Z*Net: 12-Jul-91 #9129

From: Michael Current (aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 07/15/91-01:18:09 PM Z

From: aj848@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Z*Net: 12-Jul-91 #9129
Date: Mon Jul 15 13:18:09 1991

Also thanks to Bruce D. Nelson.

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                        Z*NET ATARI ONLINE MAGAZINE
                              July 12, 1991
                               Issue #91-29


         THE EDITORS DESK..............................Ron Kovacs
         Z*NET NEWSWIRE..........................................
         SLAVE DRIVER...............................Press Release  
         COMPUSERVE FREE TIME OFFER..................Announcement 
         PAGESTREAM 2.1 REVIEW.......................Vernon Smith 
         CHERRY FONTS UPDATE........................Press Release
         GLENDALE ATARI SHOW UPDATE.................Press Release
         DAVE SMALL CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS.....................CIS
         ATARI ST COURSES ANNOUNCED.................Press Release
                             THE EDITORS DESK
                              by Ron Kovacs
 Well, I made it back from vacation and have spent the last 5 days 
 getting the killed BBS system back up.  I am happy to announce that I
 have succeeded with the assistance of STeve Rider and Mike Austin,
 FoReM sysops, who have taught me once again the in's and out's of the
 FoReM BBS program.  Thanks for the assistance guys!
 Z*Net New Zealand now can be reached via BBS!  More information on this
 next week.  Jon Clarke is on his way to the New York area as I type this
 and can fill me in on these details later.
 The Summer Z*Net Survey is coming!  Stay tuned for details!
 Last but never least... I want to thank Terry for standing in for me
 here and in FNET last week!  I think he did a terrific job on last weeks
 issue!  Are you ready for MORE Terry???
                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE
               Compiled by John Nagy, Ron Kovacs, Drew Kerr
 The South-West United States had a rare solar eclipse viewing
 opportunity this Thursday morning, with a 100% eclipse in Hawaii and 70%
 in California.  As always, experts warned of looking at the sun, as eye
 damage is very possible.  While searching for the ideal sun-block filter
 for direct viewing, a Los Angeles clerk discovered the handiest and best
 media: computer disks.  The disks we think of as opaque black are in
 fact transparent enough to see the sun through, and the resulting image
 is a clearly defined red disk.  Disk format doesn't matter.  The eclipse
 of the sun by the passing moon on Thursday morning was witnessed by
 growing numbers of L.A. office workers with disks taped to their
 glasses... another high technology answer to today's environmental

 Atari's Manager of User Group Services was scheduled to appear in
 Orlando, Florida this weekend, but was forced to cancel.  Bob Brodie
 sends his apologies, and adds that pressing matters in Sunnyvale
 required his presence this weekend.  He hopes to be able to reschedule
 his visit to the South East.  Brodie's user-group speaking engagements
 generally draw sizable crowds of interested Atarians, who are generally
 rewarded with an interesting talk and the latest inside-Atari
 Free publications may face extinction due to revised sales taxes.
 California State Taxes have been revised to include publications, as the
 state struggles with its deficit.  While it may seem a small impediment
 to operation to have the sale of publications taxed like other purchases
 (now at 8.5%), interpretations of the new sales tax may have far-
 reaching effects on "free distribution" magazines.  Although
 interpretations by the tax people are not finalized, one proposal is to
 tax "free" magazines at 8.5% of their "comparative retail value".  That
 would make the new AtariUser magazine have to pay--up front--perhaps 25
 cents per copy.  At a 40,000 circulation, that will cost $10,000.00 each
 and every month.  Of course, this is impossible.  Other proposed schemes
 will tax the free magazines based on their gross income, at a rate of
 perhaps 11.5%.  That might bring the bill far below $10,000 a month, but
 still make profitable business a pipe dream.  Advertisers will not
 likely wish to see a 15% or more rate increase just to pay taxes.  But
 wait--there's more.  Although past sales can't be grandfathered into a
 new tax, subscriptions are being interpreted as an ongoing sale, and
 undelivered issues must be taxed.  The currently favored interpretation
 of the tax collection effort will require publications to send a pre-
 paid reply form to every subscriber, allowing them to elect to pay the
 sales tax on their remaining subscription, or to cancel and receive the
 pro-rated unearned subscription charge.  Overall, the new laws may
 affect or terminate the operation of perhaps 1,000 or more California
 "free" publications, including everything from the nightlife guides,
 TV/movie guides, music magazines, local community papers, computer mags,
 and even the prestigious and massive L.A. Weekly.  Final fright: the tax
 people say that they don't yet know how they will interpret and enforce
 the new provisions.  They suggest that publications continue to do
 business as usual and that the tax board will calculate and bill them
 for their taxes later.  Yikes!  The matter is, as you might guess, far
 from settled.

 The version 2.8 manual for FoReM ST is now printed and ready to ship.
 Anyone may order a copy whether or not they have ever owned a copy of
 FoReM.  The new manual is in a 8.5" x 11" format and is supplied in a
 standard three ring binder for ease of incorporating future updates.  To
 order your copy of the FoReM ST version 2.8 manual send $20 in US Funds
 (includes shipping) to: Stephen Rider, 20 Cargill Ave, Worcester MA
 01610.  Payment may be made in cash, check or money order.  Orders are
 usually shipped via UPS ground.  Canadian and other foreign orders
 please include an additional $4 to cover international shipping costs.
 The GEnie Portfolio RT has made an *outstanding* effort to build up
 their software library.  In the past three weeks, over 60 new programs
 and text files have been added to the software library.  Hats off to
 David Cagle and the Portfolio sysops!!  Now, you Portfolio-toters, go
 check out this great new stuff in GEnie!

 The Software Publishers Association announced the top-selling video
 games and MS-DOS computer games for May 1991.  In the MS-DOS computer
 games, King's Quest V, by Sierra On-Line, takes the number one spot.
 Jetfighter II, by Velocity, takes the number two spot.  Strategic
 Simulations' Eye of the Beholder moves from number one to number three.
 In video games, Nintendo's Super Mario Land takes May's number one spot
 followed by LJN's WWF Superstars at number two.  Elecronic Art's Laker
 vs. Celtics moves into the number three spot, Konami's Teenage Turtle
 Arcade Game slips from number one to number four.  Warbirds form Atari,
 Bill Elliott's NASCAR from Konami and Tecmo Bowl from Tecmo debut on
 May's list in the number five, nine and ten spots, respectively.

                         OPEN LETTER TO ST_REPORT
                           by Dorothy Brumleve
 An Open Letter to the Editor of ST Report Concerning the IAAD Category
 on GEnie
 July 7, 1991
 To the Editor:
 Remarks by your Staff Editor, Lloyd E. Pulley, in this (Cat 26) and in
 other Categories suggest that ST Report may soon print posts which
 members of the Independent Association of Atari Developers have made in
 the IAAD Category.  In addition, your commentary in a recent Editor's
 Podium column indicates that you are writing a "book", which may or may
 not likewise contain such private information.
 As you are aware, the IAAD Category is a private area here on GEnie
 designed for confidential exchanges between IAAD members.  Members share
 their experiences and opinions on a variety of business-related topics,
 such as Atari, the media, the public, distributors, merchandizing,
 packaging, and on personal matters ranging from the War in Iraq to how
 to impress a woman.  As in any exchange between human beings, the
 discussions sometimes become heated or silly and contributors may change
 their positions several times during the course of a thread.  We "test
 out" our ideas on each other and reevaluate our plans and opinions.  We
 share our frustrations and successes in a candid and intimate way, and
 this sharing has brought many of us closer together personally and has
 helped many of us through the hard times nearly everyone associated with
 Atari has experienced.  Here, we are free to speak our minds among
 friends and peers.  No Atari employee observes our discussion, no member
 of the press takes notes...with the exception of you and your staff.
 When the subject of a group Category was introduced at a formational
 meeting in your hotel room at WAACE '89, you were among those who
 stressed the importance of privacy in any discussion between members.
 We know, therefore, that you understand just how vital that privacy is
 to the success of the group.
 Each of our members has promised to keep the information in our Category
 private, and yet we find, time and time again, that one or another of
 the members has leaked information.  In nearly every such case, it is
 you who has been the recipient of our private messages.  We know that
 you are privy to our messages because you have called our members to
 tell them of your knowledge.  You have identified various members as
 your source of information; when these cases are investigated, it is
 discovered that the parties you name are not involved at all.
 Unwarranted accusations have caused hurt feelings and bitterness among
 the members so named.  It will not have escaped your notice that
 whenever a member announces that a breach has occurred, the area goes
 nearly silent and remains so for some time thereafter.  Then members
 begin to relax, an important topic comes up, we let our hair down, we
 make some progress...and another breach of our privacy comes to our
 attention and the cycle begins once again.  These leaks are thus a
 constant source of frustration to our board and to our members.  They
 disrupt our progress both as individual programmers and publishers and
 as a group.  That we are reduced to this public appeal is a measure of
 the very serious nature of this matter.  The time we must devote to this
 problem might otherwise be devoted to improvements in our products and
 marketing, thus advancing the use of Atari computers, but instead we are
 having to defend our right to privacy.
 Obviously, we have at least one member who has not honored his pledge.
 This is an internal problem in the group, and we will deal with it
 We have never attempted to breach your own private message bases.  No
 "plant" sends us copies of your private discussions, nor would we accept
 them.  We do not call you in an attempt to draw you into revealing your
 private discussions.  We do not tease, taunt, or threaten you with
 lawsuits and exposure.
 We object to attempts, successful and unsuccessful, to receive
 information regarding our private discussions.  We object to threats, 
 latent and blatant, to publish our messages or to reveal publicly the
 information and opinions they contain.  We find that these activities
 disrupt our personal and professional progress.  We believe that they
 are ultimately highly detrimental to the entire Atari community.
 Please cease this activity at once.  Please ask your staff to refrain
 from taunting us in their posts, under their own personal addresses or
 that of your magazine, with a proposed article on "Things Your
 Developers Don't Want You to Hear" or with similar revelations of our
 private discussions.  Please refrain from publishing or disbursing any
 information already gleaned from our private Catagory.  Please refrain
 from accepting our confidences from wayward members.  Please refrain
 from discussing our Category and its contents with any of our members.
 Thank you for your strong support.  It is much needed in this matter.
 D.A. Brumleve
 Member, Independent Association of Atari Developers
 Copyright 1991 D.A. Brumleve
 This letter may be reprinted only if it is not altered or reduced in any
 Ms. Brumleve,
 First I would like to thank you for sharing OPENLY your letter to the
 Editor of ST Report.
 "OPEN". That is the active word here.  By your OPENNESS you have brought
 to light a problem which can now be considered and hopefully worked out
 in full view of all and NO "secret deals" can be made.  Secrecy is
 scary.  Having been an American for the past 36 years I have seen and
 experienced many "cover-ups" and behind the scenes actions by our
 government and major corporations.  The people and/or organizations felt
 what they were doing behind the curtain of privacy was for the
 betterment of all concerned (e.g. the American People).  Where would
 this country be if it had not been for "Deep Throat" (Watergate)?  The
 leaks that brought about enlightenment of the arm for hostages deals
 with Iran?
 Privacy and confidentiality are at the heart of A.A (and like)
 organizations since the onset.  Still ANYONE can walk in and listen and
 /or participate.
 Why not hold these meetings and discussions in the OPEN?  If someone has
 something to say that might offend someone else then resort to personal
 mail!  I would not want someone in IAAD to discuss me or my Company,
 it's policies or whatever with a group of peers without my being there.
 What is being said in IAAD that should not be made public?
 Check out Delphi (ST Advantage) if you would like to experience OPEN
 discussion!  EVERYTHING is said in the OPEN for ALL to see/read.  Sure,
 sometimes peoples feelings get hurt.  But when *I* am discussed *I* know
 about and can respond!
 I can understand secrecy when it comes to discussing codeing of programs
 and such, but not EVERYTHING!
 If people in IAAD get closed mouth when a leak is rumoured, then
 something is going on that they feel guilty about and don't want to be
 associated if the leak gets out.  If nothing is wrong then why the
 subtle disassociation (quietness)?
 Please open the doors and let a little sunshine in.  Let us, the ENTIRE
 Atari community know what you IAAD members are planning or discussing so
 we can make informed decisions about our future in the Atari community!
 Doyle C. Helms Jr.
 D.Helms [GEnie]
 STARTWO [Delphi The ST Advantage]
 Member in long (suffering) standing of the Atari Community
 Editor Note:  Mr. Mariano responded to this open letter in the ST-Report
 bulletin board on GEnie and noted that discussions within the IAAD will
 not be part of any upcoming book or published in the weekly Atari online
 magazine of the same name.

                               SLAVE DRIVER
                              Press Release
 MIND over MIDI Productions proudly presents: SLAVE DRIVER VERSION 2.0
 dedicated live performance software for the Atari ST/E
 We're seeing a lot of bad press these days towards the use of sequencers
 in live music performance. People are beginning to feel "cheated", as
 the "live" show they came to see is actually being run like clockwork
 from a computer.  MIND over MIDI has developed a system that allows 
 sequence playback to follow what the musicians are playing, rather than
 the musicians following a pre-programmed arrangement.  This is the ONLY
 package that caters to the needs of the performing musician to such an
 extent available on ANY platform, and is bringing many new users, as
 well as IBM/MAC owners to the Atari world.
 Software Features

 * exhaustive mapping capabilites
 * full SYSEX support
 * controlled entirely from actions the musician would be doing anyway on
   their MIDI controllers
 * allows master instruments to control all other instruments, computer
   SYSEX transmissions, sequence playback, even loading and erasing of
   SYSEX and sequence files to the Atari from disk flexibly and easily
 * runs without Atari monitor by printing text to LCD displays of various
   MIDI devices
 * Remote display module frees approx 850k on a 1 meg machine for
   sequence and SYSEX data
 * built in generic SYSEX librarian transmits and saves system exclusive
   messages in MIDI file format, and allows you to enter and save SYSEX
   request messages
 * full GEM interface
 * transparent map changing allows you to change maps while playing, 
   without sticking notes or shutting off all notes
 * extremely solid and reliable - suitable for concert touring or just 
   jamming in the basement
 * allows you to improvise the arrangements of your sequences, based on 
   what you play - jam out that solo or intro and the sequence will 
   loop until you're done

 New Features for Version 2.0

 * allows up to 255 songs in memory
 * build tempo controls into your maps
 * re-organized menus, TOS 1.6 support, added quick keys, improved 
   compatability with desk accessories, and much more

 UltraMIDI Owners

 MIDImouse Music no longer supports UltraMIDI. SLAVE DRIVER is a newer
 version of UltraMIDI, you can now upgrade and get continued product
 support by contacting MIND over MIDI Productions.
 UltraMIDI is a trademark of MIDImouse Music Ltd.
 SLAVE DRIVER has a suggested retail price of $299.00, although dealers
 may sell for less.  Upgrades from UltraMIDI or SLAVE DRIVER version 1.5
 are $50 for a new program disk.  UltraMIDI owners can also purchase a
 1.5 manual for $15.  Version 2.0 updates and corrections are listed in
 an accompanying text file, registered users can order 2.0 manuals for
 $15, check with us regarding availability.
 MIND over MIDI Productions
 302 9131 Capella Drive
 Burnaby, B.C. Canada V3J 7K4
 (604) 444-4424
 fax. (604) 420-6266
 GEnie address: MINDoverMIDI

                       COMPUSERVE AT ST FORUM OFFER
 Traditionally, summertime has been the slowest time of the year for
 online activity in the Atari telecommunications community.  We'd like to
 help boost this activity with a promotion that just about anybody can
 We're looking for new and interesting files for the data libraries of
 ATARIARTS and ATARIPRO Forums.  Twice each month, during the months of
 July, August, and September, the sysops of the Atari Forums will award
 a $25 connect time credit to the individual who uploads the best new
 file to our NEW UPLOADS Library.  This $25 credit can be applied to any
 area of CompuServe usage, not just time spent inside the Atari Forums.
 (a direct credit against your monthly bill)
 What defines the "best" new upload?  Factors in judging will be
 uniqueness, general interest (i.e.- the number of downloads received),
 quality of graphics (if applicable), usefulness or entertainment value.
 All uploads to the NEW UPLOADS Library will automatically be entered
 into this promotion.  Of course, uploads of files already existant in
 our libraries do not count.  (Although, new versions of previous entries
 are eligible.)
 You do not need to be the author of the upload to win, but you MUST have
 sufficient rights to the program to make it an acceptable upload
 according to CompuServe operating rules.  (i.e.- Anyone can submit a
 Public Domain or shareware program.)  In case of duplicate uploads of
 the exact same file, the sysops will accept files based upon time of the
 first uploaded copy.
 The first upload period will run from July 1st thru July 15th
 (inclusive).  Judging will be done by the sysop staff of the Atari
 Forums (influenced by comments from the membership!).  One credit will
 be awarded to the best new upload in ATARIARTS and another for the best
 new upload in ATARIPRO.
 Please address any questions to Ron Luks [76703,254] via CompuServe Mail
 (EMAIL) or a message in any of the Atari Forums.

                          PAGESTREAM 2.1 REVIEW
                            by Vernon W. Smith
              ACE of Syracuse Newsletter Contributing Edtior
 This review is uploaded to the BackStairs BBS sponsored by Atari
 Computer Enthusiasts of Syracuse for the information of Atari ST users.
 It may be distributed by and to anyone.  Please credit the author, the
 BBS and Atari Computer Enthusiasts of Syracuse, NY.
 PageStream 2.1 is the latest upgrade of the first fully professional
 desktop publishing program for the Atari ST.  Starting as Publishing
 Partner, it changed briefly to Publishing Partner Professional and then
 crawled through a series offirst-buggy-then-improving regenerations into
 a program which leads the rest of the ST desktop publishers.
 This newest version comes with a completely new User Manual and
 QuickStart Manual which are the best yet produced by Soft-Logik
 Publishing Corporation, P.O. Box 290070, St. Louis, MO 63129, Phone:
 Although Soft-Logik has abandoned the three-ring binder which made page
 changes easy to add, it has expanded upon it's well-organized, step-by-
 step approach to using easily a complex program.  The QuickStart Manual
 uses two extended tutorials to cover the basics and painlessly introduce
 a new user to functions which might otherwise be overlooked.
 After completing a newsletter page and an organizational chart, you will
 have learned not only how to import text and graphics, but also how to
 use templates and create repetitive elements with a minimum of key
 strokes and mouse movements.
 The tables of contents and the index are comprehensive and 2.1 continues
 the tradition of 1.8 and the original Publishing Partner in providing
 sequential actions which are easy to remember with repeated use.
 The most noticeable immediate difference appears on the screen.  Using
 the larger sizes of magnification, 200%, for example, type displays with
 the same characteristics which will appear on the printed page.  It is
 much easier to adjust spacing and kerning between characters.
 Another type of appearance has been improved, too.  That is the dialogue
 boxes which in 1.8 were plainer and more prone to the appearance of
 garbage characters during multiple operations.  The 2.1 boxes frequently
 combine into one box elements which previously required two sequential
 boxes.  For example, special type applications such as backslant,
 mirror, upside down, underline, etc., can now be selected from the same
 dialogue box as the name and size of the font.  Fill style and color can
 be chosen in the same dialogue box.  Previously, they were separated.
 These changes may seem trivial in the telling, but to an experienced
 user of earlier versions of PageStream they are quality improvements
 shaving minutes off preparation time for a document.
 An annoying bug in 1.8 was the way in which one had to complete
 selection of justification in the Tag section of the Text Menu.  Tags
 enable the selection of several characteristics of text at one time so
 that they can be saved for future implementation with a couple of key-
 clicks.  When justification was chosen, the dialogue box would appear
 briefly and then dump the user back to the attributes dialogue unless
 the left mouse button was held down and the cursor slid to cover the
 category of justification desired.  In 2.1, that bug is gone.  Click on
 the justification attribute and the dialogue takes its place (like the
 other attribute boxes do) firmly ready for a reasoned choice.
 A new feature which fits the description of quality improvement is the
 thickening of the cursor when it appears in dialogue boxes, which makes
 it easier to find.  Where the cursor used to automatically come up at
 the left of any area in which the left mouse button was clicked, it now
 appears anywhere along the line.  What this means in practical terms is
 that where the speediest way to change a multi-digit entry under the old
 system was to use Esc to clear the area and retype the whole thing, it
 is now easiest to place the cursor to the right of the characters to be
 changed and delete and reenter only specific changes.
 I did run into a couple of problems in making the initial installation
 and completing the tutorials.
 I installed the program with all its fonts (Compugraphic CS Times, CS
 Triumvirate, CS Garamond, and eight Soft-Logik creations) onto the F
 partition of my Toadfile 44 Syquest Removable Hard Drive.  The
 instructions on changing the path for the fonts were skimpy and when I
 first tried to type in text, I got a request to insert the floppy disks
 from which I had made the installation.  Because I was familiar with the
 earlier PageStream, I knew that I had to go to the Global Menu at the
 upper right of the screen to select Set/Save paths.  Still, when I had
 indicated that the path for all of the folders in the program were
 F:\PGSTREAM\, the floppy disk request was repeated.  I went back to the
 Set/Save dialogue and discovered a new button labeled Manager which
 brought up the fonts location dialogue box.  The font paths here still
 showed the floppy disks.  Changing them completed the installation.
 Although this procedure is described somewhat in the User Manual, it may
 be confusing to a new user who relies on the QuickStart Manual for
 setting up a hard drive.
 A bug which has not entirely disappeared is the tendency of the screen
 to repeatedly renew itself when text entries in a column reach the place
 where a new section of the screen has to be displayed.  Apparently what
 happens with both 1.8 and 2.1 is that the speedy typist gets ahead of
 the computer and at the point where the screen has to change, each
 character triggers a refresh.  The solution is to stop typing and look
 carefully for the location of the cursor which is also blinking on and
 off with the screen changes.  Guide the cursor to the white area of the
 vertical scroll bar and click on the left mouse button.  The refreshes
 will stop and work can continue.  It does seem to me, however, that this
 bug is less prevalent in 2.1.  It does not do this every time as it did
 in 1.8 but only on occasion.
 In the tutorial on setting up a Drop Cap (a large initial to start a
 paragraph made up mostly of smaller characters), I lost sight of the
 initial when following the instructions.  Again, I knew what to do from
 prior use of the earlier versions of PageStream.  I went to the Object
 Menu and placed the text column in back of the initial.  Since the
 initial was in its own object area, this made it visible again.  While
 the Bring to Front and Send to Back commands are covered in the
 tutorial, their application to this particular problem would not be
 readily apparent to a new user.
 I am always concerned when a tutorial doesn't do what it's supposed to
 do and there were two other instances of this in the PageStream 2.1
 QuickStart Manual.
 Text can be linked from one column to another and if there is more text
 in a column than it can hold a small plus sign appears at the lower left
 of the column.  When the newsletter tutorial is completed as the Manual
 instructs, the last line of copy (a byline giving the supposed author's
 name) disappears from the screen and from any printout which is made of
 the page.  The solution is to place the cursor in the white space
 following the last visible line and press Backspace until the hidden
 line reappears.  The example simply has an extra line space between the
 last line of copy and the byline.
 A more complicated problem surfaces in the demonstration of Rotation of
 a GEM symbol used as a company log in the organization chart tutorial.
 PageStream (1.8 and 2.1) permits rotation by degrees.  A dialogue box
 not only allows for entry of specific numbers but also has a rectangular
 box which changes to show how the rotation will look.  (Skewing and
 slanting are also possible from this box.)  In the organization chart
 demo, the GEM symbol which is imported has several layers of overlapping
 sections.  The tutorial explains this and shows the user how to group
 and ungroup these layers.  Unfortunately, it instructs the user to group
 all the sections before making the rotation.  It turns out that this
 does not produce what the creator of the tutorial intended.  An inner
 section which is supposed to be diamond-shaped goes to a broken square
 instead.  It turns out that to get a match to the illustration shown in
 the QuickStart Manual the GEM symbol has to be ungrouped and only the
 extreme outside section rotated.  Not a big deal to an experienced user,
 but a real frustration to a new user who probably would not know what
 was happening or what to do to correct it.
 With 1.8, I used to enter text directly into the columns (as I am doing
 now) with a user magnification of 125%.  This was the magnification
 recommended in one of the earliest versions of Publishing Partner as the
 optimum operating mode.  In 2.1, I find the 200% level of magnification
 more desirable for direct text entry.  Not only are the characters
 easier to read, but at this size they show more of the characteristics
 of the finished printed letters.
 Those who were concerned because Soft-Logik spent a lot of time creating
 an Amiga version which reached 2.0 before Atari, can be reassured that
 the company has not short-sheeted its original Atari users with a look-
 alike product.  By mistake, I received the Amiga version in the fall of
 1990.  The manual was very similar to the Atari 1.8 manual although the
 program itself had many of the features now appearing in the Atari 2.1
 version.  The new Atari manual is nothing like the older Amiga one.  It
 is completely produced with PageStream and output at 1270 dpi on a
 PostScript imagesetter in a wire-bound format that reflects the best in
 modern printing.  No apologies are necessary to any other desktop
 publishing platform for the quality of this program.
 For users of previous versions of PageStream, there are a number of
 desirable changes.
 The Toolbox at the right of the screen now can be moved to any other
 location.  The Reshape Tool supports the modification of Bezier curves.
 (What this means is that after drawing a shape, it is possible to change
 it in specific directions which will be automatically smoothed out when
 the operation is finished.)
 According to the User Manual, it is possible to design a page as large
 as 1200 foot (Yes, I said Foot) by 1200 Foot and as small as one inch by
 one inch.
 PageStream 2.1 allows up to six windows to be opened so that elements
 can be pasted from one document to another.
 Another change is called Smart Titles. If the title of a window is all
 in lower case, there have been no changes since the file was last saved.
 If the first character is capitalized, then alterations have occurred
 which should be saved before closing the file.
 Often you see commercial publications which have pictures extending all
 the way to the edge of the page.  These are called bleeds.  They are
 produced by printing on a larger sheet of paper than the finished page
 so that when they are trimmed in a paper cutter they appear to end at
 the cut edge.  PageStream now supports this kind of production.
 Combined with crop marks to guide a printer, this enables a level of
 publication which has not been possible in Atari ST desktop publishing
 Although designers of small newsletters are not likely to want to go to
 the extra expense of bleed pages, this feature makes the Atari able to
 compete at a higher level of professional magazine production.
 The new PageStream 2.1 contains several keyboard equivalents for former
 mouse-only instructions.  For example, I mentioned earlier the
 occasional need to click with the mouse on the scroll bar when repeated
 refreshes tie up the screen.  I notice that the keyboard equivalent for
 this is Esc U and the next time I get the refresh bug, I'll see if it
 stops the action as effectively as does the mouse click.
 There is some confusion in my mind about the fonts change in PageStream
 2.1.  I was informed when I telephoned my credit card order to Soft-
 Logik that it was not necessary to purchase new fonts to use the program
 with my UltraScript packages of equivalents to the PostScript faces
 found in many PostScript printers.  (UltraScript is an emulation program
 which allows PostScript files printed to a disk to be used with dot
 matrix, deskjet, and laser printers.)  PageStream 2.1 will print
 PostScript files to disk but to match the PostScript printer fonts, the
 User Manual recommends the PageStream Fonts Plus Pack which contains
 outline font files, screen font files, and font metric files for 11 of
 the most popular PostScript families: Avant Garde, Bookman, Chancery,
 Courier, Dingbats, Helvetica, Helvetica Narrow, Palatino, Schoolbook,
 Symbol and Times.
 I can use all those fonts now with PageStream 1.8 because I have a
 PageStream Disk A (converted from an earlier Publishing Partner Disk A)
 which provides the screen font files and the font metric files.
 However, the files from this disk do not show on the screen as they will
 appear on the printout, so I expect I'll purchase the PageStream Fonts
 Plus Pack which lists at $75.
 PageStream also offers a Font Pack 1 at the same price which provides 14
 more fonts.
 For the moment, at least, I'm keeping both PageStream 1.8 and 2.1 active
 so I can use either the new or the old fonts rather than experiment with
 trying to mix them in the newer program.  The Manual makes clear that PS
 and PSF font files used in PageStream 1.8 should not be used in
 PageStream 2.1.
 I had expected kerning to default to automatic in 2.1 but it still has
 to be invoked by selecting the type to be kerned and either batch
 kerning the whole thing or manually kerning specific combinations.  In
 other words, it can be made automatic but it does not default to
 automatic.  Kerning is the process by which two letters like AV when
 next to each other can be reduced in space so that they do not appear to
 be abnormally far apart.  When this text is viewed in a PageStream 2.1
 page printout, it should show that it has been kerned.  It does not show
 on the screen as kerned, though.
 I am not impressed with the Spell Checker.  I never used the one in 1.8
 and after spending almost 30 minutes spell-checking this document up to
 this point, I am unlikely to use it again.  It does not recognize plural
 or past tense forms of common words.  I also find it annoying that
 company words like PageStream have not been added to the dictionary!
 I'll save a discussion of graphics in the new PageStream 2.1 for another
 At this point, with two days of experienting with it, I am completely
 convinced of the value of upgrading to the new program which lists new
 for $299.95.
 VWS, 315/474-0450.

                              Press Release
 Cherry Fonts proudly announces the addition of SEVEN new 'Font Packs' to
 their six existing packages.  Each new Font Pack offers a complimentary
 collection of stylish and contemporary Calamus fonts.  Each font
 features true optical character spacing akin to the methods used by long
 -established type foundries.  All foreign characters, monetary symbols
 and ligatures are included where applicable.  Each font has been
 thoroughly tested at all print resolutions from that of a 9-pin printer
 up to the many thousands of dots per inch that are within the
 capabilities of Linotronic and other commercial imagesetters.  Smooth,
 even weight-balance of printed matter is the result of Cherry Fonts'
 dedication to typographical excellence.
 Cherry Fonts are intended for use with Calamus Desktop Publishing,
 Outline Art, and any other applications that utilize the Calamus font
 Font Pack #7
 This new group of 4 fonts features Cherry Benjamin Gothic in 4 styles.
 Benjamin Gothic is our version of the venerable Franklin Gothic.  It is
 a sans serif text typeface that resembles Helvetica in many ways.  The
 fours styles included are Book, Oblique, Demi and Demi Oblique.  Uses
 for these typefaces extend from simple newsletter body copy to elaborate
 advertising headlines and practically any other graphic design function
 -- an extremely versatile typeface.
 Font Pack #8
 Font Pack number 8 is the first Cherry Fonts release of ornamental
 typefaces.  Included in this bundle is Glissade Openface which is Cherry
 Fonts' version of Caslon Openface.  For those not familiar with this
 design, it is a roman serifed typeface with inlined (hollowed) strokes
 and a low x-height.  Its personality is one of sophisticated elegance.
 Also included in Font Pack #8 is Pirates Initial Caps, a set of 26
 intricate old english shadowed drop-caps that must be seen to be
 appreciated.  Pirates is provided as a Calamus font file as well as 26
 individual .CVG (vector graphic) files.
 Font Pack #9 is another collection of serious advertising typefaces.  No
 typeface is as popular with ad agencies as Paul Renner's Futura.
 Cherry's new Fura family pays tribute to this classic design.  Pack #9
 contains the following four styles of Fura: Book, Italic, Bold and Bold
 Italic.  Fura can also be used in forms.  If you need a serious
 authoritative look in a sans-serif design, you should probably be using
 Font Packs #10, 11 and 12 are Script/Display font combinations.  When
 you want to add some excitement to a dull newsletter or create a
 headline that people will notice, you'll need these high quality
 typeface designs.  Each pack consists of five fonts; usually 2 scripts
 and 3 display faces.
 Font Pack 13 takes us back to text faces.  This time it's Cherry Max, a
 slab serif design similar to Lubalin Graph (originally designed by
 Adrian Frutiger.)  Max's personality is a strong, macho one.  When you
 want to imply strength and solidity, Max is the perfect choice.  Using
 Max bold in conjunction with an ornate script typeface would provide an
 exciting and appealing contrast.
 A free FONT POSTER may be obtained simply by calling or writing to
 request one.  (Posters are only available to North Americans)
 All thirteen Cherry Font Packs have a North American suggested retail
 price of $42.95 (US) each ($49.95 in Canada).
 To Order
 Cherry Font Packs are available at Atari dealers everywhere or directly
 from Cherry Fonts.
 To order direct: Send US $42.95 (or $49.95 CDN) for each Font Pack plus
 $2.00 shipping. B.C. residents please add 6% provincial sales tax.
 Payment is accepted by Cheque, Money Order, Visa or MasterCard.
 Cherry Fonts
 2250 Tyner Street, Unit #4
 Port Coquitlam, B.C.
 Canada  V3C 2Z1
 Phone (604)944-2923

                        GLENDALE ATARI SHOW UPDATE
                              Press Release
 For Immediate Release.....   7/10/91
 The Southern California ATARI Computer Faire, Version 5.0, also known as
 THE GLENDALE SHOW has been confirmed for September 14 and 15, 1991.  We
 are proud to announce that, as with all of our prior Faires, ATARI has
 offered both its attendance, in force, and its complete support.
 This is the Premiere West Coast Faire.  The Glendale Show was the first
 joint ATARI-User Group sponsored show in the nation, and last September
 featured the largest array of Atari vendors ever formed at a domestic
 consumer show.  You can expect this year's show to again be the largest
 exhibition of Developers, Dealers and Retailers under one roof.  You'll
 be able to meet the people behind the software, talk to the Atari
 officials you normally just read about, and see and buy the widest
 variety of Atari goods ever assembled in the USA.
 We also will offer more of our popular seminars, which last year
 featured standing-room-only talks by Leonard Tramiel, Bob Brodie, Dave
 Small, and many other Atari personalities.
 Make your vacation and travel plans now to come to the Los Angeles area
 this September, and be here for the GLENDALE SHOW, September 14 and 15,
 1991.  More specific details will be release as we get closer to the
 show date.
 This is a partial list of confirmed exhibitors and will be updated as
 The Computer Network       Mid-Cities Computers       Goodman's Music
 Musicode                   Safari Fonts               Sliccware
 Clear Thinking             Micro Creations            Rio Computers
 Best Electronics           Branch Always              Michtron
 ADG Productions            CodeHead Software
 Omnimon Peripherals        Gadgets by Small
 Zubair Interfaces          ICD
 Grove School of Music      S.D.S.                     Xoterix
 ISD Marketing              Soft-Logik Publishing      AtariUser Magazine
 Please address EXHIBITOR questions to:
 249 N. Brand Bl. #321
 Glendale, CA 91203
 or call:  John King Tarpinian, Faire Chairperson  818-246-7286

                          DAVE SMALL CONFERENCE
                        Original Edit by Ron Luks
                        Second Edit by Ron Kovacs
 (3-10,Dave) Let me introduce us.  I'm Dave Small, and hopefully my wife
 Sandy Small is logged in here tonight as well.  We're part of "Gadgets
 by Small".  We're based in Denver, Colorado.  We're best known for the
 "Spectre GCR", a product that lets Atari machines run Macintosh
 software, but we've been with Atari computers doing things since before
 we were married, in 1981.
 We're releasing two new products, "MegaTalk" and "SST", which is mostly
 why we're here tonight.  (If you have a Spectre GCR question, you can
 "GO ATARIVEN" here on Compuserve, get to the Gadgets by Small area, and
 ask there; however, if there's time tonight, we're always happy to
 tackle GCR questions.)
 "MegaTalk" gives your ST two 100% compatible Mac-compatible serial ports
 and a SCSI port.  You can use them to get an ST with 3 total serial
 ports (1 ST, 2 MegaTalk), at up to 921,000 baud (!), but they're mostly
 to let you plug your ST right into any Appletalk/Localtalk (same thing)
 network.  For instance, my Mega ST here can print directly from inside
 of Spectre to an Apple LaserWriter via our office Appletalk network.  I
 can use file servers to get to files on other machines directy.
 MegaTalk also gives you a 100% compatible Mac SCSI port, so you can plug
 in lots of Mac SCSI devices, from hard disks to scanners to Ethernet
 MegaTalk is for the Mega ST right now, but there are already adaptors
 that will mount it into other ST's from other manufacturers.
 "SST" is an upgrade board for the ST. It gives the ST a 68030 processor
 at very high speed, up to 8 megabytes of added memory, a fast arithmetic
 processor, the new TT 'desktop', and *expandability*.  Expandability is
 important; successful computers -all have slots-.  So we include a full-
 speed slot connector on the SST that you can do anything with; we put on
 no speed restrictions.
 There is already work on a video card that will knock your socks off in
 speed, number of colors displayable at the same time, the palette size,
 and so on.
 (In terms of speed, the SST is sort of a family thing.  Sandy's dad flew
 in the SR-71, which is the fastest airplane ever built.  I couldn't
 resist putting Chevrolet's best 454 into a '70 Camaro.  And our 3-year
 old, Jamie, tells us that his trike can go "warp drive, Daddy".  You see
 why I think it's genetic.)
 The SST is fast enough to easily blow a Mac IIci (Apple's second fastest
 Mac!) into the weeds.  So, at Apple, there's only two machines faster
 than our SST; the Mac IIfx and their Cray computer.
 We've built SST's in the lab that outrun a Mac IIfx, but I'm afraid
 we'll have to let 'em have the Cray... Oh well. (*grin*)
 Technically, the SST can run at 16 to 33 Mhz (higher if we want, but
 more speed costs more money; a 50 Mhz 68030 costs a *lot* from
 Motorola!).  It has 8 SIMM sockets that take one megabyte SIMMS, for 8
 megabytes total.  This memory *adds* to your ST's memory, so, for
 instance, your Mega-4 becomes, well, a Mega-12.  It uses a 68882
 floating point unit, which anyone will tell you is the top of the line
 in accelerating math.  And it ships with TOS 2.05 (or whatever TOS 2.0x
 is up to by then), which gives you Atari's neat new desktop; Atari
 licensed us their new TOS.
 We built the SST to be *affordable* as a primary design consideration.
 Doesn't anyone remember "power without the price"?  Look, *anyone* can
 build you an accelerator for a lot of money; the trick is doing it
 affordably.  We researched the problem carefully, took every part off
 the SST that we could live without, and went with a standard, solid
 design so it wouldn't be flakey.  (Besides, parts that aren't in the
 design don't break in service and don't add to cost!)
 For example, the SST does not use a cache, with a cache's expensive
 "static RAM" chips.  There was no need.  Because of its design, the SST
 uses ultra-fast "burst-mode" in the 68030.  This makes it outperform
 cache designs by about 5:1, using ordinary, very inexpensive "page mode"
 SIMM RAMs.  You can buy a megabyte of this RAM for $35; I know, we just
 ordered a bunch of it.
 We also designed the SST to run at many different speeds, (including a
 heck of a lot faster than the competition might think, *grin*), so you
 can afford to buy it a little at a time.  You begin at 16 Mhz with no
 added memory.  Then, changing from 16 Mhz to 32 Mhz is just swapping two
 parts.  (We socket them so it's a 1-minute job).  And add memory
 whenever you want; the more of this "FASTRam" you have, the more your
 machine will scream.
 Speaking of "affordable" ...
 A few years ago, the ST Sysops on Compuserve helped a brand new company
 named "Gadgets by Small" tell the world that the "Spectre 128" was
 available.  They really bent over backwards to help us.  So we're going
 to return the favor tonight.
 For tonight ONLY, you are eligible for a $100 discount on the SST, just
 for being here at the conference.  To get this, just send a note to
 76004,2136 (the "Gadgets" signon) *tonight* (after the conference is
 over or whatever).
 (3-4,bill) good to see you here too! ....will the sst fit in a non-mega
 (3-10,Dave) (you're thinking of a non-Mega) yes and no.  I know it fits
 into a 520 with the lid off, because George's Mega died and he had to
 finish debug on a 520!  It is usually best to put it into a tower or
 clone case for this sort of thing; the 8 SIMMS are a certain size, and
 take up room.  Also, the non-Mega machines don't have cooling fans,
 which really matters with the 68030 and this much RAM; RAM is really
 power hungry.  On the Mega STE, George has mine; Things are -real- tight
 inside of the Mega STE; we have a few ideas, but nothing in a PC board
 yet.  It's *extremely* tight in the Mega STE.
 (3-2,George Richardson) Although the SST works in an STe, right now it
 requires an adapter.  There really doesn't seem to be any way to fit the
 current model in a 1040 STe, but once the current model is out I'll be
 (3-10,Dave) (George knows better than to say "impossible".) (We answer
 before you ask.  A benefit of the 68030.)
 (3-12,Pattie) Dave and George, how did you two start working together?
 (3-10,Dave) George designed a nice Appletalk adaptor for the ST, and was
 going into business with his wife marketing it.  Sandy and I asked him
 if we could market it.  It got a SCSI port and became MegaTalk.  Then,
 the 68030 project came along, and George got the nod on it.
 (3-2,George Richardson) After Sandy convinced me that I had a lot to
 learn about marketing.
 (3-10,Dave) George seems to enjoy working for people who pay him ..
 *grin*  But that's how it all started.  I gather George has been
 freelancing on engineering for some time.
 (3-2,George Richardson) I run a company called the Merlin Group, Inc.
 The APpletalk project came about stricktly because of frustrations
 printing from Spectre.
 (3-11,Sandy) Ummm...the SST will ship whenever we get the signed
 TOS 2.0x contract from Atari, around 8/1 possibly (LT is on vacation in
 Hawaii).  MegaTalk is sputtering along also around 8/1.
 (3-10,Dave) We had a pile of Megatalk PC boards made, and the
 manufacturers didn't put feed thrus on them -- total throwaways.  *gnash
 teeth*  After we shot the manager and whipped the staff, they shaped up.
 (3-15,keith) dave...after putting an SST in my mega and then adding a 24
 (3-10,Dave) On SST, we just can't ship until the paperwork is done on
 TOS2 2.05.
 (3-15,keith) bit color board and with a GCR hanging out the side, what
 kind of potential power supply problems are we looking at?  I have
 replaced two already in 2 years and don't care to replace any more.
 (3-10,Dave) I spent today with an ammeter testing SST's;  GCR's don't
 pull any appreciable amount of power.  It boils down to the ST supply is
 rated at 3 AMPS (5 volt rail; 12  doesn't matter), and totally maxxed
 out with RAM and floppy on, we were under 2.5 amps (this was hammering
 on fastRAM in a worst-case).  I don't know about the color card; that's
 George's.  But we're well, well within the specs on the ST supply.
 Still, if we overload it (we thought of that), we have an alternate 5+
 amp supply we can ship ASAP that kicks in to supplement the the ST
 supply.  I hear you on the power supply replacements; I've had to
 replace the capacitors in every Mega supply I have when they pop.  Comes
 from using 16V parts in a 12V bus.  You may find that *just* replacing
 the big caps with Radio Shack parts, and soldering the cold solder
 joints, will fix most bugs. (There's also the supply from Best
 (3-2,George Richardson) If you have a power supply problem, I can
 reccomend (or install for you) a nice 5 amp supply that costs less than
 the Best supply.
 (3-15,keith) I am just concerned about a possible overload but if it
 isn't a real problem then OK by me.
 (3-10,Dave) We were concerned too, with 8 megs of SIMMS, but the ammeter
 doesn't lie (digital, too); we've got plenty of headroom as is now.
 George, does the color board pull much power?
 (3-2,George Richardson) The Chromax can have up to 4 megs of VRAM on it;
 it may very well pull some current.
 (3-10,Dave) Keith, George is planning a subliminal effect.
 (3-1,Bill Rayl/AIM) I'm personally very interested in the SST board and
 what it allows ST owners to do...upgrade their current machines to the
 new and neato stuff...in that vein, I'm particularly interested in the
 Chromax color board.  How does this compare to the TT's resolutions and
 other color boards we've been hearing about?
 (3-2,George Richardson) Ok, well Chromax is really in the formative
 stage now, but here's the scoop.  The Chromax board will support up to
 1200 *1200 minimum resolutions will the color availiable depending on
 the video ram installed.  The pallet will be 16.7 million colors.  The
 board will function at 33 mhz and be 32 data bits wide.  If I can get a
 reasonable price on a newly developed Graphics processor I'm interested
 in it could do 3D modeling on screen with 256 colors and 1200 &* 1200
 (3-10,Dave) Careful George.  Sandy's Radius monitor won't do that.
 (3-2,George Richardson) 640 by 480 resolution would do Trucolor (24 bit)
 (3-19,Mark Cinelli) I've been thinking about buying a GCR... but I hear
 there is a shortage of Mac ROMS.  Any comments?
 (3-10,Dave) I can handle that one; there was a shortage of ROMS, but it
 goes in cycles.  When the Amiga Mac emulator came out, they got short,
 the price went up, and more became available because people were
 motivated to sell.  (I don't think the faked ROMs were a substantial
 portion of the market at all.)  Recently we have been getting FAX's from
 people with ROMs that want us to refer customers to them; if you need a
 phone #, let me know.  Happy to tell you.  (They come in the original
 Apple packaging, I gather).  So the shortage is well over.
 (3-19,Mark Cinelli) I hadn't actually gone hunting for the ROMS since I
 have no GCR as of yet, but I had heard there was a freeze.  I guess I
 heard wrong, thanks for the info.
 (Ron Luks) Dave:  First of all....  Thx for the discount offer to CIS
 members.  A question about the SST board:  Will the TOS 2.05 (with the
 neato desktop) be in ROM on the SST board or will it be loaded from
 (3-10,Dave) yes.
 (Ron Luks) Will I need to remove the present TOS chips?
 (3-10,Dave) It's in 256K ROMs, along with a little Dave Small software.
 (little. <-pun.)  Ron > Yes, it's preferable.  Not a big deal -- 30
 seconds with a flatblade anything.
 (3-12,Pattie) About the discount offer... will people with STEs and
 Mega/STEs be able to get the discount, even tho it doesn't currently fit
 their systems?
 (3-10,Dave) That's a valid question, Sandy .. what do you think?  The
 only problem is, it's a future product that we can't gaurentee we can
 generate in a reasonable amount of time. I think we well, but, I can't
 absolutely guarantee it.
 (3-2,George Richardson) Why not just do a new conference when the STe
 version is done?
 (3-10,Dave) George > Sounds good.  Maybe we can come up with a bigger
 discount (grin)
 (3-4,bill) ok, I have a quick 2-parter (gotta get up too early :-)
 I have an _old_ mega, with a blitter fixer way off on the side stuck on
 some other chip (not the 68000). any problem hooking an sst on such a
 machine?  does the 68000 get removed? .....  Any word on System 7 yet?
 (3-10,Dave) Bill, I just wrote that section of the manual!  *grin*  What
 it is is that the blitter needs another chip to kick everyone out of
 system memory while it works (a 7474).  We put an equivalent circuit
 into the SST, so just rip that thing out of there.  You will need to fix
 the 1 trace Atari cut while putting the 774 in there (right George?) I
 have been putting in some double overtime on Sys 7, and have enough
 (3-2,George Richardson) Right.
 (3-10,Dave) evidence to put a couple programmers that did their
 Installer into prison (kidding), looks like yet-another-rocky-horror-
 picture-show-version-of-zerostore.  It is fixable.  The SST is the
 priority at the moment, though.  I would imagine that by WAACE we'll
 have the fix out to the world at worst, and probably much sooner
 (depends on how many Moonlighting reruns are on A&E cable channel.)
 Again, it's just like 6.0.5., a little bug.  It runs purely by accident
 on a real Mac Plus ... truth!
 (3-15,keith) Dave....what kind of problems will the average hardware
 klutz like me have in installing the SST?  I am not allowed to even own
 a soldering iron, so what would be a reasonable price for a dealer to do
 (3-10,Dave) Getting a socketed 68000 is easily 95% of the installation.
 Everything else can be done blindfolded.  Socketing the 68000 takes a
 little desoldering skill, and is not something you want to learn
 soldering doing.  I killed a 520 doing just this, and it is still dead
 ... maybe I can snooker George into fixing it (grin).  We are talking
 with some Atari shops aboout becoming Certified SST Installers; it is
 EXACTLY the same thing they have to do to put in any ol' accelerator
 (like AdSpeed or that other one), and they charge, I think, $45 to do
 that (Toad Computers, Dave Troy), unless my mind is going.  Other than
 that, putting SIMMs in is something so easy *even* Apple tells owners to
 do it, (just kidding), but it is major simple -- and there isn't
 anything else to hook up.  No switches to set or any of that sort of
 (Ron Luks) A masochistic part of me wants to try out UNIX.  I'm
 reluctant to buy a TT.  Will the SST board support a UNIX
 implementation? and if so, would it be as good or better than running
 unix on the TT?
 (3-10,Dave) I saw Atari's Sys V Rel 4 with their GUI at CEBit on a TT.
 It was running okay but needed tuning, but that's standard stuff.  The
 guy at Atari to contact is Henry Plummer, I believe (if I didn't mis-
 remember the name).  Anyway, the TT and SST, by total coincidence, share
 an identical memory map; our fastRAM is where theirs is, and so on.
 Last time I talked with their UNIX gurus, they were thinking about
 requiring a 16 mb fastRAM board, which really hurts when you do it with
 nibble-mode RAMS (we use page mode).  I don't know if they are planning
 on using any TT-specific hardware (say, their DMA controller or
 something) that would cause UNIX to break on the SST.  Without a copy of
 their UNIX, I just don't know.  I've been calling a lot to become a beta
 tester, and that's one reason.  By the way, you're 100% right on being
 leery of UNIX for an average user.  It's very hard; the learning curve
 is a learning cliff.  As for performance, we "generally" match the
 performance of a 32 Mhz TT, if we try REAL hard to slow down our RAM
 access and clock and wait states and burst waits.  It's embarrassing
 getting Quick Index into 4-digit percentages... George really balanced
 the 68030 with a memory feed system so it wouldn't be starved on the
 intake side.  Kinda like a 4-barrel.
 So, until Atari releases the UNIX into at least Beta, we just don't
 know.  There are 80 reasons it ought to work, but until you put the disk
 in, you just don't know if the ol' convention center will work... *grin*
 I got a /send asking for the Quick Index numbers on the SST  I've been
 software enhancing things, right now, they're at:
 cpu-memory:  971% (this will go > 1000% tonight after I fix bug)
    cpu reg:  811%
 cpu divide: 1024%
  cpu shift: 3534%
 This is where, 100% is equal to speed of normal ST. So, we average 10 x
 (3-6,Randy Walters) How about pricing for the SST?  Is the discount only
 for ordering tonight?
 (3-10,Dave) Randy, pricing comes in two parts.  (sandy sez, $100
 discount is for email orders by time she logs in tomorrow morning, since
 east coast is already midnightish)  First, you get the SST board,
 without the REALLY expensive stuff (CPU & RAM), then, you decide, "speed
 is expensive, how fast do I want to go?".  You then order an "engine
 option" (pretty close analogy) for how fast you want, from 16 Mhz to 33
 Mhz, and RAM.  We are VERY encouraging of people that want to supply
 their own CPU and RAM.  By the way, did you know that if ya call your
 local Motorola rep, they might "sample" you two 68030's for that
 "embedded controller" you've always wanted to develop? (HINT! HINT!)
 Sandy will punch in a price list here (take $100 off tonight)
 (3-11,Sandy) Retail Prices:
 SST board $599
 A: 16mhz 68030 $200
 B: 16mhz 68030+4 SIMMs $460
 C: 33mhz 68030, 68881, 4 SIMMs $800
 D: 4 SIMMs $260 (I hope I got it right - I can't tell if I typoed)
 (3-10,Dave) We decided that instead of waiting for what the future would
 bring for the ST, we'd go ahead and make a future for it.  The ST with
 an SST in it is fully competitive with workstations near $8,000, for far
 less.  I wonder if the Tramiels would mind if I ran ads saying, "Power
 without the price".  It sure extends the life of the ST for another few
 years ... by which time, we'll all have cray equivalents on our desk
 anyways.  Thanks MUCH for having us here!

                           GXR ATARI ST COURSES
                              Press Release
 GXR Systems, in conjunction with the Vancouver YMCA College, is pleased
 to announce the introduction of  A T A R I   S T   C O U R S E S.
 Starting this fall, GXR Systems will be putting on a series of courses
 for your Atari Computer, as well as the most popular application
 All courses are hands-on, with one Atari 1040STFM computer per person.
 Each station has a monochrome monitor, TOS 1.4, an internal double-sided
 disk drive, and one megabyte of RAM.  Course materials are supplied and
 include necessary program, data and graphics disks*, and a course
 booklet.  A certificate showing completion of a course will be issued at
 the last session.
 Minimum class size is 4, maximum is 12.  Courses must be paid for in
 advance.  Course costs include all materials.  The Calamus dtp courses
 may be either version 1.09N or the new S or SL if available.  Please
 contact GXR Systems for more information.  Other courses will use the
 latest software versions.
 (All prices shown in Canadian Dollars)
 Summer Schedule    Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
 COURSE                   DATES               COST
 New Users                (dates to be set)   $85
 Calamus 1                (dates to be set)   $85
 Calamus 2                (dates to be set)   $85

 (2 Saturdays per course/$150 for Calamus 1 & 2)
 Fall Schedule       7:00-9:00 p.m.
 COURSE                   DATES               COST
 New Users                Sept 10 - Oct 1     $85
 Software on a Budget     Oct 8 - Oct 29      $85
 New Products             Nov 5 - Nov 26      $85
 Make Your System Go      Dec 3 - 10          $45

 $250 for the four courses
 Thursdays 7:00-9:00
 COURSE                   DATES               COST
 Calamus 1                Sept 12 - Oct 3     $85
 Calamus 2                Oct 10 - Oct 31     $85
 Calamus 3                Nov 7 - Nov 28      $85
 Calamus 4                Dec 5 - Dec 12      $45
 $250 for the four courses
 Saturday Courses (as numbers warrant)**
 COURSE                   DATES
 Word Perfect             TBA
 PageStream               TBA
 LDW 2.0                  TBA
 Superbase                TBA                 
 DBMan V                  TBA
 DynaCadd                 TBA
 Using a Modem            TBA
 Hard Disk Management     TBA

 *Please note that certain application programs will be loaded from disks
 which must be returned at end of class; for some courses, you may be
 required to provide your own program master disk.  Call for details
 concerning the software course of your choice.  Special student
 discounts may be available for those who prefer to purchase their
 software as educational material.
 **These special courses will be available on Saturdays as numbers
 warrant.  Alternately, design your own based on your needs; course
 length will determine costs.  Minimum class size is four, maximum is 12.
 All courses to be held at Vancouver YMCA College, 1735  Inglewood, West
 Vancouver, British Columbia.
 Those wanting to register, looking for more information on Atari
 software course schedules, or needing a course outline should contact:
 Geoff LaCasse
 GXR Systems
 or leave GEnie-mail to: R.GRANT11
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