News - Oct.92 - Dec.92

From: Atari SIG (xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 02/28/94-03:08:37 PM Z

From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG)
Subject: News - Oct.92 - Dec.92
Date: Mon Feb 28 15:08:37 1994

 Time Capsule - News - Oct.92 - Dec.92

 News Subject Title                    Date Posted
 ------------------                    -----------
Atari Classics update                  Oct.06,1992
Atari Classics: first issue is out!    Oct.15,1992
Atari Classics: On Time, On Schedule   Oct.27,1992
Atari SIG Newswire: 04-Nov-92          Nov.04,1992
Digi-Studio sell-off                   Nov.07,1992
J.D.Potter Utilities Collection        Nov.10,1992
AC FREE ISSUE ENDS DECEMBER 15         Dec.08,1992
Dean Garraghty -- Atari 8-Bit Support  Dec.17,1992


Article #320 (376 is last):
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Atari Classics update
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Date: Tue Oct  6 15:03:55 1992


**********************     A T A R I   C L A S S I C S    **********************

     Well, I've been keeping kinduv a low profile the past few weeks.  With
good reason: I've been hard at work on the Premier Issue of Atari Classics.

     Our first issue will be 32 pages cover-to-cover.  It will be distributed
for free beginning Oct. 10 (the kickoff of our subscription drive) at the WAACE
AtariFest in Reston, VA; and it will contain a subscription form in the back
(we will even take VISA/ MasterCard!).

     I just received the proof copy of the Premier Issue a couple days ago.  It
looks nice by any standard, but actually it's a miracle considering the 
unbelievably short time that elapsed between the time AC started from nothing
(August 5) till the copy deadline of Sept. 19.  I mustah been plumb crazy to
think I could locate & hire a staff of 15-20 people, get them to write stuff,
solicit ads, & throw together a professionally printed magazine in six weeks.

     Fortunately, as most of you know- I *AM* crazy- which is probably why AC
is now rolling forward with irresistable momentum.  The magazine is now at the
printer, & latest word from our Publisher is that it will be ready early next
week.  I'm now biting my nails to the quick wondering if the 500 issues I'm
supposed to distribute at the Fest will arrive before I depart for Virginia on
Oct. 9.  Lotsa fun, waiting.  Gee, what's that gnashing sound?  Wups....  my
teeth again.

     We'll start officially accepting subscriptions the week of Oct. 12.  You 
can still get on our mailing list for a FREE complimentary copy of the Premier
Issue by sending your POSTAL MAILING ADDRESS to:

               ATARI CLASSICS
               179 Sproul Rd./Rt. 352
               Frazer, PA  19355  USA

We prefer that you should get our magazine in your hands first.  If you like it,
just snip out the subscription form in the back, fill it out, & send it in with
your payment.

     Up till this year I was just a simple research chemist; this Managing 
Editor stuff is new ground for me (I'm still a chemist, only now I do Editor
stuff at night).  During that final week prior to the copy deadline our vendor
community had a feeding frenzy.  If you guys out there think you're desperate
for an 8-bit magazine, let me tell you our vendor/developer community is just
as desperate.  Consequently, the Premier Issue ended up being something like
30% advertising.  And we didn't even try very hard.

     Now, for issue #2, I'm working with our Advertising Editor to blitz every
known 8bit developer/vendor to let them know we exist 
& are offering low commercial ad rates.  The ad solicitation campaign will kick
off the same time as our subscription drive.  It is AC's intention to rattle
every cage & breathe new life into the corpse of every 8bit vendor we can dig
up (which is what we might have to do for some of them!).

     Provided vendor support for the magazine continues strong- AND if we get
a strong response to our subscription drive- well, um... mumble, mumble...
>cough, cough<, maybe our Publisher will let us go to 40 pages for issue #2 ???

     Stay tuned, everyone.

        Managing Editor,
        "The Magazine for the Dedicated 8-Bit User"

Article #321 (376 is last):
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Atari Classics: first issue is out!
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Date: Thu Oct 15 15:10:50 1992


************************  A T A R I   C L A S S I C S  ************************


ATARI CLASSICS has arrived.  Following a week of anxiety in which our printer
didn't quite make the original shipping schedule, at the last moment Pattie
Rayl managed to save the day by having the printer ship the magazines directly
to the hotel in Reston, Virginia via 2-day air.  They arrived in the nick of
time, the day before the WAACE AtariFest began.

I think the magazine looks GREAT.  On the front cover, the unique AC logo
is separated from a big Fuji symbol by a heavy black bar that says it all:

        "The Magazine For The Dedicated 8-Bit User"

About 350 copies were on hand for distribution at the Fest.  I ended up bring-
ing home about 40 of those, all the rest went into the hands of potential
subscribers.  I spent the whole weekend hawking AC from the Unicorn
Publications booth in the main vendor area.  About 150 subscription forms were
also distributed.

Here on the 2nd official day of our subscription drive AC counts 20 paid
subscribers.  This might not sound like much, but even the larger magazines
like AIM or CN would consider this an average figure.  Considering this Fest
was 93% ST, AC did very well for itself.

At the present time we are still working on AC's subscriber database, which we
will use to prepare all the mailing labels for the remaining copies of AC that
are now languishing at our printer's mailing facility.  The mass mailing of
the FREE Premier Issue is expected to commence the first week of November.

If you have already sent us your mailing address, or if you participated in the
Mail Campaign earlier this year, all you have to do is watch your mailbox.
If you haven't yet sent us your name but would like to receive the free copy of
the Premier Issue, send your postal mailing address to:

           179 Sproul Rd./Rt. 352
           Frazer, PA  19355
     ATTN: B. Poehland, Mging. Ed.

Of the 2000 copies of the Premier Issue that were printed, I estimate we have
maybe 400 copies that are not yet spoken for.

The Premier Issue contains a subscription form.  If you like the magazine, snip
out the form (or xerox it), fill it out, & send it in with your payment.  For
those of you who have been wondering what the subscription prices are, here's
the info:

        USA 3rd class mail             $25/yr
        Canada (surface mail)          $30/yr
        Foreign (all) surface mail     $32/yr
        Europe/Mediterranean AIRmail   $38/yr
        Asia/Pacific area AIRmail      $40/yr
        AC Software Disk (global price)$ 9/yr

Subscription prices are for a 1-year period.  AC expects to publish on a
bimonthly schedule; however, if fewer than 500 subscriptions are received by
Dec. 31st our publication schedule will be scaled back accordingly.

The AC Software disk will be a double-sided single-density "flippy" containing
all the type-in software published in the magazine plus selections from the
Public Domain.  It will be produced and distributed 3 times/year, concurrently
with every other issue of the magazine.  The disk will be mailed separately.
Our first disk is already in production and will be mailed out in January 1993.

Production of Issue #2 of AC is underway and is also scheduled for mailout in
January 1993.

For those wishing to subscribe using a credit card, we take VISA & MasterCard!
Just fill out your credit card info on the subscription form.  PLEASE NOTE:
there is a $2 surcharge for credit card orders.  Credit card orders may also be
placed by phone during normal business hours by calling Unicorn Publications
at 313-973-8825.

We prefer that you should receive our magazine first before you subscribe.  It
will make our life easier if you use our form, plus it will give you an idea of
what our product is like before you plunk down your cash.

If you so desire, you can send in a FREE AD with your subscription.  Copy
deadline for issue #2 is December 5, 1992.  Personal ads up to 50 words in
length are free to paid subscribers.  See the "Swap 'n' Shop" column for rules
pertaining to personal ads.

Send your postal mailing address NOW to ensure your name will be included in
our mass mailout in November!!

"Atari 8-Bits Never Say Die"

       Managing Editor

Article #323 (376 is last):
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Atari Classics: On Time, On Schedule
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Date: Tue Oct 27 14:42:31 1992

************************  A T A R I   C L A S S I C S  ************************

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I was just thinking of the lines from a dumb train song:

     "Let me tell you the story of Old 49
      The fastest engine on the Santa Fe Line:
      In April of '44 she made her made her wild dash,
      She made it on time and she did not crash."

Well, not much drama there!

And I'm pleased to say, that's pretty much how it is with Atari Classics.
With absolutely invaluable assistance from Jeff McWilliams (he saved my butt, &
probably saved the magazine), I completed the print run of mailing labels for
the Premier Issue this past weekend.  They are now on their way to our Publisher
by 2nd Day Air, & distribution of the magazine will commence this week barring
unforseen catastrophes.

It looks like the mass mailing of our free Premier Issue will go out to just
under 800 people.

As result of our activities at the WAACE Fest, subscriptions are now trickling
in, about 25 I think.  I'm very encouraged that 75% of paid subscribers so far
are going for the disk as well.

Our Advertising Editor, Dr. Roland Herman, just informed me last week that the
ad blitz we are conducting to solicit commercial advertising is in full swing.
Approximately 70 letters were sent out to the vendor community to let them know
we exist & that our commercial ad rates are a bargain.

So, now that our mass mailing is in the works, does that mean you can't get your
free copy of our Premier Issue?  NOT AT ALL!  We still have several hundred
issues not spoken for.  Those are sitting in my living room, I'm dying to give
them away!  Send your postal mailing address to:

         179 Sproul Road/Rt. 352
         Frazer, PA  19355
    ATTN: B. Poehland, Mging. Ed.

We will continue to distribute free copies of the Premier Issue until the 
mailout of Issue #2 in January 1993 or until they run out, whichever happens
first.  Get 'em while they're hot!

And, for everyone who's been dying to press money into our hands in return for
a subscription, let me assure you we are AT LAST accepting money!

This thing is FOR REAL, people.  There's a subscription form on the last page
of the Premier Issue, we take credit cards & everything.

And all of you who were on the Internet a year ago when this AC movement began-
& who participated in the Mail Campaign- give yourselves a big pat on the back.
Without your support, & the 615 folks who responded to the Campaign, we would
be nowhere.  A year ago our community was in total disarray.  It is we ourselve
who have given our community something at last to look forward to.  We are our
own future, & Atari Classics is the expression of our collective desires.

This will probably be the last Update/Bulletin type thing I'll post.  From this
point forward the magazine will either be carried to ultimate success by the
user community that gave it birth, or it will fail if the user community turns
away.  You'll all get a chance to vote in November (pun intended!).

A few curious notes.  Rick Reaser, the 8-Bit Editor of Current Notes, was Paid
Subscriber #1.  Myself, I came in a tad slow at #24.  We both took the disk.

And, I'm hoping, the rest of you will follow our example.

       Managing Editor

Article #324 (376 is last):
From: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun)
Subject: Atari SIG Newswire: 04-Nov-92
Reply-To: aa384@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Doug Wokoun)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa384 - Doug Wokoun)
Date: Wed Nov  4 20:44:47 1992

This is a compilation of all articles posted to the newswire menu this

   SPA Membership hits 1000
   Atari & Kodak Negotiating CD package?
   Atari is Alive and Well
   Eric Smith to Join Atari
   C-LAB Ceases Operations


  -- SPA Membership Hits 1,000
 The Software Publishers Association (SPA) announced this week that the 
 association's roster has topped 1,000 members.  The SPA, which acts as 
 the industry representative to the federal government and works to stop 
 software piracy, was begun in 1984 with only 25 member companies.


     Old 'super snoop is at it again...  seems Atari may very well be
 involved in negotiations with Kodak Corp. relative to CD Rom technology as
 it relates to Photography etc..


 - Lake Tahoe, NV                      ATARI _IS_ ALIVE & WELL!

     Contrary to the "populist" beliefs, Atari Corp. is really quite strong
 financially speaking.  Everybody seems to have forgotten the "Tramiel
 Trust".  Jack Tramiel a very wealthy businessman before he purchased
 Atari, never really invested the bulk of the family fortune into Atari. 
 Time/Warner financed the entire deal at the time of purchase.  Therefore,
 it would stand to reason that a substantial infusion of capital will occur
 when it is deemed necessary by Jack Tramiel.  "Atari will have marketshare
 in 1993" it has been heard said in 'certain circles'.


 - Ontario, Canada                 AUTHOR OF MULTI-TOS TO JOIN ATARI

     Eric R. Smith, has made it known that he will join Atari on or about
 the second of November 1993.  Smith noted he was making the final
 preparations to make the move to the USA, (Visa, etc..).  "Its not a
 temporary thing being done to get Multi-Tos done, I'll be working on a
 wide variety of software projects including Multi-Tos."  Smith said.


 - Los Angeles, CA                  C-LAB is NO MORE.....

     Reported by D.R. Kerr, C-Lab, developers and manufacturers of the most
 successful Atari MIDI sequencing programs, Creator and Notator, is no
 more.  According to the newsletter from Steinberg/Jones, makers of the
 competing Cubase, C-Lab folded within the last few weeks due to "bickering
 about finances."  Gerhard Lengling, who ran C-Lab, is apparently looking
 to start another venture.  There is no word whether it will involve the
 Atari platform.  Hopefully, something god will arise out of the ashes of
 this devastating loss to the music and Atari worlds.

     Notator 3.1 was recently hailed in Keyboard magazine as the best MIDI
 sequencing program available on any platform.  They were also frequent
 advertisers in the magazine as well and appeared at numerous Atari shows
 across the country.  C-Lab products were recently supported by Ensoniq
 here in the United States.  Presently, there are two active developers of
 Atari MIDI programs remaining -- Steinberg/Jones and what was Hybrid Arts,
 Inc., Barefoot Software.  Dr. T stopped developing for the Atari within
 the past year.

     What does this mean?  Besides the obvious loss of support and
 excellent products to musicians, it is quite a blow to Atari.  Atari's
 only real foothold in the U.S. is through its MIDI abilities.  With the
 best Atari developer for MIDI gone under, that's one less assortment of
 software to support the Atari platform.

Article #325 (376 is last):
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Digi-Studio sell-off
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Date: Sat Nov  7 18:05:47 1992

Reprinted from Usenet/Internet:

Well, it looks like I have a distributor for Digi-Studio in the US. The
price of Digi-Studio in the US will be $29.95. This will include a 50+ page
manual and at least 2 disks. It is at the discretion of the distributor
whether the asking price includes shipping, but I think it will.

This new version of Digi-Studio gets released in the UK on 14th November. It
will be available in the US about 2 weeks later.

I will release the name and address of the distributor when it gets nearer
the time, just in case there are any last minute problems.

Because the new version is coming out, I need to clear out all remaining
copies of the "old" packages 1 and 1.5. You should all have the info on these
already (I sent enough copies out on the net!!). I don't have many copies left,
so it's first come, first served. Here's what's left with the new prices:

Package 1 and 1.5 packs - 2 manuals, 2 disks. 20 copies left. 
           UK price 4pounds, US price $10

Package 1.5 only - 1 manual, 1 disk. 10 copies left.
           UK price 2pounds, US price $5

These US prices INCLUDE shipping from the UK. You can pay in cash in US$.
Just write your name and address on a piece of paper, put in the right amount
of cash and send it direct to me at the address below. These packs will also
be offered in the UK, so you may like to email me to reserve copies before
sending your order. You may like to register your letter at the post office, 
which costs $3. But, we're only talking about a few dollars here, so you
probably don't want to bother! Send orders to:

         (DIGI SELL-OFF)
        23 YSTWYTH CLOSE
        WALES, UK
        SY23 3RU


Dean Garraghty.
Article #326 (376 is last):
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: J.D.Potter Utilities Collection
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Date: Tue Nov 10 12:49:20 1992

 Reprinted from Z*Net: 7-Nov-92 #9217
 ######  By Jeff Potter
 ######  ---------------------------------------------------------------
     The J.D.Potter Collection of Graphics File Conversion Utilities
 My collection of graphics picture file conversion utilities were
 developed to allow the users of the classic 8-bit Atari computers access
 to the myriad graphic files previously available only to other
 Some of these work with the APAC mode, which is a combination of
 graphics 9 and 11 which provides 256 different colors on-screen at once.
 (Note that APAC mode may not work well with certain monitors.  It does
 work well with ordinary television sets.  Contact me for information on
 monitors if you are uncertain).
 Other programs of mine work with a new mode (which I created) called
 ColorView.  ColorView provides 4096 colors in 80 x 192 pixel resolution,
 or 64 colors in 160 x 192 pixel resolution.  All products with ColorView
 also allow interactive color tuning from the keyboard, so you can set
 the color for your system without adjusting your monitor or television's
 color controls.  ColorView also works on all monitors, including those
 which APAC does not.
 This program is both a decoder and viewer for GIF picture files.  It
 lets you load GIF files and view them in one of several modes: Graphics
 9, APAC, or Graphics 15.  You may then save them in APAC mode, or create
 three-color separations for use with COLRVIEW (available separately).
 You can use a joystick to interactively choose areas of the image to
 "zoom in on".  Version 2.4 lets you view certain newer files that
 earlier versions failed to load, as well as fixing some other
 This is a slideshow program that loads APAC mode files from disk for
 display one after another.  A random-pixel dissolve from one image to
 another occurs every several seconds, which can be interrupted and
 This program is the viewer for ColorView files created with APACVIEW, or
 downloaded from Bulletin Boards.  The latest version (2.6) lets you view
 all the ColorView files on a disk in "slideshow" mode.
 This program lets you view Atari ST Degas format (standard or
 compressed, any resolution) in Graphics 9 or 15 monochrome, or in
 ColorView's 64 or 4096 color modes.  Version 1.1 provides the same
 "slideshow" feature mentioned above.
 This program allows you to load four popular Atari picture formats
 (MicroPainter, Micro Illustrator/Koala, Graphics 8 and 9) and convert
 them to GIF files.  This can be done interactively, letting you convert
 an entire disk of pictures one after another without memorizing the
 filenames.  This is useful for Atarians who want to exchange their
 pictures with other computer users via bulletin boards.
 This program lets you load and view Amiga IFF pictures in APAC mode.
 The flexible joystick interface allows you to select rectangular
 sections of the image for further inspection.  ILBMREAD also saves the
 output in APAC mode.
 All programs come with DOC files to help you understand all the
 important features.  I also give advice on where to find source pictures
 for the various formats.  I include my mail address as well as my e-mail
 address for GEnie and CompuServe, as I am always glad to receive 
 feedback and fix any problems that may arise.
 All programs released so far are shareware, but if you cannot find them
 on your local bulletin board or pay service, they can be ordered
 directly from me at the following prices:
 --------   -------    -----
 APACVIEW     2.4       8.50
 APACSHOW     2.3       6.50
 COLRVIEW     2.6       8.50
 DEGASRD      1.1       8.50
 GIFNCODE     1.0       6.50
 ILBMREAD     2.1       6.50
 Special price on APACVIEW/COLRVIEW combination: $16.00.  Prices include
 postage and handling, in U.S. dollars (money orders preferred, personal
 checks accepted).  Printed docs will be supplied.  Disks will be SSSD
 unless specified otherwise (I can provide up to DSDD).  The spare disk
 space will be filled with sample pictures usable by the selected
 program.  Please include your full mailing address.
 Hope to hear from YOU soon!
 Jeff Potter
 814 Banbury Drive
 Port Orange, FL 32119

 CIS: 74030,2020

Article #327 (376 is last):
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Date: Tue Dec  8 11:01:39 1992


                    A  T  A  R  I      C  L  A  S  S  I  C  S



[Jeff, please forward to the Digest, all my posts to CSA8 for the past 4 weeks
have bounced, the sysadmins here say the problem is at Berkeley & the  
there has not replied to my request for assistance.]

     The mass mailout of AC's Premier Issue during the last week of October/
first week of November has moved somewhat slower than anticipated.  Here we are
one month after the mass mailing, & I'm still getting reports from people who
JUST NOW received the magazine.  That's rather sobering.

     It's also creating a huge logistical problem.  Apparently a lot of folks
received AC just before Thanksgiving, which was real convenient.  Now the
paid subscriptions are flooding in here like 50-60/week.  In the meantime,
new requests for the Premier Issue are still coming in at a fair pace, plus we
are also receiving a lot of postal & email (total 120/week).  Add to that,
production on Issue #2 began this past weekend (December 5 was our copy dead-
line for the February 1993 issue).  And production of our first disk is
scheduled to commence later this month.  I'm a resourceful fellow, but I'm not
superman.  Something has to go.

     Therefore, free distribution of the Premier Issue will cease after:

                       D E C E M B E R   1 5,  1 9 9 2

which is a week or two earlier than I had planned on.  All distributions (free
or otherwise) will cease between December 15, 1992 and January 30, 1993 while
the Staff is occupied with issue #2 & the first AC Disk.

     Inquiries received during that period will be delayed until February.
At that time delayed inquiries will be sent only a subscription form as a

     Remaining copies of the Premier Issue (if any) will be listed in issue #2
as Back Order Sales (price to be announced).

     A few statistics:

          Total copies of AC distributed to date: ca. 1500
          Copies distributed at the WAACE Fest  : ca.  280
          Copies distributed in the mass mailing: ca.  770
          Copies I've mailed out myself         : ca.  450

          Copies returned for bad addresses     : ca.   15  (1% of total)

          Total paid subscriptions so far       : ca.  200
          % of paid subscribers taking the disk : ca.   70%

       Managing Editor
       Circulation Editor
       ATARI CLASSICS Magazine


Article #328 (376 is last):
From: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Subject: Dean Garraghty -- Atari 8-Bit Support
Reply-To: aa700@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Michael Current)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa700 - Michael Current)
Date: Thu Dec 17 15:16:47 1992


 * Public Domain. 155 DS disks available from only 1.25pounds a disk!

 * News-Disk. The on-disk newsletter. Just 4.00pounds for a 4 issue
   subscription! Issues 1-9 available as back issues for just 5.00pounds the

 * Commercial Software Publishing. Including Digi-Studio -- a music creation
   system for digitized sounds. This is also available from our U.S. supplier!
   We also sell all Power Per Post products in the UK!

 * Software Exchange. Get rid of your unwanted tapes/disks/carts. and swap
   them for PD from our library! Also, the software collected through this
   scheme is sold off cheaply!

 * Hardware. Re-conditioned hardware sometimes available. Hardware is also
   bought (working or not).

All prices quoted are for the U.K. only. For foreign orders, a subscription to
the News-Disk costs 10pounds. The 1-9 pack also costs 10pounds. The full 
PD catalogue with UK and foreign prices is available on our on-disk catalogue,
which costs 1pound in the UK, and 2.50pounds elsewhere. A free copy of the
catalogue is supplied with the News-Disk pack. Payment should be made
in UK funds by British cheque/PO or by IMO for foreign orders, or by cash in
pounds sterling, or US$. Translate as 1pound=$2 to take care of the exchange 
fee if paying in US$. Please use registered mail if sending cash.

Digi-Studio is available in the US from: Lance Tatman, 844 Kern Street, 
Richmond, CA 94805. For UK and non-US Digi-Studio enquiries, contact us at the
address below. Digi-Studio product information and order forms available from
us, or from the US supplier. Send SASE for details.

All other products mentioned available from:

    Dean Garraghty, 62 Thomson Ave, Balby, Doncaster, DN4 0NU, ENGLAND.

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