ST Report: 20-Jan-95 #1103

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 01/23/95-11:36:46 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 20-Jan-95 #1103
Date: Mon Jan 23 23:36:46 1995

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 for better than three hours.  Naturally, it came on Friday evening and
 sporadically into the night.  So, here I sit on Saturday morning finishing
 up what should have been long gone yesterday.

      Word Perfect, a Novell Applications Group, is shipping PerfectOffice.
 If you've heard me rave about Word Perfect 6.1 for Windows, I'm absolutely
 ecstatic over PerfectOffice.  It is superb!  Its exciting just thinking
 about using it in place of all the "ditties" I was using to get the job
 done.  Elsewhere in this issue and in the next few issues, we'll be
 covering OfficePerfect, its installation, look and feel, usefulness, value
 and the most important factor of them all with both hardware and
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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                   ------------------------   ----------
                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World

                                Issue #03

                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                  >> Internet Funding Ends in Spring <<

    A Cambridge, Massachusetts, research group says the Internet will
 undergo major restructuring after April 30 with the end of a contract
 for direct funding by the U.S. National Science Foundation's NSFnet.

    Forrester Research Inc. says the end of the federal funding will mean
 profit-based Internet service providers with national networks will take
 over as existing operators disappear.

    Regarding security issues, CI says the report foresees commercial
 solutions becoming "increasingly available to provide data insulation
 such as router filtering, hacker-shielded applications software and
 global virus traps."

                  >> Seagate, Sony Creating New Drive <<

    Seagate Technology says it has reached an agreement with Sony Corp.
 to jointly develop and commercialize a magnetic hard disk drive
 utilizing a new media technology pioneered by Sony.

    The drive, which will be based upon technology known as Pre-Embossed
 Rigid Magnetic (PERM) media, has the potential to improve storage
 capacity, simplify the manufacturing process and reduce overall
 manufacturing costs of disk drives, says Seagate.

    PERM, unlike conventional aluminum and glass based media used in
 hard disc drives, is a plastic-based disc similar to the media technology
 used in CD-ROM and magneto-optical (MO) disc drives PERM discs have
 a permanently embossed embedded servo, which offers potential benefits
 that would reduce manufacturing costs while enabling significantly
 higher areal densities.

                      >> Borland Cuts 650 Workers <<

    To cut costs, software publisher Borland International Inc. is set to
 reduce its worldwide work force by about 40 percent, from 1,700 to 1,050

    The restructuring also includes closure of many Borland distribution
 operations in Europe, as well as shutdown of two manufacturing plants in
 the U.S. and Europe and focusing development on core products.

    Borland now will focus on its software development tools. The company
 this year is to launch a tool called Delphi that analysts say appears to
 be its best hope for significant growth.

                 >> Bad Pentiums Cost Intel $450 Mil. <<

    A $450 million charge is being taken by Intel Corp. to account for
 the costs of replacing its flawed Pentium microprocessor.

    The chipmaker says the charge produced a 37% decline in Intel's
 fourth-quarter earnings to $372 million, or 86 cents a share, from
 profits of $594 million, or $1.35 a share, in the 1993 quarter.  Intel
 sales were up 35% to $3.23 billion from $2.39 billion.

    Saying the charge will cover all the costs associated with replace-
 ment chips and writing down the value of the flawed chips, Intel
 President/CEO Andrew Grove commented, "The Pentium processor divide
 problem has been a learning experience for Intel. In the end, I think it
 will strengthen the company by improving our policies and infrastructure
 for serving customers with a wide range of computing needs."

    Meanwhile, sources quote Intel as saying it will debut its next gen-
 eration chip -- code-named P6 ("6" for Intel's sixth generation micro-
 processor and "P" for Pentium -- during this year.

                   >> Microsoft, PCTV Ready TV Show <<

    Microsoft Corp. and PCTV Inc. are jointly producing a series of shows
 that will air weekly on the Jones Computer Network via the Mind Exten-
 sion University cable television channel. The series is set to debut
 this Sunday.

    Microsoft says the venture's goal is to offer timely information on
 Microsoft business products using real- life examples. This Sunday's
 segment, for example, demonstrates how to connect disparate network
 environments and features a solution implemented by a credit-card
 processing company using Microsoft BackOffice and Windows NT.

                    >> Digital's Earnings Increase <<

    Digital Equipment Corp. this week reported net income of $18.9
 million (or 7 cents per common share of stock) for the second quarter
 ended Dec. 31, 1994, compared with a net loss of $72.1 million (or 53
 cents per common share) for the same period a year ago.

    Digital said its balance sheet continued to strengthen. It ended the
 quarter with $1.132 billion in cash. At the quarter's end, 65,000 people
 were employed by Digital, a reduction of 21,900 positions, or 25%, over
 the previous 12 months.

                  >> IBM Sells 1 Mil. Copies of Warp <<

    IBM Corp. this week announced it has shipped 1 million copies of its
 OS/2 Warp PC operating system.

    "We've just shipped our one millionth copy of Warp," said Mark
 Elliott, IBM vice president of software marketing, noting that this
 brings the installed based of the OS/2 operating system, including
 previous versions to 7 million.

    Elliott says IBM believes many of the buyers of OS/2 Warp are first
 time OS/2 users, rather than users who have upgraded from earlier

                      >> AST Offers New Notebook <<

    A new notebook computer that will retail for $2,499 has been intro-
 duced by AST Research Inc. AST officials are quoted as saying the 5.9-
 pound Ascentia 810N is more than 30% faster than a typical notebook in
 its class and has the largest color display in a notebook computer of
 its size and weight.

    The system has a floppy disk drive that can be replaced with a second
 nickel metal hydride battery, doubling battery life to allow up to six
 hours of non-stop performance.

    Options include a credit card sized modem that allows users to down-
 load files from an office personal computer, read electronic mail and
 monitor stock prices. It comes pre-loaded with Lotus Organizer, Connect-
 Soft E-Mail Connection, Traveling Software LapLink Remote Access,
 Delrina WinFax and COMit LITE for faxes and data files and CompuServe,
 Prodigy and America Online starter kits.

                   >> Seagate Offers Fast Hard Disk <<

    Seagate Technology Inc. says its fastest AT-interface (IDE) hard
 disk, the Decathlon 850, is now in production.

    The 850MB dual-platter drive combines an 11-millisecond average seek
 time with a 5,400 rpm spindle speed and a 16.6MB per second Fast ATA-2
 industry standard disk interface.

    Seagate notes that the Decathlon 850 is fast enough to allow a low-
 cost, fully- configured multimedia PC to handle 30-frame-per-second
 full-screen video playback using minimal compression. It adds that the
 drive's performance eliminates the need to add a higher-cost Small
 Computer System Interface (SCSI) adapter.

    "The Decathlon 850 provides the means to build a multimedia machine
 for consumers," says Brian Dexheimer, Seagate's director of marketing
 for desktop and mobile products. "The Decathlon 850 plays an important
 role in this type of system to enable data-intensive multimedia
 applications like high-quality video playback.

                 >> Boca Research Reduces Modem Price <<

    The price of Boca Research Inc.'s V.34 28,800 bps BocaModem has been
 reduced. The new estimated selling price of the V.34 External BocaModem
 is $232 and $183 for the internal model.

                   >> U.S. Robotics, Cisco Sign Pact <<

    A 3-year technology-sharing and manufacturing pact intended to ease
 communications between computer networks has been signed U.S. Robotics
 Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc.

    The deal merges U.S. Robotics dial-up communications modems and
 Cisco's routing technology into one box. Currently, networks use routers
 to move data between networks and separate communications hubs to allow
 remote dial-up access.

    In a statement, the firms said the first products from the collabor-
 ation are expected in the first quarter of this year. Each company will
 sell the jointly developed products.

    That first joint product will combine a Cisco 2500-series access
 server and networking software with a U.S. Robotics network hub.

                   >> Canon Ships NEXTSTEP Computer <<

    Canon Computer Systems Inc.'s Advanced Technologies Operation has
 introduced the object.station 31, an entry-level addition to its line
 of Intel '486-based personal workstations. The object.station 31 is
 specially optimized to run the NEXTSTEP operating system.

    "NEXTSTEP is the most mature object-oriented software available and,
 combined with our object.stations, provides programmers with the
 performance boost necessary to rapidly develop mission- critical custom
 applications," says Dale Fuller, director of marketing for Canon's ATO

    The object.station 31 incorporates a 100MHz 486DX4 microprocessor,
 16MB of RAM (expandable in 16MB increments to 112MB) and a high-
 performance video subsystem with 2MB of video RAM. Customers can order
 the system with NEXTSTEP preinstalled. The workstation can be upgraded
 to a Pentium OverDrive CPU.

    Pricing for the object.station 31 starts at about $4,000. It's
 available now.

                   >> Gateway Shipping New Notebook <<

    The ColorBook2, the latest in Gateway 2000 Inc.'s portable product
 computer line., will begin shipping later this month.

    Reports say the 5.7-pound ColorBook2, starting at $3,499, offers
 among its new features integrated 16-bit stereo sound, enhanced video
 performance and increased hard drive and memory capacity.

                  >> H&R Block Offers TaxCut Software <<

   H&R Block today introduced TaxCut, tax preparation software available
 in Windows, DOS, Macintosh and CD-ROM formats that also includes free
 human assistance.

    Reports say that TaxCut 1994 Final Edition features a real world user
 interface of notebook style tabs to help users navigate quickly and
 easily throughout the program. On-screen decision-making tax tips help
 users answer complex tax questions and find ways to reduce their taxes
 by suggesting legal deductions.

    If human assistance from professional tax preparers is needed, TaxCut
 users can call participating H&R Block offices nationwide for free
 answers to tax-related questions. If a TaxCut-prepared return is audited
 by the IRS, H&R Block will assist with preparations and send an H&R
 Block staff member to the audit -- all at no charge.

    If a customer runs out of time, he or she can have the return
 completed at any participating H&R Block office. H&R Block will deduct
 the full retail purchase price of the software from its regular fees.

    Retail cost of $39.95 for all versions, including the multimedia CD-
 ROM edition.

                   >> Nintendo Sues Korea's Samsung <<

    In Seattle, Nintendo has brought a federal suit accusing Korean
 electronics giant Samsung Electronics of counterfeiting thousands of
 Nintendo video games.

    The suit alleges the counterfeit cartridges containing Samsung-
 produced parts have been distributed worldwide, with bogus games found
 in Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

    Nintendo also alleges that in China, Samsung supplied components
 containing Nintendo software to at least one of two major government-
 owned operations that pirates software.

    Samsung spokesman Tad Bixly said the company denies wrongdoing.
 Expressing "disappointment" over the charges, he likened Nintendo's
 action to "suing a diskette vendor because you found pirated software on
 one of their disks."

    Samsung, a major manufacturer of ROM chips for computer cartridges,
 is quoted as saying it would be "impractical and inappropriate" to
 analyze each of its customer's proprietary software.

    Meanwhile, Nintendo called its allegations against Samsung "most
 troubling" because the large electronics company is one of only a few
 capable of reproducing specialized components, including the 32-bit
 chips used in Nintendo's latest hit, Donkey Kong Country (which has sold
 more than 6 million copies since late November).

    Nintendo's suit seeks immediate termination of allegedly illegal
 production, seizure of all inventories, monitoring of future production
 and unspecified monetary damages.

                  >> Online Subscribers Top 6 Million <<

    The latest best guess is that there are now 6.3 million subscribers
 to commercial online services, up 38%, or 1.7 million users, since last

    Doing the estimating is Information and Interactive Services Report,
 which says in a statement that much of that growth was in the last three
 months of 1994, when the industry added 800,650 users, or 14.5%.

    The publication added that, due to overlap, the actual number of
 users may be closer to 5.4 million, since it appears about 15% of online
 customers subscribe to two or more services.

    IISR Editor Rod Kuckro said, "There's no reason to expect that growth
 on online services would not continue in 1995 at the same robust rate.
 The rate will likely exceed the growth in 1994."

    He predicted competition will continue to drive down connection
 charges and monthly fees and "more Americans will be able to 'kick the
 tires' of online services as computers come prepackaged with at least
 one online service as part of the standard suite of software."

    IISR said the six largest consumer-oriented online operators at the
 end of 1994 were:

    -:- CompuServe, with 2.45 million users.
    -:- America Online, with 1.5 million users.
    -:- Prodigy, with 1.2 million users.
    -:- Delphi, with 100,000 users.
    -:- GEnie, with 75,000 users.
    -:- eWorld, with 65,000 users.

                    >> Prodigy Libel Suit Expanded <<

    An investment firm has expanded its $200 million libel suit against
 Prodigy, now also accusing the online service of negligence.

    Stratton Oakmont Inc.'s suit originally named Prodigy and ex-Prodigy
 employee David Lusby as co-defendants in the suit, alleging Lusby posted
 an electronic message on the service accusing Stratton Oakmont of fraud.

    However, attorney Jacob Zamansky, representing Stratton Oakmont, now
 has filed an amended complaint dropping Lusby from the suit, saying
 someone else apparently used his account to post a message.

    Zamansky has said that he contends that by allowing Lusby's account
 number to be filched, Prodigy acted negligently. "This case has exposed
 the serious lack of security procedures" at Prodigy, he said.

    A Prodigy spokesman called the allegations "unfounded."

    Lawyer Robert Charles of Weil Gotshal & Manges in Washington, D.C.,
 characterized this as "a high-stakes case," noting that if successful,
 it may force online services to take preventive measures to protect
 themselves against such claims. "If unsuccessful, he added, companies or
 individuals defamed online may be without a legal precedent for


 > Frankie's Corner STR Feature

                         The Kids' Computing Corner

 by Frank Sereno

                                 Clock Shop
                               Nordic Software
                                P.O. Box 6007
                           Lincoln, NE 68506-0007
                    phone 402-488-5086  FAX 402-488-2914
                  floppy diskette for Windows and Macintosh
                           approximate retail $30
                                ages 5 to 12

 IBM Requirements                    Macintosh Requirements

 CPU:    386SX                       CPU:     MacPlus or greater
 RAM:    4 megs                      RAM:     1 meg
 Video:  SVGA                        Video:   Monochrome or color
 CD-ROM: no                          CD-ROM:  no
 Hdisk:  3.4 megs                    Hdisk:   3 megs
 OS:     Windows 3.1                 OS:      System 6.0.7
 Sound card recommended

 Clock Shop teaches children how to tell time by both analog and digital
 clocks by using drills and work problems.  Children will also learn how to
 solve math problems involving time and clocks.

 The program will track the progress of numerous children through a logging
 procedure.  Children can automatically progress through the eight lesson
 groupings or they can select random lessons.  Upon completing a lesson
 successfully, the child will be granted 30 seconds of game time.  The game
 involves moving a mouse from one side of the screen to the other while
 avoiding a pendulum swinging in the middle.  As the child gets a higher
 score, the pendulum will swing faster requiring precision timing to avoid
 being hit while traversing the screen.  Options include setting the number
 of questions for each lesson and the number of incorrect answers the child
 may give before the program moves to the next question.

 The main lesson screen shows an analog clock on the left half the screen.
 A digital clock is in the upper right corner of the screen.  Below the
 digital clock are five buttons.  One is marked "Done" and it is clicked
 when the child has answered the question.  The remaining four buttons
 adjust the hours and minutes forward and backward.  Below the buttons will
 be the text of the problem to be answered.  A speaker button can be
 clicked to have the problem stated aloud.

 The program has eight lesson groupings.  These involve setting digital
 time from an analog clock, setting an analog clock from digital, setting a
 digital clock from words, setting an analog clock from words, digital
 clock problems, analog clock problems, counting by fives and quarter hour
 terms.  The clock lessons are divided into six intervals of an hour, half
 hour, quarter hour, ten minute, five minute and one minute.  The smaller
 time interval problems have a higher degree of difficulty.

 Clock Shop is not visually exciting.  The graphics are rather plain and
 animations are not used often enough.  The sounds are adequate.  Digitized
 voices have good diction and are easily understood.  The program uses few
 sound effects or music.

 The interface is point and click but it does have some rough spots.  The
 method for logging into the program may be difficult for younger children
 to accomplish without adult supervision.  On screen help is available but
 it is not audible.  The positive feedback is a bit understated.  Negative
 feedback is very gentle and the correct answer will be shown after a set
 number of incorrect responses.  Another nice feature is the printing of
 worksheets to reinforce the computer lessons.
 The manual is rather small and does not contain a troubleshooting guide.

 Clock Shop has limited play value.  The lessons are rather staid and can
 be repetitious.  The Clock Game which serves as a reward to encourage
 further learning is not enticing.  Game play becomes very difficult after
 several crossings.  Some children may enjoy watching the squishing of the
 mouse.  This program does not have much replay value.

 The lessons are designed well but the subject matter is rather limited and
 can become boring.  Better positive feedback would improve the program's
 appeal and increase the learning potential.

 This program has limited educational scope and appeal.  It is better
 suited for the school environment.  It just lacks the niceties of home
 edutainment titles.  The lack of a money-back guarantee is another strike
 against this program.  Nordic Software does guarantee against defective
 media for ninety days.  In comparison, many software producers are now
 offering thirty-day or more satisfaction guarantees which allow you to
 return the product if it does not meet your needs or expectations.


                     Graphics ........... 5.0
                     Sounds ............. 6.0
                     Interface .......... 6.5
                     Play Value ......... 5.0
                     Educational Value .. 7.0
                     Bang for the Buck .. 6.0
                     Average ............ 5.91


                             Welcome to Bodyland
                               IVI Publishing
                           7500 Flying Cloud Drive
                         Minneapolis, MN 55344-3739
                            phone 1-800-432-1332
                  CD-rom versions for Windows and Macintosh
                            approximate price $30
                              for ages 5 to 11

 IBM Requirements

 CPU: 386DX-33    RAM: 4 megs   Video: SVGA   CD-ROM: Double-speed
 Hdisk: 4 megs    OS:  Windows 3.1  Sound: SB16 or compatible

 Information on Macintosh requirements was not available.

 Welcome to Bodyland is a multimedia theme park featuring thirteen
 attractions.  Children will learn interesting facts about the human body
 from Ricki, the tour guide, and her friendly parrot, Hiccup.  Each
 attraction is a human organ which is colorfully illustrated and animated.
 Each destination features a colorful theme song which includes information
 about that organ.

 The main screen is an overhead view of the Bodyland Amusement Park.
 Simply point and click on the body part that you wish to explore.  Once
 you have arrived, a child will ask a question about that part of the body.
 Ricki will then list some facts that will answer the question.  You can
 click on various objects in the scene to view amusing animations or learn
 more interesting facts.  A book icon presents a few pages of facts to
 further enhance the learning experience.

 After you have visited all the body attractions, you can test your
 knowledge at the Discovery Tower.  It features three levels of difficulty
 and you can amass a maximum score of 9999.  This quiz feature is intended
 to help learning retention.

 The graphics are bright and appealing.  They are lacking in detail but
 they are satisfactory.  The animations are a bit jerky.  Mouth movements
 were not synched precisely to the sound even on a 486DX2-66 with eight
 megs of RAM.  Sound is excellent throughout the program.  The voices have
 excellent enunciation and have a cheerful tone.  Digitized sound effects
 are used often and to good effect.  The music is interesting and varied.

 The interface is point and click.  Audible help is not available from an
 icon but Ricki and Hiccup will give instructions to the child at
 appropriate times.  In the Discovery Tower game, negative and positive
 feedback is provided by sound effects.  Spoken words might be a better
 choice.  Another nice touch which IVI missed is that a narration of the
 books should have been available for pre-readers.  The manual is extremely
 brief at ten pages which includes the program credits and the music
 lyrics.  Additional information is provided in a readme.wri file.
 Technical support is available at a toll-free number.

 Welcome to Bodyland is fun and interesting.  The animations are amusing
 and the learning facts should fascinate children.  The drawback that I see
 in the program is that it does not vary from play to play.  It may take
 several hours to search all the attractions but once completed there is
 nothing to bring the child back.

 Educational value is good.  This program will help satisfy children's
 curiosity about their bodies but I do wish that more information were
 available in the program.  The program is probably a bit simple for ten
 and eleven-year-olds.  Perhaps a dictionary of body organs or the addition
 medical illustrations would give the program added value to older

 This program is reasonably priced and has good value for educational and
 play content.  On the minus side, the program has no mention of guarantees
 in its documentation or packaging.  Toll-free technical support is a plus.


                     Graphics ........... 7.0
                     Sounds ............. 9.0
                     Interface .......... 8.0
                     Play Value ......... 7.5
                     Educational Value .. 8.0
                     Bang for the Buck .. 8.0
                     Average ............ 7.91

 Thanks for reading!


 > CPAV FAQ STR InfoFile

   This is the Frequently Answered Questions Document for Central Point
                   AntiVirus and Microsoft Anti-Virus.

 0.0 What is an FAQ (Frequently Answered Questions)?

 1.1 Where should I install Central Point AntiVirus?

 1.2 How do I update Central Point AntiVirus or Microsoft AntiVirus?

 1.3 Technical Support Services


 2.1 I heard that Symantec is going to drop the Central Point Products.

 2.2 Are there any program upgrades available?


 3.1 How can I receive more information about Central Point

 3.2 When I try to start Windows I get dropped back to the DOS prompt
     if VSAFE is loaded.

 3.3 When CPAV is scanning the drive I get a GPF in Windows or the
     system locks up.

 3.4 The virus list feature of Microsoft AntiVirus does not work.

 3.5 Windows does not start or I hear a beep and Windows does not load

 3.6 I updated CPAV but the message telling me to update it still

 3.7 VSafe warns that a virus is present but CPAV doesn't find
     any viruses.

 4.1 How to make an Emergency Disk and when to use it.

 4.2 Data security


 0.0 What's an FAQ?


     An FAQ is a compilation of the most common questions about a subject
     and their answers. This is an established technique (adopted from
     its widespread use on USENet) for reducing the repetition of
     questions and answers from on-line services (such as BBS,
     CompuServe and America Online).

     Our intent is to answer as many questions as possible. You don't have
     to leave a question and call back to get an answer to something
     that we've already covered a few times before.

     We will be aggressively maintaining these to ensure that they always
     have answers to the most current issues pertaining to a product.
     Naturally users are encouraged to read the FAQ. Hopefully you'll
     find your question (and its answer) here (which will save you time
     and money).

     Please note that this is not intended to replace the manual or the
     built-in help. It is prepared and maintained by our electronic
     support staff so our FAQ's may not have breadth or editorial
     polish of our official documentation. Hopefully, this will answer
     some questions that our technical writers couldn't foresee. You
     may have been referred to this document by one of our technicians
     or another customer. Please don't take offense to this. We are
     trying to provide the answers in the best possible way. You are
     welcome to suggest improvements. How to update Central Point
     AntiVirus or Microsoft AntiVirus

 1.1 Where should I install Central Point AntiVirus?

     If you already have an earlier version of Central Point AntiVirus,
     CPAV should be installed to the same subdirectory that has
     CPAV.EXE or WNCPAV.EXE for Dos and Windows respectively. Because
     CPAV updates certain files in the PCTOOLS or CPS directory,
     installing into that directory will guarantee that all files are
     updated properly and minimize the amount of disk space needed.

     If you do not have an earlier version, then it can be installed on
     any drive and to any subdirectory of your choosing.

 1.2 How do I update Central Point AntiVirus or Microsoft AntiVirus?

     To receive the update for CPAV or MSAV you will either need to
     order the update disk or download the update from one of the
     online services. Dial (503) 984-5366 for the Central Point BBS,
     select F(iles) and choose the appropriate library. For CompuServe
     use the command GO SYMCPDOS and look in Library Section 4, GO
     SYMCPWIN and look in Library Section 4, or GO SYMNET and look in
     Library Section 10. On America OnLine use the KeyWord Symantec and
     open the File Library. Once the update has been downloaded move it
     to an empty sub-directory and run it. When it is finished running
     you will have the actual update files in that directory. There
     will be a README.TXT file with further instructions on how to
     proceed. This file will need to be viewed and the instructions
     followed in order to update the anti-virus program. To view this
     file type EDIT README.TXT.

     The file you need to download depends on the version (Dos,
     Windows, or OS/2) you have. If you are using Central Point
     Anti-Virus for Dos you will need to check the version number you
     are updating. Change to the directory that contains CPAV.EXE and
     run it. Choose Help, and then About, writing down what it says the
     version is. Look at the following chart to find out what file you

     After the update is completed delete all of the SMARTCHK.CPS
     files on your hard drives and start CPAV. Select options and turn
     off Fast Verify and scan the hard drives. This will create new
     SMARTCHK.CPS files with the correct information for the updated
     program. If you have an Emergency Disk copy the new CPAV.EXE and
     VIRULIST.CPS files to the floppy disk.

  Product                      Updater

  Microsoft Anti-Virus for Dos -------------------------- DOSAV.EXE
  Microsoft Anti-Virus for Windows ---------------------- WINAV.EXE
  CPAV for Dos v1.0 - 1.4 (PCTools v8.0 and earlier) ---- V1SIG.EXE
  CPAV for Dos v1.5 - 2.2 (PCTools v8.0a and later) ----- V2SIG.EXE
  CPAV for Windows (PCTools for Windows v2) ------------- WINSIG.EXE

 1.3 Technical Support Services

     A wide variety of services are available to registered owners of
     Central Point products.


     Technical Support via on-line services is available through
     the services listed below. Use these services to converse with us
     and other Central Point customers for helpful dialog, tips and for
     access to files using your computer.

     CompuServe Forums: Call your local access number, available in your
     CompuServe membership kit, and type GO CENTRAL at any exclamation
     point (!) prompt. We have two Forums, and if you are using a
     script to log onto CompuServe, type GO SYMCPDOS for DOS products,
     type GO SYMCPWIN for Windows, Macintosh, and OS/2 products, type
     GO SYMNET for support of Network products.

     America Online Industry Connection: Call your local access number,
     available in your America Online membership kit. The keyword for
     our industry connection is CENTRAL.

     Bulletin Board System: Set your modem to 8 data bits, 1 stop bit
     and no parity. Dial 503-984-5366 for up to 14,400 baud access.

     With our automated fax retrieval service you have instant access
     to up-to-date technical articles and product information 24 hours
     a day, 7 days a week. Call this easy-to-use system from a touch
     tone phone to request catalogs or up to four documents to be sent
     directly to your fax machine. Call 503-984-2490.


     Technical Support by telephone is available through a
     variety of programs designed to meet the individual support needs
     of users of our products. Telephone support is available weekdays
     from 6:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Standard Time. Following is a
     summary of our telephone support plans:

     If you have only an occasional need for technical assistance via
     telephone, our PriorityCare program gives you immediate access to
     our experts on a pay-as-you-go basis. You have two options with
     this program: Call our 800 number to charge the service fee to
     your credit card, or call our 900 number and the service fee will
     be charged to your regular phone bill.

     Dial 800-491-2764 to charge the $25.00 service fee to your Visa,
     MasterCard or American Express card. Please have your credit card
     handy when you call.

     Dial 900-555-7700 to charge the $2.00 per minute fee directly to
     your regular phone bill. The first minute of your call is free.
     This option is a good choice for those quick questions.

     Our QuickStart support program is designed for users who need
     telephone assistance getting started with their new software. This
     program is also a great value if you think you may need to make
     more than one or two calls to technical support. QuickStart gives
     you 30 days of unlimited telephone access to our technical experts
     for $30 per person, per product family*.

     PremiumCare Gold, our annual support plan, is a cost effective
     solution if you frequently call technical support. This plan
     offers a full year of unlimited calls to technical support for
     $149.95 per person, per product family*.

     Extended plans are also available to organizations in need of
     additional technical support services. We offer a variety of
     plans, ranging from toll-free priority telephone support to
     extended hours and weekend support. Please call customer service
     at 503-690-8090 for more information, or to order any one of our
     telephone support plans.

 *Product Families

 ANTI-VIRUS     Anti-Virus for DOS, Windows and OS/2

 BACKUP         CP Backup for DOS, Windows and special
             manufacturer's bundles

 MACINTOSH MacTools, MacTools Power PC, Safe & Sound and
             Anti-Virus for Macintosh

 PC TOOLS  PC Tools Pro (DOS), PC Tools for Windows, E-Disk,
             Speed Tools, and File Manager

 XTREE          XTree Gold, XTree for Windows and XTree Gold for

     Please note that support is no longer available for  Copy II
     products or for the Deluxe Option Board. These products have been
     discontinued. The most common support questions and answers for
     these products are available via the automated fax retrieval
     service. Order document 58000 for the Copy II document and 59000
     for the Deluxe Option Board document.


 2.1 I heard that Symantec is going to drop the Central Point

     Central Point will remain a separate division of Symantec. The Support
     Policies will continue to be those of Central Point.

 2.2 Are there any program upgrades available?

     If program upgrades should become available, they will be
     available in our file libraries on our BBS, CompuServe and America
     Online forums.


 3.1 How can I receive more information about Central Point

     Symantec and Central Point both offer several less known ways to gain
     technical support. Our faxback service is one of them. It contains
     most of the more prevalent issues regarding Central Point
     Software. The faxback number is (800) 847-8766. Remember, You'll
     need a touch tone phone, and a fax machine.

 3.2 When I try to start Windows I get dropped back to the DOS prompt if
     VSAFE is loaded.

     This situation may occur after updating the AntiVirus program with
     new virus signatures. If this should happen simply login to one of
     our Online Services and leave a message stating that you are
     having this problem and would like to resolve this issue. In the
     message please state what the file date and time is of the CPAV
     tsr's (VSAFE.* and VWATCH.*) and you will receive a response
     within 24hrs, except on weekends.

 3.3 When CPAV is scanning the drive I get a GPF in Windows or the system
     locks up.

     This situation may occur after updating the AntiVirus program
     with new virus signatures. Delete all of the SMARTCHK.CPS files on
     your hard drives and start CPAV. Select options and turn off Fast
     Verify and scan the hard drives. This will create new SMARTCHK.CPS
     files with correct information.

 3.4 The virus list feature of Microsoft AntiVirus does not work or it
     says "Out of Memory".

     The virus signature updates size has grown beyond the virus
     listing ability of the Microsoft AntiVirus products. There is
     nothing we can do at this time to correct this. If you desire
     specific virus information please consider one of the support
     options mentioned above and we will be glad to give you the
     appropriate information.

 3.5 Windows does not start or I hear a beep and Windows does not load.

     This may happen after upgrading a Windows program or Windows
     itself. While Windows is loading the TSR Manager is not loaded and
     therefore only a beep will sound. After the beep press U(pdate) to
     update the SmartCheck file with the file checksums of any changed
     files. If you are not certain of why this is happening check the
     system for possible infection. Boot from the Emergency Disk and
     scan the drive(s) with CPAV.

 3.6 I updated CPAV but the message telling me to update it still

     If the message telling you to update the AntiVirus program keeps
     appearing even after updating CPAV you will need to edit the
     CPAV.INI file. Change to the directory containing CPAV.INI
     (usually in the DATA subdirectory of PCTOOLS or CPS). Type EDIT
     CPAV.INI and look for a line that begins with havetoupdate=.
     Remove the numbers at the end of this line, save the file, and

 3.7 VSafe warns that a virus is present but CPAV doesn't find any

     This situation is more likely to occur after updating the AntiVirus
     programs signatures. If this does occur after updating the AntiVirus
     program simply delete the SmartCheck file in the directory where the
     supposedly infected file is and run CPAV to create a new SmartCheck
     file. If this occurs after changing or updating the file that is
     supposedly infected then delete the SmartCheck file in the directory
     where the supposedly infected file is and run CPAV to create a new
     SmartCheck file. When this occurs and neither of the criteria above
     are valid make a copy of the file(s) and send it(them) via regular
     mail to our AntiVirus Lab at the address below or call the Central
     Point BBS at (503)984-5366, leave an e-mail message to username VSend,
     and at the end of the message attach the file(s).

     Symantec Central Point Division
     ATTN: Virus Lab
     15220 NW Greenbrier Parkway, Suite 150
     Beaverton, OR 97006-5798


 4.1 How to make an Emergency Disk and when to use it.

     To make an Emergency Disk for Central Point AntiVirus run the
     EDISK.EXE program and select Central Point AntiVirus, and CMOS and
     Partition Tables. This will save needed information baring a
     disaster. Run this program after making changes to the operating
     system or the hard disk drives. If a virus is suspected or if the
     system starts behaving abnormally use this disk to detect changes
     to the system and, if needed, repair any errors. The BOOTSAFE.EXE
     program can be used to update the Emergency Disk after changes to
     the system with BOOTSAFE.EXE /M.

 4.2 Data security

     Keep current backups of your system. The importance of this can
     not be stressed enough. One day you will need it and not having a
     current backup will cost you. If you don't have a tape drive then
     save copies of files that you create on a floppy disk and label
     it accordingly, and when a full backup is performed don't backup
     programs that you have installation disks for.


 > PerfectOffice STR InfoFile      The BEST... keeps getting Better!


       New suite receives acclaim from users and enthusiastic reviews;
                  Novell offers special $199 upgrade price

     PerfectOffice 3.0 combines WordPerfect, the best-selling word
 processor of all time, with award-winning applications in six different
 categories. The new product goes beyond traditional suites by offering
 superior program integration with PerfectFit technology, task automation
 with the first cross-application scripting language and network benefits
 for both end users and IS managers. PerfectOffice 3.0 is also the first
 suite to include workgroup publishing tools for collaborative computing
 across networks.

      PerfectOffice 3.0 has already received industry acclaim since its
 announcement in June 1994. PC/Computing gave the product a 4.5 (out of
 five) star rating, the highest score in its suite review (November 1994)
 and called it  the best all-around suite for integration. The Nov. 14,
 1994 issue of InfoWorld claimed that the product has a definite shot at
 the office suite title.  The Oct. 25 issue of PC Magazine predicted that
 PerfectOffice may well change what we expect from suites.  The January
 issue of PC World reports that PerfectOffice has  the best integration
 we've seen yet in suite products.

       We are thrilled to see such a tremendous early response to this
 product, said Ad Rietveld, president of WordPerfect, the Novell
 Applications Group.  We are confident that PerfectOffice offers the best
 integrated software solution on the market and will begin to define the
 next generation of network applications.

 Users Discover Innovations in PerfectOffice

       The installation routine was easy, especially for a network
 administrator, said Tim Hickernell of Commonwealth Edison Co. in Chicago.
 It provides centralized management of user defaults in far more detail
 than in other suites.

       The user interface makes sense,  said Bruce Norton of Norton
 Innovation in Lititz,Pennsylvania.  There are QuickTasks and Experts all
 over the place so you can spend more time using the product and less time
 learning it.

       The scripting language, PerfectScript, is like nothing else I've
 seen in other office suites, said Paul Dalton, of Jackson & Walker, a
 Texas law firm.  It s a really nice, easy-to-learn, cross-application

 Two Versions of PerfectOffice Now Shipping
      PerfectOffice is now shipping in two versions Standard and

 PerfectOffice Standard includes the following products:

           -WordPerfect 6.1 (word processor)
           -Quattro Pro 6.0 (spreadsheet)
           -Presentations 3.0 (presentation graphics)
           -InfoCentral 1.1 (personal information manager)
           -Envoy 1.0 (workgroup publishing tool)
           -GroupWise 4.1 client license (integrated e-mail,
            calendaring and scheduling)

      PerfectOffice Professional will include all of the above products as
 well as Borland International s Paradox 5.0, a relational database, and
 Novell AppWare (formerly Visual AppBuilder), a fifth-generation visual
 custom development tool.

      A third version, PerfectOffice Select, will offer the industry s
 first create your own suite solution and is scheduled for release in first
 quarter 1995. Using new CD-ROM-based technology, customers will be able to
 select from any of the applications in the Standard and Professional
 versions, as well as certain Novell GroupWare applications, WordPerfect
 Main Street products, and a variety of integrated third-party
 applications.  PerfectFit Integration Dramatically Improves Ease of

      PerfectFit technology provides each of the PerfectOffice components
 with unparalleled program integration including a consistent user
 interface, common tools, and PerfectScript, the first cross-application
 scripting language to be included in a suite. Each of the programs in
 PerfectOffice shares consistent toolbars, pull-down menus and common key
 dialog boxes. PerfectFit ensures that each PerfectOffice program looks and
 feels alike, so users can easily learn each of the applications.

      PerfectFit technology also provides PerfectOffice users with the most
 extensive set of common suite tools in the industry. The speller,
 thesaurus, drawing module, grammar checker, file manager, Coaches, Experts
 and QuickCorrect feature are shared among applications. In addition to
 consistency, users benefit from conservation of system resources and

      In addition to PerfectFit technology, PerfectOffice is the first
 suite to offer support for object Linking and Embedding (OLE) 2.0
 functionality in five applications. Users can easily rag and drop data
 among PerfectOffice programs. With  in-place editing, users can edit
 objects  (such as a Quattro Pro spreadsheet) directly from WordPerfect or
 other PerfectOffice applications.

 QuickTasks Help Users Focus on Tasks Rather than Applications

      PerfectOffice goes beyond the traditional ease-of-use features found
 in competing suites to automate entire tasks for users, independent of
 individual applications. New QuickTasks, accessible from the Desktop
 Application Director (DAD), automatically perform simple and complex tasks
 directly from the desktop, letting users concentrate on tasks rather than
 applications. QuickTasks does not force the user to open individual
 applications in order to get work done. Users can access more than 50
 QuickTasks to automatically create letters, faxes, spreadsheets and slide
 shows; update InfoCentral records; schedule meetings; open e-mail;
 generate mail merges or perform other common tasks. Users can also use the
 QuickTask Expert to create their own customized QuickTasks.

 PerfectOffice Leverages the Network to Help Users Work Together Better

       The merger of WordPerfect and Novell, and the acquisition of Quattro
 Pro, has helped the new Novell create the industry's first network suite,
 said Mark Calkins, general manager of Novell's Business Applications
 Division.  Being the first network suite means much more than just running
 on a network.

      PerfectOffice is the first suite to begin to integrate network and
 workgroup services with desktop applications, making it the best solution
 for end users, as well as for system administrators who manage software
 across an enterprise.

      PerfectOffice is the only suite to include a workgroup publishing
 tool for collaborative computing. Envoy lets users electronically view,
 annotate and distribute documents across the network while keeping all
 graphic design elements intact even if they don t have the software that
 was used to create the document. The innovative compression technology in
 Envoy often reduces files to one-third their size, conserving network
 resources as documents are distributed.

      PerfectOffice integrates all of its products with GroupWise, Novell's
 leading groupware solution. From within each of the PerfectOffice
 applications, users can access GroupWise to send e-mail, schedule personal
 and group appointments, check calendars, and assign and manage workgroup

      For system administrators, PerfectOffice supports Novell's NetWare
 Navigator, giving them the ability to easily install and update software
 across a network. PerfectOffice includes two network installation models:
 the Corporate model allows administrators to control the settings for an
 enterprise from a central location and the Professional model lets users
 define their own settings.

 Industry's Best Toll-Free Customer Support
      Novell is the only software vendor to offer toll-free, no-fee support
 for its business applications (Microsoft and Lotus offer toll support
 only). PerfectOffice users can receive six months of toll-free, no-fee
 Classic Service, after which they can choose from a variety of other
 support options.

 Pricing and System Requirements
      Until March 31, 1995, users can take advantage of special
 introductory upgrade pricing. Users of any version of Novell applications
 (WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, etc.) or NetWare can upgrade to PerfectOffice
 Standard 3.0 for $199 (US) and users of competitive products can upgrade
 for $239 (US).

      For new users, the suggested retail price of PerfectOffice Standard
 is $659 (US). The suggested retail price of PerfectOffice Professional is
 $859 (US), upgrade price is $359(US)and users of competitive products can
 upgrade for a suggested retail price of $399 (US).

      PerfectOffice requires a 386-25MHz machine or better with 8MB RAM,
 and Windows 3.1 or higher.

      For more information about PerfectOffice 3.0 for Windows, customers
 can call (800) 451-5151.

      The business of Novell Inc. (NASDAQ:NOVL) is connecting people to
 other people and the information they need, enabling them to act on it
 anytime, anyplace. Novell is the world's leading network software
 provider. The company's software products provide the distributed
 infrastructure, network services, advanced network access and network
 applications required to make networked information and pervasive
 computing an integral part of everyone's daily life.

      WordPerfect and Quattro are registered trademarks of Novell, Inc.
 PerfectOffice, PerfectFit, PerfectScript, Presentations, Envoy,
 InfoCentral, GroupWise and AppWare are trademarks of Novell, Inc. Windows
 is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.  Paradox is a registered
 trademark of Borland International.

                   PerfectOffice Policies and Information

 Special Promotional Period:
 During the period December 1, 1994 to March 31, 1995, the Standard Upgrade
 packages in both 3.5" disk and CD versions will be offered at special
 introductory pricing of approximately $199 in stores and $209 directly
 from Novell.  The Standard Tradeup packages in both 3.5" disk and CD
 versions will be offered at approximately $239 in stores and $249 directly
 from Novell.  (CD availability for the Tradeup version will be announced

 Free Upgrade from Borland Office 2.0 to PerfectOffice Professional:
 Customers who purchased Borland Office 2.0 between June 28, 1994 and
 December 14, 1994, are eligible to receive a free license upgrade (with
 software on CD) to PerfectOffice Professional 3.0.  This offer is
 fulfilled by the customer receiving the PerfectOffice Professional Upgrade
 CD Package.  Proof of purchase is required.  Customers should call
 800-451-5151 or 801-226-6800 for more information.

 Upgrade and Tradeup Policies:
 Proof of purchase requirement to qualify for upgrade or tradeup pricing:
 Photocopy of front of manual, copy of certificate of license, copy of
 proof of purchase card (the middle portion of the new tri-fold
 registration card), copy of dated sales receipt, or verbal verification of
 license or serial number.

 Individual products qualifying for upgrade* to Standard Version:
 Borland Office
 Quattro Pro
 WordPerfect Office
 NetWare client

 Individual products qualifying for tradeup* to Standard Version:
 Any competing suite, or suite application that also sells separately,
 Microsoft Office
 Lotus SmartSuite
 Ami Pro
 Lotus 123
 Harvard Graphics
 or other full-featured word processor, spreadsheet, or
 presentation graphics application.

 Individual products qualifying for upgrade* to Professional Version:
 PerfectOffice 3.0 - Standard
 Borland Office
 Quattro Pro
 WordPerfect Office
 NetWare client

 Individual products qualifying for tradeup* to Professional Version:
 Any competing suite, or suite application that also sells
 separately, including:

 Microsoft Office
 Lotus SmartSuite
 Ami Pro
 Lotus 123
 Harvard Graphics
 Approach or other full-featured word processor, spreadsheet,
 presentation graphics, or database application.

 * Products can be in any version or on any platform.

 Customers Owning WordPerfect, Quattro Pro, or Paradox:
 Customers who have purchased WordPerfect 6.1 for Windows, Quattro Pro 6.0
 for Windows, or Paradox 5.0 for Windows, or any combination of these
 products, qualify for upgrade pricing to PerfectOffice Standard or
 Professional versions, as indicated above.

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                      Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
                Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
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                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

 Fire  up  that  high-speed modem and head for your favorite GEnie Software
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 As a result of an arrangement with Sprint, GEnie will be offering 9600 bps
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 access  will  not  be subject to high-priced surcharges.  The normal $2.00
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 To find the number of the SprintNet access number nearest you, simply type
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 From  the  "Fine  Print"  department,  please note that the $2.00 per hour
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 So,  whether you're into downloading software, reading bulletin boards, or
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 > Go Graphics Group NEWS! STR FOCUS!

 GIF24 Proposal
 Over the past two weeks, there has been considerable discussion related to
 the GIF graphics format specification, resulting from the fact that the
 GIF specification designed by CompuServe contained proprietary LZW
 compression technology.  However, CompuServe remains committed to the
 continued free interchange of online graphics.  For this reason,  we will
 be offering our resources to develop a follow-on specification to GIF that
 will offer significant enhancements and be free and open.

 CompuServe is announcing that we will coordinate the development of GIF24,
 a successor to GIF capable of 24-bit lossless compression.  CompuServe is
 committed to keeping GIF24 as an open specification, available without
 cost.  This effort will also avoid a proliferation of standards.  The new
 specification will be developed in cooperation with the graphics community
 and will include a review of relevant technology and intellectual property

 In keeping with these goals, we are soliciting input from key GIF users
 such as: commercial graphics vendors; the CompuServe GO GRAPHICS  Forum
 community; Internet communities including the World Wide Web, and bulletin
 board developers and users.  As the first step in this process, we have
 been interacting privately with many people who have offered constructive
 input on GIF via CompuServe and the Internet.

 As the next step, we have established an e-mail address for public input
 regarding GIF24.  Suggestions can go to: when
 sending from the Internet, or  CSI:GIF24 when sending from CompuServe.  We
 invite suggestions of design goals for GIF24 as well as technologies to be
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                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      It's been a weird week!!  I don't know if it's related to the
 unseasonable weather lately (sunspots?!?), or what!  Whatever it is, my
 luck has been running out.

      On a normal week (define "normal, please!), I have most of the
 Atari section of STReport put together and just wait for those last-
 minute items that come in, like clockwork, at the last minute (no names
 please!).  Well, Thursday when I sat down to start to make my online
 rounds to pick up my mail, I was surprised that my calls weren't
 connecting to the services I was calling.  I then checked my terminal
 screen and noticed that I didn't have a dial tone.  Hmmm, check all of
 the phones to make sure one wasn't off the hook - everything was fine.
 Then it dawned on me!  Aha!  It had been raining slightly the last few
 days.  So, you say?!  Well, for the past 18 months or so, every time it
 rains, my home phone line seems to go on the blink.  "Ma Bell" has been
 called in at least 20 times over this period and can never seem to fix
 this problem although the service people always tell me that the
 problem is resolved and it won't occur again.  Famous last's
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      I did manage to pull the plug on my BBS and try that line.
 Naturally, the line was full of static that a reasonable attempt to get
 my mail and read some messages proved less than successful.  So, if
 this week's issue appears "skimpy," it's because of Ma Bell!!!

      Enough rambling about my troubles, I guess.  Fortunately, only a
 few of our regular features will be missing, or lacking.

      Until next time...


 > ACE 95! STR AtariFest News!   -   TAF Show Scheduled for April!
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 Remember this LOCATION and this DATE .....

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    >>>>>>>>>>>>> LOWER LEVEL (CONCOURSE)
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> TORONTO, ONTARIO CANADA
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> APRIL 1st & 2nd, 1995 (Saturday and Sunday)
    >>>>>>>>>>>>> 9 AM to 6 PM & 9 AM to 5 PM

 There is a time and place for every great event - and Atari Users
 are entitled to their share! ACE '95 is IT!!!!

 If you want to see DMC Publishing (Calamus!), GRIBNIF, BRANCH
 ALWAYS (Gemulator, PCXformer), Clear Thinking (Craig Harvey),
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                       ............. ACE '95 IS WHERE THEY'LL BE!!

 All the developers will be doing lectures and seminars on <<<<<<<
 their superb software and hardware!                       <<<<<<<

 Three daily door prizes! The Saturday and Sunday Grand    <<<<<<<
 Prize Draws!                                              <<<<<<<


 The LARGEST gathering of the BEST Atari Dealers and       <<<<<<<
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 Dedicated MIDI area - demos, the latest hardware &        <<<<<<<
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                               JAGUAR SECTION

 WCES Announcements From Atari!
 New Games Announced!  Dragon Review!
 Rayman Rumors Dispelled!
 Battle Sphere News!  Dorfman Ripped!

 > From the Editor's Controller  -  Playin' it like it is!

      As mentioned in my opening remarks, this hasn't been a great week
 for me.  Spring-like weather, earthquakes, floods, and telephone
 companies - has anyone seen Chicken Little?!?

      We had planned to have at least one more Jaguar game review this
 week, but it will have to wait for our next issue.  Since this week is
 not one of our major Jaguar-issue weeks, this will actually turn out
 okay.  We were also planning to have Marty Mankins' WCES report for
 this week, but getting online to retrieve it has been impossible!
 We'll have it in an upcoming issue, for sure.

      So, before anything else happens, I'm going to wrap this week's
 editorial comments up real quickly and hope that I can get this week's
 issue off to Jacksonville with a minimal amount of trouble, and before
 the final deadline for the week runs out on me!

      Let's get on with the games!

      Until next time...

 > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile  -   What's currently available, what's
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""      coming out.

    Current Available Titles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    CAT #   TITLE                 MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

     J9000  Cybermorph           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9006  Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9005  Raiden               $49.99     FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
     J9001  Trevor McFur/
            Crescent Galaxy      $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9010  Tempest 2000         $59.95     Llamasoft/Atari Corp.
     J9028  Wolfenstein 3D       $69.95       id/Atari Corp.
     JA100  Brutal Sports FtBall $69.95          Telegames
     J9008  Alien vs. Predator   $69.99     Rebellion/Atari Corp.
     J9029  Doom                 $69.99        id/Atari Corp.
     J9036  Dragon: Bruce Lee    $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9003  Club Drive           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9007  Checkered Flag       $69.99         Atari Corp.
     J9012  Kasumi Ninja         $69.99         Atari Corp.
     J9042  Zool 2               $59.99         Atari Corp
            Bubsy                $49.99         Atari Corp
            Iron Soldier         $59.99         Atari Corp
            Val D'Isere Skiing   $59.99         Atari Corp.

     Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

             CatBox              $69.95               ICD
             Cannon Fodder        TBD               Virgin
             Hover Strike        $59.99              Atari

     Hardware and Peripherals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          MANUFACTURER

     J8001  Jaguar (complete)   $249.99        Atari Corp.
     J8904  Composite Cable     $19.95
     J8901  Controller/Joypad   $24.95         Atari Corp.
     J8905  S-Video Cable       $19.95
            Jaguar CD-ROM       $149.99        Atari Corp.


 > Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News!

 Thanks to CIS Atari SysOp and STReport Jag-staffer Jeff Kovach, from


                    Battlemorph (CD) - Q1 '95 - Atari

     One of the most realistic 3-D shooter/explorer games to date,
 Battlemorph picks up where Cybermorph left off.  This sequel will have
 more unique worlds, more elaborate missions, and both underwater regions
 and underground tunnels to explore.  Players can use the various
 formations of the War Griffon to battle into enemy territory, using
 fighter, tank and amphibious forms to gain the edge over enemies.

                     Battle Sphere - Q1 '95 - 4-Play

     800 years into the future, the seven dominant races in the galaxy are
 in a constant state of war.  Recently, these adversaries have agreed to
 confine their hostilities to a small sector of space known as the Battle
 Sphere. Players fly an assortment of ships, ranging from high speed
 fighters to near-indestructible capitol ships, to kill or be killed and
 conquer the galaxy.

                  Blue Lightning (CD) - Q1 '95 - Atari

     Gamers pilot a chosen plane from a squadron of United Nations
 operatives as they fight to stop General Drako, the UN member turned
 terrorist.  Players design flight plans and use their quick maneuvering
 skills to destroy key enemy locations and bases.  Players also protect
 cargo planes and other UN planes transporting important government

                  Burnout - Q2 '95 - Virtual Experience

     The 64-bit motorcycle has arrived!  Race against the computer, the
 clock or friends on eight different high-speed tracks.  With a whopping
 60 frames per second animation and CD-quality sound with 12 heart-thumping
 soundtracks from which to choose, this game is sure to keep players off
 their seats if they can keep their cycles on the track.

                     Cannon Fodder - Q1 '95 - Virgin

     War may be hell, but this new title is heaven for gamers who enjoy
 realistic combat action and never ending challenges.  Players negotiate
 arctic wastelands to find the scud missile factories, plow through the
 steamy jungle to protect the natives from advancing tanks and scourge the
 desert to track down the President's abandoned helicopter.

                   Double Dragon V - Q1 '95 - Williams

     With 4 levels of game play, 10 different battle locations, 12 unique
 characters, and 15 different musical scores, Double Dragon V is much
 more than double your average fighting game.  After reading characters'
 dossiers, players can customize game play, controls, and even their
 character's special attributes to create fighting machines never seen
 before on any platform.

                     Fight for Life - Q1 '95 - Atari

     This 3-D fighting game is set in hell, with each character striving
 for the ultimate prize: the chance to gain redemption and live again.
 Players choose one fighter from among eight different characters.  They
 then battle the remaining characters one-by-one and proceed to the final
 showdown with the end boss.  As they defeat each opponent, players can
 select up to two of each character's five special moves, in effect
 creating their own truly unique fighting character.

                      Flashback - Q1 '95 - US Gold

     Players take a 64-bit journey through alien worlds in the role of
 Conrad Hart in this award winning sci-fi action/adventure.  As Hart,
 gamers seek their memory and attempt to foil an alien plot to dominate
 the earth.

             Hover Hunter - Q2 '95 - Hyper ImageProductions

     The age of limitless resources and vast armies is over.  The
 battlefield now belongs to the elite; those with the speed, firepower,
 reflexes and intelligence to get the job done fast and done right.  As
 pilot of a high-speed attack hovercraft, gamers man the most powerful
 tool utilized in this struggle for complete global domination.

                      Hover Strike - Q1 '95 - Atari

     Players pilot a futuristic hover tank through a variety of 3-D
 texture mapped territories as they battle an army of enemy armored
 vehicles.  At your disposal is rapid fire cannons, powerful missiles, an
 on-board radar and protective shields.  This 3-D action is only available
 as a result of Jaguar's 64-bit technology.

            Off Road Rally - Q2 '95 - Time Warner Interactive

     To the victors go the spoils in this fast action, arcade style, 3-D
 racing game based on the World Rally Championships.  Players race on
 dozens of courses with a variety of terrain and weather conditions to win
 thousands in prize money.  Players spend their prize money on repair costs
 for their existing cars or buy a newer, faster car altogether.

                         Phear - Q2 '95 - Atari

     With more than 65,000 screen colors and 70,000 polygons per second,
 Phear is the ultimate puzzle challenge.  Players have a limited amount
 of time to place a hovering geometric shape completely on top of its
 double on the sphere. This 64-bit challenge promises to keep gamers
 busy for hours on end.

                Pinball Fantasies - Q1 '95 - 21st Century

     Go ahead, nudge the table a bit, Pinball Fantasies is that real!
 Players can choose from four different challenging pinball games with
 thousands of screen colors and stereo sound.  This game will definitely
 save the pinball enthusiast a few quarters.

                       Rayman - Q2 '95 - UBI Soft

     Rayman lives in a fantasy land beyond the reaches of the universe.
 The land is inhabited by Electoons who live a free and easy life
 controlled by the Great Proton.  One day, the evil Mr. Black steals the
 Great Proton and Rayman's world becomes unbalanced and chaotic.  In order
 to restore peace and harmony to his world, Rayman must defeat Mr. Black
 and retrieve the Great Proton.

                  Sensible Soccer - Q1 '95 - Telegames

     Players kick, pass and even slide tackle their way to victory on
 fields with genuine player to field proportions and perspective in
 tournaments ranging from the Euro-Cup to the World Championship in the
 most addictive and playable soccer game available.

                     Space War 2000 - Q1 '95 - Atari

     As a space knight, gamers vie for glory, honor, fame and fortune in
 this first-person perspective 3-D adventure.  With the proceeds from each
 successful intergalactic joust, players can procure multiple weapons to
 defeat the enemy and have their name cast for eternity in "The High Score

                       Syndicate - Q1 '95 - Ocean

     A rival Syndicate has gained full control of the population via a
 mind-altering techno drug known as CHIP.  Gamers play an ambitious
 executive in the Syndicate, hand-picked to lead a team of CHIP-induced
 Cyborg mercenaries on a quest to infiltrate and seize opposing Syndicate
 territories.  This award-winning PC smash comes alive with the 64-bit
 technology of Jaguar.

                       Theme Park - Q1 '95 - Ocean

     As designer/builder/operator of Theme Park, players construct the
 world's greatest amusement park.  You choose the land, hire the staff,
 build the rides, operate the food stands and novelty shops... even
 monitor the day-to-day activities and customers' reactions to the
  spectacular 27 rides.  But make your decisions wisely.  You wouldn't
 want your customers throwing crab cakes and busting tables at Long John
 Roger's Fish Stick Emporium.

              Troy Aikman NFL Football - Q1 '95 - Williams

     It's only appropriate that the best player in football have his own
 video game on a system with the best technology available.  Player(s)
 choose among all 28 NFL teams, three season modes, three difficulty
 levels, 54 offensive and 27 defensive configurations, six field options,
 variable quarter lengths and more.  The 64-bit technology of Jaguar
 assures gamers the most sophisticated graphics and game play available
 in a football-style video game.

                  Ultra Vortex - Q1 '95 - Beyond Games

     Players become one of ten eye-popping, bone-crunching warriors of
 the  underground who battle it out in mind-bending arenas carved from
 the living rock, with one goal in mind:  Defeat the dreaded Guardian
 of the Vortex.  This game features a "lock-out" code to limit violence
 within game play.

       Val d'Isere Skiing and Snowboarding - Available Now - Atari

     Cut the slopes on some of the steepest mountainsides on earth!
 Val d'Isere Skiing & Snowboarding is a wild winter challenge where
 speed is guaranteed. Train and compete on the slopes of France's world
 famous Val d'Isere Ski Resort.

                 White Men Can't Jump - Q1 '95 - TriMark

     Trash talk runs rampant on this in-your-face, two-on-two, blacktop
 basketball shootout.  Automatic camera control zooms in and swings
 around to catch all the action in the fast-paced, hard playing new
 sports game for the 64-bit Atari Jaguar.

 Other titles scheduled for release in the first half of 1995 include the

 Game Title                  Game Category        Publisher
 ----------                  -------------        ---------
 Air Cars                    Racing/Combat        Midnight Entertainment
 Arena Football              Sports               V Real
 Assault                     Action/Combat        Midnight Entertainment
 Baldy (CD)                  Action Adventure     Atari
 Battle Wheels               Racing/Combat        Beyond Games
 Brett Hull Hockey (CD)      Sports               Atari
 Casino Royale               Gambling             Telegames
 CD League Bowling (CD)      Sports               V Real
 Charles Barkley Basketball  Sports               Atari
 Commando                    Action/Combat        Atari
 Creature Shock (CD)         Adventure/Sci-Fi     Atari/Virgin
 Dactyl Joust                Action               Atari
 Demolition Man (CD)         Action/Combat        Atari
 Dragon's Lair (CD)          Adventure            Ready Soft
 Flip Out                    Puzzle               Atari
 Freelancer 2120 (CD)        Adventure/Sci-Fi     Atari
 Galactic Gladiators         Space/Combat         Photosurrealism
 Graham Gooch Cricket        Sports               Telegames
 Hammerhead                  Flying/Sci-Fi        Atari
 Hardball Baseball           Sports               Atari
 Highlander (CD)             Action/Adventure     Atari
 Jack Nicklaus Golf (CD)     Sports               Atari
 James Pond 3                Action/Adventure     Telegames
 Legions of the Undead       Role Play/Adventure  Atari
 Redemption (CD)             Adventure            Atari
 Robinson's Requiem          Adventure            Atari
 Ruiner Pinball              Arcade               Atari
 Soccer Kid                  Sports               Ocean
 Soul Star (CD)              Action/Sci-Fi        Atari
 Space Ace (CD)              Space/Combat         Ready Soft
 Tiny Toons                  Action/Adventure     Atari
 Ultimate Brain Games        Puzzle               Telegames
 Vid Grid (CD)               Puzzle/Music Video   Atari
 Zodiac Fighters             Combat               V-Real


 Jaguar is a trademark of Atari Corporation.  Atari is a registered
 trademark of Atari Corporation.  Other products named may be trademarks
 or registered trademarks of their owning companies.


 > STReport Jaguar Game Review:  "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story"

                           -= Available Now =-
                    Developed by: Virgin Interactive
                        Published by: Atari Corp.
                       Sugg. Retail Price: $59.95
                     Ease of Play: Average/Difficult

                            by Marty Mankins

 The age old battle of fighting games reining for the top rank is
 something that has been going on for years in the video game market.
 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story is another entry in the karate expert vs.
 tough dude that leaves Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter a the top, but
 provides a good challenge to those of us who didn't have the expertise
 of video game fighting.


 Dragon is a game of many challenges, screens, modes and fighters.  You
 are Bruce Lee, greatest karate expert of all time (so they say!).  You
 can fight a number of people in a "story-like" environment, moving onto
 the next "scene" after you beat the pants off your opponent.  You can
 play the computer (1 player) or if you have a second controller
 attached, you can play your favorite enemy (or friend).    You have
 several choices for choosing a game.  For single players, you can play
 in a story or in a battle.  The difference between the two modes is
 with the story, you move on to different areas of the world and in
 various locations to fight people.  In Battle mode, you go one on one
 with different meanies, but with the option of picking where you want
 to fight.  This mode has the famous "Enter The Dragon" scene, for those
 of you who are Bruce Lee movie buffs.

 You also have a set of options that can make game play very exciting,
 changing the way the game plays, how fast it moves and so forth.  The
 difficulty level has Piece of Cake, Easy, Normal, Tough and Arcade.
 All modes are pretty hard for the first few times playing the game, but
 Arcade is simply insane.  I suggest this is a mode to frustrate your
 friends for their first time playing Dragon (or after you've played it
 enough hours and get really good).  Next option is speed.  You have
 three choices: Normal, Turbo and Manic!  A really challenge is Arcade
 mode and Manic! speed.  Makes you feel like an old timer!

 Sound can be turned off or you can select several selections of just
 effects, just music or both music and effects.  A fun feature is the
 ability to go through all 33 sounds in this game.  This could come in
 handy for recording your own sounds (those of you with Macintoshs or
 Windows PCs with sound boards) and having them as your error beep.

 Once you set all of the game play options you want, you are ready to
 start.  I would suggest playing several of your first games in battle
 mode in the alleyway.  This is one of the easiest modes and the person
 can be easily beat, as long as you keep moving and learn all of the moves.
 I use a combination of jumping (up on the joypad) and hitting the 'A' or
 'C' button.  You can also duck (down on the joypad) and can hit 'A', 'B',
 or 'C' buttons to add a kick, punch or flip to your fighting action.


 When in Battle mode, you play without scoring any points.  But you do
 get a chance to rack up what's called chi.  This is where you make key
 hits and execute key moves on the other player, to the point of where
 it can hurt them really bad, but in a way that it is done well.  For
 some reason, the computer player knows all the moves and can rack up a
 serious amount of chi, making me look like some fool, moving around
 with no shirt on. But, after reading the manual a bit and then playing
 a few more games, I was able to get my chi level above the half way
 mark.  And, watch for the bonus rounds, where you get to test your
 skill of hitting the pads on the dummy fighter.  The more pads you hit,
 the faster the sticks will turn (which are attached to the dummy
 fighter).  If you are good, you will get more chi to help you
 throughout the rest of the game.

 The Story mode takes you to many different areas and fighting all sorts
 of bad dudes.  The first is Lantern Festival 1961.  This takes place in
 Hong Kong and you get to fight a mean old sailor who loves to kick your
 butt in front of dozens of people.  He has a favorite move that will
 get you the first several times.  He loves to duck, making it harder
 for you to use your high kicks (hitting the 'A' button). He also has a
 chain that he can injure you with pretty bad.  And if you get in the
 wrong spot, he'll wrap the chain around your neck and throw you to the

 The next chapter to this story is the kitchen.  Here you fight a
 knife-happy ninja that can slice you up pretty bad.  But to throw a
 twist in the game, you may suddenly jump to the alley where another
 fighter who is meaner, but not as bright, will come to help Mr. Ginsu
 is his quest to make you ready for dinner!  Fighting two meanies is
 really hard, but it can be done.  Moving on to Seattle to the University
 Gym where you get to fight Scott, a very tough competitor.  He has a
 spin kick that will catch you off guard.  And no, you can't reach for
 the rings above you to grab hold and lift you up to a safe zone,
 although it would be neat if you could.

 Other scenes move you to Oakland (another gym), back to Hong Kong (a
 film studio), Bruce's old school, Long Beach Stadium, Thailand, the
 "Enter The Dragon" film set in Hong Kong and the graveyard, where the
 phantom comes to flight you with his deadly Kwondon sword.  For what's
 it's worth, you get to fight the phantom after you lose a round in
 either battle or story mode (hint: you don't last too long so try to
 stay away until you know you can get a good shot).  The story mode
 gives you points and will reward you with bonus points for each story
 you finish.  The number of points you get depends on how well you did
 and how much energy you have left over at the end of the round.


 Adding items to my Dragon Wish List, there were several times while
 fighting that the responses to the keypad and button combinations would
 be a tad slow in making their move.  Also, when you get into a corner,
 the computer player has the advantage unless you have not moved for a
 split second can move your player out of a danger zone.  While most of
 the game was good, this area does need some improvement.  I have seen
 other games where the players flash a lot when in motion to the point of
 being very frustrating.  This did not happen in most of the game play,
 but I did notice a few spots where the players flashed and disappeared
 for a brief "flash".

 There could have also been some better sound effects during some of the
 stories.  The sound appeared to repeat itself more often than it should
 have, forcing me to turn off the sounds after an hour or two of game play.
 The manual needed just a few more details, but it was good for the most
 part.  Controlling the players was good, but there could have been some
 tighter execution when jumping and moving about.  The overall
 entertainment value of Dragon is good and I would say it could make a
 good amount of game players happy, until something better comes out!


 Dragon may not be for everyone, but it has found a home here.  It's
 very challenging, regardless of it's few shortcomings.  While it may
 not be the best fighting game out there, it does offer a considerable
 amount of levels and options to challenge the intermediate fighter
 into many months of battles.

                        Graphics:            8.5
                        Sound FX/Music:      7.0
                        Control:             7.0
                        Manual:              7.5
                        Entertainment:       7.0

                        Reviewer's Overall:  7.5

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 From Compuserve's Atari Gaming Forums:

 Sb: Battle Sphere Description
 Fm: Ken B. Moyers 75017,2700
 To: all

 I found this in the Jaguar Homepage on the Internet and thought some
 of you might be interested.  I will try some time soon to also get the
 screen shots and put them out here.


 Battle Sphere Description 1/13/95
                              @1994, 1995 4Play

 800 years in the future, the 7 dominant races of the galaxy are at war.
 Stealing a plot idea from an ancient Star Trek episode, they have agreed
 to confine their hostilities to Sector 51, a spherical sector of space
 formerly used by the Earth government to secretly test new weapons and
 starships. Each race has sent its best soldiers and military hardware to
 participate in a tournament of space battles in this Battle Sphere. The
 race that wins the tournament will be given control of the galaxy.

 The Races:

 The Oppressors resemble the human race's concept of demons and it is
 believed that Earth legends of demons were caused by the arrival of an
 Oppressor strike force that was somehow destroyed soon after it reached
 the planet. They once controlled 80% of the known galaxy but have been
 slowly losing their hold as they encounter one disaster after another.
 The Oppressors will do anything to regain their former hold on the

 The Se'Bab were an all-female slave race of the Oppressors until the
 sudden arrival of the Telchines 50 years ago weakened their hold
 leading to a brutal rebellion and double blow to the Oppressors which
 destroyed half of their empire. The Se'Bab were bred for beauty and
 obedience. This has translated into extreme xenophobia towards all
 other races and extremely aggressive, almost suicidal battle tactics.
 The Se'Bab bare one breast at all times in defiance of male power.

 The Telchines appeared 50 years ago and are presumed to originate from a
 neighboring galaxy. Their advanced craft brutally vaporized a section of
 the Oppressor's empire which indirectly triggered the rebellion that
 freed  the Se'Bab from their Oppressor masters. The Telchines do
 everything in threes and are obsessed with the 5 Platonic solids. Their
 ships have threefold symmetry. No one has ever seen a Telchine and
 lived. They appear to be transforming space around their Empire.

 The Slith are lizard-like beings whose ships seem to be alive. They also
 have the greatest repair capacity of any race. Never leave one of their
 ships for dead, it isn't. They are rumored to devour their prisoners
 after interrogation. Their capitol ships resemble giant writhing snakes
 and lizards, and can reproduce if sufficient resources are supplied.
 Their weapons are tailored to achieving the paralysis and capture of
 other ships for this purpose rather than simply destroying them.

 The Smg'Heed are the last surviving descendants of the human race, mostly
 wiped out by a scourge of retro-viruses and accumulated debt from placing
 their entire GPP into developing absurdly powerful weapons. As a result,
 their ships are based on modified 20th century technology, have lousy
 maneuverability, but do incredible damage if they manage to hit anything.
 The other races decided to include them in the tournament mostly on the
 fear that they'd activate one of their many budget-busting Doomsday
 Devices had they not done so.

 The Ocatanut are a feline race that follow the Slith wherever they go. An
 uneasy alliance exists between them, but it has been suspended for the
 sake of the tournament. There is the general belief that there will be
 some form of power-sharing between them if either race wins the
 tournament. The Ocatanut focus on stealth and speed to overcome their
 enemies. Frequently, they will then share their kills with the Slith.

 The Thunderbirds are the sworn enemies of the Ocatanut and the Slith.
 They are hawk-like predators who blend speed and firepower in their
 ships. They are obsessed with Coup de'tat-like behavior and tend to
 make a great show of any kill, making sure their victim knows who it
 was who has beaten them. It is believed that the Se'Bab and the
 Thunderbirds have been sharing technology.


 Battle Sphere is everything we (Doug Engel and myself) have wished for
 in space battle games, but haven't seen since the industry seems
 intent on continually cloning Wing Commander in one form or another.
 We personally cut our teeth on Star Raiders and consider it to be the
 best Space Battle game ever done (TIE Fighter is our favorite Wing
 Commander clone)... Accordingly, Battle Sphere has the play mechanics
 of Star Raiders with 16 bit graphics along the lines of TIE Fighter.
 There are 4 play modes:

 1. Arena: 1-8 player Street Fighter II in Space.
 Players select any ship they desire and head into a variety of arenas
 where the object is to kill every other player (or every other player
 on the opposing team)for points which can be utilized to improve the
 functionality of their ships. The resulting ship can be saved for
 future use. This is also similar to a space-based version of Sega's
 Wing Wars I suppose.

 2. Gauntlet: Single player or multiplayer cooperative 3D Missile Command.
 The players are given 6 starbases to defend against waves of incoming
 enemy fighters, bombers, capitol ships and strange things until all
 starbases are destroyed. Periodically, a destroyed starbase will be

 3. Alone Against the Empires:
 A single or multiplayer cooperative game similar to Star Raiders. The
 Battle Sphere is broken up into 64 or so spherical sectors. Some of those
 sectors, close to the center, contain starbases. The outer sectors
 contain armadas of enemy ships, enemy starbases, and random strange
 things (all depending on the skill level). Play proceeds as the enemy
 ships head for the center of the Battle Sphere in order to destroy the
 starbases. Enemy reinforcements will arrive at the edge of the Battle
 Sphere as long as there are enemy starbases. Play continues until
 1) All friendly starbases have been destroyed (you lose)
 2) All enemy forces have been eliminated (you win).

 4. Network: 2-8 player Netrek meets TIE Fighter.
 Two alien races at a time are placed in the Battle Sphere with a number
 of starbases and capitol ships. The object of the game is to destroy
 all of enemy capitol ships and starbases before an adjustable time
 limit runs out. Failing this, the team that caused the most damage
 against its enemy wins. This proceeds until all alien races have fought
 in the Battle Sphere and the winning race is granted control of the


 Current Framerate is 25-30 fps although we can get it down to 1 fps if
 we stack 10 starbases on top of one another and get up close and
 personal, gee we must suck, eh? Anyone who played our demo at the WCES
 will testify that we're pretty smooth, even better than TIE Fighter
 on a 486 at this point.

 All of our ships are gouraud shaded, many don't even look like polygon
 models. Texture mapping is being used sparingly to provide detail on
 top of the gouraud shading, a technique we're calling "Decal-Mapping".
 Look for more and more of it as the game progresses.

 See who can count the most homages to other computer games and SF
 movies and series... The winner is a total nerd, worse than we are

 The one thing we absolutely despise about Wing Commander is the huge
 cockpits with the cute joystick which leaves an absolutely tiny viewing
 area. Our cockpit designs are minimal and we are placing most tactical
 information in HUDs. This way, if one turns off the cockpit view, no
 important information is lost. At least they finally fixed this in WC3!

 Progress Report:

 All background engines are finished, as is the flight engine, we are
 currently working on explosions to top Iron Soldier's. Projected
 release is 2Q '95. The long haul continues.


 Douglas Engel: Sound and music engine, cool intro, artwork, and ship
 design Tom Harker: All that annoying CEO stuff, and the CatBox, critic
 Scott LeGrand: Graphics and game programming, game design Stephanie
 Wukovitz: Music Acknowledgments: This game was not designed in a
 vacuum. Many people have provided hints and ideas as well as denounced
 certain of our ideas as plain stupid.

 Here's an incomplete list, sure to grow:

      Ralph Barbagiallo: For fixing an absolutely horrible-sounding MOD
      Jer Horwitz: For not being afraid to speak his mind about our ideas
      Tim Wilson: The man behind our configurable radar scheme
      Various competitive system fanatics: Keep it up, your stuff's
      hilarious! After all, we all know that the JAG SUX!

 Sb: #Ubi Soft on Rayman
 Fm: Frank Slater 100072,661
 To: all

 I come into this Forum about once a month to see what people are
 talking about concerning Jaguar ... and I see that today they're
 talking about us!

 Here's the real story right from the source:

 Rayman is NOT out yet, we are sorry to say, on any format in any
 country. That was the bad news.

 The good news is Rayman is coming soon to a Jaguar near you - - before
 it comes to any other system. Expect to be playing one of the most
 graphically eye-popping, amazingly fun and challenging platform games
 ever made by June.

 Rayman is also being developed for other next-generation systems
 including the PSX and the Saturn, for a summer 1995 release in Japan
 and release in the rest of the world as soon as those systems become
 available outside of the land of the rising sun.

 There is a PSX demo version out in Japan right now, perhaps this is
 where some of the confusion came from.

 Hope this clears things up some.

 Frank Slater
 Ubi Soft France

 Rayman for Jaguar was initially planned as a 16 megabit (2 MB) game.

 It will be released as a 32 megabit (4 MB) game.

 I hope this answers your question!

 Frank Slater
 Ubi Soft

 Dorfman Gets His "Come-Uppance"!!

 From the Internet:

 Dorkman snubbed!!!
     From: Corey Liu <>
     Date: 18 Jan 1995 19:41:26 GMT

 Got the following from a friend whose news poster is screwy at the

 This post is marginally related to Atari stuff, if at all...
 But, we thought it would be fun for this group to see.

 -----Start Forwarded Message--------------------------------

 I think this was Friday, Jan. 13, 1995.
 Front page of the Business section (inside Sports) of the San Jose
 Mercury News.


                Coke Decides Dorfman isn't the Real Thing

                      Glenn Collins, New York Times

      Does Dan Dorfman have a clue?
      Coca-Cola doesn't think so.

      Dorfman, a financial correspondent for the CNBC cable channel,
 reported Friday that Coca-Cola Co. wanted to make a $60-a-share offer
 for Quaker Oats Co.

      Dorfman said there were "rumors" that Coca-Cola had suggested the
 takeover to its biggest stockholder, financier Warren E. Buffett, and
 Buffett supposedly gave his blessing.  But after Quaker Oats rejected a
 friendly offer, Dorfman said, Coca-Cola began to consider a hostile bid.

      Quaker Oats [sic] shares jumped $4.50 to $36.13 on the New York
 Stock Exchange.  Coca-Cola remained unchanged at $49.75.

      The report also struck a nerve at normally courteous Coca-Cola.
 The company issued a terse news release that must be one of the most
 blunt, and most colloquial, communiques from a Fortune 500 company in
 recent memory.

      The statement said: "It is the policy of the Coca-Cola Co. not to
 comment on rumors about acquisitions or divestitures.  That remains our
 policy.  However, today we would like to elaborate on our statement and
 observe that Dan Dorfman does not have a clue."

      Quaker Oats and Buffett issued less colorful no-comments.

      Dorfman, who is also a senior writer at money magazine, explained
 that Friday, for the third time in two weeks, he had heard the rumor,
 "and I didn't run with it the first or the second time."

      He added that he asked Coca-Cola, Quaker Oats and Buffett for
 comment, but they had declined.

      Coca-Cola had no further comment on Dorfman's comment about
 Coca-Cola's comment.

                      ----- End Forwarded Message -----

 "Dan Dorfman does not have a clue."

 Bwa ha!  Seems I've heard similar comments before...  Where was that?
 Hmmmmmm....  :-) :-) :-)



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