ST Report: 15-Oct-93 #942

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 10/17/93-10:11:45 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 15-Oct-93 #942
Date: Sun Oct 17 22:11:45 1993

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

      The  computing  worlds are  moving  right  along... Word  Perfect  is
 shipping its new  version 6 for Windows  now... and the procession  of new

 products in that  platform, simply put, is fantastic.   With that in mind,
 would  you  believe  an  individual  on  another  platform,  while  busily
 justifying the  failure of the computer  company to  properly support that
 platform, stated the  PC platform has too  much to choose from?   That has
 to be the all-time example of an exercise in  "joshing one's self" to very
 bitter end.   One has  to genuinely  feel sorry for  someone who  would do
 this to themselves  and amazingly, attempt  to convince  others that  this
 premise makes good sense.  Oh well, so much for those that fantasize...
      On  another very  exciting front,  Word Perfect  Corporation has gone
 and done it again  on a  grand scale.  They've  released Word Perfect  6.0
 for Windows.  Folks, this is not an  upgrade "affair".  This is a complete
 re-write with the user  in mind.  Elsewhere in  this issue, is a  complete
 breakdown of  the new program's  features.  It  is superb in fact,  FORGET
 about the "competition" to this effort.   There is NONE.  This version has
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      Additionally, we are very pleased  to announce that Dana  P. Jacobson
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                 Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #42
                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

            ** Hitachi to Market Re-Writable Optical Drives **

    According  to Hitachi Ltd.,  the company later this year  will  begin 
 selling  2-gig re-writable 5.25-inch optical disk drives.  Hitachi  said 
 the  re-writable optical disk can store 50% more data than  products  of 
 other makers available on the same size of disk.
                ** U.S. News & World Report to Join CIS **
    U.S.  News & World Report will become the first national weekly  news 
 magazine to join CompuServe, offering news stories and other information 
 selected from the magazine as part of CompuServe's basic services.

    U.S.  News  reports will be available online the weekend  before  the 
 printed magazine reaches its subscribers in the mail.  Called  U.S. News 
 Online, it is expected to debut by year's end.

           ** Multimedia Expo - Analyzing The Games Industry **

    At the "Analyzing the Games Industry - Investment and Return" session 
 at  the Multimedia Expo in San Jose,  one of the featured  speakers  was 
 Volpe Welty's Lee Isgur.

    Isgur  identified Nintendo as the dominant player in the  video  game 
 industry in terms of installed base and hardware.  However, he said that 
 in terms of sales,  the "8-bit machine is faltering very badly," but the 
 "16-bit  will  do better in sales than last year." He  also  said  that, 
 "Game-Boy is, at the moment, the leading portable platform."

    He predicated that there would be 83 million units of software  sales 
 domestically this year.

    He noted that Sega has been outselling Nintendo in the last few weeks 
 in the US, in terms of new hardware and software sales. However, he said 
 he did not know if that would continue into the Christmas season.

    He identified CD's as becoming the dominant factor in the industry in 
 terms of software during the 1995-1997 period.

    Interestingly,  he said that which media the game industry uses  will 
 dictate where it goes. He maintained that the current cartridge industry 
 is  fairly expensive,  and expects a shift to something else -  such  as 
 flash  cards  or CD-ROMs.  He also said that the  current  hardware  "is 
 lousy," with no flat screens, no great colors.

            **IBM Microelectronics Has Faster PowerPC Chip **

    IBM  Microelectronics has announced a new version of the PowerPC  601 
 microprocessor that runs at 80 MHz. Previous versions operated at 50 and 
 66 MHz.  Company officials said the new chip would make possible desktop 
 computers faster than any based on existing processors.
    The  PowerPC line of chips resulted from an alliance  of  IBM,  Apple 
 Computer Inc., and Motorola. The 601 is the first of four planned Power-
 PC  parts.  The PowerPC 603 is a power-saving version aimed  at  laptop, 
 portable,  and low-end desktop computers.  The PowerPC 604 is meant  for 
 higher-performance desktop PCs and workstations. The PowerPC 620 will be 
 the  top  of  the line,  meant  for  high-performance  workstations  and 
 servers.  IBM plans to begin making these chips in 1994 and 1995,  Smith 
    The  601 chip has 2.8 million transistors,  in a package  about  four 
 tenths of an inch per side.  It includes the Motorola 88110  bus,  which 
 provides  an  advanced  interface  that supports  a  range  of  computer 
 systems, including personal computers, workstations, and multiprocessing 
 systems, the companies said.
          ** Hewlett-Packard Announces Video Printing System **
    Hewlett-Packard Co.  this week announced the HP VidJet Pro, a product 
 that  allows video images from a wide range of sources to be printed  on 
 plain paper using most HP printers.
    Designed for professional video production, the HP VidJet Pro has an 
 easy-to-use  interface  that is also expected to attract  advanced  home 
 hobbyists.  Users connect the HP VidJet Pro to any video source, such as 
 a  videotape  player,  television,  camcorder,  photo CD  or  laser-disc 
 player.  They  also  connect  the system to an HP  DeskJet  or  LaserJet 
 printer or HP DesignJet plotter. Images are stored as individual frames, 
 sequences  of frames or in pre-designated special formats,  such as  the 
 first frame of every scene change.
    HP-authorized video dealers are scheduled to begin taking orders  for 
 the  VidJet Pro in December.  Prices will vary depending  upon  options, 
 starting at about $3,500.
                  ** QMS Unveils Color Laser Printer **
    QMS  Inc this week announced that it has begun quantity shipments  of 
 its  ColorScript Laser 1000 Print System,  it first desktop color  laser 
 printer.   The QMS ColorScript Laser 1000 produces color and  monochrome 
 documents on a variety of paper stocks, including plain office paper.

    The unit offers an output resolution of 300 dots per inch. Four self-
 contained toner cartridges containing cyan (blue), magenta (red), yellow 
 and  black toner,  supply the basic colors used to create a  palette  of 
 millions of colors.

    The  QMS  ColorScript  Laser 1000 is compatible  with  most  computer 
 systems,   networks  and  mixed  computing  environments.  Its  resident 
 emulations include PostScript Level 2 and Level 1,  HP PCL 5C with  GL/2 
 (which supports color) and an optional DEC LN03 Plus emulation. Standard 
 interfaces include parallel, serial and LocalTalk ports.

    The  QMS  ColorScript Laser 1000 is available now and  is  priced  at 
              ** Seagate Intros New High-Capacity Drives **
    Seagate  Technology  has announced 13 new  hard  disk  systems,  with 
 storage capacity ranging from 214 megabytes (MB) to 9.1 gigabytes (GB).
    Included  in the new lines is the ST410800 Elite 9,  a  9.1  gigabyte 
 unit in a 5.25 inch full-height form factor.  Seagate says that the unit 
 is designed for hierarchical storage and large file plus database appli-

    The  ST15150 Barracuda 4 is a 4.1 GB 3.5 inch half-height  drive  for 
 super servers, super computers, and high performance storage systems.
    The  ST12450  Barracuda 2 is a 3.5 inch half-height  drive  that  can 
 store up to 1.78 GB of data.
    The  Hawk  family  comes in 2.14 GB,  1.7 GB and  1.05  GB  versions, 
 designed for advanced workstations and super servers. Hawk comes in Fast 
 SCSI-2  and  Fast//Wide SCSI-2 versions in either single-ended  or  dif-
 ferential configurations.
    In  the  under one GB category,  Seagate is introducing  the  ST5660, 
 ST3491 and ST9550 families. The 5660 is available with AT or Fast SCSI-2 
 interfaces,  has a 12 millisecond seek time. OEM pricing is $495 for the 
 AT/IDE model and $545 for the Fast SCSI-2 version. The 9550 was designed 
 for  use in portable computing units and can withstand shocks up to  100 
 Gs and uses a disc substrate material called MemCor.  The  glass-ceramic 
 canasite-based  media was developed jointly by Corning Glass  Works  and 
 Seagate.  MemCor substrates can be manufactured much thinner than  other 
 media and still retain rigidity. The ST9559 has a 16 millisecond average 
 seek time.
             ** Hayes Launches New Fax-Modem, Cuts Prices **
    Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc. announced a new fax board which can 
 work on two separate phone lines,  the JT Fax 144B Dual,  and cut prices 
 on its older 9600 bits per second (bps) product by over 35%, to $369.
    The new fax-modem is more than just a fax answering machine.  It eli-
 minates  the  need  for  an additional voice  card  and  provides  voice 
 announcement and prompting,  voice record and playback,  and the ability 
 to enter commands through a touch-tone phone. It also off-loads the con-
 version of files to the fax format from the main computer,  and  enables 
 routine multi-board installations in a single computer,  limited only by 
 the number of available slots.
    The  modem  will  be available November 1  in  North  America,  Latin 
 America,  and  Hong Kong,  with a further world-wide  rollout  following 
 shortly thereafter.
                   ** U.S. Robotics Sells Subsidiary **
    Modem  maker  U.S.  Robotics Inc.  has sold  Communications  Research 
 Group,  the subsidiary responsible for making and selling the BLAST com-
 munications software product line,  to Blast Inc., a North Carolina cor-
 poration.  U.S. Robotics said that it retained an equity interest in the 
 new entity and "will work closely with Blast Inc. to ensure the needs of 
 new and existing BLAST customers are met."
    Robotics Vice President Ross Manire said,  "As we evaluated our  core 
 business,  we recognized that CRG was not a strategic fit going forward. 
 (This  sale) allows for more focus on what is a  very  support-intensive 
 communications software line."

           ** Motorola Announces a New Integrated Processor **

    Motorola's  High  Performance Microprocessor Division this  week  an-
 nounced the 68307,  a highly integrated processor ideal for a variety of 
 portable,  low-power  applications such as digital cordless  telephones, 
 portable measuring equipment and point-of-sale terminals.  The 63807 was 
 originally  designed for the digital cordless phone products of a  major 
 European  telecommunications  company.  The newest member of  the  68300 
 Family  of Integrated Processors,  the 68307 features a  static  68EC000 
 core processor with multiple bus interfaces.  It is the second processor 
 designed using Motorola's standard cell design methodology.
    "The  68307's high level of functional integration results in  reduc-
 tions  in  power consumption,  board space and system cost  demanded  by 
 today's portable devices," said Jim Reinhart, Motorola's manager, M68000 
 marketing and applications.  "The 68307 is the only member of the  68300 
 Family   of   Integrated  Processors  that  incorporates   several   bus 
 interfaces,  providing glueless connections to a wide variety of  common 
 system peripherals and memory."

                         ** RAM Prices Falling **

    On the July 4th weekend,  the Sumitomo Chemical plant in Japan exper-
 ienced  an explosion that shut it down.  Since Sumitomo produces 60%  of 
 the  world's high-quality epoxy resin,  the explosion resulted  in  sky-
 rocketing RAM prices. Some suppliers reported RAM costs jumping 200-300% 
 since the explosion.  Sumitomo announced this week that it will be  back 
 in production in December.  This announcement has resulted in some  com-
 pany's RAM prices dropping 10-20%,  with larger price reductions due  in 
 December or January.
    Epoxy resin may seem far removed from RAM chips, but the substance is 
 critical to about 80% of the computer chips made today.  Alvin  Despain, 
 Ph.D.,  an expert on computer architecture at the University of Southern 
 California,  said  the  resin  protects the surface  of  the  integrated 
 circuit (IC), has some thermal properties that help get heat out, and is 
 the "glue" to hold down the silicon in the chips.

                    ** Chip Rate Drops in September **

    The chip industry's  key book to bill ratio took a dive last month to 
 1.01, down from 1.08 in August, possibly indicating a much softer market 
 for semiconductors than had been forecast.

    The ratio means that for every $100 worth of products shipped in Sep-
 tember  (billed),  manufacturers  received  $101  worth  of  new  orders 

                  ** Online Service for Women Formed **

    An online service devoted to women,  called WIRE (the Women's  Infor-
 mation & Resource Exchange) has been created in San Francisco.
    The service,  created by two computerists who are women, offers news, 
 entertainment,  bulletin  board conversations and electronic  messaging. 
 Subscribers pay $15 a month for two hours of use,  with additional  time 
 billed at $2.50 an hour.
    Sources  say  that  "in the 'virtual community'  formed  by  computer 
 online services,  women represent 10% to 15% of online users. They often 
 are made to feel unwelcome by men who dominate online conversations  and 
 make sexually harassing comments."
    WIRE  officials  said men are welcome,  but said  unruly  subscribers 
 could be expelled from the system.

                    ******* IBM PC/Clone News *******

                 ** Recall of Faulty Dell Notebook PCs **
   Dell  Computer  Corporation has announced the recall  of  17,000  dis-
 continued 320SLi and 325SLi notebook computers because of a faulty  part 
 that, under certain circumstances, could cause a fire.
   Dell said its engineers has determined that a capacitor on the mother-
 board of both models might crack under physical stress. If that happens, 
 the capacitor might overheat and cause a fire.
   A  Dell  spokesperson said he only knows of the problem  happening  on 
 three machines, and the company has been unable to replicate the problem 
 in  the  lab.  However,  due to the safety aspect the  problem  Dell  is 
 immediately recalling both models.  Registered owners are being notified 
 by registered mail.
   Owners of either model should return their machines to Dell so repairs 
 can be made. Turnaround time will depend on how many owners return their 
 units.   To  return one of the computers owners should contact  Dell  on 
 their  toll free number between the hours of 8AM and  6PM  CDT.  Special 
 customer  services representatives are available to arrange the  returns 
 and answer questions.
                ** Flying Toasters Arrive For DOS Users **
   Berkeley  Systems has started shipping its DOS version of  After  Dark 
 screen saver.
   Screen savers, apart from looking good on screen, protect the computer 
 monitor  from phosphor burn-in -- which is a problem when  monitors  are 
 left on but inactive. The company says that After Dark can also increase 
 privacy  -- to block access to a user's files,  the program  features  a 
 screen-locking  security  system  that is deactivated only  by  a  user-
 selected password.
   After Dark for DOS also offers optional digitized sound  effects,  run 
 through the internal PC speaker or through Sound Blaster or Ad Lib  com-
 patible sound cards.
   The package requires DOS 3.3 or higher, a VGA or SVGA display, 640k of 
 RAM, and a hard drive. The product is priced at $49.95.
                    ** Mastercook II For PC Debuts **
   Spinnaker Software has introduced its Mastercook II,  a  Windows-based 
 cookbook  software  package that contains more than  1,000  recipes  and 
 allows the user to enter and store their own culinary masterpieces.
   In  addition to being a collection of recipes - 100 of them  are  from 
 what Arion calls "the great chefs of America" - Mastercook II can select 
 recipes  that  use  on-hand  ingredients  meeting  the  user's  personal 
 nutritional objectives.  It can also print shopping lists, recipe cards, 
 menus, meal plans, or a complete customized cookbook.
   Mastercook II requires a 286-based PC or higher running Windows 3.1 or 
 higher,  2 megabytes (MB) of system memory,  and 2.5MB of free hard disk 
 space. Spinnaker says it will have a street price of under $30.
             ** Fujitsu Announces Latest Pen-Based System **
   Fujitsu has announced the PadPlus RF,  a pen-based computer with wire-
 less  communications built-in.   Fijitsu previous pen-based systems  had 
 carried the Poqet name.
   The  PadPlus RF incorporates the Proxim RangeLAN wireless adapter  and 
 radio inside the computer,  with a retractable antenna in the upper left 
 corner.  The PadPlus RF can send data up to 300 feet using what's called 
 spread  spectrum technology,  which sends data over a wide  spectrum  of 
 frequencies to minimize interference. The PadPlus RF has a maximum burst 
 rate of 242,000 bits/second on three channels. The system includes error 
 correcting  hardware  and firmware designed  to  retransmit  undelivered 
   The pocket PC weighs about two pounds, and can run for between two and 
 four hours on a set of rechargeable batteries. It also features a PCMCIA 
 expansion slot, a serial connector, an infrared link, and a keyboard. It 
 can work with Novell Netware and Netware Lite,  with preliminary pricing 
 set at $2,449.
                       ** Intel Earnings Up 143% **
   Intel Corp.  this week reported third quarter earnings of $584 million 
 (or $1.33 a share), up 143% from earnings of $241 million (or 56 cents a 
 share) for the same period a year ago.
   Analysts  believe  Intel will continue to dominate the  computer  chip 
 industry for some time, especially with recent releases of the state-of-
 the-art 486 and Pentium chips that have pushed the company ahead of  its 
 rivals technologically and in terms of revenues and profits.
   Sources  say that Intel is on track to ship hundreds of  thousands  of 
 Pentium processors in 1993 and millions in 1994.
                        ** Lotus Income Up 151% **
   Lotus Development Corp.  has reported net income of $18.3 million,  or 
 41 cents per share, for its third quarter ended Oct. 2.  This is up 151% 
 from $7.3 million,  or 17 cents per share,  before a stock-sale gain  in 
 last year's third quarter.  Lotus' third-quarter revenue was $240.1 mil-
 lion, up 16% from $206.7 million in the same period last year.  
               ** Ares Software Announces Font Workshop **
   Ares Software Corp.  this week announced Font Workshop, a value-packed 
 bundle  containing FontMonger,  FontMinder 2.0  and  FontFiddler,  three 
 essential font applications for Windows-based computers.
   Ares Font Workshop will ship on Oct. 15, 1993 and have a suggested re-
 tail  price of $249.95.  Now Windows users will have all the tools  they 
 need to convert, modify, create and manage their fonts in one economical 
   FontMonge converts fonts between all major formats and enables  cross-
 platform conversion of fonts between Macintosh and PC  computers.  Fonts 
 can  be  modified or even created in a flash with  FontMonger's  simple, 
 elegant interface. FontMonger has a suggested retail price of $149.95.
   FontMinder  2.0 will manage fonts in Windows 3.1.  FontMinder  stream-
 lines  the installation and de-installation of PostScript  and  TrueType 
 fonts. FontMinder has a suggested retail price of $79.95.
   FontFiddler  is  a kerning editor for TrueType and  PostScript  fonts. 
 FontFiddler has a suggested retail price of $99.95.
            ** Peachtree Accounting for Windows Release 2.0 **
   Peachtree Software announces that its best-selling Windows  accounting 
 package, Peachtree Accounting for Windows Release 2.0, has surpassed all 
 sales  projections  and  is  outselling its  previous  version  and  the 
 competition three-to-one as of September 1993.
   A PC Research Survey reveals Peachtree Accounting for Windows  Release 
 2.0 is outselling Microsoft Profit and MYOB by a significant margin.
   In  addition  to  enhancements  like  graphical  guides  and   on-line 
 tutorials,  Peachtree Accounting for Windows Release 2.0 now reads files 
 created in Intuit's Quicken for DOS and Quicken for Windows.
   Peachtree Accounting for Windows Release 2.0 is fully networkable  out 
 of the box and sells for a suggested retail price of $169.
                           ** New Ace Board **
   Best Data Products Inc.  is rolling out the ACE Advanced Communication 
 Enhancement system, a breakthrough internal board for IBM-compatible PCs 
 that  will  change  the  way small companies  and  at-home  workers  use 
   Developed  in cooperation with IBM's  Microelectronics  division,  ACE 
 merges fax,  modem,  sound,  telephone answering capabilities and CD Rom 
 interface  onto a single card--a first-time feat made possible by a  new 
 digital  signal processing (DSP) technology from IBM called  Mwave.  One 
 ACE  board can take the place of four separate  cards,  saving  valuable 
 space in the motherboard for other applications.
   In  addition,  ACE defies obsolescence because it is  fully  software-
 upgradeable, making it easy and inexpensive to add new applications such 
 as  V.FAST,  color  faxing  and video teleconferencing  as  they  become 
 available.  ACE  also reduces downtime because it  permits  simultaneous 
 tasking,  enabling  a  user to continue working at the  computer  screen 
 while  a fax is being sent or a phone message is being  taken.  Both  of 
 these important features were made possible by the Mwave technology.
   The ACE system comes with a 14,400 bps modem, a 9,600 bps fax with fax 
 back and fax forward features,  and a 16-bit audio board with wave table 
 synthesis.  It  requires  a 386SX MHZ processor with a 4 MB RAM  and  is 
 designed to operate with Windows and OS/2. Suggested list price is $259. 

                      ******* Apple/MAC News *******

             ** Apple USA Head Resigns Effective Tomorrow **
   According to Apple Computer,  Apple USA president and general manager, 
 Robert Puette,  will be resigning effective October 15.  His replacement 
 is  expected  to be his boss,  Ian Diery,  executive vice  president  of 
 Apple's Personal Computer Division.
   Puette  has  been at Apple since 1990.  Apple officials said  the  USA 
 general manager is leaving to pursue other interests.  However there are 
 speculations  that Puette's resignation could be the result  of  Apple's 
 restructuring. Sources at Apple did say that the resignation has nothing 
 to do with rumors that Apple USA might wholly move to Austin, Texas.

       ** Apple Sets up a "Try Before You Buy" Software Division **
   Joining  IBM and Gateway,  Apple Computer has announced a  new  CD-ROM 
 delivery system for its software.   The initial offering will consist of 
 80 software programs and will be handled by a new division called  Soft-
 ware Dispatch.
   Apple's  Software Dispatch division will handle 800 number calls  from 
 users  who,  after providing a credit card number to purchase the  soft-
 ware, can unlock applications on the Software Dispatch CD-ROM disc via a 
 key given over the phone.
   A  Quicktime  movie tutorial will be supplied to explain the  'Try  it 
 first' purchase process.  Interactive tours, limited trial versions, and 
 product   information  sheets  will  be  available  for  each   software 
 application on the CD.  Customers may select the software by clicking on 
 a button that adds the title to an electronic order form.
   The electronic key will allow installation from the CD to a hard  disk 
 of the software purchased. At the same time, the customer can also get a 
 full set of product documentation that is identical to the print version 
 that users would normally get in traditional packaging.  Hard copies  of 
 the documentation can also be ordered.
   Over 80 applications will be on the first CD,  featuring productivity, 
 utilities, education, games, fonts, clip art and other applications from 
 Symantec,  Claris,  Computer Associates, Intuit, Vividus, Spinnaker, and 
   The CDs will be distributed free by mail beginning in November 1993 to 
 Macintosh CD-ROM owners and in early 1994 to Windows CD-ROM owners.  The 
 cost  of the software will be about the same as users can expect to  pay 
 in software stores.
                ** Pastel ships DayMaker Organizer 3.0 **
   This  week  Pastel will start shipping the new version  of  its  best-
 selling personal organizer for the Mac, DayMaker Organizer 3.0.  Version 
 3.0  was  inspired by feedback from many of the nearly 50,000  users  of 

   "The  key to DayMaker Organizer's superiority is the natural  integra-
 tion  of contact and phone-call management to the most  usable  calendar 
 and  to-do list program," said Hank Williams,  president of  Pastel.  He 
 added  "DayMaker Organizer 3.0 offers a complete solution  for  personal 
 organization by providing a tightly integrated product that gives  users 
 immediate   access  to  their  important  information  and   is   easily 
   Special introductory pricing of $129.95 is being offered through  Nov-
 ember 30, 1993. After that DayMaker Organizer 3.0 will list for $149.95. 
 A  competitive trade-up is available for $49.95 from Pastel and  leading 
 catalogs.  Current DayMaker users can upgrade for $29.95 plus $5.00  for 
 shipping  and handling.  After December 31,  the upgrade price  will  be 

   To order an upgrade, DayMaker users should send a check plus a copy of 
 their  sales receipt or the cover of their DayMaker  manual  to:  Pastel 
 Development, 113 Spring Street, New York, NY, 10012, or order by calling 
 Pastel's order department at: 800/249-8316. About Pastel Development



                        IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

 > WPWIN60 STR FOCUS!                           "GREAT STUFF!"

               EXPECTED TO BE ON DEALER'S SHELVES BY 10/19/93

      WordPerfect v6.0 for Windows offers everything needed to create
 professional-looking documents:  powerful word processing, drawing,
 charting, spreadsheet functionality within tables, and direct integration
 with other Windows applications.  

      "WordPerfect v6.0 for Windows has been completely rewritten to give
 users the best in Windows word processing," said Alan Ashton, president
 and CEO of WordPerfect Corporation.  "Virtually every feature in the
 product has been improved or enhanced in some way.  These improvements
 are the result of thousands of user requests, feedback from focus groups,
 and extensive usability testing."

      WordPerfect v6.0 for Windows is designed to give users complete
 customization, the easiest transition to Windows, and a product that
 makes the most of the Windows environment.

                           COMPLETE CUSTOMIZATION
      WordPerfect  v6.0 for  Windows  is fully  customizable so  users  can
 personalize their word processor for  any environment or task.   Virtually
 all  aspects of the  interface can be  customized: Button  Bar, Power Bar,
 Ruler Bar, status  bar, keyboards and menus.   Users can also  select Hide
 Bars for a  clean screen,  but still have  access to the  main menus  when
 placing the mouse pointer at the top of the screen.

 Button Bar
      The Button Bar  is the most  versatile interface  tool, giving  users
 access to any WordPerfect  feature or macro with a click of a button.  The
 Button Bar can  be placed anywhere on the screen or as a floating palette.
 Users can display buttons with icons, text, or  both, and can create their
 own icons  and text. Users can create as many Button Bars as they like and
 display up  to three  rows  of buttons.   The  product ships  with  sample
 Button Bars  for specific  tasks such  as graphics,  tables, outlines  and
 page layout, as  well as context-sensitive bars that will change according
 to task.

 Power Bar
      The  Power Bar  contains icons  for quick  access to the  most common
 formatting tasks.   The  Power Bar remains  at the top  of the  screen and
 users can customize  the bar by selecting  from 81 options.   When placing
 the mouse pointer  over any Power Bar icon, help prompts appear at the top
 of the screen to explain the icon's function.

      Templates revolutionize word  processing by giving users  a quick and
 easy way to  create professional-looking documents.  WordPerfect v6.0 will
 ship with  ExpressDocs, more than 45  predefined templates  for fax forms,
 memos,  newsletters,  and  more.   ExpressDocs  are  more than  customized
 documents they are interactive and  can prompt users for  information such
 as the  name and fax number  on a fax cover  sheet.  Users  can edit these
 templates,  or  create their  own with  customized  menus,  styles, Button
 Bars, keyboards, abbreviations and macros.

      "Customization of the interface and templates gives users enormous
 control of their working environment, letting them personalize
 WordPerfect v6.0 for Windows to work the way they want to work," said
 Todd Titensor, product marketing director of WordPerfect for Windows. 
 "Corporate users will benefit by being able to create standard interfaces
 and documents to automate company tasks and maintain consistency."

                       EASIEST TRANSITION TO WINDOWS

      Easiest Transition for  WordPerfect DOS users.   WordPerfect v6.0 for
 Windows  gives  WordPerfect DOS  users the  easiest transition  to Windows
 with feature and  file compatibility, as well as macro conversions.  Users
 can write  macros that  will work  in both  WordPerfect v6.0  for DOS  and
 WordPerfect v6.0 for  Windows.  WordPerfect v6.0 for Windows also includes
 a WPDOS keyboard layout.

      "No other  word processor makes it  easier for  WordPerfect DOS users
 to make  the move to  Windows," said Titensor.   "No other product  offers
 better  compatibility  with  existing WordPerfect  files  and  macros,  or
 better cross-platform compatibility."

      Like a personal instructor, a  Coach prompts a user through a variety
 of  common  tasks  with step-by-step  instructions.   Because  Coaches are
 written with  WordPerfect's macro language, users  can write  their own to
 add to the Help menu.

      Working in Windows  is easier with context-sensitive  QuickMenus that
 are accessed  by clicking  the right  mouse button  virtually anywhere  in
 WordPerfect.  For  example, clicking the right mouse  button anywhere in a
 document presents  a QuickMenu  to change  fonts, spell  check, or  center
 text, while  clicking the  left margin  presents a  menu  to select  text,
 change margins, or add comments to a document.

 Preview Windows
      Preview  windows  in dialog  boxes  let users  see  how changes  in a
 document--such  as columns,  margins and  line  spacing--will look  before
 making them.

                         MAKING THE MOST OF WINDOWS

 Program Launching
      Any Windows program or file can  be placed on a Button  Bar for quick
 access  from  within WordPerfect.    For example,  a  user could  drag the
 program  file for Quattro  Pro from the Windows  File Manager  to a Button
 Bar and then  be able to launch Quattro  Pro while working in WordPerfect.
 Or a user could place  a Microsoft Excel file  on a Button Bar and with  a
 click of a button launch Excel and load the file.

 Direct Spreadsheet and Database Import
      Spreadsheet  and database information can be  linked via Dynamic Data
 Exchange  (DDE) or  Object Linking  and Embedding  (OLE), and  can also be
 directly  imported  into  WordPerfect  v6.0  for  Windows.    All  leading
 spreadsheet formats and  a variety of  database formats  such as  Paradox,
 dBase, Oracle,  and popular SQL servers are supported.   Users can perform
 queries on database files to extract only the needed information.

 File Management
      The powerful  functionality of  the WordPerfect File  Manager is  now
 included in  the Open  File dialog  box.   With the  File Options  button,
 users can copy, move, rename,  delete, print, and change  file attributes,
 as  well as create  and rename  directories.   Files can be  displayed and
 sorted by filename, extension, size,  date/time, and descriptive name  and

 WordPerfect Draw
      WordPerfect  Draw contains  the  sophisticated  drawing and  charting
 tools  from WordPerfect  Presentations  including  Bezier curves  and  the
 ability to contour text  on a curve.  The charting module lets  users turn
 tables  and spreadsheet data  into a variety of  charts:   3-D, bar, line,
 area,  hi-lo,  pie, and  exploded  pie  charts.    WordPerfect Draw  works
 through  OLE  and is  easily  accessed  by  double-clicking  any chart  or
 graphic image.   WordPerfect  Draw also  supports the  TWAIN standard  for
 direct access to scanners.

                             OTHER NEW FEATURES

 Spreadsheet in Tables
      WordPerfect is  the only Windows word  processor to  include advanced
 spreadsheet  capabilities.    The  Tables  feature   contains  nearly  100
 built-in formulas, numerical  cell formatting, automatic calculation, data
 fills, and named ranges.

      QuickFormat lets  users extract  formatting or  styles from  text and
 quickly apply it to other text in a  document.  The mouse pointer  changes
 to a paint roller and lets users "paint" the formatting to selected text.

 Bullets and Numbering
      From the  new Insert menu, users  can select  from predefined bullets
 and  numbering   styles  or  create  their   own.     Numbered  items  are
 automatically renumbered if moved.

      The  Abbreviations  features  will  replace  an   abbreviation  in  a
 document  with  a longer  piece  of  information  that  can include  text,
 graphics, formatting--anything that can be placed in a document.

      A  wide  variety of  borders  and  fill  patterns  can  be  used  for
 paragraphs, pages, columns, tables, table cells, and graphic images.

                             IMPROVED FEATURES

 Simplified Mail Merge
      WordPerfect's  powerful  Merge  feature has  been  enhanced  with  an
 easy-to-use interface.   The  introductory Merge  dialog box  includes the
 three   elements  of  a  merge--data  file,  form  file,  and  merge--with
 corresponding preview  windows.  Creating and  editing data  files is easy
 using the Quick Data Entry dialog box.   WordPerfect v6.0 for Windows  can
 directly use data files in  other formats such as  spreadsheets, database,
 SQL, or  ASCII text  files.   Users can  also select  specific records  to
 merge  using a  query by  example  interface. Corresponding  envelopes can
 automatically be created and appended to a merge file.

 Document Management
      The QuickFinder rivals  stand-alone packages with some of the fastest
 indexing and text retrieval  in the industry.  Users can index directories
 or  groups  of files  and  perform  nearly  instantaneous  searches.   The
 QuickFinder dialog  box has  been improved  to include  access to  Boolean
 operators,  document   components  (such   as  first   page  only),   case
 sensitivity and word proximity.

 Document Summary
      Document Summary has been improved  to include more than  50 document
 summary fields  such as author, subject,  date and  abstract.  QuickFinder
 can be used to search any of these summary fields.   Document Comments can
 now  include  name,   initials,  date  stamps  and  time  stamps,  and  be
 represented  by a  colored  icon  in the  left  margin.   Users  can  have
 specific colors so the  document can be circulated for editing.   Document
 Compare  has been  improved to  compare by  word,  as well  as by  phrase,
 sentence and paragraph.

 Graphics Editing
      An  Image Tools  palette  offers  in-place graphics  manipulation  to
 move, rotate, crop and size a graphic image.  Users can wrap  text on both
 sides  of  a graphic  image  or  contour  text  around irregularly  shaped

      In  addition  to  character and  document  styles,  version  6.0 will
 include  paragraph styles so users  can click anywhere  in a paragraph and
 select  a style to  affect the  entire paragraph.   Users can  also create
 styles by  clicking anywhere in formatted  text, then  clicking the Styles
 field on the Power Bar to give it a name.


      The suggested  retail price of WordPerfect  v6.0 for  Windows will be
 $495.  Upgrades from  any DOS, Windows or OS/2 version of WordPerfect will
 be available for  $129.   A competitive upgrade will also be available for
 $149 from  any word processor  with a suggested  retail price of at  least
 $395.     WordPerfect v6.0  for Windows  will  require  a 386  machine  or
 higher, at least 4M (preferably 6M) RAM and Microsoft Windows 3.1.


      WordPerfect   v6.0  for   Windows   will  incorporates   TextArt,   a
 mini-application that  lets users  instantly create  special effects  with
 type  using  shapes, colors,  fills  and  shadows.    TextArt was  jointly
 developed by WordPerfect Corporation and Bitstream Inc.  WordPerfect  v6.0
 for Windows will also ship with 25  TrueType fonts from Bitstream Inc.,  a
 leader  in  font technology.    WordPerfect  v6.0  for  Windows, the  next
 release  of WordPerfect  Corporation's best-selling  word   processor,  is
 scheduled to ship fourth quarter 1993.

      "After evaluating several developers, we chose  to co-develop TextArt
 with Bitstream  because  we saw  the  opportunity  to offer  the  greatest
 functionality  in  the  smallest package,"  said  Todd  Titensor,  product
 marketing   director   for  WordPerfect   for   Windows   at   WordPerfect
 Corporation.   "Word processors are  primarily used  for text manipulation
 and  we wanted  to  give  our users  a  creative tool  to  manipulate text
 quickly and easily."

      TextArt lets  users change their text  by choosing  from 40 different
 shapes.   The text  will automatically  mold to  any of  these shapes  and
 users  can add  colors,  fills and  shadows.   TextArt  is an  OLE (Object
 Linking  and Embedding)  applet  and will  be  available from  the default
 Button Bar of WordPerfect v6.0 for Windows.

      WordPerfect  v6.0 for  Windows will  also ship  with  25 high-quality
 TrueType fonts  from Bitstream  including Bitstream  Arrus, Humanist  521,
 Bernhard Modern  and a variety of display fonts.  These  fonts can be used
 in any other Windows application.

      "We are  extremely pleased  that WordPerfect  Corporation elected  to
 feature fonts from the  Bitstream library of more than 1,000  typefaces in
 the  next release  of  WordPerfect for  Windows,"  said Ray  Boelig, chief
 operating  offer at  Bitstream.   "With  the  introduction of  the Windows
 operating environment, the  demand for TrueType fonts  and technology  has
 exploded, and we believe users of  WordPerfect v6.0 for Windows are  going
 to find the selection of 25 text  and headline faces a welcome  complement
 to the power and sophistication of their word processor."

      "The majority of  WordPerfect users have been introduced to the power
 of using type by using  Bitstream typefaces," said Jim Welch,  director of
 Strategic Marketing at  Bitstream.  "We expect that WordPerfect v6.0 users
 will  be  pleased with  the  selection  of  typefaces  and the  consistent
 quality they have come to expect from the Bitstream Typeface Library."

      Bitstream will also  ship the WordPerfect v6.0 for Windows Font Pack,
 a collection of  100 high-quality True Type  fonts with a retail  price of
 $29.95.   These fonts complement the  fonts bundled  with WordPerfect v6.0
 for Windows.  For information about this  font pack, users can call  (800)


                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

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

                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

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

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                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)

   | * GEnie-MUG NEWS *             for the week of 10/11/93 - issue 31 |
   | What's Hot and Happening This Week In GEnie's Macintosh User Group |
               GEnie-MUG News Editor: Eric Mueller (DLAND.ERIC)
              entire contents copyright 1993 by Eric C. Mueller

 WELCOME to the GEnie-MUG RoundTable newsletter! This quick  bulletin gives
 you  an  idea  of  what's  cooking  in  the  GEnie  Macintosh  User  Group
 (GEnie-MUG). I'm Eric  Mueller, and I write  this file every week  so that
 you  can find  the  action in  GEnie-MUG: the  latest  controversy in  the
 bulletin board, the hottest  files in the  library, and the hippest  chats
 in the  RTC rooms. I'm  always interested in  your comments on this  file,
 and would love to hear them.

 If  you're  new  to  GEnie or  GEnie-MUG,  you  can  read about  GEnie-MUG
 (including information on  what GEnie-MUG has  to offer and the  layout of
 the system) by  typing "M 605;4". Additionally, the GEnie-MUG help desk (a
 live hotline)  is available six days a week in the  GEnie-MUG RTC (type "M
 605;2" then choose room  1). For more information and a schedule of times,
 type "M 605;4".

 THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT  THIS WEEK  is the  new boss-types  of the  GEnie-MUG
 roundtable. Syndicomm,  an outfit  run by  Kent Fillmore  (DRACO) and  Tom
 Weishaar (TOM.W), now  runs the A2, A2Pro, Macintosh, Macintosh Pro, Power
 PC and  Power PC Pro RoundTables on GEnie!  What does this mean for us? It
 means that Kent has  so many new responsibilities that he has had  to step
 down  as  the head  of  GEnie-MUG.  Now,  the  new boss  in  GEnie-MUG  is
 DAVE.REID, affectionately  known as  'Unk.' As  Unk said  in the  bulletin
 board,  "'Great!', you may  say, 'but  what's ol'  Unk gonna be  doin'?' I
 will still manage the BB and  continue to be the chief topic cop, and will
 generally be the  leader of  the cheering section   for  staff." For  more
 information  (and to send your congratulations),  see category 1 ("Welcome
 to GEnie-MUG"), topic 9  ("GEnie-MUG News Desk"), messages   4 through the
 end of the topic.

 TIRED  OF  REACHING AROUND  BACK  (or  to  the side)  of  your  Macintosh,
 slamming that  interrupt button when you  Mac crashes?  Can't remember the
 gibberish  you have to  type to  return to the  Finder successfully? Don't
 even have  an interrupt  button?  Now,  when your  Mac crashes, you  don't
 need to scramble  for the programmer's interrupt  button, or deal  with an
 obnoxious dialog  box. Simply install the  Interrupt Button  Init and when
 you  press  the  programmer's  interrupt  button,   you'll  be  graciously
 returned to the  Finder with  no muss or  fuss. Sounds  nice, doesn't  it?
 (Your interrupt button  still works fine, by the   way.) The shareware fee
 is only $15 for this time-saver, one that is certain  to pay for itself in
 just one  or two system  crashes. If you'd  like a  copy of the  Interrupt
 Button Init, download file #30373 in the GEnie-MUG libraries now!

 in  "cyberspace,"  all of  the  networks  available  to  you through  your
 modem---and  a  lot  to  be confused  about.  Even  the  basics,  like the
 difference between shareware  and freeware, aren't always  clear. Luckily,
 GEnie-MUGgers are a helpful  crew (despite  the threatening moniker),  and
 can  give   you  some  guidance.    In   the  bulletin  board  this  week,
 GEnie-MUGger RJ Roehner offers  some  helpful advice and  tips for getting
 set up  with a modem. He  suggests what  tools you'll need as  a beginning
 modemer, and what to do about sorting through   the plethora of shareware.
 Interested?  See all  this fascinating  info  in category  28 ("MACINTOSH:
 General  Questions"),  topic 1  ("About  MACINTOSH:  General  Questions"),
 messagesJ75 through the end of the topic.

 EVERYBODY'S FAVORITE  (IF MORBID)  PENCIL game  is now  on the  Macintosh:
 Hangman,  the popular  word-guessing game  featuring  the  alphabet and  a
 corpse swinging in the wind, is now available for  your favorite computer!
 This new  version features sounds and  animation---just the  ticket if you
 like  Hangman  and want  it  to  be  particularly  special. See  GEnie-MUG
 library file #30375, the $10 shareware HANGMAN.SIT 3.0, and enjoy.

 DOC JOHNSTON  IS AT IT  AGAIN with a  new PowerBook conference on  Tuesday
 night:  Care and Maintenance. To give  your PowerBook the TLC it deserves,
 you owe it  to yourself  to attend this live  conference and find  out the
 right way to  take care of  that expensive  investment. Wondering if  it's
 safe  to bring  the Duo  through  your local  car wash?  Find  out at  the
 conference! Can't  decide  to use  Endust  or  Lemon-Fresh Pledge  on  the
 keyboard? Find out  at the conference! Heard  that dipping the battery  in
 rubbing  alcohol makes  it last  longer? Find  out at  the conference! All
 this and  more can be found  out this Tuesday night,  10/12, at 9:45pm EST
 in the GEnie-MUG conference rooms.  (Visit the conference rooms  by typing

 [Michael] didn't, so he check in with  theJgang in the bulletin board  and
 found  it  out.  Turns  out  that  PICT  is  often  just  as  fabulous  as
 TIFF---except  for one  important case, when  you want  to be  using TIFF.
 Curious  about that case?  Want more details on  the whole  thing? See the
 messages in  GEnie-MUG bulletin  board category 3  ("SOFTWARE: Graphics  &
 CAD/CAM"), topic  4 ("Mac  Graphics Category"),  messages 119Jthrough  the
 end of the topic.

 They've released the latest version of the System  Hardware Update, a disk
 that  holds a potpourri  of enhancements for the  Mac, including fixes for
 the system  software, enhancements  to Disk  First Aid,  and more.  Pretty
 much  everyone  with a  Mac  should  get  this  file---it's big  but  it's
 important (just  like Roseanne!). Jog to  the GEnie-MUG  libraries and see
 file  #30361, System Update 2.0.1, as  soon as you can.  (If you want more
 details about what  exactly this thing will  do for you, investigate  file
 #30363, a short  text file  listing all of  the exciting enhancements  the
 update will give.)

 THAT'S  ALL  for  this week.  Until  next week,  continue  to  explore the

 horizons of your imagination with Macintosh!


 by Randy Noak, Editor STR MAC Division

                             Mail Call, Part II

      Besides the stuff I had left over  from last week, a bunch more stuff
 came in this  week. My wife's pointed glances  at the ever-growing pile of
 mail are becoming  sharper with each passing  day, so I'll try  and finish
 Mail Call for this month so that we can move on  to other things and I can
 stay out of the  doghouse. Also,  I'm going to  intersperse the Mail  Call
 stuff  with a  few press releases that fit right in  with some of our Mail
 Call subjects, so don't think we're at the end of the  column just because
 you see  a press  release.  In fact,  be  sure to  read the  whole  column
 because there is at least one FREEBIE in there! Let's get started!

      Oops!  Before we do though, the standard  warning is in effect. Atari
 users may  want to  consult a  physician before reading  this column.  The
 sight  of    toll-free  numbers,  new  software,  software  upgrades,  and
 full-color glossy catalogs and  magazines may induce an overwhelming  case
 of  MacEnvy. More  sensitive Atari  users  may wish  to skip  reading this
 column altogether.

      Adobe sends notice  that the new version of their auto-trace program,
 Streamline  3.0  is  out.  Lots   of  new  features,  including   pre  and
 post-processing tools. This  is good news.  While previously,  you had  to
 bring  the traced image into  an illustration program  for editing, now it
 looks like Streamline  will allow you to  skip that step.  Also, according
 to the flier, you can now scan directly into Streamline and edit the  bit-
 maps! A big time-saver.  I ordered it, and it should be  here in a week or
 two. When  it arrives, I'll  report my impressions. Until  December 31 the
 upgrade is only $49. Call Adobe at 1-800-642-3623.

      The  new MacUser  came  in today.  Lists the  top  50 CD-ROMS,  a big
 section on  removable drives, an article  on databases, and all  the usual
 good stuff.  MacUser is around 300  pages, glossy,  full-color. Well worth
 the subscription prices  just for all  the software tips it  features each
 month. Call 1-800-627-2247.

      Yet another  catalog house, Mac's Place, sends a catalog. Full-color,
 etc., etc..Some prices  are better than some other mail-order places, some
 worse. It pays to shop around. I've ordered from here before and it  seems
 like they never have  what I've ordered in stock. No problems in receiving
 the  merchandise,  it's  just  taken  longer  than  some other  mail-order
 houses.  They say  they've revamped their  warehouse procedures,  so waits
 may be a  thing of the past.  If the price on  the item you want  is good,
 and you  don't mind  waiting a  couple of  extra days,  I recommend  Mac's
 Place. Call for a catalog. 1-800-814-0009.

      Broderbund software sends notice  that Print Shop Deluxe is available
 to  "loyal Broderbund  customers" for  only $39.95.  Thrown in  is a  free
 Celebrations Folio  with 100  graphics featuring  holiday and  celebration
 themes. Even though I have PageMaker and Adobe Illustrator 5.0 here,  this
 looks interesting. I  figure my 6 year  old daughter could use  Print Shop
 Deluxe to  design her own posters  and not bug me  to do it  for her. I'll
 put this in the "maybe" category. Call 1-800-423-9999.

      Well, how  about that?  American Express  is offering  me a  Platinum
 Card! Only $300 per  year. Sorry guys. Please let me know when you offer a
 Cubic Zirconia card though. Maybe I can afford that.

      I'm really  excited about CD-ROM. I  think that  CD-ROM, or something
 like it, is the  wave of the future. It  looks like Apple agrees  with me,
 since they've announced  Software Dispatch.  Software Dispatch promises to
 do for  software what  Adobe's  Type on  Call has  done for  fonts;  offer
 nearly instant gratification.  You want  software? Insert the  CD-ROM, try
 the demo,  check out the interactive  video that  showcases the software's
 features, call  a toll-free number  and get the  unlocking code that  will
 install the software on your hard drive. Simple  and easy.  Here's Apple's
 press  release (courtesy  GEnie's  GE-MUG Roundtable)  announcing Software
 Dispatch which should answer any  questions you might have about  this new
 way  to order  software,  then we'll  get back  to  Mail Call  with  a new
 magazine that takes the same approach.


                      Apple Launches Software Dispatch

 New 24-Hour Software Delivery System Lets Windows and Macintosh Customers
 Choose From More Than 80 Popular Software Applications on CD-ROM

 SANTA CLARA, California
      October 11, 1993--Apple Computer, Inc. today  introduced an extremely
 convenient way for people to  explore and purchase software  for Macintosh
 and  Windows  personal  computers. Software  Dispatch--a  CD-ROM  delivery
 system as well as a new business  unit at Apple--allows customers to  try,
 compare and buy popular software  applications 24-hours a day,  seven days
 a week,  in the  comfort and convenience  of their home  or office.   When
 customers call the Software Dispatch  1-800 number to order,  they receive
 an  unlocking  key  upon telephone  purchase  that  lets them  immediately
 install  and  use  their  software.  Software  Dispatch CD-ROM  discs  are
 scheduled to be  distributed by mail,  free of  charge beginning  November
 1993 to Macintosh CD-ROM  owners and early 1994 to Windows  CD-ROM owners.
 The  first   Software  Dispatch   CD-ROM  disk   features  more  than   80
 applications,  including  a broad  offering  of  productivity,  utilities,
 education,  games, fonts,  clip  art  and  other applications.    Software
 vendors with products  featured on Software Dispatch CDs include Symantec,
 Claris, Computer Associates,  Intuit, Lotus, Spinnaker and Vividus.   (See
 attachment  for  a  complete  listing.)  "We're   committed  to  providing
 superior  software solutions  to both  Macintosh  and Windows  customers,"
 said  David  Nagel, senior    vice president  and general  manager  of the
 AppleSoft division at  Apple Computer, Inc.   "Software  Dispatch is  more
 than a  new business for Apple--it's  a whole new way  for the industry to
 bring  solutions to  a  broad reach  of  target customers."  With Software
 Dispatch, customers  can now  compare  applications on  their desktop,  as
 well as  order  and  install  software  immediately  without  waiting  for
 overnight  delivery.  Technical  support for  purchased  products  can  be
 easily  referenced  via  a  consolidated list  of  vendors  and  telephone
 support lines on the disk.

      The Shopping  Experience When a  Windows or Macintosh customer  first
 explores the Software  Dispatch CD-ROM disk, a QuickTime movie tutorial is
 available  to explain the trial and purchase  process.  Customers can then
 interactively discover the  features and benefits of specific software via
 guided  tours, limited  trial  versions  and product  information  sheets.
 Once a selection  has been made, the customer  clicks an order button that
 automatically  adds  the software  to  an  electronic  order  form.   When
 customers are ready to  buy, they call the Software Dispatch 800 number to
 receive  a key  that  unlocks the  software  allowing them  to immediately
 install the  application directly from  the CD onto  their hard disk.  The
 unlocking  mechanism  also  gives  customers  access  to  on-line  product
 documentation  that  is   identical  in  content  to   the  print  version
 traditionally delivered in a software box.

      "The  time has  come for  electronic distribution  of software," said
 Scott Schnell, general  manager of  Software Dispatch  at Apple  Computer,
 Inc."  And, Software Dispatch sets  the standard  for convenience, breadth
 and affordability.   We believe that our  electronic superstore--with  its
 easy to use, well organized  information--will appeal to both  current and
 new users of personal computers and applications software."

      Leading-Edge  On-Line  Documentation  Software  Dispatch  takes  full
 advantage  of CD-ROM  storage  capability by  providing more  than  12,000
 pages  of on-line  documentation. Manuals  for each  purchased product are
 presented on  the  desktop  using  Apple's DocViewer  technology  for  the
 Macintosh version of Software  Dispatch and Acrobat Reader  technology for
 Windows from Adobe  Systems Incorporated for  the Windows  version.   Both
 provide  navigational  tools  that  let  readers  quickly  search  through
 documentation to  find the answers that  they need.  The Software Dispatch
 documentation preserves  fonts, layouts, photos  and other visual  graphic
 features and  lets users  move through  pages  instantly using  bookmarks,
 hypertext links  and keyword search functions.   Users may also  print any
 or all manual pages for deskside reference.  Hard copy  documentation will
 also be available from Software Dispatch upon order. 

      "CD-ROM-based  software distribution is  rapidly gaining  momentum in
 the  marketplace," said  David Pratt,  senior vice  president and  general
 manager for  Adobe's Application Products  Division.  "What  distinguishes
 Software Dispatch  as a software shopper's resource  is not only its array
 of available  applications, but advanced electronic  documentation readers
 such  as Acrobat,  that  make the  customer's  experience easier  and more
 consistent." As part of its  offer to software vendors,  Software Dispatch

 assumes responsibility for producing and distributing  the CD-ROMs, giving
 vendors a low risk  means of directly reaching customers in their  home or
 office.   For both  large and  small developers,  Software  Dispatch is  a
 powerful venue  for getting their product  onto a  customer's desktop. "By
 allowing customers to  try before they  buy, Software  Dispatch helps  the
 customer make  a  more informed  decision when  purchasing an  application
 like Quicken," said Eric  Tilenius, Product Manager  at Intuit, Inc.   "By
 actually using  Quicken in the convenience  of their home  or office, they
 find out  just how fast and  easy financial work can  be and as a  result,
 can act on their discovery by making an immediate purchase."

      Availability  Software   Dispatch  for  Macintosh   is  planned   for
 availability November 1993  and Software Dispatch for  Windows is  planned
 for availability  the  first quarter  of  Calendar  Year 1994.    Software
 Dispatch  is planned for availability  in other selected markets worldwide
 beginning  the first  quarter  of Calendar  Year  1994. In  November 1993,
 Software Dispatch  plans  a  direct  mail  campaign  and  direct  response
 advertising.     To  receive  a   free  Software  Dispatch  CD-ROM,   call
 1-800-937-2828, ext-600.

      Software  Dispatch  is  a  business  unit  of  Apple  Computer,  Inc.
 Headquartered  in  Cupertino,  Calif.,  Apple  develops, manufactures  and
 markets  personal computer,  server, and  personal interactive  electronic
 systems for  use in  business, education, the  home, science, engineering,
 and government.    A recognized  pioneer  and  innovator in  the  personal
 computer industry, Apple does business in more than 120 countries.

      Neat, huh?  Well, Club KidSoft has the same idea.   They just sent me
 "the first and only, only-for-kids software magazine and multimedia  kid's
 store."  KidSoft  is  a  tabloid  sized,  full-color,  glossy  combination
 magazine/catalog. The idea  is that kids  can check out  demo versions  of
 software on the  KidSoft CD-ROM  and then  get Mom  and Dad  to order  the
 software. Well, I've  bought my daughter software based on the description
 on the  box at  the software  store and  have been  disappointed when   my
 daughter didn't like  the software after she got it home, so this might be
 a great way for her to  actually try the software before I spend my money.
 I'm going  to subscribe  to this  for $9.95  for 4  issues, complete  with
 CD-ROM.  If  you have  kids,  you  might  want  to check  this  out.  Call

      HOT  TIP!!!   If  you  have  a   CD-ROM  player,   call  Nautilus  at
 1-800-448-2323 and ask them  to send you a  FREE introductory issue  their
 Nautilus  CD Multimedia  Magazine.  That's  right, FREE.  No  shipping, no
 handling.  FREE.  Nautilus  is  an  interactive  magazine  with  QuickTime
 videos, demos, etc.. Anyhow, get the free CD-ROM and check it out.

      While  we're talking  CD-ROM,  Now What  Software publishes  a CD-ROM
 atlas that is a little bit different  from your average atlas. Small  Blue
 Planet features views of the  earth taken by satellites. Looks real  nifty
 and rated  very highly  by all  the big,  print magazines.  Call Now  What
 Software at 1-800-322- 1954. The CD-ROM is $59.00.

      Tiger Software  has a new catalog out with  a special CD-ROM section.
 One of the  featured products  is an NEC  CDR-25 CD-ROM  reader for  $199.
 Even though  the  CDR-25 is  a single-session  drive  (I think),  at  that
 price,  I don't  see  how  you could  go  wrong.  Call Tiger  Software  at
 1-800-666-2562 for a catalog.

      Another  catalog  with a  bunch  of  CD-ROM  stuff is  the  Mac  Zone
 catalog.  This catalog  also has a  14.4/14.4 fax modem  for only $144.98!
 Sheesh!  I paid more than that  for this 2400 baud modem  a few years ago.
 Looks  like I've  about  run out  of  excuses and  can start  planning  on
 retiring my ancient   modem real soon. $144.98! Progress. Call Mac Zone at
 1-800-248-0800 and ask for a catalog.

      Graph Expo returns to Chicago in 1993  and Mac Report will be  there.
 Graph  Expo is  a  trade  show for  the  printing  industry. Huge  6-color
 presses set up and running,  giant binding machines, paper of  every type,
 ink, and enough assorted supplies  and equipment to fill  McCormick Place.
 The last time I  went, it was impressive. I'll be  going again and will do
 a little  mini-report on the  Mac parts  of the show.  For more  info call

      Here's a  flier from Bitstream's Lil  Bits fonts. I  know you've seen
 these.  Star Trek  fonts.  Jetsons fonts,  Looney  Tunes fonts,  and more.
 $13.95 each. Call Bitstream at 1-800-522-FONT.

      Coming in December, "The Ultimate Macintosh  Learning Experience." At
 least that's what this flier  from MacAcademy states. They  are presenting
 a  2  day  workshop  featuring   Claris  Works,  PageMaker,  Word,   Excel
 Filemaker, and  more. Price?  $279. Class  sites are  in Indianapolis  and
 Cleveland, but  I imagine  that they  give these  classes elsewhere  also.
 Call MacAcademy at 1-800-527-1914.

      More font news  from Jonathan Macagba, an  independent type  foundry.
 He's offering some real  nice display fonts for $35 per package.  They all
 are  available for  Windows  too  and both  True  Type  and Type  1's  are
 included. If type is your thing, call 1-800-248-3668 and ask for a  flier.
 As I said, "...real nice...".

      If you are  involved with desktop publishing  or any type  of graphic
 design, you've  got to  get a  subscription to  Before &  After. Before  &
 After is subtitled, "How to  design cool stuff", and they aren't  kidding.
 If  you ever wanted  to know  how to  design ads that  leap off  the page,
 illustrations that  scream, "Pro!",  and all  the neat  stuff that  you've
 seen in  magazines , this  is the  magazine for you.  In my opinion,  this
 magazine is essential. Subscriptions are $35  per year and worth it. Write
 to Before  & After,  1830 Sierra  Gardens Drive, Suite  30, Roseville,  CA

      That's it  for this  week, and  I still  have bunch more  mail to  go
 through. For some reason, it just keeps  coming. Next week we'll try  once
 again  to finish  the mail and  maybe do a  mini-review of  BBEdit, a text
 editing program. Of  course, we'll also feature  any news that we  pick up
 off the  nets. As  always, please  feel  free to  send   your comments  or
 questions to:

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 Codehead Technologies  announces a new version  of their  fabulous WARP 9,
 now  compatible with  the Falcon030.   Read  message #32158  in the  Atari
 Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) for details and upgrade info.


 Download  file BATRIS.ARC  from  LIBRARY 1  of  the Atari  Arts  Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for BATRISK -- a computer version of the board game RISK.


 Download file LOGIN.LZH  from LIBRARY 2  of the  Atari Productivity  Forum
 (GO ATARIPRO) for  a remote log-in program  for the ST.   Primarily useful
 for MiNT/MultiTOS  users who want  to be able  to call their systems  from


 Download file ADR_BO.ZIP from  LIBRARY 6 of the Atari Portfolio  Forum (GO
 APORTFOLIO) for version 1.10 of ADR_BASE; a database for PCs  which shares
 Portfolio Address  Book Files.  Includes improved editing fields. Uploaded
 by  author. Fully  functional  except  SAVE  feature;  implemented  by  EZ
 shareware registration.


 Download file TAXBAS.ZIP from  LIBRARY 7 of the Atari  Portfolio Forum (GO
 APORTFOLIO)  for taxcalc.  This version supports  both French and English.
 For use with PBASIC, the Taxcalc calculates the  cost of purchase with the
 sales tax added or calculates how much tax  you paid on a purchase.   Also
 calculates Canadian GST
 and PST taxes.



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

 Hidi ho good  neighbors.  Its time once  again to take a  leisurely stroll
 through the  Atari forums  here on  CompuServe where  you can  always find
 information on the latest and greatest products for your dear old ST.

 This  week's column is  going to be a  little shorter  than normal because
 I've been shuttling back  and forth  between home and  hospital to see  my
 grandmother who has  recently had  a heart attack  and several very  nasty
 infections.  Hopefully  this situation  will ease  up for  me shortly,  so
 look for this column to again swell to its normal size.

 Well, let's get on with the good stuff...

 From the Atari Productivity forum

 Mary Slate tells us:

 "I could really use help here.  Instead of "appending to" I "saved to"
 a text file that I simply can't lose.  Is there a program anywhere
 that I could use to get some of the data back?  I know about undeletes
 but that doesn't seem to be the problem here.  Major sick feeling in
 stomach is also a problem."

 Albert Dayes, that all-knowing, all-seeing guy from Atari Explorer
 Magazine, tells Mary:

 "It sounds like you just lost everything you saved previously.  Unless
 your program automatically creates a backup of the file everytime it
 saves that would be your only hope.  The only other suggestion would
 be if the file you saved was bigger than the one just saved (but
 should have appended).  One could search the disk looking at all
 sectors that have ascii text/word processor text and see if you can
 find any remnants of the file.  This is also assuming that you have
 not saved anything to the disk yet.  If its a floppy it shouldn't be
 too bad.  But hard disk it might take a long time.

 Also if you have an old backups you could use the old backup plus the
 remnants plus the new file to attempt to recreate the file you had

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Mary:

 "As Albert mentioned, recovering your file will be very difficult if
 you've saved anything else to the disk since accidentally doing that
 "Save" instead of an "Append".

 However, if you HAVEN'T put anything else on the disk since then,
 there MAY be hope of recovering some or even most of your file.

 (One question.. is the file on a floppy or hard disk..?)

 When you overwrite a file, my understanding of how the process works
 is that the computer will FIRST write the new version of the file to
 unused sectors on the disk, and THEN mark the original file's sectors
 as unused (this prevents losing the original file in case of a system
 crash or loss of power while it's saving the file).

 What that means is that your original file should still be there, but
 its sectors have been marked as unused, so the next time you save
 something, it could use those sectors and permanently destroy them.
 That's why you shouldn't save ANYTHING to the disk until you've
 recovered all you can.

 Now.. since your file is text, it makes the operation a lot easier,
 since you can actually read the data and determine what order the
 sectors should be in.  (It also helps a lot if the disk wasn't
 fragmented when the original file was saved, so the sectors will all
 be in order).

 Here's the tricky part...  there IS a program specially designed to
 recover lost files just like yours..  in fact, I believe its name is

 The problem will be finding a copy of the program for you.  I'm not
 sure if we have it in our library here or not..  (I do know that I
 should have it here at home somewhere, but my ST is not working at the
 moment, so I can't search my disks..  :(

 This program will let you look at the sectors on a disk, one by one,
 and decide whether it's a part of your original file.. if it is, it
 will copy the sector into a buffer, and when you've found all you can,
 it will write the buffer back to a disk as a new file.  It can be a
 long, painful process, but it CAN recover most, or all, of a lost file
 like yours.

 I'll see if I can locate the program for you...

 Another thing that might be useful to check into is using a
 commercially available disk utility program like Diamond Edge to try
 to recover the sectors of your file.  I don't know if this is
 specifically among its capabilities, but it would be worth looking

 A number of our members use Diamond Edge, and can probably tell us if
 it would help you get your file back.

 The good news is that I've done exactly the same thing myself, more
 than once..  (!),  and have managed to get most of my work back this

 Carl Barron chimes in and posts:

 "I dl'ed a bunch of 'file recovery' routines the other day, after
 finding that a file that I just wrote contained a bad sector.  These
 include dcsalvage.arc, recover.arc, salvage.arc, disksave.arc If these
 are not here [they were downloaded from the 'competition'] holler....
 diamond edge has a 'simple' recover deleted file function, as well as
 its 'mirror' file recovery system.   This function assumes the media
 is perfect...."

 Bob Retelle tells Carl:

 "I did find the RECOVER program that I was thinking of in the library
 here..    I was hoping that maybe Diamond Edge, or another commercial
 program might have a similar function as it might be easier to use or
 maybe more well documented for someone who's not really familiar with
 the internal structure of a disk...

 Thanks for the offer of the other programs too.. if RECOVER doesn't
 work for Mary's problem, maybe we could try some of those...


 I found the utility I'd mentioned here in our Software Library #4...
 it's name is  RECOVR.ARC

 It may be a long shot, but it might help you get some of your file

 Mary tells Bob and Albert:

 "I thank you kindly.  It was a hard disk, and I haven not saved
 anything to that sector since the stupidity ensued.  Time and effort
 are not an issue if I can save anything, and I'm very grateful for the
 advice.  Very.  I've been meaning to get a Diamond Utility, but, well,
 you know, put it off...    I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks

 Albert asks Mary:

 "How big is the partition that the file is in?  If you have Supra hard
 disk utilities like SUP EDIT you can view each sector in a GEM window.
 If you don't have it you can download a copy of the SUPRA hard disk
 utilities in the (GO ATARIVEN).  You can then write down all the
 sectors that have information that looks like part of your file."

 Jonnie Santos asks:

 "Would anyone happen to know what the folder limit is for TOS 1.62
 (Rainbow TOS) for the STe?

 I'm wondering if I should continue to use FOLDRXXX.PRG or the extra
 folder switch that comes with the ICD utilities.

 Inquiring minds would love to know...  <grin>"

 Albert Dayes tells Jonnie:

 "I don't think it matters which one you use ICD's or FOLDERXXX.PRG.
 They both do the same thing.  Just make sure you are using one or the
 other all the time."

 Sysop Bob Retelle adds:

 "The program code in the newer versions of TOS are a lot better at
 freeing up the memory pool used by directories and folders, but since
 that memory is used by a lot of things, it's still safer if you use a
 utility like FOLDERXXX to expand the amount of memory available for

 If you have a lot of memory in your STe, it makes good sense to use a
 little of it as "insurance"."

 Henri Tremblay asks:

 "Does Atari Works really require 2 megs of RAM?  I suppose you need
 that space to use Speedo GDOS.  Too bad I only have an old 1040.
 Atari should offer an ST-to-Falcon exchange because I miss the extra
 RAM when looking at new software."

 Brian Gockley of ST Informer tells Henri:

 "I think you could run it _without- Speedo on a 1040? But you couldn't

 Sysop Jeff Kovach adds:

 "I believe that Atari Works also requires a hard drive.  I've heard
 that it creates a CLIPBRD folder on the C: drive, and bombs if the C:
 drive doesn't exist.  If this is true, one might be able to get around
 it by creating a C:  ramdisk."

 Brian tells Jeff:

 "Yeah, a hard drive is really a necessity for _a lot_ of programs

 Jonnie Santos asks for help:

 "My old Supra used to make this god awful whirring noise when it got
 hot.  I ended up putting an even noisier fan in it to help the whine.
 Supra explained it as some type of grounding strap.

 Well folks, my new Quantum drive is just starting to do this
 intermittently. I tell you it's unnerving and since you don't know when
 the noise will start it can really stifle one's creativity.

 Any suggestions out there, please?"

 Mike Mortilla tells Jonnie:

 "I've been using a Quantum 85 for a couple of months now and don't
 notice any noise. Could the drive be defective? I have a low profile
 model and don't think it has a fan (it doesn't seem to need one!)

 If the drive doesn't get hot (or the power supply) maybe the fan can
 be disconnected? I also use 44 Syquests and they are noisy as heck!
 But I don't use them for music applications (ie-on my sampler or Stacy
 (it has a quiet Connor drive)."

 Kris Gasteiger tells Jonnie:

 "The info about the grounding strap was correct. As I understand it,
 there is a copper strap that is held in contact with the spindle of
 your hard drive to dissipate static build up. Friction is the cause of
 the noise. The fixes I've heard about tend to be temporary.

 One fix, is to put an extremely tiny drop of oil on the end of the
 spindle contacted by the ground strap. Oil attracts dirt, so the less
 oil, the better.

 The other fix involves loosening the strap.

 I've even heard recommendations to throw it out all together.

 Any of these "fixes" are temporary at best, and you are probably
 better off backing up the drive, and replacing it. (expensive, I know,
 but what's your data worth?) Then again, maybe you could stuff the
 drive into a down pillow..."

 John Daniano of Transierra has a cute suggestion:

 "Why not completely soak the outside of the disk drive with oil.  That
 way all dirt would be attracted to the outside of the drive and none
 would reach the vital interior mechanisms.  Sort of like a foam
 motorcycle air filter."

 Jonnie joins in the fun and tells John:

 "No, no, no...  I'm building an oil bath and will run the drive fully

 Seriously though - mechanical devices have too much personality.
 There's always something to watch out for or rather wait for to happen
 to.  Oh well, such is life."

 Kris Gasteiger tells John (Damiano):

 "Only one problem I can think of... the spindle, it breaches the case,
 the spindle bearing is the seal, and the oil would probably seep in,
 causing head crashes. (Talk about headaches...<G>).

 Now, if the whole thing were sealed in a filtered oil bath, things
 might never squeal, but I imagine the drive would have problems due to
 the viscosity of the oil (it would slow down the seek rate, platter,
 and probably the heads would float A LOT higher off the platter
 surface. There may even be a cavitation problem... Nasty that, can eat
 poorly designed bridge abutments in no time, probably could chew up
 drive heads as easily.).

 I look forward to multi-megabyte, solid state, non volatile storage.
 It can't be to far in the future."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Kris:

 "Coincidentally I was just reading an article about high-capacity hard
 drives, and liquid filled drives are one of the things that the
 manufacturers are looking into..

 Apparently the liquid would allow the heads to float much closer to
 the disk platters, allowing a higher signal strength, and thus higher
 recording density.

 One problem they still haven't solved is centrifugal force tending to
 throw the liquid off of the platters to the outside edge.

 They need to work out a circulation system that can compensate for

 Interesting concept...  I wonder if you'd have to change the oil
 after every 6 million seeks...?"

 John Damiano adds:

 "Yeah...STP for your Connor drive.  Slick 50 for the old Rodime."

 Bob tells John:

 "Heh... I've got a couple of good old Rodimes that could use a shot of
 Slick 50..!

 They sound like my Toyota's front wheel bearings..."

 Jonnie Santos tells us more about his hard drive problem:

 "It's a brand new drive and I'm thinking maybe it's just going through
 a break-in period.

 Why?  Because my old Supra behaved that way when it was used for
 prolonged periods of time (it didn't have a fan in it until I got

 And this drive has made the noise very briefly - maybe 6 times since
 I've had it.  All the times it's done it is within the first few hours
 of operation. I let the thing run all weekend and no problem at all.

 I've got Diamond Back II and will back up everything this evening. If
 it makes the noise again I will ship it back.  I talked to them on
 their BBS and in person and both times they have been very nice and
 very professional and have told me I can send it back and they'll
 check it out.

 My concern sending it back with an intermittent problem is that it's
 been my experience in the past that intermittent problems drive
 technicians absolutely up the wall.  They're very hard to detect and
 very hard to get the problem to demonstrate itself upon command.  The
 tech ends up thinking you're looney-tunes and you end up angry.  I've
 been through these type of issues with Hi-Fi equipment and Cars and
 until the problem is blatantly obviously it's a headache trying to get
 it serviced.

 Your input is graciously accepted.  At least you didn't tell me I
 should of saved my money and bought Big Blue!  <grin>  ...I hear
 enough of that at work any time I buy something for my STe!"

 John tells us about one innovative "fix" for these hard drives:

 "Dave Small (of Gadgets by Small) said he used to shoot his bad HD's.
 He said he powered them up and shot them with an assault rifle of some
 sort.   He also said they put on a good show after you did that."

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 Greg Wageman tells Sysop-meister, Ron Luks:

 "Some time ago you asked for comments about the use of company vs.
 individual names within the forums.  I've given this issue some
 thought, and here are my comments.

 As far back as I can remember, these forums have had a policy against
 the use of "handles" or nicknames for individuals, requesting that we
 instead use our full names.  Never having gotten into "handles"
 (except for a brief stint on CB radio [the real thing, not the
 simulation :-) ]) I have never had any objection to this policy, and
 in fact I support it.

 It seems to me that when individuals are posting their personal
 opinions about matters completely unrelated to product support, they
 ought to be posting under their own names.  Posting personal diatribes
 under "Computer Merkin Inc." in my opinion violates the restriction on
 handles.  If Joe Righteous is posting his opinions, he should do it as
 Joe Righteous.

 It is particularly annoying to me, when as many as three or four
 individuals are posting from the same account; it makes it
 particularly difficult to engage in a coherent discussion when the
 "face" behind the name keeps changing.

 Of course these comments do NOT extend to customer support issues,
 which I feel ARE best served by an official company account regardless
 of how many people use it.  I am only concerned with people posting
 individual opinions under the masthead of a company identity.

 I will make it my personal policy to assume that anything posted
 under an a company's name can be taken to be the official position of
 that company, just as I bear the responsibility for postings bearing
 my name and PPN."

 Mike Mortilla tells Greg:

 "I recently commented on the following handle:

 -User Name- [Atari]

 I was convinced that the guy represented Atari. I guess it indicates
 he is *USING* an Atari, but he speaks with a certain "authority" and
 many (myself included) have asked ???s related to Atari practices,
 availability, etc., and he answered as straight as an Atari rep might.

 I don't know the history of this type of handle usage, but it would
 seem that it is misleading in the current situation. I won't log a
 complaint (I really don't care) but I will be sure to ask in the
 future, if someone is an "official" rep for company or not.

 BTW, if you're interested in the thread, it's in the MIDI Users forum,
 atari section under the thread: In a Huff, Over Puff.'

 Albert Dayes of At... oh heck, if you don't know who Albert is by
 now, you're in bad shape... anyway, Albert tells Mike:

 "I thought some of the [NAME] indicates what forum someone is from.  I
 know some sysops use that method around Compuserve when they are in a
 different forum other than their own."

 Ron Luks tells Greg:

 "I agree that personal diatribes under corporate accounts are often and
 correctly taken as corporate statements.  This rarely happens outside
 of the Atari forums (in my experience) but when it does, it should
 CLEARLY state that this is a personal opinion and not a corporate

    We are working towards clarification along the lines you suggested.

    Thanks for the feedback."

 Bob Ledbetter asks:

 "Would someone please tell me the differences between EditTrack II,
 EditTrack Gold, and EditTrack Platinum?"

 Mike Mortilla tells Bob:

 "They're all different releases of the same program. Editrack II is
 fairly outdated. Editrack Gold was the release just before platinum
 and while the program works quite well, it is not the currently
 distributed version. Platinum geos for about $199 list. Gold was about
 $100 and I think II was about $60.

 If you starting out and can get a used or "left over inventory" of
 Gold you'll be a happy camper. But you'll probably want to upgrade for
 all the cool features in Platinum. I think there is a demo version in
 the MIDIAVEN forum (Barefoot) which is fully functional except for the
 SAVE feature. I can't think of a better way of finding out if you want
 to buy it! And the author is the section SYSOP (Stefan Daystrom) so
 any ???s can go directly to the guy who would know <g>.

 BTW, why didn't you use the MIDI/Music area of the Atariarts forum?
 It sure gets lonely over there."

 Lee Seiler at Lexicor Software tells us:

 "Just as a matter of interest Atari will be featured as part of a
 counter point to Microsoft NT, in an up coming PBS program. It is
 Computer Chronicles seen here in the SF Bay Area on Friday and

 So there are some Atari developers who have managed to demonstrate
 that the ATARI can hold it's own, In fact now that I think about's sorta interesting that Atari would be considered a competitive
 point for NT.

 I would think that if Developers can generate National and
 international exposure like this then the Platform can not be all that

 From the Atari Vendors Forum

 Donny Leggett asks:

 "Can anyone give me the address and or phone # of a vendor that can
 repair a MEGA2 for a reasonable cost and/or sell me a TT030 for a good

 Ron Luks asks Donny:

 "Where (geographically) are you located? (East coast, west coast,

 Also-- what's wrong with the Mega2?  It may or may not be worth
 repairing depending on the problem."

 Donny tells Ron:

 "I'm located in Yuma, Arizona....i know the floppy is fried.. but I
 tried the floppy in my ST, no good..didn't work.. and the guy that
 gave me the Mega said the GLU chip would freak out every now and then..
 but now its just dead..but then again..his wife threw the Mega2 across
 a room before he gave it to me(LONGGG story..) Any help u can give me
 would be great...."

 Ron tells Donny:

 "Sysop*Jeff Kovach in Atari8 and Atariarts is located in Arizona.  Drop
 him a note and I'm sure he can point you in the right direction.  (I'm
 on the east coast and can't help much)"

 Donny adds:

 "I'm interested in buying a TT030. The problem is I've never read a
 review or even heard that much about the machine, only that it exits..
 If anyone out there can give me some tech specs or even give me your
 review of the machine would be great.. Also i've heard of the STBook,
 i'd like info on this also..if u have it.. And also if anyone has a
 phone# to a vendor that sell either of the two,so much the better...
 Thanx....Once again..."

 Ron tells Donny:

 "The STBook was never sold in the USA.  It was sold briefly in Europe
 before it was cancelled totally.  I'd suggest avoiding it like the

 The TT is now being used as the development machine for the upcoming
 Jaguar game unit.  When it was first introduced, it received a lot of
 criticism for its lack of compatibility with existing ST/STe software.
 It was effective 'cancelled' by Atari Corp and only got a second life
 as the Jaguar development machine.  I don't have a TT but a few of our
 members did purchase one.  I'll let them tell you its good points.
 Personally, I can't think of any myself."

 John Trautschold of Missionware Software tells Ron:

 "You can't think of any good points about the TT???  My oh My...
 True, there were a lot of compatibility problems between game software
 and the TT, but then the TT wasn't designed to run games.  It was
 designed to run professional, business software, and for that it
 succeeds tremendously.

 The TT is fast - amazingly fast, and even faster if you add in a
 screen accelerator program like Warp 9.

 Have you ever seen the TT drive a large monitor like the TTM195?
 That's 1280 x 960 resolution, and for programs like PageStream,
 Calamus, DynaCADD, Flash II, Lattice C, and on and on and on, it
 really smokes. I would never want to go back again to a straight 8 MHz
 ST for running those programs again.  The TT runs at 33 MHz using a
 68030 processor. For its price, it beats any other Atari computer
 hands-down.  Heck, it even beats most DOS machines running Windows
 (and I'm talking 486 DX - 33MHz machines).

 I run AutoCAD a lot at work on my 486DX-33MHz PC.  Yea, it's ok, but
 it doesn't even compare to DynaCADD on the TT.  Not even close.

 Try redrawing a screen in MS Word for Windows.  Time the speed of the
 redraw.  Then time the speed of a redraw under PageStream with Warp 9
 running in the background.  There's no comparison.

 Ever try changing a HD in a clone?  After disassembling the entire
 box and taking apart a myriad of wires, you finally get to the HD.
 Fine.  Put the new one in and try setting it up.  After fooling around
 for maybe a half hour to and hour (if you know what you're doing)
 fiddling with CMOS setup, etc, you may get it all to work. On the TT
 all you need to do is remove one screw.  The entire HD bay pops out.
 Disconnect the cables, put the new HD in and reconnect the cables.
 Put the HD bay back in and screw it down.  Power the machine up and it
 *automatically* recognizes the new drive, size and type. That's nice -
 and we can thank SCSI for that.

 Oh, I could go on and on, but I won't.  :-)  Obviously you've never
 had a chance to play with a TT.  That's too bad because you don't know
 what you're missing.  Sheldon Winick, owner of Computer Studio in
 Asheville, NC, sold (and still sells) a lot of TTs.  Why, because they
 are the best darn computer Atari ever made.  We all wish Atari had
 marketed it better, but then again the same could be said for all of
 their products.  If you can get your hands on a TT - DO IT!  It's well
 worth the investment."

 From the Atari Portfolio Forum

 The Big Cahoona himself, Master Sysop Ron Luks posts:

 "It's time to make some changes in the online support for our favorite
 Atari Portfolio palmtop computer.

 Although we have long maintained Portfolio support in a stand alone
 forum, I no longer think that this policy is in the best interest of
 Portfolio owners and CompuServe customers.

 Henceforth, we will be closing down the Atari Portfolio Forum and
 merging its activity into the more generic Palmtop Forum in the next
 few weeks.  (Target date for the merger is October 22nd or shortly

 I consider this a 'win-win' situation for Portfolio owners. There
 will be a distinct message section and library for The Atari
 Portfolio. All our current Portfolio files will be transferred to the
 new forum. (Unfortunately, there is no way to move the existing
 message threads, so we'll have to begin them anew.)

 Your favorite sysops (BJ, Marty and Judy) will be available in the
 Palmtop forum to help with your Portfolio questions and you will also
 have access to the largest universe of palmtop computer enthusiasts
 available on any online service.  Don Thomas from Atari Corp has
 indicated that he will be happy to "move over" to our new support area
 and continue his participation.

 During the "moving period" you will see some consolidation and "dust
 flying" in this forum.  We regret this, but there is no other way to
 facilitate the move process.

 If you have any questions, please send them to me and I will promise
 you a prompt reply."

 Ken Lepper tells us:

 "OK....I've been away from the forums for a while.  What's a Jaguar?

 (Besides a very big and fast cat that can have a nasty temper and bite
 your head off for breakfast)..."

 Ron Luks fills Ken in:

 "Jaguar is the name of Atari Corps new videogame console.  Its a
 64-bit RISC chip unit that is rumored to have outstanding graphics at
 a $200 price tag.

 Of course, software is the key element in this picture.  The
 competition is a 3DO unit at $700 and a unit from Silicon
 Graphics/Nintendo with a price of around $250.  (just announced)

 Atari is in partnership with IBM who will actually manufacture the
 game unit.  That's the good news.

 Atari will be in control of the sales and marketing and software
 support for the unit.  That's the "other" news.

 Jaguar discussions take place in the JAGUAR section of the Atari8
 Forum (soon to be renamed ATARIGAMES FORUM)."

 Ken thanks Ron and asks the sixty-four thousand dollar question:

 "Thank you.  What is Atari's direction these days?  I still have an 8
 year old 520ST jammed with 4 meg of memory and lots of extras that I
 use, although I spend most of my time in the PC world now due to its
 success and my business requirements.  I also continue to use my
 Portfolio.  I am trying out a Psion3a which has a better display and
 some nice scheduling functions, but I don't think that it is any more
 functional overall than the Port."

 Ron tells Ken:

 "It *looks* like they are going into videogames almost exclusively,
 but you never know what they are really doing........"

 Neil Gaiman tells us:

 "It's been ages since I've done anything exciting with my Portfolio, and
 have decided that it's time to get another card. The current one is
 128K and it's just too small. What size, how much and what's the
 easiest place to get them, should I want to upgrade...?"

 Ron tells Neil:

 "Currently, the 128k card is still the biggest SRAM card available for
 the Portfolio.  There is a bigger FLASH RAM card (512k) from Optrol
 but it has some peculiarities attached to it...

 FLASH RAM does not work the same as SRAM.  (i.e.- when you delete a
 file, you don't get the space back.  You have to run a compression
 utility to get back the space from deleted files.) peculiarities.

 We've heard no problems about reliability so far and FLASH RAM cards
 are appearing for other palmtop units (the Newton, the Psions)."

 Mark Reeves posts:

 "The OPTROL Flash cards are back at the end of this month, yes that's
 right 1M, 2M, and even the elusive 4M card.. More details forth

 Miles Taub asks:

 "Does anyone know of a utility that will convert an .ADR file to a
 file that can be read by Commence 2.0?"

 JF Davington tells Miles:

 "I am not familiar with Commence but if it recognizes comma delimited
 fields there are three or four utilities up in the libs that will make
 a comma delimited format file from an .ADR file.  I wrote two of them.
 Check out CSVCVRT.ZIP, it offers 4 different field patterns and works
 both on the Port and a PC."

 Well folks, that's  it for this week...hmmmm, about  29k long this week?!?
 Well, I guess  that when you've got good  material, its hard to stop.   At
 any rate, that's  it for this week.  Be  sure to stop by again and  have a
 heapin' helpin' of their hospitality (can you  tell that I'm a product  of
 the TV  age?)   And always  remember to  listen  to what  they are  saying

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


 > FRONT & CENTER STR Feature                   Takin' a look!

                         What's Happening at Atari?

 By Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.
 Editor, Current Events

 A compilation of some of the more interesting questions and answers from 
 the 10/1/93 "Dateline Atari!  with Bob Brodie" conference  on the  GEnie 
 ST RT.   Captures of the conference were furnished to STReport by one of 
 our readers.
 The main thrust of Bob's introductory comments were devoted to the  Jag-
 uar.  Programmers,  game testers, artists, and musicians are all working 
 hard to get the Jaguar ready for its first deliveries next month.
 Bob  mentioned that the Jaguar had a full four color page layout in  the 
 Cutting  Edge feature of the October issue of Game Pro  magazine.  Also, 
 The Die Hard Game Fan magazine, as of issue #11, will be beginning a new 
 section called "Jaguar's Domain".   Bob said,  "The Jaguar's Domain also 
 features a four page, full color layout of screen shots from Jaguar tit-
 les including Raiden,  Tiny Toons,  Crescent Galaxy,  Club Drive, Cyber-
 morph, and more."
 While many of the gamers magazines seem to be excited about the  Jaguar, 
 one,  EGM,  seems to be biased against Atari.  Bob said he's talked with 
 the people at EGM and hope that things get better. He feels that part of 
 the  problem "might be that there are a number of people there that  are 
 former employees of Atari, including the publisher." But with EGM's sis-
 ter publication attacking the president of Atari, Bob doesn't think that 
 he has a lot of leverage to change things though.
 Bob was asked about when the Jaguars will be shipping and where  they'll 
 be  shipped to and if there will be a 800 line available (like the  LYNX 
 had) for people to order who don't live in the initial test markets.

 When  asked if Dallas might be a third test market for the  Jaguar,  Bob 
 did not reply.  But he did say that there hasn't been any consumer  runs 
 produced yet, only a pilot production run. However, there are now enough 
 units available to send to current and potential developers to use  and/ 
 or  evaluate.  He wouldn't say when the first consumer run will be  made 
 but  felt  the system will be available for purchase the  weekend  after 
 Thanksgiving. Atari feels they can sell at least 50,000 Jaguar units be-
 fore the holiday season ends.
 The  retailers don't want the Jaguar to sell via a 800 line - at  least, 
 not at first.  But there will be a help line "to give out  hints,  tips, 
 and easter eggs."

 When  asked about the rumors that some mail order houses  are  currently 
 taking orders for the Jaguar, Bob said that Atari will not be selling to 
 any of the mail order firms this year.  However,  there is a chance that 
 some units might be sold via the mail order route. And there's a possib-
 ility "that at least one of the retailers will, over our objections, try 
 to  go national with their units.  Bob also said that he felt the  rumor 
 that Atari had purchased a display section at Toys 'R Us wasn't true.
 What about censoring violent or sexually orientated games?   Bob replied 
 that while there are no current plans to censor any titles, so far there 
 are no titles that might cause censorship problems.
 What's the price of the Jaguar going to be? How about the rumor floating 
 around one of the mags that say the 'JagCD' might cost $350?   According 
 to Bob, Atari doesn't expect that the Jaguar's CD units to cost $350 but 
 he wouldn't say what prices that the Jaguar (with and without CD  units) 
 would be selling for.
 Are there any advanced controllers in the Jaguars future?  While Bob was 
 not aware of Atari planning any such controller, one game developer he's 
 spoke to plans on selling a new controller along with his fighting  game 
 - a game that competes with Street Fighter II.
            - Now for some Falcon030 and general information -
 How  about a CD Rom for the Falcon that would be evolved from  the  low-
 cost Jaguar CD Rom?   How about the SCSI to DMA board so SLM owners  can 
 use their laser printers on the Falcon? Is Atari developing CD's for the 
 STe and/or Falcon?
 According to Bob, "the interface for the Jaguar CD ROM is different from 
 the Falcons, so I don't see that as a common project." The Falcon030 can 
 use industry standard CD ROMs _right now_ via the SCSI port. Also, while 
 Atari  is creating a developer CD for the Falcon,  he doesn't feel  that 
 Atari has enough manpower to do other types of CD's,  he says there  are 
 developers with CD ROM products for the Atari Falcon030.  After speaking 
 with Bill Rehbock,  he feels that a solution to the SCSI/DMA problem  is 
 close to being solved.
 Will  TOS 5.0 be only for the Falcon or will it be for general use  like 
 TOS 2.06?  Bob wasn't positive what will happen but he doesn't expect it 
 to be in EPROM or ROM form, and does expect it to be "Multi-TOS" like.
 As far as price cuts for the Falcon030,  Bob doesn't feel that there are 
 any current plans to do so.
 Will Atari have a booth at CES? According to Bob, Terry Valeski, the re-
 cently hired marketing director, "is hard at work on a number of things, 
 including the CES Show.  I don't know where our booth will be,  but  I'm 
 sure  we will have a very big presence at the show.  We really  want  to 
 show the Jaguar off in a big way at this show."


 > Atari Classics STR InfoFile

                           ATARI CLASSICS UPDATE

 OCTOBER, 1993

 Hello peoples, just thought I'd say a few things about ATARI CLASSICS

 First, the February '93 Back Issue of AC is sold out.  Sorry, no more
 left, do not order them.  Back Issue sales generally have tended to keep
 pace with the growth of the magazine, which as of today stands at about
 530 paid subscribers.  I still have a goodly supply of all other Back
 Issues of the magazine, but Back Issues of the AC Software Disks are now
 running low.

 Despite severe problems/delays caused by this nasty flu thing that's
 going around (it hit both me & our Publisher at about the same time, not
 fun!), the October AC is pretty much on track.  It is presently at the
 printer, & we expect the press run to be released about Oct. 18.  Our
 mailer will likely have it posted by Oct. 20, which means 90% of readers
 will probably have it in their hands by Oct. 30.  A tad later than I'd
 like, but not too bad considering the recent ravages of Nature.

 The October AC contains a few new directions I hope readers will like,
 including two interesting photo-essay articles, a new Columnist, & last
 but not least the triumphant return of The 8-Bit Alchemist with a neat
 little audio hack for the XL/XE.

 About 70% of our total subscription base expires this month.  Nearly 400
 renewal notices were sent out to those folks during the last week of
 September.  I am pleased to say that as of this date roughly 40% of our
 original core subscribers have renewed.  Renewal orders are coming in
 quite a bit faster than I anticipated, which I hope means our readers are
 satisfied with the value of the publication.  Some of the little notes of
 praise & encouragement penned in the margins of the subscription forms
 are very heartwarming.  Many former subscribers who did not take our Disk
 are now adding the Disk to their renewal-- most gratifying.  We are
 looking for a 90% renewal rate by December 1 to keep the mag going on a
 sound financial basis.  If the present trend of renewals continues I
 think we will have no problem!

 The October AC Software Disk was mailed out Oct.8-9.  I anticipate the
 Disk will be 95% delivered by October 16.  As of this date AC has
 approximately 325 Disk subscribers.

 I am now commencing production on the December AC.  This will be a very
 special issue.  Bob Woolley & I began laying plans for this issue nearly
 a year ago. The major focus will be on 8-bit video.  Those of you who
 liked my SuperVideo 2.0 in Current Notes a few years will *LOVE* the
 December AC! Would you believe, SuperVideo 2.1XL?  Yep, I improved it. 
 And transplanted it to the 600XL & the 1200XL.  You XE people, never
 fear, Charles Cole will present Super Video for the XE.  Bob Woolley will
 blow your mind with a wonderful article on how to hook up BOTH your XEP80
 AND your 40-column output to a TTL monitor, for ALL the 8-bit machines. 
 Jeff Potter has contributed a really neat little BASIC prg that lets you
 properly adjust your color pot, & I'll be following that up with a
 hardware tutorial on how the color circuit works.  To round things out we
 have a Contributing Author who describes how he got his 8-bit to work
 with a multi-sync monitor, & I'll present REV 2.0 of my infamous
 80-Column Switcher.  And finally it is rumored that our mysterious
 Fitting Room columnist will have something to blend with our December
 video theme. 

 What with all the photographs, schematics, & circuit board diagrams, the
 editing job facing me in the next 4 weeks is staggering.  I will do my
 best to present this material on time, & with the best possible graphics. 
 With the December issue of AC it is our intention to write the final
 chapter on video hardware in our Classic machines.  Stuff that has been
 competently tested, & WORKS. You hackers out there will have enough
 material in the December AC to burn out several soldering irons during
 the coming winter.

 Ahhh... but if you don't renew-- or you don't subscribe at all-- you will
 miss the boat.

                                BEN POEHLAND
                   The 8-Bit Alchemist & Managing Editor,
                          ATARI CLASSICS Magazine
                          179 Sproul Road/Rt. 352
                         Frazer, PA 19355-1958 USA



 > EASY UPGRADE STR InfoFile   Upgrade Warp 9 "The Easy Way"

 For immediate release
 Friday, October 7, 1993

      :                                     :
      :   CodeHead Technologies announces   :
      :   A New Update Policy for Warp 9    :
      :                                     :

You asked and we listened!

Many of our customers have asked for an easier way to obtain their Warp 9
upgrades.  Until now, we've required the return of your original disk in
order to receive most upgrades.

Effective immediately, CodeHead Technologies will accept upgrade orders
from registered owners of Warp 9 without the return of your original disk.

Upgrade orders may be placed in E-Mail on GEnie, Compuserve, Delphi, our
own BBS, by phone, FAX, or mail.  All that is required is that we have
proof of your ownership of Warp 9 by one of the following means:

  1. Inclusion in our database from your registration card.
  2. Direct purchase with an invoice from CodeHead.
  3. Return of original disk.
  4. Receipt from a dealer showing Warp 9 purchase.

If you have any questions, give us a call.  We value our customers'
satisfaction and listen to your suggestions.  The Warp 9 v3.80 upgrade is
$25 plus $3 shipping ($4 Canada, $6 overseas).  It comes on two disks,
includes dozens of interesting and entertaining screensaver modules, and
now has Falcon and SpeedoGDOS compatibility.  For more information about
the features of Warp 9 v3.80, read the online press release that was
issued as W9UPDATE.TXT on September 17, 1993. 

For more information, contact:

   CodeHead Technologies
   PO Box 74090
   Los Angeles, CA 90004

   Tel (213) 386-5735   Mon-Fri 9AM-1PM
   Fax (213) 386-5789
   BBS (213) 461-2095

   Compuserve: 76004,2232
   Delphi: EIDSVOOG


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

 - New York City, NY                          ATARI STOCK GOES CRAZY!

                    *--*  10-15-93  -  10:25:39am  *--*
             atc    7.250  +  0.500 at 10:12 on  619600 shares

      While  finishing the  day's trading  at a  over  twice the  number of
 shares indicated and  at least close to two million shares by the time the
 bell rang, observers  could only guess at the  causes of the action.   The
 major speculation is  twofold.  One is a  major bond issue, and the second
 and  far more  believable is  that there  may  be a  much anticipated  and
 overdue announcement forthcoming relative  to the control of  the company.

      Many insiders  have indicated  "it was  time for a  change" and  some
 have stated the company and its developed technology was  indeed for sale.
 Meanwhile, it  was  also rumored  that,  incredibly,  Atari would  not  be
 attending Comdex  Fall'93 in Vegas.   Of course,  that can change but  for
 the time being, this seems to be the case.


                       STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON"

 > A "Quotable Quote"        "Christmas '93 will tell the tale!"

             "....about product acceptance, THE HOLIDAY SALES"
                         ARE the TALE OF THE TAPE!"
                                    ..from "Tracking TOP Sales Records"


 Q: What's the difference between Jurassic Park and IBM?

 A: One is a complex and expensive theme park, filled with dinosaurs and
    unreliable equipment... and the other is a Steven Spielberg movie...

                                             .....(Stolen by) Nadine


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