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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: Z*Net: 7-Nov-91 #9147 Date: Tue Nov 12 18:16:12 1991 | (((((((( | Z*Net International Atari Online Magazine | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (( | November 7, 1991 Issue #91-47 | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (((((((( | Copyright (c)1991, Rovac Industries, Inc. | | Post Office Box 59, Middlesex, NJ 08846 | (( | | (((((( | CONTENTS | (( | | | * The Editors Desk............................Ron Kovacs | ((( (( | * Atari News Update......................Terry Schreiber | (((( (( | * Z*Net Newswire........................................ | (( (( (( | * Universal Network System.................Press Release | (( (((( | * Chicago ComputerFest By Atari - Update...Press Release | (( ((( | * AtariUser October Resource............................ | | * Z*Net Software Shelf....................Ron Berinstein | ((((((( | * Z*Net Misc............................................ | (( | * ...................................................... | ((((( | | (( | | ((((((( | ~ Publisher/Editor............................Ron Kovacs | | ~ Editor.......................................John Nagy | (((((((( | ~ New Zealand Bureau..........................Jon Clarke | (( | ~ Canadian Bureau........................Terry Schreiber | (( | ~ PD Software Reviewer....................Ron Berinstein | (( | ~ Reporter................................Dr. Paul Keith | (( | ~ Contributing Editor.....................Bruce Hansford ======================================================================= THE EDITORS DESK ---------------- by Ron Kovacs ======================================================================= Apologies are in order for the late release of this week's edition. Yesterday I injured my back while moving LOTS of heavy things. Being the devoted mate that she is, my wife procured some back-pain medication which WORKED miracles for me. However, not knowing the effects, I started the final edit of the issue and was overcome with the need to sleep and did just that for 12 hours straight! I feel great now, but behind in a few things now. In other developements, the Chicago ComputerFest by Atari is just around the corner, and if you are planning to go to this event, please make you plans NOW. The full update appears in this edition with a complete seminar listing. CompuServe users should be aware of the new software put in place recently. Z*Net issues were originally available in a NEW UPLOADS library, but now can be found in the News and Reviews Library #15 in the Atariarts Forum. The new software allows you to LIST ALL the files in ALL the libraries without having to switch to other libraries manually. The new software vastly improves the ability to locate NEW files quickly. On GEnie, ST Alladin, the GENie telecommunications program which calls and collects NEW messages and files and allows the user to read and flag files while offline turns one year old this month. There are a mumber of special offers going on NOW in the Alladin Roundtable. If you are an Alladin user, take a few minutes out and check out what is available. In two weeks, the 1991 Z*Net Online Survey will be included in Issue # 91-49. Please participate and pass it around. Stay tuned for more details. Lastly, in between issues of Z*Net Atari Online, read Z*Net PC Online Magazine. This NEW publication is currently at Issue #18 and contains the latest PC community news and information and tons of exclusive material NOT available anywhere else. ZPC was the first publication to bring COMDEX coverage and pictures. ZPC is released every-two weeks or bi-weekly and will go to a weekly format in January 1992. ZPC is available on the Z*NET USA BBS (908) 968-8148, America On-Line, CompuServe and soon to be a regular upload to GEnie. Thanks for reading! ======================================================================= * ATARI NEWS UPDATE ======================================================================= Atari Canada this week announced new TOS chips will soon be available for the MEGA STe, ST/STe* product line. Atari Canada's Rob McGowan stated that there was no hidden DOS system or plans to incorporate it at this time but the reason for the update was to fix some of the bugs still left in the earlier releases such as flow control and delayed boots. Features: * Atari ICON (Fuji) displayed at Boot. * System memory check after a cold boot, pressing any key aborts test to reduce attendant delay. * A shrinking bar is displayed at boot, during hard disk intialization, pressing any key aborts process and attendant delay. * Pressing the Control key at boot bypasses autofolder preventing the loading of .ACC, NEWDESK.INF and Deskicon.rsc files. * Holding down the ALT key and typing a decimal number on the numeric keypad inserts an ASCII code character into the keyboard buffer. * Media Change detection on floppies works better, uses FAT checksums, MS DOS 4.X serial numbers and many other features permitting superior detection when a floppy has been changed. * Less floppy spin-up delay in systems with a hard drive. * Vacant drives detected sooner with quicker time-outs. * Floppies with only one FAT are supported to allow greater compatiblility with some DOS disk formatters. * Serial Port functionality improved. * Some programs that use Timer-A will work better (compatability improvement). * Multiple AES events when scrolling are reduced. NOTE: TOS 2.06 for ST or MEGA ST requires hardware adaption, Atari (Canada) will shortly announce the process for users to upgrade. TOS 2.06 is available as an upgrade for STe computers. - Terry Schreiber ======================================================================= * Z*NET NEWSWIRE ======================================================================= (Editors Note: Portions of this Newswire have been reprinted from Z*Net PC Online Magazine.) FREE PEN COMPUTING SEMINARS GRiD Systems announced this week that it will conduct a series of free seminars nationwide to introduce businesses and governmental agencies to the benefits of pen computers. During the next six months, GRiD will offer monthly seminars at its 45 GRiD Systems Centers located in the US and Canada. Attendees will get an overview of pen computing technology and examples of how GRiD users are currently increasing productivity, sharpening their competitive edge and improving the way they do business with GRiDPAD pen computers. Information about the seminars can be obtained by calling (800) 222-GRID. CIRRUS UNVEILS DATA FAX VOICE MODEM Cirrus introduced the CL-MD1424 Intelligent Data/Fax/Voice Modem Device Set, a new product that combines the capabilities of a fax machine, modem and, for the first time, an answering machine into two integrated circuits, each of which is about the size of a postage stamp. The Communicator includes the capabilities of an answering machine, a 2,400 bps Hayes-compatible modem and a 14,400 bps Group 3 Fax receiver and transmitter. The product can store and then reply voice messages either through a standard telephone set or through the small speaker typically found in a notebook computer. For additional information contact Cirrus Logic, (510) 623-8300 extention 2239. ACCLAIM ENTERS SEGA MARKET Acclaim announced that it has reached an agreement in principle with Sega, whereby Acclaim will market and distribute software for Sega's 16- bit Genesis and portable Game Gear hardware systems. Acclaim's first Sega products will be unveiled at the forthcoming January Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. SEGA SUES ACCOLADE Sega announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Accolade. The suit, filed Oct. 31 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, alleges that Accolade has developed and currently distributes software products compatible with the 16-bit Sega Genesis video game system which infringe upon Sega's proprietary trademarks and dilute the value and goodwill associated with such marks. Accolade has never been licensed by Sega to produce software products compatible with any of Sega's home video game systems, nor has Accolade ever been authorized to use any of Sega's proprietary trademarks. MANNESMANN TALLY SHIPS FIRST Mannesmann Tally has announced shipping the first laser printer to combine HP LaserJet III compatibility with Reduced Instruction Set Computer (RISC) processing performance. The MT908 laser printer provides all the advantages of PCL5 including 8 scalable LaserJet III fonts, plus 14 resident bit-mapped fonts (two slots also support standard HP font cartridges), and HPGL/2 for shading and filling of fonts and graphics. List price of the MT908 is $1,995. For more information call (206) 251-5653. ======================================================================= * UNIVERSAL NETWORK SYSTEM Press Release ======================================================================= The Universal NETwork System now works with MegaSTE and TTs. Universal NETwork for the Atari ST, MegaST, MegaSTE and TT series of computers is now shipping. Programmed by the same developers that brought users Universal Item Selector, Universal NETwork (tm) is a software solution to networking that works on all versions of Atari 16 and 32 bit computers. Universal NETwork enables the user to share hard drives and printer devices between computers, while not disrupting foreground tasks. Universal NETwork is powerful: Users can choose whether to use multiple or single hard drives and printers. An office can run from one large hard drive or many. With Universal NETwork, everyone can be served from a central location, or from distributed servers. Universal NETwork is easy to use: Installation takes about 9 minutes and can be done by the average user. The network is accessed with just a click of the mouse. Users can use the network as though it was just another drive on their computer. Access data, copy, move, rename and delete files - even load programs - easily over the network. Universal NETwork is flexible: Users can share a hard drive or printer with other users. It can be set up as a peer-to-peer, or a central server system; either way, it's easy to use. More than one network hardware type may be used on a single computer, so any machine in the network may act as a bridge between different network hardware types. The network can grow as your needs grow. Universal NETwork is compatible: Universal NETwork is compatible with every version of TOS and with current hard drive adaptors, drives, most commercial software, and network devices. Users will need hardware devices dependent on their equipment. Lantech Devices (by another manufacturer) and SGSnet Devices (also by another manufacturer) are compatible with Universal NETwork software. If users need network devices, A&D Software can supply either MIDInet or LANnet devices. Both devices use RJ11 modular plug phone wire and installation is simple. Universal NETwork is expandable. Expand the network with the addition of single node software and hardware. Users can upgrade to faster devices when they become available (trade ins honored) and still use the original software. Users might start out with a MIDInet system, and then upgrade to a faster hardware device. Universal NETwork can be configured to work with all new devices. R&D on hi-speed devices is ongoing. Universal NETwork has been shipping since April 1991. The package includes all necessary software and easy instructions for installation. Advanced users will enjoy the MacroDrive program for creating innovative ways to allow non-HD nodes to act as though they had hard drives connected directly. "Background File Transfer", is an accessory that provides automated copying of large files while the user continues to work in the foreground. Universal NETwork software is $219 for a 2 node starter set and $95 per node for additional software. Hardware costs will depend on user choices. The Software works with all versions of TOS and all 16 & 32 bit computers manufactured by Atari. Additional node software is required for each extra node in the network. Hardware Devices available from A&D Software include MIDInet Devices ($30 each) that work on all versions of ST, STE and TT computers, and LANnet Devices ($40 each) that work with the LAN ports of the newer Mega STEs and TT computers. Universal NETwork will work on a 520ST, but one meg RAM is recommended. Supports Color, Monochrome or Moniterm monitors. Volume discounts available and dealer inquiries invited. Contact A&D Software, 280 Peach Street, Merlin, OR 97532 or Support (503) 476-0071 or orders 1-800-800-2563. ======================================================================= * CHICAGO COMPUTERFEST BY ATARI - UPDATE ======================================================================= We have added several new exhibitors to Chicago ComputerFest - we now have only 3 main floor booths remaining, if you have an interest in attending as an exhibitor, please contact us immediately. Our star-studded line-up so far: Main Floor ---------- ABCO Kaleita Art Apple Annie Mainstream America Application and Design Software Mars Merchandising ASTMUM Montreal User Group MaxWell CPU Atari Corp. Megatype Atari Entertainment Michtron Atari Explorer Micro Creations Atari Interface Magazine Migraph BEST Electronics Missionware Branch Always Software M-S Designs Clear Thinking One Stop CodeHead Software Oregon Research Associates CompuSeller West Phil Comeau Software CSA Ltd. Rimik C-Lab Rising STar Computers Double Click Software Roland Corp. D.A. Brumleve SKware-One Electronic Spinster Graphics Soft Logik eSTeem ST Informer Gribnif Step Ahead Guitar Plus Sudden, Inc. Hybrid Arts Toad Computers ICD WizWorks! ISD Marketing Wuztek/OPI JMG Software Zubair Interfaces 8-bit Area ---------- Atari Game Developers Arena LJK Computer Software Services (CSS) Mars Merchandising Dataque Newell Industries ICD Palette Imaging K.O. Distributors RACC (Rockford User Group- Demos) LCACE ReeveSoft Atari corporation and ICD have promised that a VAST amount of 8-bit hardware and software will be available from them in the 8-bit area. This show may be the last chance for 8-bit users to obtain some of these items - don't be left out! Atari Entertainment has promised a special gift "while they last" for Chicago ComputerFest by Atari attendees. I have promised not to give specifics about what will be given away, but it will certainly be worth your while to be in line early Saturday to get in the door! You may collect your gift on the main floor where we have the door prize drop box. Our seminar schedule is one of the most comprehensive ever to be assembled for an Atari-related event. There will be something for everyone both days! For a tentative listing of seminars, please see the end of this update for the full schedule. Advance ticket orders for the show banquet must be received by Nov 14th; please call the show hotline or mail your requests in NOW! GEnie is the official source for Chicago ComputerFest by Atari information, please stop by the ST Roundtable, Category 11 (Shows) Topic 10 (Chicago ComputerFest by Atari) for the latest in information, and show specials by our exhibitors. Our "hands on" training seminars have been finalized, please see the seminar schedule at the end of this update for the times and subjects - each session requires advance registration and a $15 "materials fee". Contact us now to make reservations. The Ramada Hotel O'Hare is holding our reserved block of rooms for the show until November 10th. If you need rooms, please call the Ramada directly at 708-827-5131 and ask for the reservations desk - be sure to mention that you want the Atari Corporation rate and ask for a written confirmation. Those of you who have already reserved rooms, and have not received a written confirmation, please request one to assure that you are getting the Atari-negotiated rates. Seminar Schedule (Tentative- Subject to change) D-1 room (seating- 90) Saturday November 23 12:00 Noon Clear Thinking- Ed Hak, Metapsycology 1:00 PM Aladdin PC/GEnie/HUGS meeting with Juan Jimenez, On-Line Demo / TnT / Prizes for attendees. 2:00 PM Sudden, Inc- Sudden View. 3:00 PM Missionware- FLASH II. On-Line Demo 4:00 PM Aladdin ST/GEnie with Tim Purves. On-Line Demo / TnT Sunday November 24 11:00 AM Atari Inc.- Tech Topics/TOS. 12:00 Noon Double Click- Real Time Data Compression. 1:00 PM Aladdin ST/GEnie with Gordon Monnier. On-Line Demo / TnT 2:00 PM Atari Explorer- Atari Journalism with John Jainschigg. 3:00 PM Aladdin PC/GEnie with Juan Jimenez, On-Line Demo / TnT 4:00 PM ICD, Inc. HD/Mass storage tips. D-2 room (seating- 90) Saturday November 23 11:30 AM D.A. Brumleve- Using Computers to Foster Creative Thinking by Michael Marks. 12:30 PM Step Ahead- Tracker ST 3.0. 1:30 PM Codehead- Professional Graphics tools. 2:30 PM Rimik- Multi GEM Demonstration. 3:30 PM Electronic Spinster Graphics- Spinning graphics from bits. Sunday November 24 11:30 AM Gribnif- Rick Flashman presents Arabesque Professional 12:30 PM SK-Ware One- Seruat Demo/TnT. 1:30 PM Step Ahead- Retouche Pro CD. 2:30 PM eSTeem, Inc- eSTeem PILOT Authoring Language. 3:30 PM JMG Software- Hyper LINK. D-3 room (seating- 90) Saturday November 23 11:00 AM Missionware- LottODDS. 12:00 Noon Dataque- Future of the 8-bit. 1:00 PM ReeveSoft- GUI on the 8-bit. 2:00 PM Atari Explorer- Magazine Production with John Jainschigg. 3:00 PM RACC- 8-bit Printer Codes in popular WP's. 4:00 PM Branch Always- GEMulator PC Sunday November 24 11:00 AM Atari/Motorola- 680xx internals (Tentative) 12:00 Noon Atari Entertainment- Lynx Gaming tips and technique. 1:00 PM Dataque- T8/16 Q&A. 2:00 PM Application & Design Software- Universal NETwork. 3:00 PM Compuseller West- Do-it-yourself ST Repairs. 4:00 PM (TBD) VIP room (seating- 75) MIDI Workshop Saturday November 23 12:00 Noon C-Lab- Productivity for the musical artist. 1:00 PM Roland Corporation- New Products. 2:00 PM Atari Corp- Atari ST's and the professional musician. 3:00 PM Hybrid Arts- Product Workshop 4:00 PM ASTMUM- MIDI Tips and Tricks. Sunday November 24 12:00 Noon Hybrid Arts- "Hands On". 1:00 PM Guitar Plus- MIDI Jam session. (tentative) 3:00 PM Roland Corporation- New Products Demo. 4:00 PM C-Lab- Product seminar. Salon I, II, III, IV (seating- 300) Saturday November 23 1:00 PM Atari Corp- "Atari Speaks" 3:00 PM Atari Entertainment Division- "New Games & Systems" 4:00 PM ABCO- "ST Report" by Ralph Mariano 6:45 PM Chicago ComputerFest Banquet $25.00 per person- advance. Main Speaker- Greg Pratt, President Atari U.S. Sunday November 24 1:00 PM What's New From Atari 3:00 PM Guitar Plus- Beginning MIDI Plaza III, IV (seating- 36, reservations required) Saturday ($15 materials charge) 11:00 Introduction to Calamus with Mario Georgio 2:00 Introduction to PageStream with Dan Weiss Sunday ($15 materials charge) 10:30 Advanced PageStream TnT with Dan Weiss 1:00 Advanced Calamus TnT with Mario Georgio For more information or reservations: Chicago ComputerFest by Atari C/O LCACE P.O. Box 8788 Waukegan, IL 60079-8788 708-566-0682 (Order and Show hotline) Please Make Checks Payable to "Lake County Area Computer Enthusiasts" We accept Master Card and Visa for all orders GEmail- M.Brown56, L.Grauzas Compuserve- 70416,144 America Online- SteveK7611 If you need to leave a message on the show hotline, please leave complete information, credit card numbers, area codes, etc- thank you! See you in the Windy City! ======================================================================= * ATARIUSER OCTOBER RESOURCE ======================================================================= The following article is reprinted in Z*Net by permission of AtariUser magazine and Quill Publishing. It MAY NOT be further reprinted without specific permission of Quill. AtariUser is a monthly Atari magazine, available by subscription for $18 a year. For more information on AtariUser, call 800-333-3567. BUSINESS Suffering the slings and arrows of both outrageous fortunes and PC snobs, Atari products remain a competent choice for many "business" applications. Here's a rundown of some of the currently available titles in some of the traditional applications that make up today's business computing environment. These aren't the only packages that may be available, and we mean no slight against any we have overlooked. A few titles may be hard to find in some locations. Prices, where shown, are the manufacturer's suggested retail, and in many cases the software may be available at a discount. Contact an Atari dealer in your area, or call one of the many retail or mail order dealers who advertise in AtariUser Magazine. We're not focusing here on 8-bit, Portfolio or MIDI applications, as they were featured in AtariUser in July, August, and September. Limited quantities of those issues are available direct from AtariUser. Call 818-332-0372 for availability and pricing of back issues. Word Processing Word Perfect - $250.00: Long considered the leader in word processing on any computer platform, Word Perfect for the Atari remains a professional, powerful choice despite being version behind the PC (4.1 vs. 5.1). Efforts of users and Atari Corp to urge an update continue; hundreds of letters were generated by AtariUser's suggestions in June and July. More letters couldn't hurt! Word Perfect Corporation, 1555 North Technology Way, Orem, UT 84057 WordWriter - $79.95: Probably the most popular general purpose word processor for the ST. Reasonably full featured and affordable, and very easy to use. TimeWorks offers it but does not plan upgrades. First Word Plus - $99.95: Very similar to WordWriter, but offering some limited graphics import power. Generally considered superior to WordWriter, but less well known. Produced by GST, the same group that did WordWriter. Upgrades continue to come, current version is 3.14. WriteOn - $149.95: New in the US from Compo of England, this one is getting fresh attention for its DTP-like paragraph tagging and other features. Another Compo word processor called That's Write may be even more advanced, but is not widely available yet. ProText - $99.95: From Michtron, ProText offers editing power but an unfamiliar operation environment. Document Processing Wordflair, Wordflair II - $99.95, $149.95: Competent and versatile combinations of some graphic layout power with adequate word processing and even database and graphic functions make these good for forms and compound documents. They don't approach DTP level of control, but most people don't need it. Version II is more complete and recommended. From Goldleaf. Word Up - $99.95: Perhaps dead-ended at version 3, Word Up is a good and fast word processor as well as offering fairly complete font and graphic control. Some bugs hinder it, and the company has gone under. Atari now owns the source code, but it is unknown what may happen next. By Neocept, lots of copies are still in distribution, often discounted, and many users swear by it. Signum II - $199.95: Maximum typographic control, but at a cost of ease of use. Imported. Script - $79.95: A German import, Script has great response and good layout and graphic power. Distributed by Megamax. Charting and Graphing A-Chart - $19.95: Although not dramatic, charts can be quite complex and well-defined. As with any ANTIC Corp title, A-Chart is subject to availability and should not be expected to be revised. K-Graph 3 - $79.95: From the same authors as A-Chart, Kuma. Michtron distributes in the USA. Graph Maker - $59.95: A variety of chart formats and options, from Artisan Software. Data Bases Data Manager, Data Manger Professional - $79,95, $99.95: "Flat file" (non-relational) database systems that share the name but nothing else. Good for straightforward data needs, including but not limited to mail lists. Under the Timeworks label. DBMAN - $295.00: A fully relational D-BASE compatible system that is as much a programming language as a database. Suitable for development of major stand-alone custom applications. Now in version 5.2 with a compiler, from Versasoft. EZ-Grade Teacher's Grade Book - $49.95: Student tracking and a variety of grade weighting options. Superbase Personal - $79.95, Superbase Personal 2 - $149.95, Superbase Professional 3 - $349.95: A series of increasingly powerful database systems that allow growth as needed. The cheapest is a flat (single) file system, while the Professional system is a programming environment with relational table control. By Precision Software. Informer II - $89.95: Semi-relational control and customizing features plus unique graphic display options make this one useful for middle- range applications. By Soft-Aware. Tracker ST - $79.95: Flat file database distinguished by considerable report and printing format control. Step-Ahead Software. Spreadsheets LDW Power 2 - $179.95: Superior spreadsheeting, LDW Power has virtually no commercial peers. Everything you could want in a LOTUS 1-2-3 clone, plus GEM operation if desired! By LDW. VIP Professional - $149: One of the original spreadsheets. Point of Sale Best Business Management - $295.00: Complete sales and inventory system, will run reports, ordering, cash drawer, etc. From Best. Cricit - $249.95: From Canada, Cricit uses GEM well for a complete point-of-sale system. Inventory can use bar-coding for fast labeling and data input of inventory. From Nice and Software. Sales-Pro V.6 - up to $599.95 (modular): A popular p.o.s. system used in many Atari dealers, with similar versions for the PC. Allows networking and "kit" sales from inventory. By Hi-Tech Advisors. Desktop Publishing Calamus - $299.95: Version 1.09N is the only version available at press time, with Calamus S and SL to come any week now. Remarkably complete DTP with dazzling and fast output. Best WYSIWYG screen representation of any DTP system. By DITEK, distributed in North America by ISD of Canada. Pagestream 2.1 - $299.95: Neck-and-neck with Calamus, Pagestream offers great output but adds more types of fonts and unparalleled control of layout plus Postscript compatibility. By Softlogik. Timeworks Desktop Publisher ST - $129.95: The original DTP system for the Atari, somewhat limited by today's standards but very versatile for the price. Timeworks. A new version is completed (by GST) but is not yet available or priced. Fleet Street Publisher 2 - $149.95: From the UK, this DTP system is substantially improved over the earlier versions that gave it a bad name. Michtron was in no position to market it properly when it graduated to an actually usable package. The new Michtron still carries it, and cheaply. Deskset II - $199.95: This professional typography layout system is virtually unavailable, but was developed by Atari in-house for years. While it is powerful, it is not favored by many users. Atari Corp. Accounting and Finance Payroll Master - $99.95: By Royal Software. Personal Finance - $49.95: Michtron. Phasar 4.0 - $89.95: Considered a professional level accounting and finance system. From ANTIC, it is one of the few superior items that may survive the close of Antic/STart. ST Accounts 2 - $149.95: Another powerful and well-featured system for business or personal accounting. From ISD, the Calamus people. Architecture and CAD Becker CAD - $395.00: A complete two-dimensional multi-layer drafting program suitable for floor plans, blueprints, etc. Often discounted as low as under $100. By Abacus. DynaCADD - $995.00: Perhaps the premier 3-D drafting application on ANY platform. Outstanding performance, even better on a TT. DynaCADD is by ISD of Canada. Master CAD - $99.95: Michtron imports this reasonably competent CAD system. Circuit Maker 2 - $149.95: Printed electronic circuit board layout. From Musicode. Construction Estimator - $39.95: Organizes and eases project pricing estimation for all kinds of construction. From Micomm. Critical Path - $59.95: Project planning, makes charts and plans the best order of activities for construction, research, or any multi- faceted project. ======================================================================= * Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF by Ron Berinstein ======================================================================= Thank Goodness I am finally find out what those new file files are all about! That's right! Another new version of, "What Is" is available for downloading. Other revisions and upgrades too! The new LZH201, another Freeze Dried Terminal, and even another CAL! Yes, this and more in this issue of: The Software Shelf. WHATIS49.LZH Another new version! WHATIS 4.9 recognizes 94 types of files: ARCs, LHarcs, PRGs, pics, ACCs, animations, etc. Hence, no more "what kind of file is this?" problems! Runs as a PRG or an ACC (just rename the file) on any ST/TT in any rez. Short docs included in the archive. All the features of earlier versions, plus now a filesize display, MIDI format 0, 1, 2 files, and Master Tracks Pro .MTS files to the list. And after you finally find out what file you have, what you have decided to type isn't on the keyboard! You scream, then you download Accent! ACCENT.LZH ACCENT is an AUTO program that lets you type in any character into any text field. Just press <ALT>, type the ASCII value of the character you want (for ex, 189 for the Copyright symbol), let go of the <ALT> key, and _voila_! LZH_201H.LZH This archive (extractable with any! unlzh program) differs from earlier programs only in that it supports extended comments in a form compatible with the MS/DOS version of this protocol. Includes PFXPACK, AFX (data file uncompactor), and of course LHARC.TTP. TT/030 compatible. CAL_60.LZH is the latest revision of "CAL." Schedule events by date, position, or every so many days. All new screens, more room to describe each event, cyclic events, save/load/merge events, keyboard shortcuts, auto conversion from previous versions, and much more! Includes new Calshow to show upcoming events at boot, and full docs. FZT_D204.LZH is the new demo of FreeZe Dried Software Terminal version 2.03. It is one of the better terminal programs available for the ST/TT computers. Support for VT-52, ANSI, IGS, UBBS Term, ASCII. X/Y/Z-Modem transfers. Auto-logs, Auto-macros, 45 number Auto-dialer, 40 macros, full featured text editor, ARC/LZH/ZIP shell, full set of disk commands, support for Flash (C) compatible .DO files, fast and intuitive graphical interface, and much more. Now has better monochrome support... That was needed! TT Compatible in ST Resolutions. 1MB required. TLINK33.LZH TripLinK! version 3.3+, Menu support for ANSI/IG/ASCII/VT52 Built in Verbose for LZH/ZIP/ARC, Configurable Drop Down Menus, Configurable Function Keys, built in Telecomm Mode, Great File handling Support and Message Commands, Really nice sysop mode with online help. The only BBS type program that has built in drop down menus, and access to ACC's. File support for X/Y/Z Zbatch/Ybatch protocals. Takes 5 mins to set up and get running. Easy To use but can get as complicated as you want. RAMDISK users unite! Well, at least pay attention to this: SURECOPY.ARC is for folks that have TOS 1.4 or greater. It's a little da/prg that will backup any new or modified files in your ramdisk periodically. Small, efficient, effective, and easy to use. Freeware from MIND over MIDI Productions. And for those that just want to back up the whole darn thing! JAMPACK4.LZH Much like Magic Shadow Archiver. Lets you pack entire disks, or single files. Uses various compression techniques -- LZH, LZW, ICE, V2. Shareware from Austrailia. A must have! And for those who just don't want to see those files anymore! SHREDR30.ARC is a major update to Shredr+, the file deletion utility from DO NOT STAMP Software. Shredr+ ensures your privacy by *permanently* deleting files from your disks. Too many features to list here, but this version adds an all - new GEM interface, support for MaxiFile III's "backdoor", and is over three times faster than the previous version. Wow! Color/Mono supported. Fully functional shareware. Developers are working! Commercial releases in the US are starting to become more exciting! Some are just being released and will effect the way PD programmer's will behave, some are being improved with PD additive files. Some are just being updated. MPAINT1.TXT is a text file telling about MegaPaint. It is readable online and tells about the new combination bit-map and vector graphics powerhouse from CodeHead GT! With more features than you can shake a stick at, and more than enough _serious_ speed_ to satisfy the most hardened graphics addict, MegaPaint Professional is now the program that all PD developers, and commercial developers are going to have to chase after. CARDPTCH.LZH CARDFILE users! This an archive that contains a program which will allow registered users of CardFile version 3.01 to obtain 3.02. This new version fixes a few minor bugs (among them the "doubling bug"). I must admit that Cardfile has become one of my most important programs.. CF_CALPR.ARC More CARDFILE uses! This fully functional program will print a nice monthly calendar of your CardFile appointments. You must have the commercial CardFile program. It supports HP DeskJet and LaserJet family printers only. "A must for CardFile owners," says the description. Will work on a TT SPROTAX.ARC SALES PRO users may use these two utilities to set the global sales tax defaults for all three levels in their Customer and Inventory files for the new Version 6.00 update. Sets the Taxable Y/N flags in the old databases after Sales-Pro has automatically updated the old version databases. RULERS.LZH CALAMUS users.. Have you ever seen how the "Mac" DTP programs offer an on-screen, on-page ruler that you can move around? This file gives something like that ability to Calamus. CALCAD3D.ARC This accessory will take the information found in Calamus Fonts and make a template that can be extruded in CAD3D. The letters that are formed can then be manipulated, rotated, twirled, and animated using CAD3D. You need CAD3D to use this accessory. The program is shareware, and has two fonts to play with. This was written to help animators have more choices of letters and fonts than those that came with the CAD-3D font disks. U332PTCH.ARC UIS users... This patches UIS III version 3.3 to version 3.32. Will ONLY update version 3.3. Easy to use. Run it and when the item selector appears, locate and click on the UIS 3.3 file. After it updates UIS 3.3, it deletes itself! P6E_HAWK.ARC AVANT VECTOR examples. This one is a Curtis P6 Hawk Biplane in Calamus CVG format. An auto-trace by Avant-Vector. You need Calamus to use this file! MEGA_EPS.ARC and MEGA_CVG.ARC are examples of the incredible auto- tracing results possible with Avant Vector from CodeHead Software. This picture of an Atari Mega ST was originally in IMG format, and couldn't be scaled or stretched without distortions and "jaggies." Avant Vector converted it to a smooth, infinitely flexible vector graphic ... with almost NO editing! PLANE2AV.ARC Another Auto-Trace file by Avant Vector. Bf109 front and side, Spitfire front in Calamus .CVG format. You must have Calamus, Outline Art or a program that will load Calamus .CVG files PLANE_AV.ARC This file contains 2 .CVG files of a P40 Warhawk and A6M2 "Zero". They were auto-traced with Avant Vector. COCKPIT.LZH DYNACADD examples. This is a 2D DEF file of a Boeing 727 instrument panel. The drawing was created using DynaCADD. You must have DynaCADD v2.0 or the 2.0 Demo to use this file. And while on the subject of graphics! IG216.ARC IG216 is a on-line graphics interpreter. It will do bit-map graphics on-line music, even supports MIDI. It has bitblit for animation too! This version soups up the & LOOP adds color rotation, and ZONE loopback for mouse driven on-line BBS menus. Includes some demo scripts and a few FoReM / Turbo BBS menu examples. This is a Desk ACC and a EMU loadable protocal for Interlink terminal. The ACC can be used with any term that has a GEM menu bar. And Fractals Too! FRACTAL.LZH Public-Domain and features a very fast algorithm to calculate a fractal. It uses GEM Menu-Bars and multiple windows. FERNPRNT.LZH This is another version of the author's fractal manipulation program. In this version, you can send the image to the printer. This is NOT a screen dump, but an actual printout at the resolution of your printer. You will need a version of GDOS and the GDOS printer driver for your printer. Recently the new GNU files have interested several programmers. Here is a collection of GNU files and others might be rightfully called our GNU programmer's section. GDB.LZH is the Atari port of the GNU source level debugger ver. 2.6, patchlevel 14 by J. Bammi. This archive contains the sources, a main page, and documentation in formatted ascii as well as texinfo forms, as well as some captured newsgroup postings. The compiled executable is included. MAKEINFO.LZH is Michal Jaegermann's Atari port of the GNU utility which produces 'info' files from 'texinfo' files without the use of GNUEMACS's texinfo-format-buffer. Numerous output formating options. Now it is very easy to quickly produce a nicely formatted ascii file(s) from texinfo files for screen reading and printing to line printers. GDM15.LZH These files produce the GNU Data Base Management System. This Free Software Foundation offering is similar to unix dbm. Sources for a utility which converts dbm files to GDMB format is included to ease conversion. PERL4_10.LZH An interpreted programming language written by Larry Wall with commands which resembling and providing the functionality of awk, sed, c-shell, and C. COPILOT.ARC COPILOT is a runtime version of eSTeem PILOT. eSTeem PILOT is an easy-to-learn, easy-to-use authoring language for creating tutorials, drills, tests, interactive dialogs, games, simulations, device control programs, and interactive laser videodisc multimedia. COPILOT will run any PILOT module which contains a valid runtime code. The program eSTeem PILOT, which is not shareware, is used to author PILOT modules and compute each module's unique runtime code. COPILOT.ARC contains COPILOT.PRG, it's support files and a folder containing a number of PILOT modules which demonstrate the features of the eSTeem PILOT language and aid new PILOT authors in creating their own PILOT modules. ED_HOOKS.ARC is for any programmer wishing to let users access EdHak directly from their application (or ACC), such as if you need a text editing function, but don't want to have to write one yourself just for your app. EdHak can automatically exchange text (or other data) with your program to make it appear to the user almost as if it is part of your program. This file has all the needed programming details. For those who want to make music their business! NOISETRA.LZH This is the assembly source code for a Noisetracker player. AUTOEXC.LZH AUTOEXEC goes in your AUTO folder and will play a SEGM file, a Noisetracker module converted using the apparently very hard to find PD, NT_COMP program. It also has a script language built-in which you can use to play the samples and re-order the programs in the AUTO folder. The program works on all ST and TT machines, but the sample playing feature only works on the STE, Mega STE, and TT, according to the author. BACKTRAK.LZH BackTrak plays Noisetracker MOD files in the background. From the author of MODPLAY!, STEPLAY, The Ultimate Musical Experience, and Esion. JUKEBX11.LZH Jukebox version 1.1. Plays Noisetracker modules in the background. Can be run as a desk accessory or program. This version has a few more features than the previous. Better memory management too. Q_PLAY23.LZH QUARTET PLAYER 2. Now works in all resolution and on all STs and STes. Includes the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE theme. Take a look at QUARTET if you're interested in composing digitized music on your ST! CK_MIDI.ARC will allow you to check for faulty MIDI cables, test MIDI devices, display incoming MIDI commands, and identify MIDI File Formats 0, 1, and 2 with just one program. CK: MIDI! is the successor to MIDI Test. For those who just want to mediate... FISHES.LZH Fishes is a Program for meditation. It will show you some fishes swimming over your monitor. You can change the movement, size etc. of the fishes interactively. And, for those who want to play around! ADDUP.LZH The objective of this game is to make totals of 15 using 3 consecutive blocks and avoid totals of 14. The game uses falling blocks that you can move using keys on the keyboard. Make totals of 15 and the blocks dissolve and fall increasing your score. Make totals of 14 and you are blocked with Xs from further play. This program is an offshoot of Collapse. Uses low res. MAZEMAKR.LZH allows you to create your own mazes and print them out. In three steps, you draw the shape of the maze, fill in any open blocks you want filled, and select the start(s) and finish(es). Mazes can be 79 columns wide and about four and a half pages long on a standard printer. Very large and detailed mazes can be constructed in seconds. All you need is a printer, a pencil, and a liking for puzzles. This is an initial version. REV_DEMO.ARC is a FULL FEATURED demo of the Registered Version of CPX Reversi. It is a demo in the sense that it only allows a few complete games to be played before it starts reminding you it's just the Demo version. Better graphics, sound, "meaner," and, it keeps running stats on wins, lost and draws. (c)1991 @ircular Logic. Must have ATARI's XCONTROL to work. And for those Star Gazers out there that like Music as well! STINTRO.LZH This is the full theme song intro to Star Trek TNG. Even at a 10K sample rate, it is huge! Needs 1 meg or better to play, but, for the Star Trek fan, what is an extra meg or two? :) BEFOREST.LZH Captain Picard in the Star Trek intro, " Where no man has gone before". This is a loooong file, digitized with Replay4 at 10K. MARSTEMP.LZH For you would-be terraformers, graph of Martian hourly temperatures for different atmospheric densities and differant times of year. Will not work on a TT. MONO only. MARSMOON.LZH Like the other three planet and moon programs. This one is of Mars and it's two eccentric moons Deimos and Phobos. JUPMOONS.LZH Excellent (but German) graphical program showing the Galilean moons of Jupiter orbiting Jupiter in three magnifications, including shadows of the moon accross the face of Jupiter, mutual eclipses, and emergences from Jupiter's shadow. Great for observing Jupiter and its' moons! MONOCHROME ONLY! Program is in GERMAN. There is a short explanation file in English. TT/030 compatible in ST High Resolution using 24BIT.PRG only. And these two files really don't fit anywhere else, but, I did want to mention them... (So, I put them at the end!) <smile> WAGECALC.LZH WAGECALC is a short program that will allow you to calculate your gross wage by the hour, day, week, bi-weekly, monthly, 6 months, and yearly plans. STACYMSE.ARC is an archive containing a desk accessory that simplifies the use of the STacy's trak-ball. 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