Z*Net: 02-Mar-91 #9108

From: Ed Krimen (al661@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 03/16/91-11:28:11 PM Z

From: al661@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Ed Krimen)
Subject: Z*Net: 02-Mar-91 #9108
Date: Sat Mar 16 23:28:11 1991

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         =======(( =====        March 2, 1991    Issue #91-08
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         ==(((((((((( ==   Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc.
             Editor: Ron Kovacs      Senior Editor: John Nagy
              Assistant Editor: Terry Schreiber, Z*Net Canada
      Contributing Editors: Jon Clarke, Mike Schuetz, Dr. Paul Keith
        Contributors: Keith MacNutt, Mike Mezaros, Ron Berinstein

     Z*NET NEWSWIRE.................................................. 
     CALAMUS TUTORIAL - PART III........................Geoff LaCasse
     ALADDIN REVIEW..........................................Leo Sell
     NAME THAT SOFTWARE CONTEST.........................Press Release
     THE SOFTWARE SHELF................................Ron Berinstein
     PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE...............................Keith Macnutt
 Bill Crouch's position of Vice President of Sales has been filled this
 week by Don Mandell.  Don comes to Atari from a similar position at
 WANG, where he concentrated on vertical marketing.  He plans to use his
 expertise to help sell Atari to the packaged markets of desktop
 publishing, drafting, etc.  Already out and selling even before settling
 in his Sunnyvale office (next week), Don is very impressed and
 encouraged with the possibilities offered by the TT and Calamus,
 Dynacadd, and others.  Mandell has been as long time associate of Jack
 Tramiel, owner and chairman of the board of Atari, and worked with Jack
 at Commodore years ago.
 Jim Allen of FAST TECHNOLOGY has been telling customers who have called
 to ask about the WOOBOY to wait for TURBO 20.  WOOBOY was to be an
 adaptor to allow true 8 mHz operation of an Turbo 16 equipped ST when
 desired... enabling owners of FAST's popular CPU accelerator to also see
 SPECTRUM pictures, for example.  Long promised, the Wooboy is
 nonetheless being dropped before introduction in favor of a revised
 accelerator.  Jim has promised to offer T16 owners a favorable upgrade
 to his TURBO 20 accelerator, to be released soon.  To run at 20 mHz
 (T16 was 16 mHz), Turbo 20 will also enable users to expand RAM on their
 STE and STACY computers to 10 or even 14MB.  And it WILL show SPECTRUM.
 Pricing is not yet announced.
 Atari Canada this week announced re-bundling and new pricing on the Lynx
 game machine.  The Lynx machine is now packaged by itself without the
 Comlynx cable, AC adapter, or California Games software and has a
 suggested retail of $129.95 CDN.  The new bundle is designed to make the
 games market take more than a second look at the Atari machine with its
 color and new price structure is designed to give the competition a run
 for the money.  New marketing and sales techniques are in the works
 designed to boost sales even more.  Atari is applying the pressure in
 the hand-held video game industry.  Anyone who has played both the Lynx
 and its competitors will agree, the Lynx is better.  The color graphics,
 stereo sound, and positioning of the controls leave the competition far
 Apple said this week that it will ship the near-final version of System
 7, Apple's new version of system software for the Macintosh computer,
 to 13,000 Macintosh computer hardware and software developers.

 Twenty-one computer manufacturers have announced their intentions to
 build pen-based computers that will support the Microsoft Pen Windows
 operating system.  These manufacturers include: CalComp, Canon, GRiD
 Systems, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Kyocera, Mitsubishi, Momenta Corp, NEC, NCR,
 Oki Electric, Samsung, Sanyo, Scenario, Seiko Epson, Sharp,
 Summagraphics, Telegroup, The Eden Group, Toshiba and Wang.

 IBM announced price reductions this week on several models of the
 Personal System/2 (PS/2) line of computers.
                         PRICE      PRICE   CONFIGURATION
 Model 30 286 E01        $1,995     $1,845  10MHz 80286; 1MB RAM; 1.44MB
                                            disk; 20 or 30MB fixed disk
 Model 30 286 E21        $2,345     $2,145  10MHz 80286; 1MB RAM; 1.44MB
                                            disk; 20MB fixed disk
 Model 30 286 E31        $2,495     $2,295  10MHz 80286; 1MB RAM; 1.44MB
                                            disk; 30MB fixed disk
 Model 55 SX 031         $3,495     $2,995  16MHz 80386SX; 2MB RAM; 1.44
                                            MB disk; 30MB fixed disk
 Model 55 SX 061         $3,895     $3,295  16MHz 80386SX; 2MB RAM; 1.44
                                            MB disk; 60MB fixed disk
 Model 55 LS LTO         $3,490     $3,325  16MHz 80386SX; 2MB RAM; 1.44
                                            MB disk; diskless; 16/4 token
                                            ring adapter
 Model 55 LS LEO         $2,950     $2,755  16MHz 80386SX; 2MB RAM; 1.44
                                            MB disk; diskless; ethernet
 Model 65 SX 061         $5,295     $4,445  16MHz 80386SX; 2MB RAM; 1.44
                                            MB disk; 60 MB fixed disk
 Model 65 SX 121         $5,995     $4,995  16MHz 80386SX; 2MB RAM; 1.44
                                            MB disk; 120 MB fixed disk
 Model 65 SX 321         $7,945     $6,745  16MHz 80386SX; 2MB RAM; 1.44
                                            MB disk; 320 MB fixed disk
 Model 80 386 081        $6,845     $5,495  20MHz 80386; 2MB RAM; 1.44MB
                                            disk; 80 MB fixed disk
 Model 80 386 161        $7,495     $6,095  20MHz 80386; 2MB RAM; 1.44MB
                                            disk; 160 MB fixed disk
 Model 80 386 321        $9,895     $8,445  20MHz 80386; 2MB RAM; 1.44MB
                                            disk; 320MB fixed disk
 Model 80 386 A16        $10,195    $8,695  25MHz 80386; 4MB RAM; 1.44MB
                                            disk; 160MB fixed disk
 Model 80 386 A31        $13,195    $11,495 25MHz 80386; 4MB RAM; 1.44MB
                                            diskette; 320MB fixed disk
 A Michigan administrative judge has dismissed a complaint against
 Michigan Bell's action toward Bulletin Board Systems.  Judge Daniel
 Mickerson allowed that the complaint could be filed again at a later
 date.  In 1990, Michigan Bell shut down the 16 telephone lines connected
 to the Variety-N-Spice BBS.  The Sysop James Imhoff, filed a complaint
 with the Michigan Public Service Commission.
 (ZNS) WordPerfect has released a special version of WordPerfect 5.1 for
 the tiny Poqet PC.  The program is functionally identical to the
 standard DOS version of WordPerfect 5.1, but is being released on floppy
 disks and a Poqet ROM card.  512k RAM recomended.  WordPerfect can be
 reached at (801)-225-5000.
 (ZNS) Hydra Systems has developed an add-in board for the PC that gives
 PC users Macintosh compatibility and speed better than the Mac Classic.
 The board, using the same 68000 CPU found in the new Classic, will cost
 less than $1,000.  Hydra claims that it hasn't yet come across any
 software that will run on a Classic or SE that won't work with it's
 board.  The board doesn't feature an ADB (Apple Desktop Bus) port,
 instead it allows standard PC hardware to emulate ADB devices.  Hydra
 hasn't yet announced when the new board will be unveiled.
 (ZNS) Farallon Computing has taken over Apple Computer's line of
 AppleTalk products for the PC.  Included are Apple's LocalTalk PC board
 and their network software, AppleShare PC.  Farallon plans to offer
 AppleTalk packages for MS-DOS and drivers for Windows 3.0.  For more
 information call Farallon at (415)-596-9100.
 (ZNS) Funk Software's popular Sideways utility for Lotus 1-2-3 has been
 revised.  The $89.95 program, which rotates spreadsheets for easier
 reading on dot matrix printers, now supports ALL versions of 1-2-3 for
 DOS, including 3.0 and 3.1.  Funk Software can be reached at (617)

 (ZNS) Z-Nix Corporation has introduced a new cordless infrared mouse,
 the Cordless Super Mouse.  Z-Nix's new mouse is capable of 400 cpi
 resolution and includes two rechargable batteries providing sixteen
 hours of continuous use.  You can find out more about Z-Nix's $164.95
 mouse by calling Z-Nix at (714)-629-8050.
 (ZNS) Go Corporation's PenPoint pen-based operating system has some
 competition from the world's largest developer of operating systems and
 environments, Microsoft.  Microsoft has shown a set of environment
 extensions for Microsoft Windows, dubbed PenWindows, that will allow it
 to be used on pen-based systems.  Microsoft plans to incorporate the
 extensions into all of their own Windows based applications by the time
 Windows 3.1 is released.  PenWindows will run on the same hardware as
 PenPoint, a 286 or better.  IBM has signed on with Go to develop
 computers based on PenPoint technology and has not yet commented
 publicly on PenWindows.
 (ZNS) Nutek Computers says that it has developed Macintosh-compatible
 ROMs and operating system software.  Until now, Macintosh-compatible
 computers have required that the buyer supply actual Mac ROMs and system
 software.  Nutek's operating system will run all Mac software, but in
 order to avoid copyright infringement uses a GUI based on OSF/Motif,
 giving their Macs a more robust 3-D interface than actual Macs.
 Presumably, the hardware portion of Nutek's package will be compatible
 enough to run true Apple system software such as the upcoming System
 7.0.  Nutek soon plans to offer a full line of Mac clones and will offer
 their technology to other developers.  No release dates have been
 (ZNS) Cardinal Technologies has introduced a 20Mhz 386SX PC for $999
 that has more in common with the Macintosh Classic than an identical
 price-tag.  The PC10-386SX is a complete system, with VGA monitor, 3.5"
 floppy drive, PS/2 mouse port, two serial ports, a parallel port, 1MB of
 RAM (expandable to 8MB), two slots, and DR-DOS 5.0 in ROM all in one
 case.  The PC10 is a "compact" system, about the same size as the Mac
 Classic, SE, or SE/30.  A 40MB hard drive brings the price up to $1399.
 Cardinal Technologies can be reached at (800) 233-0187.
 COPYFIX   Version 1.5    HDUTIL    Version 4.01   ICDFMT   Version 5.01
 ICDBOOT   Version 5.1.0  HDPARK    Version 1.0    ICDTIME  Version 2.0
 TIMESET   Version 1.5    COLDBOOT  Version 2.00   CFGCBOOT Version 2.00
 HDPARTS   Version 2.00   CACHEOFF  Version 1.2    CACHEON  Version 1.2
 CLDEMO    Version 4.00   IDCHECK   Version 2.00   RATEHD   Version 2.00
 WHEREIS   Version 1.81   BOOTFIX   Version 2.01   DESKTOP  Version 3.02
 CACHEHIT  Version 1.10   HOST      Version 2.00
 ===========================                        WORKING WITH TEXT
 Copyright(C)1991, by Geoff LaCasse
 GXR Systems, Vancouver, B.C.
 This is Part III of a series of articles devoted to the Calamus DTP
 software.  Previous parts are available online in issues #9107 and 9107
 of Z*Net Online.  Now, we continue with Part III.
 Load your document from session 2, then move the mouse cursor onto its
 page.  Click the right mouse button to change the pointer cursor to a
 hand shape, then click the left mouse button to select the frame we
 created at the end of session 2 (the frame will have visible handles at
 its corners and midpoints).  Go back to the primary icon pad and click
 on TEXT, then OPEN TEXT EDITOR.  The Text Editor window will appear in
 the middle of the page.
 Use the left cursor key to move the Text Editor cursor to the end of the
 line.  Type in a paragraph.  When you have several lines of text, click
 on the second icon from the left in the Text Editor window to close the
 Text Editor.  Your text will re-appear in the frame.  If, instead, you
 got a dialogue box which said please select a frame, then you did not
 follow the steps as outlined above.  Information on the frame's Font and
 Style will also be missing from the Text Editor.  Click on your document
 above or below the Text Editor (notice Calamus's Text cursor shape),
 click on the frame to select it, click on the Text Editor window, and
 then close it.  Save the document at this point.
 Calamus has been known to crash on occasion, even in 1.09N.  I save my
 document before and after each major operation.
 The text in our frame will be barely readable.  Let's improve this
 situation.  Calamus gives the user three views of the page--FULL PAGE
 VIEW, ACTUAL SIZE, and USER DEFINED VIEW.  The three icons are located
 to the right of the primary icon pad, just above our page.  Default is
 FULL PAGE VIEW.  Position the mouse cursor on the third line of our
 text, inside our left margin, hold down the Control key and click the
 right or left mouse button.  This gives us ACTUAL SIZE (or 100%).  Or
 hold down the Alternate key and click a mouse button for USER DEFINED
 SIZE (default is 200%).  Move to another position with the scroll bars
 or click with again using the Control/Alternate key, move the cursor to
 a new position, and click again.  Where you click will become the centre
 of the screen.  I use actual size to display page layout, the other
 views to examine its details closely.
 Set your view to ACTUAL SIZE (for the duration of this session).  Our
 text will have the format we initially set up (SWISS 50, Left Justified,
 Line Spacing, etc).  To change any of these values is a simple task.
 With our frame still selected, click on FONT SIZE, then on 24 (point
 size), and finally on the icon in the bottom left--RESTYLE TEXT.  A
 dialogue box will appear, asking if you want to restyle all text.  Click
 on OK.  Text in the frame will change from 14 point SWISS to 24 point
 SWISS.  Select OUTLINE and RESTYLE TEXT.  The text will appear as 24
 point SWISS Outline.
 You can also change sections of text or individual letters.  Drag
 Calamus's Text cursor across some text, select a point size and style,
 and RESTYLE TEXT.  Only selected text will be modified.  Line spacing --
 known as leading -- will increase to compensate for those lines with
 larger point size text.  We will examine leading (led-ding) closely in
 the coming sessions.
 Select convenient text point sizes from the Font Size table.
 Alternately, select any size from 1-999 points in tenths of a point
 using the SELECT FONT SIZE icon just below and to the right of the
 A/vertical ruler.  Click on this icon, backspace or use the Escape key
 to erase the present value, type in a new value, and press RETURN to
 accept it.  Select some text and RESTYLE TEXT.
 Calamus offers a number of text styles (Normal, Shadow, Underline,
 Superscript, etc.) but no Italic or Bold.  Instead, Italic, Bold, and
 Bold Italic are separate fonts (or typefaces), and must be loaded
 independently.  To load a new font, select the EXTRAS menu, then LOAD
 FONTS.  When a dialogue box appears, select LOAD, click on a font, then
 OK (you can only select one font at a time), and finally OK to load it
 into memory.  If you need a second font, click on LOAD before the second
 OK and select another font.  Calamus will not allow you to load a font
 if you have insufficient memory.
 Potential problems.  If your Calamus.set file is incorrect, Calamus
 won't find your Fonts folder.  Redo your Calamus.set file and try again.
 Those 1040 owners will have limited font support because each font takes
 17-45K of memory.  Load only what you need.  Calamus saves the font
 definition (but not the font itself) with each document.  If you have
 insufficient memory for both document and its fonts, you will be
 prompted for replacements.  To save memory select one already in use.
 Calamus will also prompt you for a replacement if the program is unable
 to find a font definition.  We will discuss these points in a later
 session, but be aware of the problem when loading someone else's Calamus
 Go to FONT MENU (our second icon pad).  The fonts you loaded will be
 listed here, in the order of selection.  Your default font (probably
 SWISS) will be highlighted.  Highlight another, select some text, and
 click on RESTYLE TEXT.  The text font will change but point size, style,
 and justification will retain their previous values.  Alternately, click
 on a font, and then RESTYLE TEXT.  Select OK when the dialogue box
 appears.  All text in the frame will change to the new font (and SELECT
 FONT SIZE value).  Open the Text Editor to confirm the change.
 Use fonts sparingly and with purpose.  Too many and your work will look
 sloppy.  Too radical a design and your text will be difficult to read.
 Study the various designs (there are perhaps 5,000 for Calamus) and pay
 attention to their suggested use.  For example, headline and body text
 fonts are generally not interchangeable.  Listen to the professionals,
 or use materials available at your local libraries and computer stores
 as resources.  Single disk-drive Calamus users will want to restrict
 fonts on their data disks to save room for documents.
 Our example document has left justification.  It's a simple matter to
 change this format to Right, Centre, or Justification.  In the middle of
 the TEXT RULER icon pad are four small page-like icons, TEXT LEFT
 justifications, select your text with the text cursor, and click on one
 of the justification icons.  The paragraph or paragraphs you selected
 will change to the new value.  Justification only works on paragraphs.
 You can select a letter or phrase, but the complete paragraph will be
 Before ending this session, go to the EXTRAS menu, and click on
 STATISTICS.  This dialogue box shows you your available system memory.
 You 1040 users, in particular, should be constantly aware of your memory
 status because Calamus will crash without notice if it runs outs of
 memory.  Clicking on GARBAGE COLLECTION frees up memory used by the
 program (cut and pasting, frame creation).  Do it often.
 Quit Calamus.  You don't need to save your file, the next session will
 introduce a new multi-column document format.
 ================                                    REVIEW OF ALADDIN
 by Leo Sell
 GEnie users now have software to make their online time more enjoyable,
 thanks to the magic of a program called Aladdin.  This software for the
 ST automates your online time with some features that are explained
 For instance, one of the things I thought might be nice was screen dumps
 of some of the Aladdin screens.  Aladdin let me EASILY search for
 possible programs to capture screens.  Unfortunately, none of them did
 what I wanted.

 In a nutshell, Aladdin automates almost anything you might want to do on
 GEnie.  I haven't found all of the bells and whistles.  But, I've found
 it far easier to do library searches for software, and far, far easier
 to write, send, and read GEnie mail.  Most of the commonly used
 functions are easily figured out with a little experimentation on the
 drop-down menus.  Aladdin also checks your GEmail each time you log on/

 Here's a quick walkthrough of how I've used Aladdin.  Last weekend I
 wanted to drop Bob Brodie (Mr. Atari, himself) a line using GEmail.  So,
 I fired up Aladdin, chose "Write Mail" under the GEmail menu, and had a
 quick note ready to go in a couple of minutes.  Oh, and there's that
 screen dump search to do, too.  So, click on "Search for Files" under
 the Library menu and type in a search term - like "screen dump".  One
 more detail, drop down the Roundtable menu and make sure the ATARISTR
 (Atari ST Roundtable is selected).

 OK, so now I'm ready.  Choose "Do Autopass 2" under the Terminal menu,
 and walk away.  Aladdin logs on, sends the mail, reads my mail, and
 searches for files using the term "screen dump".  If Aladdin found any
 mail, it tells me that too.  If I had mail to read, I can easily read
 it, offline, and write a reply for later.  As for the files.... by
 clicking on "Choose Download-Browse" under the Library menu, I am
 presented with a list of files to mark appropriately.  Downloading one
 is as easy as marking the file for download, and telling Aladdin to go
 do it.  No hassle, no muss, no fuss!!  You can also have Aladdin do any
 one of the tasks, rather than combinations.  Lots of flexibility, here.
 All of that, and I only touch on Aladdin's capabilities.  One that I
 don't use is following messages on topics in various roundtables.
 Another, very powerful feature is a scripting capability, giving you the
 user the ability to do almost anything you can imagine - with a little
 extra effort.

 There are a few things to be careful of when you use Aladdin.  For
 instance, I had trouble when I didn't have the same "break" character
 set on GEnie as in Aladdin.  I couldn't stop some of the things I
 started!!  Once I set my break character on GEnie properly, I had no
 further problem interrupting GEnie.  Another caution/confusion is that
 Aladdin changes automatically to a command/no-prompt mode.  Believe me,
 it is a little disquieting when the only prompt you get is "1>".  If you
 go into terminal mode and need the menus for some manual manipulations,
 enter 'C' to toggle out of command mode, in most cases.  If that doesn't
 work, type "pro" for prompt, then choose the kind of prompt you want.

 The manual is also kind of daunting.  After all, this is a BIG program.
 Plan on printing 100 to 200 pages.  My suggestion is that you print it
 out, skim it enough to set up Aladdin for you, then put away for awhile.
 Practice using GEnie and Aladdin in the Star Services area and consult
 the manual as needed.  Once you're comfortable, use Aladdin everywhere
 it can help you.

 Tim Purves and Gordon Monnier have done a great job with this program
 and continuing support on GEnie.  I like it LOTS.  As a near-casual user
 of GEnie, it really makes my online life easier.  If you want it, log
 onto GEnie and type "m1000".  Follow the prompts to download the program
 and the menu.

 If I haven't lost you non-GEnie users, here's how you can join.  After
 all, at only $4.95 flat fee per month, you have access to a lot of
 information such as Grolier's American Encyclopedia, news, GEmail, and
 much, much more.  Other areas of interest, such as the computer bulletin
 boards, are an additional $6.00 per hour.  Joining is free.  Set your
 software to half-duplex, dial 1-800-638-8369.  When you connect, type
 "HHH" (no quote marks).  When the "U#=" prompt displays, type
 "XTX99493,GENIE", press return and follow the prompts.  (You'll need a
 credit card number).
 =========================================                 Press Release
 Ann Arbor, MI/Windsor, Ontario, Canada -- The Windsor Atari Users Group
 of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and the Washtenaw Atari Users Group of Ann
 Arbor, MI are hosting the Windsor/Detroit International AtariFest on May
 4-5, 1991 at the St. Clair College of Arts and Technology in Windsor.
 With support from both Atari US and Atari Canada, the show promises to
 be a "must attend" event for Atarians everywhere.
 St. Clair College is conveniently located in Windsor, only minutes from
 the Ambassador Bridge and Windsor International Airport.  Hotel
 accomodations, car rentals and a number of restaurants are also near the
 college.  Regularly scheduled flights are available from Toronto to
 Windsor, and charter flights are available from Detroit Metro Airport.
 Exhibitors already committed to exhibit at the show include:

 Atari US                Atari Canada            Branch Always Software
 Canoe Computer          Channel One Computer    Clear Thinking
 DA Brumleve             Double Click Software   Fast Technology
 Goldleaf Publishing     ICD Inc.                Innovative Concepts
 ISD Marketing           Joppa Computer          Mainstream America
 MegaType                Micro Creations         Musicode Software
 Nice & Software         PDC Distributors        Phil Comeau Software
 Talon Technology        Unicorn Publications    What's This?
 Wiz Works

 Many other developers, including GEnie, Soft-Logik Publishing, Gadgets
 by Small, Michtron and CodeHead Software have indicated interest in
 exhibiting at the show.

 Show times are 10-6 on Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday.  Tickets are only $4
 Canadian per day at the door, and children under 12 will be admitted
 free of charge when accompanied by an adult.  Door prize drawings and
 seminars will be held throughout both days.
 Advance tickets can be purchased for $3 Canadian (or equivalent US
 exchange rate) by sending check or money order to Windsor/Detroit
 International AtariFest, 3487 Braeburn Circle, Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

 For attendees flying in for the show, Northwest Airlines is offering 40%
 off round trip coach airfares and 5% savings on other applicable round
 trip fares.  Canadian attendees can save from 25 to 40% on coach fares.
 Call 1-800-328-1111 for reservations.  The "profile number" for the
 discount airfares is 03257.  Northwest Airlines is the official airline
 of the Windsor/Detroit International AtariFest.
 Special show discounts on car and truck rentals is available from Budget
 Rental, the official car rental company for the show.  Low convention
 rates are available on everything from Ford Escorts to Lincoln Town
 Cars.  To make your reservation, call 1-800-333-8840, identify yourself
 as an attendee of the show and give them the "rate code" of CNVNR1.
 For more information on the show, contact Craig Harvey, President of
 WAUG - Ann Arbor at (313) 994-5619 or Brian Cassidy, President of WAUG -
 Windsor at (519) 966-0305.  Developers interested in obtaining booth
 space at the show should contact Pattie Rayl at (313) 973-8825 ASAP.
 ==========================                        Press Release
            You too can help us to develop computer software.

 We are looking for a name for a new piece of software we will be
 releasing.  Your job is to provide us with a name for our software.
 Here is what the software does:

 + Compress / decompress files as you use them.
 + Completely transparent operation.
 + Access files same as always.
 + Save _lots_ of disk space!

 If you are familiar with Disk Doubler (Macintosh) or Double Disk (PC),
 then you know what we are talking about.

 Here are the rules:

 1) Contest is open to anyone exclusive of relatives, friends or
    employees of Double Click Software.
 2) The contest will run until March 31, 1991.

 3) Entries may be sent via US mail, GEmail, CompuServe email, Usenet
    email, or through email on the DCS BBS.  See below for addresses.

 4) All entries should be postmarked by midnight March 31, 1991.

 5) One grand prize winner and two runners-up will receive the product as
    a prize for the contest.

 6) The grand prize winner and runners-up will be selected by Double
    Click Software.

 7) Only three prizes will be awarded.  In the event of a tie, the
    entries received first will be given precedence in placement of

 8) All judges decisions are final.

 9) Entries will be judged on creativity, applicability of the name, and
    how the product name looks as a filename (ie, FILENAME.EXT).

 10) Each product name entry MUST have the letters DC first (ie, DC
     Squish).  Filenames do not need to have the letters DC in them (ie,

 11) Winners will be announced on or before April 15, 1991.

 12) Winners will be notified by phone.

 Submit your entries to one of the following addresses:
 GEnie       :  DOUBLE-CLICK
 CompuServe  :  75300,577
 Usenet      :  uace0@menudo.uh.edu
 DC BBS      :  (713)944-0108

 For questions ONLY, call Double Click Software  : (713)977-6520


           Entries must have the following elements to be valid:
                                 Your Name
                            Your Street Address
                         Your City, State and Zip
                             Your phone number
                          Suggested product name
                            Suggested filename

  Michael B. Vederman
  PO Box 741206
  Houston, TX 77274


 by Ron Berinstein
 FUJDESTT.ARC will plant the famous Fuji logo on your desktop, and spin
 it around.  This week's uploaded version fixes the overscan feature, and
 works with both the ST, and, the TT.
 REFLEX.LZH is a small GFA program, but, to the point.  When the circles
 filled with green turn red (at different times) you click the mouse
 button.  Your response time will be measured.  Your imagination supplies
 the rest.. you could be responding to a Bogie at three o'clock, or you
 could be waiting in your formula racing car for the starting light.
 Under the heading "Light hearted and somewhat fun," you might download
 EYETEST.ARC, an "eyetest" for "old timers" that let's you decipher a PC3
 file. (to be viewed in Hi Res. only)  And, if you really wanted to know
 about the creation of computers, a don't miss is, I_BE_AM.ARC, a small
 text file describing the computer's "Genesis."
 Under the heading of "Things I'm never gonna use, but, some may really
 need it," download DCLEFTY.ARC. a real small auto folder program (that
 needs to run before any other that requires a button press).  Same will
 make your left and right mouse buttons swap their functions.  Ideal for
 lefties!  Plus, ICN.ARC an icon drawing program designed to save the
 icon data image and mask image in the file format required by Digital
 Research's Resource Construction Set (RCS).  "Personally, Icon not
 understand pro Icon people." <smile>
 The Desktop Publishing SIG had some nice arrivals this week,
 MVG-DEM5.LZH is the latest demo version of Dr. Bob's MVG (Multi Viewer
 Graphica) A modular DTP graphics program. 

 MVGTOYBX.ARC is a set of five "toys" (Multiple sub-functions).  The
 Toybox of files is designed to work with MVG v. 2.0 or higher.  Included
 is DB_Gem, MultiCap, LoadQuad, MultiLoad, ToCells and more!
 LITEMAIL.LZH is a simple to operate, basic label program.. it will
 handle about 3500 labels on an ST, about 500 on a 520.  Various size
 labels are possible, and this might be ideal for a small group or
 The most recent uploaded version of BOOKER.ARC corrects a recent upload
 of a version that repeated the bottom line.  You'll need a Laserjet or
 Deskjet printer to use it, but, it will make printing simple "books" and
 manuals easy by printing an ASCII file four pages to a page in small
 print.  Then, fold and staple does it!

 605ENVLP.ARC is John King Tarpinian's Calamus template for addressing
 envelopes and printing them with the new Atari laser printer.
 AREACODE.LZH and POSTAL22.LZH have both been upgraded to versions 2.2
 each.  Both PRG/ACC/TOS (rename as you wish) type programs, the former
 will locate and identify telephone area codes in North America, the
 latter, will give you zip code information.
 Under the heading, "My favorite program of the week." SNAPIT.ARC
 replaces the Alt-Help screen dump without the need of a menu bar, and,
 with the ability to be turned on and off without rebooting..  Instant
 Degas format "snaps" are taken of the screen.  Look for them in the root
 directory of the drive the program is in.

 GFA programers shouldn't miss, GRAPUTIL.LZH, three sets of routines so
 that animation can be included in programs and .NEO files can be
 compressed.  And, GFAMAK06.ARC is the latest updated version of
 GFAMAKER.ARC.  This version produces smaller code.

 Warning: Downloaders of FINCALC.LZH may be in for bad news, the file
 recently uploaded this week to GEnie seems to have been corrupted.

 Suggestion: Never miss another Birthday, Anniversary, or occasion, take
 a look at CALSHO46.ARC (this newest version fixes a small bug).  You
 will need the previous version though as well in order to get the .ACC
 file.  CALSHO46 will post the prescribed events on your screen when you
 boot up.  It also includes several historical events in it's format that
 lets you in on a variety of informative pieces of data.
 The above collected information written and compiled by Ron Berinstein,
 co-sysop, CodeHead Quarters BBS (213) 461-2095.  Files submitted to
 CodeHead Quarters BBS and others downloaded from GEnie and Delphi were
 used as source material for the list.

 by Keith MacNutt

                                                     VIEWGIF V1.2
                                                Craig S. Buchanan
                                                 4-319 MacKay St.
                                      Ottawa, Ont. Canada K1M-2B7
 VIEWGIF allows the ST user to display and convert GIF picture files to
 graphic image format and is used primarily for the IBM PC, GIF is also
 used on the AMIGA.  Now that the ST has a viewer and converter for these
 files, we have virtually an unlimited supply of pictures to view and
 convert to any one of the above mentioned formats.
 VIEWGIF is GEM based, and runs in all three ST resolutions.  Once a
 picture is loaded, it can be scrolled both horizontally and vertically
 within the window and can be cropped or shrunk before it is saved to a
 different file format.
 Under FILE on the menu bar the first thing the user will find is GIF
 INFO.  Clicking on this option will bring up a file selector, and the
 user can pick a GIF file to find info on.  Next is LOAD FILE which
 brings up a fileload form with the option to load GIF, IFF, LBM, MAC,
 NEO, DEGAS, FL and CP8 formats.  Currently in DEGAS mode, VIEWGIF will
 only load un-compressed files.  In MAC mode they will be loaded and
 translated into the current ST resolution.
 SAVE FILE will display a file save form in which the user can choose
 the DEGAS mode the user can only save pictures in un-compressed format.
 CLOSE - Closes the top window.
 QUIT - Exits the program.
 EDIT - Under EDIT on the menu bar, the first feature is CLIP. CLIP crops
 the current image in one of the four window boundaries by simply sizing
 and scrolling the window.  Next select CLIP and choose the corner CLIP
 will use.
 SHRINK - Shrink halves the image size by using one of three methods.
 LINEAR works best on 256 color images and the two STAGGERED modes work
 best on 4 and 16 color images.
 COLORS - Colors allows the top window color palette to be edited and
 SAVED with the file.  USED allows the user to modify the color palette
 of the image but the changes will not be saved with the file.
 DESKTOP - Returns the palette to the desktop colors.
 TRANSFORM -Converts a GIF image to one of several formats without first
 converting the picture to the screen format.
 MODE - Under MODE on the menu bar the user will find COLOR.  When color
 is selected, LOAD GIF, IFF, and LBM translates the file into a color
 picture and GRAY will load the files into gray scale.

 COLOR OPTIONS - Under this option the selections are FREQUENCY, COLOR
 FREQUENCY - chooses colors based on their frequency in the image.
 COLOR SPACE - chooses colors based on their frequency and distribution.
 IGNORE NB - prevents the darkest colors from being displayed on some
 monitors which can not display these colors.
 ORDERED works only in monochrome mode and converts the gray scale image
 to a monochrome one.
 DISPERSED uses a dot dither to convert the gray scale to 2,4 or 8 shades
 of gray depending on the current resolution.
 HISTOGRAM affects DISPERSED gray scale by using HISTOGRAM equalization
 to maximize contrast of the image.
 SCALED affects DISPERSED in that the gray dithers using scaling to
 insure full gray scale coverage in the resulting image.
 ENHANCE selects an edge enhancement before dithering to clear up the
 blurry edges of an image.
 FULL SCREEN MODE produces a image that fills the screen and invokes an
 instruction list which allows the user to scroll around the screen or
 escape to gem.
 After reading the documentation and using the program, I feel that this
 program and its future updates, should be included in all ST users
 collections.  Considering the vast library of GIF files on the IBM
 bulletin boards, this program would be of most importance to anyone that
 does DPT or like most people who just like to collect pictures.  The
 only thing that I found negative was the slow file conversions and
 loading of GIF pictures.  This problem should be fixed in future updates
 and to all that register their versions, this might be one of the
 features they would like to see in the next revision.
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