ST Report: 6-May-94 #1019

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Date: 05/10/94-08:55:40 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 6-May-94 #1019
Date: Tue May 10 08:55:40 1994

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 - PhotoStyler 2.0        - Hayes & FTC       - Family KidDesk Review
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      Joe is on his Honeymoon, Duckie and Bob Dean are on vacation.  When
 it rains it pours.  While I'm at it... if you are interested or know of
 someone who might be interested in being our MAC editor, please let me
 know.  Spring Comdex is showing real signs of life already and the intros
 of new goodies is going to be very exciting.  New software and software
 upgrades are already beginning to flow.
      The "End of an Era" has driven home the premise that things change
 all the time and that for progress to come about... things must change. 
 Commodore, once the sweetheart of the electronic junkies, is no more.  The
 whole nine yards hit the fan.  In looking back.. all one can say is it was
 nice while it lasted.  Who's next?  Anybody's guess.  I'll say this much
 though, the "name of the game" is colored blue with a generous helping of
 Microsoft's emblem in clear view.  At least that's where the "everyday
 Joe" is going to be if not already.  Mac is slowly swinging toward the PC
 route and Atari is, for all intents and purposes, out of the computer
 business and back into the "game machine" business.  The next five years
 will say it all.
      Next week (hopefully)... we'll begin our series on the online
 services each service's pro's and con's.  A hard look at their "front-end"
 software and their approach to the marketplace.  It should be interesting. 
 Most of our material came from users like you.  After all, it is the users
 who keep these services afloat, so why not have a vehicle with which to
 provide suggestions and "critiques". It can only help.  There is still
 time to send in your ideas and impressions.  All the services are being
 looked at CIS, GEnie, Prodigy, AOL, E-World, Delphi and NVN. Let's hear
 from you!


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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #19
                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

               ** Atari and Sigma Join Forces on Jaguar **

    Atari Corp., the manufacturer of the award-winning Jaguar video game 
 system - the world's first 64-bit interactive multimedia home entertain-
 ment system, the only video game system manufactured in the U.S. - this 
 week announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Sigma Designs.  

    Sigma Designs - a leading manufacturer of high-performance multimedia 
 computer products and document imaging display solutions - will incorpo-
 rate the Jaguar's 64-bit technology with Sigma's Reel-Magic (TM) full-
 motion video capabilities in a PC card that will allow more than 10 mil-
 lion users to play Jaguar software titles on their IBM-compatible per-
 sonal computers.  It is hoped to have these cards available by the end 
 of the year.
    According to Sam Tramiel, president of Atari, "Atari will once again 
    jump ahead of the market by bringing the world's most advanced game 
    technology to a new group of consumers in record time." "Knowing 
    there would be great demand for Jaguar on personal computers -- we 
    designed the system to talk easily to the leading computer architec-
    tures. This has allowed us to move quickly to partner with Sigma 
    Designs to make this happen before Christmas."
    Julien Nguyen, vice president of engineering and chief technical 
    officer of Sigma Designs said, "We are pleased to join Atari in its 
    mission to expand the industry standards for video game play." 
    "Jaguar's 64-bit technology will be extremely attractive to the MPC 
    customer base of more than 10 million users. By combining Sigma's 
    Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) technology with Atari's 3D 
    animation, we look forward to bringing the hottest video game 
    technology and software titles to the desktops of users worldwide."
                     ** Sega, MGM to Develop Games **
    Sega of America Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. have announced 
 plans to jointly develop video games, interactive media, television 
 programs and films.  While details weren't disclosed, it's felt that 
 both companies will collaborate in production and marketing of new media 
 products. The products will bear both the MGM and Sega names.
    MGM and Sega executives said the products to be developed under the 
 agreement will be original concepts, but they may choose in the future 
 to develop interactive games on 1995 and 1996 movie releases from MGM 
 and United Artists.
    The companies also plan to develop at least two interactive CD-ROM 
 titles for release this year.
                    ** Nintendo Signs Deal with DMA **
    Nintendo of America has signed a deal with high-end game designer DMA 
 Design Ltd. in a bid to develop a new, inexpensive and highly advanced 
 home video game system.
    DMA of Dundee, Scotland, will make games for Nintendo's much antici-
 pated 64-bit system called Project Reality. Sources say, "The move heats 
 up the already fierce competition among leading video game manufacturers 
 such as Sega and 3DO Co."

    Reports say Nintendo will offer Project Reality as a $250 video game 
 player "that will surpass the computing power of some of the most power-
 ful home computers. Its games will be interactive and have television-
 quality pictures and audio." "Some market analysts expect it to rock the 
 computing world the same way personal computers forced mainframe-
 builders to drastically reduce the scale of their business in recent 

    Project Reality, an advanced home video system scheduled to debut in 
 fall 1995, is being developed for Nintendo by Silicon Graphics Inc.
                   ** 3DO Disks Pass 1 Million Mark **
    In the six months since the company's launch, 3DO says it has pressed 
 more than a million compact discs for its advanced home gaming system. 
 The company is quoted as saying more than 38 games have been completed 
 for the interactive multimedia system in the U.S.  Thirty titles are 
 available in stores nationwide and 18 games have been completed for the 
 3DO system in Japan.
    Officials at 3DO anticipate 43 titles will be available by the end of 
 this month and about 100 by the end of the year.
                 ** Commodore International Liquidates **
    Commodore International Ltd. is going out of business.  Reports say 
 the firm will transfer its assets to unidentified trustees for the bene-
 fit of its creditors and already has placed its major subsidiary, 
 Commodore Electronics Ltd., into voluntary liquidation.
    In a brief statement, Commodore said, "This is the initial phase of 
 an orderly voluntary liquidation of both companies."
    The company last month reported an $8.2 million loss for the quarter 
 ending Dec. 31 on sales of $70.1 million. A year earlier, Commodore lost 
 $77.2 million on sales of $237.7 million in the same period.
                     ** Compaq Jumps to 1994 Lead **
    The market analysts at International Data Corp. say that Compaq Com-
 puter Corp. led all other computer makers in worldwide PC sales during 
 1994's first quarter. IDC's figures show Compaq selling 970,000 com-
 puters world-wide in the first three months of the year, compared with 
 845,000 for Apple and 840,000 for IBM.
    In the first quarter of last year, IBM sold 790,000 PCs, Apple sold 
 780,000 and Compaq sold 693,000.  That is a 40% increase for Compaq, a 
 6.33% increase for IBM and an 8.33% increase for Apple.
                    ** Epson Unveils Smaller Board **
    Epson Inc. has unveiled a line of what it says are world's smallest 
 upgraded circuit boards, the Cardio-X86 "computer on a card" containing 
 a F8680A central processing unit and controllers for video, keyboards 
 and other peripherals.  The Cardio-86 measures 85.6 millimeters by 54 
    To be sold to computer device manufacturers, the board joins a simi-
 lar device already in production that features a clone of Intel's Corp. 
 '386 microprocessor.
                     ** Superbase Line to Be Sold **
    Software Publishing Corp. has signed a letter of intent to sell its 
 Superbase product line and related assets to Computer Concepts Corp. 
 Superbase is a Windows-based relational database.
                  ** Compaq to Work on V-Conferencing **
    A five- year strategic alliance for development of videoconferencing 
 products is being formed by Compaq Computer Corp. and PictureTel Corp., 
 the world's largest videoconferencing products concern.
    Officials with the companies hope to begin shipping products under 
 alliance next year. They also want to develop joint marketing programs 
 and promotions that take advantage of each others' established presence 
 in the PC and videoconferencing markets.
    PictureTel and its chief rival, Compression Labs Inc. control most of 
 the video conferencing equipment market.
                   ** Microsoft Releases Access 2.0 **
    Microsoft Corp. this week said that Microsoft Access, Version 2.0 
 will be on store shelves on Friday. Reports say that the newest version 
 of this database management system is the first desktop database to 
 bridge the gap between the needs of end users and those of developers.
    Microsoft is expecting a big demand for the new program and has al-
 ready shipped 100,000 copies to fill initial reseller orders.
                    ** Xerox, Novell Form Alliance **
    Xerox Corp. and Novell Inc. have formed a strategic partnership to 
 develop technology that will allow users to more easily track down, use 
 and share documents.
    The first product to be released under the new alliance is called 
 Document Enabled Networking for Novell NetWare. The two firms said DEN 
 will help software developers create programs that act as "document 
 detectives," allowing users anywhere along a Novell NetWare network to 
 quickly and automatically locate and retrieve documents, regardless 
 where they are stored.
                       ** IBM Adds to PS/1 Line **

    IBM has added four new computers to their PS/1 line.  This includes a 
 486SX-33 MHz configuration and 486DX2-66/33 MHz systems. Hard drives in 
 the new models range from 170MB to 720MB.  Prices on the computers range 
 from $1,299 to $2,599.
                 ** Advanced Logic Aims at Low End **
    A line of Express PCs desktop systems retailing for as little as $745 
 is being introduced by Advanced Logic Research Inc.  Sources say "While 
 long a contender among builders of high- and mid-end computers, the new 
 ALR Express PC models are designed to compete with lines such as the 
 Compaq Prolinea and Hewlett Packard Vectra."
    Features of the new PC include easily upgradable processors and disk 
 drive bays that allow quick access. All also comply with new federal 
 standards on saving energy, powering down to as little as 30 watts when 
 left idle.
                     ** Canon to Unveil New Screen **
    A new kind of liquid crystal display for portable computers that 
 retains data when the power is off is expected from Canon Inc. by the 
 end of the year.  Reports say the displays are likely to be far easier 
 to make in large versions than LCDs currently available, and may be the 
 key to future large wall-mounted televisions.
                ** Broderbund and Elec. Arts Merger Off **
    Broderbund Software and Electronic Arts announced this week the term-
 ination of their agreement to merge the two companies.  As part of the 
 deal to call off the merger, Broderbund has agreed to make a one-time 
 payment to Electronic Arts of $10 million.
                    ** FTC Rules on Hayes Modem Ads **
    The Federal Trade Commission is proposing a settlement in its two-
 year probe of alleged false and misleading advertising by modem-maker 
 Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc.
    The issue centers on Hayes' controversial 1992 advertisements in 14 
 magazines that carried the chilling claim, "A Time Bomb may be lurking 
 in your modem." The ad went on to assert any modem that didn't contain 
 the Hayes escape sequence technology put users in danger of losing data.
    In an investigation, the FTC said Hayes had no reasonable basis to 
 make such claims as one that going with Hayes technology was "the only 
 way to be completely protected."
    Sources said "Under a proposed settlement of the charge, Hayes does 
 not admit wrongdoing but promises not to engage in escape sequence ad-
 vertising that it can't back up with 'competent and reliable evidence.'"
                      ** Toshiba Cuts Prices 20% **
    Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. has reduced prices up to 20% 
 on selected portable computers, effective immediately.   Toshiba said 
 prices were cut on the entire Satellite notebook line, the T4700 high- 
 performance notebook and the Portege T3400 monochrome ultra portable.
                     ** New TI Notebooks Unveiled **
    Texas Instruments Inc. has unveiled its new line of TravelMate 4000M 
 notebook computers, four models selling in the U.S. for between $2,149 
 and $5,299.  The units range in weight from 5.9 pounds to 6.4 pounds. 
 Hard disk drives are available with capacities from 120MB to 340MB. 
 Display options include monochrome, advanced color and active color 
                   ** Microsoft Supports HP Printers **
    Microsoft Corp. is now supporting the Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4 Plus 
 and the LaserJet 4M Plus printers, a move that will bring improved 
 printing to users of Microsoft Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups, 
 reports Business Wire.

    The printers, based on a 12 ppm print engine, high-speed RISC pro-
 cessor, advanced memory management and other enhancements, provide 30 to 
 40 percent faster printing than their predecessors. Bidirectional 
 communication allows users to monitor printer status from the desktop, 
 and, by using the optional Hewlett-Packard JetDirect card and JetPrint 
 utility, users can also get printer status in a networked environment 
 through a virtual-printer front panel.
                     ** Novell Alleges More Piracy **
    Network publisher Novell Inc. has sued another firm for allegedly 
 selling a pirate version of its flagship NetWare program. The suit con-
 tends Aqua Systems, a Novell authorized reseller in Bellerose, N.Y., 
 illegally upgraded Novell products on several occasions for its 

    The action by Novell comes a week after it brought another piracy 
 suit against a Southern California company called Digital Soft 
 Technologies, its owner Mohammad Shahzad Saleemi and employee Tony 
                  ** Software Piracy Rampant in Asia **

    According to a study by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) computer 
 software piracy in Asia accounted for more than $4 billion in losses to 
 the industry. Reports are that Asian software theft was most acute in 
 Japan with $1.9 billion of losses, second globally only to the United 
 States. Other countries with high losses are South Korea and China.
    Asia accounts for more than 31% of worldwide losses, although Europe 
 is the worst offender with $4.9 billion in losses. The BSA says that in 
 China alone, more than 94% of all software is illegal.
    Worldwide industry losses to software piracy in 1993 totaled $12.8 
 billion, an increase of more than $800 million over 1992, said the BSA.
                   ** Catching High-Tech Pedophiles **
    A Massachusetts organization has been granted $250,000 by the U.S. 
 Justice Department to train law enforcement personnel how to deal with 
 high-tech sexual exploitation of children.
    The Newton, Mass.-based Education Development Center Inc. will create 
 a "model program" with an emphasis on how to catch pedophiles who use 
 computer networks to recruit young victims.
    "This model program should go a long way to help prosecuting those 
 who victimize children," said U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern, noting that 
 a growing number of kiddie porn rings rely on computer networks to find 
    EDC project director Debra Whitcomb said it is hoped the Massachus-
 etts program will serve as a prototype that could be applied elsewhere 
 in the nation.



 > AWE 32 STR FOCUS!         Sound Blaster AWE32 
                  Creative Launches Sound Blaster AWE32 -
               The Next Generation Sound Blaster Audio Card  
      SINGAPORE -- March 1, 1994 -- Creative Technology, developer of the 
      Sound Blaster(TM) PC audio standard, today at Intermedia launched 
      Sound Blaster AWE32(TM), Creative's most advanced audio card to date. 

      Sound Blaster AWE32 combines the powerful features of Creative's 
      award-winning Sound Blaster 16 Advanced Signal Processing card with 
      the great sounding Advanced WavEffects(TM) digital sample playback 
      synthesis capabilities of E-mu Systems'(R) EMU8000 integrated audio 
      DSP.  It has a suggested retail price of $399.95 and will begin 
      shipping to major distributors and resellers worldwide within the 
      next two weeks. 
      "The audio consumer has become extremely sophisticated. With the 
      introduction of Sound Blaster AWE32, Creative is furthering its goal 
      of offering consumers high-performance features at a great price 
      point and delivering the type of superior sound and speech quality  
      that they have come to expect from Creative," said K.S. Chay, 
      Creative Technology's president and COO.
      Rich Sorkin, director of audio products for Creative Technology's
      U.S. subsidiary Creative Labs, added that "in addition to providing a 
      solution for musicians who want to create professional quality music, 
      Sound Blaster AWE32 provides the ideal platform for developers to 
      create an emotionally engaging multimedia experience through the use 
      of multiple channel audio, downloadable sounds (E-mu's[R] 
      SoundFont[TM] collections) and state-of-the-art special effects. As a 
      result, Sound Blaster AWE32 owners will be able to benefit from a 
      great selection of entertainment software titles that take advantage 
      of our next generation audio technology."
      Advanced Signal Processing
      Creative's Advanced Signal Processor, a programmable DSP, performs 
      real-time compression and decompression of audio files.  It also 
      features Creative TextAssist(TM) advanced text-to-speech synthesis
      and QSound(TM) 180 degree virtual audio.  For voice-annotating
      documents, Creative offers two options for compressing and
      decompressing speech data - FastSpeech 8 and FastSpeech 10.
      FastSpeech 8 compresses data to one eighth its original size and
      FastSpeech 10 compresses data to one tenth its original size.
      Because FastSpeech compresses data in real-time, users do not need to
      conduct off-line processing. 
      Advanced Audio Technology
      E-mu's patented digital sample playback technology, which is 
      incorporated into Creative's Advanced WavEffects synthesis, is based 
      on the EMU8000 audio DSP and features CD quality, real instrument 
      sounds that surpass the audio quality produced by wave table 
      synthesis technology.  
      Many of the features of Sound Blaster AWE32 are traditionally only 
      available with high-end professional audio products that often cost 
      thousands of dollars.  It supports multi-timbral MIDI channels with 
      32-voice polyphony as well as independent control of advanced special 
      effects (reverb, chorus or QSound), vibrato (pitch oscillation) and 
      tremolo (volume oscillation) for each of its 32 voices.  Additional 
      advanced audio features include state-of-the art pitch-shifting 
      techniques, resonance filters that control the timbre of each 
      instrument when played at different dynamic levels, a six-part 
      amplitude envelope, and a six-part auxiliary envelope for independent 
      controlling of pitch and timbre.
      As with Creative's entire family of standard-setting 16-bit audio 
      boards, Sound Blaster AWE32 offers 16-bit CD-quality stereo sampling 
      and playback up to 44.1 kHz.  Sound Blaster AWE32 supports the Sound 
      Blaster platform and is fully compatible with General MIDI, Sound 
      Canvas and MT-32 specifications.  The audio card also supports three 
      of the most popular single and double speed CD-ROM drives on the 
      market from Sony, Mitsumi, and Creative.
      Sound Blaster AWE32 supports E-mu Systems' SoundFont audio library of 
      sampled sounds, which have been widely regarded as the finest musical 
      instrument and sound effects samples available.  Additional samples 
      from the SoundFont library can be downloaded into AWE32's on-board 4 
      megabit DRAM chip (which can be expanded to 28 megabyte of RAM) to 
      bring added variety and flexibility of sounds to the user. 
      Bundled Software
      Software bundled with Sound Blaster AWE32 includes Creative 
      VoiceAssist(TM), Creative's premier speech recognition software for 
      Windows applications; Creative TextAssist(TM), a text-to-speech
      system based on Digital Equipment Corp.'s DECtalk technology; Qsound
      Virtual Audio, a 180 degree sound localization technology;
      WaveStudio, Creative's wave file editor; Creative Ensemble, a set of
      software applications for playback of wave, CD and MIDI files that
      resembles a home "hi-fi" system; HSC Interactive SE; Cakewalk
      Apprentice, an easy-to-use yet powerful sequencer software program;
      and a variety of other utilities specifically developed by Creative
      for its family of Sound Blaster audio boards.
      Founded in 1972, E-mu Systems, Inc. is a leading provider of 
      innovative digital audio products based on digital sampling 
      technology for the musical instrument and multimedia markets.  The 
      company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology, Ltd., 
      and is headquartered in Scotts Valley, Calif.
      Creative Technology Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets a family 
      of sound and video multimedia products for IBM-compatible PCs.  The 
      company's Sound Blaster sound platform enables IBM-compatible PCs to 
      produce high-quality audio for entertainment, educational, music and 
      productivity PC-based applications.  
      Creative Technology Ltd. was incorporated in 1983 and is based in 
      Singapore.  Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiaries include Creative 
      Labs, Inc., E-mu Systems, Inc. and ShareVision(R) Technology, Inc.  
      Creative also has other subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Japan, 
      Singapore, Taiwan and China.  The Company's stock is traded on the
      NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol CREAf.

                Creative TextAssist Ships with Sound Blaster AWE32
              Creative Technology's Text-to-Speech Software Based on 
                    Digital Equipment Corp.'s DECtalk Technology
      SINGAPORE -- March 1, 1994 -- Creative Technology (CREAf) today 
      announced that its Creative TextAssist(TM) text-to-speech software 
      will begin shipping in the next two weeks with Sound Blaster 
      AWE32(TM), also announced today at Intermedia.  Creative TextAssist,  
      which is comprised of a set of five Windows-based applications, 
      utilizes Digital Equipment Corp.'s DECtalk technology and features 
      realistic voice-quality, flexibility and easy integration into the 
      Windows operating system.  
      "Creative TextAssist provides the finest text-to-speech technology 
      available on any platform today.  When used in conjunction with 
      Creative's VoiceAssist(TM) speech recognition software, Creative 
      TextAssist creates a complete solution for hands-free, PC-based 
      conversational applications," said Rich Sorkin, director of audio 
      products for Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiary Creative Labs.  
      "While voice technology will continue to play a prominent role in the 
      home and assistive technology markets, we expect that the demand for 
      this technology in the business environment will continue to 
      increase, particularly with regard to document proofreading, remote 
      talking e-mail and talking faxes."
      Creative TextAssist, which utilizes the added horsepower provided by 
      Creative's onboard Advanced Signal Processor, operates with any 
      Windows application that features text.  Users can create their own 
      voices or choose from the nine predefined voices in American English 
      (four male, four female, one child). Future versions of TextAssist 
      will offer foreign language support as well as support for DOS, OS/2 
      and Macintosh platforms.
      Included with TextAssist are five software programs:
      *Texto'LE embeds text-to-speech objects into OLE client applications.
      *TextAssist Control Panel allows users to create new voices or 
       associate existing voices with Windows Applications.
      *TextAssist Reader reads aloud specified text. 
      *TextAssist Dictionary allows user to customize pronunciation
       of application-specific words. 
      *Talking Scheduler verbally reminds user of their appointments. 
      Within the next month, Creative TextAssist will also begin shipping 
      with Creative's line of 16-bit Sound Blaster(TM) boards with Advanced 
      Signal Processing and the Sound Blaster DigitalEdge CD(TM) multimedia 
      upgrade kit.  
      TextAssist Upgrades
      A TextAssist upgrade will be available to current registered owners 
      of Sound Blaster 16 with Advanced Signal Processing for $29.95.  An 
      Advanced Signal Processor upgrade featuring Creative TextAssist will 
      be available to Sound Blaster 16 owners for $99.95.
      A TextAssist developer kit will be available for $99.95 on March 15, 
      1994.  The kit includes the TextAssist API in the form of a Dynamic 
      Link Library (DLL), which can be used to integrate sophisticated 
      text-to-speech capabilities into Windows applications.  The developer 
      kit also comes with a royalty-free license for developers to 
      distribute the TextAssist API DLL with their applications.
      Creative Technology Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets a family 
      of sound and video multimedia products for IBM-compatible PCs.  The 
      company's Sound Blaster sound platform enables IBM-compatible PCs to 
      produce high-quality audio for entertainment, educational, music and 
      productivity PC-based applications.  
      Creative Technology Ltd. was incorporated in 1983 and is based in 
      Singapore.  Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiaries include Creative 
      Labs, Inc., E-mu Systems(R), Inc. and ShareVision(R) Technology, Inc. 

      Creative also has other subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, Japan, 
      Singapore, Taiwan and China.  The Company's stock is traded on the 
      NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol CREAf.  
                                  # # #
      Creative TextAssist, Creative VoiceAssist, Sound Blaster, and Sound 
      Blaster AWE32 are trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd.  E-mu is a 
      registered trademark of E-mu Systems, Inc. and ShareVision is a 
      registered trademark of ShareVision Technology, Inc.

      Benita Kynn                     Diana Iles
      Creative Labs, Inc.             Cunningham Communication, Inc. 
      (408) 428-6600                  (408) 982-0400


 > KIDDESK Family Edition STR Review


 Kids' Computing Corner

 Review by Frank Sereno

 Before I start with my review of the new features of KidDesk Family
 Edition versus the original DOS version of KidDesk, I would like to thump
 my chest a bit.  Three issues ago, I had a small review of a children's
 educational video from Mazon Productions entitled "I Dig Fossils."  If you
 take a look at the TV Guide for the first week of May, "I Dig Fossils" is
 given a mini-review in the video section.  It is a very neat feeling to
 have "scooped" a national publication on reviewing a very fine product.  I
 almost feel like Clark Kent!  And if you have an interest in the video,
 call 800-332-I-DIG.

 Now... back to our regularly scheduled programming!  I reviewed the
 original DOS version of KidDesk earlier this year.  KidDesk is a graphical
 interface which allows children to operate a computer alone while
 providing security for the computer system.  The parent sets up all the
 child's programs as icons on a desktop.  The child can run the program of
 his choosing by using the mouse to click on the corresponding icon on his
 desktip.  The security is provided by the option of running KidDesk from
 the autoexec.bat file and setting KidDesk so a password will be needed to
 quit to DOS or Windows.  Each child can customize his own desktop. 
 KidDesk includes a calculator, a talking clock and a calendar as desktop

 KidDesk Family Edition requires Windows 3.1 being run on a 386 or better
 CPU, 4 megs of ram, VGA display, a mouse and about 2 megs of hard drive
 space.  Also recommended is a sound card capable of digitized sound, a
 microphone and a printer.  If the child has special needs, Family Edition
 works with a TouchWindow which Edmark sells directly to the consumer. 
 KidDesk Family Edition supports color printers if you have the proper
 printer drivers for Windows.

 Family Edition has many new accessories and features.  Now included is e-
 mail, voice mail, a note pad, and an address card file.  Voice mail only
 works if you have a sound card that can record sound with a microphone. 
 To send voice mail, click on the telephone on the desktop, then choose the
 icon of the person to whom you wish to send a message.  You may then
 record a message.  You can play the message to be sure it is perfect and
 then hit the send button to end the e-mail process.  Voice mail is
 received on the answering machine.  If a red light is blinking, this
 indicates messages are waiting.  Click on the machine and then you can
 listen to the messages of your choosing.  You can also record a message
 for people to hear when they send a voice-mail message to you.

 E-mail works much like a bulletin board.  Click on the mailbox and you are
 presented with icons for all incoming mail on one side of the screen and
 on the other side are the icons for all the people installed on KidDesk
 Family Edition.  Simply click on an incoming letter icon to read the
 message.  Click on the icon of a user to send mail to that person and a
 text editor will appear on the screen.  Type in your message and then
 click on the airmail icon to complete the message.  You may print out
 hardcopies of both incoming and outgoing mail.  Each letter can only be
 one page long.  If Family Edition is properly configured, it is possible
 to send the same letter to multiple users if you desire.

 The notepad allows the user to leave one page messages to himself or he
 can use the selection of borders to make stationery and send letters to
 friends.  The notepad can also be used for To Do Lists or for printing out
 a daily journal.  Four sizes of fonts are available so much information
 can be squeezed onto the single page if necessary.

 The final new accessory is the address card file.  All entries are
 automatically alphabetized by the first letter typed in the name.  If you
 wish to alphabetize by last name, you must enter the last name first and
 then the first name.  Fields are also available for the address, phone,
 birthday and notes on each entry.  This would be a very handy way of
 keeping track of the birthdays of all your children's friends.  Individual
 entries may be printed or the entire address card file may be printed out.

 The one major advantage of Family Edition is that it will run any Windows
 program that will run under your system under Windows alone.  In my review
 of KidDesk for DOS, I mentioned that Alphabet Blocks did not run properly
 under KidDesk.  It now runs flawlessly under the Family Edition.  DOS
 programs are a bit of a challenge.  Some of them will not run too well
 under Windows because they want to grab system resources away from
 Windows.  In Family Edition, you have the option to run DOS programs from
 DOS.  By toggling a switch in the application setup, choosing that DOS
 program will cause Family Edition to exit Windows and start the program in
 DOS.  When the child exits that program, Windows will restart and then
 reload KidDesk Family Edition.  This causes a delay in loading programs,
 but it does insure that all DOS programs will work.

 Family Edition is not limited to children.  You can set up a "Kid" for any
 friend or family member who will be using the computer.  I have my wife's
 favorite games set up for her under Family Edition.  She has no interest
 in learning the intricacies of DOS or Windows, but now she can play
 Scrabble or Wheel of Fortune without needing to remember archaic DOS
 command lines or the names of batch files.

 KidDesk Family Edition comes with an excellent manual that is filled with
 hints on using the program for educational purposes as well as a trouble-
 shooting guide.  All in all, this is an excellent product.  One feature I
 would like to see added would be a prompt to insert the correct CD-rom if
 it isn't in the drive already.  This feature should be optional for each
 "Kid" as most parents would not want their 3 year-olds handling CDs.  The
 suggested retail price is $59.95 but I have seen it for around $35.  If
 you have young children and have Windows and DOS programs for them to use,
 KidDesk Family Edition is the most user-friendly and compatible program
 launcher around.
 Contact Edmark by calling:

  1-206-556-8484 or, write them at: 
                             Edmark Corporation
                                P.O. Box 3218
                       Redmond, Washington 98073-3218

 Next week, I hope to review "The Tortoise and the Hare" from Broderbund's
 Living Book series.  I will also be implementing a new, numerical rating
 scale which will grade programs on graphics, play value, educational
 value, overall economic value and perhaps a few more categories.  I hope
 to grade all the software I have reviewed in the past with this new
 numeric rating scale.  If you wish to comment or offer suggestions, please
 send e-mail to me at these addresses:

                Fidonet --  Frank Sereno at 1:2235/10  
                Internet --

                                         As always, thanks for reading!


 > QMPRO for Windows 1.1 STR InfoFile      The Upgrades keep coming!

                           QMODEM PRO FOR WINDOWS
                         ENHANCED WITH FAXING POWER!

 Version 1.1 Now shipping!

      Mustang Software (MSI) is introducing QMPRO for Windows ver 1.1
 communications software, adding improved FAX capabilities to the
 industry's first program that launched data and FAX communications from a
 single dialing directory.
      MSI introduced Ver 1.0 of Qmodem Pro for Windows this past January. 
 In addition to its data and FAX capabilities, the program is also the
 first Windows-based comm package to support RIPscrip from Telegraphix Inc.
 of Huntington Beach, CA., the defacto graphics standard for BBS systems.
 (Bulletin Board Systems)

      With the introduction of version 1.1, QmodemPro for Windows has the
 ability to receive Fax and data calls in host mode, a limited feature BBS
 program that allows users to set up their personal computers to receive
 incoming modem calls.  The host mode has a built-in message, file and
 paging system, key elements found in many of the major BBS packages,
 including MSI's own WILDCAT! BBS package.

      For QmodemPro's Host Mode to recognize an incoming call as
 originating from a FAX machine, all that's needed in a Fax-modem that
 issues a "FAX CONNECT" result code.  QmodemPro supports the "Call
 Selection" feature used for returning FAX information on the "Courier"
 line of high speed FAX/Data modems from U.S. Robotics, Skokie, IL..

      Fax Modems from other manufacturers supporting the call selection
 feature can be easily configured to operate with QmodemPro by easily
 editing the Host mode script language.  By not "hard coding" this feature
 into the program itself, MSI has ensured that QmodemPro is able to support
 any current or future modem that may appear on the market.
      The Host Mode is written entirely using MSI's own Script Language
 Interface for Qmodem (SLIQ) which is based on the BASIC computer language. 
 This enables the user to edit the Host Mode by changing the source code
 and recompiling it using QmodemPro's Integrated Compiler and Debugger.    

      Sending a FAX from QmodemPro is greatly simplified with ver. 1.1. 
 The package now allows the user to configure QMPRO as a "Printer Driver"
 thus, allowing documents to be faxed directly from any Windows

      Ultimately, the user sends the fax by using the Windows application's
 document print function and selecting QMPRO as the printer.  This
 procedure launches QmodemPro, pulls up the dialing directory thus allowing
 the user to choose the phone number of the fax recipient. After prompting
 the user for cover page information, QMPRO proceeds to send the fax.

      QmodemPro for Windows 1.1 is available immediately from MSI at a
 suggested retail price of $139.00
      QmodemPro for Windows may download a free upgrade to version 1.1 by
 dialing MSI's Support BBS at 1-805-873-2400.  Additionally, the upgrade
 may be downloaded from any one of MSI's Support areas on CompuServe,
 America Online and GEnie.  A new set of QmodemPro disks may be obtained
 for the nominal fee of $23.00.

      MSI may be reached at the following numbers:
                      1-805-873-2500 - Business Office
                         1-800-999-9619 - Order Line


      Mustang Software Inc. (MSI) is the leading single source supplier of
 bulletin board (BBS) systems and related software.  MSI has well over
 thirty thousand registered users of it's WILDCAT! Software and an
 additional eighty thousand registered users of its world famous Qmodem Pro
 for DOS and for Windows communications software.  Formed in 1986, MSI is
 headquartered in Bakersfield California at 6200 Lake Ming Road.



                     77 Ways that Aldus PhotoStyler 2.0
                            Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1


 About This Document

      This document describes some of the ways that Aldus PhotoStyler 2.0
 for Windows exceeds the capabilities of Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1 for Windows,
 and why a graphics professional would benefit from these differences. It
 is not intended to be an exhaustive overview of the hundreds of features
 and benefits of either product, but an illustration of some of the
 strengths unique to Aldus PhotoStyler 2.0.

      This material has been carefully reviewed and was as accurate as
 possible as of March 22, 1994. However, because both applications are
 complex and (naturally) undergo continuous upgrading, some descriptions
 may become invalid at a later date. We therefore recommend that you do not
 rely solely on this document for a purchasing decision, but that you also
 carefully review the current specifications of each product to weigh the
 features and benefits that apply to your particular digital-imaging task.

      We welcome your comments and corrections. If you know of any
 inaccuracy in this document, please write to: PhotoStyler Product
 Marketing, Aldus Corporation, 411 First Avenue South, Seattle, WA
 98104-2871, U.S.A. You may also fax responses to PhotoStyler Product
 Marketing at (206) 343-4214.  Comments may be sent via email to on Internet or 75216,3137 on CompuServe.


      The Top 10 Ways Aldus PhotoStyler 2.0 Beats Aldus Photoshop 2.5.1
                          Unsurpassed Productivity
            Accurate and Consistent Color That's Easy to Achieve
                           Superior Output Quality
                        Program and File Integration
                     Powerful and Customizable Interface

      The Top 10 Ways Aldus PhotoStyler 2.0 Beats Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1


      Built-in color management system                  46
      Multiple previews for changes                      1
      Ability to load and edit portions of an image      2
      Built-in image management tools                   58
      Multiple transformations at once                   6
      Tool ribbon                                       62
      Quick Command palette                             64
      Harder working Open dialog box                    20
      OLE support                                       59
      Image Navigator                                    3

      Unsurpassed Productivity

      Whether a user is trying out filters, effects, or color corrections,
 PhotoStyler provides three previews of the image within each dialog box:
 one with the original settings, and two test copies that can be adjusted
 independently. This Multi-Preview capability allows users to try out and
 compare changes before committing them to the original image. Moreover,
 users can examine the previews at either a 1:1 or fit-in-window view. The
 1:1 ratio provides an accurate, pixel-level representation of the effects
 anywhere the user chooses within the image, while the full view provides a
 way to check overall results. 

      For every effect for which it offers a preview, Adobe Photoshop
 provides only one preview, with no option to compare original settings to
 alternative ones before applying changes. (The only exception is the
 Variations dialog box, discussed below.) When available, adjustments are
 previewed on the main image window that's open on the screen, at whatever
 ratio the image happens to be at, such as 1:1 or 1:4. For dialog boxes
 without previews, the change must be applied to the actual image. If the
 change isn't right, the user must undo the change and reopen the dialog
 box for further adjustments. 

      Adobe Photoshop's Variations dialog box does show either two or six
 before-and-after thumbnail previews of changes (depending on the effect
 applied). Unlike in PhotoStyler, however, this multiple-preview option is
 available only for adjusting the color balance, contrast, and saturation.

      To reduce image processing time and increase the amount of RAM
 available for image manipulation, PhotoStyler users can opt to load only a
 portion of an image into memory for editing. They can choose precisely
 what portion they want as they open the file or at any time during
 editing. Once editing is complete, the loaded portion can be saved back
 into the original image or saved as a separate file. This capability
 increases user efficiency and product performance by allowing image
 editors to work on large images a 
 piece at a time. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability. Users must always
 load all of an image, which can't help but increase image-processing time
 and decrease available RAM for editing large images.

      PhotoStyler 2.0 comes with an Image Navigator that provides a
 thumbnail, bird's-eye view of the active image at all times. This optional
 palette makes users more productive in three ways: by helping them keep
 track of where they are in the full picture while they work at the pixel
 level; by showing the overall results of up-close changes; and by letting
 them quickly select exactly where to go in an image without panning,
 scrolling, or zooming out from the current view. The Image Navigator also
 provides shortcuts for going to fit-to-screen, 1:1, or any other
 magnification level.  PS  Adobe Photoshop does not provide a feature
 similar to the Image Navigator. Users must constantly rely on the grabber
 hand, scroll bars, magnification tool, and many zoom commands to move
 around in an image, check the overall results of a change, and keep track
 of where they are in a picture.

      PhotoStyler has a memory-usage indicator to help users keep track of
 the amount of free RAM and free virtual memory available to PhotoStyler.
 The indicator provides numeric values of free memory, as well as a colored
 dot that indicates how the memory is being allocated--using RAM only or
 RAM plus the hard-drive memory (i.e., virtual memory). Based on this
 information, the user may choose to adjust the memory usage and thereby
 improve the program's performance by turning off the Undo function,
 resampling the image, editing only a portion of the image at a time, or
 performing similar actions that PhotoStyler supports.  PS  Adobe Photoshop
 2.5.1 does not offer this capability, so the user doesn't have the access
 to how memory resources are being used.

      The Practice Pad in Aldus PhotoStyler enables users to test all paint
 settings--such as brush width, paint flow, transparency, and so on--before
 applying them to an image. Users can practice on the current background
 color, on a standard color test pattern, or on a copy of any portion of
 the actual image. The latter option is particularly useful, for it allows
 image editors to practice with the tool precisely where they'll use it in
 the image. And in case they get it just right in the Practice Pad,
 PhotoStyler provides an "Apply" button to transfer the practice strokes to
 the actual 
 image, saving the effort of trying to duplicate them.  PS  Adobe Photoshop
 does not offer this capability.

 PhotoStyler 2.0 has an innovative Multi-Transform dialog box that lets
 users try out multiple transformations on a low-resolution version of an
 image, see the cumulative effect, and apply all changes at once to the
 image. These transformations include re-sizing, skewing, rotating, adding
 perspective, and similar functions. Multi-Transform also shows all changes
 in real time--that is, PhotoStyler redraws the screen at the same speed
 that the user makes adjustments, so that visual feedback is immediate. 
 This saves time by helping the user achieve the right results the first
 time.  Adobe Photoshop allows users to apply only one transformation at a
 time, hampering experimentation and increasing the time it takes to get to
 the final result. It does not provide real-time screen redraw for

      PhotoStyler provides drag-and-drop copying between windows, bypassing
 the standard copy-and-paste operation through the clipboard. In one
 motion, the user can either cut or copy the selection from an original
 image and transfer it to another, even without selecting the second image. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability. Moving selections
 between images requires three steps: cut or copy the selection to the
 clipboard, select the other image, and paste the selection from the

      Aldus PhotoStyler provides a unique magnification tool, called the
 Magnification Loupe, that simulates a traditional loupe. As the user moves
 the tool over an image, only the portion of the image that's beneath the
 loupe is enlarged. This enables a user to check on details quickly,
 without wasting time zooming and panning. Users can set the loupe's
 magnification level from 1x to 4x, and can resize the loupe.

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      PhotoStyler lets users select and open any number of images at once
 from either the "Open" dialog box or the Album. They also can close only
 the active image, multiple selected images, or all images at once. Like
 other Windows applications, PhotoStyler supports the ability to open
 multiple files from the Windows File Manager by dragging and dropping
 files onto the PhotoStyler application workspace or icon.

      Adobe Photoshop users can select and open only one image at a time
 from the "Open" dialog box. To open multiple images at once requires
 multiple trips to the dialog box, or a return to the Windows File Manager
 for drag-and-drop file opening. Adobe Photoshop can close images only one
 at a time or all at once; it cannot close several selected images at a

      Several standard operations such as saves, closes, changes in views,
 and adjustments to image resolution can be applied to multiple images at
 the same time using the Window Manager in PhotoStyler. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability. All similar
 operations must be performed on one image at a time.

      In Aldus PhotoStyler, several painting and image-editing tools
 (airbrush, paintbrush, pencil, smudge, blur, dodge and burn, and so on)
 provide the option of undoing all actions recently done with that tool, or
 just the last action. (For example, when users draw four lines, they can
 delete all four at once, or only the last one drawn.) This feature
 provides greater flexibility when painting and retouching images. 

      Adobe Photoshop can undo only the most recent stroke made with its

      Using the right mouse button, PhotoStyler 2.0 users can selectively
 undo (i.e., drag over to erase) any part of what they've added using a
 painting tool, without losing the rest of the strokes. This selective undo
 works for all painting tools and provides the flexibility needed to apply
 an effect and then remove any part of it--valuable when correcting
 painting mistakes or fine-tuning a dodge and burn, for example.

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      Aldus PhotoStyler's eraser tool allows the user to erase an image to
 white, black, or the background color, or to the last-saved version of the
 image. Users can also control the opacity, edge softness, shape, and size
 of the erasing tool. This flexibility provides a great deal of creative
 control--for example, users can apply a series of effects to an image, and
 then use a partially opaque, customized brush to selectively remove part
 the added effects. 

      Adobe Photoshop's magic eraser tool provides only a fixed-size, 
 hard-edge eraser that can erase only to the current background 
 color or to the last-saved version, without any control over 

      Benchmarks on an 8MB image show that Aldus PhotoStyler 2.0 is an
 average 33% faster than Adobe Photoshop in the application of filters and
 effects. Tests on a 10MB image show that PhotoStyler is 10% to 500% faster
 for general functions, such as painting, computations, and file handling
 (including opening, closing, cutting and pasting, and duplicating). Out of
 93 benchmark tests performed, Aldus PhotoStyler was faster in two-thirds
 of the functions. 

      Although Adobe Photoshop's performance speeds beat PhotoStyler speeds
 in a third of the tests, the program showed a significantly slower
 performance than PhotoStyler as images got larger, due to slower handling
 of virtual memory.

      When creating a border from a selection marquee, PhotoStyler 2.0 lets
 image editors control the border's width, position, and edge, as well as
 preview the border before committing to the settings. They can set borders
 from 1 to 256 pixels wide, and control the softness or sharpness of the
 edges by a value of 0 to 150. They can create the border on the outside or
 inside of the selection's marquee, or have it straddle the marquee evenly. 

      Adobe Photoshop users can control only a border's width (1 to 64
 pixels), not also its placement and edge. The program always straddles the
 border over the selection marquee (half the width inside, and half the
 width outside). Adobe Photoshop does not provide a preview of borders.

      The Undo function in PhotoStyler can be disabled to increase the
 amount of memory available to manipulate an image. An image that takes up
 15MB of RAM, for example, might need an additional 15MB of memory to
 support the Undo function. By turning off Undo, users regain that extra
 15MB of memory. Undo can easily be turned on again right before a
 comparatively drastic change that the user might want to undo.

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      For those times when a user doesn't want to turn off Undo to regain
 memory for image manipulation, PhotoStyler also provides a way to simply
 empty the Undo buffer of its current contents. (The Undo buffer stores
 what the image looked liked before the current change was made.) Much like
 emptying a trash can, clearing the buffer "dumps" the memory reserved for
 undoing the last action and releases the RAM for the next operation. Being
 able to free this memory gives the user even more control over the
 performance when handling larger images. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      The PhotoStyler magic wand (a tool used for selecting areas within an
 image based on the color or grayscale values of the pixels) provides more
 controls and options than Adobe Photoshop offers. In PhotoStyler, the wand
 can select colors or gray-scale values based on one specific pixel, or it
 can take the average of the colors within any rectangular, freehand, or
 straightline selection the user drags. The tolerance setting for color
 similarity can range from 0 to 255, and the wand can work with a variety
 of selection criteria (RGB, HSB, Hue Only, Saturation Only, Brightness
 Only, RGB Range, and HSB Range). For times when a current selection isn't
 quite right, PhotoStyler has an "Update" button that lets the image editor
 quickly change the criteria and update the selection without first
 deselecting the area.  PhotoStyler can also add, subtract, and find the
 intersection of multiple selections made with the magic wand. 

      Adobe Photoshop's magic wand can only select colors based on one
 specific pixel or upon the average of an area that is 3x3 or 5x5 pixels.
 Like PhotoStyler, it provides tolerance levels from 0 to 255 for color
 similarity, but this is the only selection criterion it offers. Adobe
 Photoshop has no way to reduce the current selection based on a new
 tolerance setting unless the user deselects the area, changes the
 criterion, and then starts the selection over again. The program can add
 and subtract multiple magicwand selections, but it can't take the
 intersection of multiple selections.

      When created with several selection tools or cumulative criteria, an
 active selection will often end up with "holes"--unselected areas in a
 large field of active pixels. PhotoStyler has a Remove Holes command to
 turn this kind of complex selection into a contiguous selection in one

      Adobe Photoshop cannot create a contiguous selection area from a
 non-contiguous ones. The user must manually lasso or draw a marquee around
 the holes, which can require extra zooming and careful drawing.

      The "Open" dialog box in Aldus PhotoStyler provides much more than
 standard file and directory listings. A thumbnail preview enables users to
 see and crop an image before they open it, or to select just a part of the
 image to load and edit. Sort and search functions help users locate files
 by parameters such as creation date, file size, and filename. Other
 options let them open an image at screen resolution, open a copy of the
 image, or load multiple images at once. From this dialog box, users can
 also gain information about a selected file (its size, color mode, format,
 location, and so on), set several file options (such as which resolution a
 Kodak Photo CD image will open at), and gain access to color management
 controls and PhotoStyler image Albums. 

      Besides the standard directory and file listings, Adobe Photoshop's
 "Open" dialog box provides only an image's name and file size. It does not
 provide a thumbnail preview, nor any of the other quick-access features
 that PhotoStyler offers.

      A PhotoStyler user can opt to make the free-selection tool find the
 edges in an image automatically. This provides an easy way to isolate
 objects from an image or an image from its background.  

      Adobe Photoshop's lasso tool does not offer this capability.

      All of the effects and image-correction filters that come with Aldus
 PhotoStyler 2.0 can take advantage of a computer's virtual memory. Thus
 users can apply these filters to an image that's larger than available

      Many filters that come with Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1 do not support
 virtual memory. Most notably, all the Distort filters (Displace, Pinch,
 Polar Coordinates, Ripple, Shear, Spherize, Twirl, Wave, and Zig-Zag) can
 work only with images that are small enough to fit into the computer's
 available RAM. The Lens Flare, Pointillize, and Crystalize filters also
 have some limitations based on available RAM. Such restrictions can
 severely limit the size of images these filters can be applied to.

      When an image editor uses the free-selection tool to draw a
 selection, it's not uncommon to go astray from the intended course.
 Applying the Backspace key enables users to correct their in-progress
 selection by backing up point by point or pixel by pixel, and then
 continuing with the selection again.

      The lasso tool in Adobe Photoshop provides no option for correcting a
 selection while the user creates it.  To achieve the same kind of
 marquee-editing ability, an image editor must use the pen tool to draw a
 path, and then convert the path to a marquee.

      Among several other options, the Aldus PhotoStyler paintbrush allows
 users to set the rate of paint flow to more accurately simulate the
 behavior of real brushes.  

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      PhotoStyler provides an option for creating text shadows
 automatically. Shadows can be offset in positive and negative values by an
 amount equal to the size of the text, and can be given their own color. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not create shadows automatically. Users must
 duplicate, offset, and recolor text to achieve the same results.

      In PhotoStyler, users have a choice of entering text as a mask, a
 floating selection, or directly onto the image. When entered as a floating
 selection, the text can be readily reformatted, resized, moved, and edited
 until the user accepts it as final text.  

      All text in Adobe Photoshop is entered as floating but it is not
 editable. To edit or reformat the text requires deleting it and starting

      Aldus PhotoStyler can import text files of up to 50 lines, and can
 accept text pasted from the clipboard. These options save users from
 typing all their text in place. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability. All text must be
 typed from scratch into an image.

      Acting much like a tissue overlay, an optional Sketch Overlay in
 PhotoStyler enables an image editor, art director, or reviewer to add
 comments to an image, say, to indicate edits, corrections, or other
 requested alterations. The overlay is also a valuable tool for verifying
 that work on an image has been completed as originally envisioned.  

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      A single dialog box in Aldus PhotoStyler provides full information
 about any image, including its format, resolution, name, and location on
 the hard drive; its color mode and dimensions; and its actual file size
 and file size on disk (these differ if the image has been compressed). 
 This Image Information box also indicates an image's current status--for
 example, whether it's been modified, whether a current partial edit is
 active, how many views of it are currently open, whether an OLE client is
 using the image, and so on. 

      Adobe Photoshop provides only a smattering of the image information
 that PhotoStyler gives--namely, an image's dimensions, resolution, actual
 image size, color mode, and color channels in use.

      PhotoStyler provides a time-saving command that will flip an image
 both horizontally and vertically in one step. 

      Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1 requires the user to perform each operation

      PhotoStyler 2.0 supports up to four hard drives simultaneously for
 swapping out virtual memory. This provides greater flexibility to the
 user, as well as the ability to handle exceptionally large images. Users
 can set up PhotoStyler to use a particular directory on a drive for memory
 swapping, and can reconfigure the virtual-memory drives without leaving

      Adobe Photoshop supports only two drives for virtual-memory swapping
 and does not let a user specify which directory to use for memory
 swapping. Also, the user must exit Adobe Photoshop to reconfigure
 virtual-memory drives.

      PhotoStyler provides access to complete information about the user's
 computer and operating system from within the program. Users can find out
 their system's configuration, the resolution of their devices (monitor,
 printers, and scanners), which printers and scanners are active, the
 amount of virtual and free memory in use, their monitor's aspect ratio,
 and Windows information. They can also gain read-only access to all
 configuration files, WIN.INI and other system .INI files, and the
 PhotoStyler "ReadMe" files. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      PhotoStyler gives the user a choice of how much information to
 restore during a revert: the whole image without any mask; a selected part
 of the image; only the mask; or the whole image plus the mask. These
 options enable a user to retain specific changes and throw out the rest.
 Restoring only part of an image also saves image-reloading time.
      During a full revert, Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1 always restores the
 entire image, consuming the same amount of time whether the previous
 changes were large or small. Version 2.5.1 users can also fill (in
 essence, "revert") selected areas of an image using either the saved
 version of the file or a "snapshot" they've previously taken of the image.

 Using the Album, PhotoStyler users can convert any number of files at once
 from one file type to another, such as from TIFFo to Targa, or from Kodak
 Photo CD to BMP, with a single command. None of the files have to be
 loaded to make the conversion. 

 Adobe Photoshop users can convert only one file at a time by first loading
 it and then using "Save as" to give the file a new format.

      Like Adobe Photoshop, Aldus PhotoStyler provides image computations
 for controlling exactly how one image acts upon another when they are
 subtracted, added, blended, composited, shifted, and so on. Unlike in
 Adobe Photoshop, however, the computation dialog box in PhotoStyler 2.0
 provides a visual reference of which images and masks are being
 manipulated, as well as a real-time preview at either fit-in-window or 1:1
 view of the results of the computations. Thus users can see precisely what
 images and masks they're working with, and can also be sure that the
 results are what they expect and want before they apply the settings.
      Adobe Photoshop supplies only a text-based dialog box for the same
 kind of calculations. The user selects filenames of the desired images and
 masks, types in values or chooses settings from pop-up menus, and must
 execute the calculation to find out the results (this feature has no
 Preview option). Because there's no visual reference to go by while
 selecting files, it's easy to insert the wrong image into a composite, or
 to layer the images incorrectly. Every correction requires a trip back to
 the calculation dialog box.

      In Aldus PhotoStyler, the Dodge & Burn tool can adjust highlights,
 midtones, and shadows simultaneously, with each attribute being given
 different settings. The program comes with 11 predefined dodge and burn
 settings, such as Increase Exposure, Increase Contrast, and Darken
 Shadows, and users can name and save their own dodge and burn settings for
 future use. A selective Undo can remove (erase) either all or part of a
 dodge and burn action for precise control over the results.
      Adobe Photoshop's dodge and burn tool can affect highlights,
 midtones, and shadows only one attribute at a time. Thus it takes three
 dodge and burn passes to achieve the same result as one pass in
 PhotoStyler. The program has no predefined dodge and burn settings, does
 not allow settings to be named and saved for later use, and has only one
 level of Undo for dodge and burn actions.

      The PhotoStyler eyedropper tool can select a color from a single
 pixel or it can take the average of the colors within any rectangular or
 freehand area or along any straight or freehand line. This gives the image
 editor more control over precisely what color to work with when adjusting
 or enhancing images.

      Adobe Photoshop's eyedropper tool can only select the color of 
 a single pixel in an image or take the average of a selection area of 3x3
 or 5x5 pixels.  

      Aldus PhotoStyler lets users include up to eight colors in the same
 gradient fill. The colors can be chosen from the entire color palette.
      Adobe Photoshop allows only two colors (the current foreground and
 background colors) to be applied to the same gradient fill.  Achieving the
 effect of multicolor gradients requires several gradient-filled objects
 side by side.

      PhotoStyler provides an on-screen leveling aid (with rotation degree
 display) that assists in rotating selections to a precise vertical or
 horizontal alignment. The user selects any two points on the image that
 should be level or plumb, and PhotoStyler rotates the image accordingly.
 This one-step feature is valuable for adjusting crooked scans and
 precisely aligning particular image elements, such as tables or walls,
 with the top or side of the image.
      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      PhotoStyler has a Shift command that moves all pixels of a selection
 by a specified distance within the selection boundary. The user can shift
 the pixels up, down, left, and right, and can control what goes into the
 area vacated by the moved pixels (such as a fill of the shifted-out image
 or of the background or foreground color). This feature extends an image
 editor's options for artistic effects. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      PhotoStyler comes with numerous predefined image sizes and
 resolutions for new images, including sizes for common film recorder
 formats, 35mm film, 4x5 film, and the current screen size. Users can
 choose the resolution of new images based on the current screen, target
 printer, active document, or custom resolutions.  Image editors can also
 manually define the height, width, data type, and color mode of the new
      Adobe Photoshop users must set the height, width, resolution, data
 type, and color mode for each new file they create in the "New" dialog
 box. The program has no predefined image sizes and resolutions.

      The PhotoStyler 2.0 user can set up a specific sequence of commands
 to be invoked after an image has been scanned. This makes dialog boxes
 open automatically in preparation for processing and color correction.
      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      Because large images can take a bit of time to open, PhotoStyler
 displays all loaded parts of an image as the image is being loaded into
 memory. This way, users can verify early that it's indeed the image they
 want; they can cancel the file loading at any time.
      Adobe Photoshop does not display any part of an image until the whole
 image is loaded into memory. Therefore users must wait before they can
 verify it's the one they want. Users can cancel the file loading at any
 time, in case they remember that they're opening the wrong one.

      Occasionally, users save an image and then realize at the last second
 that they're accidentally writing over the original, saving the image to
 the wrong directory, or not quite done making all the changes they want.
 PhotoStyler therefore allows users to cancel a save (or a "save as") to
 reclaim the file; the user can then rename the image, change directories,
 or make additional changes as necessary.
      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      PhotoStyler can take advantage of a computer's math coprocessor to
 speed up interpolation and many filter operations. Without this support,
 users would have to wait longer for the computer to process the results of
 their changes. 

      Only the Lens Flare filter for Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1 supports math


      PhotoStyler uses the KODAK PRECISION COLOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM to bring
 predictable color to a computer system. A CMS is a universal color
 translator that interprets color among various devices, such as scanners,
 color monitors, and printers. With a properly configured CMS, users get
 consistent, accurate color through previewing, editing, and output.
 Because the CMS makes on-screen color more accurate, the results of image
 editing are more predictable in PhotoStyler, and the user ultimately
 wastes less 
 time, money, and materials getting images right. CMS information can be
 attached to images saved as TIFF files, so applications that support the
 Kodak Precision Color Management System can use the information, too. 

      Because Adobe Photoshop has no color management capability built in,
 it provides no automatic controls for ensuring that the screen
 representation of an image accurately reflects what will end up in the
 final output. Usually, an image editor must work by trial and error with
 many controls to obtain accurate color results. Third-party CMS plug-ins
 are available for separate purchase, but they lack the full CMS
 integration that PhotoStyler offers.

      Because PhotoStyler uses the color management system that's produced
 by Eastman Kodak--the creators of the Kodak Photo CD system--it can
 optimize Photo CD images specifically for CMYK output and separations.
 PhotoStyler also utilizes Kodak's own color-space conversions to translate
 a photo's color space into the monitor's RGB color space.

      Adobe Photoshop does not have access to all the information encoded
 into Photo CD images, making it impossible for the program to approach the
 color quality that PhotoStyler can provide for Photo CD images.

      PhotoStyler supports the HLS color mode (hue, lightness, and
 saturation) in addition to the RGB, CMYK, and HSB modes. Using the HLS
 mode lets image editors isolate and work with specific properties of a
 color, say, to adjust only the hue of a color but retain its current
 lightness and saturation to provide more realistic effects.

      When merging two or more images, an image editor must have control
 over the overlaid pixels--that is, whether the pixels within one image are
 opaque or transparent in relation to the other's. For ultimate control
 over this kind of merging, the PhotoStyler merge controls enable users to
 adjust the transparency for any number of discontiguous color ranges along
 the RGB spectrum (such as all colors between 2 and 54, 98 and 103, and 113
 and 115). 

      Adobe Photoshop's composite controls allow only one range of colors
 to be merged between images, which provides much less control over the
 results of compositing.

      The merging controls in PhotoStyler let users drop out a single color
 in an image--such as white, black, or any other solid color--by simply
 clicking an option to make the color transparent. This is useful when
 compositing images that have solid backgrounds. 

      Adobe Photoshop has no single command to accomplish this.  Dropping
 out a color can be done manually, but the task requires toying with slider
 bars to find the right combination that will make a particular color

      An image that's in indexed-color mode has a color palette that
 contains a fixed number of colors (256 is the most common). Like many
 image-editing applications, PhotoStyler gives the user access to the color
 definitions through "color look-up tables." Aldus PhotoStyler does,
 however, provide numerous editing controls that Adobe Photoshop doesn't
 have. Image editors can, for example, easily "walk" colors through the
 table to analyze an image's component colors or to create special effects.
 (This shifts the selected colors one entry to the right or left by moving,
 say, the color in the 256th location into the first location.) Users can
 edit colors, find and change all occurrences of a particular color or
 range, quickly invert colors, and automatically redefine colors so that
 they blend smoothly from one selection to another in the table. As for
 most other alterations, PhotoStyler 2.0 provides a real-time preview of
 the effect of color changes on the image.  Being able to edit and preview
 the changes this way gives image editors significant control over special
 effects, image analysis, and how the pixels within images map to certain

      Adobe Photoshop allows its indexed-color table to be edited, but
 lacks the interactive capability to shift colors through the table. The
 program also cannot invert colors, redefine colors so they blend between
 two selected colors, or provide real-time previewing of changes to the
 table (the user must execute the change to see the results).

      PhotoStyler 2.0 provides four different layouts for its color
 palette, suitable for managing screen real estate and controlling which
 tools should be at hand. The palettes become progressively more complete,
 providing information such as color-component values, the color spectrum,
 color wells of most recently used colors, access to Help, and secondary
 access to tools such as the eyedropper.

      Adobe Photoshop provides only two layouts for its color palette. Both
 offer the foreground color, background color, and color-component
 percentages; the enlarged palette also adds swatches of custom colors.

      PhotoStyler provides 14 libraries of process colors: PANTONEAE*
 (Coated, ProSim, Uncoated, PoSim Euro, Process, and Process Euro),
 Trumatch Four Color Selector, DIC Color Guide (Dainippon Ink and
 Chemical), Focoltone, Grays, Crayon, Munsell (High Chroma Colors and Book
 of Color), and ToyoPC. Users can also apply custom color libraries created
 in Aldus PageMaker. 

      Adobe Photoshop provides only eight color libraries: ANPA, Color,
 Focoltone, PANTONE (Coated, Process, ProSim, and Uncoated), Toyo 88 Color
 Finder 1050 System, and Trumatch. Users can also create custom color

                           SUPERIOR OUTPUT QUALITY

      In PhotoStyler, a Print Preview shows all elements that will be
 printed on the page, including the image itself, printer's and crop marks,
 labels, and tiling breaks. Users can instantly verify whether everything
 will fit on the output. The preview is immediately updated whenever the
 user alters the printing specifications, for example, to change the
 image's scaling, 
 orientation, aspect ratio, or centering.
      Adobe Photoshop can show only an x'd rectangle that indicates 
 where on the piece of paper or film the image will print. It does not show
 the placement of labels and printer's and crop marks.  Because users don't
 know exactly what they'll get until they print, however, they can
 sometimes waste valuable time and materials getting the results right.

      Aldus PhotoStyler can automatically tile images when printing to fit
 large work onto multiple pages. 

      Adobe Photoshop has no tiling capabilities. If an image is larger
 than the print area, the image gets clipped during printing.

      The Kodak Precision Color Management System allows the PhotoStyler
 user to "soft proof" printed output to the screen for an accurate
 representation of what the colors will look like on any CMYK output device
 supported by the CMS. This softproof feature reduces wasted output and
 improves the user's ability to achieve accurate color correction.

      Adobe Photoshop does not provide this capability.

      PhotoStyler 2.0 can print one or more thumbnails per page from its

      Adobe Photoshop does not provide thumbnail printing.

                        Program and File Integration

      PhotoStyler has a feature called Album, an integrated program for
 cataloging, managing, searching through, viewing thumbnails of, and
 tracking revisions of all images filed on a user's hard drives, CD-ROMs,
 and disks. Album is available at all times from an on-screen icon, as well
 as from the "Open" dialog box. Users can save images automatically into
 the Album, and add comments, keywords, and descriptions to them. They can
 search through or sort files by title, keyword, or file format, and can
 load multiple images at once into Aldus PhotoStyler. The Album is valuable
 for browsing through the contents of Photo CDs, which can name files only
 by number (rather than with more descriptive labels). 

      Adobe Photoshop has no image management and cataloging capabilities,
 and no way to view Photo CD images as thumbnails before opening them.

      PhotoStyler supports OLE as a server so that images can be placed
 into other OLE client applications, such as Aldus PageMaker, Aldus
 FreeHandAE, or Aldus PersuasionAE, and then updated automatically.

      Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1 for Windows does not support OLE.

      From within PhotoStyler, users can set up any compatible image file
 format so that it recognizes PhotoStyler as its editing application. This
 way, double-clicking on an image from the Windows File Manager
 simultaneously launches PhotoStyler and opens the image for editing--a
 time saver for those who want to get their work done faster. Users can set
 up file associations for any image format that Aldus PhotoStyler supports,
 including BMP, JPEG, Targa, and TIFF images. Like other Windows
 applications, PhotoStyler also honors file associations created from the
 Windows File Manager. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this built-in capability. Association
 of file types can only be done through the Windows File Manager.

      When saving an image in the JPEG format, PhotoStyler users can select
 a compression level from 1 to 100, as well as decide whether to subsample
 the chromatic resolution to achieve a higher compression rate. (The latter
 option provides settings for None, YUV422, YUV411, or CMYK4114.) All
 options provide better control over the degree of compression, in which a
 lower level loses less data than a very high level. PhotoStyler also
 provides access to information about the compression level and subsampling
 that has 
 been applied to any JPEG image.
      The only JPEG compression control that Adobe Photoshop provides is a
 slider-bar continuum of settings between "Fair," "Good," and "Excellent."
 It does not enable users to select subsampling options. There is also no
 way in Adobe Photoshop to determine how much an image has been compressed,
 or whether subsampling has even been performed.


      PhotoStyler has an optional tool ribbon that provides quick access to
 all the settings for the currently selected tool or brush. This
 everything-at-a-glance palette provides more information in one place than
 Adobe Photoshop can, and supports faster changing of attributes for every

      Adobe Photoshop requires the user to double-click on each tool to
 check or change its current settings, and to close the dialog box before
 using the tool, even if the settings are OK. The program's floating
 Brushes palette does update to show the current brush size.

      For almost every action, effect, or transformation, Aldus PhotoStyler
 has a way to help the user preview the results before committing to the
 settings. These previews include the Practice Pad for trying out paint
 tool settings; Multi-Preview dialog boxes for comparing the effects of all
 filters, effects, and color corrections between the original and two test
 images; optional thumbnail previews in the "Open," "Save," and "Save as"
 dialog boxes for examining files before loading or saving them; a
 Multi-Transform dialog box to verify the cumulative effect of several
 transformations at once; dialog boxes that show a graphical sample of the
 current settings for text, tools, gradient fills, and similar attributes;
 a Print Preview to show how all elements on a page will print; and a "soft
 proof" for an accurate representation of an image's colors based on the
 selected output device. Furthermore, PhotoStyler can provide real-time
 previews for all effects, regardless of the type of monitor or graphics
 card in use; the real-time setting is optional so that users who have
 slower computers can turn it off if desired. 

      In general, Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1 has only three types of preview
 methods: a Preview button in some dialog boxes to show the outcome of that
 particular effect on the actual image on-screen; low-resolution thumbnails
 in the Variations dialog box; and select dialog boxes that show a
 graphical sample of the current settings for text, tools, fills, and so
 on. (In fact, most of the effects in Adobe Photoshop have no kind of
 previewing capability.) Adobe Photoshop does not provide anything similar
 to a Practice Pad, Multi-Preview, or Multi-Transform dialog box, nor does
 it have thumbnails in its "Open" dialog box. It can provide previews of
 only one action at a time, and--except for the Variations dialog box,
 which shows multiple samplings for only color balance, contrast, and
 saturation settings--it does not provide a way to compare "before and
 after" changes. In addition, Adobe Photoshop can provide real-time, 24-bit
 previewing--for those dialog boxes that support it--only on computers that
 have an Adobe Photoshop compatible graphics board.

      To help speed their work, PhotoStyler users can create their own
 floating palette of up to 16 menu commands of their choice, such as
 oft-used filters, effects, and transformations. They can arrange the
 commands in any order they like--for example, to reflect the sequence of
 steps that tasks such as color correction may require. The Quick Command
 palette also provides an automatic cache of up to 16 most recently used
 commands. Image editors can create and save an unlimited number of command
 palettes for use with other images or other tasks. Besides enabling faster
 processing of images that need the same kind of enhancement, the palette
 lets people customize PhotoStyler for others in the production team who
 may not know the program's interface but who understand the editing tasks 
 required for an image.

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      Using drag-and-drop actions, PhotoStyler users can create their own
 custom toolbox within the standard floating tool palette. They can select
 which tools to include and where to put them--useful, for example, when
 grouping tools according to frequently performed tasks.
      Adobe Photoshop does not have a customizable toolbox.

      Frequently an image editor needs to have multiple views of the same
 image open--for example, to view different channels or ratios
 simultaneously. In this case, the user would want all views to be focused
 on the same area of the image, no matter where the active window is
 scrolled. PhotoStyler therefore provides an automatic alignment option
 that can pan all of an image's open windows at the same time that the
 image editor uses the grabber hand to move around in the active window.
 This ensures that all views are focused on the area the user is working
      Like PhotoStyler, Adobe Photoshop can show multiple views of the same
 image, but it can't automatically focus all the views on the same area
 without the user manually scrolling each window independently to the
 appropriate spot.

      In Aldus PhotoStyler, the "Save" and "Save as" dialog boxes provide
 similar functionality as the "Open" dialog box, enabling users to search
 through their hard drive, see a thumbnail preview of the active image, and
 set up formats and file types for the file about to be saved. Even as
 they're about to save a file, users can delete large files when disk
 memory is low, easily find a particular drive or directory, attach
 comments such as version notes to files as they're saved, and perform
 other file maintenance tasks. 

      Adobe Photoshop does not offer similar capabilities in its "Save" and
 "Save as" dialog boxes.

      PhotoStyler provides a complete context-sensitive Help that's
 accessible from every menu, dialog box, and tool ribbon. It includes an
 on-screen quick reference of all keyboard and mouse shortcuts, as well as
 hints at the bottom of the screen that briefly explain the purpose of any
 tool, palette, palette item, or menu command the cursor passes over. A
 visual Help reference shows the entire interface (complete with palettes
 and tools) side by side with the Help contents; a user merely points and
 clicks to see a complete description of a selected item. A full index is
 also available as a side-by-side window to keep users from losing their
 place in the index as they read among the entries themselves.  

      Adobe Photoshop's online, context-sensitive Help is available for all
 of its menu items but for only two-thirds of its dialog boxes. It does
 supply on-screen hints about tools that have been selected, but not also
 for menu items, palettes, and palette items.  It also lacks a visual
 reference for interface items, a quick-reference of shortcuts, and a true
 index (what it labels an "index" is more like the table of contents in
 PhotoStyler's Help).

      PhotoStyler supports private .INI (preferences) files for different
 users, working styles, or types of jobs. The .INI file stores the
 workspace settings and tool and palette preferences that were in place
 when a user last left the program.

      Adobe Photoshop does not support private preferences files.

      Aldus PhotoStyler provides significantly more control over fills than
 Adobe Photoshop. Image editors can set the fill color as black, white, the
 background or foreground color, or one of up to eight custom colors
 PhotoStyler saves for the user. In the same dialog box, they can set a
 fill's opacity and color mode, change its component-color values, get to
 the color picker to select a new color, and use an eye-dropper to select a
 color from a thumbnail of the active image. A Preview button shows the
 results of the current fill settings on the active selection. Being able
 to control so many fill attributes from one place aids experimentation and
 increases productivity.

      Adobe Photoshop 2.5.1 can fill an object with the current foreground
 color, a pattern, or with the corresponding portion of either the saved
 version of the file or a "snapshot" they've previously taken of the image
 (the latter option in essence "reverts" selected portions of the image).
 The user must reset the foreground color before opening the "Fill" dialog
 box, where only the fill's opacity and color mode can be set. All other
 color settings must be built into the foreground color.

      When an image window is sized larger than the image itself,
 PhotoStyler lets users select from among seven background colors for one
 that interferes least with the colors in the image. This improves their
 ability to assess and correct colors accurately, with less distraction.
 The choices include white, black, and shades of gray, including 18% gray,
 the best choice for most viewing environments.
      Adobe Photoshop gives no choice to the user, instead making an image
 background of light gray or black. 

      PhotoStyler lets users specify units of measurement in millimeters,
 as well as in the standard inches, pixels, picas, points, and centimeters.
 Millimeters are useful in Europe and other countries where the metric
 system is in common use.

      Adobe Photoshop cannot specify units in millimeters.

      PhotoStyler supports both the PhotoStyler for Windows and Adobe
 Photoshop for Windows plug-in specification. In addition, users can
 configure PhotoStyler to load plug-in filters that support either plug-in
 standard from up to nine separate hard-drive locations, providing users
 with more flexibility in installing filters. 

      Adobe Photoshop for Windows supports only the Adobe Photoshop for
 Windows plug-in standard, and can only load filters located in the
 Photoshop PLUGINS directory.

      PhotoStyler has a Painting Options palette that displays all
 attributes for the current paintbrush or airbrush tool, including its
 opacity, spacing, soft edge, rate of flow, and stroke length settings.
 Showing all attributes at once and in one place allows for faster
 double-checks and adjustments. 

      Adobe Photoshop requires the user to check in three places to find
 out all current settings for a painting or airbrush tool: the tool's own
 dialog box (accessible by double-clicking the tool), the Brushes palette
 (which can always be open), and the Brushes Options dialog box (accessible
 only from the Brushes palette).

      The rectangular selection tool in the PhotoStyler tool palette always
 indicates whether there's an active selection area in the image.  By
 "marching" in place in the palette, the tool alerts users when even one
 pixel is still selected, or when a selection marquee has been temporarily
 hidden. This saves them the aggravation of accidentally applying tools to
 the selection instead of to another part of the image.
      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability; users must often
 second-guess why a particular tool may not be working the way they expect,
 when the tool is actually being applied to a selection they don't realize
 is still active. 

      Tool icons in PhotoStyler can be set at either 24x24 or 32x32 pixels
 to govern the size of the palette and how well it fits on-screen. This
 feature is especially useful for those who have small monitors.
      Adobe Photoshop does not offer this capability.

      A preferences option can set PhotoStyler to always open in 
 maximized window mode. This was a popular request from version 1.1 
 users, many of whom would create a macro to perform this one task 
 during launch. Being able to open PhotoStyler into the user's 
 typical working configuration saves an extra step that is otherwise 
 a nuisance task.
      Adobe Photoshop cannot be configured to open in maximized window
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                                         (819)682-7771 BBS

 T.P Board and Front Door                (201)941-1110 Voice Dos

 Remote Access(Wantree Development)      (800)648-9800 Voice Dos
                                         (913)441-0595 BBS

 The Major BBS (Galaticomm, Inc.)        (800)328-1128 Voice Dos
                                         (305)583-7808 BBS
 First Class (SoftArc)                   (416)299-4723 Voice Mac(E-Mail)
                                         (416)609-2250 BBS   

 TeleFinder (Spider Island)              (714)669-9260 Voice Mac 
                                         (714)730-5785 BBS

 AmiExpress   Phone to be announced.... Amiga

 DLG  (TelePro Technologies)             (403)341-7826 Voice Amiga
                                         (403)347-3269 BBS

 Celebrity/Alacrity (Lexicon Computing)  (310)693-9405 BBS   Dos

 TEAMate (MMB Development Corp)          (310)318-1322 Voice Unix

 3.  The SYSOP understands that the number of modems that may be obtained 
 under this program is limited to the number of working, VERIFIABLE data 
 lines.  Data lines MUST be dedicated for modem use only and MUST be
 available 24 hours a day for modem access.  Modems purchased under this
 program MUST be used on one of the stated lines.  Furthermore, the SYSOP
 understands that the number of serial cards that may be obtained is one
 for each 2 modems ordered under the SYSOP Program. Participants in the
 Sysop Program beginning 1/1/92 may purchase the Dual Async Card based on
 these rules as well.

 4.  The SYSOP agrees to post an appropriate logon notice, visible to users 
 of the bulletin board, which states that said bulletin board uses and 
 supports U.S. Robotics brand products.

 5.  The SYSOP agrees that he/she intends to operate the bulletin board,
 for which these products are purchased, for at least six (6) months post 
 purchase.  The U.S. Robotics logon must remain in effect for six (6)
 months to allow verification that the bulletin board is in place and that the 
 U.S. Robotics promotional message is being displayed.

 6.  The SYSOP agrees that, in order to avoid conflict with the U.S.
 Robotics reseller channel, modems purchased under this program cannot be
 re-sold without the expressed written consent of U.S. Robotics.  Violation
 of this policy will result in the SYSOP's being ineligible for future
 participation in the U.S. Robotics SYSOP program.  In addition, any
 warranties on modems re-sold without U.S. Robotics authorization will be
 null and void.

 7.  The SYSOP understands that initialization of the verification process
 may take from one (1) to fifteen (15) days depending on the number of
 orders being processed by the SYSOP Support Department, and difficulty in
 verifying your bulletin board.  Shipment of product will take from two (2)
 to six (6) weeks pending availability of the particular product ordered. 
 U.S. Robotics will ship product(s) to QUALIFIED SYSOPs as soon as possible

   A.   The SYSOP completes the order form and questionnaire found on the 
        U.S. Robotics BBS via the SYSOP command at the main menu.  These
        must be filled-out on-line as no mail-in orders will be accepted.

 Prepaid orders will NOT be processed until payment has been received by 
 U.S. Robotics.  After placing an order on the board, a SYSOP wishing to 
 prepay his/her order should send a money order or cashier's check for 
 U.S. funds to:

                               U.S. Robotics 
                            SYSOP Support Program
                            8100 McCormick Blvd.
                              Skokie, IL 60076

 It is imperative that the SYSOP name, voice phone number and BBS phone
 number be indicated for identification purposes.  A personal or company
 check is acceptable, but shipping will be delayed for ten (10) working
 days to ensure that the check clears our bank. 


          ** Wire transfers MUST be pre-approved by the          **
          ** U.S. Robotics Sysop Department.                     **

         $ U.S. Robotics will now accept credit card orders.     $ 
         $ To pay via credit card please call the 708-982-5151   $ 
         $ and be prepared to provide the phone representative   $ 
         $ pertinent credit card information.  Charges will not  $ 
         $ be applied to the account until the BBS has been      $ 
         $ verified by a SYSOP administrator.                    $ 

   B.   The SYSOP understands that once an order is placed, it cannot be 
        changed.  If you are uncertain as to the product you want to
        purchase, you may consult the Information & Text Files file area of
        this bulletin board for product information.  Or, you may call the
        U.S. Robotics Technical Support Department at (708) 982-5151 or
        call our Fax on Demand system at 800-762-6163  or  708-982-9061.  

   C.   Your board will be verified by a U.S.R. Online Support Analyst.
        We MUST be able to connect with your bulletin board to verify board 
        status.  In the event that we are uncertain of your board status,
        you will be notified by a U.S. Robotics representative.  We will
        advise you as best we can as to what you need to provide in order
        to have your board verified (appropriate logon, copy of phone bill, 
        soft-ware registration, etc.).  In no case will we verify a board
        until we are certain that it meets the requirements of the program.

   D.   U.S. Robotics will not accept voice phone-in orders.

   E.   U. S. Robotics reserves the right to modify, change or cancel this 
        program at any time.

   F.   If you have any questions regarding this program, please call 
        (708) 982-5151 for clarification.  

                              *** THANK YOU ***

 We realize that all Bulletin Boards are not the same and we are not always
 able to ascertain their validity during our normal verification process.
 In order not to exclude those Bulletin Boards from our program, we may
 request additional information such as copies of telephone bills, proof of
 software  purchase  and/or  registration  and  network  and  association
 membership. This information will only be requested by U.S. Robotics in
 rare cases and can not be used solely as a means of qualification.

 Before placing an order, please take steps to ensure the process goes as 
 easily as possible.  

 1. Create a login for U.S. Robotics

 2. Ensure no questionnaires or voting is necessary

 3. If your logon requires information other than password be sure to
    include this information on the order.

 4. Once this is established logon under the U.S. Robotics ID and look for 
    verifiable proof of six months activity.  If you can't find it, odds
    are we won't be able to either.

        ** US Robotics CAN NOT download special software to verify  **
        ** your BBS.  We support the basic communication platforms. **

  U.S. Robotics is determined to provide a SYSOP Program which is fair and 
  equitable to everyone.  Any requests made of SYSOPs in order to verify 
  Bulletin Boards are made in order to ensure that the program serves the 
  entire SYSOP community and protect the USR distribution channel as well.  

  We will make every effort to process each and every order in a
  professional and courteous manner.  Please help us to provide the type of
  service you want and deserve by filling-out the order form as completely
  and accurately as possible and responding to our requests for additional
  information in a prompt manner.

                              *** THANK YOU ***

 Contact Points for U.S. Robotics Inc., USA
 BBS - 708-982-5092
 FAX - 708-982-0823
 Fax on Demand - 800-762-6163  or  708-982-9061
 Compuserve - GO USROBOTICS  76711,707
 FIDO - 1:115/500
 RIME - USRUSA  #174
 PRIME - 98:212/1
 Internet -
 Voice Sysop Support - 800-550-7800
       Sales         - 800-DIAL-USR

 USRobotics Inc.


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                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      Well, it's certainly been a week of interesting news.  First
 Commodore announces it's liquidating its assets and out of business;
 and then Atari announces "...that it has exclusively licensed Jaguar
 technology to Sigma Designs to deliver PC cards incorporating the
 award-winning Jaguar 64-bit technology with Sigma's Reel-Magic(TM)
 full-motion video capabilities.  This deal will expand Jaguar's market
 reach by allowing more than 10 million users to play Jaguar software
 titles on their IBM-compatible personal computers by year's end."  Both
 of the announcements, in their entirety, are included in this issue.

      While the end of Commodore has probably not shocked too many
 people, the news is unnerving.  It could have easily been Atari,
 instead. Commodore and Atari computer users have a lot in common with
 each other.  Both really never reached the levels of acceptance of the
 public, though deserved.  Both, however, maintained a profile of "non-
 conformity" by not going with the PC/Mac "in-crowd" and purchasing
 systems according to their needs/desires rather than a self-proclaimed

      What impact will the shutting down of Commodore have on Atari and
 its users?  Probably the only thing it will do is give us a taste of
 reality - that of finality.  There will be little benefit as Commodore
 users aren't likely to abandon their platform, least of all toward
 Atari machines, if at all in the near future.  There may be some
 "benefits" by attracting buyers for the Jaguar over the 3D2.

      As to the announcement of Atari licensing their Jaguar technology
 to Sigma, this has a great deal of potential for Atari.  Although the
 announcement carries few specific details (cost, hardware requirements,
 etc.), Atari can reap some terrific rewards by capturing another market
 for Jaguar users.  As we learn more of the aspects of this new venture,
 we should be able to tell just how promising this new agreement will

      As mentioned last week, both STReport Editor regulars Joe Mirando
 and John Duckworth are away this week; look for their return shortly!
      Until next time...

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 > Atari Licenses Jaguar Technology! STR Spotlight

  For Immediate Release
  Contact: Lynn Thompson, 408/764-0740
           Karen Magill, 617/494-8202
           Cunningham Communications, Inc.
           Bill Rehbock, 408/745-2000
           Atari Corporation
  JAGUAR for the PC
  SAN JOSE, Calif. -- May 3, 1994 -- Atari Corporation (AMEX: ATC)
  today announced that it has exclusively licensed Jaguar technology
  to Sigma Designs (NASDAQ:SIGM) to deliver PC cards incorporating
  the award-winning Jaguar 64-bit technology with Sigma's
  Reel-Magic(TM) full-motion video capabilities.  This deal will
  expand Jaguar's market reach by allowing more than 10 million users
  to play Jaguar software titles on their IBM-compatible personal
  computers by year's end.
  "Atari will once again jump ahead of the market by bringing the
  world's most advanced game technology to a new group of consumers
  in record time," said Sam Tramiel, president of Atari.  "Knowing
  there would be great demand for Jaguar on personal computers
  -- we designed the system to talk easily to the leading computer
  architectures.  This has allowed us to move quickly to partner with
  Sigma Designs to make this happen before Christmas."
  "We are pleased to join Atari in its mission to expand the industry
  standards for video game play," said Julien Nguyen, vice president
  of engineering and chief technical officer of Sigma Designs.
  "Jaguar's 64-bit technology will be extremely attractive to the
  MPC customer base of more than 10 million users.  By combining
  Sigma's Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) technology with Atari's
  3D animation, we look forward to bringing the hottest video game
  technology and software titles to the desktops of users worldwide."
  Sigma Designs, headquartered in Fremont, Calif., is a leading
  manufacturer of high-performance multimedia computer products and
  document imaging display solutions.  With the the release of its
  ReelMagic MPEG controller in October 1993, Sigma Designs redefined
  affordable video playback for the PC.  ReelMagic allows users to
  experience a new generation of realistic entertainment, education,
  training, and business presentation software titles with full-screen,
  full-motion video and CD-quality sound.  All Sigma Designs products
  are sold worldwide through a network of dealers, distributors and
  system integrators.
  Atari Jaguar is the world's first 64-bit interactive multimedia home 
 entertainment system and is the only video game system manufactured  in
 the United States.  Jaguar, the most powerful multimedia system 
 available, was recently named the industry's "Best New Game System" 
 (Video Games Magazine), "Best New Hardware System" (Game Informer)  and
 "1993 Technical Achievement of the Year" (DieHard GameFan).  Jaguar also
 recently was given the European Computer Trade Show  Award for "Best
 Hardware of the Year."
  Atari Corporation, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., manufactures and  markets
 64-bit interactive multimedia entertainment systems, video  games and
 personal computers for the home, office and educational marketplaces.
  All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


 > Commodore Goes Under! STR Spotlight  -  CBM, End Of An Era!!

                            CBM, END OF AN ERA!!

 WEST CHESTER, Pa.--Commodore International Ltd., a pioneer in the personal
 computer industry, said late today it is going out of business.  The
 company plans to transfer its assets to  unidentified trustees "for the
 benefit of its creditors" and has placed its major subsidiary, Commodore
 Electronics Ltd., into voluntary liquidation.

    "This is the initial phase of an orderly voluntary liquidation of both
 companies," Commodore said in a brief statement.  Company executives could
 not immediately be reached this evening.  The company last month reported
 an $8.2 million loss for the quarter ending Dec. 31 on sales of  $70.1
 million. A year earlier, Commodore lost $77.2 million on sales of $237.7
 million in the  same period.

      In the latest report, Commodore said financial limits had thwarted
 its ability to supply products, leading to weakened sales. One of its new
 products, the Amiga CD32 video game, had sold poorly in Europe, where the
 company did most of its business.

      The company's net worth turned negative in the fiscal year ended last
 June 30.  Its stock, which had traded at around $3 per share before the
 quarterly results were announced last month, closed unchanged at 87 1/2
 cents per share on the New York Stock Exchange today.

      "This is a company that briefly captured the attention of the
 American market and didn't go where the market was going," said David
 Coursey, editor of the newsletter P.C. Letter in San Mateo,  Calif. "They
 just never managed to change with the marketplace."

      While grabbing some market share and attention in the late 1970s,
 Commodore's products were something between PCs and game machines "and
 never quite became either," Coursey said.  Commodore started 40 years ago
 as a typewriter repair company in the Bronx. Its extension to the adding
 machine business paved the way for it to make calculators and then
 personal computers by the mid-1970s. Commodore competed with Radio Shack
 for the first computers sold to homes and co-founder Jack Tramiel became a
 highly-regarded figure in the fledgling PC industry.

      By the early 1980s, it was overshadowed in the PC business by Apple
 Computer Inc. and IBM.  Software manufacturers didn't create as much
 software for Commodore's Amiga line as it did for Apple and
 IBM-compatible machines.

      In recent years, most of Commodore's business was in Europe.  NewTek
 Inc. of Topeka, Kan., created a product called Video Toaster that
 converted Commodore's Amiga to a video-editing system. The $2500 product
 was popular with small advertising agencies and home hobbyists.  The
 company's phones were busy tonight.

                      Commodore Users Mull Options

   (May 2)
 Scores of concerned Commodore Amiga users and developers from around the
 world gathered in the conference area of the Amiga User's Forum (GO
 AMIGAUSER) Sunday evening. They met to discuss their options now that
 Commodore International has said it plans to liquidate its operations.

 Answering members' questions was Mike Levin, leader of the Commodore
 Shareholders Movement, an organization representing the interests of
 Commodore investors. "There will be no doom and gloom here tonight,"
 promised Levin as he opened the conference.

 Member John Horton asked a question pressing on the minds of many Amiga
 users and developers: "Will the Amiga line continue?"

 "There are several possibilities," replied Levin. "It is my belief that no
 one will continue to make the Amigas which we are familiar with beyond
 what the existing supply of chips will allow. But instead, someone will
 pick up the technology and license it out to anyone who wants it, and you
 will see an array of Amiga-ish products, including cable boxes, game
 machines, and an Amiga-on-a-card for Pcs."

 Member Carl Hansen asked, "What will a share of Commodore be worth
 tomorrow and then next week?"  "Friday's news is definitely bad for
 shareholders," answered Levin. "First the large creditors will be paid
 back, then the smaller ones, then the shareholders.  We probably won't see
 much at all when it's done."  Member Mike Richard asked, "What do you
 think this will all mean in the short-term?"

 "In the short term, there will definitely be a dry period," answered
 Levin.  "But continue to buy third-party products from GVP, Macrosystems,
 Scala, etc., so that when potential purchasers of the Amiga technology
 look at the market, they will see something good. Above all else, the
 market must not be allowed to go away."

 "Don't you think that the professional Amiga market will discontinue to
 exist immediately?" inquired member Ottmar Roehrig. "Which company will
 buy machines which are not being produced and repaired anymore by its

 "Unfortunately, it is a confidence issue," stated Levin. "Sure, there are
 customers who will not buy computers made by a dissolved company, but
 there are also people who care about solutions more than support."

 But member Paul Idol was skeptical. "I understand your hope that we all
 buy Amiga products and announce that we WILL buy them and so on," he
 stated.   "But how do you answer questions in the minds of buyers to the
 effect of `Where will we get parts and repairs?'"

 "It depends on the supply of parts," replied Levin. "I can only guess that
 part of the responsibility of the trustees is to maintain the value of the
 products and the market. This is a hope, but responsible trustees should
 do what they can to supply whatever parts might still be in warehouses."

 In his final comments, Levin appealed to the users and developers
 attending the conference to make their voices heard. "The tradition of
 Commodore computers will only continue based on your activities and
 letters and outcry in the coming weeks," he stated. "Let people know this
 market exists and wants to continue to exist."


 >chro-MAGIC STR InfoFile!     -     MultiSync Gizmo for Falcon!


                            Software Innovations
                     MultiSync Gizmo for Atari Falcon030!
     The Atari Falcon030 offers more graphics modes than any previous Atari
     computer.   When you add the modes  possible with video enhancers like
     FalconsScreen*, SWABS*, ScreenBlaster*, & BlowUp030* the possibilities
     are seemingly endless.  Unfortunately, there is a problem in trying to
     access all these wonderful graphics modes.   Some require  a VGA  type
     monitor  to  be  connected  to the Falcon030  while  others require an
     SC1224  (RGB)  type  monitor  to  be connected.   Most "standard"  VGA
     monitors  aren't capable  of displaying some of the RGB modes and most
     RGB monitors can't handle the VGA modes.

     So, you say to yourself, I'll go and buy a multisync monitor (like the
     NEC 3D*)  that   is  capable  of  displaying   all  the  video  modes.
     Unfortunately, the existing  adapters for MultiSync  monitors make the
     Falcon030 think that a VGA only monitor is connected and therefore the
     computer refuses to use all it's available modes.  How can you get the
     full use of your multisync monitor?
     chro_MAGIC  Software  Innovations  offers  the  MultiSync  Gizmo  as a
     solution to your multisync monitor troubles.  The MultiSync Gizmo is a
     monitor adapter that has a switch to toggle between VGA and RGB modes.
     Just plug in your multisync  monitor and set the switch  -  that's all
     there is too it.  You can even switch between VGA and RGB "on the fly"
     without having to reboot the computer.  The MultiSync Gizmo is backed 
     by a full 1 year warranty & is available NOW from your local dealer or
     direct from chro_MAGIC. Suggested retail price is only $24.99 (US).
                          chro_MAGIC Software Innovations
                                 516 North Jackson
                                 Joplin, MO  64801
                                   United States
                              phone: +1-417-623-7393
 Note: Requires an Atari Falcon030 and  a multisync  monitor  with a 15 pin
       connector.  May also be used as a VGA adapter when the switch is set
       to VGA mode.
                         Also available from chro_MAGIC
        RAM Gizmo for Falcon030                - $99.00 suggested retail
        Pianistics 1.20 for ST/STe/TT/Falcon   - $79.00 suggested retail
        Guitaristics 1.92 for ST/STe/TT/Falcon - $69.00 suggested retail

 * NEC 3D, FalconScreen, SWABS, ScreenBlaster, and BlowUp030 are trademarks
   of their  respective companies.   chro_MAGIC Software Innovations claims
   no ties with said companies or their products.


  > View 2.5! STR InfoFile     -     New From "It's All Relative"!

 Here is a partial list of the new features in View 2.5, which we expect to
 release at the TAF'94 in San Antonio this June 4-5.

 The text viewer updates:

  - In version 2.0, the text viewer and control module were a single

    This is no longer true.  [Note: this allows you to easily replace the
    text viewer, if there is another viewer you prefer!]

  - Can now call a text editor.

  - Can call up a fileselector to load another file.

  - Displays text in TT medium res, if this resolution is available. [For
    you Falcon users, that's 640x480x16.]

  - Supports graphics cards.

  - Will optionally load the entire file into memory, rather than small

  - Will allow mouse selection of options from Help screen.

  - Has a "slider" on the Help screen for fast access to any point in a

  - Displays text twice as fast.

  - Has a multi-line scroll capability for faster scrolling on all

  - Has a third, slower speed for better scroll control.

  - Has adjustable mouse sensitivity.

  - Can optionally use mouse buttons to scroll.

  - Has an adjustable full-screen scroll amount.

  - Can search backwards, as well as forwards.

  - Now includes a case-sensitive search, to go with its case-insensitive

  - Has an extra hex display mode to display files as binary data.
  - Will select hex mode by default if the file is non-ASCII.

 Coming soon, we'll post the list for the picture viewer... we didn't want
 to inundate everyone with the entire list all in one day. ;-)

      ~dmj - It's All Relative


                       STReport's "EDITORIAL CARTOON"

 > A "Quotable Quote"                What a Concept!

      Two politicians took a long safari vacation in the African Bush.  One
 day, they took a rest, removed their packs, and leaned their rifles against
 a tree.  They were startled when a large, hungry-looking lion emerged from
 the jungle and began eyeing them with anticipation.  It was clear that the
 politicians' rifles were too far away to do them any good.  One politician
 began to remove his shoes, and was asked by the other why he was doing that.
 The man replied, "Because I can run faster without them."  The first
 politician told him, "I don't care how fast you can run,  you'll never
 outrace that lion."  The now-barefoot politician told him, "I don't have to
 outrun the lion.....       I only have to outrun you!!"


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 will also include discussions on Diving Expeditions and Research.


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                              ABCO Incorporated
                                P.O. Box 6672
                      Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155
                                  Est. 1985

                     1994 SPRING SPECIALS NOW IN EFFECT!
                  ABCO manufactures custom storage devices!

                INTEL 32 BIT 486/66, VLB w/Math Co-Processor 
             4MB ram upgradable to 32MB 1MB SVGA VESA VIDEO CARD
                 Sound Blaster Compatible Stereo Sound Card
               DOS 6.2 - Windows for Workgroups 3.11 Included
      128K CACHE - 1.44/1.2 FLOPPY Drives, Mouse & 101 deluxe Keyboard
              250MB IDE hd - 2 SERIAL, 1 PARALLEL, 1 GAME PORTS
                       250W POWER SUPPLY TOWER SYSTEM
               14" Non-Interlaced SVGA 1024x768, 28dpi Monitor
                         40Mhz VLB, S&H Incl 1695.00
                       695.00 with order, balance COD
                   other higher powered packages available
             or, design your own!  Call for value added pricing!
                   Call: 904-783-3319 Anytime, Voice Mail


                 Syquest Removable 44-105-270mb SCSI Drives
                         All Size Platters Available

                  Diamond Speed Star 24x SVGA/VGA Video Card w/1mbVRAM
             Diamond Stealth & Viper 1mb & 2mb - Call for prices
                     Enhances Windows SPEED and EFFICIENCY
               Diamond High Performance Sound Cards Available
                Soundblaster Cards and compatibles 8 & 16 bit
        Pro Audio Spectrum STUDIO 16 - 16bit - Midi - Audio Recognition
             Top of the Media Vision PAS Line - True Multi-Media
               IDE Super IO cards & 16550 UART 2 & 4 Port Cards

                    Call: 904-783-3319 Anytime, Voice Mail
                               COMPUTER STUDIO
                          WESTGATE SHOPPING CENTER
                        40 Westgate Parkway -Suite D
                            Asheville, NC  28806
                                 Orders Only
                          FULL LINE COMPUTER DEALER

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                               202 Roberts St.
                          East Hartford CT.  06108
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                                907 Mebourne
                               Hurst, TX 76053
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                               1278 Alma Court
                            San Jose, CA.  95112
                          FULL LINE COMPUTER DEALER
                              CompuSeller West
                             220-1/2 W. Main St.
                           St. Charles, IL., 60174
                             Ph. (708) 513-5220
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