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Samsung SSD SM825 Enterprise SSD Review
The Samsung SSD SM825 is an enterprise-grade SSD that’s designed specifically for write-intensive data center workloads. Like all Samsung SSDs, the SM825 leverages all of Samsung’s in-house expertise including their own eMLC NAND, 3-core controller and specialized firmware that helps to deliver 7,000 TBW, 100 times what’s often seen in standard MLC NAND, while being more cost effective and delivering near-parity performance with SLC NAND. The net result is 4K random write steady state speeds we measured in excess of 9,800 IOPS and sequential 2MB write speeds topping 200MB/s.
In the enterprise market Samsung leverages two completely in-house flash solutions aimed at datacenters needing products for different workloads. For the read-intensive segment Samsung offers the PM830, closely resembling the client-branded SSD 830, but with customized firmware intended for heavier continuous workloads. Packaged with MLC NAND, the PM830 is capable of up to 60TBW with speeds topping 500MB/s utilizing a SATA 6.0Gb/s interface.
For business segments that need an SSD with greater endurance for more write-intensive loads Samsung has the SM825, which offers up to 7,000 TBW. In this setting buyers are most interested in sustained performance over weeks, months, or years, where steady-state performance reigns supreme. While lower than the burst figures on the PM830, the Samsung SM825 is capable of pushing 200MB/s write and 10,000 random write IOPS until taken out of service. At first glance you might ask why it only has a SATA 3.0Gb/s interface, but looking at the steady-state performance numbers, it doesn’t need that extra bandwidth to get the job done.
Going beyond read and write performance, the SM825 represents a higher level of reliability as well, with a MTBF of 2 million hours versus 1.5 on the PM830. Another big difference is the listed Uncorrectable Bit Error Rate or UBER, measuring 1 in 10 17 on the SM825 to 1 in 10 15 on the PM830. The SM825 also takes advantage of internal cache power protection through the use of capacitors to flush out information in DRAM to NAND in the event of a power failure. When passing a significantly higher amount of data through the life of the SSD, having fewer errors and lower failure rates means saved time and money in the datacenter.
The SM825 uses a SATA 3.0Gb/s interface, along with and industry standard 2.5 form factor and 15mm drive-height. It is available in three capacities, 100GB, 200GB and 400GB; with our review model being the 200GB capacity. Other highlights include AES 256-bit encryption, 30nm E-MLC Toggle NAND, 256MB SDRAM cache, cache power protection and a brushed metal design.
Samsung SSD SM825 Technical Specifications:
- Capacities Offered
- 100GB — MZ5EA100HMDR-00003 (128Gb NAND Density)
- 200GB — MZ5EA200HMDR-00003 (128Gb NAND Density)
- 400GB — MZ5EA400HMFP-00003 (256Gb NAND Density)
Design and Disassembly
Samsung has a way of giving every one of their products a compelling and stylish design, even if it is going to be hidden away for 99.9% of its usable life. We saw this trend on the last two consumer SSDs from Samsung including the SSD 470 and SSD 830; both with colorful designs that set themselves apart from other SSDs on the market.
While we wouldn’t say that good design is a reason to buy a specific SSD, it may make you take pause thinking that if they give that level of attention to the outside of the case, what surprises are in store for parts you can’t see?
The Samsung SSD SM825 Enterprise SSD features a brushed metal design which is pointed out even inside the technical manual. The body is metal alloy, with sturdy cast design and walls measuring 1.75mm thick, enough to withstand walking on it without even flexing the case. At first glance you might wonder why a case was design like this considering it could be made out of plastic and still be as sturdy; it’s because the body is also the heatsink for the components inside the SSD.
The top and bottom cover have large thermal pads in place to draw heat from the NAND, controller, SDRAM, and capacitors and shed it into the case which then radiates its thermal energy into the chassis of the server it’s installed in. With power usage topping 5 watts under maximum activity, being able to shed heat off of internal electronics is an important consideration when the product installation might be above 5 years of continuous service. Thermal efficiency is also a big selling point as buyers consider SSDs vs. high speed hard drives that have considerably higher cooling expense associated with them.
Knowing what parts are inside an SSD is almost as important as the performance it gives when in service. The difference between MLC and Enterprise MLC (eMLC) NAND is about 6,940 TBW usable life. With the write-heavy environment the Samsung SSD SM825 is tuned for, Samsung equips the drive properly including Samsung’s own eMLC 30nm-class Toggle DDR NAND buffered with 256MB of Samsung DDR2-800 SDRAM, and managed by Samsung’s three-core S3C29MAX01-Y330 ARM controller. By manufacturing all components Samsung in-house, they can pick the highest grade components and have complete hardware and software integration that might otherwise be missed if relying on outside companies for core components.
Data protection in the event of a power failure is handled by four large ultra-capacitors that allow data to be flushed out of the SDRAM when incoming power is lost. When installed in a system, these capacitors require a maximum of 55 seconds to charge, which during that time the cache buffer is disabled (write-through mode). Once the capacitors are up and running, the SSD enters its normal operating mode where cache is fully functioning and able to have enough time to flush to NAND in the event of a power failure. To explain this behavior Samsung provides a diagram in their technical manual outlining this process.
Flash media needs to be tested in a different manner than standard platter drives and even client-based SSDs. Flash performance changes the longer you write to a drive and speeds taper down until the drive hits its steady state speed. In an enterprise setting, initial burst is hardly relevant if after one hour of use the drive is no longer getting that speed. This is where steady state benchmarking comes in, showing how the drive performs when under a 24/7 load. For this reason, all of the following benchmarks were pre-conditioned and recorded in a steady-state mode.
We benchmarked the 200GB Samsung SSD SM825 (SATA, eMLC NAND) against the 100GB Micron P300 (SATA, SLC NAND) and 400GB Toshiba MKx001GRZB (SAS, SLC NAND) to give a balanced comparison of SSDs buyers would see in the same write-intensive enterprise category. We also used our new testing platform and methodology to benchmark the SM825 to accurately represent its capabilities. The enterprise testing platform used in this review is a Lenovo ThinkServer RD240, equipped with dual Intel Xeon X5650 processors, running Windows Server 2008 R2. For single-drive benchmarks we connect each SSD through an LSI SAS 9211-8i HBA to measure performance without any influence of caching. All IOMeter figures are represented as binary figures for MB/s speeds.
Our first test looks at the speed in a sequential write environment with large block transfers. This particular test uses a 2MB transfer size with IOMeter, with 4k sector alignment and measures performance with a queue depth of 4. In this scenario Samsung claims a read speed of 250MB/s and a steady-state write speed of 200MB/s for their 400GB SM825. We expect the lower capacity 200GB review model to come in below those quoted figures.
We measured a steady-state read speed of 193MB/s and a write speed of 206MB/s. These were lower than the SATA/SAS 6.0Gb/s Micron and Toshiba SLC counterparts, but that was expected.
Moving to a random access profile, but still maintaining a large block transfer size of 2MB, we start to see how performance varies in a multi-user environment. This test keeps the same queue depth level of 4 that we used in the prior sequential transfer benchmark.
In the 2MB random transfer test the steady-state speeds measured 174MB/s read and 86MB/s write. The read speeds tapered off slightly from the pure sequential test, but what was surprising was the 86MB/s write speed that came in above the Toshiba SSD and under the Micron P300. Samsung wasn’t kidding when they said this drive could compete at a similar level to SLC-based SSDs.
Moving to an even smaller random access transfer size of 4K, we get closer to the packet size that might be found in a heavy random access environment such as a server setting with multiple VMs accessing the same array. In the first test we look at expanded 4K read performance and how it scales from a queue depth of 1 to a maximum of 64.
Samsung listed a peak sustained random 4K read speed of 35,000 IOPS with the 400GB model, with speeds expected to lower on the smaller capacities. At its peak, our 200GB SM825 measured 30,510 at a queue depth of 16, and held at that level through a queue depth of 64.
Our next test looks at 4K random write performance at a static queue depth of 32 and results are recorded and averaged once the drives have reached steady-state. While IOPS performance is a good metric to measure steady-state performance, another key area of interest is around average and peak latency. Higher peak latency figures can mean certain requests can backed up under heavy continuous access.
We measured a steady-state 4K random write speed of 9,847 IOPS on our 200GB SM825, which came in very close to the 10,000 IOPS sustained figure Samsung lists on the 400GB model. At this speed it passed an average of 38MB/s of data with an average latency of 3.25ms. During this test it had a peak response time of 61.43ms.
Our last series of synthetic benchmarks compare both enterprise drives in a series of server mixed-workloads with a static queue depth of 32. Like the synthetic benchmarks at the start of this review, these tests are also measured in steady state. Each of our server profile tests has a strong preference towards read activity, ranging from 67% read with our database profile to 100% read in our web server profile.
The first is our database profile, with a 67% read and 33% write workload mix primarily centered on 8K transfer sizes.
The Samsung SSD SM825 measured an average speed of 15,589 IOPS, which wasn’t too far behind the SLC-based counterparts. It trailed the Toshiba SSD in this scenario by a gap of about 25%.
The next profile looks at a file server, with 80% read and 20% write workload spread out over multiple transfer sizes ranging from 512-byte to 64KB.
The eMLC-based Samsung SM825 still trailed the SLC-based Toshiba by 22.9% in the file server profile, but was only 7.3% slower than the Micron P300.
Our web server profile is read-only with a spread of transfer sizes from 512-byte to 512KB.
With the much stronger read speeds of the SATA/SAS 6.0Gb/s Toshiba MKx001GRZB and Micron P300 the Samsung SM825 fell behind in the read-only Webserver profile. It had an average speed of 12,199 IOPS compared to 16,584 IOPS from the P300 and 24,193 from the Toshiba.
The last profile looks at a workstation, with a 20% write and 80% read mixture using 8K transfers.
The workstation profile was easily the hardest one on the eMLC-based SM825, with the SLC SSDs showing much greater strength in this situation. The SM825 pulled through with a speed of 6,443 IOPS compared to 22,926 IOPS from the P300 and 26,337 IOPS with the Toshiba.
Enterprise Power Consumption
When it comes to choosing drives for the datacenter or other densely-packed storage environment, performance isn’t the only metric companies are interested in when looking at SSDs or hard drives. Power consumption can be a huge deal in certain cases, so it makes sense that you would want to know how a drive would perform under a constant workload. One of the key messages Samsung is pushing behind the SM825 is low power consumption. Compared to traditional 15K SAS hard drives, the SM825 idles at 1.8 watts compared to 8.5 watts of a 15K RPM hard drive, a massive reduction in power. In active usage with a 4K random 70% read / 30% write mixture the power use jumps to 12.6 watts with the hard drive and 3.2 watts with the SM825. These numbers are huge when computing TCO; 22 IOPS/watt when active for the hard drive, while the SM825 hums away with 7,200 IOPS/watt.
In the Enterprise Power section of this review, we look at each drive under the same conditions we used to test the read and write speeds in earlier. This includes sequential and random 2MB transfers with a queue depth of 4 and small random 4K read and write transfers at a queue depth of 32. As with our previous tests we are measuring all figures in a steady-state to put the drive into its most power-hungry conditions.
Under all conditions except start-up, the Samsung SSD SM825 used 5.11 watts or less. The most power hungry activity for the SM825 was sequential QD4 2MB write, using 5.11 watts averaged over the duration of the test. Second was random 4K QD32 write, third was sequential QD4 read and 4K QD32 steady read coming in fourth. During heavy-write activity the Samsung SSD SM825 used just under the amount of power the SAS 6.0Gb/s Toshiba MKx001GRZB required, although power quickly tapered off to much lower levels, near parity with the Micron P300, under read-heavy loads.
A large push for an eMLC SSD in a datacenter environment is around cost per GB and IOPS/Watt. We calculated a figure of 14,980 IOPS/watt in pure random 4K read at a queue depth of 32, dropping to 2,042 IOPS/watt if you instead look at steady 4K random write. This compared to 38,481 IOPS/watt read or 10,119 IOPS/watt write on the Micron P300 or 16,385 IOPS/watt read or 3,082 IOPS/watt write on the Toshiba. It really comes down to the needs of the business, finding the best blend of power to performance (or just straight performance) that factors in when buying the SSD or hard drive.
As we know, in enterprise environments, SSDs are more about sustained performance over the life of the drive than raw burst speeds. We’re also seeing a shift from more expensive SLC SSDs to cost effective eMLC SSDs as enterprise users look for the ideal spot on their performance/TCO curve. The industry has made it clear that eMLC NAND has the staying power to live in data centers and Samsung further backs this message with their SM825 boasting 7,000 TBW in the 400GB capacity.
With the move to eMLC comes an expected drop in performance when compared to SSDs using SLC NAND. To Samsung’s credit, they mitigate this to the extent that they can by selecting the best NAND from their fabs. They also use their own processor and have engineers to build custom firmware, so the package as a whole works in concert, which means better performance, reliability and compatibility. In our testing we found the SM825 to offer most of the performance of an SLC SSD in several situations. In Database and File Server profiles the SM825 trailed the SLC Toshiba MKx001GRZB by 25% and 22.9% respectively. In the read-intensive Webserver profile and workstation scenario, the SM825 trailed by greater amounts working out to 49.6% and 75.5%, but to be fair, this SSD isn’t engineered for that particular workload.
At the start of this review we mentioned the primary targe market for this drive is enterprise. As more hours and TBs get logged on SSDs, buyers are able to figure out what drive best fits their usage scenarios; be it MLC, eMLC, or SLC. With huge price gaps seperating each, it makes a great deal of sense to get the one that best fits your TCO model. The Samsung SSD SM825 equipped with eMLC NAND is able to fit the bill of a write-inteinsive enterprise-grade SSD but still comes in at a much lower price-point compared to its SLC competition. For businesses that fit the model of speed/usage, buying this drives makes sense, in other situations it does not.
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1009F — How much disassembly to restore STOP function?
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I shelved a Dual 1009F five years ago because of a dead channel. Fixed that issue but now found another.
Putting the function lever to the START position works properly but moving it to STOP does nothing unless I give the base a good smack. For a short time, moving the lever to STOP position did work but only if the table was started manually. That is no longer so and the same goes for end of play arm return. It would return to rest in MANUAL mode, not after auto START but does so no longer.
If I activate the START function then move the lever to STOP, I can get the STOP cycle to engage by moving the cam gear ever so slightly with my finger. It seems that it or some other component is not returning to an exact position.
Without disassembling anything, I cleaned and lubricated all areas accessable from underneath the chassis. However, there does appear to be a mechaism on the top side of the cam gear. Could be wrong but from what I can see of it through chassis holes, it seems to be associated with arm function.
Any advice on how to remove the cam gear for thorough cleaning would be greatly appreciated.
The 1009/1019 Service Manuals show expoded views of all the parts but does not detail the removal/replacement order. I am reluctant to just dive in and start taking things apart.
A good step by step guide is posted on theis forum for a 1229 and I used it to fix the speed control on one of those but unfortunately removing the cam gear was not described. Even if it was, it’s probably likely a 1009F and 1229 are disimilar enough that it would not have applied.
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EDITORIAL mm The Changes in the Amiga Market Last issue, I wrote that the Amiga market was in a state of change and that Amazing Computing was going to be flexible in order to meet that change. At the time, I was fairlv confident, but! Was not prepared for how radically things would change.
We re late for the second and last time!
First, I would like to apologize for the delay in an AC issue for the second time.
Originally, we had planned for this issue to be a week late as ice revised our schedule.
However, once again, as the issue was going to press, we began to hear rumors. Instead of the regular deluge of Commodore liquidation stories and deadlines, we began to receive advertising request calls from our competitor’s main clients. Within a few short hours, we began receiving calls from virtually everyone who had an interest in Amiga.
AmigaWorld was halting production.
There would be no May issue. Apparently, the staff at AntigaWorld reached their decision, informed their advertisers, and then issued a press release: AmigaWorld Ceases Publication Readers Offered Choice of Options Peterborough, NH (March 2, 1995) — TechMedia Publishing announced today that it will cease publication of AmigaWorld, the leading magazine serving users of the Commodore Amiga computer, as of its April 1995 issue.
TechMedia will offer current readers two positive options to replace AmigaWorld, commented Dale Strang, TechMedia President. We feel it is im- portantto offer our customers the editorial quality they have become accustomed to from AmigaWorld over the past ten years. The offer will consist of two other IDG publications, both of which contain editorial inline with the needs of Amiga users.” Strang explained that this difficult business decision was a result of the deteriorating state of the Amiga market.
Because of the Commodore liquidation there has been no new Amiga technology developed in the last year, which translates into no new vendors or readers entering the marketplace. The Amiga platform has lost considerable position in the highly competitive digital video multimedia nichein which it wasa major player, commented Strang.
AmigaWorld’s Heritage It cannot be denied that AmigaWorld contributed a great deal to the Amiga community. Their presence in the market, backed by the power of IDG made them a formidable competitor, Tire power of IDG made it possible for AmigaWorld to finance expansion and distribution that independent magazines such as AC could not match.
AmigaWorld used their position in many ways to help the Amiga expand in the marketplace. They were instrumental in the growth of the Amiga trade show, AmiEXPO, which was originated bv the New York Amiga User Group, AMUSE. They sponsored contests, created books, and produced videos.
All of these activities provided exposure for the Amiga. In truth, outside of television advertising (which Commodore did sparingly), AW probably did more advertising in North America than Commodore.
It Ain’t Necessarily So While I have utmost respect for Dale Strang and his very professional staff, obviously there are several statements in AmigaWorld’. press release to which 1 take exception. Aside from our individual conceptions of magazine leadership and editorial philosophies, I believe AW looked at the Amiga market from the wrong perspective and then drew the wrong conclusions.
Yes, the Amiga has been out of production for a long time and this does mean that there are very few new users (some new users will come into the market as older users sell their Amigas). But, on the next page, we begin one of the largest new product sections we have ever published.
From the DraCo Amiga clone to the newest Fred Fish CD ROM, there is activity in this market.
No, the activity is not coming from a main computer manufacturer. It is coming from the hundreds of small developers who have always worked hard to keep the Amiga going. While Commodore did very little to promote or expand the Amiga, third party developers created hundreds of tools and applications to make things happen. Our task at AC has always been to support these efforts.
Let’s be honest. As much as we respect and appreciate AmigaWorld’s contribution, we appreciate ours more. With the news that AW would not produce a May issue, we knew that their advertisers would need a place to advertise and we were more than happy to oblige. But it was not all mercenary. There were valid philanthropic reasons.
The news of A W’s departure could have demoralized an already uncomfortable market. If a giant like AW ceased to function, could the rest of the market compete? Would AC be ready to take the place of AW and offer vendors a workable alternative? We had to answer these questions quickly and effectively.
The first thing we did was lower prices.
Instead of taking advantage of the situation.
We created an opportunity tor Amiga vendors to remain in the Amiga market at a lower rate. The next thing we did was call on advertisers.
Although I have always maintained a hard and fast rule that editorial and advertising would not mix, this was different.
I had to contact these people personally and convince them that not only was AC serious about the market, but that we had their best interests in mind. Yes, I did receive a few offers from people who would he glad to advertise if we could assure them that their review would be in that issue those I was forced to decline.
However, the majority of the market reacted favorably to the offers and the opportunity- I received several unsolicited calls and, even after the advertising closed, I received calls from vendors who wanted to know what they could do to help us.
Amiga Morph The Amiga market is changing and not all of the changes are bad. The feeling in the community is that the Amiga needs the cooperation of its users and vendors and AC will do all it can to promote the positive aspects of these changes, We have a tremendous amount of work to do. Our efforts are concentrated on providing a medium that will inform the reader and provide a viable marketplace for the advertiser. While this has always been our goal, the nature of the Amiga market demands that we use every opportunity to make this happen.
Escom As a final irony to the entire episode, we learned, while this issue was going to press, that Escom had signed an agreement with Commodore’s liquidators. AC is one of the few magazines capable of replacing copy and getting the story to the public in record time.
The story is in this issue, now it is up to our printer to finish the process.
Within the next month, the Commodore sale could easily be completed and all of us in the Amiga community will have a better idea of where the Amiga is headed. I know that we have heard this before, but there is much more than hope here.
One of the most asked questions we have heard through this is, Will AC continue? We have no choice, as long as the Amiga market needs us we will bo here to support it. Hard work and diligence does sometimes payoff.
The DraCo Amiga Clone, Video Toaster Secrets, and over 30 other Amiga announcements.
NEW PRODUCTS and other neat ztaffi The following are press releases and news announcements from Amiga vendors and others. While Amazing Computing maintains the right to edit these entries, the statements, etc. made in these reports are those of the vendors and not Amazing Computing magazine.
Avec Flight Recorder BMD-US has announced the release of the Avec Flight Recorder, and expansion chassis manufactured by CBI. Used for NewTek’s Video Toaster Flyer®. The unit has 5 full length slots, 3 half length slots, 3-5.25 exposed drive bays, 2-3.5′ exposed drive bays, 3-3.5 concealed drive bays, 3 internal SCSI cable sets, a 200+ watt power supply and 2 cooling fans. It is designed to be connected and placed next to an Amiga 2000.
3000 or 4000. The unit hos 8 PC style slots and holds up to 9 SCSI hard drives, as well as removable hard drives, tape backup drives and CD-ROM drives, The chassis will house TBCs, editing cards or any other PC style card. It also has LED indicators for two drives. For more information, dealers should contact: BMD-US, P.O. Box 16, Sharpsvllle, PA 16150, 800-233-1679 or FAX 412-962- 1186, Interested individuals should contact their local dealer or call BMD- US for the name of a local dealer.
Digital Orchestra — Update The price on this eighty disk collection of digitally sampled musical instruments from Fairbrothers, Inc. hos been changed. The new price is 34.95 per disk, 3 or more disks at S3.95 each and 10 or more at 32,95 each. Disks 1 -40 are also available on CD.
Fairbrothers, Inc. 5054 S22nd St. Arlington. VA 22206. Tel: 703-820-1954.
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QuickText from Tahoe Software, Etc. Is an interactive desktop video program designed to develop and display almost any type of graphic screen, including titles and credits, pictures, and even animations, Other features include full Arexx support, auto screen sequencing, on-screen timer, text and numeric variables, a recordable and an easy-to-use point- and-click interface, QuickText has been used for 6 years in a computer with a simple genlock in a daily, live newscast and in taping sports events for (oca! TV cable. It can be used as an overhead projector, reader-board,
silent pager, or teleprompter. “QT is made for any Amiga with Workbench 1.2 or higher.
You can get a FREE demo from Tahoe Software, Etc. or from the Aminet (biz demo QuickTextdemo.lha). Soon to be released. QuickText PRO will feature remote-control via modem, time-of-day slots, and tiled backdrops. QuickText has an SRP. Of 359.95 Tahoe Software, Etc. PO Box 9236.
South Lake Tahoe. CA 96158, 916-541-
BCI-NET CD December 94 — The Latest Aminet Alternative Brought to you by Better Concepts. Inc. this CD contains over 1 GIG of the latest, greatest, most useful programs off of the Internet. Utilities, games, graphics, music, entertainment plus tons more! All complete with a custom built interface written just for this CD that will let you travel through the archived files and allow you to launch any program, without ever leaving the interface.
Planned to be released quarterly, the latest version available is December ’94.
Better Concepts. Inc. lOMandon Terrace, New City, NY 10956, Tel 914- 639-5095, FAX 914-634-7097.
AMIGA Multimedia MM 1200 This system utilizes an advanced graphics architecture chip set to simultaneousiy display graphics in up to 256,000 colors from a palette of over
16. 8 million, providing life-like NTSC images and adding
spectacular color to presentations and interactive
applications. The system comes bundled with SCALA MultiMedia
Software which is a complete interactive multimedia
Easy to use ICONIC Interface, allowing point and click programming with a two button mouse. SCALA comes with fonts, backgrounds, wipes, transitions, drawing tools, sounds and music.
AMIGA Business Computers. 192 Laurel Road. East Northport, NY 11731, Tel 516- 757-7334. FAX 516-757-7234.
NEW PRODUCTS omc(otk ToasterPaint and the Amiga operating system that will save you time and increase your productivity. For both professionals and novices, this tape reveals powerful automated functions and shortcuts essential to getting maximum performance from your applications. Secrets shows you how to tap the power of Arexx, Amiga’s scripting language, by creating and editing macros to automate many
aspects of the Toaster System. Also revealed are tricks like automatic page emboss and reverse emboss, the blur macro and bar graphic macros. For Lightwave 3D users it explores modifying your Lightwave and Modeler configuration files to change your presets, customize the programs and access hidden Modeler macros. The program 1hen takes you inside macros including light swarm, particle clone and random surface points to create UFOs, exploding lights, trees on a random rolling landscape and other astonishing effects. Video Toaster Secrets has a run time of approximately 95 minutes and
carries a retail price of $ 49.95. it is available at your iocal Video Toaster Dealer, software and hardware resellers or direct from Desktop Images at 1-800- 377-1039.
Lee Stranahan (lop left) offers inside information in Video Toaster Secrets with secret tips and undocumented features in Lightwave 3D, ToasterPaint and the Amiga operating system through on-screen (bottom left) instruction.
Desktop Images. 1805 W Magnolia Blvd. Burbank. CA 91506, Fax: 818-841-8023.
Updated CyberEdit products CyberEdit CM is a professional quality computer assisted video editing system.
It has a fast, intuitive mouse and keyboard interface. It has an oversized edit list management screen. Experience simultaneous user control of all VCRs with razor-sharp editing accuracy.
CM requires an accelerated Amiga and has on optional PRO Video Toaster Interface. Starting price is $ 800.00. CyberEdit CM PRO is the enhanced version of CyberEdit which supports the NewTek Video Toaster. You can perform multiple Toaster effects per edit including fade from to Black, digital transitions between edits (AX Roil), transitions from to backdrop pages, all titling keyed on video or Toaster backdrops, frame grabs, and more.
Versatile Toaster effect management system allows effects that are: cued to tcpe location (HH;MM:SS:FF), to time hold 5 seconds), or chained (end of one starts the next). Starting at S995.00. Cybercall. Inc. 20 Cleveland Ave. Highland Park. NJ 08904. Voice Fax: 908-249-9883.
AL-MUZIAA, The Ethnic Telepronnpter AL-MUZIAA is an Arabic. Farsi (Persian).
Urdu Teieprompter. Text is entered through the AMIGA, then it is scrolled on a special monitor with a reflector hood that is placed between the camera and the broadcaster where he or she will read the text as it scrolls, No memorization Is needed. Features: WYSIWYG, speed controlled by a remote hand set, fast Cue marks, and reverse background color. Note: Complete system hardware (monitor, hood, reflector, 8 bracket) are available too. By L.C.P.S. Inc. USA UK. L.C.P.S. Inc. PO Box 2015, Schiller Pork. IL 60176. Tel 708- 678-7183, Fax 708-678-7223.
DraCo Amiga Clone MacroSystem GmbH of Witten, Germany Is announced the development of their own video and graphics workstation named DraCo. Based on the Motorola 68060, this powerful machine will ship in the Spring of 1995.
For operating systems the Amiga OS will be standard and UNIX and UNIX clone support is expected. Development and production of DraCo are not dependent upon the current Commodore situation, as this computer is custom chipset independent, Any software program which runs on Amiga graphic boards like the Retina and the Picasso will work in DraCo, This includes Lightwave, AdPro. Image F X, Imagine, Bars and Pipes Pro and most every other professional software package.
Hardware compatibility is the function of the five Zorro ll slots. These slots allow use of the Toccata, Emplant, Ethernet, Vlab Y C and most other hardware boards. Hardware that requires the custom chip set won’t run in DraCo. This includes 88QK floppies, genlocks, and the Toaster. Pricing is yet to be determined but it will be available in numerous memory and hard drive configurations and will be comparable in price to a similarly equipped A4000.
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CO 80026, Tel 303-499-1975, Fax: 303- 499-1979. Tech: 303-447-8126. BBS: 303- 969-8967.
Fish Nets Rank in Top Ten Amiga Library Services takes 30% of the top ten spots in the latest GTI-GmbH Amiga CD Tap 50 rankings. The release dated December ’93 places ALS- Goldfish, Vol. II, second. FreshFish, Vol.
7, seventh and Goldfish Vol. I, ninth in the top ten. GTI-GmbH is the largest CD-ROM distributor in the European marketplace. Released in November ’94 and exclusively distributed by Amiga Library Services. Ught-ROM, a multi-platform CD„ROM dedicated to 3-D LightWave artistry, placed an impressive 26th during its first month of distribution. “We’re excited about the rankings, states founder Fred Fish.
and look forward to continuing to supply the Amiga community with new products and quality services.
MacroSystem Releases MovieShop 2.0 MacroSystem GmbH of Witten, Germany announced the release of Version 2.0 of MovieShop software for Vlab Motion. This new release includes full audio support for Vlab Motion from within MovieShop software. The audio possibilities include: user definable envelope curves, audio which is separable from the video, sound files which can be imported, special audio effects, and audio dubbing. Many of these features were originally intended for the Professional version but MacroSystem decided to include this powerful audio support in the standard release to give their
Significant software enhancements allow higher JPEG compression rates as well as faster rendering times for the long list of digital effects. Digital effects now include reverse, line art, picture-in- picfure, flashbulb, freeze, rotate, and compose — which allows you to combine 24-Bit animations and video.
The audio capabilities are equally impressive- The envelope curves are completely user definable. Each separate track of audio can range in volume from l -100%. You can have up to 256 different audio tracks on the time line. Audio is also mutable, allowing even more flexibility. The audio files can be stripped from the video scenes, so you’re not stuck with on undesirable audio segment. You can also Import an audio filed from any other source and overlay it with the desired video segment.
NoahJi’s will include a training video tape with each Vlab Motion beginning in February. This video will briefly explain all of the features of MovieShop. And will include an offer to purchase a more in-depth video directly from the producer.
NoahJi’s, 3591 Nyland Way. Lafayette, CO 80026. Tel 303-499-1975, Fax: 303- 499-1979. Tech: 303-447-8126, BBS: 303- 969-8967.
Soft-Logik Moved Soft-Logik has recently moved so the phone numbers and address on registration cards or manuals may not be correct. Please note the following: Sales: 800-829-8608 International Sales: 314-256-9595 Technical Support: 314-256-9333 Paid Technical Support: 800-829-5816 Fax: 314-256-7773 BBS: 314-256-8971 Address: 315 Consort Drive St. Louis. MO 63011 Twist 2 The friendly relational database Twist 2 is the friendly, easy to use relational database for your Amiga computer. Twist’s range of powerful features coupled with its uncluttered graphical interface makes it perfect for
everything from keeping track of your CD collection to implementing a complete double entry accounting system. Features Include: ability to design your database and reports with flexible point and click graphical tools, a comprehensive set of statistical, string, and logical functions, ful! Arexx support, full Datatype support, the ability to build complex relation databases (N:l and even N:M databases) using simple point and click techniques, full support for Amiga scalable fonts for report output, and output reports to the printer, disk, screen, clipboard. Arexx port, or Twists built in
editor. Twist 2 works on all Amiga systems, a hard disk and 1 MB of memory are recommended. Twist 2 retails for SI49.95 and Is available now.
For more information or a copy of detailed product literature contact: Oregon Research, 16200SW Pacific Hwy. Suite 162. Tigard. OR 97224, Tel: 503-620-4919. Fax: 503-624-2940.
Squirrel SCSI — PCMCIA SCSI-2 Card for A1200 A600 Oregon Research announced this first full featured, plug and play PCMCIA SCSI-2 Interface for the A1200 and A600 computers. Features include: ability to connect up to 7 SCSI devices to your Amiga simultaneously, support of all SCSI and SCSI-2 devices including hard drives, floptical drives, tape drives, Syquest drives, Magneto-optical drives, and SCSI CD-ROM drive, transfer rates up to 1.2 MB sec on an accelerated A1200, up to 3Mb sec on a 68030 accelerated A1200. It has true Hot plug and play, and CD-32 compatibility built In. Squirrel SCSI
works on any A1200 or A600 and retails for $ 129,95. For more information or a copy of detailed product literature contact: Oregon Research, 16200 SW Pacific Hwy Suite 162, Tigard, OR 97224. Tel: 503-620-4919, Fax: 503-624-2940.
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Wonder Computers Inc. Wonder Computers is Canada’s largest Amiga-Dedicated Dealer. With stores already in Ottawa, Montreal, and Toronto, they are opening stores in London, Catgary and Vancouver. Their philosophy is simple, they believe the Amiga is a fantastic machine and it is all they do. All of their personnel own and use Amigas themselves and they are 100% committed to the machine. Their future plan is also simple: to spread right across Canada, (they hope to have 14 stores by the end of 1996); and then enter US markets in need of a good Amiga retail presence.
In the mean time. Wonder has branched out Into more aspects of the Amiga industry. They have acquired some top-notch people from companies like Commodore and Corel, and have launched a new Division called Lazarus Engineering. Lazarus has already started an aggressive schedule of Amiga hardware and software projects.
They are proud to announce that they are now the exclusive distributor of PC-Task 3.0 and DirWork 2.1 for North America. PC-Task 3.0 is the first software based Windows emulation for the Amiga, while DirWork is the most Animated.,
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Beginning powerful directory utility available. The SRPs for these products in the US are S129 and $ 89 respectively.
Wonder Computers Inc. 1301 Richmond Rood, Ottawa. Ontario, Canada K2B 7Y4. Tel: 613-596-2542. Fax: 613-596-9349.
Plantation InterViSUAL Software has released Plantation, a professional distributed rendering system for lightwave 3D Plantation orchestrates the rendering of Lightwave scenes by multiple Lightwave-equipped machines on a network. Plantation is flexible in the number of machines it will support; and number up to the limit imposed by your license or your network. Unattended rendering or multiple scenes In a single machine is aiso supported. It works on any network that provides a shared directory, including Enlan DFS, Envoy, ParNET, AmiTCP (with NFS) ond others. If directly supports the DPS PAR
with no additional setup, waiting or worries about sequence. InterViSUAL products feature an upgradeable license, allowing the addition of new machines with a simple phone call. The package also includes a handy scene manager, allowing you to shuttle scenes around your network, or off-line, with ease. An easy to use intuition interface and Commodore installer script make it a breeze to install and use. Plantation requires Lightwave 3.0 or later, and Workbench 2.0 or later.
InterViSUAL Software, 1080 Horseshore Rd„ Augusta. GA 30906, Tel: 706-793-
ImageFX 2.0 Now Shipping!
This upgrade represents over a year and a half of focused work and attention by Nova’s staff. Over a dozen new loaders and savers have been added, more than two dozen new special effects, more retargelability and a new thumbnail preview system are just a few of the highlights. Last minute additions to V2.0 include support for the new Epson 1200c scanner and additional controis for many of its new special effects such as Lightning and PaintFX.
The SRP is $ 349.95 US. Upgrades from any previous version are only $ 124.95 US to registered owners. For upgrade orders you may call 804-282-1157 or 1- 800-IMAGE-69 in the US and in Canada.
Nova Design. Inc. 1910 Byrd Avenue, Suite 214. Richmond, VA 23230.
Customer Support Information 804-282-
6528. Fax: 804-282-3768.
IDD’s PC Steering Wheel R X The PC Steering Wheel R X is a realistic reproduction of a race sports cor steering wheel. If is designed to be used with any game card equipped PC compatible computer. When used with NEW PRODUCTS a rc other teatS’ta the Amiga Smart Port, it Is Amiga compatible. It can be used to ploy most any driving game. The wheel tilt can be adjusted to any angle using the UMS mounting plate. An 80 degree eachway full travel and spring centering make for realistic sport driving. The adjustable damping system allows the heaviness of the drive to be changed.
Two reversible switch modules are located on the ten and two o’clock spokes. SRP is $ 129.95. InterACTIVE Digital Devices, Inc. 6730 West Chicago Street Ste. 5, Chandler, AZ 85226. 602-940-0340.
IDD’s PC Pedals The PC Pedals is a combination flying driving pedal device and switching center for multiple game products, it is designed to be used with any game card equipped PC compatible computer. When used with the Amiga Smart Port, it is Amiga compatible. In the drive mode, the pedals function Canada’s Leading Amiga Distributor is now carrying NewTek products!
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New Division: Legendary Distribution Legendary Design Technologies announced the creation of a new division, Legendary Distribution is an Amiga Hardware Software distributor dealing with Canadian dealers only.
Presently, over 25 companies have their products distributed by them including NoahJi’s, Asimware Innovations, Nova Design, Interworks. Softwood and more.
Dealers in the US should contact MicroPace for Legendary Design Technologies’ Product, International Dealers Distributors should contact Legendary Design Technologies directly.
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IDD’s Amiga Smart Port — Pius digital joystick, and fully compatible IBM PC dial analog joystick game port.
Simply press the button on the device to S IWWfit air SH.B !3 Cttw 1 Hrin 1 be used and automatic electronic switching does the rest. Two sets of X- and Y-axes trim adjustments are provided to set analog ports for maximum performance. Includes SmartPortCal software which allows the user to view all digital and analog system values. For all Amigas with any version of Workbench. Includes selected analog upgrades, two 9 pin computer cables and a one year warranty. SRP is
559. 95 Printer Driver for Epson Stylus Color Printer Endicor
Technologies, Inc. has a new driver for the Epson. It is a
standard Workbench preferences printer driver for the Epson
Stylus Color Inkjet Printer.
The driver program takes full advantage of the printer’s 720 x 720 dpi printing and supports optional MlcroWeave printing, an Epson feature that uses overlapping passes to reduce banding.
Including documentation in English only, it requires Workbench 1.3 or greater and an Epson Stylus Color Printer. This version
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InfoNEXUS — File Manager InfoNEXUS Is a file management system which allows you to quickly and easily move, rename, delete, sequence, view, launch, hear, unpack and archive your files like never before. This can happen locally or over an ‘Envoy’ Network giving you control of just a few, or thousands of files, developed for In house use at Optonica on multimedia CD productions, each with many thousands of files. Features include: ECS, AGA and 24 bit picture viewing on any Amiga, built In text editor, On-line, context sensitive help system, extensible command editor, directory caching with
floppy disk preferencing, comprehensive file filtering, disk install and formatting, dynamic directory and device list updating, full OS legal and InfoNEXUS is a fiie management system which allows you to move, rename, delete, sequence, view, launch, hear, unpack and archive your files locally or over an ‘Envoy’ Network permitting control of just a few, or thousands of files.
It si multi-tasking, and much more. The program works on any Amiga with OS
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Genie Tools Add on functionality for Aladdin 4D Review by Dave Matthews Aladdin 4D (Adspec, Inc.) is a powerful 3D package, but somehow, no matter how many features a package has, we’ve all muttered Gee. if it only had Ihis one special function! Adspec, realizing the wealth of talent and imagination in the Amiga programming community, has opened Aladdin’s Modeler to outside developers.
Genie Tools (Shead Data Processing) is the first available third party extension for Aladdin 4D, All the Genie tools follow the Amiga and Aladdin interface guidelines, and once installed are available in Aladdin’s external gadget list. Every tool has both written documentation (formatted to fit in the Aladdin binder) and on-line help available at the click of a button. So far, there are two volumes available, each offering significant enhancements for the Aladdin artist.
Genie Tools is available as two volumes. Volume 1 at S34.95 and Volume 2 at S49.95. Each Genie Tools Volume comes on a single disk, and include the actual tools, several tutorials, the printed manual pages, and additional developer information for those interested in creating their own tools for Aladdin.
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The disk has a functional if somewhat Spartan install script (which mimics the Aladdin 4D Install script). I find it odd that neither Shead Data Processing nor Adspec have chosen to use Commodore’s installer program. The installation process installs the tools and their associated on-line help files in your Aladdin4D:Tools and A!addin4D:Help drawers.
Once the tools and help files are installed, you are given the option to install the developer kit and tutorials. Strangely enough, the script will only install these to floppy disks. The Developer files consist of new and updated (and screened for bugs) material to the developer information released with Aladdin 3.0. Of more interest to the average Aladdin user will be the Tutorial disks. There are six tutorials covering the new Genie Tools Volume 1, (plus one nifty trick for using Aladdin’s sweep tool for radial extrudes). Volume two has ten tutorials. The tutorials for both volumes include
objects, related IFF texture maps, and clearly written instructions, which should prove sufficient to leam the basks of these new tools, though a firm grasp of Aladdin 4D is expected, Genie Tools Volume One TriSub is a handy tool which sub-divides triangles by connecting tiieir midpoints. This is useful when you need to add detail to an object.
DoBeSphere conforms selected polys to the surface of a virtual sphere, useful for making triangle based spheres.
FoIyWrap allows you to wrap polys, or complete objects, onto the surface of a sphere or cylinder. This is excellent for making dents in objects, as well as making organic melt)’ looking objects. One of the more interesting, and complicated tools is called LissaCurve. This tools generates Lissajous (pronounced LISS-SAY- JUS) curves. What the heck are Lissajous cui-ves? Beats tne! Well, seriously, this is a method for creating smoothly curving paths in 3D space, using sine functions. The requester that opens up for this tool may seem frightening to the mathematically disadvantaged, with terms
like Xfreq, Yamp and Modulate, but you don’t need to really know any math to get some really wild roller coaster type curves going. These curves can be used to extrude along, or as motion paths for other objects, such as the cars careening aiong the roller coaster tracks!
Random is a tool for moving points randomly. This can be used to create landscapes, asteroids, or just ‘rough up’ an object.
Execute is a handy if unassuming tool that lets you execute AmigaDOS commands right from within Aladdin. Unfortunately, it doesn’t open an output window, so if you want to see the results, such as listing the hard drive, or deleting files or whatever, you will have to ilip back to Workbench anyway.
If you do commercial animating, you may find AnimLen could easily pay for the price of Genie Tools. AnimLen allows you to change the length of animations, while carefully maintaining your timing throughout. As you know, if you’ve done any Aladdin animating, animation timing is referenced both in relative (a percentage of time) and absolute (a number of frames) terms. While quite flexible, this can create problems when you need to lengthen or shorten an animation segment. If your animation is synced to a sound track, you’ll often find Aladdin has stretched out or squashed the timing, requiring
a good bit of tedious reworking to get it back in sync. GenieTool’s AnimLen does all (well, most) of this reworking for you, saving loads of time (and time IS money in computer animation), not to mention aggravation. One minor flaw is Cspline timing, which AnimLen can’t fix. Bven noting that, this tool is a lifesaver for working with long complicated animations.
LnssoSel is a tool for selecting polys using a ‘lasso’. You simply draw around the polys you want, and LnssoSel selects them, or if you choose, selects everything but the ones you have enclosed.
One of my favorite tools is Deform map. Similar to Lightwave’s Displacement Mapping, this tool allows you to use greyscale images to deform objects. Unlike bump mapping, which only simulates bumps, and doesn’t change the object, DeformMap actually uses the brightness of the image to move the polys from their original position. Very bright areas move the points furthest, while black areas don’t change the polys at all. Deform map applies images much the same way as Aladdin uses images for textures, so this tool is quite easy to use. You can use project, cylindrical and spherical mapping, you
can set the amplitude (how much the bitmap affects the polys), and you have the same options for bitmaps: tiles, negative, X and Y flipping, X and Y indexes, and offsets etc. Simple, ‘clean’ bitmaps work best, highly detailed, grainy or dithered pictures tend to be too noisy for good results.
Also, you need lots of polys in your object to get decent results.
The final tutorial covers the use of Aladdin’s Sweep function to perform a radial extrude- One of the examples is a ‘bird cage’, where you extrude the points of a sphere inward toward the center.
(continued on page 20) Figure 1 (above left): Mobius Strip Figures 4 — 6 (right-top to bottom): Using Bones for character animation. Frames from the SheadSaver” animation tutorial.
AlphaPaint What is older than the hills and twice as overgrown with time? Give up? Why it’s ToasterPaint, of course. The new ToasterPaint (that comes with the 4,0 software and which may actuallv be out when you read this) promises to be a hundred times better than the older version. But my advance scouts tell me that the competition, AlphaPaint from JnnoVision Technology, is the better of the two, As I’m writing this there is no copy of ToasterPaint 4.0 in my personal hands, so all i can attest to is the power and versatility of AlphaPaint, which 1 will now elaborate on.
“A is for Alpha There are two main types of paint programs for computers. One might be described as DTP software, meant for by R. Shamms Mortier desktop publishing and printed or slide copy as the final target. The second, of which AlphaPaint is a prime example, has output targeted to video. AlphaPaint was designed to replace the painting program, ToasterPaint, that comes with the NewTek Video Toaster, a miraculous all around video tool originally developed on and for the Amiga.
What makes video paint programs reallv different from their DTP cousins is that often the images designed with them are meant to be combined with a live video feed, so that there are areas w ithin the video graphic that have to be told to allow the video signal to show through, areas that are designed to be transparent.
These areas can differ from the other areas of the graphic in either a hard-edged or a soft-edged fashion. The whole graphic can even be designed to be transparent to differing levels for the video feed, it is common for a paint program these days to be known as a 32-bit paint program. This means that there are 24 bitplnnes (over 16,000,000 million colors) for painting and an 8 bitplane (256 levels of grayscale or luma information) Alpha channel. The Video Toaster is a video tool, so it accepts Alpha channel information. The Alpha in AlphaPaint tells us immediately that we can
work on and manipulate a full Alpha channel in addition to the other attributes of the 24-bit paint program. All of the graphics that are generated by AlphaPaint, both the 24-bit color program and the additional Alpha channel, appear on the Toaster’s DV) screen, the same screen used to address video effects. This is a marriage made in digital heaven.
When creating the design of the Alpha channel, full black is 100% transparent and full white is 100% opaque. Anything in between has a varying degree of transparency. the more black the more transparent. You can design an Alpha channel graphic with any paint program that outputs a gray level picture. The advantage of working with AlphaPaint when doing this is that you can see the results of your work (how it addresses the video signal) immediately. Creating soft-edged graphics that blend seamlessly with the video signal lias never been so easy, and because Alpha Paint’s Alpha channel
is open to all of the extensive painting tools that the 24-bit part of the painting program contains, Alpha channel painting has never before been possible at this high professional level.
A Paiette Like No Other One of the most unique features of AlphaPaint is its palette. Not only does it contain wells for user selectable colors, but a range of specific fills. Usually, you have to enter a separate part of a paint program in order to access gradient ranged fills or radial fills, but AlphaPaint makes everything accessible from one palette. In addition to colors, the AlphaPaint palette has wells dedicated to various color gradient fills (over 200) making the use of separate gradient requesters unnecessary, it may take a little getting used to for the inexperienced user, but in
the end the application of color spreads and radial fills accessed in this manner leads to easier and faster operation. Ail of the colors in any of the fills may be changed to user specifications, and the whole business reminds me of how a similar feat is accomplished in another InnoVision product: Broadcast Titler.
AlphaPaint brings true 24-bit plus Alpha Channel painting to the Toaster user, avoiding the pitfalls of ToasterPaint. With AlphaPaint, you paint directly on the composite Toaster screen, so what you see is absolutely what you get. Save Load paths are remembered, and large (even screen size) brushes don’t choke the system.
Though there is a limited brush manipulation list at this time (negative, oil paint, and sharpen blur), Innovision is in the process of developing a separate disk of additional manipulation tools. Most numeric input is aided by the use of sliders, with numeric values displayed next to the slide bar. Multiple undo and redo functions also distinguish AlphaPaint from ToasterPaint. There is even a special panic MncroKey (FI) that can be accessed at any time to reset ail but the palette settings.
A Wealth of Pens and Brushes AlphaPaint allows the electronic artist to write to the screen in two ways. The first is called pen mode, and it allows you to paint with a brush up to 64 pixels wide, which beats the ToasterPaint record by a long shot. The unique ways that AlphaPaint alters standard pen mode interactions includes allowing the user to adjust the pen size and the feathering (the blending of the stroke’s edges into the background) with a variety of interactive sliders on the main menu, in addition, anv pen can be rotated interactively for even more variety.
Pens also respond to variable transparency settings in real time, giving you instant feedback (especially useful in Alpha channel work), Multiple undo redo operations assure you of getting just the effect that’s needed without any punish- With AlphaPaint, you paint directly on the composite Toaster screen, so what you see is absolutely what you get.
Ment exacted for exploring and experimenting. A user variable zoom mode aids the drawing process, allowing you (o gei as close as necessary to retouch any anomalies.
As Pen Mode is selected with a pen shaped icon, so Brush Mode is incorporated by a brush shaped one. Every detail of making (ire program’s operation more intuitive has been incorporated by InnoVision. Brush mode is used when you import a brush from Storage or need to use a selected area of the screen as a painting element. Any brush can be targeted for an outline, shadow, or glow, in addition to feathering the edge so that it sits softly upon the background. Future versions of the program will have expanded effects libraries for altering brushes.
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To begin with, AlphaPaint can accept three of the most useful Toaster font file formats: Toaster Fonts, ColorFonts, and PostScript. Toaster Fonts come in banks and were the fonts included with the Toaster. They are not nearly as adjustable and resizable as PostScript fonts. ColorFonts constitute a registered Amiga font family that come already filled with various textures, from gold to marble to clouds and fire. Toaster 3.0 added an extensive library of PostScript fonts which are resizable and look good at any size. AlphaPaint allows the use of any of these options. It really shines when
PostScript fonts are chosen however, because it allows the user to wrap PostScripted text in adjustable oval circular arrangements, a admittedly terrifying challenge to accomplish by hand. A full preview of the circular action is presented in a dedicated preview area of the font requester, as well as a rotation adjustment control. If you need to justify your purchase of this software, this attribute alone may be reason enough.
And Much More Video artists are often called upon to enclose graphics in a linear frame in order to accentuate visibility against a busy background. AlphaPaint goes one better by adding a beveled appearance to a graphic frame (the frame size is adjustable via a slider) and adding adjustable glows as well. Both of these options are unique to AlphaPaint alone. There is also an Onion Skin option that allows the user to see a ghosted image of the buffer screen so that painting thru to another image can be accomplished with the expected results.
A Winner tor Toaster Painters The software comes with a thick indexed thirty chapter manual in loose leaf three-ring binder format, making it easy to read and wrork through. There are 14 deep tutorials, a reference section, and a thorough index (hooray!). I have used AlphaPaint in the creation of a series of screens for an instructional video, and find new uses for it every day. NBC, a stronghold of Amiga graphics and animation facilities, has ordered a shipment of AlphaPaint packages for its production department, and the other networks and broadcasting outlets that are Toasted are expected
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(continued from page 15) Genie Tools Volume Two With Genie Tools, Volume 2, Shead Data Processing managed to do what few Hollywood studios have- create a sequel even better than the original. Consisting of 10 new tools and updates of the AnimLen and LassoSet tools from Volume 1, Volume 2 offers a wealth of new possibilities to Aladdin 4D owners.
One of the most useful new tools, and one which affects all aspects of working with Aladdin and Genie Tools, is Hotkeys.
Hotkeys allows you to assign menu functions, gadgets and even external programs to keypresses. The hotkeys editor makes it easy to configure these keys, and any qualifiers you wish, such as left or right shift, alt, and Amiga kevs. It’s hard to express just how much Hotkeys can improve your productivity.
Triangles is a tool for subdividing rectangles and triangles.
Unlike Aladdin’s Triangle tool, this version can be told to only subdivide degenerate polys. As you know, degenerate polys are often created in the course of modeling, and cause rendering problems unless turned into triangles. GenieTools’ smart triangles can save astonishing amounts of ram by only subdividing those degenerate polys which need to be converted to triangles. For instance, the Mobius strip object (Figures 1 and 2) was over a third smaller when using the GenieTools Triangles. The white areas on the Mobius strip in Figure 2 are the polygons which were subdivided.
FFDefomi is a supercharged version of Aladdin’s Stretch tool, and is probably the most powerful modeling tool in the GenieTools series. FFDefomi introduces a new class of Memory Resident Tools (MRT). MRT allows interactive usage along with other Aladdin tools. Using ibis feature, along with Hotkeys, FFDeform allows you shape and deform objects in an intuitive, organic way, using any external tool. Tools such as Scale, Rotate and MultiPnt_2 add nearly endless flexibility and power to mold and deform objects.
Even more exciting for animators is an implementation of Bones using FFDeform! Bones are extremely useful for creating organic lifelike character animation. While this is not full blown Inverse Kinematics, FFDeform does allow for quite exciting character animations. Figure 3 shows the FFDeform requester, and Figures 4 — 6 show three frames from the ShendSaver animation using Bones.
Portable Amiga Workstation PAWS 3000 Mu!tipnt_2 is a revamped version of Aladdin’s Multipnt, With this tool, you can select ail or part of an object’s points, and give them ‘permission’. With permission on, a point can be moved, with permission off, it is locked and cannot be changed. The GenieTools offers multiple selection, de-selection and inversion of points.
And 4000 Stats is a sort of dashboard gauge display information on a point’s location and relative distance from other points, quite useful when you need accurate drawing.
T PAWS 600 and 1200 ShowDir is an interactive tool which allows viewing and changing the first point and direction of a poly.
ViewTo is another handy tool which allows setting the viewpoint either from point to point (for instance, from the camera to the target) or perpendicular to a polv. This last is useful for using Free Angle texture mapping.
Panornma_L allows loading scene files from the fractal landscape program Panorama.
P_Instance (permanent instancing) is a powerful cloning tool.
Unlike Aladdin’s instancing, which creates clones which exist only for the duration of the animation, P Instance creates actual objects, using cubic, cylindrical and spherical patterns, as well as scaling and rotation.
Also included are a faster version of LassoSel, and an update to AnimLen which now handles fountains and also adds frames to either the beginning or end of an Anim.
Finally, Volume 2 offers a tool called UnShade, which corrects a potential problem with Aladdin’s shading. This tool is freely distributable to all Aladdin owners.
For those who can never get enough. Shead Data Processing has some very exciting products in the pipeline as well. Scheduled for release soon is a tutorial package on using Aladdin’s powerful and flexible (if somewhat intimidating) textures. Later releases include the Magic Carpet AnimMod ules, the first of which, Flock, promises to add such features as swarming and flocking behavior for groups of objects. Other promised modules will include physics and collision detection. Also waiting in the wings is the L-Systems Developer’s Kit, which will model and animate biological structures, from
cellular layers to plants and trees. This package awaits the release of Aladdin 4.0, due out the first quarter of ’95.
While casual users might balk at the thought of shelling out yet more money to enhance an already powerful program, GenieTools (especially Volume 2) expands the powerful of Aladdin immeasurable. The HotKeys alone could easily save you enough time to pay for the package. If you’re serious about Aladdin, Volume 2 at the very least is a must have.
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• AC- Not only is Nova Design responsible for the development of
the hottest new image manipulation system on the Amiga, they
are also a friendly group of folks more than willing to tell
their story to the Amiga public at large. This interview is a
proof of that willingness, and the answers to my questions
proved very interesting as a way of getting to know Nova better
as well as discerning the possible futures of tine Amiga from
their remarks. The interview was with Boh Fisher, the marketing
director and spokesperson for the group.
We’ve had fantastic success in the Amiga market and see no reason to go elsewhere. There is no other operating system that even compares to the Amiga’s.
Q: When was Nova formed, and what were its first products?
A: Nova Design was formed in early 1991.
ImageFX and CineMorph are our first products.
Q: Who are the principal members of Nova Design?
A: Principal members of Nova Design are: Thomas Krehbiei — Programming; Kermit Woodall — Research and Design; Bob Fisher
— Public Relations Q: What are your collective backgrounds?
A: Our backgrounds are varied as are our tasks in the company, Thomas Krehbiei is a self taught Amiga programmer, and his work is recognized by many Amiga users for a whole list of software in the public domain as well as on the commercial shelves. Kermit Woodall, on the other hand, is a former C64 C128 programmer and interface designer and his experience is much deeper and connected to various Commodore platforms. As for me, 1 have many years of sales, management, and PR experience in both retail and wholesale for local and national organizations.
As an interesting aside, we al! Met in our local Amiga User Croup; the Richmond Amiga Group (RAG). I ran the group at that time and continue to do so today. Both Tom and Kermit continue to be active members and officers in the group as well.
Q: How about your experience with the Amiga?
A: Tom has been programming on the Amiga since 1987, and it was essentially the platform he started to program on. Kermit hung on to his C64 and C128 until 1988 when he traded them for an Amiga 1000. As for me, I’ve been playing with the Amiga since 1986. I’ve been involved as both the Nova marketing person and as an animator.
Q: What about development for other platforms?
A: At this time, Nova Design does not develop for other platforms outside of the Amiga, though with the release of ImageFX
2. 0, we consider our software to be the best in its class on any
Q: Can you detail the reasons that Nova has decided to stick with the Amiga instead of looking towards other lucrative markets?
A: We’ve had fantastic success in the Amiga market and see no reason to go elsewhere.
There is no other operating system that even compares to the Amiga’s.
Q: How about ImageFX? What is its history?
A: ImageFX started life as scanner control software, but it quickly grew into a complete image processing package. We thought it was time for a full featured, all- in-one image processing, special effects package that was not available on the Amiga prior to the release ot ImageFX.
There were certain criteria from which we worked; 1) It had to work on all Amigas. 2) it had to be easy to use. 3) It had to he a stand-alone package, not tied to any hardware- 4) It had to be affordable, with no hidden add-ons, such as having to buy another package because the base package didn’t include your particular file format or was missing a desired special effect. 3) It had to be expandable. We felt that we achieved these goals with IFX’s initial release, and now witli the latest releases we are going farther than we ever dreamed possible.
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