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Where to get your hands on a Postscript
printer driver for £1.75................... page 27
How to use AMOS to build your very own
neural network the easy way.......... page 34
Top-notch raytracing from a new low-cost
American graphics package............ page 42
Word processor
£1 .25
Just how well does DCTV perform in a pro
set-up? PLUS: Where's HAM-E?..... page 84
Relational database
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Paint package
Animation software
Desktop video effects
Find out just how easily SuperJam could
turn you into a star contender........ page 90
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PC emulator
£1 .50
MIDI software
All the latest low-cost and no-cost software
PLUS: The PD Product Locator.... page 146
£1 .90
£1 .90
Workbench 2 utilities
Postscript interpreter
68000 assembler
We'll show you how to master your Amiga
Comms package
TOTAL £23.35
Can't be done? Then turn to
page 16 and find out how
to save yourself hundreds!
Got a problem? Pages
- We'll solve it! 45-79
1 [| First news of the year's
■ re hiaaest Amiqa launches
four guarantee of value 9 770961 730025
IMew PC880B
| Now with X-Copy Professional!
PC501 + RAIVI Card
Our RAM board is designed specially for the new
A500+ computer and comes with IMB of RAM on board
to expand your memory to 2MB of chip RAM. Plug in
and go operation (fits into trapdoor).
Gives you a total of 2MB of chip RAM £49
32 chip RAM card
Power Computing have teamed tip with Cachet
of Germany to bring you the ultimate in disk
backup systems.
The new PC880B disk drive can be used directly j
with the X-Copy Professional ‘Cyclone’ software
without any extra cables or interfaces.
This gives you the the power and reliability of the
9 prov en ‘Cyclone’ backup software with the conve­
nience of the PC880B floppy drive.
8 [VI B for any A500
The new compact A600 from Commodore
Built-in TV modulator
Workbench & Kickstart 2
Enhanced chip set
1MB of chip RAM
IDE hard disk controller built-in
Credit card size RAM & ROM slot
A600 £399
A600 with 20MB £499
A600 with 40MB £639
A600 with 80MB £739
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w and 'Cyclone' available at the touch of a button!
(H Plugs into side slot
| Fully auto config
And the PC880B still has our unique switchable
anti-virus mode, preventing all write accesses to
pujj thru’port
&e bootblock of your floppy disks!
Expand 2MB-8MB
OA/fD £ '
4MB £189
1 x 4Zip £19.95
j'" ' y If you all ready own a PC880B, and the Cyclone
copier, a hardware upgrade is available to take
your drive up to the latest specification.
2 IVI B for any A500
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Economy 2MB RAM externally cased
Commodore A 5 O O-t-
Amiga 500+, 2MB RAM £339
A1500, A3000 also available £POA
Monitors and printers also available £POA
New PC880B with Blitz & X-Copy £99-95
New PC880B (Cyclone compatible) £79-95*
Cyclone hardware upgrade for existing PC880B
V owners £15-00
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16-Clhip (lxl DIP)
Xo thru’port £99-95
1.5 IVI B RAIVI Board
Plugs easily into your Amiga
H Fully supports 1MB chip RAM
KgA Fully compatible with Fatter Agnus £79
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DV/1 iscellaneous
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PC881 A500 Internal drive £40.00
1 IVI B with Thru'port
Expand your A500’s memory to a total of 2MB without
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* 1MB of chip RAM, simple internal fitting. £49-95
lip , (512K RAM must be 4 chip type, or not exceeding 9cm in length)
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PC882 A2000 Internal drive £45
10 Maxell disks, optical mouse, Zipstick
Power Mouse £15
Optical Mouse £29-95
Replacement optical mouse mat £9-95
A500 Plastic dust cover £9
Maxell multi colour branded disks (Box of ten)
Floppy disks bulk £POA
A500 Internal anti-click board £9-95
^ A500 RAIVI Card
^jST 512K RAM expansion with battery backed clock and a
r i j free disk packed with useful software (4 chip RAM) £29
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(Power Scanner is compatible with most scanning heads.)
P 512K RAM card without clock £24
IP * 16 chip RAM card with clock £24
16 chip RAM card without clock £19
(A500+ compatible)
Blitz Amiga
Back up disks at lightning speed
Stops all external drives from clicking
Contains anti-virus from being written into the
bootblocker £25
Aries R A IVI
2MB £129 4MB £169 6MB £209 8MB £249
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I made these characters a bit smaller this month because
It's entirely possible that some
enterprising developer will come
up with a means of hooking up
forthcoming A600 add-ons to
A500s. Commodore itself
expects this to be the case.
But I guess the most
confused among you will be
those who bought an A500 Plus
five months ago only to find that
it's now an e,nd-of line product.
Cynical marketing ploy to get rid
of old stock? I don't think so. You're readily assured compatibility
with all future software and you can draw on what are bound to
be discounted peripheral prices.
And finally a word to Commodore. Drop the price of the A3000
and A600, get that CD drive on the streets, introduce a trade-up
scheme, and pray you've got it right.
there's so much I want to say. If you flick to page 7 for a
moment and read the headline and first paragraph you'll
probably return to these words in utter disbelief. 'How on
Earth can Commodore discontinue its most popular Amiga?', you
might ask, '...there are nearly a million users in the UK alone'.
Well those were the first words that came to my mind when I
heard the rumours had become an unassailable fact.
But is the news necessarily all doom and gloom? What's
happening is a re-structuring of Commodore’s product range with
its entry-level model becoming the A600 and its A3000 at the
top-end. In between there's a gap which will be filled.
The A500 is nearly seven years old and that's an eternity in
computing. The A600 might not be anything like the machine that
should be replacing it, but there are definitely better specified
models in the pipeline. A replacement for the A2000 will be first
on the cards - when I don't know - but it's clear the company is
leaving the 68000 chip behind and is intent on improving the
entire range. This can only be good news.
So what should existing A500 owners do? Two things. One,
upgrade to the new chipset and Workbench 2 as soon as
possible and thereby ensure you can run future software
releases. And two, don't despair about being left out in the cold
as far as new 'incompatible' hardware add-ons are concerned.
To help you find what you want
quickly and easily, this is a cross­
referenced list of all the products
and subjects covered in this
month's Amiga Shopper. The
subjects covered in Amiga Answers
are detailed on page 45; the many
PD programs covered on page 146
are listed there. The page numbers
given are for the first page of the
article in which the product is
A570 ...................................8,118
Amiga Shopper Show..............10
Bulletin boards........................ 97
Buying advice........................ 158
Databases.............................. 123
Data School.............................. 38
DTP............................................ 80
For sale...................................140
Modems.................................... 97
Neural networks....................... 30
Post........................................... 27
Public domain...................16,146
Reader ads............................. 140
Shareware.............................. 146
Talking Shop.............................13
There are thousands of Amiga programs which are
available for little more than the price of a disk. And
many more which allow you to try the software free
before you buy. Each month in Public Domain World
we examine the best of these programs and explain
how to get hold of them.
This month our resident PD sampler, Ian Wrigley,
scans through his latest batch to pick out the top
PD mags-on-a-disk that make for great reading,
viewing and listening. These
offerings start on page 146
Every month in Amiga Answers our panel of experts
answer more genuine reader questions than any
other Amiga magazine. And for beginners our easy
Expert Tips will help you get to grips with your
Amiga, and understand the other features in this
month’s issue.
We answer questions every month on
Workbench • The CU » Comms • Programming •
DTP • Video • Business software and more.
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Protext 5.5 introduces enhanced text formatting options.
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points by algorithms and look-up tables. Elimination of
widows and orphans is also provided. You will no longer
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top or bottom of pages. Protext formats the text to avoid
these os you edit the text. Extra blank lines at the top of
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New document analysis features provide a wealth of
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The World of Comms
Issue 15 July 1992
Editor: Andy Storer
Deputy Editor: Cliff Ramshaw
Layout Sub-Editor: Diana Taylor
Production Editor: Alison Harper
Consultant Editors: Jeff Walker,
Mark Smiddy
Contributors: Jason Holborn, Paul
Overaa, Gary Whiteley, Phil Harris,
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ABC audited circulation:
July-December 1991:
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It's o ffic ia l: " 7
Amiga A500 Adieu! ■
Amiga Shopper asks Commodore
why it's ceasing production of its most
popular Amiga and where this leaves
1,200,000 UK owners
How does the latest version of JRComm compare to
NComm? PLUS: automated scripting made easy
1 0 1
This month's instalment on how to use AMOS in games
programming PLUS: A beginner’s guide to Basic
Education 109
Ever fancied producing stereo 3D animations? All you
need is some fancy specs and these two pages...
Talking Shop
Amiga Shopper's Editor replies to your letters
PostScript on the cheap
27 Am’9a ^
Anrl\/ .^tnr^r Innkc
Andy Storer looks at the development of full motion video
and previews a great new fractal generator
Postscript quality print-outs are now possible with a new
PD printer driver. But surely it can't be that good?
AmigaDOS 123
Continuing our guide to writing your own database, we
show you how to add the View, Add and Delete modules
Final Copy 132
A word processor that thinks it’s a DTP package? Final
Copy is here and Mark Smiddy checks out its claims
Expert Tips 137
The 10 top tips for buying a top-notch word processor
Serious about PD?
There's some great PD products out there but do
any of them offer commercial packages a run for
their money? We name the indispensable public
domain programs you should check out before
forking out your hard-earned readies
How to beat your Amiga at noughts and crosses!
Listings 142
A DIY spreadsheet is this month's winning BASIC entry.
But can you do better? Find out how to win yourself £20!
The second part of our new series revealing the secrets of
neural networks and practical Al programming
Touch Typist
Is this the easiest way to laern howto tpye?
Data School
Could a correspondence course be your best bet for
learning Assembly language?
Amiga Answers 45
23 yes 23 pages of your problems solved by
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Morphing 42
ImageMaster is a brand new image processor hot from
the States. Is it the ideal tool for 3D modelling?
Jeff Walker reviews SaxonScript Professional - a fully-
featured PostScript interpreter for less than £100
Public Domain World
DCTV, VideoLab and AVideo 24; all come under the edit
point of Amiga Shopper's resident videographer
Ian Wrigley samples the best mags-on-a-disk
Product Locator
Your instant guide to the best in PD software
Win 20 RAM expansions! 170
...complete with hard disk controllers courtesy of Cumana.
Go on - all you have to do is answer 3 easy questions!
Paul Overaa plugs SuperJam into his system and asks
whether it’s the best composition package in town
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