Z*Net: 03-May-91 #9118

From: Michael Current (aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 05/06/91-03:21:57 PM Z

From: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Z*Net: 03-May-91 #9118
Date: Mon May  6 15:21:57 1991

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        ==(((((((((( ==      (c)1989-1990-1991, Z*Net Publishing
      Z*Net Newswire................................................
      Bob Brodie Report....................................John Nagy
      Z*Net AtariWatch 1991.........................................
      AtariUser Magazine In Conference....................Ron Kovacs
      Gribnif Update - Part II.........................Press Release
      Calamus Tutorial - Part XI.......................Geoff LaCasse
      ColorScan and Seurat 2.2.........................Press Release
      Z*Net Software Shelf............................Ron Berinstein
      Great Lakes Computer Conference..................Press Release
      Public Domian Update.............................Keith Macnutt
      GFA Basic Update.................................Press Release

                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE
 The first Atari-run Atari show will occur this November in Chicago, with
 the local assistance of the LCACE user group there.  This will pioneer
 a new effort to provide wide-ranging shows with a variety of companies
 involved, including non-Atari-specific vendors in a large trade show
 atmosphere.  Real working seminars and training sessions are to be
 developed as well.  The Chicago show is also planned to be a major
 gathering of 8-bit developers and users.  Atari will not reduce their
 support for user-group sponsored shows, nor will they compete with them.
 FSM GDOS "Under $100", IN 60 DAYS
 Atari's Bob Brodie and Mike Fulton announced that the long-awaited
 scalable font GDOS will very likely be sold to existing users at a price
 "under $100" and that it will include a full single font family of
 Ultrascript fonts.  Plans also are to include it automatically with new
 Mega STe and TT computers, already installed on their hard drives.
 Atari is in fact purchasing the source code and rights to WORDUP!, a
 graphics and word processing system that pioneered the document
 processing field in the Atari market.  While plans are not complete at
 this time, Bob Brodie said when asked at a Southern California user
 meeting that Atari may revise the program and re-name it.  Possibilities
 include bundling it with the FSM GDOS and offering it as a free startup
 package in all new Mega STe and TT computers.  While Atari is NOT
 supporting existing WORDUP! owners at this time, it is possible that the
 eventual Atari product will be made available as an upgrade for WORDUP!
 Word Perfect gave preliminary notice that they intend to abandon support
 efforts for the Atari platform for their high-end word processing
 system, currently at version 4.1 on the Atari and 5.x on most other
 platforms.  Support has continued until now with small revisions and
 upgrades every few months.  Reasons for the decision are based on the
 cancellation of a standing 10,000 unit order from Atari Germany, who had
 been including Word Perfect with all high-line Atari computers sold.
 The bundle has been canceled under pressure from German developers who
 don't want their own word processing products to be slighted.  While the
 last word is not in on this matter, it looks dim for any hope of
 eventual new Word Perfect versions for the Atari.

 Existing Mega and TT computers still have the 720K drives, while many
 computers now offer higher density 1.44 meg drives.  Atari explains that
 the Western Digital controller chip used by Atari (and required at the
 BIOS level for compatibility with nearly every ST program on the market)
 will not run at a sufficiently high speed to reliably handle the high
 density format at the unusually high data speeds used in the Atari
 computers.  When negotiations with Western Digital began regarding a new
 custom chip, Western notified Atari that it wasn't even planning to
 continue to produce the unit Atari already uses.  Agreements for
 engineering a totally new chip were made, and Atari's facility in
 Israel is nearly finished with a more capable alternative.  Best news is
 that Atari made sure to SOCKET the controller chip on new machines,
 allowing even users to upgrade the chip and drive unit when they become

 Lynx owners will be able to plug in to the cigarette lighter in any
 automobile for power by using the new adaptor from Atari.  To be
 released immediately, it will provide power for a pair of Lynx units,
 allowing ComLynx games to be used as well.  Pricing was not available at
 press time but is expected to be well under $20.


                               by John Nagy
 Atari's Manager of User Group Services, Bob Brodie, has been making
 appearances at user group gatherings across the US for all of his 18
 months on the job.  But perhaps the most organized and largest
 appearance was last Saturday, April 27, in Glendale, California.

 Over 200 people from more than six different clubs came to see Bob in a
 theater setting above the Glendale Public Library.  Bob addressed the
 group from a lectern on the stage, and had a warm reception to his talk
 about Atari, history, and his own experiences both before and after
 joining Atari.  Of particular interest were his observations of where
 Atari is going now, and how recent professional shows were changing the
 perception of Atari in the commercial world.

 Bob spoke for about an hour, then returned after a break to take
 questions.  These were done in an unusual manner.  All visitors were
 given a numbered ticket when they entered, and tickets were pulled from
 a fishbowl one at a time for questions.  While some persons did not have
 a question, most did, and in about an hour of Q&A, all tickets were
 drawn, assuring that every visitor had their chance to ask whatever they
 wanted.  In the remaining half hour, Bob took more lively questions via
 traditional hand-raising.
 The answers to hard questions were characteristicly clear and pointed.
 Bob only said "I can't tell you the answer" when the matter was
 something he truly didn't know about... and he said so.

 Specific newsworthy announcements and information from the meeting are
 in the NEWSWIRE, but in general:
 * Atari is moving to market itself in the areas where it excels.  These
   now include the Publishing field, as demonstrated at the recent CEPS
   show.  Bob was himself impressed with the showing of professional
   level hardware and software at CEPS, and described the warm and
   excited reactions of the attendees there.
 * Future machines from Atari will continue as extensions from the ST/TOS
   lineup, and software portability up the range of coming machines is
   absolutely to be expected.
 * The 8-bit line is officially dead at Atari as a production machine.
   While still competent, it cannot compete in price comparison and
   marketing viability with the lower line ST.  Bob talked about plans to
   institute a trade-in program for 8-bit Atari owners.  It may come this
   summer or fall, and give a terrific discount on the remaining 520STFM
   units in stock.  The 520STe is coming, and the older model is ripe for
   a special deal.  It was suggested that ST owners be allowed a trade
   deal to move to TTs as well, and Bob promised to take that suggestion
   back to Atari President Greg Pratt, who is engineering the plans for
   the 8-bit trade deal.

 * Atari is taking a leadership role in organizing and producing what
   have been known as "Atarifests".  There is to be careful avoidance of
   any stepping of user group efforts where the groups want to do them,
   and Atari will support responsible efforts wherever they can.  But
   Atari will initiate and execute major shows of their own.  These, too,
   may be using volunteer and paid help from local Atari clubs.  The
   first of Atari's Computer Shows is scheduled for November in Chicago.
   It will be billed as a cross-brand show, sponsored by Atari, and
   efforts will be made to bring in other major manufacturers of
   computers and peripherals.

 Also attending the talk was Mike Fulton, Atari's newest technical
 support man for developers.  Mike was able to add a great of tech detail
 for a variety of questions when Bob was out of his depth.

 Other notable visitors were representatives from CODEHEAD, SOFTAWARE,
 and ATARIUSER MAGAZINE.  Copies of Z*Net Monthly and AtariUser were
 freely distributed and held the attention of most of the crowd through
 the break.
 When the meeting adjourned, it was only to re-form at The Computer
 Network, a nearby Atari Dealer.  There, an open house had been
 advertised via direct mail and posters, as well as a handout at the
 Brodie talk.  The above-mentioned developers had arranged display
 stations at the store, and refreshments were offered by the store.

 The crowds in the store were dramatic and enthusiastic.  Special pricing
 was offered and snatched up by the buyers.  Tony Lee, one of the co-
 owners of The Computer Network, reported that the three-day sales total
 for Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday (they are closed Mondays) around the
 open house was more than $25,000 above the average for the period (about
 $4,000).  Needless to say, he's very happy.  So are the developers who
 saw a great reception and sales resulting from their efforts.  Visitor
 logs at the store show that people came as far as several hundred miles
 to see the Saturday events.

 The result of the very satisfying meeting and open house may bring about
 a new concept for Dealers and User Groups.  "BrodieFests" are easy and
 inexpensive to arrange, and can give everyone a great Saturday event.
 Less than a show and more than a visit, this type of event can really
 offer an attractive forum for Bob and third-party developers to meet
 with users and to support dealers.

 This BrodieFest was arranged by John King Tarpinian and his group
 H.A.C.K.S. of the Los Angeles area.  John has already begun plans for a
 series of similar events, and has invited such developers as Nathan
 Potechin of ISD (CALAMUS, DYNACADD) to give technical seminars or
 training meetings.  Given the proven potential for attendance and sales,
 these targeted events could be the next wave for user groups to sponsor.

                      Z*NET ATARIWATCH 1991 CALENDAR
 Here's the schedule of 1991 Atari appearances as scheduled at this time.
 Entries marked "Bob Brodie at..." are typically speaking engagements or
 appearances at clubs, dealers, or small non-Atari specific shows.
 May 4-5
 The Windsor Atari Users Group of Windsor, Ontario, Canada and the
 Washtenaw Atari Users Group of Ann Arbor, MI are hosting the Windsor/
 Detroit International AtariFest on May 4 and 5 at the St.  Clair College
 of Arts and Technology in Windsor.  Atari Canada and U.S. will both
 attend.  Contact Craig Harvey, WAUG - Ann Arbor at 313-994-5619 or Brian
 Cassidy, WAUG - Windsor at 519-966-0305.
 May 18
 Bob Brodie in Orlando Florida

 June 1-4
 Summer Consumer Electronic Show (CES) Las Vegas Nevada

 June 12
 Bob Brodie in Sacramento California

 June 15-16
 PACIFIC NORTHWEST ATARIFEST June 15th and 16th at the Steveston Senior
 Secondary School, 10440 Number Two Road, Richmond B.C. Canada.  This is
 the first major Canadian Atari show west of Toronto, and is just across
 the US border from Seattle.  Contact Terry Schreiber at (604) 275-7944,
 T.Schreiber1 on GEnie, or Node #505 Atari West BBS on F-Net.
 July 20
 Bob Brodie at BRACE, Asheville North Carolina (Sheldon Winnick)
 July 27
 A third AtariFest is planned at Indianapolis, Indiana on Saturday, July
 27th, sponsored jointly by the user groups at Indianapolis and
 Bloomington known as MIST (Mid-Indiana ST).  MIST AtariFest III will be
 held at CADRE, Inc., 6385 Castleplace Drive, Indianapolis, In.  Leave
 mail on GEnie to (Bill) W.LORING1, or call 812-336-8103.
 August 8-11
 GENCON Gamers Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin
 August 23-25
 Dusseldorf Atarimesse.  This is the huge all-Atari show held annually in
 Germany.  Contact Alwin Stumph, Frankfurterstrasse 89-91, 6096 Raunheim.
 Phone 49-6142-2090   fax 49-6142-209180
 September 14-15
 The Southern California ATARI Computer Faire, Version 5.0, also known as
 THE GLENDALE SHOW has been confirmed for September 14 and 15, 1991.
 Contact: H.A.C.K.S., 249 N. Brand Bl. #321, Glendale, CA 91203, or call
 John King Tarpinian, Faire Chairperson, 818-246-7286.
 October 12-13
 WAACE show Washington DC
 October 21-25
 Fall COMDEX Las Vegas Nevada
 November 23-24
 Chicago Atari Computer Show BY ATARI.  Contact Larry Grauzas, P.O. Box
 8788, Waukegan, IL 60079-8788, phone 708-566-0671.  Administrated by the
 Lake County Atari Computer Enthusiasts (LCACE).

                           Courtesy GEnie ST RT
 Edited by Ron Kovacs
 <[Sysop] JEFF.W> The past few weeks have seen the premier of a new
 magazine for users of Atari products.  AtariUser Magazine from Quill
 Publishing is here and we have some of the people who put it together
 with us this evening.
 Included among our guests are editor-in-chief John Nagy, assistant
 editor John King Tarpinian, and coordinating editor Gantry Gappmayer.
 They may have sneaked one or more staffers in on me, which is fine...the
 more the merrier.  I'll let them introduce themselves.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Hi!  Glad to see so many people interested in
 ATARIUSER!  We used to be ST JOURNAL... but the glossy mag business is
 VERY expensive.  We can do 10 issues in the ATARIUSER format for each
 we did in Gloss.
 We have done 30,000 issues in our first issue and it went out EARLY!
 Our turn around time is only about 1 week between final edits and
 mailing... making us almost as timely as the online magazines.  But more
 I have lots to say, but lets go to questions, and I;ll fill in as we go.
 John King Tarpinian is the Vice-Editor and he is here too, along with
 Gantry Gappmeyer,office manager.
 <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Let's start with the cover price, guys.  How can this
 magazine be free (or close to free)?  I love great value like this, but
 how does that work?  :-)
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> OK, well, we found that charging 4.50 wasn't
 enough to make a profit, so we dropped it altogether.  Seriously, the
 turnout time for getting the cover price back to us from news stand
 sales made it unusable for real functioning as a startup magazine, so we
 tried something that has worked regionally here in California.
 The free computer mags are paid for by the ads.  Its that simple.  Now,
 making that work nationally with such disparate distribution, that's
 been the biggest hurdle.  But the first 30,000 are gone, and we at least
 broke even.  Next month, 35,000+ and maybe even a profit.
 <[Ronaldo] P.PEPIN> Where can I get this Magazine, I live in CT, and
 unfortunately there are not many Atari users here - I have only seen 2
 ST magazines, START and ATARI Explorer..
 <[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> Ronaldo, leave us E-mail and we will tell
 you where we shipped.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We do 90% of our distribution to dealers of
 Atari "stuff", plus to every user group we can find.  Bob Brodie was a
 help on both those fronts.  We have a slew of corrections for him now,
 <[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> We still have a lot of groups that only
 have P.O. boxes.  We have to have a street address to ship UPS.
 <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Renaldo, are you a member of a user group?
 <[Ronaldo] P.PEPIN> Well, I just got an Atari a few months ago, when I
 was invited to a F.A.C.E. meeting (An Atari User group based in
 Fairfield) but for the last few months there has not been a meeting.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We have distribution through TOWER BOOKS and
 are trying to get into other chains, but we are hitting an understanding
 problem... They can't understand how to take a free mag.  We even let
 them charge a dollar if they want to.  They can't fathom it.  We do
 offer a subscription program for those who cant find it otherwise.  For
 $15, you'll get us every month at your home... call 1-800-333-3567 and
 we'll sign you up.  We really want to get more dealer drops and user
 groups listed too.  TELLUS.
 <[duane] D.BRANKLEY>  Are you going to try to be like Current Notes, the
 mag for the Washington DC area?
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> For those who have not seen us yet, AtariUser is
 a newsprint-ish 40 page color and b&w magazine, covering all the Atari
 lines.  Even the 8-bit.  And we put it in dealers and groups FREE, 50 a
 <D.BRANKLEY> I just got my frist issue Sat at my user group meeting.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We are not like any other mag, in that we are a
 professional Atari Monthly covering even the Lynx and Portfolio, NOT a
 user-group collective.  We also go to 30,000 places, not a few thousand.
 How did it go over there, Duane?
 <[duane] D.BRANKLEY>   it is great and please Include the Store L&Y
 electronics in woodbridge on your list to put them out... we L O V E it!
 thanks very much!!!!!
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Our writers are professionals from many other
 magazines who are excited about the direction we are taking... not
 preaching or pandering, just trying to help USERS to USE their ATARI's.
 We are offering a special deal for those attending tonight... not only
 do we have a free magazine, those here RIGHT NOW can have one 25 word
 FREE classified ad in our July issue.  We normally charge $25 for this,
 and the reach (35,000 ATARIUSERS) is great.  And we'll send email to
 each with the details.  More goodies a bit later.
 <[Bad Dot] D.A.BRUMLEVE> I'd like to say that I am very impressed with
 the editorial content and features of your mag.  But what I'd like to
 discuss is the mini-reviews.
 I'm afraid you may take some flack because they are not in-depth
 reviews, but, in fact, it's really neat to see four products on an open
 leaf.  I hope you will expand this feature so that mini-reviews take up
 4-8 pages.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We have had no negative comments (til now) about
 the short reviews... if you are complaining... we do want to go a third
 page anyway, but pages cost plenty.
 <[Bad Dot] D.A.BRUMLEVE> Your reviewers gave me a real feeling for
 whether I'd like these programs.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> That's our intention.  Its great fun editing a
 1,000 word review (the writers think that's short) to 300 for the mag.
 <[Bad Dot] D.A.BRUMLEVE> It isn't necessary to know about every feature
 to make that kind of judgment, and I hope the mini-reviews will
 continue.  I hope also that you'll have the money to expand.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We will go to 48 pages soon (hopehope)  We have
 a great 6 page review of Document Processors in the next issue by Jim
 Peirson Perry, doing 6 programs in depth.  I am very impressed with this
 one.  But i bleed when I see 6 pages go away.  Oh well.  You'll like it.
 <B.MALATESTA> Well first great magazine and second, have you ever
 thought about putting AtariUser were no Atari magazine as ever gone
 before.  With the expanded information and the excellent price a freeby
 to lynx and other Atari buyers would certainly enhance Atari's position
 in the future.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Have you any suggestions as to where that might
 be?  We want those ideas.  Call us.
 <B.MALATESTA> Ok here goes, how about getting such a great magazine were
 the Atari buyers of tomorrow spend their money.  Not just bookstores.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We also are doing some overseas and Canada
 distribution, but it COSTS A LOT to ship.  That's why we ask Dealers to
 pay shipping, and we also are asking groups that CAN to send $6 a bundle
 too, to be sure we can ship to those who can't.
 <B.MALATESTA> See many people say " Atari they still" why not use this
 great product to let alot more people know on the other ends of the
 computer world.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We are working thru a list of 2,000+ dealers...
 We sure want to expand, and we find that we can probably place 100,000
 copies into distribution... if we could PAY for it.  We can't, not with
 the resources of the current advertisers.  But we're working on it.
 <[Mike @ LCACE] M.BROWN56> John/all- Can you elaborate on the
 "preferred" method for authors to submit materials to you?  What kind of
 material are you currently in need of for the mag?
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Mike, talk to us via EMAIL here.  We need
 reviewlets most of all.
 We have a GREAT staff of writers... Clint Smith, he's here tonight too,
 does the LYNX column and is uniquly qualified to cover it.
 <[Mike @ LCACE] M.BROWN56> Also- would you please post a textfile with
 your ad rates?
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> BJ GLEASON, writer of PBASIC and great stuff for
 the Portfolio, is covering the Port.  We have Norm Weinress, JKT here,
 Jim Pierson Perry, Dave Plotkin, and lots more.  We have special
 articles authored by Nathan Potechin, George Woodside (VKILLER) and
 more.  But submissions are welcome.  Now the announcement:
 We are now going to include the well-known Z*NET NEWSWIRE service
 starting with the next issue.  Z*Net is in STart magazine now, and is
 also part of the support for PD JOURNAL in Germany and soon to be in a
 major UK glossy.  Jeff, can you have Ron Kovacs take a bow?
 <[Sysop] JEFF.W> Ron...take a bow.
 <[Ron Kovacs] Z-NET> Hi...  Bowing......
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Thanks, Mike!  You too are part of Z*NET, so you
 are part of the base of AtariUser already.
 <[Ron Kovacs] Z-NET> John.. Just a note... You forgot to mention Dr.
 Paul Keith... and just another note to say thanks and good luck with
 AtariUser and we are pleased to be a part of it!
 <[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> I want to ask any user groups to send me
 ideas for articles.  My column is supposed to be for all clubs.  I will
 consider any idea submitted.
 <[Mike @ LCACE] M.BROWN56> Thanks all-
 <[Chuck ==>] DATAQUE.1> I think for AU to hit the big ##'s, there has to
 be a good balance between the $15 Individual and $72 UG cost.  There are
 quite a few small UG which cannot swallow $72, but do not want to take a
 freebee, or pitch half the mags.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Come again with the 72$ UG cost??
 <[Chuck ==>] DATAQUE.1> $6x12
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Oh, yearly.  Sorry, that's to 600 issues.
 Divide that up and see if its cheaper.  As I said, we are asking the
 groups who can afford it to pay, so that the others can ride it out.  By
 the way, Chuch is the 8-bit writer for us, and does know the 8-bit Atari
 as well as anyone anywhere.
 <[Chuck ==>] DATAQUE.1> Well, if there are only 10-15 users, they end up
 pitching 40 mags.  Just seems there could be a middle ground somewhere.
 Also, I think some larger bookstores (as you mentioned earliier) need to
 carry it, for those isolated people.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We also suggest that groups do a page or two
 newsletter and stuff AtariUser with it, place them at the dealer, and
 watch their membership grow.
 <[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> We gave out 200 magazines with an insert
 when Bob visited Sat.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Pitching 40 copies is ridiculous.. put them at
 a library or school.  I can't imagine not finding a home for 50.  We
 also imagine that getting the new issue MIGHT be a draw for the
 meetings... just maybe,,, ;^}
 <[john@GE_Lamp] ST-GUEST> The $385 STe price on the inside cover.  Have
 you figured a way around dealing with that @ keeping the "dealers" happy
 and the advertisers happy too?  I can see both sides - who do you make
 happy?  (BTW:Great issue!)
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Good question.  Probably not.  Seriously.... I
 am offended, at first, that dealers are upset with an ad in our mag that
 would not draw the first comment when it appears (SOON) in START or ST
 INFORMER... I suppose we must take a different profile to an extent
 because we are "free" whether it makes sense or NOT....
 But we have made new policy re price ads for discounted Atari hardware.
 I think we will find a happy medium.  I hope.  Ideas, again, are
 <[john@GE_Lamp] ST-GUEST> Interesting situation.  I feel for ya... good
 luck. Thanks
 <R.CARPENTE18> Exactly how does a user group (or a store, for that
 matter) get on your distribution list?
 <[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> Our first mailing was to groups registered
 with ATARI.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> With the degree of reader support we have had to
 date, the dealer objections really pale, BTW.
 <[John King T.] G.GAPPMAYER1> The only registered groups that did not
 get them were those that had a P.O. Box.  We have to have a STREET
 address for UPS.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Thanks John... we are also helping Atari update
 their own list.  Everybody wins.
 <R.CARPENTE18> Yep, how do we get you guys a street address?
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> Send EMAIL to ATARIUSER or call us 800-333-3567.
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We are still looking for suggestions for what to
 put on the T shirt OTHER than our logo...  ideas?
 <[John Morales] ATARI-MIDI> some one say something watching Nolan Ryan
 do another no Hitter
 <[John Nagy] ATARIUSER> We considered. "I'm an ATARIUSER... please speak
 slowly..."  just kidding.
 Winning so far is "ATARIUSER... FREE, PICK ME UP!"
 Any other ideas, let us know.  If the world could see the SENDS I'm
 getting just now!!!
 Bob Brodie suggests, "FCC TYPE B Approved User"
 (C) 1991 by Atari Corporation, GEnie, and the Atari Roundtables.  May
 be reprinted only with this notice intact.  The Atari Roundtables on
 GEnie are *official* information services of Atari Corporation.  To sign
 up for GEnie service, call (with modem) 800-638-8369.  Upon connection
 type HHH (RETURN after that).  Wait for the U#= prompt. Type XJM11877,
 GEnie and hit RETURN.  The system will prompt you for your information.

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                        CALAMUS TUTORIAL - PART XI
                        Copyright by Geoff LaCasse
 GXR Systems, Vancouver, B.C.
 This session, I wrap up the Calamus tutorial with a discussion of
 several advanced topics.  Calamus at its highest level is a very
 powerful program, but its mastery can take several hundred hours.  Ten
 short sessions can do little more than indicate Calamus's areas of
 utility.  Such efforts will be rewarded, but you will need to expand
 your vision beyond the bounds of this tutorial.  Here are a few topics
 which need to be explored.
 I have alluded to--on several occasions--the CALAMUS.HLP file which
 forms an integral element in Calamus (located in the SYS folder).  The
 HLP file supplies the help messages in the upper right screen, but more
 importantly is the means to a mouse-less quick-key command structure.
 We have seen a few examples: the main icon pads are accessible with the
 function keys f1 through f5, ALT-E brings up the Text Editor, and ALT-P
 the print menu.
 The HLP file is a text file with 'hooks' to Calamus's icon command
 structure.  Use a text editor or word processor to look at the file.
 Each line begins with a number.  The numbers 1-385 signify the tertiary
 icon pad (Calamus's basic commands); 2049-2087 are Calamus's secondary
 icon pad; 4097-4116, the primary icon pad; and 8196-8277, commands in
 the drop-down menus.  To the right of each number is a familiar Calamus
 command, to its right in some cases a letter or number (the latter
 preceded by f or F).  The letter is the keyboard equivalent for the
 icon, used in conjunction with ALT (ALT-E, ALT-P).  The function keys
 differ slightly: f plus a number designates the standard function keys
 along the top of the keyboard, F includes the SHIFT key.  Substitute
 custom for default values, add other keyboard keys, and save the file in
 ASCII format (no word processor codes).
 Keyboard 'quick-keys' are particularly useful when moving from one
 primary icon pad to another.  No need to move your hands from the
 keyboard to the mouse, or waste time clicking on several levels of
 icons.  Press ALT-A or B or C, or F1 or 2 or 3.  These quick-keys
 provide one means to speed document production, macros are another.

 MACROS is one of the more powerful, albeit least understood, features of
 Calamus.  Macro is probably a misnomer.  Snapshot would be a better
 word: a snapshot of a current Text Ruler (including tabs and Paragraph
 Justification), Text Style (Font, Point size), or text.

 Import a moderate size plain text file (no codes) from your favorite
 word-processor into a document, load the default macro file which came
 with your Calamus disks, and open the text editor.  Macros are active
 with the key combination CONTROL plus a designated key.  Place the
 cursor at some point in the text, and insert one of the macros.  Insert
 it again.  Return to your document layout.  The first insertion places a
 [TEXT RULER] or [STYLE] at the insertion point.  The second insertion,
 because it's last in a chain, overrides the first and becomes the
 default value until the next [TEXT RULER] or [STYLE] code is
 encountered.  One of the insertions is superfluous.
 Chaining can be a serious problem; different Text Rulers or Styles can
 mask one another.  Insert the BODY TEXT macro, then the HEADLINE macro,
 at the same point in the text.  When you return to the document,
 HEADLINE will take precedence.
 Because placement is critical, insert Rulers or Style changes in the
 Text Editor, rather than from the document.  Indiscriminately adding
 macros at the document level can cause undesirable text changes.  For
 example, replacing the Headline style with some other in the example
 above from the document will be successful only if we are able to place
 the cursor right after Headline.  This will not always be possible,
 particularly in complex formatted documents.  Delete the old and place
 the new from within the Text Editor.
 Create macros from clean, un-styled text.  The macro menu (TEXT, far
 right icon pad) contains four icon options, including LOAD MACRO FILE,
 END OF BLOCK (and their Text drop-down menu equivalents) are used with
 the text clipboards and not Macros.  If you do not get what you want on
 the first attempt, go into the text editor and delete the old macro,
 then try again.  When satisfied with the results, save your macros to
 disk.  Different Macro files, each with a different purpose, may be
 saved and loaded.  My thanks to Ron Grant for the material on Macros.

 ROTATING TEXT in Calamus is easy, and very powerful.  Select a text
 frame (preferably a headline), go to FRAMES, ROTATED TEXT, and FRAME
 SPECIAL FUNCTIONS.  Replace the default 0.0 (degrees) value with
 another, press RETURN, and click on ROTATE FRAME.  Repeat the process
 with a new value.  Rotation is from right to left in tenths of a degree.
 An entire frame contents will be rotated.  Click on RECONVERT ROTATED
 TEXT to reduce angle to 0.0.
 MERGE DOCUMENTS from the FILE drop-down menu.  Documents should have
 similar document formats (single or double-sided, letter or legal,
 portrait or landscape) otherwise Calamus may be unable to complete the
 task or rather unusual effects will occur.
 QUICK ST, TURBO ST, and BUTTONFIXER can improve Calamus's efficiency.
 Atari 1040s and old Megas have slow screen refresh and scrolling.  Quick
 ST and TurboST will boost this performance substantially, certainly
 enough to justify their cost.  Buttonfixer, a public domain program,
 improves selecting one frame from a stack.  Buttonfixer is especially
 useful if you have TOS 1.4 and above.

 Calamus comes with two fonts, Swiss and Times.  Neither are very
 satisfactory: kerning values are poor, and print quality sub-standard
 on a laser or inkjet printer.  Use instead the Compugraphic fonts
 available from ISD or third-party from a variety of sources.  I use
 Cherry Fonts because the quality is excellent (and the family font
 packages are cheaper than those available from Compugraphics).  Some of
 the public domain fonts are good, but most have the same faults as those
 which come with Calamus.

 Other features include the ability to use a monochrome and high
 resolution (1280 by 960) monitor at the same time.  Documents can be
 saved with or without creating a backup (.BAK) files.  You can Search
 and Replace text and style features.  Its possible to export text
 created in Calamus.  Document size is limited only by available memory,
 although those longer than 20 pages can become unwieldy.  Documents
 which exceeds your computer's memory will crash Calamus.

 I hope you enjoyed this rather brief introduction to Calamus.  Within
 the next few months we should see the next generation of Calamus which
 will replace many of the features presented here.  The wait will be
 worth it.

 Next week, I begin a column which I modestly entitle ATARI'S FUTURE.
 The column will focus on Atari hardware and software and their
 application to a rapidly changing computer environment.  How does Atari
 fit in the computer world of the 1990's?  What software will keep the
 company at the forefront and encourage sales?  What does the user need
 and want?

                         COLORSCAN AND SEURAT 2.2
                              Press Release
                          INTO A COLOR SCANNER!
 Don't you wish your MiGraph Handscanner could SCAN IN COLOR as easily as
 it does in Black-and-White?  Wouldn't that be wonderful?  Well, guess
 what, IT CAN!
 No, it doesn't require hardware modification.  ALL YOU NEED is the
 Amazing New COLORSCAN program from SKWare One!  COLORSCAN converts those
 scanned monochrome .IMG files that the Handscanner produces into sharp,
 detailed brilliant COLOR PICTURES!
 COLORSCAN's Great Color Conversions can be saved in virtually every
 Atari Picture Format, eight in all!  You choose from Degas, NeoChrome,
 TINY, Deluxe Paint .IFF, Atari HyperPaint, the NEW GEM COLOR .IMG files
 (in ST/TT format), and extended range (20-color) SPECTRUM Files (in STe
 COLORSCAN is fully STe-4096-Color Capable and contains a powerful multi-
 featured palette editor so you can customize your colors!  Yet,
 COLORSCAN is simple to use, with a host of convenient features (like
 self-scrolling windows) and lots of options.
 I can't compare the COLORSCAN program to any other program, because the
 totally NEW COLORSCAN is UNIQUE!  There simply is NOTHING ELSE LIKE IT!
 And, it's as easy as 1-2-3!  Just load your scanned .IMG file, click on
 the Convert button, and watch as COLORSCAN's fast and powerful
 algorithms turn black bits into a dazzling color picture that develops
 right before your eyes!  Just save your great picture and you're ready
 for another... and another!
 COLORSCAN produces remarkable results at a surprisingly affordable
 price! (Have you priced a color scanner lately?) If you own the MiGraph
 Handscanner, the COLORSCAN program is a MUST BUY!
 With 6,000-word User's Manual on-disk (prints two-side on DeskJet).
 (Requires Color Monitor and 1-Meg ST/STe)
 MasterCard/VISA accepted
 THE ONLY WAY you can get the Amazing COLORSCAN is to send your Check,
 Money Order, or Credit Card Information to:
 SKWare One / P. O. Box 277 / Bunker Hill, Illinois 62014 USA
 SHIPPING: SKWare One pays postage on all USA AND CANADIAN orders.  For
 overseas orders (not on North American continent), include an additional
 $3.00 for surface mail or an additional $4.00 for air mail delivery.
 (All prices given in US dollars.)
 UPGRADE POLICY: All Upgrades Are Free For Six Months From Date of
 COLORSCAN will debut at the Windsor-Detroit International AtariFest,
 May 4-5.  Come see it in action if you want to see if it's as good as I
 say!  (It is!)  Or, download the COLRIMG8.LZH from GEnie or other major
 national BBS (requires IMGVIEWR.PRG to view).  Having previewed
 COLORSCAN at a local show last week, what I heard was "You made THAT
 picture with this program?  Uhh, how can I get a copy?"  If you have to
 see it to believe it, then you'll be convinced by seeing COLORSCAN!
 ANNOUNCING                         S E U R A T   V E R S I O N    2 . 2
 The BEST BARGAIN in Atari ST Graphics Programs CONTINUES to get BETTER!
 SEURAT Version 2.20 adds UNIQUE FEATURES to what was already a GREAT
 * Now you can Create and Edit Graphics in virtually EVERY ATARI PICTURE
 FORMAT: Degas, TINY, NeoChrome, Deluxe Paint .IFF, MacPaint, and GEM IMG
 files, including the NEW GEM COLOR .IMG files (any size color .IMG, in
 ST/TT format; SEURAT is the first program to support these Color .IMG
 files)!  Yes, Now SEURAT Loads and Saves Eight Atari Picture Formats!
 * EIGHT Image Buffers! Instead of having to work on only a single .IMG
 file in a single image window, with SEURAT you can edit and exchange
 between up to eight .IMG (and Degas and Tiny and IFF...) files at once!
 * Whether you are using the full resources of SEURAT to create and edit
 Mono .IMG's for your Desktop Publishing or giant Color .IMG's, you can
 use powerful raster tools and work in a familiar Paint Program
 environment with full-screen access to .IMG's! Enjoy the best of both
 * NOW STE-4096-COLOR Capable! SEURAT's Powerful Palette Editor, with
 video-like color controls which modify whole palettes with a single
 mouse stroke, now works in BOTH STe AND ST modes.  And, if you work on
 a ST, it will save your pictures with STe-compatible colors!
 * SEURAT will load lo-rez COLOR pictures directly into the MONO program
 and convert them to mono .IMG files, and loads mono .IMG and pix into
 COLOR and converts them into medium-rez Color .IMG!  Lo-rez color
 converted with editable dithers for superbly detailed printing of color
 images!  SEURAT re-scales color pix to correct for monitor aspect ratio,
 automatically reproducing the true proportion of color images.  No more
 squashed conversions!
 * PRINT FROM SEURAT! With built-in drivers for HP DeskJet (and LaserJet
 & all HP-compatibles), and Epson Nine-pin, too! DeskJet driver outputs
 at 75/150/300 dots-per-inch in BOTH Portrait and Landscape orientation,
 and it's positionable on the page to the dot!  But that's not all...
 * Complete PRINTIMG.PRG (it's included with SEURAT) for GDOS printing!
 PRINTIMG.PRG offers the same capabilities as desktop publishing programs
 like PAGESTREAM and CALAMUS.  Images can be scaled to ANY size, from
 full-page down to "thumbnail-sketch," re-proportioned, stretched or
 squished to fit, can be placed anywhere on the page you want it, and in
 either portrait or landscape orientation, all on any printer for which
 a GDOS driver exists!  (GDOS program not supplied.)
 * With BOTH BEZIER and SPLINE CURVE DRAWING Tools! Lets your ST draw for
 you, with a virtually infinite variety of natural-looking curved lines.
 Quick and easy-to-use, they really speed up your drawing!  And
 SlowMouse, variable-speed mouse makes free-hand drawing easier, too!
 * FAST Multi-Ratio Zoom (2X to 8X) and BEST ZOOM Interface!
 * SO MANY FEATURES! System, Degas and GDOS TEXT fonts to scale, style,
 color and rotate!  11 block functions to shape & twist image blocks; 92
 color & mono fill patterns; 42 brushes including user-defined and multi-
 colored brushes; 4 graphic write modes & 21 block & mask write modes;
 circle, ellipse & filled disc in free, repeat & concentric modes; round
 & square-cornered rectangles & solids; rays; airbrush; clear-circle &
 clear-box; vertical, horizon- tal & free lines; polylines & polygons in
 line-edge or spline-curve; area & seed fill; user-set clipping; color
 remap; mirror; screen shift, flip, invert & rotate; fill editor; brush
 editor; line editor; gobs of great disk functions like Format and a
 Super File Directory; and a hundred or so other features & tools that
 there's no room to mention here...  Whew!
 * INDISPENSIBLE for GEM .IMG graphics for your Desktop Publishing!  More
 graphic tools and operations for creating and editing .IMG files than
 ANY OTHER PROGRAM (no matter how much it costs)! And NOW COLOR .IMG
 FILES, TOO!  SEURAT Loads and Saves Almost EVERY Atari Picture Format!
 * DON'T BE MISLED by SEURAT's continued LOW PRICE!  VERSION 2.2 is a
 POWER TOOL that out-performs many of the "big-name" programs!
 Two-disk set, with 36,000-word User's Manual on-disk: COLOR AND MONO
 Programs!  You Get BOTH!  Plus 195 utility and application files (fonts,
 fills, pix)! (Requires 1-Meg ST with doublesided drive)  MasterCard/VISA
 accepted.  THE ONLY WAY you can get a copy of SEURAT is to send your
 Check, Money Order, or Credit Card Information to:
 SKWare One / P. O. Box 277 / Bunker Hill, Illinois 62014 USA
 DeskJet DOC Printer Disk Also Available: You can print out a self-
 collating two-sided copy of the 92-Page User's Manual on the Hewlett-
 Packard DeskJet in draft mode with this print package.  (You just print
 the LEFT.DOC, put the stack of paper back in without re-arranging it,
 then print the RIGHT.DOC, and end up with a collated copy of the User's
 Manual printed on front and back sides, with staggered margins, ready
 for binding.  If you want a copy of this print package, just ask for the
 "DeskJet DOC Printer Disk" and include an additional $3.00 ($4.00
 overseas air mail).
 UPGRADE POLICY: All Upgrades Are Free For Six Months From Date of
 Purchase!  And, yes, SEURAT owners, announcement of Version 2.2 means
 that YOUR upgrade disks will be coming in four to six weeks!

                           Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF
                            by Ron Berinstein
 It was an icy cold night...  quickly we closed the car doors and ran to
 the house...  A voice told me that I should be careful... I opened the
 house door slowly and inspected the room...  With finesse I reached for
 the dimmer switch and created the mood.  She swept passed me with the
 grace of a ballerina, and made her way to the tape collection... No
 doubt, she was seeking through the assembled collections of Vivaldi,
 Mozart, Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues.  I closed the blinds, and then
 with deft touch, lit the candles.  I imagined that she then would want
 me to whisper sweet nothings in her ear.  Looking up she asked for the
 soft wear... I knew I was on my way to home plate, she wanted to choose
 from the assortment of silks and satins reserved for "special" events.
 The show started and then like a lumber jack she stopped me, "Give me
 your back up tape,"  she yelled, ...  it appeared that she was yet
 another woman out to only get my soft"ware."

 You want to play Games you say?
 CW.ARC  (Shareware $5) Colawars v.1.0 is an unusual scrolling action,
 arcade like game.  You will get to travel through five different worlds
 with only your soda pop projectiles to help you survive.    

 CARD GAMES BY CHARLES BAILY  features the first enhanced game of Hearts,
 with both regular and expert modes of play.  Also included, a two deck,
 four handed Pinochle.
 HERO II DUNGEON  contains four levels.. The first two are modified
 versions of the original dungeon. Expect to find this file much more
 difficult than the first.
 SPLATTER.ARC  Two to four player strategy game to be run in low res.
 This game can very addictive.  It is fashioned after REACTION.  Source
 code is available for this game for $3.00.
 Well, to speak Graphically...

 WRLDBT.PRG  is World Beat, a new STE demo from France.  Noel, our STE
 Demo Spy, tells me that the graphics are "pretty nice."  They picture a
 bouncing world!  Also, a side note... This file contains some adult
 FUJISPIN.LZH  is a cyber sequence animation of a spinning FUJI logo with
 it's shadow cast on a checkerboard background.  Each frame was run
 through RezRender's Phong shading routine.  You will need ANIMATE4.PRG
 or CYBER PAINT to view this file.
 WF_ICONS.LZH  will please WordFlair owners... Within the file are custom
 made ICONS..  Those environmentally concerned computer users will like
 the RECYCLE ICON intended for use as a replacement for your ST's stock
 trash can.
 Has COMIC RELIEF come to ST Users?

 RICK KEENE COMIC BOOKS  has been posted this past week.  You will be
 able to download two computerized comic books, both by Rick Keene.
 These according to "Gordie" should be reviewed by you first and then if
 you wish, given to your kids.
 Calamus Fans can find a new font posted recently.
 BRNDTNGO.ARC contains Bernard Tangle, a clone of the Bernhard Tangle
 Font.  It has two sets of upper case letters and a set of lower case
 letters.  All of the International characters are included.  Compatible
 with Calamus v.1.09N and with Outline Art.  This font is an italicized
 font with a set of script style upper case letters.
 PageStream Fans also can rejoice.
 AMRCNHSD.LZH  is the Dictionary Fix for PageStream 1.82 and above.

 Portfolio users wanting to transfer data may wish to download the file,
 STFOLIO.LZH.  It will tell you how to build a cable to do exactly that
 between your Portfolio and your ST via the parallel interface.

 Transferring data is an important issue.  Networking has been
 particularly popular amongst groups of young professionals on the rise
 in corporate America today.  As it relates to ST's, well that is another
 story.  Wanting to make that story a believable and realistic one though
 are the folks behind UNIVERSAL NETWORK, a low cost solution.  They say
 that theirs is an easy to use network which supports Lantech and SGSnet
 hardware.  You will find more information about this in, UNVET.TXT
 CALLMAXI.ARC   This document describes how programmers can easily call
 CodeHead Software's powerful MaxiFile III utility, and use it as a
 "multiple item selector." (LGF's ARC Shell and Aladdin Extractor both
 make use of the MaxiFile "back door" to select multiple items in a
 directory.)  Extremely detailed information is given here, with example
 code in assembly language and GFA Basic that can be plugged right into
 your programs with very little work.  Possible applications: word
 processors (open several documents with one call), terminal programs
 (choose a list of files to send), graphics programs (load several
 pictures or images at once), etc.  Copyright 1991 CodeHead Software.

 UIS3_TOO.ARC  Read these ARCed files and you too can access UIS's
 directory buffer.  Use UIS 3.3 to select multiple files! Sample assembly
 code included, as well as a ready to run GFA BASIC LIST file (you'll
 learn how to read Atari's Cookie Jar as well!).  The first in their
 series of, "It's a GFA BASIC program AND a text file as well!" series of
 support files.
 DC_BOOTIT.ARC  V.1.0 lets you run boot disks from the desktop.  Choose
 drive A or B, 50 or 60 Hertz, and resolution.  A needed addition for
 accelerated computer owners.  LOW REZ ONLY!  100% Assembly.  ST, STe,
 and TT compatible.
 FUNKALRT.ARC  (shareware  $10) a BRAND NEW utility from the development
 labs of LGF Software -- Funk Alert!, a really *tiny* (but powerful!)
 program that lets you use the function keys F1, F2, and F3 to select the
 buttons in any GEM alert box!  Highly compatible with all ST/TT GEM
 programs, Funk Alert uses less than 1K of your precious memory when
 installed.  The fully operational program and complete documentation are
 included in this ARC file.  Funk Alert is Copyright 1991 Charles F.
 Johnson & Little Green Footballs Software.  Support shareware!
 2BSFKEYS.ARC  V. 0.92 allows you to assign text macros to function keys
 (20 total).  It can be run as a program from the desktop as well.  The
 previous version required you to use DC_FKEYS.  The program now works in
 low, medium, or high resolution.  

 MAXI_PAT.PRG  This small, easy to use program will patch two very minor
 bugs in CodeHead Software's recently released MaxiFile III, the file
 management SuperTool.  Simply run the program and follow the prompts; be
 sure to modify a COPY of your MaxiFile III program file, just in case
 something goes wrong.  And remember, CodeHead Software _means_
 "support!"  (NOTE: This program is NOT ARC'ed or LZH'ed.  Just download
 it and run it.)
 VIDEO.LZH  The Bells & Whistles Videotape database, version 1.2, a full-
 featured program which will help you keep track of your movies, specials
 etc. on videotape.  Makes full use of GEM, with menus, buttons, and
 dialog boxes.
 DJENV141.ARC is an HP Deskjet envelope printing utility.  Same recently
 posted by Las Benedict.
 CAL50.ARC which will allow you to display calandars, and remember dates
 is up on CompuServe.  A major update with new features.  Now, HotWire
 alarms and DC-Squish compatibility! With CAL50 you can see any calendar
 of any month/year.  Also it allows you to attach events to days by date
 or position in month.  CalShow runs as AUTO program OR as a GEM program
 or desk ACC!  Browse over or search for events, etc.  Custom Desk menu
 entry makes it easy to distinguish multiple copies (Birthdays, Holidays,
 etc).  Preloaded with over 100 events!  Runs on any ST/TT, any rez.

 And talking about CompuServe...

 QWKCIS.TOS  QuickCIS version 1.60d - Automated CompuServe QuickCIS is a
 CompuServe navigator, capable of visiting CIS Mail and up to 6 forums,
 per call.  Retrieve messages and post replies at the highest speed your
 modem will handle.  Read and write offline, at your leisure, while the
 billing clock is off.  Also supports downloading.  300-9600bps, color/
 mono.  Self-extracting archive.  "Run" this file to dearc.

 TELEBA.ARC  TELEBASE v1.4, GEM-Based Phone/Fax No. Manager Many
 enhancements and new features! 56 buttons per TBF file instead of 25!
 15-character memory tickler buttons rather than 8 character.!  Double
 the room for notes on each button!  New SEARCH and PAGE features!
 Printing function completely revamped!  Freeware.     

 BROWND2.ARC  This is a replacement for the one previously mentioned last
 week.  If you downloaded the previous program, change the file BARRET.
 PI3 to BARRETT.PI3 and it that should work, or you can download this

 Programmers will find EMACS information up this week.

 UE_311.ARC  This archive contains the Micro Emacs 3.11 text editor, the
 executable program and documentation, including a Postscript file of the
 manual and numerous command files.  Emacs is freeware.
 UE311C.LZH, UE311H.LZH, UE311MAK.LZH  will also be attractive.

 GPLDOC.ARC    GNU G++ Documentation for TeX   This is the TEX
 documentation for the GNU G++ Compiler Version 1.35.  Same is from a
 distribution package from Tim Oren.

 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.

                              Press Release
 June 29th and 30th, 1991
 Mercyhurst College Campus Center
 Erie, PA
 The Great Lakes Atari Computer Users Conference will be held Saturday,
 June 29th, and Sunday, June 30th at the Mercyhurst College Campus Center
 in Erie, Pennsylvania.  Erie is located on the southern shore of Lake
 Erie midway between Cleveland, Ohio and Buffalo, NY.  It is within an
 easy drive of many other major cities including Detroit, Chicago,
 Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Toronto, London, Syracuse,
 and Albany.  Many of these cities have strong user groups supporting the
 Atari computers who will be participating in this event.
 With fourteen flights daily, USAir provides the primary air service into
 Erie International Airport and is the host airline for the conference.
 For conference attendees traveling by air, USAir is offering 35% off
 regular round trip coach airfares and an additional 5% savings on
 published discount fares.  Call 1-800-334-8644 (800-334-8644 Ext. 7702
 from Canada) for reservations or additional information.  Refer to Gold
 File Number 13190000 and the Great Lakes Atari Computer Users
 Most national motel chains are represented at the seven exits off
 Interstate 90 which provide access to Erie.  Rates are reasonable and
 well below national averages.

 Mercyhurst College is located at 501 East 38th St. and is easily
 accessible from Exit 8 (PA Route 8 - Pine Ave./Parade St.) or Exit 7
 (PA Route 97 - Glenwood Park Ave.) off I-90.  Signs on the campus will
 direct you to the ample parking areas near the Campus Center.
 Show times are 10 AM to 6 PM om Saturday and 10 AM to 5 PM on Sunday.
 Tickets are only $3 at the door.  Advance tickets are available through
 participating user groups and by mail at the discount price of $2.  Door
 prizes drawings will be held throughout the day.  Seminars on technical
 topics and commercial products for the Atari computers will also be
 offered on a continuing basis.
 To order tickets by mail, register as a seminar speaker or reserve
 exhibit space write to GLACUC, PO Box 10562, Erie, PA 16514 or call
 Patty Marshall (Vendor Contact) at 412-225-8637 or Dennis McGuire (User
 Group/Seminar Contact) at 814-833-4724.

                           PUBLIC DOMAIN UPDATE
                             by Keith MacNutt
 J.L. Jacobi
 Take Note Software
 285 Divisadero #3
 San Francisco, CA 94117
 (415) 431-9495
 Logging on to any BBS or PAY service will convince most people that
 calculators are not one of the things the ST is short on.  They come in
 every size and description, in both acc or prg and even a few in tos
 formats, printing or non printing, memory misers or hogs and some that
 are included as features in 8 in 1 style programs.  Now since I love
 utilities, I've possibly tried half to three quarters of all the
 calculator programs out there, looking for one that I could say did
 everything I needed.
 For the moment my search has ended, and though bigger or better, smaller
 or faster ones may come along, I think this one fits the bill for what I
 think I'll need in the future.
 This calculator has some very nice features such as the ability to
 rename the extender to acc or prg, print after each entry or as a group
 of entries, and one that I really love is the ability to reposition the
 calculator window anywhere on the screen.  Even though it takes up 100k,
 most people will find that this is not a real problem if they have the
 extender named as a program instead of an accessory.
 On the right hand side of the calculator there is a small window which
 is the tape box.  Inside that window you can see 18 of the last
 operations with a limit of 999 before the window starts to over write
 itself.  Under the window you will also find buttons to:
 1) tape off - turn tape box off
 2) dec- decimal (base 10)
 3) print- print entire tape
 4) clear- clear the tape
 5) space- insert blank line between operations

 Six possible formats can be displayed.

 1) dec- decimal or base 10
 2) $  - decimal with values in dollars and cents
 3) hex -hexadecimal or base 16
 4) oct -octal or base 8
 5) bin -binary or base 2 
 6) rt  -running total 


 Programmers will find these helpful

 AND- logical AND
 LONG- controls the numbers of bits used by the shift and roll functions.
 BSET- set a bit on
 BCLR- set a bit off
 SIN- sin of a number
 COS- cosine of a number
 TAN- tangent of a number
 ATAN- the arc tangent of a number
 ASIN- the arc sine of a number   
 ACOS- the arc cosine of a number
 DEG- convert radians to degrees
 RAD- convert degrees to radians
 SQR- the square root of a number
 LOG- the logarithm of x base e
 EXP- the xth power to the base number
 TRUN- return only the whole portion of a number
 FRAC- return only the fraction of a number
 ROUN- round the number off
 MOD- returns only the remainder or modulus of an integer of division
 On the left of the calculator is a button called send.  If this is
 selected and you were to exit the program, the contents in the top
 display box would be sent to any program monitoring the keyborad (such
 as word processors).
 Normally all printing is done on the right side of the printing page,
 but if you click on left justify you will now have all calculations at
 the left, which is nice if you are using narrow calculator paper that
 comes in rolls.

 All numeric and regular keys are the same as the on-screen equivalents
 with the exception of these:
 F1 -cycle through the main display box format numbers
 F2 -cycle though the translation display formats        
 F3 -cycle through the tape box formats
 UNDO -CE clear entry
 CLR/HOME -CA clear all
  ) - on the numeric keypad is equivalent to "^"
  / - on the numeric keypad is divide (ascii 246)

 The latest version has also included the ability to save all operations
 in the calculator box to disk.  If you save one or more files to disk it
 will first look for tape####.asc and if it finds say a file called
 tape1.asc your calculations are then saved as tape2.asc.  So as you can
 see there are more than enough features to satisfy most peoples needs in
 a calculator.

                                GFA UPDATE
                              Press Release
 Hanover, Germany.  March 20, 1991.  GFA Systemtechnik GmbH,
 headquartered in Dusseldorf had very positive responses to its key
 announcements at CeBIT'91 this past week.
 First, the company announced the availability of GFA-BASIC for IBM
 compatible PC's.  For the first time, programmers will be able to use
 the language's simple constructs to create applications that use Menu
 Bars, Windows, Alert Boxes, and Pop-up Menus under both the MSDOS and
 WINDOWS 3.0 operating systems from Microsoft.  All GFA-BASIC programs
 written for Atari ST and Amiga are compatible to these new versions.
 The company also demonstrated for the first time the Atari TT version of
 GFA-BASIC.  This new version brings to the TT compatibility with all
 software that has been written for the ST.  GFA-BASIC is now compatible
 to all Atari, Amiga as well as IBM compatible programs.
 And finally, the company announced the establishment of its U.S.
 subsidiary, GFA Software Technologies Inc. to support and market its
 products in North America.  Demonstration versions of these products are
 available for evaluation.

   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:  Maurice Giguere  Tel:  508-744-0201
 Salem, Ma. March 20, 1991.  GFA Systemtechnik of Dusseldorf, Germany,
 publishers of GFA-BASIC for the ATARI ST and Commodore AMIGA announces
 the formation of GFA Software Technologies, Inc, a wholly owned
 subsidiary, to support and market GFA-BASIC in North America.
 Maurice Giguere, the President of this new subsidiary, announced that
 his goals were to "expand the use of this powerful language by providing
 call-in as well as bulleting board access to GFA technical personnel to
 assist programmers in their development efforts."
 The company currently publishes GFA-BASIC version 3.5 for the Atari ST
 and AMIGA computers.  The current list price of the Interpreter and
 Compiler are $94.95 and $54.95 respectively.
 Also, GFA has recently released GFA-BASIC for MSDOS and Windows 3.0
 which will allow ST and AMIGA programs written in GFA-BASIC to run also
 on these platforms.  The List Prices start at $249 for the MSDOS 286
 version and range to $495 for the 386 Windows 3.0 version.
 GFA is committed to helping its customers gain efficiencies and extend
 the value of their investment in ATARI ST and AMIGA programs that are
 written in GFA-BASIC.
 For more information contact:
 GFA Software Technologies Inc.
 27 Congress St.
 Salem, Ma 01970
 Tel:  508-744-0201
 Fax:  508-744-8041
 VISA/MasterCard accepted
 MCI MAIL:  MGiguere
 Salem, Ma. March 20, 1991.  GFA Software Technologies, Inc. today
 announced the availability of GFA-BASIC on the Atari TT.  The typical
 Atari user was very happy to see the number one BASIC for the Atari on
 this new generation of Atari computers.  Frank Ostrowski, chief
 technologist for GFA said "this implementation will exhibit all the
 speed and functionality we have appreciated on the other Atari
 The product is shipping with both an Interpreter and Compiler.  The
 List Prices of each are $94.95 and $54.95 respectively.
 GFA Software Technologies, Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of GFA 
 Systemtechnik of Dusseldorf, Germany.  GFA Systemtechnik has been
 supplying high technology tools and solutions to companies like Mercedes
 Benz and BMW through its affiliates around the world.  Based on his
 experience with computer language editors and compilers, Frank
 Ostrowski, the chief technologist for GFA saw an opportunity to develop
 a powerful higher level language that would provide portability across
 the most popular PC platforms.  One year ago Mr. Ostrowski began
 development of this product which would provide the basis for allowing
 programmers to easily create applications which not only could run on
 many computers, but also would conform to the "Graphic User Interface"
 which most users would be demanding on PC's as they had on the Atari
 line of computers.  The corporate goal was then apparent: give a simple,
 well-known language powerful commands to accomplish this task and bring
 to the PC the user friendliness of the applications that were possible
 on Atari.  Mr. Ostrowski as the original developer of GFA-BASIC for the
 Atari had now created a tool which not only provides the power
 programmers need for this task, but also the variety of platforms needed
 whereby these applications can run effectively.
 GFA Systemtechnik in Germany has attractive an aggressive group of
 bright young developers dedicated to bringing to the applications
 programmer tools which he can use to maximize the market size for the
 systems he develops.  GFA Software Technologies, Inc is the US
 subsidiary responsible for supporting these products.

                Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc.
Michael Current   '93|           Internet : currentm@carleton.edu         
Carleton College     | Cleveland Free-Net : aj848 
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