, and that the second was too easy, I made one that anyone can solve with a little thought. The third problem should have been obvious... the first word was as big of a push in the right direction as you could get. Now we will try a more mathematical problem, which is very easy to solve. If you are not too familiar with matrix manipulations, just look for the right resources and you will find all the help you need (help is everywhere!). Of course, this is another one of those trick problems. There are two matrices, A and B. Each matrix will have a value applied to it, and you must determine the answer. The value is specified by x, and the answers you must provide are Ax = ?, and Bx = ?. x = (151647 - 61615) [ 7 8 9 ] [ 1 2 3 ] A = [ 4 5 6 ] B = [ 4 5 6 ] [ 1 2 3 ] [ 7 8 9 ] [ 0 0 0 ] [ 0 0 0 ] What does Ax equal, and what does Bx get you? Also provide your method of obtaining the answer. I understand that there may be cultural differences for this problem... not all math is the same (you should see how my mother does long division!). So just make a good guess ::heh heh::. With a little research, you can determine the answers. You may want to look for information on matrix multiplication. As a special bonus, the first person to successfully supply the correct answer will automatically win. If you feel that you definitely have the answer, get in touch with me with what you have learned. If you do everything correctly, I will answer to let you know :). - TO ENTER - To enter, simply let your fingers do the talking and write an email and send it to You MUST put the word CONTEST in the subject line of the email header! Otherwise you run the risk of having your email deleted (don't ask, it is a long story!) or send a post card or letter to: Amiga Report Contest c/o David Tiberio 6 Lodge Lane East Setauket, NY 11733 Is it possible to win via snail mail? You might think that your chances of winning are better by entering in email (much faster of course), but last month's winner send in a letter that arrived the day before his winning number was drawn! In your letter or email, please provide the following: Your full name and address. Please keep in mind that many of you may have addresses that I am not accustomed to, so please include your country or any other information that I would need in case you win. An email address should also be included, if possible. You must also include a brief one sentence overview of the editorial in this issue of AMiga Report. Just to make sure you are reading it. :) You must also include the issue number. For example, if you read this in AR213, then include that in your correspondance. Also, a prize winner will be determined by a random number generator. Choose a number from 1 to 262,144. The closest winner or winners to the randomly generated number will receive the prize in the mail. Anyone who does not provide a number will have one assigned to him randomly. All prizes will be mailed within one week after I get my hands on the published version of AmigaReport. I am doing this for a few reasons. First, every winner so far has given the correct puzzle solution before I have received the editon of AmigaReport that announced it. :) Second, I don't like to go to the post office every day if I can avoid it. Third, you never know when someone's power supply might blow up (right Mr. Editor?!). - RULES AND REGULATIONS - 1. In the evnt that the editor's power supply fries, the contest for that month will have its deadline postponed to a later date, to be announced. Any contest entries for the random drawing will be added to the next month's drawing, to be held once per month near the beginning of the month. 2. All prizes are donated. I cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by a prize. For example, if you leave your prize on the stairs and your grandmother slips on it, I will not pay her medical bills. 3. We are not doing this for any profit, and cannot be held responsible if we go out of business or are otherwise financially unable to give you anything! We are actively looking for submissions from other software authors. 4. Good things come to those who read the rules and regulations! Here is a tip to help you win: every problem is a trick problem, or gives you clues that are not part of the problem itself. Read the whole entire contest entry looking for clues. And read my other articles for more clues. I give some very obvious clues :). 5. If for any circumstance you are awarded a prize but do not receive it, contact me at (516) 476-1615. I will promptly attend to any mistakes that have been made. 6. These rules are subject to change at any time without warning! 7. Focus not on A, but instead on B! - THE DISCLAIMER - DISCLAIMER: This contest is being provided as a service to the Amiga community and all persons involved in running this contest cannot be held liable for anything that costs you money or lifetime pain and anguish. Rules are subject to change. All entries must be received by whenever TBA. 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The SX-1 CD32 expansion from Paravision Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% The SX-1 CD32 expansion from Paravision by Jason Compton %% %% %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% After what seemed like a lifetime of waiting (but was really just 2 months), my review SX-1 finally arrived. Well, not before I got the hard drive and memory, and not before I straightened out that it wasn't intended for Amiga Game Zone, but hey, I've got it and it works. How well does it work? First, let's open the packaging. The Packaging ------------- Nothing like simplicity. A white, thin-walled cardboard box about the footprint of a piece of notebook paper and about 2 or 3 inches tall. On the box is a black label identifying the product, the included options, and displaying the Paravision/SX-1 logo. (incidentally, the logo is fairly ugly, but that's not a big concern.) Pull open the box, and what do you get? The SX-1, and (if you're lucky) a 15-page manual. If you're NOT lucky, you get a 4-page manual. Feed it to the dog and call Paravision asking for the 15-page one, since the 4-page is virtually useless. The SX-1 itself is another rectangular box. It's made of metal, the same strange dark grey color as the CD32, with a white Paravision/SX-1 logo on it. That's all for decoration. One side has the CD32 U-shaped connector (more on that later) and around the other three sides are the ports that make the SX-1 useful. The Manual ---------- Ah, yes, very, very important. Like I said, the 4 pager was horrible. The new 15-page version is quite a bit better and tells you just about everything you need to know. It's smallish, about the size of most game manuals and the like, and not intensely durable since it's made completely out of regular paper stapled together. But it's functional and tells you what you need to know. The Options ----------- You paid for them, here they are, with my own comments about the way they work. Listed in the order they appear on the box, they are: Serial Connector: A 9-pin model, meaning that if you're a die-hard Amiga user, this is new to you. It's not a problem, just get a cable or adapters (available at a Radio Shackish store) and attach them. It works. Located on the right side of the CD32. Disable Switch: Interesting that they listed this second. This will disable everything except the RGB port, the memory expansion, and the clock. Personally I think this was a poor combination of things to leave running, but more on that later. Located on the back, near the middle. Parallel Connector: A standard Amiga parallel port. What more needs to be said? Located on the back. Video Connector: The RGB port. A great boon to CD32 users tired of the inferior RF or composite outputs (not everyone has SVideo capabilities), with 1084s and 1950s and 1960s and 1942s just dying to have CD32 games pumped into them. HOWEVER, those multisync monitors require the RGB/VGA adapter box. This wouldn't be a problem if the RGB port wasn't located on the left side, very close to where the CD32's power supply plugs in. It takes a bit of bending to get the adapter box and power supply cable to exist together, and I would have rather that it didn't. Aside from that, the video output works just fine. It claims to work with FMV, but as I don't have an FMV module I can't test it. Floppy Connector: Standard Amiga variety, works. Configures the first drive as DF0:. Located on the right side, pretty logical because you can then set the drive on top of the SX-1 and CD32. (The back would have worked just as well, but there's only so much room...) IDE Interfaces: There is the 2.5 inch internal variety and a 3.5 inch external connector. I have a 40 meg drive from Paravision sitting here, but I haven't plugged it in because my power supply wouldn't accomodate it and a floppy. (More on that later) Hopefully, a new power supply from Micro R+D will arrive before I have to send the hard drive back to Paravision. The 3.5 inch external IDE is something I haven't encountered before. Paravision says they've commissioned cables to be built. More on that as I learn about it. The external connector is located on the back of the SX-1. AT-101 keyboard interface: Lets you plug in standard IBM keyboards and use them. Located on the right side. I haven't had a chance to test this yet. Audio Input: A 6-pin mini-DIN input to allow mixing audio over the CD32's output. Haven't had a chance to test this either, but it's really only good for Karaoke enthusiasts...although I'm sure the analogy could be extended to presentations as well. Located on the right, and physically a part of the U-connector (again, more on that later) Internal SIMM slot: Lets you use a standard 32-bit SIMM, up to 8 megs (4 if you have a FMV module). Works just fine, although I had some problems getting the SIMM properly seated and discovered Kickstart 3.x's "Defective Expansion" screen. The 4 meg SIMM from Paravision is now sitting there, resting nicely and providing me with a speedup for some games. (More on the effects of Fast RAM in the next issue) MPEG Passthrough: A part of the U-Connector (which I'm ALMOST ready to talk about!) Real-time clock: Hey, it's nice to have. It works, using the standard clock battery. NOW, the U-Connector -------------------- Commodore's FMV module was designed to rest physically INSIDE the CD32, on the right of it, under the vent grates. To that end, a U-connector is used, so that the board still interfaces with the CD32 expansion slot. The same concept is used in Paravision's U-connector, so that the SX-1 and the FMV module can share the same machine. (This is where the audio in is located) While I can't comment on its functionality with the FMV module, I can comment on its implementation physically. It's bad. The connector is not firmly attached to either the SX-1 or the CD32, and wobbles considerably when you're trying to install the SX-1. In fact, every time I've needed to plug it in, I've had to angle my CD32 upwards and match up the connection that way. I've also pulled out the SX-1 and left the U-connector behind (and I wasn't yanking on it, I slid it). It's not more than a nuisance, but it makes handling the unit more difficult and more time consuming. Taking a Look at the SX-1: Externally ------------------------------------- It looks like whoever designed the SX-1's case (either the product designers or Robert Maynard, credited as "Package Design") tried very hard to make the SX-1 look like a logical extension of the CD32. For those of you unfamiliar with the CD32's design, it's just over a foot wide on top. Midway through, the case is split for the CD drive's lid, located on the left. The expansion connector is on the right, meaning that the CDSX combination, as I've chosen to call it, looks like a flipped-over L. The color matches nearly perfectly, marred a bit by the fact that the CD32 is flat colored plastic while the SX-1 is metal and has a satin sheen to it. The SX-1 looks like it was supposed to fit just right in the space extending back on the right side. It's just a bit too wide, though, and some of the SX-1 hangs off of the right edge of the CD32, but it's only a couple of millimeters. On the left, it hangs over the split enough so that the CD32's lid rubs it slightly. Oops. The Guts of the SX-1 -------------------- Inside, the SX-1 is a fairly crowded place. Of major interest are the 2.5 inch IDE controller (located on the left, farther back than the RGB port, which means they should have traded places) and the 5 jumpers located a bit to the right of them. These are fairly important. In order, here's what they do. 1. Determines the size of the SIMM in the SX-1. Should be on for a 2 or 8 meg SIMM, off for a 1 or 4. (Controls banks for the memory) 2. Determines the size (again) of the SIMM. Should be on for a 4 or 8 meg SIMM, off for a 1 or 2. 3. Memory control: Enable/disable. On disables, off enables. (Paradoxical, isn't it?) 4. Power On Delay. Adds 10 seconds to the boot time to allow clunky hard drives time to spin up. (It's worth noting that the SX-1 has a noticable boot delay even when this option is NOT activated) On delays, off boots "normally". 5. Right Alt control. Apparently, Paravision feels that there are a lot of AT keyboards without a right Alt button, so this option allows the right Control button to be used as right Alt. (I've NEVER seen a keyboard like that) On says you've already got 2, off says you need the right Control emulation. Pinouts ------- For the interested, Paravision lists the pinouts of the parallel, floppy, external IDE, serial, RGB, AT Keyboard, and audio ports in the manual. POWER! ------ Not just for the egomaniacs, it's a serious concern. The CD32 has a weak power supply. This means that, according to Paravision, unless you get a better supply, you should never combine the FMV module, floppy drive and hard drive (in other words, pick one.) However, Micro R+D is building power supplies to alleviate the problems. Fun Facts ------------ I'm drawing this first part of the review to a close. However, here are some fun facts to keep you interested until next time. 1. Casualties of Product Design: The two people I talked to in May about the SX-1 both no longer work for Paravision. One was a designer, the other was the president. Another designer of the SX-1 is also no longer employed by Paravision, meaning that Yan Sun is the sole remaining SX-1 designer in Paravision's employ. 2. Joanne Dow, editor of Amiga Exchange and a frequenter of the Amiga Usenet newsgroups, did contract work on the SX-1 software. 3. Despite Paravision's sometimes rabid response to being confused with Microbotics (their ex-president called me up one morning, demanding names of Amazing Computing authors because of the fact that Paravision never informed AC of the ownership switch), Mike Pinson, a Paravision employee, Product Specialist and overall good guy who represents Paravision on the nets still has the Internet account (listed in the manual) of "". :) 4. Because I was shipped an SX-1 addressed to me but addressed to me as a rep of Amiga Game Zone, I had to convince everyone I wrote for Amiga Report, not Amiga Game Zone. About a week after it got cleared up, I was asked by AGZ's editor to do game reviews, and I accepted. Ironic, isn't it? 5. When the disable switch is set to disable the options, the Kick 3.x preboot menu won't come up with both mouse buttons held down. Mike Pinson was surprised but couldn't explain. That's it for this week. Until next time, keep the CD32's warm. Contact info: Paravision, Inc. 1-214-644-0043/1-800-588-0043 voice 500 East Arapho, Suite 104 1-214-644-7913 fax Richardson, Texas 75081 USA Micro R+D (for the power supplies) 1-800-527-8797/1-308-745-1243 voice
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DMODP v3.2a Table of Contents TITLE DMODP VERSION V.3.2a AUTHOR (Until 31-Jul-94) Pauli Porkka Kaskitie 2B10 FIN-37600 VALKEAKOSKI FINLAND (From 01-Aug-94) Pauli Porkka Innalantie 5 D 29 FIN-37600 VALKEAKOSKI FINLAND e-mail: fido: 2:221/112.4 (Pauli Porkka) DESCRIPTION D.A.S Module Player is a player specifically designed for high end users. Special attention has been given to efficient handling of modules in lists. Modules can be sorted and handled with such attributes as name(+reverse), date(+reverse), style and author. For better handling modules can also be divided to two groups within every list and can also be played according to those groups. Adding modules to list is easy since DASMP can take care of modules already existing in list and modules newer than current list. Modules can be extracted from virtually any external archives such as LHA and ZIP. XPK and PowerPacker packed modules can also be used. Since DASMP requires MUI, the Graphical User Interface of the player is totally under user control. User control over other features of DASMP can be squeezed to three words: 6 configuration pages. Module specific configurations include things like module duration, author, style and date, volume, preload and fade speed. In overall DASMP is very complex system giving user a possibility to use features he needs and forget the rest. What DASMP is not: DASMP is not small and is not ment to be a replacement for those cute little players floating around nets. DASMP is not ment to be used on non accelerated a500 or a2000. NEW FEATURES (Since 3.1) 14-bit Stereo Mixing routines for MTM/S3M/FT players. Lots of enhanced features. Added SCANDIR option. Better dasFAST player with Surround and Mono playing options for normal PT modules. Works with MUI 2.1. Previous versions will not work with MUI 2.1. Enhanced and more intelligent installer script. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS KS 2.04, WB 2.1, Magic User Interface 2.0 (MUI). MUI20USR.LHA and MUI21USR.LHA are available on aminet. Older than 2.0 versions of MUI aren't sufficient. HOST NAME DIRECTORY aminet/mus/play FILENAME DMODP32a.LHA PRICE Shareware 15 USD or 70 FIM. Regional registrations sites for U.S.A (20 USD) and Australia (25 AUD). Read (documentation) for more info. DISTRIBUTABILITY Copyrighted by Pauli Porkka -94. Release archive file is freely distributable on CD-ROM collections, PD/SW collections and similar. Digital Audio Systems Designs Pauli Porkka 2:221/112.4 * May the Interrupt be with you. *
JukeBox v2.0 Table of Contents TITLE JukeBox 2.0 VERSION 2.83 (23.5.94) AUTHOR Franz-Josef Reichert Internet: DESCRIPTION JukeBox is a program to play compact digital audio discs by emulating a graphical user interface similar to common CD players. It provides a command line oriented, fully programmable ARexx user interface as well. It will work on CD-ROM players plugged to a scsi-hostadapter or CDTV. JukeBox will open its windows on the workbench (or any other public screen) and do its best to allow a font sensitive layout. The main goal during development was to create a very comprehensive, self- explanatory utility. Features: Full Intuition interface ARexx port Fully programmable Keyboard shortcuts Supports any release of AmigaOS French, dutch, italian and german localization with Workbench 2.04/2.1/3.0 Any screenmode or depth supported Windows on workbench or any public screen Tested with Enforcer and MungWall Common CD player functionality Catalogization, label and title recognition of your own discs. Shuttle-wheel for pickup positioning Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Backward, Shuffle Play, Repeat Mode, Skip Track Forward/Backward, A-B cuts REQUIREMENTS AmigaOS 1.2, 1.3, 2.04, 3.0, 3.1 or later. The use of release 2.x or 3.x system software is strongly recommended. arp.library recommended for use with any OS release former to 2.04. This library is not included. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS SCSI host adaptor and a CDROM player device. Currently supported are NEC, TOSHIBA, MATSUSHITA, TEXEL/PLEXTOR, CHINON, TEAC, SONY, Apple, Commodore CDTV and A570, Mitsumi drives with Alpha Data Tandem CD+IDE. A generic 'ANSI' player module supports other drives as well if they conform to the ANSI SCSI-2 specs. HOST Any Aminet mirror (i.e.,, etc) DIRECTORY disk/cdrom FILENAME JukeBox.lha (332133 bytes) PRICE Unregistered release is freely distributable, anybody is hereby encouraged to include it in freely distributable software libraries. Registered release with full functionality available from author. Printed manual (german) available. Suggested shareware donation is US$ 30.00 / DM 50.00. DISTRIBUTION Freely distributable release (limited features); see documentation. Shareware release available from the author.
TrapPrefs v0.91 (beta) Table of Contents TITLE TrapPrefs VERSION 0.91 (beta) COMPANY None working for AUTHOR Michael J Barsoom 5524 Pine Street Omaha NE 68106 USA email: DESCRIPTION TrapPrefs is a MUI application that allows you to quickly and easily modify and create config files for TrapDoor v1.84. TrapPrefs lets you modify all options available in TrapDoor v1.84; including screen mode, palette, and window sizes. TrapPrefs starts with all options in the default state, and allows you to modify them to you needs. NEW FEATURES First release. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS - Only OS 2.x and up - reqtools.library v38+ (not included) needed for screenmode, file, and palette requesters. - MUI v2.x (not included) HOST NAME Any Aminet site such as: ( DIRECTORY comm/fido FILE NAMES TrapPrefs0_91.lha ; program and docs PRICE ShareWare, $10.00 US DISTRIBUTABILITY ShareWare
DFA(ddress) v2.1 Table of Contents TITLE DFA(ddress) VERSION V2.1 AUTHOR Dirk Federlein UUCP: (prefered!) ( Fido: 2:244/6302.12 DESCRIPTION DFA is the ultimate address tool for you and the Amiga computer. DFA supports email addresses, dialing of phone numbers, grouping of addresses, different types of printing addresses, online help, application icon/window and much more! DFA has an Arexx port, font sensitive windows and can be fully directed by keyboard. Native languages are supported as soon as Workbench 2.1 (and above) is installed. Nearly every aspect of DFA is customizable now, so you may configure "your own" DFA. This is version 2.1, a minor upgrade to version 2.0. DFA is an SASG product! Shareware, binary only. NEW FEATURES DFA is an SASG product now. According to this fact you may enjoy all advantages that come along with the SASG. For detailed information, please see the registration/information programm that comes along with this distribution. The quite ugly, seperate toolbox is gone. Instead of this you'll find a beautiful gadget panel inside the DFAEditor main window. New "secret" mode for the status texts of the DFAEditor. French locale support Several bugfixes, especially the "bug" that caused DFA to crash on some systems (68000/Kickstart is removed. By the way this problem was caused by a bug in the gadtools.library! SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS DFA needs at least Kickstart/Workbench 2.04 to run. It takes advantage of the new features included in version 2.1 (Locale support) and uses even some features coming with OS 3.0 if available. DFA is made to run on all all systems, starting with the A500+ and ending up with the A4000(T). More than 512KB of RAM and a harddisk are recommended. HOST NAME ( PRICE DM US$ Shareware fee.............................30.00 20.00 See documentation for additional information. DISTRIBUTABILITY DFA is NOT PD. It is shareware. The author keeps the copyright over the whole package. The public version of DFA (without the keyfile!) is freely (re)distributable, but noone is allowed to sell the program for more money than to cover just the costs of copying. In any case noone may charge more than Fred Fish claims for one of his "Library Disks"!
Deft II v1.0 Table of Contents TITLE Deft II - utility to replace icon default tools VERSION 1.0 AUTHOR Lionel Vintenat. E-mail address: DESCRIPTION Deft II is a new version (completely re-programmed as I haven't the original sources) of an old (but great :)) tool named Deft ( (C) 1992, Gary Smith ). Briefly, Deft II is an utility to modify the default tools of your icons : you give to it a set of paths, a set of old/new default tool couples, and Deft II will recursively scan all these paths to change the default tools of your project icons according to your preferences. FEATURES * a MUI GUI with all the consequent convenience for the user (keyboard shortcuts, appwindows, etc) * multi-paths handling for scanning * multi-default tools for replacing * wildcard using for the default tools to replace * preferences saving * ARexx port support * online help SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS * OS release 2.04 or newer * MUI v2.1 properly installed HOST NAME Software will be uploaded July the 25th to the Aminet Site : and will be readily available on other Aminet sites. DIRECTORY /pub/aminet/util/wb FILE NAME DeftII.lha PRICE Deft II is distributed under the "GiftWare" concept, in other words, send me what you want if you use this program ! DISTRIBUTABILITY Freely distributable as long as the distribution conditions exposed in the documentation are applied.
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Our exclusive PortalX by Steve Tibbett, the graphical "front end" for Portal which will let you automatically click'n'download your waiting email, messages, Usenet groups and binary files! Reply to mail and messages offline using your favorite editor and your replies are sent automatically the next time you log into Portal. (PortalX requires Workbench 2.04 or higher) And Portal does NOT stick it to high speed modem users. Whether you log in at 1200 or 2400 or 9600 or 14.4K you pay the same low price. How does all that sound? Probably too good to be true. Well, it IS true. Portal Signup or for more information: 408-973-9111 (voice) 9a.m.-5p.m. Mon-Fri, Pacific Time 408-725-0561 (modem 3/12/2400) 24 hours every day 408-973-8091 (modem 9600/14400) 24 hours every day or enter "C PORTAL" from any Sprintnet dial-in in the USA, or telnet to "" from anywhere. 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Portal is a PCPursuit "Direct Access Facility" thus connection to Portal with a PCP account is simply a matter of entering C PORTAL,PCP-ID,PCP-PASSWORD at the SprintNet login prompt instead of C PORTAL. Note: Portal Direct 9600/14400 bps service is availble for both USR HST modems, and any V32/V32.bis modems. There are dozens of direct-dial high speed lines into Portal. No busy signals! SprintNet 9600bps service is V.32 modem protocol only. Again, Portal does NOT surcharge high speed modem users! Portal subscribers who already have an account on an Internet-capable system elsewhere, can use that system's "telnet" program to connect to Portal for $0.00 an hour. That's right ZERO. From anywhere in the world. If you're in this category, be sure to ask the Portal reps, when you signup, how to login to Portal from your existing Internet account. Call and join today. Tell the friendly Portal Customer Service representative, "The Amiga Zone and Amiga Report sent me!" 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X-NET Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% X-Net Information Systems %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% --==> Public Internet Connectivity Today <==-- - LIVE Internet - Over 6,000 Newsgroups - Telnet/FTP - Worldwide E-Mail - Gopher/Archie - Internet Relay Chat (IRC) - SLIP/PPP - NCSA Mosaic A system dedicated to the Amiga, IBM and Unix user. System Admins ------------- Naperville : (708) 983-6435 V.32bis Brian Vargyas NEW Hoffman Estates : (708) 882-1101 V.32bis Brian Clark Voice / Fax : (708) 983-6064 Arthur Zards Internet :
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Columns and Features Table of Contents From the Editor's Desk Saying it like it is! Amiga News News and Announcements Reader Mail The lines buzz hotly... compt.sys.amiga A chat with Duncan Fraser Famous Amiga Uses The unexpected life of the Amiga Canon's BJ-600 Quality printing at a good price Amiga in Europe An overview of the Amiga in Europe Emulation Rambler The A64 Package V3.0 Retina Z-III Review The conclusion AR Contest Can't win if you don't play. SX-1 Review The CD32 expansion from Paravision AR Coverdisk info! All right! AR CoverDisk #2
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Files Available for FTP Table of Contents DMODP v3.2a D.A.S. Module Player JukeBox v2.0 Plays audio CDROMS TrapPrefs v0.91 (beta) FUW TrapDoor DFA(ddress) v2.1 Address(book) Tool Deft II v1.0 Util to replace icon default tool ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The most downloaded files from during the week until 24-Jul-94 Most popular file on top. File Dir Size Description ------------------- --- ---- ----------- term-4.0-030.lha comm/term 407K+Term 4.0 Distribution term-4.0-Extras.lha comm/term 200K+Term 4.0 Distribution term-4.0-Doc.lha comm/term 168K+Term 4.0 Distribution term-4.0-Libs.lha comm/term 129K+Term 4.0 Distribution term-4.0-Roadmap.txt comm/term 23K+Term 4.0 Distribution term-4.0-Main.lha comm/term 408K+Term 4.0 Distribution term-4.0-Locale.lha comm/term 37K+Term 4.0 Distribution MagicWB20d.lha biz/demo 263K+The definitive WB-Enhancer! term-4.0-PS.lha comm/term 204K+Term 4.0 Distribution term-4.0-DVI.lha comm/term 167K+Term 4.0 Distribution
----------------------------------------- NOVA Table of Contents * NOVA BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site Support BBS of The Chattanooga Amiga Users Group * Running MEBBSNet BBS * Wayne Stonecipher, Sysop AmigaNet 40:210/10.0 40:210/1.0 40:210/0.0 FidoNet 1:362/508.0 An Amiga Software Distribution Site (ADS) 615-472-9748 USR DS 16.8 24hrs - 7 days Cleveland, Tennessee All AR back issues are kept online. All new users receive access to the AR on the first call. Any AR issue may be file requested with proper name. To obtain the current issue you may FReq Proper name, AR.LHA or simply AR
------------------------------------------ In The MeanTime Table of Contents *** System down temporarily -- Don't call except for FAX *** * IN THE MEANTIME BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site * Running AXShell * Robert Niles, Sysop 509-248-5645 Supra V.32bis 24hrs - 7 days Yakima, Washington ******* Notice ******* Those who call for the latest edition of Amiga Report, and who do not with to establish an account, at the first login: prompt type "bbs", at the second login: prompt type "guest". Once in type "ARMAG" (without the quotes) at any prompt.
------------------------------------------ PIONEERS BBS Table of Contents * PIONEERS BBS * ** A PREMIER GENEALOGY BBS ** ** WEST COAST - Amiga Virus Busters Support BBS ** ** CD32 REVIEW Support BBS ** AND NOW Official Amiga Report Distribution Site * Running EXCELSIOR! BBS * Michael & Marthe Arends, Sysops FidoNet: 1:343/54.0 206-775-7983 Supra 14.4k v32.bis 24hrs - 7 days EDMONDS, Washington New users can call and get ANY copy of Amiga Report. Just call using the Name "Long Distance" and the password "Longdistance"(without the quotes of course). Users using this account will have full access to ALL past and present issues of AMIGA REPORT starting with the premier issue. The latest issue of Amiga Report can be Freq'ed (FileREQusted) from here as "AR.LHA", Freq's are valid at ANY time.
------------------------------------------ CIUA BBS Table of Contents * CIUA BBS* Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- Portugal * Running Excelsior/Trapdoor/AmigaUUCP/AmiTCP * Celso Martinho, Sysop FidoNet 2:361/9 Internet: +351-34-382080/382081 (V32bis soon V34) 24hrs - 7 days.
------------------------------------------ Amiga Junction 9 Table of Contents * AMIGA JUNCTION 9 * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- United Kingdom * Running DLG Professional * Stephen Anderson, Sysop Sysop Email: Line 1 +44 (0)372 271000 14400 V.32bis/HST FidoNet 2:440/20 Line 2 +44 (0)372 278000 14400 V.32bis only FidoNet 2:440/21 Line 3 +44 (0)372 279000 2400 V.42bis/MNP Voice: +44 (0)956 348405 (24hrs) Direct Sysop Voice Line Internet: Special Interest Areas: - Bjork / Sugarcubes Fan Club - Research of Lucid Dreaming
------------------------------------------ BitStream BBS Table of Contents * BITSTREAM BBS * The BBS of the Nelson (NZ) Amiga Users Group Official Amiga Report Distribution Site * Running Xenolink 1.0 Z.3 * Glen Roberts, Sysop FidoNet 3:771/850 +64 3 5485321 Supra V.32bis 24hrs - 7 days Nelson, New Zealand
------------------------------------------- Realm of Twilight Table of Contents * REALM OF TWILIGHT BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- Canada * Running Excelsior! BBS * Thorsten Schiller, Sysop Usenet: UUCP: ...!!tdkcs!realm FIDO: 1:221/302 Fish: 33:33/8 24hrs - 7 days 519-748-9365 (2400 baud) 519-748-9026 (v.32bis) Ontario, Canada Hardware: Amiga 3000, 105 Meg Quantum, 213 Meg Maxtor, 5 megs RAM
------------------------------------------- Metnet Triangle Table of Contents METNET TRIANGLE SYSTEM Official Amiga Report Distribution Site UK Support for Mebbsnet * Running Mebbsnet and Starnet 1.02a * Jon Witty, Sysop FIDO: 2:252/129.0 24 hrs - 7 days Line 1: 44-482-473871 16.8 DS HST Lines 2-7: 44-482-442251 2400 (6 lines) Line 8: 44-482-491744 2400 Line 9: 44-482-449028 2400 Voice helpline 44-482-491752 (anytime) Fully animated menus + normal menu sets. 500 megs HD - Usual software/messages Most doors online - Many Sigs - AMIGA AND PC SUPPORT Very active userbase and busy conference Precious days and MUD online. AMUL support site.
------------------------------------------- Omaha Amiganet Table of Contents * OMAHA AMIGANET * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site * Running DLG Professional * Andy Wasserman, Sysop 24 hrs - 7 days FidoNet: 1:285/11 AmigaNet: 40:200/10 Line 1: 402-333-5110 V.32bis Line 2: 402-691-0104 USR DS Omaha, Nebraska
------------------------------------------ Amiga-Night-System Table of Contents * AMIGA-NIGHT-SYSTEM * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site - Finland * Running DLG Professional * Janne Saarme, Sysop 24 hrs - 7 days InterNet: FidoNet: 2:220/550.0 +358-0-675840 V.32bis Helsinki, Finland
------------------------------------------ Ramses Amiga Flying Table of Contents * RAMSES THE AMIGA FLYING * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- France * Running DLG Professional * Eric Delord, Sysop Philippe Brand, Co-Sysop Stephane Legrand, Co-Sysop Internet: Fidonet: 2:320/104 +33-1-60037015 USR DS 16.8 +33-1-60037713 V.32bis +33-1-60037716 1200-2400 Ramses The Amiga Flying BBS is an Amiga-dedicated BBS running DLG-Pro on a Amiga 3000, 16MB RAM, 2GB Disk space, 3 lines. We keep a dayly Aminet site mirroring, NetBSD-Amiga complete mirror site from (main site), Amiga Report, GNU Amiga, Ramses is the SAN/ADS/Amiganet French coordinator.
------------------------------------------ Gateway BBS Table of Contents * THE GATEWAY BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site * Running Excelsior! BBS * Stace Cunningham, Sysop Dan Butler, CoSysop 24 hrs - 7 days InterNet: FidoNet: 1:3604/60.0 601-374-2697 Hayes Optina 28.8 V.FC Biloxi, Mississippi
------------------------------------------ EMERALD KEEP BBS Table of Contents * Emerald Keep BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribation Site * Running DLG Professional * Michael mac Nessa, Sysop 24 hrs - 7 days FidoNet: 1:2250/2 AmigaNet: 40:206/1 618-394-0065 USR 16.8k DS Fairview Heights, IL
------------------------------------------ Amiga BBS Table of Contents * Amiga BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site * Running Excelsior! BBS * Alejandro Kurczyn, Sysop FidoNet 4:975/7 First Amiga BBS in Mexico (5) 887-3080 9600 V32,MNP Estado de Mexico, Mexico
------------------------------------------ The Stygian Abyss Table of Contents * THE STYGIAN ABYSS BBS * 312-384-0616 14.4 USR Courier HST 312-384-6250 14.4 Supra V.32 bis (FREQ line) 312-384-0716 2400 USR Courier FIDONet-1:115/384.0 CLink-911:6200/2.0 NWNet-206:310/0.0--206:310/1.0 PhantomNet Central States Cooridinator-11:2115/0.0--11:2115/1.0 FaithNet Central States Cooridinator-700:6000/0.0--700:6000/1.0 AMINet Chicagoland HUB-559:2/5.0 Chicago, Illinois Over 4 GIGS of files I Over 3700 MODS I Over 120 On-Line Games Tons of digitized sounds I Over 15,000 GIFS Supporting: Amiga I IBM I Macintosh I C=64/128 SIR SAMMY-SysOp Enter.......If you dare!!
------------------------------------------ Amiga Do PC BBS Table of Contents * AMIGA DO PC BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribuition Site - Brazil * Running Excelsior! v 1.18 * +55-192-33-2260 Weekdays: 19-07 (-3 GMT) Weekends: 24 hours Fidonet: 4:801/44 RBT: 12:1212/1 Virinet: 70:101/17 Internet: Francisco Moraes, sysop Campinas, SP Freq AREPORT for the newest issue avaiable.
------------------------------------------ Comm-Link BBS Table of Contents * COMM-LINK BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site * Running Excelsior Pro * 604-945-6192 USR DS 16.8 24 hrs - 7 days Fido: 1:153/210.0 AmigaNet 40:800/9100.0 InterSports: 102:540/305.0 PussNet: 169:1000/305.0 InterNet: Steve Hooper, Sysop Port Coquitlam, B.C. Canada
------------------------------------------ Phantom's Lair Table of Contents * PHANTOM'S LAIR * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site * Running CNET 3.0 * FidoNet: 1:115/469.0 Phantom Net Cooridinator: 11:1115/0.0-11:1115/1.0 708-469-9510 708-469-9520 CD ROMS, Over 15511 Files Online @ 2586 meg Peter Gawron, Sysop Glendale Heights, Illinois
Tierra-Miga BBS Table of Contents Tierra-Miga BBS Software: CNet Gib Gilbertson 24 hours - 7 days FidoNet: 1:202/638.0 AmigaNet: 40:406/3.0 Internet: Line #1: 619.292.0754 V32.bis City: San Diego, CA.
------------------------------------------ Freeland Mainframe Table of Contents * FREELAND MAINFRAME * Offical Amiga Report Distribution Site * Running DLG Progessional * John Freeland, SysOp 206-438-1670 Supra 2400zi 206-438-2273 Telebit WorldBlazer(v.32bis) 206-456-6013 Supra v.32bis 24hrs - 7 days Internet - Olympia, Washington
------------------------------------------ LAHO Table of Contents * LAHO BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- Finland * Running MBBS * Lenni Uitti, SysOp Juha Mkinen, SysOp (Amiga-areas) Tero Manninen, SysOp (PC-areas) +358-64-414 1516, V.32bis/HST +358-64-414 0400, V.32bis/HST +358-64-414 6800, V.32/HST +358-64-423 1300, V.32bis Seinjoki, Finland Our host machine is a 386/33 with 20MB of memory, 1GB harddisk and a CD-ROM drive running in a Novell network. The BBS software is a Norwegian origin MBBS running in a DesqView windows. We have now (26th March 1994) over 10000 files online (mostly for the Commodore Amiga line of the personal computers.) Every user has an access to download filelist (LAHOFIL.ZIP), list of the Finnish 24-hour BBS's (BBSLIST.ZIP or BBSLIST.LHA) and every issue of the Amiga Report Magazine (AR101.LHA-AR???.LHA) even on their first call. The system has been running since 1989 and is sponsored by the local telephone company, Vaasan Lnin Puhelin Oy. BTW, LAHO stands for "LAtomeren Hyrylaiva Oy" = "Barnsea Steamship Co." Welcome on board!
------------------------------------------ Falling BBS Table of Contents * FALLING BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- Norway * Running ABBS * Christopher Naas, Sysop +47 69 256117 V.32bis 24hrs - 7 days EMail:
------------------------------------------ Command Line BBS Table of Contents * COMMAND LINE BBS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- Canada Canada's Amiga Graphics & Animation Source * Running AmiExpress BBS * Nick Poliwko, Sysop 416-533-8321 V.32 24hrs - 7 days Toronto, Canada
------------------------------------------- Leguans Byte Channel Table of Contents * LEGUANS BYTE CHANNEL * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- Germany * Running EazyBBS V2.11 * Andreas Geist, Sysop Usenet: 24 hrs - 7 days Line 1: 49-30-8110060 USR DS 16.8 Line 2: 49-30-8122442 USR DS 16.8 Login as User: "amiga", Passwd: "report"
------------------------------------------- Stingray Database BBS Table of Contents * STINGRAY DATABASE * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- Germany * Running FastCall * Bernd Mienert, Sysop EMail: +49 208 496807 HST-Dual 24hrs - 7 days Muelheim/Ruhr, Germany
-------------------------------------------- T.B.P. Video Slate Table of Contents _________________________________ / / /_ /\ * T.B.P. VIDEO SLATE * / / //// / Official Amiga Report / / AR Coverdisk / / / CoverDisk Distribution Site / / / / / An Amiga dedicated BBS for All / / / / / * Running Skyline 1.3.2 * / / / / / Mark E Davidson, Sysop / /__________________________/ / / 24 hrs - 7 days / _______________________ / / 201-586-3623 USR 14.4 HST / / ___ / / / / Rockaway, New Jersey / / / / / / / / / / /__/ / / / / Full Skypix menus + normal and /______/_______________/______/__/ / ansi menu sets. \______\________________\______\_\/ Download on the first call. Hardware: Amiga 500 Tower custom at 14 MHz, 350 Meg maxtor, 125 Meg SCSI Maxtor, 345 Meg IDE Maxtor, 2 Double Speed CD rom, 9 meg RAM
-------------------------------------------- Amiga Central Table of Contents * AMIGA CENTRAL! * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site CNet Amiga Support Site * Running CNet Amiga BBS * Carl Tashian, Sysop Internet mail: 615-383-9679 1200-14.4Kbps V.32bis 24 hours - 7 days Nashville, Tennessee Hardware: Amiga 3000 Tower 68030+882@25MHz, 105 meg Quantum, 225 meg Seagate, Zoom 14.4k modem
-------------------------------------------- Continental Drift Table of Contents *================================================================== ==* /\ C O N T I N E N T A L D R I F T B B S / \ (+61) 2 949 4256 / \______ Murray Chaffer * Andre Lackmann * Dale Cohen / / \ / / \ Amiga * IBM * Macintosh / / \ : : : :\ \ /\ \ : : :800Mb+ Online - USENET News - Internet Mail :\ \ / \ \ : : Local Mail - FIDOnet Mail - Shareware Regos : :\ \/ \ \ : :Online Games - Aminet, FISH, Euro CD-ROMs : :\ / /: : : : :\ / /: : :Amiga Report * CD-32 View * Frontier Consoles \ / / * Computer underground Digest * \ /\ / \ / \ / **Online shareware registrations** \/ \/ Files daily from Aminet * ADS/SAN *================================================================== ==*
Amiga Online Bs Heemstede Table of Contents Amiga Online Bs Heemstede * HeadQuarters of Online Products * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- The Netherlands * Running Xenolink 1.90 * Your SysOp is Michiel Willems 24 hours a day - 7 days a week Fidonet : 2:280/464.0 DAN Host HQ : 55:100/1.0 Amynet Host : 39:151/1.0 NLA : 14:102/203.0 BOSnet Hub : 99:999/2.0 e-mail SysOp : Line 1 +31-23-282002 14400 v32bis Supra Line 2 +31-23-470739 14400 v32bis Supra Heemstede, The Netherlands, Europe, The Earth Very nice menu's 660 Megs HD online - ALOT of software ALOT of messages - VERY fast BBS program Point support - Lot's of doors online Just freq AR of AR.LHA for the latest issue available The system is running on an Amiga 2000 with a HARMS-Prof-3000 030 turboboard at 29Mhz and a copro at 50Mhz, 7MB RAM, 660 Meg HD space and soon 1 Gigabyte HD space. Every issue from Amiga Report Magazine online as far as the first issue.
Guru Meditation Table of Contents * GURU MEDITATION * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- Spain * Running Remote Access * Javier Frias, SysOp +34-1-383-1317 V.32bis 24 hours - 7days Spain
Moonlight Sonata DLG Table of Contents M O O N L I G H T S O N A T A D L G * Amiga Report Official Distribution Site * * DAS ModPlayer Support * 2 Nodes *FREE PUBLIC* Amiga BBS MIDI-tunes, MIDI-utils, Modules, Amiga-files Messages, Door-games, MUD... Also patches for several synths! (About 100MB of ProTracker Modules!) Node #1 - +358-18-161763 - ZyXEL V32b 19200 Node #2 - +358-18-161862 - HST DS V32 14400 Fidonet: 2:221/112.0 Keyboards: Erno Tuomainen Amiga3000 25MHz - 1.3Gigs HD BBS Software: Dialog Pro BB/OS
LINKSystem LINK-CH1 Table of Contents LINKSystem LINK-CH1 Official Amiga Report Distribution Site - Switzerland in local newsgroup Mails and News from/to UseNet contact: +41 61 3215643 V32bis/Zyx16800 +41 61 3832007 ISDN X75/V110 +41 61 3832008 ISDN X75/V110
Doom of Darkness Table of Contents * Doom of Darkness * * Home of AmBoS * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site -- Germany Marc Doerre (Marc_Doerre), Sysop (BBS-Owner/AmBoS-Support) Bernd Petersen (TGM), Sysop (Amiga-Software-Support) Gerhard Luehning (Klaro), Co-Sysop (Aminet-Support) Kai Szymanski (Kai), Co-Sysop (AR-Support/AmBoS-Support) Usenet: Line 1 +49 (0)4223 8355 19200 V.42bis/Zyx Line 2 +49 (0)4223 3256 16800 V.42bis/Zyx Line 3 +49 (0)4223 3313 16800 V.42bis/Zyx Sysop Email: AR-Infoservice :
RedEye BBS Table of Contents REDEYE BBS * Running EXCELSIOR/UUCP/AFAX * "Official Amiga Report Distribution Site Germany/Europe" Sysop: Thorsten Meyer Internet: Line 1: +49-89-5460535 (V.32b, Zyxel EG +) Line 2: +49-89-5460071 (USR Courier V32b terbo) 24hrs - 7 days Munich, Germany Areas for Amiga, PCs, Lotus Notes Group, Amiga Report, Game Byte, Graphic Stuff, 3D-Exchange, 3D-tools, 3D-objects, McAffee, GUS, PAS, DOOM, WINDOWS-NT, OS/2 Online CD, Online Games, USENET, INTERNET, FIDO ECHOS, Developer
Virtual Palace BBS Table of Contents * Virtual Palace BBS * * Official Amiga Report Distribution Site * * Official Amiga Report Disk Distribution Site * 916-343-7420 300-14400 Baud V.42bis AmiExpress 2.40 700 Mbytes P.O. Box 5518 Chico, California 95927 Tibor G. Balogh (Tibor), Sysop Sysop Email: Leland Whitlock (Leland), Co-Sysop
Where to find Amiga Report Table of Contents %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% %% Where to find Amiga Report %% %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Click on the button of the BBS nearest you for information on that system. FidoNet Systems --------------- FREQ the filename "AR.LHA" for the most current issue of Amiga Report! OMAHA AMIGANET ..................................Omaha, Nebraska NOVA .............................Cleveland, Tennessee PIONEER'S BBS ..............................Edmonds, Washington CIUA BBS .........................................Portugal AMIGA JUNCTION 9 ...................................United Kingdom BITSTREAM BBS ..............................Nelson, New Zealand REALM OF TWILIGHT ..................................Ontario, Canada METNET TRIANGLE ......................Kingston Upon Hull, England AMIGA-NIGHT-SYSTEM ................................Helsinki, Finland RAMSES THE AMIGA FLYING ...........................................France GATEWAY BBS ..............................Biloxi, Mississippi EMERALD KEEP BBS .........................................Illinois AMIGA BBS .........................Estado de Mexico, Mexico THE STYGIAN ABYSS ................................Chicago, Illinois AMIGA DO PC BSS .................................Campinas, Brazil COMM-LINK BBS .......................Port Coquitlam, BC, Canada PHANTOM'S LAIR .......................Glendale Heights, Illinois Tierra-Miga BBS .....................................SanDeigo, Ca MOONLIGHT SONATA DLG ..........................................Finland CONTINENTAL DRIFT ................................Sydney, Australia Amiga Online Bs H'stede ..................................The Netherlands Non-FidoNet Systems ------------------- IN THE MEANTIME ...............................Yakima, Washington FREELAND MAINFRAME ..............................Olympia, Washington LAHO ...............................Seinajoki, Finland FALLING ...........................................Norway COMMAND LINE ..................................Toronto, Canada LEGUANS BYTE CHANNEL ..........................................Germany STINGRAY DATABASE ...........................Muelheim/Ruhr, Germany T.B.P. VIDEO SLATE .............................Rockaway, New Jersey AMIGA CENTRAL .............................Nashville, Tennessee GURU MEDITATION ............................................Spain LINKSystem LINK-CH1 ...............................Basel, Switzerland DOOM OF DARKNESS ..................................Bremen, Germany REDEYE BBS ..................................Munich, Germany Virtual Palace BBS ........................................Chico, Ca