ST Report: 30-Jul-93 #931

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 07/31/93-10:42:13 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 30-Jul-93 #931
Date: Sat Jul 31 22:42:13 1993

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This is a GREAT TIME for Atari-related  announcements.  First, the alliance
between ATari  and  IBM  for  the new  Jaguar,  and  now  Gribnif  Software
announces  GENEVA, their  new multi-tasking  environment.   See the  GENEVA
press  releases in LIB 15  of the Atari Arts Forum  (GO ATARIARTS) or go to
the  Gribnif section/library in the  Atari Vendors Forum  (GO ATARIVEN) for
additional info.


With   the  announcement  from  Sunnyvale  on  the  new  JAGUAR  Multimedia
Entertainment  System, we've  added a  Message Section  and Library  to the
ATARI8 Forum. We invite you  to join us in  sharing news and views of  what
promises to be an exciting machine. GO ATARI8 for Section 15 [Jaguar].


Download  file 20Q_01.TXT  from  LIBRARY 15  of the  Atari  Arts Forum  (GO
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> From the Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"

     The summer  shows are "happening"  all 'round the country.   While the
actual  attendance is down, the enthusiasm  seems to be "up".   It could be
the  curiosity factor  in the  Falcon... but  I'd like  to believe  its the
general attitude of the userbase.   Its really a  hard call to make.   Many
people in the USA have yet to see a Falcon let alone have an opportunity to
buy  one.  The actual numbers of  the machines shipping in this country are
unknown.  However judging by the attitudes of certain dealers  in different
geographical areas, it is once again, a hard call to make.  The bottom line
is the Falcon is selling but its selling slowly.
     This coming month, August '93, the TT030 is slated to be shipping once
again.  Or, so we have been told.  Also, its been made known that the TT is
the  machine the development of  the entertainment packages  for the Jaguar
are done on.  Hmmmm which reminds me, seems the first of the photo sessions
for the  Jaguar was slated  for the  26th of  July (last  monday).. it  was
cancelled for whatever reasons.  Sound familiar?  Hope this isn't the start
of an all too familiar scenario.
     There's a  new version of  ST ZIP, MSA  and of LHA  available.   To be
truthful,  the only one top concern yourselves  with is the ZIP program its
fully cross platform compatible  and readily recognizable.  The  LHA series
have far too many slight  variations to be totally cross compatible.   MSA,
Magic Shadow Archiver is the "whole disk archiver".   Essentially, it takes
an entire disk of programs and support files and compresses it into a file.
This makes  it easy to  store them  or transfer them  electronically via  a
modem.  Take care and enjoy the remainder of the summer.


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conscientious about backups.  Well, at any rate, here is the column for
this week...

>From the Atari Productivity forum

Jim Shaffer tells Brian Gockley of ST Informer:

"My company uses Atari ST's in our product that we sell.  We need some help
locating utility software and perhaps further consulting help.  Do you guys
provide such help?  Would you call one of our engineers (Brad Decker <215>
264-4510) if you're interested in helping (business opportunity...)?"

Ian Burton at Atari Music jumps in and tells Jim:

"I know this isn't directed at me, but I might be able to help- what type
of utility software (any names for example?) and as for consulting-I know
ALL of the benefits of each Atari ST/TT/falcon. (and I don't cost much!

The Ever-helpful Master Sysop Ron Luks posts:

"I spoke with Jim Shaffer on the phone, as well as the engineer at Bell and
Howell.  I have put them in contact with Bob Luneski of Oregon Research who
should be able to help them with their utility needs."

Larold Rebhun asks:

"I have an Atari 1040 ST with a Quantum 52meg Hard Drive. Is the Atari
formatting on my hard drive similar to IBM formatting. My wife has an IBM
laptop and I'd like to let here use my hard drive to backup to. What
problems will I run into? I have an ICD host adaptor on my drive also."

Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Larold:

"There is some capability to read/write to IBM hard disks in the ICD
software. The partitioning scheme may cause some you problems.  There is a
read-me file in the newest host software that explains it in more detail.

This is used for IBM formatted hard drives on the Atari.  I don't think it
will work there other way around.  The main original use was/is for syquest

Dick Barber posts a problem very similar to mine:

"Boy, I sure got myself in it this time. My TT and ICD/Maxtor 200+M were
doing just fine with the ICD driver.  So to make a good thing better, I
attempted to optimize with a popular program.  It turns out that I would
have been in better shape if I had used the Atari version of a hard drive
driver.  My hard disc is a mass of mixed up data.

To make a long and painful story shorter, I have DL the latest version of
the Atari driver via CServe, and have reformatted and partitioned my drive
(ASCI external BTW). I used the expert setting and have placed the "extra"
partitions off of the 4-8 setting.

The problem comes in the computer refusing to recognize the logical
partitions.  That is the message I get when running the install program. 
Clicking on the recognize drive (paraphrased) option from the desktop does
absolutely nothing.  Rebooting the computer brings up the message that SCSI
(NOTE) drive 0 is not responding.  Point of interest here... I was only
working on ASCI device 1.

I really got to get back to work and reload my programs. What do I do to
get back on my hard drive?"

Albert Dayes tells Dick:

"I have never used the Atari hard disk software myself but you might try
re-formatting it with ICD software and re-storing from your backup

Does the ICD software recognize a device exists on the chain?"

No answer yet from Dick, but I'll keep you posted.  Meanwhile, Dazzz Smith
asks Christian Martens about GemView:

"There was a rumor that version 2.3? of Gemview has a limited
life for an unregistered copy. i.e. The program would be unusable after
14 days, can you confirm or deny this?"

Christian tells Dazzz:

"It's stated in the docs, that newer versions of GEM-View have build in a
limited testing period if you are using it unregistered. Dieter Fiebelkorn
is using a number key system to validate the unregistered version.

If you are registered for version 2.xx, you should ask Dieter for your
registration key. I can't say anything about what will happen after 14 days
to the unregistered version, because I got my key. ;-)

Maybe, the use of this key system sounds strange to you. The problem is, in
Germany only few people pay for shareware in general. It's always the
same, whether they are using clones or Atari. It's a shame, but these guys
don't understand the idea of shareware. Because some authors don't want to
release crippleware to help the people to register, they decided to use
this key system."

Greg Chopak tells us:

"We will be shipping the first Photo CD application for the Atari Falcon
series of computers starting Monday, July 26.

Photo Show for the Falcon makes use of the built in true color graphics,
built in SCSI-2 port, and built-in CD quality sound recording  and playback
capabilities of the Atari Falcon.

Graphics can be viewed directly from the Kodak Photo CD disc or scripted
into custom slide shows that allow you to mix graphics and sound into a
multimedia presentation. Presentations can be played in a continuous loop.

Three professional quality sound loops are included with the program to get
you started.

Presentations can be recorded to VCR without additional cards. All you need
is a RCA type cable. Shows can be viewed on RGB, VGA, or broadcast monitors
with the outputs built into the basic Atari Falcon.

The export module included with Photo Show will allow the exporting of
true-color images in 24 bit TIF, 24 bit EPS, 24 bit RGB data, or 16 bit RGB

A SCSI-2 MultiTOS CD rom driver is included with Photo Show. The driver can
read both Photo CD's XA format and standard 9660 CD rom discs.

Photo Show retails for $35.00. Ask at your favorite dealer.

For more information write It's All Relative, 2233 Keeven Lane, Florissant
MO 63031.

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For an ongoing discussion of Kodak Photo CD type GO ATARIARTS"

Boris Molodyi asks Greg:

"Would it be compatible with Falcon Overscan? It is rather impressive piece
of work, with modes like 1280*960*256 with almost no flicker (and that on
13" low-end monitor)."

Greg tells Boris:

"I don't believe the overscan program works at those resolutions in true

Boris replies:

"Of course, Overscan will not give you 1280*960 in True Color, but it will
increase resolution some. I'll have to go to the dealer and see how much it
does in True Color mode."

Greg posts:

"We have done 768 by 480 with the standard Gem calls and a RGB or Atari
monitor in overscan mode."

Boris mirrors my own thoughts:

"Sounds really interesting. May be I should get a Falcon, after all ;-)"

Bob Caroles posts:

"I've been running speed trials on my Mega, slated at 16MHz, versus a
bog-standard STE, 8MHz. To my  surprise both machines come in at almost the
same speed!

The task I set them both was to run a complex home-grown database routine
lasting approx 30 minutes. There is a fair amount of disc work, but also a
lot of heavy computation. The Mega comes in at about 28 mins, while the STE
runs it in about 30 mins. Both hard drives are tentatively rated the same.

Now my question is this: Is it reasonable to expect a speed improvement of
such a small magnitude with the Mega STE?

And secondly: Is there some sort of software patch that I'm meant to be
running to get the Mega up to 16 MHz?"

Shawn Laughlin tells Bob:

"I've been running an STe for about 6 months now and don't see a real
increase in its speed over the ST ( other than in the drawing/blitting
routines). I've *heard* the STe has a 16 mhz cache built in but have never
seen it documented. I'm assuming that it would work like the early
accelerator boards (i.e., frequently used instructions are kept in the
cache and fed through a sixteen (or is it 32?) bit bus). I also would love
to hear any specifics on this."

Bob Wilson Jumps in and tells Shawn:

"A MEGA STE has a 16MHZ clock. A straight STE is simply an ST with a few
improvements to graphics and to the OS."

Sysop Bob Retelle tells Bob Caroles:

"The way Atari made the Mega STe a "16 Mhz" machine is a trick that's a lot
like the way the Intel DX2 "speed doubler" chips work.

ONLY the CPU chip and its cache run at 16 Mhz, the rest of the computer..
the memory, the I/O, the disks, the DMA... all run at the regular 8 Mhz.

So the speedup you'll see will be far less than double...  it depends on
what the software you're running is doing.  If it spends a lot of time in
tight loops, it will run fast.. if it jumps around so the cache has to be
refilled constantly, or does a lot of I/O, it won't run much faster than a
regular 8 Mhz ST."

>From the Atari ST Arts Forum

Dick Paddock posts:

"I have a friend whose 1040ST just got fried. He is considering a Falcon as
replacement and for professional reasons would like to have the rumored 486
"co-processor board". The alternative may be a "real" clown. Does anyone
know of the board's status?"

Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Dick:

"I know the 286 board is out currently.  I have not heard anything about
the timeframe for a 486 version.  You might want to contact COMPO since
they make the boards."

On a sad note, Tim Myers posts:

"Well this is a sad message for me but I'm afraid that the time has come to
move on from the Atari Forums. I've had a great time whilst I've been here
and I'll miss you all very much.

I'll still be around in CISMail though so if anybody want to get in touch
they can." 

Sysop Brad Hill tells Tim:

"I was expecting this goodbye message sooner or later... sorry you have to
leave!  I understand, though.  I've enjoyed our conversations!  Good luck
with everything."

>From the Atari Vendors Forum

Bill Durham posts:

"Hello, (a) longtime Atari (& Mac) user here.  Had lost a great deal
of enthusiasm in the past few years under Atari's abuse of its
customers.  Occasionally, I pop in to see if the Falcon will be a
Phoenix for Atari.  My Question: Just got wind of Atari's plan for a
product codenamed Jaguar.  Supposed to use one of the up-and-coming,
Pentium-slaying  PowerPC chips from Apple/IBM.  Any truth to the
rumor?  And if so, what's the scoop?"

Sysop Ron Luks tells Bill:

"Jaguar is fact, your details are all wrong. [grin]

   Jaguar is a dedicated videogame machine using a custom RISC chip
designed in the UK.  We have an active section in the Atari 8-bit forum
(about to be renamed ATari GAmes Forum). GO ATARI8 and read all the Jaguar

    The Falcon030 computer is getting off to a very, very, very slow start
in the US market and is getting a lukewarm reception overseas according to
the unofficial reports we've been getting."

Jim Ness tells Bill:

"Atari has announced the Jaguar, a games machine based on a proprietary
64-bit RISC processor.

A later announcement indicated the Jaguar will be one of the first of
several outside projects built by an IBM plant that has excess capacity.

Because of the IBM relationship, this second story got tremendous
circulation, appearing in the business sections of nearly every major
newspaper in the country.  The positive publicity initiated a run on Atari
stock, which has risen from $.87 to over $4, in the last few weeks."

Brian Gockley of ST Informer asks John Eidsvoog of CodeHead Technologies
about Warp 9, the Screen Accelerator:

"Have you any idea how it co-exists with Geneva?"

Rick Flashman of Gribnif Software (the developer of Geneva), tells Brian:

"The latest Warp 9 (we got it at the CT show) works great with Geneva.  We
have at least one machine that runs it all the time.  I strongly recommend
it if you want to speed up your screen display."

I can attest to that, folks!  The two work GREAT together.  These are two
programs that every ST owner should have!

>From the Atari Portfolio Forum

Don Thomas of Atari explains a bit about how a weak battery in a memory
card can make things interesting:

"If a battery is allowed to grow weak in a Memory Card, the data can be
allowed to "drift" since the data requires a given power output of the
battery to be sustained. Every time the Portfolio is turned "on", that data
is frozen in place because the card then has enough power from the
Portfolio. This causes the card to appear "stabilized" in a corrupted

I am one of those who do not change my battery until the card has these
symptoms, but I regularly back up my data. When the battery is completely
gone, I replace it and restore the card from the designated drivepath on my
PC which contains the files I had on that card.

For those who do not want the battery to completely go, I suggest changing
the battery every nine months. I recommend writing the date of the next
intended change on the label in pencil; to be updated when it is changed.
This is still no guarantee since the CR2016 battery may have an unknown
shelf life before it was purchased. Radio Shack, for instance, may not have
a foolproof policy of rotating stock and new product may be put in front of
old product instead of moving old product in front of new product."

Peter Bennett asks Dan Shearer at BSE:

"I've just been given an interesting problem which you might be
able to help with.

Someone who had a memory expander plus unit (it gives a 256k internal RAM
increase and an additional card slot) is trying to use it with his 0K BSE
Interface. I don't know whether you are familiar with the Memory Expander
but it is a straight through unit allowing the connection of another Memory
expander or peripheral such as the parallel interface.

So, he has connected it up in tandem with his BSE unit but can't read the
EPROM of the BSE unit as the Portfolio is only recognizing the card slot in
the memory expander as drive b:. Any way round this you know of? I
certainly couldn't think of anything."

Don Thomas tells Peter:

"Just so you know... In the U.S. the Memory Expander has never hit market
on an official basis. Determined users have found a way or two to obtain
them, but they are not available out in the open. Compared to Megabyte's
internal solution and BSE's devices, the expanders were not much in demand

Well folks, that's it for this week.  I hope that next time I'll have
things up to speed for you.  Tune in again next week (same time, same
channel) and listen to what they are saying when...

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be a member of DELPHI!  

                 DELPHI- It's getting better all the time!




                          SPECIAL NOVA CARD UPDATE

Announcement from Lexicor Software Corp.

As of Monday 19th July 1993, the Special NOVA Deal offered by Lexicor
Software for the NOVA Graphics Card is over.

The NOVA Mega and the NOVA VME 16M will now both have the same price of
599.99 U$D.

The price for the SUPERNOVA has not changed and will cost: 999.99 U$D

The 32K Graphic Card is only available on Special Order and will cost 429
U$D both the Mega and the VME. For these Card's there may be an added
handling Price.

Shipping cost are excluded from these prices.

Technical Specifications

NOVA Megabus 16M

Maximum Frame Rate        : 90Mhz

Video RAM                 : 1 Megabyte

RAMtype                   : DRAM

Maximum Color's           : 16,7 Million Colors (24bit)

Maximum Resolution (>70Hz): 1024x768 in 256 Color's

Maximum Resolution (15bit): 768x512

Maximum Resolution (24bit): 640x400

Virtual Resolution        : YES

Automatic REZ Switch      : YES

Upgradable                : YES

VDI for 24bit             : YES

VMG                       : YES

HARDWARE Accelerator      : NO


Maximum Frame Rate        : 90MHz

Video RAM                 : 1 Megabyte

RAMtype                   : DRAM

Maximum Color's           : 16,7 Million Colors (24bit)

Maximum Resolution (>70Hz): 1088x832 in 256 Color's

Maximum Resolution (15bit): 800x600

Maximum Resolution (24bit): 640x480

Virtual Resolution        : YES

Automatic REZ Switch      : YES

Upgradable                : YES

VDI for 24bit             : YES

VMG                       : YES

HARDWARE Accelerator      : NO


Maximum Frame Rate        : 135MHz

Video RAM                 : 2 Megabytes

RAMType                   : VRAM

Maximum Color's           : 16,7 Million Colors (24bit)

Maximum Resolution (>70Hz): 1280x1024

Maximum Resolution (15bit): 1024x768

Maximum Resolution (24bit): 800x600

Virtual Resolution        : YES

Automatic REZ Switch      : YES

Upgradable                : YES

VDI for 24bit             : YES

VMG                       : YES

HARDWARE Accelerator      : YES

For more information check our previous releases on the NOVA Card. The
Virtual Resolution are programmable via the VMG. The VDI of the NOVA has

proven to be very compatible with our Software and many other Software
applications as well.

There is also a NOVA Special disk available soon that has some NOVA
Specific program's on it, including NOVA Mines, the game, and the special
Calamus SL driver that will enable Calamus SL to run in 15/16bit in
15/16bit color mode.

                                                  Yat Siu
                                             Lexicor Software Europe

                     LEXICOR SOFTWARE CORP.
                       1726 Francisco ST.
                       Berkeley, CA 94703

                       Phone 510-848-7621
                       FAX   510-848-7613


> FLASH II STR Review                 "A Look at an old friend...."

                                  Flash II
                        Telecommunications Software
       "A Look at an Old Friend Reborn in Today's Online Experience"

by Dana P. Jacobson

     In today's computer marketplace, telecommunications has taken
an active role in how we learn about new technology and maintaining the
current flow of everyday information.  With just a modem and a
telecommunications program, a user can access an entirely new world of

     In the current myriad of Atari computing, telecommunications software,
whether commercial or public domain (shareware), is not overly abundant. 
The loss of Antic's original Flash program and the non-support (i.e. no
upgrades) of Intersect's Interlink, there aren't too many alternatives. 
While there are 1-2 other commercial programs available, Flash II has made
some terrific inroads to today's current possibilities.

     Although Flash II has been out for quite some time, no one has really
taken the time to say anything about it other than various online comments.

So, since Flash II is about to be upgraded once again, let's take a look at

     The most common assumption made is that Flash II is an upgrade to the
original Flash from Antic Software.  The only common denomination is the
fact that both are named Flash.  Flash II is a completely new, originally
written program developed by Paul Nicholls. The program manual was written
by John Trautschold of Missionware Software; and the program is also
distributed and supported by Missionware.

     I'll be the first to admit that trying out a new telecommunications
program was scary!  I've been a faithful and contented user of Interlink
since it first came out.  This was after trying the original Flash, which I
somehow just didn't like from the beginning.  Interlink and I have been a
great team, but, it did have its limitations.  So, reluctantly (but
intrigued), I tried Flash II.  I haven't used Interlink since!

     One reason why I like Flash II is that it's well-supported. I had some
problems getting it up and running (I couldn't log on to my favorite
boards!).  John Trautschold read my pleas for help and managed to get me
straightened out.  Not only did he help online on Delphi, but he called my
own BBS and even talked with me voice to make sure I was making headway. 
This kind of support is vital to me and users like myself.  Even today,
some months after I got the program, he leaves me messages asking how
everything is going.

     Well, let's get to the program as that's what you all really
want to read about!  Here are a few of the major features of the program:

     > Works on all Atari 680x0 computers (ST, STe, TT, and will
       shortly be ready for the Falcon).

     > Existing Flash .DO script files will work with just some
       minor changes.

     > Easy-to-create custom log-ons and macros for each system
       that you call - no more separate .DO files for each.
       Flash II automatically saves each set-up info, with many
       pre-set options at your fingertips.

     > Terminal emulations including VT-52, VT-100, VT-101,VT-102,
       VT-200, VT-300, VIDTEX, ANSI, and TTY.

     > Display .RLE and .GIF pictures while in Flash II, or saving
       them and viewing later.

     > Supports the standard ST character set along with IBM and
       DEC character sets.

     > GEM-based text editor utilizing block commands such as cut
       and paste, search and replace, tabs, reformatting, and

     > Multi-line type-ahead buffer window within the terminal

     > All the major file transfer protocols built-in: Xmodem,
       Xmodem-1K, ASCII, Ymodem, Zmodem, CIS B, Kermit, Sealink,
       and others.

     > Silent Line, a powerful background transfer program.

     > Automatic log for online time and the ability to determine
       online charges.

     The manual is extremely comprehensive and outlines every feature of
Flash II.  There is a guide for getting started quickly, a beginners'
tutorial, and more.  To get the most out of Flash II, I highly recommend
checking out this manual more than just a casual read; there's plenty to
learn if you really want to take advantage of Flash II.

     Setting up is easy.  You can use Flash II from either floppy or hard
drive.  For hard drive users, just run the install program and select the
options that you wish to include.  The program does all of the rest.  Once
you've installed the program, you're going to want set up the bulletin
boards and online services that you want to be able to call.  To do this,
just select the option to "Edit Boards" and you'll have the ability to set
up 40 names and numbers (per set-up).  This section contains the usual
options to include the system name, phone number, and password (hidden).
But, Flash II allows more for each system.  You can list the system hours,
monthly charges (if any), connect charges (if any), rates, call statistics,
and then the more important options. These important options include
terminal settings, RS232 settings, TA buffer settings, modem settings,
macros, and file transfer protocols and settings.  Each of these options
include a wide assortment of other full-featured options.

     Once you've set up all or most of your settings, just save them and
you'll have them always available whenever you make calls.  To dial out,
all that you have to do is either double-click the system you wish to call;
or select the system and click on the OK button.  You'll either hear your
modem dialing or you can watch the dialing sequence on the screen.  Once
you connect, the rest is simple.

     Although I've found the program to work quite well and I'm very
comfortable using it, I have found some things that either annoy me or need
to be fixed/modified.  First of all, since the program works in ST medium
resolution, add some color to the screens.  Everything is black on white. 
This is obviously not a functional problem, just an observance.

     Also, the editor defaults to show special character codes and carriage
returns.  There's no way that I've found to keep them turned off as the
default; I must do so for _each_ call that I make, even one right after
another.  Another problem that usually occurs is when I load a text file 
into the capture buffer, the first character is indented one space.  When
editing program code, this can cause some serious coding problems.

     Another annoyance that I found were the drop-down menus.  For example,
in the file transfer menu, there are a number of available options
(protocol, mode/options, and upload/download choice).  After I select a
protocol (BTW, the options should be laid out differently also), the menu
disappears and I have to go back to select my transfer options, and then go
back and select either upload or download.  The menu should stay open until
all three selections are made.  Some of the other drop down menus work
similarly; it's just a nuisance to have to return for each choice if you 
wish to do something other than your default choices. 

     But, for the most part, my overall opinion of Flash II is excellent. 
As I mentioned earlier, I was leery of trying a new terminal program.  My
fears were unfounded.

     The latest upgrade for Flash II (2.11) has just been uploaded to the
online services as a free upgrade, with promises for another maintenance
upgrade shortly.  A lot of the upgrade has been done for Falcon
compatibility, but a number of minor bugs have been fixed as well.

     If you're looking for a good term program, at least check out the demo
that's available.  If you're simply looking for a full-featured program,
Flash II is an excellent choice to make.


> NVN WANTS YOU! STR InfoFile       Another Network Supports Atari!

                      NVN - THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK!

     The  Atari  computer platform  has support  on  yet another  top notch
telecommunications service!   National Videotex Network  (NVN) maintains an
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Membership of 6 or  12 months, pay for it in advance and receive a bonus in
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Choose from two great subscription plans:

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Pay $50  for a full year's Membership and  get even more free time on-line.
We'll give you a $25 usage credit to use in  your favorite premium services
or  try out  new ones.  You could  save as  much as  $45.  NVN   now offers
Electronic   Funds  Transfer (EFT).   For  a $2  per month  service charge,
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their  personal checking accounts.  Please contact Client Services for this
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             For more information about either of these plans..
                 Please, give us a call at; 1-800-336-9096.

                    You can join NVN one of two ways...
              By voice phone 1-800-336-9096 (Client Services)
                     or via modem phone 1-800-336-9092.

                               NVN Highlights

1.   For the newcomers ....
3.   A library built *just* for business people
4.   Board Certified Psychiatrist heads up the new Substance Abuse Forum
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11.  Call all DISNEYphiles!  Join the gang!  <GO AMERICA>.
12.  Amiga Forum now available for Amiga and Desktop Video enthusiasts!
13.  NEW Email enhancements are on-line. Including personal mailing lists!



                          BLUE RIDGE ATARIFEST '93
                          Computers and Commuters

Joe Mirando

     On a warm July weekend in Asheville, North Carolina, people from all
over came to enjoy the company of other ST users and to snap up any
bargains that might have been found.

     My experience with the "North Carolina Experience" began on the
Thursday before the show.  My fiancee (Lisa) and I arrived at Asheville
Airport, got our luggage, claimed our rental car, got to the hotel without
incident.  Unfortunately, at this point things stopped going our way for a

     On arriving at the hotel, we found that, because of Asheville's Bele
Chere Street Festival, there was not a parking space to be found in the
parking lot.  At the end of the lot was a sign that said "More parking in
Rear".  As we looped around the lot once more, we could find no way to get
to the fabled "back lot".

     I have always found that there are times in life when  there is
nothing to  do but give up.  So I parked in front of the hotel entrance and
went in to find out where I could park.

     The receptionist at the counter must have had a hard day (what with
Bele Chere bringing about three hundred thousand extra people into town)
because she was not amused when I asked if I could just bring the car up to
my room.  She looked at me with tired eyes and said "Didn't you see the
sign in the lot?"

     "Yes," I said, "I saw the sign that said 'More Parking in Rear', so...
where's your REAR?"  I thought that this was enormously funny, but she
didn't seem to agree.  To better punctuate her opinion, she called the
manager to the desk.

     The manager came to the desk and asked "What can I do for you?"

     I explained that there was no room whatsoever in the front parking lot
and that I couldn't figure out how to get to the back lot.  She smiled and
said that this was the easiest problem that she'd had to deal with all day.

Just go out of the parking lot, she said, and take a right and then another
right and our parking lot is about fifty yards down on the right. 

     I breathed a sigh of relief and thanked her. We followed the
directions and found that the road had been blocked off so that work crews
could set up for the festival.  We drove back to the hotel and informed the
manager about this.  "No problem," she smiled, "just go out of the lot and
take a left and then another left.  The lot will be on your left."

     Again we followed the directions and, again, the road was blocked off.

Since I was beginning to feel like the guy in "Hitchhikers Guide to the
Universe", I reached into my suitcase in the back seat and pulled out my
trusty towel and slung it over my shoulder.  Once we made it back into the
front lot I did what any boy born and raised in the tri-state area would
have done:  I "cruised" the lot until someone pulled out.  Once I had
secured the parking spot, I put my trusty towel back into my suitcase and
we entered the hotel.  I told the manager that the second path to the back
lot was also blocked and registered.  We went up to our room and relaxed,
waiting for Friday, when we planned to pay a pre-show visit to Computer

     On Friday morning we started out for Westgate Plaza and, after only
one wrong turn, we arrived.  Sheldon Winick (owner of Computer Studio and
Coordinator of the BRACE show) introduced me to Cliff Allen, Gregg
Anderson, and Sheldon's son Ronnie.

     Computer STudio was doing a brisk business on Friday, with about a
dozen people at a time browsing through the wares.  I offhandedly asked
Cliff if they had seen Geneva (Gribnif's new Multi-Tasking system for any
ST) yet.  He said that he hadn't and that he doubted that he would get the
chance during the show since he would be working in the store itself.

     I smiled and hoisted my Stacy up onto a pile of Atari monitor boxes
and said "Well, take a look now then."  He asked if I really had a copy of
Geneva and if I would give a quick demo.  I said "Sure!" and turned the
machine on, explaining the rudimentary workings of Geneva.

     As my Stacy completed the boot process, I heard Lisa say "Uh, Joe?
Look behind you."

     I looked and saw that about half of the people in the store had heard
me talking about Geneva and were walking toward me in a slow, deliberate
semi-circle.  They moved slowly and deliberately, as if Geneva was a small
animal that they might scare away if they moved too quickly.

     I motioned them over and gave a quick demonstration, saying that Rick
Flashman from Gribnif Software would be able to give a much more
comprehensive demonstration during the show (and he did... over and over 

     All of the people who witnessed my impromptu demonstration were very
impressed, and said that they were going to order Geneva the following day.

     Sheldon then introduced me to John Trautschold of Missionware
Software, his wife and two sons.  John and I immediately began talking
about Geneva.  John asked if I had any idea of how well any of his products
worked with it, and I sheepishly had to admit that I didn't own Flash II or
any of his other products (something which I remedied the following day).

     After a while, I offered to help Sheldon and company with any set-up
that I could.  Although I know that Sheldon was grateful for my help, I
have to tell you that I really didn't do that much.  Lisa and I went back
to the hotel, had dinner, and went to sleep to the music from the street
festival outside.

     Saturday came and we found our way to Westgate Plaza.  We set up the
STReport booth and browsed the other tables to see who was where.  Sheldon
came up to me with a cute story:

     It seems that a company called "Paper Plates", which makes metallic
overlays for Calamus which allows you to metalize emblems and such, showed
up for the show without a room reservation.  When he asked Sheldon about
where he might find lodging, Sheldon shook his head and told him that he
wasn't likely to find one.  The "Paper Plates" guy borrowed Sheldon's phone
and called a hotel.  He said "Hello.  This is Jimmy Carter from Washington
D.C. and I need a single room for the night... thank you very much."

     We all laughed at this, but found that his name was indeed Jimmy
Carter, and he was indeed from Washington D.C. (He is J.P.C. on GEnie). 
Jimmy was a lot of fun to talk to, and I look forward to seeing him again.

     John Gniewkowski represented GEnieLamp well and dragged his wife
Roxane along (much as I dragged Lisa along).  John and I had decided to do
a joint seminar on Digital Publishing, but we hadn't had the time to
actually define what we were going to do.  I think that John was a bit
apprehensive about doing a seminar with an STReporter, so I introduced
myself and tried to set his mind a ease.  I must have done a good job,
because John and I put on a very honest, mutually enjoyable seminar and we
both wanted to do another, this time including Gregg Anderson of Atari
Explorer Online Magazine.  Again all three of us got along well.  The
questions were pointed and the answers were candid.  I think I can safely
say that all three of us would do it all over again.

     The CodeHeads were also at the show in the personages of John and
Julie Eidsvoog.  While Julie toiled at the vending of Tee Shirts and the
long list of software titles available from CodeHead, John showed off the
software, paying special attention to the MIDI software... MidiSpy and
Digitape were QUITE impressive!  The facts that John is knowledgeable and
intelligent, and that Julie is so sweet made buying CodeHead Software a fun
and productive experience.

     The fore-mentioned Gribnif, Rick Flashman, was demonstrating not only
Geneva, but the full range of Gribnif Products including STalker, STeno,
Cardfile, NeoDesk, the NeoDesk CLI, and others that have slipped my mind. 
Rick said before leaving on Saturday evening (his flight back was early on
Sunday) that he had taken orders for about fifty copies of Geneva.  I'd
like to think that my rudimentary demonstration or Friday contributed to
those sales, but I'm not that vain (I hope).  Gribnif's offerings are still
among the best bets in the ST world.

     Mario Georgiou was representing DMC, DEMOING THE LATEST VERSION OF
CALAMUS, CALAMUS NT FOR WINDOWS, as well as Calamus SL on an Atari TT with
some new modules.  Desk Top Publishing has never been my strong point, but
both versions were quite impressive.  Mario was busy for the entire two
days, shuttling between the two, importing pictures between the DOS machine
and the TT, cutting and pasting, designing, and re-designing, and giving
helpful hints to customers and customers-to-be.  I never knew that DTP
could be so entertaining.  I guess you just need someone like Mario to keep
things rolling along.  It was good to finally meet the famous Mario.

     Rick Ladage and his lovely wife, Karen, manned the Barefoot Software
display, which had us all snapping our fingers and tapping our toes all
weekend.  The Barefoot display was in a room all by itself, but there was
no trouble in finding it:  all you had to do was follow the music! 
Although I was disappointed that I didn't get to see Jeff and Dana, Rick
and Karen make a very nice addition to the ST-Show-Go-er family!

     Bele Chere, Asheville's annual street festival brought an estimated
three hundred thousand people into Asheville, a small city of about sixty
thousand people.  Any of these people who decided to take the Chamber of
Commerce sponsored shuttle bus to Westgate Plaza were exposed to the
AtariFest.  Sheldon's wife, Linda, counted the number of people to pass
through the entrance, and told me that it was a mere fifteen hundred. 
Think of it... fifteen hundred people who want nothing other than to get
from one end of the plaza to the other and find startling graphics, sound
and our favorite computer symbol at every turn.  Many of these unsuspecting
show-goers were heard to say "Atari?  are they still in business?"  or "You
mean that Atari makes computers that can do THAT!??"

     The overall philosophy to this show seems to be to bring some new
blood to the Atari market.  From what I saw over the weekend, it seems to
have worked.  Several people stopped at the STReport booth to ask where
they could look at this "new machine" in more detail.  They all seemed
quite impressed with what the array of STs, STEs, TTs, and Falcons could
do.  It was my pleasure to tell them that they where they were standing.  I
told out-of-town-ers that they could call Atari and find the closest dealer
to their homes, and gave them the number to do so.

     The Blue Ridge AtariFest has shown the virtues of not "preaching to
the choir".  Let's hope that, in the future, more dealers and vendors will
"take to the streets" and begin to "preach to the un-believers".



                            ALDUS PAGEMAKER 5.0
                           Macintosh and Windows

                         ABSOLUTE PUBLISHING POWER

NEW FEATURES IN 5.0!  Aldus(R) PageMaker(R) 5.0 gives you absolute power to
produce  professional-quality  publications.  With  more than  100  new  or
enhanced  features,  PageMaker  5.0  delivers  remarkable  advancements  in
control, integration, and versatility.

Version 5.0  introduces many  new features  for increased productivity  and
greater  freedom of design, chief  among them incremental  rotation of both
text  and  graphics, the  ability  to  open  and  work  on  more  than  one
publication at a time, and built-in process-color separation. 

What's  more, the  Control  palette and  Aldus  Additions technology,  both
brand-new  under  Windows  and  significantly enhanced  for  the  Macintosh
version, offer you the creative freedom  and performance you need to design
and produce world-class publications of virtually any kind.

                       MAXIMUM PRECISION AND CONTROL

Rotation and skewing of text and graphics in 0.01! increments

Horizontal and vertical reflection of objects

Intuitive  Control palette to position,  scale, or crop  objects and select
the type attributes of individual characters or whole paragraphs

Numerically exact positioning and  rotation of any object, from  its center
or any handle

Specific "nudge" amounts for exact positioning

Incrementally rotated inline graphics

Cropping of rotated objects

Text mode of the palette visible in layout or story editor views

Numeric kerning

Baseline shift

Process-color separations of PageMaker text and graphics, as well as
imported CMYK TIFF*, DCS, and EPS images, all without leaving PageMaker

Nonconsecutive page-range printing

Object-level overprinting of PageMaker graphics

Printing scalable up to 1600%

Virtually unlimited thumbnails, including from PCL printers

Automatic centering of the page on whatever paper you're using

More printers' marks, including date/time stamping, color-control strips,
and density-control bars on separations

Overprinting for any spot or process color or tint

Spot-to-process conversion at printing

Choice of printing individual inks of process-color separations

Automatic scaling of the page to the paper size

Separate line and fill attributes

Choice of transparent or opaque dash lines

Support for up to 18 language dictionaries, plus any number of installable
hyphenation dictionaries

New search-and-replace capabilities for a character's position and case

Sophisticated kerning and track editing


Many new or improved filters, including:

-  PICT-to-Metafile and Metafile-to-PICT conversions

-  DXF, WPG, Kodak Photo CD

-  GEM and Ventura Publisher%

OLE, using PageMaker as a client application

Ability to embed EPS files in a publication or leave them out, still linked
ease of updating

Images scanned directly into the PageMaker publication, using the new TWAIN

Font mapping for identifying missing fonts in a publication and
substituting others, using the PANOSE* editable font- translation list

% With PageMaker 5.0 for Windows only

** With PageMaker 5.0 for the Macintosh only

                            NEW FEATURES IN 5.0

                          UNPARALLELED VERSATILITY

Custom line weights from 0.1 to 800 points

Proprietary color libraries, including PANTONE(* (spot, process, and
Euroscale), Trumatch, Focoltone, and Dainippon

Ability to create you own color libraries and reuse them

Spot colors, process colors, or tints of either

                              ALDUS ADDITIONS

Extend PageMaker's capabilities for specific publishing scenarios, simplify
and speed up routine tasks, or write your own Addition scripts to further
customize PageMaker.

Both versions of PageMaker 5.0 come with a wide range of easy-to-install
Additions, each addressing common publishing needs:


-  Build Booklet

-  Drop Cap

-  Group It

-  Keyliner

-  Open Template

-  Printer Styles

-  Sort Pages

                        MANAGING TEXT AND TYPOGRAPHY

-  Add Cont'd Line

-  Balance Columns

-  Bullets and Numbering

-  Convert Ventura File

-  Edit All Stories

-  Edit Tracks

-  Expert Kerning

-  Find Overset Text

-  List Styles Used

-  Running Headers/Footers

-  Traverse Text Blocks


-  Display Pub Info

-  Display Story Info

-  Display Text Block Info


-  Run Script

-  Run Script Repeatedly**


Ability to open and work on as many Page-Maker publications as your system
will allow;

Ability to "drag and drop" text and objects among open publications

Tile and Cascade features for organizing publications on the screen

Listing of all open publications for easily navigating among open

Library palette for storing common images (with "drag and drop")

Compatibility with Aldus( Fetch* image cataloging and retrieval program`

Custom magnification (up to 800%) for zooming in to a particular part of
the page

Ability to edit rotated text directly in a layout (even the cursor is

Automatic text flow, without having to display every page

Keyboard shortcuts quickly accessible in the Control palette

Automatic resizing of Indents/tabs ruler according to the size of your
screen display

Global preferences for story editor settings

Easily removable ruler guides

Redesigned print dialog boxes

Helpful suggestions from the PostScript error handler to help solve common
printing problems

Color swatches on the improved Colors palette

Automatic appearance of colors used inimported EPS files

Visual distinction between process colors, spot colors, tints, and imported
EPS colors

Line and fill settings specifiable on Colors palette

                           SYSTEM RECOMMENDATIONS


On an IBM or compatible PC, Aldus PageMaker 5.0 requires Microsoft Windows
3.1 (or later) and Windows 3.1-compatible hardware.

A 486- or 386-based computer is recommended, with 4MB of RAM, an 80MB hard
drive, a high-resolution graphics adaptor card, and a mouse.

A PostScript-language or PCL laser printer, color printer, or imagesetter
is required for output.


On the Apple Macintosh, PageMaker is System 7 savvy. It also runs under
System 6.0.7 with Finder 6.1.7 or later.

Any Macintosh II series, Quadra, or SE/30 computer is recommended, with
5P8MB of RAM and an 80MB hard drive.

A color, grayscale, or black-and-white device, such as a
PostScript-compatible or QuickDraw-compatible laser printer, or a
PostScript-language imagesetter, is required for output.

NEW UNDER WINDOWS (contained in Mac PM 4.2)

PageMaker 5.0 is, of course, file-compatible on the Macintosh and Windows

platforms, and the new and enhanced features shown elsewhere on this
brochure apply to both versions. In addition, users of PageMaker for
Windows will appreciate these new features, which first appeared in
PageMaker 4.2 for the Macintosh:


Automatic true typographers' quotation marks

Baseline-to-baseline leading

Multiple-paste command, speeding up step-and-repeat work


Page sizes up to 42" x 42"

Option to unlink files

Standalone Dictionary Editor utility

No limit to the number of copies printed at once

"Apply" button in the Indents/tabs dialog box

Keyboard shortcuts for applying styles

Options to save files faster or smaller

Interruptible screen redraw

Double-click shortcut to reset zero point

     PageMaker 5.0 features significant  advances in precision and control,
smooth  integration   with  other  software  and   hardware,  and  expanded
versatility in the  wide range  of printed communications  it can  produce.
With the advent of  version 5.0, product functions are  virtually identical
under the Windows and Macintosh operating systems-so much so that customers
will receive the same user manual for both computing environments.

     "PageMaker  5.0 is the most  ambitious release of  the world's leading
desktop publishing  product," said  Lori Birtley, senior  product marketing
manager. "Its feature set was designed  with a great deal of customer input
and is  based  on more  than  500,000 lines  of  new code.  We've  received
feedback  from more  than  2,500 beta  sites  and evaluators,  and  they're
applauding the new features and speed improvements."

     Birtley  added  that  customer  demand  for  PageMaker  5.0  has  been
extremely high, leading to a record number of upgrade orders. "This product
is one of the most visible examples of our commitment to providing the best
software products for the graphics professional."

     Extensive third-party support reflects worldwide leadership

     As the  world leader  in professional page-layout  software, PageMaker
offers  extensive  support  from third  parties.  More  than  30 books  and
training manuals about  PageMaker 5.0  are being produced.  Some 120  Aldus
Authorized Trainers in the United States alone offer a variety of levels of
end-user  training.  Many independent  developers  are  readying new  Aldus
Additions that will continue  to extend PageMaker's professional publishing
capabilities. And a record number of U.S. and Canadian service  bureaus are
becoming members of the Aldus Authorized Imaging Center program.

     To coincide with the  recent introduction of PageMaker 5.0,  Aldus has
created  special support programs  for service  providers, such  as service
bureaus and imaging  centers. These programs  offer, among others,  regular
technical  bulletins,  toll-free  telephone  access  to  specially  trained
support  technicians,  and discounts  on  Aldus  software. In  addition,  a
specially trained team of  Aldus product experts has been  leading seminars
throughout the country. The seminars give service providers key information
about  the new PageMaker  so they  can be ready  for the  product when they
begin receiving PageMaker 5.0 files.

     In  the  PageMaker  box  itself,  Aldus  has included  its  Commercial
Printing Guide, which offers help in preparing PageMaker files for prepress
production, as well as tips on how to work with service bureaus.

     Superior features meet the highest publishing standards

     PageMaker 5.0  rotates  and skews  text  and graphics  in  0.01-degree
increments,  along with horizontal and  vertical reflection of objects. The
user can also edit rotated text  and crop rotated graphics directly in page
layout  view. The Control palette  affords precise placement  and sizing of
both text and graphics on the page.

     Aldus  has  completely  rewritten  the  PostScript  printing  code  in
PageMaker 5.0. The  product brings to  the market  the highest quality  and
fastest  throughput  for  virtually  any  kind  of  printed  communication.
Printing speeds, including those  for background printing, are up  to twice
as fast  as those of the nearest competitor.  The Print dialog box has been
redesigned to  allow for pages  to be printed  in any sequence or  group of
sequences-a  significant  time   saving.  Crop,  registration,  and   plate
identification are among the printers' marks PageMaker 5.0 offers.  Service
bureaus  and  end-users alike  will benefit  from  its new  custom printing
options. For example, it's  now possible to define and  save print settings
and  to send  multiple files  with different  settings to an  output device

     PageMaker 5.0 for  Windows includes  many new or  improved import  and
export  filters, such  as Kodak  Photo CD,  DXF, WordPerfect  Graphics, and
Metafile/PICT   conversion.  The   product  supports   OLE  (as   a  client
application) on  both Windows  and Macintosh  systems, as  well as the  new
TWAIN  standard   for  direct  scanning.  The  PANOSE  font  mapper,  which
identifies  a  publication's  missing  fonts and  then  substitutes  other,
available fonts, will also be shipped with PageMaker 5.0.

     Built-in  Aldus  Additions  technology  lets  users  tailor  PageMaker
operations to meet  their specific publishing  needs. End-users can  create
their  own PageMaker  scripts,  while third-party  developers  can use  the
technology  to create Additions that give PageMaker new capabilities.  More
than 20 Aldus Additions  are included with  each version of PageMaker  5.0.
Several-including Expert Kerning,  which automatically adjusts  the spacing
between  characters,  and  Edit   Tracks,  for  customizing  font  tracking
information on  a point-size  basis-enhance the already  strong typographic
capabilities  in  PageMaker.  Other  Additions are  supplied  for  grouping
objects, sorting pages, and creating running headers and footers.

     PageMaker   now  produces   process-color   separations  of   complete
pages-including text and graphics, as well  as imported CMYK TIFF, DCS, and
EPS images. The  number of color  libraries has  been increased to  include
Dainippon, Focoltone, Munsell, Toyo,  and Trumatch, as well as  the PANTONE
spot, process, and Euroscale  definitions. Users can also create  their own
custom color libraries.

     The product  now offers the  ability to  open virtually any  number of
publications simultaneously.  Tile and  cascade  capabilities organize  the
publications on screen.  Customers can  "drag and drop"  text and  graphics
between  open  publications-saving significant  time  and  effort. The  new
Library  palette stores  frequently used  images, again  with drag-and-drop

System configuration

     Aldus PageMaker  5.0 for  Windows requires Microsoft  Windows 3.1  and
Windows 3.1-compatible hardware. A 486 or 386-based DOS-compatible computer
is recommended,  with 4MB  of RAM,  an 80MB  hard drive,  a high-resolution
graphics adaptor card, and a mouse.

Technical support and pricing

     First-time  purchasers of PageMaker 5.0 will be able to take advantage
of  an innovative  product-support program:  For 90  days from  their first
telephone call  for assistance,  support technicians will  be available  to
them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After the 90 days, 24-hour support will
be  offered to  those customers  who subscribe  to the  Aldus CustomerFirst
extended-support program. 

     The  suggested retail price of PageMaker 5.0 is $895 (U.S.). Customers
who purchased version 4.0 (for Windows) after January 1, 1993, are eligible
for   a  free  upgrade  to  version  5.0,  if  they  return  their  product
registration card and the  dated original proof of purchase.  Customers who
purchased  PageMaker  4.0 or  an earlier  Windows  version before  1993 can
upgrade for $150 (U.S.). Upgrades are available directly from Aldus or from
Aldus dealers. Greater  discounts apply  for customers who  have a  service
contract with Aldus.

     Aldus Europe  and Aldus Pacific  Rim will announce  localized language
versions and support and upgrade policies for other markets shortly.

     Aldus Corporation  (NASDAQ: ALDC) creates computer  software solutions
that help  people throughout the world  effectively communicate information
and ideas. The company focuses on three lines of business: applications for
the  professional publishing  and  prepress markets;  applications for  the
general consumer market; and service and support  programs for professional
end-users.  Aldus has  subsidiaries in  Europe, Asia,  and the  Pacific Rim
serving a worldwide network of dealers and distributors.

                             Aldus Corporation
                              411 First Avenue
                    South Seattle, WA  98104-2871 U.S.A.
                           Tel. (1) 206 628 2320

Aldus, the Aldus  logo, and PageMaker are registered  trademarks, TIFF is a
trademark,  and  CustomerFirst  is  a  registered  service  mark  of  Aldus
Corporation. Other  product  and  corporate  names  may  be  trademarks  or
registered trademarks of other companies, and are used only for explanation
and to the owners' benefit, without intent to infringe.


> PC TOOLS FOR WINDOWS STR InfoFile           "Ultimate Windows Desktop"


           The Ultimate Windows Desktop Is Here, Say Reviewers 

     Central  Point Software, Inc. of Beaverton Or.,  has been shipping  PC
Tools  for   Windows,  bringing   enhanced  productivity,   protection  and
performance  to the  Microsoft  Windows graphical  environment since  early
March.   Referred  to by an  early reviewer  as "the  ultimate desktop," PC
Tools  for Windows is a fundamental extension to the operating environment,
making Windows easier to use.

     "I really like the multiple-desktop capability of PC Tools for Windows
and had no  idea how useful this  type of feature would be  until I started
using  it.  Now  I'm hooked," said  Craig Teahan, microcomputer  manager at
Akzo Coatings.  "The product as a whole seems rock solid and,  overall, has
a lot more to offer me than Norton Desktop, for example." 

     PC Tools  for  Windows  includes  14 separate  modules  that  together
provide Windows users  with a more natural way to work the way they want to
within  Windows.    The  products  key  features  include:    -  MultiDesk.
Organizes work  and simplifies file access   - File Manager.   Manages data
easier and faster.

 - WinShield:  Protects Windows data completely and automatically and      
               includes the only Windows-based disk repair tool currently  

 - Optimizer:  Uniquely optimizes hard disk drives from within Windows

 - System Consultant:  Analyzes and suggests peak performance configuration

     In  addition,  PC  Tools  for Windows  provides  wide-ranging  network
support, including compatibility with  Novell NetWare and Microsoft Windows
for Workgroups.

     "Windows provides  a solid  multitasking graphical foundation,  but it
wasn't designed to integrate files and applications consistent with the way
people  work," said Chuck Boesenberg,  president and CEO  of Central Point.
"PC  Tools for Windows directly  increases productivity and adds protection
with  a minimum of hassles.   The bottom line is  that PC Tools for Windows
contains everything users need to make their systems work for them."

     As part  of the  development of  PC Tools for  Windows, Central  Point
surveyed Windows users, including  users of The Norton Desktop  for Windows
and other Windows shell  substitutes, to better understand both  the appeal
and flaws of these products.   In addition, the company conducted more than
300 corporate  and  government one-on-one  meetings,  as well  as  multiple
rounds  of focus groups, to  determine the challenges  users encounter in a
Windows environment and the appropriate solutions. 

     Several thousand  beta testers, including both end  user and corporate
sites,  put the  product  through its  paces and  provided feedback  to the
Windows  development teams  in  Central Point's  Foster  City, Calif.,  and
Beaverton facilities.

     "PC Tools for  Windows is  a spectacular product,"  said John  Dunkle,
president  of Workgroup Technologies, an  industry research firm located in
New Hampshire.  "Its everything the  wannabes wanna be.  What Central Point
has  delivered is  the  total Windows  solution.  Its got  everything  from
customization of desktop characteristics, drag and drop, and conformance to
objects, system  backup, archiving, networking  and just about  every other
fundamental that Norton  just can't deliver.   And it obliterates the  need
for HDCs Power Launcher."


     PC Tools for Windows includes the latest and most powerful versions of
several different Central Point utility  programs.  Combined, they  provide
users   with  the  essential   Windows  companion,  blending  productivity,
protection  and performance in a one-stop selection of everything needed to
make Windows work well.


Problem:  Windows Program Manager Lacks Flexibility

Solution:  MultiDesk

     Windows  artificially segregates  applications  and  files, making  it
awkward for users to manage projects and organize their workspace.   People
tend   to  work  on  tasks  and  projects  that  require  use  of  multiple
applications  and  files.   While  Windows  allows  users  to run  multiple
applications, it  does not provide an  easy means to associate  and quickly
find  the applications and files required for  a specific project.  With PC
Tools for  Windows MultiDesk,  users can  install several  virtual desktops
that each  contain all  the applications and  files related  to a  specific
task, making the project easier to manage.

Problem:  Windows File Management Is Under Powered

Solution:  PC Tools for Windows File Manager

     PC Tools for Windows  File Manager simplifies everyday tasks,  such as
copying, moving, deleting and  mailing files, by reducing mouse  clicks and
keyboard  strokes.   The  products' 80  file viewers,  which is  double the
number  of viewers  found in  most competitive  products, display  text and
graphics  files in their  native format, without  needing to load  the host
application.   SmartFind quickly  combs a  hard disk for  specific text  or
data.   The  customizable  interface  allows  users  to  place  their  most
often-used commands at their fingertips as part of a toolbar.

     PC  Tools for  Windows also  contains a  robust PKZIP-compatible  file
compression  and decompression module,  which reduces file  size for faster
modem  and  network  file   transfers.  The  compression  process  operates
seamlessly with File Manager,  providing users the ability to  search, view
and open compressed files.

     Len Jordan,  product manager for PC Tools for Windows at Central Point
added: "The productivity capabilities  in PC Tools for Windows  represent a
natural  extension  of   the  operating  environment  and  conform  to  all
appropriate  Windows  standards.   The  Windows  Program Manager  and  File
Manager both remain fully intact."


Problem:  The Windows System Is Unprotected and Subject to Damage

Solution:  WinShield Data Protection

     PC Tools for Windows' DiskFix module enables users, for the first time
from  within  Windows, to  schedule automatic  repair  of common  hard disk
problems,  such as lost data  clusters or corrupted  File Allocation Tables
(FATs) or directories.  These problems  can result in system failure if not
repaired.   Emergency Disk enables users to restore unbootable systems.  PC
Tools  for  Windows  also  includes  enhanced versions  of  Central  Points
award-winning Central Point Anti-Virus for Windows and Central Point Backup
for Windows.

     PC  Tools  for Windows  offers  a  full  set of  native  Windows  data
protection tools.  Consequently, Windows  users no longer need to  exit out
to DOS to perform these functions.


Problem:  Windows Consumes System Resources

Solution:  Optimizer and System Consultant

     PC Tools for Windows' Optimizer  and System Consultant enhance  system
performance without requiring expensive hardware upgrades.  Optimizer fixes
the worst Windows performance problem - hard disk fragmentation.  Hard disk
fragmentation  results  from  DOS  inefficient, random  system  of  storing
clusters of data.   Entirely from  within Windows, Optimizer  automatically
defragments the hard disk drive, rearranging the data  clusters into a more
logical order whenever  the system remains  idle for an extended  period of
time.  Regular use of PC Tools for Windows' Optimizer  can increase overall
system speed by up to 30 percent.

     System Consultant offers more than 400 reports detailing hardware  and
software  aspects of  the  users system  and  makes more  than 50  specific
recommendations as to how  to improve efficiency  and operation, on both  a
hardware and a software level.  For example, it will analyze Windows System
Resource usage and recommend  changes to Windows system files - win.ini and
system.ini - to optimize overall system performance.


     PC Tools for Windows is scheduled to be available later this month for
a  suggested  retail  price   (SRP)  of  $179.95  through  major   software
distributors and resellers in the United States and Canada.

     "PC Tools 8.0 for DOS has been on our hot list since it began shipping
in  October.  Based  on all the  indications from our  resellers, we expect
Central  Point's  PC  Tools  for  Windows  to  be  equally,  if  not  more,
successful," said Karen Fuller, vice president of marketing for Merisel.

     Registered users of any version of PC Tools for DOS can upgrade to the
Windows version  for an SRP of $49.95.  Customers in North America can call
(800)  445-4208  to   order  an  upgrade  or   request  additional  product


     PC    Tools   for    Windows   runs    on   any    ISA-,   EISA-    or
Microchannel-compatible  personal computer,  with  Windows 3.1  running  in
enhanced mode.   The product requires a 386 processor or better, 4MB of RAM
and  3-14MB of hard  disk space for  installation, depending  upon how many
modules are installed.

     Central  Point Software, Inc.,  headquartered in  Beaverton, develops,
markets and supports a complete line  of utility software products for DOS,
Windows  and  Macintosh on  the  desktop, as  well as  the  dominant server
platforms.  Founded in 1981, the  company now has a worldwide customer base
of five million users.   Central Point's  products are translated into  six
foreign languages and are available in more than 30 countries.

Central  Point  Software, Inc.,  Central Point  and DiskFix  are registered
trademarks,  and   PC  Tools,  MultiDesk,   WinShield,  System  Consultant,
SmartFind, Central Point Anti-Virus and Central Point Backup are trademarks
of Central Point Software, Inc.   Other product names mentioned herein  are
used for identification  purposes only and may or may  not be trademarks or
registered trademarks of their respective companies. All  prices listed are
U.S. suggested retail prices and may be subject to change.


                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

      Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo)
                      Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
               Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                          Wait for the U#= prompt.

                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

          GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric
            Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission

> Word Perfect 5.2 STR InfoFile   "The Finest, most Powerful version yet!"

                          WORDPERFECT FOR WINDOWS
                                Version 5.2

  Whether   or  not  you  have  used  WordPerfect  before,  you  will  find
WordPerfect 5.2  for Windows powerful and easy to use.  Our newest features
combined with our other popular features from the past-- like Ruler, Button
Bar,  Zoom Edit, Speller, File Manager, and Drag and Drop--make WordPerfect
for Windows your best choice for Windows word processing.

  Check out our newest features:
     * OLE Support
     * Adobe Type Manager Fonts
     * Mail-enabled
     * Grammatik 5
     * QuickFinder
     * New Button Bars
     * New Macros



  Now  you can  use elements  from any  Windows 3.1  OLE (Object  Linking &
Embedding) server  application with your documents. Just by double clicking
on  a linked object  within your document,  you can launch  the application
used to create it.


  If  you  are  on a  network,  you  can send  a  document  on your  screen
immediately via  e-mail. Just click on  the name of your  mail package from
the File menu--you  never have to  leave WordPerfect! WordPerfect  supports
WordPerfect Mail  for Windows and  any other  program following the  VIM or
MAPI standards such as cc:Mail, Microsoft Mail, and DaVinci eMail.


  To  make your documents look better than  ever, we've included Adobe Type
Manager (ATM) with WordPerfect 5.2. We have also added a collection of Type
1 fonts.  These  fonts improve  how  things look  both on-screen  and  when
printed and will also work with any other Windows application that supports


  By popular request, WordPerfect 5.2 now includes a variety of new macros.
The  Pleading macro creates custom  pleading forms, the  Replace macro lets
you  search and  replace specific formatting  codes in a  document, and the
Barcode  macro inserts a USPostnet barcode anywhere in your document. There
is also a  Smart Quotes macro  that inserts typeset  quality quotes and  an
enhanced   Glossary  macro   that   lets  you   create  abbreviations   for
commonly-used words or phrases-- you type the abbreviation in your document
and  simply run  the  macro to  insert  the  longer term  in  place of  the

  The  enhanced Envelope macro lets  you address and  print envelopes fast.
This macro simply takes an address  from inside your document and prints it
on an  envelope. You have the option to  include the return address and the
Postnet bar code which is automatically calculated from the zip code. There
is also a Bullet macro that lets you add bullets to a list in seconds.

  We've also included the ability  to create custom dialog boxes using  the
macro language. And the Macro Command Inserter makes creating macros easier
by making commands more accessible. If you have a question when creating or
running a macro,  you can get  your answer online,  directly from the  Help


  The  File Manager included with  WordPerfect for Windows  lets you easily
organize  and view  your  documents. You  can  delete, open,  print,  copy,
search, and view files, in addition  to launching applications. The WP File
Navigator  makes it  easy to  move between  directories and  drives.You can
easily  access your files using the Quick  List, which is available in File
Manager  as well as  from various dialog  boxes such as  Open File. You can
also add entries to  the Quick List which  include the files you use  most.
Then,  simply  double-click on  the  Quick  List  name  and the  files  are
instantly available.


  WordPerfect's Ruler was designed to make formatting easy. The Ruler gives
you access to features that take the work out of  word processing. Creating
tables, modifying  columns, adjusting tabs  and margins, and  changing line
spacing  are especially  easy in  WordPerfect for  Windows. With  the Ruler
feature, all  of these tasks  are done  on screen with  no menus  or dialog
boxes  to open. Justification settings  and commonly used  fonts and styles
are also right on Ruler buttons for instant access.


  It's  easier than  ever to move  or copy  text. Simply  select your text,
click anywhere in the selection, then drag the text to a  new location. You
can do it  all with a click  of your mouse, bypassing menus  altogether. To
copy text, just  press the Ctrl  key while dragging  the selection. And  as
always, you can drag and drop graphics just as easily.


  The  Figure Editor makes  it easy to  add graphics to  your documents for
that certain style and professional touch you want. You can view, retrieve,
modify,  and size  figures. You  can  also save  or import  them into  your


  Documents  created with WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows or DOS are completely
compatible  with WordPerfect  5.2. There's  no need  for any  conversion. A
variety of file formats,  including other DOS and Windows  word processors,
are also easily imported on-the-fly into WordPerfect for Windows.


  Need a closer look at your text or graphic? You can display and edit text
and  graphics as small as  50% or as large as  400% in the document window.
You can zoom in to edit fine details or zoom out for a bird's-eye view.


  WordPerfect  has always  helped you  make sure  that your  documents were
spelled  correctly; now  it  can check  your  grammar too.  That's  because
WordPerfect 5.2 for  Windows now includes Grammatik  5. With more than  two
million  users, Grammatik is the  most popular writing  improvement tool on
the market.  In  WordPerfect 5.2,  it  is available  right  from the  Tools
pull-down  menu making it easier  to proofread your  documents for grammar,
style, and punctuation.


  WordPerfect's Button  Bar  technology makes  work easier  by letting  you
attach  menu items or macros to on-screen  buttons. So what could be easier
than specialized  Button Bars  that are  already created  for you?  Our new
Button  Bars  include merge,  macros,  format,  and generate  features.  Of

course, you can always edit the Button Bars or create your own.

  And by  clicking anywhere on a  Button Bar with your  right mouse button,
you can  bring up a  QuickMenu of  other Button Bars  to choose  from. This
makes it easy to  switch among a variety of Button  Bars and quickly access
all your favorite features.


  Who hasn't spent  time looking for a certain file?  QuickFinder makes the
process  fast and  efficient. It  is  ideal for  users who  need to  access
information  from  a large  number  of documents  stored  in  a variety  of
directories.  With  QuickFinder  you can  search  more  than  one drive  or
directory at  a time  for files  or keywords. You  simply build  indexes of
files  from any  drive  or directory  (local or  network).  You can  create
multiple indexes. Then, in WordPerfect, you choose Find Files from the File
pull-down  menu to  search  for file  names, keywords,  or phrases  in your
index.  The result  will  appear in  seconds.  Then--from the  same  dialog
box--you can choose to view  or open your documents. And if you add any new
or modified files, you won't have to rebuild the entire index.

                               MORE FEATURES

  1200+ PRINTERS

  WordPerfect  for Windows supports almost  all of the  1200+ printers that
are  supported by  WordPerfect for DOS.  It also  lets you  use the Windows
printer drivers. WordPerfect 5.2 also includes extended support for Windows
printer  drivers allowing  you to  print multiple  paper  sizes as  well as
multiple paper orientations  (portrait and landscape) in the same document.
WordPerfect  for   Windows  supports  all  of   the  WordPerfect  character
sets--more than 1500 characters-- and you can see them all on screen.


  The WordPerfect keyboard,  the CUA keyboard,  or keyboards created  using
the Keyboard Editor are all available to WordPerfect for Windows users. The
sculptured dialog boxes  in WordPerfect for Windows make  selecting options
smooth and simple for both keyboard and mouse users.


  The  Equation  Editor  lets  you include  scientific,  mathematical,  and
technical formulas in your documents. After you have created an equation in
the  Equation Editor, you can move and  size the equation in normal editing


  Perhaps our most popular feature is our toll-free customer support in the
United States and Canada. We're happy to hear from you, so please give us a
call if you need a little extra help.


  We recommend  a 386  or higher machine  and 4 or  more megabytes  of RAM.
WordPerfect  5.2 for  Windows runs  on machines  running  Microsoft Windows
version  3.0 or higher. A hard disk and  at least one floppy drive are also
required to run WordPerfect for Windows.

  Suggested Retail Price: $495 US/$595 CAN

WordPerfect is a registered trademark of WordPerfect Corporation within the
United  States and  other countries.  Button Bar  and WPFile  Navigator are
trademarks  of  WordPerfect  Corporation  worldwide. All  other  brand  and
product  names are trademarks or  registered trademarks of their respective


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> A "Quotable Quote"     Even with all the extra effort.......



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