Installing AMOS Professional

The AMOS Professional package contains this User Guide, an accompanying Applications Supplement, your Registration Card and the following floppy discs:

System disc (AMOSPro_System:)
The System Disc contains the bones, muscles, heart and soul of AMOS Professional! All of the system libraries are held here, as well as items such as communications devices, fonts and the installation program.

Examples disc (AMOSPro_Examples:)
This disc is packed with hundreds of instant examples of AMOS Professional in action. These files can be summoned up as you program, via the superb AMOS Professional Help system.

Tutorial disc (AMOSPro_Tutorial:)
For detailed step-by-step examples on specialised subjects, the Tutorial disc offers private tuition on a range of topics, including animation, special effects, menus, Bobs and Sprites.

Accessories disc (AMOSPro_Accessories:)
This disc contains a full range of AMOS Professional Accessories.

Productivity discs 1 and 2 (AMOSPro_Productivity1:,AMOSPro_Productivity2:)
These discs feature complete AMOS Professional games and utilities. All programs are fully annotated and ready for you to enjoy, explore and adapt. Full details of these ready-made AMOS Professional programs are contained in your Applications Supplement booklet.

AMOS Professional Installation Procedure

To prepare AMOS Professional ready for your exploitation and enjoyment, the System Disc must be installed for all users, and other features made accessible for hard disc users. This is very simple and all instructions are displayed on screen, step by step. Here is an outline of the installation procedure from a floppy disc:

Step One
Take the disc labelled AMOSPro_System:, and make sure that it is write-enabled. In other words, ensure that the tab at the top right-hand corner of the disc is in the closed position, so that it covers the small square hole. This will allow you to personalise your copy of AMOS Professional, with your own name appearing on screen to greet you.

If your Amiga is switched on, make sure that the drive light is not illuminated, and take out any disc that may be in the drive. Switch off your computer and wait about twenty seconds to let it clear its memory and forget any bad habits that may be lurking there.

Place the write-enabled AMOS Professional System Disc into the internal floppy drive, and switch on.

Step Two
Sit back and enjoy the AMOS Professional animated musical introduction! After a short pause, this screen fades and the next screen appears.

Step Three
This is the Registration Screen, asking you to type in your first name and last name, then click on the [OK] panel with the mouse.

In this User Guide, whenever an option is referred to that appears on the screen, waiting to be selected, it is enclosed in square brackets on the printed page.

If you make a mistake when typing, you may insert your first or last name again, and when both names are entered correctly, trigger the [OK] button.

If for some reason this operation is unsuccessful, a screen will appear advising you what to do. Please make sure that you are using your original AMOS Professional System Disc, and that it is write-enabled before proceeding. If all else fails, and your disc drive is opera ling correctly, and if the disc in the drive is the original write-enabled System disc, then there must be a fault on the disc. Please return it for a free re-duplication to:

AMOS Professional Customer Support
Europress Software Ltd.
Europa House
Adlington Park
SK10 4NP
Telephone: 0625 859 333 (UK), or +(44) 625 859 333 (International) Fax: 0625 879 962 (UK), or +(44) 625 879 962 (international)

Fortunately, you are very unlikely to encounter a faulty disc, and there should be no problems in having your name accepted before proceeding to the next step.

Step Four
The AMOS Professional registration screen appears, containing your unique Registration Number. Write down this number now, and also copy your Registration Number onto the following items:

Remember to quote your unique Registration Number when contacting Europress Software with any enquiries.

Click on the [OK] panel to reveal the next screen.

Step Five
This is the Installation Screen, and your System Disc will now boot directly into AMOS Professional. If you want to boot from floppy disc, press Ctrl+Left Amiga+Right Amiga now. Hard disc users should continue as explained below.

In this User Guide, whenever you are asked to press a particular key, the key is enclosed in square brackets on the printed page. When two or more keys should be pressed at the same time, a plus sign is used to link the individual keys together. So to boot AMOS Professional from floppy disc now, you are asked to press the control key at the same time as both of the special Amiga keys that are either side of the space bar on your keyboard, or Ctrl+Left Amiga+Right Amiga.

Now is the time to fill in your Registration Numbers and back up your original AMOS Professional discs. Making copies of discs is very simple, using the AMOS Professional Disc Manager utility, which is fully explained in Chapter 13.4.

Hard Disc Users

With the Installation Screen still displayed, hard disc users should click on the [OK] panel. The start-up sequence is changed from running the Installer to running AMOS Professional, but the Installer can be recalled by double-clicking on its Workbench icon.

Step Six
Hard Disc Users are taken to the AMOS Professional Hard Disc Installation Screen. When this appears, simply indicate which items you would like installed onto your hard disc, and as each item is selected, the appropriate number of kilobytes required will be shown. You have the option to [Quit] at this stage, in which case you will be returned to the Workbench or CLI, depending on how the Installer was booted. Otherwise, when the required items have been selected, click on [Install].

Step Seven
If [Install] is chosen, a file selector appears, and you are requested to select the device and current path for the installation of AMOS Professional. After making your selection, click on [OK] to proceed to Step Eight of the Installation procedure. Alternatively, the [Cancel] option will return you to Step Six again.

Step Eight
Everything is now automatic. If there is not enough memory available on the selected device, this fact will be reported. You will be returned to Step Six to make a more modest selection. Otherwise, a loading and saving sequence is displayed, consisting of an Installation report for each named file, in the form of a percentage figure and an animated bar.

Step Nine
Once all files have been successfully installed on hard disc, a final report is displayed, along with an option to [Quit].

The installation procedure will analyse what type of system it is being installed onto and will configure your AMOS Professional software appropriately.
See Chapter 13.1 regarding these settings.