ST Report: 30-Mar-90 #413

From: Phillip M. Chow (aa400@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 04/11/90-11:38:59 PM Z

From: aa400@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Phillip M. Chow)
Subject: ST Report: 30-Mar-90  #413
Date: Wed Apr 11 23:38:59 1990

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 > 03/30/90: CPU Newswire? #413  The Original 16/32 bit Online Magazine! 
     - The Editor's Podium    - CPU REPORT        - CPU STATUS REPORT
     - DR. DOOM  review       - PCD2  YIKES!      - USENET Info
     - Tracker/ST Debuts      - DynaCADD p IX     - CPU CONFIDENTIAL

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 > The Editor's Podium?

     This weekend is the TAF show in Toronto.  Bob Brodie will be there to
 meet and greet all present at this show.  The show will include
 demonstrations of ISD's fine line up of great software like Calamus,
 DynaCADD and Outline.  Also, it is rumored that Nathan will have
 "autograph" editions of the new Guide to Calamus Desk Top Publishing book
     With the frivolity of "showtime" in air, one can't help but wonder
 what Atari is really "up to" in the US market and ..if in fact, Jack will
 return to alter the course of action Atari will take in the USA.  By all
 indications Atari needs a definite plan of action in the states, at the
 rate they are going, they are with a doubt the best thing that ever
 happened for Apple, Amiga and IBM.  Why?  It seems they are sending their
 loyal followers to the competition in droves.  This must stop and stop



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 If you have a question, comment, hot rumor or an answer to  someone else's
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 The Software  Library is  where we  keep the  Public Domain software files
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 these files  to your own computer system by using a Terminal Program which
 uses the 'XMODEM' file-transfer method.  You can also share  your favorite
 Public Domain  programs and  files   with   other  Roundtable  members  by
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   Issue # 60

 by Michael Arthur

 Remember When....

       In 1981, Apple responded to IBM's introduction of the IBM PC by a
 Wall Street Ad saying, "Welcome, IBM.  Seriously.", and how in February
 1983, after IBM had taken more than half of Apple's market share in the
 computer industry, Apple said it had developed the $10,000 Lisa computer
 to, "make IBM say, 'We've gotta respond to that.' "?


           Industry Slowdowns, Recessions, and the Computer Industry

       For 4 years, the computer industry has enjoyed a tremendous rate of
 expansion.  Within this time, the low-end microcomputer market has
 declined in the list of priorities for many computer companies (most
 notably Apple), the Graphical User Interface grew from obscurity to
 popularity, and several innovations, including Postscript, Unix, Local
 Area Networks, the Federated stores, and RISC (or Reduced Instruction Set
 Chip) processors, climbed to the forefront of the computer industry. While
 nothing ever lasts, many people were surprised when signs of an industry
 slowdown, such as decreased sales by many large computer companies such as
 IBM, DEC, and Apple, began to appear in Late 1989.

       The Gardner Group, a consulting firm specializing in researching
 trends in the computer industry, recently published findings from 216
 publicly held companies involved in the telecommunications, electronics,
 and computer industries.  Interestingly, the Gardner Group found that
 while in the Fourth Quarter of 1988, US Computer Companies reported sales
 growth of 10.7 percent, those same companies' registered revenue growth
 rates of only 5 percent for the Fourth Quarter of 1989.

       The Gardner Group also found that in this same period, net margins
 for mainframe and minicomputer vendors sank from 6-10 percent to 3.4 - 3.7
 percent, two record lows for these markets.  While this may seem to
 indicate a growing popularity in microcomputers, it seems that the revenue
 growth rate for Desktop Computers in 1989 dropped to 17.5 percent.  In
 1988, sales were up by 25 percent.  Also, revenue growth in computer
 software sales, which normally hover around 20 percent, also declined to
 6.2 percent in the Fourth Quarter of 1989.  However, while all of these
 signs would tend to indicate a slowdown in the computer industry, it would
 be wise to note that these declines could easily be temporary.  And given
 the sometimes chaotic state of the computer industry....

 CPU Addendum

               CPU MacNews I:  Apple II Push, Mac IIfx, SCSI/DMA

       Part of this article, appearing in CPU Report Issue 59, described
 part of the innovations found in both the recently introduced Mac IIfx,
 and in several of the other products Apple announced with it, such as
 their new line of Graphics Cards, and A/UX (Apple Unix) 2.0.  Here is some
 additional information concerning these products:

       The Macintosh IIfx uses four custom chips as coprocessors in
 handling its I/O functions.  Two of these chips control its floppy disk
 and serial ports, one is used as a dedicated Controller for its SCSI/DMA
 Port, and one is used as a controller for the Apple Desktop Bus (which
 controls peripherals like Mac Mice, keyboards, and trackballs).  These
 chips will provide a considerable boost in the Mac IIfx's I/O handling....

       Apple's use of I/O coprocessors, while not unique in the computer
 industry, is significant in that until recently, Apple has made its
 computers' CPUs handle many functions which (like graphics rendering) are
 performed better and faster by coprocessors.  For example, until the Mac
 SE/30 and Mac IIcx, Apple never even included separate Video RAM as a
 buffer for graphics displays.

       In efforts to further accomplish this, Apple has introduced the
 Macintosh Display Card 8/24 GC, which combines an AMD 29000 RISC chip with
 a custom version of 32-Bit QuickDraw to provide a graphics coprocessing
 system which is vastly more efficient than before.  For example, the
 8/24 GC can display 24-bit (16 million color) Mac graphics up to 30 times
 faster than was previously possible.  Also, the 8/24 GC has built-in
 support for Genlocking....

       Unfortunately, one major obstacle may be its cost.  Here is the
 price  list for Apple's entire line of Graphics Boards:

       - Macintosh Display Card 4/8  (256 Displayable Colors):  $700.00
       - Mac Display Card 8/24 (16 Million Displayable Colors): $900.00
       - Mac DC 8/24 GC (24 Bit Color Display, AMD 29000 Chip): $2000.00

 But ponder, if you will, these questions:

 1)  How would the industry react to Atari introducing the TT030/2 (the
     2 Meg Model of the 68030 TT) at a cost of $2500.00, especially given
     that similarly powered 68030-based machines cost 2-3 times as much?

 2)  In part of Xerox's lawsuit against Apple, Xerox called for Apple's
     copyrights on the Mac User Interface to be invalidated.  Recently,
     this aspect of their suit was dismissed in Court.  What are the
     implications of this, given that this was an important part of Xerox'

 3)  If Atari simply rented, leased, or built another manufacturing plant
     in which to manufacture their products, how would it help them to
     provide (and sell) enough product to meet any possible demand caused
     by any decent Advertising and Marketing Efforts?



       Moniterm Corporation, maker of the Viking monochrome display systems
 available for the Atari ST, Mac, Amiga, and IBM machines, recently
 reported a loss of $1.1 million dollars for 1989, compared with positive
 earnings of $350,000 in 12988.  Also, their sales revenue decreased from
 $34.2 million in 1988, to $27.4 million in 1989.

       The principal reason for this deficit seems to be a recent slump in
 the High Resolution Display industry, as well as increasing competition in
 the Macintosh and IBM markets.  In reaction to this, the company recently
 laid off 20 percent of its employees, and revamped its Sales and Marketing
 Divisions.  Moniterm also announced that they will be introducing a new
 line of high resolution monitors later this Quarter....


       OS/2 2.0 (OS/2 for the 80386 chip) will multitask up to 16 DOS
 Compatibility Boxes, which can run as "background" processes.  Windows
 2.0 and related apps will also run in them.  The DOS Compatibility Boxes
 emulate DOS 4.0, provide up to 624K of available RAM, and support the LIM
 EMS 4.0 expanded memory standard.  They will also allow one to use the
 clipboard to paste text and graphics between OS/2 PM software, and DOS
 applications running in the 'Boxes'.  However, asynchronous communcations
 in the 'Boxes' will only have a speed of up to 9600 baud....

       Microsoft is also developing a "Windows Mapping Layer", to allow
 Software companies to port their programs easily from MS Windows to OS/2,
 but not support Presentation Manager calls, and only support 16-bit API
 calls (or OS/2 1.x operating system calls).  Also, ported apps will run
 5-10 percent slower than normal....


       The new "Floptical" disk drive technology, as proposed by Insite
 Peripherals (its creator), Iomega Corp., and other companies, is being
 highly rated by the Micro Standards Committee of the Micro Managers
 Association (1-212-341-4237), as a new standard for Very High Density
 (VHD) diskettes.  This was due to its easy installation (it fits in the
 space of traditional 3 1/2 inch drives), storage capacity (20.9 Megs per
 disk), and downward compatibility (it can read/write to 720K or 1.44 Meg
 3 1/2 inch disk drives)....

       In the next step of this process, Insite's "Floptical" disk
 technology (which stores data magnetically on servo tracks embedded in
 Floptical disks, that are used to optically track that data) may be highly
 recommended when the Micro Standards Committee talks to ANSI about setting
 up a VHD Standards' Committee....

 Errata:  CPU MacNews, a segment of CPU Report Issue 59, stated that the
 =======  Macintosh IIfx's cost was $9000.00 for a system with 2 Megs of
          RAM.  It seems that this is the actual price listing for the
          system configurations of the Mac IIfx:

           Macintosh IIfx Price List (without monitor or keyboard)

       - Mac IIfx with 4 Megs of RAM, Disk Drive  (Cost: $9000.00)
       - Mac IIfx with 4 Megs of RAM, 80  Meg Hard Drive  (Cost: $9869.00)
       - Mac IIfx with 4 Megs of RAM, 160 Meg Hard Drive (Cost: $11,000.00)


 > DR. DOOM CPU/STR Review?   Review of DR. DOOM's REVENGE

                            DR. DOOM's REVENGE

 by Oscar Steele

     Comic book characters - Batman, to be specific -  have become
 extremely popular in the past few years.  The latest jump from comic books
 alternately play  Spider-Man and Captain America in what's billed as an
 interactive comic book  adventure.

     The game packaging includes two disks (single-sided), a comic book, a 
 coupon, an instruction manual and an Atari ST technical supplement.  The
 comic  book is a standard 16 page variety.  The coupon offers a 50%
 savings on a 12  issue subscription to your favorite Marvel title - this
 saves you $6.  If the  coupon influences your purchase, you better hurry -
 it expires April 1, 1990!   The manual is informative and layed-out
 nicely.  It covers enough information  for those who haven't even heard of
 Spider-Man; it even includes biographies of  the various characters.  The
 technical supplement covers additional pertinent  information.  The ST
 version contains an additional super-villain.  The game is  also Hard Disk
 installable (it's a life-saver, using floppies I thought I'd die  of old
 age before I saw the next section).  The game is manual copy-protected; 
 you must answer questions whose answers are in the manual, such as "What
 color  are Peter Parker's eyes?"

     As mentioned earlier, DR. DOOM'S REVENGE is a comic-book adventure. 
 The  player "reads" a comic strip on-screen to a point where he/she takes
 control  of the action.  Gameplay consists of the player alternately
 controlling Captain  America and Spider-Man.  If one of your character's
 health points are depleted  the game ends.  The challenge is to try to
 kill all opponents to reach Dr. Doom.
     Each superhero has basic commands and special ones (Spider-Man shoots
 webs and  sticks to walls while Captain America attacks with his shield).

     Although the graphics are decent, the scrolling is awful.  It's first
 grader  stuff.  In fact, the scrolling is so jerky and annoying that it
 becomes  distracting.  Control of the joystick is sluggish; there's a
 small lag from  when I moved the joystick to when the character responded. 
 The game is  tremendously easy on the first level - the robots were easily
 overcome by  either continuously shooting webs or attacking with the
 shield.  Then, boom,  second level became immediately too difficult.

     When I first saw this game, I couldn't wait to play it.  Once I did, I 
 discovered that the game's addictiveness is next to nill; its main purpose
 in  life is as a dust-collector.  The main fault is the gameplay.  If the
 joystick  controls, animation and scrolling were significantly improved,
 then my interest  would have been held at least as long as an average
 shoot 'em up.  But as it  is, Dr. Doom is limited to being a novelty item. 
 If you're a die-hard comic  book advocate, then you might get some kicks
 in "being" Spider-Man or Captain  America.  Getting a limited edition
 comic book and six bucks off a subscription  is also tempting.  At $44.95
 it's absolutely overpriced; even at $26.95 (from  MICROTYME) I wouldn't
 recommend it.  Also, I saw a brochure for an X-MEN game  coming soon.  If
 it's released for the ST, I hope they do a better job.  Dr.  Doom is a bad
 application of a good idea.

     As a sidebar, I went to a local comic book store to see if the
 "Collector's  Edition" comic is actually headed to being a classic.  The
 store's owner told  me that it MIGHT be a classic, and it MIGHT even be
 worth some money once the  game is no longer on the market.  However, if
 you're counting on becoming rich  off of it, don't.  Since, the average
 comic book is worth about a dollar he'd  pay you 50 cents.  If you want to
 look at acquiring the book purely as an  investment, then count on it
 being a LONG-TERM investment.

               Graphics......... 6.7     D+
               Sound............ 3.0     F-
               Addictiveness....  .5     F-
               Documentation.... 8.5     B
               Value............ 3.5     F- (based on $26.95 price)
               Overall.......... 4.5     F-

               Difficulty: Average
               Game save : Yes
               Retail price: $44.95
               MICROTYME's price: $26.95

     System Requirements: 520/1040/MEGA ST, Color Monitor, Joystick

                    Published by:

                    180 Lakefront Dr.
                    Hunt Valley, MD  21030
                    (800) 876-1151

 Next week I'll be looking at Iron Lord, the latest from UBI SOFT.  It's an
 "epic adventure/arcade game" in which you play a noble knight whose uncle
 seizes the throne and kills the king, who is coincidentally your father. 

     Please mention STReport when ordering a product you've seen reviewed. 
 It  doesn't cost you a penny and it helps spread the word about our


 > Stock Market ~ CPU NewsWire?     Watchin' the Scheckles Grow!

                                                     THE TICKERTAPE

 by Michael Arthur

 Concept by Glenn Gorman

     On Monday, Atari stock went down 3/8 of a point, and dropped another
 3/8 of a point on Tuesday.  It went up by 1/8 of a point on Wednesday, and
 stayed even on Thursday, and went up 1/4 of a point on Friday.  Finishing
 up the week at 6 3/8 points, Atari stock has gone down 3/4 of a point
 since the last report.

         Apple Stock was up 2 points from Friday, March 16, 1990.
           Commodore Stock was down 1/8 of a point from 3/16/90.
               IBM Stock was down 1 5/8 points from 3/16/90.

                 Stock Report for Week of 3/19/90 to 3/23/90

 STock|    Monday    |  Tuesday  |  Wednesday  |  Thursday   |   Friday   |
 Reprt|Last      Chg.|Last   Chg.|Last     Chg.|Last     Chg.|Last    Chg.|
 Atari|6 1/4    - 1/8|  6    -1/4|  6     ---- |5 5/8   - 3/8|5 5/8  ---- |
      |              |           |             |             |            |
  CBM |8 7/8    + 1/2|8 5/8  -1/4|8 5/8   ---- |8 3/8    -1/4|8 1/4   -1/8|
      |              |           |             |             |            |
 Apple|42 3/8  +2 1/8|41 3/8  - 1|41 5/8   +1/4|40 3/4   -7/8|42 1/4      |
      |              |           |             |             |      +1 1/2|
  IBM |  107    + 3/8| 108    - 1|107 1/4  -3/4|106 1/2  -3/4|105   -1 1/2|
      |              |           |             |             |            |

        'Sls' refers to the # of stock shares that were traded that day.
        'CBM' refers to Commodore Corporation.
         '----'  means that the stock's price did not change for the day.


 > PCD2 YIKES!  CPU/STR FOCUS?     "The phone ain't off the hook!"

 ctsy GEnie Atari ST RT

 R.DEAN3 posts;

     The below listed programs have been tested and work with PC_Ditto II
 v1.01 on a 520ST with 2.5meg AERCO easieST Solderless Ram Expansion using
 80ns Drams.  External Power Supply, revision H motherboard & TOS 1.4 in
 ROM. and a Supra 40 MEG hard drive.  All of the programs that I owned were
 tested both from floppy and the hard drive.  Loaner programs were only
 tested from disk.

      TITLE                             DISTRIBUTOR

  Calendar Creator Plus v3.01              Power Up  
  Create a Calendar                        Epyx
  Impossible Mission II                    Epyx
  L.A. Crackdown                           Epyx
  Street Sports Soccer                     Epyx
  Destroyer                                Epyx
  Dive Bomber                              Epyx
  4x4 Off-Road Racing                      Epyx
  Print Magic                              Epyx
  Desk Mate Print Magic                    Epyx
  Techno Cop                               Epyx
  The Games: Winter Edition                Epyx (Needs Joystick Support)
  Sub Battle Simulator                     Epyx
  Tetris                                   Spectrum Holobyte
  Where in the USA is Carmen San Diego     Broderbund
  Where in the World is Carmen San Diego   Broderbund
  Rockford                                 Arcadia
  VUGIF v1.70                              Offe Enterprises
  Chuck Yeager's Advance Flight Trainer    Electronic Arts
  Turbo Tax 1990 v7.01                     Chip Soft
  Word Perfect Library                     Word Perfect Corp
  Word Perfect 5.1                         Word Perfect Corp
  Norton's Advanced Utilities 4.5          Peter Norton
  Harvard Graphics v2.13                   Software Publishing Corp
  PFS: Professional Write v1.03            Software Publishing Corp
  PFS: First Publisher v2.0                Software Publishing Corp
  PFS: First Choice v2.0                   Software Publishing Corp
  CShow v8.00a                             Canyon State Systems
  ProComm v2.4.3                           Data Storm
  dBase IV Sampler                         Ashton Tate
  Lotus 123 Release 2.2                    Lotus Development Corp
  PC Tools Deluxe v5.5                     Central Point Software
  Le Menu v2.0                             Bartel

  The following programs failed on PCD2, but did run on a Motorola 
  PC01 AT Clone.

  CopyIIPC  All versions tested            Central Point Software
  Procomm+ v1.1b                           Data Storm
  SikeKick+                                Borland
  Memory Mate                              Broderbund


     For those of you trying to decide whether or not to have your clip
 soldered in, DO IT!!!.  I just had mine soldered in by a  Navy Micro
 Miniature Repair Tech and it is GREAT!!! (Best job of soldering I've ever
 seen), no more wondering when the clip will slip loose or if PCDII will

 System tests with Norton's SI=4.2                   
 PC Tools   =280%
 CPUTEST    =24.84mhz (PD) 

     The only problems I have had with any MS-DOS programs that do run is
 occasional lockups with Word Perfect 5.1 (Using it now)  and screen trash
 while CShow boots.  The Mouse does work with  several programs (WP51/PFS
 First PUB/PCTools sometimes) but not with all.  I'm configured as serial &
 using a cordless mouse. The ONLY NEGATIVE IMPACT having the board
 connected to my ST causes when in Atari mode is that Spectrum is blown

     A hint for owners of the newer Supra drives, there are 2 button
 switches on the bottom of the hard drive which set your SCSI address. 
 Change to any address other then 0 and PCDII will no longer interfere with
 Spectrum!  Was it worth the Money & wait? You bet it was!!!  Those who
 sent their boards back for refunds really made a mistake.  Well done
 Avante Garde!!  Congradulations on another fine product.  Keep up the good
 work and get us the fixes as soon as ya can.  (Sure looking forward to
 seeing what other goodies you have in store for us).

 K.RICHARDS posts; 

 I just tried checking my voltages on the old rev. A 520st.  I have a good
 +5 volts coming in from my external power supply.  I have discovered that
 several of the PCD II 74LS??? chips have no voltage across pins 10-20,
 8-16, and 7-14. Chip C9 has < 3 volts, c1 and c8 also have < 3 volts??? Do
 I have a board problem?? I disconnected my HD.  Configured PCDII to not
 use a HD and booted with the PCDII disk with the 1.0001 software.  It
 still locks up while in ST mode with no messages when I start the PCDII
 prg.  I haven't replaced my 74ls373's with 74als373 chips yet! What else
 voltage wise can I check on the PCD II board to ensure that my PCDII board
 has enough volts to run???


 K.BESIG posts; 
 Boy it's great to finally have a working PCD2!  I received my PALS
 yesterday and outside of problems with the generic mouse not functioning,
 I am real happy with this board.    Reguarding the Blitter problems- I
 have a 1040 with Blitter added which had to be turned off with the PCD2
 board installed.  I was able to fix this by adding a TTL buffer to the
 Blitter BR output line.  I used a 7408 with inputs tied together, but any
 non-inverting arrangement should work.  Make sure the buffer output is
 directed toward the 68000.  I'm really not sure what is driving the
 blitter crazy, but it seems to be related to the ditto board/cable 
 termination.  Whatever it is, it's a hardware problem- the software fix
 that avant-guard is working on won't fix this one.

 J.ALLEN27   posts;
     I suspect that the internal structure of the blitter has the BR signal
 built as an output BUT the actual signal on the pin is fed back into the
 chip. If this was true any noise on that line could cause ALL SORTS of
 crazyness to happen. That fact that with the blitter active the blitter
 enters an "oscillatory" state of BR...BG...BGACK...BR....tells us the
 noise on the actual pin can lead to the chip making mistakes. Just
 buffering the chip, like with a 7408 is all that's really needed. The
 buffer can be installed on the clip and not affect the motherboard at all.
 AG should make such a mod "official" and issue instructions for Mega

 I.ADAMS  posts;
 I left E-mail for AG and got no replay on GEnie but got my PCDII by second
 day air a couple of days later (the UPS clerk couldn't understand what I
 was laughing about until I explained to her that that "2nd day air"
 package was ordered in October of last year).

 Anyway -- it doesn't work.

 I have a 1 meg 520ST-FM with Rev.D motherboard and CPU parallel to the
 internal drive.  PCDII arrived with the new PALs installed, & I tried it
 with both versions of the software.  My 74LS373s or whatever don't ever
 give me trouble & I don't have the IMP chips.  I slopped the Tweak all
 over the connector and 68000 and bent the connector pins to where it took
 a half-hour of major struggle to force it onto the CPU (prior to making it
 that tight I kept getting faulty installation messages).  It locked up
 every time after pressing RETURN at the Insert DOS prompt. There would be
 one drive-stepping sound and then lock-up city.  I tried IBM PC-DOS 3.0,
 3.2, & 3.3, and all of them worked fine with PCD-I.  All locked up PCD-II. 
 I tried booting in color and in monochrome, with and without the Spectre
 GCR cart hooked up, and with all auto & accessories removed, booting from
 floppy and from hard drive.  Same result every time - lockup on booting

 I took everything apart & tried a continuity check on the 68000 connector
 I get a good solid connection indicated between every pin on the PCDII
 connector and every pin on the 68000, as well as with every other point on
 the computer motherboard.

 The computer works normally whether or not the PCDII board is attached.

 So what am I supposed to try next????  I'm not about to solder in
 something that gives no indication of working anyway.  Unless someone
 gives me some good suggestions, this thing goes back in the box and back
 to Florida on Tuesday next.

 (Even if it did work, it can't fit either inside my computer - for obvious
 reasons - or outside it, since the cables are too ly supporting Spectre, I presume that it's not a power supply problem.

 DCASTALDI  posts;
 R.DEAN3: I have been using PROCOMM PLUS v1.1b for two weeks now without a
 proplem.  What doesn't work with your copy?  

 p.s. I have the commercial version, not the "test drive" version and the
 only thing that doesn't work is using ZCOMM (DSZ.EXE from Chuck Foresberg
 of OMEN TECH) as an external protocol. But DSZ.exe doesn't work with my
 dad's clone either. Let me know what your problems are.

                                                  Dennis Castaldi


 > ON USENET CPU/STR InfoFile?   Pertinent Info on transfers

     This short article describes how to submit binaries to the Usenet
 newsgroup.  A companion article lists all previously-published binaries,
 and a third article explains how to retrieve and unpack binaries posted by

 I am always looking for suggestions on how to improve the usefulness
 of the newsgroup, and can be contacted as listed below.

 -- Steven Grimm


 Subject: Submitting binaries for publication

 Items intended for posting or queries and problem notes should be sent to If you are on a UUCP-only site, you
 can send them to {backbone}!sun!ebay!panarthea!atari-binaries.

 If you're in Europe, you can send binaries to the European submoderator,
 Jan-Hinrich Fessel, at unido!atari-binaries (or, if you're a masochist,  He will test them and
 forward them to me.  Submitting to him saves net bandwidth, so it's

 If you want verification of arrival, so say in a cover note, or at the
 beginning of your submission, if it is small.  I try to verify that a
 program works, and if I can't get it to work, I may hold up posting it
 for a couple of days.  Please note that, except in rare cases, software
 without documentation will not be published. The backlog from receipt
 to posting varies from one to four weeks depending mostly on the set
 of submissions currently in my queue.

 If you are submitting both sources and binaries, PLEASE send the two
 separately.  If I have to separate your sources from your binaries by
 hand, your submission will most likely sit on the back burner for a

 Also, as of volume 8, I will only accept binaries packed with an archiver
 for which source code is widely available.  For the time being, this
 pretty much means arc, zoo, and lharc.  If you want to use a nifty new
 archiver, make the source code available to the public (posting to is fine.)


 Subject: The structure of articles

 Each posting in is called an "issue"; there are
 roughly 100 issues to a volume.  The division is arbitrary and may vary.
 There are two types of articles in binaries and
 "information postings."  They can be distinguished by the subject line:

   Subject: v10INF2: Index and other info

 This first word in the title identifies this as the third info posting of
 volume six.  Similarly, the subject line shown below:

   Subject: v10i081: ibmboom -- Detonate IBM clones over the network

 identifies this as the 81st binary article in Volume 10.  Large programs
 are broken up into smaller pieces, and have subject lines that look like

   Subject: v10i041: slowmand -- The world's slowest fractal system 

 Certain information about the system configuration required to use the
 program is given on the keywords line.

   Keywords: uuencode, 1meg, medium, high

 This means that the program requires at least one meg of RAM and runs in
 medium or high resoution. Following is a list of keywords; new ones may
 be added as needed. They are mostly self-explanatory.

   uuencode      - program is uuencoded (UNIX uudecode required to unpack)
   uue           - program is uuencoded (ST uud required to unpack)
   arc           - program is archived (arc required to unpack)
   zoo           - program is a zoo archive (zoo required to unpack)
   lharc         - program is an lharc archive (lharc required to unpack)
   high          - high resolution
   medium        - medium resolution
   low           - low resolution
   1meg          - needs 1 meg of RAM

 The first few lines of an article are auxiliary headers that look like

   Submitted-by: jackt@atari.UUCP (Jack Tramiel)
   Posting-number: Volume 10, Issue 80
   Archive-name: free

 The "Submitted by" is the author of the program.  If you have comments
 about the binaries published in this is the person
 to contact.  When possible, this address is in domain form, otherwise it
 is a UUCP bang path relative to some major (backbone) site.

 The "Reply-To:" header line in the article's main header points to the
 submitter, to make commenting about binaries easier.

 The second line repeats the volume/issue information for the aide of notes
 sites and automatic archiving programs.

 The Archive-name is the "official" name of this program in the archive. 
 Large postings will have names that look like this:

 Archive-name: desktop/part01

 Since most archive sites run UNIX, articles are given UNIX-style filenames
 rather than ST-style filenames.  I do make an effort to keep filenames to
 8 characters or smaller, however.


 > NEW FEATURE!  CPU/STR OnLine?   A new user participation feature!

                             ONLINE SPOTLIGHT

 by Oscar Steele

     Hi!  Welcome to ST Report's newest weekly column.  I'll be reporting
 on a number of topics relating to telecommunicating on the major networks 
 (BIX, Compuserve, Delphi and GEnie).  With ST dealers and user groups 
 scattered about the country, the modem has become an instrumental tool for
  ST users to keep in touch and aware of the ST situation.  But with 
 literally hundreds of new messages and files available for downloading, 
 it's just not possible keep up with EVERYTHING that's happening EVERYWHERE
 each week.  That's where we come into the picture.

     My job is to tell you what's happening, where the action is and who's 
 involved.  This will give you the opportunity to use your time efficiently
 and find things that interest you.  The hottest downloads will be
 discussed.  Upcoming events, conferences and news relating to the services
 will all be covered.

     Please give us some time to get up to speed.  It's a big world out 
 there in telecommunication land.  And it'll take us a few weeks to get 
 caught up and hooked into the daily groove of things.  I'd appreciate if 
 you'd let us know your comments, opinions and suggestions.  ST Report has 
 online sections on the networks where you can leave messages and talk to 
 the ST Report staff, including myself.


 > DynaCADD 1.7  CPU/STR Review?   The conclusion.....

                           DynaCadd  Vs  AutoCad

 by  Myles Goddard

       This is our last and final installment of our comparison of Dynacadd
 and AutoCad. After adding some last minute additions to our box drawing I
 will attempt to express my views on both programs.

       Let's work on our DynaCadd drawing first and then go on to the
 Autocad box.  Of course, the first thing we do is click on the
 DYNACAD.PRG.  After it has finished loading, it will prompt us to start a
 new drawing or start where we left off in our last session.  Of course, we
 will select AUTO.  It will load the drawing in with all the attributes
 intact and ready to go.

       Okay, I can see the box from overhead, or the Z axis.  Let's add a
 hatch pattern to simulate some insulation.  As you probably recall, a
 hatch pattern is merely a fill pattern that you control the shape and
 size of.  The first step is to click on the INSERT icon at the top left
 of the screen.  Next go to the drop down menu under SET UP.  Go to the
 option called HATCH PATTERN and click.  A smaller window will appear and
 display the default hatch pattern.  You can use either the left or right
 arrows to scroll through the many hatch patterns available.  Pick any
 pattern and hit OK.  Now go to the lower icon pad where you see the icons
 for height and width.  As you click on each dimension, the calculator will
 pop up.  Enter your digit, say "4" and hit return.  Repeat for the other
 dimension , enter "4" and again hit return.  Now move down to the icon for
 selecting the hatch borders, or select ALL.  Hit the mouse button and the
 hatch will fill in the area between the lines.  Easy, huh?  One thing you
 will notice on a hatch, is that it takes quite a while to complete and the
 more complex the pattern is the longer it takes.  My 1040 doesn't have a
 math co-processor or accellerator so the hatching does take a while.  If
 you just want to do a cross section and do not want to take as much time
 as with a fill, try this.  Instead of using the hatch icon, pick SECTION,
 enter your distance between lines and angle, select ALL and your section
 is completed in a second or two.  

       Now let's add some dimensions to our box.  First go to the
 DIMENSION icon, click it and select DIMHORI.  This will allow the
 measurement of any point on the screen.  The icon to the left of DIMHORI
 is DIMLINE.  Choose DIMLINE and then pick the top line of the box.  An
 information window will appear, showing the dimensions between the two
 points.  If it is what you want, hit return and it will automatically
 dimension the line.  If you look at the Dimension sub-menu you can see
 that there are many ways to dimension your drawing and no matter how your
 object twists and turns, there is a dimension tool that will fit the bill. 
 Remember, before you attempt to dimension any drawing you have to load in
 a font style, otherwise it will tell you in a nice way that you need to
 load a font!  Proceed with the rest of the wall lines and repeat the
 process.  After you have completed that, you can save your drawing or
 print it out on your printer.  DynaCadd supports many printer types and

       Now let's go to our Autocad drawing and add the final touches to it
 too.  Unless you have configured Autocad to run on EGA (640 x350) you
 will have to load your ADI screen drivers.  I have decided to use 640 x
 480 resolution because on my high rez monitor, when the resolution is
 higher than 800 x 600, it is difficult to see the grid points!

       Let's zoom in on our box.  It is a red, double thick red walled
 box.  (I like having the different colors for the different entities.) 
 We have to go to the side menu to the command DRAW and select HATCH from
 the submenu.  We are then prompted on our command menu area for a hatch
 pattern.  If you know which pattern you want, enter it on the command
 line, if not hit the "?" and return and it will list all available
 patterns.  Let's pick ANSI32, which is steel.  It now prompts for the
 scale,  hit return to default at 1.  Now it wants you to input the angle,
 hit return for 0.  Now we get the SELECT OBJECT(S) prompt. Let's select
 our outer walls and inner walls.  This will fill the area between the
 walls.  An easier way to do it is to select hatch, pick C for crossing
 window, make a rubberband window over the box, hit the right mouse button
 and zap, the hatch is complete.

       Dimensioning our box is easy with Autocad.  Just select DIM from
 the side menu, select LINEAR, then HORIZONTAL.  Next pick our line at the
 top left corner of the box, click, and then pick the top right corner of
 the box and click.  Now it will ask for the location of the dimension
 text.  Pick any point above the line and click the button.  Your outer
 wall is now dimensioned.  If you want to add a bit of color you can change
 the text but we will not go into that at this time.

       We can change our dimension text scale by using the DIM VARS
 subcommand of DIM.  We can change our text to any size we want so you
 might want to lay around with it for the best results.  After
 dimensioning the rest of the drawing, you might want to save it or print
 it out.  Autocad supports a wide variety of output devices.

       That's it for now, folks.  There is so much we did not cover in
 this short series on these two fine CADD packages.  Both programs perform
 extremely well and I have enjoyed using both of them.  I have been using
 AutoCad for a year now but have only had the pleasure of using DynaCadd a
 few months.  The major thing both have in common is that they are complex
 and probably do more things that I would ever use in my lifetime.  I like
 the idea that AutoCad can be used on so many computers systems and display
 devices.  I'm sure that the main reason AutoCad is so widely used is that
 it has been out for so much longer than most Cadd packages and has had
 plenty of time to be refined and honed to become the industry standard.  I
 prefer the icon based system that DynaCadd uses.  It seems to keep all the
 commands within easy reach and accessable at all times.  Both programs
 have about the same setup routines, with the edge going towards DynaCadd,
 because of it's one window setup system.  Color, yes, this feature has to
 go to AutoCad.  I like using a drawing with all the entities different
 colors.  Resolution, again, AutoCad gets the nod.  With so many device
 drivers out there for AutoCad, it can be used on many display systems.  I
 can run at 1024 x 768 or 640 x 480 or even 640 x 350 if I want.  Maybe
 Atari will develop some hardware that will allows many colors on a
 multisync monitor in high rez.  

       Speaking of monitors, I have to say that I have seen DynaCadd
 running on a Viking 19" monochrome monitor and the display was very
 impressive.  Oh I would love to have that set up with a Mega 4, <sigh>. 
 Okay, back to business.....

       Both programs are complex to say the least but I feel that a new
 Cadd user would have an easier time with DynaCadd because of the superior
 icon interface.  I didn't get much time to fiddle with all the macro
 commands of either program but I have seen Autocad customized in various

       So now we come to the big question.  Are the programs worth the
 price?  A definite yes on both counts.  Even though Autocad retails for $
 3000.00, it does so many things well and is so powerful, it is well worth
 the money.  DynaCadd retails for $ 995.00.  Is it worth the price? 
 Again, a definite yes.  As with Atari, DynaCadd offers a lot of bang for
 the buck.  The Atari ST and DynaCadd were meant for each other.  I only
 wish that the world knew more about the ST computer and vailable for business uses.  I have decided if I
 ever go into business for myself in the computer drafting field, I'll be
 taking my ST with DynaCadd with me.  In my opinion, DynaCadd can hold
 it's own with any of the Cadd programs on the market today.

                                           Myles Goddard


I2.BITNET ("O. Steinmeier")
     to 9 of 39 (23%)

     A few days ago, someone asked for news from the CeBIT-fair in
 Hannover/West Germany. I've been there last saturday.  Here are some

     The TT and the UNIX-TT have been presented by ATARI. They told me that
 they will start delivering the TOS-machine in June, the UNIX- machine will
 be available next fall. Developers can get their machines in May. But
 don't forget: That's what ATARI told me, so let's hope the best.

 The battery-problem of the laptop Stacy hasn't been solved.  Tempus Word
 (a new textprocessor from the author of Tempus) will not be available
 until summer.
 Someone told me that the announced delta-module (80386SX-emulator)
 will never be delivered ... 

     Vortex, a German hardisk-distributor, announced an AT-emulator,  
 based on a 8-mhz-80286. The board which I saw in Hannover has about the
 same size as the PC-SPEED-board (no slots, no co-processor!). Vortex says
 the ATonce-board (that's the name) is 35% faster than a 8-mhz-V30-computer
 (it's not allowed to compare products in ads in Germany, so they didn't
 name the  PC SPEED/Supercharger). The ATonce-board has to be soldered on
 the 68000 and will cost less then DM 500 (< $250).

     A small German company showed a ST-emulator for the Commodore Amiga -
 and it works! Most of the standard-software is running   nearly as fast as
 on a real ST. The QUICK INDEX benchmark reported a performance of 93 - 98
 percent. The price: about 600 DM (< $300). The 'medusa'-emulator will be
 available in April for the Amiga 2000, a version for the smaller Amiga 500
 a bit later. You have to use the original TOS, which is not included with
 the emulator board. But you get a program which reads the ATARI-ROMs and
 saves the OS on a disk. The medusa-board can emulate the STE, so perhaps
 it is the fastest way to get a STE in the US to buy an Amiga  and install
 the medusa-module ... (just a joke !?). 

 I hope that all these news are correct (especially the dates and prices).

                         Oliver Steinmeier (uk14@dkauni2.bitnet)
                         Waldhornstr. 4-8
                         D-7500 Karlsruhe 1


 > AUA CONFERENCE  CPU/STR OnLine?   AUA's first online conference

  This is an edited re-print of The Atari Users Association RTC held each
  Saturday evening at 9:00 pm EST, on the Atari RTC on the GEnie Network.

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
  Ok can we get under way Please ..........

                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI> 
  Go ahead jon...

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
  Ok news from the Atari Users Association Down-Under first
  then news from the Atari Users Association in the USA from Derek

  1/ Australian User groups join..
     ACE in New South Waou?

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
     WAUG in Wanganui NZ
     WACE in Wellington NZ
     MAUG in Palmerston North NZ.

  Also Atari-NZ are now open to all user groups for monthly meetings and
  discussion groups..

  2/ FIDO-MAIL : an international thread from NZ has started.
                 responces from Australia, UK and South Africa 
                 have co a designated FIDO base...

  Overall, response has been heavy in the last 2 weeks.
  More and more people are beginning to comprehend what the AUA is about...

  While I have not approached the user groups as strongly as Jon , I have
  established a link with several bbs's throughout the country and
  have distributed the AUA material to those BBS's...

  We are going to begin work on a Video for the AUA that will be
  free of charge  to user groups to show at their meetings...the more we 
  can help the user groups, the more they will help us.

  I will also be sending complimentary issues to all user groups that we
  have listings for, and will also include Developers...

  Our press release is almost complete, and that too will be distributed...

  The AUA BBS list is 500 numbers long and growing...

  I am maintaining that on SuperBase Professional  as well as the Club
  database!!!  I am glad Precision Software published that database for
  the ST!!!

  That is all for now...anyone have any questions??

  I have a question...

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6> 
  Go Dot.

  Do groups join _as_groups_, or should the individuals join?

                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI>
  Groups as a whole...right now, we have made  provisions for individual
  membership, however.....

  Would a group voting to join need to fill out 40 forms, one for each
 member then?

                        <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI> 
  A strong plan for membership of entire user groups is being developed
  What we would like to see, Dot, is have the user group join first...

                       <[Scott] S.FITZGERAL2> 
  You will please send information to our group at the address I gave

                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI>
  We are probably going to offer the user group members individual
  i.e. User groups can prosper from the AUA as well as individual members
  and also those not in a user group...

   Will do scott..

  Also, does your newsletter accept ads?

                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI> 
  Right now, Dot, we are offering FREE advertising but you have
  to supply the material  ie...a stuffer.  We will cover the postage.

  I see, not space in the newsletter itself.
  That could really run up your postage costs if people took advantage of

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
  Dot here in NZ and outside the USA we supply a monthly disk you can
  advertise in here for FREE if you like..
  Oh, I do like that!

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
  it goes to AUA Member USER groups only ..

                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI>
  Also, Dot, the Electronic Chronicles Disk Magazine offers advertising
  as too is a disk based news-letter.

  I assume they duplicate it for members...How come we don't
  do that in the US monthly?

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
  ** For many reasons if I may explain.. **


                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
  1/ Here in the Pacific we do not have access to On-line services, as most
     of you are aware, so the DISK has Z-Net and PDQ on-line mags on them,
     along with any news of the AUA. This is sent to all the member User
     groups of the Atari Users  Association, so they can use it in their
     newsletters and on their BBS. They pay for postage and send me a
     blank disk.

  I see.

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6> 
     local user group so it is of no purpose.  Does this cover it for you?


                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI>
  Dot...if I may clarify those members who contribute $15.00 to the
  AUA receive the Electronic Chronicles Disk Magazine 6 times a year.
  It is similar to what Jon is speaking of, has original
  work f 300 now... (mostly original work...) It also contains PD software
  etc...advertising, etc...and is very

  I'm going to post the info on our group bbs and bring it up
  at the next meeting.

                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI>
  informative as well. Ok, by all means please do that....I will
  make sure that you get all updated matn EVERYTHING outside North America, Jon?

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6> 
  Yes I am, I look after the real world <grin>

                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI>

  You probably should get somebody to handle Germany...

                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI>
  Jon has many friends in dark countries...haha

  I think I might have somebody for you...

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
  Please send me an address Dot.

  If you want German-speakers.
                        <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
  yes..That is fine Dot no problem.

  He is in the Netherlands. And he has many connections.  He used to be 
  a member of SAG. I'll send him the info on the AUA and see what he says.
                       <[Derek @ AUA] DC.SIGNORINI>
  Thanks dot...that would be great....

                       <[Jon @ A.U.A] J.CLARKE6>
  Thank you Dot I would love you to do that..  We will close the
  Atari Users Association rtc till next week ,see  you all then and tell 
  your friends about the RTC and the AUA.


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