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Reviews
 
Category Products
Word Processing AmigaWriter
Graphics ArtEffect, DrawStudio, Tornado3D
Graphics add-ons Wacom Tablets (PenPartner, Intuos), Drivers
DTP PageStream, PageStream add-ons
Video X-DVE, FontMachine, VideoFX
Programming StormC, StormWizard, StormPowerASM
Internet, Fax STFax, NetConnect, Genesis
Emulators Fusion (Mac), PCx
Hardware Wacom Tablets (PenPartner, Intuos)

Editors Choice

The products of Haage&Partner got a lot of high ratings and awards.

AmigaOS3.9 OS

5/6

Who is not using OS3.5, shouldn´t leave OS 3.9 in the traders shelfs. (Amiga Plus 1/2001)

3,5/4

A useful upgrade from 3.5, a must have for 3.1 owners (Amiga Active 1/2001)
AmigaWriter Word Processor

4 of 5 Balls

"Amiga Writer sets the standard for :Word Import, footnotes, anti-aliasing, PowerPC Support and a very useful bubble-help." (Amiga Plus 7-8/00)

4 of 5 Stars

"Très simple d'utillisation, bonne maîtrise typographique, Look'n'feel à la Xpress"
"Very easy to use, look and feel like XPress"
(Amiga Dream 3/99, Frankreich)

88%

"The wordprocessor Amigawriter has now reached version 1.20, which comes with important new funtions.", "Easy to use, good footnote function, text- and image boxes, spellchecking in multiple languages, ", rating: 88 %
(Amiga Plus 2/99)

87%

"Footnote management, good printing results, form templates, box-principle, internal multitasking", "Very good is the hyphenation.", rating: 87 %
(Amiga Fever 12/98)

"Very Good"

AmigaWriter 1.0: 87%, "Very Good"
Usability: 19 of 20, Performance: 29 of 30
(Amiga Magazin 9/98)
  "AmigaWriter is the first and only Amiga word processor with footnote management to deserve this name."
(Amiga Special 12/98)
  "A real blessing for those who write much and write fast.", "Footnotes are also no problem at all for AmigaWriter.", "For schoolwork or study AmigaWriter is in fact first choice."
(AmigaOS 12/98)

85%

"The first version of AmigaWriter is already a good word processor."
AmigaWriter 1.0: 85 % (Amiga Plus 10/98)
ArtEffect 4 Image Processing & Natural Paint Program

3/4

"Easy to use, powerful and a good price" (UK Amiga Active #11)

5/6

ArtEffect in its current version is still the mighty 24bit paint- and effect program as it has been before. (Amiga Plus 11/2000)
ArtEffect 3 Image Processing & Natural Paint Program

3/4

"Easy to use, powerful and a good price" (UK Amiga Active #11)

91%

(Amiga Plus 7/99)

9/10

Amiga Dream/Login no. 63 (France)

"Very Good"
92%

"Many improvements in details, better performance, web-support", "ArtEffect ... proves to be a powerful combination of paint program and imageprocessor.", "A lot has changed in the performance - contrary to its precessors, version 3 is a lot faster", rating: "Very good"
(Amiga Magazin 4/99)
  ArtEffect 3.0 Preview (AmigaMagazin 12/98)
  ArtEffect 3.0 Preview (amigaOS 12/98)
ArtEffect 2 Paint Program

89%

"ArtEffect is, and remains, a good combination of imageprocessor and paint program."
(AmigaPlus 11/98)

TIP

TIP in FunTime September/Oktober 98. Link
  "The Amiga PhotoShop"
"Le PhotoShop amiganisé" (AmigaNews 4/98, France)

9 of 10

Amiga Magazyn (Poland) 1/98

Award'97

"Award 97: Best image processing program 1997" (voted by the readers of German Amiga Plus)

"Very Good"

"Improved memory management; working on big pictures now easier",
Rating: 89 %, "Very Good" (Amiga Magazin 3/98)
  "The imitation of natural painteffects is first class.". "...a recommendable program..." (Amiga Special 11/98)

84%

"powerful tools; good user-interface; many PlugIns available"
ArtEffect 2.0-rating: 84 %. (Amiga Magazin 7/97)

87 %

Author Hartmut Schumacher wrote in this test the following:
"The imageprocessor "ArtEffect" now really takes off. Version 2.0 offers innovations, that give the program previous unreached areas of usage.", " The fact that working with the program actually is fun, is for the main part due to the good and fast preview windows", "And contrary to many other programs, that use the addition of two or three menu-items to boost the version number, ArtEffect 2.0 really offers fundamental changes."
"Summary: The support of multiple drawing layers transforms ArtEffect from a sympathic newcomer into a tool that is to be taken seriously.".
(Amiga Plus 6/97)

B

Amiga Informer US (Issue 10)
ArtEffect 1.5  

92%

Swedish Amiga-Magazine SAM gave ArtEffect 1.5 a rating of 92 %

89%

Ease of use: 92 %; Implementation: 85 %; Value for Money: 90 %; Overall: 89 %, Neil Mohr: "Personally I cannot wait for version 2 ...".
(Amiga Computing 3/97)

Award 96

Award 96: The readers of German AmigaPlus magazine voted ArtEffect 1.0 "Product of the Year 1996".
"What makes working with ArtEffect-functions real fun, is the preview function...When you change the parameters of the filterfunctions, you will see the results after a few seconds. This saves you for unpleasant surprises and long waitings."
(Amiga Plus 9/96)
  "The textfunction offers - contrary to most paintprograms - excellent results. The magic wand function for selecting ranges really works well. The preview windows for the filters have been made excellent. The filters have a lot to offer, further modules have already been announced..."
Amiga Magazin 10/96
PenPartner Graphics Tablet (Wacom)

92%

"High resolution - support of pressure sensitivity of ArtEffect - easy installation "
Amiga Plus 3/98

91%

German AmigaMagazin 1/1998 rated it 91%.
"very good pressure sensitivity, easy installation"
Wacom Intuos Graphics Tablet (Wacom)

"very good"

The Wacom intuos-tablets A6/A6 got the ratings "very good"; "natural painting, very compatible Amiga drivers [Tableau Pro]"; rating: "very good"
Amiga Magazin 4/99
ArtPad II Graphics Tablet (Wacom)

90%

91%

The Wacom UltraPad-tablets got the ratings 90 % (A4) and 91 % (A5)."supports the eraser; very compatible"
Amiga Magazin 7/97
DrawStudio Draw Program

Award'97

Award 97
Best draw program 1997. Voted by the readers of German Amiga Plus

90%

"DrawStudio is the best drawprogram for the Amiga. And it's not just because of the failing competition.", "Good drawing functions; combination of vector- and bitmap graphics; multiple drawing layers; good CyberGraphX-support"
AmigaPlus 10/97

89%

Andreas Wischerhoff gives DrawStudio 2.0 CD the rating: 89 %
Summary: Powerfull suite of graphics programs; Adaption to different processors; High-class textures and vector-cliparts.
Amiga Plus 6/97

"very good"

86%

Rating of the CD-version: 87% very good.
Amiga Magazin 5/97

87%

For technical drawings, illustrations and charts Drawstudio already comes highly recommended. Rating: 87 %
Advantages: Good drawing functions, can combine vector- and bitmap graphics, multiple drawing layers, ARexx-port.
Amiga Plus 3/97
  Best vector based drawprogram. Rating: good
"On the whole we were impressed by DrawStudio. The program sets new standards for vector based drawinprograms on the Amiga."
Amiga Magazin 2/97

94%

"This is another excellent productivity tool. It's powerful, well supported and an absolute bargain for the asking price."
"I personally haven't seen a better bit of software all year."
"...bang up to date and solid as the rock of Gibraltar."
Amiga Format Gold Award (Amiga Format 1/97)

92%

"This is a quality product with masses of uses and I hope that people have the sense to buy it"
"The package can warp objects so powerfully ... that it outstrips all other packages for this on the Amiga"
Amiga Shopper Star Buy Amiga Shopper 1/97

92%

"Thanks to a good interface design, you pick up how to use drawSTUDIO very quickly."
"As well as normal plain colors, drawSTUDIO can handle transparent colors and in conjunction with the excellent gradient tool you can come up with some good effects."
"The first release of drawSTUDIO is excellent, with everything you expect in a structured drawing package."
Amiga Computing 1/97
  "drawSTUDIO will provide a whole new creative avenue when it comes to illustration"
"...with a creative tool such as this, where the interface needs to be as transparent as possible, allowing the user to realize complex ideas within minutes."
"As it stands, drawSTUDIO is an excellent program, which for a version 1 release is quite an achievement."
CU Amiga 12/96
Tornado3D 3D Rendering and Animation

89%

From the scope and the supported functions no way leads past on the Amiga.(Amiga Magazin 2/2000)

5/6 Balls

Tornado 3D is a powerful program for modlling and animations of 3D objects. It contains full PPC support and ist also very fast on 68k machines. (Amiga OS 8/99)

"Very Good"

Conclusion: Tornado2.0 SE is a very powerfull program, certainly worth it's money. It looses some points for not saving out animations in an animation format, but apart from that Tornado is very easy to use, and above all, very fast. It takes some time getting used to the program, aspecially when you are used to the "competition", but it was certainly worth it to learn to get to grips with the program. Yet another program that proves that the Amiga isn't dead by a long shot! "Very good"
(AmigaSCENE, Juni 1999)

Editors Choice

Tornado3D v2.1: "Editor's Choice" (Amiga Plus 6/99)
"...with Tornado3D we are talking about the most powerful rendering software there has ever been for the Amiga." "The rendering software Tornado3D puts the standard for 3D-programs very high, and leaves the competition a long way behind. With version 2.1 it makes this position clear once again.", "Very many effects, Rave3D-support, extremely fast thanks to PPC, realtime-preview"
(AmigaPlus 6/99)

Editors Choice

Tornado3D 2.0: 95 %, "Editors Choice" (Amiga Plus 11/98)
"T3D is on the way to become the absolutely best 3D program for the Amiga. Regarding its functions it already has no real competition."
(Amiga Plus 11/98)

 85 %

"On a PowerUP-board the speed is enormous, and you can calculate complicated scenes in high resolotions in just a few seconds...", "Cinema4D has found a worthy successor in Tornado3D, that surpasses it by far..."
(Amiga Fever 12/98)
  "... a completely positive general impression..."
(AmigaOS 12/98)

"Good"

Tornado3D 1.5: "interface is easy to understand; good, fast previews (not with transparents); Metaballs and Nurbs; Fogeffect; material preview very good; particlesystem.". Rating: "Good"
(Amiga Magazin 8/98)

Editors Choice

Tornado3D 1.5: 92%, "Editors Choice" (Amiga Plus 7/98)
"Incredible variety of functions; nearly all known 3D effects; userfriendly GUI; material preview."
(Amiga Plus 7/98)
PageStream Professional DTP package
  "At the very last since version 3.0, PageStream has become an unbeatable force in the DTP world for the Amiga"
(amigaOS 4/99)

"A"

Amiga Informer No. 14
Highest rating "A" in the American Amiga Informer issue 14.

TextFX 2:
91 %

"TextFX 2 proves to be the ideal companion for PageStream, and thus is for every Desktop-Publishing-fan an absolute must have."
(AmigaPlus 12/98)

Jpeg-Filter:
92 %

"The Jpeg-Filter is very handy for day to day work."
(AmigaPlus 12/98)

Gary's Effects:
85 %

"Gary's Effects is no substitute for a dedicated imageprocessing program, but rather an aid for those in a hurry, who want to change their images fast and simple."
(AmigaPlus 12/98)
  "PageStream is on the Amiga surely the absolute best when it comes to DTP." The program offers everything you could need for pagelayout and printing templates."
(Amiga Special 6-7/98)

91%

"Number of functions enhanced; known faults fixed; improved support for non-postscript printers" ."With the distribution of the DTP-champion PageStream, the software-house Haage&Partner has given the Amiga a portion of proffesionality again."
(Amiga Plus 12/97)

"Anyway it is worth the update."

"These are only some of the many improvements of PageStream 3.3. The functions are a logical following of modern programming methods. An update is worth it in any case."
(AmigaMagazin 12/97)
X-DVE Video

92%

"Plenty of good effects, easy handling, MovieShop module", "X-DVE is a good effectsgenerator for video work. The program runs on even the smallest of Amigas, the hardware requirements are minimal. " rating: 92 %
(AmigaPlus 3/99)

"A"

"X-DVE certainly reinforced my faith in the platform and its capabilities."
(Mel Strait in Amiga Informer 17/99)

X-DVE 3: 92 %, "AMIGA SUPERSTAR" (CU Amiga 3/98)

90%

Amiga Format UK 2/98

91%

"Summary: With X-DVE friends of effective video blends are in for a treat. Effects and blends are very flexible, the user interface leads to user to good results fast.", Rating 91 %.
"a lot effects; support for graphics boards and Draco computers; datatype support; logical handling of the program". AmigaPlus 2/98

"very good"

"Summary: X-DVE is an excellent titling program for all who want to create video titles on the Amiga, fast and easy[...] Amiga-users, who have been using Scala until now, and want to be more flexible, are served well with X-DVE, because for fast and effective titles the software is, because of the beautifull blendeffects, and the possibility to work with multiple objects at a time, a good choice. "very good" .
The tester liked the following the follow items especially: "impressive effects - flexible control of the program flow - one will get results very fast - preview available on any time."
AmigaMagazin 2/1998

"very good"

X-DVE 2.5: "Very good effects, easy handling; very clear scripting; a lot of effects." Rating: "very good"
AmigaSpecial 12/96

"Amiga GOLD"

X-DVE 2.5: Amiga Format

"Excellent"

Italian EnigmA Amiga

"Excellent"

Italian Amiga Magazine
FontMachine Video

FontMachine 3: 90%, "AMIGA SUPERSTAR" (CU Amiga 3/98)

"Superb"

FontMachine 3: 95%, "Superb" (Amiga Format 2/98)

"Very Good"

"The possibilities to create interesting fonts are enormous. Added to that, the program works absolutely stabel and is easy to use.quot; "good results; almost failurefree; accepts every font"
Edgar Conrad in Amiga Magazin 3/98

92%

"Easy to use - very good Emboss effect - ARexx support"

"Excellent"

Italian EnigmA Amiga

"Excellent"

Italian Amiga Magazine
VideoFX Video

81%

VideoFX: 81%, "Good" (Amiga Magazin 9/98)
Genesis TCP/IP Stack

95%
Editors Choice

Genesis 1.04: " Wizard is easy to use, completely in German," Rating 95 %
(AmigaPlus 6/99)
Genesis 1.0: "Editor's Choice"
"With the Wizard, creating an internet connection is childs play. The GenesisPrefs should satisfy the highest of demands. That is...super!"
(AmigaPlus 3/99)
NetConnect Internet

89%

NetConnect 2.3: "Complete solution, easy to use, relatively cheap, good manuals in HTML-Format"
(AmigaPlus 6/99)


CU Amiga - 94% October 1998

"Ease of use: 95 %; Performance: 92 %; Value for money: 95 %; Overall: 94 %,", "CU Amiga Superstar", "If you aren't on the net already, and your aren't on the phone ordering your copy right now, you're mad."
(CU Amiga UK 10/98)

"Very Good"

"Complete Internet suite; good integrationof the single components; easy Internet configuration (Wizard); low price; useful extensions (contact manager, X-Arc); multi-user abiltiy"; Rating: 85%, "Very Good"
(Amiga Magazin 10/98)

87%

"The programsuite NetConnect 2 offers the Amige-owners all they need to get into the internet.", "easy to use", 87 %
(Amiga Plus 11/98)
  "... all in all a well thought-out products that can be recommanded absolutely." (amigaOS 12/98)
  "With NetConnect the user gets a collection of different programs for the Amiga, tuned to work together, that make the start on the data-highway very light", "All in all NetConnect is a good compilation."
(Amiga Special 12/98)
  "NetConnect provides a good way to get full versions of different good internet applications, for relatively little money.", Rating: 85 %
(Amiga Plus 8/98)

94%

Summary: In all honesty, this package does have a few bugs in various programs, but I have encountered nothing that has caused a GURU, or frozen the screen. Any bugs that are present here, I can`t help feeling it is partly our fault. We have forced Active Technologies to produce this
package as quick as they could. Given a month or two more and I honestly think this would have been a bug free package. As it stands, I can hand on heart say that this package ROCKS :)

Amiga Format, June 1997
(version 1)

"Almost the perfect package for the Amiga Internet user... if you need to get online, this is the easiest way to do it... it's good value for money, too - especially the bundle containing the 33.6k modem."
STFax Fax - Answering Machine - BBS

90%

Simon Tellini has made it agian, to extend his program with good functions and a higher comfort in handling it. (Amiga Magazin 3/2000)

Editors Choice

STFax 3.2: 96%, "Editors Choice" (Amiga Plus 8/98)

CU Amiga - 94% April 1998

"This is an excellent application, that is both powerful and easy to use, costing about the same as a cheap answering machine, it really is a bargain."
"A professional piece of software with a price tag only slightly above most shareware... excellent program for use in the home or small business".

Amiga Format - 95% May 1998

"At its simpliest level, STFax can directly replace your answerphone. A greeting is followed by a single beep and the caller is away. However, doing this is to miss on some of STFax's greatest features."
"..STFax can personalise the greeting message for a user. Imagine having a raunchy greeting message for your girlfriend but a nice polite one for
your grandma when she calls, or one that addresses your friends by name. Spooky, 'eh?"
"If you have a voice modem then you should do yourself a favour and ring the number listed in the verdict box right now."

"very good"

STFax Pro 3.1: 88%, "Very Good" (Amiga Magazin 4/98)

STFax 3.2: "Superstar" (CU Amiga 3/98)

"very good"

STFax 2.x: 87%, "Very Good" (AmigaMagazin 11/97)
Fusion Macintosh Emulator

91%

German AmigaPlus 11/97 rated it 91%. They gave a plus for: stable, flexible and fast emulation, many video drivers, supports Amiga multitasking, virtual memory support, Ethertalk support, easy exchange of data between Amiga and Macintosh. They gave a minus for: manual and program in English only.
PCx PC Emulator
  Quote by article author Ralph Debusmann:

"PCx is the latest trick by emulatorspecialist Jim Drew, who, together with Joe Fenton, started PCx. Contrary to Emplant, his well-known emulatorsystem, PCx works without extra hardware. To reach a good speed in spite of this, PCx uses dynamic compilation (here: transcription), just like PC-Task 4.0.
PCx is compared to PC-Task 4.0 at least on the surface a lot
more current. Compared with the aged interface of PC-Task, the interface of PCx is a blessing. Videodrivers are with PCx, just as with ShapeShifter, kept external. Memory-, video- as well as portsettings leave nothing to be desired, so that for instance interface boards can be added trouble free. From PCx one can also interface with two serial or parallel ports. Concerning harddisk support PCx offers, apart from the functions of PC-Task (PC-partitions and hardfiles), the possibility to interface with SCSI devices directly from the pc-side.
Furthermore, PCx can, still as the only PC-emulator for the Amiga, work with different BIOS-versions(!), and not only supports the PC-beep, but even
Soundblaster Sound. For gamers PCx even has a joystick option (digital and analogue) built in.

Which one to take?

All in all
I like PCx a lot more than PC-Task 4.0."
Storm 4.0 C/C++ Development System

5/6

The new version of StormC is definitely big step ahead... The question of updating StormC 3 can definetely be answered with yes. (Amiga Plus 1/2001)
Storm 3.0 C/C++ Development System

"very good"
94%

"...very usefull and powerfull extension...", "...will develop extremely fast and powerfull software with the PowerASM...", "Excellent manual with PowerASM-tutorial; knows almost all common Assembler-directives; supports plenty of enhanced mnemonics; very good errorreport" Matthias Henze in Amiga Magazin 3/98

"very good"
93%

StormC 3.0 Basic Package got a rating of 93% and "very good" from AmigaMagazin 2/98.
"fully integrated environment; easy usage; StormWizard included; good profiler and project assistant"

"very good"
93%

StormC 3.0 PowerPC Add-On got a rating of 93% and "very good" from AmigaMagazin 2/98.
"Easy porting (of programs) from 68k to PPC."

"very good"
91%

StormC 3.0 p.OS Add-On got a rating of 91% and "very good" from AmigaMagazin 2/98.
"Easy porting (of programs) in ANSI C and C++; StormWizard for p.OS included."

"B"

Amiga Informer No. 12
  "With StormC Haage&Partner offers beginners and professionals alike a very powerfull, and on top of that easy to use, compilersystem. The comprehensive manual gives aspecially beginners with examples a good chance to the start in C and C++ programming. StormC supports, besides all Amigas, also all future PowerPC Amigas and the operating system p.OS."
AmigaSpecial, 10/97.
Storm 2.0 C/C++ Development System

Award 97

Award'97

Voted best programming language 1997 by the readers of German AmigaPlus magazine.

"Editor's choice"

"The product is an allcompassing and powerfull developing suite, that is developed further actively. The support of <p.OS> and the PowerPC processors, make it fit for the future".
"fully integrated project management, comfortable editors, fast ANSI-C/C++ compiler, sourcecodedebugger and profiler, GUI-editor, ready for p.OS and PowerPC:"
AmigaPlus 10/97

Product of the year 1996

The readers of German Amiga Magazine voted StormC "product of the year" in the category "compilers".

"very good"

86%

"GoldED editor included, Debugger, Profiler; shared library support; project management" AmigaMagazin 3/97
StormC 1.0 C/C++ Development System

BlueChip Award

92%

UK magazine AMIGA COMPUTING 11/96 rated StormC 1.1: 92%
Storm in a C-cup: Neil Mohr checks out the compiler the Amiga world has been waiting for. Amiga Computing 11/96
"... StormC is a good choice with an eye on the future as well!"
"... a full step ahead!" Winner in head-to-head comparison!
".. you cannot go wrong with the highly polished StormC!"

sehr gut

"very good"

89%

German AMIGA MAGAZIN 8/96 rated StormC 1.1: VERY GOOD (89 %) !
"StormC is now far ahead of its competitors.",
"well thought-out user interface", "compact, fast code", "... StormC will be the right choice for the future too."
Price/Value: 26 of 30, Documentation: 8 of 10, Usability: 18 of 20, Ease: 9 of 10, Power: 28 of 30

94%

94%

German AMIGA PLUS 9/96 rated StormC 1.1: 94 % !!!
"varied possibilities for compiler optimisations, efficient linker and debugger, consistent GUI design, flexible runtime shell and project manager"
"... has its nose in front of the others." (German phrase ;-))
  A 'thunderbolt' for the traditional C-compiler

Conclusion
We are very enthusiastic about StormC. The program is very clear and tidy. The integrated developing environment is easy to use, with a little practice even for 'rookies'. StormC offers the professional user powerful, flexible and future-proof possibilities. Despite the rather high price we expect that StormC will be a 'big thing' in the near future. Furthermore, Haage & Partner is already working on a PowerPC-edition of the program. It might take a few months, but this development can only lead to the very first 'native' C-compiler for the Amiga. And when you're the first, you're way ahead of others.

So what about the current edition. Well, how many people do you know that own a PowerPC Amiga? Exactly. Even though StormWIZARD is causing some crashes, we were charmed by the program. Considering that it is a demo-version, we actually have only one complaint: it uses too much memory. Haage & Partner have just announced that there will be a combined package (with both StormC and StormWIZARD) available soon. When that happens, we are able to compile and 'dress' a program almost in one session.
Amiga Magazine 7/96 (Dutch edition) Amiga.magazine@mrose.nl

Amiga Magazine 11/96
(Italian Issue)

Review of StormC 2.0

Amiga Magazine 6/96
(Italian Issue)

First review in AMIGA MAGAZINE No. 79 (Italian magazine).

Amiga Special 5/96

Review of StormC 1.05 in Amiga Special (German magazine).

Amiga Special 2/96

Review of StormC 1.0 in Amiga Special (German magazine).

AmigaNews 1/96

Review of StormC 1.0 in AmigaNews No. 86 (French magazine).
StormWizard Visual GUI Editor

"very good"

88%

"StormWizard 2.0 got the rating 88 %, VERY GOOD
"Powerfull editor, many basic elements; localisation happens on the fly; p.OS-version included."
"Summary: The new StormWizard has gained in the first line in the looks. The editor itself has undergone a thorough rework in favour of usability - with succes!"
Amiga Magazin 7/97