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Old 14 September 2020, 20:44   #21
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I used to buy CU Amiga. They gave away a full commercial program on one of the two coverdisks. I'd also buy some Amiga Format issues every now and then, but when CU went down I bought AF every month. When that went down, I switched to Amiga Active and when that went down.... oh well :-)

Anyway, here's a video of Amiga Format from September 1999, less than a year before its demise.
The Amiga was still my main machine in those days, as I had no need to buy a PC yet!
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Old 15 September 2020, 10:50   #22
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Ha ha yeah, the CU Amiga full programs I bought some of the later issues and got among other things Comic Setter. I was over the moon, I always wanted to create my own comics and here was a program which let me do that.

Yeah. I could usually fill one panel with the stock art that came with the program before my poor A500 with 1mb of memory just ran out of juice
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Old 15 September 2020, 13:07   #23
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Did at least any of those comics survive??
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Old 15 September 2020, 17:28   #24
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Even if I still had the discs, I don't even think I ever managed to successfully save anything!
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Old 15 September 2020, 18:13   #25
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I'm a huge huge fan of Coverdisks and computer magazines in general.
There were some amazing ones out there.

I lived in the ass end of nowhere (actually, I still live in the middle of nowhere!)
And it really was the only way to get to try out these new games and was my only source of software for many years!

Hell, I even enjoyed that short lived Games-X magazine! And the ... 3 times it came with a coverdisk! (All of which sold out before I got the disks! Boo)

I think that's what I spent all my pocket money on, for a long time!
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I was wondering - did anyone start using an application through a coverdisk that led to greater things, like a career in a particular field, or a lifelong hobby? It seems to me that must have happened in places, with all the creative applications given away.

Well I used devpac and argasm from cover discs and eventually bought DevPac. I think devpac came with the Davy Jones Locker stuff (was it called that, how to make Blood Money basically)?

Many many years later I ended up a games programmer and eventually even working at Argonaut Games (who made Argasm) on PS1 games.



The cover discs were super important to me because it took me ages to afford devpac and the coding tutorials really helped me out.
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Old 15 September 2020, 20:47   #27
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Well I used devpac and argasm from cover discs and eventually bought DevPac. I think devpac came with the Davy Jones Locker stuff (was it called that, how to make Blood Money basically)?

Many many years later I ended up a games programmer and eventually even working at Argonaut Games (who made Argasm) on PS1 games.



The cover discs were super important to me because it took me ages to afford devpac and the coding tutorials really helped me out.
Do you mind if I mention that in an article I'm writing ExUnit? I knew it must be the case that people picked up applications this way that led to other things, but I'm running around the community trying to gather some examples so it's not just my word
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Old 15 September 2020, 22:29   #28
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I was working hard time and had both A500 and A1200, could get my hands on every Amiga magazine that was sold thru Narvesen here in Norway. Now the only printed Amiga magazine that have an cover disc, yes it's a CD-ROM, that i know about is the German/English AmigaFuture. It have been here for nearly 150 issues.
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Old 15 September 2020, 22:35   #29
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Do you mind if I mention that in an article I'm writing ExUnit? I knew it must be the case that people picked up applications this way that led to other things, but I'm running around the community trying to gather some examples so it's not just my word

Not at all, half the programmers and pixel artists from my generation owe a debt to those magazines. Total gateway drug!


We all got so much code, assemblers, artwork, tutorials and utilities from those disks and learned so much.


Happy days.
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Not at all, half the programmers and pixel artists from my generation owe a debt to those magazines. Total gateway drug!


We all got so much code, assemblers, artwork, tutorials and utilities from those disks and learned so much.


Happy days.
Cheers!
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