Z*Net: 20-Sep-91 #9140

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 09/22/91-09:57:19 AM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: Z*Net: 20-Sep-91 #9140
Date: Sun Sep 22 09:57:19 1991

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             September 20, 1991                  Issue #91-40
                Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc.

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       THE EDITORS DESK.................................Ron Kovacs
       Z*NET NEWSWIRE.............................................
       GLENDALE ATARIFEST SHOW REPORT....................John Nagy
       CODEHEAD SOFTWARE UPDATE......................Press Release
       WAACE ATARIFEST 1991...........................Announcement
       GRIBNIF SOFTWARE UPDATE.......................Press Release
       Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF.........................Ron Berinstein

                             THE EDITORS DESK
                              by Ron Kovacs

 This week's edition contains an expanded review of last weeks Glendale
 Atarifest.  John Nagy is presenting part one of the event and will
 offer MORE information next week.  Please note that there is a lot of
 information gathered at this event and some of the regular columns are
 being placed on hold until we complete this coverage.


 Issue's #196 and 197 were released this month and Issue #198 will be
 released on Monday.  Z*Magazine will publish it's last issue with #200
 sometime before the end of this year.

                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE

 [NOTE: Much of the news this week is from the Glendale Atari Show, held
 last weekend in Southern California.  Details of these news stories can
 be found in the complete show report this week, as well as in the
 supplemental reports next week in Z*Net.]

 The Southern California Atari Computer Faire version 5.0 brought 3,297
 visitors through the front doors and more through the back to make it
 the biggest Atari event in America in the last several years.  Over 50
 vendors and developers participated in one way or another, breaking all
 prior US records for variety and support.  Lots of new products were
 premiered Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, and sales were
 "phenomenal".  A comprehensive report by John Nagy follows the

 Atari is engaged in negotiations to make General Electric Service
 Centers the worldwide walk-in and depot repair centers for Atari
 computers.  Preparation included a redesign of the TT motherboard to
 meet GE's specs.  The deal should become effective in January '92, and
 Atari's warranty period will be expanded from the current 90 days to 6
 months or a year.  Details are still being finalized.

 The waiting is over for Atari's Font Scaling Manager, FSM GDOS.  The
 first commercial copies were sold last weekend at the Glendale Atari
 show, as part of WordFlair II.  A license fee of $35 was charged at the
 show for the new system, which was designed by QMS-Imagen for use with
 their Ultrascript fonts and systems.  Stand-alone commercial copies
 will be available within weeks, as only the packing box itself is not
 ready for shipping.

 The Atari TT030 computer has at last passed the FCC certification
 process as a Type B consumer device, allowing unfettered sale and
 distribution to approved dealers.  New FCC guru at Atari's Dallas
 research center is IBM and TI alumni Robert Joplin, who not only
 designed the new TT motherboard to pass the FCC, but then proceeded to
 alter the existing TT design to be able to pass as well.

 The first boatload of new equipment from the plants in Taiwan is now in
 Sunnyvale, and the papers have arrived announcing another load coming.
 There should be ample stock for the upcoming months, and the new TT
 computers arriving now include a 1.44 megabyte floppy disk rather than
 the 720K unit shipped to date.  Upgrades will be available "soon" for
 existing TT and Mega STe owners at "under $100" according to Atari's
 Bill Rehbock.

 Atari has revised TOS again, this time to facilitate upgraded systems.
 The older versions do not check to see what kind of machine they are in,
 and so older (non-"E") computers have a hard time being adapted.  The
 new code enables TOS upgrades for almost any Atari, although a new small
 circuit board is required to add the new 2.05 to older ST's.  TOS 2.05
 and a similarly updated version for the TT (3.x) should become available
 as standard replacement parts within 90 days.  No other operational
 difference is integrated in this TOS change, so there is no reason to
 upgrade a Mega STe or TT with the new TOS.

 According to Bill Rehbock in his address to Glendale show visitors, the
 Atari ST BOOK and STylus Pad computers have been tested and already pass
 FCC Type B standards, and only the paperwork remains in the registration
 process.  The ST Book will see production of about 1,000 units a month
 until after Christmas, when the hard-to-get Epson-made LCD screens will
 go off of the rationing program.  The 1-meg, 40 megabyte HD version will
 retail at about $1800, while the 4-meg 80 mbHD will be about $500 more.
 Memory will not be upgradable.

 In final production tooling now, the $1200 Atari STylus (pad-like
 keyboardless computer) should be a leader at COMDEX in October due to
 the thousands of ST applications that are immediately compatible with
 it.  The handwriting recognition system makes any normal ST program able
 to operate from the pen environment, while other brands of Pad computers
 are waiting for custom made applications before they will be useful.

 "On the water" as you read this, the CDAR 505 CD ROM player from Atari
 will be available for sale by COMDEX in mid October.  The first batch of
 production units were too late to be shown at Glendale last week, but
 will be in hand by the end of September.  Atari's Softsource CD will be
 pressed in the next 45 days, and should retail at about $29.  A number
 of other companies are ready to produce CD titles for the ST as soon as
 the players are available.  Look for details of the Z*NET CD featuring
 hundreds of MEGS of files, coming soon.

 Introduced at the Glendale show was Hybrid Arts new "Digital Master"
 direct-to-disk sound manipulation system.  This device, at under $4,000,
 should make advanced digital audio editing a reality at thousands of TV
 and Radio stations as well as at the smallest of commercial recording
 studios.  Best of all, it uses Atari - and ONLY Atari - computers as the
 control unit.  More details are in the Glendale Show Report, also in
 this issue of Z*Net.

 Atari user groups can get two copies of the desktop publisher PageStream
 2.1, plus another demo copy for their library.  The groups are urged to
 raffle one copy off, use the other for production of their newsletter,
 and offer the demo version for any member who wants to see more.  A
 related program will offer discounts for user group members when they
 buy PageStream from dealers.  The groups should send written requests to
 Soft-Logik, 11131 S. Towne Square, St. Louis, MO 63123.

 One of Atari's two Sunnyvale warehouses has been emptied and abandoned
 in a move that will save many thousands of dollars.  On Friday morning,
 September 13, an auction was held at the old warehouse site to clean out
 the last of the various stock that Atari would not be retaining in
 storage.  The variety was dazzling and in some cases, frightening to the
 buyers.  Prototype 8-bit and ST hardware was in the batch, but much of
 it was withdrawn from sale.  There were memory expansion modules for the
 800's, something that looked like an ST disk drive but designed for
 cartridges of some kind, and more.  Literally TONS of full pallets of
 8-bit and 2600 game carts were earmarked for removal or shipping to
 Mexico where the 8-bit is still sold in volume.  Buyers were shocked to
 find pallets of TT parts including power supplies, cases, and
 unpopulated motherboards in the trash and for sale, giving rise to an
 instant rumor that the TT was being discontinued.  A more likely reason
 was revealed at Glendale's show that weekend when Bill Rehbock explained
 that a completely new TT board layout is now in production.  The old
 parts are apparently not usable in the new design.

                           GLENDALE SHOW REPORT
                               by John Nagy

 [This has been the hardest show review I have ever had to write... at
 least the hardest to get started.  There's so much to report, and all of
 it is good news.  Where to start?  I have to admit that a significant
 amount of my time since the show has been consumed by... er, RESEARCH,
 yeah, that's the ticket, research work on the new Lynx machine that I
 got at the show.  I find that the fastest way to make it to 1:00 A.M. is
 to pick up the Lynx at 10:00 P.M..  Headphones cause a distinct
 enhancement of the time dilation effect.  Fortunately, I am not a "game"
 person, so I'm able to preserve my objectivity and keep the proper
 distance from the addictive nature of the Lynx.  The proper distance
 seems to be about 15 inches.  I'll share more details with you as my
 intensive research continues...]

 It was the best turnout to any user-group show in years.  More than
 3,500 people came to the Glendale Civic Center Saturday and Sunday,
 September 14 and 15, for the Southern California Atari Computer Faire,
 Version 5.0.  Official gate/ticket sales were 3,297, plus the usual
 number of people involved in the booths, helpers, vendors, Atari
 personnel, guests, and late walk-ins.

 As usual, the weather was perfect for Los Angeles - near 80 and hazy
 (that's what we call it when the air is bad enough to be visible).
 Over 1,000 people were roaming the wide isles at Glendale within the
 first hour of opening, and the line outside for tickets never dissipated
 until early afternoon.  At times it was more than a block long!  The
 most desirable complaint imaginable for show promoters was often heard
 on Saturday: "It's too crowded here."  Saturday totals were 2,100.
 Sunday yielded another 1,200.

 A total of 51 individual developers and dealers were represented, more
 than any Atari show on record to date.  Sales were almost frighteningly
 good.  Some developers were unprepared for the volume of sales and ran
 out of products by mid-day Saturday.  Fortunately, most of them were
 able to generate or locate more stock.  Others simply took orders to
 ship later.  A show promoter's second most desirable complaint: "Sales
 are too good - we didn't bring enough product."

 Over the six year history of the Los Angeles area show, attendance has
 been: 1986 - 3,000; 1987 - 5,000; 1988 - 3,500; 1989 - canceled; 1990 -
 2,500; 1991 - 3,500.  Increased attendance this year despite an
 indisputably shrinking userbase is attributed to organizer John King
 Tarpinian's success in effective publicity and advertising placement,
 plus a very open and flexible attitude.  Everyone involved in the show
 from H.A.C.K.S. and other participating clubs that provided the
 volunteer work on up through the vendors, developers, and Atari itself
 were cooperative and unselfish in their efforts to make this the best
 show it could be.  Virtually no rules, regulations, or up-charge items.
 Profit was never a motive, and the volunteers didn't have their hands
 out for goodies.  User group tables were free.  It worked just fine.

 Bob Brodie, Atari's Communications and User Group man, was a key to the
 success as well, although he was unable to participate in the show
 itself.  Bob personally arranged Atari's involvement, including the
 equipment to be used by all of the vendors and developers, and the Atari
 display itself.  Not as much show stock is available as used to be, and
 with the larger number of vendors at the Glendale show, hard decisions
 had to be made as to where the equipment would do the most good.  The
 vendor floor was favored over the Atari area on the main stage,
 resulting in a sparse display under the Atari banner.

 Sadly, more than one individual was heard to say, "Look how Atari is
 supporting this show!  It's disgraceful to see almost nothing on that
 stage.  And Bob Brodie didn't even bother to come!"  I informed them
 whenever possible that the many dozens of STe and TT machines littering
 the main floor were ALSO from Atari and were placed where they were
 really needed, and that Bob had come on Friday but had to leave Saturday
 morning to attend to urgent family health matters.  Profuse apologies
 always followed from the complainers once they understood the situation.
 It's a shame that some users have been conditioned by the more
 reactionary media to assume the worst, then to treat their assumptions
 as fact.


 Because of uncertainty of attendance, the seminar schedule was small by
 comparison to last year's Glendale show, but more time was allotted to
 each.  Atari Corp had the first seminar on Saturday, with Bill Rehbock
 (Atari's Technical Developer support man) and James Grunke (Atari's
 Music division head) standing in for Bob Brodie.  Mike Fulton, part of
 Atari's Technical department, was in the audience of nearly 200 to lend
 some additional information.  Bill carried most of the talk and did just
 fine.  He gave a well received and remarkably technical and detailed
 talk.  Many in the audience were pleased to get a real nuts and bolts
 view and discussion about the Atari hardware, both existing and to come.
 In fact, Bill told far more than any of us thought we would hear,
 revealing a reasoned and purposeful course of action ahead for Atari.
 He also showed the exciting new ST BOOK notebook size computer, which
 had the audience ooing and aahing.  I joked with Bill after the seminar
 that he had spilled enough inside secrets to get him fired several
 times.  Z*Net will carry a full story about the content of Bill's talk
 next week, but highlights of it will pepper the Z*NET NEWSWIRE this week
 and for several more to come.

 Next up was the inimitable Dave Small, packing in a standing room only
 crowd.  They were treated to Dave's remarkable wit and philosophy as
 well as details and history of his equally remarkable Macintosh
 emulation systems and new SST 68030 upgrade board.  Dave spoke to and
 with the audience for over an hour and a half, concluding with his
 classic "how I coded the Magic Sac Keyboard/mouse handler" story,
 complete with extended vocal emulation of "pain made audible", namely
 Neil Young recordings.  For those who have missed the pleasure of
 hearing the story, Dave relates how he tackled the monumental and
 frightening task of writing the code to make the Atari keyboard look
 like Mac input.  He was assisted (?!?) by the most miserable and
 depressing sound he could find, Neil Young LIVE, played over and over
 until the job was done.

 Despite having a hard act to follow, Nathan Potechin finished the day of
 seminars with a long and thorough look at CALAMUS SL, doing page
 composition live on an overhead projector.  Towards the end of the
 presentation, the audience was smaller but very involved in discussing
 the features, procedures, and power of Calamus.  Nathan was pleased to
 see the level of sophistication in the users, and discovered some new
 things about Calamus SL himself through their questions and suggestions.
 A full-color overhead screen unit was available, but it would not
 operate with the TT on hand, so the new color capacities of SL were not
 able to be demonstrated in the seminar.  Instead, Nathan used his MEGA
 ST with Jim Allen's 68030 upgrade board in it, making Calamus SL run at
 speeds faster than a TT.  Fortunately, Calamus SL was shown in color on
 the main floor of the show, and it looked particularly dazzling on the
 MATRIX COLOR VIDEO CARD equipped TT on the Atari stage.



 Atari's display was small, as mentioned earlier.  But it featured the
 full line of ST and TT products, as well as a number of Portfolio
 computers.  The ST BOOK was periodically available for the general
 public to admire and try for themselves.  I found the unit to be
 absolutely irresistible.  The display is monochrome only, and has no
 backlight.  But the view is clear and clean in any light that's enough
 to type by.  The keyboard is a bit smaller than standard, but not enough
 to let my fingers know it.  The keys are sort of like very hard rubber
 -- the no-slip effect makes typing very easy and errors less frequent.
 The key motion is small but the feel is very satisfying.  On the other
 hand, the "vector mousepad" that most users rave about was less than
 pleasing to me.  Although it can certainly be gotten used to, the
 motionless pad is disorienting.  Press gently at any edge of the mouse
 disk, and the pointer moves proportionally to your pressure and
 position.  I found that the fact that the mouse pointer disappears when
 in motion (common on any LCD screen due to the pixel response time)
 combined with no tactile feedback from physical motion at the mousepad
 makes for very unpredictable pointer placement -- at least at first.  I
 seem to be in the minority in my dissatisfaction.  But I am part of the
 unanimous majority that wants one of these computers as soon as
 possible.  They will be coming into the USA at a trickle (a few hundred
 a month of the 1,000 a month total production allotment) until the
 screens become more available from the supplier in very early '92.

 In front of the stage, the LYNX PLAYGROUND was usually fully utilized,
 with 10 Lynx units (new and old models) running the latest releases for
 the miniature color game system.  [I, of course, was only doing RESEARCH


 Two Southern California retailers dominated the center isle with massive
 displays of Atari merchandise of every description at remarkable prices.
 Both are ATARI AEGIS approved dealers.  Not a whole lot of Atari brand
 hardware was available, however, due to consignment arrangements that
 were not completed in time for the show.  But the Computer Network (of
 Glendale) and Mid Cities CompSoft (of Bellflower) each brought what
 appeared to be their entire store with them to the show.  In fact, both
 stores had arranged with other stores (that were unable to come to the
 show) to sell their stock on consignment as well, making for a more
 varied offering of hardware and software, domestic and imported.  The
 Computer Network built custom walls and hung row upon row of racked
 software in their huge walk-through sales floor.  A complete MIDI studio
 graced the end of Computer Network's area, as well as two full DTP
 workstations.  This would be the home base of Nathan Potechin of ISD,
 showing the latest in Calamus and DynaCADD, as well as a functioning
 FAST TECHNOLOGY TURBO 030 board running at 40 mHz in a Mega ST.  (More
 on that in a separate article!)  Goldleaf representatives rotated their
 showing of Wordflair II and the range of 3K products between the Mid-
 Cities and Computer Network areas.

 The next largest booth was held by Goodman's Music.  Joe Goodman owns a
 chain of music stores that specialize in synthesizers and computers, and
 his stores are in fact the USA's leading volume retail outlets of Atari
 computers.  He had a great special going on a Roland MIDI controller (we
 call them keyboards) in a hardware bundle, and it sold out on Saturday.
 Also in the Goodman's area were factory representatives of ROLAND and
 HYBRID ARTS.  Hybrid premiered "Digital Master", a mid-market entry in
 the growing direct-to-hard-disk recording and sound manipulation market.
 Hybrid's ADAP series is the high-end standard in hardware, used in major
 motion pictures and television commercials for unparalleled sound re-
 recording and special effects.  "Born on the Forth of July", "Honey I've
 Shrunk the Kids", and many more movies have been done on ADAP using
 Atari computers for controllers.  Now, Hybrid's Digital Master will make
 similar audio power available to small studios, TV and radio production
 facilities, and even to high-end home studios.  And like ADAP, it uses
 the Atari computer as its front end.  At under $4,000, it's not a
 consumer device, but it's priced right for low-end pro use.

 Roland was showing a variety of their sound modules, including the CM-
 32L in a bundle with TENTRAX.  Together, they offer a new level of ease
 of use and variety of sounds for begginer or advanced user.  Tentrax
 looks like a ten channel studio mix board on the screen, and operates
 the same way, complete with VU meters on each channel.  Roland's
 representative Jan Paulshus was enthused by the turnout of MIDI literate
 users, as well as by the substantial sales he made during the Glendale
 event.  He pledged Roland's and Steinberg's continued development on the
 Atari platform, the computer he believes is the only one that is serious
 about offering a wide and competent MIDI presence.

 Recognized musicians and studio people were present all during the show:
 members of Earth, Wind, and Fire; jazz musician and producer Ronnie
 Foster; the keyboardist for Phil Collins and Genesis; studio and session
 people from Bon Jovi, Scorpions, and others; producers of TV shows,
 commercials, and movies; more.  Keep in mind that this is "Hollywood",
 and Atari is what many of the people who shape the sounds of our times
 are using.  It's only natural that they would come out for a major Atari
 show like Glendale.  Formerly the audio technician for the Beach Boys
 supergroup, Atari's James Grunke made them feel at ease and in
 professional hands.  Familiar faces from TV and movies were seen all
 weekend, too.

 James Grunke made it plain that Atari is remaining aggressively in the
 MIDI field, and numbers of major players in the industry are convinced
 that Atari is the best way to play.  Many professionals who use Mac MIDI
 hardware and software admit to having had it given to them, but when
 they choose hardware and software for themselves, it's Atari, thank you.
 James also pointed out that calling everything MIDI software is really
 not right; it's MUSIC software.  MIDI is just a port.  We don't call
 Calamus or Word Perfect "Parallel Port Software", after all.


 For the sake of organization, I'm grouping those who are primarily
 wholesalers and distributors of products separately from distributors
 who also generate significant original software (I'll call them
 "developers".)  No qualitative inference is to be taken by my
 classification!  I just hope I don't miss any!

 Best: Brad Koda had his usual array of incredible Atari collectibles,
 parts, thingies, dowhatsis, and more parts.  Need to repair an 810 disk
 drive (remember them?)?  See Brad.  New parts for new computers too.
 Cheap and amazing.  Atari's module to expand a 600XL to 64K for $24.
 Browsing the Best table is worthwhile even if only for the smiles that
 the memories bring back.  He had the 1200 baud SX212 modem for $25.

 Michtron: A different Michtron with a different flavor.  The irascible
 Gordon Monnier is gone and Michtron is no longer in Michigan.  New owner
 James Dorsman offered great deals on Michtron titles old and new, and
 the Stereo Replay was a hot item.  Interesting and cheap was a 3-D
 spreadsheet system.  ProText, HiSoft Basic ($14.95!!), and other titles
 were cheap enough to make you buy it without a second thought.

 PDC: "Public Domain Corporation" offers commercial products like any one
 else.  Their main display was STEALTH, a full featured terminal program
 by Hagop Yanoyan that grew from HagTerm.  The also offer memory upgrade
 kits, TCB Tracker sound digitizers, and more, but did not push them by
 comparison to STealth.

 Rimik: Richard Betson left Talon and started his own import and
 development/distribution company.  The main offering was MULTIGEM, and
 the demos were intriguing.  It takes a bit of getting used to seeing
 real activity in several windows at once.  Multitasking that really
 works.  Other Rimik products are DTPaint and Menu Plus.

 Rio Computers: These folks had a crowd most of the time.  Distributors
 of the Lexicor graphics products, Rio had Lee Seiler at their booth most
 of the time showing off his Lexicor creations done with Phase 4
 products.  Some of his art looks more like photographs than actual
 photographs do.  Other Rio interests included GENLOCK, the remarkable
 $850 wringer-washer looking full page scanner, Superchargers and
 expansion boxes for them, and a $499 super VGA card for use with the
 Supercharger MS-DOS emulator.

 Talon: Superchargers, PC Speed and AT Speed, and lots and lots and lots
 of those colorful Beetle Mice.  The Mice look like fingers with
 Hollywood Secretary Nails on them to me... but for $29 each, they were
 irresistible to many buyers.  A display of a well known IBM race car
 program running in emulation at full speed attracted a lot of attention.

 Zubair: Abu brought Z-Keys (PC keyboard adaptor), lots of easy memory
 upgrades, ST/ime clocks (now for STe machines too) at show special
 savings.  He also advertised yet another new scanner, interface, and
 powerful editing software.  Unlike most other companies, Zubair will
 sell the interface and software without a scanner, allowing you to use
 any brand of your choice that uses the now standard mini-round plug.


 ADG: Andrew Gordon is a musician who has brought his art together with
 the computer to make a training and learning system.  His book, disk,
 and tape packs of "Outstanding Blues and Jazz Compositions" allow a
 unique practice and appreciation experience.

 AtariUser Magazine: Although they had no booth, AtariUser was everywhere
 at Glendale.  The October issue was rushed directly from the printer to
 the hall on Saturday morning, and everyone was handed an issue at the
 door with their ticket package.  Attendees loved it, although the floor
 was a bit unsafe while users walked and read at the same time.  The
 editors staff circulated all day on both days of the show, and sales
 manager Kevin Horn offered his colorful AtariUser T-shirts and polo
 shirts for sale.  They looked even better in person than in the magazine

 Branch Always Software: Darek Mihocka sold out of his QUICK ST 3 several
 times... He was able to make new product on site, but something went
 wrong on the master disk for his upgrades for QST 2 on Saturday.  Most
 buyers of the upgrade will have to get another disk, as the one that was
 duplicated shows a virus and irretrievable files.  The "virus" is not
 really a virus although it will register as one.  It's just a badly
 botched boot sector.  Darek says he sold three or four times as much
 product as he was prepared for.  Another intriguing item at the BRASOFT
 booth: Darek's 8-bit emulator made a comeback in a TT version, running
 at full 8-bit speed in all graphics modes.  Why?  Why not?  He also has
 had a full-speed 8-bit emulator that runs on IBM computers for over a
 year, but Atari won't let him release the Atari operating system
 (required) for use on non-Atari computers.

 D.A. Brumleve: Dorothy Brumleve brought her smiling face and cigarettes
 to Glendale to show her unparalled line of programs for children.  At
 her low-key booth, Dot managed to sell a lot of product to parents who
 realize the value of having computer-ready children.  Her KIDPRGs
 programs are usable by kids a young as 2 or 3 years old!  Titles
 included Telegram, Kidpublisher Professional, Super Kidgrid, and

 Clear Thinking: Ed Hack is not the author... it's the product.  Craig
 Harvey of Michigan came to show and sell his Edhack text/program/sector
 desk accessory editor, now in version 2.2.  It will work on any size
 file, even larger than RAM.  A lot for $18.95.

 CodeHead Software:  John Eidsvoog and Charles F. Johnson had a busy
 weekend, again doing the fastest demos known to man.  They premiered
 Multi Desk Deluxe and sold out in the first three hours.  The new
 version of the desk-accessory expander allows virtually an unlimited
 list of available DA's, and doesn't take up RAM until you call the one
 you want to use.  Maxi File III also did a disappearing act at special
 show prices.  But the excitement at CodeHead was mostly over a pair of
 new imported drawing products, Avant Vector and Repro Studio.  These
 titles sell for lots more overseas than the CodeHeads will charge here,
 but they are still pricey by US standards.  At $495 ($449 introductory
 price), Avant Vector does automatic vector conversion of even the most
 complex scanned (bit) images and even supports popular scanners.  The
 result is full scalable and manipulable vector graphics.  The system
 goes further to provide absolutely unmatched vector drawing tools.  An
 even more expensive version supports plotter and PostScript output.
 Repro Studio is a matching bit-image application.  CodeHead will ship
 the product in the coming week or so.

 Phil Comeau Software: From Ontario, Canada, Phil brought his GramSlam
 grammar and style checker as well as a new product, Grammar Expert.
 Expert offers online help for improving the use of written English.

 Compo: All the way from Europe for the Glendale show, Neil O'Nions
 patiently and quietly demonstrated what may be the most powerful word
 processor yet.  The $179 That's Write (and the $89 cut down version
 called Write On) leads the market in Germany, and Compo is tackling the
 UK, French, and US markets now.  Almost like a DTP system, That's Write
 has paragraph style tagging that changes all your preconceived notions
 about page formatting.  And more: it allows mixing of resident printer
 fonts and GDOS bit fonts even in the same word!  Although it doesn't use
 GDOS itself, GDOS fonts can be loaded and unloaded on the fly.  Best of
 all, That's Write is a growing product, with significant upgrades
 planned for the coming year.  It's nice to see a major application that
 will have continuing development.  Compo is also worldwide distributors
 of PC-Speed and AT-Speed IBM emulators.

 Double Click: Mike Vederman drew a crowd with demos and pre-sales of DC
 DATA DIET, a real-time and transparent system that can nearly double the
 storage capacity of your hard drive without slowing things down
 perceptibly.  It boasts a 100K/sec throughput.  Essentially, files are
 compressed and expanded upon saving and retrieving, without user
 intervention.  It looks bulletproof and may sell "jillions" of copies.
 Their other products, DC DESKTOP, DC Utilities, DC Shower, etc, all
 were available at show prices.  Mike also showed a product to be ready
 later in the year, the Game Workbench.  Similar in concept to STOS but
 more involved, the Game Workbench will be both a tool to make high
 quality games and a multi-media editor and presentation application.
 And very easy to use.  Cheap too, probably well under $100.  With this,
 anyone will be able to make animated interactive presentations or custom
 games.  I didn't see DC NoveTalk, their new Novell Network software
 designed for use on ST's while in PC emulation mode.

 Gadgets by Small: Who would have believed that the focus of attention at
 Dave Small's would not be on a Mac emulator?  The GCR's on display were
 almost a paperweight by comparison to the interest in the SST 68030
 speedup board for the ST computers.  Yep, what you've heard is true, the
 SST makes your ST FASTER than a TT.  By quite a bit.  You pay for what
 you get, though-$800 up to near $1,500.  But cheaper than a TT,
 certainly.  And the speed wars are on between the Gadgets gadget and
 FAST's technology.  More on this in a separate article.  Short version:
 Yikes!  They are both mighty fast!

 Gribnif:  The NeoDesk folks are now lots more.  Rick Flashman and Trish
 Metcalf have expanded the Gribnif umbrella over Strata Software's
 STalker and STeno (both in new and more powerful versions) as well as
 GTSoft's Cardfile (also upgraded in the process).  Glendale was the
 premier of the new STalker 3 terminal-in-a-desk-accessory.  It's now
 simply "awesome".  Can you believe it will do all its things in
 background mode?  Yup.  Run scripts?  Yup.  Even emulate ALADDIN?  Yup.
 Run a mini BBS?  Yup.  Multiple simultaneous sessions online?  Yup.  A
 special show price?  Yup.  A sellout?  Yup.  Also drawing attention was
 Arabesque, an integrated vector and bitmap drawing and painting
 application.  Although not ready for sale (documentation still to go),
 Arabesque will be under $200 by the end of November.  A companion
 program, Convector, will follow later, adding outline-tracing of bitmap
 images or scans.

 ICD: The Chicago based ICD was represented by Jeff Williams and Doug
 Wheeler, and showed their line of hard drives, tape backups, and even
 8-bit products.  Their AdSpeed 16 mHz 68000 accelerator board was there,
 plus something new:  AdSpeed STe.  About $50 more expensive than the
 $299 AdSpeed, the STe unit is a no-solder jewel that also features a
 math co-processor socket for DynaCADD and other software that can
 benefit by it.  They were taking 8-bit orders for products as well, and
 will consider new production runs if demand is there.  Negotiations with
 other companies are engaged that may result in someone else taking over
 the entire ICD 8-bit line.

 JMG: The Hyperlink folks from Canada had ever-improving demonstrations
 of their layered-look windowed interactive display/database/application
 generator.  As more users create their own applications, they have
 shared them with JMG.  So there's a growing library of uses and idea
 starters.  Regularly $149, it was $125 at the show.

 McDonald and Associates: Rod McDonald puts out the widely read ST
 INFORMER monthly.  He also manages Application and Design Software,
 makers of the Universal Item Selector (an absolute must-have utility).
 UIS 3 his improved again, and Rod and company were doing upgrades at the
 show.  Of course, I forgot to bring my registered copy both days.  A&D
 also now has the Universal Network, a software network manager that will
 interface any and all of the existing networking hardware.  Rod says he
 has sold his network to school systems and newspapers around the world,
 with the largest setup connecting over 100 ST computers.  He also showed
 Tax Wizard and G-Print.

 Micro Creations: The G.I.M.E. Terminal is more than just the pictures-by
 -modem system we have seen at shows for over two years now.  It uses a
 full GEM iconed screen for full featured terminal functions, and has a
 C-like script language that makes it programmable into a BBS or
 whatever.  It still sends nifty pictures.  Micro Creations also showed a
 video poker card game that looked well polished.

 Musicode:  Polished cards hit their peak at the Musicode exhibit, where
 Blackjack Plus 3 drew the gambling crowd.  Very, very complete and
 realistic, BJP3 will let you program in your play strategy in order to
 test it before you unleash yourself on Vegas.  Their MIDI software
 almost was an afterthought by comparison.

 Omnimon Peripherals Inc. (OPI): We used to call Paul Wu's company
 Wuztek, but they have grown.  Their large booth featured the all-knowing
 Norm Weinress, designer of OPI's DEKA keyboard interface for PC
 keyboards, and Norm previewed his Omnichrome board.  This one looks like
 a hit: it is for regular ST computers, plugs in, and gives a 16 million
 color palette and 256 colors in 640 x 200 resolution on existing ST
 monitors, and up to 800 x 600 resolution in 256 colors on multisynch
 monitors!  It will start at $399 and go up for more features.  OPI still
 offers the Rainbow series of ST-ready multisynch monitors, and they were
 $100 off for the show.

 Oregon Research Associates: Bob Luneski's Diamond Back II vesion 2.03
 was another early sellout.  The premier hard drive backup system, DBII
 offered a new version starting at the Glendale show.  Bob says he has
 radically improved the "backup with compression" option, so much so that
 it takes HALF the time a regular backup takes.  He has formulated a
 compression scheme that mashes files down to 50% of their original size
 and does it faster than the ST can write to disk.  The result is backups
 in half the time on half the disks.  Seeing as how DBII was the fastest
 backup on the market already, that's really saying something.

 Safari Fonts: Jay Pierstorff has made hundreds of fonts for PageStream
 and now for Calamus.  He was there from the San Francisco area with
 about a zillion fonts from his own company as well as from Cherry Fonts
 and others.  A good selection of imported ST magazines was also a
 welcome addition.

 SDS: I'm old enough to remember the mildly subversive college group
 "Students for a Democratic Society".  Wrong SDS.  Software Development
 Systems is a newcomer developer with a printer utility pack for HP
 Deskjets, Laserjets, and the Atari lasers.  It really does a lot, and
 should be available October 15.  Ready now is the Newdesk Icon Editor.
 This one is a CPX module that enables you to create or modify the icons
 on the TT and Mega/STe newdesk desktop.  It's only $19.95.

 Sliccware: Randy Foster continues to improve his multitasking
 environment and desktop system, Slicctop.  It is impressive to watch him
 set a long series of file copy and move operations, and then shut off
 the machine... turn it back on, and after the boot, it picks up where it
 left off.  Yikes.  An impressive list of features and power have failed
 as yet to cause other third party developers to write custom Slicctop-
 enabled applications, but most existing software can benefit from the

 SoftAware: Informer II has steadily grown more complete and professional
 in features and presentation.  The graphic-enabled database was selling

 Softlogik: Yep, Pagestream 2.1.  A low key exhibit, but the power of the
 improved Pagestream is well known and well received.

 Sudden Inc.: Ditch everything you know about word processing and text
 editors before you sit down with Sudden View.  A desk accessory text
 editor, it's, well, shocking.  Think of it more like a paint program
 that uses letters.  Scrolling, cut and paste, formatting, all the normal
 functions of an editor, but handled with the speed and abandon of a
 graphics editor.  Words fail to accurately describe it.  Too many people
 walked right by the unassuming booth and missed the experience.  I'd
 like to see Sudden View expand into a full fledged word processor with
 spell checking, etc.

 Wizworks: Dr. Bob couldn't make it this far from his East Coast home,
 but representatives offered the Wizworks catalog of graphics tools and
 fun.  Multiviewergraphica, an image editor par excellence; Mug Shot!,
 the face maker; Image Cat, to catalog your many image files, and more.

 Z*Net: Yes, I was there too.  It was great to meet old and new friends
 and to get first hand feedback about our weekly news service.  It was
 fairly unanimous: keep up the news reporting and leave the bashing to
 others.  They appreciated a focus on things that can help them use their
 machine rather than on the political hoopla and pressure games.  Those
 flaming editorials haven't done anything to change the company anyway,
 but they have unduly discouraged users who were happy until they were
 told that they were fools.  Thanks for sharing that with me, and you can
 expect more of what you have come to expect from us at Z*Net: News, not

 [Is that all?  No.  Other developers were scattered in and among the
 retailers and distributors... there were just too many of them.  That's
 the show promoter's THIRD most favorite complaint.]


 H.A.C.K.S. was the sponsoring group of the Glendale show, once again.
 It stands for "Hooked on Atari Computer Keyboards Society"... what some
 folks won't do to make an acronym work out!  The show was masterminded
 by John King Tarpinian as usual, and his casual and giving attitude was
 reflected in every facet of the show.  His own group declined to have a
 table at the show so that the members could concentrate on giving the
 vendors and hall personnel the support they needed.  These folks deserve
 an international round of applause for a job not just well done, but for
 conduct beyond the call of duty.

 Other clubs with tables and displays at the Glendale show:

 San Diego ACE: A SoundTools demo of voice digitization plus lots of
 hardware on display.  They also offered their newsletter, the I/O

 NOCCC: North Orange County Computer Club offered used software and
 magazines in a swap-meet fashion for their members.

 ACES: From the San Gabriel Valley, selling blue Atari hats.

 ACAOC: Atri Computer Association of Orange County sold PD disks
 including MAC disks for GCR users.  This group used to have presidents
 named Bob Brodie and Mike Fulton.  Hmmm.

 South Bay Ace: Demos and disks for sale from the South Bay of Los

 RAM: "Real Atari Maniacs" from Ventura County, California, offered "free
 advice" and solicted memberships.

 WRAP-UP: What does this all mean?

 The aftermath of a show of this size is usually a slow period for
 retailers, mostly getting returns for bad disks or software that didn't
 pan out as the buyer hoped.  This year, the Computer Network and other
 stores in Los Angeles report the opposite.  New users, new buyers are
 coming into the stores and buying at a clip notably above that of the
 normal season.  People came to the show and were invigorated by the
 crowd, by the new software, by the enthusiasm of the show.  MIDI users
 are finally exploring other uses of their "music computer".  Even the
 developers are encouraged beyond anything imagined only a week earlier.
 Crowds thronged around booths that might have been lonely.  Sales,
 sales, sales of software and hardware marked what might have been
 another disappointment in a series, part of the winding-down of Atari.
 Instead, the Glendale Show Success may be the first glimmer of a new day
 for our favorite computer.

 You may be saying, yeah yeah, right, John.  Get some coffee and call me
 back.  OK, I will.  Next week, I'll tell you the blow-by-blow inside
 details of Bill Rehbock's spill-the-whole-story talk at Glendale.  [I
 have it all on videotape, he can't squirm out of any of it!]  Taken
 together with the show itself, it all might change your mind too.

 Next week: Rehbock Speaks, '030 Wars

 - John Nagy, exclusive for Z*Net News Service, Copyright 1991 by Rovac

                         CODEHEAD SOFTWARE UPDATE
                              Press Release

 For immediate release

 Thursday, September 19, 1991

 CodeHead Software Announces MultiDesk Deluxe
 Thanks For The Memory!

 CodeHead Software is now shipping MultiDesk Deluxe, a major upgrade for
 their very popular desk accessory loader/unloader.

 In the past, the main drawbacks to MultiDesk were that it could eat up a
 lot of memory because all your DAs had to be loaded at once, and that
 you couldn't load or unload DAs while running a program.  This new
 version of MultiDesk transcends both those limitations in one leap!

 MultiDesk was the first program to break through the GEM barrier of six
 desk accessories.  The new version now lets you load and unload DAs "on
 the fly," at any time, even while running a program.  While MultiDesk
 Deluxe still supports the old-style "resident" DAs, it now also allows
 "nonresident" DAs (known as MDXs) which are loaded only when you select
 them and wiped from memory when you close them.  All nonresident DAs
 share the same memory space, giving you access to many more DAs and
 freeing up more memory for use by applications.  This approach (inspired
 by Atari's new Extensible Control Panel) also lets you boot up faster,
 since only the names of the DAs need to be read from disk.

 A breakthrough technique called "delta vector snapshotting" allows
 MultiDesk Deluxe to load and unload nonresident DAs even in programs
 that take over the ST's interrupt vectors, without fear of crashing the
 system.  And MultiDesk Deluxe's new "reserve buffer" lets you open DAs
 that need to allocate memory even in programs that try to grab all
 available memory for themselves.

 In contrast to Atari's Extensible Control Panel (which requires its "CPX
 modules" to be specially written and puts severe limits on their
 functionality), MultiDesk Deluxe works with almost all existing ST desk
 accessories; no modifications to the DAs or special coding techniques
 are required.  It is compatible with all models of ST, STe, and TT

 MultiDesk Deluxe is available now, and retails for $49.95.  Current
 owners of MultiDesk can upgrade to the latest version for $20.00, which
 includes a brand new rewritten manual, now packaged in a 3-ring binder.
 For more information, contact:

 CodeHead Software
 PO Box 74090
 Los Angeles, CA 90004
 Tel (213) 386-5735
 Fax (213) 386-5789

 After you get MultiDesk Deluxe, you too will be singing "Thanks For The


 Your comments about the price of the EPS version of Avant Vector (known
 as Avant Plot) have been heard!  Avant Vector is the Rolls Royce of
 vector tracing/editing programs -- and now we're able to bring it you
 for Toyota prices!

 Through extensive discussions with our European contacts, and with new
 information about taxes and import duties, we've been able to manage a
 price reduction of $300 for Avant Plot.  This version includes EPS
 importing/exporting, and professional plotting/cutting features.  The
 new pricing is:

 Avant Vector ...... $495
 Avant Plot ........ $895

 And until December 31, 1991, we have special introductory prices:

 Avant Vector ...... $445
 Avant Plot ........ $845

 To order your copy of the premiere vector graphics package for Atari
 computers, contact:

 CodeHead Software
 PO Box 74090
 Los Angeles, CA 90004
 Tel (213) 386-5735
 Fax (213) 386-5789

                           WAACE AtariFest '91:

 The WAACE AtariFest is Saturday and Sunday October 12 and 13 in Reston,
 Virginia, about seven miles East of Washington D.C.'s Dulles Airport.
 The show is again at the deluxe Sheraton Reston International Conference
 Center, with outstanding facilities for the show, demonstrations, and
 seminars.  Show hours are from 10AM to 5PM both days, with special
 events including a swap meet, a cocktail party, and a banquet on
 Saturday evening.

 Vendors committed to appear at press time included:

 Accusoft * D. A. Brumleve * Codehead Software * Phil Comeau Software *
 Current Notes Magazine * Debonair Software * eSTeem Inc * FAST
 Technology * ICD Inc * ISD Marketing Inc * JMG Software * Joppa Computer
 Products * L & Y Electronics * Michtron * Micro Creations * Musicode
 Software * Rio Computers * SLICCWARE * Step Ahead Software * ST Informer
 /A & D Software * Toad Services * Unicorn Publications/Atari Interface
 Magazine * Wizworks

 Call the Sheraton Reston Hotel at 703-620-9000 and mention the WAACE
 AtariFest for hotel rates of $59 per night for single or double
 occupancy, $66 for triple and quad.  The Sheraton address is 11810
 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 22091.

 For additional WAACE information: John D. Barnes, 7710 Chatham Rd, Chevy
 Chase, MD 20815, GEMail: J.D.Barnes,  CIS: 73047,2565

                         GRIBNIF SOFTWARE UPDATE
                              Press Release

 Gribnif Software is proud to announce its latest release into the North
 American Atari software market:

 Arabesque Professional

 A complete BITMAP and VECTOR illustration software.

 Developed in conjunction with Shift Computer Software, this program
 offers a new standard in image editing for desktop publishing.  It
 allows you to create, import, and save graphics in the two standard
 formats: BITMAP and VECTOR.

 A BITMAP graphic contains the exact information you see, composed of its
 individual dots (also known as pixels).  Programs like Touch-Up usually
 handle this type of graphic.

 A VECTOR graphic contains a description of all the shapes in the image.
 Because all the objects in a vector image are calculated, you can get a
 much higher degree of detail using this method.  Programs like Easy Draw
 usually handle this type of graphic.

 General Features
 o Easy to use, icon-driven, pop-up menus
 o Edit up to 20 pages in memory
 o Draw points, lines, Bezier polygons (2D or 3D), B-Splines, circles,
   ellipses, arcs, and rectangles (with or without rounded corners) in
   Bitmap or Vector mode.
 o Choose from various line end-styles, thicknesses, patterns, etc.
 o Use any of 108 different patters, or edit your own, or use any block
 o Special block operations (rectangle or arbitrary shape) include: cut &
   paste, mirror, rotate, bend, increase contrast, invert, contour,
   smooth, pattern, enlarge, save/load.
 o Output to 9- and 24-pin dot matrix, and Atari and HP laser printers
   (includes its own fast printer drivers).
 o All functions operate very rapidly in magnification mode.
 o Support for Calamus Outline CVG files
 o A full UNDO feature
 o Complete illustrated manual
 o Load various image types including IFF, IMG, NeoChrome, Doodle, Degas,
   and Arabesque's own compressed formats.
 o Configurable "spray can" feature
 o Converts vector graphics to bit images (with gray scaling options)

 File Formats
 In BITMAP mode: Arabesque supports Degas, Stad, GEM IMG, IFF and
 Arabesque's own advanced ABM file format.

 In VECTOR mode: Arabesque supports GEM/3, Calamus CVG, and Arabesque's
 own advanced AOB file format.

 System Requirements
 Arabesque Professional works on all Atari ST & TT systems and supports
 large screen displays.  It requires at least 1 megabyte of memory and a
 monochrome monitor.

 Pricing & Release Information
 Arabesque Professional carries a suggested retail of $199.95.  It is
 scheduled for release in early November, 1991.  Call us for additional

 Gribnif Software
 P.O. Box 350
 Hadley, MA 01035
 Tel: (413) 584-7887
 Fax: (413) 584-2565

                           Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF
                        Special Condensed Version
                            by Ron Berinstein

 NBM11.LZH  Beta version of NBM v1.1 -  Use NBM to test the speed of your
 ST/STe/TT and its accessories.  This version adds percent increase to
 the display, and adds the ability to choose which test(s) you wish to

 FOOTBAL.ARC   Football is a medium resolution game written in Alcyon C
 using the DRI developer's kit.  Jeff Parkhurst is the developer.  Quite
 a bit of fun for football fans.  Enjoy!

 CATCHME.ARC  Catchme works in high res ONLY. It is a game that you use
 the mouse to catch cards that say catchme before another appears.  Speed
 increases as you succeed with each board.  Germam but easily
 understandable.  MONO ONLY TT/ST mode - Mega - Not tested on the STE

 DAME.ARC   Renaissance (DAME) is a German game of checkers.  The game is
 in German but if you know how to play checkers, playing the game is as
 simple as pointing and dragging your piece to the square you want to
 move to.  You can play against another person, or the computer.  You can
 even autoplay to see strategic moves.  This file contains an editor as

 BLOECKE.ARC   This is a 3D Tetris game in German.  Don't worry, you can
 figure out the comands easy enough.  You need to use the arrow keys to
 direct the 3d blocks.  Also you can select what rate of speed you want
 them to go at.  It also comes with some line art demo that seems to be
 a part of the program.  COLOR/MONO

 LOKOMOTI.ARC   This is a train game from Germany.  It is for MONO
 systems only.  Use the left mouse button for the switches and the right
 to stop the train for picking up passengers.

 UNCLE3_7.ARC   Shows \ Prints \ Saves COMPLETE directories.  Searches
 disks \ library for Normal \ Hidden \ DUPLICATE files, wildcards
 supported!  Other features include Hiding, Stamping, Renaming (w\custom
 characters) files, Create, Delete, Rename Folders, Text Editor, 2 floppy
 labelers (send directory to floppy label), Format, Appending, Merging,
 Copying files, and more!  Fonts for ALL options.

 DRCTPR.LZH   Allows you to print a file simply by saving it to disk
 useful in text programs that do not have a PRINT feature.

 FINDER.ARC  Finder will locate a file containing up to three chosen
 phrases.  Type in the phrases, select a folder to search, and Finder
 will look for a file containing any, or all of the phrases.  Search can
 be case sensitive, or not, and phrases can contain non-ASCII characters.
 Runs as a PRG or ACC on any ST or TT in any resolution.  Short docs
 included in the ARC.

 DJ_1STWD.ARC   1st Word printer driver for H-P DeskJet.  Use the 1st
 Word Install program to convert this .HEX file to a .CFG file.  Known to
 work on DeskJet Plus, it should be OK on other models.  Use with PC-8
 internal font.  Almost all foreign characters are available.

 MMM20.LZH   is the updated version of Midi Music Maker.  This version
 adds the capability to create SMF format 1 files and has a save and load
 configuration.  It also displays time signature for some of the music
 that it plays and adds a few other features and corrects some defects.
 A synthesizer is required and 1 meg of memory is recommended.  It works
 in color or mono.

 1ST_NOTE.ARC   1st_note is a german midi program that you can use with
 your synthesizer or just with your computer speakers.  It allows you to
 place notes on a sheet and play it back.  It has text capabilities,
 drawing capabilities and MUCH MUCH more.  It is in German and you CAN
 use the program without understanding GERMAN Mono only TT/ST mode - STs
 - Not tested on an STE.

 CALLTI.ARC   Calltime is shareware by Bob Areddy.  This program will
 call the Naval Observatory in Wash, DC and set your computer's internal

 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.

 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.
 To sign up for CompuServe service, call 800-848-8199.  Ask for operator
 198.  You will be sent a $15.00 free membership kit.
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