Z*Net: 08-Jun-90 #523

From: Len Stys (aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 06/11/90-01:03:32 AM Z

From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
Subject: Z*Net: 08-Jun-90  #523
Date: Mon Jun 11 01:03:32 1990

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                    Z*Net Atari Online Magazine
                 (=) 1990 by Rovac Industries, Inc.

 Issue #523                                                 June 8, 1990


 > THIS WEEK.................................................Ron Kovacs
 > Z*NET NEWSWIRE......................................................
 > LAST WORD...............................................Andrew Reese
 > Z*NET DOWN-UNDER..........................................Jon Clarke
 > ST STACK.................................................Alice Amore
 > MODIFYING PAGESTREAM.....................................James Parry
 > PD/SHAREWARE STOP.........................................Mark Quinn
 > TICK TOCK CLOCK........................................Press Release
 > FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE TT IN CANADA..................Darek Mihocka
                                THIS WEEK
                              by Ron Kovacs

 Response to the ST-JOURNAL notices we published has been very successful 
 so once again here is the information on getting the magazine.  
 Individual copies are available for $4.50 and a yearly subscription is 
 $29.95.  More information available from ST-JOURNAL, 113 West College
 Street, Covina, CA 91723, 818-332-0372.
 For those interested in contacting Z*Net:  On Compuserve at 71777,2140, 
 on GEnie at Z-NET or the Z*Net BBS at (201) 968-8148.
                              Z*NET NEWSWIRE
 (Editors Note:  The following expanded Newswire coverage contains CES 
 announcements of interest.)

 Franklin Electronic announced the world's first hand-held electronic
 encyclopedia.  The electronic edition of The Concise Columbia
 Encyclopedia is a technological breakthrough -- providing split-second
 access to masses of information.  Franklin's electronic Concise Columbia
 Encyclopedia provides advanced electronic searching and cross-
 referencing capabilities.  This new format eliminates hours normally
 spent searching through texts to retrieve specific information buried in
 scattered articles.  By simply typing in key words you call up every
 article related to your request, categorized by subjects.  The
 Encyclopedia will be available in late 1990 with a suggested retail
 price of $299.  Franklin Electronic Publishers Inc., 609-261-4800

 A new company by the name of Lexicor Software has come onto the Atari
 scene.  According to Lexicor, its sole function is to support software
 authors, develop some much needed tools for the artist at affordable
 prices and pay authors the best possible royalties.  Says Lee Seiler of
 Lexicor, "authors get much more than just financial support; they also
 retain all their copyrights, have the right to use their codes in
 projects outside of Lexicor, and have a voice in every aspect of the
 publication and development of their programs.  They get signed
 contracts up-front in addition to money.  In short, Lexicor is a
 software development company run by authors for authors.  According to
 Seiler, Lexicor has both a long term and a short term goal.  The long
 term: to complete their modular motion control programs series, Phase-4,
 for the Atari by mid-summer.  The short term: to create a fully mouse
 driven environment which will put the Atari user into the computer video
 imaging world arena.  Lexicor's Phase-4, written by Paul Dana, will
 feature full motion control of CAD3D3 objects and will load 3D, 3D2, DXF
 and Renderman-RIB files.  It will include an object file viewer program,
 written by Dave Ramsden, for importing and exporting all Cyber
 compatible files (DXF, IGES, Mac sculpt, Amiga sculpt 3D formats) and
 for saving Delta file animations.  Other features of this series will
 include a real-time point cloud, wire frame and solid face rendering in
 depth-cue, a surface modeling and contouring module (Lexicor says the
 features of this program must be seen to be believed), and a fully
 functional Cal-Comp Digitizing tablet driver by Paul Lefevre which will
 be selling for under $200.  In the planning stage, but being coded for
 in current modules, are pipeline and hook interfaces for a real-time 3D
 font generator which will be keyboard driven (Just type it into the
 keyboard and see it extruded into 3D3 on the screen.) and a 2D template
 editor and creation tool which will run as an accessory.  All coding
 will be compatible for both the ST and the TT.  Regarding Lexicor's
 short term goal, their mouse driven environment, according to the
 company, will focus on the small graphics artist and on the TV station/
 cable network market.  As such, they are developing this program in such
 a way that the user will be able to create and export files to high
 level systems such as AutoCad, Crystal, Renderman, etc.  On the other
 hand, systems users will be able to contract a large segment of their
 work to artists using this program and get back fully compatible file
 formats.  Says Seiler, "We believe that with such programs any talented
 artist or computer owner can, if he or she wishes, choose to pursue a
 career in computer video imaging.  With the TT close at hand this is no
 longer just a hoped for dream.  We may well propel the Atari into the
 world of commercial productivity."  Anyone needing more information can
 contact Lee Seiler at, Lexicor Software Corporation, 58 Redwood Road,
 Fairfax, Ca 94930, (415) 453-0271.  This item was reprinted from the
 first issue of ST-JOURNAL MAGAZINE by permission.
 50,000 plus attended the Summer Consumer Electonics Show.  Sponsored by
 the Electronics Industries Association, some 1,300 exhibitors were on
 hand with automatic navigation systems for confused motorists and an
 electronic handheld encyclopedia, among the items.  The keynote speaker
 was Akio Morita, chairman of Sony Corp., who told how new technology can
 improve the quality of life.  Another speaker, Rick Del Guidice, of 
 Panasonic's Auto Products Division, said mobile electronics such as
 cellular telephones and compact disks would prove particularly
 innovative at the show. 

 CMS announced the Calling Card Mini Fax for PC-based and Apple personal
 computers.  The Calling Card Mini Fax is a pocket-size modem that
 features 4800 bps send fax capabilities for facsimile transmission, as
 well as 2400 bps Hayes-compatible data modem capabilities for file
 transferring and data communication.  Packaged with both PC and
 Macintosh communication software, the Mini Fax is compatible with both
 types of systems.  Available immediately, the Mini Fax has a suggested
 retal price of $349.  CMS Enhancements, 714-259-5888

 NEC unveiled a new, color hand-held unit to challenge Nintendo's Game
 Boy.  TurboExpress portable video game system was among dozens of new
 products making their debuts at CES.  TurboExpress, is a full color
 portable system that can double as a portable TV for camcorder monitor
 with a special adapter.  TurboExpress will play games made for the
 TurboGraphx home system.

 Xerox Desktop Software, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Corp.,
 announced this week that it has been renamed Ventura Software Inc. a
 Xerox company.  The company's products, including Ventura Publisher and
 FormBase, give users better ways to capture, manage and present
 information.  Ventura is the name of the company's flagship product,
 Ventura Publisher, recognized worldwide as the leading desktop
 publishing system for IBM personal computers and compatibles.

 Smith Corona introduced the entry level PWP 1000 Personal Word Processor
 that includes the new Personal Card File and Battery Back-up features.
 The PWP 1000 includes the ultimate Smith Corona organizational tool, the
 Personal Card File.  Like a rolodex on screen, the Personal Card File
 enables users to efficiently create, edit, view, sort, print, and secure
 information in an index card format, for business or personal use.
 Suggested retail price for the PWP 1000 is $499.99. 

 Software Publishing announced PFS:Preface 1.0, a menu system and DOS
 manager designed to simplify the basic functions of a DOS-based
 computer.  PFS:Preface 1.0 allows novice and occasional users to
 organize and manage software applications and the contents of their hard
 disks without requiring knowledge of DOS syntax.  The application menu
 system also allows users to create new links to the main menu by
 providing help in locating additional programs on the hard drive.

 Robert Noyce, founder of Intel Corp., and president of the government/
 industry consortium Sematech, died on Sunday in Austin, Texas.  In 1974,
 Noyce was awarded the AEA Medal of Achievement, presented annually for
 significant contributions to the advancement of electronics. 

 Mitsubishi has announced five new monitors ranging in size from 14
 inches to 26 inches that operate over a wide range of frequencies
 including VGA, VGA Plus, 8514/A and TARGA interlaced, Macintosh II, CGA,
 EGA and Super EGA.  The monitors start at a retail price of $1200 to
 $11,000.  Mitsubishi (213) 527-7686
 LJN Ltd. is unveiling "Back to the Future: II & III" for the Nintendo,
 which were debuted at the recent CES show.  As Marty McFly, players
 embark on a wild adventure through three time dimensions, ranging from
 the 1800s to the year 2000 - that feature a jumbled "space/time
 continuum" in which objects have been misplaced.  Using the super-
 charged time machine/sports car, players must collect keys and
 unscramble anagrams in order to return objects to their proper places in
 time.  Available this fall, "II & III" is expected to retail for $44.95.

 Mitek Systems is introducing a new Macintosh pc, the Model 660T.  The
 660T is based on the advanced, high-performance Macintosh IIfx and
 offers ease of use and capability.  This computer is ideal for
 computation-intensive applications that demand fast processing of large
 amounts of data, such as simulations, computer-aided design, 3-D
 graphics rendering, enhanced desktop publishing and 24-bit image

 WordTech, manufacturer of interpreters and compilers for the dBASE
 language, said it would make a major announcement regarding their next
 generation of fully dBASE compatible products at a press conference to
 be held at PC EXPO in New York on June 19.  WordTech's press conference
 is scheduled at PC EXPO in New York on Tuesday June 19 from 2-3 p.m. in
 Room 1C01.
 Activision and Twentieth Century Fox announced an agreement granting
 Activision rights to develop video and computer games based on the two
 creatures of our time: the "Aliens" and "Predator", from the movies by
 the same names. Under the agreement, Activision will develop "Aliens vs.
 Predator" across multiple computer and video game formats, including a
 Christmas 1991 release of the game for the Nintendo.

 Nintendo announced that Foote, Cone & Belding will become its agency of
 record, handling all advertising for the company's Nintendo
 Entertainment System (NES) and Game Boy product lines.  Estimated
 advertising for Nintendo in 1990 are $35 million. 

 A federal court has given states the power to control computerized
 telecommunications, a ruling that may force the Bell companies to set up
 subsidiaries to handle such services as automatic banking and alarm
 systems.  The decision this week by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
 Appeals overruled the FCC, which had put regulation of the industry in
 the hands of the federal government.  State regulators now may require
 the nation's Bell operating companies to set up independent subsidiaries
 to provide specialized computer services that use the same telephone
 lines as regular consumer phone service.  Dozens of the nation's leading
 computer and telecommunications companies joined in the lawsuit,
 including the MCI Telecommunications Corp., IBM, NyNex Telephone
 Companies, AT&T, and GTE Telephone Operating Companies.

 As the first New Jersey Bell directory to include 908 listings and
 information, the Monmouth area book begins a year-long cycle to update
 all directories by June 1991, when the new code officially takes effect.
 Residents will begin receiving their new Monmouth directory beginning
 June 14.  A blue announcement on the cover directs them to pages 24-29
 of the Customer Guide for information about the new 908 area code.  The
 908 code, includes Warren, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset,
 Union and parts of Ocean, Sussex and Morris counties, is in the North
 Jersey, along with the 201 area code.  The 609 area code remains
 unchanged.  The cost of telephone calls also will remain the same.
 Other New Jersey Bell directories that primarily cover the 908 area
 code are Ocean County, New Brunswick, Hackettstown/Washington,
 Elizabeth, Middlesex, Phillipsburg and Plainfield.
 Everex Systems announced a new line of 80286 and 80386-based PCs, the
 line will be compatible with Everex STEP systems and will include the
 Tempo XT/12, the 286/12, 286/16, 386sx/16, 386/20 and 386/25.  Tempo
 systems will begin shipping this month.
 TeleVideo has signed two joint venture agreements to market its
 computers in the USSR.  The first pact signed with ABM Computer Systems
 in West Germany and the Municipality of Moscow.  TeleVideo will be
 demonstrating many of its computers at the upcoming PC World Forum/
 Moscow, scheduled for July 10-15.
 Commodore unveiled an interactive multimedia system at CES.  The
 Commodore Dynamic Total Vision (CDTV) player is the first consumer-
 oriented product to combine Compact Disc technology and a personal
 computer into a single, simple-to-use, affordable unit.  The player
 connects directly to a television set and home stereo unit to become an
 interactive entertainment, information and education center.  The
 CDTV player will ship this fall with a suggested retail price under
 $1,000, with hopes of more than 100 titles available.

                                LAST WORD

 This feature is a reprint from the April/May ST-JOURNAL MAGAZINE,
 presented here by permission.  THIS ARTICLE MAY NOT BE REPRINTED IN ANY
 JOURNAL, 113 West College Street, Covina, CA 91723, 818-332-0372.
 Individual copies of the first issue of ST JOURNAL are available from
 the above address for the cover price of $4.50, and subscriptions are
 $29.95 a year.

 Reprinted by permission of ST JOURNAL MAGAZINE
 [This month we give the last word to Andrew Reese, who recently left the
  Editorship of STart magazine for the land of the Big Blue skies.]
 For the last several years, as Editor of STart Magazine, I have had the
 privileged position of keeping close tabs on the Atari world.  In
 November of last year, I left STart to join a major software developer
 that focuses on the IBM PC (among other "serious" platforms).
 It's a different world-and it has made me think seriously about Atari.
 Don't get me wrong - I love my ST.  It's been my stalwart servant for
 three years and I'm not going to give it up.  Yet, every day at work,
 I'm surrounded by 386's crammed with more goodies than you can imagine.
 They're efficient, they're fast and they're versatile.  But they're not
 my ST.  I think a comment I read on one of the online services says it
 best: there will always be enthusiasts for Ataris, just as there are
 Porsche or Ferrari fans.  And there will always be those who buy
 computer hardware the way they buy their cars - for utility's sake.
 Maybe a Compaq 386/25 isn't quite like a Chevy; maybe it's more like
 one of today's high-tech Corvettes, but it still doesn't have much
 personality.  I don't feel for one like I do my ST.

 So how has Atari made me such a loyalist?  And can they convert more of
 the "Chevy drivers" in the U.S. to the mark of the Fuji?  Most of all,
 I think I love my Atari the best because it's just plain fun to use.
 The GEM interface is *easv to learn and quite useable.  No matter how
 well I know DOS commands, I still resent having to use them.  I know
 there are command line fanatics out there who hate GEM and love CLI's,
 but for my money, they can just keep them.  Give me a graphic user
 interface any day.  Oh, of course, there are graphic interfaces on PCs,
 but the problem is that they take monstrous amounts of RAM and disk
 space just for the operating system.  The overhead is just not worth it
 for most applications.

 An ST can do so many things so well.  Yes, it's a great game machine,
 but there are programs available for the ST that do just about anything
 you want - from desktop publishing to graphics.  But, by this time in
 its life, the four-year-old ST design is a little long in the tooth.
 It's not state-of-the-art; it's not even just behind.  It's w-a-y
 behind.  Why?  Atari had a good idea back in 1985 and brought it to
 market quickly and well.  But things have stagnated since then.  Sure,
 there was the Mega line.  They're nice, but about all they added was
 memory. And then there was Atari's laser printer - a good idea that came
 out too late and cost too much (and still does).

 Ah, but what about the ATW Transputer, the STE, the STACY and the TT?
 Well, the ATW is pretty much a dead issue, what with Helios reportedly
 out of business.  And the STE is a fine machine; it's just that it's two
 years late.  STACY is a sweet computer with a great keyboard and endless
 possibilities, if Atari can just get it out the door with a working hard
 disk.  The TT could be a great machine, but it's still sitting in

 All of these Atari hopes were developed by really bright, dedicated
 people who put their hearts into each of them.  But the powers-that-be
 at Atari missed one window of opportunity after another by skimping on
 internal development funding.  In fact, the only real successes they've
 had in the U.S. have been with technology developed elsewhere: the
 Portfolio and the Lynx.  Maybe that's the key for Atari: concentrate on
 being a hardware packager rather than a developer.

 I want Atari to succeed.  I would love to see them make a resurgence in
 the U.S., but I'm discouraged.  Would you buy a Ferrari - or even a
 Chevy - if there wasn't a dealer within two hundred miles and there were
 dealers for every other make within a few blocks?  If you still would,
 you're a true Atarian.  And so am I.

 To succeed in the U.S., Atari has to do all of the things they've said
 they're going to do: redevelop a dealer network, advertise, and, most of
 all, get those new machines to market.  Maybe then more of your
 neighbors will drive Ataris instead of those transportation machines.

 - Andrew Reese

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       \/\/\/\/""""""""""" Z*Net Down Under """""""""""\/\/\/\/
                                  /\       by Jon Clarke
 One of the local universities in Wellington, New Zealand has identified
 a new phobia called "fear of computers".  This may seem a bit strange to
 most reading this.  However, this phobia is on the same level as fear of
 spiders and the fear of flying.
 Mr. Pak Yoong, an Information systems lecturer from Victoria University
 said, "Just as some people feel fear even before they step on a plane,
 others just don't want to face up to a keyboard.  It becomes a block.
 The fear is not so wide spread now as it was two or three years ago but
 there is still quite a large proortion of people in the closet who have
 not been prepared to face up to it."
 To combat this "Computerphobia" Victoria University is running a series
 of courses this month called "Computers for the interested and the
 "We have a variety of activities to give people an opportunity to
 verbalise or explore their feelings associated with this fear.  In a
 group they will realise they are not the only ones with this problem."
 Hands up, how many of us out there can identify with this?
 Copywrite Laws/Piracy. [Do the RIGHT thing.]
 Things are moving fast in the area of copywrite laws and the rounding up
 of major pirate rings worldwide.  The subject of Pirating has again been
 the focus of debate.  Those that think it is ok and those that think it
 is not on.
 For those that think it is ok, beware!  The laws in many countries have
 or are changing to the detriment of the pirates concerned.  You may have
 read  in the on-line magazines over the last few months about "USA
 Copyright law" and the likes.  If not, I suggest you get copies and read
 them.  What does "piracy" mean?

 The loss of revenue to the orginal programing team?            YES
 The loss of revenue to the software distributor?               YES
 The loss of revenue to the local dealer?                       YES
 A Lack of faith in the end user market by the program team?    YES
 No support for the end user market by the program team?        YES
 No support for the end user market by the distributor?         YES
 No support/ No sales to the end user market by the dealers?    YES
 Comdemnation of the end user market as a bunch of PIRATES?     YES
 Total lack of software for the end user market?                YES
 Slanging matchs and the likes between users?                   YES
 Alienation between various groups?                             YES
 Today we find more and more "hot" debates about the rights and wrongs of
 piracy.  Many of us follow the flow or jump on the band wagon and are
 very quick to condem the pirates with out first looking at our own 'back

 So lets take stock of what we have done in reguards to software piracy.
 We have all at some time or other or will at some time or other get a
 copy of pirated software.  "What you say?"  "I have never done that!"
 Well join the estimated 16% of the population and do not bother to read

 ** Frankly software piracy is thieft which ever way you look at it. **
 What does "piracy" mean?
 Kudos to the pirates, for suppling the software?               YES/NO
 A sense of achievement?                                        YES/NO
 Ego boosting?                                                  YES/NO
 Power building / Empire building ?                             YES/NO
 An "I am greater than thou" attitude?                          YES/NO
 A sense of doing the impossible?                               YES/NO
 "Who Cares" ?                                                  YES/NO
 The above reminds me of an article I read several years ago about the
 three degree of piracy.
 [1] The software Hacker/Pirate.
 [2] The hanger on's who take the "kudo's" for the piracy. [sector
 [3] The people that sell the hackers software.
 Ever felt like the above?  Answer this honestly as it is not a quiz.
 Did you feel good about your answer?  Or did it hit a raw nerve?  Now
 who were we quick to condem before as a pirate?  Why did I/We condem
 them.  Does the old adage "People in glass houses do not though stones",
 ring true?
 So what is all this leading to? Well in the 'British Commonwealth'
 countries there have been differing copyright laws.  One for Great
 Britian, Canada, Australia and the likes.  What was right for one
 country was not alway the case in another country.  To this end New
 Zealand is about to bring in admendments to it copyright laws that will
 see the end to any form of piracy.  This required new definitions to be
 set.  Stemming from these definitions were other issues relating to
 "ownership" of any item defined as "SOFTWARE".  These included and I
  [1] Intellectual property protection for screen display.
  [2] Home copying,backups and swaps.
  [3] Adaption of computer programs to/for new machines.
  [4] Allowing reverse engineeering of software as in semi-conductors.
  [5] Parallel importing.
  [6] Authorship and copyright ownership.
  [7] Computer generated works.
  [8] Wheather the term of protection should be for 50 years or the life
      of the author.
  [9] Rights over data stored in databases, including legal opinons.
 Bottom line time:
 While most of us will admit at some time or other we have seen/had/used
 pirated software <I do not just mean Atari software here either!>.  Do
 the right thing and format those disks you suspect.  It is better to
 format a disk, than have a disk format you though the courts of law!


                                 ST STack
                              by Alice Amore

                  Programmers:  Ralph Walden/Larry Novak
                            (plus DCOPY SHELL)
 DCOPY, the old stalwart, was first written by Ralph Walden, and has been
 frequently and consistently upgraded by Larry Novak (who continues to
 show a special sensitivity to users' needs).  DCOPY's various functions
 can be run from a DOS-like menu, although a command line is available,
 as is a GEM interface (more about this later).
 Although DCOPY is able to handle many picky details that aren't options
 in any other program, it does handle the more common ones very well.
 Files can be copied, moved, erased, renamed, hidden, un/locked.  Folders
 can be created, disks can be formatted, text files can be examined,
 8-bit text files can be converted, and much, much more.
 But DCOPY's shining light is its manipulation of ARChives.  It is said
 to be faster than any other ARChiver, and it has a devoted following
 among ST'ers who have sworn by it for years.
 Judging from the documentation, this version of DCOPY (3.6) has been
 extensively overhauled.  Most of the bugs occurred rarely, and only
 under certain circumstances.  They've been fixed.  Some of the recent
 fixes/additions to DCOPY in this latest version (and including other
 recent versions) include the following:

 o Fixed:  the bug in the "eXtract to folder" routine with files created
   with ARC 6.02.
 o Fixed: the packing bug.
 o Fixed: a bug in the "save file" feature within the [T]ype command.
 o Fixed: 'Delete folder' command.
 o Fixed: a bug in the 'delete file within an ARCed file' when using the
   item selector box.
 o Fixed: bug in buffer routines.  Any file can be ARCed for deARCed no
   matter how much free memory is in the buffer.
 o Fixed:  'Change working directory' now works properly.  Default paths
   for the file selector box can now be set quickly.
 o Fixed:  a bug in the 'search directory' command.  Directory searches
   can now be written to a disk file.
 o When viewing text files using the [T]ype function, you can now use the
   mouse or the cursor keys.
 o Requests for non-existent files will not upset the program.
 o Format routines have been completely rewritten.  Mega ROM format (with
   new ROMs) is now supported.
 o Copy functions rewritten.  Any non-protected disk (including those
   with extended formats) can now be copied accurately.
 o Mouse and GEM file selector box work properly.
 o Print from the current screen to the end of a text file.
 o Buffer routines are now "legal".
 o The UNDO key can be used to exit the program quickly.
 o New command added:  "-S" lets you store a file to a new/old ARCed file
   without compaction.
 o The [T]ype command will now continue to search for a word after it has
   been found within text.
 o In PRG mode, the last path is now remembered.
 o While viewing a text file, you can now use the print option.  Print
   either one screen's worth, or the whole file.
 o CLR/HOME can now toggle between GEM and TOS modes.
 o The [T]ype command now checks for the presence of a printer.
 o When viewing a disk directory or the contents of an ARCed file, you 
   can now pause/resume the display.
 o Date stamps within an ARCed file can now be preserved.
 o The display of a verbose listing of an ARChive has been prettied up.
 o DCOPY is now about 2K smaller.
 o Files of 0 bytes will now ARC.
 o The [S]pace command will now give the correct info on disks having 
   only 1 sector per cluster.
 o You can now cancel ARCing a file before choosing the file to ARC.
 o In the PRG mode, you'll now get the file selector box for indicating
   the location of the extracts.
 o Hitting HELP will bring up the Alternate Menu.
 o You can now copy to standard output (printer or screen).
 o The "Where Is" command is now case-independent.
 o Extracts to RAMdisks that won't handle odd address writes.
 o File selector box is toggled on/off with the INSERT key.
 o Status of DCOPY (TOS or GEM mode) is now shown in the Alternate Menu.
 o Menus have been changed and rearranged.
 o Now supports extracting to a folder automatically with the ALT-Z
 o With one command you can send a verbose listing of an ARCed file to
   disk or printer.
 o The GEM and destination selector box are easier to use.
 o Correct display for WordWriter ST files.
 o UnSquashes files that were squashed with ARC 5.12.
 If you still find DCOPY awkward to use, please see DCOPYSHL, below.  The
 author wishes to thank Paul Lee, Keith Gerdes, and Michael Vederman for
 their help.

 DCOPY SHELL is a GEM menu-based program which acts as a front end for
 DCOPY.  It uses less than 10K.  All DCOPY menu selections are available
 from drop-down menus.  Additionally, GEM's Desk Menu is there, allowing
 you to use desk accessories while within the program. (DCOPYSHL *is
 included* within the ARCed file of DCOPY36.ARC.)
 Since he didn't write the original DCOPY, Larry Novak can't accept
 shareware fees.  But Keith Gerdes can charge a fee for his SHELL, since
 he wrote it.  A deal has thus been struck whereby shareware registration
 fees will be shared by Keith Gerdes AND Larry Novak.  Sounds like a good

 Hey, folks, this must've been Charles Johnson/Albert Baggetta week on
 GEnie.  There were lots of ST goodies from both gentlemen (although in
 the case of Charles Johnson, some would contend that *every* week is
 CFJ week.) 

                     Programmer:  Charles F. Johnson
 Desk Switch (The Ultimate Read-Only Control Panel) is now at version
 1.1.  It is a small utility which allows you to switch quickly from one
 destop set-up to another.  The advantages of Desk Switch are that it
 uses only 1K of code, and it doesn't stay resident.  You can load and
 install a new .INF file whenever desired.  The disadvantages are that it
 eats memory, and you must make a lot of individual adjustments by hand.
 From an .INF file, Desk Switch can read and set the following
 o The name and position of every desktop icon, including drive icons and
   the trash can.
 o The position and status of GEM windows.
 o Screen colors.
 o Printer settings.
 o RS232 settings.
 o Blitter on/off.
 o Key repeat/delay, bell, and keyclick on/off settings.
 o Mouse response rate.
 o List of installed applications in the .INF file.

 If you own CodeHead's HOTWIRE, you can pass your .INF files from HOTWIRE
 to Desk Switch and be able to install set-ups with either a keyclick or
 a single keypress.

                     Programmer:  Charles F. Johnson
 If you've been searching for the Desk Manager 3.3 Preset Editor, be
 aware that it was inadvertently omitted from the latest upgrade of Desk
 Manager.  Here it is.  It's version 1.2.
                       Programmer:  Albert Baggetta
 The Collector is a coin/stamp database for the novice-to-intermediate
 coin/stamp collector, although the way in which this database is set up
 would make it suitable for classifying many other types of collections.
 An easy-to-use interface allows entry on date, worth, source,
 identification, millions issued, condition, and value.  With a little
 imagination, these headings can be mentally adjusted for most other
 Your data can be added and searched.  Your .DAT files will be editable
 with any word processor. 
                       Programmer:  Albert Baggetta
 Zeek and Zak are two little Dr. Seuss-like characters who run around on
 a grid-like playing board trying to wend their way to the top.  The
 gameplay bears some resemblance to "Shoots and Ladders".  Along the way,
 Z. & Z. fall through trap doors, take detours, and so fourth.  If you're
 an adult, you'll enjoy putting the game on automatic so you can just
 watch.  If you're a child, you'll enjoy playing against an opponent,
 although all you can really "do" is click on the button that determines
 the number of squares you may advance.

                          MODIFYING PAGESTREAM'S
                         BOOKMAN "i" AND "j" DOTS
                      by James "Kibo" Parry 5/30/90
                         72347,2731 (Compuserve)
                       kibo@pawl.rpi.edu (Internet)
                      userfe0n at rpitsmts (Bitnet)
 This file is an explanation of how to edit the PageStream "Bookman"
 outline font (sold on font disk 3) to raise the "altitude" of the dots
 on the lowercase "i" and "j".  No font editor is needed--but you need a
 DISK editor that will let you modify sectors in hexadecimal.
 This editing will do nothing to the file except move those two dots
 slightly--no character widths will be altered, or anything else.
 DISCLAIMER:  I am not responsible if you do strange things to the disk
 with your disk editor (please follow the instructions below very
 carefully.)  I am not connected with the Soft-Logik company in any way.
 1.)  Make a copy of BOOK.DMF.  I suggest working from a copy made from
      an unmodified version--if you have already edited BOOK.DMF, the
      items you need to change below will be in different places.
 2.)  Start your disk editor.  Tell it to open the BOOK.DMF file.  Note
      whether it calls the first sector of the file #0 or #1!
 3.)  Go to the 31st sector in the file (this will be #30 if your editor
      calls the first sector #0.)  Change your editor's display mode from
      ASCII to HEX if you need to.
 4.)  Check to make sure the sector starts with "03 4E 00 04" and ends
      with "02 8D 01 F5".  If it doesn't, either your file is different
      than my original BOOK.DMF, or else you're on the wrong sector.
 5.)  Find the area in the sector that says "40 00 18 01 92" (it starts
      at the 343rd byte in the sector).  The "40" in that region is the
      first number you will be changing.  Here are the changes you will
      be making in this sector:
      ORIGINAL   CHANGED (blank means no change)
        40        00
        F3        B3
        F3        B3
        40        00
        8D        4D
        8D        4D
        40        00
 6.)  If you've done this right (and if I've done this right), you've
      just raised the dot on the "i" by 64 of PageStream's internal
      units.  (The bytes we changed were the vertical coordinates.  All
      that code was just for one little dot.)  Now for the "j"...
 7.)  Near the end of the same sector--starting at byte #485--is a region
      that says "42 00 18 01 F5 01".  We will start editing with the
      ORIGINAL   CHANGED (blank means no change)
        42        02
        F0        B0
        F0        B0
        42        02
        8D        4D
        8D        4D
 8.)  The last byte you changed should have been two bytes away from the
      last byte in the sector, if all went well.  This sector is finished
      and should be written to the disk.
 9.)  A little of the "j"'s data goes into the next sector, so tell the
      disk editor to advance one sector.  This sector (the 32nd, or #31
      in some editors) should begin with "02 42 00 04".
 10.) Change the "42" to "02" and write this sector to the disk.
 You're now done.  At this point, you should decide to do one or the
 other of these:
 A.)  Delete the old version of BOOK.DMF from the disk you have your
      fonts installed on, and put the new version in its place, or
 B.)  If you want BOTH versions of Bookman installed in PageStream, you
      should use the PageStream font converter to change the name of the
      modified font and the ID number (this means keeping a modified .FM
      for the new version, and possibly screen fonts too.)
 If you want to use this font on a Postscript printer that has the
 "standard" Bookman built in, change the new version's name and ID number
 and then create a downloadable .PS and .PSF font.
 Let me know if you have any problems.  I checked this document and I
 hope that all the numbers are typed correctly.
 James "Kibo" Parry

                             PD/SHAREWARE STop
                              by Mark Quinn
    File name:  GINETERM.LZH
       Author:  Scott Foust
 Program name:  G.I.M.E. Terminal
    File type:  Application
 It's impossible to 'review' a demo.  The reviewer lacks a manual, some
 of the features necessary for the review have been disabled, so about
 all I can do is highlight what I do find, and let you decide for
 yourself whether this file is worth the price of a download.  At best,
 it's a dubious proposition, but someone has to do it.

 G.I.M.E. (I keep thinking there should be a second "m") stands for
 "Graphic Interface Modem Environment", and is apparently a means of
 transmitting graphics at high speeds over a modem.

 Some of the features of the text menu are:

 Normal, Bold, Italic, Outline, Underline, Block (including Cut, Copy,
 Paste, Delete, Print, and Send), Find, Replace, Import, Export, Margin,
 and Scroller.

 Some of the graphical menu features are:

 Fill, Box, Circle, Polly, Arc, Graphic Text (including Bold, Italic,
 Outline, Underline), Color (default background color), Fill Pattern
 (thirty-six available), Line Thickness, Snap, Trace (calls up the item
 selector so that a PI2-format picture file can be loaded), and Edit
 (calls up another menu containing the following:  Size, Copy, Move,
 Delete, Default Colors, Fill Pattern, Line Thickness, Front, Back, Next,
 and Previous).

 Some of the pull-down menu features are:

 The File menu:  Disk Utilities (including Select Drive, Directory, Free
 Disk Space, Create Folder, Rename File, Delete File, Format Disk), Load
 Capture, Save Capture, Merge Capture, Save in ASCII, Save Configuration,
 Load Configuration, Run Program.

 Transfer menu:  Upload, Download, X-Modem GME.

 Configure menu:  Dialer, Modem, Emulation (GIME Term, VT-52), Transfer,
 Printer (including Top Margin, Page Length, Bottom Margin, Character
 attributes), Function Keys, Default Colors, Date/Time.

 Capture menu:  Select Capture, Capture On, Capture Off, Clear Capture.

 Help menu:  Contains help for the above menus.

 Granted, I haven't offered much of an explanation of the above features.
 Some of them are disabled, and the help menus only go so far.  You can
 "Load Capture" and take a look at the snazzy graphics screens by
 scrolling through them (click on the down arrow on the "Message"
 selection) a page at a time.  All said, one can toodle around with the
 available options for quite a while.

    File name:  PITCHPIP.LZH
       Author:  James D. Kleiser
 Program name:  PITCHPIPE
    File type:  Application
 PITCHPIPE is a tuning aid for guitarists who use standard tuning.
 PITCHPIPE is perfectly usable in medium resolution, but looks much
 better on a monochrome monitor.  The program is straightforward enough,
 but those among us without near x-ray vision may have to "squint for
 hints" on how to operate it on a color monitor.  All of PITCHPIPE's
 features can be used via the mouse or keyboard.

 The user can deviate from standard tuning by a half-step up or down,
 choose between a steady tone and that of a plucked string, 'strum' up or
 down through the strings, or just click on the appropriate icon or key
 until each string is in tune.

 You can't put PITCHPIPE in your pocket, but if you're practicing at home
 (if you have a STacy, you could presumably take PITCHPIPE on the road),
 assuming you don't suffer from (Rin Tin) tin ear syndrome, you can
 quickly polish your axe.

 Quinn's Quickies"

  Shareware from Albert Baggetta.  Game of chance.  This "mummy" doesn't
  exactly bake cookies.  You're on an archaeological expedition, Indi'
  (Dr. Golana), and must solve various puzzles in a tomb beneath a
  pyramid.  On the first screen, the player matches symbols.  The hard
  level is quite difficult.  Even on the easy level, you're bound to get
  sent back to the start of the game many, many times.

  Shareware.  Educational game, for children 2-6 years.  Arrange pictures
  in the proper sequence (sort of like arranging a scrambled storyboard)
  to reveal an animation.  Also has animations that help teach addition
  and subtraction.  Good user interface.  Music.  A souped-up portion of
  an IQ test, but far less threatening.

  Are you tired of the usual keyclick sound from your monitor?  Replace
  it with a number of digitized sounds.  I wanted to give this program
  more attention (as in a full review above), but didn't have the
  requisite SND files.  If you do, you should give this file a look and
  a listen.  Even if you don't, a disk full of SND files (and other
  STuff) can be ordered from the programmer for $15.
                             TICK TOCK CLOCK
                              Press Release
                        Innovative Concepts (I.C.)
                            31172 Shawn Drive
                           Warren, MI 48093 USA
                          Phone: (313) 293-0730
                           BBS: (313) 978-1685
                               GEnie: I.C.
                          CompuServe: 76004,1764
 We at I.C. are pleased to announce our latest new entry into the
 ST/Mega/STE market; The Tick - Tock Clock.  Just another clock you say?
 Read on....
 Time is money, and with a $39.95 suggested retail price, your time is
 easy to keep track of.
 * Solderless, Plug-In Installation!
 * 2 - Ways To Use - Internal Or External (cartridge board only $10 more)
   (for internal on STE, please call for information)
 * Very Flexible Software - Show Time/Date Where You Want, When You Want.
 * Includes Both .PRG And .ACC Software Versions.
 * Boot Program Uses Less Than 1K!
 * Supports Multiple Clock Modules - Up To 10! (Excellent for world time
   zones, experiments, event timing, and more!)
 * Clock Is Accurate To 1 Minute Per Month!
 * Tracks: Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Day Of Month, Month, And Year.
   (future software update will also support hundreths of seconds!)
 * Forget About Batteries To Change - Includes 10 Year Lithium Battery!

 Ordering Information - All in U.S. funds
 USA/APO/FPO - Include $4 S&H. COD is $3.50 extra (USA only) Canada/
 Mexico - Add $7 S&H.  All other countries - Add $10 S&H.

 Note: We have MANY other products for the Atari 8-bits & ST lines.  For
 our latest Catalog (included with orders), send a S.A.S.E. (business
 size).  Or, you can download it (in ASCII text form) from our sections
 on; CompuServe, GEnie, or our own product support BBS.  Dealer,
 Distributor, and User Group Inquiries Welcome!
 This text file may be freely distributed, as long as it remains intact,

                            FIRST IMPRESSIONS
                          OF THE "TT" IN CANADA
                 (C) 1990 by Darek Mihocka, June 4, 1990.
 Well, today was the day Atari Canada made it's big debut of the TT at a
 downtown Toronto hotel.  Free food too.  You'll probably be hearing a
 lot about it in the next few days (the TT, not the food) and it'll be
 interesting to see how soon the promises start getting broken.  As
 expected, the machine is not available yet, and is supposed to ship
 later this year.
 As of today, TT's are available to developers in Canada, and dealers
 can expect a few for demo purposes by the end of August, with real
 shipments starting in fourth quarter.  The press release states "The
 Atari TT is scheduled for Canada-wide release in fall of 1990".  The
 invitation talked about a "North American" debut, so I don't know what
 that means for the U.S. market.  Probably 1993.

 The retail price is $3995.00 Canadian, (that's about $3395.00 U.S).
 That includes 2Meg of RAM and a 40 meg hard drive.  Add from $200 to
 $1000 for a monitor, depending on which one you get.  The floppy disk
 drive is still IBM comptible, now supporting the 1.44M format.

 The machine supports 6 screen resolutions, including the original 3
 from the ST, plus a 1280x960 Moniterm mode, a 640x480 16 color VGA mode,
 and a 256 color 320x480 mode.  The color monitor being used at the time,
 an Atari TTC30 or something was capable of supporting everything but the
 Moniterm mode.  The desktop in VGA mode looked quite good, comparable to
 a Mac II desktop or a Windows desktop on a VGA monitor.  The display was
 crisp and free of any interference.  The TT has the 4096 color palette
 of the STE, as well as the 8-bit stereo sound, making it a machine ready
 for multimedia applications.

 The TOS running in this machine was still TOS 3.0, 03/01/90 version.
 The real TOS for the TT is supposed to be 2.0, and it's supposed to be a
 lot faster than 3.0. I ran Quick Index on the TT just to see the kind of
 performance I'd get.  With the cache on, the CPU numbers are between
 about 350% to 500%, and with the cache off, about 30% slower.  What this
 means is that in terms of raw processing speed, the TT can run 68000
 code about 3, 4 or 5 times faster than an 8MHz ST or STE.  I tried some
 sample software which I had earlier timed on my STE, and found the
 increase to be consistently about a factor of 3.

 All the Atari reps were emphasizing the speed. Calamus was being
 displayed, and the TT flyer and press release were both riddled with
 references to DynaCADD, and a 6 page DynaCADD brochure was included with
 the press release.  The explanation given was that Atari wants to
 demonstrate that the machine is a full blown CAD workstation, and can
 run existing ST CAD packages.  Once software like Calamus and DynaCADD
 is recompiled for the 68030, it will run even faster.

 All of the documentation presented was created with Calamus, and the
 press release mentions that Calamus running on the TT prints three times
 faster than any other package.  It doesn't mention which other packages,
 but goes on to say that DynaCADD running on the TT is 2 to 10 times
 faster than Autocad running on a 386 based machine.

 Atari is also working with an unnamed third party to develop a software
 PC emulator that runs at the speed of an AT.  And I'm sure another
 unnamed third party is busy on a Mac II emulator.

 The TT also comes with an Appletalk interface (gee, I wonder why!), MIDI
 ports, VME slot, 2 serial ports expandable to 4 (hey sysops, imagine the
 possibilites!), and SCSI and ACSI.  The machine is certainly set up to
 communicate with the rest of the world.  UNIX, X Windows, and Ethernet
 support are listed in the "Future Support" category of the spec sheet.
 Hopefully this isn't being handled by the same department that was
 responsible for getting the STacy and STE to US markets last year.

 The thing that I found quite odd with the TT is that with all the nifty
 hardware built in, this machine does NOT have a blitter chip.  The last
 thing I would have expected in a machine that's being presented as a
 powerful graphics workstation is that all graphics operations are being
 performed by software, and by TOS 3.0 of all things.  This TOS, I'm
 told, is almost identical to the TOS 1.6 currently installed in STEs,
 which as we all know, is almost the same thing as TOS 1.4, just slightly
 faster.  TOS 2.0 is supposed to change all that and really be fast, but
 I seriously doubt that they'll whip together something by August, given
 that TOS has already been worked on for 5 years.

 So, back to Quick Index I went and benchmarked the screen performance.
 Someone at the presentation had mentioned that you could load in a
 DynaCADD file with 10,000 objects and watch them redraw REALLY fast.
 Well, the numbers I got from Quick Index, for example, in medium
 resulotion, gave the TT a GEM index of 166% relative to the STE.  That's
 about 180% relative to a Mega ST.  So in other words, the TT, running
 TOS 1.4 (or close enough to it) on a 68030 was not even twice as fast as
 an 8MHz 68000 with blitter support.  Take away the blitter and you're
 slightly over 200%.  However, take into account that you can drop in Jim
 Allen's T16 accelerator board into almost any ST, and for $300 give
 yourself a 50% speed boost.  That cuts the lead of the TT down to about
 30% at best for screen redraws, and about 200% for general CPU
 operations.  Needless to say, I wasn't kidding last week when I said
 that an ST running Quick ST blows away the TT in screen performance.
 Text operations gave similar results, and about the only screen
 operation the TT was good at was VT52 scrolling.  That's due to the 32-
 bit data bus of the 68030 compared to the 68000's 16-bit bus.

 Don't forget also that there will be the usual incompatibility problems
 with older  ST software.  You think TOS 1.4 compatiblity was bad.  Wait
 till they try running the stuff on a 68030!

 So, the TT is a nifty machine, and for only $4000 you can emulate an AT
 and run UNIX as well.  I should say "you'll be able to...".  I still
 have bad memories of the 1450XLD and 260ST.  You all remember the 260ST?
 The original ST, until they actually tried to put it together and
 realized they couldn't make TOS run on 256K.  Hopefully TOS 2.0 will run
 on 2 meg!

 But in all fairness, since this information was presented by ATARI
 CANADA, in Canada, and was not just another Sunnyvale stab in the dark
 about what they might ship in 3 years, I have faith that Atari Canada
 will deliver as promised.  They delivered on the STE and STacy and
 CD-ROM, so all I can say is that I'm glad I'm not in the US.

 About 6 months ago, I was wetting my pants and then some over the STE.
 Not so for the TT, at least not yet.  It's out of the price range of
 most casual ST users, and as an ST compatible machine, offers less than
 a doubling of power for more than double the price of, say, a Mega ST 2.
 Sure the TT specific software written for the 68030 will be faster, but
 that will mean buying a whole new set of software.

 I think what will probably evolve will be some sort of a 68030 upgrade
 for existing STs (c'mon Dave!), similar to the kind of upgrades we saw a
 few years ago for converting 8088 machine to 80286 machines.  I've
 already got 3 STs and 2 monitors, I don't need more.  I would much
 rather pay $1000 or more to upgrade my 4 meg STE to a 4 meg STE/030
 instead of shelling out another $4000 for something only slightly

 The TT will still hopefully sell well in the business market.  The
 hardware is certainly there and at the right price.  Perhaps not as fast
 as we'd like to believe, but the same hype existed with the 386 chip.
 Perhaps the TT will follow the same path as 386 machines, and a year or
 two from now we'll see a more affordable TT working its way into the
 home market replacing the then obsolete 68000 based STs.

 Well, that's the way I see it anyway.

 - Darek

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