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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 21-Feb-92 #808 Date: Sun Feb 23 00:36:09 1992 *---== ST REPORT INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ==---* """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine" from STR Publishing """""""""""""" February 21, 1992 No.8.08 ========================================================================== STReport International Online Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205 ~ 6672 R.F. 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Ask for operator 198 You will receive your complimentary time and be online in no time at all! WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (February 21) PORT-A-THON IN PROGRESS! """""""""""""""""""""""" Enter Conference Room 1 ("PORT-A-THON!") of the Atari Portfolio Forum (GO APORTFOLIO) to participate in this very special 24-Hour event. Multiple prizes will be awarded EACH HOUR from 3:00 PM (Eastern Time) on February 21st through 3:00 PM February 22nd. Winning is as easy as rolling the dice... If you are not familiar with electronic conferencing on CompuServe, please read files CONHLP.TXT and CONCMD.TXT in LIBRARY 1 ("Forum Help Files"). Don't forget that you can type /HELP within the conference area at any time to receive assistance. If you have any questions, feel free to ask - staff members will be on-hand during the entire PORT-A-THON! Some more information on rolling the dice ... CompuServe supports the /ROLL command which will roll electronic dice and display the results to all users inside the conference area. We will be using the /ROLL 6,6 command to roll six 6-sided dice. The highest total will be awarded the prize. More information about /ROLLing and prizes will be discussed by the staff members while you visit the PORT-A-THON. VENDOR DIRECTORY NOW AVAILABLE! =============================== Thanks to the programming expertise of our own Bill Aycock, the Atari Forum staff are pleased to announce the availablity of our VENDOR accessory datafile. Download file VENDOR.ARC from LIBRARY 6 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO). This package contains a desk accessory/program (just rename it appropriately) VENDOR.ACC which accesses a standardized format datafile named VENDOR.DAT. With this program you can have instant access to the names, addresses, phone numbers, CompuServe User IDs, and some product names for vendors that support/service the Atari computer community. The Atari Forum staff pledges to update and expand the info in VENDOR.DAT on a regular basis. The sysops have found this accessory to be handy in our job of answering user queries and now we'd like to share it with the rest of the Atari community. A little gift from the Atari Forum staff to our members. == ATARI FORUMS EXPAND LYNX COVERAGE == In response to the increased sales of Atari's LYNX, the first handheld 8-bit videogame unit with a color LCD screen, multiplayer capabilities and stereo sound, the staff of the Atari 8-Bit Forum has recruited the services of two well-known LYNX gaming experts, Jeff Kovach and Todd Ellering. A new library devoted to LYNX files will include game maps in GIF graphics format, help and hint files, and press releases detailing new game introductions. Kovach and Ellering will be online daily to answer LYNX questions and will host special conferences with playing tips. For more information, GO ATARI8. ** NEW FROM ATARI! ** Atari has uploaded the latest version of their Hard Drive Utilities! Look for ATHDX5.LZH in Library 4 ("Utilities") in the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO) for version 5.0 of these utilities. THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ON COMPUSERVE HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL SUPPORT SITE BY ATARI CORPORATION "GO APORTFOLIO TO ACCESS THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM" *********************************************************************** > CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS ================= Issue #08 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. -- PC Shipments From Japan Fall 17% The Japan Electronics Industry Development Association (JEIDA) says that Japan's personal computer shipments, including peripherals, fell 17% in the last quarter of 1991 compared to the same period a year earlier. JEIDA also reported that exports were down 16%, total shipments of com- puters alone without peripherals fell 23%, and shipments of peripherals dropped 10%. -- HP Develops a Next Generation RISC Chip Hwelett-Packard Co. is planning on grabbing part of Sun Microsystems 40% market-share of the workstation market, a market which has $9 billion in annual sales, with its new next-generation RISC (reduced instruction set chip) microprocessor. HP says the PA-RISC 7100 is five times faster than rival chips and is expected to increase system performance by more than 50%. They expect to start shipping the PA-RISC 7100 in computer systems starting late this year. -- Hitachi Claims World's Fastest Microprocessor Hitachi has developed a 32-bit RISC type chip, based on Hitachi's orig- inal BiCMOS circuit, that it claims has a super-fast processing speed of one giga instructions per second (GIPS). This speed is comparable with a supercomputer, and is almost 10 times faster than existing workstations. This processor itself processes 250 million instructions per second. -- Fujitsu Unveils World's First Single-Chip CPU According to a Fujitsu Ltd. company spokesman, Fujitsu has developed the world's first single-chip CPU, a large scale integrated (LSI) chip, that is capable of driving a supercomputer. The LSI, which has 1.5 million transistors, can achieve a peak speed of 289 million floating point operations per second. It can be used as a microprocessor or as a co-processor operating with a reduced instruction set (RISC) or a conventional instruction set. This will allow the chip to be incorporated in existing workstations and systems. The LSI chip can process all kinds of calculations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division simultaneously. The size of the LSI chip is only 1.5 square centimeters. With the LSI, a "super-personal computer" can be produced in the future. It is expected that the LSI chip will be applied to a, so-called, multi- media computer in the near future. -- NEC to Start Shipping 200mb Hard Drives By the year's end, NEC Corp. hopes to be shipping samples of 2.5-inch hard disk drives that can store 200mb of data. The company claims this will have the largest memory capacity for 2.5-inch drives at present. Currently, the largest 2.5-inch hard drive produced by NEC is 181.3mb. NEC is anticipating the industry heading towards a 2.5-inch hard disk standard and has already decided to manufacture the product in quantity by mid-1993. Other major Japanese personal computer firms such as Toshiba have deve- loped a 130 MB 2.5-inch hard disk, and are reported to be trying to develop 2.5-inch hard disks with more memory. -- Microsoft Pressing Criminal Charges For the first time ever, Microsoft Corp. is pressing criminal charges for alleged violations of the California trademark law. This is the first time Microsoft has invoked criminal laws to seek the arrest and prosecution of alleged counterfeiters in the US. Entech Computer Inc. in Los Angeles, a computer distributor belonging to the Ming Yu Group was raided last week and authorities confiscated 3,000 counterfeit copies of the MS-DOS 5.0 operating system. According to Microsoft, "The seized packages, imitations of software equaling about $200,000 in street value, were illegal copies of BEC-manufactured MS- DOS." Two men were arrested, Entech president Chi Ming Robert Liu and sales manager Karl Richard Schlicht. If convicted, both could face prison terms of one year and the company could be fined $100,000. It is expected that business records and information from Entech emp- loyees will disclose most of Entech's customers. Microsoft suggests anyone suspecting they might have purchased counterfeit goods should call its hotline at 800- NO COPYN (800-662-6796). Those who call will receive help from Microsoft in identifying if they indeed have a legal copy and can help Microsoft identify the source if the copy they have is illegal. Microsoft representative Katy Ehrlich said however, 800 number callers with illegal copies will not be pursued in any way by Microsoft as the company is looking for the sources of those illegal copies. Those users, however, cannot expect support nor can Microsoft guarantee the accuracy of those illegal copies, Ehrlich added. -- Comics Come to your Computer A new family of electronic comic books is being developed by a new com- pany called PC Comix Inc. The company hopes to ship the first series, "Lance Stone" by March 2. "Lance Stone is a shy but handsome computer graphics artist in the year 2091 who gets caught up in interplanetary genocide after meeting a beautiful woman on a blood-alcohol-sensing bar stool". "At the cliff- hanger ending, she has impregnated him with her lifeforce just before being blasted by the bad guys." The Ashland, Ore., firm says the $20 software includes 51 color frames plus sound effects, spot animation and a special feature for story lines. "Branching plot lines," says a statement from the firm, let the reader "follow the action from selectable points of view, branching or returning to the main story line with the click of the mouse. Subsequent editions ... will recognize the presence of earlier issue numbers on a user's hard disk, and will automatically link to form ongoing books." The DOS-based software requires VGA graphics capabilities (color or gray scale on laptops), 640K RAM and occupies 2MB of hard disk space. The sound effects play back through the PC's internal speaker (though for better sound quality, company officials recommend using a PC sound board like the SoundBlaster Audio Board from Creative Labs Inc.). -- Leading Edge Adds AntiVirus Pack to Systems Because of last month's Michelangelo virus scare (CPU Report 5), Leading Edge Products Inc. says it has decided to begin providing free antivirus software to its customers. According to a company spokesman, buyers of the firm's desktop and note- book computers now will receive free copies of software designed by McAfee Associates, that can identify 1,199 variants of known viruses and remove them from infected systems. The program will be installed on hard drive systems. 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The ST Roundtable Staff wants to thank everyone that has taken the time to upload. Uploading is FREE but we sure do appreciate the effort and the time. GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission *********************************************************************** > The Flip Side STR Feature "... a different viewpoint" ========================= A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT ================================== by Michael Lee There's more to life than just Atari ST/TT systems!! Now that I have your attention, I'll explain why I made such a radical statement. On occassion I am sent some good general information posts that have nothing to do with the ST. Last week's "diet" post was such a post. I'm going to be including a few of what I think are the better such posts in some of my columns. Most of these general information posts that I've printed in the past have been forwarded to me by Lloyd Pulley who spends a lot of time in the Genie Basic services. But Lloyd is limited by time restraints as to how many of the RoundTables and how many services he can visit each week. If you run across a general information post on any of the on- line services that you think might be interesting to my readers, fore- ward it to Lloyd or Ralph and they'll get it to me. ---------------- Are you confused by the new modem standards floating around? I know I am. The following are some posts from the Aladin ST Roundtable on Genie that might help you. Question from Rob Woodbridge... Anyone know the difference between v.32bis and v.42bis? I don't need a real technical description or anything, just a general idea. Answer from Tim Purves (Griffin Software - programmer for Aladin ST)... v.32, is a 9,600bps modulation standard. v.32bis, is a 14,400bps modulation standard. v.42, is an errorfree link protocol (like MNP). v.42bis is v.42 plus LZW compression (like MNP5, but better). v.42bis, can be used on ANY connection. v.32bis is a modulation standard that runs at 14,400bps. I have seen 3000+ cps on a v32bis/v.42bis connection. Answer from Steve Yelvington... V.42bis is a data-compression extension to the V.42 standard, which covers error correction. V.42/V.42bis runs on top of any modulation scheme, such as Bell 212, V.22, V.22bis, V32, or V.32bis. (MNP is another, incompatible, error-correction/data compression standard. It, too, can run on top of any modulation scheme.) The modulation scheme governs the raw throughput. Modulation schemes include: Bell 103: 0 to 300bps Bell 212: 1200bps (North America) V.22: 1200bps (CCITT standard for the rest of the world) V.22bis: 2400bps V.32: 9600bps V.32bis 14400bps The data-compression and error-correction protocols can increase the real throughput. When Tim mentions 3,000 cps with V.32bis/V.42bis, that's the equivalent a conventional modem sending 30,000 bits per second. Does this make sense? I have a 2400bps modem (V.22bis) that uses V.42bis for data compres- sion. It can move a theoretical maximum of 960 cps, depending on conditions. In real-world application, the best I've seen from my Supra 2400plus is about 700cps, which is equivalent to a 7000bps modem (there is no such thing, but you can imagine it). My experience with data compression (both V.42bis and MNP5) has been mixed. I've seen very good results with easily compressible files and Zmodem, but most of the traffic in and out of my Atari is either to/from GEnie (which does not support compression) or is transmitted via UUCP 'G' protocol. UUCP 'G' uses very small blocks that don't compress well, so I rarely see any measurable gain from having a V.42bis modem. Running V.42bis over a tcp/ip packet network isn't very useful, either. My main Usenet newsfeed is most easily reached through a tcp/ip terminal server, and I can't get V.42bis to work there are all. So, when evaluating whether V.42bis is right for you, consider what sort of data you're sending, what sort of connections you're using, and what sort of file-transfer protocols you have. Answer from Ron Hunter... Yes, just any old commercial, voice-grade, unconditioned, dial-up line. The V.32bis/V.42bis combination gives a 14.4k bps connection, and the V.42bis adds error-correction and up to 4:1 compression (works best with text data). The combination is capable of total theoretical throughput of 56k bps. Since V.42bis eliminates the need to send start and stop bits across the phone line, it can send one character for each 8 bits, and the throughput can do well over 3000 characters per second. Note that this is ONLY for data which will compress at the maximum rate (like lines of the same character), and your mileage will vary. Maximum usual rates for program data (compresses about 2:1) is about 1700cps, or that is the best most users report. The line quality has some effect on the rate, of course, but most of the new modems do adaptive equalization, and automatically adjust to changing line conditions, even to the point of reducing the speed of transmission to assure data integrity. Note: There will be NO GAIN from data compression when sending data that is already compressed with LZH compression. Also, using a protocol, like xmodem, or kermit, with short blocks will yield only very slight improvement. Zmodem or ymodem-g are the preferred protocols. ---------------- From H. Murphy (M.S. Design) - Cat. 5, Topic 2, Msg. 15 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Announcing! MS Design is proud to announce the imminent release of our Wheeler Quick Art Library on CD-ROM, for the ST, Amiga and MS-DOS. Our CD ROM's contain 3000+ 300 dpi images, in PCX, TIFF and IMG formats (9000 total files). These are all high-quality custom hand- drawn images done by professional artists. They are NOT scanned Dover PD images like you may have seen elsewhere! The price of this disk is $299. And, yes, I have them in hand as this is written! Tech stuff: the CDROM is an ISO 9660, mastered by Nimbus for Wayzata Technology. Current version is Volume 1, version 1.0. ---------------- From Mike Mastaler - Cat. 14, Topic 21, Msg. 9 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Hi! Today I just bought the first SM147 at my music dealers. It looks great! It's not made by Atari (but has their logo). The dealer said it looks like a Goldstar. The owners manual ? says it's a "super VGA". I use Notator sequencer and it looks fantastic. It's a non-glare flat screen and has NO SPEAKER. As I type this, it looks like I'm at a drive-in <G>. List is $259; street prices are about $210-$225 (I paid $225). These are the "real World" dimensions folks: This is the ACTUAL screen size, not the tube sizes: 12" diag., 7 1/2 high, and 9 3/8 wide It doesn't sound big, but it looks great. Also, it has a tilted,swivel base. BTW, the box it came in had no Atari logo or anything, There's not even a mention of Atari in the manual, and I didn't get any warranty card. This is being built by a jobber, obviously. Anyway, it looks fine and I'm happy with it. Now I got to go, can't see spending $6 hr. selling Atari's products for them (even though they need some US marketing) (he-he). Come over to the *MIDI bb; we have an Atari Cat. there and it's free...Cat. 3 Top. 6 ---------------- About replacement toner and kits for the SLM804 - Cat. 14, Topic 11, Msgs. 203-204 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... From R.DEAN3... I'm currently using an ABCO replacement in my SLM804. Not only did I pay less than I did for the Atari replacement kit from Computronics II in Hawaii ($42 from ABCO), the kit includes everything you need to properly replace the cartridge (Q tips, a replacement for the waste toner bottle - not included in the Atari Kit) and I got it in less than a week. Check out any issue of ST Report, ABCO's add is the last thing Ralph adds in. ---------------- From Mark (Joppa) - Cat. 4, Topic 24, Msg. 190 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Just a quick note from us. I'd like to say that we are planning to attend the Toronto AtariFest this April 4 & 5 and will be selling our NEW version of our software, complete with Send/Receive capabilities for Send/Receive modems. Existing owners of our products should be receiving something in the mail very soon from us, providing you've sent in the registration card. No details as of yet on the upgrade. This version will be sold as a stand alone product, that is to say it will work with 99% of existing send/receive modems out on the market. If you would like information call us at 717-428-3231 and will be happy to send you information when start to ship. Look for further details to follow. ---------------- From John Eidsvoog (CodeHead Technologies) - Cat. 32, Topic 31, Msg. 275 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... We thank everyone for the bug reports about earlier versions of Quick ST. I'd recommend at this point that everyone just hold on, wait a little longer, and get our first upgrade, 3.5. The CodeHead Quick ST 3.5 has been quite thoroughly revamped and so much has changed that there's not much point in us hearing any more bug reports about the old version that now seems quite foreign to us. Our beta-testers are doing a very thorough job of putting 3.5 through the mill. As of today, virtually every known bug has been squashed and we are now turning toward writing the manual. It could be ready in as little as two weeks. Thank you for your patience. -------------- A general information post from J.BYRD7 in the Home Office-Small Business Roundtable... For everyone wondering about fast food restaurant nutritional details: Most of these places have nice brochures that are yours for the price of a stamp or a phone call. Some will even send you coupons good at their restaurants if you write a nice enough letter! (I know, the temptation may just be too great to use that coupon for the big Wendy's double bacon Classic. But it makes a nice gift.) Here are few addresses: McDonald's Nutrition Information Center MMcDonald's Plaza Oak Brook, IL 60521 (708) 575-FOOD Burger King Corporation Consumer Relations, Mail Station 4S P.O. Box 520783, General Mail Facility Miami, FL 33152 (305) 378-7320 Wendy's International Inc. Consumer Affairs Dept. P.O. Box 256 Dublin, OH 43017 (614) 764-6800 Pizza Hut Consumer Affairs Dept. P.O. Box 0428 Wichita, KS 67201 KFC Corp. (Kentucky Fried Chicken) Public Affairs Department P.O. Box 32070 Louisville, KY 40232 Arby's Inc. Ten Piedmont Center Suite 700 3495 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, GA 30305 MY FAVORITE: Dunkin' Donuts Consumer Products Information P.O. Box 317 Randolph, MA 02368 American Dairy Queen Corp. 5701 Green Valle Drive Minneapolis, MN 55437 Go on. Call or write. It reminds them that there is consumer pressure for "better" fast foods, with more alternatives, less fat, calories and salt. I also have addresses for branded consumer packaged goods (Pillsbury, Kraft, Stouffer, etc) who also put out detailed and interesting brochures. ---------------- Until next week..... """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= As a reader of STReport International Online Magazine, you are entitled to take advantage of a special DELPHI membership offer. For only $29.95 ($20 off the standard membership price!), you will receive a lifetime subscrip- tion to DELPHI, a copy of the 500-page DELPHI: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE and over $14 worth of free time. NOTE: Special offers can be found in your favorite Atari magazines: START CURRENT NOTES ST INFORMER ATARI INTERFACE MAGAZINE SIGNING UP WITH DELPHI ====================== Using a personal computer and modem, members worldwide access DELPHI services via a local phone call JOIN -- DELPHI -------------- 1. 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STR InfoFile VERSIONS & PRICES ============================== CODEHEAD TECHNOLOGIES VERSIONS AND PRICES ========================================= UTILITIES VERSION MANUAL RELEASE NOTES PRICE UPGRADE HotWire 3.0 1.3 2.3 $44.95 $10.00 MaxiFile III 3.0 2.0 3.0 Addendum $44.95 $15.00 HotWire Plus (includes Maxifile) $69.95 $20.00 MultiDesk Deluxe 3.3 3.0 $49.95 $20.00 + $3 S/H CodeKeys 1.3 1.1 $39.95 $10.00 LookIt & PopIt 1.2/1.1 1.0 $39.95 $10.00 G+Plus 1.5 1.2 $34.95 $10.00 CodeHead Utilities 4 Release 3 & 4 $34.95 $10.00 MidiMax 1.3 1.0 $49.95 $10.00 MIDI Spy 1.0 1.0 $79.95 Quick ST 3.5 3.5 $44.95 $20.00 GRAPHIC TOOLS PRICE INTRODUCTORY PRICE (until March 1, 1992) Avant Vector (with EPS) $545.00 $495.00 Avant Plot $895.00 $845.00 Genus Font Editor $175.00 $150.00 MegaPaint Professional 4.0 $175.00 Cherry Font Packs $42.95 HARDWARE TOS Extension Card $139.00 TOS Ext. Card - CPU or BUS Bridge $155.00 TOS Chip Set $60.00 TERMS ----- Check, Money Order, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express are accepted. Basic shipping charges are $3.00 to addresses in the US, $4.00 to Canada, and $6.00 to Europe. Some packages, such as Avant Vector and MegaPaint require higher shipping charges. Please call for exact rates. UPGRADE POLICY -------------- MaxiFile updates are $15.00, which includes a 67-page manual addendum. MultiDesk updates (to MultiDesk Deluxe) are $20.00 plus $3 shipping, which includes a new manual in a three-ring binder. Quick ST updates are $20.00. Send in your original Quick ST disk or a Turbo ST disk (any version). Updates to previous versions of MegaPaint are $100.00. All other updates are $10.00 each plus $5.00 extra if a new manual is required. If you are updating HotWire and have the old red and black manual, you'll need a new manual. To order any update, send us your original disk plus the appropriate payment. Order are usually filled the same day they are received. (Quick ST and MIDI Spy are not shipping as of this date) ____________________________________________________________ > SIGNUM!3 STR InfoFile "THE BEST THAT'S AVAILABLE FOR THE ST!" ===================== SIGNUM!3 -------- REVOLUTION OR EVOLUTION? by Oliver Steinmeier Here in Germany, Signum!2 used to be one of the best selling software products for the Atari ST. When the word processing package came out in 1986/87, it surprised everybody with a yet unknown output quality even on cheap dot matrix printers. This was accomplished by printing everything in graphics mode. Hundreds of Signum! fonts are available for only a few bucks, many even as public domain 'software'. Signum! was a quite expensive program, but the ability to include graphics into documents and to position every character at any position was needed and liked by many ST owners. When Application Systems Heidelberg (ASH), the distributor of Signum!3, announced a new version at the Atari fair in Duesseldorf last fall, many people couldn't wait to get more information about the new program. Then in November, I had the chance to visit ASH in Heidelberg to attend an exclusive demonstration of the abilities of the nearly finished program. And it's absolutely true that the new Signum!3 is the most impressive piece of software that I have seen for quite a while. It's more than just a new version, owners of Signum!2 will have problems to recognize their old buddy... Application Systems started shipping the program in December, and again I had the chance to get the first official version for a review for Atari Journal, a German ST magazine. Whenever there is a new program being released nobody is surprised if the first versions are still full of bugs. Signum!2 had the reputation of being nearly bug-free, and Signum!3 is following the example of its predecessor. Even with the first version of Signum!3 it seems to be impossible to cause a crash, and there are hardly any obvious bugs to be found. To use Signum!3 more than one MB RAM is needed, and a hard disk drive is recommended as well. Even though the program does not provide a GEM user interface it works properly on any monochrome screen. The standard color resolutions (including TT VGA mode) are supported as well. When I said that Signum!3 does not come with a GEM user interface I did not mean that it is a TOS program. Instead of using GEM windows, menus, and dialogs the programmer of Signum!3 developed a complete set of their own routines to allow Signum!3 to have the best user interface I have ever seen on the ST. One problem that might result from the non-standard GEM interface is that chances are good that Signum!3 won't like MultiTOS too much (whenever there is a MultiTOS, of course). Signum!3 is able to handle up to four text files at the same time. Each text is displayed in its own window. There are more windows for other purposes; for example to display fonts, text components, etc. Following the concept of Signum!2 the new version uses its own fonts (not GDOS fonts!) which now can contain up to 255 characters. The maximum size for a character is about 2 centimeters (0.8 inch). The use of old Signum!2 fonts is possible; the new fonts, however, provide Signum!3 with information about kerning distances. Of course, Signum!3 provides nearly all functions for word processing one can think of. It is no problem at all to include pictures into documents. They can be placed anywhere in the text. A graphics module now also allows the use of vector graphics elements. The printer driver prints vector elements with the highest possible resolution, and that ensures that diagonal lines are not zigzag lines. Signum!3 comes with lots of printer installations for most printers used with the ST (dot matrix, ink jets, laser printers). Signum!3 is more than just a word processor. It allows the use of an unlimited number of columns per page. The layout of each page can be defined without restrictions to where columns start and end. The text formatting in accordance to these definitions is done automatically. This is an ability that used to be included in DTP programs only. The automatic compilation of a word index and a table of contents is one of the features that makes Signum!3 very convenient for authors. It really isn't easy to describe Signum!3 in a few words. It may be "the best document processor that I have ever seen on the ST" is an appropriate statement. If you have a chance to get a demo or see the program at your local (?) dealer, don't miss it! Signum!3 costs 550 marks ($350), a lot of money, but it's worth it if you have the need for a good word processor. NEWS FROM GERMANY In addition to Signum!3, there are a few more programs that have been released or will be released really soon here. Tempus Word, Signum!3's most important rival, will be updated in February. The new version 2.0 comes with a new (GEM) user interface, and some functions have been added. I haven't seen the program yet, and therefore I can't provide details. Application Systems Heidelberg is expected to release the new version of Phoenix. Phoenix is said to be one of the best databases for the ST, and version 2.0 will have a lot of new functions. Compo is shipping another data base called ComBase. CoCom is a new user interface from Compo. Artifex makes everybody happy with its TOS Extension Card (TEC) that allows the installation of TOS 2.06 in all STs. CodeHead Technologies is the US distributor of TEC. Also from Artifex is a new desktop replacement called Ease. DC DataDiet is available here in Germany now. Artifex is the distributor. The CeBIT show in Hannover opens on March 11. Everybody is expecting something new and exciting from Atari, nobody seems to know what they will be showing there. In my eyes it's not that important what new products they announce at the show. A lot more important is that they get the stuff to the dealers without delay. The ST Book was shown at CeBIT exactly one year ago, and where can you buy it now? Oliver Steinmeier Email: email@example.com Atari Journal Germany ______________________________________________________________ > ICON EDITOR V 2.0 STR InfoFile THE "ULTIMATE" ICON EDITOR! ============================== ============================= = THE NEWDESK ICON CPX V2.0 = ============================= Software Development Systems is proud to introduce THE NEWDESK ICON EDITOR CPX Version 2.0, the latest upgrade to this popular icon editor available for Atari computers with TOS 2.05 and above. NIC, which runs using Atari's Extensible Control Panel (available on GENIE or at your local dealer), uses only 1k of system memory when not in use and can be conveniently called from any GEM menu bar. In addition users with a TOS version less than 2.05 can still utilize the 32x32 icon editing capabilities for use in HYPERLINK and any resource construction set. NIC can load and save GEM .RSC, DC .ICE, .ICN, and .XIC files (our own icon format). Convenient functions such as flips, shifts, rotate, fill, and more are all readily available within our graphic toolbox. In addition, icon color, character position, and title may be modified. Version 2.0 completely supports the Atari Clipboard for interaction with other programs that support this standard. Our clipboard support writes .XIC, .ICN, and .IMG files for manipulation from within other programs. Preview mode is included to allow you to see your icon as it will appear on the desktop. Version 2.0 now completely manages the DESKICON.RSC and NEWDESK.INF files. We've even added an expanded install feature from within the program that lets you assign one icon to many different file masks for the greatest flexibility. As if that wasn't enough the package also includes .XIC Print, an application to print your icon files to any GDOS/FSM GDOS device, and an icon convertor to convert PD icon files to .XIC. We have also put over 600 PD icons on disk. The Newdesk Icon Editor Version 2.0 is available now for the retail price of $29.95 + $2.50 S & H. Owners of earlier versions can upgrade for $10.00 + $2.50 S & H. Contact your local dealer for information or order direct from SDS: Software Development Systems 996 Redondo Ave. #404 Long Beach, CA 90804 Orders: (800) 237-4SDS Info: (310) 595-9799 GEnie: S.SANDERS2 (COD's accepted, but no credit cards.) Please note that the above phone numbers will not be active until around March 1st, 1992 due to phone service changes. ___________________________________________________________________ > FREEZE DRIED!! STR InfoFile FZT VER 2.11 ** ST. PAT'S SPECIAL! =========================== Freeze Dried Term v2.11 ======================= Saint Patrick's Special Compiled by Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. Senior Staff Editor From Category 8, Topic 6, Messages 59-60 on the ST Roundtable on Genie ===================================================================== ________ _____ ____ / / | \ /___ ____ ____ ____ / ____ | \ ____ ___ ____ ___ / / //__ /__ / /__ | > | ' | |__ | \ / / / / / / | / | | | | > / / /___ /___ /____ /___ |___/ | _|_ |___ |__/ / _____________ /oftware ' | ____'____ _ _ ___ _ _ _ _ | | | ' |\ /| | |\ | / \ | | |-- | | \/ | | | \ | /---\ | | |___ | | | _|_ | \| / \ |____ v2.11 --------------------------------------------------------------------- S A I N T P A T R I C K ' S D A Y S P E C I A L --------------------------------------------------------------------- If you take advantage of this offer, you can get this HOT shareware item for 30% off the normal shareware fee of $25. That's right, you get FreeZe Dried Terminal v2.11 for $18! __ _ \ / \ O / _/ | | / OFF \ | | / O __/ \_/ If you have been using FzT but haven't gotten around to registering yet, DON'T HESITATE. You won't see this kind of discount again for a long, long time. Have you been not registering because of all the new versions coming out, and you don't want to hassle getting the upgrade through me? Worry no more; included with your order is your personal .KEY, which allows you to "unlock" the features of future demo versions. So all you have to do to use the latest demo is to download it from a local BBS, and put your .KEY in the same directory as it. When I receive your order, I will put your disk in the mail within 3 days, if at all possible. I will be stocking up on disks and mailers, so this should not be a problem. Your registered version will be shipped via US Postal First Class Mail, so it should be at your door 2 to 5 days after I drop it in the mailbox, depending how far you are away from me. How it works: 1) Get your hands on a copy of the Demo (any version), and print out the file 'PRINT.ME'. Fill in all necessary information. (If you don't have a printer or for some reason you can't print out the 'PRINT.ME', get an 8 1/2" x 11" peice of paper and put your name, address, phone number, and any comments on it.) NOTE: The serial number of the demo you use to obtain the 'PRINT.ME' does not matter, as the $5 commission ("Thank You") is not valid with this offer. 2) Go to your local bank/post office/mini-mart/whatever and get a MONEY ORDER for US$18. (NO Personal Checks for this offer!) Make it payable to "Aaron Hopkins". (I will send your order within 3 days, which is a bit of a bonus.) 3) Dig through your desk and find an envelope and appropriate postage. Write on the front: FzDSTerm St. Patty's Day Special c/o Aaron Hopkins 1213 Walnut Avenue Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 USA 4) Put the money order, necessary paperwork, etc in the envelope. Close the envelope, lick the stamp, and stick it on. 5) Run to your nearest post office and drop it in on or before March 17, 1992 (Saint Patrick's Day.) I will not accept any orders postmarked after March 17. 6) Bug your postman daily about a little cardboard envelope until he gives it to you. NOTE: This is good for US and Canadian orders only, and MUST be a Money Order in US Dollars, and MUST be Post-marked on or before March 17, 1992. If not, this offer is invalid and your order will be returned to you. --------------------------------------------------------------------- This offer may be reposted at will, as long as it is complete and UNALTERED in any way. ===================================================================== ---------------- Well, here it is, the FreeZe Dried Terminal v2.11. A few things to note: FzT and the protocols now use the most reliable method for sending data to the serial port (although not the fastest.) A few minor cosmetic bugs in mono have been fixed, along with many other bugs. It now processes input from the modem in a different way. It is much faster, and should be more stable. I hope I have finally cured the bombing problems. (If the serial port locks up, ALT-I now resets it along with the modem.) XYZ.TTP is now used only for Z-modem and X-Checksum... The default setup now has FZDSXFER.TTP handling everything else. If you have any problems with the protocols, I can give you instructions on setting XYZ up for X-CRC, X-1k, and Y-Batch for send and receive. Soon, I hope to get rid of XYZ entirely! Enjoy, Aaron Hopkins Author, The FreeZe Dried Terminal _____________________________________________________________ > MEGAPAINT 4.0 STR Review PART TWO "The Professional Solution" ======================== MEGAPAINT PROFESSIONAL 4.0 ========================== -- Part II by Tommy Software Disturbed by CodeHead Technologies Reviewed by Doyle C. Helms STaff Editor @ ST Report In the last issue we covered an introduction to MegaPaint Professional 4.0 (MPaint) and did a quick tour of the lower display portion of the screen. This part will cover some of the more powerful aspects of MPaint and hopefully will give you enough information so you can decide as to whether you need/want this program for your personal/professional needs. ** THE MENU BAR ** -- SYSTEM CONTROL-- On the far left of the menu bar selection area is the SYSTEMS drop down menu selections. THe menu item are shown in normal script/font except for the ones that are "undo-able", they are in bold script. More on the innovative UNDO function later. The first choice on the SYSTEM menu is of course the INFO selection telling the version and authors. One of the first things the user will notice about this drop down is there is no Desk Accessories shown. Not to worry though, there is a route to get to them via the MODULES selection. If a menu item as an EDD (Extensible Drop Down) the item will have a small arrow to the right of the menu name. -- SCALE UNITS -- The SCALE UNITS selection allows the user to select the type of measurement system they desire. Centimeters, Inches or 64 Pixel are the available scale unit choices. -- SCALE SIZE -- The SCALE SIZE option allows the user to configure the screen display to show the OUTPUT size. If you set the SCALE SIZE option to 180x180 (common 24 pin printer resolution) the screen will also show the 180x180 resolution. The available options for this selection include 150x150, 180x180, 200x200, 216x240, 240x216, 300x300, 360x360, 400x400 and 600x600 DPI. The higher the resolution the more memory is required to show/work with an image/object. Let's say I have a 1040STe and I wish to work with a 180x180 DPI object. This should present no problem. But if I decide to work with an object of equal physical size but at 300x300 resolution, that may present some memory shortage limitations. -- DISPLAY SIZE -- The DISPLAY SIZE selection lets the user determine the size of the work area in relation to its physical size. This option is similar to other program that allow the user to show a FULL PAGE or NORMAL/ACTUAL or ZOOMED mode. MPaint allows selection of 5:1 to 1:5. The 1:1 selection is default of course. The speed of zooming in on an object is incredible to say the least. This also goes for going to full page display also. -- SET ORIGIN -- The SET ORIGIN option allows the user to shift the ORIGIN point, default is the upper left corner of the screen, to where ever he/she desires. When the ORIGIN point is shifted, the COORDINATES info display will then show the current position relative to the new ORIGIN vice the upper left corner. -- PROGRAM STATUS -- The PROGRAM STATUS selection calls up a large dialog box asking/displaying information about MAXIMUM PIC SIZE in pixels and shows the memory usage relative to the chosen pic size. CURRENT PIC SIZE shows the current picture size and memory used for it. MAXIMUM BUFFER SIZE shows the current size of the buffer data area. CURRENT BUFFER SIZE shows the user the buffer size which is now being used. The remainder of the PROGRAM STATUS display shows memory info on RASTER FONTS and SYMBOLS and VECTOR OBJECTS and SYMBOLS. The bottom of the PROGRAM STATUS box shows remaining memory after the above info is taken into account. -- UNDO ON/OFF -- This is an old idea with a slightly innovative twist. The UNDO function on the ST has been around and used in graphic programs since DEGAS. This UNDO feature allows the user to immediately see/determine if the about to be undertaken action is "undo-able". With this UNDO ON/OFF the user selects whether to highlight the options that are "undo-able" or not. I like this feature because not all actions are recallable. I have used graphic programs that have undo options available, but when I make a mistake in certain areas, the UNDO feature does not work there and then I am stuck with my mistake. If I had known beforehand that a certain action was undo-able I would have been careful. MPaint SHOWS the user whether the action is recallable or not. Very nice feature indeed. -- CHANGE SNAP --- The CHANGE SNAP option allows the user to set the X-axis and Y-axis snap options independently of each other. Also in the CHANGE SNAP selections is the SNAP DISPLAY option. The SNAP DISPLAY of the X and Y axis is configured for the measurement system chosen in the SCALE UNITS selection previously listed in the SYSTEMS menu. A nice touch to this option is that if you have SNAP turned ON, you can hold the shift key while positioning the cursor/tool and the SNAP option is put on hold. This is great because the user does not have to go back and turn it off for only positioning a one time object that would be incorrect with the SNAP being ON. -- CHANGE POP UP --- The manual explains the POP UP MENU as "... a small graphical menu containing 60 icons. They are allocated at two levels, which overlap each other." This last statement means that the two menus that appear are stacked on top of the other one. If the mouse is moved over the underlying menu, then it is brought to the top. The icon that the mouse is over is displayed in textual manner at the STATUS LINE box at the bottom of the screen. The user can then select the option they wish with a mouse click. The POP UP MENU is activated by a right mouse click anywhere in the work area of the screen. If you change your mind and do not want the pop up menu after you have call it, just click the right mouse button again. The option CHANGE POP UP allows the user to redesign the look of the POP UP MENU. MPaint allow the user to alter or totally redesign the look of the icons. The icons can be loaded in MPaint itself for editing. The manual is quite explicit in describing the process of icon editing. -- LOAD POP UP MENU and SAVE POP UP MENU -- This selection is self explanatory. -- CHANGE SETTINGS -- The CHANGE SETTINGS selection allow the user to adjust the allocation of memory usage between the the RASTER option and the VECTOR option. This selection also includes the configuration of the paper sheet size, A4, DIN A2 and such. The maximum picture size in pixels can be configured here also. The number of picture buffers are also an option of choice. The bottom of the selection box a display of used memory vice remaining is shown. -- LOAD SETTINGS & SAVE SETTINGS -- The settings and configuration of MPaint can be saved for future use and reloaded at will. The user may have one type of setting for RASTER graphics for their 24 Pin printer and another for their SLM804. This option saves the settings under a filename chosen by the user, not the program. ** FILE ** -- LOAD PICTURE & SAVE PICTURE -- The LOAD PICTURE option contains one of the many EDDs (remember what that is? Extendable Drop Down). When the user selects the LOAD PICTURE option the little EDD shows several type of file formats that can be loaded into MPaint. The default file format is .BLD. There are two versions of this file format selectable, compressed or uncompressed. The next listed format is the ever present .IMG format. next comes the .PCX format that is very common in the PC Compatible world. CodeHead Technologies have already released a couple of MODULES that allow the importation of TINY pics, Calamus CVG files and Calamus PAGE format. The MODULES are free to all OWNERS of MPaint. The SAVE PIC file is of course the reverse of the LOAD PIC file. -- DELETE FILE & DIRECTORY -- The DELETE FILE option allows the user to choose a file on disk to delete. The DIRECTORY option allows the user to view a directory of their choice via the built in file selector. Now I know I can here some grumbles about "OH NO! I can't use my XYZ brand of file selector?" The file selector that is used in MPaint is better than most default selectors built into some programs. This one is very useable. CodeHead Technologies is working on a MODULE to allow the user to use their own chosen File selector. -- FORMAT DISKETTE -- The format option here allows formats of either 360KB or 720KB. -- LOAD/SAVE DEGAS PICTURE -- This option allow for the DEGAS format picture file to be either loaded or saved. The DEGAS pic will only include what can be shown in the physical work area. In other words 640x400 is the maximum pic area can be saved from within MPaint w/SAVE DEGAS PIC. -- LOAD/SAVE STAD PICTURE -- The STAD format picture file can be loaded and saved from within MPaint. Maximum resolution of a STAD pic is limited to 640x400 pixels also. STAD file extender is .PAC. ** PRINT ** -- PRINT PAGE -- With the PRINT PAGE selection under PRINT, the entire page is printed in one of two directions, LANDSCAPE or UPRIGHT. The UPRIGHT printing is started relative to the upper left hand corner of the screen and then downwards. If the screen width or length is wider or longer than the printer can output then the page will be clipped at that point. -- PRINT SECTION -- The PRINT SECTION allows the user to define what portion of the page that desire to have printed. The options here are also UPRIGHT or LANDSCAPE. -- PRINT MULTIPLE -- This option allows the user to select the number of copies they wish to have printed. The quantity is adjustable between 1 and 999 copies. The user is also allowed to list via a dialog screen the names of the file(s) they wish to have printed. This is a nice feature wherein you can do several pic files and then when finished, just inform MPaint that you wish for them to be printed. It saves from having to stand-by and choose the next print-out after the current one finishes. This is reminiscent of the print out list from Easy-Draw Output program. MPaint does not require the user to exit the program and return after printing as did OUTPUT.PRG did. By the way, 16 files is the maximum number of files that can be listed in this selection. -- SET COLOR PRINT -- Yes, that's right, COLOR PRINTING! Of course you will need the appropriate color printer to accomplish this feat. The SET COLOR PRINT option allows up to four colors at the same time to be printed. The colors are assigned to different active picture levels. When SET COLOR PRINT is chosen a dialog box appears asking for the color to assign to which picture level. The choices of colors are BLACK, MAGENTA, CYAN, VIOLET, YELLOW, ORANGE, GREEN and BROWN. I do not have access to a color printer so I cannot not comment on the quality of the printout concerning this option. -- EDIT PRINTER DRIVER -- The EDIT PRINTER DRIVER permits the user to define the set-up for their individual printer if it is not already configured in the included drivers. The manual is very helpful in helping the user to "walk-through" a printer driver set-up. -- LOAD PRINTER DRIVER -- This option allows the user to load another type of printer driver other than the one that was loaded at execution of the program. the user does not have to load a printer driver upon each use MPaint. The chosen printer driver is saved as MEGA.TRB, which is loaded at MPaint boot up. -- INTERFACE: SCANNER TYPE -- The manual states that MPaint has a default scanning device handler built-in. The three types of scanners MPaint is capable of handling is HAWK CP14, PRINTTECHNIK UNIVERSAL and the PrintTECHNIK Professional scanner 2. MPaint manual gives some information that will aid third party individual/developers in producing the necessary scanner drivers. CodeHead Technologies has already released a MODULE that will allow multiple hand scanners to be used via SCANLITE ACC from Dr. BobWare. ** PIC ** -- ERASE PIC -- This option under the PIC menu bar item is fairly straightforward and self-explanatory. The entire picture is erased from the screen. -- INVERT PIC -- This option is also self explanatory. The picture is INVERTED, Black become White and vice versa. -- REFLECT PIC -- In the submenu you can choose whether reflection should be by the x-axis (in this case: horizontal center line), by the y-axis (in this case: vertical center line), or whether it should be a spot reflection relative to the center of the picture (corresponding with a 180degree rotation). -- CENTER PIC -- The CENTER PIC option allow the user to choose one of three ways of centering the picture within the work window. - HORIZONTAL: The entire contents of the picture window is shifted so that there is equal distance between the left edge of the picture and the right edge. Upper and lower boundaries are left unchanged - VERTICAL: Same as above except that the centering is based on the upper and lower portions of the work screen. The left and right boundaries are left unchanged. - BOTH: The picture is centered top to bottom and left to right. -- COPY PICTURE -- COPY PICTURE is for the action of copying one picture to another in MODE OR. -- SHOW PICTURE -- The SHOW PICTURE selection not only allows the user to view the pictures that are presently in memory/pic slots, but this selection allow the user to "fade" pictures together. The manual gives a good graphic example of this option. The user can view the different planes of a drawing without the concern of changing the contents of any of them. VERY NICE feature indeed! -- INTENSITY -- The INTENSITY feature is an option that allows the user to select the "intensity" of the picture being shown. This feature is very useful when the user is showing differences between two of more levels of a drawing. This is the feature which is used in the SHOW PICTURE option and allows the "fading" of pictures. This option is definitely a plus for technical drawing when you need to show various levels of the same object. -- WINDOW POSITION -- The windows of different planes of the pictures can be positioned "in sync" with each other or independently. This is a feature that will be welcomed more so by the professional user than by the casual user. Regardless, it is a very nice option to have available for the hobbyist or professional. -- FULL VIEW -- The FULL VIEW option is very similar to full view options in other programs. The biggest difference with MPaints full view and other programs full view is the SPEED - SPEED - SPEED !!! -- PICTURE BUFFER -- The PICTURE BUFFER is similar to other graphic design programs buffer option. The picture can be stored and exchanged with current buffer contents. ** BLOCK ** -- ERASE BLOCK -- The ERASE BLOCK function also works like most other programs erase block functions, upon selection of this option the contents of the selected block assume the background color. Erased essentially. This function has NO UNDO capability, so make sure of your choice before executing it. -- INVERT BLOCK -- The INVERT BLOCK selection performs the same as the INVERT PICTURE option except this ONLY INVERTS the selected block. -- COPY BLOCK -- The COPY block function allows the copying (of course) of the selected block. A sub-menu appears asking which of three options of the copy block function you wish to execute. The first choice in the sub-menu is NORMAL. The NORMAL option is like most copy block functions of other programs in that the copied block follows the cursor so the user can place the block where they wish. The copy block function retains the original image in the original spot. The LASSO sub-option of the copy block command allows the the user to define an irregular definition of an area to be copied. Normally the copy block function only allows for the square-to-rectangular definition of a copyable area. The LASSO option allow the user to "free-hand" the area they wish to copy. The AUTOSCAN sub-option of the COPY BLOCK function is related to the LASSO option in a lot of ways. Once the user defined contour is determined, the object within the defined area is "scanned" by MPaint and the object contours are determined and the smooth and exact object is used instead of the "rough" user defined area. This sub-option has got to be seen to be believed! It is amazing! -- MOVE BLOCK -- The MOVE BLOCK option is the same as the COPY BLOCK except that the original object that was defined is literally MOVED. The original defined object is moved to the newly designated location. I think I will use that last option from the RASTER drop-down menu selections as a segue to close part II of the mega MegaPaint Professional 4.0 review. Next week I will pick-up here and MOVE into the powerful Vector Graphics portion of MegaPaint Pro. If you are considering the purchase of MPaint, don't wait on the rest of this "mega" review, call the CodeHead Technologies NOW! I can comfortably recommend the purchase of this excellent (don't forget the operative word: POWERFUL) program at this point. The program has ALL of the tools a professional would need to complete just about any task. The beginner will find MPaint both a challenge(in a positive way) and a graphic manipulation program that will more than fit their need. With MPaint there is no need for a user to purchase applications such as Easy-Draw(excellent program!) and or Touch-Up(another winner from MI-Graph). MPaint combines the powers of each with a LOT more thrown in for the price of ONE of the "others". What are you waiting on? Go on, give Charles or John a call... CodeHead Technologies P.O. BOX 74090 Los, Angeles, CA 90004 (213) 386-5735 C.F.JOHNSON [GEnie] -- CFJ [Delphi] J.EIDSVOOG1[GEnie] -- EIDSVOOG [Delphi] ____________________________________________________________ > PUBLISHER 2 ST STR InfoFile "...everyone can be a publisher" =========================== PUBLISHER 2 ST ============== ABC Solutions has been appointed the Canadian distributor for Publisher 2ST (successor to Timeworks Desktop Publisher) and First Word Plus. Publisher 2 ST is the successor to the popular Timeworks Desktop Publisher (version 1.12) from GST Software of England. With Publisher 2ST, everyone can be a publisher. This versatile, value-for-money program gives you the power to design and print professional quality documents at truly low cost - and with no need for previous design or computer experience. Publisher 2ST's friendly graphics user interface makes it easy to learn and use, with on-screen 'help' to guide you. Using drop-down menus and powerful page design tools, you can build your publication on-screen exactly the way you want it. You can use master pages and templates to create and save standard layouts and design elements on each page, and standardize styles for your text so that all similar elements in a document, such as picture captions, subheads, headlines and so on, will appear in the same typeface and point size. It supports an extended range of text and graphics imports from other popular programs. When working on-screen, you can view your page in six different sizes. A partial list of features includes: * same features as PC version and more; exchange files with PC version and with ST version 1.12 * full WYSIWYG * GEM interface; quick keys * 999 pages per document; master pages & style sheets; paragraph tagging; custom page sizes; page numbering * multiple frame operations * wide range of text imports; retains styling * text export * more graphics imports: Degas, NEO, GEM, IMG, EPS, PCX, IFF, PIC * auto/manual text flow; irregular shape wraparound; search & replace; tables; word processing mode; auto hyphenation * 9 typefaces in a variety of sizes & styles (Autumn, Brushwood, Courier, Diamond, Sage, Sans, Serif, Bullets) * bullet paragraphs; manual kerning; control over justification, leading, word & paragraph spacing, indents * graphics toolbox; scaling, cropping, editing tools; 36 fills * improved tab handling * autosave, and auto creation of .BAK files * 1 Mb recommended, colour or mono * TT compatible in medium or high ST & TT resolutions * wide range of printers supported including Canon BubbleJet and HP DeskJet; have up to 4 printers installed at once. * completely new manual The upgrade from Timeworks Desktop Publisher to Publisher 2 ST is $89. You must send in the original Master Disk 1 and the cover page from the manual with your order. The non-upgrade price is $219. Add $10 shipping and handling. FIRST WORD PLUS MAINTENANCE UPGRADE TO 3.2 ------------------------------------------ A maintenance release of First Word Plus which takes owners of version 3.xx to version 3.2 is now available. The major features of this upgrade are: * full TT support; * choice of steady or flashing cursor; * enhanced hyphenation control; * clipboard retained on program exit; * long pathnames handled by file selector; * improved footnote handling; * direct document loading by clicking on document from the desktop. The upgrade price is $20. You must send in the original Master Disk with your order. Add $5 shipping and handling. Owners of versions 2.xx may call or write for special order details. FIRST WORD PLUS PRINTER DRIVERS ------------------------------- A disk of printer drivers from GST is also available. Among the printers included are the Brother M1109, HR15, HR25; Canon BJ10, 300; Epson GQ3500 & 5000, LQ500, SQ; HP LaserJet, PaintJet, DeskJet; Star LC/NL10, LC24; Citizen 1200; Panasonic 1081, 1124; NEC 2200 and others. Call or write if your printer is not listed. The price is $30. Add $5 shipping and handling. Ontario residents add 8% PST; all Canadian orders add 7% GST. To order send check or money order to: ABC Solutions 4040 Creditview Road Unit 11-151 Mississauga Ontario CANADA L5N 5L3 We may also be contacted at: (416) 824-8484 GEnie: ABC.SOLN ABC Solutions is a new company specializing in productivity software for Atari ST/TT computers. We also represent RPM Software's First Graph, the first professional graphing package for the ST/TT. Watch for more exciting announcements in the coming months. "ABC Solutions ... We don't play games." _____________________________________________________________________ > STR Portfolio News & Information Keeping up to date... ================================ THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ========================= On CompuServe by Judith Hamner 72257,271 The Portfolio forum Marathon starts Friday, February 21 at 3 pm Eastern Standard Time. The Marathon runs for 24 hours through 3 pm Saturday. Don Thomas of Atari Corp. will attempt to be online for the entire 24 hours. Will he make it???? GO APORTFOL to find out. There will be prizes given away every hour during the marathon. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with other Port owners. ____________________________________________________________ > LAN TECH STR Review "...easy to use networking system.." =================== EXCLUSIVE RE-PRINT from Atari Explorer Magazine LANTECH LT-101 NETWORK ====================== by Joe Mirando When a business goes looking for a computer system, one of the first requirements is often the ability to network. Networking allows multiple computers to share files, access the same peripherals (such as printers, hard drives, backup systems, and modems), and take advantage of electronic-mail and other "network aware" applications. Atari's TT an Mega STe systems come equipped with a LocalTalk compatible -intermediate speed- network port, and permit interfacing (via the VME bus) of Ethernet and other network cards. But the ST series has no such option. Though "network" products have appeared that employ the ST's MIDI and other bidirectional ports, all such solutions are limited by data- transfer speed. Enter Lantech ============= Luckily, Lantech Systems of Billerica, Massachusetts has developed a cost-effective, efficient, and easy to use networking system for all ST series computers. Lantech's LT101 network interface measures a mere 4-3/4" X 2-1/4", and can be installed in the cartridge port of any ST, Mega, or STe computer with TOS versions 1.0, 1.2, 1.4 or 1.6/1.62. Con- nections to other computers in the network are by co-axial cable. Installing the LAN software is made easy with the Lantech programs provides. Despite the programs lack of the usual GEM "bells and whistles", it is easy to understand and use. Using the software, the network can be configured to access a hard drive connected to any other computer in the network. Running LANCONFIG.PRG presents you with a series of menus that allow you to select hard drive partitions from other computers in the network for use for each computer. The person configuring the network may elect to allow workstations full read/write access to partitions, or read-only access, on an individual basis. After assigning partitions, you can define which "Node" you wish each computer to print to. This is an ideal option when not every computer on the network has its own printer attached. Once this information has been entered, the configuration program creates a program (LANTECH.PRG) that can be run either from the desktop or from your AUTO folder. Once this program is running on every node, the networking process is mostly transparent. LANTECH.PRG takes up approximately 10 K- bytes for a five computer network with eight hard drive partitions (two drives with four partitions each). In addition to remote hard drives, each computer in the network may have its own hard drive attached in the normal way. The only thing to keep in mind is that any partition on a hard drive that is attached to the computer must come before partitions from the network. Transfer rate of data over the network compares favorably to similar systems for IBM compatible computers. That DOS systems typically cost much more makes Lantech an exceptional value. Lantech Accessories =================== Also included with the configuration software are two accessories which make using the LAN easier. The first is an accessory which allows you to send messages to another computer in the network. The other accessory allows you to temporarily change where printing is done. Both of these accessories are accessible from the desktop and from within any program that allows the use of Desk Accessories. Problemettes ============ Although the Lantech LAN is a very solid system, there is one major problem which must be acknowledged. TOS, which was not originally designed for networking, does not provide features for resource-locking and file sharing. Additionally, because TOS does not consider that the disks it is connected to may be updated by other systems, it does not always automatically re-read File Allocation Tables before commencing write operations. Disk caching programs, because they store not only the FAT, but actual disk sectors, in RAM, pending intermittent updates further complicate this problem. As a result, STs connected to the Lantech LAN (under the control of its own, simple, disk-server software) can, under certain circumstances, end up writing simultaneously to the same partition, or writing to a partition as dictated by an outdated FAT. In both cases, data may be corrupted. Lantech offers several ways around the problem. By preventing individual computers from accessing, or writing to, given partitions, a certain degree of absolute protection can be built into the network configuration. Another way of protecting yourself is to force your software to re-read the directory of a partition (i.e., by reading a file) before writing data. But neither method is entirely secure or particularly flexible. The problem is best resolved by installing software such as A&D's Universal Network, which provides the missing "network aware" operating system features. The Universal Network is fully compatible with early versions of Lantech's product, and an upgrade to support the next generation of Lantech's hardware (LT201) is promised soon. In terms of sheer throughput, Lantech's simpler disk-server software is faster than the general-purpose Universal system, however; so potential buyers should assess the risks and rewards of running either product, before making a commitment. We have not noticed any incompatibilities between Lantech's products and commercial software (although the network's message-sending accessory does not function from within non-GEM applications). Overall, the Lantech LAN is a fast, economical way to network ST systems - one that is remarkably easy to install and use. Lantech Systems 12 Shedd Road Billerica, MA 01862 Price Startup Kit (2 Lan adaptors, software, manual) $379.95. $179.95 per node thereafter. (c)1992 Atari Explorer Magazine, all rights reserved. Reprinted with the permission of Atari Explorer Magazine. This article may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the publisher of Atari Explorer. Atari Explorer Magazine is published six times per year by; Jainschigg Communications 29-05 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106. Subscriptions: $14.95 (six issues) $39.95 (18 issues)USA. Canada add $5.00 (US) postage for six issues. Other foreign add $10.00 (US) postage for six issues. Checks must be drawn in US funds on a US bank. Send orders (check or M/O) to: Atari Explorer P.O. Box 6488, Duluth, MN 55806 VISA/MasterCard orders call: (218) 723-9202. _______________________________________________________________ > TRIAL IS ON! STR FOCUS NINTENDO SUIT FILED BY ATARI SET FOR TRIAL ====================== THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 13 Feb 92 NINTENDO SUIT FILED BY ATARI IS GOING TO TRIAL by Richard B. Schmitt Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL SAN FRANCISCO-13 Feb 92-The Wall Street Journal For years, U.S. video-game companies complained bitterly that they couldn't compete effectively with industry leader Nintendo Co. Now, one of them thinks the Japanese company may finally be vulnerable--in front of an American jury. The protagonist is Atari Corp., whose lawsuit against the creator of the Super Mario video-game hero went to trial this week in federal court here. The outcome may well have implications for the rest of the $4 billion video-game market and beyond. The issue is whether Nintendo employed licensing and marketing practices that violate U.S. antitrust law. Atari, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., alleges that Nintendo illegally carved out an 80% stake in the market and cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars in overpriced video games and gear. For its part, Atari says that between 1986 and 1990, it suffered $160 million in damages, an amount that by law could be tripled if it wins its antitrust case. "We think the evidence is absolutely overwhelming that Nintendo deliberately and willfully monopolized the home video-game market in the U.S.," William Jaeger, Atari's lawyer, said in his opening statement Tuesday. "Competition was not simply hurt. It was obliterated." Nintendo, meanwhile, says Atari "tried to compete on the cheap" and lost out because of its own miscalculations, according to John Kirby, a New York lawyer representing Nintendo. During opening arguments, Mr. Kirby noted that a predecessor company, Atari Inc., turned down a chance to introduce the Nintendo system in the U.S. in 1983. He also noted that Nintendo is itself being seriously challenged in the market for the latest video-game technology by a machine from Sega Enterprises Inc. The trial, which is expected to last 10 weeks, is significant because it is the first time that a jury has examined recurrent allegations of anti-competitive conduct by Nintendo. The U.S. district judge in the case, Fern Smith, is also presiding over other cases that accuse Nintendo of monopolizing the market for game cartridges and accessories. Last year, without admitting any wrongdoing, Nintendo settled Federal Trade Commission charges involving pricing of its game consoles, but Judge Smith has ruled the accord inadmissible in the Atari case because of its potential for biasing the jury. "There is a fair odor of sour grapes in the Atari claim, and yet there are indications that Nintendo was noncompetitive, predatory, and monopolistic," says Bob Kleiber, an analyst at investment banker Piper Jaffray & Hopwood in Minneapolis. Judge Smith specifically admonished both sides to avoid the issue during the trial, and during jury selection, she sought to uncover any prejudice, asking potential jurors whether they would have a problem with a Japanese company owning an American baseball team--which top Nintendo officials proposed to do just last month. In contrast to the thumbs down given the idea by organized baseball, none of the prospective jurors was opposed. HARDBALL MARKETING Nonetheless, "there is no question that Nintendo uses very effective hardball marketing strategies, and it will be interesting to see how an American jury reacts to a Japanese company," says Boris Feldman, an antitrust lawyer in Palo Alto, Calif., specializing in high-tech issues. "If I were representing a Japanese company, I would not want to go in front of an American jury." Atari's main objections involve the way Nintendo has enlisted independent software producers to write the video games that run on its Nintendo Entertainment System consoles. Until December 1990, Nintendo prohibited licensees from making their games compatible with competing systems, such as the ones that Atari was trying to develop and popularize, for a period of two years. Antitrust lawyers note that such exclusive licensing arrangements aren't necessarily illegal and indeed are common and desirable in certain industries. But Atari's complaint is that they became illegal because of the market clout that Nintendo possessed. Atari believes that the provision "locked up the entire capacity of each publisher to make hit games," according to Mr. Jaeger, and "the thing that did Atari in was they couldn't get the hit games." Moreover, Atari says, deals that Nintendo cut with major retailers like Toy "R" Us for valuable shelf space further hurt competition. LIKE APPLE PIE Nintendo's Mr. Kirby defends the licensing deals as "a way of marketing ... as normal as apple pie" and a reasonable way to ensure quality. Atari's problem, he says, was underestimating the extent to which the video-game market would bounce back from a disastrous plunge in the early 1980s, and deciding to concentrate instead on making personal computers. Atari Corp. was created in 1984 when former Commodore Computer Corp. guru Jack Tramiel purchased some of the assets of Warner Communications' old Atari Inc. Atari Corp. delayed the introduction of a key machine for nearly two years, giving Nintendo a chance to establish technical superiority, according to Mr. Kirby. He says internal Atari memos show that the company skimped on marketing and software development, and he cites one case of a major eruption over a $20.00 overnight delivery bill. Analysts say that the results of the case will be closely watched by other dominant high-technology companies, including Intel Corp., the chip maker, and software giant Microsoft Corp. Among those expected to testify are Mr. Tramiel and Minoru Arakawa, the president of Nintendo of America Inc., Nintendo's U.S. unit, based in Redmond, Wash. Hiroshi Yamauchi, president of the Japanese parent, was deposed for eight days by Atari attorneys in Japan and his testimony was set to be read into the court record starting yesterday, although the attorneys were involved in a last-minute translation dispute. Meanwhile, computer paraphernalia, including a seven-foot-tall Nintendo demonstration console, was creating such a hum in the courtroom when the proceedings began Tuesday that Judge Smith said she was worried that she might not be able to guarantee a clear transcript of the proceedings. "There is a very loud interference," said the judge. [Reprinted without permission, under the "REASONABLE USE" interpretation of the 1976 Copyright Act.] Compiled by John J. Amsler __________________________________________________________________ > SEYBOLD BOSTON! STR SHOW NEWS "....not your average computer show.." ============================= Goldleaf Publishing Inc. ======================== Attends "SEYBOLD DTP SEMINAR '92" by Harry Steele The Seybold DTP Seminars is not your average computer show that I am used to attending. I'm more used to those such as WAACE and the AtariFests held in Boston. But, I was impressed with this particular show. Seybold is geared to the Desktop Publishing professional looking for solutions for their DTP business or needs. I was amazed to see that there were over 100 DTP vendors who participated in this 3-day event. Goldleaf Publishing was the only vendor in attendance who was using an Atari computer, the 68030 TT machine. Goldleaf demonstrated its Goldleaf, ComputerBild Publishing System, designed around two software programs. Didot Professional, a full-featured, color page layout, illustration, type design, and auto-tracing program was one. The other was Retouche Professional CD, a 24-bit color photo retouching and digital lithography program. The heart of the Goldleaf-ComputerBild System, the Image Speeder, is an Atari 68030 TT motherboard, an accelerated graphics display card, large storage devices and a special hardware screening card that allows for real-time rasterization and output to imagesetters from Linotype-Hell. The Image Speeder serves as a design workstation to run Retouche Professional CD or Didot Professional, and as a cost-effective generation of plate-ready film. As mentioned earlier, Goldleaf was the only Atari representative at Seybold. Most of the vendors were using Apple Macintosh computers. Apple Computers had its own area with about 12 Macs in use demoing software from many of its developers, with a representative at _each_ computer for attendees to get a hands-on tryout of the DTP software. I, being your average Atari ST user, was overwhelmed by all of the different vendors displaying their DTP solutions to the DTP professional. I really hadn't realized that so much is now available for the desktop publishing business professional. Where was Atari, who alleges they're trying to make a bold push into the DTP market? Where was ISD and Calamus-SL? Where was SoftLogik and PageSTReam? They were nowhere to be found at this Seybold show. The only Atari oriented representative was Goldleaf Publishing Inc. At least they bothered to attend and they did a _fine_ job of representing Atari, themselves, and their products. Many show attendees marvelled at what Goldleaf had to show for their DTP solutions. Atari tells us that they are going to make a strong bid to capture some of the DTP market, yet they didn't bother to attend. Bob Brodie tells me that Atari wants to "showcase" its developers. Where were they? They weren't at _this_ Seybold show, that's for sure. Atari is scheduled to unveil to the U.S. its latest computers at a meeting at The Boston Computer Society on April 22. Atari could have whet the DTP appetite of Boston-area computer users this week at Seybold. Hopefully, Goldleaf's fine showing will be enough to accomplish this monumental task. ______________________________________________________________ > STReport's Editorial Page "SAYING IT LIKE IT IS." ========================= From the Editor's Desk ---------------------- In last week's issue, STReport 8.07, therein appeared an excellent guest editorial by Dana P. Jacobson, it was, no doubt, hard hitting, accurate to the letter and bound to draw a great deal of "self righteous" reaction from those whose "outrageous actions and doings" it exposed. At this time, allow me to state that myself and the entire staff of STReport are in full agreement with Mr. Jacobson's editorial and stand behind it and him completely. As for any debate concerning this editorial, there will be absolutely none. Its accuracy and detail is above reproach. Incidently, I have read the so-called "rebuttal" recently circulated and have decided to leave the composition of a reply, if any, to Dana P. Jacobson even though the "rebuttal" was a full fledged attack on myself, STReport and its staff members. To carry the matter further will only serve to lend undue credibility to the "rebuttal" and its author(s). The "obsession" grows. <sigh> Now on to brighter topics. The new Atari SM147 monitor has begun arriving at dealers. It is nice, and its a true SVGA Monochrome Monitor. It has no audio circuits thus, no speaker. I usually use my system with the volume turned down so it really does not bother me. The quality of the picture is really quite good. Its sharp, clear and the very slight pin cushioning can be eliminated entirely by adjusting the vertical height. For the money.. it is a vast improvement over the SM124. For those in the market for a high quality, economical, monochrome monitor for the Atari, this is definitely the way to go. SM147 - Good Stuff! TAF is looming ever larger on the horizon, on April 4th and 5th, Atari Canada and the Toronto Atari Federation will host what may be the most exciting Atari event in North America in 1992. To be held at the Skyline Hotel on Dixon Road, near Pearson International Airport. I, like many others, have made plans on attending this show. In fact, Nathan has threatened me with my life if I don't make it there! :-) TAF is a fine Usergroup that fully deserves the support of every Atarian capable of attending this event. So please, mark your calendars. We all look forward to meeting you there. Thanks once again for your strong support! Ralph @ STReport International Online Magazine "Reporting ABOUT Atari, not FOR Atari!" Friday, February 21, 1992 - 6:17:36 pm """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > STR Mail Call "...a place for the readers to be heard" ============= STReport's MailBag ================== - From GEnie Category 14, Topic 21 Message 17 Sat Feb 15, 1992 J.ZORZIN [Joe] at 08:38 EST But I wish Atari would come out with a higher res. mono. We'd all love to own a Moniterm but few can afford it. What happened to "power without the price." Don't get me wrong, I'm still a loyal Atari ST user but Atari should be honest and change the motto to "less power for more money" but I think the world already knows this which is why the ST is slowly sinking. A friend just bought at SAMS a full 386 clone, 120 meg drive, super VGA color, etc., etc., etc. for $1,900!!!!!! Isn't that about the price of a Moniterm? I'm think I'm typical of ST users in that I'm really getting ticked off that Atari has let us down. ------------ - From GEnie Category 18, Topic 9 Message 169 Fri Feb 14, 1992 DITEK [David] at 16:41 EST If Atari added a lot of the standard tools found on some of the other popular OS's, more developers would take advantage of the tools. It just doesn't make sense to have every developer spend extra time to reinvent the wheel such a a text-editor, menu popups, subordinate menus, etc... Maybe programmer's could have done more, but so could Atari. David ------------ - From GEnie Category 4, Topic 3 Message 56 Sat Feb 15, 1992 R.BROWN30 at 22:14 EST Atari and the Hewlett Packard DeskJet 500C An End-User's Perspective by Richard Brown, a GEnie Lamp _ST_ Columnist As an ST fan and supporter, I purchased and have owned the 500C for some time now, running it in both color and black cartridge modes, and can report: PageStream 2 Driver (FOR COLOR): almost, but no cigar. Intended colors _do_ print, but only _sort of_. Totally predictable faults include: 1. Image "echoes", where an admittedly interesting smeared pattern is printed, somewhat matching the tones of the actual image almost like a color histogram. This effect always occurs, destroying the remainder of the page to the right of the image(s). The effect exactly matches the vertical height of the main image(s). 2. Below the main image, other printed artifacts will follow, usually consisting of a series of fine "bar codes" and large, often VERY large, solid black boxes. These inexplicable boxes and lines generally use the entire printable width of the page. The Funny Part: 3. Where portions of the page (the intended portions) print correctly, the colors are _spectacular_. No errors of any kind intrude upon the intended printed objects/images. 4. Pantone colors, _especially_ in percentage tints, are "Miami Vice" art deco _great_! Beautiful color pastels, thank you. (However, the inevitable echoes and black box problems mar up the page.) 5. Using the Spectre GCR, and the excellent shareware offering "Imagery" by Jeff Lewis (available here in the Gadgets by Small Roundtable Library), I have converted some Atari Spectrum 512 images from Atari's SPU to _TIF 5.O Color_ files. Where a Spectrum picture is comparatively unuseable other than on-screen (no convenient or powerful manipulations possible), the TIF conversion makes a world of possibilities available to the Atari user. Such as processing the color TIF in Mac's PhotoShop: one blur filter pass, edge enhancement, manual smoothing and smudging, some contrast and brightness manipulation, and a reduction of color saturation can do wonders. Take the edited TIF back to PageStream for printing ("transverted" from the Mac back to the ST as TEXT with _no_ linefeeds added for PgS to read it) and... Interestingly, the once Spectrum / now Color TIF file prints (SLOWLY even with FPPRINT over the parallel port) just as if it were some high-end 24 bit truecolor file. Excellent tonality, excellent skin tones, subtleness of texture, shadow detail, 300 dpi resolution -- in short, a poor man's answer to the big expense (and need for special hardware) of a color flatbed scanner. All you need is a Spectrum pic and a GCR / TIFF editor (like PhotoShop or some of the new, powerful ST offerings). Of course, ALL the problems previously mentioned: smeared ghosting to image right, parallel lines and black boxes below. All problems are OUTSIDE main picture area, which is _beautiful_. This is not to say that it's the same as the highest end stuff... It's simply very adequate to the needs of the average newsletter publisher or hobbiest. Very adequate. -HOW GOOD _IS_ THE 500C FOR COLOR?- As a three color system, it has strengths and weaknesses, mainly in its handling of BLACK. Still, it is very good. I have a PaintJet, and there is really _NO_ conmparison. The PaintJet is just TOO LOW RESOLUTION to be taken seriously. Suggesting the PaintJet might be more vibrant may only be due to the kludginess of the PainJets HUGE pixels. -The GFA Run Time Package and the 500C - As for the GFA program for printing color separated files from PageStream: NO BLACKS PRINT. I did a _BEAUTIFUL_ print of a page for a presentation where the quality was astounding. Fabulous blues, reds, greens- but the black type? Invisible. Not there... Nothing. -The 500C Vs. the Canon Bubblejet BJ10e- It's not a battle over color (-at least not yet-), just a matter of how good they are in black and white... I do own both (I have a LOT of printers!) and can report: o The 500C "oversprays" severely next to the BJ10e, wasting ink o The BJ10e is _definitely_ superior for straight type, simple lines, and unfilled boxes. Much cleaner and crisper overall. o The 500C does a better job at filled areas and graphics printing, but only because the BJ10e tends to exhibit "printhead pass striping" in graphics and fills. The _dot_ quality is still superior on the Canon. The difference may only exist due to the "overspray" of the HP. o Remember, we're comparing a PORTABLE printer (the BJ10e) that DOES run off batteries to a DESKTOP, AC powered printer (the 500C)... Maybe the _desktop_ Canon is superior still? Soon, the 4-COLOR Bubblejet will become commonly available. Watch for it... -Finally, How Does the 500C Behave in Mac-mode Under Spectre GCR?- So far, I've only used the Black cartridge, but can report that, using T- Script (a Mac DeskJet _PostScript_ emulator), the DeskJet 500C (IN BLACK MODE) prints superbly from Adobe Type Align, Quark Express, TypeStyler, and Photoshop at 300 dpi. Actually, printing is first to PostScript disk file, then uploaded into T-Script. The only trick: the DeskJet must be connected to the SERIAL port using a NULL MODEM cable for it to work at all. This is painful when you see it fly while connected to the parallel port (in PageStream with black cartridge using FPPRINT in your auto folder). I mention the SERIAL NULL MODEM cable in that I blew $60+ for HP's version (still in its box) of the $10 cable I'm _actually using_ (off an old laser printer). * WARNING * It is not recommended to _ever_ hook up the serial and parallel ports simultaneously, as the DeskJet could become one _very_ pricey FUSE, ready to BLOW should data be received in both ports at the same time. ------------ - From GEnie Category 14, Topic 21 Message 29 Tue Feb 18, 1992 J.ZORZIN [Joe] at 05:12 EST Bob: Well I hope you're right about Atari not slipping. I'm using my 3rd ST and have invested a vast amount of money and time on this system. But in my area of western Mass. I've seen dealers dissapear and users sell their systems. I'm 1 of the very few ST fanatics within 100 miles of the Mass./NY state line. And I have to live with the usual "game machine" bull which I laugh at. But thats because I love to always be part of the "fringe" element. Always have and always will. But when I saw my friends $1,900 clone it got me tempted to get a haircut more than once a year and buy a clone. It was vastly beyond the ST system (if fully loaded) and it cost less cost! I don't think that the buggy whip manufacturers ever admitted that they were slipping either. Smokey: my friends clone came with super VGA which makes the Atari color monitor look sick. Especially if hooked to a CD ROM! (One of the many Atari products that never got off the ground). Maybe Atari should just face it: "Power without the price" is history. Don't get me wrong- I'm an Atari fanatic! and have been since 1985- but it is tiring to always hear such a glowing, rosey picture of Atari affairs when we all know better. This is the ploy of the U.S. auto companies. The ST was revolutionary product in 1985. Now its just old hat. A little honesty about this fact might win some friends. And the TT? If there is 1 within 100 miles of Pittsfield, Mass. will someone please let me know so I can go and look at it- before I succumb? I might add that since I have had my system I have talked 7 people into buying ST's. Most have since droped it. The last person that came to look at my system I told him to buy at SAM's. ------------ - From the FNET World Sysop's Conference Msg # 3143 Date: 02-18-92 (08:50) To : BOB BRODIE From: JOHN MILLER Subj: FLAMES -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Well, you seem to work so hard to discourage people to even look at our software, as stated in your previous messages, about how you "convinced" the Lynx developers not to run our shareware version, and to run Forem. (Question: Did you buy Forem ST (at the list price), or did Steve Rider give it to you as a means of promoting Forem ST?) Also you seem to hold the Znet conference and Ron Kovacs in high esteem, by publicly giving them preferencial treatment over other publications. (RE: Last issue of ST Report, Dana Jacobson's editorial) Why don't you leave messages in the ST Report News Conference? Other than flames? Why can't you seem to give us information there? (I know, you want me to ask you in the Znet Conference right?) Your title with Atari is Director of Communications right? Why are you being so partisan with Znet? Your association with a man (Ron Kovacs), who has stated on numerous occasions that he will attempt to remove ALL Turbo Board nodes from this Fnet, if he can do so, makes me wonder about your "impartiality". I will tell you what it looks to me from this end: You have a grudge against ST-Report, and ST-Report is VERY BIG in this Fnet. You have made a deal with Ron Kovacs, that you will give him unlimited support, as long as he jumps through your hoops. You will attempt to discourage people from taking the ST-Report conference, as it is not the "official" Atari Fnet Support Conference. You have already attempted to "pursuade" the UK nodes to join the Znet conference and route via your node unsuccessfully. You have also realized, that node 350 is a major hub in this network, and have made several behind the scenes attempts to buy out people from VIAing through node 350, and route (for free) via your node. To me it looks like Atari (through you) is willing to spend some money on this Fnet, as long as they: A) Control this network and flow of information. B) Remove ST-Report from this network as any threat to them. Of course, I could have you all wrong. But I am watching your actions closely, along with many others. *Origin: Fnet Node 18, ///Turbo Board Support BBS - From CIS Atari Forum Read action ! #: 31192 S2/Games 21-Feb-92 04:00:12 Sb: #30940-Falcon 3.0 Fm: Spectrum HoloByte 76004,2144 To: Pat Augustine 73670,2200 Dear Pat: Alas, it doesn't look too likely for Flight of the Intruder to be updated. for the newer versions of TOS :-( I have contacted the original developers, Rowan Software, but their resources are extremely limited and they don't have the financial werewithal to update the program. No.19 - From CIS Atari Forum Read action ! #: 31193 S2/Games 21-Feb-92 04:01:47 Sb: #30957-Falcon 3.0 Fm: Spectrum HoloByte 76004,2144 To: John Damiano, Transierra 74575,60 Dear John: Let me take a look at my sales records... According to our latest sales numbers through the end of January, we sold about 40,000 IBM FOTIs, 6,300 Amiga FOTIs and 760 ST FOTIs. As you can see, the numbers tell their own story :-( No.19 - From GEnie Category 11, Topic 3 Message 6 Fri Feb 21, 1992 ISD [Nathan] (Forwarded) Last night, for example, I spent my time at a TAF meeting, which is my local user group here in Toronto. In attendance was my famous wife DARLAH :-), along with Geoff Earle, General Manager of Atari Canada and Bob Brodie, Director of Communications for Atari Corp.....along with approximately 200 attendees. The meeting was thoroughly enjoyable, the mood was upbeat, the TAF show coming up in April looks to be a great success, especially as it will result in the first Canadian Atari show display of some of the new machines. It was very heartening to attend. There was energy in that room, dare I say "enthusiasm". And that, my friends, is the kind of NEWS I like to read every now and then. Oh yes, as expected, Bob was a first class speaker. If anything, he's gotten better over the past year or two. 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Larry has said that Bob Brodie has talked of LCACE doing another show at the same location in July or August of 1992. We shall have to receive the TT and resolve other issues prior to discussing a future show. There was a lengthy post mortem of the Computerfest. It seems everybody had something to say about the show both positive and negative." Why? Why must so successful a show be marred by the obvious "dropping of the ball" at Atari? Who were the key liaison personnel involved in organizing the show. Perhaps, by this time next week, "Mr. Usergroups" can make sure LCACE, a very active Usergroup, is taken care of and satisfied. - San Francisco, CA ATARI AND NINTENDO SQUARE OFF! ----------------- Atari, as related elsewhere in this issue, is about to go to trial in a matter involving Nintendo over the video game business. Although the particulars of the trial, charges and counter charges are rather involved, the point Atari is making is very clear and well understood. 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