March 1988 MAGazine Volume 4 Number 3

Table Of Contents

Calendar of Events for March

Saturday, March 12, 1988-1 PM - The March general meeting will be held in Jenning's Hall in ROOM J-2 located on the campus of State Technical Institute of Memphis. See map last page this newsletter. David Head will demo the long awaited "JET" see review this newsletter. You'll also see the latest movie demo done with Sculpt Animate 3D, its really quite impressive. Anyone interested in the Amiga is cordially invited to attend. Call Alan at 901-755-6622 for details.

HARDWARE LIBRARY ADDITIONS

by: Tom Jones

At the last general meeting some prospective additions to the hardware library were discussed. If you were present most of this will be old news so this is chiefly for the benefit of those not present. A number of products were discussed for addition to the library, which already includes the club's Digi-View and camera. Some possible products include sound digitizers (Perfect Sound, Future Sound, Soundscape), framegrabbers (real-time digitizers i.e. LIVE! or Perfect Vision), and genlocks (allows an overlay of graphics on a video signal i.e. Mimetics Amigen, Commodore 1300 Genlock, ProGen, SuperGen).

Another idea that deserved some thought was to wait and purchase the NewTek Video Toaster which integrates a genlock, a framegrabber, and a special effects generator into one unit.

If you have any ideas for additions to the hardware library, just bring them to the next general meeting or contact one of the officers. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that future additions should be compatible with the 500, 1000, and the 2000. This is to insure availability for use by all members regardless of the model of their computer. Some products may be made compatible with a simple gender changer but cards are kinda ruled out until everyone gets an expansion chassis (Another idea!).

PRODUCT PRICE
Sound Digitizers
Perfect Sound $89.85
Future Sound M/Mike $175.00
SoundScape $49.00
Framegrabbers
Live ??????
Perfect Vision $219.95
FrameGrrabber $499.95
Genlocks
Amigen $199.95
1300 Genlock ??????
Progen $399.95
SuperGen $749.95

MAGazine

MAGazine
Memphis Amiga Group
Box 381462
Memphis, TN 38183-1462

MAGazine is published monthly by the Memphis Amiga Group (MAG), a nonprofit organization offering assistance to fellow Amiga owners and those interested in the Amiga. Membership in the Memphis Amiga Group is available for an annual fee of $20 per family. Memphis Amiga Group Officers for 1988 are:

President
Dr. Alan Schwartz
(901) 755-6622

Vice President
Tom Jones
(901) 353-2294

Secretary/Treasurer
Scott Hudson
(901) 794-8914

Librarian
David Head
(901) 377-7568

MAGazine Editor
Edward Bilson
(901) 794-2936

MAG-14

When you complete that ARTICLE or product REVIEW for the newsletter and were wondering how to get it to me, just dial up the DUCK Pond at (901) 761-3729 and upload it to File 14.

MAG LIBRARY

by David Head Librarian

It seems that it was only yesterday that I sat down at my computer to write this column for our MAGazine. Old man winter is about to leave us and spring is just around the corner. Hopefully we won't have to postpone any more meetings because of snow for awhile!

This month for the library we have a couple of demos. "Time Bandits" is a new game that is about to be released, if it isn't already. The other demo is a new Aegis game called "Ports of Call". It looks like a pretty impressive game is already available.

MAG-082 has a utility called "Movie" that allows you to see Animate 3D in action. It has the great demo called "Kahnankas" on the disk also. If you haven't seen this demo, you are missing out on what your Amiga is capable of. By the way, this version of "Kahnankas" comes with sound! There is another demo that will be put on the disk by the time of the meeting. I don't know what the name of it is yet, but Ed Bilson told me about it, and he was really impressed. More about that at the meeting.

I am also working on a "Grab Bag" type disk, that I hope will be available by the meeting. It will consist of several utilities, demos, and possibly a slideshow.

I want to encourage everyone to participate in the library by making your favorite demos, utilities, games, picture files, song files, etc. available for everyone to share in by adding them to the library. While I am on my soapbox let me say this. Howie has put a lot of effort into making the Duckpond the biggest and the best BBS in the midsouth, lets all give him a big hand of thanks! All of us lucky enough to own modems need to take a little bit of time to put stuff on the board that we have sitting on our disks that might be of interest to our fellow Amigians.

Well that is about it for this month, I purchaseded a music program the other day called "Synthia". It is a very powerful synthesizer program. Look for a review in the next issue of MAG. Maybe I will know enough about it by then to talk about it.

PRODRIVE

from Progressive Peripherals

by Tom Jones

Alright, you finally have your NEW (or used) Amiga and your ready to roll! If you're like me and some others, you bought your system with only one drive thinking that you could just wait and save your money for the THREE HUNDRED DOLLAR extra drive from Amiga. After you experienced what a desperate mess life with one drive was you vowed to buy one the first chance you had. But you still flinched at paying THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS. Well now a company called Progressive Peripherals gives you a less expensive alternative: The Prodrive (Internal and External Models). The Prodrive is functionally identical to the Amiga extra drive, but differs physically in that it is much smaller than the Amiga 1010 external drive (all 2000 internal drives are the same size). It is slimmer and has a much longer cable (Amen). It is also much quieter than most stock drives (Double Amen). Other niceties include a spring-loaded dust door in the drive slot and an all-metal case. But wait, there's more. It's also ... (drumroll please) CHEAPER! The external model lists for $240.00 (internal $180.00) but can be had for much less. Abel Supply lists the external Prodrive for almost fifty dollars less on both drives. One problem though, the drives seem pretty popular so you might have some trouble finding them or you might have to wait a while. I had to wait almost two months for mine but it was worth it.

More Than Just Rumor

by The Unknown Amigoid

Lattice Incorporated has announced a new package of ten utilities designed to enhance the productivity of Amiga programmers. "The Compiler Companion" features two routines, Extract and Build, to help build command files from directory lists. Also included are Cxref, Diff, Files, Grep, Link, Splat, Touch, and Wc. Many of these are recompiled versions of utilities offered in earlier packages. Price for The Compiler Companion is $99.00.

One final item. There has been a lot of gossip on the networks during the past months about ways to cheat at computer games. Some of these methods have been "backdoors" put there by the games' authors themselves and later spread around to local bulletin boards to boost interest and possibly sales of the games. The latest and most interesting cheat posted concerns Discovery Software's Arkanoid game. Too many purchasers were finding the game too hard to beat, so someone at Discovery leaked the following backdoor cheat: After booting the game and selecting a screen to begin playing, pause the game by pressing the spacebar. While paused, type the word "dsimagic" (do not type the quotes and don't press return), then unpause the game by again pressing the spacebar. A super power pellet, labeled "DS", will roll down from the top of the screen. If you catch it you will thereafter be able to call forth any power pellet you wish, simply by pressing the first letter of the pellet's name. For example, press "S" to slow down the game, press "C" to be able to catch this ball on your paddle, press "E" to expand your paddle, press "D" to divide the ball into three, press "L" to use lasers, press "P" to earn an extra paddle, and press "B" to break through the next level. You can also go directly to the next level by pressing the "enter" key on the numeric keypad. If you only want to cheat a little, this can be a big help since the program won't let you resume a game at a level above 20. According to the instructions which accompany the game, there are 32 screens to complete. If you press the "F" key, you'll find out there is actually a 33rd screen. Finally the silly narrative and cover art of the packaging will make some sense as you, in the 33rd and final screen, are sent to do battle with the evil "DOH" who has imprisoned your paddle, uh, I mean, space shuttle Vaus. Now if Discovery would just leak a backdoor password to let me back-up the stupid disk.

EDITOR/ED

Wishes to thank those members that help made this months newsletter possible with all there fine reviews and reports

JET

JET for the AMIGA!

by David Head

Yes it's true. After waiting for over a year it is finally available. I have only had Jet for a couple of days now but I can tell already that it is one of those programs that is going to have plenty of staying power.

When you first boot up Jet you get a menu asking if you want to run the demo, F16 Dogfight, F16 Target Strike, F16 Free Flight, F16 Combined Attack, F18 Dogfight, F18 Target Strike, F18 Free Flight, Scenery Disk Load, and Multi-player Dogfight. As you can see this is a very versatile program. The F16 jet is a land based jet and the F18 jet is a carrier based jet. After you select the option you want to fly from the menu the next request is to set the skill level (0-9). 0 being practice (no crash, no enemy fire) 1 being easy (hard to crash, weak enemies, little enemy fire) and 9 being difficult (easy to crash, strong enemies, intense enemy fire). Menu 3 asks you to select the number of AIM-9 missiles, AIM-7 missiles, AGM-65 missiles, MK-82 bombs, or combination of the above. The program limits you to the number of weapons the real jet will carry.

After selecting from the above menus the next thing you see is the heads-up display which consists of the following Warning lights for gear down, redout, blackout, crash warning, fuel low, missile locked, and enemy alert. Next to the lights is a display showing how many jets you have and to the right of that is the score level display. All of the above indicators are across the top of your screen. Going down the left side starting at the top are the Automatic Direction Finder, Distance Measuring Equipment, yoke position indicator, and the Altimeter. Across the bottom left to right are the Ordinance Indicators, FRM Load (g-force), Fuel gauge, Thrust gauge, Throttle gauge, Compass, and Clock. On the left side of the screen is the Air Speed Indicator. In the middle of the screen is the Range Circle and around that is the Attitude Indicator. Also included in the display area are 3D windows, Map display, and Radar display. You can configure the display the way you want and save it. Up to 10 presets are available.

The view point can be set similar to the way Flight Simulator II does with a few extras thrown in, including, Place tower at jet, Lock view behind jet, View locked MIG, Missile's eye view, and Full screen view. You can fly the jets from the keyboard, mouse, or joystick. The only controls really available from the joystick or mouse are the ailerons and elevator, the rest of the controls are on the keyboard. There are 63 key commands on the keyboard, like I said the program has staying power!

Jet is full of nice features. When you crash you can eject to safety. You get to free fall until you get to about 4000 feet then your parachute opens and you drift slowly to the ground. You can get 140% thrust by igniting the afterburners. In the F16 you can fly straight up if you are not loaded down with missiles. When you are in the dogfight mode you have Russian MIG-21 and MIG-23 jets all over you. You can dogfight against someone over the modem. You are even awarded medals depending upon what your accomplishments are, including getting shot down! The list goes on and on.

I did run across one bug, when you are at your hanger you can sometimes drive right through it. All in all I really like Jet and can't wait to spend some time with it and learn how to fly and dogfight. The manual is clearly written and there is no copy protection on the disk. I have not seen Jet run on any other computer but the dealer said the Amiga version blows the other computer versions away. I will bring Jet to the next MAG meeting so everyone can get a chance to see it. By the way, it was worth the wait!

DESCARTES

by EDITOR/ED

Descartes was a 17th century mathematician and philosopher. The program "DESCARTES" distributed by Mindware International for the Amiga draws graphs of mathematical functions. The program is not copy protected and runs fine on release 1.2 with 512 k of memory. When you boot up the first time try the demo, it will show you what the program can do. After the demo starts your first inclination is to grab the moose and select a pull down to get things rolling. Don't just sit back and enjoy, the demo does it all, including moving the moose to select options. The next thing you'll want to do is install your printer on the disk because the printer selection that comes with the program is very limited. Complete control over the form in which your graph is presented is yours. Or you may elect to let the program lay out the format. Whichever you chose the graph will be displayed in seconds.

The function requester is where most the work is done. Entering a mathematical function is quite easy and there are a lot of examples to guide you in the correct form. Once you have a function entered and want to do one very similar a click on the copy gadget does the job. Make the changes, plot the graph, and walla, both functions are plotted so you can compare the results. The "derivat" gadget will produce the derivative (if possible) of the current function.

The graphs can be displayed in either LOW or HI-RES. Displayed graphs can have a linear or logarithmic grid and even a combination of both. Minor labeling of the graph can be done within the program itself, but anything fancy and you'll have to transport the IFF image to a paint program. The normal or default display is a black background with white or brightly colored lines. This is fine for computer displays but your hard copies will look better with a white background and dark colored lines. This also saves on printer ribbons.

My son Greg has gotten praise from his professor at CBC for submitting graphs done with a computer. Anybody with students that are heavy into math should benefit, both in a better understanding of the principles involved and the neat graphs that it produces. The program lists for $34.95 but you can get it through mail order for a lot less so money should not be a problem.

QWIKSTRT

QWIKSTRT.TXT

Mike Wallace

I typed out this text file called "QWIKSTRT.TXT" from the Daily Planet BBS in Madsion WI. The Daily Planet operates at 2400 baud and the phone number is (608) 873-4700, if anyone is interested.

QWIKSTRT.TXT

If you find your startup-sequence is long and slow, there are a couple of tricks to speed it up (and reduce disk grinding).

First, take all the little files that your startup copies into ram: and arc them together into a file, say PARACHUTE.arc. Then put the following into your startup:

cd ram:
copy df0:parachute.arc :
unarc parachute
delete parachute.arc

Copying one big (.arc-) file is much faster than copying a dozen little files. This reduces disk activity to a minimum.

Next, instead of having all your initialization in your startup-sequence, put them in a file, say df0:init, and put the following in your startup-sequence:

cd ram:
copy df0:init :
execute init

This speeds things up again, (particularly if some of your C: files have been 'parachute'd into ram:). AmigaDos re-accesses the disk for each line it has to read from your startup-sequence. Having these accessess occurring from ram:init rather than in your df0:s/startup-sequence can save a lot of time.

If you are like me, you fill find it soothing to watch your startup silently executing, instead of listening to the grinding of the drive.

(Note: It is best to put only small files into PARACHUTE.arc; large ones take too long to unarc).

Membership list of the Memphis Amiga Group as of March 1, 1988

PLEASE PAY DUES BY THE SECOND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH ON YOUR EXPIRE DATE *

LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY ST ZIP EXPIRE M#
Akey Brian Sycamore IL 60178 AUG 88 32
Barr Marc J. Memphis TN 38104 NOV 88 41
Bilson Edward Memphis TN 38115 JAN 89 19
Broughton Kevin W. New York NY 09223-5366 JAN 89 55
Burford Tim Memphis TN 38118 FEB 89 23
Burns Keith Cordova TN 38018 SEP 88 12
Cervetti Michael Memphis TN 38117 JAN 89 58
Davidson Al Memphis TN 38125 AUG 88 5
Doss Leonard & Mary Ann Memphis TN 38119 AUG 88 9
Echols Steve Memphis TN 38116 DEC 88 49
Eifert Todd Memphis TN 38152 AUG 88 2
* Gray Bobby Brighton TN 38011 FEB 88 24
Grimes Tim McLemoresville TN 38235 NOV 88 46
Harris Mike Millington TN 38053 AUG 88 6
Harvey Eugene Memphis TN 38126 NOV 88 47
Head David Memphis TN 38134 JAN 89 21
Holbrook Mark Cordova TN 38018 MAY 88 29
Hollingsworth Jim Memphis TN 38115 SEP 88 33
Hooker Bill Memphis TN 38134 NOV 88 42
Hoover J. Michael Bartlett TN 38134 DEC 88 52
Hudson Scott Memphis TN 38115 JUN 88 30
* Jefferson Tom Barlett TN 38134 NOV 88 45
Jennings Ron Carson CA 90746 MAR 88 27
Johnson Richard Memphis TN 38127 SEP 88 38
Jones Tom Memphis TN 38128 AUG 88 8
Karpov Victor Memphis TN 38115 OCT 88 39
Kiss Sean & John Memphis TN 38118 FEB 89 25
Kligel Joe Memphis TN 38128 SEP 88 11
* Leeson Michael Memphis TN 38115 FEB 88 26
Lendennie Diane Colliervile TN 38017 DEC 88 50
Lingle Garry Memphis TN 38115 JUN 88 31
Lloyd William D. Memphis TN 38116 NOV 88 40
Lockard Don Alamo TN 38001 AUG 88 7
McCalla Ron & Audrey Hover AL 35226 AUG 88 1
Michael Stephen Cordova TN 38018 APR 88 28
Nichols Steve Memphis TN 38115 NOV 88 44
Norton Gene Cookeville TN 38501 AUG 88 4
Oglesby Gary Blytheville AR 72315 JAN 89 59
Presley Daniel Southaven MS 38671 JAN 89 56
Reese Warren E. Smyrna TN 37167 DEC 88 48
Robbins James Bartlett TN 38134 JAN 89 57
Schechter Robert Bethlehem PA 18017 SEP 88 36
Schwartz Dr. Alan Memphis TN 38187 AUG 88 3
Stewart Jerry Paris TN 38242 SEP 88 34
Stockton Mark Cordova TN 38018 DEC 88 51
Thomason Tom Millington TN 38053 NOV 88 43
Vineyard Charles W. Memphis TN 38118 AUG 88 10
Wade Norman Memphis TN 38104 SEP 88 13
Wallace Michael S. Marion AR 72364 SEP 88 35
Walp Len Memphis TN 38128 DEC 88 53
Weatherall Broadus & JoAnne Memphis TN 38111 JAN 89 22
Williams Charles Wilson AR 72395 AUG 88 37
Witt Patt Memphis TN 38111 JAN 89 54

MAG OFFICERS FOR 1988

Dr. Alan Schwartz President
Tom Jones Vice President
Scott Hudson Secretary/Treasurer
Ed Bilson MAGazine Editor
David Head Librarian

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MEMPHIS AMIGA GROUP Income and Expense Statement January and February

Date
1988
Description Debit
(Deposit)
Credit
(Withdraw)
Balance
Previous Balance $1,036.85
1-9 Deposit-Oglesby-Dues $20.00 $1,056.85
1-9 Deposit-Presley-Dues $20.00 $1,076.85
1-9 Deposit-Robbins-Dues $20.00 $1,096.85
1-9 Deposit-Cervetti-Dues $20.00 $1,116.85
1-9 Deposit-Bilson-Dues $20.00 $1,136.85
1-9 Deposit-Weatherall-Dues $20.00 $1,156.85
1-9 Deposit-Head-Dues $20.00 $1,176.85
1-9 Deposit-Kiss-Dues $20.00 $1,196.85
1-9 Deposit-Broughton-Dues $20.00 $1,216.85
1-9 Deposit-Witt-Dues $20.00 $1,236.85
1-9 Deposit-Goodbye Gift $120.00 $1,356.85
1-9 Deposit-Misc-Disks $101.50 $1,458.35
1-9 Deposit-Hudson-D.V.Rent $6.50 $1,464.85
1-26 Check-Disks ($328.18) $1,136.67
$428.00 ($328.18) $1,136.67
Date
1988
Description Debit
(Deposit)
Credit
(Withdraw)
Balance
Previous Balance $1,136.67
2-6 Check-Bye Gift, Labels, Calls ($159.82) $976.85
2-6 Check-Name Badges ($122.84) $854.01
2-6 Deposit-Burford-Dues $20.00 $874.01
2-6 Deposit-Robbins-Disks $21.00 $895.01
2-6 Deposit-Cervetti-Disks $22.50 $917.51
2-6 Deposit-Hooker-Disks $14.00 $931.51
2-6 Deposit-Harvey-Disks $39.50 $971.01
2-6 Cash-Bilson-Stamps ($22.00) $949.01
2-6 Deposit-Misc-Disks $23.00 $972.01
$140.00 ($304.66) $972.01