August 1991 MAGazine Volume 7 Number 8

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The August General Meeting of the Memphis Amiga Group will be held Saturday, August 10, from 1:00 pm until approximately 3:00 pm in the New Auditorium on the campus of State Technical Institute at Memphis. Plans for the video SIG meeting will be announced at the general meeting, Saturday, August 10.

The General Meeting is the deadline for the mousepad logo contest! Bring your entry on disk for the judging or mail it today to one of the club officers.

Don't forget, it you don't come to the General Meeting, you'll miss out on diskMAGazine, out newsletter companion disk, available only at the General Meeting.

What is AmiEXPO?

While MAG President Brian Akey has traveled south to Florida to attend the summer AmiEXPO, we'll find out just what an AmiEXPO is.

AmiEXPO is an international computer show and seminar series dedicated exclusively to the Multimedia Commodore Amiga Personal Computer. AmiEXPO is a conduit for information, hardware and software to all levels of the Amiga marketplace: from the sophisticated video professional to the computer novice. AmiEXPO was the first Amiga-only show and has consistently been the largest, best-attended venue for new product announcements and presentations by leading industry experts and developers.

When and where will AmiEXPO take place? AmiEXPO shows are held 3 times each year in different parts of the US. AmiEXPO Summer '91 will take place July 26, 27 and 28 at the Stouffer Orlando Resort at Seaworld in Orlando, Florida. AmiEXPO California will be held October 4, 5 and 6, 1991 in Oakland, California at the Oakland Convention Center.

Who attends AmiEXPO? AmiEXPO will attract four distinct audiences:

What makes the Amiga computer important? Recent advances have made the Amiga important in three distinct markets: amateur video, education and professional video production.

Amateur Video: The Amiga is very attractive to this market because of its affordable price ($1,500 for a base system) and growing number of low-cost video products, such as software for video titling, 3-D modeling and animation, and hardware that lets hobbyists merge video and computer graphics on a single TV screen, and then save to a VCR. At the higher end of this market, consumers are using products like the NewTek Video Toaster to create stunning, creative videos.

According to Camcorder Magazine, some 12-15 million video camcorders are currently in use in America. While impressive, this figure represents only 8% of a potential market totalling over 150,000,000 units over the next few years.

Among present and future camcorder owners, 10% are expected to want add-ons that let them do more with their equipment, such as titling, special effects, editing, etc. This translates into an Amateur video production market with 120,000-150,000 amateur videographers now, -- and up to 15 million in several years.

Amiga as Professional Video tool: The Video Toaster and other professional Amiga video products are currently fueling significant changes in the professional video production industry.

For small video production firms, it is now possible to use Amiga-based products to create high quality computer graphics, titling and digital special effects with a relatively small investment in training, software and hardware. The Amiga lets these companies compete favorably against larger production houses with older, more expensive equipment and greater overhead costs.

For many small video producers, the Amiga is also the first personal computer they have ever owned. Products specifically targetted at videographers are already available, including packages for storyboarding, work scheduling, budgeting and job-pricing packages. In addition to using their Amiga as a production aid, videographers are also learning to user their Amigas as general-purpose business computers. This in turn has created renewed demand for a wide range of other "horizontal" software products already available for the Amiga: word processors, spreadsheets, databases, telecommunications and more.

Meanwhile, larger video production companies are using Amigas as a reasonable way to augment the more expensive equipment they already have. For example: broadcast stations are using Amigas as backup tools in case more expensive character generators and paint boxes need to be taken off line for any reason. Stations and production houses are also using Amiga systems in remote vans on location to perform graphic paint & character generation work.

Amiga as Educational Tool: For as little as $30,000-50,000, a high school or university can assemble a functional video production suite using Amigas for titling, special effects, animations. As video and computer technologies continue to merge, "video-literacy" and "computer literacy" will both become increasingly important to employers. Currently, the Amiga is still the most cost effective way for school systems to provide video literacy to a generation of young people already accustomed to video as a means of communication.

Meanwhile, with or without a video production suite, the wide availability of video camcorders (12-15 million in the USA to date) and VCRs (around 80 million), the tools are now at hand for a student to deliver book reports, term papers and other school projects on videotape.

Who produces AmiEXPO? AmiEXPO is produced by AMI Shows, which was founded in late 1987 by members of AMUSE, the New York Amiga User Group. This is the fourteenth AmiExpo to be produced, and the second AmiEXPO to be held in Florida. Since 1988, AMIEXPO has been sponsored by AmigaWorld Magazine, North America's largest circulation Amiga-specific magazine. AmigaWorld is published by IDG Communications, publisher of PC World, MacWorld, InfoWorld and over 90 computer publications worldwide.

On this month's diskMAGazine

This month's diskMAGazine has a new interface that I made using Gold Disk's HyperBook program. Let me know if you like it or not.

TEXT files include: three issues of AMReport, a new online Amiga magazine; transcripts from two GEnie conferences, one on CanDo and one on Video; a preliminary look at Dpaint 4; Q & A about AmiExpo; and a ton of the latest in game cheats.

The PICTURE of the Month is a ray trace of Spot the 7 UP mascot being chased by a billiard ball.

In addition, I've included a new game called Nebula which is similar to Stellar 7.

- C. Williams.

MAG Meetings

The Memphis Amiga Group (MAG) holds general meetings the second Saturday of each month in the New Auditorium on the campus of State Technical Institute at Memphis (see map at left).

There will be an officers lunch meeting at Gridley's in the formal dining room beginning at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, August 10 (before the general meeting). For more information call Brian Akey at (901) 278-6354..

For information on Games SIG meetings and activities, call Mike Amos at (901) 377-1093..

Hardware Rentals

FutureSound audio digitizer kit - $1 per day
FrameGrabber OR SuperGen - $4 per day
(Hardware rentals are for Members Only)
A variety of Amiga specific videotapes are also available
from the club's hardware library.

Disk Sales

MAG library and Fred FISH disks are $2 each.
($5 each for non-members)
Quality blank disks with labels are 65¢ each.
($1 each for non-members)
For all this and more contact club librarian
Bill Bowers (901) 360-0003
OR see Bill at the next MAG general meeting.

Changes or Corrections

Please help me get accurate information on all members. If you know someone on the members list that we don't have complete information for, please let me know. Send all name and address information, updates, or changes to:

Charles Williams
13 Lake Drive
Wilson, AR 72395

Memphis Amiga Group Officers for 1991

President
Brian Akey
(901) 278-6354

Vice President
Donnie Webb
(901) 363-8025

Secretary
Shelley Franklin
(901) 682-0417

Treasurer
Ken Winfield
(901) 382-3339

Librarian
Bill Bowers
(901) 360-0003

MAGazine Editor
Charles Williams
(501) 655-8777

MAGazine
Printing & Distribution

Terry A. Campbell
(601) 393-4864

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Powerful Opportunity to Own an Amiga 500

West Chester, PA, June 24, 1991 -- Commodore Business Machines, Inc., offers owners a powerful opportunity to Power Up to an Amiga 500 at significant cost savings. Commodore's Power Up Porgram gives current users the opportunity to own an Amiga 500 at a great price.

Now, owners of a Commodore 16 (TM), Commodore 64 (R), Commodore 64SX, Commodore 128 (TM); or a Pet (R), Commodore Plus/4 (TM) or VIC 20 (R) can save up to $300 on an Amiga 500 P (regularly priced at $799) and up to $200 on an Amiga 500S (regularly priced at $599).

To realize the Power Up Program savings, a current owner of one of the above machines needs only write the CPU serial number on the cover of the original owner's manual (no photocopies will be accepted) and take it to an authorized Commodore-Amiga dealer.

The Power Up Program also makes it possible for educators and students to take advantage of this special pricing opportunity. All that is needed for a student is a high school diploma, a college ID or college acceptance letter. Or, for an educator, a school ID or a business card. The student or educator need only show one of the appropriate documents to an authorized Commodore dealer to receive these powerful Amiga 500 cost savings.

The powerful Amiga 500S connects with a home television, has incredible graphics with more than 4,000 on-screen colors, build-in sound, word processing, a program that teaches geography, and three games.

The Amiga 500P includes one MB RAM, a word processor, clock/calendar, paint and music programs, and a challenging graphics-oriented game.

The offer, not valid with any other offer or special pricing program, is available until October 31, 1991, at participating Commodore dealers. Call 1-800-66-Amiga or contact an authorized Commodore dealer for more information.

Commodore Business Machines, Inc., based in West Chester, Pa., manufactures and markets a complete line of computers and [peripherals for the business, education, government and consumer markets.

Commodore VIC 20, Commodore 64 and PET are registered trademarks of Commodore Electronics Ltd. Commodore 128 and Commodore Plus/4 are trademarks of Commodore Electronoics Ltd. Amiga 500 is a trademark of Commodore-Amiga, Inc.

FROM THE MIDNIGHT REVIEWER....

Product Railroad Tycoon
Publisher Micro Prose
Type Simulation
Amiga DOS 2.0 Compatible and it will install on your hard drive.

The long awaited Railroading simulation from Microprose has finally made its way to the Amiga. And the port itself is pretty decent. The Graphics have that EGA look to them, but I guess you don't have to have knock-out graphics for a game to be good. The game is nowhere near a breakthrough in any area; the interface was designed to be a cross between IBM, MAC, and Amiga interfaces, but falls short of all three.

In this game you are a railroad tycoon with a million bucks and a great deal of territory to build on. The idea is to build a track and stations between cities and run a profitable railroad. Each city has its own needs and when more than one railroad wants the same city, a rate war begins, and the city fathers will decide who wins.

You can build industries, hotels, post offices, etc. to improve the state of your railroad. You can lay tracks between a lumberyard and a growing city to have a good cash flow, but also remember that passengers have to be your number one priority. The car types available are: passenger, mail, coal, goods, oil, lumber, steel, and the list goes on. The engines available to you improve as the years go by, which gives a more realistic feel to the game.

I really wanted to like this game; the idea behind the game is solid and Micropose has made some really good software in the past. I guess the problem is that Midnight might have expected too much this time. The game is OK, but not great. Something is missing; it could be the interface or the fairly slow gameplay. If you're looking for a good Tycoon simulator, Midnight says get Ports of Call instead, and if you have beaten Ports of Call then Pick up Railroad Tycoon.

** MIDNIGHT RATING ... 91 ** MIDNIGHT HAS SPOKEN...........

If you must cheat to enjoy a game remember that $$$$ are all you need.