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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Subject: Z*Magazine: 11-Dec-88 #135 Date: Sat Sep 18 16:53:09 1993 ************************************************************************* S Y N D I C A T E Z M A G A Z I N E ************************************************************************* Conveyance VIA PayBax BBS, Wilmington, DE. 302-731-5558 All Bauds ************************************************************************* SYNDICATE PUBLISHING COMPANY POST OFFICE BOX 74 MIDDLESEX, NEW JERSEY 08846 ISSUE #135 DECEMBER 11, 1988 1988 IN REVIEW Editors Desk by Ron Kovacs Here we go into the holiday season and the close of 1988. Within this and the next few issues, we will review 1988 by reprinting the news we covered. I am sure you will find many of the articles interesting because they put Atari on the record with proposed releases. I have tried to keep the information flowing by date. January thru to and including December 1988. This issue will cover January thru the 1988 Spring Comdex show in May. I would also like to thank the following for their assistance during this past year. Ralph Mariano John Nagy Carlos Hernandez Eric Plent Glenda Stocks Jerry Horanoff Larry Mihalik Stan Lowell John Gagne Bruce Hansford Ron Luks Dave Groves Darlah Hudson Pine Marty Albert Ken Kirchner Steve Godun Mike Brown Dave Brehm Rich Decowski William Whitton Patty Oprian and the others I may have forgotten. ********************************** *ATARI WINS SHOOTOUT VS. NINTENDO* ********************************** A U.S. District Court Judge denied the request of Nintendo of America to halt Atari Corp.'s television commercials that said that more games could be played on the Atari XE Game System than on the Nintendo, according to Reuters. Nintendo had contended that the ads were false and misleading, but Atari was "confident of the outcome," according to Michael Katz, Atari's president of entertainment electronics. "The commercial was hard-hitting but truthful, and we proved it," he said. The XE Game System runs all cartridge-based Atari games, and a disk drive can be added to run all disk-based Atari games. ************************************ *ATARI PRODUCT NEWS UPDATE: 1/27/88* *(C) 1988 by Atari Corp. May be * *reprinted only with this notice. * ************************************ In mid-January, the first shipments of Microsoft Write arrived at Atari's warehouse and were shipped to Atari dealers. This advanced word processor, with a list price of $129.95, is a direct port of Microsoft Word 1.05 from the Macintosh. It features true footnoting, a sophisticated variety of page setup features, and the cleanest mouse interface of any ST word processor. Microsoft Write fully supports GDOS. Included with the program is GDOS version 1.8, along with a variety of proportional fonts. The fonts are supported on the screen for a WYSIWYG performance. In addition to GDOS output, Microsoft Write supports a wide variety of common printers in their own text fonts. Printer drivers can be edited by the user to support virtually any printer on the market. Microsoft Write includes extras such as Mail Merge, Glossary, Undo, Clipboard, Ruler, and page format changes throughout the document. ATARI LASER PRINTER The Atari SLM804 Laser Printer arrived to authorized dealers beginning before the new year. This 8-page-per-minute system uses the TEC engine, a write-white device which provides the sharpest possible blacks. Dot density is 300 dots per inch. The SLM804 connects directly to any ST or Mega computer via the DMA port. Included is the SLMC804, which allows additional DMA devices (such as hard disk drives) to be plugged into the DMA while the laser is attached. The Atari Laser Printer's unique design has the ST or Mega driving the engine directly, without mandating costly and slow electronics within the laser. Even with only 512K of system RAM, an ST can drive the engine in Diablo emulation mode and for screen dumps. The Diablo emulator supports up to 8 type styles using GDOS fonts (GDOS itself is not required). Also included with the printer are 2 disks of GDOS fonts. These laser fonts correspont to the screen fonts provided with Microsoft Write. Various point sizes are supported, from 6 point up to 48 point. Existing software that takes advantage of GDOS includes MS Write and Easy Draw. Using Easy Draw, outputs make full use of the 300 dpi resolution of the printer for fine lines at any angle, smooth fonts, and bit images from scanners. Easy Draw with Supercharger can output full pages of text and graphics in well under a minute -- recent tests averaged 20-30 seconds per page. Multiple copies of a page take less time than the original page. The Atari Laser Printer has a list price of $1999. Replacement toner cartridges sell for $59.95, and replacement drums list for $199.95. By separating toner from drum, replacement costs and price per page come in lower than other laser printing systems. ****************************** *TEXT OF CONFERENCE ON DELPHI* *REGARDING ANALOG BUYOUT * ****************************** Re-editted for ZMagazine by Ron Kovacs JANUARY 17, 1988 Andy> I'd, first, like to welcome all of you attending this conference. My name is Andy Eddy and I'll be moderating the CO. Lee> First, ANALOG has signed contracts with a publishing company in LA. That company is LFP, Inc....Larry Flynt Publishing. We expect to have the next issues of both mags out in 3 weeks. Let me give a few words about the changes...First...Larry Flynt has little to do with daily operations of the company...as a whole. He will have nothing to do with the editorial contents of either magazine. Changes you will see include new (glossy) paper, a heavier stock inside as well as a heavier cover. More color pages thoughout, INCREASED distibution, Much improved service, and a steady frequency. What you won't see is ads for Hustler and the like. LFP, Inc. also publishes a Mens fashion mag, a running mag, a new automobile mag, a motorcycle pub and a Heavy Metal mag. With many more non-pornography titles on the way. Andy> Thanks, Lee. So the fears..that this will be anything like. Hustler will not materialize. This will remain the same Analog as before but with some changes in the "production" end..not the editorial. Lee> OK. There WILL be changes..Because I won't have to deal with such things (as much, anyway) as distribution...subscription problems, and production, I can spend more time on editorial...that goes for Clayton as well. Andy> So you don't see anything but beneficial changes for the mags? Lee> Actually, let me say this...the only way someone will know we are owned by another company is a small blurb on the staff page. As far as changes go, I expect an even more steady stream of quality editorial since it will be the main direction of our time working on the mags. Maurice M.> Okay. I want to get this subject out of the way now especially in light of recent messages in the forum. Certain people have hinted that there will be changes in the magazine because of whom the ownership is. The point, I think has been refuted. However, DF Scott has in recent messages hinted that several of us writers were in a "dillema" over the ownership change and might no longer write for ANALOG. I would like to put to rest any fears readers might have about mass-defection of writers by asking you, Lee, if you are aware of any other regulars "leaving" because of this ownership change. Lee> No, not at this time. Let me respond to your comments. While I don't whole heartedly agree with Larry Flynts views. I am looking at what that company can do for our magazines. They don't know ANYTHING about what we publish, they (LFP, Inc) are leaving us alone in what we do. To them profit is what they want, editorial content is 100% up to what we do. They'll make the magazine look better, distribute it better, and put out a quality looking product, it's still up to me, Clayton, Maurice, Charles Johnson, Andy Eddy, MAtRat and the rest to put out a good magazine in product. To answer Maurice's question, other than Scott, no one has more than batted an eyelash over the buyout in terms of who it is. After the intial shock wheres off on the buyer's name, they settled in and want to get back to work. Maurice M.> Good to hear. I simply wanted to address the subject because I wanted people to be aware that Scott didn't speak for all of us. I'll step down now. Lee> Last Monday is when Michael Des Chenes and I signed. We are waiting to get them back from LA now then it will be official. Clay> Anyone who is interested in the terms of publication and how to submit articles may send me a self-addressed, stamped envelope and I'll see that you get our writer's guidelines. You can send requests to the PO Box 23 address in the magazines for now. Andy> Also with Analog's liberal policy of letting programs go onto BBS's after 1 month from issue date (that is right?), everyone gets to see the stuff they publish. Clay> Yes, Andy. Mike Brown> Will we be able to get back issues of both magazines and disks as in the past? Or will these "Classic" issues become collectors items? Lee> Yes! LFP, Inc is purchasing our entire supply of back issues. Including disks, 8-bit Extra's and so on. We expect to offer disks at a lower price and the availability should be MUCH better. JIMGAR> Thanks. My burning question is WHY???? Wasn't Analog a profitable venture? Lee> WHY is a complex answer. First - WHY NOT? ANALOG was myself and a partner, Michael Des Chenes. As you may have noticed, Michael never spent much time on Delphi and while I have gone to over 100 Atari shows and ComDex's, etc., he has not. Michael has been bored doing the same thing for 7 years and wants to try something new. In addition, I couldn't see the company growing much further the way things have been, so this gives us a chance to expand greatly....plus I'll be working on new publications, both computer and non-computer related in the next few years. Also, LFP, Inc. offered us a very good deal...and who really knows how long Atari will keep going. This way I can expand on my interests and do other things along with the Atari field -- after all, I have been doing the magazine for 7 years. A long time! JIMGAR> In other words, the whole thing got out of hand? Clay> A company can only grow within the facilities it has at hand. Lee> Right...We needed to expand, and as do airlines, insurance companies and so on. We were bought out to expand our capabilities. WHITEWIZARD> you said that the analog depends on the 8-bit...Does this mean that you might stop publishing in the future if the 8-bit fails (ANALOG, not ST-Log)? Lee> ANALOG depends on the 8-bit market ...Lets say that advertising right now isn't overwhelming and ANALOG would most likly take a new heading (orientation) in the event 8-bits REALLY dwindle. I could see a change happening probably this year some time... WHITEWIZARD> Would you combine ANALOG and ST-Log agian? Lee> Again, it is mostly up to the ANALOG staff, not LFP, Inc. Yes, I could see us doing one mag--but here is the problem. The ANALOG name is the best known, if we put in ST-Log then the mag becomes a general Atari mag again. If we kill ANALOG and continue ST-Log...well ANALOG has the more known name and that would be a mistake. Chances are ST-Log might have some 8-bit coverage...but that is all up in the air right now. When we are in place after a couple months we'll look at the whole picture. MADMODIFIER> With many software publishers spreading out to the Amiga..... Is there any chance that Analog might do the same? Lee> I have plans to do another computer oriented mag but can't say much (exactlly nothing) about it. MADMODIFIER> You mean we might see AMIGA LOG <grin>? Lee> No Comment. But I hope to have a new project out in late Spring. Mike Brown> I would like to suggest that you run some type of a readership poll in your first new issue to determine what your readership looks like now. Lee> Huh...in what way? Between ST and 8-bit? Mike Brown> Well I imagine that the complexion of the readership has changed somewhat. It might be worthwhile from a marketing standpoint. Lee> You mean between 8-bit and ST??? Sophistication? Mike Brown> Well that and just what people are interested in reading about. What their needs are "today". Lee> We have the "bingo" cards in the mag every month and poll those to see what people are using...however we have talked about doing another mail-in campaign...a more in-depth look. Remember that Delphi users are more into their machines than many other average users. Mike Brown> Maybe, but I guess my point was that at least in the 3 user groups I belong to things are in a state of "change". STeve M.> What direction will ST Log be taking in terms of content? General readership, programming, or what? Clay> I can't see much that will change in ST-Log. Is there something you WANT to see changed? STeve M.> No, just was hoping there were not going to be any drastic changes now. Thanks. Lee> I feel we have a good balance of information, sophistication and programs. I think Clayton, myself and our new west coast person will have more time to look at each issue well in advance and look at it's contents to see what blend of information it has...thus boosting the magazines quality...(not that it needs boosting <grin>) in addition, hopefully we'll add more pages too. Clay> The combination we've had in the past has worked out well, I think. I don't see any reason to change it. (More pages would be nice.) Lee> No, I certainly haven't seen any complaints about the balance of material. Keep in mind that I'm moving from New England (fresh air, no traffic, nice scenary) to LA (smog, Lots of Traffic and more smog) for the CAUSE. In other words...If I didn't see a tremendous potential in this I would do it! ***************************** *GOOD NEWS FOR ATARI OWNERS!* ***************************** ICD, Inc. and OSS, Inc. (Optimized Systems Software) have just signed an agreement which will "add new life to all Atari computers". Under this agreement, ICD will add the manufacture, marketing, and support of all current OSS software titles for Atari computers to ICD's already powerful Atari product line. ICD's friendly, helpful staff is now trained in all aspects of support for the complete OSS product line including: MAC/65 MAC/65 Toolkit ACTION! ACTION! Toolkit BASIC XL BASIC XL Toolkit BASIC XE Writer's Tool DOS XL Personal PASCAL for the Atari ST Ordering and support for ICD/OSS products are available by calling 815/968-2228 from 8AM to 5PM CST Monday through Friday. Support is also available 24 hours a day 7 days a week on the following Electronic Bulletin Boards: ICD/OSS BBS 815/968-2229 300-9600 baud CompuServe, GEnie, Delphi, and BIX. ICD's 24 hour FAX is connected to 815/968-6888. The San Jose, CA numbers for OSS will no longer be providing support. Orders for OSS products may be placed now. All products will be shipping in quantities soon. For more information call any of our product support lines or write to: ICD/OSS 1220 Rock Street Rockford, IL 61101 **************** *STAR MICRONICS* **************** |Left at| 01/29/88 |Sent to| ALL |Sent by| MR.GOODPROBE |Subject| sad day... Today is a sad day. Star Micronics of printer fame has cancelled their workhorse the NX-10, now you can only buy their replacement for this great printer, the NX-1000, <sigh>...another one bites the dust. Unbelevably, I also saw several new programs for the 8 bit Atari up at Waldenbooks at Chapel Hill, so they really are writing for that machine after all! Yeah! Holy chips! Its Mr. Goodprobe ********************************* *ATARI AQUIRES COURT INJUNCTIONS* ********************************* Kyodo reported late last week that Atari has aquired court injunctions against six companies for infringing it's copyrights and patents. In the court injunction, agents of Atari seizd over $64,000 worth of pirated goods. Kyodo, a Japanese News Service reported "The six companies were alleged to have brought in Taiwanese copies of the Atari 200 video games and software game cartridges." Apple Computer took the same legal action earlier in conjunction with a new copyright law in Singapore. Kyodo is part of NewsNet which can be accessed through Compuserve and the IQuest area. IQuest reviewed in 1986 in ZMagazine. ******************* * A NEW ARRIVAL * *February 29, 1988* ******************* Earlier today at 1:46pm Adam Michael Kovacs was born! Mother and baby are doing fine. Guess the child knew we has an issue to get out! We are now a thriving family of four and appreciate the well wishes sent in over the last few weeks. It has been a long 9 months, we are happy and hope you are too, in hearing the news!! ********************************** *ATARI TO UNVEIL UNIX-LIKE SYSTEM* ********************************** Look for Atari Corp. to use the stage of next month's Hanover Computer Fair in West Germany for the coming-out party of its new low-cost Unix- like, 68030-based workstations. Computergram International newsletter reports that the workstation is based on Whitesmiths' Idris system which Atari licensed last year. In addition, the newsletter reports it hears that Atari also will introduce a desktop publishing system for under $5,000, "getting close to the price of a good laser printer alone." The publication says the system will be composed of the Mega computer, the SLM804 laser printer and Atari Deskset software. "The software is claimed to put true WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) on the screen," CI says, "and page formatting will be handled inside the computer rather than on the printer, 1 meg of memory being dedicated to laser printer commands." ********************* *ATARI'S EARNINGS UP* ********************* Atari Corp. says its fourth quarter earnings were up 57 percent to $18.7 million. That represents 32 cents a share on revenue of $277 million, compared with earnings of $11.9 million, or 22 cents per share, on revenue of $92.6 million in the same period of the previous year. The fourth quarter showed boosts the profits for all of 1987 up 76% to $44.1 million, or 76 cents per share, from $25 million, or 53 cents in 1986. At the same time, sales rose 91 percent, increasing to $493 million in 1987 compared with $258 million the previous year. Atari spokesman Greg Pratt told The Associated Press that contributing the healthier financial picture -- besides the buyout of Federated, which now accounts for 25 percent of Atari -- were strengthened computer sales in Europe and booming video game sales in the US. "Video games were obviously a hot category" in 1987, he said. "There were no teddy bears or laser guns to take those dollars away. People went back to more traditional stuff and bought video games." Atari's 4th quarter Earnings Report _Atari Corp_ _4th Quarter_ LATEST PERIOD YEAR EARLIER --------------------------------------- $276,956,000 $92,667,000 $18,702,000 (.32) a-$22,997,000 (.43) a-Includes an extraordinary credit of $11,047,000.FCC Update ******************************* *FCC SCRAPS PLAN TO CHARGE FOR* *COMPUTER ACCESS TO PHONE * *SYSTEMS * ******************************* WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission has quietly decided to scrap its plan to sharply increase telephone rates for computer users, agency and congressional sources said. Last week, the agency informed important lawmakers that it wouldn't go ahead with its plan to assess so called access charges of as much as $5.50 per hour per user to hook up computer-communication networks to local telephone systems. An FCC official described the decision as a tactical move to placate opposition from Congress and computer users. "They got the message loud and clear from Congress that this plan was a political and policy loser", said a House staffer who was informed of the FCC decision. The FCC's about-face is a big victory for information service companies, who have contended that steep access charges would have driven them out of business by making their services too expensive. Currently, computer- communications networks are exempt from those access charges. Computer users around the country deluged the FCC with about 10,000 letters opposing access fees, the most letters the agency has ever gotten on a telephone issue. The decision to drop the proposal was made by FCC Chairman Dennis Patrick and the common-carrier bureau of the agency, the sources said. Mr. Patrick, whose office wouldn't comment on the decision formally needs the vote of at least one of the agency's other two members to terminate a proposal. But in practice, he can act unilaterally because, as chairman, he controls which proposals can come to a vote. In any event, FCC Commissioner Patricia Diaz Dennis said she supported the decision to end the access-charge plan. "We've got a lot of things on our plate," she said. That's one that would overcrowd it." Several agency officials described the FCC's action as a way of patching up its tattered relations with Congress which is still fuming over the FCC's decision to abolish the fairness doctrine. Last Thursday, [March 10] Rep. Edward Markey (D.,Mass.), chairman of the House telecommunications subcommittee, said he would introduce legislation to kill the access charge - even though agency officials said they had assured the congressman's staff that the FCC itself would kill the plan. A Markey aide said he was only notified an hour before Rep. Markey was to give a previously scheduled speech on access charges. "We'll closely monitor the commission's future actions to insure that this onerous charge doesn't re-emerge in a new form", Rep. Markey said in a statement yesterday. Rep. Markey and other lawmakers also still oppose Mr. Patrick's pet plan to radically alter regulation of American Telephone & Telegraph Co. ************************ *BBS USER FILES LAWSUIT* ************************ Online Today on CompuServe reported that on March 26, 1988 at BBS, (bulletin board system) user filed a $112,000 law suit against a local system. The suit filed against the BBS and the SysOp (system operator) could turn out to be a landmark decision and the first one handed down under the FECPA. The FECPA (Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986), mandates privacy protection of electronic communications including mail found on commercial services and bulletin board systems. The suit claims the SysOp did not properly safeguard private electronic mail. According to the information from Online Today, during December 1987 the BBS sysop allowed others to access and view the contents of all Email messages in a private portion of the subscription BBS. Previous deleted messages were also restored for others to read. It is alleged that some of the user complaining's mail was among those read. Other actions included the user being denied access after having paid a year's fee for access. Online Today's report stated that the last two counts of the complaint could be the most damaging and state that the sysop "intentionally, maliciously or with reckless disregard for the truth, made statements which on their face are damaging to the professional and personal reputation of the Petitner to humiliation, personal anguish and ridicule." The named BBS sysop did not respond to calls from Online Today to the lawsuit. Callers to the BBS in Indiana are greeted with an apology to the user. ********************************* *SOFTWARE PIRATES FACE NEW SUITS* ********************************* By Don Clark Chronicle staff writer (reprinted from the San Francisco Chronicle) Oakland,Ca-- Top software publishers are vowing an agressive new round of joint piracy lawsuits against U.S. corporations and others that make unauthorized copies of programs. A joint anti-piracy campaign, announced Sunday, is being pushed and largely funded by industry giants Microsoft, Lotus Development, Ashton- Tate and Word Perfect. It includes a litigation fund of undisclosed size that will be coordinated by the 320 member Software Publishers Association, which is having an annual conference at the Claremont Hotel here this week. The SPA says it has already identified several offenders. They range from mail-order firms that have made a business of pirating software to companies and universities that buy one copy of a program and illegally make multiple copies for internal use. "I think we've found some good targets," said Ken Wasch, the SPA's executive director. "You'll see some suits very soon." The joint effort parallels similar actions taken in recent months to crack down on foreigh sellers of pirate software. The focus on copyright issues also coincides with a raging controversy triggered by Apple Computer Inc., which filed a lawsuit on March 17 that accuses Hewlett- Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp. of illegally copying the visual displays of Apple's Macintosh computer. Though unauthorized duplication is believed to be widespread at large U.S. companies, software publishers have been reluctant to go after them in court. For one thing, those companies may be large software customers. They also have ample resources to fight a lawsuit. That reluctance has ended, Wasch said. One key reason is the phasing out of copy protection built into program diskettes, due to the widespread opposition of software customers. Lotus, for example, has announced plans to remove the electronic protection from a new version of its top selling 1-2-3 program being released next fall. "Since copy protection has been removed, the entire industry is at the mercy of an honor system of users," Wasch said. The SPA named Joe Bainton, a New York attorney with a reputation for agressive litigation, to carry out the suits against the pirates. R. Duff Thompson, general counsel of the Utah based Word Perfect, will serve as chairman of the association's litigation fund. Major software companies banded together once before on domestic piracy under the auspices of ADAPSO, the computer software and services industries association. It also set up a litigation fund, but brought only one suit in 1985 before focusing mainly on educating corporations about software piracy laws. In other matters, software industry executives said Apple's suit casts a cloud over future development of software based on Microsoft's Windows program for IBM-compatible computers. Phillipe Kahn, chief executive of Scotts Valley based Borland International, was roundly applauded for proposing that the SPA set up an arbitration system so that copyright disputes between companies are not settled by judges and juries. "Apple's telling us Microsoft Windows has AIDS,' Borland said. "We're anxiously waiting to hear that the tests come back negative." ******************** *SPA TO SETTLE SUIT* ******************** Online Today reported this week that Apple Computer's recent "look-and- feel" lawsuit should be settled, not in the courts, but by the Software Publishers Association, Borland International founder/President Phillipe Kahn said in his keynote address at the SPA's spring symposium here. ********************************* *MICROSOFT SAYS APPLE COMPUTER'S* *COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT HAS NO MERIT * ********************************* REDMOND, Wash. (MARCH 21) BIZWIRE - Thursday, Apple Computer filed suit against Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft Corp. for alleged copyright infringement. As to Microsoft, the complaint alleges that the visual displays of Microsoft Windows 2.03 violate Apple copyrights. After careful review of the complaint and a 1985 license agreement between Apple and Microsoft, Microsoft is convinced that the case has no merit. Microsoft has not exceeded the license agreement, nor has it infringed any Apple copyrights or patents. Specifically, no visual displays in Microsoft Windows 2.03 exceed the 1985 agreement. William H. Neukom, vice president of law and corporate affairs, said ''We are puzzled that Apple has brought this suit in light of the 1985 license agreement between us. ''That agreement covers visual displays, and we are in full compliance with that agreement. We have not infringed any copyright or patent held by Apple.'' Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) develops, markets and supports a wide range of software for business and professional use, including operating systems language, and application programs, as well as books and hardware for the microcomputer marketplace. ************************************** *APPLE COMPUTER CO-FOUNDER STEVE JOBS* *DODGES QUESTIONS ON NEW COMPUTER * ************************************** BERKELEY, Calif. (MARCH 29) UPI - Steve Jobs, the mercurial entrepreneur who co-founded Apple Computer Inc., dodged questions Tuesday about a new computer he has promised to deliver to the market in early 1988. ''I wish I could tell you about our product today,'' Jobs told an annual meeting of the Software Publishers Association in Berkeley. ''I cannot,'' Jobs said, telling an audience of approximately 200 that he will introduce what is expected to be a computer workstation for use in colleges ''when it's ready''. Jobs, who has founded a new company called NeXT Inc. to produce a machine to fit his vision of the needs of academia, explained his silence by saying, ''a young company needs the advantage of surprise.'' But he described the machine under production as ''the best product that I've ever seen in my life. The product that we're working on will speak louder than anything I can say.'' Jobs also expressed puzzlement over a copyright infringement lawsuit recently filed by Apple Computer against two other computer companies, Microsoft Corp., of Redmond, Wash., and Hewlett-Packard Co., of Palo Alto, Calif. The suit alleges that Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard illegally copied the audio-visual display of Apple's Macintosh computer in designing their own software. Jobs urged software developers in the audience to ''express themselves'' on the subject, saying the issue of copyrights and computer software is vital to innovation in the industry. **************************** *ALAN ALDA CONTRACT EXPIRES* **************************** Alan Alda's 5 year contract as Atari spokesman has expired. He will now be found in future IBM commercials with the rest of the M*A*S*H* cast. ************************* *1988 IN REVIEW: MAY and* *SPRING COMDEX REPORTS * ************************* EDITORS DESK MAY 1988 by Ron Kovacs There is much to talk about this week within the Atari community. Atari Corp has started the Computer Division with Mr. Babbit taking over as President. With this news, there are confidential sources telling us that Atari is going to advertise the ST on CABLE stations only. This along with other ST news can be found in ST-REPORT. I have included excerpts from a Delphi confrence last week with Niel Harris. Much of the confrence subject matter deals with the ST market, again refer to ST-Report magazine for the full confrence highlights. ATARI CORP CORPORATE EARNINGS Latest Period Year Earlier ------------------------------------- Atari Corp (1st Q) $169,232,000 $65,133,000 $5,674,000 (.10) a-$9,365,000(.16) a-Net from operations. ATARI FIRST-QUARTER EARNINGS DOWN NEARLY 63 PERCENT AT $5.7 MILLION SUNNYVALE, Calif. (MAY 13) UPI - Atari Corp. reported earnings in the first quarter of 1988 fell nearly 63 percent to $5.7 million or 10 cents a share, down from $15.3 million or 26 cents a share in the same period last year. However, revenues for the Sunnyvale-based maker of personal computers and video games rose to $169.2 million in the quarter ended April 2, up more than 61 percent compared to $65.1 million in the first quarter of 1987, the company said in a statement released late Thursday. Atari blamed the downturn in its earnings on losses incurred by the Federated Group Inc., its retail subsidiary, which it acquired in October 1987. The Federated division reported a pre-tax operating loss of $9.6 million on sales of $71.5 million in the first quarter of 1988. Not counting that loss, Atari's earnings would have been $15.29 million in the first quarter up marginally over $15.28 million last year, the company said. First quarter results last year were boosted by a $5.9 million credit related to accounting changes, the company said. "The losses incurred by Federated ...continue to adversely impact Atari's earnings," said Sam Tramiel, Atari's president. But he added that Federated "is now approaching a breakeven point and we forsee a small loss or a small profit in the second and third quarters," and "a modest profit" in the fourth quarter. "Further action is being taken to reduce costs, improve product mix and margin, and to increase sales," Tramiel said. FRIDAY'S AMEX 10 MOST ACTIVE STOCKS NEW YORK (MAY 13) - The 10 most active stocks in American Stock Exchange composite trading Friday: Stock Sales Last Net Chg. Sothebys 1,143,800 18 1/8 unch Dome Pet 1,008,400 1 1-16 off 1-16 Amdahl Corp 621,400 47 up 3/4 ICH Corp 499,800 7 5/8 off 1/8 Lorimar Tel 267,000 12 3/4 off 1/4 Wang Lab B 187,700 10 5/8 off 1/4 Viacom 187,300 25 1/4 up 1/8 Horn & Har 176,600 7 1/8 up 3/4 Atari Corp 158,300 7 5/8 unch Texas Air 147,200 10 7/8 up 1/4 ATARI CORP AT THE SPRING COMDEX ANTIC PUBLISHING INC., COPYRIGHT 1988 REPRINTED BY PERMISSION. REPORT FROM ATLANTA Spring Comdex Report Number 1 by Andrew Reese, START Editor (Atlanta, GA, May 9, 1988) Atari was at the spring Computer Dealers Exposition (COMDEX) in force this year with a large display area designed around the theme of ST/Mega solutions to business problems. Atari itself did not show any new hardware, but third-part developers presented several exciting add-ons for Atari 68000-based machines and the software houses caught a lot of interest with some highly professional packages. Although it was not in the booth, word has it that Atari's new 68030-based UNIX machine is progressing nicely, thank you, in the R&D Labs at Atari, Inc.'s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. Contrary to some earlier press reports, it is not a "stock" Motorola UNIX design, but instead is a custom Atari design with six proprietary chips on the motherboard. The last of the custom chips has been received from the chip house and installed on the new prototype PC board. This baby cooks along at 16MHz+ and right now the development looks to be on schedule. Watch the pages of START and Antic's ST Resource for more details of this giant step up in the Atari line. We'll have more news about other Atari developments, but let's turn our attention to the two add-ons that were shown by third-party developers. The first is the amazing ST Accelerator from Megabyte Computers of Webster, Texas. Despite the unfortunate circumstances of having their car stolen (with their demo computers, hard drive and Accelerator inside!), Megabyte demo'ed their hard-wire 16 MHz mod for the ST. Yes, that's right: 16 Mhz clock rate or twice the standard ST clock rate! Installation of the add- on board is not for the cautious or technically inexperienced, however -- it requires the removal of the 68000 and the addition of a turbo board, a 68000-16 chip and a panel switch for choosing turbo/standard rate from the keyboard. Speed can be switched in the middle of an application and let me tell you that it sure makes the ST F-L-Y! It hasn't been tested on all applications yet and there are certainly times when a mere 8 MHz is plenty fast enough (want to go against the Dark Lord at twice the real -time speed??), but since it is easily switchable, it looks like a winner for any power ST user. Should be available within the month; I put my order in! And for the power user with math-intensive software needs -- like CAD, graphics, spreadsheets, etc. -- plug Xetec's XCEL hardware floating point math processor into your cartridge port. Improvements in math calculations are dramatic: on the order of 2-30 times! XCEL is complete and awaiting FCC approval, which should take no more than two months. Price? $199. Compare that to the price of an 80387 chip! One note, however, XCEL does require that the software be recompiled using their custom math libraries, so you won't see any immediate improvement in off -the-shelf software, but more than one leading developer of ST power software told me that they would be more than happy to support the new processor. The ST desktop publishing market is certainly getting crowded -- and with quality products as good as or better than anything available on those "Brand X" machines. Timeworks showed their nifty Desktop Publisher ST, now available at $129, SoftLogik's powerful Publishing Partner Professional is getting closer to its announced June release (they really want to kill all the bugs first and it sure looks like they're doing it) and ISD was demo'ing their marvelous Calamus DTP package, due on the market within the next several months. Which to choose? We'll test them all and give you our recommendations over the next few months in the pages of START and Antic's ST Resource. If you liked Barbarian from Psygnosis, get ready for Obliterator. It uses the same interface, but is set in the future. Great graphics and sound and now shipping. Microprose was featuring Gunship on the ST in their booth and announced that they were shooting for a September release of the ST version of Pirates, their hot new game on those other computers. Microprose promises that they will take full advantage of the ST's capabilities; their past performance with Silent Service, F-16 Strike Eagle and Gunship seems to bear this out. Antic showed the newest version of Cyber Paint, Version 2.0. This is truly fantastic graphics and animation software from the incredibly creative mind of Jim Kent, who brought you the first version AND Aegis Animator. For stand-alone 2D animation, there's nothing that can touch it on the ST -- and nothing in its price range on any other computer. Period. Also being shown was Antic's first venture into the Amiga world. Now, don't panic, folks, Antic's not leaving you Atarians behind. PHASAR, the popular ST home accounting package has been ported over to the Amiga to a very favorable reception. Antic also showed several other new ST packages including new design disks for CAD-3D and Shadow, a background terminal program that lets you go online and download files in the background while word processing or whatever at the same time. ATLANTA, MAY 10, 1988 -- The second day in Atlanta featured with thunderstorms, traffic jams and record crowds at COMDEX. It also featured Atari and Commodore sharing the dais without bloodshed in a presentation called "Alternate Systems in Niche Markets: Amigas and Ataris." Neil Harris, now the Director of Product Management for the Computer Division of Atari U.S., and Ken Weber Vice President of Sales for Commodore, traded jibes and optimistic views of their respective markets, but the bottomline seemed to be that the two companies will now target their marketing at specific "niche" markets. What this means is that you will probably see ad campaigns aimed at specific uses of the two computers. Commodore is aiming at the "Desktop Presentation" market, while Atari is focusing their efforts on such uses as MIDI and Desktop Publishing. Atari is not shy about declaring or displaying their intentions: the Atari booth at this primarily business -related show is notable for the predominance of monochrome monitors and business-related software. Now if the DRAM shortage eases a bit, Atari should be well positioned for a strong push in the third and fourth quarters of the year. Speaking of monitors, one of the most dramatic developments in ST displays was unveiled today when ISD hooked up a 19-inch high resolution Moniterm monitor to a Mega 4 and displayed their Calamus DTP package in crisp, bright 1280-by-960 resolution. The display requires a videocard that plugs into the Mega's internal bus port and using a patched TOS on disk to get around the TOS-in-ROM video definitions. Pricing and availability has not been set for this spectacular product, but look for it during the second half of the year. Oh, and it can put out a high-resolution color signal, too... While it's not an Atari product, I have to mention that RasterOps of Cupertino, California displayed an amazing display for the Mac II. Their TrueColor 104 board and Model1948 Monitor combine to display 1024 by 768 pixels with 24 bit planes per pixel. In plain language, this means 786,432 colors on the screen at once from a palette of 16.7 million colors! Sigh! But this graphics power definitely has with a price -- the board and monitor are each $3195 -- and that's on top of the price of a Mac II. (Oh, even the swivel and tilt base for the 19-inch monitor costs...are you ready?..$295!) Back to Atari. Atari's CD-ROM player was shown in its final production version. The developer's systems should be shipping within a few weeks and you should be seeing it in your local Atari dealers this summer. Atari waited to sell the CD-ROM until they could get it out the door at their chosen price, in this case $599. That's half of what Apple's recently- announced CD-ROM will list at and the Atari CD-ROM will play audio CD's as well. With the Atari's support of High Sierra and other major formats, software should become available quickly. If you've been wondering when you can buy the new TOS ROM's, the short answer is that you can't -- for now. This upgrade was an interim re-design and a second upgrade is in the works. Atari has been soliciting suggestions for re-works on the various online services and are now finalizing their plans for redesign. They are focusing their attention right now on the GEMDOS portion of the ROM's with an eye toward greatly increasing the speed of screen operations. Look for 4these ROM's to hit the market in the fall. The price for what Atari annouonced as a "major improvement" has not been set. If you're worried about viruses infecting your ST's operating system, you can breathe a small sigh of relief-- Neil Harris announced that Atari U.S. has yet to see any evidence of avirus on the ST. With TOS in ROM, St'ers are a bit safer than other brands with significant portions of their operating systems on disk (I won't mention any names, but their initials are MS-DOS, Mac and Amiga). As Harris said, "No one is going to come to your house with an EPROM burner!" (Oh, and by the way, rumor has it that a minor virus even infected the Amiga Developer's conference recently held in Washington, D.C.!) Robtek Ltd. announced two new programs for the ST, available now. Dizzy Wizard is "the game that Marble Madness should have been." While I haven't been able to boot it up at the show, the screen displays on the packaging look great. $19.95. Aimed at the low-end DTP market, Home Publisher has many of the same basic features as higher-priced programs, but at a cost of $39.95. Scott, Foresman and Company announced a new book of interest to the ST community. "Learning C on the Atari ST" looks like a good tutorial and reference for budding C programmers -- and also for those old flowers among us. If you have a lot of disks or just need a convenient system to store those you have, Seima International Corp. showed their Exponent modular drawer and attache-style systems. Each drawer holds 180 3-1/2-inch disks and lists for $69.95, while the attache case holds 64 disks in a convenient hard plastic case that lists for $39.95. Looks like an attractive Italian import. SBT announced their Series Six upgrades to their Database Accounting Library. Final debugging of the ST version is about complete, so look for these new products within the next few months -- and look for a review of these powerful packages in the October, 1988 issue of START, on sale September 1st. One of the most remarkable new products for the ST was shown by Intersect Software, makers of Interlink. Revolver allows the user to "take a picture" of the ST's memory at any time, during any application, and save it to disk in compressed format. Then, when you want to come back to it, you just "roll it in" and you're back where you were -- exactly where you were, whether you were about to be killed by a monster in a game or were checking the fourth quarter's performance of your company in a spreadsheet. It should be available at the end of June for a price of $49.95. Michtron will be shipping Leatherneck for the ST within a few weeks. This Viet Nam-style combat game is slated to list at $39.95. Also due to be released soon is Paperboy, a port from the popular arcade game. It's from Mindscape and will list at $49.95. ATLANTA, MAY 11, 1988 -- Day 3 of the Computer Dealers Exposition (COMDEX) dawned bright and clear and the show floor was jammed with suits and nerds. Expectations are that by the time all of us make our way through the show, our number will have set a new record for a Spring COMDEX of over 60,000! That's a lot of suits and nerds, folks. More news of interest to Atarians: * -- Liz and Kevin Mitchell of Migraph were displaying EZ-Draw with Supercharger, their fine DTP/page layout package; expect to see some further refinements of this versatile package in the months to come. * -- Neocept was proudly displaying their word processor package called Word Up. They're making improvements and enhancements everyday and upgrading their purchasers' copies diligently. If you haven't taken a look at this very capable WYSIWYG program, do so before choosing among the wealth of Atari word processors available now. Word Up has some excellent features not found in any other package I've seen. * -- Michtron has announced a whole series of new products centered around their emerging standard BASIC, GFA BASIC. GFA BASIC Training ReBoot Camp is their new beginners guide to programming in GFA. It presumes no prior experience in programming and takes you step-by-step through the development of your program; $19.95, out now. At the other end of the spectrum from "ReBoot" is The GFA BASIC Programmers Reference Guide, Vol. 1. This is the first half of the definitive work on GFA BASIC by George W. Miller. It should hit the bookstores in late June with a bang; $29.95 for 576 pages of all you ever wanted to know about GFA BASIC. GFA BASIC 3.0 was announced at CeBIT, the Hannover computer show, and will be shipping in mid-July. It adds over 300 new commands to GFA BASIC and a substantial increase in speed: 40 to 60% ! Finally, the GFA-BASIC Reference Card is shipping with a $4.95 price tag. Michtron also showed GFA Draft, Juggler II, Master CAD and Utilities Plus -- it looks like Gordon and company have been very busy this spring! * -- ICD was showing their quiet and convenient line of ST hard drives called the FA-ST Hard Drive. Available in sizes to fit almost every need and budget from 20 meg at $699.95 to 100 meg (dual 50's) at $1699.95. Or if you already have an IBM-compatible hard drive lying around, they have a kit to transform that paperweight into an asset for your ST. Ask for the FA-ST Hard Drive Kit. Or look for the ST Host Adapter at $135.95 if you want to build up your own drive from components available for IBM's, etc.; $135.95. And there's still more options available for hard drives from ICD - -check with your dealer. ****************************************** *SHIRAZ SHIVJI REVEALS FUTURE ATARI PLANS* ****************************************** Article Edited by Steve Godun for ZMag Shiraz Shivji was interviewed at the Hannover Fair by the Dutch monthly Atari ST News, and I thought net readers might be interested by some of the things he said. What follows has been translated to Dutch by the paper, and then back into English by me, so it might not reflect *exactly* what he said. "The ST will remain the most important product for Atari. For instance, (there is a worldwide shortage of memory chips) all memory chips that we can get go first to the ST range. Only then do we use them for the PC range. We will offer a path to connect ST computers to the TT. "In contrast to the past, when Atari was known for its Vaporware, we are going to be much more careful with announcements of new products. We want to get rid of that bad image that we announce all sorts of things that are only years later available, or even are never produced." He then went on to talk about new Atari products: * The EST (Enhanced ST) will be the next item in the ST range, featuring a 68000 processor at 8MHz, but with higher resolution in both mono and color, more colors, improved VDI, and is upwardly compatible with the current ST computers, with the addition, for example, of horizontal and vertical scrolling. Expected availability: 4th Quarter, 1988 * A removable hard disk, the SR244. The disks have the size and form of a compact disk box, and will cost $120 each. Cost of the unit itself will be little above the current hard disk price, and will have a capacity of about 44-Megs per disk with an access time of 25Ms. (The SH205 has an access time of 65Ms, as a comparison). It shouldn't be long before there are 60- and 80-Meg disks with 15Ms access times. Expected availability: 3rd or 4th Quarter, 1988 * A number of new, non-exchangeable hard disks, with a much larger capacity than the SH205. Expected availability: 3rd Quarter, 1988 * The CD-ROM drive is expected to be available everywhere for around $600, including (?) interface cable and software driver. Expected availability: 3rd Quarter, 1988 * The TT computer, featuring a 68030 processor, 68882 floating-point co-processor, VME bus, Unix V system 3.1, and the possibility to connect an ST to the DMA port. The ST will then run X-windows. It may be possible that GEM will then run in one of the windows. All this for only $5000. Expected availability: 4th Quarter, 1988 * They have found a new manufacturer for the BLITTER chips and now expect to catch up on back-orders "in a few months". * Atari has just been having high-level talks with Digital Research. No further information is available about what the discussions were about. * A portable ST is being developed. No dates for availability. On this last point, in the May Personal Computer World, a British magazine, a reporter tells that Sam Tramiel assured him that the portable ST should be available by Christmas at around $1000. The machine, called the STacey, is being prototyped by Perihelion in Cambridge, England (who are also doing the Abaq, by the way). Planned features include 1-Meg RAM, 20-Meg hard disk, 3.5" floppy disk, full LCD screen, and a track ball instead of a mouse. Memory shortages may mean that the first versions will have 512K of RAM, and pricing considerations may mean that the hard disk will go. 1988 IN REVIEW: MAY 8 BIT UPDATE Atari 8-bit news...Over 350,000 Apple, IBM, and Commodore owners have had a big advantage over XL/XE owners. Until now, that is. Springboard software has just released "The Newsroom," a desktop publishing program that has been a favorite among the above mentioned computers for quite some time. The Newsroom includes everything you need to create great looking newsletters in just a few minutes. Choose from over 600 pieces of clip art with the option to edit and modify those pieces for custom results, or create your own with the drawing tools. A built-in mini word processor allows you to write and print in any of five fonts with built-in "picture wrap," where the text automatically (and smoothly) wraps around your clip art. And with the addition of three Clip Art Volumes, the possibilities are endless. 1988 IN REVIEW: MAY 16 BIT UPDATE Now for some ST news...The Multiline Nite Lite BBS is now available for the Atari ST! This is a TRUE multiline BBS that is already in operation in Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, and many other places around the world. Features of the Multiline Nite Lite BBS include up to 7 callers at once plus a local logon, up to 27 message bases, 87 built-in commands including an interpreter allowing you to add your own custom functions and commands, support for interactive and /or single user on-line games, an unlimited number of file transfer sections, support for baud rates up to 2400 baud in any mix on all lines, two chat "rooms" for caller conferences, total sysop control even from remote logon, built-in terminal mode for outgoing calls...Too much more to list! Multiline Nite Lite BBS operates in a standard GEM environment on all Atari ST computers. Multiline BBS also requires an SP408 ($199) for up to three lines or an SP808 ($349) for up to 7 lines. The software itself is $99 from Nite Lite Systems, or *FREE* with the purchase of the SP408 or SP808 Programmable Serial Interface. One more catch...The order has to be postmarked before July 1, 1988 from a user group registered with Atari Corp. Contact Nite Lite Systems PO Box R Billerica, MA 01821. ********************************************** *ATARI SHOWS VARIETY OF DTP SOLUTIONS AT CEPS* ********************************************** Compiled by Steve Godun At the Corporate Electronic Publishing Show (CEPS) in Chicago last month, Atari displayed new third-party software support for the Atari Desktop Publishing (DTP) system, based on the Atari Mega line of business computers and the Atari SML804 laser printer. Atari has issued a challenge to DTP systems with Apple of IBM hardware and software platforms, demonstrating complete systems at a lower price with superior performance in most real-world applications. Said Chuck Babbitt, president of Atari Computer, "The press really thought we had something. We were showing a $5,000 desktop publishing solution, and Apple was showing $18,000 to $20,000 systems. We are a real player in this market." The newest software offering, Desktop Publisher ST from Timeworks in Deerfield, IL arrived in stores late last month. Suggested retail is $129.95. Publisher uses a true GEM-based interface and offers word processing, page layout, graphics, and typesetting, including WYSIWYG display. The program allows users to import text from Word Writer ST, 1st Word, and WordPerfect, as well as ASCII files from any other word processor. It fully supports the Atari SLM804 laser printer, taking less than one minute to produce a full page of text and graphics. A family of Accessory Packs of ready -to-use graphics especially designed for a variety of applications will be available later this summer at $39.95 retail. Timeworks offers free technical support to all registered users, a money-back guarantee, and an exclusive exchange policy. Timeworks Desktop Publisher ST runs on the Atari 520ST, 1040ST, and Mega computers. Soft-Logik Publishing Corporation of St. Louis, MO has announced Publishing Partner Professional, an advanced version of its popular Publishing Partner, to start shipping in early June. Publishing Partner Professional supports auto-text flow around graphics, auto hyphenation, auto kearning, a spelling dictionary, and grouping of multiple objects. It offers the ability to rotate, slant, or twist text and objects, and special functions for color printing. Publishing Partner Professional also allows users to import text from Word Writer ST, 1st Word, Word Perfect, and ASCII files. According to Shawn Fogle, president, Soft-Logik has dramatically improved the printing speed when used with the Atari SLM804 laser printer -- now about 55 seconds to produce a full page of text and graphics. Publishing Partner Professional includes a driver for the Atari SLM804 laser printer, and support for a number of dot matrix and laser printers, including PostScript for devices like the Linotronic phototypesetter. Publishing Partner and Publishing Partner Professional offers a unique font scaling technique to allow characters at any point size between 2 and 216, and many other features. Both programs function with Atari's 520ST, 1040ST, and Mega computers. According to one of Publish! magazine's staff, upon viewing Publishing Partner Professional at the CEPS show, "This program has features that no other desktop publishing package has, like kearning tables and color separations! I'm really impressed." Look for a full review of the Atari DTP system in upcoming issues of Publish! and Personal Publishing. Publishing Partner Professional will sell at $199.95 retail. Registered Publishing Partner owners may receive an upgrade for only $50 in a program just extended to June 1. The suggested retail price of the original Publishing Partner has been lowered from $149.95 to $89.95. Mirrorsoft's Fleet Street Publisher is a desktop publishing program out of Great Britian. Marketed here by Spectrum Holobyte of Oakland, CA, Fleet Street will fully support the Atari SLM804 laser printer with a release due soon. Additional graphics libraries also will become available. The current version works on the 520ST amd 1040ST and retails for $149.95. Fleet Street runs under GEM so it's friendly and easy to use. It includes a library of ready-to-use graphic images, a pixel editor for creating and adapting graphics, six fonts, and box and rule drawing in multiple weights and shades. International character sets are available. Another package from Europe is Calamus, being sold in the US by ISD Marketing in Canada. It is currently anticipated that Calamus will appear in stores in June. It offers many high-level features, including a full GEM interface, scalable fonts from Monotype, polygon functions, an integrated diagram graphics program with functions including vector graphics, and support for a number of printers, including the Atari SLM804. Calamus for the Mega will retail at $449.95, and a fully compatible scaled down version will be available fot the 1040ST at $199.95. At the higher end of the marketplace, Atari is producing the G.O. Graphics' Deskset, a high-quality desktop typesetting program designed for use with the Atari Mega and SLM804 laser printer. Deskset is a professional level typesetting package which uses genuine CompuGraphic scalable fonts and WYSIWYG preview. It includes automatic hyphenation and justification, character pair kerning, automatic character compensation, and multiple exception hyphenation dictionaries. Deskset uses a GEM interface and typesetting commands identical to those found in CompuGraphic typesetting systems. Deskset is soon to be released -- it's currently in beta testing -- and will retail for around $500. All of these packages allow users to import text from ASCII files from any word processor. Graphics can be picked up directly from either Degas, NeoChrome, GEM Draw, or Easy-Draw formats. Supercharged Easy-Draw from Migraph, in Federal Way, WA offers the combination of the popular graphics program with a graphics file converter. The Supercharger allows Easy-Draw to load bit images from NeoChrome or Degas, as well as scanned images of portions of any screen display. Excellent for use as a low-end desktop publisher for the production of forms and flyers, Easy-Draw 2.3 also offers use of fonts, and takes full advantage of the speed and versitility of the Atari SML804 laser printer, composing a full page of text and graphics in only 30-40 seconds. Easy-Draw without the Supercharger is often used as a drawing tool for the creation of scalable images, which are then imported into the DTP packages mentioned earlier. Supercharged Easy-Draw retails for $149.95. Easy-Draw end-users can upgrade by purchasing the Supercharger directly from Migraph. In another corner of the desktop publishing marketplace is a sophisticated word processor, Microsoft Write ($129.95). Write offers a number of different fonts and simple page layout commands to produce professional- looking reports and documentation quickly. Another key component of the Atari Desktop Publishing system is the ST Scan package from Navarone Industries in Campbell, CA. Consisting of a high-speed interface and a Canon Image Scanner, the package allows you to digitize photographs, line art, or other types of images, for use with your Atari computer. The single-sheet scanner retails for $1239. The flat- bed scanner, which can accept any type of bound material to a maximum of 8.5"x12", retails for $1779. The ST Scan package supports Degas, .IMG, and PostScript image formats, in resolutions of 75 to 300 dots per inch. ========================================================================= Syndicate ZMagazine Issue #135 December 11, 1988 Copyright (c) Syndicate Publishing Company, 1988 All Rights Reserved "1988 In Review Part 1" ========================================================================= PayBax BBS Wilmington, DE. (302) 731-5558 All Bauds/All Hours =========================================================================
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