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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 6-Dec-91 #748 Date: Sat Dec 7 11:11:07 1991 *---== ST REPORT INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE ==---* """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" "The Original 16/32bit Online Magazine" December 06, 1991 No.7.48 ========================================================================== STReport International Online Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205 ~ 6672 R.F. 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All new files will now be made available in whichever Library can best classify them. Use the powerful BRO LIB:ALL command to browse through all of our Forum Libraries. Files will be displayed in reverse chronological order -from most recent to oldest. Download file NEWLIB.TXT from LIBRARY 1 of ATARIARTS or ATARIPRO (now called "Forum Help/Info") for complete information on other new and powerful Library commands. "HIDDEN" TREASURES... DO YOU HAVE THIS FILE? The GEMINI version 1.20 replacement desktop for your Atari ST. Better icons and a powerful CLI shell. File: GMNI12.LZH in Library 6 ("ACCs & Setups") of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO). DO YOU HAVE THIS FILE? Super Boot version 7.0. Extremely powerful Atari ST boot-up program. Selects which desk accessories, auto programs, and DESKTOP.INF file to use. Also includes password protection and welcome screen. File: SPBT70.ARC and SUPBTA.PRG in Library 6 ("ACCs & Setups") of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO). NEW VERSION OF B/STAT AVAILABLE... Version 2.42 of B/STAT is now available in LIBRARY 5 ("Applications") of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO). B/STAT is a graphics and statistical analysis program. It requires 1 meg minimum of memory and a double sided drive. It will use GDOS if present but does not require it. B/STAT may not be distributed in FRANCE due to commercial availability. LEXICOR ONLINE ANIMATION CLASS Thanks to everyone who participated in the first Lexicor Online Animation Class. The lecture and homework files will remain in the Lexicor Library of the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) for anyone who missed them and would like to continue to work on learning computer animation techniques. We'll post announcements when the next sessions are ready to start! EDHAK DISCOUNT FOR ATARI FORUM MEMBERS Download file EDHAKD.LZH from LIBRARY 2 of the Atari Productivity Forum (GO ATARIPRO) for a full demo of EdHak version 2.25. 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THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ON COMPUSERVE HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AN OFFICIAL SUPPORT SITE BY ATARI CORPORATION "GO APORTFOLIO TO ACCESS THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM" *********************************************************************** > CPU STATUS REPORT LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS ================= Issue #48 Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. -- IBM Establish's New Companies As part of its reorganization plans, IBM will start up a new company to run it's computer printer operations. The firm will also seperate its disk drive division from its mainframe computer line. -- Lotus to Cut Workforce 10% Despite a revenue growth of close to 20% for this last year, Lotus Deve- lopment Company has announced it will cut its full-time workforce by almost 10%. Most of the cuts will occur at Lotus' Cambridge, Mass., headquarters. According to Jim Manzi, Lotus' president and chief executive officer, "We're spending too much to attain the revenue growth we're achieving and forecasting for next year. These efforts to reduce costs are necessary and reflect our understanding that the business model that worked in our first 10 years, may not apply in our next 10 years." -- Accolade Countersues Sega LTD. Games developer Accolade Inc. has filed federal claims against Sega Enterprises Ltd. and its US subsidiary, Sega of America Inc., in response to a trademark suit brought against it last month by Sega. As reported earlier, Sega sued Accolade on Nov. 5, accusing it of trade- mark infringement by developing and distributing software compatible with the 16-bit Sega Genesis game system. -- Adaptec Brings Suit Alleging copyright violations and misappropriation of intellectual pro- perty and unfair trade practices, Adaptec this week brought a federal suit against Hard Drives International, Insight Distribution Network Inc. and Insight Computers. Adaptec alleges illegally copying of its software and related documen- tation "in an attempt to sell products, represented as manufactured by Adaptec, to unsuspecting consumers and system integrators." The company seeks temporary and permanent injunctive relief as well as unspecified monetary damages. -- Commodore International Sells 3,000,000 Amiga's Commodore International Limited announced that it had sold three million Amiga's since the product line began in September, 1985. It took 3 1/2 years to sell the first million, another 1 1/2 years to sell the second million and only one year to sell the third million. The Amiga product line is comprised of the Amiga 500 and 500+ for home computing and the professional Amiga 2000 and 3000 series for video production desktop publishing and multimedia office productivity. -- Australia to Loose 10% of its Computer Dealers According to market researcher Graham Penn of International Data Corp. (IDC), 10% of all computer dealers in Australia will close their doors in January, after the Christmas sales peak. Prices for PCs fell by 50% over the past year in Australia and dealers have also reduced their own margins in an attempt to hold part of their market share. Penn said, "The big companies, with the exception of Apple, are all suffering badly." -- Sierra To Move PC Games To Video Game Cartridges Sierra announced an agreement with International Computer Graphics (ICG) under which ICG will represent the company's computer software games to manufacturers of cartridge and hand-held entertainment systems. The distinction between a computer and a home entertainment system had already begun to deteriorate with the introduction of the CD-I, or compact disc interactive, a device that looks like a VCR but is really a computer and provides interactive home entertainment or education through connection with a television. ICG describes itself as a computer software licensing representation group specializing in the home entertainment field with clients such as Accolade, Konami, and Electronic Arts. -- FBI Investigates Computerized Child Pornography The FBI is investigating a complaint by an America On-Line user who says he was able to get several versions of child pornographic pictures sent to his private electronic mailbox after he subscribed to America On-Line computer service. Roger Dietz of Fremont, California, claims he subscribed to the America On-Line computer service to investigate a tip given him by a friend in Nevada that subscribers could engage in sexual conversations with teen- age users. He said he received the computerized photographs after engaging in electronic exchanges with other subscribers. According to a spokesperson, America On-Line, which has 150,000 subscri- bers and is based in Vienna, Virgina, is prevented by federal privacy laws from monitoring communications on the system, so it was unaware of the illegal traffic but is cooperating fully with the authorities. America On-Line's spokesperson said, "Clearly, our policy is that E-mail is a private area and we adhere to the privacy issues surrounding that. This child porn stuff was taking place in the E-mail. So we were not aware of it." The FBI said computer bulletin boards are often used by child porno- graphers, but for communication purposes only, not for the actual transmission of the illegal material. 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HELP! I just got my eagerly awaited new SLM 605 laser printer but when I hooked it up I got a fuzzy ghosting around the entire image. I have a 1040 STe and an ICD+ host adapter with a Quantum 52 drive. I tried resetting the SCSI ID's and running the laser thru the out port on the Drive, nothing worked. But as soon as I disconnected the hard drive from the chain the printer worked fine. I called Atari tech. and ICD but all they could tell me was there is nothing they can do about it and blamed each other for the problem. Joppa computer (where I got the drive and SLM) and ICD told me this is a common problem with the SLM/ICD/STE combination, ICD suggested I buy a DMA switchbox. Has anyone else had this problem or have any suggestions? Reply from Bob Brodie (Atari)... Call ICD back, and ask for Howard. They have a modification that has to be done to their host adapter. The SLM-605 only has ghosting with ICD host adapters in the chain. We loaned them an SLM-605 earlier this year to make sure that they could locate the problem. And yes, I've seen it on my own system as well. I went up to visit the Sacramento ST Users Group a few months ago, and brought along my TT, both monitors, and an ABCO hard disk with a Syquest drive in it. The ABCO drive has an ICD host adapter in it. When I printed using just the TT and the SLM, no problem. As soon as I had to hook up the ABCO drive with the ICD host adapter, GHOST City. I'm sure you just spoke to someone at ICD that wasn't really sure what the problem is. Ask for Howard, he knows the scoop. ---------------- About the new Flash 2 from John Trautschol (Missionware) - Cat. 8, Topic 5, Msg. 72 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Yes, we did show Flash 2 at last weekends Chicago ComputerFest and the interest in it was just short of fantastic. We have not yet announced a release date. Earlier we had hoped for a release around the middle of December, but I doubt that we'll make it by then. Quite honestly, it's looking to be closer to the end of January...possibly February. The one thing we definitely want to do is to make as sure as humanly possible that there are no bugs floating around and that the manual is complete. We figure that you'd rather wait a few extra months than get a buggy product! And what Jonsey said is true...we've got a slew of beta testers banging away not only at the various emulation modes but at the basic program itself. We want to make sure that it runs on all ST/TT machines. (You ought to see my office...I've got a 1040ST, 1040STe, Mega STe and TT sitting here just trying to break the program!) Once the program is released, we'll open up a special topic for Flash 2 to answer all of your questions. For now though, if you didn't attend the show and would like to latch on to the information we handed out about the program, I'd be more than happy to send you an information sheet. Just send me a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) and I'll get you the promotional literature as well as a form for latching on to our "show special"! Our address is: Missionware Software 354 N. Winston Drive Palatine, IL 60067-4132 BTW...the reason we haven't opened a topic on it yet is purely time. We are literally working around the clock trying to get the program ready and that leaves little time for answering questions. Thanks in advance for your patience. I will try to answer as many questions as humanly possible though! And for those that are curious...the program is a brand new program by a brand new author down in Australia by the name of Paul Nicholls. He is a part of Sunsoft Systems Pty Ltd. Missionware Software is writing the manual and will be handling worldwide distribution. --------------- Atari in Spain!! From Norm B. (NORMAN238) on Delphi... I went to collect our clubs mail today and found a NEW magazine with Atari as the main subject. Now calm down don't get to exicted. This is a DTP specific magazine from SPAIN!! It is printed in both Spanish and English, each article is in both. I laughed when I saw not one but 2 adds taking up 3 pages for the Mac but I would say that the main focus besides being DTP is Atari, which is covered in a cover letter and the editors orum. It has some nice DTP tips and a review of Calamus SL & S. Also is a review on Notator and some small stories. I liked it...kinda cute. NOW for some nice stuff there is a picture of a TT030 in a tower case!! I will give all the details that I can. First it looks gold in color and looking at it, you see the number 33 lit up on an LCD display. The capition under it says that "This is a basic, elegant, TT030 tower, but with some improvements." RAM:8mb (4mbfast ram); up to 26mb, 256kb in ROM, max 512kb. Fast and silent hard-drive Maxtor 3.5"; 213mb 15ms, 64kb Cache (optional) Floppy TEAC 3.5, 1.44mb and 5.25" 1.2mb - 100% compatible AT standard (it also works in 720kb and 360kb) You start it up with one single key, the same key that also allows you to make sure nobody else can use your TT030 without your permission = key. AND it has also space to grow. There is no address or company name saying where you could get this nice little "TOY" and looking at the spanish description it looks like there is also a color card. I will type it in as best as I can and someone out there can decifer it. *Enchufe de salida est'ereo de 2x10 watios de sonido*. In the cover letter he mentioned a seminar held in Boston Oct. 10-12 sponsored by the Society of Newspaper Design (SND). He states in his letter, "And I was recently at the SND seminar in Bosotn only to become even more convinced that Atari hardware and professional software would be a good choice even for some of the biggest newspapers and magazines. But nobody bothers to tell them. So whatever Atari Corporation does (or, especially, do not ...) when it comes to offering information, lets try to make our own "network" work. For fun and utility" The letter was sign by Natalia Kim, Publisher. They are offering a 4 issue subscription for $10. American. Their address and phone #s are as follows: A DTP autoedicion & ___ Editorial Zona 10, S.A. Bruc, 65 3o 2a [the o and a are underlined] 08009 Barcelona Spain Tel. : 34-3-488 36 09 FAX : 34-3-487 66 65 BBS work days from 8pm to 9am and 24 hours on weekends 34-3-301 66 59 this number will change next year to 34-3-488 26 37. They use Michtron BBS system up to 2400 baud, and is called BBS de A DTP. ---------------- Questions about the math co-processor and socket in the Mega STe by Allan Gus on CIS... Where can I find out the details of what the add ons will do for me? For example, If I install the co-processor, what will that give me? Faster? Can I get the co-processor anywhere? I would love to load up my STe. Reply from Jim Ness on CIS... One of the reasons that the coprocessor is not very well-known is that there is very little software written to use it. Mostly heavy-duty graphics/CAD stuff, where math speed is important. If you run that type of software, you will notice a speed increase; otherwise, no. Reply from Bob Retelle (sysop) on CIS... ...the "PAL" chip is just extra circuitry needed to make the co- processor work in the ST. I guess Atari figured there was no reason to put it in ALL the STs if only a few people were going to need it for a co-processor. Replies from Bob Brodie (Atari) on CIS... The math co-processor will only make a difference if the software that you're using is written to take advantage of it. So far, only a hand- ful of programs do that: Most of the Lexicor Software, and DynaCadd. Other than those products, having a co-processor will add ZERO to your system. The socket that you've noticed is indeed for a math co-processor chip. It also requires a separate PAL to go along with it. Your dealer can order that as a part from Atari. The nice thing about the Mega STE is the expansion that it offers. You can replace the HD with just about anything...I'm running a 60 meg Seagate in mine. It's very fast, and super quiet. And the price was right, too! (I was handy when the Seagate rep came schmoozing around that day! :) ) In addition, the VME bus will handle a whole new world of expansion for you. There are graphics cards that will go into that bus that will allow you to go to a higher rez with your Mega STE. Here at Atari, we've gone to 640x480x256 on a Mega STE, using a TT color monitor. Really nice looking!! Also, with modem prices as cheap as they are right now (2400 baud <$100), it's possible to hook up more than one modem to your Mega STE and using STalker 3 you can actually call two (or more) places at once!! Really nifty! ---------------- Sales information about Flight of the Intruder by No. 19 (Holobyte) - Cat. 9, Topic 34, Msg. 44 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... Believe me, the UK version might have come out a week before the US version but that's it :-) The main problem is that most dealers didn't order for us directly even if they were in the US :-( Almost all our software is sold to distributors which then in turn sell to dealers. As far as I can tell, not one of the major distri- butors carry Atari ST software. That means it's up to the individual dealer and almost all of them went to England instead of to us. Let's see, I have the sales figures around here somewhere... Oh, here they are! We've sold just over 700 copies of Flight of the Intruder for the Atari ST. That includes direct sales as well. Alas, that's not even enough sales to cover the cost of testing the program let alone the development costs. Of course, it sold much better overseas than here in the US. If I find out those numbers, I'll let you know. ---------------- Some general information from Bob Brodie (Atari) on CIS... The prices quoted for the TT are the same at this time: no difference between Class A or Class B machines. The reason that we made the ST Book with a 8 Mhz 68000 rather than a 68030 was two fold: First and foremost: BATTERY LIFE! Using the 68030 would reduce the amount of time that this unit could operate by a significant amount. One of the selling features of the ST Book is it's long battery life: up to 10 hours! That got the attention of every journalist that I spoke to at COMDEX. Re the marketing campaign: we have a number of new products that will be coming out in 1992. When those products are launched, I think you will start to see a major difference. Prior to that, most of our efforts will be focused via print ads done co-opt with dealers/developers/VARs. We're having some good luck in bringing on some heavy hitting dealers. Their primary motivation is very simple: money! The profit margin on clones is almost non-existent. Apple has scaled back their margins tremendously, and we've been raising ours. :-) Couple that with good dealer training (gotta schedule another AEGIS Symposium soon!) and an increasing flow of new products from our developers. It all adds up to a pretty promising picture. ---------------- Some final comments about the Chicago Show from Bob Brodie (Atari) - Cat. 11, Topic 10, Msg. 389 - from the ST Roundtable on Genie... I think I've just about recovered from the show...best kinda fatigue that you can have! :) We could not have done an event of this scale without the able assistance of our good friends at LCACE. Mike Brown and Larry Grauzas are the masterminds are orchestrating all of the local support, much of the local advertising, and provided the much needed leadership in coordinating all the local user groups that were willing to lend a hand in this event. They had to do much of this on their own, as I frequently had my hands tied up with other activities, like Glendale and WAACE! In order to make sure that no one show was promoted by Atari over another, I waited until virtually the last moment to really throw our support behind this event. (Ok, so there was this little wing ding in Las Vegas called COMDEX that took some of my time, too!) On our end, everything that Atari did was made possible by the great enthusiasm of our President, Greg Pratt. Greg didn't blink when I showed him our list of personel going to the show, and actually *ADDED* more hardware to the list to take to the show! That's a first for me, folks...and I'd hate to count how many shows I've filled out these forms for. I'm very grateful to the community wide support that made this such a successful event. It was the vision of some of our key developers that led us to attempt the training seminars. This was a significant FIRST for any show. Feedback from both attendees and *other developers* lends credence to the idea that there are a lot of folk that would have liked to attend, but found the classes full. In addition, I have already had feelers from other developers that want to do some seminars for the next show!! We appear to have a trend in the works, folks!! It is a matter of record that both Glendale and WAACE have large, loyal followings that look forward to the event being held in their areas each year. We're very, very pleased that our first attempt at MidWest support was so well recieved by such a very diverse crowd. The post-show reports from users and developers alike lend a strong feeling that this may turn into an annual happening. While the weather may have hampered our attendance, I found it an in- teresting change. Why does it snow sideways in Chicago...is it because there is less gravity around O'Hare?? :-) For a first event, we're thrilled! Now, I'm gonna start resting up for 1992. But first, again, my thanks to LCACE, MilAtari, Eastside Atari Users Group, MAST, and the many others groups that arrived to help out. Your "what can we do to help?" attitude made for one of the nicest setup/teardowns I've ever experienced. It reminded me of the well-oiled machine that we have down in Southern California! (That's about as good as it gets!) John Jainschigg sheperded the assembly/ upgrade of a number of TT030s with hard disks and ram boards, Joe Julian from LCACE did the same with the Mega STEs in the DTP training rooms. WOW...what cooperation!! My apologies to anyone's contributions that we may have overlooked in any fashion. There was *so much* going on!!!! ---------------- Until next week..... """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" IMPORTANT NOTICE! ================= As a reader of STReport International Online Magazine, you are entitled to take advantage of a special DELPHI membership offer. For only $29.95 ($20 off the standard membership price!), you will receive a lifetime subscrip- tion to DELPHI, a copy of the 500-page DELPHI: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE and over $14 worth of free time. 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STR FOCUS BBS HOBBYISTS TO PAY BUSINESS PHONE RATES!! ======================== An article from; The Virginia Ledger Star (04 December 1991) Virginia Beach, Va compiled by Neil Bradley PHONE RATES THREATEN BULLETIN BOARDS ==================================== Computer bulletin board operators who help Hampton Roads residents swap everything from bad jokes to family trees, all for free, say the telephone company is unfairly raising its rates and could force them to shut down. C&P Telephone says the bulletin board service, commonly called BBS's are a business use, not residential, and should pay higher rates. The new rates would boost the operators' phone bills $50.00 to $100.00 a month. They take effect this week. "There's nothing being done on my computer that could remotely be called a business," said Dennis Ricketts, 34 a Virginia Beach firefighter who helps run a service called Fidonet, with more than 1,600 members in Hampton Roads. "I do not charge anyone a fee," he said. "I don't see how they can justify this except that they're gouging consumers for more money." Deborah McKay of Virginia Beach has used the boards to trace her family tree back to 17th century England, and to help others do the same for free. She and others estimate that 8,000 to 12,000 Hampton Roads residents use the services. Some computer bulletin boards are part of a "telephonic Pony Express," as one operator put it, but they are far less visible. They hand off messages from one computer user to another, state to state and continent to continent. "This is one of the last frontiers where I can truly exercise free speech," Ricketts said. The operators will be meet at 7 p.m. Thursday (05 Dec) in the Virginia Beach Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd. They plan to swap gripes, discuss strategy and hear from telephone company officials about the new policy. Clarence Perry, the C&P manager responsible for enforcing the company's rates, declined to comment Monday. Other C&P officials could not be reached. Perry sent letters to the operators last week, informing them of the change. The letters offered no way to appeal the decision, but two of the operators have filed appeals with the State Cooperation Commission. Operators say they use phones no more than many households, and sometimes less because a computer is transmission may take minutes or seconds. McKay said her computer used the phone for less than four hours most days. William Billings, a senior utilities specialist with the SCC, said there has been debate over whether a BBS is a "normal use." "At what point does it become a business use rather than residential?" he said. "That has never really been defined." The operators say the policy is highly selective because the phone company doesn't know how a phone is being used. Billings agreed. "People can say they're adding a line for a teenager, and as a practical matter there's no way for the phone company to tell the difference." The appeals will be reviewed by the SCC staff and may go to the commission. In other states, Billings said, the matter has been resolved by compromise. An operator with two or three lines pays residential rates; those with more pay business rates. Operators fear telephone companies are about to go into the bulletin board business and want to squeeze out some of the competition first. Editor note: ------------ This particular situation has been cropping up all over the country lately. Apparently, AT&T is still "calling the shots" even though Congress neutralized the 'so-called' communications monopoly it had over the USA and the World. In the past three months, there has been anywhere between thirty and seventy calls per week coming into our office pertaining to this very thing. Local phone company reps all doing the same thing! Trying to raise the rates of hobbyist BBS system operators to that of a commercial enterprise. The FCC is bound to become involved in this matter sooner or later. If this situation becomes your situation, I strongly recommend that you file an informal petition with the FCC requesting an investigation. Send copies of this request to your congressman along with a strong letter of protest. ___________________________________________________ > MIDI SPY! STR InfoFile A Unique MIDI Sequencer ====================== For immediate release CodeHeadQuarters Friday, December 6, 1991 ------------------------ ............................................... : : : CodeHead Software announces MIDI Spy! : : : : A Unique MIDI Sequencer That Records : : : : And Plays In The Background! : :.............................................: With MIDI Spy installed, you'll never lose another valuable musical idea because your sequencer wasn't ready to record -- MIDI Spy is always listening. You can call it background operation or you can call it MIDI multi-tasking, but what it gives you is freedom and power! Whether you're a professional musician or a music hobbyist, MIDI Spy is the recorder you've been waiting for. As a musician, it's never easy to remember to push that button BEFORE you start recording. Many times you'll just start playing without realizing you're about to create something you should capture. Plus, there's always that stigma attached to the "red light" that tends to inhibit your talent. With MIDI Spy, you can forget about these things. You don't have to be a recording engineer. You don't have to anticipate your moments of inspiration. And you won't feel the pressure of the red light. In fact, you'll even forget MIDI Spy is installed, until you're ready to replay your creations. Even if you aren't in a creative mood, MIDI Spy can make your day. You can tell it to play a list of MIDI files in the background while you continue to use your computer for other tasks like word processing, desktop publishing, telecommunications, or file maintenance. Now you don't need to waste time while waiting for an upload or download through your modem...you can be working (playing) with your MIDI equipment! Feature List ------------ o Runs as a program or a desk accessory in all resolutions on all Atari ST, STe, and TT machines. o MIDI data can be recorded or played back at any time -- from the desktop or from within GEM or TOS programs, whether the MIDI Spy dialog box is open or not. o Up to 999 songs can be recorded, played back, loaded, or saved. o GEM dialog box provides control with the mouse or keyboard. o Load and save single songs or sets of songs in MIDI Spy format. o Load and save single songs, sets of songs, or multitrack recordings in ALL of the current MIDI standard formats, allowing you to exchange recordings with any other sequencer supporting MIDI standard files. o Definable "record gap" automatically divides your recordings into individual songs for easy retrieval. o Recordings may be layered through overdubbing and merging of songs. o Timing resolution is equivalent to 96 ticks per quarter note at 120 beats per minute and background operation is not affected by the current foreground task -- MIDI Spy is rock-solid! o Hot keys are always active, allowing control of MIDI Spy from your computer keyboard at any time. o MIDI Spy functions can be assigned to MIDI commands to control operations directly from your MIDI keyboard -- without even touching your computer. o Autoload a song or set of songs and even have MIDI Spy start playing automatically when you boot up. o Song information, including copyright notice, can be entered and saved with your songs. Song and track names from MIDI files will appear in the song information box. o Chain songs together for continuous "juke box" type of playback -- unaffected by the current operation of your computer. o Uses only about 30K of memory plus as much or as little memory as you wish to use for recording. o Thermometer bar display of memory usage shows memory available and memory used, by the current song as well as the whole set of songs. o Tempo can be adjusted from 10% to 300% of the original tempo. o Fine tuned for non-interference with your other programs. Special hooks provide communication with the included program, Captain Hook, which helps eliminate MIDI overflow. o Software selectable THRU option. o Customize your MIDI Spy configuration by saving it directly into MIDI Spy. o Special MIDIMAX mode allows you to actually record your MIDIMAX output. (MIDIMAX is CodeHead's real-time MIDI performance tool featuring chord maps and MIDI macros). o 100% assembly language, complete with all of the quality you've come to expect from CodeHead Software. Try the free MIDI Spy demo for yourself to get a taste of this amazing new concept. Don't let your computer tell YOU when to be creative...with MIDI Spy you're always ready. Availability ------------ Projected release date for MIDI Spy is December 16, 1991. A demo version is available now on all the major on-line services as well as the CodeHead BBS. Suggested retail price is $79.95. For more information, contact your local dealer, or: CodeHead Software PO Box 74090 Los Angeles, CA 90004 Tel (213) 386-5735 Fax (213) 386-5789 BBS (213) 461-2095 ______________________________________________________________ > UK NewsWire STR Spotlight "Jaguar and Falcon not Games but..." ========================= INTERNATIONAL ATARI NEWS ======================== Compiled by Terry Stevens ST-User issue 70 Jaguar and Falcon not Games but......... Reports claiming that Atari's Jaguar (tentative debut -> Spring CES) project is a combined home computer and games system have been dismissed by the firm (Atari U.K.) as "pure speculation", but Atari UK has confirmed that a new super TT will be released next year. One merely has to know Atari's"codename" game... Birds = computer projects, Cats = Game machines. Jaguar will use a 32-bit 68030 processor and a 32-bit graphics and sound processor simultaneously, and cartridges will be used for storage. But when asked whether the machine will be ST-compatible a spokesman replied: "I doubt that you could stick a 3.5in disk in and it work." He described the Jaguar as a next generation console and said it "will be much further up the games playing ladder". Atari would like to sell the Jaguar for less than 100.00 UK ~ $180.00 US but the technology involved is likely to lift its price nearer to 200.00 UK ~ $360.00 US). Future STs are likely to take advantage of Jaguar's much improved graphics and sound processor although there are still no signs of Atari working in this direction. ST Marketing Manager Darryl Still (Atari U.K.) says that Research and Development division have been looking at new products for ore than a year, but was not willing to reveal further information about plans for the ST. He did, however, confirm that the Texas R&D plant are working on the Falcon project, a highly improved TT. The current machine's 68030 processor will be swapped for a faster 68040 (TT040) to make it up to five times faster than today's model. Falcon's TT should have broadcast quality 24-bit graphics with 64-bit access. On reports claiming it will have a CD-ROM drive Atari said: "There are various projects in the States." OPTIC'S Power computing announced an optical drive with 128 megabytes of storage capacity. It is an external drive which enables information to be stored on fully-rewritable 3.5in optical cartridges. Manufactured by computer giant IBM it has a seek rate of 60 milliseconds and plugs directly into the ST's DMA (ACSI) port. It has it's own power supply and built in fan and costs $1,199.00 UK $2158.20 US. Cartridges can be bought for 36.00 UK each ~ $64.00. ST-Format issue 29 ST SALES IN U.K. Period Units Sold Sept'85 (Launch) - Dec'86 30,000 Jan'87 - Dec'87 70,000 Jan'88 - Dec'88 120,000 Jan'89 - Dec'89 150,000 Jan'90 - Dec'90 150,000+ Jan'91 - Dec'91 180,000 est. Total ST's in U.K. 700,000+ Publisher 2 ST GST/Electric distribution is upgrading Timeworks Publisher to version 2 ST.. cost 110.00 UK ~ $198.00 US for new users, cost 34.95 UK ~ $62.91 US for existing users. Contact: Lorri Marton, Electric Distribution, Meadow Lane, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire PE17 4LG ** telephone 0480-496666 ** upgrade line 0480-496- 575 ** fax 040-496189. Also note that 1st Word Plus has been upgraded to version 3.2.. MISC. FROM U.S. PLI makers of hard-drives for the Apple Macintosh, MS-DOS computers, Atari ST/TT, and Commodore Amiga, will be producing Floptical drives for the above computers using the InSight floptical 21 megabyte disk drive. No price yet. The SuperBase database program will be marketed by a new company to the Atari market Oxxi Inc.. Oxxi Inc. previously dealt with Commodore based machines. Oxxi, purchased Precision Software's Atari ST, Commodore 64/128, Commodore Amiga versions of SuperBase about week after Precision Software was sold to PC software house SPC makers of Harvard Graphics. Current versions of SuperBase on the MS-DOS platform remain with SPC. SuperBase 4.0 (available on the MS-DOS platform) was rumored to be in various stages of being tested for the Atari ST. Oxxi Inc. also received in the deal Precision's distribution house in the U.K... for more info: Oxxi Inc. 1339 East 28th Street Long Beach, CA 90806. telephone (213)427-1227. Atari (U.S.) Computer Corporation has a new independant sales representative for the SouthEast United States (Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, and Tennessee). He is Steven Gold of NorthStar Marketing, Steven was formally the rep. for Atari in Florida under contract to Crescendo Assoc. (who remains the representative in Florida). NorthStar Marketing can be reached at (305)862-7522. Crescendo can be reached at (305)922-9553. _____________________________________________________ > STR Portfolio News & Information Keeping up to date... ================================ THE ATARI PORTFOLIO FORUM ========================= On CompuServe by Judith Hamner 72257,271 If the pre-holiday stress gets too overwhelming, we have the answer in our library. ELIZA.ZIP is the classic computer psychiatrist. BJ Gleason has also uploaded FLIP.BAS, LETTER.BAS, and RUSSIN.BAS, all classic basic games. Another classic in the towers of Hanoi game. HANOI.ZIP is Don Messerli's solution for the puzzle. The new graphics animation program, PGFLIX is inspiring the budding artists in our membership. T2.ZIP has a Terminator theme, uploaded by Don Thomas. PM.ZIP is a Pac Man theme, also by Don. HH.PGC brings us Atari's holiday wishes. Hugh Campbell brings some fun of his own with MACS.ARC, an animation of a Macintosh screen. Other offerings from Hugh include FISH.PGX with a swimming fish and DOG.PGX with a little dog trotting across the screen. Craig Davis has offered CARPGX.ZIP, his first attempt at graphics. EYES.ZIP by Don Thomas is a guaranteed attention grabber. Don Messerli has uploaded the official PCX file specification which was created by him and BJ Gleason. This will be of interest to anyone who wants to incorporate PGX support into their programs. David Stewart has created ESHOW.ZIP which offers multimedia and hypertext with your editor and graphics files. Alan Ogden has responded to a few items on the wish list with a suite of useful programs. METRNO.BAS is a Pbasic metronome. BESTBU.BAS is a tool for comparison shoppers offering help in choosing the best buy. ASC.BAS is a utility to help determine the ASCII code for each key. J.A. Turnquist offers a simple chess game. GCHESS.ARC has a nice display and is fast and easy to use. Robert Kelsoe has a new addition to the set of flight programs for pilots. AUTODU.COM is a communications program to connect with DTC DUAT to obtain weather briefings. The briefings can be viewed with the built-in editor. PBE20.ZIP is version 2.0 of the Pbasic editor by BJ Gleason. This editor will work on your PC and features Portfolio emulation. This means that "Port specific" programs can be run on your desktop. The file also includes Pbasic version 4.91 which was modified to take advantage of the editor. AUTOEX.ZIP is a utility uploaded by Craig Davis to allow you to choose what programs to loadat boot time. HEX.ZIP by Don Messerli will do a hex dump of any file for you. PSHELL.ZIP by Tom Showers is a handy program that will list the executable files in your directory and let you select one to run. In the miscellaneous category are a pair of neat programs by BJ Gleason. DIPMAT.EXE will aid the cloak and dagger fans to decipher the coding on diplomatic license plates. It will tell you the country and embassy position of the owner. QA.ZIP is an expert system like auestion and answer program. It includes a demo. Craig Davis has compiled a directory of files in our library in ADR format. This will make it easy to keep an up-to-date listing. David Posey has created a mortgage calculator. This Pbasic program will calculate principal, interest, payments or the number of periods when the other three terms are provided. John Feagans offers several useful math and statistics programs in MATH.ZIP. _________________________________________________________ > MEGASCAN! STR InfoFile SCANNER SUPPORT FOR MEGAPAINT ====================== CodeHeadQuarters Friday, December 6, 1991 For immediate release ------------------------ CODEHEAD ANNOUNCES SCANNER SUPPORT FOR MEGAPAINT PROFESSIONAL! Recently, CodeHead Software became the exclusive representative in the USA and Canada for MegaPaint Professional, an extraordinarily fast and feature-packed painting/drawing program developed by Germany's TommySoftware. Now, CodeHead has added support for several popular scanners to MegaPaint Professional, through communication with Dr. Bobware's new low-priced ScanLite desk accessory. ScanLite supports the Migraph, Geniscan, Golden Image and Daatascan scanners -- and now, so does MegaPaint Professional! Charles F. Johnson, co-owner of CodeHead Software, said, "When I spoke to Dr. Bob at the Chicago Computerfest, I was excited to discover that he had built into ScanLite the ability to communicate with outside applications. As soon as we returned from the show, I wrote a small external module for MegaPaint Professional that calls ScanLite and tells it to scan straight into the MegaPaint picture area." Once you've scanned an image, you can then use MegaPaint's impressive array of drawing and painting tools to retouch it, enhance it, transform it, or anything else you can imagine -- all at incredible speeds! In operations such as loading an IMG file, or rotating a block, MegaPaint Professional has been benchmarked at speeds almost 200 times faster than its closest competitor, Migraph's Touch-Up. According to Mr. Johnson, "MegaPaint's ability to use 'external modules' means that it is the only ST/TT graphics package that will never go out of date." Programmers interested in writing MegaPaint modules should contact CodeHead Software for more details. PRODUCT INFORMATION --------------------------------------- Product: MegaPaint Professional Retail Price: $175 Available from: CodeHead Software P.O. Box 74090 Los Angeles, CA 90004 Tel 213-386-5735 Fax 213-386-5789 --------------------------------------- Product: ScanLite Retail Price: $20 Available from: Dr. Bobware 180 N. Hazeltine Ave Campbell, OH 44405-1024 Tel 216-743-4712 --------------------------------------- > STReport's Editorial Page "Saying it like it is." From the Editor's Desk ---------------------- Christmas is right around the corner and STReport will begin its "Santa's Helpers column next week for all to use as a handy reference for that 'last minute' Stocking Stuffer Shopping. On to an even brighter event! The brightest spot of the week belongs to Nathan Potechin and Darlah Hudson Pine. These fine folks exchanged the Vows of Matrimony this week. In the true spirit of friendship and honor, STReport, its Publisher, Staff and Editors wish a wonderful, joyous and healthy life of wedded bliss for Nathan and Darlah. Keep your eyes open for a fantastic contest coming soon to GEie's ST RT. The "Grand Prize" is gonna be the "Cat's Meow"! Also watch here for exciting news about TOS upgrades and the circuit boards needed to bring your older ST in the 21st century in a New York second! Big 'tings are "a-brewin' fer sure. :-) Hang tuff kiddies, we're on a roll! Ralph....... """""""""""""""""" > STR Mail Call "...a place for the readers to be heard" ============= STReport's MailBag ================== From GEnie; Category 6, Topic 2 Message 62 Wed Nov 27, 1991 HCOLLINS [H-MAN] at 00:57 EST Keith, I don't know what they told Gary, but I do know what they told me after I had just upgraded to their latest version. Before upgrading I gave them a call to find out if their latest version supported the TT platform (Not being specific about TT Medium Rez that is) and they assured me that it did, so I ordered. When I got my upgrade in, I immediately loaded it in and to my surprise I found that it somewhat supports TT med. Rez but it shades the protected cells making it almost impossible to read. I immediatley called Logical Design Works and asked to speak to the salesperson I had ordered from. That person was busy and he/she would return my call as soon as they were free to do so. After 4 calls I asked the receptionist for the presidents name so that I could send him a letter of dissatisfaction. Having explained the problem to the receptionist the last three calls she knew who I was and asked if she could give it one more try. In 10 seconds the salesperson was on the phone and I explained to him/her what the problem was. By the way these calls were 2 to 3 days apart. His/her response was that I would have to use the program in ST Med. or ST Hi rez because LDW had no intentions of doing any more upgrades for the "ST" line of Computers because the market share was just to small to warrant any more development for it. When I tried to explain that I had only upgraded to get TT med rez support and my previous version had no problems with it and if I had known that then I would not have upgraded because there was no need he/she stated that the upgrade fee stood and thats the way it was. This is getting discouraging. Well I hope they change their minds and decide to do further upgrades and also more great programs such as LDW Power. H-Man ------------ Date: 01-Dec-91 20:28 EST From: Requested that Name be witheld (A highly visible developer) Reply to: "Your impressions" Ralph, I think that the three shows that Atari proposes to support, Chicago, Glendale and WAACE, are a 'cheap way' to appease the remaining user base in N. America. Greg Pratt's most revealing statement was that, Atari and certain third party developers are now offering some very powerful DTP - MIDI - GRAPHICS solutions and that 'we' fully expect these systems to trickle down to the common users over a two year period. He referred to this software and hardware solutions as a pyramid - best and most expensive at top the least expensive and powerful at bottom. My interpretation of this was that Atari's effort is going into 'professional solutions' and not into applications for the common user. Atari's effort means incentive to developers, development support and financial support. It seems clear to me that Atari is trying to crack into the high end market at the expense of the common user base that was attracted by 'Power without the Price'. Their worst mistake was buying the Federated Group. It left them without the capital for real development. Since the Federated fiasco, the Tramiels have been running Atari like a "Mom and Pop" corner market. The computer industry is a high stakes market that requires heavy investment if one is to grab a meaningful share and maintain a firm grip upon it. Mom and Pop book handling that leads to a few dozen monitors or computers shipped at a time simply doesn't cut it. _________________________________________________ STReport's Staff The regulars and this week's contributors! ---------------- Publisher - Editor ------------------ Ralph F. Mariano PC DIVISION AMIGA DIVISION MAC DIVISION ----------- -------------- ------------ Robert Retelle Charles Hill R. ALBRITTON STReport Staff Editors: ----------------------- Michael Arthur Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr. Dana P. Jacobson Lucien Oppler Brad Martin Judith Hamner John Szczepanik Dan Stidham Joseph Mirando Contributing Correspondents: ---------------------------- Michael Lee Richard Covert Roger Stevens Brian Converse Oliver Steinmeier Tim Holt Andrew Learner Norman Boucher Ben Hamilton Neil Bradley Eric Jerue Ron Deal Robert Dean Ed Westhusing James Nolan Vernon W. 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NODE 350 NEST.......................... 90:19/350.0 ____________________________________________________________ > STReport CONFIDENTIAL "Reporting ABOUT Atari...not FOR Atari!" ===================== * "Rumors - Tidbits - Predictions - Observations - Hot Tips" * ======================================================== HOT OFF USENET! --------------- Read subscription article (Usenet) /Gateways/Usenet/comp/sys/atari/st/tech/Atari docs 16355.3.1737.1 Atari docs 11/30/91 10:43 29/1222 firstname.lastname@example.org (Iain Laskey) Lines 1 to 14 of 29 (48%) ----- A few people have asked for more info on the release by Atari UK of the programming docs. They have been released as 5 books.  Programming Guides GEMDOS/BIOS & general programming. 238 pages #29.99 gemdos ref manual, pexec cookbook, hitchikers guide to bios, AHDI, Still Another Line A Doc (SALAD), Intelligent keyboard protocol, chkdsk3 docs, midi assoc address sheet.  Programming Guides New machines. 184 pages #29.99 Rainbow TOS release notes, STE developers addendum, STE TOS release notes,- TT030 TOS release notes, TT030 hardware ref manual, VME expansion for TT & Mega STe. Includes 2 disks of utilities, examples, xcontrol, & docs.  Programming Guides - GEM VDI  Programming Guides - GEM AES - Combined books. 514 pages #49.99 All the above together #99.99  Hardware and Chip Specs. 228 Pages #29.99 Engineering hardware spec, ACSI, MC6850, 68901, ay3-8910, wd1770, blitter Monitor & cartridge port. Also schematics. Atari UK Software Support Atari, Atari House Railway Terrace Slough, BERKS United Kingdom. SL2 5BZ Tel 0753 533344 email@example.com (Jack W. Wine) Subject: Atari Israel 3-DEC-1991 18:59:16.51 N To: Info-Atari16@naucse.cse.nau.edu The Special Advertising Section in the November '91 BYTE magazine has an article called "Israeli Computing" by Ud Gundar. His first paragraph provides information about Atari's manufacturing venture in Israel: If you are in high-tech business, watch out for what is going on in Israel. Take this week, for example: the government just granted Atari $20,000,000 to starta project in Israel. Atari will invest no more than $5,000,000--and will own 66% of the shares of a $25,000,000 firm. It seems like the Tramiels should be in the construction business too! - San Francisco, CA. MIHOCKA SELLING QST! ----------------- Darek Mihocka announced Tuesday night, during the regular DELPHI weekly CO, that QuickST is 'for sale.' Mihocka said if anyone has any bugs to report, they need to get them in NOW, as he will only be supporting the program for a few weeks more. Mihocka intends to work full-time on developing the GEMULATOR, a software/hardware package that allows ST software to be run on a PC. 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PROGRAMMER'S DELIGHT * SPECIALLY PRICED ** $1019.00 ** Includes: * TWO * cartridges! * SYQUEST 44MB REMOVABLE MEDIA DRIVE AND HARD DRIVE COMBINATIONS * - Syquest 44 Model  and the following hard drives - ** 50mb SQG51S $819.00 105mb SQG105S $1019.00 ** LOWBOY - STANDARD - DUAL BLOWER CABINETS CUSTOM CONFIGURATIONS AVAILABLE ** ANNOUNCING THE NEW! -> ABCO CD-ROM! ** :Special Introductory offer: ABCO CD-ROM $389.95 (limited time only) Listed above are a sampling of the systems available. Prices also reflect various cabinet/power supply configurations (over sixty configurations are available, flexibility is unlimited) * IBM - MSDOS - AMIGA - ATARI - APPLE - MACINTOSH * ALL UNITS COMPATIBLE WITH --> SUPERCHARGER - AT/PC SPEED - GCR LARGER units are available - (Custom Configurations) *>> NO REPACKS OR REFURBS USED! <<* - Custom Walnut WOODEN Cabinets - TOWER - AT - XT Cabinets - Atari SLM 804, SLM 804PCV Laser Toner Kits Memorex 2108, 5287 Oasys Laserpro 5287, 5308, Express 830, Express Series II Silver Express, Gold Express ** $41.95 shipping Included ** Atari SLM 605 Laser Toner Kits AT&T 593, CAF Laser, DSI Laser, DTP Systems, Epson EPL-6000 Facit P6060, Fontx Syslaser, Harris3M 2006, M-Tally MT905 Microtek Turbo PS, OAS Laserpro Executive, Packard Bell 9500 TEC LB 1305, Toshiba PageLaser 6 ** $41.95 shipping included ** (TWO Toner Carts Incl.) 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Test Pattern: 10 graphic pages 1000 text pages (3 alternating pages) Time Schedule: 330 prints continuously 1 hour pause, 3-4 times a day normally 1000 copies a day maximum 1400 copies a day OEM ABCO'S NEW STANDARD --- ------------------- Density 1.30 - 1.40 1.40 - 1.50 Yield 92.1 g/1000 copies 95.3 g/1000 copies Waste toner 20.3 g/1000 copies 14.3 g/1000 copies Transfer Rate 78% 85% >> MANY other ATARI related products STOCKED << ALL POWER SUPPLIES UL APPROVED -* 12 month FULL Guarantee *- (A FULL YEAR of COVERAGE) WE PAY SHIPPING & INSURANCE! >UPS!< (Cont. USA) QUANTITY & USERGROUP DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE! _________________________________________ DEALERS and DISTRIBUTORS WANTED! please, call for details Personal and Company Checks are accepted. ORDER YOUR NEW UNIT TODAY! CALL: 1-800-562-4037 -=**=- CALL: 1-904-783-3319 Customer Orders ONLY Customer Service 9am - 8pm EDT Tues thru Sat ABCO is EXPANDING!! CALL FOR INFORMATION! 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