ST Report: 19-Nov-93 #947

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 11/20/93-09:59:41 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 19-Nov-93 #947
Date: Sat Nov 20 21:59:41 1993

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

      Comdex, Comdex everywhere.... The entire Las Vegas showplace is
 dominated this year by the IBM and MAC platforms with a push toward total
 cross-platform compatibility with the Quadra 610 offering an MS DOS OS
 built in its covered later in this issue.  As expected, the platform
 where our humble offering began, has no booth at all at Comdex FALL'94.
 Instead they've put all their eggs in the game machine basket.  We shall

      Meanwhile back to where the action is.  The myriad of new products
 announced at Comdex Fall'94 is virtually unbelievable!  It'll take at
 least the next three to four weeks to cover each of the major categories
 and more to look at each in depth.  We also begin the Monitor series this
 week.  Look for reviews of Diamond Computer's product line in the next
 few weeks too.  They are growing fast.

      Next week is Thanksgiving, on behalf of everyone at STReport, please
 have a wonderful holiday with all the warmth and safety possible.



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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World

                                Issue #47

                          By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                   ** Time Warner Plans Online News **

    An interactive news-on-demand service enabling users to choose and
 control the content, length and order of their news programming is in the
 works by Time Warner Inc.  Time Warner said this week the service will be
 first offered late next year to customers at Time Warner's Orlando, Fla.,
 interactive services experiment, the Full Service Network.

    Reports say the new service is to use the resources of the company's
 Time Inc. publishing unit and New York 1 News, its 24-hour New York City
 cable news service. It will be run by Walter Isaacson, currently Time
 Magazine's assistant managing editor, who will become editor of new media
 for Time Inc. and president of News-On-Demand; and Paul Sagan, who will
 become senior vice president of Time Warner Cable Programming Inc.

    The new service will include local, world and national news, business
 and finance, sports, reviews, health news and weather.

           ** Intel Hopes to Set Video Conferencing Standard **

    An Intel Corp. executive said this week that the firm hopes its new
 Indeo technology will set the standard for PC-based video conferencing.

    Richard Pierce, marketing manager for Indeo, told attendees at the
 Piper Jaffray conference in New York that the purpose of Indeo is to
 develop an open systems architecture in the newly emerging PC-based video
 conferencing market.

    "We care about desktop video publishing because it is something that
 will truly drive growth in PCs," Pierce said. "Our strategy is to drive
 the standards," in what is a nascent industry of PC-based video

      ** Matsushita Sends 30,000 Game Machines to U.S. Each Month **

    Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. says it has been exporting its $700
 Real Multimedia Game Machine, using 3DO Co.'s technology, at a monthly
 rate of some 30,000 units since its debut last month.

    Reports say the firm plans to put the machine on the Japanese and
 European markets next spring.

    The machine is equipped with a 32-bit RISC (reduced instruction
 command set) chip. Besides games, it also can run multimedia software
 such as educational software and photo compact discs on a television

          ** Logitech to Market 'Eraser Head' Pointing Device **

    Logitech Inc. says it has signed a letter of intent with Interlink
 Electronics of Camarillo, Calif., to distribute new pointing sticks based
 on Force Sensing Resistor (FSR) technology.  The agreement will allow
 Logitech to exclusively market compact pointing devices with roughly the
 same diameter as a pencil eraser, residing on or near a computer

    Similar to the device found on the IBM ThinkPad keyboard, Logitech
 notes that pointing sticks based on FSR provide an extremely convenient,
 highly accessible and cost effective means of pointing.

    Logitech says it intends to market FSR pointing sticks to keyboard
 manufacturers and notebook and desktop system manufacturers.

                  ** IBM Being Sued by Woman Engineer **

    IBM has been sued by one of its engineers who says her bosses forced
 her to have sex with a Pentagon official so IBM could get millions of
 dollars in government funding.

    Veronica Gunther, 35 years old, alleges superiors threatened to fire
 her in 1991 and 1992 unless she maintained a sexual relationship with
 Gary Denman, director of the Pentagon's ARPA (Advanced Research Projects

    Reports say the named defendants in the state court suit, which seeks
 unspecified damages, were IBM and two of Gunther's managers, Ray Blonn
 and Nancy Green.

    IBM spokesman Scott Brooks said the company doesn't comment on pending
 litigation and ARPA spokeswoman Jan Walker also declined to comment.

                    ******* IBM Computer News *******

               ** Windows Shipments Pass 40 Million Mark **

    Microsoft Corp. reports that shipments of its Windows operating system
 has passed the 40 million unit mark.

    The Redmond, Wash.-based software publisher claims that Windows has
 been responsible for the founding of more than 500 new companies and for
 the direct creation of more than 17,300 jobs outside of Microsoft. It
 notes that Microsoft Windows has been responsible for the creation of at
 least $280 million in annual revenues for new small companies and for
 more than $1.3 billion in incremental revenue for existing small

    Microsoft reports that more than 16,000 software companies throughout
 the U.S. now develop Windows-based software. These companies expect their
 revenues to increase by 35 percent next year, and they expect Windows
 based products to account for at least half of their total revenues, says

                       ** Dell Offers Pentium PC **

    Dell Computer Corp. says its new Pentium-based Dimension XPS P60
 computer will start at $2,999, including a super VGA color monitor. The
 company said it will start shipping it later this month, with
 availability in Canada by Dec. 1.  Dell also says it now offers factory
 installation of IBM's OS/2.1 operating system on its PCs.

                    ******* MAC Computer News *******

           ** Apple's IBM-Compatible Unit Unveiled at Comdex **

    Apple Computer Inc. has used the world platform of the Comdex trade
 show in Las Vegas to unveil its new IBM- compatible Macintosh computer.

    Reports say the Macintosh Quadra 6100, DOS Compatible version,
 includes both a Motorola Corp. 68LC040 microprocessor to handle Mac
 programs and an Intel Corp. 486SX chip to run Microsoft Corp.'s
 IBM-compatible Windows and DOS software.

    Vice President Ian Diery of Apple's personal computer division said
 the system will be marketed to home office users and small businesses,
 adding, "We don't want compatibility to be an issue for our customers.
 By developing its most compatible personal computer, Apple intends to
 provide its users with all of the advantages of the Macintosh platform
 while protecting their investment in DOS and Windows-based software."

    Apple said it will charge less than $500 over the price of its low end
 Quadra 610 for the new machine, meaning it will probably retail for under
 $2,000. It also said it will sell a DOS Compatibility Card to upgrade the
 Quadra 610 and Centris 610 for less than $500.

    Officials with Apple did not say how soon it will begin selling the
 new machine.

                    ** Megahertz Reaches Apple Deal **

    Megahertz Corp. has reached a long-term agreement with Apple Computer
 Inc. to market a Megahertz-produced PCMCIA modem with XJACK for use with
 the Newton MessagePad.

    The credit-card size modem slides into the Newton's PCMCIA slot and
 consumes very little power. Megahertz says Apple will begin shipping the
 Newton Fax Modem Card with XJACK later this month through its authorized
 Newton distribution channels.

                     ** Power PC Newsletter Debuts **

    Macworld Communications Inc. has announced the launch of Power PC
 World, a newsletter dedicated to Power PC computing.

    The San Francisco-based company says the monthly standalone newsletter
 is dedicated to providing IS managers and volume buyers of Macintosh
 products detailed, up-to-date information, advice and guidance on Power
 PC technology and the transition to RISC-based computing. Power PC is a
 new computer platform based on the Power PC microprocessor jointly
 developed by Apple Computer, IBM and Motorola.

    "The Power PC microprocessor family offers the next big leap in
 performance and will provide the basis for the popularization of exciting
 new technologies and applications," said Adrian Mello, editor of Power PC
 World, and editor-in- chief of Macworld magazine. "The transition to
 Power PC is Apple's most important challenge since the introduction of
 the Macintosh, 10 years ago."

    The premiere issue's topics include: "Power PC -- The Future of the
 Macintosh," "Navigating the Power PC Upgrade Path" and "Power PC
 Development Tools."

      ** Apple Computers Will Never Again be Priced Above Market **

    Apple Computer Inc. chief executive officer Michael Spindler said the
 firm will never again price its products above the market, although it
 will maintain its role as a technology innovator.

    Spindler said Apple will accelerate delivery of products across many
 computing platforms, including Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating

    But he said the key to Apple's strategy was to "aggressively" price
 computers and software.

    "We will not as an industry leader price technology too high -- ever
 again," said Spindler.


 > PlateMaker STR InfoFile

 *** New Product Announcement ***

                      IN Software Announces Platemaker

    IN SOFTWARE announced the release of PlateMaker. An Adobe Photoshop
 Plug-In module that exports DCS 2.0 files. The new specification for DCS
 from Quark, Inc. supports multiple plate color separations. With
 PlateMaker, it is now possible to export images of multiple plates
 utilizing the popular Postscript file format.

    The age old problem of duplicating documents to create custom
 backgrounds can now be accomplished in a single procedure out of
 Photoshop. Color separations can easily be created to include additional
 channels for spot colors, PANTONE backgrounds, varnishes, foil stamping,
 embossing, of any other special effect. In a CMYK Photoshop document,
 additional channels can be created and exported as 5th and 6th plates,
 never having to worry about registration problems. Supported modes
 include CMYK, Indexed, and Multichannel.

    "Prior to DCS 2.0, output of film needed for CMYK images with spot
    colors, varnishes, foil stamping, or any other special effect, re-
    quired either additional stripping time to manually strip in these
    pieces of film, or to duplicate the document and place each addi-
    tional special effect. With PlateMaker, additional channels created
    for these special effects can be carried right through to your final
    assembly, never having to worry about registration or stripping. In
    addition to CMYK, PlateMaker also gives you the ability to save spot
    color separations in Multichannel or Indexed color modes. PlateMaker
    can increase your productivity when images require more than just
    CMYK." says Gregory Hatem, Vice President of IN SOFTWARE.


   * Full resolution composite for output to CMYK or RGB color printers.
   * Single or Multiple file DCS format separation.
   * 8 or 24-bit PICT preview for greater accuracy in placement into page
     layout packages.
   * Apply clipping paths to individual separation plates to create hard
     edged masks.
   * Create underprint masks for printing on colored papers or textiles.
   * Custom angles and frequencies for all plate separations exported.

    PlateMaker retails for $US 295.00 and is available from IN SOFTWARE
 and select resellers.

    IN SOFTWARE is a developer of Desktop publishing products for the
 Macintosh. Products include, PlateMaker, a Photoshop plug-in module to
 import and export DCS 2.0 format files; and GuideLines, an XTension for
 QuarkXPress that builds custom guides.

      For further information please contact:
      619-743-7503 FAX
      CompuServe: 73260,1306
      AppleLink: INSOFTWARE
      America On-Line: INSOFTWARE

 In Software, LineWorker, PlateMaker, and Guide Lines are trademarks of In
 Software. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
 owners. Prices are subject to change without notice.


 > MONITORS STR Review   Monitors - A Comprehensive overview

                           WHICH MONITOR IS BEST?


 by Ralph F. Mariano


      How many times have you been told or heard; "You get what you pay
 for!"  Get ready, you are going to be hearing plenty of that is this
 series.  STR will be presenting a series of articles about monitors, high
 priced, "big screen", packaged deals, and  ... what the future may or
 should hold.  As of right now, the series will consist of ten articles
 covering sixteen different monitors.  Ranging from the "inexpensive high
 quality to the expensive high quality" monitors hyped in just about every
 hard copy publication in existence.  This series is going to attempt to
 tell you exactly what we find, hear, see and experience.  We'll pull no
 punches.  In other words, we'll tell it like it is.

      While there are always the users who must impress everyone with the
 price he/she paid for a particular piece of hardware or software he is
 incessantly 'bragging' about, in many cases the user is trying to justify
 the long green he recently dropped on this product.  Odds are he'll make
 a much stronger commotion if he finds that his "pride and joy", when
 stacked up against another at a meeting or show, offers little or no
 difference in all aspects of comparison.  This is the sad part, the part
 that truly separates the real products from the heavily hyped mediocre
 performers that return a better profit because of better price breaks at
 the wholesale level due to cost cutting measures at the design and
 production level. This is a fact of life in the marketing world, get used
 to it no matter how much "brand loyalty" may be involved.

      The plethora of monitors available in the computing world is truly
 overwhelming and very confusing.  The "El Cheapo" monitors distributors
 have this condition in their favor.  The average user is faced with
 making a harried choice, taking what's offered in a bundle deal or, going
 for the most appealing ads.  Nine out of every ten purchases become the
 first in a line of two or three before the user settles in on a preferred
 monitor.  Most bundle deals offer a reasonably fair "plain vanilla" vga
 monitor.  Often it is not indicated whether or not the monitor is non-
 interlaced or not.  Of course, the non-interlaced is more desirable.

      The main focus of this series is to take away the "Dog and Pony"
 atmosphere that usually surrounds the user when buying a monitor by
 illustrating the benefits derived from purchasing the "better" monitors.
 While the expression; "You get what you pay for" is far from true, many
 users seem to rely upon the price as an indicator of real quality.  One
 should always look to the benefits of a given product first.. then
 consider its price.  The "higher priced" monitors usually offer far more
 in the way of benefits both obvious and hidden.  Its the benefits we are
 concerned with.  Benefits like low radiation, low eye strain and product

 Beginning next week, we'll begin with the radiation factor.  The monitors
 we shall be examining are a range of monitors from the " El Cheapo" to
 the "high dollar".  This does not, by any stretch of the imagination,
 mean you can expect the lower priced monitors to take a beating.  Stay
 tuned, this series will prove to be most interesting.  And we are going
 to ask questions.


 > Force of Habit STR InfoFile

                                  FORCE OF HABIT,
                           A NEW SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL,
                         PUBLISHED AS AN ELECTRONIC BOOK

              Marian  Allen's  second  novel, FORCE  OF  HABIT,  has  been
         published by Serendipity Systems in an electronic, Books-On-Disks
         edition  for users of IBM-PC compatible computers.

              Force  of Habit is set in the year 2510 and  chronicles  the
         misadventures  of Bel Schuster, a professor of Comparative  Value
         Systems on the Galactic Union training ship affectionately called
         "Uncle Gus."  "All I wanted," Bel  said,  "was a new outfit and a
         breath  of fresh air.  Was that so much to ask?"  Yes,  when  the
         outfit  belongs to an extortion victim who thinks that you're  an
         undercover  cop,  and  the  air  is  that  of  an  alien  planet.
         Schuster,  on  shore leave, blunders into   a   tangled   web  of
         crime, political intrigue, and Galactic diplomacy.   She responds
         with  a  perplexing legerdemain so baroque that,  even  after the
         villains are foiled, no one is quite  sure what has happened, and
         to whom.

              This   electronic  edition  features  forward  or   backward
         scrolling of the text, pull-down menus, scroll bars,  overlapping
         files,   mouse   support,  hypertext,  and   other   windows-like
         attributes.   It runs on MS-DOS computers with as little as  256K
         of  memory,  however  640K is recommended.   Force  of  Habit  is
         available on two disks for computers with 360K disk drives, or  a
         single disk in 720K or 1.2MB size.

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              Serendipity Systems has over one  hundred  electronic  books
         and programs related to electronic publishing available.   For  a
         hypertext  catalog  with excerpts, send Serendipity Systems $1.00
         and specify disk size wanted. (Overseas readers, send $3.00.)

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         Book reviewers can receive a copy by sending in this form.
         Send a reviewer's copy of Force of Habit to:

         City, State, Zip
         MS-DOS disk size needed: ___360K, ___720K, ___1.2MB

           [This notice may be copied, freely distributed, or posted.]

 Force of Habit can be ordered from:

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                               P.O.  Box  140
                           San Simeon, CA 93452

       $10.00 per copy, shipped postpaid to North American Addresses.
           (Overseas readers  should add  $2.00  for  shipping.)
          Disk size (360K,  720K,  or  1.2MB) should be specified.


 > Personal Dictation STR InfoFile

 ** New Product Announcement **

                         DESKTOP SPEECH RECOGNITION
                                   by IBM

    IBM announced that it will begin shipping the IBM Personal Dictation
 System, the most powerful desktop speech recognition technology
 available, beginning December 28 at a suggested retail price of under

    The IBM Personal Dictation System is based on over 21 years of IBM
 research, originated in the Thomas J. Watson Research Center. The
 technology, which originally required mainframe processing power, was
 first offered in 1992 on a RISC System/6000 platform and is now available
 on personal computers with Intel 486 and Pentium chips, putting desktop
 dictation within the reach of millions of users.

    The IBM Personal Dictation System provides the most accurate large
 vocabulary speech recognition capabilities available today. The system
 features up to a 32,000 word vocabulary and takes dictation at up to 70
 words per minute. Ideal for healthcare professionals, journalists,
 attorneys, scientists and business users, this technology changes the way
 users interact with and benefit from computers.

    The IBM Personal Dictation System, which retails for $499.00 ships
 with a U.S. English general business language model. The IBM Personal
 Dictation Adapter costs an additional $499.00.

    IBM has developed language models that tailor the system's vocabulary
 for the specific needs of journalists, emergency medical practitioners
 and radiologists. These language models are available for between $499.00
 and $599.00 each. A legal language model and additional medical models
 are in development and will be available next year.

 How Speech Recognition Works
    Computerized speech recognition systems convert the spoken word into
 text through a series of complex algorithmic equations that isolate,
 identify and interpret the individual phonemic components of human
 speech. The text is then displayed on a monitor and delivered to an
 application, such as a word-processor, and stored, as if it were keyed
 in. Text that is input by speech takes up no more disk space than
 keyed-in text.

    The IBM Personal Dictation System requires the use of "discrete"
 speech, which means the user must enunciate words clearly, avoid dropping
 the endings from words or slurring words together. Once the user is
 finished dictating a document, the text is completed within seconds and
 available for immediate editing.

    IBM is also exploring possible initiatives and development partners to
 port the technology for telephony applications, an emerging market with
 strong growth potential.  IBM also announced a single 800 number for
 information, technical support and ordering for all IBM speech
 recognition products. That number is 1-800-TALK-2ME.


 > GRANDMA & ME STR Review

                            JUST GRANDMA AND ME

 from Broderbund Software

 by Frank Sereno

      Fully entitled Mercer Mayer's Just Grandma and Me, this title is the
 first in Broderbund's Living Books series of multimedia CD-rom
 edutainment programs.   It is intended as a learning aid for teaching
 reading to children between 3 and 8 years of age.  This program is
 available for IBM compatible MPC compliant computers and for color
 Macintosh computers.  Requirements for clones are a 386SX or better cpu
 with Super VGA display of 640 by 480 with 256 colors, Windows 3.1, a
 sound card with a DAC (Sound Blaster or equivalent), 4 megs of ram and an
 MPC compliant CD-rom.  On the Macintosh, requirements are an LC/II
 series/Performa series machine in 256 color mode running System 6.0.7 or
 higher, 4 megs of ram and a CD-rom drive.   A large paperback version of
 Mercer Mayer's book is included with the program.

      Installing JG&M (Just Grandme and Me) is fairly simple in Windows
 but there is no automatic installation program.   In Program Manager, you
 must open the program group where you would like JG&M installed, then
 click on File, then select New.  Next type in your description and then
 select the program file for JG&M.  It will be on the root directory of
 your CD-rom drive as GRANDMA.EXE.  Once that is done, simply choose Done
 and an icon of Little Critter will be placed in the program group.

      JG&M is an interactive book, the tale of Little Critter, his
 grandmother and the fun they have at the beach.  Little Critter is some
 sort of rodent but I never figured out which species.  His behavior is
 typical of a 5 year-old boy in that he loves his grandmother, enjoys
 playing and that mischief always seems to find him.  Little Critter's
 exploits will even amuse adults and will certainly keep the attention of
 young children.

      Each page is displayed as a full-screen fully-colored animated
 illustration.  The text for each page is displayed and read to the child
 by the clear voice of Little Critter.  A short animation will follow and
 then the interactive play really begins.  The child can use the mouse to
 click on any object or character in the illustration, thus triggering a
 short, amusing animation.  Clicking on a flower might cause a bee to come
 forth and land on Little Critter's hat or by clicking on a tree a bird
 may fly across the screen.  The child can also click on the ball at the
 start of the text and have the narration read again in its entirety, or
 he can click on words to have them pronounced individually.  The child
 can go to the next page by clicking on the right arrow or to the
 preceding page by clicking on the left arrow.  To return to the start of
 the program, simply click on the page number.

      Experts tend to agree that parents should read with their young
 children.  This program will not replace parents, but it can be a
 wholesome and entertaining substitute when parents have too little time.
 A child can play with this program for hours as he searches for
 animations on each page.  He should assimilate words from hearing the
 narration and viewing the text on the monitor.  This program comes with
 little directions for its use because it is mouse-controlled and easily
 operated.  Just click on everything in sight and watch and listen to what

      I give JG&M my personal recommendation.  Broderbund's suggested
 retail price is $50, but it is being discounted by most merchants to as
 low as $30 for the complete package.  If you have the necessary hardware
 and young children, this is a great program to spark your child's
 interest in books.  The program includes English, Spanish and Japanese
 versions on the disc, so perhaps you and your children can learn another
 language as well!


 > Type Designer 2.0 STR InfoFile

 *** New Product Announcement ***

                 ** True Conversion and Design of Fonts **

    Type Designer 2.0, the only low-cost program available on the PC that
 correctly converts Type 1 fonts into TrueType format and features
 powerful design capabilities is now available from DS Design. Type
 Designer's specialized technology preserves the existing hints during
 TrueType conversion to achieve the highest quality. Unlike other similar
 PC products, there is no distortion of the original letter form and no
 loss of the original hints. Even at small sizes and low resolutions,
 TrueType fonts generated by Type Designer are virtually
 indistinguish-able from the original Type 1 designs.

    You can design your own high-quality fonts in Type 1 and TrueType
 format. Special symbols can be created such as mathematical and chemical
 symbols, special language characters, and you can even create a font with
 your company logo. EPS files that were designed in a draw program can be
 imported into your font. The outlines from TrueType fonts can be
 retrieved for editing, altering and adjusting. Plus, you can assign and
 rearrange any character to any key on the keyboard.

    Type Designer also has functions for mirroring, italicizing, rotating
 and stretching individual character parts. Single characters can be
 modified or a complete font can also be modified by using the global
 command. There are ten levels of undo to make it simple to move back and
 forth through the design process and experiment with your design.

    Type Designer's powerful features include a test option which allows
 you to view the behavior and design of font characters at any point size
 on the screen. You have the ability to edit individual existing kerning
 pairs and add your own. The editing options make revising fonts easy by
 allowing you to automatically insert reference points at the outer most
 positions on the character. If you have two many curves, or reference
 points, you can automatically remove unneces-sary points and join the
 curves to clean up and improve the quality of your outlines.

    Type Designer operates under Windows 3.1 and contains clear dialogues
 and extensive contact sensitive help to give you ease of use and control
 over the font creation and conversion process. Drawing lines and curves
 can be accomplished through a mouse or by entering screen coordinates.

                    Type Designer 2.0 retails for $119.

 For more information contact;
                                 DS Design
                      2440 SW Cary Parkway, Suite 210,
                               Cary NC 27513
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 > Kinesoft News! STR InfoFile

 ** New Product Announcement **

                   ** It's a Wonderful Life on CD-ROM **

 Kinesoft Development, a developer and publisher of innovative software
 announces the release of a two-CD compilation of the classic Frank Capra
 film "It's a Wonderful Life", starring James Stewart, for Multimedia PCs
 running Microsoft Windows. This exciting new release is distributed
 exclusively through MicroProse Software, Inc., a Maryland-based leading
 publisher and distributor of software for personal computers.

    The "It's a Wonderful Life", Multimedia Edition contains not only the
 complete, feature-length cinematic classic in digital format, but also an
 extensive array of supplementary material, providing an interactive
 resource to the American film classic. The two CD-ROM set includes over
 two hours of video and more than a gigabyte of information, including the
 original "Coming Attractions" feature for the 1946 release. In addition,
 this set provides:

    * The Original Release Version of "It's a Wonderful Life", Digitally
      Transferred, Complete and Un-Cut using the latest in PC-based
      digital video technology
    * The Complete Final Script
    * Audio Commentaries by noted film and media historian Walter
    * An Extensive Film History also by noted film and media historian
      Walter Podrazik
    * Film Reviews both past and present
    * Extensive Scrapbook of Film Clips and "Behind the Scenes" Photos
    * A Brain-Twisting Trivia Quiz
    * Biographies of all the Major Actors as well as performers
      considered, but not cast, by director Frank Capra
    * and much more...

    The depth, quality and flexibility of the "It's a Wonderful Life",
 Multimedia Edition marks a milestone in digital entertainment that is
 nearly equivalent to the enormous impact the film has had on movie
 audiences over the years.

    The "It's a Wonderful Life", Multimedia Edition was designed to be
 engaging: to provide viewers with an ability to learn more about this
 well-loved film, interact with the program and choose how they view the
 wealth of information provided in this CD set. Product features were
 developed to cater to individual users preferences. These include:

    * Users can view the movie in the size and resolution that works
      best, customizing the product for their multimedia system.
    * Interactivity allows users to switch from the video to the script,
      keeping both synchronized.
    * A unique "visual index" allows the user to instantly access any
      scene or section of the movie quickly and easily.
    * A bookmark feature which allows users to mark favorite sections or
      to "save" their place, enabling them to return to the movie or
      script at any point and pick up exactly where they left off.
    * All of this is presented in a smooth, intuitive user interface
      which allows quick and easy access to the wealth of information

    The complete CD set, carrying a suggested retail price of $79.95, is
 scheduled for release November 1, 1993. Distributed internationally by
 MicroProse Software, Inc., it will be available through major
 distributors, retailers and mass merchants.

    A Multimedia PC (486 or higher processor equipped with CD-ROM drive
 and sound card), SVGA card capable of 256 colors at 640 x 480 resolution,
 4MB RAM, a hard drive, MS-DOS 3.1 or later and Windows 3.1 or later are
 required to run "It's a Wonderful Life", Multimedia Edition.


                    :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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    | * GEnie-MUG NEWS *             for the week of 11/15/93 - issue 36 |
    | 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 in the GEnie-MUG RTC (type "M 605;2" then
 choose room 1). For more information and a schedule of times, type "M

 THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK ON GENIE is that the two sister roundtables to
 GEnie-MUG, MacPro and Mac-PS, have received overhauls! MacPro, the
 Macintosh Programmer and Developer RoundTable on page 480, is now under
 the caring hand of Matt Deatherage (M.DEATHERAGE), who has completely
 reorganized the bulletin board and library areas of the roundtable. About
 30 megabytes of new files are in the library, and there's a new staff,
 too. Check in and check out what Matt has done with the area---I was
 thrilled and I think you will be too. Mac-PS, the Macintosh Product
 Support RoundTable on page 606, now has all of the online Macintosh
 support in one place, including all beta testing and other support-
 company related happenings. It also has a new library area for software
 updates! Both new RoundTables are in place and ready for you to enjoy, so
 look 'em over today.

 EVERYONE NEEDS A GOOD ASSISTANT, and if you're an illustrator who uses
 Adobe Illustrator, you'll be interested in ILLUSTRATOR ASSISTANT. This
 utility prints an Illustrator (or other EPS) file to a PostScript printer
 in a format idea for creating a reference book of an art library. The
 utility prints the file name, path, icon, preview type, date, fonts used,
 and more at the top of the page. I'm going to be using this utility to
 get a handle on all this clip- art building on my hard drive. If you
 think that Illustrator's Assistant is what you need, check out GEnie-MUG
 library file #31012, ILL. ASSISTANT 1.2.4, right away! (To download a
 file from the GEnie-MUG libraries, type "m605;3" and then "6".)

 WANT TO GET INTO THE DESKTOP PUBLISHING game but don't know where to
 start? Don't fret; it's a common problem around these parts---it's hard
 to tell where to begin. How can you tell what software is best for you?
 Is it appropriate to plunk down roughly $600 for PageMaker, when
 Microsoft Word might do everything you need? GEnie-MUGgers aren't immune
 from this sort of soul-searching; this very topic has been hot in the
 bulletin board for the past week and it's ready for you to join in. See
 category 2 ("SOFTWARE: Daily Business"), topic 3 ("MS Word 5.1"),
 messages 58 through the end of the topic, and good luck.

 DISK DRIVE PROBLEMS may be plaguing the new Macintosh AV machines; GEnie-
 MUGger Jack Mello has reported a snag with his company's brand-spanking-
 new AV machines being unable to read 800k floppy disks! Luckily, others
 in the GE-MUG bulletin board have answers to the cause of the problem
 (including a theory about why it's happening), and best of all, a
 solution to the snafu. Sound like something you're interested in? See all
 the details in category 23 ("MACINTOSH: Quadras & Centris"), topic 7
 ("Quadra 840AV and Centris 660AV"), messages 145 through the end of the

 WANT THAT POWERBOOK TO STAY AWAKE nights, diligently (or is that
 digitally?) crunching numbers, sending email, faxing the folks, and just
 generally keeping busy? You can, with INSOMNIAC, a new utility for the
 PowerBook that causes it to wake up at a time (or times) you specify.
 Want it to pop up at 2 a.m., to download software from a long distance
 BBS? No problem. You can use Insomniac to have your PowerBook wake
 several times during the night, or even to have it wake at the same time
 every night or every week. If you have a PowerBook that can be set to
 wake itself up (as the PowerBook 100 and Duos can), check out Insomniac
 v1.0.2, file #31013, in the GEnie-MUG library today! (For more
 information on Insomniac, download file #31015.)

 HARD DRIVE HALLUCINATIONS are the subject of messages in GEnie-MUG this
 week, as GEnie-MUGger David Inman wonders aloud if there are gnomes in
 his hard drive. (He adds, "I believe that there are gnomes in many of my
 appliances as evidenced by constant breakdowns and generally cantankerous
 behavior. They probably arrived years ago in the VCR and spread out from
 there.") The problem seems to be that his hard drive turns on
 occasionally, for just a moment, makes a few noises, and then clicks off.
 Weird, huh? Luckily, it turns out that the gnomes are helpful, or at
 least that's the general consensus. Find out all the news on the hard
 drive hallucinations in category 23 ("MACINTOSH: Quadras & Centris"),
 topic 9 ("Noises in the Centris?")!

 HERE'S AN OFFER THAT CAN'T BE BEAT: with the latest version of
 GIFConverter, now available in the GEnie-MUG libraries, you can display
 any GIF, JPEG, TIFF, RIFF, MacPaint, Thunderscan, Startupscreen, RLE, or
 PICT (even compressed!) file on any Macintosh! GIFConverter is a great
 picture-handling utility that's been around darn near forever; the
 author, Kevin Mitchell, has always been adding features and providing
 slick upgrades to the software. If you don't have any software to view
 GIF or JPEG images, those two features alone make this software alone
 well worth the $40 shareware fee. Check out the fully-functional version
 of GIFConverter v2.3.4, now available in the GEnie-MUG libraries as file
 #31008. (For more detailed information on GIFConverter, check out GEnie-
 MUG library file #31014.)

 JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON comes the new "Christmas" font, a
 beautiful calligraphic font perfect for Christmas party invitations or
 other handiwork where you want a flowing, sharp script-type font. This
 font is close descendant of the "MacHumaine" font and a distant relative
 of "BlackChancery," a popular Adobe font. Check out the freeware
 Christmas font in TrueType form as GEnie-MUG file #31005 or as a
 PostScript Type 1 font as GEnie-MUG file #31004, and... Merry Christmas!

 THAT'S ALL for this week. Until next week, continue to stand for
 possibility with Macintosh!


 > From the Editor's Desk       "Once again, things are hoppin'"

 by Randy Noak
    Mac Report Editor

      Once again things are hoppin' here at Mac Report HQ. I finally got
 my new modem up and running, got a new Syquest cartridge, and caught up
 on some of my DTP work. All in all a good week.

      In this week's Mac Report be sure and look for Jeff Coe's review of
 Firefall Arcade. It's a good one! Also, check out the special offer on
 SITcomm from Aladdin Systems. As always, be on the lookout for any
 FREEBIES that might buried somewhere in the column.

      It's COMDEX time again and many, many trees are giving their lives
 to enable you and I, dear reader, to have the good fortune to read reams
 of press releases. It's all for a good cause I suppose. I've gathered a
 passel of press pulp this past week, and have attempted to separate the
 wheat from the chaff (so to speak). Read about it all elsewhere in the

      I received my FREE issue of Nautilus CD, and, all-in-all, I'm
 impressed. Lotsa games, game demos, clip art, fonts, QuickTime movies,
 and more, done up in an appealing interface. It truly is an interactive
 magazine. I hope all of you that own CD-ROM players have called to
 request your FREE issue. In case you missed it, the number is: 1-800-448-
 2323. This is one that is absolutely FREE. No shipping, handling,
 nothin'. FREE!

      Now, on to the rest of the column. Reviews, news, advice, and
 commentary. Enjoy.



                              FIREFALL ARCADE

 By Jeff Coe

      "Deep within the nuclear ground Fireworms breed. They soak up
 minerals that are necessary for the survival of the human race. Your job
 is to rid the tunnels of these ferocious Fireworms. The Fireworms creep
 and crawl through the mineral fields searching for humans to feed on. But
 they are blind, and, while they cannot see you, they will eat you if they
 run into you! As you blast your way through each tunnel you'll clear out
 mineral barriers. Occasionally, a mineral barrier will yield a vital ore
 that will activate special guns on your ship. The Fireworms have friends,
 so watch out for their allies!"

      That's the setup. You can forget that! What you have here is a
 pretty decent version of the old arcade classic 'Centipede', with a
 little dash of 'Galaxian' thrown in for good measure. While I can't give
 it very high marks for originality, 'FIREFALL ARCADE' is a well done
 piece of programming. Just like in the arcade original, you control a
 shooter at the bottom of the screen. You have full movement left and
 right, but can only go up the screen about one fourth of the way.
 Littering the screen are various geometrically shaped objects that you
 may have to blast through to get a clear shot at the advancing
 "Fireworm", or just to clear out some elbow room for yourself. The "worm"
 starts at the top, and marches back and forth across the screen, dropping
 down one row whenever it runs into something. A worm is made up of a
 continuous row of identically shaped objects. It will stay together until
 you blast one of those body parts, and then it will separate at the point
 of the hit. It's quite common to end up with a half dozen or so segments
 coming at you independently, all originally part of one worm. After you
 wipe out all the segments of one worm, another starts from the top. All
 the other elements of Centipede are here too, but with different names. I
 won't go into any more detail about them here. If you've played
 Centipede, you'll recognize all the old regulars.

      FIREFALL ARCADE consists of 9 levels of play, each level containing
 6 Fireworms for you to defeat. After you complete a level, you are taken
 to a bonus area. This is where Galaxian comes in. The bonus areas are
 blank screens, with you in your usual place at the bottom. A number of
 larger shapes will come swooping out in single file and spiral their way
 around the screen for a bit. You need to blast as many of them as you can
 to rack up bonus points. The shapes do not shoot back at you, so there is
 no danger of loosing a life. You start the game with 3 lives, and can
 earn an additional life for every 200,000 points you score. There are
 also a variety of power-ups you can collect to give you better weapons,
 shields, free lives and invincibility.

 (Special Note to Centris owners - There is a special version of the game,
 selectable from the main menu, designed just for high performance
 Macintoshes. This version actually plays a little slower than the normal
 mode, which makes it more playable on a fast machine,  but gives longer
 worms, and more sound and animation.)

 The Plus Side -

      The graphics, while small on the screen, are very well done. Some of
 the shapes are 3D, with very realistic shadow effects. The background of
 the main playing area is just black, but the border areas where your
 score, number of lives remaining, and the level indicators are located is
 done in a realistic gray brick pattern with what looks like neon lights
 encircling it. Very well done!

      The sound is outstanding. Each level has its own tune, and the rest
 of the sound effects sound like high quality samples. By the way, the
 music and sound effects can be toggled on or off independently of each
 other, and the volume can be turned up or down from within the program,
 so there's no need to adjust the sound with your Sound Desk Accessary,
 which is a good thing since you don't have access to your menus while the
 game is loaded.

      Also under the category of sound is the fact that FIREFALL ARCADE
 comes with an improved Sound Manager from Apple that adds a few new
 features to the standard extension that came with my LC II. The new one
 is version 3, and no I don't know what the old one was. I never looked,
 but I know this one's better. According to the documentation that came
 with the game, this new Sound Manager actually makes FIREFALL ARCADE play
 faster. When installing the game on your hard drive, you have the option
 of also installing the new Sound Manager. Which brings me to ...

 The Minus Side -

      The game takes up just a bit over 3 megabytes of space. That's not a
 lot, but if all the new games require Hard Drive space, I can see where
 I'll need a bigger drive soon!

      The only other thing I should mention is that your shooter kind of
 floats around at the bottom. You don't have much exacting control over
 it, which can take a bit of getting used to in order to get it to react
 the way you want it to. After a few games, it's not a problem, but can be
 a little aggravating at first.

 System Requirements:

 A Mac LC or higher; Hard Drive; 256 colors and 3-MB of free RAM. The game
 can be played with the mouse, the keyboard, or a Gravis GamePad.

 FIREFALL ARCADE is published by :  Inline Software
                                    308 Main Street
                                    Lakeville, CT 06039-1204
                                    (203) 435-4995



      Have you seen Inside Mac Games Magazine yet? It's an electronic
 format magazine complete with illustrations and screen shots of the games
 reviewed. Look for a review of IMG in a future issue of Mac Report.

                         INSIDE MAC GAMES MAGAZINE

 Inside Mac Games (IMG) is a full-color electronic monthly magazine
 covering the latest news and information on Macintosh entertainment
 software and hardware, as well as reviews, sneak previews, and feature
 columns written by industry experts. IMG marks a new era in electronic
 publishing as it combines in-depth reviews and insider perspectives from
 the Mac entertainment market within a stunning on-screen design, screen
 shots, QuickTime movies and graphics format. The magazine is aimed at
 all levels of Macintosh gaming enthusiasts, from the casual buyers who
 want the most from their gaming entertainment dollar to the consummate
 hacker who wants the inside track on what's hot and why.

 Since its release in February, IMG has already raised a cache of praise
 from readers all over the country, as evidenced by the flurry of
 messages in various online forums. "To say I am impressed would be an
 understatement!" says Neil Shapiro, Chief Sysop for CompuServe's Mac
 Entertainment Forum and noted industry writer. Thanks to modern
 technology, that magazine has spread to over 40 countries with an
 estimated readership of 30,000 Macintosh gaming enthusiasts, making IMG
 a smash hit.

 Inside Mac Games is available in both Paid Subscription and Free Preview
 editions. Paid advertisements will appear in both editions. A monthly
 promotional version is available on services like America Online,
 CompuServe, GEnie, the Internet, Nautilus CD-ROM, and bulletin boards
 around the country. Subscriptions to Inside Mac Games are available in
 two formats: an e-mail version that is uploaded directly to your mailbox
 on the Internet for $18/year, or a floppy-disk version that is mailed to
 a street address for $28/year ($38 International). The disk version has
 additional reviews, screen shots, QuickTime movies, and a Shareware Game
 of the Month. Inside Mac Games accepts VISA and MASTERCARD

 For more information, contact:

                         Tuncer Deniz, 708/486-0636
                              3862 Grace Lane
                             Glenview, IL 60025


 > SITcomm Offer STR InfoFile

      Here's that special deal on SITcomm that I mentioned up-column.
 Pretty liberal terms. I'll try and get a copy and let you know how it
 stacks up against the competition.

                     Special SITcomm Pricing Announced

 Watsonville, CA (November 3, 1993) -- Aladdin Systems today announced
 special pricing to Aladdin customers and users of competing
 telecommunications products for their newly released product,
 SITcomm(tm). For 65% off of the list price, registered users of any
 Aladdin commercial or shareware product (StuffIt Deluxe, StuffIt
 SpaceSaver or StuffIt Lite) can purchase SITcomm for $39.00. Registered
 users of competing telecommunications programs (such as White Knight,
 Smartcom, MicroPhone II, or ZTerm) can purchase SITcomm for a low price
 of $49.00. The suggested retail price of SITcomm is $120.00.

 Qualifying users can order SITcomm from the company by phone: 408-761-
 6200, fax: 408-761-6206,or online via AppleLink/America Online: ALADDIN,
 CompuServe:75300,1666, GEnie: ALADDINSYS, or Internet: . There is a tax for California residents and a fee
 for shipping and handling. (Registered users of Aladdin products will
 need to provide Aladdin with the serial number of the product used. Users
 of competing telecommunications products need to provide Aladdin with the
 name of the competitive product used.)

 SITcomm is a communications program which allows Macintosh users to
 easily connect to commercial online services, bulletin board services
 (BBS) and the Internet. SITcomm is an easy-to-use solution which offers
 unique features such as automated logons, auto-expansion of compressed
 files, built-in compression, translation of non-Macintosh files, and
 scripting with AppleScript or UserLand Frontier.

 SITcomm and other Aladdin Systems' products are distributed in the U.S.
 and Canada by Ingram-Micro and Merisel. SITcomm is available from dealers
 worldwide and by mail order companies including MacConnection,
 Mac'sPlace, MacWarehouse, and MacZone. European distribution is handled
 by Iona Software (phone 353-1-366328).

 Founded in 1988, Aladdin Systems, Inc., is credited with creating the
 compression standard for applications and communications for the
 Macintosh platform. The company s product line includes StuffIt Deluxe
 and StuffIt SpaceSaver, award-winning products which offer comprehensive
 solutions for compression, translation, and archiving. Aladdin is one of
 the few remaining pioneers committed to the shareware and freeware
 philosophy of software distribution and marketing. For more information
 about Aladdin Systems or its products contact the company at 165
 Westridge Drive, Watsonville, CA 95076; (408) 761-6200.


 > QUADRA STR InfoFile      A true, cross-platform solution.

                       Macintosh Quadra 610 Computer


  Apple Unveils Plans for Macintosh Quadra Computer with MS-DOS- and

  LAS VEGAS, Nevada--November 15, 1993--As part of its commitment to
  provide cross-platform computing solutions, Apple Computer, Inc.
  today announced it is developing a Macintosh Quadra computer with MS-
  DOS- and Windows-compatibility.  Packed with the powerful Motorola
  68LC040 and an Intel486 SX microprocessors, the Macintosh Quadra 610,
  DOS Compatible version computer is being designed to enable users to
  run Macintosh, DOS and Windows applications.  The company will unveil
  its plans for the product today at Comdex, the largest personal
  computer tradeshow in the U.S.

      The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version, which is planned
  to be preinstalled with MS-DOS 6.2, is being designed to provide users
  with multiple-platform options and protect their current investment
  in software.  Apple's goal is to deliver a product that is ideally
  suited for home office users and small businesses with cross-platform
  computing needs.  At the touch of two keys, users will be able to
  switch from the Macintosh computer environment to DOS and back again.

  Users to Work in Two Environments at the Same Time
      The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version is planned to
  feature dual processors, enabling users to work in both environments
  simultaneously.  The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version is
  being designed to feature a 25 MHz 68LC040, powering the Macintosh
  computer environment, and a 25 MHZ Intel486 SX, which runs DOS or
  Windows-based software.  Because the  Nobody home...dual processors will
  work independently, users will be able to run Macintosh and DOS or
  Windows' applications in tandem and even cut and paste data between the
  two environments.

      Dual monitor support is designed to provide customers with the
  option of viewing the Macintosh and DOS environments at the same time,
  allowing the user to add the second display monitor without
  purchasing an additional video card.  The Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS
  Compatible version is expected to support most VGA, SVGA and
  multisync monitors as well as the Apple 14" or 16" Macintosh Color

      Apple expects the same hard drive to run Macintosh, MS-DOS or
  Windows applications and plans to offer an optional internal CD-ROM
  drive designed to run Macintosh, DOS and Windows CD-ROM discs, providing
  users with access to the hundreds of exciting CD-ROM titles currently
  available.  In addition, Apple expects DOS and Windows applications
  to print to any Apple- or Macintosh-compatible printer through a
  built-in serial port or optional Ethernet port.

      Comparable in cost to most Macintosh- or DOS-only systems today, the
  Macintosh Quadra 610, DOS Compatible version is expected to be priced
  at a U.S. ApplePrice of less than $500 over the Quadra 610 model.

  Upgrade Information
      A DOS Compatibility Card for Macintosh is being planned for Quadra
  610 and Centris 610 owners to upgrade for less than $500 in the U.S.
  Apple will provide pricing and availability information when the
  product is completed and ready for release.

 Editor Note;
      At least one STReport Editor is considering purchasing a Quadra DOS
 compatible.  For Me though, I'll wait for PowerPC.

      Apple is moving full-tilt into the software publishing biz. Here's
 the info.



                           Apple's StarCore Group

  Background Information

  StarCore  is a newly founded international software publishing and
  distribution group within the Personal Interactive Electronics (PIE)
  division of Apple Computer, Inc. StarCore s mission to help Apple
  become the premiere worldwide publisher and distributor of mobile
  computing and multimedia software for Newton technologies and
  multiple CD-ROM platforms.

      StarCore is strategically positioned to bring to market both
  software products under is own name as well as affiliate labels, for
  which it serves as a powerful distributor and marketing partner with
  access to thousands of outlets worldwide. StarCore s affiliation with
  multiple software companies will enable Apple to have a strong software
  selection to support upcoming Newton technology and CD-ROM platforms.

      Headquartered at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California, the
  StarCore group has brought together an impressive management team,
  the members of which have, in the past, made significant
  contributions to a number of international computer and consumer
  electronics milestones, including bringing to market the first pentop
  computer and the introduction of the first CD-ROM drive for a video
  game system. The team members have equally impressive backgrounds in
  strategic development, sales, product marketing and financial
  consulting for computer, multimedia and video game software companies
  worldwide, including Accolade, Electronic Arts, NEC, Lucasfilm Ltd.,
  Atari and Apple.

  StarCore Publishing
      The StarCore team is actively involved with the companies for which
  they publish software, handling all of the packaging, production,
  manufacturing, sales and marketing for these titles. Apple s long-
  standing relationship with manufacturing companies, such as Sony and
  Epson, allows StarCore to receive very reasonable component pricing,
  which independent software publishers could not obtain independently.

      StarCore published titles receive broad-based marketing support in
  the areas of national advertising, public relations, point-of-
  purchase merchandising, event marketing, packaging and software

      In addition, StarCore published titles will be tailored for
  distribution to audiences in the United States, Europe and the
  Pacific regions.

  Affiliate Label Program
      Software companies working under the StarCore affiliate label
  program greatly benefit by gaining access to Apple s large distribution
  network. In addition, StarCore assists affiliate labels in marketing
  their products through in-store promotions, catalogs, brochures and
  public relations.

      Apple will distribute StarCore software through approximately 4,000
  outlets nationwide, plus an additional 2,000 outlets in Europe and
  the Pacific. StarCore published titles and affiliate label titles
  receive access to the same number of retail outlets. Distribution is
  handled both directly and through leading software distributors
  worldwide. Apple maintains warehouses in the United States and
  multiple locations throughout Europe and the Pacific.


  Apple's StarCore Group Announces:

                         Six New Multimedia Titles
                               The Macintosh

  CUPERTINO, California--November 10, 1993--Apple Computer's StarCore,
  a newly founded software publishing and distributing group within its
  Personal Interactive Electronics division, has announced six new CD-
  ROM titles for the Macintosh that promise to open up a whole new
  world of interactive "edutainment" for children and adults, alike.

      Apple's multimedia software development group, Discovery Studio,
  based in San Francisco, has created two new CD-ROM titles uniquely
  designed to promote interaction between family members by allowing
  players to choose individual difficulty levels that put them on equal
  footing.  The two titles, Travelrama USA, a cross country postcard
  game and Wacky Jacks, a CD game show, also look and "feel" like
  three-dimensional board games rather than flat, one-dimensional
  computer titles.

      Travelrama USA takes players, ages seven to adult, on a coast-to-
  coast scavenger hunt in which they travel from city to city
  collecting postcards--and actually learn U.S. geography along the
  way. Each player is given a list of five postcards to collect--three
  featuring specific places and two general topic cards, such as
  monuments or lakes--which they obtain by making their way to
  individual cities or by trading cards with their opponents.

      Travelrama USA features a richly detailed, realistic map of the U.S,
  illustrating routes and mileage to destination cities and more than
  600 postcards featuring full color, digitized photographs of actual
  U.S. cities and attractions.

      Another title from Apple's Discovery Studio that promotes family fun
  is Wacky Jacks, a CD game show featuring the voiceover of veteran TV
  host, Don Pardo. The fun begins in a cartoon TV game show studio,
  where "Wacky," a helpful, but slightly loony character announces the
  contestants, which players select from the studio audience.

      Wacky Jacks features four action-packed, colorful games that test
  players' knowledge and skill:  a fast-paced game in which players
  must match pairs of pictures from a game board that is constantly
  changing;  a tic-tac-toe type game in which you capture squares by
  correctly answering trivia questions; a hangman game where picture
  titles help you fill in the blanks of the mystery phrase; and a
  picture puzzle game in which you have to unscramble the pieces of a
  large-screen image. As in Travelrama USA, players can choose their
  own level of difficulty, which affects the level of trivia questions,
  speed of action and complexity of puzzles.

      Players can also access the album, a colorful set of 500 picture
  cards used in all the Wacky Jacks games, with fun facts on a variety
  of themes, including people, animals, places and everyday objects.

      Travelrama USA and Wack Jacks currently run on Macintosh computers
  with color screens (LCIII & up) and will be available under Apple's
  StarCore label nationwide for a suggested retail price of $39.95.

      For younger children, Apple's StarCore group is introducing the
  Peter's Adventure series, four multi-lingual education and discovery
  titles for the Macintosh. These new CD-ROM titles, developed by
  Arborescence in Paris, feature beautiful colors, lively music and
  highly detailed animated images that combine to create a fascinating
  educational experience for the child.

      Peter's Number Adventure; Peter's Magic Adventure; and Peter &
  Santa Claus all feature voiceover options, including English, German,
  Spanish and French, which can be accessed with a simple click of the
  mouse. Peter's Alphabet Adventure features both French and English

      Peter's Number Adventure, an "explore and discover" number activity
  for children, features 10 different worlds--from a zero-shaped ferris
  wheel to a nine-shaped orbiting space station--which children simply
  click on to reveal the games and puzzles hidden within. The title
  contains 10 activities, including a simple finger-counting game and a
  gallery full of pictures to paint. Each hidden game and puzzle
  familiarizes the child with numbers, yet no math skills are required.

      In Peter's Alphabet Adventure, animals help children learn the
  alphabet by associating their names-- Anthony the Albatross to Zelda
  the Zebra--with their species. A short poem underscores the sound of
  the letter and the name of the animal before the child embarks on an
  adventure with each one. Children will have fun matching animal
  tracks with the creatures who make them or eggs with the birds that
  lay them, all the while learning their ABCs.

      In Peter's Magic Adventure, children join Peter in familiar
  household and outdoor surroundings, yet find them filled with adventure.
  Unlike adventure games for older children, no one wins or loses.  The
  object is simply to explore--children can leap from scene to scene,
  including a whimsical tour of the ocean floor and a trip to the far
  side of the moon, and animate almost every object with a click of the

      Peter & Santa Claus invites children to follow Peter to the North
  Pole where they are welcomed into a wonderland of animated toys and
  games. Children can learn how to assemble toys in Santa's play room;
  color a picture of Peter at the North Pole; click on reindeer who
  will break into a chorus of carols; and race to see who can pack the
  most toys into Santa's sleigh before he takes off.

      All of the Peter's titles have a suggested retail price of $29.95.

      Apple's StarCore group publishes and distributes software on CD-ROM
  for the Macintosh and on PCMCIA cards for personal digital assistants
  using Newton technology. Apple's StarCore titles are focused around
  six software categories:  edutainment, sports, entertainment,
  reference, business applications and self-improvement. Apple is
  positioned to become the premiere worldwide publisher and distributor
  of multimedia and mobile computing software, which will be brought to
  market under both the Apple StarCore name and an affiliate label


  Apple's StarCore Group Announces New Line Of Software For Newton
  MessagePad And Compatibles

  LAS VEGAS, Nevada--November 15, 1993--Apple Computer Inc.'s StarCore, a
 new software publishing and distribution group within the company's
 Personal Interactive Electronics (PIE) division, has announced more than
 a dozen new titles for the Newton MessagePad and other products based on
 Newton technology. All these titles are scheduled to be
  released nationwide before Christmas 1994.

      Apple's StarCore software library, ranging from games to reference
  applications to business titles, will augment the entertainment and
  utility value of the MessagePad and other products based on Newton
  technology. Software titles are formatted either on PCMCIA cards that
  slot into the Newton device, or on floppy diskettes.  Titles released
  on diskettes can be transferred from either a Macintosh or Windows-
  based personal computer to a Newton device, using the optional Newton
  Connection kit.

      Software companies which have already committed to exclusive
  distribution through Apple's StarCore affiliate label program for
  Newton titles include, Avalon Engineering, Inc.; Dubl-Click Software;
  Ex Machina, Inc.; Fingertip Technologies, Inc.; Great Plains
  Software; Pastel Development; Saltire Software, Inc.; Slate Corp.;
  and State of the Art, Inc.

      For people needing background information on major corporations,
  StarCore is publishing Fortune 500: Guide to American Business, which
  puts an enriched electronic version of the Fortune 500 and Service
  500 information right at their fingertips.

      Users can access a wide range of topics including sales per
  employee; five-year financial performance; sales history; profits and
  earnings per share; and income as a percentage of assets for America's
  largest businesses. In addition, users can search and sort, compare
  five-year performance of two companies and prepare graphs. Fortune 500:
  Guide to American Business retails for a suggested retail price of

      Fodor's '94 Travel Manager: Top U.S. Cities will put all the
  information travelers would find in eight separate hardcopies of
  Fodor's city guides in the palms of their hands.  Within each city,
  users can view their location and receive detailed driving directions
  from one place to another, taking into account one-way streets and
  turn restrictions; query local restaurants for their menu offerings
  and credit card policies; and find addresses and phone numbers for
  businesses and hotels. In addition, users can even access elusive
  information, such as ATM and fast food locations.  The suggested
  retail price is $119.95.

      Money Magazine Business Form, uses templates to organize and fill
  out the most commonly needed business and personal finance forms
  including expense reports, sales invoice/order quotations and project
  schedules. The suggested retail price is $49.95. The title comes on a
  floppy diskette that users can download from their personal computer
  to their Newton device.

      For people on the lookout for smart new ways to manage their
  finances Apple will also publish Money Magazine Financial Assistant.
  "Financial Assistant" helps users manage most everyday financial
  decisions including loans, budgets, property transactions and
  investments by automatically making all the necessary calculations.
  "Financial Assistant" will be available this fall on a floppy
  diskette that can be downloaded to a Newton device. The suggested
  retail price is $59.95.

      On the entertainment side, Apple is publishing Dell Crossword
  Puzzles & Other Games, a fun-filled electronic book containing hundred
  of puzzles, cryptograms and word searches from the "master" of
  brainteasers. A great feature of the software is that it will give
  the user "hints," if requested, such as circling incorrect letters.
  The suggested retail price is $79.95. An abbreviated version of this
  product, Dell Crossword Puzzles, also comes on a floppy diskette for
  a suggested retail price of $49.95.

      For murder mystery fans, Apple is publishing Columbo's Mystery
  Capers, which pits the player and the Newton device against some of
  the most quirky, under-handed and money-hungry murderers ever to hit
  the small screen. Each of the 50 picture-based "whodunits," which can
  be solved in a matter of minutes, opens with an artist's rendering of
  the crime scene and a text introduction.  The player's challenge:  to
  ferret out the evidence hidden in the picture--it could be love
  letters, a train schedule or even a school of fish--and catch the
  murderer. Columbo's Mystery Capers carries a suggested retail price
  of $79.95.

      Additional new floppy diskette software available from affiliate
  labels distributed by Apple's StarCore group this fall includes:

      ContactPad:  allows Newton users to manage information relating to
  their contact database, including appointments, phone calls and
  notes.  The suggested retail price is $149.95.

      Day-Timer Meeting & Expense Pack:  automatically organizes
  expenditures by type, account and business trip, and assists users in
  planning, conducting and following up on meetings.  The suggested
  retail price is $129.

      Expense It!:  allows any business person who travels to easily
  record and compile expenses on their Newton device and then upload the
  files to popular spreadsheets used on personal computers.  The suggested
  retail price is $139.95

      Fingertip for Golf:  a personal, mobile golf scoring product
  designed for use while the player is actually on the links.  The
  software incorporates club usage, yardage, shot results, fairways and
  greens hit during 20 rounds of golf to evaluate the player's strengths
  and weaknesses.  The suggested retail price is $159.

      GoFigure:  combines more than 15 different calculators into one
  easy-to-use program, allowing users to instantly compute everything from
  food measurement conversions to calculus problems.  The suggested
  retail price is $79.95.

      Personal Time & Billing:  Allows the mobile professional to capture
  and assign time and expense information for clients or projects.  The
  suggested retail price is  $149.

      PocketCall:  gives users access to on-line communications services,
  including CompuServe and America On-Line, to obtain news, visit
  special interest groups, exchange mail or even call a corporate
  computer system.  The suggested retail price is $149.

      PresenterPad:  provides business people with the tools to create and
  manage slide presentations and pre-scripted speeches, and turns their
  Newton device into a mini teleprompter.  The suggested retail price
  is $89.

      Apple's StarCore group publishes and distributes software on CD-ROM
  for the Macintosh and on PCMCIA cards and floppy diskettes for the
  Newton technology platform.  Apple's StarCore titles are focused
  around six software categories:  edutainment, sports, entertainment,
  reference, business applications and self-improvement.  Apple is
  positioned to become the premiere worldwide publisher and distributor
  of multimedia and mobile computing software, which will be brought to
  market under both the StarCore name and an affiliate label program.

 Editor Note:
      A golf scoring program? I just knew there was a reason I wanted a
 Newton. More big news is that the System software for PowerPC is now in
 beta-testing. This is exciting news since it looks like Apple will be
 able to keep to it's planned release schedule.


  Macintosh System Software for PowerPC Goes Beta; More Developers
  Commit to Macintosh Platform on PowerPC

  LAS VEGAS, Nevada--November 15, 1993--Apple Computer, Inc. today
  announced that it has passed a major milestone in the development of
  Macintosh systems based on the PowerPC microprocessor.  System 7 for
  PowerPC has reached the beta stage, which means that development work
  for the software has been completed and is now undergoing final
  testing. System 7 is the operating system for Macintosh personal
  computers.  Apple made the announcement at the COMDEX show, which
  opened here today.  Additionally, six more key developers from around
  the world announced support for the Macintosh with PowerPC platform.

      "Reaching beta for System 7 on PowerPC means we're right on track
  and on schedule for the delivery of the first Macintosh systems based on
  PowerPC in the first half of 1994," said David Nagel, general manager
  and vice-president of the Company's AppleSoft division.  "This is one
  of the most significant milestones of this project and things are
  really looking good."

      Macintosh systems based on PowerPC will be compatible with thousands
  of current Macintosh software applications, which means that
  customers will be able to run existing Macintosh applications on
  newer systems based on PowerPC.  "Developers and early customers are
  lining up behind the platform.  They're especially pleased with the
  high levels of compatibility and with the exceptional performance of
  native applications," said Pierre Cesarini, manager for PowerPC
  system software in AppleSoft.

      Applications written especially for System 7 on PowerPC ("native"
  applications) will feature groundbreaking performance.

      "It took us less than a week to have an early version of Painter up
  and running native on a PowerPC processor-based Macintosh and we
  already seen speed improvements of 2 to 4 times versus the Intel
  version of Painter running on a Pentium!  It's really amazing," said
  Mark Zimmer, president of Fractal Design Corp., developer of Painter
  - a breakthrough graphic application that simulates natural media.
  "We have been impressed by what we have seen so far, it looks really
  promising for Apple's future."

  New developers show support
      Six additional third-party Macintosh developers, spanning the U.S.
  and Europe, today announced plans to deliver new versions of their
  applications that tap the power and performance of Macintosh with
  PowerPC.  The six developers include the following:

  -- ABVENT SA, France-based developers of ZOOM, a three-dimension
  modeling and rendering package targeted principally for product and
  industrial design use.

  -- Brossco Oy, Finland-based developers of Voyant, a graphical
  reporting tool for relational databases.

  -- CTM Development SA, Switzerland-based developers of personal
  communications and telephony applications, including VoiceAccess, a
  line of voice-mail solutions, and TeleSearch CD-ROM based telephone
  directory solutions.

  -- Dantz Development Corp., a leading worldwide supplier of backup
  software for standalone and networked Macintosh computers including
  Retrospect, Retrospect Remote, DiskFit Direct, and DiskFit Pro.

  -- Graphsoft, Inc., developers of a range of software products for
  engineers, architects, illustrators, and designers, including MiniCad,
  a 2D/3D CAD package, Blueprint, a 2D CAD application, and Azimuth, a
  mapping program.

  -- Hi Resolution Ltd., U.K.-based developers of several
  applications desktop control and network control, monitoring, and
  management products for education and corporate markets, including
  MacPrefect, MacVisa, and MacSupervisor.

     This brings the total number of developers who have announced
  applications support on Apple's PowerPC platform to 24.


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 The mailbox here at Mac Report HQ has been jammed lately as mail order
 houses attempt to entice me to purchase some of their fine wares for the
 Holiday Season. It's not that I don t want to fill yet another Syquest
 cart with yet another "must have" program, it's just that, for some
 strange reason, my creditors insists that I pay my bills each month. Go
 figure. Anyhow, until I win the lottery, I'll have to content myself with
 "window shopping". Be that as it may, here's the "picks of the litter".
 So to speak.

 With the Holiday Season fast approaching, what better way to make your
 Mac Report Editor say, "Bah, Humbug" than to remind him that tax season
 is also just around the corner. The folks at Chipsoft evidently had that
 in mind when they sent me a reminder to purchase MacInTax. Lots of other
 bargains abound in their flyer too. If you need tax-prep software, give
 them a call at 602-295-3110.

 Gold Disk sends notice that, "Now It's Easy To Create Spectacular
 Multimedia & Slide Presentations!". Gee whiz. Where am I gonna find
 software to help me do that? Hey! What a coincidence! Gold Disk just
 happens to publish a program that does just that. Astound. All kidding
 aside, it looks pretty neat. The user can animate text and charts, add
 QuickTime movies and music, add buttons for interactivity and more. One
 can even distribute across platforms with the included runtime players.
 If presentations are your bag, call Gold Disk at 1-800-982-9888. You get
 $300 off the list price and Special Edition MusicBytes and Mr. Sound FX
 thrown in for free.

 Plenty of catalogs arrived this week as well. MacConnection (1-800-800-
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  > From the Atari Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"
                        by Dana P. Jacobson

      I'd like to take this opportunity to make a sad announcement about a
 loss in the Atari community.  A few days ago, Current Notes
 Editor/Publisher Joe Waters posted a note on CompuServe.  Last month,
 former Current Notes ST Editor Frank Sommers passed away.  Sommers, a
 longtime member of the Current Notes staff, had recently "retired" from
 CN active duty, but was a steady "advisor" to Joe and the rest of the
 staff.  His death was sudden.  We here at STReport would like to express
 our sympathies to Frank's family, as well as his family at Current Notes.
 He will be missed.  Waters mentioned in his post that he will soon be
 posting all of Sommers' articles and reviews to the online services, as
 soon as they are compiled for posting.  As did Waters, I would recommend
 that you take an opportunity to read some of those articles.  Frank
 Sommers was an avid Atari user and his writings were quite good.  To all
 who knew Frank, either personally or through his work at Current Notes;
 I'm sure that you'd agree.  Again, our condolences...

      Not much happening on the Atari computing front these days.  The
 focus, still, is on the Jaguar.  Word has it that Jaguars have started
 shipping to retailers this past week; and authorized Falcon dealers have
 reported that they've been told to expect their orders to be shipped next
 week.  There have been some rumblings that there may be some delays; and
 that some of the retailers might not get their full orders due to
 shortages.  It also appears that the 50,000 Jaguars slated for this
 initial roll-out are almost sold out (see article below).  All in all,
 the news seems to be positive.  Atari appears to have done well, and the
 Jaguar has been gaining a lot of support and praise.  Have you seen the
 television ad yet?  I saw it earlier in the week on a New York station,
 via cable.  It's a 2-parter (first half comes on, a few other
 commercials, and then the second half appears).  I think the ad will get
 the word out, especially now that people are considering getting ready
 for the holidays.

      ---------------Reprinted from Newsbytes-------------------

           Atari Jaguar Intro'd, Can Atari Meet Demand? 11/09/93

 SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., 1993 NOV 9 (NB) -- The Atari Jaguar,
 introduced last Thursday in New York, has impressed Wall Street, but may
 not be able to meet demand. The enthusiastically received $250 video-game
 player is priced hundreds of dollars below the competing 3DO product and
 has the backing of IBM and Time Warner.

 About 50,000 Jaguars are expected to ship before Christmas, with 10,000
 slated for the European market and the remaining 40,000 divided between
 stores in the New York and San Francisco areas. But Newsbytes sources
 said already the machines are almost sold out and manufacturing more, in
 time for a planned national rollout in January, could be difficult. IBM
 is contract manufacturing the Jaguar at its facilities in Charlotte,
 North Carolina.

 Atari said the Jaguar runs on a 64-bit chip and can display over 16
 million colors as well as three-dimensional (3D) objects. A compact disc
 read-only memory (CD-ROM) drive can also be added. Several well-known
 game developers announced support for the system including: ID Software,
 Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Accolade, Interplay, Microprose Ltd.,
 Microprose US, Gremlin Graphics Ltd., 21st Century Software, and UBI

 The Jaguar is targeted to bring Atari back into markets now dominated by
 Nintendo and Sega. Atari has faced hard times, but Wall Street appears to
 be enthused about the company's comeback, as the stock price has climbed
 from dismal levels of below a $1 per share in April to close Friday at 11
 and 3/8.  The company is publicly held with the chairman holding 46
 percent and Time Warner holding another 25 percent.

 (Linda Rohrbough/19931108/Press Contact: Monique Marchi,
 Cunningham Communications for Atari, tel 408-982-0400, fax 408-

      As you've probably noticed, the big news in the computing arena this
 week is COMDEX, finishing up as we speak.  Atari, for the first time in a
 few years, did not officially attend this year for whatever reason(s).
 However, it's been noted that Atari's Garry Tramiel is in attendance.
 Apparently the Falcon is on display at the Motorola booth and the Jaguar
 is on display at the IBM booth.  Although I don't know the extent of the
 displays, it is good to know that Atari has some presence at this major
 industry show!

      As I mentioned in a few of my initial offerings a few weeks ago,
 we're doing some re-vamping of STReport, including the Atari coverage.
 At that time, I mentioned that I'm looking to increase coverage of the
 major online services as well as other areas; and that I'm also trying to
 beef up the Atari staff.  Well, I hope to be able to announce one, and
 perhaps as many as three new staff members within the next week or so.
 We're working on some ideas at the moment, so until those details have
 been finalized, I won't mention any names yet!  At the moment, all that
 I'll say is that Delphi will be well represented.  I'll be focusing on
 CIS next, and then GEnie.  I'm also working on getting some coverage from
 Europe, as well.  Things _are_ looking up.

      Well, with what appears to be an issue "dominated" by COMDEX
 coverage this week, we'll cut out shorter than usual this week.  As we
 learn more about what's happening with the "Cat", we'll make sure to let
 you all know.  And please, if there are comments, suggestions, questions,
 or even complaints - let me know.  I'm interested in hearing from you.

      Until next time...



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                             PEOPLE "R" TALKING

  On CompuServe
  compiled by
  Joe Mirando

      Hello  again friends  and neighbors.    I just  had  a wierd  thought
 (another  weird thought, actually).   Wouldn't it really  freak you out to
 find  out that  I  was not  a  real person,  but an  interactive  computer
 program  that could scan the  libraries here on  CompuServe and winnow out
 the good  stuff for  you?   Well, it  might not  freak _you_  out, but  it
 _would_ freak my fiancee out (although I think  she believes that I've had
 some sort of electronic implants already anyway).

      Well,  at any rate, Thanksgiving is this coming week and Christmas is
 only a  month after that.   It looks like there  will be a  good supply of
 Jaguars (at  least in New  York and San  Francisco) for the  holidays.  If
 someone had told me last year that Atari  would have product available for
 Christmas I would have told them that they were nuts.

      Okay, enough  of this.   Let's get on with  the reason we're  here in
 the first  place... the  great information  available every  week here  on

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 Myles Cohen, one of the regulars here on CompuServe, asks:

 "Does anyone know how to diagnose and fix a cartridge port... It used
 to work until I did something that involved my scanner... which caused
 it to not work any more...

 Now everything on the MEGASTE works normally...except the
 fershlugginer cartridge port...

 I've already asked this...but never got an answer...And no...I can't
 take it to a repair shop...because I use it every day...and it works
 beautifully except for the two progs that use the of which
 is Notator...even if I knew of a repair shop in my area...which I

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Myles:

 "What happened with the scanner when the cartridge port stopped

 I'm not sure if the cartridge lines are buffered electrically or
 not.. that would be a good place to start.

 There's also the possibility that the actual cartridge connector has
 been loosened from the motherboard traces.  It might be a good idea to
 try resoldering the connections with a low-powered soldering pencil."

 Myles fills Bob in:

 "I don't know...but the scanner was the last thing I had plugged into
 the port when it stopped working...

 Not being a hardware person...I have no idea what that last sentence
 means...nor how to go  about it..."

 Bob counts off a couple of possibilities for Myles:

 "If you remember the problems Brad has had with his ST, the trouble in
 both cases turned out to be an IC chip that goes between the
 sensitive internal cirtuitry of the computer and the "outside

 The chip effectively "buffers" the computer from the static
 electricity, random voltage spikes on the telephone line, and all
 kinds of unfriendly influences like that.

 In many cases, these "buffer chips" will give their "lives" to
 protect the rest of the system from these things.  Replacing them is
 generally a pretty easy operation, and the chips themselves are fairly
 common and inexpensive.

 It's almost like replacing a blown fuse.

 Now the ones Brad had trouble with were on the MIDI port and the
 RS-232 serial port..  I'm not sure if the cartridge port has similar
 "buffers" or not... it would be good electrical design to have them,
 but they do add to the cost of the computer.  (I'll see if I can trace
 the lines on my 520 and try to tell if there's anything I can identify
 as buffering on the cartridge port).

 That's an electronic possibility... the other thing I mentioned is a
 "mechanical" possibility.

 In inserting and removing cartridges and other devices, there's a lot
 of physical force applied to the joints where the actual cartridge
 socket is soldered onto the computer's motherboard.  Over time, that
 force can break the tiny solder bonds that make the electrical
 connections.  Sometimes it will result in erratic operation as the
 board flexes and causes the connections to open and close, and other
 times it can just render the connector completely inoperative...
 (this is a common problem with most motherboard mounted connectors
 like joystick connectors and keyboard sockets).

 As long as there isn't any serious damage to the motherboard itself,
 the fix is to carefully re-solder the connections.

 Either solution (assuming that's the problem) will require some
 electronics expertise..  the buffer chips on the ST are all soldered
 to the motherboard, so replacing one is not just a matter of unpluging
 it from a socket.

 If you know anyone who's done electronics repair, it would be fairly
 simple for them to do for you... nothing is Atari specific, or
 requiring any special info.  Any electronics repair shop could do the
 re-soldering or chip replacement if it turns out that's the solution."

 Myles gives us some more information about his predicament:

 "There are new developments...

 I've been on the phone with a distant...from me...electronix guru who
 listened to my tale of woe and suggested that I should use a
 multi-tester on the outside pins...first and last...of the cartridge
 port on the MEGASTE to see if there was reading
 showed zero...

 He then told me that the MegaSTE's cartridge port is protected a 1/2
 Amp microfuse narked F-121 and which can easily be found on the
 motherboard very close to the port...that all I had to do was to test
 it for conductivity...which if I got a zero reading needs to be
 replaced...I got a zero reading...

 Now all I have to do is find a 1/2 Amp microfuse to replace it...I
 guess that Best Electonics is my best bet...

 What a great diagnostician you turned out to be...Just look at the
 line on the top of this message that I quote from your pevious note..."

 Well Myles, good luck with your cartridge port problem... at one time or
 another, every computer owner has to deal with problems like this.
 Luckily, there are people like Bob Retelle to help the rest of us out.

 Meanwhile, Elaine Eedson asks about a program to make using CompuServe
 even easier:

 "Could anyone give me any information about navigation programs for
 Atari ST that are comparable to CIM.  I'm  looking for one that can be
 used and act like CIM."

 Jim Ness tells Elaine:

 "There are no CIM equivalents for the ST.  CIM is a CompuServe
 product, and CompuServe has only made PC and Mac versions available.

 There also is no other similar program, in terms of navigating by
 Point-and-Click methods.

 There is QuickCIS, a true navigator program.  QuickCIS quickly
 gathers all mail and messages for you, and then logs off.  You read it
 all offline, and your replies can be posted on your next call.
 QuickCIS can be found in Library 4 here."

 Stefan Daystrom of Barefoot Software tells Elaine:

 "CIM itself is only available in IBM/compatible and Mac versions.  If
 you _really_ need something _just like_ CIM, the only way on the Atari
 would be to run an IBM or Mac emulator (typically involving adding

 However, if you're paying for the use of your account, why spend time
 online "live", with _whatever_ user interface, when you can use an
 _automated_ navigator that'll log on, capture all the messages you're
 interested in, log off, let you read them and reply to them at any
 speed you want ("off the clock"), and then log on again for just a
 minute or two to upload all your replies?  _That_ you can get for the
 Atari with QuickCis.  (Also get QCMsg_II, an improved message reader
 that works with QuickCis.  You _can_ you QuickCis by itself, but
 you'll have a lot more flexibility in reading and replying to messages
 if you use QCMsg_II with it.)

 An automated navigator such as QuickCis will cut your connect time
 with CompuServe _way_ down.  If you have enough (offline!) time, you
 can then use that to expand to reading other areas of CompuServe that
 you might not have been able to afford if always using it "live".
 It'll also cut down the amount of time your phone line at home is tied
 up with modem calls..."

 Take it from me Elaine, QuickCis is the way to go!

 Now for "something completely different" from Rob Rasmussen:

 "My ST knows exactly what month/day/year and time it is even though I
 no longer have my DeskCart or any other clock installed! At least
 sometimes it does, right now for example. I have not set the clock in
 the XCONTROL panel (I hardly ever do). I turned my computer and hard
 drive on today (Megafile 60) and used the programs TouchUp, Prism
 Paint, PicSwitch, QuickCIS, EdHAK, Hotwire, Maxifile and maybe a few
 others. But nowhere did I set the time. When I noticed this the other
 day I thought later I'd imagined it! DeskCart used to be my time
 keeper, but I took it out a few months ago. The CALendar accessory
 also displays the correct month, day and year. This is really odd! I
 know some HD's have clocks - could it be retaining the time from when
 I used to have DeskCart?  Somehow I don't think so but I have no other
 ideas. How can this possibly be happening?!! <g>

 Not that I'm complaining, I like not having to set the clock!"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Rob:

 "What kind of hard drive interface do you have..?

 Some of them have clocks built-in as an additional feature.

 The way these things work is that there has to be an external clock
 of some kind that keeps regular daily time...  then when you boot up
 your ST, some kind of AUTO folder program has to read the time of day
 out of the external clock and put it into the ST's internal clock.

 (For example, I have a clock chip that hides in an IC socket that's
 installed under one of the TOS ROM chips in my ST... and an AUTO
 folder program that reads the time into the ST's internal clock at
 boot up..)

 If you *don't* have anything in your AUTO folder that would read the
 time out of something...  and you  *don't*  have anything that would
 store the current time-of-day when your ST is turned off, maybe it's
 time to take it in for its 50,000 mile exorcism..."

 Rob tells Bob:

 "I don't know about the hard drive interface - the Megafile just plugs
 into the ST's hard drive port.

 My auto programs are Shadow, Warp 9, Desk Manager, Spooler, Codekeys,
 LGS, Hotwire and REGACC (for Lookit and Popit). Nothing I know of here
 that would set the clock. I used to have Codehead's CLOCKSET in the
 auto folder, but removed it when I took out DeskCart. Nowhere in the
 Megafile manual did I see mention of a clock. Totally strange!"

 Rob tells Bob about one interesting finding:

 "I just did a cold boot and after all the auto programs loaded, I
 checked the control panel, it was the wrong time (April, '89). I
 loaded a few other programs to see where this odd (but rather nice)
 time-keeping ability kicks in.  Using QuickCIS to call Compuserve is
 what does it!!!!

 I made a Normal call, captured an announcement, a few messages and lib
 descriptions , then it logged off. The Xcontrol panel now displays
 the correct date and time! 7:31 AM 11/16/93. Any files I save are
 saved with the correct time. This is one bug that I consider a
 feature, but who can explain it? I know Hotwire has a clock, but other
 than calling CIS, nothing in my system could be retaining the time,
 unless it's the ghost of DeskCart. It resented being replaced by the
 scanner! Seriously, could CIS be setting my clock???"

 Jon Sanford tells Rob:

 "I think it is a feature of QuickCIS to set the system clock if it is
 off by more than a certain ammount. Amazing what little bits of info
 stick after reading a doc. 4 or 6 times...."

 Rob re-reads the documentation and tells Jon:

 "Well, you're right! There it is, kinda hidden in the docs  :^}. How
 come I never knew about this? Maybe since I had the cartridge clock I
 ignored this nifty feature."

 Bob Retelle jumps in and adds:

 "Wow..  I knew QuickCIS was a good program, but this is pretty

 Er.. that is..  Of course.. just another special little advantage of
 using CompuServe and QuickCIS.."

 Jim Ness, the creator of of QuickCis, tells us:

 "That was a feature requested by James Port.  He had a 520ST with no
 clock, but wanted his .MSG files to have a real timestamp.  So, I
 worked out a routine which compared the CIS time to the ST time, and
 if it was off by more than 24 hours the clock would be set to CIS

 The 24 hour deadband was to account for someone calling in at approx.
 midnight, or someone calling across a time zone or three."

 While on the subject of calling up an on-line service, Stefan Daystrom
 talks a bit about Alan Page's latest "baby", STORM:

 "This isn't exactly a bug, but I thought I'd point out one other
 problem with your 7-scanline med rez font besides readability (and it
 bothers me _more_ than the readability <grin!>):

 It makes Storm _slow_!!!!!

 Well, what it does is it makes graphics accelerators like TurboST
 which accelerate the stock fonts (in TurboST's case, 8x16, 8x8, and
 6x6) unable to kick in, thus reducing Storm to standard GEM speeds
 (which makes it seem real slow compared to Flash, which _does_ run at
 TurboST speeds).

 I recall reading a message where you said it you were planning to
 handle this by a special emulation; does that mean it could not be
 combined with other emulations?  (On the other hand, do I still need
 to use Vidtex on CIS just to be able to download using CIS B
 protocols, as I did in Flash, or can I just use the same TTY emulation
 for CIS as I do for most BBSs I call?  If the latter, then I'm less
 worried about it being a special TTY emulation that might use the 8X8
 font in med rez...)"

 Alan Page tells Stefan (and the rest of us):

 "Actually, ALL my GEM text is done using custom code, no matter what
 the font.  Much of the speed comes from trying to update large blocks,
 rather than one character at a time. I thought it was rather fast,
 actually.  CIS-B will work with any of the terminal emulations. I
 normally log on to CIS with VT100. VIDTEX, however, does have an
 option in the setup to switch to an 8 scanline font, with 21 lines in
 medium rez. Select "Emulations" in the Settings menu, click on VIDTEX,
 then click on Config. Warning: switching will erase the terminal
 screen!  When I finally publish some source, people will be able to
 customize the emulations extensively, including the ability to use
 stock GEM text."

 Stefan Daystrom tells Alan:

 "Hm, I may have crossed circuits to jump to conclusions <grin / red

 I don't have a 9600/14400 modem yet, so my sense of speed was not
 based on _online_ speed (I've never seen it get behind relative to the
 RD light on my modem, though it somehow _feels_ as if the pacing is
 different than I'm used to!) as much as the speed with which the
 window redraws when I flip between the capture buffer and terminal

 But now that I look at it closer, the delay I see is probably just
 the window drawing white behind the text, when it's topped, before the
 text is drawn.

 If I'm spoiled by even _greater_ speed, I realize now that's it's
 from using QCMsg_II, which doesn't _need_ to redraw the window when I
 flip between messages, _only_ the text.  So _obviously_ it's going to
 be faster since it has less to do!

 So you're right, the text is actually rather fast!  Sorry for making

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 Shawn Laughnin asks:

 "Does the Atari require a special (i.e. Atari) joystick? I remember a
 time you could buy a host of generic joysticks in chain stores. Its
 been a while since I've noticed them ."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Shawn:

 "Yup, the "Atari Joystick" is a thing of the past, just like most
 things Atari..

 Used to be any joystick had to be "Atari compatible"... now they're
 all Nintendo..  I wonder why that is..."

 Master Sysop Ron Luks adds his own thoughts:

 "Yes, the Atari uses a special joystick.  There used to be scads of
 different brands of joysticks that worked on your atari (anything that
 used to be compatible with the former industry standard Atari 2600
 game machine and 8-bit computers) but these are becoming hard to

 Rob Rasmussen asks about "doing" graphics with some of the whiz-bang
 graphics packages out there:

 "...The positioning of 16 colors/shades of gray in the palette - that's
 what I don't get. I'm used to coming from the other direction, where I
 create a picture in Prism Paint, starting on a blank screen with
 default colors in the palette which I can change. But how does a
 scanned picture, or the software TouchUp, decide which position in the
 palette a gray, black or white will be?  Even if I can use the feature
 in Degas Elite and PP that maps the colors gradually between any two,
 I'm still stuck with maybe 2 objects on the screen that I want to be
 different colors, but they can't be because they're in the same
 palette position. If I scan a picture lighter, there may be more
 shades of gray and maybe certain pixels would be in different pal
 positions, but the picture looks undefined with not enough detail.

 I saved some scans as GIFs, others as PC1. I only have a color
 monitor. When I try to load a GIF, I get a dialog with a 'gray scale'
 button (using this makes everything too dark) and the dimensions of
 the GIF which I find will not fit on the screen. Other scans will all
 fit on the screen. It looks like the GIF really is just the top of the
 scan - there is no way to scroll or print it. Any comments anyone?
 This really is all a puzzle I hope to understand one day!"

 Lee Seiler of Lexicore Software tells Rob:

 "First install EP10 so you have access to 4096 colors, Next use Prism
 Paint for the whole job. Hold the Alt Key when booting to get the
 Grey scale Select dialog.  Then, when you load the color pic it will
 auto Grey scale, the machine pallet will also have the correct Grey
 scales auto set. Now when you save out as a PI file it will be in 8
 grey scales including the required desk top reserved pallet."

 Rob asks for clarification:

 "I have an ST, not an STE. I thought I was limited to 512 colors. What
 is EP10 and where can I get it? If I can get 4096 colors then this is

 Lee explains to Rob:

 "Many, many ST owners have installed the video shifter from JRI but
 never realized that the 4096 colors were not always there, this is
 also the case with the STE, Mega STE, and TT.  Many programs which
 could use the 4096 don't, due to a little tic in the OS, EP10 deals
 with this problem and while no difference is apparent, things like GIF
 and Spectrum Images are much richer and look better because you see
 "Better or More correctly matched colors" and with software that does
 access the full 4096 you see a slight increase in speed, or so I am

 You get EP10 Free with all Lexicor purchases, we put it on all
 current Utilitiy and resource disk sold with Lexicor products."

 Rob tells Lee:

 "I looked for EP10 on my Lexicor disks, but those are older programs,
 so I guess it wasn't included. You mentioned the JRI video shifter -
 is this required for an older ST to get 4096 colors? I would LOVE to
 have more screen colors than 512 to choose from. Often I want colors
 that are between 2 available ones that are right next to each other.

 The picture I'm starting out with is a mono IMG and PI3. Is this what
 I could gray scale before converting to low rez PNT or PI1 ? If I can
 do this on an ST with EP10, then I'll need to get that or something

 Lee explains exactly what is needed:

 "Yes and no.

 You do need the JRI hardware first, if you have the STE, the 4096 are
 there but unaccesable. EP10 fixes the bug for all 4096 systems no
 matter how it happens.  If you are using the PI3 you should be able to
 load it into a grey scale Prism paint mode of at least 16 shades of

 This then is saved as a Gif which can then be reloaded into a color
 Gif which you can then reset from grey to color and save as color.

 EP10 is in all our libs as far as I know, knock on Ringo's door and
 ask him to point you at it or E-Mail it to you."

 Mike Myers asks Sysop Ron Luks about converting Atari files over to
 DOS (I know, I know, I've mentioned this a lot... but the question
 keeps getting asked, so I guess that not everyone reads this column
 all the time [and you know who you are]):

 "Is there a program available which will allow the conversion of ATARI
 ST .lzh files to IBM .gif files / .jpg files and back?  I have an IBM
 and a friend has a ST.  We have looked in the forums under viewers,
 utilities, and anything else we could think of."

 Before Ron can answer, Sysop Bob Retelle tells Mike:

 "There should be a conversion program that will run on an ST and
 convert DEGAS format pictures to GIF, which your friend could display
 on his IBM..

 It's been a looong time since I remember seeing it, but I think its
 filename was something like  CNV2GIF.   There should also be something
 similar that will convert Spectrum 512 pictures to GIF format too, but
 the name of that one eludes me at this moment.

 As for converting the other way, there shouldn't be a need to convert
 GIFs and JPGs, since we have some pretty good viewer programs for the
 ST for those graphics formats."

 Ron Luks tells Mike:

 "LZH is a compression method.  GIF is a picture file format.

 There is an LZH utility for the PC.  (LZH files are created/processed
 witha utility called LHARC).  Think of LZH as another type of ARC or
 ZIP files. GIF is a graphics picture format like TIFF, or PCX, etc.
 One has nothing to do with the other.

 I dont know of any JPEG utilities for the Atari ST."

 Boris Molodyi jumps in and adds:

 "As I recall, GEMVIEW loads JPEG files (and so you can save them in
 different format). Also, Studio Photo from Compo can load JPEG pics."

 A column containing both the words "Atari" and "Graphics" wouldn't be
 complete without mentioning the Jaguar, Atari's hot new video game
 machine.  Bob Retelle posts:

 "One thing I've been wondering though.. since Atari has said virtually
 nothing concrete about the Jaguar beyond the official Press Releases,
 and about the only other source of real information was the Press
 conference they held recently in New York, just what exactly is all
 the "Jaguar talk" you mentioned about..?

 There's a "lot of Jaguar talk" on the InterNet newsgroups too... but
 most of it is just rumors and unfounded speculation, along with the
 "3DO vs Jaguar" flaming that never gets anywhere...

 Jaguar developers are under NonDisclosure Agreements, so they can't
 say anything, and the only other source of Jaguar "news" has been
 leaks from some of the companies working on games.

 It just seems that "a lot of Jaguar talk" would be pretty useless
 until we actually get to see and use the machines themselves... once
 that happens, I'm sure the areas here will pick up.."

 John Brenner tells Bob:

 "All the Jaguar talk on GEnie is trivial. Everone asking eachother if
 they saw the commercial. How great it looks. How well it is being
 marketed. Which store chain has confirmed if they are going to carry
 it. There is also some people talking about having ordered one and
 that some stores have already pre-sold hundreds of units. It's like a
 bunch of sports fans rallying around a sports team. Talking about the
 new uniforms, or the new stadium. No better, no worse. I have no
 interest in such things, but I have not bothered Ignoring permanently
 that CAT. Perhaps because I enjoy looking at so many happy people."

 From the Atari Vendor's Forum

 Rafael Hermoso asks:

 "Is Neodesk 4 out yet? If not, when? If so, where can I purchase it?"

 Rick Flashman of Gribnif Software tells Rafael:

 "No, NeoDesk 4 is not out yet.  We've been forced to delay its
 shipping until early '94.  Part of this delay was that we wanted to
 insure that Geneva was as bug-free as possible and that we had
 resolved any minor issued that might have arisen as of its initial
 release.  We now believe this strategy has paid off, as we've been
 able to correct some minor problems with Geneva (that only showed up
 after shipping) and therefore we now have a substancially more solid

 John Brenner tells us:

 "After many years I am still using INTERLINK to do any BBS'ing
 outside of GEnie. I have just D/L a file on this system and did
 not remember how slow XMODEM transfer was. Are there any Interlink
 TXF files in the libraries that support the other protocals available
 on Compuserve. And which one is most recommended?"

 Jim Ness nudges John about "getting with it":

 "Geez, John, with all the terrific ST terminal programs out there, you
 are still using good old Interlink?  There's Flash II, STalker, and
 now the shareware gem STorm...

 All three of those support CIS B and ymodem-g, the two fastest

 John tells Jim:

 "I used to have Flash before I got Interlink many years ago. I never
 looked at Flash II since I never liked Flash to begin with. I D/L
 STorm last week. I also dont' like very much the way it is set up.
 I have a friend who uses STalker. He has to buy another program to
 do on-line editing. So, I just don't see the need to change. I have
 a capture buffer, I can edit, save paste...everything I need.
 I use Alladin, you know where, and now it looks like I will use
 QuickCIS to log on here. So I really don't see why I should change.
 I only upgrade software that no longer suits my needs.

 I was starting to think I might need something for here since I
 couldn't get QuickCIS to dial, but all has now fallen into place
 and I think I'll be very happy with it. Thanks for writting it.
 I'll have to read the doc....there must be a fee for something
 that will save me so much money! <Grin>"

 From the Palmtop Forum

 Kent Peterson pats the Compuserve Sysops' proficiency at getting new
 files (like Kent's new programming language) "up and ready":

 "You guys are a lot faster than the sysops of some other forums. BTW,
 the HP folks seem to be going into a download frenzy on this little
 bit of Port technology, I decided to cast their way. Did you ever post
 PBASIC over there?"

 We're still waiting for and answer from BJ... that kind of negates
 the compliment in the first place, doesn't it?...

 Don Thomas of Atari Corp posts:

 "Every once in a while I am beginning to see messages in langauages
 other than English... German, for instance. It sure would be cool if
 CIS had some sort of translation process built-in... either on demand
 or automatically."

 Sysop BJ Gleason tells Don:

 "As a person who has done a lot of work with Natural Language
 Processing and such, it is a very tough, if not impossible task.  One
 of the best jokes about it is:

        A program translates from russian to english and back.  The
        program puts in the phrase:

                "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

        It is translated to russian, and then the russian is fed back
        and the translation comes back as:

                "The wine is good but the meat is spoiled."

 Back on the subject of the Jaguar again, Don Thomas tells us:

 "I stopped by an Electronics Boutique this past weekend in Pleasanton,
 CA (40-50 miles East of San Francisco). I pretended to be Joe Blow
 consumer and observed two 3DO systems on a shelf. The salesman said
 they are not selling well, BUT he would love to take my pre-order for
 the Jaguar. He said he didn't know what game came with it or how many
 controllers, but that he couldn't find an end to the waiting list the
 store had established for the Jaguar. It felt good.

 My son even said this past Friday without me asking that all the kids
 at school were talking about the Jaguar (he's ten). He told me that he
 felt good telling his friends that his Dad worked at Atari."

      Well folks,  I intended to  use use information on  other palmtops in
 this column but, as usual, I've run out of room.

      So  c'mon back next week and see  what else I can shoe-horn into this
 column.  Just think of it  as some little sports bar somewhere  in Boston.
 A place  where... oh  heck, I've gone  this far.   I'd  might as well  say
 it... A place where  everybody knows your name.   It's easy to  just leave
 your troubles at  the door for a while and absorb some of the hints, tips,
 and information available  on CompuServe.  But  if you don't  subscribe to
 CompuServe, this column is the next-best thing.   Just make sure that  you
 remember to listen to what they are saying

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