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AT A GLANCE
GUIDE
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 29; the many
PD
programs
covered on page 128
are outlined there. The page
numbers given are for the first page
of the article in which the product is
mentioned.
A600
Amiga Answers
AmigaDOS
AMOS
Artificial Intelligence
Bulletin boards
Buying advice
Comms
Competition
Desktop publishing
DigiTiger
DTP
Education
Epson GT 6000
For sale
Graphics
Letters
Listings
Magnetic Pages
Mail Order
Micro French
MIDI
Mini Office
Neural netwo
rks
News
PageStream
Product Locator
Professional Page
Programming
Public domain
Reverser
Roland GS
Saxon Publisher
Shareware
Star LaserPrint er II
Subscr
iptions
Talking Shop
Texture mappers
Typography
User Groups
Video
Visionary
VLab
10
31
121
84
109
93
144
93
146
16,25,62
69
16,25,62
60
25
125
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128
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62
WELCOME
t must be
a
great time to be
f
ly
on the wall
in
the offices of Commodore UK. A new
Managing Director, Kelly Sumner, has only
just
recently been promot ed, the A600
is
hitting the
street
in
force, the A570 CD-ROMdrive
is
just
about
to ship, CDTV
is
shaping
up
to take
on Philips' rival CD-I system, and there are two
new
Amigas
in
the pipel
ine.
Which all add up
to
one thing:
how
can
I
get to plant a surveillance bug
in
there?
One way is simply to phone up the new boss
and tape everything
he
says
-
which is exactly
what Cliff Ramshaw did the ot
her
day. The results
are printed on pages 10 to 12 and very
interesting
reading they make to. Besides confirm
ing
that the
replacement for t
he
A2000
is
only four months off
and suggesting
t
hat, yes, a new Amiga chipset
could well be on
its
way, he went so
f
ar as to say
he knew t
hat
a number of developers were already
working on a memory card adaptor for the A500.
Which is
great
news.
But while Kelly is convinced the prices of
memory
cards
will drop to affordable levels, I'm
not so sure. You're
currently looking
at paying
I
around £70 for one of
these little beauties and
who's going to develop
software with that as a
unit overhead. OK, say
mass
economies bring
the price down by half
in
a
year
or
so
- it's sti
ll
a
helluva
lot
of
dosh.
Compare it to the
unit
price of mast ering a CD-
ROM
-
around 70p
-
and you'll see what
I
mean.
So I put my money on the memory card slot
being used as a port for new hard disks, RAM
expansions, FAX/modems and the like.
Anyway, these are indeed excit
ing
times for the
Amiga range and
I'm
sure
'92
will go down as a
more significant year t
han
'85
- which is when it
all began. Enjoy t
he ish.
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Editor
18 PAGESDEVOTEDEXCLUSIVELY
TO
ANSWERINGYOUR QUESTIONS
Ev month In Amlp Answers our pan of
experts
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answer more genuinereader question than
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other Amlga magazine And for beginnersour easy
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In
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month Issue.
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We answer questionsevery monthon
Workbench• The CLI • Comms • Programmin
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IS 155
7
Citizen
launch a range
of
low-cost
printers,
a new
386 PC
emulator
is announced and
the
Amiga
sci-fl
movie is herel
User Groups
How
to get in touch
with
your
fellow
Amiganauts ...
88
93
The World of Comms
Artifical Intelligence
Where to find a shareware solution to set up your own
Amiga
bulletin board
the
easy way
109
The
final part in our neural network series looks at just
how well
such nets work and
how
they
might
be improved
AMIGA WERS
ANS
37
18 fact-packed pages
Visionary Adventures
Ever
wanted to write
the
next great Amiga
adventure
game?
-
well, now's your chance with
Visionary ...
16
crammed with every query you've sent
in over the last month. Yes, a problem
shared is a problem solved and here
our unrivalled panel of experts sort out
your niggles from your nightmares .•.
Down to Business
Expert Tips
AmigaDos
listings
What should you
look
out
for when choosing between
the
new versions
of
Profeulonal Page,
PageStream and
Saxon
Publisher?
........... ........
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page
18
• How can
you benefit from buying a 24-blt colour
scanner
and
PostScrlpt
luer
printer?
..............
.
page
25
• PLUS:
Tap Into
t
ypography
with our tutorlal ...page 62
117
120
121
126
Mark
Smidy
previews
the
long-awaited
Mini Office
-
could
it
be
the desktop
business solution
you're looking for?
Ten
essential tips to becoming a top arcade game coder
Why not save on money and produce your own digital
calendar
-
it's
easier
than you
think!
Send
in your programs and win £20! - this month it's a
Education
Amiga Video
MIDIMusic
DIYProgramming
What recursion
means and how it can help you
60
69
Public DomainWorld
Magnetic Pages
be
what you're looking for?
How to
take complete control with your Am1ga
PLUS:
We
show you the easiest
and
cheapest
way
to learn French
Fancy a low-cost frame grabber or
a
top-notch digitiser? Or
could you do with a texture mapper - it's all here!
128
76
80
84
All the latest releases in the PD and shareware
scene
PLUS:
If
you
want
to produce your own diskzine, could
How
to
cheat
at sequencing to produce better results
PLUS:
Just
how revolutionry is Roland's new standard?
Product locator
140
Where
to
turn
if
you
want the most
complete
ratings
guide
to Amiga
software on
the market
All
you
need to know about
animating
sprites and coding
you own software scrolling routines
AMOS
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Win £650 of Amiga books! 146
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SHOPPER
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