Z*Net: 19-Apr-91 #9116

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 04/27/91-10:08:09 PM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 19-Apr-91 #9116
Date: Sat Apr 27 22:08:09 1991

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           PUBLISHER\EDITOR: Ron Kovacs       EDITOR: John Nagy

                       April 19, 1991 - Issue #9116

      EDITORS DESK.......................................Ron Kovacs
      NEW GRAPHICS FOR THE ST,TT......................Press Release
      Z*NET INTERNATIONAL: CANADA...................Terry Schreiber
      Z*NET NEWSWIRE...............................................
      CALAMUS TUTORIAL - PART IX......................Geoff LaCasse
      MICROSOFT MOUSE TO AN ATARI ST.....................CompuServe
      MISSIONWARE SOFTWARE............................Press Release
      Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF...........................Ron Berinstein
      AUA EXTENDS VOTING DEADLINE...................Derek Signorini
      PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE............................Keith Macnutt

 Anyone interested in writing articles for Z*Net Publishing magazines
 should leave email to Ron Kovacs, John Nagy on GEnie (Z-NET), to
 Jon Clarke on Usenet, on GEnie (J.CLARKE6), to Terry Schreiber on
 GEnie (T.SCHREIBER1) or email to SYSOP at Node 593.

                             THE EDITORS DESK
                              by Ron Kovacs

 First I would like to welcome the new nodes now supporting this
 publication in FNET.  We are now available each week on 48 FNET
 systems around the country and in Canada.

 Issue #5 of the Z*NET PC is now available in the Z*NET PC Conference and
 the Z*NET ONLINE BBS at (908) 968-8148, FNET NODE 593.

 Congratulations to Ron and Dawn Luks on the the arrival of their
 daughter Jennifer.  The 7 pound plus girl was born last week.  If your
 on CompuServe, give Ron some things to read by sending mail to his PPN
 76703,254!  Tell him Z*NET sent you and pass along your best wishes!  I
 am sure he will be happy to read this? (smile)

                             ATARI NEWS FIRST

                       PRESS INFORMATION FROM CEBIT
                         NEW GRAPHICS FOR ST, TT

 MATRIX Daten Systeme GmbH
 Talstrasse 16, D-7115 Oppenweiler
 Phone 07191/4088, FAX 07191/4089

 The new graphics cards for the VME slot of the Atari TT and Mega STe:
 Three alternatives are possible:

 * MatGraph COCO (Color Controller)
   Resolution up to 800 x 600 in 256 and 1024 x 768 in 16 colors, 720 x
   512 in 256 colors on the TT's VGA monitor.  Palette: choice of 256
   from 262,144 or from 6 million colors.  Color planes: 1, 4, & 8
   equivalent to mono, 16 & 256 colors respectively.  Video memory:
   1Mbyte DRAM.

 * MatGraph MOCO (Monochrome Controller (ECL)
   Resolution 1280 x 960, 66(75)Hz with a 100(125)MHz pixelclock or
   optionally 1664 x 1200, 60 Hz with 160MHz.  Video memory: 256KB DRAM.

 * MatGraph MICO Mixed Controller
   Technical data same as COCO + MOCO.  COCO and MOCO can be expanded to

 Powerful Graphics processor (i82786) with fast graphics functions,
 supports variable resolutions, hardware windows, and hardware zoom.

 Software: GEM/VDI driver, C Library for Turbo-C, Unix, and others on

 Consumption: typical: +5 V at 500 mA; +12 V at 300 mA

 MatScreen M110/120
 Monochrome - Large Screen Systems

 * Suitable for all ATARI Mega ST computers
 * Display area 5 times greater than that of SMl24.  Particularly
   suitable therefore for CAD, DTP, word processing and spreadsheets.
 * All systems use the same controller guaranteeing full compatibility
   amongst themselves.
 * The system excels through its most simple installation.  Without
   change to the Mega ST the controller is plugged into the internal bus.
 * Two systems are available in the standard size of 19" (M110 & M110L).
   The chief difference is in the anti-reflection technique.  The OCLI
   layer of the M110 permits a stronger display contrast.
 * The system can work with or without the SM124.  In dual-mode the
   system can work with the large screen and the SM124 simultaneously.
 * Fast dual-ported SRAMs (256 kbyte) allow access to the screen memory.
   This allows bit-block transfers between main memory and screen memory.
 * All systems can be extended with the C27 option.  An additional 14"'
   multisync monitor allows an image of 640 x 480, 66Hz non-interlaced
   with a choice of 16 from 262,144 colours to be displayed.  The GEM
   driver is usable from TOS 1.4 upwards.
 * Available optionally with the floating-point Coprocessor MC68881,
 * The use of the graphic processor ACRTC 63484 from Hitachi is unique.
   Used to its fullest it is responsible for:

        fast picture construction
        background construction of second pictures
        SM124 emulation mode (zoom): With a resolution of 640 x 400 the
        whole screen area is used.  The enlarged display is ideal for
        training, demonstrations, and helping those with sight
        difficulties.  In this mode almost all software is executable.

 * All GEM programs are executable with the resolution 1280 x 960.  For
   years the MatScreen systems have been used for professional CAD, DTP
   and word processing.
 * Two GEM drivers at once are delivered.  Both work with all TOS
   versions without hardware intervention.
        DAVI - works without GDOS
        GOLI - works with GDOS or AMCGDOS
 * Wide ranging utilities (Night, Mouse Accelerator, Screen Dump to
   SLM804, programming examples)

 MatScreen C32
 The Extendable Graphic System

 The C32 graphic board is ideal for those that wish to grow with the
 times.  A powerful and reasonably priced basic system which provides an
 easy entry without prohibiting the transition to professional
 applications.  The power of the system is increased simply by adding
 options.  Of particular interest is the "Extended Graphic" option which
 apart from improved colour graphics includes the covetous high
 resolution monochrome mode, Simply take off with this good basic system.
 The sooner you begin the sooner your results will be achieved.

 * The C32 is for use in the ATARI Mega ST, in the 1040ST (using an
   adapter box) and with VME systems, for example ATARI TT.
 * A broad spectrum of applications presents itself for ATARI users and
   programmers.  Worthy of mention is the colour display on common 14"
   multifrequency or ATARI SC1224 monitors and uncomplicated extension
   with a variety of options.
 * The standard memory of 256kByte DRAM allows a resolution of 640 x 400
   pixels with 256 out of 262,144 colours.  A notable non-interlaced
   picture rate of 8OHz is achieved through the use of a 32MHz pixel
   clock.  Memory options allow higher resolutions and at the same time
   provide memory space for effective hardware windowing.
 * The EG (Extended Graphic) option requires a memory option of at least
 * An adapter box (in preparation) for the 1040ST allows the use at last
   of controllers with the ATARI-bus on computers of this widespread
 * The graphic processor in use (Intel 82768) can be applied universally.
   It supports variable resolutions (from video to hires), 1 to 8 bits
   per pixel, and has fast graphic functions available e.g. h/w windows
   and h/w zoom.  The pixel frequency is selectable from 16, 25, and 32
   MHz, optionally 50, 110, or 160MHz.
 * The different resolutions and colours can be selected comfortably
   using software.
 * The choice of 16 or 256 colors can be selected from a palette of
   262,144 colors.
 * Available optionally with the floating-point Coprocessor MC68881,
 * Further options e.g. genuine 3D with shutter-glasses are being
 * Interfaces for Modula-2, GFA-BASIC, C and Assembler.  A development
   packet which gives an insight to the technical details.
 * All GEM programs are executable with the Colour-VDI-Driver in the
   various resolutions.  The computer must be equipped with a blitter and
   run under TOS 1.4 or greater.
 * Sales are conducted by specialist ATARI dealers.

 MatScreen C110/128
 Colour - Large Screen Systems

 The C110/128 graphic board is designed for those who desire or require
 the utmost in performance.  One of the features of this series is the
 VRAM based design necessary for the rapid image construction.  This
 advanced approach was necessary since conventional DRAM controllers
 could not hope to cope acceptably with the arising flood of pixels.  The
 board excels in the market furthermore because of its unequalled
 flexibility and performance.

 * This series is suitable for all Mega ST and TT computers.  Controllers
   will be offered with ST-Bus or VME-Bus for the different bus systems.
 * What are the differences between C110 and C128?  Solely the clock
   frequency of 11OMHz or 125MHz.  It is noteworthy however that colour
   monitors with a bandwidth of 125MHz are very expensive.  For this
   reason the C128 is provisionally recommended only for gray-scale
   systems with an excellent EIZO monitor.
 * The number of colours able to be displayed and the number of gray-
   scales are equivalent.  Gray-scale monitors compare very favorably in
   price to corresponding colour monitors.
 * All systems can also work in monochrome mode.  This is particularly
   important because programs which may not yet be suited to colour can
   be used with the new hardware.
 * The controller is available with 1MByte or 2MByte of memory.  The
   resulting differences in technical data can be seen in the table.
 * The systems are offered complete with the matching monitor.  When
   purchasing a controller alone it is important to consider the
   compatibility of the monitor.  A utility to adjust the controller's
   monitor parameters is provided.
 * The full performance of the system emerges once a display of 1280 x
   960 for the 20" colour or gray-scale monitor is reached.  A less
   expensive possibility is 1024 x 768 and a 16" monitor.
 * The fast Intel 82786 graphics processor optimally employed by the GEM-
   VDI driver refutes the common argument about loss of speed with GEM
   programs.  The graphic processor makes functions possible like h/w
   windowing, zooming and overlaying.  A blitter and TOS version of at
   least 1.4 are required.
 * The system leaves the free choice of resolutions and number of colors/
   gray-scales within its limits.
 * The pixel frequency Is variable within broad bounds (16 to 125MHz)
 * 256 colours are available from a palette of 16 million.
 * Available optionally with the floating-point Coprocessor MC68881,
 * A True Colour (TC) option conjures one of 16 million colours for each
   pixel on the screen with a resolution of 682 x 1024, 66Hz.
 * An exciting supplement to the TC Option is the integrated real-time
   digitizer for video and genlock applications with 16 million colours.
 * Interfaces for Modula-2, GFA-BASIC, C and Assembler.  A development
   packet which gives an insight to the technical details.

                               Z*NET CANADA
                            by Terry Schreiber

 Atari Canada will once again be attending the E.C.O.O. (Educational
 Computing Organization of Ontario) conference being held this year in
 conjunction with I.C.T.E. (International Conference of Technical
 Education).  The event will take place at Toronto's Harbour Castle
 Western, May 7 thru 9th.  Last year Atari Canada had its MS-DOS
 compatible platform recognized by the Ontario's educational purchasers
 which led to many large sales to schools in the educational market.
 This year Atari plans to solidify this decision by demonstrating two
 classroom networking systems.  One planned network is for the PC
 platform and one for the ST/TT platform.  Ontario regulations stipulate
 that a computer purchased for educational purchases must be networkable.

 June 15th & 16th, Steveston Senior Secondary, Richmond B.C., Canada
 The response to this show has been tremendous.  We have completely
 booked our main showroom and have moved the usergroup area in order to
 facilitate more space.  We have designated this area as a music area and
 have moved most music related developers and stores into this room which
 makes a few more booths available in the main show area.

 Atari (Canada) Corporation         Gadgets by Small
 Application and Design Software    Gribnif Software
 Codehead Software                  ISD Marketing
 PDC Software                       Branch Always Software
 Sliccware Software                 Cherry Fonts
 Phil Comeau Software               Micro Creations
 Roll-yer-Own Software              Genus Software
 Maxwell CPU                        DreamPark Developements
 Soft-Logic                         MusicCode Software
 ICD                                Mind Over MIDI
 ST-Informer Magazine               Z-Net Online Magazine
 ST Report Online Magazine          Puget Sound Atari News Magazine
 Tom Lee Music                      Noteworthy Music
 Infinite Grafix                    Minitronics Computer Center
 Wizard Computers

 Atari Canada will be using a smaller cut-down version of their large
 booth on one of the stages while the second stage will be used for MIDI
 expos and entertainment.  Seminars will be running both days
 continuously in two and possibly three seminar rooms.

 Thank you to the people who have helped to insure this event is a

                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE

 Apple announced this week that unit shipments of its Macintosh personal
 computer grew by approximately 85 percent in its second fiscal quarter,
 compared to the same quarter last year.  Net revenues increased by 19
 percent, and earnings per share increased by 3 percent.  Apple's fiscal
 quarter ended on March 29, 1991.  Apple's net revenues for the quarter
 grew to $1.598 billion, compared to $1.346 billion in the year ago
 period.  International revenues accounted for 52 percent of total
 revenues, compared to 47 percent during the second quarter of fiscal

 Fujitsu Ltd and CompuServe of the US will join to offer computer-
 information services in Australia and New Zealand starting in September.
 The services will consist of data on corporate accounts, commodities
 market prices, and other financial information which will be accessible
 through personal computer terminals.

 Ventura Software announced this week, significant discounts on software
 packages that complement Ventura Publisher desktop publishing software
 (DOS/GEM, Windows, OS/2 and Macintosh versions).  Under the program,
 customers who purchase Ventura Publisher, Windows or OS/2 Editions can
 purchase the CorelDRAW drawing program for $319, a savings of $376.
 With the purchase of Ventura Publisher, Macintosh Edition, users can
 purchase NEC's CDR-36 type storage and fonts for $479, a savings of
 $618.  Discounts will be effective on products purchased between April
 15 and July 31 1991.  Customers must provide proof of purchase, a
 completed registration card and coupon which will appear this month in
 Ventura Publisher advertisements in major trade and business

 Compaq Computer introduced the Reduced Emissions Video Graphics Color
 Monitor which complies with electromagnetic emissions guidelines
 developed by the Swedish National Board for Measurement and Testing
 (Swedish MPR 1990 documents).  Compaq also announced this week that the
 Video Graphics Monochrome Monitor now complies with the same guidelines.
 The new Reduced Emissions Video Graphics Color Monitor, Suggested Resale
 Price: $799, reduces ELF (extremely low frequency) emissions, VLF (very
 low frequency) emissions and electrostatic potential on the face of the
 screen in compliance with the emissions recommendations of the Swedish
 MPR 1990 documents.  It is offered in addition to the standard Video
 Graphics Color Monitor ($699) which is currently available.  A new Video
 Graphics Monochrome Monitor ($299) replaces the existing model, and
 delivers the same emissions reductions as the new color monitor.

 NEW 68000
 Motorola this week, introduced the 68EC0x0 family, a new family of low-
 cost, embedded control microprocessors and added the 68330
 microprocessor to its 68300 family of integrated microprocessors.  The
 new microprocessors are tailored for price-sensitive embedded-control
 applications, such as palmtops, laptops and laser printers.

 Commodore introduced its CDTV player, an Interactive Multimedia product
 that combines audio, video, graphics and text into a new form of
 education and entertainment.  The CDTV player, which is the first
 multimedia product available for consumers retails for $999 and is
 currently available at Software Etc. and Hammacher Schlemmer in the Los
 Angeles area.

 Radio Shack introduced the Tandy 1000 RLX, the next generation of its
 home computer.  The Tandy 1000 RLX personal computer carries the extra
 power of a 10 Megahertz (MHz) 80286 processor and one 3.5-inch 1.44 MB
 floppy disk drive.  A second 3.5-inch drive bay will accept either a
 floppy disk drive, or a 20MB or a 40MB hard drive option.  The system
 also has one PC-compatible expansion slot.

 President Bush said this week that he doesn't know how to operate a
 computer and he's going to "begin study" next week to learn how.

 APPLE PAYS $400,000
 Apple, settling a race discrimination case, paid more than 400,000
 dollars to 15 blacks who were refused jobs because of their race.  The
 15 black men and women who filed the complaints in January 1990 were
 also offered employment in the settlement, the largest of its kind to be
 negotiated in the San Francisco Labor Department.  All but one accepted
 the jobs.  Apple, which admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement, paid
 436,687 dollars in back wages to the plantiffs and agreed to reexamine
 its hiring process to ensure fair evaluation of job candidates.

                        CALAMUS TUTORIAL - PART IX
                      by Geoff LaCasse, GXR Systems


 Reload your document from last session. We left off with a multi-page
 document, a header/footer (hereafter header) frame on the odd numbered
 pages, and no frames on the even.  Page numbering was set (with start
 number at 3) but not visible on the even numbered pages because no
 header frame existed.

 Select the header frame from page 1, and copy (not cut) it to one of the
 Frame Clipboards.  Bring up page 2 of your document and paste (or copy)
 the clipboard frame to the document.  It's an exact copy of page 1,
 including its placement on the page, except the number 2 will be visible
 in the page number frame at the bottom of the document.  At this point,
 we need to move the frame to match the margins of the document page.
 Click on dX (X POSITION) in the upper right of the screen, and replace
 the present value with 0.75.  When you press RETURN, the frame will
 match the margins of the page.  We now need to rearrange the header
 frame components to create a document layout where the pages have a
 mirror-image format (look at any computer manual, novel, or text book).

 The component frames which make up a header frame can be modified only
 when ungrouped.  Select the header frame on page 2 and click on UNGROUP
 FRAME (under FRAMES, FRAME GENERAL FUNCTIONS).  When a dialogue box
 appears asking if you would like to ungroup on CURRENT PAGE, ALL PAGES,
 ALL PAGES BEFORE, or ALL PAGES BEHIND, select the last item.  The header
 will ungroup into its individual frames (including line frames) each
 still selected, and which can then be de-selected by clicking on the
 right mouse button.

 Calamus allows you to designate any page as a Master Page, i.e. its
 header frame is copied (automatically) to any following pages or until
 we select another as Master Page.  Master Page changes may be as small
 as a new numbering scheme (various formats can be present in the same
 document), or involve more major restructuring of the layout.  Single-
 sided documents have only a left Master Page, but in our example--i.e.
 double-sided, the header frame we created on page 1 remains in force for
 all odd numbered pages (go to page 3 to see how the header frame is
 duplicated from page 1).  To see other options, experiment with the
 other commands in the UNGROUP FRAME dialogue box (ADD more pages for
 greater effect).  For example, CURRENT PAGE ungroups a header only on
 the current page, and leaves intact headers on following pages.  Current
 Page is useful when creating title pages, temporary changes in format,
 and the like.

 Any changes we make to frame components on page 2 will, when individual
 frames are recreated as a header frame, be reflected on all following
 even numbered pages.  Select the page number frame and move it over to
 the left margin of the document (either by using the mouse, or by
 changing its dX value to 0.75).  We also need to change text
 justification on the page number frame.  Go to the TEXT icon pad, and
 select the page number frame.  If we click inside the frame with the
 left mouse button, a text cursor will appear.  If we click with the
 right, a Text Ruler--looking like a small box--will appear stretched
 along the length above the document's text frames.  Cursor shape is now
 a small cross.

 You may have noticed [TEXT RULER] (as well as [STYLE)] in the Text
 Editor.  [TEXT RULER] shows Text Ruler placement in a text file, a Text
 Ruler controlling paragraph formatting (paragraph tagging), including
 indents, tabs, leading (or line spacing), word and letter spacing, and
 justification (Centre, right, left, etc.).  Text Rulers are complex,
 time-consuming, and--at times--very unfriendly.  Text ruler commands can
 be found under TEXT RULER (in TEXT).  Some of its commands are familiar.
 At the top of the icon pad can be found the Tab/Paragraph Indent
 functions, just below and to the right are those for line spacing, and
 to the right are the various paragraph justifications.

 In this Calamus introduction, I have space for only a brief overview of
 Text Rulers.  Rulers are composed of a number of components.  Each must
 have one (and only one) First Indent (hollow flag pointing right), and
 Left and Right Indent (black flags pointing right and left,
 respectively).  Only one Ruler per line is allowed (this does not effect
 style changes which are not governed by Text Rulers).  A Ruler when
 inserted takes either the default format (if first of new session) or
 the last one selected.  If multiple rulers are inserted into a document,
 and major changes to format need to be made, it is sometimes easier to
 reformat the entire document and start again.  Go to TEXT, select a
 frame, SELECT ALL from the EXTRAS drop-down menu, and change text
 justification to eliminate Text Rulers.  Alternately, click the small
 cross cursor (with the left mouse button) on each ruler in turn and then
 select DELETE TEXT RULER (the small trashcan at the bottom-mid of TEXT
 RULER icon pad).  Experiment with all the Text Ruler tools.  The time
 you spend learning the rules will not be wasted.

 Return to your page number frame on page 2 and click on its Text Ruler.
 A thicker border will appear and justification (as seen in TEXT RULER)
 will indicate right.  Select left instead to move the page number to the
 left side of the frame.  Go to the top frame (Geoff's Newsletter) and
 change its Text Ruler to left justification also.  Press ALT-E to bring
 up the Text Editor and change the text to Magnificent.  Double-click on
 [STYLE].  Change the default point size and font in the dialogue box
 which appears (perhaps to 25 points, Italics, ??font).  Text will
 reformat when you exit the Text Editor.  Turn off the Text Rulers by
 clicking on TEXT RULERS ON/OFF in the TEXT drop-down menu (not to be
 confused with the Text primary icon pad).  Re-create a new header frame
 on page 2 from its two text and two line frames (note that page 4--our
 number 6 will have the same format as page 2).

 Go back to page 1 and UNGROUP its header frame.  Go back to TEXT, then
 DICTIONARY (icon pad to the right of TEXT RULER), select the top frame,
 and bring up its text ruler.  Dictionary also holds--besides the
 dictionary functions--letter and word spacing commands which can be
 found at the bottom of the icon pad.  Select LETTER SPACING (above) and
 change the default value to 4.0, and press RETURN.  Select WORD SPACING
 (below), and change its value to 6.0.  Tracking (word & letter spacing)
 increases the default letter and word spacing on any paragraph but is
 particularly useful for large headlines (single-line paragraphs).  Get
 rid of the Text rulers and create a new Header frame on page 1 (again
 two text and two line frames).  Next session we add the text frames,
 text, and graphics.

                      MICROSOFT MOUSE TO AN ATARI ST
                   Captured from CompuServe Atari Forum

 Here's a repost of my article of wayyyy back (Feb 1989) on how to hook
 a Microsoft mouse to an Atari ST.  No software changes are required.
 All it takes is creating a special cable between the mouse and the

 I've been using a Microsoft mouse now for around 2 years on my 1040,
 with nary a glitch.  It's so much better than the Atari mouse, I'd never
 go back. (IMHO)

 Well, here is how to connect a Microsoft Mouse to an Atari ST.
 (520/1040)  The Atari has a 9-pin D-type connector.  The Microsoft Mouse
 has a rather strange connector on the end.  To prevent having to cut the
 mouse cable up, I made this adaptor.  If you still can't follow it,
 please let me know and I'll try to redescribe it.  This does work for
 me.  I've been using it for 6 or so months now, [Note, it's been 2 years
 now!]  with no problems at all.  It does take some soldering skills, so
 if you're not so hot at soldering, find a friend to help.

 As far as I know, this does not effect your Atari's warranty.  However,
 I have not asked Atari.

 Atari ST        Microsoft Mouse                 ST expected signal
 ----- --        --------- -----                 -- -------- ------
 1               5                               XB
 2               3                               XA
 3               8                               YA
 4               9                               YB
 5               N/C                             N/C
 6               2                               Left button
 7               N/C                             +5VDC (N/C)
 8*              6 and also tie to pin 1         Ground
 9               7                               Right button

 * = I am not sure why I have pins 6 & 1 tied together, but it does work.

 The Microsoft mouse connector looks like this.  This is the solder side,
 with the leads pointing up.

  |     1       |
  |  2 3 4 5    |
  | 6 7 8 9 10  |
  |             |

 If you can not use the connector, the pins are numbered as follows.
 This is the connector side from the Microsoft Mouse plug:

     /------------\        This is a view at the front of the connector.
    / Blank "KEY"  \       It is where the plug from the mouse would be.
   /----------------\      The pin labeled 'n' is not connected.
   | n   4   X   8  |      The place labeled 'X' is filled, and does not
   | 9   7   1   2  |      have a pin.
   |     5   6      |
    \              /

 Have fun!

 For those who don't want to face wiring up a Microsoft mouse to their
 Atari, there is another solution.  I just bought a Golden Image Mouse
 and I'm very pleased with it.  They have an Atari ST version, so you
 just plug it in.  The feel is similar to a Microsoft mouse, but the
 mouse is slightly larger.

 It's made my working time with the computer much less stressful.  I
 highly recommend it to anyone who works with their Atari a lot.

 I'm not affiliated with this company in any way, I just like this mouse.

 It cost me $70 Canadian, and was worth every penny.  As a comparison,
 the standard Atari mouse costs $45 here.

                           MISSIONWARE SOFTWARE
                              Press Release


 Missionware Software is a brand new company that will be focusing it's
 development efforts for the Atari ST/STE/TT line of machines.  We herald
 from Palatine, Illinois, and plan to be around a long time, depending of
 course on your support for our products.

 About The Company and it's Founder...

 The President of Missionware Software is John Trautschold.  John has
 been programming computers of all types for over 15 years.  His first
 computer was the veritable Altair 8800 (which still runs by the way!)
 Later, he moved on to MSDOS machines, and of course, the Atari ST line.
 His experience ranges from assembler through C.

 Through the present, John has worked in television and radio
 broadcasting as an engineer, both hardware and software.  In between the
 time he spends programming the ST, he works for CBS Television in
 Chicago (WBBM TV) as an engineer doing maintenance on high-end video
 tape and graphics systems.  Additionally, he's developed a number of
 hardware/software microcontrollers for use at CBS.  When John isn't
 programming a 68000 in the ST, he's programming and designing around the
 68HC11 microcontroller.

 About Our Products...

 Missionware Software begins its existence with two packages.


 The first is called "lottODDS" and is a lottery number generation
 program.  If you enjoy playing your state or local lottery, then this
 program will make that much easier and more fun to boot!  lottODDS
 (pronounced "lotto odds") will help you maintain a database of numbers
 chosen over the years, which can then be used either for generating
 numbers to play (using 7 statistical and proprietary methods developed
 in house by Missionware) or for your own statistical analysis.

 lottODDS picks numbers using a "least" or "most" algorithm, statistical
 averaging, "hot" numbers, and statistical "between", "consecutive" and
 "pairs" match ups.

 But lottODDS does much more than that!  We've designed a special
 wheeling method that distributes the numbers picked more evenly and over
 a greater and more flexible range than any wheeling system yet
 developed.  You have total control over how your numbers will be
 distributed.  But that's not all!  The program also permits you to enter
 your own numbers (if you wish to play birthdays, special dates, or any
 special numbers you wish).  It will also generate random numbers (our
 own version of quick picks) and then permit you to wheel them for best

 Once the numbers to play have been chosen, by whatever method you decide
 to use, you can now print them out for transfer to your lottery playing
 tickets, or you can use the handy on-screen dialog to scroll through the
 chosen number.

 If you play a lot of games each week, lottODDS will also keep track of
 the numbers you've played.  When the actual numbers have been picked by
 the lottery agency, all you have to do is enter those.  lottODDS will
 then do a comparison between those numbers and the ones it (or you)
 picked and display the games that have matching numbers in them.

 lottODDS permits you to play in lotteries that pick between 3 and 10
 numbers out of a field of 99 numbers.  And that covers any known lottery
 currently in existence.  You can also use the program to play multiple
 lottery games...just load in the file for the game you wish to play, and
 you're off!  Everything is handled through the easy to control GEM

 lottODDS is not copy protected (although you must "register" your
 software before it can be used) and is usable on either a color or
 monochrome system.  It's also installable on your hard disk.  The
 program lists for $34.95 and can be purchased directly from Missionware
 Software.  Dealer distribution is also being setup, and for now you can
 also purchase directly from Pacific Software Supply.

                        Printer Initializer

 The second program available from Missionware Software is called the
 "Printer Initializer".  This is an ultra-handy utility program that's
 actually two programs in one!

 But first, just what is "Printer Initializer" and what can it do for
 you?  The programs (installation and desk accessory) give you something
 you've *never* had before...quick, total, and *easy* control over your
 printer's control functions.  Now we know that most programs, such as
 word processors and database programs, have printer configuration menus.
 But for the most part, they're a pain to use and setup, and when you
 need to make a quick change in font style, line spacing, etc. not only
 do you need to remember how to do it within that program, but you
 probably have to dig out the printer operations manual to look up the
 codes.  That all takes time, and time is what Printer Initializer gives
 back to you.  It's there, waiting for you at the click of the mouse.
 Want to change tab spacing to 4 from within your spreadsheet?  Good
 luck!  With Printer Initializer, it's easy!

 So, what are the two programs you receive and how do they work?  The
 first is called "Printer Install" or "pinstall.prg".  This is the
 program you use to generate your own printer drivers.  You can generate
 as many drivers as you wish, although you'll be permitted to use only
 six later in the desk accessory.  You can generate multiple drivers for
 one printer or for multiple printers.  As you generate the drivers, you
 can easily test the functions too...just to make sure that what you've
 created really works!  The printers can be used from either the parallel
 or serial port.  If you have multiple printers online (one to each port
 or through a selector switch) the program will automatically set
 internal printer output redirection so that your GEM host program knows
 where to send it's printer output.

 The other part of the program is a desk accessory called, strangely
 enough, "Printer Initializer", or "prt_init.acc".  This is the program
 you'd normally use on a day-to-day.  The desk accessory is usable within
 any GEM based program that permits the use of DA's.  When activated,
 you'll see the same dialog screen that you saw when you initially
 configured your drivers, but now, instead of doing the configuration,
 you'll be activating the functions in your printer.  That includes the
 output redirection between serial and parallel ports discussed earlier.

 The distribution disk includes two ready-made drivers, one for the Epson
 FX80 series of printers, the other for those cute Kodak Diconix 150
 portable printers.

 The programs started out as an in-house utility for us at Missionware,
 but quickly became so useful, we decided to polish it up and offer it
 for sale.  We think you'll quickly find the program indispensable too,
 and at only $24.95, it's truly a bargain.  As do all of Missionware
 Software's products, these programs run in both monochrome and color.
 Although not copy protected, you must "register" the program before you
 can run it (a very simple software procedure!) and once registered, you
 can can use the programs on either a floppy or hard drive based system.
 You can order this directly from Missionware Software, or through the
 distribution network described earlier.

 Demonstration Programs Available...

 Demos are available of both of these programs.  The demo itself (based
 on Atari's DemoPlay program) will run in medium res color only, although
 the programs themselves will run in either color or monochrome.  In both
 cases, the demo programs are fully functional except for being able to
 save a file.  You can find the lottODDS program uploaded as
 "lottODDS.arc" and Printer Initializer uploaded as "prt_init.arc".
 Demos are also available free of charge directly from Missionware
 Software.  Just send us a blank, formatted disk with a self-addressed
 stamped return mailer and we'll get the demos out to you ASAP.

    Our address is:
                  Missionware Software
                  354 N. Winston Drive
                  Palatine, IL   60067-4132

 Thank you in advance for your support.  We promise to support you as
 well on most of the major online services.  We're currently working on
 setting up support on BIX, CompuServe and GEnie.  See you there!
 Telephone support is coming as well...  Thank you, and we hope you enjoy
 Missionware Software products.

 Missionware Software is always looking for products to sell and support.
 If you have a product you'd like to have us consider publishing for you,
 please contact us either online or via our address above.  Thanks!

                           Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF
                            by Ron Berinstein

 Why is this week different than all other weeks you ask?  Because this
 week was moving week!  That's right I found a little house and today in
 fact was it.. the official day that has ended my days as an apartment
 dweller and has become the first day as a home resident.  This though
 I've been sampling the house for the past week, particularly the
 jacuzzi!  Yes, I must admit that I've already had the first few "warm
 water retreats," and in fact if I can finish this column fast enough,
 another is scheduled for tonight!  I'll let you know all the details
 next week.

 So, I've discovered this new approach at viewing something that I use
 everyday of my life.  First, the background...  Everything I moved today
 (I saved a lot for the last moment) was really heavy!  Nothing that I
 moved today was more important than the functions that my computers
 perform.  Now, the meat of the issue... My software doesn't weigh
 anything!  I modem this to that, and that's that!  Everything else that
 is important to me, Margo, the dogs, the furniture, not to mention
 little things like air, water, and food, all weigh something, if not in
 fact a lot of something!  So, next time I'm going to take charge of the
 software, Margo and the dogs can take the furniture.

 STEX14F.LZH replaces the previous issue and fixes the bug that prevented
 a text block from being saved.

 DTERM_1I.ARC is the new and improved DTERM terminal program.

 TEMPUS II users should check out KEYSYS.LZH, which fixes problems with
 the "\" key.

 MAKEFAST.PRG according to rumor can be thrown away and replaced with
 PRGFLAGS.LZH.  With this you should be able to see the status of all
 your programs and accessories.  Set and unset the fastbit from a menu,
 and set/unset the "use ST Ram & "Run in TT Ram" flags as well.

 SIMMFIX2.ARC replaces SIMMFIX.ARC which allows an STE memory
 configuration of 2.5 megs by changing a system variable.

 TIMEDATE.LZH is a time and date setter for STs without a battery clock.

 AREAL36.ARC  is software that supports those with clocks..  This version
 has been fixed to correct a problem when booting on an STe or when
 running a RAM TOS on an STe.

 CHECK_BK.ARC  Fixes the bugs in version number one.  Other than that
 this little program combines both GEM and keyboard commands and lets you
 handle your checkbook affairs.  Note: My affairs almost never help to
 balance my checkbook. <smile>

 MINILEDG.ARC  (Demo.- prg. cost: $39.95) Mini Ledger is the "easy to use
 computerized financial accountant."

 For those of you who like the TX2 format, and have downloaded the the
 TX2 program, you might like to download TX2CNVT3.LZH as well.  Same will
 convert certain ASCII publications like the AUA Newsbriefs, etc. to TX2

 Beware of STOCKGRF.ARC  Personally speaking though I haven't taken a lot
 of time to try, it didn't run on my machine.. but, more importantly,
 rumor has it that at least one of the files available for download has
 been compressed with Magic Shadow and contains a virus.  The copy I
 downloaded from GEnie was not archived with MSA.

 Gamesters may want to address themselves and their modems to:

 DUNG306.LZH (Shareware $15) a maze type game which requires you to find
 paradise in order to graduate with a congressional medal of honor.  It
 comes labeled, "University skill level."

 REACTION.ARC (Shareware $10) a game that takes after the arcade game
 ATAXX.  A strategy game that was written in GFA 3.5.  512's ok, so are
 STs and STe's.

 If Graphics are your interest...

 ARTST.LZH (Shareware $15) is a neat little drawing program that will
 work in low, medium and high resolution.  It has it's own slide show
 feature which is useful because this program lets you use your
 computer's memory to support multiple picture buffers.  Perhaps 110 or
 so, on a Mega ST4!

 I_FLOYD.ARC  A color .IMG file viewer for those with Monochrome

 Musicians, you may want to "conduct" a search to find these:

 DIGIPLUS.ARC claims to be one of the best digitalized sound players ever
 put into P.D.  Built in Docs, and BASCODE.EXEs, 10 loadable sound slots,
 compatible with five digitalized sound formats, six playing speeds,
 "filtered averaging" sound graphing, plus it uses both mouse and
 keyboard input.

 ROBO_BOP.LZH (Shareware $20) gets at least 10 points for THAT name!
 It's a Midi rhythm editor for the ST.  You can create rhythms by pasting
 notes into grids.. works with any drum machine.

 Pagestream users might want to "address" themselves to two font files
 uploaded this week.

 MGSTRSNS.LZH  similar to Letraset Superstar.  Includes DMF, FM, 24H, PS,
 & PSF files.

 MGSTRSRF.LZH  similar to Letraset Superstar with equal weight..

 Programers might want to check out the new activity on the services and
 BBS that include:

 OLD2ANSI.LZH  which converts old C CODE to ANSI STYLE function

 SCROLL_S This file is Dev Pac source code for fast scrolling.

 DTREESRC.ARC  Source code for a directory tree program

 DB_CUJ.LZH  a database program from the C USERS JOURNAL

 DBF.LZH  read/write Dbman and 3/Dbase 3+ files with C source code

 LCFIX.LZH  (NEW VERSION) for Laser C version 2.1 users.. an updated fix
 replacing last weeks..

 CFLOW.LZH  which gives an overview of all the functions in a new C
 program.  It includes executable, documentation, and C source...
 Compiler/hardware independent..

 My favorite program of the week!  Well it wins hands down..  Just
 uploaded today (04/18/91), the new version of ARCSHELL!  This is version
 2.5! (Shareware) It will let you arc files (even those from different
 directories!) by just making your choices right up front.  Then, after
 the chosen files are selected you can walk away.. no more one file at a
 time waiting!  Direct access to Maxifile 3, and many more features!

 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.

                       AUA EXTENDS VOTING DEADLINE
                            by Derek Signorini

 If you have not yet entered your vote in the Users Mark of Excellence,
 you are in luck.  The original April 15 deadline has been extended due
 to heavy voting in the last 3 weeks.  The new deadline is bumped up to
 May 15 and you are encouraged to participate.  The Users Mark of
 Excellence is a group of awards given to the best software packages
 available during the past year for the Atari ST platform.  Instead of
 re-printing the award information here again this month, we will only
 give you the voting application:


 Note:  By filling out this entry form, we will use this information as
 your membership application to the AUA.  All information regarding your
 vote will be kept completely confidential!

 First Name:_____________________  Last Name:_____________________
 AUA ID Number (if currently a member):___________________________
 Telephone:_______________________  Alt.Tele:_____________________
 GEnie Email Address:_______________ CIS Email Address:___________

            [ Productivity ]                   [ Entertainment ]

 TITLE: 1._______________________        1._________________________
 by:      _______________________          _________________________
 TITLE  2._______________________        2._________________________
 by:      _______________________          _________________________
 TITLE  3._______________________        3._________________________
 by:      _______________________          _________________________

              [ Utilities ]                      [ Hardware ]

 TITLE: 1._______________________        1._________________________
 by:      _______________________          _________________________
 TITLE  2._______________________        2._________________________
 by:      _______________________          _________________________
 TITLE  3._______________________        3._________________________
 by:      _______________________          _________________________

                            [ Miscellaneous ]

 TITLE: 1._______________________        2._________________________
 by:      _______________________          _________________________
 TITLE  3._______________________        4._________________________
 by:      _______________________          _________________________
 TITLE  5._______________________        6._________________________
 by:      _______________________          _________________________

 Please complete and send all forms by 5/15/91 and mail to:

                      The Atari Users Association
                   Users' Mark of Excellence Voting
                            P.O. Box 123
                        Canonsburg PA 15317

 or Email your form electronically to the following areas:

   GEnie:  DC.SIGNORINI      Compuserve:  72327,1060
   Fnet Node 589             AUA Online BBS:  412-746-8699

                           PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE
                             by Keith MacNutt

 In this weeks column I'd like to change the format slightly and review
 two very interesting utilities that I think may become indispensable to
 a majority of ST users.

 DCTOPPER  by Double Click Software
 program by Michael B. Vederman and Keith Gerdes
 P.O. BOX 741206
 HOUSTON, TX  77274

 When Double Click challenged the ST community to witness their
 commitment to the ATARI format by saying that they would produce a
 program a week for 1 year, I for one thought that they couldn't keep up
 the pace and produce the first rate utilities that have to this point.
 This commitment shows no signs of slowing down, and the ST community is
 reaping the benefit of some of the best utilities found on any machine
 available today.  On of these prized programs is DCTOPPER.

 DCTOPPER will activate any window that the mouse arrow happens to be on,
 unless a mouse button is pressed or a file is selected in one of the
 windows.  If you had 2 or more windows open at one time on the desktop,
 the old way to select an active window would be to drag the mouse
 pointer to the new window and click, but with DCTOPPER all you do is
 move the mouse pointer to another window and which ever happens to be
 under the pointer will automatically be highlighted.  For power users,
 this is gonna be sheer heaven in moving and copying files from one
 window or drive to another.

 Simply copy the file DCTOPPER.ACC in to the root directory or where ever
 all your other accessories reside, and reboot the computer.

 To configure DCTOPPER, first go to the DESK menu and find the accessory
 called 'DC TOPPER V1.0'.  Click on the accessory and an introduction
 alert will appear.  Click on the configuration button and choose either
 ON or OFF will write the choice to the DCTOPPER.ACC file.  Please insure
 that the program is in the root directory or a 'save error' will result.

 FREEWARE- no money requested but it cannot be sold or altered.

 ABFORMATTER by Gregg Hungerford
 1718 Ocala Ave #117
 San Jose, CA 95122

 ABFORMATTER is a program that I thought would never be written for the
 ST.  Everytime I used an IBM at work.  I envied the manner in which it
 would spare out the bad sectors on a floppy after it was formatted.  I'm
 sure that everyone has by now come across a disk that wouldn't format in
 double sided double density, but would almost always format in single
 sided double density.  So you now have a single sided disk with a few
 bad sectors on the other side, and half the possible storage gone due to
 the inability to spare them out in the file allocation table.

 Multitasking in that 2 drives are supported and each is formatted
 independently of the other.  Drive one can be a 3.5" 80x9x2 sectored
 disk and drive two can be a 3.5" 82x10x1 disk.

 If a label is entered it will be written to the disk.

 Both disks are formatted at the same time, with the program formatting
 one track of one drive and then a track of the other drive.

 Bad sectors are spared out in the File Allocation Table and a message
 stating that the disk is a good format.  Spared sectors must be non-
 critical ones, meaning that they can be any sector but one found in the
 File Allocation Table area.

 After trying this program on one of my bad disks, I was hooked.  For the
 price of a few lost K's on a disk, I never have to throw away another
 disk again.

 SHAREWARE donation of $5 requested.

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