ST Report: 4-Sep-92 #836

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 09/06/92-08:44:36 AM Z

From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 4-Sep-92 #836
Date: Sun Sep  6 08:44:36 1992

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               WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (September 4)

                        BILL REHBOCK IN CONFERENCE!

 The Atari Forums are pleased to  announce an  online conference  with Bill
 Rehbock, head  of development  for Atari's new 68030-based Falcon computer
 on Tuesday, 8-Sept-92 at 8:30 p.m. EST (1.30 GMT).

 Rehbock will discuss technical  specifications of  the Falcon  and the new
 MultiTOS (multitasking)  operating system  that will premiere with the new
 machine.  The computer debuted at  a recent  computer fair  in Dusseldorf,

 Members can  join the conference for a special price of 50 percent off the
 normal  connect  time  rates.   To  access   the  Convention   Center,  GO


 Please see  message #  33937 in the Atari Arts Forum (GO ATARIARTS) for an
 announcement from Bill  Rehbock  concerning  a  FALCON030  offer  and Fall
 Comdex registration information.

 John Townsend  of Atari  Corp. has  put together  a file that describes in
 detail the various video modes available  on the  FALCON030 computer.   Be
 sure to download VIDMOD.TXT from LIBRARY 8 of the Atari Productivity Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO) to read this comprehensive explanation.


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

     The Labor  Day weekend, heralding the end of summer and the new school
 year.  Some folks are overjoyed its this time of  year and  others are not
 so happy..  right moms?   I any case enjoy this last weekend of the summer
 season and do enjoy those BBQs. 
     The Falcon is a reality now although certain  aspects of  are changed,
 its cabinet  will be  the familiar  grey we  know and  the keys  will be a
 darker grey with white  markings.   Like most  of you  I hope  this is the
 "stroke" Atari  has needed  for quite  a while.  A great deal is riding on
 the Falcon and it is a design that can, if supplied in enough quantity and
 promoted properly, bring Atari back to the forefront with gusto.
     This week,  I overjoyed  to be  able to  help you slake your curiosity
 thirst over the "STORM" warning we  have  been  carrying  here  week after
 week.  In this issue is the whole lowdown on STORM.
     Somehow, I've  managed to catch a dilly of a head/chest cold.  I sound
 like an old steam locomotive trying to get up to speed.   I don't  wish it
 on anyone  out there so.... keep your powder dry and your head high.  Hmmm
 that didn't sound quite right.  Ahhh  it  must  be  the  Actifed  Plus I'm
 taking.   Have a great holiday weekend!
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                "There is no comparison!  The Atari Falcon
                   is far superior to the PC platform."
                                                       Sam Tramiel, 08/92


    Issue #36

    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

  -- Atari Corp. Sales Down Over 50% in Second Quarter -
     Loses $39.8 Million
 Atari Corporation reported that sales for the second quarter were $23.3 
 million, compared to $49.2 million for the same period in 1991.  At the 
 same time, Atari reported an operating loss of $39.8 million compared to 
 a $30.4 million gain for the same period in 1991.
 As part of the $39.8 million loss, the company has included charges of 
 $34.1 million in operating income (loss) in the second quarter 1992. In 
 the second quarter of 1991, the company reported income of $30.4 million 
 which included the gain on the sale of its Taiwan facility of $40.9 

  -- IBM Creates PC Unit
 IBM announced the creation of a separate organization for its struggling 
 personal computer operation, a move to speed up the introduction of new 
 models at more competitive prices.  The company's PC manufacturing, de-
 sign, distribution and marketing operations worldwide will be placed 
 under an operating unit called the IBM Personal Computer Co.

  -- IBM, Canon may Share Venture
 IBM and Canon have agreed to cooperate in developing small computers and 
 will begin selling their first product next year, a Canon spokesman said 
 this week.  A spokesman for IBM denies that any formal decision has been 
  -- Compaq Offers New Laser Printers
 Compaq Computer Corp. has introduced the first two products from its new 
 peripherals division.  They are two network laser printers, the $5,499 
 20-page-per-minute (ppm) Compaq Pagemarq 20 and the $3,999 15 ppm Compaq 
 PageMarq 15.  Reports say the units use printer languages PostScript 
 Level Two and PCL 5, and can switch automatically between them without 
 any user intervention.

 The company says the Pagemarq 20 is the world's fastest all-around 
 desktop printer, twice as fast on average than Hewlett-Packard Co.'s 
 LaserJet IIISi with PostScript applications. It said the Pagemarq 15 is 
 on average 50% faster than the Hewlett printer.

 Both printers connect to Novell Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. networks, 
 and up to five interfaces can be active at the same time. Compaq says 
 direct connectivity is supported through Ethernet, Token Ring and Apple-
 Talk interfaces without the need for a print server, which conserves 
 system costs and eliminates support requirements.

  -- Toshiba to Develop New Rechargeable Batteries
 Toshiba Corp. is teaming up with Asahi Chemical Industry Co. to develop 
 a new generation of rechargeable batteries.

 The two companies will form a joint venture firm to develop and manufac-
 ture lithium ion batteries, which have about twice the power capacity of 
 current nickel cadmium batteries.
 The new company, A and T Battery Corp., will begin production in October 
 1993 and produce 500,000 batteries a month.

  -- SPA Says Software Sales Up 20.4%
 According to a recent statement from the Software Publishers Association 
 (SPA), North American application software sales for the second quarter 
 1992 increased 20.4%, reaching an estimated $1.49 billion (retail).
 For the first half of the year, North American sales reached $2.74 
 billion, an increase of 20.1% over the first half of 1991.  Combined 
 North American and international sales were up 19.7% for the quarter.
   After a 51% growth rate in the first quarter, Macintosh applications 
 growth tapered off, increasing 18.6 percent to $271 million.
   Spreadsheets displaced word processors as the largest application 
 category. Sales of spreadsheets reached $236 million, an increase of 29% 
 from the second quarter 1991, while word processor sales were $188 
 million, an increase of 13%.
   Disk-based entertainment software sales grew 56.7%, reaching $58 
   Drawing and painting program sales were also strong with sales of $61 
 million, a 48.1% rise from second quarter of 1991.
  -- Alleged Southern California Pirate Nabbed
 U.S. Marshals in conjunction with Microsoft Corp. have seized 2,000 
 allegedly counterfeit copies of Microsoft software at Number One 
 International Inc., a software distributor in South El Monte, Calif.

 Microsoft says it has filed a lawsuit against Number One and its 
 president, Randy Wang, alleging trademark and copyright infringement. It 
 notes that seized business records indicate that Number One may have 
 sold more than 20,000 counterfeit packages of the MS-DOS and Microsoft 
 Windows operating systems during 1992.

 The raid on Number One yielded purportedly bogus copies of MS-DOS 
 operating system versions 3.3 and 4.01, in packaging which has been out 
 of production since late 1989, in addition to the current MS- DOS 
 version 5.0 and Microsoft Windows 3.1 operating system software.

 Microsoft says the packages were illegitimate copies of Microsoft 
 software manufactured by five different Microsoft original equipment 
 manufacturer licensees.

 In addition to substantial civil damages, Randy Wang could face 
 penalties up to $250,000 and a prison term of up to five years if 
 criminally prosecuted.


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine             The wires are a hummin'!
                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
 On CompuServe
 compiled by Joe Mirando

 From The Atari Productivity Forum

 Well, the big news on CompuServe this week is that Bill Rehbock of Atari
 Corp. hold a conference on Tuesday, September 8.  This will be a "must
 attend" conference.  Sysop Ron Luks posts:

     "I'm ple0ased to announce that Bill Rehbock, director of application
     software and Falcon development, will be online in CompuServe's
     Electronic Convention Center (GO CONVENTION) on Tuesday, September 8,

     The conference will focus on the hardware specs of the new FALCON 030
     and the MultiTOS operating system.  We expect this session will be of
     interest to developers, techies, and all prospective Falcon owners.

     A special reduced pricing structure will be in effect for this special
     event.  More details to follow."

 From the "what will they think of next department, Dragonware Software
 announces a new freeware product:

     "PowerDOS, from Dragonware Software (the LAN folks), is a freeware
     replacement for your TOS file routines.  It includes routines which
     are rough equivalents to FATSPEED, PINHEAD, CACHExxx, and FOLDERxxx.

     GEMDOS-equivalent routines are written entirely in assembly language,
     for the greatest possible speed increase.

     PowerDOS also includes multitasking, when used with compatible
     programs such as PowerNET, also by Dragonware.

     PowerDOS goes first in the AUTO folder.  Separate developer docs

 Jim Ness posts his first impressions:

     "Brash adventurer that I am, I have been using PowerDOS for the last 2
     days, and it seems to work very well.  I haven't multitasked anything
     yet, but as a simple fast GEMDOS replacement, it lives up to its
     billing.  The NBM benchmark disk test shows a 183% improvement, under

 Do you dislike the built-in font that comes with your ST?  Some people
 prefer it to DOS fonts, some hate it with a passion.  Others would just
 like the ability to change the font for whatever reason.

 Matt Koundakjian mentions:

     "Does anyone know of an Auto program that loads in a font in place of
     the system font?  I know of accessories such as Font Tricks but what
     I'd like would be to not have to go through getting the acc in place
     and finding the font, etc.  I understand Font Tricks doesn't even save
     a default non-system font.  I'd still like a program in shareware so I
     don't have to buy the Codehead's utils, just for this program.  Thanks
     in advance."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine echoes one of my first thoughts:

     "You can try Warp 9 screen accelerator which allows the user to change
     fonts in addition to the great speed increase.  Warp 9 is by Codehead

 Meanwhile, the question of which monitors will do what with the FALCON are
 still confusing people (myself included).  John Amsler asks:

     "Wouldn't a multisync monitor solve the [apparent] problem:  one
     monitor <-> color AND mono?"

 Jeff at Intersect Software answers:

     "The Falcon (from all I've heard) will be able to use the Atari Color
     monitor (SM1224) for the ST series for the LOWer resolutions. With a
     640 X 200 screen they will display 256 colors instead of 4.  I think
     you are out of luck with any of the higher (VGA) resolutions.  That
     allows an easy route into the powerful new series for ST owners."

 John Amsler asks:

     "Wouldn't a[ny] multisynch monitor allow the Falcon to display 320 x
     200 low AND 320 x 400 medium AND 640 x 400 high?  Wouldn't the ISAC
     card be able to "prod" the Falcon to display 1024 x 768?  After all,
     that's its "raison d'etre!"

 Ron Luks asks:

 "Isn't the fact that a specific resolution is "interlaced" or
 "non-interlaced" a function of the computer rather than the monitor?"

 Jim Ness replies with an understandable explanation of what interlaced
 video is:

     "No, the horizontal scan speed is the most important factor in whether
     or not you have to use interlaced video.  If the screen is refreshed
     every 1/60th of a second, the video system has to be able to draw that
     fast.  The horizontal scan must be fast enough, in this case, to draw
     480 rows of pixels, before 1/60th of a second has passed.

     If it cannot do this, then it draws all the odd numbered rows first,
     then goes back for the even numbered rows, interlacing the new scans
     in between the previous scans.  The effects is that the entire screen
     is only drawn once every 1/30th of a second, and the flicker effect is
     very noticeable.

     The SC1224 has a very slow horizontal scan rate, so high vertical rez
     requires interlaced video.  I suppose that for graphics, it is no
     problem, but for text it is undesirable.  And, realistically, 640x200
     is okay for text.  The problem with it is that the SC1224 has a very
     high dot size, so even at 640x200, you get some blurriness.  If my
     640x200 image were sharper, it would be as comfortable as the SM124's
     640x400 mono."

 John Amsler also asks about the FALCON's memory modules:

     "Are these proprietary memory boards going to be available by Atari
     --or whomever--at the same time the Falcon is released?  I lived with
     a 1 Mb 1040 from 1986 to 1990; I'd hate to have to buy a Falcon and
     then wait a year for the RAM upgrades to come out!"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells John:

     "Unfortunately those are all unknowns at this time..  Are these
     proprietary memory boards going to be available by Atari --or
     whomever--at the same time the Falcon is released?  I lived with a 1
     Mb 1040 from 1986 to 1990; I'd hate to have to buy a Falcon and then
     wait a year for the RAM upgrades to come out!"

 John Amsler tells Bob:

     "Yes, a 1 Mb Falcon would be a serious disappointment ... and not
     being able to get the RAM upgrade board for several months would be a
     first-order aggravation.

     Just out of curiosity, is it reasonable for the public at large, like
     me, to "assume" that people like Dave Small, Jim Allen, the Codeheads,
     the guys at Double Click, etc., have already had a few Falcons
     "loaned" to them by Atari so they can, you know, "tinker?"

 Sysop Ron Luks tells John:

     "Some of the people you mention have Falcons, some don't.  I know that
     Atari is making Falcons available to developers as fast as they can. 
     I'm pretty sure that the memory cards will be one of the first
     accessories made available, but you can pin down Bill Rehbock at the
     upcoming CO for a definite answer."

 Jim Ness adds to Ron's reply:

     "Many US devs - and most overseas devs - do have Falcons right now. 
     There were limited numbers of machines, so not everyone got one. 
     Atari tried to determine which devs had products which could
     specifically take advantage of Falcon features, and got the machines
     to them.

     For instance, the Falcon cannot use the current Gadgets by Small GCR. 
     So, naturally, they'd want to get one to Dave Small, so he could see
     about getting around that problem.

     On the other hand, the Codeheads got left out.  Those Codehead
     products which are large, exotic and graphics (GDOS) intensive
     originate in Europe, and their authors DID get machines.  The
     Codeheads will get theirs in the next batch.  There has been a lot of
     discussion about dev machines.  It looks as though the next batch will
     catch everyone who really needs one."

 On the subject of memory boards and pricing, Jim Ness later posts:

     "Well, we KNOW that they are building 14meg boards, since these are
     what they are offering to needy developers, in the recently Bill
     Rehbock message.  And, they have advertised the price for 1meg and
     4meg machines, in US dollars, so I hope that means those two sizes
     will also be available.  By the way, they also advertised the German
     price for 14meg machines, and if you use the same ratio of 14meg to
     4meg pricing, the US 14meg should sell for $1995."

 From the Atari Arts Forum

 Laurie Brimmer asks about graphics conversion:

     "Anyone know how to convert atari art files ie neo,degas to work on
     Corel Draw for the ibm pc?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Magazine tells Laurie:

     "The easiest way would be to convert neo, degas to GIF format and then
     there should be several programs on the IBM that can convert it to the
     format the corel draw uses.  You can also contact corel on CIS too."

 Laurie asks Albert:

     "Thanks for the help, however there is one more problem, how do you
     convert degas/neo picture files to GIF. Is there any shareware

 Albert replies:

     "There should be some files in this forum that can convert neo and
     degas files to GIF.  If not ... I think there is a desk accessary that
     will take GIF pictures of the screen that you can save to a file.  So
     you could display the picture on the Atari and then capture it to GIF
     format.  Someone will hopefully jump into this conversation and give
     us more specifics on how this would work."

 Sysop Keith Joins comes up with a slightly different conversion route and
 asks Laurie:

     "Can Corel handle TIFF format?  If so there is a MS-DOS program that
     will convert neo and degas pics to TIFF."

 Don Kyte tells us:

     "I'm trying to write a GFX file converter program using a 24 bit
     intermediate format, and Spectrum 512 is one of the formats I'd like
     to include.  Does anyone have details of this file format, or can tell
     me where I can get this information?  I can then convert Spectrum
     files to 24 bit RGB and hence to some other format such as GIF, TIFF,

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Don:

     "I think we have the Spectrum file formats in our software library
     here... I don't remember the filenames, but checking with the Atari
     File Finder with a keyword of SPECTRUM should turn them up for you."

 From the Atari Vendors Forum

 Jody Golick asks Charles F. Johnson of CodeHead Technologies about a
 problem that cropped up while using G+Callig (the version of G+Plus, the
 GDOS replacement from CodeHead, that is shipped with the Calligrapher Word
 Processor) with Notator.  She tells Charles:

     "With G+CALLIG installed, the fonts in Notator don't work properly. 
     Notator docs are no help.  G+CALLIG is delivered undocumented.  So I
     have to ask you.  Though I'd prefer to read the docs first and pester
     you only when I'm deeply mired."

 Charles replies:

     "I'm not very familiar with Notator, so I don't know how it uses GDOS
     for its fonts, but your trouble probably has something to do with your
     ASSIGN.SYS file.  Chances are that when you install Notator, it
     creates an ASSIGN.SYS file for itself containing the names of the
     fonts it uses.  See if you find such an ASSIGN.SYS file on any of your
     Notator disks; you'll probably have to boot up with that ASSIGN.SYS in
     the root directory of your boot drive when you use Notator."

 Rob Rasmussen asks about Superbase, the database.  He tells us:

     "I have some questions on the File Definition and the formats for
     fields.  First, in a text field I can choose upper or lower case, or
     capitalize. With capitalize, it only lets me have the first word
     capitalized. What if I wanted a person's first and last names to be
     included in a field? Or if the field was for song titles, where
     certain words are capitalized? Mixed upper and lower case would be
     great. In the examples in the manual, first and last names were in
     different fields, but I may not want it this way.  Is it possible to
     define a field to accept numbers_and_ text? An item like "215 Blue" or
     "215 b", where in my case, they don't need to be separated  in
     different fields."

 Patrick Long tells Rob:

     "You can define a field as "text" and it will accept alphanumeric
     characters. That is the most common, and useful type of field. You
     were asking about a text field that will capitalize each word. No, you
     can't do that. It would be easier to just define the field as
     lowercase text, and type it in with capitalized words, like an
     ordinary word processor. It will accept the upper case letters.  It is
     a great programme, although I have Professional. I started on Personal

 Rob replies to Patrick:

     "Thanks for your reply. I now see that I can have text and numbers in
     a field, but I can't get it to allow Capitalized words when the text
     field is defined as lower case. Any upper case letters are converted
     to lower when entering a new record. You said "like an ordinary word
     processor." Is that what I have to use to edit the text? If so, maybe
     I should stick to every word being capped instead.

     I'm up to chapter 9 in the manual, the part about external text and
     picture files. There doesn't seem to be a "Help" file on the disk
     which the manual uses as an example of how external works. I take it a
     different external text or pic can be used with each record in a file
     if needed.  This is all very interesting.  I did read the section on
     Query, and it's a bit overwhelming, so it may take some time. The
     tutorials for the earlier sections were very helpful, but so far I've
     seen none for Query.

     The Key Lookup feature is a little foggy for me. Why is this needed? I
     thought selecting an index was the way to find info by field in a
     certain order.

     What good is Validation? If entered data is in the wrong format, why
     wouldn't SB just give you an error message, since you already defined
     the file/fields?"

 Patrick answers Rob:

     "I wouldn't worry about external files for now.  I have never used
     them, and unless you are into cataloging pictures, or extensive notes,
     you likely won't need it just yet.  About text fields.  Don't make the
     field _anything_. Just leave it unmodified.  By that I mean that you
     don' t make it uppercase, or lower case, or capitalized. Just plain
     old text. It will then accept both upper and lower, and will not
     change them on accepting your input.  Yes, the query is _heavy_, but
     you will find that it is simply great. I find it very flexible, and a
     great way to work things.  I was going to say that chapter eleven is
     good for queries, but that is in the Professional book.  I have to
     travel this coming week, but I will see if I can dig up the Personal
     manual, and go over it again.

     Validation is a real asset is many cases.  For example, you may have a
     field that you have defined as a 'date' field.  Validation will allow
     you to limit the dates you can enter. You could, for example, set a
     validation formula that will only allow you to enter dates between
     January 1, 1992 and December 31, 1992.  Another example would be a
     numeric field that you want to enter a percentage into.  You only want
     these percentages to be within a certain range.  A validation formula
     would do that for you."

 Well folks, I'm running over my allotted space, so I'm going to have to
 close here.  Tune in again next week to hear what they are saying when...

                            People are Talking.


 > STR Portfolio News & Information              Keeping up to date...

                         THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM

 On CompuServe!

 by Judith Hamner  72257,271

     It's nice to be back after being absent due to Hurricane Andrew and
 other more personal disasters the past few weeks.  Many of our forum
 members recently visited the Connecticut AtariFest and report that there
 was considerable interest in the Portfolio. Sysop BJ Gleason has also
 passed another major milestone on the way to his PhD.  Congratulations,

     BJ Gleason has uploaded a series of files containing debuggers based
 on the Monitor program from Tim Paterson's "Undocumented DOS". SMONPC.ZIP
 can send the output to the serial port.  It runs on either the Port or PC
 and is formatted to fit on the Portfolio's screen. SMON.ZIP is the
 Portfolio version.  

     PMON.ZIP is modified to fit the Portfolio's display.

     MORTGA.BAS is a mortgage loan comparison program. Requires basic.

     ZODIAC.BAS is another basic program.  This one will compute your star
 sign.  Pbasic is also available in the forum libraries. 

     Two new issues of Portable Addition are now available. PA11.TXT and
 PA12.TXT contain issues 11 and 12.

     Kevin Andrews has a nifty new program to allow entry of your financial
 transactions for later transfer to Quicken or other PC program.  It
 supports multiple accounts, category and class names and split

     TMW20.ZIP is a demo version of a new release of TMW. TMW is a utility
 offering easier access to Portfolio diary files. 

  ====================== IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS =======================

  Place Your Atari Falcon030 Developer Machine Order Now
 Atari   is   now   taking   commercial-level   developer  orders  for  the
 production-level  Atari  Falcon030.    These  developer  machines  will be
 shipped with  14MB of  RAM and a 65MB harddisk. Delivery is expected to be
 sometime during the  month  of  September.  This  offer  is  open  only to
 Commercial-Tier Developers.  Please contact Gail Bacani at 408-745-2022 or
 myself at  408-745-2082 for  pricing and  shipping details.  Please try to
 have your order in by September 4th.

  Fall Comdex Exhibition Space Available
 Developers interested  in exhibiting at Fall Comdex in Las Vegas (November
 16th - 29th) should  contact me  via e-mail  or fax  (408-745-2083) before
 September 4th.  Atari will  be exhibiting  in the Sands Convention Center.
 Developers will be required to set up their  stations on  Sunday, November
 15th beginning at 11:00AM.  There are approximately 30 stations available.

               Please be sure to include:

               1) Complete company name.
               2) A description of what you intend to show.
               3) Your equipment requirements.
               4) Current company phone and fax numbers.
               5) Evening phone number where you may be reached.

             -Bill Rehbock, Director of Application Software-


                             IMPORTANT NOTICE!

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 ST Advantage on DELPHI.  STReport readers are  invited to  join DELPHI and
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     DELPHI's Basic  Plan offers  access for  only $6.00  per hour, for any
 baud rate.  The $5.95 monthly fee includes your first hour online.

     If you spend more than 200 minutes online  a month,  you'll save money
 by enrolling  in DELPHI's optional 20/20 Advantage Plan.   You'll enjoy up
 to 20 hours online each month  for  the  ridiculously  low  price  of just
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     There is no signup fee for joining the Basic Plan.  There is a  fee of
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 10/4 Plan and receive 4 hours of usage each month for only $10!   For full
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 Effective July 1, 1992, you may access DELPHI  via SprintNet  beginning at
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 SprintNet node nearest you, type GO USING ACCESS.

                        Try DELPHI for $1 an hour!

     For a limited time, you can  become  a  trial  member  of  DELPHI, and
 receive 5  hours of  evening and weekend access during this month for only
 $5.  If you're not satisfied, simply cancel your account before the end of
 the calendar  month with  no further obligation.  If you keep your account
 active, you will automatically  be enrolled  in DELPHI's  10/4 Basic Plan,
 where you  can use up to 4 weekend and evening hours a month for a minimum
 $10 monthly charge, with additional hours available at $3.96.   But hurry,
 this special  trial offer  will expire  soon!   To take  advantage of this
 limited offer, use your modem to  dial 1-800-365-4636.   Press  <RET> once
 or twice.   When  you get  the Password: prompt, type IP26 and press <RET>
 again.  Then, just answer the questions and  within a  day or  two, you'll
 officially be a member of DELPHI!  

                 DELPHI- It's getting better all the time!



                              GOODIES GALORE!

 by Doyle C. Helms Jr.
 Software Editor @ STReport

      Just last week I mentioned briefly in this feature about  how 
 slow the influx of software is this time of  year.  Well,  someone 
 must  have heard me,  because there was a major influx of  QUALITY 
 software this week on ALL 3 PFS networks. Two of my favorites this 
 week were the uploads of PowerDos and the new version of ST ZIP.

      I.D.      : #25538<GEnie>
      SIZE      : 27520
      STaR Value: 5.0 

      PowerDos  from  DragonWare is touted to be  a  very  powerful 
 multi-tasking  GEMDOS replacement for TOS.  I am unable to  verify 
 the  ability  to  multi-task,  I  can  state  that  the  I/O  disk 
 operations are sped up noticeably.  Dragonware also has released a 
 couple of associate files to enhance the users use of PowerDos. If 
 you  try out,  I recommend that you do,so be sure to download  the 
 developers kit is offered by DragonWare to help developers produce 
 optimum  multi-tasking software for PowerDos.  I would have  given 
 PowerDos a higher STaR rating IF I had been able to verify the  MT 

      FILENAME  : STZIP 2.00 [#25522<GEnie>] [ST ZIP 2.0<Delphi>]
      I.D.      : #25522<GEnie> -  ST ZIP 2.0<Delphi> - ZIP2_0.TOS<CIS>
      SIZE      : 148992
      UPLOADER  : M.FARMER<GEnie> - JIMCOLLINS<Delphi> - 70374,2756<CIS>
      STaR Value: 8.5

      ST  Zip  2.0  is a excellent upgrade to  the  ZIP  series  of 
 archive  software.  Version  2.0  now includes  the  most  current 
 "INFLATE/DEFLATE" compression format that is just now hitting  the 
 PC  arena.  The  user  interface is almost  exactly  the  same  as 
 previous  versions.  This  version also includes  the  ability  to 
 create  self-extracting ZIP archives.  The feature I like best  is 
 that  version 2.00 will compression MOST files to a greater  value 
 than Questers current LZH format! This is a definite must have!

      I.D.      : #25436<GEnie>
      SIZE      : 43776
      STaR Value: 6.7

      SPIRIT EDITOR is a very nice text editor in accessory form. I 
 have  used  this program many times trying to "break"  it  without 
 success.  If  you are looking for a good text editor in  accessory 
 form, then SPIRIT EDITOR 1.1 is the one!

      I.D.      : #25433<GEnie> - ALICE.LZH<CIS>
      SIZE      : 53504
      UPLOADER  : J.WISNIEWSK2<GEnie> - 76703,4061<CIS>
      STaR Value: 5.0

      ALICE is a nice all around text/file editor.  The program  is 
 of German origin and can be used only as a program.

      I.D.      : #25509<GEnie>
      SIZE      : 24704
      STaR Value: 5.0

      HDFREE  is  another  program  from  Germany.   This   program 
 graphically displays  the amount of space used and the  amount  of 
 space free on each of  your hard drive  partitions.   HDFREE  runs 
 fine  with PowerDos but when I exit I get a ERROR #6  message.  No 
 lock-up or other problems though.

      I.D.      : #25507
      SIZE      : 24704
      STaR Value: 5.0

      READBOOT  program allows the user to inspect the boot  sector 
 of the user defined drive. This program is also of German origin.

      I.D.      : #25506
      SIZE      : 25600
      STaR Value: 3.0

      FINDER  is  another German authored program that  allows  the 
 user to find files via the extension. The program has some default 
 extenders  that only require "clicking" to launch.  The  user  can 
 also enter their own parameters for the search. GFA Basic.

      FILENAME  : MERLIN.ARC (from TOMMY Software)
      I.D.      : #25500
      SIZE      : 434688
      STaR Value: 9.0
      MERLIN  from TOMMY software is one of the best sound  editors 
 that  I have EVER seen!  The options within MERLIN are  astounding 
 and multiple is an understatement! If you like to manipulate sound 
 files, then you MUST have this file! MERLIN requires at least 1meg 
 RAM.  Some of the features include sequencer,drums, midi,keyboards 
 and samples!  Remember TOMMY Software is the authors of  MegaPaint 

      I.D.      : SYBEEP.LZH<CIS>
      SIZE      : 17792
      UPLOADER  : 70374,2241<CIS>
      STaR Value: 2.0

      SYSTEM  BEEP  is a program for the AUTO  folder  that  allows 
 sound samples to be loaded and replace the "standard" system bell.
 NOTE: This program DOES NOT work with TOS 2.xx+

      FILENAME  : Auto Download for CIS
      I.D.      : ATDY.ARC<CIS>
      SIZE      : 1539
      UPLOADER  : 72037,606
      STaR Value: 4.0

      ATDY  is  a Flash .DO file to facilitate the  downloading  of 
 multiple files from CIS in the Atari forums.

      I.D.      : TYPTUT.LZH<CIS>
      SIZE      : 13696
      UPLOADER  : 70374,2241
      STaR Value: 4.0

      TYPING  TUTOR is a program that allows the user to  hopefully 
 enhance his/her typing skills. Color recommended.

      I.D.      : MISTY.LZH<CIS>
      SIZE      : 62080
      UPLOADER  : 70374,2241
      STaR Value: UNRated

      MISTY is an extension to STOS Basic that adds 19 powerful new 
 commands. Unable to verify due to lack of STOS Basic.

      I.D.      : DISKIT.LZH<CIS>
      SIZE      : 13824
      UPLOADER  : 70374,2241
      STaR Value: 2.0

      DISKIT  is  an  accessory  that is  similar  in  function  to 
 MultiFile(CodeHead).  Disk  functions suck as format,  delete  and 
 others is where the similarities end. I experienced screen garbage 
 while  using this program.  In other words,  the program  did  not 
 appear to "clean-up" after itself very well. 

      I.D.      : DANADESK.LZH<Delphi>
      SIZE      : 71332
      STaR Value: 2.0
      DANADESK  is  an  almost duplicate of  the  TERADESK  desktop 
 replacement.  If you have TOS 2.xx+,  then this file is of no real 
 use to you. TOS 1.6x and below users might find this small desktop 
 replacement  useful.  DANADESK  has some of the  features  of  TOS 

      I.D.      : SPC_3375<Delphi>
      SIZE      : 13696
      STaR Value: 7.0

      SPC3375 from DMJ software is not fully STe  compatible.  Also 
 works on an ST.

      I.D.      : #25488<GEnie>
      SIZE      : 20352
      STaR Value: 7.5

      MASKER from Dr.  Bob is a MVG module that allows the user  to 
 "mask"  out  certain pixels in order to  lighten  the  image.  The 
 "lightening"  is user definable.  Along with MASKER is  a  another 
 small module called BORDER.  The BORDER module will put a 3  pixel 
 border around your image in a frame type outline.

      FILENAME  : CAL 6.3
      I.D.      : CAL.LZH<CIS>
      SIZE      : 95600
      UPLOADER  : 76703,4061
      STaR Value: 8.5

      CALendar  6.3  is another great update  for  the  outstanding 
 CALendar  accessory program.  This program serves just  about  any 
 need when it comes to scheduling dates and events. This program is 
 continually updated and improved. A must have!
      C63UPG.LZH is an update package for present CAL 6.2x users.
      C63NEW.TXT is a text file listing the changes in CAL 6.3
      C63FIL.TXT is a file explaining the CAL external file format.

      I.D.      : EDPAT.LZH<CIS> - #25420<GEnie>
      SIZE      : 42624
      UPLOADER  : 73047,600<CIS> - C.HARVEY<GEnie>
      STaR Value: UNRated

      EdHak  Patch program patches 2.3x to 2.36.  Unable to  verify 
 value to due lack of EdHak program.

      That about covers the highlights of the program type  uploads 
 for  this  week.  Let's take a quick look at some of  the  graphic 
 picture files for this week:

      R.LEVY8  on  GEnie uploaded several well done 3D2  (CAD  3D2) 
 graphic   files.   They   are:   STAIRS(#25494),   FENCES(#25493), 
 ALTAR(#25492) and GUITAR(#25491).  S.FARWIG also of GEnie uploaded 
 ALADDIN(#25485)   and  IKON_3(#25486)  SPC   pictures.   B.REHBOCK 
 uploaded  MESSE_A  and  MESSE_B 256 color GIF  pictures  from  the 
 Dusseldorf Atari show recently held in Germany. Thanks Bob!
 DARLAH  of  GEnie  uploaded a very nice IMG  file  containing  the 
 alphabet in a very artistic manner.  These IMG's would be a  great 
 addition  to any DTP need.  T.GIRSCH of GEnie uploaded  some  very 
 nice  TINY&SPC  files in a single file.  T.GIRSCH shows  that  512 
 color  SPC  pics CAN be converted rather nicely to 16  color  TINY 

      If you plan to attend the Glendale show and you are unsure of 
 how  to  navigate to the show,  be sure  to  download  IMG_MAP.LZH 
 [#25563] from JOHN.KING.T.  on GEnie. This IMG file has the basics 
 of how to get there...

      JOHN.KING.T.  also  uploaded  a  nice  Calamus  (1.09n  &  SL 
 compatible) file of the floor plan for the Glendale show.

      Some  VERY nice GIF files can also be found on Compuserve  in 
 the  ATARIARTS  forum.  User  70007,4640 uploaded  some  GIF  pics 
 showing  Ataris  products  in  full  color.   Check  out   TT.GIF, 
 70007,4640   also  uploaded  a  very  nice  Lee   Seiler   fantasy 
 illustration called MERWLD.GIF and LOKI.GIF also by Lee Seiler.

      Well  looks like that is about it for this week.  Keep  those 
 PD/Sharware/Freeware/Postcardware and etc. rolling in! 
 Until next time...


 > GEMULATOR STR InfoFile                 GEMULATOR - IS REAL!

                          DOS COMPATIBLE COMPUTER
                            ATARI ST SOFTWARE!

     Yes, it's  true!   Gemulator allows  users to run Atari ST software on
 386/486 DOS compatible  computers.    And  it's  ready  to  be  shipped on
 September  12,  1992.    Gemulator,  which  is  produced  by Branch Always
 Software,  is  now  distributed  world-wide  exclusively  by  PMC  (Purple
 Mountain Computers).   The  retail price  has been reduced from $499.95 to
 $299.95.  How were we able to do  this?   The Gemulator  software is being
 offered as shareware, with a nominal shareware fee.

     For the  $299.95 users  receive the Gemulator hardware board, TOS 2.06
 ROMs pre-installed, and the shareware Gemulator software.

 Gemulator offers the following:

 o   ability to install up to four versions of TOS 1.0 to 2.06 at once
     (great for developers testing software compatibility)

 o   access to the STE 4096 color palette

 o   use of all three ST screen resolutions (on one VGA monitor)

 o   total compatibility, runs most major software such as:

         ~ Calamus               ~ PageStream
         ~ Degas                 ~ Sierra graphic adventures
         ~ Flash                 ~ Sim City
         ~ GDOS/G+Plus           ~ Tempus 2
         ~ HotWire               ~ Warp 9
         ~ LDW Power             ~ Word Writer
               and thousands more...

 o   printing from any ST program (including Calamus or PageStream)

 o   access to all ST disks (including TOS 1.0 and Twisted disks)

 o   access to hard drives

 o   in fact, you'll be able to share your PC's disk drives, hard drives,
     printer, monitor... there's no need for having duplicate equipment
     if you don't need it

 o   Windows compatible

 o   easy installation, all you need is a screwdriver

     All of Gemulator's incredible  features will  be demo'ed  by Gemulator
 creator,  Darek  Mihocka,  at  the  Glendale Atarifest (September 12th and

     Gemulator has been thoroughly tested on a variety of equipment
 including 386 machines, laptops (portable ST's are now a reality,
 even though Atari has stopped production of the ST portable Stacy),
 large screen monitors, 486 33 and 50 MHz machines, and with hundreds
 of software titles.  The minimum requirement is a 386 DOS compatible
 with 4 megabytes.  On 486 machines Gemulator will emulate an ST at
 full speed (equal to the speed of a standard stock 1040 ST) or faster
 (our test computer -- a 486 33 MHz with VRAM II Ergo video card ran
 approximately 30% quicker than a standard 1040).  On 386 machines
 Gemulator will emulate an ST slower than full speed; however, Warp 9
 may be used to significantly boost performance.  We are in the process
 of acquiring a 66 MHz machine for testing, but we anticipate at
 minimum a speed quicker than the Mega STe.

     Is there  a reason  why we're  doing this?   Aside  from profit, which
 because  of  our  price  reduction  is  a moot point, we do have a primary
 reason for offering Gemulator:  to expand  the Atari  market.   When Darek
 first came  to us, we saw this as a perfect opportunity.  We don't have to
 wait for  Atari do  their thing  (advertise, expand,  etc.)   Now you, the
 user, have  that power.   By giving DOS clone users the opportunity to run
 ST software (and invest money into ST manufacturers),  the ST  market will
 expand.    Money  is  the  most  powerful  tool (money talks) and it'll be
 telling ST developers  that  the  market  is  growing,  they'll  make more
 software, and  then things will finally take off for ST users.  So help us
 achieve our  goal to  expand the  market, buy  a Gemulator  board, and get
 others to buy one too.

     If you  send in  your order  with payment (MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO PMC)
 postmarked by September  14,  1992,  you'll  receive  a  special  price of
 $199.95.    You  can  also  FAX your order with Visa/MasterCard number and
 expiration date.   Either  way,  add  $15  for  Insured  UPS  2nd  Day Air
 shipping/handling (if  you reside  outside of  the USA,  call for shipping
 price).  This price is a special offered  to the  hundreds of  people that
 have  already  pre-ordered  and  has  been  made  in  dedication  to their
 tremendous support.  This  special  discount  will  also  be  available to
 users at  the Glendale  Atari show.   After  September 14, 1992, Gemulator
 will be available directly  from PMC  and at  finer computer  dealers near
 you  for  $299.95.    Demonstration  videos  are  available  for  $10, and
 information brochures are free.

 For further information contact:

                      Purple Mountain Computers, Inc.
                       15600 NE 8th St. Ste. A3-412
                            Bellevue, WA  98008

                          206.747.1519: voice/fax

                             PMC.INC  : GEnie
                           72567,302: CompuServe



 For Immediate Release

 Double Click Software
 September 4, 1992

 Double Click Software proudly presents...

                           written by Alan Page

     Many of you will recognize the  name Alan  Page as  the author  of the
 _best_ selling,  most popular terminal software ever written for the Atari
 computer, the original Flash!

     Alan's innovative, solid programming  made the  original Flash  the #1
 selling telecommunications software for the Atari computer, bar none.  Now
 Alan has  devised and  produced the  next-generation of telecommunications
 for you, Storm.

     If you  are like  us, you have been frustrated with telecommunications
 software released  since the  original Flash  was introduced.   Our hopes,
 anxiety  and  anticipation  of  promising terminal programs has often been
 turned into a big let-down when we finally saw that  none could  match the
 power, ease  and solidity  of the  original Flash.  In fact, most terminal
 software is still  measured  in  usefulness  comparative  to  the original

                          That is...   UNTIL NOW!

     Storm is  the next  step for  telecommunications as only Alan Page can
 produce.  His expertise and mastery of programming  is sure  to set  a new
 standard by  which all other terminal software will be measured.  And only
 Double Click Software can bring this delight to you.

 Here are some of the powerful features of STORM:

     o Works on all versions of TOS in all resolutions except LOW.
       Including the TT and the new Falcon.

     o BASIC script language.  That's right!  No new programmer's idea of
       a script language that is sort of like some programming language.
       This one _is_ BASIC, with powerful extensions for                   
       telecommunications.   We'll describe it a bit more later, with a    
       brief example.

     o 100% MultiTOS compatible.

     o Everything is in a window: terminal screen, capture buffers,        
       editors, BASICs, download/upload status, dialing status.

     o Unlimited editor and capture buffers, and BASICs (under MultiTOS)

     o Simple, yet powerful editor with full mouse control, cut and paste,
       full word wrap, Atari clipboard support, and more.

     o Capture buffer keeps capturing even if you are not in the terminal
       window.  This means you can start your capture, and view it at your
       leisure without losing anything, without being in the terminal
       window.  Heck, you can even close the terminal window!
     o Freeze the current capture buffer and start a new one at any time.

     o Multitasking - be online downloading, editing and running a BASIC
       program all at the same time.  In fact, you can start a new copy of
       BASIC at  any time (without MultiTOS, with MultiTOS it's better     

     o Powerful macro keys let you interpret the macro instructions as     
       BASIC commands.  You can even chain function keys, which can start a
       new copy of BASIC.  You can even define the cursor keys!

     o Full type ahead support, with special prefix and suffix extensions,
       and control character pass through.

     o Simple layered Windows (tm) style menus which greatly simplify
       keystroke memorization for quick, easy, expert command execution.

     o Pop-up menus (with a pop-up menu command in BASIC so you can define
       your own as well).

     o Loadable background file transfers in X,Y,Zmodem and  Compuserve's  

     o Background  round-robin dialing with auto-logon BASIC scripts.  And 
       the size of your dial directory is completely unlimited!

     o Precise terminal emulations including Vidtex and VT100.

     o And still much more!

             And now... for a brief description of Storm BASIC
                          (in Alan's own words):

     The  BASIC  interpreter  is  a  fairly  complete  BASIC  with  special
 extensions for telecommunications.  It was originally based on Atari 8-bit
 BASIC, but has been redesigned and enhanced considerably.

     Summary of Features:

     * String and integer variable types, plus string and integer arrays.

     * Arrays can have a maximum of two dimensions.

     * Integers are 32 bit integers.

     * Full set of string functions, including string search.

     * Runs in its own window.

     * Event handling for timer, clipboard, and carrier detect events.
     * Chain command to run programs in a separate interpreter. Chain level
       limited only be memory.

     * Allocates all memory as needed.

     BASIC runs cooperatively with the rest  of  the  program.  So  you can
 access the  editor, capture  buffer, terminal screen, or whatever, while a
 program is running. You  can even  switch away  in the  middle of  a BASIC
 "INPUT" statement which is waiting for input.

     BASIC is  very sparing of memory. All the memory it needs is allocated
 as needed. e.g. each line or string is allocated separately, so it  is not
 a memory hog. Each string can (in theory) be up to 32K in size.

 Here are a few examples of the more interesting BASIC commands:

 String functions

     These are  all "Microsoft"  style string  functions as can be found in
 GW-Basic or QBASIC. "string"  in the  examples below  can be  a string, or
 string variable, or string function. You can nest functions quite deeply.

 e.g.   PRINT  MID$(LEFT$("ALANPAGE",2)+CHR$(ASC("A"))+RIGHT$("NNN",1),1,4)
 Prints "ALAN"

 The typical string addition and comparison  functions are  supported, e.g.
 '+', '=', '<>', '>=', '<=','<' and '>' .


     These two  functions return  the string  converted to  all uppercase /
 lowercase respectively.

     Returns a string of n spaces.


     This is a string search function.  It searches  "string" for substring
 "key"  and  returns  the  starting  index  of  "key" in "string", or 0 for
 failure. 'start' is optional and is  the location  in the  string to start
 at. N.B.  The first  location in  a string  is location 1. Also, no matter
 where you start searching  in the  string, INSTR  always returns  an index
 relative to the start of the string.

     Example: INSTR("12345","3") and INSTR(3,"12345","3") both return 3.


     This returns  a line  of text  from terminal screen line 'linenumber'.
 The first line of the screen is 1. Trailing spaces  are stripped  from the
 line, so a blank line is returned as "".

     LTRIM$ can be used to strip leading spaces.

     SCREEN$ and INSTR should let you write very powerful scripts where you
 can read information off the screen and take context-sensitive actions.

 Telecommunication-specific functions

     I have  made  some  attempt  to  be  compatible  with  Flash  for some

                    CAPTURE ON        Turns capture on.
                    CAPTURE OFF       Turns capture off.
                    CAPTURE CLEAR     Clears the capture buffer.

     Serial Port Functions

                    BAUD nn           Sets baud rate to nn.

                    PARITY EVEN or PARITY ODD or PARITY NONE
                         Sets serial port parity.

                    SBITS 1 or SBITS 2 or  SBITS 3
                         Sets stop bits to 1, 2, or 1.5 respectively.

                    STRIP ON or STRIP OFF
                         Sets high-bit strip feature on or off.

                    DTR ON
                    DTR OFF
                         These commands  turn the DTR (Data Terminal Ready)
                         signal on or off at the serial port.

                         returns what line terminal screen cursor is on.

                         returns cursor x position, (starts at 1). 'n' is a
                         dummy argument.

                    SAVE CAPTURE "filename"
                         Saves the capture buffer to "filename".

                         Pops up the GEM file selector and returns the full
                         filename you selected, including the full path.

                         Lets you display a standard GEM alert box.

                    WAIT nn,"string"[,"string",...]

          This is the most important command for automated  operation.  You
          can wait  for multiple strings with a timeout value (in seconds).
          Basic will match characters  coming in  the serial  port with the
          strings  and  continue  with  the  next statement when either the
          string is matched, or  a timeout  occurs. Naturally,  all program
          functions are enabled while the wait is in progress.

          A timeout value of -1 waits forever (actually, about 60 days).

 Once  the  WAIT  statement  has  executed,  use  the  WAIT(0)  function to
 determine the result.

 WAIT(0) returns 0 if there was a timeout, otherwise it  returns the string
 number that was matched, starting at 1 for the first string.  So you could

 ON WAIT (0) GOSUB 100,200,300,etc.

 10    wait 20,"Password"
 20    if wait(0) then type "password"

     Turn terminal operation on and off.

     This statement waits for a keypress in the Terminal screen  window and
 then puts  the keypress  in the  specified string variable (A$ or whatever
 you choose).   While  it's  waiting  for  a  keypress,  terminal operation

     This  function  takes  up  to  n  characters  from  before the current
 terminal screen cursor position  and returns  it as  a string.  Doesn't go
 past the  beginning of  the current  line. Useful  for getting the current
 prompt when automating operations.

     A sample program MACRO.BAS shows how all these  functions and commands
 work together.  MACRO.BAS is  a recorder program that will record what you
 type in and the associated prompt. It will write out a BASIC  program that
 will play back the series of actions.


 20 ON CLIP(1) GOSUB 60:REM setup clip event
 30 PAUSE -1:REM wait forever, or until UNDO key hit
 40 END
 50 REM Every time you select a filename, following subroutine is called
 60 a$= RTRIM$( CLIP$):REM trash end of line
 70 REM Truncate filename at "/" in case it was accidentally included.
 80 x= INSTR(a$,"/"):IF x>0 THEN a$= LEFT$(a$,x-1)
 90 IF a$="" THEN RETURN :' Nothing to do!
 100 TYPE "Dow ";a$;" PROTO:B"
 110 WAIT 20,"computer:"
 120 IF WAIT(0)=1 THEN TYPE a$

 10 REM CIS logon script
 20 REM start by sending control-c
 30 TYPE CHR$(3);
 40 WAIT 20,"Name","ID","Password"
 50 ON WAIT(0) GOSUB 100,200,300
 60 IF WAIT(0) THEN 40 ELSE 30
 200 TYPE "70000,0000":RETURN
 300 TYPE "my.password":POP :REM "POP" pops return stack
 400 PRINT "Done!"


     Well, that's  enough for now.  You can catch a glimpse of STORM at the
 Glendale Atarifest by dropping by the GEnie booth.   Darlah  Potechin will
 be using STORM to demonstrate GEnie.

     STORM will make landfall on December 7, 1992 and will have a special
 introductory price of $59.95 until December 31, 1992.  You can order your
 copy today, and get it before it hits the stores!

              On January 1, 1993 the price goes up to $74.95.

        We accept cash, checks, money orders, MasterCard and VISA.

                Outside the US orders: NO PERSONAL CHECKS.

    Include $3 for shipping anywhere in the world (special offer only).
 Include $10 for overnight shipping in North America (special offer only).

                           Double Click Software
                               PO Box 741206
                         Houston, Texas 77274-1206

                           Phone: (713) 977-6520


                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

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

  1. Now access GEnie via SprintNet and DATAPAC....................*PHONE
  2. August GEnie Billing Is Complete.  To Review Yours, Type:.....*BILL
  3. For SVHS, VCR or Camcorder information, just type.............VIDEO
  4. Don't let the summer end...Hot Summer Days Sale Extended......*EVENTS
  5. Weather Maps Now Online in the Science Center, type...........SCIENCE
  6. Every buddy loves some buddy..................................*BUDDY
  7. Find Thousands of Fulltext Articles in GEnie's NewsStand.....NEWSSTAND
  8. Hurry, become a member before it's too late...................SOFTCLUB
  9. PICTURE THIS -- PostScript drawing shareware on the...........PSRT
 10. Worldwide conference schedule in..............................ASTRO
 11. The Price of IBM's PS/1 Just Went Down $500 at................SEARS
 12. A2 University returns with classes for YOU in.................A2PRO
 13. Free time giveaway still going strong in......................A2
 14. Hundreds of BBS Phone Numbers, All Sorted & Verified in.......MUSTANG
 15. Adventure, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction... AND MORE.....BOOKSHELF

 Atari RT

                           Glendale AtariFaire!
                         Glendale Civic Auditorium
                     1041 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale CA
                      Saturday, September 12, 10-6pm
                       Sunday, September 13, 10-4pm
            This major extravaganza thrills West Coast Atarians
                             year after year!

         Be sure to drop by the GEnie booth and introduce yourself
          to Darlah, Ken, JJ, Larry, Fred and Sandy to name a few
          For more information, please see Category 11, Topic 12

                    = Scheduled Wednesday RTC Guests =

 Have an idea for an Realtime Conference? Wish to promote a product, show
 or service? Atari Roundtable Realtime Conference provides an excellent
 platform for announcements and discussions. Contact RTC$, Jeff Williams
 [JEFF.W] for requirements and information on holding formal RTCs. Jeff
 also captures and edits the formal conferences and uploads them into the
 Atari RT's Library.

                      = Monday Realtime Conference =

 Stop in for Monday's Desktop Publishing Realtime Conferences. Hosted by
 Lou Rocha with regular guests dealing with all aspects of DTP and
 associated topics.  All conferences begin at 10:00 p.m. Eastern Time

 Monday DTP conferences - Hosted by Lou Rocha [L.ROCHA1]
                              Nathan Potechin DMC [ISD]
                          = Atari ST Help Desk =

 Atari ST Roundtable holds a Sunday Help Desk to answer your questions on
 GEnie, Atari ST Roundtable and the line of Atari computers. Stop in and
 ask questions or just visit the Atari RT staff and users. The Help Desk
 starts at 7:00 pm EST Sunday on page 475;2.

                 Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

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


 > The Flip Side STR Feature       "...a different viewpoint..."

                    A LITTLE OF THIS, A LITTLE OF THAT

 by Michael Lee

 Some firsthand follow up information from Duesseldorf show - Cat 11, 
 Topic 17, Msgs 24-53 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
 From Nathan Potechin [DMC Publishing]....
   I'm back. Let's see what I can recall off the top of my head. :-)

   The layout was approximately the same as last year. However, in almost 
   all cases, the size of the actual booths were reduced. Atari had their 
   identical center floor layout as they've had for years already BUT, 
   this year is was definitely NOT as busy as previous years, in this 

   The largest "DRAW" at the show, was this huge monitor bank. It was one 
   of those setups with about 60 or so, 19" monitors all stacked toget-
   her, each showing a part of the screen. There was an amazing Video 
   shown throughout the shown on this wall of vision. It really was 
   excellent. It could even be used as a commercial without a doubt and 
   certainly it is a must for all Atari Dealers. Germany produced it for 
   something like 40K apparently but I made a point of noticing that the 
   German Sound Track was separate and that visually, any language could 
   be used! Everyone that came in the door saw this video.

   Close to it was the double row of Atari Falcon 030's. They were used 
   to display games for the most part. I admit that personally I do not 
   have much interest in the 030 model as I use the TT for the meantime 
   until the new higher end units make their appearance

   DDT had this neo Egyptian setup that featured standing Pharaohs at 
   each end. :- ) Their dance routine was mostly an "over 18" version of 
   that Michael Jackson tape, complete with half-naked women dancers and 
   a fire breathing man. I was a bit surprised to see this at a family 
   event but without a doubt, it was the second biggest draw of the show! 
   :-) Oh yes, they were selling Papyrus, which was about how they were 
   perceived. Papyrus, oh them, the booth with the dancers! :-)

   DMC has a few thousand square feet, including an outdoor cafe style 
   setup, surrounded by workstations on all 4 sides. As Calamus was 
   bundled with every ST that Atari Germany shipped for years, don't be 
   surprised when I tell you that they truly dominated this years show. 
   In Germany, ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE owns Calamus, either legitimately or 
   pirated. :-) A few new modules were shown for the first time, 
   including an incredible MASKING module which will be a huge hit with 
   our serious color clients.

   Matrix had their usual booth, right near the front door, showing the 
   entire lineup. Same for Bio Data, (which has thousands of installed 
   networks). All the usual German Developers were represented. 3K, which 
   had a huge booth last year, was in pieces this year. 3K exhibited, 3H 
   (the Programmers that used to be at 3K) also exhibited and I under-
   stand legal papers were actually served one upon the other, at the 
   show itself over who has the right to sell what.  Perhaps Lauren, who 
   was also at the show, can expand on this. Regardless, the 3K presence 
   was much reduced over last year.

   No question that the majority of attendees at this years show, came 
   for the applications. As unbelievable as this may sound to you, 
   although the games area was adequately filled, the action remained in 
   the application areas.

   Someone mentioned a 68040 board shown by a 3rd party at the show. I 
   was told that this board was a modified Apple board, that could do a 
   few things but was so far away from really running Atari applications 
   that it could not be taken seriously at this time. This was not an 
   Atari product.

   Tom from ICD appeared to have done real well with his new The Link. I 
   imagine he'll drop by here and say a few words when he gets a chance.

   Toad and B.E.S.T. also exhibited side by each right beside an empty 
   Double- Click booth. I wondered what that was all about.

   I brought back the show guide. There were over 100 exhibitors. I did 
   not get a chance to check out even a small fraction of them but only 
   had time to go from meeting to meeting of my own with people that I 
   have known for years or people that I wanted to know now. :-) I could 
   go on and on about the DMC booth :-) but figured I'd save it for the 
   Calamus area. But I will say, whether you've ever owned or used 
   Calamus in your life, you would have been proud to own an Atari seeing 
   the DMC exhibit at this show! First Class!!

   Ask me specific questions and probably many other things will come 
   back to me generally speaking about the show.

                                              Nathan @ DMC Publishing

   hmmmm, I should mention that overall, officially, the attendance at 
   this years show was up 10% according to Mr. Stumpf. I asked.

 From Bob Brodie [Atari Corp. - Director of Communications]...
   Thanks for the report. Sam Tramiel tells me that the attendance this 
   year was 50,000. We had over 170 developers from all over the world 
   showcasing their products at the Messe.
 From Bill Rehbock [Atari Corp. - Director of Application S/W]...

   We also showed "D2D", an excellent direct-to-disk recording system 
   that uses only the built-in Falcon hardware to do Stereo 16-bit, 50kHz 
   recording and editing. We also showed a DSP demo that allowed us to 
   apply flange, echo, reverb, and delay to audio from a microphone 
   connected to the F030's input. Digital Arts (the programming team that 
   brought us Retouche CD) also previewed a new true-color image editing 
   application. HiSoft showed a wonderful true-color paint package. 
   Eurosoft was around on the Falcon stand showing a Falcon version of 
   their Paint package, Studio Effects.

   The main demo started with a light show and smoke coming from a 18 
   foot tall pyramid/volcano, controlled by a MegaSTE via MIDI and 
   sequencing software. The MegaSTE was responsible for all show control, 
   including the digital-control spots. As the 1st phase of the light 
   show ended, the tape kicked in with some historic Atari footage 
   describing the technological innovations that Atari computers have had 
   since '85. It ends with the Falcon030 and a real Falcon displayed 
   flying down. Several high-tech shots panning across the ports on the 
   back come next, then inside as the voice-over continues talking about 
   the machine and its uses.

   After the video tape, there was a series of Falcon030 video and audio 
   demos showing the true-color overscan capabilities, the direct-to-disk 
   recording, and the NewDesk desktop features such as color animated 
   icons, and 3D buttons and gadgets.

   At one point in time, there were representatives of ever European 
   hacker/demo group around the stage, it was _really_ crowded. Many 
   questions were asked and answered. I think we'll be seeing some very 
   awesome stuff in quite a short time.

   The video was intentionally designed so that it will be easily 
   localized for word-wide usage. People here in North America will 
   definitely have a chance to see it.

   All-in-all a good time was had by all. It was a very successful roll-
   out for us and we intend to keep up the pace.

 Question from Dorothy Brumleve [Kidprgs]...
   Nathan, thanks for the report. Could you peek in that show program and 
   see if GFA had a booth this year? They didn't show last year, but I 
   heard they had a new version and would debut it at the Messe.
 Answer from Nathan Potechin [DMC Publishing]...
   I didn't see GFA Dorothy. They are not listed in the show guide.

   Thanks for the input on the Video Bill. Like I said, it was a great 
   visual treat and easily transformed into an English version that would 
   do well being made available everywhere, even packaged with the Falcon 
   as Wayne suggested.

   Bill, as you undoubtedly spent the entire show meeting with software 
   related people, perhaps you'd share with us the impressions that you 
   got overall.

   Personally I got the impression that the Atari Falcon 030 shown at the 
   show was great for midi, multi-media to some extent and games. Serious 
   applications such as Calamus SL will remain on the TT platform until 
   the Falcon 040 arrives for a great many reasons

 Question from Darlah Potechin [Atari RT Sysop]...
   What about new entry companies? Did you see any that would interest 
   the North American market? New products??
 Answer from Nathan Potechin [DMC Publishing]...
   Again, perhaps Bill would be better suited to discuss this on a non-
   biased basis. I have picked up a few new products for DMC including 
   Photo Art, originally developed by Eurovision and an amazing hi-end 
   Sign Cutting program. More on these and others at a later date. Bill 
   mentioned Digital Arts earlier. That is Gunther Kreidl formerly from 
   3K who exhibited in the H3 booth, not 3H as I indicated earlier. To 
   many 3's. :-) He had a few new programs but, as I mentioned, at least 
   one of them is currently in litigation so I stayed clear.

 More from Bill Rehbock [Atari Corp. - Director of Application S/W]...
   ...regarding the D2D application that was shown... it is our intent to 
   have something like this that will offer the user immediate gratifi-
   cation and the ability to make his/her friends sound like Munchkins 
   right off the shelf.

   There were many new applications that were geared-up for Falcon. Among 
   them were new color versions of the products from Trade-It (Avant 
   Vector and Repro Studio) and Shift (Arabesque & Convector). I cer-
   tainly hope to see these products in the U.S. from their respective 
   representatives. InShape from Ronald Christensen also made its debut. It

   is a very slick 3D modeler that can import .3D2 files. InShape also 
   does Keyframe rendering with ray tracing. It supports a wide variety 
   of texture mapping, too. It saves out animations as a series of 24-bit 
   proprietary-format files, but it comes with a utility to convert them 
   into .TIF's. The software is in English and they are looking for 
   distribution. (There are a few drawbacks to the program, such as poor 
   direct- to-screen drawing that makes it unusable under MultiTOS.)

   Let's see, what else... Compo was showing a color version of That's 
   Write, and the new Modules for Calamus SL look fantastic. The Calamus 
   Multimedia Publishing system (complete with SCSI Frame grabber) was 
   shown and wowing the crowd. Many people attended the Motorola 56K DSP 
   seminars that were held.

   Yes, the Falcon030's official colors are lighter grey with dark grey 
   keys with white legends.

   One of the more interesting booths is always the VHF Computer booth. 
   They have a product called Platon which is a complete multi-layer 
   printer circuit board design system. It handles schematic input, auto 
   routing, and creation of Gerber and Drilldata files. They had their 
   prototyping system creating prototype boards with a XYZ drilling 
   machine. (This product is also available in English:-)

   I'm sure that I'll recall more as the week goes on.
 From Nathan Potechin [DMC]...
   I was hoping to read some more posts from other attendees from North 
   America. Let's see what I can add without boring anyone.
   I spent almost all of my time in the incredible DMC booth and I do not 
   say that because I am DMC. :-) It really was a Comdex level booth, 
   including a sidewalk cafe setting surrounded by real serious work-
   stations. I enjoyed a coffee there with such notables as P. D. Patel 
   of Mid-Cities Computer from the Los Angeles area, an excellent Atari 
   Dealer, Ron Smith, the person currently employed to advise the 
   Tramiels at the highest levels, a M. Laurent from Epigraf in France 
   who was proudly displaying Redacteur 4 (real serious stuff), the Atari 
   Reps in such interesting places as Hungary and Croatia, who also 
   represent products such as Calamus and DynaCADD etc.. I drank a great 
   deal of coffee in fact. :-) Alvin Stumpf was his usual charming self. 
   We exchanged a few jokes over the entertainment to be found at a 
   German Atari Show. (You had to be there to really appreciate that 
   comment and no, I didn't bring back pictures.) :-)
   I also spent time with most everyone exhibiting within the DMC booth. 
   I have brought back a few new products, all high end and we will play 
   with them in-house for a bit before we make any firm decisions. One 
   workstation was using an Ultre Setter. Another had a Shinko 300 dpi 
   continuous tone dye sublimation printer. A third had the HCS printer 
   that really is excellent. A fourth used the Spectrastar 300 dpi 
   thermal transfer printer. A fifth used a D size plotter and output 
   these incredibly sophisticated images, cut out of vinyl etc... You get 
   the idea.

   Right across from DMC was TMS showing off their Cranach Studio and 
   wondering when we'd finish the English manual for them. It is real 
   overdue and needs to be completed. (Sigh)

   CRP showed off DynaCADD and their Digitizer Tablet and actually sold 
   thousands of dollars worth of product, which isn't so tough when 
   DynaCADD is involved. DMC also actually sold product at a show for the 
   very first time and sold serious tonnage. Their new Mask module, not 
   yet in English, sells for 800 DM. They sold 50 packages at the show!
   I saw this full sized VAN in one booth, with a real elaborate painting 
   on it. It was the backdrop for an outfit using their Atari to create 
   silk screens for T Shirts which they did and offered for sale at the 
   I had a nice visit with Manfred from Makro CDE, Jim Allen's German 
   representatives for the Tiny Turbo, T25's and TURBO 030. He appeared 
   to be doing a great deal of business as well.
   As I mentioned previously, I perceived a great deal more interest in 
   the higher end applications this year, at this show, compared to last 
   year at the same show.

   If anyone would care to ask a specific question, please ask. It will 
   most probably prompt a recollection I've forgotten. :-)


 From: Lee @ Lexicor - Cat. 11, Topic 12, Msg 147 - from the ST Roundtable 
 on Genie...
   At this years Glendale show we will be demonstrating two new things 
   never seen on the ATARI before.
   First: We will be demonstrating some interesting Video connections 
   between the ATARI and the Silicon graphics Workstation.  You will see 
   Atari platform operating in a window of the SGI doing classic ATARI 
   animations. These in turn will be seen on a Full screen display of our 
   trusty ol'e SC1224 in full 24Bit color.
   Second, we will be showing MonaLisa for the first time in Public. You 
   can watch as some of the many wonderful color displays seen in 
   Lexicor ads are worked on be for your very eyes.
   You will be able to see much of this artwork displayed on Lexicor's 24 
   Bit leonardo card (installed in the TT).
   You will see realtime animations with sound played from RAM of the 
   famous T2 trailers- This is a must see demo.
   Lexicor will be demonstrating the power and impact of MultiMedia on 
   computer systems, You will see for the first time what some of the 
   real potential of the common ol'e ATARI ST & Megas can do. We will 
   also have the Falcon on display to demonstrate a few of its capabi-
   lities as well.
   There will be plenty of color fliers and a new Color Lexicor News 
   Letter available as well.
   You may see a few new releases hiding in our booth as well.
   Animation, Music, Color and much the LEXICOR Booth, 
 From V.VALENTI about a new Atari Catalog - Cat. 12, Topic 3, Msgs 1 & 3 
 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

   A new Atari software catalog will be introduced this winter. It will 
   have a wide variety of new-released programs to choose from. The first 
   issue will be distributed FREE to any Atari user. If you wish to 
   receive this FREE issue, just leave your name and full address in my 
   mail box, V.VALENTI.

   There is still space available in this catalog for programs in the 
   areas of Entertainment, Education, Business, and Utilities/Programming 
   tools. If you have developed a program, and would like it to be 
   included in this catalog. Leave your name, address, and phone number 
   along with a brief description of your program; and we will contact 
   you and send you a submission pack.

   Time and Space is Limited!

   The catalog will be published by JV Enterprises & will be distributed 
   by direct mail to consumers & users groups, and will be shipped with 
   orders from selected mail order companies.

 From WP.DAVE [Word Perfect] - Cat. 13, Topic 2, Msg. 124 - from the ST 
 Roundtable on Genie...
    ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! The Competitive Trade-Up Is Back! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
   Many customers who have called with this request will be happy to know 
   that a competitive trade-up to WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS and WordPerfect 
   5.1 for Windows will be available between September 1 and December 31, 
   1992. Customers who own a competitive DOS or Windows word processing 
   package with a suggested retail price of at least $395 (US)/$479 (CAN) 
   can trade up to either WP5.1 DOS or WP5.1 Win. The suggested retail 
   price for the competitive trade-up is $129 (US)/$155 (CAN). The trade-
   up will be available through resellers or from WPCorp (make sure they 
   know this is for the competitive upgrade offer).

                         * * * * * * * * * * *

   ALSO: for you orphaned Non-IBM/Mac users:

   WordPerfect for Amiga/Apple/Atari Cross-Platform Trade-Up

   Between July 1, 1992 and June 30, 1993, WordPerfect for Amiga, Apple, 
   or Atari customers can trade up to WordPerfect for DOS, Windows, or 
   Macintosh for $150 (US)/$179 (CAN), or to LetterPerfect for DOS or 
   Macintosh for $89 (US)/$110 (CAN). Customers are required to 
   relinquish their original Amiga/Apple/Atari license number in writing 
   and provide proof of ownership (such as original diskettes or 
   certificate of license). Customers interested in this offer should 
   call Angie Williams at (801)222-2034, or they can write to:

   WordPerfect Corporation
   Attn: Angie Williams
   Mail Stop J190
   1555 N. Technology Way
   Orem, UT 84057

 Question by Ed Krimen - Cat. 14, Topic 5, Msgs 94 & 95 - from the ST 
 Roundtable on Genie...
   Anyone know if Michtron is still supporting Tempus, or if Michtron is 
   still around at all? Someone on Usenet said that Tempus 2.12 works on 
   the TT, and I'd like to upgrade. If they're still around, anyone have 
   their number?

 Answer from Dorothy Brumleve [Kidprgs]...
   Ed, MichTron is still around but under new management:

   Jim Dorsman - President
   3201 Drummond Plaza
   Newark, DE 19711

   I don't know if they support Tempus, but I'm sure they can tell you.

 SLM804 question from Garth Wood - Cat. 14, Topic 11, Msgs 179-182 - from 
 the ST Roundtable on Genie...
   I've been the proud and happy owner of an SLM804 for about two and 
   one-half years now, but there's something I recently realized I needed 
   to know about the machine: what, if any, types of transparencies can 
   be fed through the SLM804 in order to make B&W overhead projector 
   transparencies for presentations?
   I know that certain brands and/or product numbers of transparencies 
   cannot withstand the high heat of the printing process, and I'm loath 
   to experiment with brands for two reasons -- they're expensive to buy, 
   and I have nightmares about a transparency sheet melting against the 
   rollers inside the printer, rendering it unusable. Does anybody know 
   "safe" brands and/or product numbers? I'd appreciate any knowledgeable 
   input in this regard. Thanks in advance!
 Answer from Dave Flory [ST RT sysop]...
   I don't remember the brand but there is a transparency product out 
   there that specifically says it is for Laser printers. Actually 
   anything that will work with a xerox is ok as the technology, method, 
   temperatures, etc. is identical at the fuser part of the operation. 
   I.e. the tone is _melted_ onto the paper/transparency.
 Answer from Gregg Anderson...
   What Dave said.... just make sure whatever transparency you buy is 
   labeled as laser/copier compatible and you should have no problems. 
   I've not put any through my system yet (SLM-804) but we put tons of 
   them through our Mita copier and Cannon Laser printer at work with no 

 Answer from Robert Johnstone...
   The info you are looking for is Avery and the number for the 
   transparencies is "5182" for a 50 count or "5282" for a 20 count.

 Questions and answers about the Falcon and it's memory - Cat. 14, Topic 
 20, Msgs 13-24 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...

 Question from Dave Glish...

   Someone asked about taking the memory board and putting sockets on it 
   to allow one to increase the RAM as finances permit. I'm no teckie, 
   but I doubt that if they had to use a special board, there would be 
   enough room to add sockets.
   I really wish they would have used standard SIMMs. Maybe on the 
 Answer from Jim Allen [Fast Tech]...
   They were trying to do something _more_ than just provide ram. The 
   creative possibilities using the scheme they came up with are great. 
   If they used Simms there wouldn't be the ability to do a memory/video 
   add on, etc, etc. This is a much more flexible solution.
   _And_ all the big dealers...Toad, L+Y, etc...will be able to do their 
   OWN memory upgrade boards cheaply, giving them good margins and you a 
   lower price.

 Question from Wayne Watson...
   How is the memory boards on the Falcon laid out and what kind of Dram 
   is used?

   Is the board 'one size fits all' and you just put the desired amount 
   of ram on it?

   What kind of drams are used?

 More answers from Jim Allen [Fast Tech]...
   Actually a board with 32 sockets that can accept either 8 256Kx4 DIP 
   Drams 80ns _or_ 8 1Megx4 DIP Drams 80ns _or_ 32 1Megx4 DIP Drams 
   80ns...that gives you 1, 4, or 16 (14) Megs of ram, all on one board, 
   just plug in the chips.

   Height is the prime physical constraint here, the board must fit UNDER 
   the shielding, and SIMMs will probably be too high. it all depends on 
   what the final production shielding is like.


 Questions from Jim Moses about the new Turboram board from Fast Tech - 
 Cat. 4, Topic 11, Msgs 143-144 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie...
   Ok...I missed it. Can you rerun the info on Turboram - cost, size, 
   compatibility with T25, Tinyturbo, STe, MegaSTe, etc?

 Answer from Jim Allen [Fast Tech]...
   The TURBORAM board is an add on ram board that lets you add 8 Megabytes 
   to the system. There are two versions, on for MegaST and one for all 
   STE machines. When a T25 or Tiny030 accesses this ram, it will do so 
   at a faster than normal rate. The ram looks to the system as if the 
   system ram continued past 4 Megs. It just plugs into the socket, 
   depending on machine, and doesn't require any wiring. It has 16 spots 
   for 1Megx4, 80ns, ZIP inline package Drams. The rams are about $10-12 
   each, the board will be $199 with 0K, so 8Megs will cost out at $359-
   391. You can add 2Megs at a time, as the budget permits.

   Older T20 and T25s and T16s that didn't "know" about the ram will be 
   upgraded for free.
   We'll probably only sell 8Meg units direct, and supply 0K and 2Meg 
   units to dealers. Availability will be after the Tiny030s ship out.

   I don't want to give an exact date, but the Tiny's are getting mighty 
   close. I've lined up help to get them assembled, etc.


 Until next week.....


 > GEMvelope! STR InfoFile      Announcement of a NEW Version!


 Synergy Resources is proud to announce the release of a new version of
 GEMvelope! the envelope printer.

     Finally, quick and easy printing of envelopes on your printer! 
 GEMvelope allows you to print envelopes on almost any printer.  Laser (and
 most other) printers will not feed an envelope so that you may print
 across it.  GEMvelope solves this problem allowing you to print even legal
 size envelopes on virtually all laser printers and dot matrix printers,
 including the HP DeskJet.  GEMvelope was developed to work hand in hand
 with most word processors and data bases to provide a complete solution. 
 This latest version (2.9) continues to expand and refine a product which
 has been continuously upgraded and supported over the past two years.

 GEMvelope Features:

 y Import allows extracting an address from a letter in almost any
   word processor format (or from the GEM/Atari clipboard).

 y Mail merge/browse allows printing one or many envelopes with an
   address imported from a database file such as Cardfile or Tracker/ST.
   (Database import is fully user-definable.)

 y ** NEW! ** Special HP DeskJet support!

 y Adjustable positioning for different size envelopes.

 y Load-able and save-able addresses and configuration.
 y POSTNET bar code printing for speeding your mail. (Will also save
   two cents per letter in the future according to the US Post Office!)

 y ** NEW! ** A new text line is available and is placed at the bottom
   left of an envelope.  This is for adding messages like "Attention:
   John Doe" or "Personal & Confidential".

 y ** NEW! ** The program version runs in a window and supports a menu bar.

 y A desk accessory version ideal for using from within programs like

 y GEMvelope uses and includes GDOS and drivers for the following printers:
   Atari SLM804/605, HP LaserJet compatible, HP DeskJet,
   Epson FX80/LX compatible 9 pin, Epson/Panasonic compatible 24 pin,
   Star NX1000, Okimate 20.

 y Includes Swiss, Dutch and Typewriter fonts.
   Fully compatible with FSM and bitmapped GDOS fonts.

 y Compatible with all Atari ST and TT computers with 1 meg RAM.
   Atari SLM laser printers require 2 megs of RAM.

 GEMvelope is designed to be used hand in hand with Tracker/ST as a
 complete solution.  List price of GEMvelope is only $30 and is available
 directly from Synergy Resources or your Atari dealer.  (Dealer
 distribution is by Pacific Software)

 Upgrades from version 2.0-2.1 is $6.  Upgrades from version 2.7 or greater
 is $3.  Send original disk to Synergy Resources for upgrades.

                             Synergy Resources
                            754 N. Bolton Ave.
                        Indianapolis, IN 46219-5902
                              (317) 356-6946
                        GEnie Address: R.RICHARDS2

                                   # # #


 > DRI GEM? STR FOCUS!                    Where are we all going?

           WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO.....The Mac Killer : DRI's GEM?

 by Stan Veit, 
 Editor in Chief Emeritus
 Computer Shopper Magazine
 (c) 1992

        [Reprinted without permission, under the "REASONABLE USE" 
                interpretation of the 1989 [Copyright Act.]

 Transcribed by R. Morrow

     Since the dawn of personal computing, there has been a drive to use
 microcomputers for something other than words and numbers.  Even at the
 beginning, there were graphics video boards which could draw crude
 pictures on the screen, and a few that could add text somewhere just
 outside the graphic area.  However, it was Steve Wozniak and Apple that
 truly delivered the graphics computer into the hands of computer artists.

     By 1984, computer graphics meant Macintosh.  In truth, what the Mac
 offered was more than picture drawing on a screen-even an IBM PC could do
 that.  Apple offered a graphics environment in which words and pictures
 would cohabit just as the do in the world of publishing and advertising.

     Since Apple controlled the complete design, it alone knew what video
 would be used, what keyboard would be included, and how the mouse would
 work.  The PC graphics people could only control the software.  IBM and
 Compaq controlled their own hardware and were not immediately interested
 in the small graphics niche that Apple had carved out.  Indeed, the PC
 world was already selling lots of iron to big business without fancy

                          WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY
     The idea of windows was older than the Mac.  At the 1983 COMDEX,
 several firms announced that they were developing desktop windows which
 would allow users to work on several applications simultaneously, which
 each application appearing in a different "window" on the computer screen.
 The Visi Corp., maker of VisiCalc, announced Visi On.  Microsoft announced
 Windows, an extension of its MS-DOS system.  Quarterdeck Software
 introduced Desq, a multiwindow software integrator designed to work with
 off-the-shelf software.  And Digital Research Inc (DRI) announced a new
 version of its Concurrent CP/M-86 system that would include a windowing

     Most of this was vaporware.  Microsoft went so far as to announce the
 $100 end-user price for Windows and declare that more than 20 software
 developers had agreed to write applications for it.  None of these early
 windows proposals included graphics icons on the desktop: The use of
 icons was an idea Apple picked up from Xerox and included the Lisa and,
 later, the Macintosh.

     In 1983, DRI was suffering from its declining position as the primary
 supplier of personal computer operating systems.  In 1981, over 90
 percent of its considerable income was derived from sales of CP/M, the
 8-bit operating system developed by founder Gary Kildall.  In the United
 States, all margins melted away with the rise of the 16-bit IBM PC and
 Microsoft's MS-DOS system.  Sales of DRI's competing CP/M-86 did hang on
 in Europe, however, contributing to the company's income and survival.

                          A GEM OF AN ENVIRONMENT
     By 1982, DRI had moved into graphics system software with the
 development of the Graphics System Extension (GSX) for its advanced
 operating system.  In 1984, the company introduced the next step, which it
 called the Virtual Device Interface.   By combining these graphical and
 operating system technologies with an icon-based graphics environment, DRI
 developed the Graphics Environment Manager (GEM), released in March 1985.

     GEM was at once hailed as "the Macintosh on a PC," a response that
 immediately threw Apple's nose out of joint.  Steve Jobs initiated talks
 with lawyers the first time he saw a GEM desktop screen which had the
 nerve to display "Hi!" (Macintosh's first screen displayed "Hello" when
 it was introduced.)

     GEM was an interesting product; it was a device-independent,
 graphics-based applications environment that operated as an extension of
 DOS.  It had very limited multitasking ability, but multitasking was not
 too important back in 1985.  Anyone who and worked with the Mac could
 recognize the GEM screen because it had the same type of pull-down menus,
 window bars, sizing boxes, and horror of horrors; even a wastebasket!

     Actually, what happened on the screen was entirely the work of an
 application called the GEM Desktop which ran under the GEM interface.
 Users had the option of running a GEM application without the aid of the
 Desktop, but there was no need, since DRI bundled a free GEM Desktop with
 every application.

     When GEM was first introduced,  GEM Draw was the only available
 application; within a year, however, others began to appear.  DRI offered
 developers an excellent deal to develop GEM software so that additional
 development costs were almost zero.  DRI also announced it would undertake
 to retail GEM Desktop for $49 to end users so that smaller developers did
 not have to provide it.  In spite of this, applications from independent
 developers were slow to appear.

     GEM Write, one of the first, was developed by Lifetree Software from
 it's popular Volksword word processor, but few other applications came
 along until 1986.  Unlike the Macintosh, a user could launch DOS
 applications from the GEM Desktop.  Most of them could be assigned icons,
 and there was even a "Launch DOS Commands" box.  When a DOS application
 was started, GEM saved the Desktop and, when the DOS application ended,
 returned to the desktop.  Many users thought this was much better than the
 DOS shells then available, and were willing to use GEM despite a dearth of

     The portability of GEM gave DRI it's first big break.  Jack Tramiel,
 the founder of Commodore, had resigned from the company and sold his
 stock. After taking a trip around the world, he and his sons decided to
 re-enter the computer business.

     At the time, Warner Communications owned Atari, which had been on the
 verge of bankruptcy since the video game business had cooled.  Warner
 decided that Tramiel was the man to rescue Atari, and made a deal with
 him to take over the company on very favorable terms.  To launch the
 revived Atari, Tramiel wanted to bring out a new computer loaded with
 excellent graphics capabilities.  He went to DRI and obtained GEM support
 for the new Motorola 68000-based computers he planned to build.

                           BEHOLD THE JACKINTOSH
     With only a few months remaining until the 1985 Consumer Electronics
 Show in Las Vegas, the Atari team and DRI worked feverishly to-at the very
 least-build an exhibit-ready prototype.  When the show first opened, no
 one was allowed near the cloth-covered Atari exhibit.  Only after a
 ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Governor of Nevada did Jack Tramiel
 unveil what the press later called "the Jackintosh": the Atari 520 ST.

     Designed to sell for $599 with both GEM and MIDI sound, the Atari 520
 ST boasted all the features of the $2,000 Macintosh, and then some.  It
 had a two-button mouse, pull-down menus, icons, windows that could be
 enlarged or reduced, and even a display that used a wastepaper basket
 similar to Macintosh's ash can.  It also featured a MIDI interface to
 connect up to 16 peripherals serially and, last but not least, a hard
 disk interface.

     The units exhibited at the show were all prototypes, made specifically
 and quickly for the show.  They were mounted on a wall, and no one was
 permitted to touch them or even get too close.  With Tramiel announcing
 that he would make 200,000 ST units a month, the possibility suddenly
 existed that GEM could quickly become the most important GUI in the
 world, and DRI could be back on top even without a PC operating system.

     Of course, it never happened.  No one knows how many Atari 520 STs
 were built because most of them were shipped to Europe, where they were
 sold at a much higher price.  GEM attracted much interest in Europe:
 Apricot Computers in England decided to use GEM in its computers, while
 Amstrad Computers, the largest English manufacturer, bundled GEM with its
 line of PC compatibles sold all over the world.

                            TROUBLE IN REDMOND
     Meanwhile, back in Redmond, Wash., Microsoft was having trouble
 getting out its own long-promised Windows system.  So many shipping dates
 were missed that Bill Gates was forced to completely reorganize the
 company. At that time, it indeed seemed that DRI was coming back strong.

     Unfortunately, the software developers being wooed by DRI were very
 fickle.  They preferred to wait for Microsoft to finish Windows rather
 than take a chance on developing software applications for GEM.

                         LOOK AND FEEL LAWSUIT #1
     Apple Computer was also reaching a boiling point over GEM, going so
 far as to bring a formal lawsuit.  While it was obvious on examination
 that DRI had not used Apple's code to create its GEM environment, Apple's
 lawyers charged that DRI had copied "the look and feel of a Macintosh."
 This was the first time a "look and feel" copyright violation had been
 proposed.  According to the lawyers, if you stood several feet away and
 squinted at both screens, you could not tell the difference between a
 Macintosh and a GEM screen-a similarity amounting to a violation of
 Apple's copyright.

     DRI was convinced it could win in court, as the only precedence was a
 case between Atari and software pirates over the popular Pac Man game. No
 one had ever raised this particular argument, and the case could have
 gone either way.  However, DRI knew that it could cost over $250,000 to
 win the case, which it could not afford.  Apple, on the other hand, was
 after much bigger fish.  If Apple lost, or did not get a clear decision,
 it could also lose when it sued Microsoft and IBM over Windows.  The case
 was therefore settled out of court.

     As a result, DRI made some minor changes in the Desktop and removed
 the offending wastepaper basket.  The delays cost DRI significant business
 and gave Microsoft and IBM more time to develop Windows, which was
 announced as the future user interface for IBM's new OS/2 operating
 system and the screen for all IBM user software, across all platforms.

                             NOTHING VENTURED
     To make matters worse, Digital Research allowed the most effective
 piece of GEM software to walk out the door.  Three DRI employees came up
 with an idea for a graphics publishing package that would allow page
 makeup to be executed on the computer.  They took the idea to John Rowley,
 president of DRI, for consideration.  Aiming to get DRI out of the
 application software business in order to concentrate on GEM and
 operating systems, Rowley turned it down.

     The three men quit and formed Ventura Software (later sold to Xerox),
 which produced the GEM-based Ventura Publisher.  This system sold over
 200,000 copies from 1986 to 1989 (when it was updated) and was the
 best-selling software system in 1987.  DRI finally came out with its own
 desktop publishing system, GEM Publisher, in 1987.  It had many of the
 same features as Ventura, but was a lower-cost package selling for half
 the price.

     Eventually, DRI introduced a line of GEM applications that included
 GEM Paint, GEM Wordchart, GEM Graph, and GEM Artline.  They also bundled
 Paint, Graph, and Write in the GEM Collection package, as well as a
 desktop presentation package called GEM Presentation Team.

     A user could buy any one package and get the latest copy of GEM
 Desktop in the same box.  Most of the GEM software family sold for under
 $200, and were primarily bought by previous GEM owners.  The system did
 not take off the way its Microsoft rivals had, mainly because DRI did not
 know how to market to end users, and did not have the money to do so. In
 Europe, however, the GEM software did very well and generated much of the
 company's income.

     Although in 1989, there were over 100 GEM application vendors, many of
 them only offered drivers to use their non-GEM software from the Desktop
 and a few GEM versions of MS-DOS applications.  Ventura Publisher
 remained the outstanding GEM application, and even this was later
 converted to run under Windows using PostScript.  The Ventura debacle and
 the fact that DRI was $10.5 million in debt caused Gary Kildall in
 January 1987 to replace Rowley with Dick Williams-a veteran of IBM.

     Williams managed to pay off the debt and put DRI in the black by
 promoting the operating system software DR-DOS, a lower-cost replacement
 for MS-DOS and commercial point-of-sale systems.  However, European sales
 accounted for 75% of the company's sales, and WIlliams did not want to
 risk investing in GEM marketing in the US against strong Microsoft Windows
 and Apple Macintosh opposition.

                               DRI GOES DRY
     It cannot be said that GEM died-it just faded away from neglect and
 indifference.  Generally, people who have it and use it find it makes a
 very stable platform for the whole line of GEM products.

     GEM Draw, GEM Artline 1.0, GEM Write, GEM Graph, GEM Paint, and GEM
 Wordchart were sold to Drew A. Kaplan (DAK), the direct merchandiser. He
 bundles them with computers that he sells through his catalogs; recently,
 in order to acquire a mailing list of computer owners, he offered GEM
 Publisher for $19.

     The latest versions of GEM Draw, GEM Artline 2.0 and GEM Presentation
 Team will not be replaced when current inventory is exhausted.

     Digital Research itself was sold to Novell and then merged with it.
 Dick Williams found that he did not fit into the corporate culture of
 Novell and resigned.  Today, DRI is being dismantled and will exist in
 history only.  Gary Kildall and his wife have stepped back and are
 enjoying their well-earned money.  Gary hosts the "Computer Chronicles" TV
 show and watches the changes in the industry he did so much to develop.

     The story of DRI and GEM illustrates the problems that any small- or
 medium-sized company may encounter when they develop a product that must
 compete with one owned and promoted by the manufacturer of the most
 widespread computer operating system.  Once DRI lost that position, it
 was never able to recover.  Even giant IBM realized that it would have to
 own its own OS and, consequently, would have to split with Microsoft.
 This was also the motive behind the purchase of DRI by Novell.  The moral
 of GEM:  Don't let the big rancher build a sluice gate upstream from your
 little spread.


 > POWERDOS! STR InfoFile            When used with Warp-9, WOW!

 September 1, 1992
 DragonWare Software

                       Releases PowerDOS as Freeware

 DragonWare Software is proud to announce the freeware release of Chris 
 Latham's PowerDOS  - a powerful multitasking operating system that runs on
 the TOS series of computers from Atari Corp.

     PowerDOS represents over four years of  intense study  and development
 efforts  to  create  a  powerful,  fast, and yet a compatible multitasking
 replacement of  Atari's GEMDOS  level system  software. PowerDOS redefines
 what your  Atari ST, Mega ST, Stacy, STe, Mega STe, TT and Falcon computer
 can do.


     PowerDOS handles every application call made to GEMDOS  (GEMDOS is the
 high-level part of TOS that deals with disk input/output; parallel, serial
 and  MIDI  communication;  program  execution;  memory   allocation)  with
 routines  written  in  100%  assembly language. Call-for-call, PowerDOS is
 many times faster than GEMDOS in reading and writing data to devices.

     If faster device i/o  were all  that PowerDOS  offered, PowerDOS would
 represent  a  significant  breakthrough  in system software - but PowerDOS
 means more....


     Because TOS was not originally written with true multitasking in mind,
 GEMDOS cannot task-switch. That is, GEMDOS can only run _one_ program at a
 time.  An application must terminate (quit) before another application can
 be launched (ran). While tasks running under GEMDOS may launch other tasks
 (as in the case of a telecommunications program launching a  file transfer
 program, or  a programming shell launching a compiler), the launching task
 stops running, waiting for the launched task to terminate.

     Imagine though, the possibilities of running more than one task at the
 same  time!  Suddenly,  the  concept  of  your  computer  being limited to
 handling a  step-by-step linear series of tasks is shattered.

     PowerDOS provides the ability  to  switch  between  tasks  hundreds of
 times   per second.  Up to 256 tasks can run at once. PowerDOS manages the
 distribution of time via priority levels for individual tasks that  can be
 set and  changed so  that more  important tasks  get a bigger slice of the

     PowerDOS  isn't  a  magical  multiple-GEM  window   multitasker.  Why?
 PowerDOS places compatibility over bells-and-whistles.

     To maintain  the fullest possible compatibility with the existing base
 of TOS platform applications, PowerDOS adheres strongly to  the GEMDOS set
 of rules.   What  that means  is that programs that aren't written to take
 advantage  of  PowerDOS  multitasking  (or  interprocess  communication or
 memory management) won't multitask easily.  These programs aren't aware of
 the advantages of PowerDOS - but if made aware, they can easily multitask,
 and significantly increase user productivity.

     All  legal  TOS  programs  _will_run_  under PowerDOS - and will enjoy
 PowerDOS's lightning  fast device  I/O -  but unless  programs are written
 with  PowerDOS's  extensions  in  mind,  the  ability to multitask will be

     PowerDOS was designed with the future  of TOS  based machines  in mind
 while ensuring  that the previous generation of TOS software will continue
 to work.

                       MAKING POWERDOS WORK FOR YOU

     PowerDOS adds dozens of system calls  to  the  GEMDOS  series.   These
 calls  allow  programmers  to  _easily_  set up interprocess communication
 (Subscribe-and-Publish!), to restrict and manage memory   use,  to monitor
 the  status  of  any  task  running  under  PowerDOS,  to  spawn off child
 processes, and most importantly to add new device drivers and  commands to
 PowerDOS - making PowerDOS infinitely expandable.

     To make  your programs work with PowerDOS, contact Christopher Roberts
 at DragonWare Software, and ask for a PowerDOS Developers Kit.

     The real beauty of PowerDOS is that it  is totally  transparent to the
 user. A  user simply  installs PowerDOS in the AUTO  folder and realizes a
 tremendous increase in device I/O speed. Life is  better.

     More advanced  users can  take advantage  of setting  up alias drives,
 adding pipes, naming serial ports, and using any of the number of PowerDOS
 utilities now available and those still under development.


     Currently, DragonWare  Software has  two series  of applications under
 development  which  rely  on  the  Power  of  PowerDOS.  The first series,
 Powernet, is a Local Area Network for the  Atari TOS  series of computers.
 Powernet has  been shipping  for several months, and is an unqualified hit
 among users!  (Powernet is the LAN of choice in Sunnyvale!)

     AtariTalk-2  is  a  still-under-development  series  of   drivers  for
 Powernet that will allow Atari TOS computers to communicate with AppleTalk
 and  Ethernet LANs.

     With the advent of  Atari's new  Falcon computer,  the market  for TOS
 based hardware  and software  is ready to grow. We at DragonWare are ready
 to help  supply  TOS  users  with  the  tools  to  properly  utilize their
 machines, and  we can  think of no other tool that could revolutionize the
 way that  owners use their machines than PowerDOS. Hence,  we have decided
 to make  PowerDOS a freeware product. While all copyrights to PowerDOS are
 retained  by  PowerPoint  Software,   PowerDOS   itself   may   be  freely

     There are  plans for  more PowerDOS goodies to be released in the near
 future - stand by for some exciting announcements.

     DragonWare Software welcomes any inquiry, and stands ready to  support
 any  developer  or  user  who  wishes  to  take  advantage of the Power of

 For inquiries:
                            DragonWare Software
                               P.O. Box 1719
                           Havre, MT 59501-1719
                              (408) 265-9609
                             GEnie: DRAGONWARE

                DragonWare Software is a member of the IAAD
    the Independent Association of Atari Developers and fully supports
    development of hardware and software to fully unleash the power of
            the entire series of TOS based computers from Atari

      PowerDOS and Powernet are copyright 1992, PowerPoint Software,
  manufactured and distributed under license by DragonWare Software Inc.

          AtariTalk-2 is copyright 1992, DragonWare Software Inc.

 Atari, TOS, GEMDOS, ST, Mega ST, Stacy, STe, Mega STe, TT and Falcon are
                   all copyrights of Atari Corporation.

   All other products mentioned are copyright and/or trademark of their
                            respective holders.


 > GLENDALE UPDATES STR SHOW NEWS         Premier West Coast Atari Show!

                             GLENDALE UPDATES!

     The show will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 12-13, 1992 at
 the Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1041 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA.  Hours
 are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. 
 General Admission is $6.00 per person with a two day pass costing only

     For those of you who will be needing lodging we have made arrangements
 with the Burbank Hilton.  Regular rates are $119.00 per night but if you
 mention ATARI you will get a room for $65.00 per night, single or double
 occupancy.  Executive suites are also available for a per night charge of
 $95.00.  Reservations may be made by calling the Hilton at 800-643-7400(in
 California), 800-468-3576(inside the USA) or at 818-843-600 (outside the
 USA).  The guaranteed reservation cut-off date is August 20th.  If you are
 quoted another rate ask for Roy Butler, Sales Manger.

     This year The Glendale Show will be holding Desk Top Publishing
 Classes.  There will be a $25.00 (US) fee for these hands-on classes.  DMC
 (ISD) will be holding Beginning and Advanced classes for owners and
 prospective owners of Calamus SL.  Classes will be held on Saturday and
 Sunday.  Classroom size is limited.  A number of people have already
 pre-registered.  Additional registrations can be made the day of the show
 by going to booth #19 by 12 noon each day.  The Beginning class will be on
 Saturday at 1 pm and the Advanced class will be on Sunday at 1 pm.

     If you have any questions send mail to H.A.C.K.S., 249 N. Brand Bl.
 #321, Glendale, CA 91203 or leave GEmail to John.King.T or call John King
 Tarpinian at 818-246-7276.

     It was announced by Jerry Pournelle that he would be attending the
 Glendale Show on Saturday 09/12/92.  John k. Tarpinian has made assurances
 that all possible cooperation would accorded Mr. Pournelle including the
 ".50 cent tour".  
 The exhibitor list for the Glendale Show;
                             ATARI CORPORATION
                           THE COMPUTER NETWORK
                              COMPUTER SAFARI
                        OREGON RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
                              CLEAR THINKING
                               D.A. BRUMLEVE
                                SUDDEN INC
                         FAIR DINKUM TECHNOLOGIES
                              MICRO CREATIONS
                               BRANCH ALWAYS
                           MID-CITIES COMP-SOFT
                           FREEZE DRIED SOFTWARE
                           McDONALD & ASSOCIATES
                            WINTERTREE SOFTWARE
                             BEST ELECTRONICS
                           CODEHEAD TECHNOLOGIES
                             FAST TECHNOLOGIES
                                 DMC (ISD)
                             BIO ILLUSTRATIONS
                             GADGETS BY SMALL
                             ZUBAIR INTERFACES
                           ST INFORMER MAGAZINE
                          ATARI EXPLORER MAGAZINE
                            ATARIUSER MAGAZINE
 Plus demonstrations by:
                             BAREFOOT SOFTWARE
                                DIGITAL F/X
                               AND OTHERS...

                             SOUTH BAY A.C.E.
                               NOCCC-ST SIG
                               L.O.C.H. ACE
                     H.A.C.K.S. (host club, no booth)


 > DIAMOND EDGE! STR InfoFile    Announcing...... TWO NEW programs!

                               DIAMOND EDGE
                         THE ULTIMATE VIRUS KILLER

     Oregon Research Associates is  proud to  announce the  addition of two
 new programs to our line of quality Atari ST software:

     Under continual development for two years, Diamond Edge represents our
 unwavering commitment to provide the Atari  ST community  with the highest
 quality software and product support available for any computer.

 Diamond  Edge  provides  the  most  advanced  set of Disk Management tools
 available for the Atari ST: 

 Disk Diagnostics:
     Analyzes your disks for critical errors that could lead to  data loss.
     Complete reporting of all errors found and the affected files.  Assess
     media integrity and map bad sectors.  Assess the integrity  of data on
     your disk with CRC and checksum validations.

     Improves disk access.  Defragments files and directories, consolidates
     free space and optimizes data locations  to improve  disk performance.
     FAST  disk  optimization  for  reading  or  writing.    Analyzes  disk
     fragmentation level to assess disk performance.

     Repairs damaged disk structure, damaged files,  and maps  bad sectors.
     Save,  restore,  edit  critical  disk information to restore even very
     badly  damaged  disks  or   recover  crashed   disks.  Assessment  and
     validation of the integrity of the recovered information.

  Data Recovery:
     The Complete  Undelete.  The Diamond Mirror system automatically saves
     critical disk information that  allows you  to recover  deleted files.
     Even  undelete  fragmented  files  and  subdirectories.  Validate  the
     integrity of the undeleted  file.   Identifies and  recovers data from
     lost clusters and unzero's disks.

  General Disk Management:
     A wide  variety of  powerful disk management and information tools are
     available, including hard disk partitioning, copying, zeroing, wiping,

     Diamond  Edge  defines  the  new  state of the art in disk management,
 diagnostics, repair, optimization,  and  data  recovery  software  for the
 Atari ST  and is  accompanied by  a comprehensive  spiral bound manual.  A
 full featured demo is available in file #25511.  

 Ultimate Virus Killer
     There are nearly 70  types of  virus prevalent  on the  Atari ST. With
 this  package  you  can  detect,  destroy, and protect yourself from virus
 infection by all known and even unknown viruses.

     Scans disks and memory for suspicious  system activity.   Detects even
 unknown  viruses   and  calculates   a  viral  contamination  probability.
 Immunizes your disks against future virus attacks. 67  Viruses recognized,
 immunized,  and  destroyed.    Including  the  dreaded "link viruses" that
 attach themselves to every program that  runs  and  can  destroy  all your

     Over 1000 executable boot sectors explicitly recognized and nearly 500
 repairable.  Regularly  update  to  guarantee  the   best  possible  virus
 protection possible.   The  Ultimate Virus  Killer is the ULTIMATE tool to
 protect your Atari  ST  from  virus  infection  and  is  accompanied  by a
 comprehensive printed manual..  

 Diamond Edge  is available  for the  introductory price of only $69.95 and
 will be released at the Glendale show on September 12, 1992.

 A special, LIMITED TIME, offer to  existing Diamond  Back II  owners is as

     As a  special thanks for your support, we are offering Diamond Edge to
     all existing Diamond Back II owners for only $50 (30%  off retail) and
     are offering  the Ultimate  Virus Killer  to existing  Diamond Back II
     owners for only $22 (30% off retail). Just  furnish your  Diamond Back
     II owners registration number when ordering.

 The Ultimate  Virus Killer is available for the introductory price of only
 $29.95 and will be released at the Glendale show on September 12, 1992.

 Backup, Diagnostics, Optimization, Repair, Recovery, Virus Prevention: 
 Total disk  protection from  Oregon Research  Associates.   On the cutting
 Edge of Computer Technology.

 Check,  Money  Order,  COD,  or  VISA/MasterCard accepted.  When ordering,
 please be sure to include $5 for shipping and handling.

 Additional information can be obtained by contacting us at:

                        Oregon Research Associates
                    16200 S.W. Pacific Hwy., Suite 162
                             Tigard, OR 97224

                           Phone: (503) 620-4919
                           FAX:   (503) 639-6182
                           Genie mail: ORA.TECH




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          D.A.Brumleve                      Debonair Software
          Fair Dinkum                       Baggettaware
          ST Informer (MacDonald Assoc.)    Gribnif
          Megatype                          Fast Technology
          Codehead                          Atari Interface
          Compuserve                        Toad Computers
          Clear Thinking                    Oregon Research
          Dragon Software                   Current Notes
          Accusoft ST                       Taylor Ridge Bks
          eSTeem                            Rising Star Computers
          Computer Studio                   Joppa Computer Prods
          Missionware                       Gadgets by Small
          Joppa Software Dev                Barefoot Software
          SKWare One                        Step Ahead Software

     Barring any errors or changes in plans this leaves exactly three
 spaces available in the main vendor area.  WAACE is working on rearranging
 some of the other show activities to make more space available for

     The WAACE people find this to be an extremely gratifying response. 
 The many positive interactions that Ken has had with vendors on the phone
 are equally uplifting.

     If your name should be on this list and it is not please contact the
 WAACE Vendor Coordinator right away. His name is Ken Fassler (DTACK) and
 he can be reached at 301-229-1886. Time is running out on advance
 discounts for booth space.

     Keep your eyes open for additional uploads on the hotel, travel
 directions, banquet, and seminars.

     Also, watch the online magazines, STReport, AEO, etc. for additional
     Print ads are appearing in upcoming issues of AIM, ST Informer, and
 Current Notes.

     Wow!! that was quite a last minute rush... Hope to see you all at the

 from Sheldon Winick of Computer Studio

     I'm pleased to announce that in addition to our presence on the show
 floor with a double booth space, Computer STudio will also be hosting
 seminar sessions on both Saturday and Sunday at this year's WAACE
 AtariFest.  Saturday's seminar will be "PROFESSIONAL CADD (Computer Aided
 Design and Drafting)" and Sunday's session will be "PROFESSIONAL MIDI with
 Cubase".  Come join us for two very exciting high end professional
 applications on the Atari platform, and meet Computer STudio's
 professional staff.  

                WAACE Seminar - Saturday, October 10, 1992

 PROFESSIONAL CADD (Computer Aided Design and Drafting)

 by Sheldon Winick (Computer STudio - Asheville, NC)  

     Sheldon Winick, owner of Computer STudio and registered architect,
 will conduct a 1-hour seminar focusing on DynaCADD on Atari's TT030
 Graphic Workstation.  Sheldon will demonstrate the power and speed of both
 the hardware and software, and its' importance as a valuable productivity
 tool.  He will do a general overview of DynaCADD, show examples of current
 architectural work, and discuss his reasons for choosing the Atari
 platform for his own CADD workstation requirements.

     In addition to owning and operating Computer STudio, a full-service
 Atari business computer center located in Asheville, NC, Sheldon has
 operated his own architectural firm since 1971.  He is a Registered
 Architect in the states of Florida, Tenn., North Carolina and Colorado, as
 well as holding a national NCARB architectural certificate.

     DynaCADD and the TT030 form the basis for his own incredibly fast and
 powerful CADD workstation.  He will discuss why this system solution
 holds a clear superiority over other alternative systems.  A Panasonic
 FX-RS505U flatbed scanner and Atari SLM605 laser printer are also part of
 his productivity system, and a Houston Instruments DMP-160 pen plotter
 completes the system.  The DMP-160 is an architectural D-size (24" x 36")
 8-pen plotter.  Come see for yourself how drawing tasks that used to take
 hours can now be done in minutes or seconds with an Atari workstation.

     Sheldon has arranged for DynaCADD to be offered at a special show
 price to those who attend this seminar session.  He will also be offering
 special values on related computer equipment, pen plotters and
 accessories, including Computer STudio's own line of external hard drive

                 WAACE Seminar - Sunday, October 11, 1992


 by Mike Cloninger (Computer STudio - Asheville, NC)
     Mike Cloninger, as a member of Computer Studio's professional staff,
 will be conducting a MIDI seminar at this year's WAACE show, using CUBASE
 3.0 and an ATARI TT030 workstation.  Other equipment he'll be using will
 include several KAWAI keyboards, a ROLAND drum machine and miscellaneous
 effect processors.  Topics covered will include:

                            CUBASE 3.0 overview
                    Basic sequencing Using the editors
                              Cycle recording
                              MIDI processor
                           Dynamic MIDI manager
                     Plus many more features of CUBASE

     Hopefully, he can help you get the most out this outstanding package
 and answer any questions you may have about MIDI.  

     Members of the Computer STudio staff that will be attending this
 year's WAACE AtariFest, the east coast's premier Atari event, are all
 looking forward to seeing everyone and mingling with such a large group of
 fellow Atarians.  In addition to our being a full-service Atari Business
 Computer Center, we're also an authorized Kawai Electronic Musical
 Instrument Dealership.  We'll be offering special show pricing on Kawai
 MIDI equipment as well as all Atari hardware and software.

                                             See you in D.C.

                                   Russ Brown WAACE Gen Info Spokesman


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

     Announced here last week, now an  update.    Compuserve  will  host an
 online  conference  featuring  Atari's  Bill  Rehbock  in  the  Electronic
 Convention Center (GO CONVENTION).   The  Convention  Center  will feature
 special HALF  PRICE rates  for this  event.   It will be held on Sept. 08,
 1992 at 8:30pm EDT - 5:30pm PST.  The Falcon and its technological wonders
 are part of the conference's featured areas of discussion.

 - New York City, NY              MANNY'S PETER LEVIN CLEARS THE AIR!

 Last week we presented this small item;

                        MANNY'S TO DROP ATARI LINE?

     According to  our source,  Manny's Music,  a long time Atari dealer in
 the Big Apple is quite upset  with Atari  as a  result of  the information
 they received  about the  Falcon's disappointing holiday timetable.  STR's
 correspondent was told; "When they  were  told  it  would  be  another dry
 Christmas  all  hell  broke  loose!"  Hopefully, renewed negotiations will
 perhaps bring about a change of heart.
 To further cover the situation and clarify some  un-necessary confusion we
 now present;

     Peter Levin,  the gentleman  who attended the meeting in Hartford, was
 contacted by STR.  When the  matter of  their being  upset with  Atari was
 discussed, he  stated he  really didn't mind that fact they'd been told by
 Atari to expect "one or two machines before Christmas and  to expect large
 quantities after  the first  of the  year."  When asked about dropping the
 Atari line, he emphatically  stated that  he expected  Atari to  _keep its
 word_ on the arrival schedule given him.

     He also stated he was upset with the fact they had not sent someone to
 the meeting with more  detailed  information  relative  to  their upcoming
 marketing plans.  Additionally, he mentioned he was indeed the focal point
 at the meeting in as much as  he  asked  the  most  questions  relative to
 Atari's future  plans in  the areas  of production, marketing, advertising

     He also pointed out his displeasure with the manner in which Atari had
 described the  meeting's purpose.   He stated the meeting announcement was
 misleading in that he fully expected to be made privy to Atari's marketing
 plans  etc..    Instead,  he  said,  it was a simple dealer viewing of the
 Falcon and  a vague  presentation by  Ron Smith.   Levin  pointed out that
 Smith had  only been with Atari for two months at the time in the capacity
 of consultant.

     Mr. Levin also expressed that he was pleased  the 1040ste  was "such a
 good seller for Manny's".  We have those machines in stock and expect more
 shortly and since we are primarily in the  music business,  these machines
 do us  just fine.  Levin further expressed; I do feel the Falcon is a good
 step forward for Atari as long as they deliver as promised.

 - Sunnyvale, CA                         TOS 4.0 -> ALL IN ONE CHIP!

     TOS 4.0 for the  new machines  is stored  in only  ONE ROM!   And.. it
 contains  all  the  data  relative  to  all  the  different  countries and
 keyboards.  Thus, it could be  considered  a  "Universal  TOS".    Its now
 possible  to  configure  your  machine  from the choices that available in
 ROM).  A CPX will control the configuration process.   Now, that's  a good


     In last week's issue the Z*NET entry was inadvertently omitted, by the
     text format process, from the Glendale list of exhibitors.  


                      STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON"

 > A "Quotable Quote"              "OH YEAH?!?  -  WHO SEZ SO?!?"

          "The more responsibility on your shoulders the less
          room for chips..."

                                        ...THE WISE OLD OWL 


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