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%%  Review: CD Exchange Volume 1                  By:  Jason Compton      %%

CD Exchange, much like Micro R+D (keep reading the magazine), were hit with
a stroke of brilliance when they named this disc, a fully-Workbench-bootable
compilation of quite a bit of stuff.

Fully bootable?  Oh yes.  1.3, 2.1, and 3.0 are included, meaning that just
about everybody can take advantage of it.  What's "it"?  A strong assortment
of games, animations (LOTS of animations.  LOTS.), pictures, fonts, mods,
sounds (most of the sounds are rather ridiculous, like "Ooohaaaah" and
various renditions of "Yeah" and "Hey") and even some utilities and
"useful" programs.

The material is laid out in a fairly orderly fashion on the disc, or if
you like and have an AGA machine, you can use the included "multimedia"
menus.  I recommend you don't.  They're slow, sometimes run the wrong scripts,
and are in general unnecessary.  Good idea, poor implementation, you're
better off just scrolling through the material and finding whatever you
like.  Particularly bad are the picture viewers...pick a category and
be forced to see every picture in the directory like a slideshow.  Not
abortable from CD32 joypad, as far as I can tell.

I'm actually pretty impressed by the collection that has been put
together...of course, you can always look at a directory and say, "Well,
why did they leave Progam X off the disc?  It would have been PERFECT
here!", and I've done it myself.  And there are some stinkers, but that's
inevitable.  Overall, though, the compilation was well thought-out.

The animations alone kept me clicking for 90 straight minutes, and I
didn't nearly get through all of them.  (Some are choppy since they're
being loaded, in my case, from a 300k/sec drive, but there are ways
around that, and ParNet is included on the disc).  Some demos even show
up, mostly in compressed form, which I find to be a nice bonus.

As a CD32 boot disk, it does the job...sort of.  NTSC users will need
to switch to PAL in order to quit the autobooting "multimedia" menu
system.  A nice touch is that the CD32 joypad mouse emulator supports
the blue button as the right mouse button, something that Lock 'n Load's
program neglects to do.

I'm happy with this CD once I quit from the menu system.  That's gotta
go, and will hopefully have improved if there is a CDEx Volume 2.
Right now, CDEx is working on Makin' Music, a music/sound oriented
CD-ROM for the Amiga, IBM, and Mac (all on one CD).


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Unit D5, Hi-Tech-House   Internet:
10 Blackfriars Street
England (UK)