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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 39; the many
PD programs covered on page 156
are listed there. The page numbers
given are for the first page of the
article in which the product
is
mentioned.
39
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15
90
110
88
154
106
167
86
82
71
106
170
34
74
Director 2
70
Eclectic startup-sequence
90
Education
145
For sale
148
Future Entertainment Show10, 128
Letters
13
Linear programming
139
Listings
134
Mail Order
117
Multitasking
84
Music
98
News
7
Optical Character
Recognition
74
Pascal
79
PC emulators
23
Platinum
Works
139
Product
Locator
168
Programming
86, 88, 110, 152
Public Domain
156
Reader
ads
148
Sequencing
98
Shareware
156
Subscriptions
124
Talking Shop
13
Talking Shop Special
15
User groups
150
Video
70
A4000
Amiga Answers
Amiga bundles
Amiga debate
AmigaDOS
AMOS
ARexx
Artificial Intelligence
Bulletin boards
Buying advice
C programming
Chaos
Chroma keying
Comms
Competition
Consoles
Desktop publishing
WELCO
his month we've decided to have a long
look
at the
current
state of
the Amiga
range and Judge not only its potential, but
also
the threat from the PC
and
consoles
markets
squeezing
It from both sides.
So, besides a big round·up of PC emulators
'
and a look at how console graphics compare
to
those of the Amiga,
there
are also the results of a
two-hour discussion the
Amiga Answers
panel had
recently. What surprised me about the debate was
the amount of criticism
levelled
at the Amiga
-
and
this from supposedly dedicated fanatics. It just
goes to show that if you care enough about some·
thing it usually ends up bearing the brunt of
a
lot
of flak. But imagine what colour the air would have
been if we'd just concentrated on the Atari ST!
And while we're on the subject, big things are
happening
in the ST world. There's a new 68030.
based machine, the Falcon, with a very impressive
spec at an even more impressive price of £399, all
set for
launch.
Well, Atari had to do something
pretty serious didn't it,
having
lost the 16·bit war
abysmally? But
if
the next battle on the cards is a
32·bit war, Commodore had better get a move on.
E
Which is
presumably
why it has decided
to
drop
the
A2200
it
only
announced
last
month!
Unbelievable!
Still,
the A4000 has
finally
made
an
appearance at
The
World Of Commodore
Show
in
America
-
and
7
it
certainly
looks
promising
(see page 7 for
details
).
It
suggests
that
a mid·range machine of some sort will soon be
making an appearance.
Meanwhile,
the best thing to do is make the
most of what you've got
-
and
that's where we
come in.
Enjoy
the
ish!
Editor
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TO ANSWERINGYOUR QUESTIONS
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AMIGA SHOPPER
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ISSUE 19
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NOVEMBER
1992
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The Amiga 570 CD Drive has arrived.
one compact disc
inserted
a single photograph.
That's an astonishing
A major leap
forward
machine
550 Megabytes
for you. But a slight problem
for our photographer.
Because ju
transfo
into this
ingenious
can
store the
equivalent
of memory,
of up to 700 floppy discs - far too many to ftt in
of CDTV.
or 250,000 A4 pages of text
.
Enough to instantly
of over 100 CD titles already
our free Public
Domain
THE
your
Amiga
500 Plus into an
interactive
In short,
a real power-house.
available
covering everything
audio
CD
player.
Collection
as a
regular
multi·media
player with
the
capabilities
And one fully
equi
pped to take advantage
to entertainment.
price of
only
£349.99,
including
from
education
So its retail
disc, should
The Amiga 570 CD Drive can
also
be used
book. We could go on and
could you possibly
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Learn the programming
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News
Issue 19 November 1992
Editor;
Andy Storer
Art Editor;
Diana Taylor
Deputy Editor;
Cliff Ramshaw
Production Editor:
Alison Harper
Consultant Editors;
Jeff Walker,
Mark Smiddy
Contributors:
Jason Holborn, Paul
Overaa, Gary Whiteley, Phil Harris,
Ian Wrigley, Philip Gladwin, Conrad
Bessant, Toby Simpson, Wllf Rees,
Jolyon Ralph
Guest Composer:
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Ad Manager;
Margaret Clarke
Senior Ad Sales Executive;
David Eckett
Production:
Richard Gingell
Production Technicians:
Simon Windsor, Chris Stocker
Circulation Director;
Sue Hartley
Promotions Manager:
Michele Harris
Publisher;
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Group Publishing Director:
Greg Ingham
ABC audited circulation:
January-June 1992:
48, 799 copies/month
Printed by Redwood Press
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This magazine Is copyright
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1992
Future Publishing Ltd. No part of this
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Any correspondence will be considered
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A4000 launched - new chip set and version of AmigaDOS
PLUS
turn your A500
into
an A3000 for $250!
TalkingShop
13
ARexx
Discover the delights of
inter-program
communicat
ion
in
our
major
new series on ARexx
Your editor hosts
the
liveliest
letters page in Amiga-land
AmigaDOS
Music
The World of Comms
The
conso
le threat,
the
PC threat,
the possibility of a
new range
of Amigas
-
all things are considered by the
experts as they
assess probably the
most exciting
stage
in the
Amiga·s
history
since
its launch.
A visit
to
some of
the
best
Amiga
bulletin boards
90
The eclect
ic
startup-sequence for
ROM
sharers
re-visited
98
The Beat Studio
reviewed
PLUS
OctaMED
sequencing
106
110
134
139
15
AMOS
listings
Writing maze games
PLUS
AMOS command extens
ions
Converting 30 objects from
Imagine
to
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Education
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A
look
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the integrated
package
The Works Platinum
145
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reviewed
PLUS
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round-up
of 30 programs
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UserGroups
DIY Programming
The final part of the noughts and crosses program
150
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Turn
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to
make contact with hundreds of fellow owners
Consoles
Can
the Amiga
cope with the console threat?
34
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Get a life
Continuing
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All the latest releases in
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