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Nelson) Subject: Z*Net: 3-Jan-92 #9201 Date: Mon Jan 6 21:42:35 1992 | (((((((( | Z*Net International Atari Online Magazine | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (( | January 3, 1992 Issue #92-01 | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (((((((( | Copyright (c)1992, Rovac Industries, Inc. | | Post Office Box 59, Middlesex, NJ 08846 | (( | | (((((( | CONTENTS | (( | | | * The Editors Desk............................Ron Kovacs | ((( (( | * Z*Net Newswire........................................ | (((( (( | * Atari Year In Review - Part 2................John Nagy | (( (( (( | * Perusing GEnie...............................Ed Krimen | (( (((( | * Atari TrakBall Modification.................Greg Zepka | (( ((( | * Perusing The Internet...................Bruce Hansford | | * Top Files On GEnie.................................... | ((((((( | | (( | | ((((( | | (( | | ((((((( | ~ Publisher/Editor............................Ron Kovacs | | ~ Editor.......................................John Nagy | (((((((( | ~ Z*Net Newswire Ltd..........................Jon Clarke | (( | ~ Contributing Editor.....................Bruce Hansford | (( | ~ PD Software Reviews.....................Ron Berinstein | (( | ~ Contributing Editor..........................Ed Krimen | (( | ~ Assistant News Editor.......................Mike Davis | | |----------| $ GEnie Address....................................Z-NET | ONLINE | $ CompuServe Address..........................75300,1642 | AREAS | $ Delphi Address....................................ZNET | | $ Internet/Usenet Address..................status.gen.nz | | $ America Online Address........................ZNET1991 |----------| | Z*NET | * Z*Net:USA New Jersey...(FNET 593).......(908) 968-8148 | SUPPORT | * Z*Net:Golden Gate......(FNET 706).......(510) 373-6792 | SYSTEMS | * Z*Net:South Pacific....(FNET 693).NZ....(644) 4762-852 | | * Z*Net:Pacific .(INTERNETfirstname.lastname@example.org)(649) 3585-543 | | * Z*Net:South Jersey.....(FNET 168).CCBBS.(609) 451-7475 | | * Z*Net:Illinois (Garage)(FNET 621).......(618) 344-8466 | | * Z*Net:Florida (Twilight Zone)(FNET 304).(407) 831-1613 | | Fido Address 1:363/112 ======================================================================= * THE EDITORS DESK by Ron Kovacs ======================================================================= Welcome to the beginning of year number 7 for Z*Net. Actually May is our anniversary, but is still has been a long time since our first release took place! It is getting more and more difficult to remember that day though! I want to pass along special thanks to JON CLARKE. He has been absent in the issue here, but he has been hard at work behind the scenes, expanding Z*Net to other places on the globe and I just want to pass along my thoughts of appreciation since we cannot always speak with him as much as we want to. Thanks Jon from everyone! Welcome to 1992! May it be better then the last! ======================================================================= * Z*NET NEWSWIRE ======================================================================= WORDPERFECT TRADEUP WordPerfect Corporation is offering a special First Quarter 1992 Competitive Trade-Up for customers who currently own any version of WordPerfect for Amiga, Apple IIe/c or IIGS, or Atari. Customers can trade-up to WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows, or WordPerfect 2.1 for Macintosh for $150.US/$179.CN, or they can trade up to LetterPerfect for $89.US/$110.CN. This offer is available from your local reseller and expires March 31, 1992. For more information, call WPCorp's Information Services at (800) 451-5151. HP DESKJET RE-INKING KIT - Product Announcement You can now get the INK CARTRIDGE REJUVENATOR ink refill kit for your HP DeskJet series printer for $12.95 + $2 s/h. For more information, contact: RayDar Products, 112 Nevada Avenue, Andrews Air Force Base, MD 20331 or via CompuServe Email: 72767,2314. PORTFOLIO "PORT-A-THON" The 24-hour online Portfolio marathon, now named "the Port-a-thon" will start 3pm EST, Friday, Feb 21. During this 24 hour session, several Portfolio experts, including Atari User Columnist BJ Gleason, will be available to answer any questions that Compuserve members might have about the machine. Also promised to be available for questions are Don Messerli, created ofthe PGC/PGX graphics and animation programs for the Portfolio, Ron Luks, sysop of the Atari Portfolio Forum, and Don Thomas, Atari Advertising Manager for the Portfolio. GO APORTFOLIO on CompuServe for more information. GRAPHICS ARTS CLASSES ANNOUNCED - Press Release Lexicor software is pleased to announce the beginning of it's Virtual Cinematography and Graphics Arts Class! The introductory class will be held on January 14th, 1992. This will be a free Conference! The following classes will be held every other week with the in-between weeks being informal graphics conferences for those needing help with their animations or Lexicor Products. In addition, Lexicor Software will hold a contest for "Best Animation" and "Best Original Art". Each winner will receive an ODIN graphics add-on board. The ODIN graphics add-on, from Switerland, allows TT resolutions on your ST/STe/MSTe computers by plugging into the RGB outlet on your computer. Second place winners will receive an Overscan Modification board. This board, from Germany, installs inside your ST (NOTE: Overscan does not work with STe/MSTe/TT computers) and will give you a noticeably higher resolution in ST MED and ST HI resolution. Entries will be judged by a panel set up of Lee Seilor, Vice-President of Lexicor Software; Ringo Monfort, also of Lexicor Software; Mario Perdue of MP Graphics Systems; Darlah Potechin, Atari Roundtable Sysop on GEnie; and John Cole, Lexicor GEnie Sysop. (note: Bob Brodie will also be asked to be on the panel.) A winner will be determined by the combined score of all judges. There are two categories: Best Animation and Best Original Art. Contest rules will be posted before the classes begin. To participate in the class or contest you do not need to own any Lexicor product or an Atari computer. The classes will use a variety of graphics tools, for which many options will be available if you don't have a particular program or computer. The classes will cover a variety of topics including: Tweening, 3D Objects and Motion, Finishing Animations and many others. These classes are aimed at instructing how to integrate your computer and creative process. Courses will cover the underlying fundamentals to video graphics and the process of making computer animations look 'real'. You will be taught how to organize yourself to use your creativity and computer to produced a finished piece of work. Full Course guides will be posted before January 7th, 1992 along with a class schedule. Join us in the Atari ST Roundtable with Lee Seilor of Lexicor Software January 14th for a free introductory class about computer animation and photo-real video graphics. For more information or questions feel free to leave E-Mail to J.COLE18, Lexicor's GEnie Sysop, or look in the Lexicor Classroom topic in the Lexicor Software Category in the Atari ST Roundtable. FOX COMPUTER BREAKS ALL THE RULES MicroFrame was introduced this week by Fox Computers featuring mainframe power without the price. Optimized for Microsoft Windows 3.0 & NT, MicroFrame is an industrial full tower configuration employing the industry's fastest 32-bit bus. Hard disk average access time measures an astounding 3 tenth of a millisecond with data throughput of over 12 Megabytes per second. In addition to working across multiple operating environments, (WINDOWS, DOS, UNIX, XENIX, and OS/2), MicroFrame can run re-compiled IBM System 34/36/38 and AS/400 minicomputer programs written in RPG, allowing users to replace old mini & mainframe computers and expensive maintenance agreements with this state-of-the-art platform that will run programs faster and allow users to move to the Windows environment. For more information, contact Fox Computers, 1-800-752- 1203. TOSHIBA DROPS PRICES Toshiba America CP has dropped the suggested retail prices on two of its 17-inch monitors. The price of the P17CS01 monitor, with a 0.26mm dot pitch, was dropped 15 percent to $2,100 and the P17CM01, with a 0.31mm dot pitch, was dropped 10 percent to $1,900. Both monitors incorporate Toshiba's Flat Square technology and offer a resolution of 1,280 by 1,024 pixels, support VGA, 8514/A and Macintosh II systems, and include a microprocessor for memory storage of nine preset and nine end user mode selections. The new prices are effective immediately. Toshiba America CP, 800-253-5249. HARVARD GRAPHICS FOR WINDOWS Software Publishing announced recently that it has began shipping Harvard Graphics for Windows on Dec. 30, 1991. The product is now available to customers on retailers' shelves. Harvard Graphics is a presentation graphics product enabling business users to create presentations that instantly adapt to changing audience and information requirements. WINGRASP INTERFACE Paul Mace Software has announced the availability of WinGRASP, the Windows interface for GRASP. WinGRASP allows access to GRASP's functionality from within Windows and allows animations to be accurately played without having to end the Windows session and return to DOS. For more information, contact: Paul Mace Software, (800) 523-0258. WORDPERFECT 5.0 FOR SILICON GRAPHICS WordPerfect has released WordPerfect 5.0 for Silicon Graphics computers running the IRIX operating system. WordPerfect for SG files are compatible with WordPerfect files on other platforms, including DOS, Windows, VMS, Macintosh, and Data General as well as other UNIX platforms. A single-user version of WordPerfect for UNIX retail for $495. WordPerfect 5.0 requires 3.7MB of memory for the first user, and 975K for each additional user. For more information about WordPerfect 5.0 for UNIX, call WPCorp's UNIX Products Division at (801) 222-5300. Z*NET PC RETURNS Z*Net PC Online Magazine has been on hiatus since early December and is returning January 8, 1992 with a new staff and weekly publishing schedule. Issue #21 will be available on CompuServe in two areas, the IBMAPP Forum and the PALMTOP Forum. On GEnie, check out the UNIX RT and the IBM RT. Z*MAGAZINE RETURNS Z*Magazine, the original Atari online magazine returns January 5, 1992 with issue #200. Also on hiatus since early November, Atari 8-bit readers have refused to let the publication remain dormant and have supplied more then 20 issues of material for the publication. Z*Mag started as a weekly Atari online in 1985 in Chicago and in 1986 was put into a weekly format originating from New Jersey. During the first 3.5 years, the publication maintained a weekly release schedule but succumbed to ST related publications. In 1989, the publication was resurrected and was released on a bi-weekly to monthly format. A new bi-weekly effort will be maintained for at least three months. Z*Mag issues will be available on CompuServe and GEnie in the Atari 8-Bit areas and on the Z*Net: New Jersey BBS. Z*NET USENET/INTERNET ACCESS We have set up a series of usenet / internet ID's for the crew at Z*NET International on our BBS here in New Zealand. If you wish to send mail to any of the Z*NET team please feel free to address the mail to .... email@example.com OR kcbbs.gen.nz!status!znet Then on the first line of your message please include For: (Persons name) ie Ron Kovacs The message will then be sent to their mailbox's throughout the world ie CIS, GEnie, FNET, etc. Jon Clarke o( ) STaTus BBS, The Atari BBS in Auckland, NZ firstname.lastname@example.org / /\ If that does not work try these address's Auckland,New Zealand jonc@status!kcbbs.gen.nz or Jon_Clarke@kcbbs.gen.nz ======================================================================= YEAR IN REVIEW: 1991 NAGY'S NEWS AND COMMENT: 1991 - ATARI YEAR IN REVIEW by John Nagy ======================================================================= PART 2 OF 2 This article is reprinted in part from the January 1992 AtariUser Magazine. Additional material provided by Z*Net. For reprint permission for this article, specific prior approval of Z*NET is required. See the general reprint information at the bottom of this issue. JULY 1991: A hard disk unit for the Portfolio is from the BSE Company. Flashdrive connects to the Portfolio via the Parallel Interface. The 20mb version sells for $499. XoteriX has been offering a similar $899 unit, but they build them as they are ordered rather than having stock available. July 3 marks the SEVENTH anniversary of the Tramiel Atari Corp. It was in 1984 that Warner Communications gave up trying to sell a machine they didn't understand to a market that Jack Tramiel had personally shaped via Commodore. GEnie's Atari ST Roundtable releases the 20,000th file to be uploaded to the service. GEnie typically gains between 50 and 100 files every week, with "hot" files gathering 500 or more accesses in the first weeks of availability. Atari's official presence and Darlah Pine's dedication as RT System Operator have made GEnie the most popular online service for Atari users. PageStream 2.1 is released as a dramatic upgrade of the first fully professional desktop publishing program for the Atari ST. Starting as Publishing Partner, it now offers outline font technology and screens that really reflect a WYSIWYG environment. Former STart magazine editor Tom Byron begins a new position in promotion at SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE. The BRACE show in Asheville North Carolina and the MIST Atarifest in Bloomington Indiana each have small and satisfying turnouts of about 500 redefining what an Atari show needs to be to be considered a success. Big is fine, but small seems to sell product quickly and efficiently. Bob Brodie attending a speaking at each caps the experience for areas that can't hope for a major show. AUGUST 1991: The Professional Systems Group, a division of Atari Computer Corporation, kicks off the AEGIS Strategic Partner program at the AEGIS Symposium, held August 5 and 6. Thirty-five attending dealers find dramatic sales possibilities via the program and call it "the single most encouraging and invigorating event ever in Atari dealer relations." According to Atari, "the AEGIS Strategic Partner program nurtures the development of both vertical-market and cross-discipline solutions, resulting in a strong and effective national sales organization." MIDI and DTP are the targeted areas for sales expansion opportunity. Atari is back advertising in Keyboard magazine, the most widely read professional musician's magazine in the country. In the August issue (with Yes keyboardist and Atari user Rick Wakeman on the cover), Atari has co-op ads with C-Lab and Dr. T's. Plans to build a plant in Israel are failing as Atari seeks to borrow money from the Israeli government for building the plant. Officials in Israel and Atari blame each other for foot-dragging. Lexicor Software, makers of Phase-4 animation products, starts a series of online animation classes. The free classes are held each Saturday on CompuServe. The classes are not Atari-specific and deal with concepts and information useful to all computer animators. Atari ST User Magazine reports in it's August 1991 edition that Atari has secretly developed a version of the ST with a PC emulator plugged in and a switch to swap between operating systems. Product Development Manager Richard Miller is quoted as stating "Absolutely no comment." The LYNX II, a smaller, cheaper, and sexier Lynx, makes it to the distribution network at $99. Publisher/Editor of Atari Explorer Magazine John Jainschigg says that their production schedule is finally set and that they will be producing issues on a monthly basis through the end of 1991, making up the normal yearly total of six issues. Jainschigg also announced a discount on subscription rates to Atari user-group members. Financial results for the second quarter of 1991 show sales revenues dropped to $49 million from last year's $85 million, but net income is up to $30 million (from $1.5 million last year). While that sounds great, it includes $40 million in gains from the sale of their Taiwan plant--meaning that without the sale of the plant, Atari would have posted a $10 million dollar loss. Nevertheless, Atari is now cash rich and their important debt-to-equity ratio is lower than ever. TSR's 4-day GenCon Gaming Fair and Convention held at the MECCA in Milwaukee draws in excess of 15,000 participants, many of whom see and use Atari computers in MIDI-MAZE rings throughout the show. More than 50 Atari computers stay busy in competition. The CDAR505 won't be as predicted--it won't even work on an ST machine as shipped. Instead of having the ACSI/DMA port and a SCSI port as announced, it will have only the "pure SCSI" port that is the industry standard. It'll plug right into a TT or a MAC, or any computer that has a SCSI host adaptor. Price will be "under $499" as things look now, and they are to arrive in quantity, for sale, FCC Type B approved, by the end of September. The mother of all Atari shows is held in Germany, August 23rd to the 25th. 30,000 or more Atarians from around the globe convene on Dusseldorf, Germany, for "Atarimesse". Atari brings no surprises, but five production models of the ST BOOK notebook computer are shown and availability is forecast for October or November. The STylus or ST-PAD is there but with a later availability being forecast. Most of the action is "cross pollination" of East with West developers, exchanging ideas and products for each other's marketplaces. SEPTEMBER 1991: The Connecticut AtariFest brings another small scale success with over 300 in attendance in Bridgeport. H.A.C.K.S. and John King Tarpinian's Southern California Atari Computer Faire version 5.0 ("the Glendale Show") brings nearly 3,500 visitors to the biggest Atari event in America in the last several years. Over 50 vendors and developers participate in one way or another, breaking all prior US records for variety and support. Sales are "phenomenal". Gribnif premieres Stalker 3, Codehead introduces Multidesk Deluxe and Avant Vector, and Small and Allen face off in speed tests of their 68030 upgrades. Atari is engaged in negotiations to make General Electric Service Centers the worldwide walk-in and depot repair centers for Atari computers. Preparation included a redesign of the TT motherboard to meet GE's specs. The deal should become effective in January '92, and Atari's warranty period will be expanded from the current 90 days to 6 months or a year. The waiting is over for Atari's Font Scaling Manager, FSM GDOS. The first commercial copies are sold at the Glendale Atari show, as part of WordFlair II. A license fee of $35 is charged at the show for the new system. Stand-alone commercial copies will be available within weeks, as only the packing box itself is not ready for shipping. The Atari TT030 computer at last passes the FCC certification process as a Type B consumer device, allowing unfettered sale and distribution to approved dealers. New TT computers include a 1.44 megabyte floppy disk rather than the 720K unit shipped to date. Upgrades will be available "soon" for existing TT and Mega STe owners at "under $100." HACE sponsors a one day computer show in Houston. "Atari Safari" '91 features a visit from Mike Groh of Atari Corporation. Atari Corporation's board of directors approved the repurchasing of up to $5 million of its common stock from time to time in the open market, considering the depressed prices. OCTOBER 1991: The Direct to Press division of Atari Corporation makes another impressive presentation at the SEYBOLD Electronic Publishing Show, the first time in two years that Atari has attended this top publishing show. WAACE's Atarifest dazzles vendors with the best sales on record but only 1,600 people do all the buying in the Washington DC area show. More Atari staff appear than ever before. Nathan Potechin gives the banquet speech and turns over the reigns of the Independent Association of Atari Developers to Nevin Shalit of Step Ahead Software, the new President of the organization. DC Data Diet is shown and sold for the first time. ICD's AdSpeed STe sells out, as does much software. Vendors are happier than the WAACE promoters. Atari Canada that it will ship UNIX for the TT qualified UNIX developers in October. The product consists of a kit, including various RAM upgrades to bring existing TT computers to either 8 or 16MB. In addition a choice is available for either a 212MB or 340MB SCSI hard drive. COMDEX showings by Atari include the ST BOOK but no STylus, plus a new line of Atari MS-DOS machines, including 20 and 40 MHz 386 machines, and a 386SX Notebook, to be available under the "ABC" label. Announced informally is the "Multitasking TOS", projected for a March '92 release on the TT030 machines. MIDITasking is admitted to be a dropped project that didn't work. Jimmy Hotz shows his software, without his box, now designed to run on any normal synth. Atari announces version 3.06 of TOS for the TT dated September 24, 1991. It will not be available as an upgrade but will soon be installed in all new TT machines in production. This new version fixes previous bugs in TOS 3.01 and 3.05, and a few new features have been added. NOVEMBER 1991: Atari Canada announces that new TOS 2.06 chips will soon be available for the MEGA STe, ST/STe product line. A hardware adaption for older computers will be made available, enabling any ST owner to upgrade to the new TOS and desktop. Essex Marketing Services, (203) 651-8284, releases a FORTH compiler for the Portfolio. There is also a version available for the PC to allow for easy program development. Atari Computer's 1991 third quarter earnings and sales figures show that sales totals were down nearly half from last year's comparable period (to $49 million from $89 million). But earnings were $1,634,000, up $4.6 million from the "deficit" of the same period last year, which was, at the time, shown as a "profit" by taking a $6 million adjustment. The Chicago Computerfest by Atari is a moderate success, with 2,300 people and fair sales. The first cooperative show between a user group and Atari, it paves the way for 1992's show schedule and concept. Many seminars, including hands-on training, make Chicago unique. Double Click Software and Rimik Enterprises recruit at Chicago for their Eye See, Inc., intending to be a channel into the IBM PC marketplace for developers of Atari products. Venture capital is available for full scale marketing and world-wide representation of PC converted ST software. The Discovery XTRA and Home Curriculum packages, 520STe with colourful box sleeve and software bundles were available for sale at the Chicago show, and are in the Atari warehouses in time for Christmas 1991. These are essentially the same packages that the UK enjoyed a year earlier. DECEMBER 1991: Antic Publishing, Inc. is said to be planning to dissolve the corporation at year's end, 1991, taking its debts with it. PC HOME JOURNAL, Antic's other publication, is expected to be spun off to a legally new and unrelated corporation as of January 1, 1992. The announced and expected CDAR505 will NOT be produced at any time soon. Intended for a fall 1991 release, the unit would be identical to cheaper drives already on the market, making it a loss proposition for Atari. They will now promote the use of the 500+meg devices by releasing METADOS into the community as freeware. User can roll their own players just as they do hard drive now. The STylus pad-based ST that was said to be the future of computing and was at one time expected to be the "WOW" unit at COMDEX is tabled by Atari after market studies show that buyers are curious, but not willing to buy one. Darek Mihocka searches for a buyer of Quick ST as he prepares to leave the ST market and finish development of his Gemulator, to allow ST software users to follow him into the PC marketplace. Now working for Microsoft, Darek has become an advocate of MS-DOS. The Lynx is finally a major hit, with demand outstripping production ability. New dealer penetration will have to wait until after Christmas, as all current production is already pre-sold. FSM GDOS is about ready to go to market, as soon as the packaging is ready for dealer sale. It is expected in early January at about $50. The Portfolio is selling well, at double the rate it was before the double-priced and well promoted competition arrived from Hewlett Packard. The winners of Atari's STe/TT demo contest are announced. Noel Saw and Arvin Castillo win an Atari TT030 for their massive entry. Calamus S is scheduled to be released by ISD on December 15. Atari stock is down to $ 1 3/4 at the close of 1991. THE FUTURE: News, like the history it attempts to document, repeats itself. If you saw the same stories several times in what you read above, it's no surprise. As we begin 1992, our optimism is high for the year ahead. New products are promised to be shown, if not available, in 1992, including the 68040 "Falcon" computer and the "Jaguar" game console. A Portfolio promotion based on the Terminator 2 movie is planned for the winter. The ST Book should see distribution in the early months of 1992. This is the stuff Atari dreams are made of... ======================================================================= * PERUSING GENIE Compiled by Ed Krimen ======================================================================= Atari Advertising in 1992 -- Atari ST Roundtable ========================= Category 14, Topic 3, Message 204 Steve Coller says, "If you want to see some FIRST CLASS Atari advertising pick up a copy of the January '92 KEYBOARD magazine and turn to pages 32 - 33. Now _this_ is eye- catching advertising. No confusion with a _game_ machine image either." Avant Vector EPS upgrade almost ready -- Atari ST Roundtable ===================================== Category 32, Topic 23, Message 182 John Eidsvoog of Codehead Software explains, "We'll be going one better. We plan to _call_ all Avant Vector owners to inform them when the EPS upgrade is ready. While I'm on the subject, we're not sure how this upgrade will be handled. We may require your original disks _here_ to run through an upgrade program. If you'll send your original disk back now, we'll have it on hand so that there'll be no delay when the upgrade is ready. As usual, we'll not charge for the upgrade (or cash checks) until it's shipped." Jerry Pournelle and the TT, again -- Jerry Pournelle Roundtable ================================= Category 4, Topic 15, Message 310, 314 Mr. Pournelle writes, "Hi. I am negotiating with Dave Small for a Gadget for the TT; and I expect to set up the TT shortly and have another look. "I still have to conclude that the TT is a machine for those who love it: it's a good low cost way to do a lot of things, but you have to be prepared to spend time learning it, and you have to expect that a inch of stuff your friends like won't work with it." And 'Uncle Dave' Reid hopes that "this time Jerry's comments will not bring forth the vituperation that resulted from his previous remarks." MATRIX available -- Atari ST Roundtable ================ Category 25, Topic 5, Message 148 The Matrix graphics board from Germany is available in the US, according to Lee Seiler of Lexicor Software, the publishers of a fine line of graphics and animation tools. He says, "There is only one card that I have used which will do 800X600X256 and just plugs in. This is the "MATRIX" from Germany. There are two bus configurations and I beleive three color configurations. VME and MEGA BUS, colors are a paletted 256 from 16 million and True color. There are only two sources for these cards I am sure of. One is San Jose Computers the other is Gold leaf. You will have to call these folks for more details." San Jose Computers: (408) 995-5080 Goldleaf Publishing: (415) 381-7717 Quick ST, clarified -- Atari ST Roundtable =================== Category 32, Topic 31, Message 102 John Eidsvoog of Codehead Software writes: "It seems that we need to spell out exactly what obligations we have regarding Quick ST, and what obligations we don't have. "On January 1st, 1992, CodeHead Software will begin handling future development and support of Quick ST. This will include doing our best to fix all bugs and improve the software in any way we can." "We will update previous versions of Quick ST and any version of Turbo ST for $20 and proof of original purchase. Send in your QST disk or Turbo ST disk with $20 and we will send you an update. If you do not have your original disk, contact us and we'll try to help you." "The initial version of the program we'll be releasing will be 3.06. This version will be essentially the same as 3.05 developed by Darek, but will contain a couple of bug fixes to solve a crashing problem with FSMGDOS and Calligrapher. If is up to each individual to determine whether the upgrade is worth $20 to him." "Future plans for Quick ST include follow-up bug fixes, further possible speed improvements, interface design, and possibly some other surprises. It is not known at this time how updates will be handled for those who update from 3.06. As always, we will attempt to be fair." "CodeHead Software assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY for losses or unfilled orders incurred while Branch Always Software was handling Quick ST." He adds: "In light of the comments and attitudes we've viewed lately from some users, we've actually had some second thoughts about following through with the take-over of Quick ST. It seems that some of the customers of Branch Always are not aware of the way we do business at CodeHead Software. Perhaps this is due to the history of Quick ST, which started out as a shareware program and then was sold commercially at $19.95. Support for software often parallel its cost." "Even at its current price of $34.95, Quick ST will be the cheapest program in the CodeHead catalog (along with G+Plus and CodeHead Utilities). But we will still treat it as one of our own programs, including accepting suggestions and bug reports and responding to user questions in a timely fashion and treating them with respect." "In turn, we expect the owners of Quick ST to treat us with the same respect. Do not complain about previous experiences over which we have no control. If you have bug reports, offer them as factual, un- emotional, well-documented reports that will help us to determine the cause of the problem. If you have suggestions, let us know, in a polite way." "If these simple guidelines are followed, I think Quick ST will have found a new and permanent home where it can grow to match the high standards of CodeHead Software." Chromax availability -- Atari ST Roundtable ==================== Category 4, Topic 44, Message 256,258 Kevin H. asks George Richardson, designer of the Gadgets by Small SST 68030 upgrade, about his Chromax graphics board for the SST: "George, now that the SST is just about shipping have you finalized the chromax card. I am really interested in getting any installation of a graphic card done at the same time the SST is installed. There are no Atari dealers in my area and the only dealer I have seen who is installing is Toad computers. So, what is the story on the Chromax? What resolutions would it support? Is it ready? What monitors do you recommend?" George Richardson replies, "Chromax is nowhere near ready to ship. Earliest is about early April, but since the entire VDI driver is yet to be written, I won't guarantee that. I don't have much to do with the software end." Dave Small and SST -- Atari ST Roundtable ================== Category 4, Topic 44, Message 257 It had been a while since Dave Small had spoken on GEnie and I think a few people were getting a bit worried. Here's his message in its entirety. Atari-ST RoundTable Category 4, Topic 44 Message 257 Sun Dec 29, 1991 DAVESMALL at 03:15 EST Sorry to be so quiet in here. We've been very, very busy with the last 1% - type details and with the very necessary checking in various configs. You know ... does it boot with a color monitor and no SST RAM... does a cat walking across it bother it (that happened, nope, didn't)... I was also dissatisfied with a couple of the Interludes in the manual (those of you with GCR know what I'm talking about), and since they need a print anyway ... why not? I'm much happier with "Jenny and the Snowman", which is about my daughter and a large (*months*) raytrace project. SST is now extremely close to shipping, since all the component parts of the to-ship package are there, and we even have "slave labor" (e.g., kids) to help us just when we needed them. 's ok, we'll pay them ... Eric wants to make some money in this bigtime computer industry. Saw my pal Dan Moore over Xmas break and that was great! I'm writing this on an 8 meg SST + 4 meg ST running at 40 Mhz *off a normal ol' ST supply*. It pulls amperage well under the ST supply's rated spec, although George knows analog electronics better than I do. Seems like a good sign to me. Funny how it changes your work habits to run at high speed. You don't have to really wait for things like scrolling ... just point and aim at the file selector bar, and wham, you're there. I went to an 8 Mhz ST and it was *weird* ... the Stacy machine for MIDI work. As is usual with Murphy's Law, both MegaTalk and SST are both done and ready at the same time; we sure didn't plan it this way (who needs the extra hours when I should be watching The Simpsons?). But that's how it worked out with this idiot National GAL Glitch. Oh, well. I would ask people waiting for their SST's to remember that they are in a first come first served line, which we've maintained in the data base. We're not a gigantic multinational like, say, ICD (*grin*), and can't ship thousands a day. So when the discussions of the SST as shipped come out, and yours hasn't arrived, bear in mind the order line. The phone & fax have been pretty much a waste case; we took a little time off for Christmas (needed) then got back on it. Our cat slept on the AT&T 7300 (well, 3B1 really) because it's warm, and jumped through the phone wiring. It made the phone real odd to have one side hooked to direct earth ground ... surprised the Telco didn't show up. Oh, well. Anywho, a few details to do, and a few notes to get patched in here and there, and the READ.ME file to generate of stuff too late for the manual. Boards are ready and tested. On TOS 2.06, there is confusion; I have been told that 2.06 is a MINOR (I was told MINOR about 86 times) patch to 2.05. This was from Atari US ... can someone bring me up to date? Right now, we have 2.05 purring fairly nicely. (I was told 2.06 was 2.05 made machine-generic (non STE allowed) and one trivial serial patch; yet I saw the Atari Canada announcement of other fixes. I'm confused, I admit it.) Gosh, I wonder if Atari will jump in here. Anywho, I'm certainly not going to invite Mr. Murphy to bite me by saying like we're starting to pack 'em up ... that would be BEGGING for a bug to show up! Incidentally, bear in mind that SST is partly software, and was left OPEN ARCHITECTURE, software-wise, precisely so I can go make fixes and add goodies. I just chuckle when people say product X will never work on SST; they're the same folks that said Word 3.02 would never work on the ST, either. You'd be amazed what a few years of fixing the worst of Mac programmers has taught me ... this is relatively easy in comparison. So, I *can* post a new rev of SST software for ya up here or whatever, and fix bugs as they're reported. It's kinda fun to do things that way. Welp, back to the salt mines. Just wanted to let you know we hadn't shucked all and headed for Cuba to join Fidel. (*chortle*) ... Darlah got MARRIED?!? ... Wow, I really need to do some reading! -- thanks, Dave / Gadgets Turbo030 ready -- Atari ST Roundtable ============== Category 4, Topic 11, Message 81,83 A.VALENT [Mike] at 23:00 EST A. Valent (Mike) asks Jim Allen about his Turbo030 68030 upgrade: "Jim, any forecast on availability of any of your -030 board designs? What's holding you back at this point? If the -030's not solid for production reasonably soon, I'd like to know - that would make me get serious about trading out my T-16 for a T-25. "Surely it can't still be a matter of waiting for Atari's agreement to let you use the TOS." Jim responds: "Hi Mike, if you want an 030 we can arrange that ;-) "The marketing effort on the 030, other than some noise here on GEnie, has been concentrated on direct marketing to the most likely customers.. professional Dynacadd and Calamus users. We've made an arrangement with ISD, and their registered customers get a big price break. But even with the break this kind of product is a serious purchase and has appeal only to those who can justify the expense. To folks using Calamus and Dynacadd in business, the savings of time, the 5-10 fold increase in productivity, can be translated directly into dollars. "That's why we haven't been plastering ads all over, and whooping up a storm...that's not how you reach the intended customers. "We have been shipping 030's, and have a healthy backlog, principly in Germany where we've gone after the lino-type houses with direct mail efforts." "The big $1199 to $1999 board is just not a "mass-appeal" product. The Tiny030 will be, and I'm working with another company to make the board an Atari/Amiga device, with some cost reduction measures taken. It just takes time to get projects like this off the ground. I'm looking forward to the Tiny030 being a big hit, and filling in the space btween the $379 T25 and the $1199 T030-cache only." "In this business, with an expensive unit like an 030, there are alot of folks interested, but only a certain percentage will actually buy. We're concentrating active marketing on the most likely customer base." "But folks listening who need a T030 can have one ;-) " ======================================================================= * ATARI TRAKBALL MODIFICATION FOR THE ST by Greg Zepka ======================================================================= (CX22), this is the trak-ball with two buttons. This is a straight forward converstion for an ST style "Mouse-Ball". It is intended to be the easiest conversion (8 solder joints), and the least expensive. All that is needed is a db9 connector cord with all the wires in it. A Radio Shack Joystick extender can be used for this by clipping off the Male end, and stripping the wires. Trak-Balls are currently on sale at various top stores such as Kay Bee's. All directions refer to Top as where the cord and buttons are. The TrakBall is disassembled by removing 4 screws on the base, and prying it apart. Remove the ball, wheels, and bearings. Remove all IC's except A1 (the LM399 or CA399E). Unplug the cord from the circuit board. Unplug the cord from the circuit board. Clip the four wires that were on the left leaving both black wires, and the orange wire. Clip the orange, black and red (cord to button wire) leaving over two inches so you can solder, the new cord on them. Leave the Black wire connected to the buttons. On the left button clip the wire going to the right button. (the mouse has two seperate buttons. Remove the circut board to make soldering easier. (note the screws) You will be making solder joint to four resistors (yellow, orange, yellow, and gold) on the top and topside of the circuit board. \ 5 4 3 2 1/ \ 9 8 7 6/ A picture of a DB9 connector note this is a mirror image of the one in the atari manual as this is the plug, not the connector. You will need to know which wire is which with. An ohm meter or continuity checker (light and battery). Pin 1 Up/XB to top of resistor R11 (Note if you want the wire 2 Down/Xa " " R14 and the buttons at the 3 Left /Ya " " R13 bottom reverse 1-2,3-4, 4 Right/Yb " " R12 6-9 connections) 5 Not Connected 6 Left Button Connect to red wire going to left button. 7 +5 volts Connect to orange wire going to flat connector. 8 Ground Connect to Black wire going to flat connector, note it also jumps to both buttons. 9 Right Button Connect to Red wire going to right button. Wrap all wire to wire connections to prevent shorts. Connect the flat connector. Make a knot on the new cord to fit inside for a strain relief. Reassemble making sure of no mechanical binds (they are easy to make on the opto wheels, with one of the new wires). This mod has been tested on a 520st and a 1040 st with various pieces of software (I liked the performance). The mouse arrow should move back and forth smoothly when you move the ball. If it jiggles you have the x-y wires mixed up. (check the buttons). If it will not move in one direction it may be a mechanical bind with a wire and the op wheel. I have used this on my 520 and friends 1040's but make no guarentee of proper operation. You may find it helpful to add additional buttons such as a push on, push off (they are available in small sizes) or other push buttons of a higher quality. If you have any question or comments let me know. Gregory Zepka (Compuserve #76556,114) ======================================================================= * PERUSING THE INTERNET (Atari ST) Compiled by Bruce Hansford ======================================================================= Date: 12 Dec 91 20:11:49 GMT >From: ...!email@example.com Subject: ATARIs videogame-image Bob_BobR_Retelle@cup.portal.com writes: >Thorsten Dietrichkeit asked: >>Does Atari USA advertise Videogames? Here they don't. By the way, I >>don't regard the VCS 2600 as a real competitor to Sega and Nintendo >>but Lynx is better then the Gameboy. >Atari US used to advertise the Lynx fairly regularly, but I haven't >seen any Lynx ads (TV or print) for some time now. You'd think that >the "pre-Christmas" season would be the time to advertise, but that's >Atari for you... I have it on excellent authority (names omitted to maintain deniability, but the source would be a legitimate spokesman in any other company, and was speaking at a public gathering with no understanding of confidentiality) that Atari has sold all the Lynx's they have, and is unlikely to be back in stock for several weeks, at least. Cartridges for the Lynx aren't quite sold out YET, but are headed that way. This isn't to say that stores or distributors might not have plenty of them, and might want to advertise, but Atari is once again in the position where if they stimulate demand, they'll only make enemies with long back-orders. Anyone who observes that Atari is awfully prone to production screw-ups and imbalances is eligible to go on to the second semester of business 101. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Date: 14 Dec 91 22:08:10 GMT >From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: TT questions In article <1991Dec12.email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org writes: >2: Can I add my Quantum 105Mb SCSI drive to the system without making > serious hardware modifications (other than opening the machine, and > connecting the drive ) You don't have to open the machine -- assuming that you have a suitable cable, you can just plug it into TT's SCSI port. If you want to install it internally, I belive that it's just a plug-in job. >3: Can I use my standard atari monochrome monitor (SM 124) with the TT > if yes, in all monochrome resolutions ? or just the ST modes ? > What monitor do I need for the color modes. Can a 'standard' > multisync VGA monitor do the job ? Don't know about the SM124. A multisync will display all the TT modes except the highest monochrome mode. >7: About UNIX : > The whole world is full of rumours about it. Is it available ?, if yes > Is it stable? how much disk/memory does it take? has it X? are there > compilers for it? > Is it an Additional product (ie. can I buy it later) or do I need to > buy it preinstalled with my system? Not sure about availability -- this seems to vary from country to country. It is certainly stable. I would recommend 150MB of fast SCSI hard disk space and 8MB memory for a minimal TT Unix system. Add more disk space and speed and memory if you can afford it. Atari Unix comes with X.Windows, and the GNU C compiler (every Unix system comes with a C compiler). You can buy it later. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Date: 17 Dec 91 14:44:42 GMT >From: email@example.com (Jonathan Whitcomb) Subject: Mastertracks Pro (Glenn Deardorff - GDP) writes: >Tiger (from Dr. T's) is a good, inexpensive sequencer. Or you can >spring for the full-blown Omega package (including Tiger) from Dr. T's. Just a quick correction: TIGER (The Interactive Graphic EditoR) is Dr.T's stand alone piano roll type graphic editing program, and has no sequencing capabilities by itself. Tiger Cub is the sequencer you were thinking of which uses a similar editing interface to TIGER and adds a sequencer. I use Dr.T's KCS Omega package (which contains TIGER, KCS's Level 2 sequencer and the graphic song editor). What I like best about the Dr.T system is that it's very modular... you add new pieces as you need them (or can afford them). I started out with KCS, then added X-oR (universal patch editor/librarian), T-Basic (MIDI specific programming language) and the Phantom (SMPTE interface), and all run seamlessly under the Multi Program Environment. Eventually I plan to add their Copyist scoring package as well. Their software is very good, and the support (by phone and GEnie) is excellent, and they keep the ST line up to date. Best of all they are a US company, so you don't have to wait for their bug fixes to filter over from Germany! Jonathan Whitcomb UUCP: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Alcatel Network Systems Delphi: JBWHIT Raleigh, NC GEnie: J.WHITCOMB3 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ Date: 18 Dec 91 11:41:43 GMT >From: email@example.com Subject: TOS 2.06 Available in USA! (Andy Cassino) writes: >>Ok, thats all real peachy-keen if you're an ST owner, but what if you >>happen to own a 1040STe - how do I go about getting the new TOS and >>docs?? >CodeHead is introducing a line of boards to allow such an upgrade. One >will plug into the Mega ST computers, and there's a couple of others >that fit 1040 ST's in various ways. I only skimmed the announcement on >GEnie, but the price $69.95 sticks in my mind, but don't quote me on >it! The STe can be populated with TOS 2.0x directly. I have (a Swedish) TOS 2.05 in my STe and it works just great! Oh, yes, I had to remove two jumpers to use 32 pin EPROMS instead of the 28 pin ROMS that where there originally. The TOS was ripped straight out of a Mega STe. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/ ======================================================================= * TOP FILES ON GENIE ======================================================================= (C) 1991 by Atari Corporation, GEnie, and the Atari RoundTables. May be reprinted only with this notice intact. The Atari RoundTables on GEnie are the *official* information services of the Atari Corporation. To sign up for GEnie service, call (with modem in HALF DUPLEX) 800-638-8369. Upon connection, type HHH Wait for the U#= prompt. Type XJM11877,GENIE and hit RETURN. 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