ST Report: 25-Feb-94 #1009

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 02/27/94-07:17:44 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 25-Feb-94 #1009
Date: Sun Feb 27 19:17:44 1994

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 - ALDUS VP Converter     - Tandy "Gigastore"      - The Old Fishin' Hole

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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #09
                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

                  ******* General Computer News *******

                ** Bell Atlantic/TCI Merger Called Off **

    Bell Atlantic Corp and Tele-Communications Inc. have called off their
 planned merger, terminating a $12 billion deal that would have been the
 largest telecommunications merger in U.S. history.
    The companies are blaming a change in federal cable TV regulations.
 They also claim that market uncertainties made it impossible to close the
 deal, which was announced last October.
               ** Microsoft Loses Data Compression Suit **

    Stac Electronics was awarded $120 million in compensatory damages this
 week by a Los Angeles federal court jury in its suit against Microsoft
 Corp.  The suit was over Microsoft infringing on Stac's patents for data
 compression products.  But the jury found that the violation was not
 willful and awarded Microsoft $13.6 million on a counterclaim.

    Microsoft executives say they will stop selling DOS 6 packages
 containing the data compression software. But the company won't withdraw
 software already on store shelves.

             ** Compuserve Issues its own Visa Credit Card **

    CompuServe Incorporated this week introduced its own Visa credit card
 for CompuServe members.  Reports say that the cards are being issued by
 CompuServe parent H&R Block Inc. and Columbus Bank & Trust of Columbus,
 Georgia. CompuServe members who use the cards will receive a credit of
 $27.50 toward hourly CompuServe usage charges.

    In addition, those who use the cards to make purchases in the
 Electronic Mall will be offered discounts by various merchants.

    If the card is used at least six times each year, there will be no
 annual fee. The Visa Gold version of the card will have an annual
 interest rate of 12.9%, while the Visa Classic interest rate will be

                 ** Compaq Wins Landmark Keyboard Suit **

    Compaq Computer Corp. has won what is believed to be the first jury
 verdict in a lawsuit brought by a customer who claims to have been
 permanently hurt by a computer keyboard.  Reports say that attorneys are
 split over the importance of the jury's ruling, which came last week in a
 state court.

    Compaq and other major computer makers, including IBM Corp. and Apple
 Computer Inc., face a number of lawsuits from people who allege that the
 repetitive use of the companies' keyboards caused crippling pain and
 numbness that has ruined their careers. Many of the lawsuits have been
    In the case decided last week, Patsy Heard Woodcock, a former legal
 secretary in Houston, claimed she suffered wrist injuries because of a
 Compaq keyboard. She can't lift more than five pounds with her hands.
    She asked Compaq for $800,000 in damages and lost wages. But jurors,
 who deliberated for 55 minutes after a 2 1/2-week trial, found that the
 computer company didn't know its computers could cause injury.

            ** Motorola Integrates Multimedia Technologies **

    Motorola Inc. says it has developed a simpler way for PC makers to add
 sound and video functions to their machines.  Reports say that the
 company's PC Media product is developed around a chip called a digital
 signal processor (DSP). It replaces the multiple add-in cards that
 currently give multimedia capabilities to PCs.
    The development is part of a push that accelerated in November to
 incorporate DSPs as a way to make multimedia computers less costly and
 more flexible.
    Using software developed by Motorola and other companies, a DSP can be
 a facsimile, modem or telephone. The chip also has the ability to make
 sounds or record voices. Improving or expanding on these functions is
 done through software rather than adding cards of chips.
    A software developer's kit will cost about $7500.

                      ** Panasonic Cuts 3DO Price **
    Because of expanded production, Panasonic Co. has slashed the price of
 the 3DO Interactive Multi-player game machine from $700 to $500. The
 CD-based machine was released in December and has been experiencing slow
 sales, according to industry analysts.
          ** Galoob and Game Genie Come Out $15 Million Ahead **
    Video game maker Lewis Galoob Toys Inc is to receive $15 million from
 Nintendo of America for wrongfully blocking Galoob from selling its Game
 Genie product in a copyright dispute in 1990, a federal appeals court has
    In 1990 Nintendo sued for copyright infringment and Galoob was
 enjoined from selling its Game Genie, a device that enhanced computer
 characters in its competitor's games. However, Galoob defeated Nintendo's
 claim after the injunction had been in effect for 13 months, and
 requested the entire bond as compensation for its lost profits.
            ** Intel Increased Its CPU Market Share in 1993 **

    Increasing its market share of the worldwide microprossessor market to
 74% in 1993, up from 69% in 1992, Intel continued to dominate the
 worldwide microprocessor market according to a survey conducted by

    Second-place Motorola, supplier of the 68xxx microprocessors found in
 Apple Macintosh computers, had an 8% share of the market. Advanced Micro
 Devices slipped to third on the list
                  ** Professor Admits to Kiddie Porn **

    A 42-year-old Connecticut college instructor has admitted distributing
 pornographic pictures of children through a computer bulletin board
 system called "The Sanctuary."

    Stephen Rioux, who is on paid leave from his job as an administrator
 in the Tunxis Community-Technical College computer lab in Farmington,
 pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing child pornography over phone
 lines to computer users.  He remains free on $50,000 bond until his
 sentencing April 18.

    Rioux was arrested in November after federal agents raided his
 apartment and turned up computer disks containing more than 600
 photographs of children under 12 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

    College officials says Rioux's contract will not be renewed after it
 expires June 30.

                     ******* General PC News *******

                      ** Windows 3.11 is Shipping **

    Microsoft Windows version 3.11, which Microsoft Corp. describes as a
 "refresh release of Microsoft Windows 3.1 that implements packaging
 changes designed to reduce software counterfeiting," has begun shipping.

    According to a statement from Microsoft, the release also includes
 updated device drivers and a few minor code changes to address issues
 such as diskless workstation support.

    "Most of the updated device drivers and code changes have been
 previously available through online distribution and Microsoft Product
 Support Services," the statement adds. "The refresh release product,
 which will continue to be available as Microsoft Windows 3.1, contains no
 new features and will not affect current users of Windows."
                     ** Canon to Use PowerPC Chips **

    Canon Inc. says it will use PowerPC microprocessors developed by IBM
 Corp., Motorola Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. in computers and other

    Canon is the first major Japanese company to announce its support for
 the new CPUs, which are competing against Intel's Pentium chips for
 dominance in the high-end PC microprocessor market.

    IBM already offers a workstation using PowerPC technology. The first
 PowerPC- based Macintosh models are due out next month.

    Canon says it plans to build a new plant to produce PowerPC-based
 personal computers in Tennessee.
                ** Dell Returns to Notebook PC Business **

    Dell Computer Corp. is back in the notebook PC business, six months
 after it suspended shipments.  Sources say that Dell is now selling five
 models it co-developed with AST Research Inc. of Irvine, California. The
 systems range in price from $1,700 to $4,200, depending on type of
 screen, size of memory and number of accessories.

    Dell dropped out of the notebook PC field last August after putting
 all its resources into notebooks based on '386 microprocessors. At the
 time, customers has just started gobbling up competitors' products based
 on the more advanced '486 chip.

                    ** IBM Cuts ThinkPad 500 Prices **

    The IBM Personal Computer Co. announced price cuts of up to 20% on its
 ThinkPad 500 notebook computer.  The ThinkPad 500, with a 50/25MHz
 486SLC2 microprocessor, 4MB of RAM and an 85MB hard disk, is now priced
 at $1699. The same model with a 170MB hard drive now costs $1999.
              ** Digital Unveils High-Speed Graphics Chip **

    Digital Equipment Corp. introduced the DECchip 21030 graphics chip, a
 PCI-based graphics accelerator chip that the company claims provides
 workstation-class graphics performance at PC prices.

    Digital notes that the chip supports 3-D CAD, visualization, graphic
 arts, and other applications that require workstation-class graphics.

    The first in a family of new Digital graphics chips, the DECchip 21030
 will be marketed by Digital and Brooktree Corp., San Diego, Calif, a
 supplier of semiconductor technology. This chip will be targeted at the
 high performance PCI-based desktop market, which includes Alpha AXP and
 Pentium-based systems.

    Priced at $59.80 in quantities of 5,000, the DECchip 21030 will be
 available in volume to manufacturers during the second quarter.

                   ** Tandy Opens Miami 'Gigastore' **

    Tandy Corp. has brought its Incredible Universe "giagastore" concept
 to South Florida.  The 185,000-square-foot outlet, the first of six
 Incredible Universe locations planned for 1994, offers more than 85,000
 different electronic and home appliance products.
                 ** AMD Offers Clock-Doubled 486SX CPU **

    Advanced Micro Devices has expanded its Am486 microprocessor family
 with the introduction of the industry's first clock-doubled 486SX device
 running at 50MHz.

    The Am486SX2-50 microprocessor includes an Am486 CPU core and an 8KB
 internal write-through cache. The product's pin configuration makes it
 socket-compatible with existing DX2 motherboards, says the Sunnyvale,
 Calif.-based chip maker.

    AMD notes that the CPU delivers performance equal to its DX2
 equivalent in several standard benchmark tests, including the Landmark
 CPU, Power Meter 1.8 MIPS and Norton SI 6.0 ratings.

                     ******* General Mac News *******

                     ** Aldus Ships Persuasion 3.0 **

    Aldus Corp. announced the shipment of Persuasion 3.0 for the
 Macintosh, a major upgrade to its cross-platform software application for
 creating and managing slides, overheads and computer-based on-screen

    The new version features a redesigned user interface, an OLE charting
 module, controls for slide design and output, and expanded support for
 multimedia and on-screen presentations.

             ** PowerPC Version of WordPerfect Set to Ship **

    WordPerfect Corp. announced this week that its native PowerPC version
 of WordPerfect 3.0 for Macintosh is on schedule to ship simultaneously
 with Apple's first PowerPC-based Macintosh computers.

    The computers are set to ship next month, according to industry

    WordPerfect says the word processor has been recompiled and optimized
 to take advantage of the PowerPC CPU's speed.

    "We are looking at our shipping date as an extreme competitive
 advantage," says Mark Calkins, WordPerfect's vice president of corporate
 and strategic marketing. "None of our word processing competitors have
 announced plans to ship the same day as Apple's hardware launch. In fact,
 most of them have announced shipping dates of two to six months later."

    WordPerfect officials report that the software shows speed increases
 in scrolling, search- and-replace, spell checking and other common tasks.


 > W4W 6.0a STR InfoFile

                       Word 6.0a: List of Fixed Bugs

                The information in this article applies to:

                 - Microsoft Word for Windows, version 6.0a

              - Microsoft Windows operating system version 3.1


 This article lists the  problems in Word version 6.0 for Windows  that are
 corrected  in the Word  6.0a upgrade. If you  are experiencing  one of the
 problems listed below, you should obtain the Word 6.0a Patch.

 If you have  a network installation of Word  6.0, you cannot use  the Word
 6.0a Patch to upgrade your installation; you must obtain a full Word  6.0a
 disk  set  by mail  (free  of  charge).  To  obtain this  disk  set,  call
 Microsoft  Sales Information Center at (800)  426-9400. If you are outside
 the United  States, contact  the Microsoft  subsidiary for  your area.  To
 locate your subsidiary,  call Microsoft International Customer  Service at
 (206) 936-8661.

 How to Obtain Word 6.0a

 You can obtain the Word 6.0a Patch from the following sources:

  - On CompuServe, the Word 6.0a Patch is located in LIB 2 of the MSWORD
    forum. Download PATCH.EXE.


 Disk Error While Saving, Embedded Object Becomes a Box

 When  you  move   an  embedded  object  within  a  document  using  either
 cut-and-paste or  drag-and-drop, and  you then  (full) save the  document,
 the object  may  change appearance  and  will  be uneditable.  The  object
 usually becomes an  empty square box. Subsequent save attempts will result
 in "Disk is  full," "too  many edits," or  "operation will be  incomplete"
 error messages.

 Problems Caused By SHARE.EXE Corrected in VSHARE.386

 Word 6.0a includes  an updated VSHARE.386  file. This  revised version  of
 VSHARE.386 ships  with Word  6.0a to  replace SHARE.EXE.  This version  of
 VSHARE.386 provides greater compatibility  with many applications  running
 under Windows 3.1 or  Windows for Workgroups 3.1 and later. To run Windows
 in standard mode, you still need SHARE.EXE.

 "General Mail Failure" Error Editing Routing Slip on a Mail Gateway

 If  you edit a routing  slip in a Word document,  a "General Mail Failure"
 error message may occur.

 No kerning with Adobe Type Manager (ATM) Fonts

 ATM fonts do not  print kerned, because ATM fonts use an older application
 program interface (API)  for kerning;  this API is  not supported in  Word
 6.0. Word 6.0a supports the older API.

 "Not available" Error Messages with Adobe Type Manager (ATM) Fonts

 Word  displays the following  error message  for a  group of Adobe  Type 1
 fonts, even though they are available on the system:

 The font '<font name>' is not available on your  system. Do you want to
 use it anyway?

 No Anti-Aliasing for TrueType Fonts

 On  a computer  running  an  ATI Crystal  Font  video driver  (or  similar
 driver), the Crystal fonts are  displayed with clean, nonjagged  edges due
 to  anti-aliasing. TrueType  fonts,  however,  are displayed  with  jagged
 edges because no anti-aliasing occurs.

 Can't Remove Space Around Footnote Reference Marks

 By design, Word  6.0 places white space after automatic footnote reference
 marks.  In response  to  customer requests,  Word  6.0a inserts  the white
 space as a regular space character to the  right of the footnote reference
 mark, which means you can edit or remove it if you want.

 Dr. Watson Errors in Examples and Demos

 The Dr.  Watson program displays errors  when you choose the  Examples And
 Demos command from the Help menu.

 Cannot Remove Borders on Pictures

 Sometimes  you cannot  remove  a  portion of  a  border from  an  inserted
 picture  or object, even  when you choose None  in the  Format Borders And
 Shading dialog box.

 Cross-References Updated Incorrectly

 Bookmarks for captions change (shrink)  to include only the  caption label
 (instead of the full  text of  the caption) when  you insert new  captions
 later  in  the   document.  When  you  update  cross-references  to  these
 captions, the cross-reference includes only the caption label.

 SEQ Field Displayed Incorrectly

 The  result of  a  SEQ (sequence)  field  in the  header and  footer  pane
 displays "1" or "0"  (zero) instead of the correct number in the sequence;
 although the displayed  version of this  field is  incorrect, the  printed
 version of is correct.

 Password Displays in Converted File

 If you  save a  password-protected document  in another  file format,  the
 password appears as text in the converted file.

 GP Fault Creating New Document Based on Template With Link to Excel

 When you start  Word with the /n  switch, a general protection  (GP) fault
 occurs  if you  create  a  new Word  document  based  on a  template  that
 contains a link to a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

 Fonts Printed Without Kerning

 Fonts do  not print  kerned in  point sizes  larger than  the Kerning  For
 Fonts setting in the Format Fonts dialog  box. Fonts print kerned only  if
 they are formatted with the point size specified by the Kerning For  Fonts

 Word 2.x Mail Merge Document Loses Data Delimiters in Header

 When you open a Word 2.x for Windows mail  merge main document, and if the
 data document  is not a  Word 2.x table,  Word 6.0 removes the  delimiters
 from  the header record,  which concatenates  all the field  names in your
 data document. In  other words, Word reads  the header record as  a single
 field name (for example, NameAddressCityZip).

 Different Hierarchy for Choosing Which Same-Name Macro to Run

 Word 6.0  follows a  different set  of rules  than Word  2.x to  determine
 which template macro to run  when two macros have the same  name: Word 2.x
 runs  the macro from  the template attached to  the document  in which the
 insertion  point is currently located, while  Word 6.0 runs the macro from
 the template from which you launched the macro.

 Word 6.0a includes a the following new WordBasic macro command:


 You can use  this command to  set either  the Word 2.x  or Word 6.0  macro
 precedence method.

 Cannot Open Password-Protected Paradox 3.5 Files

 A "File  Access Denied"  error occurs  and you  cannot open  (via ODBC)  a
 password-protected file created in Paradox version  3.5 or earlier because
 Word 6.0 does not  prompt you for the  password. You can open  these files
 in Word 6.0a because the ODBC driver prompts you for the password.

 Insertion Point Scrolls Off Screen with WordPerfect Help On

 If  the WordPerfect Help  option is  selected and you  press ENTER several
 times, Word 6.0  scrolls the insertion point off  the bottom of the screen
 instead of advancing the screen.

 Cannot Create Non-File Links

 In Word 6.0,  you cannot create a link to  server an application that does
 not  use  a  filename  to   reference  data.  For  example,  Word  6.0  is
 incompatible with  a database program  that references a  database by name
 and does not use the name of the file.

 Computer Hangs Launching Word as Server When WordPerfect Help Is On

 If the Navigation Keys for WordPerfect Users  option is turned on and  you
 launch  Word from  another  OLE 2  program, your  computer may  hang (stop
 responding) when  you press the  ESC key. Sometimes  it takes a while  for
 the hang to occur.

 GP Fault Updating Large Number of Links

 A  GP fault may occur when  you update a large  number of links (typically
 from 80 to 200).

 "Out of Memory" Error Opening Microsoft Excel 5.0 Chart

 When  you open  an  embedded Microsoft  Excel  5.0  chart using  the  Open
 command (to edit the  chart in a separate Microsoft Excel window), an "Out
 of memory" error  message occurs. This does  not happen when you  edit the
 chart in place (in situ) in Word.

 Key Assignments Not Saved in Templates

 Word  does  not save  template key  assignments to  the TAB  and SHIFT+TAB

 GP Fault Running Find File Command

 If you start Word using the  /n switch and then open the Find File  dialog
 box (by choosing Find  File from the File menu), a  GP fault occurs if the
 View option is set to Preview in the Find File dialog box.

 Wrong Chapter Numbers on Last Page of Document

 The  chapter number  always  displays as  "1"  on the  last page  of  your
 document in page layout view, regardless of the actual chapter number.

 Wrong Chapter Number with Page Break Preceding Heading Paragraph

 When your document includes chapter numbers in the  page number, if a page
 break immediately  precedes a  heading paragraph that  marks the beginning
 of a chapter, the wrong chapter number appears in  the header or footer on
 that page.

 Error Messages About Printer Port

 By design, Word  6.0 confirms the validity  of a port before  printing. If
 there is  no  port present,  Word displays  an  error message.  With  some
 configurations, however, Word incorrectly concludes that  the printer port
 is not present and displays a "Local Port Not Present" error message.

 GP Fault with INCLUDETEXT Field

 If you  insert an  INCLUDETEXT field  that references  a bookmarked  table
 cell in another document, a GP  fault occurs. This error does not occur if
 the bookmark is not in a table cell.

 DATE Field Result Clipped in Invoice Template

 The result of the DATE field in the third column,  first row, of documents
 based on  the Invoice  template (INVOICE.DOT)  is truncated  on the  right
 side when you print it.



                             CORELDRAW TOOLBOX
                         SHORTCUTS TO PRODUCTIVITY

 by J. Scott Hamlin

      When it comes to productivity, there is just one thing to remember:
 The computer is faster than you are.  Getting the computer to carry out
 even a few commands is worth the effort because it executes them faster
 than you.  A shortcut is money in the bank, so here's your first deposit.

 Mighty Macros
 If you've used macros in programs such as WordPerfect, you already
 appreciate their potential. It surprises to me how many Windows users
 don't take advantage of its Recorder utility. For this example, I will
 use the macros I have created for CorelDraw's Nudge feature. Now that
 CorelDraw nudges down to one thousandth of an inch, I am constantly
 changing the nudge increment. To speed things up, I have created macros
 for useful nudge settings, such as .001, .005, .01, .05, etc.

 To create a macro, start Recorder, which is probably in your accessories
 group. Start CorelDraw. Hit Alt+Tab to maximize Recorder. If something
 other than Recorder comes up, such as Program Manager, keep holding down
 the Alt key and hit Tab until Recorder comes up. 

 At this point, you will be prompted to name the macro (you have 40
 characters to work with so you can be specific). Next, choose a key
 combination. Use the CorelDraw 4.0 quick reference booklet to find the
 key combinations already used by Draw. In general, Shift+Alt and
 Control+Shift key combinations are fair game. 

 For this example, select the Alt key and type in the number 1 in the
 Shortcut Key box. Click on the Record Mouse down arrow, select Ignore
 mouse, and click OK. Now hit Control+J and then Alt+N. Type .001, Enter,
 and then Control+Break (pause) to stop recording. Select save macro, and
 you're done.

 Now select Save under the File menu, name your new Recorder file, and
 exit. Windows will store the Recorder file in the Windows main directory
 with an REC extension. Using File Manager, locate the REC file you just
 saved and drag and drop it into the Startup Group. Exit File Manager and
 double click on the Startup Group. Select the Recorder file and select
 Properties under the File menu in Program Manager. Select Run Minimized
 and click OK. Restart Windows, and the Recorder file will load
 automatically, ready and waiting to perform your macros. Remember that
 the Recorder has to be running in order for the macros to work.

 Since you cannot edit macros after they have been recorded, don't bother
 to fill out the Record Macro Name in the Recorder dialog box until after
 you have your macro the way you want it. After you've recorded the final
 version of the macro, select Properties in the Macro menu and enter your
 description. When you create other macros, remember to update the
 Recorder file by saving it.
 Other ideas include macros to toggle Interruptible Display, Crosshairs,
 Snap to Guidelines and to call up the Weld, Clone, and Guidelines Setup
 functions. Remember too that you can nest macros, or put one macro inside
 another. Whenever you find yourself doing something over and over again,
 think macro, because saving keystrokes means saving time.

 Clipboard Culprit
 If you're working with CorelDraw and another application such PageMaker
 or PhotoShop, chances are you're cutting and pasting. On systems with 8Mb
 of RAM or less, two applications running simultaneously make the computer
 run brutally slow. The clipboard is partially the culprit because it has
 to remember what you've copied, which means it takes up precious RAM. To
 quickly alleviate the problem, copy a simple object such as a small line
 to the clipboard after you've cut or copied a complex graphic with
 multiple blends and fractal fills. Your computer will breathe a sigh of

 Slow Animals
 When you open the Symbols library, a 386 or slow 486 can take a few
 seconds to draw all those pesky animals. Speed things up by creating a
 new symbol library with a simple object such as a circle and name it
 something that will alphabetically come before Animal, such as AAA.  That
 symbol library will then pop up first and take much less time to draw.

 You can use a similar trick with Mosaic. If the last directory you view
 has many graphics in it, you'll have to wait for Mosaic to reload those
 thumbnails the next time you open it. To cut this time, after you've used
 Mosaic, change the directory you're viewing to one that has no graphics
 in it such as a TEMP directory or your PSFONTS directory. When you open
 Mosaic, you won't have to wait for it to bring up a bunch of thumbnails
 before you can use it.

 De-fault is Yours 
 If you type some text and then change the text to your favorite font,
 you're working too hard. The fewer times you have to alter text, the
 better. Because I often use Futura Medium Bold for headlines and New
 Brunswick for body text, I've avoided significant tedium by changing my
 Artistic Fonts default to 42-point Futura Medium Bold and Paragraph text
 to 18-point New Brunswick. 

 Make sure nothing is selected and hit Ctrl+F2. Select the font and size
 you prefer for headlines and click Apply. When the Text Attributes box
 appears, make sure that Artistic Text is the only item selected by
 clicking on Paragraph Text, and hit OK. Repeat the process for Paragraph
 Text, but make sure Paragraph Text is selected.

 Other Time Savers
 If you print multiple PRN (print to file or Postscript) files for slides
 or transparencies, this tip is a real time saver. When printing to disk,
 don't print to a floppy. Instead, print to a temporary directory on your
 hard drive and then copy the file(s) to a disk. 

 If you're not using CorelDraw's new speed features such as Clone, Styles,
 and Templates, take the time to learn them it'll pay off in productivity.
 For example, Styles lets you set hotkeys to apply certain style settings,
 so there is real speed potential there.
 Work in wireframe mode whenever possible and use the interruptible
 display. If you are duplicating several complicated objects, the last
 duplication will always draw first. You can save time by duplicating and
 clicking on the duplicate to reposition it before waiting for the screen
 to redraw.

 Finally, seven or eight levels of Undo is usually sufficient. By using
 all 99 levels of Undo, your file will eat up precious RAM, which
 translates into more waiting.


 This article on Speed  and Productivity tips is provided courtesy of Corel
 Magazine.  It is  an example of the useful articles  that you will find in
 each issue of Corel  Magazine.  Each article is designed to  maximize your
 productivity  and increase  your  skills in  CorelDraw.   This  article is
 representative of the useful  tips and  tricks you can  expect to find  in
 Corel Magazine.   Designed for  the serious computer  graphics user, Corel
 Magazine boast a  bold, dynamic look  and editorial format.   Each  volume
 covers issues  of  concern to  the  graphic  design professional  and  the
 business presentation  graphic user.   Plus, Corel Magazine  will take you
 beyond  the  limits   of  your  imagination  with  coverage  of  the  best
 illustration   techniques,   drawing   methods,    and   Corel    software

 For a subscription call:
                               (800) 856-0062
                               (512) 219-3138
                            fax (512) 219-3156.

 J. Scott Hamlin is a freelance graphics designer in Austin, TX.  Reach
 him on CompuServe at 73132,1013.




      The "VP  Converter..." Addition  lets you  convert Ventura  Publisher
 chapter files (.CHP) to PageMaker  files.  The "VP  Converter..." Addition
 is compatible with Ventura Publisher 3.0, and has been  lightly tested for
 compatibility with Ventura Publisher versions 4.0, 4.1, and 4.2. 

      The "VP  Converter..." Addition  lets you  convert Ventura  Publisher
 chapter files  (.CHP) to  PageMaker files.   Since  PageMaker and  Ventura
 Publisher do not  share all of the  same features, you may  have to modify
 the PageMaker  file after conversion.   For example, a  41-page chapter in
 Ventura Publisher may convert to  a 39-page publication in  PageMaker 5.0.
 More information on which features and formats convert is included below.

      The "VP Converter..."  Addition is compatible with  Ventura Publisher
 3.0, and has  been lightly tested for compatibility with Ventura Publisher
 versions 4.0,  4.1, and 4.2.  If you  are unable to convert a chapter file
 created with  versions 4.0 or higher, use the VP43.EXE utility included on
 your  Ventura Publisher  Utilities  disk to  convert  the chapter  file to
 Ventura Publisher 3.0 format.   You can then convert the 3.0  chapter file
 to a PageMaker publication using the "VP Converter..." Addition.

 Note: Because the converter doesn't support  most word-processing formats,
 you'll need  to convert  all of the  text files  in your  Ventura file  to
 ASCII before using this Addition.

 To convert your Ventura text files to ASCII:

 1.  In Ventura Publisher, use the pointer tool to select the frame or
     underlying page containing a text file you want to convert.

 2.   Choose File Type/Rename...  from the Frame  menu. For New Name,  type
      the path  and filename  of the ASCII  file for  your text.   For Text
      Format, select ASCII.  Then click OK.

 3.   Choose Save from the File menu.
 4.   Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each  text file.  This is not  necessary
      for  frames  containing text  that  you  typed  in  Ventura (such  as
      captions or frame text).

 To convert a Ventura CHP file to a PageMaker publication:

 1.  In PageMaker 5.0, choose "VP Converter..." from the Aldus Additions
     submenu on the Utilities menu.
 2.  Select the Ventura chapter file you want to convert, and click OK.

 Features and formats supported by the "VP Converter..." Addition
 Text file formats imported by the "VP Converter..." Addition

 Text file format                   Extension
 7-bit ASCII                             .TXT
 Text generated by VP                    .GEN

 Text file formats that the "VP Converter..." Addition can't import

 Text file format                   Extension
 8-bit ASCII                             .TXT
 DCA                                     .RFT
 Microsoft Word                          .DOC
 Microsoft Word for Windows              .DOC
 MultiMate                               .DOC
 PRN to Table                            .PRN
 Word Perfect 4,5                        .WP
 WordStar 3, 4, 5                        .WS
 Xerox Writer                            .XWP
 XyWrite                                 .TXT

 Support for picture files

 The "VP Converter..."  Addition converts most  but not  all picture  files
 from your Ventura  chapter file to a  new PageMaker file. The  table below
 explains which picture formats you can expect the VP Converter to handle.

 If your Ventura file contains a picture format  that VP Converter does not
 support, try using  a graphics program (such  as the one that  created the
 picture) to save it to a supported format.

 Picture file format Extension Supported?     Notes

 AutoCad                  .SLD N    PageMaker can't import this format
 CGM                      .CGM Y
 DCS image file           .MAS Y
 Encapsulated Postscript  .EPS Y
 GEM (line art)           .GEM Y
 GEM/HALO DPE             .IMG N    PageMaker can't import this format
                          .HPG Y    Select the"HPGL filter" during
                                    conversion to place .HPG files.
 Lotus PIC                .PIC Y
 Mac Paint                .PNT Y
 Macintosh PICT           .PCT Y
 PC Paintbrush            .PCX Y
 TIFF                     .TIF Y
 VideoShow                .PIC Y
 Windows metafile         .WMF N    PageMaker's supported "placeable" WMF
                                    format differs from the standard
                                    format VP supports.

 Support for text attributes and features

 Text item or feature     Supported?     Notes

 Allow breaks within           Y
 Auto-numbering                N    No numbers or codes will show.
 Automatic pair kerning        Y    Supported at the paragraph level only,
                                    not file-wide or frame-wide.
 Big first character           N    Tip: Use the "Drop Cap..." Addition
                                    after conversion.
 Bold                          Y
 Box characters                N    Codes appear in text.
 Box text characters           Y
 Bullet paragraph attribute    N
 Column balance                N    Tip: Use the "Balance columns..."
                                    Addition on selected pages after
 Column break before           Y
 Column break after            N
 Column break before           N    and after
 Cross References              N    Codes appear in text.
 Define Colors                 N    Colors redefined with a new name and
                                    color model convert as the 8 standard
                                    Ventura colors.
 Double-underline              N    Appears as a single line.
 Equations                     N    Codes appear in text.
 First line indent             Y    One line only.
 First line outdent            N
 Font                          Y    You may need to update font ID numbers
                                    in the ALDUS.INI file for fonts to
                                    convert correctly.
 Footnote numbers              N    Numerical numbers appear but may not
                                    be in sequence Ventura last displayed.
 Frame anchors                 N    Codes appear in text. After conversion
                                    the frame appears on the page in
                                    approximately the same position last
                                    displayed in Ventura.
 Grow inter-line to fit        N
 Horizontal alignment:         N
 Horizontal alignment:         Y    Tip: If large spaces appear with
                                    justified left, center, right,
                                    justified alignment, remove any soft
                                    carriage returns that display in
                                    PageMaker's story editor.
 Hyphenation                   Y
 In from right to decimal      N
 Index entries                 Y
 Inter-line spacing            Y
 Inter-paragraph spacing       N
 Italic text                   Y
 Keep with next                Y
 Letter spacing                Y
 Marker names                  N    Codes appear in text.
 Move down to first            N    baseline by inter-line or cap height
 Next Y position:              N    Beside last line of previous paragraph
 Orphans (minimum              N    Tip: Use "Orphan control" in the
                                    "Paragraph lines at bottom)
                                    specifications" dialog box after
 Overall width (frame-wide)    N    Frame-wide widths are converted to
                                    column-wide widths.
 Overall width (column-wide)   Y
 Overscore                     N    Appears as strike-thru.
 Page break before             Y
 Page break after              N
 Page break before             N    and after
 Page break before/            N    until left
 Page break before/            N    until right
 Relative indent               N
 Repeating frame               Y    Exception: Contents of a frame hidden
                                    on a given page will become visible
                                    after conversion.
 Ruling line above text        Y    See "Ruling line attributes" for more
 Ruling line around frames     Y
 Ruling line around paragraphs N

 Ruling line attributes:

 Supported: color; 
 styles (weights) convert to nearest whole point size in PageMaker.

 Not supported: width, space above, space below rule 3, user-defined
 height of rule, pattern shades (convert as a solid line), dash width,
 dash spacing, custom indent, custom width (dashes convert as a solid
 line). Double 1/2 pt, Thick-Thin, Thin-Thick, Three line, Triple 1/2
 point and user defined rules convert the first line thickness only.

 Ruling line below text        Y    See "Ruling line attributes" for more
 Small                         N    Characters become small caps.
 Small cap size                Y
 Spacing: add above            Y    when not at column top
 Spacing: add in above always  N    PageMaker doesn't add space above if
                                    text is placed at top of column.
 Spacing above                 Y    Space above and space below paragraph
                                    paragraph are added together in
                                    PageMaker. (Ventura uses whichever is
                                    greater: space above or space below.)
 Spacing below                 Y    Space above and space below paragraph
                                    paragraph are added together in
                                    PageMaker. (Ventura uses whichever is
                                    greater: space above or space below.)

 Spacing in from left          Y
 Spacing in from right         Y
 Spacing settings for          N    left page only or right page only
 Strike-thru                   Y
 Strike-thru height and shift  N
 Subscript                     Y
 Subscript shift down          Y
 Subscript size                Y
 Superscript                   Y
 Superscript shift up          Y
 Superscript size              Y
 Tab auto-leader               N
 Tab leader                    Y
 Tab leader spacing            N    Leader converts with no spacing.
 Tabs                          Y    Exception: Ventura numbers tabs but
                                    does not require you to place them in
                                    any order from left-to-right. When the
                                    converter discovers a tab setting that
                                    is not in left-to-right order, it
                                    stops converting tabs for that
 Tables                        N    Table codes appear in text; table
                                    contents may appear separated by
 Text rotation                 N
 Tracking                      Y
 Underline                     Y
 Underline height and          N    shift
 Variable definitions          N    Codes appear in text.
 Vertical alignment            N
 Vertical justification        N
 Widows (minimum               N    Tip: Use "Widow control" in the
                                    "Paragraph lines at top)
                                    specifications" dialog box after
 Word spacing                  Y    (minimum, normal, maximum space width)

 Support for Ventura graphics

 Graphic feature     Supported?     Notes

 Box text                 Y
 Circles                  Y
 Fill patterns            Y
 Fill transparent         N
 Lines                    Y
 Line end styles          N    All lines convert with square ends
 Rectangles               Y
 Rounded rectangles       Y    Corners will be more rounded after
                               conversion; however, you can change them in
 Send to back,            N    Graphics convert in the same stacking order
                               bring to front as they were created in
                               Ventura, not in their last displayed order
 Show graphic on all pages Y

 Support for page layout, picture formatting, headers, footers, indexes,
 TOCs, and footnotes

 Feature             Supported?          Notes

 Double-sided             Y    Broadsheet page size is not supported.
 Double-sided,            N    Must insert a new page before page 1 before

                               start on left conversion. New page becomes
                               right page after conversion.
 Footer                   Y    Exception: For single-sided, start-on-left 
                               documents, left footer is lost.
 Footnotes                Y    Footnote text appears at end of story 
                               after conversion (even if footnotes were
                               turned off but previously created).
                               Numerical numbers appear but may not be in
                               sequence Ventura last displayed.
 Frame anchors            N    Codes appear in text. After conversion the
                               frame appears on the page in approximately
                               the same position last displayed in
 Frame background fills   Y    Pattern fills convert to closest screened
                               fill in PageMaker.
 Frame captions           Y    Supported for Right, Left, Above, Below,
                               and Caption labels extended.
 Frame padding            N
 Header                   Y    Exception: For single-sided, start-on-left 
                               documents, left header is lost.
 Hidden repeating frames  N    Hidden repeating frames appear on the 
                               master pages in PageMaker.
 Image settings           N    for grayscale images
 Index features           Y
 Inserted pages           Y    Custom pages appear as they do in Ventura
                               except for unsupported features Inter-col.
 and vertical rules       Y    May need to correct display by sending some
                               rules behind other elements on the page.
 Landscape                Y
 Margins and columns      Y    Supported for custom widths and gutter
                               sizes frames with text.  
 Page sizes               Y
 Picture cropping         N    Picture dimensions convert properly but you
                               may need to adjust the areas you want
 Picture scaling          N    Converts picture at original size. Slight 
                               differences in display may be apparent
                               after conversion.
 Portrait                 Y
 Ruling lines for frames  Y    Multiple lines for above, below, or around
                               are and pages supported.
 Single-sided             Y
 Single-sided, left       N    Converts to single-sided right pages;
                               left-page start on left headers and footers
                               lost in conversion.
 Single sided, right      Y
 Table of contents features N
 Vertical alignment       N
 Vertical justification   N

 Additional notes

      If   your  Ventura   chapter  file   contains   footnotes,  the   "VP
 Converter..." Addition will place an invisible box on  the master pages in
 PageMaker 5.0 that  corresponds to  the location of  the footnotes in  the
 original chapter file.   All  footnotes will appear  at the  end of  their
 corresponding story. If  you notice that  text in  your converted  chapter
 file  flows in  an  unexpected manner,  go  to the  master pages  in  your
 publication, choose "Select  all" from the Edit menu, and delete invisible
 boxes  that appear in  the expected  place for  footnotes.  You  will then
 need to manually copy and paste footnotes from the  end of each story into
 their correct locations.

      Links in Ventura chapter files  must be up-to-date to  ensure correct
 conversion  in  PageMaker. It's  best to  use  the "Copy  All"  command in
 Ventura  Publisher  when  making   copies  of  chapter  files  and   their
 associated files.

      Ventura chapter  files with  more than  256 frames  will not  convert
 using the "VP Converter..." Addition.

      You can  have the  converter keep  a log  file to  help diagnose  any
 problems you may  have converting a file.  When you use this  feature, the
 converter creates a  file called DEBUG.LOG in  the root directory  of your
 current  drive. You can  open this file  in a text editor  such as Windows
 Notepad to see  a record of the  Additions commands the converter  uses to
 create the  publication in  PageMaker. The  log information  may help  you
 determine why  certain features or  attributes from Ventura  are not being
 recreated in PageMaker.

      To  make  the  converter  automatically  record  a  log of  Additions
 commands,  locate the  ALDUS.INI  file in  the  USENGLSH directory  of the
 ALDUS directory and open  it in a text editor such  as Windows Notepad. To
 the end of the file (or immediately above any bracketed heading), add  the
 following lines:


      Then save ALDUS.INI.  To stop the creation of this file, remove these
 lines from the ALDUS.INI and  save ALDUS.INI. You can delete the DEBUG.LOG
 without causing any problems to the converter.

      Whether or not  you take the above  steps to create a  DEBUG.LOG, the
 "Ventura  Converter..."  Addition  automatically  creates  a  file  called
 CONVERT.LOG  if errors occur while running  the converter. The CONVERT.LOG
 file is stored in the directory that contains  the Ventura chapter you are
 converting and  is automatically  displayed on  screen in  Windows Notepad
 when the  conversion is complete.  Once you have the  information you need
 from this file, you can delete it from your hard drive.

      Beyond a  basic set,  the  fonts in  your Ventura  chapters will  not
 convert  to PageMaker  if  you have  assigned  them as  a character  level
 attribute or tag  attribute.   You can solve  this problem  in two  steps:
 First, find  the font ID number of  the fonts you use  most often. Second,
 make  specific  entries into  the  ALDUS.INI.  These steps  are  described

      1. Find  the font ID number.  You have two  ways to find  the font ID
 for the  fonts that  are not  converting. For  the first  method, run  the
 converter.  When the  converter does  not  make a  font  match, it  starts
 Windows Notepad and  displays a log file, CONVERT.LOG, as described above.
 The  file lists  the  ID numbers  of the  fonts  and their  associated tag

      For the  second method, use Windows  Notepad (or a word  processor if
 the file  is too large for  Notepad) to open up  the ASCII text  file that
 represents the  text  for  your chapter.  You  will  see text  that  looks
 something like this:

      <F9P16M>Hello, this is AGaramond.<F255P255D>
      <F52569P16M>This is Impact.<F255P255D>

      The  font ID  number is  the 1-to-5  digit  number after  the <F  and
 before the P at the beginning of the line.

      2. Create an  entry for the font  ID number in ALDUS.INI.  Locate the
 ALDUS.INI file in the USENGLSH  directory of the ALDUS directory and  open
 it  in a  text editor like  Windows Notepad.  At the  end of the  file (or
 immediately above  any bracketed  section head),  create a  line with  the
 section heading [VP2PM]. Underneath, add a line for each font like this:


      where XXXXX is  the font ID number you  obtained earlier and FontName
 is the name of the  font as it appears  in the "Font" list in  PageMaker's
 "Type  Specifications" dialog box.  When you  are finished, your new lines
 might look like the example below:


      Now restart PageMaker and  convert your  chapter. The converter  will
 successfully convert your font assignments.

 Aldus, the  Aldus logo, and  PageMaker are registered  trademarks of Aldus
 Corporation.  Ventura  Publisher  is  a  registered   trademark  of  Corel
 Corporation.  Microsoft and  MS-DOS are registered trademarks  and Windows
 is a trademark of Microsoft Corp.


 > Ventura Usergroup STR InfoFile

                       Ventura Publisher Users (VPU)

      Hello. Welcome to this introduction to Ventura Publisher Users (VPU)
 and the TAGline newsletter. We hope in this short file to answer some of 
 the questions commonly asked about VPU and TAGline.

 What is VPU?
      VPU is a non-profit making user group. It consists of  people, like
 yourself, who have an interest in Corel Ventura Publisher, DataBase
 Publisher, and other applications that work with these products.

      VPU is based in the UK and was formed in 1986. The group is run by a
 committee and board of directors who are elected annually. We provide a
 range of services that includes a magazine called TAGline, regular
 meetings, Masterclass training days and notes, some technical support, a
 range of useful software utilities, and occasional publications of
 interest to Corel Ventura users. We also maintain an up-to-date wish list
 of features that our users would like to see in future versions of

 Can you join if you are outside the UK?
      Yes. Although we are based in the UK, VPU has a worldwide
 membership. New members from any country are welcome, and tVPU benefits
 from the exchange of information and opinions from our widespread

 What is TAGline?
      TAGline is a magazine published ten times a year and distributed to
 our members worldwide. It contains regular features on Questions and
 Answers, Hints and Tips, Typefaces, Copyediting, News and Views as well
 as interesting reviews of Ventura related products. The best way to find
 out about TAGline is to read it. In the library you will find an
 information pack called VPUTAG.ZIP that contains information about VPU
 and TAGline, together with some sample pages. Simply download it and look
 at the sample pages. Alternatively read the next section on how to get
 more information on VPU and TAGline.

 How do I join?
      Joining is simple.

 Send Anne Gray a message with your postal address in one of the following
 ways and she will send you all the details:

  - via CIS on 100012,1554
  - via fax on +44 234 713757
  - via phone on +44 234 241234 during UK office hours
  - via post to VPU, 49 Olney Road, Emberton, OLNEY, Bucks, MK46 5BU, UK

 We look forward to welcoming you to the growing family of Corel Ventura
 users in VPU.


                    :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.

     Are  your friends "busy"  buddies?  Are  they being left  out in the
     cold because their online  service doesn't have  room for them?   Is
     "Almost OnLine"  as close as they're  getting to BEING  online?  Are
     they  faced with busy signals,  "come back later"  messages and slow

     Well, we  know how frustrated they  must feel.  We've  been there --
     done that!  But, that's  no longer the Case on GEnie.  We've got the
     room, we've got the  fun and we've got the  greatest users....people
     just like you!  So why not invite your buddies to join you on GEnie?

     We've   designed  a  slick  promotion  in  order  to  give  you  the
     opportunity to be a  hero to your friends.  To get them back online,
     get them some free time, and introduce them to GEnie Services.  What
     you don't have  to tell them  is that you  get something out  of the
     deal, too!

     For  each  new user  you  bring to  GEnie,  we'll waive  their first
     month's subscription fee, and give them a total of TEN free hours of
     standard connect time  -- that's a $38.95  (C$50.95) value!   If you
     and  your buddy are still active GEnie subscribers three months from
     the date  your buddy signs up,  YOU get five hours  of FREE standard
     connect time -- a $15.00 (C$20.00) value for each buddy you sponsor!

      And, for a limited time, you can even qualify for SPECIAL PRIZES!!!
          In  addition to the five hours of standard connect time, prizes
     will  be  awarded  to  the  three sponsors  who  bring  in  the most
     qualifying buddies between February 3, 1994 and March 31, 1994.  The
     third-place  Buddy sponsor will receive  a GEnie satin  jacket.  The
     second-place  Buddy sponsor will receive a  9600 bps modem.  And the
     first-place buddy sponsor will receive a $500 gift certificate  good
     at your favorite computer store.

          Like everything good, there are a few rules for the GEnie Buddy
     Bonus  Program.   You'll find  the complete  promotion rules  on the
     GEnie Services  Buddy Bonus page (type BUDDY or M1111).  Be sure you
     review the complete rules before you contact your friends.

          So,  if your buddies have been bragging about that other online
     service,  just remind them that a pretty interface ain't worth squat
     if it  doesn't log  on! Bring  them over to  GEnie....we may  not be
     pretty just yet,  but we're definitely more  fun!  And, if  a GUI is
     that  important to  them, tell  them that  we'll  have both  Mac and
     Windows front ends before the other guys get more computers!

                   DON'T GET _IN-LINE_      ....GET ONLINE!

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

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          An Official Forum of the International Computer Users Group
                    *** STReport available in MAC RT ***
                                 ASCII TEXT
                            for ALL GEnie users!

                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                             Randy Noak, Editor

 Random Thoughts from Mac Report HQ
 (or, Hey, if they can do this in MacWorld and MacUser, so can I )

      Just when we thought it was over, Northwest Indiana gets hit with 7
 inches of new snow! Yep, after being lulled into thinking that Winter was
 over by 60 degree temperatures, old Mother Nature decided to play a
 little "joke". Hmmm. I wonder why no one is laughing? Be that as it may,
 Mac Report HQ stands ready to provide a little warmth via news and

      I'm getting real excited about the soon-to-come PowerMacs. By all
 indications, they should provide Intel and Microsoft some real
 competition in both price and performance. Compatibility is reported to
 be very high with existing Mac applications (speeds somewhere between a
 fast 68030 machine and a slow 68040) , and most developers are busily re-
 compiling their software to run in PowerMac native mode (speeds 2-4 times
 the fastest Quadra!). All that speed means that just about everything
 that you now have to wait for your Mac to do will take place in real-
 time. Like I said, I'm real excited about this. Now all that remains is
 for me figure out how to "explain" that I "need" a PowerMac to my wife.
 If anyone has any ideas on how to do this without causing extreme marital
 strife they will be  _most_ welcome!

      Regular readers of Mac Report may recall that my New Years
 Resolution was to start using Quicken to track my personal expenses and
 checking account. This is the first resolution that I have ever kept and
 I could kick myself for not doing this sooner. For the first time, my
 checkbook actually balances! I feel, well, in control. The master of my
 finances. My wife and I have also started tracking all of our spending in
 hopes (yes it does spring eternal), of getting our complete financial
 house in order. This is also working well. 

      Also working well is my Supra 144LC faxmodem. I use it with AOL's
 software, CompuServe's Navigator and Information Manager, and with GEnie
 Nav Lite. All work well with the Supra. This is my second Supra modem
 (the first being a 2400 baud modem) and I've been very pleased with them
 both. Supra gets a big "thumbs-up" from Mac Report.

      In this issue, Games Editor, Guillaume Brasseur reviews Another Fine
 Mess, a shareware game, GEnie's Bill Martin gives us a sneak preview of
 the "Lindy", and we present news about the Flash and Artistry. Check it


 > Another Fine Mess! STR Review

                             ANOTHER FINE MESS

 by Guillaume Brasseur, Associate Editor - Games

      "Another Fine Mess" is a game that you scavenger hunters will truly
 enjoy.  This is Ray's second game, following "Ray's Maze that he created
 a while back.  For you ancient Macintosh users, this game resembles the
 ancient murder mysteries of "Dj Vu", "Dj vu 2" and the "Dark Castle"
 adventure.  It was created using the World Builder program that allows
 you to see what scene you are in and to interact with the game as well.

      As you start, you are assigned the character of Fearless Frank that
 you will use to play the game.  You have to go through a series of scenes
 while solving mind-boggling puzzles to survive.  The game has roughly 310
 rooms of play in which you have to pay attention to every detail to go
 on.  You need to go through almost all the rooms to win the game.  The
 object is to collect as much maximum point value prizes as possible so
 that Frank's trip is successful.

      At the beginning you will enter a store.  There, you have to choose
 between many objects that you can buy that will help you through the
 game.  Be very wise in your decisions, some objects are more valuable
 than others.  I also suggest that you convert as much money as possible
 into Raybucks for they will help you pay for your expenses throughout the
 trip, not to mention bribing some characters into giving you information. 
 When you are done, you head east towards the maze.  The game in itself is
 not made up of full color animation as the new games are but it does have
 its charm.  Solving the riddles and puzzles that are presented to you
 should keep you distracted enough as to not to even notice that detail.

      Every detail of a scene must be examined, from dots on a wall to a
 rock in a swamp.  The game is full of comedy.  At some point, a rock will
 say turn me over only to reveal a sigh of relief.  As Ray put it, "If you
 are allergic to bad puns and warped humor, this game is not for you!"  No
 matter how upset you get of dying and loosing, do not curse at the game
 because it will lower your moral character status.  You must also watch
 out for interesting features such as jump doors.  They may help you by
 getting you out of hard situations but they are sometimes tricky.  When
 an unstable jump door appears, it is wisest to save your game and then go
 through because you have a good chance of finding yourself in front of
 the barrels of 100 tanks about to fire.

      This game is shareware so it will not cost you anything.  I do
 suggest however that you send the $10 dollar registration fee to Ray
 because he will send you vital information that will really help you out. 
 After all, what is a measly $10 dollars considering that it can save you
 many hours of anger, desperation and confusion.

      As I have said above, this game was not created using the most
 advanced of technologies but it is great for strategy and thinking.  Ray
 has really done a good job in designing such a complete game, considering
 that it involves so many scenes and clues.  You can obtain this game
 through shareware and it will bring you many hours of enjoyment and
 action.  It will also tell you a lot about Ray for this game was designed
 using his relatives (he says, and I quote, "the Faerie Queen is modeled
 after my wife, Cris") and his attitude.  This game is just plain non-stop
 fun and I invite you all to check it out.

      Furthermore, Ray is designing a new game, "A mess O' trouble" and is
 planning to design a CD-ROM game similar to "Myst".  With the talent he
 has showed in designing this game it wouldn't surprise me if his new
 games were to become best sellers!!!

 (Editor's Note: Another Fine Mess is available for download from most
 online services. Also, AFM is _not_ 32-bit clean, so be sure and turn off
 32-bit addressing before starting to play)


 > Artistry STR InfoFile

                  Artistry covers Fractal Design Software

 Karen Sperling, who wrote the Painter manuals and Companion, is starting
 a how-to newsletter called Artistry that will cover all of Fractal
 Design's software. The mag will be enthusatically supported by FD.

  It will feature:
  -Illustrations created with Painter, X2, Dabbler, ColorStudio and
  -Simple, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions.
  -Profiles of artists who use Fractal's software.
  -Examples of their work and explanations of how it was created.
  -Tips and tricks for special effects.
  -News about seminars and books.
  -Information about related subjects, like output.
  -Many other news stories, features and departments, too numerous to

  Artistry will be published 10 times a year. Subscriptions are $49.95 for
 1 year, 10 issues; $89.95 for 2 years, 20 issues. To subscribe, send a
 check or money order payable to Artistry, the newsletter, to Karen
 Sperling, 342 E.65th St.-2RW, New York, N.Y. 10021. Be sure to include
 your name, title and company if any, address. Karen is looking for


 If you slave "over a hot laser printer" like I do, this next item should
 be of great interest. 

                               Flash Magazine
                  The Premier Journal of Desktop Printing

 The Flash Magazine is a bimonthly, full color, glossy magazine all about
 laser printing and desktop publishing (circulation including newsstands
 of 50,000). 

 Each issue contains dozens of laser printing tips and techniques as well
 as feature articles exploring topics like: Laser Printer Maintenance &
 Repairs You Can Make; Specialty Papers; Tricks & Techniques in to Get the
 Best Copy; Papers and Your Printer; Going to Press; Publishing a
 Newsletter on Your Laser; Transfer Toner; New Laws Affecting Consumers
 and Computer Users; Business Issues; Desktop & Self Publishing; The
 Environment; and much more.

 What do readers & reviewers say about the Flash Magazine?

 "Flash Magazine, the brain child of Walter Jeffries, is one of those
 peculiar and endearing Vermont institutions that is reminiscent of Mother
 Earth News, The Old Farmer's Almanac, or Ben & Jerry's Ice cream...The
 Flash has achieved cult status among Jeffries' 18,000 readers.  If you
 use a laser printer, you owe it to yourself to get a subscription to the
 Flash." - Warren Keuffel, Computer Language Magazine

  "The Flash is one of the few publications I read cover to cover.  It has
 the highest useful content ratio of any publication I read.  Thanks for
 providing a great Service!"   - Terry Swensen, Lenexa, KS

  "You don't have to be a rocket Scientist to understand it!" - Dianne
 Altieri, Varre, MA

  "If you spend too much time hovering over a hot laser printer, the Flash
 may be just the publication you're looking for." - Victoria von Biel,
 Power Tools, MacUser Magazine

 If you own, use, or covet a laser printer then you owe it to yourself to
 read the Flash!  Subscriptions are $15/year (6 issues) in the USA, 2
 years for $28, 3 years for $39. Add $10 per year in Canada and Mexico and
 $20 per year in other countries. Foriegn orders shipped airmail. First
 class subscriptions are available in the USA for $10 extra per year.
 Cover price is $3.95US, $4.95Canadian.  Ask for it at your local
 bookstore or newsstand!

 Due to the high demand for back issues of the Flash, BlackLightning has
 published Flash Compendium (ISBN 1-881676-00-5 $12.95) a book of the best
 of the Flash from the first issue through the summer of 1992 plus many
 new articles never before published.  All of the articles and
 illustrations are completely updated and indexed for easy reference.  The
 book is also available on CD-ROM as the Laser Printer Companion ($49.95)
 which includes many articles that were not included in the book form as
 well as the Fall 1992 issue. Add $3 per item for shipping in the USA, $5
 to Canada or Mexico, $8 to other countries

 "[Flash Compendium] is the most enlightening computer book I have ever
 read...a must-have for all laser printer owners." - Book reviewer James
 Moran, CompuServe Magazine

 To subscribe or order the book or CD:   (Checks & Visa/MC accepted) Flash
 Magazine, BlackLightning Publishing, Inc., Riddle Pond Road, West
 Topsham, VT 05086. Fax (802) 439-6463 CompuServe [73130,1734]  Tel (802)
 439-6462 1-800-851-7809

 For a sample copy of the Flash Magazine send a self addressed stamped
 ($1.21) envelope (large size 6"x9") to Holly at the postal address above
 she'll send you a sample copy. Readers outside the USA can order a sample
 pack for $10 to cover airmail postage using Visa or MasterCard.


 From Bill Martin on GEnie comes this enticing preview of the "Lindy"
 ,Apple's second-generation Newton.

 Reports regarding the features of the second Apple Newton device,
 codenamed "Lindy" are starting to solidify.  Due sometime in March, this
 second generation Newton will offer several changes and enhancements.

 Among these are:

 A re-designed case:  Taller, and slimmer in the middle, this Newton will
 sport a top-hinged cover that folds out of the way and clips to the back
 of the unit when in use.  The case is slimmer because one complaint
 regarding the original MessagePad is that some find it hard to hold.

 Lindy is narrower overall than it's predecessor, but is especially so
 where most people will grasp it.

 Re-located PCMCIA II Card Slot:  As the cover of the new unit is hinged
 at the top, the card slot has been moved to the side, allowing
 unobstructed access.

 Increase in memory:  The original MessagePad shipped with 640K of RAM.
 The new Lindy will contain 1 MB of RAM, which allows for much more room
 for things like:

 More user data - almost three times the current space. Improved
 handwriting recognition - More room for this function to be performed.

 Deferred handwriting translation:  A potentially big new feature is the
 Lindy's ability to save your handwritten text as "digital ink" (something
 the current MessagePad _can_ do) and then later, when it's more
 convienent, translate it into computer-readable text.  The current
 MessagePad must perform the translation immediately, which sometimes
 slows down the performance of the unit.  This hinders it's usefulness for
 tasks such as note-taking.  The new Lindy should be much better at this.

 Power source:  Apple is moving to four "AA" batteries on the Lindy.  This
 is different from the four "AAA" batteries found in the original
 MessagePad unit. One benefit here will be the increase in battery life,
 as AA cells contain more energy than their AAA counterparts.

 Apple will also offer a stand-up charger for the Lindy, allowing you to
 slide the unit into a stand, and not have to remove the batteries.  This
 will, of course, require that you use rechargeable batteries.

 While some things will be different, some will be similar.  The icons
 found at the bottom of the current MessagePad's screen will also appear
 on  the Lindy.  This means that the same means of controlling the device
 and its software will be used on the new unit.  The screen, however, will
 be slightly (four pixels) shorter than the MessagePad.

 What about the nifty Newton stylus?  Well, it gets revamped in the new
 unit.  It will be round, and will telescope to fit into a spring-loaded
 slot in the side of the case.

 As Sharp has decided not to manufacture the next Newton for Apple, the
 Lindy will be produced by the Taiwanese firm Inventec.


 That's it for this week.  As always, please feel free to send your
 comments or questions to me at:

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                           Dana Jacobson, Editor

 > From the Atari Editor's Desk              "Saying it like it is!"

      Here we go again!!  Winter has seemed to not give up its hold on us
 yet.  Another major storm hit New England Wednesday and another is
 predicted for Friday!!  I guess this is nature's way of getting us back
 for a terrific weekend last week.  Oh well, where'd my shovel go...?
      A bit of old trivia for you.  I couldn't remember where I had first
 heard of STReport, until a few days ago.  I'm not sure whether or not I
 mentioning purchasing a friend's Atari system recently.  That system
 included lots of software, both commercial and public domain.  Included
 with the PD software were a lot of old STart, Analog/ST-Log, and ST
 X-Press magazine disks.  I was going through them to see which ones I
 already had, to re-format the duplicates.  As I was looking over the ST
 X-Press disks, something on the disk's label caught my eye.  Among other
 things, "STREPORTS" was boldly visible.  Naturally, I had to take a look
 at this.  The disk contained 3 back issues of STReport; this particular
 disk was from December of 1988.  I read through the issues and was
 surprised that I had remembered reading them before.  Ironically, a lot
 of what was being said back then is still being said today.  It's amazing
 that in some ways, things haven't changed all that much with Atari.  It's
 nice to know, however, that STReport really made that much of an impact
 in those years to be included on a great Atari magazine's monthly disk. 
 In those days, the aforementioned Ron Kovacs and Ralph Mariano were a
 team publishing the magazine.  A sign of better times...?

      Some interesting Jaguar tidbits have crossed my path recently.  The
 national rollout, although slow and perhaps delayed, has started,
 finally.  Atari's Don Thomas recently stated on Compuserve that the ad
 campaign and other plans would be starting within 30-45 days.  Details of
 that announcement are later in this issue.

      What bothers me, somewhat, is what's happened to push back this
 rollout.  Atari, so far, is late by a quarter.  Is this something to be
 concerned about?  I don't know.  Earlier in the month, there was an
 announcement from IBM about layoffs in their North Carolina plant. 
 Coincidentally, that plant is the one responsible for the manufacturing
 of the Jaguar.  One can't help but wonder whether or not this layoff has
 had any influence on the delays that Atari has experienced.  The IBM
 announcement is included in this issue also.

      Is this history repeating itself?  One can only wonder because of
 past Atari experiences.  No one really wants to believe that the Jaguar
 may be plagued by similar product delays and other problems of the past. 
 Certainly, we all want Atari to succeed with _every_ new product that
 they develop.  Atari's successes are _our_ successes.  Hopefully, we'll
 be able to provide some answers to these questions in the near future.

      Speaking of Atari history, there have been numerous on-again,
 off-again policies that either allowed, or "banned" various mail order
 dealers from selling Atari hardware.  When the Falcon was finally
 released, Atari's new dealer contract stipulated that mail order was not
 allowed except in rare cases.  Well, now that Falcons aren't being
 currently produced, or overly supported by Atari, they've decided to once
 again allow mail order sales of the Falcon.  This also includes
 advertising Falcon prices.  To-date, I've seen 2 online ads for Falcons
 from 2 established Atari dealers, including prices.  While I understand
 this revamped policy will allow better penetration of Falcons, one
 concern is what will happen to the smaller Atari dealers that can't
 compete?  The original policy was adopted to give every dealer an equal
 chance, but that's now gone if people are willing to shop around and take
 advantage of mail order.  I view this change with mixed emotions, at
 best.  In the long run, I hope there are more Falcon sales, but will it
 be a case of "too little, too late."

      For over a year now, we've heard complaints from Atari SLM printer
 and Falcon owners that the printer was not usable on the Falcon.  Over
 and over again we heard that there were 3rd party developers working on
 an adaptor to overcome this problem.  Well, it was recently learned that
 there is not a solution to this problem, from Europe.  It's too bad that
 SLM owners have to pay (again) for the ability to use their Atari lasers,
 but at least there's a way.  Further on this issue is an announcement
 with details about this new adaptor.

      Well, this issue has some interesting announcements, some as
 mentioned above.  As usual, our weekly columnists/editors also have
 provided us with some interesting stuff this week.  I'd better finish
 this week's issue up soon to get ready for snowstorm #2 this week!

      Until next time...


 Falcon Accelerators!! > STR FOCUS!

 The 32 mhz accelerator boards for Falcon 030 computer are finally here.
 There are two versions: (1) The Eagle Sonic 32 when in use will
 deactivate the original 16 mhz 68030 processor and all function will be
 taken over by the accelerator board. This board fit into the Falcon
 internal expansion port no case modification is required.  Installation
 requires some soldering, price $459. (2) The Mighty Sonic 32 has all of
 the features as Eagle Sonic and optionally, it can be populated with up
 to 32 meg of TT fast RAM using 1 or 4 meg simm. Due to the size of this
 board, it will not fit into the Falcon case and some soldering is
 required, price $659.

            Please call ATY Computer at (510) 482-3775 to order.
                                 Thank you
                              Alex Yu, Owner 


 Jaguar Ads to Start Again!!> STR InfoFile

 According to Atari's Don Thomas earlier this week, Atari will be re-
 starting their national advertising campaign in the next few weeks.
 According to Thomas:

 "I was told today that I can spill some beans...

 Advertising in New York for the Jaguar has been turned back on. San
 Francisco will soon follow. Within 30 to 45 days, ads (TV) will begin
 appearing in LA, Chicago, Boston, Washington, Dallas, Detroit and

 The "barf" commercial will be used. I was not permitted to argue with
 statistics that showed clearly that that commercial worked! Then again,
 I don't personally approve of blood and guts games EXCEPT that seems to
 be what sells and I am MORE FOR providing the consumers what they want.
 This information and list is subject to change pending final media buys,
 scheduling, market changes, etc.

 BTW, there are MANY reasons for the selection of markets. For instance,
 Radio Shack (Incredible Universe) is located in Dallas/Ft. Worth. It
 only makes sense to offer them a local feeling of the impact.  Marketing
 is a strategy that involves numerous levels... we don't only sell to end
 users, but to the distribution and retail channels too.

 In any case... F.Y.I."

  -- Don Thomas

                         Jaguar Kiosks For Sale!

 In another announcement from Don Thomas:

 "For those who have seen the Jaguar store Kiosk or display, it looks a
 lot like an arcade machine. It has an arcade pedestal, stereo speakers,
 crisp color monitor and ergonomic presentation.

 This display was designed and is being used for in-store display
 purposes.  It is also ideal (in my opinion) for recreation rooms,
 doctor's offices and other professional waiting areas that like having
 a high-tech look or like impressing their clients (great therapy too!

 After being prodded by some people in E-Mail, I have received permission
 to make these available for just those types of purposes.  I do not have
 sales brochures on this and I am not particularly interested in making
 a business out of selling these as they do not represent our mass market
 offerings, BUT I sure wish I could afford one (they ain't cheap) for my

 BTW the kiosk is complete and pre-assembled for the most part (includes
 color monitor, monitor cable, speakers and speaker wires). The ONLY item
 missing is the Jaguar system... you must supply that.  Maybe some of you
 who saw these at CES can step in and tell everyone how cool they are.
 Again, these were not intended for end user use and are not priced for
 that purpose, but I thought it would be neat if I could get approval to
 make them available.

 SERIOUS inquiries can be directed to me in E-Mail. Feel free to
 distribute this notice as you wish, but all interested parties MUST
 contact me in E-Mail on CompuServe (75300,1267). Payment terms will be
 prepaid on Visa, MasterCard or Cashier's Check. I reserve the right to
 revoke this offer at any time without notice.  Price discussed in E-Mail

  -- Don Thomas
     Atari Corporation


 > SLM Interface! STR InfoFile           A _VERY EXPENSIVE_ SOLUTION

                 Heatseeker: the Falcon030--SLM interface!

 Current Version:     1.01.

 Specification:       Interface between Falcon030 and SLM 804 or SLM 605.

 Supplier:            R.O.M., Berlin
                      Raschdorffstrasse 99
                      13409 Berlin
                      Phone: +49 / 30 492 41 27
                      FAX:   +49 / 30 491 93 67
                      If you're calling the phone lines, please think
                      about time differences. Berlin's in the Central
                      European Time Zone (CET), which is Greenwich Mean
                      Time plus one hour.
                      FAX lines are open 24 hrs. a day.

 Includes:            -"Heatseeker" interface-hardware.
                      -DIABLO printer-emulation.
                      -Drivers for 1st Word Plus and similar.
                      -Drivers for That's Write, Composcript etc.
                      -Installation-, setup- and test software.
                      -FontGDOS or SpeedoGDOS (Speedo causes extra
                       costs) including raster, or (in the
                       Speedo-package) vector fonts, the usual
                       device-drivers (such as MEMORY.SYS, META.SYS),
                       installation-accessories and CPXes.
                      -Special configuration CPX for the Diablo emulator.

 Price:               199.-- DM (currently ca. 110 Dollars).

 Optional:            -SpeedoGDOS 4.2 package.
                      -Calamus/Calamus SL driver


      The hardware was designed to be very error-tolerant. The problems
 you might have had using the old "SLMC" controller when switching off
 the laser with the computer turned on or booting with an offline laser
 do not longer [sic] exist.  You can now turn the laser on and off
 whenever you want.  The hardware is very small and handy and does not
 consume as much space as the SLMC-controller. Its current size is
 50mm*77mm*13mm. The Heatseeker is easily installed and can as well be
 easily removed with a single grip.

      The software provides a maximum of compatibility, since it is
 licensed original-Atari-software that was modified to control the
 Heatseeker-hardware.  This allows to run even those programs that are
 relatively close to the hardware.

 Programs printing plain ASCII-text work as well as those printing
 bitmap-rasters through the functions provided by the Diablo-emulator.

 Even Gnu-Ghostscript, Gnu's postscript emulator, runs without any

 The memory consumption is very low (at about 100 k). Compatibility to
 GDOS-applications such as Xact, Prolist or such is provided through a
 GDOS-driver that can handle scalable SpeedoGDOS-vector fonts as well as

 The package includes special drivers for some programs, such as That's
 Write or Composcript.

 Easy-to-use CPXes allow fast configuration of your system.


 > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature

                            The Old Fishin' Hole

 -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

 by John R. Duckworth

      It seems that the famous winter flu has finally caught up with me. 
 Between coughs and sniffles, I've noticed that life in 'Atariland hasn't
 gotten much easier.  Most of us still have no local dealer, new
 commercial entertainment software for the Falcon030 is virtually
 non-existent, and for those of us lucky enough to own one of those nifty,
 cutting-edge Jaguar units...we'll have to be satisfied playing one of the
 few games that have thus far been released.  But enough about the
 negative, this column is dedicated to the public domain and shareware
 efforts of the Atari community, and although offerings as of late have
 been rather slow, most of those packages presented have been of extremely
 high quality...hopefully this trend will continue. This week I'll take a
 look at a fun arcade-type game and also a nifty little utility which has
 just been updated.

      "Winglord" by Victor Bruhn is, at it's simplest level can be
 described as a "Joust" clone.  But, instead of winged ostriches, this
 version features winged unicorns.  A player may enter the competition
 alone, with a computer controlled helper, or with another human player to
 work as a team against the several varieties of unicorn-riding enemies. 
 In addition to the above mentioned baddies, yellow-jacket bees will come
 to battle the games in many of the levels.  Against these new enemies,
 the player can unleash special missile weapons...which are one of the few
 refreshing new twists to the old theme.  As the game progresses, the
 levels get more challenging and the players are transported to different
 arenas.  The player and enemy characters in the game are nicely animated
 and move about the screen smoothly...although the are a bit small in
 size.  The game also could utilize more colors, but since it was designed
 to work on all of the 680x0 systems...the common denominator for the
 screen displays of course is ST low resolution which is what the game
 uses.  One advantage of running on an STe or above is the addition of
 great sound effects which utilize the DMA sound available on these

      While "Winglord" is no breakthrough in game ideas or design, it is a
 very playable game with exciting promise. The shareware demo version
 available online is only playable up to level reach higher levels
 the user will need to get the registered version from the author at a
 very reasonable fee of eight dollars.

      Next up is "The Revenge Document Displayer" v. 3.10 by Stuart Coates
 a programmer in Great Britain. "The Revenge Document Displayer" (known as
 RDD the rest of this article) is yet another text reader.  While I have
 reviewed several such programs in the past months, RDD is neither the
 best nor the worst of its class.

      Let me preface the following review by stating that I tested this
 package on a Falcon, and users of other models may get different mileage
 out of it than I did.  I was extremely happy to see that an old favorite
 of mine had finally been updated to run on the Falcon.  Well, as it turns
 out, RDD 3.10 and I did not get along from the start.  After the
 installation process, which happens to be a very nifty idea (the program
 which is extracted from the archive is actually an installer which in
 turn extracts the RDD program from itself per user specifications) I
 attempted to simply run the program to see if I could take a look at a
 text file.  As soon as the file selector box appeared on my monitor, the
 system froze...time for a reboot. Second try, the same thing happened. 
 Next, I decided to boot from a clean system (except for my atari mouse
 accelerator, which I am never without), but the program still refused to
 continue.  So, after great thought, I booted without the mouse
 accelerator...and what do you ran fine.  But do I really want
 to have to use my system without my beloved accelerator?  No.  But you
 are the master of your system, so decide for yourself.

      Once the program is up and running it is like any other text
 displayer, although unlike "MasterBrowse", it is not GEM compliant and
 will probably not run under multitasking operating systems.  The program
 has most of the other standard displayer functions like blocking,
 searching, printing, and bookmarks.  Some of the unusual features which
 can be useful include switching between the ST and IBM character sets, a
 50/60 Hz toggle, and limited picture viewing.  This program runs very
 fast in ST medium resolution and scrolling with the mouse make the text
 fly by, but in Falcon high resolution modes scrolling slows down to a

      If you aren't happy with your current text file viewer then maybe
 you should check out this program...or better yet give "MasterBrowse 3.5"
 a try.  I expected a bit more from this update, perhaps faster scrolling
 on higher resolutions and better compatibility.  Old favorites die hard,
 but in this case it may be a long time before I download another version
 of "The Revenge Document Displayer".

      Well, that's all for this week...I need to get some rest. See y'all

  |   Old Fishin Hole Tackle Box     *                             |
  |  Winglord                                                      |
  |      Delphi: Atari Advantage - READ WINGLORD                   |
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  |  Revenge Document Displayer 3.10                               |
  |      Delphi: Atari Advantage - READ REVENGE                    |
  |      CompuServe: Atari Productivity Forum- RDD31.ZIP (lib. 4)  |
  * The Tackle Box is meant to provide assistance in finding files
 mentioned in the column. It should not be considered a COMPLETE listing
 and is provided for convenience only. Delphi Atari Advantage files should
 be found in the Recent Arrivals section of the database until moved to
 their appropriate sections.                                               

 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
  On CompuServe
  compiled by Joe Mirando

 Hidi ho firends and neighbors.  Its time once again to check out all the
 hints, tips, gossip, and news available on CompuServe, the best "rest
 area" on this here electronic highway.  So let's check it out...

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 Greg Wageman continues a conversation from last week about JPEG and GIF
 graphics compressions:

   "JPEG images can be 24-bit color, which means they'll be at least 3
   times larger (uncompressed) for an approximately equivalent GIF, which
   by definition can be at most 256 colors (8 bit with a color table).
   Depending upon how much "loss" you are willing to accept, you can vary
   the compression rate of JPEG compression.  JPEG can give you up to
   100:1 compression (very lossy), although 10:1 gives good results."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Greg:

   "That's true about the source of the picture file, Greg..  I guess I
   was assuming that Ralph had been using a "standard" GIF image in his
   I'd started doing some JPEG experiments of my own, to see how much the
   lossyness affected the image quality at different settings, but gave
   it up because the system I was using (a '286 PS/2) was just too slow...
   now that I have a faster system, it might be interesting to try it

 Sysop Jim Ness jumps in and posts:

   "Graphics Works for Windows is a great program for that type of
   conversions.  It's what I used to convert over 1 meg of Targa pics of
   the Jaguar to about 180k of JPEG shots.  GWS uses a 1-100% "quality"
   setting, and I used the 80% setting.  I personally could not see any
   difference in quality at that setting."

 Rob Rasmussen continues another discussion.  This one's about finding a
 monitor for the Falcon030:

   "So if I had a VGA monitor, which I understand can do 640 x 480 max,
   then no way can I get more out of it from a Falcon with Screenblaster?
   Like you said, I think I need the SVGA for higher rez like 1024 x 768,
   but I'm not clear on how high SVGA can go. Other than size, is there a
   big difference between different models?"
 Sysop Bob Retelle, in the very rare situation of not knowing the correct
 answer, tells Rob:

   "Actually I'm not really certain how software "resolution enhancers"
   like Screenblaster really work...  that is, I don't know if they really
   do provide a "true" higher resolution, which would require a higher
   resolution capable monitor, or if they can "fool" a regular VGA monitor
   into displaying what appears to be higher resolution...
   Maybe someone who's used that kind of setup on a Falcon could fill us
   (Actually, there's not a whole lot of cost difference any more between
   VGA and SVGA monitors in the same screen size...  a 14" SVGA monitor
   would be worth getting over a 14" VGA for the slight difference in

 Yat Siu of Lexicor tells Rob and Bob:

   "By expanding over the monitors limitations you can either blow it up
   <grin> or use the virtual resolution modes..i.e. scroll around on a
   higher resolution.

   If the monitor says 640x480max I have two things to say.

   1) Don't buy it new unless it's real cheap <smile>

   2) and yes, 640x480 is all it can handle and if you plan to purchase a
      Screenblaster or BlowUp then don't get it unless you like Interlace

 Jim Ness explains a bit about how the Screenblaster works:

   "Screenblaster provides an external synch to the Falcon (which has
   that as one of it's connector pins).  The faster "clock" allows a
   higher resolution, using the rest of the Falcon video hardware.  There
   is also a piece of software, which loads new values into the video
   registers, to set up various resolutions common to SVGA monitors.
   People have had pretty good results with it.
   So, to Rob's question:  Buy a decent $350 monitor, which advertizes
   1024x768 non-interlaced.  The monitor will be good enough for anything
   the Falcon can put out."

 Rob Rasmussen asks a slightly different question about the monitor:

   "OK, I now know not to settle for VGA because I'll want higher rez.
   Can't get more out of it. A monitor that advertises 1024 x 768 - is
   this a SVGA monitor?  If so, I'll also want to use 640x480 sometimes.
   I'm not sure, but if I run some ST programs on the Falcon, wouldn't I
   need the monitor to display the 3 ST resolutions as well, or can they
   just run in the higher rez? If the SVGA monitor can display all those
   lower rezes, would that mean it's a multiscan monitor?"

 Sysop Bob tells Rob:

   "The industry has stopped "naming" all those resolutions.  My own 14"
   monitor, which can go up to 1024x768x256 non-interlaced (higher, if
   interlaced) says UVGA on the bezel.  I think that's just a marketing
   ploy, not an official designation.  FYI, my monitor is an Acer 34T,
   commonly available at discount retailers for a little over $300.  The
   15" version (56T, I think) usually goes for about $450.
   It's rare these days to find a monitor capable of scanning down as low
   as the ST resolutions need.  Mine certainly won't.  If you find one,
   it'll probably be pretty expensive."

 Rob adds:

   "On the ST, programs need to run in a certain rez. Some will run in all
   3, some only in low, some only in high, etc. I also knew an Atari
   monitor (or TV on early STs) had to be used with the ST, not VGA or any
   other monitor, because of how the ST was designed. So in a way, I'm
   surprised that those programs will now run in (S)VGA rez on a Falcon. I
   suppose the ST was more the limitation than the monitor, and that the
   programs are not actually rez-dependent."

 Boris Molodyi tells Rob:

   "Actually, those old programs that run only in certain resolutions
   would run on Falcon's compatibility mode on SVGA monitor, because
   Falcon's ST resolutions, while internally being the same (same number
   of pixels and colors), are different in their scan rates. I.e.,
   Falcon's scan rates, when using SVGA monitor, are SVGA compatible,
   instead of being (much lower) frequancies that the original ST used."

 Yat Siu tells Rob:

   "Once you have an SVGA Monitor you can do any Rez (i.e. 1024x768) from
   STlow to Blow Up (1280x1024 uhm or 1024x768). 1024x768 is a resolution
   accepted to be known as the "VESA" standard (?). Most SVGA are

 Jim Ness Posts:

   "Toad just started advertising mail order service over on GEnie.
   Remember, the Falcon was supposed to only be sold by authorized
   dealers, who each had a territory?  There was this big stink about
   having to sign the new, more restrictive, dealer contract for Falcons.
   Toad says they just signed an addendum allowing them to sell via mail
   order.  So, Atari has given up on their idea.  It actually was not a
   bad idea, for a product that would be in great demand.  The Falcon just
   never met that criteria."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Jim:

   "Deja-vu...   sounds like the last time Atari made a big noise about
   "protecting their dealers" by prohibiting mail order, and then letting
   it die quietly in the night when they suddenly realized they didn't
   HAVE any dealers left to protect...
   Toad may be one of the few sources of Falcons left in the world, so it
   makes sense to let them sell to anyone who wants one..
   Have "addenums" been given to everyone who was forced to sign the
   Falcon agreement?"

 Jim adds:

   "Toad is the only one I've seen who announced mail order service.  I
   expect Computer Studio in North Carolina will follow.  They are very
   well thought of and have taken email orders for non-Falcon equipment
   for years."

 Charles Smeton of NewSTar Technology tells Jim Ness:

   "I expect that each dealer will have to decide on their own if they
   will sign any addendum to their original Falcon dealer agreement. To
   the best of my knowledge, this is a recent developement. Maybe some
   input from someone at Atari would be helpful to fill in the details."

 Peter Breger asks about upgrading TOS versions:

   "Hi there ! I am trying to upgrade my 1040STFM to a higher TOS. The
   board has two ROM chips in pos U63,U67. There are no sockets soldered
   onto the PC board.  I have now soldered these in to allow the 6 ROM
   chips to be plugged in. The PCboard is version C070789-001 REVD. I have
   tried plugging in a TOS 1.4 version that I have previously used on a
   520ST, but cant get past the blank screen before the boot is aborted
   and restarts again. Apart from a bad solder job, what else is wrong ?
   Does this 1040 need a different ROM set, or are there printed circuit
   connections missing on this version of the PCboard ?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Peter:

   "I know there was a definite procedure for upgrading a 2 chip TOS
   machine to the 6 chip version of TOS 1.4...    I don't know if we still
   have it in our software libraries here, but it would be worth looking
   Possibly someone else here might still have it too...  I don't
   remember any of the details, but I do recall there were some chip
   select lines that had to be enabled, I believe..."

 Mike Myers tells us:

   "I need a simpe way to reset my computer's internal clock when I boot.
   I checked the library, and downloaded a couple, but couldn't figure the
   documentation, or there was none. HELP!

 Sysop Bob Retelle tels Mike:

   "If you're using the Control Panel ACCessory you can change the time it
   displays by clicking your mouse pointer in the time and date displays,
   then typing in the correct time and date."

 Mike tells Bob:

   "I don't believe I have that accessory. I bought the computer and
   programs from a family member, who doesn't remeber what he put into it
   about 9 years ago.  What is the control panel accessory?"

 Bob tells Mike:

   "The Control Panel ACCessory is a small program that lets you control
   many of the functions of the ST...  the original one comes on a disk
   with the computer if you buy it new (you may or may not have gotten
   that disk when you bought your computer used).  If you have the
   "Language Disk" with an Atari label on it, the Control Panel ACCessory
   is on that disk.
   We also have the program available here in our software libraries.
   There's a newer version called the  XCONTROL PANEL  that has a lot more
   features in it too...  it also lets you set the time when you boot up.
   I'm not sure what the filename would be, but if you BROwse in the
   software libraries (use  ALL  when it asks you which library) using a
   keyword like CONTROL, it should turn up.
   There are also a number of other programs you can run when you boot up
   that will let you set the time and date...  BROwsing with a keyword of
   TIME will probably turn those up too."

 Greg Wageman tells Mike:

   "I downloaded an auto folder date/time setter from the libraries here.
   It's really smart about how it handles your input, initializing its
   guess about the current data/time from the last time you booted your
   computer with it.  To change a field, you only have to type the
   minimally-unambiguous new info.  FOr example, if you last booted on
   Friday, February 18, 1994 but today is Sunday, you can just type "sun"
   and it will figure out the rest.  Once the keboard clock has been set
   by this program, you will not have to type anything; it resets the
   system clock from the keyboard clock (unless of course you power off
   the computer).
   I had to get such a program because I switched from a SCSI host
   adaptor with a built-in battery-backed clock to an ICD Link, which has
   no clock."

 Our pal Brian Gockley of ST INFORMER posts this about the Falcon:

   "The Falcon represents a good value improvement over the older ST
   machines, but has not sold particularly well. It has three main
   drawbacks, 1) the clone price wars have pushed computer prices so low
   that the Falcon is actually a bit steep, 2) the video resolution is
   fixed at 15bit, with a max resolution of 640 x 480 (third parties take
   it higher), and 3) it was put into a one piece case, virtually
   identical to the 520/1040, so there is little room for internal
   upgrades, older style bus devices and there is no detached keyboard.
   There have been a decent number of new Falcon applications released,
   that take advantage of the extended palette, DSP chip, etc., but
   developers have taken a wait and see attitude.
   On the other hand, the Falcon comes with a very good startup software
   package; including AtariWorks, a PIM calender, a system sound manager,
   a Direct to Disk music recording package, a real time sound effects
   generator, a Talking Clock and some games. It sports a very nifty
   looking desktop with full color icons and Multitasking capabilities.
   You can now open dozens of windows, place your favorite
   files/programs/folders on the desktop, and control everything with
   keystrokes or a mouse. The Falcon has an internal IDE drive (85Mb) that
   is whisper quite, though it pushes the case up a tad, as well as a true
   SCSI port on the back. It has a microphone port that accepts a mini DIN
   connector, which then allows you to record your voice directly to a
   file, or attach that file to your document. You get a slew of
   resolutions, including a no palette 320x200 screen w 64,000 colors
   available at once.
   Technologically, the 16Mhz 68030 is not exactly the latest thing, but
   at the lower resolutions (e.g 640x480-16 colors), it is quite snappy.
   There are a few 68040 board that have been shown, with a German company
   releasing one first. So far, report of compatibility have been high,
   and dozens of software patches have been cobbled together to fix older
   wayward programs.

   Right now, it is an excellent upgrade path for a knowledgeable user
   who doesn't need the horsepower of a TT, but wants a complete overhaul.
   In fact, that is what the Falcon really is, an upgrade for all the
   aspects of the ST line that people have been asking for. It may not
   meet the prices of the clones, or the complete value of a Mac, but it
   will run your Atari software, and provide a fast, clean, easy to work
   with environment with a minimum of fuss. I know that the Gribnifs have
   been selling a Falcon compatible version of the BOrland programming
   suite, but I will leave it to others to address that aspect/
   All in all, if Atari had simultaneously brought out a 24bit, 68040
   based tower with multiple expansion bays, then they would have shown
   the user base that they were intent on the continued evolution of their
   computers. This would have sold more Flacons as well, as folks decided
   they didn't need the big brother model. Now that they have moved back
   into video games, there has been talk about their next 040, but there
   will be at least a several year wait.
   In this time, we at ST Informer Magazine will continue to search for
   and report on all of the developments and enhancements available for
   ST/TT/Falcon users."

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 Sysop Jim Ness tells us:

   "CIS is slowly upgrading every 9600 node to 14400, as the "data
   highway" becomes capable of supporting the higher rates.
   Unfortunately, it's become almost impossible to keep the GO PHONES
   database current.  They tend to run a week or two behind.
   In most cases, these nodes have had 14400 modems for as long as two
   years, but have been inhibited to 9600 because the link back to CIS
   could not handle the higher load.
   It's always a pleasant surprise to suddenly notice you're moving at
   14400, isn't it?"

 Mitchell Porras posts:

   "I recently downloaded GEMVIEW.LZH and used LHARC.TTP to unpack it. It
   leaves me with GEMVIEW.PAX what do I need to use this program? How do i
   un PAX it? I appreciate youre advice."

 Yat Siu of Lexicor Software tells Mitchell:

   "What you need is the GEMview install program, PAX files are only a
   part of the emview installation process...

   By the way, I uploaded GEMView 3.01 onto this forum , so lookout for

 From the Palmtop Forum

 James King asks Atari's Don Thomas about getting another Portfolio:

   "My Portfolio was stolen Tuesday evening. It was in my briefcase,
   which was stolen at a rental car agency in Burbank. I miss it so badly.
   But, before I try to buy a new one, I would like some insight into its
   future. It seems to be harder to buy. Is Atari going to continue to
   support it? Is there something new in the works, that I should wait

 Greg Warnusz chimes in and posts:

   "I would like to know [also] what Portfolio users, and especialy
   developers, can expect in the near future.  A couple of years ago I
   registered as a developer, created a product, and sold one before I
   got a day job.  While my day job seems secure, the market for my
   Portfolio-based product is serendipitously warming up,  and I want to
   market some more.  Can I count on availability of Portfolio's, PC Card
   Drives, serial interfaces, etc., for a few more years?  If not, maybe
   you or other readers can suggest palmtops that accept RS-232 serial
   interfaces, store files, and allow transfer of those files to a desktop

 Don Thomas tells James and Greg:

   "Atari's focus right now is on our new Jaguar 64-bit game system.
   While we have not abandoned the Portfolio, the palmtop market has neer
   exploded in a way that we thought it might. We have a strong corporate
   market for the Portfolio which we are catering to right now.
   I doubt any manufacturer can make commitments on products for years to
   come. I can tell you that the Portfolio was brought to market in 1989
   and I still no of no plans to stop making them available."

 Werner Zemanek adds his own thoughts on this matter:

   "Atari has opened the Palmtop market with its good old Portfolio. From
   point of sales it would be a wise and marketing oriented decision to
   come out with a new version that could help to "harvest the fruits" of
   this pioneer work.  To get an answer to your question: Simply add
   together all wise and marketing oriented decisions of this company done
   during the last years and you know how many new Portfolios we can
   expect. :-( Werner
   PS: They still seem to have a large stock of machines - this could
       guarantee support until this stock is sold out or Atari
       disappears...  - whichever comes first."

 Janis Kelly tells us:

   "Last week I had weird crash on my Port, ad I'm wondering if anyone
   has any clues about what happened. I had the thing online to
   CompuServe, trying to upload a file to FAX to a hysterical client
   (aren't they all?). First it would not pluck the file from the card in
   the A: drive. Then it wouldnt respond at all. I shut the whole thing
   down and hit reset, but the screen was frozen.  Displayed a "Divide by
   zero" message and would not respond to any commands.  Eventually I
   changed the batteries in everything -- Port and card -- but still no
   luck. So I took the batteries out of the Port (by the way, had it
   plugged in the the adapter when I was on line and this whole thing
   started). Still got same message when I started it up again. Today,
   three days later, I tried again, and it works fine. So what gives? And
   more to the point, is this likely to happen again?"

 JF Davington tells Janis:

   "After having used the Port fairly heavily for a couple of years I
   have come to expect it to do weird crashes once in a while :-| .
   However, since I always work out of drive a: these crashes usually have
   little or no impact on the data I carry.  I've FDISKed c: to its
   minimum size as to keep a maximum of memory available for the programs
   I use and regurlarly backup my data to the PC.  I also have not had a
   crash that a cold boot could not fix."

 Don Thomas, a good guy even though he works for Atari, tells Janis:

   "If you encounter a more serious error than usual (like Divide by
   Zero), you should always cold boot your system to flush out the
   problem. Leaving the Portfolio idle as you did for a while accomplished
   the same as a cold boot, so it worked again."

 Well folks, that's about all the room we have for this week.  C'mon back
 next week to this locality... aw heck that's just TOO darned corny to try
 to get away with.  Just be sure to tune again next week and be ready to
 listen to what they are saying when...

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