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From: aj434@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: Z*Net: 21-Feb-92 #9208 Date: Sun Mar 1 13:44:37 1992 | (((((((( | Z*Net International Atari Online Magazine | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (( | February 21, 1992 Issue #92-08 | (( | ----------------------------------------- | (((((((( | Copyright (c)1992, Rovac Industries, Inc. | | Post Office Box 59, Middlesex, NJ 08846 | (( | | (((((( | CONTENTS | (( | | | * The Editors Desk............................Ron Kovacs | ((( (( | * Z*Net Newswire........................................ | (((( (( | * AtariUser Dealer Listing.............................. | (( (( (( | * Z*Net UK Update............................Mick Jarvis | (( (((( | * Perusing Genie...............................Ed Krimen | (( ((( | * Perusing CompuServe......................Mike Mortilla | | * Perusing The Internet...................Bruce Hansford | ((((((( | * The Newdesk Icon CPX.....................Press Release | (( | * Z*Net Software Shelf....................Ron Berinstein | ((((( | | (( | | ((((((( | ~ Publisher/Editor............................Ron Kovacs | | ~ Contributing Editor..........................John Nagy | (((((((( | ~ Z*Net Newswire Ltd..........................Jon Clarke | (( | ~ Contributing Editor.....................Bruce Hansford | (( | ~ PD Software Reviews.....................Ron Berinstein | (( | ~ Reporter....................................Mike Brown | (( | ~ Assistant News Editor.......................Mike Davis | | ~ Z*Net Canadian Correspondent...........Terry Schreiber | | ~ Columnist....................................Ed Krimen | | ~ Columnist................................Mike Mortilla | | ~ UK Columnist...............................Mick Jarvis | | ~ Features Editor.........................Dr. Paul Keith | | |----------| $ 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 .(INTERNETemail@example.com)(649) 3585-543 | | * Z*Net:South Jersey.....(FNET 168).CCBBS.(609) 451-7475 | | * Z*Net:Illinois (Garage)(FNET 621).......(618) 344-8466 | | * Z*Net:Colorado (Mile High)(FNET 5)......(303) 431-1404 | | * Z*Net:Wyoming (Stormbringer)(FNET 635)..(307) 638-7036 | | * Z*Net:Florida (Twilight Zone)(FNET 304).(407) 831-1613 | | Fido Address 1:363/112 ======================================================================= * THE EDITORS DESK by Ron Kovacs ======================================================================= Yep.. This issue was released on February 23. This week we are reprinting the AtariUser Magazine dealer listing that appears in the February edition. If you have any update information please pass it along so that they can present an accurate list in a future edition. There are directions on how to update in the article. I want to also welcome, Mike Mortilla and Mick Jarvis to the staff. The first columns from each appear this week. Z PROJECT I would like to pass along a something that took place earlier this week with my daughter. You see, Jessica is in kindergarten and for three and a half hours each day, we cart her off to school and then spend some time each evening going over the days events. Each week, Friday to be exact is "Letterman Day"/Show and Tell. The teacher picks a letter and for the week, I suppose, they spend time talking about things that begin with the letter.... You get the idea I hope. Well, this past Friday it was Show and Tell. This is the day your toddler has to bring something to school that begins with the letter and they give a brief explanation of what it is ect.... It a Z day Friday. Looking around the house trying to find something that begins with Z is almost impossible. Note I stated ALMOST. Perhaps someone has a Zebra they could cart off to school or Mariano's Ziggy Zercon (if it really lives), or even a Z*Net!! Yes!! You guessed it, I sent my daughter with a Z*Net Newsletter. I was going to send the 4 foot by 3 foot Z*Net banner, but it was bigger then she is and probably harder for the teacher to assist an explanation. After speaking with the teacher late on Friday, she found it interesting and required a full explanation of what Atari did producing a newsletter when they probably have reached enough people with their games. Silly teacher I said to myself and offered to send my daughter with some Atari flyers on Monday.... I will keep you updated! Hmmm perhaps Dorothy Brumleve is needed here...... :-) ======================================================================= * Z*NET NEWSWIRE ======================================================================= OSCAR NOMINATION FOR ATARI USER Scott Gershin, owner of Hollywood's SOUNDELUX post-production sound studio, has been nominated for an Oscar for his work in sound on the "JFK" movie. Scott does his work using Atari equipment for control of digital audio, using Hybrid Arts ADAP and other sound tools. Scott did sound for other recent films including "Born on the Forth of July", "Honey, I've Shrunk the Kiids", and many commercials. The Soundelux audio library, developed on Atari equipment, is a popular set of effects that is most recently heard throughout the new STAR TREK movie, as well. Read more about Scott Gershin and his use of Atari equipment in the February ATARI EXPLORER magazine. TAF MEETING REPORT From GEnie Category 11, Topic 3 Message 3 Thu Feb 20, 1992 C.TOWNSLEY [CHARLIE] at 23:40 EST Hi all. I just got back from the TAF meeting. I just wanted to say that what I've heard was true; Bob Brodie is a very effective speaker. I really enjoyed your opening remarks, Bob, and was impressed with how well you handled the LONG question and answer period. It's almost a shame, though I understand perfectly, that ATARI won't talk about products under development. A couple of times there, you looked like your teeth hurt, and had to force the words back. :-) Ah, well. I can wait until April when I can SEE the new products. It was very nice to see the ST Book, though. Very neat little thing. And I mean LITTLE thing. I couldn't believe the size of it. And it was a pleasure to meet you, and Nathan, and Darlah, and a few other GEnie people in person. Now I can put a face and voice to the text. I'm looking forward to seeing you all again in April. Charlie Townsley ------------ Category 11, Topic 3 Message 4 Fri Feb 21, 1992 DARLAH [RT~SYSOP] at 00:17 EST Charlie: It was nice to meet you. This was the 1st time I went to the TAF meeting and I must admit that I was impressed. They had about 200 people show up and I am told half usually show up for each meeting. The enthusiasm was great to see and the excitement was great. I too enjoyed checking out the ST Book. I enjoyed Bob's sense of humor and his style as he did his presentation. Well, he just impresses me. What can I say. It was great to meet the TAF folks. They bring new meaning to what user groups are all about. You can bet that I will be attending more of their meetings. Glad we dropped in. Geoff Earle also was present and talked about the Canadian side of things. He was quite insightful and did a great job at squelching rumors, as did Bob. My thanks to all involved on this one. I am really looking forward to the TAF show. Can't wait! ------------ Category 11, Topic 3 Message 5 Fri Feb 21, 1992 ISD [Nathan] at 06:30 EST If you enjoyed Bob so much, how come I'm the one up at 6:30 taking him to the airport on my way to Markham. :-) Bob was his usual treat, thoroughly enjoyed by TAF. This is the very first time Bob has had the opportunity to address a TAF meeting and was very well received. The April 4-5 show in Toronto is going to be great and there will definitely be new Atari machines on display at that time, according to Geoff Earle, General Manager of Atari Canada. ------------ Category 11, Topic 3 Message 6 Fri Feb 21, 1992 ISD [Nathan] (Forwarded) Last night, for example, I spent my time at a TAF meeting, which is my local user group here in Toronto. In attendance was my famous wife DARLAH :-), along with Geoff Earle, General Manager of Atari Canada and Bob Brodie, Director of Communications for Atari Corp.....along with approximately 200 attendees. The meeting was thoroughly enjoyable, the mood was upbeat, the TAF show coming up in April looks to be a great success, especially as it will result in the first Canadian Atari show display of some of the new machines. It was very heartening to attend. There was energy in that room, dare I say "enthusiasm". And that, my friends, is the kind of NEWS I like to read every now and then. Oh yes, as expected, Bob was a first class speaker. If anything, he's gotten better over the past year or two. Now back to your regularly scheduled whatever. :-) Nathan @ ISD ------------ Category 11, Topic 3 Message 7 Fri Feb 21, 1992 C.TOWNSLEY [CHARLIE] at 21:06 EST Last night was the first time I'd ever been to a TAF meeting myself (and probably my last as my work schedule is moving back to straight afternoons). I'm very glad I went, as I really enjoyed myself. It's quite a treat to be in a room full of Atari "fans", most of whom know what they're talking about much better than I do. I had a great time butting into conversations. :-) The only bummer was the weather. All this week the temperature has been edging up, after a nasty LOW last week. Then THIS GUY FROM CA-LI-FOR-NI-A shows up and Mother Nature has her revenge on us poor Canuck's for even thinking about a place with climate instead of weather. When I left the TAF meeting it was snowing, again. And it's all your fault, Bob. Don't ask me how; I just know it is. :-) Charlie Townsley ------------ ATARI LAPEL PINS AVAILABLE The Eastside Atari Users Group, under special agreement with Atari Corp., is selling Atari Lapel Pins. These pins were made for the Chicago Computerfest and are a limited edition item. Less than 300 were made for the show and no other pins of this style will be made by our group again (unless Atari itself orders them). The pin has a blue background with the Atari name and fuji in silver. It comes with a military style clasp. An epoxy dome covers the pin to protect it from scratches. Although we did not sell out at Chicago, Atari Corp was very impressed the pin and were in fact our best customer. Greg Pratt, Bob Brodie, and other Atari executives bought pins to take back to Sunnyvale. Bob has told us that Sam thought highly of the pin too. These pins are being offered on a first come first serve basis. As I said, we will not reorder this style again so it is a limited edition pin. The pins may be ordered by sending $5 to: Eastside Atari Users Group 1504 Saratoga Collinsville, IL 62234 User groups may want to take advantage of this offer so we offer a discount for orders for 10 or more pins. If 10 or more pins are ordered at the same time the price drops to $4.50 per pin. - Dave Pintar President EAUG CODEHEAD TECHNOLOGY VERSIONS AND PRICES Monday, February 17, 1992 UTILITIES VERSION MANUAL RELEASE NOTES PRICE UPGRADE HotWire 3.0 1.3 2.3 $44.95 $10.00 MaxiFile III 3.0 2.0 3.0 Addendum $44.95 $15.00 HotWire Plus (includes Maxifile) $69.95 $20.00 MultiDesk Deluxe 3.3 3.0 $49.95 $20.00+$3 S/H CodeKeys 1.3 1.1 $39.95 $10.00 LookIt & PopIt 1.2/1.1 1.0 $39.95 $10.00 G+Plus 1.5 1.2 $34.95 $10.00 CodeHead Utilities 4 Release 3 & 4 $34.95 $10.00 MidiMax 1.3 1.0 $49.95 $10.00 MIDI Spy 1.0 1.0 $79.95 Quick ST 3.5 3.5 $44.95 $20.00 GRAPHIC TOOLS PRICE INTRODUCTORY PRICE (until March 1, 1992) Avant Vector (with EPS) $545.00 $495.00 Avant Plot $895.00 $845.00 Genus Font Editor $175.00 $150.00 MegaPaint Professional 4.0 $175.00 Cherry Font Packs $42.95 HARDWARE TOS Extension Card $139.00 TOS Ext. Card - CPU or BUS Bridge $155.00 TOS Chip Set $60.00 TERMS Check, Money Order, Mastercard, Visa, and American Express are accepted. Basic shipping charges are $3.00 to addresses in the US, $4.00 to Canada, and $6.00 to Europe. Some packages, such as Avant Vector and MegaPaint require higher shipping charges. Please call for exact rates. UPGRADE POLICY MaxiFile updates are $15.00, which includes a 67-page manual addendum. MultiDesk updates (to MultiDesk Deluxe) are $20.00 plus $3 shipping, which includes a new manual in a three-ring binder. Quick ST updates are $20.00. Send in your original Quick ST disk or a Turbo ST disk (any version). Updates to previous versions of MegaPaint are $100.00. All other updates are $10.00 each plus $5.00 extra if a new manual is required. If you are updating HotWire and have the old red and black manual, you'll need a new manual. To order any update, send us your original disk plus the appropriate payment. Order are usually filled the same day they are received. (Quick ST and MIDI Spy are not shipping as of this date) ======================================================================= * ATARIUSER DEALER LISTING ======================================================================= HOW ACCURATE IS THIS LIST?? Developing and maintaining a dealer directory is difficult and time consuming. They come and go, and not all "dealers" get their product from Atari Corp. Many buy from distributors and their second and "grey" sources. So... In March of 1990 we obtained the latest copy of a high- level "confidential" list of almost 1000 North American Atari dealers. We were amazed and delighted. But... After two weeks of careful analysis, hundreds of dollars in phone calls, lot's a red-lining, howling with laughter, and tossing out stationary stores with Atari brand calculators, we quickly pared the list to about 100 "known" and 400 "possibilities." (several locations on the list were but minutes from our offices, none were real and one was a vacant lot! Worst yet, several dealers who routinely advertise nationally weren't even on the list.) Being optimists, in April we mailed out over 800 questionnaires to known and possible Atari product outlets asking them to respond whether or not they dealt Atari computers. We received replies from about 200, 81 of whom indeed carried Atari computers. (Some of the responders said they had never carried Atari product.) More phone calls... Knowing Atari folks ignore anything that comes in the mail (might be bills), in May we mailed another 400 (reworded) questionnaires attempting to contact those who hadn't responded or whom we weren't able to contact by phone, and other suspected locations. Our writing staff worked hard to follow-up on leads in their region. More responses. More phone calls. By June we were much poorer and had a list of about 100 known (whom we'd known about all along) and another 150 or so likely dealers. In July our numbers settled at about 200 outlets across North America were you could actually get (or at very least, order) Atari computer stuff. We've been constantly updating since then. YOUR MISSION Here's where you, our faithful reader, comes in. Check up on this list! Let us know if a dealer in your area no longer exists, just opened, or is a "black-hole" -- i.e., not on our list, or shouldn't be on our list. Let us know if they stock computers and/or software, or if you can order through them. Leave your updated information on our phone line normally used for new subscriptions... (818) 332-6428. We'll publish your "AtariUser's Reader-Verified Guaranteed Support Directory of Place You Actually Buy, and Take Home Right Then, Atari Computer Stuff." Though most of our distribution is direct to user groups, there are about 100 stores and VARs who each disburse an average 100 AtariUser copies every month. These are the folks who always stock and support Atari computers, peripherals, software, and related services -- come -hell-or-high-water. About half of the locations on this list don't carry a decent selection of hardware or software. Most nationally-advertising mail-order locations are not included in our list. Many locations don't stock a large variety of products, but can get their hands on what you want. 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AR JACKSONVILLE Computer Plus 9A CRESTVIEW PLZ AR LITTLE ROCK Micro Shop 8023 CHICOT RD AZ GLENDALE Computer Works 4337 W BETHANY HOME RD AZ PHOENIX Software 4001 E THOMAS RD CA APTOS Teddy Bear Toys 76 RANCHO DEL MAR CA BELLFLOWER Mid-Cities Computers 9406 FLOWER ST CA BERKELEY Winners Circle Systems 2618 TELEGRAPH AVE CA BURLINGAME Computer Spectrum 1243 HOWARD AVE CA CARMICHAEL SBI Computer Warehouse 6022 FAIR OAKS BLVD CA CHULA VISTA Computer Plus 642 3RD AVE # 2 CA CHULA VISTA Harpers Music 241 3RD AVE CA CULVER CITY Hybrid Arts 8522 NATIONAL BLVD CA FORT BRAGG Clark Music 123 E LAUREL ST CA HOLLYWOOD Nadines Music Inc. 6251 SANTA MONICA BLVD CA INGLEWOOD Future Designs 141 E HAZEL ST APT 2 CA LONG BEACH Whittaker Music Inc. 2222 N BELLFLOWER BLVD CA LOS ALAMITOS Omni Techniques 10325 LOS ALAMITOS BLVD CA LOS ANGELES Compu-Prompt 746 N CAHUENGA BLVD CA NORTH HOLLYWOOD American Music 5100 LANKERSHIM BLVD CA OAKLAND ATY Computer 3727 13TH AVE CA ORANGE Computer Games Plus 1839 E CHAPMAN AVE CA PACIFIC GROVE Hornbuckle Engineering 170 CENTRAL AVE CA PASADENA Audio Engineering Assoc 1029 N ALLEN AVE CA RANCHO CORDOVA Comp. 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6 KY HARLAN Audio World Inc. 239 VILLAGE CTR KY RADCLIFF Hi-Tech Computer 673-F KNOX BLVD LA METAIRIE Software Centre 3780 VETERANS BLVD MA BOSTON Syntronics Computer 466 COMMONWEALTH AVE MA BRAINTREE Systems Support Corp. 106 AUDUBON AVE MA DANVERS Steve's Quality Inst. 18 WATER ST MA HADLEY The Computer Bug 113 RUSSELL ST MA MILFORD Logic Electronics 79 PROSPECT ST MA NORTH ATTLEBORO Computer Zone 28 E WASHINGTON ST MA SUDBURY The Bit Bucket 2 621 BOSTON POST RD MA WATERTOWN Audio Video Research 106 MAIN ST MA WEST NEWTON The Bit Bucket 1 1294 WASHINGTON ST MA WORCESTER Kurlan Music Center 17 E MOUNTAIN ST MD BALTIMORE Home Computers Co 1055 TAYLOR AVE MD BALTIMORE Rich Sound Inc. 5719 BALTIMORE NATIONAL MD BETHESDA The Electronic Clinic 4916 DEL RAY AVE MD COLUMBIA Delta Data Systems 7715 COLUMBIA GATEWAY DR MD SEVERNA PARK Toad Computer 556 BALTIMORE ANNAPOLIS MI BAY CITY Midi to Go 916 N EUCLID AVE MI DEARBORN Wonderland Music 2 13519 MICHIGAN AVE MI EAST DETROIT TEAM COMPUTERS 22205 KELLY RD MI GARDEN CITY SOFT-HOUSE COMPUTER 32647 FORD RD MI MARQUETTE Superiorland Computer 130 W WASHINGTON ST MI MOUNT CLEMENS Music Box Studios 42383 GARFIELD RD MI OAK PARK Wonderland Music 1 GREEN/EIGHT SHOPPING CTR MI OKEMOS Skipped Disc 5100 MARSH RD MI WARREN Command Computer 28630 RYAN RD MI WARREN Rite Way Computers 11557 E 12 MILE RD MN HOPKINS Rodger Dodger Music 154 BLAKE RD N MN MINNEAPOLIS Alpha Tech Computers 2901 WAYZATA BLVD MN MINNETONKA American Pro Audio 6026 BLUE CIRCLE DRIVE MO HAZELWOOD Randall's Home Computer 6166 HOWDERSHELL RD MO KANSAS CITY The Computer Road 7837 B WORNALL ROAD MO SPRINGFIELD Computers Plus 3453 S CAMPBELL AVE MS BILLOXI Coast Computers 2953 PASS ROAD NC ARDEN Selective Software 47 APPIAN WAY NC ASHEVILLE Computer Studio West Gate Shopping Ctr NC JACKSONVILLE Software Plus Computer 345-L WESTERN BLVD NE COLUMBUS Micro Data Technology 1761 26TH AVE NE LINCOLN Dietze's Music 1208 O ST NE LINCOLN HOBBY TOWN 220 N 66TH ST NE OMAHA Hobby Town 3 11011 ELM ST NJ BERLIN Music Place 234-3 ROUTE 73 NJ EDISON Sam Ash Music 0 1831 ROUTE 27 NJ HIGHSTTOWN Computer Systems Cons. 897 US RT 130 NJ MATAWAN New Moon Computing 6 Ammar Dr NJ MATAWAN Software Spectrum 267 MAIN ST NJ METUCHEN Citadel 325 HIGH ST NJ NEWTON Softec 171 SPRING ST NJ NORTH PLAINFIELD Software Spectrum 386 SOMERSET ST NJ PARAMUS Sam Ash Music 2 E-50 ROUTE 4 NJ PHILLIPSBURG David Phillips Music 377 IRWIN ST NJ RIDGEWOOD Victors Music 235 FRANKLIN AVE NM ALAMOGORDO Lunceford Electronics 1806 BELLAMAH DR NV LAS VEGAS Software City 3980 S EASTERN AVE NV LAS VEGAS Wiser Electronics 3001 E CHARLESTON BLVD NV RENO Cimarron Computers 5081 S MCCARRAN BLVD NV SPARKS Computer House-Accutek 155 GLENDALE AVE NY ALBANY The Computer Celler 911 CENTRAL AVE NY CORAM Island Software 35 MIDDLE COUNTRY RD NY FLUSHING Sam Ash Music 4 113-25 QUEENS BLVD NY LINDENHURST Musicland 163 N WELLWOOD AVE NY MANHATTEN 47th Street Photo 36 E 19TH ST NY MANHATTEN Dr. Sound 142 WOOSTER ST NY MANHATTEN J & R Music World 23 PARK ROW NY MANHATTEN Leigh's Computers 1475 3RD AVE NY MANHATTEN Mannys Music Store 156 W 48TH ST NY MANHATTEN Martin Audio Video 423 W 55TH ST NY MANHATTEN Sam Ash Music 3 160 W 48TH ST NY MANHATTEN Village Computers 687 BROADWAY NY PORT JEFFERSON Msi Service Inc. 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OH COLUMBUS Computer Success 5025 OLENTANGY RIVER RD OH DEFIANCE Maumee Valley Computer 851 S CLINTON ST OH FAIRBORN Absolute Music 13 W MAIN ST OH FINDLAY Rosewood Music 116 S MAIN ST OH * MAIL ORDER * D & P Computer Supply ORDERS 800-535-4290 OH LAKEWOOD B & G Electronics Inc 15729 MADISON AVE OH MT VERNON ANTHILL COMPUTERS 903 W VINE OH PERRYSBURG Computer Centre 116 W SOUTH BOUNDARY ST OH TOLEDO Video Computer World 2408 W LASKEY RD OH UTICA Music Box 50310 VAN DYKE OH WEST BLOOMFIELD Wonderland Music 33084 NORTHWESTERN OK OKLAHOMA CITY Info 1 Computers NW 50TH & PORTLAND OK OKLAHOMA CITY Info 1 Computer 3703 NW 50TH ST OK TULSA Firey Bros Music 4818 E 11TH ST OK TULSA Shelton Computers 2823 W 64TH PL OR BEAVERTON IB Computers 9244 SW BEAVERTON HILLS PA BRYN MAWR Medley Music 1041 W LANCASTER AVE PA CARNEGIE Music Sweet Music 1917 RAILROAD ST PA PHILADELPHIA Eight St. Music 1023 ARCH ST PA PHILADELPHIA Home Computer Store 12008 BUSTLETON AVE PA SCRANTON Lou Cossa Music 428 LACAWANNA AVE PA WILKES BARRE Computer Garden 106 W CAREY ST RI PAWTUCKET Rhode Island Music 70 BROAD ST RI WARWICK Software Connection 101 W NATICK RD SC COLUMBIA Micro Computer Depot 224 O'NIEL CT STE 14 SC MYRTLE BEACH Encore Video Prods 811 MAIN ST SC TRAVELERS REST Concurrent Technologies 60 OLD HIGHWAY 25 TN KNOXVILLE Dataworld Inc 10001 KINGSTON PIKE TN KNOXVILLE Micros-To-Go/Dataworld 10001 KINGSTON PIKE TN OLD HICKORY Shiloh Music 5313 LEBONON ROAD TX AUSTIN Music Makers 517 B SOUTH LAMAN TX CORPUS CHRISTI Sheffield's Emporium 4938 S STAPLES ST TX DALLAS Brooks Mays Music Co 708 W MOCKINGBIRD LN TX DALLAS Computer Discoveries 12801 MIDWAY RD STE 201 TX DALLAS Master Video Systems 4015 SCOTTSDALE DR TX EL PASO Jenkins Computer 9348 DYER ST STE F1 TX HALTOM CITY Megabyte / Tops 3716 KATRINE ST TX HOUSTON Megabyte Plus 5181 FM 1960 RD W TX HOUSTON The Floppy Wizard 217 MEMORIAL CITY TX HURST Megabyte Computers 907 MELBOURNE RD TX ROUND ROCK AB Computer 1732 N MAYS ST TX SAN ANTONIO Blunk Enterprises 1015 W HILABRAND TX SAN ANTONIO International Computer 3010 BEACON FLD TX WEBSTER Megabyte Computer 109 W BAY AREA BLVD UT MURRAY J & J Computers 250 E 6400 S UT SAINT GEORGE Bits & Bytes 443 N BLUFF ST UT SALT LAKE CITY Armadillo Bros. 753 E 3300 S VA FAIRFAX H & T Computer Service 5401 ASHLEIGH RD # 3712 VA WOODBRIDGE L & Y Electronics 13644-C JEFFERSON DAVIS WA BELLEVUE Xanth Corporation 14100 NE 20TH ST STE 105 WA BLAINE Infinite Grafix 816 PEACE PORTAL DR WA FEDERAL WAY Butlers Computer 28717 PACIFIC HWY S WI APPLETON Kamtech Computer 1004 S OLDE ONEIDA ST WI MIDDLETON Regenberg Music & Pro 6615 UNIVERSITY AVE WI NEW BERLIN Cascio Music 13819 W NATIONAL AVE WI OSHKOSH Wisconsin Instrument 3196 N MAIN ST ON Hamilton PC ENTERPRISES 35 Mount Royal Ave AB CALGARY COMPUTER SHOP/CALGARY 3515-18 STREET SW BC Smithers High Road Computers 1283 Main St ON GLOUCESTER Ali Computers 1158 OGILVIE RD ON Toronto Compustore Ltd. 71 MCCAUL ST ON Toronto Savetech 504 Youngstreet ======================================================================= * Z*NET UK UPDATE by Mick Jarvis ======================================================================= THE LARGEST ATARI USERS CLUB IN THE UK The ST Club, based in Nottingham has a collection of 2000 PD and shareware disks. The clubs newsletter,'ST Applications', has 3500 subscribers. Each monthly issue runs to at least 60 A4 pages. To the best of my knowledge it is the only publication available for the more serious Atari users. As there seems to be no end in sight to the 17 months the UK has been in recession, it's nice to see that the ST club has recently moved to larger premises and halved the price of their PD/ Shareware to ensure continued success. JEFF MINTER PROVES SHAREWARE CAN PAY Jeff, knowing it is now virtually impossible for a small independent developer to market games without the help of the larger companies, released a shoot'em'up called Llamatron on the cover disk of Britain's best selling Atari magazine. The game was released as an experiment, to determine whether it would pay him to release more shareware using the same method. If you like the game you send Jeff five pounds, and in return he sends you a poster, news letter and a complete copy of Andes attack, which was originally released in 1988, good eh?. Seven months after Llamatron was released Revenge Of The Mutant Camels appears, again on a cover disk, it's another shoot'em'up from Jeff Minter. The text file with Revenge is over 30k long and explains that Llamatron registrations are still coming in from all over the globe!. I don't know how much Jeff has received, but he now accepts Visa and Mastercard and includes a contact telephone number. ======================================================================= * PERUSING GENIE Compiled by Ed Krimen ======================================================================= -=> In the "Codehead Software" category (32) -=> from the "Quick ST 3 - Now A CodeHead Product!" topic (31) Message 275 Mon Feb 17, 1992 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead] at 06:08 EST We thank everyone for the bug reports about earlier versions of Quick ST. I'd recommend at this point that everyone just hold on, wait a little longer, and get our first upgrade, 3.5. The CodeHead Quick ST 3.5 has been quite thoroughly revamped and so much has changed that there's not much point in us hearing any more bug reports about the old version that now seems quite foreign to us. Our beta-testers are doing a very thorough job of putting 3.5 through the mill. As of today, virtually every known bug has been squashed and we are now turning toward writing the manual. It could be ready in as little as two weeks. Thank you for your patience. John """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14) -=> from the "Atari's New TOS 2.06" topic (8) Message 218 Mon Feb 17, 1992 J.EIDSVOOG1 [CodeHead] at 06:05 EST I consider the 40-folder limitation to be a bug in the earlier versions of TOS because of the way the system handled (didn't handle) an overflow. But in TOS 1.04, the problem was addressed, the memory pool expanded, and shared more efficiently between memory allocations and folders. The so-called 40-folder bug is now simply a matter of memory allocation. If your system requires a lot of folders/mallocs, you should use FOLDRxxx.PRG. If not, you don't need to use it. It is a system configuration, NOT a bug. It provides a dynamic solution to a problem. The other solution would be for GEMDOS to simply grab about 100K of your memory and not allow you to use it for anything else. Even then, there might be some users that would overrun the limit and cry "bug". Instead, Atari has provided a solution which allows those who don't need the folder allocations to put the memory to other uses. If you folks want to call this a bug, then so be it. I prefer to thank Atari for their insight in this matter. John """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -=> In the "Software Library and Other Utilities" category (2) -=> from the "NewDesk Icon Editor CPX" topic (39) Message 52 Sat Feb 15, 1992 S.SANDERS2 [SDS] at 13:48 EST I have to admit I hated the first GDOS. Fonts were much too limited, but IMHO, FSM GDOS could be a boost software-wise for the Atari realm. No more searching for a printer driver, just program with FSM. The fonts look great and it's not really as slow or troublesome as some people have reported. SDS is working on several new products that use GDOS. I know its a gamble but my goal is to make GDOS transparent. (In other words, make my programs run so well under GDOS, and with little hassle, that no one can complain.) Right now .XIC Print uses GDOS and so does our new Envelope Printer from the Printer Utilities Pak. I'm also starting an FSM GDOS Label Printer (something like Avery Laser LabelPro for the ST) and I'll be doing an FSM form designer in the summer. I will keep bitmap compatibility in all of these products. -Scott @ SDS Member IAAD """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -=> In the "Programmers and Programming Software Discussions" cat (3) -=> from the "Ask _ANY_ Programming Question" topic (31) Message 83 Mon Feb 17, 1992 TOWNS [John@Atari] at 02:24 EST I don't know if this makes any difference to you, but Atari purchased Lattice kits for each one of the people in the TOS Group. Alot of us are already using Lattice C v5 for our development (I use it for everything) and others will be moving over soon. One of our goals: TOS compiled with 030 code using Lattice C v5. -- John """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -=> In the "Lynx - The Game Machine" category (36) -=> from the "The Atari Jaguar - 32 bit gaming power" topic (20) Message 311 Thu Feb 13, 1992 B.KING8 [Brien King] at 21:49 EST Vidiot - I'll put the STE/TT Sound Chip up against Sound Blaster _ANY_ DAY.. I'm not talking the Yamaha Chip, I'm talking about the 8-Bit PCM Stereo Sound DMA Chip. I have done some samples on the TT with STEreo Replay that would knock your socks off. IMHO Sound Blaster still sounds too _Synthy_ and doesn't have anywhere near the BASS the STE/TT Sound Chip has. I Use a 386/33 with Sound Blaster Pro, so I know what it can do and what it sounds like. Brien King """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14) -=> from the "Dealer Information" topic (2) Message 133 Sat Feb 15, 1992 R.NOAK at 14:57 EST Bob, I really have hand it to you and Bill Rehbock! Before the two of you joined Atari, things appeared pretty dismal. Now, through your combined efforts, we have a lot of great new software, we're seeing the Atari logo on TV, movies, etc., print ads are appearing, and, well, hearing the news about CompUSA has really made my day! I hope it comes to fruition. I was thinking the other day that I can't think of another computer company that has so many _enthusiasts_ in key positions. The good part is all of you were _Atari_ enthusiasts before you even joined the company. Believe me, that enthusiasm really shows (at least to this user)! All I can do is echo Jim Allen.... GO ATARI!!!!!!!! Randy @ Southlake, Inc. """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" (MIDI/WorldMusic Roundtable) -=> In the "MIDI Software and Hardware - Atari ST" category (3) -=> from the "General ST/MIDI Musings" topic (6) Message 330 Fri Feb 14, 1992 M.MASTALER [Mike] at 02:25 EST Just got my new 14" mono monitor today (SM147). It's great! It's a flat non-glare screen. actual dimensions are; 12" diag., 71/2 high and 9 3/8 wide. It doesn't sound big, but it sure is. I use Notator sequencing program and it looks fantastic > List is $259; street 210-225. It has a tilted swiveling base. But it has NO SPEAKER. I love it. Mike """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14) -=> from the "Atari Explorer" topic (30) Message 151 Tue Feb 18, 1992 MJANSEN [Mark] at 04:20 EST I have a STacy, which is great when I'm going to be out of town for a while, and just don't want to bother un-hooking and packing my regular system for the trip. And yes, the backlit screen can be nice. I've had the opportunity to use an ST Book for a little while now, and after an adjustment period (the Vector Pad calls for a different technique from other mouse substitutes, for example) I'm having a great time. There are places I'll take the ST Book I would never have taken a computer before -- I can throw it in my briefcase and lug it to the library, fire up the word processor of my choice, and work on an article right there. I mean, this thing is SMALL. Long ago, I used a Tandy 102, which I never much cared for, but it was small, and ran a while on its batteries. I lived with its limitations because of its size. I'm not positive about this, but I'm pretty sure the ST Book is SMALLER. And when it's closed, it's easier to throw in a briefcase than the 102, because the keyboard is concealed, etc. AND it's a full-fledged ST, that runs about ten hours on a charge. I've been using the machine off and on all weekend, and have yet to recharge the battery. That's very important. Don't get me wrong -- I'm not arguing with those of you who want a back light; those comments are being passed along and heard -- but for me, I'll take the longer battery life, and I think there is a fair number of people who will appreciate that, too. As I understand it from Tracy, there wasn't a really good compromise screen that worked well with AND without backlighting. The decision had to be made one way or another. Obviously, the decision for now is to go without a back light, go for long battery life (keep in mind a back light could have HALVED the ST Book's battery life) and let those who work in low-light conditions to choose their own additional lighting. Again, this isn't a flame, just my opinion and a little additional background. I hope you found the article interesting; among other things, I wanted to show that the design decisions were exactly that -- decisions. They were researched, thought about, and decided. And the result, a less-than 5 lb. portable ST with a ten-hour battery life, is pretty cool. And thanks for the comments. I appreciate the feedback from readers and customers. Mark Jansen ---------- Message 154 Tue Feb 18, 1992 MJANSEN [Mark] at 18:31 EST I was talking with Tracy Hall, designer of the ST Book, and I have a correction to my earlier message -- adding a back light to the ST Book would not halve the battery life. It would reduce it by _five sixths_! The ST Book uses about one Watt on average, and the best back light system he's found uses five Watts, bringing the system total to six Watts. In other words, you'd increase power usage sixfold! Further, you'd _have_ to use the back light if you had it, because (I also verified with him) there aren't LCD screens that work well both backlit and unlit -- it's one way or another. Tracy would be "thrilled" to find a backlighting system that uses far less power -- if you can help him make the product better, he'd love it. Mark ---------- Message 155 Tue Feb 18, 1992 TOWNS [John@Atari] at 20:31 EST BTW.. I was there when Mark discussed the back light suggestions that we have been seeing here. From what Tracy told me, there are some "gooseneck" lighting solutions in the works from some third party developers. As for the suggestions about adding Backlighting to a future model of the STBook, the suggestions have been noted and we will consider them in the future plans of the STBook computer. (In other words, if and when we decide to add the STBook family, we will definitely consider your suggestions!) -- John Townsend, Atari Corp. """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -=> In the "Atari TT" category (28) -=> from the "ATX - Unix for the Atari TT" topic (3) Message 98 Wed Feb 12, 1992 J.ROY18 [Jonathan] at 01:39 EST Well, there's a TT040 in the pipeline. Any info on it? ---------- Message 99 Wed Feb 12, 1992 TOWNS [John@Atari] at 01:46 EST Nope. ---------- Message 100 Wed Feb 12, 1992 C.KEITH2 at 21:03 EST Does anyone know what would be involved in either hardware or software, to replace a 68030 with a 68040. Seems the increased microprocessor power alone would make a big difference. ---------- Message 101 Wed Feb 12, 1992 G.RICHARDSO1 [George] at 21:11 EST Motorola has an application note on replacing an '030 with an '040. I haven't been able to figure out exactly how many chips are involved yet, but there are a *LOT*. Dozens, from the look of it. George Richardson Merlin Group, Inc. P.S. There just aren't enough TTs in the world to make it worthwhile. """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" -=> In the "Atari Corporation Online" category (14) -=> from the "Atari Laser Printers (SLM804 & SLM605)" topic (11) Message 196 Wed Feb 12, 1992 J.TRAUTSCHOL [jtrautschold] at 23:05 EST Speaking of toner for the SLM605...I recently needed to purchase some, and after getting the "generic" part number from Atari, decided to do a little shopping around. I found what can only be described as a "best buy" (for you Consumer Reports fans) for $13.30 each! If you've got an Office Max nearby, check 'em out. Excellent prices! BTW, I was a bit concerned that I might be getting some junk at that price, but so far the quality of the output has been excellent. Here are the specifics on what you need to buy for the 605: TEC LB-1305 (TEC is the name of the original manufacturer of the laser engine inside the 605. LB-1305 is the toner cartridge number.) What I purchased at Office Max was a "Pelikan" brand replacement cartridge for the TEX LB-1305, model number 9191. It's in a blue and gold box. John T. ---------- """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ======================================================================= * PERUSING COMPUSERVE by Michael D. Mortilla ======================================================================= * NEW COLUMN * "In creating, the only hard thing's to begin; A grass-blade's no easier to make than an oak." James R. Lowell, from A Fable for Critics  With great pride and even greater fear, I agreed to begin a weekly column for ZNET. My "beat" is the Atari forums and related areas on CompuServe. It might seem an insignificant task since almost everyone seems to be using Macs or IBMs these days. Insignificant, that is, until one takes the time to really search what's available for Atari computers on CIS. Between the Atari Productivity, Arts, Vendor, 8-Bit and Portfolio forums, there are about 170 library and message areas. Each of these areas has dozens (in some cases hundreds!) of files and messages. Fortunately, the ATARIFF (Atari File Finder) lets you search the libraries in a number of ways. As for the message areas, it still "get in there and dig." Anyway, "reviewing" even a week of activity in the Atari area can be an intensive activity. Without a doubt, there is both useful and useless information to be found. This column will try and decipher the most useful and interesting information of the week, as well as to bring other Atari/Compuserve news to your electronic doorstep. In the Ataripro forum this week, new file uploads include: SPBT74.LZH/Bin Super Boot V7.4 -- Lets you select which desk accessories, auto programs, and DESKTOP.INF file to use. Set the date, time, write verify, and more. Lets you select GEM programs to autoboot. Use function keys to select commonly used sets of files. Password protection of your hard drive. Graphic Welcome Screen & digitized sound. NEW: Bug fixes - Fixes default configuration bug, should now work in TT High Rez, works better on large screen monitors. ARCHIVED WITH LZH201I. MTALK.LZH/Bin MicroTalk Online reader/reply for Qmail for the PC & Turbo Board ST or Maxidoor for Forem. Message bases chosen are scanned on the BBS, compressed and after downloading, the prepared QWK packet can be read and replied to offline. All mail is inserted in its proper order on the BBS. This reader is FULL GEM and feature packed. It has multi- windows for switching message bases, user defined Macros, text block commands, Clipboard, full mouse or keyboard operation and much more. MSEBT.LZH/Bin Mouse Boot is a sophisticated Boot-up configuration program that is second to none. It has all the features of the "High-Priced" spread and then some. Unique to Mouse Boot is the revolutionary graphic interface. Its totally awesome. Works in ANY resolution and is, by far, the most eye pleasing presentation to date. This work is shareware, not crippleware, everything works just the way it was planned. No "on-purpose" inconveniences. Try this fine program, you'll definitely use it. VENDOR.ARC/Bin This ARC contains the VENDOR.ACC program which accesses a datafile which contains name, address, phone, and CIS user ID info for software and hardware vendors that service the Atari community. Look for future updates to the VENDOR.DAT file which will be available on CompuServe. Initial VENDOR.DAT and brief docs included. ARGSHL.LZH/Bin ARCGSHELL version 4.1 A GEM shell for Zoo2.10, various Lzh'ers, arc602, shar, tar, compress uud and uue. Docs are in english and german TEX format. Requires various archivers only the shell and docs included. STINIT.LZH/Bin STinit VER 3.4 - is a "Superboot" type program - but much more easy to use - when placed in your auto folder allow you to configure your All shareware and another great UK UPLO!!!!! QCTEST.LZH/Bin Some minor changes, and the additional feature of being able to use other downloader modules than those listed in the configuration area. This is a beta version of QuickCIS, and is intended for experienced QuickCIS users who wish to help test the new version. No docs are included. KA9QS.ARC/Bin C source code for the KA9Q software. KA9Q allows you to use your ST to connect to Internet, telnet to remote systems, use FTP to transfer files and lots more. Contained in this archive are modules for FTP, TELNET, TCP/IP, SLIP, SLFP, KISS protocols and much more. A great resource for anyone trying to write software to interface to the Internet. KA9QP.ARC/Bin This archive contains the NET.TOS program and other files needed to run the KA9Q Internet networking software on the Atari ST. Be sure to read the README.1ST file in this archive for important information on setting up/configuring the software. Also, download KA9QD.ARC for the documentation for KA9Q. If you're interested in the C source code, it's contained in the file KA9QS.ARC. Happy netting! KA9QD.ARC/Bin Documentation for the KA9Q package that allows connecting your ST to the Internet. This archive includes a very good introduction to the Internet and gives definitions for all the buzzwords like KISS, TCP/IP, FTP, TELNET and more. Download this archive only if you also get KA9QP.ARC, unless you want to see what the software offers before downloading the actual programs. MSHLV1.ZIP/Bin Mac Shell DOS GUI replacement for IBM computers! Use if you have one of the IBM emulators (or a real IBM) with EGA or better and a 286' or better. This desktop replaces all those long typewritten commands. If you have an ST you'll appreciated this desktop! Demo is limited to 15 minutes of use. IBM only!!! (It's just like an ST or Mac desktop ' SPRCRD.LZH/Bin SuperCard 1.3, a flexible shareware database from the UK. Lots of options. Works on an "index card" kind of principal. Records are held in memory, so program searches and such as very fast. Great program from B.Ware. MRCURY.ARC/Bin Mercury UUCP mailer package for the Atari. If you're interested in setting up an Internet mail site on your ST, this is the package you've been waiting for. Shareware from Germany, but the program and docs are all in English (German docs included, too!). GS23DI.ZOO/Bin This file contains ST-specific source code (in 'C') for the printer and screen drivers used by Ghostscript. A fully functional executable of Ghostscript can be found in GS23B.ZOO. Full sources for Ghostscript are available in the UNIX forum. Ghostscript is an offering from the Free Software Foundation. GS23B.ZOO/Bin Ghostscript is an interpreted language very close to Postscript. This is a Free Software Foundation (GNU) offering. This file contains the docs, the GS executable and some Postscript(TM) demos. ST-specific source code for the printer and screen drivers can be found in file GS23DIFF.ZOO. The complete sources are available in the UNIX forum libraries. Reposted from Internet. FREE.TXT/Asc Atari Advantage Magazine is offering free advertising for a limited time. Read this text file if you'd like to know more. (NOTE: Comments on the above files are by the respective uploaders.) Not bad for starters! The IBM file reminds me of a comment made by a colleague this week. He runs a recording studio for a large university and they switched from ST to Mac about a year ago. I asked how it was working and he said he was dealing with one system crash after another! We finally decided that what he needed was an Atari emulation program for his Mac! Well it seems that I wasn't the only one chatting about Atari this week. In the message section of the Ataripro forum, there were a number of interesting discussions going on (as usual): Under the title of "Sixteen-Thirty two?" there was some dialogue concerning source code, machine language, assembly, assemblers, compilers, and ..."de-compilers"! Not exactly for the "turn-it-on-and -go" crowd, but even non-programmer types could follow this discussion intelligently. Thanks for not leaving us "end-users" in the dust! With the advent of the laser printer, it has become a bit of a problem to simply "print" the screen from the Atari computer. Dumping an ASCII file is easy enough, provided you have a driver loaded to match your printer. But try and dump a "snapshot" of your screen (ALT-HELP) and you're bound to get pages and pages of "one-liners." Not as funny as when Henny Youngman delivers them! Anyway, the trick is to dump the screen as a pic file of some sort and print it out in your DTP or painting prog. "Boris" tells me that a DEGAS driver could replace the ALT-HELP code and he thinks that there is a PD one sitting on CIS just waiting to be downloaded. Hmmmmm... We'll see. The Ataripro message area was the stage of a true-to-life detective story this week. A member requested help in locating a call tracing device. It seems a friend's child had been kidnapped and there were "hang-up" calls to the house. He found the device but the service was not offered by his phone company! The phone company could put a "trap" on the line, couldn't they? Our own Ron Luks posted message #57000! He won a new car, a date with Vanna White and a million dollars!!! Too bad he had to forfeit it all. He did end up with a copy of the Atari Explorer and rumor has it he'll be billed for the taxes on the other prizes. As far as the date goes, he may have a shot on Oprah or Grosso Revolto's show. :-> Bill Aycock has been staying up late, updating has CAL program. It now does EVERYTHING! We've even heard it can be programmed to "forget" to tell you when to mow the lawn. A great time saver. All kidding aside, the new features really do allow you to do some amazing things with dates (previous paragraph excepted). There were the usual help-my-dog-ate-my-computer (and visa-versa) type questions in Ataripro this week, including a detailed discussion of "E" and "Y" cables, replete with diagrams in ACSII. We also hear from a member that a TEAC disk drive (#FD235HF-201) will work in an ST. The ribbon cable needs to be turned 180 degrees, and it will only format to 720K, but at $58 US, who can complain? And speaking of complaints, there was some talk in the forum this week about NexT, GUI, Mac (et al) and how they compare to the Atari. One member gave up his Mac classic and won't trade away his Atari for nothin'. (Good move!) Another member reports seeing some press in Canada about Atari having one of the top rated desktops available. That's no surprise to us, although it may be a surprise to US. And finally from the Ataripro forum, several members were spotted drooling over TTs at the closest dealership. We only hope they'll get a protective cover for the keyboard when they finally get to own one of these. The Atariven forum had the usual messages to and from vendors and users alike. There were lengthy discussions on laser printers of all types and their use with Atari computers. It was interesting to learn that the Atari SLM printer has no memory! Not only is this useful in a court of law, but it speeds up printing as the ram in your Atari is accessed. That means you don't have to wait while the computer downloads the fonts and document, but... you need lots of ram to do any serious DTP work. Most members who were in on this discussion seemed to lean toward the HP series of printers for the best quality. But waiting for that "big" document can sure slow things down. What's a body to do? Vendors fielded many questions on fonts, bezier curves, laser printers, you name it! ICD, Gribnif, Lexicor, Soft-Logik, Double Click, Gadgets By Small, Supra and CodeHead are represented. Several new games, including a Camel-Shoot-Em-Up, were posted in the Atariarts forum this week. Also, some new pics and a number of songs for the MT-32. Well, that's the report on CompuServe/Atari this week. Just a reminder that the MIDIMUSIC forum has an Atari message and library area! C'ya NexT week. ======================================================================= * PERUSING THE INTERNET (Atari ST) Compiled by Bruce Hansford ======================================================================= Date: 13 Jan 92 01:38:48 GMT >From: ....firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Current TOS version? cjd@zatch.Corp.Sun.COM writes: > I am planning on resurrecting a rather old 520ST (yep, only 512K), but > since I have very old ROM's in there I was curious as to the current > level of TOS the latest which will run on a 520, if that makes a > difference; plus what's change dramatically in the last few years... TOS is up to 2.06 and 3.06 in the MegaSTE and TT respectively. TOS 1.4 (also know as Rainbow TOS) is the most recent version that will plug directly into your old 520 and is quite an improvement over TOS 1.0 (Though 'improvement' is relative for most). The visible changes include: - New file selector - Move files and folders with <Control> key - Skip a file during copy - Abort group copy, move and delete operations - MS-DOS Compatible Floppy Disk formatting - New copy disk<->disk utility - Can change folder name - Warm boot and Cold boot resets via key commands - can install Auto-Boot application - Install Application works correctly (You can reinstall applications) Non Visible Changes include - Much faster disk operation (hard disk too) - the built in cache works (use cacheXXX.prg) - essentially removed the 40 Folder bug (includes removed malloc bug) - BIOS-devicedrivers now work through pointers behind the system variables - The Clipboard routines work ... + many other bugs fixed TOS 1.4 is sold at a retail price of $99 but can be found as low as $60 (you can install them yourself or have them installed.) There may be *many* used sets of TOS 1.4 after the following: CodeHead Software recently announced the TEC, a TOS Extension Card developed by the german company Artifex, that allows you to plug TOS 2.06 into 520, 1040, and Mega STs. (Tos 2.06 will plug directly into STEs). It's said to be compatible with any existing upgrades like ram boards, 16mhz boards, etc. TOS 2.06 is a *very* large improvement over TOS 1.4 even. The most visible change is a new desktop, which contains features not much unlike NeoDesk's plus a few more, yet it is all in ROM. Some of the features of the TOS 2.06 desktop (from press release): o Programs, files, and folders can be placed directly on the desktop and started with a double click. o Up to 20 programs or documents can be assigned to the ST's function keys and started with a single keypress. o Data files can be "dragged" and dropped on program files, which starts the program and automatically loads the document! Some programs even support multiple document files in this manner. o Each file on your disk can have its own unique icon, or you can use a common icon type for each type of file. New icons can be created and added to the system. o Keyboard commands for almost everything! And not only can you control the new desktop with the keyboard (as well as the mouse), you can also redefine any of the key commands to suit your own tastes! o A powerful file search function, that lets you find and select files that match your specified criteria. o Window management is considerably enhanced; scrolling has been sped up, and selected files can remain selected even if you scroll the window to a different area of the file list. o Up to seven desktop windows can be open at once, and you can open directory windows with simple key presses -- even change a window to show a different drive without closing and reopening it. o The "View" menu now has an "unsorted" option, for showing the actual order of files and folders in a directory. o Any character in the "upper half" of the ST's font can be typed in by holding the Alternate key and typing its ASCII number on the numeric keypad. o Many of the special functions of the desktop (like copying, renaming, etc.) can now operate in "batch mode", to let you quickly rename or show info for a group of selected files, for example. o The bootup sequence now includes a graphic display of the Atari Fuji logo, and a memory test, and a configurable bootup delay that allows hard drives time to power up. It's also possible to bypass the AUTO folder entirely by holding Control during bootup. o Internal changes in the TOS program code result in very noticeable performance improvements in many areas. o ...and of course, lots more. This list barely shows the tip of the iceberg, in fact. The card is 2.5 by 2.5 inches and would require some soldering of jumpers and such to be installed in your 520 because the new TOS is located at a different address. They also have a no solder version for Megas and one for ST's with a socketed 68000. The TEC with TOS 2.06 and a disk of utilities costs $139 direct from CodeHead. I think the no solder version is $155. I think they just started shipping it two days ago. And I don't doubt that they will sell every single one they can get their hands on. Apparently, they've already taken advance orders well above the total number of any single piece of software they've sold so far. CodeHead can be reached at (213) 386-5735. Supposedly one could install a switch between TOS 1.4 and TOS 2.06 for compatibility with programs that won't run under the new TOS. You would also likely find some of your old software wouldn't work under TOS 1.4 but not much. Most if not all new software runs under, or sometimes requires at least TOS 1.4 (and I would assume would work with TOS 2.06 as well.) I would recommend at least an upgrade to TOS 1.4 just so that you are compatible with most new commercial and non-commercial software coming out. I would guess that you will be able to find very good deals on used TOS 1.4 chips in the next few weeks. You might try a ram upgrade while you are at it or even a processor accelerator if you have the money. I started with an original 520 ST with TOS on disk! It works great with 2.5 meg and TOS 1.4 now (and maybe TOS 2.06 soon :). I would guess that 4meg TOS 1.4 520 STs are not too uncommon. If you go for the ram upgrade, get one that uses simms. (seems the way to go) Joachim Vance I am antisesquipedalian--Opposed to the use of long words. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Date: 14 Jan 92 08:51:52 GMT >From: email@example.com (Neil Forsyth) Subject: STBook (Notebook computer) firstname.lastname@example.org (T R Hall) writes: > Incidently, we _*STRONGLY*_ recommend that future software products > use the industry-standard _PARALLEL PORT_ dongles, which would save > you having to re-invent security algorithms, etc. Using the cartridge > port for such things is not a particularly good engineering practice, > and forces us to maintain an "old-technology" port for a long time. This is from a company that made the cartridge port read only. That put the ST joystick ports in such an inaccessible place that most Dshells won't fit (and did the same with the extra STE ports). That uses non- standard DIN and DB connectors on its floppy, video and hard disk ports. Nothing personal Tracey (sp?) but it's been building up. ! DISCLAIMER: Unless otherwise stated, the above comments are entirely my own ! ! Neil Forsyth /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Date: Tue, 14 Jan 1992 11:50 EST >From: CSULLOGG@crl.aecl.ca Subject: Commodore monitor on an STE All I did for a friend was run a two wire cable from her STE to her Commodore monitor. One line was the ground, the other for the composite video signal from the STE. Work fine so I picked up a DIN plug from Atari and made a reasonably durable cable. That's all there was to it! Re: the netter who posted info about Atari and non-standard connectors, many manufacturers do the same; What about the connectors on a Mac - not exactly industry standard. Hey, give Atari a break sometimes. It gets REALLY tiring reading every conceivable gripe. Hey, I was pissed off when Atari did not release the LYNX in the colours of the real live beasty LYNX (yeah, really???). /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Date: 17 Jan 92 17:22:48 GMT >From: email@example.com Subject: How do I add icons to icon "library"? (Mark Miller) writes: |> I have a Mega STe and I've heard it is possible to add icons to its |> "library," so that I could install them on files. Is there a program |> available to edit/create icons, and then saved to some "library"? By |> the way, is the file that stores the icon shapes called DESKICON.RSC? You've heard right! It is possible to add more icons. Didn't you see the files DESKICON.RSC and DESKICON.DFN? (I have a German version of a Mega STE and they exist) I added many new icons: tc, shell, arc, ibm-exe, img ... To do so you need one or two things: A resource construction set with built in icon editor or an extra icon editor which can create data in the format that your own RCS requires. I use DRI RCS 2.0 and a PD - icon editor. DRI RCS requires data in C-code. If you've added icons to deskicon.rsc you can install them after a reboot by clicking on (I don't know your desktop) 'install icon'(?), typing the name of your programs (like "*.c") and clicking up or down arrow until the new icon occurs. But note: The file deskicon.rsc can be max. 64k large, be sparingly using this feature. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Date: 20 Jan 92 06:19:56 GMT >From: noao!ncar!asuvax!cs.utexas.edu!usc!apple!portal!atari! firstname.lastname@example.org (Ken Badertscher) Subject: What to do? (Keith Sommerville) writes: |> [...] the label on the bottom of the TT says 8Mb/40Mb. |> [...] However, looking at it with ICD software revealed that it was a |> 48.5 meg drive. Why do Atari hide something like that, or is it just |> a one one off? I confess! It's a conspiracy by Atari to steal 8.5 megabytes from you. You caught us red handed. Boy, it's a good thing those nice ICD people are around, or Atari could have stolen millions of megabytes from TT hard disks all over the world. Darn them, anyhow. That rat Tom Harker is always fouling things up for us by making easy-to-use powerful peripherals. We tried putting him out of business with a bizarre high- capacity hard disk scheme, but he just figured out what BGM meant anyhow. Now our plot to keep 8.5 megabytes of each ST157N we sell is foiled. Geeze, we can't get away with anything any more, can we? ...ken p.s. I think if you check again, you'll find that the TTs sold with ST157N 48 meg drives are partitioned 12 megabytes per partition. If not, just use HDX to repartition 'em. The default partition size for the ST157N is 12 meg plus a bit. -- ||| Ken Badertscher (ames!atari!kbad) ||| Atari Corp. System Software Engine / | \ #include <disclaimer> /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Date: 21 Jan 92 16:41:40 GMT >From: mcsun!unido!news.uni-bielefeld.de!techfak.uni-bielefeld.de! email@example.com (Torsten Scherer) Subject: VORTEX ATonce 386SX for MSTE's Hi there, according to the numerous postings about PC emulations on Ataris, I'd like to tell everybody who's interested some facts about the VORTEX - ATonce 386SX It's true that it exists, cause I own one. But it's only for use with the MEGA-ST/E, since it is plugged in the PLCC socket of the 68000, and all of the other Ataris have DIP CPU's. Perhaps there is something like an adaptor on the market, but I don't know. Some facts : - 32 bit CPU 80C386SX-16MHz - optional 80C387SX-16 coprocessor - optional 512Kb fast-ram - uses internal MSTE-cache - can use DD and HD floppy drives (theoretically) Some data : - Several graphic emulations like when using a color or monochrome monitor CGA - 640*200 (2) 320*200 (4) when using monochrome monitor HGC - 720*348 (2) OLI - 640*400 (2) EGA - 640*350 (2) VGA - 640*480 (2) - in the last two resolutions you can only have 640KB of base memory, all the others can provide 704K base memory - emulates serial mouse on com1: or com2: - emulates centronics printer on lpt1: - every ram above 1 meg is used as extended memory There may be several thing said, but I'd only like to say a few important facts. The graphic emulation is of cource the biggest disadvantage. The EGAmono and Olivetti modes can simply not be detected. If you try driver=detect in turbo for example, CGA is reported. But if you ignore this report, it works well. Sadly, most programs check the hardware before using it, so some programs refuse to run. The VGAmono solution works correctly as MCGA 640*480 (2) mode and can be used. Windows 3.0 runs not only in protected (standard) mode, but also in extended 386 mode including virtual memory and things like there. The performance is due to the original MSTE-harddisk not so fast, but bearable. Some performance information: without with FastRam ------------------------------------ Norton SI4.5 12.3 15.7 PCTools 4.2 330% 510% Now what is FastRam? Well, since the MSTE works as a 8MHz system, but the CPU runs with 16MHZ, it had to be slowed down (waitstates etc.). The Atonce 386SX uses the internal MSTE-cache and is therefore faster than other emulators on ST's. You can buy the additional fastram, which can be fitted in four sockets on the emulator and then completely replaces the lowest 512KBytes of memory, thus making the whole system another bit more faster. I think this is the absolute maximum in emulation performance for ST's that is and will be. The prices: Vortex Atonce 386SX : ca. 700 DM = 450 US$ The additional FastRam needn't be bought at Vortex, since standard chips 4*256Kbit-70ns are used and costs about 50 DM = 30 US$. The complete ST-ram can be used as extended memory. It is said that you can also configure it as expanded memory and there is a driver included, but this is not LIM4.0 compatible and therefore not widely accepted by programs. It'd like to say that the expanded memory doesn't work, but when using windows for example, that's not necessary. The whole hardware is emulated quite good. It's funny to see several diagnostic programs reporting all these AT-chips working correctly, and knowing they're not even present. I'm sorry, but I can't exactly remember the address, but I've seen it was already posted in the last days, so have a look in magazines or other postings. It goes somehow like this: Vortex Computersysteme GmbH Falterstrasse X D-W 7102 or 7201 or X Flein The W is necessary for foreign writers, cause since the reunification there are some doubled zip-codes. Forgetting this will not end up in a bit error, but surely delay letters for some more days (and the german post office is really not one of the fastest nowadays). Anyone who wants to know more or has special questions, is invited to send e-mail to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org Hope, this has helped some guys... TeSche (Torsten Scherer) /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Date: 23 Jan 92 08:51:26 GMT >From: noao!asuvax!cs.utexas.edu!wupost!spool.mu.edu!olivea!apple!well! email@example.com (David Small) Subject: Aladin Spectre 3.0 (no prior versions) has the ability to read and write Aladin format disks. Use the Shift-HELP menu to configure the A/B: drives between Aladin/Spectre and 9/10 sectors, if I recall correctly. To transfer data from Atari disks, use the program TRANSVERTER on the Spectre 3.0 disk. It even does some conversions on ASCII data if you wish; it's handy. It moves data from Atari fd/hd to Mac *single sided* MFS disks (Spectre format only); from there you can write to an Aladin disk. In all honesty, it is possible that one or another of Aladin formats was not perfectly supported. I believe they had 9/10 sectors, single/double sided disks, and another format with MSDOS-TOS data on one side, and Mac data on the other side. Pull up the Shift-HELP menu from inside Spectre (while in Mac mode) and check it out, and experiment. We added Aladin support as part of the effort to work with customers in Europe who had the Aladin cartridge before the company making it stopped; we did this in 3.0 with foreign language support in menus, etc. CAUTION: Aladin INFECTS Mac programs with a virus called "Frankie virus" by virus killer programs; only fairly recent Disinfectants and such can find it. This virus checks for the Aladin copy protection "dongle" in the cartridge port. It attempts to disable itself while running on a real Mac; it accidentally disables itself on Spectre, due to pure, dumb luck. However, any alteration to a program in that manner is not something to be lightly undertaken, and since you said you were moving data around Finally, one other possibility: Boot up an Aladin ST with a terminal program that works, null-modem it to an ST or PC (if PC compatible disks) and x/y/zmodem the files across. I hope this helps. -- thanks, Dave/Gadgets p.s. The author of Aladin is on the net here somewhere ... /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Date: 23 Jan 92 08:38:41 GMT >From: noao!asuvax!cs.utexas.edu!swrinde!mips!spool.mu.edu!olivea! firstname.lastname@example.org (David Small) Subject: GCR with overscan? // base file has questions about the GCR. // Spectre GCR 3.0 and below (all versions) do not work with overscan. The problem is that in monochrome overscan, the "border" on the sides of the screen is created in video RAM, which hacks off Quickdraw, Mac's drawing package. I'm still looking for a fix, but have a few ideas. We thought we had it fixed once and unfortunately said so. It does not run in the TT color modes. On the TT, you get ST High Res, or the TT dual-page monitor. The GCR does sound like a regular ST. It is difficult to adjust the timing of Mac sounds to the DMA sound timing of the STe/TT; the frequency is a little different. Might be worth doing even if the pitch is off, though, since it will greatly offload the CPU. Happy to answer questions; I have been away from the Net due to SST development for quite some time. You may want to email me at email@example.com as sometimes I don't get here in time before notes scroll off, particularly during "shipping madness". -- thanks, Dave / Gadgets by Small /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ Date: 24 Jan 92 06:48:13 GMT >From: arizona.edu!cerritos.edu!nic.csu.net!usc!chaph.usc.edu! firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert A Jung) Subject: Multifinder for Atari-ST ? > I was just reading an add in the ST Informer about MultiGem which > claims to be just like a multifinder for the ST. Having never used > MultiGem or Multifinder could someone else shed some light on this > subject? Well, I use MultiFinder on the Macs at work, and have MultiGEM on my STe, so I guess I should talk. A quick background: MultiFinder is a version of the Mac OS (the Finder) that allows multitasking. With MF, you can run an application, adjust its window, go to the desktop, run another application, hop back 'n forth between them, and other such goodies. MultiGEM is a software "hack" (albet a very good one) to give you multitasking on the ST (TOS 1.2 and up required). You install it on your system, then whenever you run a GEM program, it takes up one of your six accessory slots. You can hop back to the desktop, go to another active application, all sorts of fun multitasking stuff. There are drawbacks with MultiGEM. It's a hack/kludge, so it's not perfect. Only GEM programs that "follow the rules" will multitask properly -- things that tend to break are games, early ST software, or PD/shareware efforts. The 68000 is not suited too well to multitasking, so if you are running several things at once (a word processor prints while you're working on a telecomm program), it will slow down noticeably. Still, it's true multitasking on the ST, at least until Atari gets a multitasking TOS out. I admit it has flaws, but continue to endorse it -- it's not a final solution, but a good step in the right direction. /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ ======================================================================= * THE NEWDESK ICON CPX V2.0 Press Release ======================================================================= Software Development Systems is proud to introduce THE NEWDESK ICON EDITOR CPX Version 2.0, the latest upgrade to this popular icon editor available for Atari computers with TOS 2.05 and above. NIC, which runs using Atari's Extensible Control Panel (available on GENIE or at your local dealer), uses only 1k of system memory when not in use and can be conveniently called from any GEM menu bar. In addition, users with a TOS version less than 2.05 can still utilize the 32x32 icon editing capabilities for use in HYPERLINK and any resource construction set. NIC can load and save GEM .RSC, DC .ICE, .ICN, and .XIC files (our own icon format). Convenient functions such as flips, shifts, rotate, fill, and more are all readily available within our graphic toolbox. In addition, icon color, character position, and title may be modified. Version 2.0 completely supports the Atari Clipboard for interaction with other programs that support this standard. Our clipboard support writes .XIC, .ICN, and .IMG files for manipulation from within other programs. Preview mode is included to allow you to see your icon as it will appear on the desktop. Version 2.0 now completely manages the DESKICON.RSC and NEWDESK.INF files. We've even added an expanded install feature from within the program that lets you assign one icon to many different file masks for the greatest flexibility. As if that wasn't enough the package also includes .XIC Print, an application to print your icon files to any GDOS/FSM GDOS device, and an icon convertor to convert PD icon files to .XIC. We have also put over 1000 PD icons on disk. The Newdesk Icon Editor Version 2.0 is available now for the retail price of $29.95 + $2.50 S & H. Owners of earlier versions can upgrade for $10.00 + $2.50 S & H. Contact your local dealer for information or order direct from SDS: Software Development Systems 996 Redondo Ave. #404 Long Beach, CA 90804 Orders: (800) 237-4SDS Info: (310) 595-9799 GEnie: S.SANDERS2 Please note that the above phone numbers will not be active until around March 1st, 1992 due to phone service changes. ======================================================================= * THE ALEIN TECHNOLOGIES SHAREWARE CD-ROM SOFTWARE COLLECTION ======================================================================= The Alien Tech CD-ROM will be privately distributed through BBS's nationally in an effort to help support local bulletin boards. The disk contains aprox 550 megs of shareware that in new to the market, and not a reprint of several already existing collections. Distribution will be handled through networks of vendors developed by and through local bulletin board systems using a new and unique sales plan which ultimately will market the disks to the final consumer. The disk has a suggested retail price of 49.95, which breaks the traditional price barriers for software CD-ROM diskettes. -=- For more information about this exciting new product call: -=- The Alien Technologies B.B.S. (209) 226-2677 8-N-1 24 hrs. This 128-line system offers other amazing features as well. As a new user you will need to answer a few simple questions about yourself. At the "reference" prompt, enter: 93277-JP-2528. This data is very important, so please now make note of it now! ======================================================================= * Z*NET SOFTWARE SHELF by Ron Berinstein ======================================================================= Quite a list of Software today! This should keep you busy enough that at least this weekend you will be pretty safe. That is you probably won't have any time left to get into any additional trouble, or spend a lot of money going out and entertaining yourself. So... buckle up your seat belt, and get ready to take the first ever Software Shelf's unbelievable carnival ride into the software world of the future exposed today... By the way, since you are already a Z*Net reader, you get a discount on the "E" tickets! Now.. for those of you who are just getting started and haven't taken this kind of ride before, someone was nice enough to upload ARCLZH.PRG This file is a self-extracting archive containing ARC.TTP v.6.02, Questor's LHarc v.2.01h, (you might consider replacing it with 201I - !LHARCD.TTP, on CodeHead Quarters BBS) and version 3.1 of Charles F. Johnson's ArcShell. It is provided for those who need the compression/ extraction utilities that are necessary to extract the files that you are about to read about. Download this file and then simply double click on the filename. Follow the prompts to extract the files. Be sure and read the documentation provided for ArcShell. Also don't forget ShareWare payments! Other extractors/compressors follow: KERMIT FILE XFER PROTOCOL At Last! you can get it now! A GEM-based Kermit file transfer shell for the ST. PROGRAM UN-PACKER This is a freeware program that will 'unpack' a program. It does some checks to see how it was packed, and then does its job. This was obtained from the Internet's atari. archive.umich. edu archive site, and originated in Austria. There are some caveats in the doc file, so read it before you use the program. BCS/ATARI UNVEILING, ASCII FILE This is a zmodem protocol for use with Interlink software or as a stand alone module. It has the prg, a GEM shell, and docs on how to use it with Interlink. Ladies and Gentlemen... Step right up and get Zapped! ZAP62A.ARC This ARC contains a Superzap file that will update Cal 6.2 to version 6.2a. This corrects the behaviour of the window behind Cal when it is run as a resident accessory and you have chosen to use the saved screen position. You will need Superzap (SUPZAP.ARC) to perform the update. Also included is version 6.2a of Calshow, which adds the ability to toggle your importance filters easily. Short docs included. And so that you don't miss any of the Midway's attractions: QWKCIS.PRG QuickCIS is a navigator program for CompuServe. It will visit up to 6 forums, capturing new messages and descriptions of new uploads. You can then read the messages and descriptions offline and call back later to post replies, or download chosen files. Significantly reduce your online expense. SEARCH11.LZH (LH5) SEARCHER v1.1 searches through your Aladdin library files for keywords. Great for finding a download without logging onto GEnie. Now runs in color and mono. Bugs fixed. Runs as ACC or PRG by renaming the file. Very fast search! Shareware. And while on the subject of BBS's and Online Services and Terminal programs, so that you can talk to them... WIZ355.LZH WIZ92.LZH "(/\)izzards" - V. 3.55 - Compiled on Feb. 16, 1992. Fixes a few minor bugs and adds a Monochrome init program. (/\)izzards is a FoReM online game of might and majic. Up to 50 players, multiple ability levels. This version adds the Arena and other new features. GALACTIC EMPIRE V2.20 GALEMP22.LZH (LH5) Galactic Empire V2.20. A multi-player online BBS door game of space conquest. A major update of the old Galactic Empire game (last version was V1.26,). New features include Intergalactic Market, multiple Spy/Terrorist groups for each player, sysop chat mode, improved mail system, and much more. Uploaded by author. Note: For any inexperienced users out there, an on-line game is designed to run on a BBS, not as as standalone game. It will only be useful to you if you are a BBS Sysop. It's compatible with any BBS that allows running of outside programs by users. STKEEP42.LZH Allows 32000 users, 32000 rooms (SIGs), 32000 messages per room, 255 floors, 255 doors (on-line games, etc.), 15 groups. ANSI, VT-52, Instant Graphics & Sound Support Menu's. Numerous user and SysOp configurable options. Self maintaining. Fidonet compatible via Binkleyterm, The Box, and Fidodoor. Fully supported shareware for the past two years and into the future! BUG_FIX.ARC There is a small bug in version 2.0 of The Vulcan Embassy BBS. If you don't already have a CONFIG.DAT file it will give some weird "Divide by Zero" error. This is a "blank" CONFIG.DAT file with instructions. PVTGLO.ZIP This is an information package on the Pvt User GlobalNet Network. This is for Non-Sysops. GLOBEN.ZIP This is an information package on GlobalNet Network for Sysops. KA9QS.ARC C source code for the KA9Q software. KA9Q allows you to use your ST to connect to Internet, telnet to remote systems, use FTP to transfer files and lots more. Contained in this archive are modules for FTP, TELNET, TCP/IP, SLIP, SLFP, KISS protocols and much more. A great resource for anyone trying to write software to interface to the Internet. KA9QP.ARC This archive contains the NET.TOS program and other files needed to run the KA9Q Internet networking software on the Atari ST. Be sure to read the README.1ST file in this archive for important information on setting up/configuring the software. TODAY195.LZH The _long_ awaited NEW version! Fixes many bugs in the older version, and has many new features! (NOTE: Users of older versions cannot simply replace the PRG. Please, please, read the docs!) For those of you who don't know what TODAYS is, its a program to tell you (or your BBS's users) what happened today in history. Can also be used to display certain text on specific days. Compatible with the OLD version's data files, and the files from the IBM version (which is written by someone else). FZT_D211.LZH (LH5) The latest version of FreeZe Dried Software Terminal. The absolute best terminal program available for the ST/TT line of computers. This version fixes many bugs, is faster, adds background dialing, and more. FzDS Term is the only terminal package for the ST/TT line that properly handles ANSI. But wait for just a second! You might have missed the first big tent! Yes sir ladies and gents, the show is about to begin. In this tent you'll see caged right before your very eyes many of the files you might need to start a computer circus yourself. To start the festivities, center your focus on the main ring and allow the first great performer to march by in single file form. TOWNS' GUIDE TO TOS REVISIONS Various Tos descriptions -tells you which programs to use in AUTO for what versions of TOS. By John Townsend at Atari, the list was made in March of '91 so it may not have everything you need... but it is a good start. Then in our other rings... WAITHD.LZH allows your ST to wait for your hard drive to boot. BOINK SCREENSAVER BOINKSAV.LZH is is a little screen-saver from Damien M. Jones, author of DMJ_GIF. It bounces a sprite around a black screen, ala BOINK. He has included 3 different sprites to choose from, and even the docs about how to create your own sprite! Configurable to a degree, and very small, I like it! HDINFO13.LZH HDinfo V. 1.3 It renames Hard drive icons with your remaining free disk storage space information. ZEST DESKTOP This is the ZeST Desktop for the Atari ST. It gives the ST a neat NeXT-like desktop. Also comes with a built-in paint program, calendar, typewriter and database. Enjoy! RHOCONTR.LZH (LH5) RHo-control panel is a very flexible accessory from Switzerland. Easy to use and uses a lot less memory than Atari's new control panel. TT Compatible. FASTBASE Fastbase is a powerful, flexible database for the Atari-ST that incorporates features previously only to be found in expensive commercial offerings. The many features include: * Incorporate 4 different graphic formats * Multiple databases in memory at once * Sophisticated query with relational features * Works in all three screen resolutions * Two password protected access levels to databases * Works comfortably on a 520 ST * GDOS compatible for ultimate on-screen presentation. CRACK ART A full featured drawing/paint program. It is a fine paint program from Germany. It even features a couple games on board to keep you from getting bored! Docs are in German, but the program isn't. Most functions can be fiqured out, but some are involved. Well worth the look. For color ST systems only. GERMAN TRANSLATOR MULTLANG.LZH This desk accessory (with optional HotKey feature) provides translation between German/English words. Includes large dictionary. You can edit/create your own dictionary for any language or topic. Shareware from the United Kingdom. Program by Stuart Coates. TT Compatible SPANISH.LZH (LH5) This is a dictionary file for use with Stuart Coates Multi-Language Look-Up System. It includes an index file (IDX) as well. Arc'd with LZH201. COMPUTE UTILS These are three utilities from the old Compute Atari ST magazine: STASHCAN.LZH - Sort of a trash bag for your trash can icon, files are copied to a directory rather than just deleted. FRNTBACK.LZH - Lets you print text files on both sides of your printer paper. PRINTER.LZH - Printer control ACC SEDIT.LZH Sound Editor from old Compute's Atari ST mag. READTEXT.LZH a TTP program to analyze text files. Counts words, lines, plus many other stuff. JUMPST2.LZH JumpSTART 2.0 allows users to assign 20 character descriptions to all of the files they use often. Each file can be run with a single mouse click. Works in Low, Medium, and High resolution. TTTIME.ARC This is a Freeware CPX from Software Development Systems. It allows anyone with a battery backed-up clock to set it either slow or fast for better accuracy. This file requires XCONTROL.ACC. Runs on all Atari machines and resolutions. And now for the Big Show that features the Daredevil Software of this century! Let me warn you though, those you pay their thin dime for admission to this tent, better have a good strong constitution. This show is not for the faint hearted beginner! KCLI2.ARC KCLI 2.0 is a full featured CLI. It is unique in that most of the commands are external modules, instead of memory resident. This gives the ultimate in user flexibility : If you find a better "DIR" command, just copy the file. Supports desk accessories, multiple default paths, full-pathname "install application", Macros, batch files, MUCH MORE! FULL DOCS INCLUDED! FREEWARE! (Note: this re-upload contains KCLI.PRG, which was missing from the previous upload. No other changes.) MINT LIBRARY These are some files that are needed if you want to use the MINT "operating system" in your own programs. They are specifically meant for use with GNU C but I think it's possible to use them with other C compilers. These files consist of mntinc16.zoo, mntolb16.zoo. TOSBASH.ZOO This is a port of the GNU Project's Bourne Again SHell. It is designed to be run under TOS filesystems under the ST's native TOS operating system (with no OS extenders such as MiNT enabled), and thus some of the features are deactivated--for instance the ability to start tasks in the background. ATARI MGR Here is the atari version of MGR, a network transparent window system originally written for Unix. MGR requires 1 megabyte of memory (more is better!) and the MiNT multitasking system version 0.6 or better. It runs in high or medium resolution, and should work OK on a moniterm or similar large screen monitor (all the screen graphics use the line A vector). The second file consists of MGR demo programs. CHECKRTC.LZH This program compares elapsed time as measured by the Real Time Clock, with the elapsed time as measured by the 200Hz system tick counter. It reports any differences in terms of seconds/day lost or gained. The program checks for the machine type in the _MCH cookie, and will only run on a TT. FORMRN.ARC This is Form_run, Bill Aycock's replacement for Form_do. Assembler source and a demo program are included in this archive. And Don't forget about our HOUSE OF LAUGHS! SMASHER.LZH Atom Smasher from old Compute Atari ST mag. It's a breakout type game. BRE1SET5.ARC Shoot out in the old west against the UDP forces! SEEKER.LZH This game was originally called Lost Treasure. This new version adds moving sidewalks, controllable force fields, and an elevator. It also includes improvements when creating your own screens and in folder/directory access and the way some of the older feature work. This lharced file contains 32 screens some of which were adapted from the original Lost Treasure. There are probably about 15 new ones some of which are fairly difficult. Music fans will want to visit this sideshow: DX7 EDITOR/LIBRARIANS Here are two editor/librarians for the Yamaha DX7. They seem to be pretty well implemented. Obtained from the Music Software Exchange Box 533334 Orlando FL 32853 (407) 856-1244. They are touted as having _everything_ in the MIDI share-ware PD world. Art fans will want to visit our picture show! 89A_87A.LZH How many times have you tried to load certain GIF files into your GIF editors and converters (like View GIF 1.2 and DMJ GIF 3.0) and had it say "Invalid GIF type" or "Not GIF 87a"? Well, this program will quietly and quickly convert type 89a GIFs to 87a. SUL2SPU.ARC Finally! Convert GFA Raytrace to Spectrum 512 format! This program supports -uncompressed- Raytrace 512 color pics to uncompressed Spectrum format. This SHAREWARE converter allows you to view converted pics with any Spectrum slide show program. It is partially disabled - if you attempt to edit the pics in Spectrum - unpleasant bleeding of the red colors of Spectrum's menu will appear in your picture - all the reason you need to send in the $5 shareware fee. Otherwise, pics will view perfectly. Obviously, this is only for color systems that can handle Spectrum's 512 color mode. COALPTCH.LZH (LH5)LZH Here's a patch that fixes the defective SLM printer driver in Coalesce version 1.25. With my nasty habit of transposing (-< see what I mean ;) some characters when typing, the SLM driver is dead in 1.25. This LZh also includes some upgrade information on Coalesce. 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