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From lamar.morgan@index.com
Worldwide News Media Wake-Up Call w/Flowers

Today was the day to send a floral arrangement to your favorite news media
person and request a news investigation of the Commodore situation.  I have
gotten positive feedback from ABC News, again.  Apparently, they think the
Commodore situation would be more suited to Prime Time Live than Turning
Point.

If you sent flowers today and received positive feedback, please let me know
by leaving an e-mail message.  I really appreciate your taking the time,
effort and money to make a positive impact on the news media for the sake of
the Amiga platform.

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Martyn Brown, one of Team17's directors, gave some details about Alien
Breed 3D.  A "Doom-esque" game, it will feature the most advanced engine on
the Amiga.  As they admit, this means it won't be the fastest, but it will
feature "Multi-angle-walls, Light-Source[d], 18+ objects on screen,
Optional full screen display, support for HD, Accelerated machines"... it
is not yet completed.

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Colin Proudfoot, co-Managing Director of Commodore UK, has declined Amiga
Report's invitations to conferences.  He suggested I contact him again in
two weeks.

CEI will be holding an online conference on IRC in the near future.  It is
slated for November 23, beginning at 4:30 Central US Daylight Savings time.
More information will be available in the next issue of Amiga Report and on
Usenet.  All interested participants should meet in IRC channel #amiga,
where they will be informed by Jason Compton, the moderator, which channel
the conference will be held on.

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Intangible Assets Manufacturing will be releasing DiskSalv 3 as a
commercial product in the near future.  Suggested price is US$40.  A press
release should be available for next issue.

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           NOVA DESIGN, INC. ANNOUNCES IMAGEFX 2.0

        RICHMOND, VA., November 4th, 1994.  Nova Design, Inc.   officially
announced the release of ImageFX 2.0 which will begin shipping towards the
end of this month.  ImageFX is the complete Amiga image manipulation system
that combines image processing with amazing special effects technology and
professional painting tools that can simulate artistic styles. 

        ImageFX's suggested list price is $349.95 US.  Upgrades from any
previous version of ImageFX are only $124.95 US to registered owners.  For
upgrade orders you may call (804) 282-1157. 

        Nova Design, Inc., 1910 Byrd Avenue, Suite 214, Richmond, Virginia
23230, Customer Support/Information (804) 282-6528, Fax (804) 282-3768

        ImageFX, PaintFX, AutoFX and CineMORPH are trademarks of Nova
Design, Inc.  All other products named are trademarked by their respective
companies.

                      ImageFX 2.0 Feature List

New System Features
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Image Thumbnails
        Load and save images via interactive visual interface.
        Preview effects on thumbnails before applying them.

Multiple Buffers
        Work on an unlimited number of image buffers and brushes.

New Region Controls
        Add, subtract, or invert regions.  Create painting stencils
        and masks.

Text Generator
        Create multiple lines of text with justifications and anti-
        aliasing.  Preview fonts before using them.

Image Compositing 
        New compositing methods including Fast Matte, HSV Matte,
        Multiply, Divide, Minimum and Maximum.

AutoFX
        New "cookbook" style batch processor with prewritten scripts
        to perform hundreds of batch operations and animated effects!

ImageFX Browser
        Visual image cataloging system for maintaining libraries of
        pictures and animations.

Documentation
        Completely rewritten manual with over 400 pages of tutorials
        and reference.  Expanded online help system.

Hardware Support
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Graphics Boards
        Supports all Amiga modes, Retina Z2/Z3, Picasso II, Piccolo,
        Firecracker 24, IV-24, DCTV, HAM-E, Harlequin, and any EGS-
        comp. hardware such as the Spectrum, Talon, and Rainbow III.

Scanners
        Expanded Epson 300/600/800 scanner controls and new support
        for the VLAB YC framegrabber.

Printers
        Direct support for the Primera color printer in full color.

New Painting Features
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        Improved soft edge modes and anti-aliasing.

        Realtime painting tools that emulate traditional media such
        as Airbrushes, Charcoals, Chalk, Oil and Fingerpaints, Felt
        Tip Markers, Watercolors, and Crayons! 

        New Draw Modes like Smudge, Roughen, Disperse, Sharpen, and
        others.

        Drawing Styles to allow rub through to other images, alpha
        channels, mandala creation, realistic brush stroke fading,
        and much more.

New Image Conversion Formats
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Amiga
        Toaster Framestore
        DPS PAR loader
        Applied Magic Jstream

Macintosh 
        PICT, including vector and JPEG variations!
        Improved TIFF loader

MSDOS
        PIC format for all resolutions and color depths
        GRASP/GL animation frame loading
        DL animation frame loading

Silicon Graphics
        SGI RGB
        Wavefront
        Softimage

Others
        MPEG animation creation and frame extraction
        X-Windows
        Abekas A60 series
        Sun Raster
        C64 Koala
        FITS/PDS/Vicar (NASA) image frames

New Special Effects and Image Processing
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Realistic lightning bolt generator       Map images onto spheres
Pond ripples and waves                   Swirl images
Advanced lens flares generator           Apply paper/canvas textures
Water/Glass distortion                   Image warps and lens effects
3D perspective rotation                  Expanded 2D rotation
PaintFX automatic painting generator     Star and supernova generator
Crystallization effects                  Circular blurring effects
Standard or circular mosaic effects      Straw-like distortions
Random tiling effects                    Median/Minimum/Max. filters
Sobel edge-detection                     Ramping edge-detection
Controllable NTSC/PAL Video filters      Histogram Equalization tool

        ImageFX 2.0 works with any model Amiga with at least two megabytes
of Chip or Fast RAM and a minimum of five megabytes of available hard drive
space and AmigaDOS 2.04 or higher.

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AS&S have just announced a 64bit Zorro III gfx board, the CyberVision64.
It is based on the Vision864 graphics chip by S3 and allows for a maximum
of 4MB DRAM.  Running with a pixel clock of 135 Mhz, the maximum resolution
is 1280x1024 256 colours at 72Hz.  24bit modes are available up to a
resolution of 800x600.  It has no pass through for the amiga video signal,
but a feature connector for add-ons such as JPEG or MPEG boards.

The only software included so far is a workbench emulator.

The board will be introduced at this years WOC in Cologne and will be
shipping by the end of this year for DM 649.- ($ 406.-) (2MB Version).

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MacroSystem are now shipping their Retina boards with the new XIPaint 3.0
Software, which rivals TVPaint's flexibility.  XIPaint is available for
existing Retina users as an update (ca.  $ 40), users of the Picasso II
board can get it for $125.-.  EGS and Amiga AGA versions are planned.

The VLAB Y/C and the Retinas are now shipped with the DigitalImage image
processor.