Z*Net: 21-Mar-91 #9111

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 04/13/91-06:27:22 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 21-Mar-91 #9111
Date: Sat Apr 13 18:27:22 1991

Also thanks to: Todd C. Miller.

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        ==(((((((((( ==   Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc.

                             EDITORIAL STAFF
          Ron Kovacs...........................Publisher/Editor
          John Nagy...............................Senior Editor
          Terry Schreiber......................Assistant Editor
          Jon Clarke........................Contributing Editor
          Ron Berinstein....................Contributing Editor
          Mike Schuetz......................Contributing Editor
          Dr. Paul Keith..............Special Assignment Editor
          Keith Macnutt...............................Columnist
          Mike Mezaros......................Contributing Editor


    EDITORS DESK......................................Terry Schreiber
    ATARI AT CEBIT '91..................................Press Release
    Z*NET NEWSWIRE...................................................
    ATARI SLM605 REVIEW...........................John King Tarpinian
    CODEHEAD CONFERENCE..............................................
    Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF...............................Ron Berinstein
    VIDI-ST VERSION 1.29 UPDATE.............................John Nagy
    VIDEO DATA CHANNEL - DOWNLOAD FROM TV...............Kevin Festner
    ATARI PORTFOLIO GUIDE FROM ABACUS.......................John Nagy
    PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE................................Keith Macnutt

                               EDITORS DESK
                            by Terry Schreiber

 Once again this weeks issue bulging with information for the Atari
 community.  Geoff Lacasse is away on vacation but will return next week
 with part VI of his Calamus tutorial.

 Canada is this year hosting three Atari shows - The Toronto, Windsor
 -Detroit and Vancouver.  Atari Canada is out in full support and by
 looking at recent press releases on GEnie I can see their U.S.
 counterpart is doing the same.  Please support these shows when they
 come to your area by attending and if your group is sponsoring the show
 - volunteer to lend a hand.  Let the people know that there are indeed
 enthusiastic Atarians out there.  Lets put the "Enthusiasm" back in

                         "News Without The Views"(tm)
                            "Atari News First"(tm)

                            ATARI AT CEBIT'91
                              Press Release

 FACT SHEET: ST Notebook                        STPad

 Processor:        68000                        68000
 Clock Frequency:  8Mhz                         8Mhz
 Main Memory:      1 or 4 MB                    1 or 4 MB
 Hard Disk:        20MB                         None
 Interfaces:       2 x MIDI                     MIDI
                   RS232                        RS232
                   Parallel                     Parallel
                   DMA + FDD                    DMA
                   Numeric Keyboard (external)  Bus Connector
                   Bus Connector

 Keyboard:         04/04 Keys (STE/TT Compat)
                   Built-in Joypad
 Options:          Fax Modem                    Keyboard compatible with
                   Hard Disk: 40 or 60 MB       Atari Mega ST
                   External Keyboard
                   1.44MB Floppy Drive (external)
 Operating Time:   .....................        Max 10 Hours
 Slots:            .....................        2 Silicon Drives 4MB ea.
 Screen:           .....................        LCD (640/400 pixels)

 FACT SHEET: Atari Developers Package V for Unix

 - Includes Unix V, Release 4.0
 - Includes elements of XENIX and BSD
 - Virtual File System (VFS)
 - X/Window, Release 11.4
 - Motif user interface
 - C (Version 1.37)
 - C++ (Version 1.37)
 - Debugger, shells

 Only in the network version:
 - Remote File Sharing
 - BSD Sockets

 The ST for the briefcase: ST-Notebook From Atari

 HANNOVER - The ST world has been waiting for this:  a power ST for the
 brief case.  The new ST notebook from Atari measures just 30 x 21 cm.
 It contains everything that the ST fan needs on the road:  1 MB RAM,
 20 MB hard disk, 84/85 keys which are STE/TT compatible, joypad instead
 of mouse and an LCD screen with 640 x 400 pixels.  And all of this
 together weighs around a kilogram.  As you can see, it's very portable.

 In order to keep up-to-date at home or in the office, you need to be
 able to swap data quickly too.  This is why the new ST notebook is
 provided with a wide range of interfaces: bus connector, RS232, parallel
 and DMA.

 There are also a range of extensions which do not belong to the basic
 model but are useful for a number of tasks: e.g. there is still space in
 the little notebook case for a data and/or telefax modem, which allows
 you to exchange data and faxes from any telephone when you are on the
 road.  An external floppy drive lets you copy data to your disk.

 The New STPad from Atari "READS" handwritting

 HANNOVER - Through product innovation, Atari is continously developing
 computer applications for a wide range of users.  An excellent example
 of the ideas that come from the house of Atari is a completely new
 system - the STPad computer - which Atari is showing for the first time
 as a prototype at the CeBit Fair Hannover 1991.  In order to work with
 this system you need neither a keyboard or a mouse.  Data entry takes
 place with a device that everyone knows how to use: a pen.

 The user writes with a pen on a touch sensitive screen in the same way
 as a piece of paper.  The advantages of this new way of entering
 information are numerous.

 The device is independent of the type of handwriting and even accepts
 Japanese characters or cyrillic characters just like it does
 coventional Latin characters.  Also, you can instantly swap between
 writing text and drawing sketches.  Furthermore, it makes it
 particularly easy for beginners to learn to use modern computer

 Another special feature makes this device the ideal tool for people who
 do not have much practice in working with computers.

 After finishing a task, the STPad automatically switches to "stand-by"
 without requiring the user to save the data manually.  When you start
 working with the pad again, the same picture appears that you were
 working on before.

 The STPad has the same footprint as a DIN A4 page.  It is 3.5 cm high
 and weighs only three pounds and is thus a featherweight under portable
 computers.  Due to a new type of hardware dedign, Atari has managed to
 power this battery operated unit for more than 10 hours without

 The STPad is available in two versions, with a main memory capacity of
 1 or 4 MB respectively.  The unit runs the Atari TOS operating system
 and is compatible with the ST and TT models - exisiting programs can
 also be used if they have been designed for a monochrome screen with a
 resolution of 600 x 400 pixels.

 Instead of heavy disk drives which take up a lot of power, this system
 has two so-called "silicon drive" slots.  According to your requirements
 you can use them either for RAM chip cards (for data storage) or ROM
 chip cards (with application programs).  Chip cards with a capacity of
 up to 4MB can be used in eah slot, i.e. considerably more than with
 conventional disk drives.  The STPad is provided with a number of
 interfaces to communicate with the outside world: MIDI, RS232, parallel
 and DMA, and for those who want to write quickly with the conventional
 10-finger system on external keyboard.

 The new Developers Package V offers in addition to compilers powerful
 tools for the interactive design of user environments.

 HANNOVER - Atari is now offering a powerful Unix development
 environment for the Atari workstation TT/030.  It is based on Unix V,
 release 4.0.  Atari System V includes X/Window as the graphical
 interface and thus offers a high degree of compatibility to
 international standards.  X/Windows is network-based and allows you to
 operate programs from a local workstation that execute at a remote host.

 For developing modern object-oriented solutions, the Atari Developers
 Package V includes the powerful languages C and C++.  Together with the
 user environment VSF/Motif and a number of software interfaces, the
 Developers Package V thus offers comprehensive design and development
 possibilities for the Unix world.

 With this Unix package, Atari wants to further extend its engagement in
 technical and scientific applications.  A large number of Atari computer
 systems are already being used for applications in thise fields, and the
 Unix standard is becoming more and more important in the CAD/CAM world
 too.  The Developers Package V for Unix is available in network or stand
 alone versions and requires a TT/030 workstation with 8 MB RAM, 200 MB
 hard disk and a TTM 194 19" monitor.

                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE

 Atari's Entertainment Division reported this week that February was the
 best sales month ever for its color portable video game system, the
 Atari Lynx.  Here is a list of the activity:

 - Atari Lynx sales in February 1991 topped sales for the entire fourth
   quarter of 1990.
 - The Lynx had its best month in the face of shrinking consumer spending
   during the current recession and the gulf war.
 - In January, Atari dropped the price of the basic Lynx system from $179
   to $99 and offered a $149 package that includes the Lynx, AC adaptor,
   a ComLynx cable for multiple player games, a California Games four-in-
   one game cartridge and a coupon for a free game cartridge.
 - Nearly half of the Lynx systems sold in February were for the $149
 - Sales of Blue Lightning, Atari's action-packed flight mission game,
   rose 300 percent since the beginning of the Persian Gulf war.
 - Atari will be releasing more than 36 new games for the Lynx in 1991,
   including action adventure games like Tournament Cyberball, Pacland,
   Turbo-Sub NFL Football, World Class Soccer, Golf and Hockey.
 - Atari is one of a handful of U.S. companies that is winning market
   share back from Japanese competitors.

 The Atari Corporation reported at the Hannover CeBit 1991 show that the
 turnover for the fourth quarter 1990 was 151.9 million dollars with a
 net income of 8.8 million dollars.  The sales for the financial year
 1990, which ended on December 31, 1990, were 411.5 million dollars.
 That corresponds to a decrease of 3 percent compared to the same
 period in the previous year (423.6 million dollars).  The net income
 for 1990 was 14.9 million dollars against 4.0 million dollars for 1989.
 Due to the general weak state of the economy and consumer concerns in
 the light of the events in the Persian Gulf, the sales dropped by 11
 percent in the fourth quarter of 1990 compared to the same quarter of
 the previous year.  During the fourth quarter of 1990, the company made
 significant inventory reserves, including those of its traditional US-
 manufactured video games, in order to reflect the current market value.

 CALASSISTANT, an online help accessory for use with CALAMUS DTP
 software, is a new release of Spar Systems.  Using a desk-accessory
 approach to provide Hypertext-like interface, CalAssistant offers "tear
 off" style menus leading to text, icons, and pictures giving instruction
 and tips for using Calamus features.  Two meg of memory and a hard drive
 are recommended for simultaneous Calamus and CalAssistant usage.
 Tutorial files, utilities and fonts are also included in the $34.95
 package.  Spar Systems, 381 Autumn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  11208, (718)

 IBM, Apple and several other high technology companies said this week
 they are forming an industry group to set standards for personal
 computers using sound and video.  The group is a nonprofit organization
 known as the Interactive Multimedia Association, or IMA.  Founded in
 1988 as a trade group that specializes in video-disk technology, it now
 includes more than 170 members including IBM, Sony, N.V.. Philips and
 Intel Corp.  The new group will develop specifications of programs to
 run on a number of standard IMA-defined "classes," or combinations of
 hardware and software.

 Computer Peripherals announced the lowest-priced, high-performance 9600
 baud modem, the ViVa 9642e this week.  This high-speed, full duplex
 modem is designed for IBM PCs, IBM compatibles and Macintosh systems.

                 ATARI SLM605 Laser Printer: A Love Story
                          by John King Tarpinian

 I recently purchased the New ATARI SLM605 Laser Printer.  I selected
 this machine over the HP IIP Laser Printer.  Dollar for dollar they were
 about the same price; the basic HP sold for less, but by the time you
 added the needed memory the HP cost about the same as the SLM605.  List
 price for the SLM605 is $1,200.00.

 The SLM605 is a very handsome looking unit, about two-thirds the size of
 the older SLM804, but 100% compatible in software.  The control panel is
 up front.  There are setting for four sizes of paper, Manual paper
 feeding, Thick Paper, and Manual printing.  The SLM605 also has a 150
 sheet capacity paper feed tray on the right side.  The paper can be
 ejected either face up, from the side or face down, from the top.  The
 SLM605 handles paper ranging from the standard 20 pound paper up to 65
 pound card stock, effortlessly.  It also has a single sheet feeder that
 accepts envelopes and manual feed paper.

 Its printing speed is 6 pages per minute with the first page taking only
 25 seconds to print.  When the SLM605 was announced I heard a few people
 complain that its predecessor printed eight pages per minute so this
 machine was a, "step down."  Gimme a break, the difference per page is
 only 2.5 seconds a sheet.  Now granted, if you were printing 1,000
 copies of a document this would make a noticeable difference.  But a
 laser printer copy - ANY laser printer's copy - is still more expensive
 than going to the local copy store for multiple copies.  Oh yes, the
 print-out of this machine is fabulous.  It is as good as any 300 DPI
 printer on the market, with smooth, dense blacks and gradients.

 The SLM605 has quite a few sister machines on the market, parallel
 versions made by the same manufacturer under other names.  One of these
 sister machines is the Epson EPL6000 Laser Printer.  The reason I bring
 this up is twofold.  One, it means you can get toner for the SLM605 all
 over town.  You can get toner from your local ATARI dealer, but if you
 don't have an ATARI dealer convenient to you, you can get the toner
 elsewhere.  Or better yet, get your toner cartridge refilled; recycling
 is the ecological thing to do.  Two, there is an accessory tray
 available for the Epson that will fit your SLM605.  This tray fits on
 the left side of the printer and catches the paper as it is ejected face
 -up.  You must use the side paper eject slot with thick papers and
 envelopes.  There are three actual parts that must be ordered, the tray
 and the two brackets that hold the tray.

 EPSON NUMBER   DESCRIPTION                           PRICE EACH

 EP E6000PT     EPSON EPL-6000 PAPER BACK-TRAY          $ 21.90
 EP E6000TH     EPSON EPL-6000 TRAY HOOK (order TWO)    $  1.68

 These parts can be ordered from any Authorized Epson Laser Printer
 Dealer or Repair Center.  I found the one near me by looking it up on
 the phone book.  I also noted that other accessories were available,
 like a large capacity input tray, for those who might be interested.

 ATARI SLM605 Statistics:

 Printing Method:          Non-impact electrophotographic semiconductor                       laser with scanning beam.
 Warm Up Time:             1 minute
 Toner Cartridge Life:     1,500 pages
 Drum Life:                10,000 pages
 Printer footprint:        16.1" X 15.4"
 Weight:                   35 lbs.
 Power Consumption:        Printing - 250W     Idle - 70W

 I traded up to the Atari SLM605 Laser Printer from an HP DeskJet.  The
 DeskJet was a fine machine, but comparing the DeskJet to the SLM605 is
 like comparing a nine pin printer to the DeskJet.  The speed alone is
 like night and day.  I showed a Mac friend how fast my MEGA was with
 Calamus and the SLM605.  Before he could ask how much faster was this
 set-up, the SLM605 was finished printing.  He was in awe.

 The NEW SLM605 is a very worthwhile replacement for the OLD SLM804,
 which was no longer available from Atari's suppliers.  It's a viable
 alternative to any other brand of parallel laser printer, and the ATARI
 offers first copy speed that cannot be matched.  To me, this machine is
 the best choice for ATARI owners looking for a laser printer.
 (Remember, at least 2 MEG of RAM in your ST is required for efficient
 use of an Atari Laser Printer!)

                           CODEHEAD CONFERENCE
                Courtesy GEnie ST RT, Edited by Ron Kovacs

 What is there to be said about CodeHead Software that hasn't already
 been said?  Charles F. Johnson and John Eidsvoog have been publishing
 outstanding freeware, shareware, and commercial utilities since the
 early days of the ST computer.  As good as their products have always
 been, they continue to get better and better as time goes on.  As
 evidence of this, substantial upgrades to most of the CodeHead Software
 product line have recently become available and that is what we're here
 to talk about tonight, among other things.  So let's get started.

 Hi everyone!  We're pleased to join you all for this RTC.  At the
 moment, John and I are *VERY* excited about the new batch of upgrades
 that are going out the door.  Several of the key "weapons" in the
 CodeHead arsenal have undergone dramatic improvement, especially HotWire
 and MaxiFile.  We've been listening to the suggestions of our users, and
 have implemented almost _everything_ that anyone has asked for in the
 new release of MaxiFile.  Wait til you guys see it.  I honestly think
 it's gonna blow the doors off the place!

 We're now shipping updated versions of nearly all four products except
 for MaxiFile, and CodeHead Utilities.  MaxiFile should ship early next
 week, and projected date for Utilities is May 1st.

 Can you tell us more about interleave 11, will maxifile allow greater
 than 9sec/track with this new method, and why hasn't this method been
 seen before?

 The interleave 11 trick relies on a 9 sector per track format in order
 to trick the drive into finding the first sector of the next track right

 MaxiFile's "interleave 11" formatting is a technique which can result in
 faster disk access.  It does not allow more storage on the disk...the
 "11th sector" is actually only a partial sector.  This technique is also
 known as "dead-sectoring."

 Could you review us about upgrade costs? -- so many items between you
 and DoubleClick.  So many upgrades.  Also, will small fonts be supported
 as in NeoDesk (monochrome)?

 All upgrades are $10.  Send in your master disk plus $10 for each disk.
 Shipping is free.

 LRYMAL> Are there any "packaged" upgrades?

 J.EIDSVOOG1> If you still have the old red and black manual for HotWire,
 send an extra $5 for a new manual.  All other manuals are up-to-date and
 we send printed release notes with the upgrade.

 Larry Rymal>
 Charles, any possibility on getting small font support for HotWire and
 Maxifile?  I'd love to be able to squeeze in more information/page.  By
 small font, I mean that which would be appreciated mainly by monochrome

 Larry: these upgrades don't have it.  But MaxiFile already packs more
 information into its screen display than any comparable program.

 First of all, I'd like to say that I certainly consider the CodeHead
 products to be "Real Software".  In fact, it's about as real as it gets.
 Charles, all of your software seems to do something the ST should not be
 able to do, like MultiDesk loading in more than six accessories, etc.
 Where do you come up with your ideas, and do you have any plans for
 other mind shattering stuff?

 'Scuse me, folks, while I bask in Nevin's praise. <grin> <bask> <bask>
 I always have plans for something, Nevin.  I think MaxiFile 3.0 is going
 to shatter a few cerebral cortexes when it's released.  I'll have a demo
 version of it ready soon.  It does things that no other ST file-
 maintenance program does....like search by time/date stamp, for example.

 Charles, you said in your category that you had sold only about 500
 units of CodeKeys.  To my mind CodeKeys is right up there with HotWire
 as the single most indespensible ST thing I own.  Why don't you think
 it's moving a little better?

 Nevin:  I'm not sure, and I know everyone will have their own pet
 theories.  One reason is that, with the decline of magazines to
 advertise in, it's more difficult to get the word out by advertising
 even though we DO advertise in all the major ST magazines, the fact is
 there just ain't that many of them, and they're just not available in
 many parts of the country.  I think that figure is really a reflection
 of just how far the ST's popularity has lid in the US.  It's more than
 a little frightening, and quite sad (as a developer) to see.

 Charles --- Is there anything remotely comparable to the "CodeHead
 System" on other platforms and what do you imagine they might cost?

 Jeff:  Well, first of all, there really is no comparable system.  You'd
 have to put things together out of bits and pieces, and have all the
 compatibility problems that entails, but the real point is, it would
 cost much more.

 I wanted to ask if Codehead had an update policy in relation to the date
 of purchase? i.e. Free update within 30 days of purchase?

 If you give us a call at (213) 386-5735, you'll find that we're usually
 very reasonable about situations like that.  We don't have an official
 policy, but if you call us we can work something out.

 Charles, what do you think of Atari's new two-tier developer program?
 Do you believe it is Too little, Too Late? Previous to this program I
 found it hard to get STe info as a hobbyist programmer and wished the
 info was more accessible.

 To tell the truth, Dave, I haven't kept up much with recent developments
 in that area.  Anything that helps the Atari cause at this point is more
 than welcome, though....things are at quite a dire point.

 Thanks I would like to know if plans are in the making for a bundling of
 software with Atari?  I think the bundling idea is both beneficial to
 Atari as well as developers.  Also what are your thoughts on this type
 of arrangement?

 Terry: we've made several bundling proposals to Atari.  At this point,
 we're not holding our breaths.  I think it can be a good thing though,
 in general.

 thanks for your view - perhaps you can tell me if a good disk catalogue
 program is in the offering?

 I was wondering, since you both have backgrounds in music, if you are
 planning a CodeHead MIDI product written by yourselves.

 We do have some MIDI-related plans, but I can't really talk about them
 right now.

 Charles, will disks formatted with Maxifile 3.0 be recognized by most PC
 drives?  What changes were needed, altering the boot sector?

 Dave: Yes, we've taken a lot of care to be sure that MaxiFile 3.0
 produces real MS-DOS disks.  We provide the capability of using a
 special 2:1 interleave which is needed by some PC machines, and also
 create the MS-DOS executable boot sector which some systems need.

 I was wondering if you have considered doing any utilities for the Hard
 drive, we as ST users are really lacking in that aspect.  There are
 plenty of utilities available on the IBM platform that would really be
 nice to use on an ST.

 We're always open to new ideas, and we have considered things along the
 lines of what you mention.  I can't really talk about anything at this
 point though.

                           Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF
                            by Ron Berinstein

 CodeHead Quarters  BBS
    1610 Vine Street
  Hollywood, CA  90028

 Okay you just downloaded that special program you read about in the last
 issue of Z*NET, and it must be booted from a floppy in Drive A.  You
 have invested a near lifetime in earnings though on all those hard
 drives that are sitting on your desk.  Quickly you insert the floppy and
 turn off those hard drives and reboot.  NO.. NO..Crash, Boom, Bang!
 Munged files on the floppy abound!

 You tell your friend what happened, and you're told that although it
 might seem to work on some hard drives, Atari has always recommended
 unpluging your hard drive before you reboot, and to never reboot when it
 is turned off, but still connected to your ST.

 How else can it be done? ...Remembering the last time you tried
 suspending yourself airborne while reaching to the back of your
 equipment... Well, boot up while 'bypassing' the hard drive.  To do
 this, "Cold Boot" (using the keyboard Hot Keys), wait for the Floppy
 drive "A" light to come on, then, right away press Control-Leftshift-
 Alternate.  If you hold these keys down for about 3-4 seconds you will
 bypass the hard drive's autoboot, and your ST will boot from the floppy.
 Yes, some learned timing is required because systems might differ due to
 software and processor speeds, but your floppy will live instead of
 dying a quick and violent death!

 Under the heading:  "Man, It's a Jungle Out There!"

 JUNGLE.ARC might be anyone's best answer to a wonderful STE Demo.  STE
 required.  Color.  This file tells a little story, and it has my vote.

 FANTASIA.LZH also a wonderful STE demo was posted this week.  Same is
 courtesy of Atari Australia.  STE or TT and a color Monitor required.

 * Beware that you might need a software program to change the video
   shifter from 60hz to 50hz in order to run some European programs
   without them continuing to scroll.  CPANEL2.ARC provides a toggle
   switch for this.  CHNG50HZ.PRG also allows you do to this.

 Under the heading:  "He's Got the Whole World..."

 WORLD.ARC displays what you can do with the Deluxe Paint paint animation
 program.  The earth revolves 360 degrees and three smaller earths do as
 well.  Created in part with the Fractal Map and Planet Generator.

 Under the heading:  "It's What You Make of It"

 MAKELO.LZH will allow you to convert med. res. Degas pictures into low
 res.  Degas pictures for the purpose of converting same into editable
 Art Director, or Low res. Degas, editing programs.

 OBJSHE.LZH  lets you convert your GFA Object .PI2 files to Art Director
 for editing.

 WIZDITH2.ARC should replace the original WixDithy module that came with
 Dr. Bob's MVG (referred to in an earlier SOFTWARE SHELF)

 Under the heading:  "IMaGine That!"

 COLRIMG1.LZH  A drawing of a Nude Spaceship Occupant!  Rarely have I
 seen a description like that!  The result is a 320x400 Color .IMG file
 of this not exactly photo real lady.  The key words here are,' COLOR
 .IMG' though..  This is worth the experience even if as you find out in
 the docs, that this file is a promo for the commercial program Seurat
 v. 2.10.

 IMGVIEWR.LZH  is part of the promo for Seurat as well.  But, you can use
 this interesting program to view color .IMG files in four windows at
 once!  This may be the only viewer of this nature for the ST!  Monoplane
 pics as well are supported.  All ST resolutions.

 IMG2ICN.ARC will convert bit .IMG files (Mono) to Degas Elite .ICN files
 for import into Degas Elite.. Must be 640x400 pixels or less in size.
 This works with John Eidsvoog's HOTSWAP.PRG, and with Atari's RCS too!

 Under the Heading:  "Is the Situation Terminal?"

 CTERM110.ARC (Shareware $10) Cowboy Term 1.10 a terminal program that
 works in Medium and High Res., contains a dialing directory of 20
 numbers, has auto log on macros, a VT52 emulator, and allows one to use
 Desk Accessories inside the program.

 XYZSHl31.LZH (Shareware) easy to use, good looking shell built to use
 the popular shareware program XYZ 2.0 by Alex Hamilton (also wrote
 "Right Move").

 DTERM_1A.LZH (Shareware) includes Xmodem, Ymodem, Ybatch, Ymodem-G, and
 Zmodem and Auto-Zmodem transfer protocols.. A capture buffer and a
 simple auto-dialer.  This version is mainly for those running at 16 mhz.
 and corrects some prior bugs with same.

 RUFUS102.ARC (Shareware DM10-) from the same folks who wrote the GEMINI
 desktop.  The docs are in German.  Will provide background Zmodem
 transfers and is a pretty complete program (file length apx.175k arc'd)
 Expect about a 45% translation rate when using GERM2ENG.ARC to translate
 the docs.

 Under the Heading:  "Now Just Picture That!"

 MINITX2.LZH  gives one the ability to not only read text prepared in the
 TX2 format, but, to view graphic pictures as well..color and mono..
 almost like reading a regular magazine.  It takes some setting up, but
 it is worth it.

 Under the Heading:  "Follow the Bouncing Ball"

 AXELF.LZH  contains an Axel F MOD music file. The song: Theme track from
 Beverly Hills Cop. Needs NoiseTracker or Amiga MOD file player.

 EYETIGER.ARC  gives you, "Eye of the Tiger" from Rocky in a standard
 MID format.

 TWISTING.ARC gives you, " Twisting the Night Away" in a standard MID

 Under the Heading:  "Check This Out"

 CHECKBOOK.LZH  and  CHCKBOOK.ARC were both released this week.  The
 former is a GFA program that now adds STE compatibility with this
 version.  Med. Res. only.  The latter program also is easy to use and
 combines GEM and keyboard commands to allow you to keep track of things.
 Run the program, click on CHECKING.CHK, and it will install itself.

 Under the Heading:  "That's a Date to Remember"

 CAL47.ARC replaces CAL46.ARC and CALSH47A replaces the CAL SHOW
 contained in CAL47.ARC.

 TLCBOOK2.LZH  A GEM program that supports any printer, will keep track
 of dates as well..  Allows full manipulation of dates and addresses.
 Supports several page sizes, labels. sorts any field, etc.

 Under the Heading:  "Now You See It, and Now You Print It!"

 COMPACTDR.LZH a Chet Walters' program allows you to print in subscript
 a directory listing to either an Epson Compatible or HP Deskjet printer.
 It will print all the files on a disk organized by folders...Three
 columns across...File size and date too!  Some 225 files or so per page!

 KXPSET.ARC  will allow you to set the parameters of your printer easily.
 Allows you to configure the actual control codes used for each feature,
 and hence should work for most printers.

 Under the Heading:  "Lets Play Show and Tell."

 SHOWMEM4.ARC is a tiny program (or .Acc) that will list all of the
 GEMDOS blocks of memory currently used and currently available.  TOS 1.4
 and later compatible.

 Under the Heading:  "Help Always Isn't at Your Finger Tips."

 DCBHLP.ARC  makes the help button on your keyboard, (you know, the one
 you hit accidently all the time when you think you are hitting the
 Backspace Key) into a Backspace Key.  For the real Help Key, just press
 Control Help.

 And Now for My Favorite Program of the Week!    *Drum Roll Please*

 HOTSAVER.LZH  (Shareware) The screen saver that also places a clock on
 your screen, and provides you with the ULTIMATE MOUSE ACCELERATOR!  This
 accelerator is totally revolutionary.  You program it by picking the
 exact amount of vertical acceleration, and the exact amount of
 horizontal acceleration you want!  Also contains special features for
 HOTWIRE owners (and the program is free to them), as well as the HOTSWAP
 Demo, so that folks can use their own icons.

 And for the eccentric programers out there:

 GCC124.LZH  GNU C compiler.. executable, basic utilities, and library
 sources.  Minimal docs.  Requires a larger than 1 meg machine, 850K free
 needed to run it.  The library is in source form, GCC needed.

 The above files were compiled by Ron Berinstein co-sysop CodeHead
 Quarters BBS (213) 461-2095 from files that were either directly
 uploaded to CodeHead Quarters BBS, or downloaded from GEnie, Compuserve,
 and Delphi online services.

                      VIDI-ST VERSION 1.29 - UPDATE
                               by John Nagy

 The fastest video digitizer available for the Atari ST has yet another
 version available.  Although it bears a release date in May 1990,
 version 1.29 of the Vidi-ST software has only recently been seen
 stateside, packed with new VIDI-ST carts.  Upgrades for existing VIDI-ST
 owners are available, but just where to get them is not altogether
 clear.  Most of the early VIDI-ST packages into the USA came through
 COMPUTER GAMES PLUS, in California.  More recently, the Rombo products
 from Scotland have been available through several major distributors and
 most retailers, most of whom are not set up to upgrade users directly.
 Rombo itself will do upgrades, but the complications of dealing with
 even a very cooperative company that is half a world away make the
 process unpleasant.  Rombo is said to have directed a few US callers to
 American Software, 502 East Anthony Drive, Urbana, IL 61801, for future
 information.  Another supplier of Rombo products, Pacific Software,
 suggests that dealers can/should/might do software upgrades on the spot
 for owners with original disks.  As Rombo has not got an upgrade charge,
 this would seem to be consistent with their intent.  Piracy is not an
 issue... the hardware is required for any significant use of the

 Version 1.29 of the Vidi software adds some refinements to version 1.28
 and many to version 1.24, the first software supplied in the USA.  The
 most significant changes are in PRINTING and in the handling of
 SEQUENCES.  Version 1.28 added remarkable printer control routines that
 made printing part or all of any VIDI (or DEGAS or NEO) picture in any
 size (even tiled, huge walls of a picture) using standard Epson 9 and 24
 pin standards.  Also in 1.28 was the ability to save a series of
 pictures in memory as a sequence of single pics by a single command.
 Similarly, it let you load a group at once.

 The newest version goes a bit further in the same direction, adding more
 control and user-configuration of framing, memory status, etc.  Other
 miscellaneous improvements in the color version of 1.29 include STE
 extended palette selection compatibility and sequence deletion.

 The MONOCHROME version of the program, however, is finally also upgraded
 to a genuinely usable form.  The older versions did not allow adjustment
 of the picture aspect ratio at all, and was VERY slow in grabbing
 frames.  Version 1.29 now comes up in the proper aspect for US TV, with
 stable, full frames.  Response is still much slower in monochrome than
 in color, as the VIDI system actually delivers 16-incremented intensity
 picture to the computer... ideally for use in the 16-color low
 resolution mode.  To use monochrome, each shade must be dithered into
 varying density dot patterns BEFORE the picture can be displayed.  That
 takes time... though far less time in 1.29 than before.  Sampling in
 monochrome is nearly one frame per second, about twice the speed as
 before.  Color, by comparison, allows capturing up to about 14 frames
 per second.  Monochrome sequences still cannot be saved as a group, or
 seen in the "thumbnail" multiple screen style... but at last the mono
 version is worth using and not just a curiosity.

 Also included with version 1.29 of the VIDI-ST software is a guide and
 routine kit for using VIDI-ST with STOS, a popular game programming
 language.  Explanation and examples are given in several files on the
 new disk as to how to write custom applications in STOS BASIC and STOS
 compiled programs.


 Pacific Software reports that as of Monday, March 18, they had received
 a large shipment of VIDI products from Rombo in Scotland.  This includes
 VIDI-ST units, VIDI-CHROME color software for the VIDI system, and at
 last, the VIDI-RGB splitter.  This last item allow the use of VIDI-
 CHROME and VIDI-ST to take "live" or videotape pictures from TV or pre-
 recorded tapes.  Without the splitter, you need to take three separate
 shots of the same picture though three different colored filters, then
 let the VIDI-CHROME software merge them.  That requires a camera and a
 stationary subject (like a color photograph).  The automated splitter
 will allow almost instantaneous grabs of video signals, breaking the
 composite video into the red, green, and blue portions in "less than a
 second".  I'll have more to say about the VIDI-RGB after I've had a
 chance to use it... soon!


 Here's a condensation of a large message chain on GEnie about VIDI-ST
 and VIDI- CHROME in particular.  The questions and discussion are
 perhaps more descriptive than any single article could be.  These
 messages are reprinted in edited form.  Complete messages have been left
 out as well as parts of messages in an effort to provide the most
 information here.  We encourage readers to review the entire message
 area for more details.  Category 31 is the Z*NET area, Topic 5 is for
 VIDI-ST and graphics discussions.  Also, see the earlier articles about
 VIDI-ST and VIDI-CHROME in older editions of Z*NET.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 19        Sat Feb 02, 1991
 Z-NET [John Nagy]            at 17:02 EST

 VIDI-CHROME is here!... And read the first review of VIDI-CHROME in
 this week's Z*NET ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE, issue number 9104, also out
 now.  Specifically, we have arranged a $35 shipping included price with
 Computer Network, 818-500-3900.  VIDI-ST itself is also available from
 them for $155, again, domestic shipping included.   Tell them Z*NET sent

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 27        Sat Feb 09, 1991
 J.HARRIS32                   at 20:24 PST

 I recently became aware of a vastly improved version of the VIDI
 hardware.  I have an older version, which has only one control shaft for
 brightness.  The contrast must be adjusted with a screwdriver.  The
 newer units have two control shafts which in itself is an improvement.
 But the big difference is the picture stability.  On my unit, no matter
 how well you try to adjust the scan frequency, there will always be some
 jitter on the screen.  The new unit I saw produced screens with
 virtually no jitter at all.

 In comparing the circuit boards, there are many changes, and all of the
 capacitor values have been increased.  My big question is, is there any
 way to get a hardware upgrade?  I got it through a computer store, and
 I'm not sure where they got it.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 28        Sat Feb 09, 1991
 Z-NET [John Nagy]            at 23:54 EST

 Terry, as for upgrades, I can't say.  Computer Network is just one of
 the stores who carry the hardware and software from the distributor.
 The new software is for COLOR use only, and the older software is better
 for many other uses... like SEQUENCES.

 I do not believe that hardware upgrades are offered anywhere.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 29        Sun Feb 10, 1991
 OUTRIDER [US Troops #1]      at 15:02 PST

 I've also found that setting the controls to a still screen is an
 absolute must prior to capturing a series of frames.  In other words
 I'll get a good still from my VCR and camcorder and adjust the picture
 the best I can and then rewind and record the series of frames, picking
 out the best of the bunch for final save.

 I think brightness is _everything_ and some scenes just aren't meant to
 be captured by Vidi, especially lower light stuff.  If I can't get
 something to come out the way I want I just forget it.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 32        Tue Feb 12, 1991
 T.HARTWICK                   at 19:37 EST

 I have the older hardware also. Only one knob to turn.  I take all my
 scans from TV or video tape.  Don't have a camera.  Is the new software
 only for camera use?  Would there be any benefit to using it with scans
 from the TV or recorded video?  Also, every pic I do I dither with the
 great utility dither.prg.  Then I import into Spectrum for colorization.
 A lot of effort, but the results are nice.  I never play around with
 changing the settings on Vidi.  The only thing I do occasional fiddle
 with is the white knob, which I believe is the contrast knob.  I turn it
 all the way to very little contrast then dither the pic.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 34        Tue Feb 12, 1991
 OUTRIDER [US Troops #1]      at 20:58 PST

 I'm a little confused here.  You say it's necessary to take three shots
 of the same image, each with a color filter.  Why can't you send the
 same image three times with a VCR in still mode?

 Fortunately I have a camcorder, but it would be a big handicap, to be
 sure, not to be able to use a VCR.

 That KITTEN pic is _excellent_!  You are right that it is as good as any
 Spectrum pic in terms of quality and proves that Vidi-Chrome matches up
 very favorably with ComputerEyes.  Makes me look forward to getting
 Vidi-Chrome even more!  Should be here any day.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 35        Wed Feb 13, 1991
 Z-NET [John Nagy]            at 03:45 EST

 Terry...  If you can figure how to get your VCR to deliver a RED, GREEN
 and BLUE image, you won't need the filters.  But what makes the color is
 the integration of the three images, with the differences between them
 determining what gets colored what.  The VCR composite signal delivers
 only LUMINANCE (total), not the RGB breakouts.  At least MOST do.  Three
 "takes" of one shot will only be three identical takes, no matter what
 "color" you say you are getting... when merged, you will still have

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 36        Sat Feb 16, 1991
 J.HARRIS32                   at 01:23 PST

 Terry, You will not regret buying an upgraded VIDI.  As John and I said,
 the difference is absolutely radical.  The old hardware is the reason I
 wrote the VIDI4 averaging software.  Even at the best that will do, the
 new version blows it away on base output.

 My situation is even worse, as much of my VIDI use is for doing B&W line
 art that gets ported to the Atari 8 bit.  Without those gray shades
 there, there can't be any pixels out of place.  The new VIDI cuts
 cleanup time to less than 1/10 what it used to take.  Probably a lot
 less, since I haven't gotten to use a new one very much yet.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 41        Sat Feb 23, 1991
 G.HOUSER1 [Gary Houser]      at 11:59 CST

 What type of filters does Vidi-Chrome come with?  Do they screw onto the
 lens, hold it in place by hand or what.  I also have a cannon scanner,
 will it work with it?

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 42        Sat Feb 23, 1991
 Z-NET [John Nagy]            at 20:59 EST

 The color filters are clear colored plastic, about 3" square each.  You
 MIGHT be able to use the scanner if you can get 16 shade scans from it
 AND you can get the resulting scans into LOW RESOLUTION 16 shade PI1
 pics.  In other words, probably not.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 43        Sun Feb 24, 1991
 R.CALSADA [Rich Sea]         at 01:51 EST

 John does Vidichrome save in a 16 shade PI1 pic?  I thought Degas file
 format saved in 8 shade since it predated ST hardware capable of
 displaying a 16 shade pallet.  What file format is used by the new Vidi
 software?  From what's been previously mentioned I thought for the 16
 shades it was saving in a Spectrum format.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 44        Sun Feb 24, 1991
 Z-NET [John Nagy]            at 05:22 EST

 Rich, VIDI-ST does 16 "shade" PI1 pics, but let me explain that on an ST
 those will be 16 shades of different colors, the standard 16 color low
 res limits.  That means only 8 INTENSITIES of a SINGLE color are
 possible, but VIDI uses 16 "shades" by using a tint for alternating
 shades.  So BLACK is pure, then the next up might be a touch of red.
 Next, the first true grey (very dark), then up one to another small
 touch of red...  another grey, etc.  The result is a fairly nicely
 "tinted monochrome" PI1 pic that does exhibit 16 "shades".  On an STe,
 you can have a REAL 16 intensity pic of all exactly the same color, or
 16 true grays.  The "FULL COLOR" Vidi-Chrome pics are a 512 (or 4,096)
 color Spectrum picture.  It gets the color by merging three 16 shade PI1
 type images.

 As for using VIDI-CHROME with other input devices, it is certainly
 possible, because you can import a set of existing PI1, NEO, HAM, or ART
 pics that have been obtained any way you care to, and it will merge them
 fine.  If you can figure how to get 3 perfectly aligned pics in 16
 gradients, each taken through a red, green and blue filter.  Hard to
 imagine, but not impossible without the VIDI-ST cartridge.

 1.) A 16 INTENSITY single COLOR picture can be done using the VIDI ST on
     an STe WITHOUT the VIDI-CHROME.  Simply use a PALETTE that has every
     intensity of a single color... 16 of 'em on an STe.  The pic will be
     a "normal" DEGAS or NEO pic, but only an STe will be able to produce
     the correct display of the palette.  You don't need to go to
     SPECTRUM to do 16 colors/shades/intensities.

 2.) Actually, a monochrome (B&W) camera could produce BETTER color pics
     using VIDI-CHROME (or COMPUTER EYES or others) than a COLOR camera.
     How?  When you "filter" a picture with the lens color filters, the
     BRIGHTNESS of each area is affected.  Use a RED filter, and a RED
     scarf will look BRIGHT while a GREEN sweater will look DARK.  Merge
     that image, tinting the BRIGHT areas with red, with another image
     taken with a GREEN filter where the BRIGHT area is the GREEN, making
     the BRIGHT areas in that pic go towards GREEN... you get the right
     colors where they belong, all without ever having a "color" picture
     in the first place.  All "filtered" pics are MONOCHROME, see?  Any
     scanning device, whether color or monochrome, can do the same trick.
     The real problem is maintaining perfect image register AND merging
     the result.  If you can get PI1 files that register, VIDI-CHROME can
     make the SPECTRUM pic for you... regardless of where they came from.

 3.) The actual palettes saved in each of the tree PI1 pics is discarded
     by VIDI-CHROME anyway... it is looking for INTENSITIES and will know
     that the first pic should be RED, the next GREEN, the last BLUE, and
     will calculate from there.  If you didn't filter the images
     differently in the first place, they will all match in all areas for
     intensity, and NO color will be created... you will get a SPECTRUM
     pic in Black and White.  Or the closest that your computer can
     display to B&W.

 4.) When (hopefully not IF) the VIDI-RGB unit is available, yes, you can
     ditch the filters... UNLESS you want to use them with a B&W camera.
     I'll keep you posted on what I find out about US availability.

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 50        Sat Mar 16, 1991
 STACE [Mark]                 at 10:54 EST

 I saw Vidi-RGB at Mid-Cities Comp Soft (in Bellflower, CA) yesterday.  I
 believe their price was right around $149 or so.  Also, they told me
 that Vidi-Chrome is NOT included with Vidi-RGB.  Vidi-Chrome must be
 purchased separately.  <sigh>

 $180 for Vidi-ST, $150 for Vidi-RGB, $40 for Vidi-Chrome...getting
 pretty expensive.  Nearly $400!

 Category 31,  Topic 5   Message 51        Mon Mar 18, 1991
 BOB-BRODIE [Atari Corp.]     at 17:23 EST

 I tried VIDI-ST with a TT030/8 last weekend. <Sigh>

 To say it doesn't work is an understatement. It took forever to boot,
 and when the system finally came up, there were no icons on the desktop.
 Nor could I install any!!  The system thought that NOTHING was there!!!

 I think I'm going to dig out some letterhead, and send a fax to

   Bob Brodie

 PS- John Nagy- don't even say it!!  I can hear you all the way from LA,
 "Gee Bob, if you're that upset, I'll take that TT off of your hands."
 No chance...I'm not *that* upset! <grin>

     Originally from PD JOURNAL, translated and expanded from German
                        by Kevin Festner for Z*NET

 The February 1991 issue of Germany's Die Praxis Atari Journal (PD
 JOURNAL) reported on a new 'Means of Communication', The Video Data
 Channel, an open channel TV broadcast from which a user can download
 information directly off a television set or VCR to a computer.  Such
 advanced telecommunication satellite technology is favored in Europe,
 especially in Germany, due to the high cost of telephone service.  The
 Video Data Channel is available not only in Germany but also on the
 entire European Continent.

 The Video Data channel is a close relative to the current video text
 system, a signal which many television stations simulcast during their
 regular programming.  Video Text Simulcasting takes advantage of
 retrace, the time between the electron beam moving from the lower right
 corner of the video display terminal back to the upper left corner,
 during which the signal does not have to be filled with data.  In this
 time, the broadcaster transmits a signal that is completely ignored by
 the ordinary television receiver.  A TV equipped with a Video Text
 Adapter decodes this information and builds from it a page of Video

 With the new video data system, a similar signal is broadcast, which is
 then processed by a special decoder and fed into the computer through
 its serial port.  Not only can the user decode and down load 'live' but
 the broadcast can also be video taped and played back or downloaded at a
 later date.

 The Video Data Channel is transmitted over PRO-7, an independent carrier
 which has a "normal' television schedule for non-computer users
 ("viewers").  For the computerist, that is to say the "user" rather than
 the "viewer", the daily computer schedule appears like any other with
 around the clock service.  The selection of programs and expanded text
 services is a rich assortment of news and special broadcasts not only
 about computers but also about politics, sports and entertainment.
 Examples of downloadable titles are 'The Computer Market', 'The
 Shareware Library',' The Computer Gallery', 'The Game Box', 'The Stock
 Market Direct', 'The Sports Place', 'Video Journal', 'The Vacation
 Corner', 'The Book Corner', 'A Report on The Environment', just to name
 a few.  Most programs are free to download while only a few are subject
 to charge.  Presumably each program is encrypted indicating its payment

 This additional information is a real bargain compared to other systems
 not utilizing this technology.  For example, regular reports from the
 German News Dispatch Service, being received over Tele-Text, can cost as
 much as $100 per half year.  With the Video Text System, it is at the
 discretion of the user whether the additional information is to be

 The major advantages of this system are that it is easily connected and
 extremely reasonably priced.  Anyone with a cable service, a satellite
 dish or simply an antenna connected to either a Video Recorder or
 Television capable of transmitting a video signal can use this channel
 to its fullest extent.  The decoder interfaces between the VCR and the
 computer.  The transmission rate of 9600 Baud, 1200 Bytes per second,
 guarantees a quick transmission of data.  The decoder costs just over
 $200 and is  similar to a modem able to switch between the video
 recorder and the computer.

 The concept of the Video Data Channel is not new.  The West German
 Broadcasting Company has been using this technology on its Computer Club
 Show for the last few years. Since its introduction the video data
 system's data transmission speed has been increased and the Software has
 become more user-friendly.  The technology has also been used as an
 electronic newspaper for the blind.  Any user with a braille printer can
 make a hard-copy of the latest news.

 So what does this mean for the Atari User?  PD Journal of Germany has
 informed us that they will be participating in the March startup of
 programming for Atari ST and TT users, and will tell us more about their
 efforts in the coming months.  Executable computer programs similar to
 those exchanged on GEnie or CompuServe may become commonplace "under"
 the regular TV fair.  The Video Data Channel has the promise of becoming
 a major means of computer communication and data exchange of the future.

                         Book Review by John Nagy

 Atari's "palmtop" Portfolio computer has been a big sales hit, called by
 some "the executive toy of the year".  But the miniature marvel is a
 full blown MS-DOS computer, a feature well known but underutilized by
 most owners.  A new book from ABACUS will help change that.

 "The Complete Guide To The Atari Portfolio" joins the large line of
 Atari (and other brand) manuals from Abacus, at $17.95 retail.
 Advertised to "make you a Portfolio Expert Fast", the Guide will indeed
 thoroughly educate those who can force themselves through the nearly 200
 pages of text.  For the more typical computer user, the excellent table
 of contents will direct the reader to an area he needs if and when he
 needs it.

 Author Michael Mueller has written an easy to read manual that begins
 with a very worth-while overview of the Portfolio that will be useful
 for any owner.  Next is a hands-on tutorial of DOS that will scare most
 users away, despite its importance.  Even "big computer" users will find
 some tidbits here about batches, environment, and commands that will
 help in their use of any MS-DOS computer.  Features and commands unique
 to the Portfolio are also highlighted.

 Complete tutorial sections covering the built-in applications are next.
 The Calculator, Worksheet (a simple spreadsheet), Text Editor, Diary,
 and Address Book are each explored with lots of examples and type-in
 exercises.  The last text section is a brief examination of the Setup
 utilities and communication.  Unlike the other sections, this last one
 does not include sufficient examples while describing the important
 facilities like printing and the internal clipboard utility.  It is,
 however, sufficient for anyone who has worked through the rest of the
 book to get there.

 An ASCII character set list plus a handy command tree printout finish
 the book as appendixes.  The command tree is a particularly handy item
 to refresh your memory of just what the applications built into the tiny
 Portfolio can do, and where the commands are nested.  The four-page
 index is also adequate for most readers to locate a key word definition.

 The Guide to the Atari Portfolio is actually twice the physical
 dimensions of the Portfolio itself.  Abacus is to be congratulated on
 completing and marketing this Guide almost simultaneously with the
 release of the computer itself.

 Given that the Portfolio attracts the gimmick-minded, and the "executive
 toy" description may also be appropriate for some users, the likelihood
 of actually reading such a Guide is small for many users.  Most of us
 will learn only what we need to use that part of the Portfolio that
 originally appealed to us.  Even for us, though, the Guide is
 substantially more useful than the manual that accompanies the

 Keep in mind, though, that this book makes no attempt to address the
 issue of using any programs or applications that are not included with
 the Portfolio!  In fact, the reader will all but be led to believe that
 the internal applications are both sufficient and final as available
 programs: "The Portfolio can't run all the standard PC programs.  For
 example, Microsoft Word, Lotus 1-2-3, and dBASE require too much memory,
 so they cannot be used on the standard Portfolio.... However, this
 limitation doesn't affect the Portfolio's usefulness as a PC because its
 built in application contain many of the capabilities that the standard
 PC programs offer and much more."  Yikes.  This ignores the reality of a
 growing number of external programs, both public domain and commercial,
 that have been tested and/or modified for the Portfolio.  Even a BASIC
 is now available in a beta-test version!

 Even given that "The Complete Guide to the Atari Portfolio" limits
 itself to using the pocket computer as it comes out of the box, and that
 many (most?) users resist an organized and lengthy tutorial/manual/
 guide, I still think that the Guide is a worthy investment for most
 Portfolio owners.  Both old and new users will find it useful as an
 occasional reference book, and a lucky few may actually use it as a full
 learning guide.  At $17.95 retail, it makes a great companion or follow-
 up gift, as well.  And I suspect that a separate book about "getting
 more out of your Portfolio" that covers porting and using external
 programs will be next from ABACUS.

 ABACUS, 5370 52nd Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512, (616) 698-

                           PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE
                             by Keith MacNutt

 by John Eidsvoog
 P.O. BOX 74090

 Anyone who uses their computer much has at one time or another been
 called away to answer the door, the other phone line in the house or
 greet their spouse at the door after a hard day at the office.  While
 most times a screen saver is not needed there are times that you walk
 away thinking you will be back in a few minutes and end up coming back
 1 or more hours later.  Leaving the screen on for extended times will in
 most cases not harm your monitor, but why take the chance of causing
 screen burn which cause a ghost image of the screen to be permanently
 etched into the phosphorous on the front of the screen.  After using my
 trusty SM125 now for almost 4 years, an average of 2- 5 hours a day,
 there is still no evidence of burn on the face of the screen, but then
 I've always been careful not to leave the screen on for extended periods
 with the same screen showing.  Probably always having a screen saver
 activated could also have helped.


 Hotsaver can now be used as an accessory, run as an auto booting program
 or by double clicking from the desktop.  Once installed and the computer
 re-booted (necessary for accessory or auto folder use) Hotsaver can be
 manually re-run to set the parameters for the mouse speed and screen
 saver options.

 Hotsaver Dialog Box

 Time out value - the time that must pass before the screen saver

 Reserve screen - this option allocates a block of memory large enough to
 save a copy of the screen.  This is about 32K for an ST and a little
 over 153K for a TT.  This block is used for animation of the HOTWIRE
 logo so that the logo can jump around the screen looking for the
 "Kilroy" drawing to bump.

 Animation - this option must be set to get the logo to appear and move
 on the Hotsaver screen.

 Cycling - enables the Hotwire logo to go through the entire color
 palette, which on the 520/1040 is about 512 colors or on the 1040STE,
 MEGASTE and the TT about 4096 different colors.

 Modem watch - if you are using your modem to read text, upload or
 download the screen saver will not kick in.

 Disk watch - any activity on any drive will also disable the screen

 Printer watch - if you are printing a document screen saver will also be

 Text watch - any text on the screen which is scrolling will also disable
 screen saver.

 Graphics watch - will monitor all graphic calls to disable screen saver.

 Auto Park - enabling this feature will tell Hotsaver to park all hard
 drives it finds connected every time the screen saver is activated.  To
 reactivate the hard drives you only need to move the mouse or hit a key
 and each drive will unpark in the same sequence.

 Date,Time and Seconds - you can activate anyone or all of these in any
 combination to be displayed inside the Hotwire logo.

 Inactivity timer - shows the time since the last activity.

 Ignore alarms - using this feature and having an alarm go of in Hotwire
 will cause the screen animation to freeze while the alarm rings five
 times and then continue on as if nothing happened.

 Ledger adjust - this feature will subtract the time it finds there was
 no activity on the system while a program is being monitored by the
 Ledger in Hotwire.

 'No anim'=inactive - this feature, when active, will trip the 'no
 animation' feature in Hotwire to tell it to stop the animation on the
 screen.  If you are using applications that are CPU intensive and the
 screen saver with the animation were to be activated, it would take
 longer to finish the job.

 Rate - adjusts the rate a "Kilroy" is seen on the screen.

 Code - Hotsave can be manually started by pressing the control/left-
 shift/alt and then the tab keys.  In this mode all input will be
 disabled until the "code" is typed in.  This code can be from 1 to 6
 characters and can be in upper or lower case.  You can also recover by
 resetting the computer.

 Mouse - under this option the user will find 8 pre-configured mouse
 settings from a little mouse acceleration to a lot.  Anyone of these can
 be re-configured to suit different needs and saved for the default or
 future use.  Also you will find that for each setting there are ten
 different values that can be adjusted for each direction of movement,
 making this the most versatile mouse accelerator for any computer.

 As you can see by the list of features included in this, the latest
 release of Hotsaver, the user has almost complete control of the screen
 saver and the movement of he mouse.  People who have purchased Hotwire
 will find that this program is provided free of charge but is shareware
 to all others and will require a $15.00 registration fee to legally use
 the program.  Registered users of Hotsaver can use the $15.00 fee paid
 towards the future purchase of Hotwire.

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