Z*Net: 15-Dec-90 #549

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 01/05/91-12:26:13 AM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 15-Dec-90  #549
Date: Sat Jan  5 00:26:13 1991

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                        Z*NET ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE
                            December 15, 1990
                                Issue #549

 Publisher/Editor : Ron Kovacs             Assistant Editor  : John Nagy
 Z*Net New Zealand: Jon Clarke             Z*Net Canada: Terry Schreiber
 Z*Net Germany:   Mike Schuetz             Contributor:    Keith Whitton
 Columnist:      Keith Macnutt             Z*Mag Asst Editor:Stan Lowell

                Copyright (c)1990, Rovac Industries, Inc.


 EDITORS DESK................................................>Ron Kovacs
 Z*NET NEWSWIRE.........................................................
 Z*NET OFFICIAL USER GROUP LISTING......................................
 CODEHEAD SOFTWARE OFFER................................................
 FOREM ST UPDATE/HISTORY....................................>Steve Rider
 TURBO ST UPDATE........................................................
 8-BIT RUMBLES,RAMBLES,RUMORS...............................>Stan Lowell
 SKETCH REVIEWED.......................................>E. Frank Carlson
 PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE.....................................>Keith Macnutt

 by Ron Kovacs

 Special end of year issues are now being produced.  A two part year in
 review will begin next week in Issue #550 of Z*Net Online.

 Contributors to this weeks contents include: Terry Schreiber, Keith
 Whitton, Bruce Hansford, John Nagy, Bill Whiteman, and Dr. Paul Keith.
 (Many KEITH's appear?!?!)

 Look for uploads of new pictures from Z*Net.  Dr. Paul Keith captured
 the new control panel in various stages from the MegaSte.  These files
 are currently available through the FNET base and soon to CompuServe and
 GEnie this weekend.  Also, Terry Schreiber uploaded a ZNETXMAS demo to
 GEnie early last week.  It is a large 400K plus file, so beware of
 space if you are interested in downloading!

 There will not be a pause in release this holiday season.  The Christmas
 and New Years holidays fall in the mid-week period and should not cause
 conflicts for our release.

 Last, Z*Net is now released on Saturdays!!  Please pass the word about
 this change which took place a few weeks ago.  The online services will
 make an attempt to validate the file for download, but don't look for
 the issue on CompuServe or GEnie before 10pm eastern.  It is available
 after 1pm on the Z*Net BBS if you can't wait!

                                         Including the Canadian Newswire

 Last week, Atari learned that the MEGA/STe had passed the FCC testing as
 a Type B (Consumer) product, and may begin US distribution as soon as
 production is ready.  That is expected to be in mid-January.  This marks
 the first time in memory that ANY Atari product has been approved for
 consumer release within 30 days of the first product announcement...
 (except perhaps for the $29 plastic monitor stand offered last year).

 Yes, the TT030 machine has in fact begun shipping to US dealers as a
 TYPE A COMMERCIAL USE device.  The price for the base unit, a 2 MEG RAM,
 50 MEG hard drive device, is still $2,995.  Only VARs (Value Added
 Resellers) and "qualified dealers" can get the TT, and must send Atari
 a letter assuring that the machines will not be sold to consumer,
 residential users.  The FCC is getting concerned with improper sales of
 Type A devices, such as the STacy and the TT, and is considering
 slapping a $5,000 per machine fine on those sold for improper use.

 Antonio Salerno, Vice President - Applications for Atari Corporation,
 resigned last Thursday, December 6.  Salerno had been in charge of
 efforts to persuade major software companies to bring their well known
 products to the Atari line, and had less than dramatic success.  Antonio
 reportedly will return to school to complete a Masters degree at
 Stanford University.  Atari has no immediate plans for a replacement, as
 Leonard Tramiel and Atari USA staff members are taking over most of the
 duties of the position.

 James Grunke, technical man for the super group BEACH BOYS, is leaving
 the band to replace Frank Foster at Atari as the Music Industry
 Representative and MIDI promoter.  James will begin work on January 1,
 1991.  Foster left in early September.

 Formerly of NEOCEPT, makers of the powerful WORD UP graphic word
 processor for the Atari, programmer Mike Fulton has been hired and has
 begun work in Atari's customer and developer support area.  This fuels
 earlier speculation that Atari may eventually buy and support Word Up as
 an Atari brand product.

 Atari Computer Enthusiast Society, a West Covina California group,
 enjoyed a speaking visit from Atari's Bob Brodie last Wednesday,
 December 12.  Before and after the meeting, Bob visited local dealers
 including Glendale's COMPUTER NETWORK, and showed Los Angeles area
 developers the new MEGA/STe computer.

 Z*NET Monthly (our HARD COPY newsletter, included in dozens of user
 group newsletters worldwide and reaching 4,000 Atari users) is taking a
 well deserved break for January, producing instead a December/January
 issue in order to catch up with an ever-increasing delay in production.
 Problems in scheduling actual production, plus staff relocations and
 legal matters have caused the Z*NET issues to be late since October.
 This break will allow clubs to catch up with the current issue of Z*NET
 or to take a Christmas time break of their own.  Merry Christmas and a
 Happy New Year to all... from Z*NET!

 A promotion running in 20 premier locations of Cineplex Odeon motion
 picture theaters across the USA includes an Atari LYNX game kiosk and a
 sweepstakes for the show-goers.  Visitors to the theaters can play the
 hand-held games, mounted on the display stands.  Companion advertising
 for the LYNX appears in MOVIES USA, a magazine available in most movie
 houses.  The promotion runs throughout December, and Atari thanks a
 number of user groups who helped set up and are maintaining the displays
 in areas where local Atari representation needed a hand.  Kudos to: MAST
 (Minnesota Atari ST Users); HACKS (Hooked on Atari Computer Keyboards
 Society, Glendale CA); HASTE (Houston Atari ST Enthusiasts); SPACE
 (Seattle/Puget Atari Computer Enthusiasts); NOVATARI (Virginia); Mid-
 Florida Atari Computer Club.  For their efforts, the clubs will get to
 keep the LYNX machines and the display kiosk.

 Hong Kong's largest English magazine, the "NEW STRAITS TIMES", conducted
 a reader survey and 41.8% of the votes declared the Atari ST to be their
 choice for "Computer of the Decade".  Second place went to the Commodore
 Amiga with only 5.2%, third was the Macintosh with 5.1%, tied with the
 IBM.  This was reported in the Thursday, August 23 1990 edition.

 As a sponsor of the famous FLEETWOOD MAC tour, Atari provided
 complimentary seats at the final evening of their 1990 tour for several
 club officials, dealers, and the press.  Friday, December 7, the music
 group that has been pressing hit albums since 1967 visited Los Angeles
 as the last stop on their tour in support of the latest LP, "Behind the
 Mask".  Fleetwood Mac uses Atari computers to control MIDI keyboards and
 effects.  Drummer and group leader Mick Fleetwood dazzled the sold-out
 Forum stadium with an extended solo on his MIDI drum-vest, which enables
 Mick to perform by touching, tapping, or slapping sensors in his
 clothing.  This is the same technology that Fleetwood and Jimmy Hotz use
 in the HOTZ BOX, which is finally becoming available commercially.  This
 performance is to be the final tour date that singers Stevie Nicks and
 Christine McVie participate in, although they may continue to be on
 Fleetwood Mac albums.  Z*NET thanks Atari for being included in this
 event, and thanks Fleetwood Mac for a great show.

 Users are closing in on just what triggers one of the most obscure (and
 innocuous) bugs in the new TOS 1.6.  Becoming known as the SPC bug (for
 SHOW, PRINT, CANCEL), this one causes an executable program to
 occasionally be offered for viewing as text rather than loading when
 double clicked.  While this is seldom more than the briefest of
 annoyances, with the advent of "live icons" upon us, the dropping out of
 "load" mode when pulling a document to an application can be
 troublesome.  A recent discussion on GEnie turned up the fact that the
 bug happens with much predictability if the entire pathname (without
 drive specifier) totals exactly 16 characters in length.  This may help
 Atari find the actual cause, but can also help users avoid it.  Says one
 user: "I just got a call from a client who... was having problems with
 Microsoft Write.  I immediately asked him if the filename was WRITE.PRG
 and if it wasn't perhaps in a folder named \WRITE\ (totalling 16
 characters in the path).  Indeed it was, and I asked him to rename the
 folder to \MSWRITE\.  He did, ran MSW, and it worked perfectly."

 Dennis Hayes, the Cincinnati resident who pleaded guilty in late
 October to selling more then 5,000 copies of pirates MacIntosh ROMS was
 sentenced to 5 years in prison this week.  In the original half million
 dollar chip bust, Hayes sold copied MacIntosh ROM chips for between 130
 and 195 dollars per set.  Atari users were said to have purchased many
 of the ROMs for the Spectre Mac Emulator for the ST.  Dave Small of
 Gadget's By Small stated in October that there were many legitimate
 sources for Mac ROMs and that the marketplace should not be affected by
 this event.

 Repeated attempts this week to contact Atari Elite's legal
 representation were unsuccessful and at the present time we still do
 not have a clear picture of the situation.  Rovac's Ron Kovacs received
 a writ of summons in late November stating that action had commenced on
 the matter, but to date no further information or summons has been
 received.  Z*Net Online continues to offer the Atari Elite response
 space to articles we ran earlier in the year.

 The Atari in-house publication Explorer is still around.  Production
 delays seem to be the problem and we have been told to expect release
 in January 1991.

 San Francisco California's Board of Supervisors tentatively adopted on
 the nation's first active VDT safety regulations.  The new regulations
 would require employers with 15 or more workers to provide a mandatory
 15 minute break.  Also, adjustable swivel chairs, document holders and
 computer terminals with detachable keyboards and adjustable, non-glare
 screens must be supplied.  Private and government offices would have two
 years to comply with the VDT safety rules if the ordinance is approved
 a second time by the supervisors and signed by San Fransisco Mayor Art

 The Business Software Alliance has brought copyright violation lawsuits
 against divisions of Rhone-Poulenc of France and General Electric Co. of
 Britain, alleging software piracy.  BSA members Microsoft, Lotus and
 Ashton-Tate corporations jointly sued Rhone-Poulenc's Films division
 seeking $1 million in damages.  They were then joined by WordPerfect
 Corp. in filing the suit in Britain against Marconi Instruments Ltd., a
 unit of GEC.

 European Community ministers have unanimously adopted new measures to
 fight software piracy.  The measures would grant software the same
 treatment as literary works, which are protected under the international
 Berne Convention on copyrights.  Copyright holders would have exclusive
 rights to authorize the reproduction, adaptation, translation or rental
 of their works.

 Atari Canada announced a $300.00 drop in the suggested retail pricing of
 the 1040STE bringing the price down to an incredible $699.00.  One can
 only assume the reasons behind the price drop as being one of the

 o New pricing reflecting the Mac Classic and the drop in clone prices
 o Pricing re-designed to reflect the new Mega STE pricing
 o Pricing designed to bring up year end sales
 o An honest effort on Atari's part to increase the Atari marketshare
 o Any or all of the above

 In any such case it is the consumer who makes the buying decision and
 with the drop in pricing it makes the 1040STE a viable and attractive
 alternative once again to the competition in it's class.  The STE can
 easily be upgraded up to a powerful four megabyte machine by the simple
 replacement of SIMM memory panels.  It also has an enhanced color
 palette and stereo sound, MIDI ports and Blitter chip.  Where's the

 Atari is offering through December 31st a $450.00 trade in on any 520 or
 1040 towards a new Atari TT.  This offer is available through any
 Canadian Authorized TT dealer.  Push, pull or drag your machine to your
 nearest dealer to take advantage of this offer.  Trade in machines will
 be refurbished and given to charity or used in an educational program.
 U.S. customers wishing more information can call (604) 275-7944 for

 12/7/90 - Atari announces a TRADE-IN program for end users wishing
 to trade up to the TT.  Authorized dealers can provide a very liberal
 allowance for 520, 1040 products which are then returned to Atari
 (Canada).  12/3/90 - Atari announced a NEW price reduction on the
 1040STe to 699.95.  8/22/90 - Atari Canada will be reselling and
 supporting the Moniterm monitor and controller.  8/8/90 - A fix for the
 DMA port problems on 1040STe, see the service bulletin for details.
 Atari announces the re-introduction of the 520STfm into the Canadian
 marketplace.  The product is being bundled in "Back to School"
 promotions, in addition two 520 packages were introduced complete with
 "Casio" keyboards and MIDI software for ST dealers.  Atari announced
 tremendous successes in the Canadian school board marketplace for the
 ABC industry compatible product line.  Particular success was evident in
 Ontario where the ABC product range had received Government GEMS (Gov't
 Eligibility Micro Systems) approval for Atari's stand alone and Atari's
 educational PC network products.

                                  PART 34 - "The Transportable Computer"
 by Donald A. Thomas, Jr.

 (This is PART 34 of a series of articles published and distributed by
 Artisan Software.  Please feel free to copy and distribute this article
 as you please provided you include all unedited text.  Also feel free to
 upload to boards and communication services.  These articles are
 designed to entice you to take constructive action.  Write to involved
 parties and tell them how YOU feel about the subject.)


 The Atari Portfolio is a stick of dynamite that has explosive power.
 For less than three hundred dollars, an individual can obtain a fully
 functional and programmable MS-DOS command compatible computer that fits
 in the palm of their hand.  Even adding the cost of peripherals, the
 Portfolio is more than a thousand dollars less than the its nearest
 competitor- The Poquet computer (retailing at $1999).  This is NOT meant
 to be a sales pitch, it's pure fact.  Anyone who has the need for a
 portable computer can link the Portfolio and quickly transfer compatible
 data within seconds.  Not hours, not minutes, but seconds.  And this
 link is not limited to MS-DOS platforms.  Virtually any computer in the
 world can exchange data with the Portfolio.

 The secret lies in two areas.  The most significant of the two is the
 ASCII character set standard.  A pure ASCII text file on one computer
 means exactly the same thing on another.  Therefore, the files that are
 transmitted between two incompatible computers are 100% compatible.
 This has always been true, but is now being better understood by more
 and more people.  The second part of this secret is the ease of the
 physical link.

 There is an energy department in Canada which is looking at Portfolios
 as a remote, unmanned environmental data collecting device.  Reporters
 and photographers are discovering the Portfolios' ideal design for
 notetaking and scheduling.  Salespeople are providing customers with
 quotes and receipts instantly.  Marketing people are compiling
 statistics with up to a 15 pound lighter load than the laptop
 alternatives.  Hackers like the uninterrupted on-line time since the
 desktop is difficult to take on vacation.  Executives keep in touch with
 their E-mail and appointments all in one machine.  Students find the
 Portfolio easy to carry between classes.  The Portfolio has already
 proven its broad potential and is fast becoming a trusted tool.

 I think the most amazing phenomenon I have encountered in regard to the
 Portfolio, is how well every platform is quickly learning to make the
 connection.  The Portfolio has already been advertised as "the Portable
 Mac".  Of course MS-DOS users get along fine with it and have since the
 beginning.  Just about every category is covered.  Well, except for the
 Atari ST market.  I am simply dumbfounded at how many Atari 16-bit
 computer users struggle with the Portfolio.  Now before you all start
 writing and telling me you get along fine with it, I am talking general
 terms here.  It seems that the Atari 16-bit community has the most
 difficult time exchanging files with the Portfolio.  Of course, you are
 probably an exception.

 I personally feel that the Atari ST and MEGA computer user should
 investigate the Portfolio closely, even if it is not purchased.  For
 those who are committed to help spread the Atari namesake around, the
 Portfolio is the easiest advertisement Atari has ever produced.  One of
 those users referred to above is a broadcaster in the Los Angeles area.
 I spoke to him one day and he told me he was ready to buy a desktop.  He
 said Memory Cards were beginning to cost as much as one anyway and the
 Portfolio inspired a confidence in computers.  Since he was so pleased
 with the Portfolio, he wanted advice as to what desktop to buy.  I sent
 him to our friends in Bellflower (Mid-Cities Comp Soft) and this
 broadcaster is now a proud owner of an ST.  The Portfolio is CLEARLY THE

 When I first learned of the Portfolio, I resented Atari's apparent
 departure from the ST/MEGA environment.  I still cringe from time to
 time to think that Atari could ever decide to abandon their traditional
 line of computers.  It is obvious they will not as they have now the new
 STEs and TTs being introduced in the United States.  As I learned more
 about the Portfolio, I was amazed at its total function abilities.  The
 Portfolio is enhanced even more by optional software and hardware.  I
 use mine for light spreadsheets, but mostly for writing my thoughts as I
 commute to work each day.

 I also take it along on business trips for the address book functions.
 And everywhere I go someone stops and asks about it.  If they heard
 about it, they are amazed that it is exactly as advertised.  If they
 didn't, then they are simply amazed.

 If you have been considering to link the Portfolio to an ST/MEGA
 computer, then read on.  It's easy, inexpensive and some fun too.  What
 you will need is the optional Serial Interface and a "DB9 (female) to a
 DB25 (male) null-modem serial cable".  If that sounds like a lot, just
 know it is a rather standard cable and your computer dealer will know
 what all that means.  The cable should not cost more than $20.

 You will also need communications software on the host computer (the ST/
 MEGA).  One popular title is FLASH, but there are many good ones.  You
 will not  need a communications program on the Portfolio.  Read my lips
 ... you will not need a communications program on the Portfolio.  Make
 the connections between serial ports using the interface and cable.  Run
 your communications software on the host and designate a TEXT receive.
 When that is set up, then go to the Portfolio and type COPY FILENAME.EXT
 AUX.  This will issue a copy of your file out through the serial port.
 To receive a file on the Portfolio, type COPY AUX FILENAME.EXT.  Please
 replace FILENAME.EXT with the true filename.

 If you have problems, it may be because you have not initialized the
 serial interface through the SETUP menu or some parameters are
 mismatched.  The only parameter you will probably need to set is the
 baud rate on the host computer.  9600 baud is the default on the
 Portfolio and the suggested speed.

 As you become more sophisticated with the Portfolio, you may discover
 that your file transfer needs have grown.  You will need a communication
 program on the Portfolio if you wish to do non-ASCII file transfers, for
 instance, ARTISAN SOFTWARE has just released TRANSPORT for the ST/MEGA
 computers to help you through the confusion.  It is written specifically
 to link traditional Atari computers to the Portfolio.  For beginners, an
 express menu system will enable fast file transfers and display exactly
 what and when to type the commands you need.  Advanced users will learn
 to access two advanced menu option screens.  Included is the ability to
 generate non-transferrable file reports, strip files on non-ASCII code
 characters, Xmodem file transfers and much more.  It will work on color
 or monochrome systems and sells for $24.95.  You may obtain TRANSPORT
 from your local Atari computer dealer or you may order direct from
 Artisan Software.  Direct orders must add $1.50 shipping/handling and
 California must add 6.25% sales tax.

 If you desire more information about the Portfolio, consider one of the
 many Atari publications, visit some users' groups meetings and subscribe

 For information on how you can "JOIN THE REVOLUTION" and actively
 support the exposure of Atari computers, write:  ARTISAN SOFTWARE, P.O.
 Box 849, Manteca, California  95336.


 Capitol Hill Atari Owners Society
 Leo Sell
 PO Box 16132
 Lansing, Michigan  48901

 Miami Valley Atari Comp Enthus
 Pamela Rice Hahn
 Post Office Box 24221
 Dayton, Ohio  45424

 Jersey Atari Computer Group
 Gary Gorski
 313 Sheridan
 Roselle, NJ  07293

 SPACE (Puget Sound Atari News)
 Jim Chapman
 PO Box 110576
 Tarcoma, WA  98411

 Atari Bay Area Computer Users Society
 Bill Zinn
 Post Office Box 22212
 San Fransisco, CA  94122

 Maryland Atari Computer Club
 James Hill
 8591 Wheatfield Way
 Ellicott, MD  21043

 Westmoreland Atari Computer Organization
 George Adamson
 230 Clairmont Street
 North Huntingdon, PA  15642

 Panama Canal Atari Computer Users Group
 Carlos Hasson
 6-401 Eldorado
 Balboa, Ancon  Panama

 London Users of ST's
 Brian Wiltshire
 162 Inverary Crescent
 London, Ontario Canada  N6G 3L8

 Houston Atari Computer Enthus.
 Tracey Webber
 PO Box 460212
 Houston, TN  77056

 St. Lawrence Atari Players and Programmers
 Hector Woods
 #12 Farreway Crescent
 Brockville, Ontario Canada   K6V 3V2

 Cuyhoga Valley Atari Computer Club
 Ron Mullens
 PO Box 9173
 Akron, Ohio  44305

 Knoxville Atari Users Group
 Steve Meyers
 RT 3, Box 317A
 Powell, TN  37849

 Cleveland Atari Comp Enthus.
 George Neff
 16218 Huntmere
 Cleveland, Ohio  44110-1547

 Manitoba Atari Computer Club
 Fred Eldridge
 PO Box 3833, Station B
 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada  R3C 5H9

 Jersey Atari Computer Society
 Roger Heller
 PO Box 710
 Clementon, NJ  08021

 Rhode Island Atari Comp Enthusiasts
 Steve Dunphy
 192 Webster Aveue
 Providence, RI  02909

 Milbourne Atari Computer Enthus
 PO Box 340
 Rosanna, SA  3084  Australia

 Middle Georgia Atari Users Group
 Peter Miller
 115 Feagin Mill Road
 Warner Robins, GA  31088

 Montreal Atari ST Mega Users Group
 Steven Gold
 5510 Aven Morre #2
 Montreal, Quebec Canada  H3X 1Z3

 Metro Toronto ST
 Lesley-Dee Dylan
 47 Alton Avenue
 Toronto, Ontario Canada  M4L 2M3

 Dani Roloson
 Apt #8 48 Benton Street
 Kitchener, Ontario Canada  N2G 3H1

                                                Ctsy GEnie ST Roundtable

 Saturday, December 8, 1990

 CodeHead Software is pleased to announce a special Holiday offer for
 GEnie subscribers who attend the Atari ST RoundTable!  Throughout the
 holiday season, you may now purchase any products or combination of
 products, in any quantities, directly from us at an incredible 30%
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 any orders you place within the holiday season!

 Our holiday price list, which includes your special GEnie discount, is:

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 HotWire                            $39.95            $27.97
 MaxiFile                           $34.95            $24.47
 HotWire Plus (includes Maxifile)   $59.95            $41.97
 LookIt! & PopIt!                   $39.95            $27.97
 G+plus                             $34.95            $24.47
 CodeHead Utilities  3              $34.95            $24.47
 MultiDesk                          $29.95            $20.97
 MidiMax                            $49.95            $34.97
 CodeKeys (NEW!)                    $39.95            $27.97
 CodeHead T-Shirt                   $10.00            $ 7.00

 If you'd like to examine any of our products before buying, we've posted
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 GPLSDEMO.ARC    7861    Demo version of G+PLUS
 HOTDEMO2.ARC   15598    Demo version of HotWire 2.x
 LP_DEMO.ARC    15719    Demos of LookIt! & PopIt!
 MAXIDEMO.ARC   12965    Demo version of MaxiFile
 MIDIMAX.ARC    12594    Demo of CodeHead's MIDIMax
 MULTDEMO.ARC    8215    Demo of MultiDesk
 CKEYDEM2.ARC   17508    Demo of CodeKeys 1.2

 The easiest and fastest way for you to take advantage of our special
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 May you and your families have a healthy, happy, and safe holiday

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 John Eidsvoog

 CodeHead Software
 P.O. Box 74090
 Los Angeles, CA 90004
 Tel: (213) 386-5735
 Fax: (213) 386-5789

 by Steve Rider

 Ver. 2.7o 12/09/90
 - Added force email read option for users.  Change flag from
    '*'-terminal parameters (now user options) prompt.
 - Added "XMODEM.TXT" which is displayed before a xmodem download.
 - Changed the time calculation for downloads.  Zmodem is calculated at
    95%, ymodem at 90% and xmodem at 85% efficiency.
 - Added LZHDL.LZH support.  Your prompted for either ARCDL or LZHDL when
    you use the archive tools.

 Ver. 2.7n 12/07/90
 - Added a positive indication when batch marking a file.
 - Filename searches in file section now ignore the extender
    (FILENAME.LZH and FILENAME.ARC will match in other words).
 - FoReM will prompt you to transfer batch files if a user quits the
    file area with batch files marked.

 Ver. 2.7m 12/06/90
 - Added ECHO command to FDOS.  Batch files will echo to the output
    unless "echo off" or "@echo" is encountered.  "Echo off" will turn
    echo off until an "echo on" command is received.

 Ver. 2.7l 12/04/90
 - Tweaked FDOS to run Binkleyterm.

 Ver. 2.7k 11/28/90
 - Fixed endless loop problem in new user login section

 Ver. 2.7j 11/24/90
 - Mouse is enabled when running a .PRG from FDOS.
 - Fixed problem with "off" typed at "Enter First Name" prompt.
 - User ID is now only the index number of the PAS.DAT file, from 0 to
    1999 are valid values.  Logon is permitted either the "old way" or
    the "new way".
 - Continued tweaking the batch file processor for Bink.
 - Fixed a problem searching for usernames when entering a message.

 Ver. 2.7i 11/21/90
 - Fixed prob with reading email "from" when logged on as sysop.  Only
    messages that are local or for the local node are displayed.

 Ver. 2.7h 11/18/90
 - Fixed problem with the file editor bailing out early
 - FoReM now supports mixed case in User Names.  Run pasconv.tos to
    convert existing pas.dat name entries to Mixed Case.

 Ver. 2.7g 11/17/90
 - Added cps to upload log entry and user display.
 - Fixed small problem which was causing lf's to be dropped from ascii

 Ver. 2.7f 11/12/90
 - Complete recompile of rev e.

 Ver. 2.7e 11/10/90
 - All filestamps are duplicated on "copied" or "moved" files.

 Ver. 2.7e 11/09/90
 - Fixed a bug with multiple batch marking in the files section.
 - Made small improvements in FDOS for Binkley compatability.
 - Fixed a copy file problem if wildcards used in the destination name.
 - Fixed carrier detect bug in certain areas.

 Ver. 2.7d 11/07/90
 - Made some more changes in the buffer handling in the files section.

 Ver. 2.7c 11/06/90
 - Fixed stack garbage problem in doors section.
 - Made some changes in the buffer handling in the files section.

 Ver. 2.7b 10/31/90
 - The graphics files functions have been fixed.

 Ver. 2.7a 10/26/90
 - The double "Sysop Online" prompt has been removed.

 - Ported FoReM ST to Lattice C Ver 5.  Code size came down about 40K
    and execution speed is markedly improved.

 - Added local support of "i" command (graphics mode) if in "non-window"
    mode locally.


 Turbo ST, Copyright 1988-90 SofTrek

                                         Version 1.84  December 11, 1990


 1. Turbo ST will now run on STs equipped with 68010, 68020, or 68030

 2. The output of non-byte aligned text is now much faster in color and
    slightly faster in monochrome.

 3. To reduce memory requirements, the auto folder versions of Turbo ST
    now release the memory that is used by the installation code back to
    the system.


 1. The HiSoft editors that allow you to use the 8x8 or 6x6 fonts in
    monochrome will now scroll properly with Turbo ST installed.

 2. The "Thunder!" spelling checker is now completely compatible with
    Turbo ST.

 3. The code to speed up WordPerfect and Dyna Cadd, that was accidently
    left out of the version 1.82 monochrome desk accessory dated July 4,
    1990, has now been included.

 4. Other internal changes were made to improve maintainability and to
    reduce the possibility of any error.

 by Stan Lowell, ZMagazine Asst Editor
 Reprinted from Issue 188

 It has been much longer than I planned since my last article!  Why, you
 ask?  The exact reason seems to have slipped my mind...something to do
 with formatting a disk(THREE times!).  At any rate, here I am again!

 Many thanks to those of you who sent me information on GEnie, my BBS,
 and elsewhere.  Your input is a great resource for all Atari 8-bitters!

 Among the more interesting messages which I have encountered was the
 following capture from the ACUTE BBS(215-261-0620).  This message was in
 their networked NEAR-US message base.

 Message: 194 (#4903)
   Title: 8 Bit Software
  Author: Randy Constan
      To: All
  Posted: Fri 26-Oct-90 at  2:12:00am
 Origin: Nest BBS, Long Island, New York

 Hi! I just want to tell all 8 Bit users that Elfin Magic Software is
 still business, and still supports the 8 Bit!  While the changing market
 has made it impractical for me to continue advertising in major
 publications, I still receive dozens of calls anually from interested
 users.  There's still quite a stock of SUPER 3D PLOTTER II, CIRCUIT
 DATABASE v.2.3, and CHECKING ACCOUNT MANAGER, on Hand.  It's a shame
 when good software is available, but totally unknown to so many users
 that could really put it to good use.  Our address is:

        Elfin Magic Co.
        23 Brook Place
        E. Islip, NY, 11730
       Phone:  516 - 581-7657

 Free information on all products is available for the asking, with a
 SASE.  Or, you can leave a message or personal EMAIL, or call any
 evening after 6:30PM (eastern time), if you need specific questions
 answered.  The revolution lives on!   -Randy

 After this message there was a discussion of Ads on a BBS.  I brought
 the idea to my Network SysOps.  They liked the idea.  As a result, we
 are encouraging 8-bit developers to post information about their 8-bit
 software on any of our FoReM-XEP boards, in the 8-bit Networked base.
 Our wish is to get the users & developers together.  The current list of
 FoReM-XEP Network boards follows:

 Blank Page BBS - S. Bound Brook, NJ  (My Board)            908-805-3967
 Gateway City - St.Louis, MO          (Support Board)       314-647-3290
 Cheers BBS - St.Louis, MO                                  314-351-2837
 Atarian Domain - Orlando, FL                               407-855-1317
 The Oasis - Kissimmee, FL                                  407-846-1765
 Final Frontier - Philadelphia, PA    (Support Board)       215-624-6347
 The Boss BBS - Houston, TX                                 713-479-1967
 Manitou BBS - Rochester, IN                                219-223-8107
 The Magic Dragon - Milwaukee, WI                           414-482-2635
 The Outhouse BBS - Belleville, IL
 The Road to Damascus BBS-Sacramento, CA                    916-929-4389

 In my last article, I asked for overseas sources for sofware, and I
 received feedback from Ray Wilmott on my BBS about an overseas source
 with which he has done business.  Their catalog is NOT a slick copy, but
 a computer printout.  Much of the newer sofware is on cassette.
 According to Ray, their prices are good, and the catalog is free for the
 asking.  Thanks for passing on the information, Ray...


 Was reading your intro piece in Zmag.  You mentioned European mail-order
 software.  Here's the address of the one I've used before in case you
 want to list it in a future Z-Mag.  Please let me know of any others you

 Miles Better Software
 219/221 Cannock Road
 Chadsmoor, WS11 2DD


 Several people left me the same names of Businesses carrying software
 and/or hardware for Atari 8-bits.  For simplicity, I have included some
 messages from my BBS' Networked bases.

 Msg# : 1243 - For Sale/Wanted
 Sent : 11/06/90 at 11:48 AM
 From : Tom Spencer
 C-net: Final Frontier-Philadelphia PA

 BOB,  you can get 3 I/O cables for $10 (or 1 for $4.50 get the three!)
 from American Techna-Vision 1-800-551-9995.

 I just got 3 and they're good.  They ship UPS "land" and it takes 7 to
 10 days to receive.  Also there is a $4 shipping and handling charge on
 all orders under all orders under $150.  They also have a decent
 selection of software an reasonable prices and some hardware-parts, i.e.
 power packs, 1050 mechanisms, keyboards, upgrade kits etc. but no actual
 computers or drives.


 Msg# : 2156 - Msgs 8-Bit - Net
 Sent : 11/26/90 at 10:45 PM
 To   : Nick at Night
 C-net: The Oasis BBS - Kissimmee, FL.

 B & C Computer Visions, 3257 Kifer Rd., Santa Clara, California 95051,
 (408)749-1003 has the commercial version of Gauntlet 64K disk $31.50 &
 the Gauntlet Deeper Dungeons disk $22.50.  You need the Gaunlet disk in
 order to use the Deeper Dungeons disk.  They are open Tuesday - Friday
 10AM to 6 PM, Saturday 10AM to 5PM Pacific time.  Closed Sundays &
 Mondays.  Also available for the ST, Gauntlet $44.95 & Gaunlet II $44.95

 Msg# : 1831 - Msgs 8-Bit - Net
 Sent : 10/28/90 at  5:32 PM
 To   : Nick at Night
 C-net: Oasis BBS - Kissimmee, FL.

 The game he is referring to is NOT PD.  I bought it new last spring for
 $16.95.  Yes, that was the price, NOT a typo.  The place is called
 Software Plus 'n' Stuff, in Columbus, Ohio.  Their BBS number is (614)
 239-0349.  When I was there they had a lot of good stuff at good prices.
 Give the board a call, they even have online price lists.

 Another long time 8-bit Atari software source is:

  San Jose Computer
  640 Blossom Hill Rd.
  San Jose, CA 95123

 Another message gives us a hint of the next shareware terminal program
 to come from the prolific Bob Puff:

 Msg# : 2129 - Msgs 8-Bit - Net
 Sent : 11/20/90 at  4:38 AM
 To   : Richard Welter
 From : Terroc
 C-net: Magic Dragon BBS-Milwaukee, WI
 Subj : Bobterm 1.22

 BTW: Bob Puff is taking suggestions from people regarding what you'd
 like to see in BobTerm XE, the next release of BobTerm.  So if you have
 any suggestions you'd like to convey him here are the BBS' that he's
 involved with:

   Computer World Jr.
   Bob Puff's BBS
   (716) 247-8355

   Computer Software Services
   Support BBS
   (716) 247-7157

 If you call CSS' BBS address messages to Bob Puff as SysOp Bob.


 Well, that about does it for this time.  Once again, many thanks to
 those of you who have helped me with information.  If you should call
 the mentioned places, please mention that you saw it here in ZMag.  Let
 them know that somebody still cares and appreciates their continued

 If you should have some useful input, I can be reached on my BBS (908-
 805-3967), GEnie(S.LOWELL), and on Z*Net Online BBS(908-968-8148).

 SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL USERS GROUP!  Support those who support US!

                                                High Resolution Painting
                                                by E. Frank Carlson

        (Reprinted from the Puget Sound Atari News, October 1990)

 Strange things can happen at the SPACE ST user group meetings.  In this
 case, I found myself volunteering to review the copy of Sketch that
 Megamax had sent to the club for this purpose.  Once I got it home, I
 spent quite a bit of time having fun playing with this program, but then
 that is not why I have it, so on with the collection of comments that I
 have on this software.

 First, a few brief comments about the program's background and
 functionality.  I have been evaluating version 1.3+ of Sketch which is a
 German program that is being marketed here in the U.S. by Megamax.  From
 what I have seen, they made a clean port of the program, as well as the
 manual, from German into English.  The program combines a lot of drawing
 -type features from Degas, Neochrome, and CAD-3D, in addition to
 animation and other capabilities.  It can accept artwork in the format
 of .PI3, .IMG, as well as its own internal format.  Sketch requires use
 of a monochrome monitor.  While this will prove to be a limitation to
 many users, it is required to provide the high resolution which is a
 fundamental objective of the program.  You can get the program to run on
 a standard 520, but it really needs a full megabyte of memory to take
 advantage of the basic capabilities.  Sketch offers some optional
 "advanced features" which can be loaded along with the rest of the
 program, if you so desire.  Megamax recommends that you have at least 2
 megabytes of memory when using the advanced features, but I thought that
 it ran satisfactorily on my one meg 520, but more about this later.

 My first impression: I see a lot of things in this package that I really
 like.  Sketch does things the way that I like to see them done.  I found
 the program easier to use than I first suspected after skimming through
 the manual.  This is not a criticism of the manual, but simply reflects
 its description of the alternate use of the left and right mouse
 buttons.  When I was trying to get my ideas together for this review, I
 started reading through the manual during lunch at work and found that I
 was getting lost as to when I should use multiple clicks of the left
 mouse button and when I should use the right mouse button.  I found,
 however that the confusion vanished when I started using the program
 since I found the use of the correct mouse button came quite naturally.

 Well, so much for the introduction - let's get into the features.
 First, I will cover the "basic" features that are part of the basic
 program.  The functions available in Sketch are available through the
 icon bar.  It should be noted that whenever one of the icons is selected
 to activate a particular tool, then the icon bar disappears until you
 have completed the action with that tool, or clicked the right mouse
 button.  Now for a brief description of some of the features.

 MAGNIFIER: When you select this tool, you will have a rectangular
 magnifying glass running over the image on the screen under mouse
 control.  When the magnifying glass is over the portion of the image
 that you desire, you click on the left mouse button to put the program
 into a pixel editing mode.  The upper portion of the screen shows the
 area being edited, plus a significant amount of the surrounding image.
 You can scroll the screen with the arrow buttons located next to this
 image.  The lower portion of the screen is used for the pixel level
 editing.  This is convenient because you can see the immediate results
 of the editing in the upper portion of the screen.

 ERASER: Whenever this option is selected it first lets you use a mouse
 drag to size the eraser.  Then it will erase anything under it when the
 left mouse button is held down.

 FREEHAND: Allows you to make freehand sketches using the mouse to trace
 around the screen.

 CURVED LINE: I think that this is one of the more unique features in
 Sketch.  In other programs, I have had trouble drawing a smooth line
 with the mouse since they all use something like "freehand" above.  When
 using curved lines, you first click the left mouse button to fix the
 first point on the line, and click it again to fix the second point.
 Then you move the mouse and it stretches the line into a smooth curved
 shape.  You control the curvature by the distance and direction that the
 mouse is drawn away from the curve.  You click the left mouse button
 again to fix the curvature.

 STRAIGHT LINE: The first click of the left mouse button establishes one
 end of the line, and the second click the other end, but this is not
 all.  The line is now "stuck" to the mouse.  When you have placed it in
 the location that you desire on the screen, you click the left mouse
 button again and it is fixed at that point on the screen.

 CONNECTED LINES: The first click of the left mouse button establishes
 the starting point of the line.  The second click establishes the end of
 that line and the start of the next line segment.  This sequence is
 continued until you click the right mouse button.

 All are fairly standard, except that once they are sized, they "stick"
 to the mouse movement much like the "straight line" described above.

 RADIAL LINE: The first mouse click establishes the center point and each
 succeeding click of the left mouse button makes a radial line out from
 that center point.

 TEXT PARAMETERS: These give control over the font to be used, the font
 size, and the angle at which the text will be written.

 CURRENT SCREEN: This allows you to switch quickly between a series of
 "screens".  Each of these screens can contain a different picture.  My
 1 meg ST Sketch gave me eight screens plus the paste buffer in memory at
 the same time.  This can be handy for tasks such as cutting and pasting.

 COPY SCREEN: This allows two screens to be combined.

 CUT AND COPY: Allows you to cut from one area (or another screen) and
 paste to another.  There are approximately 22 special effects that can
 be applied as part of this process.  Examples are mirroring or bending
 the copy.

 PASTE AREA: Is used to designate the area where the image that is in the
 paste buffer is to be pasted.

 LASSO CUT AND COPY AREA: Allows you to cut an arbitrary shape out of one
 area and paste it to another location or screen.

 DISK OPERATIONS: Gives control over the normal disk save and load
 functions in several formats.  It also supports receiving/sending an
 image directly from/to the RS232 port, or from one of several scanners.

 PRINTING: Controls normal printing,and allows you to print one, two, or
 four images (screens) on one page.

 This finishes a whirlwind tour of the basic features of the program.
 Included on the program disk is the SKETCHGO program which adds
 "advanced features" to those discussed above.  The primary reason for
 this two-step capabilities is to allow SKETCH to run on half meg STs.
 Megamax recommends at least two megs of RAM for normal use of SKETCHGO,
 but I thought it ran quite well on my 520ST which has been upgraded to
 1 meg of RAM.  Of course, I disabled all desk accessories for this
 portion of the evaluation.

 The "advanced feature" that impressed me the most was the virtual screen
 capability.  This allows images that are larger than the physical screen
 to be displayed.  Let me explain this.  When you generate an image with
 a scanner, it may well result in an image that is larger than the 640 by
 400 pixel (dot) image that can be displayed on a monochrome screen.  The
 virtual screen capability allows you to load the full scanned image into
 memory.  You can then use the mouse to scroll around in the image.  It
 is like cutting out a small window and moving it around over the surface
 of a photograph - you can see it all, a portion at a time.  The thing
 that really impressed me about this capability is how fast you can
 scroll around the image.  There appears to be instantaneous response to
 the mouse movement with no distortion or jitters in the screen display.
 The program disk contains a sample scanned image consisting of eight
 screens to hold it all.  The image is four screens tall and two screens
 wide.  It provided a good example of the scrolling capability.

 Another advanced feature is the "multipoint spline".  This puts a spline
 through a series of points that you put on the screen with the mouse.  A
 spline is a smooth curve that passes through each of the points.  The
 next feature that caught my fancy was the capability to make
 enlargements of the image appearing in the upper left portion of the

 There are also some features that I did not have a chance to evaluate.
 These include the 3D modeler which allows creation and rotation of
 wireframe (outline) objects, and animation which allows you to sequence
 through several frames to create a simple means of animation.  In
 addition, I did not get into the font editor.

 I found that it was not necessary to get into the portion of the program
 that customizes the printer driver.  One was already provided for my HP
 LaserJet printer.  It appears that printer drivers are provided for most
 printers.  I did, however read through the manual section dealing with
 creating custom printer drivers, it appears that this would probably be
 a significant challenge for most users if it should be necessary to
 create a custom driver.  The manual does not explain what the various
 codes are supposed to do or their significance.  This could lead to a
 lot of trial and error.

 When it came to printing a screen image, I was very impressed with how
 fast the printing is done.  SKETCH is very fast and efficient in sending
 the image to the printer.  I did, however, have a bit of difficulty
 initially.  I was getting some garbage in the output images.  I found
 that it was my problem - there was a conflict with one of the programs
 that I had in my AUTO folder.  Once I disabled this program, the garbage
 in the printed images was cleared up so the hardcopy output looks just
 like the image on the screen.  Therein is what I consider to be a
 drawback of the program.  The hardcopy output does not take advantage of
 the capabilities of high resolution printers.

 Before I had isolated the printer problem to one of the programs in my
 AUTO folder, I sent a letter to Megamax explaining the problem, telling
 them that I was writing a review of SKETCH, and asking for their
 assistance in resolving the problem that I had encountered.  It has now
 been two months since I sent the letter and I am still waiting for a
 response, or even an acknowledgement to my letter.

 To sum it up, I think that SKETCH is a very good program.  It is solid -
 I was unable to get it to crash.  It works smoothly and quite naturally.
 My only reservation is that Megamax has not responded to my letter so it
 makes me wonder about getting timely support for the program after
 purchase.  All things considered, the bottom line is that I intend to
 purchase SKETCH for future use.

 by Keith MacNutt

                                                          GOGO->ST V 2.4
                                                         By Mark Cawthon
                                                3550 Pacific Avenue #210
                                                    Livermore, CA  94550

 GOGO ST is a total replacement for the file selection windows in gem.
 Instead of opening drive and folder windows, you only need to save the
 path and file name your looking for, and GOGO ST will run that file with
 a simple click of the mouse.  GOGO ST works with lists of files
 containing up to 50 names each, and a maximum of 200 file lists (for a
 total of 10000 files) can be saved and loaded at just about anytime.
 Each file list can be broken down into similar categories like
 utilities, wordprocessing, databases or spreadsheets.

 Installation is very easy and GOGO ST can be run from floppy or hard
 drive.  To get the most from this program the user should set the
 program to autoload at boot time.  Those with TOS 1.2 or older will need
 to install startgem.prg into the AUTO folder and the startgem.inf file
 containing the program to autoload into the root directory.  Those with
 TOS 1.4 and greater can install it as an application and save the
 desktop.  In both cases the supplied document gives a very detailed step
 by step procedure for the installation on both a floppy and hard drive
 based system.

 A break down of all the features in this program is not possible in this
 review, but here are some of the major ones that will show you just how
 powerful this program can be.

      o  copying buttons from one list to another.
      o  move buttons in a file for easier access.
      o  delete a button.
      o  edit a button.
      o  run programs not in any of the lists.
      o  load up to 200 different file lists.
      o  make any list the default at boot time.
      o  load accessories by clicking on the GOGO ST logo.
      o  set system time and date.
      o  find a file in any list.
      o  check the path of any file.
      o  and finally start a log session to track the amount of time
         spent in any application.

 This program is easy to use and has enough power to satisfy even the
 most demanding user.  Please support the shareware concept and donate
 the small amount requested ($5.00) and the programmer will send the
 latest version with the shareware donation screen disabled.

                        NEXT WEEK: 1990 IN REVIEW

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