October 1991 MAGazine Volume 7 Number 10

Table Of Contents

The October General Meeting of the Memphis Amiga Group will be held Saturday, October 12, from 1:00pm until approximately 3:00pm in the New Auditorium on the campus of State Technical Institute at Memphis. Don't forget to fill out the survey at the door, you might win the door prize.

The time, date and place of the Video SIG meeting will be announced at the General Meeting on October 12.

From the President's CLI

by Brian Akey

A special developer will be showing Draw4D at the this meeting. Greg Gorby from Adspec Programming of Salem, Ohio will be showing Draw4D Pro and animations done with Draw4D Pro on his Amiga 3000. (See Greg's letter below. -editor)

A dealer will be there to sell the program at a special price. At the November meeting we are planing to have the main demo on the subject of BBS's, PD, Communications programs and other services available to Amiga owners.

We are still looking for suggestions as to where the Christmas party should be held. We plan on having the Christmas party directly after the regular club meeting.

We should have the mouse pad's for sale at around $8.00.

We are continuing to do the door prize this month, you get a chance to win only if you fill out the survey located at the door when you come in to the General Meeting.

Greg Gorby with Draw 4D Pro

The phone rings for the umpteenth time. Bev tells the caller to hold, and lets me know its for me. "Hello, this is Greg." The caller is Mr Ed Bilson, and he represents the interests of the Memphis Amiga Group. We Talk. I like him. During the conversation, he mentions that it would be great if I could visit the group and demo the software. The group has an excellent display system. I have been doing some demos for user groups in driving distance, and think "Hmmm... Tennessee... about 6 hours away, so just stay overnight". I tell him ok, we decide on October 12th, and its a done deal. A week or so later, I pull the maps. Boy, was I wrong! Memphis is in about the farthest part of Tennessee. That 6 hours now looks like 16! At this point, let me tell you that I do not enjoy flying. Don't get me wrong, I love planes. It's the pilots I don't trust. See, I'm the type that cannot even ride in a car unless I'm the one driving. It's a lot like Grandma riding a roller coaster, white knuckles and all. I decide that I have no choice. I've already obligated myself, and besides, I want to do the demo, so I fly.

I hope you can all be at the meeting. I will be there, with my friend and one of the beta testers, Devon Graham. We will be bringing a 3000, the software, and several demo animations. I will be running the software myself. You may already know of, or even own Draw4D-Pro. It is the newest 3D rendering software available for the Amiga. It is also one of the most flexible, intuitive, and FASTEST. Believe it or not, I can and probably will do a 30 or 60 frame 3D animation, during the demonstration. Average frame times vary per machine, but on my 3000, take from 5 seconds to about 5 minutes depending on the amount of shading, transparency, and textures. But we'll prove it to you, right there, in real time.

Draw4D-Pro is meant to be used in Desktop Video and Desktop Publishing. The program has a double buffered animation interface. You approach the 3D space as though it is a table top, and you are able to walk around (and up and over) it. Just by tapping a key, you start walking around it, and continue until you tell it to stop. You can even move objects around in the space while it is rotating. Full extrude, sweep, resize and so on are available from a convenient DPaint type toolbox. Menus and keyboard shortcuts are also present. Full animation tools are included, including a quick preview. On the rendering end, you can use Facet, Gouraud, or Phong shading. You can also apply textures, and control the amount of color, and the percentage of the texture. Textures can be wrapped, projected, or tiled. An unlimited number of lights can be used, and they can be animated. They can even change color and strength during the animation.

The program outputs in 2 color up to 4096 colors in standard Amiga modes. It also can output standard 24 bit IFF files for use in frame buffers, or utilities such as Art Department Professional, or the toaster. It also has a direct support of the DCTV device, which we will have with us and use for part of the demonstration. Standard Anim files (Opcode 5) can be saved, and loaded directly into DPaint, Showmaker, or seen with several public domain players. Even DCTV animations are easily and directly savable and compressed on the fly to a single anim file. And if you are into desktop publishing, you'll love the ability to save your 3D drawings directly in the Professional Draw (Gold Disk) format. These clips can then be loaded into Professional Draw and edited, or Professional Page or Pagestream, etc. for output.

So tell your spouse that your going to be away for the day, or better yet, bring them with you! I think you will be very pleased with what you see.

Greg Gorby
Adspec Programming

On this month's diskMAGazine

Six issues of AM Report, issues 6-11, are on this month's disk. This on-line magazine is one of the best around. There are edited GEnie conferences on Desk Top Publishing, ASDG and Art Department Pro, CDTV, and Programs Plus and Video (the US and Canadian distributors of Real3D and the Fusion 40 board). The latest list of programs compatible with AmigaDOS 2.0.

There's also a nice ray trace image from Real3D along with a list of all the new features and enhancements for Real3D version 1.4.

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, October 12 (before the general meeting). For more information call Brain 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

FOR SALE

The Secret of Monkey Island graphic adventure game from LucasFilm Games. Four disks of fun & excitement that will run from your hard disk, only $20. Call Charles Williams at (501) 655-8777 or see me at the October 12 general meeting.

Your Classified Ad Here

Free of charge to members
Call, write, or see in person

Charles Williams
MAGazine editor
13 Lake Drive
Wilson, AR 7295
(501) 655-8777

Classified Ads will run for one issue of MAGazine and then, if you want your AD to run again, you will need to get in touch with the MAGazine editor either at the meeting, by phone, or by mail. Thank you for your continued support.

Some Recent MAG Survey Results

Equipment No.
Flicker Fixer 3
Laser Printer 3
CDTV 0
Digi View 8
Scanner 4
ColorBurst 0
DCTV 5
Video Toaster 1
GenLock 7
Firecracker 1
Accellerator 4
3000 8
2000 10
500 20
1000 5
VideoSig 7
Fast RAM No.
16 meg 1
8 meg 5
6 meg 3
4 meg 6
2 meg 4
1 meg 4
512K 3
Chip RAM No.
2 meg 5
1 meg 20
512K 7

Replacement Amiga Mice at Bargain Prices

From Steve Sheldon at Iowa State University by way of Usenet:

I seem to get a lot of junk mail from mail order surplus electronics houses, because I subscribed to Radio Electronics once. But I got one in the mail the other day with something that might interest some people.

American Design Components (ADC) has listed in their catalog the following: Commodore 'Amiga' 2-button mouse. This is a replacement mouse for your Amiga computer. Connector is DB-9 female. Item #34482 Like New $15.95. The picture looks exactly like the Commodore Amiga mouse. It appears they got some of these surplus. IMHO (In my humble opinion), this looks to be a valid item, and appears to be a fairly reputable company.

Anyway, here's the info where to order from:

American Design Components
815 Fairview Avenue
P.O. Box 520
Fairview, NJ 07022
Phone: 1-800-776-3700
or (201) 941-5000
Fax: (201) 941-7480

Shipping and Handling is $3 + 10% of total goods. Canadian & Foreign S&H is $3 + 20% of total goods. $15 minimum order. All values are in U.S. dollars.

They've also got some other neat things, like refurb. kits for Atari joysticks, 68010-8 Mhz chips for $12.95/ea.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BULLETIN BOARDS

by Mike Dahms

Fantasy Graphics BBS
(901) 353-5278
(901) 358-1920

Back in 1985 I was introduced to telecommunications through an advertisement in one of the popular computer magazines at that time. I had just moved to a new city, wanting to meet others with the same interest as I had, I set out to find a Users Group. Unfortunately no advertisements could be found in the newspaper or local software stores. So I turned to the Modem and an ONLINE SERVICE. Although at first the costs seemed minimal for the amount of information I was receiving, I soon found chatting to others online and playing ONLINE GAMES had made my service charges rise at a rate I was not prepared for. I quickly found the information base and located a bulletin board system that was in my local area. There opened a new outlet of information at a price I could deal with. Once connected to the LOCAL BBS system, I found phone numbers to other systems in the local area along with listings of Users Groups. I was on my way to finding people with the same interests as mine.

Your Local Bulletin Board Systems can give you more information on your computer then you would imagine. You can keep abreast on the latest software releases, from the latest Word-Processors to the best Arcade Games. You can find out what people are doing with their systems first hand from messages left behind by the other users on the system. The biggest benefit will be knowing the majority of the users online are just a few miles away. This in itself can be a very useful tool in making friends that can help you with your computer and solve those problems you may have stumbled across and just cannot figure out. Every BBS has a message base for local talk about the weather, for sale sections, events in your area and just about anything related to normal chit-chat. You will also find a section dedicated to certain computer types where you may find information on the problem you're currently stuck on. You would be surprised how many people get stuck in the same places and are willing to help others through.

Another feature and one that I find invaluable is the fact that most bulletin board systems have program files for the users to download (allow transfer to your system) at little to NO cost at all. These are the very same programs and files you pay $$$$$ for on the ONLINE SERVICES. As you may or may not know, all those files found in the transfer areas on ONLINE SERVICES have been released by the Authors as Public Domain or Shareware (try before you buy) programs. Some are demos from companies promoting their new products, but all are freely distributable in their original form. Anyone can pass these files to friends and other computer services. (NOTE: Always read Disclaimers in programs, Some Authors do not allow their files on other ONLINE SERVICES due to their Polices.) Now, what you may not know is that the USERS of the ONLINE SERVICES are usually the ones that UPLOAD (transfer to the other system) these programs for you to download. In return, Most ONLINE SERVICES give you back a few pennies for your help. This is how a Local BBS system also strives and stays alive. The participation of the users in the File area is needed to keep the programs up to date. This can be accomplished in a few ways. Sending Disks to the sysop is the easiest way, but uploading a file now and then will insure you that the files area is going to be there when you call back. To cut down on your ONLINE SERVICES bill a good suggestion is just download one or two programs you like, pass them to a Local BBS system and suggest to the other users what else you would have liked to download. In this forum, you will be splitting your costs with many people and getting all the files you would like to have received. Once you have gained access to a local BBS in your area, you will at first be confused with all the commands and layout of the system. Behind every Local BBS is a SYSOP. The Systems Operator who in ninety-nine out of a hundred times is no more then a computer user like yourself who just enjoys running the system for others have an outlet to express their feelings about a certain computer. Always remember that he or she is there to help you along and will try to point you in the right direction. All BBS systems have help files to get you through the system from start to finish. It may take time and you may feel funny at first, but everyone starts to crawl before they walk. You will not get a nicely bound reference book that tells you how to get around like the ONLINE SERVICES send you. But then, you will not get a bill larger then the National Deficit every month either. The best way around a BBS system at first is just READ EVERYTHING YOU SEE. Open your Buffer in your terminal program and capture all the help menus so you can print them out once you have left the system. This is probably the best way to go about it. You will then have your own reference guide in front of you when you call next time.

Local Bulletin Board Systems all have a text file section where you can read general knowledge files about your computer along with other items of interest. They will most likely have an ONLINE game section also, here you can compete against your neighbors in games ranging from hangman to world conquest. If your Local BBS system is capable, you will also have the opportunity to chat with other users in a real time conference room. This is a very nice feature that until recently was only found on the ONLINE SERVICES. You can setup appointments to learn about different programs and ask questions right online without the worry of skyrocketing bills at the end of the month. Some Local BBS systems have the added feature of NETWORKS, which are message systems that connect you to the WHOLE world. It is possible to make a local phone call in the USA and ask someone in Europe what is the latest software they are using. Through some of these network systems you can even transfer and request files from someone in another state or country. Some of these networks were recently in the news and informing people in countries such as Iraq and U.S.S.R. of what was really going on in their country when news was being blacked out. This is the extensiveness a Local bulletin board is capable of.

Overall, as you can see the support of a local bulletin board system is definitely equal to the support of a users group. Even the Users Groups benefit by finding new files for their disks of the month, etc. You have the world at your finger tips and up to the minute information without the costs of ONLINE SERVICES. Please always remember that the Sysops of these local systems are people like yourself. They just want to learn more and help others find the programs they are requesting. The sysops donate their personal computer, install phone lines and put up with many headaches just trying to keep their systems running for you. Next time you call your local BBS, tell the sysops thanks...and ask not what he or she can do for you, but what you can do for the BBS.

--Mike (Local Sysop)

Midnight Reviews

Product Arachnophobia
Publisher Disney
Type Arcade
Amiga DOS 2.0 Compatible
Hard Drive Installable

It has been quite a while since I've seen a game like this one, the feel and look takes me back a few years to Ghostbusters and Impossible Mission on the 64. I must admit I like this game and am glad to see games of this style being made again.

The idea is to exterminate the spiders in the houses in different towns until you find the queen spider and then kill her. The game play is both fun and will hold your interest longer than a straight shoot-em-up. The graphics are cute, with a 64 feel, and they have thrown in some digitized sounds to enhance the game. The game is quite easy until you reach the queen spider, then hold on to your hat cause she is some kind of tough. There are several different kinds of spiders that act differently, leapers, crawlers, jumpers etc.... You only have a certain amount of spray to kill the spiders with, but if you look closely you may find other things to help you on your way. The program loads and runs beautifully on your hard drive and has no problems with 2.04.

The only problem I have with this game is its speed off of floppies, let me see how I can say it, SLOW, yeah that's it. The game for whatever reason is really quick loading and playing on a hard drive but is very slow off of floppies. Still if you like easy going games that are fun but don't stress you out you will find this one cute.

** MIDNIGHT RATING ... 81 **

MIDNIGHT HAS SPOKEN......

Dues Notice

Dues must be paid at or before the General Meeting of your EXPIRE date. If paid on or before this time, the renewal date is $15 for the year. If you wait past the General Meeting (second Saturday of each month), you will be dropped and must then renew at the new member rate of $20 for the year.

Please pay at the General Meeting, OR send dues to:

MAG Dues
c/o Kenneth Winfield
3733 Rainford
Memphis, TN 38128

Financial Report for the Memphis Amiga Group August, 1991

Beginning Balance $765.64
   
INCOME
Dues $95.00
Disk Sales $202.50
P.O. Box Return $0.50
Interest $10.50
Total Income $308.50
   
EXPENSES
Newsletter exp. - $54.32
Returned Check - $22.00
GEnie - $49.00
Door Prizes - $16.85
Total Expenses - $142.17
   
Ending Balance $931.97

Memphis Amiga Group 8/31/91

LAST NAME FIRST NAME CITY ST ZIP EXPIRE
1 Akey Brian L. Memphis TN 38107 OCT 92
2 Amos Mike Bartlett TN 38134 JUL 92
3 Andrews Freddie L. Memphis TN 38128 JAN 93
4 Barron Sonny Memphis TN 38135 JAN 92
5 Bilson Edward Memphis TN 38115 JAN 92
6 Bowers William Memphis TN 38118 MAY 92
7 Brown Kevin Memphis TN 38111 SEP 92
8 Browning Donald, Jr. Memphis TN 38111 JAN 92
9 Buckner Phillip G. Memphis TN 38107 DEC 91
10 Burford Tim Greenwood MS 38930 FEB 92
11 Burns Keith Cordova TN 38018 NOV 91
12 Campbell Terry A. Horn Lake MS 38637 DEC 92
13 Cervetti Michael Cordova TN 38018 AUG 92
14 Chiego John & Sara Memphis TN 38119 OCT 91
15 Crighton Jr. Robert Millington TN 38053 APR 92
16 Dahms Michael K. Memphis TN 38127 OCT 91
17 Dickey Milton E. Collierville TN 38017 NOV 91
18 Dobson Michael Memphis TN 38118 NOV 91
19 Dye Julia Ann Memphis TN 38120 APR 92
20 Echols Steve Memphis TN 38116 DEC 91
21 Fanelli Daniel R. Germantown TN 38139 FEB 92
22 Franklin Shelley Memphis TN 38120 MAR 92
23 Gamble Stephen A. Memphis TN 38111 OCT 91
24 Ginn Raymond Memphis TN 38127 APR 92
25 Glover Steven Cordova TN 38018 JAN 92
26 Goff Robert Memphis TN 38134 JUL 92
27 Grimes Tim McLemoresville TN 38235 NOV 91
28 Hartley Marilyn Memphis TN 38118 SEP 92
29 Hawkins Conrad G. Memphis TN 38117 JUN 92
30 Henson Tim Memphis TN 38107 OCT 91
31 Hoffman Walter K. Memphis TN 38122 JAN 92
32 Hooker Bill Memphis TN 38134 NOV 91
33 Ingerson Steve Walls MS 38680 SEP 92
34 Jones Tom Memphis TN 38128 DEC 91
35 Karpov Victor Memphis TN 38115 OCT 91
36 Keith Roy, Sylvia, Lisa Rosemark TN 38053 FEB 92
37 King Guy O., Jr. Collierville TN 38017 DEC 91
38 Knight Ronnie Burlison TN 38105 MAY 92
39 Lanier Jonathan Bartlett TN 38134 DEC 91
40 Lewis Jeff Memphis TN 38134 MAY 92
41 Lockard Don Alamo TN 38001 JAN 92
42 Lowder Mark Memphis TN 38118 FEB 92
43 Lownes Robert Bartlett TN 38133 OCT 91
44 Martin Chris Memphis TN 38128 JAN 92
45 McCalla Ron & Audrey Hoover AL 35226 DEC 99
46 McCollough Micah Memphis TN 38134 JUL 92
47 McInturff Ace Memphis TN 38115 JUN 92
48 Mergen Steve Memphis TN 38104 MAR 92
49 Miller Dion Memphis TN 38111 APR 92
50 Miller Larry Memphis TN 38116 APR 92
51 Mitchell Mike Memphis TN 38108 SEP 92
52 Montgomery John Bartlett TN 38134 FEB 92
53 Moore Calvin Memphis TN 38118 JUL 92
54 Moore Clarence Memphis TN 38116 JUL 92
55 Morgon Don Memphis TN 38117 MAY 92
56 Nolen Kent Arlington TN 38002 JUL 92
57 Norman Joe R. Dyersburg TN 38024 JAN 92
58 Pittman James E. Memphis TN 38116 APR 92
59 Reagan Alan Memphis TN 38104 NOV 91
60 Sanders Joe Memphis TN 38134 JAN 92
61 Services Data Tech Memphis TN 38133 NOV 91
62 Shimasaki Manuel S. Memphis TN 38134 DEC 91
63 Stevens Ken Millington TN 38053 MAY 92
64 Stokes Paul Eads TN 38028 NOV 91
65 Swilley Robert Memphis TN 38134 OCT 91
66 Torrence Samuel Tupelo MS 38801 APR 92
67 Turner Allen Jackson TN 38301 DEC 91
68 Varnell Roy Memphis TN 38127 APR 92
69 Vineyard Charles W. Memphis TN 38118 AUG 92
70 Walker Jim Memphis TN 38128 JAN 92
71 Wallace Michael S. Marion AR 72364 SEP 92
72 Walp Len Memphis TN 38128 JAN 92
73 Waters Robert A. Memphis TN 38116 AUG 92
74 Weatherall Broadus & JoAnne Memphis TN 38111 JAN 92
75 Webb Donnie Memphis TN 38118 JAN 92
76 White Walter T., III Memphis TN 38125 DEC 91
77 Williams Charles Wilson AR 72395 DEC 92
78 Williams Dane Memphis TN 38118 APR 92
79 Winfield Kenneth Memphis TN 38128 OCT 92
80 Wood Mark Memphis TN 38118 AUG 92
81 Wulff John Memphis TN 38115 JUN 92
82 Wyatt Joel Shawn Jackson TN 38301 DEC 91