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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 2-Dec-94 #1049 Date: Sun Dec 4 18:41:12 1994 SILICON TIMES REPORT ==================== INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ============================= from STR Electronic Publishing Inc. December 02, 1994 No. 1049 ====================================================================== Silicon Times Report International OnLine Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 R.F. Mariano Publisher-Editor ----------------------------------------- Voice: 1-904-783-3319 10am-4pm EST STR Publishing Support BBS * THE BOUNTY BBS * Operating with * Mustang Software's WildCat! 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The new user interface is lovely and it seems it was written especially to look exceptionally good on the Mag 17" monitor. Well not really but the view from here is really very nice. Word Perfect has outdone themselves with this version. I have noticed that every single one of the minor annoyances that irked me are gone. Hat s Off to Word Perfect. This version by the way is the closest I ve seen yet to being a true DTP package for the SOHO. Imagine that, a document processor that s an affordable light duty DTP ensemble also. What a concept. The year is rapidly coming to a close. My, my, did this year go by fast or was it just me? Seems like only yesterday we talking about the arrival of Spring Comdex. But the fact is, Christmas and New Years are just around the corner. Those wonderful Christmas parties are beginning to blossom up left and right. Enjoy! But ..Please in all your holiday celebrating, the one thing I must beg of all of you; don t drink and drive. 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The Staff & Editors """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" > STR INDUSTRY REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS """"""""""""""""""" IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I) =========================== Computer Products Update - CPU Report ------------------------ ---------- Weekly Happenings in the Computer World Issue #49 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. ******* General Computer News ******* ** Intel Apologizes For Pentium Error, Issues "Warranty" ** In a letter now posted on the Internet, Intel President Andy Grove has apologized for a computational error in the Pentium chip, and has issued a "life-time warranty" on the chip to users "engaged in work involving heavy-duty scientific/floating point calculations." Intel has also opened up an 800 number, typically accessed mainly by engineering customers, to all PC users with concerns about the error. The error was originally discovered by Thomas Nicely, a mathematics professor at Lynchburg College in Virginia, according to John Raftrey, an Intel spokesperson. Nicely determined that the Pentium can return erroneous values for certain division operations. Grove said, "The group concluded after months of work that (1) an error is only likely to occur at a frequency of the order of once in nine billion floating point divides, and that (2) this many divides in all the programs they evaluated (which included many scientific programs) would require elapsed times of use that would be longer than the mean time to failure of the physical computer subsystems". "In other words, the error rate a user might see due to the floating point problem would be swamped by other known computer failure mechan- isms. This explained why nobody -- not us, not our OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers, not the software vendors we worked with, and not the many individual users -- had run into it." Intel has since fixed the design, and has recently started to produce corrected chips. The error, however, is present in all of the estimated two million Pentium chips based on the original design. Callers to the special "800" number (800-628-8686) are answered by a "live person," Raferty added. Each call is then routed to a staff member with "the appropriate level of expertise" to handle the particular inquiry. ** IBM to Replace Bad Pentiums ** IBM says it will replace flawed Intel Corp. Pentium chips in its PCs. "IBM considers any problems with the system to be our responsibility," said general manager Bruce Claflin of product and brand management at IBM PC Co. "Our customers bought IBM personal computers. If they have problems, we're going to be there with solutions." ** Gateway to Swap Pentiums, Too ** Following IBM's lead, PC maker Gateway 2000 Inc. says it too will offer selected customers a replacement Pentium chip. The company says that upon determining the customer's need, it will provide a new Pentium chip to replace the flawed model originally provided by Intel Corp. The support will continue throughout the system's life. "We will incur some additional operational costs offering this level of support, but our customers deserve it," says Ted Waitt, chairman and CEO of Gateway 2000, which specializes in direct market PC sales. "Right now our Pentium demand is stronger than ever," he notes. "We feel that if people just look at the facts as they exist today rather than the perception, demand will continue." ** Dell to Support Pentium Customers ** A Dell spokesman said the company would support those customers who purchased Dell computers with the faulty chips. Reports say that Dell feels the problem is unlikely to affect the typical user. "We're moni- toring the situation right now and working very closely with Intel and with our customers," said Dell spokesman Roger Rydell. ** Compaq Sues Packard Bell ** Alleging infringement on three patents in its desktop and notebook machines, Compaq Computer Corp. has sued rival computer maker Packard Bell Electronics Inc. The Wall Street Journal says the patents at issue, one of which dates back to 1986, relate to power-conservation techniques, graphics systems for monitors and systems to filter commands to the microprocessor. Packard Bell said in a statement it believes Compaq has no basis for the suit, while Compaq officials declined comment. ** Kodak Shows Cable Photo Service ** Eastman Kodak Co. has demonstrated a potential future interactive photofinishing application in which photos are transmitted over cable TV. With the Kodak system, a consumer would drop off exposed film at a photofinisher, just like today. The photofinisher would develop and scan the photos into a computer that's linked to the local cable system. Then, the system operator would send an electronic notice to the user that he or she has new images to preview. The user could view small "thumbnail" images of the pictures on a TV or computer and select some to view at full-screen size. After viewing the photos, the consumer could use the system to place orders for prints and enlargements, as well as send them to friends and family. The consumer could create custom photographs by recomposing and past- ing pictures onto creatively designed backgrounds to make personalized gifts and photo greeting cards. ** Study: Apple Makes Top Notebook ** Apple Computer is the highest ranking notebook computer brand in terms of customer satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 1994 Notebook Computer End-User Satisfaction Study. The market research firm says Apple posted an industry- leading index score of 106, narrowly outranking IBM Corp. with 105. Compaq Computer Corp. was third with an index score of 104. Seven major players in the laptop, notebook and super- portable computer industry were examined in the study. AST Research Inc., Dell Computer Corp., Toshiba America Information Systems and Zenith Data Systems all fell below the industry-average index score of 100. J.D. Power says Apple's industry-leading performance was based on strength in ease of computer set-up and understandable documentation. Its notebook computers also scored well with users in terms of design and price-value. IBM's strength was in design, batteries and ease of portability. Compaq was strong in price-value and compatibility with other computers. ** HP Plans Cable Modem System ** Hewlett-Packard Co. says it plans to develop a cable modem system for hybrid fiber/coax networks. HP notes that the system will give PCs the same kind of interactive access traditional modems provide, only much faster. HP's cable modem system will allow cable operators to provide access to online services, the Internet and potentially other services for home-PC users. A cable modem connects a PC to a standard coaxial cable TV line in the same way that a traditional modem connects a PC to a telephone line. HP says its cable modem system will include all the hardware and software necessary for an end-to-end solution from the home to the headend (central cable office). ** Safer Keyboard in the Works ** Officials with the Ergonomics Laboratory say they are closer to deve- loping a safer keyboard that could serve more than 30 million Americans at risk of wrist and hand problems such carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and muscle disorders. Lab Director Dr. David Rempel said, "Most companies that employ heavy-duty computer users, like programmers, word processors, reporters and data entry operators, are unable to halt the rising number of cases of workers with muscle, nerve and tendon problems. Rempel is quoted as saying keyboard design features, such as hand position and the amount of force used in typing, may play a role in the development of the syndrome by affecting the pressure exerted on the median nerve. Reports say, "In one study volunteers type on a keyboard split in half so that both sides can be rotated up and down or moved apart to form an inverted V. The keyboard is adjusted 10 ways, with typists working for 20 minute stretches on each configuration. Their hands and wrists are attached to electrical wires, each movement, such as arm and wrist angles and fingertip force, is recorded on a computer." The lab uses infrared cameras to record motion of the fingers, wrist and arm as the volunteer types on different keyboards or performs other tasks. ** GE Computer System Invaded ** Word in New York is that General Electric Co. computers connected to the Internet have been invaded by digital intruders. The Wall Street Journal quotes a GE spokeswoman as confirming inva- ders gained access to research and proprietary information on GE computers in two cities. The paper says the intruders managed to penetrate robust "firewalls" security barriers and to look at files pertaining to NBC, the TV network owned by GE. The Journal also said the hackers also obtained the passwords of workers who were using GE computers to connect to more than a dozen other Internet computers, including at least one other company and several universities. The GE spokeswoman said she didn't know details about the computer break-in, "we just know that the system was compromised." She confirmed that after the breach was detected more than a week ago, GE pulled its computers from Internet and revamped its security measures. GE reinstated its Internet connection Friday night, a GE employee told the paper. ** Program Offers Online Confession ** "Online with Jesus" is a new program from a German computerist who intends it, he says, as preparation for Roman Catholics who are nervous about confessing their sins to a real priest. Programmer Hartmut Landwehr showed how the software takes users step- by-step through preliminary prayers, questions them on their misdeeds and deals out their penance. "The only thing the computer can't do is absolve people of their sins at the end of confession," reports say. "Landwehr is quick to deny he has any dark plans to make priests redundant or challenge their right to hear confessions, one of the Catholic Church's sacraments." The user is first told to prepare for confession by making the sign of the cross. ("For those out of practice, a cross appears on the screen with numbers from one to four to make sure they bless themselves in the right sequence,") The program then provides texts for several preparatory prayers, all accompanied by pictures of the Crucifixion. Landwehr, who runs a computer company in Duesseldorf, acknowledges this all might seem blasphemous to some, but he defends his work. "Through my program, Christians who would normally never set foot in church can look into their souls," he said. According to sources, "At the end of the electronic confession, the program calculates the sinner's penance according to points scored for each sin. The sinner is ordered to say prayers like the Hail Mary or the Our Father as many times as the computer reckons he needs to make good his transgressions. Conveniently, the forgetful can click on a window to call up the full text of the prayers." But the church is not impressed. "It's a joke," spokesman Ernst Werner of the German Bishops' Conference said. "A machine can't replace a priest. ... We may be talking within the church about a renewal of the practice of confession, but there's no way in the future that believers will sit in front of a screen and make priests superfluous." ** IBM, HP, Microsoft Sued Over RSI ** A woman who contends use of computer equipment caused her to suffer repetitive stress injury has sued IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp. Susan Rosenzweig, a former employee of E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co., says in a suit transferred last week to the U.S. District Court in Wilmington, Delaware, that from September 1993 to September of this year she was diagnosed with "flexor tendinitis of both lateral wrists, DeQuervain's syndrome, and repetitive strain injury." According to sources, the suit says the plaintiff, who was a clerk at duPont from 1987 until September 1993, used a keyboard, computer and mouse made from the three defendants and contends her physical injuries were caused by her use of the products. The suit alleges the three "willfully, recklessly, knowingly and neg- ligently failed to warn or advise plaintiff and others of the dangers and hazards" of their equipment. The action adds that in August 1993, Rosenzweig says she began to feel "numbness, tingling, pain ... of the upper extremities, neck and torso," symptoms later diagnosed by doctors in Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland as repetitive strain injury. ** SPA Settles Two Piracy Cases ** The Software Publishers Association says it has settled two software piracy cases for a total of $450,000. In a statement, the SPA said, "In addition to the penalties paid to the SPA, the organizations were also required to destroy all illegal software programs and repurchase authorized software. The organizations, whose identities must remain anonymous, were using unauthorized software from over 50 members of the SPA." The trade group says the two matters began as calls to the association's anti-piracy hotline (1-800/388-7478) and were handled through SPA's corporate audit program. The SPA also said the level of domestic software piracy has declined from a high of $2.6 billion in 1988 to an estimated $1.6 billion today, but "there remains a significant amount of work to be done so that all software companies are fairly compensated for their works." ** Realty BBS Goes National ** HomeSteadNet, a home/real estate computer bulletin board service, rolls out nationally Jan. 15. Subscribers will be able to access two hours of usage for $9.95. Officials with developer Genesee Region Real Estate Information Services, a subsidiary of the Greater Rochester (New York) Association of Realtors, say the board will offer data on "the world of real estate, home and lifestyle, from buying and selling property to nationwide mortgage rates and real estate financing, to future trends for the home and e-mail." GENRIS says HomeSteadNet will be test-marketed in the Rochester area next month and invites those interested to a free preview with a modem call to 716/424-1170. ** Brochure Advises Online Kids ** A new free brochure explains how online computer services work and offers tips to parents and youngsters about staying out of trouble when using them. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children of Arlington, Virginia, published a brochure with financing from the online industry. Copies can be obtained by calling the center at 1-800-THE-LOST. Reporting on the publication recently, The Washington Post noted these tips to online children: -:- Don't give out personal information such as your address or the name of your school. -:- Don't agree to get together with someone you met online without checking with your parents. -:- Talk with your parents about how much time you'll spend online and in what services. _____________________________________________ > Word Perfect for Windows 6.1 STR Review A True Pleasure """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" A TRUE SOHO DTP package! NOVELL S WORD PERFECT 6.1 for MICROSOFT WINDOWS The update itself was painless. The anticipation of things to come was a different story. After all, the resource munching , the unexplained GPFs, the cranky speller and of course, the slowness of the previous versions in certain areas were all desperately in need of attention. The good folks at WPerfect have royally outdone themselves as far as this user/reporter is concerned. This version is fast no.. Its very fast. It was installed at this office on a number of machines including; 386/16, 486/25, 486/33vlb, 486/50 and a ZEOS Pentium 90. No, I am not about to try telling you the performance across the boards was the same. Hmmm what a concept! I will however, clearly state that where the previous incarnations of WPWin were almost unbearable on the 386, the new version is tolerable. That is something slightly above extraordinary. On the 486 machines, regardless of which was in use, the program performed quite well and was noticeably faster than its older brothers. The biggest point to be made is this version has every facet of itself screaming that this is the version all the others should have been. Its nice. All the features I ve tried so far work fine some even better than described. Included in this article are a number of the features in the new version and how they relate to prior versions. That inclusion is a segment of the read me files included in the new WPWin 6.1 package. The READ ME file listed below contains the following information. 1 Changes in WPWIN 6.1 Canadian versions 2 Notes on Upgrading from WPWin 6.0 to 6.1 3 WPWin 6.1 Enhancements 4 WPWin 6.1 Additions 5 Other WPWin 6.1 Changes 6 Installation of Existing Files 7 The DDEML.DLL File 8 Macro Help 9 Modifying the Personal Information Dialog Box in Templates 10 Using WordPerfect Outlines in Presentations 3.0 11 Installation of Bitstream TrueType Fonts 12 Windows DeskJet Printer Drivers & Printing Envelopes 13 Error 21 With Windows HP LaserJet 4 Drivers 14 SQL Database Import 15 ATM Fonts Under Windows NT 16 WPCFONT.INI File 17 File Activity Log 18 Custom Windows Colors in Help 19 Restriction on Renaming Network Directories 20 Optimizing WPWin 6.1 21 Talk->To PerfectOffice Speech Recognition System 22 ODBC Setup 23 Note to Borland Office 2.0 Users 24 Documentation Changes CHANGES IN WPWIN 6.1 CANADIAN VERSIONS ======================================== In previous versions of WPWIN, Canadian English versions used a CE language code in filenames that indicated the Canadian English version. In WPWIN 6.1, the Canadian English version uses a US language code in filenames, while the internal language settings are set to CE. Note: Canadian French versions now use FR in filenames and CF internally. This will require changing the application language code in macros from CE to US when modifying macros created in WPWIN 6.0/6.0a. Document Expert templates now use a single address field for "City Province Postal code" as opposed to three address fields--"City", "Province", and "Postal code". Custom templates created in WPWIN 6.0a will have to be modified to combine the three fields into one. This can be accomplished by editing the template and using the "Build prompts" feature to insert a new address field where required. Old fields can be deleted by blocking and deleting them. NOTES ON UPGRADING FROM WPWIN 6.0 TO 6.1 ======================================== If WPWin 6.0 or 6.0a is already installed on your computer, WPWin 6.1 will be installed in the same directories unless you specify otherwise. Version 6.1 will overwrite version 6.0/6.0a. See Installation of Existing Files later in this READ ME for information about installing in existing directories. If for some reason you want to install version 6.1 in different directories from version 6.0/6.0a, you may either perform a standard installation and choose a different drive, or perform a custom installation and change the directories. If you perform a standard installation but specify a different drive for version 6.1 than the drive used for version 6.0/6.0a,only the WordPerfect program files for version 6.1 will be installed to the new drive. The PerfectFit files (or shared program files) for version 6.1 will be installed in the location currently used for version 6.0/6.0a's shared program files, and the WordPerfect program files for version 6.0/6.0a will remain intact on your disk drive. If you run version 6.0/6.0a using the Perfect Fit files of version 6.1, the Button Bar in version 6.0/6.0a will look different, but it will still be fully functional. If you perform a custom installation, you can specify new directories for version 6.1's PerfectFit files (or shared program files) as well as its WordPerfect program files. The shared program files and WordPerfect program files for version 6.0/6.0a will remain intact in their current directories. The WordPerfect setup program determines whether version 6.0/6.0a is already installed by checking the WIN.INI and REG.DAT files on your computer. Running Versions 6.1 and 6.0/6.0a on the Same Computer ------------------------------------------------------ WordPerfect, the Novell Applications Group, recognizes that new versions of software programs such as WPWin 6.1 may require sometime for training and transition, especially in large organizations. Therefore, the Software License Agreement allows you to have both the current version and the prior version on your computer, as long as you do not run both versions at the same time. Please be aware of the following items if you run both versions of WPWin on the same computer. - WPWin 6.1 includes Grammatik version 6.0 (WPWin 6.0/6.0a included Grammatik version 5.0). Once Grammatik 6.0 is installed, it is the only version of Grammatik you can use. For example, if you run Grammatik from within WPWin 6.0/6.0a, you will be running Grammatik version 6.0 instead of version 5.0. - WPWin 6.1 includes new fonts for the Multinational character set. Only the fonts from version 6.1 are available once this version is installed. When you run WPWin 6.0/6.0a, you may see empty boxes on the screen in place of some multinational characters. - WPWin 6.0/6.0a and 6.1 can use the same .BIF file. Preferences for version 6.1 will be stored in the WordPerfect 6.1 group in the .BIF file. - You will experience the least disruption to your 6.0/6.0a environment if you use different shared code (or PerfectFit files) and different .BIF files for WPWin 6.0/6.0a and WPWin 6.1. Use the /wpc startup option to specify the location of the shared code or PerfectFit files, and use the /pi startup option to specify the location of the .BIF files. See Appendix F: Startup Options in the WPWin 6.1 User's Guide for information about using startup options. - Both the Draw and Chart modules of WP Draw are updated when you install WPWin 6.1. TextArt is also updated. You may encounter problems editing drawings, charts, or TextArt objects in version 6.0/6.0a. See the notes below for more information. Notes on Using WP Draw in WPWin 6.0 After Installing WPWin 6.1 -------------------------------------------------------------- Please keep the following tips in mind if you need to edit drawings, charts, or TextArt objects in documents that are exchanged between WPWin 6.0/6.0a and WPWin 6.1. - When you are running WPWin 6.1 and you edit a drawing or chart created in WPWin 6.0/6.0a, that drawing or chart is converted automatically to WP Draw 3.0 format (WPWin 6.0/6.0a used WP Draw 2.1 format). Likewise, TextArt objects created in WPWin 6.0/6.0a are converted to TextArt 2.0 format when edited in WPWin 6.1 (WPWin 6.0/6.0a used TextArt 1.0 format). - You cannot edit a WP Draw 3.0 drawing or chart, or a TextArt 2.0 object, in WPWin 6.0/6.0a. - To determine the format version for a drawing, chart, or TextArt object from within WPWin 6.0/6.0a, right-click on it and notice the first item on the QuickMenu. If the QuickMenu reads The format is * ------------------------------ ------------------ Activate WP Graphic 2.1 Object Draw 2.1 Drawing WP Chart 2.1 Object Draw 2.1 Chart Edit TextArt Object TextArt 1.0 Object Edit WP Draw 3.0 Drawing Object Draw 3.0 Drawing WP Draw 3.0 Chart Object Draw 3.0 Chart Edit TextArt 2.0 Document Object TextArt 2.0 Object * Tables in this READ ME file are formatted for display in the setup program. Columns may be misaligned if you retrieve the file into a text editor. When you want to edit a drawing, chart, or TextArt object in WPWin 6.0/6.0a, it's always a good idea to right-click on it and check the QuickMenu first. That way you can tell whether the object is still in the old format. If it's not in the old format, don't edit it in WPWin 6.0/6.0a. WPWIN 6.1 ENHANCEMENTS ====================== For a summary of enhancements since the initial release of WPWin 6.0, as well as a summary of changes since version 5.2, see What's New in Help (in WordPerfect, choose Contents from the Help menu, choose Additional Help, then choose What's New). The following enhancements have been made to WPWin since version 6.0a. PERFECTOFFICE 3.0 INTEGRATION -- WPWin 6.1 shares a common user interface with other PerfectOffice 3.0 applications. This includes changes to the menus, Toolbar (formerly called Button Bar), Power Bar, and status bar. The appearance of the dialog boxes has been slightly modified, too. Changes to the menus include the following: Preferences has been moved from the File menu to the Edit menu, Select Printer has been moved from the File menu to the Select button on the Print dialog box, QuickFinder has been removed from the File menu (it's still available from the Open File and Save As dialog boxes), the Layout menu has been renamed Format, and the positions of the Tools and Table menus have been swapped. OLE 2.0 -- WPWin 6.1's support for Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) version 2.0 improves in-place editing, drag-and-drop across programs and document windows, and linking or embedding of any OLE object. TextArt and WP Draw both make use of OLE 2.0. You can press the Alt key while double-clicking an OLE object to edit the object using open editing. This is not mentioned in the WPWin 6.1 User's Guide. WP DRAW -- Both the Draw and Chart modules in WP Draw have been updated. See the WPWin 6.1 User's Guide and the OnLine Help in WP Draw for more information. If you have Presentations 3.0 installed on your computer, it can function as your graphics editor in place of WP Draw. Whichever program was installed or run last, either WP Draw or Presentations, will be registered as your graphics editor in WordPerfect. FIND AND REPLACE -- The Find and Replace dialog boxes have been combined into a single dialog box. GRAMMATIK -- The Grammatik grammar checker included with WordPerfect has been updated to version 6.0. Grammatik 6.0 identifies grammar errors in your document and then rewrites sentences for you when you click Replace. TEMPLATES -- Templates have been made more accessible. Now when you choose New from the File menu, you can immediately select a template, or you can create a blank document as you've always done. QUICKFORMAT -- Now when you use QuickFormat to copy the formatting of one heading to other headings in your document, those headings are formatted with a QuickFormat style. When you change the style in one place, the same style is updated automatically in the rest of the document. UNDO AND REDO -- A Redo feature has been added, and Undo has been enhanced to catalog up to 300 of your last editing and formatting actions, so you can go back and undo or redo anything you decide to change. TEMPLATE MACROS -- Macros assigned to templates are now a separate category on the Tools menu from macros that are stored in files. CUT AND PASTE -- Cut and Paste now "clean up" after themselves by adding or deleting spaces where needed when you cut, paste, or drag and drop words and phrases. MERGE - The new Merge option in File Preferences lets you specify a default file extension for merge forms and data files. Also, a REPEATROW command has been added to make it easier to merge information into a table from a data file. POWER BAR -- The Power Bar is now implemented as a specialized Toolbar and is edited using the Toolbar Editor. SELECTING A PRINTER -- The Select Printer dialog box has been modified, and a Windows Default Printer option has been added. REFORMATTING DOCUMENTS FOR THE SELECTED PRINTER -- WordPerfect now displays a message when it reformats a document for the selected printer. The option "Reformat Documents for Default Printer on Open" has been moved from the Environment Preferences dialog box to the Print Preferences dialog box. TABLES -- You can now use spreadsheet-like row and column indicators to select rows, columns, or the entire table. You can automatically size a column to the width of a selected cell or to the width of the cell with the largest number of characters. QUICKFINDER -- The QuickFinder dialog box has been enhanced and is now easier to use. QUICKCORRECT -- QuickCorrect can now make several types of sentence corrections for you, such as capitalizing the first letter, changing two spaces between words to a single space, and changing a single space to a double space (or the other way around) at the end of a sentence. WATERMARKS -- A Shading button has been added to the Watermark feature bar so that you can easily adjust the shading (or brightness) of a watermark. When you create or edit a watermark, WordPerfect now zooms automatically to full page view. HELP -- The OnLine Help includes an expanded How Do I section, an Examples index, and Coaches you can select while you are in Help. GRAPHICS IMAGE BOX -- Image has replaced Figure as the default graphics box type. TILING WINDOWS -- Using the Window menu, you can tile windows vertically as well as horizontally. IMAGE SCANNER SUPPORT -- If you are using an image scanner with a TWAIN compatible driver, you can now scan images directly into WordPerfect. ODMA SUPPORT -- Support for Open Document Management API (ODMA) provides tight integration with document management software, most notably SoftSolutions. UNC FOR SHARED CODE -- You can now specify the location for shared code using Universal Naming Convention (UNC). However, if you have installed GroupWise 4.1 or you plan to continue using WordPerfect 6.0a for Windows on the network, do not use Universal Naming Convention (UNC) when specifying the location for shared code. If you do, GroupWise 4.1 and WordPerfect 6.0a will not run unless WordPerfect 6.1 is already running. NEW COACHES -- Coaches have been added for the following features: Columns, Styles, Templates, and Watermarks. CONVERSION DRIVERS -- Conversion drivers have been added for the following word processor, spreadsheet, and database formats: Microsoft Word for Windows 6.x, Quattro Pro for Windows 5.0 and 6.0, dBase V, Fox Pro 2.5, and Paradox 5.0. WORDPERFECT CHARACTER SETS -- New typefaces have been added for better font matching in the Multinational character set. WordPerfect now matches Roman, Helvetica, and Courier font styles. Also, four characters have been added to the end of the Hebrew character set. ABOUT WORDPERFECT DIALOG BOX -- The About WordPerfect dialog box, available from the Help menu, now can list your Personal Identification Number (PIN) so you can have easy access to it for Customer Support Services. QUATTRO PRO BUTTON -- If you have Quattro Pro installed on your system when you install WordPerfect, your default Toolbar will include a button for Quattro Pro. This button appears in place of the TextArt button. WPWIN 6.1 ADDITIONS =================== The following features have been added to WPWin since version 6.0a. WORD FORMS -- WordPerfect now can use word forms in the Find and Replace, Thesaurus, and QuickFinder features. For example, using the Word Forms option in Find and Replace, you can search for the word forms of "go" to find "go," "goes," "going," "gone," and "went," or you can replace all word forms of "run" with "walk" to replace "run" with "walk," "runs" with "walks," "ran" with "walked," and so on. Thesaurus lets you look up words using any form. When you select a new word, Thesaurus inserts it in the same form as the original word. For example, if you look up the word "processing," WordPerfect will recognize it as a form of "process." If you replace it with a form of "operation," WordPerfect will insert the correct form "operating." With QuickFinder, you can now find files on your hard drive or network that contain any form of a specified word. DOCUMENT EXPERTS -- Advanced templates called Document Experts have been added to simplify the process of creating many common documents, such as letters, calendars, and fax cover sheets. TABLE EXPERT -- The new Table Expert offers predefined table formats that you can quickly apply to your tables. MAKE IT FIT EXPERT -- The new Make It Fit Expert reformats your document to fit on the number of pages you want it to. CHARTS AND AUTO UPDATE TABLES -- You can now create a chart from a table in your document, and have the chart automatically update when you make changes to the table. DROP CAP -- The DropCap macro has been replaced with a new Drop Cap feature that offers 12 predefined styles of drop caps for paragraph beginnings and also lets you customize your own. DRAG TO CREATE -- With Drag to Create, you can insert images and size any type of graphics box by clicking and dragging anywhere in your document. OPEN AS COPY -- An Open as Copy check box has been added to the Open File dialog box. This option lets you open a read-only copy of a document. You can then use the document as a model for a new document without worrying that you will overwrite and lose the original document. FEATURE HISTORIES -- WordPerfect gives you easy access to your last 10 search strings in Find and Replace; the last 10 macros you played, recorded, or edited; the last 10 files you opened; and any number of custom Sort definitions--right from the dialog boxes. /DTF STARTUP OPTION -- The /dtf startup option tells WordPerfect to use the Document Initial Font specified in the default template, instead of the Printer Initial Font, each time you create a new document using the default template. Unless this startup option is specified, the default template always uses the Printer Initial Font as its initial font. This startup option was not included in Appendix F: Startup Options in the WPWin 6.1 User's Guide. OTHER WPWIN 6.1 CHANGES ======================= Besides the enhancements and additions listed above, the following other changes have been made to WPWin since version 6.0a. TRANSITION TEMPLATES -- The templates WP51DOS.WPT, WP60DOS.WPT, WPAMIPRO.WPT, WPWIN52.WPT, and WPWORD.WPT have been removed. OTHER TEMPLATES -- WPLITE.WPT and WORKGRP.WPT have also been removed. TRANSITION ADVISOR -- Transition Advisor has been renamed Upgrade Expert. WORDPERFECT PRINTER DRIVERS -- WordPerfect printer drivers are no longer available under a custom installation. To install WordPerfect printer drivers, run the setup program again, choose Install, choose Options, then choose Printers. Also, the files WP60DM08.ALL, WP60HP02.ALL, and WP60PS02.ALL have been removed. CONVERSION DRIVERS -- Several conversion drivers for word processing and spreadsheet formats have been eliminated from the standard installation and made available only under a custom installation. For more information, see Conversion Drivers in README.FIL. GRAPHICS FILES -- Several .WPG files have been removed. TRUETYPE FONTS -- The following TrueType fonts have been removed: Brush 738 (TT0806M_.TTF), Blackletter 686 (TT1044M_.TTF), Bitstream Arrus Black (TT1149M_.TTF), and Bitstream Arrus Black Italic (TT1150M_.TTF). INSTALLATION OF EXISTING FILES ============================== When installing WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows into an existing directory, WordPerfect checks for any existing template, macro, or graphics files that have the same filename as the file that is being installed. Instead of overwriting the file, WordPerfect will rename the existing file using <name-of-file>.!?? as the naming convention. For example, the existing file DRAGN.WPG is renamed DRAGN.!PG. To determine if a file already exists, WordPerfect checks the date of any .WPT, .WCM, or .WPG file that has the same name as the file being installed. If the file has a different date, a backup copy will be made of that file. Note that the Environment files (files with a .ENV extension) are also backed up and new Environment files created. NOTE: If you have modified the STANDARD.WPT file since originally installing WPWin 6.0/6.0a, the following changes will be made to that file when you install WPWin 6.1: 1) A new STANDARD.WPT file that is included with WPWin 6.1 will be merged with your modified file of the same name, creating an updated STANDARD.WPT file. The merge will accept any new objects that you have created for the template, such as a new Toolbar, but it does not merge with modified objects, such as the WordPerfect default Toolbar. 2) Your modified file from WPWin 6.0 will be renamed to STANDOLD.WPT. 3) The new STANDARD.WPT file that is included with WPWin 6.1 will be renamed to STAND61.WPT. 4) The files STANDOLD.WPT and STAND61.WPT will be moved to the OLDTEMPS subdirectory of your WPWin 6.1 Template Files directory, along with any other templates you created in WPWin 6.0/6.0a. THE DDEML.DLL FILE ================== We are aware of conflicts with a Windows file titled DDEML.DLL dated 4/22/92. The correct version of this file should be found in your Windows System directory (for example, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM). If the above file is found in your Windows directory, and the correct version is found in the Windows System directory, the file will automatically be deleted from the Windows directory. MACRO HELP =========== If you are installing WPWin 6.1 for the first time on your system, and you choose the standard installation, the OnLine macros manual (or Macro Help) will not be installed. The WPWin 6.1 OnLine macros manual is available only under a custom installation. Macro capability has been added to WP Draw. The Macro Help file for WP Draw is available only on the Utilities Disk. To order the Utilities disk, call one of the Sales Center numbers listed below. If you are outside the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Canada, please contact your local Novell or WordPerfect affiliate or authorized reseller. (800) 451-5151 (toll-free) (801) 225-5000 (toll) MODIFYING THE PERSONAL INFORMATION DIALOG BOX IN TEMPLATES ========================================================== When you create your own templates, you can edit the _AUTOFIL.WCM macro to add or delete fields in the Personal Information dialog box. However, you cannot modify the fields in the Personal Information dialog box used by WPWin's built-in Autofill feature. USING WORDPERFECT OUTLINES IN PRESENTATIONS 3.0 =============================================== You can create slide shows in Presentations 3.0 from outlines you create in WordPerfect. Presentations uses paragraph numbers (not styles) to distinguish one slide from another and one level of information from another. For example, each first level item in your outline corresponds to the title of a new slide, and each second level item corresponds to the next level of information on that slide, such as a bullet point on a Bullet Chart slide. To create an outline item in WordPerfect that will be displayed as a subtitle in Presentations, make the outline item be a third level item following a first level item. To do this, follow the steps below. 1 Choose Outline from the Tools menu. 2 Type the text for the title of the slide (the first outline item). 3 Press Enter. 4 Press Tab twice, type the text for the subtitle, then press Enter. 5 To add bullet text (or whatever the next level of information is for that slide), press Shift+Tab, then type the text. INSTALLATION OF BITSTREAM TRUETYPE FONTS ======================================== To view WPWin 6.1 templates as designed, the Bitstream TrueType fonts must be installed. Without these fonts, system fonts will be used, which will cause display problems. The Bitstream TrueType fonts are installed as part of a standard installation. If for some reason you did not install these fonts, follow the steps below to install them. 1 Insert the diskette labeled Setup into disk drive A (or B). 2 Choose Run from the File menu in the Windows Program Manager. 3 Type A:SETUP (or B:SETUP), then choose OK. 4 Choose Install, choose Options, then choose Fonts. 5 Make sure the Install from and Install to text boxes contain the proper pathnames, then choose OK. 6 Follow the prompts until the fonts are installed. WINDOWS DESKJET PRINTER DRIVERS & PRINTING ENVELOPES ==================================================== The following changes need to be made in the Paper Size dialog box if you are printing envelopes with a Windows printer driver on any of the following printers: HP DeskJet, HP DeskJet Plus, HP DeskJet 500, or HP DeskJet 500c. With these printers, Envelope #10-Wide needs to be the only paper size for envelopes. 1 Make sure the appropriate Windows printer driver is selected. 2 Choose Page from the Format menu, then choose Paper Size. 3 Highlight Envelope #10 Landscape, choose Delete, choose Yes, then choose Close. Now when you print envelopes, the Envelope #10-Wide paper size will be selected by default. NOTE: If Envelope #10-Wide is not listed in the Paper Definitions list box, delete all of the paper size definitions by selecting them one by one, choosing Delete, then choosing Yes. When all the paper size definitions are deleted, choose Close. Then repeat the steps above. This time when you choose Paper Size in step 2, a new list of paper size definitions will be created, including both of the envelope definitions. When loading the envelope using a Windows printer driver, place the envelope face down in the printer and gently push it under the rollers. Do not press the envelope button(s) on the printer's control panel to preload the envelope. NOTE: If you are using an HP DeskJet Series (version 3.0 or 3.1) Windows printer driver, you will not have a Manual Feed option as described in step 5 above. Therefore, you will need to select either the Default option or the In Tray option. Printing an envelope that is appended to a document is not supported with an HP DeskJet Series (version 3.0 or 3.1) Windows printer driver. After making these changes, you can print envelopes by selecting Envelope from the Format menu. Make sure you select the envelope paper type from the Envelope Definitions pop-up list. ERROR 21 WITH WINDOWS HP LASERJET 4 DRIVERS =========================================== If an Error 21 occurs while you are printing graphics at 600 dpi resolution on an HP LaserJet 4 family printer (while using the Windows printer driver), we recommend that you make the following changes to the driver settings to possibly allow the document to print. 1 In WordPerfect, choose Print from the File menu, then choose Select. 2 Highlight the appropriate HP LaserJet 4 Windows printer in the Specific Printer list box. or Select Windows Default Printer. 3 Choose Setup from the Options drop-down list, then choose Options. 4 Change the Graphics Mode from HP-GL/2 to Raster, then choose OK. 5 Choose OK to exit the Setup dialog box. If your printer has additional memory, you may consider turning on the page protection option before exiting the Setup dialog box, then try printing the graphic again. 6 Choose Close to return to your WordPerfect document. SQL DATABASE IMPORT =================== If you are importing an Access database file using spaces (instead of an underscore character) in the field name or the table name, make sure you place a double quote (") at the start and end of the full name, otherwise a syntax error will occur. The SQL database drivers that were included with WPWin 6.0/6.0a are not included in WPWin 6.1. However, they are still supported. ATM FONTS UNDER WINDOWS NT ========================== Adobe is currently not supporting ATM under Windows NT, therefore Type 1 fonts are unavailable for use. WPCFONT.INI FILE ================ WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows has the ability to read a .INI file and use the information to translate and map fonts that do not match fonts in the current font list. The purpose of this file is to translate font names from WordPerfect 5.x and 6.x printer drivers to windows printer drivers. The file should not be used to store all font names that do not match since performance is affected by the size of the file and the number of names found in the sections. The WPCFONT.INI file consists of three major sections: 1) Printer Name Translation 2) Printer Font Translation 3) Substitute Fonts Printer Name Translation ------------------------ Because many printers use the same drivers in Windows and in WordPerfect, the font translation sections for those printers will be the same. To avoid duplication of translation sections and to keep the file as small as possible, translation sections are given unique names, and then printer names are equated to those unique names. For example, many of the PostScript printers in Windows use the same driver. Printer Font Translation ------------------------ These sections are printer specific and list font name translations for fonts that are the same between WordPerfect printer drivers and Windows printer drivers. To keep the sections as small as possible, base font names are listed with the styles in braces. The rules of .INI files require that the names on the left side be unique because they are key names. For consistency, the WordPerfect driver font names are listed on the left, and the Windows driver font names are listed on the right. However, the order does not matter because, in trying to match a name, both sides are compared, and if a match is made, the name on the other side is used. Substitution Font Section ------------------------- This section is a general font substitution table and is checked by WordPerfect for all printers. The table attempts to match the name on the left side of the equation to the name from the document. If it matches, WordPerfect then checks all of the names on the right side for a match with the current font list. One or more names can be listed on the right side, and WordPerfect will search the font list until a match is found. The names are separated by commas. FILE ACTIVITY LOG ================= The File Activity Log feature provides a log file that records the date and time at which the following actions occurred: - WordPerfect was started and exited - Files were opened, closed, or saved (with Save or Save As) - Changes were discarded - New files were opened Along with the log file, File Activity Log verifies that files are saved correctly by DOS. File Activity Log detects problems that may occur when DOS or some document management programs have trouble saving a file. It then warns you that there is a problem so you can find some other method of saving the file before you exit WordPerfect. File Activity Log is inoperative by default. To enable File Activity Log, add the following lines to the [WPCorp] section of your WIN.INI file: FileActivityLog=1 FileActivityLogFile=filename IMPORTANT: Specify a full pathname with the filename to ensure that File Activity Log can always find your log file. To disable File Activity Log, set FileActivityLog to 0 in your WIN.INI file. WordPerfect checks the settings for FileActivityLog and FileActivityLogFile only when it starts up, so changes made to the settings take effect only after you exit and restart WordPerfect. IMPORTANT: Information is appended to the log file as you use WordPerfect. To preserve disk space, you should make regular backup copies of your log files, and then delete them and start again with new log files. CUSTOM WINDOWS COLORS IN HELP ============================= The WPWin Help screens were designed to use specific colors for background, text, and so on. However, if you have customized your Windows colors, and you would like to use those colors in the Help screens in WPWin, you can do so by inserting the following line in the [Windows Help] section of your WIN.INI file: Colors=None RESTRICTION ON RENAMING NETWORK DIRECTORIES =========================================== Because network directories can't be renamed using NetWare 3.x, you will get an error message if you are using NetWare 3.x and you choose Rename Directory from the File Options drop-down list on the Open File or Save As dialog box. If you want to remove the Rename Directory option from the File Options drop-down list, see Disabling Open File Options in README.NET. There are no restrictions on renaming network directories with NetWare 4.x. OPTIMIZING WPWIN 6.1 ==================== Many performance issues can be resolved by configuring your computer to run optimally under Windows. As a starting point, we suggest the following: - Use a disk cache such as SMARTDRIVE. - Set up a permanent swap file. For example, one common configuration is to have the total of your computer's physical RAM and your swap file equal 16M. - Have an adequate FILES statement in your CONFIG.SYS file. We recommend 50 or more if you are running Windows applications. For additional information, see General Tips in Appendix H: Troubleshooting in the WPWin 6.1 User's Guide, or refer to your Windows documentation. TALK->TO PERFECTOFFICE SPEECH RECOGNITION SYSTEM ================================================ Talk->To PerfectOffice, for the stand-alone version of WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows or the PerfectOffice suite, is a speech recognition product that lets you run commands simply by speaking into a microphone. For example, instead of using your mouse or keyboard, you can use speech to start an application, open a document, move within a document, work with menus and dialog boxes, or save and print a document. If you purchased either the stand-alone version of WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows or the PerfectOffice suite on CD-ROM, you already have the software necessary to use the Talk->To PerfectOffice speech recognition system within these products and the electronic version of the Talk->To PerfectOffice User's Guide in Envoy format. You can order the additional items listed below: DragonDictate Microphone - Necessary for using the Talk->To PerfectOffice speech recognition software. Cue cards - A collection of speech commands that are task oriented and specific to the product you are working in. For example, the cue card for WordPerfect lists, among other things, custom speech commands for navigating your WordPerfect document. Getting Started Guide - A guide for the new user to speech recognition. DragonDictate Starter Edition - DragonDictate Starter Edition is a dictation system that allows you to insert or "type" words into the application, using your own voice. For ordering information, please refer to the enclosed coupon. NOTE: If you purchased the stand-alone version of WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows on diskettes and want to use the Talk->To PerfectOffice speech recognition system, you must order the WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows CD-ROM Media Package. This includes the Talk->To PerfectOffice software. For ordering information, please refer to the Customer Services appendix in the WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows User's Guide. ODBC SETUP ========== If you will be using Microsoft's ODBC to import database data into WPWin, you will need access to the ODBC driver manager. The ODBC driver manager is typically included with database programs that use ODBC, but if you do not have the ODBC driver manager, you may obtain a free copy for use with WPWin 6.1 by ordering the ODBC Setup disk. To order the ODBC Setup disk, call one of the Sales Center numbers listed below. If you are outside the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or Canada, please contact your local Novell or WordPerfect affiliate or authorized reseller. (800) 451-5151 (toll-free) (801) 225-5000 (toll) NOTE: The ODBC Setup disk is included in Informs, the electronic forms package from Novell's Groupware division. You need not order the ODBC Setup disk if you already own Informs. NOTE TO BORLAND OFFICE 2.0 USERS ================================ The version of Desktop Application Director (DAD) included with Borland Office 2.0 will not function properly with WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows. An updated DAD will be included in PerfectOffice 3.0. DOCUMENTATION CHANGES ===================== Because of program changes made since the WPWin 6.1 User's Guide was printed, the following information in the manual is incorrect or incomplete. RECOMMENDED SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS -- The disk space requirement stated on page 3 is incorrect. WPWin 6.1 requires approximately 32M of free disk space for a new, standard installation, including 1.2M for OLE 2.0. The files required for OLE 2.0 will be installed only if you don't already have them on your computer, or if you have older versions of them. STYLES -- The information about Updating Styles on page 536 does not apply. The Update feature has been removed from the Styles button on the Power Bar. However, styles are still updated automatically as described under Automatic Paragraph Styles on page 536, and you can manually update styles using the macro command StyleUpdate. AUTO START FOR SPELL CHECKER AND GRAMMATIK -- Spell Checker and Grammatik now start automatically when you select them from the Tools menu or from the Toolbar. You no longer need to choose Start as instructed on pages 189 and 512. SUPPORTED DATABASES -- The dBase V and Paradox 5.0 database versions are now supported, but they are not listed as Supported Formats on page 525. SHARED CODE -- In several places in the User's Guide, you will find references to "shared code" or "shared program files." For example, there are several such references in Appendix D: Networking WordPerfect. These references are generally to files that are installed under the PerfectFit Components group in the setup program. APPENDIX E: PROGRAM FILES -- The list of files included in a minimum installation has changed somewhat since the manual was printed. Also, the complete list of program files is located in README.FIL, not README.WP as indicated on page 717. Please see README.FIL in your WordPerfect directory. **** As you can see, the read me file is quite extensive. It is indicative of the typical documentation one receives from WP Corp. In this respect they try to leave no stone unturned. This version of Word Perfect for Windows 6.1 truly approaches the DTP level in many ways. In fact it far exceeds the company connotation of Document Processor . So far, in just about twenty two hours of usage, its safe to say to this version is everything its supposed to be and then some. It very nicely done, rock solid and to top it all off, it is fast. Much faster than its predecessors. Go for it, you will not be sorry. __________________________________________ > Frankie's Corner STR Feature """""""""""""""""""""""""""" The Kids' Computing Corner -------------------------- by Frank Sereno Adventures in Flight by Sanctuary Woods 1825 S. Grant St. Suite 410 San Mateo, CA 94402 phone: 415-286-6000 suggested retail $39.95 separate CD-rom versions for Windows and Macintosh for ages seven to eleven IBM Requirements Macintosh Requirements CPU: 386-SX or higher CPU: Mac LC or greater Ram: 4 megs, 8 recommended Ram: 4 megs Video: SVGA Video: 8-bit color CD-rom: Yes CD-rom: Yes H disk: under 1 meg H disk: under 1 meg OS: Windows 3.1 OS: System 6.0.7 or higher Sound: Snd. Blaster or compat. Printer recommended on both platforms Can you remember back almost a lifetime ago when you were learning math in grade school? Did you wonder what usefulness it would have later in life? And now you have a child who is asking the same question. Sanctuary Woods has provided a way for children to teach themselves the importance of mathematics through the fun learning activities of Adventures in Flight. Adventures in Flight is designed to teach children ages seven to eleven about how the different occupations involved in airlines use mathematics daily in "Real World Math" situations. Adventures in Flight uses a point and click interface to allow children to explore an airport. The five areas of interest each have five areas of further exploration. Each of these twenty-five areas has a Data Demo which explains how math is used in that area. Each Data Demo has a Data Quiz in which children answer questions to gain points. The incentive is to gain enough points to move to the highest flight level. Along the way, children can print out certificates of progress, plans for constructing paper airplanes or they can watch videos of planes morphing from one form to another. Once the child reaches 15000, he will have clearance to fly the space shuttle. The program includes a short tutorial hosted by Vicki Van Meter, the youngest female pilot to cross the Atlantic. Vicki explains all the features and functions of the program. Also, all activities are explained at the beginning and further audible help is available clicking on the "host" for each Date Demo or Data Quiz. Many Data Quizzes involve solving a math problem such as division or addition, but others involve observation. Children will learn measurement, operations, geometry, graphing and problem solving. They will also become familiar with many occupations in the airline industry including pilot, ticket agent, flight attendant, baggage handler, aircraft mechanic, controller, service technician and customs agent. Children can learn at their own pace and they will immediately see how the various lessons apply to real-world situations. The graphics used in the program are above average. Still images are colorful but not finely detailed. The animations are very good with many amusing touches. The program makes excellent use of sound. The music is lively and interesting. All voices are easily heard and understood due to excellent diction. The many digitized sound effects are properly employed and have great sound clarity. The interface is excellent. Audible help is available throughout the program. Maneuvering through the program is very easy. The manual is very concise but it includes advice on setting up the program and troubleshooting guides. Play value is very good. A child should spend at least ten hours before he has finished the 500 data items to be found in the twenty-five Data Demos. He can also print out certificates and paper plane plans. And then there are the 375 math problems he can solve in the Data Quizzes! Educational value is outstanding. This program teaches children many important math concepts and shows their application to real situations. The program also introduces children to many possible careers and the tasks for those jobs. Adventures in Flight is designed to be used with the cirricula of Addison Wesley's Mathematic Series Quest 2000 and the NCTM Standard. A school version, available for $59.95, includes a teacher's manual and an individual student report generator to highlight a student's strengths and weaknesses. Bang for the Buck is excellent. This program is reasonably priced and provides an excellent blend of entertainment and education. Ratings Graphics ............. 8.5 Sounds ............... 9.0 Interface ............ 9.0 Play Value ........... 8.5 Educational Value .... 9.5 Bang for the Buck .... 9.5 Average .............. 9.0 ### WordStuff by Sanctuary Woods 1825 S. Grant St. Suite 410 San Mateo, CA 94402 Phone: 415-286-6000 suggested retail $39.95 separate CD-rom versions for Windows and Macintosh for children ages 3 to 6 IBM Requirements Macintosh Requirements CPU: 386DX or higher CPU: LC III or higher Ram: 4 megs, 8 recommended Ram: 4 megs, 8 recommended Video: VGA, SVGA recommended Video: 13" monitor H Disk: 1.9 megs or more free H Disk: n/a OS: Windows 3.1 OS: System 6.0.7 Sound: Sound Blaster or compatible Printer, microphone and mouse recommended on both platforms WordStuff is an interactive multimedia picture dictionary for preschool children. The program combines bright graphics, amusing animations, sounds, music and children's voice. Children will be presented language learning opportunities in Spanish and English. Over seven hundred words are represented in WordStuff. WordStuff features four exploration areas which are accessed by clicking on the children on the title screen. Children visit a farm, go on a camping trip, play in snow or play games at a fair. These areas then have three play areas called I-spy, I-play and I-sing. I-spy features nouns. I-play features opposite words, noisy words or action words. I-sing allows the child to hear and sing a traditional song. A common menu bar to the scenes features a WordStuff logo to return to the main screen. The I-button allows the child to stay in one setting but to choose another I-activity. A printer icon will print line pictures and the microphone icon enables the child to record his own pronunciation of each word. The speaker button will play back his recordings. I-spy allows the child to click on fifteen objects in a colorful scene. A large, blue cursor will open his eyes when he passes over a selectable object. Upon clicking on such an object, the cursor will change via one of eighteen animations to point at the object, then the object's name will be pronounced aloud and displayed as text on the screen. A picture can be printed of each noun which can show additional words if the label option is chosen. The I-play mode will feature the same scene but now clicking on an object will open a small animation box. The animations will define a word for the child by presenting an animation. If he clicks inside the picture, he will get an animated surprise. He can print out a picture with a sentence for a "Big Book of Sentences." The final activity is I-sing. Three additional buttons are used in this activity. A green arrow is the play button and a red octagon is the stop button. The final button is a face that will flip between two images when clicked upon. If the mouth is open, then the computer voice and instrumental tracks will be played. But if the mouth is closed, then only the instrumental track will be played. He can record his own voice track. Sheet music of the four songs is provided in an included booklet. A picture can be printed also. This program is entertaining and educational. I do see a few shortcomings. The interface could use some changes. Parents have no control over whether the child can or cannot use the printer short of turning the printer off. A menu should be available to the parent to control printing, recording or copying of files to the hard drive. Another shortcoming is that each time the child does print a page, he is asked to type in his name. Perhaps it would be better if there were a menu for the child to type in his name at the beginning of the program. Also, having this login capability could allow each user to keep his own recordings on the hard drive for future reference. In the I-sing section, a nice addition would have been a karaoke-type presentation of the song lyrics on the screen while the music was played. The graphics in this program are bright and colorful. The animations are very amusing. One shortcoming is that character's lips are not synched with the animation. Sound is very good. In a few instances, the children doing dialog had some small diction problems but their words are easily understood. The music is joyful. Sound effects are realistic and are implemented a great deal. The interface is good, but I do think some parental control menu should be available. I would recommend that parents supervise their child when using this program or their printer may run out of ink! The manual is concise but detailed. It includes technical tips and troubleshooting advice. Play value is very good. The program is fun and amusing. It will take many hours for the child to find all the hidden surprises in this package. The program also provides for hours of off-computer activities with the coloring pages and some included word cards. Educational value is excellent. Children will learn many words by definition from this program. Remember that this program includes Spanish language versions of each screen so the child may build a small vocabulary in that language as well. This program is a very good buy for the play and educational value it presents to the child. Ratings Graphics ............ 8.0 Sounds .............. 9.0 Interface ........... 8.0 Play Value .......... 8.5 Educational Value ... 9.0 Bang for the Buck ... 8.5 Average ............. 8.5 ### Sanctuary Woods Announces Release of Three New CD-rom Programs On November 28, Sanctuary Woods introduced three new programs. All three products are enhanced versions of products from their recently acquired Magic Quest line. These programs are available for both Windows and Macintosh. For Windows, the programs require an MPC Level 1 computer while on the Macintosh the system must have a 13-inch or larger color monitor. Suggested retail price for each title is $39.95. MATH ACE JR. The first product is Math Ace Jr. It is intended for children ages four to eight as a tool for teaching fundamental math skills. Children solve math puzzles to equip their own multimedia aquarium. They will learn fifteen essential math concepts including adding, subtracting, multiplying, patterns, counting money and telling time. The program has been enhanced with more math problems, more character animations, digital sound and video and a new pilot activity which allows the child to drive the submarine. They will learn map reading skills as they guide the submarine to treasures. WORD CITY Word City is a language arts program which integrates spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension and alphabetization skills into an entertaining arcade game. Designed for children ages seven to fourteen, the program features 2,400 words and nine activities featuring interactive graphics and music to maintain children's interest. Children solve word problems to thwart an alien force from destroying Word City. They can also explore topics and concepts of interest outside the arcade game. Word City has been enhanced with several new activities. "Sounds of the City" challenges children to identify 500 antonym, synonym and rhyming words. "Sea & Describe" allows children to describe full-color pictures of people, places and things. "Listen & Do" has been expanded to utilize hearing as well as sight recognition to increase children's spelling skills. Finally, a new game module called "Wizard" provides challenges for older children and adults. The original Word City featured two levels of play, "Prodigy" for ages seven to ten and "Ace" for ages eleven to fourteen. "Wizard" provides new reading comprehension activities, 1200 vocabulary words, 400 spelling words and a new "Analogies" activity. These titles can be purchased directly through Sanctuary Woods by calling 415-286-6110 or through many fine retailers and discounters. ### Please remember, I'm looking for additional staff to help review some of the children's programs. Please send a writing sample and a brief note about yourself to the addresses listed below. You won't get paid (don't I wish!) but you will get to keep the software so please tell me the ages of your children. Please include your phone number so I may contact you. FidoNET: Frank Sereno at 1:2235/10 Internet: email@example.com U.S. Mail: 528 West Ave. Morris, IL 60450 And I thank you for reading! ________________________________________________ > STR InfoFile CIS Photoforum Events and Doing s """""""""""" * The PhotoForum Bulletin * Issue #1/December 94 WELCOME to the first issue of the PhotoForum Bulletin! This is something new we're doing to help busy people keep in touch with what's happening in PhotoForum and the world of photography. We hope all PhotoForum participants will appreciate this effort, but if you don't, just let us know so we can put you on the exclusion list. Rather than use too many precious bytes telling you what this is or what it might become, we'll let this issue speak for itself. -- Jerry O'Neill, Editor -- * WIN GREAT PRIZES IN PHOTOFORUM'S WINTER PHOTO CONTEST Read WINTER.RUL in library 1 of PhotoForum for complete information on how you can win very special prizes. First prize: a collector's Deluxe Limited Edition of John Sexton's new book, LISTEN TO THE TREES, valued at $750, which includes an original 11x14" signed print, "Aspen and Spruce Forest, Near Snowmass, Colorado." Second prize: a Kodak Portable Photo CD player, valued at $350 (US model). Play your Photo CD discs and audio CDs almost anywhere! Plus, more prizes! * NORTH AMERICAN NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS ASSOCIATION We're proud to announce a new PhotoForum message section, NANPA/Nature, which has been established to help promote this organization's stated goals: "The mission of the North American Nature Photography Association is to provide education, foster professionalism and ethical conduct, gather and disseminate information, and develop standards for all persons interested in the field of nature photography. NANPA further seeks to promote nature photography as an art form and as a medium of communication for the sciences, nature appreciation and environmental protection." The founders and board members, many of whom will soon share their wealth of experience in PhotoForum, are the great nature photographers of our time. For more about NANPA, GO PHOTOFORUM and see message #541131. * DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR: ----------------------- - NOW-1/29 - Sexton Show in Monterey. GO PHOTOFORUM & see message #533676. - NOW-1/15 - ONLINE EXHIBIT - Shadows of Wildness: Images of Raptors by Joel Albert. GO PHOTOFORUM and see message #537136. - 12/1 - Start of Winter Photo Contest. See WINTER.RUL in PhotoForum. - 12/11 @ 9pm Eastern - Pro Digital Imaging - Sinar Bron, Inc, Conference. Join our guests Jeff Isaacs and Mike Brunzell for a special PhotoForum CO. - 12/12 - Ian Summers' Creativity Workshop - Formerly creative director of The Black Book. This exciting workshop is a 10-week event. GO PROPHOTO and see message #16650 for details. - 1/13-15 - NANPA's First Annual Forum in Fort Myers, Florida. Those presenting include: Art Wolfe, Frans Lanting, George Lepp, Galen Rowell, Dewitt Jones, Pat O'Hara, Jane and Russ Kinne, Gary Braasch, John Nuhn, Jeff Foott and others. Watch for online events soon to follow. - 2/9-12 - PMA's Convention & Trade Show in Las Vegas. - 2/28 - Winter Contest Deadline! * LAST-MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS: - Shopping for a point & shoot camera? See Don Hinds' great file, P&S95.TXT, in PhotoForum's Cameras & Lenses library. Also, get tips in PhotoForum's new Point & Shoot message section. - The 7th edition of PHOTOGRAPHY by Phil Davis, Emeritus Professor of Art, University of Michigan, is now available. Beside's Phil's own work, this excellent textbook has illustrations by forum members Bob Clemens, Joel Albert and Spiros Polemis. Call 800-338-5578 for more information. - LISTEN TO THE TREES - check for it in your local bookstores. * JOHN SEXTON CONFERENCE About 85 people were on-line with forum member John Sexton for a real-time conference (CO). Highly regarded for his large-format photography, his printing, and his workshop teaching, John's photographs are in museums and exhibits worldwide. The CO centered around his just-published book LISTEN TO THE TREES. The topics included: - How did he select the photographs for his new book? - What are his favorite b/w films, developers, and papers? - What photographers have influenced him? - What is his "secret" of photographing? SXTN#3.CO is in PhotoForum's General Photo library. There you can also download SEXTON.INT, an exclusive interview with John which picks up where the conference left off. * FIRST DIGITAL VIEW CAMERA PHOTOGRAPHS OF YOSEMITE Landscape photographer Stephen Johnson made the first digital view camera photographs of California's Yosemite National Park using a 4 x 5 view camera and the Dicomed Digital Camera Back, and exhibited 28 x 42-inch digital prints at the Ansel Adams Gallery. See YOSEMT.TXT, by Jerry O'Neill, in PhotoForum's Digital Imaging library. * COPYRIGHT BATTLES Photographers have recently won some major court cases about copyright violations, and others are still underway. Here are three cases of special interest. GO PROPHOTO for these text files in the Legal/Copyright library: Stock agency FPG wants $1.4 million from photo pirates at NY newspaper Newsday -- they used two scanned-in photographs without paying. See FPG.TXT. Florida photographer Jerry Greenberg collects $195,000 for copyright violation from T-shirt manufacturer who used his photos. See GREENB.TXT. Portrait giant wins copyright case: Olan Mills Inc. and The Professional Photographers of America (PPA), won the case against Iowa photofinisher Linn Photo for copying portraits. See LINN.TXT. * THIS ISSUE'S SHAREWARE HOT TIP! Read Steve Pollock's review of GDS 3.1b, a DOS shareware program for displaying, converting, and cataloging graphic files, with recently added JPEG support. For more about GDS, see the following in PhotoForum's Util/GIF/JPG/ZIP library: - Steve Pollock's review: GDS3.RVW - For more info about GDS: GDSDES.TXT - The program file itself: GDS3.EXE * QUICK SHOTS! - See Photokina through Jerry O'Neill's experienced eyes: read PKNA94.RPT and PKNA94.QTS in PhotoForum's General Photo library. - Should Kodak let electronically retouched prints win Gold Awards? GO PROPHOTO and see a very interesting editorial, BERKEL.TXT, by Adrian Berkeley in the WCPP Int'l Corner library. Read about Charles Green's images that started the brouhaha in GREEN.TXT. - Most WinCIM users have probably noticed that we have a new forum logo that incorporates one of Bob Clemens' photographs of a beautiful model. Bob received $100 and free time in PhotoForum for as long as his photograph is in our logo. If you don't have WinCIM, see HMLOGO.GIF in PhotoForum. - 1001 Idea Stimulators by Ian Summers! Need to get your creative juices flowing? GO PROPHOTO and see messages #14462, 16282, 16280, 16281. - Home Office Deduction? Are you wondering if your home office deduction is legitimate? GO PROPHOTO and see Burton De Fren's messages #14223 and 15076. Enjoy Burt's wit and wisdom in a collection of messages, BIZTAX.ZIP, located in the Legal/Copyright library. He _almost_ makes taxes fun. <s> - Clip Art Photo Disks and why pros don't like them! Scott Highton, ASMP Technology chair, covers the issue in CLIPRT.TXT, CLIP1.TXT, CLIP2.TXT, CLIP3.TXT, all in PROPHOTO's Stock Issues library. Do you have an idea for our next issue? Let's hear it! --== Until next time, Happy Holidays & Good Shooting! ==-- _______________________________________ > STR InfoFile - Borland s dBASE 5 FOR WINDOWS WINS AWARD """""""""""" ======================================== dBASE FOR WINDOWS WINS MOST VALUABLE PRODUCT AWARD International Honors Continue for New Borland Database LAS VEGAS -- Borland International Inc.'s new dBASE 5.0 for Windows has earned PC/Computing Magazine's prestigious Most Valuable Product (MVP) Award for database management software. The MVP Awards were announced at a ceremony here Sunday in conjunction with COMDEX, the world's largest computer trade show. PC/Computing's MVP Awards focus on user productivity and usability, as well as technological innovation. dBASE was chosen over Microsoft Access 2.0 and Lotus Approach Release 3.0 as the best database of 1994. The MVP Award is the most-recent accolade for dBASE for Windows from computing magazines and trade shows around the world. "We auditioned a huge cast of showstopping products, but only the stars made the final cut," said the magazine's editorial staff in its annual MVP Awards issue. "dBASE for Windows...is everything a relational database is supposed to be." "This MVP Award shows that dBASE -- the most popular PC database in history -- is also the state-of-the-art Windows database for the 1990's," said V. David Watkins, vice president and general manager of Borland's dBASE Business Unit. "We thank all the editors at PC/Computing who selected dBASE 5.0 for Windows as the industry's best database. dBASE for Windows' combination of unmatched compatibility and next-generation technologies makes it the clear leader in the database market." Other Software Awards The PC/Computing MVP award is the most recent of several prestigious international awards that dBASE 5.0 for Windows has won for its superior data management and application development capabilities: The SMAU Industrial Design Award for Software (Italy) SMAU is the largest and most important computer and electronics trade show in Italy. Each year, a select committee of prominent Italian architects, educators, and industry executives choose the best new products from over 150 entries. In October, dBASE 5.0 for Windows was presented with the 27th annual SMAU Industrial Design Award in the software category for its overall design, graphical user interface, and innovative blend of state-of-the-art technologies and compatibility with previous versions of dBASE. Personal Computer World Magazine's Editor's Choice Award (UK) One of the oldest and largest personal computing magazines in the United Kingdom, Personal Computer World Magazine recently honored dBASE 5.0 for Windows with its Editor's Choice Award as Best Windows Database Development Package. In its December issue, the magazine said dBASE for Windows' "rich programming environment puts it head and shoulders above FoxPro in terms of its ability to exploit Windows features fully." PC User Magazine's Gold Award (UK) PC User, the leading business computing magazine in the United Kingdom, has awarded dBASE for Windows its distinguished Gold Award. In a September 1994 review, the magazine's editors praised the product "for its elegant design, two-way-tools and DOS compatibility." Computer Buyer Middle East Editor's Choice Award The largest English language computer magazine in the region, Computer Buyer Middle East has given dBASE 5.0 for Windows its Editor's Choice Award over competing products from Lotus and Microsoft. According to the magazine's November issue, dBASE for Windows is "...one of the most reliable databases around and has always changed itself to follow market requirements." About dBASE With an estimated 15 million users according to Computer Intelligence InfoCorp, dBASE is the worldwide standard for application development and the most widely-used database of large corporations and government organizations. Available now for Microsoft Windows, DOS, UNIX, and VAX VMS systems, dBASE supports the widest range of computing platforms of any desktop database. dBASE 5.0 for Windows, winner of PC/Computing Magazine's 1994 MVP Award, is the most powerful and advanced Windows database and application development environment. Built upon the industry-standard dBASE language and easy-to-use object-oriented technology, dBASE for Windows enables users to access the most popular corporate data sources, including dBASE and Paradox, Oracle, Microsoft/Sybase SQL Server, Borland InterBase, and all ODBC-compliant databases, such as Informix, DB2, and AS/400. Borland: The Upsizing Company Borland International Inc. (NASDAQ:BORL) is a leading supplier of databases, programming languages and tools for personal computers. A pioneer in the use of object-oriented technology, Borland is focused on delivering products and services that help customers "upsize" desktop applications into networked and client-server environments. Borland's award-winning products are supported through programs for software d e v elopers, value added resellers, systems integrators, corporate customers, computer software retailers and end users. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, Borland's products include dBASE, Paradox, InterBase, ReportSmith, Borland C++, Borland Pascal and Sidekick for Windows. ### Contact: Diane Samples Borland International Inc. (408) 431-4705 firstname.lastname@example.org Steve Curry Borland International Inc. (408) 431-4863 email@example.com ____________________________________________ > STR FOCUS! Borland s dBASE 5.0 for Windows. SUPER DEAL! """""""""" ============================================ ********************************************************************* SPECIAL OFFER...........SPECIAL OFFER...........SPECIAL OFFER........ ********************************************************************* dBASE 5.0 for Windows. Best Database. Best Deal. dBASE for Windows is the top-rated award winning database. It's the clear choice for all your data management needs. Get your work done FASTER with dBASE for Windows! Here is how you can get dBASE for Windows ----------------------------------------- For a limited time, dBASE 5.0 for Windows Competitive Upgrade is now available for an estimated street price of $129.95. All existing dBASE for DOS owners, other database owners and all office suite owners qualify. A $30 rebate ($40 Canadian) is available directly from Borland to All owners of previous versions of dBASE. In addition, you get the EasyStart Pack absolutely FREE. The EasyStart Pack consists of Dashboard 2.0 for Windows (1994 PC/Computing's Most Valuable Product - Best Utility) and Learning dBASE for Windows 90-minute video. To take advantage of this promotion, call 1-800-227-8885, extension 1285. Customers who have already purchased dBASE for Windows prior to this promotion are encouraged to call 1-800-437-8446 extension 1281 Monday through Friday, 7:00a.m.-4:00p.m. PST. Since its introduction in August 1994, dBASE 5.0 for Windows has won several prestigious international awards for its superior data management and application development capabilities including: PC/Computing Magazine's Most Valuable Product Award (US) - November 1994 PC Magazine's Technical Excellence Award (US) - November 1994 Windows Tech Journal Star Tech Award (US) - December '94 Issue PC User Gold Award (UK) - September 1994 SMAU Industrial Design Award (Italy) - October 1994 Personal Computer World "Editor's Choice" Award (UK) - November 1994 Computer Buyer Middle East Editor's Choice Award - November 1994 PC Actual Best Database Award (Spain) - November 1994 """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N FARGO PRIMERA PRO COLOR PRINTERS - 600DPI For a limited time only; If you wish to have a FREE sample printout sent to you that demonstrates FARGO Primera & Primera Pro SUPERIOR QUALITY 600dpi 24 bit Photo Realistic Color Output, please send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope [SASE] (business sized envelope please) to: STReport's Fargo Printout Offer P.O. 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MAC/APPLE SECTION (II) ====================== John Deegan, Editor (Temp) > STR InfoFile NOVELL'S VISUAL APPBUILDER """""""""""" ========================== INDUSTRY SHOWS BROAD SUPPORT For NOVELL'S VISUAL APPBUILDER Over 80 ALMs Now Available PROVO, Utah--November 15, 1994--Since Novell's announcement of Visual AppBuilder earlier this year, the product has received broad, enthusiastic support from customers, developers, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and end users. Visual AppBuilder, now called AppWare, is Novell's high-level programming tool that enables customers to rapidly construct custom applications using pre-written, reusable software components called AppWare Loadable Modules (ALMs). There are now over 80 ALMs available for developers to choose from. AppWare includes the Visual AppBuilder application, the ALMs, and the AppWare Bus. AppWare cuts development time and costs, boosts programmer productivity, enhances application portability, produces better applications and makes developing network applications easy. In addition, developers can easily add sophisticated network functionality to their applications, such as NetWare Directory Services (NDS), and Tuxedo transaction processing. KPMG Peat Marwick, a recognized leader in the field of information technology management, is one of the many companies choosing to use AppWare to develop applications. Allan Frank, national partner in charge of enabling technologies said, "we believe in the concept of AppWare to such a degree that we have developed a standalone business called AppWare Business Solutions. This group of people is dedicated to developing enterprise-wide solutions using AppWare. The bottom line is, we are talking about truly delivering the dream of cheaper, quicker, and better applications." Additionally, many Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) are using AppWare to develop applications in a fraction of the time and cost it took using traditional methods. These companies include Attachmate, Btrieve Technologies, Cerebus Corporation, Cheyenne Software, ECO High Tech Group, Hewlett Packard, HiTecSoft, Hesk, HyperActive, Inc., IDAS Corporation, ImPower, Inc., International Software Products, KnowledgeWare/Clear Access, Parallel Software, Peer Systems, Quinsy b.v., Reach Software, Revelar Corporation, Sales Kit Software, TechGnosis, Inc., and Wall Data Inc. "AppWare is key to Novell's success as a provider of leading network applications and development tools," said Bob Frankenberg, Novell chairman, president and CEO. "It's great to see the industry realizing the productivity, cost saving, and time to market benefits of AppWare." ALMs--Helping Customers Create Better Applications ALMs are the software building blocks that customers use to create custom applications using AppWare. They provide access to functions that are provided by local operating systems and network services. ALMs range from user interface utilities and multimedia modules to network services such as database access and messaging. Novell now offers more than 80 of these ALMs, making it even easier for customers to develop the custom applications they need to solve their business challenges. How AppWare Works AppWare allows developers to build applications by graphically arranging ALMs on screen that represent the application's sequences of operation and data flow. The software designer then uses the AppWare Bus to link and compile the ALMs into a working application. AppWare applications that are created for one platform are portable to another as long as the necessary ALMs exist in both environments. Novell's business is connecting people with people and the information they need, enabling them to act on it anytime, anyplace. Novell is the world's leading network provider. The company's software products provide the distributed infrastructure, network services, advanced network access and network applications required to make networked information and pervasive computing an integral part of everyone's daily life. Contact: Paula Taft Novell, Inc. (801) 261-7922 _________________________________________ > STR FOCUS! Spectrum Holobyte Ready For Christmas Sales """""""""" =========================================== SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE, INC. STOCKS THE SHELVES WITH EXCITING NEW GAMES THIS HOLIDAY SEASON! ALAMEDA, CA, November 15, 1994 - Spectrum HoloByte, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBYT) and its family of companies have some exciting new holiday gift game ideas. Spectrum HoloBytes game STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION(r) "Futures Past"(tm) has become one of 1994's top-selling interactive games for the Super NES, and is now engaged for holiday gift-giving among Trekkers and non-Trekkers alike. True to the look and feel of the television show, the interactive game offers its players a gripping story line, with the ability to play as any one of the seven main characters, such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Counselor Deanna Troi. As players explore the vast universe in this adventure game, they will visit strange new worlds, encounter alien life forms and defend the Starship Enterprise. Visit and explore another new world in Sid Meier's Colonization(tm), MicroProse's(r) latest award-winning and top selling IBM-PC product developed by innovative software designer Sid Meier. Based on the acclaimed Sid Meier's Civilization(r), Colonization focuses on a single era in history from 1500 to 1800 the discovery, exploration and colonization of the New World. Players control economic, military and political growth and strive to establish independence from the mother country while competing with other imperialist countries for dominance. MicroProse's Ultimate Football(tm) combines a 3-D simulation of all the bone-crushing action of the National Football League(tm) with the Franchise Football League(tm) Fantasy Football program. This IBM-PC CD-ROM software is the only computer product that allows you to download the real 1994 NFL stats from the Prodigy/Franchise Football League Stat Service or from the Fantasy Sports Properties, Inc.'s bulletin board service. With the Super Bowl approaching, this game will be a real favorite. FALCON(r) GOLD, Spectrum HoloByte's leading combat flight simulation product, will be flying off the shelves this holiday season. It has hit best selling lists every week since its release in mid-summer. New versions of Falcon(r) 3 .0, Operation: Fighting Tiger(tm), MiG-29: Deadly Adversary of Falcon 3.0(tm), Hornet: Naval Strike Fighter(tm), and Art of the Kill(tm) are included in this unique, attractively priced "Gold Collection" CD-ROM, released for DOS platforms. MicroProses X-COM UFO Defense(tm) is an addictive strategy game that pits the player against aliens terrorizing the Earth. Players must command groups of scientists, engineers and soldiers as well as develop a strategy to ensure human survival. As commander, players intercept UFOs, track alien activity on the Geoscope rotating globe display, take charge of tactical operations in the 3-D isometric Battlescope display, and monitor the political situation. Released for PC and PC CD-ROM platforms, this product offers extraordinary 3-D graphics. Master of Magic(tm) , an in-depth strategy game with the same flavor as Master of Orion(tm) and Sid Meier's Civilization(r), is the first game to place two popular game genresadventure and strategyinto an ever-changing fantasy realm. The player must consider resources, magic energy and other wizards in an endeavor to conquer the world. The player will experience new fantasy worlds and mystical planes of existence is this fantastic game available on PC and PC CD-ROM platforms. BreakThru!(tm), a puzzle game in the tradition of Spectrum HoloByte's ever popular Tetris(r) products, will be a favorite for every member of the family. Players are required to raze a wall brick by brick. The bricks are arranged by color. Beyond the wall lies the skylines of international cities such as Berlin, New York and San Francisco. By clicking on a certain color group, the player eliminates all of the same-color bricks in that group. Once the wall is razed within a specific time period, the player moves onto the next level. BreakThru features one- or two-player action, multiple levels of increasing speed and challenge, a dual wall for simultaneous two-player action and a special Child mode for younger players. Spectrum HoloByte's Wild Blue Yonder(tm): An Epic Adventure Through the Age of Flight, a new CD-ROM-based series on the history of aviation was developed by Digital Ranch of Burbank, California, whose principals are the Emmy award-winning producers of the A&E Network's "Brute Force" TV show. It is a next-generation interactive CD-ROM product, and one of the first of the new products to come out of the synergy between Silicon Valley and Hollywood. Wild Blue Yonder combines network-quality, live-action color aviation footage, pilot interviews, and text written by Walter J. Boyne, former director of the National Air and Space Museum. It includes stunning graphics and a soundtrack covering more than 80 years of popular music. SpaceKids(tm): Where's Grandpa?, an animated interactive cartoon adventure on IBM-PC CD-ROM, encourages the development of thinking and problem solving for children ages 410. Children manipulate the storyline by a simple touch of the keyboard or mouse. The software package contains a colorful computer screen frame and stickers, making it a perfect holiday gift for children. Experience multiplayer virtual reality in CyberStrike, an arcade-style game where the action is nonstop, and receive $50 worth of free GEnie on-line time. In September 1994, CyberStrike was named "the hottest arcade-style game on-line" by The Washington Posts Fast Forward magazine. The installation and interface are easy for both on-line experts and beginners and available in MS-DOS for IBM-PC and compatibles. Fleet Defender Gold, the first multimedia flight simulator to accurately recreate carrier-based operations, is a value-packed IBM-PC CD-ROM product. Some of the many features include a fully interactive cockpit tour, flight school series of instructional modules, actual Department of Defense flight recordings, dynamic footage from Aviation Weeks "Flight Deck" video, and gun camera footage of a Libyan Mig encounter. A multimedia IBM-PC CD-ROM product, 1942 The Pacific Air War Gold(tm) contains digital video speech and images that teach players how to fly and fight in World War II airplanes over the Pacific in advanced air combat maneuvers. Players have the option to fly under either the Japanese or United States flags. Other features include a virtual cockpit that gives same fields of view as the pilot and modem-play capability. Often times during the holiday season, people dust off their train sets and build transportation networks. Now, MicroProse gives would-be conductors and builders the chance to make tracks, make connections and make it big with Transport Tycoon, a strategy game in the style of Sid Meier's Civilization(r) and Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon(r). Buy, build and control networks on rail, air and sea in a game that contains high-resolution graphics and has a simple point-and-click interface, available for IBM-PC. In addition, Domark, an affiliated label, has several new phenomenal titles available including Flying Nightmares for the Power Mac and Power Mac CD-ROM, Out of the Sun for the Power Mac and Power Mac CD-ROM, and World War II for the PC and PC CD-ROM. Spectrum HoloByte, Inc. is a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for use on CD-ROM and floppy-based personal computers. 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STREPORT (Current issue: STREPORT 10.48) Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database. ====================================================================== TOAD COMPUTERS -- HOLIDAY FESTIVAL '94! -- DEC 3 & 4, 1994 ====================================================================== == THE SHOW IS APPROACHING FAST! == IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR ATARI EXCITEMENT, DON'T MISS TOAD COMPUTERS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL 1994! The show will take place at TOAD COMPUTERS in the Park Plaza Shopping Center in Severna Park, Maryland. There's unlimited free parking and lots to see and do nearby, as we're nestled between Washington, Baltimore, and Annapolis (eat the great local seafood!). Confirmed 1994 attendees include: - Tom Harker, ICD Inc. (CatBox and Star Battle) - Roger Burrows, Anodyne Software (ExtenDOS CD Driver) - Gribnif Software -- Dan Wilga / Rick Flashman - Wizztronics (Falcon enhancements & more) - Bob Luneski, Oregon Research - Jim Fouch, Fouch Software (Mailing Manager ST) - MajicSoft - Binary Sounds (Hybrid Arts Product Line) - Joe Waters, Ed. of Current Notes - Greg Ondo, Steinberg Jones - Charles Smeton (STraight FAX!) - And of course, the Toad Gang -- including Dave and Jennifer Troy ATARI ST / TT / Falcon, Jaguar, Lynx, Portfolio and 8-Bit!! Come SEE IT ALL at the nation's premier ATARI Outlet! TOAD COMPUTERS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL '94: Saturday December 3rd 10:00am - 7:00pm Sunday December 4th 10:00am - 5:00pm Toad Computers Park Plaza Shopping Center 570 Ritchie Highway Severna Park, MD 21146-2925 Voice: (410) 544-6943 Orders: (800) 448-8623 FAX: (410) 544-1329 BBS: (410) 544-6999 TOADFAX: (410) 544-0098 For MAPS, DIRECTIONS, HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS, or any other information you may need, please call us! The local HOLIDAY INN is offering $59 (reg $90) rooms for the show. For more information, please call us at (410) 544-6943! LOTS OF FOLKS KNOW ABOUT THE SHOW: - 5000 Postcards Mailed in mid-November - Featured on the back of our latest catalog - Advertised in Current Notes & ST Informer - Advertised Electronically (Internet et al) - Highway Signage SPECIAL ICD PROMOTION: ICD is offering a special promotion at the show. Buy an AdSpeed ST/STE for $159 _INSTALLED_. The board will be installed & your computer shipped back to you FREE or, time permitting, the board can be installed at the show -- ABSOLUTELY FREE! This is a great opportunity to get your ST going faster and save a little CASH! Bring your machine to the show to take advantage of this great deal! A SAMPLING OF WHAT WE'LL HAVE FOR THE SHOW: - Falcon030's (LOW!) - Hard Drives - TT030's - Hand Scanners - 1040STE's - 450 Mice - Stacy's - 125 Trackballs - Mega STE's - Joysticks - Laser Printers - ALL NEW SOFTWARE - CD ROM Drives - STraight FAX! (Show Special) - Monitors - Disks - Power Strips - Mousepads - Books - 8-Bit Hardware - ST Hardware - Games - DTP Software - Printers - Multimedia Speakers - Internet Demos - Lynx / Lynx Games - Jaguar - NEW JAGUAR TITLES! - Codehead Stuff - Printer Ribbons - FAX Modems - Great deals on all hardware and software - Full selection of Atari hardware & software - Atari Falcon030 Computer Systems at Special Discount Prices - Super Low Clearance Prices on a wide range of items including discontinued hardware and software, store demo equipment, and much more! - Our Toadally Cool Dog, Zoe - Free Hot Apple Cider (and cookies if you're good!) - Special "Kid Korral" with fun stuff, like crayons - Dave Small's Own "Live Rust" Neil Young Album, The One To Which Spectre was Programmed! - Demos of hardware and software! - NETWORKED JAGUARS! === MUCH, MUCH, MORE! === OTHER COOL STUFF WHICH IS ON ITS WAY TO US (As We Speak): - Over 14,000 ST Games - ImageCopy 3.5CD (Supports Photo CD Pictures) - NVDI 3.0 (New Version) - MagiC (Newest Version) - Desktopper (Falcon Case) STUFF WE'RE GIVING AWAY: - Jaguar System (Raffle to Benefit Habitat for Humanity) - Jaguar T-Shirts, Mugs & Bumper Stickers - Codehead T-Shirts - Free Toad T-Shirts to First 25 Attendees - Games - Lots more How much would you pay to be a part of a celebration like this? $3.98? $14.59? $75.00 Non Refundable? Well, no need! Admission to TOAD COMPUTERS HOLIDAY FESTIVAL '94 is ABSOLUTELY FREE! In the immediate area is historic and scenic Annapolis! Annapolis had been the capitol of the thirteen colonies under the Articles of the Confederation. Its historic state house is the oldest in use in this country and its white dome was built without the use of nails. Annapolis has a truly quirky personality that is a combination of southern hospitality, northern charm and historic clout. For you military buffs, Annapolis is the home of the United States Naval Academy. It is open to the public and features several museums, exhibits, and historical buildings. Annapolis is also home to some of the best seafood in the world, straight from the Chesapeake Bay. Toad Computers is TEN MINUTES away from downtown Annapolis. Also nearby is Baltimore, home of the recently renovated and world famous Inner Harbor -- a huge shopping and eating fiasco that's just minutes from some of the city's most historic sites. In the inner harbor area, you can visit the National Aquarium (home to thousands of species of marine life) which also features a working rainforest in its pyramid shaped dome. Visit the Maryland Science Center, home to a huge I-MAX theater and also packed with hundreds of constantly changing exhibits that relate to science, computers, and more. Visit the home of Babe Ruth, Betsy Ross, or Edgar Allan Poe. See the new stadium for the Baltimore Orioles -- Oriole Park at Camden Yards. You might also want to visit Fort McHenry -- the rampart that still stood after a night of bombardment in 1812 that led Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem to the tune of an old drinking song. Find out why this happened! Visit the B&O Railroad Museum where you can learn about the story of the rise and fall of the greatest form of transportation this country has ever known. Toad Computers is THIRTY MINUTES away from downtown Baltimore. Lastly, you may want to make a stop in Washington DC -- murder capital of the world and Capitol of the United States. Where else can the mayor of a city smoke crack and get RE-ELECTED? Come see the White House -- maybe you can visit Bill Clinton at home and give him your ideas for healthcare reform (yeah, like we're gonna see that anytime soon). Visit the Smithsonian Institute, National Art Gallery, countless memorials (Iwo Jima, Viet Nam, Jefferson, Lincoln, Washington Monument), and more. There is more to do in Washington than I could ever begin to list here with any justice. If you do want to go to Washington, check with AAA to make sure that you're not missing anything. It is truly a city with something for everyone. Toad Computers is FORTY FIVE MINUTES away from downtown Washington. HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS ------------------- If you plan to visit the Annapolis area from out of state, there are several hotels in the area that we may recommend: Sheraton At BWI Airport 15 Minutes Away (410) 859-3300 On Airport Grounds Loews Annapolis Hotel 15 Minutes Away 126 West Street Downtown Annapolis, MD 21401 AAA 4 Diamond Rating (410) 263-7777 Somewhat Expensive Days Inn 10 Minutes Away 1542 Whitehall Road Next to Outlet Mall Annapolis, MD 21401 on U.S. Route 50 (410) 974-4440 Near Bay Bridge ** Holiday Inn 15 Minutes Away ** 6600 Ritchie Highway On Ritchie Highway ** Glen Burnie, MD 21061 (MD Route 2) ** (410) 761-8300 SPECIAL $59 RATE! Historic Inns of Annapolis For you lovebirds who (There are several) are just dying to Church Circle have a romantic time Annapolis, MD 21401 in the "ancient city." (410) 263-2641 15 Minutes Away For more information, please call Toad Computers at (410) 544-6943. OK! So you're coming! TERRIFIC! Here's everything you need to know: When: Saturday, December 3rd 1994 10:00am - 7:00pm Sunday, December 4th 1994 10:00am - 5:00pm Where: Toad Computers Park Plaza Shopping Center 570 Ritchie Highway Severna Park, MD 21146 So come see the Jaguar, see Falcons in flight, see Toad Computers (America's Atari Source and the only Atari Superstore), see the local attractions and have fun. And help us ring in the holiday season! We look forward to seeing you! HOW TO GET HERE: For a map to Toad Computers and the immediate area, see GEnie ST Roundtable file #25969 (PostScript) or #25970 (Img Format). Or just call and we'll FAX or mail it to you. (This is also available on TOADFAX!, our FAX-on-demand service.) Come Visit! We're Expecting You! From Annapolis: Cross Severn River using US 50 bridge (east). Take MD 2 north (first exit across bridge). Turn left at sixth traffic light (McKinsey Road). Turn right immediately into Park Plaza shopping center. From Baltimore: Take I-695 (Baltimore Beltway) south to MD route 10 (to Severna Park). MD 10 will intersect with MD route 2 south. Take route 2 about 3 miles further. Turn right at sixth traffic light, onto McKinsey Road, then immediately right into Park Plaza shopping center. From Washington: Take US 50 (begins as New York Avenue) east to Annapolis. Follow directions from Annapolis. From Columbia: Take MD 32 east to I-97 north (to Baltimore). Exit onto Benfield Boulevard towards Severna Park. Follow Benfield Road to Robinson Road to MD 2. Turn right onto MD 2; second light on right is McKinsey Road. Then turn right immediately into Park Plaza shopping center. Once Inside Park Plaza: Locate and face Jo-Ann Fabrics. Turn left and proceed about 200 feet. We are on your left, across from the Signet Bank drive-through island. The street address is 570 Ritchie Highway. If you need any further assistance, please feel free to call us at (410) 544-6943! We hope to see you here! Last year, we were really happy with how things went. The holiday season is a really wonderful time to get together with Atari folks and it adds a spirit of real levity and excitement that is often missing at other Atari events. We're looking forward to putting on a first-class show, and we hope you can join us. David Troy Jennifer Troy Ray Mitchell David Troy ________________________________________________________ =================================================================== ACE '95 ACE '95 ACE '95 ACE '95 ACE '95 ACE '95 ACE '95 =================================================================== ******************************************************* NEWS RELEASE: THE TORONTO ATARI FEDERATION PRESENTS.....ACE '95! ******************************************************* _/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/ _/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/ _/_/ _/_/ _/_/_/_/ _/_/_/_/_/ _/_/ _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/_/_/_/_/_/ Software Demos! _/_/ _/_/ _/_/ _/_/ Hardware Demos! _/_/ _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/_/_/_/_/ Membership! _/_/ _/_/_/_/_/_/ _/_/_/_/_/ Phoenix Newsletter! _/_/ _/_/ _/_/ _/_/ 16/32 Bit Library! _/_/ _/_/ _/_/ _/_/ Monthly Meetings! _/_/ _/ _/_/ _/ Flea Market! _/ Seminars! Raffles! #*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*# Support! GRAPHICS! SPREADSHEETS! DATABASES! #*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*#*# DESKTOP PUBLISHING! TELECOMMUNICATIONS! MIDI! WORDPROCESSING! MUCH MORE! ~~~ The Toronto Atari Federation ~~~ Largest Atari User Group in North America! ~~~ (416) CALL-TAF (225-5823) ~~~ ******************************************************* NEWS RELEASE: THE TORONTO ATARI FEDERATION PRESENTS.....ACE '95!! ******************************************************* There have been a few events that captured the imagination of Atari Users over the years. One of the most significant of those events was ATARI CANADIAN EXHIBITION '92 - better known as ACE '92. Memories are long - especially about great successes! ACE '92 was all of that and more. It provided unprecedented opportunities for an enormous number of DEALERS, DEVELOPERS, SHAREWARE authors and (most important of all!) ATARI USERS, to gather in a venue which was bright, extremely busy, accessible and interesting. ACE '92 was well organized, highly successful and a profitable experience for everyone who participated. We're doing it again! ACE '95 IS COMING: ** April 1, 1995 - April 2, 1995 ** We have booked the North York Civic Center, MEMORIAL HALL facility - 5,000 square feet in four rooms! The superb Civic Centre Complex features excellent highway access, high speed local route access as well as airport, bus, subway, car and truck access. In the main complex itself you'll find the NOVOTEL HOTEL, Civic Center SHOPPING MALL & an excellent FOOD COURT immediately adjacent to the Show Hall in addition to other RESTAURANTS and SERVICES. We're also located on Toronto's famous Yonge Street! The location features high traffic volume & a site central to several thousand Atari users from Toronto, Southern & Eastern Ontario, Quebec, Western New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio & Michigan! The Main Auditorium (The Burgundy Room) is 2400 square feet of show/display floor, with a full sound system, proscenium stage, projection facilities, three entrances/exits, medium height ceiling (very intimate!), loads of electricity and direct access to the main foyer. The facility entrance is integrated with the Main Concourse traffic areas and prominently features a Canopied Main Entrance. The second hall (The Gold Room), is a 1,500 square foot room with direct access to the main foyer as well. The Gold Room has ample power, projection facilities, medium ceiling height and two entrances. The two smaller conference rooms are being slated for continuous LECTURES, DEMOS & WORKSHOPS throughout the weekend. The conference rooms also feature large picture windows, which provide loads of natural light (these are the same rooms which TAF uses for its regular teaching seminars!). We even have a dedicated MIDI room! The music people can *really* turn it up, without disturbing anybody! Show hours will be from 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday April 1/95 and 9 AM to 5 PM Sunday April 2/95. Every EXHIBITOR who attends will be supported by a large group of enthusiastic TAF VOLUNTEERS: for directions, support, banking, show liaison, etc. Transportation for Registered Exhibitors from the airport (Pearson International), will be provided free of charge (you must book this service in advance). ******************* ACE '92 saw over two thousand visitors and this time around, we know our visitors will be even more eager to shop for all the great products being offered, attend the SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS, see the very latest DEMOS of all the terrific new Atari SOFTWARE and HARDWARE and best of all.....have a terrific time! ******************** FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, we're presenting a THREE-TIERED RATE SCHEDULE. We know it will provide for greater participation by the smaller Shareware and Single Product Developers and User Groups. Show rates are as follows: #A - DEALERS & DEVELOPERS, ONLINE SERVICE VENDORS & OTHER COMMERCIAL SUPPLIERS: *$350 Cdn/$230 US per booth, not including hotels and meals. This includes 8' x 10' booth, electricity, transportation from the airport/bus depot or train station, ACE Liaisons (during show hours for directions, services, services, show support, etc.), 3 display tables, 6 chairs, table skirts & partitions, discount hotel rate, setup and tear down help, access to the Hospitality Room. The ACE '95 Registered Exhibitor's Kit consists of a floor plan (showing your booth, parking and loading areas), City Map, directions, TAF brochure, pen, ID badge & the Toronto Tourist Pack. We will be mailing Kits to all Exhibitors, of course. You must pre-book your Booth(s). Attendance will be very high, and nobody arriving without a booking can be accommodated. **Show management reserves the right to make a final determination as to who qualifies for this rate! #B - SMALL DEVELOPERS & SHAREWARE AUTHORS: (*2 or FEWER products developed or marketed): $175 Cdn/$115 US per booth, not including hotels and meals. This includes a Half-Booth, electricity, table skirt and partition, transportation from the airport/bus depot or train station, ACE Liaisons (during show hours for directions, services, show support, etc.) 2 display tables (1-Std, 1-Sm), 4 chairs, discount hotel rate, setup and tear down help, access to the Hospitality Room. Registered Exhibitor's Kit (as above). We will be mailing Kits to all Exhibitors, of course. You must pre-book your Booth. Attendance will be very high, and nobody arriving without a booking can be accommodated. *Show management reserves the right to make a final determination as to who qualifies for this rate! #C - USER GROUPS - All User Groups are invited to bring their Disk Libraries, Newsletters and Membership Kits, etc., and set up in our new USER GROUP CENTER! It will be set up in the Main Foyer. The fee per User Group is *$55 Cdn/$35 US, not including hotels and meals. This includes a single table section at the Center, 3 chairs, table skirt, general liaison, access to the Hospitality Room, electricity, Registered Participants Kit (as above). We will be mailing Kits to all Exhibitor's, of course. You MUST pre-book your space in the User Group Center. Attendance will be very high, and nobody arriving without a booking can be accommodated. Please Note that used hardware and software (for sale or trade) is not permitted at ACE '95! We know the User Group Center will be perfect for exchanging ideas & practical solutions to fund raising, membership drives, newsletter production, library management, club account management, seminar & workshop planning, BBS networking, Sysop'ing, and much, much more. *Show management reserves the right to make a final determination as to who qualifies for this rate! AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL......VISITORS - ATARI USERS.....THE BEST VISITORS OF ALL!! VISITORS - Show tickets are only $6 per day or $10 for the entire weekend. Your Single Day or Weekend ticket will give you admission to the ENTIRE SHOW including, all LECTURES, SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS (1st come 1st served, of course), all DEMOS, & the Keynote Speaker. You may pre-book a room at the Novotel ($89 Cdn/$68 US per night - single *or* double occupancy). We have advance ticket forms available which include Hotel Booking forms; you must have a Visa, M/C or Amex card to book a hotel room. All Show Tickets are automatically entered in all the DOOR PRIZE and GRAND PRIZE Draws - extra Draw Tickets are only $2 each. For advance forms, call, write or E-Mail; see the addresses and numbers below! NO VISITORS RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. Come as you are!! We have a large, modern facility that is well equipped. We have a very large Volunteer base for Show Support. We have a large user base that is screaming for another ACE! We have inquiries coming from as far away as England, Germany, Taiwan and Alaska. Atari Users want and need this show. We will be advertising the show far and wide. The budgets are done. The planning is done. All we need is for you all to bring your Products, your Expertise, and Yourselves! Many Exciting Show events are scheduled: especially the Awards for our BEST OF SHOW CONTESTS for Graphics, MIDI, DTP, Video, Animation as well as TAF's Official Software and Hardware Awards. We've got a surprise, too! A very special Guest (Keynote) Speaker actually, who will be addressing everyone at the Exhibitor/Volunteer Dinner....as well as giving a SHOW SPEECH. Believe it or not...there are great things in Atari's future! For Booking Kits (includes Floor Plan, Show Booth Contract, Hotel Booking & Ticket Booking, etc.), or Visitor Tickets/Reservations contact the Chief Organizer, HOWARD CARSON as soon as possible on: GEnie: H.CARSON1 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com CRS Online: Howard Carson TAF Online: Howard. Carson Atarinet: Howard. Carson@51:5/6 by mail: Toronto Atari Federation Attn: ACE '95 Chief Organizer 5334 Yonge St. Suite 1527 Willowdale, Ontario Canada M2N 6M2 by phone: (416) 752-2744 or (416) 225-5823 (CALL-TAF) Howard Carson, Chief Organizer - ACE '95 ___________________________________________ > Lexicor Expands! STR NewsFile! - Lexicor Entertainment Forms! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Lexicor Software is starting a new sister company, after Radiance Software for the SGI, We are please to present: Lexicor Entertainment Software ================================ Lexicor Entertainment Software is proud to announce: PINBALL DREAMS ============== The ultimate in Pinball games......see the colors, hear the sounds, get the extra million for your next ball. 4 Tables: IGNITION BEAT BOX STEEL WHEEL -my personal favorite NIGHTMARE -brilliant!! 1 to 8 Player Action Great reviews from a large number of industry magazines: AMIGA ACTION 87% " Superleage Accolade " AMIGA MANIA 92% " The best ever pinball simulator" THE SUN -GAME ZONE " We reckon it's one of the liveliest most playable computer games ever " DATOR 98% " SMASH HIT " ON RELEASE 25 NOVEMBER 1994 In the USA: Lexicor Entertainment Software 36 Queensberry Street, Suite 6 Boston, MA 02215 Tel: (617) 437 0414 - Fax: (617) 437 9413 In the UK - 16/32 Systems - (634) 710 788 Second Game LLAMAZAP =========== LLAMAZAP for the FALCON computer System from ATARI Corp. LLAMAZAP IS RELEASED THIS WEEK!!!!! Orders are now being taken for this supercalifragerlistic shoot'em up from the master Jeff Minter. You need A) A Falcon of more than 1MB Ram B) A Jaguar console pad C) Lots of time!!! Suggested Retail for both games is 39 U$D You may contact: Lexicor Entertainment Software 36 Queensberry Street, Suite 6 Boston, MA 02215 Tel: (617) 437 0414 - Fax: (617) 437 9413 __________________________________________ > The Light House Tower! STR InfoFile - A User's Do-it-yourself upgrade! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" [Editor's note: Please use this info at your own risk! STReport cannot be responsible for the accuracy of this procedure!] This article has been written to show what your system could be made into with the aid of the LIGHTHOUSE Tower system. What is it? I will assume here you all know what a tower case is. The main tower comprises of three metal component's, The first is the internal frame. Imagine a suitcase with it's lid turned over and the front removed. You have a top and bottom, hinged at the back. The mother board fit's into the base section while floppies, Hard Drives, Extra PSU's and interfaces go in the top section. Next we have the two outer Metal shell's. These give the tower it's 'case' and makes it look like a proper tower. Lastly is the front plastic panel which contain's the holes for the floppy drive cover's, which are cut to the required size. There is also a hole for the Power switch and reset button. Other bit's include a multi-board which control's the floppies, reset switch and thermo sensor. A replacement power switch and reset button are included along with a keyboard connection socket. A bag of nut's, bolt's and other such item's is included along with the tower's own rubber feet. Also included is the keyboard kit, this comprises of a metal base shell for the computers original keyboard to sit into, a small circuit board, a plastic cover and the essential rubber feet!. Also included is a cable to connect the keyboard to the tower system. Who's it from and how much. In England the Tower is available from: System Solutions, Windsor Business Center, Building 2, Vansittart Estate, Vansittart Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1SE, UK. TEL: 01753 832212 FAX: 01753 830344 (U.K. Dialing Codes!!!) The manufacturer: LIGHTHOUSE, A&G Sexton GMBH, Riedstr. 2, 7100 Heilbronn. TEL: 071 31/9 57 20 FAX: 95 72 34 (If the above mean's nothing to you then join the club.) The Price's vary for each system's requirements. The STFM Tower Cost's L200, but a Falcon Tower is slightly less. The Clause and comments. This is not an instruction manual or in any part designed to help in the construction of the above tower. The writer takes no responsibility and is not liable for anyone attempting to follow these documents. This is for information only and no part herein may be published as instruction's or a guide for assemble. I am a qualified electrical engineer and have used standard static prevention to ensure the long life of my I.C's. There is one MAJOR problem with the Tower kit. It's the Manual, What can I say really, It's in German (I think!). I can't read another language so the manual was no use to me. You will probably find the same. However there are plenty of drawing's included and these help a great deal in the assembly of the tower. System solution's will give telephone help or will make your system if you send you computer to them. (Cost's more!) I could not afford the expense of sending them my ST and also I had a few of my own item's to fit, so took a few day's off work and built the system with music and solitude. It took me 5 day's to build the complete system and a few week's to iron out all the bug's in the sound system. Find out more about that later. The Original STFM. (Before disassembly.) Inside the STFM we have the mother board, Tos 1.02/2.06, 4mb Memory, High density controller module, one High density drive, T28 accelerator board, my personal mono/stereo bit's, PSU and the keyboard. An external high density drive was connected and took it's power and HD signal from the ST. (Added power port) The Disassembly. My first task was to check I had all the bit's with the new tower case. Then a hour or so looking at the diagram's in the manual, the text was no good to me. Once I had and idea of what went were and how, I started to disassemble my STFM...... ...... O.K. we have all the internal's of the ST safely on the table ready for reassembly. The Keyboard. The original keyboard is used to give a PC like free moving keyboard. The mouse and joystick still connect to it. The keyboard metal base had a interface PCB put into it for the connecting cable from the tower. The keyboard was plugged into the PCB and the plastic cover placed over the top. This was screwed together and the feet stuck on. This is the easy part of the kit. The Main Tower. First the stand off bolt's were put into the base of the tower system and the mother board mounted on to these. Once the mother board was securely in place other connection's could be made. The M-B was screwed into place where the internal floppy would normally sit. The power and ribbon cable were connected to this. The reset button was fitted at the front (The old one is left on the mother board.) It's wires were lead back to the M-B at the back. A wire was soldered near the original reset switch and was lead back to the M-B. The M-B can hold the computer for an extended reset on power up to enable a hard disk to start up. The power supply was fitted into it's normal place after having the power switch removed and some connection block's attacked to the wires. The new power switch was inserted at the front of the case and the wires lead back to the connector block's and connected accordingly. A new metal cover was bolted above the PSU. The thermo sensor was attached to the metal above the PSU and it's wires lead back to the M-B. It's accompanying LED was wired across to the front and fitted. The M-B had all the wires connected to it. The thermo sensor not only light's the LED when the system get's to hot, but will also switch on up to 4 fan's to cool the system down and will then switch them off again. Like the reset this is variable. The floppy Drives were mounted in the Top of the case on stand off mount's and a power cable and ribbon cable connected between each and the M-B. To get drive B working I needed to solder a wire onto the Yamaha chip. However I could not do this as I have the high density driver module attached, but I did get the connection in the end. This wire connect's to the M-B. If you do add two drives make shore BOTH drives have the jumper set to '0'. The keyboard socket was bolted into place next to the cartridge slot and it's wires taken across the mother board to the keyboard plug on the mother board. An earth wire was attached under a bolt holding the mother board down. The T28 and Tos 2.06 have a switching capability, one for 28Mhz/8Mhz, one for the cache and the Tos for 1.02 and 2.06. An LED was wired from the T28 to the front panel to see when we are operating in 28Mhz mode, the cache work's on the fly so can be switched at will. As the front panel comes off I needed a way of connecting the switched with the ability of separating them from the system. Also I have my extra special sound system. The Sound System. What is it? Well, what I did was: I removed all three sound channel's from the mother board and connected them to some ribbon cable. The switches were also connected to this ribbon cable. I used 25 way ribbon cable and a male and female low profile 25 way 'D' connector's. This mean's the mother board and front plastic panel could be disconnected easily. The three channel's were wired to the front panel and through a switch, resistor and capacitor network which takes all three channel's and makes them mono for sampled sound's and put's channel A on the left, B on both and C on the right. This makes a faked stereo and chip music sound's great! The switch makes the change from mono to stereo and stereo to mono. So in my boxes of bit's I found an old walkman PCB and 3 band graphic equalizer. The sensitive input's had to be grounded and the left and right were connected in the next stage of the amplifier. The output was connected to a large stereo jack on the front panel. (A lot of cutting to get the volume control, 3 band graphic, switch and jack was needed in the 3rd spare bay cover. The jack is a switching type. If you plug into it, it will disconnect the next stage. The next stage went back down the ribbon cable and terminated in a left and right speaker din. Two 2 Watt speaker's were connected and the ground lines and +5Volt's for the amp were wired accordingly. There we have it a sound system that gives mono digital samples and stereo chip music. There is one hell of a difference when playing games, the music sound's alive and the graphic enables me to wind up the bass in those MOD files. Let's groove!!!!!!!!! Finishing the system. The mother board is in place, all extra's have been connected, the front panel can be connected at will and the power supply and floppies are installed. Let's make it look like a tower. First I had the fun of putting about 20 little sprung nut's into square holes in the side of the internal frame. Once done outer base section was found and the internal frame lowered into it and bolted together. A check to see that all was well was done and testing could start. Connecting the power, video and keyboard left me feeling like I had missed a cable or two. Power up time. Apart from drive B not wanting to worked all was well. The High density module worked, the Toses worked, The T28 changed modes. Getting the sound system just right did take me a few week's. To finish the system the top shell was bolted on (After I powered it down.) then the front panel was connected and slotted into place. Last of all was to stick on it's feet and there we have it a completed tower system. Plenty of room inside for a hard disk of two and other extras. An expensive upgrade? Yes, But worth every penny in my view. Hope you have enjoyed reading this and hay, get a tower get some space! S J Churchill 1994 _________________________________________________ JAGUAR SECTION ============== DOOM! Dragon! AvP/Rebellion CO! Trivia Contest! New Games! AvP Review! DOOM Cheats! And much more! > From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! """""""""""""""""""""""""""" Well, it's been an exciting week for us! This is usually an "off" week for our Jaguar edition, but with all of the news happening, I really couldn't let this news wait around for another week. I attended the OnLine conference held on CompuServe a few days ago. The scheduled guests were members of the AvP design team at Rebellion, along with quite a number of Atari luminaries! I was unable to attend a similar conference on GEnie doe to my work schedule, but I'm looking forward to reading that transcript. We'll have it for you, hopefully, in next week's issue. I was somewhat disappointed in the CIS conference. It wasn't the topic or guests that were disappointing, but a number of the questions being asked. There were quite a few questions that really didn't have a place here. You could tell that a number of the attendees were of the "younger set" and their questions reflected this. I, like many of those attending, were hoping to learn more about Rebellion and AvP. Those questions seemed to be rare. The conference lasted for over two hours, but it was easy to tell that there were a number of questions remaining to be asked by the time the event ended. It just couldn't be helped. Also, a lot at the beginning was used for public relations items which may have been better handled as a small announcement which could have been downloaded prior to the conference, or afterward. But, these events are few and far between that it's difficult to really know how an event like this is going to unfold until it's well underway. Regardless, it was fun to see all of these people OnLine! We've finally got Marty Mankins' AvP review for you this week. As it turns out, it works out well on the heels of the conference. We'll have at least one review of Doom for you next week! We've included some AvP tips/cheats for you, as well. These hints are in the conference transcript, but we've also pulled them out as a separate item later in the issue. I know you're all excited about Doom and AvP, so let's get to those and other items of interest this week. With the Thanksgiving holiday out of the way, things are finally starting to normalize again and perhaps my schedule will allow better organization and time. Then again.... Until next time... _____________________________________________ > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile - What's currently available, what's """"""""""""""""""""""""""" coming out. Current Available Titles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER J9000 Cybermorph $59.99 Atari Corp. J9006 Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99 Atari Corp. J9005 Raiden $49.99 FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp. J9001 Trevor McFur/ Crescent Galaxy $49.99 Atari Corp. J9010 Tempest 2000 $59.95 Llamasoft/Atari Corp. J9028 Wolfenstein 3D $69.95 id/Atari Corp. JA100 Brutal Sports FtBall $69.95 Telegames J9008 Alien vs. Predator $69.99 Rebellion/Atari Corp. Doom $69.99 id/Atari Corp. J9036 Dragon: Bruce Lee $59.99 Atari Corp. Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER CatBox $49.95 ICD CatBox + $69.95 ICD J9007 Checkered Flag $69.99 Atari Club Drive $59.99 Atari Theme Park TBD Ocean Syndicate TBD Ocean Troy Aikman Football$69.99 Williams Sensible Soccer J9012 Kasumi Ninja $69.99 Atari Cannon Fodder TBD Virgin Hover Strike $59.99 Atari Iron Soldier $59.99 Atari J9042 Zool 2 $59.99 Atari Hardware and Peripherals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ CAT # TITLE MSRP MANUFACTURER J8001 Jaguar (complete) $249.99 Atari Corp. J8904 Composite Cable $19.95 J8901 Controller/Joypad $24.95 Atari Corp. J8905 S-Video Cable $19.95 > Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" CONTACT: Patrick Toland/Laura Paden Edelman Public Relations (415) 433-5381 For Immediate Release ATARI UNLEASHES AN ARRAY OF JAGUAR GAME TITLES The 64-Bit Jaguar Boasts the Release of Four New Titles SUNNYVALE, Calif. (November 23, 1994) -- The video game jungle is rapidly becoming Jaguar territory as Atari plans to enlarge its current library with the release of four new game titles in November, including the highly anticipated Doom, the PC cult favorite. The Jaguar version of Doom is the best version we've developed for any video game platform," said Jay Wilbur, president of id Software. Atari also is releasing three additional titles including Checkered Flag, Club Drive and Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. "These game titles are just the tip of the iceberg of what's to come -- we'll have more than 20 titles available for the Atari Jaguar by year's end," stated Sam Tramiel, President and CEO of Atari Corporation. "Our software library will continue to grow rapidly in the coming months and the coming year with titles designed to capitalize on the revolutionary technology of the 64-Bit Jaguar system." With Jaguar's cutting-edge graphics, 24-bit true color and CD-quality sound, game players experience the latest in video game technology. Following is an outline of planned Atari releases for late November 1994: Game Title Game Category MFG.SRP ---------- ------------- ------- Checkered Flag Formula Racing $ 69.99 Club Drive Driving Simulation 59.99 Doom Action/Combat 69.99 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Fighting/Martial Arts 59.99 Since its release, Atari's Jaguar game system has been named the industry's "Best New Game System" (VideoGames Magazine), "Best New Hardware System" (GameInformer) and "1993 Technical Achievement of the Year" (DieHard GameFan). The Jaguar is the only video game system manufactured in the United States. Over 200 third-party developers have agreed to create new titles for the Atari Jaguar. The November game releases are part of more than 20 games scheduled for availability prior to the holidays. Other Jaguar titles expected before year's end include Iron Soldier, Kasumi Ninja, Val D'Isere Skiing & Snowboarding, Zool2 and Bubsy. Atari Corporation markets interactive multimedia entertainment systems, including Jaguar, the world's only 64-bit system, and the only video game system manufactured in the United States. Atari is headquartered at 1196 Borregas Avenue, Sunnyvale, California 94089. # # # Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their owning companies. CONTACT: Patrick Toland/Laura Paden Edelman Public Relations (415) 433-5381 GAME DESCRIPTIONS OF NOVEMBER '94 JAGUAR GAME RELEASES  Checkered Flag -- Players choose sound and visual effects, music and pit crews and one of ten tracks. Once practice runs are complete, drivers take a crack at the qualifying heats. Then move on to single and tournament race options and make a run for the checkered flag! "This one-player game offers a selection of more than ten courses, different cars and equipment, a pallet of car colors to choose from, even changeable weather conditions. Checkered Flag has a strong Virtual Racing feel." (Gamepro, July 1994)  Club Drive -- Choosing from four different themes, players cruise through the streets of San Francisco in a souped-up hot rod or plow through an Old West town in a futuristic speed machine picking up randomly placed energy balls. Players will never get enough once they strap in and join the 64-bit club. "It's like Cybermorph on the ground! Race through and explore several different scenes, the likes of which have never been seen in any driving game. These polygon graphics might take you to places you've never been." (Video Games Magazine, June 1994)  Doom -- Doom, which has received a national cult following, is an ultra-fast virtual reality showcase that plunges the player deep into a 3D world filled with legions of gruesome fiends. As a renegade marine, players use both state-of-the-art weaponry and their own wits to survive. Dramatic, high-speed animation, incredible graphics and Jaguar's uncompromising multimedia realism bring this PC favorite to 64-bit life. "This game has already created a sensation on the PC side and is an unqualified addiction for those lucky enough to play it." (Video Games Magazine in June 1994)  Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story -- The spirit of martial arts master Bruce Lee lives on in this dangerously life-like combat simulation based on his biographical film. Players apply discipline and a devastating array of age-old fighting techniques to subdue opponents more cunning than the real Bruce Lee ever faced. "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is a superb 'purist' kung-fu fighting game for Jaguar" (Electronic Gaming Monthly) # # # Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation. Atari is a registered trademark of Atari Corporation. Other products named may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their owning companies. > Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile - AvP Design Team & Atari Online! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""" The Atari Jaguar Video Game conference is beginning --------------------------- Your moderator is Ron Luks (SYSOP) (1) (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) 'On behalf of CompuServe and the Atari (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Gaming Forum, I would like to welcome our... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) members to the Atari Jaguar/AvP. conference. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) My name is Ron Luks, and I'll be the moderator (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) for tonight's conference. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Tonight, our guests include members of the (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Alien Vs Predator Design team headed by (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) "Purple" Hampton, James Grunke, Atari's (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Director of Audio, Ron Beltramo, VP of Marketing (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) and other folks from Atari Corp.. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Later during the conference, we will be giving (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) away a Jaguar Video Game system, a copy of (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Alien vs Predator autographed by the design (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) team and other prizes. But first, the folks from (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Atari want to announce a Jaguar Trivia Contest (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) The questions will be listed before this conference (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) begins and the ANSWERS will be given during the (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) conference. (A Conf. transcript will be available (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) for downloading from ATARIGAM later this week (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) in case you miss anything.). (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) I'll be back to give you instructions on how to (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) use the CONVENTION Center software in just a moment (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) But first a few words from Atari Corp. about the (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) upcoming trivia contest. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Tonight, participating at one of the terminals (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) at Atari Corp., we have the following Atari folks: (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Ron Beltramo, VP of Marketing (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) James Grunke (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Mike Fulton (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Purple Hampton, head of AvP design team (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Dan McNamee (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Lance Lewis (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Paul Foster (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Mike Pooler (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Hans-Martin Krober (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Greg Labrec (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) John Mathieson (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Scott Saunders (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Don Thomas (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) J Patton (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) and Francois-Yves Bertrand. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) (apologies if I missed anyone's name) (#33,RB-Atari) Hello! (from Ron Beltramo, v.p. marketing) (#33,RB-Atari) I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. (#33,RB-Atari) Please accept my thanks for joining us this evening. I am (#33,RB-Atari) aware that everyone would enjoy having conferences more (#33,RB-Atari) frequently and we will review opportunities for more (#33,RB-Atari) conferences in the future. As you might imagine, we have (#33,RB-Atari) been working hard on getting more software for the Jaguar (#33,RB-Atari) on the market as quickly as possible. In itself, that would (#33,RB-Atari) not be hard if speed was our only concern. By reviewing the (#33,RB-Atari) message threads forwarded to me and the results of focus (#33,RB-Atari) groups and retailer feedback we are convinced that you want (#33,RB-Atari) the type of quality software that features the most (#33,RB-Atari) immersive and challenging gameplay that can be created for (#33,RB-Atari) the 64-Bit Jaguar system. With that in mind, we have been (#33,RB-Atari) firm in our resolve to create a new caliber of quality (#33,RB-Atari) software. The feedback we are receiving on Alien Vs. (#33,RB-Atari) Predator, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom and Tempest 2000 tells me (#33,RB-Atari) we are on the right track. As we have all discovered, being (#33,RB-Atari) patient and committed to this standard of quality pays off. (#33,RB-Atari) This is turning out to be an exciting Holiday Season. As (#33,RB-Atari) many of you know, we have started to ship Dragon: The Bruce (#33,RB-Atari) Lee Story and Doom. We are shipping these titles as quickly (#33,RB-Atari) as they come in to us, so make sure you stay in touch with (#33,RB-Atari) your retailer if you are looking for these titles. On the (#33,RB-Atari) heels of these titles are Checkered Flag, Club Drive, Iron (#33,RB-Atari) Soldier, Val D'Isere Skiing, Bubsy, Zool 2 and Kasumi (#33,RB-Atari) Ninja. Look for a fast flurry of these titles within the (#33,RB-Atari) next few weeks. I am particularly excited about the (#33,RB-Atari) diversity of these titles as well as quality. I think this (#33,RB-Atari) Christmas, there is something for everyone on the Jaguar. (#33,RB-Atari) This special conference is in the honor of the hard work (#33,RB-Atari) put forth by the AvP team with their successful release of (#33,RB-Atari) their new hit. I know people would like some updated (#33,RB-Atari) marketing scoop, so maybe I can address that topic quickly (#33,RB-Atari) before turning the entire focus to them. (#33,RB-Atari) First off, we are wrapping up some studio production work (#33,RB-Atari) for three new television commercials: one featuring Kasumi (#33,RB-Atari) Ninja, one for Doom and one for Iron Soldier. The Doom spot (#33,RB-Atari) will be finished this week and be on air next week for a (#33,RB-Atari) three week blitz leading up to the Christmas holidays. Iron (#33,RB-Atari) Soldier and Kasumi Ninja will be completed next week and on (#33,RB-Atari) air going into the new year. All three are shaping up to (#33,RB-Atari) be great ads for three of the next great Jaguar titles. (#33,RB-Atari) Those of you who live near Venture Stores (a chain very (#33,RB-Atari) similar to Target with stores mostly in the midwest) have (#33,RB-Atari) seen their promotion of the Jaguar in recent circulars. The (#33,RB-Atari) Jaguar and the Lynx have also been featured in recent (#33,RB-Atari) Incredible Universe advertisements. We have also succeeded (#33,RB-Atari) in selling an impressive number of Lynx systems on the Home (#33,RB-Atari) Shopping Club. Toys R Us has expanded the distribution of (#33,RB-Atari) Jaguar to 300 stores accross the country. Jaguar is now (#33,RB-Atari) being launched into Japan and every Toys R Us Store in (#33,RB-Atari) Japan will be carrying the Jaguar this Holiday Season. (#33,RB-Atari) Bill Rehbock, v.p. of software business development, has (#33,RB-Atari) recently revealed that Primal Rage will be coming to the (#33,RB-Atari) Jaguar although the timing for release has not yet been (#33,RB-Atari) announced. (#33,RB-Atari) The long awaited Tempest 2000 Soundtrack on compact disc is (#33,RB-Atari) expected in our warehouse within the next 10 days. I think (#33,RB-Atari) this item makes a perfect Christmas gift at only $12.99 (#33,RB-Atari) plus shipping. Contact Don Thomas, director of customer (#33,RB-Atari) service to order. He tells me he has reduced the shipping (#33,RB-Atari) and handling to just $3.50 on this item for onliners. (#33,RB-Atari) The Alien Vs. Predator cinema-quality poster has been such (#33,RB-Atari) a hit, we have brought in more. As a matter of fact, (#33,RB-Atari) EVERYONE that attends this conference tonight live can (#33,RB-Atari) receive a postage paid free AvP poster. The SysOp will keep (#33,RB-Atari) track of who attends. You must send your U.S. or Canadian (#33,RB-Atari) mailing address privately to 75300,1267 to get your poster. (#33,RB-Atari) If you are reading this text after the conference has (#33,RB-Atari) concluded, you can still obtain a free poster, however, (#33,RB-Atari) Atari's minimum $4.95 shipping and handling fee applies. (#33,RB-Atari) The most recent edition of the retailer's Jaguar demo tape (#33,RB-Atari) is reaching stores now. Some of you have ordered one for (#33,RB-Atari) yourselves and are receiving them. I hope you will feel (#33,RB-Atari) free to loan that tape out to friends. <hint> This 40+ (#33,RB-Atari) minute tape was produced by Greg LaBrec, director of (#33,RB-Atari) creative services. It features 30 Jaguar game sequences (#33,RB-Atari) plus copies of Atari's Jaguar commercials INCLUDING the (#33,RB-Atari) popular AvP spot; all professionally edited, reproduced (#33,RB-Atari) and labeled. (Greg has been known to sign a few before they (#33,RB-Atari) are shipped upon request <g>) (#33,RB-Atari) clip below and spread the news! (#33,RB-Atari) *************** AVP ON-LINE TRIVIA CONTEST **************** (#33,RB-Atari) WIN A JAGUAR or AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF ALIEN Vs. PREDATOR! (#33,RB-Atari) Atari is proud to introduce another online attraction... (#33,RB-Atari) It's our first ever "AvP Trivia Contest"! Here's how it (#33,RB-Atari) works... Below are five questions regarding Atari's hit (#33,RB-Atari) 64-bit Jaguar release of Alien Vs. Predator. Each question (#33,RB-Atari) may be answered by A, B, C or D. Entrants must submit their (#33,RB-Atari) answers along with their mailing address and daytime phone (#33,RB-Atari) number. Entries should be sent directly or through the (#33,RB-Atari) Internet to one of the following addresses: (#33,RB-Atari) firstname.lastname@example.org (#33,RB-Atari) or (#33,RB-Atari) email@example.com (#33,RB-Atari) Entries will be accepted anytime from November 29, 1994 (#33,RB-Atari) until midnight of December 9, 1994. This contest is open (#33,RB-Atari) to all onliners who have a North American shipping address (#33,RB-Atari) (50 U.S. states and Canada) who have complied with the (#33,RB-Atari) terms of this contest. BBS users can submit their entries (#33,RB-Atari) by sending a private message to the SysOp of CATscan BBS (#33,RB-Atari) by dialing 209/239-1552. Sysops are encouraged to (#33,RB-Atari) distribute the details of this contest. The winner will be (#33,RB-Atari) randomly selected from all the correct entries. Due to the (#33,RB-Atari) anticipated volume, individual replies to entries CANNOT be (#33,RB-Atari) made. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Employees (#33,RB-Atari) of CompuServe, GEnie or Atari are ineligible. (#33,RB-Atari) To make things REALLY easy. You WILL find the answers (#33,RB-Atari) within the text of the November 29th AvP conference on (#33,RB-Atari) CompuServe or the November 30th AvP conference on GEnie. (#33,RB-Atari) Here are the questions: (#33,RB-Atari) 1) Alien Vs. Predator by Atari for the 64-bit Jaguar (#33,RB-Atari) interactive multimedia system features the ability for (#33,RB-Atari) the player to become any one of three characters. What (#33,RB-Atari) are those characters? (#33,RB-Atari) A. Ripley, an Alien and a Navy Seal (#33,RB-Atari) B. An Alien, a Predator and a Marine (#33,RB-Atari) C. A ship's navigator, a cook and a doctor (#33,RB-Atari) D. None of the above (#33,RB-Atari) 2) Which film studios produced the Alien and Predator (#33,RB-Atari) films? (#33,RB-Atari) A. Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox (#33,RB-Atari) B. Disney Studios and Twentieth Century Fox (#33,RB-Atari) C. Twentieth Century Fox and Twentieth Century Fox (#33,RB-Atari) D. Universal Studios and Twentieth Century Fox (#33,RB-Atari) 3) Alien Vs. Predator is a virtual world challenge which (#33,RB-Atari) is described in the manual to be: (#33,RB-Atari) A. a tactical simulator depicting the events following (#33,RB-Atari) the fall of Camp Golgotha Colonial Marine Training (#33,RB-Atari) Base. (#33,RB-Atari) B. a reenactment of events created by a supercomputer (#33,RB-Atari) based on the ultimate terrestrial war Alien vs. (#33,RB-Atari) Predator. (#33,RB-Atari) C. a dream sequence of space mining personnel aboard (#33,RB-Atari) their own contaminated ship. (#33,RB-Atari) D. a hypnotic recall of the nightmarish events (#33,RB-Atari) experienced by marines on a recent war mission where (#33,RB-Atari) germ warfare was used against them. (#33,RB-Atari) 4) An effective tool to be used while playing Alien Vs. (#33,RB-Atari) Predator is the H.U.D. which offers status displays. (#33,RB-Atari) What does H.U.D. stand for? (#33,RB-Atari) A. Heads-Up Display (#33,RB-Atari) B. Helmet Ultra-Diatometer (#33,RB-Atari) C. Heated U-light Diagnostics (#33,RB-Atari) D. Hampered Utility Detector (#33,RB-Atari) 5. One of the many obstacles to avoid is referred to as a (#33,RB-Atari) Facehugger. A Facehugger is which of the following? (#33,RB-Atari) A. A creature that attaches itself to the face of its (#33,RB-Atari) host. (#33,RB-Atari) B. A helmet instrument used by the Predator that injects (#33,RB-Atari) a poison into anyone else who may attempt to use it. (#33,RB-Atari) C. A "gripping" gas that stretches the skin of the face (#33,RB-Atari) until it tears. (#33,RB-Atari) D. None of the above. (#33,RB-Atari) *********************************************************** (#33,RB-Atari) Whew! <g> There is still another Jaguar, AvP and three (#33,RB-Atari) T-shirts to be given away by your host this evening during (#33,RB-Atari) this conference. (#33,RB-Atari) I know people are anxious for more titles as soon as (#33,RB-Atari) possible. I also know we all have a lot of questions (#33,RB-Atari) regarding networking, voice/modem, CD-ROM, VR Helmets and (#33,RB-Atari) more. I assure you we are anxious to release news about (#33,RB-Atari) these products as soon as we can. I urge everyone to stay (#33,RB-Atari) tuned to the Atari/Jaguar areas of GEnie and CompuServe for (#33,RB-Atari) the news as soon as we can post it. (#33,RB-Atari) Now, finally, to the topic at hand and (#33,RB-Atari) Alien Vs. Predator... (#33,RB-Atari) Regards, (#33,RB-Atari) Ron Beltramo (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) In addition to the trivia contest just announced... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) we will be giving away a Jaguar system... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) tonight to a lucky participant. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Before we begin, I'd like to mention a few items of... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) instruction and tips for online protocol. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) To get in line (into the queue) to ask a question, (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) type the command /QUE. You will be recognized by... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) the moderator when it's your turn to speak. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) When typing your questions, (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) please end each line with "" to indicate you are... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) still typing, and end your question with "GA" (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) meaning "GO AHEAD" so that the speaker will know to... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) begin his answer. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Second, please ask only ONE question at a time... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) If you have other questions, get back into the... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) queue and wait to be called again. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) SUGGESTION-- type lots of short lines... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) rather than 2 or 3 LONG lines. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) This is easier for the system and keeps (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) things moving quickly. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) If you need help with any of the online conference... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) facility commands, type /? or /HELP. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) okay... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) now, lets start the questions. % Moderator recognizes question #1 Karega (4) (#4,Karega) Hello (#4,Karega) I just neede to ask (#4,Karega) a question about... (#4,Karega) the new Jag2 that is supposed... (#4,Karega) to be out... (#4,Karega) can you give us any info onthatGA (#4,Karega) GA (#33,RB-Atari) There are a lot of great things our R&D department are working on. (#33,RB-Atari) I think most of us know that Jag 2 is a very real one that we are looking at. (#33,RB-Atari) We have a long way to go to exploit the power of the Jaguar we know today, (#33,RB-Atari) but we will announce new products as soon as we can. (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#14,Ranma) Hi (#14,Ranma) I wanted to know (#14,Ranma) how long did it take the AvP design team... (#14,Ranma) to make the game and what are those 12 extra Buttons?.. (#14,Ranma) Ga (#33,RB-Atari) James, Purples... these are good questions... (#38,AVP Design Team) Dan: It took about 12 months from the time the test (#38,AVP Design Team) department started working on the levels. (#38,AVP Design Team) James - Probably a total of 18 months (#38,AVP Design Team) GA (#49,Alan) TuiThis is a general question about the Jag... (#49,Alan) It's about software development... (#49,Alan) What sports games are scheduled ofr release... (#49,Alan) Anything from EA? (#49,Alan) GA (#33,RB-Atari) Troy Aikman FB, Charles Barkley Basketball, Brett Hull Hockey (#33,RB-Atari) Ja Nicholas Cybergolf have all been announced... more to come. (#16,Alex) IS THE JAG GOING TO... (#16,Alex) HAVE SOFTWARE FROM (#16,Alex) JAPAN'S RUMIC SOFT (#16,Alex) SUCH AS RANMA NIBUN NO ICHI (#16,Alex) GA (#33,RB-Atari) Bill Rehbock happens to be in Japan right this moment on a recruiting (#33,RB-Atari) mission. We will report his success as soon as we can. (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#7,KeNnY) hi... (#7,KeNnY) well, i was wondering what Karaga was... (#7,KeNnY) talking about when he said... (#7,KeNnY) The jag2... (#7,KeNnY) I have never heard of this... (#7,KeNnY) What are the differences? (#7,KeNnY) ga (#33,RB-Atari) I think Karega was the askers name... we need to invite some questions regarding (#33,RB-Atari) the guests of honor. <g> (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#53,Tom A Langworthy) Hi. (#53,Tom A Langworthy) I'd first like to say good job on the game... (#53,Tom A Langworthy) Is there gonna be a AvP2? (#53,Tom A Langworthy) Ga (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - there could be. :) (#38,AVP Design Team) no announcements yet Ron GA (#48,justin) can you play regular computer cd-rom games (#33,RB-Atari) "Regular" computer games are not compatible on the Jaguar so we can (#33,RB-Atari) "unleash" 64-bit power! <g> (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#51,Cyrus Lendvay) Are there any easter eggs in AVP?? (#51,Cyrus Lendvay) If so, what are they?? :-) (#51,Cyrus Lendvay) GA (#38,AVP Design Team) James - As soon as purple is done typing <very slowly> there may (#38,AVP Design Team) well be... :) (#38,AVP Design Team) ga (#33,RB-Atari) NOTICE: One of the trivia question answers is: (#33,RB-Atari) Twentieth Century Fox and Twentieth Century Fox (#20,Brian) Hi, I heard you made a contract with Sega.. (#20,Brian) that you'll share infos... (#20,Brian) Does this mean only technical stuffs or... (#20,Brian) games too? (#20,Brian) GA (#33,RB-Atari) I understand that there are up to 5 games per year... the technical stuff (#33,RB-Atari) is mostly existing material from the older systems. The data share does (#33,RB-Atari) not regard Jaguar or Lynx specific secrets. (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#32,david) DOES THE JAG COME WITH A GAME (#32,david) GA (#38,AVP Design Team) James - Comes with Cybermorph ga (#2,Amol) hello (#2,Amol) When will the jag Cd come out?. (#2,Amol) how much will it cost? (#2,Amol) GA (#33,RB-Atari) The Jag CD is expected by the end of December or early January. The cost has (#33,RB-Atari) been announced to be $199.95. (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#27,Jay) hi (#27,Jay) The Jag 64 bit Jag.. (#27,Jay) is the processer and machine itself... (#27,Jay) 64 bit, and plays 64 bit games. (#27,Jay) or is it 32bit machine playing 64bit games? (#27,Jay) ga (#33,RB-Atari) The Jaguar has TWO CPUs that are 64 bit and 5 total. The system addresses (#33,RB-Atari) memory in 64-bit chunks and information travels on 64-bit highway...\ (#33,RB-Atari) It IS a 64-bit machine. Correction: 3 of the 5 are 64-bit. (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#85,Matthew Kaplan) Hi. (#85,Matthew Kaplan) I'd like to say how good a game (#85,Matthew Kaplan) AvP is. Now it is done, what is Rebellion's plans (#85,Matthew Kaplan) for the future? GA. (#38,AVP Design Team) Dan- Legions of the Undead, Hammerhead. GA (#38,AVP Design Team) James - Purple just finished typing a little treat... let us know (#38,AVP Design Team) when your ready for a text file. :) (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) okay. We're ready for a treat. Is this the easter egg? (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) GA (#38,AVP Design Team) James - uplaod in roughly 1 minute <to reach minimum safe (#38,AVP Design Team) distance....> (#38,AVP Design Team) Simulation loading... (#38,AVP Design Team) James. "c'mon. anytime." (#33,RB-Atari) ALIEN VS. PREDATOR (#33,RB-Atari) Cheat Codes Part I (#33,RB-Atari) This is the first of two parts of a cheat code. Best used for when (#33,RB-Atari) playing as a Marine. Below a re a few definitions: (#33,RB-Atari) Hold= Whenever it says "hold" a certain key, you must do so (#33,RB-Atari) throughout the entire process. (#33,RB-Atari) Press= Whenever it says "press" a certain key, just press the key (#33,RB-Atari) and move on. (#33,RB-Atari) To Activate the code do the following from within the main game (#33,RB-Atari) screen: (#33,RB-Atari) 1. Hold PAUSE (#33,RB-Atari) 2. Hold OPTION (#33,RB-Atari) 3. Press the "1" and "3" Keys (#33,RB-Atari) 4. Hold the "2", "5", "7", and "9" keys together (#33,RB-Atari) YOU WILL HEAR THE PREDATOR LAUGH TO CONFIRM THAT (#33,RB-Atari) THE CODE HAS BEEN ACTIVATED!!! (#33,RB-Atari) This code enables the following functions: (#33,RB-Atari) SECURITY CLEARENCE (#33,RB-Atari) Press OPTION + 6 To Raise Security Level (#33,RB-Atari) Press OPTION + 9 To Lower Security Level (#33,RB-Atari) MOTION TRACKER (#33,RB-Atari) Press OPTION + 8 To toggle tracker on/off (#33,RB-Atari) WEAPON ACCESS: (#33,RB-Atari) Press OPTION + 1- 4 To access Marine Weapons (1=shotgun, (#33,RB-Atari) etc...) (#33,RB-Atari) ALL WEAPON RECHARGE: (#33,RB-Atari) Hold OPTION + Press "1", "2", "3", "4" at same time (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - .whew... :) (#33,RB-Atari) That was from Purple... he asked for some help <g> (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - before just now, only two people had that info... :) (#38,AVP Design Team) ga (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) okay. Thanks! (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Now, back to the question queue. (#72,Bob Vila!) Hi guys... (#72,Bob Vila!) My question concerns 3rd party deveopers... (#72,Bob Vila!) and quality control... (#72,Bob Vila!) Is there any? (#72,Bob Vila!) Meaning: Can just anyone develop a game for the Jag...? (#72,Bob Vila!) And when's Primal Rage And Assault due to be released? (#72,Bob Vila!) GA (#38,AVP Design Team) James - and they have to be registered devlopers (#38,AVP Design Team) ga (#33,RB-Atari) YES, anyone can develop, BUT they have to meet minimal technical qualifications (#33,RB-Atari) In other words, we do not steer potential developers away UNLEss the softwa (#33,RB-Atari) Right, to become registered means they meeat minimal qualifications, but we (#33,RB-Atari) welcome all developers. Primal Rage has been announced recently by Bill Rehbock, (#33,RB-Atari) we have not gotten a target release date yet. Assault is by Midnite and we hope (#33,RB-Atari) to see it 1st quarter. (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#81,jack) Nice to meet you. I would like to know why the jaguar. (#81,jack) controllers are so big...GA (#33,RB-Atari) The Jaguar controllers have been selected from many models. We were told (#33,RB-Atari) they are very easy to hold and ergonomic for a 17 plus joypad controller. <g> (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#18,Mike Pooler-Atari) Ours seemsbig because some of the other's are so puny :) GA (#33,RB-Atari) NOTICE: Another answer to one of the trivia questions. (#33,RB-Atari) Heads-Up Display (#89,Carlos Cuenca) HHow many game do you think will come before the xmas day..?? (#33,RB-Atari) We are still counting 20. (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#36,miki) what is that about jag2??? GA (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Miki-- theres nothing we can say about the JAG2 at this time. Sorry. (#47,Mr. Vedder) Hello (#47,Mr. Vedder) Why is it so hard to find a Jag in stores? GA (#33,RB-Atari) In some areas it may be. We are constantly expanding the number of storess (#33,RB-Atari) we are in. You will notice in my introductory text that we are in ventures (#33,RB-Atari) now as well as EB, Toys R Us, Babbages, The Wiz, Goodd Guys, etc. More to (#33,RB-Atari) come. (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) okay... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) last question before the prizes... (#40,Josh Houghton) Will the Jag CD-ROM come with a game? GA. (#33,RB-Atari) We are looking at several possibilities and will be making a formal (#33,RB-Atari) announcement soon. (#33,RB-Atari) GA (#33,RB-Atari) NOTICE: Another answer to one of the trivia questions. (#33,RB-Atari) An Alien, a Predator and a Marine. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) To recap: (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) 20th Century Fox and 20th Century Fox (1) (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) HEads up Display (2) (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Alien, Predator, Marine (3) (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Tactical simulator (4) and... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Creature that hugs the face of its host. (5) (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) We've sent a representative off to the (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Atari Gaming Forum CO area to access the CompuServe (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) software that generates random numbers. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) We will award tonight's prize based upon (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) these random numbers and your CIS logon number. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) But first, to be eligible for the Jaguar Game (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) system drawing, you must be able to answer the (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) following skill-based question: (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) "What best describes the Jaguar Video Game (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) System: 8-bit? 24-bit? or 64 bits?" (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) (TYPE YOUR ANSWER NOW). (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) - (at this point, everyone in the audience type in "64" or "64 bits" or some variation. edited out for brevity.) (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) okay folks... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Looks like we'll do a random number drawing of everyone who.. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) answered correctly "64 bits" (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Our rep is drawing a random number now... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) in the Atari Gaming Forum software. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) The winner is job 74... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Roger E Pedersen!!!! (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Congrats on winning the Jaguar Game system.. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Now,, lets award an autographed copy of... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Alien vs Predator... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) The winner is job 60... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Tom J. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Congrats... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Now we have 3 T-shirts to give away... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) The first number is: (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Job 43. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Michael Giaquinto! (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) next winner is: (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) job 54. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Josh Willis. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) and the third winner is:. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) job 14... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Ranma. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) All 5 winners will be contacted via EMAIL within 48 hours... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) for your mailing addresses. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Prizes will be shipped directly from Atari Corp. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) I'd like to thank all our guest from Atai tonight... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) including all the folks sitting around the typists terminals. (#33,RB-Atari) No way. Are we done? (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Wanna answer some more questions? (#33,RB-Atari) Sure. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) okay folks... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) lets ask a few more . (#38,AVP Design Team) we are still here for a couple AVP questions (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) (lets try to stick to AvP questions please) (#5,Chuck M.) Thanks, I hate the 'bubble'... (#5,Chuck M.) In programming AvP, what percentage of the Jag's power was used (#5,Chuck M.) (IOW, is AvP also a _full_ demonstration of 64-bit usage)? (#5,Chuck M.) And, were there any interesting features/special effects that were left out? (which and why)? Keep up the good work!! Thanks...G (#38,AVP Design Team) of the Jag while leaving some headroom for climactic peaks of (#38,AVP Design Team) action... (#38,AVP Design Team) ga (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - ...we left about 75% of the original design (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - in order to get it out ASAP. (#38,AVP Design Team) ga (#18,Mike Pooler-Atari) I would say AvP is just the beginning... (#18,Mike Pooler-Atari) ...as we learn more and more about how to exploit all the power... (#18,Mike Pooler-Atari) that's there. Doom has an even more powerful engine than AvP, (#18,Mike Pooler-Atari) soo expect more advances in the future. GA (#34,Kenneth Drake) Hi all! (#34,Kenneth Drake) I was noticing the absence of music on Doom and AvP... (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple and James - It was intentional on AVP, and we feel (#38,AVP Design Team) the environmental sounds add more to the game play than music (#38,AVP Design Team) ever could. (#38,AVP Design Team) ga (#34,Kenneth Drake) In your opinion. (#34,Kenneth Drake) do you feel that "immersion" type games (first person) will... (#34,Kenneth Drake) be more evironmental in the future? (#34,Kenneth Drake) ga (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - I can only hope So!!! I would really like to see.. (#38,AVP Design Team) .. and take first person games beyond the current threshold.. (#38,AVP Design Team) .. where the primary action is shooting at things. ga (#35,Danny) How much time was involved in the creation of AvP? (#35,Danny) and how much was actually involved with programming code? (#35,Danny) ga (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - I worked on A.V. P. for close to 23 months, (#38,AVP Design Team) .. the programming was invloved for about 18 months. ga (#29,Dana @ STReport) Hi folks, thanks for being here tonight! To Purple and the "gang" (#29,Dana @ STReport) If you had a little more time and a little less pressure (#29,Dana @ STReport) what would you have added to the game, or changed? Also, how does it (#29,Dana @ STReport) feel to see _your_ game featured in an Atari Jaguar commercial? GA (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - With any project, you always want MORE to go in.. (#38,AVP Design Team) .. but at some point you MUST pull the reigns and save those.. (#38,AVP Design Team) ..ideas for that "next" project. The trick is finding a (#38,AVP Design Team) ..balance. And when your Mom calls you up to say she's seen.. (#38,AVP Design Team) .. your game on TV, it makes all the hard work worth it!! ga (#38,AVP Design Team) James - I would have added some more pred.. (#38,AVP Design Team) whispers. "over here..." :) (#38,AVP Design Team) ga (#12,Joe @ STR) Hey there! Has AvP made it into distribution in Japan yet, (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - I've heard unconfirmed rumors of it being in Japan.. (#38,AVP Design Team) .. but haven't got any definite feedback (yet!). ga (#11,Dimitri @ AEO) Hi all! Now that you've got AvP behind you... (#11,Dimitri @ AEO) what games have each of you on the design team... (#11,Dimitri @ AEO) moved on to, and can you describe them briefly? (#11,Dimitri @ AEO) GA (#38,AVP Design Team) Dan - Purple is working on Highlander (based on the cartoon on USA) (#38,AVP Design Team) among other things. I'm working on VLM, and the rest of the group (#38,AVP Design Team) are working mostly on HoverStrike. GA (#66,daniel buck) greetz (#66,daniel buck) I have a question about whether or not the jaguar cd (#66,daniel buck) can be played through or hooked up to a PC (#66,daniel buck) -- GA -- (#38,AVP Design Team) The CD is specifically for Jaguar. now back to AVP. GA (#4,Danny Miskin) I would like to know who designed the gameplay in AvP? (#4,Danny Miskin) I think the graphics are very well done, the sound FX's are... (#4,Danny Miskin) who designed the gameplay in AvP? (#4,Danny Miskin) I felt the graphics were very well done (#4,Danny Miskin) The sound FXs are great but I thought the (#4,Danny Miskin) CPU Characters could have been thought out better OR (#4,Danny Miskin) Differently. GA (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple- The entire team who worked on AVP added to the design.. (#38,AVP Design Team) so it really was a collaborative effort. I assume by "CPU (#4,Danny Miskin) thanks but why don't PRed and ALiens Attack each other (#4,Danny Miskin) wwhen using the Marine? (#4,Danny Miskin) GA (#38,AVP Design Team) charcaters" you mean the A.I. .We had some pretty high (#38,AVP Design Team) expectations which we met part way, but the intensity of (#38,AVP Design Team) the graphics ate into our A.I. processing "budget". BTW (#38,AVP Design Team) in an earlier version of the game, the Aliens and Predators (#38,AVP Design Team) DID fight each other, but the problem was that there wasn't (#38,AVP Design Team) much left in the base for the Player to fight!!. GA (#24,Doug) WHAT IS A LIST OF NEW GAMES (#24,Doug) GA (#38,AVP Design Team) Purple - I have no information to release (sorry!). .. (#33,RB-Atari) There are several lists that have been uploaded in the message bases (#33,RB-Atari) and libraries. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) okay folks... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) The moderated conference is ending now... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) The floor will be open for a free for all in a second... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) If you didnt get your question asked tonight... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) please post it in Atari Gaming Forum... (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) and we'll get you the info. (#33,RB-Atari) Thank you Ron for as great job. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) Goodnight everyone and thanks for coming. (#1,Ron Luks (SYSOP)) P.s.-- James-- post your special info in Atari Computing Forum. [g] The conference has ended Thank you for attending ________________________________________ > STReport Jaguar Game Review Alien vs. Predator """"""""""""""""""""""""""" ALIEN VS. PREDATOR ================== -= Available Now =- Developed by: Rebellion Software Published by: Atari Corp. Sugg. Retail Price: $69.95 Ease of Play: Average/Difficult by Marty Mankins I've been playing video games for years. From the first quarter I put into Pong to the 100's of Atari 2600 games to the Nintendo to the current crop of 32-bit games, I've seen all sorts of things that have caused my jaw to drop. One of the things that I noticed when I played Alien vs. Predator for the first time is the incredible detail and the intense level of playing any of the three characters. I got into the game so much that I was literally startled when the enemy would sneak up from behind and hurt me or instantly kill me, depending where my energy level was at the time. I've logged over 50 hours of playing Alien vs. Predator and it gets more challenging each time I sit down to play. Most of my time is spent looking for more ammo, security cards and new guns. I guess I need to get better at shooting with more accuracy. Also, it seems that the more rooms and corridors I explore, the better I get at finding enemies and items I need to pick up. Let me give some of my experiences and also walk through some of the game as each one of the characters. I have to note that I have not finished the game yet. I am close, though. I play most of my games as the Colonial Marine, so I can eventually get to the point of finishing the game. But, the more I search, the tougher I get at killing the aliens. Ok, now let's look at the game. GAME OVERVIEW AvP is one intensive game, perhaps one of the most intense that I've played. My first 10 hours with the game was getting familiar with a new area and then getting killed. Some of my first games were only 2 minutes long, which became very frustrating. I learned quick that I need to take care into making sure certain things were taken care. One is closing doors and getting good at closing them fast. The enemy moves fast and you need to keep them in areas where you will still have room to roam without having a multitude of them chasing you down. Finding the elevator and remembering where it is will also make for a longer game and give you a chance to find more security cards, ammo and food. The halls of the game are very detailed and very much like I expected. The details of the three characters are really good. It is very evident that a lot of time went into playing this game (according to the developers, AvP has been worked on for almost 2 years!). The movement of the characters is good and I was able to be startled many times in a game until I was at the point of dropping my controller! Speaking of the controller, it was hard at first to get used to all of the many buttons when trying to move and fire, but after a few games, it became easier. Now, after some 50 hours of game play, it's easy to use and the controls are easy to execute. The keypad overlays were nice, but would sometimes pop off or curl up, making the top and bottom rows of buttons hard to hit. After several frustrating times of this, I decided to fix the problem. I took all three overlays and began to curl them the opposite way and after a few days of doing this, they fit just fine now. ALIEN The alien is one of the most interesting characters. The different weapons he has are not in the form of guns but using parts of his form. For instance, you can use a combination of a claw and tail to spin your enemy into a cocoon and leave him to die. This is tricky and takes some practice, but the first time you get it, it's really fun to watch (Does that sound sadistic?). The many claws it takes to kill a marine gets frustrating. So, getting good at using the cocoon is actually a good way to stop the marines from firing at you. The maze takes a little getting used to at first, but once you start to understand where things are, it's not so bad. I didn't log as many hours with the alien, so getting to the point of winning was something that I wasn't even close to. But, I learned many things about the alien that got me to the point of moving around and killing enemies much easier. PREDATOR When you are the Predator, the playing field looks identical as if you were one of the other players, but in a different light. Since you have the capability of going invisible, you have a view that is difficult to see and very interesting to move around to. This changing of the light made game play very difficult and it was easy to get lost. Each time you were hit, the colors would change and then as you found more health, the colors of the corridors would change again, making it almost "strobing" to walk around and kill your enemy. While the Predator has some powers, I much preferred playing the marine or alien and killing the predators. COLONIAL MARINE Normally, if you have selected to play as the alien or the predator, there are a ton of marines that are after you. Now as the colonial marine, you are hunting down the alien. I chose the marine for most of my AvP sessions. The reason why is this: the marine is easy to move around and you have normal items such as guns to fight the alien with. While there were many challenges with all of the players, the marine is the one that most of us can relate to. You start your journey in a remote room of the barracks. Picking up your first round of ammo is easy since there is a dead marine (God rest his soul - thanks for the extra ammo!), one of many that you will find. Head down the hall and you will find more of your slain comrades that will give you extra ammo, food and the coveted security access cards. With these cards, you can open certain doors that will give you more security cards and other goodies to keep you alive. One of the tricks to use a lot here is the opening and closing of doors. I mentioned this before, and now we see how important it is in really game play. The aliens move fast, so opening the door, firing a quick shot, closing the door, then repeating this will keep you from getting hurt too much. The doors won't actually open all the way (they open about 85%), so this gives you time to get a shot in, but not enough space for the alien to send forth his "slash". Make sure you open all doors and access areas. There are advantages to getting all of the food, medic kits and ammo. The more aliens you find, the more ammo is wasted. Plus, if the alien happens to slash you, your energy goes away bit by bit. And to make matters worse, when you "waste" and alien, he leaves his "waste" behind in the form of an acid puddle. When you walk through this acid mess, you will groan and lose some health. The easiest way to stay alive is to get more ammo and medic kits. These two items helped keep me going longer than I thought they would in most of my games. Plus, when you get to the mother ship, the massive number of enemies will kill you unless you've stocked up before hand. So it could take several games in the same spot before you get good at this (Hint: save your game at this point so you can go back and try it each time until you are good). Also, make sure to take caution when going around corners in some of the levels, especially when inside the airducts. Aliens appear to move faster in the airducts than in the barracks. CONCLUSION Alien vs. Predator is one game that is a must to have on the Jaguar. Atari has another winner with this game and would be foolish to not market this product like crazy, getting it into the hands of all Jaguar owners. It will keep you entertained for quite some time, even if you are good at finishing the game. There's all sorts of things that you could differently to change the game play to the point of creating a different effect each time. Graphics: 9.0 Sound FX/Music: 9.0 Control: 8.5 Manual: 9.5 Entertainment: 9.0 Reviewer's Overall: 9.0 > Jaguar Easter Eggs/Cheats/Hints STR InfoFile - Solving Those Riddles! """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ALIEN VS. PREDATOR Cheat Codes Part I This is the first of two parts of a cheat code. Best used for when playing as a Marine. Below are a few definitions: Hold = Whenever it says "hold" a certain key, you must do so throughout the entire process. Press = Whenever it says "press" a certain key, just press the key and move on. To Activate the code do the following from within the main game screen: 1. Hold PAUSE 2. Hold OPTION 3. Press the "1" and "3" Keys 4. Hold the "2", "5", "7", and "9" keys together YOU WILL HEAR THE PREDATOR LAUGH TO CONFIRM THAT THE CODE HAS BEEN ACTIVATED!!! This code enables the following functions: SECURITY CLEARANCE Press OPTION + 6 To Raise Security Level Press OPTION + 9 To Lower Security Level MOTION TRACKER Press OPTION + 8 To toggle tracker on/off WEAPON ACCESS: Press OPTION + 1- 4 To access Marine Weapons (1=shotgun, etc...) ALL WEAPON RECHARGE: Hold OPTION + Press "1", "2", "3", "4" at same time And more from CIS: #: 61834 S14/Jaguar Games/Tips 01-Dec-94 17:04:31 Sb: AvP: The cheats I,II,III Fm: Merry Wooten 75210,1603 To: anybody I'm here to share the cheat codes for all the characters in Alien vs. Predator. Hold- Hold through the entire sequence. Press- Press and let up. Vol I (Marine) Hold pause and option-press 1 and 3 together- press 2, 5, 7, and 9 together. If you did it correctly you will here the Predator laugh. Make sure you held P and O through the entire sequence, but if you here it you can let them up. Option+ 1, 2, 3, and 4 give weapons. Option+ 1234 together fills you up with ammo for everything. Option+ 6 ups your security, and Op+ 9 lowers it. Option+ 8 gives you the motion tracker. Vol II (Predator) Perform the same beginning sequence as the Marine. P+O held +1, 3 tog+2, 5, 7, 9 tog. Option+ 1, 2, 3, 4 gives weapons. Option+ 1234 tog fills health pack. Vol III Option+ The top three buttons (123) disables attacks for a harder challenge. Good luck with the codes- Michael Wooten > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile Online Users Growl & Purr! """""""""""""""""""""""""" #: 61158 S14/Jaguar Games/Tips 27-Nov-94 00:25:45 Sb: #61045-#I GOT DOOM! Fm: Craig Harris 73733,2316 To: Dimitri M LaBarge 71501,3353 (X) > The 32X version does have a better resolution, but that's because it's > running with a lot fewer colors in a smaller playing area, with a lot > of the animations hacked out. Today, I checked out the Jaguar and 32X versions of Doom. I first ran JagDOOM, and was very surprised (pleasantly) in what I experienced. Even though the resolution was scaled down a bit, the TV scan-lines make the pixels look less-defined, making the low resolution less-obvious. The speed equalled my 486/66, and there was no "color-swim" (Bill Rehbock's term) when walking down dark hallways. Some of the round corners have been shaved a bit, and the music non-existent, (except between levels) but it's still an excellent version. Now, for the 32X - The game window is shrunk, about 2 notches from full screen on the PC. People who say the game is in the standard Doom resolution are crazy. Sure, up close, the pixels are smaller...but that's because of the smaller viewing window. But far back, the same blurryness that's in the Jaguar version is also in this version. The movement is SLIGHTLY, SLIGHTLY slower than the Jaguar version, almost impossible to notice. I haven't gotten far into the game, so I haven't noticed if bad guys fight each other. The music is a nice try, using the lousy Yamaha FM sound chip in the Genesis. Both versions are good; though neither measure up to the PC version, the Jaguar is a definite second. If I have any complaints with the Jaguar version, it would be the lack of any save game. However, that's a tecky problem... I wonder if they could've axed the 16-bit color and raised the resolution without any speed loss...the color fade is nice, but it's really not needed. -Craig- #: 61160 S14/Jaguar Games/Tips 27-Nov-94 01:27:07 Sb: #61158-#I GOT DOOM! Fm: Dimitri M LaBarge 71501,3353 To: Craig Harris 73733,2316 Thanks for the notes, Craig! Nice to have a hands-on comparison between the two version. However, are you sure that JagDoom doesn't have a save game feature? I was sure that it did, from the early reports. Dimitri @ AEO #: 61163 S14/Jaguar Games/Tips 27-Nov-94 03:15:26 Sb: #61160-#I GOT DOOM! Fm: Jason M. De Bord 75114,3607 To: Dimitri M LaBarge 71501,3353 There is no save game feature in Doom Jag. But, once you complete a level, you can begin there again. Or, if you die in the midst of a level, you have to start at the beginning (with only your pistol-- arggh). One other thing I've noticed while playing over the weekend- many of the levels have been shrunken down. As an example, you know the level that has all those grey boxes laying around, and you can climb up them and walk around to get to other parts of the maze of grey boxes? Almost all of that has been cut. Instead, the boxes go all the way to the ceiling, forming a wall. Also, you know how there are those parts where you trigger the ceiling to go up and down and mash you? None of that is in this version. The deeper I'm getting into this game, the more I see is missing (I'm on level 12 now I think playing on the skill level below Nightmare). bye bye Jason #: 61187 S14/Jaguar Games/Tips 27-Nov-94 11:46:36 Sb: #61163-#I GOT DOOM! Fm: SYSOP*Jim Ness 75300,3155 To: Jason M. De Bord 75114,3607 Was there ceiling crushing in Doom 1? I only remember that happening in Doom 2. -JN #: 61190 S14/Jaguar Games/Tips 27-Nov-94 12:06:57 Sb: #61187-I GOT DOOM! Fm: Mike Watson 100415,250 To: SYSOP*Jim Ness 75300,3155 >Was there ceiling crushing in Doom 1? I only remember that happening >in Doom 2. Yes. Mike Watson, Sinister Developments, Edinburgh, Scotland Top ten BattleSphere Facts 10. It's guaranteed to support networks and modems. That's been our crusade from the beginning. 9. There are only 4 people working on this game. 4Play, get it? 8. All ships have been rendered by Thunderbird using InShape on the Falcon 030. We'd use 3D Studio, but it's just too damned EXPENSIVE and InShape has a really great object builder for 1/15 the price. 7. All music has been composed by Stephanie Wukovitz using Protracker 2.0 and some nameless 8-16 voice tracker on the PC. 6. We do support texture mapping and hope to have at least one texture-mapped ship in the demo. 5. I wrote all the graphics and game code. 4. Doug Engel wrote the networking and sound code and does the artwork. Actually, he wrote a text blitting routine as well so I lied about #5. Sue me... 3. Tom Harker of ICD, Black Cat, and 4Play has been responsible for the CatBox and getting us all the software and hardware we need. 2. Battle Sphere pales next to "One" on the 32X!!!!! JAGUAR SUX! Oops, wrong personality... 1. GreyWorld really exists. Finally, Atari has nothing to do with the concept or execution of this title. It is not a port, it is MY IDEA crossed with Doug's artwork and Stephanie's musical talents. It's loosely a cross between Netrek and TIE Fighter, but it's really like an old mainframe game I wrote in the 80s hooked into a zero-g flight simulator... Therefore, the first nimrod that starts blaming Atari because we haven't gotten this thing out yet should be soundly sacked. OTOH, we're a smalltime operation with day jobs so it takes us a while to get things done... If you flame us, we're liable to put a caricature of you in the game with the name appropriately mangled, we're doing the best we can. If this title goes well, we hope to go fulltime somewhere in the future... Scott *************** AVP ON-LINE TRIVIA CONTEST **************** WIN A JAGUAR or AN AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF ALIEN Vs. PREDATOR! Atari is proud to introduce another online attraction... It's our first ever "AvP Trivia Contest"! Here's how it works... Below are five questions regarding Atari's hit 64-bit Jaguar release of Alien Vs. Predator. Each question may be answered by A, B, C or D. Entrants must submit their answers along with their mailing address and daytime phone number. Entries should be sent directly or through the Internet to one of the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Entries will be accepted anytime from November 29, 1994 until midnight of December 9, 1994. This contest is open to all onliners who have a North American shipping address (50 U.S. states and Canada) who have complied with the terms of this contest. BBS users can submit their entries by sending a private message to the SysOp of CATscan BBS by dialing 209/239-1552. Sysops are encouraged to distribute the details of this contest. The winner will be randomly selected from all the correct entries. Due to the anticipated volume, individual replies to entries CANNOT be made. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Employees of CompuServe, GEnie or Atari are ineligible. To make things REALLY easy. You WILL find the answers within the text of the November 29th AvP conference on CompuServe or the November 30th AvP conference on GEnie. Here are the questions: 1) Alien Vs. Predator by Atari for the 64-bit Jaguar interactive multimedia sysdem feht res the ability for the player to become any one of three characters. What are those characters? A. Ripley, an Alien and a Navy Seal B. An Alien, a Predator and a Marine C. A ship's navigator, a cook and a doctor D. None of the above 2) Which film studios produced the Alien and Predator films? A. Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox B. Disney Studios and Twentieth Century Fox C. Twentieth Century Fox and Twentieth Century Fox D. Universal Studios and Twentieth Century Fox 3) Alien Vs. Predator is a virtual world challenge which is described in the manual to be: A. a tactical simulator depicting the events following the fall of Camp Golgotha Colonial Marine Training Base. B. a reenactment of events created by a supercomputer based on the ultimate terrestrial war Alien vs. Predator. C. a dream sequence of space mining personnel aboard their own contaminated ship. D. a hypnotic recall of the nightmarish events experienced by marines on a recent war mission where germ warfare was used against them. 4) An effective tool to be used while playing Alien Vs. Predator is the H.U.D. which offers status displays. What does H.U.D. stand for? A. Heads-Up Display B. Helmet Ultra-Diatometer C. Heated U-light Diagnostics D. Hampered Utility Detector 5. One of the many obstacles to avoid is referred to as a Facehugger. A Facehugger is which of the following? A. A creature that attaches itself to the face of its host. B. A helmet instrument used by the Predator that injects a poison into anyone else who may attempt to use it. C. A "gripping" gas that stretches the skin of the face until it tears. D. None of the above. __________________________________________________ > STReport CONFIDENTIAL "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips" """"""""""""""""""""" - Sunnyvale, CA ATARI LICENSES BOTH TOS & FALCON TECHNOLOGY! ------------- Our roving reporter has learned the TOS & Falcon technology has been licensed to an outside firm. The actual details are to be revealed shortly. The main reason has been the ongoing demand for further development of the Falcon and its DSP by a large vociferous segment of the musical entertainment community. Further, its been reported that the new firm is considering the use of towers and separate keyboards as in the real world of computing. The main motivator behind the licensing agreements is reported to have been James Grunke of Atari. - New York City, NY INTEL STUNG BY THE PENTIUM BUG! ----------------- The PENTIUM BUG is a simple little old divide error. There have been several 'test' programs and calculations posted on the boards to test for the bug. About the simplest one is as follows: 4195835/3145727= Using any 10 digit calculator, the quotient will be 1.333820449. With the buggy INTEL Pentiums while using MS Excel for example, the answer you get is 1.333739068. The buggy inaccuracy occurs at the 4th digit. It's not as remote and far fetched as Intel is attempting to suggest. 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