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From: aa399 (Len Stys) Subject: News - Undated - IV Date: Wed Jan 24 19:50:20 1990 Undated Time Capsule -------------------- News from Practical Solutions About the Archives SPECS: BobTerm 1.1 Word Perfect continues ST support Atari announces 1st qtr earnings New Express Cart Migraph DPI hand scanner News from Practical Solutions ----------------------------- -Article #64 (154 is last): -From: aa399 -Subject: _News Release_ from Practical Solutions -Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:52:18 GMT -From: LEN STYS (aa399) -Indx: 036 Size: 2036 bytes ___________________News Release from Practical Solutions_________________ NEW SUPPORT CLUB FOR ST USER GROUPS! Tucson, AZ. Practical Solutions has initiated a new program, the Atari Computer Enthusiasts (ACE) Support Club, for all Atari ST User Groups. The ACE Support Club allows User Groups to obtain one free copy of each Practical Solutions' product for a one-time membership fee. Here's how it works: A group wishing to join sends a Letter of Application, signed by an Officer of the User Group, along with a check or money order for $25 and a request for their first product (only one at a time can be requested). The product of their choice is sent FREE and becomes the property of the User Group. The User Group then presents the item at a regular group meeting and subsequently reviews it in their newsletter. When the group is ready to receive their next product, they simply send in a copy of their newsletter where the review appeared with their next choice. Their Practical Solutions' product selection is then sent, again free of charge! ACE Support Club membership limits a User Group to one free copy of each product. Practical Solutions has always received support from User Groups and we feel that this is a way to show our appreciation for their enthusiasm. The ACE Support Club gives us a chance to become more involved with User Groups who existance is vital to the Atari ST community. Their members direct feedback is also immensely valuable in aiding the direction of all of our products and services. Letters of application and inquires can be sent to: Practical Solutions, Inc. Attn: ACE Support Club Coordinator 1135 N. Jones Blvd. Tuscon, AZ 85716 Phone: (602) 322-6110 Len Stys (aa399) Atari SIG-Operator About the Archives ------------------ -Article #70 (154 is last): -From: aa384 -Subject: About the ARCHIVES -Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:53:44 GMT -From: (Atari SysOps) -Indx: 042 Size: 890 bytes About the ARCHIVES... The ARCHIVES is a section of NEWS items that have been grouped together under a heading. This has been done to: 1.) Make it easier to find a particular file or piece of information 2.) Allow us to keep files that would otherwise be deleted 3.) Be a placeholder for a possible addition the Atari SIG in Free-Net II. ARCHIVES files are stored in the NEWS section under the heading ARCHIVES: followed by the subject. When Free-Net II comes online, we should get a new section of the SIG where these files will be moved for reference. We are now attempting to do the same with the Q/A area of the SIG also. Atari SigOps - Len Stys Doug Wokoun Mark Leair Phillip Chow SPECS: BobTerm 1.1 ------------------ -Article #71 (154 is last): -From: aa384 -Subject: SPECS: BobTerm 1.1 -Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:53:57 GMT -From: DOUG WOKOUN (aa384) -Indx: 044 Size: 1036 bytes BobTerm v1.1 by Robert Puff BobTerm is a relatively new, powerful term program for the 8-bit computers. Among its features. o Transfer protocols: Xmodem (Cksum or CRC) Xmodem 1K / Ymodem Batch Fmodem Batch (4K blocks) CIS Fast-Xmodem (custom prot. for CompuServe) o 24 item dial menu o 8 - 32char macros 8 - 16char macros pause/return inside macros o 13K buffer space o VidTex/VT-52 emulation mode o Echo-Plex, your term echos the characters from remote term o supports 300-19,200 baud o SpartaDOS Command Prompt o Word wrap o Built-in Real-time/Online clock o Chat buffer with recall from last 3 typed chat-buffers o Compatable with 850, P:R:, SX, XM301, MPP modems o Can use R2: port for null modeming This program is available as ShareWare at several local BBSes. Word Perfect continues ST support --------------------------------- -Article #75 (156 is last): -From: aa400 -Subject: WordPerfect continues ST support -Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:54:31 GMT -From: PHILLIP CHOW (aa400) -Indx: 045 Size: 1498 bytes WordPerfect Continues ST support despite less than expected sales _______________________________________ WordPerfect Corp. has announced that they now have a full-time programmer devoted to Atari ST development. This comes after rumors of their intent to drop all ST projects recently began resurfacing. According to Reed Hainsworth of WordPerfect, the current ST version of the popular wordprocessor will undergo improvements, although no specific items were mentioned. Hainsworth said that while it won't be, "an official 4.2 ver- sion," the new version should contain some of 4.2's features. WordPerfect entered the ST and Amiga markets 2 years ago, and while sales to both markets are growing, neither have met corporate expectations. WordPerfect sees the new aggressive posture Atari has taken as a positive development, and took that under consideration when deciding to devote more resources to ST work. Atari support at WordPerfect had fallen to the point where there was only one part-time programmer employed only to work on ST bug fixes. WordPerfect will announce the availability of new updates or upgrades. For more information, contact: WordPerfect Corp. 1555 N. Technology Way Orem, UT 84057 (801) 225-5000 Phillip M. Chow_aa400_Atari Co-SIGOp Atari announces 1st qtr earnings -------------------------------- -Article #76 (156 is last): -From: aa400 -Subject: Atari announces 1st qtr earnings -Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:54:41 GMT -From: PHILLIP CHOW (aa400) -Indx: 046 Size: 1598 bytes Atari announces 1st qtr earnings _____________________________________ On May 12, 1989, Atari announced the results of its first quater earnings which ended April 1, 1989. There was no impact from the Federated group in the first quarter results as it had been treated as a discountinued operation since the last quarter of '88. Sam Tramiel stated that "We are pleased to report an increase in sales of our ST and PC lines of computers in 1989 compared to the first quarter of 1988, however video games sales declined significantly as a result of the unfair monopolistic practices of an international competitor, which are now the subject of litigation. Since overseas sales account for nearly 75% of our total worldwide market, our sales growth in U.S. dollar terms were significantly offset by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar in relation to most European Currencies during the first quarter of 1989 compared to 1988. The exchange rate effect, combined with changes in sales product mix, was largely responsible for the reduction in net income compared to the first quarter of 1988." IF Atari holds to its announced shipment dates for its new products AND starts advertising more, the results bode will for a strong third quarter. 1988 Income : $98.3 Million 15% Net Oper Income 6% Net Income 1989 Income : $88.8 Million 7% Net Oper Income 4% Net Income Phillip M. Chow_aa400_Atari Co-SIGOp New Express Cart ---------------- -Article #67 (197 is last): -Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.news -From: aa338 -Subject: New Express cart! -Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:52:53 GMT -From: MARK LEAIR (aa338) -Indx: 039 Size: 12709 bytes Its official! The shipment of the first Express terminal emulator carts have been shipped and should be received by the first bunch of buyers June 6th. The cartridge is real exciting. There's already upgrades for the Pro! BBS program that supports the power of the Express cart... Below is an old press release on the cartridge then the latest report on some of its power as released to the Pro! SysOps with the Pro! upgrades. One thing I have seen so far is a very fast screen handler that was put in Pro! as well as the cartridge! Truly amazing! -Mark Atari Cosysop aa338 Date: Feb. 6, 1989 * * * * * * New Product Announcement * * * * * * Express! (The Cartridge) Orion Micro Systems of Midlothian, Va. is pleased to announce the latest addition to its product line: the new Express! terminal program in a 64K cartridge. The Express! cartridge is a brand new terminal program written by Keith Ledbetter, the author of the popular Express! series of communication programs. The new Express! cartridge sports 64K of banked memory and is written in 100% assembler language, allowing Keith to pack in features that are not available in any other terminal program for the Atari 8-bit. Even though the program has been totally rewritten, you can still sense the user-friendly and bullet-proof environment that has always been a favorite feature of the Express! series of programs. The cartridge will work with any modem that has a corresponding "R:" handler available for it. This list includes (a) any Hayes-compatible modem used with an 850, P:R: Connection, or MIO, (b) Atari 1030 modem, (c) Atari XM301 modem, (d) Atari SX212 modem, and (e) Supra MPP modem. The Express! cartridge is built around a drop-down menu system identical to those that are popular on many other machines like the IBM PC and the Atari ST. The XEP-80 80-column cartridge is also fully supported. If you are using an XEP-80, the drop-down menuing system is replaced with a text-based, 80-column menu. This means you will no longer need two monitors (ie: one for terminal mode, one for the menus). Express! also has a full-screen, Action-type text editor built in. This is a great feature to have, allowing you to edit the capture buffer or compose messages for uploading to Bulletin Boards. Supported features include cut and paste, line tagging, find, and search/replace. The Express! cartridge also allows you to piggyback another cartridge on top of it. Then, at your command, you can turn off the Express! cartridge and run the cartridge plugged into the top of it! Or, you can turn off the Express! cartridge AND the cartridge above it, making the OS think there are NO cartridges in your machine. You may never have to pull the cartridge out of your machine! Express! has a planned release date of June 1, 1989 and will retail for $69.95. Orion will start taking pre-orders for Express! on February 6, 1989 and will give a $10.00 discount off of the retail price for pre-orders placed directly with them prior to the June 1, 1989 release date. (Virginia residents should add 4.5% sales tax). Listed below are some of the many highlights of the Express! cartridge, along with a pre-order form that you may use. If you would like to order by telephone, or if you have any questions about specific features of any of our products, you can call Chris at (804) 794-9437 between the hours of 6 pm - 10 pm Eastern time. Thanks for your support! * * * * * * Express! Features * * * * * * o Supports any available DOS, including the SpartaDOS X cartridge. o Intelligent and intuitive drop-down menu system, modeled after those that are so popular on IBM PC's. Those of you who have used Turbo Pascal or Turbo C on an IBM will feel right at home! o Supports extra memory in either the 130XE or upgraded 800XL's, allowing you to have a 90K capture buffer. Now you no longer have to be content with wimpy, 5K capture buffers! o Internal SpartaDOS-type DOS shell allows quick access to the most commonly used DOS commands such as erase, rename, dir, type, and wildcard copy. Fully supports all subdirectory commands when used with SpartaDOS. o Full screen (Action-like) text editor allows you to edit captured text or compose a message without having to run an external text processor. o Supports ANY modem which has a corresponding 'R:' handler. o Works on the Atari 800, 800XL, 130XE, and the XE game machine. o Fully supports the XEP-80 80 column card when using SpartaDOS X. By FULLY we mean FULLY! There is a seperate, 80-column menu invoked when you are using the XEP-80. You no longer need to have two monitors hooked up. NOTE: XEP-80 support REQUIRES SpartaDOS X. o Supports 300/1200/2400/4800/9600 baud rates. o Express's new high-speed screen handler makes capturing text at the higher baud rates (4800 and 9600) a breeze. No more lost characters while capturing text! o Supports R1: thru R4: communication ports (great for null modeming). o Supports Xmodem, Xmodem-CRC, Xmodem-1k (Ymodem), Ymodem Batch, Ascii and external windowed transfer protocals. o Allows running of external, disk-based programs. This means users can write utilities, such as additional transfer protocols, to run with the cartridge (just like the Express Professional BBS system). o Supports exiting to DOS without loss of carrier. This allows you to exit the cartridge and run any program, such as ARC, while remaining online. o Supports the Hayes extended modem command set (ie: "BUSY") allowing for quick re-dial of busy numbers. o Supports 50 phone list entries. Each entry has settings for baud rate, parity, duplex, wait time, translation, and 3 macros. These macros can contain control characters, making it possible to log on with just one keypress! For example, "John Doe^M^Ppassword^M" would output "John Doe" <return>, pause 3 seconds, then output "password" <return>. o There are 7 "generic" macros that are always active, regardless of the current dialing entry that is active. +==========================================================================+ | | | Orion Micro Systems Order Form | | | +==========================================================================+ | | | Mail Order To: Orion Micro Systems | | Attn: Express! Cartridge | | 2211 Planters Row Drive | | Midlothian, Virginia 23113 | | | +==========================================================================+ | | | _____ Express! (The Cartridge). . . . . . . . . . . $69.95 | | | | ( If Ordered Before June 1, 1989 ) . . . . . - $10.00 | | -------- | | | | Sub-Total -------- | | | | 4.5% Sales Tax (Va. Residents Only) ________ | | | | Add Shipping/Handling $ 4.00 | | | | Total ________ | | | | (Check, Money Order, MasterCard or Visa Accepted) | | | +==========================================================================+ | | | Payment By: __ Check __ Money Order __ MasterCard __ Visa | | | | Name As It Appears On Card: ____________________________________ | | | | Card Number: _______________________________ Exp Date: ________ | | | | | | | | Rush My Order As Soon As Released To: | | | | Name: ______________________________________________________ | | | | Address: ___________________________________________________ | | | | City: _______________________ State: _______ Zip: ________ | | | | Country: ____________________ Date Ordered: ______________ | | | +==========================================================================+ Well, that file was a bit old, but still rather up to date....you can still use the order form to purchase the cartridge for $69.95. I currently have no plans to purchase the cartridge but that may change especially after I saw the READ.ME file in the Pro! BBS update file!!! Here's some of the descriptions in the READ.ME file to Pro! SysOps: Since the new Express! cartridge has some strange and wonderful new transfer protocols in it, we also had to also add them to the BBS. This ARC file includes everything you need to get your BBS "up to snuff". You should go ahead and put this up as soon as possible, since people should have the new Express! cart in their hands by the end of this week (July 6th. or so)... The new protocols include: "Auto-Lmodem downloads" "A new, super fast Xmodem send routine" "A new, super fast Ymodem send routine" "Windowed protocols, so popular on the IBM, now come to the 8 bit Atari!!!! The BBS supports windowed Xmodem and windowed Lmodem, and SEAlink!!! The most exciting of these is Lmodem. If a user calls your BBS with the new Express! cartridge, and they have their parameters on a BBS like Pro! set to "Auto-Lmodem", then when they hit "D" to download a file, the BBS and the term program handshake, and the term program starts receiving the file immediately. The user doesn't have to hit ANY KEYS after telling the BBS to "d"ownload a file! The users will eat this one up! Lmodem is also better than Ymodem because (a) its a windowed protocol (windowed, by the way, means that the "receive light" on the modem never goes off unless the program is loading the buffer), and (b) it doesn't have the overhead of having to resend an entire 1024-byte block if an error should occur. Keith also mentions that he hasn't had time to do Sealink and Lmodem batch protocols for Pro! yet, but will be doing those real soon! He'll also be doing super-fast receive routines for Pro!, which will mostly benefit 96oo baud modems. He also still has many more big plans for the BBS and will finally have some time to work on them now... (after a Florida vacation later this month....) :) Some future plans for Orion Microsystems is an IBM version of Pro! BBS... should be real interesting... -Mark aa338 Atari Co-SysOp Migraph DPI hand scanner ------------------------ -Article #77 (156 is last): -From: aa400 -Subject: Migraph DPI hand scanner -Date: Tue, 15 Aug 89 12:54:51 GMT -From: PHILLIP CHOW (aa400) -Indx: 047 Size: 1735 bytes Migraph announces 400 DPI hand scanner ________________________________________ Migraph, Inc. has announced a hand scanner, designed specifically for the Atari ST, that will allow photographs, drawings, logos, and other graphics to be scanned into computer documents. Able to scan over a four inch wide strip, the hand scanner has four adjustable scanning resolutions and provides true 300 and 400 dots per inch resolution. Initially, it will be bundled with Touch-Up, Migraph's image editor. Touch-Up will allow scanned images to be edited and saved in a variety of formats. The bundle also includes scanning software and an ST interface, which plugs into the cartridge port. The anticipated release date for the hand scanner is the end of June. An additional bundle will be released in August which consists of the hand scanner, interface, scanning software, and a "lite" version of Touch-Up, which has about half of the features of the full version. This bundle is expected to cost about $100 less than the bundle with the full featured Touch-Up program. The hand scanner bundled with Touch-Up will retail for $499. Migraph is currently offering a special introductory price of $429 on the hand scanner bundled with Touch-Up. Registered Touch-Up owners can purchase the hand scanner direct from Migrpah for $299. Orders with the special pricing will be accepted through July 31, 1989. For more information contact: Migraph, Inc. 200 S. 333rd Street Suite 220 Federal Way, WA 98003 (206) 838-4677 Phillip M. Chow_aa400_Atari Co-SIGOp ____-______-______-______-______-______ This Time Capsule file was produced by Len Stys. It may only be reposted with the following information included: REPOSTED FROM: The Cleveland Free-Net Atari-SIG (216)/368-3888 type 'Go Atari' at any menu (C.A.I.N.) ____-______-______-______-______-______ --
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