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From: xx004@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Atari SIG) Subject: Z*Net: 20-Jul-90 #529 Date: Sat Jul 28 15:22:58 1990 /////// // // /////// ////// // // /// // // / / // / / // // //// // // / // // ////// // //// //// // // / // // /// // / // // // // // // / // /////// // // /////// //// Z*Net Atari Online Magazine ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ July 20, 1990 Volume 5 No. 29 Issue: 529 ####################################################################### (c=) 1990 by Rovac Industries, PO Box 59, Middlesex, New Jersey 08846 ####################################################################### BBS 201-968-8148 * CIS 71777,2140 * Cleveland Free-Net * GEnie Z-NET ####################################################################### Staff: Ron Kovacs, John Nagy, Alice Amore, Jon Clarke, Bruce Hansford, Robert Ford, Mark Quinn, John King Tarpinian, Bruce Kennedy, Eric Gove, Terry Schreiber and Michael Shutz - German Newswire Editor ####################################################################### CONTENTS ~~~~~~~~ - THIS WEEK..................................................Ron Kovacs - Z*NET NEWSWIRE....................................................... - Z*NET GERMANY NEWSWIRE..................................Michael Shutz - MINI ATARI EXPOSITION.............................................CFN - HARDWARE FOR CHILDREN OF WAR............................Joyce Brabner - QUALITY BAGS FOR THE ATARI ST...........................Press Release - REVOLUTIONARY CONCEPTS..................................Donald Thomas - ROLAND DESKTOP MUSIC SYSTEM...........................Terry Schreiber - PD/SHAREWARE STOP..........................................Mark Quinn - AUTOBYTES PORTFOLIO PRODUCTS............................Press Release ========================== THIS WEEK ========================== by RON KOVACS With the burning heat of summer here, vacations are being taken by almost everyone everywhere. The amount of news is down along with the size of our issues, instead of publishing already released information in Z*Net, we are decreasing the size. Please refer to our already released Index issues for contents and information in previously released Z*Net Online Magazines. Our staff is also ready for a vacation, so regular columns will be sporatic until September. There will be weekly editions! This week, Michael Shutz of the German publication, PD Journal, has translated news from the publication for Z*Net Online. From time to time, we hope to have more information from the German Atari community. ========================== Z*NET NEWSWIRE ========================== ~ CHARLES ~ In a move that left some developers stunned, Charles ~ CHERRY ~ Cherry resigned from Atari Corporation this week. ~ LEAVES ~ Charles was the "TOS Evangelist", and he formed the ~ ATARI ~ the current developer support program including "Softsource" which has yet to debut publicly. He gave his notice July 12, and left Atari on Tuesday, July 17. Cherry joined Atari last fall, leaving ANTIC SOFTWARE to be part of the new corporate support of developers and dealers under Antonio Salerno. He now goes on to a very attractive consulting job that requires immediate attention. Charles says that he holds no grudge or bad feelings for Atari, and has actively participated in encouragement of the candidates Antonio and he have been recruiting for the developer support openings at Atari. Charles told Z*Net that he knew he had accomplished a lot while at Atari, and although he had hoped for more and sooner, he was encouraged by the accolades and participation of many developers since Charles took over. Names of potential replacement staff members have not been publicly discussed. Antonio Salerno said... "By now, you may have heard that Charles Cherry has left Atari Corporation. Charles have left to pursue an opportunity to be a consultant, and Atari Corp. wishes him our very best for his continued success in his career." "For both Atari Corp. and myself, I wish to re-affirm to all of our developers that this does not affect our commitment to you." "We are actively interviewing candidates to assume Charles' duties. Indeed, we will be adding more personnel so that we can do an even better job of responding to your needs. While the loss of Charles does mean that there will be a delay in the upcoming edition of the developer newsletter, we will be back up to speed next month." "The developer support program continues to enjoy the full support of Atari Corp. and plans that have been announced, which Charles helped implement, will be brought forth just as soon as we can." "In the interim, please feel free to contact Gail Johnson, J. Patton, Dan McNamee or Antonio Salerno with any of your concerns." Antonio P. Salerno ~ ATARI ~ Concurrent with the arrival of Elie Kenan to take over ~ WORLD ~ Atari USA, Canada and France this last Monday, everyone ~ CONCLAVE ~ who is anyone in the entire international family of Atari Corporations convened in Sunnyvale, California this week. Each day was dedicated to reporting, review, and reorganization of a different part of the global operation. Thursday was the day for Atari USA, and the results are significantly readjusted duties, titles, and responsibilities of many top officials. Our list is not complete and has not been confirmed from within Atari at press time, but we hope to have a complete lineup and summary in next week's Z*NET. ~ NEW ~ Z*Net joins the many well wishers who congratulate ~ TRAMIEL ~ Leonard Tramiel and wife on the birth of a new son, ~ ~ MICHAEL OLIVER TRAMIEL, last Saturday, July 14. ~ CHANGES ~ ST JOURNAL, the newest glossy magazine for the Atari ~ AT ~ market, has released their second issue and announced ~ ST ~ new subscription rates. The "SUMMER" issue will be on ~ JOURNAL ~ newsstands this weekend, and the magazine is planned to go monthly this fall. Those who already subscribed at the $29.95 rate publicized earlier will get 12 issues for their money, and new subscribers can decide whether they want 6 issues for $20 or 12 for $34.95. Cover price is $4.50. The new issue has articles from Jim Allen, David Plotkin, John Nagy, and many others, and includes in- depth cross-comparisons of desktop alternatives AND of PC emulators. Plus, as always, there is lots of news and new product information, MIDI coverage, feature articles, and the Z*NET NEWSWIRE section fills out the issue. Publisher Steve Lesh says that the first issue was an instant sellout at 10,000 copies, and that this issue will again be 10,000. However, major promotion to the magazine distribution companies will result in wider availability... but that there will in fact be fewer US copies as international distribution is beginning. Look for larger press runs starting with issue #3, as readers and dealers get used to looking for ST JOURNAL. Contact Quill Publications, 113 West College Street, Covina, CA 91723, (818) 332-0372. ~ NEW ~ Atari now has an LCD screen for use with overhead ~ ATARI ~ projectors, allowing projecting the computer output on ~ PRODUCTS ~ any classroom for meeting room wall or screen. A window like unit, it sits directly on any standard overhead projector. Manufactured for Atari by nView Corp of Newport News, Virginia, and similar to their own VEIWFRAME II+2, the Atari projection screen unit has high contrast and grey scales, and 640 x 400 resolution when plugged directly into an Atari ST or MEGA computer. "Y" cables enable use of a regular monitor while projecting with the new LCD device. The unit has already been used at internal Atari events, and will be available at retail almost immediately. Another new product being built for Atari is a MOUSETRAC, sort of a hybrid trackball built by SUNCOM of Niles, Illinois, for release under the Atari brand name. Some observers have said to expect this to be bundled with the new TT computer to help the overall "workstation" feel of the 68030 based computer, expected to be released within the next two months. ~ LYNX ~ A look at any advertisement from Atari in the last few ~ UPDATE ~ months and you would wonder if they sold computers. ~ ~ Atari has been concentrating it's advertising dollars into the hand-held market. Atari announced the following titles soon to be available for the Lynx game system. WARBIRDS TOURNAMENT CYBERBALL GRIDRUNNER SCRAPYARD DOG TURBO SUB BASKETBRAWL BLOCKOUT PAC-LAND PINBALL SHUFFLE PAPERBOY XENOPHOBE KLAX SLIMEWORLD ROAD BLASTERS 3 D BARRAGE RAMPAGE MERCENARY ZARLOR KYGAR A.P.B. WORLDCUP SOCCER NFL SUPERBOWL VINDICATORS 720 STUNRUNNER LYNX CASINO XYBOTS Many of these titles will be available in the next few months, some in weeks. ~ NEW ~ Epson has announced a new ink jet printer that provides ~ EPSON ~ high resolution output for large paper formats of 11x17. ~ PRINTER ~ The EPI-4000 printer uses 64-nozzle ink jet technology to produce 300 by 300 dots-per-inch resolution on a variety of plain paper types. The unit prints up to two pages per minute in draft mode, and is compatible with software written for the HP LaserJet and Epson FX and LQ models. The suggested retail price is $1,999. ..@@@@@@.......@@@...@@..@@@@@@..@@@@@@. .....@@...@@...@@@@..@@..@@........@@... ....@@...@@@@..@@.@@.@@..@@@@@@....@@... ..@@......@@...@@..@@@@..@@........@@... ..@@@@@@.......@@...@@@..@@@@@@....@@... GERMANY NEWSWIRE Edited by Michael Shutz *> WEST GERMAN ATARI FAIR ====================== Atari Fair Aug 24 - Aug 26, 1990 Dsseldorf, West Germany ------------------------ On August 24th til 26th Atari invites its fans for the annual Atari fair in West Germany. During those three days the European Atari Soft - and Hardware elite will gather in Dsseldorf to show off the newest paint program or the fastest wordprocessor. A new visitor record is expected for this years fair, last year 45,000 people came to Dsseldorf and this year the figure will easily rise above 50,000, especially since now for the first time many visitors from the Eastern Europe countries will be able to attend. Besides more visitors this years show will also see more vendors. As a result of this development the show will be switched to two different halls on the Dsseldorf fairground. The size of the fair is increased by 50% compared to last year. On an area of 200 qm one of the big issues at this years fair will be: Atari Computers in education and science. Numerous German universities and technical schools will present their projects while teachers will demonstrate the usage of computers within the educational system. Another main feature will be DTP. There will be a 400-500 qm DTP-booth at the show, where the production of a magazine can be viewed by the visitors. From the writing of the articles, through layout, page development, creation of the print films up to the printing of the magazine at a real printing press. The most crowded booth in Dsseldorf, as with every year, will be the main booth of Atari Germany itself. To see and to be seen will be the Motto here once again. In the centre of the attention will be the Atari TT and the ATW transputer workstation. The Portfolio and the Lynx will naturally be shown too. Other areas covered by the show will be MIDI-demonstrations, workshops, public discussions for example about computers in East Germany, women and computers and education. *> NOVELL WORKBOOK =============== Novell - workbook I and II for SFT NetWare 2.1x ----------------------------------------------- The new versions of both books were written for users, that intend to use their networks under SFT Advanced NetWare 2.1x and who need a precise German manual. The books contain all, in all the same information as the 13 original english NetWare-Manuals. Due to didactical reasons they were merged into 20 chapters. Book I contains the first ten chapters and deals mainly with the installation and the usage of Netware with the File-Server, with the installation of bridges and the creation of shells for the workstations. Book II contains the chapters 11 to 20 and deals mainly with the user interface of NetWare, with the installtion of users and the data structure. All commands are documented in this part of the book. In these new versions of the books the authors not only made the material more understandable but they also added new topics such as Ethernet-topology, Ethernet-hardware, Bridge-technoilogy, OS/2 Requester etc.. Volume I, ISBN 3-7785-1940-9, DM 98 Volume II, ISBN 3-7785-1941-7, DM 98 Hthig Buch Verlag GmbH Postfach 102640 6900 Heidelberg, tel. 06221/489-250 *> HM MODULA PLUS 3.1 ================== The programming language Hnisch Modula is now available as Version HM plus 3.1. This Modula-2 development system will be offered in two versions (Junior version for DM 298.- and Profesionel version for DM 770.-). The main difference between both versions lies within scope of delivery and the license-requirements. Schwab-Software Obermarkterstr. 72 4600 Dortmund 30, tel.: 0231/486460 *> CALAMUS FONTS ============= New vector-graphic fonts for Calamus are now available from the company W.Wohlsttter and J.Ohst EDV GbR. The fonts are not secured through an own serial number and can possibly to this fact be used with different versions of Calamus, which is very important for exposure-services. The fonts retail for a price of DM 29.-, discount rates are available by large quantity orders. Jutta Ohst Nelkenstr. 2 4053 Jchen 2 Tel.: 02164/7898 Werner Wohlfahrtssttter Irenenstr. 76c 4000 Dsseldorf Tel.: 0211/429876 *> NEW DISTRIBUTOR FOR BEST ======================== The well established modem-manufacturer BEST Communications now has a new partner in Germany. From April 1st, 1990 on Point Computer GmbH from Munich will be the exclusive distributor for the Southern part of Germany. BEST Communications succesfully entered the European market in 1987 with its 1200 Baud modem series. Due to popular demand the company soon rounded up their product sortiment with several 2400 modems. The top model was until recently the MNP5 that reached transfer rates of almost 4.600 bps due to the usage of Microcom-own data compression technics. BEST Communications says they are the third biggest Modem producer in Taiwan. Soon a new model with the name BEST 9600EC MNP5 will be available. This new model besides matching the CCITT V.32 standard is also supposed to be capable of handling the MNP4 error correction- and the MNP5- data compression protocol. This could mean data-transfer with almost 19.200 bps. Naturally all BEST modems are fully Bell- and Hayes compatible. For the German market, the modems will be shipped with a 220V power suplly and an extensive German manual. Point Computer GmbH Gollierstr. 70 8000 Mnchen 2, tel.: 089/505657 *> OMIKRON DRAW 3.3 ================ The popular painting program Omikron Draw is now available in its new version 3.3. The most important feature that this new update offers is the possibility to use the spray can option with custom fillings. Registered owners will receive free updates by sending back their original disk accompanied by a stamped send-back-envelope. *> TECHNOBOX-DRAFTER ================= Technobox Drafter is a new program that helps you create high precise technical drawings. The graphics can be exported as Metafiles and may then be imported for example into Calamus to produce technical documentation. The program will retail for DM 798.- Technobox Software GmbH Kornhapener Str. 122a 4630 Bochum 1 tel.: 0234/503060 *> TOMMY SOFTWARE LEGALIZES PIRATE COPIES ====================================== As of July 1st, 1990 the German Software house Tommy Software from Berlin will legalize all pirate copies of its own software products that float around in East Germany. With this step, the well known German software company will offer all users in East Germany the possibility to legalize the usage of its products. The only thing the East Germans have to do is write to the software house and ask for a free registration number for the products they 'own'. The offer is only valid until September 30th, 1990. All registration requests arriving in Berlin later will not be recognized. East Germany right now contains a black market that is hard to overview. TommySoftware - with this unusual measure - is trying to establish itself in a may-be uprising East German software market. Tommy Software Selchower Str. 32 1000 Berlin 44, tel.: 030/621406-3 *> SPECIAL PRICE FOR MEGAPAINT JUNIOR ================================== Tommy Software additionally offers all citizens of East Germany the Junior version of its popular painting program MegaPaint for only DM 99.-. The sales will only be handled via mailorder. The written order must be accompanied by a by a photocopy of an East German I.D.card. MegaPaint Junior is one of the early MegaPaint versions, that is not available anymore since Tommy Software had announced the Professional series. The old retail price used to be DM 199.-. Tommy Software Selchower Str. 32 1000 Berlin 44, tel. 030/621406-3 * TRAIN YOUR EARS WITH "COMPUTERKOLLEG MUSIK" =========================================== The music-publishing house B.Schott's Shne offers with Computerkolleg Musik a new kind of music software for the ST computer series. The package contains four courses that allow you to train your ears musically. The programs were developped by the Cami-Group from Osnabrck, West Germany. They play intervals, scales, rhythms and accords. The computer automatically adapts to the capabilities of the user. All answers are checked by the computer, commented and differentially evaluated. The courses are divided up into an information-part plus several exercise parts (practical MIDI exercises are included too). The user also has the option to print out a certificate that documents his recent progress. The complete package containing the four courses retail until August for DM 298.- (later the price will be raised to DM 398.-). ImaC-Systemlsungen, Enders, Kriege & Schwirzke Grbelweg 13 4500 Osnabrck ************** A T A R I *************** ************** MINI *************** ************** EXPOSITION *************** Atari Mini-expo at The Slavic Village Harvest Festival Sponsored by: The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG & friends The first and largest Cleveland public Atari computer and Lynx demonstration will be held at the 13th Annual Slavic Village Harvest Festival sponsored by the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG and local bulletin boards. The Festival is located on the near East side of Cleveland and is easily accessible through the I-77 freeway. Instead of expensive outdoor booths to demonstrate Atari products, the Atari SIG has reserved a store in the center of the Festival at 5900 Fleet Avenue. About 100,000 people are expected to attend the festival leaving at least a few hundred to attend the Atari SIG's demonstration. The demonstration of Atari computers, Lynx and products will be held at the exact time of the festival. On Saturday, August 18th, the Festival will be from 4PM to Midnight. On Sunday, August 19th, the Festival will be from Noon to 9PM. What will be going on at this demonstration? The main event will be the display of Atari 8-bit, ST computers and Portfolio by users to the public. The main idea behind this demonstration is that we can let people know that Atari is still in business, they make some pretty nice computers, and that Atari isn't just a game company. We are taking the main ideas behind what the Revolution was all about and we are going through with them. It is word-of-mouth advertising at its prime. The second event will be the demonstration of Lynx video game systems. Yes, we know that the Lynx isn't a computer system but it is an Atari product and if it succeeds in the U.S. then there is more money for Atari to spend on pushing its computers. At the store, we plan on inviting any Lynx owner that wants to play multi-player games. They will not only be having fun but they will also be convincing people to become Atari Lynx owners. The last event will be the collection of donated 8-bit computers to the Children of War campaign. The Children of War campaign has been started by a woman by the name of Joyce Brabner. (Editor Note: An article written by Joyce is included in this issue). Her hope is to have 8-bit computer systems donated that are no longer being used to victims of crisis. These people would then access a special computer network by the name of Peace*Net in order to talk to family and friends across the world that have been separated and cannot afford to talk or write to each other in any other way. More information is available on the Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG and an article will also be published in the next Atari SIG's Newsletter so watch for it. Who is invited to this demonstration? Everyone. However, if you want to Lynx up your games, bring your computer to demo software or products, or become a vendor at this event, please write us before doing so and tell us all the necessary information such as what you plan on bringing and at what time you plan on appearing. Vendors should be aware that we are limited in space since the store is only as big as a Radio Shack so contact us as soon as you can. Also remember that your main customers (even though there will be a lot of Atari users attending) will be the public who does not know much about Atari so you may want to bring products that can be sold and used right away - possibly Atari computers or Lynx systems. Of course this will not be a major Atari expo such as World of Atari shows but if you are in the neighborhood and are interested in showing off what your computer can do then you are welcome. Remember, the special thing about this demonstration is that we aren't inviting people to motels or gymnasiums to see Atari computers, we have taken the initiative and have actually gone to where the public is to demonstrate these systems and products. The public awaits! The festival will be between E.65th and 55th Streets. You wil be able to come off of the I-77 freeway to the exit of Fleet Avenue. You may park anywhere you can find room. People wishing to demonstrate their computer are encouraged to come early to drop their equipment off before the street is closed to traffic. Write to: The Cleveland Free-Net Atari SIG P.O. Box 21815 Cleveland, Ohio 44121 Writing through Internet from Compuserve: >INTERNET: firstname.lastname@example.org Writing through Bitnet: xx004%cleveland.freenet.edu@cunyvm ************** HARDWARE FOR *************** ************** CHILDREN OF WAR *************** ************** *************** by Joyce Brabner Cleveland FreeNet I guess it's time for me to introduce myself. I'm the person working with Len, Mark and other Atari SIG members, to put together basic Atari systems, to be donated to young people from Children of War. The project is pretty much as Mark and Len have described it. A few months ago 47 young people from countries like South Africa, Israel, Palestine, Cambodia, El Salvador, Northern Ireland and the U.S. got together to tour several American cities, and talk about what it's like to live in a war zone. This year's tour also included environmental disaster areas -- 3 Russian teenagers from Chernobyl, and kids caught up the cycle of gang violence, from places like East L.A. and South Boston. (Why? Anywhere kids are being shot in the streets is considered a war zone.) What happened? Children of War chapters started in every city they visited. Teenagers who have seen family or friends killed, who have themselves survived torture, or been imprisoned, who have had to flee their countries and start over as refugees, got the chance to ask other young people in the U.S. for help waging peace. They also formed very close friendships with each other, during the tour. These friendships are important. Someone from El Salvador, who has lost family to the death squads knows what it's like for a Cambodian teenager to live with memories of "the killing fields". A teenager whose family fled Iran, now starting over in San Francisco, understands a Palestinian student's hurt, when classmates make fun of the "terrorist!". An inner city gang member got his head put on straight, after hanging out with two South African teenagers. What's my part in all this? I'm a comic book editor and writer (Eclipse Comics). I'm writing a comic book about the 1990 tour, which will be published at the end of this year. I write my comics on an Atari 8 bit, which I learned to use in three days -- no prior experience. I knew about Peace*Net-- an international, non-profit computer BBS. I also knew that Free Net works. When I needed help, Len and Mark taught me the difference between ascii and binary files, and walked me through Omnicom. I figured I could donate some money for costs, and I asked Len and Mark. They're coming through, with help from you. Philip Chow's hardware helped me connect an 18 year old from a country 7 time zones away, with a 16 year old from Louisville, Kentucky. It's not safe for him to send or receive letters about politics. Peace*Net gets him through. Next week, I'll connect a Cambodian teenager, now living in Los Angeles with her 16 year old friend from Tel Aviv. Then Brooklyn with San Francisco -- it's working! Am I writing the Cleveland Atari SIG into the comic book? You bet. Do we still need hardware? Absolutely. Can I write a lot of checks? Not really. I'm trying to spend money on user accounts and line time. Most of these young people have no money. I'll happily send donors an autographed comic, or a similar thank you. I can connect you with Peace*Net, and answer other questions about Children of War, if you send me E-mail. Finally, it looks like most of the donors are close in age to the Tour participants (12 years to early 20s). I think that's because you know what it's like to really, really need to talk to a good friend who understands better than anyone else what's going on -- family stress, school worries, uncertainties about the future. This idea didn't need a lot of explanation at all to take off and yes! Your donations of very unglamorous, and thoroughly reliable Ataris ARE making a difference that's felt half-way around the world. Thanks. I'll keep you posted. Joyce Brabner ah881 ************** QUALITY BAGS FOR *************** ************** The ATARI ST/STE *************** ************** (Press Release) *************** For a limited time only, we are offering at a special price: Atari 520/ 1040 ST & STE bags from Targus. In the Targus tradition of excellence all nylon carrying cases are carefully made with the following special features: * Rugged "Zilicone" treated 840D navy blue nylon outer shell provides unsurpassed durability as well as a non-abrasive surface that is water repellent and scuff resistant. * 200 lb. burst strength webbing stitched to nautical standards, reinforced with fail safe industrial rivets on all stress points. Targus products utilize free running, self-healing nylon zippers plus molded positive close, non-corrosive fasteners. Padding for all Targus cases is provided by impact-absorbing, high-density, closed-cell foam covered by a protective inner lining. Special non-skid, shock absorbing, rubber feet are securely stitched to the bottom of each Targus case. All Targus cases feature cushioned non- slip shoulder pads and foam padded hand grips for user comfort. Includes cable pouch. Now, for a limited time only, at the special price of: Atari ST bags: $ 27.95 U.S. (U.S.$) $ 34.95 CANADA (CDN.$) Note: This price is based on a special purchase & only applies while quantities last! ENQUIRIES: METAFOUR MARKETING, PHONE: (403) 456-1510 Voice 92 LORELEI CLOSE, (403) 456-6108 FAX EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA T5X 2E7 =========================================== R E V O L U T I O N A R Y C O N C E P T S =========================================== PART 30 - "STAMP OUT DOING NOTHING" by Donald A. Thomas, Jr. (c)1990 ARTISAN SOFTWARE (This is PART 30 of a series of articles published and distributed by Artisan Software. Please feel free to copy and distribute this article as you please provided you include all unedited text. Also feel free to upload to boards and communication services. These articles are designed to entice you to take constructive action. Write to involved parties and tell them how YOU feel about the subject.) An Atari user contacted us recently and offered a unique idea. As an active member of The REVOLUTION, he said that he recently went to the bank and exchanged a fifty dollar bill for fifty ones. He then stamped each one with: "Join the REVOLUTION... Use an Atari computer!" and put them back into circulation. Now there's an ad that won't get thrown away! The REVOLUTION stamp can be obtained inexpensively from a variety of sources. Simply print the message on a piece of paper, then present it to your local business supply store, print shop or novelty retailer. They will be happy to assist you in selecting type sizes and font styles. An official rubber stamp bearing The REVOLUTION logo can be ordered direct from Artisan Software for those who wish the convenience of having one mailed right to their home (now only $12.00 including shipping). Several Atari dealers have made them available to their customers as well. The REVOLUTION campaign offers the suggestion to stamp the front of all outgoing mail. This may include bills and various forms of correspondence you send out every day. As noted above, there are other creative applications for the rubber stamp. Perhaps the back sides of grocery coupons or the covers of magazines in a doctor's office are potential targets. Instead of using the rubber stamp, many REVOLUTION members have prepared labels using label design software and colorful ribbons on their printer. The rubber stamp concept is designed to be a low cost opportunity to help spread the word about Atari computers. The little time it takes to stamp your mail means that many people see the name of Atari computers. The repetition of seeing the name regularly establishes an unconscience awareness in the product line. Of course, it is no ones obligation to rubber stamp their mail this way, but for those who are genuinely proud of their Atari system, it is an opportunity to let others know how you feel. It is a constructive alternative to dedicate your energies. For information on how you can "JOIN THE REVOLUTION" and actively support the exposure of Atari computers, send $6.00 to ARTISAN SOFTWARE, PO Box 849, Manteca, California 95336. An ST/MEGA compatible disk-based HANDBOOK will be rushed to you by return mail. The HANDBOOK is also available from ST INFORMER, CURRENT NOTES, MEGABYTE COMPUTERS (Hurst, Texas), COMPUTER STUDIO (Asheville, North Carolina) and as a download from COMPUSERVE, GENIE and DELPHI. =========================== ROLAND DESKTOP MUSIC SYSTEM =========================== by TERRY SCHREIBER - Tentrax New next month from Roland is Tentrax, a dedicated software package for CM-Series Computer Sound Modules and Peripherals. With a user-friendly interface and extensive capabilities, Tentrax is well suited for users exploring electronic musical instruments for the first time as well as advanced users for pro-level applications. Tentrax is an easy-to-use 10 track sequencing software package designed for use with Atari ST series computers and Roland CM-series modules, and does not require complex midi operation and connection knowhow. The program lets you conduct most operations by mouse and a ten-key pad, operation status is always displayed providing visual confirmation of all tasks. When used with the CM-32L LA sound module or MT-32, you can create ensemble performances of up to eight Parts using LA Synthesis sounds plus a Rhythm Part. When the CM-64 LA/PCM sound module is used or when the CM-32P is added to this combination, realistic PCM sounds can also be used for ensemble Parts. Additional sound sources other than the CM-Series or MT-32 extend sequenced performance possibilities by allowing you to create a maximum of nine Parts and one Rhythm Part. Up tp six types of control data for each Part such as changing tones, Volume, and using a sustain pedal may be handled comprehensively. Tentrax can also be used to set master volume, performance tempo and key shift providing greater expressive control. A blank track is provided to control additional sound sources (other than CM-Series) such as a Roland Piano HP-Series Digital Piano. The main screen display layout resembles the operation panel of a ten channel studio mixer. The bottom right of the display features a switch similar to the Play/Stop button of a tape-recorder that lets you start and stop operation via a mouse. For sequencing the mouse controls: Master - Master Volume, Key Transpose for Overall Parts, and Reverb ModeSelect. Track 1 - Part Volume, Pan, Mute Switch, and Program Change. Tracks 2/3 - Part Volume, Pan, Reverb Switch, Mute Switch, and Program Change. Tracks 4~9 - Part Volume, Pan, Reverb Switch, Mute Switch, and Program Change. Track 10 - Part Volume, Reverb Switch,and Mute Switch. When sequencing starts, each display element moves in real time. The VU meter indexes move right and left, faders move up and down, and the panning buttons rotate left and right. The names of the Tones assigned to to each Part are shown on the display. Tone changes can be conducted in real time during sequencing enabling the creation of sophisticated musical places. A host of other easy-to-see on-screen displays support all operational procedures. For example Score Edit display show the notes on a score, Key Edit display features gate timing using bars, the DrumEdit facilitates Rhythm track data programming, and the Event Edit display allows the control of pitch bender, volume and panning. Song data input can be input in two ways - by real-time recording or single step writing. With single-step writing, you can place the notes on the score from the Score Edit, Key Edit and Drum Edit displays via mouse. Note data can also be entered by pressing keys on a connected MIDI keyboard. Music data can easily be input even by users without a MIDI keyboard or who are not accustomed to playing a musical keyboard. =============================== PD/SHAREWARE STOP =============================== by MARK QUINN Authors: Doug Harrison File name: LP_DEMO.ARC File type: Utility Demos Program names: LookIt!, PopIt! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Here are two new utilities from Doug Harrison and the folks who brought you HotWire. LookIt! is an extensive text/binary file viewer, and PopIt! allows the user to assign hot keys to load his/her favorite desk accessories. LookIt! has the following features (from the documentation): - super-fast text display, Blitter/Turbo ST not required - as many as 32 files can be held simultaneously in memory - fast regular expression as well as exact match searching - saveable search strings (18 are available) - binary file editing on both the hexadecimal and ASCII representations of binary files - flexible display options, including color and font size control in high resolution modes - printer options allow 40 byte strings to be sent before/after each file and provide for draft/final and condensed print modes; margins may be set and headers printed - may be installed as an application for the GEM desktop or Codehead's HotWire, to let you show files by double-clicking them - flexible command line options allow loading of CFG files from paths other than the default, automatic printing of files, wildcard expansion - a menu bar operable solely from the keyboard (the mouse works as usual) - hotkeys for dialog box buttons and edit fields - keyboard equivalent for cancel buttons LookIt! looks to be very well designed. It has two display modes: one for binary and one for ASCII, depending on the extender of the opened file. Vertical scrolling in both of the display modes IS fast, probably about as fast as a stock, blitterless ST could get. This is the first program I've seen that splits directories into two windows, one for folders and another for files. I think this is a good idea, especially for hard drive owners with mega-directories. Five types of directory sorts are available. PopIt! is another nifty keen idea. Click on ASSIGN, then the accessory, and assign a hot key to an accessory, or just double-click on the name of the accessory to access it. Be sure you don't assign one or more hot keys used by another program. Author: Bob Silliker File name: STDCAT43.ARC File type: Utility Program name: STDCAT, version 4.3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is a nice disk cataloger, and it is about as good as freeware gets, which is very good, indeed. Version 5.0 of this utility was due in the fall of 1989. For those of you with version 4.2 who had problems with the "printer time out", that's been fixed in this version. If you've got lots of floppies containing those files you can't bear to delete, this is just the program you need. Feed it your disks and it prints out a nicely-formatted directory, including comments and other information such as disk size, free space, used space and even the serial number of each disk! Author: Damien M. Jones File name: FIREWORK.ARC File type: Graphics demo Program name: Fireworks ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No, this demo doesn't have an ear-splitting grand finale, but you can run it at the same time you're popping popcorn in the microwave and listening to THE 1812 OVERTURE. The combination will really liven up the place. Author: Rich Weaver *SHAREWARE* File name: CAL_DATE.ARC File type: Utility Program name: Calendar Month Display ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Drag the hands of a representation of a clock to set the time, and set the month and day. The clock and calendar displays are nicely realized. Lemme see: in the year 2392, my birthday will fall on a Monday. I'll leave a note for my descendants so they can make plans for the big event. "Quinn's Quickies" PTCHPLAY.LZH Monochrome only. Tests synthesizer patches. It worked fine with my FB-01. Set octave. Point and click on the 'keyboard', too. HOTFIR14.LZH Of interest to those with BBS programs that can run external files. Can run programs from menu, and do file maintenance. ************** AUTOBYTE *************** ************** PORTFOLIO *************** ************** PRODUCTS *************** Press Release SOFTWARE FOR THE ATARI PORTFOLIO -------------------------------- Autobyte Products Inc, a registered software developer for the Atari Portfolio, is introducing Six new software packages. - THE CHECKWRITER is a bookkeeping program. Use it to record all your transactions. By entering a transaction, the program will automatically update all accounting books (balance sheet, profit and loss statement, general ledger journal, bank reconciliation, budget, etc.). All financial statements can be viewed on the screen in summary format or printed on paper in detailed format. It is completely menu driven for ease of use and mininmal keystrokes. You can use all of the functions for a complete bookkeeping system or use some of the functions for a very powerful bankbook (up to 24 bank accounts and 25 credit card accounts). Special Features: - automatic transactions - selectable currency symbols - automatic GST calculation for Canadian residents - prints out cheques French version also available - LE CHEQUIER - THE TIMEKEEPER is a powerful time management program. It is great for professionals, consultants, servicemen, or everyone who wants to manage their time. Using the program, you define the tasks, the clients, the hourly rates, the minimum chargable time, etc. The program will output the Time Sheets for any date(s), and will invoice your clients based on the tasks and time used. Special Feature: - selectable currency symbols French version also available - LE CONTROLEUR - STOCKS is a game that simulates the stock market. Up to five players can play for a fixed time or a pre-defined amount of money. The initial set up is completely modifiable allowing changes to the number of players, the initial cash and the allowed margin and stock names. Since the Portfolio is small it can be passed around to each player who can play his turn privately, using his own strategy. At the end of the game the scores are displayed and a winner is announced. - TERMINAL is a smart terminal emulation program that uses the Portfolio serial interface and a pocket modem to become a portable terminal. You can transfer files in ASCII or XMODEM protocols and is completely menu driven to simplify it's usage. AUTOBYTE Products 655-32E Avenue Suite 201 Lachine, Quebec Canada H8T 3G6 Tel. (514) 637-6232 Fax (514) 637-1491 ======================================================================= ======================================================================= Z*Net Atari Online Magazine is a weekly released publication covering the Atari community. 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