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Nelson) Subject: Z*Net: 28-Mar-93 #9311 Date: Sat Apr 3 00:05:47 1993 ####################################################################### ####################################################################### ##########(((((((((( ##########((( ##(( ##((((((( ##(((((((( ########## #################(( ####(( ####(((( #(( ##(( ##########(( ############# ##############(( #####(((((( ##(( (( (( ##((((( #######(( ############# ###########(( ##########(( ####(( #(((( ##(( ##########(( ############# ##########(((((((((( ##########(( ##((( ##((((((( #####(( ############# ####################################################################### ####################################################################### Z*NET: ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE Copyright (c)1993, Syndicate Publishing Volume 8, Number 11 Issue #495 March 28, 1993 File:93-11 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Publisher/Editor..........................................Ron Kovacs Writer............................................Michael R. Burkley GEnie Online Editor........................................Ed Krimen CompuServe Online Editor............................Michael Mortilla Contributing Writer.........................................Len Stys Contributing Writer........................................Bob Smith AtariNet Coordinator\Telecommunications...................Bill Scull Contributing Editor...................................Dr. Paul Keith Z*Net News International Gateway - New Zealand............Jon Clarke Z*Net News Service\AtariUser Magazine-Publisher\Editor.....John Nagy ----------------------------------------------------------------------- GEnie..............Z-NET CompuServe....75300,1642 Delphi.........ZNET Internet...status.gen.nz America Online..ZNET1991 AtariNet..51:1/13.0 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- CONTENTS |#| The Editors Desk..............................Ron Kovacs |#| Z*Net Newswire.......................................... |#| BlueRidge Atarifest '93....................Press Release |#| Cybercube Research Conference Transcript................ |#| CompuServe Update....................................... |#| Modem Modification...........................Jeff Poling |#| Music Developers Listing................................ |#| Z*Net Calender Update.........................Ron Kovacs |#| The Unabashed Atariophile................Michael Burkley ###### THE EDITORS DESK ###### By Ron Kovacs ###### --------------------------------------------------------------- Last week I compacted our edition with ZIP as a test and received LOTS of mail about it. However, later in the week LZH was getting close to a LOSS with ZIP becomming our standard, but it is NOT the case and all future editions with be LZH. BUT, that can change in the future if ZIP gains more popularity. Also, a Happy Belated Birthday to John Nagy who will stay at 39! ###### Z*NET NEWSWIRE ###### Atari and Industry News Update ###### --------------------------------------------------------------- PIRATE BUSTERS The Independent Association of Atari Developers is actively pursuing "pirate" bulletin board systems, that is, BBSs with commercial files available for download. The IAAD would very much appreciate the assistance of Atari enthusiasts in this endeavor. If you know of such a BBS, please contact PERMIT$ in GEMail. All correspondence will be held in the strictest of confidence. PLI SHIPS 105MB REMOVABLE PLI has introduced the Infinity 105, based on the SyQuest 3105S, a removable drive that stores 105MB of data on convenient 3.5" cartridges. The new removeable drive, capable of playing back JPEG compressed movies high frame rates, provides sustained data transfer rates up to 1.7 Mbytes per second and an average seek time of 14.5 milliseconds. The Infinity 105 is available as an external or an internal model for the Macintosh Quadra 800, 900, 950; Centris 610 and 650; Mac IIvx, IIvi; and Performa 600. All drives ship with a formatted cartridge. IBM NAMES NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE IBM named Louis V. Gerstner Jr. its new chief executive to succeed John Akers. Gerstner is the sixth CEO in IBM's history and the first from outside the company. Gerstner, 51, was the chairman of RJR Nabisco Holdings, and will take over the helm at IBM on April 1. He previously was president of American Express Co. and a management consultant for McKinsey & Co. IBM had the worst year in its 79-year history in 1992, reporting a record $5.46 billion loss for the fourth quarter and $4.97 billion in red ink for all of 1992. NEW WORDPERFECT 6.0 FOR DOS WordPerfect officially introduced WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS last week. The new version, scheduled to be released later this spring, was unveiled during press conferences in Germany, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Version 6.0 is the successor to WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS. WordPerfect 6.0 users will also be able to fax directly from within WordPerfect. Version 6.0 supports FaxBIOS technology and will ship with the necessary drivers for Class 1, Class 2, or CAS-compliant fax devices. INTEROP '93 SHOW REPORT More than 33,000 networking professionals gathered at INTEROP 93 Spring to learn about the latest business and technical issues of integrating disparate computing platforms. Three hundred seventeen vendors exhibited an array of the latest technologies that enable companies to deploy worldwide enterprise networks. Key technologies represented at the show included Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), Simple Network Management Protocol Version 2 (SNMPv2), Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking (APPN) and Advanced Program-to-Program Communications (APPC) and Fast Ethernet. Unique to INTEROP are its comprehensive educational programs and interoperability demonstrations, which allow attendees to learn about and experience the latest technologies and applications. Taught by leading experts in industry and academia, these programs range from the desktop to the data center, from theory to practical application. Highlights of the show included the official unveiling of NetWare 4.0, Novell's newest version of its network operating system, the first live preview of Microsoft Corp.'s NT-based system management software code named Hermes, and the industry's first live demonstration of APPI. In addition, internetworking with SNA received a flurry of attention with a spate of product announcements and demonstrations, more than a dozen conference sessions in SNA INTEROP, and the recommendation by the APPI forum that key SNA capabilities be added to APPI. INTEROP 93 Spring combined four concurrent conferences, two-day technical tutorials, cooperative interoperability demonstrations, the INTEROPnet live network and special sessions. The next INTEROP conference and exhibition will be held in San Francisco, Aug. 23-27, 1993 at Moscone Center. INTEROP is a registered trademark and INTEROPnet is a trademark of Interop Co. ###### BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST '93 ###### Press Release - March 25, 1993 ###### --------------------------------------------------------------- The Blue Ridge Atari Computer Enthusiasts (BRACE) and Computer STudio invite you to participate in the Fourth Annual Blue Ridge AtariFest in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina. Show dates and times are: Saturday July 24, 1993 10am - 6pm Sunday July 25, 1993 Noon - 5pm Just as in previous years, we have arranged for FREE Booth space for Atari developers!! (We're only requesting the donation of a door prize). We can promise both developers and show-goers an energetic and exciting show with as enthusiastic a crowd of Atarians as you'll find anywhere, plus the support of Computer STudio in the mall. We're once again taking over the Courtyard Shop (mall) area at Westgate Shopping Center for the show (location of Computer STudio), plus the use of vacant store spaces for seminar sessions. Seminar sessions will be 45 minutes in length, and developers are welcome to conduct a seminar on their product line or approved topic of their choice (seminar sessions are limited, so first come, first served). This year's show dates also coincide with Asheville's annual Bele Chere street festival, when downtown Asheville is closed to vehicular traffic and becomes what must be one of the largest street fairs in the country. Westgate Shopping Center is one of the primary Park-and-Ride shuttle centers for transporting people to and from downtown, and we've arranged to have the shuttle service pick up at the front entrance of the mall and drop off at the rear entrance, so everyone taking the service from Westgate WILL walk through the AtariFest exhibition area sometime during the day. This will be a great opportunity to showcase Atari and Atari related software and peripherals, and introduce them to people who aren't already Atari owners. Bringing in NEW blood is the key to the growth of this platform, and this will be our opportunity to begin that process with a captive audience. Additional discussions of the show, as well as confirmations of your participation, are welcome in GEnieMail and in the Blue Ridge AtariFest topic 13 in Category 11 here on GEnie. Hoping to hear from you soon. Happy Atari Computing. It's happening in Asheville! For additional information, please contact: Sheldon Winick Cliff Allen, Show Coord. GEnie: S.WINICK GEnie: C.ALLEN17 Computer STudio Internet: CALLEN@UNCA.EDU Westgate Shopping Center phone: (704) 258-3758 40 Westgate Parkway - Suite D Asheville, NC 28806 (704) 251-0201 or the Blue Ridge AtariFest topic on GEnie (Atari Roundtable, Category 11, Topic 13). ###### CYBERCUBE RESEARCH CONFERENCE ###### Courtesy GEnie ST RT ###### --------------------------------------------------------------- This conference transcript is (C) 1993 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 XTX99437,GENIE and press [RETURN]. The system will prompt you for your information. Guest - Ralf Doewich, CyberCube Research Host - Lou Rocha March 15, 1993 <ST.LOU> It is my pleasure to welcome Ralf Doewich of CyberCube Research. CyberCube has just released its spectacular M16-1280 graphics card for sale in North America. I have been lucky enough to see this card in action and the display is unbelievable! I hope Ralf will have a chance to demo his product at some user shows this summer. Ralf, I know you have done a lot of work to prepare for this evening's RTC. We have tried to match your effort by bannering this event on the RT door and on GEnie Page One. We appreciate your effort and your generous offer of some door prizes. (More on that later.) Welcome to GEnie and please make your opening comments. <CYBERCUBE> Welcome everybody. Before we plunge into the intricate details of our first RTC I would like to thank you all for attending this conference tonight. Let me take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself. My name is Ralf Doewich. I was born in Brazil and after living for more than 10 years in Germany, I came to Canada in 1989. Together with some friends, I founded Ionis Software International in 1984. We have produced a number of successful entertainment software titles for a variety of the at the time popular 8-bit homecomputers. From very humble beginnings selling less than 50 copies per game we went to more than 200,000 sold copies and even reached the first position in the European Software Top Ten. With the advent of the 16-bit computers and changing interests, we thought it was time to concentrate on other areas and closed ISI in 1989. After moving to Canada, I helped co-found Cybercube Research Ltd in the same year. Cybercube is a young R&D company with a particular focus in the multimedia, networking and telecommunication system markets. We specialize in custom system configuration and development as well as custom programming and a sincere commitment to service and satisfaction. Tonight I would like to introduce you to our latest product, the CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 True Color High Resolution Graphics Card for the Atari TT030 and Mega STE. The CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 combines a sophisticated graphics controller with 2 MB of fast video RAM and a top of the line video DAC (digital to analogue converter) to form a very flexible graphics system. By employing the latest technologies, custom designed components and more than 70 video clock frequencies up to 120 MHz, the CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 cards achieve a new level of performance and integration. The CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 offers a wide range of operating modes from economic Monochrome displays to dazzling True Color imaging capabilities. The CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 can be operated with any industry standard analog monitor, ranging from small 12" analog greyscale to 17" VGA monitors and even to high end multi-sync monitors up to 37". Due to the versatile video timing generator, resolutions up to 3400 (horizontal) and 2048 (vertical) can be programmed. Every M16-1280 card supports multiple frame buffers in 32/24bit (True Color), 8bit (256 colors), 4bit (16 colors), 2bit (4 colors) and 1bit/pixel (monochrome) modes, allowing up to 262 frame buffers simultaneously. On-board hardware assisted blit and drawing functions accelerate the graphics output and screen updates. The built-in expansion connectors provide further opportunities for enhancements and a represent a flexible way for future upgrades. Multi-media applications can take advantage of the new and exciting CyReL VidiMix8 Desktop Video expansion module. It allows every SUNRISE card to record live video clips, instantly resize and capture True Color video images in real-time. The VidiMix8 encodes computer generated pictures, animations and images in 12 different international TV standards while providing a host of special effects. All colors can be selected from a range of 16,777,216 shades. Pseudo Color and True Color modes (with gamma correction) are available. The True Color modes support an 8-bit alpha channel and in conjunction with the VIDIMIX8 module it assists professional real-time superimposing of live video images, graphics and templates. Smooth scrolling and panning allows virtual screen sizes beyond the normal monitor resolution. Interlaced or non-interlaced modes with various refresh rates up to 260 Hz are programmable. The CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 comes complete with its own custom True Color capable VDI drivers, offering compatibility with almost all GEM applications available. A number of system accessories increase the comfort and ease of configuring the various features of the cards. The CyReL M16-1280 cards are being distributed by DMC Publishing Inc. and have a SRP of US $1,495.00. <ST.LOU> Can you tell us about the installation procedure for your card? <CYBERCUBE> The CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 Graphics Cards come with a truly unique installation program: the RUN-ME-FIRST package. And here is why: Whenever a system is upgraded or expanded, people are concerned about two major issues: the 'installation blues' and the compatibility. After considering these factors we came up with these solutions: 1) Cybercube provides a interactive GEM-based installation program that guides the user through every step of the installation. The benefit: through the extensive use of detailed animations and on-line help functions and after seeing these simple steps right on the screen, the actual process of installing the card can be completed in approximately five minutes (!). No hassle, no special expertise, no technical skills are required! 2) We have put in our best efforts to make the existing software drivers as stable and reliable as possible. We've put them through very thorough tests. And after proving their compatibility, we now trust them our day-to-day business operations. For months. To see it for yourself, download the RUNME1ST.LZH demo (#27514) right here from GEnie. <[Steve] S.MILLER58> How does the Sunrise compare with cards for the MAC and IBM clones? The price is high and it seems like I have seen cards that can do 1280x960 in 24 bit color .... <CYBERCUBE> Well, we have compared our offer with a lot of other products, mostly on the IBM and MAC platform. So far, we think we have a very competetive offer if you look very closely at all the features we offer. Most of the cards on the IBM are rather difficult to use and install. At the end of this conference we will have a detailed pricelist. So you can check out the details yourself. *grin* <[Steve] S.MILLER58> Just for an example I know that some 24 bit TIFFs in Photoshop sometimes take 15 minutes to rotate how does that compare with an image being rotated in Calamus? <CYBERCUBE> Hmmm, I do not know Calamus so well that I could instantly pull up a number and have a direct comparison with the card you might have in mind. But consider this: In True Color Mode (real 32-bit per pixel) the CPU has to shuffle quite a bit of data compared to the standard ST modes with only 32KB of memory to manage. TIFFs and JPEGS easily exceed several megabytes and with the GEMView package, they are all handled in let's say less than a couple of minutes. GEMView does not rotate the pictures. So, maybe we should ask a Calamus user (expert!) how things will compare... <[don] D.VICHA> Will the card set up the virtual screen by itself (with software) or does it need help from a prg. <CYBERCUBE> Hardware smooth-scrolling & panning allows virtual screen size management for screen sizes up to 4096 x 4096 pixels. Virtual resolutions use a smaller physical resolution, let's say 640x480 or 800x600 on-screen. The real frame buffer or display resolution can be a lot higher. We provide a mouse driver, that lets you scroll and pan through the entire frame buffer and select the 640x480 or 800x600 'window' that you want to display on your screen. Therefore even small or inexpensive monitors can be used to work with high resolutions like 2048x1024, at the expense of some 'scrolling around'. <[don] D.VICHA> Would that work with Calamus now? <CYBERCUBE> Yes, it would. Every GEM program (at least the CLEAN ones) would for that matter. The screen can be *VERY* big. So it's sometimes a little difficult finding the right spot instantly. <[John B.] J.BRENNER1> Hi, has your card been tested with FastTech's T030 accelerator board, and more important still, has Lexicor software been tested. <CYBERCUBE> No, we have not yet had the chance in testing it with the Fastech T030. But looking at how things are going on the MEGA STE and the TT030, we do not anticipate any big problems. We are in contact with Jim and we are very excited about the upcoming cooperation. As with Lexicor, we will make sure that all the products will run as smoothly as their latest stuff and demo releases. <J.ALLEN27> The simple answer is: Nathan Potechin wants HIS Cyrel and T030 to work together, so it WILL be done ;-) <[Steve] S.MILLER58> Are there any *really* good 24 bit paint programs that are compatible with the Sunrise... as of now I know of none even out for the Atari... :( <CYBERCUBE> There are a number of European programs, but I don't know their North American distributors right now. But I'll try to get all the info for you. We have had the chance to test some beta versions of coming programs, and all I can say is: IT'S AMAZING!!! (sorry no more details as of yet!) <ST.LOU> While I wait for more folks to /raise their hands, can you tell us what monitors work with the Cyrel Card? <CYBERCUBE> More than 70 frequencies ranging form 5 to 120 MHz are software selectable. This allows the use of ALMOST ANY monitor with the card. Here are the few things to watch out for when you intend to buy a monitor: - normal use: make sure to get a monitor that is at least VGA compatible. Prices below $200 make these types of monitors very attractive. But consider the advantages of SVGA (Super VGA) monitors, which offer higher refresh rates and better resolutions for slightly higher prices. - mid range: we recommend the use of multi-sync monitors. They offer greater flexibility, easier use and faster resolutions changes. Prices ranging from $200 to $700 are usual, but some dealers may offer incredible deals. Combined with the ability of some monitors to display images up to 1280x1024, they may offer the best value for money. - high end: Everything above 17" inch monitors is commonly considered high end. This class of monitors offers the best choice if you want to explore large on-screen resolutions or you need to work with big on- screen images, very fine detail or if you intend to use the monitors professionally. These monitors offer a wide range of refresh rates and resolutions. Prices vary a lot and it is always best to see the monitor in use before making a buying decision. <[Chuck] HAINES> Do I understand that with an additional module you will be able to dump video directly in in true color for capture from say a camcorder, etc. <CYBERCUBE> With the VidiMix8, PAL and NTSC compatible signals can be generated supporting 12 international TV standards. Video signals can be output in either standard formats or professional formats for industrial or TV studio applications. Video output is CCIR and EIA343- A compatible. For more informations about the VidiMix8, please look through the Atari ST libraries and the press releases library. Or visit our CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 topic right here on GEnie (DMC Product support, Category 16, Topic 12). <[Chuck] HAINES> How do these additional modules hook in, with the Mega STE hooking up to the VME, do they go through a cable or connector? <CYBERCUBE> No, actually we succeeded in making them small enough to piggy-back them right onto the graphics card. We've been testing them extensively and plan to release a demo video clip, which could be played on any normal ST. You won't have the glorious 24-bit color stuff, but at least it could wet your appetite! <M.MCFEE> Ralf is it possible to get a Cyrel board for around 1200 US dollars? I do not need an ethernet addition for the extra money. <CYBERCUBE> Interesting question! Why not $1200. We thought $1,495 is a nice number too :-) We already lowered the price and we think we have quite a nice offer. Actually, what we have tried to do is to offer the best possible combination of the most interesting features. It is our intention to convince people that the quality of the tools they use will directly influence the quality of work they produce. <ST.LOU> Ralf, maybe Mike is asking for a Lite version of your card :-) <CYBERCUBE> Just look at the software you will get with it. Here is a list of the utilities and drivers that are shipped with the card: 1 CyReL RUN-ME-FIRST GEM-based Interactive Installation Program 1 CyReL CM16_VIP Init & Diagnostic Driver 1 CyReL VDI Driver for 256 Colors Mode Driver 1 CyReL VDI Driver for True Color Mode Driver 1 CyReL M16 Palette Master Util 1 CyReL M16 VDI Configuration Util 1 CyReL Serial Mouse Manager Util 1 CyReL XCHANGE Resolution Changer Util 1 CyReL CONFDISP Display Parameter Editor Util 1 CyReL VIEW_GIF GIF Viewer Util 1 CyReL VIEW_PCX PCX Viewer Util 1 CyReL VIEW_TGA TGA Viewer Util 1 CyReL VIEW_JPG JPEG Viewer Util 10+ On-line Help and Documentation Files 30+ predefined custom color palettes 80+ predefined Modes & Resolutions 500+ Monitor Specifications We are also planning of including a free PD and shareware disk containing such excellent programs like GEMView from Dieter Fiebelkorn. All programs have been tested and are fully compatible with the CyReL M16-1280 graphics cards. <[Dave] D.SMITH200> Will the card support JPEG compression? Either in this release or in the future? <CYBERCUBE> Right now we do not have any dedicated hardware on the card that supports JPEG compression. But we have to look at the demand and plan to react to whatever our customers feel is necessary! <ST.LOU> How about giving Ralf a breather while we hold the first draw of the evening. OK, there are 20 folks here. Ralf is giving away a set of programs... Palette Master and Mouse Manager. R.Brown is our first winner. <CYBERCUBE> Congratulations ! Well, he can choose whether he wants one of our Serial Mouse Drivers or the nice Paletter Master. <R.BROWN30> Well, I never thought to win a prize. But it's much appreciated! <[Steve] S.MILLER58> So, can you display a movie from a VCR in a 640x480 window real time like on the NeXTSTEP color card? And then capture a frame and stick it into calamus or something? & will u put out a color brochure anytime soon with screenshots? <CYBERCUBE> We have been playing with the video recording and sampling and what we found is that the harddisk and the memory management imposes some real tricky limitations on the overall system performance. So we will have to tweak the software and see how far we can get. Right now it is possible to resize video images in real-time, resizing is necessary because of the mentioned problems of saving the data. Imagine that one second of recorded video can generate something like 13 MB of data. I for myself haven't found a harddisk yet, that can store that much in a single second. Besides, my internal memory fills up rather quickly! <[Chuck] HAINES> With the vme only on the Mega STE and TT030, any plans on supporting maybe the PDS on the Falcon, or some other way for newer machines? <CYBERCUBE> We have been supporting the Atari platform for some time now and I really want to continue this as long as there is interest in our products. We have had quite a number of request similar to yours despite the fact that there are only a few Falcons out there right now. So it seems, that this will be a real big and interesting field which most certainly will expand considering the good features that this machines already has. We have been very active in the industrial imaging market, so we'll have a close look what will be suitable to convert to the Atari. But for now, I think that our first product shows quite some promise too. <[Chuck] HAINES> OK, just hate to get one for a Mega STE and get pigeonholed on a machine not made, and not able to work up to a new machine. <CYBERCUBE> We've tried very hard to make our products as flexible as possible. So we see a good chance to take it from one machine to the next. <B.WELSCH> For those of us who do not know much about the video/ST connection, is this for computer overwrites on commericials? or greets for home video? what does a general end user like myself use the product (s) for? I am sorry a little late arriving (hard drive problems :-( <CYBERCUBE> Yes, we have been toying around with GENlocking, superimposing computer images on video, grabbing video frames and then altering them (recolor your neighbour's nose for instance!) and a lot of fading effects for titles and other stuff. There is also the possibility to record your computer animations directly onto a video tape. This can be an image composed of live video with computer graphics on top of it or just live video or just graphics, as you like it. <B.WELSCH> Ralph, why don't you come to the Kansas City show and then I can see the items and ask these stupid questions in person. The date of the show is June 26th and 27th...shameless plug ;-) <CYBERCUBE> Well, I have to admit that we are running a little late in making all sorts of trade show appearances since we have a lot of very urgent projects right now. But be sure that we will try to use any good opportunity to show our products to the Atari fans. Let's talk about this in the next couple of days, OK? <S.MILLER58> Ralf, will you support other platforms to stay alive in our dead atari market? err almost dead? <CYBERCUBE> As a matter of fact, we already do. But these products are custom designed products that require special attention and we want to bring the same kind of service to the Atari market. Besides, I don't think the Atari market is dead. There are cycles in every market and I've been around since 1982, working with a lot of computers, so you see some having great times and times of transitions. I think we are at such a transition. And it is up to the user, the manufacturer and all third party developers to endure such slower periods, which ultimately present a great chance to evaluate a company's position and adjust the product spectrum accordingly. Considering the number of requests and the interest in our products, I haven't had a chance to think about a dying market. <[chris] M.GIORGI> Does your software show in full color? <CYBERCUBE> Of course, color is all we do! :) *lotsa smilies * <S.MILLER58> Have you ever had any reviews of your products in any major publications i.e. MACworld, PCworld etc.... <CYBERCUBE> Hmmm, as far as I know I joined an Atari RTC tonight. All our professional products are kept in quite some confidence, since most of our customers don't want their competitors know what type of sophisticated equipment they are using to beat them. :) And some of the equipment is based on an IBM, some on ATARI machines, which work equally well. In regards to reviews, we haven't been chasing the best ratings (that's for TV studios to do), we concentrated on designing some real nice products. <V.HUTZ> How much is that module? <CYBERCUBE> Do you mean the VidiMix8 Desktop Video Module ? <V.HUTZ> Gold leaf is coming out with a 24bit prog. is that what you were alluding to earlier? and how much documentation comes with the board? <CYBERCUBE> Sorry, we cannot (are not allowed) to comment on any beta test versions. But there are a number of new programs coming that will extensively use the ability to work in 24-bit. As to the documentation, we have a nice manual that explains all the various aspects of the installation, the use and the configuration of our cards. Let me check, there are a almost 50 pages of documentation and a lot of on-line help files. These files explain a lot about the internal structure, the operation of the various drivers and how programmers can take advantage of the new features. Most of it is conveniently handled by the VDI, so it is accessible from a wide variety of development tools and compilers. <M.MCFEE> Ralf, I have two questions: What would it take to have 1024 by 768 on a TT in 16.8 milliom? plus what is the current res highest for the pyc1426 in 16.8? <CYBERCUBE> The 1024x768 can be displayed with every CyReL M16-1280. In 16.7 million colors. The highest tested resolution on-screen has been e.g. 2048x1024 in 256 colors. Works nicely with the VDI, so you have a huge area to play with. You can also use the PTC1426 as a monitor for the card. Then the max resolution will be 800x512 in True Color due to the fact that the PTC1426 is a fixed frequency monitor and was only designed to handle such modes as 640x480. We tweaked it a little to get you the 800x512. <ST.LOU> Ralf, you could give us those specs of resolutions and refresh rates if you have them. <CYBERCUBE> Here are some examples listing the on-screen resolution and the corresponding refresh rates: RESOLUTION REFRESH RATE 512 x 512 120 Hz, NI 640 x 400 112 Hz, NI 640 x 480 86.1 Hz, NI 720 x 512 74 Hz, NI 768 x 512 74 Hz, NI 800 x 512 77 Hz, NI 800 x 608 74 Hz, NI 960 x 608 74.8 Hz, NI 1024 x 768 86.9 Hz, NI 1024 x 1024 75 Hz, NI 1600 x 1024 103 Hz, I 2048 x 960 90 Hz, NI 2048 x 1024 100.3 Hz, I Higher and lower rates are programmable, depending on the monitors abilities and limits. < Lyre] AEO.3> Ralf, what is the price of the VidiMix8 module for the Cyrel Sunrise M16-1280? <CYBERCUBE> Sorry, typo, max True Color resolution is 1024x512. Mea culpa. We have not set a final price yet, because the software is not ready. But we want to have a very competitive pricing on that module. So expect something good! <[chris] M.GIORGI> Clue me in, is this an onscreen color card or a digitiser or both? <CYBERCUBE> The CyReL cards work alongside the original Atari video modes. So you can work with two monitors at the same time. With the addition of the VidiMix8, you can instanlty grab and digitize video pictures. <S.MILLER58> How and Why would you want to set up four cards in one system like your brochure says? How can you use two monitors with the TT at the same time? <CYBERCUBE> Up to four CyReL M16-1280 cards can be present in a single Atari TT030 system. This allows multiple-monitor operation (e.g. for video walls, large presentations or show attractions). In the Mega STE, only one CyReL M16-1280 card can be installed. This is due to the fact that only 4 MB of address space are reserved for the VME bus as opposed to the 16 MB in the TT030. Keep in mind that the Mega STE is based on the 68ooo CPU and can only address a maximum of 16 MB of memory. Considering this, the VME bus already utilizes an astonishing 25% of that address space. Connect one monitor to the Atari video connector, the other one to our cards, so you'll have stereo VDI! <[MARIO @ DMC] ISD> I was using the card at the Atari Booth in Comdex and the consensus was WOW. It was faster by far that any of the other 24 Bit cards at the Show. Matrox who produce an IBM based card saw the card and were astonished that it was on an Atari. (The little secrets we know, eh?) I was amazed at the quality of the color when I called up one of my Photo CD files... There is only one problem with the card ... I don't HAVE one :-) <CYBERCUBE> Through a very close and intensive cooperation with DMC we have made sure that all the DMC products are compatible with our cards. User's will benefit from higher resolutions, better refresh rates and an increased number of displayable colors. Calamus is one of the best DTP packages available and its enormous capabilities match perfectly with the scope of features offered by the CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280 card. PageStream 2.2 has been tested and works fine as well. The program supports a wide number of resolutions. The version we have tested supported up to 16 colors on screen. Through a close cooperation with a friend of mine, Dieter Fiebelkorn, we have made sure that the excellent GEMView package is fully compatible with the CyReL SUNRISE M16-1280. Here are a few of the formats that can be displayed in all of their original beauty and brilliance: GIF, TIFF, ImageLab B&W, IFF, OS/2 BMP, GEM, ART, TN1, TN2, TN3, TNY, SPU, SPC, MAC, TGA, XBM, 1st Word DOC, JPG, Sun Rasterfiles SUN, PAC, Windows BMP, Windows RLE, IMG, NEO, PI1, PI2, PI3, PC1, PC2, PC3, DOO, PCX, Vidas IMG, Resource RSC and others. The dangerous thing is: once you experienced the dazzling realism and colorful detail of those life-like JPEG images, you WILL come back for more! I would like to thank everybody for joining us tonight. I hope you have found this conference as enjoyable and as informative as we certainly have. Further I would like to extend my gratitude to all those folks here at GEnie that helped to make this RTC possible and that volunteered to guide me through this new experience. Congratulations also to all our winners tonight! The prizes will be exclusively registered under your names and we will start shipping them tomorrow. We would also like to invite everybody to stop by in the CyReL topic. We certainly welcome your contributions to our SUNRISE M16-1280 discussions in the DMC Product Support area, Category 16, Topic 12. Ed. Note - Ralf kindly provided ordering information for his product, which I have included in this transcript. Ordering Information HARDWARE ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Order Code Description Quantity Canada U.S./Foreign ---------------------------------------------------------------------- CRL16002 CyReL SUNRISE 1- Cdn $1,795.00 US $1,495.00 M16-1280 FOR ORDERS OR INFORMATION CONTACT DMC Publishing Inc. 2800 John Street, Suite 10 Markham, ON, L3R 0E2, Canada Tel. (416) 479 1880 Fax (416) 479 1882 Dealer enquiries welcome SOFTWARE ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Order Code Description Quantity Canada U.S./Foreign ---------------------------------------------------------------------- ACSM12 CyReL Serial Mouse Manager & Driver 1- Cdn $15.00 US $13.00 Release 1.02 ACPM36 CyReL Palette Master 1- Cdn $20.00 US $17.00 Release 3.6e SHIPPING & HANDLING CHARGES ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Quantity U.S. / Canada Foreign US $ / Cdn $ US $ ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 $1.00 $2.50 2-5 $2.50 $5.00 5-10 $5.50 $10.00 10-over++ $10.00 $20.00 ++= Contact Cybercube for more information. METHODS OF PAYMENT ---------------------------------------------------------------------- All orders must be prepaid. Check/Money Order in Canadian or U.S. funds only. FOR ORDERS OR INFORMATION CONTACT ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Cybercube Research Limited 126 Grenadier Crescent Thornhill, ON, L4J 7V7, Canada Tel. (416) 882 0294 Fax (416) 886 3261 ###### COMPUSERVE UPDATE ###### Features Documentation ###### --------------------------------------------------------------- New Features / Version Notes o The size of a message has been expanded to 10,000 characters. NOTE: With the initial release of Message Features users of DOS CIM, MAC CIM and NAVIGATOR will not be able to post a 10000 character message. Current development of HMI will allow for this in the very near future. There is no limitation on the size of messages that can be read. o READ THREAD command now displays messages in chronological order and also in section order. i.e., all new messages in thread order from section 1, then all new messages from section 2 and so forth. This feature provides users with the context of messages. Given below is a hypothetical display in the current Production software, and new order of display with Message Features: Hypothetical Production Display Message Features Display Sec # Msg & Replies Sec # Msg & Replies S4 Message # 11 R R R R S2 Message # 2 R R R S2 Message # 2 R R R S4 Message # 11 R R R R S13 Message # 21 R R R R R R S6 Message # 9 R S6 Message # 9 R S8 Message # 5 R R R S8 Message # 5 R R R S13 Message # 21 R R R R The complete command syntax for the READ THREAD is given below for reference. The new display order applies to the READ THREAD command and all its switches. The complete command syntax for the READ THREAD is given below for reference. READ THREAD [NEW] [ALL] [NUM #] [START: ##] [SECTIONS:] No modifications have been made to REAd FORward or REAd REVerse commands. o When a READ nnnn command is issued (without any other switches), where nnn is a message number, it defaults to READ THREAD nnnn as it does in current production software. Therefore the new display order applies to this command as well. o Another change is to the snapshot "high message number" -- the highest message on the board at the time a snapshot is taken. The user will not be able to view any message above this "high number" until a new snapshot is built. This change was done in an effort to ensure that users would not miss any messages on the board. The impact of this change is that an ASCII user will no longer be able to read a reply they posted immediately; this is already true in the HMI (CIM) interface. If the user wants to read the reply, he will need to issue a new REAd or SELect command so another snapshot will be built to include their reply. In HMI, they will need to "Freshen Messages" under CIM 2.x for this change to take effect. o When the user issues a PARent, ROOt, or REAd replies command while reading a particular message, when they return to the message the command was issued from, the header of the message will be displayed along with the message "** Enter RER to reread, REP to reply, or <CR> to continue". Current production software displays the entire message again. o Since a message can now be 10000 characters in length and a message that long would scroll off a member's screen quickly, we have introduced "paged message display". After 24 lines of a message have displayed, members will see a "Press CR for more:" prompt if they have paged message display enabled. At that prompt the user can enter return to continue reading the message, M to return to the Read Action prompt (thereby not reading the rest of the message), or S to scroll rest of the message without pausing. To enable "paged message display", a member can enter SET PAGED YES at any forum prompt. This will turn on paged message displaying for this and any forum the member enters during the current session. To make the change permanent, the member needs to GO DEFAULT, choose option 2 (Change permanent settings), choose option 3 (Display options), and then change option 1 (PAGED display) to NO. Entering a SCROLL command at the Read Action prompt will scroll the messages no matter what option the member has selected. o There is no longer a limit on the number of lines a forum message can have. o A new command has been added to the Editor - /MAIL. If the user wants to mail a message, he no longer needs to exit the editor and then specify MAIL. Now he can specify /MAIL from within the editor. All the parameters required for the MAIL command are the same as the /POST command parameters. o If the user wants to mail a message from within a forum, they are limited to 50,000 characters - not 10,000 characters per message for forum messages. Production software limited the user to the size of a forum message but the Message Features software has removed that limit. NOTE: A fix will be implemented in a future version of HMI that will allow HMI users to mail a message containing 50,000 characters. o Other important commands to remember: REA NUM;NNNN - This command allows users to read an individual message number. (RI is still supported.) REA THR NUM: - Allows you to read only the thread you are requesting. (RT nnn ONLY is still supported.) Removal of "Old" Forum Commands: To reduce maintenance and gain resources, we have removed support for the following "old forum" commands from the forum software. A. Two character commands: BR - Browse (Correct command is BRO) FM - Forward Mail (Correct command is FMA or FMB) RM - Read Marked (Correct command is REA WAI or RW) RO - Read Old SD - Scan Delete SE - Send (Correct command is SEN) TO - Touch US - User Status (Correct command is USE or USERS) WH - Who (Correct command is WHO) GU - Guide (use HELP) SB - Section Names (use NAMe) CB - Conference (use CO) CS - Change Section (use CHA) B. One character commands: C - Continue E - Exit (use EX or EXI) L - Leave message (use COMpose) V - View Interests (Use MEMber) NEW FILE SIZES IN COMPUSERVE MAIL To better meet the needs of our members, CompuServe Mail now offers the ability to send text (ASCII or Latin-1) and binary files up to 2,000,000 characters (2 mb) in size. (To determine the exact file size of a file on your PC,use the DIR command in DOS, or, on the Mac, check the 'bytes used' information in the Info box.) This 2 mb capability includes messages to other CompuServe Public or Private Mail users, X.400 recipients (including SprintMail, AT&T Mail 400 and Western Union 400) and MHS recipients. Please note that messages to fax, telex and the Internet are still limited to 50k. We are planning to add support for 2 mb messages to our Internet link in the spring. ###### MODEM MODIFICATION ###### By Jeff Poling, 1993 ###### --------------------------------------------------------------- Does your Atari ST think your modem is on-line when it's not? Here's a possible solution. MODEMMOD.PC2: a DEGAS illustration of the circuit. The figures referenced in the technical section of this text file are found here. THE LEGAL STUFF This text file, and accompanying picture file, may be reprinted in any form without permission of the author PROVIDED the author's name remains with the article and picture. If it is published in abridged or altered form, this fact must be included with the article. The author assumes NO responsibility for any damage to the computer, modem, cable or user resulting from the use and installation of this modification. HE'P ME! HE'P ME! If you have questions or comments write: Jeff Poling POBox 292606 Columbus, OH 43229-0606 Call these Columbus, Ohio, Atari BBSs: Deuce's Domain (614) 235-4650 First Base (614) 879-7400 Silicon Dragon (614) 436-3137 Wayne's World (614) 267-3342 Woodworks (614) 771-6780 WHAT YOU WILL NEED soldering iron small signal switching diode, type 1N914 WHAT TO DO The diode must be inserted into the circuit somewhere between the computer chip in the computer and the computer chip in the modem. The easiest, and safest, place to do this is inside the casing around the DB-25 connector on the modem cable. The line we will be working with is the modem DCD line found on pin #8 of the modem and computer. Looking at the back of the ST, the port is numbered thus: 13 12 11 10 9 >8< 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 25 24 23 22 21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 Remove the casing around the DB-25 connector (either connector on the cable will do; for reference purposes, the one that connects to the ST is best). Carefully unsolder the wire connected to pin #8. Clip off the leads of the diode, leaving 1/4 inch on either side. Solder the lead NEXT TO THE BLACK BLACK STRIPE onto the pin. If soldering the diode into the connector that connects to the modem, the black stripe should be away from the connector. If you are uncertain, the black stripe should be close to the ST: diode ST------[| ]------MODEM ^black stripe Solder the wire you unsoldered earlier onto the free diode lead. Reassemble the casing. You're finished. The ST should now recognize when the modem is off-line. If the ST still fails to do so, try reversing the diode (remember, the black stripe must point towards the ST). If that doesn't work <shrug>, stop calling BBSs and take up needlepoint. THE TECHNICAL STUFF When the modem detects the carrier of a remote modem, it applies a positive voltage (the SX212 applies +9v) to the DCD line (Data Carrier Detect, pin #8). When the modem loses carrier, it applies a negative voltage (the SX212 applies -3v) to the DCD line. It appears as though the ST misinterprets this negative voltage to mean the DCD is still active. THE DIODE The ideal diode, when negatively biased (the voltage on its negative end is higher than its positive end), it behaves as an open circuit, cutting of the electrical current. When positively biased (the voltage on its positive end is higher than its negative end) it acts as a "short" circuit, allowing all current to pass with no drop in signal. WHAT'S GOING ON Let us look at the diode placed into the DCD circuit. The positive end of the diode is connected to the modem, the negative side to the ST. Let us assume a DCD-off situation with a (assumed) -3v signal at the modem and a (assumed) 0v signal at the ST. In this situation the diode is negatively biased and shuts off the current flow; it acts as an open circuit (figures A and B). The ST, since current no longer flows in the circuit, can now tell the modem is off-line. Alternately, when the modem is on-line, there is a +9v signal at the modem and a 0v signal at the ST. Here the diode is positively biased and allows current to flow without signal degradation; it behaves as a "short" circuit (figures C and D). The ST knows the modem is on-line. WHY WASN'T DCD SENSED CORRECTLY IN THE FIRST PLACE? Heck, I don't know. Maybe the chips in the Atari are bad, or Atari simply goofed. Whatever the cause, with this simple modification, my computer, for the very first time, knows when the modem is on-line and off-line. The cost? 10 minutes and 20 cents. 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Box 13 Laurier, WA 99146 USA -Pro Midi Player, player Quinsoft c/o Patchworks Distribution 211 Frederick Road Hastings, East Sussex TN35 5AU UK Tel: +44 424 436674 Fax: +44 424 434338 -The Advanced Four-Op Librarian -The FB 01 Librarian -The Juno 1/2 Editor, patch editor/librarian -K4 Editor, patch editor/librarian -The M1 Toolkit, librarian/utilities -The Matrix Editor, editor/librarian -The MKS 70 Editor, editor/librarian -Proteus Editor, editor/librarian -The Quadraverb Toolkit, utilities -Trax v1.5, recording studio manager -VZ-Ed Editor, Casio VZ editor/librarian Roland Corporation U.S. 7200 Dominion Cr. Los Angeles, CA 90040 USA Tel: +1 213 685 5141 Fax: +1 213 722 0911 -Tentrax, sequencer Rythm'n Soft Zone industriel des peupliers 18 ter rue des trembles 38100 Grenoble France Tel: +33 16 76 405270 Fax: +33 16 76 333808 -Big Boss 24/Big Boss Plus, sequencer -Live Teaching System, education -Midnight, sequencer -Mister Jam, sequencer -Piano Solfeo, education Scorpion Systems Group 836 Page, San Francisco, CA 94708 USA Tel: +1 415 428 2685 -sYbil, mapper Sirensong Software 1717 Acatrraz Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708 USA Tel: +1 510 428 2685 Fax: +1 510 655 3664 -Solo Sampler Plus, education -Solo Sampler, education -Rhythm Sampler, education -Now Hear This, education Soft Arts P.O. Box 127762, Goethestrasse 81 D-1000 Berlin 12 Germany Tel: +49 30 313 7610 Fax: +49 30 313 9595 -DDD-1 Drumworks, editor librarian -DSM-1/DSS-1 Workstations, editor/librarian -Live, sequencer -Live Basic, sequencer -LXP-1, editor/librarian -MIDI Sample Translator, sample translator -Pan, education -Proteus X-Rayer, editor/librarian -Quick Step 01/W, editor/librarian -Score Perfect, notation -Score Perfect Professional, notation -Soundsystem S 612, sample editor -Soundsystem X 7000, sample editor Sound Quest 1573 Eglinton Ave. W. #200 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6E 2G9 Tel: +1 416 234 0347 Fax: +1 416 322 6451 -K1 Quest, editor/librarian -M6/1000 Quest, editor/librarian -M1 Quest, editor/librarian -D-5/10/20/110 Quest, editor/librarian -CZ Quest, editor/librarian -SQ-80 Quest, editor librarian -OP-4 quest, editor/librarian -MT-32 Quest, editor/librarian -DX11 Quest, editor/librarian -Midi Quest, editor/librarian Steinberg/Jones 17700 Raymer St. Northridge, CA 91325 USA Tel: +1 818 993 4091 Fax: +1 818 701 7452 -Cubase*, sequencer -Cubase Lite, sequencer -Cubeat 2.0, sequencer -Tango, composer -Twelve, sequencer -Switcher, utility -The Ear, education -Synthworks TX81Z -Synthworks Wavestation -Synthworks FB-01 -Synthworks ESQ -1 -Synthworks DX/TX -Synthworks D-10/110/20/MT-32 -Synthworks D-50 -Synthworks K1 -Synthworks M1 -Synthworks MT-32 -Synthworks Proteus -Synthworks SY-77 editor/librarian software -D/A Board (16 bit Avalon board), hardware -Pro-24 III, sequencer -SMP24, interface -MIMIX Fader Automation System, mixer -Midex +, interface -Midex, interface -Masterscore, notation -Desktop Mixing DMP-7, mixing -Avalon, sample editor * Supports Fostex Machine Control Stuyts Engineering BV 1 Krom 7a, 2011 JM Haarlem The Netherlands Tel: +011 31 23 324609 Fax: +011 31 23 311135 -ST-Sound Track, sample editor Synergy Resources 745 N. Bolton Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46219-5902 USA Tel; +1 317 356 6946 -Synthview DW-8000, patch editor -K1 Capture, editor/librarian Take control Institue of Research and Development Vincent Dr. Birmingham B15 2SQ UK Tel: +44 214 154155 Fax: +44 214 154156 -Music DTP, notation Take Note Software 285 Divisadero #3 San Francisco, CA 94117-3226 USA Tel: +1 415 431 9495 -Take Note 2.0, education The Digital Muse 82 Tachbrook Street London SW1V 2NB UK Tel: +44 718 289462 Fax: +44 718 341099 -Prodigy, sequencer -Rave, sequencer Trifolium Wilhelmsstr. 5 D-3500 Kassel Germany Tel: +49 561 773077 Fax: +49 561 27963 -Analyser, audio spectrum analyser -BlueNote, sequencer/notation -Rhytm Crack, composer -Sound Editors, editor/librarian Vivatv 2 passage Flourens 75017 Paris France Tel: +33 1 43 440572 -Amadeus ST, notation Wintertree Software Inc. 43 Rueter Street Nepean, ON K2J 3Z9 Canada Tel: +1 613 825 6271 -Beat Egger, drum machine driver -MIDIMagnet, desk accesory -MIDIX32 Standard MIDI File Player/Converter ###### THE 1993 Z*NET COMPUTER CALENDAR ###### Schedule of Shows, Events and Online Conferences ###### ---------------------------------------------------------------- ### March 30 - April 1, 1993 Intermedia 93 at the San Jose Convention Center, San Jose CA. ### March 31, 1993 GEnie ST RT Wednesday night conference. Guests from Toad Computers: Charles Smeton discusses STraight FAX, Tim Reyes previews Silhouette Colortrace, Dave Troy will discuss the Falcon, MultiTOS and more! To access this RTC enter M475;2 at any GEnie prompt. This online conference begins at 10pm. ### April 2, 1993 Dateline Atari! with Bob Brodie on GEnie. This online conference begins promptly at 10pm EST. ### April 3-4, 1993 MegaMeeting, the 7th annual computer show and exposition sponsored by the Boston Computer Society, is scheduled for April 3-4 in Boston. The show will be held at the University of Massachusetts, Harbor Campus (next to the JFK Library). Show hours are Saturday from 10:00am - 6:00pm and Sunday from noon to 6:00pm. Free parking is available. MegaMeeting events are designed to be of interest to a wide range of attendees, from children and families to large corporate and small business users. Several BCS groups are sponsoring special events -- including the first general public "test drives" of virtual reality technology, where users immerse themselves in a completely artificial environment. Additionally, the BCS Consultants and Entrepreneurs Group has organized a seminar track of special interest to current or budding small business owners. Exhibitors include MicroSoft, Lotus, WordPerfect, Apple, Caere, PC Genius, Symantec, CompUSA and Corel. In addition to the national and local vendors, a large "BCS Pavilion" will feature the best of the BCS user groups. Group volunteers will be selling public domain software and CD ROMs, distributing group newsletters and information, and offering technical assistance to attendees. BCS members receive free admission. Non-members pay $5.00, covering both days, and children under 12 are free. For more information, call the Boston Computer Society at 617/252-0600. The BCS has 24,000 members in 40 countries and was founded in 1977. ### May 3-5, 1993 Digital Video New York/MultiMedia Exposition at the New York Sheraton in New York City. ### May 4-5, 1993 The 3rd Annual Networks and Communications Show returns to the Hartford Civic Center. Companies such as Intel, Microsoft, DEC, DCA, IBM, and MICOM will be exhibiting. For more information, contact: Marc Sherer at Daniels Productions, 203-561-3250; fax: 203-561-2473. ### May 7, 1993 Dateline Atari! with Bob Brodie on GEnie. This online conference begins promptly at 10pm EST. ### May 11-13, 1993 SunWorld '93 exposition and conference, held in San Francisco at the Moscone Center. The second annual event is the largest trade show in North America dedicated to the Sun, SPARC and Solaris industry. SunWorld '93 will feature a full day of in-depth tutorials, which are being developed in association with Sun Educational Services, to be followed by three days of conference sessions and an exposition. The three-day exposition will feature more than 175 leading vendors in the industry including Adobe Systems, AT&T, Computer Associates, Hewlett- Packard, Informix Software, Insoft, SAS Institute, Solbourne, SPARC International, Sun Microsystems, SunPro, SunSoft and WordPerfect. For more information about attending SunWorld '93 call Lynn Fullerton at (800) 225-4698 or to receive information about exhibiting contact David Ferrante at (800) 545-EXPO. !!! May 22-23, 1993 (CANCELLED) - FUTURE DATE PLANNED Pacific Northwest Atari show in Vancouver Canada. ### May 24-27, 1993 Spring Comex in Atlanta Georgia. ### June 3-6, 1993 Summer Comsumer Electronics Show, (CES), in Chicago, Illinois. ### June 12-13, 1993 CT Atarifest '93 at the Windsor Court Hotel in Windsor Connecticut. This year the Atarifest has relocated to a new hotel with excellent room rates ($35.00 per room), free and plentiful parking, easy access from Interstate 91, I-95, I-90, I-84, I-80, an in house Sports Bar, a bigger ballroom and is located just 1 mile from Bradley International Airport (free shuttle service for hotel guests). Tentative commitments from A&D Software, Gribnif Software, Barefoot Software, Toad Computers, Computer Studio, Baggetaware, Derric Electronics, E.Hartford Computer Repair, MegaType Software, Wizztronics and GFA Software Technology. For further information, call Brian Gockley at 203-332-1721 or Doug Finch at 203-637 -1034. E-mail can be directed to B.GOCKLEY or D.FINCH7 on GEnie or to 75300,2514 or 76337,1067 on CIS. ### June 22-23, 1993 Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California. Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing, software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry's leading manufacturers. In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile Systems Solutions Conference series. Featuring over 80 leading industry experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to build or improve your world of mobile computing. ### June 26-27, 1993 The Kansas City AtariFest '93. The location for the show is Stadium Inn, 7901 E 40 Hwy. Ticket prices at the door will be 5.00 dollars each day. Advance tickets will be 4.00 dollars each, for advance tickets, please send 4.00 dollars per ticket to: Kansas City AtariFest, P.O. Box 1653, Lee Summit, MO 64063 or if you belong to a user group please mail a request for a user group information pack. To make room reservations please call 1-800-325-7901, we are also working with a local travel agent to get special airfares for the show. You may call 1-800-874-7691 to take advantage of the special fares. For more information please leave Email as follows; GEnie, B.welsch, J.krzysztow, for CompuServe, Leave for Jeff Krzysztow at 74027,707, or you can call (816)224-9021, or mail to the address listed above. ### July 24-25, 1993 (NEW LISTING) The Blue Ridge Atari Computer Enthusiasts (BRACE) and Computer STudio host the Fourth Annual Blue Ridge AtariFest in Asheville, North Carolina. Saturday show time is from 10am - 6pm and Sunday show times are from Noon to 5pm. Free booth space is available for Atari developers. This Atarifest will be taking over the Courtyard Shop (mall) area at the Westgate Shopping Center (location of Computer STudio), and also plan on using vacant store spaces for seminar sessions. Seminars will be 45 minutes in length, and developers are welcome to conduct a seminar on their product line or approved topic of their choice (seminars are limited, so first come, first served). For additional information, please contact: Sheldon Winick on GEnie - S.WINICK or at the Computer STudio at (704) 251-0201 or contact the show coordinator Cliff Allen on GEnie - C.ALLEN17 or call (704) 258-3758. ### August 3-6, 1993 MacWorld Expo at the Boston World Trade Center, Bayside Exposition Center and sponsored by MacWorld Magazine. This event is titled Boston '93. ### August 23-27, 1993 Interop '93 (#2) at the Moscone Center in San Fransisco, California. ### September 18-19, 1993 The Glendale Show returns with the Southern California Atari Computer Faire, V.7.0, in suburban Los Angeles, California. This has been the year's largest domestic Atari event, year after year. Contact John King Tarpinian at the user group HACKS at 818-246-7286 for information. ### September 20-22, 1993 The third MacWorld Expo, titled Canada '93 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, sponsored by MacWorld Magazine. ### September 21-23, 1993 Unix Expo '93 in New York City, New York. ### October 7-8, 1993 Lap & Palmtop Mobile Computing Expo at the Chicago Mart/Expo Center in Chicago, Illinois. Exhibitors will show the latest in mobile computing, software, pen, peripherals and communications from the industry's leading manufacturers. In conjunction with the exhibits is the Mobile Systems Solutions Conference series. Featuring over 80 leading industry experts speakers, the conference provides vital information needed to build or improve your world of mobile computing. ### October 27-29, 1993 CDROM Exposition at the World Trade Center, Boston MA. ### October 27-29, 1993 EDA&T Asia '93. The Electronic Design and Test Conference Exhibition at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taiwan. Exhibit space is still available. For more information contact: Betsy Donahue, Chicago, fax: 708-475-2794. ### November 7-10, 1993 GeoCon/93, an international conference and showcase for software products developed outside the U.S. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, Mass. The conference program will include three days of workshops on topics of interest to overseas developers entering the U.S. market. Workshop presenters will discuss such issues as how to negotiate distribution and licensing contracts, setting up a business in the U.S., manufacturing and fulfillment, technical support, packaging, research sources, and how to market through direct, retail, and catalog channels. For additional information, contact Tom Stitt, associate publisher, Soft letter, 17 Main St., Watertown, Mass. 02272-9154; telephone 617-924-3944; fax 617-924-7288, or Colleen O'Shea, director, Soft letter Europe, 2 um Bierg, 7641 Chirstnach, Luxembourg, telephone 35.2.87119; fax 35.2.87048. ### November 15-19, 1993 COMDEX Fall '93. Las Vegas Nevada. If you have an event you would like to include on the Z*Net Calender, please send email via GEnie to Z-NET, CompuServe 75300,1642, or via FNET to node 593 or AtariNet node 51:1/13.0. ###### THE UNABASHED ATARIOPHILE ###### By Michael R. Burkley ###### --------------------------------------------------------------- Have you ever made an mistake? "I thought I made a mistake once, but I was wrong" is an old tired joke that I often here. Seriously, have you ever met someone who thought they were perfect. I have, and it's no fun. What is blatently obvious to everyone--that they are full of faults just like everyone else--seems humanly imposible for them to see. Such people are almost imposible to live with. On the other hand I've never believed I'm perfect, just forgiven. Though there are some things that I do espicially good--like spelling and grammer, there are other areas in which I fall short. I find though, that when someone accepts me for who I am, faults and all, I work harder, do better, and am more open to trying new things. I once had a boss who thought the best way to win friends and influence people was to chew his employees out in public when they didn't measure up to his standards and to praise them in private when they exceeded them. He ignored you otherwise. I had another boss (in the same company) who chewed me out in private, praised me in public, and encouraged me at all times. Guess which one I liked more, and did better work for? All of this brings me to the subject of Atari and us. Have you noticed that they have made a mistake or two? I have, especially in marketing. But I wonder if I could have done any better. How we react to Atari's mistakes probably has very little effect on the company itself, but I think it might have some, and it certainly has some effect on us. The more we complain, and focus on Atari's mistakes the more discouraged we get. Why don't we try to focus on what Atari has done _right_? It would certainly be a lot more pleasant, and I think, not any more unrealistic. What started me on the topic of making mistakes? I made some! Awhile back I told of a neat puzzle program called FIT_ACC. I said "Trillion" when I should have said "2339." Since I'm not sure if that issue was ever published I'll repeat the description here. FIT_ACC is a TERRIBLE puzzle .ACC!! The name of the .ACC file is ------- HAVEAFIT.ACC and it's aptly named! It gives me FITS by providing me with twelve blocks representing the twelve possible shapes you can make with five square blocks (using all of them each time). Then, by using your mouse you try to place these blocks in a 5 by 12 square grid, not leaving any space free. It's impossible to do (I'VE never done it!) and yet...there are 2339 different ways to fit those blocks within that 5 by 12 rectangle. ST--TT compatible. ST low, medium or high, but not any TT resolutions. Don't try this unless you have LOTS of time available. Excuse me while I try it again...! Another mistake I made was telling you about FANTASY1, a scenario for use with STRATAGEM. Unfortunately, I didn't tell you just what STRATAGEM was! I am to remedy that mistake below. STRATAGEM is StrataGem v. C 1.80 by Oskari Koskimies (dated 1991). --------- StrataGem is a two player strategy game, much like Empire, in which the objective is to destroy all the units and cities owned by the other player. In the beginning the players do not know their surroundings. They must explore the terrain and conquer as many cities as possible to produce more units. Sooner or later the forces of the two players will hit together and the battle begins. Keyboard and mouse controlled. The author has included utilities which will allow you to create your own battle arenas. Written in STOS, it is STe compatible (though not TOS 2.06). It runs from two DS floppies. Color only with at least one meg of RAM. This looks like one of those games that will take a while to master, but which are worth it! That's all the talk for now. It's time to get on to some more software that I downloaded this week. AMBERHLP is a text file that is called a help file for Amberstar. It's -------- misnamed. This doesn't help you through the game, it gives you all the answers, plus allows you to become practically invulnerable. Don't get this unless you really want to know all the secrets! ATARI is a text file listing of all the Atari files (both 8 bit and 16 ----- bit) available through nic.funet.fi (an Internet site). Internet access can be found through many schools or on Delphi. BUS_01, BUS_02, and BUS_03 are (some) of Steve Blackburn's contributions ------ to the Atari World. Steve works at AtariUser Magazine and is a DTP wizard (that's my opinion after seeing his work). In these three files he has given us a number of Calamus .CDK files (v.1.09N and SL compatible) that he sometimes uses in marketing his photography and DTP business. He includes Postcard advertisements, letter heads, price and product listings, a calendar, post-it notes, and much more. I found it very interesting to view his compositions. It gives me ideas for our church newsletter! CN1992 is the index of the columns, articles, and tutorials provided by ------ CURRENT NOTES during 1992. CURRENT NOTES is an _excellent)_ ST/ 8bit magazine that is published 10 times per year (monthly excluding January and August). Check this out to see what you're missing! CPRINTX2 by John I. Spande will print out your C source code on two -------- sides of paper, it first prints odd numbered pages from last to first, then asks user to re-load paper and prints even numbered pages leaving pages properly collated for DeskJet type paper handling. It prints a descriptive header on each page and gives the option of printing line numbers. Pure C source code included. DBF_3_01 is DBF_info v.3.01 by Albert Dayesa (dated March 16, 1993, -------- which is the same date as v.2.07. The program also says v.2.07, but the author when he uploaded it says that it's version 3.01- -I don't know what's happening here! Since this is basically a bug fix maybe that's the reason). The program DBF_INFO.TOS is a designed to display and save all the dBASE III field structures in a dBASE III data file. The main reason for writing this program is to view the structure of HyperLink database files which are dBASE III compatible. It also contains two utilities that provide dBASE data file creation, load ascii data in, unload dBASE data to ascii (in 15 different date styles for date fields), and finally the removal of all records in any given database. ST--Falcon compatible in all resolutions. Docs included. DINKUM3A by Gary A. Allen, Jr. v.2.13 (dated Feb., 1993 and compiled -------- for the ST by Chris Herborth on March 3, 1993) is another upgrade to this shareware text adventure in the tradition of Infocom's classic games. Full "C" source code as well as an Atari ST executable are included. MiNT compatible. Search for treasure in the Australian Outback! Live dangerously and have a Foster's! DSKJET11 is the complete transcript of the HP DeskJet topic on GEnie and -------- and the Atari Roundtables. This transcript runs from Nov. 26, 1992 through March 4, 1993. The DeskJet is one great printer-- inexpensive, reliable, and it puts out a high quality print-out. I've had one and loved it (but now I have an Atari SLM605 thanks to R.C. and that's even better!). GALAXIAN is a Galaxian clone by Sinister Software for the ATARI ST/E/TT. -------- Keyboard or Joystick controlled, this one or two player game has lots of options. In case you've never played Galaxian before (or one of it's spawns like INVADERS) you are in a craft at the bottom of the screen, moving side to side and firing at the waves of attackers. You can only fire one shot at a time. Quite often the attackers don't just sit there waiting to be destroyed, they come after you! Multiple levels of difficulty, you choose the number of lives you begin with as well as the keyboard controls (if you use the keyboard). You can even set your favorite preferences for the next time you play the game. Hard drive installable (though the game changes the screen rate to 60Hz which isn't bad in the game, but drives me crazy after I quit--I have to re- boot). Color only. Docs included. SHAREWARE. GEMBENC2 is GEM Bench II v.1.0 by Ofir Gal (dated Feb. 14, 1993). GEM -------- Bench is a bench-marking test program that doesn't come with any screen accelerator program and was written with as little bias in mind as possible. The author wrote it because he wanted to see how effective the blitter chip was and which screen accelerator was the fastest. This program tests just about anything you can think of, speed wise, for your ST--Falcon, including GDOS. Dialog box, VDI text, text effects, small and normal text, VDI Graphics, GEM Windows, integer division, float math, RAM and ROM access, Blitting, and more! Mono only. Docs included. SHAREWARE. GEMVW220 is GEM View v.2.20 (dated January 24, 1993). It is an amazing -------- picture viewing program! With this program you can view MANY different picture formats inside a GEM-Window. Supported picture- formats are: *.GVW (the author's own format), *.GIF, "GIF 89a Images, *.SUN, *.PAC, *.IFF, *.BMP, *.RLE, *.IMG, *.GEM, *.NEO, *.ART, *.PIC and P(123), *.TN[123Y], *.DOO [640x...], *.SPU, *.SPC, PC Paintbrush (monochrome *.PCX), *.XBM, VIDAS, 24-bit TARGA (and saves them, too), and RSC-Files (also extended INTERFACE format, but no color-icon- support). Grayscale dithering supported for 4, 8, 16, 64 and 256 colors. Supports MacPaint, PBM-Pictures, ImageLab, JPEG-Images (the first ST viewer that really works--or so I've been told), true color BMP and color .IMG files, and more! This version loads "TIFF"-Pictures-- "uncompressed, Hohe Packungsdichte, PackBits Mac--RLE) and NeXT--RLE. It saves GIF87a and TIFF pictures, too. It runs under MultiGem with no problems (get ready for the future!), and runs as an accessory or a program. Includes excellent monochrome support -- even for GIF pictures -- and is very fast. Now you can keep in memory more than one picture at a time. This version has been adapted to allow for even greated compatibility with the TT and STe, and some other "bugs" were fixed as well. Can now be run as a .PRG or an .ACC. The interface has been improved and expanded. The program version now allows access to accessories. This program does so so much more than even this long description includes. Highly recommended. SHAREWARE ($20) by Dieter Fiebelkorn. The program is in English and Docs (German) are included. Color or mono (and high color and true color boards). ST/STe/TT/Falcon compatible. Requires at least 1 MEG of RAM. This file also contains an expermental version of WINX 2.0. This seems to be a program that will allow you to expand the available number of windows (up to 127) your system can display. Unfortunatly, it doesn't work on my STe (I think it will only work on German ROMS, if I remember correctly). GFA4PD_E is the English version of this new and tasty tidbit from GFA -------- Germany (dated Dec. 12, 1992) for all of you GFA Basic fans. They have released the editor for their soon-to-be-released GFA Basic 4.0 into the public domain. It is fully windowed, MultiTOS compatible, and uses icons for its functions, in addition to the drop down menus. Up to 256 editing windows can be open at once, and each one has its own drop down menu! Only ASCII source code is supported at this time. It can even use non-propor-tional GDOS fonts! The program and docs are now all in English. ST--MultiTOS/MiNT compatible in all resolutions. HYPBASE is HyperBase, a SHAREWARE hypertext program from DCSoft. This ------- program will allow you to create your own applications combining pictures, words, and sound. A silly horoscope demo is included. This program has it's own non-GEM graphical interface. The main program and a run-only version are included. ST medium rez only. It seems that the program is fully function, except that there are no docs. On registering (cheap!) you get a printed manual, a tutorial, a text editor and a clip art program. JETDRIVE is JetDrive v.1.40, an .ACC by Peter Kienle & B'Brox -------- Productions (dated March 6, 1993). It is a graphics and text printer driver for the HP DeskJet and the WordPlus wordprocessor. It allows you to print all font attributes (bold, etc), lets you mix attributes (bold & italics, etc) and prints graphics in 4 resolutions. It will only work with the DeskJet and WordPlus. ST--TT compatible. METADOS2 is MetaDOS 2.0, the MetaDos driver from Atari that provides you -------- with the essential elements to get any (ACSI/SCSI) CD ROM drive going on an Atari. While it has some bugs (especially with large files and many directory levels), don't expect that this will be supported. The programmers are putting all their efforts into a new driver which will work under MultiTOS (go for it!). Until that's ready you have this. Docs included. MSPYDEM2 is MIDI Spy v.1.1 Demo by John Eidsvoog (dated March 8, 1993). -------- This .ACC is a unique MIDI sequencer that records and plays your songs in the background. With MIDI Spy installed, you'll never lose another valuable musical idea because your sequencer wasn't ready to record -- MIDI Spy is always listening. You can call it background operation or you can call it MIDI multi-tasking, but what it gives you is freedom and power! As a musician, it's never easy to remember to push that button BEFORE you start recording. Many times you'll just start playing without realizing you're about to create something you should capture. Plus, there's always that stigma attached to the "red light" that tends to inhibit your talent. With MIDI Spy, you can forget about these things. You don't have to be a recording engineer. You don't have to anticipate your moments of inspiration. And you won't feel the pressure of the red light. In fact, you'll even forget MIDI Spy is installed, until you're ready to replay your creations. Even if you aren't a musician, you can use MIDI Spy to play songs in the background while you are doing something else (of course you can do that even if you ARE a musician!). MIDI Spy will load and save standard types MIDI sequence files, allowing you to load its songs into other MIDI sequencers. Just plug in your keyboard or sequencer and play away! Unfortunately, I don't have room to tell more of what this amazing little .ACC can do! Get it and check it out! Three excellent songs by John Eidsvoog are included for your listening pleasure! Save disabled with a 10 minute use limit. Docs included. ST--Falcon compatible in all resolutions. Ordering information included. MTRLACPU by Ken Baum is v.1.3 (bug fixes in a text file!) of his -------- technical comparison between Atari's new Falcon 030, Commodore's new Amiga 1200 and Apple's new Performa 400. Do you want to see how the Falcon measures up? Read this! PF_DEMO is a demo version of ProFlight Simulator from HiSoft. This ------- program has nice graphics and OK sound (after all, what's so exciting about the hum of a fine tuned jet engine!). This program allows you to fly under all sorts of conditions, day or night, cloudy or clear. Control the speed of your plane, the altitude and direction, everything you wish. There are no docs, but there is a demo mode that will give you a feel for the program (try the F1 key). Color and mono versions included. TOS 1.0--1.62 compatible (at least). PIM_PERS is the text from the press kit which Atari released at the Fall -------- Comdex, 1992. Entitled, "Personal Integrated Media - An Atari Perspective" and uploaded it here. This file can give you Atari's viewpoint on how the Falcon030 fits into it's vision of the future. It's quite interesting! PUNKFIX is a program by R.QUEZADA that will allow all of you TOS 2.06 ------- users out there to play his PUNKMAN pac man clone. Due to a bug in his compiler, the joystick address is not right for that version of TOS in his game. This patch program will search for the correct address and write it to the program file (with some help from you). Docs included. REBSHEL2 is the REBEL SHELL ][ by Terry May @ Shark Bytes (dated March -------- 16, 1993). Rebel Shell allows you to use HotWire (a great program from CodeHead Technologies) to access ARC, LZH2.01 (Roger Burrows version, not Thomas Quester's), ARJ, and STZip 2.2, in ways not normally possible. Completely configurable. Docs included. If you use HotWire! then this file is for you! Requires HotWire! 3.0. STKEEP is the ST-Keep Bulletin Board System v.5.35 by Andrew P. Studer ------ (dated March 6, 1993). At first, ST-Keep appears to be a Citadel (room based) type bulletin board system. However, once you begin working with it, you will notice that it takes on a very unique appearance of its own along with adding a great many features not found in Citadel programs. This will run on either a color or mono system, only requires 512K RAM (but you are limited with less than 1 MEG in your choices) and a Hard Drive is absolutely recommended (though you can get by with floppy drives). This program allows up to 32,000 users, 32,000 rooms, 32,000 messages per room, 255 floors, 255 doors (for on-line games, other BBS's), ANSI, VT-52, IGS and ASCII graphics support! Supports Xmodem CRC, Xmodem 1K, Ymodem Batch, Zmodem Batch, download ratios and more! Fido networking support. Modem transfers up to 14,400 baud (using XYZ201, included here, except he didn't include the docs for this excellent SHAREWARE program! Get the full program and pay the Shareware fee--I did! He also didn't include the docs for COLOUR.ACC, LZH201G [both Shareware programs], and FOLDERXXX). It seems that this program will do just about anything you need a BBS to do. SHAREWARE (well supported) with no feature disabled. Docs included. Many upgrades and bug fixes from previous versions. SWARM is Swarm!, another LenoxWare Extend-O-Save Modules for Warp 9 by ----- John Dillenburg. This module will turn your screen into a beehive or one to one hundred (fast or slow) bees. The bees will follow the queen, mimic her, or ignore here (in just what manner, you control). Docs included. SHAREWARE. TELE_MON is the Telephone Monitor Documentation v.1.00 by Lonny Pursell -------- and ENCOM (dated 1993). This little program records phone calls while you are away. It's sort of a poor man's version of caller ID. :^) Some people don't have caller ID in their area (like me) or perhaps can't afford the feature even if it was offered. Simply run this little program and it will record the date, time, and number of rings per call to your phone while you are away. ST--TT compatible in all resolutions. All of these files can be found on one or more of the following on-line services: GEnie (M.BURKLEY1), Delphi (MRBURKLEY), The CodeHead BBS (213 -461-2095), Toad Hall (617-567-8642), and The Boston Computer Society's Atari BBS (617-396-4607) (Michael R. Burkley). Drop me a line! Michael, who normally uses a spelling checker and GramSlam from WinterTree software, lives in Niagara Falls, NY. He is a former Polyurethane Research Chemist and is presently the pastor of the Niagara Presbyterian Church. ======================================================================= **--DELPHI SIGN-UP--** ---------------------- To sign up for Delphi call (with modem) 800-695-4002. Upon connection hit return once or twice. 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